Tested Instagram engagement hacks for your business
It is never too late to learn one or two new social media hacks.Photo: Gary Barnes. By now, you probably know the basic rules of Instagram when it comes to posting content that will get seen: pay attention to what time your posts goes live; carefully curate images to grab the attention of those who are scrolling down their overcrowded feed; post often but don’t bombard people with 380 pieces of content over the weekend. Good, we are on the same page, then.Read full story
10 hacks to land a cheap plane ticket within the U.S
Almost 60% of Americans agree that travel prices are too high right now.Photo: Alexandr Podvalny. As more people get vaccinated and social distancing restrictions get lifted in several cities across the U.S, we are all starting to make plans. Our dusty suitcases, hardly used in 2020, are being wheeled around airports. And although we have been grounded for a long time, that doesn’t mean we will be happy paying full price when booking our next trip across the United States.Read full story
Meet the Americans making the most out of someone else’s trash
People in the U.S toss, daily, enough trash to fill 63,000 of those garbage trucksPhoto: Bii Photography. Do you know that garbage truck often making as much noise as possible while coming down your street? Well, people in the U.S toss, daily, enough trash to fill 63,000 of those garbage trucks – 4.4 pounds of trash every single day, to be more precise, according to the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Read full story
5 pros and cons of using free images online
For a start, free only libraries will require you to be flexible with your searchPhoto: Kobu Agency. Everyone likes getting something for free and when it comes to digital images it is no different.Read full story
How to get cheap Broadway tickets in 2021
Tickets to see a Broadway show can be found for as low as $25Photo: Marcio Delgado. From September, Broadway theaters can reopen at full capacity and most of us are looking forward to seeing a show. And with over 40 theaters and dozens of shows to choose from, including the Tony Award-winning blockbuster musical Wicked, a lack of options won’t be an excuse to make the most of the Big Apple’s theatreland.Read full story
What to do in Phoenix with $100 this Summer?
The exhibition "All at Once" will be at the Heard Museum through September 26, 2021Photo: CRAIG SMITH/HEARD MUSEUM. Phoenix, the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, where model Amber Valetta, Fleetwood Mac’s singer Steve Nicks, and former Wonder Woman and Miss World USA Lynda Carter were born, can be a great travel destination for those looking for some friendly sunshine. And this Summer, Phoenix is a sure bet for those also looking for a budget-friendly city across the country.Read full story
Best places to buy shoes in NYC
The U.S imported 5.7 pairs of shoes for every man, woman, and child in 2020Photo: Rodnae Productions. Revenue in the shoes retail market may have decreased by an estimated 8.9% in 2020, according to a study by global researcher IBISWorld. In fact, most of us couldn’t go anywhere in a year spent predominately barefoot at home, just watching the world go by. Store closures and social-distancing policies that reduced store traffic, when retailers re-opened in between lockdowns, also contributed to a drop in sales.Read full story
How can you make the best of Labor Day on a shoestring?
Labor Day will cost more in 2021 for those not watching their wallets, but there are alternativesPhoto: Nicole Herrero. Labor Day’s weekend reservation volume is 89% higher compared to the bookings we saw in 2020 and a 46% increase from pre-COVID 2019, according to a recent study released by Guesty, a property management platform for the short-term and vacation rental industry. However, with the average nightly rate this year for Labor Day weekend being around $314/night, a 29% increase from 2020 pricing ($244/night) and a 52% increase compared to pre-COVID 2019 rates ($207/night), many Americans will, understandably, choose more budget-friendly ways to spend the upcoming holiday.Read full story
The cheapest areas for renting in Los Angeles
LA: Finding a property in a county with over 400 neighborhoods can be challengingPhoto: Daniel Lee. I have been to Los Angeles six times – and magically managed to get lost all six times. It is actually quite easy to lose your bearings in a county with 88 cities, and where you need a car to go anywhere. Distance and prices hardly stop millions of people from moving to LA every year, some to start a business in tech, others to chase dreams of stardom within the thriving entertainment industry. And with so many entrepreneurs and dreamers relocating to one of the most popular and populated areas of the U.S, it is no surprise that finding a place to live can be as difficult – or more difficult – than finding directions in a county with over 400 neighborhoods.Read full story
Proof of vaccination to eat indoors in New York to be fully enforced from September
