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B2B Comedy Classics

The age of the curator seems like the perfect time to assemble a collection about something, so I put together a list of the Top 10 B2B Comedy Videos for a guest post for the Social Media B2B blog.  Above is a bonus video for Valentine’s Day.  Thanks to Jeff Cohen for the opportunity, and for his virtual tour of North Carolina wine.  His Biltmore photos compelled me to plan a return trip to my favorite vineyard in the Smokies.

Obama Burger w/ David Meerman Scott

TheDMSI owe a great debt to David Meerman Scott for advancing my social media comedy career, and now I also owe him for lunch.  David authored the top selling book New Rules of Marketing & PR, and included my first corporate comedy

YouTube video as a case.  He’s been a huge help in getting me on the speaker circuit. We missed lunch during our tech-check, so after speaking we ducked out of the Inbound Marketing Summit for a cheeseburger at Five Guys in Foxboro, MA.  The same chain where President Obama made a cheeseburger run with Brian Williams.  No sign of either of them this time.  The establishment boasts Zero artificial trans fats, which is why POTUS has enrolled it a critical component of fixing health care.

A few years back, David, Scott Teems and I created a trilogy to promote World Wide Rave. Here’s episode 2:

Yelp gives Five Guys 4.5 stars

296 Bleecker St
Manhattan, NY 10014
(212) 367-9200

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About the Cheeseburger & Comedy series.

VisibleGains B2B Video Roundtable

Ames Pond Cisco office, Tewksbury, MA

I spent some time this week at our Tewksbury, MA office  meeting our mobile networking team, headed up by Ash Dahod, recently profiled in the Boston Globe. What a fun group.  I filmed an into for a video travel blog we’ll be producing when one of my colleagues Angela Singhal-Whiteford treks to Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai and Delhi to visit with customers.

David Meerman Scott invited me to speak Friday afternoon at the VisibleGains B2B video roundtable, along with Steve Garfield and others.   I shared a funny video and talked about some of the interesting things we’re doing with video, including the upcoming Doobie Brothers Cisco TelePresence event.

Update:  Here’s a comprehensive review of the Doobie Brothers concert from Howard Lichtman.

SXSW panel: Late Night Comedy meets Corporate Video


Our proposed panel has made it through the first round of the SXSW Interactive selections, and now we need your vote to make it to the show.  Scott Teems, SXSW Film Festival winning director for THAT EVENING SUN and I (contributor to SNL, Letterman, Conan, The Onion) will discuss a few of our corporate YouTube video hits that earned recognition from The New York Times and Comedy Central, as well as lessons learned from near “fireable offenses.”   Bestselling author David Meerman Scott (New Rules of Marketing & PR, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead) will join us.

We’d appreciate your vote for our panel (voting ends 11:59 CDT Friday, August 27.) It takes a minute to register for an account, then click here [note: the panelpicker page doesn’t allow for listing of all panelists, hence the above post]


The Business Case for Nonsense

I went to Harvard Business School.

But it was only for one evening.  Last Thursday, I was invited to present a case study on using comedy in corporate YouTube videos, and shared “Mainframe: The Art of the Sale.”  This video series we published in August 2006 continues to be discussed, simply because it’s funny.  It’s listed as a case study in the second edition of bestseller  The New Rules of Marketing and PR by David Meerman Scott, published this month.  (Congrats, David!)

Comedy done well has the power to cut through clutter and to influence, and that’s helped me get an honorable mention on Click-Z’s Social Media All-Stars list.  My thanks to Erik Qualman, author of Socialnomics.

Here’s my presentation:The Business Case for Nonsense: IBM Social Media

Bud Commercial: “Bad Math”

NPR: social media gets the job done at work

NPR’s Marketplace reporter Devin Dwyer joined us when we produced one of our smarter planet animations. Thanks to David Meerman Scott for introducing me to Devin.

And here’s the finished product:

Marketing’s Fifth P

Congrats to our director/editor of this trilogy, Scott Teems, who won his second film festival (2 for 2) on Saturday night.  View the full series at this link.

Episode 2, World Wide Rave

From SXSW-winning director Scott Teems…a little video we did with David Meerman Scott to help promote his new book.  Episode 1 is here.

World Wide Rave, episode 1

Yesterday I had the chance to speak at New York University on how to produce comedy videos, as part of David Meerman Scott’s book launch of World Wide Rave.  We premiered the first episode of the video series Scott Teems and I produced to promote the book.