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10 Steps to Using Digital Marketing Strategies To Find Your Dream Job in 2014
2013 is coming to an end, therefore it’s time to analyze, evaluate and make changes going into the New Year. We all make resolutions about, health, wealth and happiness so why not include changing our employment situation. This is especially the case if you are one of the 71% that hate their jobs.
When I wrote the article, 71% of people hate their job; I was astounded by the response to the article. I was more surprised that there were so many people that were unhappy with their employment situation.
Sometimes people can feel stuck in a situation due to a variety of reasons and they become very reluctant to make a move, so they just grin and bear it. It seems that there are up to 71% of the population that are willing to grin and bear it.
Guess what people, we are moving into a new year so NOW is the perfect time to make changes in your life. More people need to be a part of the 29% that LOVE their job instead of the 71% that hate it.
We are now living in a very digital world, so now we need to look at new ways in which we can gain the edge in competing for jobs. If you are a Digital Marketer, you may find yourself consulting, working for an organization or both. Sometimes as digital marketers, we do not effectively market OURSELVES as a BRAND and that is very important.
If you are in a more traditional industry, chances are you are NOT marketing yourself as a BRAND either. In this increasingly digital world, all people that are looking for new opportunities should start to see themselves as brands so that they can compete in this tough job market. Most people are using some type of social media recreationally. So, if you are involved with social media even socially, these ten tips will be perfect for your 2014 strategy for grabbing your dream job.
Whether you are a digital marketer or just someone looking for a new career path, it is imperative that you see beyond your present situation and come up with a creative way to change your career path. The first step is visualizing yourself, not as JUST a person trying to get a job, but as a brand. It is very important that you think of yourself as a BRAND and you should market yourself accordingly.
A huge part of viewing and marketing yourself as a brand, is maintaining a very visual digital marketing footprint separate from the brands that you work with, if you are a digital marketer. It is GREAT to work in this ever-growing digital marketing industry but as digital marketers we must maintain our own digital marketing persona totally separate from the organizations that employ us or that we consult with. So, it is very important that we continue to develop and grow our own individual personal brand and digital footprint.
If you are NOT a digital marketer you should start to incorporate some branding content into your personal profiles. It is very important that all people see themselves as marketers, if only to market oneself to the world in seeking a new or better career path. It is more important than ever to utilize social channels for career advancement in addition to traditional résumés and this is primarily due to the growing importance of our digital footprint.
I’ve read on numerous occasions that traditional resumes are very close to becoming irrelevant because our entire digital presence is available online for all to see. More and more recruiters are utilizing the digital presence of employment candidates to get a better feel for potential employees before they even read resumes. This is one of the reasons that we must make sure that we have a positive and flattering digital footprint and that we continue to develop our own personal brand.
There are pluses and minuses to having your entire online persona for all to see. The biggest plus is that you are always visible; the biggest minus is that you’re always visible. LOL. This is the primary reason that we must be aware, more than ever about the types of content that we display on our digital marketing channels. So it is imperative that we have a strong personal brand and a positive digital footprint. Take a look at the ten steps below, to help develop your personal brand:
1. Logo: Create a logo for your brand. My brand is Anise Smith, so the first thing I did when I started to develop my brand almost five years ago was to have my name created in logo form. If you are creating a new logo make sure you have it created in 3 different formats. Have your logo created in EPS format, which allows it to be duplicated for print and web, PNG for use when you need a transparent background AND jpg for general use.
2. Uniform Branded Look: You should have a consistent branded look across all of your social media channels. So create your Facebook cover, Twitter layout and other digital collateral with the same branded look.
3. Facebook: CLEAN up your Facebook profile! I have seen some things in my daily virtual travels that would definitely be viewed as negative. If you want to promote a positive personal brand YOU MUST start with presenting a positive Facebook image.
I am connected to my father, teenage son and many family members on Facebook, so I only share information that I would share with them offline. This is a great way to mentally keep your content clean and shareable. Don’t post information that you wouldn’t share with your grandparents, parents or children. If you wouldn’t yell it across the dinner table during a family meal, DON’T post it on Facebook. PERIOD!
