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What Makes A Company Great To Work For?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I just read an article on Mashable that shared the 7 best tech companies to work for. The list and benefits were different and interesting depending on the company. It got me thinking about what I truly believe makes a company great to work for. For me it is a number of things. It isn’t the foosball table or the free lunch which I have had in the past. To me it is the atmosphere of the team. Is the environment team oriented? Is there a company culture to have your voice heard?  Does the company welcome and more importantly embrace change?

I truly don’t believe it is about the money, vacation days but rather the company culture.

  • Am I wrong?
  • What do you think?
  • What makes a company great to work for?
  • Do most companies have it?

I look forward to reading your comments.

What Does Your Average Work Day Look Like?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

As I type away on this post, it is 7:30am and I am in my office in Dallas. I couldn’t sleep last night and got in around 5:40am which is early for me. It got me thinking about what time people get in, how long they work and a few other questions.

Time to take a quick quiz and let me know what your average day looks like:

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Thanks for playing.

Hey Laurel, Why Are All The Teens Leaving Facebook? Read The Real Story By Guest Blogger 24 Year Old Laurel Glenn

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Yes, it’s true! Facebook is losing its younger audience. First, let’s clarify: by “young”, we’re talking about 13-17 year olds, the “teenage” demographic. According to Facebook’s quarterly reports, 83% of internet users are signed up for Facebook and 55% of those users check-in daily. While these numbers indicate a huge market share, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat all saw a growth in teenage users in 2013 but Facebook saw a decline. In fact, more than 12 million teens have left Facebook since 2011.

Why is this?

For a few reasons: The teenage culture is submersed in live technology; they’ve never known life without updates from tablets, smart phones or social media. They are focused on sharing immediate activities and real-time updates with their peers, which makes personally interactive and feed-based social apps like Snapchat or Instagram more appealing. Comparatively, the Facebook app is more cluttered and slower than the Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter app. Even the difference of 2-3 seconds matters when updating real-time activities.

Additionally, changes within Facebook have not been helpful in the attraction of teen users. Changes in the privacy settings now allow teen users to post public updates and interact with public users (previously the platform prevented teens from interacting with people outside of their “friends of friends”) has some parents worried about the safety of teens on Facebook, and, in turn, encouraging their teen to go elsewhere for social interaction. Facebook ads, sponsored posts, sponsored pages and corporate updates are of little interest to teens. At this stage of their life, teens are looking for social media to update and interact with friends, the ads and corporate presence is frustrating to them.

So, when teens examine the offerings of social media platforms and apps: they simply opt out of Facebook and turn to more personalized, interaction-based platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

  • As a teenager, which social media platform do you primarily use? Why?
  • As a parent of a teenager, do you monitor your child’s use of social media and do you have a preference on which platforms your teen uses?
  • For any generation, have you made a shift in your social media presence within the past year? What have you changed and why?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Laurel Glenn
Social Media Analyst, M/A/R/C Research
2012 University of Missouri School of Journalism Graduate, Emphasis in Social Media Studies
24 Year Old, Millennial Generation Representative
Tweets publically under the alias: @SociaLaurel

How About A Quick Quiz About Paying Extra To Be In The Front Of The Line…

Friday, January 24th, 2014

A few months ago I was with my son, R.D., and we took a quick trip to the west coast. During our vacation we went to Universal Studios and I had made a decision to buy front-of-the-line passes. They were about 50% more than the regular, rate but they allowed you to bypass the huge lines and go…. You guessed it, to the front of the line.

The experience was amazing and allowed us to see the top 4 rides in less than an hour which would have more than likely taken all day.

This got me thinking about other services I would pay more for to get to the front of the line.

So sit back and take a fun quick quiz and let me know if you would pay to get to the front of the line.

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Thanks for playing.

Time To Watch A Quick 30 Second Video And Let Me Know Your Thoughts…

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

As you watch the video:

    • What do you think?
    • For those of you who know me, does my personality come through?
    • How would you use this video for business purposes?
    • Do you think it is a good idea to add a link to the video from my signature card?
    • Would you do an Overture to promote your business or yourself?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Like Me In This Regard…?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

It’s a Sunday afternoon and your car is a little messy so you go in the house and grab a vacuum to clean up your mats and carpet. I have always wondered why I need to go into the house to do that. Yes, I know I can drive to a car wash or my dealership and pay to have it done, but that isn’t what I mean. I have never owned a car that has had a built in vacuum and have owned cars from Infinity, Mitsubishi, BMW, Lexus, Saab and now a Ford Explorer. None of them had that feature.

