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Twitter Used For Polling?

As you may know, a lot of what Mitchell Communications and Research does is polling. We poll for our clients and their needs to make the best campaign and conduct the best research as possible. Polling can be conducted in many ways, but as social media becomes bigger, there is now a way to poll through Twitter…How amazing is that?

“Poll Everywhere” is a system used to create polls throughout the Twitter world and more.  The Poll Everywhere widget can be downloaded as a PowerPoint Slide and will live-update as each user votes. If you want to find out more about your audience, just ask them to take out their cell phones and text to 99503 their desired response.

The newest method for “Poll Everywhere” is even simpler. Just tweet to “@poll” the code that corresponds to your choice. So, if you want to choose Romney in a poll, tweet “@poll Romney”. It is as simple as that and brings results.

Accounts start free, but free accounts can only have 30 responses – and as pollsters we can tell you that 30 responses is not really a valid sample. Plans start from $15 a month to $1,400 a month. That plan, Platinum, allows 50 people in a business to gather up to 20,000 responses per poll and customize the responses and data (which may be worth the price tag for large companies). Regardless of price, the usefulness of Poll Everywhere is apparent, especially for anyone who gives presentations, performs market research, or has a lot of Twitter followers!

At MR&C, the polling system we use brings a lot more detailed results for analyzing. However, “Poll Everywhere” is great for companies trying to get simple feedback on their products, services and the uses really are endless. This system is great for general polling but if you want to receive more in depth information you must work with a research firm like MR&C!

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7 Tips for Scoring a Research and Communications Job

1) Networking, Networking, Networking!

The communications world is all about networking. Connect with family, friends, or employees you may know in the industry, and do it early. The more people you meet and the more people you talk to, the better chance of having that personal connection and the better chance you will score an interview.

2) Even the littlest experience can help

You need something relevant on your resume! Join a club, write a blog, shadow someone.  When you don’t have any previous experience, you need these little things to show that you are making an effort. Of course, an internship is a must as well. For me, my senior year of high school I managed to score a week long internship. This really put me one step ahead of everyone else. When I applied for real internships that next summer, they were amazed by all the little things I had done.

3) Tailor your resume to your employer

Like I mentioned before, you need to build your resume. You need to fill those pages with things RELEVENT to the job you want to land. Saying you were a nanny for 3 summers is not something they care about. Fill your resume with things that will interest them, things that will make them want to interview you.

4) Build a portfolio

A portfolio may come later, probably around your junior or senior year of college. By then, you should have enough writing samples, projects, and more to make a portfolio. No, portfolios aren’t just for art students. They can also be used to show your writing and other skills. Your classes should be able to fill this portfolio with samples that will really impress your employer. Save everything!

5) Know how to write!!!

Just because your major isn’t journalism doesn’t mean you can slack on your writing. Communications is a huge area for good writers. You must know your grammar, MLA and APA style, constructing a press release, news release, and more. Pay attention in these classes, don’t slack. It’s better to know the basics now than having to struggle with them later.

6) Reach out early and make an introduction

Every internship I have landed was because I introduced myself early.  You usually cannot even apply to the internship program until about March or April but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a personal connection in advance. Find someone in the company to talk to and introduce yourself. Tell them you will be applying to the program in the Spring. Maybe even see if you can set up an informational call to talk about the program and the company. They will then recognize your name and your persistence when they receive your application later!

7) Tell them what YOU want to learn

If you want to show how eager you are to learn from their company… tell them! Nothing impresses someone more than research on the company, their departments, and what you want to get out of the experience. The employer will know you aren’t just here to add them to your resume, your there to actually learn, work hard, and not only have the program benefit them but also benefit you!

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