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A prominent Houston socialite is the subject of a viral video this week after she was filmed losing her cool over a baby’s first birthday photo shoot on public property.

ABC13 reports that this past Saturday, Franci Neely, the ex-wife of Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, stopped her car, got out barefoot, and confronted a family that was doing a photo shoot to celebrate their daughter’s first birthday in a Broadacres esplanade popular among photographers.

Kelyn Alyssa shared her side of t
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he story in a Facebook post and included a 3-minute video that was filmed of the confrontation.

“It’s a well known public trail where many people have photos taken,” Alyssa writes. “When we arrived there were several other photographers in the vicinity, working with their clients. Our photographer arrived and we began setting up. We set up on the path for the baby to sit with small props (to match the scale of the baby) and began taking our shots.”

Alyssa says that about 35 minutes into the hour-long shoot, her family suddenly heard shouting directed at them and turned to see Neely roll up in her blue Jaguar convertible.

“You are trampling the grass that WE pay for,” Neely allegedly shouted at the family.

Here’s Alyssa’s account of what transpired next:

Out of this light blue Jaguar convertible emerges this barefoot caucasian woman wearing a housedress, holding nothing but a cell phone and carrying her dog. She marches towards us and upon arriving, takes a look at my 11-month-old daughter and releases her unleashed dog, who at the time could not walk and was sitting peacefully on the pathway. In the midst of her shouting, I immediately and calmly asked her to restrain her dog as it made a beeline for the baby and it was coming dangerously close to my child. I actually crouched next to the baby and put my hand out to try to shoo this strange dog away. The lady begins shouting at us that we are on private property, and that she will not restrain her dog because she can do whatever she wants there.

I told her if her dog damages my child I will be pressing charges and she takes out her phone, starting to record me, asking me if I was threatening her. I repeated what I said. At this point her dog wandered away.

Our photographer calmly approached her to let her know that she was the one directing the shoot. The lady tells her that she brought “these” people into “her” neighborhood. The lady had no answer when asked why she did not approach the other photographers WHOM SHE PASSED ON HER WAY TO APPROACH US. Her lack of response prompted my husband to take out his phone to record what was going on.

At this point the lady stomps towards my baby and starts aggressively trying to remove the props placed around her, startling me. The baby, petrified by her aggression, started to scream and started crawling away from her into my arms.

Alyssa says a police officer later confirmed that the family was doing nothing wrong by doing their photo shoot on public property. She and her husband have filed a police report and say they’re planning to press charges against Neely.

After Alyssa’s Facebook post went viral with over 12,000 reactions and 20,000 shares, and after the story began making headlines in the media, Neely released the following apology to ABC13 on Monday:

The Broadacres Homeowners Association Invests lots of money paying to maintain the trees, grass and walkways in our neighborhood. The high volume of commercial photography damages the property that Broadacres HOA pays to maintain and interferes with dog walkers and others who merely want to walk under the pretty trees. We asked the commercial photographers to please stop.

I am very sorry that I got upset on late Saturday afternoon. Putting it in context, however: I saw three commercial photography shoots in one block at the same time, something that happens frequently. When I explained the situation to the first and third groups, they were respectful. The couple whose photo shoot obstructed the walkway was not. It’s hard to remain composed when confronted by shouted threats of lawsuits and false, inflammatory accusations.

The affluent Broadacres area in this latest dispute has actually been the subject of an ongoing battle between the Broadacres Homeowners Association and the City of Houston. The HOA banned photo shoots in late 2017, but Houston quickly overruled the HOA by stating that the esplanades are in the public right-of-way. The HOA continues to maintain that while the city owns the streets and sidewalks, the Broadacres Trust owns the meticulously maintained grassy areas.

For now, though, photography on the esplanades is legal and perfectly fine as long as the photo shoots don’t block the rest of the public from passing on the roads and sidewalks.

