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Learn business blogging from the expert, Dave Rigotti

Are you curious whether or not starting a blog could help your business?  Have you started a blog (or maybe several) only to have abandoned them and never stuck around long enough to get results?  Do you work for  a company that is now starting to realize the value in social media and blogging is your newest responsibility?  If so, don’t miss the next Social Media Breakfast Toledo  (Event #3)

Dave Rigotti, social media marketing expert will be explaining what business blogging is all about, how to start, what to post and how to specifically use WordPress to help your business grow.  The planning committee for Social Media Breakfast Toledo has been lucky enough to have Rigotti be part of our group.  He has 9 years experience in social media and is truely at the forefront.  We call him our “Doogie Howser” because Dave started learning and doing client work for social media as a teen.  The wealth of knowledge he has is incredible.  So much so that Microsoft has hired Dave to be a product manager for their search division.  He is leaving Toledo this month to take on that new role, fresh out of the University of Toledo.  We are sad to see him go, but excited for his great new career!  Way to go Dave!  So don’t miss this last opportunity to hear what he has to say about social media and in particular blogging for business.

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May 28, 2009 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

2nd Social Media Breakfast Toledo #smbtol

Here’s the ustream video from this morning’s 2nd Social Media Breakfast Toledo.  Aaron Newman, founder of Techrigy, flew in from Rochester, NY to speak to approx 70 Toledo business owners and professionals on Social Media Optimization (SMO) and Social Media Measurement.  Follow @aaronnewman on Twitter and learn more at

May 1, 2009 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Promoting clients and networking friends on Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter

Networking is how I have built and sustain my business(es).  Over the years I have built up quite a large sphere of friends that I regularly see at various events around Toledo.  In person, we’re always connecting one other and promoting each other’s services. 

As a graduate of the Certified Networker Program, I value good networking etiquette and wouldn’t think of shoving my card at someone I don’t know and that didn’t ask me for it.  Rarley do I ever talk about what I do unless someone asks me first.  Instead, I love it when I walk into a room and one of my friends makes a new connection for me and tells the person she already knows needs my services what I do first.  I love it!   Of course I do the same for them.  That’s how I do business.

With the rise of the new Social Media, my in-person network is now finding ourselves communicating online as much as off.  How could we use Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to promote each other as well as our clients?  I would like to apply the Giver’s Gain rule to Social Media and spend more time promoting others than myself. 


PS:  We just opened up registration for the next Social Media Breakfast Toledo  event!

April 15, 2009 at 6:31 pm Leave a comment

1st Social Media Breakfast Toledo great success!

The first of many Social Media Breakfast Toledo events took place Friday, April 3 2009 at the Elks Lodge in Toledo, Ohio.  79 people attended and another 67 viewed the live streamed video.  WTOL filmed the event and provided news coverage.  Feedback has been awesome! 

The next event will be May 1st 7:30-9:30 am at the Elks Lodge on Holland-Sylvania in Toledo, OH. 


The Social Media Breakfast Toledo Team:   Patrick Giammarco, Janeile Cudjoe, Julie Cantu, Tim Langhorst, Dave Rigotti, Damian Rintelmann, Kevin Cesarz, Allen Mireles, Mike Driehorst, Michael Temple, Steve Robison, Victoria Kamm

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April 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Since When is Fear a Gift?

Book Review:  The Gift of Fear

By Nick Nigro, Career Services Director at Davis College, Toledo, Ohio

Our new babysitter makes me feel uneasy. That stranger in a deserted parking lot offers me unsolicited help. I am driving in an area where I don’t feel safe; yet, I keep going. I give my credit card information easily over the phone even though I am not comfortable with the person on the other end. A contract gets signed with a business professional even though I don’t know the person very well. These are situations that are very real to any on of us. The feeling of threat and fear is all around us. We can protect ourselves if we simply trust our gut instincts, our intuition.

 In The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker shows us how to spot even the most subtle signs of danger – before it is too late. Often times, we think that most violent acts or dangers are unpredictable. If I were to interview you after you’ve encountered a situation gone bad; I believe you would admit that you had a bad feeling and you just didn’t listen to it.

 This ground-breaking book opened my eyes to the realities that with every person and in every circumstance I take in messages that translate into feelings that translate into daily actions and modes of operation. Our intuition takes it all in and communicates it back to us constantly. Gavin de Becker says that the only time our intuition lies to us is when we don’t listen to it. 

 While reading this book you will learn specific ways to protect yourself and those you love, including…how you act when approached by a stranger…when you ought to fear someone close to you…what to do if you are being stalked…how to uncover the source of anonymous threats and phone calls…the biggest mistake you can make with a threatening person…and so much more. It is like reading a thriller. Once I started listening to it on CD I couldn’t stop.

 In a day and age when we live with suspicious feelings and violence all around us, this book offers some timely insight. I highly recommend it to you as business professionals, as people constantly meeting people who want to develop relationships with us. The quality of your day-to-day life will be greatly improved after you read and apply what you’ve read in this book.

 We know how important first and lasting impressions are to our success both personally and professionally. This author changed my understanding and my way of thinking. You owe it to yourself to train yourself to trust your intuition and to learn how to do it effectively. I will guarantee that it will make a huge difference. Befriend your fear. Let it be a gift to help you. I’d lend you my book; however, I really want you to own your own.

April 2, 2009 at 1:51 pm 1 comment

Planning Committee Brings Social Media Breakfast Toledo – April 3rd

Social Media Breakfast Toledo planning committee:

Julie Cantu
Kevin Cesarz
Janeile Cudjoe
Mike Driehorst
Patrick Giammarco
Victoria Kamm
Tim Langhorst
Allen Mireles
Steve Robison
Michael Temple

Continue Reading March 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Make A Referral Week – March 9-13th 2009 – Stimulate the local economy Toledo!

Make A Referral Week - March 9-13

Attention all Toledo businesses!  This is Make A Referral Week – March 9-13th, 2009. 

In an attempt to help stimulate the economy – Make a Referral to another local business.  This is a national effort, but think about what you can do here locally to help other businesses.  Give and you’ll get back!  

Read more on the Duct Tape Marketing site by John Jantsch

March 9, 2009 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

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