Consider SEO & SEM Bones, Social Media the Soul That Embraces

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In a globalized economy and a world where customer relationships are everything, businesses are finding that “branding socially” is still the most effective means of retaining valuable customers and in acquiring new ones.

Traditionally, high ranking sales professionals found that they did well by keeping in regular contact with those in their Rolodex or their top-secret black book. To keep in contact with hundreds of people on a daily basis  — holding one on one conversation with everyone in that Rolodex – was a difficult and even impossible task to carry out. As the digital world exploded, this all changed.

Now, we can keep thousands of people in the loop at once. We can interact as a group, and short conversations are now the norm. With social media, we can carry many short, private conversations at once. The downfall is, however, that many traditional business models aren’t up to speed and they’re throwing thousands of dollars away just to find no return on their marketing investments.

Social media influences our lives, whether we want to admit it or not. It can influence us for the better. It can influence us for the worse. It can simply be our entertainment. But, it definitely changes our ways of thought.

Chris Sewell, Creative Director and Chief Strategist of Chris Sewell Digital Media in Brooklyn, New York, pulled this concept into the work of cosmetic surgery. He recently released a video for plastic surgeons, breaking down the cold hard facts of marketing in the digital world. In this video, he discusses the reasons some surgeons are reporting a 40% decrease in customer retention and how they are ultimately throwing money into the garbage through their current marketing strategies.

Sure, billboards, for example, are powerful marketing tools. The problem, however, is that most target markets have become spoiled and want everything instantaneously. They have also become so distracted that every time they return to the billboard to grab the details, they either forget that they meant to take down the information or it just so happens to be that moment that their Facebook just got a notification. Consumers want to access information immediately after it cross their minds.

No one uses the yellow pages anymore, because it’s not personal enough. We want to see visuals, check out pricelists and even reach out semi-anonymously at 3 a.m. AdWords is effective, but only if the company knows what they are doing. With Google’s recent removal of sidebar advertisements, SEM advertising has to take advantage of the correct criteria to find themselves ahead. Trust is a major factor in this process.

We want to see what experiences others had with this company, before we waste any of our precious time contacting them. We don’t want to risk being put into the spam or scam loop, either. We’re frightened to give our phone numbers to just anyone anymore… We don’t want to be haunted for months to years later.  

With many companies now paying people to leave biased reviews, personal experiences are more valuable than ever. Interactions with brands and businesses continue to be more meaningful and impactful. We are able to evaluate the caliber of business we are dealing with, as well gauge the people within their walls.

 In the case of life-altering industries, such as Plastic Surgery, almost 50% of patients surveyed admit that that their influence was, indeed, social media. Peer pressure was a major contributor, as selfies have made us take a deeper look at the flaws we want to perfect.

Likewise, it is the actual media content being shared by social savvy clinics that have caused patients to travel hundreds of miles to take advantage of their services. Photos, videos, client testimonials… these all influenced the decision for patients to take advantage of certain treatments at specific facilities. We can blame it all on Facebook and Instagram.

With YouTube’s monetized video platform, more videos from local businesses are being seen on a regular basis. They are low cost advertising, and the younger generations are okay with consuming them before watching a video that interests them. For this, videos on social media channels are equally disruptive. The days of SEM and SEO are more numbered than you think. While they are the basis for more impactful and more aggressive marketing efforts, it’s going to take more – way more – for most businesses to not just be seen but to also be adopted.

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AT&T & VoLTE Pairs Clearer Calls with Simultaneous Web Browsing

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Combining our favorite features from Facebook, Google Hangouts, Skype and iPhone systems, AT&T has been rolling out its new VoLTE service, which currently reaches more than 27 million subscribers in the United States. Allowing us to engage in improved calling quality, we are now able to utilize our LTE networks while in HD.   

AT&T has been busy bringing simultaneous delivery of LTE connections to our communications needs. Broadening the range of frequency for voice, clearer conversations are now made possible.  This means that you are less likely to hear someone ask you to repeat what you just said. Customers will also be able to switch back and forth between voice and video calling without losing their connection.

