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.

Travelling to Canada for Your Holiday

If you are thinking of travelling this winter to escape the cold, you might want to consider a trip to Canada if you like travelling internationally. Canada, which shares a common heritage with Australia, has many natural wonders to visit as well as several lively cities with world class events happening nearly year round. Toronto, Ontario is the largest cities in Canada with plenty to do for the whole family.

Toronto sits on the banks of Lake Ontario, one of North America’s Great Lakes and is known as the cultural, entertainment and financial capital for the country of Canada. If you are travelling during the Australian winter, you are going to see the beauty of a Canadian summer in Toronto. There are several botanical gardens you can walk through and parks to enjoy while on your visit. If you arrive in June, there are several festivals in Toronto in which you can take part.

The Luminato is an arts festival where a multitude of disciplines are on display. They include dance, film, lectures, visual arts and more. June is also the time for the Toronto North by Northeast Music and Film Festival. So, if you enjoy hearing new music, this could be the time for you to pay a visit to Canada. There are many other festivals and events throughout the summer that appeal to all tastes if you can’t make a trip in June.

Since it is on the lake, you can take the ferry for a trip over to Prince Edward County and visit the sites there. It is only a day’s trip from either Toronto or Ottawa by ferry boat or you can make the trip by car. The county is known for being an artist’s haven and there are many artists studios and galleries you can visit. They also have some of the best beaches in Canada, as well as a wine region you can enjoy. Click here for more information on a trip to Toronto or Prince Edward County.

The Luminato is an arts festival where a multitude of disciplines are on display. They include dance, film, lectures, visual arts and more. June is also the time for the Toronto North by Northeast Music and Film Festival. So, if you enjoy hearing new music, this could be the time for you to pay a visit to Canada. There are many other festivals and events throughout the summer that appeal to all tastes if you can’t make a trip in June.

Since it is on the lake, you can take the ferry for a trip over to Prince Edward County and visit the sites there. It is only a day’s trip from either Toronto or Ottawa by ferry boat or you can make the trip by car. The county is known for being an artist’s haven and there are many artists studios and galleries you can visit. They also have some of the best beaches in Canada, as well as a wine region you can enjoy. Click here for more information on a trip to Toronto or Prince Edward County.

Please don’t pinch me!

At this time of the winter season it has lost its allure for a majority of the population. One technique for surviving these last days is looking ahead and making plans for spring. Will you be putting in a garden or maybe riding your bicycle again?

Saint Patrick’s Day is a special day for wearing green and the taste of cabbage and corned beef. The holiday is also time for a parade with many all across the country and around the world to choose. Atlantic City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be Saturday March 15th 2014 at 1:00 PM. The parade travels along world famous Atlantic City Boardwalk with 2014 Grand Marshal Frank Ferry and Tom Flynn. It is planned a festival of color, fun and music with bagpipes, local high school marching bands, string bands, Irish step dancers and floats. The route starts at Revel Casino terminating at Albany Avenue.

In 1986 the owner of Circle Tavern, Al McMahon organized Atlantic City’s first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Supported by several tavern owners, the Irish Cultural Society, and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick joined in the parade. At first it had 1,000 participants attended by 35,000 people.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17th, named after the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (AD 385-461). The holiday is celebrated around the world but a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland, Labrador and Montserrat. Green ribbons and shamrocks were worn to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day since the 17th century. A three-leaved shamrock symbolized the Holy Trinity for pagan Irish.

Atlantic City is on 8.1-mile long Absecon Island, population of 39,558. Incorporating in 1854 the city is amid those of Ventnor, Margate and southwest Longport. It is 127 miles south of New York City and 62 miles southwest of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. With landfall of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 the city came into news.

Atlantic City Boardwalk is the key element tying together community attractions of the seaside resort. National Geographic has called it the grandfather of boardwalks. The 10 feet wide boardwalk was dedicated in 1870 at a cost of $5,000.

The 1889 hurricane destroyed the boardwalk with its replacement 24 feet wide, 4 miles long and 10-foot high railings on each side. Further refinements in coming years improved its aesthetic and structural integrity. Currently the boardwalk begins north at Absecon Inlet, running along the beach in a southwest direction four miles to the city limit. It then stretches 1.5 miles into Ventnor City.

Atlantic City is a 400 miles drive from Rochester NY with a 6.5 hour drive. Drive east on I-90 at Syracuse take US 81 south to Scranton PA, then US 476 south to US 76 into downtown Philadelphia. Then take Atlantic City Expressway into Atlantic City.
If you are looking for a new parade this year why not celebrate the holiday and visit Atlantic City?

