How Do I Become A Morning Person?

I’ve always been known as a night owl doing the whole “early bird gets the worm” with my day job. It was a constant battle with night Timothy and day Timothy.

These days, you’re more likely to find me waking up at 4 in the morning instead of getting to sleep by 4 a.m. I never thought it would happen! Even more amazing to me personally is that my mornings tend to be when I am most productive. Nobody is awake to distract me! And I’m energized instead of hitting the snooze button a half a dozen times!

Gotta be honest right here… [Read more…]

National Mai Tai Day – June 30th or August 30th?

Mai Tai’s HAVE to be the most famous adult beverage of Hawaii. Do you know of another drink besides a Mai Tai that screams Hawaii?

Who doesn’t love a Mai Tai?

Think about it…Sweet rum, mixed with delicious fruit juices and liqueurs, garnished with a juicy pineapple slice.

Mai Tais are great after enjoying a long, sunny day at the beach.

Mai Tai’s are great to drink while (and likely inspired by) watching the sun set.

Mai Tai’s are everyone’s favorite drink when on vacation in Hawaii.

And Mai Tai’s are great to have when back from vacation reminiscing about the time spent in Hawaii. Oh wait, that might be just me.

mai tai on the beachMai Tai on Lanikai Beach Kailua (c) Tomas del Amo.

In Honor of the Mai Tai, the drink has been given its own day, August 30. While there has been some dispute over the actual, official date of National Mai Tai Day, some say it is the 30th of August and others like “A History of Drinking” say it is June 30. Either way, the Mai Tai is so good it’s worth celebrating National Mai Tai Day on both days!

Here’s a little history on the Mai Tai.

The Mai Tai was claimed to be invented by Victor J. Bergeron is August 1944. Bergeron was the proprietor of Trader Vic’s in Oakland. But Don the Beachcomber, of Los Angeles, also claimed to have invented the drink, back in 1933.

Both drinks taste different and have different recipes. There are also many variations of the Mai Tai, as well.

Here’s a couple of recipes:

Here is the old-time TRADER VIC’S 1944 MAI TAI RECIPE:

2 oz of 17-year old J. Wray & Nephew Rum over shaved ice
Add juice from one fresh lime
1/2 oz Holland DeKuyper Orange Curaçao
1/4 oz Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
1/2 oz French Garnier Orgeat Syrup
Shake vigorously.
Add a sprig of fresh mint

trader vic's mai tai

Here is a current variation on the Mai Tai:

Fill a collins glass with ice.

¾ oz. Light Rum
¾ oz. Dark Rum
½ oz. Amaretto
½ oz. Triple Sec

Fill with:
½ Orange Juice
½ Pineapple Juice
Float ½ oz. of Grenadine on top

Take the time to celebrate National Mai Tai day on June 30th or August 30th. It’s worth it.


Social Media Marketing World #SMMW15

2015 social media marketing worldSocial Media Marketing World…

is presented by Social Media Examiner is the “world’s largest social media marketing conference” and I’ve been looking forward to attending this conference since their inaugural conference in 2013. The company I work for, Nimlok, gave me the opportunity to go this year. [Read more…]

How To Have An Attitude Of Gratitude And Change Your Life

have an attitude of gratitude

Do you have an attitude of gratitude about your life? Ever think about what you’re thankful for in your life? Yes? No? Sometimes? Never?

I do!

Every morning I pick up my phone and write down three things I’m grateful for before I get out of bed. Three things that would make the day great along with a thought/theme/affirmation for my day. [Read more…]

How LinkedIn Can Drive Traffic To Your Trade Show Exhibit

LinkedIn has become one of the most important ways for professionals to connect with each other. If you don’t already have a profile, then you can think of it as Facebook for people who are more interested in forging business connections than gossiping and sharing pictures. Once you have a profile, use these strategies to increase traffic at your next trade show display exhibit.

Connect With People in Your Industry

connect with people on linkedin

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4 Tips For Making The Most of Trade Shows

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that trade shows are irrelevant simply because so much marketing now takes place through email and over the Internet. They still accomplish a lot of business, so if you know how to work trade shows, they will reward you. Part of your success comes from simply showing up, but once you get there, you better get ready to work for it.

Make a List of Realistic Goals

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The Oahu Beaches Experience Infographic

English: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. Fran...

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Find Your Perfect Oahu Beaches Experience

Oahu Beach Infographic

Oahu Hawaii’s beaches are some of the most famous in the world.  From the “romantic” Waikiki Beach to the awe inspiring surf mecca of the North Shore, you can pretty much pull over anywhere for a quick dip in the ocean or an incredible view. Do you want to do what everyone else is doing or do you want to get off the beaten path on your Oahu vacation? [Read more…]

200 Google Search Ranking Factors

seo ranking factorsAhhhh…search engine optimization (SEO) is a wonderful pain in the ass for businesses big and small. Done right, your website can be flooded with quality traffic. Do it wrong and nobody visits your site. From on-site work via site structure, content, images, keywords, etc., etc can be overwhelming. Add to that all the Google algo changes that have impacted how a site ranks from social media, to link building, SEO is a very complex world to be competitive in. Definitely not something to be dabbled in by someone or companies that don’t understand all the variables that can positively or negatively affect search results for a business online. [Read more…]

4 Things Small Business Owners Should Know About Google

Google is more than just one of the most popular search engines in the world, it’s also a lucrative source of advertising. If you simply worry about page rank and search results, you need to start expanding your horizons. While those things are important, Google can do so much more for your small business—but only if you take advantage of everything it offers.

Google Authorship Lends You Expertise

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5 Steps For B2B Social Media Marketing Success

If you want a successful business to business (B2B) social media marketing campaign, you’ll need to follow these 5 steps. Without them, you’ll likely fall short of your goals. Of course, that assumes you even know what your goals are.

1. Set Goals

72 percent of companies don’t set specific goals for their social media marketing campaigns. That’s a huge mistake that will impede your business’s performance.

If you don’t set goals, then how will you even know if your campaign has been successful? You won’t. [Read more…]