WebDAM’s Brand Connect shatters industry with visual content management features

Shutterstock's WebDam is a highly effective content management system that allows teams to work remotely in a collaborative platform.

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It’s been a week since the release of WebDAM’s latest features to their brand management solution, Brand Connect. On Tuesday, May 3, Examiner sat down with Jody Vandergriff, Co-Founder and CEO of WebDAM, to find out more about this game-changing platform and how it not only affects marketing teams and designers, but how it’s creating impact for the enterprise with individual contributors all over the globe!

As globalization takes over the business world, the standard multinational organization is finding itself competing with scalable business structures that have centralized headquarters and thousands of work-at-home contributors. Some of these companies don’t even have a central headquarter location. The multinational now has to work in double time, making sure that overheads are covered in each location, while innovating to protect their position in the marketplace and keeping with consistency across the board.

But, guess what? WebDAM, a Shutterstock company, has now created a solution that just may put them at greater odds against one another.

If you remember, WebDAM released a Fifty Shades of Branding SlideShare last year to introduce their Brand Connect platform. We even covered it here. Since its release, WebDAM has been working extra hard to expand upon feedback from the initial release and provide better solutions that service remote teams. The solution was to create a social branding platform to engage multidisciplinary teams and cross-departmental groups in conversation over branding and deliverables.

Towards the end of 2015, we have learned that many organizations are integrating WebRTC, a form of Unified Communications, in creating seamless production amongst their cross-continental teams. WebDAM is no different, as they encourage communications between team members by providing better tools for conversation and collaboration. Their new platform features e-mail, instant messaging and more.

The efficiency of WebDAM’s new features is priceless, and this launch has been the biggest one yet. For example, Embargo Dates and Image Carousels synchronize the release of materials, based on roles, privacy settings and location-based specifics. What’s even better than this is the fact that anything released through the Image Carousel can be released cross-platform and distributed to specific sites, on specific dates and in specific cities or countries!

This is very important, because it eliminates the need to create and recreate multiple codes that display a mixture of shared and unique-to-site imagery. In fact, there will be little need to ever change the code – unless a web property is being redesigned – and even then, the code will still never have to change. This is visual content management at its finest!

It is to be noted that with video becoming one of the fastest growing content assets, this platform is completely capable of managing video, as well. This is important, as so many websites rely on videos to better tell their brand’s story or to sell a product.

Allowing social functionality, team members and decision makers all get to join in the design process. They will be able to better explain what works, what doesn’t work and what should be implemented to cater to specific demographics and location-based populations. This is done in real time and across various platforms. This means that Johnny-on-the-Go will be interacting from his mobile device, while Stationary Sally makes changes in Australia from her desktop computer.

The “collective wisdom” in asset management is becoming very popular, because it better cultivates a corporate vision, especially across territories and amongst those who may never meet each other face-to-face, allowing for the design process to be maximized and project management to be completely streamlined to ensure clients are continuously receiving projects on time, on task and on budget.

In fact, companies may opt to include their clients within the platform, keeping them involved in the design process every step of the way. This saves time and also ensures higher rates of satisfaction to the end user.

The new features are set up in a visual style guide and mood board scenario. Textures, visuals, colors, fonts… They are all displayed in such a fashion that not only harvests productivity, but they will also inspire. Stakeholders now have influence.

“Usually, when creatives are distributed to teams and client brands, they are distributed through a .PDF file in the form of a style guide. We are changing all of this and making things easier for teams, especially those spread out geographically,” states Jody Vandergriff.

“Many companies are struggling to manage their brands in this new digital environment,” she continues “They rely on static brand guidelines in PDF documents that become outdated quickly, and distribute creative assets through network servers or cloud storage that put an immense burden on marketing teams to approve and fulfill requests. Brand Connect and these newly launched features equip teams with smarter, simpler technology built for digital marketing.”

A smart solution for cloud-based systems, building, organizing and distributing brand assets and guidelines, the automation speaks for itself. But, everyone wants to know about the analytics. How well is this platform performing?

In the previous release of the platform, analytics were spread across social channels and web domains. It was the essential brand management platform. The upgraded version allows “graphic details that display key measures and trends to better understand asset feedback and use.” Analytics have better allowed us to understand the external details of our brands – but what about the internal stakeholder? WebDAM has allowed us to access these details and find out what our team members really think – whether they admit it or not.

In Marketing and in Branding, design is a must. Visually appealing platforms keep us on our toes and force us to be better creators. Decision makers can privately discuss marketing collateral and content distribution. Once a decision has been reached, they can send those assets directly through the channels of their choice – saving time and manpower in the process. Because content needs to be pushed out to each network only once, hosting is cut dramatically, especially in the case of large content, as it is now integrated into various web properties from one location

Discoveries allow for detailed information, relating to tools, that can be used and how to use them. Guidelines are displayed to teach stakeholders where creatives can be used and shared. Basically, this centralized “location” better dictates to teams the “can dos” and “can’t dos” in each brand campaign.

Project management has also been made easier, as various workflows are supported within the platform, itself. Dates for submission and deadlines for publication are set in stone — but are also customizable. User profiles allow each team member to be unique, while able to be grouped and assigned tasks. There is a persona behind each set of keys. Products will be introduced, and product releases can be better managed through product management strategies within the workflow process.

