Sara Bareilles Tickets - Enjoying Her Own Stage

December 7th, 2009
Meaghan Clark asked:


The “Love Song” singer is finally enjoying the sweet smell of success after years in the business and plans on living the dream for as long as she can with more winter dates into 2009. The Grammy nominated singer and songwriter, whose hit single “Love Song” wasn’t about the typical love story but rather a battle between her record label, is heading out this winter for a few gigs before the New Year and then again in February. Her latest dates include singer/songwriter Tony Lucca and begin February 11th in Virginia. Ready to celebrate the New Year with a new perspective on life and love? If so, Sara Bareilles tickets are the perfect way to enjoy some New Year’s resolutions, so check her out!

The Little Voice singer has seen a whirlwind of a year, which can neatly be wrapped up in a gold certified debut album, two Grammy nominations (including Song of the Year for “Love Song” and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance), a number one song in over 13 countries which was named the number one adult contemporary song of 2008, an ASCAP Vanguard Songwriters Award, a top selling album at iTunes and a total of three headlined tours. With no formal musical training, this Eureka, CA native has done well for herself and it should come as no surprise than she remains as humble as ever. When she learned of “Love Song’s” number one position, her first reaction was utter shock. “I said, ‘No Way.’ It’s totally, completely unexpected. I’m very grateful. It has become something I could only imagine. I never expected things to go in this direction,” Bareilles said in an interview with http://LiveDaily.com.

As the hit single goes, the songwriter has made a name for herself for speaking her mind and not letting stereotypes get to her. “Love Song,” she says to http://LiveDaily.com, isn’t “written about anyone in particular. It was more of a stick-it-to-’em to my record company - not because they were putting pressure on me but because I was putting pressure on myself. They ended up getting the brunt of my frustration.” The attitude and personal enchantment that “Love Song” and her other single “Bottle it Up” have made Bareilles in a league of her own in comparison to other adult contemporary artists. Already having toured with hot artists like the Counting Crows and Maroon 5 (whom she’s had a longstanding relationship with since attending UCLA with a few members), the 28 year old doesn’t plan to slow down upon next year.

The musician recently released her first DVD, “Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore,” a live view of the singer at her peak - a sold out concert at San Francisco’s most famous venue. The July 12th filming also features a Hotel Cafe presentation with friend Ingrid Michaelson for the single “Winter Song.” The singer has kept a strong presence with her record label as she continues to write new material and express herself through song. “I kind of realized that if I don’t learn to speak up for myself, someone else is going to do the talking for me. I had to kind of get brave for a little bit,” she continued with http://LiveDaily.com. The brave face hasn’t yet to wear off as Bareilles continues to shine in the music world, so enjoy her live in concert this year with tickets from http://www.stubhub.com/sara-bareilles-tickets today!



Guide : How to Transfer Songs/videos From Ipod to Computer

December 6th, 2009
ababa asked:


How To Put the Contents Of Your iPod On Your Computer (Without iTunes) and Not Get Ripped Off By Loser Software…

You’ve probably thought about putting the contents of your iPod onto your computer’s hard drive for safe keeping without using iTunes.A quick search on Google reveals hundreds of downloadable “iPod to computer” programs that claim to do just that. But how do you know which one to use? Our intrepid editors spent a fullmonth testing and reviewing dozens of software to find the right answer.

To test each product, we simply used the software to transfer the contents of different iPods to our computer’s hard drive. This allowed us to easily see if the software worked as claimed. We tested by transfering 1000’s of songs and dozens of different movies. We used the iPhone and 3 different versions of the iPod, the Classic, Nano, and Touch. Our Shocking Discovery.

It seems the greater majority of iPod and iPhone “to computer” software simply does not work as promised. In almost all cases they could not get past the devices security. Most software would save the songs, but when putting them back on the iPod, the device simply would not play them. Another finding of ours was even more disturbing. During our testing we downloaded many different products.

It wasn’t long before we noticed our computers were not running as smoothly as they used to.It seems some of these manufacture’s were including data mining spyware with the software! First they sell you a poor performing product,and then they steal your personal information to sell to advertisers. Maybe for them that’s business, but for us, it’s a huge violation of privacy.

Fortunately, we were able to find a few products that stood out above all the rest. To begin with, these products did not come with any spyware to steal your personal information. Second, no matter what content we tranfered or which model iPod was used, we got 100% success rate transfered to our computer. If you want to transfer your iPhone or iPod’s content to your computer, without getting ripped off, use one of these services.

“Here’s The iPod to Computer Transfer Software You Can Trust…”

Cucusoft iPod to Computer Transfer

The Cucusoft iPod to Computer software was the number one product we tested. The software worked everytime on multiple devices without hang ups. We kept this one personally and now have the contents of multiple iPods on our hard drive ready to go in any mp4 player we like. Operating the software was also very easy, it only took 3 clicks of the mouse to get started. (We really how like it auto scans your device and organizesthe files upon start up.)

Customer service was also very good; with each email sent we got a prompt detailed reply from a friendly representative.

This is our number one choice. For quality, ease of use, and customer service Cucusoft toped them all. If you don’t know which one to buy, get this one…you won’t be disappointed.

Price : $29.95

How To Transfer Songs/Videos/Playlists And More From iPod To Computer ?

1. Download Cucusoft iPod To Computer software

2. Run Cucusoft iPod To Computer software. The software will scan your ipod device automatically.

Check the songs you want to transfer.

3. Click “Start Transfer” to transfer songs to your computer.

4. Choose a method to transfer from ipod to your pc or itunes.  Click “Start Transfer”.

5. That’s it. Enjoy!.

You can get your music files at the output folder.

More informations…



101 Ways The Internet Can Save You Time And Money

December 3rd, 2009
Shawn Ramsey asked:


View the original article with intact links at BlueFAQs.com

Imagine life without email, instant messaging, Facebook, Myspace, Google, Yahoo Answers, Twitter, Craigslist…. the list is endless. The internet has increasingly made our lives more efficient in its relatively short existence. Because of the new products, software and services that are consistently popping up, the majority of people adapt their lives around the web. Look over this list and make sure that you are getting the most out of your internet.

