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Q&A with Inside Social Marketing speaker Raman Sehgal of Ahalogy


Raman Sehgal is the Vice President of Client Strategy at Ahalogy (formerly Pingage) and is a true master of Pinterest marketing. Sehgal will speak at the upcoming Inside Social Marketing conference, Dec. 3-4 in New York. He’ll discuss the do’s and don’ts of Pinterest — a highly-visual platform that is seeing great success with conversion — in a Dec. 4 session, “Utilizing Pinterest: The Business of Social Content Curation.”

Register for the event by clicking here.

Sehgal recently spoke with SocialTimes about Pinterest marketing.

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Mediabistro Course

Creative Social Branding

Creative Social BrandingLearn how to create social buzz for your brand! Starting November 24, the VP of content strategy at DBA will teach you how to speak and write to different audiences on social platforms, identify and engage with current trends and influencers, and build an excellent social strategy to amplify your numbers and rate engagement. Register now!

Watch YouTube for Live Updates From Mayor Bloomberg on Shooting at Empire State Building


In New York City this morning, two people were killed and several others were wounded when a work dispute ended in gunfire outside the Empire State Building. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police commissioner Raymond Kelly have been holding a press conference since 11:00 a.m. eastern time. That conference is streaming live right now on YouTube.

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America’s Fastest Texters Compete for Cash in New York City


Finally, the ability to type quickly with two thumbs is paying off, or rather it could pay off for one of the 11 finalists at the 6th annual LG U.S. National Texting Competition. Since May, the electronics company has sponsored weekly Facebook tournaments to find the fastest and most accurate texters from all over the country. Today at noon, the remaining players will face off in New York City’s Times Square for a shot at $50,000.

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Town with 25K People Trading in Massive Paper Agendas for iPads


Here’s a story about a town government making some interesting decisions gadget-wise and waste-wise: Cornelius, North Carolina.

Town Turns to iPads in Cost-Cutting Move (New York Times)

The town commissioners meeting agenda package is generally about 200 pages pages. Twenty copies of the agenda is made each time one is produced. The town government plans to buy 16 16GB WiFi-only iPads (based on the $500 per unit price noted in the article) to reduce the number of printed agendas for each meeting. The town government expects to recover the cost of the iPad in about 1.5 years.

There’s a bit more to using an iPad than just having the device, of course. Software (apps), Apple Care (extended warranty) and WiFi (or 3G-to-WiFi tethering) network connectivity involve additional costs. Still, it sounds like the town official have thought this through and are on their way to an iPad-ized government.