Tying the knot is one of the biggest milestones of your life.
I’d be lying if I told you the process of getting engaged, and then getting married, wasn’t thought-provoking, stressful, and intense at times.
Despite what those dang Disney movies say, it’s so much more than just falling in love. Any person faced with a pivotal decision in their life can tell you that it’s hard to put all of your thoughts on a leash.
I’mcompletely in love, but that’s only the beginning if you’re contemplating marriage, and once you become husband and wife.
I always seemed to come back to these same seven questions and claims about marriage before I tied the knot, and even now that I’m a wifey.
Don’t let the solid word marriage stump you. It may describe the union millions of people have, but each scenario is incredibly different.
This isn’t a hard idea to grasp once you’re married, but it’s an extremelyuseful concept to hold onto.
I’m a trailblazing Aries.
Needless to say, I already knew the controlling type was not going to do me any good. My husband never has, and never will, try to clip my wings, nor does he frame our marriage as something that keeps me put.
Even before the I do’s, I knew being a married woman would be an amazing new part of me but not necessarily that I am.
I’ll admit, I toyed with this idea for quite some time.
Yes, you do sign a piece of paper, but it genuinely is so much more than just that.
Of course, people are happy without getting married, there’s no doubt about it. But, if you did sign along the dotted line and read your beautiful vows, you know that piece of paper opens up a new adventure and many experiences you face together.
Just like there isn’t one type of marriage, there isn’t one type of wife, either.
I’ve always been an innovator, so I saw putting on the wife hat as another chance for me to make my own definition. Because, let’s be honest: Conformity stinks.
This can be a scary thought before you get married, because you’re still in that almost-there, excited phase. Once you’re married, though, you realize things change and not necessarily in a bad way.
You’re falling in love with new things about each other every single day. So, will my hubby and I always love each other the same? No. Personally, I wouldn’t want that, because that means I haven’t grown, and haven’t grown.
As much as I hate clich sayings, this one is for real. It sucks to be an open book when certain situations make you want to shut everyone out.
But, youreally can’t go wrong with being open and honest, which is why this thought of talking things out stayed with me before and after tying the knot.
With the openness social media providessociety with, people don’t hold back on posting about all things about their personal life.
People are into it,you can seriously trace all of the ups and downs of a couple’s relationship just by checking their Facebook pages.
I’ve always been a private person and knew before and after I got married that what happens between us, stays between us ring, or no ring.
I’m certainly no expert, but Ican say from the experience of being married so far, trust your own beliefs and thoughts.
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Parents will never stop being parents — even if one of them is the President of the United States.
While campaigning for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina on Tuesday, President Obama spilled the beans on something many of us have been wondering for quite some time now… Here’s a hint: It has everything to do with Sasha Obama and the mystery revolving around her non-existent Twitter account.
Does she have one? Has she ever had one? Are we supposed to know? What about Malia?! So. Many. Questions.
According to Time, during his speech in Charlotte,President Obama revealed,
Everybody’s got an opinion, but nobody actually knows the job until you’re sitting behind the desk. Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job until you’ve sat behind the desk. I meanSasha tweets, but she doesn’t think that she thereby should be sitting down at the desk.
Wait, wait, wait… Sasha tweets?! The Twitter-verse went absolutely ballistic when President Obama accidentally revealed that Sasha might have a Twitter account. The only issue? We probably weren’t supposed to know about it.
Did he misspeak? Was he simply referring to his daughter’s text messages and confused them with tweets since he’s so active on Twitter these days? We’ll never really know. Not right now, at least.
— Coleen (@steadysatellite) July 5, 2016
When Barbara Walters asked about Malia and Sasha Obama’s social media habits back in 2013, Michelle Obama revealed,
I still am not a big believer in Facebook for young people… particularly for them, because they’re in the public eye.Some of it’s stuff they don’t need to see and be a part of So we try to protect them from too much of the public voice.