Finally, WebDAM has partnered with some pretty amazing organizations and mainstream media companies to provide the optimal experience to each user of this platform. Fully integrating, WebDAM has partnered with companies, such as Adobe’s Creative Cloud to allow in-the-cloud editing. Using a program such as InDesign, users will find that assets are directly pulled into the system. Creative content can be moved directly from the desktop and into the cloud – or in reverse. Layers can be saved automatically to the cloud, while the entire project is accessible cross-platform.

WebDAM has partnered with other great companies, such as Box, WordPress and Drupal, to allow similar functionality. Soon, WebDAM will be releasing information on their new partnerships and will only further enhance content management experiences, driving industry change even further. Companies that utilize proprietary information will be happy to note that WebDAM has also made allowances for customizable API utilization.

Changing the game for marketers, brand managers, content developers and product owners, WebDAM continues to amaze us with their innovations. They have taken the business out of the business and allow us to become more creative. We have been hindered in such an evolved world that some of us have forgotten how to be creative. This is not only shifting industries, but it is opening our minds.

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300-year-old industry implements innovative tech trends

A2Z and FABTech Canada Release Mobile App

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FABTECH CANADA 2014 will be taking place shortly, and a2z, Inc. plays an important role in helping the event to succeed through innovation and accessibility. FABTECH CANADA is the embodiment of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), the American Welding Society (AWS), the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International with SME, who have been “serving to the advancement and growth of fabricating, welding, metal forming and manufacturing” for the last 300 years. Together, they bring these elements into manifestation to produce an annual event that is exciting and unique to Canadians in this industry. Through growth and the evolution of tech trends, innovation is key to successful progress, especially for such a traditional trade in a “high-tech” world.

According to a recent press release (March 11, 2014), a2z, Inc. is teaming up with FABTECH to make this year even more successful than the last. a2z, Inc., a leader in event management and marketing software solutions, has designed a customized ChirpE Native Mobile App for the FABTECH CANADA 2014 event that will take place at the Toronto Congress Centre on March 18-22, 2014. The app is available cross-platform, including Android and iOS and is also available on all “internet-enabled smartphones.”

Because FABTECH CANADA is Canada’s “only exclusive fabricating, welding, metal forming and finishing event,” it dedicates itself to provide all the tools needed to “improve productivity, increase profits, and find new ways to grow in today’s competitive business environment.” In taking that concept to the digital world, it is imperative to reflect the company’s direction through mobile capabilities in bringing productivity to this event.

The a2z-powered ChirpE mobile solution allows for “on-the-go access” to event exhibitor listings, full with interactive floorplans and up-to-date conference scheduling. There are also features for event announcements and a personalized planner so that attendees can create their own customized schedules with notes and calendar capabilities. This particular app is superior to others in its field because it allows for live synchronization with the conference website and provides exhibitors and attendees with an enhanced event experience and to-the-minute announcements. Furthermore, they can use productivity tools to create lists of favorite exhibitors and map out their locations at the event.

This app allows for FABTECH CANADA 2014 to be marketed through app marketplaces and allow for sponsorship possibilities within itself. Mobile Marketing options, which also include Internet Marketing tactics, may also be made available to bring this event to the forefront of many skilled traders in the Canadian region of the World. It also allows for awareness through Word of Mouth and the app’s presence in the mobile marketplace to encourage International attendees in this and future years. With the collaboration of a2z and FABTECH, it is highly likely that we will see a trend amongst future generations of skilled tradesmen and women in incorporating new technologies with traditional practices.

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Shorty Produkshins currently seeks independent contractors in major cities

Shorty Produkshins IS Shorty Productions, social branding, public relations and internet marketing.

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Shorty Produkshins has grown over the last ten years and has expanded borders from Orlando and Pittsburgh origins to other regions around the World that include places like: Atlanta, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Memphis, Detroit, Punxsutawney, Philadelphia, Toronto, Nigeria and more! They provide clientele with Social Branding and Event Marketing options that are optimized through “Advanced Internet Marketing and SEO tactic.” They also provide current clientele with Public Relations, Mobile Marketing, Design Strategies, and Consultation.

As the company has grown, and with recently adding new services to its menu, Shorty Produkshins current marketing teams have been faced with the challenge of time and possibility. Shorty Produkshins believes in direct focus and dedication to the creative process for each project in providing quality service in a timely manner. Because of this, it has become more difficult to continue ongoing efforts to market services to new and potential clientele. This is an important part of ensuring a successful future for the business. It is also the reason the current campaign has been prompted.

They are seeking “self-motivated” individuals that demonstrate ethics, professionalism and determination to add to the roster. As Independent Contractors, they would be allowed to set their own schedules, work from home and make as much profit from commission as they allow themselves to achieve. They will be marketing in-demand servicing from Shorty Produkshins that is geared towards individual brands, small businesses and non-profit organizations.

“Because the power of ‘Social’ is strong, Shorty Produkshins intends on hiring those Independent Contractors from a variety of backgrounds and education levels, as long as the individuals perform ethically, professionally and with great determination while having fun! Individuals will be working from home but are encouraged to network at larger events and gatherings. They will be working closely with the Shorty Produkshins marketing team from around the World through an Online platform created specifically with them in mind.”

They are asking individuals to submit resumes, along with a written answer or video reply to the questions: “Why I am qualified to be added to the team, and why would I be a great asset to the team?” Strong communication skills are a necessity. They are only interested in “individuals who can demonstrate a passion for Social Branding and Event Marketing.”

Ideal for “ those individuals who are well known in their communities, are attending college, are involved in the Entertainment Business and/or are “Power Hustlers” who can prompt and close sales quickly,” they are asking applicants to direct all deliverables to hiring@shortyprodukshins.com… Will you make the cut?

