Q & A with Tim

Q: Tell me about winning an Emmy.

A: it was nice to finally win one.  It’s funny, when I was younger, that seemed to be the most important thing to me.  A couple of the zoo show episodes were nominated, and I was so disappointed not to win.  It’s a nice accolade from your tv peers, but in the end, I think it is about the program itself.  Did the tv program speak to the viewer? In this case, did it teach something?   With the 50 years program, it was about celebrating the history of television, from the viewpoint of one little , but well known, station in the mid south.  

Q: And “396 Days” didn’t win an Emmy, is that right?

A: Right, it didn’t. That’s what is so funny about it, “396 Days” won some amazing awards… The New York Festivals Gold Medal, a National Edward R Murrow Award… I think a couple of Telly’s and a Videographer Award… Maybe because it was a documentary .  

Q: Is your television passion documentaries then?

A: (laughs) well…. I do very much like to tell a story.  I remember a project way back in my career that was called “St Joseph Proud.” The town of St Joseph had flooded badly, and the general manager at the time wanted to put segments on the air that promotes positivity.  So, we went around and did these thirty second segments talking about anything positive.  3 spots a week, plus a newspaper ad, for an entire year!

Royals Teamwork: 4 Lessons To Learn

Be like the Kansas City Royals!
Here’s 4 lessons in teamwork:

The Royals show exceptional teamwork.  Manager Ned Yost takes a lot of criticism for decisions he makes (or doesn’t) during a game.  However,  “He earns raves for the faith he displays in his players. The players rewarded him with energetic performances.”

Here’s what we can learn from Royals teamwork
to apply to our own teams:

1. Be flexible. Don’t lock yourself into one position or mindset.

In later innings, a Royals player may move to a different position, or give way to a pinch runner, or hitter.  It’s almost a given that if DH Billy Butler makes it to first after the 6th inning, the speedy Terrance Gore will come in as a pinch runner. No egos here – just the mentality of getting the winning run to the plate. Other times, it takes a “small sacrifice” to move the team ahead.  For example, after slugging a home run in Game 2 of the ALCS, third baseman, Mike Moustakas bunts to advance the runner in the 9th.  “I knew the bunt was the right play there,” Moustakas said. “If I get him to second, a base hit scores him. Anything I could do to get him over there, I was going to do it.”

Here’s our takeaway: Don’t give up on what you do best for your team, but be ready to pitch in elsewhere when needed.

2. Encourage others, and be a leader, whenever you can. 

On the Royals roster, you find several leaders:

    • Salvador Perez, who is arguably not swinging the hottest bat as of late, is an invaluable source of encouragement, and sometimes comfort, to the Royals’ young pitching staff. “That’s a position of leadership, often the bridge from the pitching staff to the position players.”
    • Eric Hosmer, despite his own stellar defense and homers during the Playoffs, will cheer on his other teammates and take pride when his teammates are in the spotlight.  No one had a bigger smile on his face when Lorenzo Cain was presented with the MVP award at the conclusion of the ALCS.
    • And, how about the way the Royals pitchers, for example Jason Vargas in Game 4 of the ALCS, always tip their caps to Cain, Gordon or whoever runs, leaps and dives to catch an almost un-fieldable ball! Another example of encouragement among teammates.

Here’s our takeaway: Everyone, no matter how much they contribute to the team, needs encouragement sometime.  And, everyone – sooner or later – will be in a position to step up and take the lead to move the team forward.

3. Keep focused on the overall goal, and find a way to win.

For the Royals, it is about winning games.  Even as individual players are flexible, encourage and lead teammates, there is still a very set game plan that has been tried and tested by Royals Manager, Ned Yost.  This plan consists of:

      • Starting pitching that keeps opponents’ runs to a minimum.
      • A bullpen that can help out if the starter gets into trouble.
      • A set of closers (the 3 headed monster known as Herrera, Davis and Holland) for the 7th, 8th and 9th innings.

It’s worth mentioning that if the organization’s owners and top management have an attitude of building a winning team, support flows downward.  For the Royals, the goal of a winning, homegrown team, has take years to cultivate.  And, how many times in the 2014 Postseason have the Royals simply figured out a way to get the job done.  Some call this playing “small ball,” but as Eric Hosmer puts it, “when it all comes down to it, we want to win, and we’re going to do anything we can at all costs to win.”

Here’s our takeaway: Set a clear goal and accompanying gameplan.  That way, each team player can look to the goal and gameplan for guidance. Look to your top management, if you can, for guidance.

4. Do whatever you can to have fun.

The pressure of winning in the postseason must be, at times, astronomical.  Regardless, the Royals figure out a way to have fun. “You can’t get overwhelmed because of the importance of it,” says, Ned Yost.  Here’s some great examples:

    • Royals pitchers playing catch with Baltimore fans before the game.
    • Did you see Salvador Perez joking with the camera during Game 2 of the ALCS?
    • How about Jarrod Dyson rejoicing a moment after a successful steal of third base?
      What’s Our Takeaway?
      To follow these examples and “Be Royal.”
  • Bonus tip: Even in the face of defeat, after a hard-fought, well-executed series – stay classy.  Royals first baseman, Eric Hosmer spent some time after the exhausting Game 7 of the World Series to visit with fans and thank them for supporting the team.

