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Optimism Versus Pessimism?

17 Aug

Generally speaking, into which category do YOU fall: optimist or pessimist? Maybe, the best answer should be both — depending on the situation.

As Sumathi Reddy writes for the Wall Street Journal:

“It remains an optimist’s world. The prevailing view in positive psychology — the scientific study of how to make people happier — is that optimism results in better health outcomes, physical and mental. This association has helped spawn a cottage industry in optimism books, seminars, and conferences. [Yet, many] experts say pessimism can at times be beneficial to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Some studies have found that having a more negative outlook of the future may result in a longer and healthier life. Pessimism and optimism are opposite ends of a spectrum of personality traits, and people generally fall somewhere in between.

“‘All too often in the literature and in the public conversation, we want people to be more than 90% optimistic,’ said Dilip Jeste, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California San Diego. ‘That’s not good. It is much better to have a balanced perspective and have some pessimistic streak in your personality in order to succeed.'”

Click the image for an interesting Wall Street Journal look at optimists versus pessimists across several factors. Where do YOU fit in this graphic?
 

 

Be a Smarter Tourist: Avoid These Scams

13 Aug

It is currently the height of the tourist season in many countries. As such, smart tourists must be aware of — and protect themselves against — the numerous scams that are out there.

As UK-based Just the Flight puts it:

“Tourists are often the most vulnerable to scams; they are probably unfamiliar with the surrounding area; they are often in need of help and information and tend to be trusting of locals; they are likely not to question what they see or are told; they often cannot speak the language where they are; and they are probably carrying large amounts of cash and credit.”

“Most scammers are smart. They know how to cheat money out of tourists in ways that make identification difficult, if not impossible. Some scams are quite obvious once they have occurred, with the victim realizing they have been cheated but only after it is too late. Others are more subtle, where the victim may never realize that anything went wrong, and they rationalize that they have either lost of miscounted their money. Tourist scammers and pickpockets take advantage of weak laws and law enforcement, thereby allowing them to effectively operate indefinitely while nothing is stopping them.”

Take a look at this infographic from Just the Flight and avoid the worst tourist scams.
 

 

B2B Firms and Online Content Marketing

31 Jul

Clearpoint Agency, an award-winning public relations firm, has studied the online practices of business-to-firms.

In the following infographic, Clearpoint “describes why marketers create content, how they use content, and where they post content. The best business-to-business content marketing practices and most popular tactics are outlined in this fun and informative infographic!”
 

 

How Should You Respond to Negative Social Media Comments?

30 Jun

One of the main social media challenges for all companies is how to respond to negative comments. It is imperative that negative comments be tracked and understood.

In general, there are three options for dealing with negative social media comments: (1) ignore the comments; (2) point out why the comments are wrong; and (3) constructively reply to the comments. Although many firms choose option (1) or (2), it is more appropriate to choose option (3).

As High Powered SEO puts it:

“You have spent hours preparing an amazing post or share something worth a meaningful discussion. Then, you notice that a couple of people are saying the complete opposite from what you have shared. This is normally fine except they express their opinions in a way that may rub you the wrong way. How do you handle this type of situation? Do you lash out in order to get your point across, not respond at all, delete the comment, or just flat-out ignore it?”

“There are plenty of ways you can handle this type of situation, but if you don’t handle it the right way you could be doing much more harm than good. It is best to handle this situation tactfully.”

Check out the infographic of tips from High Powered SEO.
 
