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Sep 19, 2016

5 Tips and 15 Links to Help Beginners Get Started on Social Media

By Bob Carver

This article was updated on September 19, 2016


I occasionally provide training to companies going through a transitional period (meaning reorganizing or downsizing). My training focuses on how people can use social media to find a job. I show how to use social selling techniques to present yourself on LinkedIn, and how to connect with prospective employers, peers and influencers at those prospective employers. See our related article here: How Anyone Can Use Social Media to Get a Job. Even today, I'm always surprised to find many people need basic training on how to use social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, and how to connected and engages on social media. In this article, I’ll give you 5 tips and 15 links to help get started on social media and learn these critical platforms and tools. 

Aug 3, 2016

Google vs. Facebook: Facts and Stats Every Marketer Should Know [Infographic]

By Bob Carver


Almost two years ago now, we published an infographic populated with data from a Lunametrics article. The infographic had stats and facts about Google of interest to marketers, from users, to advertising spend, to mobile use. We decided that it was time to update those stats, and, for extra fun, thought we would add similar stats from Facebook for a comparison. So here it, Google vs. Facebook: facts and stats that every marketer should know:

Jul 6, 2016

Should You Insource or Outsource Content? A Blended Approach May be Best

By Bob Carver

We spend most of our time helping organizations formulate and execute content strategies, and creating great content. It’s our bread and butter. I’ve read a lot recently, from a number sources, about how organizations should bring content production in-house. The reasons for these opinions fall into one of several common content creation issues, from external authors lacking industry expertise, to agencies ripping off their customers by doing ad buys and not passing along rebates. And, no surprise, there are a lot of issues that can come from hiring external resources to create your content. But making the blanket statement that any organization should bring content production in-house ignores a number of problems can come with that approach as well. Problems that can harm marketing efforts for products and services, or make content marketing completely ineffective. In this article I’m going break down both sides of the issue, then I’ll tell you strategies that can overcome the hurdles on both sides. Let’s get started.

May 24, 2016

Why Recruiters Need Social Media Training [Infographic]

By Bob Carver



Brands use social media in a number of different ways. Most people think of social primarily as a marketing tool, but many brands use social is primarily for recruiting. This is for good reason, social media provides lots of ways to help brands find and connect with great talent. Job seekers can also use social media to set themselves apart and attract better organizations, and better offers (see our article on How Social Media can help Anyone Get a Job). We've rolled up a few statistics about how social media is used, and some compelling disconnects in how it's used by recruiters, brands, and job seekers in an infographic. Their are opportunities out there for job seekers, brands, and recruiters. But recruiters, whether working for brands, or recruiting agencies, need to be trained in order to know where to look for the right talent, and how to use social networks and tools to the best effect.