September 2017

September is not only my birthday month, but it's also filled with some of my favorite annual traditions. I will be celebrating Labor Day, my birthday, traveling the world, and seeing a few of my favorite bands in concert.

So, what kind of events or projects are planned in September?

  • September 2nd: Kendrick Lamar at American Airlines Arena
  • September 4th: My Birthday
  • September 6th: Mutemath at the Fillmore Miami
  • September 6th: Slipknot movie screening
  • September 9th: Travel to Norway
  • September 19th: Mumford & Sons at American Airlines Arena
  • September 22nd: Lauryn Hill at Bayfront Park Amphitheater 
  • September 23rd: Arcade Fire in Coral Gables
  • September 29th: Mutemath at the Fillmore Miami
  • Every Saturday: Movie day with the family
  • Every Wednesday: Date night with the wife
  • Every Sunday: Baseball 

I'm also looking forward to tightening my daily regimen. That includes:

  • Wake up by 7am
  • Meditate every morning
  • Work out in the mornings (at least 10,000 steps + 100 pushups)
  • Take a cold shower daily
  • Bathe my kids every night
  • Read to my kids every night before bed
  • Eat vegan during the week

What do you have planned in September? 

Opening Day Pitch

This is a pretty disappointing picture for most of us.

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Although it's great to see the troops out there like that, this picture symbolizes the fracture of a century-long tradition. That tradition is having the President throw out the first pitch of Major League Baseball's Opening Day. 

President Taft did it in 1910. 

Obama did it in 2010.

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But the current President unfortunately had "other plans." 

Perhaps the one he threw in Boston back in 2006 was enough for him to ruin a beloved tradition like this.

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Dee Gordon

After going through so much this season, Dee Gordon shared a magical experience with the world last night. 

Sometimes you can't explain how these types of things happen. But for him to have the ability to hit his FIRST home run of the season in that moment must have been an out-of-body experience for him. 

This is truly one of those baseball moments that will be remembered for a while. 

The Olympic Shames

I'm stoked that the Summer Games are about to kick-off, but I am a little disappointed in the way everything surrounding the event is shaking out. 

With the political turmoil, the Zika scare, and the expectation that Brazil may lose $15BN from hosting the event, I can't help but cringe. We all want to watch some of the best athletes in the world perform, but does it have to be under all of these extreme circumstances?

Cities around the world should want to host the Olympics. My fear is that the appeal and allure of doing so will be squashed after the numbers are released following the Rio Games. 

What will be to come of the Olympics? Can the legacy event weather all of these storms? 

Most importantly, are you even planning on watching? If so, what are you most excited to see?

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Targeting EU with .uk Domains

So.... #brexit.

We live during interesting times indeed. 

Now think about how CCTLD's will be impacted by this change. 

What do you do if you're a UK company that hosts your website that targets all of Europe on a .uk domain? 

On the other side of the coin, this renders the more regional (less targeted) CCTLD of .eu even more worthless. 

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Keep your targets narrow, your messaging relevant, and your profits high. 

Oscar Predictions

Every year, I gather with friends and family to see who can predict the most winners for the Oscars. I'm a film buff, so it's fun to see how your opinions might match those of the presumed experts giving out the awards. 

This year was a great one for film. It makes selecting winners that much harder. 

I probably have a layer of biases embedded into my selections below, but that's just because a few of my favorite movies of the year were nominated and I tend to hope they'll pull it out.

That said, see my bolded selections below for each category, and don't forget to see these movies at some point. 

