More Like “Oh Brother”…

Have you ever had someone do something wrong, and then when you confront them for it, they get upset? Well, that is exactly what happens in an episode of Big Brother.

Big Brother is a television show where a group of people get put into a house together for a whole summer and they try to win $500,000. The houseguests are not allowed to leave the house or communicate with anyone outside of the house. Each week, the houseguests vote to evict someone out of the house. There is a jury at the end that gets to decide who wins the half a million-dollar prize.

For this blog post, I will be talking about a disagreement from season 19, which is the most recent season. This dispute was between Josh and Mark. They were in the backyard playing pool. There was a bet between the two, that whoever lost had to drink a cup of pickle juice and hot sauce. As the game was getting closer to the end, Josh would make noises whenever Mark was trying to hit the pool balls. Whenever it was Josh’s final turn, he was trying to hit in the eight-ball and scratched the ball, this means that he hit the ball twice. Because Josh hit the ball twice, he should have lost the game and should have had to drink the pickle juice and hot sauce. Josh got all worked up whenever all the other houseguests said that he scratched the eight-ball. So whenever Mark was supposed to drink the pickle juice and hot sauce, he threw it in Josh’s face. Josh got super upset that he did that and Mark said it was because he technically won, and not Josh. Josh then goes inside and gets some ketchup and mayonnaise to throw in Mark’s face. This causes a huge argument to break out between the two of them.

While all of that happens, production does not step in to do anything. There is a fight later on in the season that production does have to come onto the speakers and have them separate.

The communications problems that occurred with this disagreement was that the two guys were both yelling. Neither one of them were trying to sit down and have a conversation about it like adults would.

If there were two people, that worked in the same department as each other, that were yelling and screaming at each other, I would have them separate and take a moment to themselves. I would then have the two workers go meet with the human resource manager. The human resource manager would then need to find a different department for one of them to work in, so that the two weren’t working together anymore. If the two can’t get along, then work won’t be done as fast because they would be arguing the majority of the time.

 

Author: J.C. Ruble

Marketing with Video & How to Rise Above the Noise

Your average scroll through your social media feed will only confirm what we’ve known about the human species since… well, ever: visuals grab our attention. We know this so well that we sometimes have to remind ourselves not to fall for it (i.e. “don’t judge a book by its cover”). But with this natural pull in mind, it’s no surprise that video is increasingly becoming the go-to marketing method, particularly on social media.

So, how do you use video to your advantage? And how can you stand out from the crowd?

The truth is, you have to treat video content how you’d treat everything else (written content, photo content, etc.). It can be easy to only think of a video as a stand-alone piece of marketing – and complete videos with a full story (news stories, commercials, interviews, etc.) can be just that – but just like the right photo, passage, or tagline, video can also be implemented as part of a larger picture. For instance, many business websites have begun to implement video directly on their landing pages, either as background imagery or as featured sections of the site (think of testimonials). As a result, businesses are seeing better conversion rates, as well as other benefits. [For more ideas on how companies are using video, click here.]

I must admit, I purchased a piano keyboard precisely because of effective video (and I’m ashamed to say that I don’t use it often enough).

If you don’t have seven minutes to spare, I’ll sum up the content. A keyboard connoisseur, if you will, spends the entirety of the video discussing his collection, and eventually plays the Williams keyboard. Only around the 5:15 mark does the video actually address the product. It seems lengthy, but in reality the video creates a purposeful and strong build-up of credibility in the musician that leads to a trustworthy conclusion about the instrument. It’s a strong testimonial, and it does better to display the capabilities (and quality) of the instrument than any short demo could do.

Why did this work on me? Because it resonated. The video was of a high quality (which reflects back on the quality of the product), they knew their audience (customers who were unsure of the quality of the product for the price), and it was genuine. The musician’s delight of the quality of the instrument mirrored the company’s desire to share it with customers, and it made the purchase of the keyboard more of a buy-in to their passion for music as a whole.

Viewers want to know that you care about whatever product, idea, etc. you’re trying to sell them, and that needs to be evidenced by the production quality of your video content. Does your video need to be able to win a short film fest? No. Do viewers need to be able to clearly hear dialogue of an interviewee (for example) rather than a blaring backing track? I’d wager so. (Will I continue to use lots of questions? Probably. Please bear with me.)

