Various Forms of CD Label Maker

There are CD label makers which are also good for printing labels for other purpose too. Some of them were connected to the computer and the designs are made in computer and the commands are given to print the appropriate designs. Also some of them have keyboard and screen built in it which does not require any computer to connect with it. CD label maker are different from the normal computer printers. It has special mechanism to handle the rolled adhesive paper on which CD labels are printed.

Common connectivity for CD label maker is RS-232 serial port, Universal Serial Bus, parallel port, Ethernet or any sort of wireless media. To make any labels the CD label maker requires a range of materials for the development like adhesive paper, synthetic polymer (plastic) materials. There are various types of mechanism used like thermal, impact and laser but thermal mechanism are most commonly used. Two types of thermal which are direct thermal and thermal transfer type.

The direct thermal type uses heat sensitive paper which is similar to thermal fax paper. When using this technology, it tends to fade within 6 to 12 months time more over if exposed to heat, direct sunlight or chemical contact is made the life of the art on the CD label shortens. Therefore direct thermal technique is used when the requirement for the label is for the short period of time.

The second form of mechanism is thermal transfer uses heat to transfer ink from the ribbon on to the label for a permanent print. There are three forms of ribbons used in thermal transfer technique which are wax, wax / resin and only resin. Wax works great with smudge resistance and it's good for matte and semi glossy paper labels. Wax and resin are good for smudge resistance, semi glossy paper and some synthetic formats too. Resin is scratch and chemical resistance and it good for coated synthetic CD labels

When a CD label maker is continuously working there are situation when the print may shift from the actual location and this may vary from label to label. To ensure perfect area where the print has to take place from the media high quality label maker have a sensor for this which detects the fault of gap, Line, notch perforation between labels. This allows the label maker to adjust the input of label stocks so that the printing is done properly over the labels without any error.

There are label maker applicators which automate the processing of label making. These systems are used commonly in industrial and warehousing area where requirement of label printing is done is mass. The software which runs on normal computers is built to create designs and formats for labels. This software supports the general operating system and the drivers of the machine.

There are label makers which print the label and same time encode them with a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).

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The Rise and Fall of Twitter, Part 2

In Part 1, I discussed how the core function of Twitter had changed (or evolved depending on your point of view) from a social based networking site to a streaming source of comments and links designed to sell, brand, promote, and gain followers.

So after reading the previous article, you have either thrown your hands in the air deciding that Twitter is nothing more than a group of people focused only on their own success, or you've become intrigued by the dynamics of an ever changing online environment.

If the first one describes you, your position would be tough to argument against. Many people, including me, have spent a great deal of time watching at Twitter feeds wondering what our lives have become. Is this worth it? Are there other ways to get new clients? The answer is yes. Keep in mind that businesses were succeeding long before Twitter came along. And while Twitter has been used as a successful marketing tool, any business that is legitimately capable to compete in the market place does not need to rely on it.

But that does not mean Twitter is worth walking away from. Like any other form of media, understanding how to use it to convey a message and how others use it to receive that message can help you make an educated decision as to whether it's right for you.

While I have had a Twitter account for about a year, I spent many months following and unfollowing people from various genres before starting my own Twitter campaign. I have read tweets, retweets, clicked on links, tracked other people followers, and examined people's practitioners outside of the Twitter universe. Through this, I have been able to classify Tweeters into 9 unique groups:

Mass Media Celebrities

These are people who are household names. They have earned their celebrity status by their accomplishments outside of Twitter. Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, and Lance Armstrong have all chosen to use Twitter as a means to communicate with their fans, keep their name in the media, and promote their ventures. Just as in real life, they are very selective what they associate. Many celebrities follow just a few people (or less) while having millions of followers. For most celebrities, dialogue with followers is minimal.