1. Cancel your satellite or cable service and start using internet TV. Internet TV is in its early days but growing in popularity, this is beginning to make the Satellite and Cable providers a bit nervous. Internet TV is cheap and in many cases can be free. Stream Hulu to your TV or computer monitor and you’ve got free television.

2. Drop your satellite radio subscription and start streaming internet radio to your car. If you own an iPhone, there are a few apps out there that allow you to stream free internet radio. Just hook it up to your car through a FM transmitter or direct and you’ve just saved $120 a year.

3. Pay your bills online. Stamps are expensive $.42 at the time this article was written. Most companies offer the option to pay online. Paying online saves you money and the company money as well.

4. Take advantage of coupon and promo codes when buying online. We’ve all seen that box to enter a promo code in when we make purchases online, but the problem is we never have that code. There are plenty of online coupon websites out there to help save you money.

5. SKYPE your calls and drop your land line. Do people still have land lines? SKYPE offers free calls, video calls and instant messaging over the internet.

6. IM your friends instead of texting when at home. Text messages are expensive and cost both parties when being sent. Yahoo, AIM, Myspace, Twitter…etc all offer free ways to instantly contact your friends.

7. Use free social networking apps on your phone to send texts. This is similar to the last tip, but can be used on the go. I keep track of all my friends on my iPhone using a app that acts exactly like instant messaging on my computer.

8. Work at home. Do you really have to be in the office? Many companies are allowing employees to work at home at least part of the week and stay in touch via emails or company websites. Ask your boss if this is an option for you. This will save tons of money on gas, restaurant lunches etc…

9. Compare prices online before buying at the store. One day about a year ago without doing any research, I purchased something at Best Buy for what I thought was a decent deal. I saw the same product at Wal-Mart three days later for 30% less.

10. Say goodbye to the paperboy. In addition to print, most newspapers offer an online version as well.

11. Rent movies from the internet. iTunes has the option to rent movies online at the same cost as BlockBuster. Oh and there is no late fee. Netflix offers similar services.

12. Save a trip to the photo center. Most photo development stores allow you to upload your pictures online. This way you can pick them up at your convenience and not make the double trip. Walgreen’s has a pretty good online system in place.

13. Use a free antivirus protection. I’ve used AVG for years and it has helped me stay safe online, there are several free ones out there. A paid service could cost you around $60 a year.

14. Forget garage sales. Do you really want 200 strangers roaming around in your front yard? Let people bid on your Eiffel Tower wine glasses through ebay and make twice the money.

15. Sell your skills. Are you really good at something? Advertise your personal skills online and start picking up some extra cash.

16. Get a better job. Post your resume online so that employers can check you out. It’s free to do and honestly, what do you have to lose?

17. Store all of your pics online for free and save on hard drive space. Some websites give you the option to tag, organize your photos, and share them with friends. Storing off site is always a good idea. You can save on disk space and if there is ever a fire, you wont have to say bye bye to that picture of you dancing on the table at Fred’s Beer Lounge.

18. Make free calls on your cell phone. Use VOIP applications on your cell to make free calls. Fring is one I recommend.

19. Fill out forms online. I saved a trip to the courthouse when applying for my passport by downloading the application from the .gov site first. If you are applying for anything, check to make sure that there isn’t an online form that you can fill out at home beforehand.

20. Use an online travel service to save big. These services are great at finding cheap flights, hotels, and anything in between when it comes to traveling. After trying to book my own honeymoon online, I ended up on Travelocity where they offered much better deals than what I could dig up myself.

21. Check traffic cams before heading out. Traffic cams are increasingly being installed across the country. Check out the cams first to help you choose the best route. Your local news website may offer this service as well.

22. Find cheap gas online. This website tells you where to find the cheapest gas in your area.

23. Get free computer support. Are you having computer problems? If BlueFAQs.com cant answer your question (sorry for the self-promoting) there are plenty of online forums and sites where people love to answer computer related questions.

24. Take online classes. Towards the end of my college career there was a growing trend in online classes. While I don’t recommend taking them all online, sign up for some of the easy ones so that you can take tests in your PJ’s.

25. Are you selling your car? Make sure you sell it for the right price by checking Kelley Blue Book first.

26. Find a partner. Tired of bad dates? Dating can be costly and time-consuming. There are actually some quality online dating sights .

27. Get free software the legal way. There is some great freeware and shareware on the market these days. My favorite place to get it is here.

28. Keep track of your credit. Identity theft is more prevalent than ever. Check your credit report for free to make sure someone isn’t taking advantage of you.

29. Your pocket is singing. There are plenty of ways to get free ringtones. Don’t sign up for the ones you see on the commercials, there’s usually a catch to them. If you have the iPhone, there is a way to make your own ringtones for free in iTunes.

30. Find great deals from locals. Craigslist is a great resource to for scouring the local classifieds, among other things.

31. Forget something from work? Don’t drive all the way back to the office. Remotely log on to retrieve the files you left behind. Here is a free service to get this done.

32. Shop online. Online companies can offer better deals even when shipping is added in. Just make sure you check the shipping costs before hitting the “confirm” button.

33. Birthday cards get thrown away. You might as well just send a free e-card or print one yourself, there are actually some good ones out there. Save the ridiculous $5 they wont for greeting cards at Hallmark.

34. Give up magazine subscriptions. Odds are your favorite magazine can be found online for free or much cheaper.

35. If you insist on keeping your satellite/cable and phone, bundle it with your internet and save some cash.

36. Get a free operating system for your computer. Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers… oh and it’s FREE.

37. Listen to free music online. There are a lot of internet radio stations across the web and then there is Pandora.

38. Are you in a band? Promoting a garage band was at one time a time-consuming costly venture. Thanks to the internet you can advertise for free and charge $1 a song on Myspace Music.

