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Making Privacy My Business with 3M

As a social media consultant, I often spend my days traveling between different companies' offices to advise them on marketing strategies.

And – as a result – on any given day, my "office" ranges from the backseat of a Lyft to a client's conference room to the streets of New York!

According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 59% of employees also take their jobs outside the office – making visual hacking a threat to both full-time employees and contractors.

Enter 3M, who are pioneering screen protection products for phones, laptops, tablets and more.

We all know the feeling of someone looking over our shoulder at our screen – but don't roll the dice person! That person may be visually hacking your info.

Make privacy your business, and learn more about 3M's solutions here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of 3M. The opinions and text are all my own.

Motivate Design #WageOn Event

Photo by Robin Marchant

Not-so-fun-fact: There are more CEOs named John than female CEOs altogether. 

Shout-out to Luna BarMotivate Design and this panel of queens behind me for helping to make the wage gap history last night, and special thanks to our event partners WestHouse New York and The Bouqs Company!

Joining me for the panel discussion were a few of my favorite female entrepreneurs and business owners, Mona Patel, Rosie Pope, Tracey Edouard, Sally Wood, Andrea Sullivan and Palak Patel

Watch the Facebook Live of the event here and check out Forbes' coverage of the event here

Teacher for a Day at NYU

This week, I had the opportunity to guest teach an NYU class, sharing the story of how and why I built my business. 

From getting laid off from Rolling Stone in 2008 to starting my own company in 2010, I explained to the class how the setback turned into an opportunity to transition from print to digital.

Shoutout to NYU for inviting me and to the passionate students who took the time to learn a little bit about the world of digital and social media. 

Alienware Miami

Don't hate the player.

Thanks to Alienware and Dell for inviting me to Miami this week to talk about the power of influencer marketing on my home turf. I spoke about everything from the importance of influencers for small businesses to recognizing influencers are paid for their time, not their opinions. 

See you again soon!

Centurion Jewelry Show

No pressure, no diamonds. 

Thanks to FireCushion Diamonds for the opportunity to speak (after Peyton Manning and before Bill O'Reilly) at the Centurion Jewelry Show last week at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale. I spoke about social media best practices to 100+ luxury consumer retailers.

Head to Politico to read Bill O'Reilly's candid comments on Trump, business, and the economy, as first reported on my blog

Special thanks to the Washington Post for picking up my story! 

Facebook Live with Martha Stewart Weddings

Weddings and tech go together like a horse and carriage.

This week I had the pleasure of joining Martha Stewart Weddings for a Facebook Live to chat about some of the biggest wedding social media trends. 

The biggest trend I'm seeing? All things digital. 

From bouquet Go Pros and 3D printed cakes to wedding drones and custom-designed Snapchat Geofilters, bride and grooms are looking to tech for their big day. 

With digital invitations, digital save the dates, digital registry, digital thank you notes and digital RSVPs, couples are enjoying convenient new wedding options that - as an additional bonus - are saving the rainforest! 

Check out the full Facebook Live video for some of the top digital wedding trends and tips, including:

  • Cute ways to use social media to announce your engagement
  • Crowd-sourcing for wedding planning questions
  • Sharing wedding planning milestones
  • Guests sharing images on social
  • Creating the perfect wedding hashtag

RetailROI 2017

This week, I was invited by the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) to speak about social media trends to 300 or so retail executives at the Harvard Club of New York

From storytelling and video to social networks in the workplace, one of the top trends I addressed was the rise of the social media influencer.

MuseFind found that 92% of consumers trust influencers more than traditional advertisements featuring celebrity endorsements (which explains why so many brands are gravitating toward hiring influencers for their commercials and campaigns).

Thanks again to RetailROI for having me.

Mashable #BizChats: Tips for a Successful 2017

2016 isn't the problem, and 2017 isn't the solution!

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of joining Mashable's Tracey Edouard for a Facebook Live about how to take stock of your accomplishments and prepare for success in 2017. 

I gave my top career tips - from regularly documenting accomplishments to learning new things every day to asking your employer the right questions at the right time.

Some audience members too chimed in with great questions. Here are a few of my favorites.

  1. What tips do you have to best highlight social media achievements on social media platforms?

    Social media is a priority, not an option, and your online presence is as important as your offline presence. Share your accomplishments, but do so with humility. Give credit where credit is due, and show off your hard work. 
  2. How can professionals get over their fears and take risks?

    This takes practice. Turn your fears into gratitude. Instead of fearing public speaking, be grateful so many people want to hear you speak and gain value from you. 
  3. What are the most valuable lessons of this year?