RESPOND TO NEGATIVE COMMENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG POSTS  INFOGRAPHIC
 

Evans on Marketing’s 20 Most Popular Posts

23 Jun

Since this blog began in 2012, several of the 900 posts have been especially popular among readers. For those who have missed any of the 20 most popular posts, here they are:

  1. Best Business Decisions Ever?
  2. Online Shopping Behavior by Gender and Age
  3. Do You Regularly Check Yourself Out at Google?
  4. A Job Skills Infographic
  5. Is It OK to Leave a Job Off Your Resume?
  6. The Volkswagen Jetta Promotes Safety
  7. Apple and Planned Obsolescence: Is This Good Or Bad?
  8. New Balance Athletic Shoes: Made in the USA — But for How Long?
  9. Great Privacy Tip: How to Go Incognito on Google Chrome
  10. The Value of Infographics
  11. Are You Trying NOT to Get A Job?
  12. Ten Tips to Help You Get a Job Interview
  13. Is Marketing a Good Career Choice?
  14. Where Consumers Will Pay More for Products from Socially-Conscious Companies
  15. 15 Traits of Superior Employees
  16. The Top Social Media Sites in China: An Infographic
  17. Do YOU Provide Too Much Online Information About Yourself?
  18. Is Banning Facebook at Work a Good Or Bad Idea?
  19. Questions NOT to Ask During a Job Interview
  20. Is Sharing One’s Salary Data with Co-Workers OK?

 

Business Intelligence as a Competitive Advantage

21 Jun

There is no question that detailed, accurate information can help companies make better decisions and enact better tactics. Yet, having comprehensive, targeted data is not necessarily simple.

As Graham Winfrey reports for Inc.:

“Roughly half of business professionals cite ‘slow or untimely access to information’ as one of the obstacles holding their companies back. Making matters worse, a lot of the data available to businesses are essentially useless. The big lesson? When it comes to business intelligence, having smart data is more important than big data.”

The infographic below, developed by Boston University, focuses on some keys in using business intelligence for competitive advantage.
 


Boston University Online

 

Global Personality Maps

20 Jun

JWT Intelligence has just introduced a new Web site called Personality Atlas.  For marketers, this is an interesting and entertaining visual look at the world:

“The Personality Atlas report is based on findings from a 27-market study of 6,075 adults aged 18-plus that used SONAR, JWT’s proprietary online research tool. The study covered Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States. Our respondents provided their perceptions of each country surveyed, including their own — we looked at overall perceptions, as well as perceptions related to people, culture, government and brands/products.”

Click the map for three views of personality: (1) How the world views other countries. (2) How countries view themselves. (3) See where you fit. Hover over the country to read the description. Enjoy!
 

 

Keys to Successful Innovation

7 Jun

For many companies, innovation is the life blood for long-term success. Nonetheless, success with innovations can be elusive.

As Mindjet,which offers a platform for enterprise innovation, notes:

“Innovation is vital to achieve success in today’s evolving marketplace, but it’s easier said than done. In reality, most companies struggle to achieve true innovation, despite acknowledging its importance. Whether due to a lack of resources or ability, many companies remain stagnant. But recent data shows that’s only part of the puzzle, and that a holistic, structured approach to innovation is one that works — and that yields real business results. Check out the full infographic below for more on what really fosters innovation.

For some tips on innovation, take a look at this infographic from Mindjet and Column Five.
 

 

Netflix Keeps on Rolling

4 Jun

After a few hiccups (such as the introduction of dual subscriptions), Netflix is certainly on a roll again. And a large part of Netflix’s recent success has been tied to its development of original programming, including Emmy-winning House of Cards. This move has changed the business for the industry and drawn emulators like Amazon.

Here is a good infographic that shows “The Economics of Netflix: How to Make a $100 Million Show.” Click on the image for a larger version, and then scroll down to learn many interesting facts about the economics of programming.
 

Economics of Netflix
Source: GreatBusinessSchools.org

 

How to Market a Small Business

2 Jun

Some small companies mistakenly place marketing activities on the back burner. They fail to recognize the importance of marketing in building business and maintaining customer relationships.

So, receiving and listening to good marketing advice are vital for small firms.

New Republique is a creative Australian-based advertising agency. It recently developed the useful small business marketing infographic shown below. There are several good observations in this infographic for small firms.
 
Marketing Tips for Small Business

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