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13 Ways to Land your Dream Internship in Marketing, PR, and Social Media

May 20, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

Summer time is here! In Texas this means hot summers, ice-tea, swimming pools, and barbecue. It also means lots of student and graduates are looking for internships. As resumes fill my inbox, and I find myself dispensing advice more often than usual, a blog post on the topic seems fitting. 1) Re-do the Resume – As a student, I never understood it. My resume looked JUST like the template provided by the career center. Big mistake! As an employer, I hate seeing such resumes. Tweak your resume for each position. If you can’t take 30 minutes to do that, then don’t consider applying for that position. You don’t want it badly enough. 2) Beef up your LinkedIn Profile -Before you ask your parents and their friends to forward your resume, think twice. Instead, beef up your LinkedIn profile. Now, give the profile address to your network. Make it easy for… read more

St. Gallen Symposium – Switzerland, Chocolate, and Lessons on Entrepreneurship

May 5, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

“Super! Danke. Ciao.” – That is my chosen foreign phrase around here. I am in St. Gallen in Switzerland for the Leaders of Tomorrow Symposium. Every year, 200 young leaders are invited to join the symposium to discuss entrepreneurship. This is the 40th year, and I was honored to receive an invitation. Over 46 countries are represented. This is a two day “pre-programme”, then the actual symposium with today’s leaders starts. Today was the 2nd day. Here is a recap of my two days here so far. Day 1 – I landed in Zurich at 8:30 am. That would be about 1:30 AM Dallas time, so I was extremely jet lagged. After quickly refreshing in one of the airport bathrooms, I decided to buy a pre-paid SIM card for an unlocked phone so I could make and accept emergency calls. There are two big carriers in Zurich – Sunrise and Yellow…. read more

Win a Free Social Media Strategy Session with Shama

April 13, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

I can’t BEGIN to tell you how excited I am. As many of you know, I’ve worked really hard on my first book – The Zen of Social Media Marketing: An Easier Way to Build Credibility, Generate Buzz and Increase Revenue. Well -it is FINALLY here! Amazon has released it and so have bookstores across the country. The BUZZ is building! – I debuted it on Good Morning Texas last week. – FastCompany.com wrote a review of it here: http://bit.ly/fastcompanyshama – I am on the COVER of this month’s Online Strategies Magazine: http://www.onlinestrategiesmag.com/ Now, I need your help because I couldn’t have gotten this far without your support. Here is how you can help: 1) Order your copy if you haven’t already done so. You can grab it online at http://www.ZenofSocialMedia.com or at Amazon: http://amzn.to/zsmmbook 2) Contact your local bookstore and library to make sure they get a copy. 3)… read more

21 Businesses You Can Start in a Refugee Camp

March 31, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

On my drive back home yesterday, I was listening to a fabulous segment on NPR about how the people in Haiti refugee camps have taken to starting businesses in their tents. Astonishing, isn’t it? That business can thrive, and often does, in the direst of circumstances. It got my brain going – and I made a list of 21 businesses someone can start in a refugee camp. 1) Food & Water – Back to the basics. Food and clean water are rare in camps, and FAIR PRICED vendors who can provide fundamental supplies win. 2) Fortune Telling –Read palms or tarot cards for fun? No matter the time or place –people are always eager to know their fortunes. 3) Entertainment – Rescued a Television set? Or put together some hand puppets? Diversion is a valuable commodity during tough times. 4) Beauty Salon – Men still need haircuts and many women… read more

Why Good Trumps Great: The Evolution of Business

March 10, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

If I could call this post a manifesto, I would. And, perhaps it is just that. This mini manifesto is written for all business owners and at-heart entrepreneurs. This past weekend, I attended a dinner hosted by good friend and colleague Suzanne Falter Barns. Tim Kelley spoke at the dinner about the old vs. new paradigm of business, and the thirty of us present chimed in. The main message: Greed is Out. Purpose is In. The businesses of the past focused solely on growth. But, today’s landscape is different. Growth is a small percent of what makes a company truly great. A small company can rule supreme (in terms of profits and brand loyalty). Bigger is no longer better. Better is. Umair Haque, blogger for the Harvard Business Review (and my recent professional crush!) wrote this: “Hypercompetition — and hypercollaboration — is accelerating. The people formerly known as consumers are… read more

