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Denovati SMART Blog Posts

Denovati SMART Blog posts explore the applications and implications of social and digital technologies in organizations from both conceptual and tactical perspectives. Focusing on both opportunities and challenges, the Denovati SMART Blog is primarily targeted to organizational leaders and others who are in the early stages of climbing their social media and digital technology learning curves. People with more advanced knowledge can also benefit from the ideas conveyed, in addition to adding their own expertise and perspectives by commenting on specific posts and contributing their own content.

  • Website Builder Platforms: Best Options for Small Businesses

    Website Builder Platforms: Best Options for Small Businesses

    The days of having to build a website "brick by brick" (i.e., code it line by line) are long behind us. For small businesses and "single shingle" professionals in particular, who don't have in-house resources and can't afford the time or money for complex development projects, there is a wide range of website builder and hosting options available that can enable them to create or update their site(s) relatively quickly and inexpensively. But not all website builder tools are equally good or appropriate for everyone. This article provides guidance on selecting the best one. (September 15, 2014)

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  • Life in the Digital Age: Photo Essays and Images

    Life in the Digital Age: Photo Essays and Images

    Since early 2010 I've been creating photo essays and capturing and sharing images from around the world that illustrate life in the Digital Age. In addition to reflecting the latest digital trends and new applications, my goal has been to highlight some of the timeless and transitional aspects of the new era in which the world finds itself. This piece provides brief descriptions of and links to the places where these essays and images have been published. (September 9, 2014)

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  • Building Smarter Websites is Easier – and Faster – Than Ever

    Building Smarter Websites is Easier – and Faster – Than Ever

    Does your website look like it was built by Mike Brady and/or styled by Austin Powers? Are you embarrassed to have people visit it? Concerned that the current design and (lack of) functionality may be turning people away? Overwhelmed by the time and effort it takes to maintain it, and/or frustrated by having to depend on someone else to make even the most basic changes? The Denovati Group now offers a Website Development and Management service that enables individuals and organizations to build and maintain smarter websites. (August 27, 2014)

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  • Job Search in the Digital Age

    Job Search in the Digital Age

    In the Digital Age, professionals must provide the same level of care and attention to their professional identities in cyberspace as they do to their presence and reputation in the physical world, especially when they are looking for their next career opportunity. Job search in the Digital Age requires establishing and managing a digital professional brand, defining personal and professional boundaries and protecting one's privacy, leveraging digital tools and technology to achieve goals, and bridging the physical and digital worlds. (August 19, 2014)

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  • Social Media Screening: Guidance for Individuals and Organizations

    Social Media Screening: Guidance for Individuals and Organizations

    Social media screening (aka social screening) has become a common practice among recruiters and hiring managers, as well as some coaches and college admissions offices. This white paper consolidates and updates previously shared guidance about this practice, providing recommendations for both individuals and organizations. It is primarily focused on job candidates and employers, but it can be applied to students, athletes, admissions offices and coaches as well.(August 13, 2014)

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  • Digital Property is Real Property: 5 Ways to Treat it That Way

    Digital Property is Real Property: 5 Ways to Treat it That Way

    Recognizing and respecting that digital property is in fact "real" property requires organizations to (1) make sure they own their own domain name(s) and lay claim to related social media properties, (2) require all official email be sent via domain-linked accounts, (3) take cybersecurity seriously, (4) maintain a presentable web presence, and (5) create policies and procedures (and commit necessary resources) to maintain digital property in the best possible condition at all times. (August 9, 2014)

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  • Optimizing Blog Posts: 11 Essential Considerations

    Optimizing Blog Posts: 11 Essential Considerations

    Optimizing blog posts requires both art and science. This piece supplements the guidance offered in Blogging: A Comprehensive Beginner’s Guide, covering factors like developing post standards and creating templates, the importance of excerpts and featured images, SEO optimization, promoting reader friendliness and engagement, and more. (August 1, 2014)

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  • Digital Literacy: Helping Learners Learn in the Digital Era

    Digital Literacy: Helping Learners Learn in the Digital Era

    Digital literacy is a critical component of learning in the Digital Era. Organizational leaders and learning professionals must understand the digital competencies required for learning success, create a digital learning culture, assess employees' baseline competencies, leverage both formal and informal learning to help them increase their digital literacy, identify and promote subject matter experts and digital mentors, and create an infrastructure for ongoing digital development. (July 24, 2014)

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  • Culture Change is Critical for Successful Digital Transformation

    Culture Change is Critical for Successful Digital Transformation

    Adopting digital technologies is not about replacing an existing system with an upgrade or building a new website. Rather one of the most important impacts of these technologies is to essentially change the way people work. Adopting digital technologies needs to be seen as first and foremost a culture change or probably more appropriately a transformation of their culture. For the full value of the technologies to be realised, people will have to change their mindset and their behaviour. (July 22, 2014)

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  • Social Media Policies and More: Managing Digital Era Risks

    Social Media Policies and More: Managing Digital Era Risks

    A presentation at SHRM's Annual Conference and Exposition offered guidance for managing Digital Era risks beyond developing and implementing social media policies. In addition to providing greater perspective on the risks to be managed, the presentation included specific guidance for HR professionals and other organizational leaders to develop and update relevant policies, provide training and communication, and ensure approaches remain current. (July 17, 2014)

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