Just finished reading the new book by Peter Shankman, “Zombie Loyalists”. I’m so excited I devoured the book as soon as it was released a couple weeks ago, and just finished it over the weekend. I listened to Peter speak as keynote at a DCBKK in 2013 (Dynamite Circle mastermind conference and he really moved me at that speech, discussing how “There is Serious Business in Being Nice” (I have some highlights on a blog post from my DCBKK experience. I guess that is when he “bit me” and I became one of his Zombie Loyalists. I am always excited … Continue reading Book Review: Zombie Loyalists -> I’ve Been Bitten!
I’ve been hosting a podcast for over a year now, but have not had the chance to be on a podcast interview since JP had me on China Business Cast in late 2013, and on Terry Lin’s Build My Online Store episode 3. So this was a fun time to get on the other side of the microphone and get interviewed on the Limitless Laowai podcast, listen to my interview in episode 45 about my experience doing a tech startup in China and “riding the social media wave” as she titled it. What’s A Laowai? True, I think some of … Continue reading Had a lot of fun being interviewed on Limitless Laowai Podcast!
After a very successful first Social Media training seminar in January before Chinese New years, we have been trying to make an agenda and a plan for future events. Hero Meets Hero group (aka hiwto, a Chinese ecommerce group I’m marketing to Foreigners) ….we ran a survey in QQ…..posted feedback on Sina Weibo. Followed up with those who attended…..everyone was really happy with it. We plan to have them two times a month, on saturday afternoons…but the question became, which topics, how long, how to best interact? So, to better determine it, Anne at hiwto took the initiative (and pushing … Continue reading Social Media Brainstorming Session, Sat Feb 18 afternoon, Chai Huo
A few of my friends have been checking up with me on how my first social media marketing seminar went this past Saturday. I just got the photos and feedback from the marketing team this afternoon, so here we go: We had 10 people come to the training seminar. To understand who came, there was LureNight.com (ecommerce site for lingerie, @lurenight) that had 3 representatives, and DinoDirect had 2 people, the others were representing their companies. Kevin, a friend of mine selling hair extensions online (hairextensionsbiz.com @hairexte) came and brought his translator as his english skills may not have been … Continue reading Great Success! Feedback + Results from Social Media Training Seminar
Last night Network PRD group in Shenzhen re-ignited the meetups after taking some time off (last event I see is November 27, 2010 – EUCCC 10th Anniversary Charity Event – The Kempinski. David Shomaker wanted to bring it back and asked me and 9 others to volunteer helping promote and organize a new series of monthly events. This was the “new” first one, Thursday June 16th, and I would say overall a success. David organized it to be from 7pm to 8:30pm with a few company / personal introductions and then a feature speaker. Mingling and cocktails – Get to … Continue reading Successful Network PRD meetup, more Shenzhen Networking
My friend Leon is applying for a work visa in Hong Kong, and one of the biggest criteria is a university degree. Unfortunately, as smart and capable of a programmer in today’s world, one of the best I have come across, but because of formal education, he is having problems. Is that the best way to measure someone’s capabilities? I think, just like I am a fan of coworking, couchsurfing, and minimalism. I think the same will happen not only in “adult world” but in children’s learning environment, aka “schools”. This is disruptive, and I recently read an article Peter … Continue reading Will Future Generations Go To University? Go to Classrooms?
Life is the path you make it…and when people ask me how I get myself into certain situations….its such a long string of events….networking, knowing people, as well as being in the right place at the right time. James Sung, my friend in Shenzhen for a few years, has a consumer electronics factory (the bluetooth factory I visited earlier this week) and he invited me to a TV series his CCTV reporter contact is doing, foreigners in China and their consumer electronics inventions. He asked me to present about the electrapour and the ecommerce services I am providing. The video … Continue reading Interviewed on Chinese Television, CCTV, Foreigners in China
uh oh! Its official, I’ve changed my email signature from “internet marketing consultant” to “social media consultant”. Changed my “job” by changing my email signature….pretty hilarious when you think about it….but we are who we make ourselves to be…or else others tell us who to be. Its our choice, I have said it not making a decision is making a decision and I have to make hard choices and FOCUS! But life is always re-inventing yourself, adapting to the environment around you. And people are constantly approaching more more as a social media guy, integrating social campaigns, connecting people, building … Continue reading I’m a Social Media Consultant! In China!
