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Beyond The Sign Band

Beyond The Sign – Featured OPM Band

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In the OPM industry, there has been a huge resurgence of bands recently.  We have just recently discovered a promising OPM band – BEYOND THE SIGN. 

Although relatively new as a band,  Beyond the Sign is composed of professional musicians/singer whose passion is their love and craft for music.

Beyond the Sign is a Pop-Rock band originally formed as a duo in 2018 by J.E. Mandapat (Vocals and Composer of the band) and Eric Ellazar (Keyboard/Guitar). 

They officially released their 1st single “Pikit Mata” and added Shine Selorio (Bass), Krishan Marasigan (Electric Guitar) & John Angeles (Drums) in 2019 to form their original line up. 

Currently joining the OPM music scene, playing their original songs thru prod gigs and radio stations for their music to be heard. 

The latest gigs they have joined are: Imago Music Video Launch at 70’s bistro; radio guesting at ABS-CBN’s  MOR 101.9. 

Their first single “PIKIT MATA” has been launched last July 24, and was published on Youtube the next day. Within just four days after release, they have now reached more than 16,000 views. The music video is starring the famous vlogger/actress Jelai Andres. 

Here’s the Youtube link:

Aside from Pikit Mata, they also have unreleased songs which are truly amazing, this includes – Distansya, Natagpuan and Halika Na. 

Learn more about this band by following them on all social media platforms: 

Facebook: @beyondthesignmusic

Instagram: @beyondthesignmusic

Twitter: @beyondthesign 

#FactCheck: Jollibee Spinwheelmania FB Giveaway – Scam or Legit?

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I say it’s a SCAM, and don’t ever click the link and refrain from sharing it. Unless Jollibee tells us it’s legit – stay away, better safe than sorry.

I recently received a number of Facebook messages from friends supposedly a referral link to a website giving out free meals from a popular Philippines fast food chain, Jollibee.

What bothers me is first, I never heard of any Jollibee promo announced on TV and social media. Second, after examining the URL ‘https://jollibee.spinwheelmania.com/landing/ph/all/jollibee/1/?pi=washare]’, this is redirected to another website ‘secoffers.com’.

Checking both spinwheelmania.com and secoffers.com – these two sites don’t have anything on its root page – it’s all blank.

Both sites are hosted on a server in Germany using same hosting company called Hertzner Online Gambh.

Everything seems to be normal except for one thing – ‘secoffers.com’has a known threat called “Phishing” when checking the url for security using safe site checker www.urlvoid.com.

What is “Phishing”?

Fortiguard.com (Fortiguard Labs – a global threat research and response) identifies secoffers.com with a Category: Phishing

Counterfeit web pages that duplicate legitimate business web pages for the purpose of eliciting financial, personal or other private information from the users.

This is the real danger of falling victim to shady giveaways just as this as it could be a form of luring people to click on links leading to sites which then install malware or virus to a user’s device and collect personal and business data or worse, lock them out of their devices and would then be asked to pay money so they can regain access or control (ransomware).

I would be glad to revise this post if this is legit. What’s suspect is why would Jollibee use a website which could potentially compromise its customers. And why there are no news or media adverts about it?

So be wary of gimmicks online – and as they say, think before you click.

#FactCheck: No, “migrate” did not trend in Google search as reported by ABS-CBN

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Its clearly a #fakenews. The motive of the story? Your guess is as good as mine.

ABS-CBN reported that in the few hours after the preliminary election results were released, a trend in Google search for the terms “migrate” and “migrating” were noted.

“the sheer magnitude of the spike and the fact that the increased search volume occurred specifically in the hours following the release of the preliminary election results makes it likely that there was a causal relationship between the election results and increased Philippines search terms relating to migrating abroad…”

– Isaac Reyes, as quoted by the ABS-CBN news report

I checked Google trends to see the “spike” and these terms were never close enough to land in the top searches.

The above search trend for topic “migrate” is noticeably almost same as the previous months, and no bump in searches can be seen.

Now let’s compare the search terms “migrate” (in blue) vs “halalan” (in red) which trended in the past 24 hours. See the almost negligible blue line vs the red one? I don’t see a “sheer magnitude of spike” in searches.

Now let’s look at the trending topics in the last 24 hours. Below were to the trending topics. “Migrate” is nowhere close.

Ano sa tingin mo? But if you are here to really check which countries to migrate to – I recommend the Canada and Australia.

Why Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Should Go Digital Through Social Media

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With the advent of the internet and tech mobility, the way small and medium-sized business penetrate the market has become easier. However, it has also made competition fiercer. Nevertheless, there are many ways through which you can still stand out from your competitors, such as going digital using social media. So, how can this strategy help your business in particular?

It improves your business’s exposure.

An important starting point in marketing your business is increasing brand exposure and awareness. By having a consistent social media campaign, you can assure your business is achieving this goal, and then build up a channel for future engagement.

It increases traffic to your site and generates more leads.

Remember that more social mention would mean more engagement and more business. It increases traffic to your website, creating fresh opportunities to generate customer support and helping you in becoming a leader in your niche.

Aside from getting more traffic, social media can also help you generate more leads. Once people are aware of your business, they want to learn more about it.

It grows business partnerships.

Once you are engaged in social media networks, you are likely to find partnership opportunities, which you can leverage to start undertaking integrated marketing campaigns. This will set the ball rolling on branching out and creating new strategies for sales and co-promotions for a larger and more diverse base of audience.

It enhances brand loyalty.

Keeping customers for repeat purchases is important to your success. A highly valuable skill, you can do it properly through social media, which has all the tools and techniques available for you to reach customers fast and keep them happy with great service. To keep increasing your clientele, you should keep them connected, and you resolve issues actively if there is any. Simply put, if you are committed to the long haul, use social media to keep your customer base growing strongly and consistently.

It improves your site’s search rankings.

There are many ways to increase search ranking, but one of the best is engaging in higher social media activity. By doing so, you can keep your site climbing the ladder on usability and engagement. To ensure continued results, just keep your tabs on fresh, unique and relevant content.

Aside from these, establishing a social media presence will enhance your market insight and will allow you to gain thought leadership. As your efforts mature to fruition, social media will give you a platform to unlock new opportunities in important areas, such as customer engagement, partnerships, content marketing and product development. With these, you will always have a fresh perspective about your industry.

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