About Maren

Maren Hogan

Maren Hogan

Maren Hogan is interested in virtually everything social media but particularly in how it pertains to the acquisition and management of talent. (Okay, end the part where I write about myself in the third person). I love all things related to design, distribution and attraction. I have not figured out exactly what my title should be but I currently serve as a marketing and new media consultant to several companies.

My dive into the world of talent acquisition (and consequently social media) came through the family business, an executive search firm. I started my old blog Big O Recruiting, as an homage to my current hometown, Omaha, NE and to try and address the dual focus of technology/IT and Recruiting. This blog will cover broader company strategy, marketing tactics, community building, talent attraction and new media (if I dare). But there will still be local flair from time to time.

You can see my writing, videos, and other nonsense at Fistful of Talent, Recruitingblogs.com, HRM Today, Brazen Careerist , Experience Project, Travel Blog Exchange, and GoGalavanting.com

Personal Life: I have a wonderful husband Jeremy and together we are raising three amazing boys: Jackson, Quinlan and Rocky Finn. We live in Midtown Omaha (shout out to Clairmont Heights!). We belong to the AMAZING Waypoint Church, which is changing the way we “do” Christianity. I’m a California Girl, he’s a boy from Duluth, MN. Don’t ask how we ended up here. I have a great TRIO of parents (blended modernistic familia thank you) and loads (actually four) beautiful sisters, not even counting Jeremy’s amazing parents, and his sisters and their hubbies. So, suffice to say, I am blessed with tons of family.

I love travel, interior design, typography, singing, dancing, meeting new people, chips and salsa, cooking, eating, fashion, social media, business strategy, promotions, connecting people, technology (even when I don’t understand it!), writing, reading, graphic design, video editing, event planning, networking, what I do and a lovely dinner with good friends. (Obviously this is not an exhaustive list!)

  • Courtney McGann

    Rockin page sis! Now that I’ve been “marenated”, I feel all juicy and falvorful. Weird, I feel the same way after listening to Fergie. Is that what you were going for? Anyhow, cool page!

  • Kay

    Really cool page.
    I would wanna make one for myself. But it will a smaller page coz I am yet to achieve a lot of things.lol

  • http://www.abettertribe.com David

    Just joined tweeter…came across your site…looks very interesting, on my way to church..but will follow up and read more.

  • http://www.imagedesigns.com Matt Clark

    Greetings Maren. Great stuff here! We randomly pick people… and you’re it. Love to make you a free custom TweetPage (www.tweetpages.com) for your Twitter backgound. Tried to find an email link… but couldn’t so I used comments here. Feel free to delete :) Don’t find many Maren’s in life (my mother’s name is Maren – uno… the constant… like Karen but with an “M”). Swing by the site TweetPages.com to see some we’ve designed. Have a great day.

    Matt Clark – creative guru and design extraordinaire!

  • David Benjamin

    I have been following you on Twitter for about a month now and have enjoyed your sense of humor in addition to your willingness to share. I look forward to reading and hearing more from you.

    Keep up the great work!
    New fan!

  • http://www.christinepagan.com Christine

    Hi! Great to meet you the other night at the Tweetup! I love your blog so far….and hope to see you at another Tweetup soon!
    Christine (the one with the big camera;-) )

  • marenhogan

    You guys all rule. Thanks for the great comments. If any of you ( I know you’re all from different walks of life) have career oriented questions, I would love to help find the answers!

  • http://www.internetinc.com/ eric shannon

    Love your new design Maren! we’ll update TRB asap:)


  • catrionacampbell

    Hello Maren
    Have just arrived at your blog and love the look and feel of it – I have worked in tourism marketing in the UK for most of my workng life. I orginally trained and worked as a teacher of art and then got the travel bug and started my tourism career with Contiki Travel an international tour operator that took 18-35′s from Oz and US around Europe – and then spent 10 fantastic years as Mktg Drector for the London Tourist Board and had the privelege of promoting London worldwide. I can still remember going to a meeting and telling my colleagues about the internet and getting v excited about creating a webiste and being told it will never take off! I imagine that shows my age.Anyway good luck with all your projects – I’ll put a link in my very new blog – only 2 weeks old and in need of a well designed template and I’m spending too much time looking for the right one – something I’d never allow my clients to do!
    I have to confess that I had to look up where Omaha is – sorry! But I imagine you will have to do the same if I tell you I live in Whitstable in Kent.

  • http://jaredmwoods.blogspot.com/ Jared Woods

    Hi Maren,

    I came across your site over the last couple of weeks while getting my head around social media and employment marketing ideas. I do a similar kind of work to you in Australia, working in-house with companies to help them manage their reputations and employment brands.

    It’s been great reading your posts and following you on Twitter. There’s not much talk along these lines locally, so it’s been great to hear your thoughts. Stimulating stuff! Looking forward to hearing and reading more!

  • http://www.CruiterTalk.com Ryan Leary

    Great Blog and content as always!

  • http://www.sendoutcards.com/maren Maren

    So I go on line and see what other “Marens” are up to, and I must say…lots of GREAT things! I have very much enjoyed reading about you and all your adventures… I would love to hear your feedback on what I do…relationship marketing. Check it out at http://www.sendoutcards.com/maren. We print and mail cards all over the world. Now printing in Australia as well:)

    I too am from MN originally and now call home Phoenix, AZ. Look forward to connecting with other successful Marens!

  • http://twitter.com/sharepoint411 Imran

    Hi Maren,
    Just happen to follow you through one of my followe. Good to know about you. How can you help a small start-up company? Definitely, I am interested to hear your ideas…

    Best Regards,

  • http://chilligavva.com Lakshmi Mareddy

    Maren… Woo Hoo
    From a fellow Omahan here… We have lots of overlapping interests and I wanted to say Hi..
    Rgds, Lakshmi

  • http://www.hirelabs.com Jennifer

    Hey Maren, good to know about you more. nice to know about your family. lucky!
    I have been trying to email you @ maren@marenated.com but can’t get through. Can I have some other email address please.

    Take care.

  • http://Tweeterinfluence.com David King

    I have been following you on twitter for a bit now and I absolutely LOVE your sense of humor and social persona!

    You Rock Chica! Keep it up :)


  • http://www.hirelabs.com Oscar

    Maren is a great blogger, the best one that i found on the world of blogging. When we talk about RBC. There is not even a single person who couldn’t recognize Maren. I call her as the Queen of RBC

  • Matt

    Glad to see you’re proudly representing Midwest USA. I hail from Atlantic, Iowa, an hour East of you!

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  • http://stopdoingdumbthingstocustomers.com/blog/ Doug Shaw

    Hi Maren – I spotted you linked to a couple of my blog posts lately, thanks I appreciate that. I just popped by to take a look and say hi, nice place you got here I will look for opportunities to link back here now I’ve discovered your blog.

    Cheers – Doug

  • Babette Hodis

    Hello Maren,

    I wanted to drop you a line and compliment you on your website and blog. Nice layout, good tips, and an overall great resource on professional leadership, hiring practices, and the current job market.

    I currently work for an RPO solutions firm and we are interested in advertising on your site because we think it would be a great fit for us.

    Please let me know if this is possible.

    Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.