Guest post from our friends at SCORE
W. Kenneth Yancey, Jr., CEO
Ken Yancey is responsible for developing SCORE’s business plan and vision as well as coordinating national program efforts and all the association’s management operations. He also directs the efforts of the headquarters staff to serve and support the 370 chapters across the country. Prior to joining SCORE in 1993, Ken was Executive Director at the National Business Association. A graduate of Texas A&M University (BBA/Finance), Ken is a recipient of the USA Freedom Corp Award of Excellence, the ASAE Summit Award, and the BSA Goose Creek District Award of Merit.
Could your sales use a boost during these summer months? Small businesses across the country often experience a slump in sales during this time. Here are 3 tips that you can put into effect to jumpstart your summertime sales right now.
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Tags: sales, small business, social media
Today we have a special guest post by Andrew vonNagy, CCIE #28298 (Wireless), author of the blog Revolution Wi-Fi, Twitter @revolutionwifi and a Cisco customer. Huge thanks to Andrew for taking the time to share his Cisco Live experience!
Last week Cisco Live! 2011 took place in Las Vegas, NV. This year was my first time attending the conference, and I am a bit amazed at my experiences looking back on the event now that it is over. In addition to the deep technical content the conference is best known for, I found more valuable benefits are afforded to attendees willing to take a more active role in the technical community.
Arguably, the most valuable aspect of the conference is the opportunity for professional development through interaction with influential members of the industry, both internal and external to Cisco. Professional networking provides a foundation for growth and success by drawing on the energy of a collective group of friends and associates who share similar ambitions and have a drive to be successful, enabling the group to move forward as a whole. Building communities within the industry is when the magic starts to happen. Joining these communities can provide access to shared knowledge, creation of new and exciting opportunities, leveraging of broader connections throughout the community, and promotion of valuable content, products, or services created by trusted members within the community.
Many of these communities begin as virtual communities, built on social media platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and the rapidly growing Google+. These platforms enable greater access to members within the community, but must be used appropriately to be effective. Individuals trying to join the community must provide value to the larger collective and interaction must be genuine. A quote from a widely successful writer and blogger comes to mind…
Networking is always important when it’s real, and it’s always a useless distraction when it’s fake. – Seth Godin
Industry events, such as the Cisco Live! conference, bring the virtual community together allowing attendees to build on existing relations formed online and expand on them by providing more personal interaction, helping to form more meaningful relationships.
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Tags: cisco live, facebook, Google, networking, social media, Social Network, social networks, twitter, wi-fi, wifi, wlan
Every tech company has a different policy when it comes to communicating news. Last week, I analyzed Intel’s Free Press newsroom. This week I decided to focus on EMC’s Social Media Newsroom
The site follows a traditional corporate newsroom with content that is primarily focused on EMC products and services. Social Media Newsroom houses press releases, news stories on the company, video podcasts and blogs on separate tabs in the middle of the home page. The video podcast tab features three different YouTube channels: Events, a Video Forum that includes whiteboard talks as well as videos shared by EMC employees, and Software. These video channels let readers interact with different aspects of the company. By using YouTube to host the video channels, EMC is able to reach a larger audience with catchy, short videos, even if the company isn’t necessarily marketing its products to a consumer audience.
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Tags: corporate newsroom, EMC, social media
Who is the Ultimate Cisco Live Attendee?
That is what we want to know! Every year tens of thousands IT and communications professionals attend Cisco Live events held around the world as well as virtually. Each attendee is imperative to the success of Cisco Live, and we want to hear why you think you are the ultimate and most loyal Cisco Live attendee! The winner will be highlighted across the Cisco corporate social channels including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and on our corporate newsroom, The Network.
How do you show us? It’s simple!
Submit a short paragraph, video, photos (or all three) showcasing why you are the ultimate Cisco Live attendee. It could be related to the number of years you have attended the conference, the content of blogs you’ve written about Cisco Live, specific events you participated in and much more! Read below for all of the guidelines.
- Keep paragraph submissions under 300 words and include your name and location.
- Limit one submission per person.
By sending your submission you allow Cisco to use your submission across our social channels and The Network. Adherence to the following guidelines will be confirmed prior to the selected submission being featured as the ultimate Cisco Live attendee.
Why are you the ultimate Cisco Live attendee? Let us know today!
Tags: Cisco Culture, cisco live, cisco live virtual, social media, the network
Welcome back to another week of The Network’s top stories! We have an exciting week coming up, with Cisco Live in Las Vegas- if you by any chance have any extra plane tickets, feel free to send them my way. Even if you aren’t making your way down to Vegas, stay tuned. We have plenty of exciting stories happening here as well.
1.) Network Trailblazers: A Conversation with Vint Cerf, Part 1
Vint Cerf was one of the people closest to the development of the internet as we know it. Read Part 1 of the series now!
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Tags: cisco live, News@Cisco, poetry, series, social media, sports and entertainment, the network