#JUNE6SMM

For my Twitter management I decided to host a conversation where everybody shares their favorite experiences from class and what we’ve all learned. I used the hashtag #June6SMM, and tweeted a few times prior to class just to demonstrate where i wanted the conversation to go. I tweeted about my favorite guest speaker, Pinky Gonzales, and was pleased to see others agree and even tweet their own favorite classroom experience. The conversation was pretty successful, with 7 responses not including mine. Based on my Twitter conversation I would conclude that students enjoyed MKTG199, and have learned some valuable skills.

-Dylan George

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#MAY28SMM

Our Twitter management was split up over two days for the movie Craigslist Joe. Throughout the movie our group, the Snapchat group hashtagged #May28SMM after our many tweets to engage the class in the movie. We asked people about their thoughts on Joe’s mission and if they would ever do such a thing. We didnt get many replies, but most people claimed they would not go on such a strange journey. Prior to watching Craigslist Joe we posted some information about the movie and it’s trailer to give the class an idea of what the movie was about. People in the class found the movie to be interesting and very relevant to our class. The fact that social media can keep people alive just through contacting others for help seemed to be a common topic on twitter that day. It was very interesting to interact with the class and see how they felt about the movie, all through engaging on twitter. 

-Snapchat Group

Oh Snap!

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In September of 2011, Stanford University graduates Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy released the first version of Snapchat from Spiegel’s father’s living room. What was originally a product design class project, quickly became one of the most downloaded apps for iOS and Android devices. When Spiegel presented the idea to his classmates, they had trouble believing impermanent photos would entertain users and scoffed at the idea that it would be a viable business. Snapchat is currently the 7th most downloaded app this week according to the Apple App Store.

Snapchat is a unique and innovative photo sharing app that allows the photo to disappear after a maximum of ten seconds. The current version of the app also allows users to draw and/or write on their photo, and has a video feature which allows up to ten seconds of recording. Users can send requests to add friends to their contacts from their from their phones and through Facebook.

Although the app claims that your media will be deleted after it is sent, those who receive the message are able to screenshot the image(s) or take a photo using a separate device.   According to digital forensics researcher Richard Hickman, the photos being sent through the app are not actually self-destructing, and are actually being saved on the phone. Decipher Forensics, a company in Utah have been able to recover photos from Android devices and they are looking into recovering photos from iPhone and iOS devices. Although recovering these images is not an easy task, Hickman and his colleagues warn those users who are contributing to the 150 million photos sent a day that what they think is gone forever can be found again. Controversy over what the app is being used for has also prompted debate over who should be allowed to use it. Young teens and adults are using app to send messages they believe will be gone forever, but are quickly finding how easy it is to recover the media.

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Snapchat creators believe that because the photos (supposedly) disappear, the conversation remains natural and human. They believe the interaction provided by Snapchat is close to the level of normal communication which is also ephemeral. They have included a point system to keep the users on their toes and competitive. Those users who send and receive multiple Snapchats a day rack up more points than those who do not.

Currently Snapchat does not have a way of creating revenue. However, the company has received millions in funding, and is valued at almost $70 million by Benchmark Capital. Spiegel and Murphy have stated that they have no intention of selling their company, nor do they see themselves moving out of Spiegel’s father’s living room.

Snapchat and its creators are incredibly private. Snapchat is an innovative app that has given society a new way of communicating while staying entertained. The app provides a little competition but remains humorous. It is a simple idea, but is one that always keeps users coming back for more.

Maya Florendo
@mayaflorendo

References
(1) http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/05/09/recover_deleted_snapchats_decipher_forensics_finds_sexting_app_s_privacy.html
(2) http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/425950/april-30-2013/evan-spiegel—bobby-murphy
(3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-weinstein/snapchat-privacy_b_3368994.html
(4) http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2013/disruptors/evan-spiegel_bobby-murphy.html

Sean Nelson Blog

Craigslist Joe

Sean Nelson

Due 6-4-13

Today in MKTG199SMM we finished watching the film Craigslist Joe.  The film not only was very inspirational and showed basic human generosity and trust but was  also a good insight as to the opportunities that Craigslist provides.  Not only is Craigslist Joe able to find places to sleep and food to eat, but he also took a multitude and variety of free classes and events.  This kind of variety of charity Craigslist Joe received shows to me that Craigslist is much more than a place to buy and sell things.  It is a community virtualized that reflects the traits of the actual humans in the community.  As the creator of Craigslist Craig states, Craigslist acts as a virtual flee-market.  You make connections with real people who are interested in a similar goal as you.  This can range from anything such as enjoying company on a long road trip or reaching out to a group of people who might be willing to buy something secondhand from you.

