Verizon Ellipsis 7 Tablet With My Coffee Time & More

by Blanca Stella on October 28, 2014

I recently became a Verizon Ambassador Program. It is a group of influencers who receive equipment from Verizon to review. You can check out all the awesome links that myfellow ambassadors post on the #VZWBuzz hashtag

I am very excited about this not only because I love technology and gadgets, but also because I have been a very loyal Verizon customer for 20 years! Yes, that’s right…two decades! I was able to choose my number at that time. It was Primeco then, before Verizon bought them. I have found their customer service in their stores to be top notch and over the phone as well throughout all these years.

Last year, I did extensive research on all the different carriers when I was looking to possibly save some money. Even though I could have saved some money, I decided to stay with Verizon because of the quality of calls, coverage areas and much more. I think I spent hours just reading comments in forums. Anyway, that calls for  another blog post.

My cell phone is critical when talking to someone on the phone because I dropped my landline a long time ago. So my current LG G2 is my mobile office along with my laptop and now, the Ellipsis Tablet which I am going share how I use it.

I am not a coffee junkie, but I am a coffee addict for my only one cup of morning Colombian coffee a day. I cannot go a day without my little ritual, no matter how busy I am. For this favorite time of the day, I always reserve at least 30-45 minutes minutes. And I make breakfast too which is supposed to be your most important meal of the day. Why rush the morning? We only live once. And my little chihuahuas, Zorro and Maya get to get some hug time too.

That is when I also take time to read the news online with my tablet. I used to read newspapers but I would end up with piles of papers of interesting articles that I didn’t have time to read, so I ditched the messy piles a few years ago and now I have a tablet with my favorite apps: Pocket, Buffer and Evernote to share to my social media channels and save articles.


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On My Way To Ford Trends 2014 in Detroit!

by Blanca Stella on June 23, 2014

I am super exciting to the invitation Ford Motor Company has extended to me for the second year to attend their Ford Trends Conference in Detroit!

The topics will be:

  • Decoding Design
  • Sustainability
  • Big Data
  • Female Frontier

I will be Tweeting from @micaminar and my Instagram @micaminar , so make sure you follow me to keep up to date. The hashtag is #fordtrends.

Besides that, our Ford Millennials will be there too!

Ford Trends Conference 2014 On My Way To Ford Trends 2014 in Detroit!

And can’t wait to what they will be unveiling!


Social Media Club South Florida Speed Networking

by Blanca Stella on May 15, 2014

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Yesterday I was part of Social Media Club South Florida Speed Networking Event. This was a different setting than most of our events which are usually speakers or panels. We had over 60 attendees and 10 tables with rounds lasting about 20 minutes. I was the person moderating the blogging table.

Some of the topics I covered were:

  • Blogging networks for sponsored posts
  • How to connect with people in social media once a blog is set up ( Twitter parties, hashtags in specific niche, Facebook groups)
  • How to create a specific voice for a brand and should a brand have a blog.
  • How should a brand create more social good.
  • How to be found on Google. ( I also do SEO and Local Search besides Social Media Consulting)

Besides the how to’s, I shared how important it is to be consistent and not give up. My blogs are not so big with a ton of traffic, but I have built a great social influence online and offline because I attend many events in my niche and continue the conversations online. It has been a process of growing it organically. One step at a time. [click to continue…]


Speaking at Wordcamp Miami

by Blanca Stella on April 19, 2014

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Photo credit: My friend Karla Campos, from Social Media Sass who is also speaking.

I am super excited to announce that I will be speaking for the second time May 11th at Wordcamp Miami  I did a presentation two years ago on security plugins to protect your website from being hacked. This time, in collaboration with my business partner Lee Hodson at my web development agency, VizRED. 

The topic of the presentation that I will be speaking on will be ‘So Obvious, You Miss It!’  Sometimes there are little things that drive me crazy finding or figuring it out, and bam! all it took was that one little tip to make my life easier with WordPress.

Update: May 12, 2014: Link on my web development agency where Lee made a series of blog posts of the presentation and the embedded presentation. The beginning part was live, but the blog posts have detailed screenshots so you can understand what I talked about.

This is a summary description:

You know they’re there. You ignore them. You see them every day. You ignore them. You know they’re useful. You still ignore them! Come see the not invisible, not even hidden yet so in your face you miss them parts of WordPress and learn a few dos and don’ts about editing posts, editing plugins, editing themes and adding code excerpts along the way.

At the moment, the tickets are sold out. But you can get on a waiting list.

Miami Herald write up of the event




Speaking at FIU to Millennials

by Blanca Stella on April 8, 2014

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Happy to announce  I will be doing a class at FIU to help you create a multimedia online resume. It will be in a computer lab so you can get hands on skills. This is a first of a series and the next one will include live stream so others from outside of Miami can also participate. It is open to anyone, not just students.

FIU is my alma mater so I am super excited about this. I’ve been sharing a lot of my knowledge of WordPress to my son and now I can share it with other student’s!! My partnership in a project I’m doing with Ford Espanol is what triggered me to find a way that I can help youth to prepare for their future.

speaking at fiu Speaking at FIU to Millennials

The project I am doing with Ford Espanol is called #FordMillennials. We are creating a digital space on Facebook to support Millennials in the ideas, projects or work. Besides the group, we are also having online chats on Twitter and offline events.


ANA Brand Masters Marketing Conference Recap

by Blanca Stella on March 24, 2014

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The 2014 ANA Brand Masters Conference presented by Mashable started off with pre-conference session by Marc de Swaan Arons, founder of Effective Brands. He shared insights from the Marketing 2020 Study of 11,000 participants in 92 countries. More information about the study is on their website.

A Mini Pulse Check™ was conducted during the session where the marketing executives scored and ranked their marketing team with with key drivers such as:

  • Big Insights- Being able to leverage data and analytics to improve marketing effectiveness.
  • How connected Marketing is with senior leaders from other departments.
  • How inspired everyone in the organization is with purpose.
  • Clarity of the roles and responsibilities with regard to digital. [click to continue…]

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My Live Tweets At ANA Brand Masters Conference

by Blanca Stella on March 24, 2014

My live tweets during the ANA Brand Masters Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Recap post: ANA Brand Masters Conference

Link to highlighted tweets during the conference: Tweets ANA Brand


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Ana Brand Masters Conference Tweet Highlights

by Blanca Stella on March 24, 2014

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Tweet Highlights from conference attendees at the  Ana Brand Masters Conference in Hollywood Florida February 26-28, 2014
Recap post: ANA Brand Masters Conference

My Live Tweets At ANA Brand

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Happiness Culture at Buffer

February 1, 2014

Now this is a place to work at! I recently amped my use of Buffer when I discovered how easy it is to spread all those great links I read around the web on my Android.  Check out their Happiness Culture based on Dale Carnegie’s classic and timeless book: How To Win Friends and Influence […]

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Pros and Cons of Facebook and Instagram – Perspectives from Two Millennials

November 30, 2013

The other day during our Thanksgiving celebration, I heard my sister in law’s nephews talking about how they like Instagram more than Facebook. Since I had interviewed my niece a few weeks ago on her preference of Instagram, I got them to kindly oblige to be on video for another blog post. Thank you Danny […]

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