That was then… This is NOW!

20 05 2009

The past several posts have focused on philosophical approaches to our universe that we all share and in particular how New Media is evolving. How businesses, brands and individuals can adapt. Our world is forever changed (and continually changing) – how we view and live through the changes is critical to how we advance. As Ayn Rand stated, “Morality is the judgment to distinguish right and wrong, vision to see the truth, courage to act upon it, dedication to that which is good, integrity to stand by the good at any price.”

No matter what you believe or how many philosophies we study. I believe that my parents and grandparents taught me the value and romance of what really matters in life. I am very lucky for that! Feel the L-O-V-E . A few years ago, I wrote the following poem:

Memo To Society

My sweet society, I can’t comprehend you and your ways.
The years go by, trends forever changing, with formidable,
impressions you leave in our minds, innocent yet cruel at times,
manifesting each generation as cohorts of idiosyncratic identities.

What troubles you so? Is it the mass media showering your
vitality with an irresistible craving for lust and ferocity,
bringing an infinite quest for every conceivable desire, leaving
the need for willpower damaged as debris from an imploded building?

Where did you lose your innocence and romance? I’ve heard it was
seen in a time when my grandparents were young, singing seducing
sweet melodies to be enjoyed by all audible ears, gently whisking
worries to a place of happiness and family.

Society where are you going now? Love quickly turns to hate
in the absence of selflessness and respect, bringing us to a place
where children grow up too fast and parents can’t validate values
for living lavishly while being humble to understand basic needs.

Society you now own instant gratification beyond the wildest
imagination. Today, with so many time saving devices and no time,
I want it all and I want it now, thank you for being a raging river.
I’ll be a cork, take me downstream, how you want to control!

Today, our world has been turned upside down. Many still don’t know where they are going. Are you fighting it or being a cork? – as Dr. Andrew Barclay at M.S.U. would put it.

Success is measured by our authenticity, transparency and accepting the responsibility – keeping our integrity along the way no matter what! From a business stance, how do we collectively navigate through the aftershocks from the earthquakes that left our world fragile. “That was then…. This is NOW!” is a movement to consider being driven by Agency17. Collectively – can good people start to clear the dust from this turmoil to begin moving forward?

Agency17 and The NOW! project is leading this very movement.

Todd Smith from Agency17 discusses “that was then, this is NOW”.
Source: agency17 (Viddler)

Can an agency foster the collaboration, synergy and harmony working as something bigger and greater than itself?





Science, Spirituality, Miracles and Social Media

9 05 2009

“]"Miracles do not 'happen...' Miracles are made." - Dr. Paul Pearsall [Photo Credit: MSD Photography]

"Miracles do not 'happen...' Miracles are made." - Dr. Paul Pearsall [Photo Credit: MSD Photography

Modern Technology with Faith

Earlier this week, I read in AdAge about a catholic cardinal (in Ireland) who stated: “Make someone the gift of a prayer through text, Twitter or e-mail every day. Such a sea of prayer is sure to strengthen our sense of solidarity with one another.”

In this post, Simon Dumenco focused on the mass volume this tool endures vs. how it can be monetized, a serious topic in itself. Heck, maybe Twitter will receive a large donation from the anonymous donor surprising colleges (or some other divine intervention.)

The notion that social media can strengthen “our sense of solidarity” is an interesting thought to ponder. Could this violate the sanctity of prayer? Perhaps. Does Twitter help bind groups together? Potentially

Social media continues to be analyzed from psychographic segmentation to simple do’s and don’ts. For example, I enjoyed a great post this past February on Mashable from Sarah Evans who stated, “It doesn’t matter if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr; your online personality is not only part of your overall brand, it becomes an interactive experience for you and your business.”

No matter who you are or what you represent – remember everybody can see you. In Dr. Paul Pearsall’s book Miracle in Maui, the second general theory from new (cosmic and quantum) science teaches us that we create our own reality by our own point of view. Can we apply this theory to social media today? What do others say about you – your brand – your company? And most importantly, do you listen to them? Take the time to listen. I recall professor Pearsall telling us, we have so many “time saving devices today but no time for anything.” Taking the time to listen is critical.

The Ten Sacred Secrets of Science Applied to Social Media

To Doug - Aloha - Paul Pearsall (March, 1997)

To Doug - Aloha - Paul Pearsall (March, 1997)


Obviously, Pearsall’s teachings inspired me (among many others, I have observed.) At times controversial, Pearsall was able to bridge science and spirituality. In Miracle in Maui, he shares ten secrets of science for the “making of miracles.” Although his teachings are at a “higher spiritual level”; looking at these complex theories – Can individuals, brands and organizations apply these theories to social media? – Can we learn how to use the tools productively?

