Choosing a Video Cam

Like any other gadget, you need to carefully choose a video cam if you want to get something that is worth your money and your time. Here are some of the considerations you need to have in mind when choosing a video cam.

You need to have an established purpose as to why you want to have a video camera in your home or workplace. This should be well-defined and stated by you whenever you want to buy one and have it installed in your home. A good number of buyers have bought it for security purposes. In places where you are not confident of the safety of your property, it is one way of establishing what goes on in your absence. It is one way of knowing what the people in your home do when you are not around- a spy camera or a nanny cam for your nanny. They have been used for a long time by professionals who observe nature and migration patterns, etc.; employers observe the whereabouts of their employees using cameras installed in their work places. Its one of the best ways of preventing theft since its presence will deter someone with dishonest intentions from doing what he had planned. Those who go ahead to do it will be caught and there will be enough evidence to prosecute them.

Buying a camera for security purposes in your home or workplace will require you to weigh all your available options. For the most basic of features (good recording memory and wireless connectivity) you may not have to part with a lot of money. However, in case you are looking for color footage and other accessories you will have to pay a lot more; several hundred dollars to be exact. Installation of cameras in your home may need the services of a professional, so you need to think about this fee as well.

Those who are on budget may have to work with what they have. The principle of using what you have to get what you do not have works well in this instance. You can spend about $50 or even less to record and spy on every activity that is going on in your home from your mobile phone or even your laptop. The DIY camera is the typical type for use in homes and in business places. It is cheaper and does not come with installation expense. An alternative is buying a webcam and if you already have one on your laptop you can use it to function the same way as a surveillance camera. From there, you can spy on every activity in your home or business from the comfort of wherever you will be. Those who have this software in their phones can record everything from their phones.

Flip Tips – Flip Video Cam 101

The Flip Video camera’s brilliance is in its simplicity. Just click the on switch, point and shoot! To record, press the big red button on the back of the Flip (you can’t miss it!) To stop recording, hit the red button again. It really is that simple!

The interface is basically the same whether you’re using the original, early model Flip Video, the popular Flip Ultra, or the new Flip Mino. Of course, each version has gotten a bit smaller, slicker and a bit more expensive.

As of this writing, the original Flip Video retails for $129.99 (USD), though we’ve seen it as low as $89! The original has 1GB memory and holds 60-minutes of video. The colorful Flip Ultra, in your choice of five, bright colors, has 2GB space and room for 60-minutes of video. The Ultra retails for $149,99 (USD). The newest addition to the Flip family is the Mino, also with 2GB and 60-minutes of video recording time. The Mino runs $179.99, but is smaller and has an internal battery. Earlier models require 2 AA batteries. The new Mino also adds some increased functionality, such as pause, fast-forward and rewind functions for playback.

On all models, after you’re done with your one-touch recording, you “flip” the camera’s USB arm open, plug it into your computer’s USB port, launch the built-in software and you’re ready to share your video! The Record-Connect-Share process is fast and easy.

Once you’ve got your video on your computer, you’ve got options for e-mailing your video, or publishing directly to YouTube, AOL Video, and with the Mino, to MySpace, as well. With the e-mail function, you can send a link to your video, or share a greeting using their private online greeting templates. You can also save and organize your videos to your computer, or as an email attachment.

The Flip’s features even allow you to create your own “movie mix,” by adding music or built-in effects. In addition to the auto-upload to YouTube, you can save your video to upload to other video-sharing websites. You can also organize your videos with the Flip’s video library.

The minimal controls on the Flip keep things simple, too. You can record, playback, or delete your unwanted “takes” with a couple of obvious buttons. There are also controls for zoom (not much) and volume. As mentioned above, the Mino adds pause, fast-forward and rewind options.

All the Flips come with a tiny, but adequate 1.5″ (diagonal) LCD screen, and the video quality and resolution is remarkable for such a low-priced camcorder. The video format output is MPEG-4 AVI, a relatively user-friendly format. Two AA (alkaline) batteries should give you up to 2 hours of continuous use, so bring extras if you’re planning a trip or heavy use. If you opt for the newer Mino, the battery is built-in.

