Jun 21, 2012

How Facebook Helps Brands Think & Act Globally


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How Facebook Helps Brands Think & Act Globally [Infographic]

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT

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I talk to people in business all day long, and I'm still surprised at how many companies haven't embraced doing business globally. Since almost everything I do is online, it's just natural that my closest friends and business associates live in other countries. However, for a lot of people, that is still a very foreign concept. If I was trying to grow a business that wasn't equipped to attract people from all over the world, my first priority would be to change that as quickly as possible.

I've heard some people say that the reason they don't do business globally is because of their concerns about fraud and security. To me, that is very similar to saying that you won't post a real picture on Facebook or sign up for Twitter because you think engaging online with strangers is risky. That argument may have worked a decade ago, but everything is moving toward global commerce these days, and it's time to broaden our views, don't you think? Sure, there are certain policies, procedures and standards which are important to know if you are conducting business in different geographical locations, but those are definitely things you can easily learn.

If you are a brand that is ready to embrace more global consumers, how do you even go about starting that process? This infographic called Think Global Act Global created by Socialbakers sheds a little light on how some brands are taking their Facebook marketing to the next level. They are finding ways to use Facebook to spur international growth and reach out to people they may not have been able to attract before. Some of the stats on this infographic are staggering, and it really illustrates not only how important it is to think globally, but also what a powerful tool Facebook can be in the process of moving in that direction.

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The world flag below was created by deviantART user ~atillawolf. I thought this was such a beautiful piece of relevant art for this topic, so I wanted to share it with you.

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Via: [Litman Live] Header Image Credit: [deviantART / atillawolf]


The All New Star Wars Cyberpunk Figurines

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT

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When you take Star Wars and twist it so much that you get an entirely new breed of characters, you know that your creativity is working. To say that we have seen and shared a lot of Star Wars mashup creations here on Bit Rebels would really be an understatement. There are tons of stuff you can find here if you just use the keyword "Star Wars" in the search field on the sidebar. The most appreciated are the creations from Sillof, a master of the mold who creates the most rad and inspiring action figurines based on the Star Wars universe. Even though the real Star Wars figurines that were released back in the '80s should bring a hefty buck if you sell them, the Sillof stuff is more impressive to me and would be better than the originals if I could get my hands on some of these badboys.

Well, Sillof is back with another set of badass characters, and this time it is all about the cyberpunk lifestyle. He's once again taken the legendary characters of Star Wars and pushed them to their limits in a whole new world. You can clearly see what characters the new figurines are based upon, and they have each gotten their own new name as well. Now if that is not dedication to the art, I really don't know what is.

How about switching Leia for Luna, Luke Skywalker for Link Sourcecoder and Han Solo for Hak Slicer? I doubt these will be up for sale anytime soon, and that makes me kind of sad. I would so want to have one of these. It would get a royal placement in my geek lair and be the center of attention whenever visitors dropped by. So, if you're reading this Sillof, do you perhaps have one of these awesome creations to spare? Probably not, but it was worth a shot. For a further showcase of amazing creativity, I strongly suggest that you drop by Sillof's website and take a peek at all of his stuff. It's geek mania right there!

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Via: [Nerd Approved]


Your Summer Beach Vacation All On Top Of A Cupcake

Posted: 20 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT

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This is the time of year when it seems like everyone is planning a trip to the beach. Going to the beach is the ultimate summertime activity, and it's one of the best things to look forward to this time of year. Some people are lucky enough to live close to the ocean, but unfortunately where I live in Atlanta, it's at best a 4-hour drive to any coast.

Today I was trying to think about how to bring that beachy-oceany feeling closer to home, and I think I've found it. And, of course, it involves a cupcake. These are the cutest little beach cupcakes I've ever seen. They have everything you need for your beach vacation right there on top of the cupcake.

If you want to make these for yourself, you can cut your time in half by buying some unfrosted cupcakes at the store. That way, all you have to do is create the beach scene on top. The sand, which looks so real, is created by crumbling graham crackers. You can do a search for beach cupcakes online, and tons of choices will come up. I've just chosen a few of my favorites for this article. To get the tutorials for these specific ones, you can click over to Simple Beach Cupcakes, Fun At The Beach or Beach Cupcakes. These look delicious, and they make me want to go to the beach even more!

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Via: [Uncommon Design Online] [Cakes by Becky] [Maddycakes Muse]


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