Belle Tire to Host First Tire Man Tweetup with Detroit Pistons

24 03 2010

Belle Tire is hosting the first ever Tire Man meet and tweet with Detroit Pistons player Jonas Jerebko March 30, 2010 from 3p.m. to 4:30 p.m.at the Belle Tire at 770 Brown Road in Auburn Hills.

ALLEN PARK, Mich., Mar. 24, 2010 – On Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Belle Tire is hosting the first ever Tire Man Tweetup featuring Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko. Belle Tire will host the meet and tweet with this Pistons star, fans and friends at the location at 770 Brown Road in Auburn Hills, Mich. The Tire Man Tweetup

WHEN: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Belle Tire, 770 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, Mich. 48326

At the Tweetup participants can enjoy giveaways from Belle Tire as well as hot dogs and refreshments. Detroit Piston Jonas Jerebko will be signing photos for fans and Tire Man will be on location. One registered attendee will win a set of tires courtesy of Belle Tire.

What is a Tweetup? A Tweetup is a meet up event for those who use Twitter as a communication tool. It is a great way for those with similar interests who actively communicate with each other online to “meet and tweet” offline. Even those who are not familiar with Twitter can use this great opportunity to meet some new friends, and everybody can come and meet Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko in person.

Organized by @Tire_Man on Twitter, this Detroit area Tweetup is a chance for all of those who Micrblog in the Detroit area to network, have a little fun and meet a Detroit Pistons player. To sign up, please visit the Tire Man Tweetup Event Page on Facebook….

Also, join the conversation by becoming a fan of Belle Tire on Facebook, following @Tire_Man on Twitter and those attending the event can feel free to add pictures to the Belle Tire – Tire Man Tweetup flickr pool. This is simply a group where members share their photos. Visit the Tire Man Flickr pool...

If you’re interested in following along from home or any other virtual location, the event’s hashtag is #TireTweetup. Include this in all tweets pertaining to the event.

About Belle Tire
Allen Park, Mich.-based Belle Tire was founded in 1922 when it opened the first Belle Tire location in Detroit, Mich. Today, the company has expanded to 80 locations across Michigan and Ohio. Belle Tire offers discount tires and variety of car care needs, ranging from auto glass repair, auto glass replacement, brakes, alignments, batteries, shocks and struts, exhaust system repair, batteries, and oil changes. For more information about Belle Tire, visit http://www.belletire.com/. Join the Belle Tire Advantage today, http://www.belletireadvantage.com/.





New Jobs in Michigan? Yes Please!

3 12 2009

Companies in Michigan have hired several great people including Jenn Weesies, Patti Swanson and Dave Lemieux due to our young entrepreneurial drive and diverse acumen in business matters.

Recently , Jenn and I were profiled on Metromode Media, an online weekly publication that highlights the positive happenings in the Metro Detroit region (go to www.metromodemedia.com) to learn more.

Metromode has recently launched a new Talent Retention Program to highlight available opportunities and profiles of professionals who have landed or created jobs in the area. I love how Metromode is disputing the myth that you have to leave Michigan in order to find a job! This is an ongoing initiative and they are always looking for new people to profile. So give them a shout if you are creating jobs or have landed a job here in Michigan recently!

Click here to read the profile of Doug Menzer on Metromode.

Click here to read the profile of Jenn Weesies on Metromode





Increasing Relevance to Improve Ranking

31 07 2009

I can’t stress the importance of research, strategy and planning (enough) in any good marketing strategy. I attempted to describe this in my post from this April titled: Moving the Needle with “New Media” – Technically Speaking (under the subheading: Finally, don’t just throw your time or budget away!) A solid digital business strategy will ensure that the work done has an incremental and long-term value for years to come. Is this branding at its best?

Yesterday, I was training a small group on best blogging practices. Good thing, I’m able to use my own blog as an example of how content marketing has a “shelf life of years.”

I have started several blogs over the years either for friends, clients and even myself – all with a variety of different purposes or strategies. This very blog (http://www.freshmenz.wordpress.com) (originally) started in May of 2008 to discuss products that my family uses in our home.

In May of this year, I started using this blog to discuss topics of interest to share certain passions, experiences and stories in my life. Thus, I began writing somewhat regularly on this blog. As it began to pick up popularity with my content on social media and digital marketing, this caused some confusion with some of my audience.

For example, I had a Michigan business coach tell me that he loves my blog but “what is up with Freshmenz Enterprises offering UV air purifiers, laundry products, UV water purifiers, etc?” Although he knows why, I understood what he meant. It is confusing to a user searching for this information (potentially looking for air and water purification products) and end up coming to a blog (mostly talking about digital media and social strategies.)

Back in 2007, I had started an e-commerce website (using the domain http://www.freshmenz.com) and set up a low budget website with a shopping cart to sell these products directly. I mass distributed a press release and was also very active in social communities engaging people with similar interests, sharing and collaborating on information about the green technologies that I was passionate about, used in my home and offered via my e-commerce website.

Content Marketing Relevancy

Content Marketing Relevancy


I originally intended for people to find me and ask me how these products have helped my family. At that time, I found how to becoming a valuable resource for people online (rather than trying to sell directly to them) results in developing many great relationships. I developed a nice customer base with customers all over the United States because they found my content useful and/or informative (via various locations on the Internet.)

