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Week 3 Reflection-Kristen Nosky

During the third week of class we learned and discussed the following items:

  • Google Analytics: Our professor signed us into a Google Analytics account and explained how marketing campaigns were organized and what type of analytics are measured through this service.
  • Content Posting Platforms: We discussed different platforms that can be used to post to either one or multiple Facebook pages. Services included: Hootsuite, HubSpot, Yext and Vendasta.
  • Our class discussed weather we think digital marketing is strategic or tactical. I think digital marketing is strategic because if you thoroughly think through how to implement a digital marketing plan, there will be objectives, strategies and tactics.
  • During this class we also discussed each of the communities that we had found online and different benefits that the community offered.
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“Somthing…..D.-O.-O. Economics” (Anyone….Anyone?)

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DOH!

Not sure about you, but I can count myself amongst the many other young Americans who graduated school, entering the “adult” world of employment and “personal independence” without much beyond a very basic understanding of personal finance.  The subject was never taught in our high school.  That strikes me as odd, because of how much a lack of practical knowledge can make or break huge chunks of time for most of us.  I recall maybe one out of ten of my friends ever truly seemed to have a comfortable grip on their finances.  The rest of us didn’t know enough to care and didn’t care enough to know.  And maybe the subject would have been as hard to sit through as any other class.

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Gotta be fresh

I do remember feeling more than a little nervous when I got my first credit card, car loan, and apartment.  I considered many things when I made these purchasing decisions….color, price, location, were all important factors.  Yet alarmingly absent was any consideration for long term financial implications.  Back then deciding which happy hour to attend was clearly the higher priority.

No agenda, great advice

That’s where reddit’s personal finance subreddit comes in.  Content is there for everyone, but many of the questions come from young adults in the midst of major life-changing decisions that could make, or break their next ten years.  These souls don’t want to pay for a service or listen to a financial adviser talk to them about a 401k plan.  They just want to hear practical advice from someone who has personal knowledge about their specific situation.  “Can I make this work for me, or not?”  r/personalfinance’s ability to facilitate questions and generate logical and believable answers makes this community highly valuable if you still feel like you slept through your high school’s “personal-finance-day”.

Is My Husband Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor?

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If you haven’t heard of “the tool man,” you might not be familiar with the famous 90’s t.v. show starring the accident-prone handyman Tim Taylor. His character, while knowledgeable about tools, was a little overly confident when it came to home improvement projects, usually ending in some disastrous way.  Do you have a Tim in your life?

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It’s okay, I’ve got the solution!

Meet Hometalk, which is an online community for sharing home improvement tips and tricks. Not all of us can afford to hire contractors, or bear to bother the handy neighbor one more time.  This is where Hometalk members (homeowners, bloggers, and professionals) come to the rescue.

How does it work?

  • Sign up using your Facebook account or an email address.  It takes less than a minute.
  • Select your interests so the home page can be personalized.
  • Browse around the well organized site.  Search by popular topics, or type in something specific.
  • Find inspiration and advice by other DIY folks and professionals who have posted.
  • Comment, clip (save), and share your favorite finds.
  • If you want to learn more about Hometalk before joining, watch their informative video ‘Welcome to Hometalk!‘ which gives a quick overview of the site.

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I need a professional.

If you just can’t DIY and if hiring a professional is in your budget, Hometalk can help.  Just type a name or industry into the search, for instance “plumber.”  All the plumbers in your area on Hometalk will appear in the results.

How is this an online community?  

Online communities often consist of people who share similar interests, hobbies, goals, lifestyles, etc.  A person joins because they benefit from the discussion.

  • Do you enjoy DIY home improvement projects?
  • Do you have a specific one you’re working on?
  • Do you need advice, help, and inspiration?
  • Do you want a professional?

Then Hometalk is the perfect online community for you to be a part of.