Best Original Song

“Earned It” from Fifty Shades of Grey
“Manta Ray” from Racing Extinction
“Simple Song #3” from Youth
“Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground
“Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre

Best Cinematography

Ed Lachman, Carol
Robert Richardson, The Hateful Eight
John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
Roger Deakins, Sicario

Best Documentary Short

Body Team 12
Chau, Beyond the Lines
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah

A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness
Last Day of Freedom

Best Documentary Feature

Amy
Cartel Land
The Look of Silence
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom

Best Costume Design

Sandy Powell, Carol
Sandy Powell, Cinderella
Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road
Jacqueline West, The Revenant

Best Sound Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Sound Mixing

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
The Revenant

Best Live-Action Short

Ave Maria
Day One
Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut)
Shok
Stutterer

Best Animated Short

Bear Story
Prologue
Sanjay’s Super Team
We Can’t Live Without Cosmos
World of Tomorrow

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Visual Effects

Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Film Editing

The Big Short
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant
Spotlight
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

Best Adapted Screenplay

Charles Randolph and Adam McKay, The Big Short
Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy, Carol
Drew Goddard, The Martian
Emma Donoghue, Room

Best Original Screenplay

Matt Charman, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen, Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland, Ex Machina
Pete Docter, Megg LeFauve, and Josh Cooley, Inside Out
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, Spotlight
Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff, Straight Outta Compton

Best Original Score

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
Carter Burwell, Carol
Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
Jóhann Jóhansson, Sicario
John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Foreign Language Film

Colombia: Embrace of the Serpent
France: Mustang
Hungary: Son of Saul
Jordan: Theeb
Denmark: A War

Best Director

Adam McKay, The Big Short
George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant
Lenny Abrahamson, Room
Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Picture

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Genjuice Tour Miami

Attention All South Florida Entrepreneurs:

The Gen Juice Tour is coming to Miami on September 23rd. I have just been invited to speak at the event alongside some pretty amazing young entrepreneurs. We will each be speaking briefly on the topic of "Building a Following." It should be very enlightening and undoubtedly a great event to network with some amazing contributors to the South Florida community.

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I told the event facilitators that I would help recruit both speakers and guests for the event. So, if you are a South Florida entrepreneur and would like to attend and/or be a part of the event in some capacity, please send me an email or leave a comment below.

I'm sure I will be writing more about this event as the date gets closer, but for now, just get excited for what will be an incredible entrepreneurial experience.

Scam Prevention From Marcus Evans

With so much content out there these days, scams are inevitable. Now that the web is so open and everyone is sharing their lives, scams and fraudulent activity is bound to happen more often. It's important to understand what can be done to prevent such scams and how you can make yourself less vulnerable.

Marcus Evans Scam Series is an example of a conference that empowers individuals on this topic. The event has been fighting against online scams and frauds for many years now. They travel the world helping businesses combat negativity and be smarter about their online activity.

I hate to say it, but affiliate marketing lends itself to a lot of online scams. Plans known as "rebills" sell consumers a product with fine print that reads that they are signing up for a subscription to said product and will be automatically billed every month. It's not hard to see that this is quite a concern and the issues stemming from this strategy is always being fought.

There are also scams that can be found in all of these "guru" programs that people are so aggressively selling online. Maybe it's an e-book, a training course, or a DVD, but a lot of these don't end up offering the value that customers are expecting to receive. It is my belief that sales copy is to blame here. People care too much about "making the sale" so they completely disregard the feelings of the potential customers. Hard selling the product just makes more sense from the business and financial standpoint. They don't care about the repercussions as long as they make the sale in the end.

We're a long way away from halting all online scams, but as people like you become more knowledgeable, our ongoing attempt becomes more fruitful. Let's keep spreading the word, going to events like Marcus Evans', and being cautious when faced with an online purchase that you're not completely sure about.

Your Table = No Fun

As someone that owns a marketing agency, I have to attend a lot of conferences and trade shows. While there, I try to network and meet as many people as possible. While it’s important to be the initiator of conversations, it’s a lot easier to have your brand materials provide enough intrigue to allow attendees to come up to you.