39. Free College? No not the online colleges you keep seeing on TV. Depending on your income level, your entire college education could be paid for through a Government grant. Apply here and see for yourself.

40. Buy singles. Remember when you had to buy the whole album and only 2 of the songs were any good? The internet solved that problem. Buy single songs for a $1 at iTunes and preview before you purchase.

41. Cook at home for free. There are some great free recipes online that can make cooking simple. There is always 30-minute meals too, if you’re in a hurry. Okay, you still have to buy the ingredients.

42. Find a sugar daddy online and have him pay your bills. I can’t believe these sights exist… wait it’s the internet, of course these sights exist.

43. Find a sugar momma online. Hmm…?

44. Make sure your plumber is a plumber by checking them out online. Here is a great resource for accomplishing this.

45. Have an essay due tomorrow? If you’re cool with PLAGIARISM, then you’re covered. Professors know about these sights, I would advise against using them.

46. Speaking of professors, if you get a bad one then prepare for a long time-intensive semester. Check this out to make sure they’ve got a good rating before you sign up for the class.

47. The Government might owe you money. Check and see here .(it’s a .gov site)

48. Get your vehicle insurance from a caveman or a lizard online. Some companies will give you free quotes.

49. Network the computers in your house to make transferring files from one to another a breeze. You don’t have to have the internet for this, just a router.

50. Get the internet for free. Limited to 10 hours a month. Get it here. I should mention that it’s dial-up and ad-supported. But it is FREE.

51. Filing your taxes is not that difficult. Don’t pay for these services, fill them out and file them on a .gov site.

52. Free email. There are lots of options for free email, my favorite is Gmail.

53. Have your neighbors split the bill. If you’re broadcasting an unsecured network, chances are your neighbors (this is especially true at apartments) are stealing your internet. Find out if they are and ask them if they want to split the bill. If they refuse, you can block them. I’m not sure about the legality of this one.

54. Get a bunch of free stuff online. Including free posters, software, t-shirts, mouse pads, clothing, hats,.. Here is the link.

55. Look for used items on Amazon before buying new. You would be surprised how new a refurbished cell phone actually is.

56. Don’t spend hours making your resume perfect. There are free templates to simplify the process.

57. Kick off your Sunday shoes. Many churches stream live video of sermons online.

58. Play the lotto online. The Florida Lottery ( Lotto 6/53) is open to anyone over the age of 18 who wishes to play there are no restrictions on who plays or who wins.

59. Legal advice is expensive, unless you get it online here.

60. Make sure you’re not on your roof the next time it rains. Check to see if you are in a flood zone. (.gov site)

61. Picking the right college can be time consuming. Here is one way to save time and simplify things a little.

62. Lost your library card? Most college and local libraries offer an online version of their material. You can find lots of free info this way without leaving the house.

63. Sell yourself for free. Create and print your own business cards. If you can operate word-processing software you can do this.

64. Don’t pay for video games. There are tons of free video games online from the classics to the new releases.

65. Creating a new website? Get some attractive templates for free.

66. Complete projects yourself professionally. Here you can get step-by-step tutorials on home improvement projects. We all know how much it can cost to hire a contractor.

67. Do you frequent speed traps? Speeding tickets…OUCH, talk about expensive. Avoid speed traps, or at least locate them.

68. Plot out your trips. Find the quickest route from point A to point B.

69. There are a lot of free wallpaper sites, but navigating through the sea of them can be difficult. This is my go to site for free wallpapers, it has wallpapers for triple monitors, mobile devices, HDTV etc…

70. Put your money in 1 and 0’s. Do you’re banking online, its quick convenient and free. I bet you’re bank already offers it.

71. Get a smart phone with the 3G network. Just having quick internet in your pocket will save you both time and money.

72. Use Google Analytics if you own a website. This is a must-have for anyone who wants to increase traffic and sales on their websites.

73. Trade your own stocks. I **** the idea of a middle-man in some cases. If you feel confident enough, trade stocks yourself online.

74. Avoid health bills. Feeling sick? Maybe you can find out whats wrong with you at WebMD.

75. Is that a tornado or a train? Have The Weather Channel contact you via text message or email when a storm is heading your way.

76. Make your own cold beverage. Cut costs in half by brewing your own, this site will get you started.

77. Do you fish? Most states offer the ability to purchase licenses online. Check your local Parks and Wildlife website.

78. Save on vet bills. Adopt a pet on Facebook and save money on food and pet supplies.

79. Start an online blog. If you’re a good writer, and know a little about coding, you have the opportunity to make decent money online.

80. Create an online store front. If you already have an established business, don’t miss out on online sales. Once the website is set-up, it can usually be put on autopilot. You can create an easy free store at ebay stores.

81. Having a party this weekend? Use Twitter to announce it to all of your friends in one simple Tweet.

82. Turning 28 soon? Find all of your old classmates quickly in order to prepare for the 10 year class reunion. Myspace has something similar.

83. Are you heading down to Sudan any time soon? Take care of passport pictures from the comfort of your home.

84. Hungry? You’re already online, go ahead and order a pizza.

85. Find a better deal on your health insurance. Here is a place to get affordable health insurance quotes and compare individual health insurance plans side by side.

86. Have Captain Kirk find you a great deal on a hotel, car or flight. (I kind of hit on this idea earlier)

87. Divorced? Don’t waste time in the dating pool, order a new wife from the internet. Okay, it would be in my best interest not to put a link in this one.

88. RSS your favorite sites. RSS allows you to easily stay informed by retrieving the latest content from the sites you are interested in. You save time by not needing to visit each site individually.

89. Get an answer for any question usually within minutes.

90. Get a virtual assistant. When you hire a virtual assistant, costs like employee insurance benefits, paid vacation, and sick time are a thing of the past.

91. Make sure your new lover isn’t wanted by the FBI. Check out there background.

92. Was that a bill collector that just called? Type in any number into Google including the area code to get a free listing.

