3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship

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Internships are increasingly popular among today’s college student population. In fact, many colleges are beginning to require internships in order to graduate (or at the very least, they’ll offer credit for internships).

In my experience as an intern at Ingenex, I’ve learned a bit about important things that we can do to make the most of our internships

Ask Questions

This is easily one of the best things an intern can do while on the job. You’re coming into a business setting with no experience! Ask about business operations. What is a normal day in the office? How does the company fulfill its strategy? Most importantly, ask about your performance. Constructive criticism can help you figure out how to work in a professional environment. You’ll figure out fast how to adjust your work style. In turn, you’ll be more efficient in future positions.

Try Different Things

If the company you work for is flexible about projects that you can work on, take advantage of the various opportunities available to you! Fortunately Ingenex is one of those companies. Since I began working here in May, I’ve gained experience with social media campaigns, writing analytics reports, researching for strategy implementation, client interaction and other tasks.

Do Your Best While On the Job!

Let’s be real for a second. It stinks when you work an unpaid position. That doesn’t mean that you have an excuse to slack off while you’re at the job. Whether you are a paid or unpaid intern, you still need to show up to work on time and do your best. Your work ethic does not go unnoticed! When you work with honest effort, your employer very well may be interested in bringing you on board full-time. Even if there aren’t any positions open at the company you interned with when you look for full-time work, they’ll be more likely to connect you with someone in their network who IS hiring.

So what do I recommend you do if you are searching for a much coveted internship? Apply for an internship with Ingenex Digital Marketing! I’ve had a blast working with an amazing team of full-time staff and fellow interns. This internship has taught me how to have fun in a professional setting while still acting like a professional. I also learned how to balance multiple projects and deadlines at once (which is crucial in the marketing business). If you feel like you may be a fit with the company, don’t hesitate to apply. You won’t be disappointed.

Four Easy Steps to Merge Your Company’s Google Plus Pages

Google Plus and other Google products are rapidly becoming reputable tools for digital marketing. Google Places for Business is a fantastic service that lists essential details about your company on the front page (name, location, contact, services, etc.). You can learn tips about starting up your Places for Business page in this Business 2 Community article. Google Plus is the platform best used for interaction between company and consumer. The site enables users to follow businesses, post on their pages and review their experiences.

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Google lets users seamlessly integrate the two pages together for a smooth page that is packed full of features to improve Whenever businesses sign up for any Google service, however, they may not realize that they are automatically signed up for a Google Plus page. Signing up for multiple services under different emails results in the creation of multiple Plus pages. Outdated and duplicate pages can wreak havoc on your business by misdirecting potential customers to a previous location or giving them incorrect contact information.

Merging Google Plus pages is relatively simple. Following these steps will send you in the right direction to effectively listing your company through Google.

  • Visit Google Takeout

Make sure that you are logged into the old Plus page for your business, first! Takeout lets you archive all of your contacts, settings and other information into a compact file.

  • Archive Your Circles

Mouse over Google Plus Circles and expand the drop-down menu. Click the link that prompts you to transfer your information to another Google Plus account.

  • Enter Your Destination Page

The next page should prompt you to enter the email of the page where you would like to transfer your information. Log in to your destination account and initiate the data transfer. Takeout gives you a seven day waiting period before the transfer begins and you can no longer cancel the action. The actual transfer takes about 48-hours to complete. Once the transfer completes, the act cannot be undone.

  • Disable Google Plus for Your Old Page

Make sure that you are content with your new page’s contents. Sign in to your old page’s settings and at the page’s bottom, choose to disable Google Plus. People that followed your old profile are now followers of your up-to-date profile. Your old page will no longer show up on their profile, nor elsewhere when consumers search for your business! Takeout does not transfer posts and information from your old profile. This is typically irrelevant because the page is outdated, anyhow!

While these steps are meant to help a company with multiple listings on Google Plus, you can use them to combine multiple personal profiles as well! Check out Grovo.com for a step-by-step video to walk you through the process.