Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Social Media and the Ever Expanding Dollar

Social Media and the Ever Expanding Dollar

It's well known by now that the "vanishing" picture and video platform known as "Snapchat" was made a buyout offer from Facebook for $3 Billion (That's Billion with a "B"). It's been rumored that Google may have even made an offer for $4 Billion.

This wouldn't be the first time that large tech companies, Facebook included, have bought out their competition. It seems to be easier for the powerhouses, in many cases, to buy out their competition rather than trying to compete with them. This eliminates two birds with one stone - By adding the competitors services to their own portfolio and eliminating the competitor.

The reason Facebook was so interested in Snapchat is because they found that recent data was showing a wane in Facebook's teenage users. For whatever reason, whether kids didn't like that their parents were on the platform, that they couldn't escape the prying eyes of their peers or that it just wasn't "cool" anymore, teens just weren't using Facebook as much as they were in the past.

Enter Snapchat. A mobile platform where you can either take a picture or record a video, and set a time (from 1 to 10 seconds). Once that image is viewed and the time you set expires, the video/photo is deleted forever. Teens loved that they could say and do what they wanted and not have to worry about it showing up somewhere else. Facebook attempted to recreate this exact same thing with a short lived app called "Poke" which was essentially the same thing, but it could never get off the ground and quickly failed.

In 2012 Facebook did much the same thing it planned to do with Snapchat, to Instagram. Instagram at the time was a fledgling photo sharing/filter company and was only a year old when Facebook bought them out for $1 Billion.While the practice of buying out your competitors isn't new, what was quite shocking to the world is that a start up company (Snapchat) that had been created only 2 years prior was receiving a buyout proposition for 3 billion dollars... and they refused it.

TwitBits on Facebook Snapchat Buyout Offer

No one is still 100% sure on why they refused it, but some speculations include that the founders/creators were told by an investment firm that their app was worth more than that, while others say that they wanted to stand up for themselves and show that the "big players" couldn't just buy out whomever opposed them. Whichever the correct answer is, many were shocked.

What are your feelings on this? Do you think Snapchat should have taken the offer? Why or why not? What does this say (positive or negative) about some of the big names such as Facebook and Google that are looking to buy out their competition? Do you think this practice is becoming (or has already become) the norm?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

What Happens If They Stay?

Great saying that I feel embodies how businesses think vs. how they should think when allocating resources to improving their employees.

Design by: Jake M. Block
Quote By: Anonymous

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 Government Shutdown

The year is 2013 and the United States Government has shut down. The last time there was a government shutdown was in 1996 when (then) president Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress couldn't come to an agreement over Medicare. Fast forward 17 years and deliberations have ensued once again.

This time it's another medically related issue leading the forefront that has made the government come to a screeching halt:


What does a government shutdown mean for us and what will be affected? A few things to name are: Recreation (national parks and museums will be shutting down), Medicare/veterans aid, Health Services, Federal employees loss of jobs (non-essential employees), and loan applications... to name a few.

So what does this mean for the average American? For the most part: not much will change. Unless you are a government employee you will still go to work, you will still pay your bills, you will still wake up in the morning and go to bed at night. 

With social media being on the front lines of this spreading news and having #govtshutdown trending on Twitter for an unprecedented amount of time, what effect do you think Social Media has, or will have, during the duration of this shutdown? Has Social Media proved to help the situation or hurt it? How do you think this shutdown would have worked and what would the difference in how the information would have been spread if social media were not "invented"?

Please sound off in the comments. Be sure to keep it civilized and professional, but don't be afraid to voice your opinion. Thanks!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Facebook Home

Facebook is gearing up for the launch of Facebook Home Friday, April 12th, with a slew of buzz already on the internet and a series of Television ads already running/set to run, it will be pretty hard to escape Facebook's newly imagined way to use your cell phone.

You can read up a bit about it here (or many other places on the web):

What are your thoughts about Home? Do you plan on giving it a go on your own phone?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Harlem Shake

To add a little "fun" to our monthly Sales Meeting, I came up with the idea of having our marketing department put together a "Harlem Shake" video. If you don't know what this phenomenon is, then you're not alone because neither do I, hah. In essence, it's a song by Bauuman in the new genre of "Trap Music". I'm not sure how it started, but there are now over 90,000 unique versions of "The Harlem Shake" videos on Youtube. 

You can see ours below... and yes, I am the guy in the motorcycle helmet... and yes, we are in a Starbucks.

(Blogger has not indexed the video to embed currently so I am posting a link to Youtube until it is indexed and I can embed it)

So anyhow, if you were wondering, it was a huge hit and had everyone on the floor laughing at the meeting we premiered it at... considering no one was expecting it and most of the people watching could not see a lot of us in the marketing department doing that. Good times!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Portfolio / Website Teaser

Below is a small teaser of the redesign of the new JakeBlock.com. This is still in prototype staging as I haven't even begun to code it yet, nor build out the inside pages... but I wanted to put this up here for any initial feedback!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Meet my new baby!

2006 Chrysler 300
Meet my new baby!

Touring Model 3.5L v6 engine
"Magnesium" color
All Leather two-tone trim
Dual Power & heated seats
Power Sunroof
Navigation system with 6cd mp3 player
Traction Control Assist for rain and snow
Low profile tires with 20" Gino Chrome Rims

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Home Made Chicken Nuggets

Home Made Chicken Nuggets
Chicken Breast Breaded in Panko Bread Crumbs 
Served With Asparagus and Portobello Mushrooms
Side Dishes: Ranch & Barbeque Sauce

Preparation: Cut chicken breast into small cubes. Bread chicken nuggets with panko bread crumbs. Wrap Asparagus and sliced Portobello Mushrooms in tin foil. Place Breaded Chicken nuggets on baking tray along side wrapped veggies and let bake in oven set to 425 degrees for 15 minutes.

Meal Prepared and Photographed by Jake Mitchell Block of JMBlock Photography & Design

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Few Ways That Men Can Use Pinterest

Infographic I designed with several different ways men can use the website Pinterest (www.Pinterest.com)
Of course, there are many more things that men can use Pinterest for, but this just details a few of them.

For more designs and photography, visit www.JMBlock.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mike & Archana's Wedding

Quick Picture from Mike & Archana's wedding that I shot. More to come soon...