Before you hit the POST button, think about how an employer would view your post. If there’s even a question of how your post would be viewed by employers or just followers in general, DON’T hit POST. Better yet, picture your grandma peering over your shoulder while you’re writing your post. If grandma wouldn’t approve, don’t post.
Facebook is a huge part of branding yourself and you should use it wisely. Assume that ALL potential employers will check your Facebook profile, because they probably will. So it is best that you put your best foot forward starting here. After you clean up your profile, showcase yourself. This may involve loosening some of your privacy settings to showcase certain areas of your profile.
- Make a cover photo that showcases your talent. Facebook covers are 851 × 316.
- Add your employment history, in the work and education section.
- If you attended college, utilize the education section to add information about your school.
- Use the project area to add the projects that you’ve worked.
- Facebook just added a section for professional skills; add your skills in this section.
- Don’t forget to use the contact us section to add your website, blogs and social media channels.
Facebook can be utilized almost as a resume if you add the right content and if you are a little creative.
4. Twitter: This is a great avenue to showcase your knowledge and to present yourself as an expert in your area, which is very important in creating a brand for yourself. Having a great Twitter profile allows you to make amazing connections while building followers organically, both of which are crucial to your personal brand. So make sure you are utilizing this channel and showcasing your capabilities to your followers and potential followers. If you are unfamiliar with Twitter start practicing keeping your verbiage short, because you only have 140 characters to make your point. So, you must use them wisely. To get started check out these easy steps:
- Create a header for your Twitter layout, it should be no larger than 1252 × 626.
- Create a Twitter background with your contact information. Twitter backgrounds are 1920 × 1200.
- Display a presentable image of yourself.
- Add a descriptive; yet brief bio using 140 characters.
The importance of Twitter cannot be overlooked in the process of branding yourself. Studies have shown that recruiters from the top employers in the country, are using Twitter as a way to recruit top talent. YOU want to be considered the top talent and you want to be noticed by these recruiters. So Twitter is essential!
5. Google+: There has always been some controversy about the importance of this platform. I’m not exactly sure why, since it is a GOOGLE platform. Most know that Google is pretty darn awesome. So, needless to say I’ve been a fan since the Beta release! Another reason to get acclimated to Google +, Facebook has been losing a bit of steam recently so it is very important that you create a profile on Google+. Additionally content shared on Google+ shows up in search results. Enough said!
*Note* You can schedule your posts for Google+ and other social channels. I’ve used a few but I find that, Buffer is the best scheduling platform available.
6. Blog: I am really partial to WordPress but the most important thing is that you have a blog, which you contribute to regularly. So, select the platform that you are most comfortable with. [Wordpress, WordPress, WordPress, hmm, did I suggest WordPress?] A blog allows you to present yourself as an expert in your field utilizing your own content AND it allows you to provide this content to your social media channels.
Additionally you can create a page on your blog for your online resume. A web version of your resume allows you the convenience of sending a link quickly from pc, tablet OR mobile device directly to anyone that is interested.
Also, make sure that your blog is viewable by way of mobile device. So many people are mobile that it’s almost mandatory that your blog be viewable by mobile device. This also offers you the unique opportunity to respond to emails from recruiters and send a resume link right from your mobile device, within seconds. WINNING!
7. Triberr: If you have a blog YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST be a part of Triberr. If you are not familiar with Triberr, you need to become familiar quickly. Triberr is THE BEST platform to utilize if you want to get exposure for your blog. This platform is second to none!
So, Triberr in a nutshell: It’s a platform that allows exposure of your blog through mutual sharing of content. As a part of Triberr you would join tribes of interest. After joining the tribe(s) you would then connect the RSS feed of your blog to the Tribe. This allows your tribe mates to share your blog content to their Twitter followers. Additionally all of your tribemates will have their blog RSS feed attached so that you can share their blog content with your Twitter followers.
