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What Do You Know About Selfies?

25 Jul

What do you know about selfie behavior — other than that there are many unusual (“strange”) selfies displayed on social media?

According to Isabel von Kessel, reporting for Statista:

“Nearly 52 percent of selfies taken are about appearance, the Georgia Institute of Technology found in a study. The idea behind the research was to understand how people give statements on their identity by taking and posting selfies. To obtain the data, the institute analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram and assigned them to 14 different categories.”

“Accordingly, photos about appearance were two times more popular than the other categories combined and most often depict the photographer’s makeup, clothes, lips, or other individual features. Similarly prevalent are selfies about the person’s ethnicity or nationality, accounting for 13 percent within the study. The researchers interpreted this as an indication of the person’s pride in his or her ethnic background. In general, women (59%) take more selfies than men (41%).”

 

Infographic: Selfies Are All About Appearance | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

 

Are YOU Buying These Scam Products?

17 Jul

Are YOU susceptible to buying products that over-promise their benefits or are otherwise deceptive?

In this video from Planet Dolan, do you agree that these are all scam products? [Note: The Planet Dolan YouTube channel has 5.5 million subscribers. and 1.4 billions views]
 

 

 

How to Do Better with Online Marketing Content

13 Jul

Globally, an overwhelming number of companies utilize content marketing as part of their online efforts. According to the Content Marketing Institute: “Content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant, and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly defined audience — and, ultimately, to drive profitable customer action.” Rather than “sell” goods and services to customers, companies strive to “provide truly relevant and useful content” to both their prospects and their customers — so as to “help them solve their issues.”

 

Take a look at this infographic from One Productions (‘Ireland’s leading video production agency’). It includes a lot of good information on how to do better with content marketing.


 

Are You Always “On”? Living in a Connected World: Segment 3

12 Jul

We live in a digitally connected world, where many of us are regularly “on.” However, some firms are still fighting back against this phenomenon. Consider this example (from Jane E. Brody, writing for the NY Times):

“Hurray for the HotBlack Coffee cafe in Toronto for declining to offer Wi-Fi to its customers. It’s HotBlack’s reason for the electronic blackout that is cause for praise. As its president, Jimson Bienenstock, explained, his aim is to get customers to talk with one another instead of being buried in their portable devices. “It’s about creating a social vibe. We’re a vehicle for human interaction, otherwise it’s just a commodity.”

 
Recently, Zarb School of Business Distinguished Professor Joel Evans of Hofstra University did an extended radio interview with Suzanne B. Phillips, Psy.D. on living in a connected world and the growing phenomenon of always being “on.” Connectivity involves using digital devices to interact with the outside world, including smartphones, smart TVs, wearable devices, GPS, computers, tablets, home security systems, and more. This interview is divided into three segments for YouTube. Click here to see Segment 1 and click here to Segment 2.
 

Segment 3 highlights these topics:

• Connectivity by social media platform
• Demographics of followers by social media platform
• Growth of mobile connectivity
• Many benefits of connectivity
• Many downsides of connectivity
• Recommendations
• Always be smart and protect yourself
• Think before posting
 
 

 

Prof. Joel Evans’ YouTube Channel

11 Jul
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Source: Prof. Joel Evans’ YouTube Channel
 

Are You Always “On”? Living in a Connected World: Segment 2

11 Jul

We live in a digitally connected world, where many of us are regularly “on.” According to Annie Kjellstrom:

“Until recently, we connected with one another in person. We planned activities around what we liked to do together, not the best status update. We made photo albums (real ones) as a tribute to good times and we only shared important updates about our lives with people who were a part of them. Being connected meant sharing ourselves with those closest to us — without a need to document, broadcast, or archive relationships.”

“Today, being ‘connected’ is a much more complicated concept. In some cases, digital connections are even required to validate offline relationships — after all, you’re not really dating unless it’s ‘Facebook official.’”

 

Recently, Zarb School of Business Distinguished Professor Joel Evans of Hofstra University did an extended radio interview with Suzanne B. Phillips, Psy.D. on living in a connected world and the growing phenomenon of always being “on.” Connectivity involves using digital devices to interact with the outside world, including smartphones, smart TVs, wearable devices, GPS, computers, tablets, home security systems, and more. This interview is divided into three segments for YouTube. Click here to see Segment 1.

 

Segment 2 highlights these topics:

• • Smartphone’s impact on quality of work – distractions
• Myth of multitasking
• Challenges of teaching in a smartphone-connected world
• Societal acceptance of always being on – no code of conduct and few limits on use
• Explosion of connected devices and how they can be used (“smart” devices)
• 13 billion connected devices for people as of 2020
• Currently, 3.6 connected devices per person
• Growth of social media platforms
• [U.S.] Lifetime, more than 5 full years per person spent on social media – more than time on eating or personal interactions
• Social media by gender

 

 

Advice from U.S. Entrepreneurs: Starting, Growing, Staying Inspired

7 Jul

We can learn a lot from successful entrepreneurs in terms of how to start a business, how to scale a business, and how to stay inspired.

Recently, Tracey Wallace published (for Big Commerce) “234 American Business Owners on Starting, Scaling, and Staying Inspired:”

“This is about following your passion. This is about hope in the face of all odds. This is about hard work that builds a legacy of American business success. This is about building your own personal American Dream.”

 

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