Content Success Summit 2013 Free Pass Winner + Win a Free Copy of My Book

Last week I announced a free Content Success Summit pass giveaway. There were some really great entries. So many that I could not pick a winner. Also, I am a bit biased as I personally know a few of the people who entered.

Feel free to read all of the entries here

So … I asked my wife (she’s an Ob/GYN – not in the content marketing world) to pick the winner.

I’m super-excited to announce the winner.

CONGRATS TO … MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

Here what Michael “IronBacon” Cunningham’s comment:

I am requesting this free pass not so much for me, but for a marketing department that is hungry, and poised, to take a company beyond the comfortable corporate verbiage and into the realm of true content marketing and storytelling.

I work in a marketing department that is facing serious boredom. Okay, we’re not sitting around waiting for something to do, believe me, we’re working our asses off. But we’ve been doing the same put-your-head-down-and-get-the-project-done, insert marketing gobbldy-gook-here kind of marketing for years and we’re sick of it.

But an event like the Content Success Summit would be a great team building exercise that would light a fire under our collective asses to strive for greatness.

I want this free pass for my marketing department: A collection of talented and creative people who have gathered pitchforks and are ready to storm the ramparts of content marketing mediocrity. This seminar could be the spark that lights our torches to go along with our pitchforks and light our way to the castle.

Thanks for the opportunity, D.J. I think you’re the bee knees no matter what Nick Westergaard says about you behind your back.

As it turns out, Michael is a Hoosiers basketball fan. As a die-hard Michigan Wolverine (class of ’98!), it pains me a bit to give this free pass to an IU fan, but at least it stays in the Big 10. Also, I’ll be going to Bloomington to see my would-have-been-#1-Michigan-Wolverines beat Indiana on February 2. Go Blue.

(Michael – please DM me with your contact information so I can get you the free Content Success Summit pass)

Wait, There’s More!

The one bummer about giveaways like this is that there can only be one winner (I only had one free pass!). So, I figured I’d offer another chance to win something for free.

For each ticket to Content Success Summit that you purchase using this link (affiliate), I’ll send you a FREE copy of my new book, The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing.

Yes, that’s right. If you purchase a ticket to Content Success Summit using this (affiliate) link … you’ll get a FREE copy of my new book.

It’s that simple.

What Is Content Success Summit 2013?

Not sure what the Content Success Summit is all about? I’ve included a short description below. You can see the full details here.

This event, organized by the folks at Social Media Examiner, is a special online (no travel!) conference designed to help you master content marketing.

WHERE: At your home or office! You attend this live event using your computer (no long-distance bill or travel expenses!).

WHEN: Starting February 5, 2013 (spread over four weeks). Plus you’ll get recordings and transcripts of all live sessions.

PRICE: $597 … but …

My 45-minute session, scheduled for Thursday, February 21st, is titled The Secret to Email Marketing: How to Grow Your List

I hope to see you there. Again, if you purchase a ticket using this (affiliate) link, I’ll send you a free copy of my book, The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing.

Grab your ticket now!

DJ Waldow
Waldow Social

P.S. Have you heard the news? Nick Westergaard and I have started a weekly podcast called The Work Talk Show, where we interview crazy-smart folks about how work gets done. Give the latest episode a listen!


In case you missed the news, my buddy Jason Falls and I  recently wrote a book called The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing: Grow Your List, Break the Rules, and Win?

Yup. It’s true.

In the book, we talk about growing your email list as well as breaking “the rules” of email marketing. Break the rules and grab your copy today, right now. Here –> AVAILABLE NOW!

Reminder: There is no such thing as “best practices” when it comes to email marketing. Best practices are those that are best for your audience.

Win a FREE Pass to Content Success Summit 2013

I’m honored to be a part of this year’s Content Success Summit.

This event, organized by the folks at Social Media Examiner, is a special online (no travel!) conference designed to help you master content marketing.

WHERE: At your home or office! You attend this live event using your computer (no long-distance bill or travel expenses!).

WHEN: Starting February 5, 2013 (spread over four weeks). Plus you’ll get recordings and transcripts of all live sessions.

PRICE: $597 … but, as you can tell from the title of this blog post, the price – if you win – is FREE!

My 45-minute session, scheduled for Thursday, February 21st, is titled The Secret to Email Marketing: How to Grow Your List

But my session is really just the tip of the iceberg.

I’ll be joined (virtually) by Joe Pulizzi (co-author, Get Content Get Customers), Ann Handley (co-author, Content Rules), Michael Hyatt (author, Platform), Michael Stelzner (author, Launch), Amy Porterfield (co-author, Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies), Mark Schaefer (author, Return on Influence), Gini Dietrich (co-author, Marketing in the Round), David Siteman Garland (author, Smarter, Faster, Cheaper), Lewis Howes (co-author, LinkedWorking), Derek Halpern (Social Triggers), Pat Flynn (Smart Passive Income) and Marcus Sheridan (The Sales Lion).