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.ME creators rewarded for “making the Internet personal.”

.ME creators rewarded for "making the Internet personal."

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For those webmasters, bloggers, and social networks that have taken advantage of .ME extensions, as opposed to traditional .COM addresses, you could find yourself “reaping the rewards” of innovation in the upcoming weeks.

As of January 4, 2014, .ME Registry personnel have announced “The .ME Loyalty Program” at the 2014 New Media Expo (NMX) n Las Vegas, Nevada. The loyalty program is a platform that connects all .ME users into one community and then rewards them with exciting perks and prizes within the community.

Users can begin collecting points by “checking [.ME] social medias, joining .ME contests, bringing friends to the website, sharing related #hashtags on Twitter or Instagram” …and more! Once points are collected through social action, they may then be rewarded with exciting perks and prizes, “including T-shirts, domain name and hosting packages, gift card vouchers and much more.”

The intent to drive more people to .ME domain extensions for personal and social content creation is the goal of this loyalty program. The .ME extension is becoming more popular in today’s “social society” and .ME registry is creating the opportunity for .ME creators to be rewarded for setting the standard in current web trends and domain destinations.

While a “youngin’” in comparison to .COM destinations, this five-year-old practice has been finding itself gaining momentum and rapidly gaining in web demand. Perhaps this is an attempt to combat the future release of multiple domain extensions that include professions, hobbies and topical interests (i.e. JohnSmith.LAWYER, Grocery.STORE, etc.).

Nonetheless, .ME will continue to grow with demand, due to short addressability, “call to action potential” and the objective of direct social personalization. Currently, there are over 750,000 domain names under .ME control and more than 170 accredited registrars for them, including the popular GoDaddy.com.

The loyalty program was designed to be “clean and easy” while celebrating the .ME community. Users may sign up through traditional means or via Social Sign In (with Facebook, Twitter, etc.). They will then be able to participate in fun activities that allow them to collect points through the program, while saving points to redeem their rewards.

NMX attendees were given an additional incentive through the loyalty program’s grand announcement. They were encouraged to sign up with Facebook and collect points by sharing their ideals on the new program and including photos that they had taken at the .ME booth on Twitter and Instagram, further attaching the #domainME hashtag selected to commence the .ME Loyalty Program campaign.

“As longtime sponsors of NMX, we have developed a truly special relationship with our blogging community. We would like to invite everyone attending the conference to stop by booth number 607 to chat with us, pose for personalized photos and take home swag we’ve designed for the blogger on the go,” said Predrag Lesic, CEO of the .ME Registry. Many did and became the first of what will be many users participating in the .ME Loyalty Program and “making the Internet more personal!”

Be sure to like .ME Registry on Facebook for exciting details on making this year a great year for .ME and you!

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Elements of Internet Marketing: The importance of the press release.

Elements of Internet Marketing | The Press Release (2013).

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in awhile, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “Press Releases”. Enjoy!

We all want to get our message out to the masses. We all want to scream it from the rooftops and keep the “telephone” effect going. But, what will really help our brand to succeed in today’s Global marketplace? How will we encourage rapid spread of our message to Corporate Partners, Investors, Brand Enthusiasts and the media?

Traditional approaches have always encouraged businesses to release press sheets to the media in the form of a Press Release. This has always been highly effective, because Media Partners are always looking for “the latest” in news on select topics to report to their audiences. The less searching that they have to do to find out everything that they need to know about your brand’s latest news, the more likely they are to even learn of its existence.

As populations increase and more businesses are founded through these populations, more brands are seeking attention from media outlets. This is leading to the influx of flooded e-mail submissions and mailroom ambushes of press opportunities, all the while being ignored due to lack of feasibility amongst available resources. Writers simply find their own stories, either by means of networking or through Online distribution sites.

Modern technologies have led to new venues of spreading your message to the masses. Yes, the continued networking on social platforms, such as Linkedin and Facebook (and especially with those in the press), comes in handy. But, so much information is being submitted amongst “friends” and “connections” per minute, that it is easy to simply fall through the cracks. Additionally, those Brand Enthusiasts are already aware and interested in your brand’s latest releases, but what about those new potential consumers that aren’t even aware of your brand’s imprint within your industry. How do we reach them?

This is where we discuss the importance of the Press Release, as we know it today. Press Releases can appear to us in a tangible form, but they are now more common to be found via digital formatting around the net. Some brands simply include Press Releases within their own blogs, Press Rooms (which are very important to have) on company websites, or in E-mail Correspondences with previous contacts. This is fine. But again, where is the outreach to new potential consumers?

Today, not only is the release of press more common within a digital platform, but the receiving end is also done this way. As mentioned, writers are finding themselves heading to distribution sites around the net to seek a variety of unique press opportunities from brands and organizations around the World. They can simply search a topic and find an intriguing amount of results based on entered criteria. Due to multiple submissions, it won’t seem as though a specific brand has a monopoly on the writer’s news stories due to “contact only” submissions from those already in their Rolodex.

Press Releases, and especially Social Media Releases, are key elements in Advanced Internet Marketing tactics. They are one of the fundamental stages in Brand Awareness on the web. They include information about our brand, news about the brand, and links (backlinks) to our brand’s presence around the net. They are organic in nature, so they tend to optimize all links attached based on keywords found within the content of our release. With Social Media Releases (SMR), we are able to include videos and pictures that better depict the information that we are distributing.

