AWCNJ and NJ Creatives Network Hosts “Master Your Money, Accelerate Your Success”

Click here for more info or to register for this event.
Click here for more info or to register for this event.

The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey Chapter (AWCNJ) and the New Jersey Creatives Network will be hosting an informative session on money management on Thursday, November 19, 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Unique Photo, 123 US Highway 46 West in Fairfield, NJ. Money and business expert Robyn Crane will speak about the importance of developing a better relationship with your money to achieve greater balance, have more time for yourself and gain peace of mind.

The presenter, Robyn Crane, is a Certified Financial Planner™. She is the host of the TV show, The Financial GSpot, the radio show, Let’s Talk Money, and #1 International Best Selling Author of Mind Over Money Management. Her blueprint for financial and business success has been featured on Fox Business News, The Motley Fool and SavingsAccount.com.

The cost is $5 if you’re member of either organization and $10 for non-members. This is a great opportunity to build your professional network, learn more about the organizations hosting this event, as well as learn how to manage your money more effectively — especially if you’re saving money to build a business or for personal reasons.

Click here for more information or to register for the event.

AWCNJ Hosting “You Don’t Have to Shout to Stand Out” – Tuesday, May 19th

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Don’t Shout…Stand Out!

The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey (AWCNJ) is hosting a networking event on Tuesday, May 19th on how to speak with others – in the workplace and in your network – so you can build strong connections with ease. Whether you’re in business for yourself, in corporate, or in a job search, you need strong business conversation skills so that you can comfortably and confidently advocate for yourself. Learn how you can present your ideas more effectively by joining AWCNJ for a night of networking and dinner at Cucina Calandra in Fairfield.

Christine Clifton, MBA
Christine Clifton, MBA

You Don’t Have to Shout to Stand Out
Say What You Need to Say, So You Can Get Where You Want to Go, and Earn What You’re Worth
Presented by Christine Clifton, MBA

Cucina Calandra (next to the Best Western Fairfield Executive Inn)
244 Route 46 East, Fairfield, NJ
Tuesday, May 19
6:30-9:00 p.m.
Price: $35.00 (for members AND non-members)
Price includes dinner (Chicken Francese, Pasta, Pastries, Tea & Coffee)

Click here to learn more and to register for the event!

Women in Communications Hosts Annual Holiday Party – Thursday, December 4

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The Association for Women in Communications – New Jersey Chapter (AWCNJ) is hosting a very festive networking event on Thursday, December 4, 6:30pm, at Que Pasta Italian Restaurant in Saddle Brook, NJ.

Family owned and operated, Que Pasta’s signature product is their freshly made pasta — all made in-house and served along with their homemade sauces. So come and enjoy delicious food and drinks while basking in the engaging company of your friends from AWCNJ! There’s also an entertaining gift exchange that’s sure to lift your spirits.

Gift Exchange
Have an item lying around your house that deserves another home? Wrap it up and we’ll throw it in the grab bag for our gift exchange. We know we’ll get some chuckles.

Donation
Please bring along a non-perishable food item (canned or packaged) to donate to the local food pantry.

Price:
Members/Non-Members: $35 / Students: $25

Bring all your holiday spirit and we’ll see you at the party!

Register here for the AWCNJ Annual Holiday Party!

Questions? Please email programs@awcnj.org.

Why You Need a Responsive Mobile-Optimized Website (Infographic)

So what exactly is a responsive website and why does your business need one? Having a responsive site means that a website is designed and optimized for a better viewing experience through a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet and smartphone. The infographic below shows responses from customers regarding mobile-optimized websites, as well as their opinions on email marketing and blogs, especially how these marketing methods help improve customer satisfaction and engagement.

Infographic created by the yvenia Web Solutions design team.
Infographic created by the yvenia Web Solutions design team.

yvenia Web Solutions is a partnership between yvenia Design and ma WebCenters®, an innovative Internet marketing company specializing in business website design, eCommerce and hosting services. Here are five reasons why yvenia Web Solutions can help promote your business.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

So, What’s Your Job Title?

