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Networking & Happy Holidays!

OK, so I haven’t written for over a week!

The Holiday Season puts the best of us behind schedule….

Last week was an eventful one! On Monday, I attended a Web 2.0 Christmas party with my friend Alexi.

web 2.0 treeShe works for Ask.com and gets all the invites to all these web events, which is GREAT for me and Baseball Beauties! This was my first time entering a Web 2.0 world… And it was as foreign to me as it was exciting, there were so many people there and they were speaking in foreign tongues! However I met some nice people who explained things to me and made things more clear. One of the things that I got our of the night was that I had to TWEET and do so IMMEDIATELY! (Because Tweeting is the new hype right now everyone who has anything to say at all is doing it!) As I mentioned before, I created a Twitter account: http://twitter.com/baseballbeauty a few weeks ago, and wasn’t sure what I should be doing with it. That hasn’t changed, I’m still not sure what to do! LOL But I am trying to keep up with my Tweets and hope that if I do at least 5 Tweets a day someone will notice… We’ll see… Nothing that’s worth doing is easy. I also ran into a pair who I met at the Webgrrls X-mas networking party, I guess that the more Networking events you attend the more of the same people you’re going to run into! This is great because this is how you create your network and find your connectors! I’m going to meet Cheryl, who I met a the Webgrrls event for coffee on Wednesday and she is going to help me organize the Baseball Beauties top page!

On Tuesday night Nick and I stopped by another Web 2.0 party, this one was hosted by none other then Microsoft itself! Microsoft BizSpark was the name of the team that was hosting this event http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark/

The event took place in the Carnelian Room in San Francisco and was VERY crowded and LOTS of FUN! They were serving free alcohol and appetizers. I met a couple of interesting people there and once again ran into some regulars πŸ™‚

networking

It is too bad that BizSpark only support start-ups that are involeved in software development. Baseball Beauties is definetly not a software developing kind of a company! But I am sure that there are other groups which support Web 2.0 start-ups which Baseball Beauties can be a part off.

Networking is what it’s all about when it comes to any business, it is the best way to meet people who can help you! It takes about 6-7 degrees of separation to get to any person. For example, if you’re looking to meet Obama, chances are that you will know someone, who will know someone who will be able to set up a meeting (of coarse there will be a few more degrees of separation than just 2, but you get the picture)

If you’re wondering what to wear to a networking party, I found this great sample outfit for us ladies!

networking-outfit-1It’s very stylish, but simple and elegant at the same time. You don’t want to look over dressed or under dressed. Dark denim jeans, heels, sweater and a bold necklace are OK too! A little more casual and/or dressy than a job interview. You never know who you’re going to run into, so be prepared and make sure that you stock up on those business cards!

On to the other topic. On Thursday I had my first meeting with Deographics and we went over all 40 + wire-frames that they created so far. There will be lots more to come! At least another 20… It was really helpful to talk to Nate and see what their vision was and input my ideas into the frames as well. I had some minor changes and we notices a few things missing, but overall everything looked great!

They added a really neat feature to the member’s pages (I can’t recall it’s name). When you need to update your info, you will not actually need to leave your home page. The “changes” screen will pop up and the home page turns Grey. All you have to do is change your info, click OK and it will desepear bringing you back to your home page. (Maybe this isn’t anything new, but I haven’t seen anything like it and it looked pretty cool :)) They’re going to start designing the top page this week! YAY!Β  Im looking forward to seeing it and posting it on here for you to see!

Only 2 days left before Christmas!

christmas-snoopy-lights-tree

Happy Holidays and I will put something up between Christmas and New Years, and wait there is my Birthday too! SO MUCH going on!!!

LinkedIn, Google and Monday….

I always find myself procrastinating on Mondays… Even to start writing my BLOG! And I love blogging πŸ™‚

Anyways, Saturday night I went out with some friends in hopes of meeting some cool new people and to my disappointment we failed… We got to see some good friends and had a GRAND OLD time, but did not meet anyone worth mentioning. (Bellow from left to right: Amy, ME, Sandi and Alexi)

friends

I was just replying to an e-mail, I am going to meet up with a local Photographer, he wants to learn about Baseball Beauties. I’ve done a shoot with him once before (NOT TO WORRY ROSALYN!) this is just a networking opportunity meeting! I found him on LinkedIn, YES! I finally joined and it seems like a useful website. I had no idea that they have a pay version, it seems like that may be useful once I have more contacts, but for now I just have the simple FREE account.

You can also post your WordPress BLOG on your profile which I did, I hope that will bring in more readers! I’ve done about a 2 in marketing for this BLOG on a scale from 1 to 10. At first I wanted to get comfortable with writing and THEN let the world take a peak πŸ™‚ I think that I’m almost ready to share!