Some news sites, like Google News, AOL News or Yahoo News, tend to demonstrate loyalty by solely using specific distribution networks to create press stories. Some newswires, another name given to distribution sites, generate submissions through paid subscriptions by brands, which are also accepted by the third-party news outlet. Each channel uses their own set practices based on established readers of the site. The key to distribution “switch offs” are by creating easy-to-use content that makes the process easier for wires to continually flow.

Stories that are most shared, backlinked to and from, or that are most accessed will more than likely be picked up by news sources immediately, due to obvious interest in your brand’s story. Using distribution networks with Social Sharing enabled will allow your release to be shared around the net, hike your optimization in search engines, and show a count of shared interest and/or “likes” surrounding your story.

While this may help, it certainly will not hurt your brand. What will hurt your brand is “spamming” too many distribution channels with the same exact version of the press release.

You will find, search engines generally do not like “duplicate” materials. Therefore, they are less likely to rank duplicate sources unless they are attached to highly ranked web channels. This is another story for another day, but what matters at the moment is choosing the right distribution channel wisely. Duplicate releases are fine, but this must take place only through channels that hold a high reputation on the web. Some sites, however, will reject duplicate material in order to keep their prestigious reputation in place.

Lower ranking sites usually do not mind duplicate stories, and it would be wise to have separate stories to share at these channels. As a matter of fact, if immediate awareness is all that you seek, go ahead and place your release within these sites. It is not promised that your release will ever be seen here, however. By doing this, it is also not promised that search engines will ever recognize it as a valuable piece of search history, because it is a duplicate. By having a separate release and engaging in this method, it is a gamble — but it can be highly effective on the contrary.

In releasing your story to the media, make sure you do not forget to backlink to it. Backlinks will find ranking through crawling of already established and ranked sites. Do not forget to submit your release to search engines. There are hundreds of search engines with active searches in place on a daily basis. Keep in mind, there are more search engines than just Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

Keep in mind that YouTube is considered one of our most used and influential search engines, as reported by recent web studies. That being said, do not forget to include video with your Social Media Release. It may be wise to create a video with your latest story intact, even if not release an SMR.

News sources may include your video within their own version of your story for release. There are many people that get their news through video depictions, as opposed to actually reading the story surrounding it in text.

Through video, you have the opportunity to tell the whole story in your own way and be promised that the story not be misconstrued and misrepresentative of important facts that you want portrayed. Video counts will also dictate interest in your story through video views. Take advantage of this! It shows that people actually seek information that you are giving.

Press releases aren’t just the point of contact for our brand to media outlets. They are a highly effective tool for Brand Awareness, Backlinking and Consumption. They are an effective way of telling our story in our own words. They are a means of updating audiences of our brand’s track record, documenting our story and keeping positive energies flowing through our brand’s veins.

Continuous press excites our audiences and keeps them interested in our brand’s progress, even feeling a part of our brand’s success. How are you using press to your advantage in staying ahead of the competition? If you are not, maybe it is time to start.

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Women on the Edge: Using Social Media for the pursuit of passion in womanhood.

Women on the Edge: Using Social Media for the pursuit of passion in womanhood.

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In the past year, we have seen a viral uprising in how conferences and seminars are done. While we would like to attend actual physical conferences for networking possibilities and to “play with” new technologies, it isn’t always simple to do so with busy schedules, travel prices, and family situations that demand our attention elsewhere.

Previously, businesses and companies held private webinars and meetings Online. But, now, it has become a more “mainstream” thing to do. More and more webinars, live events and web conferences are taking place on an International level. Some of these take place simultaneously with physical events at various locations around the World.

As like all professions, there is a niche audience that needs to be catered to. Niche audiences demand specific things. They seek something genuine, unique, something that they are unable to find elsewhere. They often seek empowerment, support, encouragement, ideals, brainstorming, training and other valuable resources from like-minded individuals that know exactly what one is going through, feeling, thinking and need

Yesterday, October 14, 2013, was the first day of “Women on the Edge (of Greatness!).” It is a virtual conference that is taking place in the second half of October.

From October 14 until October 31, 2013, a series “inspirational and practical Online workshops, Keynotes and other sessions” will take place to encourage women to get started on “BIG goals like starting a business, running your first triathlon or writing a book.” The series physically takes place in Orlando, FL, but registration and attendance takes place Online.

While these sessions will take place and stream live, attendees are welcome to watch them at their convenience through recorded video of these sessions. This means that WOE has the opportunity of going viral and helping women all over the World for years to come. The only thing holding it back at the moment is that registration is $129.

The World will be unable to access these videos without being an attendee. After all, very valuable information will be given at these events.

The event kicked off with speaker, Jody Urguhart, who presented “The Nerve to Serve, Say Hello to Humor & Goodbye to Burnout!” “Jody is passionate about spreading the message of the importance of fun at work. Jody is a motivational keynote speaker at over 50 organizations and associations every year, and is a top motivational keynote speaker,” states WOE in a recent press release.

“Jody’s trademark is to deliver very funny motivational speeches; humor is a key part of her audience connection… Her mission is to help motivate people to derive more meaning, fun and satisfaction from their work.”

The conference is presented by Professional Edge, a company dedicated to providing clientele with the ability to operate business day-to-day with quality Marketing needs at their fingertips. It’s safe to say that Women of the Edge are in good hands with workshops and seminars dedicated to Networking, trial & error approaches to Business through Experimentation, Entrepreneurship and steps to creating a Startup, Social Media, pursuing of dreams, “Dos and Dont’s of Managing a Non Profit,” supporting other business women, Home-based Businesses, Inspiration and getting to know yourself. They also allow networking to take place through a chat session after each seminar!

