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Celebrating 20 Years in Business with 20 Random Acts of Kindness: An Entrepreneur Gives Donations, Free Rides,Chickens and IMAX Harry Potter Tickets

Nanuet, NY (PRWEB) July 11, 2011

Risa Hoag has been at the helm of GMG Public Relations for 20 years. To celebrate this milestone, she is spearheading a campaign of 20 random acts of kindness which began last November.

“I feel extraordinarily lucky to own my own business for so long. They say if you can stick it out until your 5th year, then you’ve made it; 20 years later and I’m still sticking it out, so I feel very fortunate and I wanted to find a way to give back,” says Hoag.

So far the company has completed 8 random acts of kindness and they are about to conclude number 9. The first random act included purchasing movie tickets for volunteers of People to People in Rockland County. “I know how hard that organization works to help those less fortunate so I wanted to offer some sort of thank you gesture for the volunteers.” The 2nd act was purchasing a Thanksgiving turkey last year for a family in need. Over the holidays, Hoag also donated money to Heifer International specifically to purchase a goat, baby chicks and honeybees to help families who rely on those animals for daily living. For the 4th good deed, Hoag helped two local organizations secure grants to stock their food pantries, and, spontaneously driving an elderly woman to an appointment, was number 5. Hoag notes that while it is okay to blow your horn once in a while, she would rather keep numbers 6, 7, and 8 a secret.

For number 9, Hoag will be giving away tickets for the final Harry Potter film on opening day at the IMAX Theatre at Palisades Center in West Nyack. More information, including how to enter, can be found on the GMG Public Relations website (http://www.gmgpr.com)

Hoag has begun chronicling some of her PR and business stories from the past 20 years on her website including a story about meeting actor Sean Connery when she handled the public relations for Scotland, and a trade show disaster story that would make any hardened business professional cringe.

Founded by Hoag in 1991, GMG Public Relations is the only agency to twice have been awarded the coveted Gannett Best of Show award at the Advertising Club of Westchester beating over 650 entries. Prior to founding GMG Hoag was Director of Public Relations with Ernst & Young in White Plains. She has been active with numerous not-for-profit organizations including the Westchester Association of Women Business Owners (WAWBO), where she served as president for several years. She has also served as Vice President for the WAWBO Education Fund and for the Partnership for a Better Westchester, an organization she helped found. She currently serves as a member of the Orange & Rockland Utilities Community Investment Grant Committee and is a board member of the Hudson Valley Visiting Pet Program and provides pet therapy visits for children and the elderly.

As a teacher certified by the State of New York and a seminar leader, Hoag has presented numerous public relations and marketing seminars and workshops to business organizations and area colleges and has been a keynote speaker for various institutions. In 2010 Hoag received the Inbound Marketing Certification awarded by Inbound Marketing University and joined an elite group of only 15% of professionals to achieve this distinction with Honors.

GMG Public Relations provides marketing plan development, creative marketing and promotions campaigns, event planning, and placement of feature stories with print and broadcast media worldwide, writing of press releases, speeches, corporate brochures, newsletters, video scripts and websites. GMG also offers advertising services including media planning and buying, graphic design and video services provided by Emmy-award winning editors. They work with a variety of industries including B2B, retail, consumer products and services, not-for-profit, education, and real estate.

For more information call 845-627-3000, email Risa at risa(at)gmgpr(dot)com or visit the company’s website at http://www.gmgpr.com.

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Inside Google Books: Pottermore and Google team up to enable Harry

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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(Cross-posted on the Google Commerce blog)

When JK Rowling’s new website Pottermore opens its doors this Fall, we’ll provide services to help fans make the most of their ebook purchasing experience.

Pottermore and Google are teaming up to integrate Pottermore with a number of Google products and APIs. So when the series of Harry Potter ebooks launches on Pottermore.com in early October, these bestsellers will be available in the U.S. via the open Google eBooks platform. When you buy a Harry Potter ebook from Pottermore, you will be able to choose to keep it in your Google Books library in-the-cloud, as well as on other e-reading platforms.

Google eBooks can be read on most devices with a modern browser, through the Google Books apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on more than 80 ereaders.

