Tourism/meeting humor

September 29, 2009

The body charged with attracting more visitors to the midwestern state will now be known as the Tourism Federation of Wisconsin (TFW), in an attempt to put a stop to the jokes. It seems that the federation was unaware of – or unconcerned by – the modern meaning of WTF until its acronym featured on […]

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The Xer Meme: Have I sold out?

September 28, 2009

Back in college I discovered this amazing acoustic guitar duo that toured regionally. My friends and I would drive all over the place following them into small music halls, bars, and college music festivals. The year before I graduated they put together a band and got even better. I followed them closer, was active on […]

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A second opinion on Google Wave

July 29, 2009

From all indications, Google Wave looks to be a game-changing group collaboration technology. If you haven’t already watched the video from the Google I/O event earlier this year (caution, it’s long) you really should set aside some time to look into this, especially if your organization does a lot of online collaboration. Google does a […]

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Ask the CAE: How do you create a viral status update link for Twitter?

July 21, 2009

A few people have seen some of the viral status update links I push out through Twitter and have wondered how I did it. It’s actually really simple if you know what you’re doing. Start your link URL with Then, everything after the equal sign will be the status that appears in the update […]

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Buy “The Fogdirog” and be association geek chic

June 16, 2009

So I had a little fun on Zazzle tonight. I made and bought one of these. If you want one too, go ahead and buy it, and we can coordinate outfits at ASAE. It’ll be so much fun. What the heck is fogdirog, you say? Buy this shirt.

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Wanna speak to +/- 1000 Canadian & American Realtor Association Execs?

May 20, 2009

If yes, fill out this here form. The meeting is in April 2010 in Quebec. If you decide to put in for this, please drop me a line. I’m on the selection committee for this conference of association executives, so you have a friend on the inside. I’ll see what I can do.

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Really? Totally free association marketing conference

May 8, 2009

Two free nights at a Disney resort Free association marketing conference Free food and beverage All you have to do is get there This is what the crazy economy has brought us.

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Video post: Quick tutorial on

May 8, 2009

There are about a zillion meeting scheduling services on the Web, but this one’s the best, in my humble opinion. It’s called, and it is the simplest, most elegant meeting scheduling service I’ve ever used. Here’s a four minute video on how it works: meeting scheduling servicefrom Ben Martin on Vimeo.

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Introducing a cool new tool for tracking Twitter @ replies on the go

April 30, 2009

A few weeks ago I told my friend Jeff Turner about some trouble I was having with Twitter. No, not that kind of trouble. To help me out, Jeff built this site for me, and now it’s out of super-secret beta so I can share it with you. Watch this video for information about the […]

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Ask the CAE: How do you get your blog posts to appear as notes in your facebook profile?

April 29, 2009

This would definitely qualify as a frequently asked question, so rather than explain it, let me show you how to do it: Adding blog posts to your facebook notes — automagically! from Ben Martin on Vimeo.

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