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Starbucks Begins Serving Alcohol   I found it difficult to start my day without my 24 oz iced triple shot Americano.  Over the last year I have slowly become addicted to iced coffee.  In the past I have always been a hot coffee drinker, and because I like filtered water, I would usually drink coffee at home. 

   We were recently transitioning into a new house and I was unable to make coffee at home.  In order to get my coffee fix I started going my local Starbucks almost daily and I have been addicted ever since.  Recently it was announced in the news that Starbucks will start selling alcohol at some select location.  I believe this is in response to a move by the coffee giant to lure more customers into their store during the evening.  Selling alcohol is a risky move but I’m sure they have done plenty of research and have concluded that the increased risk and liability will be offset my increased profits. 

   I’m actually very excited about this because I love going to coffee shops and soaking up their WiFi.  I primarily work online so anywhere I can use my laptop that has a high speed internet connection I usually take it.  The fact in some select locations I can transition from coffee binge drinking to alcohol is great news for me.  I have recently formed a love affair with Ciders.  There’s a lot of great brands out there but my favorites are the flavored version. 

  I recently had a blackberry apple cider that was absolutely delicious.  If Starbucks brings in beer taps and carries good craft beer I will frequent their establishment regularly.  The only downside to this is we will probably see an increase in people getting drunk and obnoxious.  Hopefully they are smart enough to limit alcohol sale hours to later in the evening after the morning coffee crew is long gone. For some reason I can’t imagine people drinking coffee and drinking beer in the same establishment ending very well. 

  Another guilty pleasure of mine has been red wine.  Like most people I started with riesling, then moved on to whites, then eventually I got into the dry reds like Merlot.  I would assume if Starbucks was to start selling alcohol they would primarily sell beer and wine.  Selling hard alcohol, shots, and mixed drinks would be a huge mistake.  Selling wine and beer would not be much of an issue in my opinion, especially if the hours were limited. 

  The pilot program to sell alcohol will start in Phoenix Arizona at about 15 Starbucks locations.  A recent press released claimed that Starbucks will only selling local craft beer and wine at these original 15 locations.  So far the reaction from the public to the move has been mostly positive.  With any big change like this there is going to be people who react negatively.  Some might even ask what the effect on selling beer and wine would have on children?  Only time will tell whether this was a good or bad move for Americas largest coffee chain. 

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There are so many places to start and so many things to talk about. This would be even better if I was in Starbucks right now writing this…it would make more sense!

Who is excited for Wednesday? Wednesday, you may ask…no not hump day, the second time we get to see trump on tv debating! You could literally do a brief phone review and get a few thousand hits in minutes. This is nuts as it is just all the prelim crap and everyone is hyped! Love him or hate him, you really want to see what he may say next as he is truly a wildcard and you have to love the entertainment value of it! I realize there is probably no one on stage who is honest, so lets not base our votes next year on honestly, lets go with something more viable.

Question is, who can even compete against Trump? We all crave freshness and he will shake the crap out of things,  maybe we need that? In all truth, the president ends up being more of a puppet anyway. At least this way the puppet would be surly and bite back. I think it would be amusing. The other options scare me more, so why not go with the guy who make actually influence the finances of this nation just a touch as he does know that much.

Hillary vs Trump…man what a show that would be. Like watching celebrity death match again.

Not sure why I felt I needed to go on that tangent, but hey, Gossip baby!

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I started working online in 1995 when the internet was fresh and new.  In those days most people used the internet but in a different way then they do today.  They net was used as a place to get information and meet people, not to buy goods.  If you want to read more about the history of the internet Wikipedia has a nice timeline.  In fact, I remember the days when people were afraid to pay with their credit card online for fear of identity and credit card theft.  As the world wide web has aged it has gained trust in some ways and lost it in others.  People are still concerned with identity theft, but they have excepted the risk and now more people purchase items online then at brick and mortar stores.  This trend of online shopping is only going to grow over the next decade with major online retailers like Amazon planning on speeding up delivery times to just a few hours with their new drone delivery services.  Just a few years ago most people would find this hard to comprehend, but at the rate technology is improving most can see this as a real possibility in the near future.  Can you imagine a world with thousands of drones flying overhead with the smiley face Amazon package hanging from a thread ready for delivery?  The question one has to ask now is if we have already came this far in just a matter of 2 decades, what will our world look like in 50 years or how about 100?  Will technology empower humanity to reach for the starts or will robots take over and destroy their creators?  Only time will tell.

If you have a business online or brick and mortar location having a website for your company has become a necessity for success.  Those that ignore the power of technology will do so at their own peril.  If your a small business owner it’s now time to start building your online presence.  The first thing you should do is build a website and this can be easily done through one of the many website building tools out there like Weebly, WordPress, or Bravenet.  These platforms make it easy for people with little to know experience to build their website from scratch within a few hours.  The hard part though is the search engine optimization aspect because the best looking websites in the world are worthless if your customers can’t find you on Google.  There are basic things anyone can do for SEO like keyword optimization and creating social media accounts.  On each social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Youtube there is a place to link back to your website.  That means business owners can get a high DA powerful link from a trusted site like Facebook for free and can increase there web presence through social media.  The trent seems to be pointing to more and more people using social media sites instead of going directly to webpages and that’s why it’s critical that your business have a social media presence.  Aside from very basic seo techniques it’s going to be hard for the average small business owner to figure out how to increase their websites search rankings online and that’s why you should hire an SEO Company.  The problem that most entrepreneurs have is find the right search engine marketing firm.  This can be tricky because an inexperienced company can actually do more harm then good to your website.  That’s why it’s imperative you choose the right company the first time because once harmful seo is done it can be difficult to reverse.  I use a Portland SEO company called Oregon Web Solutions for my search engine optimization needs.  They are different then most firms out there because they are all about the results and the profits they can create for your business.  They work on an ROI system meaning that if they can’t provide you profits of 5 to 10 times the amount their fee costs then they will not work with you.  The great thing about optimizing your website for Google is once your on the front page of Google you can continue to get customers without additional investment.  You can also visit Portland Oregon SEO on Facebook to see a customer review and watch their video that explains exactly what they offer.  I know it can be confusing for people just starting out with search optimization to know who to trust and where to turn.  That’s why it’s important to do really good research before you decide on the company that will work best with you.  Remember, these services are not cheap and if you go with a discount company it could actually hurt you in the long run.  The type of activities that will get your page ranked higher on Google are very time consuming and the people who are good at this charge a premium.  I believe it’s worth the extra money because if your website does get ranked in the top few spots you will continue to get customers as long as you can keep those rankings.  If you did a paid advertising campaign in a magazine or phone book you would need to pay a yearly fee in order to keep your business name and contact information in front of your customers.  I hope that helped shed some light on the complexity of SEO and I wish you all the best of luck on your business ventures.

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