House of Cards Review, Season 6

A simple review and commentary by Mitch Santell

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Kevin Spacey was the foundation of House of Cards.

First the commentary…

On March of 2013 I returned to America after living for over 5+ years in New Zealand. One of the things that I had not experienced upon returning to the mainland was Netflix.

When Netflix was started it was not a streaming service, it provided movies by mail. Where could you find Netflix at? Answer: Blockbuster video stores. 

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Sorry Folks, the show sucks without Mr. Kevin Spacey.

Now for the review…

There was something that was very different about House of Cards and the drivers of the show were Frank Underwood, Claire Underwood and Doug Stamper.

Each season was better than the previous one.
Each episode felt like the finale.
Each character reminded you of someone you met in politics.
Kevin Spacey played an “Alpha Male” just like President Trump.


Claire Underwood on House of Cards is a brilliant character. It is simply that Claire Understood is way too much like Hillary Clinton for my taste.

SPOILERALERT
The final episode of season 6 is like watching any episode from Season 1-5.

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2018, The Year Of The Podcast

Comments On The Podcast Universe by Mitch Santell

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Podcasting, In The Air Every Where!

Podcasting has become a real force on thousands of websites. Like most producer’s, I was always an early adapter. I wanted to see how I could use podcasting as a marketing and branding tool back in 2005, so I launched a podcast called “What’s Out Next!”

I’ve placed a sample of the show here, and beneath the show, I’ve put some articles and resources to help you along your podcasting path.


Here is a list of podcast platforms with links:

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To show you how much Podcasting has grown, check out this article with the link:

When Serial hit the digital airwaves in October 2014, the podcast world was taken by a storm. Suddenly, people who had previously been oblivious to the niche world of on-demand audio content were frantically awaiting the next installment of the weekly show that delved into the minutia of an 15-year-old crime.

Amidst a flurry of media coverage and word-of-mouth publicity, Serial grew bigger and bigger, reaching 230 million downloads across two seasons. In the intervening two-and-a-half years, interest in podcasts has continued to soar, with big media organisations such as Buzzfeedand The New York Timesinvesting heavily in the medium, while independent producers found themselves with more success than they could have dreamed of just a few years previously.

As a result, more and more people are turning to podcasts for everything from politics to comedy, while bloggers, authors and YouTubers are leveraging audio content as a way to expand their audience. But where technology and media trends may have evolved simultaneously in the past, the tools available to both podcasters and podcast listeners remain surprisingly stagnant, unable or unwilling to provide the resources necessary to sustain the growth of the medium.

Shifting perceptions

Across the UK we listen to an average of 26 hours of audio per week, but despite the move towards on-demand digital content in almost every other industry, three-quarters of our listening time is still traditional radio. Adam Martin is the chief content officer at Acast, a podcasting platform that launched in April 2014 and has quickly become one of the most popular apps for podcast listeners, particularly those on Android devices. Part of his role is to shift perceptions of podcasting away from the idea of the geeky white middle-aged man podcasting from their garage, but he finds the historic lack of streamlined technology is a barrier.

“Once you hook people on to podcasts, that’s it. I don’t know anyone who’s stopped listening to podcasts after they start, but the tech needs to be accessible,” said Martin. “Instead of expecting people to download apps and look things up, we want to go to where people already are. We use Facebook Instant Articles integration and a Twitter player to show people snippets of audio they’ll find interesting. We don’t want to corrall them into a walled garden and force them to listen through our app; we want to be a part of the social media channels they already frequent and serve up content to them there. You have to break down the barriers to access podcasts, remove the friction and go to where the people already are.”

Read the rest here: http://www.alphr.com/life-culture/1005884/podcasts-are-more-popular-than-ever-so-why-is-the-tech-stuck-in-the-past

If you would like one more piece of podcasting motivation, check out this article about the show This American Life: https://lifehacker.com/im-ira-glass-host-of-this-american-life-and-this-is-h-1609562031

The Truth About The September 25th YouTube Change

Here is another reason to leave YouTube. From my experience I would suggest hosting your videos literally anywhere but YouTube.

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Beginning on September 25th, 2018, YouTube is making two changes that affect every one that embeds videos on optin pages, sales pages or websites.

Please keep in mind, these changes only affect YouTube videos that are embedded on your web pages.

But, these changes can seriously degrade the user experience you want your visitors to have on your sales pages or websites.

Change #1 – Related Videos Will Always Be Shown

Typically, when YouTube videos are embedded on sales pages the rel parameter is set to to prevent related videos from being shown at the end of the video.

This is done to keep the sales page experience clean, and to avoid having competing videos show up in the related videos.

On or after September 25, 2018 this behavior changes as detailed below:

The behavior for the rel parameter is changing on or after September 25, 2018. The effect…

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This Is What I Learned From Blogging Weekly

This is something I battle with daily in regards to how often I should post. This is the best blog posting I’ve read on blog postings!

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On the 31st of August, 2018, I published, I Am Thinking About Posting Weekly(The experience was certainly an interesting one).

A lot of professional bloggers believe in updating their blogs on a weekly basis (And, there are a lot of hobbyist bloggers who believe in publishing content on their blogs on a weekly basis too).

