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sbwire 76485 screen Amy Kress announces release date for Secret Music albumLos Angeles, CA – Tuesday, December 16, 2014 With the recently released, “Numb” single under her belt, Colorado area singer and songwriter Amy Kress has announced the official release date for her much anticipated first album, “Secret Music.” A exceptionally talented vocalist and overall musician, Amy’s new project invites you to experience part of her life’s journey presented through a collection of 14 songs that touch on love, happiness and inspiration. “Secret Music,” debuts on Tuesday, January 13th and will be available at all major music outlets including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify. You can pre-order the album now on iTunes and receive the previously released singles for free at: http://buff.ly/1AAhX8H

Produced by The Spot Studios (Denver, CO), “Secret Music” explores much of Amy’s creativity as she wrote the album and was directly involved in its production. “The Secret Music refers to the fact that it was largely written without me playing it for friends or family,” said Amy. “Many friends didn’t even know I was recording or if they did it was just thought of as a quirky hobby of mine.”

Currently, Kress – who has been busy promoting the album with several performance dates throughout the city – is continuing to serve as an inspiration for others by pursuing her dream, in spite of her ongoing battle with breast cancer. She dedicates time to blog about her journey on CaringBridge.com and her own website, and is a voice for others in her community. The concept of Secret Music also served as a form of healing and therapy for Kress.

With four previously released singles from the album and a seemingly effortless live performance at Herman’s Hideaway of her second single, “The Crush” (check it out at http://buff.ly/1swUyGF), Amy Kress has created quite a stir. She has received glowing reviews noting her incredibly enticing voice and the heart-felt messages embedded within her music. A recent review from Tim Wenger of Colorado Music Buzz states, “… I was treated to an unusually personal and eccentric collection of songs that exposed the heart of a woman exploring mindful expression without boundary. Her voice is soft, but maintains authority over the backing music. The music itself varies greatly from track to track – this is not one of those records where every song sounds the same.”

About Amy Kress

“The healer told me that I wasn’t fulfilling what my soul needed. I was, in her words, a flower in the desert that had no water. I was starving for something to feed my soul and I needed to make a change. I needed to express myself. I needed to create and I needed to put it out there. The most important thing she said to me is that not everyone is ready to hear what I have to put out there. Don’t worry about it. The people that are, are the ones I’m playing for.” – Amy Kress

Life is what happens between the lines and at times it’s hard to handle much less share with others. All of the great artists manage to bridge this gap though and Amy Kress is one of the few with this unique gift. Kress is the unlikely star; the mother, the wife, the survivor, and her story is an inspiring one.

Official website: www.AmyKressMusic.com

DonnieP CatchAMouse 1800x2700 682x1024 Serial entrepreneur and franchisor Donnie P announces new book, How to Catch a Mouse with No CheeseLos Angeles, CA – Tuesday, December 2, 2014 – Serial entrepreneur and franchisor, Donnie P has announced the release of his new book, “How to Catch a Mouse with No Cheese.” After years of successfully launching and operating several businesses, most recently becoming a franchisor in 2012 and selling his first franchise in 2013, Donnie P, a Louisiana native sought to compile his experiences and knowledge into a valuable resource for aspiring business owners.

“How to Catch a Mouse with No Cheese,” is a helpful tool filled with lessons and first-hand accounts of business experiences, life and entrepreneurship — additionally offering a “how-to” approach on launching a business and how to prosper with little-to-no financial resources. The book also provides useful tips and strategies to serve as a guide for new business owners. The book is now available on Amazon with an ebook version available on Kindle and/or his official website: AuthorDonnie.com

With over 20 years of business ownership experience, Donnie P continues to apply five life-changing principles that are guaranteed to grant success. These five principles: Faith, Truth, Self-Awareness, Self Determination and Service, are the backbone of “How to Catch a Mouse with No Cheese,” – each principle offering a valuable reference on how it can be used to make your business dreams come true. Filled with real world examples and recipes for success, Donnie P’s new book is an excellent resource for budding entrepreneurs.

donnie p 235x300 Serial entrepreneur and franchisor Donnie P announces new book, How to Catch a Mouse with No CheeseAbout Donnie P
Donnie P., a serial entrepreneur and native of Jeanerette, Louisiana, realized early in his professional business career that he was equipped with the necessary drive and determination that would allow him to start businesses—from the ground up—without any money. He used these tools and, immediately upon graduation from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he established Community Case Management, an adolescent substance abuse counseling service. Soon after, he would also create Preventive Medical Center, a community-based provider of medical health services. Later, Mr. P would hone his entrepreneurial knowledge and skills by founding A Plus Home Care Services, a non-medical, in-home healthcare company that focuses on elder care and support. Mr. P credits the success of A Plus Home Care Services to his unparalleled motivation and perseverance. During A Plus Home Care Services’ infancy, he assumed every role that was required to effectively run the business. He became an expert in the areas of finance, sales, marketing, and operations.

