All posts in September 2008

  • Amazing BOA Steakhouse – Las Vegas

    By: Shama Hyder This isn’t a restaurant review blog. But when a restaurant manages to combine my 2 two loves (food and marketing), I have to mention them. I was in Las Vegas last week for Blog World, when we decided to go celebrate with an extraordinary dinner. I LOVE the food in Vegas, and Boa Steakhouse (on top of Ceasar’s Palace) has been a favorite since I dined there last year. This time (our 2nd trip), we let them know we were celebrating a special occasion and would appreciate a table outside. (The view is BREATHTAKING!) We were promptly seated outside, and the waiter bought out an appetizer and glasses of champagne on the house. Since I don’t drink, we nixed the champage but devoured the potato fingers (?). Now, I was beginning to feel like royalty! They didn’t even know I was a blogger ; ). We continued to order kobe steak and lobster tails as our entree. Did I mention I LOVE the food here? A delicious chocolate cake (with a REAL firecracker on top!) later, the waiter came back out and very nonchalantly let us know that “the meal was on the house, and to enjoy…

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  • Aloha Social Media Summit of the Year

    October 6 & 7, 2008, in Boulder, Colorado A World-Class Mastermind Event! Hosted by Andy Beal and Dave Taylor Expert Participants: • Om Malik, CEO of GigaOM, • Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter • Peter Shankman, founder of Help a Reporter Online • Susan Bratton, CEO of Personal Life Media • Charlene Li, co-author of Groundswell • Roxanne Darling, videographer, host, Beachwalks With Rox This event is an “un-conference”. There won’t be any lengthy speeches or power point presentations that might not even be relevant for you. Instead you will get one on one time with all the experts (including the hosts). They’ll look at your business model, hear your challenges and offer help, ideas and contacts that will get your business to the next level. You will be part of the conversation. All of our participants have a profound understanding of social media and will be able to identify what you should be focusing on right now. Getting social media right is not an easy task: getting a head start by talking to the leading experts in the field is the smart way to leapfrog your competition. Seating is limited to 25 because we want to ensure you get…

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  • The JUICIEST Facebook How-To’s on the Web

    By: Shama Hyder How to Create and Promote your Facebook Fan Page by Mari Smith How do I Import my Blog Entries or RSS Feed into Facebook by Dave Taylor Best Practices for Facebook Fan Pages by Collin Douma How Old is the Population on Facebook? by Matt Dickman 8 Ways to Make your Blog Viral on Facebook by Glen Stansberry Facebook- The Complete Biography by Sid Yadav How do I Email Photos from My Cellphone to Facebook by Dave Taylor

  • 5 Lessons I Learned at BlogWorld Expo 08

    By: Shama Hyder 1) A full house can boost your confidence. I love speaking about topics I am passionate about- online marketing, social media, community building, but a room full of twitterers can make the best of them feel a little nervous. One wrong move and it’s cyber tomatoes for you. I never thought a full room could boost your confidence. There had been a mix up on the schedule (I was double booked for a panel and my talk on Facebook!), so I wasn’t expecting many people at all. I was truly gateful and humbled when I saw people sitting on the floor with their laptops and standing by the door. At that moment, I realized that I couldn’t let the crowd down. I couldn’t afford to be nervous! I had to give them a presentation that would make standing at back of the room for an hour worth it! I truly felt empowered by the people’s trust-and it’s a great feeling! 2) Face-to-Face connections are crucial. Since my work (and the company itself!) is virtual, it’s easy to forget how funny and heartwarming personal interactions can be. Virtual watercoolers are excellent, but there is much to be said…

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  • 7 Surprising Facts About Online Video…And 3 Ways You Can Profit From Them

    By: Dave Kaminski photo credit: sorosh It seems every time you turn around these days, people are saying you must start using online video if you want to succeed on the web. But is it really true…or…is it all just marketing hype? Well, thankfully the web gives us something not readily available in more traditional marketing mediums, like radio, print and TV; the ability to track high-level statistics in real-time. And by looking at these statistics, we can easily tell what’s hype and what’s reality when it comes to online video. Most of the available statistics come from the major players on the web….the large companies who place pre, mid and post roll ads in the videos many of us watch online. But are these statistics relevant to small business owners on the web? For the past 12 months I’ve tracked these statistics, comparing them against what’s being reported by small business owners. And what I’ve found is this; viewing habits for online videos are the same across the board. It doesn’t matter if you’re Netflix running video ads on Yahoo’s homepage or a one-person business in Alaska; people all watch…and react to…videos in the same way. I also uncovered…

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  • Happy Birthday After The Launch!

    By: Shama Hyder Last week was After The Launch’s 1 year anniversary! I, solely, started this company last August and here is a little sneak peak at then and now.. Then: Now: Solopreneur Virtual firm with 3 employees! 2 major clients 22 clients around the world Alexa Ranking- N/A 147, 237 Reach: Local Readers on 6 Continents Lead Generation: 90% Online Lead Generation: 40% Referrals, 60% Online Marketing Service: Consulting Services: Consulting, Training, Outsourced Marketing, Website/Blog Design & Development Attitude, then and now : Ready to help professional businesses leverage the internet in a dignified manner. Photo Credit: iLoveButter