WordPress 3, better Facebook search, a guide web typography, microformats ala Google

These are my links for March 12th through March 16th:

Find related links for blogging, Best tweets: Search Fest 2010, Compare finances via social, Who links to my site?

These are my links for March 9th through March 12th:

Digital ad spending overtakes print, Facebook ad spam, how to add YouTube video to your Facebook Fan page

These are my links for March 4th through March 8th:

Facebook Page ideas, why ginger ale on flights, picking the perfect color scheme

These are my links for February 24th through February 25th:

Why live your wedding day only once?

Evrim Icoz PhotographyThat’s Focal Point Digital Media’s tagline and such a true statement.  Awww, the world of wedding video…if only every couple realized before their big day how very important hiring a professional videographer is to their overall wedding experience.  As a seasoned coordinator I’ve had the unfortunate experience of hearing many couples tell me after their wedding that they truly regret not taking the time to even consider video or simply eliminating it from their budget.  This always makes me incredibly sad since those memorable moments cannot be recaptured in any other way.  This of course is not meant to discount photography in the least, and I have yet to meet a couple who hasn’t had photography at the top of their list of priorities, but video adds a completely different element of emotion.  How else are the vows captured, and what about those wild and crazy toasts, or those very special father-daughter dances, the late night partying, and so much more.  The truth is that a great video is not a replacement, but rather the perfect supplement to even the most amazing photographs.  The two together fully capture a couple’s wedding day.  There are a number of talented videographers in the Portland area but very few specialize exclusively in weddings, and one of them is Focal Point Digital Media.  Ryan Chaney, who founded the business in 2004 and has been running it successfully ever since,  is not only a talented and creative artist, but an equally professional and just all-around nice guy.  Since opening his Salem-based business, Ryan and his team have filmed more than 170 weddings in and around Portland as well as other parts of Oregon, WA and CA, and already have several more on the books for 2010.  They are a full-time professional studio located in West Salem where they welcome and encourage couples to come in and view their work, and chat about the details of their big day!  Ryan is relaxed, friendly, easy-going and always open to fresh ideas and excited to create a masterpiece that is as unique as the couple themselves.  He is one of those vendors who really listens to what couples want and makes it his goal to provide just that.  Focal Point has an editing niche  known as cinematic short-form wedding video whereby Ryan sifts through hours and hours of raw footage and creates a tightly-edited movie-like main feature complete with custom soundtrack, tasteful effects and polished storyline.  Focal Point Digital MediaThere is a reason it takes a professional videographer several months for an outstanding video to be produced…literally hundreds of hours go into the editing process to ensure the final product is nothing short of perfect.  Over the years the Blush team has worked on numerous weddings with Ryan and his team and we are always thrilled to recommend them to our clients knowing that they are in the best of hands and will love watching their wedding day unfold time and again.  Here is a sample trailer from Kate & Mike’s wedding that we worked on with Focal Point in July of 2008…what a fun and memorable day it was!  As coordinators, we always recommend that couples take the time to meet with two to three professional videographers and see what they have to offer, even if they are adamant that they do not want a video or simply cannot afford it.  In reality, if a couple sees a video they love, they can usually find a way to squeeze it into the budget, even if it means paying for it over time, or postponing when it will be edited and complete.  The most important part is capturing the day!  Here is another sample from Kate & Mike’s big day as they made their get away from the Armory at Portland Center Stage to the Portland Art Museum.  I often hear couples say that they will never watch their wedding video but more than likely this view is a result of a friend or family member’s poor quality video they were forced to watch.  Unfortunately many times professional videographers fall into this category when in fact their level of quality is the opposite.  As a bride myself in 2008, I hired Ryan and his associate, Gary, to film my big day, and it was one of the best decisions I made surrounding my wedding.  My husband and I have watched our trailer, love story, and video numerous times and it always brings tears to our eyes…it’s nothing short of priceless.  Here is a small sample of my own wedding day that will surely bring a smile to your face…just one more testament to why video is an absolute necessity at any wedding.  Not surprisingly, Focal Point has won a number of awards over the years including the Creative Excellence Award from their industry trade group, WEVA, Oregon Bride Magazine’s Best Videographer for 2009, and most recently the 2010 Bride’s Choice Award Winner through Wedding Wire Network.  For more information about the services Ryan and the Focal Point team can offer you, check out their website at www.focalpointvideo.bizFocal Point Digital Media

Help finding influencers, pro audio for DSLR, SEM tools, and measuring social ROI

These are my links for February 22nd through February 24th:

Bookmarks for February 13th through February 20th

These are my links for February 13th through February 20th:

Anne Nunn Photography — follow-up contest!

