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Kitchen Without Borders – the new cooking show at PIK1

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Now comes the difficult part – uploading all the content. And believe me we have tones of amazing photos, videos, information about our stars as well as the special guests in the studios of ‪#‎PIK1‬

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The Last McDonald’s Meal EVER Sold

Noticed on YouTube

After spending over a year in Iceland’s National Museum, the last McDonalds meal sold in the country will now be going on display at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. The world-famous fast food chain shut down its Iceland locations in 2009, and even after all this time the last meal sold in the country has still not become rotten or moldy.

After the economic collapse, McDonalds failed to keep customers coming back in Iceland, and the company was forced to close their doors in the country. The final day that McDonalds was open in Iceland was October 31, 2009, and on that day a man named Hjortur Smarason purchased a meal as a souvenir. Smarason had no intention on actually eating it but wanted to hang onto it out of curiosity, and because he saw it as a piece of history.

At its new home at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik, the burger and fries sit on display in front of a webcam, where people all over the world can watch its extremely slow decomposition.

Read More: http://www.trueactivist.com/iceland-decided-to-do-this-with-the-last-mcdonalds-meal-ever-sold/

Facebook Promotion Guidelines

What is considered a promotion on Facebook? and Best Practices quite successfully and in detail explained in this article.

#Tips for running a compliant contest on #Facebook using the new guidelines.

What is your experience with the new guidelines?

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Contact me if you need help in setting up a contest for your business.

One thing has stayed the same

From its iconic 1984 Super Bowl spot touting the first-ever Macintosh to the infamous dancing silhouettes that inaugurated the launch of the iPod, Apple’s advertising efforts have undergone eye-catching evolution over the years — though one thing has stayed the same.

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In ads for its iPhones and iPads, users have noted that the time that the devices display has remained oddly consistent. In promotional images for its most recent line of iPhones, for instance, the time is always set to 9:41. Of course, given Apple’s unique flare for design and its perfectionistic streak, this is no happy accident.

Rather, reports The Atlantic, it serves to memorialize the precise minute during which the products are unveiled during the company’s keynotes.

Related: Former Apple CEO John Sculley: Steve Jobs Sold Experiences, Not Products

Former Apple software engineer Scott Forstall explained, “We design the product launch keynotes so that the big reveal of the product happens around 40 minutes into the presentation. When the big image of the product appears on screen, we want the time shown to be close to the actual time on the audience’s watches.”

But it wasn’t always 9:41 at Apple, Forstall said. STEVE JOBS unveiled the very first iPhone at the Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco at 9:42 alongside slides reflecting that time. “We know we won’t hit 40 minutes exactly. And for the iPhone, we made it 42 minutes,” Forstall noted. “It turned out we were pretty accurate with that estimate, so for the iPad, we made it 41 minutes.” The 41-minute mark is still in effect today.

Though a relatively slight detail, The Atlantic notes that the time-stamp further links Apple’s creations to JOBS, adding to his evocative lore.

GEOFF WEISS
ENTREPRENEUR STAFF
Source: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/239385

Internet Safety in teenage

Teaching Adolescent Internet Safety- This is a really good article about how to keep kids safe while they are on the internet and just in life period.

Internet Safety

Source: http://www.covenanteyes.com/2013/10/30/adolescent-internet-safety/

The Internet is both a blessing and a curse. It brings so much of the world immediately to your fingertips. But unfortunately it brings both the best and the worst the world has to offer. This is especially true for today’s adolescent. Internet safety is something every parent should teach to their teens.

1. Teach teens about the permanence of what they share.
When 18-year-old Jesse Logan sent a nude picture to her boyfriend, she had no idea he would show the pictures to others after they broke up. As a result, Jesse was the target of vicious comments at school, and the harassment never stopped. So troubled by the abuse, she eventually took her own life. Other women have had similar humiliating experiences.

According to a survey by MTV and the Associated Press, 18% of those who receive a sext from someone else end up sharing it with others.

Once something is shared online—an embarrassing photo, a hurtful word, and rash statement—it is sometimes impossible to get rid of. As many as 42% of teen girls are concerned they won’t get accepted into the college of their choice or they will miss a job opportunity or they will get in trouble with parents or teachers, all because of the things they’ve said and shown online.

2. Teach teens how to react to slander.
Johnny Cagno was an eighth grader whose bullying problems gave Birchwood Middle School a wake-up call. The bullying, online and offline, became so bad, he eventually attempted suicide. Later, CBS filmed Johnny for 48 Hours special called “Bul•ly•ing: Words Can Kill,” to tackle the subject of bullying.

One in five teens says “people are mostly unkind” on online social networks, and a third of teens say they personally have been targets of annoying or menacing online activities.

Teens need to be taught about how to react to bullying, both done to them and done to others. In many instance, simply ignoring bullying behavior is best. Bullies often only want to get a rise out of someone, so teens shouldn’t give them the satisfaction. If the bullying is persistent, teens should save any evidence of it, and when necessary, involve the proper authorities.

