Online Updates: Nov 14-18, 21-23 (2011) at CCG

15 Jan

These past few weeks, I sent out a lot of emails to clients about their support teams, and I updated our intern position advertisements in hopes that more people will apply for our positions. We have been looking to fill positions in preparation for the new year ahead of us. I have also been working on setting up social media profiles for us in the major search engines, as we have gotten a new business address.

I started to update our online presence, both our internship advertisements and our search engine profiles, because if you do not have up to date information in easy to locate places, nobody is going to find you. Adding details and specifics to our hiring advertisements would help potential interns find our posts; for example, I updated our location to our newer office, so potential interns in the new area would be more likely to apply. I also added a few sentences to the description to give more details as to what the job entails, so our position would be more likely to appear in searches.

Because we got a new business address, it was also extremely important to update our business address on the major search engines. I created accounts for us on Google Places, Yahoo! Local, and Bing Business Portal, so the search engines would be able to find our current location. Also, if potential clients were to search for consulting in our area, they would be more likely to locate us.

Response: Text messaging is NOT the new email

12 Jan Students Texting and Emailing

I was reading the article “Text messaging – Is it the new email?” written by Rob Whent on The Windsor Star, and because I was expected to sign up to comment on the article, I decided that I would just respond here instead.

Whent discusses the idea that there are so many different ‘text messaging’ programs out there that he loses track of which messages are sent from where, and that email has lost its effectiveness because of all of the spam. He also brings up the fact that his son uses text messaging more than email: while these may be observations, I disagree that text messaging could ever replace email.

There is a huge difference in my mind between text messaging and emailing. I will agree and say that, like Whent’s son, I never use email for my friends, because email is more of a professional medium for school or work. I would never send a text message to one of my professors, that’ involves knowing their personal phone number and that’s just weird. In an email, I would expect to see grammatically correct paragraphs, while with a SMS or MMS text message I see run-ons and autocorrect mishaps.

Emails also are so much more than a simple message. Emails can contain videos, links, files – while text messages are just a quick exchange of words. I find it hard to see text messages replacing email because text messaging is simply not capable of exchanging all of that so easily. I need a computer if I want to respond to a work email, just because of all of the other attachments that need to be included.

The author of the article also addresses the various other programs he uses, such as instant messaging systems. I would just like to take a quick note to point out that instant messaging is also different from text messaging. While closer to email, instant messaging is now capable of sending documents similar to emails, but at a seemingly quicker rate because both parties tend to be present while instant messaging. Instant messaging anticipates a quicker response, while emails are usually expected to be read and responded to later. I still see text messaging as strictly that: text. I do not expect plain text to replace the capabilities of emails anytime soon.

This article also states ” email continues to lose its effectiveness as a communication tool”, which I completely disagree with. A tool’s effectiveness is controlled by its user. It depends on the individual to make its use efficient. In conclusion, I would like to address the author’s biggest concerns with email, and how to fix those issues:

  • “I get over 250 spam emails every day and constantly have to check my junk folder for emails that may have been sent there accidently. ” Don’t sign up for so many email subscriptions! Email addresses are so easy to create these days – I suggest creating separate emails for personal life and work life. I have an email that I use for work correspondence, to make sure I do not miss any messages from my boss or from clients. Then, I have a personal email for my blog notifications, newsletters, and coupons. I personally unsubscribe from an email list the second I get unwanted emails; if one stays on top of their emails, they do not need to worry about continuous spam in the future. Or, get one email for work, one email for friends and family, and another email for subscriptions. You won’t get spam if you don’t send your email out to random websites!
  • “My son is 19 and very rarely uses email – he and his friends all text each other.” I’m 18, and I use email all the time. I will admit using texting for friends, but I have work and school that I use my email for. Just because you have a phone does not mean you should give up your email address. Email addresses are still important to have, even if rarely used for personal reasons. Your son isn’t going to be texted his job offers.
  • “[texts are] very difficult to organize, store and retrieve messages that are important or worth saving” Again, I would not send my important messages through text anyway, as that usually appears unprofessional. It is similar to the idea of getting a promise in writing. If you want an agreement to be kept, you have to have it written. If you want your messages to be stored, then you should send them through email. I don’t want all of my text messages to be saved. While I love my friends, I’m not going to read our back-and-forth smiley faces in the future.
  • ” I have to search through these various systems trying to find a message that I know I sent to someone” Keeping all work related communication through email, all friend related conversation through Skype, and all family notices in text messages can help organize that. Not everyone is going to register for a ThisInstantMessanger account, so it is better to stick to the generic tools and only use a particular tool for a particular group of people. This way, in your mind you know where to look first.

As an 18 year old university student, I do not see what the big deal is. Text messaging and emailing are completely different; and text messaging will most certainly not replace email anytime soon.

Emailing on your phone instead of your computer? Well, that is another post.

Independent Training: Nov 7-11 (2011) at CCG

11 Jan

This week at CCG included working on an Operations Manual, a Potential Clients Presentation, Team Introductions, and database training. Because at CCG & Associates Consulting we operate as an online company, our team members can be located anywhere because their work is done remotely. We use an online database to keep track of all of the company files, and to allow our team to access client related information from their own computers at home. This week, I would like to touch on the idea of using ‘on-your-own training’ for employees or interns.

To be honest, I came up with the idea of self-training in order to avoid setting up a specific time to have a phone call, and dedicating a set amount of time to complete the training. The database training system that I came up with included a bullet-ted list of tasks the intern was required to complete; because we were training them to use our online database, tasks included creating a message, responding to a post, leaving a comment on a file, editing a document, etc. The training system included instructions on how to go about completing these tasks, and in the end we were able to check and see proof that the intern had completed the required steps.

While this checklist method of training is a huge time saver for the instructor, because unless the employee has questions, the instructor is not required to dedicate a mutual time to be present, but this type of training allows the company to assess whether the employee is self-motivated (by seeing how quickly they complete the training on their own time) or good at following directions (following the set list). This independence training, for our type of company, is a great way to predict how well an intern will do when working with us.


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