The Triberr platform allows you to multiply the reach of your blog through the mutual sharing of content. This platform is Google Juice for blogs and if you have a blog you need to be a part of Triberr, period. Check out Welcome to Triberr and the Guide To Getting Started With Triberr.
8. LinkedIn: Is probably the most important step you can take to meet contacts, extend your network and place yourself in the faces of recruiters searching for your expertise! Make sure you have a presence on Linkedin, make the proper connections, get endorsements, join groups and totally embrace this platform.
MOST companies in search of top talent will be actively involved with LinkenIn, so make sure you have a GREAT profile and keep it updated.
- Use keywords in your headline and through out your profile.
- Use an appropriate profile photo.
- Complete your entire profile.
- Add slideshows, links and blog posts to display your skills.
- Share professional content that is relevant to careers or your industry.
- Monitor your profile because you can see who has been checking you out. If you have a visit from a person of interest, visit their profile. They will now know that you have visited their profile and this may allow you to spark up a conversation.
- Follow companies that you have an interest in because you may be able to connect with people of interest at that company.
Linkedin is one of your most valuable resources you can utilize, if you want to change your employment situation.
9. YouTube: Videos are a GREAT way to showcase your talents. So create a 2 Minute video to showcase your capabilities.
- Add keywords to any and all videos that you create because this will help Google to index your videos.
- Add your video to your website or blog.
- Share your video on your social media channels.
- Add your video to your LinkedIn profile.
10. BrandYourself.com: Allows you to monitor your digital footprint as it displays on Google. You will get a report if any of your digital marketing channels have gone up or have fallen down in ranking. This service is GREAT because it allows you to see how your brand is displayed on Google according to rank and it is FREE!
Are you currently utilizing any of these platforms to brand yourself? Are you using different channels? Let me know! As usual, I welcome any comments, good, bad, ugly or indifferent. I can be found on Google+, Facebook and Twitter, circle me and/or follow me.
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Workplace Bullies: It Doesn’t Stop in The Playground
It seems that bullying is becoming and epidemic in this country and honestly something MUST be done to stop it! Bullying within schools that escalate to social channels are quickly becoming a life threatening issue that should to be addressed. Unfortunately we have become accustomed to hearing about bullying that involves children and teenagers but NOW we are starting to hear about bullying in the work environment.
Today, there was an alleged bullying incident reported involving Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito. This alleged incident caused Offensive Tackle Jonathan Martin to walk away from the professional football position. Imagine how unbearable the bullying had to be for a professional football player to walk away from a position! The money, the prestige and all that goes along with being a football player AND to just say to heck with it, I can’t take it anymore. Imagine the torment that this young man was going through!
This incident is in indication that bullying extends way beyond the classroom and those young bullies grow-up to be adult bullies. This behavior does NOT stop in the schoolyard or classroom it continues right into the workplace. The incident with Miami Dolphins, Richie Incognito and the alleged bullying and racial intimidation of 300 lb., Jonathan Martin is an indication that WE have a bullying problem in this country.
Jonathan Martin was able to walk away but so many that are bullied in the workplace are NOT in a position to do so. The bullies at the playgrounds have turned in to the bullies in the workplace that have the power to make or break you as an employee. As a regular working class Joe you have very limited power over the school bully that has grown up and is now responsible for unleashing their terror in the workplace. YOUNG bullies grow up to be ADULT bullies!
Bullies within a traditional workplace usually have higher-level positions and wield the power to affect the livelihood of their victims. So instead of the playground beat down that a kid would get, the workplace bully has the power to destroy a career. This could be one of the reasons that 71% of people hate their jobs!
Bullies NEED to be stopped, on the playground, in the classroom, in social media and in the workplace. It’s time for change!
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5 Career Solutions For The 71% of People That Hate Their Jobs!
