New year, new you. Or at least, an improved you. As 2018 kicks off, you might be thinking about boosting your job performance or beefing up your resume. But maybe you don’t have a ton of free time or money, or the thought of going back to school freaks you out. Well, the internet is here to help.
As 2018 rapidly approaches, some of you may be looking for a change in the new year. Perhaps you’re seeking a new position in your field or starting to look at internship applications. As you read through job listings posted all over the web, you start to notice a common desired trait: excellent communication skills.
Nature is a beautiful thing. All plants and animals, large and small, depend on each other to keep the world turning. However, if one piece of the puzzle goes missing, the whole ecosystem may crumble.
Consumers are done. They’re seeing through the buzzwords, pandering messages, and shiny packaging. They’re tired of being passive participants in the marketing game. They’ve had enough, and they’re not going to take it anymore.
You literally can’t go a day in your life without communicating. This give-and-take of information is the building block of modern society. Day-to-day chatting, texting, posting on Facebook, or sending out tweets all revolve around the communication process.
Whether you’re heading to a trade show, conference, or a client meeting, having a business card to share can give you an edge over others. The trouble is, everyone else probably has one, too. So many cards means that 88% of them get thrown out within a week.
Last year’s Pokémon Go phenomenon brought augmented reality (AR) to the masses. I remember spending the summer running around outside with my friends, trying to catch digital critters on my smartphone. Although the app’s novelty quickly wore off, it gave businesses a taste of AR’s massive marketing power.
Brands want to be where the people are, but the trouble is that people are disappearing. Wanting to get away from in-your-face advertising and commercial breaks, more people are ditching traditional cable and switching to paid, ad-free services like Netflix and Hulu. They’re using software to avoid pesky ads on YouTube and streamline their Facebook feeds.
Earlier this year, a bunch of Instagram stars got in trouble over using sketchy advertising practices in their posts. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent “educational” letters to 90 social media influencers, reminding them that they need to clearly state when a post is sponsored or promoted by a brand.