The handy, little Flip cameras weigh just over 5 ounces, and the Mino is a mere 3.3 ounces. The Ultra and the Mino have a tripod mount on the bottom, and all models have a built-in microphone and speaker. The cameras include a TV-out jack so you can connect your Flip to a television. You can also snap still photos from the Flip video.

Editing video on the Flip itself is very limited, but you can change the start and end points of your video. In addition, the “movie maker” function gives you a choice of six movie styles or “effects.”
As for the built-in Flip Video software program, the minimum requirements for Windows are as follows: Intel Pentium 4.2.0 GHz, Windows XP SP2 w/ 512MB of RAM, or Visa w/ 2GB of RAM, and USB port. Requirements for the Mac are: Power PC G4 1.0 GHz or Intel Core, w/ 512MB RAM, OS X Tiger 10.4 or Leopard 10.5, and USB port.

Five Fun Uses for the Flip:

Because of its small size, convenience and use of use, The Flip is perfect for getting video on the fly… Here are 5 ways to use your Flip:

Citizen Journalism – Capture news as it happens, then sell your footage to the TV tabloids for big bucks!
Undersea Adventure – Yes, you can buy a waterproof case for your Flip, and tape your underwater antics!
Ride Along – Take your Flip on tour as you ride your bike, rollerblade or even ski! Just use the handy $15 attachment accessory!
Family Album – The Flip is perfect for taping your kid’s soccer games, baseball playoffs, band concerts or recitals. Aside from its limited zoom capabilities, the Flip was made for capturing family events and activities.
Vlog it – Turn the camera on yourself and start your own videoblog or online diary. You can tape yourself with your Flip and upload your video to YouTube or AOL video in minutes. It’s never been easier to get video online!

Learning the Basics of a Video Recorder

What is a Camera Recorder?
A camera recorder is frequently referred to as a “camcorder”. A camcorder is two devices combined into one device: a camera and a recording unit. Camcorders that were manufactured in previous years were still two devices in one, but the video was attached by means of an umbilical cord that was hooked to a large piece of recording equipment. As time and technology progressed, the video cam recorder evolved many times. Today’s recording and capturing devices are equipped with enhanced technology, such as HDMI, time lapse, and being waterproof. The recording devices that are available today on the market are not only equipped with advanced technology but professional software, such as GoPro.

Is There a Difference Between Video and Film?
Many people are curious to know if there is a different between video and film. Video and film are similar in many ways, but there are a few aspects that make them different from one another. Film has been around much longer than video and is more complicated. Film is the basic way of capturing video before technology evolved. With film, celluloid was used to expose an image to silver highlight so people could develop the image and print it if they wanted. With today’s technology, the process of developing film is not required because the methods and techniques have been simplified. Video captures an image in the same way film does, but instead of manually doing everything manually, video does everything electronically. In this instance, light is converted into multiple frequencies. Although video and film are two different techniques for capturing images, many people consider them to be one method.

What are the Benefits of Owning a Video Recorder?
In order to enjoy the many benefits a camera recorder, you need to purchase a recording device that is equipped with the feature you need to capture the best images and video. The primary benefit of a video recorder is capturing memories. The memories you capture will last forever. You can replay the memories as many times as you would like, even when the moment occurred many years ago. Another benefit of owning a video cam recorder is convenience. Regardless of where you are or what you are doing, you can capture the events that take place. Camcorders are available in many different styles, sizes, and colors to meet your needs.

When Should You Purchase a New Recording Device?
Your electronic device will indicate when it is time for you to replace it. People who have first, second, or third generation recording devices may be interested in upgrading to new features and formats. Other reasons people may want to replace their video device is because the device has reached the end of its lifespan. A few ways you can tell your device is reaching its lifespan is by noticing the picture or sound quality is not what it once was. Some devices stop working and have to be replaced. Sometimes the battery has to be replaced and minor repairs need to be made to restore the video recorder to its high-quality status.

