About Chris Parente

We do a lot of b2g work for clients

Originally from Connecticut, I’ve lived in the Washington DC area since 1993. Like many here I spend a little too much time working — good thing I love the work I do in technology communications. My firm is Strategic Communications Group, and our philosophy is great work for great clients. It’s an exciting time to be in the communications industry, and Strategic is doing a lot of social media work for clients in the b2b and b2g marketplaces. Check us out at www.gotostrategic.com.

You’ll also find posts here about discovering new wines or doing some kind of upkeep on my BMWs. My 1999 M3 and 2002 M5 are full-scale hobbies:

When it comes to wine, it tastes the best when I’m sharing with my wife Gabriele:

Field research in progress

Here’s a demographic breakdown of my blog audience – are you male, Asian, have a graduate degree and make over $150K per year? (Aren’t online demographics fun?) Click to enlarge. Whether that sounds like you or not, please come back often.

I hope something you see here makes you smile, think differently or drop a comment.

20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jules ponetsky  |  May 29, 2008 at 12:05 am

    just came across your blog, appreciated some of the privacy related posts and the history of NAI, cookie etc,,,

  • 2. cparente  |  May 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Thanks Jules, hope you continue reading and commenting.

  • 3. Chris Hagan  |  August 26, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Very good takes on wines and BMW’s. Good reading.

  • 4. Abby Gray  |  September 10, 2008 at 9:40 am

    As always, you make me smile! Richard and I cannot wait to see you and Gabe on the 21st! Hope you will be in town. Magster is staying in Boston for Cheerleading (!) and swimming!

  • 5. Adrian  |  December 17, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Hi Chris –

    In UK and MD based.


    Adrian Bridgwater
    Freelance Technology Journalist

    Check out my blog at: http://tinyurl.com/Bridgwater

  • 6. raphael  |  January 18, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hi I own a bmw x5 2001.MY car had a dc test and faults came up that it was dsc module and or left rear speed sensor.Unfortunatley bmw mechanics cant isolate the two.Ive read your post and see you have experience in this.What do you think?
    My speedo does not work all the time.Braking is rough for abit then my warning lights come on dsc and abs.I tryed to take off the rear sensor and noticed that it was very dirty in the hub area and inside the hub where the sensor goes in.As you know its hard to see in the hole where the sensor goes into,but what i do see is a shaft.I thought that it would be a gear in there.I dont know maybe there is and when the shaft is rotated I would see the teeth,Please explain.Oh yeah after this experiment was done and sensor was cleaned and put back in I went for a drive hoping this fixed my problem and noticed the speedo does not move at all.What do you think?
    Thanks and I hope you can help me answer these questions .

  • 7. susan kuhn frost  |  August 12, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Hi Chris, nice to meet you via your blog. Thanks for the good summation of the conversation on social media ROI.

    • 8. cparente  |  August 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm

      Susan — sorry for belated reply. You bet, and hope to share more via the listserv. Enjoy the rest of August.


  • 9. lei16gh  |  November 11, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    I am the GovLoop Blog Outreach coordinator and I just wanted to send you a quick note asking if you’d consider cross-posting your awesome blog postings on GovLoop. GovLoop is a government focused online community that was bourne out of the Department of Homeland Security and has grown to become a community of more than 20,000 people. American bloggers like Gwynne Kostin and Steve Radick are already cross-posting with a quick copy-paste, significantly increasing their readership and exposure and getting them in front of additional smart government innovators.

    FYI, pulling from RSS feeds currently isn’t possible with our technology but is on our roadmap as we evolve. We totally understand that it is kind of a pain to copy/paste but we hope you take the minute to post and hopefully access some great discussions with our large community of federal folks. Keep writing phenomenal postings and we really hope to see them on our site soon. Our community would love your insightful and thought provoking writing!

    Keep being awesome and let me know if you have any questions!

    Jenn Gustetic

  • 10. Julie A Bowman  |  December 17, 2009 at 10:46 am

    You forgot… “Women” in your subject line. Why?

    • 11. cparente  |  December 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      Julie — took me a minute to understand question. I guess because I’m married!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  • 12. Ed Bursk  |  January 7, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Chris, nice summary, helpful and appreciated. Best regards, Ed

  • 13. Courtney Pulitzer  |  February 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I am trying to do some research…I did a “Cocktails with Courtney” event in DC on June 14, 2000. Can you refresh my sorry memory and let me know if Hotline was a webzine or newsletter? Thanks for helping me out–it’s for my book (finally) on my life during the boom.
    ~ Courtney

    • 14. cparente  |  February 13, 2010 at 11:27 am

      Hi Courtney — hmm, how to characterize HOTLINE. It was ahead of its time! By 2000 it was owned by National Journal and was a true online subscription publication. In the 90’s it was an electronic publication when that was a new concept, that some subscribers downloaded off our bulletin board, others received via fax. Gradually more and more people accessed it online as the Web exploded in the late 90’s.

      Probably TMI for you, but hope helpful. Thanks for the comment/question!

  • 15. Jarda Tusek  |  June 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I very much enjoyed your comment about La Provence. When Martina lived in Prague, she used to go to this restaurant as it was one of the few places one could get a decent food in Prague in the l990’s. There are more choices now in Prague but one has to get to know the place if you don’t want to be a victim of rude waiters, of poor service, of mediocre food and overpriced meals, The same is true about cabs, internet and phone services (as I am finding right now) and just about any other service witha notable exception of Thai massage. Nevertheless, we shall overcome….

  • 16. Alexander Lofft  |  October 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

    good blog on company PR! Will be back to peruse more!

  • 17. Stephanie Hoeler  |  January 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

    You may very well have the most interesting online demographic breakdowns I’ve seen. I know how some of these are generated and rely on quantcast and alexa minimally at most (except when to my advantage of course j/k) but the groupings you’ve accomplished… well done. The only thing that could make it more interesting is having children over represented.

  • 18. Sally Kidd  |  March 16, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I just joined the Capital Communicators Group and found your blog. I’m looking forward to following it! Thanks for the insight.

  • 19. Ken  |  June 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I read your post regarding your 99 M3. I have a 98 M3 conv., calypso red. 101K and an absolute joy to drive. Ken in Annapolis

  • 20. Peter Allen  |  January 29, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Hi Chris,

    Great blog, just stumbled onto it. I’m putting together an E39-centric site (e39fan.com) and was wondering… Could I use some pics of your M5 on the site?

    Pete in Charlotte


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