Best of 2014 // December 31, 2014

When you are trying to launch your upcoming project, career, or business, Twitter is a great platform for networking. Because the majority of users are public, and anyone can read and interact with your tweets, it allows access to top entrepreneurs, motivators and mentors.

These are our picks for best Twitter accounts to follow in order to boost your business and entrepreneurial efforts.

Entrepreneurs

Eric Knopf (@ericknopf)

Knopf is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved with a variety of small ventures and startups. He is the co-founder of web technology startup Webconnex and his Twitter feed is full of tips and ideas to inspire and empower other budding entrepreneurs.



Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk)

As the founder of leading career development community Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk’s Twitter is a must follow stream, with tweets on balancing life, business, entrepreneurship as well as some humorous thoughts on life. Look to Trunk’s tweets for ideas on becoming a better leader and thoughts on how to live a more successful life.


Richard Branson (@richardbranson)

As the founder and driving force behind the Virgin Group, Branson is everyone’s favorite quirky entrepreneur, leading the way for workaholic entrepreneurs to “have their cake and eat it too.” Look to Branson’s Twitter feed for not only his thoughts and insights into business leadership and entrepreneurship, but also for his ongoing volunteer efforts, including eco-friendly, conservation and social good campaigns. Branson also frequently responds to followers, making him an accessible resource for insights on many different topics.

Information & Idea Sharing

Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady)

Looking for someone whose tweets are going to shame you into making your entrepreneurial dreams come true? You’re in the right place. Melinda Emerson is a Twitter favorite; Forbes even named her the #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs. She is an author on becoming your own boss and leads weekly live Twitter chat #SmallBizChat Wednesdays 5-6pm where her community flocks to discuss the latest and provide insights and tips for successful entrepreneurial and small businesses success.

Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki)

Guy Kawasaki is the Co-founder of Alltop, an information and headline sourcing powerhouse, a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a Twitter favorite with over one million followers. Kawasaki is a brilliant businessman and his tweets (lots of them) show his apt dedication to marketing in the digital age, social media and tools to power businesses and personal branding. His feed always keeps you guessing, as he will occasionally throw in some tweets on other subjects, llike politics, health and pop culture.



Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)

Need some answers on digital marketing, social media or how to harness them for your business? Jeff Bullas’ Twitter feed is the perfect place to look.  Touted as one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, he tweets the latest on trending news, social media tips, case studies and insights into social media marketing to help power brands, and businesses.

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Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)

Speaker, author, publisher and CEO/President of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan is helping power your career one tweet at a time. Brogan offers digital courses, mentorships and coaching, and followers get insights into his digital marketing, sales and self-motivating tips through his tweets. Keep tabs on Brogan’s feed for sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes photos and for responses to questions.

Motivators:

Sumaya Kazi (@sumaya)

Entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader, Sumaya Kazi has worn many hats, and followers get a peek at her insights and thoughts on topics like entrepreneurship, young leaders and professionalism, career development, non-profit work, social media, technology and diversity. But don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of tweets on family, college football and salsa dancing sprinkled in her feed.

Brian Moran (@brianmoran)

Business owner Brian Moran describes his work as “helping entrepreneurs and marketers navigate the small and medium-sized business space.” Moran’s followers get all of that and more. Moran tweets his experience as an entrepreneur and publisher and mixes his own views, as well as experiences, tips and advice from other established entreprenuers.

Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll)

As the founder and President for Status Creative, Jeff Barrett not only offers great insight into the developments of the digital world, including marketing, social media, PR and more, he is a great networking resource for entrepreneurs and the business-minded individual alike. He runs the weekly #BareItAll live Twitter chat on Wednesdays at 11 am - noon, often including a guest host and a discussion  on a range of food-for-thought topics on digital, social, PR and pop culture. Barrett also makes himself a resource for others to connect and engage with him.

Who are some of your favorite mentors and motivators to follow on Twitter? Share your thoughts with us and tweet us @madewomanmag!


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Business // March 24, 2014

When you are trying to launch your upcoming project, career, or business, Twitter is a great platform for networking. Because the majority of users are public, and anyone can read and interact with your tweets, it allows access to top entrepreneurs, motivators and mentors.

