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Love is the Reason. Remembering to be Thankful!

Yes, I have so much to be thankful for in my life. Life is an incredible journey that has just begun and yet can also end in the blink of an eye. This was realized on Wednesday when the worship pastor of our church was killed in a bicycle accident.  It has completely shocked the church and the outpouring of love has been beautiful to see, but doesn’t change the pain that the family is feeling right now. The Lord now holds Andrew Pray in his arms, and as a worship pastor of our church West Ridge, he has joined the choir in heaven to sing praises to our almighty king! As I continue to read the outpouring of love from people that knew him, it really makes me think about the “impact” that one man can have on this earth for the glory of Jesus and the help of many. It is this realization that has caused a stir in my heart to be impact-full with purpose.  I desire to lead a life that my God would be proud of and honoring to my wife and son. So where does it all start? It’s starts with one word “Love”.

Love is the reason Christ died on the cross for us to be raised 3 days later, so that we can have eternal life and embrace the glory that he has in store for us in heaven and also on earth. “Let the glory of the Lord shine upon us”. Let our hearts beat in praise to him! Christ is our everything and our family is to be cherished and cared for, as they too were created by the hands of the maker and given to us to care for, love and protect. I pray that the Lord Jesus continues to fill my heart with love and compassion. I pray that he directs me to the path of his desire and that I can fulfill the great work with my family for whatever he has planned for us on this earth. “Let all of the earth praise the name above all names”.

It was your hands that touched my soul

filled my life and made me whole.

It was your heart that breathed my life

it was by your pain and by your stripes.

Your whispered words left on my ears

told me that I need not fear.

Told me that you are near

and that my soul is yours.

And therefore my love

Heaven bound and sky above

I thank you for all the people in my life

My beautiful son and my amazing wife!

And I will serve you all my days!

Titanic — I bet you didn’t know these……

Interesting 10 Facts I found out through Google Research on Titanic, a great exploration links… keep reading. Amazing.

Fact 1: There was an actual love story on the real Titanic.

A real-life romance which blossomed abroad the Titanic is revealed today as bearing remarkable similarities to the love story in the blockbuster film. Roberta Maoini, 21, was a lady’s maid travelling in first class, who fell for a young steward employed on the Titanic during its doomed maiden voyage in 1912.

When the vessel struck the iceberg the steward, whose identity has never been revealed, sought Roberta out, helped her into a lifeboat and, as a final gesture, pressed his White Star brooch into her hand.

Like the lovers played by Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio in the hit film, Roberta survived the disaster but her sweetheart was one of the 1,513 who lost their lives.

Roberta, with her employer, Countess Lucy Rothes, was among those rescued by the Carpathia and travelled on to New York. Within hours of her arrival she wrote a moving poem, which will be auctioned next month.

Later, in 1926, she also wrote a poignant seven-page account of that traumatic night. It tells how, in the final moments, groups of men and women stood on the Titanic’s decks “looking gaunt and fearful” and of how, from the safety of a lifeboat, she heard “the terrible last cries of the fourteen hundred men, women and children left” as it sank.

Roberta, who later married wealthy Yorkshire businessman Cunliffe Boland, died in the 1960s and the memorabilia was bequeathed to her relatives.

Her niece, who has asked not to be named, said: “Roberta fell madly in love with a steward and he with her.

“On deck on the night the iceberg struck, her officer gave her a badge in the shape of a star.

“After the survivors were picked up from the lifeboats and all were safely on board and attended to, she put her hand in her pocket and there it lay in the palm of her hand, the Titanic star. She always wore the star very proudly.”

The poem, her gripping account of the sinking, the brooch and a photograph of Roberta are expected to fetch at least £10,000 when they are auctioned on March 16.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, of Aldridge and Son’s, in Devizes, Wiltshire, said: “The poem is a dark and sombre recollection of Roberta’s trauma. “The account she wrote is an important eye-witness report. But the brooch is the most touching souvenir, a love token from the courageous young man she had grown close to.”

Fact 2: There now is a real diamond necklace called “Heart of the Ocean”.