I wrote a post titled, 71% of People Hate Their Jobs and I started a bit of a dialogue about how people really feel about their workplace. It was really astounding, that so many people were unhappy in their jobs. If I had been asked to guess at that statistic, I would have though maybe about 45% – 55% at the most, were unhappy with their current employment situation. I would have never guessed the number to be so high, at 71%.
This means that in our daily travels most people will encounter one or more of these 71% and their unhappiness with their employment situation could affect our lives. The chances of encountering one of these unhappy people, if we must deal with customer service oriented industries is probably relatively high. This explains a lot! I am thinking about experiences that I’ve had with customer service professionals, workers at supermarkets, fast food restaurants and it explains a lot. So, I felt a need to provide some tips that may help those in the 71% feel better about their bad employment situation.
The easiest and lamest advice I can offer is to quit your job if you hate it. However, we all know that in the real world, that is just not an option. Since this is not an option, an alternate means of coping is the only choice until a better more permanent solution is available.
One of the hardest things about being in an unbearable position is the helplessness that the situation creates. This is the case with a lot of situations not just a job. The helplessness of living with a job that you hate, is that it is tied to the money that you make, the ability to provide for your family AND the ability to LIVE. We all know that without income supplied by said hated job, life could be so much worse. So, we can just take the “Take this job and shove it…” option off the table for now and lean more toward solutions that will be beneficial in the short term and long term.
A few solutions:
Think about WHY you hate your current job, this is the key to making changes. Sometimes, people find themselves in careers that were selected when they were 17 or 18 when they originally chose their college path. WE are so different than we were at 17 or 18 , and with growing up we may find that the choice we made at this age may not be a fit when we are 30 or 40. So self-evaluation is a great start!
Get involved with a cause that you find near and dear to your heart. It can really add a very fulfilling aspect to your life that may be lacking. It will also allow you to distract yourself from your current situation until your situation changes and most importantly, you will feel connected to something that matters to you.
Update your job skills, this is always a GREAT thing to do whether you love your job or not. It allows you to stay abreast of what’s going on in your industry and will help with future opportunities. Also, it looks great on your resume!
Return to School is also a great way to expand your knowledge and formally brush up on your skills. Take some time to reevaluate your career choice if you find that your unhappiness is a result of a poor career choice or consider learning more about your present field if you are in the industry of your choice. Either way, learning more can only improve your chances of changing your employment situation.
Start a business because it is a perfect time to start and grow a business WHILE you have permanent income. This could prepare you for unexpected and unplanned changes in your employment situation. It could also prepare you to move away from the 71% that hate their jobs to the 21% that love what they do.
Find what you love and do it! If you are not doing what you love now, continue to pursue your dreams until you are doing what you love! As usual, I welcome your opinion, good, bad, ugly or indifferent. You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter and or Google+.
We are at a transitional period with technology and things are changing very quickly. It is quite amazing to be aware and involved with this transition from what is considered a traditional means of advertising and marketing to the very technology focused era of digital marketing.
I remember when the Internet initially became mainstream, it was a very exciting time as a technology user to be involved. I remembered thinking how cool it would be to be involved with technology from the inside, as a person actually driving the growth of the technology.
The first boom of technology really put us in a position to see such growth in this field. It was so very different than what is online now; it is quite amazing how things have grown and how quickly they have grown. The Internet initially was VERY text driven and basic. I you go to a website called the Wayback Machine you can actually see how your favorite website displayed during the first boom of the Internet. You will be quite amazed at the changes and growth of technology in a relatively short period of time.
A few years ago I decided to go back to school after returning ten years previously to get my Bachelors Degree in Business. This time I decided to get a Graduate Degree in Internet Marketing and this was driven by my need to be a part of the evolution of technolgy. When I started doing my research online every search produced Full Sail University as the only option that taught everything thing that I was interested in learning. They were very cutting edge and differed from any other University that I’ve ever seen with their platform and coursework. So of course Full Sail was the option for me.
After spending so much time in traditional sales and marketing industries and having a love for all things Internet related, this was a natural progression for me. So I went full steam ahead into this exciting and evolving industry. I felt a real sense of urgency when moving into this field because I knew that is would be life altering and I was correct.
