1. Like-Gating: The Art of Reaching the Facebook Masses
Businesses already utilizing Facebook as a key player in their advertising strategy have one more technique to add to their list. “Like-gating” is Facebook’s way of allowing a business to hide content on their page, with the promise that the simple click of the “Like” button will unveil precious incentives and exclusive content. The problem critics see: how will a consumer know if you “like” the business without getting all of the information upfront? See if you would “like” Hubspot Blog’s 5 examples of successful “Like-Gating”.
2. Personal Smart Phones Join the Workplace
Not long ago was the use of an employee’s personal cell at the workplace a taboo. A recent trend brought on by the recommendation of the CTIA shows that this may be happening more often than not. Ragan.com reports that “According to research from 451 Group, more than 70 percent of companies surveyed already allow their employees to use their own mobile devices for work.” With concerns of plan payment and protection of both company and employee privacy, the erasing of phone boundary between work and home may not be as convenient as many want to believe. Although the idea of using your own phone in and out of the office sounds tempting, would you want both areas of your life joined under one number?
Read more here.
3. Do Women Unintentionally Harm Their Own Careers?
As a woman entering the beginning stages of my career, my initial response to the Harvard Business Review article was “Impossible.” Yet with the accompaniment of this week’s discussion on the Today Show, the topic of women standing up for their worth in the workplace, or lack there of, seems to be on of heightened interest. The HBR article looks at a study that cites four “specific low-confidence behaviors” as contributing factors to the unintentional stunt to a woman’s career:
- Being overly modest
- Not asking
- Blending in
- Remaining Silent
For further detail and to see if you agree with the findings of the study, visit the Harvard Business Review blog.
4. Moms Enter the Facebook Mix
I’ve noticed that the majority of my friends have had to face the same dilemma at some point in their social networking lifetime: To friend, or not to friend, your mother on Facebook. Emarketer takes a deeper look into the logistics of mothers using Facebook on a regula
r basis, and estimate that 23 million US moms are on the site this year. With mothers, fathers, and other relatives entering the Facebook world, many users are forced to look at what they post and respond to with more care. Could this social networking mom overload help members finally pay attention to advice social media experts have been preaching for years? With the graphics to prove the mother-to-Facebook rise, lets hope so.
5. Who Is This Siri?
With the recent launch of Apple’s new iPhone 4S has come non-stop discussion of its most coveted feature; Siri. Siri acts as a personal assistant to those operating the phone, answering voice-activated commands and questions. VentureBeat’s review of the new software explains it as “More than a smarter version of the iPhone’s previous voice command feature, Siri represents the first step towards widespread adoption of consumer artificial intelligence (AI). It’s the beginning of something that will fundamentally change the way we live with our computing devices over the coming years.”
See more of what Siri can do here.
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I sat on a “Women in Communications” panel at NC State recently. It wasn’t what I expected. It was a lot of discussion focused around how hard it can be for women to compete in business, and be treated fairly compared to their male counterparts.
The panel reminded me that not every employer was like Howard, Merrell & Partners. We don’t promote or reward based on gender. We employ many working Moms — and many are managers. I’m lucky.
One panelist, used this quote when speaking about how things are still tough for women today – “Trouble comes when a woman tries to be too many things at one time; a wife, a mother, a career woman, a femme fatale…A woman has to draw up a blueprint. She has to budget her life.” — Susie Sharp, the first female NC Supreme Court Justice (1962) and first NC female Supreme Court Chief Justice (1974).
I know things have changed quite a bit since Sharp was in her prime…but maybe not as much as I had thought.
Here is a document that was also referenced during the panel discussion: The Effects of Gender on Communication in the Legal Profession. Though it focuses on the legal profession, but the research can be applied to women generally in male dominated fields.