While it hasn’t reached all markets yet, AT&T is working diligently to unleash VoLTE “market-by-market,” testing each market before launch and maximizing the user experience before it is widely adopted.

In addition to an improved voice experience, AT&T is implementing three more features to their VoLTE service. One of these include Wi-Fi Calling, as AT&T jumps on the bandwagon with Verizon, who has also recently adopted this form of Wi-Fi communication, as an alternative to users experiencing service outages and interference with servicing in their area. Sprint has already been offering this service for a few years now.

Advanced messaging will also allow users to tell when and if their messages have been delivered across networks, providing more accountability to the system and verifying receipt of important texts that can often get lost in the mix.

Finally, AT&T implements NumberSync into their VoLTE system. Working very much like SimulRing on Vonage and Google Voice through Hangouts, NumberSync will allow users to link compatible devices to a primary mobile number. Not only can calls be routed to several devices, but calls can be made from several devices and appear to be coming from the same mobile number. Text messages are no exception.

Phones that are dead, broken and powered off will continue to ring and ensure that no calls are missed and no texts are delayed. 

While none of these technologies are necessary new, AT&T has combined our most beloved features into a central system for improved calling experiences. With faster speeds being accessible on our devices while on a call and frequencies expanding for clearer calling capabilities, AT&T has a good shot at being one of the most in-demand phone carriers in 2016. Additional mobility will be given to conference calling and business interactions

Unfortunately, while AT&T has already rolled out HD calling to most of the United States, there are many subscribers, who will go without the ability to engage in HD clarity, because they have a device that is incompatible with the feature. It is likely that upgrades will take place in the next few months with subscribers interested in adopting this new service. But, it is not likely to actually happen right away, as much of our population tends to be late adopters, as opposed to early ones.

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A Case Study: Social Media Listening Needs to Be in Your Marketing Scope for 2016

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Are you ready to listen, yet? As we enter 2016, our social media strategies had better include social listening. Otherwise known as brand monitoring, brands have been finding added value in social media by paying attention to what their enthusiasts have to say.

Whether seeking validation for our future marketing campaigns or looking to improve product delivery, brand monitoring has been benefiting brands across the web for some time now. Business 2 Community recently broke down ten ways social listening can benefit your business. As brands improve the customer experience, we need to improve our customer service strategies, as well. How else can we improve customer service without getting to know our customers intimately?

In early 2015, a telecommunications company (name withheld) lost many customers who were no longer locked into a two-year agreement, thanks to horrible customer service techniques. Not only did their service fall short of expectation, but they faced multiple overcharge and device failure – gaining the brand a bad reputation.

In many cases, refunds were in order for customers spending hours of talk time with customer service, repeating their nightmare to representatives, while pleading to be heard. They often received no follow-ups and were therefore never refunded.

As one of the top three service providers in the United States, they began losing the favor of a loyal fan base. On top of this, potential customers wanted no part of what the brand had to offer. We saw botched marketing campaigns. ROIs suffered.

Social media can be a son of a gun when it comes to marketing to the masses. Every campaign initiated via social media was flooded with negative feedback. Social commenting and storytelling put the brand into overtime and urged them to hire a cloud contact center that could fix their painful dilemma.

Per one negative comment, a minimum of two positive comments must be made to dissuade public opinion. In fact, a “no comment” is better than a negative comment. Negative commenting can bring irreparable damage to a brand via word of mouth experiences.

The brand didn’t listen to begin with. Social media led to further damage. But, when it was adopted as a tool, this brand found the power of social media to be beneficial in repairing their image. It totally turned around the experience for millions of customers, who have since been returning to the network and bringing friends and family with them.

Once the brand began listening, they publicly showed concern with the customer experience – earning back brand trust, bit by bit. They also learned what can be done to improve their brand and what the customer needs.

They learned that towers weren’t feeding devices the way that they should be; and customers were paying for services that they weren’t receiving. They learned that existing contracts with television providers were causing damage to service potential. This led to expedited contracts in fulfilling service plans. They were going to continue losing customers and owe for unfulfilled servicing of their plans.

Because of social media, they were able to identify common issues amongst a network of users. They also learned that their outsourced call centers weren’t living up to the expectations that they once had.

