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August 15th, 2014

Voce Student Weekly Reading 8/12/14: Twitter Testing Abounds, Facebook Ditches Like-Gating and More

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Welcome to the Voce Student Weekly Reading, your guide on the latest communications industry trends, job listings and career information. It’s everything you need to know to go from aspiring communications professional to interview-ready applicant!

Social Media

Your Twitter Feed May Soon Be Filled With Accounts You Don’t Follow

“The social platform, which is known for subtly trying out new features among a small pool users, is experimenting with its core feature: the follow system. This week, a Twitter user reported seeing tweets in his feed from an account he didn’t follow, because that account was followed by someone he did follow.”

Voce Insight – Suggested Twitter content for new users could help them become more engaged, but Twitter also risks irking existing users. Adding to the already considerable noise on Twitter might be a bad idea – but this is why the company is “testing” and not “implementing.”

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bethere: A new social network to help you have a great night out

“bethere is designed from the ground up to help you socialize with friends better. It lets you share where you’re going to be, and see where everyone else will be too – think of it like ‘checking in to the future.’”

Voce Insight – bethere sounds like a direct competitor to Foursquare’s Swarm, which was created to help users make location-based plans with their friends and also features a check-in component, as Foursquare once did. It will be interesting to see the growth in location-based planning apps like these two.

Facebook nixes ‘like-gating’

“If you’ve been telling people who visit your brand’s Facebook page, or apps on your page, to “like” those things to get coupons, enter contests, or otherwise earn special rewards they wouldn’t otherwise get, you have until Nov. 5 to stop.”

Voce Insight – Everyone will like your free stuff, but it doesn’t mean they like your brand. Emphasis should always be placed on quality content that garners genuine interest, rather than schwag and artificial likes.

Public Relations

Is Soft Language Killing Your Pitch?

“Soft language can ruin your pitch regardless of how well-intended it might be. My favorite example of soft language is from a student’s resume I received for an internship. To dress up the description of a waitressing job, she noted she excels in suggestive selling.”

Voce Insight – Honesty and economy with words will be appreciated by your readers. Being direct increases the chances of your message being received and understood.

1 Pitching tips from 500 online publishers

“Writers are receiving more pitches than ever. At some top-tier publications, writers receive more than 38,000 emails each year, and two-thirds of those emails are from people vying for press attention. About eight percent get pitched more than 100 times. With that much volume, it’s easy to see why every pitch isn’t going to make the cut.”

Voce Insight – In order to save journalists time and foster good relationships, first know what they write about before reaching out. Second, get to the point quickly in your note – what product or service are you pitching? How much does it cost? Is is available yet?

Career

How to Stand Out at Your Next Networking Event

“Your goal for every networking event is to turn initial contacts into valuable relationships. In order to make this happen, you must overcome the discomfort associated with networking. You also have to be willing to introduce yourself to individuals and make a name for yourself.”

Voce Insight – Remember that everyone at a networking event is looking to make a connection. Keeping in mind that the potential employers you’re meeting don’t want to see you fail makes it easier to talk with confidence.

3 LinkedIn Features That Help You Network Better

“LinkedIn has a huge user base that you can’t just turn you back on and it is indeed a good way to connect with other professionals. It’s also not starved for features and here are three that can help you interact with your connections better.”

Voce Insight – Finding how few degrees of separation there are between brings people together. Moreover, putting a familiar face and a name (and possibly a recommendation) next to your own creates trust from potential employers.

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