 
Official website: www.AuthorDonnie.com

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CBA Come Back Alice to perform at Bear Creek Music & Art FestivalCome Back Alice will be performing at this year’s Bear Creek Music & Art Festival on Saturday, November 15th. The 4-day festival will be held November 13th through 16th just north of Live Oak, Florida at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park and will features an incredible lineup of bands, performers and artists. In addition to their upcoming appearance at Bear Creek, Come Back Alice is currently touring and prepping for their national album and music video release.

About Come Back Alice
Come Back Alice is a soulfully southern gypsy funk band whose lively concert performances feature unforgettable remnants of rhythmic funk fused with elements of gypsy jazz. With a musical style that’s truly their own, Come Back Alice is one of the most popular bands to swept through the Southeast. With the release of their much anticipated debut album forthcoming, Come Back Alice is continuing to turn heads with their exceptional performances and unique collection of sound.

Official website: ComeBackAlice.com

Amy Kress HQ Photo 1 1024x682 Amy Kress to perform at Westword Best of the West 6 Prelim #2Singer-songwriter Amy Kress will be performing at Westword Best of the West 6 on Saturday, November 15th at 8pm at Herman’s Hideaway. The event features 60+ of the hottest and most up and coming acts in Colorado. It is also the first of several rounds of competition with the winner receiving – a main stage performance for Film on the Rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheater, a main stage performance at Westword Music Showcase in downtown Denver, an official Jagermeister endorsement, a studio recording package, $4,000 cash and a performance at the Deep Eddy Vodka Showcase during SXSW in 2016.

With the forthcoming release of her new album, “Secret Music” debuting this fall, singer-songwriter Amy Kress continues to inspire others through her music. Mixed with a combination of energetic, modern day pop and hints of contemporary soul, Amy’s heart-felt lyrics and riveting vocals tell amazing stories of triumph and happiness.

Official website: AmyKressMusic.com

mobile payment Industry Disruption of Mobile Payments; Apps Making Major MovesIn the race to make wallets obsolete and just use smart phones for payment, the realm now covers bill paying applications as well. In 2008, Dwolla seriously disrupted the industry when they launched and were all about figuring out a way to use the internet to exchange payments without high trade fees. At the time, the CEO’s e commerce company in Iowa was generating about 1.5 million dollars in sales, but paying around 55,000 dollars in credit card interchange fees. They realized that it was an expense comparable to what some businesses paid for their leased space, and pushed ahead with their dream.

The interest really sparked here was not getting rid of all the big boys in the realm of competition, but going to work on some of the inefficient aspects of the existing alternatives. Many out there feel that money truly has the same qualities as raw data, and therefor you should not have to pay fees when exchanging it online. With many of the participants being from Silicon Valley, there are many processors, providers, and parties that can stand in the way of this free commerce idea. The processing done on the back end is by companies like First Data, and they are relatively safe for a few years. However, The MSP’s, or merchant service providers, are the ones who lend businesses a hand in the setup process in their journey to accepting credit cards. These and the hardware providers could be under a little pressure to survive from the following 3 applications that are stepping up their game.

 

Apple Pay

This will incorporate an Apple watch, an Iphone 6 or 6 plus, and will be great for business people that are focused on walking away from analog seeming receipts and the clutter of it all. With a lofty goal of truly replacing the consumer’s wallet, and streamlining the smart phone paying process, it looks promising. They have rounded up Visa, Amex, and Mastercard for now, the triage of heavy hitters needed to get potential users to pay attention. Ambitiously working hard to get support on other continents, this is going to be one app that many people will swipe their fingers over their device for. Right at the launch, there are 22,000 companies including Disney, Mcdonalds, Panera Bread, Petco, and Whole Foods that are willing and ready partners. This will absolutely propel us into the future we once saw only on the big screen.

www.apple.com/apple-pay


Square

3,000,000 users, more than 250,000 merchants, and payments upwards of $10 billion, this service was started in 2009 by the co founder of Twitter. During 2012, Starbucks sank some cash into the deal, and they were also known for a simple setup process. You just get the app for your device, connect your bank account, and order the card swipe in the mail. Once that is in your hands you are ready to insert it into the headphone jack and you are ready to grow your business. The biggest points that this app gets from our review is the ease of the interface. It is laid out so plainly that this is perhaps what users really envisioned when they saw in their minds’ eye the payment processing of the future. There is not a startup cost associated with this app, another attractive feature. There are no credit checks for this application, and you are able to get started fairly quickly. This is just one of the options available that we predict to become more and more popular over time.