These are our picks for best Twitter accounts to follow in order to boost your business and entrepreneurial efforts.

Entrepreneurs

Eric Knopf (@ericknopf)

Knopf is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved with a variety of small ventures and startups. He is the co-founder of web technology startup Webconnex and his Twitter feed is full of tips and ideas to inspire and empower other budding entrepreneurs.



Penelope Trunk (@penelopetrunk)

As the founder of leading career development community Brazen Careerist, Penelope Trunk’s Twitter is a must follow stream, with tweets on balancing life, business, entrepreneurship as well as some humorous thoughts on life. Look to Trunk’s tweets for ideas on becoming a better leader and thoughts on how to live a more successful life.



Richard Branson (@richardbranson)

As the founder and driving force behind the Virgin Group, Branson is everyone’s favorite quirky entrepreneur, leading the way for workaholic entrepreneurs to “have their cake and eat it too.” Look to Branson’s Twitter feed for not only his thoughts and insights into business leadership and entrepreneurship, but also for his ongoing volunteer efforts, including eco-friendly, conservation and social good campaigns. Branson also frequently responds to followers, making him an accessible resource for insights on many different topics.

Information & Idea Sharing

Melinda Emerson (@SmallBizLady)

Looking for someone whose tweets are going to shame you into making your entrepreneurial dreams come true? You’re in the right place. Melinda Emerson is a Twitter favorite; Forbes even named her the #1 Influential Woman for Entrepreneurs. She is an author on becoming your own boss and leads weekly live Twitter chat #SmallBizChat Wednesdays 5-6pm where her community flocks to discuss the latest and provide insights and tips for successful entrepreneurial and small businesses success.

Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki)

Guy Kawasaki is the Co-founder of Alltop, an information and headline sourcing powerhouse, a contributor to Entrepreneur Magazine and a Twitter favorite with over one million followers. Kawasaki is a brilliant businessman and his tweets (lots of them) show his apt dedication to marketing in the digital age, social media and tools to power businesses and personal branding. His feed always keeps you guessing, as he will occasionally throw in some tweets on other subjects, llike politics, health and pop culture.



Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)

Need some answers on digital marketing, social media or how to harness them for your business? Jeff Bullas’ Twitter feed is the perfect place to look.  Touted as one of Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, he tweets the latest on trending news, social media tips, case studies and insights into social media marketing to help power brands, and businesses.

Like what you're reading? Join Made Woman Mag's mailing list for updates, special promotions and more. Click here!

Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan)

Speaker, author, publisher and CEO/President of Human Business Works, Chris Brogan is helping power your career one tweet at a time. Brogan offers digital courses, mentorships and coaching, and followers get insights into his digital marketing, sales and self-motivating tips through his tweets. Keep tabs on Brogan’s feed for sneak peeks, behind-the-scenes photos and for responses to questions.

Motivators:

Sumaya Kazi (@sumaya)

Entrepreneur, speaker and thought leader, Sumaya Kazi has worn many hats, and followers get a peek at her insights and thoughts on topics like entrepreneurship, young leaders and professionalism, career development, non-profit work, social media, technology and diversity. But don’t be surprised if you spot a couple of tweets on family, college football and salsa dancing sprinkled in her feed.

Brian Moran (@brianmoran)

Business owner Brian Moran describes his work as “helping entrepreneurs and marketers navigate the small and medium-sized business space.” Moran’s followers get all of that and more. Moran tweets his experience as an entrepreneur and publisher and mixes his own views, as well as experiences, tips and advice from other established entreprenuers.

Jeff Barrett (@BarrettAll)

As the founder and President for Status Creative, Jeff Barrett not only offers great insight into the developments of the digital world, including marketing, social media, PR and more, he is a great networking resource for entrepreneurs and the business-minded individual alike. He runs the weekly #BareItAll live Twitter chat on Wednesdays at 11 am - noon, often including a guest host and a discussion  on a range of food-for-thought topics on digital, social, PR and pop culture. Barrett also makes himself a resource for others to connect and engage with him.

Who are some of your favorite mentors and motivators to follow on Twitter? Share your thoughts with us and tweet us @madewomanmag!


