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Prime Ribbing Final Performance Audience

 

Just a fun clip of the excitement of the final night performance of “PRIME RIBBING: A Newsical Revue,” which ran May 31 through June 18th in Asheville NC. I worked with them in doing their collateral materials, Artist Susan Meyer created the cow for me, and Jamesgang produced the poster and program book. We also helped get the word out with creating a Facebook page, posting weekly and sending out Tweets to some of Asheville’s best bloggers, such as AskAsheville, Ashevegas, BlogAsheville and others. All great fun.

 

 

PRIME RIBBING A smash hit

Prime Ribbing is proof that satire is locally alive and well. De Ghelder adapted his own hit off-Broadway production for the Asheville stage, and the adaptation is wholly successful, topical, precise and hilarious. There are moments when it glitters. There are moments when it hits a wrong note, but even those moments are kind of funny. I’ve heard The Capital Steps on the radio, and Prime Ribbing is wittier, smarter, better sung.

18 Effective Search Engine Optimization Techniques

This is an excellent resource on tips for SEO. Most of these are quite simple using WordPress (for example, WordPress has a widget – the ALL IN ONE SEO – that allows you to do many of the tips here by utilizing that widget.

If you need help with your content, organic writing and keywords, performing some of tips and techniques, or  would just like to ‘get it done,’ please give me a call.

18 Effective Search Engine Optimization Techniques | SiteProNews: Webmaster News & Resources.

Youth Outright

 Platinum Award for Branding and Awareness campaign

 

 

 

  • Built a marketing strategy to promote logo and an ICON for use on marketing materials.
  • Facilitated board meetings for adoption of the new logo for this LGBTQ service organization serving Western North Carolina.
  • Created banner for use at PRIDE fests for the organization.
  • Designed hand outs, standards for placement of logo on stationery, flyers, brochures.

Banner

Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary James, creative director; Mary McGahren, logo creator/design 

YouthOutRight – Asheville’s Youth OUTright Expands Programming for LBGTQ teens | Blogwire | Mountain Xpress

Youth Out Right Asheville NC

Logo for YouthOutright.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a group I’ve been doing some marketing and public relations for that has been helping LBGTQ teens for some time.

If you can help with donations or are interested in learning more, check out their site at youthoutright.org and this recent press release.

Asheville’s Youth OUTright Expands Programming for LBGTQ teens | Blogwire | Mountain Xpress.

40 things to do to have a better life in 2011

This was just sent to me via a blog I subscribe to, and thought it was good enough to pass along:

40 Tips for a Better Life in 2011

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day, and while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. (Even just 5 minutes if pressed for time) to think of everything that is going RIGHT and not wrong and to give thanks for what I do have…so many people have it worse.

3. Buy a DVR and record your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, “My purpose is to _______ today.”

5. Live with the 3 E’s – Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2010.

7. Make time to practice meditation. it provides us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six. There is so much wisdom to learn from people in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s –take some time to take it all in. As far as kids go…try to remember what it was like to find everything so exciting and so new. We can learn a lot from kids!

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants. Eat less food that is manufactured in plants!

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water.

12. Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.

13. Clean clutter from your house, your car, your desk, and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, or issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out credit card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.

18. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Ask, Believe, Receive. (And it WILL happen!)

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often.. (Or email them to death!)

37. Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statements: “I am thankful for _________________. Today I accomplished _______________.

38. Remember you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

40. May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, May nothing but happiness come through your door! It just doesn’t happen though on it’s own. YOU NEED to stop thinking negative thoughts and focus on wishing good things in your lives and everyone around you!

Asheville Advertising AAF ADDY® Awards

SILVER ADDY® AWARD WINNER, 2011 Self Promotion

  • Program book design
  • e-newsletter promotion/writing and distribution through “My Newsletter Builder”
  • T-shirt design and Coffee mug production
  • Event and show script
  • Day-of-Show coordination

Graphic Designer Mary McGahren produced the T-shirt and coffee mugs following my direction. Katy Rosenberg handled the production of the “Winners book.” I acted as creative director, copywriter, newsletter editor and wrote the show’s script, built around the theme, “You Never Forget Your First Time.”

 

 

 

 

9 Ways To Improve the SEO of Every Website You Design

Thanks to a colleague for sharing this invaluable information! Great ways to make simple improvements with SEO. Some is fairly obvious, like keywords and updating content, but other ideas are a little less intuitive.
A good refresher, too, for anyone working with folks to help them increase webs presence. I have to do some of this myself!!!

9 Ways To Improve the SEO of Every Website You Design.