www.squareup.com


Flint

Billed by more than a few as the easiest mobile processing app they have ever used, It relies on photos instead of a card reader. It is said to be the fastest and most convenient for a few different reasons. Right now they are only processing Visa and Mastercard, but are favored by many vendors. If you give them a bit of detailed information about your business, you can get a higher weekly processing limit, and one of the only drawbacks is the Discover/Amex processing dilemma. The speed at which transactions are processed is said to be on the extreme high end, and Flint wins over many vendors. From Redwood, California and getting it’s start in 2011, they are backed by heavy hitting investors like Storm Ventures, SVG, and Verizon Ventures. They will absolutely be one to watch in terms of card reading/ solutions without the headaches of a usual processor.

www.flint.com

TheRideFINALweb Los Angeles based singer songwriter Jay Jacobson announces The Ride album releaseAcclaimed singer songwriter Jay Jacobson has announced the release today of his fifth full-length studio album, the eagerly awaited CD titled, “The Ride”. Known for his amazing tenor voice and ability to connect with his audience through his beautifully composed songs, Jay Jacobson’s latest effort is an album that delivers a one-of-a-kind experience of emotional trip-hop, electronic dance and soulful ballads set against modern day pop influences. “The Ride” is now available on iTunes at: http://buff.ly/1v8vmoc Amazon, CD Baby and several other online retail outlets.

From the personal heart tugging ballad, “Maybe One Day”, to the whimsical exuberance of “Taking the Long Way Home”, and the infectious dance anthem, “Animal”, “The Ride” is an emotional roller coaster ride of 11 all-original tracks which shed a unique spotlight on life’s exhilarating journey. Each song perfectly expressed through Jay’s thought-provoking lyrics have the ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

The album has received glowing reviews noting Jay’s impeccable vocals and the powerful messages embedded within his music:

“Having a well layered background akin to a large act like Coldplay… incredibly radio friendly and has a very large potential for listener reach. I heard a voice that loves not only theatrical novelty, but spreading happiness as well. A warm and influential record, listening should evoke a high risk of encountering gentle tones, warm vibes, and desire to hit repeat.” – HyPursuit

“Jay Jacobson makes a memorable impression… There are classical influences as well as soaring vocals. He has an amazing tenor voice that glides between melodies. All the piano parts are beautifully rendered that they sound magical… uplifting… artfully crafted… You better pick this recording and the rest of his albums because I am sure you will love his kind of music!” – Sphere Music

“Jay Jacobson does an awesome job in the vocals department, hitting such high notes that I could only imagine hitting in my lifetime.” – Indigo Indie

“…bouncy-ness of beats that keeps the music fresh and alive… Jay Jacobson has the talent and style that is indeed worth that listen, because it jumps at you each time you hear it.” – Nataliez WorldIn 

In addition to the new CD, Jay Jacobson will also release the official music videos for a few of the CD’s singles this fall.


About Jay Jacobson

A Los Angeles based singer and songwriter (originally from Philadelphia), Jay Jacobson, has released five full length CDs of his original music which have been played on radio and podcasts around the world. He was recently named “The One to Watch” on the “Off the Charts” UK radio show. His CD, “Ready”, includes the Top Ten internationally charting single, “Boy”. In 2010 he released his first music video for the song, “Love is Love”, (from his CD “Revelations”) which created a buzz (including stories in USA Today Online, On Top Magazine, and Towleroad), and went on to win multiple awards in film festivals. Jay wrote, performed and produced a hugely successful live one-man-show, “Mental Creatures”, which followed the journeys of three different people (a young painter, a widowed woman, and an elderly man) along with several supporting characters, weaving songs from his catalogue of CDs throughout the show. This critically acclaimed show and audience favorite had a successful six week run in Hollywood, California at “The Lounge Theater 2″. It was his first play as a writer or producer.

