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4 Big Barriers to Social Media Adoption: Key Research Findings

The results of a unique and ground-breaking research study (n=644+) indicate four main barriers to increased adoption of social technologies in organizations: lack of knowledge and understanding, unprepared leadership, fear, and the absence of a well-grounded business case. This post highlights those findings and offers recommendations for overcoming the barriers. It also…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 24, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

Digital Era Lessons from “The Old Phone on the Wall”

The anonymous story of "The Old Phone on the Wall" offers five Digital Era lessons about technology and human connection. This post shares the story and highlights the lessons. Readers are invited to share their take-aways from the tale as well. (Phone image from Bill Barber)

 

In the summer of 2012, someone shared the story of "The Old Phone on the Wall" in a Facebook group…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 19, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

10 Digital Era Truths (that still must be realized)

This post reminds readers – especially technology hold outs – of ten Digital Era truths that individuals, organizations, and communities must accept and (eventually) embrace. Other truths are welcome.

In the summer of 2011 I wrote a blog post about the vital role social and digital technologies played in the planning and execution of a road trip in the American West (…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 17, 2013 at 7:30am — 5 Comments

Tech Tip: Installing and Using the LinkedIn Bookmarklet

One of the most powerful features of LinkedIn is the ability to share online resources via status updates, in groups, and/or with individual contacts. Doing so allows professionals to open a dialogue about the topic being shared and learn from others in their fields. The LinkedIn bookmarklet is a great tool to facilitate this sharing; however, many people are either unaware…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 12, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

The Social Media ROI Challenge: Are We Making Progress?

(August 28, 2013) This post addresses the social media ROI (return on investment) question, focusing in particular on whether we're making progress in terms of the challenges put forth by organizational leaders and other experienced professionals who have been resisting increased digital engagement. Playing off the ROI acronym, it provides alternatives for interpreting the ROI argument. It then…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 9, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Wordle Tips for Rookies: Why, Where, What and How

Wordle is a great – and free! – resource for creating word clouds. This post offers a primer for organizations and individual professionals in particular that addresses Why, Where, What, and How and shares specific Wordle tips. Additional tips, examples and applications are welcome.

 

Most everyone knows what a word cloud…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 5, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Social Media Engagement: 9 Reasons Why Less is More

In the time-crunched, information-overloaded, do-more-with-less world we work in, maintaining the right level of social media engagement is a daunting proposition. For individuals and organizations just getting started, it can be completely overwhelming – there’s so much to do! This post strives to reduce some of the barriers to social media engagement by illustrating the importance…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on September 3, 2013 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

"Social Media" is SO 2009! 7 Proposed Digital Terminology Upgrades

At the risk of inspiring unresolvable semantic discussions, this post offers seven examples of digital terminology that should probably be replaced and/or removed from the lexicon and suggests both existing and new alternative terminology to use instead. It also includes some of the dialogue that followed its original publication on the former blog. What other proposed changes would you…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 22, 2013 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

It’s Time to Get Serious about Digital Technology

(August 19, 2013) Even though we're entering the fifth decade (or more) of the Digital Era, many organizational leaders and other senior professionals have still not fully grasped what that means in terms of their own digital technology awareness, literacy, and engagement. This post offers seven recommended actions that leaders (and others) should commit to immediately and…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

LinkedIn Endorsements: What You Can and Can't Manage

The LinkedIn Endorsements feature has become very popular, even though it has not been universally well received. No matter what you may think of them, it appears they may become a permanent feature of LinkedIn profiles. This post addresses some of the logistical challenges of managing endorsements by providing an overview of which aspects can and can't be managed. It concludes with a request for…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on August 6, 2013 at 12:10pm — 3 Comments

The Social Media Quiz (SMQ): Assessing Sophistication

The Denovati Social Media Quiz (SMQ) has been one of the most popular SMART Resources we have created. Now approaching its fifth year of use, the third version generally represents the universe of social media sites and tools and can be used to quickly capture people’s knowledge and experience. This post provides an overview and a link to the latest version of the quiz on…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on July 31, 2013 at 10:45am — No Comments

Soliciting Feedback re: Digital Era Challenges

The Denovati Group's primary objective is to help individuals and organizations improve their efficiency and effectiveness at leveraging social and digital technologies. To continue to maximize the value we provide through our products and services (most of which are free), we have created a 10-question survey that asks folks to identify the biggest Digital Era challenges and…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on July 24, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments

Digital Era Terms and Expressions: Sharing Favorites

What's in a word? A lot, more often than not! Language is a powerful reflection of the world in which we live and the realities we must embrace, a fluid and ever-changing reminder that neither time nor progress stands still. This post shares some of my favorite Digital Era terms and expressions and invites others to participate in a crowdsourcing exercise to expand the…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on April 15, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

Custom Google Maps: A Great Digital Engagement Tool

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One of my favorite features of Google Maps is the ability to create personalized maps that you can save and share. I've used the feature to map out a route (and more) when we took a road trip through the Western United States in 2011, and to develop a daily tourist itinerary for a visit to Dublin, Ireland in the fall of 2012. 

But custom Google maps…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on March 6, 2013 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

Job Search in the Digital Era

 

There is a more current version of the slide deck referenced in this post

on the The Denovati SlideShare Channel.

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on February 25, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

Digital Era Leadership: Defining Characteristics?

What does it mean to be a leader in the Digital Era? Have the requirements for success drastically changed, or are they fundamentally the same? This post invites people to share their thoughts, as well as related resources, on the defining characteristics of leadership as the Digital Era progresses and evolves.

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In honor of President’s Day in the United States, I’d like to solicit people's…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on February 19, 2013 at 9:52am — 2 Comments

"Social Media" is SO 2009! 7 Proposed Semantic Upgrades

At the risk of inspiring unresolvable semantic discussions, this post addresses seven Digital Era terms that should probably be replaced and/or removed from the lexicon and suggests both existing and new alternative terminology to use in their place. What other proposed changes would you make?…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on February 13, 2013 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Online Social Learning Communities: Necessary but not Sufficient

As the Digital Era progresses, professionals at all levels and career stages need to develop and maintain a core set of digital competencies. These competencies can be developed informally, through online social learning communities, but they must also be developed through formal education and training programs. Academic and other…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on January 28, 2013 at 9:55am — 10 Comments

7 Reasons To Love - and Embrace - SlideShare

Most people have heard of SlideShare, but they probably don't realize how powerful and diverse the platform is, or the important role it can play in their content marketing and digital engagement efforts. This post offers seven reasons for taking another look and considering an upgrade in 2013.…

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Added by Courtney Shelton Hunt on January 21, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

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