If you know anything about Twitter, you know the social media platform revolves around “the public voice,” maybe even more so than Facebook.
That’s precisely why it doesn’t make any sense that the President’s 15-year-old daughter Sasha would have Twitter without anyone knowing… But the presidentdid say “Sasha tweets,” causing Twitter to go crazy.
Check out the reactionarytweets below!
What is Sasha Obama’s twitter handle?
— Matt Viser (@mviser) July 5, 2016
The jig is up. I’m Sasha Obama. And I’m sooooooo pissed!!!!
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) July 5, 2016
Poor Sasha, she’s like, “Dad, why do you have to mention me at all?” #sashatweets
— (((Joan Marshall))) (@jmarsh4037) July 5, 2016
— Chelsie Hadden (@ChelsieHadden) July 5, 2016
— Jamie Tarabay (@jamietarabay) July 5, 2016
Plot twist: Sasha Obama is Sasha Fierce and has been Beyonce this whole time.
— Elizabeth’s Cousin (@thacondition) July 5, 2016
Did Sasha invent the original tea lizard meme? #SashaTweets
— Jamie Lewis (@jlew8) July 5, 2016
— Teddy Wilson (@txindyjourno) July 5, 2016
If Sasha Obama does have a twitter, I’m sure SS just took it down. #SashaTweets
— Chandelis R. Duster (@Chandelis) July 5, 2016
No but really, I want to know more about how #SashaTweets.
— Jamie Lynn (@jamielynncwv) July 5, 2016
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(CNN)President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia gubernatorial race. But the candidate appears to go out of his way to avoid mentioning his most prominent supporter.
Diors new creative director the first female in its 70-year history to hold the post is fascinated by modern women and how she can reflect their lives in the clothes she makes
It is Christian Dior who gazes down gravely from the portrait in oils, whose dresses are in the silver-framed photographs that sit at an elegant slant beneath the white orchids, and whose name is stamped in distinctive sharp-serifed font on the reception desk at Dior HQ on Rue de Marignan. But the living, breathing creative force of todays Christian Dior, who darts in shaking the rain out of her tousled bob, is a woman. Whats more, Maria Grazia Chiuri is nothing like the full-skirted, doe-eyed figure whose image is conjured up by the name Dior. She wears a black sheepskin coat, flat buckled black shoes and black trousers with a Mod-sharp crease.
Maria Grazia Chiuri is here to reinvent Christian Dior. A house that has been selling feminine charm since 1947 has a woman in charge for the very first time. We walk the curved staircase to the first floor, into a salon with three tall white-shuttered windows, where oval-backed Louis XVI chairs are grouped gracefully around a generous expanse of freshly beeswaxed parquet.
On the staircase we passed Willy Maywalds famous photograph of 40s Dior house model Renee, her feet posed in a balletic fourth on a cobbled Parisian street in a full black skirt and a white bar jacket. But we are not here to talk about full skirts or the New Look. After 70 years of white-gloved elegance and dove-grey refinement, the house of Dior now stands for something else: feminism. For her Dior debut in the Muse Rodin in September last year, Maria Grazia Chiuri sent on to the catwalk a T-shirt with the slogan We Should All Be Feminists, the title of a Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ted talk. So once Maria Grazia, as her team call her, has offloaded her D-fence saddlebag, a millennial-bait crossbody with the DIOR name spelt out in knuckleduster gold, on to the grey velvet upholstery, I ask her why she wanted to put feminism on the Paris catwalk.
Dior is feminine, she says. Thats what I kept hearing when I told people I was coming here. But as a woman, feminine means something different to me than it means to a man, perhaps. Feminine is about being a woman, no? I thought to myself: if Dior is about femininity, then it is about women. And not about what it was to be a woman 50 years ago, but to be a woman today.