They avoided a PR catastrophe by simply listening. They were protected against competitors, who could easily capitalize off of their weaknesses. With a website that showed nothing but ways a customer would benefit from service, the full picture was gained through social media access. Competitors monitoring this brand could have easily intercepted customers by enacting social listening strategies and jumping into the conversation.

Listening and intercepting the conversation halted “bad mouthing” to friends and family, further allowing the brand to dissuade the conversation. They now control that conversation. This has allowed them to gain new customers. Positive experiences continue the flow of incoming sales leads for the brand and has been the turning point in major decision-making.

Since this experience, this company has become extremely social savvy. They have been showing appreciation for their consumer bases, making them feel special through social sharing of user-generated content and by joining in the fun with memes that their customers can appreciate.

They have been able to leverage key advocates and supporters, influencing new audiences for the better. With new product and service lines, plans have been maximized to better meet customer needs and provide consumers with the exact product that fits their lifestyles… especially those niche lifestyles… all of which lead to brand tenure and continued loyalty.

Social listening is very important and needs to be implemented immediately. If you’re not engaging in some form of brand monitoring in 2016, you will most likely fall behind. 

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Facebook making changes, improving mobile profiles and design

What can we expect for Facebook in 2016? New design, celebrity live stream video.

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With the claim that Facebook profiles are accessed over four billion times daily, they have decided “the best place for people to curate their Online identities and connect with others” is directly through their profiles. That said, today, Sept. 30, Facebook announced that within the near future they will be unveiling some “new, mobile-friendly features for Facebook profiles.” This will give users options in showing the world just who they are and what they are made of. This will also allow them to control what is highlighted on their profiles.

Soon, users will be able to display 7-second videos as their profile “photo.” They can even choose to not do so, and instead, include a temporary photo that will revert back to the original photo once a time delay has run out. This will allow users to celebrate moments in their life, show support for a particular event and even show their emotions from the time being.

In addition to changes to the profile photo and similar to the implementation of the cover photo, there will be a new space at the top of each Facebook profile, which is able to be fully customized and located front-row-and-center of each and every profile page, next to the new location for your profile video (which is also being made larger in lew of this change).

Similar to LinkedIn and the original MySpace, there will be a “one-line bio field” that tell who you are in just one sentence. And, like the original Facebook, you will be able to once again showcase five photos at the top of the page, while including “About,” “Education” and “Career” fields.

Introducing people the right way, they are implementing the “show friendship option” directly on each profile by presenting highlights of mutual friendships and including photos and stories that will help new friends make the connection. This could get a little crazy if ever a girlfriend or boyfriend discover previous lovers through the mutual friend tool. So, you can choose to hide this option from your page.

While these updates are coming soon to a Facebook page near you, Facebook is starting to test these features with a select few iPhone users in the United Kingdom and California. This, along with live stream celebrity chats, the new dislike button, monetized publishing tools and more are on their way soon. It is advised that marketing firms, brands and public figures get ready to embrace these new features and be amongst the first to adopt the new technologies.

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Pilar Sanders El-Dey returns to Sabir Bey Show challenges TMZ, the NFL and more

Pilar Sanders El-Dey returns to Sabir Bey Show challenges TMZ, the NFL and more

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Today, September 15, 2014, a personal disclosure by Sabir Bey (activist, producer, television show host and public speaker) was made to Examiner.com via telephone interview that spoke on recent happenings with The Sabir Bey Show on LA Talk Live. As of September 9, 2014, The Sabir Bey Show entered its third season with the continued mission of delivering “Pure Edu-tainment” to viewers in over 180-countries around the World.

The season kicked off with special guest, Pilar Biggers Sanders Love El-Dey, who shed light on very controversial topics in her life which surrounded a recent divorce with Deion Sanders and included child abuse, domestic violence, slander, defamation, attempted murder, political blackmail and unconfirmed, exaggerated, misrepresentation provided by TMZ to the masses.

The Sabir Bey Show continues to use Online platforms as a form of Public Relations in order to share “#truth” and “#edutainment” with the masses, by allowing the “other side of the coin” to be told. Often, the victim is not who traditional media amasses it to being! The same goes for History, Civics, Law, Society, Entertainment and Hip Hop, which are other topics covered on his show.