You Don’t Really Need a Video Camera

You don’t really need a video camera to capture the beauty of the flowers in the Iris Garden but when the light breeze blew the clouds away and the sunlight haloed the plants in a soft shimmering glow I pulled the little compact video cam from my pocket and started filming.

This is an amazing garden with a fantastic panorama of award winning Iris, but even names like bumblebee deelight, play with fire, acapulco gold, purple pepper, blueberry parfait and lacy snowflake, barely describe the vast array of color combinations on display. To truly appreciate these incredible flowers requires a walk through the garden, breathing in the remarkable floral fragrances and feasting the eyes on the palette of blooming sensory delights. Each Iris has a mixture of unique colors and its own distinct scent. In addition, poppies, lupines, pansies, clematis and peonies provide accent and compliment for the showy Iris.

While focusing on the thick column of dark blue and white clematis and zooming in on the slender, delicate, pastel columbines, I nearly bumped into you. Palm-sized video camera still in hand captured the flickering amusement on your face and in your smiling blue eyes.

But my hopes of titling the moment something like the first time ever I saw your face dissolved when you started laughing and ask me, by name, how I was and how everything was going.

What? Ah time, that pesky bandit raised the bar and I had to rummage through my memory banks to pull forth a name to attach to your cheerful face.

My memory obliged, years evaporated as a million and one details rushed in to fill the space between now and the last time I spoke with you at the crowded Easter Egg hunt. Faces of the many joyful children and their excitement as they waited for event to begin flipped through my mind. As the sun highlighted a bit of gray in your hair, I wondered how many years it had been and I realized those laughing children but must be college age, young adults by now.

We fell into one of those good to see you, how long has it been, how is everyone, catch up conversations, while the forgotten video recorder continued recording. In addition to capturing the beautiful garden and your smiling face it recorded every word. When I returned home, I watched the video with delight then emailed you a copy requesting permission to post the video for our mutual friends.

While I do not offer professional videographers any competition, I am very delighted to have captured the unexpected fun of seeing you and the ensuing great catch up meeting on video. Now if I could only add the wonderful fragrance of the gardens to the digital chronicle the essence of the meeting would be complete.

Pros and Cons of Shooting Video With a DSLR Camera

*DSLR stands for Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Lens Reflex. It’s the cam­era that pho­tog­ra­phers use.

In 2008 Canon start­ing adding a video mode to their DSLR cam­eras. They had no idea the phe­nom­e­non that it would bring.

DSLRs have huge sen­sors (the mech­a­nism that con­verts light to video) and way more, cheaper, high qual­ity lenses (also referred to as “glass”).

These fac­tors give DSLR cam­eras very sharp imagery as well as a very shal­low depth of field. Depth of field or Dof, refers to the focus of the image or video. A deep Dof is when the fore­ground and the back­ground of an image are both in focus. You see this com­monly in land­scape shots.

Shal­low Dof is when one part of the image is in focus while the rest is not. For exam­ple, imag­ine a romance movie. About 3/4 of the way through the film, the man and woman run to one another and kiss in the rain. On a close-up of them kiss­ing, you’d see them in focus, with the back­ground out of focus. You see it all the time in the movies, almost always used dur­ing back and forth dia­logue when 2 actors are talk­ing. This is a very sought after look by video pro­fes­sion­als and before DSLR video was extremely expen­sive to achieve. DSLR cam­eras achieve this look for a fifth of the price.

