Thanksgiving 2012

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I have much to be thankful for this year, beginning with the privilege to run a creative and rewarding business like 33 Dimensions. It has been a year of great growth for my company and I’ve gotten to work with and know so many great clients and associates, which has been fantastic.

Of course, on the other side of Thanksgiving comes the retail blitz which kicks off the holiday shopping season. “Black Friday” has become an institution, almost to the point of becoming a national holiday in of itself. Over the past decade or so, “Cyber Monday” has become a huge day for online sales. But the latest and greatest of these specialized shopping days is Small Business Saturday.

Started in 2010, this November 24th will be the 3rd Small Business Saturday and I encourage you all to participate. As a small business owner who provides the bulk of my services to other small businesses, promoting and supporting such initiatives is a year-round endeavor because these businesses face multiple challenges (as I wrote about in this blog on Sunday). Please support some of our affiliated initiatives listed below as well as small business in general.

Ric Albano
Owner and Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Small Business Initiatives

Strella Social MediaSmall business owners wear many hats, which often leaves them short on the time, money, and resources it takes to properly execute a social media plan. If you’ve been struggling to find your foothold, it’s time to turn the tables by ordering A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Social Media. In coordination with Strella Social Media, We’re offering a special 50% off, Thanksgiving / Black Friday / Small Business / Cyber Monday sale of this.

 
The Cornerstone CoffeehouseLocated in the heart of Camp Hill, Pa., The Cornerstone Coffeehouse offers the absolute best of what a small business can be. With a relaxed and inviting atmosphere, the Cornerstone offers an incredible selection of coffee, tea, and creative drink specials and top-quality lunch selections ranging from salads to hearty sandwiches to savory soups. They have cold treats during the summer, a warm atmosphere during the winter and year-round offers live music, special art displays by local artists, and a top-notch gourmet cooking school. The Cornerstone also has a private room which is a great place to hold meetings, private parties, and fundraisers. Visit the Cornerstone Coffeehouse website

 
The BadleesYou may not think of a rock band as a “small business”, but for nearly 23 years The Badlees have been run as just that. In their early years, they started their own record label to sell their albums, which sold so well that the big labels took notice. In 1995, they signed with one of those labels, toured the world with top-notch acts, and scored a couple of top 40 hits along the way. Now they own their own studio and once again produce their own music right here in Pennsylvania. In 2013, the band will do something they have never done before – release a double album – and they currently have an extensive program where fans can get involved in supporting this ambitious endeavor. Please check out the band’s website to get involved with this exciting project. The Badlees 2013 Double Album Campaign


Coming Soon

In December we will be launching three new websites, all of which offer exciting prospects.

Ron the Bagman is the owner of R. Davis Enterprises near Elizabethtown, PA. and is truly a unique client to say the least. On the technical side, Ron offers a range of services including logistics, distribution, wholesaling, warehousing, importing, exporting, LTL trucking with “white glove” service and, of course, top quality custom plastic bags made in the U.S.A. On the personal side, Bagman is an unforgettable personality who has done business around the world and is known by name at markets in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and many places in-between. 33 Dimensions is proud to be a new member of the “Bagman family”.

EMR Strategies and Kids Theatre News are both initiatives of a central Pennsylvania entrepreneur who has set her focus on expanding to other regions on the Northeast. EMR Strategies was established in 2008 to offer services for business executives, entrepreneurs, politicians and government officials with problem solving, strategic planning and organization. Kids Theatre News is a brand new initiative which will provide a central hub for students and parents involved in theatre shows and other stage events. This website will focus on medium-sized markets with a strong theatre community, starting with the Harrisburg, PA area and Albany, NY area and expanding to other locales in the future.

We strive for the continued growth and success of all our customers. Please support small business this weekend!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


Halloween 2012

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
October 29, 2012

Halloween 2012Usually Halloween is a time for good nature and fun, but this year Hurricane Sandy is bearing down upon us in the Mid Atlantic and there is in an official state of emergency. Sandy gave the kids a few days off of school and some of us a few days off of work (although we never really stop working at 33 Dimensions) and, while unexpected vacations are serendipitous, this storm is to be taken very seriously.

I encountered some comedy in the stores yesterday. A clerk in the hardware store was answering the phone, “Thank you for calling, we are out of generators how else can I help you?” I even witnessed a “water thief” in the local market grab two gallons of bottled water out of another customer’s cart and disappear into the gridlock of shopping carts between bare shelves where bread and milk used to reside. Hopefully everyone managed to get their supplies and is home safe to ride out the storm.

Be safe out there!