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With so many credit cards dominating the market these days, people can no longer tell the difference between one card to another. It all seems like a wide array of credit cards all committed to provide the consumers with substantial means in cashless shopping.

However, there is one credit card that aims to be above the rest. This is the chase credit cards.

On its faade, chase credit cards may look just like the other credit cards, works like the others, and has the basic features of a typical credit card. But what peop
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le still don't know about chase credit cards is that what it has basically more than meets the eye.

Here are some facts about chase credit cards in order to guide those who are contemplating to get hold of it:

1. Chase credit cards are easily accessible online.

Just like the other credit cards, chase credit cards are also available online. But the fact that people can do transactions online is a remarkable modification in credit cards.

In fact, consumers who want to get a chase credit card can easily apply online, and once approved they can continuously track their balances, statements, and details of their transactions all in just one click.

2. Chase credit cards have free alerts.

These are the notifications that a chase credit card holder receives through e-mail or phone.

If the consumer chooses e-mail alerts, notifications shall be sent to the user's e-mail address, wap-enabled mobile phone, pager, or even a PDA device. In this way, the consumer can be updated about his or her account at any time of the day.

Free alerts can even jog your memory whenever there is a due payment. It will also ring a bell in the event that your balance is about to reach its limit. Best of all, it is free so people don't have to worry about additional charges just for this service.

3. Chase credit cards offers versatility when paying bills.

Chase credit cards can be used automatically to pay all the bills on due. The consumer has to arrange for the specific requirements needed before they can get their chase credit card start paying bills.

So, for a new way of enjoying credit cards with all the functions still intact but ahs a different way of managing the consumer's accounts, chase credit cards are certainly the best of its kind.
The astronomical success of YouTube as a social distribution site for online video has become both a blessing and a curse for modern marketers. YouTube, Vimeo, and other distribution channels offer us platforms to dramatically expand the reach of our content, which is incredible for marketers and online video producers. If approached in the right way, truly exceptional content may “go viral” and take your brand to places that you never would have imagined. But therein lie
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s the trap, and something we all need to be careful not to get pulled too far into.
View counts, view counts, view counts. How many times have you heard people referencing the number of views of a video as the measure of success? I can almost hear Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David yelling “enough with the view counts, already!”. But, admit it, when was the last time you used the same metric for some of your own videos?
But here’s the thing. I do it too (*gasp* WHAT?!). There, I said it. And let’s face it, we all want as many people as possible watching our videos. But we need to be extremely careful not to get trapped into thinking (or advocating) that more views equal more success, or that this is the metric that should define the success of a campaign or video asset. And we definitely need to be careful about running to our CEO to say, “this video just hit 10,000 views!”. This view count issue is a rabbit hole that gets harder and harder to get out of each time you reference it.
“THIS video got 10,000 views and THAT video got 15,000. Our next video better get 20,000 views or we aren’t trending in the right direction!… Wait a minute, I have no idea how I got those views in the first place, so now I’m going to need to spend more money than I likely should to promote the video and hit some absurd view count.”
Striving for more views might make sense if you’re a media company that makes money on every view, but not for the rest of us that are trying to use video to achieve very different business goals such as lead generation or brand awareness within our niche markets.
Addressing the view count issueI came across a podcast from Scott Stratten of UnMarketing today that gave some great narrative around this very idea (actually, it’s an unpodcast, but I digress). The UnMarketing team shares some great insights on how we often take video stats out of context and how the would ‘viral’ should be thought of as “expanding your reach” and not “a million views”:

Now here’s the ah-ha moment…
Marketers need to think about what they’re trying to achieve with their videos and ensure they can track and report on the actual metrics that matter so they can measure and report on results in a way that relates to their goals. If your goal is to get more views, then yes, you should report on view count. However, if your goal is to drive more qualified leads into the sales funnel and increase pipeline production, then you should ensure that you can track and report on which videos are helping to convert prospects through the funnel and which ones are directly impacting the sales pipeline.
For more on Marketing MetricsBe sure to check out our helpful post on how to measure video ROI (great for those using Salesforce), and if you’d like to know which video metrics are especially useful for tracking in general, try out this post with the three questions all video marketers should ask themselves.
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Marketers are faced with an ever-growing list of responsibilities. From social media marketing to customer experience and advertising, it can be a challenge to stay on top of everything.