In 2010 and even more in 2011 I’ve been organizing twitter meetups and getting more professional with ecommerce meetups. As I’m doing these, been doing a lot of hyper networking, and met the “Chinese side” of the Shenzhen ecommerce meetups and was invited to one, without too much notice of where it was, who it was by, when it started, ended, etc etc. Turns out it was a Saturday afternoon, (really, up until yesterday afternoon I didn’t get a confirmation of time and place) way out on the other side of Shenzhen in Da Mei Sha (a beach area) in … Continue reading Shenzhen Chinese Ecommerce Meetup, Google China Here
I should cross promote the two blogs more, not sure if people even realize i have this blog translated to chinese. When I first came to China at the end of 2007 my good friend, Gao Xing, gave me my chinese name, mai li ni , which is a best effort to convert my family name, michelini, to a chinese version. I first blogged about disco Mai Li Ni 迈理倪 I then bought the domain mailini.com 迈理倪 and had it translated to chinese by my staff and friends. Its not google translate, i have Melissa currently doing it on her … Continue reading Spending More Time on my Chinese Blog, mailini
I consider myself always as semi geek, semi cool…..I played on both sides when in high school, and learned to be flexible and deal with many personalities. I am not afraid to make fun of myself, maybe its a sign I’m getting old! I also blogged about how us “social media” online people are a bunch of nerds! There have been social media prom nights – and the idea was made to give those “nerds” in high school that maybe didn’t have such a great high school prom to be able to get another chance. And now, nerds are cool! … Continue reading Return of the Geeks, Have Their Fun Later in Life
maybe its my turning 30, the fact that i have made commitments to my career and basic geographical location…and getting used to being in the constant moving….I am constantly having an internal battle about why I am traveling so much….its exhausting, but I think its important to what I’m trying to do….bridge cultures and connect people. Its the life I have created, and I just have to learn to live with it. Its just becoming more clear…I want to develop social media, communities, I get the most fulfillment from that. I think it is the most difficult, and its also … Continue reading Feel More Equipped, More Professional Then Ever
I think foursquare is my favorite social media brand….It just seems to have a nice, warm fuzzy feeling about it that makes you get addicted to getting points, badges, chatting it up with your friends about locations you are going to or have been, and reading tips from complete strangers in new venues when you arrive. Today was “Foursquare Day” April 16 (4 squared, 4 x 4) and Foursquare has been very excited having a dedicated page about it, and having people from all over the world gather to check in. There was a special badge for today, description below. … Continue reading Foursquare Day Hong Kong #4sqhk – Social Media Continues Growth!
After Dongguan meetings and training sessions with new hires, came to Shenzhen to check out potential coworking office spaces. Met up with Gareth, who is working in the Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, which was setup to attract overseas Chinese to return to China to open a company. I met him online and he has extra space there and is well aware of the coworking scene and vision…so its an “easy sell” to explain to him what needs to be done. It is in a new section of the Nanshan Shenzhen Hi Tech park, photograph here in the post The … Continue reading Further Developments in Shenzhen China Coworking
While some may not believe, I survived to successfully enter China and speak about Twitter and Facebook promotion (amazing because the government forbids and blocks it). But Chinese businesses that need foreign customers (ie export businesses) NEED TO USE TWITTER AND FACEBOOK. Flat out, no questions asked, more and more, you need social media in order to compete in today’s You can read about the interview on english social media here, but its all chinese. Here is my best to translate to English (via cleaned up version of Google translate) China’s micro-blogging service more advanced than Twitter At 20:08 on … Continue reading Featured on Chinese Tech News – Twitter vs. Weibo