Instagram to Get Vine Video Capability? Choice Is Key

June 17, 2013 11:21 AM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

With Facebook announcing a secret press event scheduled for on June 20th, rumors and speculation have begun to swirl. One of which is that the recently acquired Instagram will be receiving a video feature.

Vine For Business: Best Practices

June 6, 2013 2:03 PM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

When Twitter introduced Vine in late January of this year for iOS, I was on board. The problem however, was that in a sea of early adopters, I was sailing a lonely ship. Fast forward to April; Vine catches on with a few of my acquaintances and with popular social media culture and the bay became full of some interesting characters. 

Snapchat, Efemr and Big Brands: Beyond Entertainment

May 2, 2013 8:45 AM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

I’m almost 30 years old. I’ve got a few more months. There are often times in my day when I feel like a real-life adult. Paying my mortgage, planning my wedding, mowing my lawn: you know, big boy stuff. But then I was introduced to Snapchat, where all the crudeness of former teenage delinquency has a place to thrive. 

ALPHA's favorite Super Bowl Ads 2013

February 5, 2013 10:38 AM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

Wanna know which Super Bowl ads we liked the best? Check it out.

Instagram Airline Giveaway Hoax...Holiday Prices Remain The Same.

November 6, 2012 11:12 AM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

Recently on Instagram, I noticed re-grams from friends shouting out to follow @vansgiveaway offering a free pair of shoes to the first 30k followers.

Something immediately seemed fishy. In a struggling skateboard industry, (especially with hurricane Sandy so close in our rear-view, leaving so many with little to nothing), awarding 30 thousand pairs of shoes to seemingly undeserving total strangers with no pre-required information was totally bizarre.

Quick … get the QR code out of the oven — I think it’s overdone!

June 25, 2012 10:27 AM | Posted By Nicky Peele, President, PMP®

Several years ago, a few innovative companies realized they could use an automotive industry inventory tracking barcode for marketing purposes. Before you know it, companies everywhere started utilizing this funky little barcode in their marketing materials. It took a while for everyone to realize what it was and how to use it. But once the QR code gained an understanding and a following — it took off!

Design Vs. Decoration: Internet Summit 2011 and Term Confusion

November 21, 2011 1:01 PM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

November 15th and 16th marked my second annual pilgrimage to the Internet Summit held at Raleigh’s beautiful convention center. The Internet Summit boasts incredible speakers and topics of discussion ranging from basic SEO understanding to every element of social media integration one could possibly think of.

Facebook's Fall Facelift

September 21, 2011 12:59 PM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

Every 10 months or so, my Facebook wall is chock-full of people whom I rarely even have personal interaction with, griping and moaning about the new layout design. I usually keep quiet about these changes, whether or not I agree with them.

“Love them like family. Feed them like family.” — And It’ll Cost You, of course!

August 31, 2011 11:01 AM | Posted By Nicky Peele, President, PMP®

The Blue Buffalo Company tugs at your heartstrings, or maybe your guilty conscience, with their “Love them like family . . .” tagline. Holistic and natural recipe dog foods are all the rage now.

Google+: A First Impression

July 12, 2011 1:52 PM | Posted By Alex Traboulsi, Senior Graphic Designer

In my opinion, social media has plateaued. Facebook is the norm. Everyone’s on it, everyone knows that everyone uses it, and the shock of grandma posting status updates is fading into the past. With Myspace’s death/resurrection cycle not getting anyone’s attention, and Twitter celebrating a half-decade of chirps, what’s a boy gotta do to get excited about the Internet these days?

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