Karyn Albano
Communications Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Client Initiatives

Strella Social MediaFor those of you struggling to find your way in the vast world of social media, I’ve got the inside scoop on a product that’s launching in early November. This comprehensive, practical and affordable guide is perfect for ANY small business! After years of working with small business owners and witnessing the many challenges they face, the developer, Rachel Strella, has created a product that’s guaranteed to help your business. Rachel understands that small business owners wear many hats – and as such – find it difficult to execute an effective social media plan for their business without spending hours a day or hiring additional help. Keeping up with the changes to social media alone is enough to drive someone mad, which is why a product to help business owners leverage the time and resources they have to create a presence that generates results is so important.

The guide contains five modules each with a theory, an example of execution, and exercise for crafting a successful social media game plan to meet your business goals. Unlike other social media products that can cost thousands of dollars, Rachel has made this product affordable for the small business budget – a one-time fee of just $149! I can personally attest to the value Rachel provides and I’m very excited to share the knowledge of this guide with you! Click here to learn more about the product and stay tuned for details on ordering, coming next week!

 
The BadleesThe Badlees are about to start production on their most ambitious recording to date, a double album of about 25 songs, and they are offering fans a chance to be part of it from the beginning. Being an independent artist, The Badlees are in a unique position to offer special fan perks and in return, fans can help with such an ambitious project with a custom and unique “crowdfunding” program. Check out the new record page on Badlees.com and browse through the various packages that are available now through the end of the year (12/31/12), but act fast because there are limited packages and the band expects these to sell out fast!


Welcome

We’d like to welcome some fine businesses and organizations for which 33 Dimensions began providing web services since the publication of our last newsletter.

 
The Cornerstone CoffeehouseSince its opening in 1994, The Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill, PA has been a popular destination for those seeking great coffee, positive energy, and a warm and diverse sense of community. Their inviting atmosphere, great food and beverages, and great service has won them the prestigious Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply The Best” award for the past ten consecutive years. Beyond the typical coffee house, the Cornerstone supports and presents local music and art, various non-profit organizations and causes, and includes the Cornerstone Culinary Kitchen and Cooking School, a Tuscan-inspired private room and kitchen for cooking classes and special occasions.
The Cornerstone website

 
Hazleton Historical Society and Museum33 Dimensions is happy to be updating the website for Greater Hazleton Historical Society and Museum. The society was established in 1980 as a private, non profit organization, with the physical museum being established in the historic Pioneer Firehouse in downtown Hazleton, Pa. The purpose of the Society and Museum is to preserve, educate, and share the rich local history of Hazleton and the surrounding area, with an endeavor to accomplish these goals through a variety of online media, museum tours, and special events. The Society also strives to intervene and actively preserve local landmarks – particularly those in danger of deterioration or demolition.
Greater Hazleton Historical Society and Museum website

 
Greco ChiropracticGreco Chiropractic offers professional chiropractic and physiotherapy services to patients throughout the Hazleton, PA area. Whether you have been injured in an accident or are suffering from muscle pain, Dr. Julian Greco and his knowledgeable staff can help alleviate your discomfort and educate you on how to keep your body limber and healthy. With over 10 years of experience, their dedication to patients’ treatment has earned them the reputation as one of the best chiropractic centers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Greco Chiropractic website.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


3rd Anniversary

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
March 3, 2012

Leap of FaithThank You for 3 Great Years!

I remember how pleasantly surprised I was when I found that the domain name for “33Dimensions” was still available on the morning of March 3rd 2009. Partially due to the fact I was producing an album called Imaginary Lines 33, and partially due to the date itself, I had just thought up the name and thought it fit with all the diverse projects on which I was working. I had known for a while that I would eventually tie everything together into one clean “organization” based on website design, music production, and creative arts. But it wasn’t until that Tuesday morning three years ago when, as I was getting ready for work, I came up with this odd name which made so much sense to me that I immediately registered the .com, .org, ,net, and .info domains and started building this business.

However, starting a small business is no small task and finding that precise moment to take that “leap” from a full-time established job to a full-time brand new business owner is something that takes many calculations and re-calculations. When I started actively building this business in March 2009, I estimated that I could be ready to do it full time in about 6 months (in fact, my target date was 09/09/09). In reality, it took over two years of trial, error, and success, but that day did come last April.

One of the most rewarding things about running this business is being able to apply my experience to other small business owners who are getting started and are at the same place I was a short while ago. Working with small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs has been and will always be our primary mission at 33 Dimensions, even 30 years from today when we celebrate our 33rd anniversary.

Ric Albano
Creative Director
33 Dimensions LLC


Writers Wanted!

We have an immediate need for article writers on several of our sites. Most articles are >500 words but assignments can range from and simple blogs, posts, or tweets to multi-thousand word essays. Subjects include a wide variety, especially rock and pop music, but also current events and politics, sports, movie reviews, video game reviews, lifestyle, and philosophy.

