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As I sat here pondering my last breakup, which took place over six years ago in case you were curious, I quickly realized that the song I was listening to at that moment (shown above) was absolutely a perfect fit for how I was feeling. How about that? And then another song came on that was another perfect fit!
“Things get damaged. Things get broken.” How fitting. 🤔
Anyway, I have had to put Up! Foundations on hold due to my taking a full time job as a middle school English teacher. 👨🏫 The good news is that I get 2 weeks off in December, so I’m going to have time to work on the next module. (I’m very sorry if you’ve been waiting for it these past few months.) 🤦🏻♂️
I guess that’s all I have to report for now. Hope everyone is doing super good and that you are enjoying the holidays! ❄️☃️ (I am!)
Just reached ten years of blogging on WordPress. I wish I could spend more time blogging, I love connecting with others and sharing our views on everything under the sun (and sometimes under the moon, too). 😉 Thanks, WordPress friends! Cheers to you!! 🥂 🎉
Four Lessons Learned from the 2020 LIV Commercials
A few things stood out during last night’s commercials and I thought I should share my point of view, for better or worse, about what I observed. So without further ado…
I. Abstract Trumps Realism
Why is it that the content creators of big brands believe we prefer abstract art over realism? The majority of last night’s Super Bowl commercials were prevalent in animation and augmented reality? Are they creating commercials for adults or kids, because what I saw looked like their target audience was adolescents.
II. Throwing Celebrities Into A Commercial Does Not Improve The Content.
Why on earth would you throw in a handful of celebrities into your commercials, yet have no discernible storyline or clear CTA in the content? (“Garbage in, garbage out” comes to mind.)
III. 80s and 90s Music and Characters Are Making a Comeback.
I did enjoy seeing Wayne and Garth, as well as hearing the jingle for The Greatest American Hero. This says, people in the age range of 40-50, we’re targeting you! At least we marketers can’t pick up on that one good cue when creating new content for the near future.
IV. The Lousy Lemonade Lesson
Smh. The 2020 crisis metaphor of “when life gives you lemons, make spiked lemonade” was a poor choice. This commercial added insult to injury with the despotic lemons pelting passers by, and the suggestions that we have a drink to get through it is sadly lacking in humor, at best, and poor advice at worst. What we need is a sober stance to overcome our serious issues in our country, not more alcohol or drugs. We need to step up as a society and act like better role models for the kids who are watching us and how we deal with life’s challenges. Having a drink during a sporting event is fine, but that’s not what was conveyed here. I challenge you to do better next time.
There you have it, my comments on what I saw in the super bowl commercials. I hate to sound nostalgic, but the “good ole days” were better than what I saw last night, apart from the FPL commercial – that one, I liked.
How about writing down your plans for the year ahead? (Hint: that’s what I’m doing.) Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year!
Isn’t it time to move forward from dabbling with Facebook ads to actively implementing a well-planned annual social media marketing campaign?
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We create the same twelve-month marketing plan as discussed previously in option one, then distribute your creatives on your behalf on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Our retainer service is month-to-month, so you will have the freedom to start and stop this service as you wish. However, when you see the ROI, we are certain that it will make sense to keep moving forward.
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1. Clay tile. AKA “Spanish tile” (my favorite) this material is considered the most attractive, but also more expensive. This roof will have a 50 to 100 year life expectancy, but is costly to repair.
Benefit: good wind resistance.
2. Steel Panels. This roofing material is less expensive than clay tile, but not as attractive.
Benefit: lower cost & good wind resistance.
3. Composition Shingle. There are many grades of shingle quality to choose from, they are the most affordable material, and they have a 20 to 50 year life expectancy. However, they are the least wind resistant.
Roofing Options: Solar Panels. When you are thinking about your roofing installation, you may want to consider adding solar panels. They may cut your electric bill, but you should consider the installation costs, as well as future repair and replacement costs. Also, they may be difficult to remove when repairing your roof and they are not attractive.
Perhaps when the technology expands to the point where the panels are embedded into the roofing materials, it will become a “must have.” For now, you may need to crunch the numbers closely before placing an order.
In closing, when designing your new home, you may be restricted by the developer’s rules on what roofing material you can use. Also, take into consideration your environment and how well your preference will blend in. Lastly, remember the old adage that you get what you pay for.
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New home buyers often fall in love with the model homes they visit because the builders hire interior designers to showcase almost every premiere feature they offer. As such, it is important to clarify what IS and what IS NOT included in the model that you buy.
Here is a list of typical upgrades offered by most new home builders:
- Coffered, Vaulted, or Raised Ceilings,
- Built-in Shelving, Alcoves, Art Niches, or TV Cut-outs,
- Bonus Room, Mud Room, Laundry Room, In-Law Quarters, or Sun Rooms,
- Covered Patio or Lanai, Wood Deck, Brick Paver or Concrete Slab Patio,
- Swimming Pool (with Option to Screen Patio),
- Landscaping (Front/Rear/Sides),
- Fireplaces and Mantles,
- Covered Porch,
- 1 to 3 Car Garage and/or “Porto Cochere” (carport),
- Dormers (real or faux), Shutters (real or faux), or Decorative Windows (such as “Bay” Windows),
- Skylights or Recessed Lighting, and
- Optional Siding (Brick, Stone, Stucco, or Log Siding). Note: I recommend you avoid buying a home with synthetic stucco, vinyl, aluminum, Hardy board (aka T-111 siding), or Masonite lap siding. These low cost options have aged poorly in the past and may cost you money for replacement when you want to sell, as well as lose its luster and reduce your home’s curb appeal.
Also, keep in mind what others are doing in your neighborhood. An appraisal rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if your home is the only one in the neighborhood that has a fancy “thing-a-ma-gig” that nobody else has, it will be deemed an “over improvement” and not be given weight to the bottom line market value of your home.
In closing, when negotiating the features of your new home, be sure to get the cost of each upgrade upfront and in writing and stick to your budget. Compare the builder’s costs versus doing it yourself, or consider the cost of outsourcing some of these optional items, such as the pool, on your own, post-purchase. But do keep in mind that any items included now will also be financed into your home loan at highly remarkable, low interest rates – in today’s market October, 2020 – that’s under 4% for a fixed 30-year loan.
Best of luck in your new home construction purchase!
This coronavirus pandemic has turned our lives around quite a bit. I’m making the best of the situation, like most others, and remain hopeful that this shall soon pass. May God be with us all.