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“When you come [to Penn State], the world is at your fingers. It’s like kindergarten all over again, you literally can become anything you want. We each come here and find our own niche, our own thing that makes us, in and out of the classroom. But like our football team, we don’t play for a name on the back of a jersey, ourselves, we play for the name on the front of the jersey, our university. We are a giant, diverse, talented, proud family called Penn State.”— Meg O’Rourke (via jflopsu)
Who’s This Year’s Most Reputable Company in America? (STUDY)
Yesterday, Forbes and the Reputation Institute released their list of the most reputable companies in America and the results are interesting.
To determine the list, the Reputation Institute, a private consulting firm, conducted an online study of nearly 33,000 Americans, measuring their perception of the 150 largest companies in the United States that they were “somewhat” or “very” familiar with, according to Forbes. Each company earned a “RepTrak Pulse” score of 0 to 100, representing an average measure of people’s feelings—or reputation—for a company. The scores were statistically derived from four emotional indicators: trust, esteem, admiration, and good feeling.
So who won the title and bragging rights this year as the most reputable company in America?— Amazon.
The popular retail site’s pulse score totaled 82.70, which was 5.76 points higher than last year and 1.30 points higher than Kraft Foods, the second most reputable company. Amazon earned its No. 1 rank by providing value to users, staying ahead of the curve in technology and innovation and responding quickly and ethically to scandals.
“Amazon is the most reputable company in the U.S. in 2011 because consumers believe that it stands for more than what it sells,” Anthony Johndrow, managing partner at Reputation Institute, told Forbes.
Although a majority of the most reputable companies remained invariable, Amazon was a shocking newcomer to the top 10 rankings. Here are the rest of the top 10:
1. Amazon 2. Kraft Foods 3. Johnson & Johnson 4. 3M 5. Kellogg’s 6. UPS 7. FedEx 8. Sara Lee 9. Google 10. Walt Disney Co.
Last year’s winner, Johnson & Johnson (No. 3), has made the top 10 for the past six years. Food makers Kellogg’s (No. 5) and Sara Lee (No. 8) and tech giant Google (No. 9) all dropped two spots from 2010—but stayed near the top nonetheless.
Overall, consumer products, industrial products, food manufacturing, computer and general retail companies scored highest. At the other end of the spectrum, telecommunications, energy and diversified financial companies earned the weakest scores.
With the economic despair, it’s not surprising that the least reputable companies on the list were all financial-based (in descending order from No. 150): Freddie Mac, AIG, Fannie Mae and Goldman Sachs.
After an eventful year with the anticipation of the iPad and iPhone 4, I was also surprised not to see Apple make its way up into the top 10 (No. 46).
For further details about the study and to see the complete list, click here.
Twitter group chats offer a clever and effective way to meet people with like interests and to share insights into the topic of discussion. Chatters track their conversations using hashtags (#) followed by the name of the chat, i.e. #journchat.
While we can search for these groups by their names as in “journchat” and “editorchat,” the reason we had the # in front is to separate them from those just mentioning those words in conversation. It’s not as if we’re going to mention “journchat” in our conversation without a reference to the chat, but there are other names like “Star Wars” that can mean the difference between # and no #.
Here’s a list of Twitter chats in alphabetical order. A detailed list appears after the list sorted by the day of the week. Please add chats, more information and corrections in the comments and I’ll update the list. To join a chat, check the post on how to join Twitter chats.
#hcsm: “The Healthcare Communication & Social Media community hosts a weekly Twitter conversation about communication and marketing practices by healthcare organizations, including use of social media.” Moderated by @HealthSocMed and #danamlewis. Chat web site. When: Sundays, 8:00pm to 9:00pm CST.
#travelchat: Discuss travel including location, transportation, inexpensive travel, sightseeing and more. Moderated by @newyorkhotel. (Moderators will rotate, but @newyorkhotel can provide details.) Details on New Yorker Facebook page.When: Mondays, 11:00am to 12:00pm CST.