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Thursday, 09 January 2014 18:59

MW of the Month | Sarah Amos - Freshwire

Made Woman of the Month // January 13, 2014

The Internet never sleeps. Day and night, content creators are writing copy they hope you want to read. Smart entrepreneurs are recognizing that businesses seem incomplete without a blog or content portion as part of their business plans. Once such entrepreneur, Shawn Amos, keyed in early and started Amos Content Group in 2009 with a team of writers, producers, designers and directors. They provided businesses with branded digital content at a fast pace. Talent shone through and business picked up quickly. The company was soon purchased by Omnicom and re-branded as Freshwire. Business was great, and when Shawn needed a chief creative director, he called in his sister, Sarah Amos. Sarah -- then senior producer at the ABC News’ “World News With Diane Sawyer”-- seemed like a cosmic fit. She had been working her way through different divisions of ABC News, including “Good Morning America” and their national news desk. But with her brother’s company taking off, she decided to take the entrepreneurial leap.

For the majority of her career, Sarah had actually tried to avoid entrepreneurship. She enjoyed the challenges and perks that her job at ABC provided. “I didn’t think I would take the entrepreneurship route. Growing up, I liked theater and storytelling,” Sarah says. Her father, Wallace “Wally” Amos, had gone the entrepreneurial route when he started Famous Amos cookies in 1975. He left William Morris, where he'd worked as an agent, to start a cookie business that grew to be a national brand. Having seen the ups and downs that her father faced, Sarah ruled owning a business as “too risky.” Instead, she worked her way up through a huge news conglomerate, making a name for herself along the way. Unafraid of a big story, she covered Haiti's devastating 2010 earthquake, the 2009 “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash and the 2008 Bernie Madoff scandal. Sarah even earned an Emmy for her field coverage of the 2007 wildfires in California on “World News.” She worked to bridge the gap between broadcast and digital news production while focusing on creativity and telling authentic stories.

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The team at "World News With Diane Sawyer" was soon knocking on Sarah’s proverbial door. For a young woman who graduated with honors from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication, this was a dream job. “[Diane] sets the standard on a daily basis. She really pushes people to go harder and tell the real story. Working to find the nuances -- the real characters,” Sarah remembers. In 2008, Sarah got to be a part of history, following Bill Clinton during the presidential campaign. “There are moments when I think to myself, ‘I’m really lucky to be a part of this.’ But I know I can always try harder, be a better producer.”

So when things are going so well, why move on? Sarah’s decision to accept her brother’s offer to join the Freshwire team speaks a lot to the state of modern news reporting. In an age where a single tweet can change everything, news sources have to be lean and quick. “You are going to see more brands as publishers and content creators… They can control what is being said, but in a fun way. The roles will continue to blur.” The Freshwire team was ahead of the curve, so over the years, they have become experts at churning out high-quality video, editorial and visual content. Sarah says that brands and corporations are hungry for this type of stuff: “For a brand to be successful they need to create content across multiple platforms and media.” Her seamless partnership with her brother works like yin and yang. She’s now grateful for the opportunity to try a new industry and challenge herself professionally.

While the size of the company she works for has changed, Sarah’s daily struggles as a digital producer have not. Just like at ABC, she has to chase the breaking stories, push herself to create authentic representations and bring passion to the creative process. “My background is in creating a story quickly… I have to jump head-first into a variety of challenges,” she says. Sarah knows that preparation is one of the keys to success. She makes sure to have three contingency plans, her shoot schedules ready and extra interview questions to ask on the fly. “You can have vision and a great idea, but if you don’t have the backbone and structure, it will fall apart quickly.” For others coming up in the content production field, she also recommends going outside your comfort zone and being free and confident in your pursuit of creativity.

In a world where everyone is embracing digital, including the major networks, a huge landscape has opened up for content producers like Sarah Amos. Her dedication to authentic storytelling is what has made her success stretch across platforms and allowed her to connect with new audiences. “So many opportunities have come from me raising my hand… You have to believe in your own worth.” As someone who is never satisfied with the status quo, there is no limit to what she can attain.