93. We’re currently in a recession. Make sure you can retire.

94. Make sure you’re not talking too much. For AT&T customers.

95. Speak to your Foreign friends without learning the language.

96. Convert your MPG’s to AVI’s. There comes a time in everyone’s life when they just don’t have the right extension.

97. Send photos to Grandma’s picture frame and cut down on visits.

98. Don’t get off the couch to change songs, use your phone to change tracks, playlists and volume. There is an app for that.

99. Never leave the house. Live a virtual life.

100. Visit an online garage sale.

101. Continue to visit BlueFAQs.com regularly for great tips and news.

Wow, you’re still reading? Thanks for sticking with me. I hope this helps someone out there.



Run Ringtone | Leona Lewis ~ Run Ringtone

December 2nd, 2009
Daniel Sitar asked:


Click Here to Download the Run Ringtone by Leona Lewis

Run Ringtone by Leona Lewis is an awesome choice for your next ringtone. Download the Run Ringtone for your phone now! Run is a song originally written and created by the alternative rock band Snow Patrol as second single from their third album, Final Straw. The song has also been covered by Tre Lux in 2006, by Three Graces in 2008 and Leona Lewis in 2008. Run is a cover of the Snow Patrol song originally covered by Leona Lewis on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on 31 October 2007. She later released the song as a single from Spirit: The Deluxe Edition in November 2008. Run became the fastest-selling digital release ever in only two days, selling 69,244 copies. The track has already reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart and should debut on the Billboard Hot 100 next week.

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Run is an awesome track by Leona Lewis and the Run Ringtone is one of the hottest tones in the world right now. The song is a popular download on iTunes and is getting frequent radio airplay all over the country. It’s also rising up music charts around the world such as the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100. If you’re looking for a new ringtone, the Run Ringtone is the perfect choice. To download the Run Ringtone by Leona Lewis, simply click on the link below, choose your carrier and sign up. You will instantly be able to download the Run Ringtone directly to your mobile phone. Don’t wait - get the Run Ringtone by Leona Lewis now!

Click Here to Download the Run Ringtone by Leona Lewis



Get more:The iPod shuffle

November 28th, 2009
kitty asked:


One thing is for certain about the latest iPod shuffle: it is certainly the most space conservation Apple iPod yet. This MP3 player is exactly 1.8 longand 0.3 in thicknes. As of yet the Apple shuffle is the world’s smallest device of music. In order to make the Apple shuffle the smallest iPod yet, Apple has seriously changed the look and functionality of the shuffle by moving the guiding key and volume buttons onto the earbud chord. The position of the keys are smartly placed for quick and convenient access without the need to watch the screen to locate the controls. The fact that the iPod shuffle ships or can be purchased with 4 gigs of room you can store up to one thousand songs, not to mention room for multiple playlistsas well.

The new iPod shuffle is as stylish as before. The body is made from a durable anodized aluminum casing and the clips the device onto anything from a shirt collar to a tie. In fact, the iPod shuffle resembles a tie clip! It appears in a mostly matte silver or black.The most innovative selling point about this device is the new VoiceOver trait of the iPod shuffle. Apple unveils this as the surprising new feature that makes iPod shuffle the number one “speaking” MP3 player. Not being required to navigate through the playlists by watching the screen, the shuffle speaks the name of the song and artist that is currently playing when the user presses a button. The VoiceOver character does not interrupt the music that is broadcasting when it announces the detail that indentifies with the music.

The iPod shuffle is synchronized with iTunes, the iTunes software reads all the information belonging to the songs that you want to synchronized with the iPod shuffle. Then the VoiceOver kit creates the notices for the songs, artists, and playlists on the iPod shuffle. The VoiceOver feature has 14 languages and therefore has the ability to speak music and singers’s names in multiple languages. The voice of the speaker on the iPod shuffle is various based on the type of computer system when sync the iPod shuffle. If you sync your iPod shuffle with a personal computer or with a Apple PC running Mac OS X Tiger, you’ll hear the English lauguage included



Would You Use Meat Loaf in Your Targeted Small Business Marketing

November 25th, 2009
Paul Flood asked:


Copyright (c) 2008 Paul Flood Marketing, LLC

Entrepreneurs know the importance of a targeted small business marketing strategy. Many make the mistake of doing what big advertisers do. Rock icon Meat Loaf is in a great commercial but the product and company selling it are easily forgotten. Learn a lesson on how not to advertise

Remember Meat Loaf (born Michael Lee Aday)? His album Bat Out of Hell, released in 1977, has sold nearly 40,000,000 copies and was on the charts for over 9 years. He is also featured in a new commercial that is running pretty frequently on TV.

The ad features Meat Loaf as a dad whose son is begging him to get him a cell phone. He’s singing about how he won’t run up the minutes. Personally, I am a fan of Meat Loaf and I like the commercial. He includes some lyrics and riffs from Paradise by the Dashboard Light, which I’ve always thought was a cool tune.

The other afternoon, I heard the commercial and started singing the tune in my head and realized I had seen the commercial several times and could not think of the company or brand of the phone! Now, I’m thinking this was a fairly expensive production because in addition to Meat Loaf, Tiffany is in the commercial and they are probably fairly expensive talent to hire.

After all of this expense, I couldn’t relate a brand or a product to the commercial! I kept an eye out for the next airing and saw it was for the AT&T GoPhone. Think of all the money spent on the ad. They did a lot of things right like using celebrity endorsements, a good tune and an entertaining spot. But it really made me wonder, why couldn’t I think of the company or the product?

What could you do differently if were considering a similar TV ad as one of your primary small business marketing tools ? For one thing, a bit more focus on the product instead of the production. You could easily think of special offers that would give prospects a reason to buy soon. I’ll bet a contest to have dinner with Meat Loaf or win a free “Bat Out of Hell” concert DVD would attract buyers. You would have a tracking mechanism to see how many inquiries and sales were generated. What if they had a toll free number, 1-800-MeatLoaf, to call and get a special offer and find out how to download the song to iTunes or even a ring-tone? The marketing folks could track response and the ROI on the ad. What if there were a contest to be in a commercial with Meat Loaf?

