October 27, 2011
Observe the Environment
This is one of the simplest and most important things you can do while you are being lead through the office. Take a look at how people dress, sit, decorate their desks, eat their lunch, move around the office, interact, etc. Do people seem happy? Are they friendly? Is it the kind of work environment you could see yourself thriving in? Do you see any current interns and what are they doing?
Ask if You Can Speak With an Intern
This is a great way to get a good idea of what the environment will be like and what will be expected of you. Ask them about learning opportunities, networking, mentors, and anything else that is on your mind. Ask if they would recommend working there. And, if possible, try to do all of this outside of the office where they will feel more comfortable being honest without the pressure of their boss lurking over their shoulder. A lot of companies hire former interns so you may even be able to talk to an employee that used to be an intern. This is probably a good sign because it likely means both that he or she didn't hate the internship and that there's the possibility it could lead to a job.
Ask A Lot of Questions
October 26, 2011
October 19, 2011
A non-profit corporation called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages several aspects of the Internet, including a way for trademark holders to obtain domain names containing their trademark under certain circumstances. Its main purpose is to prevent "cybersquatting," which is when someone registers a domain name containing a trademark for the purpose of selling it to the person or company who owns that trademark. The Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (commonly abbreviated UDRP) established by ICANN governs the process of sorting out these types of disputes over domain names.
In August, Lady Gaga initiated a UDRP action against the registrant of LadyGaga.org, who had been running an unofficial fan site at that domain name for the past three years, claiming that she was unfairly profiting from Lady Gaga's fame. After a panel considered her arguments, Lady Gaga was denied transfer of the domain name.
Why It Happened:
October 18, 2011
Generally speaking, if you're serious about your internship, you should be on time to work every day (that you're scheduled to be there) and soak up knowledge/skills like a sponge until the agreed upon time to leave. You're only there for a limited time so you don't want to take away from that precious time with unnecessary days off. Of course, if you're not feeling well, it's perfectly acceptable to take the day off and many employers would most likely encourage you to keep your snotty nose and mysterious diseases as far away from the office as possible. In that case, as a courtesy to both yourself and your fellow employees, please do stay home.
October 13, 2011
The 4Ps are product, price, place, and promotion and together they make up the "marketing mix." These make up the main elements of marketing and most, if not all, of what you can control about a marketing campaign.
The product can mean the artist, a record, a song, a concert, a T-shirt, a download, a physical CD, a ring tone, access to an exclusive online portal or fan club, or any other thing you might be trying sell really. In fact, the idea of a music product has become increasingly complex over the past decade and it really could mean any number of things. Traditionally though, a product would usually either be an album or single, the artist overall, merchandise, or a tour.
October 12, 2011
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October 06, 2011
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