Maria Grazia herself is very much a woman of today. Her naturally dark hair is bleached a platinum blond, offset by sooty black eyes; the effect, teamed with her all-black outfit (I am part of the generation that wears black, she shrugs), is equal parts Debbie Harry and Donatella. The pussy bow of her sheer black blouse is tied in a rakish slim knot which is Mick Jagger rather than Nancy Reagan. Her hands, barnacled with rings, have an aesthetic that is more Hells Angel than chauffeur-driven: an eagle spreads across three fingers, an enormous pearl balances on another, a jagged flash of green on the other hand.Continue reading
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday when Donald Trump was asked during a televised interview how he would deal with ISIS’s spread online he responded with a fairly incoherent answer that amounted to “the cyber is so big.” Today, during a much publicized speech on national security in Philadelphia, he said one of his first directives as president would be to “conduct a thorough review of all United States cyber defenses and identify all vulnerabilities.”
Sounds like someone’s been studying…or at least, whoever wrote Trump’s speech has been. (The Trump campaign did not respond to a request about who wrote today’s remarks.)
Throughout this election cycle, the Republican nominee has rarely discussed issues related to technology and cyber security. And when he has, the things he’s said have been newsworthy if only for their comedic value. Yesterday, it was his circuitous and confusing dodge about defeating ISIS online.
Worth a read. Donald Trump somehow segues from "cyber" to ISIS propaganda to his poll numbers: pic.twitter.com/9ewF54ee37
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 6, 2016
Before that, it was his debate-night assertion that Bill Gates would help him close up parts of the Internet.
And boy did the Twitterati laugh, because Trump putting a “the” in front of “cyber” is kind of like my mom asking if we can “Netflick” the final season of The Good Wife. And how would Bill Gates shut off the internet anyway? How absurd. Ha HA!
Except for one thing: Trump’s ignorance about cyber threats has never been funny. It’s been scary. Trump’s lousy grammar and off the cuff remarks have been distractions from the real issue: That the man who actually could be president has expressed little to no understanding of cybersecurity or the online frontier in the war on terror.
Yesterday, when he was asked to talk policy, Trump slipped seamlessly into highlighting his own rising poll numbers. Whether he intended to or not, that pivot had the effect of comparing his supporters to ISIS recruits, suggesting that the same psychology that leads them to be energized about polls in his favor is what leads ISIS recruits to be radicalize. Wait, what?
Never mind the fact that ISIS’s social media recruiting tactics are a separate issue altogether from the cybersecurity threats the country faces from other nations and lone hackers. Russian hackers have cracked the Democratic National Committee’s databases. Chinese hackers infiltrated the US Office of Personnel Management. North Korean hackers nearly toppled Sony over the release of a Seth Rogen movie. So yeah, “the cyber” is big, so big that the next president will need to come to the White House with at least a slight understanding of what to do about it.
Which is why it’s mildly comforting that today, Trump devoted a significant portion of his national security speech to talking about addressing these issues. In addition to investing heavily in the military, Trump said he would ask the joint chiefs of staff and “all relevant federal departments” to submit a plan that would address vulnerabilities in the country’s power grid, communications, and infrastructure.” That’s a good start.
“At the same time we will invest heavily in offensive cyber capabilities to disrupt our enemies including terrorists who rely heavily on Internet communications,” Trump said, adding that these investments would “help create the jobs and technologies of tomorrow.”
After a year and a half of skirting questions about technology altogether, Trump sounded a lot like, well, Hillary Clinton. Clinton has also called for a commission on national security and privacy, and has spoken repeatedly about the need to refuse ISIS territory on land and in cyberspace.
We need Silicon Valley not to view government as its adversary, Clinton said back in November. We need to challenge our best minds in the private sector and work with our best minds in the public sector to develop solutions that would both keep us safe and protect our privacy.
The difference, of course, is that Clinton has been talking about these issues with frequency and facility. Trump, on the other hand, has stumbled tongue-tied toward a coherent policy. Now that he’s arrived at one—however devoid of detail it may be—it’s hard to lavish on the credit for his ability to read from a TelePrompter. Still, today’s remarks indicate he’s starting to take “the cyber” seriously.Continue reading
The metaphorical armchair is a comfy place — the temperature is controlled, snacks are readily available and the Internet speed is high. Best of all, it is the easiest place to comfortably critique society in the digital age.
