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    Carnival Of The Geospatialists #3 - Musings and Down-Right Cool Things Shared by the Geo Faithful PDF Print E-mail
    Experts - Glenn Letham
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    27 January 2012
    It's been a couple of weeks so that means time again for another Geo Carnival... a fun roundup of GeoMusings and down-right cool, GeoGeekery from around the web.

    Lightning Talks in The Springs

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    Marketing 101 - WOM

    A final goodie, if you're a small business owner, or perhaps an exec with a huge company, have you considered upping your commitment to "Word of Mouth" marketing (WOM)? It's a real art but can payoff with massive dividends. I highly encourage you to give it some consideration and to help you, check out this video from WOM guru (and friend of yours truly) James Whatley (@whatleydude) - the vid is 20 minutes in length but well worth it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utMAsCRC12Q



    PS: I'm thinking about rolling the GeoCarnival into a video format... what's your thought about this?? Any tips or feedback?? Ping me on G+ + Glenn Letham or @gletham

    See Also:

    Carnival Of The Geospatialists #1 - Musings and Down-Right Cool Things Shared by the Geo Faithful

    Carnival Of The Geospatialists #2 - Musings and Down-Right Cool Things Shared by the Geo Faithful 


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