New Media Driver’s at Full Speed this Saturday

This Saturday, June 5, will mark the start of the fifth semester of  Michigan State University’s New Media Driver’s License Course. At 9 AM students will fill the Walsh College Campus in Novi, MI to begin their semester long social media training. As a past student in the course, I can honestly say that enrolling in this course is a decision that you will not regret.

With only one semester gone by since my completion of the course, I have already seen the benefits for myself, not only as an advertising major, but as a college student striving to build my personal brand and network for the life after graduation career search. And while the course did not do this for me, it taught me how.

During the social media training, students will learn to effectively use social media outlets (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) to benefit themselves and their future employer, or business. They will also build writing skills through weekly blogs about all things new media and learn to participate in online communication. That being said, it is also important to learn to monitor and track your digital involvement and the outcomes. No worries, the new media drivers license will cover that too!

If you missed the enrollment for this semester’s social media training, no fear, the Fall section will begin just a few months from now! And do not be discouraged if you are not an Advertising major, this class is beneficial for everyone. Yes, it may help future advertisers to better understand the realm of digital, but as digital evolves it is becoming increasingly important in every industry. Don’t pass up this amazing opportunity to build the opportunities of your future.

Are You and Your Business More A “Like” than You Think?

The avid Facebook user is most likely aware of the recent switch from the “Become a Fan” feature to “Like.” What many users do not realize, as is common with Facebook changes, is that some of the original settings were modified along with it, which will now demand more attention.

If you are currently the administrator of a professional or businesslike Facebook page, it is important for you to know that your personal “likes” are now the same as the page you administer, whether intentional or not. Facebook now assumes that anything that you, as the page administrator, “like” your business page will “like” too.

You manage the Facebook page for your family’s local hardware store. You have found it to be a great way to stay connected with the community and keep them informed with your upcoming sales and promotions to attract business. You have the perception of a separation between your Facebook account and the hardware store’s, so you continue on your Facebook as usual. Before you know it, the hardware store “likes” your favorite TV shows and restaurants and your frequent customers make comments about these “likes” on your wall and in the store. While these examples may not be harmful, they may not be helpful either.

The world of digital marketing is becoming increasingly  important among the current client base of many industries. This glitch in privacy settings just may require a more professional attitude as you keep up with social media.

  • Avoid “liking” controversial pages that will have negative affects on the Facebook page that you administer.
  • If the page does not benefit your business, you may be best without it
  • Consider creating a dummy Facebook account to administer any Facebook business pages that you may manage. This will eliminate any negative impacts you may find between your personal “likes” and their influence on your business page.