Choosing The Best Creative Agency

If you have had a sudden realization that your lack of presence on social media and the lack of a proper website or in some instances no website at all, is affecting your business in the most unexpected ways, then this will interest you.

Being the technically challenged person that you probably are, researching on online media marketing or website development or SEO services, would have given you quite a headache. You need someone who takes care of the entire sphere of digital marketing including your website and SEO services. It is usually a great idea to have one agency to cover all these aspects for you. Moreover, you need an agency that would work across multiple platforms or channels and sync all your marketing campaigns. Here are some qualities that would let you know how to go about choosing the ideal creative agency for fulfilling all your digital marketing requirements:

1. Do they work with you or work for you?

This is a question that most companies will answer as “work for me” but this is entirely untrue! If you have to hire a digital marketing agency, they should partner and work with you, acting as consultation experts and not as an agency that blindly does whatever you want them to do. Yes, you know your brand better but let’s not forget they know what works best on the internet, so you don’t work with agencies

2. Do they keep up to date with latest trends?

The problem with having a series of social media channels associated with your brand is that all of these need to be continuously updated. So you need to keep abreast with the most recent trends and popular things over the internet. So if your agency has updated blogs on their website, regular posts with high engagement on their Facebook page and Twitter handle, then they are the ones you need to hire.

3. Do they provide relevant insights and analytics?

Since you are entrusting this agency with your entire business and giving them the freedom to build your brand value the way it sells, they owe you insights and results of how well the whole strategy is working for you. If they are ready to provide you analytical reports mentioning what work they are doing for you, then they are the ideal online marketers for you.

4. Are they accessible from your company?

If you are looking for a creative agency, then your office also must be situated in an easily accessible place. Similarly, if you’re looking for a digital marketing agency, then your office must be close enough. It is much easier to coordinate with agencies that are in the same city as you are and this also gives them a leeway to collaborate your campaigns on a local level thus reaching its intended audience.

Finally, Movers and Shakers is a creative agency that fulfills the discussed points above. They work with numerous firms and observe the above main points in their core operations. You can’t ever really hire the best firm by only listening to the way they advertise their services. Appraise Movers and Shakers agency’s work and get a guarantee to work with the best agency.


The Happy Blogtime! Brief Bulleted Review: “Ninja Assassin”

In this poor economic state (and by “this” I mean “my”), I very rarely shell out the bucks to see a movie at the theater, so it takes a gem of a film to peak my interest enough to sacrifice what little disposable income I have (and by “disposable income” I mean “I don’t have any”). With Ninja Assassin, it was a complete given that I would see it in the theater – ninjas? assassinating people? assassinating other ninjas? Heck yes! The trailer boasted sweet fight scenes à la The Matrix trilogy’s Wachowski Brothers, a riveting storyline – a ninja scorned returning to his clan to exact revenge-by-death upon them – and a true taste of the tongue-in-cheek ninja films of Japan that I so adore.What we actually got as the reel started turning? A clichéd American-style Europol “thriller” that happened to involve ninjas. The opening scene was indeed promising, with some seriously blithe and bloody slicing & dicing (almost Tarantino-style), but it only went downhill from there, with barely noticeable dialogue, uncharismatic characters (besides the lead, Raizo) and a deadly dull, unintelligent plot.

• Ninjas
• Ninjas
• Ninjas
• Main character Raizo’s (South Korean pop idol, Rain) hot ninja body.

• The fight scenes were well done: lots of ninja stars, swords, hand-to-hand combat and over-the-top gore.

• That’s it. Seriously.

• The ninjas spoke pristine English – not even a Japanese accent. Would have been nice to create a sense of authenticity and mystery.
• The entire Europol story line – and it wasn’t even good as a movie in that genre. Couldn’t this just be about a ninja exacting revenge upon his evil clan?

• The Western clichés dotted throughout, even down to the hero carrying the female lead in slo-mo from a burning building.
• *SPOILER ALERT* Nobody really wants to see ninjas defeated – they are the epitome of stealth and combative talent. Defeatable ninjas kind of lose their cool factor.
Ninja Assassin gets 1.5 out of 5 ninja stars on my rating scale, five being the best.

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Happy Chili Time!

Veggie chili win! As mentioned last week, I’ve made it a goal to whip up something healthy and delicious each week and post it on the blog; this past week was veggie chili, originally planned to have a cornbread side. When it came down to it, however, I opted out of baking the cornbread and went for a healthy “summer” salad instead: mixed greens, avocado, corn, tomato, homemade strawberry vinaigrette and homemade garlic croutons.