    The takeaway: Win or lose, there are fans and supporters that appreciate what you bring to the table.  Don’t forget those folks.

References:

Ned Yost shows willingness to adapt as Royals go deeper … Retrieved October 12, 2014, from http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2513629.html.

WOODY: Royals excel under magnifying glass of playoffs … Retrieved October 12, 2014, from http://www.timesdispatch.com/sports/columnists-blogs/paul-woody/woody-royals-excel-under-magnifying-glass-of-playoffs/article_fff41b8b-e4cc-56db-ad05-1529ec0c2f11.html.

Salvador Perez is the engine that revs the Royals – Kansas … Retrieved October 12, 2014, from http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article2450080.html.

(2014). Royals Had a Vision, and Saw It Through – NYTimes.com. Retrieved October 16, 2014, from http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/sports/baseball/the-royals-had-a-vision-and-saw-it-all-the-way-through.html.

(2014). Hosmer putting up MVP-worthy numbers in first … – Royals. Retrieved October 16, 2014, from http://m.royals.mlb.com/news/article/97709976/kansas-city-royals-eric-hosmer-put-up-big-numbers-in-his-first-postseason-experience.

(2014). Royals manager Ned Yost reminds himself to have fun | The … Retrieved October 12, 2014, from http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2593507.html.

(2014). Updated: Post about Royals playing catch with … – Veooz. Retrieved October 16, 2014, from http://www.veooz.com/news/QHZSSI3.html.

 

Can We Really Trust Internet Explorer?

Can We Really Trust Internet Explorer?

Here’s why it’s time to find a new browser:

If you are using Internet Explorer, or IE, it’s time to stop using it and find a different browser.  (This is the program you open to surf the internet.  Two alternatives are Google Chrome and Firefox. You can read more about the advantages of each here. )

Ironically, I’ve heard from a few of my clients over the last couple of weeks how they cannot log into their website.  When they tell me a little more about what is happening, we discover that the browser directs them off toward other websites and instructs them to install software.  All of these clients were using IE or Internet Explorer.

First off, this is malware, or software that has been loaded onto your computer’s browser to hijack your search engine results and redirect your searches.  It can be difficult to remove, and should most likely be performed by someone experienced in computer software virus or malware removal. Second, and more importantly, this malware may be on your computer, in part, because of the security vulnerability in IE.  As the tech website Mashable states in their article: “How scary is the latest Internet Explorer security vulnerability? Even the U.S. government says not to use IE until the browser is fixed.”  So, there you go.  Can we really trust Internet Explorer, though?  Well, do you mind having your computer hacked and personal information stolen? 

Whether you are my client or not, this is serious business.  With today’s internet users buying things, logging into their bank accounts and sending other sensitive data, putting your computer at risk is just not worth it.   Google’s Chrome browser is a leaner, faster browser that is consistently updated to patch any security breach.   If you need assistance, please contact me and I will help.    Stop using Internet Explorer, download Chrome or Firefox, and run your anti virus and malware programs to check for problems. 

NOTE: While there are reports that Microsoft is working on a patch, you need to change browsers especially if you are running a version of Windows XP on your computer, as Microsoft is reported to not be working on a patch for this security breach. P.S. This article gives some tips on how to move all your bookmarks over to your new browser!

How To Move Your Google Business Listing

How To Move Your Google Business Listing

Finding, claiming and verifying, your online Google listings for your business can be tedious and challenging.  This process can be even more challenging if the business has moved recently. In late 2013, River City Tea Coffee and Cream changed owners, shortened their name to River City Coffee, and moved two blocks down the street.  In addition, another coffee shop was scheduled to build out in the old space.  So, it was imperative that we not only update their listings to the new location, but correct those old listings.  (Some of these listings were several years old and reflected the original name of the business, “River City Gift Co.”)

It is important for the major search engines to have a complete verification of this business’ new name and location, not only so customers would find the new spot, but so they would not think it had closed for good (In our case, the old spot was under construction.)  We also needed to make sure customers searching for coffee would find the new location easily.  The question was, “How quickly can we make this happen?”  I expected it to take up to six months.

Here’s the steps we took to claim the Google business listing in less than 90 days.

First, we worked to set up the Google account for the business.  In this case, there was already a Google page for the old business name, and that page had not been updated in a long time. The owners and staff couldn’t figure out who set up the page, so we built a new page, with the new name and location, and flagged the old one as incorrect.  This isn’t the best first option, but in our case, was our best choice.  Note that when you set up a business Google+ page, you need to be careful who the administrators are.  For a small business, the owner is an ideal contact who can add administrators as needed.  If the owner of the business does not have a Google account already, one can be created to align with the business.  Make sure that, if you are a business owner or manager, that you do not trust the keys of the business’ Google account to only one person.  If that person leaves, you may have trouble getting access!

