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How Employees Can Help (and Hurt) Their Employers on Social Media

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How Employees Can Help (and Hurt) Their Employers on Social Media

Social media sites like  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube has really improved our businesses . When it comes to searching for a job , advertising , recruiting and promoting in this new age of Social Media, platforms such as LinkedIn , facebook and twitter comes to mind for tech savvy and internet-oriented people..
Abby Perkins an editor of sitepronews explains how Employees Can Help (and Hurt) Their Employers on Social Media

 

As an employee, you’re probably aware that your social media accounts can have a big impact on your career. But did you know that your actions on social media can actually affect your employer, too?

One off-color remark or simple misunderstanding could be enough to send you and your employer into a hurricane of bad PR. However, the reverse is also true – you could be your employer’s most valuable asset when it comes to helping grow his or her brand on social media.

Whether you’re working a part-time job or are in your dream career, you can utilize these tips to avoid damaging – and potentially even improve – your employer’s brand on social media.

Avoiding controversy

Some companies thrive off of occasional controversy. After all, bad publicity is still publicity, right? Well, not always. While some companies and CEOs can swing an occasional controversial remark, as an employee, you should play it safe.

While Home Depot may be able to recover from a stunningly tacky ad and ZzzQuil may be able to use Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to make a play on “dreams,” you should avoid the temptation to get a cheap (and possibly offensive) laugh for your business. Let the marketing departments take risks in that regard, and make sure that your social media profiles stay squeaky clean by avoiding off-color jokes or remarks.

Your social media pages can also be judged negatively by association, whether it’s joining offensive groups on Facebook or reposting offensive things on Twitter. If you really can’t avoid that kind of content, create a separate account for these actions, and a more buttoned-up account for professional interactions and work acquaintances.

Keep complaints offline

Happy employees don’t generally pose a huge risk to employers on social media. But disgruntled employees? They’re a whole other can of worms.

In 2013, Applebee’s made waves on social media when one of its employees was stiffed on a tip. A co-worker uploaded a photo of the receipt – complete with the customer’s information to Reddit. Shortly after, people began flooding the official Applebee’s Facebook page with complaints about the chain in general.

Instead of letting the chaos die down, Applebee’s social media team began responding personally to as many comments as possible. The responses ranged from corporate jargon to snarky comebacks. Then, they announced the firing of the waitress in question, further fanning the fires. The media also took hold of the story and ran with it, causing a PR disaster that took weeks to clean up – all because of an irritated employee.

The lesson for employees? If you’re upset about something at work – and you’re concerned about protecting your company’s reputation – keep your complaints offline. If you have a problem with a boss, a customer, or a co-worker, deal with it in the office – and keep the details off social media. Chances are, your issue will get resolved sooner – and your company’s reputation will remain intact.

Be a social media advocate

If you have the power to affect your employer negatively on social media, it stands to reason that you can impact them positively, too. And in fact, employees can be a company’s most valuable asset when it comes to social media branding. You’re likely already on social media – and you’re already familiar with your company’s products, services, culture and values. That means you’re the perfect person to advocate for them on social media.

How do you advocate for your company on social media? Focus on the positive or interesting aspects of your company, and share them online. If the company is marketing a new promotion or releasing a new product, share a picture and a small caption expressing your excitement. If the company is hiring, post a note to let your Facebook friends or LinkedIn connections know. It could be as simple as sharing a story about something funny that happened in the office or something great you accomplished at work. Little things like this, shared from real employees like you, go a long way when it comes to building a strong, trustworthy brand on social media.

Do you advocate for your company on social media? What do you think is most effective?

 

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  1. Sunday

    December 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Give or take, it becomes necessary to ensure that social media participation be done with tact to maintain credibility. I agree with the details on avoiding controversy. This is very important in the sustenance of a business!
    I have shared the above in kingged.com where this post was shared.

