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  • Anna Sutton 1:54 am on March 6, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , , Ready for Hillary. event planning, social media, , ,   

    Hi Everyone –   Tomorrow the grassroots organization… 

    Hi Everyone –


    Tomorrow the grassroots organization I intern with, Ready for Hillary, will be launching its Women’s Outreach office with a landmark event called Her Voice, Her Values, Our Movement – A Conversation in our Nation’s Capitol. We will be having two panels: the first on how Hillary has been an agent of change over the course of her career and the second on how women are coming together to form a grassroots network. I have been working on projects for this event since my first day at Ready for Hillary, and I can’t tell you how excited I am to see it all come together.

    I wanted to share some of the work I’ve been doing since starting at Ready for Hillary. This can give all of you prospective interns out there a better idea of what goes into list event planning. Here’s  what I’ve been working on:

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  • Anna Sutton 2:06 am on February 25, 2014 Permalink
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    Starting with Ready for Hillary 

    This morning I woke up at 7:30, gave my roommate a dirty look for getting to sleep in, and forty-five minutes later I was on the metro headed to Rosslyn. Now that I’m sitting here at my internship, I still miss my bed a little but I’m even more excited to get started with everything I need to get done today. This semester I’m working for the Ready for Hillary PAC under the Women’s Outreach office, and it has become one of the most exciting aspects of my DC life. Blue background with the words "I'm Ready for Hillary" (More …)

  • Emily 2:28 am on April 10, 2012 Permalink
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    The Real World: LinkedIn 

    Social media networking has fulfilled many different roles in my life.  In my early teens, it was a way to rebel.  After high school graduation, it was a gateway to the world of college.  Recently, it has helped me keep in touch with friends and family around the world.  For the past few years, social media networking has flowed along with my pace of life.  A few weeks ago, I signed up with LinkedIn, and all of that changed.

    For the first time, I’m intimidated by social media networking.  It’s new, unknown, and different.  Instead of following my pace, it pushes me as hard as I push it.  It’s a tool, not a hobby.  And I’m still learning how to use it.  When is it ok to connect with someone? How often do people check this stuff?  How much of my resume should be on my profile?  I’m still trying to work out how comfortable I feel with my professional information out for the internet to see.

    In March, my office at the State Department held a seminar for government employees that were preparing to retire (just one of the many perks that come with Government work that I’m learning about).  One seminar focused on Job Searches, mainly for people that know they have to get another job because they have kids in college or a mandatory retirement age that is just too low to live off of.  In the classes, job seekers learn how to take advantage of social media networking, and specifically LinkedIn.

    Even though I’m supposed to be the tech-savvy Intern offering administrative support, I took every chance I could to stand at the back of the lecture room and take notes.  I told myself all week, if the retired Government Employees, so can I.  By the end of the course, some of them even “linked” with me!

    Other classes included resumes, business cards, developing a brand, and other job search tools that are helpful to everyone from government employees with 30 years of experience, to interns thinking about what will happen in a year when they graduate.  I think I struck gold on the internship front!

  • nn1702a 4:46 pm on November 29, 2011 Permalink
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    The Era of Social Media In the Work Place 

    I have been learning a lot while interning, especially through utilizing social media sites for promoting the company I intern for. I am given the task every week to update our Facebook group by posting current events and which opportunities are available for American businesses to take advantage of in the Middle Eastern market. My organization not only uses Facebook, but Twitter and LinkedIn as well.

    It is obvious that in today’s world, social media is the new and most efficient way to communicate. You can reach so many people and have them keep up to date with what is going on, so it makes sense why literally everyone and everything has a Twitter or a Facebook page. I’m really glad that I have been having the opportunity to work with social media at my internship because it has made me put it to good use, rather than being on Facebook for fun or being on it as I procrastinate.

    I’m actually an administrator for my internship’s Facebook page and I constantly post links to their events and press releases, which has really helped me to better my social media skills. I have realized to be more careful and aware when typing by not doing so in slang and fully spelling words instead of using abbreviations. I think it has also made me more conscious when communicating online, especially through emails because it shows a sign of professionalism. Only with friends will I write informally, so I have learned to separate my form of communication by remembering who my audience is.

    Consequently, I have definitely understood the extent to which social media is a crucial marketing tool for businesses and organizations. It really is a key technique of promoting a site or business and a powerful strategy that will get them links, attention, and massive amounts of traffic. Since it is the most popular way to communicate in today’s society, I think everyone should try and learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Google+ for professional purposes rather than for pleasure. It is a great skill to acquire and to put on your resume. I know that when I was applying for internships this past summer, many asked for “good communication skills.” This not only means writing skills, but that potential candidates should have experience and a lot of knowledge when utilizing social media, but for professional purposes. So I’m sure all of everyone’s time spent on Facebook will eventually pay off when they will be working or interning!