With the need to create new jobs in a lessening economy, this is the perfect approach to enabling women who do not know where to start with the ability to do so. Not only can they become familiar with who they are, what they want and their passions, but they can also learn to envision a reality and make it such. They will learn how to take that vision, turn it into a reality and then keep it functioning at a healthy level.

Of course, this conference is a way to usher in new potential clients for Professional Edge. But, this might be something that Professional Edge may consider doing on a more regular basis. These tools and resources are very valuable to the woman in the marketplace.

Because the speakers are mostly women, it is important to note that their approach comes from the experience of working in a male-dominated world and the nightmares that come from such. Knowing how to handle situations and barriers of entry is just what many young women need everywhere!

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Elements of Internet Marketing: Incentives.

Elements of Internet Marketing: Incentives (2013).

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DISCLAIMER: Every once in awhile, we cover “Elements of Internet Marketing” and why they are important for everyone to be aware or reminded of. Some of these topics are not new, but they are very important to consumers and service providers to repeatedly encounter and understand. Today’s “Element” is related to the topic of “Incentives.” Enjoy!

Everyone likes “FREE.” As a matter of fact, it is pretty likely that nobody is going to turn down “free.” At the same time, most of our modern society hates doing anything for free… including giving up personal information. This reason comes from past abuse from naive and unethical businesses.

No one likes SPAM. While it may be free, it is not friendly. Think of it as a demon that needs “exorcised” immediately. No one wants a “buddy” that will haunt them and annoy them for the rest of their lives.

In business, when we give someone something free, it likely comes with a price. We usually expect some sort of “buzz” to be created, because one person will tell the next about this “cool” new “thing” that they got for free. The next person will seek out a free item as well. This is Word of Mouth Marketing. An incentive is given for word about our brand to be spread. It is as simple as that!

As with many successful marketing actions, many businesses are against giving things away for free or taking the risk. Yet, they will complain that they aren’t making the income that they would like for the overall business venture. This is where the problem remains for them. After all, you have to take risks and do something new in order to succeed.

There are many businesses, on the other hand, that thrive through incentives. Incentives often come in the form of products, services and trials. Yet, some businesses have been benefiting from creating an actual monetary reward for their consumer base. Companies like DealsPlus pay users per deal that they list on the site, creating content. They also pay for articles to be written on their blog, coupon posts and other actions that take place.

Other sites give incentive rewards to those that refer users to become users on the site, through content generation and followers, and through referring new hires to the team. In the past, I personally worked with a company that paid college students a dollar to sign up as users on their site. They had to literally sign up through our laptop and mobile devices and confirm their accounts before being paid. These users became the most active on our site, because they had something to gain from it.

The downfall to incentive programs is what may lead consumers from becoming willing to participate in them freely. You see, so many ethical businesses have failed to adopt incentive programs, while more unethical practices have encouraged them. This is where the evil SPAM comes into play, as well as unauthorized charges to credit cards, scams, false contest and giveaway programs in attempts of collecting important information from clientele and so on. As business owners, we have to find a way to combat this, while including an incentive program into our marketing plans.

In including incentive programs into our marketing plans, we have to ensure participants that their private information is secured and won’t be sold, that they can trust us, and that participation is worth “the hassle.” Ensuring that our Brand Presence is intact and our reputation precedes us, we have a better chance of creating Brand Trust with our new potential consumers and those who use our products out of necessity.

If we hold contests and giveaways, we must be sure that we prove that it was a real contest and announce the actual winner in a public place (Online). Those that entered will be more lead to believe that it will be “better luck next time” and will more than likely participate in the future.

What some people fail to realize is that incentives may be open to everyone. But, the opportunity was a “privilege,” because not everyone will know about it until it is too late. It was a “privilege,” because the consumer has a 1-on-1 experience with the brand, as well.

Privilege leads to a personal story where the consumer is part of the overall story and history of the brand. This makes for Loyalty and Tenure. And if you are a business owner, what better incentive is there? Remember, incentives are everything if you can prove it is worth anything for your consumer to take action. Give a good call to action and you’re halfway there!

Some ways that incentives will help brands:

  • Brand Loyalty
  • Brand Trust
  • Word of Mouth
  • Viral Marketing
  • Guaranteed Funneling – Call to Action
  • Sign Ups
  • “Privilege”
  • Sales
  • Press Opportunity
  • SEO Opportunity
  • Brand Action
  • Cross Promotions
  • Sponsorships
  • Conversation
  • Social Activity (Comments, Conversation, Conversion into Customer, Likes/Followers, etc.)

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I invite you to ask questions about Internet Marketing, Social Branding and Event Marketing, as well as submit information about your upcoming projects, as related to the World of Internet Marketing. I will try to include them in my future releases. And, speaking of incentives, if you would like more “Elements,” tips, tricks and Internet Marketing-related news, please subscribe to my articles today!

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Happy Birthday, Shorty Produkshins!: Orlando Internet Marketing Company now 10!

Shorty Produkshins IS Shorty Productions | Brand Social.

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In the last ten years, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way we do business, use technology and how we view the Entertainment Industry. According to CNN Money, those working from home, both self-employed (usually as an Independent Contractor) and working for an employer, has risen 41% in this decade, alone.

Everyone relies on technology to accomplish their work and career goals. They want to work more effectively, have more freedoms and time to spend elsewhere, while achieving the largest ROI margins possible for their employer and towards self-benefit. The Entertainment Industry shares this similar story, simultaneous, with innovative technologies leading to the saturation of Independent Artists and home studios.