#commschat: “Based out of the UK that looks at all aspects relating to communications, including PR, traditional and social media, journalism, blogging, marketing and more. Part of the rationale behind the launch of the Twitter chat is to compliment the chats based out of the USA but staged at a more European-friendly time.” Visit #commchat blog for information and transcripts. Moderated by @AdamVincenzini and @EmilyCagle. When: Mondays, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm UK.
#tbc: The Book Club discusses a specific book and drink wine. We have our priorities straight! Moderated by @thebookmaven. When: Generally second Monday of the month, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm CST.
#MBizChat: It’s a music business chat with special attention paid to marketing, public relations, distribution, and developments in the digital landscape. Moderated by @SincerelyJane and #mbizchat. Chat page. When: Mondays, 8:00 pm-9:00 pm CST.
#ARChat: “Weekly themed conversation for business professionals that deal with industry analysts (IA) and influencers. This includes analyst relations (AR), public relations (PR), investor relations (IR) and marketing professionals and IAs themselves. Focus is both best practices and pressing issues or trends. Moderator @MyPath_MP and @ARChat. When: Tuesdays, 11:00am-12:00pm CST.
#careerchat: “Weekly discussion for professionals looking for career advice. Discuss how to move your career forward, improve your skills, or just find out if you should friend your boss on Facebook.” Post all career questions and watch for upcoming topics by following moderators @MyPath_MP and @bizMebizgal. When: Tuesdays, 12:00pm-1:00pm CST.
#assnchat: “Open to any all members of the association community, including staff, consultants, volunteer leaders and members. Explore the present and future of associations. Bring your issues and questions!” Moderated by @kikilitalien with assistance from others. When: Tuesdays, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm CST.
#sbbuzz: “A weekly chat about small businesses for small business owners, techies, social media mavens and folks who love ‘em.” More focused on tech in small business. Moderated by @sbbuzz, @pmohara and @mriggen. Chat web site. When: Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm CST.
#agchat: “The mission of #agchat is to keep an ongoing, open dialogue amongst the various players in the agriculture, farming and ranching worlds. For people in agriculture, including those in the business of producing food, feed, fuel and fiber.” Moderated by @mpaynknoper. When: Tuesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm CST.
#foodchat: “Monthly conversation Designed to bring consumers together with agriculture on the third Tuesday of each month to bridge the farm gate to the consumer plate.” Moderated by #foodchat and #mpaynknoper. When: Third Tuesday of the month, 7:00pm to 9:00pm CST.
#smchat: A discussion on the power of social media among active practitioners and strategists. Anyone interested in driving value from online interaction and collaboration is welcome. Be ready for a discussion that’s sometimes technical but always lively. We explore dynamics of social & professional interaction, twitter, online communities, and the evolution of knowledge networks. Moderated by @sourcepov. See #smchat page on What the Hashtag? for more details. Members should watch #socialmedia #collaboration and #km for insight. When: Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST.
#solopr: “Open discussions that serve as a companion to the SoloPRpro.com blog, designed for independent PR and MarCom pros – and those who’d like to be.” See #SoloPR whashtag page. Moderated by @kellyeCrane. When: Wednesdays, 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST.
#eeochat: EEOChat is the only chat focusing exclusively on EEO compliance and employment litigation risk management. Brought to you by the folks at The Proactive Employer. #EEOChat provides practical tips and easy-to-implement suggestions to help you get – and stay – EEO compliant and manage your risk of employment litigation. Moderated by Stephanie R. Thomas (@ProactiveStats). When: Wednesdays, 6:00pm to 7:00pm CST.
#smallbizchat: “Helpful tips and advice geared toward small business startups and those that have been in business for less than five years.” Follow @smallbizchat for weekly details. Moderated by @smallbizlady and cohost @CathyWebSavvyPR. When: Wednesdays, 7:00pm to 9:00pm CST.
#socpharm: Talks pharma marketing and social media. Moderated by @eileenobrien. When: Wednesdays, 7:00 to 8:00pm CST.
