You Can’t Spell Shelf Without Elf

Tis’ the season! And guess what, IHOP is back with another fun, festive menu. Yep, an Elf on a Shelf inspired menu. This promotional menu is currently running from right now until January 1st 2020, but what exactly does the menu entail? Here’s a summary of the menu items from USA Today:

  • Jolly Cakes: Four green pancakes topped with sweet cream cheese icing, whipped topping and shimmery elf sprinkles that resemble elf-sized ornaments. Also available as a side.
  • Oh What Funnel Cakes: Two funnel cakes, lightly dusted with powdered sugar and topped with glazed strawberries, whipped topping and elf sprinkles.
  • Holiday Ham & Sausage Omelet: An omelet loaded with diced ham, sausage, fire roasted peppers, onions, hash browns and cheese, then topped with more ham, sausage, cheddar cheese and cheese sauce. Served with three pancakes or a choice of side.
  • Merry Marshmallow Hot Chocolate: Hot chocolate flavored with toasted marshmallow syrup and topped with whipped topping and elf sprinkles.
  • Little Elves Combo: Choice of one Jolly Cake topped with cream cheese icing, whipped topping and sprinkles or one Oh What Funnel Cake topped with powdered sugar, whipped topping and sprinkles with one scrambled egg, one bacon strip and one pork sausage link.

Yum, yum, and more yum. Sign me up for the Jolly Cakes with an order of Oh What Funnel Cakes as well, because my diet has been naughty. Outside of the menu items, kids 12 and under also eat free every day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. with each adult entrée purchase. That’s pretty awesome, just pay for your entrée and your kiddo eats free! Take advantage of this fun promotional menu, and maybe get yourself some elves for your shelves!

-JC

Gooooooaaaaalllllll

Score one for the NWSL, some marketing news broke that Octagon is going to handle all things marketing, sales, etc. Octagon who?? Octagon is a behemoth when it comes to sports marketing. Who are some of the athletes under the Octagon umbrella? Ben Zobrist, Felix Hernandez, Steph Curry, The Greek Freak, Simone Biles, and Vladimir Tarasenko to name a few. That’s quite the portfolio, and with all the success of the USWNT stars that also play in the NWSL this should send the league into the stratosphere.

The talent is there, now it’s time to better market it and get exposure for the league across the nation. Sometimes that’s all it takes is some proper marketing to grow your audience. It can be a soccer league, or it could be your small business. If this is what your small business needs, then reach out to us and we can help!
-JC

Make Em Say Uhhhhh

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Na Na Na Na. Be like Percy Miller, aka Master P and make sure you diversify that portfolio. What investment has he made? Albeit Big Poppa Burgers in New Orleans, LA. Whether it’s music, food, or clothes, Master P does entrepreneurship right. And speaking of Big Poppa, it’s something that he wants to grow into a franchise opportunity so he could provide not only delicious food for others but also jobs. Not only are his burgers touted as great, but don’t sleep on the chicken sandwiches…especially when some other company is out of them.

Master P, and other rappers know how to do the whole entrepreneur thing right. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket, i.e. music (although that works for some), but diversify yourself as a person. Provide goods or services for your fans. You want to have a sustained stream of income even past your rap/singing prime. Remember, if you are going to venture into the world of being a restaurateur, just make sure your customers say, yummmm na na na na.

-JC

White Claw Summer ‘19 is coming to an end

White Claw summer ‘19 is coming to an end, with #SoberSeptember. Since the news that White Claws are running out was announced, fans started hoarding their Claws and nicknamed September, Sober September.

White Claws exploded a summer of hard seltzers, and didn’t look back. They now have many competitors, but in July, they claimed to have outsold Budweiser. One of their close competitors is Truly, but White Claw brings in almost double the money that Truly does.

When they became widely popular, Natural Light announced their take on a hard seltzer. They only have two flavors, however they both have punny names: Aloha Beaches and Catalina Lime Mixer.

Four Loko also teased a hard seltzer, with a whopping 14% abv, compared to White Claw’s 5%. Social media users went crazy and had flashbacks to their old Four Loko drinking days.

Another company that jokingly teased a seltzer was Busch Light. They posted about a Pumpkin Spice Busch Latte seltzer, with 17% abv which would be the white girl drink of the fall if it was actually real.

-EC

Juicy Pumps Only

Juicy pumps only for Calum Von Moger. That is unless you hurt yourself while lifting, or rappelling. I recently watched the movie Unbroken which stars Calum Von Moger, who is an Aussie bodybuilder and social media influencer. SPOILER ALERT: the movie essentially is about his rise to the top of bodybuilding, playing Arnold in the movie Bigger, influencer lifestyle, family life, and his major setbacks. Calum is all about juicy pumps until he tears his bicep, which leads him to not being able to do anything with his left arm. The recovery involved lots of rehab, and isolation work with his right arm. But once he’s back at he goes rappelling with his older brother, slips and severely injures his knee. Yet another setback. That’s not what this post is about though. It’s about him going through depression because he couldn’t do what he loved…lifting, and living an active lifestyle. What came out of these injuries was an understanding of how important his family and friends truly are. He took a step back from the social media influencer lifestyle and focused on bettering himself. And guess what, he was fine. Social media is so consuming on a daily basis, especially when you rely on income for social media posts as an influencer. But alas, there’s more to life than what’s on your phone and all the social media feeds. So break away and be creative, inspire, free yourself from the screen…or maybe go watch Unbroken, it’s worth it. Let Ciconte Consulting manage your social media pages so you can free your mind.

