I’m from the Mitten State. I grew up rooting for Michigan AND Michigan State (holla at attending Steve Fisher’s U of M basketball camp twice and sporting my Lorenzo White MSU half-shirt jersey around town) but ultimately gravitated toward U of M. Having knocked up married a Wolverine, I consider the Wolverines a team I […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

Yep, yesterday earlier this month was my 40th birthday. I hit one of the major milestones in life and am (unbelievably) alive to talk about it.  I’m not one of those “Birthday Weekend!!!!” types. In fact, I think it’s nice to acknowledge the day but the pomp and circumstance of birthdays, parties and celebrating not dying […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

I just read an article on how to get out of a traffic ticket. And for the most part, I agree — admitting guilt, not being an ass and a few technicalities may help you avoid those points on your driving record. As a former court clerk, I can tell you a few other tips […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

This Thursday at 10 PM EST I’ll be hanging out with my pal Brittany and some other great dads on Brit’s Google+ show, “Last Call“. Grab your favorite libation and watch me make an ass out of myself tell some jokes talk about being a Dad, my favorite Father’s Day gift and most likely drop […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

You know you’re on your third kid whenever you hear one kid cry and your first instinct isn’t to get up and think “What the hell did these little monsters do now?” — it’s to sit there, listen and wait to see if it lasts. Anything longer than thirty seconds that escalates in volume and […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

Yesterday afternoon I played against the former starting point guard, two years out of high school, up at our son’s new high school on the outdoor basketball courts. I’ve seen him up there before working on his game but never spoke with him. With two of my three kids present, talk about an opportunity to […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.

We’ve all seen the blog posts and read the news stories about folks in digital media writing a complaint blog and how the brands do or don’t respond to them. As the leader of the social practice at a big brand (H&R Block), I’ve been on the other side of that equation. I’ve taken the […]

As the Director of Social Media at tax giant H&R Block, Scott Gulbransen recently returned to the tax business after previously spending 1o years at rival Intuit working on the TurboTax & Quicken brands. He brings 16 years as a marketing communications professional, and 11 tax seasons, with him to H&R Block and was responsible for the launch of many key social initiatives at Intuit before leaving in 2010. A strategic thinker and business problem solver, Gulbransen has worked for some of the world’s top brands including TurboTax, Sony Online Entertainment, and Applebee’s. In 2010, Gulbransen became the first Director of Social Media & Digital Content for Applebee’s, creating the first-ever social media strategy for the world’s largest casual dining chain. While at Applebee’s, Gulbransen lead a small but nimble team responsible for creating a robust and far-reaching social engagement channel for Applebee’s and its franchise community. In addition to his professional accomplishments at the corporate level, Gulbransen is also a prolific blogger recently named as one of the Top 50 Daddy Bloggers in the US by Cision. Gulbransen was ranked #21. As a member of the TurboTax communications and social media team for 10 years, Scott helped the TurboTax team launch and sustain the brand’s social media platform. He also drove and was responsible for the launch of TurboTax’s successful content strategy, including the launch of the TurboTax Blog. Recently, he launched one of the most significant social media campaigns in the brand’s history with the @TeamTurboTax Twitter project. Gulbransen was instrumental in reinvigorating the Quicken brand almost entirely through the use of social media and, particularly, Twitter. By engaging with customers and influencers who talk about personal finance on Twitter, he and his team helped Quicken Online grow from just 200,000 users in October 2008 to over 1.4 Million in just 10 months. This led to a more focused look at the personal finance space for Intuit and, ultimately, the acquisition of Mint.com. A former print journalist, who, after realizing his paychecks from the newspaper industry weren’t going to get much bigger, turned to the Dark Side – public relations. After working in both college athletics and inside mid-size agencies, he joined Intuit in 2000 and Applebee’s in 2010. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and is the married father of five kids. Despite his busy personal and professional life, Scott is a digital native who never strays far from social networking. To hassle Scott, or to tell him how great you think he is (or not!), email him at scott@scottgulbransen.com, add him to your Circles on Google+, or ping him on Twitter at @sdgully. Scott also is an editor and writer for Technorati.com.

If I had one piece of advice for my kids, it’s to be yourself. Don’t change or question who you are to fit in; most of the people you knew from grade school and high school that were popular aren’t anymore. Most of the people you met as children will judge you based on their […]

David is a Partner at Large Media and the proud father of three boys. He's a guy's guy that's into sports, the Catskills, raunchy comedy, beer and gaming.