Love the idea Paul! Have scheduled some time later next week to delve deeper and hopefully provide some feedback. Keep rock’n it .. ;-))

Empire Avenue Tips

beyond-empire-avenue-250x1xxI’m very excited to announce the launch of a brand new Empire Avenue related website, BeyondEmpireAvenue.com.

This new site builds on ideas and purpose of the Beyond Empire Avenue Facebook group which was launched 6 weeks ago – to help people take Empire Avenue beyond a social stock market game and use it achieve their business, nonprofit and personal goals.

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What a great program and post Sally! Re-blogging this on my site..

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I have a laundry list of physical conditions as well as emotional challenges with Bipolar Disorder.

I am mostly online when I am not in bed.  I have great online relationships, and love to help people.

I am partners with my husband Bruce, and he takes care of the things that I cannot do.

If you have challenges as well, you can start earning income online for FREE.

We recommend a few programs that are working for us:

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This program is excellent for anyone around the world with Internet Access, who can read and write in English.

We work very closely with Albert to…

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Great article and though provoking…

Storytelling Pro

When you’re creating a setting in creative writing mode, you really only have two options: use a real world setting or create your own.  Now, with both options, there are a ton of sub-options/questions that need to be filled out.  After all, we’re going for a realistic world here.  Our readers need to be able to believe it’s real.

In today’s lesson, we’ll be creating our own world.  I’ll be giving you questions and answers as a sample idea to get you into the thinking mode.  Let’s go ahead and jump right into it shall we?

Is your world Earth like or not?  In this case, we’ll say it’s not.

Is it a modern world, futuristic, or perhaps medieval?  Sense it’s not Earth like, we’re going to go with a medieval setting.

Since your world is not Earth like, what is it like?  Barren?  Nothing but Water?  Volcanic?  Let’s go…

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Top 10 Competing Social Media Mobile Applications


People are constantly on the lookout for social networks. Wherever they’re friends are or whatever it is with the in-crowd, people are likely to join them.

These days, social networking has shifted from computers to mobile. Connecting with friends has become more convenient and easier for everyone.

While they are mostly there to help you connect with people, they can also help you land a job, stay updated with news information, and discover…

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Excellent article! I too agree that EAv can drive real world results as long as the missions are simple, as the article points out. When I see a laundry list of items to complete I’m hit’n the Missions button to grab another one. Keep it smart and simple.

As for EAv’s platform, and any platform for that matter, there will always be gamers, cheaters, and hacks. It’s unfortunate but a necessary evil to keep the creators busy and engaged..

Empire Avenue Tips

Troy Media has published a new article about Empire Avenue on its site.  The article features info, stories and opinions from Robert Lavigne and focuses specifically on the real-world results missions can produce for businesses. It also talks about what Tim Gorree has accomplished for Nokia through Empire Avenue.

It’s great to hear more examples of how EAv is more than a game and helping organizations achieve their goals!

Hopefully, EAv will start to Communicate “Social Media Rocket Fuel” themselves more often, and work on the issues that so often limit the success of missions like mission cheating and cumbersome communities which make it difficult to target missions to specific niches.

What do you think of the article?  What do you think of the effectiveness of Empire Avenue to produce real world business results?

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Another great article Anna! People forget top management is pre-occupied running a business and may know ‘about’ social media, let alone ‘internal’ social media, but probably don’t understand it. Time and resources are a major factor. Adding a little “Magic”, as you so eloquently write, may be the bridge top executives need to either get involved or delegate the necessary resources… :-))

Anna Rydne Communicate (your) Skills

Do your CEO and his closest crew say no to internal social media? What’s the reason? Well, it sounds differently in different corporations or depending on who you speak to, but a common answer when management don’t want to engage is this:

“We don’t want people to throw away valuable work hours by chatting, irrelevant status up-dating and God-knows-what non work related stuff. And, by the way, social media is probably just a passing fad. So, just let us ignore it.”

Ok, who can (or dare) argue? In a way it’s true: Only God-knows-what will happen. It can, as Cinderella says, be frightfully dull, and-and-and boring, and-and completely… (and here it comes): Completely wonderful.

What Would Cinderella Do?

If you want that internal social media-thing to happen in your company, your mission is to bring top management some magic.

Often, negative responses to…

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What a great article Anna! Successful communication is key in any environment but more importantly when operating in business environments when the end goal is more leads, sales, and repeat business. Asking for feedback or ideas when presenting your thoughts via a visual tool like Power Point can go a long way toward getting the message and communication right the first time.

make a powerful point

A message doesn’t work if it’s just sent out. It must also be sent in. Think about it. Is your message understood just because you have delivered it? Consider it delivered when you are sure your audience understands.

A lot of people just send their messages out. I have seen it a million times in corporate communication, especially in a company’s internal communication. PowerPoints with no context appear on the intranet (can it be worse?) and people act like: “here’s my presentation, read my mind!”

What does such a message communicate? Certainly not what’s intended. Say you have worked a long time on a project, it’s finally finished and you want to spread the word. You place your latest PowerPoint on the intranet (the same presentation you used when summing up the accomplished work in your project group). You write some kind of caption instead of a headline, let’s say “New product”, you add a thumbnail pic…

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