BizBash

BizBash

Media | Events * Meetings * Marketing * Style * Strategy * Ideas FREE ONLINE INSPIRATION! BizBash is an event planners' magazine with individual online editions covering all major cities in the US. Their showcases of all the big events and small fabulous parties from coast-to-coast has long been one of my top sources for free ideas and inspiration for both party planning AND home decor and design. They show so many amazing and innovative things that can be replicated easily and cheaply for your own applications AND have a great searchable resource/supplier link as well. Or order their venue catalog for reference. Really, really great site. Play around in here for awhile and you will find things that make your next backyard party or major fundraiser rock. Some quick examples- I got a great idea from a NY city party they featured- put game boards (like Monopoly) on acrylic service trays and use hors d'oeuvres as playing piecces. Or serve egg rolls stacked in cigar boxes. And I once snagged a tip from a picture they had to use at a Studio 54-themed event- order edible holographic glitter from a bakery supply site and roll round appetizers (like crab balls or cheesecake bites) in it. Serve on a mirror. They look just like mini disco balls. See? I told ya you'd like it.

  • This is such a great movie. Truly. It is rare to find movies that touch on such important topics and do it in a way that both entertains and educates. Rent this movie or better yet own it!

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  • I'm actually speechless, if you can believe it. ~Where The Virtual Meets The Real~ from yankodesign.com: Enter this truly amazing step in virtual tourism called “GeoSim” www.geosimcities.com. It is the largest virtual model... I'm actually speechless, if you can believe it. ~Where The Virtual Meets The Real~ from yankodesign.com: Enter this truly amazing step in virtual tourism called “GeoSim” www.geosimcities.com. It is the largest virtual model of a city and the singular representation mirroring real-life Philadelphia, their first test city. Great for city planners, architects wanting to see how a property integrates into the local landscape or just monetarily challenged tourists. GeoSimCities has managed to render out nearly the entire city for you to explore and virtually travel through. From the current store fronts and exact architecture, even down to the garbage cans on the street, you can wander around cities with other live virtual tourist and get a pretty good idea of (at the very least) what that place looks like. They are set to launch in a dozen more cities very soon, until then, welcome to Philadelphia.

  • A riveting look at the complex relationship even the most jaded industry insider has with brand allegiance. Editorial review: Brands are dead. Advertising no longer works. Weaned on TiVo, the Internet, and other emerging te... A riveting look at the complex relationship even the most jaded industry insider has with brand allegiance. Editorial review: Brands are dead. Advertising no longer works. Weaned on TiVo, the Internet, and other emerging technologies, the short-attention-span generation has become immune to marketing. Consumers are “in control.” Or so we’re told. In Buying In, New York Times Magazine “Consumed” columnist Rob Walker argues that this accepted wisdom misses a much more important and lasting cultural shift. As technology has created avenues for advertising anywhere and everywhere, people are embracing brands more than ever before–creating brands of their own and participating in marketing campaigns for their favorite brands in unprecedented ways. Increasingly, motivated consumers are pitching in to spread the gospel virally, whether by creating Internet video ads for Converse All Stars or becoming word-of-mouth “agents” touting products to friends and family on behalf of huge corporations. In the process, they–we–have begun to funnel cultural, political, and community activities through connections with brands. Walker explores this changing cultural landscape–including a practice he calls “murketing,” blending the terms murky and marketing–by introducing us to the creative marketers, entrepreneurs, artists, and community organizers who have found a way to thrive within it. Using profiles of brands old and new, including Timberland, American Apparel, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Red Bull, iPod, and Livestrong, Walker demonstrates the ways in which buyers adopt products, not just as consumer choices, but as conscious expressions of their identities. Part marketing primer, part work of cultural anthropology, Buying In reveals why now, more than ever, we are what we buy–and vice versa.

