A Very Special Day

June 30th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 6 Comments

Today’s my husband’s birthday.

He’s not like me at all. He doesn’t like much being made of him; he’s content to be the strong and silent type while I blather away.

Perhaps that’s why we’ve been happily married for almost 11 years (coming up in July).

I’ve met a great many wonderful people in my life, and I’m sure a great many are to follow. But I can’t imagine, for one moment, anyone who would top this wonderful man.

… who puts up with my ABBA and Elvis manias …

… who has never questioned – but, in fact – encouraged – me in everything I’ve done

… who is the most intelligent, funniest, kindest, lovingest person I know.

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Catching Up With #measurePR

June 29th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 2 Comments

The last couple of #measurePR chats have been interesting. A few weeks ago, we resumed our chat via a “community” edition, i.e. where we literally just chatted about measuring our favorite subject, PR. There weren’t any guests, or any set agenda – just… us.

Image: Proctor Archives, Creative Commons

You can get the June #measurePR community chat transcript here.

Then, last week, we were extremely fortunate that Lee Odden was able to join us, to talk about the confluence between SEO and PR measurement.

I can’t imagine you don’t know who Lee is. He’s an all-round brilliant (and nice) guy, CEO of TopRank Online Marketing, and one of the people who doesn’t just get PR and SEO, but the measurement aspect as well. So it was really great that Lee was able to take time out of his busy schedule to join us.

Here are a sampling of tweets from the chat:

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DMC10, Twitter and The Blue Ball

June 25th, 2010 | Shonali Burke | 3 Comments

Earlier today I presented at the 2010 Digital Media Conference, put on by PotomacTechWire and DigitalMediaWire.

My panel focused on “Twitter and the Media,” and included luminaries such as Rohit Bhargava, Jodi Gersh, Kevin Dando and Chris McGill. If ever a panel made me feel smart…

It was a fun afternoon, for which I prepared by downing copious amounts of the delicious tomato/basil soup on hand. And I hope those who attended got something out of it too.

For me, it was great not just to meet/reconnect with my fellow panelists, but to see folks like Mike Smith, Liz Shea, Ashley Houghton and Stephanie Wonderlick.

We talked, as you might imagine, about various aspects of Twitter. And while I enjoyed all the comments, something Chris said particularly struck home: Continue reading »