So what is digital marketing?

Digital marketing is the process of building and maintaining customer relationships through a variety of digital media channels. Devices that are capable of serving up digital ads include desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, tablets, video game consoles, and the list is growing! So what is digital marketing?

As internet users surf the web, their behaviors are recorded and are quantified into data. This data is used by digital marketers to target the right person, with the right message, at the right time. Returns on advertising budgets are increasing due to the precise targeting methods used by best digital marketers.

Best Digital Marketing Programs in Michigan is devoted to the best programs for digital marketing in the state of Michigan. I’ve explored educational programs (CMU-College of Medicine) but I also want to discuss digital marketing programs that can be used to reach an audience. It is not enough for a business to just have a website in this day and age. There are also need to be digital pathways that lead to and extend from that website. This is where digital marketing comes in.

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Simple Ways To Feel Fresh And New

Occasionally, we can enjoy reinventing ourselves. Now, of course, we don’t have the money to undergo a complete transformation, as fun as that would be, but there are little things that we can do (some more than others) to make ourselves feel refreshed. These things may very well help us feel less restless with our appearances and our lifestyle. So let’s look at a few simple ways to feel Fresh and New.

Try something completely new

Personally, I like routines, but sometimes routines can be boring. When I’m feeling stagnant, I like to try something new. This could be anything. Sometimes it’s as simple as visiting someplace I have never been before in my home city or cooking a new recipe.

Sometimes it’s more extreme like purchasing a Groupon for an activity I never thought I’d try. Doing things like this keeps life very interesting and I even end up discovering new interests and things to love. This also helps me stay focused on the things I really like to do such as my contributions to my community as a volunteer.

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Live a life of gratitude

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone! I am a Christian. Not a right winged, over the edge, will-never-win-anyone-to-Jesus-because-I’m-in-your-face kind of Christian, but simply a serious follower of Jesus. In my opinion, regardless of one’s religious beliefs, it’s imperative to live a life of gratitude, because without gratitude there’s all too much in the world to be crabby about, and I choose not to go through life being crabby. Life’s too short for that.

I have been writing in a personal/private blog for about 5 years and have published nearly 1800 posts, and I started this volunteering and employment blog about half a year ago as well. I love having the archives of my thoughts because I can go back and reflect on my life as it was back then. It is one of the great benefits of blogging (much like journaling, which I did (paper and pen!) for many, many years).

Sometimes, it’s funny, sometimes it’s uncanny, and other times, it might be a little out of the ordinary. While I was reading through some of the older posts from a few years back before we had our second child (who happens to be a girl), I ran across a post entitled What Would Make Life Closer to Perfect. It was so interesting to read that 3 years later.

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Michigan Universities – Sexual Assault Investigation

A few years ago, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released an impressive list of 55 institutions of higher education institutions that were under investigation for possibly violating Title IX requirements for handling cases of sexual misconduct.

Among the 55 institutions were Michigan State University and the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Title IX is a 1973 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and is most often associated with the rise in women’s athletics in schools and universities. Title IX has also been used by the Department of Education to tackle the problem of sexual violence on college campuses.

The logic used by the Department of Education is that because Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, any hostile environment created on the basis of sex is a violation of Title IX. That is, sexual harassment, assault, or misconduct creates a hostile environment for the victim due to the victim’s sex and the Department of Education has authority over institutions to ensure they respond to complaints appropriately.

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It’s all there on bulletin boards

From the mundane to the mind-bending, it’s all there on bulletin boards.

Somewhere amid the chaos, perhaps, there is clarity. The answer to your problems. The deal of deals. A clue to what you need to know to be happier, smarter. Or, a plea for help. A call to action. An invitation. There are services rendered, services sought.

The bulletin board — the old-fashioned, off-line kind — plays social jazz, riffing on the erratic rhythm of our lives. Fliers offering pet-walking overlap notices selling self-improvement, which partly obscure the trash haulers, who distract from someone’s last-ditch effort to find her favorite sweater.

It doesn’t take anything more than a stapler to get a voice. You just need the right passerby to wade through the noisy collage and find you.

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How To Increase Your Confidence

You are the only person on Earth that can use your ability – Zig Ziglar

New managers go through it. Old managers go through it, but probably won’t admit it. It may not happen often, but it does happen.
What am I referring to? Your confidence as a professional.