The chili came out well – not as thick as I would have liked (I underestimated how many cans of beans I actually had) but Cara had some fun with hers and added rice, cheese and sea salt to pump up the flavor and the density.

Now, on to the next one – stay tuned!

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New Happy: The Art of Fooood!

I’ve always enjoyed cooking – especially by taste, using only my senses to decide what spices will work, what won’t. My younger brother, now 23-year-old Jake, can attest to having tried some of my gnarly concoctions as a kid. I remember trying to make gourmet English muffin pizzas with any type of cheese I could find in the fridge, including cream cheese. Then, as we got older, the EMP’s graduated to homemade fettuccine alfredo, with lots of parmesan and garlic, which turned into a rich, strangely delicious paste rather than a sauce – but my brother loved it.

I would learn of the pots and pans from my parents, from tangerine chicken to simple frittatas, handmade egg rolls. Baking, however, was a different story. I was never actually equipped with the art of patience, and you have to do all that awful…waiting. Pretty much everything I’ve baked, I’ve burned, including the horrific double chocolate cake I attempted to make for a boyfriend in my college years, who ate it smugly despite the crisp edges. Needless to say, that was the last cake I made – and next time the secret ingredient will be tears.

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Creating a Home Away from “Home”

Happy Blogtime did, indeed, see the light – but then came back before she went for it – she had some unfinished business. A pro blogger recently told me that the worst postings you can make are the ones apologizing for not posting – then you just have a blog full of annoyed sentiments. Which is true.

But back to happytime. Which, in reality, life has truly been. My new job at MBP has been an utter joy, really, and it makes me even happier to be able to say that. It’s been a long time coming. Sure, money is still tight, and I’m pretty positive that for as long as I live in New York, it will be – but the financial stresses I was experiencing even as close as a few months ago have waned.

I even went as far as to have thoughts of staying in New York for the long run. When I moved here, I saw this city as a place to conquer and then leave once I accomplished what I had to for my career. It wasn’t a place I ever thought of settling down in, or to make a home. I’ve been saying for years that I’ll eventually move back to Boston to settle down after I stay here for a bit – but now that I have more stability, an amazing job and the opportunity to have explored some of the finer crannies of the big city’s boroughs, I’ve seen elements of this world that could suit me for the stretch.

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I swear. I’m blogging tonight. I’m holding myself to it! Now, for your pleasure: Ninja Hamster

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Big Love for Minis!

Let’s take some time to appreciate life’s small stuff – in the most literal way possible. If you know me, you know I have this strange adoration of miniature versions of things – from foodstuffs, to plumage, to animals. I gush at small puppies, squeal at little Japanese toys, delight in tiny replicas of things.

So now, I share with you: some things I think are way better as mini than they ever were at full size. What are YOUR favorite minis??




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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2017

What I’m Reading Now – Preacher, Optic Nerve, A Graveyard for Lunatics

I’ve been a busy comic book bloggin’ and book PR-in’ bee, but I always have time for my beloved books. Now, ladies and gents, what I’m currently flipping through (and reviewing soon!):

Preacher: Proud Americans (Third TP) by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

32 Stories: The Complete OPTIC NERVE Mini-Comics by Adrian Tomine

A Graveyard for Lunatics by Ray Bradbury

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2017

Happy, Jobby Blogtime!

I’m a bad, bad person. If I were Catholic, I would go to confession and say: “Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned – I have not updated Happy Blogtime in weeks. Also, I have had impure thoughts about Joe Jonas in a leotard and heels.” Then he will make me eat crackers that taste like Jesus.

The reason I haven’t updated in forever is quite legitimate. I recently started a new job as the Public Relations Manager over at Mark Batty Publisher – an incredible (I’m not biased) independent publisher of crazy wonderful books about design, pop culture, graffiti, music, font, language, and anything involving the literal art of communication.

So, brace yourselves, people – I’m still going to blog about comic books and other happy time joints, but I’m going to attempt to integrate the other aspects of my life into the blog: working in the publishing industry, books on all different subjects, urban culture and street art. I’ve always loved this stuff, which you can also see in my older posts, so this is a giant wonderful thing that’s happened to me.

If you’re interested, check out the books we put out. I set up a Twitter page for MBP, which I’m still building and also a Facebook fan page – covering all the bases. Ah, the life of a PR lady.

And don’t worry, faithful Blogtimers, I’m not going to pitch you – as always, this blog is going to be about sharing the Happy shtuff.

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Maine Comics Arts Festival Maine-ia!

