Facebook Gift Cards
Facebook Card gifts are rolling out gradually in the U.S. You’ll be able to give your friends “gifts to Jamba Juice, Olive Garden, Sephora and Target all on one reusable gift card from Facebook.” After you select a gift for a friend on Facebook and complete your purchase, your friend will be notified immediately and will then receive the Facebook Card in the mail.
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An estimated 103 million Americans shopped
at a small business on 2011′s Small Business Saturday.
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This is an amazing event. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a small business owner or entrepreneur. It will give you invaluable insights and gear you up to tackle the challenges of entrepreneurship with new zeal.
The Summit is designed to jump-start your business, motivate you, educate you and help you grow, all while connecting you with other high-powered, like-minded businesswomen (and men – yes, men are welcome!). We showcase top-notch speakers from our own backyard and around the country to give you the latest tools, strategies and tactics for your success.
I am sure no one will be surprised to read that Red Bull dominated this week’s chart of soft drink brands with the highest social media engagement. You can probably guess why.
What you maybe asking yourself is why, as a small business owner, should you care? What can these multi-billion dollar companies have to do with me?
These companies have succeeded in generating social media strategies that work, and that can be mimicked by small businesses to produce equally as engaging results. Imitation after all is the sincerest form of flattery. So, play follow the leader. Check out these soda pop giant’s social media channels and see if there are techniques that you can use to increase your engagement online.
Today I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening of CAO Chocolates, the chocolate shop of my dear friend Ricardo Trillos. It has been a dream of his and his family to open this shop for the longest time. After many years of hard work and sacrifice, their dream has come true.
All of Ricardo’s friends, clients and fans showed up to support him. What a golden opportunity to put together a small promotional video?
Making a promotional video need not be expensive, time consuming or complicated. There are a plethora of free tools, both online and offline, that will help you transform a few photos and some candid iPhone videos into fun and compelling promotions for your company. Video is a wonderful tool to have in your arsenal, and it helps significantly boost your website’s SEO.
For Ricardo’s video I used Windows Movie Maker and my iPhone. All the images and media used to make this video were captured with my iPhone 4S, no need for fancy camera equipment. If you don’t have Window Movie Maker, you can always use any of the following free web-based programs:
You can also use services like Prezi and Slide Rocket to create great animated presentations, and easel.ly to create your own infographics. In tomorrow’s post I will show you how I created the video using Windows Movie Maker. You will not believe how easy it is.