Digital Marketing has truly changed how all industries are promoting and advertising their organizations. Traditional marketing, which was partially driven by physical media, has had a 180-degree change. I am not minimizing the role of traditional marketing only stating that it has changed. It has change so quickly that it has grown even beyond what I was taught in Graduate school just 2 years ago. That is astounding.
When I attended Full Sail University the curriculum was geared toward giving students the most cutting edge knowledge needed to either work with an organization, start your own organization or grow your current organization. Honestly I’ve never seen a University embrace cutting edge technologies as I’ve seen Full Sail University. This really makes me proud to be Alumni, because I graduated from the best!
Attending such a cutting edge university made me take a look at the offerings of some of the other universities. This is when I realized that there are so many universities and colleges still offering degrees in Traditional Marketing. I am really amazed that more universities have NOT pursued offering degrees in Digital/Internet Marketing or even altered their curriculum to incorporate MORE digital marketing courses.
I was speaking to a few people about traditional marketing degrees and the dire need for colleges and universities to take a look at what they are teaching. Hello? Traditional Marketing as we once knew it, does not exist anymore. I am not saying that it’s totally gone, only that it is a hybrid of what it once was at best. Due to this fact colleges and universities should address their curriculum immediately.
Teaching traditional marketing in a world that no longer exclusively utilizes this media as a primary means of advertising and marketing is irresponsible on the part of the university. The goal of colleges and universities are to prepare students for work in the real world. Continuing to teach marketing as it was many years ago only prepares students for a world that no longer exists. We have evolved way past brochures, print media, flyer and other traditional marketing strategies.
Time to step it up colleges and universities that have not altered their marketing curriculum in the past two years or so. What you are teaching is obsolete at worse and dated as best. Either way it does NOT prepare your graduates for the new world of Digital Marketing.
The takeaway: When looking for a college or university make sure their curriculum is up to date and prepares you for the field that will best put you on the best path for your career.
The Three T’s Of The New Workplace Organizational Structure: Technology, Teamwork and Time With [Infographic]
We are truly in new and unchartered lands when it comes to technology. We are experiencing growth and change at a rate of speed in which I’ve never experiences due to the growth of technology primarily excelerated by the growth of smaller devices like tablets and smart phones. These technologies are now having a profound effect on how we live in our personal and business lives. Technology in regard to our personal lives is a little bit easier to adapt to; however, technology growth within the workplace is a whole different animal.
When planning a new technology strategy, there are so many things that have to be considered. Some of those things are how people will adapt to the introduction of new technology, training staff, how it will effect the budget and more. If a company is a B2B or B2C it can be that more difficult to adapt, change and embrace new technologies on an organizational level. Of course for some organizations it can be an easier process but for some it can be a challenge. Companies that are involved with technology on a certain level will of course adapt better to change, but those that are totally removed from technology may struggle a bit more than those that work within the technology industry.
Although technology has grown at such a fast rate we are all still trying to catch up with all of the changes. I once said that at any given day you can feel like a n00b because of the super quick growth to technology, social media and digital marketing channels. We are truly in a different work era now due to the the boom of technology and although technology can be used to streamline our processes, save time and make things easier often times that is not the case because we are all still learning to utilize those technologies within our workplace more effectively.
The first thing that we must do when planning to implement new technology within our organization, is to realize that we are indeed in a different workplace era now due to the growth of technology and adapt accordingly. That, I must say, will probably be the biggest challenge in the new technology focused workplace. We are now a part of a technology boom that is equivalent to the initial introduction of PC into the workplace. So I cannot promise that the process will be easy and seamless. We can use the technology that is growing so quickly as an asset to our organizations or allow it to be a burden. A few very basic things to keep in mind are the fundamentals and I call them the Three T’s Of the New Workplace Organizational Structure:
We must first learn to embrace technology in general as time is not going to roll back to suit you in your need to hold on to the pre-technology days. Then we must discover the technologies that we deem to be appropriate for our business. Not all technology, social media and or digital media channels are appropiate for all businesses. Exploring new technologies can be as easy or as hard as a company can make it. The first step would be to assign or hire a person that is familiar with a variety of technologies, that have embraced new technologies and can lead your company on the right path. After finding out what technologies and or digital marketing strategies work for your organization, implement a plan to integrate those technologies into your company organizational structure.
