Best New Online Personal Branding Web Tools and Websites

Best New Online Personal Branding Web Tools and Websites

Keeping on top of your online personal brand can take a lot of time, but with some new web tools and websites the ability to keep a handle on your social network, job opportunities, friends and family relations, and recreation, is easier than ever. From quality top seo companies, to all-in-one IM websites, to new social networking sites, this new slew of websites helps the individual proliferate their influence and message with greater ease and efficiency; therefore qualifying as the best new online personal branding web tools and websites for 2012. Continue reading Best New Online Personal Branding Web Tools and Websites

How to Effectively Use Social Media to Look for Jobs

How to Effectively Use Social Media to Look for Jobs

The unemployment rates have been staggering through the roof in the recent past. This has many new graduates and job seekers worried for what their futures will become. For others, this lurking and deeming possibilities for getting jobs has also got new job seekers worried more-employers are just not as enthusiastic as they were a few years ago. However, even with these odds at play there are also statistics to the effect that there are some people who aren’t really struggling to get new jobs.

What is the reason for this? The answer lies in the effective use of social media – a strategy one employs to get work make contacts, new connections and advertise their skills. Continue reading How to Effectively Use Social Media to Look for Jobs

Digg is Dead. Long Live the Digg.

The pursuit for the all mighty dollar has led many down a frustrating, windey road; fraught with pitfall and exhilaration and often times, compromise.

Success can be elusive, especially for two similar sites
Success can be elusive, especially for two similar sites

Such is the case with Digg. When its recent iteration of its website hits the internet it will be quickly be known as what it is – another Twitter, NetNewsWire, or Google/RSS Reader – unfortunate for Digg investors and fans, it is too little, too late. Kevin Rose never found a way to monetize the site, and now at the pressuring of investors has sold out.

I say this as an avid, enthusiastic user of Digg. Check my stats here. I spend a lot of time on Digg: reading stories submitted by friends and others, commenting [poorly] on stories where appropriate, and submitting stories that I enjoy and feel are of value.

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Instagram – What’s all the fuss?

Instagram is simply an app that allows users to share photos from their mobile. Some people consider it as a micro blogging site because it allows them to tell others about their life through photos.
 Instagram has gained a massive success since its launch in October 2010 thanks to the simplicity of the app.

Its success story is actually similar to Twitter’s success story, which had started earlier in March 2006. While Twitter focuses on social networking through words, Instagram focuses on social networking through photos. Another feature that makes this social networking site more attractive is the editing and filter functionality, which makes users look like a professional photographer. Continue reading Instagram – What’s all the fuss?

The Demand for IT Positions and Professional is on the Rise

The U.S. is currently experiencing a rising demand for IT positions. Individuals are finding jobs more easily than they have in recent years. This is good news for the economy, and particularly good news for IT professionals. An IT employment agency can help people get their foot in the door working for a company in the area.

Individuals interested in pursuing a career in IT should strongly consider entering the field now, as it is projected to continue to grow over the coming year. IT companies are hiring more people every month for fun and interesting opportunities. Continue reading The Demand for IT Positions and Professional is on the Rise

10 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Blog For Facebook

10 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Blog For FacebookBrace yourself: Facebook is trying to take over the world. Or, if not the world, at least the entire Internet. With Facebook partnering up with popular sites like Yelp, many SMB owners may feel as if their load got lighter. I mean, why waste time worrying about your building your blog or your own site when you can grow your Facebook presence instead? If Facebook’s opening up the doors so that people can take you with them, you don’t have to worry about anything else anymore, right?

Wrong!

It doesn’t matter how hot Facebook or any of the other social media sites are looking right now. You still need to be focused on using your blog to create your own authority and brand. Want to know why you shouldn’t ignore your blog for Facebook, well I’ll give you 10 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Blog For Facebook?

Here are ten reasons. Continue reading 10 Reasons Not To Ignore Your Blog For Facebook

8 Tips for Hiring a Social Media Expert

8 Tips for Hiring a Social Media Expert

Because it is meant to look fun, putting together a social media campaign – or integrating one into a larger online initiative – can be surprisingly difficult. There are many challenges to capturing and engaging user interests online – starting with finding the right person to lead that effort, says Andrew Ballenthin, president of Sol Solutions. That point was driven home last December when Ballenthin put together Blog-Off II, a 12-day, seven-judge contest to test participants’ qualitative and quantitative effectiveness in social media marketing fundamentals and tips for hiring a social media expert.

tips for hiring a social media expert.
We all want it to go faster, but sometimes you need an expert to get your there.

According to Ballenthin, the tips for hiring a social media expert that he recommends are:

1. A significant business and communications background – preferably a minimum of 3 to 5 years in marketing, journalism or media. “This forms a foundation for understanding effective communication strategies and implementation.”

2. A history of success in their communications background. “You wouldn’t let a mechanic work from a text book or just on their own car before they safety your car.” Look for someone who has proven repeatedly he or she can deliver expectations for program results that have real business value.

3. A series of measureable accomplishments in social media that can be independently validated. “Having ten thousand followers on Twitter means you learned once how to create this achievement but an expert is someone who has achieve above average accomplishments several times.” Continue reading 8 Tips for Hiring a Social Media Expert

The Three Biggest Concerns About Business Blogging

As we encourage clients to start business blogging to converse with customers, partners, and community members, we often hear objections about the effectiveness of blogging and problems clients anticipate with starting to blog. Here are my answers to three of the most common objections I hear about blogging for business.

I hope these thoughts are helpful as you consider business blogging as an outreach tool for your business. Continue reading The Three Biggest Concerns About Business Blogging