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It is very true that there are a lot of garbage reality TV shows out there to watch. Although most of us hate to admit it, we’ve all had those days and nights where we don’t leave our couch to do anything productive. On these days, we choose to brainwash ourselves with a marathon of awful (and obviously dramatically scripted) reality TV shows on Bravo, ABC, MTV, E!, or a little mix of all of them.
There are multiple ways that you could look at a reality TV binge. Watching hours of television in one sitting isn’t exactly as productive as getting some work done, answering emails or going to the gym. However, have you ever thought about what our favorite reality television shows have taught us? Has Snooki from Jersey Shore or Yolanda Hadid from Real Housewives taught us skills that we actually use? It’s possible that there are some skills learned from these Bravo binges that we haven’t thought twice about!
Catfish: This popular show on MTV can teach us a lot about the risks of talking to people online that you have never met in person. If you have watched a couple of the intense and emotional episodes, you’d quickly realize that people are often not who they say they are or look like they do in their photos. What we can learn from watching Catfish is that we should be careful about who we talk to (or date) from meeting them online or through a dating app. Anyone can be dishonest about who they really are behind a screen! If you did ever want to meet up with someone you met online, ALWAYS meet them in a public place. When our Promotional Models are working a bar promotion together, we strongly urge them to meet up together before, and walk each other to their vehicles after their shift is over, for their safety.
Jersey Shore: Who could forget about this iconic east coast Italian-American reality show? It was always entertaining to watch the cast’s GTL (Gym, Tan, Laundry) lifestyle, and keep up with their dramatic nights out at the New Jersey clubs. Unfortunately, this show is no longer on the air, but there are many lessons to be learned from this overly sun-tanned cast. Basically their only “responsibility” on the show was to show up to their part-time job at a Jersey Shore souvenir shop. Cast member Angelina decided that she didn’t want to go to work, and just didn’t show up! This resulted in her boss firing her, and getting booted off the show entirely. The clear lesson here is to always be a responsible adult and show up to work! At Modern Talent, we take pride in our reliable and trustworthy staff, and there is zero tolerance for being late or not showing up to a shift.
The Bachelor: If you have never watched a season of The Bachelor, or even one episode, I highly recommend watching this rollercoaster of a show! Over twenty women competing for one man…what could go wrong? The Bachelor gets dramatic VERY quickly, there isn’t an episode that has never been aired where someone isn’t crying at some point. Although competing against other women for a man’s love/attention seems wrong, there can be a lot learned from the show. It’s easy to catch on to the women who are jealous of others, and who causes the most unnecessary (but entertaining for viewers) drama. Being confident, assertive, and true to yourself tends to result in getting more roses, and can get you much farther in your life goals/career as well! We think it’s extremely important that our Brand Ambassadors are confident, engaging, and outgoing, because this results in higher brand recognition and a bigger and better impact on an event.
Next time you decide to spend your Sunday being lazy on your living room couch binge watching your favorite reality television shows, don’t feel guilty! (Unless it becomes a habit). Think about the lessons that can be learned from the cast, and how you can apply it to your life and your job in a positive way!
Although Modern Talent is a Minneapolis-based agency, we provide Promotional Models, Trade Show Models, Brand Ambassadors, Wine Professionals, and Samplers in many parts of the United States, including the east and west coast! One of our biggest markets besides Minneapolis and Chicago for Promotions and Liquor Samplings in particular is the thriving and artistic city of Omaha, Nebraska!
What exactly is in this Midwest-based city? The answer to that is endless. There is a lot to do, places to see, and great perks about living in the city of Omaha. Our lovely Promotional Models who live in Omaha as well as Lincoln love living in these Nebraska cities, and we can 100% understand why they’d never want to leave!
University of Nebraska-Omaha: Many of our Promotional Models and Brand Ambassadors live in the city of Omaha because they are undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This D1 University is the home of a great hockey team, has a fun and lively atmosphere, and provides many options for different majors and career paths. Along with UNO, Omaha is also the home of Creighton University, which is also known for their academics and graduate programs. Having a job with Modern Talent is a great resume builder for college students who are looking to pursue a career in sales or marketing upon graduation!
Things to Do: There are countless options of dining, shopping, salons, breweries, and more located in the beautiful city of Omaha. The city itself is known for its arts and culture. If you are someone that enjoys going to shows or plays, check out The Rose Theater or the legendary Blue Barn Theater for some live entertainment! Omaha is also known for their zoo, which has the largest indoor desert and nocturnal exhibits, and an indoor rainforest!
Restaurants: There are many favorite local restaurants in Omaha with many diverse food options for whatever craving you may have. There are many different places if you’re looking to enjoy a sushi dinner, one of the favorite places in town being Sushi Japan. During the warm weather months, there are plenty of restaurants that have gorgeous patios to sit at to sip cocktails with your friends and family. Corkscrew Wine & Cheese has an outdoor patio and is surrounded by scenery with a fireplace to keep you warm. People of Omaha recommend this restaurant to go to if you want to have a relaxing evening and a smooth glass of wine!
Breweries: Along with the restaurant scene in Omaha, there are also plenty of craft breweries to check out while you are visiting (or thinking about moving). There are about 20 brewery locations to add to your list of destinations, so you may need to visit more than once to be able to try them all out! Infusion Brewing is known for their variety of craft beers to satisfy any palette, and they brew them all year-round!