    It's important to prioritize work-life balance. To work well, it's important to disconnect and take time to recharge and relax. 

Here are the top five things you need to know to become more successful in 2017.

  1. Articulate your goals. Know what you want, how you plan on getting there, and practice your pitch. 
  2. Calendar your tasks. Don't just create to-do lists, but schedule the days and even times you want to get things accomplished. 

  3. Master your domain. 84% of recruiters are using social media. Keep your channels up to date, and list your accomplishments with humility. 

  4. Learn the art of influence. Expand your social networks. Connect with people online and offline, and be authentic in your engagement with people. Check out my previous #BizChats for my top networking tips.

  5. Consider your legacy. No amount of money is worth making you miserable at work everyday. Ask yourself: am I providing value? Do I love what I'm doing? 

To hear my final key for becoming more successful in 2017, check out the Facebook Live video.

Thanks Mashable, for another great #BizChat!

Facebook Live with Refinery 29

This week, I hosted one of Refinery 29's final Facebook Lives 2016 - speaking about social media best practices in 2016 (and some trends we need to leave behind).

Top Social Media Fails of 2016

Before looking ahead to 2017, I talked about some of the biggest social media fails of 2016, from Ryan Lochte's untimely hair Tweet to Total Beauty's Whoopi Goldberg/Oprah mixup. The takeaway from these fails? Always do your research before posting on social media, hire thoughtfully, and if you do make a mistake, take a step back, assess the damage and apologize if necessary. 

Questions from the Audience

Before talking about best social media practices for 2017, I opened up questions to the Refinery 29 audience. Here are some of the top questions and takeaways. 

Q: Do you have tips on doing social media for businesses?
A: It can be difficult to create authenticity, as people tend to connect more easily with people than with brands. The most effective way for a business to create a successful social media presence is to fit into one (or more) of three categories: funny, beautiful, valuable. Give audiences something to come back to you for - time and time again. 

Q: Do you have tips for bloggers? 
A: Differentiate yourself. There are so many blogs on so many subjects, so it's essential to find a way to offer something unique to your audiences. Learn more about how to start a blog in my article for Refinery29. 

Q: Do you think a business needs to have all social media platforms?
A: Put simply: No. Social media is a quality over quantity game. Choose one or two platforms that really apply to your brand where you can post quality, memorable content rather than posting subpar content on every channel. 

Social Media Habits to Expire in 2016

1. Overexposure: You never want social media to be a one-sided conversation. Instead of over-sharing, try to engage with your audience, ask questions and inspire genuine conversation. 

2. Spamming: Avoid overusing hashtags and "follow for follow" or "like for a like" spamming. Be authentic, or your audience will see through your efforts to gain a following. 

3. Avoid Basic Content: Basic content (or posts that are uninspiring) should be avoided. Be creative and stand out. 

How to Nail Social Media in 2017

1. Differentiate. Add value to the community you have formed. 

2. Be proactive and reactive. Keep the social in social media. Engage with your audience. 

3. Focus on quality over quantity. I can't emphasize this enough. Create beautiful content that lasts and makes an impact.

Check out my full Facebook Live to hear more about best social media practices. We'll catch you next time!

The New Age of Buyer Behavior

In the last 60 seconds, 216,000 photos were posted to Instagram, 1.8 million likes were given on Facebook and 72 hours of video footage was uploaded to YouTube.

From mobile and wearable devices to social media and blogging, the impact of our constantly-engaged digital landscape is forever changing how consumers engage with brands. This past Thursday I had the pleasure of joining [L]earned Media for a candid conversation about the new age of buyer behavior. 

Joining me on the panel were Evan Kraut, Managing Director of Grey Adventures, P.J. Pereira, Founder of Pereira & O'Dell, Brian Shimmerlik, Founder/CEO of Vengo Labs, Rupert Maconick and Executive Producer of Saville Productions. 

Thanks to [L]earned Media for inviting me to participate in a great conversation.

Dell EMC World

The women in Fifth Harmony aren't the only ones working from home. 

This week, I traveled to Austin for Dell EMC World to chat about the millennial workforce and how this generation is re-defining how and where work gets done. Huge thanks to Dell for having me and to Jordan Howard and Brian Fanzo for a great chat!

If you missed it, you can catch my live interview on YouTube. 

#DellEMCWorld

FIT: Faces and Places in Fashion Talk

The world of business is constantly evolving, and the millennial generation (myself included) has been challenged to find great jobs. This presents us the unique opportunity to create jobs. 

