Let’s face it: Just as our sexuality can be fluid over time, our sex drive can, too. Whether it’s hormones, stress, relationship issues, work, kids, or a combination of them, it’s no wonder our sex life takes a backseat sometimes. If you want to change that, though, there’s hope.
Sure, we all know about the cheesy novel that was “50 Shades,” but delve deeper into the world of erotic stories. Read them to build up anticipation, to get in the mood. Entice your mind and your body will follow. Also, you can try this while not masturbating for some added anticipation.
Forget what others think—buy yourself something that makes you feel sexy.
Try really spoiling yourself with a long hot bath, a spa day, and a mani and pedi. Eat the most delicious desserts. Forget what others think—buy yourself something that makes you feel sexy.This increases self worth, self confidence, and sensuality.
These days, there is really something for everyone! Find your own unique turn ons and enjoy. Just keep in mind these are trained sexual athletes, and what you’re seeing is movie magic. You can try it all at home—just understand that it may not work exactly the same for you.
The more you feel sexy, the more you’ll want to feel that way.
This is also my advice for so many other concerns as well. Masturbation gets you more comfortable and confident with your body. Often, the more you orgasm, the more you feel sexy, the more you’ll want to feel that way. Buy yourself a luxury clitoral stimulator (like a WeVibe Touch) or use a clitoral massage gel (like Wicked’s Awaken) and spend some quality time with yourself.
Take a Hiatus.
It’s okay to give yourself permission to take a break from sex until you feel up to it, but use this time to increase intimacy with your partner in other ways, and tell them what’s going on so that they don’t feel neglected or shut down if they try to put the moves on you.
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A London-based tech entrepreneur has questioned whether Dublin is a leading European tech hub.
Some predicted that London-based startups and expanding European startups would move to the Irish capital as a result of Brexit but Jason Trost, CEO of betting startup Smarkets, which made £5.2 million in profit in 2015, doubts that’ll happen.
“There is a real debate about who is going to win the European hub,” Trost told Business Insider. “I don’t even consider Dublin up on the list. I think Dublin is more of a place for American companies to park their operations but it’s not a tech destination.”
Dublin is home to the European headquarters of several large Silicon Valley tech firms, including Apple, Google, and Facebook. However, cities like London and Berlin have spawned more successful startup companies than Dublin has.
Trost, who is looking to expand his company to the US following the Brexit decision, added: “Berlin is tiny compared to the London ecosystem and Berlin is probably number two.”
The entrepreneur believes that access to Europe’s digital single market allowed London to become the leading tech hub in Europe.
“Of course the EU is bureaucratic and slow and expensive but I think it’s done an amazing job of bringing together many languages and cultures and people,” said Trost. “It’s amazing.”
Whatever you were up to yesterday, Kristen Stewart just one-upped you. To be fair, she’s already lapped most of us several times, but yesterday she was spotted in the morning having breakfast sans makeup at The Oaks Gourmet in Los Angeles, only to evidently hot-foot it straight to the salon, as she was captured in the evening with a complete and total hair makeover—and looking fine.
Stewart went platinum blonde, and also had her hair trimmed to look very rocker-chic before attending a Chanel dinner to celebrate N°5 L’Eau at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. Though she may have started out her day with her dark hair grown out a couple of inches, embracing an edgy ombre look, she finished super blonde—and so fresh from the salon that it looked as though she might need another session of toner, as the hue was just a tad orange. Happens to the best of us after just one round of toner.
Stewart, who has been a Chanel ambassador since 2013, wore a chainmail-style crop top and a heavy chain necklace around her neck, completing her new look with heavily lined eyes and nude lips. Other guests at the dinner for Chanel’s latest perfume included Lily-Rose Depp, who starred in the fragrance campaign, Chanel alums Pharrell Williams and Milla Jovovich, and Depp’s mom, Vanessa Paradis, who has also modeled for Chanel. Now that she’s back in the platinum blonde club, we wouldn’t be surprised if Stewart appeared in another sultry video for Chanel sometime soon. We can only hope.