Wow, right? I personally know most of the other presenters and can tell you this – they are all at the top of their respective games when it comes to content marketing.

The folks at Social Media Examiner have been kind enough to give me one Content Success Summit 2013 ticket to give away to … YOU!

To be eligible to win, all you need to do is leave a comment below telling me how the Content Success Summit will benefit you. That’s it!

The “Fine Print”

1. You can only enter once (one comment!).
2. The deadline is Sunday, January 13th at midnight PT. I’ll pick a winner shortly after and announce it on this blog.
3. I will be the one picking the winner and will do my best (fingers crossed) to be unbiased!
4. No purchase is necessary to win.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments. Best of luck!

*All Content Success Summit links in this post are affiliate links.

DJ Waldow
Waldow Social

P.S. Have you heard the news? Nick Westergaard and I have started a weekly podcast called The Work Talk Show, where we interview crazy-smart folks about how work gets done. Give the latest episode a listen!


In case you missed the news, my buddy Jason Falls and I  recently wrote a book called The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing: Grow Your List, Break the Rules, and Win?

Yup. It’s true.

In the book, we talk about growing your email list as well as breaking “the rules” of email marketing. Break the rules and grab your copy today, right now. Here –> AVAILABLE NOW!

Reminder: There is no such thing as “best practices” when it comes to email marketing. Best practices are those that are best for your audience.

7 Email Marketing “Rules” You Must Break: Social Brand Forum 2012

What do the Iowa River Landing, Ann Handley, Nick Westergaard, Mack Collier and breaking “the rules” of email marketing all have in common?

Normally, not a whole lot.

However, next week – October 17 and 18 – Ann, Mack and I will be speaking at Nick Westergaard’s Social Brand Forum 2012 event located at the Iowa River Landing. I’ll be presenting, “7 Email Marketing ‘Rules’ You Must Break” – one of my all-time favorite topics.

I am very excited to be part of Nick’s first (annual?) Social Brand Forum. Located in the heart of Coralville, Iowa, Social Brand Forum 2012 is sure to be a killer event. As I first shared with Nick when he asked me to be a part of this event, when I step foot in Iowa, it will be the first time I’ve been there since the Jess Settles days. Anyone remember Jess Settles? I’m pretty sure he played at Iowa for about a decade.

As is shared on the event website:

Social Brand Forum 2012 brings national-level social media content to the Eastern Iowa Creative Corridor for a day and half of keynotes, panel discussions, and interactive sessions. Featuring speakers, authors, and thought leaders from the national stage, the event is designed to help marketers at organizations small and large build stronger brands through social media content, conversations, and community.

But don’t take it from me! Check out the details of the event – speakers, schedule, and so on.

One last thing. Last month, Nick (even organizer), Ann (good friend, colleague, author, and event speaker) and I sat down and recorded a short video talking about the Social Brand Forum 2012. As you can tell, we had a bit of fun, as we always do when the three of us get together.

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Having trouble seeing the video? Try watching directly on YouTube.

See you in Iowa!

DJ Waldow
Waldow Social

P.S. Have you heard the news? The aforementioned Nick Westeragaard and I have started a podcast! The Work Talk Show is a weekly podcast featuring a talk show format along with crazy smart guests who operate outside the lines of what work has traditionally looked like. We have “irreverent and insightful” conversations on work habits, work-shifting, virtual teams, productivity, travel, tools, technology, work-life balance, and everything in between as we take a look at how work gets done today.


Speaking of breaking the rules, did you know that my buddy Jason Falls and I just wrote a book called The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing: Grow Your List, Break the Rules, and Win?

Yup. It’s true.

In fact, Nick will be giving away some copies of the book in Iowa next week. But, you could always just break the rules and grab your copy today, right now. Here –> AVAILABLE NOW!

Reminder: There is no such thing as “best practices” when it comes to email marketing. Best practices are those that are best for your audience.

Being an Email Marketing Rebel


Last week I had the honor of speaking at Explore Minneapolis, an event hosted by my friend, colleague, and co-author Jason Falls. I’ve now spoken at 3 of Jason’s events and I have to say, this one was right up there when it came to quality speakers. Folks like Jay Baer, Tom Webster, Nick Westergaard, Nichole Kelly, Tamsen McMahon, and many others highlighted the 2-day event. As Jason said, it certainly was “fast and furious.”

In Minneapolis, I gave a “fast and furious” 30-minute talk about Being an Email Marketing Rebel. The presentation was based on the new book that Jason and I wrote, The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing: How to Grow Your List, Break the Rules, and Win (available now for purchase – as of yesterday!) Below are the slides for your viewing pleasure … and download.

