BEYONCE’S new thing on Instagram

Everyone is crazy about Beyonce’s new “thing” on Instagram called moving photos. It’s not enough that we take videos, now we take burst photos and use an app to make them look like a video. BUT it is an upcoming trend and soon you’ll see more celebrities indulging. I must admit it’s fun and eye catching so I hope you indulge too and let your followers watch your moving photos with “oooohhs and aaaahhhhs.”

I don’t want to give you too many choices but if you wanted to search for something you may like better than the choices below, just search for “Gif Maker” on both android or iphone.

What I currently have on my phones are:

* Android: Giff Me

* iPhone: Phhhoto

HAPPY GIFFING! 

10 Mistakes Vendors Make

Events in the City When producing and organizing an event with vendors, I often see the same mistakes vendors make that prevents them from making the most of any event they participate in.

The vendors that are happy with their results are the ones who have managed to avoid most, if not all of the listed mistakes below.

The ones who complain about their results are usually those who fail to avoid at least 5 of the mistakes below.

1. You are too lazy to get up from your chair and stand in front of your table.

2. You failed to look your best.

3. You didn’t prepare a strategy to collect emails.

4. You failed to share the event on social media prior to the event.

5. Your staff aren’t asking the right questions to qualify potential clients.

6. You don’t have a portfolio of samples of your products or services.

7. You aren’t providing an enticing value exclusive for the event.

8. Your display isn’t well thought out.

9. You refused to take part in the event raffle, advertising on the program, etc…

10. You didn’t take advantage or engage of the social media following for the event or use the ‘hashtag’ to connect you to other vendors and participants.

Is technology going too far?

20243580_lSo you’ve got a smart phone, a tablet/iPad, a Laptop, smart TV, and a smart Watch? It’s fun and convenient to have all of these technology as tools to communicate. Lucky for Marketing Professionals, it has now become easier than ever to quantify everything.

If you have a facebook page you can advertise to your select target market and receive analytics report. Mass e-mails provide a click-through report, and targeted ads now calculate CPMs (Cost Per Thousand (clicks)).

So here’s the kicker, market researchers are using your cell phones and WiFi connection to determine foot traffic. If you are in a theme park, for example, marketers can find out where you parked, what entrance you used, what rides you stood in line for, what rides you skipped, how much time you spent in the retail stores or the food court, and finally, if you are a return customer. Isn’t that amazing?

Oh wait, there’s more! The (example) theme park, can also track if you drove by their location and went to another theme park instead. Talk about “Big Brother?!?” – almost!

I notice so many people are against being “tracked” but unfortunately, because these tracking systems technically cannot access personal information, they are able to keep tracking. With that said, is technology going too far?

How to make buyers THINK that they’re destined to buy your product

Behavioral AdvertisingAdvertising is getting more and more convenient for Marketers! The smart technology is making it very easy for companies to invest marketing dollars more wisely than before. Small to medium business often times shy away from advertising and marketing plans but I assure you that it is so easy to get exactly what you want for more bang for your buck!

Take for example, behavioral based advertising. Several agencies (i.e. newspaper companies with online presence, online advertising companies, etc) are able to offer online advertising that utilizes browser’s cookies and caches. Your ads can be targeted to a specific audience with your requested criteria.

Let’s say for example, that you are a Los Angeles based swimwear boutique with an online shopping cart. You can request that your ads appear on the screens of those who have recently visited your website along with Nordstrom’s swimwear pages, Tommy Bahama, Expedia beach vacations, and Cruise vacations who are within your targeted region (targeted by zip codes, cities, or distance). The next time internet browsers go to a page where there are ad spaces, there’s a chance that your ad will appear.

In the consumer’s point of view, it is not by coincidence that the product you were just researching about happens to show up on the corner of another website you are visit. It is not serendipity that the Jimmy Choo shoes you were looking at showed up on the ad spaces when you logged on facebook. The truth is, your online behavior is being tracked and marketers can finally get a decent ROI with an ad that can be tracked and analyzed.

Needless to say, I am no longer in the market for print advertising.

CREATIVE MINDS BELIEVE IN GREY AREAS

I usually blog about business, marketing, and events. Seldom will I share sentimental thoughts but I think this one can also be relative to all walks of life, not just in love. My comment was derived from the post realization that this video is a perfect example of believing in “grey areas.”

You shouldn’t give up on people especially when they need you the most. Some selfish minds may think “get out now, no kids, not married… no ties… just leave.” But those are advice from people who understand less the grey areas of life. Some things aren’t that simple. Will the sacrifices feel better if marriage and kids were in the picture? Do you need to say your vows first before you make ultimate sacrifices? If you can’t be there for the person you love now, then how can you expect a lifetime together? I think that the events prior to the vows are just as important. It’s not always about black and white. To think that you aren’t meant for each other because life got a little challenging is exactly the mentality that divorced couples suffer from.

Life got tough, let’s break up! We don’t feel the fire anymore let’s give up! You are not the man/woman I married, let’s give up! WRONG! When things aren’t the way you want them to be, you can either accept the change or change with it. I’m sure plenty of people are on the verge of giving up and their friends and family aren’t supporting “togetherness” because selfishly, whether people admit it or not, they hate to see victory. Stop advising separation and start advocating for togetherness. If you are the friend who gives the separation advice, let me ask you, will you be willing to really be there for your friend through thick and thin? Or perhaps only when she calls you because you have your own life, too? Don’t let your first advice be about separation. Be cognizant of the message you are sending… hold your friends hand and tell her to be strong and to be there for her spouse or other half. Support what the heart truly desires.

