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Mastering Your Online Professional Brand

16 Nov

As we have written several times (see, for example: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), developing, managing, and marketing  one’s self brand could be THE most important factor in career success.

And now, one’s self brand must clearly and persuasively be communicated online. Consider these observations from HubSpot:

“In today’s world, it is imperative to have a strong brand online. Why? Employers use the Internet to learn about potential new employees. Businesspeople use the Internet to do research on potential new partners. Marketers use the Internet to connect with thought leaders and promote content. The list goes on and on. If your brand online is not up to par, you might be losing out on opportunities you didn’t even know existed!”

 

Click the image to access a 50-page guide from HubSpot.
 

Professional Brand

 

Great Advice at Slideshare

7 Nov

Over the past several months, I have uploaded a number of valuable presentations at Slideshare. There should be something here for almost everyone!! :-)

Please let me know what you think.

Here are the links to these presentations (in alphabetical order):

 

It’s Tough Being a B2B Sales Rep

2 Nov

One of the most critical and important employees in many firms — especially B2B companies — is the sales representative. Unfortunately, some firms do not appreciate or recognize all of the issues that may make their sales rep jobs especially challenging.

As reported by Anum Hussain for HupSpot:

“Sales reps have a lot of responsibilities. Along with selling — which is, of course, what they were hired to do — they’re also expected to spend time researching accounts, generating leads, attending meetings, plugging away at administrative tasks, and so on. Where does staying on top of marketing materials fit in? As a former member of HubSpot’s content team, I know the hard work that goes into creating valuable offers and then distributing them to sales teams with talking points, sharable tweets, and so on. But there are so many hours in a salesperson’s day, and it can be really hard to keep up with the content. As a result, over 40% of marketing materials don’t end up getting used by B2B sales teams.”

The excellent infographic below from Qvidian (a cloud-based sales execution solutions provider) “walks through a day in the life of a modern B2B sales rep, highlighting the challenges that pop up along the way.”

 

 

A Fun Quiz on Role Models

31 Oct

Enjoy this quiz from Careerealism. Although it’s tongue-in-cheek, there are some good lessons to be learned. :-)
 

 

New Startup Data

29 Oct

Startups and small businesses are an essential part of ANY country’s economy — despite the growth of numerous multi-billion dollar corporations. We have acknowledged this in many posts (see, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

The Payroll Blog has prepared an excellent infographic on the current state of startups in the United States:

“Startups often represent excitement in the small business world, because of their ability to innovate with great new ideas. Some even grow into giants that become household names and many have created products and services that make our lives easier. Despite a major bump in the road with the recent recession, startups have still grown by 49 percent since 1982. And in their first year, new startups create an average of three million jobs. Obviously, these small businesses serve an important function in our economy. Take a look at our infographic below and find out everything you could want to know about the world of startups, from the best places to launch them to their survival rates and more!”

 

 

Are YOU a Good Job Interviewee?

26 Oct

A great resume can get you in the door for a prospective job. The goal of your resume is to get you through all the filters between your application and the personal interview. Most resumes never make it past the screening stage. SO, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO BE PREPARED FOR YOUR INTERVIEW AND TO BE ABLE TO CONTROL YOUR ANXIETY LEVEL DURING THE INTERVIEW.

As Ariella Coombs writes for Careerealism:

“Interviews are tricky. In 45 minutes, you’re supposed to prove you’ve got the qualifications, skills, and attitude to win the job. And on top of all of that, you have to fit in with the team. No pressure! Some job candidates love the thrill of interviews – bring it on! Others dread the thought of them – ugh, I hate this part.”

Here’s an interview quiz from Careerealism. See how YOU do. You should answer ALL questions correctly. They are not hard. Be ready when the time comes for a job interview.
 

 

Derek Jeter Post-Retirement: A Marketing Superstar Evolves

20 Oct

Now that the New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter has retired after a Hall of Fame career and the adulation of fans, he is focusing on his future. His marketing past — and present — has been pretty impressive (endorsement deals with Nike, Ford, Gatorade, Rawlings, Steiner Sports, Movado, Avon, and more).

Jeter’s marketing future is being meticulously planned and some projects have already been launched, just a short time after his September 2014 retirement. As Tom Van Riper reports for Forbes,

“Fenway may well prove to be the site not of a true retirement, but merely the final pit stop of a career transition. For all the millions Jeter has pocketed as a player, the real money is still ahead of him, ready for the taking. Statistically, Jeter is a borderline top 100 all-time player, plenty good enough to qualify for the Hall of Fame. His standing with the press and the public, though, reaches well beyond that. The reasons are easy enough to grasp: big market, iconic team, five rings, no PEDs, years of consistency, and, by all appearances, a modest, team-oriented player. A throwback in the age of the gyrating, ‘look at me’ athlete. Whether it’s straight endorsements or equity-based deals, ‘He’ll have offers thrown at him by companies that want to use his name,’ says Ryan Schinman, CEO of Platinum Rye Entertainment, a company that brokers deals between celebrities and corporations. ‘Jeter could make hundreds of millions post-career.’”

Jeter’s first big post-career project is The Player’s Tribune.

It’s also on Twitter.

And Facebook, of course!

 

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