A Brief Intro to Viral Marketing for the Small Business Marketer

Sometimes I feel like I am working for a trendy, bleeding-edge IT company, one of the dot coms circa 1999, or perhaps at present-day Google. McElroy encourages personal ideas for creative client solutions and bold new marketing strategies. Instead of buying packaged advertising strategies and software tools, McElroy often looks to its own for ways to excel–whether marketing to new clients or helping existing clients solve their translation workflow problems.Lisa Siciliani, our Marketing Director, recently forwarded me an article about a high school teacher who made his own iPod commercial. For some reason, people felt compelled to forward the link to this little video short to their friends–hundreds of thousands of times! What better marketing strategy, than having your potential and existing customer base as willing participants in disseminating your brand to their friends, family and coworkers?It turns out this type of marketing strategy has a name–viral marketing–and is employed in a myriad of ways by various companies on the web. Risqué lingerie commercials are purposely banned by the companies to give an already popular video even more legs. Advertising agencies have sprung up that specialize in planting or “seeding” commercials on popular blogs and video sites.Does viral marketing carry software that could destroy your computer or invade your privacy? In spite of the sinister aspect of the name, the answer is emphatically “no.” At its worst, it might cut down on company productivity and eat up bandwidth–but, hey, who among us hasn’t wasted a few minutes out of the day to check out a dancing baby or singing bunny? Viral marketing gets its name from the nature of its potential to rapidly propagate, but it is essentially word-of-mouth in electronic format.Everyone probably remembers the first and most widely cited example of a viral–the Hotmail tagline. Millions of new Hotmail users were generated by this clever gimmick, though today, hardly anyone probably signs up for e-mail after reading the advertising in a signature. Recent examples of virals include Burger King’s Subservient Chicken, and the JibJab cartoon that lampooned both of the Presidential candidates.Does viral marketing work for the B2B marketer? We think it can, and it does, often in unexpected ways. Several of our articles on the translation business and languages have been referenced across the web by business users of the information. Though it might be of a more informative nature than a singing bunny, business end users are ultimately consumers, and will pass along what excites and interests them.

Intimacy Tips – Do Fantasies and Role Playing Help Or Hinder Intimacy?

Have you ever considered dressing up or playing different roles with your partner while connecting intimately? This idea may sound interesting to you but you just aren’t sure how open your mate would be to it. Or the thought of incorporating fantasy or role playing into your relationship might be uncomfortable to you or even offensive.Do fantasies and role playing help or hinder intimacy?We don’t believe that this question can be answered simply. It all depends on the intentions of the couple taking part in these intimate activities. Yes, they can certainly be spark-starters that enhance passion. And yes, they can also serve to drive a wedge between two people. If you or your partner would like to experiment with fantasies or role playing in your relationship, we suggest that you take a little bit of time to explore what this means for each of you and communicate about it.The ultimate question to ask yourselves is: Will these activities bring us closer together or drive us further apart?Gerry is deeply in love with his wife Juliette. They’ve been married for over 20 years now and remain close in every way. But Gerry would also like to spice up their lovemaking and intimate life together. One evening while they are home alone, as they danced and kissed Gerry suggested to Juliette that they try role playing– just for fun. He created a whole scenario for them that he described to Juliette. In his mind, this role playing game would really amp up the passion between them that night and possibly in the future as well.Unfortunately, Juliette interpreted Gerry’s role play suggestion as a criticism of the way they usually are intimate with one another. She shut down as he described his idea, felt upset inside and ended up “not in the mood” anymore. Gerry felt confused and as if he said something wrong to Juliette. Juliette now feels less confident about her ability to satisfy Gerry in the bedroom.This scenario didn’t have to turn out like this. If you or your mate would like to try fantasy or role play to add more spark to your relationship, consider these tips…1.) Be clear about your intentions.
It doesn’t matter if it’s you or your love who suggests incorporating fantasy or role play into your intimacy, you both need to make clear your intentions– with yourselves and one another. If your desire is to enhance passion, add variety and build on the lovemaking experiences you already share, then affirm that to yourself and share that information with your mate.On the other hand, if you find yourself wanting to role play or fantasize to escape something you don’t like about your current relationship, you probably want to look at what’s going on and determine what you’d like to change. Pretending that you are making love to someone else because you truly don’t want to be in this relationship is a signal for you to do some soul searching. In cases like this, it’s just not fair to either of you to make believe. That’s not fun or connecting.Over breakfast the next morning, Gerry asks Juliette if she’d be willing to listen to his intentions when suggesting the role playing the night before. He apologizes for upsetting her and asks her to just listen. He then explains that he loves her deeply and is happy with their intimate life. Gerry adds that he’d like to take the great passion they have going on and enhance it even more. Spicing things up by experimenting in this way appeals to Gerry. He goes on to say that if Juliette is open to trying this again, he’d like to. If not, he promises not to be angry or resentful.2.) Make your love and appreciation known.
After Gerry is done sharing his intentions with Juliette, she sits silently and really takes in what he said. She is touched by his sensitivity to her feelings and she feels relieved and happy to know that he was not suggesting the role play because anything is wrong or because he is unsatisfied. This helps Juliette to open up and re-consider the whole idea. She starts to see the it could be fun and passionate to play around with one another in this way. Together, they plan to try Gerry’s role play idea again that evening.Be open and clear with your love if you’d like to propose fantasy or role playing. Make it known that you value what you two have together already, and you’d like to explore something new as a couple. From this place of expressed love and appreciation, your partner can more easily let go of worries that you aren’t satisfied with the way things are and, instead, consider adding this variety to your intimacy.Even if your partner is not willing– at this time– to try the ideas you’ve suggested, at least you two have shared honestly with one another. This, by itself, can bring you closer together and can even be a spark-starter.Listen to your partner and try to stay open whether you are the one proposing the role play or fantasy or the one the idea is being suggested to. Whether you decide to explore these different ways to be intimate or not, you can remain close and passion can grow.