Like smaller businesses, these artists are gaging expanding fan bases and gaining larger profits than in the past, especially those who were once signed to a “Major” and had to pay everyone else before collecting their own profits.

With such a drastic change in how business is done and how we operate, we see many opportunities for great success. The downside to success, however, is that with it comes struggle and opportunity to fail. One must “get with the program” or fall behind. And, quite unfortunately, just “getting with the program” isn’t enough anymore and one must actually strive to stay ahead of the game in order to avoid “just getting by.”

Competitors exist. And, so do a million other businesses unrelated to each other. Brand Awareness is a must, and Social Branding is becoming more and more of a necessity than a demand in today’s world. Enter Shorty Produkshins.

Shorty Produkshins is an Online Promotions Company, specializing in Social Branding and Event Marketing via Advanced Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tactic. For the past 10 years, Shorty Produkshins has evolved into the brand that it is today through the always-changing trends in industry, technology — and of course — demand. This month marks exactly that. This is the 10th-year Anniversary of Shorty Produkshins.

According to Robert Greene, an award-winning author, in his latest book “The Mastery,” it takes us ten years of repetitive practice, research and fine-tuning of one particular subject in order to find mastery in it. This timespan can be increased or decreased based upon intensity, depth and acceleration in the practices and execution of the subject matter.

Shorty Produkshins has started from the bottom and knows first hand what each and every one of their clients are facing along the way, no matter the subtle differences due to separate industries.

Shorty Produkshins started in a weird, yet interesting way. In 2001, founder, Jessica N. Abraham, was to implement a passion of hers into a graduation project for High School. Her passion at the time was MUSIC, nothing more and nothing less, as she engaged with it all her life.

In preplanning for the project, a CD Demo, she came into understanding that most Record Labels wouldn’t accept unsolicited submissions and take them seriously (if at all). Hence, the birth of “Shorty Productions.” Short Productions was a fictitious name given to a fictitious company that would lend credibility to “LiL Shorty,” otherwise known as Jessica N. Abraham.

This demo brought forth a lot of inspiration, inquiry and success, contrary to the actual “skills” that the artist had. At age 15, she still had a lot of musical training to go through before being impressive to ears.

In early 2003, the graduation project and results from distribution were presented in front of a panel. The years in between were spent researching, recording, releasing music Online (before there were means to do so), bringing Brand Awareness to potential and converted fans, networking and seeking honest feedback on the project …all done through early Internet Marketing practices!

The outcome was the inspiration to continue this process as an actual lifelong career.

The years in between were spent researching, recording, releasing music Online (before there were means to do so), bringing Brand Awareness to potential and converted fans, networking and seeking honest feedback on the project …all done through early Internet Marketing practices! The outcome was the inspiration to continue this process as an actual lifelong career.

At age 17, Jessica N. Abraham enrolled in a college in Orlando, FL for Recording Arts and the sciences behind it. At the time, Full Sail University was the top college for Recording Arts and “Real World Education” on an International level.

Migrating from Pennsylvania to Florida, Jessica soon met others that shared her passion for the Music Business. Some of these people were also students at Full Sail, while others were not. This was the beginning of “Shorty Produkshins” and the first year of business… as an established business… yielding many successful releases overseas in the form of Mixtapes and Compilations.

Over the years, and as with any company, there were many milestones and successes. But, there were also challenges. Shorty Produkshins, once an actual record label with a public studio attached (dubbed “Shorty’s Playground” by late-rapper, Demarreo “D-Mo” Matthews), was confronted with a new reality check.

While many studios were closing doors, Shorty’s Playground had been doing pretty well with a new location in New Kensington, PA and business still taking place in Orlando. The reality, however, was that more and more home studios were popping up all over the place, and the average person doesn’t care about quality. The reality was that it was now a rarity to sell instrumental “beats” for more than $1000, unlike it was in the past. Actually, it was more than likely an amount to be less than $100 and 25-50% of that isn’t much considering how much work had to be put in to sell and transfer the rights to this music.

People were giving away free music and free beats. And, a plethora of “so-called” producers arose all over.

Jessica N. Abraham, in returning to the drawing board, desperately trying to keep her company successful and in business, decided drastic changes need to be made. Paying attention to the fact that Shorty Produkshins had been in demand for the care they gave to their artists and producers and “side-services” requested by clients, Jessica N. Abraham decided that a majority of this success actually was due to the Internet Marketing and Public Relations-type work executed within the company.

Engaging in a writing project for a subsidiary of Universal Music Group and Murphy Boyz Entertainment, Sand Street Music (home of Burn N Bush’s Newton Twins, who have worked with multiple award-winning acts), Jessica was asked to promote five summer releases with the company. This was the confirmation Shorty Produkshins was headed in the right direction.

Simultaneously enrolled in Full Sail once again for her first of three Master’s Programs (in Entertainment Business, Internet Marketing, and Media Design), Jessica N. Abraham took Shorty Produkshins and transformed it into a full blown Online Promotions Company.

Within that first year, she had the opportunity of working with other acts, Non-Profit Organizations, colleges, programs, a Social Application for Facebook, a plethora of events and even a recruitment team for models. Shorty Produkshins found itself in demand in not only Orlando, but also Pittsburgh and Atlanta. That was almost six years ago.

