‘Tis The Season To Be Wary: 12 Holiday Scams to Avoid [infographic]

December 24, 2014 |  by  |  eCommerce, Holiday  |  No Comments

With all the stress and chaos of last minute Christmas shopping, it’s easy to mistake overly enticing, too-good-to-be-true online scams for the perfect last minute holiday gift. Common holiday season scams such as free e-gift cards, travel scams, and fake charities top this season’s list of online Christmas hoaxes.

Today’s infographic says that “70% of Americans plan on shopping online” this holiday season, creating an increasingly lucrative market for Internet scammers to capitalize on. Additionally, of that 70 percent, almost 1/4 of them will be doing that shopping on a mobile device. Therefore, it has become increasingly necessary for online shoppers to be wary of these malicious attempts of fraud that have the potential of ruining your holiday season.

According to enigmasoftware.com, holiday season ads like these “exist to collect your personal information and flood you with spam messages.” The best way to avoid being exposed to scams like these is to buy gifts or gift cards directly from retailers themselves or to “only shop at trusted and well-known e-commerce sites.” So, although that 50-percent-off iPad advertisement in your social media sidebar (that you expediently dismiss at other times of the year) may seem tempting while browsing the Internet for holiday gift ideas, do not be fooled. Check out today’s infographic to learn more about this year’s 12 online holiday scams to avoid. [via]

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#GodBlessUsEveryone [infographic]

December 23, 2014 |  by  |  Holiday  |  No Comments

Jingle bells, Batman smells, Charles Dickens paved the way for serial writers to become popular, awesome people, yeeeaaaaaaaahhhh. That’s my favorite Christmas carol. But seriously, Dickens was a visionary, and not to mention totally hip. His work, A Christmas Carol, is basically the most famous Christmas story of all time. I mean, it invented the holiday. Before that, we only had a baby and some kings under a star. And then there was Santy Klaus. But now… Now, we have ghosts. Not only that – we have time traveling ghosts. Ghosts that will make a nice man of the meanest.

This story has been adapted into 28 different films and musicals. Heck, even mimes took a crack at it. (Random thought: Are mimes allowed to write? Because if they were, wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?) Ol’ Charlie Dickens was a monster too. He’d git up thur on dat stage after suckin’ down a couple swigs of gin ‘n juice, and perform his stuff the right way. AND he was a one man company. He would publish, print, bind, and advertise all of his works ALL BY HIMSELF. However, it was all fun and games with this scoundrel. Apparently, he was a bit of jerk. Some of the stuff he wrote totally hated on Jews. He also left his wife for some dumb, young actress. Nevertheless, his story of holiday cheer will forever bring joy and thanksgiving to all of western civilization! Cheers, Charles! [TheOnSwitch]

 

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The 10 Commandments of Typography [infographic]

December 22, 2014 |  by  |  Business, Marketing  |  5 Comments

Typography is a big deal. Whether you’re looking for the perfect fonts to use in a resume, or trying to decide which contrasting fonts will work together for an advertising campaign, the right typography can convey many different messages. I’ve been focusing on typography recently when it comes to art projects. (I like to paint quotes on canvas, and give them as gifts.)

Seriously though, when it comes to all types of design projects, the wrong font can ruin the whole thing. Believe me, if you’re still using Comic Sans, no one is going to take you seriously. The good news is that many people understand the importance of the fonts you choose, and some of those kind souls come up with handy tips to help out when you’re stuck in a rut. Looking for ways to ‘wow’ them with your resume? Start by experimenting with typography techniques. Choose contrasting fonts, but never more than two. Try combining a serif font with a sans-serif font, or vice versa. You’d be surprised how using two different fonts can spice up even the simplest of documents.

And if these 10 commandments aren’t enough for you, check out this infographic for even more help.

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How Do You Take Your Whiskey? [infographic]

December 21, 2014 |  by  |  Entertainment, Food  |  No Comments

Whiskey, the drink of the wild west. The fuel of armed soldiers. The sweet nectar of Tennessee. A god among liquor. Whiskey isn’t easy to understand – that’s why you need to know the difference in types. I won’t go into percentages or details; I’ll just give you a brief run-down.

First off, there’s bourbon. Bourbon is whiskey distilled in the good’ol USA. Love it? Hell yeah. Then there’s Irish Whiskey (my favorite, usually sweeter), which must be brewed in Ireland. Scotch comes next, a smokier whiskey that improves with age, and must be distilled in Scotland. Finally there’s the most confusing – Rye Whiskey. A lot of the time, rye is distilled in Canada. It’s almost never 100 percent rye either, but usually a blend using different barrels for aging, or grain which is distilled. Rye Whiskey can also be distilled in America.

Now that you know the differences in whiskeys, you can take that to the bar and seem like a pro. Just remember though – good whiskey is easy to drink, and things that are easy to drink make it easy to get drunk. I usually take my whiskey on ice. I do the normal Jameson on the rocks, unless they have Jameson 12 on hand and then I’m in heaven. [via]

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Why Pinterest Is So Addictive [infographic]

December 20, 2014 |  by  |  Internet, Social Media  |  No Comments

Since Pinterest exploded on the social media scene, the user base has only grown. In the beginning, it was the social platform for women. Crafts, fashion, food and more flooded the screen with attractive pictures and an easy-to-use sharing model. Now all different types of people and companies use Pinterest.

Have you checked out the Daily Infographic Pinterest board? Pinterest is creeping into my Google searches more and more lately. Whether I’m researching new pants or Internet marketing, I keep getting Pinterest in the results. Then I end up spending two hours scrolling down and learn way too much about carrot cake.

I’m still not an avid user. When compared to my Facebook or Instagram usage, Pinterest can’t compete. I’m not sure why; I just think there’s too much going on. Okay, so I jumped on Pinterest right now while writing this, and I am right. There’s too much going on. Absolutely everything I’m interested in scrolls endlessly and I feel like I get sucked into a time-wasting application.

It was really cool, though. I think I may start Pinteresting more. [via]

Check out the infographic video A Marketers Guide to Pinterest.

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