Marriage and kids need not come first for people to decide to make ultimate sacrifices for their other half. Perhaps, their love isn’t following your own chronological ideas of relationships but it’s still a valid relationship. Needless to say, I believe in the existence of grey areas.

How does this relate to business you ask? Let’s replace the idea of “spouse” in this blog with the idea of a “dream.” DON’T LET ANYONE TALK YOU OUT OF YOUR DREAMS! It’s your right to make the necessary sacrifices to accomplish the feeling of success the way you measure it.

3 SURE FIRE SIGNS THAT YOU ARE READY TO START YOUR BUSINESS

Act on your dreams!Starting a business is the new black. It seems that there are one too many ENTREPRENEURS nowadays. Starting a business is sexy, to say the least. Being an entrepreneur means you are creative, you think well under pressure, you take risks, and most especially, you take ownership. There are plenty of small business owners who lack the entrepreneurship skills. Business owners who lack entrepreneurial skills refuse marketing planning, advertising strategy, and any other promotional investment.

If you’ve been contemplating on joining the entrepreneur community, here are 3 sure fire signs that you are ready to start your own business:

1. YOU ARE CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR PASSION. Passion is an important element in the entrepreneurship equation. When things get very challenging, you have to have enough passion in what you do to continue your work and not give up.

2. YOU ARE READY TO SACRIFICE FUN FOR WORK. Yes, the ultimate goal is to live a life “boss-free” but the beginning stages wouldn’t necessarily seem that way. When you are first starting your business, it’s all about work and you’ll have to remind yourself to have play once in a while just to keep your (in) sanity.

3. YOU TRUST YOUR INSTINCT WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING RISKS. Unfortunately, running a business is all about instinct. Most of the time, there are no right or wrong choices, but you’ll definitely need a sound instinct to lean towards a choice that you know, without a doubt, will work best!

3 WAYS TO INCREASE HOLIDAY SALES AT THE LAST MINUTE!

Holiday Sale Tips

If you are a small business owner and don’t have any holiday sales promo or campaign then you are definitely behind! But don’t fret, I have a few last minute ideas that you can personalize and make your own but you must act FAST!

1. CREATE LOST LEADERS – simple but easier said than done. There are only a few days left before Christmas! If you don’t have a plan, then you must roll up your sleeves and start this last minute process by doing a little research. Who are the top players in your industry? What holiday gift deals are they offering? Start looking for examples online! Lucky for you, most things are now online.

A “lost leader” is a merchandise that you are willing to sell at or below cost just to get the people in the door! Offer it as a gift with purchase or a discounted purchase with purchase or a BOGO (Buy One Get One, free or half off). Whatever your offer is, make it a “too good to be true” promo AND offer it only at a limited time.

2. SUGGEST GIFT PACKAGE IDEAS – Have you heard of the term “out of site, out of mind?” Well, this also implies to retail. Shoppers are already very distracted, if you don’t feed them ideas for the perfect gift for him, her, or the kids, then you will be missing out on possible sales. Take some time to group complimentary items together and arrange it as a package deal.

3.  OFFER REWARD POINTS – Reward customers who chose to buy from you. Allow your shoppers to redeem their points earned and encourage them to come and shop with you again after the holidays.

Bill O’ Reilly and John Stewart shouted about “white privilege” – was this a stunt?

So, this video of Bill and John (yes, we are on first name basis) has gone viral because these two older white men discussed and argued about white privilege on national TV. Now, I don’t have a long blog about this but I simply want to pose the question: Where they sincerely indifferent or was this a plot to increase their “minority” viewership and popularity? Because now, as you can imagine, many Blacks and Asian Americans are sharing and arguing about this as well.

If you are a “fair-minded” person, I’m sure you can agree that everything they do is all about the ratings. Sad to say, we will never find out if they really meant what they said.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is Brilliant! This is how it started…

Iggy doing the #ALSICEBUCKETCHALLENGEI honestly wish I thought of this first!

How else can you get J.LO, Chris Brown, Tyrese, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, Oprah, a whole football team, Lebron James, and many more to buy into your charitable efforts?

This is one of the most brilliant marketing strategies and the ALS foundation didn’t even come up with it!

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has quickly gone from a fundraising campaign to a viral Internet sensation, raising $15.6 million so far for the ALS Association to research Lou Gehrig’s disease.

But how did a campaign that has drawn in celebrities from Oprah and LeBron James to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg actually start?

Chris Kennedy, a golfer in Sarasota, Fla., was nominated by a friendto participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge, which at the time, had nothing to do with ALS. The campaign was not tied to any specific charity, and participants would select a charity of their choice for donations. Kennedy’s friend had selected a charity that benefits a young child with cancer in the area. Kennedy, passing the challenge along, then selected ALS because a relative is suffering from the disease. Kennedy nominated his wife’s cousin Jeanette Senerchia, whose husband Anthony is the one suffering from ALS. Kennedy posted this video on July 15—what appears to be the first instance in which the Ice Bucket Challenge and ALS were linked. To read more, click here: http://time.com/3136507/als-ice-bucket-challenge-started/ 

So how can something something this brilliant not planned? Mainly because we are all suckers for the Social Media and the word “challenge.” Yes, plenty of teens are into unproductive challenges but this one is actually for a good cause.

Here are five ways you can emulate the success of the ALS BUCKET CHALLENGE: 

1. Make it simple but extraordinary.

2.. Make it meaningful or charitable.

3. Make it fun.

4. Design it to be “shareable”

5. Create a hashtag.

You can view more celebs participating in the challenge, here http://www.rap-up.com/2014/08/18/drake-chris-brown-justin-bieber-iggy-azalea-lady-gaga-take-als-ice-bucket-challenge/

The Survivor’s Fashion Show 2014! See You in 2015…

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