Blog This w/ David Kamatoy returns with a brand new virtual set, new music and solid content. If you're an entrepreneur, entertainer or e-markter. This is the show to watch. Please RT, Tweet, Digg, Like and of course BLOG THIS.
Las Vegas, NV- Sears Blue tool Crew hosted a cocktail and hors d' oeuvres event for the Media. The party featured some new tools with a DJ providing the soundtrack.
It's exciting to see one of the oldest brands in the United States
SEARS embracing Social Media.
The real story was the showcasing of the new Sears Blue Tool Crew a sort of Handyman Hotline to get your questions answered for anything having to do with a HARDWARE product bought at Sears. A life line for tools, a GEEK Squad for Screwdrivers...
The team demonstrated logging into the website and requesting help. Within minutes the phone ideally rings with an attendant ready to interact and answer questions.
Dan McClellan and I had a chance to talk with the leads of the division, social media and the PR company taking the lead.
Sears is taking an aggressive stance and embracing the social media model of interacting with their customers via phone, email and social media. They are utilizing many of the strategies that we talk about on "Blog This With David Kamatoy" and implement with Kamatoy Media Group and our assorted projects: No More Geysers, jugglemail, and CraigGFrancis.com.
We captured some footage today and are planning on interviewing a few more of the principals tomorrow.
Bill Kiss, Chief Marketing Officer
S.D. Light SVP- Tools & Hardware
It's exciting to see one of the oldest BRANDS in the United States embracing Social Media.
So stay tuned because it's clear that we are collectively re-writing the play-book as we go...
Tuesday, March 30th, at 7:00 p.m. featuring headliner comedians Vicki Barbolak, Jimmy Burns & Scott Wood
For Immediate Release...
San Diego,CA - Mark Christopher Lawrence hosts a night of Clean Comedy at Cygnet Theatre in San Diego's Old Town. Well-known comedians Vicki Barbolak (from ''Whose Minding the Store?''), Jimmy Burns (as heard on ''Live from Here''), and Scott Wood (seen on Comedy Central) headline the evening. Mark recently finished shooting the third season of NBC's hit comedy ''Chuck'' as well as completing a run in The Piano Lesson at Cygnet Theatre. This is a chance for fans of ''Chuck'' and patrons of the theatre to bring their families for a night of Clean Comedy.
More and more theaters are making use of their typical ''dark'' nights to experiment with alternative shows like a Comedy Night. As Mark Christopher Lawrence had just finished August Wilson's The Piano Lesson at Cygnet, the timing could not be better. This is a chance for Cygnet Theatre to introduce a new group of people to the venue and for theatre patrons to come together for an extremely enjoyable event.
Vicki Barbolak was the 2007 winner of Nickelodeon's ''Funniest Mom in America'' and has been compared to such great comic women as Phyllis Diller and Totie Fields. Vicki has also been named California's Funniest Female and is a regular on Pauly Shore's ''Whose Minding the Store?''
Perhaps better known as ''The Teacher Comedian,'' Jimmy Burns has toured with George Lopez, Arsenio Hall, Brad Garrett, and the late Richard Jeni. More recently Jimmy co-hosted ''Live from Here with James P. Connolly'' on the National Lampoon Comedy Radio Network and is currently touring with Henry Cho.
Scott Wood is perhaps best known for the rapid-fire comic delivery that has earned him the title of ''Mr. Punchline,'' with runs of more than eight jokes per minute. Scott has performed at such venues as The Ice House, The Comedy Store, and The Laugh Factory, and was recently named Stand Up Comedy Champion at the Improv Comedy Club.
''The show will be a blast. We expect a lot of cast members and friends from The Piano Lesson. What cracks me up is that we will be performing on the set of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, which takes place in 19th Century London. Now if that's not a great set for Comedy I don't know what is.'
- Mark Christopher Lawrence
This is a chance for fans of ''Chuck'' and patrons of the theatre to bring their families for a night of Clean Comedy.
This show is produced by Cygnet Theatre and Prayer Dudz. Curtain goes up at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 30th. For tickets please visit CygentTheatre.com. For press queries or more information please contact Kamatoy Media Group at 619-573-5648.
Entrepreneur/Entertainer Explores New Possibilities
San Diego, CA - Entrepreneur, Marketing Master, and Entertainer David Kamatoy kicks off his new online program, "Blog This," with a look at the Internet, technology, and theater. This first in a new series of video programs sets a tone for an irreverent look at information, technology, and "whatever we feel like covering." In the inaugural webisode, David Kamatoy discusses blogging and tweeting, reviews some of the new smart phones, and looks back at opening night of a local production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."
