Is This The End Of Social Exclusion?

Two of my favorite lines from Emma Watson's speech on the state of feminism.

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Pre-defined social roles blur as personalities like Emma Watson and shows like Orange is the New Black tackle issues on sexuality, gender equality, and race. As more personalities speak up about women marginalization, gender and race equality, does this mean the end of social exclusion? Do shows like Orange and is the New Black reflect accurately the social paradigm shift?

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Don’t Murder Your Content! Here’s How Weird Al Can Help

Grammar is a touchy territory. Talking to grammar snobs is probably one of the most uncomfortable moments for anyone. Who (not whom) would not feel uneasy when talking to someone who (again, not whom) seems to check whether your subjects and verbs agree? However, when you are in content marketing, flawless grammar matters. It distinguishes a trusted brand from second-rate ones. It gives the impression that you are taking your job, your brand, and your audience seriously.

"Weird Al" Yankovic's latest album, Mandatory Fun, comes out July 15. (You can hear a sample of a few songs from his album in this NPR interview)
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Pop satirist Weird Al Yankovic has some tongue in cheek reminders. With over 15 million views on Youtube, “Word Crimes”, a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, became an instant anthem for grammar police and nerds. The rise of social media has taken its toll on grammar — young people do not write in complete sentences anymore, spell words correctly, use punctuations, and so on. What we have is a generation of slang mumblings, you know? I mean, ain’t that right? Texting also altered the language landscape. It eliminated some “waste words and letters” but resulted in grammar ignorance and indifference. Weird Al’s grammar lesson aims to take us out of that black hole. Content marketers can pick up a few things from his two cents and save good content from forthcoming death.

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The Power Couple: When Content Met Social Media

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The marriage of content marketing and social media has produced lots of great things in the Internet.

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In this rapid age of technological advancements, a simple click in the World Wide Web can help you start an online business. If you’d ask me, I’d be interested in putting up an online cupcake store so I can share my delicious creations with my friends, family, and potential customers. But the question is, how do I market my products? More importantly, with the popularity of social media networks, how can I utilize these social media tools to boost up my business?

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Counting Down to the Top 10 TV Shows of 2013

Thanksgiving is already over and done with and this would signal the approaching finale of 2013! Just like in NBC’s The Voice Top 6, the end of their singing journeys is about to end.

Surely, almost, if not all of us are starting to look back as to what happened in the year that was. I smell throwback Thursdays and flashback Fridays looming in on the social media. Goodbye 2013 and hello 2014 would be a sure hit in hash tags! Continue reading →

Engagement for Social Media: Do More. Work Less.

Anyone who’s in the social media marketing arena would definitely want to get more done in lesser time, but to be productive can be a long and difficult process. Of course, you can’t be online all the time. Imagine how much more you could get done if you could actually be productive the entire time you are at work.

The prevalent challenge that online store owners face is increasing traffic to their site. Knowing how to stand out from the multitude of other shops contending for the same traffic is a formidable task.

In a nutshell, social media marketing is all about gaining traffic or attention through social media sites. It is in itself a catch-all term for sites that may offer completely diverse social movements. So why are search marketers going gaga over social networking sites? Simple. Continue reading →

It’s a Cultural thing: How Asian Culture Influences Real Estate Business

“When the Beijing Olympics opened, it was on one of the luckiest days in the Chinese calendar, where the numbers 8-8-8 matched. This was no coincidence; the opening of the Olympics was planned for this day, to bring luck and good fortune to the event, and China’s own International Future.” (from Ezine Articles)

Asian countries are very particular with beliefs and traditions. Even in the face of modernity, traces of culture’s influence can still be seen. For them, success has something to do with luck and fortune. Is this also the same in dealing with real estate transactions? Do values and superstitions affect growth and prosperity?

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What to Consider When Looking for a Place This Rainy Season

Rainy season has arrived once again and you can expect a heavy down pour in most areas where the water levels suddenly increase. Because of this, you might think if it’s still safe for you to stay inside your own house or is it better if you go to a new higher place where a lease space is available. Moving to a different area that is not entirely yours is not as easy as what you think when your money and security are at stake. However, these reminders will keep you abreast about what you should do in renting during the wet season.

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Listen. Learn. Earn: A Review on the BiggerPockets Podcasts

Podcasts. Whew I feel like eating whenever I hear this term. Pods right?  Just try to make sense of that. So much for imaginary eating, I’ve been listening to podcasts since a friend told me about them a few years back.  With the hundreds of podcasts one can listen to and learn from, you can definitely find one that will suit your needs. If you’re a business junkie with a high level of enthusiasm for real estate, listening to BiggerPockets simply becomes a must. It does not and will not teach you how to be a millionaire overnight but it will slowly get you there. Don’t expect to talk to experts who discuss theories and those dizzying statistics. Instead, expect to hear real people talk about their experiences and the life that they live.

 “If your problem is that you’re too nice then stop being nice.”

That quote right there is nothing more than a strong statement from one of the listeners turned believers of BiggerPockets. BP really provides great information and solutions for their loyal listeners. I happened to listen to the 21st episode of the number one real estate podcast on iTunes. With Josh Dorkin and Brandon Turner as show hosts, the podcast show never ceases to amaze its listeners for its no nonsense and nonchalant way of presenting issues related to real estate. The podcast currently has 27 episodes discussing unique issues concerning real estate. What’s even more interesting about the show is that they generously share their ideas in regards how a starting individual should prepare for the struggles and even successes of being in the business.

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The Psychology of Productivity

Psychology is believed to encompass the everyday activities of man due to its influence on one’s daily grind of life. Despite it being a challenging field, Psychology attempts to explain how and why people behave the way they do. Mary Parker Follet a notable contributor to the theory of management once said, “Management is the art of getting things done through people”. Follet strongly advocated the need for managers to thwart themselves from being exaggeratedly managing and officious. While it may be true that an organization holds to its name a rather lengthy list of resources, one must not forget that human resource is the heart of every organization. Follet’s ideas on negotiation, power and employee participation speak volumes a propos the need for a manager to make his people work in his favor without miscalculating and making the latter feel any less than who and what they are in the organization.

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How to Survive the Water Cooler: Establishing a Good Working Relationship When You’re the Newbie

Everybody goes through the inevitable phase of being the new kid on the block. It is fun when you’re six, and you meet an asthmatic 7-year old neighbor, and you become friends for life after you ask his name and he lets you hold his 3-day old Ironman action figure. Unfortunately for you, you’re not in your early formative years, and the closest to an asthmatic person you have is the office secretary whose neatly organized office supplies won’t even be given the opportunity of getting a feel of your non-obsessive compulsive un-sanitized hands.

It’s time to face the music. You just signed your name on your binding contract, and you walk through the door of your new office for the first time. You’re a newbie. No one will be there to hold your hand when the “enemy” deals you a losing set of cards. Take a deep breath and deal with it. Smile while you’re at it.

Being the newbie is a pain. It gives you that vulnerability that tenured folks no longer possess. You’re new, your new co-workers know little about you, and nothing else in the office seems deserving of primetime spots in conversations. You now are going to be, more than probably, the subject of water cooler talks. When your co-workers take short breaks, they go to the water cooler for a drink, and maybe share a bit of gossip about the newest addition to the work scene: you.

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