The response Craigslist Joe received from his posts made me curious what kind of things people in our local area Eugene are willing to part with for free.  I was inspired to see the kinds of charity people are willing to give on a personal scale.  Although Craigslist Joe is able to travel the world and make countless connections with extremely unique personalities, I don’t have the same luxury as my schooling requires that I stay in Eugene.  Still, I looked on Craigslist to see what I could find and came up with a few unique items I could have purely out of the kindness of the posters hearts.  The majority of the posts I came across were couches and televisions as this is a college town and with frequent moves have left students with no options other than giving away their furniture for free.  One post that stood out to me is someone who offered his service to fix plasma or LCD televisions for free.  This stood out to me because the post left little gain for him other than the well-being of those he helps.  Because this is a college campus, I also found multiple listings for rallys or protests.  These kinds of events are a place where you can make connections with like minded people.  They rely on Craigslist which shows how powerful a tool it can really be.  Craigslist Joe inspired me to see the kinds of connections I can make on this virtual flee market.  With just a little research in my local area I learned that Craigslist is a powerful connector of people and worth considering whenever you need a little help from your community.

Dylan Lochtie Blog Post

Dylan Lochtie

Previously in class we have been working with SWOT analysis to better understand how to approach marketing tactics within various industries. This information has been particularly interesting to me. I have studied SWOT analysis in other classes but in this class it takes a look at it from a marketing oriented position as opposed to business. I think that there is a lot of potential in using strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to better position yourself for the future in an industry and try to advance your marketing strategies by doing so. I like that we have learned to look at other companies strength and weaknesses in order to produce new opportunities. This aspect was somewhat new to me but once learning it made complete sense.

On another note we have also been watching the film titled “Craigslist Joe”. It shows how helpful a social network like Craigslist can be for someone who does not have other resources. The movie holds to be an interesting idea but seems to be a little off when it comes to production. Some of the legitimacy in the help that he is given is questioned; I think that many people may have offered up help and resources simply because they wanted to be in the movie. All in all the film is good for making you think but is not a great movie in the way that it was put together. I think that the movie was strange in a sense that instead of using the good will from others to help people in need it was used simply to make the movie. I think that it was a cool experiment but at the same time a little wasteful and redundant, as he was perfectly able to maintain a job the entire time or put efforts towards helping others instead of relying on others help. I realize this was all for the sake of the movie but at the same time it seemed flawed.

Presenting & Talking Tips

For starters... Don't be a close talker..

For starters… Don’t be a close talker..

By: Nate Reineke

Oh the art of being a good talker. Being able to really talk to people can seriously help you in life. A good talker makes you feel comfortable, they listen, they tell good stories, they can feel for what the person they are talking to, actually wants to and is comfortable talking about. Oh ya, and they don’t talk TO MUCH. So many things seem to come naturally to these people, these people just make you feel like you are best friends within a 5 minute conversation… Or does it come naturally?

If I am just being honest, a lot of the presentations in front of our class have been painful to watch. Then again, a lot of them have been great. And I can say that it was not the material they were presenting that separated them into one of these two categories.

Every time I saw a bad presentation, it was because they were bad talkers. They might be quiet, nervous, they might say “umm” so many times that I start counting and make it a game with myself. Then, every time I saw a good presentation, it was because the presenter was a good talker. They were happy to be talking to the class, which made me happy to hear them. They were not nervous, so I wasn’t nervous for them. They practiced, and it showed.

So I am writing this blog about how to make a good presentation, not in power point or anything like that, but how to be a speaker, regardless of what you are presenting. Also I am writing it to share how to just be a good talker in general.

The reasons I decided write on the “talking” subject, is for one, to learn how myself! I got pretty nervous about my presentation when I saw how bad some of them were. So I figured if I did some research on how to present well, it might do me some good.

It is also incredibly valuable to learn just how to relate to people and be a “good talker”. Pinky showed us in class just how far a personality can get you. Also, I think the pressure of writing about how some people did poorly might force me into putting high standards on this presentation.

So here are some tips, I’ll just rattle them off….

1.)    Be confident! If you are confident, the people listening to you will be confident in you.

2.)    Be Comfortable. Again, any emotion you show, will be mirrored by your audience. They want you to be comfortable, so they can be comfortable.

2 b.) Remember, the crowd most likely wasn’t thinking about you presenting all day like you were prior to your speech. It is not a big deal to them. Remembering this should calm the nerves a little bit.

3.)    Tell stories. Telling true stories come really natural to most people. So tell a story and get comfortable. People relate to them, and it will get the ball rolling. 

3 b.) Make fun of yourself, or your family. This, in the right setting, lets people know you don’t take yourself too seriously.

4.)    Practice. Again, it shows! 

I am over my word count… So here are some websites with more tips on how to talk in a presentation or in other parts of life!

 

Twitter: @NateReineke15

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