Social Networking Consultants

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My friend Bob Garrett at Garrett consulting  http://garrettconsultants.com/ has been doing some work in regards to Social Networking on some of my Social networking accounts. . the results have been amazing. . if you are business or individual who is looking to build your presence in this area you should definitely talk to him. .

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Help Wanted – Marketing Intern

Internet Marketing Internship

About Applied Systems Technology, Inc. (AST)

Applied Systems Technology is a software development and management consulting firm exclusively serving the staffing industry.

Since 1985, we have helped staffing firms re-engineer their business processes and better realize the potential of technology to drive change, improve efficiency, and enhance profitability.

AST currently has 15 employees, and is based out of the Hudson Valley, NY. We have remote offices in Albany, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.

AST and Internet Marketing

Everett Reiss is the Director of Marketing and Communication for AST, overseeing and being hands-on in the following areas of Internet Marketing:

  • Maintaining main website: http://www.astusa.com and Staffing Energy Center, which is directed at clients: http://astusa.com/staffingenergycenter.
  • Running Mad Staffing Blog: http://astusa.com/staffing-blog.
  • Weekly and monthly email marketing campaigns to clients, prospects, and industry leaders.
  • Direct mail campaigns to clients through Sendoutcards.com.
  • Writing and posting monthly press releases on website and through PRWeb.
  • Producing and posting helpful YouTube videos for the staffing industry.
  • Directing AST’s social media presence on Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook.
  • Weekly and monthly email and website analytical reporting.
  • Webinars and association speaking engagements on technology and social media.

AST continues to devote more and more time and resources to Internet marketing because of its low cost (excluding time), the ROI thus far, and ability to directly interact with target audience (staffing executives and managers).

How Does an Internet Marketing Internship Fit into the Mix?

AST is a small business, so everyone wears multiple hats.  In addition to marketing, Everett is involved with project management and account management.  Additional hands are needed to help in the following areas:

  • Keyword and SEO research using Google’s Keyword Research Tool.
  • Search engine optimizing the content that Everett and other AST employees write for main website and blogs.
  • Formatting the content that Everett writes for distribution on Mad Staffing Blog, email campaigns, and through other channels such as PRWeb.
  • Keeping our email database up-to-date and carving it up into additional segments: type of staffing firm, women-owned, geographic, etc…
  • Monitoring conversations on Twitter and Linkedin that AST should be aware of and could potentially participate in, or encourage clients to participate in.
  • Edit and posting some of the video content that AST produces on YouTube and blog.
  • Researching other tools and areas of social media that either intern or Everett sees value in potentially adopting.
  • Potentially work one-on-one with AST staff members to build out their Linkedin profiles and maybe even Twitter profiles.
  • Post updates on AST’s Facebook Fan Page and Twitter profile.
  • Potentially contribute content for the Mad Staffing Blog, Squidoo pages, Linkedin discussions, and even Wikipedia.

Requirements

We are looking for applicants with the following skills, experience, and disposition:

  • Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel.
  • Some college-level marketing coursework and/or experience.
  • Comfort and familiarity with social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and blogging).
  • Creative and business-writing experience.
  • Ability to do a thorough job on structured tasks such as maintaining an email database, while being able to do more open-ended research and writing assignments.
  • Familiarity with HTML, basic video editing, and graphic design experience is a plus.

Other Details About Internship

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • 10 to 20 hours per week.
  • Flexible hours.
  • This is a “remote internship”: meetings will take place in public places, coffee shops, or on campus in areas with Wi-Fi.  Most of the work can be done remotely.
  • Intern can use their own laptop, or a laptop can be provided.

If Interested…

Email your resume to Everett Reiss at ev@astusa.com, and in the body of the email explain why this internship interests you and why you would be a good candidate for it.

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Quoted – Facebook really is elementary – Tampa Tribune

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Facebook really is elementary

He’s only a fifth-grader at Gorrie Elementary School, but already he has 190 friends. On Facebook, anyway.

Maybe because his profile says he graduated from Plant High School in 1990.

“I’m tiired :/,” reads his status update.

“Me2,” comes a reply. “K,” says another, followed by “LOL.”

And it’s growing more popular among children – especially the “between” market, those 8 to 12 years old, social media experts say.

“That’s this generation,” said Scott Testa, a marketing professor at Cabrini College near Philadelphia and the father of fifth-grade twins on Facebook. They’re there with his blessing; children this age have been “raised on computers and cell phones,” he said.

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/feb/09/na-facebook-really-is-elementary/

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Quoted – How to Find a Job with Social Media Book

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Quoted – How to Find a Job with Linkedin MySpace Twitter and Facebook and other Social Media

This is an excellent book written by Brad and Debra Schepp. My advice as follows when it comes to posting on social media:

  • Be careful of what you put on your pages
  • Monitor what others put on your wall
  • Don’t post anything you would not want your mother to read

Employers may go to your Facebook or other social networking pages to get an idea of your interests and personality so obviously you want to be careful what you post and you may also post those activities that are consistent with your career goals.

For example, you may want have an American Marketing Association link or information if you are a marketing major.

The four social networking sites I like the most are LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Plaxo they all bring something interesting to the table.

http://www.amazon.com/LinkedIn-Facebook-Twitter-MySpace-Networks/dp/0071621334/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260961430&sr=1-1

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Quoted – With Social Media, Who Needs Santa? – Adweek

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‘Tis the season for social media. Seventeen percent of U.S. consumers plan to leverage social media sites to assist in their holiday shopping this year. The majority (60 percent) will do so to seek discounts and sales, according to Deloitte’s 24th annual Holiday Survey.

More than half of social media users reported that they will also use these sites to research potential gift ideas (53 percent) and view their friends and family members’ wish lists (52 percent). Forty-six percent will research product reviews and 30 percent plan to share their own wish list. The study, which was conducted online by an independent research company, surveyed more than 10,000 individuals.

Mobile phones are also getting the call. Nineteen percent of consumers plan to use their mobile devices and apps to aid in their purchasing decision. Of this group, 55 percent plan to use their handsets to locate stores, 45 percent will research prices and 40 percent will look up product information. About a third will also seek discounts (32 percent) and research product reviews (31 percent), while 25 percent plan to make purchases with their mobile phones.

This is only the beginning, said Scott Testa, professor of business at Cabrini College. “The ability to do a lot of things around the shopping experience with smartphones is only going to grow and I think those numbers are going to go through the roof,” he said.

The most avid social media and mobile adopters were those aged 18 to 29 years old. However, older generations are also getting on board, as 33 percent of those 30-44 and 12 percent those 45-60 are embracing digital tools during the holidays.

http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/digital/e3i4cdea7d2a4bcd398938c093a21905c72

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