While it is starting to see some growth in recent years, the WNBA is still struggling to carve a niche, even after 16 years of doing business. One of the problems has been the inability of media to embrace women's sports. A recent article in Fortune Magazine outlines this problem and some of the other issues surrounding the marketing of female athletes.
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There's no question that social media is here to stay. If your small business (or large one for that matter) isn't using some form of social media to connect and engage with your audience, you're missing out. It's not too late to join the game, but if you are curious as to how other businesses are currently utilizing social media platforms, maybe the following graphic will help clarify things. Postling allows social media users to manage all accounts from one centralized platform. The data is only representative of Postling users, but it still paints a good picture of how things break down. "Because others are doing it" is not really an arguable reason for using social media. A better reason would be "because others are doing it well."
There is no question that magazines geared to women are designed differently than those intended for a male audience. Among the many differences in men and women is how each gender views visual design and responds to it accordingly. This is especially important to understand when it comes to designing websites. All the great information in the world isn't going to get read by anybody if it isn't presented in a way that is first visually appealing.
PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) released its new social media policy this week with the hopes that it will offer a unified voice to govern the organization's social media efforts. The entire world is buzzing over the use of social media these days, from organizing protests in Egypt to what Ashton Kutcher had for lunch.
"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.
Now that all the wrapping paper and ribbons have been cleared away (almost?), we are faced with the issue at hand: returning those gifts that a) didn't fit, b) didn't work or c) didn't thrill us. This can be a daunting process especially as many retailers have strict rules about returns. According to these findings, product returns cost manufacturers and retailers more than $100 billion each year.