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Working Downtown Indy!

Anyone who knows me, knows that one of my favorite things to do is go downtown Indianapolis.  The sophisticated and fast paced lifestyle has always been intriguing to me. I always find a hidden place that I’ve never been and always meet the most fascinating Midwest people. You can usually find me somewhere on Mass Ave or a new place that opens up. If any opportunity to go downtown presents itself, I will take it. In this instance, I went to meet a handful of people to do business and network with.

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For this project, I took one of my favorite vehicles to the city, a Volkswagen Beetle (mostly to take pictures for the hashtag #BlackBeetlesInTheCity & yes, I did listen to that song on my commute). Thanks to Apple Car Play, I seamlessly bounced between my needed apps, such as Spotify, navigation, and text messages.

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To beat all the afternoon traffic, I suggest going downtown between 3:30PM-4:30PM. Once I found a parking spot, parking was super easy to do with the help of Volkswagens’ Park Pilot, which completely parked the vehicle by itself. Since, I’m very bad at parallel parking this was my favorite feature. I also use the parking app, called Parkmobile, to pay for my parking spot. That way, I don’t have to leave what I’m doing to go put money in my meter.

I could go on all day about this vehicle; it’s super stylish, safe, and is loaded with technology. I honestly thought that I would feel crammed because it’s so tiny. Surprisingly, that’s a huge myth!!! Shop for a Volkswagen Beetle, click here: LINK

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After taking pictures of the fabulous Beetle, I took some photographs of one of my favorite pre-owned Mustangs!! Here are some of my favorite shots I took. This decorative wall is located here:  LOCATION

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AND A FEW OF ME LOL.

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So to end my trip to downtown Indianapolis yesterday, I enjoyed a nice Cosmopolitan during happy hour! It’s one of my favorite drinks… when I feel like splurging. There’s nothing better than enjoying a delicious cold one after a long day at work.

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Thanks for reading!! I hope you enjoyed it!! Oh and if you need a photographer, let me know. I love doing this kind of stuff!!

Love, Kate

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8 Tips – First Year In Your Career!

So I’m super excited to say that I’ve surpassed my first year in my career. A lot has happened in this past year and I mean a lot. I could go on and on with details, but I’m not looking to bore. I want to talk about the bigger picture. Here are the eight most important lessons I learned in my first year of work!

  1. I want to stress the importance of having a mentor. Whether it be a boss, coworker, therapist, or friend, I believe it is crucial for success. Everyday new situations happen, ones that you can control and ones that you cannot. My best advice is to: Listen quickly, speak slowly, and be slow at becoming angry (James 1:19). It’s actually a proven fact, in a study done, that four out of five people with promotions had a mentor higher up within the company. Some companies have mentoring programs and some do not. They are great sources of information and career development.
  1. Make sure to keep records of everything you do in the position. Each company is different on measuring results, but for my company I had a six month and a year review. I had to pull over 300 reports, which is time consuming. It also helps you know where you stand if you stay on top of your results. It shows creativity, innovation, loyalty and commitment to the company.
  2. Be your own cheerleader. I know this can be better said than done, depending on how confident you are in yourself, but it is critical. If nobody knows the great things you are doing, nobody is going to find out for you. The only person with your best interest is you. Therefore, don’t be afraid to tell people your ideas and tell people the great things you do.
  3. Acquire new skills and knowledge. Just because you landed the job you want and are qualified for, doesn’t mean you’re irreplaceable. Therefore, I recommend always staying ahead of the rest. Learn new skills, read about new things happening in your industry, and find out what your competition is doing. Not only becoming an expert in your position, but staying current on events and trends will help you create small talk with others. You never know where a conversation could go, so it’s always good to have a great first impression.
  4. Build your network. The more people know what you do, the contributions you bring you a company, and your abilities the more your name will come up when other opportunities arise. It couldn’t be more true that the more people you know the better off you will be (that’s true in all aspects of life IMO).
  5. If you feel like you can handle it, ask for more responsibilities. People will admire your work ethic, which will increase your value within the organization. I believe you can learn something from every situation you are in. At the end of everyday, I reflect on my day and think about how I can be better. If you think there are no opportunities available, create your own. Look for parts of the business that has been neglected and find ways to make it better.
  6. Be a team player. Nowadays, you might have to rely on others to get certain jobs done. Do your best to be professional in difficult discussions. Therefore, try to find a reasonable compromise when disagreements arise. Team members can also help you find mistakes in your work that you didn’t notice and there is nothing wrong with positive criticism! Teams also make celebrating successes even more fun, so that’s a plus!
  7. Last but not least is most important. Be a problem solver. Problem solvers get promoted not complainer. When a problem arises try to fix it yourself first. Come up with all possible solutions and weigh your pros and cons. If you need to go to your boss, have at least one solution to present. Always try to be professional and dependable as possible.

Love,

Kate

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Zero to Sixty

Every Monday, I compile news stories from our 12 brands at the nation wide level. I pick ones that are most important and condense them into 60 second scripts. Then I memorize the lines and say them on camera. Here are a few of my favorite episodes.

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Social Media Influencers

Importance of Social Media Influencers:

1. Wide and Loyal Audience

Social media influencers generally have a large Twitter following, long Facebook friends list or heavy blog traffic which means that through them you can reach a wide audience. If they mention your brand name, talk about it or retweet or share your posts, they are amplifying your brand communication.

2. Good Networks

Influencers build good networks. Their contacts engage in conversations or discussions on the various subjects the influencers post about, which can lead to more brand building. Not just that, they share or retweet these posts which means that your audience multiplies, increasing your visibility. Also, through them you can identify other influential people as well, who are a part of their audience. They can in turn influence their own audience’s opinion of your brand.

3.    Content

In a survey conducted by Vocus and Brian Solis, 62% of the respondents said that they follow an influencer because of the content they create. Quality content is crucial to any marketing campaign. And Influencers can create great content that would easily strike a chord with the audience, and reduce the work for you. They might even come up with creative ideas for content marketing that your brand itself did not think of. Some post reviews of your products and services, its features, quality etc., some write stories related to your brand, so on and so forth.

4.   Credibility

Another important factor that contributes to their large following is credibility. In the same survey, 51% of the respondents said that they follow an influencer because they consider them as opinion leaders and 40% follow them because of their relationship with the influencer.

5.    New Trends & Insights

Influencers are usually aware of the latest trends of the evolving social media platforms. They tend to be among the first to try these new trends, to discover new platforms to reach and engage with their audience. Through them, you too can get acquainted with such new ideas and employ them to interest prospective customers. And seeing as they are experts in the field, you could gain deeper insights about your industry from them.

http://www.germin8.com/blog/5-reasons-social-media-influencers-important/