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Court battles, a trade war and no 5G phones: How 2019 could get even worse for Apple

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Apple chief executive Tim Cook has his work cut out in China this year: the iPhone maker faces the looming threat of a court-ordered sales ban, the uncertain outcome of trade war talks and the roll-out of a new 5G network, where it finds itself behind rivals like Huawei and Samsung.

The complex outlook raises a challenge for Apple as it looks to revive its China fortunes after weakness there sparked a rare drop in its global sales forecast, knocked $75 billion from its market valuation and roiled global markets.

Cook told investors that the main drag on the firm’s performance in China had been a sharper-than-expected slowdown in the country’s economy, exacerbated by the impact of trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.

“We did not foresee the magnitude of the economic deceleration, particularly in Greater China,” he said.

Chinese shoppers told Reuters another element had been key: the high price-tag on Apple’s flagship phones.

Analysts said the firm faced a brewing storm of challenges: an economic slowdown, stronger rivals like Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] bringing out a comparable tech at lower prices and bubbling patriotic sentiment amid the trade war.

A Chinese court has also issued a preliminary injunction banning some Apple phones, part of a legal battle with chip maker Qualcomm Inc. This ban, potentially hitting iPhone models from the 6S through the X, has yet to be enforced.

On Thursday a local industry body, the China Anti-Infringement, and Anti-Counterfeit Innovation Strategic Alliance, called on Apple to heed the court order and not “trample the Chinese law by leveraging its super economic power and clout.”

Apple shares plunged over 9 percent earlier this week as Wall Street was rattled by the Silicon Valley giant’s shock revenue warning. The firm said it now anticipates lower revenues of $84 billion

Apple declined to comment on the group’s statement but has previously said it believes its current phones comply with the Chinese court’s order.

“These are tough times for Apple in China,” said Neil Shah, research director at Counterpoint, adding the iPhone could see its market share slip to 7 percent this year in the face of stronger local rivals and worry about the sales ban.

Apple’s market share in the third-quarter of 2018 was around 9 percent, and has dipped from above 14 percent in 2015, overtaken by local rivals like Huawei, Oppo and Vivo.

A woman in Beijing uses her iPhone today where sales are falling behind rivals Huawei and market leader Samsung

5G STRATEGY

Another question mark for Apple is its 5G strategy in China, where the U.S. firm is not expected to have a 5G-enabled phone until 2020, behind rivals like Huawei, Xiaomi Corp and Samsung Electronics.

China is looking to push ahead with its rollout of a faster 5G network, with a pre-commercial phase this year and a commercial network in 2020.

Some are looking to make an early bet on the technology. Huawei is planning a 5G phone mid-year, while Xiaomi is aiming for the third quarter. Samsung is expected to unveil a 5G phone in the first half of the year.

Industry insiders, however, said Apple would likely hold off until the fall of 2020 to have its own 5G-enabled phone, a strategy that would bypass the untested early period of the technology, but which could mean Chinese shoppers delay iPhone purchases or buy another brand that switched to 5G earlier.

“I’ll definitely be paying attention to 5G functionality when I buy my next phone,” said Wu Chengjun, a graduate student in Beijing who currently uses an iPhone X.

With the exception of Huawei, which makes it own 5G chips, Qualcomm is providing the technology to many of the major phone makers releasing 5G handsets this year.

“If you’re a [phone maker] looking for a ‘super cycle’ [of sales], if you don’t have 5G, your situation won’t get any better,” Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm’s president, told Reuters in an interview. “The carrier channel is going to be incentivized to start selling 5G phones in the second half” of 2019, he said.

But there are risks integrating 5G too early into high-end smart phones because the technology requires deeply re-designing the devices with multiple new antennas. Given spotty coverage in 2019, gambling on a new design before networks are mature could be more risk than reward, said Darryn Lowe, a Bain & Co partner who works with the wireless industry.

“When you think about 5G, it’s a heck of a lot more complicated than an aluminum strip running around the phone,” he said.

And other shoppers and analysts said Apple’s more cautious approach to 5G made sense and that the firm would not likely lose out too much to rivals by delaying its launch.