I started my videog­ra­phy career with a Sony VX-2000. It’s an older lit­tle Sony pro­sumer standard-def cam­corder. After I mas­tered that I was ready to upgrade to a Hi-def cam­era, but I didn’t have much money and good cam­eras are very expen­sive. I saw the qual­ity that DSLRs are capa­ble of and I became very inter­ested. The Canon 60D was in my price range and I bought it. It came with a 18-135mm EF-S lens. It shot 1080i and 720p at 24, 30 and 60fps (frames per sec­ond). It was a good cam­era and I really liked it. How­ever I got the oppor­tu­nity to upgrade to the Mer­cedes Benz of DSLRs…. The Canon 5D Mark II. I also got it with a 24-105mm canon L-series lens. It shoots beau­ti­ful, crys­tal clear, film­like video and I love it. Now here are the pros and cons

What’s great about DSLRs for video, and the rea­son they are so pop­u­lar, is the film­like qual­ity with the shal­low depth of field you can obtain for a much, much lower price. For exam­ple, experts often com­pare the canon 5d mark II to the Red One cam­era, which costs $25k. Now of course the Red One is a nicer cam­era, it shoots at 2k res­o­lu­tion, but it’s $25,000, the canon 5d mark II is $2,500 and the qual­ity is com­pa­ra­ble. For Inter­net and DVD pur­poses, the qual­ity is neg­li­gi­ble. In the­atre it would be obvi­ous, but what your video looks like in movie the­atres is not rel­e­vant to most. Any­way the point is the qual­ity for the price is incredible.

Now here’s the cons. No mat­ter how awe­some the video qual­ity is, it doesn’t change the fact that DSLRs are built for still pho­tog­ra­phy and only recently started offer­ing video. This means that they have crude audio capa­bil­i­ties. No man­ual audio gain con­trols with­out hacks or patches, no xlr (high qual­ity audio input), the built in mic is too low qual­ity to use, also it’s small and with­out a han­dle so it’s dif­fi­cult to oper­ate smoothly and it doesn’t have a con­trolled zoom.

All these cons have workarounds but it’s a more dif­fi­cult process than with a reg­u­lar video cam­era and it costs money. Even with these costly extras DSLR cam­eras are still worth the money but the ease of use and time it takes to bal­ance out the short­com­ings depend entirely on you. You absolutely have to get a sta­bi­liz­ing rig for smooth shoot­ing off the shoul­der, oth­er­wise your footage will be too shaky. These rigs aver­age around $500 with the higher qual­ity ones around $2,000. You can do what some peo­ple do and build your own rig or order the com­po­nents sep­a­rately and assem­ble it your­self. I’m going to do an entire post ded­i­cated to choos­ing or build­ing a rig and once it’s com­plete I’ll insert a link to it here.

Because the DSLR has poor audio capa­bil­i­ties, what most peo­ple do is buy a portable audio recorder to cap­ture audio sep­a­rately from the cam­era. You plug your mic in use that to dig­i­tally record your audio. Thats a great way to get high qual­ity audio, the prob­lem is, since the video and audio are not being recorded by the same device, you’ll need to sync these in post. You can do this man­u­ally using the a clap­per or snap etc. but there is a much sim­pler solu­tion which is a pro­gram called plural eyes. Plural eyes will auto­mat­i­cally sync your video to your audio in your time­line. It does this by lin­ing up the sep­a­rately recorded audio wave­forms to the audio wave­forms recorded by your low qual­ity built in cam­era mic. It’s not always per­fect but if you’re get­ting decent audio from your cam­era then it works quickly and effec­tively. There’s also a sis­ter pro­gram called dual eyes that will auto­mat­i­cally sync all the video files to all the audio files out­side of your edit­ing application.

In con­clu­sion, DSLRs give you excel­lent qual­ity for the price. How­ever, you’ll need to decide for your­self whether or not the short­com­ings of shoot­ing with a pho­tog­ra­phy cam­era are accept­able to you as a video creator.

I hope this article outlining the pros and cons of shooting video with a DSLR has been helpful to you…

The Weather Cam

There could not be any nicer live streaming video cam than the Rocky Mountain Cam. When I am on the cam control site I find myself taking picture after picture because the view is so breath taking and constantly changing. The Rocky Mountain Longs Peak of which it is centered on is a world in itself. I am there when I am watching it, I begin to think that I am beginning to become familiar with then there is a change such as a rolling rain storm or even some snow which at times is very blizzard like shrouding this grandiose peak in clouds and swirling snow.