Though the true highlight of my weekend was, in fact, my awesome lil’ brother’s college graduation, the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland was next on the list. I met some amazingly talented artists, scooped some soda freebies, and copped some customized swag.

You can check out my short-but-sweet recap and photos of the Fest here at The Daily Cross Hatch.

Meanwhile, I had to share some of the goodies I grabbed/really wanted to grab (my budget was $20, peoples!) – click “Read More”…for more!

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2017

I Just Read: “The Unwritten” #1

It’s the first issue of Vertigo’s The Unwrittenby Mike Carey and Peter Gross – the same team behind Lucifer – and I’m hooked. The story of a Harry Potter-esque tale come-to-life in modern day UK is funny, entertaining and smart, and makes an interesting commentary on social/literary phenomenon. Can’t wait for the second installment!

What are YOUR thoughts?

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I Just Read: “The Unwritten” #1

It’s the first issue of Vertigo’s The Unwrittenby Mike Carey and Peter Gross – the same team behind Lucifer – and I’m hooked. The story of a Harry Potter-esque tale come-to-life in modern day UK is funny, entertaining and smart, and makes an interesting commentary on social/literary phenomenon. Can’t wait for the second installment!

What are YOUR thoughts?

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The most obvious reason for the huge amount of business that is being done in the commercial roofing industry is of course the high performance of the economy during the last two years. In fact, almost all major areas of industry have seen either a slight or major incline within the last year, with predictions looking even better for 2018. There are also some less readily apparent cause for the good fortune of the roofing industry which require a slightly deeper analysis. Using information gathered from major roofing agencies such as, we have created a review of some of the underlining factors for the roofing industry’s success right now.

The first hidden cause behind the boom in commercial roofing is the giant number of residential roofing jobs for homes being built this year. The residential roofing industry is reliant on the commercial roofing industry when it comes to the mass fabrication of roofs for new homes.  The undertaking of construction of new homes has reached a new watermark this last year with a record breaking number of contracts for new homes to be built during the next five years. In California alone, there were almost a quarter million new commercial roofing contracts signed by hundreds of different roofing companies. The numbers are even more impressive when one takes into consideration the fact that there are also a large number of new homes that are being planned for construction that have not even been made public yet. By some estimates, nearly 10% of all new homes that will be built in the next year have not been announced yet. This massive surge in new homes has commercial roofers up to their noises in work, with many large roofing contractors hiring new workers as fast as they can in an attempt to keep up with the steady flow of new work which is arriving by the day.

Another reason for the strong roofing industry right now can be found in the low cost of common roofing materials. The government has just taken a number of concrete ingredients off the list of restricted sales in this country, some of which have not been sold domestically for almost three decades. The reason why so many basic roofing ingredients were under restriction was because of laws passed during the 80’s which were aimed at boosting domestic production of local roofing material production. Unfortunately, the affect had very little impact on local manufacturing of roofing materials, but it did cause the quality of many roofing products to drop down considerably. In the short span of a decade, the US went from one of the leading roofing materials producers in the world, to a country which only supplied around half of its own domestic roofing supplies. Now that the restrictions have been lifted on certain roofing materials, the market is once again booming. The sale of roofing materials to foreign nations is at a ten year high, and the word is out that US roofing companies are back at the top of the industry once again.

This is why marijuana marketing is so important

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Marijuana is undoubtedly one of the most rapidly growing industries in the United States today. With the recent legalization of marijuana in both medical and recreational capacities in numerous states, more and more people than ever are looking to access marijuana and add it to their daily lives.

While the growth of the industry has in turn helped the economies in numerous cities to grow and prosper, the competition is tough. Some studies suggest that in cities like Denver, there are more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks coffee shops. That means that customers have such a wide variety of choices for where to give their business and that makes it increasingly more difficult for new marijuana businesses that are trying to make a name for themselves.

With so many choices, it is more important that ever for marijuana companies to capitalize on the popularity of digital marketing and invest in marijuana marketing.

One of the best ways to attract customers, particularly young customers who are responsible for much of the spending on marijuana, is by having an attractive and functional  marijuana web design. This means that a website needs to not only have a streamlined, modern look, but be easy to use and navigate.

A few of the things that customers respond to digitally are large, high resolution images, crisp colors, and punchy, easy to read copy. If a website seems outdated, cluttered, or generally low quality, it is almost certain that a potential customer will look elsewhere.  This could include things like low resolution images, too much text, no images, poor font choice, colors that are difficult to read, spelling errors and other things that make the text seem unprofessional. Also, if a website is difficult to use and not very user friendly, or if users cannot easily find what they are looking for, it will cause the website and business to suffer. Customers know they have many options and they will not waste their time on something that is not top of the line.

