5 Tips To Book A Baller Vegas Trip Affordably That You Haven’t Heard

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Okay, maybe not celebrity baller, but there are ways to experience an upgraded Vegas experience. I love Vegas. I do. It’s not for everyone. But for me, 2 times a year is standard. There’s just something about a city that’s always on. It’s a place I can go and really do whatever the hell I want and not have to worry about it. The ultimate adult playground.

There was actually a time where you could practically get everything super cheap and free, Unfortunately those times have changed quite a bit. Vegas is much more touristy. In fact, over the years I’ve seen more and more kids in Vegas, and venues/attractions are building out accommodating such. With gambling becoming less of a centerpiece, naturally the perks that once were available are not so as much. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some creative ways to save a few bucks and still make out like a bandit. So to kick off my new approach and design to this blog, I’m writing what’s fresh in my mind and sharing some kick ass tips to rock Vegas affordably. These are just a few examples I’ve actually used. I’m sure there are plenty of others, but you can take these ones to the bank.

Nerd Out On MyVegas

Whether you play games on Facebook or your phone doesn’t matter. If Vegas is a frequent destination for you, this is a game worth checking out for one simple reason; you earn free shit in Vegas. MyVegas is simply slots. You can play on Facebook or on your mobile device and they both share the same synched up account. Simply by checking in once a day or so, you can earn free chips, and use those chips to play slot games. Those slot games earn you loyalty points which can then be redeemed for real Vegas stuff. Meals, booze, shows, etc. However it takes quite a bit of patience. They just don’t give everything away. You’ll have to devote some time to earn any real rewards, but the fact that the game is free and easy to access anywhere, make it a great time killer. The lady friend and I simply would play sitting in front of the TV, or waiting in line for whatever. Usually just by doing this, we can cut our dining bills in half for 2 trips to Vegas alone.

Book Accommodations Through Independent Owners

Figured this one out on our last trip. We saved almost 30% and no resort fees by finding our suite through an independent owner on VRBO. Sites like this and airbnb are great places to find some accommodations that otherwise would cost much more. Sure, many properties don’t offer this as an option, but plenty do, and if you’re flexible about where you stay, this is a great way to save some loot. Plus nothing feels better than not having to pay some ridiculous resort fee for things you never use.

Skip The Lines In Da Club

I learned the hard way that the club scene has passed me by, but that doesn’t mean that’s the case for everyone. And nothing sucks more than having to wait hours in line to get in. The fact is, with a little planning and a few extra bucks, you don’t have to. You’ll read all kinds of articles about how you can do anything from talking security into letting you in, to contacting someone at the club, but the fact is, these are all dead ends for most folks. I’m just a regular guy with no connections, and I found 2 sure fire ways to make it happen. First option is to simply hire a VIP service to help you skip the lines. There are a handful of services like this, but the one that I found that actually seemed legit was VIP Night. I only list them here because a person actually called me in Vegas and offered a few options where he’d meet us at the club to skip the lines. But we went with option 2 which involved booking dinner at a restaurant attached to a club (in this case Hakkasan). Not all clubs have this, but the ones that do will usually let you skip the line if you book dinner there. We had to eat anyway, so we did, and were able to get into the club through the back. Very cool.

Get A Frequent Players Card & Gamble A Little

I’ve never been much of a gambler. However slot machines are like video games these days, so they’re kind of fun just to play now. After a couple trips of dropping a few hundred dollars here and there and using my MGM card, I found some pretty sweet offers hitting my email inbox. Free shows, meals, even comped rooms, and I’m no high roller by any means. I’ve easily received more discounts in the offers I’ve received then any money I’ve plunked down on gambling. Just by playing a little, you’ll open yourself up to some pretty sweet deals. I dig MGM’s mLife for no other reason than they have a shit ton of properties so you can go just about anywhere and use the same card.

Get A Pool Cabana You Can Actually Afford

If you’re the kind of folk that likes to hit the pools for some fun in the sun, you know how much of a pain in the rear it can be to secure chairs. If you don’t need to rock out at the day club pools, check out some of the pools at the resorts that have the more laid back crowd. Properties like The Signature, Delano, etc. On a recent trip I was able to score a pool cabana for only $300 for a Saturday. Spend a few hundred bucks on food and drinks and they knock it down 25%. That’s not too bad for a guaranteed spot with a TV, refrigerator, etc.

You Need To Own Your Online Identity

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[stag_dropcap font_size=”100px” style=”squared”]I[/stag_dropcap] was inspired to write this blog post based on an article that surfaced in my Facebook feed about Appetas, a restaurant website service, that up until now, offered restaurants a turn-key solution to having a website with useful integrated features such as menus, online ordering etc.  It’s not the worst idea in the world by any means, an affordable, easy solution for an industry that typically has low margins, and little to no internal resources for such a thing. But today’s announcement is exactly why I’ve consulted not only restaurants, but all businesses to stay away from turn-key solutions like this for one simple reason; you don’t own it.

Appetas announced today they were acquired by Google. Great for them, not so much for their customers. In their blog post announcing the acquisition, they are shutting down the service and will work with customers to find alternative solutions. How would you like to be one of these businesses that put your website and trust into these folks now to only be left having to find something else?

