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March 25, 2010

This is a test using windows live writer.. I just want to see how easy it is to write a blog and upload pictures and videos….

 

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New Media can Help or Hurt your Company

February 5, 2010

We have entered a new millennium, a new century and now a new decade.  I have been living in this country for a little over 20 years, and I have seen the Internet bloom, blow up and settle.  In the last 10 years New Media has been moving steady over the Internet, and in the last 4 years many companies started to catch up and realized the opportunity the Internet is offering with this new way of marketing.   And believe me when I say is a going get better and bigger than what you think.  My older son is only 12 years old, and he saves his allowance to buy ITunes cards, order his skateboards online, has uploaded his skateboard tricks videos over youtube and when he is hungry orders Chipotle with an Itouch app.  My younger son only 7 is a Lego fanatic, knows

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every product about Lego because he plays Lego online and gets tips on designing cars, creatures and many other creative things from the Lego website.   The Internet in a way has become a new babysitter at times without being aware.

New Media has created a consumer driven marketing nation, in order for companies to sell products offer services they need to engage with people and learn about their clients.  Apple just launched the Ipad, a new computer similar to the Iphone or Itouch but bigger.   If you ask Apple you will not get the same respond, but after all the reviews, the jokes, and the videos that have been popping online about the Ipad my impression about it is what I have heard from my peers consumers, is a Big Version of the Itouch.  The Ipad will not get the same praise as the Iphone, the Ipod or the Itouch and with that it will not sell the same way.   What I am trying to say is that consumers control the market and they can make your product the best or they can trash it.  And this is how New Media is changing the way companies are doing business, and if your company is looking to succeed and excel in this new economy you must do the proper research and look into New Media Marketing and figure out how the Internet can benefit your company.   But you must know what you are doing because the same way it can make you money it can bring you down.

Ricardo Villalba

Founder of WebPlugin.biz

Latinos in Social Media… A new method to reach us.

December 2, 2009

By now, you should be aware of sites like Facebook, MySpace, Hi5, Sonico, Twitter, MeetUp and of course YouTube.   And if you don’t is ok, don’t feel bad, I still have friends that work with computers that haven’t sign up to any of these sites.  After living in NYC for many years I moved back to my home town Washington, DC.   When I first arrived back in DC I try contacting some of my old friends but it took me a while until someone told me to go to MySpace.  I heard of MySpace but to be honest I didn’t really pay much attention to it.   But since I wanted to start doing comedy in DC and I needed to get in touch with all friends, I checked out MySpace and to my surprise I found many of my old friends having their own page.   I got super exited and starting searching for people and for the next couple of months MySpace was my everyday life.   In December 2007, I organized the first Latino Comedy Showcase in DC and I did all my promotion via the internet, sending emails and using MySpace.   Over 300 people attended my first show.   Soon people got to know about my comedy shows and Rice and Beans Entertainment, my own production company.  

2 years has passed since then and I am proud to say that I can organize any event and do the whole promotion online and get excellent results.   I have over 5 MySpace accounts, including one with a sexy girl showing her beautiful figure, you may ask why?  On my personal account it took me about 6 months to get over 400 friends, with the “Latinqts” account, I got over 1000 friend request within 2 weeks after its creation.   I have 2 Facebook accounts my personal with my real name and another one with my Stage name Ricky-Ricardo.   Just for fun I created 110% Latino Americano fan page, and within a week I have over 80 fans and most of them are young Latina women.   According to Facebook my 110% Latino Americano fan page, gets 4 stars out of 5 on content and respond for the information I post.  

I have been using the Internet for many years; I have used sites like craigslist.org to find jobs, to sell things and buy staff and even to get a date.   I am very familiar with Ebay, and YouTube.  I recently started blogging, mostly to promote my Social Networking Services.   But I have to admit, social media can change the way we do business, take for example Groupon.com a site that sells discount coupons, but it only works when many people buy the coupons, amazing idea based on thePoint.com, both very new companies.  Groupon started on November 2008, a year ago and so far they have save over 37 millions to consumers.  

But I started talking about Latinos and the internet, and let me tell you something, we are online, here in Washington DC, every club has a Latin Night, and most of them are promoting their events online.  Fliers and radio promotions help but some promoters have realized that they don’t need to spend money on radio or print ads.  They just pay a sexy girl to collect emails at their events and blast them with emails, they hired photographers to take pictures on post them online.  Everything is being done online and Latinos are on Facebook, MySpace, Meetup.com, Twitters and if you want to see the latest video about your favorite Bachata artist just go to YouTube and you will find it.  

What I don’t understand is how companies keep on using old methods to advertise when the internet can produce better and faster result for less.   The problem is that people don’t know how to do it.  

By now you should also realized that English is not my first language and I am not the best writer, I write the way I think and the way I talk, and I am sure my grammar is not good.  But one thing I know for sure is how to make money without money, how to use the Internet to put money on my pocket and I can help your company do the same.  

I have use the Internet to reach Latinos since I am one, and since I produce events to service the Latino Community, I am bilingual and I can post in both languages just check out 110% Latino Americano, and you will see.   So if you are looking to reach the Latino Market in DC or any other city, just let me know and I am sure I can come out with a plan, a goal and an Internet Marketing Solution for your company.     

