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
    • Five reasons using controversy as a content strategy backfires

      By Mark Schaefer Some time ago I listened to a young guy on a webinar pontificating on the best strategies to build an audience for your content. A pillar of his presentation was “be controversial.” This struck me as odd. Is “controversy” really a sustainable position for a content marketing strategy? The more I thought about this, the more I disliked this advice.

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  • What are the personal impacts of your digital immersion?

    … By Mark Schaefer Do you remember when the digital age became part of your DNA? Can you recall the moment your social media “on” switch flipped for good? As a young media relations professional right out of college, part of my first job was to compile relevant industry news stories every single day for an executive summary that was faxed around…

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  • When Social Media Piranhas Strike

    … By Clayton Carroll, {grow} Community Member We’ve seen it before. Someone disagrees with an influencer and the social media piranhas have a feeding frenzy. They quickly rip apart the dissenter. The piranhas hurl jeers and “insights” all designed to devour an opinion and shame that person from showing their face in public again. Faced…

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  • How to be strategically authentic

    … By Mark Schaefer When the subject at hand is about creating content and standing out on the web today, the conversation usually turns to the need for “authenticity.” Perhaps there is no more misunderstood and mis-used word on the web today. That word actually drives me nuts. The dictionary says “authentic” means “true and accurate, made…

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

    … By Mark Schaefer My friend Mitch Joel has been on a roll lately. I’ve always considered him one of the world’s great marketing bloggers but the quality of his thinking lately seems to have gone up a notch. If you don’t yet subscribe to his blog Six Pixels of Separation, you should! One of his recent posts inspired today’s topic … and it’s…

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  • Three ideas to end the social media poison

    … of nightmares. But as the Chinese symbol for crisis consists of “danger” and “opportunity,” we can use these uncertain times to help our online businesses and others in the process. I’ve listed three tips to make 2017 our best (online) year ever, despite the ever-present poison. 1) Guard your attention I recently talked to a friend who had previously toiled…

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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”

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist A viciously addictive series has taken my mind hostage and filled it with warnings about the future. The culprit is Black Mirror, a dystopian sci-fi show from the UK, now bought by Netflix and prolonged to a third season. Each episode works like a standalone cautionary tale and deals with ordinary…

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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

    … today, good! Correct it! Seeking the other I believe Mr. Wiesel has a point. If the otherness of the other helps defines us, how does this fit in a world where we build digital fortresses to keep diverse opinions out? A few weeks ago I wrote a post about 15 Amazing ways social media is changing the world. It was a glimpse of global impact based…

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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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