Anne Nunn PhotographyYou may recall our recent post about a contest where couples had the chance to submit their touching and inspirational love story and win $500 off any wedding photography package by the fabulous Anne of Anne Nunn Photographers.  Good news! We’ve decided to run the contest one more time now that Valentine’s Day is behind us and the number of recent engagements has likely sky-rocketed!  This time Anne has decided to offer even more by generously donating the following for the couple who submits the most inspirational story:  8 hours of coverage on your wedding day, an engagement session at location of choice, complementary travel (up to 200 miles from Eugene), custom wedding website (check out this sample: nicholeandjared.annenunnphotography.com), and an online gallery of all images.  Please submit your story directly to Anne at anne@annenunnphotography.com or to us at blush@blushbridalevents.com by Sunday, February 28th at midnight (EST) and be sure to include your wedding date and a photo of the two of you together so she can put a face with the story!  Couples must be getting married in 2010 to qualify for this contest.  Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and have fun submitting those stories.  We can’t wait to receive them and choose a deserving couple…send away!

NW Wedding Scoop…a different type of wedding show

NW Wedding ScoopBlush will be participating in the NW Wedding Scoop, a unique wedding workshop (not tradeshow) designed to educate brides on how to best use the budget they have to hire professional vendors and create the wedding of their dreams.  There will be two shows, one on Saturday, February 20th at the Salem Conference Center, and the other on Saturday, February 27th at the Portland City Center Courtyard Marriott…this is the show we’ll be at.  For details and to pre-register online and save on ticket prices, check out www.nwweddingscoop.com.  There will be a number of professional wedding vendors on hand to offer guidance and expertise on various panels including but not limited to catering, photography, videography, music, etc.  Come for an hour or the entire day, it’s completely up to you! We hope to see you there!

Blush hearts Style Me Pretty

Little-Black-Book-certified-wedding-vendor-2010Blush is honored to be one of just two wedding planners in Oregon selected to be showcased in Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book:  The Best Wedding VendorsIf you haven’t yet checked out their website it is one of the most gorgeous we’ve seen!  There are plenty of photos from fabulous real weddings throughout the country, articles and tips for planning the perfect day, and the many resources you need to ensure your wedding is everything you imagine!  Abby Larson, the talented Editor and Founder of SMP, recently posted a few photos of some very pretty Valentine’s Day treats on the Little Black Book blog.  It’s definitely a post after our own Blush hearts…complete with delectable pink frosted cupcakes, pastel candies and the oh-so-sweet French macaroons, much like the irresistible cookie-cake combination available at Pix Patisserie right here in Portland.  There is just one word to describe them: divine!  We were lucky enough to coordinate a wedding this past September where the bride purchased 200 of them as favors for her guests and they are just scrumptious…an absolute must try!  My personal favorite: Fleur de sel (a.k.a. sea salt caramel), chocolate cinnamon, and cheesecake…Ooh la la!  These tasty treats are sure to add enjoyment to any party or reception and the ultimate favor for any guest!  This is just one of many unique ideas that can be found on Style Me Pretty’s website. We suggest you take a moment, which will likely turn into an hour or two (or three!) and browse this wonderful site  You might just become as obsessed as we are.  Good thing it’s almost a holiday weekend. Cheers to that…Enjoy and happy planning!

 

Meet the fabulous Anne Nunn Photographers & Enter to win $500 off any photography package!

Alexandra & Daniel's engagement shootIn the brief time I’ve known Anne, owner of Anne Nunn Photographers and photographer extraordinaire, I’ve come to realize she is a not only remarkable behind the camera, but also a genuinely kind woman with a  real passion for family, photography and life.  She is someone who appreciates what life presents her with and makes the most of it, good or bad…this is quite an attribute and I can’t wait to get to know her better!  Anne’s business is based out of Eugene and while the majority of her clients are in this area, she is always eager to work in new places. Thankfully we met as a result of two incredibly sweet mutual clients (featured in these first few photos) who are getting married this June at the beautiful and rustic Paradise Springs Lodge in Monroe, Oregon, a small town located halfway between Corvallis and Eugene.  Both Anne and I thoroughly enjoy working at new venues so we’re really excited for Alex & Daniel’s big day…just 4.5 short months to go and Alex is going to be one gorgeous bride! Alexandra & Daniel's engagement shoot

Anne had the opportunity to photograph Alex & Daniel’s engagement session this afternoon and despite the drizzle and gloom they had a blast and she was able to capture some great shots!  These two are so photogenic and will be such fun to work with on their wedding!  Native to Corvallis, Alex & Daniel moved to Burbank, CA three years ago for school.  The moment I learned where they lived we had an instant connection since I was born in Burbank myself but moved away at a very young age.  These two are relaxed, hip, stylish and sweet…the perfect combo for a memorable wedding! 

