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This post is exactly why I love reading your blog!
I always enjoy the opportunity to work with people from different generations, but I'm not always sure if others feel the same way. I like your point about entitlement being mistake for big dreams. I would agree that older colleagues can be a little confused or taken back by our enthusiasm and wanting to see change quickly.
As someone right smack in the middle of Generation Y, thanks for writing this! It's a good reminder of our qualities.
2 years, 5 months ago on Time For A Millennial To Speak For Millennials
@Shonali I've always associated "y'all" with Americans. I guess you were meant to be there all along!When I first came back it took me awhile to stop saying certain words like "lift" (versus elevator) and "queue" (versus line-up). Other than that, nothing stuck. I wish it had!
2 years, 5 months ago on How Are You?
@KDillabough @Shonali Asking about snow is a great way to start a conversation with a Canadian.
Indeed it snowed again in Vancouver today! It didn't stick, but more is expected. I'm looking enviously at Ontario. Happy first day of Spring!
@Shonali That's a good one! I was actually quite surprised at how many British colloquialisms left me either confused or giggling. Definitely loved it!I'm glad to hear that you're doing well, but I'm sorry about your shoulder. Maybe hubby can be of assistance. :)
I'm good! How are you?When I was studying in England I was often asked "Are you all right?" instead of "How are you?". The first time it happened I naively answered "Why? Is something wrong? Do I look sick?".
The person definitely listened to that answer!
Great post Kristine! And keep up the awesome work - I'm a fan! I'm looking forward to checking out your new podcast.
I also wanted to take this opportunity to say hi. Through Facebook I found that we have a mutual friend, Alexandra (aka Zanda). Small world!
2 years, 5 months ago on Five Reasons to Begin Podcasting Today
@janetcallaway That's a beautiful quote Janet. Thank you for sharing it. :) I hope you had a wonderful, green and bright Christmas!
2 years, 8 months ago on Been a rough year? Try loving it!
@danielnewmanUV Thanks! I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog in 2012. I enjoy your 'Thoughts for Friday'. :)
@OphelieL Ophelie! What a nice surprise! How are you? Enjoying Australia?
And thanks for the suggestion! Weekly paper subscriptions are a bit much. I used to get PRWeek delivered, but it quickly became clutter. Though I have to admit, I love it when Macleans' arrives in the mail. <3
2 years, 8 months ago on 15 Gift Ideas for Comm Peeps and PR Geeks
@moelnadi You bet! Are you?
2 years, 8 months ago on Twitter Thank-You's: Where do you draw the line?
@vacshackcom I hear ya. Some people seem to do it very naturally, for me, it takes effort. But it's definitely worth it! Thanks for dropping by Jeanie! I can see that we have something in common - a need for clean! :D
2 years, 8 months ago on What to do if you Suck at Commenting on Blogs
@NewDriverUpdate Thank you! Although I hope I don't make too many 'worst of' lists. :P But if I do, there will definitely be another video retort!
2 years, 8 months ago on Why I love my autoDM Fail
@stevecunningham Lol! 99.9% eh? My, my...talk about an industry on egg shells! :P
'The Black Swan' sounds right up my alley! Granted, I haven't read it yet, but its summary remind me of a book called 'Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior'. I quite liked it.
2 years, 9 months ago on Why I love my autoDM Fail
@LauLau81 Guilty as charged! I'll read pretty much anything - including romance novels, especially on summer vacation. :)
@fergusonsarah lol! Or time traveling!
@keepupweb Thanks! A funny story indeed! I love it!
When I created the message, I wanted it to be something that I would feel comfortable asking a stranger. A lot of people were good sports about it and 'played along'. They would ask me "what's yours?". And I actually have had one or two people (usually who have multiple accounts) tease me about my automated intro.
Sherryl, do you have a favourite book? :)
@AdrienneSmith Haha, picking on lots of people! I couldn't help but laugh - what a funny little surprise I had on Monday!
I don't mind reading books again but I have to have some time in between the readings. It seems I pick up on different points each time I re-read it. Although I can't do this too often - unlike my younger sister who has read each Harry Potter book at least 7 times! Now that's dedicated.
I just looked up the book you recommended. It sounds excellent!!! It's on my list!
Thanks for your kind words Adrienne and your recommendation! So nice of you to drop by. :)
I love it when a QR code gives you contact information! I saw this at a technology conference sponsored by Rogers and it was so handy. I think it would be a great fit for recruiters at a career fair. They typically wear name tags anyway, so why not throw a QR code on their badge? I think it's a great, clutter-free alternative to business cards.