This week I am going to finish the Business Carer Plan that I have been dreadingΒ  to work on… I know that it’s going to be a BIG PART of Baseball Beauties, but I still have to answer all the 200 questions in detail, not to mention I have to research many of the answers. I know all this is going to pay off in the end πŸ™‚ The toughest question to answer has been:

How does a Social Network become successful? or What steps do you take to grow?

After doing a bunch of research I haven’t been able to come up with a concrete answer, all the information out there is partial (These companies aren’t going to tell you how they got BIG! They don’t want you to know that information!) So I have to go by a bunch of different articles and piece together the information, it’s out there just not in simple ENGLISH! You can see my procrastination and struggle to finish this project…

I have mentioned earlier that I have been working on some Google Adwords for my FINAL Search Engine Optimization Project. So far I came up with 2 good ones:

1. “HOT Chicks Know Baseball! Don’t believe it? See for yourself”

(What can I say sex sells, every straight male baseball fan wants to see HOT Chicks who know about baseball!)

2. “Network for Baseball FANS! Find out how to JOIN”

(This one isn’t as spicy as the first one, but it clearly gets the point across) I tried to say “MySpace for Baseball” but Google wouldn’t let me! Google is SMART! Copy- write violation, that’s what it said….

I am still working on one more AD, Ill have it ready by the end of the week. Even though I learned SO MUCH in that class, I am glad that it’s finally coming to an end…. I will probably take it again next year (technology changes fast and you need to take classes at least once a year to keep up!) I am looking forward to having a little free time πŸ™‚

My friend invited me to a networking event this Thursday night for FIDM SF Alumni, she could only invite 1 person and Im so glad that she chose to invote me πŸ™‚ Thank you Lena! We are going to get goody bags and will be bringing an ornament to put up on their tree. Im looking forward to it, I will make sure that I have enough business cards this time!

Baseball Beauties News… Friday Blues…

I just read that WordPress updated their look, but I didn’t expect it to look so different! I’m a bit overwhelmed and hope that I’ll be able to figure out how to use these new features….

Since writing a little bit on Tuesday, I have lots of exciting Baseball Beauties news to tell! πŸ™‚

One very important thing that I learned this week was that “Less is MORE”. I’m talking about the overall design of the members pages of our website. They are going to be very simple and easy to use. I mean, look at Twitter! It’s as simple as they come and extremely popular and fun to use. And a BIG part of the reason for Twitter’s popularity is it’s “Less is MORE” design concept. I buy it!

I just received the Members wire-frames, all 20 of them! That is actually not that many considering. I wouldn’t be surprised if MySpace had about 500-1000 wire-frames for their members section, but as I said before, “Less is MORE” in our book.Β  Check out what a sample Baseball Beauties Member’s Page will look like bellow:

members-profile-visitor2

It’s tough to imagine what it’s REALLY going to look like, but this gives you a rough idea. Member’s picture is going to be round like a baseball and will be on the left hand side. Member’s favorite teams (you will be able to pick up to 3 of your favorite MLB teams to be displayed on your top page) will be bellow and that is where you will find your 9 top friends (inspired by the 9 innings of the baseball game!) Groups and photos will be bellow on the left hand side and all your comments will be on the right hand side right bellow your info.

A little different from Facebook and Myspace but a typical social network layout. Again, this is just a wire-frame and we will be adjusting it as we test it and go along with the rest of the site.

I will be adding more sample wire-frames along with some sample design layouts as we go along, until the LAUNCH in April 2009.

My partner in crime Amy and I attended the Webgrrls Networking Christmas Party this Wednesday night. We had such a great time! We met so many nice people and got lots of new ideas about new Marketing platforms. The food was yummy and we got some nice wine to along with it. I would defiantly recommend going, if you haven’t already! Networking is the BEST way to stay connected and meet people that can help you out with your business. They also had some giveaways, but of course we didn’t win anything 😦  I never win anything and Amy said that she doesn’t either… Oh Well!

We collected a good amount of business cards and by the end of the night, I ran out of Business Cards! Oh NO! I will be more prepared next time. Speaking of business cards, I just ordered some for Amy (she is going to be a permanent member of our team, and needs some pretty business cards to give out) I always get complements on how cute our business cards are.

They look like one of our Logos with information bellow the http://www.baseballbeauties.com part. They come on real nice vintage looking paper πŸ™‚ Thank you Elena for designing them!

sticker-2

I think that a business card tell a lot about your business, it’s an old school way to stay connected. The morning after the party I went on Facebook and found most of the people who we met the night before and befriended them πŸ™‚ The WEB, what a wonderful way to stay connected!