7 Ways to Make an Event More Memorable

March 5, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

Just got back yesterday from speaking at the Social Business Bootcamp in Dallas. See me smiling in the picture? It was a great event, and it got me thinking about what makes an event truly memorable. Event planners and conference hosts, take note. 1) Don’t overlook a great MC. A Master of Ceremonies is often an afterthought for many events, but the MC sets the mood. And, a good one makes the whole event better. Couch surfing Ori was the MC yesterday and his humor really helped the audience relax. A good MC will make the speaker’s job easier. 2) Loan out video (point and shoot) and digital cameras to the participants. At the end, collect them back and put the content online. It is a great way to engage the crowd and see the event from many perspectives. 3) Choose a Twitter hashtag beforehand. Make sure all the participants… read more

Why No One Will Fan Your Facebook Fan Page

March 4, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

Let’s face it. Your fan page is the equivalent of the party in college that no one wanted to attend.  Sure, your mom and best friend may be your fans. They may fan your auto shop or financial services consulting page on Facebook. But, for the most part – no one else will. People Fan Pages Based on Their OWN Identities. I learned this lesson in graduate school while researching for my thesis. People don’t join groups or fan pages because of you or what you offer. They join because of them. Facebook is the ultimate mirror. We create profiles that reflect who we are as human beings. We fan pages based on how they fit into our image of ourselves. See yourself as a neighborhood proud soccer mom? You will probably fan the local farmer’s market page. See yourself as a technology and book lover? You will probably fan… read more

How to Build Offline Relationships with Bloggers

March 1, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to a dinner party hosted by Bing – yes, the search engine. Bing invited 13 Dallas bloggers to a great Dallas restaurant to demonstrate their search engine. I’ve attended a few events where companies strive to connect with bloggers. Tres Generaciones did a good job, and so did Bing. In fact, we (at the Marketing Zen group) have also hosted events on behalf of clients who want to connect with key local influencers. I find that all these events have five key elements. 1) FOOD. Is there anything more universally pleasing? Food is a great incentive to attract people. Good food gets people talking. And really good food makes them want to stay. What can I say? If you want bloggers to take time out of their busy schedule and attend your event, be sure to have food. (I hate eating in… read more

What Parents Must Know about Kids and Social Media

February 22, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

I usually speak on social media as it relates to marketing, but I often run into parents who ask me how they should handle social media as it relates to their kids. So, I wanted to share a few tips. Now, I am not a parenting expert. I don’t have kids yet (unless you count Snoopy the dog). But, I do know a fair amount about social media. And, high school isn’t (yet) a distant memory. Here is what I think parents MUST know about social media. 1) Admission Counselors are Looking. Heck – camp counselors are looking! I know employers are looking – I speak to them on a regular basis. You have to explain to your kids that their status updates are not for their friends’ eyes only. You have to teach them that a diary is personal. The internet is not. Kids these days (for the most… read more

Google Buzz? That Stings!

February 18, 2010 - Posted by Shama Kabani

After tons of emails asking me about my thoughts on Google Buzz, I thought I’d share them here. Google Buzz is a VERY bad idea. Why? 1) Google should stick to what they do best – SEARCH. They could have focused on making their search better (especially with Bing at the heels). They could have indexed Facebook and Twitter so well that people used Google to find their friends to connect with on Facebook. But it didn’t. It focused on social networking. 2) Facebook should NOT allow Google access to its content. David Coursey made some excellent points about this in his PC World article. 3) Google could be in serious trouble for breaking privacy policies. People use gmail! Lets use that information to create a social networking site. Bad move. A lot of people didn’t appreciate an “instant” social network using email contacts. Email contact base does NOT equal… read more

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