"Blog This" is targeted at entrepreneurs, entertainers, and e-marketers...
"Blog This" is targeted at entrepreneurs, entertainers, and e-marketers, but provides enough information and entertainment to keep any Internet video watcher coming back for more. David Kamatoy begins his first episode with an explanation of blogging and how it relates to video blogging, podcasting, and traditional media. One of the goals of "Blog This" is helping people better understand the role of blogging in promoting businesses and projects. The program itself is very much in a blog format. "What's unique about the content of this show is that it's literally going to be on random formats," says creator and host David Kamatoy. The focus of the show will be on content, but presented in a variety of ways to reflect the ecclectic format of blogs.
One of the goals of "Blog This" is helping people better understand the role of blogging in promoting businesses and projects. The program itself is very much in a blog format.
In his technology section, David Kamatoy looks at and compares the Palm Pre, the Nexus One, the Blackberry 8330, and the iPhone. More than just comparing, he delves into some of the plusses and minuses of both the various phones and their carriers. David Kamatoy provides his own particular take on the good, the bad, and the just plain strange of these smart phones and their technology, and gives some advice on when to get into smart phones. There are also short discussions of the new Google "Buzz" and the new Facebook format.
David Kamatoy finishes up this episode of "Blog This" with his video interviews of Mark Christopher Lawrence (NBC's "Chuck") and other members of the cast of the Cygnet Theatre production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Piano Lesson." Much of the footage was filmed during the opening night celebration, held at Cafe Coyote in San Diego's Old Town area, with clips from the play interspersed among the interviews.
"Blog This" can be seen at DavidKamatoy.com, Viddler and YouTube. Interested parties please send press releases, and contact Kamatoy Media Group at 619-573-9456.
Blog This With David Kamatoy Episode 1
What is A Blog?
Smart Phone War
Mark Christopher Lawrence August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson"
David Kamatoy- Host
Steve Dahl- Voice Over
Shawn Rover-Production Manager
DP- Bruce Ando Jr. (The Piano Lesson)
Stephen Prendergast-Writer, Photography
Piano Lesson Cast Members:Mark Christopher Lawrence, Laurence Brown, Monique Gaffney,
Hollywood, CA - Mark Christopher Lawrence, who plays Big Mike on NBC's "Chuck," is producing a night of comedy & music hosted by celebrity juggler David Kamatoy on Friday, February 5, 2010. The show starts at 8:30 pm at Cafe Muse, a cafe and coffeehouse located in the heart of Hollywood's Theater Row. The cafe features mostly vegan fare and boasts an art gallery.
Slated to appear so far:
Annie Wiebe, a young and aggressive comedian who, while only performing since 2006, has played in many of the top clubs in LA and New York.
Gulden, a beautiful transplant from Istanbul who is touted as "the only female comic from the Middle East still alive."
The CEO Band backs up David Kamatoy to add a little jazz, R & B, and funk to the evening's festivities. Drummer and producer Carl Overstreet, Jr., and up-and-coming musician Leo James are back together from their latest gig at "Mr. Black San Diego."
"I've been on the phone with comedians while on the set," says Mark Christopher Lawrence, "and we have a few surprises in store. The night is going to be a little different from what wev'e done the last few shows. The night is guaranteed to be highly entertaining. With this mix of comics and the addition of music, the house will ROCK!"
Cafe Muse is located at 6547 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles,CA 90038, east of Highland between Las Palmas & Wilcox Ave. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. Fri. February 5, 2010. For more information visit http://cafemusela.com or call 323-464-MUSE. For media inquiries or questions please contact Kamatoy Media Group at 619-573-9456.
New Additions to First Friday Comedy Night in Hollywood, CA 11.6.09 at 8:30p.m.
Hollywood,CA- Joannae Thompson, Gulden join Annie Wiebe
to become the Sirens of the "First Friday
Comedy Night" in Hollywood,CA on 11.6.09. They join the stars of NBC's "Chuck", Mark Christopher Lawrence and Scott
Krinsky for a night of comedic mayhem. Jason Lawhead and host David Kamatoy fill in the comedic gaps. The show will start at 8:30 p.m. this
show is produced in Mark Christopher Lawrence's "Clean Comedy" model in
which all ages are welcome to attend. Cafe Muse is a cafe and
coffeehouse, mostly vegan fare with an art gallery that is located in
the heart of Hollywood's Theater Row.