The Titanic movie featured Kate Winslett as Rose wearing “The Heart of the Ocean” – a blue diamond necklace based on the famous Hope Diamond. (the actual Hope diamond was never on the Titanic)

Jewelers Asprey & Garrard were inspired to make a real Heart of the Ocean diamond necklace. The result was a 170 carat heart shaped sapphire with 65 diamonds, each 30 carats. Celine Dion wore it at the Oscar ceremony as she sang “My Heart Will Go On” – the theme song from Titanic during the 1998 ceremony. It was later sold at a benefit auction for $2.2 million.

Fact 3: Jeweler Harry Winston created a “Heart of the Ocean” blue diamond necklace. The $20 million necklace was worn by Gloria Stuart, who portrayed Rose as an older woman.

Fact 4: Apparently there were 13 Honeymooners aboard.

Fact 5: Titanic wasn’t found until September 1st 1985.

Fact 6: Only 1 boat from the remaining life boats went back to save people. Only 6 people were saved from the freezing water.

Fact 7: There were 6 warnings received by Titanic on the day of the collision. They were all ignored by the wireless operator who was pre-occupied by transmitting other messages.

Fact 8: There were 475 lifeboat seats that were not used.

Fact 9: There was a man named Daniel Buckley. He disguised himself as a woman to get on the boats with the women and children.

Fact 10: Last surviver was a woman named Millvina Dean. She died in December of last year. She was only 9 weeks old on board the Titanic.

Make sure you check out this amazing exploration site: www.expeditiontitanic.com

For Facts: Pulled from http://www.eszlinger.com/titanic/titanfacts.html

Extra Extra Read All about it.

Ok. So funny thing happened yesterday. I had a guy call me on the phone and try to sell me newspapers. I said I am not interested. He said, but it’s a special promotion. I replied with.. I understand but I don’t read the newspaper, I get all my news from Google. He then said, yes but Google gives you only bits of info! As you can expect I was puzzled by the thought that GOOGLE only gives me bits of info compared to a local paper!??? I said, well I primary read tech news and I have Mashable for that. He said.. uh… ok. And then we parted ways.

My prediction is printed news papers will gone within a couple of years or minimized dramatically.  What are your thoughts? Do you read the newspaper?

Viral Marketing for your brand.

It’s no secret that social media has influenced the new way people connect with eachother, promoting their business, and reaching towards the respective market. Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in are the primary sources for day to day interactions and connectivity. But what about expanding the reach via viral marketing campaigns?? Viral marketing campaigns in the short word are”effective”. Engaging the user to interact with a form of media or game and giving something that is fun and interactive will provide them with value and the desire to “pass it on”.

Have you thought about “Viral Marketing” for your brand?

Dan Zarrella at danzarilla.com did such a great job compiling the top examples of viral marketing campaigns implemented by top brands.

Hotmail

When Hotmail launched, much of its early success was due to the virality of the sigline that it attached to every outgoing email inviting the recipient to join. One of the earliest examples of viral marketing on the internet.

Subservient Chicken

The creepy webcam site made for a Burger King campaign allowed people to control a guy in a chicken suit. It went viral almost instantly and for a few weeks was everywhere.

Will it Blend

One of the most recent best viral marketing campaign examples, Blendtec’s will it blend video series shows scientists testing if various household items will blend in their super-powerful blender. This campaign leveraged the popularity of online video sharing sites.

One Red Paperclip

This was a blog where the author started with a single red paperclip and traded his way up to a house, documenting his steps along the way.

Million Dollar Homepage

Perhaps the most famous viral marketing “why didn’t I think of that” example, this site sold pixels on its homepage and eventually made over a million dollars.

Simpsonsize Yourself

Created for the Simpsons movie, this site allowed visitors to create an avatar of themselves as a character from the cartoon.

Mentos/Diet Coke

Another wacky scientist schtick, these guys got famous by making art out of the explosions caused by mixing diet coke and mentos. Mentos handled it beautifully, Coke did not.