Pottermore will be the exclusive place to buy Harry Potter ebooks and digital audiobooks. You’ll be able to buy ebooks from the Pottermore Shop, push them to your Google Books library and store them alongside your other Google eBooks. Your other Google eBooks may be purchased from any of more than 250 independent booksellers or from Google directly.

Also under this agreement, Google Checkout will be the preferred third party payment platform for all purchases made on Pottermore.com. When you visit the Pottermore Shop, you’ll be able to pay for your purchases using Google Checkout, in addition to using a debit or credit card.

The Pottermore team also plans to use YouTube for global video broadcasts in the future, as they did for JK Rowling’s announcement of Pottermore in June.

Stay tuned for more Pottermore and Google wizardry on the web this summer, leading up to when Pottermore opens.

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It is perfectly understandable for Harry Potter to take a turn which has made the game more compelling and exciting to play.To catch gamers, readers, movie goers up to speed, The Deathly Hallows follows Harry’s decision to abandon his schooling after Dumbledore’s death and Lord Voldemort’s second rise to power. The Chosen One and his friends Ron and Hermione embark on a more dangerous quest than studying for their N.E.W.T.s – looking for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. A Horcrux is an object used to store a piece of someone’s soul to attain immortality, and Voldemort created several of them which need to be destroyed before he can be killed.With Voldermort and the Death Eaters taking over, neither the wizarding nor Muggle is safe for Harry, Ron and Hermione. The game mainly shifts between first-person stealth sequences with Harry’s Cloak of Invisibility and third-person shooting, but neither of them is particularly fun. Harry levels up and learns numerous spells like Confringo (causes massive explosions) and Petrificus Totalus (the body-binding spell), but it’s fairly easy to stick with the weak-but-quick Stupefy. The spells are sort of categorised into weapons with Stupefy being the standard pistol shot whereas Confundo is your sniper shot.Although you have spells, Harry’s armory isn’t restricted to spells – he can also throw potions like Garroting Gas (to make foes gag), though if he’s behind cover he’ll usually toss it at his feet instead of at his enemies. Death Eaters and Snatchers drop these potions randomly, and while you can pick up offensive ones to use in battle, all health or boost potions like Strengthening or Felix Felicis (the good luck potion) must be consumed immediately. This isn’t usually a big problem, but it can get really annoying when you’re surrounded by Death Eaters and all you can do is pray that one of them will drop a health potion.Toward the end of the game you will literally just travel from one end of a level, watch a cutscene, then head back to where you started, fighting some combination of Snatchers, Acromantula, Doxies, Dementors, and Death Eaters as you flee.The design of the game has changed throughout the years. It has become more realistic and made it more pleasing to watch whenever a cutscene occurs. Few actors from the movie itself made an appearance voice wise such as Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and Geroge Weasley, Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy and many more! It certainly got me wanting the game.For those who have a Wii or Xbox 360, you’re in luck! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is Kinect compatible which, after a few goes with my 8 year old cousin, is a very vigorous play which can be enjoyed by children even under the age of the game. (not that I recommend it)In short, I find this to be a game that can be enjoyed solo and with the family. If this was to be given a number I would put it in this:Gameplay- 8.5/10 – Although the over-the-shoulder view is annoying and makes it difficult to shoot spells, it moves over with the spells and plot.

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A Big Week for Daniel Radcliffe on Screen and Stage

It may not be $476 million, but the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” had its most profitable eight performances last week since beginning in February — earning $1,177,086 — at the same time that its star, Daniel Radcliffe, was setting movie box offices on fire in his final turn as the boy wizard.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” sold $168.6 million in tickets in North America alone over the weekend, and a total of $476 million worldwide. As moviegoers were lining up hours early to see the last Harry Potter film, fans of the character — and the actor — were among those filling the 1,424 seats in the Al Hirschfeld Theater during a week when Mr. Radcliffe’s face was saturating the media amid Pottermania. He was in all eight performances of “How to Succeed” last week.

Still, the musical revival has room to earn even more: Its total gross was 88 percent of its possible maximum gross  ($1.34 million) through full-price ticket sales. As for box-office records, the Al Hirschfeld’s biggest money maker remains “Elf,” the holiday season musical, which earned a high of $1.57 million during Christmas week in 2010.

