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8 Revealing Findings on Social Media That E-Generation Can’t Miss

8 Revealing Findings on Social Media That E-Generation Can’t Miss

I consider our generation to be lucky to have this much power to communicate on a global level. Good things are easy to get used to and a lot of people quickly accept them as a given. The fact that we didn’t have Twitter until 2006 may come as a surprise to many. Only 7 years later, they handled 1.6 billion queries as a daily average. Social media as a whole has a lot of impact on a global level and are becoming a requirement for the business environments.

On an individual level there are tons of benefits that Social Media that can bring to an experienced user if you know how to approach them. We are here to discuss some very interesting facts about social media. We are going to focus information about the major social networks as well as some overall stats to put things a bit more into perspective. We are also going to give you a few practical tips which you can use to better communicate on your private or business social media profiles.

1. Which social networks will be relevant in the future?

We all still remember the speed at which MySpace lost to Facebook and the great migration that happened then. When thinking about investing into a particular social media account, whether that be investing time or money, you need to know that your account is going to have a future. The top three most stable social networks at the moment are Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest but LinkedIn is worth mentioning as well due to the rate at which it is growing and the fact that it can now be used as a pretty decent blogging platform.

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2. The visual side of Twitter

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    Twitter can really seem confusing for most new users, no matter the age. It is very easy to turn your stream into a jumbled up informational chaos, you will have absolutely no use for but after a while most people catch on and start getting at least some activity from this social network. Still, at low levels of social authority it might be difficult to engage people. Here is a pro tip if you are just starting out. A tweet with an image attached will gather 5 to 9 times more retweets and 40% more favs.

    3. Twitter requires a quick response

    Let’s stick to Twitter a bit more. It is important to note that if you want to gather a loyal following on Twitter, you need to be there. Regardless of the fact that you are a proud owner of a 100k followers Twitter profile, numbers of this sort are just for show. You need to nourish your follower base in order to keep them interested. The thing you need to be aware of is that the majority of Twitter users expect a response within the hour. As many as 53% of users expect a response that is that quick.

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    4. Important demographic facts you should know

    While a recent study showed that the Facebook audience of most powerful publications like BuzzFeed, Guardian, Huffington Post and the likes, is predominantly male, college educated and has a techy background. The fastest growing age group on Twitter is between the age of 55 and 64 with basic to average understanding of the online environment. You should also understand the different motivations behind the use of different social networks. Facebook is used for interaction with friends and socialization while Twitter is mostly used for news. This is why it is not surprising that people in their 50s and 60s are gravitating towards Twitter.

    5. Social media and blogging

    Ok, content marketing is officially everywhere. I don’t care if you are a company, a small pack of hungry freelancers or a group of designers, you need a blog. It is just a great way to engage customers, audience and establish a name for yourself and offers a lot in terms of SEO. Still, we are here to talk how it relates to social media. Traditional social media profiles for companies are dull due to the lack of any content. This is where blogging steps in, to bridge the gap and provide companies with the material they can use to engage their followers. Blog posts are not by any means purely textual. They should include images and videos, carefully placed to enrich it and make it more engaging. If you truly want your Facebook audience and Twitter followers to interact with your brand, rely on quality content.

    6. Instagram and high level of engagement

    While most people see Instagram as a casual, social network for sharing photos and disregard it when it comes to business purposes. Still, the numbers show great potential when it comes to business opportunities on Instagram. Namely, this network has a better engagement rate than Facebook and Twitter combined. The average engagement rate on Instagram is 2.81% in compression with Facebook’s 0.25% and Twitter’s 0.21% engagement rate and you should definitely invest time into an Instagram account.

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    7. Pinterest is a female domain

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      If your goal is to reach a predominantly female audience you can sidestep Pinterest. Why? Well, 80% of the 70.000.000 users on Pinterest are female and there is no better social network to reach them on. According to some research there is a day for different topics on Pinterest:

      • Monday: Fitness
      • Tuesday: Technology
      • Wednesday: Quotes
      • Thursday: Fashion
      • Friday: Humour
      • Saturday: Travel
      • Sunday: Food/Crafts

      Still, this doesn’t mean you need avoid any other topic except Fitness on a Monday. The user base has more interest in this topics on particular days but regardless of this they will still react to engaging content.

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      8. Pinterest also work great for eCommerce

      There are no limits to what you can do in the Pinterest when it comes to selling products. Still, you need to make sure that you photography is top-notch and that it is relevant to the boards you are pinning them on. Don’t be pushy, or spammy and you should be able to get pretty good numbers with a decent product. Respect the context and contribute to value of the boards you are allowed to pin on.

      As you can see each and every social media platform has its own quirks and specificities that can make a world of difference to you. Still, be sure to analyse stats related to you and your goals, not raw numbers. Keep your goals in mind at all times and make sure that you are marketing to people not chasing numbers. In the long run, this always pays off.