NYC is leading the way as the first American city to require proof of Coronavirus vaccine for a variety of indoor activitiesPhoto: Louis Hansel. Copenhagen, the "City of Spires" and the capital of Denmark, might be over 6,000 km away from New York. But it is from Denmark that comes the new U.S import: the requirement of proof of vaccination for those ones planning to eat in restaurants, attend entertainment performances, or simply pump their muscles at the nearby gym. New York is leading the way as the first American city to require proof of at least one dose of a Coronavirus vaccine for a variety of activities for workers and customers. This is a move that started in Europe in April when the Danish government introduced its coronapass. The Coronapass is a digital app to show whether someone had a negative test result within the last 72 hours or have a certificate of vaccination.Read full story
How to save money for a holiday
Being smart, while saving for a holiday, will reduce your bills on the way backPhoto: Rachel Claire. After being unable to travel for a very long time, some of us have started to make plans for a holiday abroad. But how can you start saving money for a holiday instead of relying on your credit cards for everything?Read full story
River Festival returns in a hybrid format in Colorado
750-1,000 visitors are expected throughout the day at the Poudre River FestivalPhoto: New Belgium Brewing. After going 100% virtual in 2020, due to the pandemic, the Poudre River Festival is back in a hybrid format (part virtual and part in-person). The final event for the festival will be held on Saturday, August 21st at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. The annual event, created to promote and celebrate the Poudre River, is a vital resource to many communities in Northern Colorado that features live music, exhibitor booths, interactive games, food trucks, beer tasting, and door prizes. Visitors are also invited to learn about river restoration projects being led by local non-profits and to sign up to volunteer in future initiatives.Read full story
Positive changes to be carried forward in 2021 and beyond
Positive changes made last year are being carried into 2021Photo: Mentatdgt. Although last year forced us to spend more time indoors and away from the workplace and our loved ones, not all changes resulting from the long lockdowns around the globe were necessarily negative.Read full story
What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought your cat?
The average cost to own a cat in the U.S is around $1,000 per yearPhoto: Sam Lion. Buying or rescuing a cat is relatively cheap – and the average cost to own a cat in the U.S is around $1,000 per year. However, for some pet owners, looking after their furry friends goes beyond giving them a roof, food and the occasional snack. Enter the spoiled cats, an army of felines living the good life, thanks to pet owners not saving their pennies. From $1300 climbing walls to fashionable food bowls and 22k gold thread mattresses, how much would you be willing to spend on an item for your cat?Read full story
Have you ever overspent on a garage sale?
Remember: Bargaining is part of the fun while buying second itemsPhoto: Charisse Kenion. It was supposed to be a quick trip. A stopover to innocently ‘look around’ while attending a garage sale in their area. However, for some Americans, a bargain hunt can end up costing way more than planned.Read full story
Where to find the best thrift shops in New York this summer
There are currently more than 25,000 resale, consignment and Not For Profit resale shops in the United StatesPhoto: Burst Images. They say money can’t buy you style. And, in reality, you wouldn’t need much money to find the style you are looking for if you move away from mega-malls. Enter the thrift shops and charity shops of the world. Treasured places selling second-hand clothes and household goods, often raising funds towards a good cause.Read full story
Summer event aims to connect at risk youth to top companies in New York
In 2017 the non-profit Rose 2 received an Uber Jumpstart Grant, awarded to select organizations in the U.SPhoto: Anna S. While the pandemic is not officially over, cities across America are looking forward to hosting a summer way different from last year’s.Read full story
Creative ways to promote your business on Instagram in 2021
Instagram's constant evolution and growth means that what worked in the past, may won't work in 2021Photo: Brian Ramirez. Even if your business had an endless budget for digital marketing – and let’s be honest, no business has an infinite pot of money at the end of the rainbow – all that money would not guarantee Instagram success. The platform’s constant evolution and growth means that what worked in the past, when it first started, isn’t going to grace your brand with the same level of engagement today.Read full story
Are online giveaways really worth it for businesses?
Brands, make note: there is a fine line between a prize that catches people's attention and one which is ignoredPhoto: Keira Burton. If you use any social media platform, chances are you have stumbled upon giveaways. You know, those online competitions asking you to like or follow a social media channel in exchange for a chance to enter a prize draw and win anything from a discount voucher, to branded merchandise or even a mobile phone – amongst other items.Read full story
Smart ways of measuring social media engagement in 2021
Social media app usage has increased significantly since the global pandemic beganPhoto: Karolina Grabowska. A all available tools to adapt and measure your social media performance seems no longer apply, due a lot more people staying at home – and lots more working from home, marketeers are asking themselves how to effectively measure skyrocketed traffic.Read full story