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7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2018

Social media—whether you hate it or whether you live on it, it has become a very significant new home of marketing. That means it would be prudent to keep an eye on how social media is evolving. In an article for Business 2 Community, George Beall predicts the trends we may see more of in 2018: Hiring talent for content creation Increased emphasis on video content Focus on user-generated content Increased use of stories Brand …

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How to Be More Productive without Burning Out

While burnout used to be more common in lower-ranking positions, it has flipped and now it’s very common for higher-paid employees to put in more than 50 hours a week. That means the threat of burnout is real at all rungs in the career ladder now, but what can be done about it? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Matt Plummer gives some advice on how to be more productive without burning out: Be …

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Emailing While You’re on Vacation Damages Morale

Picture you’re enjoying yourself on a beach somewhere, or maybe off in the mountains, or maybe even going to a good friend’s wedding. You have the time away, but there’s an unshakable urge to check your emails for work. Who could it hurt to just send out an email or two to see how things are going? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Katie Denis explains why this can be quite harmful to a …

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How to Help an Employee Who Rubs People the Wrong Way

Some people just unintentionally bother other people. Now, this is hard enough to deal with in a social setting, but how do you approach it in a meeting with your employees? In an article for Harvard Business Review, Rebecca Knight gives some advice on how to handle the issue. Canceling the Cringe Telling an employee that they’re upsetting their colleagues requires a certain degree of delicacy. But the alternative is to let this behavior continue, …

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Why We Can’t Trust Smartphones Anymore

When “secret features” used to come up in conversations about technology, they were typically Easter eggs. But as the times have changed, so have these features on our smartphones. Some of these new, secret features run in the background, watching users, and they were left there by some of the biggest companies out there. In an article for Computerworld, Mike Elgan reveals what some of these features are and why these are compromising the trust …

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5 Ways to Get Ready for Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

Are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology the future? Absolutely. Are businesses doing a whole lot with them right now? Heck no. So this is your big opportunity to get a leg up on the competition by exploring them now. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett provides 5 tips to get started: See what’s available in ready-to-go AR/VR technology. Evaluate business processes to see where the technology will best fit. Educate your …

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How to Break into an Analytics Career

There will be an estimated 2.7 million job listings for analytics-oriented roles in 2020. If you want a piece of that digital action, the time to start thinking about it is now. In an article for InformationWeek, Jen Underwood shares some pointers for entering into an analytics career. Downloading Job Prospects Firstly, just from a personality standpoint, Underwood says it is good if you are inherently curious, enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, and …

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10 Ways to Get Your New IT Boss Up to Speed

Just because your new boss is above you in the hierarchy does not mean that you cannot be of invaluable help to that person’s success in the role. And assuming you are not a bitter jerk, you should probably want to see your boss succeed! So in an article for TechRepublic, Scott Matteson provides 10 tips for you to help new IT leaders thrive: Serve as a resource. Offer an insider’s perspective. Don’t revise the …

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5 Styles of Effective Listening That Will Make You Smarter

Listening is deceptively more complicated than you might expect. How many times have you been nodding along to a conversation when in reality you’re just plotting the next thing you’re going to say? And there isn’t a single way of listening either. In a post at Project Bliss, Leigh Espy outlines five ways people listen to others and how you can utilize them: Appreciative Comprehensive Critical Discriminative Empathetic Learning to Listen The first form of …

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How to Turn Down Bad IT Ideas Gently

Build a giant robot to yell at people on the street to use your company’s products: maybe not the best idea. How does an IT leader turn down such ideas without hurting feelings or killing imagination? In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels relates some tips to help. Killing Them Softly In the first place, telling people their idea will not work is like a ripping-off-the-Band-Aid sort of scenario: It should be down fast. Letting …

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