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Free flowing friday fun and random thoughts!!

 

Here are some random things I put together for you.

 

The Internet marketing niche is the most rewarding decision I have ever made.   You gotta work hard but smart in the beginning but either way it’s the best decision I could have made for myself, period.  And you can ask people all day if they would like to create massive income and eventually work part time, would they?    However, if you also told people they may have to work for a year straight before that happens, would they still do it?   Well on paper they may but usually when the going gets tough, most can’t cut it.  Just a few thoughts, anyway I have more in store for you.

 

I do not believe the end of the world is coming despite the end of the Mayan calender(sorry Justin, Lol).

 

I am very opinionated when it comes to music, it runs through my veins very thick you could say!  95% of music on the radio today is pure rehashed crap with no substance other than making money.  So I decided to give you a taste of a few videos fueled by passion, so enjoy my friends.

 

It’s always a pleasure to see Dave and Tim play.

Dave Matthews w/ Tim Reynolds

http://youtu.be/JphjsCqsZ4Q

 

Great stuff, Lindsey Buckingham always shows his passion.

Fleetwood Mac

http://youtu.be/DhTNu6ETd3s

 

Fleetwood Mac – So much emotion behind this one between Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.  Human emotion wins every time!

http://youtu.be/dGykwC0fdJ4

 

Pearl Jam – Where there is passion, there is success.  Gotta love it.   Your internet marketing passion will fuel your success any day.  Do you have passion in what you do?

http://youtu.be/ckRsIy4Zqgo

 

Warpaint – These gals have it going on!!  The drummer Stella is phenomenal.  Very tight band, awesome stuff here.  Again, these ladies have passion, for sure, take a look and listen below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il5cHpsN1N8&feature=share&list=ULIl5cHpsN1N8

 

Paulo Nutini – One of the best passionate performers around

http://youtu.be/JqJs2vGt0Lg

 

I hope you enjoyed my video set list for today.  And as always, keep the passion fueling your path to success.  Make everyday the best!!

 

**I do not own the rights to these videos above.  For educational purposes only.**

 

Please Google+ me or tweet me and Make it a great day!

Yahoo fires bureau chief David Chalian for on-air Romney remark

 

Yahoo fires Washington bureau chief  David Chalian                                                               David Chalian     Getty Images

 

Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the Republican convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

 

Company spokeswoman Anne Espiritu said Wednesday that David Chalian’s remark was inappropriate and does not represent Yahoo’s views.

 

“We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offend,” she said.

 

Chalian made the remark during a hot-mic moment before Yahoo began its live coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday evening. Yahoo is streaming coverage in association with ABC News.

 

The website Newsbusters posted a copy of the video and the audio. The video showed Ann and Mitt Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, while the audio picked up background conversation, not all of it intelligible, about the Republican convention taking place as Hurricane Isaac was about to hit the Louisiana coast.

 

Someone makes a remark, “they’re not concerned at all.” In a clearer voice, Chalian says, “they are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

 

Chalian said Wednesday that he was “profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”

 

“I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics,” he said. “I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to governor and Mrs. Romney.”

 

Rescuers in boats and trucks plucked a handful of people who became stranded by floodwaters in thinly populated areas of southeast Louisiana during the storm. But only one death had been reported as the hurricane plodded across the state, that of a man who authorities said had gone to help friends move a vehicle from under a tree and fell after climbing 18 feet up it.

 

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Coal miners say they were forced to attend Romney event and donate

 

Mitt Romney with coal miners                                                                                                              Photo courtesy of CNN

 

A group of coal miners in Ohio feel they would have been fired if they did not attend an Aug. 14 event with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and contribute to his campaign — and to make matters worse, they lost of day of pay for their trouble.

 

In phone calls and emails to WWVA radio host David Blomquist, employees at the Century Mine in Ohio said they feared retaliation if they did not attend the Romney event.