Anne R. Gabriel has spent over 30 years as a professional in the communications field, writing about business and education technologies as a journalist and marketing communications consultant. Moving fluidly between the worlds of journalism, business technology writing, marketing and PR, she does everything from writing editorial for C-Level IT publications to providing marketing support for organizations ranging from start-up to Fortune 500. Today, Gabriel covers business, technology, and IT as a freelancer and regularly contributes to BAI Banking Strategies, Channel Partners Online and Insurance Networking News. Throughout her career, Gabriel has gained invaluable experiences and insight on how she likes to be approached by professionals, how she develops story ideas, and how she cultivates relationships in the field.
How do you prefer to receive pitches?
Email is best, as I’m not currently covering urgent/breaking news for any of my outlets. I do actually read each of the pitches, even though I can’t respond to all of them. So keep those emails coming!
What kind of information do you prefer to receive?
I love getting news releases related to business technology solutions – but I do not cover consumer tech. I especially prefer story pitches where an end user of the technology (i.e. the business adopting the technology) is willing to go on record. For one of the outlets I contribute to, Channel Partners Online, pitches need to include a channel angle, but a technology end user is optional. “Thought leadership” pitches on emerging technologies in the financial services sector are also welcome.
What will catch your attention?
It depends upon the outlet; as a contributing writer to a variety of publications, I look for a few different things. For BAI Banking Strategies, it’s pitches where an end user will go on record or “thought leadership” on technologies affecting banks/banking. For Insurance Networking News, end users are defined as insurance companies (not brokers or agencies) so story pitches on insurers (or re-insurers) adopting or advancing tech utilization are appropriate. For Channel Partners Online, all things channel are of interest.
How about any pet peeves?
Contributing writers and editors are paid by the piece — not by the hour. This makes unnecessary research or admin exceptionally unwelcome. It’s amazing how often I provide specific instructions on the type of end user company that qualifies for my outlet (particularly in financial services), which can be found in the “about” section of a company’s website, yet many PR people fail to do this very basic research.
Do you use social media like Twitter or Facebook to gather leads and story ideas? Can you be pitched via these channels?
No. I get that’s heretical these days, but email is still the currency of business communications and well-crafted emails put all the info I need at my finger tips. I’m sure it’s also a regrettable side effect of my age. I’ve tried (unsuccessfully so far!) to get over being old school, but I promise I won’t give up! And, I’ll keep my Cision profile updated, so PR pros will know when/if other digital platforms are appropriate.
Anything else you would like PR professionals to know?
Serving as a PR pro in a former life, as well as working for corporate clients on marketing content today, has taught me that nobody gets everything 100 percent correct. Therefore, it’s my policy to provide a full fact-checking draft whenever time permits, which is more often than not. I truly believe everyone wins – story participants, readers and my outlets – when I take the extra time to allow sources to fact-check. However, don’t take advantage of my generosity. I include instructions with the drafts for how to proceed should significant changes be wanted and frown upon people who completely rewrite paragraphs without discussing their sensitivities with me first. Otherwise, I strive to not only be flexible but also understanding, as I well know the clients that PR pros work with can frequently go rogue and there’s little any of us can do about it.
Further, it’s important for PR professionals to build trustworthy relationships with journalists – even if it’s responding with a ‘no’ so the journalist can move on. At the end of the day, a PR pro is only as good as the relationship he or she establishes. In other words, your brand as a trusted resource is your most valuable asset. Period. I look forward to working with you!
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Chrissy Teigen is working slowly but surely to getting back to her body before pregnancy. But she’s not about to be photographed in a bikini, she told People. “Every shoot I have right now, I request, like, all one-pieces please, or anything high-waisted,” she said. “I’m still definitely not comfortable. I think I’m fine in clothes. But am I comfortable naked or in a bikini? Not exactly yet.”
The new mom of Luna—with husband John Legend—looks absolutely stunning up and down her Instagram, but she was quick to say that she hasn’t completely bounced back yet—though she doesn’t seem to be concerned. “I really just try to wear things that make me feel a little more confident,” she said, adding that silk dresses, tailored trousers, and pencil skirts all make that list.
As for her best words for new moms, she suggests going back to school—at least for a parenting course. “Take a class or two,” she said, joking around. “I didn’t and I kinda wish I did sometimes. But it makes everything fun and exciting because, man, kids they keep you on your toes. Just know that once you think everything is going perfectly and nothing is wrong, they’re going to flip it on you. And you have to be really ready to just adjust and laugh at it.”