      Featured photo credit: Photo by: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

      The Key to Finding Job Satisfaction and Having a Successful Career

      Regardless of whether you hold an entry-level administration role or regularly travel to the ends of the Earth as a hot-shot senior executive, you can still find yourself harboring an emptiness… a feeling that something is missing. A popular assumption that experiencing job satisfaction and a successful career should be underpinned by a well-rounded suite of tangible benefits, no longer holds true for many of us.

      We’d never deny health care benefits, appropriate and fair remuneration, bonuses and travel perks in a job package. However, even if served to us on a silver platter, those features can only satiate us to a certain point.

      You might wonder what governs entrepreneurs and start-up business owners to quit their lucrative jobs, essentially look the gift horse in the mouth and kiss such benefits goodbye! There can be an irresistible pull to mastermind a business with products and/or services that serve the greater good of community wider than that constituting their daily existence.

      Even with research showing entrepreneurship to pose greater threats to their mental and physical health, this unique breed of individuals choose to go against the grain in chasing their dreams of being their own boss. Why? Why would anyone risk this type of career suicide?

      Whether you’re an employee, have recently taken the leap to being a business owner or been in business for a while, the commonality is a congenital condition we all share as human beings; to feel a sense of purpose, value and contribution to our community. Despite it being harder to find this for ourselves in today’s world, these approaches will help you achieve ultimate satisfaction through the twists, turns and joyrides that are essential features of shaping a successful career.

      1. Search for Opportunities That Feed Your Passion, Not Temporary Excitement

      Even though well-intended, the ‘feel good now’ compass that career coaches and consultants often recommend you use to create career satisfaction can actually do you more harm than good. Excitement is transient. It doesn’t last. Passion is the compass you need.

      Passion and excitement are two different things. The resounding career legacy that still draws you to turn up on the job regardless of the sunshine or storm that awaits you…that’s passion. It’s like a mental and/or emotional itch you can’t shrug off. Staying attuned to that calling will breed success for you sooner or later. Patience is key.

      You’re also likely to have more than one key passion. Beware of getting caught in the notion you have to find your one true purpose. In fact, run immediately from any coach who tells you there is only one. There isn’t.

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      Your passion is a journey that can take multiple forms so forget thinking there is the single dream job out there that will give you satisfaction in every way you can imagine. It simply doesn’t exist.

      Consider embracing different roles and projects to help you fuel your passion or fuel your pursuits in finding it. Job satisfaction and your career success will be all the more sweeter from a wider range of enriching experiences.

      2. Don’t Position Job and Career Satisfaction Assessments as Pivotal Guides to Your Success

      Despite their popular use for vocational guidance, assessment tools such as Gallup’s Clifton Strengths and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator have come under fire[1] as being limited to the amount of true value and direction they can offer partakers.[2] These and many other guidance assessment tools (e.g. VIA Character Strengths , DISC ) are self-report questionnaires that don’t have normative population data against which to compare your results.

      Simply remember these tools help you develop a stronger sense of what you identify as strengths and weaknesses within yourself, not in comparison with other people. They will still add insight around what sorts of career opportunities, tasks and projects are going to light your fire, what ones are going to extinguish it and what will prod and keep the coals steadily smoldering.

      3. Be Clear on Your Personal Values, Ethics and Principles and Choose Relationships That Support You Honoring Them

      Teamwork, collaboration, open communication and trust are commonplace for any flourishing work environment. However, whether or not your personal values can be honored in your work can make or break your job satisfaction.

      How committed do you want to be to an organization that expects an average of 10 unpaid overtime hours every week under the guise of ‘reasonable overtime’? Are you willing to accept their construing this expectation as ‘strong commitment’ at the expense of your partner and children waiting at home for you? What are your boundaries concerning when you clock on to their time and when you clock off to yours?

      Being very in tune with what your personal values, principles and ethics are will bid you well in the job satisfaction stakes. Spending time to reflect on experiences and working relationships you’ve had – the good, the bad and the ugly – will help you make well-informed searches and grounded decisions that will propel your career success.

      Finding and nurturing relationships with associates and colleagues who share similar values doesn’t just make your day-to-day pursuits more enjoyable. You become fortunate to work with like-minded people who will support, understand and appreciate you like a second family.

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      Being able to honor your personal values in your work means you will still be able to sleep at night when you have to tread where others fear to, and make extremely difficult decisions others would never ever dream of having to make as you forge success in your career.

      4. Be Clear on Your Own Definition of What Having a Successful Career Means for You

      It’s tempting to get caught up in the ideals and projections of success expressed by those we love, admire and respect. Underneath, we all want on some level to belong to a successful club of some sort.

      With research reporting how much money we feel we need to be truly happy,[3] many of us try to subscribe to the notion that having the car of our dreams or taking a European holiday annually will not bring us happiness. The truth, however, for many of us is these tangible rewards are congratulatory reminders of our persistent efforts to chase our career pursuits.

