Posts tagged small business
What You Need For Your Personal Website

As an early adopter of the Internet wave of the 1990s, I never imagined I would someday have my own website. I’m a child of the ‘90s, fully embracing midi .wav files, .gifs, AOL Instant Messenger and bad font choices (Papyrus and Comic Sans, anyone?). Now, we’re almost entering a new decade (*gasp*), and I couldn’t have envisioned the world we now live in: augmented reality, chatbots, foldable touchscreen phones and new advances every day. You may be interested in creating your own website for the first time or are undergoing a personal rebranding. Here are 10 fundamental components to consider for your personal website.

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Five Influential Brands That Have Inspired Hourglass Media

I have been brand-obsessive since I was a child. I donned Disney Princess attire and had to have the latest toys each time a new movie hit theaters. These were the days of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King” -- an entire treasure trove of amazing Disney movies that I still love to this day. Long before I ever saw “Mad Men” and fell into the rabbit hole of a communications career, these campaigns launched my love of branding. Here are five of my favorite brands with a splash of nostalgia.

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Creating An Inspiration Board to Remember Who You Are

For the past two years, I have created my own inspiration/vision board. In the past, I would put all of the magazine clippings, brand tags, photographs, master list of goals and all other keepsakes in a folder or spread throughout my office. Last year, I craved clarity, so I placed my goals in categories and used items to create flaps that would reveal my set of goals per category. I know, I know. How perfectionistic of me. If you’re interested in creating your own inspiration board, here are some tips to help you get started.

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Maintaining Productivity When You Work From Home

A growing number of Americans work from home. GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com estimates that more than 3 percent of workers in the United States opt for at-home positions and self-employment, with that number only to increase within the next decade. The allure of flexible part-time, full-time and freelance work is all the rage, but what is it really like to work from home? Here are six ways to ensure that you maintain your highest levels of productivity while working from home.

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Five Ways to Incorporate a Digital Detox Into Your Daily Routine

With the 24/7/365 news cycle and supplemental phone/social media/Netflix addictions, it could be hard to step away from the life you’ve created online. Most of us check our phones at least 200 times per day, no matter our occupation. Here are five ways you can take a break from all things digital, whether it’s for a nice, relaxing evening, weekend or an even longer stint.

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SMART Objective Setting in the New Year

It’s the start of a New Year, and you’re probably hyper-focused on your goals and objectives for 2019. In today’s world, Return on Investment (ROI) and Return on Expectations (ROE) drive PR professionals and the C-Suite to want to learn more in the Evaluation phase. That’s where SMART objectives come in.In the world of public relations and other industries goals are comprised of SMART objectives, which include: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timebound.

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Our Favorite Apps, Services and Software in 2018

We have a whole host of favorite apps, software, services, products and personal-life hacks, so it was challenging to narrow it down to just 10 items! The following 10 items have impacted Hourglass Media in positive and productive ways in 2018 and will continue to do so in 2019 and beyond.

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Holiday 2018 Gift Guide for PR Pros

The ornaments and lights are on the Hourglass Media Christmas tree and stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Whether you’re dreaming of a white Christmas or aiming to give the perfect gift to all of the special someones in your life, the holiday season can be daunting! With parties and get-togethers aplenty, you may not have time to window shop (let’s face it, most shopping is online these days) for every gift on your Nice Person List. These 10 items (plus a bonus one!) will give you an idea what to get the public relations professional in your life.

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Guest Post: Ten Methods to Strengthen Your Small Business' Cyber Security

Computer Security Day is November 30, 2018. In this guest post, Network Engineer Jared Staten provides tips and a list, in no order of importance, compiled to help you understand what you can do to tighten your small business’ online security along with your local area network (LAN).

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What We Are Thankful For As A Business

The season of Thanksgiving is upon us, and we must say, thankfulness is contagious. The end of each year is filled with planning for the upcoming year and reflecting on what happened throughout the current year. We stepped away from planning an exciting 2019 to write a list of what we are thankful for. Reflection is a vital part of our public relations processes and business practices. So, here are 10 reasons we are thankful on this Thanksgiving 2018.

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Supporting Causes is the Hourglass Way

If you’re a small business owner, you’re most likely in the trenches of daily business tasks, from sales to crafting messaging that will be seen, heard and acted upon by your client base. You may not have time to think about your own corporate social responsibility and how it fits into your business like your well-worn favorite pair of shoes. From the beginning, Hourglass Media has taken on projects that will benefit others in limitless ways, from establishing a good beginning for a child or ensuring the leaders of tomorrow have the insight and skill set they need to become successful in today’s world.

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Supporting Causes Enhances Your Company and Its Culture

From a reputation standpoint, a company wants to be seen and heard as a good corporate citizen. A corporation could host a food drive during the holiday season to help local hungry people in need, host an employee giving campaign for a cause or protect the environment by decreasing its environmental footprint. How can corporate social responsibility benefit your own company?

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Guest Post: Confessions of a PR Goal Digger

With the rise of citizen journalists, influencers and social media platforms connecting 24/7 to ever growing niche audiences, smart communication freelancers and media companies have the opportunity to build an all-star content creation team that is on trend, on brand and on message. If you are a communicator with a public relations background, it is your time to shine, and the stars of today’s communication teams are content creators who set goals and understand their audience. Gina Collinsworth shows us why it’s a great time to be a PR pro in this guest post.

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Five Nuggets of Knowledge To Tell The Past You

Do you ever wish you could give insight to the past you? Whether you cringe at a statement you made in a meeting (when all eyes were inevitably on you) or wish you would have handled a situation differently, there are always items you wish you could check off your cringe list. There are also times you want to give the previous you loads of reassurance and a pat on the shoulder for a job well done -- even when you feel like you weren’t doing it “right.” Here are five nuggets of knowledge I’ve learned during my career.

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Five Ways To Find Your Passion

Some of us may struggle to realize our passions. We know we have likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and more, but we may not know how to leverage that in our personal and professional lives. In some cases, we may not even know we have a particular passion or could decide to build upon a childhood daydream. Here are five ways you can help build your passion.

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Q&A: #behindthehourglass with our CEO

I’m currently reading Grace Bonney’s In The Company of Women, a compilation of sage advice and inspiration from more than 100 women in various walks of life and careers. Reading this book has allowed for a certain nostalgia as I approach my tenth year in my chosen field. This milestone won’t officially occur until 2019, but since embarking on my Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) journey, I’ve been hyper-focused on my own successes and missteps. I chose my 10 favorite interview questions from The Company of Women and answered each with my own “spin” (not to use a cliche PR word).

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#LoveNotes from Our Small Business to Yours From #behindthehourglass

During the month of February, Hourglass Omnimedia posted #lovenotes about the business. See the gallery of images and read this blog to see some of our main loves. Despite the ebbs and flows of the business, there are three main reasons why I love having my own business. Special appearance by our baby muse!

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