There’s a big event on campus that will be a ton of fun for anyone and everyone who loves movies! In the spring of 2013, the College of Media Studies is hosting a festival for students to submit their own produced videos to be premiered at Foellinger Auditorium. It would be really cool if you and your friends could produce a video and send it to email@example.com!! But even if that isn’t your style, you should stop by the event to check out the awesome videos! Come out and support your fellow classmates!
1. “Champaign Cinema” I think this is a good name for the festival because the festival takes place in Champaign and is composed of videos from Champaign students. I believe that having a title with both words starting with the same letter is appealing. Lastly, I used the word “cinema” because it sounds mature and classic.
2. firstname.lastname@example.org, because it is easy for people to remember the festival name is the same as the email address.
3. I think that MACS should use the same name for everything they produce. If they use “Champaign Cinema” for their twitter name, too, it will provide repeated exposure. The more people hear the one title, the more likely they will to attend the event when they see the event happening.
4. #Champaignlife—I would use this as a hashtag because it incorporates part of the event title, and also make the event seem like a regular life event for people in Champaign.
#directingisfun—This hashtag is great because it appeals to people who would be submitting videos. It shows that this twitter voice can be associated with students who also like to direct films.
5. All of the media pages should have the same theme and feeling. Images like film reels, movie camera, and movie clapboard should be shown on all media pages. It should also have a color scheme of Black, Gold, and Orange. I would use these colors because black and gold are typically Hollywood colors and orange is a main color of University of Illinois. Each media page should have all of these colors and images. The Facebook and Twitter pages should also both have links to the YouTube page. The media pages should have a feel of Hollywood. This will give the event a theme that will draw in video makers.
6. The voice of the media pages should portray a student in the college of media at the University of Illinois. I don’t think this voice should be connected to a name, because we don’t want the voice to be associated with a particular sex. This voice should post about cool movies coming out and give reviews on these new movies. The voice should be funny, because college students enjoy humor over serious tones.
7. The key performance indicator for the first stage should be emails received because the people who email the college about the event will most likely be those who are submitting videos. For the second stage, the college should keep track of performance by followers on the twitter page. This will show how many people are interested in the event. The third stage should be measured by a combination of number of video views and comments. While we want to attract a lot of traffic, it is important also to know that people are enjoying the videos.
When performing a search, you don’t always get the results you need. If you are looking for something specific, you have to know how to find it. Let’s say you are searching “Search engine optimization.” If you type the query (request for information) into Google basic search, of course the first things you will see are Ads related to search engine optimization, SEO. If you scroll down a bit, the first result you will see is a Wikipedia page. You will almost always see Wikipedia show up on your Google results, because Google finds Wikipedia easy to load.
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Lastly, Google offers a search to find scholarly articles on http://scholar.google.com. If you search for SEO on Google Scholar, you will find results that are typically HTML or PDF files. The first one that shows up is actually a book! http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=EbhSiSvzQLEC&oi=fnd&pg=PA2&dq=search+engine+optimization&ots=a_OMKFPlU_&sig=rIUvvnXVru5Uy8vLIB9GRsPXO6c#v=onepage&q=search%20engine%20optimization&f=false. What a great tool Google provides!
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