It’s time to face the harsh reality -- as much as we think we know it all and can do it all, chances are we really don’t and can’t. Investing in training, however, gets us a lot closer. According to surveys of the U.S. workforce conducted by the American Psychological Association, training and development consistently emerges as one of the areas employees are least satisfied with. In fact, a recent Forbes article reported that over a third of employees receive no training to develop new skills. This should be concerning to leaders everywhere.
For those of you that have read my past blogs, you probably know that I am passionate about making a difference in the world around me and being a voice for change where change is needed.
Last week, Instagram rolled out its IGTV app which we here at IMPACT have been keeping an eye on this. If you haven’t heard about it yet, you soon will or, at least, you’re likely to notice its new icon in the corner of your Instagram app. IGTV has been the talk of social media influencers lately. The reason for the buzz is that it offers an opportunity for users (and marketers alike) to put out long-form video similar to YouTube channel content, via Instagram.
Does anyone else out there feel like they are in an endless loop of meetings? As a marketer serving multiple clients at any given time, I find myself averaging 9-12 meetings a week. To be fair, I actually enjoy most of these meetings because it gives me a weekly opportunity to catch up with my clients, but what I don’t enjoy is a meeting that has no direction and leaves me wishing I could get back that hour of my day.
For brands, follower engagement on social media is a key element to visibility and success. As a marketer, I know this inherently because I spend much of my time monitoring engagement metrics, and while engagement is typically positive, it is practically guaranteed that at some point, a brand will face negative feedback. Determining the right approach to handle negative engagement on social media is a challenge, however, with a recent ruling from a federal judge in Manhattan, precedent has been set for how not to deal with it.
We’ve all heard the phrase “love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life,” but I struggled to understand this for much of my career. See, I started out working on TV shows and like most people, I loved what I did... until I didn’t.
I’m an inbound marketing strategist. I’ve been one for years and I am always amazed at what can be accomplished when strategy and tactics come together. If you’ll be so kind as to indulge me for a bit, I’d like to share a story about how I accomplished something that was a longshot, through smart inbound strategy and tactics. It was about this time last year when I made the decision to do something I never imagined doing -- run for my local school board.