Alexandra & Daniel's engagement shootNow onto the contest!  Anne Nunn Photographers is looking for the most touching, inspirational love story for a couple to win $500.00 off any wedding photography package!  Here is what the winning couple will receive: – $500.00 off any wedding photography package – all of their wedding packages include an engagement session, two photographers, DVD of edited images with copyright release, and a custom wedding website. 

Contest rules:  The story must be inspirational and/or about a couple who have overcome great odds, and the wedding must be in 2010 with the venue already booked.

Please submit your story to anne@annenunnphotography.com or blush@blushbridalevents.com by February 14th at midnight (EST) and be sure to include your wedding date and a photo of the two of you together so she can put a face with the story :-)

Alexandra & Daniel's engagement shoot

The winner will be announced February 15th and contacted by email. 

For additional information about Anne Nunn Photographers or to view more of their work, please visit their website at www.annenunnphotography.com

 

Anne Nunn Photographers:  Art in Every Moment

Bookmarks for January 27th through February 3rd

These are my links for January 27th through February 3rd:

Queen of Creativity!

Photography by Paul Rich StudioSpirited, fun, vibrant, creative and witty…these are all words that come to mind when I think of Alesia Zorn.  She is one of those talented women who will leave a great impression on you from the moment you meet her.  I first met Alesia back in ’07 when I was introduced to her by our mutual friend and fellow coordinator, Cindy Rosen, of Encore Events.  The three of us have attended many networking events together including being active members of the Association of Bridal Consultants where we became instant friends.  Over the past three years I have worked with Alesia on a number of occasions and she continues to impress me by coming up with fresh and creative ideas to help couples add a unique touch to their ceremony or reception.  Not only does she offer elegant envelope addressing for save the dates and invitations, traditional menus, table numbers/names and place cards, she is also capable of writing on a wide variety of medium including apples, wood, chalk boards, you name it, and is always anxious for an opportunity to create something new and modern.  She will even fill in your keepsake marriage license which is super cool if you plan to frame it! Alesia has a variety of font styles to match the feel of your event and offers monoline, dip pen or brush for lettering.  If you come to Alesia with even the slightest idea of what you’d like I can almost guarantee that she’ll be able to take your vision and create something amazing.  Just five minutes from her house is Paper Zone, one of her favorite spots where she gets inspired and excited about her work.  She even meets clients there so she can offer suggestions and help them find the perfect paper, envelopes, pens, etc. for their calligraphy needs.  In addition to being creative and talented, Alesia is someone I can recommend to couples and I never have to worry for one second that she will let them down.  She is efficient, reliable, affordable and puts her clients needs first.  If you haven’t met Alesia I highly recommend you make it a point to call or email her to discuss your wedding or special event.  Make sure and check out her website and blog for more details and samples at www.alesiazorn.com and give her a ring at 503.287.3207 or email her at alesia@alesiazorn.com.  I just know you’ll have a ball!Photography by Lauren Brooks

Photography by Amy Vining

Photography by Lauren BrooksPhotography by Amy Vining

Can I remove the creator of a Facebook Page from the administrators?

Delete Facebook Page administrators

This just in from #SearchFest 2010 in Portland: email pagesvip@facebook.com to have an original administrator removed.

In short, no.

Now, before you swear off Facebook altogether, this might be a feature, not a bug. My first notion was that any page administrator should be able to boot any other admin of that page. Simple enough – lots of management systems work this way.

Hold on. What if my company has a Facebook Page, and we have let one of the Page admins go? If the other Page admins don’t get there before the possibly disgruntled ex-employee, he or she could delete the other admins, and retain full control of the company page. Yikes.

With that in mind, I see why FB decided to make the Page creator non-removable. There’s a certain level of protection there.

One user in the discussions on the UWEBD was able to contact Facebook and have them switch the creator status from one admin to another. YMMV.