"I got a message from Mark from the set of "Chuck" that we have more comedians and then I took a look at Gulden and Joannae websites.
Wow! This is going to be an impressive and now beautiful night of
comedy. In the last 24 hours I have guests confirming. We have people
driving up from San Diego, flying in from out of State and a few
producers that are planning to be in the room." -David Kamatoy, Celebrity Juggler
The beautiful Istanbul transplant Gulden is touted as, "The only female comic from the Middle East still alive".
a high-energy female comic after placing as runner-up in the "Jimmy
Kimmel Comedy College Competition" she reluctantly returned to comedy
only to realize that she actually likes it and has decided to stay a
"I may wear a tux! Get there early to get a seat and the food is great!" - Mark Christopher Lawrence, Comedian Actor Producer
(comment on Facebook.com)
Muse is located at 6547 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles,CA 90038.
East of Highland between Las Palmas & Wilcox Ave. The show starts
at 8:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 6th 2009. For more information visit http://cafemusela.com or call 323-464-muse. For media inquiries or questions please contact Kamatoy Media Group 619-573-9456.
Here are Ten Twitter Tips, social media and it's best and worst. Hopefully this will inspire a few ideas on how to build and monetize your database using twitter. This post will be discussed on the David Kamatoy Radio Show.
Ten Twitter Tips, Successful and Unsuccessful
Examples with David Kamatoy and Morgan Westerman. Morgan Westerman
created one of the most successful viral videos of the internet and has
recently focused his energy on social media. In just a few short months
he has gathered about 25,000 followers on twitter. He is currently
working with entrepreneurs on best practices in sales conversion. He
can be followed @morganwesterman.
They rewarded dell followers by promoting refurbished gear specifically and have noted sales to prove it.
THE LESSON: They created a specific type of reward and message that was different from their other marketing. In tandem with the reality that most twitter followers will be a bit tech savvy purchasing online this was a good match.
The result would have been different if they didn't do the discounted and refurbished sales.
2. Steve Agee, The Sarah Silverman Project: Steve Agee comedian started off his twitter following by pulling off a stunt on Ustream.tv about reading all first 5,000 names live on air when he hit 5,000. He is currently at 863,420.
Really good example of someone in the public spotlight using that publicity to gather a following in a new genre. Dane Cook did it on myspace and now Steve Agee is doing it on twitter.
ENTERTAINER TIP: Remember that when your on a hit show or in the limelight. Use it to build your database. Anyone in this side of the business knows that you never know when your going to get your show canceled. In radio they often sell the station out from under you with very little rumbling. If they told you the advertisers would go away.
OWN YOUR OWN DATABASE AND GET THEM TO AM EMAIL LIST
4. Straight to Sales: Straight to SPAM! http://twitter.com/Wealth_Formula No Humanity This is perfect example of what does not work and will most likely be deleted as spam. Straight to a landing page with only one message. REALLY!!!
5. Good Porn Bad Porn: http://twitter.com/A_Dempsey While this may go straight to a porn link the good thing is the quotes and a varying message. Sneaky Porn Spam generally bad.
The Lessons: 1. Use a landing page as seen below. 2. Quotes can be quite useful if used correctly. Choosing quotes that are related to your subject matter and then either blogging about them or just reference them back to you is a good idea in creating an ideal emotion. 3. It's public people remember that journalists are now quoting "tweets".
THREE TWITTER TIPS
7. Customize your twitter page. I use Google's picassa to create a collage using pictures and logos. You have to play with the output settings to get it right but it's a great free application.
If you truly want to convert to sales or interactivity then you have to earn the respect of your followers through credibility. Therefore push content...
Blog postings- Like this one.
Email Marketing: Jugglemail emails create unique URL's that can be easily posted onto twitter. We do it all the time with our press release emails.
Other peoples content: rt someone elses tweet usually garners attention and is often reciprocated.
10. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Pay attention to who you and others pay attention to and then customize that style to your own.
BONUS Final Advice: Remember that ultimately you don't own your twitter,facebook or myspace profiles. They can be deleted at anytime for complaints, overuse, spam. To top it all off the parameters are constantly changing.
TIP: Covert to a real email and contact information as quickly as possible for real contacts.
We do this using the auto responders on our jugglemail system or just dropping them into the system upon approval.
