The blog is back in town!!

Hey readers, I’ve missed you!  Did you miss me?  I apologize for the week hiatus but after a week of record-breaking and name taking, the Pricefalls, LLC. blog is back in business!

Before we move forward to talk about new issues last week deserves a mention.  As I mentioned it was a week filled with record-breaking sales days at Pricefalls as well as @Pricefalls #winning and embracing #tigerblood (if those last two don’t make sense Google search ‘Charlie Sheen twitter’).

Speaking of celebrities embracing trends, no personality or brand has attempted to better embrace going viral than Jennifer Aniston in the newest Smart Water video. I say video in lieu of commercial because that is how Ms. Aniston herself defines the ad.

In the video she states, “ I’m here to talk to you about Smart Water but in this day and age I can’t just do that can I?…I have to make a video that turns into a virus.” She is then quickly corrected to say viral and proceeds to satirize a number of other internet viral sensations including puppies, Double RainBow man and crotch shots.

The video then ends with an interesting twist where she names the ‘ad’ “Jen Aniston’s Sex Tape”, yet another attempt to play on the viral trend.  I have embedded the video below and would love to hear your thoughts and answer to my following question.

Do you think viral videos stars are going to be prominent players the future of advertising?

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh *theLVD Weaver

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Intertwining of Reality and the Internet

“We live in this paradox now, where two seemingly conflicting realities exist side-by-side. Social media simultaneously draws us nearer and distances us. But I think very often, we lament what we miss and forget to admire what we’ve become.” –Josh Rose, Digital Creative Director at Deutsch LA

Evolution, or change, has always been a part of the human condition.  Another constant in the ever-changing condition (oxymoron!) is resistance to the new and confusing by those on the outside.  I’ve always made little jokes about my mother needing to join this century (she is slowly but surely), but in her defense from an external observation the digital realm can appear distant and strange.

As Rose states, “without doubt, given the choice between hugging someone and [Facebook] ‘poking’ someone, I think we can all agree which one feels better”.  However, moving back to my evolutionary point (in an admittedly ridiculous way), we have basically ‘evolved/created’ an alternative to hugging.

This ‘alternative to hugging’ is more of a metaphor then a reality.  While hugging or verbal conversation will never actually leave our repertoire of skills, the Internet is expanding on the ways in which those actions can occur and extending their function past a limited distance.

According to Rose, “The way people engage with the Internet and social media isn’t like any kind of interaction we’ve ever seen before. It’s like an intertwining sine wave that touches in and out continuously. And the Internet itself is more complex and interesting than we often give it credit for”

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh *theLVD Weaver

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The Jesuits, Google and New Zealand

As a teenager I attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in Detroit, Michigan, a school I will forever thank my mother for allowing me to attend.  While there I had the opportunity to study with and be taught by priests in the Jesuit community, a fraternal order whose focus was very strongly based on teaching.  However, even though I learned countless lessons during my four years there the one phrase I will remember the most clearly is, “Ad maiorem gloriam” or “For the greater glory”.

I believe this phrase to mean a number of things, but this morning when I opened up my Google Alerts and began skimming thought today’s article one in particular brought me back to that phrase.   For those unaware, there was an earthquake yesterday in New Zealand that reached a magnitude of 6.3 on the Richter scale and resulted in a death toll of at least 75 individuals.  Within an hour of this incident’s end Google had created a site dedicated to assisting victims of the earthquake reconnect with loved ones.

In my opinion, this is working “For the greater glory”.

While some may disagree that a company is incapable of working for the greater good, this is proof of the opposite.  The site (http://christchurch-2011.person-finder.appspot.com/) makes no effort to fill the space with ads or promotional material but simply asks “What is your situation”.

To me this is a very moving example of how a global company truly is attempting to give back and use it power for good, something I believe every organization with a public should strive to do

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh *theLVD Weaver

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World Domination Evident?

Take a quick look at this picture from Mashable.  Notice who is having a intimate dinner in the home of John Doerr, partner at huge firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

 

The White House states,

“The meeting is a part of our ongoing dialogue with the business community on how we can work together to win the future, strengthen our economy, support entrepreneurship, increasing our exports, and get the American people back to work. The President and the business leaders will discuss our shared goal of promoting American innovation, and discuss his commitment to new investments in research and development, education and clean energy.”

 

What do you think they are talking about? Leave your thoughts or a caption (funny or not) in the comments below.

*theLVD

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Today’s Daily Deal is…

If this post’s subject sounds vaguely familiar you undoubtedly seen a Pricefalls Daily Deal in the past four weeks.  Since mid-January until now, Pricefalls and Deal of the Day site Justdeals.com have worked together to bring you everything from consumer electronics to s’more makers.  However, as of the 17th of February, Pricefalls welcomes OhLoot.com to its Deal of the Day family!

Being located in the heart of New York cities’ Jewlery District is just one huge advantage to our new Daily Deal friend!  To properly introduce OhLoot.com I feel it is apropos to provide a sample of their company’s rhyming motto:

Earrings, bracelets watches galore
Is the kind of LOOT we have in store
It’s you, our shoppers we want to please
So come and shop at OHLOOT with ease

Our prices are such, that we won’t be beat
We are HUGE players on 47th street
We have no middle man which is most unique
So check our bargains, week after week

So join the OHLOOT Family, and shop with us
You will get a DEAL without any fuss
We promise you quality at a bargain rate
So shop right now, do not wait

Its only been one day and I’m already very excited for what they have to offer!  As an example check out this set of Sterling Silver genuine Amythest round stud earrings, for a CRAZY low price!  (I apologize for the sales pitch but OhLoot is awesome!)

www.pricefalls.com/products/Ohloot-Sterling-Silver-925-Genuine-Amythest-4mm-Brilliant-Round-Stud-Earrings/id/15326447

Keep an eye out on www.facebook.com/Pricefalls for more awesome jewelry deals and let me know if there is anything you’re looking for particularly!