Farm Life With Family And Livestock

Over the years we have enjoyed many family gatherings that included the do you remember when stories. My parents had sold the farm and moved south before I was born, so life on their farm was always a topic of conversation, mainly in the later years of my mother’s life. It is funny you can be in your forties before you ever knew your own mother had a milking flock of sheep.Now, I never knew you milked sheep but apparently, it makes great cheese. Sheep is one livestock we have never had except for three days a few years ago. One of our granddaughters decided she liked to ride sheep at rodeo’s hoping to stay on for the 8 seconds. She made it 3 seconds. She was so excited that she asked PaPa for some sheep to practice on for her birthday. Like most grandfathers, off to the sale barn he went to purchase the largest, woolliest sheep he could find. And yes, she would not ride them. Our oldest granddaughter wanted to but her legs were too long. Here entered our youngest granddaughter and on that sheep she got, holding on for dear life. Off on a wild ride only to have the sheep turn and jump into the livestock trailer. She never let go and if she had been at the rodeo, would have made the 8 seconds. The next day she got up with her entire face swollen. What a way to find out you are allergic to unprocessed wool! Papa loaded the sheep up and back to the sale barn they went.Now, going to the sale barn with grandchildren can be a costly adventure. We have come home with horses, goats, calves and even a donkey-that was my husband’s superb idea. The grandkids always seem to choose the smallest pygmy kids and they had to be held all the way home. Thank goodness our youngest grandchild was still in diapers. You got it. Here we are going down the road with one happy grandchild holding this little goat and the goat is thinking what in the world am I wearing. To be honest, it was safer for the goat to be held than put in the stock trailer, so Nanny, as I am called, was happy too.My mom would tell stories of her geese chasing the men as they came in from the field. Apparently, cuffs on pants were a big deal then and the grain would accumulate in the cuff. The geese knew this and were bound and determined to get some extra feed. Mom would always say that one goose would chase the mailman every chance it would get. I have always wondered if that goose thought the mailman had grain hidden in his mail bag.I had a flock of Polish white tops, including an uncontrollable rooster. That is one bird I was happy to see go. He would come at me every chance he got and I would always end up doing some indescribable dance to avoid him. We told the man who purchased the flock that we would put the rooster in a cage for him, but he had to catch the rest of the hens. Boy did we ever have that agreement backwards. Here we are–my daughter armed with a plastic snow shovel and I with a plastic garbage can lid–entering the chicken coop like two women on a secret mission. That rooster had us both dancing. We got to laughing so hard at ourselves that we could hardly get that crazy rooster in the cage once we caught him. It must have been entertaining because all the other animals were watching us as if we had lost our minds.It is great to reminisce with friends and family and what a fantastic way for the younger generations to get a glimpse into the life of their ancestors.

Hema, Eesha and Neetu Resplendent at the Derewala Fashion Show

The mother-daughter duo of Hema Malini and Eesha Deol grabbed all the eyeballs, amidst an elaborate lineup of models at the launch of Italian Designer Jewellery collection by the Derewala Jewellers at J.W. Marriot on August 21st. Tinsel-town celebs Neetu Chandra and Hard Kaur also graced the event and added to the glam quotient.The south Indian beauties were the centre of attraction in their picture perfect sarees. ‘Dreamgirl’ Hema Malini, 61, looked elegantly beautiful in a white satin sari with embellished borders and a matching short sleeved blouse. The lady carried a pink satin clutch with some light jewellery. She topped off the look with a yellow rose in her shoulder length dark brown hair. Appropriate make up highlighted her stunning facial features.’Darling’ daughter Eesha Deol looked drop dead gorgeous in a blue laced sari with spangled borders and matching short sleeve blouse. Esha Deol matched steps with her beautiful mom, Hema Malini, who was the cynosure of all eyes at the Derewala fashion show. The ‘Dhoom’ actress who also walked down the ramp at the show, accessorized with a stunning gold necklace, drop earrings, multiple bracelets along with a cocktail ring in her right index finger and a pearl ring in her left little finger. With the right make-up and hair do in place she looked as stunning as her mother.The hot and spicy ‘Garam Masala’ fame babe Neetu Chandra also was present at the event. Neetu dazzled as he wore an elaborate full length sleeveless pink gown. Her hair neatly pulled back, the dusky beauty looked like your girl next door. Neetu Chandra said that she liked the Indo-Western jewellery which was basically very light and could be used for daily wear. Big Boss contestant and model Aryan Vaid and hindi hip-hop singer Hard Kaur were also present at the event.The fashion show saw a team of Italians models with our very own Indian models such as Romeo Gates, Chez Shetty and Surbhi Prabhu, dressed in Kawaljeet Singh attires take to the ramp. The collection is an ingenious blend of Indian and Italian creations.You can watch the entire fashion show event with interviews of Neetu Chandra and Aryan Vaid at NyooTV.com, which is one site where viewers can watch latest fashion events. NyooTV – India’s first Online Social TV brings a whole new world of entertainment with its innovative technology, rendering a viewing experience unmatched in quality. Viewers can watch Indian movies online and get continuous updates about the latest Bollywood movie online by following NyooTV through social networking sites like Facebook, Myspace and Twitter. Members of these social networking sites can watch Hindi movies, bollywood shows events, new Bollywood movies trailers, latest Bollywood clips and events by simply logging into their accounts through NyooTV and get entertained with these high quality videos.