BlackOut Design was presented with the opportunity to design The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce eBriefs Newsletter. Our talented team was able to create a unique design as well as incorporate social sharing elements. Readers can now easily share an interesting article directly to Facebook by simply clicking a button. The benefits of such a platform give the reader an added ease of use while providing greater awareness for The Chamber and all they do for our community. We loved participating in such a terrific project and hope that you enjoy and benefit from all that The Chamber has to offer.
Facebook has become a significant element to grow your business. Few imagined that this social networking service for college students would evolve into a major platform for 600 million users to connect. Facebook is now a key online marketing tool for businesses that can drive increased traffic to your website, generate additional sales, promote brand recognition and loyalty and provide a direct communication link to your clients and customers.
Facebook now offers freedom with your profile image, fan pages and an array of apps that you can plug into them in order for you to customize what people see when they land on your page. This is now a part of the core interactive technology element for BlackOut Design. So far, we have enhanced the Facebook pages for Dropmaster, Modern Gas, One Point, and BlackOut. Check them out and let us know how we can help you to maximize your potential!
Zig’s Auto is dedicated to the automotive enthusiast, with access to the largest selection of in-stock automotive accessories for most cars, trucks, Jeeps and SUVs from over 600 brand name vendors. Their experienced staff and management team represent years of experience in the specialty automotive aftermarket. Such experience shows due to the fact that they realize the importance of social media.
Social media is marketing today. It is so important to utilize these marketing channels such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. In our fast-paced and competitive world, people are running out of time in the day. Social media has become the perfect way to communicate.
Zig’s Auto is taking full advantage of the many opportunities that technology has provided. We were happy to help in positioning this valuable company to reach a larger audience.
June 30th is now synonymous with the day to celebrate social media. Yay!! Media has certainly become social thanks to advancements in both technology and society. Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have all allowed us to connect and communicate with one another across the world.
BlackOut Design is grateful to have a day to celebrate and honor all social media which has enriched not only our company but also those with whom we work.
Rediscover Scranton has become a great source of pride when it comes to the advantages of social media usage.
Most recently, become a fan of the One Point Office Supplies Facebook page for an opportunity to win a $100 office supply gift certificate!
The possibilities have literally become endless. So, thank you to all who participate in social media! Happy day to all. Now go and enjoy all the opportunities that social media has created for BlackOut and so many others.
Every programmer who starts learning Java, starts in writing his first script, which is usually called “Hello World”. The earliest step for programmers and an essential procedure to survive in Java World is training and attending technical conferences. For the 14th consecutive year, the JavaOne conference took place at the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco from June 2–5.
Nick Hanhan from Blackout attended four days of solid Java technical training. Thousands of attendees were happy to get latest information about Java’s World in the form of previews and beta releases. Many new products and prizes were handed out during the five-day Pavilion.
General Sessions included the latest information about Sun products and new mobile application from its partners. Hands-on labs gave the participants strong exposure to the coding of Java, netbeans and new JavaFX script. Nick liked Zembly a new kind of social application development environment. Zembly helps developers create online applications that can be integrated into Facebook and other online communities.
After writing his first Hello World script, Nick received Sun Certified Java Associate (SCJA) certification on June 23rd.
There has been a bit of controversy over how the 50-60million subscriber monster Facebook is treating their terms of service (TOS). There is some more detail here but as they point out on Mashable the gist is the following:
“The Consumerist has noticed a seemingly slight but very important (and disturbing) change in Facebook’s terms of service, regarding user-generated content.
In short, all of the content you’ve ever uploaded on Facebook can be used, modified or even sublicensed by Facebook in every possible way – even if you quit the service.”
I teach a class or two per semester at a local university on various technology/web topics in which I find myself in the same spot semester after semester. I assume my students are leary enough of technology, since they are in the 17 – 21 year old demographic, to not assume they are using their Facebook or Myspace accounts with anonymity. Semester after semester I see their eyes widen when I tell them how the magical internet actually circulates their latest Facebook status and that gallery of images from the party that their first employer really didn’t need to see all the details of without their permission. I like to think this little TOS blip might further impress upon them that indeed their digital soapbox is very public.
BlackOut client Hydro4GE was recently featured in the April issue of the Great Valley Technology Alliance’s newsletter “eNexus.”
The article highlights the groundbreaking work being done by Hydro4GE in the software development arena, as well as the collaborative efforts between Hydro4GE developers and local institutions of higher education like the University of Scranton and Misericordia University.
You can read the April issue of “eNexus” here.
Here’s an interesting article regarding the quite natural reluctance of some to fully buy into the idea of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 tools and services have yet to prove their resilience in the ever-changing tech marketplace and the full scope of their utility has yet to be explored.
At BlackOut, we utilize Web 2.0 technologies as one more component in our portfolio of services. Like any other technology we constantly evaluate its practicality, and when it suits our client’s business goals, we’ll use Web 2.0 to create a more effective campaign.
Pew Internet has reported that
48% of internet users have been to video-sharing sites such as YouTube and the daily traffic to such sites on a typical day has doubled in the past year. The basic findings in a national phone survey that ended in December show:
thereby further demonstrating the viral potential for online video, whether it be a advertisement, or educational in nature. In any case videos are reaching people, and those companies who choose to enter, and use wisely, this form of communication will maintain a competitive advantage over those that do not.
So I am going to be interested to see what type of traction Facebook picks up in the next quarter after their belly-flop onto prime time television via their sponsorship of the presidential debates. The various juries are still debating the degree of success, if any, that the interaction between Facebook users and the CNN news crew had in the past week. As an innocent bystander watching the evening I could only imagine how many times the question “What is Facebook?” echoed through middle America. I will give them one thing, they got their brand out there for sure, now the question becomes “How exactly can they capitalize on a bunch of confused middle-aged news watchers?” Time will tell, until then I am going to shine up my new Pownce profile because I am super cool (I actually think they sent a rater large number of invites out).