Aside from all of the basics, such as business cards, stickers, posters, and advertisements in the official event programs, there are many other ways to portray your company in the most powerful and professional light. For starters, logo tablecloths make the perfect covering to any corporate table at any event. It’s too often that I go to a show and see a few representatives of a company having to set up an immense castle for their stations. Not only does it take them forever to build it, but by the time they are finished setting up, they are too tired to promote the company effectively. The opposite approach provides the same result. If you don’t have ENOUGH materials to decorate your area, you will look unprepared and unprofessional.

We strongly recommend thinking long and hard about your setup before committing to have a presence at your next event. Go through the motions to ensure that you have all of the necessary products and materials that will make your business stand out amongst the rest.

SuperConf

I will be in Miami Beach on the weekend of February 25th and 26th to attend the first-ever SuperConf.

SuperConf has been dubbed the replacement for Future of Web Apps (FOWA) since Ryan Carson moved the Miami event to Las Vegas this year.

Like FOWA, there will be some great speakers at SuperConf.

In addition, there will be a "Startup Blast-Off" competition that will feature 9 startups present and demo their web apps to try to win a large cash prize.

The event is two days long - (speakers / startups) and will be a perfect event for networking, learning, and app discovery.

I have been given a discount code that gets anybody 50% off any of the passes to SuperConf. If you are interested in the code, you're going to have to leave a comment on this post.

Speaking at DMAC This Weekend

DMAC, a.k.a. Ft. Lauderdale's Driven Art and Music Conference, will be taking place this weekend, January 29th, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Since I have promoted this event in previous posts on this blog, I won't go into too many details of the event (you should know about it by now). Instead, I will tell you more information about my panel, the topic, and when to show up if you're planning on attending.

I will be on a panel alongside the great Chad Beatz, a writer and multi-platinum selling producer for Travie McCoy and Rihanna (to name a few). Also on the panel will be Jeff Halatrax, another writer and producer that has worked with Selena Gomez and Jesse McCartney. Finally, I have the distinct pleasure of sitting next to Lou Plaia, a Co-Founder of Reverb Nation.

Our panel discussion is called "Get a Song. Get It Out." It's a perfect topic for the individuals on this panel for we will be talking about the entire process from creating a song to marketing it to the masses. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts and questions from the artists in attendance.

Our discussion will be at 11:00am on Saturday. Registration will start that morning at 8:00AM with the first panel about art will begin promptly at 9:30.

I look forward to seeing some of you there.

For more info on the event, click here.

Biztown

Junior Achievement, the amazing non-profit that teaches students life and business skills outside of the everyday school curriculum, has a program in South Florida called "Biztown." It gives children hands-on experience with a real-life company.

Today, I will be spending the day with an excited group of youngsters at the Junior Achievement Facilities located at the Broward College.

While I may be missing out on a day of work, I deem my productivity level much higher than usual for the day. Being able to help children become the business-minded, free-thinking, and creative individuals that I was so late to become is an invaluable gift that I am blessed to be able to be a part of so early in others' lives.

I love that programs like this exist and I foresee more and more similar programs coming to fruition in the near future.

Hopefully, I'll be able to post a review of my day with the kids sometime next week.

Looking For Interns

Well, I'm not.

But a music conference and festival that I am taking part in is needing some extra hands.

They are in need of anybody interested in the music, art, and events fields. Interns will be requested to do a myriad of tasks including but not limited to security, ticket takers, roadies, sound engineers, writers, and all types of event planners / facilitators.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of what is going to be an amazing event, simply visit the website and reach out to the staff.

As a reminder, the event is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 29th and 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

A Change of Plans

Up until last night, I was pumped to go out to Las Vegas and party with everyone at Affiliate Summit. The event was only a few days away (starts Sunday, the 9th) and everything was falling in place.

Unfortunately, due to a family emergency, I have decided to adjust my plans.

Rather than go to ASW this year, I will be traveling elsewhere and selling my Silver Pass to the event on Ebay.

If you are interested in purchasing my pass, check out the auction on Ebay by clicking here.

Since there is a $50 name transfer fee, I will be taking care of that for the winner.

