Vine Now Lets You Send Video Messages

Vine Now Lets You Send Video Messages

April 8, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

This week, VentureBeat reported that Vine users can now send direct video messages to other users. This means you no longer have to broadcast every Vine video you make. You can send video messages to both friends and groups that you are part of. This new feature is much like Instagram, and it comes after the picture-based social network took Vine's lead by allowing videos, not just images. Do you use Vine often? What do you think of this new feature? You can get more details about it at VentureBeat. Image credit: wikimedia commons

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The Importance of Business Writing Skills

The Importance of Business Writing Skills

April 8, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Not every professional has stellar business writing skills. According to Liz Ryan's LinkedIn Post, many people need to work on their ability to write in the workplace. Even if you're great with grammar and spelling, you're not necessarily out of the woods yet. You also need to have the right voice and tone for every project. This should change depending on your audience. In addition, your purpose, also referred to as your intent, is important: "For your writing to have power there must be intent behind it. Whether you’re writing to your boss or composing an article for your client newsletter,

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Hiring Women Can Save You Money

Hiring Women Can Save You Money

April 7, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Surely you have heard all the great reasons to hire women. According to The Washington Post, now there's one more: to save money. That's right; women cost less to hire than men. Of course, you should continue to make hiring decisions based on qualifications, but if you're having trouble choosing between a male applicant and a female applicant, you might be able to save a little money by hiring the woman. Due to the lower salary of women, they are cheaper to hire, and they tend not to negotiate their salary as much as men do. In addition, studies show that

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The 3 D's for Improving Your Business

The 3 D’s for Improving Your Business

April 7, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're looking for new ways to succeed in the business world, David Edelman's latest LinkedIn post may give you some ideas. Apparently, it all comes down to the 3 D's. The first D is Discovery, which involves obtaining data, analyzing it, and then taking action based on what you learn from the information. The next D is Design, which involves developing "business strategies, processes, pricing programs, products, and experiences that the brand delivers to customers." And then there's the third D, which is Delivery. This basically involves delivering the right messages and products to customers. You can learn more about the

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Why Digital Storytelling Matters More Than Ever in 2014

Why Digital Storytelling Matters More Than Ever in 2014

April 7, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

by Derek Smith, Talk NYC Founder Why Digital Storytelling Matters More Than Ever in 2014 If you were like me a decade ago, you might have been dreaming of videophones and battery-operated cars; virtual-reality video games might have easily been dancing in your head like sugarplums on Christmas morning while the very idea of the all-in-one smartphone reminded you of a new era beyond this dimension in which cable TV was replaced by the reality of online web camming magician trickery for entertainment. Fast-forward ten years to 2014. If you’re a platform, brand or advertiser, content is still the name of the game.

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How to Become a Better Social Media Manager

How to Become a Better Social Media Manager

April 4, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The job of social media manager might not be around much longer. Of course, that doesn't mean businesses won't still need someone to manage their social media sites. It just might not be a full-time job anymore, according to Tereza Litsa's blog. If you're currently a social media manager or want to become one, you should keep learning new skills to remain marketable. For example, if you make sure you know how to write, manage content, and understand metrics, you will be on the right track in an increasingly competitive career. You should also learn how to create graphics, such as

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Find Out Why Facebook's Design Isn't Prettier

Find Out Why Facebook’s Design Isn’t Prettier

April 4, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're not thrilled with Facebook's design, you're not alone. But according to Co.Design, there is a reason behind the simple, even unappealing layout. Apparently, Facebook was about to roll out a much prettier design last year, with larger pictures and bigger icons. But at the last minute, it was traded for the simpler design you see now. Some people believe the change was because the nicer design was not good for revenue, since it wasn't conducive to Facebook ads. However, Facebook's Director of Product Design has said that the real reason is that the prettier design would be too slow

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What Not to Say If You Want to Be Successful

What Not to Say If You Want to Be Successful

April 3, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're striving for success, there are a few key phrases to avoid on your journey. A recent LinkedIn post touched on a few of the phrases successful people don't say. Just a few of the phrases to avoid saying are "That's not in my job description," "It's not my fault," and "I don't need any help." After all, successful people are often willing to go above and beyond in the role, and they are okay taking on blame and asking others for help. Check out the LinkedIn post by Ilya Pozin to find out 4 other phrases you should try not

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Facebook Should Let Users Control News Feed

Facebook Should Let Users Control News Feed

April 3, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If Facebook wants to keep users happy, it might consider putting them in control of their news feed. At least that's what John Battelle suggests. He states that Facebook should stop guessing what users wants and start giving them control over what they see. He complain, "For reasons I can’t fathom, it doesn’t give me the chance to truly curate my feed, beyond some clunky lists and filters which, from what I can tell, are only good for blocking people or indicating preference for a particular feed (but not saying, for example, “show me everything from this source.”)" Do you agree? You

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How Social Networks Will Start Changing, and Why

How Social Networks Will Start Changing, and Why

April 2, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Now that most popular social networks have been around for years, you will start to see a pattern when it comes to the ways in which they change. Justin Smith's post on LinkedIn offers a few examples of what to expect. You might have heard that many people now gravitate toward smaller social networks, which means the larger ones will either lose users or change to accommodate the wishes of most people. So don't be surprised if more people than ever join groups on Facebook, for example, and stop paying so much attention to the news feed. In addition, developers will

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