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I just wanted to write a post to you the reader from me, the owner/publisher/editor/whatever-else-you-want-to-call-me to tell you some of the new things we have going on with PCBDaily.com and some of the things you can expect to see in the future.
We’ve been growing by leaps and bounds, expanding our content base and adding new features utilizing technologies that aren’t necessarily new, but really hot, non-the-less. Many of you have noticed Cebo writing for us, and we are greatly appreciative of your acceptance of him. He’s super awesome and a very welcome, long overdue addition to our staff. Welcome aboard Cebo! I guess that makes it official, even though you’ve been on the payroll for 4 weeks already. Has that much time flown by already? sheesh.
Sister (or brother?) Site, SeePCB
Cebo is helping me spread the news about Panama City Beach on PCBDaily.com and he’s also been hard at work on our sister site, SeePCB.com. SeePCB is an all new site that is filling in the gap that is left by PCBDaily. In other words, SeePCB is everything PCBDaily can’t be. PCBDaily is news as it relates to real estate, growth and tourism in Panama City Beach, and SeePCB discusses everything there is to do here. Whether you are a local or a tourist, you can read SeePCB to learn about everything there is to do in our awesome town. SeePCB is a blog, just like PCBDaily and we’ll publish regular content all the time, just like PCBDaily (try 30 to 40 new articles each month) and we’ll include great pictures, video and, of course, very awesome writing about all there is to do in Panama City Beach. So, if you have an attraction, event, or shop or restaurant you’d like us to feature, let us know and we’ll come on out and write all about it. And, if you want to know all about what its like to ride a flat bottom airboat through West Bay or dine at Shan Kishi, come on over and check it out.
Visit www.SeePCB.com to check it out.
All About Real Estate TV Show
Many of you have noticed our new internet TV show all about real estate in Panama City Beach, The Beach Show. This was an idea that I’d been mulling over for quite some time (since last fall when I lost my job, frankly) and I finally took the time to get it going. We worked on the concept for weeks before we finally nailed it, and turns out, we’ve really hit on something. We’ve been flooded with emails and phone calls of both buyers, agents, and friends with nothing but great things to say – Thank you! I’ve been buddies with Karen for a long time, and she’s always been great with finding very hot deals, so we decided to team up to bring you these hot deals every week, on video.
So, here’s the scoop: every Wednesday at 9 am, we air The Beach Show at www.TheBeachShow.com. Each week, we feature three properties that are the hottest deals listed on Panama City Beach. Many times, over the last couple of weeks, the deals were so hot that they were sold by the end of the week, not necessarily from our efforts, but because they were so hot. So, that’s why it’s important to call right away if you see something you like.
If you are an agent and you want us to feature one of your properties, we’re totally willing to look at it, but we can make no guarantees that it will make the cut. I’ve been asked many times to spell out how it qualifies, but I can’t give a definitive answer; each property is looked at differently. The only thing I can say is that it has to be such a great deal that it won’t last long. Many questions are answered on our About page, you should check it out.
Oh, and just on a side note, a little tip would be to subscribe to our YouTube page, you’ll be notified as soon as a new video is posted. We shoot Tuesday, and I cut the movie Tuesday night, and typically try and have it to start uploading right before I go to bed. We do everything in HD, so it takes about 2 hours to upload, but if you are a late (or early) bird, you could get the scoop before everyone else!
Totally Social, dude. Wow, this could be a long section.
If you are a Facebook junkie, or spend too much time Tweeting, then you probably know all about how all this works. If not, read on. In an effort to spread the word in different mediums and be sure that everyone can access our content in ways they feel comfortable, we’ve tied everything together and made it to where we can give updates on the run. First off, we’ve got PCBDaily (and all our other sites, for that matter) tied right into Twitter. Whenever we publish a new article, our Twitter account is notified, and Tweeted the article title and a link back to it. At this point, all of the “Twits” that are following us, can be notified on their mobile devices, or by email (depending on how they have their notifications settings configured) of new content being posted to the site. Many people ask me what Twitter is for, and I actually have a difficult time in explaining how everyone can use it, although I can pretty well explain why I like it. I would, however, recommend watching this video.
I love Twitter because I can send in Tweets from my cell phone whenever I have something small to say or need to give a quick update that wouldn’t warrant a whole blog post. Many times, you can follow the things we’re up to throughout the day. TDC meeting? We tweet it. Photo shoot? We tweet it. Meeting with Governor Crist? We tweet it. Get the picture?
Many of you are my friends on Facebook. If you are not, then you should sign up and join in on the fun. I have my Facebook page all set up so that whenever I send in a new tweet, my Facebook status is updated with the message. I get comments all the time of people thanking me for keeping them informed right through Facebook. I also upload all our videos to Facebook and link off to our Flickr photo gallery.
There are three things to look at on Facebook. We have my main profile page, and we have a Fan Page for PCBDaily and The Beach Show. We’re building the one for SeePCB.
We’ve just recently changed our policy on video hosting sites. For the last year or so, we’ve been using Vimeo. We switched because, frankly, I got tired of all the garbage that would come up after one of my videos that I embedded in PCBDaily would finish playing, plus, the quality was very crappy and they didn’t take HD. Well, times have changed, so we have too! YouTube not only will let us upload HD, but the HD videos also look as good there as they did with Vimeo! Plus, they’ve given the user more control over what plays after each video.
We also have another motive for the change. With all the videos we are publishing through The Beach Show, PCBDaily and the video show we’re going to run through SeePCB, we hope to flood out all the videos that might have a less-than-favorable protrayal of Panama City Beach. Right now, when you search Panama City Beach in YouTube, most of the videos that come up are from spring breakers drinking copious amounts of alcohol and doing who know’s what. Some of you may like that, but for the rest of you, we going to try and even out the ratio. Should be fun.
Pictures, pictures, pictures. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, we want to be sure that there is no short supply of pictures of Panama City Beach. And, to be sure that we have them hosted on one of the most searched and indexed photo sharing sites our there, we upload everything to Flickr, Yahoo’s photo sharing mecca. Everything is tagged and sorted in their own photo sets. Each set is named beginning with the date, then what it’s all about. Right now, we have over 1200 pictures and growing.
Visit www.Flickr.com/seepcb – 207 pictures already, and growing every day!
It’s all about the Mobile
The mobile population is growing, fast. In order to keep up, we’ve got a whole new addition to the PCBDaily offering – our very own mobile site. If you want to visit PCBDaily.com from your cell phone, just type in the normal URL, www.pcbdaily.com and our super smart site will automatically detect that you are on a mobile browser and redirect you to the mobile version of PCBDaily. The mobile site is optimized so that you don’t have to wait for images to load, giving you all the plain text your eyes can muster reading.
Oh, and by the way, all of the social sites can be found in the sidebars of all of our sites (or will be soon).Print Story