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Women Entrepreneurs Still Facing More Hurdles Than Male Entrepreneurs

18 Sep

As we have noted before, there are a number of resources available to help women entrepreneurs level the playing with their male counterparts.

Nonetheless, as Mathilde Collin — co-founder and CEO of Frontapp, a collaborative E-mail app — observes for the Wall Street Journal:

“There’s a huge gender imbalance in the entrepreneurship world. For all the strides women have made in launching startups and driving the economy forward, they face persistent obstacles that hamper their progress — as documented in a recent Senate committee report that shows how far women lag behind men in areas like access to capital.”

The following two charts, both from the Wall Street Journal, highlight (1) the characteristics of female versus male entrepreneurs and (2) the disadvantages that women entrepreneurs face.

Click here to read more about this subject.
 

 

 

Universum’s 2014 Top Employer Rankings: Part 2 — Global Leaders

16 Sep

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers were highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers are highlighted.

The 2014 Universum Student Surveys by Country results are based on the responses of several hundred thousand college students around the world (although not necessarily specified by undergraduate/graduate status). Note: Some of the country surveys were conducted in 2012 and 2013.

Click the links to access Universum’s listing of the most ideal employers for many countries around the world:

 

australia  Australia

  Austria

Belgium  Belgium

brazil  Brazil

canada  Canada

China  China

Czech Republic  Czech Republic

denmark  Denmark

finland  Finland

france  France

germany  Germany

Hong Kong  Hong Kong

india  India

Indonesia  Indonesia

ireland  Ireland

italy   Italy

 japan  Japan

Malaysia  Malaysia

mexico  Mexico

Netherlands  Netherlands

norway  Norway

Poland  Poland

russia  Russia

singapore  Singapore

south africa  South Africa

Spain  Spain

sweden  Sweden

Switzerland  Switzerland

thailand round flag  Thailand

turkey  Turkey

Ukraine Ideal Employers  Ukraine

UAE  United Arab Emirates

Uk  United Kingdom

Vietnam  Vietnam

 

Universum’s 2014 Top Employer Rankings: Part 1 — the U.S.

15 Sep

Universum is the global leader in employer branding. Annually, it conducts student surveys to determine their ideal employers. In Part 1 of our two posts on these surveys, U.S. employers are highlighted. In Part 2, global/foreign employers will be highlighted.

The 2014 Universum U.S. Undergraduate Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 46,000 undergraduate students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”
 
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. undergraduate business students.
 
 
 
Here are the company factors that all of the U.S. undergraduates surveyed (regardless of major) consider most important in their job search.
 
 
The 2014 Universum U.S. MBA Student Survey results are based on the responses of more than 2,500 MBA students: “Students choose an unlimited number of employers they would consider working for from a list of 230. From their ‘considered’ employers they choose their top five ‘Ideal’ employers. The Ideal Employer Rankings represent the companies with the most ‘Ideal’ votes.”
 
Click the image to access the listing of the 100 most ideal employers according to U.S. MBA business students.
 
 
 Here are the company factors that the U.S. MBA students surveyed consider most important in their job search.

A Professional Etiquette Quiz: How Do You Fare?

14 Sep

As defined by businessdictionary.com, general etiquette encompasses “behaviors and expectations for individual actions within society, group, or class.” Professional (business) etiquette “involves treating coworkers and employers with respect and courtesy in a way that creates a pleasant work environment for everyone.”

With this in mind, Careerealism has devised a quiz: “How Good Is Your Professional Etiquette?”

Take this quiz and find out where YOU stand.
 

 

B2B Content Marketing: 2014 Benchmarks

10 Sep

Starfleet Media recently conducted a study on content marketing – The 2014 Benchmark Report on B2B Content Marketing and Lead Generation:

“While there was already good research out there on B2B content marketing (kudos to the Content Marketing Institute, in particular, for their outstanding work over the past 5 years), we found that there remained a number of unexplored areas that warranted further investigation. We believed that capturing the right data – from hundreds of marketers with first-hand experience – and gaining actionable insights into these areas, could benefit not only our company, given our purview, but countless others, as well.”

What exactly does content marketing entail? According to the Content Marketing Institute:

“Basically, content marketing is the art of communicating with your customers and prospects without selling. It is non-interruption marketing. Instead of pitching your products or services, you are delivering information that makes your buyer more intelligent. The essence of this content strategy is the belief that if we, as businesses, deliver consistent, ongoing valuable information to buyers, they ultimately reward us with their business and loyalty.”

Key findings from the Starfleet Media report have been summarized by MarketProfs. Click the image to see the summary.
 

 

Social Media Maturity: An MIT Infographic

9 Sep

Some firms and individuals have reached a level of maturity with their use of social media — based on their levels of experience and activity. Others are still at the early or developing stages of social media use.

Recently, MIT’s Sloan Management Review did a global study on this topic: “The findings from our July 2014 global study on social business indicated that ‘social business maturity’ is related to the level of results that companies achieve. A new infographic illustrates how social business creates value, and outlines the primary drivers for companies seeking to advance toward social business maturity.”

Here is that infographic.
 

 

What Do Marketers Think of “Real-Time” Marketing?

8 Sep

Recently, Evergage – which delivers personalized messages in real time — surveyed marketers in 18 countries (the majority of from the U.S.) “to provide a snapshot of real-time marketing in 2014. 76% of marketers are using real-time marketing today, and 88% of marketers consider it important to their 2014 plans – with many planning to invest this year, according to the survey results showcased in a new infographic.”
 
Survey Results Infographic
 

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