Next, in addition to revising the website and shortening the domain name, it was important to create an email address from that new domain name, (in this case we used contact@rivercitycoffeelr.com), and link it to the new Google account.  This helped us to increase the reputation with Google.

Once we had the accounts set up, we worked to verify the Google maps/Google Places listing verification.  (Google street view was still showing a salon in that spot when the initial request was submitted.)  We began the process of Google + page verification.  Since this was a new location for the business, and it had not been established in this physical location, the verification pin number was sent via a postcard to the new business, rather than by phone.  The entire process took a couple of steps:  the maps verification went through first, then the business page verification code arrived via snail mail.

After the Google+ page was verified, the maps listing became unverified. This is where is helped to have the swift cooperation of the client.  A Google representative called the coffee shop about the maps listing to verify.  The owner talked to the rep, and the map page was re-verified.  Once that conversation happened, all Google pages associated with this account were in sync, and the new River CIty Coffee was legitimate in Google’s eyes.

After your business is verified on Google, verifying your business in other search engines, like Bing and Yahoo, and other social service listings, like Foursquare, Yelp, and Urbanspoon, is much quicker and easier.  Other listings like YP.com can be changed or updated more quickly with a confirmed Google listing.

River City Coffee was an extreme example.  Whether you have moved recently, or have been in the same location for years, it is important to check on your Google listing, claim and verify your Google pages, and follow the above steps for verification.

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Tim Vahsholtz is a marketing professional with a focus on new inbound marketing techniques.

Failed business? Or Learning Experience?

I read the Facebook post from local food cart/restaurateur, “Hot Dog Mike” about the closing of his storefront.  His comment that it was “another failed business” got me thinking about businesses in my neighborhood, as well my own endeavours, and I came to this conclusion:

A “failed business” is just another learning experience.

What exactly is the definition of “failed business” anyway?  A business that falls “short of success or achievement in something expected, attempted, desired…” Or, a business that didn’t work out the way that we wanted.

I can relate to that.  Not everything I’ve tried to build has worked out the way I wanted.  For example, I really wanted to make big money as a music photographer.  I really wanted to be “the” promo guy to the bands.  My music photography business simply didn’t make sense as I worked harder and harder for less and less money as cellphones and cheaper cameras made it seem like hundreds of photographers were at a show.  After almost four years, it didn’t make sense to keep chasing those particular clients.

For a myriad of reasons, businesses sometimes just don’t work.  And, because a business shutters its doors, doesn’t mean it’s a failure.  Maybe it just doesn’t work right now (or If I look at the business ventures that have come and gone over the last few years in my area alone, we’ve had a couple of restaurants and a pub that have closed.  Even the Argenta Market is closing as it’s “current iteration” isn’t working for the neighborhood (and it was open for a few years!)

A finished business endeavor can be a great opportunity to research, retool and relaunch. There’s never a shortage of opportunities to get into something new, and learn from it.  Certainly, it pays to do your homework: As a creative type who is over halfway through the MBA program at Harding University, I am finding that some of the opportunities from my past, and ones in front of me now, do not make good sense when looked at through a “business lens” rather than focusing only on the creative.

Everybody wants success, but that success isn’t guaranteed.  It’s “a common occurrence in our uncertain environment.”   History tells stories of some very famous, successful entrepreneurs that failed at first: Henry Ford’s first auto business went bankrupt, Walt Disney was fired because he wasn’t creative, and Colonel Sanders’ chicken recipe was rejected by hundreds of restaurants.  Maybe you or I won’t be the next KFC or Disney, but we can certainly tap into that current of entrepreneurial spirit and press on.   “Hot Dog Mike” also said he would take some time off and reflect.  (He’s a pretty good photographer as well.) I hope he will let us all know what his next endeavor will be.

Tim’s business is TVAH Creative, specializing in Media, Marketing and SEO. He is currently in the MBA program at Harding University.

 

Questionable phone app spams your smartphone contacts

“Glide” Video App Spammy Looking Text Sent To Customer’s Entire Address Book

Spammy looking text send from Glide Video app to a user's phone contacts. Clearly, this is a questionable phone app.  A text from a random phone number with the message: “You need to see this!” and a short link to a site I should “join.”  I hadn’t heard of Glide up to this point and, when I received this text, assumed it was a virus.  I guess it’s not – er, technically.  Of course, the sender had no idea it was spamming her contacts and apologized.  It’s not all her fault though.

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Best Photographer – Arkansas Times 2010

Best of Arkansas 2010

Page 5 of 6

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Artist

Emily Galusha

RUNNERS-UP: Lisa Krannichfeld, Barry Thomas, Kevin Kresse.

Photographer

Tim Vahsholtz

RUNNERS-UP: Sarah Bussey, Nancy Nolan, Dixie Knight.