Official website: www.jayjacobson.com

artist photo 3 1024x680 Musician Nature Ganganbaigal debuts Mongolian themed solo album, To Where Tengger Leads MeTuesday, September 23, 2014 – Los Angeles, CA - Mongolian & Chinese composer and musician Nature Ganganbaigal (known as Tianran Zhang in Chinese) has announced the release of his first solo album titled, “To Where Tengger Leads Me”. The new album features original compositions, written and performed by Nature who combines traditional Mongolian folk music, like Horse-Head Fiddle and Throat Singing with full orchestral and modern electronic music to create a Hollywood-styled soundtrack. “To Where Tengger Leads Me” is now available on iTunes, Amazon and on Bandcamp at: http://buff.ly/Y3LSbJ

Nature Ganganbaigal’s work has been featured in many diverse commercials, films and video games with his film score recently performed in Symphony Space on Broadway. In addition to the new album, you can experience Nature’s captivating work in the following film and game projects at www.Nature-Ganganbaigal.com

Nature Ganganbaigal on “To Where Tengger Leads Me”: What happens when epic music meets Genghis Khan? The most unique representation of Mongolian traditional music combined with epic soundtrack style!

b57452b2 f640 456a a262 d7def5f404c2 Musician Nature Ganganbaigal debuts Mongolian themed solo album, To Where Tengger Leads MeWritten and produced by Nature Ganganbaigal, “To Where Tengger Leads Me” gives you an experience of the epic Mongol Empire through a fusion of orchestral sounds, a variety of vocalizations and Asian instrumentation. Not only will you hear the distinctive strings of the horse-head fiddle but also the valiant sounds of the galloping steeds, the blowing blizzard, the riding warriors, and the thundering drums under the great welkin! With 12-tracks completing Nature’s solo effort, “To Where Tengger Leads Me” is a glowing representation of Nature’s ability to perfectly combine his traditional Mongolian culture with modern music.

About Nature Ganganbaigal
Nature Ganganbaigal, Mongolian music composer from China (Chinese name: Tianran Zhang). Nature writes music for commercial clips, trailers and games for both indie studios and large media firms such as China Central Television. His wide ranges of music styles include traditional orchestral music and electronic influenced modern film score. As a former Microsoft UI designer, Nature has the strong sensibility on visual media and filmic language. Nature is currently studying in New York University finishing his film music graduate degree. As the winner of 2014 New York University Film Score Competition, Nature’s film score was performed in Broadway.

Official website: www.nature-ganganbaigal.com

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TheRideFINALweb Acclaimed singer songwriter Jay Jacobson to debut new album, The Ride on October 14thTuesday, September 16, 2014, Los Angeles, CA — From his eloquently smooth vocals and beautifully arranged songs, to the variety of sounds offered in his music, acclaimed singer-songwriter Jay Jacobson’s new CD, “The Ride” delivers a one-of-a-kind experience of emotional trip-hop, electronic dance and soulful ballads framed by exquisite pop-infused orchestrations. Jacobson’s fifth studio album, “The Ride” features 11 all-original songs that perfectly channel the highs and lows of life expressed through the purity of his voice and thought provoking lyrics. “The Ride” will debut on Tuesday, October 14th on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and several other online retail outlets.

One of the album’s most popular singles, the dance anthem “Animal”, showcases Jay’s ridiculously incredible vocal range atop a bouncy electro-dance production. The remaining 10 tracks, continue the album’s tone offering an unforgettable musical ride.

From the heartfelt, “Maybe One Day” written for his recently passed away grandmother, to the whimsical exuberance of “Taking the Long Way Home”, to the bittersweet reflection of “I Lived”, “The Ride” expertly showcases Jay’s unique sound and emotionally stirring songwriting as they create a journey through life’s ups and downs, loves and losses, and the strength of the human spirit. “I wanted to write about the acceptance of life, with all its bumps and wrinkles included,” said Jay.

In addition to the forthcoming release, Jay is putting the finishing touches on a series of new music videos for the songs featured on “The Ride”. The album’s first single, “With Our Love”, with be released on Tuesday, October 7th and will be available on iTunes.

 

About Jay Jacobson

A Los Angeles based singer and songwriter (originally from Philadelphia), Jay Jacobson, has released five full length CDs of his original music which have been played on radio and podcasts around the world. He was recently named “The One to Watch” on the “Off the Charts” UK radio show. His CD, “Ready”, includes the Top Ten internationally charting single, “Boy”. In 2010 he released his first music video for the song, “Love is Love”, (from his CD “Revelations”) which created a buzz (including stories in USA Today Online, On Top Magazine, and Towleroad), and went on to win multiple awards in film festivals. Jay wrote, performed and produced a hugely successful live one-man-show, “Mental Creatures”, which followed the journeys of three different people (a young painter, a widowed woman, and an elderly man) along with several supporting characters, weaving songs from his catalogue of CDs throughout the show. This critically acclaimed show and audience favorite had a successful six week run in Hollywood, California at “The Lounge Theater 2″. It was his first play as a writer or producer.

