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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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      Last Updated on September 18, 2019

      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

      Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

      Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

      “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

      While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

      The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

      What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

      The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

      1. Cloud Computing

      “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

      There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

      This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

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      2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

      Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

      Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

      his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

      3. Data Management

      All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

      We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

      However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

      4. Scheduling

      Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

      An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

      5. Financial Skills

      These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

      While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

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      6. Research Skills

      These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

      Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

      So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

      If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

      If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

      7. Marketing Skills

      While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

      Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

      While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

      8. Network Security Specialist

      Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

      So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

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      9. Communication Skills

      At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

      Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

      10. Computer Programming

      I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

      11. Graphic Design

      As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

      Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

      That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

      Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

      You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

      Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

      Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

      Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

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      This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

      You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

      But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

      Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

      In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

      Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

      And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

      The Bottom Line

      We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

      We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

      We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

      As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

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      Reference

      [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
      [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

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