This show has been a platform for many award-winning celebrities, authors, professors and historians over the years. The mission remains the same in bringing the five pillars of Moorish principle — “love, peace, justice, freedom and truth” — to future generations by way of the media, where they are often shortchanged. Being that technology has taken over in such a profound way in the last decade, The Sabir Bey Show primarily markets these principles through the show, an interactive website and social media.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Sabir Bey has informed us that Pilar Biggers Sanders Love El-Dey will reappear on the show to give more detail into the controversies surrounding her divorce, obstacles surrounding her as a woman who has reclaimed her identity as a Moorish American, and insight into the Entertainment World. Together, they will cover laws and civics surrounding her circumstances, as well as new topics for discussion based on current events.

A very important topic that will be addressed is the defamation of the Moorish people (the “so-called people of color”), who share a very rich heritage that often goes without acknowledgment in today’s Global society. TMZ has released a very disrespectful and disturbing video piece that has offended many of those who are aware of the histories surrounding their ancestry and current way of life, in which has previously been stripped from them. Sabir has challenged TMZ to counter this matter and awaits a potential visit on the show, whether in person or via telephone response. It is unknown whether they will respond or not.

The Sabir Bey Show airs live every Tuesday at 3PM Pst (6PM Est) on UStreamTV, Roku Streaming Players, Itunes Radio 1&2 (R&B), Aha Radio, Stitcher Radio, RadioFlag, Live365, LATalkLive.com and TheSabirBeyShow.com. Make sure to tune in for “Pure Edu-tainment” with Sabir Bey, Alberto Gaytan-Dey, Sal Vader and DJ Hazze. The Sabir Bey Show is also actively seeking sponsors, advertisers and partnerships. Visit TheSabirBeyShow.com to find out how!

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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Shorty Produkshins currently seeks independent contractors in major cities

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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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$1 Million in scholarship opportunities given to intern and study abroad

$1 Million in scholarship opportunities given to intern and study abroad

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Who says it doesn’t “pay for kids to be social?” As a matter of fact, it does. It will even pay for foreign study abroad. Thanks to Panrimo, “a study abroad outfit that will be awarding more than $1 million in scholarships in three different ways,” students from around the United States will have the opportunity to take scholarship into educational institutions and be allowed to get hands on work experience overseas.

According to a press statement made on January 6, 2014, the company has pledged to award more than $1 million in scholarships to college students and young professionals, alike, seeking to study or intern abroad in 2014. It is important to note that many social media related internships do not pay and living abroad can be very expensive. This is one-way Panrimo is making innovation more achievable for our next generation. Their goal is to provide more “comprehensive, personalized” experiences to those who wouldn’t necessarily be able to afford it otherwise.

With offices in San Francisco, California and Providence, Rhode Island, as well as having headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, Panrimo covers all coasts in providing scholarship opportunity to the youth across the United States. Internationally, Panrimo offers “full-scale, comprehensive study abroad opportunities in 10 countries and full-time internship work opportunities in four countries worldwide.”

“Panroamers,” as Panrimo has nicknamed their scholarship recipients, are guided through visa and passport assistance, cultural nuances, and credit transfer. These are all things that a young adult may find difficult to do on their own. “Also included are on-site staff, excursions and cultural immersion activities, health insurance, city orientation and support 24/7, plus post-program ‘re-entry’ welcome and debriefing.”

Panrimo has grouped each scholarship package into academic-related areas of interest:

  • Preferred Partner University Scholarship: Panrimo has closely partnered with 58 U.S. universities. Students at these universities automatically qualify for this scholarship to study abroad. There is a full list of universities on the official Panrimo.com website.
  • Social Media Scholarship: Students and working professionals with a love for social media may qualify by applying to this scholarship. Awardees are required to work at Panrimo offices at home and abroad, in “promoting their Panrimo experience, from the time leading up to going overseas, activities done while abroad and re-entry back home. Winners will take advantage of all Social Media facets, including social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.), video distribution channels (Youtube, Vine, etc.), blog and more!
  • Get Global Scholarship: These scholarships are offered to “true global travel enthusiasts.” all applicants are required to take a 10-question quiz Online to show that they know their geography and deserve to win the scholarship amongst all other applicants. Questions are all multiple-choice and will alert the studio, immediately, of their scholarship award value. This quiz is also available on the Panrimo.com website.

