Our society and the practices we adhere to are constantly evolving with the times. With the advances in technology, everything seems to move at a quicker pace. Online dating has become as much or more popular than traditional methods and distance education via virtual classrooms now provide students with the same degrees they previously obtained only by physically attending courses. We want everything and we want it now. Curious about some song lyrics from the 80s? Google and many other search engines are only a couple of keystrokes and a click away. Can't decide what to have for dinner? From recipes to restaurants, the web is a seemingly unlimited resource for all our queries. One site that has gained popularity lately certainly appears to cover many bases when it comes to our questions. Girls Guide To...is a free online forum where members can post and answer each others' questions dealing with a wide range of topics, from self, love and health to college, finances and gadgets. Brette Borow is the president and founder of this venture, currently at 140k members and growing.
We've all heard the quote that "behind every great man is a great woman" and one great woman in particular is Mrs. Coretta Scott King. Today, as the rest of the world honors the life and legacy of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, let's also take a moment to honor Mrs. King and her tireless efforts working towards equal rights for all. After her husband's death, she took up his cause and helped lead the Civil Rights Movement, but then became very active in the Women's Movement as well. While we might still have a ways to go, it is thanks to the passion of people like Coretta Scott King who have helped us get here.
"We don't have a choice whether
we DO social media, the question
is how well we do it"
(Social Media Guru & Author)
An organization's logo is a crucial part of its brand identification as well as an expression of what the company is all about. Great logos are the ones that we can immediately visualize even if we haven't seen them in awhile. The Nike Swoosh, NBC's Peacock, & Mercedes Benz symbol are just a few. Ideally, an organization should develop a fabulous logo and stick with it to achieve the maximum potential of being recognizable, but sometimes changes must be made. Maybe changing times and technology call for a logo's updating. Sometimes companies evolve beyond the image that their logos express. Other times it is a corporate merger or buyout that leads to a logo's alteration. No matter what leads to an organization changing its logo, the brand must make sure that it keeps the logo recognizable.
You may have seen this poster (or sillier variations of it) as it has gained popularity lately in the blogosphere and also in the realms of interior design and stationery. Produced in 1939 by the British Government to raise morale of the people during the war, rumor has it that the Queen herself first uttered this statement. Doesn't it sound like a queenly thing to say? With the stress of the holidays behind us (hopefully), we now face 2011. Many of us have made resolutions, some of us may even keep them. As women, we have a lot on our plates. Trying to juggle our fabulous careers, family adventures, love lives and still have time for ourselves is often exhausting. But honestly, we wouldn't have it any other way. We are born multi-taskers, destined for great things and always looking forward to what is to come. The next time you feel overwhelmed by life, why not take a moment and repeat this slogan to yourself. Heck, do it while wearing a tiara if you have one. The queen would approve! You might find that in the midst of a crisis, all you need is a little calm and you will indeed be able to carry on with gusto.
All it takes is a few minutes scanning the marketing section at your local bookstore to become aware that the times, they are a' changing. In a field where everything was once black and white, there are now infinite shades of gray. Paco Underhill is one marketing expert who is taking notice of the differences between men and women when it comes to how and why they make purchasing decisions. Don't you want your business to be one of the ones he refers to here...and get there first?