The Covid-19 pandemic has kept us inside, but it has not stopped our artistic and creative side. All over Social media you can scroll through feeds after feeds of how parents are passing the time with their kids. Some are baking, cooking meals, gardening but how about redecorating? That’s right! How about getting your kids involved with sprucing up their own rooms?
Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your children’s room. Whether a nursey or a tween’s room. Ask your kids what they think? Do they like their current bedspread? Do they like their dresser? Get the conversation started and get creating. What makes the perfect kid room to you?
If you need some inspiration and help. I have put together my favourite room ideas for Spring 2020. Check them out below!
Colour and more colour! Be bold this spring!
Use as much pastel as you wish. This simple light blue paint brings pop to all the pink and purple accents. Try a bright throw pillow as a start!
This is a great idea for the tween in your home. The mix of light and bold colors brings a pop to any space. Try this style by adding a floral prints to great area rug.
Let’s talk about the colour green. It is the must have colour for spring 2020. From the gorgeous mint green to forest green. It adds pop to any multi-colored or pastel room. It’s gender neutral and perfect for any nursery because it adds a bit of calm to the room. www.housetohome.co.uk
Got a superhero in the making? You will be the coolest parents on the whole block by adding a his or her favourite comic heroes to their room. Create this look by adding wall paper comic book stripes. This superhero themed fits any kind of space.
Kids and toys go hand in hand but that doesn’t mean you need to compromise space. Adding simple totes and roll away storages underneath the bed leaves ample amount of room for imagination.
Get creative with these ideas and spring into a new look! Share these ideas on Social media. Use this hashtag #KIDSDECORTETOO
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Trivago is a B2C business many people either love or hate and a lot of the hate has to do with the Trivago guy who dances around telling you how you can get the best deal on hotels by using their site. But no matter how you feel about the commercials, people use the service and Trivago has made a business model work for them.
Trivago has the usual Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube accounts that seem to be the norm for most businesses today but they all seem to have a different types of messaging mixed with the core goal of driving people to use their services for all their vacation and hotel travel needs.
Their social media channels are all about promoting their product and the engagement they seem to get on them is not particularity positive. It doesn’t seem to matter what they post on, there is usually someone interrupting the message with how they used Trivago and had bad service or how the spokesperson they have on their commercials is a drunk and should be fired. I noticed that on the Facebook page specifically that Trivago doesn’t seem to respond to questions or comments.
The Linkedin account is about recruiting so the messaging on that site is about how great the company is to work for. They are positive and upbeat and encouraging because they want to make their place of business look good to potential employees. They have current staff on YouTube videos telling people what a great place it is to work for and inviting people to apply.
The Twitter account seems to be the most active and seems to be monitored better than their other social media accounts and their messaging is more thoughtful questions about what people can expect in the evolution of hospitality and accommodations, interspersed with great places to stay. They make an effort to respond to comments and questions but it almost seems a little prefunctory.
I personally think that Trivago could do a better job of interacting with potential customers. They seem to have a good following on their sites (ex. Facebook has 13,414,151 followers, Twitter has 115.8K followers) but the engagement is low from them and their followers. I don’t know if this is because of the nature of their business in that people only follow them because they are looking for the best deals or if the content they post isn’t relevant to their followers. They have quite a few negative comments on their pages that have nothing to do with the posts and I know sometimes it’s best not to engage people but they also don’t respond to any comments and that gives the impression they don’t care what people say about them and that their social media sites are just an item they can mark off on a list of doing a job.
I definitely think that with all the social sites that Trivago manages, they could beef up their postings and engage a bit more and maybe the Trivago guy wouldn’t be the only thing that people focus on.
An explosion of fashion and a phenomenal number of social media, dazzling advertisements, movies, tips, trips, cultural promotion, and an array of entry points inclusive of customer service, store locations, and environmental responsibility. This fashion giant, H&M, seems to have the glimmering photographs, splendid navigation, and discounts where appropriate. Nonetheless, there is lacking when compared to some competitors and oddly it is right at the Business to Customer (B2C) level despite all the glory and fireworks when attending their website and social media. Customer engagement is imperative.