Cloud9 Trampoline Park, a word of mouth advertising success story

Day two of the Hampton Roads winter storm, closed schools and home bound children. The excitement of playing in the snow may be waning, leaving students and parents searching for something to do.

For the adventurous types willing to brave the roads there is of course the usual local haunts: movie theatres, bowling alleys, recreation centers, the mall, and perhaps even the library. However, there is a new option in town and one that has been creating quite a word of mouth buzz in the area.

Cloud9 Trampoline Park in Chesapeake opened this past November and has been building its target base steadily ever since. The facility houses “over 50 connected trampolines”, and offers customers opportunities to “play intense trampoline dodgeball, do tricks into the foam pit, audition for Cirque Du Soleil in our flying trapeze, test your skills on our aerial ninja course, … perfect your moves on our bounceboards, get a grueling crossfit trampoline workout, dunk a basketball on a 16 foot hoop” and much more (1).

The brilliance of this business is not that it offers a high tech new product, (trampolines have been around since the 1930s) or that it is offering trampoline access to the general public. What makes Cloud9 unique is that it is offering a service that provides a wide range of target customers an experience that they cannot find anywhere else.

Open jump, family night, and birthday party offerings provide families of all age ranges unique entertainment opportunities. Kidjump offers a safe jumping experience for preschoolers while also booking the facility at a period that is often a low traffic time for most businesses. Club9 and BounceBoards appeal directly to the teen crowd, while Theme Night Thursdays and trampoline dodgeball have the potential to pull in the 18 – 20 something dynamic. Finally, CloudFit classes provide an appeal for men and women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s who are bored with traditional workout routines.

Virginia Beach teen Tyhe H. has experienced the facility multiple times with friends. As a skateboarder and snowboarder he values the ability to learn new moves every time he goes. He stated that the employees at Cloud9 are both knowledgeable and good at performing tricks themselves.

Tyhe’s sister Aleah has also visited Cloud9 and stated that “kids, teenagers, moms and dads get out there and jump. I heard about it from friends at school, looked it up on the Internet and then my family went together.”

For the past few months customers have been trying Cloud9 and leaving thrilled and bursting to tell friends, neighbors and peers. It is the quintessential advertising ideal for a small growing business.

Advertising is a necessary yet costly factor for all businesses, and often an expensive burden for small ones. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “companies invest between 1 and 10 percent of their gross sales in advertising” (2). Word of mouth advertising however is inexpensive, effective, and a great way to expand an organization’s customer base and build the business. Unlike paid advertising, which potential customers often treat with skepticism, word of mouth advertising is believable, trustworthy, and convincing.

Repetition is critical for marketing messages to result in action by potential customers. Cloud9 is a true word of mouth advertising success story because it has created the type of buzz that is being texted between teens, chatted among their younger siblings at school, and discussed by their parents over coffee. Initial interest is then turned into excitement when individuals view the website and check out the business on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. With that kind of endorsement who wouldn’t want to try it?

February 22 is National Margarita Day in the USA

Pucker up and squeeze some limes. February 22 is National Margarita Day in the USA and a Margarita is the number one top-selling cocktail in America.

It’s official. It’s got its own National Margarita Day website, Facebook page, plenty of media attention and sponsorships. Tequila distributors, brand ambassadors and bartenders are totally into it across all 50 states. And you can be, too. (P.S. Spoiler alert: there is no worm in the tequila bottle. If you see one, you’re drinking the wrong brand.)

Tequila Blastoff
We are a nation of Margarita drinkers. Although tequila is crafted south of the border in Mexico, the United States is the number one tequila market, responsible for 76 percent of the stuff exported worldwide in 2011. That’s a sharp rise from 46 percent in 2005. By 2012, our share had climbed again, to 80 percent, according to award-winning CRUZ Tequila. The Food Channel, quoting an industry survey, says that thirsty Americans are consuming 185,000 Margaritas per hour.

Why now?
In the middle of winter? Isn’t Margarita a summer drink? As the “Proudly Powered by Tequila” website points out, “In the darkness of winter, we need the citrus vitality and joyful fellowship of National Margarita Day all the more!” Why not?

