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Blue 16 Media on the Radio

Gresham Harkless from Blue 16 Media was featured with other panelist on Radio One. The show aired on WOL 1450 AM on Sunday and will re-air on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 6 am on 93.9 WKYS. On the show, Gresham along with other panelist discussed important issues small business owners faced including time management, marketing and branding.

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Why You Should Start Business Blogging in 2016

Business blogging is not a thing of the past, it’s a thing of the present and the future. There are millions of blogs and blog posts across the internet and it’s not an option to start one, it’s a requirement. There have been numerous algorithm changes to Google search which are prompting business owners, entrepreneurs, startup founders and CEOs to start their blog to reach the Long Tail search results. Even social media sites like LinkedIn are providing an opportunity to develop content to reach millions of people.

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How Business Owners Should Get Started On LinkedIn

Social media is everywhere these days. For business it is almost essential to have your brand and name out in public through the use of social media. One of the best social media sites to take advantage of when it comes to business is LinkedIn. As a niche website, LinkedIn allows business owners, entrepreneurs, and even employees to connect with other businesses all over the world. Making use of B2B, marketing, networking and a variety of other things falls into your lap when you begin your journey on LinkedIn.

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You Are a Digital Company! Prepare Your Business

This might be news to a lot of business owners but it’s a reality in this day in age. Whether you are a developing the newest smartphone widget or you own something “non-digital” like a lumber company or a landscape business, or a coffee shop or you are an electrician, I have news, you too are a digital company.

One of the things that has always bothered me about some business owners and entrepreneurs is that sometimes we fall into the trap of waiting for our competition to make a move and then we want to make it. Sometimes we are snooping at our competitors Facebook page or maybe you receive a newsletter from them and you see that they are starting to use Pinterest or Snapchat, so now you want to use Pinterest or Snapchat. Maybe they are starting to do lunch and learn events and then you want to copy what they want to do.

Whatever happened to being bold and trailblazing?

A few years ago, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, made an announcement that Facebook was a mobile company. Thereafter, the company executed and developed it’s mobile strategy better than most other internet companies.

But with Facebook’s success and growth on the desktop, why would he make such an announcement? It’s because I bet he saw the trends of people. I imagine he saw the rise in mobile usage and smartphones and decided that he would “skate to where the puck is going” and make a bold bet on what saw the future would be. I imagine that’s what ledFacebook to purchase Instagram and even try to purchase Snapchat.

I bring all of this up because you and your business needs to do the same. You must be a digital business. You must have a website (a mobile friendly one). You must start to build your following on social media. You must have a newsletter. You must start blogging. You must know about and implement SEO. You must network on LinkedIn.  

Why you may ask? 

I go back to the beginning of this post. While your industry might be slow to change or your competitors might not be doing it. Understand the most important thing–your target market is using it, a lot. I’m not even sure exactly who your ideal customer is but I’m willing to bet they are at the very least on Facebook. If they are younger than 30, they are probably on Instagram or Snapchat. If they are Generation X, they are probably looking for you on Google. Even if they don’t have social media accounts, I know Baby Boomers who are watching videos on YouTube.

So, again, why should you be a digital company? Because your target market is using digital.

Originally Posted: You Are a Digital Company! Prepare Your Business

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How to Diversify Your Talent Pool

Bringing new people into your organization can change your business for the better.  It’s easy to evaluate candidates and choose individuals with relevant work history, but this practice does not help to bring new ideas into your business.  Consider selecting a leader with a different background than you would normally consider. Individuals with different experiences will help your company to be more innovative and stay ahead of the pack.  One way to diversify your company is to hire from a variety of age groups.

Todd Taylor, Partner at Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, explains, “‘For the first time ever, we are soon going to have four generational cohort groups working at the same time. People from Gen X, Gen-Y and very soon a new cohort of post-Millenials each interact and network very differently than Baby Boomers…’”  With all of the different generations working together in one company, mentorships will prove to be imperative.  Experienced employees have a wealth of knowledge to offer new hires, and new employees are full of fresh ideas that they can’t wait to share—both can benefit from this relationship.

This video is contributed by Heidrick & Struggles, a global executive search firm headquartered in Chicago.  It specializes in executive search services, executive leadership consulting, and culture shaping.