Watching the breaking weather I find the snow is what I like to see the most because it has shape and defines itself to the Rocky Mountain Cam – The Weather cam of which I can see the changes as they occur and the snow accumulates. I find myself moving the cam display to full screen and tuning in some hip hop jams to tune the snow to some sound giving it some solid 3D definition only to find myself being dismissed by someone else who enjoy either the beauty of what the mountain cam has to show or their curiosity has draw them to the enchanted mystic that emanates from that tiny little box.

The library of photos displayed on the web cam internet site was my first draw to the huge number of sunsets and the variety of them over time taken from the web cam. I have just now started to capture video using my Cam Studio program to use as backdrops in my video presentations. Let me tell you that a stormy sky out video is an attention getting presentation backdrop as well as a fading sunset video also used for a presentation backdrop for the educational video’s I do. I can actually say the attendance has grown by spicing up the presentation this way.

One of the most exciting things was watching the news and seeing the web cam being shown during a building storm or during an actual storm. I am sure this is quite a savings for the television station to be able to do this without having to send a crew out remotely. I can tell you for as much beauty there is seen from the web cam, there is also plenty of the typical Colorado plains weather seen from here for this cam location is situated out north of the metro Denver area and less than 5 miles due west of Denver International Airport. Links for the web cam site and a direct link are in the resource box below.

John T Adams in the simplest terms fancies himself as an internet marketing entrepreneur. With the Rocky Mountain Cam he has been empowered to share some of the most diverse views rarely seem from most cams and then the ability to capture your own video or photographs from the streaming video web cam.

Water Do We Really Need 8 Glasses A Working Day

bifocal reading glasses

If you’re like most individuals, when you acquire prescription eyewear, you think you decide on the frames first. This is not proper. Pick your prescription lens, then uncover frames for the prescription lens. You have to make sure your frames maintain the lens you require. Or else, you may not be happy with your prescription eyewear.

So can you genuinely have greater eyesight without glasses? I remember when we had been children, my brother went to the eye doctor and he was told that he experienced to have eyeglasses. My Mom took him to get fitted with a manufacturer glasses for kids new pair. About a month later on, we went to pay a visit to my grandparents and my grandmother advised my brother that if he continued to put on his eyeglasses, his eyesight would only get worse. From that day on, my brother in no way wore his eyeglasses again. He is now 50 many years aged and just commenced putting on studying eyeglasses. I guess my grandmother was correct!

As Wikipedia puts it, “A tulip glass not only aids lure the aroma, but also aids in keeping large heads, producing a visual and olfactory sensation.” If individuals arm lengths aren’t in proportion to your beer (and pouring fashion) you could get rid of out on some great smells or overfoaming (actually getting rid of cherished beer. Friendships have been created or damaged in excess of this sort of glassware conclusions. Choose correctly.

plastic glasses

First of all, below are individuals glasses fit for the picture of fresh and thoroughly clean. We say the picture new and clean given that in this circumstance, there will be a small air in our hair to make our hair fluffy. Typically, we could regard curly hair new plastic glasses and clear. For hairstyles like that, we’d greater use eyeglasses with heavy frames. Occasionally we could consider eyeglasses with panther prints which would make the total appearances of us a lot more energetic. Frequently, if we put on eyeglasses with heavy frames when our hairstyles are of that kind, we would definitely be out-standing in the crowds. Many thanks to our overstated eyeglasses and hairstyles, we would be the vibrant details in the streets.

+ Convenience. Numerous individuals report feeling that glasses weigh as well much, harm their ears and nose, or simply rub from their face in an awkward bifocal glasses method. Contacts may be unpleasant at first in much the identical way that glasses become not comfortable in excess of time. Maintain with contacts, nonetheless, and the soreness subsides and they truly feel like there is nothing at all in your eye but better vision.

