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Social media marketing and digital PR consultants spend too much time paddling and not enough time surfing. Let me explain: it’s my opinion that social media and digital marketing strategists spend so much time paddling ahead of the breaking wave that they never benefit from the ride. Put in simple terms: none of the consulting money, jobs, or gigs live too far along the bleeding edge. I was selling search engine optimization ten years ago but SEO only became legit and de rigueur 18-months-ago.

I was selling online reputation management back in 2005 but ORM really only became an essential crisis strategy a few years ago. I was so far ahead of the wave that by the time the wave came around, I was exhausted from paddling!

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Be careful! You might be such an early adopter that you call death on each meme, platform, trend, and social network just before it becomes The Next Big Thing — sort of like rejecting the band you discovered in that dive deep in Brooklyn, the band you love, just because it finally got booked at Madison Square Garden.

Here’s a hint: there’s no real money in risk. You might think that being cutting-edge with regards to tech, social media, communications channels, and advertising is the best differentiator, your secret weapon.

It’s not true.

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