Now that we know what makes video content worth watching, surely the next question is how to stand out when everyone will inevitably be pushing video content. Some experts suggest keeping up with trends and tailoring your message, but I personally wouldn’t focus on trends (especially if that feels untrue to your brand). Chasing trends can lead you astray from your brand – or at least lead to eye rolls (or worse) from the very audience you are trying to attract. (Surely a quick search can provide examples of Twitter hashtags gone wrong.)

The honest answer is that if it resonates, people will spread it. If a viewer takes the time to watch something and ends up feeling it wasn’t worth their time, they won’t be checking out the next one. However, quality content that is engaging and satisfying will lead to its spread. If viewers connect with it, they are likely to share it with friends. After all, what’s better: reaching a wide audience for a short time with one topical post, or building a reputation amongst friend groups, peer groups, communities, etc.?

Finally, in a world of click-bait, don’t be that guy (or girl). If you have quality content that stands alone, give it the headline/title/caption it deserves.

If any of this is starting to sound applicable to social media in general, that’s because it is. While video is rising in popularity and setting competitors apart from those who aren’t up to speed, the audience is the same. We’re still visual creatures. The same rules apply.

And we can still see through disingenuous crap.

 

By Amber Schadenfroh, Business Major – IUPUC

As a part-time student, Amber is aiming to graduate with dual concentrations in Marketing and Management. While most creative fields garner her interest, she most aspires to someday work in the film industry.

 

Actions speak louder than words

A famous proverb reads “actions speak louder than words” but what exactly does that mean? The proverb is referring to nonverbal communication specifically. Research has proven that we are communicating more and more through nonverbal means.  However what even is nonverbal communication? Nonverbal communication is the act of conveying a thought, feeling, or idea through Gestures, Posture, facial expressions, and eye contact. An example of nonverbal communication dealing with gestures is waving, pointing, and using fingers to indicate numeric amounts. Gestures are commonly used in courtrooms by lawyers in order to sway juror opinions. Posture is also another common way we communicate nonverbally an example of this is  Arm/ leg crossing. Posture can indicate feelings and attitudes. Another way we communicate nonverbally is through facial expressions. So much information can be gathered about a person when looking at their facial expression. This is the first thing we notice about a person even before they speak. You can tell a persons mood by the look their face. For example if they are happy they will probably be smiling and if they are angry they will be frowning. The good thing about nonverbal communication through facial expression is throughout the world facial expression relatively mean the same thing.  Finally eye contact is another way that we communicate nonverbally. Examples of this include eye glazing over and rolling of the eyes. Everyone takes nonverbal communication in differently so that is what we need to be aware of when doing it.

We use nonverbal communication in conjunction with verbal communication to repeat, emphasize, support, or contradict the verbal message that was stated. One way it can be used to our advantage is complementing a verbal message by adding to its meaning.  Another way nonverbal communication can be used is to help people who are mentally or physically impaired.  Nonverbal communication specifically helps out deaf people through the movement of hands, fingers, eyes. Finally nonverbal communication can be used to our advantage by reducing wastage of time. Non verbal communication message can reach the receiver very fast.

While there are some advantages of nonverbal communication there are also some disadvantages. One disadvantage is nonverbal communication can sometimes be vague. Since no words are used which can clarify the meaning it can be difficult to figure out what someone meant by their non verbal communication. No dictionary can accurately describe someone means of non verbal communication. Another disadvantage is it is multi-channeled. For example if you are watching someones eyes you may miss a significant hand gesture, which may make it confusing  to try to keep up with everything.   Another disadvantage of Nonverbal communication is it is cultural bound. An example of this is thumbs up which means good job here in the United States, however in other culture this is seen as obscene gesture. Finally distortion of information is a disadvantage of Nonverbal communication. People commonly misinterpret peoples body language for example.

Nonverbal communication can be an excellent way to communicate with others if used correctly. However in order to be a more successful communicator we need both equal amounts of non verbal and verbal communication.

Closing the Age Gap

If I had a dollar every time my grandparents asked me how to use Facebook, fix their phone, or even how to send a text with a picture attached, I’d be rich. In today’s society of ever-evolving technology, the baby boomers seem to have a much steeper learning curve than the millennials.