Another thing that should be focused on to get customers is marijuana SEO. No matter how nice a website looks, it does not matter if people cannot find it. SEO or search engine optimization specifically works to rank websites within search engines so that people who are searching for something can find exactly what they are looking for. The search engine will do the work of essentially suggesting websites based on what the searcher is looking for. When marijuana companies work with marijuana SEO specialists, they can make sure that their site will rank high on search engines, giving them a better chance of being seen by customers.

Once a customer clicks onto a website, what they see is important, so this goes back to why the design and language of the website is critical to success.

When all of the digital components are working together, the company will be seen as a viable, well-run business. With a good online presence, a marijuana company has a real shot at becoming extremely successful and well known in their industry.


There are no areas of business left today which can’t benefit in some way from an online marketing agency. There are however, tons of companies out there that still don’t know how much business they are losing because they don’t have a good online marketing plan set up. The good news for companies that are lacking online marketing presence is that there are no shortages of agencies today that can assist them in getting started with an effective online marketing strategy. Agencies such as, offer comprehensive marketing plans for companies that work in everything from human relations, all the way to cake shops. Any business operating today can hire an online marketing team to design and execute an online strategy for their company within a matter of days, and the cost is much lower than most people might suspect. In this article we will examine a few of the best methods for finding an online marketing agency to help with marketing efforts for different kinds of companies.

If a company simply needs better online presence, hiring an online team to provide services such as Huston SEO can provide a huge jump in web traffic and visibility. Major metropolitan areas such as Huston have a lot of competition when it comes to online marketing, and that can result in a lack of visibility for smaller companies with low traffic sites. Using SEO agency is the best way to create a steady flow of visitors for online company sites which might not otherwise show up on search engine results. I fact, one of the biggest problems which small companies face today is the fight for online visibility, something which can only be won when business owners turn to innovative methods of boosting online presence such as SEO services.

If your company already has good web presence but lacks a web design that can get potential customers excited, than company owners should look for an online marketing agency that is known for their creative web design and marketing campaigns. It can be really hard trying to keep up with the huge number of site son the web which offer similar products and services, and that means that businesses have to be creative about how they capture the attention of possible clients. There are dozens of online marketing agencies that specialize in designing unique online marketing concepts which allow for businesses to stay competitive, no matter how small they may be. While searching for an online marketing team, make sure and pay special attention to the marketing teams websites, as they will be a good indicator of the kind of work the company might do for your own business.

Finally, don’t waste time with companies that don’t have time for you, look for online marketing agencies that will provide each client with the time and attention they deserve. Online marketing demands attention right away, not six months from now. One of the most important qualities one can look for in a web marketing team is the ability to provide plenty of quality attention to their clients.

Business owners should consider casualty insurance software

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As a business owner, you have a lot to worry about. No matter if you own a large business or a small one, there are certain concerns that come with owning a business. These can range from basic business success concerns such as profitability, bills and payroll, to more specific worries such as fires, flooding or accidents that can harm your property, your staff or even your customers. The latter might feel a bit overwhelming, specifically because they revolve around unpredictable events that you generally would not have any control over as a business owner, at least not the way you would have control over payroll, bills, and more.

Really, one of the only ways to help provide a sense of relief about the more unpredictable worries, is by makings sure that you invest in working with a casualty insurance software company and that you have sufficient casualty insurance.

So what exactly is casualty insurance and why do you need it?

Casualty insurance is the main line of defense between you, your business and accidents. Casualty insurance will help cover the costs of accidents like flooding or automobile accidents or perhaps even instances where your employees are to blame. In this case, liability insurance is important because it will help protect you and your business if you are sued for something done by an employee, including negligent behavior.

Flooding insurance is another type of casualty insurance and it is now more top of mind than ever because of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. After these hurricanes, flooding damaged numerous buildings and businesses, and those with flooding insurance fared much better than those without. Those with flooding insurance were able to get money back to help cover costs of structural damage to the building as well as the furniture and other items inside the building.  This is just one of the many reasons that different types of casualty insurance solutions are so important.

For any businesses that also uses cars, such as limo and taxi services, van drivers for day cares or senior living facilities, shuttle services and more, auto insurance is crucial. Vehicle insurance is a type of casualty insurance that will make sure you and your business are covered should any kind of car accident happen on the job. This one is a fairly common type of casualty insurance to have because many states in the United States mandate that businesses have this type of casualty insurance.