Twitter Celebrities

I believe if not for Twitter, there would be a surplus of waiters and short order cooks. There are legions of Twitter experts, masters and gurus. What makes this group worth mentioning is how the vast majority of them do not seem to have any legitimate track record prior to their first tweet. Names like Warren Whitlock, Mari Smith and Scott Stratten may be unknown to the average person, but are considered stars in the Twitter world. Their success is built on their follower list and their claims that they can show anyone how to get more followers. Just do not spend too much time looking for their resumes.

Corporate

Companies large and small have only recently begon to understand the importance of Twitter. From Apple to Domino's Pizza, businesses that have opened themselves up to consumer dialogue have seen their brands gain strength. Whether motivated by criticism or public relations, the corporate world is seeing Twitter as an effective sales and customer service tool.

Experts

Every industry has it's experts. And many of them love to Tweet their opinions or links to relevant articles and web sites. Occidentally experts can drift into celebrity status, such as Bill Gates, while celebrities can also become experts, as did Al Gore.

Climbers

Twitter has created a unique opportunity for people who would not otherwise be heard or not now reach potentially millions, all while sitting behind a desk in their pajamas. For some, their egos have kicked into high gear and they have become focused on achieving the same social status in Twitter they could never achieve in person. They will tweet whatever gets the best response. Comments, followers and retweets are the fruits of victory. A lucky few have had success parlaying their Twitter Twitter into business consulting and speaking opportunities.

Sellers

It has been said that everyone has something to sell. The question is how obvious do you want to be about it. On Twitter both companies and individuals hock deals, limited time offers, loyalty programs, and MLM schemes. They generally follow others in the hopes of getting those to follow them back. Their tweet frequency is usually frequent.

Ramblers

What's for lunch? Believe it or not there are still people who will gladly share that information and many more who will listen. Rambling is a tweet about nothing. A new jacket you bought, a movie you saw, or just a comment about the weather. Celebrities, experts and sellers can all become ramblers at some point. While I generally do not like to ramble, I did notice that I got the best response when I tweeted about having to spend a whole day alone with my two young kids. So maybe a little rambling is not so bad.

Collectors

First it was Facebook friends, now Twitter followers. In the eyes of some, numbers do not lie. Someone with 10,000 followers must be ten times more popular than someone with 1,000 followers, right? To any marketing expert, the question is not "how many" but "who".

Spectators

Some people are just content reading Tweets without feeling the need to contribute. And this is perfectly fine. Those they follow can be an ever changing mix of news, celebrities, or anyone they find interesting.

Which one do you want to be? Who do you want to reach? I am a big believer in being true to yourself, especially when it comes to marketing on a personal level. If you try to be what you think people want you to be, you end up appealing to no one. If you are knowledgeable in a specific field, or have a unique style, let that show through your tweets. Do not worry about trying to be like everyone else. That's a great way to blend in. And if you want to be noticed, you can not blend in.

My suggestion to any business looking to dive into the Twitter "pool" is this: add value to your marketplace. Focus on who you want following you and provide tweets that will get read by that group. With all the people sending out links to silly You Tube videos, or retweeting articles that have already circled the Twitter universe twice, a Twitter source that sends out relevant, interesting tweets is like a breath of fresh air. People will follow, they will listen, and they will retweet to their own followers.

Here are 11 tips I would suggest to anyone looking to incorporate Twitter into their marketing program:

  1. Be yourself. Talk about what you know and what interests you. You will then attract followers that share your passion.
  2. Follow others that are in your industry, plus anyone else you find interesting (such as Conan O'Brien). After all, it's your account.
  3. Based on tip # 2, only retweet items that are relevant to your industry. Forget the silly stuff, even if you find it amusing. Let your followers get that stuff from other people who they expect it from.
  4. Encourage dialogue. Compliment people on interesting tweets. Or post open questions about what's going on in your industry or company.
  5. Thank people for retweeting your stuff. This is also a great way to start dialogue.
  6. Focus your tweets. If you're a local restaurant, tweet about new dishes and specials, not the status of the real estate market.
  7. Do not worry about the number of followers you have. In many cases people with thousands of followers are still not read.
  8. While linking tweets to other sites is fine, original content from your own site is always best. It will help establish you as an expert and will draw ore traffic to your site.
  9. Your site is the backbone of your online marketing. Link back to it often in your tweets. Just make sure there is great content. A link to your home page will not cut it.
  10. What are you giving away? Are you entertaining? Can you teach something? These are reasons people will follow you. Do not assume being a nice guy is enough.
  11. Mention your Twitter account in all your marketing materials.