The communication style between these two generations is drastically different for many reasons. One of which being that the technology that is available today is very different than the technology that was available in the 1970s/1980s. Many millennials have grown up communicating through texts and snapchats instead of through outdated letters and phone calls. Baby boomers would not be able to figure out snapchat and can barely figure out how to text. Most of them would much rather call if they need to talk or reach someone. Although these two styles of communication are much different, the same idea is behind each form of communication and the same goal is achieved, just in a different way.

Another big difference between baby boomers and millennials is cell phone usage. Today, it is becoming more and more acceptable to carry a conversation through text, while also carrying a conversation in person. If you have ever tried to even send just one text while talking to a baby boomer, you most likely received a dirty look, or a snarky remark about your phone. To them, the act of even just checking your phone while carrying a casual conversation can come across as extremely disrespectful.

Even though at times the communication styles between these two age groups seems to be drastically different, the one thing we all have in common is all generations have a need for human interaction. No matter the form.

 

Emma Sanders

Psychology Major at IUPUC

Google’s Image

Google’s Brand Image

 

Google’s brand image, they used in creating Google, was to figure out a way to display information that is easily accessible. Google put this brand image of simplicity and effectiveness into action when they built the Google search engine. The Google search engine finds important individual pages on the World Wide Web, and then links these important individual pages to the users.

Google represents its brand image through new design, as well as innovation of new methods of user interface. Google loves to use color to attract its user. From the bright blue carpet in the middle of its first headquarters, to the traditional red, yellow, and green logo, color and design are important to Google.

Communication through technology is Google’s way of penetrating the marketplace, and this has worked out very well for it. Google now employs more than 60,000 employees worldwide and is known for other products besides the Google search engine, such as Youtube and Android.

A business lesson that we can learn from Google, is that we should remain innovative and keep finding new ways to appeal to consumers through accessibility and effectiveness.

Sources:

https://www.google.com/intl/en/about/our-story/

https://design.google/library/evolving-google-identity/

By: Hugh Hamill, Business Administration Major- IUPUC

Bernie Sanders

One’s upbringing has a significant impact on how you view the world and what you think is morally right and wrong.  Bernie Sanders is the epitome of this.  Bernie was born September 8th, 1941 in Brooklyn, NYC.  His father was a Polish immigrant and his mother’s parents were also Polish immigrants.  Both sides of his family were Jewish, so he was raised as such.  Bernie’s older brother stated that during their childhood, they never went without food or clothing, but bigger purchases, such as a curtain or a rug, were difficult to afford.  Bernie was also raised witnessing the horrors of WW2.

After growing up during WW2, having parents who were Polish immigrants, being raised Jewish, and growing up in the lower middle class all created Bernie’s frame of reference.  He learned from an early age to empathize with minorities and the lesser privileged.  This is highlighted when you look at Bernie’s political stances.  He aims for equality for all.  He is also very passionate when it comes to immigration laws.  Bernie experienced childhood differently than most children.  He was exposed to situations that most people aren’t even aware of and from that, drives his passion when it comes to his political ideals.

Jessica Wagers

Psychology Major @ IUPUC

 

Business Survival

 

Social media is what our world revolves around today. For some, it is the guide to survival, or the “easy” way out of a lot of things. Social media plays a reminder to some everyday lives, and even helps others get jobs, (as well as lose them). Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad things that come with social media, as well as good. Social media is the key to business survival. Think about it, what if one was to open a business and chose not to use social media versus someone who did the opposite. Who do you think would get a bigger crowd? How would the public know about this new company without ideal advertisement? Things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, Indeed, and many others are what helps a lot of people out. Take me for example, I am currently interviewing for a position that I located on Indeed, which is a website that posts several job openings for anyone to apply.

 

Personally, I think that Facebook is the most important for business, only because I know of some people who have grown into something very big and very well-known just by posting promotions, advertisements, and so on. Twitter is also a very helpful site for a lot of businesses. I personally do contests on there sometimes that other companies are hosting. The only downfall about Twitter is that you are limited to how many characters you can post at one time.

 

Instagram is my favorite, only because I feel like it is very easy to track what a company is all about through their pictures and updates.

 

In conclusion, I personally find these websites helpful. They all give businesses an idea of what a person is like before they bring them into their company. They also help promote and help businesses grow. Everyone is big into technology now, so it truly is a key factor to be a technology-friendly business in today’s world.

