MMC has always placed high importance on giving back to the community through its work with organizations such as She’s the First and Step Up Women’s Network. This week, we learned even more about the benefits of volunteering.
We know it’s good for the community and economy, but now we know that it’s also good for the volunteers themselves.
Data shows that there is a correlation between volunteering and lower risk for heart disease and depression – and even longer lives. States with more volunteers experience lower mortality and heart disease rates.
Women are more likely to volunteer than men. Keep it up, ladies!
If you’re responsible for building your brand on Facebook, you might want to read what MMC’s Chief of Digital Strategy and Social Innovation Robert Ricci has to say on Facebook’s “new” algorithm.
According to Ricci, the algorithm is designed to improve users’ experiences by pushing “quality” content into their news feeds. Facebook defines quality (or high-engagement) posts as those that contain links to “news sites” (defined partially as one’s .com or even Tumblr). By contrast, posts that contain links to images without further depth of content (e.g., infographics, memes or photos that don’t come from within the link shared) would be considered low quality and “punished” (translation: hidden or buried) by the algorithm because the asset used to attract users and elicit engagement led nowhere.
You can check out the full article here.
With holiday shopping in full throttle, a study from SheSpeaks, a women-centric research community, found that money matters weigh heavily on women’s shopping decisions.
SheSpeaks found out that 43 percent of women are either very or somewhat concerned about their financial situations, a 19 percent increase from last year. Regardless, 73 percent said they would spend the same or more on holiday gifts this season.
About half had planned to shop on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, and also online.
More than half of women will use a shopping app on their mobile devices.
Three quarters will not plan to re-gift – although one quarter say they will.
Image courtesy of Marina Maher Communications LLC
ShotTracker calls wearable tech ”the next megatrend,” changing the way we live, work, and play. And it’s for the better, according to 82 percent of users who say it has enhanced their lives.
Wearable tech is dominated by activity trackers and wearable fitness devices (96%).
Just ask MMC’s Allyson Culligan who wears her Jawbone every day – that is, except when it doesn’t match her outfit.
Culligan says, “I’ve found it extremely helpful to track my sleeping patterns, calories I’m burning and energy throughout the day, and during different types of activities. It even reminds me to get up when I’ve been sitting for too long!”
Now that it’s gotten a little colder outside (at least in New York), have you found yourself craving more junk food? Junk food that comes hot and cheesy and shows up at your door within the hour – perhaps in the form of a pizza box? Me too.
We’re not alone, as individuals consume an average of 46 slices each year. Interestingly, 37 percent of us stick to the basics and order plain pizza.
According to the research, if people do go the toppings route, they prefer the following – with the most popular at the top:
- Extra cheese
- Black olives
- Green peppers
*Note, 52 percent order meat toppings!
What kind of pizza do you order? Cheese please, or one with toppings, and which ones?
I had the great fortune of attending Glamour’s “Women of the Year” Awards last night – an evening packed with inspiration, tears, and the hard work and tireless determination of 12 women with awe-inspiring life achievements.
So, during my subway ride this morning, I took the time to reflect on which of the program’s “moments” (and there were many!) was most powerful.
It wasn’t the medley of Lady Gaga songs performed by members of the fifth-grade PS22 Chorus in Staten Island, or the surprise appearance by Oscar de la Renta to honor Natalie Manesset. Or even the moms of the children that Kaitlin Roig DeBellis helped save at Sandy Hook, who stood proudly on stage to honor her (smart guests, like me, brought their tissues).
It was the shrieks from Glamour’s “Girls in the Balcony” – several groups of schools Glamour invited to attend the event, among them the Lower East Side Girls Club. They were shouting “I LOVE YOU!,” but it wasn’t for Lady Gaga. It was for Malala Yousufzai. And that speaks volumes.
You likely know Malala, and her story – though just a year ago she was as unknown as the 66 million girls who aren’t in school that she is now fighting to help. She’s 16, and she’s inspiring young women around that world that their voice matters.
My top quotes from last night:
Husband of the year: “You’re the closest to heaven I’ve ever been.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton quoting Mark Kelly, about his wife Gabby Giffords (Glamour’s first ever “couple of the year!”)
Inspiration for beauty junkies: “Beauty is not in the face. It’s a light that shines from within.” – Malala
Throwback that I love: “Imagine your future with the confidence of your 10 year old self.” – Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindy Lieve, quoting 2009 WOTY alum Amy Poehler
On her Glamour cover: “Every woman here deserves to be on the cover. But if I could forfeit my Glamour cover, it would be to Malala.” – Lady Gaga
From the ever-stylish and intelligent one: “You can’t be stylish without being smart,” – Natalie Massenet
Advice to be repeated every day, all day: “Be yourself. Everybody else is already taken.”” – Melinda Gates
Yes. Thank you!: “Strong women get things done. Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best.” – Gabby Giffords
In memory: “This award is in honor of the 26 angels looking down on us right now.” – Kaitlin Roig DeBellis
To support Malala and Glamour’s Women of the Year fund, click here. My hands are all clapped out, but the 2013 Women of the Year deserve another round of applause. What an honor it was to spend a couple hours with you. As Glamour put it so well on their own blog, guests were left asking:
How can we take what we just heard, and use it to do more?
There was a lot of buzz around Twitter’s stock performance last week. Although seemingly impressive, critics point to Twitter’s low revenue and wonder if it’s being overvalued.
The New Yorker notes that some technology companies do end up making money after initial low revenue. “With Twitter increasingly becoming part of the infrastructure for communicating online, investors seem to believe that’s exactly what’s going to happen.”