      If those are things you aspire to, don’t let anyone steal your desire and want to feel deserving of these things, that those are some parameters by which you define your career success.

      Despite consistently being the top revenue earner for two years running, you may not wish to become the sales manager. You may not wish to step out into running your own business even though you consistently excel as an employee, delighting clients and repeatedly receiving glowing testimonials.

      Your definition of career success might be enjoying the predictability of a regular workplace routine. You get to leave – without feeling guilty – at the same time each day, love the people you work with and get to spend a good, uninterrupted amount of work-stress free quality time with your family. That picture is also blissful job satisfaction and complete career success.

      5. Identify the Sorts of Challenges and Problems You Want to Learn to Overcome

      Standard advice you might receive from a career coach might be to look for opportunities where you get to capitalize on exercising your strengths and career-related activities you enjoy.

      However, to become a success at anything involves improvement. To excel at anything often involves stepping outside boundaries and comfort zones where others wouldn’t. This means dedicating focus and attention to things you’re not so good at and things you don’t like.

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      Here’s where working with a coach can be particularly helpful. Map out the experiences that were unsavory in your working history. Were there challenges you opted out of, projects you failed at or toxic relationships that blasted your sense of purpose and self-worth into oblivion? It’s within these experiences that you might just find the most valuable lessons and guiding lights for your trajectory to achieve greater job satisfaction.

      If your natural leadership style is to be a collaborator, finding opportunities that require you to apply a more dictatorial style might be needed. Discussing a secondment or short-term project where you get to develop and test your skills can be a step further in earning contention to lead a larger project down the track.

      With several of the company’s boldest personality types penciled to roll out the operation, you’ll not only develop skills that earn your right to throw your hat in the ring; those key players have an opportunity to see your competence. You can then work on building relationships with those stakeholders before you need to hit the ground running should you win the lead.

      Greater job satisfaction comes with planning and choosing the lessons and opportunities you want to learn, not desperately flailing, floundering and hoping for the best.

      6. Keep Reviewing Your Goal Posts and Be Amenable to Change

      The word ‘career’ is indicative of a longer-term pathway of change, growth and development. The journey is dynamic.

      You will accumulate new skills and let those you no longer need, become rusty. Your intrigue will be stimulated by new experiences, knowledge and people you meet. Your thinking will continue to expand, not shrink. As a result, your goalposts are likely to change.

      A major part of enjoying a successful career is not just setting goals effectively, but regularly reviewing and readjusting them where necessary. However, moving the posts or the target still needs to take place by applying the same processes by which you originally created them. The strength of your emotional connection to those revised goals needs to be the same, if not stronger.

      By asking yourself the following questions, you can assure your developmental and growth trajectory is still on course:

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      • Would working toward these goals still allow me to honor my personal values, principles and ethics at the same capacity if not greater?
      • Do the activities I need to undertake to meet these goals honor my highest priorities?
      • Does this feel right for me and those who are nearest and dearest to me?
      • Is this aligned with my passion?
      • Is chasing this goal a right step for me to take now or is this a detour or distraction which could delay my greater plan?

      Each of your career goals should have different review periods. Whatever you do, stick to the review schedule you set. It will not only keep you focused but help you see your progress (or lack thereof) and allow you to timely re-chart your course before you get too far down the track. You don’t want to waste time haphazardly heading in the wrong direction.

      7. Be Prepared to Let Go

      It can be unfathomable to us as to why others risk leaping into the unknown when everything truly appears fine and dandy in the career realm. The company provided stability, recognition, financial success, interesting projects and the promise of a promotion…what was wrong? Why now jump sideways to run a café or train in another field altogether?

      Nothing may have been wrong at all. It was all going right. It was just the end of a chapter. Perhaps the yearning for the next step is actually taking a different trajectory entirely. You may want to simply experience a different rhythm. Perhaps it’s time to pursue a different passion.

      If you have leaped from employee-land to freelancing or have made the reverse-jump (or you know someone who has), you will have quickly grown a different appreciation for pros and cons each work lifestyle brings. Working for yourself can bring the greater realization of your creativity, whether or not it can be monetized to earn you a living.

      When your customers are buying you or a product you designed and fashioned, there is a direct level of appreciation and gratitude that can elevate your confidence in the way you have never experienced as an employee, regardless of your rank.

      Similarly, there are times where we need to recognize our business ventures were adventures, not long-term life-changing empires. There are times we need to recognize that time is what provides the clearest limitation of how long we persist for in such pursuits.

      We have to recognize the absence of enough financial, mental, emotional and physical breadcrumbs that tells us we’re no longer meant to push in that direction. At least, not for the present time.

      The Bottom Line

      Above all, keep the momentum. As long as you remain committed to pursuing work opportunities that allow you to honor your highest priorities, the truth of who you are and what you stand for, achieving ultimate job satisfaction and a successful career will never be too far away.

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