First General Theory – Nonlocality
We’re everywhere. Are my actions on line faithful, genuine and truthful?

Second General Theory – Observer Participantcy
Reality is created by our own observations. How do I observe the world? How do others observe me?

Third General Theory – Uncertainty Principle
There is a constant state of flux in the universe. But according to Pearsall, “one thing is certain in the world: Relationships are everlasting.” Do I value all relationships?

Fourth General Theory – Complementarity Principle
There are two opposing states (e.g. energy and mass or positive and negative) Am I positive? How do I handle negativity?

Fifth Scientific Principle – Oneness
We’re all number one – everything is connected. Can I influence others? Can others influence me?

Sixth Scientific Principle – Levels of Reality
Transcending our local see-and-touch world. Do I dare to dream big? Wonder + Imagination = Miracles

Seventh Scientific Principle – Relative Timelessness
Time doesn’t tick. Can I have an “Aha!” moment?

Eighth Scientific Principle – Growth Energy Fields
Influence development of all living things. “Sudden coincidences are the pulls and pushes from these growth energy templates.” Can my tweeting inspire growth?

Ninth Scientific Principle – Entropy
Derived from the Second Law of Thermodynamics – We are all falling apart. Do I learn from mistakes to promote continued development?

Tenth Scientific Principle – Chaology
The study of Chaos. Do I fear the chaotic social web or look within it rather than away from it for clues?

The Power Of Everyone

This all may sound redundant or even a little crazy. But to summarize, I have learned from many great people in my past. From professor Pearsall who shared his knowledge of making miracles to entrepreneurial people like William “Bud” Brian who had passion about his business, his brand but also (most importantly) the people he worked with and his relationships. There are many other great colleagues and team members and even a few not so great ones who have inspired me. Now, the Internet is more of a social medium than we have ever seen in our modern day. As part of a “nonlocal” and connected universe  I look forward to continued learning and growth. And potentially teaching or inspiring others too – building many great relationships!

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SmartFinds Internet Marketing Earns Top Honors For Entrepreneurial Award In Internet Marketing Services

5 05 2009

SmartFinds Internet Marketing honored as one Of the 2009 Michigan 50 companies to watch for Internet marketing services

Birmingham, Michigan – April 30, 2009 (SMARTFINDS INTERNET MARKETING) – SmartFinds Internet Marketing has been recognized as one of the 2009 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program sponsored by the Edward Lowe Foundation and presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

“SmartFinds Internet Marketing is an outstanding company and deserves recognition as one of Michigan’s companies to watch,’” noted the Edward Lowe Foundation in a written acknowledgement.

Michigan 50 Companies to Watch celebrates high-performing companies in the state of Michigan. Known for their contributions in the marketplace, innovative products, unique processes or philanthropic actions, these companies represent a wide range of industries throughout the state.

Winners were selected by judges from the banking, economic development, entrepreneurship development and venture capital communities. Judges evaluated the nominees’ demonstrated intent and capacity to grow based on one or more of the following:

-Employee or sales growth.
-Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership.
-Sustainable competitive advantage.
-Other notable factors that showcase the company’s success.

“We are honored to be selected as a recipient of this award,” commented Melih Oztalay, CEO of SmartFinds Internet Marketing. “This award helps showcase our company’s creativity and technical skills in providing corporations with complete Internet marketing services and solutions.”

CEO Melih Oztalay has fifteen years experience with Internet and digital services in developing strategies that utilize all facets of the World Wide Web. As a digital marketing agency, SmartFinds Internet Marketing’s major focus is to develop multi-directional marketing campaigns to drive traffic to client web sites from more than just search engines.

SmartFinds Internet Marketing provides businesses with Internet marketing services and solutions that include all or a combination of the following to meet the business growth and revenue objectives: Research, Strategy and Planning; Creative and Technical Development; Content Marketing; Social Media Marketing; Internet advertising solutions; Management, Measurement and Analysis.

The official unveiling of the Michigan 50 class of 2009 will take place during a Michigan Celebrates Small Business event at Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan on April 30, 2009. Michigan Celebrates Small Business are presented in association with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, Small Business Association of Michigan, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Edward Lowe Foundation.