Luckily for us, there are a plethora of great social media tools on the market to help you succeed in your role and stay productive.

Tools for content curation, discovery, scheduling, publishing, analytics, and more can be used to enhance your effectiveness.

This week on The Science of Social Media, we’re explorin
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g the top 10 social media tools brands are using to succeed in 2019. Utilizing these tools in your daily workflows will help improve results across the board.

Let’s dive in!

The 10 top social media tools to try in 2019
Here are some of the most-used social media tools used by some of the world’s top brands:

#1: BuzzSumo
#2: Google Trends
#3: Buffer Publish
#4: Canva
#5: Unsplash
#6: Animoto
#7: Feedly
#8: Buffer Reply
#9: Native Analytics
#10: Todoist
Honorable Mentions

1. BuzzSumo

Website: https://buzzsumo.com/

Pricing: Plans start at $79/month


BuzzSumo is a tool that lets you find the most shared content and trending influencers. You can use it to analyze which content performs best for any topic and all you need to do to get started is to search for a topic or a domain.

Through BuzzSumo you’re able all gather a better understanding of your impact on social media and develop smarter content strategies by seeing which of your own pages were engaged with the most. BuzzSumo will break the results down by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Reddit shares.

This provides the added benefit of being able to see which articles are performing well across the web without having to constantly monitor multiple social channels.

Similar tools: Ahrefs, Meltwater, Mention

2. Google Trends

Website: https://trends.google.com/trends/

Pricing: Free


Google Trends is a completely free tool that Google created to help anyone search for trending topics online.

Brands use it to monitor notable things that are happening in the world. Many professionals use this as a way to discover and share information related to what’s most popular right now.

You can also use Google Trends to monitor keywords to see if they are trending and how their current volume compares to previous months and years. You can then use this information to inform your content and social media marketing strategy.

Similar tools: Ubersuggest, Ahrefs, WordStream

3. Buffer Publish

Website: https://buffer.com/

Pricing: Free (paid plans start at $15/month)


Buffer is a social media marketing platform designed to make it easy for businesses and marketing teams to schedule posts, analyze performance, and manage all their accounts in one place.

For example, Buffer allows you to set up a schedule for your social media profiles, and after you add content to your Buffer queue, it will publish at the times you’ve designated.

Buffer also provides a robust analytics dashboard so that you can see which of your posts are most popular on social media, and easily Rebuffer them to your queue.

In addition to our web application, we also have both Android and iOS apps as well as a fantastic Chrome Extension that’s great for Buffering while you’re browsing the web or on the go.

Similar tools: Hootsuite, Falcon.io, Sprout Social

4. Canva

Website: https://www.canva.com/

Pricing: Free (Canva for Work starts at $12.95/month)


Another fantastic tool that absolutely every brand or business online should know about is Canva.

Many times social media managers and marketers need to be able to create beautiful images without a designer. It’s what makes up part of a great social media strategy.

Canva is the tool so many marketers rely on for making great-looking social media images quickly. You can use the ready-made templates, icons, and illustrations to make your images look professional without having to do much of the actual design work.

Canva has an easy to use drag-and-drop interface plus a massive library of over two million graphic elements.

Similar tools: Crello, Buffer Stories Creator, Bannersnack

5. Unsplash

Website: https://unsplash.com/

Pricing: Free


One of our favorite tools in the design, photography, and video space is Unsplash. Unsplash is a massive library of free professional photos you can use — free!

Unsplash photos are really popular with many social media marketers because they can help give your content a professional, polished look.

And there are so many Unsplash collections to explore. We recommend finding a couple of creators whose photos you really enjoy and following them so you can always find their latest work.