Official website: www.jayjacobson.com

too dope mixtape cover copy 1024x1024 Philosopha debuts Strong music video and long awaited Too Dope albumLos Angeles, CA – Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 – With a newly released single behind him, Philosopha has announced the release of his much anticipated debut album, Too Dope. The new album is 14-tracks of bass thumping, high-energy modern day hip hop featuring the Chicago rapper’s hit single, “Strong” – the official music video for “Strong” debuts today and can be viewed on YouTube. To grab your copy of Too Dope visit: http://buff.ly/Xr4TF4 – an exclusive DJ version is also available at LiveMixtapes.com

Too Dope features production work from music producers King Zof, Dave the King, Shake 3 Production, Law Beatz, Joe Joe, Trill Gates and Timmy the Hittman. With Philosopha covering most of the tracks solo, he also collaborated with rappers Mikey Dollaz, Castro, Asa Asa, Nino Punchlines and Grammy Award winning recording artist Really Doe on several of the album’s singles. His singles, “All I Know” and “Work” were released earlier this summer creating a noticeable buzz amongst fans and several hip hop blogs. Known for his edgy street persona, Philosopha’s modern appeal offers listeners more than just catchy hooks and anthems; He works to create music that people can relate to and identify with.

Philosopha just wrapped up an album listening event at Complex 2010 in Chicago that featured an exclusive listening session of the new album and a host of guests, artists and music industry insiders. He’s planning to hit the round on a promo tour this fall in support of his newly released album.


About Philosopha

Chicago is a melting pot for musical talent meshing many different styles and influences. Philosopha embodies the pulse of Chicago by delivering the raw energy and passion that made the Windy City famous Worldwide. Philosopha takes fans on an emotional rollercoaster ride with a high octane stage show, party anthems, and club hits that can get any crowd out of their seats. Giving the listener a unique experience, Philosopha draws comparisons to the street savvy of T.I., the Migo’s edginess, and Andre 3000’s creativity. Philosopha has opened up for some of the industry’s most popular names in Hip Hop.

Twitter: @Philosopha

new cover 1024x928 Musician Deane Nesbitt, Jr Announces New Album, Music in Search of a MovieLos Angeles, CA – Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 – Canadian musician and composer Deane Nesbitt, Jr has announced the release of his upcoming album “Music in Search of a Movie”. The 12-track album highlights a number of all original musical styles and arrangements capturing Deane’s unique approach for fusing rhythm and sound. “Music in Search of a Movie” will debut on Tuesday, September 16th and will be available at CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and through Deane’s website, NesbittMusic.com.

With music composed by Deane and arranged by Brian Gagnon, “Music in Search of a Movie” features a selection of talented musicians who lend their instrumentation and vocal effects to create a combination of melodic, fun and often very moving tunes. Each track offers more than just a tune to the ear, each carries its own experience through its melody and a variety of live instruments. The opening track, “Once and Forever,” is indicative of Deane’s work, combining a melody that is full of emotion, with instrumentation and vocal effects that build to an epic level. It’s not hard to imagine music like this in film.

One of the album’s most popular pieces, a spine-tingling composition, “Anthem for the Unsung Hero,” incorporates the sound of 20 military drums and 12 pipers and has caught the attention of military groups. Since it was played last November at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at a tribute dinner held by True Patriot Love, the largest military fundraiser in the country, it has been used as a musical score in film and performed live.

Known for creating music regarded as “filmic,” Deane has been recording by ear on piano and other keyboards for over 30 years, often playing in the key of F sharp. Playing by ear for the visually impaired, he found he could teach piano to listeners who were interested, using the raised keys as a type of Braille starting point. His first album,” On the Black Keys and by Ear”, was produced to raise money for the blind.

Earlier in his career, after the debut of his first album, Deane entertained in Europe. Over the course of 4 albums, he’s has had the privilege of entertaining fans at home and aboard. One of his most memorable performances included playing special requests for Hollywood legend Greta Garbo.

Deane’s music is notably melodic and ranges from being quiet and haunting to grand and epic. It is broadcast internationally, has been played at concerts, weddings and other special events, has been used in film and is on iTunes, Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and other international Amazons.


More about Deane Nesbitt, Jr

Apart from being a musician and composer, Deane Nesbitt, Jr. is a lawyer, businessman, landscape painter and author of an award-winning history book. He has degrees from McGill University in arts and law and a certificate from the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program. Copies of his book are habitually traded on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and are on deposit at the National Library of Canada and the Library of Congress. His paintings have sold in art shows and are included in some of his own creative works, including the cover of his illustrated history.