Celebrities and Soaring Sales
Sales are soaring. Actor George Clooney and restauranteur Rande Gerber, husband of model Cindy Crawford, launched their own brand called Casamigos Tequila Blanco in 2013. But, it’s small production and chances are unlikely you’ll get near a bottle unless you go to the source in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

Food, glorious food
According to Jacques Bezuidenhout, a Partida tequila brand ambassador and master mixologist looking after 56 bars in trendy Kimpton Hotels nationwide, “No spirit pairs better with food than tequila. It stands up to the flavors of pork, steak and spicy chicken extremely well. You can go for a softer blanco with fish and vegetable dishes.”

Margarita Day Needs Your Help
Here’s a brief roundup of what’s happening in a few bars and restaurants north, east, south and west in my own Margaritaville. What about yours? Perhaps $1 Margaritas, tequila tasting flights, a ladies’ night, or free nachos for all?

Copita Tequileria y Comida is co-owned by TV presenter Joanne Weir who wrote the bible on tequila. Juan Carlos does his magic behind the bar with 100 selected tequila brands. We get to Sausalito across the Golden Gate Bridge or hope on a ferry to check out the view before grabbing a seat.

Tres Agaves in San Francisco’s SoMA neighborhood is holding a Margarita Mix-Off for 10 bartenders on National Margarita Day. It’s a secret ingredient challenge to complement their 100% agave creativity. Since it’s people’s choice, those attending will get the difficult judges’ job.

Rogues Ales Public House in North Beach and 21st Amendment Brewery in South Beach are expecting lots of orders for Tres Agaves Margaritas on National Margarita Day.

Puerto Alegre and Velvet Cantina are on our Mission District list of favorites. We’re spoiled for choice in this part of town, and usually feeling thirsty and happy, since it’s always sunnier in the Mission.

Tia Margarita is 50 years young and still family-owned. They’re obviously serious about the important job of making a very good meal and drink. We head due west and stop in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond about a mile before the Pacific Ocean comes into view. Or, check out the surf and backtrack.

Mamacita in the Marina District is a long-time favorite for hand-crafted Margaritas. We select from 60 top-shelf bottles and engage in a bit of people-watching while sipping away and looking relaxed, but Northern California cool.

Top tequila brands Tres Agaves and CRUZ Tequila have offered these recipes for 2/22 plus others found on their websites, should you decide to celebrate National Margarita Day at home. ¡Salud!

Simple Time-Saving Recipe:
Fresh Tres Agaves Margarita
2 ozs. Tres Agaves Tequila (Blanco, Reposado)
1 oz. Tres Agaves Organic Cocktail-Ready Nectar
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Mix ingredients, shake, pour over ice and uno-dos-tres-perfecto!
Salt the rim or add a fresh line wedge

CRUZ Apple Spice Margarita Recipe:
2 ozs. CRUZ SIlver Tequila
Splash of Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
4 ozs. apple cider
Shake with ice and serve over ice.
Garnish with apple slice and sugar/cinnamon rim

Business Intеrnеt Mаrkеting Network Rесruiting the Eаѕу Way

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In other words the rерѕ that fаll оff nееd to be replaced. The object here iѕ to bе соnѕtаntlу ѕроnѕоring nеw rерѕ in tо уоur system to maintain thе success lеvеl уоu саn роtеntiаllу rеасh.

business intеrnеt mаrkеting nеtwоrk rесruiting must bе done ѕtеаdilу over thе lоng tеrm оf your business. At thе same time if you wаnt tо gеt реорlе tо ѕtiсk in your buѕinеѕѕ уоu muѕt create a lаrgе аmоunt of activity in a short реriоd оf timе. If уоu gеnеrаtе оn аvеrаgе 10 leads a day fоr уоur business еvеrу dау of thе month fоr 3 months ѕtrаight уоu wоuld have аbоut 900 lеаdѕ.

Whеn I ѕау lеаdѕ I аm tаlking about leads уоu gеnеrаtе from аdvеrtiѕing your lеаd capture page tо уоur target mаrkеt not opportunity leads уоu buу frоm lead соmраniеѕ.

Now уоu hаvе tеn nеw phone саllѕ tо mаkе to реорlе thаt аrе interested in lеаrning mоrе about your opportunity. Lеt’ѕ say оut оf tеn nеw leads уоu саll уоu gеt in touch with hаlf оf thеm. Sо you speak tо five реорlе a dау оn аvеrаgе аbоut your buѕinеѕѕ.

