Reblog Sunday

What We Can Learn about Social Media Marketing from Hip Hop

“Whose World Is It? The World is Yours…” Nas

When I was a teen, I never realized how true those words would ring in my professional life as an online writer. But in our Internet economy it is becoming increasingly truer. Today’s #ReBlog Sunday is not taken from a WordPress blog. It is from the official weblog of Henry Jenkins, the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. So, you will have to actually click the link- I know, I’m sorry. But, I promise, it’s worth the read.

Today’s pick is about the Internet’s effect on music promotion. No, this is not a dated piece on how MySpace and YouTube started many of the people we enjoy today. This discussion tackles something way more interesting to me: social media and general online presence.

One of the main points is to be the most effective, your social media marketing has to be timely, appropriate and viral. Some Hip Hop artists seem to get this – taking their wordplay craft online to tap into the huge market of the world.

If you have been thinking about how to effectively use social media marketing, I encourage you to read the article. .. and if you are the video watching type, congrats, it has two embedded videos!

http://henryjenkins.org/2014/07/the-world-is-yours-a-film-about-hip-hop-and-the-internet.html

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival closes for good

I wonder what Shakespeare would think if he read some of the things we write today… I seriously doubt that most of it would stick around for hundreds of years and our descendants would want to recite it. Maybe that’s just how it is- things are different now. Most humans read, and a message can be clearly said and posted on the Internet without a unreasonable amount of worry. We don’t need to write grand plays to make social commentary- we have reality tv. Nowadays, everyone has the ability to write and have an audience so we have to make room. Does that mean we should ignore what for so long has been considered excellence? I may focus on nonfiction as a writer, but I was still bothered by this headline. If we let go of the Arts, where are headed?

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HIGH POINT, N.C. – The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival is not to be, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

The nonprofit professional theater company in High Point is closing for good after it couldn’t find adequate funding to sustain its programming.

The festival’s board of trustees decided in late May to discontinue operations for the upcoming fiscal year, but it did not make a public announcement until this week.

“This decision was based upon the company’s continuing challenge to secure adequate funding to sustain its programming,” board Chairwoman Ashley Hedgecock said Friday in an emailed statement, according to the paper.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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RamblePost: Bills, Feminism, Writing, Job Interviews

To make up for last week, I am doing my #Reblog Sunday post a little bit early.. because it’s technically Sunday most everywhere else..

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Hello!  It is 1:30 in the morning and I am writing to you because I am an insomniac (and I work closing at my #dayjob).  I believe that this post will be somewhat rambling, so please bear with me.

So I work in retail for my #dayjob in a #glitterfactory (also known as a fabric store where we sell glitter tulle.  There is nothing worse than glitter tulle!  Except for foil tulle. 😦 ).  The store has a certain set of music it plays all day long.  I’m not sure if it’s an internet radio station or an actual collection of music someone loads in.  It plays things like Bob Dylan, Metric, and Dusty Springfield.  Basically it is a collection of Pop music from the 60s (possibly the 50s!) to today.  There are several songs that repeat, to the point where I want to tear my hair out if I…

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“Publicists are Super Humans, Not Super Heroes”

I’m late, but its still Sunday here… Check out this reality post from a personal friend whose freelance work ethic I have always admired. For the online economy it is all about getting your name out there. The internet is a very loud place. Can anyone hear you? @keianimodels

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Do you understand what a publicist’s job entails and when you should hire one? It consists of far more than sending e-blasts,image consulting, and damage control. You must also have talent and a great product. A good/connected publicist will open windows of opportunity, break down barriers, and help you accomplish things that would be difficult for you to acquire on your own. An even better one will do all of the above, be your spokesperson,advisor, and so much more.

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A:) Do you have a Finished Project?

B:) Have you created your own buzz to the point where you’re receiving word of mouth advertisement, and your fans are participating in social and other types sharing?

C:) Are you being contacted via phone to make guest appearances on T.V., at events, etc.? 

D:) How far is your reach?…

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