Official website: www.nesbittmusic.com

Twitter: @DeaneNesbittJr

ChristinaJohnson 1024x683 VH1s Atlanta Exes Starlett Christina JohnsonLos Angeles, CA - VH1 Atlanta Exes celebrity starlett and entrepreneur Christina Johnson is currently accepting speaking, hosting and appearance engagements for Fall 2014/Spring 2015. The ex-wife of Grammy Award winning mega star Cee-Lo Green, Christina Johnson is known for empowering women through her words of inspiration, her fun and witty fashion sense, trendy hair and overall stylish personality.

For more information on securing her for your event, interviews etc. forward your inquiry to A&M Entertainment: +1 (310) 295-4150

About Atlanta Exes
As the thriving music and entertainment capital of the South, Atlanta provides the ideal backdrop and group of ex-wives for the successful franchise’s extension. The cast, featuring the once significant others of an elite list of A-list men, has no shortage of fabulousness, ambition, love, and drama. “Atlanta Exes” stars Tameka Raymond, who once enjoyed the perks and privileges that come with being married to an international music superstar, and now dedicates much of her time to the charitable foundation she started in memory of her late son Kile, interior designer to the stars Christina Johnson (ex-wife of Cee-Lo Green), and author and businesswoman Monyetta Shaw (ex-fiancé of Ne-Yo), who is busy penning a children’s book series based on the lively personality of her toddler. Also starring are entrepreneur Sheree Buchanan (ex-wife of former pro football player Ray Buchanan), who co-owns a dessert catering company and also has a business that specializes in creating custom bedazzled hookah pipes, and actress, comedian, and producer Torrei Hart (ex-wife of Kevin Hart).

Learn more: www.vh1.com/shows/atlanta-exes

Using Google Plus to Connect with your Audience

August 28, 2014

by Jon Weirman

 Using Google Plus to Connect with your AudienceUsing Google plus to reach an audience base can take place in many different forms, with the use of communities and the new opportunities it provides to reach them. In many ways it took a little while to catch on, with so many users just using the usual social channels like Facebook to connect and spread their brand around the web. The way that communities work on Google Plus is a little bit different, and there are benefits in the ways that user feedback is created, and your branding message is spread more organically.

It takes some thought and planning, but you can create a community that is relevant to what you’re doing, and then engage in direct conversation. The benefits of platforms like Instagram are many, with users seeing relevant photos and going right to your landing page. With Google Plus, you can use descriptive taglines and discussion categories to have people that are looking for relevant content find you and take part in the topic at hand.

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If you are sitting still with your website that offers a product waiting for buyer traffic to come right away and save you from the depths of misery, it may not happen right away. When you are creating a forum that encourages discussion, it could take a few days or weeks for people to catch on and pony up to actually buy the product. In your “About” section, you can create content that accurately describes what’s going to happen in the community, and also quickly create a strategy to invite followers. Just like Twitter, adding followers one by one can seem monotonous, but can be the best bet. For example, if your brand is a soccer shoe company or podcast, go to groups that are in the same genre and add followers.

In many ways similar to the strategies used on Myspace, this method can be more effective than buying “batches” or large groups of followers. Posting content that is as relevant as it gets to the topic is always key, and will stoke your followers’ interest. Items like frequently asked questions, tips and tricks, and highlights of keynote events or conferences are always followed quickly by someone who has a keen interest.

Many users who first begin to use Google Plus as another weapon in their arsenal to get their content out get frustrated. Sometimes notifications, new additions to your circle, and the layout itself don’t entice everyone right away. But demographics and research prove that time spent on Google plus will generate traffic to your landing page, an awareness that will help you in the long run, and people who share will frequently find content they really like. What you are really after here are the people that sit back and watch your forum, make a slow decision on how they feel about your brand, and spread your name around to their favorite contacts.

Tips to get more Followers

The hashtag debate is a slippery slope. Yes, if done properly will get some hits via Twitter and the way that everyone is connected. Hashtags play a role in searches that were previously never even put into the formula of how potential consumers find you. Be careful. The trend has spilled over to Facebook in such a sense that users are frivolous. It can definitely land you traffic and glean you users, but things like #awesome and #Idefinitelythoughtso may not work for you in the utmost essence.

