Power Couple: Mario and Nicole Armstrong

Going into business with your spouse can be a recipe for disaster for many couples. Nicole Armstrong, CEO of Mario Armstrong Media has years of experience, starting up other companies, that is until I finally convinced her to startup ours and turn my hobby into a real business – which she has done. As CEO, Nicole Armstrong brings incredible leadership and vision for our growing company. We were both featured as a Power Couple in a recent article. So I wanted to share some solid tips from Nicole and more background on what it takes to run a successful business with your spouse.

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Win a Business Consultation with Mario Armstrong!

Want to know how to best take advantage of your smartphone or tablet? Have questions about branding or social media? Just want someone to bounce some business ideas off of? Mario Armstrong is here to answer your pressing questions. We’re giving away three 20-minute business consultations with Mario, and entering couldn’t be easier. Just follow these simple steps and you’re good to go!

  • Send us an email to editor@smallbizgomobile.com with the subject line CONSULTATION. Explain in no more than 5 sentences what your business is and how you could benefit from a meeting with Mario. Our team of writers will be evaluating these and picking the three most-promising small businesses to meet with Mario. Let us know why you stand out but also what you need help with!
  • Like Small Biz Go Mobile on Facebook. That way you can easily stay on top of our tech tips, app and devices reviews, and more!
  • Follow SmBizGoMobile on Twitter and retweet our message to let everyone know about our contest.

Thats it! The contest is open to anyone worldwide, excluding employees and family members of employees of Mario Armstrong Media, LLC. We’ll be running this contest until 5pm on Friday, July 22nd, so get the word out and get your application in!

Guest Don Moody, Emmy Award Winning TV Producer

Guest Don Moody & Ira Sockowitz discuss a new “transmedia” project to improve youth literacy! (listen to the show below) Don, is an Emmy award winning children TV producer and his new project is moving way beyond just the traditional realm of TV. His current, hugely successful show Word World is broadcasted in over 100 countries. On the show Don unveils his newest initiative, a new transmedia project to use technology, the internet, gaming and comics to bring new 21st century learning to the classroom. It’s called “R U There” with music for the show composed by Randy Jackson of American Idol and the video Directed by fashion mogul and multimedia icon Marc Ecko, Don has acquired all the support to make this a truly transformative learning experience.  Don, is also joined by his partner Ira Sockowitz. Mr. Sockowitz is the EVP of Public Affairs for the Ready To Learn Partnership (RTLP) and the Co-Project Director of a $70 million federal grant from the US Department of Education. The RTLP makes and evaluates literacy-oriented media-based interventions for children ages 2-8, with a focus on low income children. Programming from the RTLP currently airs on PBS nationally. Mr. Sockowitz administers the grant and works to build public-private partnerships to provide outreach services in Title 1 communities across the country.

Later, in the show we speak with guest Dr. Patricia Raymond, who is a medical Humorist and real life Physician- we are all dealing with the heat and just finished pigging out over the 4th of July weekend- Dr Raymond will provide some useful and humorous lifestyle medical tips.

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Here are some snapshots from the “R U There?” video game. TO LEARN MORE goto XOOSH.net Be one of the 1st to start playing the game!

Don’t hand me your card – BUMP it! (Happy Hour Friday)

Every Friday we review a FREE mobile app that you can use right away to help you biz grow–we call it Happy Hour Friday). This week I want you to take a look at a FREE mobile app called BUMP! This app enables you to quickly and accurately exchange biz cards with people. The BUMP app can work on the iPhone, iTouch and on Android phones like the Motorola Backflip.

Here are the steps to making it work easy for you:
1. Install the FREE BUMP application on your mobile (both phones must have the app to exchange info)
2. When you are ready to exchange info, simply launch the app and then bump the 2 phones together
3. The app will accept the info and ask you to confirm that you want to receive it
4. The info will now appear in your contacts!

I’ve used BUMP quite a bit and love its ease of use! It’s the new way of quickly & accurately capturing contact info. However I do miss the good ‘ol days of whipping out the PalmPilot and exchanging contact info by a beaming infared light – that was so 90’s :-)

Here’s a short video of BUMP in action, take a peek:

BUMP has been downloaded by 80+ million people so it is has some significant penetration. Ask around, I bet some of your colleagues, peers, customers have the BUMP app on their phones. Why not get it on yours???

Read more about BUMP: http://mobile.venturebeat.com/2010/03/08/bump-10-million/

Download app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bump/id305479724?mt=8
Available on: iPhone, iTouch, Android phones
Cost: FREE

Mario (Ur Digital Lifestyle Expert®) on the Rachael Ray show

Tune in this Friday to catch Mario’s Rachael Ray interview! Check Show Times for your area For my Baltimore peeps, Ill be on WMAR-TV from 9-10a then on Rachael Ray from 10am EDT. We are having an informal “viewing party” at One World Cafe in Baltimore near Johns Hopkins University. They’ll have the tv’s on full blast, so come have breakfast & mimosas from 10a-11a! :-)

It was awesome being a guest on the Rachael Ray show! She was a gracious, professional and savvy host and her production team is incredible! The behind-the-scenes perspective really shows how hard these folks work! From booking to going on-air they made sure everything was completely smooth, even though it looked like complete chaos! The producers J & A were really great peeps! Thanks, ladies!
iPhone, Rachael Ray, Mario Armstrong, Facebook, iPad

On the show Rachael & I talk about some online safety tips. This episode was taped before the FaceBook privacy changes so keep that in mind when you watch. I honestly feel that many people should pay more attention to what they are revealing about themselves online. Some of the sites I mentioned like; FourSquare, Gowalla & Loopt! I love to use these sites BUT many people are NOT using these sites safely and they need to be educated and made aware to enjoy the services more and be safe while doing so!

Tune in this Friday 10-11a EDT on ABC OR hit me on twitter or FaceBook for the Baltimore viewing party :-)