Apple’s decision to wait to adopt 4G until after other makers didn’t hurt it. But that was when consumers commonly purchased a phone every two years, a cycle that has elongated and might prompt buyers to want a more “future proof” device, said Glenn Lurie, CEO of Synchronoss Technologies and the former head of AT&T’s wireless unit.

“If you’re going to walk in to make a 30-month decision, the concept that I’ve already got 5G built in, it feels pretty good,” Lurie said.

But buyers such as Li Hongzhuo, 22, a student in Beijing, said he was interested in 5G, but it wouldn’t be the deciding factor and he preferred to wait until the technology was tried and tested.

“Typically my needs for my phone are high speeds for downloading videos or transferring files from chat apps. This will get faster (with 5G), but 4G already satisfies my needs,” said Li.

“I won’t really consider switching my phone until 5G has been operating stably on the market for some time without any bugs – or unless they stop offering 4G.”

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Apple’s App Store record $1.22B over the holidays plus a record $322M on New Year’s Day

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Apple’s App Store pulled in $1.22B over the holidays plus a record $322M on New Year’s day

Apple’s app store had a record-breaking holiday week and New Year’s Day,  according to a report by Apple. The company says its holiday week was our biggest week ever, as customers spent $1.22 billion during the 2018 holiday season and $322 million on New Year’s Day 2019, which set a new record for single-day spend.

Apple also used the opportunity to thank talented developers and customers around the world, as the App Store finished off an outstanding 2018 and kicked off 2019 with a bang.

Apple’s App Store pulled in $1.22B over the holidays plus a record $322M on New Year’s day

Customers spent over $322 million in the App Store on New Year’s Day 2019 alone, setting a new single-day record.

Gaming and self-care were the most popular categories of app downloads and subscriptions during the holidays. Globally, multiplayer games including Fortnite and PUBG were among the top downloaded games over the holidays, along with Brawl Stars, Asphalt 9 and Monster Strike. Productivity, Health & Fitness and Education apps are already capturing the attention of customers in the first few days of the year with 1Password, Sweat and Lumosity charting in their respective categories, according to the statement released by Apple.

Last year, Apple also announced a record-breaking holiday season, with $890 million spent during the week of Christmas Eve and $300 million on New Year’s Day 2018.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, in his letter yesterday, signaled that the App Store remains one of the bright spots in the company’s “Services” category, even as he delivered the crushing news of a slowdown in iPhone sales.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s more than 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

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Global food and beverage giant, Nestlé launches Workplace by Facebook

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Workplace by Facebook, the social network’s enterprise solution is now the official global internal communication tool at Nestlé which major aim is to connect its workforce, help the organization to create its own internal social networks and better serve consumers.

Nestlé said in a statement to the media that some 210,000 of its employees worldwide are now using the platform, adding that among those who were part of the initial deployment, engagement per post was 25 times higher than it had been on other platforms.

Nestle began implementing Workplace by Facebook nine months ago, with the first wave including employees in Mexico, Brazil, the Middle East, and South Africa.

Most features on Workplace is quite similar to the general Facebook features such as News Feed, Groups, Chat, events and live streams, as well as seamless mobile integration. Because Workplace is easy to use, it can connect everyone and reach employees where they are.

This move by the global food and beverage giant is parts of its commitment to empower people and sustain a high-performance culture. The company is moving more and more to offer open office configurations and more flexible working environments.

Meanwhile, the Chief Information Officer at Nestlé, Filippo Catalano while commenting on this great development said: “Today, using Workplace by Facebook we are able to give our employees across the
globe a platform to build connections, enabling faster and more engaging sharing of information.” Also, Julien Codorniou, vice president of Workplace by Facebook said, “As the global work landscape continues to change and
the demand for better collaboration, best-of-breed IT and mobile-first work increases, we are honored to partner with a company like Nestlé to help employees work together to allow for limitless innovation.”

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