 

“Yes, we were in fact told that the Romney event was mandatory and would be without pay, that the hours spent there would need to be made up my non-salaried employees outside of regular working hours, with the only other option being to take a pay cut for the equivalent time,” the employees told Blomquist. “Yes, letters have gone around with lists of names of employees who have not attended or donated to political events.”

 

“I realize that many people in this area and elsewhere would love to have my job or my benefits,” one worker explained. “And our bosses do not hesitate in reminding us of this. However, I can not agree with these callers and my supervisors, who are saying that just because you have a good job, that you should have to work any day for free on almost no notice without your consent.”

 

“We do not appreciate being intimidated into exchanging our time for nothing. I heard one of your callers saying that Murray employees are well aware of what they are getting into upon hire, or that they are informed that a percentage of their income will go to political donations. I can not speak for that caller, but this is news for me. We merely find out how things work by experience.”

 

Murray Energy Chief Financial Officer Rob Moore told Blomquist that the charges were untrue.

 

“There were no workers that were forced to attend the event,” Moore said. “We had managers that communicated to our work force that the attendance at the Romney event was mandatory, but no one was forced to attend the event. We had a pre-registration list. And employees were asked to put their names on a pre-registration list because they could not get into the event unless they were pre-registered and had a name tag to enter the premises.”

 

“What about not getting paid for an eight-hour day?” Blomquist wondered. “If the mine was shut down for the visit, I understand, but wouldn’t it be fair — let’s use the word ‘fair’ — to still pay these individuals for that day? I mean, it wasn’t their fault they weren’t working.”

 

“Our management people wanted to attend the event and we could not have people underground during Romney’s visit,” Moore insisted.

 

But why not still pay them their wage for that day?” Blomquist pressed.

 

“By federal election law, we could not pay people to attend the event,” Moore replied. “And we did not want anyone to come back and see where anyone had been paid for that day.”

 

“I’m not saying pay then to attend the event, I’m saying, ‘Hey look, we have to close down the mine, if you want to attend this event, that’s fine, but you’re still going to get a day’s pay for the work that you would have done,’” Blomquist pointed out. “Why not do that?”

 

“As a private employer, it was our decision and we made the decision not to pay the people,” the Murray chief financial officer said.

 

“We’re talking about an event that was in the best interest of anyone that’s related to the coal industry,” Moore added. “I do not believe that missing an eight-hour day, when you put it into perspective, when you think about how critical — critical this next election is, and how critical it is that we get someone in this office that supports coal — to give up eight hours for a career, I just don’t believe that there is anything negative about that.”

 

At the time, conservative blogs and websites like The Daily Caller, The Gateway Pundit and Townhall trumpeted the fact that “hundreds of Ohio coal miners attended” the event. Even though the mine was closed on Aug. 14, soot-covered miners were staged behind the GOP hopeful as he spoke.

 

Earlier that month, Murray Energy Corporation and its founder, Robert Murray, had blamed President Barack Obama after they fired hundreds of workers and closed an operation near Brilliant, Ohio five years early.

 

Company leaders said that “regulatory actions by President Barack Obama and his appointees and followers [are] the entire reason” that operations were shutdown.

 

Robert Murray received national attention in 2009 after his Crandall Canyon Mine in Utah collapsed, leaving six miners trapped inside. Between 2005 and 2009, the Murray Energy Corp. Political Action Committee had given more than $150,000 to Republican candidates. Murray personally gave $15,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 2004 and $10,000 in 2006. The Ohio Valley Coal PAC, a group affiliated with Murray Energy, gave $10,000 to George W. Bush’s presidential campaign in 2000.

 

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Many Fortune 500 Companies Avoid Social Media

Consumers expect to see Facebook buttons and links to Fan pages or Twitter handles in email marketing messages, but many Fortune 500 companies avoid social media, according to a study released Friday. The decision diminishes search engine marketing by prohibiting the indexing and connecting of company sites to other Web content, including directories like Google Local.

 

Analysis of Fortune 500 Web sites and email by Genesys, which focuses on improving customer experiences, found that many consumer-facing Fortune 500 companies don’t want to list social media as a means for customers to contact them.