Dove Evolution Video

Part of a campaign by Dove, this video showed how models’ beauty is often artificial, and really struck a chord with its intended audience of female viewers.

Tea Partay

This was pretty genius! A beverage company created this video as a parody of rap videos and used preppy white kids.

Youtube Embedable Videos

Youtube’s meteoric rise is due in large part to the embeddable videos the company introduced, allowing bloggers to put videos directly into posts.

Lonelygirl15

This fake reality show featured an aspiring actress, playing strange storyline. It generated lots of views and eventually the creators were unmasked.

Bob Dylan Facebook App

This application allows users to make their own version of Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues video. This is an viral marketing campaign example consisting entirely of “brand” interaction for the purpose of entertainment. Beautiful.

How to drive new business, right now!

Now is the time to show what YOU are all about! These are the times, where your skill sets, contacts, and quick ability to communicate these things effectively are very important. Here are some things you can do to assist with driving new business.

1. Make a list of the companies that you want to target.

2. Research the PR behind these companies to find “current” tie-ins that can drive support for your product or service.

3. Brands are digging Social Media. They just are still trying to figure out all the new “stuff”.

4. Show these companies how they will save money, increase traffic, monetize, explain the value as it relates to something they are trying to achieve, not just fitting something in.

5. Be different, unique, promote the relationship via Social Media.

6. Do the things others WILL NOT do.

— Jake Press  Reporting.

What do you know about your customer?

Learning your customer or client on a personal level will help you to establish a realtionship that will last. Does you customer have a favorite sports team? Perhaps a favorite hobby that you and they share a common interest. It is very important to find a common interest with your customer or client, this way, the business becomes a secondary “understanding” that will happen… it’s just a matter of time.

One of the things that you may want to consider is writing a survey list that you have all to yourself. Update it frequently when you get answers to the questions about the people you want to connect with, on a deeper level. Example: What are their goals for the next year 2009 and how can you help them with acheiving their goals with your products or services? Perhaps, it’s neither, but maybe a contact that you know. Then your product and service becomes more attractive, because you are more attractive to them, and have proven yourself valuable.

Jake Press —- Reporting.

How do you manage your contacts?

Not those contacts??!?

This is a question you should ask yourself on a daily basis. Evaluating how you handle your contacts will be a major determining factor into accomplishing your goals.
Just for a minute think about this… “The Phone Rings”, you answer it, it’s John. You know John is working hard and trying to meet new people and also get his business off the ground.

Is your first instinct, how can John fit into my business? How can I sell John my product? How much you are going to charge him?… Since after all “You do KNOW him”. If this is you, I suggest one thing for starters. John didn’t call you to ask you to sell him a product or service, or maybe he did. But maybe John just wanted to share about what is going on his world and wanting to know whats going on in yours.

Here is a very important fact: Friends do business with Friends. It has been this way for a very long time and I don’t think that “rule of thumb” is going to change anytime soon. (Note: Make more friends). Here is something else to realize, John has something to say. People love to be heard and by you listening to John, he feels valued and important. If he feels important he will will be the guy you can call on late at night and answer the phone, like we talked about earlier.

What does John want? John wants assistance from you, he wants your advice, he wants your feedback on a situation. He has done something you have worked hard for “He is calling you” and YOU are the EXPERT! Giving John the expert feedback, will motivate him to make the necessary implementations and/or changes to his business. He will NOT forget that you were the one that helped him. You now have a powerful connection that knows people, that will get the message that you are the expert and how you helped him. Don’t be surprised if you get calls from people he knows.
Here is another thought. “Don’t wait for John to Call”. Maybe, start off by giving John a call and asking him about his business and if their are any needs that he has, that you may be able to help him with your contacts/database/expertise/etc. “Whats the catch” he is thinking. There is no catch! When he knows there’s no catch, he will reply with how can I help you. Let that linger to a follow-up conversation after you did what you said you would do, creates a powerful scenario where both of you WIN!

How many Johns do you know? What are you doing to help them! I promise the rewards are great!

Jake Press —– Reporting.