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
    • Sex sells. But how about beauty and truth in the age of authenticity?

      By Mark Schaefer This is a blog post about beauty, sex, and marketing. It’s not a clickbait headline. We’re sailing into new waters today marked by towering waves of change and an undertow of psychological conflict. Beauty in our culture has become the new battleground in the age of authenticity, a trend that pits nature against nurture, challenges our deepest human desires, ...

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  • Face the facts: 5 social media truths that are hard to admit

    … director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions, and the author of several best-selling digital marketing books. He is an acclaimed keynote speaker, college educator, and business consultant. 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…

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  • How to succeed in the ego-ravaged drama queen world of social media

    … By Mark Schaefer So let’s get this out on the table. Trying to make a name for yourself in this social media world can hurt. The angst of wanting to be heard feels familiar every time some sort of social media “list” comes out. Most of these lists are meaningless, self-promotional stunts. Deep down, most people realize this. Still … Lots…

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  • 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…

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  • What are the personal impacts of your digital immersion?

    … phone. With a sudden jolt, I was thrust into a world of 24 x 7 accessibility. This was particularly relevant because I was living in Los Angeles — three time zones away from my boss. With this new electronic connection, my working hours were instantly extended by at least 50 percent each day. I was working in sales at the time and was embroiled…

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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

    … By Mark Schaefer One of my readers asked me if I would review his blog and provide some advice. He had been writing for several months and had made no progress with subscriptions, comments, or shares. The most obvious problem was that his content was anonymous. There was no indication of who was writing the blog! No name, no personality…

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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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