As for her daily beauty rituals, Teigen has had to change things around. “I’ve always liked to appear like everything’s a little more effortless than it is,” she says. “But I definitely just don’t have the time, obviously.” So if she can find something that’s quick and easy, sign her up. “Anything I can just, like, leave in my hair, wet, and just do, like, natural air-dry, for me, is great.” Just like cooking and showering, she’s not doing a lot of extra beauty right now. “I love cooking, I love showering, I love cooking, but there’s no time.”
But she couldn’t do it without Legend. “Make sure that you have such a strong bond with your partner, too, because there are days you’re gonna look over at him or her and be so—you’re gonna look over and you’re just gonna be like, ‘Oh, my goodness, like, I can’t believe you right now,’” she said. “You gotta have that strong bond so you can bounce back from it.”
Final words of wisdom: “Make sure you’re in love or at least, I don’t know, pretend,” she said. Indeed.
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Is your brand communication sparking conversations…or falling on deaf ears?
Peter Shafer, partner at Brunswick Group, says to stand out brands need to engage their audiences in a dialogue and ensure it is not one-sided.
In this interview, Peter discusses how brands can better engage audiences, improve their measurement practices and quantify their communication efforts.
What do you hope to accomplish in your new role as partner at Brunswick Group?
I’m excited to be a partner at Brunswick Group and scale Brunswick Insight with new sets of clients in North America and globally. I will start by introducing Brunswick Insight to my network of corporate and public affairs contacts as well as others in various industry sectors such as Health & Wellness and Fast Moving Consumer Goods.
What are some of the key components of a successful marketing strategy?
There is one basic guidepost on all things marketing: focus on the client. The key components of any successful marketing strategy are (1) meeting the client “where they are” and then working with them on the best path forward to achieve their aspirations and (2) the ability to focus on the “why” so that consumers can make a clear decision as to whether the product or service fits their needs and that you’re the right brand to trust.
With so much content saturating the marketplace, how can brands stand out?
Great question. Besides hiring Brunswick (LOL), brands can stand out in a VERY crowded marketplace in three ways: (1) leverage new “channels,” allowing their voice to be original and heard in new places; (2) engage in a dialogue and conversation across all platforms and outlets which can build higher quality relationships quickly and with more precision because the days of “controlling the message” are over; and (3) make the story about “them” and not you.
I still encounter so many brands that “talk at” their stakeholders, and don’t “talk with” their audiences. Using a combination of listening better and being more authentic in responses creates an environment where the brand can grow and thrive versus being defined in one dimension.
Why is measurement and analytics such a difficult area for marketers? How can they improve?
Measurement and analytics are evolving every day and it is tricky to keep up with. Too often, I think marketers hear those two words and immediately think, “That’s a left-brain activity and I am totally right brain in what I do as a marketer.”
There has been too much mystery associated with measurement and analytics that most marketers are still trying to sort through what’s truly meaningful. But measurement and analytics can be a terrific source for narratives and can enrich most marketing approaches immediately.
For years, every McDonald’s campaign had one simple measure – how many hamburgers served. That marketing analytic created credibility, community and creativity to how metrics can make a story come alive.
How has measurement evolved in recent years? What are brands doing differently today that they didn’t do in the past?
I believe marketers are cautiously embracing data and measurement but are still in the “wait and see” mode overall. Brands are doing two things today that are evolutionary within measurement – (1) they are combining different data sources (sometimes big data, sometime not-so-big data) to create a more complete and, more importantly, accurate picture of the consumer and how she behaves; and (2) brands are using technologies like passive metering and cookie tracking to gather in-the-moment data that is more reliable and factual.
This enables marketers to research needs without relying on survey data or other types of data collection methods. But the critical element of measurement that is still emerging is the interpretation or story-telling about the data and results – and that is the next “big” area of opportunity for marketers.
How can communication professionals best quantify their efforts to demonstrate marketing’s real impact on the bottom line?
