Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of human social behavior and its origins, development, organizations, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about human social actions, social structure and functions. A goal for many sociologists is to conduct research which may be applied directly to social policy and welfare, while others focus primarily on refining the theoretical understanding of social processes. Subject matter ranges from the micro level of individual agency and interaction to the macro level of systems and the social structure.
Posts about Sociology
  • When Social Media Piranhas Strike

    … and energy into coming after you. So why give them a reason to do it? Role Model, Icon, Celebrity = Influencer Whatever you want to call them, an influencer is a good person to know. They are even better for helping your business or personal brand (influencer marketing as Mark talks about). If they like or know you well enough, they may even promote…

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  • How to be strategically authentic

    … show up: in life, in a post, in a meeting. If you’re on the web for non-business reasons, go for it. Let’s hear about that snotty nose if that’s what’s on your mind today. However, if you’re a business person and social media is part of your business, I think it’s OK to curate a bit. I know this advice is different than what most people suggest…

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  • How business strategy is being re-invented by social media

    … a juicy one: How social media is upending traditional marketing strategy … perhaps business strategy. Mitch and I have both written recently about the danger of politicizing a brand. But Mitch makes the additional smart point that brands may not have a choice in the matter — customers may be demanding that we take a political stand. This is a thought…

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  • Three ideas to end the social media poison

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist Divisive politics span across the globe, robotization threatens to replace millions of workers, geo-conflicts throw people at each other. The future seems so uncertain. The present seems so … harsh. Flipping through your favorite news channels is starting to look like the billboard chart…

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  • The True Meaning of Hustle

    … By Mark Schaefer When I was 14 years old I needed a job. I needed a job because I needed money. My family didn’t have the money to buy me a bike and I needed transportation. I wanted to buy a stereo system (records!) … and I had recently discovered girls. So I needed to find some money. Through my years of prepubescence, I had done everything I…

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  • Finding the right “authenticity level” for your brand

    …. The Marketing Companion podcast is among the top business podcasts in the world. Contact Mark to have him speak to your company event or conference soon. Illustration courtesy Flickr CC and JD Hancock The post Finding the right “authenticity level” for your brand appeared first on Schaefer Marketing Solutions: We Help Businesses {grow}. …

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  • A business case for diversity in digital transformation

    … By Kristian Strøbech, {grow} Community Member Earlier this year I launched an on-site course to teach a Danish news organization advanced research methods in social media. Little did I imagine the janitor would steal the show. Stumbling into unexpected goodness is such a treat! Our story begins when a regional Danish television broadcaster, TV…

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  • 5 Marketing Lessons I learned from the dystopian “Black Mirror”

    … people abusing technology to ruin their lives. Hence, it’s just like our social media world:) Below, I’ve revealed my top five lessons I’ve extracted from the hauntingly real dystopian hit series, spoiler free of course: Becoming technology’s tool In “The Entire History of You” episode, citizens wear their ‘smartphones’ as implants behind…

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  • The true goal of influence: Persuasion

    … We talk a lot about influence, but what is the true goal of influencing? Persuading. While I was far afield in South America for the past few weeks, Tom’s wife Tamsen sat in for me in this episode of The Marketing Companion. Tom and Tamsen talk about the relationship between influence and persuasion, and what it really takes to not only make…

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  • A thought exercise on social media and critical thinking

    … By Mark Schaefer I received a pretty big shock recently, a discovery that made me re-think who I am and what I know. For many years I have enjoyed digging into my family history. For many of us in the U.S. — nearly all of us immigrants — our family tree has tangled roots and uncovering where we come from can be an obsession. Most of the Irish…

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  • Success may mean staying true to what you know is true

    … By Mark Schaefer I invented Groupon. Well sort of. Many years ago, my first big consulting opportunity was with a national newspaper chain. The company saw the writing on the wall and knew they needed to make big changes to adjust to the digital age. I was invited by the publisher to come into their office and present my innovative new ideas…

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  • Are you unknowingly supporting hate speech?

    … By Mark W. Schaefer Are we surrounded by so much hate speech that we are immune to it? Do we even recognize hate speech when we see it any more? Why do we glorify hate as cool and entertaining? Here’s the Twitter post that made me wonder about this … I posted this to Facebook suggesting that this commentary crossed a line. Forget about…

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  • Tolerance, diversity and the social media filter bubble

    … I see angry people. My Facebook stream is full of ’em. A couple of times a month I see a post like this from an exasperated friend: “I’ve had it. I’m unfollowing everybody but 12 people.” Most of us have probably initiated some sort of social media purge but every time we do, we move toward a social media stream that is more like … us. Many…

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  • Brand bullying and other things that need to change

    … In the future, chatbots will be at the center of customer service and every shoe department will have a ladder In the latest episode of The Marketing Companion podcast, Tom Webster and I reveal our wishlist of what we would like to see “more of” and “less of” on the web. Among the topics we explore: Brand skepticism and brand bullying…

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  • How to create a joyful experience on the web

    … I wanted to do a short post today on a subject that is plaguing a lot of people right now — a social media news feed that brings your day down. Each day my social media friend-feed is filled with web-induced angst: “There are so many fakers on the web — it makes me angry.” “Politics brings out the worst in people. These rants are driving me…

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