2 years, 9 months ago on Shanan & Kate’s Excellent QR Code Adventure
@Tinu That's a great idea! Always good to have an updated resume and why not let it give you a morale boost while you're at it?! :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Balancing Where You Are and Where You Want to Be
@DadinTheCloud Lovely, thank you!
2 years, 9 months ago on Why you should own your domain (and when it's okay to cheap out!)
@fergusonsarah Agreed, for instance, you also own the content itself. I'm curious about your other ideas; in your opinion, what else would you gain by owning your own domain?
@AdrienneSmith Hi Adrienne! @DadinTheCloud caught my little slip up too. (Thank for having my back guys!) I was thinking of domain name + hosting. You are correct, my domain name was quite inexpensive. I recently purchased a few others that were $20+, still cheap and well worth it. Something else I've been doing lately is purchasing negative counterpart domains names (doppelgangers?). For example, www.ihatewebsite.com or www.websitesucks.com. When all was said and done it was about $100 - much cheaper than taking a blow to your reputation. I figure, if someone does want to make a hate site, I might as well make it as difficult for them as possible.
@DadinTheCloud Yes, I was thinking of hosting. Thank you for catching that! And thanks for the tip. I'll check out Squarespace. I've never heard of them before. :)
I've found that comparing myself to others is exhausting. What I strive for, but struggle with very, very much, is being content with where I am and have faith in where I'm going. Of course, this is easier said than done, but at the end of the day (if I've been successful), I feel more confident and ready to move forward.
@SharelOmer Hey Sharel!! :) You're right, it does require you to be more strategic and think about where you're going. The fact that you're spending money, even a small amount, makes you focus on your goals and be committed to them.
I already celebrated Thanksgiving (I'm Canadian), but what a great reminder! I will remember to be thankful for your holiday too. :) Happy Thanksgiving and bon voyage!
2 years, 9 months ago on Happy Thanksgiving from Allison Development Group
Great case study Dino! Connecting with emotions is definitely the name of the game. I love the simple way Microsoft has done this. I've noticed that their commercials have taken a turn for the better and have lost their "statistician" feel.
Despite this simple concept, it's easier said than done. Last year I sat down with a team to work on creating something similar for a project. It was so frustrating! We were over thinking it and ultimately getting in our own way. Maybe a little meditation would've helped, eh? :)
2 years, 9 months ago on Reverse Engineering a Microsoft Windows 7 Commercial - Video
@Goathunter The biggest differentiation would be the cost. There’s no way around it. Paid monitoring services are expensive! If an organization grows to the point where they are not able to effectively manage their monitoring and if they have the budget, then sure, they should explore paid tools. But for most SME’s, a combination of free tools will provide more than enough support and insight into their online activity.
Also, I tested a variety of paid services and I found that the information was often provided to me too late. By the time I did receive the paid social media monitoring report, I had already seen, engaged with or even created 95-100% of the report content.I will note however, that this was not the case for Radian 6. I would recommend that service to organizations who have “outgrown” free tools.
You do bring up another point – about the “specialized” SMM agencies. I think these are going to eventually dwindle or differentiate their services as people become more comfortable online and the free and paid-for platforms become increasingly user-friendly. Where agencies have their place is providing solid “next steps” and support in growing businesses. Of course it helps to have the monitoring in place and will certainly contribute to a successful growth strategy, but it is only one piece of the puzzle.
Thanks for your comment! Good food for thought. :) And I have to ask…is there a story behind the “Goathunter” name?
2 years, 9 months ago on Why you shouldn't pay for social media monitoring
@jenhornstein It really is top notch. I tried TweetDeck a few tears ago. It was good too, but I definitely preferred Hootsuite. I think it was the fact that it was online that initially hooked me in. <3 I don't even sign onto Twitter anymore.
No kidding?! That is crazy that they would leave out Hootsuite! You should tell them to try it. It makes life so much easier. Then they can join our little "I love Hootsuite" crowd. :P
2 years, 9 months ago on #PR #Twitter #Chats
@phillipdodd Oh dear! But so nice of you to help them out.
Now that I reflect on it, I don't know of many agencies who offer discounts for non-profits. The social media monitoring services, however, did. Maybe something for the industry to explore. Although many agencies are quite small and low prices may be difficult to offer.
Either way, at the end of the day, I'm with you. Education is the way to go!
@SharelOmer@EricaAllison@commun_it Thanks for the suggestion, I will for sure check it out!