Call me for a free consultation!! 202-367-5544

Ricardo O Villalba

Google this and you will find out more about me

DC Latino Comedy Show – Rice and Beans Ent. AKA RaBE

The New Opportunities of the Internet!

November 19, 2009

“The New Opportunities of the Internet”

Hello everyone and thank you for checking out my blog.  My name is Ricardo Villalba and I am the founder of Webplugin.biz.  A company I created to help small businesses take full advantage of the Internet.  I am not a rich person, and I mean that financially, I do consider myself a millionaire because of my wonderful family, but that’s another story.

I have been using the internet on and on for the last 7 years and I have seen the changes.  I am very thankful to craigslist.org, one of the best sites ever created.  I have made money using it and it didn’t cost me a penny, just time.

After 9/11, I relocated to New York City from Washington DC, and started working in Real Estate. And craigslist.org was the only site I used to post properties, for rent and sale.  Later on I started a small moving company and once again craigslist.org was the site to promote my services.  Since I am a graphic and web designer it was easy for me to post colorful ads with images, that would help me get ahead any competition.   But I was always looking for new methods to reach out to more audiences and expand my company and bring more revenues.   But with the economy slowing down, in 2005 I decided to go back to work for someone and moved back to the DC area.  But I never lost my entrepreneurial spirit.

Since 2006 I have been working as an Internet consultant, and a family and youth counselor. Presently I work at a substance abuse rehabilitation facility.  I share this, because I want you to understand that my true passion is to help people and see them succeed.   In 2006 I started Rice and Beans Entertainment, a company created to produce creative entertainment for the fast growing Latino market in Washington, DC.  Since I love comedy so much I started the DC Latino Comedy Showcase, in addition promoted music concerts, and other events.

To promote my events I always turned to the Internet and instead of using craigslist.org I started looking for other sites, since I had a different kind of product that I was trying to sell.  So I turned to sites like myspace.com, facebook.com, hi5.com and other social network sites.    Before Dell realized that they could make money in twitter I was already taking advantage of these sites.   Once again I was profiting from the Internet without spending a penny.  Eventually I did start spending some money, with per click ads on those social networking sites.  But the true and most important thing about these sites is the fact that you need to invest time.

Many business owners don’t have the time to spend online writing about their products or services or just to learn on how to take advantage of the Internet.  That is why I created WebPlugin.biz.  I have the experience and I have done my research, and I can still do some more research if necessary.  The internet once again is offering companies new opportunities to profit and grow.  Just having a site is not enough, is about driving traffic to your site but this time the internet can also offer you the opportunity to do this.  Before companies will promote their sites, on TV, and print ads.   Now you can do everything online.  Amazing hum?.   Just like this blog….  So if you are looking to expand your business, increase revenue, brand awareness, promote an event, sell a product, reach out to new clients, please feel free to contact me for a FREE CONSULTATION at 202-367-5544 or write me at webplugin.biz@gmail.com and or visit WebPlugin.biz.

Before I finish let me give credit to Lisa Irby from 2createawebsite.com, for her wonderful advices.  I learned about wordpress.com from her and she does have excellent advice if you are looking to do things yourself.

Thank you wordpress.com and thank you for reading my blog….

Sincerely,

Ricardo O Villalba

202-367-5544

Webplugin.biz

“Your Internet Consultant and Social Networking Specialist”

WebPlugin.biz

November 19, 2009

WebPlugin.biz….

WHO WE ARE AND HOW WE DO IT?

We are Social Media Specialists and we are the buzz creator for anything you would like us to promote or sell.   We can create a short video and uploaded on youtube, share our experience on a blog, invite others to discover your products, put comments on FaceBook about your business, create a fan page.  Help you collect emails and organized web promotions, in addition we can develop your internet marketing campaign by designing and implementing ads for google, facebook and or myspace.  We can upgrade your website, show you how to blog and support your fan base, maybe create an internet photo album.  We will suggest ways to grow your business online and reach out to potential customers you were not aware of.  The internet is here to stay, and if you want to survive and gain advantage you must jump aboard and take your business to the next level.  WebPlugin is your Social Media Specialist and Internet Consultant, our goal is to succeed and we can do it together, building a relationship and therefore profit for both.

 

WHAT WE DO?

WebPlugin was created specially to help companies increase their web present and therefore increase revenues by Social Media Marketing.   Social media marketing is a term that describes the act of using social networks, online communities, blogs, wikis or any other collaborative Internet form of media for marketing, sales, public relations and customer service. Common social media marketing tools include Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.   WebPlugin will develop a plan and strategy to best use these methods and reach out to prospect clients.  Although we specialized in Social Media Marketing we will use other methods, including emails, google ads, and advertising on these Social Networking sites and classified websites like craigslist.org.  The Internet has many ways to help your business and I am sure you can do most the work we do, but as you may be aware it takes a lot of time to be online and create a buzz.  WebPlugin has the experience and will dedicate the time necessary to reach your marketing goals.