Publishing an article on one’s blog once a week is feasible (A blogger with a busy lifestyle can still find the time to update their blog).

And, this is what I have learned:

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After Normalcy Bias & Cognitive Dissonance, Wake Up!

Audio Reflections by Mitch Santell

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On October 10, 2015, I launched a two-hour show radio show every Saturday night on American Freedom Radio.

It is now almost three years since I initially launched the show and decided that my followers here at AfterHollywood.Online might enjoy hearing some of my thoughts on the state of American and the world at that time. A lot of it still applies to right here right now in 2018.

In the very near future, I’ll be launching a brand new podcast that is in pre-production right now, and as I formulate the new show, I openly share with you my last show. (Remnants and Luminaries).

The new show? It will be of course: “AfterHollywood.Online.” I think you’ll like it and it will be a different format than any other show I’ve done.

Make it a great day, enjoy your weekend and remember to do something kind and extraordinary for someone that makes a positive difference in their life.

One final note: Think about how much things have changed since 2015 and think about where we are in 2018 during the mid-term elections. It is a wild ride! Since this recording was made, I did acquire an iPhone 7s because it is just a necessity in America in 2018. May my comments inspire you and don’t hesitate to reach out to me any time you have a comment, question or a connection to share. Peace happy followers!



 

#Hashtags I found for 2018

According to: https://www.hashtags.org, this is what they said about Hashtags!

Simply put, a hashtag is an easy way for people to categorize, find and join conversations on a particular topic. The hashtag is used to highlight keywords or topics within a Tweet, and can be placed anywhere within a post. Thanks to the member-driven online information site Twitter, the lowly “pound” or “number” symbol “#” has been elevated to a new role. The hash mark, or pound symbol, (#) is now known by social media users as a “hashtag” or “hash tag”.

Hash Tags for 2018 that I found:

#marketing

#marketingtips

#b2cmarketing

#b2bmarketing

#strategy

#mktg

#digitalmarketing

#marketingstrategy

#mobilemarketing

#socialmediamarketing

#promotion

#fit

 #instafood

#instasize

#flowers

#iphonesia

#tweetgram

#design

#instafollow

#my

#webstagram

#followback

#christmas

#work

#blue

#instacool

#work

#blue

#pink

#black

#gym

#motivation

#yummy

#healthy

#instacool

#hot

#iphoneonly

#instapic

#funny

#instagram

#night

#baby

#ootd

#makeup

#cat

#girls

#cool

#lol

#party

#foodporn

#tflers

#hair

#photo

#sunset

#vsco

#dog

#lfl

#pretty

#f4f

#travel

#sky

#music

#swag

#followforfollow

#beach

#beauty

#sun

#vscocam

#bestoftheday

#fitness

#life

#amazing

#follow4follow

#nofilter

#style

#instagood

#nature

#likeforlike

#family

#art

#food

#instalike

#igers

#repost

#smile

#tagforlikes

#fun

#instadaily

#friends

#picoftheday

#selfie

#follow

#followme

#fashion

#happy

#me

#cute

#beautiful

#tbt

#photooftheday

#instagood

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The best Instagram hashtags for boutiques and retailers

#shopaholics

#shoppingaddict

#currentlywearing

#instastyle

#fashionaddict

#styleblogger

#styleinspo

#whatiwore

#ootd#gooddeal

The best Instagram hashtags for musicians

#musically

#musician

#singer

#singing

#talentedmusicians

#music

#classical

#guitar

The most popular Instagram hashtags

#birthday

#red

#workout

#sweet

#wedding

#blackandwhite

#Hashtag Development

This really inspired me by Mitch Santell

Ciaran Blumenfeld wrote a brilliant article on hashtags so check it out along with the link to her Twitter feed.

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Ciaran Blumenfeld

You’re launching a campaign, hosting an event or trying to get the word out about a cause…

It makes sense to use a hashtag to distinguish your messages from millions of others floating around twitter and instagram. But choosing the right hashtag can be a daunting task. Here are 11 tips to consider, before you hit the # key and send your messages off.

1. Is the hashtag already taken?

This is the first question that bears asking. You can search for posts on both Twitter and Instagram to see if a tag has been used in the recent past. If it has, you should probably move on.

2. Is the hashtag too long?

Twitter recently upped their character limit to 280 (but not in all languages). This helps, but replying and re-tweeting messages can eat up those additional characters fast. Nothing kills a conversation quicker than running out of space, which is sure to happen if you choose a too long hashtag. Plus longer hashtags are more prone to typos and being forgotten.  Try to keep your tag to 10 characters or less.

3. Does the hashtag make sense?

It’s tempting, and often smart, to use initials & abbreviations to keep your hashtag short. But this only works if your audience is already familiar with this form of shorthand. For example, conferences routinely use abbreviations: #BWE12, #NonCon, occasionally adding in the year. If you are shortening a term, make sure to make that shorthand standard and make it public on your site and/or in your marketing materials from as early a date possible to avoid obscurity.