H&M do a phenomenal job at consumer engagement. At every turn on social media there is a cornucopia of delightful models, blouses, pants, shirts, shoes, men, women, children, exotic travel scenes and the like. They are colourful, fashionable, light, heavy, seasonable, and they know their accessories. However, they are not approachable due to some issues that become obvious and their respective use of social media is more for product promotion than customer engagement.
Social Media and H&M
H&M uses a bounty of social media. They employ YouTube
extremely well. It encourages viewership by the breadth of topics of
fashionable concern. Beauty, swimwear, makeup, designers, back to school
matters and travel. There is little interaction by consumers and each video
seems to be well scripted and uses models. Thus far, there is a perception that
no consumers are interviewed about the product at hand. Very professional, but
not customer interactive.
Facebook is well utilized for promotion, but any customer
complaint is dismissive and relegated in the language used. Instagram, though
colourful and robust, again, has no customer pictures, nor community. Their “Your
Stories” is a ruse by nature of every Instagram photo is a given reflection of a
fit model without blemish or overweight persons as reflected in the real world.
Twitter reflects the above. It is an ad nauseam of advertisements and a few seemingly directed comments by alleged consumers. On two social media sights, the Community pages read as “Sorry, this content isn’t available right now”. They also use a magazine format for a blog, but purely for advertising. Where is the communication?
There is little to no customer communicative interaction. There
seems to be no real back and forth as is indicative in B2C. It must affect
sales as “social Media is not a one-way street and it requires you to listen
and interact (Ryan, 2019).
Nordstrom is an excellent model to follow. Through all their social media there are appropriate and well worded responses to customers and effective email marketing that ensues. They deal with customers diplomatically, make appropriate referrals and point them to an array of clubs and discount points where needed. A good blog is in place to facilitate changes in customer and fashion activity (King, 2015).
Ryan, J., Digital Communication, Lesson 4: Choosing the Correct
Storytelling Tools for Your Audience, Lesson Content, Readings, Lesson Notes, B2B
vs B2C vs B2G, Algonquin College, 2019
Scollon, Ron, and Wong,
Suzanne, LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY 21, Intercultural Communication, A Discourse
Approach Second Edition, Chapters 2. Language and Social Networks (second
edition)Lesley Milroy, 17. The Language of the News Media, Allan Bell, 2001,
Second edition published Blackwell Publishers Inc., 350 Main Street, Malden,
Massachusetts 02148, USA
As a single millenial, I have spent my fair amount of time perusing the various online dating sites and apps available. I have encountered some nice and decent people and others who, well, I wouldn’t want to come across again.
These aren’t experiences from just one site. I have spent time on eHarmony (paid membership,) Tinder, OkCupid, POF, Zoosk, Match along with a few others. Many of my friends are also registered to some of these services and have had other experiences, some better, some worse. However, these are the 3 things I have had happen to me personally and have heard of happening to others the most.
I have to say, while all these sites do offer different services and have different people registered, I would generally get bored with one and move on to another.
Let’s start with catfishing (and no, not the one that swims.) Catfish, in this instance refers to someone pretending to be someone they aren’t online.
Yes, it is real, and not just on TV like the popular show Catfish. I had it happen once, that I made plans to meet with someone I had been chatting with online for a while. I made my way to the meeting place to find out the person wasn’t who I thought I had been talking too. He had used pictures of one of his friends and lied about most his interests. Needless to say I ran out of there pretty quickly.
As you can tell, the catfish isn’t exactly the most attractive creature on the planet. (Urk!)
Have you ever started to see someone and take a bit of a liking to them only to have them completely stop responding to you without any rhyme of reason that you know of? It is quite common. Ghosting is something that has happened to me, my friends and I am not proud to admit, but I have done it before too. I don’t want to excuse the act, but usually if I stop talking to someone it’s because something about the way they talk gives me the creeps.
Similar to ghosting, but this one feels a little more personal. I have arranged to meet someone before but the guy never showed. I waited about a half-hour before he messaged me saying he was stuck at work and couldn’t make it. We arranged a second meeting time and once again he didn’t show, only this time there was no message. When I tried to contact him, I never received a response.
I think I’ll stick to meeting people the old fashioned way from now on, maybe experience a meet-cute like in the movies. 🙂
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