Los Angeles-based performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong is all too familiar with that abstract cushy seat. After years of making live theater, the armchair is where she, like many before her, went viral. At the beginning of her new one-woman show, “Wong Street Journal,” she explains this pivotal moment with a simple bar graph.
Two years ago, Wong recounts, she had finished touring two consecutive one-woman shows. “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest” was her take on the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian-American women, followed by “Cat Lady,” a play about the loneliness she experienced touring “Cuckoos Nest” and the larger, tragic subculture of of pick-up artists. One squat bar on her graph (made of felt, like most of her personally handsewn set) represents the response she received from those shows, while another bar towers in comparison. The latter represents the high number of likes, followers and shares she received as the result of an xoJane essay she wrote in 2013, titled “9 Wack Things White Guys Say to Deny their Asian Fetish.”
Wong lovingly strokes the tall bar in a happy-ending fashion, contemplating the beginning of her tumultuous relationship with social media. After publishing the article, Wong went after any commenters she came across who were racist, misogynist or generally ignorant on the Internet. Through hashtag campaigns and troll wars, she cemented her role as a self-proclaimed “public shame master.”
As much as the Internet feels infinite, the stream of people reinforcing and maintaining the oppressive status quo can feel just as endless. To demonstrate this in her performances today, Wong enacts a live hashtag war with her audiences, using felt versions of the symbol “formerly known as the pound sign.” In a frenzy, she throws plush, red hashtags into the audience while exclaiming her favorites.
“Hashtag revolution! Hashtag not your stereotype!” Someone throws one back at her — “Thats a retweet!” she says. “I can do this all fucking day!” Wong exclaims.
But in truth, she couldnt.
“I just found myself fighting with people online all day. It was this weird rush, not having to see people face to face, but it also just felt so exhausting,” Wong told The Huffington Post. “Is this going to be my life?”
If Twitter was her battleground, theater was her safe haven. But after touring two emotionally wrought, personal plays for the better part of a decade, Wong was sick of herself. So, three months after publishing her xoJane piece, she decided to get away from the theater, social media and her armchair by volunteering in Uganda.
“I had an existential crisis, which felt like such a privileged thing,” Wong explained to HuffPost. “I was guilty of having an Eat, Pray, Love moment.”
That feeling of privilege and the guilt that followed was pervasive throughout her three weeks in Uganda, working with the organization Vac-net, which empowers women through efforts like microloans. Before her trip, Wong had built a reputation for her online and offline antics focused on race — crashing the Miss Chinatown pageant, seeking reparations from white guys with yellow fever, and co-opting a televised talking-head segment on “Why everyone wants to date Asian babes.” But once she arrived in Uganda, the racial dynamics in her world shifted. One of her initial interactions in Uganda involved someone calling her “mzungu,” a Bantu term for “white.”
“Suddenly, I was the face of oppression,” she explained to The Huffington Post. “It was really weird to go from constantly calling out white people to people having to literally walk around the power I bring to the room.”
During “Wong Street Journal,” she defines white privilege and gives an overview of her (and perhaps most Americans) knowledge of Africa through celebrities, “the dark continent brought to you by white people.” Similarly, she emphasizes that the lingering question that hung over her while in Uganda was, “How do I enter this situation, leave a legacy, and not be a colonial asshole?”
She recounts how, upon learning of her travels, friends and Facebook “friends” (an important distinction) who had never been to Africa told her to “be careful” or praised her for being “so brave.” A projected screenshot on view during her performance shows how one particular Facebook “friend” pestered Wong about how she could help, potentially by sending her clothes to Africa. The “friend” ended one message with, “I have a purse, too.”