But instead, the focus was all on creativity and entertainment. I’ll bet the ad will even win an award but I still think ads should be written to sell the product now, not build a brand or win awards. My guess is that you can’t afford Meat Loaf in your ads but remember, when you do advertise, it’s about making money, not building your brand. Brands don’t put food on the table, sales do. When you spend money on marketing, either do it yourself of find a professional whose goal is to increase your profits and is willing to guarantee results, not just earn a commission.

The commercial may not be on TV too long but you can catch it on www.youtube.com. Search for Meat Loaf AT&T. This version is a 90 second commercial that does a better job of naming the product than the spot on TV but it still could have soooo much more potential as a source of REVENUE instead of a brand. When you think about branding as a strategy, ask yourself if you want to get your name out there or sell as much of you product or service as possible and build a strong and loyal customer list as quickly as possible.

For the small business marketing tools to add to your toolbox, go ahead and think about branding. However, your brand needs to be strong and you should strengthen it with incredible products and service or with your Unique Selling Proposition. Build your brand using marketing that creates prospects and leads. It is just as expensive to get your name out there with a compelling offer and reason for a client to buy from you now as it is to just get your name out there. The difference is the ROI. The Meat Loaf commercial offers no way to measure the ROI and small businesses can’t afford to throw scarce marketing dollars up against the wall and guess at the ROI.

Here is a powerful small business marketing tip when it comes to a brand-building strategy: If your financial planner came to you with an idea to spend $10,000 on marketing as an investment, you’d think, “What will my return be?because she is a trusted advisor. Use the same standards with your marketing, advertising and media reps. Ask the question: “What is my projected return and how does it compare to other marketing investments?When the rep tells you the value of impressions, ask for some statistics from other advertisers regarding the ROI of the ads and spots they are running?

After you watch the YouTube video, see if you can help me out. Why is Tiffany holding a leg of lamb when she enters the commercial set? Maybe there is some reference I don’t remember from Meat Loaf’s earlier days. He was quite a theatrical talent!



Podcasting; It’s not Just for Ipods Anymore

November 24th, 2009
LifeCapture Interactive asked:


 

What is Podcasting?

 

 

Podcasting is broadcasting on iPods or other MP3 Players. Created by ex MTV host Adam Curry, Podcasting is a new method of communication for the internet - unfortunately, it’s still limited to your PC. But thanks to companies like Apple, creator of the iPod, podcasts can be downloaded to your personal media device and accessed at anytime. Your trusty mp3 player can become a true audiovisual media player - this handy companion is not just for music anymore.

 

 

Apple is developing iPods that can play videos, handle live streaming, make phone calls, etc. Popular television shows such as “Lost,” and “Desperate Housewives,” are main attractions. Motion picture editors are busy transforming hour long stories into six minute formatted ‘vcasts’ to be played on your iPod. This raises some alarming questions about the future of television programming - perhaps it will become as short as the average viewer’s attention span?

 

 

However, will people enjoy watching their favorite television show on a 2.5inch screen? IPod itself is continuously going through changes. The original model had the capacity to save three thousand songs, yet the current versions hold over a thousand. Please note that in order to listen to podcasts you do not need an Apple iPod. Any personal media device will probably meet the requirements, even your regular PC.

 

 

Retreiving Podcasts

 

 

Podcasting relies on RSS feeds (really simple syndication) technology. RSS is a family of XML file formats used for Web syndication. The RSS feed was chosen by Apple because it can handle multimedia attachments and facilitate content description, search and syndication.

 

 

The podshow itself is contained in an XML file. To retrieve this information it is necessary to have podcaster software. The purpose of this software is to constantly monitor the subscribed podshows and update them automatically. This reinforces the easy nature of the podcast - once you log on to your computer your favorite casts are ready. Simply add them to your media player and go, or listen there on your computer.

 

 

Podcaster software was initially made and sold by independent companies and offered as ‘standalone code’ compatible with the majority of media players. In June 2005 Apple jumped on the bandwagon and released itunes 4.9 which supplied native podcasting support.

 

 

There are currently several different ways to search for content on the internet, from keywords to sites that will provide a rating system. Unfortunately, even with all of these developments providers have not yet created a system of recommendation. Audience members have to subscribe to podcasts - an ‘intelligent sorting’ and registration system must be just around the corner. Voice search is another tool being developed; an intelligent search engine scans vocal tracks for more accurate data.

 

 

iTunes 4.9 is designed with the iPod in mind and is supported by Apple computers. Currently all new Macintosh computers come with it standard, but if you have an older model you can go to www.download-it-free.com/itunes/.

 

 

iTunes software is not exclusive to Apple or iPods; anyone with a window’s media player can take advantage of this free technology. It’s very user friendly; all podcasts are offered for free. To register for podcasts you can simply refer to the sidebar menu and click on podcasts. There you will find an extensive content list supported by iTunes.

 

 

Other available resources for retrieving RSS feeds are:

 

 



 

 

www.newsgator.com: this website supports feeds from Forbes to Rolling Stone and everything in between. It currently uses Feed Station as their retrieval software, and the software is available for free when you register with newsgator.com.

Newsgator is convenient and is currently supported by various websites that have a podcast or blog. Just register for the feeds found on Newsgator supported sites.

 

 

my.yahoo.com: Are you already a yahoo email user? If so you might already be familiar with the process of adding a podcast to your personal content. If not then let me assure you it is quite simple. Go to My Yahoo and click ‘add content’. Then choose ‘multimedia’. Then it’s just as simple as clicking and adding what interests you most. Much like Newsgator, My Yahoo is supported by various independent blog or podcasters.

 

 

www.enewsblog.com: does not currently support podcasts, but you can register for automatic updates on blogs with eNewsBlog, as well as create your own. To add a blog from a supporting site click the eNewsBlog tab shown on the corresponding blog site.

 

 



 

 

The above are not necessarily the best examples, but are the very commonly found on podcasting and blog supporting sites.

