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How to Build, Cultivate, and Measure Success in the New Web

briansolisWe heard from so many partners at our Barcelona Partner Velocity event in December and on our Cisco Channels Facebook page that this is the year you’re going to start a new marketing plan and become more active in social media.

Is this the year you’re going to make your Twitter debut? Will you drive more customers to your blog in 2011? Want to better engage your fans via Facebook?

Whatever your goals, we’ve got a way to ensure that your 2011 marketing efforts get off to a great start.

Reserve your spot at our first Partner Velocity Virtual Engagement of the year on January 27 and you’ll get a chance to ask author and social media thought leader Brian Solis your social media marketing questions.

Read on to find out how to secure your spot.
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Talent…Is It Born or Grown?

Happy New Year! Hope all of you had an awesome time ringing in the new year. Now it’s back to business.

So, here’s a question for you: If you looked at 100 of the world’s best performers– from athletes to salespeople to doctors – what one thing do they have in common?

They make the most money? They have the most cars? No, no… They have all practiced their craft for 10,000 hours (or longer). That’s it!

We’re continuing our coverage from Cisco’s Partner Velocity event held last month in Barcelona. Today’s topic: how to achieve greatness (appropriate given that we’re all making New Year’s resolutions right now) is from Daniel Coyle’s session.

Coyle is contributing editor to Outside Magazine and New York Times best-selling author of The Talent Code.

Watch my interview with him to find out what he said:

What else did he say about honing your own talent?
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Happy Holidays: A Special Rap and Holiday Tribute from Cisco

2010, what a year it was. Let’s see, it was the Year of the Tiger, the year of “Write the Rules, Own the Game,” the year of Cisco raps, and the year that Cisco and Tandberg joined forces.

There were so many momentous events that shaped 2010. While it’s impossible to list all of them, we put together a video and a rap to commemorate some of the events that happened over the past 365 days. Our video also includes best wishes for good tidings in 2011 from a number of different WWPO leaders.

Curious about the clips we featured in the video? Check out the following events that made the cut, and let us know your highlights.

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Cisco Employees = Together

Cisco employees from all around the globe gathered to celebrate the latest phase of our Human Network Campaign, “Together, we are the human network.” To kick off this exciting new campaign we held a global internal event where we challenged offices across the globe to form one letter from the word, “together”. The purpose was to have employees experience, first hand, the power of being together. Increasingly, through video, we can become closer than ever to feeling like we are truly together.

Employees accepted the challenge and began coordinating this effort. Did I mention that the word “together” was to be created in cursive? Many emails and a couple weeks later, the footage was complete..Internationally, we proved that through uncooperative weather and a pressing deadline, we managed to accomplish the task!

Look at the photo below to guess which Cisco offices formed each letter!

The human network becomes exponentially more powerful and more human with video. Networked video solutions at home, at work and everywhere we go help us to be more engaged with one another. The human network isn’t just connected anymore, now we are involved, more authentic and more genuine through all the capabilities that video provides.

This global endeavor was a collaborative effort, quickly executed on a shoe string budget. Across the globe, teams creatively managed to not only replicate the letters but to also bring in employees from all facets of Cisco.

At  Cisco headquarters, The Social Media Marketing Team hosted a Twitter Parade (keyword #Cisco) so all employees, internationally, knew of the challenge. Our Cisco Store worked with employees to make murals highlighting what actions we can accomplish together, and the Corporate Communications Team gathered footage for our video, ‘Making of the T’.

Want in on the action? Join our Twitter Parade, check out the Flickr album and watch below as our employees across the globe show that “Together, we are the human network.”

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Partner Velocity: Unleash Your Inner (Marketing) Superhero

We’ve wrapped up an action-packed week at Partner Velocity in Barcelona, Spain where Cisco partners learned, not only to change their way of thinking about marketing, but also to use social media in innovative ways.

I had a chance to interview speaker and creative director of Thinque Anders Sorman-Nilsson about ideas and how to “thinque funky.”

Anders says that in a highly digital world, high touch (and appealing to our customers’ hearts and emotions) is key. He also talked about thought leaders, those who have unleashed their own inner super heroes, who blaze a trail in new thinking.

What else did partners learn at the event? Here are just a few memorable quotes from speakers.

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