While Wong does point out the ignorance of those individuals, she scrutinizes herself most of all. In addition to being self-conscious about her privilege, she analyzes her own urge to document, upload and share all her thoughts on social media.
For example, Wong acts out a relatable moment from Uganda, when she realized that her head had become “24 hours of backlogged tweets.” On stage, she demonstrates her first foray outside of her comfortable hotel, when she met and befriended a group of young male rappers and music producers. In an unexpected and hilarious turn of events, Wong ended up cutting a five-song rap album with them featuring songs about racial privilege and female empowerment, which is still played on Ugandan radio.
Still, Wong’s quest for connection and authenticity isn’t finished. Throughout her performance, she awkwardly and humorously fumbles through her Western privilege but refuses to sit in it, grasping for answers to tough questions.
“Ive found the best way to help [marginalized people] is to find ways to support their self-determination,” Wong concludes. “What actually supports the ability of people who want to speak for themselves?”
At the end of her performance, she finds herself back in her armchair, literally and figuratively, scrolling through messages from her rapper friends, photos with her colleagues at the volunteer organization, and videos of moments in the community that moved her to tears. By getting out from behind her computer, Wong made herself vulnerable to the same criticisms she had lodged at others, in addition to her own shame, discomfort and guilt. But she pushed through those feelings, and with self-awareness and sincerity, she managed to find genuine connection with the people she met, no “liking” or “retweeting” necessary.
Constant changes to what gets into the Facebook’s newsfeed decrease organic reach. Itâs clear that engaging your hard-won fans will become increasingly difficult.
In this post, I will cover the how and why email lists will work better for your marketing than social channels.
Itâs time to reallocate some of your funds to your content marketing and list building. Start integrating social media to boost your email marketing.
On January 12, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg announced the coming changes, outlining that they aim to ensure that the time people spend on Facebook is âwell spent.â
Facebook repeated this message later in a video:
Person-to-person will be more valuable than person-to-Page. Connections with people in your network will get the biggest boost because interacting with people youâre close to is more meaningful
Facebook organic reach started to plummet around the end ob 2013. An analysis published by Marshall Manson from Social@Ogilvy found that organic reach brands get for their posts on Facebook has crashed. Without putting money behind the posts’ engagement has dropped almost 50% in the last 6 months. They conclude that:
Organic reach of the content brands publish in Facebook is destined to hit zero. Itâs only a matter of time. â- Marshall Manson, Social@Ogilvy
This does not mean that all social channels are tanking. But it should make you cautious about where to invest your marketing dollars. The first step would be to start moving social media followers to your newsletter. Rethinking your email marketing strategy will give you better control over your marketing assets.
Most recent data from SocialFlow shows that the Facebook organic reach is continuing to go down. The reason behind this is an ever-increasing number of Facebook users create more and more content that competes for your newsfeed. Facebook reached 2.2 billion users in March 2018. And there’s the need for Facebook to sell ads.
Email is a more effective sales and communications channel than social networking sites. Even if you are very active in managing your Facebook page or Twitter the potential return is much lower than using opt-in email lists. Social media channels are great for outreach. Next step would be to bring the people you reach there to your email list.
Email is the first step towards building a customer relationship database. It will help you nurture the leads, get the sale and create repeat business. Here are 20 tips to help you grow your newsletter.
Email is at least 4 times more effective in reaching your audience than Facebook
Email is like a phone book of your friends, but social media is more like a casual acquaintance. Mailing lists give you more control over your communications. However this does not mean you should stop using social channels. Use social media as a constant source of new subscribers to your opt-in mailing list.
In 2016 every dollar spent on email is projected to bring in $35.02 –US Direct Marketing Association
Email gets more attention than a post on Facebook or tweet on Twitter. With recent changes by Facebook the people who actually see your posts in their newsfeed has dropped dramatically. Now you have to use promoted posts to have any meaningful reach.
In the case of email, itâs a bit different. Even if it doesn’t seem so, people have less mail than there are tweets and status updates in their newsfeed. So if you have managed to get them to sign up for your mailing list, you have less competing messages.