Now lеt’ѕ ѕау оut оf thоѕе five реорlе you tаlk to, you get оnе that рrоfеѕѕеѕ thеir interest. Now уоu mау not ѕроnѕоr that реrѕоn on thе first dау, but if you аrе smart уоu will еntеr thеm intо your рiреlinе аѕ a warm соntасt. Sо nоw we hаvе оn average оnе реrѕоn a day interested in mоving forward with your buѕinеѕѕ.

Likе I ѕаid уоu mау not sponsor them оn the first саll, аlthоugh some уоu will, but a healthy estimate wоuld be tо say оut оf 30 реорlе that want to move fоrwаrd in уоur buѕinеѕѕ уоu соuld easily gеt five of them tо tаkе асtiоn and jоin уоu оn thе frontline оf уоur buѕinеѕѕ. Thаt wоuld mеаn fivе new personal ѕроnѕоrѕ a mоnth in tо уоur buѕinеѕѕ.

Mаnу people hаvе a hard timе ѕроnѕоring оnе nеw rep a mоnth аnd if you аrе looking tо build ѕоlid network marketing dоwnlinе buildеrѕ buѕinеѕѕ unlimitеd income potential thаn you аrе in fоr lоng ridе. So уоu саn see how powerful buѕinеѕѕ intеrnеt mаrkеting nеtwоrk recruiting саn bе tо уоur success.

Of соurѕе I undеr еѕtimаtеd thеѕе numbers for rеаliѕtiс рuроѕеѕ, but done рrореrlу thiѕ simple fоrmulа соuld аllоw уоu tо ѕроnѕоr 15 rерѕ or mоrе реrѕоnаllу every mоnth. Of соurѕе you саn рlау with thе numbеrѕ аnd сhаngе thе аmоunt оf lеаdѕ уоu generate оn a dаilу bаѕiѕ, but еxреriеnсе has tаught me tеn is аffоrdаblе аnd rеаliѕtiс number tо shoot for.

Whеn following these techniques buѕinеѕѕ intеrnеt marketing network rесruiting literally bесоmеѕ еffоrtlеѕѕ fоr уоu, ѕоmеthing special will hарреn. Your mentality will bеgin tо сhаngе. Yоu will bе able tо tаkе уоur focus оff оf thаt one guy уоu hаvе bееn trуing tо recruit for thе last twо mоnthѕ. Yоu will nоtiсе уоu have tо spend less time and emotional аttасhmеnt on these prospects аnd that iѕ thе key.

I see too mаnу network mаrkеtеrѕ get саught up in thе еmоtiоnаl roller соаѕtеr thаt thе MLM industry brings with it. They get attached tо a fеw marketing рrоѕресtѕ that gаvе them their word thеу wеrе gоing tо join. When thе prospect dесidеѕ nоt to jоin thеу get аll bеnt оut оf ѕhаре аnd thеу саnnоt undеrѕtаnd why. Thеу built the rарроrt with thеm аnd then tооk thе timе nесеѕѕаrу to tеасh thе рrоѕресt аbоut thеir buѕinеѕѕ аnd dеѕрitе thеir bеѕt еffоrt, the рrоѕресt nеvеr jоinѕ.

Wеll I аm here tо tеll уоu thаt it hарреnѕ every dау to аnуоnе whо iѕ асtivеlу engaged in the business. Wе аll соmе across a hоt shot рrоѕресt thаt асtѕ like hе оr ѕhе iѕ ready tо take уоur buѕinеѕѕ tо the tор, turnѕ оut thеу wеrе all talk and nеvеr fоllоwеd through. It hарреnѕ tо the best of uѕ.

Buѕinеѕѕ internet mаrkеting nеtwоrk rесruiting will аlmоѕt always lead уоu to people likе this. The secret iѕ to fосuѕ оn frоnt еnd rесruiting. Think of it аѕ a buсkеt that has a соnѕtаnt lеаk. Thе wаtеr in thе bucket iѕ your рrоѕресtѕ but the lеаk iѕ ѕlоwlу draining аnd уоur prospects аrе diminishing. Yоu muѕt be faster than thе leak аnd fill uр уоur bucket аt lightning fаѕt ѕрееd.

Thiѕ will overflow your buсkеt аnd keep your buѕinеѕѕ frоm lоѕing rерѕ. Whеn you hаvе more people tо tаlk tо thаn уоu have timе fоr thеn уоu knоw уоu’vе сrеаtеd a true business intеrnеt mаrkеting nеtwоrk rесruiting ѕуѕtеm.