Digital Weekend At Westhampton Beach NY

IMG_20140714_230832I spent the weekend in the Hampton’s. I covered Westhampton, Southampton and East Hampton. The purpose of the trip was relaxation and networking. Mission accomplished.

I had an awesome time at Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club in Westhampton Beach. I don’t play golf, but there are plenty of nice folks who belong there and the salad bar in the restaurant was tasty. The staff is super friendly too.

Then I took a quick spin to the beach and spent some quality time at the water. The weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a few hours a day spent on the web, by way of laptop, tablet and mobile phone.

In addition to getting work done, I met with┬ápeople in East Hampton who I’m helping with some digital updates this week.

It’s not a party unless I’m offering digital services to prospective clients. Soon I’ll be launching my own blogs and sites in addition to digital marketing. Right now it’s all about helping companies improve what they have online. Web, mobile, social media, digital resources and strategies. I help with a lot of implementation and I bring in pieces to the puzzle created by other companies. For additional details call anytime. Here is a video explaining further.

I Won A Brand New Samsung Chromebook From City Experts

Mark Pine At City Experts

City Experts is a community of people across the country and the world who leave reviews on Google Plus Local and Google Maps. They have contests, special offers and events. It’s awesome. I’ve met a bunch of new people and had an amazing time at the last event.

Now to top it all off, I won a brand new Samsung Chromebook. I already had a Chromebook and now I have two which is nice because I do a lot of work on the web and I can split it onto both screens instead of just working with one. Yesterday, I went to Google Glass Basecamp which is something separate and I had an opportunity to try out another Chromebook that Google offers called the Chromebook Pixel. The Pixel is the most high end Chromebook they offer. It is amazing. Backlit keyboard, aluminum, touch screen and a lot more.

My Samsung Chromebook and my HP Chromebook which I already had will definitely hold me over until I purchase the Pixel.

Thank you again City Experts for the Chromebook. I’m totally stoked.

Google Glass Basecamp In Chelsea Market

IMG_20140703_125854Yesterday I visited Google Glass Basecamp on top of Chelsea Market in Manhattan. Of course when I found out you can make an appointment to learn about Google Glass I jumped at the opportunity.

Glass comes in several colors including black, grey, white, red and blue. I thought I’d like black or grey the most, but I think I like white the best. I got to learn how to use some of Glass’s features and I love it. I will absolutely be purchasing a pair of Google Glass in the near future.

Another bonus of visiting Glass Basecamp was getting to use a Chromebook Pixel for the first time. The Chromebook Pixel is a laptop that is for sale on Google Play. They have two versions, one comes with the built in ability to connect to cellular in addition to WiFi. Cellular is mandatory for me because I like to work from Central Park and I don’t think they offer WiFi there yet, although I’m not 100% sure because I always have my own connection and I haven’t tried.

Both the Chromebook Pixel and Google Glass are on my short list of new digital marketing tools to add to what I already have. The future is here everyone and I’m loving it.

I thought I was going to get some video for my YouTube channel inside Glass Basecamp but I only took a few pictures as seen below. I made a few videos outside Chelsea Market on 15th St instead. My motto normally is, if it’s not worth filming, it’s not worth doing but I was having so much fun learning I didn’t want to take any footage. I’m sure they wouldn’t have minded, but I just didn’t feel like it was appropriate. I know a lot of other people have footage in there, but like I said it was really all about learning to use Glass.

If you are interested in learning more about Glass, you can visit the site here.

Money Measuring Stick

Mark PineI live in Manhattan and I’m from Long Island. Of course I realize there is more to life than money. With that being said, money is a part of life. Especially with what I do for a living, which is digital marketing. There is so much confusion surrounding my profession and what is possible, I feel like the only way to get through to people sometimes is to show some real money. Meaning car, apartment, clothes, what have you. Some people look at me like a genius and others look at me like I’m a dime a dozen. I’d like to think I’m closer to the first one.

In addition to helping brands and companies with their online efforts, I’m a web entrepreneur. Meaning I’m creating my own sites. It’s a lot of fun and I think that as my own personal sites progress, it will help my consulting business. Regarding what I said earlier, perception is key. When people perceive you to be successful, it adds a lot of credibility.

I work and am available for my clients almost twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. When people have time to spend on the web I make myself available. I also move at the pace of the city. Meaning, you will see improvement quickly in most if not all cases.

The inspiration for the title of the video and blog post was running into an old friend. The person knows me since I was in diapers. I didn’t get the feeling that they were too impressed when I mentioned what I was doing with my life and it made me record a video about it.

Roaming At The Park

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I’m in Central Park on my Chromebook and Galaxy. Totally mobile. In the video I’m walking around the inside of the park, looking for Tavern on the Green. On the way I discovered there is a Le Pain Quotidien inside the park. I have visited the park dozens of times in the last few months and I didn’t even know Le Pain was in there.

While I’m walking, of course the topic turns to technology. I’m speaking about sharing videos on the go. The fastest site from my experience is YouTube. At least from my Galaxy phone. YouTube lets you quickly label a video and upload it. You don’t even have to leave the app open after it starts to upload. It’s amazing and I love it.

I like Vimeo too, but not as much on the go. I have a free account, so I can’t speak for their premium plans, but you have to leave the app open or the video won’t upload. Flickr is OK, but it’s not as fast as YouTube either, in my opinion. I’ll need more testing, but this is what I’ve come up with so far. The best way to find out is try them all out yourself if you like to share videos on the go like me.

Another feature from YouTube I like is they allow you to upload pretty long clips. I have uploaded at least six minute videos right from my cell phone. Maybe longer. That is without WiFi. I have the T Mobile unlimited data plan so it’s open season on video.