As a business owner, it can become a bit overwhelming to think about coverage for so many different types of accidents or incidents. That is where insurance agencies come in. They can help you figure out what types of coverage will be the most beneficial for your business and they are particularly helpful when they have access to agency software that can help them to educate you about all your options.

Owning a business is important and protecting it is perhaps even more important. Sufficient insurance is one of the best ways to ensure a long-lasting and successful business  venture.


It can be an overwhelming task when it comes time to find a roofing agency. In our city there are over two hundred roofing contractors listed in the phone back, and hundreds of more roofers are listed on internet sites like, Having plenty of options is great, but in the case of roofer, there are so many different options it is almost impossible to choose! Luckily there are a number of methods that consumers can use in order to make sure they are going to find the right contractor for their roofing jobs. In the article below we are going to provide tips to help people find good roofing contractors.

The first trick to finding a good roofing agency for your roofing job is to make sure you are looking for the right kind of roofer. There are many different kinds off roofs, and many different kinds of roofers out there. Unless the consumer knows what kind of roofer they need, they won’t be able to find a roofer that can best fix their problem. For roof repairs that require structural work to the roof, people will want to look for a roofing construction agency, which will be listed as such. Roofing construction crews make repairs to support beams and other structures connected to the roof. If a roof has a less complicated issue, such as missing roof tiles, the job can be done by a basic roof repair agency. If a roof has undergone serious damage to the point that an entirely new roof is needed, a roof fabricator will be the best option for the job. Roof fabricators are the roofers that create whole new sections of roofs when a serious overhaul is needed. By making sure that you find the right roofer, you will be far more likely to get the roof repair you need done right.

Another away for homeowners to be sure they are getting the best roofer possible is to check the reviews on the roofing agency they are thinking about hiring. There are two main sources for home service reviews, and the first one is the online review. The web is filled with customer reviews for different products and services, so a simple search with the name of the roofer should yield a lot of customer written reviews of the service. If you run a search of a roofing company on the web and nothing comes back, the chances are they haven’t been in the business for very long, and you might want to avoid such a roofing agency as they could lack the experience needed to get a job done right. The other source of customer feedback can be found from previous clients of the roofing agency. A good roofing agency which is proud of the work it does should have no problem supplying a potential customer with the names and numbers of past clients who can provide a reference for them. A roofing agency which has no references probably doesn’t do very good work.



While arbitrage calculation is most often something done by professional arbitrage agencies such as, or other similar agencies, there are still many small businesses out there today that decide to do their own arbitrage calculation. Small business owners that take on arbitrage calculations on their own should be aware that it is a very complex issue which could result in serious miscalculations if it isn’t done properly. Arbitrage calculations are something which can be very delicate because of the fact that so much is often riding on the numbers that a company gets from an arbitrage refund estimate. A small business might place thousands of orders for new products based off of an arbitrage rebate calculation, or decide to hire new staff members with the money they believe will be arriving. On the other hand, a company may also make a mistake on their rebate calculation which leads them to believe they will receive less money than they actually stand to get back, and that can mean that a lot of missed opportunities take place. For any of the companies out there that have decided to do their own arbitrage calculation this year, we have composed this short list of things which make arbitrage calculation so complex. Our hope is that our readers will use the following information to help keep themselves out of trouble with arbitrage miscalculations.

Many people make big mistakes when it comes to arbitrage refund predictions because they forget to take into consideration the changing value of the currency. If a company or private individual buys a bond from Mexico when the peso is at 15 to 1, in relation to the dollar, that same ratio must be applied when making an arbitrage calculation. The tax codes do not allow people to adjust the amount of taxes they are supposed to pay base off of changes in individual economies, so the rate of the currency at the time of sale is the same rate that has to be sued to find out how much of an arbitrage rebate will be received in the future. It is often very complex for companies to even find out what the current value of the national currency way when a bond was purchased, as many bonds may be ten or twenty years old. People might avoid making serious missteps in arbitrage calculations by contacting the party who sold them the bond originally, and acquiring all of the information about the value of the money at the time of the sale.

Another dicey area involved in bond calculation is making sure that all losses are subtracted from the final amount of taxes which have been paid. People often underestimate the amount of cash they will get back from an arbitrage rebate because they forget that any losses for the year can be subtracted from the charges for arbitration, and used to augment the final rebate which will be received. If in doubt about how much you have taken in losses over the ear, contact your tax accountant for more detailed information.