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We’ve been nominated for a Bright House Networks Sunshine Blog Award!

We have some exciting news! Central Florida Top 5 has been nominated for our 2nd Bright House Networks Sunshine Blog Award! We are honored to have been nominated alongside so many other great local blogs – and with so many blogs owned and/or curated by females! (High fives to my Central Florida Lady Bloggers!)

The Sunshine Blog Awards are given out during FLBlogCon’s FORUM presented by Bright House Networks, a smaller version of their much larger held in September. Of course blogging and social media topics are covered here too but this year will feature a great lineup of speakers including our own Guest Contributor and chef about town, Chef Dennis Littley! You can learn more about the program and speakers here.

Blogcurious or interested in attending? We hear tickets are still available, and if you use the discount code ‘LASTCHANCE,’ you’ll get $10 off! This year’s FORUM takes place at the Maitland Civic Center, a historic local landmark all its own! (Map)

Speaker schedule:

  • 4:00pm – Live streaming demo from Chef Dennis
  • 4:45pm – Pinterest Power by Kim Vij
  • 5:30pm – Passion into Profit by Pam Hoelze (who will pinch hit for staple Justice Mitchell)
  • 6:15pm – Blogger Breakout (by niche)
  • 6:15pm – Sunshine Blog Awards presentation
  • 7:00pm – End

In the last couple of years, Central Florida Top 5 has gone through a lot of growth and changes, but our heart has always remained within our community and our eyes peeled on our home turf. In approaching our seventh year serving the Central Florida community, we were beyond thrilled to learn of our nomination in the “Best Community/Neighborhood Blog,” and thank our readers and fellow bloggers for nominating for us!  We especially thank Bright House Networks without whom none of this would be possible.

We need your help. Would you consider voting for us, FTW (for the win)?

Sunshine Blog Awards Vote 2016

Anyone, anywhere can vote once, even if you live outside the counties we currently cover; Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake, Brevard, or Polk. This means our out-of-state and out-of-country readers CAN participate!

Are you ready to vote? Voting ends TODAY, so please act quickly! Here’s what you do:

You may remember Top 5 was voted “Best Blog on Non-Profit/Cause,” in 2014 and we were super proud! Brian’s face here really says it all… (We LOVE YOU, Brian!)

Sunshine Awards 2014 Brian

Top 5 Owner, Brian, poses with an awards swag bag full of Sunshine!

 

Sunshine Awards 2014 CFLT5

Thank you for voting in 2014! Can we do it again in 2016?

On behalf of the Top 5 Team, we thank you for your continued support as we keep growing! And, should you decide to vote for us as your Best Neighborhood/Community Blog, we thank you for that too!

Orange County’s New Technology: #SocialMedia Workgroup to Advance Citizen Engagement and Support #DigitalCommunity

Successful Digital Outreach Initiatives in Orange County, Florida

As advocates for the region’s burgeoning tech community,Instagram Ads Agency, several online and social media influencers – who also played a significant role in amplifying the digital presence of Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ 2014 State of the County in June – will continue their role as innovators and collaborators in Orange County’s new Technology and Social Media Workgroup.

To expand the online conversation and facilitate a dialogue with a broader demographic, Mayor Jacobs invited online influencers to be Social Media Ambassadors during the Mayor’s 2014 State of the County in June. The Ambassadors, who have large followings on social media networks, engaged citizens by sharing messages on social media to increase public engagement and awareness regarding Orange County’s Year of Transformation.”  Google Glass was used to record and share live from the eyes of one of the Ambassadors, making the event the first State of the County address in Florida to feature Google Glass.

[Left to right] Nadia Vanderhoof, Carlos Carbonell, Ian Suarez, Josh Murdock, Necole Pynn, Laura Kern, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Bess Auer, David Glass, Jen Vargas and Ann Marie Varga gathered to discuss Orange County’s Technology and Social Media Workgroup.

[Left to right] Nadia Vanderhoof, Carlos Carbonell, Ian Suarez, Josh Murdock, Necole Pynn, Laura Kern, Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Bess Auer, David Glass, Jen Vargas and Ann Marie Varga gathered to discuss Orange County’s Technology and Social Media Workgroup.

“Mayor Jacobs’ State of the County Social Media Ambassadors program definitely brought awareness to the region’s innovation that has propelled our community to the national stage as the new technology hub of the southeast,” said Carlos Carbonell, CEO of Echo Interaction Group andpresident ofOrlandoTech Inc.,a nonprofit organization supporting the Orlando technology community. “I look forward to Orange County’s new Technology and Social Media Workgroup which will further support our dynamic community.”

The Orange County Technology and Social Media Workgroup will operate as a think-tank to advance new technologies, social media and mobile applications supported and developed by Orange County Government. The workgroup will also collaborate on how to best enhance online public engagement and support the growing the technology and digital community in our region.

“It is really impressive the way Mayor Jacobs and Orange County has brought together individuals from different sides of social media and the technology spectrum to work together,” said Ian Suarez, graphic designer and social media coordinator for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando. “It is important to increase public awareness on what the county is doing for our community in today’s tech savvy world. I am honored to be part of such a talented group of leaders in our community.”

UCF College of Business presents Dean’s Speaker Series: “Protecting Your Brand in the Social Media Economy” featuring Dr. Carolyn Massiah

“Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, WeChat, Instagram…what does it all mean to you and your brand? “Likes”… “Comments”…”recommendations”…how is your customer evolving in how they participate in the marketplace?