The other aspect of email is that people have to do something with the email, even if that is just clicking delete.
You have full control over the content and design of your email. Email tends to be technically more versatile. You can put more information in the email without making the user experience too painful. In the case of social media sites, you are stuck with the limited capabilities of the platform you are using.
Email is more personal than a message from the brand page on Facebook or tweet on Twitter. You can personalize messages in an email a lot more easily than on social media channels. In social media, personal customization may lead to one on one communication that will not scale. (Unless you hire an army of monkeys).
When I see a post from a brand in my Facebook newsfeed, I feel that I am watching a broadcast. If you put in some effort, you can make the emails feel personal. But in the case of Facebook’s wall posts, you simply canât. You either talk to one person, or you address everybody in more general terms. More personal touch is why people feel that when they get an email, it is meant just for them.
Right after personalization comes segmenting. Email is better at that! You can slice and dice your mailing list any way you want. You have more information about subscriberâs earlier actions. Information about what emails they open and what links they click enables you to use that behavior to segment subscribers automatically.
Using Facebook will give you some control in the form of demographic targeting, but itâs hard to track that to the individual level. In the case of Twitter, you are flying blind.
Here is a useful integration option. Match the people from the social networks to the entries in your mailing list. Then you may able to add demographic information from Facebook to email database and take a step closer to the social CRM. I will show you how to do this in the following chapters.
A/B and multivariate testing are one of the most important tools in any marketer’s arsenal. Mailing lists are an exceptional channel to use for testing. Email excels at the possibilities of testing content variations, segmentation, personalization, etc. From subjects to CTAs (call to action) and copy length versus image use, email is really flexible.
Email gives you another segmenting option not available in social media channels. Targeting recipients based on their earlier interactions:
Thereâs a lot of possibilities that show the engagement level of the subscriber but are not available in social media channels.
Facebook allows for demographic targeting. Demographic targeting is not possible if your list only consists of email addresses without extra data. With the possibility of publishing an invisible post (hidden from newsfeed), Facebook is taking steps towards allowing to test different messages on different audiences. But the flexibility of Facebook options is far from that of email.
As segmenting becomes more important social networking sites might start to give marketers the tools that allow them to access that data. They already have that information, but it’s not available to the mere mortals like us.
There are a lot of restrictions on the content that you can use on social networking sites. Guns, porn, gambling, prescription drugs, etc. In most cases, you are banned from social networking sites if you deal in any of those areas.
In the case of social networks you have three masters to consider:
In the case of the email, the rules are a lot less strict. The law dictates what you can do. When a person initiates a conversation with the business, then business can answer in great detail without getting in trouble with the law. Thereâs no third party to set up additional rules. Email is also considered private enough that people are willing to subscribe to lists that they necessarily wouldnât admit to in public.
These topics that people want to hide from others donât have to be porn or gambling. There are things like bad breath, skin conditions, baldness, plastic surgery, legal advice, etc.
The best part?
People are familiar with commercial email. Getting an email that contains business information and special offers is something that happens all the time, and people are accustomed to this. In the email, you can include one part of commercial offers and add some useful content to that. This will make your communication less about hard selling and more about delivering value.
In the case of social media sites itâs not totally clear how much sales is acceptable. One piece of social media content (a wall post, tweet, image, etc.) is usually about one thing. Itâs a sales message or something else. If a person gets too many sales messages in a row they might want to opt out.
Email is still the most used electronic media. Most people check it first thing in the morning and take a glance before they go to bed.
71% consumers favor email as their first online âcheckâ of the day. –ExactTarget
Having a email list is like having a gold bullion under your mattress. Itâs yours. You have direct route to the people and you can use that whenever you feel like it. It is important that you know what you are doing but it is under your control.
