Help to Put Computers in Classrooms with NERDiTNOW

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NERDiTNOW and the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

 

 

Hello and Happy Good Friday my friends.  I am asking that you take a few minutes to help put more computers in classrooms by voting for NERDiTNOW in the 2018 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Owner, Markevis Gideon has not only worked tirelessly in building and growing his small business, but he is also consistently giving back to communities, not only here in Delaware but also with H.O.P.E. Missions in Ghana.

 

 

Contest Submission

Elevator Pitch

We purchase, repair and resell computers/phones/tablets with the use of the MOTHERBOARD which is an ambulance converted into a mobile office

Tell us about your business. What inspired you to get into it, what you sell/service you offer, what makes your business stand out and how it impacts you, your community or the environment.

Understanding the need for both individuals and small businesses to have their very own NERD i.T Guy, this business was created to do just that. At age twelve I was given my first computer, which sparked initial interest in the i.T field. Starting in a 2-bedroom apartment to a storefront with two branded vehicles (including the “Motherboard”), we have been able to excel in the market by being a honest company, that help save time, money and ultimately NERD all of your technical needs NOW!

How would you use the FedEx Small Business Grant money to make a significant impact on your business?

Here at NERDiT NOW, we are small but mighty! All grant money awarded will only propel us forward. And you can see how below: Increase our Assets $15,000 Purchase and design a second mobile truck to expand services to residential and corporate clients in Philadelphia. Technicians and staff $10,000 We will onboard 2 new techs to staff our new location & second truck. Increase Brand Awareness With the help of FEDEX print services we will revamp our marketing material & create new signage.

 

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Thank you for supporting fellow NERD & Friend – Have an awesome weekend!

Spring Break Away From Your Smartphone While Traveling

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Tomorrow is officially the first day of Spring and many students from all around the world will be preparing for their annual Spring Break Getaway, but will they be able to break away from their smartphones?

 

 

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Whether they are simply heading home for a week to catch up on sleep and do laundry or catching a flight to some far away island, most will be unable to unplug and unwind during this time.  Oftentimes you will see entire families walking around completely oblivious to their surroundings as they are all heads down texting and swiping. 

 

Travelers are tied to their Smartphones 24/7/365 and it’s not healthy!

 

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Travelers are so tied to their smartphones and other devices that they literally collide into each other.  Diners are slow to respond to servers who come to take their orders and then they complain when the food is cold because they are slow to eat it. 

 

Screen addiction is no joke and it may be killing the travel industry.

 

In a recent study at Baylor University, it was found that on average, college women spend 10 hours a day on the cellphones, while male students spent about 8 hours.  The article published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, also noted that 60% of college students admit that they may be addicted to their cellphone. 

 

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Motivational Guided Meditation using Hypnosis

 

Unfortunately, to break this addiction may be extremely hard for most because of IoT (internet of things) as we use our cellphones for more than talking and texting.  We use our cellphones to make purchases, open and close our garage doors, check into hotels, and of course send and receive personal and business emails. 

 

Breaking the cellphone addition is not impossible!

 

There are plenty of good reasons to be in the moment especially when traveling so if you find that you are addicted to your smartphone, try these two simple steps to help you detox so that you can enjoy a well deserved vacation or spring break getaway.

 

  • Set your phone for “airplane mode” to stop the barrage of notifications if only for a few hours
  • Set a “do not disturb” time on your iPhone or Android – believe it or not there’s an app for that

 

Let’s Chat > Are you addicted to your smartphone?

 

20 Social Media Content Tips To Keep Your Fans Engaged

 

“Successful Social Media Marketing isn’t how many fans and followers your company can get, it’s how many it can actually keep!”

Listen to my Anchor Podcast on this topic

 

 

 

Most business owners understand that they can’t afford to ignore social media marketing, but how to gain and keep followers can be frustrating.

“Social media users thrive on meaningful online relationships”

 

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When marketing on social media, it is important to have 2-way conversation with your fans, respond and check in with your followers.  You want your customers to share content with their circle of family and friend, so always provide them with content that is really useful to them and they will share it as well.  

 

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“Content is King BUT Let Your Customers Wear the Crown”

 

When posting content, use social media to answer questions from customers around the world not just in your local communities or state.  Remember to use the 80/20 rule; eighty percent of the content a business shares should not be solely about its products or services, but should be the customers’ interests.

 

 

20 Social Media Content Tips To Keep Your Fans Engaged

 

  1. Entertain yet educate your audience with industry news
  2. Ask open-ended questions 
  3. Create polls
  4. Post “Caption This Pic” photos 
  5. Create Behind-The-Scenes or DIY videos 
  6. Work with bloggers for Product Reviews
  7. Host online parties and provide giveaways, discounts, or coupons
  8. Share funny videos from YouTube
  9. Invest in videos or Rich Media (GIFS/Meme)
  10. Do live broadcasts
  11. Use hashtags for more engagement and to expand your audience
  12. Talk with your customers, not at them
  13. Claim your business, create a Google+ Page and Google My Business then post on them
  14. Ask for reviews and testimonials then turn them into memes
  15. Follow other businesses and share their content 
  16. Give shout-outs to clients and customers
  17. Post interesting “little known facts” 
  18. Ask Trivia questions or post “Wayback Wednesday” or “Throwback Thursday” pics
  19. Posts about holidays and other community events 
  20. Get creative with your posts using Canva, GetStencil or Smartmockups

 

 

For more tips on how to market and grow your business using Social Media, please send an email to info@ablakeenterprises.com

 

Social Media Marketing for Business Presentation for NAWBODE

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Can you believe that it’s March already?  Time sure flies when you are having fun or if you have a million things on your plate and that seems to be the case for me lately.  Trust and believe, I am not complaining as it’s something that I’ve wanted for a long time and am accepting of the blessings. 

