Before a person can become a “Social Media Ninja” they have to start somewhere don’t you think?
I suppose it would be good to start with explaining what a “Social Media Ninja” is.
This semester in my Marketing Management class (#mkt420) the students are engaged in a semester long personal branding assignment inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk and his book, CrushIt. Each student has been asked to identify something they are passionate about and build their personal brand through social media.
We are six weeks into the semester and the fruits of their planning and thinking and research are beginning to show. What is so exciting is that each student is doing something different and they are learning how to incorporate different tools into what they are doing. Even more fun, is they are helping each other through the process.
In essence this semester the students in #MKT420 are learning how to become Social Media Ninjas. They are learning the intricate and mysterious rules of social media. (Ok, you got me, there really aren’t any rules because if you haven’t figured it out yet, we are all making up the “rules” as we go along — which is why they are “mysterious”). Words that describe the Social Media Ninja include: Agile, Nimble, Gadget Master (think in this case tools like blogs, twitter, facebook, analytics, SEO), Multi-faceted, Master Wordsmith, Content Creator, Content Distributor and Networker Extraordinaire.
This of course highlights that just because they are young doesn’t mean they are ready to run a social media campaign for your business. They need training. And this assignment is that training ground. When they complete this course, if they do the work and they listen to my feedback (and yours…but I’m getting to that in a minute), they will become Social Media Ninjas.
So here is where you come in. You are a business professional. Perhaps a Social Media Ninja yourself. Or perhaps you are looking for bright talent that will become your Community Manager or your Content Manager. Here is your chance to get in on the ground floor. To not only watch these students develop their mad skilz in social media marketing, but even help them by providing feedback, reading their content and being willing to engage and mentor them.
They graduate in May.
Perhaps you just might want to Hire These Grads.
So here they are. Social Media Ninjas In-Training. Follow them. Subscribe to their Blogs. Watch their Videos. Help them reach Social Media Ninja Status.
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