#IRChat: Chat for investor relations professionals to discuss best practices, current hot topics, regulatory issues, implementation of social media for investor relations, etc. Participants are global. Moderated by @MeetTheStreet and @Q4WebSystems. When: Thursdays, 10:00am to 11:00pm CST.
#kaizenblog: How to practice Kaizen based on Kaizen and Blogging. Moderated by @ConversationAge. When: Thursdays, 11:00am to 12:00pm CST.
#prwebchat: Chat with influencers and learn about their PR techniques, online marketing strategies, social media strategies and similar topics. Topics include PR, SEO, social media and the like for individuals, agencies and small businesses. Moderated by @prweb. #prweb What the Hashtag page. When: Every other Thursday, 1:00pm to 1:30pm CST.
#b2bchat: “The objective is to bring the B2B marketing community together every week covering a full range of topics from demand generation to print to direct mail to social media. Participate and share your thoughts, questions, opinions and best practices that will help you do your job better, while connecting you with the business to business marketers on Twitter.” Moderated by @KseniaCoffman, @AndrewSpoeth, @KentHuffman and @JeremyVictor. When: Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm CST.
#u30pro: Discusses how to bridge the generational gap, demolish stereotypes and break down differences in the professional workplace. Open to all ages. Moderated by @u30pro, @davidspinks and @CubanaLAF. When: Thursdays, 7:00pm to 8:00pm.
#lrnchat for people interested in the topic of learning who use the social messaging service Twitter to learn from one another and discuss how to help other people learn. Moderated by @marciamarcia. When: Thursdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm CST.
#AgeOp: “For those interested in getting more out of life, marketing to the 50+ demographic, interested in the politics of aging, the tragedy of ageism, the explosion of masters athletics, the value of experience, the key to health and vitality, how the 50+ market uses the internet, and on and on.” Moderated by @kwidrick and @ageopportunity. When: Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm CST.
#poetry: “We talk poetry. Readers, writers, and all others encouraged to join.” Moderated by @gregpincus. When: Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm CST.
#scribechat: General chat across all genres about writing craft and publishing industry. Published guest hosts, agents, editors, etc. all join in the fun. Transcripts and chat info. Moderated by @liakeyes. When: Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:15pm CST.
#latism: Largest non-profit organization of Latinos involved in social media chats all things that matter to Latinos. #latinsm What the Hashtag?! chat info page and transcripts. Moderated by @ergeekgoddess. When: Thursdays, 8:00pm – 10:00pm CST.
#lbschat: Explores location-based social media and technology. Moderated by @LBSchat. Chat page. When: Thursdays, 8:00pm – 9:00pm CST.
#ffparty: “A virtual nightclub on Twitter where the creative class gathers from all over the world for a Friday Art Party. Artists of all types share creative expression. Guests at #ffparty drape themselves in beautiful clothes, listen to cool music, mingle with contemporaries, and bring their work, or share other’s work, displaying their creative and original flair.” Moderated by @blogbrevity. #ffparty explained. When: Fridays.
#amwriting: A slow chat where you’re not expected to stay tuned-in constantly. The chat happens in the background of your writing day. It is a virtual watercooler for writers, a place you can hang out and talk to other writers about your current writing projects (and theirs) and then you get back to work. The energy of writers who post here is amazing. Chat details. #amwriting is not a one-person endeavor. A lot of amazing people have jumped in and made the hashtag their own.
#educhat: “While we could discuss many topics in a given evening, it is currently thought that each week would see discussions focused on a single broad topic” surrounding education. #educhat web site and information. Moderated by @educhat. When: No set schedule.
#nacersano: Spanish version of #pregnancychat. Check @marchofdimes for details and dates. No set schedule, but it’s once a month and midweek at 2:00 pm CST.
#pregnancychat: Chat on pregnancy-related topics. Check @marchofdimes for details and dates. No set schedule, but it’s once a month and midweek at 2:00 pm CST.
#prstudchat: “Monthly Twitter chat designed to bring together PR students, professionals,and educators for a dynamic conversation about the Public Relations Industry and to provide opportunities for learning, networking and mentoring relationships.” #PRStudChat LinkedIn page lists info for upcoming chats. Moderated by @dbreakenridge and @valeriesimon. When: Monthly.