 

 

A Top 10 list of podcasts as voted by visitors can be found at www.podcastalley.com.

 

 

Creating your own Podcast

 

 

After you have experienced a podcast you may wish to compose your own. Unless you are particularly handy, this isn’t easy. You will require the following equipment and software:

 

 



 

 

Head phones

 

 

A microphone

 

 

A computer

 

 

A program that records audio i.e. Window’s Media Player, or a more advanced program such as ePodcast Creator. A more affordable alternative to ePodcast Creator would be Audacity 1.2.3, which is available for free download at, audacity.sourceforge.net/, importantly it is both PC and Mac compatible.

It’s important to consider the quality of the recording; no one wants to hear any distortion these days - so try to keep unwanted background noise to a minimum.

 

 

A website to which you may upload the podcast

 

 

An RSS feed. To make finished content available to large audiences you must publish it on podcast supporting networks like itunes. But first you have to create an RSS feed.

 

 

There are two ways of doing this Manually using, www.rss-specifications.com/, or Download the software from places like FeedForAll at www.feedforall.com. Although the later option is easier, be aware that the software from FeedForAll is not free.

 

 

Lastly you need to keep in mind the following:

Bandwidth costs money; this cost is dependant on such factors as audience and file size. Once your podcast takes off you may notice that the cost of bandwidth increases proportionally with audience size - like most Producers you will almost certainly have very little control over how many downloads your media receives.

Also, it is almost impossible to “know” your audience. Some hosting providers will give you a log of audience members, but they are far too complex for the average Joe to understand. This makes it hard to direct your content to the audience, some more successful podcasters employ professionals to translate the information, but this of course increases costs.



 

 

These are just the basics. For those already familiar with digital recording you will digest this information much easier then to those who are starting from the beginning. Unfortunately because it is still a fairly new technology it doesn’t get any easier… yet.

 

 

Once you’ve played with the software, and have a basic idea of how to be creative in this medium, you can start thinking about crafting your own successful podcast.

 

 



 

 

Choose a topic that you know a lot about, it’s always better if your topic is 100% original because there’s no competition. If your material is not unique than spend time now thinking about fresh angles, hooks and gimmicks to make it stand out in the crowd!

 

 

Who is your target market? What age demographic do you most want to reach? Is the show directed towards a particular ethnic group or ***? All of these questions need answers, because all of your content should be aimed at a specific market to ensure ***********.

 

 

When the first episode goes to air it needs to make an impact! Tom Green performed stupid gags on people he knew on a local cable TV station - and it exploded all over the world. He didn’t have fancy graphics or advanced equipment, he was himself, and it worked.

There is an evolving ‘Show Format’ which has grown from a standard radio template into something sleeker and more dynamic. Where once a musical intro would fade to allow an announcer’s voice… Now it’s content, content, content, and the music often swells into composite synthesis that’s equally informative and way more entertaining.

Keep in mind that only 10% of the music content should be slow songs and or new artists, unless that’s central to the premise of the show.

 

 

Jump into it! Have your content organized and ready to go. Avoid wordy scripts that sound rehearsed. Write what you want to address in point form, in large type, either on paper or on your computer and ‘just do it’. Topics should be well researched; narrators must appear well informed or will lose audience interest.

 

 

If you plan to do interviews on your show, it’s important to keep questions short and to the point. Sometime the question can get lost or bogged down by excess wording and the guest may become confused and not answer or answer incorrectly. The question should be straight forward and simply worded.



 

 

Start small, keep it short, and broadcast only once a week. If your audience grows you may increase content accordingly. But the schedule should remain fixed and easy for an audience to follow.

 

 

Marketing and promoting your podcasts

 

 

Affiliate Marketing is a great resource for beginners. Visit websites that have content that relates to the format of your show, or local business looking to increase traffic, i.e. Lets say you creating a program entitled “Cooking with Stacey,” assume also there is a popular local butcher from whom you buy meat. If he (or she) has a website you may approach the butcher and offer to advertise your cooking show on his site. In turn you’ll be sure to mention the great cut of meat you found at Vinny’s for the show, etc.

 

 

When you’ve created your own podcast and made it available to the world, you need to tell everyone about it and drive an audience to listen.

 

 

Marketing maximizes audience potential. With podcasting there’s always the possibility of generating revenue, but only if people are aware of, and or interested in, your show. Successful podcasters understand the importance of creating awareness. If the work doesn’t shine in a crowded marketplace, the product is invisible in the medium.

 

 

So now you’re a lone podcaster with what could be a popular show… Now you’re wondering how to make enough profit to cover the cost of production. On my travels I’ve found some information on the various ways to gain revenue from podshows.

 

 

Micropayement- this is equivalent to asking for a fee in return for each presentation. Although it’s straight forward enough, it’s not the most reliable method. Think about it, why would someone pay for something they can get for free somewhere else? There are two versions of Micropayment employed in the marketplace today.

 

 



 

 

Pay-per view: think of movies on demand on your television via cable

 

 

Monthly Subscription: like your electric bill

 

 



 

 

Google Adsense Ads - their payment method is based on the amount of traffic your podcast generates.

 

 

Income Stream - often considered the most profitable, Producers sell a portion of their podcast to a recognized sponsor. Advertising is inside the show. The advertisers can pay a fee on monthly bases which is determined by your audience size. The problem with this is that most audiences perceive this as a shameful sell out.

 

 

Because the internet is open to piracy, in order to ensure that your show is not floating around free for anyone to access without a fee, providers need a form of security to protect their work. Systems such as ticket-master and online music stores have used verification images to authenticate downloads - and these have proven quite effective.

 

 

Benefits of using Podcasting for your Marketing Campaign

 

 

Podcasting is an ideal medium for PR and advertising to young audiences. As yet it’s barely regulated and rules regarding its broadcast generally center on copyright issues - profanity and sexuality are ****.