Among Broadway plays, meanwhile, one of the few hits of the 2010-11 season — “The _________ With the Hat” — closed on Sunday with a sizable weekly gross of $870,024. With the closing of “Hat,” Broadway now has just three straight plays — “Jerusalem,” “Master Class,” and “War Horse.” What are the chances that “Jerusalem” (which grossed a modest $364,136 last week) or “Master Class” ($304,557 last week) now picks up more audience members who want to see a play rather than a musical? And will “War Horse” crack the $1 million ticket-sales club in a coming week, a rare feat for a play? It has come close, with a gross of $976,735 last week.

Over all, Broadway musicals and plays grossed a total of $21.3 million, roughly the same as the previous week, but  up from $19.4 million for the same week last summer. The five top-grossing shows, in order, were “Wicked,” “The Lion King,” “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” “The Book of Mormon,” and “How to Succeed.”

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Businesses Lose Money Because of Web Designer’s: New Book Tells Small Business Owners How to Take Back Control

Virginia Beach, VA (PRWEB) September 18, 2005

Tom Antion sits in his home at a large desk cluttered with books, pictures, telephones, computers, and an enormous amount of wiring talking on the phone and surfing the web. His small at-home office looks like a hurricane just hit it but he seems to know where everything is as he deftly juggles the phone and pulls several sheets of paper out from under a stack of books, rattling off income figures.

Tom says he expects to pull in over two million dollars in sales this year but happily points out that he “mostly just sits on his big butt.” It wasn’t always that easy, though. Several years ago, Tom found himself being held hostage by what he calls a “web artist,” (more commonly known as a web designer) someone he had hired to make him a profitable website, but who was obsessed over the look and graphical content of the site. “The site looked great,” Tom says, “but I only got 400 visitors in two years. The depression and shock that I felt upon discovering this was the best thing that ever happened to my career.”

Now, 7 years later, Tom is makes more money sitting on his rear end than going out and working for a living. He notices, though, that almost all small business owners with websites are having the same kinds of problems that he once experienced. “Their sites may look stellar,” he says with a chuckle, “but they’re getting less traffic than a convent in Las Vegas.” Tom’s face becomes suddenly serious as he says, “In today’s economic environment it is so important for the small businessperson to take advantage of every tool and technique available. I wrote this book so that I could share everything that I learned through my own experience with all the small business owners out there who are too busy to become as deeply involved with learning about websites as I am.”

Tom Antion’s book, “The Ultimate Guide to Electronic Marketing for Small Business,” is written with newcomers to internet design in mind. It lays down a foundation of basic skills before going on to more advanced techniques. If you want to learn more about Tom’s electronic marketing tricks call 1-757-431-1366.


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The New Harry Potter Film and Business Culture

When Harry Potter’s wizarding ways first captured audiences in 1998, it wasn’t clear how much of a phenomenon it would become. J.K. Rowling soon joined the ranks of Tolkien and Lucas when it came to the fantasy genre. Children, teens, and even parents sped through the series unlike any books before it, waiting with baited breath for the next book release. Many still wonder how and why the series became such a hit; to the fans, it’s no surprise at all.

When people—especially children—read, they are looking to get lost in a world beyond their own. It’s no wonder Potter and the Lord of the Rings trilogy took off, and are still popular today; they have the literary “it” factor, taking readers through incredible fantasy worlds in a way that can’t be done by any other medium, delicately weaving in real life and make-believe worlds that come together in a very relatable way.

The Quincy, Mass., Patriot-Ledger recently quoted teacher Katie McCurdy saying, “I love being able to expose the kids to a world someone else created. It’s a great way to talk about fantasy and their own creative writing. … Harry does magic, but he also deals with the school bully and getting his homework done. There are characters that every kind of person can relate to.”

Just as Rowling, Lucas and Tolkien built worlds for their readers, CEOs and managers too have a responsibility to build a world for their employees—although not one of fantasy, of course. The culture and environment in a workplace is almost if not as important as the work itself. Employees who work in an environment with shared values and experiences, feel a bond with their coworkers, and are constantly encouraged and inspired will be more productive and effective. But how does one build that culture?

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