@phillipdodd I also looked into using an agency but found they usually use the same services that I looked into too. Or even free tools! I think it's a business's best bet to spend some money up front on education and then take on their own media monitoring. I guess you'll to have to throw businesses in your hometown a lifeline. :)
@phillipdodd@keepupweb@crowdbooster I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I find that new tools can be all hype and no substance. Definitely wasn't the case with this one. :)
So interesting that you mentioned Apple as an example. 3 of the 4 people interviewed spoke very highly of Mac. This isn't particularly unusual - however, two of those people specifically mentioned that they overlooked some of Apple's more questionable business practices (for example, working conditions in their factories in China) because they thought that the company was overall "good" and produced quality.
2 years, 10 months ago on Why Building Trust with Gen Y is like Dating
A very timely post. As soon as I read your comment about "Wouldn't it be cool if..." comment, I thought to myself: "Uh oh, how many times have I said/thought that?". So thanks for bringing on some serious personal reflection.(Btw, I love that picture! The Faceless Man should have a cape!)
2 years, 11 months ago on Barriers
@April Pantall@silvermoon_llc Oh dear, I just went to read your blog post and wanted to leave a comment. Unfortunately I wasn't able to. Not sure if I did something wrong... But anyway, here's the comment I wanted to post: Your paragraph about technology made me laugh - I actually do sleep with my smartphone!! Is that sad? It's my alarm clock and my baby, I can't help it! While I think all of your points are spot on, I have to say that I slightly disagree with #4, that we bring enthusiasm 24/7. I do agree that Gen Y is really passionate and makes for enthusiastic employees. I also agree that we'll likely be more than happy to work odd hours. That being said, unlike baby boomers, we are not inclined to be workaholics. We prefer more of a work-life balance. Having time for our family and friends outside of our employment is part of our need for strong relationships - we value them. But that's just my $0.02. :)
2 years, 11 months ago on Why Generation Y cares and 10 ways to show that your business does too
@April Pantall@silvermoon_llc Hi April! Thanks for dropping by. I took a peek at your blog too (thanks for recommendation!). We're definitely a group that cannot be ignored and just expected to blend in. In that sense, we are demanding. But like when any generation enters the work force, it's a good time to reevaluate and reassess your operations. For example, I've seen a many organizations, take out newspaper ads for recruitment. When it comes to recruiting Gen Y, there are much more creative and inexpensive ways to go about finding talent. So all in all, change and adaptation are good for an organization's bottom line too.
My pleasure, I enjoyed your post! And then I went back to your page and found another great post about the value of our education. Anyway, I'd love to touch base with you. I've added you on twitter. Chat soon!
@drj That's terrific! Have you had experiences with incorporating Gen Y into your business base? I'd love to hear about some of the challenges and successes organizations have come across first hand in reaching this demographic.
@ginidietrich Hi Gini! I've been a little MIA recently. But my thesis is done now, I've had a break for social media and I am ready to jump back into the swing of things! :)
I'm really curious to watch Gen Y grow up. Atm most of us are in our mid-20's so there's still quite a bit of change for us in store. Part of me, granted a very biased part of me, predicts that because we value our own youth so much that we might value upcoming generations too. But only time will tell!And since you're on the cusp, let's just say that you're Gen Y too. :D
@Marcrates Definitely! And not only in the workplace, but also as a customer. We've already seen rapid change among companies to accommodate us and with Generation Z (currently less than 11 years old) following tech trends, I believe that there will many more changes to come.
@EricaAllison Oh yes, definitely a blog post in the making! :)
2 years, 12 months ago on The Hidden Costs of Free Social Media Monitoring Tools
I've just gone through weeks of research, demos, comparisons, and sales pitches of monitoring/analytics services. They all have terrific features, but for my organization, they're not cost effective. During our "busy" time we may sign-up for one, but for business-as-usual I think we'll stick with the free tools... I'm glad to hear agreement about not needing a paid service!
@moelnadi That is a nice touch too. You can always tell when it's automated.
3 years ago on Twitter Thank-You's: Where do you draw the line?
@moelnadi I definitely find it a nice and polite practice. Do you do it manually? I was looking at the automated services too.
@janetcallaway You're welcome Janet! Just in time for a bit of summer reading. I find that people who are more comfortable interacting online tend to favour the second option and maintain a singular profile across the board.So true about blogs! They are such a good indicator of credibility, something that is sometimes difficult to determine online. I like that bloggers also write more personal posts and participate in events like #nicheamnesty. That was brilliant!
3 years, 1 month ago on How to Balance your Professional and Personal Online Lives
@deleted_6077_Michael Stelzner it was my pleasure!
3 years, 1 month ago on 3, 2, 1...Launch: My book review
@CarlasAutoTrans@carlasautotrans Thanks Carlafor participating! I'll announce the winner next Wednesday. Luckily, even with the metaphor, Launch is all business. :) What made you decide to become an entrepreneur?