How do companies/agencies expect a college student/recent college graduate to gain professional experience if it causes them to be financially stricken. In some common cases, internship programs even require “school credit.” Hence, not only forcing students to fund their living expenses/relocation, but charging them for the learning experience as well.
And with national student debt surging past $1 trillion in 2011, wouldn’t it be beneficial to the economy if these corporations/agencies started supplying their interns with some sort of monetary compensation?
In essence, is this form of labor ethical? Or even legal? And if so, should the government enact some type of law in order to eliminate this “indentured service?”
This month, Joe Paterno won his 400th college football game - an impressive feat of both talent and stamina. While other coaches come and go, the patriarch of Penn State remains comfortingly consistent - on the field and in his look. That’s why JoePa’s my pick for another installment of “Men of…
“"Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it." - Groucho Marx”—
This holiday season, Bing wants to donate $1 million to schools. Simply tell them to donate for you and they’ll add you to the thousands of people who’ve clicked their support. Click and they’ll donate for you today. It’s that easy, I did it in 30 seconds. There are only 9 more days to…
“Let’s live it up like it’s our last, cause there’s no room for “I wish I had’s” it’s time to live until tomorrow ends; because we don’t need to rest, we’ll sleep when we’re dead.”—You only live once! If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much of my space! (via bitty-boop)
Social gaming has become huge. Whether you love or hate FarmVille, it has been one of many social games to really change the average profile of a ‘gamer’. A recent survey by casual gaming experts PopCap (makers of one of my old favourite games, Bejewelled) show that today’s social game player…
The support I have received for my journey has been overwhelming and I am inspired by all the messages. I have received some requests for places to donate to, so I am expanding my mission and will be picking a monthly charity to sponsor, and if you feel inclined please feel free to show them…
"… then they ask me where I go to college, and I say Penn State, and their excited expressions turn to shame… and all they can manage to get out is "oh," because instantly they know, no story they tell can top what I have done. I don’t need to say a thing, they just understand. They know that their wildest night of college is just a regular Wednesday for us. We Penn State kids are a special bread, and trust me, every one else is jealous."
Hey Han! Thanks for the blog feedback. It's easy for me to support Tuck & THON, he's been my life for the past four years and seeing him go from really sick (like freshman year when we didn't even know if he would make it to THON) to happy & healthy now is a true miracle and testament to PSU students' hard work. So I am happy to rep it :o) As far as comments & questions, I just noticed that so thanks for bringing it to my attention! Any idea how to fix it besides changing my there? I'm a total techy reject- I know nothing lol. Thanks! -Meg
Hey Meg! I totally understand how you feel. Being from Lancaster, PA, THON hits directly at home w/ friends and family members who are directly affected. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get involved in and I’m glad you capitalized on that opportunity as well.
In regards to the comments and questions, you merely go into your settings account on your dashboard to adjust them so that people can contact you. It’s as easy as checking a box. Let me know how it goes and if you need any more help! More than happy to lend a hand. Best, Han
Thanks for reposting the article on the Penn State Washington Program on Twitter. I found your feed through Lenny Smith, an alumnus of the program. I'm Scott Colburn, coordinator of the Washington Program. I know the blog post is a little confusing, but almost all of the content in the post came from my handout. Jenna wasn't necessarily endorsing Penn Staters as the best interns (although that would be spectacular), she was saying that students should strive to embody the qualities that I listed and try to impart to our students. Feel free to follow us at @PSUWashington on Twitter. I post a different Paterno bobblehead photo around the Washington area each week. The White House photo that you used is one that I took and use for the Twitter account.
No problem. I stumbled upon your handout and Jenna’s blog the other day and kind of put a little spin on it of my own. Since it is just an opinionated blog, didn’t see the harm. And yea, I’m already following you all on Twitter. Truly enjoy the work you all do to help out fellow Penn Staters. Let me know if I can ever help.