Archive for April, 2012

April 30, 2012

More Young Women Start their Own Business

I’m about to officially register my business this week, I’ve been consulting for a few months. I’m 26 years old & with an MBA degree. Companies can’t afford to hire someone full-time to do their online engagement marketing in this market in East TN. I would love to work at a company or organization and executive everything I’ve learned, until then I consult with passion!

Here’s a video (from the Today show) about millennials starting their own business and opting out of sending resumes:

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April 29, 2012

Guess How Many Top 25 Business Schools Do not Teach Social Media/Business

This is from Forbes:

“According to ComScore, social media now reaches over 82% of the worlds online population.  Nearly 1 out of every  5 minutes spent online is used to engage on Facebook, tweet on Twitter, connect on LinkedIn – along with other social media activities. Approximately 33% of US mobile users access social media on mobile devices. And a century of video is uploaded to YouTube every 10 days.

Yet 36% of the top 25 business schools do not have a single social media or social business focused class.”

Which of the Top 25 Business Schools are Teaching Social Business?

My question is: how do you expect the next business leaders (those replacing the retiring Baby Boomer in less than 10 years) to communicate with customers in the future present without the right education? 

April 29, 2012

Top 50 Facebook Business Pages for Tri-Cities

Tri-Cities Region FB Pages Ranked by # of Likes
 50. One 12 Downtown
49. Babycakes Cupcakery
48. The Down Home
47. O’Mainnin’s Pub
46. Mo Sabri
45. Electric Cowboy JohnsonCity
 44. Blue Plum Festival
43. Abingdon Cinemall
42. Abingdon Virginia
41. 95.9 The Hog
40. The Main Street Pizza Company
39. Moto Japanese Restaurant
38. The Santa Train
37. Holston Medical Group
36. Pick Bristol
35. My Bristol
34. Johnson City Press
33. Rob Williams
32. Purple Cow
30. Bristol TN/VA
29. Kingsport Fun Fest
28. Wings Air Rescue
27. Jinger And Izzy in the Morning on Electric 94.9
26. Kingsport, Tennessee (city)
25. The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music..
24. Bay’s Mountain Park & Planetarium
23. Mark Reynolds
22. Bristol Dragway
21. Daytime Tricities
20. Josh Smith
18. Johnson City (place)
17. Kingsport, TN (community)
16. 88.3fm WCQR
15.  2 Ton Tattoo Gallery
14.  East Tennessee State University
13. Johnson City (business)
12. Johnny Wood
11. Times-News Online
10. Barter Theater
9. Bristol Rhythm and Roots
8. WXBQ Morning Air Show Fan Page
7. Pal’s Cheddar Rounds
6. Appalachia Service Project
4. Mellow Mushroom Johnson City
3. Electric 94.9
2. Pal’s Sudden Service
1. Bristol Motor Speedway

Information was provided by ETSU, I just added Links to make it easier to find!

April 25, 2012

Social Media Discussion at Virginia Intermont College Alumni Weekend with Pictures

Leading Social Media Discussion . Photo by Leah Prater

Discussing the Power of Twitter. Photo by Leah Prater

Speaking about Horses with Lady in Plaid who graduated over 65 yrs ago. Photo by Leah Prater

April 23, 2012

Top 3 Engagement Marketing Articles

Teaching my concepts to others

I separate myself from other Social Media professionals by really learning all I can about “engagement”. Anyone can post anything online and call themselves a social media marketer. What about creating a movement through engagement with actual ongoing conversations using social media? If you’ve ever met me you’ll know I’m as social in-person as I am online. These tools for offline and online marketing will be useful for obtaining a lead online and following through offline:

Business Etiquette: 5 Rules That Matter Now (start this immediately)

How to Write a Thank-You Note That Matters (key points to use offline)

30 Things to Tweet About Your Brand (print this handy to-do list)

April 19, 2012

Second Harvest Food Bank

Vote today and every day for the next 12 days! We are still in 1st place to win $1 million but we need the community to join together to keep the lead! Spread the word to friends to vote also!

You can vote once every 24 hours per community and can vote for multiple communities each day.

Voters get chance to win one of 3 prizes: 2 Sets ZAC BROWN Tickets (Greenville, SC – May 10th) , Apple iPad

 Please click the link below to help now:

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April 18, 2012

Thought Leadership 2.0 Using Social Media to Achieve Leadership and Influence

Valentina working it

What made want to read and later post this article on my own blog? This question on Twitter: “Social media has opened the doorway to a whole new level of leadership and influence. Do you fit the profile?” Here’s an excerpt: “Begin by becoming a true expert in your arena. Do your research, and then do more research. Learn to speak about your ideas with passion; become a story-teller. Your passionate disposition will recruit followers and other leaders who respect and appreciate your insight. These folks will spread the word!”

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April 18, 2012

Second Harvest Food Bank

We are currently in 1st place to win $1 MILLION to feed the hungryin Johnson City and the surrounding area from Walmart’s Fighting Hunger Together Campaign. Everyone can help! Vote now and EVERY DAY through April 30. Voters get chance to win one of 3 prizes: 2 Sets ZAC BROWN Tickets (Greenville, SC – May 10th) , Apple iPad . Only 200 communities were selected Nationwide as eligible to benefit from the campaign. Community selection was based on poverty statistics for Metropolitan Statistical Area census. Please click the link below to help now:

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April 15, 2012

Travel | Young woman gives social-media voice to Travelocity’s gnome | Seattle Times Newspaper

Travel | Young woman gives social-media voice to Travelocity’s gnome | Seattle Times Newspaper.

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