On a final note, Nick started a Baseball Beauties Mens BLOG yesterday: http://baseballbeautiesmen.wordpress.com/

After exchanging several e-mails with his buddies, Nick decided that they have to change the name to GUYS from MEN, I guess that MEN sounds way too stiff…. I thought that it was perfect for the pin-up 40s-50s era, there were no GUYS back then, there were MEN!!! MEN!! MEN!! Highly mannered ones at that!

Never the less, check out the BLOG, it’s highly technical and too advanced for my knowledge of baseball, but MEN usually follow that technical stuff, while WOMEN love the game itself.

A Little Bit About our Team

Today I wanted to talk a little bit about the Baseball Beauties team. They are all wonderful people and some even help me out for FREE, believe it or not. Starting a new business can be tough and you need as much help and support as you can get! I really appreciate all the support that they have given me πŸ™‚

As I mentioned before we hired an amazing Web Design firm: http://www.deographics.com/

They are is the process of building BaseballBeauties.com, Nate is their CEO and is also our project coordinator. He is great with sending me updates and answering my endless questions! (I have lots of questions about everything at all times, you don’t learn if you don’t ask questions)

Pictures are a HUGE part of Baseball Beauties, it’s arguably 1 of the top 3 most important features of our website. None the less without these cool pics Baseball Beauties would blend in with the rest of the other Social Networks out there. To make this happen for us we have the wonderful Rosalyn Lee. Rosalyn is an excellent photographer and a great friend to me πŸ™‚ Her and I are a lot a like, we are both women in their mid 20s trying to make something our of our businesses (although she is a bit further ahead then I am) I try to learn from her every chance that I get!

Here is a little bit about Ro:

Rosalyn Lett

Rosalyn Lee

Rosalyn Lee has been behind the lens of a camera since she was eight, She does both commercial photography and fine art. To Rosalyn, it is not about the difference of the two, but about the merging of both. Rosalyn works with both traditional b/w film, and digital. She lives in the Bay Area. She has a Certificate of Achievement in Broadcasting and Communications and two BFA’s from CSEUB, one in photography and the other in graphic arts. Rosalyn enjoys pushing the boundaries of art and being creating with media melding. This is why she loves working with Baseball Beauties!

You can contact her on hey MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/roachtastic

But before Baseball Beauties get in front of the camera, magic has to happened with Makeup and Hair. That’s where Lauren Huntley comes in. She transforms these girls into Baseball Beauties and does it well! Lauren is also a good friend, I’ve actually known her since high school!

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren has been in the business for years, starting off modeling in front of the camera and developing love for working behind the scenes. Lauren is honored to be a part of Baseball Beauties, being a big baseball fan herself she thinks that Baseball Beauties is a great place for women to learn and keep up with a great American sport!

You can contact Lauren on MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/colormesexyartistpage

But with make up and hair goes a sexy 50s inspired outfit and also the final touches to make our Photographs look special πŸ™‚ This is were Elena comes in. She is 2 in 1 team member! She helps me style the outfits for our photo shoots and helps pick out the final shots along with making them look fabulous and one of a kind. Wait…. Elena is also a friend of mine πŸ™‚ We met about 7 years ago at COM (the local JC) and we also share our Russian heritage

Here is a little bit about Elena:

Elena

Elena

After graduating from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Elena Kotchetova was featured as a designer in the San Francisco Fashion Week 2005 and the SOMA magazine. Since 2005, she has been working in the Bay Area’s leading apparel companies. She is currently living in beautiful Marin County, and enjoying collaborating with her friends on the design of the fabulous BaseballBeauties.com

Contact Elena via e-mail: elenakotchetova@yahoo.com

We may have a cool and savvy website int eh works but, we still need to advertise and get the word out there. This is where Danny comes in. Danny is our cartoon artist! I still don’t know how he does it, the cartoons are so MUCH fun πŸ™‚ and are also great advertising tools. He created the cartoon that is currently featured on our YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/baseballbeauties

He has also created the “Baseball Beauties Services” cartoon, which I will be introducing in a couple weeks. And is currently working on our YouTube weekly variety show intro and closing.

Here is a little bit about Danny.

Danny

Danny

Danny Ochoa is a freelance cartoonist and animator. He studied his art at Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has freelanced for many companies here and abroad. Currently Danny is working with a local SF Band the Greening, creating music videos. Danny said that working for baseball beauties is great because it is a really fun site that has provided lots of creative freedom.