Also, we will be holding a contest in which we’ll judge submitted reviews of Michael Jackson’s album Thriller. In addition to having their review published on multiple websites, the winner will receive a cash reward and publication in a future newsletter. Deadline for entry is March 31st.

If you or anyone you know is interested in any of these opportunities please email us at info@33dimensions.com and we will give you many more details.


Client News

 
Classic Rock ReviewAs we mentioned last time, Classic Rock Review has migrated to a new, permanent home at ClassicRockReview.com. Earlier this week, the site wrapped up its profile of the year of 1977 by featuring that year’s album of the year, The Stranger by Billy Joel and began its profile of the year 1982 with a review of Van Halen’s Diver Down yesterday (March 2nd).

 
Modern Rock ReviewYesterday was “Van Halen Day” on a couple of our sites as Modern Rock Review did a review of that band’s latest album, A Different Kind of Truth by author Blaise Greco III. The site is planning upcoming features on artists Harper and Foo Fighters.

 
Big Blue BullfrogBig Blue Bullfrog recently completed a countdown of The Top 10 Films of 2011 and will run a new four-part series called The Philosopher’s Stone starting next week. Also, the site’s editorial staff will officially endorse a candidate in the 2012 Presidential Election on Monday.

 
We will be making a lot of updates to The Badlees Website in preparation of what will be a very active 2012 for the band. Much more on this in the next newsletter.

 
DAMES of PAStarting Monday, DAMES of PA will count down their Top Five Albums of 2011 by Pennsylvania artists, with a new album revealed each day through Friday. During the following week of March 12th, the site will count down the Top Five Songs by Pennsylvania artists. These Top Five countdowns have been a March tradition for the site since its origin in 2009. However, this year’s countdown will be the last new material published on DAMES of PA, as its function of covering Pennsylvania-based music and events will be taken on by a brand new web site called Keystone Rock Review, which we plan on launching in April.

We strive for the growth and success of all our customers!

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


Sound Off 4 Veteran’s Day

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
October 20, 2011

Sound Off for Veteran's DayIn just three weeks, on Veteran’s Day (11/11/11), we will be holding a special event which will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event is called Sound Off for Veteran’s Day and it will take place at Champion’s Sports Bar in Highspire, PA. It will feature great live entertainment as well as a dinner buffet and raffle for ticket holders.

There are several ways which you can participate in or donate to this benefit:

  1. Purchase a Ticket. This is the absolute best way to show your support. Tickets for the benefit are $20 per person (21 and over) and are necessary for access to the early portion of the show, starting at 5:00pm. Live entertainment will be provided by a diverse range of acoustic music. A complimentary buffet and soft drinks will be included from 5:00 until 8:00pm. Ticket holders will also receive 10 free raffle coupons and additional coupons will be on sale (3 for $5). If you arrive at this time with an authorized clothing item for the YWCA Homeless Vets Clothing Drive, you will get an extra 3 raffle coupons (13 total). At 8:00 we will raffle off the many valuable donated items. Ticket holders will also be invited to stay for the later concert portion of the benefit at no additional cost.
  2. Stop by Champions and Enjoy the Show. The latter portion of the benefit is open to the public after 9:00pm for a $5 cover charge. If you arrive at this time with an authorized clothing item for the YWCA Homeless Vets Clothing Drive, the $5 cover charge will be waved and you will get in for free.
  3. Make an Online Donation. Simply click on the black “Make a Donation” box on the top right of this page and you can donate in honor of a veteran you know and love.
  4. Donate an Item. If you have an item of value which you’d like to donate for our raffle, please contact Chris Nelson via email nelsoncl36@hotmail.com in the very near future. Your donation may be tax deductible.
  5. Spread the Word!. If you think this is a worthwhile and valuable cause, please help out by telling everyone you know. We don’t have a tremendous advertising budget, so word-of-mouth is the most effective way to let people know what we are doing.

Please check out this website vets.cygnuswave.com for more information. Tickets can be purchase at the site until October 25th, or email ric@33dimensions.com within the next week or so.

Ric Albano
President and CEO
33 Dimensions LLC


Client News

Big Blue BullfrogWe are proud to announce that BigBlueBullfrog.com received national press credentials for New York City Comic Con, which took place last weekend in “Gotham City”. This included access to the authors, creators, artists, and celebrities during a press-only session last Thursday, October 13th. The site continues to rapidly grow and more expansion is planned in the very near future.

 
True Fear ProductionsThe seasonal Halloween attraction, Carnival of Souls is up an running and going strong each weekend (Fri-Sat-Sun) until Halloween with a special Monday night session. The attraction is custom built, with all original props, characters, and storyline and is open to thrill seekers of all ages.

