I have learned a lot about social media and electronic media in the past two lessons. I was very close-minded before, and now I see that these tools can be very effective. Blogging and using sites like Twitter are free of charge and reach a broad market. They are just about a requirement for business owners and professionals. While I didn’t think I would ever use these sites, I have learned that they are not too bad for sharing information. I still think it’s unnecessary for people to put their whole lives out there, but I can now see the benefits of these sites. Another tool I have learned about is Delicious.com. Although I don’t know if it will benefit me personally, I think it is a good site for storing information. I have to face the fact that the world is changing and if I want to keep up, I have to get with the times. The book states that face-to-face communication is the richest form of communication and I believe it is still one of the best ways to share messages. As a society, I hope we don’t lose sight of the value that personal communication adds to our lives. Brandon Courtois Week 7.4
Friday, June 29, 2012
I have been thrust into the world of Twitter, Blogging, and pod casting. I was not sure how I would feel about all this, but it isn't as bad as I thought it would be. Thankfully they are user friendly and the benefits are great. I found out that I really like blogging and I found some old friends on Twitter. Now that I found out about blogging, I will use this in my future business. I also like to read the blogs of businesses that I frequent. So all in all, I think electronic media is a good thing, but like everything else, moderation is the key.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
At the present, I am a stay at home mom and going to school, but my son and his best friend are starting a business of restoring old cars. I will be their business manager and receptionist. A blog would help to get the word out about what we do as well as to show pictures of the cars before and after they are finished. It would give us an opportunity to share our ideals, goals, and business culture with the community. It would also give customers the chance to get to know us on a more personal basis. This would help them to make an informed decision if they wanted to do business with us. The yellow pages in the phone book do not provide information about the people who run the business. Blogging is a great way for people to contact you and let you know how you are doing. It is also a great way to recognize accomplishments in a public way and to express appreciation in larger circles. There are a lot of people who like to work on their cars and they might enjoy seeing the finished products, even if they are not interested in buying one of them. The work they see could lead to a verbal recommendation to someone who is interested in buying. It is a great social networking tool that I believe will become more popular with time. Karla Brewer Week 6.2
I have had the pleasure of reading the blogs from Bill Marriot of Marriot Hotels. This man represents integrity and class in the business world. He puts his employees first so in turn they will put the customers first. He has a commitment to diversity, social responsibility and community engagement. That is why the Marriot Hotel chains are extremely popular and profitable. His blogs are both interesting and inspiring. He talks about the company’s culture, his travels and experiences, and his personal philosophy. He has a good, solid team that he has built and he trusts them completely. The key to the success of Marriot is respect. He respects his employees and the guests, and they respect him. He is honest in a field that is easily corruptible. It is plain to see from the comments that his employees are loyal to the company and to him personally. He sets a great example of what it takes to lead a company successfully. He has been CEO of Marriot for forty years until this March when he became the Executive Chairman of the company and passed the reins down to Arne Sorenson. He is still an active part of Marriot, but as he says, Arne is now driving the bus. Karla Brewer- Week 6.2