Considering that both the event is completely sold out and the fact that these tickets would normally cost $449 on Sunday, I'm suspecting that somebody will be interested in it.

Panelists at Driven Music Conference

I wrote a post about the Driven Art + Music Conference several weeks back.

Well, I have been asked to speak and collect anybody that might be interested in sitting on a panel with me. The topic is yet to be determined, but we'll probably want to speak about something web-related.

So, if you have an interest in becoming a part of this excellent event, please leave a comment on this post, @ me on Twitter, or email me at logan@loganlenz.com.

I look forward to gathering an awesome troop.

Driven Art + Music Conference

A friend of mine over at Driven Productions is putting on a music conference in January. This week is the last week to signup to showcase for all bands. More information is listed below.

Reserve your spot to showcase at the event by clicking here.

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This is your official LAST CHANCE invitation to submit to the Driven Music + Art Conference!

Event Dates: Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Event Location: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Submissions Open: Submissions are open now!
Submissions Close: Saturday, December 18th
Submission Fee: $29.00

What is The Driven Music + Art Conference?
This event is a music and art conference at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida that is a direct-connect to music industry executives and professionals. It includes discussions, Q&A, and meet & greets with those that are in the position to offer career advancement.

Why should my band submit to perform?
You're submitting for the chance to perform at more than just a show. It's a showcase. Showcase your live performance for music industry executives and professionals! Showcase it for music fans! Do it to increase your chance at career advancement! This event will put an exceptional venue on your show schedule.

Showcase performance spots are available to bands, duos, and solo artists that submit and are selected to perform. It’s a chance for bands to bring their live show to music industry executives and professionals, as well as bring their live show to music fans eager to see the best in emerging bands. Hear from and meet a panel of music industry executives and professionals. Engage in discussions led by featured panelists including:

  • Steve Robertson (Atlantic Records VP of A&R - Signed Paramore and Shinedown)
  • Nick Haussling (Warner Brother Records A&R)
  • Jimmy Roc (MySpace Records)
  • Chad Beatz (writer and multi-platinum selling producer for Travie McCoy, Rihanna and more, A&R Consultant to the VP of A&R at Island/Def Jam)
  • Jeff Halatrax (writer and producer for Kevin Rudolph, Selena Gomez and more)
  • Scott Mitchell Putesky (Marilyn Manson & The Spooky Kids co-founder and original guitarist, most famously known as "Daisy Berkowitz")
  • Jason Bieler (Bieler Brothers Records co-founder [Nonpoint, Skindred] and founding member of Saigon Kick [Atlantic Records])
  • Lou Plaia (ReverbNation co-founder)

More to be announced.

Shake hands with those right now in the position to advance your career in music! Connect. Network. Learn. Advance!

Is The Driven Music + Art Conference for me?
Yes, if you're interested in music. It's for bands and artists seeking advancement and the chance to showcase for industry executives and professionals, fans of live music, those studying music, anyone interested in the business side of music and those already active in the industry looking to make new contacts, as well as "give back" to their industry.

This is open to ALL genres of music.

This is your LAST CHANCE to submit. By submitting to this Showcase, you will receive one FREE ticket to attend the conference whether you were selected to perform or not. Event information subject to change.

Click here to reserve your spot to showcase.

TechVenture 2010

On December 2-3, TechVenture 2010 will be taking place at the Sonesta Orlando Downtown Hotel. The purpose of the event is to showcase all of the most exciting next-generation technologies being developed by Florida's emerging technology companies.

One of the main goals of the event is to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners and help to build a stronger community of technology companies in Florida.

There will be keynotes and the opportunity to demonstrate all of the new technologies that anybody that applies is working on.

Could this be you?

If you'd like to apply to present a demo of your tech product at the event, click here.

If you'd simply like to register for the event, you can find the registration information here.

For more general information on all facets of the event, go here.

Here is a video taken from last year's TechVenture event.