There is a trend now where almost everything said or done will validate a hashtag, and the trend can yield results. But spreading your content in the way you want done best is done with just one or two of these in web guru tact. The game as far as Google plus is different. For now, everyone checks their Facebook updates first, and then delves into Twitter and the other activities. But the invaluable element of having your Google plus page set up, ready to go, and also following trending memes will be crucial to your success. When the topics of holidays, shopping, even back to school, or blockbuster movie events take place, you can incorporate them into your Google Plus presence. It’s a hotspot of internet traffic that is a bit different to utilize, but this popular social media angle is absolutely not going anywhere soon.

 

kslick 1024x531 Toronto rapper K Slick is back with new music: Rock Bottom and Crime Chronicles 2Rapper K-Slick is back with the latest installment of music from his forthcoming mixtape entitled “K-9 vs The World”, which will be released on Datpiff in September. The new singles, Rock Bottom and Crime Chronicles 2 are the first of several upcoming singles scheduled to be released this summer. A follow-up to the K-Slick fan-favorite Crime Chronicles, Crime Chronicles 2 tells a revealing story of betrayal, heartbreak and a devious crime plot. The new videos are now available on YouTube.

Self-written and produced by K-Slick both music videos were shot in Toronto. Rock Bottom echos the story of a person being at their lowest of lows, trying desperately to find their way back to a sobering reality. Known for his grimy street-styled rap, K-Slick has quickly become one of city’s most popular hip hop artists. His rap style, and lyrical approach in the single “Last Breath” featuring Slaughterhouses’s Joell Ortiz caught the attention of several online hip hop magazines and blogs, helping to increase his growing fan base.

With a handful of recent oversees tour dates behind him, K-Slick’s latest effort offers a continuation of his mixtape debut, “Twenty One”, a 13-track LP filled with stories of poisonous relationships and suspense-fueled street tales. In addition to Rock Bottom and Crime Chronicles 2, fans can expect several new singles accompanied with official music videos leading up to the release of “K-9 vs The World”. K-Slick is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the singles Fully Loaded, Klaudia and Chillen Out, all scheduled to be released in the coming weeks.

About K-Slick
He has been named Canada’s hottest rapper by multiple websites & magazines, born in Toronto, Ontario, K-Slick has created a huge buzz for himself. K-Slick was always determined as a youth and he worked hard to make sure that he succeeded in everything he tried. There was nothing out of reach for him as he believes anything is achievable if you believe you can achieve it. Everyone around him noticed that he was very ambitious and unique.

As a youth K-Slick never followed pathways created by others he made his own decisions and did not allow other people to influence him. K-Slick always felt a connection with hip hop as he enjoyed listening to rap whenever he could. In grade school he was always zoned out with headphones bumping old school classics and jamming to his favourite rappers.

Twitter: @therealkslick

beautiful birth documentary New Beautiful Births documentary highlights another side of Pregnancy and ChildbirthFilmmaker Jacqui Blue is putting the finishing touches on her first documentary Beautiful Births. A touching film, Beautiful Births explores the other side of pregnancy and childbirth through its informative deliverance of natural birthing methods and options. The mini teaser Youtube version has already received over a million views and counting. The official documentary trailer is available at: http://buff.ly/1qX7Sm4

Beautiful Births will debut in a Special Screening with Focus Group (anyone is welcome to purchase a ticket and attend the event but all will be asked to leave feedback for the filmmaker) and Q&A panel featuring Jacqui Blue and several women featured in the film. The event will take place on Monday, September 8, 2014 in Fort Lauderdale at Cinema Paradiso at 7:00pm.

“As women, we’re in a club where we’re able to experience something that men will never understand. And women love to share their stories. They have a need to share their stories about birth,” says Jackie Korpela, Birth Assistant/Doula at Ocala Birth Center and Owner and photographer at Starry Eyes Photography.

The film does a wonderful job of displaying the beauty of childbirth, particularly with its genuine conversational dialogue and emotional appeal. Beautiful Births explores the Midwifery Model of Care and does a good job of playing show and tell of what a birth center is and what it is not. Debbie Marin, Licensed Midwife/Owner of the Hollywood Birth Center in Hollywood, Florida adds, “My birth was so beautiful, my pregnancy, my birth, my breastfeeding experience, that I wanted to share that with other women.”

Three women share their birth stories of in and out of hospital experiences. In this film, information is given on an array of the topics such as why diet matters during pregnancy, cesarean section and the option of vaginal birth after cesarean section. It also touches on the dangers and risks posed by early inductions and interventions in childbirth. Beautiful Births is a must see for all women of childbearing age or anyone interested in pregnancy and childbirth as it explores a more humane and beautiful way to bring a child into the world.