Remember, like all forms of social media on the web, Twitter is continuously evolving and changing. Whether this change is for the better or worse depends only on what you are looking to get out of it. What's most important is that you stick to your ideas, beliefs and business strategies. Keeping these trains common all forms of social marketing, conventional marketing, and how you interact with clients is your key to long term success, regardless of the status of your Twitter account.

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21 Proven Ways To Use PR to Build Your Brand (Part One)

Public relations or PR is a very cost effective way to build your brand.

My definition of PR is building goodwill with strategic stakeholders through effective communication.

So in a practical sense how can you build your brand using PR. Here are the first seven of 21 tips.

1. Tie-in with news events of the day

A publicly listed Perth company and client of mine, Cell Aquaculture Limited made a recent announcement that "land-based fish farming is the only solution to stopping the world's wild fish fish stocks collapsing".

They received good media coverage when they commented on a report where "marine scientists have warned there will be no more commercial fishing in 40 years if the present levels of fishing continue around the world."

Cell's message was that land-based fish farming is the only solution.

This is a good example of leveraging off a big global news story. The new study on fish stocks, conducted by Canadian researchers and reported in the journal Science , concluded that stocks of all commercially used species will collapse to less than 10 per cent of the maximum catches recorded.

2. Tie-in with a newspaper or other media outlet on a mutual project

Do a joint venture. You have the content and the media outlet has the distribution channels.

This strategy worked well as a young manager at the ABC when we did a joint color supplement in a major rural newspaper when we launched our new brands for all our regional radio stations.

3. Conduct a poll or survey

The outcomes of research are very newsworthy because they are new.

Polls, especially on the Internet are very easy to do.

4.Issue a report or white paper

This is a great way to generate good PR. White papers are now becoming a very effective lead generation, positioning and business growth tool.

5. Arrange an interview with a celebrity

Here's another example with a client called Aurenda who are Independent worker injury risk managers. They held a function with former International cricketer Rod Hogg

Click here to listen to the interview with Rod Hogg …

6. Take part in a controversy

You have to pick your issues and I suggest you seek professional advice if going down this track.

7. Arrange for a testimonial

A proven, time tested PR technique. You will notice I use collect and use testimonials with permission in this eZine.

(Source: Adapted from Public Relations: Strategies & Tactics Wilcox et al. 1995, p.300)

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Top 5 Myths About The Music Business

If you are involved in the entertainment business then you've probably heard a few tall tales. The following is a list of some of the top myths about the music business.

1. People in the music business will help you out of the kindness of their hearts.

Facts:

The music business is called the music business for a reason. It is a business that just so happens to sell music. Businesses are in business to make money. They are not in business to make ART, however they will sell it. You may find a beneficial of good Samaritans willing to help for free but generally speaking if helping does not benefit the other party, they will not help.

"People (not counting loved ones) will help you if they think your art will make them money. -David Naggar, Esq. from The Music Business Explained In Plain English-

2. Since the economic decline people are not buying music anymore

Facts:

People are buying music, but they are not buying it in the same way they used to. Sales of CDs may be down but the sale of single tracks is up! If you are still an unbeliever just check iTunes sales records. Reportedly, Apple has sold 10 billion and counting!

3. Music superstars have and are making tons of money.

This is one of the biggest myths in the entertainment business. When you see a Sean Kingston or Lady Gaga on television you may think that they are living the good life, but really the amount of money he / she brings home is really dependent on the terms of their contractual obligations as well as their money management skills . Simply put, if you spend more than you make you are bound to go broke sooner or later.

