There are the famous and the uber-connected, this post is NOT about them. It’s about three really genuine cool people who are smart, funny, and make stuff happen. Meet them…
Francisco Rosales. Social Mouths. This guy is just plain neat – he helped us with the kicking Thesis theme trickout you see. But he says some smart things – like claiming that it’s NOT about the numbers in social media – it’s about actual connections.
Has that right brain/left brain combo that’s tough to find.
Visit his site and learn a little more about him here: Social Mouths.
Shelly Kramer. v3 Integrated Marketing. Straight-shooter – and would you want your marketing expert to be anything else?
And just about every time she opens her mouth on behalf of the company, it’s spot-on. (When she opens her mouth on behalf of herself, it’s snarky.) Her site is here and she’s also speaking at the 2011 Blissdom Conference.
Another cool thing about Shelly: well, earlier this year she called us out here at Area 224 HQ. Privately, suggesting we were in the process of doing something stupid. She was absolutely correct – and her direct but kind suggestion got us to change our thinking on the concept of Social Media Automation. (Some of it – okay, but must be done correctly. Lots of it, bad.)
Katie Felten. MKE Live. One thing that’s really likable about Katie – besides her energy, her devotion to an underrated town like Milwaukee, and her deep domain expertise in the LinkedIn category – is that she actually left a corporate gig to make this MKE Live thing work.
Which, in this economy, is really really counter-intuitive.
But it’s that sort of thinking – zig when others zag – that can really pay off. Worth seeing what she’s up to – on Twitter (@KatieFelten) and elsewhere.
Our Three to Watch…
Who are yours?