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh *theLVD Weaver

 

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Why you shouldn’t take this blog for granted

 

Admittedly the first image that ran through my head when I had heard the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had ‘shut down’ the Internet in his country was of a huge red oversized light switch being pushed into the ‘OFF’ position.  Once the cartoon image had left my mind a weird feeling of confusion ran through my body smothering any laughable thought.  Can the Egyptian president really just turn off the Internet? Can President Obama ‘turn off’ the Internet?

“America, the champion of democracy and freedom, actually has more Internet censorship than some countries in Africa and South America according to an infographic based on Internet censorship research conducted by the OpenNet Initiative,” says Zachary Sniderman, blogger at Mashable.com.

In regards to the type of censorship placed in most countries, that is where the title of this post stems.  Out of all types of Internet activity/content, blogs were the most censored making up nearly 20% while ‘militant groups’ only garnered 1% of censored material.

Have you ever run into censorship laws while traveling overseas?  Have you ever had any issues with America’s level of ‘Some Censorship’?  Please answer in the comments below.

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh *theLVD Weaver

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Valentine Love Ain’t What It Used To Be (Guest Content)

It’s hard to fathom how much society has changed in just 10 years and nearly impossible to compare modern-day with life 40 years ago.  However, prolific author Mitch Albom has bridged the gap between the two strange time and related it directly to the ever-changing Valentine’s Day.  As a little break from the norm here is the editorial about the holiday titled:

Valentine Love Ain’t What It Used To Be

By Mitch Albom

Published: 02/13/2011

“Hey, Grandpa. Can I ask you something?”

“Sure, Adam.”

“What’s Valentine’s Day about?”

“It’s a day to celebrate love.”

“Yeah … I don’t get it.”

“Romance?”

“Still don’t get it.”

“Well, you have a girlfriend, right? The one with the tattoos?”

“Ink, Grandpa.”

“Ink. I don’t know her name because you never bring her inside.”

“Her parents call her Emily. But that’s lame. She goes by sweetcakes77@yahoo.com.”

“I see. But she’s your girl?”

“Whoa. That’s like, way possessive, Gramps. We just hang.”

“How long have you been … hanging?”

“Six years.”

“And what are you doing for Valentine’s Day?”

“That’s the thing. Like, what am I supposed to do for this whole holiday and stuff?”

“You do something romantic.”

“Oh, right, uh…. Like what?”

A rose is more than a flower

‘Well, Adam, you could bring her flowers.”

“From the ground? Yuck.”

“From a florist.”

“How much?

“A dozen roses? Maybe $30?”

“Dude! I could buy a video game for that.”

“How about chocolates?”

“She’s totally no-carb.”

“Take her somewhere nice?”

“Yeah. I could go over to her place and watch ‘Jersey Shore’ – like we usually do.”

“I meant a real date. A fancy restaurant. A nice meal. Candlelight.”

“Come on, Gramps. Who does that? Candlelight? You can’t even see who’s texting you.”

“Adam, I’m a little concerned about this relationship. How do you two show your affection?”

“Well, we (bleep) a lot.”

“A-hem … OK. Besides that?”

“She sends me funny tweets. She likes my jams. And … we (bleep) a lot.”

“You said that already.”

“Like, a lot.”

“Do you ever write her poetry?”

“That’s dorky.”

“Take her dancing?”

“Clubs charge too much.”

“Go for long walks? Hold hands? Watch the sunset? Talk about your hopes and dreams?”

“I send her photos on her cell phone.”

“Well, that’s nice.”

“Of my (bleep).”

“Oh, dear Lord.”

“And she sends me photos of her-”

“OK, OK. Never mind!”

The value of relationships

“What’s wrong, Grandpa?”

“I guess things are just different. In my day you took your time for love, you dressed up, you sent each other cards, you remembered little anniversaries.”

“That’s a lot of work.”

“Most good relationships are.”

“But love’s supposed to be fun.”

“Love is fun. It’s also respect, tenderness, empathy, sacrifice, sharing and understanding.”

“Hmm. You sound like Leo, down at work.”

“Is Leo celebrating Valentine’s Day?”

“Yeah, with Fred.”

“I need an aspirin.”

“No, seriously, dude, I need advice. I don’t want her freaking out and stuff.”

“Adam, I’m not your dude. And why would she freak out?”

“Because I think she has … expectations.”

“Ah. Expectations.”

“I know, right? Total bummer.”

“Listen. Why don’t you try this? Put on a clean shirt. With buttons. Drive to her house. Hand her a flower. Tell her how much she means to you. And ask if she’d like to join you for a quiet evening someplace special, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.”

“OK…. But I better check if she’s around.”

“Yes. That’s considerate.”

“Lemme text this … here we go … and hey, to make it really special, I’ll take a picture of my-”

“Just press ‘send, Adam.”

“Really?”

“Really.”

 

Which perspective better describes your Valentine’s Day?

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!

Sincerely,

Josh ^theLVD Weaver

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