Articles by Brian Kendall

Brian Kendall

Brian is a former journalist turned full-time blogger ... by choice. Brian studied at Angelo State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and English. A former editor for the volunteer-run news site Daily Source, Brian began working for Speak Social in 2012. Whether it be blogs, press releases, Wikipedia pages or whatever it is that a brand needs to communicate with, Brian creates original content for his clients. Brian Kendall on Google+ @TheBrianKendall


Marriage Equality
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Influencers Spread Equal Rights on Social Media like a Fast Moving Virus

When I get to the Speak Social office in the mornings, my routine is simple: I take my laptop out of my black messenger bag, plug it in the outlet behind my desk, and open Internet Explorer (no judgments please). I have three homepages that I check regularly: CNN, Facebook and Gmail. Normally, very little…

Speak Social North Austin Office
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Au revoir, West Anderson Lane

“The house you were born in.” It’s a romantic sentiment that equates to an eternal fondness for the place where one takes his or her first breath of life. One visits the place later in life, perhaps during one’s mid-life crisis, and the memories of where one learned to walk, talk and chew with his…

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A Journalist Wrote this Blog … and I have a Degree to Prove it

I recently attended a press event for the grand opening of a restaurant. There, sticking out among all the slacks, dresses, and neatly pressed shirts, was a young man, hair in disarray, wearing a black tank top and cargo pants. I was later told, much to my surprise, that this young man, who looked no…

How Cheerios Scared the Hell Out of Their Facebook Fans
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How Cheerios Scared the Hell Out of Their Facebook Fans

The story was all over the internet on Friday, “If you like Cheerios on Facebook, you’re not allowed to sue us.” General Mills, the overseer of such brands as Chex, Cheerios, and Betty Crocker, changed its legal terms, and what followed was your typical case of the unyielding, unforgiving internet working itself into a frenzy,…

Three Ways to Improve Foursquare
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Three Ways to Improve Foursquare

With the announcement of Foursquare’s $15 million deal with Microsoft that will see Foursquare integrated with Bing on all Windows platforms, it got the Speak Social team thinking about the struggling Social network. In recent years, Foursquare proved unable to keep up with the draws of more straight-forward location & review platforms such as Yelp and Google…

How Social Media Won the Super Bowl
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How Social Media Won the Super Bowl

If you’re going to have an event televised and viewed by over 100 million people, it’s safe to say marketers will be licking their chops at the opportunity such an event affords them. And it’s not just a big day for those few who can afford commercial spots during the Super Bowl. In the middle…

10 Events & Conferences to Attend in 2014
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10 Events & Conferences to Attend in 2014

If we’ve learned anything from past years, it’s that typical January blogs attempting to prognosticate major advancements in the coming year are worthless. The unpredictability of Social Media (who saw Snapchat taking over the world?) and technological advancements makes peeking through a crystal ball impossible; if one wishes to succeed at Social, one must evolve…

2013: The Year of Social Media Evolution, Revolution & Hijinks
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2013: The Year of Social Media Evolution, Revolution & Hijinks

5 Social Media Enlightenments of 2013   According to the great science fiction writers from the days of yore, by the year 2013 we were supposed to have flying cars and hoverboards. Well, that didn’t happen, but in many ways we’ve one-upped it by having a global network of people sharing their daily life stories….

Who Reigns Supreme in a World of Internet Wars?
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Who Reigns Supreme in a World of Internet Wars?

Click on Image to Enlarge   The internet wars have waged for over 20 years. And with it, we’ve seen the fall of titans (AOL, MySpace, AltaVista), the longevity of steady powers (Google, Yahoo!, Amazon), and the rise of sleeping giants (Facebook, Twitter). To the average internet user, we have our homepages and our go-to…

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Embedded Posts Offer Brands the Power to Control their Message

Google+ (the long ignored middle-child of Social Media) has been a tough sell for the forward-thinking Google Empire. Between big brother Facebook – and its rebellious little sister Twitter – Google+ has done everything it can to stay relevant, mostly by making sure it offers the same things that the other guys do. Currently Google+…

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RIP Vine: Facebook & Instagram Announce Killer New Video Features

UPDATE:  Looks like Instagram Video will only work on Android phones with the Jellybean Operating System (4.1.2) or higher. We apologize if your phone can’t handle it … but who’s fault is that really? Thanks to Instagram, the world I live in (Facebook) has become obsessed with filtering photos to look like a Polaroid snapshot…

Scroogled by Google
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“Don’t Be Evil” … How Google Messed Up, Big Time (Part 1 of 2)

This is a long story. This is a story that will take two parts to tell in full, and in order to understand my anger toward Google, you must read every word of this. The casual, headline-and-first-paragraph-reading audience need not apply.   My Dad owns a business in San Antonio. It’s an upstanding and honest…

Online Reputation Management
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“Don’t Be Evil” … How Google Messed Up, Big Time (Part 2 of 2)

Read Part 1 of this Blog Series   So where did we leave off? Oh, yes … It’s not like you can call Google and tell them what’s what. A common thread amongst websites these days is the inability to talk to customer support via the telephone. Sure, they have a phone number, but unless…

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Watch Your Heine … What To Do When Your Brand Accidentally Sponsors a Dog Fight

  Heineken, the Dutch brew known for its golden hue and complex taste (and likely to become a favorite of Michael Vick’s), sponsored a dog fight.   Don’t believe me? After seeing this photo, what else could you think?   The photo, which makes it look like Heineken is broadening its sports appeal (to the…

Twitter Politics
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Hey GOP: It’s About the Marketing Strategy, Not the Candidate

                                          <Article Co-Written by Adam Price>       The dust of the election has settled a bit, giving analysts from the business and marketing realms a chance to look at total spending on all…

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