4. Is the hashtag an attention grabber?

Consider adding a short action/emphasis word to your tag if you want to amp up the attention. Words like now, go, win, stop are action oriented and create a reader disruption when combined with your brand/message. Example: #GOBRONCOS, #CRUISENOW

5. Does the hashtag rely on camel casing?

Camel casing (using upper and lower cases to seperate words) a hashtag may look great, and add emphasis, but in practice tends to fall apart. #TheEnd becomes #theend which doesn’t read well sans camel casing. Even worse, camel casing can lead to inappropriate messages.

6. Does the hashtag contain a word that is hard to spell, commonly misspelled or that has more than one spelling?

It’s also a good idea to avoid words that are frequently misspelled or that have more than one spelling. #Caribbean #Grey are two examples.

7. How does the hashtag tell your story? How does it relate to your brand or help you to achieve your ultimate goal?

Keep your goals in mind. Your hashtag should be a reflection of the action or impression you wish to create.

8. Will you be using the hashtag again?

Whether you intend to use the hashtag in a recurring fashion, or not, you should consider whether you could. If your hashtag is an accurate reflection of your long AND short-term goals, it will have legs.

9. How will the hashtag play on other forms of social media?

Even if you don’t plan to use the tag on other sites at this time, consider whether you might want to in the future. Would the tag transfer? If someone used the tag in a Facebook update or wall post, would it register with the reader? The best hashtags are immediately understood and continue to have impact, even when used away from the original medium.

10. Who will (ideally) be using this hashtag?

Keep your user in mind. If they are part of a small special interest group, and are interested in a closed conversation, creating a viral, trending tag is not a priority so much as creating a tag that works well for the group members.

11. Will this hashtag offend or anger anyone?

Before you settle on a hashtag, consider whether there might be any negative fall out. Even if the hashtag has never been used, it could be “owned” in the sense that it is already a common phrase familiar to others & being used by someone else. If your hashtag is unintentionally rude or offensive, it’s unlikely to generate the successful outcome you desire.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2CtDxXN

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Social Media Management Tools

A quick list for you by Mitch Santell

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It is all social and it is all online for you to build your brand!

Social media can be an exciting and confusing mind field of sources to grow your business, your brand and your message.

Rather than write a long post with all the pros and cons of each platform, I have listed them all here so you can start exploring. Let me know how your journey goes. I will continue to share mine.

Sendible +  https://www.sendible.com

dClincherhttps://eclincher.com

SocialPilothttps://www.socialpilot.co

CoSchedulehttps://coschedule.com

MAVSOCIALhttps://mavsocial.com

FriendsPlushttps://friendsplus.me

Crowdfire +   https://www.crowdfireapp.com

MeetEdgarhttps://meetedgar.com

PostPlannerhttps://www.postplanner.com

TailWindhttps://www.tailwindapp.com

Laterhttps://later.com

Here is also an interesting report I found on social engagement. Click on the link below and it will take you to the report.

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#marketing

#marketingtips

#b2cmarketing

#b2bmarketing

#strategy

#mktg

#digitalmarketing

#marketingstrategy

#mobilemarketing

#socialmediamarketing

#promotion

Where Is My Royalty Payment?

Still Fuming Over Underpayments To Artists by Mitch Santell

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Peter Frampton in 1977 (L)  and 2018 (R).

Regardless of how many great articles that come out about recent changes to music licensing and payments to artists, in the grand scheme of things, most artists are still not happy.

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Vinyl Is Great & I Even Like How It Smells!

Based on my very unscientific polling on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the folks who buy and collect music are more likely to spend time listening without multitasking. That makes sense to me — they loved the music enough to buy an LP, CD or download, so their interest was more than casual. They have a deeper connection with music.

Another reason to buy music on LP, CD, or Bandcamp is to support, financially, the bands you love. Many of the collectors who talked to me are adamant in their beliefs that subscription services are cheating artists.

Rock icon Peter Frampton, for example, isn’t exactly cleaning up with streaming services. He tweeted this in August of this year: “For 55 million streams of, ‘Baby I Love Your Way’, I got $1,700. I went to Washington with ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers] last year to talk to law makers about this. Their jaws dropped and they asked me to repeat that for them.” A lot of musicians and composers feel cheated by the subscription companies.

Another collector reinforced that point. “As a musician, it’s a huge difference between what we make from the sale of a CD, or even a download, let alone vinyl, versus a subscription, which is streaming. The difference is an order of magnitude. If you want to support an artist, buy the physical media, or buy an actual download, preferably from their website or Bandcamp.”

In 2018 bands still record music, but its prime function is to promote the band for live shows, which are generally more lucrative. If they’re not famous, they probably have little or no expectation of making much income from recorded music. So they record less and less. The band’s legacy isn’t what it could be.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2N7zvFD


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How to Maintain Your Motivation on a Large Writing Project

One of the best postings on how to handle a big writing project.

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When I resigned from my teaching job four years ago, I resolved to do things around the house that I hadn’t had time for while I was working, like tackling our “garage of doom.” Our house, built in 1979, was showing its age, and our heavy wooden garage door looked shabby and decayed. I told my husband the garage had to be cleared out before we could order a new door.

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