In the case of third party sites like Facebook and Twitter, you are at the mercy of their decisions. You have a Facebook app? Facebook changes its width. You have thousands of likes? To reach them pay up! Facebook has to find ways to justify its sky-high valuation. Twitter has made changes to how you can use its API to access the data that you have created. You canât be sure that you have free access your followers in the future.
Value of the Facebook fan and Twitter follower is much lower than that of an email subscriber in your opt-in list. If you are doing it right then, you should get at least 20% of open rate. Click through rates maybe 2-4% of or even higher. For some, these number may seem too low. That’s because they are Average Email Campaign Stats of MailChimp Customers by Industry. You should aim higher.
In the case of Facebook, we can measure the engagement rate in the form of people âtalking about this.â If you are not running a campaign or posting something really viral, your engagement rate tends to be in 2-6 percent range.
This means that email will engage several times more people than your social media channel. You should interact with your followers in social channels and encourage them to sign up for the email list.
For example: Let’s take an email opt-in list of 10,000 subscribers and pit it against the Facebook page with 10,000 likes. I would put my money on the email list to get the most customer engagement (and eventually sales). Twitter account with 10k followers would probably be the least effective of the three. Here’s how to get the most out of your newsletter subscribers.
Besides getting more engagement, people consider email as the main commercial channel. An ExactTarget study from 2012 found that more than three-quarters (77%) of people surveyed responded that email is the preferred channel for permission-based promotional messages. Only 4% of respondents said that about Facebook and for Twitter it was measly 1%
I started with the idea that email lists are more effective than social media to deliver business results. Opponents have said itâs like comparing apples to oranges. This is true in a way. Different marketing tools vary in effectiveness, but the most important metric for any marketing effort is ROI. You do marketing because you want to sell your products and services. The goal is to move the potential customer in the direction of making a transaction. That vehicle is email more often than not.
Not that you could LeBron James is here to make sure no one forgets.
King James’ Halloween party for Cleveland Cavaliers teammates on Sunday included some amazing costumes, which we’ll get to in a second. But the unquestioned highlight was a fantastic shot taken at the Golden State Warriors team LeBron and company vanquished in last season’s NBA Finals.
James, of course, powered the Cavs to a comeback win in the series after being down 3-1, something that had never before happened in NBA Finals history. The flip side of that equation is that the Warriors became the first team in history to blow a 3-1 NBA Finals lead which has since become a running joke on the basketball internet.
And so we present to you this bit of decor from the Halloween party James hosted for Cavs teammates Sunday night. The photo above was shared on Instagram by DJ Steph Floss, and has since been making the rounds among hoop fans on social media.
Damn. Damn! DAMN! That’s an MVP-level burn.
Now, like we promised, here are some costume highlights from Sunday night.
Kevin Love and girlfriend Kate Bock went as Harry and Lloyd from Dumb and Dumber.
Mike Dunleavy Jr. and his wife, Sarah, went as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears circa early the early aughts.
Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) October 31, 2016
Iman Shumpert went as The Joker.
Kyrie Irving went as a footloose Red Ranger.
And finally, here’s LeBron himself as Jerome from Martin.
In conclusion, it’s good to be kings of the basketball world.Continue reading
(CNN)For over two decades, Japanese photographer Shoichi Aoki has been documenting the most outlandish, provocative and definitive Tokyo street fashion.
The 20-year-old gunman confessed to opening fire in the Burlington department store on Friday night, killing a man, a teenage girl and three women
The man accused of killing five people at a Macys store in a Washington state shopping mall before leading authorities on a nearly 24-hour manhunt was charged Monday with five counts of first-degree murder.
Arcan Cetin, 20, made a brief appearance in Skagit County district court and his bail was set at $2m.
Court documents released before the hearing said Cetin confessed to the slayings after his arrest, telling detectives who interviewed him that he did bring the rifle into Macys and shot all five victims.
Cetin was arrested Saturday, a day after the gunman opened fire in the department stores cosmetics department Friday night, killing a man, a teenage girl and three women.Continue reading