 

 

This is why podcasting is the medium of choice for companies such as Durex condoms - they are able to reach their target market and not be censored. When Durex first used podcasting as an advertising medium they increased their website traffic three fold by advertising on the “Dawn and Drew Show,” alone.

 

 

Another benefit of podcasting is an inherent ability to measure your investor’s return on investment (ROI). The ROI can be determined by analyzing sales performance in reference to the amount of the listeners visiting the website.

 

 

It has been proven that advertising on television or the radio has not had the same influence it has in the past. Not only are people becoming blind to the messages, but it is hard to motivate people from non-action to action. When people are vegging out on the couch watching the tube, the chances that they are going to jump up and go to your website because of a TV ad, is less likely than if they are already on the internet, then it is only a matter of click, click and the consumer is surfing your website.

 

 

The benefits of using Podcasting for your PR campaign are multi-dimensional. All available content including newspaper and magazine articles, press releases, news stories, and existing marketing media can all be translated into podcasts and be organized and distributed to users all over the internet. Every client should have news resources online that embody all PR and stories in a search engine ready website. Remember that having a brand ‘personality’ is the secret of secrets to success in audio and video entertainment and podcasting is no different; people must want to listen. Successful podcasters fill a need for information and turn promotion vehicles into stories shaped to fascinate audiences with shorter attention spans.

 

 

No podcast is complete without a text blog detailing the subject. Attack both mediums so search engines will have more data to sift and generate more favorable results.

 

 

There are many free flow information pathways for PR gurus. Innovative media pioneers take advantage of new technology when relaying their client messages - podcasting is just one of them. Remember, newswires, blog sites, chat rooms, discussion boards, viral / buzz promotions can now be easily converted to podcasts.

 

 

Sharing media lowers advertising costs and increases its effect. Peer to Peer distribution is a concept made familiar by Napster. Individuals share various files through the use of specific software. In the recent past it’s been p2p efforts pirating music. But this is still a valid process you may employ in your own effort to distribute your podcast. In order for it to work properly, both audience and producers need to embrace p2p sharing. Audience members need to have p2p software and have bandwidth to contribute to increase the efficiency of the network.

 

 

Is there a downside to P2P networks? Firewalls, slow connections and audience members who turn off their computers reduce its efficiency. Also there needs to be an incentive to make subscribers want to participate. Because a regular network takes fewer steps, many users prefer other, more simple means…

 

 

But right now let’s say that podshow audience members embrace your new p2p network, all your affiliated podshow producers will need to ensure that they to are p2p compatible and have the software to support the upload. If producers make the transfer easy enough to understand, more audience members will use it. This leads to cheaper bandwidth costs.

 

 

A fresh medium

 

 

Podcasting is a fresh medium. There has not yet been a comprehensive marketing plan developed to guarantee positive results with advertising in podcasts. Because the medium is still in its infancy, many advertisers are unsure of how to maximize its potential - pioneers are still experimenting.

 

 

More progressive marketers are researching information / entertainment hybrids or what they call ‘focused programming’ that will let them distribute a compelling message through traditional podcast channels. Podcasting’s challenge is similar to video-on-demand’s own situation - What does a brand have to say to consumers on an ongoing basis beyond a buy-me-now message? Brand as content producer is a trend that’s not likely to abate any time soon.

 

 

You can view podcasting’s role in two ways: advertising to an early-adopter audience and developing marketer-created podcasts to deepen customer or prospect relationships on your sites. A great example of this is “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” podcasts ( www.bravotv.com/Queer_Eye_for_the_Straight_Guy/Podcasts/) of HipTips and previously aired episodes. This is interesting on many levels, as it allows the network to deepen the relationship between the audience and the characters, and it’s a nearly cost-free way to build audience share between episodes.

 

 

Many networks sell advertising on their own sites. By providing an additional reason for people to visit sites, they can increase traffic and maximize revenues. For more on the above article go to: www.clickz.com/experts/brand/cmo/article.php/3520536

 

 

In the recent past many marketers have turned to email as a way to appeal to consumers. This form of marketing is quickly losing its success rating as consumers grow more and more intolerant of SPAM. Pheedo reports that by integrating online advertising into an RSS feed, a new online advertising technique, it has achieved measurably better results than e-mail for its client.

 

 

The online campaign for a free IT evaluation was conducted through specialist publication www.infoworld.com, which could offer direct access to IT professionals.

 

 

Pheedo said the six-week effort outperformed the best click through rate in email by over 26% as compared to the industry average of 8.7% CTR reported in DoubleClick’s Q4 2004 Email Trend Report. Furthermore, they were able to lower the effective CPM by three times of that over email, saving its client thousands of dollars.

 

 

Pheedo’s client realized its ailing email marketing campaign was in part due to e-mail’s unpleasant user experience. One benefit of placing ads in RSS feeds is you’re not competing in an overcrowded, SPAM and virus filled email inbox. In addition, marketing messages are increasingly becoming victims of email filters or the delete button.

 

 

RSS advertisements have many advantages over emails short comings. RSS is 100% opt-in. It has a 100% delivery rate, and when delivered to a two-pane news aggregator, the feed has a 100% open rate.

 

 

Steps taken to ensure positive results:

 

 



 

 

Identify those feeds read by the IT professionals that met its client’s target market requirements.

 

 

Understand the intricacies of the fairly cluttered environment of content aggregators to ensure the ads display correctly, or appear with relevant content.

 

 

Pheedo specifically developed technology to track RSS feeds for the purpose of advertising.

 

 



 

 

Podcasts are powerful weapons that can maximize brand exposure, but keeping track of your success is important. Currently there are a variety of ways to monitor relevant audience information - numbers, satisfaction levels and even minute by minute preferences.

 

 

www.feedburner.com is one of the more popular publisher services available. It helps monitor your feed, track circulation and implement revenue generating programs. Currently there are approximately 90,000 publishers taking advantage of Feedburner’s services.

 

 

www.syndicateiq.com is another resource out there helping Podcasters maximize potential. Syndicate IQ helps users monitor their RSS.

