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SMX West 2015 Preview

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SMX West happens March 3-5, 2015, and is packed with valuable search marketing sessions. In fact, attending the conference I wish I could clone myself to attend two sessions at a time in some cases. The event has as many as FIVE tracks at one time at some points and does a great job of going in depth in areas of SEO, PPC, local, social, mobile, and more.   Read More…


5 Tips For Landing A Digital Marketing Job Out Of College

Voltage KCI’ve recently had discussions with college students & recent grads about what it takes to get a position at an online marketing agency right out of college. When I graduated college, I had plenty of internship experience, but little in digital marketing. I had an executive assistant position for two years and learned so many important skills, but I longed to be in the digital realm. Luckily, a company took a chance with me because of my ample experience with social media and Mailchimp from one of my internships. Looking back, here are five things I would have done to land a digital marketing job right out of college:

1. Get Google Analytics Certified

It takes effort, but I guarantee you’ll stand out from other candidates with this qualification. By getting certified, you’ll be able to leverage Google Analytics within any organization you apply for. Interviewers will see you’re serious about a job in digital marketing and will be able to jump right in. Another bonus? The test is now free! Make sure to study for the test through Analytics Academy.

2. Find an Internship(s), Learn Everything

I can’t stress enough how important internships are in college. Many students spend their summers working at a restaurant/retail store, but take that time to invest in your future and find an internship at a successful company where you can learn a lot of skills. Be willing to take on as many different tasks as possible, and don’t just settle for what they give you. Do you see something your employer is working on that interests you? Ask if you can learn it. Is there something they do that seems over your head? Try it anyway. Dabble in as many different marketing platforms while you are there. Learn their email marketing platform, check out their Google Analytics & Adwords accounts, attend a client meeting, learn their project management software, get trained on their CMS, etc. You never know what type of job you’ll be applying for that will appreciate seeing a specific platform you used or task you worked on while at an internship, even if that internship wasn’t your most recent!

3. Tidy Up Your Online Presence

There is nothing worse than a potential employer googling your name and finding 1) nothing or 2) old information. Tidy up your online footprint; whether it’s untagging yourself in inappropriate photos, cleaning up your LinkedIn profile and asking for referrals, keeping up on Twitter, or even putting together a simple 1-page resume website. Employers are becoming very good online “creepers”, so google yourself to see what information is out there.

4. Learn Our “Language”

It becomes very obvious to interviewers how much a person really knows about digital marketing depending on the language they use in the interview. Do you know what PPC, SEO, conversions, or content strategy mean within an online marketing aspect? Could you name a few popular email platforms or social media planning tools? Investigate the world of online marketing before you go into an interview.

5. Engage With Your “Company Crushes”

Do you have a few agencies in mind that you’d love to work for? Follow them on social media and retweet, comment on their blog, share a status, or ‘like’ their posts once in a while. Make sure not to get too excited, though. If you know someone, or would like to know someone at a particular agency, add them on LinkedIn with a personal message explaining that you’d like to get to know them and are interested in a future position at their company.

With these five simple tips you’ll be one step closer to landing a digital marketing job right out of college. If you have any other experience or ideas, I’d love to hear them!

 


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December Tech Circuit Show

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This month’s edition of Tech Circuit on The KMBZ Business Channel will feature a look back at the top tech stories of 2014, predictions of the biggest topics of 2015, as well as an interview with Michael Liimatta, President/Co-Founder of Kansas City-based Connecting for Good. Kansas City area listeners can tune in on 1660 am radio, or listen live by clicking here.

Tech Circuit is the only radio program in Kansas City that provides original news and expert commentary on the Kansas City tech scene. Each episode features a unique topic related to new tech updates or what is trending in the Kansas City area. It is hosted by Krista Klaus, and regulars co-hosts of the program include:

  • Keith Krieger, Johnson County Community College
  • Burton Kelso, Integral
  • Corey Morris, Voltage

This edition will air at 1pm on December 24 on AM 1660 radio. To listen live via smartphone, click here.