-JC

Bad Reputation

I do give a damn about your bad social media reputation, says customer somewhere in the world. In the tech-driven world we live in, mostly everyone knows about your company’s social media pages, or follows them. Which makes things tricky. Your company is constantly under a microscope…for better or worse.

So what strategies can you implement to make sure you stay ahead of the curve and in good standing with your customers? Have a positive and professional social media presence. Whether it be assisting customers with troubleshooting, or providing opportunities for customers to connect with you brand; it’s all about being authentic. Any post you put out there has the possibility of having some interesting comments depending on the content, but fret not, don’t always feel the need to feed the trolls. Social media will always be a double-edged sword, you can do so much good as a company, but once something goes awry just be ready for the negative feedback. It’s important to discuss a plan of action for said negative feedback, but in the end you can’t win over everyone. Be authentic, be a positive brand, and let us help you with you social media needs.

-JC

Step Into the Time Machine

The 1990s are back?!?! Say what! 😱 Whether you were growing up in the 90s or born in the 90s this hashtag #TextLikeThe90s will give you some serious nostalgia. It’s definitely worth going down the rabbit hole of twitter to bring back some awesome childhood memories, or just reminisce about one of the best decades that has past. Between the games, technology, fashion, toys, and pop icons…there’s just too much to share, but here’s some that’ll hopefully trigger some memories of simpler times:

There’s way too many to show in this measly blog post, hopefully it’ll trigger some flashbacks though. If you’re on Twitter make sure to share your 90s memory (#TextLikeThe90s) while this is still trending. And if you need marketing consulting or event planning, shoot us an IM on AIM…er, contact us!

-JC

The People Get What the People Want: Spicy Nuggets are Coming Back

Whenever I see a post from Wendy’s, I see multiple comments of people begging for the spicy chicken nuggets to be added back to the menu. They’ve been gone since the spring of 2017. People have always been very passionate about them, given the title of an article on Delish titled, “Wendy’s Got Rid Of Its Spicy Chicken Nuggets And The Internet Is Pissed.” After two years of people begging for Wendy’s to bring back the nuggets, Twitter brought out the big guns: Chance the Rapper. On May 4th, Chance tweeted, “Positive Affirmations for today: I WILL have a good day, I WILL succeed today,Wendy’s WILL bring back spicy nuggets at some point please please Lord let it be today.” Wendy’s quoted the Tweet and said that if their Tweet gets 2 million likes, they’ll bring back the nuggets. Of course, since Chance is so popular, as well as the spicy nuggets being so popular, their Tweet got 2.21 million likes in under 48 hours. After that, Wendy’s Tweeted, “THIS IS NOT A DRILL! Spicy Chicken Nuggets are coming back! Y’all are crazy! That took like a day and a half! WHAT?! We don’t know when yet, gotta figure it out, but soon, and ok, LOSING IT RIGHT NOW THIS IS AMAZING!!” Recently, they announced that the nuggets will make their return on August 19th, so if you work at Wendy’s, I’d suggest calling in sick that day.

-EC

Instagram’s Going Down, I’m Yelling Timber: The Best Reactions to Instagram Being Down

Whenever Instagram stops working for me, I Google, “Is Instagram down” to see if it’s down for everybody, or if it’s just my phone acting up. Since that’s been happening a lot lately, I became quite familiar with downdetector where people from around the world report outages for many different websites and apps. While Instagram was down again, I decided to compile a list of my favorite comments people wrote about it being down. While looking through the comments, I saw many basically saying the same thing, ‘It’s STILL down?!’ which I related to, after checking if it was back up multiple times throughout the day and being disappointed. Because there were an abundance of people whining about it being down, Samuel He wanted to take it back to the days before social media and commented, “can yall STOP crying go take a walk to the park or something.” Sounding like a true Instagram model, Cersai Lannister wrote, “Seven hours without Instagram. My hands are tingling and my brain hurts. MY LIFE IS SLOWLY LOSING ITS PURPOSE!!!!!” Subsequently, a user named Matt commented, “Instagram models currently out of a job. This is a blessing in disguise.” Another user, Maja, commented the solution to everything, “put it in rice.” Maybe that’s why Instagram finally started working again. Finally, user Klebold said, “Well cya around when Instagram crashes again, peace-”

– EC

Instagram May Soon Stop….What?!

There’s a rumor going around that Instagram may soon stop showing the number of likes on photos. How will insecure girls gain validity now? Just kidding, but depending on the number of likes on photos to make you happy is a toxic trait of many teens and young adults today. Instagram believes that by hiding the number of likes, they will be making Instagram a healthier community. Personally, I know people, girls specifically, that will delete their pictures if they don’t get “enough” likes or even calculating the right time to post to get the most likes. Instagram should be a place to show photos that you’re proud of, whether it be a selfie, a picture with your friends, or even a picture of your food. This new update will focus on content rather than popularity. People will still be able to like photos, and see how many likes they have if they count them all, but others won’t be able to see the number of likes you get on your own pictures. This all has me wondering, will Instagram really become a happier place, or will it die because the users flock to Twitter, where they can show off the amount of likes and retweets they recieve or even go back to Facebook to show off everyone who likes and loves their content?

-EC