Similar tools: Pexels, Storyblocks, Videvo

6. Animoto

Website: https://animoto.com/

Pricing: Plans start at $5/month


Animoto is one of our go-to social media tools for quickly creating stunning marketing videos.

Their video maker turns your photos and video clips into professional content in just a few minutes. They describe it as “fast and shockingly simple,” – and we would agree with that.

There are so many benefits to being able to quickly create engaging marketing videos. Video is a content format that we know a lot of people struggle with, but Animoto helps to bridge that gap.

We’ve used it to create quick recaps of recent blog posts for social media, videos promoting a big announcement, and videos around product launches.

Using Animoto, there are plenty of opportunities for you to add value to your audiences’ lives.

Similar tools: PowToon, Adobe Spark, Crello

7. Feedly

Website: https://feedly.com/

Pricing: Free (paid plans start at $5.41/month)


Our next tool is Feedly. Feedly is great for so many things. Maybe you work with influencers and want to follow their blogs, or you need to keep up on industry news, or any other reasons that you might visit several websites. Instead, you can add all those RSS feeds to Feedly and see them there. A huge time saver.

Feedly is also great for content ideation. You can add several of the blogs, writers, and publishers whose content you like to one feed and see them in one glimpse.

It even has a Buffer Publish integration so you can schedule your content to go out right from the Feedly dashboard.

We also want to give Flipboard a quick shoutout here, too. While it’s not an RSS aggregator like Feedly, you can follow topics on Flipboard and it curates the world’s news stories to help you stay informed.

We’ve used Feedly to follow specific influencers and industry news, and Flipboard to keep up to date with bigger stories.

Similar tools: Flipboard, Quora, Pocket

8. Buffer Reply

Website: https://buffer.com/reply/

Pricing: Plans start at $50/month


This next tool is one of our very own at Buffer: Reply. I think we’ve mentioned it a few times on the show but we’ve never gone too deep.

Buffer Reply makes social media engagement easy for marketing and support teams who need to respond to social conversations. It’s all in one inbox.

What’s great is that through Reply you can see social conversations across social networks:

On Twitter, you can see public tweets that @ mention your handle, direct messages, and any searches you have set up for keywords or hashtags.
On Facebook, you can see comments on your Facebook Page posts and ads, visitor posts, private messages, and reviews.
And for Instagram business profiles, you can see comments on your posts and ads as well.

It’s a single inbox where you can see all of these conversations happening. It’s a huge time saver. In our case, our customer support team and social media manager, Bonnie, spend a lot of time in Reply every day, and we know that when someone reaches out, they would be getting an answer from us.

Similar tools: Hootsuite, Mention, Sprout Social 

9. Native Analytics
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention native analytics for each social platform, which is completely free.

Let’s quickly go over the top three, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Facebooks Analytics

Under the Insights tab on your Facebook Page, there is just so much information. Everything you ever wanted to know about your engagement, number of likes and followers, how your posts are doing, and, of course, Facebook’s Pages to Watch which lets you compare the performance of your Page and posts with similar Pages on Facebook.

You also get insights for Facebook Groups so if you run a Group definitely check those out.

Instagram Analytics

With Instagram Insights, you can see activity around how frequently users interact with your posts, see how your posts are performing over time, and find out where your audience is from as well as their age range, gender, and when they are online.

Twitter Analytics

Starting with Twitter, their analytics can reveal a lot of valuable data about your audience, how well you’re engaging your following, and what your top performing content is.

All you have to do is go to analytics.twitter.com to log in and start learning more about your audience and their interests.

10. Todoist

Website: https://todoist.com/

Pricing: Free (plans start at $3/month)


The last tool we want to mention today is related to your productivity as someone managing social media: Todoist.

Specifically, within Todoist, I have created a free Social Media Calendar by Buffer that you can use to make sure that your brand and business are posting to important social accounts on a regular basis.