The glasses have been produced byARC Intercontinental, of Millville, NJ. and dispersed completely byMcDonald’s Company. They have been available for obtain for about $2 at most McDonald’s dining establishments considering that Might 2010.

In basic water assists the entire body’s organs to perform much better. Some scientists feel that drinking water is retained in the organs better when it is sipped than when it is taken in big quantities.

So you are probably wondering why I nonetheless put on glasses. However, I just can not manage contacts. The greatest difficulty with get cat eye glasses frames in touch with lenses is that they are costly. A number of pairs are needed for a single 12 months. If I could find the money for contacts although, I promise that I would be putting on them. The advantages are just as well many to ignore.

Luxurious Vacation Advise: Places To Travel In Canada

This country is famous for its distinctiveness and natural beauty. You’re given the opportunity to relish Canada’s rich cultural customs, elegant multicultural look, shopping markets, outdoor recreation and environmental excursions. Furthermore, you are able to pick from a huge set of food and wine places which will certainly help you match your palate’s longing for great food.

In regards to city adventures, many cities are on top of the list. Vancouver provides vacation goers with sophisticated water and mountain views that is overflowing with various entertainment for tourists of every age group. The city’s key tourist attractions can be conveniently traveled to by foot and also the metropolis is overflowing with world-class hotels. This place is jam-packed with a range of fun filled recreational activities ranging from enjoying the picturesque view of the mountains to the hype delivered by the city’s nightlife.

Toronto, which is the capital of Canada, is a favorite location for vacation goers who wish to experience a soothing and exquisite holiday adventure. The cool waters in the city gives travelers the splendor of the seashore. You will feel the wonderful need to walk the metropolis because of the classy multicultural attractiveness which the city gives. You’ll also indulge in the several restaurants, nightclubs and movie theaters which would enable you to desire to remain in the metropolis for a longer time. You will get to comprehend the splendor of the city even during the night as a result of the numerous locations which you are able to visit.

If you prefer history and you prefer to understand how these areas look like then the perfect place for you to see is Quebec. Feel the fantastic lifestyle comparable to Paris by indulging in freshly baked bread along with the fascinating scent of brewing coffee. You’ll also get the chance to love over 400 festivals all year round. The metropolis delivers you a broad range of practical, affordable and quality accommodation. You can even have fun with the city without obtaining a rental car because you could walk around the city and arrive at one tourist friendly place then to a different one.

The capital of Nova Scotia, Halifax, is likewise on top of the list in relation to luxury travel places. It features various top sites which illustrates the city’s vibrant history. You are able to take pleasure from numerous gatherings, museums and shows. You may also love in the city’s popular seafood dishes and enjoy the exquisite views of the harbor that is offered by a number of eating places within the city.

Niagara Falls is a must see destination in Canada. This favorite site is proven to be one of the leading natural wonders all over the world. This was once an exquisite honeymoon destination for couples that are immediately furthermore one of the most preferred places of families who wishes to enjoy a wonderful excursion with their spouse and children.

Adventure seekers will likewise get to have fun with Calgary. This place is acknowledged for hosting the Fifteenth Olympic Winter Games. In terms of winter sports activities and ecotourism, this is the finest area to go. You’ll be brimmed over with different celebration which will absolutely fulfill the passions of various vacation goers. This place is moreover known for providing various kinds of mountain resorts which couples, group of friends and also families would surely enjoy.

Also, when it comes to touring to Canada, Ottawa should in addition be part of your listing. Travel and leisure is the center of this location. You wouldn’t be left with dullness because this area has numerous exquisite attractions which are only a few strolls apart from one another. The two of its most well-liked attractions are the Parliament Hill and also the Rideau Canal. You are able to in addition head over to these areas cost-free. For individuals who are lovers of art, you will delight in their high quality exhibits that you will discover in their word class museums and galleries.