 
Classic Rock ReviewAs Classic Rock Review gets close to wrapping up its 45th anniversary look at the albums of 1966, it has started to incorporate music videos into several reviews, for a richer user experience. Beyond the regular album reviews, the site will soon begin to have “special features” which will touch on important aspects and events of Rock and Roll.

 
Modern Rock ReviewModern Rock Review recently celebrated its first birthday on October 10th and many plans are being pursued for a site upgrade in 2012 are currently being discussed. The site will continue offering in-depth profiles through the rest of 2011.

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


The Autumn Equinox

 

33 Dimensions Newsletter
September 23, 2011

Autumn EquinoxI originally intended to publish this newsletter two weeks ago as the “NFL Kickoff Edition”. But then much of Pennsylvania was hit by a natural disaster and my friends and neighbors were hit by devastating flooding which affected the lives of thousands of people in northern and central Pennsylvania. So in the big picture, games like NFL Football seemed minor compared to the everyday lives and livelihoods which were turned upside down overnight.

33 Dimensions prides ourselves on being champions of local small businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs, which we believe will be the true engine that brings backs the American economy. We also understand that, in a natural disaster such as this, these small businesses are the ones that take the hardest hits, which may be more easily absorbed by larger companies. So today as the sun crosses the equator, heading south for the winter, we ask you to support local businesses whenever possible. You may be pleasantly surprised by the superior products and services that your neighbors have to offer. Finally, we ask that you keep these flood victims in your thoughts and prayers. If you’d care to make a financial donation you can contribute to the United Way fund listed below or to many other fine organizations which are dedicated to helping the flood victims.

Ric Albano
President and CEO
33 Dimensions LLC

To contribute to this fund, send a check made payable to Capital Region Flood Recovery Fund to:

United Way of the Capital Region
2235 Millennium Way
Enola, PA 17025

To make a donation online, visit uwcr.org.


33 Dimensions Services

For a limited time in 2011, we are offering extra special deals for small businesses and individuals in Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. It is our small way of helping our neighbors rebuild and get back on their feet. Of course, our service, quality, and dedication to your custom needs will remain at 100% throughout all phases of your project. For more info, please check out our Services page.

33 Dimensions is also extending many of the Summer deals into Autumn and offering consulting services where a representative will sit down and personally answer any and all your questions about establishing a web presence. Here we’ll give you an honest analysis of what your business or organization needs, even if it is a service or specialty that 33 Dimensions does not offer. Please call (717) 829-4221 for more details.


Client News

Big Blue BullfrogThe extensive redesign of BigBlueBullfrog.com is complete! Along with all the great articles, reviews, and works from the past, the sight now features regular articles including the observations and rants of The Cultural Communist, the weekly NFL football analysis of Tuesday Morning Tailback, and a brand new political column which debuted today called The Soul of the Nation. Big Blue Bullfrog also recently launched its Twitter Feed.

 
True Fear ProductionsThe seasonal Halloween attraction, Carnival of Souls opens in just one week on Friday, September 30th in Mountaintop, PA. The attraction is custom built, with all original props, characters, and storyline and is open to thrill seekers of all ages.

 
Sound Off for Veteran's DaySound Off for Veteran’s Day will take place on Friday, November 11th at Champions Sports Bar in Highspire, PA. This benefit concert will feature excellent live entertainment through the afternoon and evening with all proceed benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets will be on sale within the coming weeks and will include a dinner buffet and a chance to win some great prizes. For more info, check out the event’s website.

Susquehanna EntertainmentThe Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center will be celebrating its grand opening this weekend with two big events. On Saturday (09/24), The Perfect 5th welcomes the public to their facility for an open house. Then on Sunday (09/25), the school is sponsoring a master class by internationally renowned guitarist Steve Vai at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg.

 
Cygnus WaveA special sneak peak at the brand new design is now online at CygnusWave.com. The sight will ultimately showcase all the music in its ever-growing library with lyrics and facts about each song. The website is still being built, but at the moment all selections from Imaginary Lines 33.

 
Modern Rock ReviewAs Modern Rock Review approaches its first birthday on October 10th, many plans for a site upgrade in 2012 are currently being discussed. The site will continue offering in-depth profiles through the rest of 2011, including a huge feature on Lenny Kucinski in November. Unfortunately, the planned October feature on Darcie Miner has been postponed because Darcie was one the victims of the Pennsylvania flooding.

 
Classic Rock ReviewClassic Rock Review continues its 45th anniversary look at the albums of 1966 with recent reviews of albums by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and Simon & Garfunkel. Beyond the regular album reviews, the site will also begin having special features starting in October.

 
The Badlees have scheduled a few upcoming shows including Friday, October 21st at the Jim Thorpe Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Pa. Their song of the month for September is “Drive Back Home” from their most recent album Love Is Rain.

 
33 Dimensions
P.O. Box 126
Highspire, PA 17034
info@33dimensions.com

 


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