 

 

Although podcasting is proving to be a promising new marketing tool, its shortcomings include the inability to target specific audiences.

 

 



 

 

“RSS publishing still faces many hurdles: measuring traffic (on a subscriber level) is nearly impossible to do, which will relegate RSS to a broadcast marketing tool in the near term.”

 

 

“RSS is not well suited to promotional-offer-oriented content because it does not offer the targeting and personalization capabilities of e-mail.

 

 



 

 

Looking for more resources?

 

 

For a free consultation on Podcasting and other e-marketing services for your company, contact LCI at 416-408-4669, info@lifecaptureinteractive.com, or visit us at www.lifecaptureinteractive.com.

 

 

Sources:



www.pheedo.com



www.howtopodcastforprofit.com



www.jupiterresearch.com/bin/item.pl/home

 



Gotta be Somebody Ringtone | Nickelback ~ Gotta be Somebody Ringtone

November 24th, 2009
Daniel Sitar asked:


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Gotta Be Somebody is the first official single to be released from Nickelback’s sixth studio album, Dark Horse. It was available on September 29 for free download for 24 hours only on participating radio station websites and the band’s website, after which it was released to all digital markets for paid digital download on September 30th. The song has already reached #1 on iTunes Rock Chart and #4 on the overall top selling songs chart. Gotta Be Somebody is expected to debut on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart next week.

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Mp3 Players: Hear the Difference

November 24th, 2009
Karl Bantleman asked:


MP3 players are portable media players to listen to your favourite music, store video files and images. Without question the most famous one is the Apple iPod but other brands are catching up quickly with the technology and features.

The development started with portable cassette players followed by CD players and finally Mini Disc players. However, the devices were not able to store music in digital files and relied on external storage drives. As they were much bigger than today’s MP3 players and had a limited functionality their use wasn’t as handy and the audio quality often suffered from movements. Consequently, portable audio devices were not best for outside activities, running and exercising in those days.

This all changed in 2001 when Apple released the first iPod with 5GB storage for more than 1000 songs in the new mp3 format. Supported by iTunes and thanks to the small size and huge storage capacity, the iPod is still the most popular MP3 player on the market. According to recent surveys it is not only the best selling MP3 player but also has almost no substitute product.

Today, the Apple product range comprises the iPod classic, iPod nano, iPod shuffle and the latest iPod touch as well as the iPhone. These small portable MP3 players can play audio files like mp3 and others but also display images and play videos. Recent models also support the new MPEG-4 format.

In a nutshell, the Apple iPod provides an all-around solution for portable audio. The Apple software iTunes can be regarded as the most popular programme for organising and storing music and other audio and video files. Whereas it was previously only available for Apple computers like the Mac, it can now be downloaded by everyone. It offers the user the benefit of automatically updating the iPod as soon as it is connected to the computer. This makes it easier to organise the music library and saves a lot of time, too.

Even though other manufacturers like Sony and Samsung try to gain some market share, the iPod is still the outstanding market leader due to Apple’s innovation focus this is unlikely to change in the near future.



MP3 players are becoming increasingly popular as many are seeing the advantage of having a MP3 player that fits perfectly in your pocket with all your favourite songs on. With the iPod and many more available, shop online to find the best deals.

 



Ipods as the Latest Style Statement

November 23rd, 2009
Roberto Sedycias asked:


Ipods are a type of portable media player, which was launched in October 2001 by Apple Corporation, and since then it has become one of the most successful consumer electronic products. It is one of the best small electronic gadgets designed in a long time and the best selling MP3/MP4 player in the market today. The unique advantage of the Ipods lies in its tremendous sound quality, ultra sleek and compact design and user-friendly interface, which has made it a big hit.

With its first release in October 2001, there has been a continuous improvement in Ipod technology. They started with an MP3 player having mechanical scroll wheel and four buttons, upgraded to touch sensitive wheels with options of 10 GB and 20 GB hard disks for media storage. Further these devices were upgraded with touch sensitive bottoms and also provided with USB connectivity to enable downloads from internet using computer. Later on more storage capacity option was added with a 20 GB and 40 GB hard disk option and a click wheel. Now the latest models are coming with video capability MP4 players and 60 GB memory storage capacity.

Ipods are engineered and designed in the most innovative fashion to give them a cool look. Youngsters and people with active lifestyle prefer them to be the part of their essential accessories. Since they easily fit into your pocket or palm of your hand, you can carry them wherever you go. Ipods are fitted with removable lithium rechargeable batteries, which can run for about 8 to 20 hours before requiring a recharge.

There are so many types and styles of Ipods available. One can choose from a wide range depending upon their budget and usage. The least priced model is the Ipod shuffle. It is perhaps the smallest MP3 player available in the market. With its most compact size of about one and a half inch and sleek design it can easily be clipped on to your collar, sleeves or can be worn as a badge. It can store up to 240 songs and is priced very competitively at around $80. However, it doesn`t have features of organizing songs in sequence and the songs are randomly picked and played by the device.

A better and improved version is the Ipod nano, which can store up to about 2000 songs and comes with a storage capacity ranging from 2 GB to 8 GB. It has a super slim design and its thin lithium batteries can play music for about 24 hours before needing a recharge. These Ipods are most convenient for journeys and are priced at about $150. Then there are many high priced versions with storage capacity of about 80 GBs, which can store about 20000 songs, 25000 photos and about 100 hours of video. They are priced as high as about $350.

There are so many internet sites now offering downloads for Ipods. There are some free sites as well as sites charging some membership fee to enable you to download videos and songs and even games to your music player. iTunes is one such website offering varieties of downloads for Ipods. In order to get most out of your Ipod, you must take care to update the latest software in it with the help of internet or the Ipod vendor. You must keep it turned off when not using it. Turning off the equalizer and the back lighting will save its battery power and enhance battery life. You should always try to load compressed songs in compact audio format in order to minimize space usage.

Ipods are becoming a fashion statement for today`s youngsters and its popularity is increasing day by day all over the world.