These are only some of the interesting areas where you may head out to when you visit Canada. This could be very easy particularly should you have already been in and out of this area. If you are novice travelers to Canada, it would be beneficial if you have a short list of all the areas which you intend to check out. This would aid you in considering and planning your getaway. In addition, this will help you in ensuring that you get the most out of your travel experience to these fantastic places.

5 ways to get uninterested investors to buy marketable domains

One of the keys to be a productive domain proprietor is to deliver a high degree of focus to those uninterested investors which haven’t fully ‘sold themselves’ on your content strategy. When you are able to concentrate on involving investors who feel unplugged, you are able to optimize your time and create more output based off feedback received while potentially putting domains within reach of being sold.

Here are 5 unique ways uninterested investors may become more involved with your portfolios so they end up buying domains or buy into your business:

Segment Your Messaging

Formal communication must fit the individual investor, not your entire database. Instead of worrying about spreading mass hysteria, perhaps customize each message for investors, businesses and larger corporations to generate individuality. We’re all aware that various investors will buy into your business model for varied reasons; therefore, nurture messages based off individualized need while leveraging learning opportunities medium-sized business seek.

Remember, communications must be based off SIN: size of investor that joined, interests identified by the investor and needs addressed through prior communications with said investor.

Pick Up the Phone

Investors love hearing from domain seller by phone; it imbues trust, allows venting to occur and opens doors for the domain seller to perform lead follow-ups. Perhaps take one day each month and alphabetically choose ‘x’ number of investors to call each day; avoid emailing since your investors would rather hear from you verbally. Make sure to outline your interest in helping them maximize investment, amongst other warm gestures like checking on their business operations, etc.

This would also become the ideal platform for requesting investors buy domains from you; ask them to become keynote speakers or perhaps hand out information about investing to others.

Engage Them in Social Media

Effective social media marketing is more plausible for domain investors than most would believe. Unlike using a personal account on a social media network, social media engagement for business investors requires a preformed plan of action and reevaluation of an evidence-based marketing campaign. First and foremost, social media engagement should incorporate all of the necessary aspects of marketing a business on any platform, online or offline, plus:

Consistent posting on investors’ business or personal pages;
Hashtag your investors’ interests when Tweeting them;
Recognizing them through ‘spotlights’ written into newsletters or emails;
Working investors into your videos to provide them exposure.
Social media, when used correctly, becomes another value-driven asset to offer current investors or to entice new investments throughout the year.

Update Their Contact Information

Showing investors you’re caring enough about their contact information to call them periodically is priceless. Initiating phone contact with current investors every quarter, semiannually or yearly serves two major purposes:

Provides businesses with updated contact information on each investor for more consistent engagement. As we’re all aware, no contact information means no contact.
Allows you to perform checkups as discussed in the pick up the phone section above.
Remember to space out your contact with investors as too much pressure means potential loss of investments.

Show Them Your Value

As with businesses in general, investors love seeing value in what they’re paying for. For example, simply sharing referral reports of other investors that are getting traffic from their business listing on your website could lead to new investments.

Remember, uninterested investors and non-investors have similar qualities in their blindness towards quality being provided by your investment-driven platform. Therefore, always strive for presenting value to existing investors, and potential enrollees since this tangible is an important part of business growth and one way to get these people to buy domains from you.

Remember…

Business investment sites are increasingly used as effective referral system and engagement platform for local and online businesses, and even entrepreneurs seeking investors for single domains, or expansive portfolios. The widespread use and acceptance of social media in popular culture gives investors a chance to voice their opinions while experiencing engagement into your business.

Finally, since uninterested investors feel either left out or have little time to engage, it’s important to renew your vows with these investors to keep your database refreshed for future lead nurturing.

America's Mardi Gras Mother – Mobile, Alabama

Long before Carnivale was celebrated in Rio de Janeiro or the first bead was thrown in New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama was the capital of French Louisiana (founded 1702) and they celebrated their first Mardi Gras (French for fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the begining of the Lenten season) in 1703. The Boeuf Gras (beef/ox fat) society, formed in 1711, was their first mystic society.