You can visit Danny’s BLOG and check out more of his cartoons, comics and paintings at:

Dannyanim8tion.blogspot.com

Then there is my dear friend Amy.

Amy

Amy

Amy and I met last summer and after hearing my idea, right away she wanted to get involved with Baseball Beauties. Amy is a mother of 3 and a BIG baseball fan. She is going to be the BLOGGER for the Baseball Beauties (FOR HER) side of the BLOG. Amy and I have weekly meetings where we go over all the things that are going on with BaseballBeauties that week. She is also in charge of merchandising, is going to be one of our featured Baseball Beauties and will be part of the Baseball Beauties weekly variety show!

Last but not least there is Nick, my boyfriend.

Nick

Nick

Nick is making the whole Baseball Beauties thing happened, by generously investing his time and money into this endeavor. Nick is the reason that I got interested in Baseball in the first place! Yes, most Russian people could care less about baseball, but by going to 100s of baseball games with Nick in different cities, I became interested and Baseball Beauties idea emerged πŸ™‚ Thank you Nick! Nick has been passionate about baseball his whole life, starting off in Little League and playing all through college. Nick and I have 2 meetings a week and he is also going to be one of the BLOGGERS for the (FOR HIM) part of the Baseball Beauties BLOG.

You are probably wondering how I can date and work with someone at the same time… It can be tough at times, but we tend to get through the rough sports and take something from all of our mistakes. We used to work in the same office, but that quickly because WAY TOO stressful for both of us, so now I come into the office only twice a week and do the rest of my work from my home office. I love working at home, I get to wear PJs and spend lots of time with my doggies πŸ™‚

I am really thankful that I have all these wonderful friends and people in my life who are willing to invest their time and energy into this project.

I hope this give you a better picture of our Baseball Beauties team!

And some day we may even expand….

Another Monday Inspiration!

I know that I said that I will be writing more often, so here is a Monday morning toast to a good start of the week! Cheers πŸ™‚

I am sitting at my desk with Lily on my lap (Lily is 1 of the 2 chihuahuas that I own) Bebe is sleeping in her pouch of a bed. Lily always needs to be on my lap! She’s is so needy… LOL

See my little friends bellow…. (Lily is the one is the front and Bebe is the one in the back)

Lily and Bebe

Lily and Bebe

This weekend I decided to take some time off and finished up all of my Christmas shopping, cards, wrapping and whatever else goes with this nonsense… Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas, but the preparation that goes with the whole Holiday season is really stressful and time consuming! But seeing the faces of your friends and family when they’re opening the gifts that you got them is priceless πŸ™‚ Make sure you give gifts this year, even though our economy is down, we still deserve to indulge a little… At least that’s my theory, and I’m sticking to it πŸ™‚

From now on when talking about Baseball Beauties, I am going to refer to it as: BaseballBeauties (this way it is easier to recognize the name and the brand in general)

This being a short week, I am going to attempt to finish my Business Market Plan and also start a few other small projects.

1. I decided that in order to have users subscribe to our YouTube Channel we need to have weekly video uploads! So, Amy and I are going to record a weekly BaseballBeauties variety show, it’s never going to be longer than 2 minutes and it will be entertaining πŸ™‚ (at least we will try and make it entertaining!) so you can tune in every week… We’re going to have a really cool intro, which my cartoon artist is going to design for us. A Baseball Beauty is going to walk into a pitch black room and turn on our neon sign (this is an actual sign and it’s hanging in my office and will be seen in our variety show as well)

BaseballBeauties Neon Sign (Logo)

BaseballBeauties Neon Sign (Logo)

It looks much cooler in real life! And in the closing, the cartoon Baseball Beauty will turn the sign off. And it will remain off until our next show. I’m hoping that people will get hooked πŸ™‚

2. I’m going to schedule another photo shoot for our BaseballBeauties gallery. I met a really nice girl with a really cool name, Michean (I’ve never met anyone with that name before) in the ER in Las Vegas last weekend. I know, strange circumstances, but none the less, she totally looks pin-up and likes baseball! This is what we need! Another awesome fact is that she is from the Bay Area and has family here, so next time she’s in town we’re doing a shoot! (I’m just glad that I don’t have to be in it, it’s a lot harder than it looks!)

3. My graphic designer is going to edit some really awesome pictures of me. They’re going to be seasonal! And will be just as cool as the one which Im using now πŸ™‚

Me!

Me!

I think that at the end of next year I will have enough to make a calendar!