Today, I use this domain for my blog yet this content still exists on hundreds of web sites driving traffic to this property. Although, I am still a resource for these products the user experience may be confusing for those who click through looking ti find information on how to clean their clothes without using laundry detergent (e.g. LaundryPure). That is… unless they find this specific post (or some other specific previous post), it is easy to understand how they could easily be lost, confused and annoyed. The fact that this content has a shelf life for many years is exactly why you want to have a solid strategy in place first (and foremost.)

I’ve worked with small brands (e.g. Freshmenz Enterprises), medium brands and large International brands on digital marketing efforts that use content to become an authority in a variety of different areas. Whether you are a major automotive supplier, a non-profit organization, a small business or a professional blogger… your Internet presence needs a strategy for long-term success.

I apologize for (originally) not having a specific plan in how I would use this domain and this blog. However, it has been a great example to show friends, colleagues, prospects and clients. Does your brand have a long-term digital strategy?





You’re never too young to learn on a PC!

11 06 2009

I’m a finalist in the Microsoft Brickfish contest.

Submitted for: Windows® Brand Ambassador — Semi-Finals

You're never too young to learn on a PC.





Science, Spirituality, Miracles and Social Media

9 05 2009

“]"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!

Fwix Local Content





What is a Global Marketing Effort?

23 04 2009

A Global Marketing Effort

A Global Marketing Effort

Feel free to read some of the great automotive articles by Freelance writer – Mike Trudel Safe, Green, Connected and Innovative Automotive Technology





Social Intercommunication – Be A Good Billboard

22 04 2009

We all depend on each other, in some fashion, right?

Growing up, I played a lot of soccer. As an average soccer player, I had to allocate extra practice time. However, I was fortunate to have great coaches and teammates continually pushing me to become better. All I had to do was be open to getting help. Becoming a better soccer player eventually just fell in place.

I knew that I was a small part of a great team and I was a part of a community that supported us. We (players, parents, administrators, community fans and friends) were in it together – To share in the fun, to learn and teach each other how to become better soccer players, to win without gloating and to hold our heads up high when the game was lost.

In Middle School, our coach (Phill Seasock) taught us when you step on and off the bus, you represent our school, our city and our community – “we are driving billboard!” As a good leader, Seasock’s teachings about the game of soccer were not as important as the respect that he intertwined in each of us – respect for ourselves and respect for others around us (including the other teams.) We played good soccer as a team and individually acted as gentlemen, always (on and off the field.)

Coach Seasock and his 1991 middle school soccer team.

Coach Seasock and his 1991 middle school soccer team.

Just as in the case with Middle School soccer players… Today, things are conceptually not very different in regards to social media. Whether you are a part of a team, group, company, community, etc. – you become “a digital billboard.”

Last night, Refresh Detroit (follow on Twitter @refreshdetroit) held a discussion with a diverse panel of excellent speakers (including, Evan Deutsch, Dalila Akli, Chris Kochmanski and Shannon Paul moderated by Marie MacNee) who provided valuable dialogue about:

· best practices for writing web copy
· users interaction with copy
· copy writing for (SEO) search engine optimization
· writing for social media

Please feel free to view the great discussions here…

Part 1 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1415776

Part 2 http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/1415935

Focusing on the last bullet, Chris Kochmanski (with over 30 years of strategic marketing experience), stated something that struck my interest, “I generally tend to write in a more conversational tone… online.”

Following up on this last point from Chris, Shannon Paul started out by saying, “The Internet is a social place…” How can a brand elevate the human level? How can you become a resource?

Shannon’s blog post (“Don’t Be That Guy”) from last summer concisely sums up how you should approach the digital space without being offensive or rude. Maybe my (yet another) analogy is an overkill but imagine your billboard standing out as an offensive eyesore, rather than blending in with the scene – nicely. In social intercommunication, your punishment is not detention or extra laps at the next practice. It creates a bad reputation and futile relationships.

I’ve probably been that guy in some cases (we all have most likely) but the key is to remember – as Shannon also explains…” it’s not too late to change your ways.” You really can’t hide your true character – the community will quickly identify the persona that you present, masking your true motives. Deceptive behaviors for a desired impression when interacting with other people will read like a blinking billboard displaying, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.”

Finally, I was having a conversation with a colleague about all of the opinions and discussions surrounding social media. He stated, “Everybody wants to be the smartest guy in the room.” Absolutely, who wants to feel bad about themselves or feel useless, the key is to be respectful not boastful – remember that we are all part of a community. Share what you know. Don’t be an eyesore – a showboat. Be a good billboard – a resource. Play nicely with others, even if there are disagreements. Especially when representing a brand/company/team…in the community.

We all depend on each other. I’d say so!

How do you depend on others or help those who depend on you?

Also, check out Shannon’s great presentation on:





The Ford Story

15 04 2009

The Ford Story – A twitter-conference with Ford CEO, Alan Mulally

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Alan Mulally on Twitter
Source: FordStory (YouTube)

Ford CEO Alan Mulally held Q&A on Twitter today. As Public relations is becoming the fastest-growing focal point of marketing services for many brands… Ford is recognizing and adapting with the maturing social and political dialogue made possible by new media technologies.

Search #FordCEO for more information from the live discussion with Mr. Mulally via Twitter.

What is your Ford Story?

My First F-150

My First F-150