Need examples:

MC Hammer

Marvin Gaye

Michael Jackson

Willie Nelson

Toni Braxton

Billy Joel

George Clinton

Isaac Hayes

Jerry Lee Lewis

Ron Isley

Need anymore? The list goes on.

The fact of the matter is that all of these artists have seen the highs and lows of the music business. Micheal Jackson, the "King of Pop", even had his money woes. No "superstar" is exempt. Good money management skills are needed in order to maintain a "superstar" lifestyle.

4. You can become an overnight celebrity in the music business.

This is one of the most common myths about the music business. People believe that you can sign a record deal and then all of sudden you are magically on magazine covers and receiving Grammy awards. All of this talk is nonsense. At the end of the day it takes a decent amount of leg work, dedication, passion, perseverance, and strong networking relationships to achieve "success" in the music business. NO ONE HAS BECOME SUCCESSFUL OVERNIGHT however, some people have achieved their goals faster than others. Artists such as Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West, and Eminem spent years building their reputation and brands to become the people they are today. This is why working smarter and not harder is essential in the music business.

5. Talent Trumps Work Ethic

In today's music business, talent still counts but work ethnic counts for more. An extraordinarily talented person with average work ethnic will generally not do as well as someone with extraordinary work ethnic and average talent.

A strong work ethic, more often than not, means that you can be consistent which is of the utmost importance in the music business.

Why?

One word. Marketing. Being able to consistently deliver high quality to the consumer is paramount. This is where work ethnic trumps talent. A person that is able to consistently deliver a satisfactory product to the consumer is, in the words of Charlie Sheen, WINNING! Because of our increasingly shortened attention spans, having someone or something consistently in our faces helps in branding the product, service, or person. Ultimately, these results in people getting paid!

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Grammy Awards

Grammy Awards are the Oscars of the music industry. The music industry launched its own awards thirty years after the Academy Awards were established. The Grammys, the Gramophone Awards – as originally named, were created in 1957 by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The Grammys were conservative. At that time, rock and roll was not included in the nominations, since it was considered a fad. Although the committee consistent of representatives from pop, jazz, classical, R & B, country etc, most innovators never won any awards for years to come.

The first Grammy Awards were presented for the year 1958, on May 4, 1959. Although Elvis Presley's records were half the music sold that year, The King was not even nominated.

It was said that Frank Sinatra, the chairman of the board, had a hand in this, since he did not appreciate Rock'n Roll, and in the second year, when Bobby Darin was granted the Record of The Year Award for 1959 for " Mack the Knife, "Sinatra despised the new music even more. During the later years, however, Sinatra recorded the same song.

The end of the sixties still stayed conservative, although with Woodstock and with the push for following along with the times, the middle-of-the-road choices started to take hold. In 1969, the group 5th Dimension proved to be a godsend with their soft jazzy rock music, winning two awards for the same song, "Aquarius – Let the Sunshine in."

The traditionalist view lost its hold during the seventies when the Grammys relaxed the strict judging criteria and included the rock music artists like the Eagles and Stevie Wonder.

A slap in the face came to Grammys with their biggest scandal when the Best New Artist Award was given to Milli Vanilli. Milli Vanilli were a twosome who had three singles at the number one spot. It was later discovered that the two never sang any of their songs, but lip-synched. Their German producer said afterwards, "We made a pact with the devil."

The Grammys were broadcast on television for the first time by ABC until CBS bought the rights of telecast in 1973. The Grammys were held in Los Angeles at the Shrine Auditorium for several years and then moved to the Staples Center because of the increase in the size of the audience and the categories. For years, New York and Los Angeles have competed for hosting the Grammys.

The Grammys now boast 108 categories with more than 20 genres of music and chapters in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New York, Pacific Northwest, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Texas, and Washington, DC

The 49th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony took place on February 11, 2007 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with Dixie Chicks becoming the big winners. In 2008, Grammy Awards will celebrate its fiftieth year, a milestone in the music awards business and will be held on a date to be yet announced at Staples Center, Los Angeles, California.

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