  • jv9968a 5:46 pm on November 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: customer service, , , social media   

    Social Media 

    Riot Act has utilized social media of all forms, besides being a presence on Facebook and Twitter, they have created deals on Groupon and Living Social (and other website based deals). It has been a huge success. Thousand upon thousands of these deals have sold and phones have been ringing of the hook.

    This is a great way for Riot Act to get know. The goal is to get people here, and once they see a show, or drink at our bar, they won’t need more incentive to return. Lure in with good marketing, but make sure the product is worth the price.

    As an intern I have been helping funneling the plethora of phone calls that have been coming in recently. It is hard to remember “The Customer is Always Right”when answering the same question over and over again, but it is extremely important to not only be nice but inviting. Riot Act wants to be known for great customer service; friendly, patient, helpful. Part of this training is knowing the area. Know where to park, know directions to the club, know good places to eat before the show, and good bars to go to after the show. If Riot Act can become a one stop destination, it makes the night easier on our patrons and they can enjoy themselves.

    Riot Act is serve with a smile, mixed in with helpful advice and endearing tips.

  • Sarah McIntosh 3:24 am on August 1, 2011 Permalink
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    A Weekend in Tweets 

    I have one word to sum up the annual meeting conference this weekend: Wow. But that one word doesn’t even begin to cover my weekend of successes, triumphs and ah-ha moments. Needless to say I am exhausted, inspired, and at the end of the day, giving up my weekend for work was completely 100% worth it. [Many of my friends are shocked by this. I think I’m lucky to have found a job I really care about.] So, since I am too tired to write about everything at the moment, I’ve decided to list my twitter posts from the weekend instead.

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  • Quinn Smeaton 4:37 am on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    A Summer Lesson in Social Media 

    Even though I am 20 years old, I’ll admit that I have been somewhat behind on new technology. Until my freshman year at AU, I did not have texting (I know. Crazy, eh?). Even though I had upgraded my phone to a Blackberry, I didn’t even have Internet to access email or use BBM. When it comes to social media, I am quite behind as well. While I’ve had a Facebook account for several years, I never used Twitter or LinkedIn before my internship.
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    • Peter Thomas 7:23 am on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi Quinn,

      Just wanted to say “thank you” for citing my blog as the source of the image you use. Nice to see some ethical behaviour :-).

      Good luck with the internship and Social Media.


  • Eliza Brashares 5:42 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
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    Personal social media enters professional life 

    Everyone and their mother has heard that social media is the new frontier. Here is a list of all our new vocab in case you aren’t up to date on your web 2.0 lingo. Our personal lives were the first targets.  Who remembers Myspace? That’s right: everyone. Myspace’s furious rise and rather anti-climactic fizzle out were just a few short years ago. It was all good fun until you couldn’t log onto myspace without 7 bands wanting to be added as a friend. The infamous “myspace picture” pose will go down as a joke for our generation, and our generation only, will understand. While a few social media sites came before myspace, I was blissfully unaware.

    Then came Facebook; procrastinator extraordinaire, and now everyone and their mom has one. Literally, when my mom got one I was a little weirded out. While its original purpose, I’m sure, was useful(-ish, I haven’t seen The Social Network), it’s mostly been a major distraction and a source of information I really didn’t need to know in my life. Now, Facebook is both a professional and personal tool. Most businesses, musicians, and organizations have Facebook pages. Hey, there are lots of us. Might as well use it.

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  • Sarah McIntosh 4:23 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Privacy, social media,   

    You Need a Harvard Degree to Tell Me That?! 

    Yesterday I headed over to Georgetown Law School with NYRA Executive Director Alex Koroknay-Palicz for the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. Alex was speaking on a youth privacy panel hosted by the American Library Association. The intent of the panel hosts was to discuss Facebook and online privacy issues (kids put all their information on the internet these days, etc etc etc) but Alex’s presentation centered around the idea that Facebook isn’t the biggest threat to youth privacy. Teachers, parents, and new technology like GPS phone tracking devices present a much greater threat to privacy.

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  • ay5895a 12:06 am on March 7, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: digital communication, , , social media,   

    Job Shadowing 

    This week at Discovery kept me extremely busy!  First, I was helping to finalize edits to Discovery Education’s most recent Request for Proposal (RFP).  This sometimes involves contacting multiple people in the department to get their approval on particular sections and find all the information needed.  Everyone who I worked with on this RFP was very organized and timely in helping me get the information I needed to completely my responsibilities.  Finalizing an RFP really is a team effort and DE employees definitely embody that work ethic.

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