Nearly nine in ten teens who use social media say they have seen someone being mean or cruel to another person on a social network site. Teens should be taught about the importance of standing up for others, to never be just an innocent bystander.

3. Teach teens about the allure of porn culture.
Despite the Internet filter on her computer, Natalie Ornorf stumbled across erotic literature on the online. What she thought would be just a one time thing turned into a habit. Then it progressed to pornographic videos. Mere months after her first exposure, unbeknownst to her parents, she was watching and reading porn for hours every night. Slowly it was starting to warp her mind.

Pornography and porn culture is everywhere. Today, more than half of guys and a third of girls see porn before they even turn 13. Porn stars are becoming the new crossover artists, regularly turning up on shopping-mall movie screens and prime-time TV. Additionally, pop culture now mimics pornography. One only needs to watch music videos of performers at the top of the charts or see the latest cover of Maxim to find evidence of this.

John Carr of the Children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet Safety says many adults are now talking about how much pornography has a grip on their minds and effects their relationships. “If adults are having problems coping with this new mass availability of these types of images, then it’s not unreasonable to deduce that children, who are exposed to exactly the same images, in exactly the same way, must be getting into all kinds of difficulties.”

Parents need to have honest discussions with their teens about not only why porn is damaging, but why it is an imitation of something that is very good. Teens need to be shown the contrast: porn bonds you to fantasy images that leave you empty, but sex in marriage connects you to a person in an intimate way.

To help parents with this discussion, Covenant Eyes has released a new downloadable guide: When Your Child is Looking at Porn: A Step-By-Step Guide for Christian Parents.

4. Create a culture of accountability in the home.
When Richard and Leila Hoffman found out one of their teenagers was looking at porn on the home computer, they spoke to their son-in-law who worked as a computer programmer. He recommended they try using Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability to monitor the computer.

Richard and Leila decided not to simply monitor their children—they monitored everyone, including themselves. They used Covenant Eyes as a teaching opportunity about the importance of lifelong accountability. In this way their teens did not feel targeted but part of something the whole family was doing.

5. Empower them to be their own watchdogs.
When Jacqueline Anderson was a teenager, her dad installed Internet Accountability on computers at home. She loved the freedom it gave her. No more annoying Internet filters that smothered her or required her parents to always plug in a password so she could do the simplest task. “This program allowed me as a young adult to make my own decisions about what I allowed into my mind through my eyes, while ensuring I had accountability,” she writes. “This empowered me to make my own wise decisions.”

Steve Siler has noticed the same thing with his son. At first, his son wasn’t so sure about being monitored all the time online, but over time he started to become more proactive about the “gray areas” online. His son now comes to him to tell him about the choices he’s MAKING ONLINE to avoid sexually explicit material. “I’m glad for the open dialogue [Covenant Eyes] has created for me and my son. I’m also glad it has helped him to be come his own watchdog.”

How to Determine the ROI of Anything

What’s the ROI of a Piano? What’s the ROI of a YouTube channel? What’s the ROI of anything!? After you read this deck you’ll be able to answer all these questions easily.

You think to start a blog? “Great! Absolutely!”

What are the key ingredients for a successful blog?

Be Clever. Think of a really good name that says best what the blog is about. It is not easy because most probably it will not be available, so you have to be clever.

Be Smart. Consider securing a trademark for your blog name as you build your brand. Do the research up front to avoid that awkward situation. You can trademark your brand after you advice with some legal office.

Be Unique. Don’t be shy. Write like you think and like you speak, because no one else can do it in that way. Write about what you know. Personal experiences are unique so start there. Even if it’s blogging officejust a few tips and you’re not an expert, a little experience is valuable information, so share it.

If you’re a niche blogger (photography, fashion, design, food, etc.) stay mostly on topic, but don’t be afraid to mix it up with snippets of your life, something random, or a self deprecating moment, readers love when you share the personal side, we’re all human!

Be Patient. Producing good content that is unique and useful is the most valuable thing you can contribute. Be prepared to write that good content for six months and go completely unnoticed. But this is not bad since you can use this time for practicing and finalize your writing and posting schedule.  Once you’re discovered, you’ll provide readers with a lot of good content to share, and they will share it, if it is unique and inspiring, so keep your focus there.

Be Visual. Good writing is great, but pretty pictures are killer. Having shareable images is one of the best tools for getting your content out in the world and pretty pictures always always help! Want to take better pictures? You can learned how by contacting UnitrustMedia for their upcoming training.

Be Clean & Organized. My favorite minimal whitish style is really relaxing. Your blog design should not be too busy or distract from your content. White space is calming and gives the eye a place to rest with all the commotion going on with content or ads. Consider a white backdrop or subtle wallpaper, nothing glaring or flashy or too bright. Your blog layout is a reflection of your style – clean and simple always trumps busy or cluttered. Make sure you have an About page with a picture and a 2 to 3 paragraph narrative, we want to know who you are, your interests, why you’re blogging! Absolutely have a Contact page for readers to connect and for future opportunities!