It is now the end of 2013, and Shorty Produkshins has been home to multiple acts and Producers that have went on to do “bigger and better things.” The company has worked with many celebrities and parties, venues, festivals and events (often a packed house), small businesses and organizations, causes and charities, athletes and Social Networks. The list just goes on and on.

Shorty Produkshins is home to multiple subsidiaries, including the successful J. Abraham Consultants (a “24/7 Internet Marketing Consultation by Phone” company). And while the road has not been easy, it is one to be celebrated. The company plans to do just that.

Starting this month and continuing until the end of the year, a new product or service will be released every week in order to benefit those in the Entertainment Business or World of Small Business, because it is known how hard you work and it is much appreciated!

Contests and giveaways will also take place, starting at the end of the month and continuing through the new year. Every month, from the twenty-first until the first, Shorty Produkshins offers a “$50 off discount on all graphics.” The month of October, however, marks a month of action, aggression and love for those who work their butts off. A new website, new services, and new content will be released!

Not only will Shorty Produkshins be giving large discounts on services (including Design Strategy, Internet Marketing, Social Branding, Event Marketing, Mobile Marketing and PR), but Shorty Produkshins will also be giving college students the opportunities to jumpstart their careers, gain experience and make a little bit of money, as well!

With shifts in technology, the youth is our largest asset. Sharing this concept with Let’s Be Honest, a new Social Network that pays the youth to speak their mind, Shorty Produkshins is positive that our future generation has the power to do great things early on and to continue through to “A New Era in Royalty.”

On the net: http://www.shortyprodukshins.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sp_brand_social
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/internetmarketingoforlando

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Internet Marketing in Action: “The Sabir Bey Show” Season Premiere on October 1

The Sabir Bey Show, Sabir Bey, Hidden Colors, Outta Darkness, Out of Darkness, Universal Zulu Nation, Tariq Nasheed, Moorish American, Canaanland, RV Bey Publications, Taj Tarik Bey, Abdullah Bey, RMC On Air, Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, LA Talk Live, Internet Marketing Orlando, Internet Marketing Los Angeles, Shorty Produkshins, Shorty Productions

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Internet Marketing comes in many formats. There are many means of marketing on the web. There isn’t just one specific way. There isn’t even a specific reason that things are marketed on the web. People want Brand Awareness, Viral Sharing of Content, Content Consumption, Monetary Value, List Building, Views, Likes and … even executing Educational Missions.

Today, there are simultaneous feeds of Live Events to the Internet through live video streams. Some people charge for consumption, while others do not. Webinars are surely replacing live seminars due to convenience, usually servicing business people and students.

These are usually for a fee, but some are free in order to market a product or service through them. And even so, more and more people are still turning to the Net for their Entertainment, Education and Business needs. This is why many Social TV Programs and Studios have been “popping up” in the last few years. And, there are many reasons for this.

Niche communities are able to find programming meant specifically for them, minus censorships and the “watering down” of very beneficial and insightful information. They are the ones who control what topics will be covered during a live show. They are able to interact with other viewers around the World, interact with the programming or even come to into contact with the creators, themselves.

Content is usually recorded once it goes live, becomes viral through Social Shares. Niche Sponsors and Advertisers will help to continue the process by “paying the bills” through audience member purchases. The audience member now becomes part of the Brand Story and part of the success that came about in the process.

October 1, 2013, marks the Season Premiere of The Sabir Bey Show on LA Talk Live! “The Sabir Bey Show is ‘Pure EDU-TAINMENT’ tackling issues within the community and on the topics of Law, History, Culture, Politics, Religion, Society, and Health by incorporating TRUE Hip Hop and Urban Music in bringing together a full circle of understanding with current culture and society conflicts.

The Sabir Bey Show includes guest appearances by award-winning celebrities and respected elders of the Moorish Nation and Pan Africanism.” The Sabir Bey Show has the mission of bringing “Pure Edu-tainment” to the lives of many by introducing truths, new concepts, currents events and History through Entertainment.

The Host of the show is Sabir Bey, known for over 15-years in the “Conscious Community,” for his lectures and classes on Civics, Hip Hop, Nationality, History and Etymology. He has toured with Dr. Kaba Kamene, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Dr. Jose Pimienta-Bey, and multiple figures in the Entertainment Industry.

Sabir Bey appeared in a 2011 film, Hidden Colors, where he speaks on many topics as related to the Moorish origins of today’s population. He appears in many other documentaries and films circulating around the web and businesses throughout the country. He continues to bring education to the masses through the web, using LA Talk Live’s fall lineup to do so. The Producer of the show is Actor, Mel Jackson (“Soul Food”); and the Program Director is Mr. Richard Karr, the owner of LA Talk Live.

Sabir has a team of individuals working with him on a daily basis to create Awareness of his mission, Lectures, Appearances and shows and to accelerate all Internet Marketing efforts. Not surprisingly, however, many of his works have gone viral on their own, as audience members share this content with those that they associate themselves with, whether friends, family, colleagues, or classmates. This information is very informative and educational, so they are passing along something very valuable and meaningful in the process.

The Sabir Bey Show is currently undergoing construction of the Official Website. But, many already access this site regularly, as it is a Social Network dedicated to the show. The site includes a U-Stream Video Player hosted by LA Talk Live and hosts a library of past episodes, including special guests, KRS-One, Tommy Davidson, Mel Jackson, Taj Tarik Bey, Dr. Kaba Kamene, Hawthorne James, Chico Benymon and more!

There are photos of the show, itself, as well as Sabir’s travels and experiences in the public while on tour or giving lectures. The site gives information about the show, including news, blogs and upcoming events.

