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friend me up

smartmob.com friendster pic

When surfing the web, I still find it interesting how a search to one site or blog begets another and then another. Then, as in this forthcoming example, when you find something interesting and you want to credit them…you have to do some hard and fast remembering.

So here goes, real quick. I’m reading Chris Brogan’s blog the other day and he profiles a friend of his from the web, Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibrary TV. On Gary’s site, like on this newly revamped site, Gary features his social network links so that if you’re on the network as well, you can link up.

Or as he titled it, “friend me up”.

That darn phrase has stuck in my head for more that 24 hours (that’s part of my “stickiness” test). I don’t know if Gary created it or stole but now I’m claiming it as part of the title of my social network section to the right of this post. –>

If you’re on any or all of these networks, click on, sign in and “friend me up.” Thanks.

golfing voice talent

David-Cook-Tiger-Woods (Courtesy Voices.com)

I simply have no idea how the woman does it but Stephanie Ciccarelli at Voices.com has come up with another very niche and cool blog post featuring an interview with professional golf voice over talent David Cook (well I suppose the fact he’s a Voices.com member might have something to do with it).

Yes, I said professional golf voice over talent.

What the…?”

Just read it, it’s a very nice short story.

taste the difference?

audio’connell under construction

Well, it’s a blog and a podcast so you can’t really taste it but to say “see the difference” seem so ordinary and that’s nothing like what I want this blog and podcast to be about.

So, we look different.

The reasons for the design change were many:
• Finally inaugurating a podcast, I thought such a big shift in communication deserved a new look. Hey if CBS did it for Katie Couric and NBC did it for Meredith Viera, well I certainly play in those leagues! 😉

• The other look began to strike me as a bit cluttered and that was certainly my fault. I was adding widgets and elements that individually looked attractive, but when I stepped back seemed visually confusing

• Some of the newer blog templates had features the old one didn’t

So what should you notice about the changes here?
• A big change is the name. What was once called voiceover blog on! is now called voxmarketising. That name was conceived for the podcast because congeals my favorite subjects: voice over, marketing and advertising. Then I quickly realized:

a. Those are the same things I blog about
b. Why confuse readers and listeners with two different brands and if you add the audio’connell Voice Over Talent web site, three brands.

So it seemed to me branding them voxmarketising – the audio’connell blog and voxmarketising – the audio’connell podcast will be easier. Plus people will just call it voxmarketising after a while and know it’s a blog and a podcast. Aren’t you sorry you asked?

• Less graphic stuff but easier navigation (and more to come). This stuff is still being worked on but you’ll notice for example you can connect to me easier on all my social networks under the heading “social networks and links”. So if you haven’t connected with me, please do. Recent posts can viewed more quickly

• Better marketing for the podcast. By clicking on the ever present album art, people can immediately go to the voxmarketising podcast page

• Easier to subscribe. This is oh so important, especially as I build the podcast, and it will continue to get better, but be on the lookout for improved subscription tools

• Updated blog links. Boy had I fallen behind on this. Some links were old or dead (people just stopped writing for like six months so I dropped their blogs) and some new bloggers hadn’t been added. If you’re one of the new ones, return the love

So, it’s a fresh face with some new tools and some old favorites (me, I hope) still around. Let me know what you think. Thanks.

voxmarketising – the audio’connell podcast [episode 100]

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â–º (0:00) Show Open: (Voxmarketising Episode #100/ Show date: October 25, 2007)

â–º (1:00) Welcome:

â–º (1:55) Oversight (Stuff You Might Have Missed):
Podcamp Boston 2- http://podcamp.pbwiki.com/PodCampBoston2

Voice Talent In Trouble- Will Lyman’s narration work for the Internet Innovation Alliance ticks off PBS and WGBH http://broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6487874.html

A Younger You: Voices.com looks for early recordings from today’s voice talents
http://blogs.voices.com/voxdaily/2007/10/old_audio_recordings.html

Voice Over Marketing- Review pending regarding Voices.com’s new book “Internet Marketing Plan for Voice Actors”.

New Gadgets- The very new AT&T Tilt instead of the i-Phone

A New Kind of Press Release- Social Media News Releases

How Business Reacts to Social Media- Mitch Joel’s link to a report from McKinsey & Company http://www.twistimage.com/blog/archives/mckinsey-reports-on-how-businesses-understand-social-media-and-web-20/
Sad Spirit Robert Gorell at Grokdotcom on how bad Spirit Airlines customer service has become. http://www.grokdotcom.com/2007/10/24/spirit-air-you-dont-have-to-turn-on-the-red-light/

A new Holiday: Holiday Inn gets a $1 billion makeover from logos to mattresses and everything in between

â–º (10:22)VMT Interview (On voiceover or marketing or advertising or all of the above):
Steve Chazin, Marketing Apple, on the turning tide of the i-Phone

â–º (19:22) Popular Demand (Voice Comments, Emails and Blogs Posts from Listeners):
Voting on the voxmarketising podcast slogan with advice from Leesa Barnes http://www.leesabarnes.com/developing-your-unique-podcast-message/

â–º (21:04) Show Close:
Comment Line – +01 716-989-6151
Email – peter at audioconnell dot com
Blog – audioconnell.com/blog (Subscribe)
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voxmarketising fixed

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As a highly paid audio engineer might say (do such people exists, by the way?) the “technical snafu” encountered in recent downloads of the 100th episode of voxmarketising – the audio’connell podcast have been remedied.

We apologize for the inconvenience and please rest assured that we have shot (BANG!) the internet audio gnome that caused the problem in the first place.

You can listen to it here.

remembering at the mall

Remembrance Day Poppy

After church Sunday, my wife needed us to go out to the Outlet Mall in Niagara Falls, NY. This may sound like it’s near the churning waters of one our world’s seven wonders but it isn’t (it’s near a land fill that’s all grassed over). And is it just our outlet mall or are there really no bargains per se at Outlet Malls?

Anyway, with daughter in tow, off we headed to the mall to “exchange” this and “search” for that. We pull in to the parking lot and it is p-a-c-k-e-d (and we’re early)! Ooooo. Veteran’s Day weekend, I remember. But there are a lot of Canadian license plates. Hmmm.

I enter the mall and now I really see and remember. November 11th is Canada’s Remembrance Day. Fully 50% of the shoppers at this mall have come from Canada (as the Canadian dollar is currently more valuable than the US dollar) and they are all wearing their red poppies. I am proud of them and jealous…I don’t have a poppy.

But among the throngs of people, the mall suddenly doesn’t seem so crowded with strangers. Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day, Poppy Day or Armistice Day…we are together, we are safe, we remember and we are all eternally grateful.

Thank you to all our veterans around the world and to their families…for your every kind of sacrifice.