All Blog Posts Tagged 'media' (121)

Still Plenty Of Time To Shop Startups!!!

This is such a fun post because it combines several components I’m very passionate about….FASHION, TECHNOLOGY, SHOPPING and ENTREPRENEURSHIP!

Women 2.0 put a list together of 21 gift ideas born of female-owned startups. This is right up the Idea Mama’s alley!!!!!

21 Gift Ideas That Technology Made Possible

There were several that really…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on December 12, 2014 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Time Management Tips Social Media Moms

I love what I do. I'm a Social Media Mom who has a chance to inspire others online through writing, videos, etc. but I also am a mom. I'm thankful that have the flexibility to be able to watch my kids grow. However, there are times when the business world and the family world collide. Here I am left wondering if I'm giving enough to each. That's where time management of my time working at home becomes so important. That way I am able to give dedicated time to my work but I'm also not missing…

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Added by Krystal Chiarolla on December 5, 2014 at 12:28am — No Comments

To Boost Or Not To Boost

I'm not a Facebook guru, by any stretch.

My fan page confuses the heck out of me, specifically why some posts get minimal reach whereas others get tremendous engagement...we're talking mind-blowing numbers. From little old me. =)

I still have yet to figure out how these posts are evaluated by the elusive Facebook algorithms but here is what I suspect...they pick up on certain words and if there is anything remotely related to a contest or giveaway or solicitation of business,…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 26, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

The movies we watch

I have a confession to make: I really can't watch the movie Planes again. Or Cars. I've seen those movies way too many times. And, seeing as how I didn't really enjoy them the first time, each subsequent viewing has torn away a piece of my sanity.



But they are my son's favorite movies. And…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 24, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

Stop Hounding Me With Buy Links!!!!

People want to buy but they don’t WANT TO BE SOLD!

I love that quote. It’s so true. How many times do you go into a store, greeted by eager-beaver salespeople asking if they can help you find something to buy?

I could never be in sales…

But alas, I AM.

I’m an indie author. Not only do I write, but I also market and SELL.

Like with most businesses, the market is pretty much saturated with books. You name it, there’s a genre out there. And about a trillion…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 21, 2014 at 2:05pm — No Comments

Just Add A Hint Of Sex To The Title

Okay, so about a week ago I wrote a post about email marketing techniques.  Remember...I said I wanted to figure out a way to get people to actually open my newsletter?  On my big BOOK LAUNCH DAY???

Well, here are the results of my efforts.  Out of 229 recipients, 45.4% opened the email. That is a ROCKING number, folks!!!!  The industry average, according to Mail Chimp, is 16.9%.  

This is what I learned.

A sexy title with the…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 12, 2014 at 8:38pm — 4 Comments

You should text your mother

As mentioned before, my Mother is really good with technology. She blogs, she texts and she FaceTimes with her grandchildren. It turns out that this is really good - not just that she is adept at embracing new things, but it's good for my relationship with…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Staying focused...as an adult

There's an app now to help you talk to people...you know, on your phone.



But, I'm not being fair, so let's start again.



I use my phone to call people, text funny pictures of my…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2014 at 5:31am — No Comments

Please Brand Me Now!!!

Branding.

Argh.  Sooo challenging...and so permanent.  It needs to be just right.

Identifying your "brand" is kind of like going to college, where the goal is trying to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life.  But at eighteen, who really knows THAT?

You have to pick a major but what are the odds that in a few years you'll even be interested in pursuing a career in the field?  Your scope of interests expands, you identify and refine your skill sets, you…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on September 17, 2014 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Another reason to reduce screen time

On Fridays I let my son take his LeapPad to school with him so that he can play it in the afternoons. This is the compromise I've come up with as the school shows movies on Friday afternoons. I normally would not have a problem with movie time, except that the school often shows movies that are PG and not appropriate for my son to watch.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Butterflies in the sky? No, they are on my phone

As a parent, I admit to having a certain amount of nostalgia for my childhood. I would like to think this is because I had a wonderful childhood (thanks, Mom!), but I also know that it is because familiarity breeds comfort.



Of course, my husband and I are selective about what we pass down to our son:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 7, 2014 at 6:43am — No Comments

Same room; different content

Last week, I was wondering how old my son will be when he gets his first smartphone. My husband and I still haven't decided the right age, but agree that it will be when he has reached the right balance of personal responsibility and social need. (We want him to understand the consequences of having the device, but don't want him to be the only…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 30, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

It's not the birds and the bees...it's sex

Take a moment and recall the sex talk you had (or didn't have) with your parents. I got mine from my Mother after an episode of the Wonder Years in which the main character gets the sex talk from his father. (Belated: Thanks, Mom!)…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 9, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

The right to be forgotten

There is a history podcast that I listen to (mostly in my car). In addition to telling me little-known stories about famous rulers, the podcast also spins tales about lesser-known figures. Sometimes the details that are included astound me - what people ate, how they spent their free time and even the exact reasons for their deaths.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2014 at 7:13am — 2 Comments

How do you plan on embarrassing your child?

Children are embarrassing; it's in their nature. I believe that many adults are often jealous of children's social "pass" in getting to say whatever is on their minds at any time: "That woman is fat!" or "I can see your underwear and it's blue!" or "The food you cook tastes like poopy!" are all things that can be yelled by children at the decibel level of a jackhammer with little immediate repercussions beyond a parent saying, "please use…

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Added by Lauren Markman on April 28, 2014 at 6:33am — No Comments

The results of the media diet

Last week, I came across the term media diet and decided to track my own use of media throughout a typical week. I was especially interested in seeing how much I used media (specifically, my smartphone, the computer and TV) in front of my impressionable son.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on April 7, 2014 at 6:47am — No Comments

March Parenting Tip: Time to Get Stricter with your Sitter’s Pictures!

When we leave our children in the hands of a sitter, we typically go through a checklist of items, to ensure we are all on the same page.  Some examples may include discussing bedtime routines, going over any necessary medications, emergency contact information, how late we might be out, etc.  We rarely think about social media and how it affects our sitter and more importantly, our child.…
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Added by Ellie Hirsch on March 6, 2014 at 10:57am — 2 Comments

Sorry, Mom: Your baby cannot learn to read

We love books in our household. Before our son was born, my husband and I read each other's books to learn more about one another. And, when our son came along, we immediately started to fill his library with books we could read aloud to him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 3, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Underage socializing

I know several parents who have secured social media accounts in their children's names, intending them to be gifts once their children reach the appropriate age.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 24, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

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