What Sabir is doing at TheSabirBeyShow.com is very critical in today’s World of Social TV. The show, while also accessible at LATalkLive.com, is given its own “channel” to help aid in Awareness, Brand Monitoring, SEO Efforts, Viral Campaigns, and Consumer Interaction in bringing important information to the lives of those who have lost their true identity in an ever-growing Commercial World. He encourages people to call into the show to prove him wrong, while reminding people that he may just be!

“Bring a pen, tell a friend… But, don’t take my word for it… Study it yourself, and tell me if I’m wrong.” With a team of experts behind him, we can guarantee his Internet Marketing efforts won’t be wrong. Tune into his show, Tuesdays at 3:00 PM (PST) | 6:00 PM (EST) on LATalkLive.com

Website: http://www.TheSabirBeyShow.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thesabirbeyshow and http://ww.facebook.com/sabir.bey
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/thesabirbeyshow

DISCLAIMER: Jessica N. Abraham is no longer affiliated with the show or any creative assets, thereof. Since 2016, the site and all assets have been under new ownership. All designs, edits and administration to the official websites are no longer controlled by Jessica N. Abraham or Shorty Produkshins.

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Will “Beamz by Flo Rida” be music to our ears?

Will "Beamz by Flo Rida" be music to our ears?

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Beamz Interactive has just announced a “Milestone Endorsement” and Licensing Deal with Rapper, Flo Rida, and this could be music to our ears and a very cool new experience for event goers and music enthusiasts everywhere — not just in Hip Hop and Rap Music!

Beamz Interactive, Inc. is an emerging, yet state-of-the-art company with something unique to offer those who love new ways of creating and presenting music to audiences on a regular basis. Beamz, specialized laser-controlled music technology, works in the fashion of traditional MIDI… only more advanced!

This machine is used by triggering specific commands with actual laser beams. As a matter of fact, technology by Beamz may very well replace modern DJ equipment and even instruments used by bands, especially during performance periods. The cool thing is that music can simply be played for enjoyment purposes, although the device is configured to allow for Advanced and Interactive Music Creation techniques.

Separate from “old school” MIDI technology, Beamz is Interactive. More on the product capabilities will be demonstrated through product release and performance of the new consumer product line, “Beamz by Flo Rida.” Beamz is known for prosumer editions of previous technologies, similar but unlike this new product line.

In a recent press release by Beamz and D3M Licensing Group, a Global Licensing Agent for Flo Rida, Flo Rida made a statement on the new product line: “With Beamz, everyone will be able to create and play music, not just listen to it. It’s hard to describe the feeling of making music on-the-fly with Beamz for the first time. It’s easy enough for anyone to play within minutes, yet sophisticated enough for artists and DJs to use on stage. I’ve been a follower of the Beamz product ever since I first got my hands on it, and I’m looking forward to working with Beamz to develop the ‘Beamz by Flo Rida’ product line.”

It’s easy enough for anyone to play within minutes, yet sophisticated enough for artists and DJs to use on stage. I’ve been a follower of the Beamz product ever since I first got my hands on it, and I’m looking forward to working with Beamz to develop the ‘Beamz by Flo Rida’ product line.”

In the meantime, Beamz is preparing for a massive takeover through this deal and ready to take force, especially through Digital Marketing means! To reach and encourage a “new generation of music enthusiasts and Flo Rida fans,” everything must be customized to fit their needs.

Beamz will work closely with Flo Rida to develop the new product line. From there, a series of commercials will be filmed and distributed via television and Social Media outlets. It is expected that viral distribution of these commercials would attract the attention of much of his fanbase and those interested in the product’s capabilities.

In the matters of Mobile Distribution, Flo Rida is set to be featured in the software application of Beamz technology for iPhone, iPad and Windows 8 devices. This software will include a library of Flo Rida’s very own music catalog and be converted into an Interactive format. Through Word of Mouth means and sharing capabilities, THIS is expected to attract users based on the usage of specific mobile devices and viral measures. Flo Rida fans may be further attracted to the signatured “Special Limited Edition Chrome” version of this product.

Due for furthered announcement in the second half of the 2013-year, in-depth details on the product will be released prior to final launch dates for the Beamz by Flo Rida devices and software.

Teasers are expected to hint to users via Social Media on the upcoming product in planting suspense and anticipation for the product’s commencement into markets all over! Currently, commercials are being slated to begin airing as of the third quarter in 2013 on select Television and Internet Distribution Channels.

On a personal note: I am excited about this new product and release. I can only imagine how live shows and performances will begin to evolve with the addition of this product into markets on a Global level. Aside from the Emulator, a see-through touchscreen “DJ Glass,” I would think this would bring a difference to the World of Electronic Music and anyone that uses a DJ that no longer has a traditional turntable setup.

It will bring art and performance back into the craft of DJing. I recently attended an event that a well-known-rapper-turned-DJ performed at and was very disappointed by witnessing two guys simply sitting on stage, at a desk, playing music for us. The crowd of many became a crowd of almost no one, quickly!

If Beamz were to have Flo Rida implement usage of their new product into his shows and live events prior to any media presentation, wonders could be worked for the brand. The element of curiosity will take over, and the “ohhhhhhh” factor will become even more sufficient upon media release.

Additionally, the feeling of personalization and privilege will lead to Brand Loyalty and Word of Mouth Marketing successes through allowing potential consumers to tell the Brand Story to their immediate friends and family via cell phone photo and video contributions to Social Media and Networks.

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