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  • Awesome site for keeping up with, well, everything in an efficient way. Alltop is basically a one-stop shop of content drawn from both typical and not-so-typical sources that is categorized by subject and updates every ten minu... Awesome site for keeping up with, well, everything in an efficient way. Alltop is basically a one-stop shop of content drawn from both typical and not-so-typical sources that is categorized by subject and updates every ten minutes. "To use the service, simply click on which industry interests you and then drag your mouse over the lists of blogs/articles. A shadow box will appear containing the first paragraph of the blog or article. If it seems relevent, click on the link to go to the corresponding website. You can expect dozens of sources for nearly any industry with dozens more blogs and articles to help you frame your campaign." __________ From the site: Purpose We help you explore your passions by collecting stories about “all the topics” on the web. We’ve grouped these collections — “aggregations” — into individual Alltop sites based on topics such as environment, photography, science, Muslim, celebrity gossip, military, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, and Macintosh. At each Alltop site, we display the headlines of the latest stories from dozens of sites and blogs. You can think of an Alltop site as a “digital magazine rack” of the Internet. To be clear, Alltop sites are starting points—they are not destinations per se. The bottom line is that we are trying to enhance your online reading by both displaying stories from the sites that you’re already visiting and helping you discover sites that you didn’t know existed. In other words, our goal is the “cessation of Internet stagnation” by providing “aggregation without aggravation.” Q. How do the Alltop sites work? A. We import the stories of the top news websites and blogs for any given topic and display the headlines of the five most recent stories (except Moms.alltop which has fewer headlines because there are so many feeds). When you place the cursor over a headline, we display part of the story so that you can decide if you’d like to read it. To read the story, click on its title. To go to the home page of the site, click on its domain name. Q. How often do you update the feeds? A. Approximately every ten minutes.

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  • Very cool, multi-award winning Guinness commercial. Sounds silly but just in case- make sure you actually click on the guy drinking to start the video. Check out the rest of their video and print ads too. Striking stuff.

  • It's not that retro commercials are necessarily funny- at least not intentionally.... it's that if you're a child of the 80's like myself, these elicit a reaction of "Oh my GOD, I "like" totally remember that!!!!!" Right now I'... It's not that retro commercials are necessarily funny- at least not intentionally.... it's that if you're a child of the 80's like myself, these elicit a reaction of "Oh my GOD, I "like" totally remember that!!!!!" Right now I'm totally remembering my own class trip to Paris in high school. We'll end this now before I get into a review of MY waiter.... I'm already blushing.

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  • If you want a "not so fresh" trip down advertising's memory lane......... Hey- my mom never took ME out on a boat for this conversation~! Maybe it says something about my standards- well, I guess it definitely says something... If you want a "not so fresh" trip down advertising's memory lane......... Hey- my mom never took ME out on a boat for this conversation~! Maybe it says something about my standards- well, I guess it definitely says something about my standards- but this makes me laugh out loud.

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  • "Because sometimes, simply getting your car back just isn't enough." From defending your car to protecting your daughter's chastity to delivering babies, the trunk monkey is a nice feature for any car to have. Episodes 1-6 __... "Because sometimes, simply getting your car back just isn't enough." From defending your car to protecting your daughter's chastity to delivering babies, the trunk monkey is a nice feature for any car to have. Episodes 1-6 ___________________________________________ From Wikipedia: Trunk Monkey is a concept originally created in January, 2000 by Sean Sosik-Hamor, for the automotive group of Subaru enthusiasts in the New England Subaru Impreza Club, or NESIC. The original concept of a "Trunk Monkey" was a small stuffed animal placed in the trunk of a vehicle which came alive and jumped from side to side to help distribute weight during "spirited driving maneuvers".[1] The Trunk Monkey television ads, loosely based on this concept, were created in 2003 by the advertising agency R/West in Portland, Oregon. Originally created for the Suburban Auto Group of Sandy, Oregon, the syndicated commercials are now the primary source of revenue for the agency. The series of commercials has been licensed to at least 45 car dealerships around the United States as well as New Zealand.

  • Talk about a blonde moment.... sigh. The first time I saw this, I missed the Diesel logo and the fact it was a sly marketing ad for Diesel sneakers. So I forwarded it to a friend who designs shoes with a note that said, "Wouldn... Talk about a blonde moment.... sigh. The first time I saw this, I missed the Diesel logo and the fact it was a sly marketing ad for Diesel sneakers. So I forwarded it to a friend who designs shoes with a note that said, "Wouldn't this be an awesome ad campaign for shoes?" Uh. Yeah. It would be great as part of a collection of videos playing in the background at a party too..... Anyway, this is really, really entertaining. I mean, really.

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