Social media has changed the marketplace forever. As participation in social media increases, younger generations of people enter the commercial marketplace, and “user-generated feedback” grows in credibility, you must be in a position to effectively promote and protect your brand. On any given day a poor comment or attack from a competitor in one of the social channels can turn into a crisis for your reputation.

Dr. Carolyn Massiah will provide you with insights and information for you to better manage your marketing communication in this new and fast changing marketplace.” If it is Youtube that you wish to conquer to market your content then what unorthodox way can provide you with youtube likes than social media agencies?

Downtown Orlando this Friday at Citrus Club The UCF College of Business is continuing its Dean’s Speaker Series, sponsored by Federal Credit Union, with a talk by Dr. Carolyn Massiah

Energy Capital Credit Union is a Houston Credit Union offering a full suite of financial services, with a track record of satisfied members dating back to 1934. Whether you’re looking for a loan, a convenient online or mobile banking, local credit union, Expat financial services or much more, ECCU has the answer!

We’d love to get to know you and help you build towards a stable financial future. Please don’t hesitate! Contact us today!

The cost is $20 which covers breakfast and parking. Register today at http://bit.ly/dss-massiah-cfltop5

About Dr. Massiah:UCFDrCarolynMassiah

Carolyn Massiah is a marketing lecturer at the University of Central Florida. Her academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Massiah’s research focuses on intergroup relations among consumers within the service marketing and consumer behavior domains. Specifically, she researches consumption experiences, commercial friendships, commercial social support, ethnic consumption, nested identities, sense of community, and social networks. In addition to her research interests, Dr. Massiah also focuses on several methodological areas of marketing research such as ethnographic exploration, social network analysis, and experimental analysis.

About the Dean’s Speaker Series, sponsored by CFE Federal Credit Union:

The CFE Dean’s Speaker Series is a monthly opportunity from the UCF College of Business to learn about the provocative and new programs that our world class faculty are spearheading, researching, and teaching. This is an opportunity to be out on the edge of new business ideas and network with other business leaders in our community.

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Why Bloggers and Social Media Peeps Should Use Klout

Guest post by blogger Sunshine Davis who writes about Florida shopping at www.SunshineStateShopping.com. She has shopped every outlet mall and shopping center in Florida, and is passionate about the treasure hunt aspect of shopping. Sunshine loves to share the best places to go to find amazing designer clothing and accessories at dramatic discounts. Tweeting at @SunshineStyles

What is Klout?

If you’re buzzing around the social media world for a while, you’ll soon start hearing about Klout scores. Some people love them, some hate them, but anyone trying to build a social media presence should be aware of them.  Klout is a free service that evaluates your social media influence and assigns you a score on a scale of 1 to 100. It factors in many different services like Facebook, Foursquare and LinkedIn, but mainly focuses on Twitter. When you first sign up, your score will usually be a 10. Every day, Klout reviews how often your content is shared or commented on, and how influential the people that follow you are. Then they give you a score. I’ve been on Klout for about 6 months, and my score has steadily risen, it now stands at 52 http://klout.com/#/sunshinestyles .

What About Klout Topics?

Recently, Klout began assigning topics to members. They analyze what type of content you write, and how other influencers respond.  Other Klout members can then give you a +K, essentially a vote confirming that you influence them on that topic.  I am currently the #2 +K recipient on the topic of Orlando, behind the lovely Amanda Tinney of www.DisneyEveryDay.com. I’m also influential on the topics of Shopping and Florida, which is appropriate since my blog, www.SunshineStateShopping.com, is about these topics.

Why should I Care?

You may be wondering, why would anyone care about their Klout score? Well, I have a unique perspective since I am both a blogger and a social media consultant for an internet marketing firm. In my internet marketing job, I manage Facebook and Twitter accounts for large hotels and other service providers. Their goal is always to increase their Facebook fans and Twitter followers quickly. One of the best ways to do this is to have social media influencers mention us online. We targeted people with blogs about Orlando and Florida travel and invited them to parties at our hotels which included a weekend stay.  You may have heard about the many perks and freebies that bloggers are offered in exchange for writing about a product. Social media marketers need to know who the influencers are for their products, and one of the best ways to find this out is by looking at Klout scores and topics.

What’s In It For ME?

In addition to the benefits and invitations that can come from PR companies looking to use bloggers to promote their products, Klout has its own program called Klout Perks. With this program, Klout essentially works as a middleman to link companies with the relevant bloggers that can promote them. People with Klout scores above a certain level, usually 40, and who are topical influencers in a certain area, get free products and invitations through Klout Perks. So far, I have gotten free movie tickets, Axe hair gel, a $20 Macy’s gift card, store credit at various online retailers, and a big bag of Purina dog food!  You can also get invited to events like grand opening parties and fashion shows if you are a Klout influencer. This year, during music festivals and Fashion Week, there were parties exclusively for Klout influencers! Read more in TheNextWeb! So you can make some great connections, get free stuff, and have some amazing experiences due to your Klout score, which makes it worth paying attention to!

How Do I Get Started?

Signing up for Klout is as easy as pie. You just go to Klout.com and sign in using your Twitter handle. Then you can add other social media services (Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, etc.) to your profile to raise your score. If you want to start amping up your score quickly, and make friends with your fellow bloggers, start giving out some +K points to people that influence you. You probably won’t have any topics of influence at first, but if you tweet about the same thing for a few days in a row, Klout will figure it out pretty quickly. Then your fellow social media peeps can give you some +K and you’ll be on your way to Klout superstardom!

Shopping in Florida,

@SunshineStyles