 

Be Nice. Blogging is not high school; there is zero tolerance for meanness. It’s best to treat others with kindness and respect in your comments and your writing. Encouragement not criticism has always been my motto, be gracious and give people the benefit of the doubt before judging. Unless judging is the main theme of your blog, then by all means, do your thing but expect opinions to fly!

Be Social. Make friends in your niche by socializing through comments or joining link parties or tweeting or commenting on Facebook. Most of my blog friendships were initiated through comments online but solidified when we actually met at a conference, so once you’ve been blogging a few months, consider attending one, they’re a wealth of information, inspiration, and it’s great to match faces to blogs.

Be Professional. In the online world, you can get noticed pretty quickly if you do something unique and it gets circulated in social media, so if you do get that email from a magazine editor or publisher, be quick to respond and do so with courtesy and professionalism. They are always looking for high resolution quality images so considering taking photographs with that in the back of your mind!

Be Passionate. So cliché, but so true. Don’t blog to get rich or make money, blog because of your desire to share your skills, thoughts, passions, quirks, and your unique take on the world. There’s plenty of room for blog success, just be sure you stay true to who you are, or really, what’s the point? 🙂

Whether you start on Blogger or WordPress is completely up to you. Be sure to install a Stat-counter, or Google Analytics in the beginning, it’s the best way to track where your traffic comes from and those stats will come in handy in the future when you seek sponsors, advertisers, and the like.

Got questions? Contact me to continue the discussion.

5 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

Source: http://www.nooralqahtani.com/5-things-every-small-business-website-needs/

I work with a lot of small business owners who want a blog purely for work and nothing personal. Obviously a business site is not going to have most things a personal blog would. As a designer it’s my job to work with my clients and show them how I can put all of their needs on their site without looking overcrowded which is a big issue with most business sites since they have so much information.

tips for your small business site

When someone visits your site they should be able to easily navigate and find what they need without getting confused. The design should not be crowded, loud or poor quality. Little things like this make people have second thoughts on your product. Here is a small list that I have put together that every small business should display on their site.

1. Subscription Area
Having a way to collect names and emails of people that have bought from you in the past or like your product is very important. You will want to place the subscription area, in an easily visible area so that readers can sign up. Here are a few of my favorites and why.

a. Hello Bar
I really like this one since it’s so simple to use. It creates a small bar at the top of your site.

b. Chimpy
This is a WordPress plugin and it’s very simple, but I love the sleek look it has.

Tip: Avoid using any sort of of pop up boxes. When you get a new visitor on your site they have no idea what you or your product is about yet to even decide if they want to subscribe.

2. Contact
When you run an online business, having a way for potential clients to contact you is an absolute must. They may want to ask a question or have issues with something they already bought.

a. Contact Form 7
This is the contact form that I use on all of my sites as well as when I set one up for my clients. I like that people can contact you without knowing your actual email. It’s easy to set up and FREE.

b. Live Chat plugin
This is a new plugin that I discovered a few months ago and have been thinking about using it for my own business. If your online you can chat instantly and if you’re not it will send you an email.

3. SEO Friendly Images
All images for your business (even your blog) should be SEO friendly. What does that mean? Well, do you ever search google images? When others search there your images will not show up without a great name.

a. Name all of your images something that will make them easy to find. For example in this post I would name the image I am using one almost like the post title. That way users who search for links and images alike can easily find my post.

b. Having images that load well is also very important. I always resize my images and make them web ready when saving. This reduces loading time and should really be how everyone saves images.

4. Good Looking Images
Speaking of images having nice images is mandatory. If I come across a business and they have bad looking product images I just leave. Not investing in your business or how it looks says a lot to people about you and your product. If you do not have a good camera or know how to take quality images, then invest in a photo shoot for your products.

If you have digital images spend a lot of time working on them or else hire a graphic designer to make the images for you.

5. FAQ
Believe it or not this is a huge deal for every website. Potential customers are going to have questions and putting it all out there for them reassures them and helps them along the way. When you’re first starting out it may be difficult to think of what you need to put up so try to think about what you yourself would ask. Place the FAQ in a prominent area on your site so it’s easy to find.

There is actually a lot of WordPress plugins that you can utilize into your site. Here are a few that I like.
a. Awesome FAQ

b. SP FAQ

*I hope this helps anyone who has or is thinking of starting a website for their small business. If you have not yet you really should. If you plan on selling digital, please take a look at my sell online e-course as well.

Gmail Password Leak Update

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each ACCOUNT. Using the same password on different web sites increases the risk of an ACCOUNT being hacked. Now would be a good time for all users to go through all online services and set distinct, strong passwords for each.

The WordPress.com Blog

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

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