Until there’s a better way to manage admins for a Page where admins may come and go, choose your creator wisely.

See also: Removing the ‘permanent’ admin and How can I remove the creator admin?, both Facebook discussions.

Facebook to send posts to Twitter, whales to follow

Send Facebook Status to TwitterTechCrunch revealed that Facebook will be adding a feature this week that will allow you to send your Facebook status update out as a tweet. The tweets include a link back to your status on Facebook via the new fb.me URL shortener. Read that as monster inbound traffic for Facebook.

Of particular concern will surely be the strain this will place on Twitter, as millions of users with both Facebook and Twitter accounts suddenly increase their tweet frequency. More on that from All Facebook.

Prepare to be seeing more of the Fail Whale.

Use the Google Wonder Wheel as a keyword tool and for search history

Google Wonder WheelIf you haven’t yet clicked “Show Options” in the upper left of a search result page on Google, go ahead and do it now. Be prepared to lose an hour exploring the new ways to shake the Google search results tree.

One of the quirky, yet instant friends you’ll make from the Google options sidebar is the Wonder Wheel. Like a wagon wheel with your search term as a hub, Google graphically suggests related search terms at the end of spokes off of your hub. Clicking a spoke term launches a new wheel based off that term, but still leaves your original wheel visible. As you’re busy exploring the spokes, ‘classic’ list style results are being updated in the right column for the current search term.

I’m not sure how many times this process can repeat, but I tested it out to 6 levels, starting with “cycling pants” (which I need for winter commuting) and eventually ending at “surly cross check” (the bike I commute on).

The top feature of the Google Wheel for actually trying to locate information has to be search history. One of the hardest parts about traveling down the search rabbit hole is remembering how you got to the term you just searched for. The Google Wheel makes it easy to see your tunneling path, and you can visually hop back to any wheel you’ve spun off.

Building a keyword list, but not sure what people might be searching for? The Google Wheel can be seeded with a search phrase to see what other phrases are commonly searched related to that phrase. Keep poking at it, and it’s easy to see how this will quickly become an invaluable tool for keyword list makers.

Sync Apple Address Book with your Gmail Contacts

Apple Address Book preference pane to sync with Gmail

Apple Address Book preference pane enabled to sync with Gmail contacts

I store all of my contacts in Apple Address Book. Some social media sites offer to scan your Gmail address book to see which of your contacts are available to connect with. If your contacts are in Address Book, these services aren’t able to scan your contacts.

Did you know that you can sync your Apple Address Book contacts with your Google Gmail account (or Exchange, or Yahoo mail)? I didn’t until today. From Address Book, select Preferences > General. Check out those slick little checkboxes at the bottom of the preferences pane.

Just need a simple, one time CSV export from Apple Address Book? Try Address Book to CSV Exporter from Antonio Lore’. This handy tool exports your Apple Address Book to a CSV file, ready for import into Gmail or similar. You can customize the output a bit by ticking which fields to include in the export. This option is hidden in a little + (plus sign) button next to the Export button.

All URL shortened links in MySpace status updates are marked SPAM

MySpace thinks shortened URLs are SPAMFirst things first. If you’re still using MySpace, please find another profile based network. There are so many other good ones like Facebook, or Virb.

I’ve been doing some data piping for clients lately, especially of the “syndicate my blog updates to my social networks” flavor. Today, I discovered that if a shortened URL like those generated by bit.ly, tr.im, or is.gd) is fed into a MySpace status update, not only will MySpace re-shorten it with lnk.ms/***, but they will also redirect that link to an internal MySpace page, accusing that you’ve been reported as a spammer, phisher, or naughty hacker.

If you’ll be automatically piping status update data to MySpace, make sure you aren’t shortening links. Some social syndication services don’t have to use a link shortener, try PingVine, or disable the one in Ping.fm. At this time, Twitterfeed shortens all URLs no matter what.

For WordPress users, try cross-posting with the MySpace Crossposter plugin. This posts your blog entries also on your MySpace “blog”, instead of your status.

OR… just stop using MySpace.

Changing the default month or day for an embedded Google calendar

How to embed a public Google calendar on your page: Embed on your website

Want to change which month or day the calendar displays on load? I found the answer on this Mark Mail page. Just include date values in the parameter string like so:

...&ctz=America/Los_Angeles&dates=20090901%2F20120901

It also looks like you can pass other parameters to control color, etc.

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