Clearly they had a successful product to have been acquired by Google, and I’m sure there is a place for this sort of product in the market. But as long as I am in a position to consult with businesses, I’ll never recommend this path. While using platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., is a must in your overall online strategies, the fact is, you don’t own these platforms and you are at the mercy of the changes they make, and ultimately the shut downs that can happen. You can’t allow your entire online identity to be owned by others, which makes it that much more important that your website is owned by you. For you to control, for you to avoid being shut down and looking elsewhere.

Is it more expensive? Up front, yes, in the long run…not at all. The evolution of platforms like WordPress have made it easier and more affordable to get your own website up and running. Diversify your online presence, and make sure where you are isn’t entirely owned by others. Or you may end up like some of the unfortunate customers of Appetas.

Why Sometimes You Have To Say No To New Business

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[stag_dropcap font_size=”100px” style=”squared”]N[/stag_dropcap]ot every lead is a good one. In my first year of starting my company, while few and far between, I’ve actually had new business prospects that I’ve turned down. For a startup, that seems a bit crazy, but sometimes, it’s unavoidable.

I was inspired to write this blog post by something that literally just happened in our office that is driving me nuts. What initially started out as a very promising lead for our company, turned into the most ridiculous showing of disorganization and disrespect I’ve faced since launching my business.

A week or so ago, I was delighted to hear that someone drove by our office and saw our sign and actually stopped in to learn about us. I didn’t think that we’d ever get a lead from our sign, but lo and behold, we did. She set up an appointment to discuss marketing needs for her new business. Here is a list recap of events that happened since:

  • Cancelled an hour before her meeting because she wasn’t feeling well. She rescheduled for a few days later
  • Does not show up to rescheduled meeting. We call her and she says she didn’t get a reminder call from us so she forgot. She reschedules for a few days later and asks us to call her the same day to remind her. Reluctantly, we agree to this even though I think it’s ridiculous that a grown professional adult requires a reminder service for a meeting SHE initiated.
  • We call her on the day of the rescheduled meeting and she tells us that we didn’t give her enough time with our reminder call to make it work

Now, does that sound like someone you’d ever want to go into business with? One of the choices I’ve made when starting my business was that no matter how desperate we may be for the income, I would never take on a client that I had red flags about because it usually ends up in disaster. In this particular case, it was a no brainer. Could you imagine the potential headaches we’d encounter with someone that is incapable of being organized enough to know when their meetings are or has no accountability for their actions? No thank you.

How To Guarantee Your Facebook Page Content Reaches Your Fans

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[stag_dropcap font_size=”100px” style=”squared”]T[/stag_dropcap]imes are changing. The good ‘ol days of free advertising on Facebook have pretty much disappeared. You can’t blame Facebook entirely for this as it was just a matter of time before they really needed to monetize all those users and all that data. There’s plenty of uproar over this as organic Facebook reach is starting to dip into the single digits, and companies are scrambling to figure out what’s next. Some are proclaiming they are leaving the platform, while others have begrudgingly bit the bullet and started paying to promote their posts.

While I certainly enjoyed the free ride, I don’t really have as big of an issue as others do. I have no problem with Facebook trying to make money. For a business to expect a free ride forever is being a little naive. It’s still incredibly affordable to reach a very targeted, actionable audience on Facebook. In my opinion, certainly still more affordable and effective than traditional marketing channels.

That being said, there is a little known work around that won’t cost you a dime. It’s a bit of a workaround, and requires action on part of your fans, but it’s still a free option. Have your Facebook Fans hover over the Liked button, and select Get Notifications from the drop down menu. 

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As you can see from the screenshot above, it’s a relatively simple process to actually do. The trick is how you can actually get your fans and future fans to actually do this. It’s not likely that you’ll get all of them to do so. But it can’t hurt to communicate such to your fans, and come up with some creative ways to encourage them to do so.

It’s not an ideal solution, but if you’re completely adverse to paying to reach your more of your Facebook fans, here’s your option.

Social Media Isn’t Going Anywhere

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[stag_dropcap font_size=”100px” style=”squared”]I[/stag_dropcap] often get asked from folks whether there will ever be a “social media crash”. Similar to the 2000 dot com bust, will all these social channels just crash and burn at some point. My simple answer is always no. The fact is, social media at its core isn’t some newly formed concept that just popped up over the last few years. As a society, we’ve always been “social”. It’s the technology that has changed that has allowed us to do so differently. So while I’m sure there will be a fair share of social channels that will come and go, our social interactions online will never go away.

So as a business, it’s critically important to ensure that investing time and/or money into social as part of your overall marketing strategy is a priority. Below is a terrific infographic that demonstrates the sheer volume of audience and activity online in the social sphere.

Some highlights:

  • Facebook has reached 1.5 billion users while Twitter has recently passed 550 million
  • 93% of marketers use social media for business
  • In the US, people spend on average, 16% every hour on social media sites
  • Fastest growing segments on the big 3? (Facebook, Twitter, Google +), 45-64 years old.
  • 47% of Americans say Facebook is the #1 influencer of purchasing decisions

If you’re business is not currently tapping into these huge opportunities, please call me today and I’ll walk you through what’s available to you and how you can use the social web to grow your business.

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