I would like to formally welcome John Antonios to the blogroll!
John is a creative, passionate, and dedicated marketing consultant. That’s straight from his website so trust me it’s true. I met John through #brandchat and have kept in touch with him ever since. He always provides a great point of view and sparks great discussions on his blog. His passion is clearly shown when he talks about what he loves, and that’s personal branding and social media.
Be sure to check out JohnAntonios.com I promise you won’t close your browser without having learned something.
I just wanted to give a warm blogroll welcome to Brook Johnston. His Marketing Man blog discusses very interesting and compelling advertisements very frequently. I discovered Brook over at AdsoftheWorld.com and have been checking his blog quite often ever since.
Honestly, I think he’s a Canadian me. With that said, I encourage all of those who love advertising or support American-Canadian partnerships to check out Brook’s blog and go say hi!
As part of my experience at Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University, I have been putting forth the effort to complete the accompanying homework assignments for each respective teacher. They took the time to share their knowledge on a specific topic, so in return I take the time to put their teachings to work and then link them to it via Twitter.
On May 19th, I completed the 3rd class on Social Media and Building Community taught by Chris Brogan. I did the assigned homework and Tweeted him with the link:
8 minutes later:
My immediate thought was *OH CRAP!* Why “Oh Crap” and not “YES!! WOOHOO!!”? I’ll show you why:
Normally, this would make for a phenomenal morning. Surely, my blog was going to receive a lot of hits from Chris’ tweets. The problem is I wasn’t ready. Sure I have good content in my blog posts, but the current state of my blog is not close to where I want it to be, yet. As soon as I saw Chris’ reply I came here and was scrambling around making tiny changes everywhere in order to make myself more presentable. I even changed my theme for a few minutes, but changed it back to the current theme after realizing I didn’t like it. Mainly, my bio page was out of date. The information displayed on my About Bryan page was from well over a year ago when this started out as more of a personal outlet and not so much a professional, career-building tool. I changed and deleted various parts of that page in order to give a better representation of who I am, what I do, and what I want to do in the future. Here’s what Chris did to my views graph that day:
This brings me to my final two points:
- Always be prepared – I was caught a little off guard as I am still in the process of creating my ideal blog/website and by not being 100% ready I may have missed out on potential opportunities. I’ve always believed that good luck comes to those who are ready to embrace it. You may know someone who seems to always catch a break and get awesome opportunities personally or professionally – but chances are they made the necessary preparations to take advantage of such opportunities when they came along.
- The Power of Twitter is Undeniable – All I did was send my homework to my teacher and my blog views per day skyrocketed (1800% increase if I did the math right). It didn’t stop there – one of Chris Brogan’s followers came to my blog, found my post that was directed to a potential internship opportunity and offered me an internship. Crazy right? You never know who’s going to find you! Prepare yourself, expand your network, then recognize and embrace all opportunities!
I believe this would be inbound marketing FTW!
Have you been hit by the Chris Brogan effect? Or has something similar happened to you because of one thing a social media giant did or said? Care to share your story?
Blogging, Networking, Social Media
While still searching for a valuable internship for this summer I came across the Merrow Sewing Machine Company. Admittedly, I have never heard of them before, and if I had, I forgot (considering I’m not part of their target audience this is understandable). However, after reviewing their website and reading some of their blog posts, I have realized how reputable this brand actually is.
In order to be the best it is wise to learn from and work with the best. This is why I have decided to apply to such an influential brand in their respective industry.
Owen and Charlie Merrow – I have put together a list of the top 10 reasons why you should look no further on your intern search:
- I will get the job done by any means necessary
- I play well with dogs (Proof: My last internship had two dogs as well and there were no bites or bruises – I’d get along with Sable & Pilot just fine)
- I am extremely interested in branding and am continuously learning about all aspects of marketing (Proof: This blog, daily check of Ads of the World.com, currently enrolled in Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing University)
- Creative: the most commonly used word others use in describing me
- I took 5 years of French in high school (per free translation.com: Je me souviens de quelque français)
- I have a strong desire to be the best; at everything
- The amount of energy I exude is not the result of energy drinks
- I have proven I can handle a large amount of responsibility (Proof: Spring 2010 semester included 5 group projects out of 6 courses and I achieved my first 4.0 semester)
- I have a lot of experience and skill in time management (Proof: Last summer I experienced smooth sailing during two simultaneous internships, working at Panera Bread, two summer courses, and AMA responsibilities)
- Have you Googled “Merrow” lately? Try it out…look around.
Just so anyone reading this understands, I sent my resume and cover letter to Mr. Owen Merrow tonight and directed them to my blog for further insight into who I am. I’m trying something different, and I hope they like it. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know how it turns out.
(Note – if you are not located in RI or MA, #10 on the list will not work for you, but it will for the Merrows)
Internship, Networking, Social Media