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This topic has been in my mind for awhile because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. My little dilemma (if you call it that) is based on The Creative Group’s recent post on modern creative job titles.

Whenever I go meet people in professional networking or social events, the first question they would always ask is “So, what do you do?” What’s my answer? I tell them that I’m a “graphic design and communications consultant.” However, in my mind, am I really? Does this job title accurately represent the work I do?

In my experience, I always feel that I’m more than just a graphic designer. Other than having an art school background who’s very familiar with Adobe Creative Suite, my career has progressed to writing, editing, communications strategy, web content management, email marketing, blogging, social media management (at least for my own social media platforms) as well as budding freelancer and entrepreneur.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all. I feel that having an additional skill set makes you more marketable to potential employers or clients, especially that technology is exponentially increasing and businesses are looking for more than just a hands-on designer.

My only complaint is…what exactly do I call myself? Do I call myself a either a “graphic design and communications consultant” or “creative services professional” since I do more than just design? Should I use my given corporate job title as “Marketing Communications Consultant” even though it sounds too broad, or something else that’s more specific? Maybe I’m overthinking this whole issue and need some sleep (it’s 1:30 am ET in the morning)?

So I have to ask, what’s your job title? Do you make up a fancy job title based on your skills? If so, what is it? I would love to hear your ideas. 🙂

yveniaWeb Solutions – A Web Design and Online Marketing Partnership

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Websites are designed by yveniaWeb’s design team.

As a graphic designer, I usually work independently and efficiently in designing pieces that can help market and promote your business, organization or event. My portfolio mostly consists of print marketing collateral, web assets (web banners and other graphics) and other custom design pieces.

In terms of web design, I can build and design web pages using a content management system, such as Dreamweaver, WordPress, Vignette and SharePoint. However, I am still learning and understanding the web programming aspect in building a website from scratch, such as JavaScript. With a full-time job, building a business on the side, being a co-president of a professional organization, as well as finding room for some social time, even graphic designers need some help.

This is why I have partnered with maWebCenters®, an innovative Internet marketing company specializing in business website design, eCommerce and hosting services. yveniaWeb Solutions offers an online marketing strategy, as well as web design services, for small businesses, start-ups and other organizations who want to build their web presence. Our business also includes an award-winning Customer Service team and a group of talented web designers who can help your business with unlimited support for your website and other questions you may have.

Click here to learn more about yveniaWeb Solutions. If you want to see a demo of our web design and marketing solution, please contact me for an appointment.

Links To See – Weeks of July 7 and 14

Here are the latest headlines from around the Web:

  • When Marketing Over Social Media, Test, Experiment and Test Some More (From Entrepreneur)
  • Mac users targeted in ‘ransomware’ scam (From MSN)

From Project Eve

From Creative Bloq

Build Your Career and Network through Professional Organizations

Last night, I went to a networking event hosted by NJ MarCom, a community of professionals in communications, marketing, advertising, creative and related fields within New Jersey. I was not only there to represent the organization I’m currently in (AWCNJ is a partner organization), but to also expand my network, promote my design and communications business, and see what other organizations that I would like to join.

Being a member of a professional organization is more than just networking and happy hour (even though they are always fun!). You get to learn from other professionals on how they become successful in their own careers, view any job opportunities that are out there, promote your business, and take part in any educational events that can help you grow and develop your skills.

Plus, organizations are always looking for volunteers interested in various roles such as event planning, marketing, communications, graphic design, membership, recruiting, and technology (i.e. web content management, social media). Volunteering can also lead to serving as a board member such as President or Vice President. Either way, having one of these fancy titles looks good on your resume, don’t you think?

So which organization is right for you? Here are some that you should look into (some of the organizations shown here originated from NJ).

Links to See – Weeks of June 23 and June 30

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July holiday. I’ll be heading back to work on Monday after a four-day weekend — which is way too short! Even before the holiday, I’ve been lagging on my posts the past couple of weeks. So I’m starting the week off right with a couple of design inspirations I came across this holiday weekend, as well as some headlines over the Web. Enjoy!