Shouldn’t that be standard in every car/SUV/Truck?

Why hasn’t this happened?

  • Am I missing something?
  • Wouldn’t you love a car/SUV/Truck that has a built in vacuum?
  • Do you have one?
  • If so, do you like it? Use it all the time?

I look forward to reading your comments.

What’s The Best Day Of Sports Or Sports Weekend You’ve Ever Had?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

As many of my readers know, I enjoy going to sporting events and have literally gone to over 1,000 events. I was having a discussion a few weeks ago as I was getting ready to attend the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and was discussing attending multiple games on the same day or in the same weekend. The funny thing about the conversation is I can actually remember some of my favorites very clearly:

  • On a Sunday in Dallas of 2011, I attended the Cowboys/Rams game in the afternoon and at night attended the Texas Rangers/St Louis Cardinals World Series event.
  • A few years ago in New York I attended the US Open Tennis Tournament and at night went to a New York Giants football game.
  • To date my favorite sports weekend was with my buddy J.G. at least 15 years ago and we attended a Red Sox, Bruins, Patriots and Boston College football games in less than 48 hours! All the stars were aligned for that to happen.

Now your turn:

  • Have you ever attended more than one sporting event in a day?
  • What is your favorite sports weekend you have ever had?

I look forward to reading your comments.

In Your Opinion, Who Is The Most Famous?

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Time for a fun and quick quiz with 6 questions regarding who in your opinion is the most famous person in these categories?

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Thanks for playing.

Looking For A Gift For Your Kids? Easy… ZOKU

Monday, January 13th, 2014

So there I was on a Friday afternoon in the middle of December looking for a few gifts for my kids. As I wandered into Williams Sonoma, I was greeted by a pleasant person who was serving hot chocolate.

After sipping a little I asked her what cool, new and different gifts they had that I could give to my kids. She paused for about a third of a second and handed me an already wrapped package (clearly a bonus for a guy who is a horrible gift wrapper) and said this might do the trick. I asked her what it was and her response was, “It turns anything you pour into it into a slushy/milkshake after a few minutes.” I asked if it really worked and she promised it did. Well, after buying a green, purple & red ZOKU ($19.99) for each of my kids I left the store and frankly was really excited to see if they would work. Well I am happy to report they do! The kids love them and use them all the time. FYI – as a bonus it supposedly works with alcohol as well.

So I say to you – go ZOKU and let me know your thoughts:

  • Do you have one?
  • If so what do you think?
  • Would you go out and buy one?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Superbowl – Hot or Cold? You Tell Me…

Friday, January 10th, 2014

In a few weeks the Super Bowl will be played in East Rutherford, New Jersey – home of the NY Giants and NY Jets. I’m not sure if that is the biggest story – the month and the open air stadium might be more of the story. For the first time the NFL made a decision to play the Super Bowl outside in a cold city! What awaits this year’s Super Bowl? Snow? Sleet? 10-degree weather? Yes, New York will be an amazing experience before the game. The parties, experience and flexibility that New York gives the NFL is unmatched, but let’s not discuss that. Let’s discuss the game and the elements.

Even though we don’t know which final teams will make it to the Super Bowl, I will say that the big game will include a team from the west coast that probably isn’t accustom to the cold or snow. Yes, they are professionals but it just isn’t as much fun playing when it is freezing out and the ground is hard as a rock.

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending football games in Green Bay and Chicago. I was prepared for the elements but it still wasn’t as much fun because eating, walking and going to the restroom were a chore! Anything but fun!

Without question this year’s Super Bowl will be successful! Having it in the Big Apple makes sense for a lot of reasons but I am NOT A FAN!

I say the Super Bowl should be played in a warm-weather city or in a dome!

I say thumbs up to South Beach, New Orleans, The Rose Bowl and Arizona! And a big "no" to any city that is cold!

What do you think?

  • Super Bowl… Hot or cold? You tell me…

I look forward to reading your comments.

PS. Having just been to Lambeau Field, it would have been GREAT if the first Super Bowl played in a cold city was somehow played there! I realize they don’t have the infrastructure but heck, can’t a guy dream?!