This type of calendar is important because, by consistently posting great content, you’ll be able to grow your audience, increase engagement, and build a community online.

This sample social media calendar is based on real content and scheduling times from Buffer’s own social media accounts.

Similar tools: Wunderlist, Trello, Any.Do

Honorable mentions (more social media tools)
Although we couldn’t cover all of our favorite social media tools in this episode, we wanted to share some more of our favorites!

Buffer Analyze

How to say hello to us
We would all love to say hello to you on social media – especially Twitter!

Hailley on Twitter and Hailley’s Website
Brian on Twitter and Brian’s Website

Thanks for listening! Feel free to connect with our team at Buffer on Twitter, Buffer on Facebook, our Podcast homepage, or with the hashtag #bufferpodcast.

Enjoy the show? It’d mean the world to us if you’d be up for giving us a rating and review on iTunes!

About The Science of Social Media podcast
The Science of Social Media is your weekly sandbox for social media stories, insights, experimentation, and inspiration. Every Monday (and sometimes more) we share the most cutting-edge social media marketing tactics from brands and influencers in every industry. If you’re a social media team of one, business owner, marketer, or someone simply interested in social media marketing, you’re sure to find something useful in each and every episode.  It’s our hope that you’ll join our 20,000+ weekly iTunes listeners and rock your social media channels as a result!

The Science of Social Media is proudly made by the Buffer team. Feel free to get in touch with us for any thoughts, ideas, or feedback.

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Credit card rates have always been an issue in applying for a credit card. These rates are what everyone should know before choosing a credit company from another. Shopping around for the best rates will give you the best deal.

For you to own a credit card, you should first know what are credit card rates, What is an APR, What are the different kinds of rates,

Credit card rates are used to measure the interest of your credit card. It is used to know how much you would pay if you hold a balance on your account, if you have a cash advance or loa
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n, and if you transferred a balance from other credit cards. The credit card rates are usually computed annually.

1) APR. The APR signifies the annual percentage rate of the interest. The APR is used by the bank to know how much would be charged on your bill for a yearly basis. There are two kinds of APRs:

* Fixed. This kind of APR is an interest rate which has been arranged by the bank. The fixed APR would not be changed unless the bank or the credit card owner would amend the contract of agreement. Majority of credit card accounts that has fixed rates does not change often.

* On-going. This kind of APR is a kind of interest rate that could change even after the signing of contracts and the grace period.

Note: Both the fixed and APR rates would depend on consistency of the bill payments, if you would request your APR to be changed either lower or higher and if certain government provisions was made regarding the annual rates of your credit card.

* Special APRs. These kinds of annual rates would depend on the contract you have signed. If your terms specify a penalty APR when you would not be able to pay for your bills, this kind of rates would apply.

2) Interest rate.

* Fixed. A fixed interest basically means that your rate cannot be changed unless the bank informs you that there have been some changes in the policies.

* Variable. A variable interest rate changes automatically whenever the basic rate of the bank increases or decreases.

Note: Both the fixed and the variable rates could be changed by the bank anytime. This means that any bank could alter the terms and conditions of your credit account for a fifteen-day notice.
The Whalen 3-in-1 Flat Panel TV Stand is on rollback at walmart.com! It’s been marked down to just $99.99, regularly $179.00. It features three options for displaying your flat screen TV: swivel mount, wall mount or tabletop. A similar stand from the same brand is sold for $199.99 at Best Buy.

Also check out the TV deal we found at Walmart: get a 50″ TV for just $199.99 shipped.

Buy 1 Whalen Payton Brown Cherry 3-in-1 Flat Panel TV Stand for TVs up to 65″ (reg. $179.00) $99.00, rollback price
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Use just your smartphone for this easy deal at Family Dollar! Submit your receipt to Ibotta for a $0.50 rebate credit when you buy a Kinder Joy Egg. The final price is $0.85. This particular rebate offer has a limit of five.

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