These scholarship opportunities find themselves just in time for Panrimo’s new additions to the program, including new cities and course focus.

New programs for 2014 include study and intern abroad in Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. Full-time internship positions are available in the summer and fall as related to the fields of healthcare, graphic design, nonprofit management and elementary and secondary education. Study abroad application deadlines are April 1, 2014, while Internship Abroad opportunities end on March 1, 2014.

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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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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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Power of Viral: Rachel Jeantel takes the stand

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The Power of Viral strikes yet again! Many people still doubt the effect of Internet Marketing and Social for businesses and brands. NEVER underestimate the Power of Viral!

If you have been scrolling Facebook for these last two days, you have probably have witnessed a feed full of content surrounding the George Zimmerman case. Most of these statuses have responded to the witness testimony of Rachel Jeantel, the friend of Trayvon Martin who witnessed the whole situation leading up to his murder via telephone call.

Through all the comments and remarks about her speech, appearance and action, as being questioned by George Zimmerman’s defense attorney, you also see people asking where they can also tune-in to witness the trial, themselves.

Here, you see the Power of Viral take effect, as people are directed to multiple streaming outlets via the Internet and/or local television stations. While people are dissecting this young girl’s character, no matter how much older she looks than she truly is, these web outlets are receiving new traffic and converting awareness to long-term consumers (provided their content is “sticky”) across the United States.

For the past few days, I have witnessed solely Orlando residents speaking about the case and making comments about the “star witness.” Today, I am watching friends in California, Pittsburgh, New York — and even London — speaking about the case and inquiring where to find it Online so that they can join in this “what-has-now-become-social” event. It’s interesting how widespread the case has become, and even more, the content of it.

Together, we are watching the live streaming trial. Many of us may never be watching anything simultaneously again (other than sports)! However, we all will continue to share in the conversation in real-time based on what we are witnessing.

Many people are at work at the moment, and they still watch via mobile or Internet. Many cannot watch it now, but they will follow through to the websites, suggested by friends, for archived streams. Referrals are the most trusted form of Brand Awareness and what leads to effective Viral Marketing. Referrals by friends and family members are trusted over referrals by a company that stands to “make a buck or two” over it.

Orlando is known for some of the most intense cases. Unfortunately, the “in-demand” material is highly sought after, and people are critically watching and speaking. Can the Power of Viral damage the “City of Orlando” brand through this, or can it show the world that “If you mess up in Orlando, you shall be dealt with?”

Does content like this continue to heighten racial tension? Maybe it helps detract it a bit. Why? Because while there are some racists joining into the conversation, Social Conversation can “combat negative reactions.”

People can speak on matters of the heart and society. Stereotypes can be broken, leaving stereotyped remarks left to “look stupid.” While many are downplaying the character of this young girl, it gives them the “go ahead” to speak freely about a stereotypical character that continues to portray a mainstream “ideal” of certain groups of people. Others grouped in this category are proving these ideals wrong! So, while her character has brought in traffic to these streams and opened a negative conversation, positive results may take place from it within our world.

As I write this article and listen to the live feed, I hear a segment about Social Media by one of WFTV Orlando’s Legal Analysts, Bill Sheaffer (who is also an Attorney), speak about Social Media. I am unable to play back the direct quote. So, I apologize if it isn’t an exact quote and/or a bit out of order, but he states (and I think it is important to add):

“Social Media is always there. It’s a new world… with an emphasis on the importance of Social Media… Going back to the Casey Anthony case… her home computer was a vital piece of evidence in the case with her daughter. Twitter wasn’t back then what it is now, recording every moment of our daily lives. Even when deleted, it is always there. You can’t just scrub it away…”

And, this content always stands the chance of becoming viral in our World, just as it has for Rachel Jeantel.

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