Mount Agung Redux

While my column is normally about social media – that is, online sites and tools, it’s easy to forget that the original social media was people. In the flesh, making contact, helping each other out. Talking. Supporting. So this month, I want to re-focus attention on Bali’s simmering volcano and how it is affecting, and […]

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Travel Blogs

Many travelers and digital nomads dream of funding their travel by setting up a popular travel blog, or becoming a top travel influencer, widely quoted in the mainstream media, with an Instagram account that receives six-figure visits monthly. The sponsorship deals flow in, making you a digital nomad with a six-figure income, so you can […]

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Podcasting 101

Before the 1950s (in the USA), radio was king. Every household that could afford a radio had one and families would gather after dinner to hear serials (the precursors to today’s soap operas), news, comedy, dramas, live orchestral performances and other forms of entertainment that relied solely on listening. After television arrived, radio fell out […]

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Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is becoming a serious problem because so many people, especially youth, are online or use mobile devices: 95% of US teens are online, according to the Cyber Bullying Research Center. Online bullying is both easier and harder to stop than conventional bullying. Easier in that a victim can ignore, block or report an […]

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What Does a Social Media Manager Do Anyway?

A Social Media Manager (SMM) is a fairly recent hybrid. They can also be called a Social Media Content Manager, Online or Digital Brand Manager, Digital Marketing Manager, Content Marketing Manager, Digital Community Manager or Customer Experience Manager. Basically, the role – whatever it is called — revolves around managing a company’s brand across all […]

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What the Heck is Banana Coin?

I was chatting to a younger, hipper friend of mine the other day, who also happens to work in social media. We were discussing bananas, and how certain varieties are threatened by climate change and a fungal disease. ‘Oh,’ she said, ‘Then you will have heard of Banana Coin.’ ‘No,’ I replied. ‘What on earth […]

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Connecting the Digital Dots in Bali

When I first started going back and forth between Bali and Australia, one’s own immediate circle of ex-pat and local friends was crucial in giving you advice about good visa agents, dodgy plumbers, local rip-off schemes and businesses that cheated you and every manner of dodgy or reliable person or company. However, in those days, […]

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Finding Remote Work, Part Two

Studies estimate that within ten to fifteen years, a third to a half of office workers will be working from home or remotely. In addition, Stanford University research shows that remote workers are almost 15% more productive than their office-based counterparts, and businesses are taking note of this fact. Add to this the facts that […]

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Social Media Trends for 2018

The end of the year is the time when many social media experts start to gaze into their crystal balls and predict the coming trends for 2018. In the age of Big Data, these pundits have a good number of studies and surveys to draw from in making their conclusions, so you can trust that […]

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Growing Social Media Engagement with Bali Buda

  Bali Buda is an island institution, with a chain of restaurants and shops that have been selling healthy food and wellness products since the 1990s. I recently spoke with Bali Buda’s Social Media Manager, who incidentally, is also the owner’s seventeen-year old daughter, Jasmine. Brenda Ritchmond, the owner, encourages her children to join her […]

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