Requests for Social Media Marketing for Business speaking engagements have really been increasing, as a matter of fact, this month alone I am scheduled for four – two are on the same day!

 

Anywho, last month, I spoke at the 3rd Monday Networking Event for NAWBODE at the Brandywine Executive Center in Wilmington.  I was invited by Dinette Rivera and it was an honor and pleasure to accept. 

 

If you don’t know about NAWBO, here’s an excerpt from their website.

Founded in 1975, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) is the unified voice of over 10.1 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

NAWBO is the only dues-based organization representing the interests of all women entrepreneurs across all industries and with chapters across the country. With far-reaching clout and impact, NAWBO is a one-stop resource for propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide.

Respected with elected officials in Washington, D.C. and state capitals across the country, recognized in the media as a thought leader on women’s business issues, and joined with corporate partners and other non-profit organizations who share our mission and expand our influence, NAWBO is the country’s premier women’s business organization. 

NAWBO’s many milestones and awards over the decades exemplify the rich history of success the organization and its thousands of members have enjoyed.

 

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Social Media is ever changing oftentimes literally overnight and many business owners get confused as to what to do next.  As the owner of ABlake Enterprises, Social Media Management, and Consulting, it is imperative that not only do I stay on top of it, but that I am able to teach and train others to do the same.

 

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The evening kicked off with networking, wine, and appetizers and I had an opportunity to meet a few NAWBO members as well as members-to-be including Adrienne owner of Expecting MiraclesDelaware’s First Elective Imaging Center. 

If you can’t tell by the picture, we had met before but hadn’t seen each other since a New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Networking event last summer.

 

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The presentation went off without a hitch…well perhaps a little glitch with the LCD projector, but thanks to Hudson, the only male attendee and our host at The Brandywine Executive Center it was quickly resolved – check out the video below to hear the beginning of the Social Media Marketing for Business presentation.

 

 

Oh and speaking of images, I contracted the services of Willy Vargas, owner of Willy Vargas Photography and he captured these amazing photos.

 

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During my allotted time, which I almost exceeded…hey, if you know me, then you know I love to talk, I covered the social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and how each can be used to engage with their target market audience. 

 

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The presentation was well received and I even learned something new from a few attendees which is why no one should ever label themselves a “Social Media Expert”.

 

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I want to once again thank Dinette and Chantal for inviting me and look forward to presenting again at other NAWBODE events in the future, and if you are a woman business owner who wishes to join this great organization, click this link for membership information. 

 

Also, if you are a member of a group or organization that is looking for a presenter of Social Media or Blogging, please head over to my website for more information or send an email to info@ablakeenterprises.com 

 

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Don’t forget to listen in every Sunday at 6 PM for my Podcast,

Social Media Sunday with the Delaware Blogger.

 

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Social Media & Six Stress Relieving Smartphone Apps

 

Social Media & Six Stress Relieving Smartphone Apps

 

If you read Monday’s post, you might assume that Social Media and Stress Relief don’t play so well together or that it may actually be an oxymoron.  After all most people wake up and first thing they do is plug into a digital device which according to experts is causing major stress. 

 

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However, there are many Apps that can be downloaded onto our Smartphones, Tablets and Laptops that will actually help us decompress and reduce stress.

 

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  1. Simple Habit

 

Is an app for busy people (raising my hand) and is available for iOS and Android.  Simple Habit is an on-demand platform that offers simple 5-minute lessons, featuring more than 1,000 meditations guided by mindfulness teachers from around the world.  You can try it FREE for 30 days, then it’s $7.99 month thereafter.

 

  1. Headspace

This is another app for iOs and Android that features an easy to use interface that offers a FREE 10-day beginner’s series which guides you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. It’ll give you a solid foundation to build your practice on.

 

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  1. Stop, Breathe & Think

 

An app that aims to give you exactly what it says in the title. The chance and skills to stop everything, just breathe, and think. The guided meditations cover a range of goals and are constructed to help you take some time out and concentrate on yourself.

 

  1. Calm

 

I love my lavender burning candles and using this app which is designed to help you be calm. There are many stunning backgrounds that you can stare at for ages, and a range of meditations.  Calm provides a space for you to get away from it all without having to go anywhere.

 

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Downloading apps that offers techniques that helps to clear your head, reduce stress, sleep better and enjoy greater overall happiness is definitely worth downloading.

 

  1. Happify

App that offers positive psychology, mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy. As the name suggests, Happify’s number one goal is to help us all feel happier and more emotionally fulfilled.

 

 

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  1. Breath2Relax

 

Breathing properly is an integral part of relaxation. Not only does it help to fend off your body’s fight or flight response to stress, but it also helps you to focus and manage your stress and anxiety. Breathe2relax is a fantastic tool for tracking your breathing.

 

Let Chat > Do you have an app that you use to help relieve stress?

 

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