This week, I was invited back to Fashion Institute of Technology to be a guest speaker for Faces and Places in Fashion, a lecture series and forum featuring industry professionals. I spoke about everything from starting my own business to developing a quality social influence - while students posed some serious questions (How do you get your name out there? Is the FTC cracking down on bloggers?) 

Thank you to Professor Joshua Williams and FIT for inviting me to speak and to everyone who came to listen. 

Influencer Marketing at New York Media Festival

This week, I had the pleasure of moderating the Influencer Marketing Panel at the New York Media Festival, held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

From FTC regulations to the keys to telling a great brand story, no topic was off the table.

Special thanks to Food Network's David Griffith, Clever Girls' Cat Lincoln and Wattpad's Suzanne Spence for the great conversation about the different ways brands are working with influencers. 

Here are a couple of my favorite shots from NYME. 

Square Presents: Ladies Who Launch

Meet the ladies who launch.

This week, I had the opportunity to interview some truly inspirational women at Square's Ladies Who Launch event at the Helen Mills Event Space & Theater, which was keynoted by Christy Turlington Burns, Founder & CEO of Every Mother Counts.

Joining me for a conversation about social media marketing were Kay Hsu, Global Instagram Lead, Creative Shop, Kristen Tomlan, Founder of Cookie DO NYC, and Kira Wampler, Chief Marketing Officer at Lyft. 

We discussed social media best practices for small businesses, grassroots digital marketing and the top trends in the shift to mobile marketing.

Thanks to Square for putting together the event and to the brilliant women who joined us!

The Balance: Facebook Live

Business talk has never been so sweet. 

This week, I had the pleasure of hosting The Balance's first-ever Facebook Live, where I interviewed twins Miki Agrawal (founder of THINX) and Radha Agrawal (founder of DAYBREAKER).

We covered everything from the importance of building a great team and encouraging young women in business to the fears that come with launching a startup - all over delicious ice cream sundaes.

Catch my full interview with these inspiring women on Facebook Live. 

5 Social Media Trends at RIS News' 2016 ENGAGE! Conference

What happens when your personal brand becomes your business?

This week, I attended the RIS News 2016 ENGAGE! Conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale to speak about just that - along with sharing the top five social media trends that retailers can capitalize on to reach their audiences. 

Here are those trends and some of the most important takeaways: 

1. Brand Ambassadors and Influencers

Influencers don't just introduce an audience to you brand - they add authenticity. In 2017, it’s no longer about finding an influencer who has several thousand followers but one who can authentically promote the brand in a way that get his or her audience to act.

2. Social Networks in the Workplace

Sometimes, your brand advocates can be right in your own office. More and more brands are using their own employees are a social army to promote and validate corporate culture.

3.  Video Trumps Text

Social video - like Facebook Like and Instagram Stories - are easy ways to turn a 50-person event a 5,000-person event.

4. The Importance of Storytelling

Storytelling has been a part of human history for thousands of years, but it's also a crucial marketing component for establishing your brand voice and authenticity.

5. Getting Users to Act

The most important trend for brands is going to be able to drive your fans to take a particular action step - and that doesn’t always mean to purchase. Getting users to react means building a rapport with them and that takes commitment, innovation and great storytelling.

Ted Baker: Mission Impeccable

Ted Baker's Autumn Winter ’16 campaign film may have just launched, but it’s already making history - as Google's first fashion brand application of Voice Search, which allows users to speak into their phones to do a Google search.

We celebrated the Mission Impeccable launch this week with a breakfast followed by a screening of the espionage-inspired short film, executive produced by Guy Ritchie, and a fashion and digital trends panel moderated by yours truly.

Joining me on the panel was Craig Smith, global brand communication director at Ted Baker, Nick Roope from creative agency Poke, Lisa Green, head of fashion industry at Google, and Dan Garraway, co-founder of interactive video platform Wirewax. We talked about everything from brand storytelling to the unique role of film in retail to the rise in digital activations for fashion brands. 

Head to Forbes for the full overview of Ted Baker's Mission Impeccable campaign.

Back to School with Rebecca Minkoff

"In every life phase, you'll be confronted with something that scares you. And you have to go into it being as fearless as you can."

This week, I had the opportunity to interview designer and business icon Rebecca Minkoff in front of an audience of fifty New York University, Parson School of Design, and FIT students. After a great Q&A in June - where Rebecca shared advice with a group of entrepreneurs - she decided she also wanted to share her experience and business advice with the future generation. 

We talked shop (literally) about everything from being confident and landing a job to starting your own business. Head to Forbes for my top five takeaways from my chat with Minkoff, and check out the live Q&A on Facebook

Thanks to everyone who attended, and to NY Magazine and NY Post for covering the event!

#BackpacktoSchool