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Blog // Connect South Carolina

Are Businesses in Denial About Social Media?

By Wil Payton

Some researchers are coming to the conclusion that American businesses are in a state of denial when it comes to social media. The Pew Research Center has found that two-thirds of online adults (66%) use social media platforms while the mindset in some corporate boardrooms seems to suggest a belief that the need for a social media presence is a bit overhyped. Rob Ployhart is the Bank of America Professor of Business Administration in the University of South Carolina’s Moore School. In a recent Times and Democrat article he spoke on this issue: Darla Moore School of Business researcher Rob Ployhart is conducting some of the first studies on...

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Holiday Shopping: Online vs. In-Store

By CSC Staff

Traditionally, this Friday marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Many  stores will be full with frantic shoppers darting in every direction, hunting for the best gifts and the best deals for each of their loved ones. For those who either do not have time, or dread the drama of holiday shopping, there is a growing in popular alternative. Like anything else that can now be done online, it doesn’t come as a surprise that, rather than spending their weekends searching for parking spots and waiting in long lines that wrap around stores at the mall, more shoppers are sitting at home or at work on their computers, smartphones,...

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GIS Day 2012: Discovering the World Through GIS

By CSC Staff

As we celebrate GIS Day today, it seems fitting that everyone’s attention has been on maps recently, especially with the election results last week and the devastation and recovery from superstorm Sandy. Perhaps without realizing it, everyone is taking advantage of the power of GIS. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allow us to visualize vast amounts of data and information to better understand our physical world, political events, cultural changes, disasters, and much more. GIS Day celebrates the use of GIS to analyze diverse topics in local, state, federal, and international applications. From the breakdown of...

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Internet Voting: Can We Make It Work?

By CSC Staff

On Tuesday, millions of Americans exercised their right to vote in the U.S. Presidential and other elections. Voters planned their schedules accordingly, giving themselves time to get to their polling places, mark their ballots for their candidates of choice, and get back to work, school, or whatever else their day might typically entail, all the while many were wondering, “Why can’t I just vote online?” In an era when virtually any daily task can be done over the Internet, many Americans believe it is time to consider giving voters the ability to submit a ballot from their personal computers, or even mobile phones. In addition to larger...

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