In the first century of Mardi Gras in the Americas the celebrations were social gatherings and masquerade balls that centered around the eating of fatty and sugary foods prior to the deprivations of Lent. In 1830 the Cowbellion de Rakin Society held America’s first Mardi Gras Parade with marchers carrying rakes, hoes, and cow bells. In 1840 the Cowbellions added floats pulled by horses to the parade. In 1856 New Orleans first crew, The Mystick Krewe of Comus, formed with former Cowbellions who had relocated to New Orleans.

Mardi Gras continues to be celebrated in Mobile with preparation and festivities begining around Thanksgiving and continuing until Mardi Gras evening.

In Mobile the major parades usually roll on parade route A and line up along side the Mobile Civic Center. For those who want to attend the parade, wave at their family and friends and then go home early, catching the parade along church street as it rolls past is your best bet. For those who plan on making an evening of it, there are hotels, restaurants, and bars along the next leg of the route on North Royal Street and cars park on the Water Street median a block away with police directing traffic and keeping things orderly along the way.

The west end of the parade route is defined by Spring Hill Avenue on the north and Canal Street on the south. North Washington marks its east side and North/South Broad is the west. There are some great places to chill and wait for the parade, such as Moe’s Original Bar B Que on Spring Hill Avenue across from the Central Fire Department.

For the diehard parade lover the place to watch the parade is along Government Street between North Claiborne Street and North Washington Street. The parades hit this stretch about halfway through their route before turning onto North Washington and then the parade returns to roll through this stretch again before turning down Claiborne and returning to the Civic Center. This is a great spot to watch if you have friends and family in the parade as you see the floats on both sides for photo opportunities. It is also a great spot for collectors of throws as it gets hit twice and the second time around they are clearing out what they have left.

Often the riders will hang onto special items and tease the crowd along the way with the big, stuffed animals and other prized items. You can expect to see these flying towards the end on Government and Claiborne streets.

While Mardi Gras in Mobile is not a dry (alcohol free) party, it is very family oriented and doesn’t have the extreme party atmosphere that many associate with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. So if you always wanted to go to Mardi Gras but were afraid of the excesses you hear about in New Orleans, check out America’s Mardi Gras Mother in Mobile, Alabama.

Shashi's Guide to SXSW 2014

I am looking forward to attending SXSW in Austin next weekend. I have attended this conference for the past 6 years and wanted to give a few quick tips for anyone who may be attending for the first time.

Preparing in advance:

If you know you are definitely going, try to get the best rate by registering as far in advance as possible
Hotels get booked very far in advance, so booking early is a good idea
Of course car rental applies to the early advice as well
Search plancast and eventbrite for SXSW Events and also make sure to look at the invites into your email box

Badge prep:

The registration process has become very streamlined
3 things to do – Join the SXSW social, upload the video, print your registration code in case your phone runs out of battery, get the badge as early as possible

Things to pack:

Shoes – along with your elegant party shoes , please pack some very comfortable
Bags- As you will do a lot of walking your handbag should have enough place for a quick freshen up and your evening shoes. If you like swag, your backpack should have space for that as well
Even if you dont believe in business cards, carrying them is a good idea
Hydration- Carry a water bottle that you can fill up at every water fountain
Spare battery, power cords and mobile essentials. of course you need not only the mobile phone but your spare tablet

Planning your activity:

SXSW is rich in content – prepare for the absolute few sessions that you want to attend
Events take place all around downtown Austin so be ready for a commute and allow enough time. Even if it is in the convention center, it could be a long walk.
Give yourself a lot of time between sessions and hydrate and relax
There is a lot of marketing activity outside the convention center. Dont miss out
Use the opportunity to make serendipitous connections
Evening there are parties and also events that have speakers and parties

Here is a list of all lounges that you can go to relax http://sxsw.com/lounges , you will defintely be able to meet me at the SXSW PayPal Social Media Lounge hosted by techSet.