Quantification of communications results continues to get more sophisticated and more accurate daily. Metrics on volume help tell the story on reach and effectiveness. In addition, because many campaigns are now more targeted and specific, it is easier to see the needle move on an issue.
I think marketers are becoming much better at defining their objectives in measurable ways. The simplest ways to measure effectiveness in communications today is by determining (1) how far the “discussion” had moved since we became involved; and (2) whether or not overall business objectives such as profit and productivity shifted because of our efforts and conversations.
The ability to measure “relevance of message” in the midst of disruption will be key. For example, are “brick-and-mortar” retailers’ marketing efforts aligning with the shifts in consumer behavior? Looking at several metrics, the efforts may not be in alignment as in-store sales shift rapidly to online.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned throughout your career?
I am glad to say I keep learning new lessons all the time so “continuous learning” is a lesson everyone should learn and embrace. In addition, active listening is a skill that has to be practiced and refined all the time.
I remember in several jobs that my ability to “listen” in a meeting and capture/synthesize in writing the key points of those meetings for senior executives got me promoted faster and got me assigned to much larger projects.
Finally, be respectful of everyone’s role and ideas, especially now in this world of social media analytics. By demonstrating genuine respect, you will get the breakthrough ideas you need to set your marketing group apart from your peers.
Rapid Fire Round
1. My hobbies outside of work include…working part-time for the National Football League (NFL), solving crossword puzzles and word games, traveling and playing golf.
2. If I was stuck on a desert island, I’d…find things I could eat ASAP.
3. The thing that gets me up in the morning is…curiosity…I am always interested in what every new day brings.
4. I laugh most at…British comedy shows.
5. One thing most people don’t know about me is…I have authored two books and many journal articles.
6. My biggest pet peeve is…rude people.
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THE LIVE STREAMING VIDEO REPORT: Forecasts, emerging players, and key trends for brands’ and publishers’ next big opportunity
If 2015 was the year that brands and advertisers embraced online video, then 2016 will see the medium take the next step as live streaming takes off.
Live streaming video refers to broadcasts in real time to an audience over the internet. While the concept of live streaming has been around for years, mobile-first video platforms with user-generated content have just recently begun to make serious waves thanks to improved video quality, faster broadband speeds, and enhanced mobile technology.
Online video has become a key part of the strategic business model for both brands and marketers as they seek more innovative ways to capture consumer attention. Creative live streaming video initiatives and campaigns are a way for companies to cut through the digital clutter and have emerged as the medium of choice not only for person-to-person sharing, but also for business-to-consumer (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) communication.
Brands are increasingly using live streaming to reach audiences. Its importance has grown significantly thanks to substantial investments by social platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitter to build and enhance their live-streaming platforms.
And advertising dollars are likely to follow. 88% of agency respondents stated that they “might” or “definitely will” invest in live stream video advertising over the next six months, according to a recent Trusted Media Brands survey.
This BI Intelligence report examines the eruption of online video from the perspective of both consumers and advertisers and assesses how live streaming is emerging as the medium’s next catalyst for growth.
Here are some key points from the report:
- Live streaming video will further accelerate streaming videos overall share of internet traffic. Streaming video accounts for over two-thirds of all internet traffic, and this share is expected to jump to 82% by 2020, according to Cisco’s June 2016 Visual Networking Index report.
- Live video’s value comes from its unique ability to add an authentic human element to digital communications. As a result, brands are leveraging three main streaming methods to connect with their viewers: tutorials, product launches, and exclusive and behind-the-scene footage.
- Advertisers will continue to invest heavily in online video, especially as live streaming video gains traction. Already in the US, digital video ad revenue reached $7.8 billion in 2015, up 55% from 2014, according to figures from the Internet Advertising Bureau.
- While live streaming is still in its early stages, brands are leveraging micropayments, mid-roll video ads and direct payments from social platforms, to monetize their live streaming videos.
- The success of live streaming video hinges on brands overcoming a lack of measurement standards in the space, as well as changes in social media sites’ algorithms that affect what content users see.
In full, the report:
- Examines the eruption of live streaming video.
- Explores the differences between platforms that host live streaming video.
- Breaks down successful approaches from both brands and publishers.
- Discusses unique monetization opportunities live streaming presents.
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