Startup Scene: A Guide to Why Dallas for your New Venture

On December 4, 2013, in Inspiration, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

The Dallas Entrepreneurship Center just published a great infographic about the Startup Scene in DFW. It’s worth reviewing and sharing.


Uncertainty and Its Impact on Creative Success

On June 9, 2012, in Book Reviews, Inspiration, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

I was sent a copy of Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields a while back from his PR agency and finally got around to reading it. Having just attended T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive Workshop in Dallas I was curious to read more about conquering the power of your thoughts […]


Thoughts on Startup Weekend Dallas and Bookedd Wins

On November 27, 2011, in Inspiration, Startup, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

The weekend before Thanksgiving I participated in my first Startup Weekend here in Dallas and wanted to share a few thoughts about the experience. It was the 5th event to date in Dallas and I’m kicking myself for not making the commitment to get engaged earlier. I was impressed with how many solid ideas folks pitched […]


Fortune Magazine Profile – Reinventing Your Career

On June 20, 2011, in Inspiration, Personal Branding, Social Media Club Dallas, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

The last few weeks have been purely humbling. Last week I was thrilled to participate in an interview on NBC here in DFW. This week, the July 4th edition of Fortune magazine features an interview providing a brief glimpse into my transition from IT sales and marketing to social media and online marketing. I’ve been […]


Movember and My First Moustache

On October 31, 2010, in Inspiration, Movember, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

Did you know that more than 32,000 men will die as a direct result of prostate cancer in 2010? Would you also believe I have never grown a moustache? As a result of these two facts and that my grandfather-in-law survived prostate cancer, I am choosing to participate in Movember for the first time.  Although […]


Thank You For Laying Me Off – How Social Media Changed My Life

On March 31, 2010, in Goal Setting, Inspiration, Personal Branding, Social Media Marketing, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

It was February 9th, 2009. I arrived to work early that Monday morning to plan my week and get a jump on what was already a challenging sales quarter. Then around 8:15am an email came across my inbox from the CEO announcing an 8% layoff. Surely, the folks who were going to be let go […]


Good Social Media Behavior is Rooted In the Bible

On November 23, 2009, in Inspiration, Personal Branding, Social Media Marketing, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

It’s amazing how many blog post ideas originate out of a great sermon at church, a conference, or a personal development book. As I was sitting in church this past Sunday at Grace Community Church, I couldn’t help but see the parallels in Pastor George’s sermon to social media. The background for the topic was […]


Social Media Transparency Makes the World a Better Place!

On September 17, 2009, in Inspiration, Personal Branding, Social Media Marketing, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

As I was prepping to interview someone a while back it dawned on me how powerful social media is as a research tool. With more and more people and companies connecting to social media everyday, it’s creating a whole new level of transparency.

Frugality is the new Black – 10 Tips To Become More Frugal

On August 17, 2009, in Inspiration, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

In this new economy, most everyone is starting to rethink their lifestyle, budget, and overall goals. For some people, it’s been a complete reset. New industy, new position, and new home. With the entire family affected by how money is spent, I started thinking about ways we and many others have changed how they spend.

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The Art of Client Service, by Robert Solomon – Book Review

On July 20, 2009, in advertising, Book Reviews, Customer Experience, Inspiration, by Mike D. Merrill (@mikedmerrill)

This past weekend I had a chance to read Robert Solomon’s “The Art of Client Service, 58 Things Every Advertising & Marketing Professional Should Know”. As a sales and marketing professional, I am always looking for good books to help educate, inspire, and motivate. Furthermore, with a direct marketing background and experience managing and interacting with […]