The implementation process is what will probably be the hardest challenge, and this is especially the case with older organizational structures. The key is to have professional guidance and get started sooner rather than later because technology will never wait for you to catch up.
One of the greatest things about the growth of technology is that it presents organizations with an opportunity to take a look at their organizational structure and tweak it if needed to integrate more of a teamwork structure if it is conducive to the organization as a whole. Technology will almost force people within the organization to work as a team due to the huge effect that technology has on the entire organization. There is no aspect of an organization that will be exempt from the use of technology when its implemented so this will create more of a teamwork atmosphere. Teamwork is great for employees, the workflow and the bottom line which is good for the entire company. You know what they say, there is no I in team.
As we utilize technology more effectively and implement a more team oriented workplace it can actually minimize the amount of time spent on task and streamline organizational workflow. This is of course contingent upon effective utilization and adaption of technology, increased teamwork and proper training of staff.
We are at a point in the workplace that we are NOT utilizing time effectively which minimizes productivity and maximizes the amount of time spent doing tasks. Consequently our days are longer, our workflow is not as effective as it should be and organizations are not running as smoothly as they could. Take a look at the Infographic below which will give you an idea of exactly how ineffectively we are managing our time within the workplace. A few tweaks to organizational structure to implement a teamwork dynamic and implementation of effective technologies could really change this slippery slope that we are on.
Ultimately the goal is to utilize technology strategies that are smart for the employees and organization as a unit in order to use time more effectively while creating a teamwork inspired organizational structure. This is the new workplace organizational structure, embrace it!
- Social Media and Technology SHOULD Make Tasks EASIER NOT Harder So, Keep It Simple Stupid [KISS] (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- #SocialMedia Time Management: Automation vs Scheduling (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- #SocialMedia Platforms And #EmpireAvenue: Different Strokes For Different Folks (anisesmithmarketing.com)
We are in a recession, no doubt about that and it is tough. However recession and a tough economy can bring out the entrepreneur spirit in many people. In tough times people are almost forced to step it up. Some of the greatest companies in the world were created during tough economic times. There are many, one of those companies is Apple, can you believe that?
Amazing stuff! It seems that due to our own economic downturn we could very well be in the middle of our own entrepreneurship boom and I think a lot of that is fueled by the super quick growth of technology. Take a look at the infographic below to give you an idea of where innovation is happening:
- Technology Growth: Look Beyond Silicon Valley For Your Next GIG [Infographic] (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- Millennials Are Rockin’ Technology But Don’t Rule Out The Rest of Us [Infographic] (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- INFOGRAPHIC: Generation Y, Employment And Facebook (scoop.it)
As we all know technology has grown and I am hearing that there may be a challenge for companies to find workers in this industry due to the big boom. I am definitely all for a consult in the Philadelphia area anytime and I’m sure lots of other people are looking for that next consult or even gig. The people in my circles always have room for another consult (cha-ching…that’s my catch phrase…seriously)
So what’s a person to do, head out to Silicon? Umm yeah, as glamorous as that seems, the average person just can’t pick up and leave, family, kids, good cheesesteaks. Yeah did I say Cheesesteaks? Well there may be at least one other option. Take a look at the infographic below to give you an idea of where you could start.
Via MBA@UNC: Online MBA
- #SocialMedia The Route To Your Next Gig [INFOGRAPHIC] (anisesmithmarketing.com)
- Millennials Are Rockin’ Technology But Don’t Rule Out The Rest of Us [Infographic] (anisesmithmarketing.com)