 

While 51% of Fortune 500 businesses do not provide a link to their Facebook profile on the Contact Us page of their Web site, 55% don’t provide a Twitter handle. About 27% of consumer-facing Fortune 500 corporations do not list social media channels on their Web site home page, 89% do not list an e-mail address on their site, and 13% don’t list a phone number on their Contact Us page.

 

Social media can effectively drive both online and in-store purchases, but many Fortune 500 companies are luxury brands that only allow potential and existing customers to contact them via traditional means.

 

Research from Martini Media explores how affluent consumers continue to spend an increasing amount of time on digital platforms, concluding it’s more difficult to reach them through traditional media.

 

Agencies estimate their luxury clients spend 10% of their digital budgets on social, whereas brand marketers estimate 22% of their digital budgets are spent on social. Much of that outlay is wasted if Fan pages and Twitter handles are not accessible to consumers. Both agree TV dollars will shift to online video for luxury marketers.

 

In the near future, agencies project the fastest increase in spending will reside in video, mobile and social media, 69%, 68% and 48%, respectively.

 

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5 Common Social Media Mistakes

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5 Common Social Media Mistakes

 

For many people, launching a personal social networking account on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ and firing off some posts is pretty basic stuff. Even the technologically challenged among us find that, with a little help getting started, it’s not so difficult.

 

But using social media to market your book, product or company can be a lot like learning to play golf. The game appears simple: Put a ball on a tee and whack it towards a little hole. Then you discover all those pesky nuances you have to learn, like mulligans and handicaps and bogeys and hooks.

 

In social media marketing and with a social media marketing firm, if your goal is to develop followers, friends and connections to get the word out about your product or book, there are some things you should do. The goal is always to provide valuable content. With all of the competition for their attention, if your audience can’t quickly answer the question, “What’s in it for me?” they’ll move on to someone else.

 

And there are some things you should not do. Here are five common mistakes a lot of people make – even some social media veterans!

 

Social media marketing mistakes to avoid

1. Overposting. People who send a flurry of tweets and status updates in brief bursts will get less response than those who measure out their posts over time. One or two a day at different times of the day allow people time to respond and doesn’t overwhelm them. It’s a marathon, remember, not a sprint.

 

2. Inconsistency. Update your social media on a regular basis. If there’s an event or news related to your topic, make sure to share or discuss it on a timely basis. If there’s nothing newsy going on, don’t allow your account to sit idle for long periods. Share a personal experience, an observation or a photo. If you forget about your audience, they’ll forget about you.

 

3. Lack of interaction. When people comment on your post, ask a question, or take the initiative to share something with you, respond to them! Too often, comments and compliments are unacknowledged and questions are unanswered. If you spoke to someone at a party and they ignored you, would you walk away and find someone more courteous and engaging to talk with? Of course!

 

4. Forgetting to tie in your topic. It’s perfectly fine to share an anecdote, observation or commentary that appeals to a broad audience, but don’t forget to subtly bring the post back to your topic, if possible. A financial expert, for instance, might share a funny comment about her family vacation and wrap it up with, “Good thing I left the credit card at home. I would still be paying for souvenirs the kids just had to have and lost before we even got out of the park.”

 

5. Not sharing your mainstream media exposure. If you’re getting coverage in traditional media, share it! Let your social media followers know you have a TV or radio interview coming up (along with when and where) and share a link to it after it has aired. Post links to the articles written about you. This not only increases the reach of that exposure, it tells people you’re a credible source of information and someone journalists trust.

 

If you do it right, you can use social networks to build your audience and drive traffic to your website. Remember when you’re posting to keep in mind your audience’s first question: “What’s in it for me?” If the content you’re sharing is mostly pleas to “Visit my blog!” or “Check out my wonderful homemade soaps,” the answer is, “Nothing.”

Find the message or benefit in your book or product that speaks to the public, then use it to shape your interactions – and build your following.

 

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