 

Why Barack Obama is Who He Is

Everyone has a past and everyone has childhood upbringings. Some were enjoyable and some were terrible. Does our upbringing impact our frame of reference as well as our communication style? In my opinion, yes, it does. Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United State of America, is no different. Let me give you some background on his upbringing. Obama did not have an ideal upbringing. He was raised mostly by his grandparents. His father walked out on him and his mother at the age of two to attend Harvard University. His father was a very intellectual person; however, he did not come back to visit Obama until he was ten years old. Obama grew up in poverty for much of his young life. He moved to Indonesia at a young age and saw much poverty there and a couple of years later moved back to his birth place of Hawaii. Raised by his grandparents most of his life, Obama attended a private school by scholarships where his grandparents encouraged him in his studies. In the private school, there were only a few African-Americans students enrolled. In private schools, this was still a time where it was uncommon for African Americas and whites to go to school together, so there was a lot of bullying. After high school graduation Obama attended college in LA, transferred to Columbia, and ended up going to Harvard Law School.

 All this impacted Obama because as he started working in Illinois, he was focused on helping people get a better education, helping low-income families, and working towards equal rights. His passions were coming from what he had seen as a child and how he was raised in his home. He wanted to help the less fortunate as well as others. He valued education and healthcare. I believe he was deeply influenced by his upbringing. As his knowledge grew, he realized he enjoyed public speaking. As he communicated, he could be one with his audience and be able to help them understand what he was speaking about. He used his stories so people could draw a picture and be able to understand his message. Once people understood his message he moved to what he wanted to change using uses encouraging energy and passion so that his audience would feel the same way. In 2004 the world really got to know who Barack Obama was in his Keynote speech, a very well-spoken speech, that changed his life by making him be an upcoming star for the Democratic party. He used his upbringing to relate to others and to make others relate to him.

In conclusion, how and where you grow up makes a difference in your life. It impacts your frame of reference. Your communication style is also influenced by this because of your experiences. Think about how you communicate with others and how that relates to how you grew up?

 Sources:

 Kennedy, Edward. The American Journey of Barack Obama. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2008.print.

 Remnick, David. The Bridge. New York: Alfred Publishing Company, 2010.print.

 Garrow, David. Rising Star. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.print.

 

By: Liz Hall, Nuclear Medicine Major – IUPUC

 

Trump and Social Media

Social media is a great platform to get your voice heard, but you always have to be careful of your audience. It is easy to go and make posts without thinking about the possible repercussions that could follow your actions. Over the time president trump has become a political figure, I have been following his social media. I have always been a firm believer that there is a fine line with professionalism when it comes to social media and it goes without saying that some our presidents tweets from his personal twitter account have been more than questionable. Our presidents tweets have gone as far as to be a form of cyber bullying. He has called people various names such as; clown, dummy, phony, dopey, and even called senator Rand Paul a spoiled brat. Someone who represents our nation should act more professional than what our president has.

I feel as the president of the united states, your social media posts should be supportive and full of words and advice for your followers. Many of the tweets I have seen trump post have been rude and somewhat disrespectful in very unnecessary situations. If he has issues with other peoples views and actions they have made, there are more mature ways to hand the situations rather than bash on social media.

In the grand scheme of things I have noticed that as he has moved along with his presidency, his social media has seemed to move toward a more professional account and that gives me hope for better posts from our president.

By: Jordan Johnson, Business Major IUPUC

Why Marvel should bring back the Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four are Marvel’s first family of Silver Age superheroes. Created by legendary comic book writer Stan Lee and published on November 8th, 1961, this series also saved his career. He was wanting to leave the comic book industry, but thanks to a new assignment from his publisher and a confidence boost from his late wife, Joan, he created the Fantastic Four in response to DC Comic’s Justice League.
My name is Mark Murry. I’m a 25-year-old college student at IUPUC, and I’m very passionate about superheroes. When I was a little boy, superheroes were one of the things that got me through my struggle with my autism. The Fantastic Four is a personal favorite comic book series of mine. Yes, in the world of social change, shouldn’t we have superheroes that represent what being a family truly means?
By Mark Murry, English Major – IUPUC.

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