I have been keeping up with the Mashable newsletters and reading some interesting articles. There is so mu out there on the I-phone, I think I might just have to get one in a few months, right now I have the AT&T Tilt, which is pretty cool, but the new I-phone sees like its better for the web (which is what I really use my phone for… lol)

OK, I am going to wrap up for now, but will be back tomorrow πŸ™‚

Now Bebe is in my lap too!

Working Hard!!!

Ever since I came back from Vegas I have been super busy in attempt to make a presence on the web. I really need to get out there and be proactive! How else are people going to find out about baseball beauties if they don’t know who I am…. You can have the best website in the world and if no one knows about it, its going to be a complete waste of $$$.

Furthermore,

This week, I uploaded our Baseball Beauties Story video onto YouTube and created an account:

http://www.youtube.com/user/baseballbeauties

You can watch the cartoon there. I really like this cartoon, and I hope that it gets the point across well! Please feel free to let me know what you think…. I still need to figure out how to promote the cartoon on YouTube and also am working on creating a “Spoof” to attract people to our website! Wait! There is one more thing, I think that I will be making a short weekly video BLOG, to get people to subscribe to our network.

Once again, I’m new at this web stuff and am just learning the best way to make a presence, suggestions are always welcome πŸ™‚

Then….

I created an account on www.Mashable.com

http://my.mashable.com/baseballbeauty

This website is SO AWESOME!!! It’s a BLOG that is focused on Social Networking Websites. Their news letter is great! So MUCH information. Once Deographics finishes designing our TOP page I will definitely enter Baseball Beauties into Mashable’s Startup Review series, who knows they might pick us and then the possibilities are ENDLESS!

I also created a Delicious account especially for baseball beauties and joined www.twitter.com (this is where people keep in touch with one another and you can also link it with your Facebook account) and www.photobucket.com (here you share your pictures and videos with your friends)

This is a start! We also have a MySpace page:

http://www.myspace.com/baseballbeauties

It still looks pretty raw at the moment, but Deographics will be creating a MySpace code for us to make our MySpace look like our Top website page. It should be here in about a month! I’m really looking forward to it, because then, I can be on MySpace promoting. In my opinion MySpace is still the best social networking website out there for promotion purposes. It’s also easier to find people that like what you have to offer.

My partner in crime Amy also started a BLOG:

http://baseballbeautie.wordpress.com

This is going to be the Baseball Beauties Official BLOG for the Ladies. So stay tuned for more content on that side. The BLOG is going to be mostly about Baseball and we will throe in a little gossip and humor here and there to spice things up ;)I am also trying to get people to join my Baseball Beauties Facebook Business profile:

http://www.facebook.com/people/Anna-Anisin/1245611248#/pages/wwwbaseballbeautiescom/35060843805

Please become a fan if you can πŸ™‚

I will try and keep up with my posts on daily basis (at least 5 days a week for now)

Up next, the meeting with my bf, who is also my partner in crime and then my SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization (hands down, probably the best and most informative class that I’ve ever taken!) More about this tomorrow!

Monday mornings….

I’d have to say that Monday mornings are my least favorite times of the week.

Its ridiculously hard to start the week and I struggle to get through my work day!

I took me about 2 hours to get to this BLOG! Anyhow, along with hating Mondays, this week I’m looking forward to leaving town for most of the week. My bf and I are going to Vegas on Wed and I’m coming back on Sunday. I love Vegas πŸ™‚ But I guess that most 24 year old do…. I visited a countless amount of times and if you take enough time off in between your trips it never gets old! I’m looking forward to picking out outfits to take (mostly dresses and high heels!)

I will have an update on my packing situation tomorrow. I like to be ready ahead of time, so I don’t have to stress out at the last minute.

But before I leave I want to get some things accomplished for my website! After nearly 3 months of countless interviews and repetitive meetings, we finally hired a Web Company to take on Baseball Beauties. They are located in SF, which is really close (in case I have to go in for meetings) and have a solid portfolio. http://www.Deographics.com

Now that they are in the design stages of our project, I am working on a Marketing/Sales package. The fun part πŸ™‚ at least for me! Today I will start my Personal Career Plan, where I will be analyzing all sorts of factors to see how I can successfully structure my Marketing plan.

I also recieved a final veriosn of our “Services” cartoon advertisement and it looks awesome! I will post in once I can figure out how to convert it into a wrking file.

Tonight I have a meeting with Amy, she is also on our team and is helping me out with our merchandising. I am going to take the Ferry into the city and we are going to find a cozy place to talk.. (it gets pretty chilly in SF in November) Brrrrr…..

Don’t kid yourself, there are so many different peices that have to come together to start something. And this doesn’t jsut apply to a website this applies to any business or project that you take on. But if you take things 1 step at a time you will see your flower grow and eventually bloom!