Published in Business

October 6, 2011

Are you looking for a Winter 2012/Spring 2013 internship that allows you to grow and learn in your chosen field? Well, this one's for you. Made Woman Magazine (www.madewomanmag.com) is an online magazine and networking platform based out of Los Angeles, targeting today’s young, professional woman. Launched in August 2011, Made Woman’s mission is to provide original content, fresh ideas, open dialogue and useful tools for women of all backgrounds.  We are looking for strong leaders in all areas of digital media and you will be able to tailor your internship to your specific interests. If you are passionate about digital media and can work independently than this is an opportunity you don’t want to miss.

We will deliver:
Quality: Break through the clutter
Connections: Build a sisterhood on- and offline
Passion: Committed in heart and mind
Style: Ooze sleek, feminine and sexy

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the supervision of the Editor-In-Chief and Business Manager, the intern will support the maintenance and growth of Made Woman Magazine.  Internships can be tailored to support the intern’s academic/professional focus. Specific tasks needed include, but are not limited to, the following:

Business Operations/Partnerships

  • Reach out to other blogs/sites/potential partners
  • Reach out to on-campus organizations
  • Order promotional products

Content/Content Management

  • Add content and SEO data to articles in CMS
  • Generate content
  • Manage writer contributions
  • Copy editing
  • Media research

Marketing/Promotional

  • Pass out flyers/post flyers on campus
  • Organize and manage street teams
  • Update Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/Tumblr accounts
  • Use own Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn/Tumblr accounts to promote content
  • Comment on other websites w/ Made Woman links
  • Obtain email sign ups
  • Schedule monthly ads on Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
  • Some event planning
  • Mailing list management
Creative
  • Create graphic content based on current promotions, events, etc.
  • Brainstorm and mock up design ideas to present to supervisors
  • Photography
  • Grasp the branding profile of the magazine and incorporate it into your designs
  • Generate promotional ideas that incorporate design elements

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Current university undergraduate students desired.

SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate with diverse populations
  • Professional demeanor
  • Self-starter; takes initiative
  • Well organized with attention to detail and ability to carry out tasks independently
  • Ability to meet deadlines; accountability
  • Reliable computer/smart phone
  • Attention to detail

EXPERIENCE OR SPECIAL SKILLS DESIRED:

  • Knowledgeable about online media; familiarity with competitor blogs/sites
  • Experience with Content Management Systems (CMS)
  • Ability to organize/manage peers; large social network
  • Knowledge of social networking and online community-building
  • Familiarity with MS Office and Photoshop

SCHEDULE: Flexible schedule of 5-7 hours per week; most tasks will be able to be performed remotely.

COMPENSATION: School credit.

CONTACT: Lindsey Day, Business Operations at (323) 362-MADE or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Published in Current

April 23, 2012 

In today’s world, the speed of connection has never been faster.

Our desires for human attention and self-expression have limitless opportunities with the Internet. From hobbies to dating to personal and professional networking, we have the bases covered.

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Pinterest, Myspace (yes, it still exists), FourSquare, Yelp, Couchsurf, Bing,  Google+, Instagram, Google Hangouts, BranchOut and Meet-Up are just a small sampling of what’s out there allowing us to over share and connect to our hearts' content.

Besides finding a new place to post a profile pic, the internet has so much to offer. There are thousands of sites all just a Google search away, including ones that could help us get to the next level in our careers. 

So, What Do You Do?

Taking it a step past LinkedIn, many industry-specific social media sites exist to help people in various professions. Are you in Human Resources? Well then there’s a site for you! Check out www.hr.com.  Are you in Business and Finance? Check out www.meettheboss.tv. Are you in Academia or Research? You’re good as well! Visit www.academia.edu. It’s like made to order career advice.

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There are countless sites out there, but here are a few, listed by industry, which may be useful to you.  And while this sampling by no means represents all that’s available, it should get you thinking about researching others like it and pondering the increased benefits it could bring: 

A Few Other Helpful Sites for Business Purposes

The list goes on and on.

These social media sites provide an opportunity to reach niche communities you might want to be more involved with for your job. It’s a way for you to connect with like-minded people, share thoughts and trends in your industry, and view content targeted directly to you and your interests.

It’s easy to see how a person can further develop personal passions just by going online and joining some virtual communities. More than ever before, people are coming together to build spaces for collaboration, and it is in our best interest to take advantage of these opportunities and join the party. 

What are your favorite career sites? Share your favorites in the comments below! 

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