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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!”

 

 

Median U.S. Wages Not Looking So Great

24 Oct

Although the U.S. unemployment rate has come down in the years following the Great Recession, wages have not really bounced back in real terms (taking inflation into account). And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the gap between the haves and have nots has steadily increased. This is NOT good news for marketers who appeal to middle-income consumers, as well as those selling non-necessities.

As reported by  for the New York Times:

“The typical American family makes less than the typical family did 15 years ago, a statement that hadn’t previously been true since the Great Depression. Even as the unemployment rate has fallen in the last few years, wage growth has remained mediocre. Last week’s jobs report offered the latest evidence: The jobless rate fell below 6 percent, yet hourly pay has risen just 2 percent over the last year, not much faster than inflation. The combination has puzzled economists and frustrated workers.”

“The great wage slowdown, or the end of it, will help set the tone for American life in the coming decade. It has already done so in the century’s first 15 years, causing widespread unhappiness with the country’s direction and leading voters to shift partisan directions multiple times. The political turmoil isn’t likely to end until the economic reality changes.”

Click the NYT chart to read more.
 
Income Decline
 

Branding and Millennials

17 Oct

As we have written before, millennials represent a very large and distinctive market segment — in the United States and around the world. In setting a brand strategy to best appeal to this group, various factors must be kept in mind.

In a recent study (Debunking the Millennial Myth: Initiative’s Global Research Study), Initiative – a U.K.-based media planning and buying agency — “examined the lives of 10,000 25-34 year olds in 19 countries, finding out about their lives, their mindset, how they use technology, and how they feel about brands.”

CLICK HERE here to download the full report. (Note: A short login form must be completed to access the report.)

A summary of the report has been published by MarketingCharts:

“Three in 10 millennials (aged 25-34) around the world are cynical about the way brands market to them, and that figure rises above 40% in the U.S. and U.K., finds Initiative in a new study. With such skepticism evident, brands should demonstrate their commitment to social causes and emphasize attributes such as authenticity and trustworthiness. [This] can be seen as directly related to the skepticism that many millennials hold for brands. But, they also align with some of millennials’ common traits: Millennials’ economic uncertainty and insecurity, for example, means that they appreciate brands that are useful to them and can emotionally connect with them in an authentic way.”

Click the chart to read more of the summary.

 

 

Social Media Use Growing for SMBs

11 Oct

With the immense popularity of social media, more and more SMBs (small and medium businesses) are now utilizing such media. It’s not just for the big firms anymore.

According to BIA/Kelsey’s most recent “Local Commerce Monitor” (July 2014), which is ongoing research on the advertising behavior of SMBs), about three-quarters of the firms said they are using social media to promote their businesses — “more than any other category of media.”

BIA/Kelsey reported that:

“Facebook dominates SMB usage, with 55.1 percent of SMBs reporting they have a Facebook page for business use, and 20.0 percent reporting they have run a Facebook ad or promoted post. At the same time, strong showings by other platforms, including LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter’s promoted tweets, indicate the social space is highly robust for SMB marketing. SMBs reported spending 21.4 percent of their total media budget on social media in the past 12 months.”

“The survey covers over 35 different media and platforms used by SMBs for advertising and promotion. These media fall into 10 top-level media categories: online (e.g., search, display ads, blogs); traditional (e.g., direct mail, newspapers); mobile (e.g., search, SMS, display); local coupons (print and online); social (e.g., Facebook, Twitter); video (e.g., Web site videos, YouTube); broadcast; local directories (print and online); giveaway items; and community sponsorships.”

Here is an infographic summary.
 

 

Social Media Etiquette Tips for Business

9 Oct

It is not just consumers (people) who need to understand and utilize the proper style and good manners with each social media format. This is also true for businesses! Proper style and etiquette will enable us all to make our desired points while still being civil and polite while doing so. :-)

As Jennifer Landry, a Web journalist who specializes in articles about business management and the current social media landscape, notes for BLUE by Cox Communications:

“Of course, you can’t employ the same methods for the different social platforms. Each site offers users a different experience. Twitter users want quick and casual communication while Linkedin users expect professional and well researched conversation. In order to get the most out of these sites, you’ll need to make sure that you understand what users expect from each platform and how to mold your posts to suit that need. In general, the posts that do the best are ones that either entertain or inform others.”

“Besides following the basic style of each social site, you must make sure you follow the unwritten etiquette rules. While they might seem like common sense, you’d be surprised how often companies do not follow them. If you can understand and implement the information from the infographic below into your campaigns, you’ll be more likely to attract new followers to your profiles and keep your old ones interested.”

Here is a good infographic from Landry’s article.
 

 

Which Hats Do YOU Wear?

7 Oct

Pardot, a B2B marketing automation provider and part of salesforce.com, has developed an interactive, provocative Web site on jobs that people have/do:

How many hats do you wear? Marketing automation has many features and capabilities that can simplify the lives of marketers. But if you’re an army of one, wearing a million hats and running your company’s marketing department with limited manpower and resources, the prospect of learning and maintaining a marketing automation system may not sound simple at all — in fact, it may sound impossible. But consider this: Pardot’s own marketing team started as a one-woman powerhouse, backed by nothing more than our own marketing automation product. Let’s take a look at a few of the ways that marketers with limited time and resources can use marketing automation to accomplish the work of a much larger marketing department — and hopefully start shedding their multiple ‘hats’ one by one.”

Click the image to check out the hats many people wear at work. Where do YOU stand? :-)
 

 

Is Your Job Search Strategy Out of Date?

6 Oct

We’ve talked a lot about career planning over the life of this blog. One theme that has been constant is that job search strategies must adapt to the times. Companies have adopted many new techniques. And so must you!!

Ariella Coombs, writing for Careerealism, presents a good short quiz on “Is Your Job Search Strategy OUTDATED?”

You should really take this quiz, see how you do, and adapt your approach suggested in the video tips from CareerHMO.com.

[Note: The link on the last page of the quiz leads to a free series of video tips from CareerHMO.com. There is an E-mail sign up and you do not have to buy anything to view the videos through the quiz link. Each video is about 1.5 to 2 minutes.] To bypass the E-mail sign up, click here to access the video tips.
 
 


 

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