Jessica Fondo has seen the full documentary and adds, “It captured my attention from the beginning and you know how some films lose you in the middle, well, this one didn’t do that, it kept me interested the whole time all the way to the end and then I just wanted more.”

After experiencing both sides of childbirth, hospital and midwifery, Jacqui discovered there was a more pleasant side to natural childbirth than what she had experienced. Armed with the knowledge and new information in hand, Jacqui set out to be a resource and help other women discover the truth about natural birth. For more information on the Beautiful Births documentary premiere or Jacqui Blue please visit: www.BeautifulBirthsDocumentary.com

About Beautiful Births
Beautiful Births is a feature length documentary that invites you to explore another side of pregnancy and childbirth not often shown in mainstream media. Filmed and directed by founder Jacqui Blue, the film’s primary goal is to inform and educate women about natural childbirth using the Midwifery Model of Care and to act as a resource guide that allows women to be aware of their other options.

About Jacqui Blue
Jacqui Blue a is documentary filmmaker, writer, photographer, artist and mother of five sons. Before putting herself through film school, she spent the greater part of the last decade working as a stay at home mom and wife. Having had a Cesarean section with her twins, followed by two very different but successful hospital VBACs, which was then followed by a water birth in a birth center, Jacqui developed a passion for natural birth and fell into “alternative” or “attachment” parenting styles. When she became annoyed with the programming available to women about pregnancy and birth, she decided it was about time for someone to make a film that showed another, a different, a more natural way to bring children into the world.

Official website: www.BeautifulBirthsDocumentary.com

 How Streaming Radio has evolved to Benefit Indie ArtistsWe are absolutely in one of the technology-led, all encompassing and pinnacle times for Indie artists that want to be a part of streaming radio’s exposure. When well known celebrity Ellen took a few pictures and shared them via the web, it broke a record this year for viral sharing; and many Indie artist’s ultimate goal would be to get their work to spread as quickly over many portals. Last year, a staggering 36% of the market for recorded music came from Indie labels, an important statistic to dwell on as the masses become hungry for material that’s truly under the radar. One writer from Pitchfork claimed that “The industry has done everything it can to screw up the simple model of exchange”, and many are bitter about the low dollar amount currently offered to the artist on many streaming services. The general opinion among artists is that these streaming services have an advantage over them because many new artists need exposure so desperately; they are willing to just take pennies for every play. But there are ways that these sites have evolved, and many positive things you can gain from using them.

Sound Exchange: watchdog for protection

One jewel in the rough of our quickly changing digital landscape is Sound Exchange, a security guard for artists of sorts that are broadcast on non interactive streaming radio. The team is made up of techhies, data buffs and other unique individuals that are artists themselves, and they have international partnerships in their network that helps the reach of the artist extend to other nations. They administer a statutory license that guarantees a fixed rate for every internet play. Basically, this service navigates the torrential sea of all the different kinds of earnings Satellite and radio webcasters pay when streamed. More than 2500 services are now paying royalties to this entity, and they simply provide some peace of mind when you are “out there” with your material and busy creating more material and booking with your spare time.

The built from scratch mantra

Many artists who are increasingly frustrated with Labels and the direction they steer them towards are the backbone of the true “indie” definition; these days a lot of people categorize it as a genre, which it is, but the root meaning of the word is that they are releasing their own material, and they own the master recordings of them. You can record when you like and as often as you like, but you may not have access to the promotional dollars of a major label. With DIY culture and the vast reaches of the internet these days, many bands say this is the only way to go about releasing music and be satisfied. If you are on a major label, they will govern what you can be free about in terms of video game licensing, motion pictures, and other decisions for royalties. Taking the indie route gives you much more creative control and say so about who you partner up with for the long run. Also, many agents that used to get live acts for themselves based on popularity of their booking agent will now hire bands without much speculation that do all of their booking themselves.

The ability to have control over your following

With streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, and Last FM, you can totally gauge your following, even if you are not making a fortune. Adding updates, reaching out, and providing notice when you have new tracks is crucial. What really has evolved with streaming radio to benefit Indie artists is your ability to target your market and really create a team. The attitude of having to sign with a major label or go broke is dwindling, as things like T shirt sales, touring and the like become much more within your control through streaming services. Even if you do choose to sign with a major label, using the streaming services to your full potential is an important part of your daily regimen. One of the best ways that streaming services have evolved is in the way that the output is streamlined and analyzed. You can break down areas from which you are gaining follows, popularity of certain songs, and much more. Once you are using several different platforms to broadcast your music and have online portals, you’ll see just how far things have evolved since LP’s and phone calls were the only way to get your product out.

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