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Support Military Families on #GivingTuesday

It’s #GivingTuesday let’s support military families by gifting them the resources they need to navigate the challenges of #military life.  Our troops and their families do more for us than you’ll ever know. Please Like, Share, tweet & give at http://GiveToOurTroops.com #GiveBack

The Ultimate Social Blog believes in social good, and nothing is better than giving back. There are lots of good causes out there, and we support many of them. This one in particular is special to us because of the sacrifice military families have to make on a daily basis so that their loved ones can serve and protect the country in which we live. All of us know one, or know someone who knows someone that is in a military family. Think about them today and support military families.

As you go through your day, please take a few seconds and share this wonderful cause, on whatever social network you currently use. It also doesn’t have to be online. Word of mouth is powerful. Short conversations with people you interact with throughout your day can have a big impact as well, all you have to do is ask them if they have heard about it. Below is an outline of what #GivingTuesday is, taken directly from their website:

WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? 

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

 

Give to Our Troops

Give to Our Troops

Verizon Opens New Destination Store in Chicago

Disclosure: As member of a pretty cool team of influencers, I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with line of service from Verizon. No additional compensation was provided nor did I promise positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of the new Verizon Destination store in Chicago last week. It is located on the Magnificent Mile on 840 Michigan Ave. Having experienced the first one that opened in the Mall of America last year, I had a good idea of what I might see. Boy, was I wrong! The concept was similar based on how the sections of the store were faced and displayed, but the layout was totally different.

The first thing you notice is the ten feet wide, thirty-five feet tall LED sign inside the front door. This imposing sign can be seen all the way from lake Michigan! How can it be that tall? Well, the space is three stories and the front area is open all the way up to the ceiling of the third floor. Before you even get to the front door you know you are in for an incredible experience.

Verizon Destination Store Chicago

Verizon Destination Store Chicago

After you go in the door and walk past the sign, the first section you reach is all about music. Headphones, wireless speakers, earbuds, and all things sound. The speakers are even arranged to create a “wall of sound”. The most interesting part of this section is the DJ station. Here you can look at the large screen in front of you while you create your own mixed song with a turntable and equalizers. Once complete then you can share it with anyone via email. It’s also important to know that this is not a typical retail store. Sales specialists don’t rush to help you. The experience is much more organic. The sales associates want you to experience the devices, and not to be afraid to touch things.

The next section is all about cases. With the help of an in store green screen, right at the case station, you can create your own case virtually any case you desire. This is amazing to see, and very hard to describe with words. As you move through the store there is then an interactive wall where you can see and play with different devices. Backing up against that is my favorite part, the charging station. Here you can color coordinate your own cords and plug-ins. Finally giving you an option for a longer, nicer looking cord that is built well enough to last.

Charging Station

Charging Station

As you reach that end of the store you are greeted by the interactive wall. The only other one I’ve seen is in the store in the Mall of America. Kids love this and it can occupy them for a long time, because it has the ability to mimic your movements and display them and the wall sized screen in front of you.

Just to the left of that is the stair case going up to the 2nd floor (there is also an elevator if you were wondering). The stair case and walls are designed to pay tribute to Chicago’s elevated trains. The details are awesome, and really make you feel like part of Chicago is in the store.

The second floor is all about three main sections fitness, business, and toys. From soccer balls with smart tech, to devices that can help improve your gold swing it is incredible. Tons of solutions for small business, really too many to name. From point of sale, to collecting marketing information, this is the most impressive small business section there has ever been in a wireless store. To me the most impressive thing on this floor were the drones. The general manager that gave us the tour said he was selling drones to roofing companies. Apparently the drones are used to fly up, take pictures of the roof, and allow them to make a bid without ever putting anyone on a ladder. Saving money on labor and valuable time. This just blew me away!

I know this is long winded, but I really didn’t even scratch the surface. The next time you are in Chicago, you have to go check this store out for yourself.

Verizon Chicago

Verizon Chicago

Can the TSU Social Network Change the Facebook Paradigm

TSU is a new social network that’s aim is to change the way you use social media. Their users claim TSU to be changing the ‘Facebook paradigm’. The site launched October 21st, and some say it is the next big change in how we use the internet. The basic premise of the site is to share it’s ad revenue with the actual people who are creating the content, it’s users. This idea appeals to some, and turns others away immediately. I usually sign up regardless, just to see what’s going to happen.

tsu social network

tsu social network

I joined Facebook in the summer of 2007. I can’t believe it’s been that long! Back then there were no pages, only profiles. There was no selling or marketing. All of my friends were under the age of 30, and most were just out of college. At the time I felt like I was one hundred years old! One thing I enjoyed right away though, was the engagement. It’s amazing how fun, and creative social media can be when it is actually social, and not spam.

Facebook, and their investors, are profiting from user-generated content. This concept leaves the user out in the cold. Sure, they can share pics or videos with family or friends, but what’s that worth? Facebook is the only one who sees all the money from targeted ads that go directly to companies.

Tsu is free and invite-only – and seems to have a sustainable premise and business model. “Established social networks have built amazing business models prospering on the total monetization of free user-generated content,” says tsu founder Sebastian Sobczak. “Why should anyone commercially benefit from someone else’s image, likeness and work giving no financial return to the owner? The markets we participate in are enormous, growing and can materially compensate each user — we’re simply and uniquely rewarding the users who are doing all the work. This is the way the world should work.”

If you would like to sign up, here is my link for an invitation: https://www.tsu.co/JasonRamsey

There are also two other great articles to check out if you are interested in some more in depth analysis. This one http://ayesh.me/no-tsu.co by Ayesh Karunaratne, and a great one  http://www.amandablain.com/tsu-scam-things-to-consider/ by Google Plus rockstar, Amanda Blain.

Here also is a video of the founder on Fox Business. What are your thoughts?