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The latest in social media (March 2014)

The latest in social media (March 2014) | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Wondering if you missed any big announcement in the social media universe last month? The answer lies below.
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The Joy of Quiet

The Joy of Quiet | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Trying to escape the constant stream of too much information.
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Since moving to Melbourne alone one month ago, I've become reacquainted with solitude through long walks and  quiet hours reading in cafes. And I'm finally able to hear my own thoughts without being constantly interrupted by the barrage of opinions on social media. 

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5 Tips On Branding For Good From Successful Social Entrepreneurs

5 Tips On Branding For Good From Successful Social Entrepreneurs | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

How can you make the most impact? By getting people inspired about what you're doing. Take some advice from these companies that have figured it out.

 

Just because you're doing good work as a social entrepreneur doesn't mean you get to skip on the more commercial parts of running a business. Your good story isn't enough to grab customers and create more impact, you need to build a good brand. Every other month, brand innovation firm BBMG hosts Five x 5, a social innovation workshop designed to help five startups with their most pressing brand-related challenges. Five teams of planners, strategists, creatives, and entrepreneurs donate their time and expertise to delve into each challenge and then share insights and concepts before the networking continues.

 

Focus on that singular word you want to try to own--in your own way--in the minds of your audience.

Last month, social incubator Echoing Green joined us in inviting ioby, Seeding Labs, Regalii, Enstitute, and b condoms to the studio. Here are five things we learned about branding for good from that strategy session.


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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 17, 2014 3:21 PM

Small start-up #socialenterprises often need #branding help. Here are some guidelines for staking out a market #position in a way that can be meaningful and memorable.

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BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, How to Be a Powerful Woman

BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour, How to Be a Powerful Woman | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Jane Garvey launches the Woman's Hour Power List films. (Six, short but impactful BBC films about the experiences of women in business. Women in Business share their experiences, advice and philosophy for a successful working life


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Infographic: The Anatomy of a Connected Consumer | Gigya's Blog

Infographic: The Anatomy of a Connected Consumer | Gigya's Blog | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

The Internet of Things will account for 9 billion devices by 2018 (Business Insider), mobile will account for 21% of all online purchases by 2015 (Google), and social network users will surpass 2 billion by 2016 (eMarketer). Ironically, despite the explosion of technology, channels and devices, today’s continuously connected consumers are harder to reach than ever before.!

 

This infographic breaks down the anatomy of the connected consumer to help your brand more effectively reach, engage and convert customers across today’s mobile and socially connected landscape....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, March 23, 2014 2:02 AM

Find the new connected consumer and you will find a healthy target market.

aanve's curator insight, March 23, 2014 11:28 PM

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 25, 2014 3:11 PM

What part of the body does your business focus on?

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Social entrepreneurs measure success by a different, and unique, yard stick

Social entrepreneurs measure success by a different, and unique, yard stick | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it

Most social purpose businesses are small and new and, to be successful, their owners need to maintain a sense of purpose even when they're laying awake at night worrying about cash flow.

 

Running a business is never easy but the measures of success are clear: profitability; customer satisfaction; a growing customer base; employee engagement and satisfaction; and your satisfaction all come to bear on your success.

 

However, assessing performance is even more difficult for businesses that exist to make money and make the world a better place. Are you and your customers clear about your company’s social purpose? Is your company making a meaningful difference with respect to the social change its hope to achieve? Have you achieved the right balance between profit and purpose?

 

As the number of social purpose businesses continues to rise, these questions are becoming more material. A 2013 study by Georgia Levenson Keohane for the McGraw Hill Financial Global Institute shows social entrepreneurship of all kinds are increasing significantly in the United States. In the United Kingdom, a 2011 study by the Policy Research Group at the University of Durham revealed that there were approximately 68,000 social enterprises in the United Kingdom, an increase of more than 400% since 2004.

 

Are the social entrepreneurs who run these enterprises up to the task of running a business with purpose? Bill Drayton, founder of Ashoka and widely considered the father of modern social entrepreneurship, has said that the kind of social entrepreneurs he was seeking — passionate, resourceful, system-changing innovators who could fix static social, political and economic equations — are extremely rare.


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It always boils down to the perennial battle between profit and purpose. What's your measure of success?

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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 5, 2014 1:52 PM

A good discussion of some of the challenges faced by social enterprise start-ups. 

Laura Hansen's curator insight, July 22, 2014 1:16 PM

I agree with Bill regarding the rare breed of social entrepreneurs today. I think rewiring our minds will take some time. However, there is a strong desire globally to lead meaningful, financially stable lives. I think we will see a rapid transformation of business mindset over the next ten years.

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Abbott’s paid parental leave will do little to bring women to the workforce

Abbott’s paid parental leave will do little to bring women to the workforce | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Spending on childcare is more likely to be effective but is being constrained, while the prime minister throws money at his costly scheme (Yep, it's not the first 6mnths, it's the next 18yrs RT PM's ppl won't do much to keep women in work
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Women-in-business-infographic.jpg (1200x1881 pixels) | Entrepreneurship | Scoop.it
Women in Business Infographic - breaking the glass ceiling http://t.co/pcmscGeNMm

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AnYes van Rhijn's curator insight, September 11, 2013 5:45 AM

A very visual way and therefore even more impacting to show what we already knew...

Nancy Hill's curator insight, September 12, 2013 5:05 PM

Nice information but geared toward MBA info and not "in business" info.