Starting out, most would-be professional have that passion and drive to write an expert blog post every day.  Then it goes to every other day.  Then, a couple times a week.  Now, you’re looking at the site once a month.  Next thing you know, you forget about the expertise blog altogether.

This happened all because you lost your confidence in your own expertise. I noticed that being part of the GED class helped me to get back on track. Even though I joined online classes, the boost that I get is great.

You will start to think that “Yeah.  I can do this.”  If nothing else, seeing your blog with a reader with other blogs is an ego boost.  And who the hell doesn’t need an ego boost?  Hell, we’re writers.  Some of us are geeky, tech writers.  We were the ones in school who didn’t fit in with the rest of the cool kids, but we studied hard.

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First goal of every company should be organized abandonment

Similarly, in the business world, there’s nothing that so focuses a manager’s mind as knowing that a product or service they’ve spent ages building and fine-tuning will be abandoned in a year or six months. Otherwise, he won’t innovate. He’ll delay. Wait and see. Because abandonment is not what we’re trained to do in the office.

We’re a nation of problem-solvers, fixing what doesn’t work instead of building something new. The reason is simple: Innovation is very hard work. You put in years before you see any quantifiable result. Meanwhile, you’re being compensated for this quarter’s performance. So you put more money and more effort into squeaking a little more juice out of the old product.

Peter Drucker, the management sage observed that the first goal of every company should be “organized abandonment.” Simply put, every two or three years, each company needs to look at every product, service, and policy and see if it still makes sense. Ask yourself: “If we didn’t do this already, would we launch this again? Would we go into it?” If the answer is no, it’s time to start cutting.

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What I’m Thankful For

Ever since 9-11, every Thanksgiving seems to be more significant than many ones past. Before the Twin Towers attacks, many of us sat at our bountiful feasts and gave heartfelt though half-thought out thankfulness of what we had. No real deep thought into what or why we felt that we were thankful for something. Always our loved ones, but mostly because we love them. But no, so many years later, it still is different. Still, take a look at this nice video of the 2016 Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit:

After the 9-11 attacks, much of that changed, though sometimes it feels like each year has probably had a lesser degree of thoughtfulness, meaning…back to the hum-drum of what we’re actually thankful for. Unless we had family members fighting in the war, sick in a hospital, fighting a terminal disease, or some other recent significant event, we seemed to give it less and less thought.

But is that so? Here we are again. We just recovered from a fierce depression, the worst actually to hit the country since The Great Depression. So, do these events change what we’re truly are thankful for in our lives?

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Product Designers Of The Future

Three designers who are breaking away from the “normal” approach to design are Tom Gyr, Lil Yates, and Philip John Luscombe. Not content with following the crowd and just creating nice pieces, these three are proving that you can be crazier than Beyonce and Britney Spears with hair clippers and still create beautiful and intriguing products with a story behind them.

Product Designer Lil Yates looked towards OCD suffers when designing her latest collection made up of Checking Dice, Checking Stamp, and Symmetry Card. I’m not entirely sure her Checking Dice, designed to aid and reduce any stress suffered by OCD patients, met the needs of her brief.

Inspired by the cult-book The Dice Man, Lil’s dice have been created to show tasks the OCD sufferer must perform, such as check the oven, while the second and third dice determine how many times the task must be completed. Does this help or hinder an OCD sufferer though? Does it add yet more things to be performed every day or control what has to be done?

If the dice do fail the brief and in fact don’t help reduce stress, then they are, in effect, about as useful as an inflatable dartboard. I actually love these products as nice things, however, and believe that they show Lil has earned her.

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What Type of Legacy are you Leaving

My uncle passed away last week. I attended his funeral and had the privilege of listening to the eulogy delivered by his son-in-law. It got me thinking….what kind of legacy will I leave behind?

One of the catalysts for me starting volunteer work was this simple reason – leaving a legacy for my children. There’s an older, but still, a fantastic movie called My Life, where Michael Keaton plays a guy who has terminal cancer (1993).

His wife’s pregnant and he decides to videotape himself (make a documentary) so his unborn child can know his father. It’s really an amazing movie.  It puts life into perspective and I highly suggest watching it.

At the very least it reminds us that life is short and we all have it pretty good, as long as we’re breathing. I plan on writing a lot about this topic and this is the first installment.

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