David Kamatoy is a juggler both literally and figuratively. He hosts a show on Ustream.tv 2-5 pst on Entrepreneurship, Entertainment and Internet Marketing. As a co-founder of the email marketing brand jugglemail.com one of his goals is to share best practices on how to integrate social media, blogging email marketing with more traditional models. Join the email list to contact him directly.
San Diego,CA- Mark Christopher Lawrence and Warren
Lanier Jr. will be joining David Kamatoy today live on Thursday 17th,
2009 on Ustream.tv & DavidKamatoy.com from 5-7 pst.. David Kamatoy
is launching his new format based on what's possible in doing a talk
show based on Ustream.tv.
"I grew up in video and live performance. It wasn't until just a few
years ago that I picked up radio. The new Ustream.tv based show is a
hybrid of talk radio and a live streaming talk show taking advantage of
what technology is available to us right now." says, David Kamatoy.
5-6 pst- Mark Christopher Lawrence: Star of NBC's Chuck is on a train
up to Los Angeles to attend a party for the new CEO of NBC, Jeff
Gaspin. Mark will be catching his fans up on several items. Losing
weight, auditioning for Subway and recently becoming a spokesperson for
ACT for Autism.
6-7 pst-Warren Lanier Jr., BridgePoint Marketing is currently working
with various clients in internet and business development strategy. The
success of Warren's last appearance on the show warrants a continued
conversation about the constant challenge for entrepreneurs to adjust
to the new marketing challenges brought on by the internet, social
media and the recession.
show can be seen live on http://DavidKamatoy.com or http://Ustream.tv.
replays are available on ustream.tv. For more information please
contact David Kamatoy 619-573-9456 or email at email@example.com
San Diego,CA-Warren Lanier, Jr. Chief Visionary Officer and CEO of Bridge Point Marketing joins David Kamatoy this evening to talk about making your business ready for online marketing. Live at 5-7p.m. Tuesday 18th, 2009 on Ustream.tv or www.DavidKamatoy.com. Warren Lanier is the founder of Bridge Point Marketing, a full service marketing firm that specializes in bridging the gap between traditional advertising philosophy and internet marketing.
"I like to fashion my efforts after the insights of Peter F. Drucker who said, 'because its purpose is to create a customer, the business has two and only two functions: Marketing and Innovation. Marketing and Innovation produce results. All the rest are costs.'" This is why our slogan is simply..."We get our customers, customers." says Warren Lanier
Warren will discuss the common misconceptions that businesses make as they launch a campaign and often wonder why it didn't work. He will talk about how to tell the difference between someone who knows what they are talking about and someone who is blowing smoke.
Those who are currently taking online classes on business and marketing can benefit from watching the show.
"I wanted to bring Warren onto the show to discuss some of the generational issues that we are witnessing with the rise of social media. Social media is getting the buzz right now but the reality is that the same old school principles apply it's just changed forms and is highly scaleable, ultimately leveling the playing field even more." says David Kamatoy, host.
"If your interested in building your business online this is the show to watch. We understand the challenge of the entrepreneur. Your busy running your business, while marketing your business is really another full time job. We want to be able to bridge that gap with knowledge and service."
Warren was instrumental in his position at ipower, inc. one of the largest website hosting service companies on the web; where he created, implemented and managed online marketing campaigns (cpc, cpa, seo, sem, email marketing, content marketing, etc.) that assisted in taking the company from being a virtual unknown to its present ranking of #5 world-wide in the shared website hosting industry. After leaving that company he started Bridge Point Marketing and is currently working with and helping to develop other companies with effective marketing and business development campaigns.
David Kamatoy and Warren Lanier Jr. share an entertainment background as he worked in PR and Marketing working with individual artists like Ray Charles, Barry White, Stevie Wonder and record labels Motown, A&M and United Artists.
The show will stream on Ustream.tv and at www.Davidkamatoy.com. Replays will be available shortly thereafter. Interested parties can subscribe to the email list at Davidkamatoy.com.
The David Kamatoy Radio Show can usually be seen at 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at www.DavidKamatoy.com or on UStream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/david-kamatoy-radio-show. Replays of this show and others can be found on UStream.tv, DavidKamatoy.com and youtube.com. For more information please contact David Kamatoy at 619-573-9456 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego,CA- These were taken at the Spring Buskers Festival 2008 at Seaport Village.
Charles Frey took these at one the better shows of the weekend. Charles has a great eye for capturing those moments. Thank you for these my friend...
Special Thanks to Charles Frey at http://www.freyphotos.com/