Having trouble seeing the slides? Try viewing directly on Slideshare.

Interested in booking me to speak at your next event? Fill out this short form here (select “Book Tour” option under “How Can We Help?”) and I’ll get back to you shortly!

DJ Waldow
Waldow Social

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Looking for an email marketing book that’s not your average, boring “You MUST do this” type advice? Look no further. My buddy Jason Falls and I just wrote, The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing: Grow Your List, Break the Rules, and Win.

Break the rules and grab your copy today. AVAILABLE NOW!

Social Media Experiment: How To Find a Job

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking at BlogWorld & New Media Expo: Los Angeles*.

My talk was titled, “Social Media Experiment: How to Find a New Job” and was based on my experience of my 30-day job search that resulted in the founding of Waldow Social (read Waldow Social: My Successful Social Media Experiment for more details).

Below is a copy of the slides that I presented on November 5th:

Social Media Experiment: How to Find a New Job – BlogWorld 5NOV11 (Waldow Social)

Having trouble seeing the presentation above? Try going directly to Slideshare.

While I always love sharing my presentations publicly, I still feel that nothing is better than seeing them live. Slides can only convey so much – especially the way I put mine together (big images/pictures, few words). However, as you’ll note with this presentation, there are certainly a few overarching themes and takeaways.

Themes & Takeaways

  1. Finding a job using social media does not happen in 30 days. It takes years. (See slides 19 & 20)
  2. It’s all about social capital, trust, friendships, & relationships. (Slides 21-37)
  3. Ask yourself: What are you known for? What do you want to be known for? What are you good at? What do you love? (Slide 40)
  4. Be helpful. Be kind. Be positive. (Slide 41)
  5. It takes time, work, and involves online and offline. (Slide 42)

I really hope that you enjoy viewing this presentation as much as I enjoyed giving it. There is not much more satisfying in my personal & professional life then standing in front of a captive audience sharing stories. If you are interested in learning a bit more about how Waldow Social may be able to help you, fill out our Contact Form.

*Disclaimer: BlogWorld is a Waldow Social client.

Cheers,
DJ Waldow

Email Marketing Trends and Advice Straight From the Hip

All About eMail Virtual Conference Expo

I’m very excited (some may say PUMPED) to be closing out tomorrow’s 4th Annual All About eMail Virtual Conference & Expo (register here) with my good friend & industry colleague, Andrew Kordek of Trendline Interactive. Andrew and I will be bantering back and forth for an hour about “Email Marketing Trends and Advice Straight From the Hip.” Specifically, we’ll discuss the following 5 topics:

1. Purchased Lists (& Forced Opt-Outs)
2. Apology Emails
3. Email Marketing & Social Media
4. Relevancy vs. Permission
5. “Like vs. Email Address

Why Should You Join Us?

Well, if you’ve ever attended an event – online/virtual or in person – where both Andrew & I share the stage, you know that it’s guaranteed to be entertaining. You’ll laugh. You’ll smile. We also hope our lively discussion will get you thinking, asking good questions, and going back to your office to test out some new strategies & tactics around email marketing.

*Bonus: I’m a die hard Michigan fan (video!) and Andrew roots for Notre Dame. Need I say more?

A Bit More About The All About eMail Virtual Conference & Expo

As mentioned above, this is the 4th annual event hosted by the eM+C. It’s a “FREE virtual show for email marketers everywhere.” Some of the best and brightest email marketing minds on the planet will be speaking, including friends & super-smarties Amy Africa, Ken Magill, & Pilar Bower. Topics include – email marketing best practices and strategies, email acquisition, email data management, email and social, email rendering and more! Full agenda.

Did I mention that it is free? Yes. FREE (in all caps).

Register now!

Be sure to come armed with some tough questions for Andrew and me.

Cheers,
DJ Waldow

13 Ways To Grow Your Email Marketing List

Social Fresh LogoYesterday, I had the honor of presenting at Social Fresh Charlotte. If you’ve never heard of Social Fresh, read this post first. Jason Keath puts on one helluva show. Charlotte did not disappoint. Besides being able to catch up with some long-time friends and bear hug some folks I met for the first time face to face, I was able to do what I love most – present on a topic that I’m passionate about (email marketing) to a live audience.

I’m a big believer in face to face. Social media is great – in many many ways – but nothing beats having a conversation with someone while looking them in the eye. Having a cup of coffee, swapping stories over dinner, shooting the breeze over a few pints of beer – there is nothing better.

However, this post is not about face to face. It’s about 13 Ways To Grow Your Email Marketing List, specifically my slides from yesterday’s talk. If you were unable to see the live presentation (face to face), you can view it now:

Can’t see the slides? Try viewing directly on Slideshare.

If you have any specific questions about the presentation, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments below. Additionally, you can fill out this form and we’ll reply shortly.

Cheers,
DJ Waldow