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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

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I've been exploring social media's latest runaway site – Pinterest*, a  virtual bulletin board that allows users to share images, objects, and  links they find interesting or inspiring. While, personally, I enjoy  pinning photos of stylish outfits, chic MacBook and iPad cases, and  outtakes from home décor magazines, I see the value this platform has  for brands. When it comes to my brand, I’ve taken a thought leadership  approach— just check my "Essential Books" board to see what branding,  social media and marketing books I’m reading.  This user-friendly  platform is already proving to be valuable for businesses.  
There’s serious potential to drive sales for business owners. Getting  images of your products pinned and repinned can literally drive  customers to your door step. At the very least, it will drive traffic to  your website where customers can request your service.  

Here are 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using Pinterest:

6 Ways to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

BlackEnterprise.com notes 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using…

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6 Ways Female Execs Can Master Social Media

Women can enhance their presence across various platforms by following these easy-to-follow pointers

Moderator Mo Krochmal of Social Media News NY and panelists discussed ways females can excel…

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Harnessing the power of social for social good was a major trend and point of discussion among conscious techies and seasoned panelists during Social Media Week 2012.  We’ve seen how quickly platforms can be used to mobilize reform efforts thanks to social media’s influence in the Arab Spring and recent Occupy Movement.  Digital thought leaders have no doubt that, when used properly, social media can be a significant cultural unifier, connecting people and efforts despite location.   
Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, "Social Media for Social Good"—an hour-long panel discussing best practices to use when furthering a cause in the digital space—wasn’t short of generating great ideas. The panelists included Cheryl Heller, board chair at PopTech; Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project; President and COO of Digitaria Doug Hecht and Carmel Hagan of Common. Here’s how social media enthusiasts can use various platforms for social good:--–Noni Cavaliere

How to Become a Digital Do-gooder

Here’s what you should consider when perfecting your social good campaign

Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, “Social Media for Social Good”—an hour-long panel…

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Will Two Billion Jobs Disappear by 2030?

Futurist Thomas Frey makes bold prediction about technology's impact on the job market

According to futurist Thomas Frey, technological advancements will impact over 2 billion jobs worldwide by…

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New media has changed the way businesses function, increasing the amount of power consumers hold. This shift is evident in the way consumers use, socialize and interact with brands on the Web. Let’s face it: We are now, all—like it or not—immersed in a socially driven society, where the need to share every move, want, or purchase is apparent via our Google+ circles, Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, and instantaneous Twitter updates. 

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform brands how they can take advantage of social media at the opening of Social Media Week, showcasing some top consumer trends and the various ways customers interact with them. See what four trends brands should pay close attention to this year--and beyond. --Noni Cavaliere

Top Trends Shaping Social Media in 2012 and Beyond

Certain trends are dominating social media this year and entrepreneurs stand to benefit if they can keep up

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform…

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WATCH: NPD Group Analyst Ben Arnold Talks High-Tech Headphones, Tablets and Ultrabooks

The industry analyst discusses what tech enthusiasts should expect to see this year

Ben Arnold, a consumer technology industry analyst, sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss trends at…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

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Blackout: Web Sites Go Dark to Protest SOPA

Brands and businesses stand up to the Stop Online Piracy Act

Today, social media is abuzz with the #BlackoutSOPA campaigns of people, big brands and web…

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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54-Point Personal Branding Checklist for 2012

Your guide to getting your branding strategy in order for the New Year

As we head into 2012 be sure to have your personal branding strategy in place…

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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5 Tech Tips for Entrepreneurs Heading in to 2012

What every business owner need to know to be prepared for success in the New year

As we head into 2012, now is the time for entrepreneurs to upgrade their business…

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6 Major Facebook Updates You Need to Know About

The social media platform is changing fast are you up to speed?

Facebook updates are constant but the introduction of the new Timeline feature is the most…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Create a Branded Google Plus Business Page

The benefits of signing up for Google's latest product now instead of later

Setting up a Google Plus Page is simple and the benefits for your brand can…

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How to Start a Movement with a Twitter #Hashtag

#OccupyWallStreet is the tweet heard 'round the world

Occupy Wall Street is a prime example of how a movement can get initiated via…

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What to Look for in a Mobile Hotspot

Mobile broadband USB sticks used to be staples of the business traveler’s gear bag. But…

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Do you want to become the next Seth Godin, Steve Jobs or Daymond John? First you’ll need some pointers to help establish yourself as a thought leader in the era of digital technology. One disclaimer: having a blog does not make you a thought leader just like having an iPhone will not make you think like Steve Jobs.
	In the end thought leadership has the ability to translate into revenue in the Web 2.0 world for infopreneurs (entrepreneurs who generate their revenue by creating content). The typical streams of income for thought leaders/infopreneurs come from creating products and creating experiences, like writing books, speaking at conferences/events, and creating other content products. Following Black Enterprise’s 20/20 Vision: Job Creation & Career Opportunities in The Next Economy with Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, CA earlier this week, this article will help individuals understand how to use digital technology, content curation and branding as a thought leadership strategy. —Hajj Flemings

5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

In a tough economy some can find a second career as a thought leader in their passion

Positioning yourself as a thought leader can earn you extra money and a brand new…

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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

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‘Let’s Connect’: Don’t Let Your Social Media Presence Curb Future Opportunities

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

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