Nightlife: Another great thing about the city of Omaha is that it caters to people of all ages and personalities. With the city being a college town, there are bars that will be more catered toward people who are in the young college age range, as well as clubs and bars that are more low-key and easy to have conversations amongst one another at. Whether you’d like to have a fancy cocktail, or a beer in a can, there will be a place to go on a night out in Omaha that will make you feel comfortable and right at home!
Next time you are planning a road trip, or want to take a weekend getaway somewhere that you’ve never travelled to before, consider traveling to Omaha or Lincoln Nebraska. You may even be lucky enough to spot one of our Promotional Models working hard to educate guests about a product at one of the local liquor stores, as well as at some of the best bars in town!
In this day and age, there are so many tools that can be used to market your business. Social media advertising has become an extremely popular and cost-effective way to quickly and easily update consumers on your business, events, and promote your company daily. Although Facebook and Twitter are great social media sites to market businesses of all sizes, Instagram is the social media platform that is often considered to be the “future” of social media advertising.
I’m sure that you’ve heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, with using Instagram as a tool to advertise, the picture that is being used is the obvious focal point of the post, and the caption that is written below it is looked at second. Therefore, the pictures that you choose to post on Instagram should be visually stimulating enough to make the person scrolling through their feed stop moving their thumb and taking a look at your eye catching post! By using filter and editing apps such as VSCO and Snapseed, you can turn any picture into a work of art that will be sure to catch everyone’s attention, leading to higher engagement and gaining more followers.
Instagram is visual content. One of the reasons that Instagram is doing so much better than other social media sites to content market companies of all sizes is because consumers are visual. Think about when you’re sitting down at a restaurant and looking at the menu. What catches your attention first? Chances are your eyes first gravitate toward the menu items that have a photo next to it instead of the menu items that don’t provide a visual photo. It’s true that 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, while 40% of people will respond better to visual information than just plain text. When people are actually seeing what is available to them, instead of just reading about it, it results extremely higher engagement!
The use of hashtags is so helpful to target the audience that you are aiming for. Instagram is such a huge social media network with people from all over the world (over 500 million active monthly users to be exact). There are businesses of all industries imaginable using this social platform to grab attention from others in their industry and make themselves stand out amongst the competition. By using hashtags that are related to your business, it helps narrow down the views that you get to people that are related to the industry you’re in. For example, on Modern Talent’s Instagram, the hashtag #PromotionalModels and #BrandAmbassador is always used on posts in order to help find new Talent to join our team!
One of my personal favorite things about using Instagram for business is that it’s really FUN! There are endless ways that you are able to grab the attention from followers. Everyone loves a funny meme, joke, or a relatable quote that makes them laugh. It’s fun to go through photos, edit them and come up with fun and engaging captions. Coming up with new content to post to Instagram is basically like an art creation that is going to be unique to your business!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and not everyone is going to be skilled at the art of making a home-cooked meal. Nothing would be worse on this holiday than making a meal or dessert for your friends and family and noticing that no one is eating it, or pretending to enjoy a few bites to be polite, then discretely tossing the rest in the garbage can. If you’re the family member or the friend in your friend group who is assigned to bring the non-food items to a Thanksgiving dinner such as extra serving bowls, tablecloths, or even the napkins, there is a chance that the host knows that you should stay away from the kitchen!
If you’re not the one that’s hosting Thanksgiving or bringing any of the main dishes for the meal, don’t feel as though you can’t still please the crowd. There’s so many options of beverages that you could bring along that everyone will love. It’s true that you don’t need to be a professional chef to “wow” everyone at the gathering! Whiskey and wine are great options for a Thanksgiving meal, because they pair well with the aromas, tastes, and spices that are in common Thanksgiving dishes. Here are a few ideas of whiskey and wine products that will be a huge hit, and won’t require any time in the kitchen either (you can’t burn wine), so it’s a win-win for you and the other guests.
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey: 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey is the perfect crowd-pleaser whiskey. It’s been called “the whiskey for non-whiskey drinkers” because of the sweet vanilla and caramel flavors, and its smooth finish. The delicious “Big Ginger” cocktail only requires ginger ale with lemon and lime garnish, so it’s easy for anybody to make! This whiskey pairs wonderfully with a smoked turkey.
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé: The holiday season is the perfect time for some “pop, fizz, and clink” with a sparkling wine. Mumm Napa has a great selection of sparkling wine at a very reasonable price point. The Mumm Napa Brut Rosé in particular will pair well with basically anything that’s on the Thanksgiving buffet. The wine’s dryness tastes wonderful with turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes. While at the same time pairs perfectly with sweet foods such as sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pie. You really cannot go wrong by walking in the host’s front door with a bottle of rosé!
Gentleman Jack: This classic Tennessee whiskey has just the right amount of caramel and dry fruit notes, with a smooth and smoky finish that would pair well with turkey and squash dishes. It would cater well for the guests who are more experienced whiskey drinkers that enjoy a glass of whiskey on the rocks, especially while watching the football game from their comfiest living room sofa.
Josh Cellars Pinot Noir: A good pinot noir is essential for a Thanksgiving meal. Why is this? Because the soft tannins in the red wine with the tart acidity pair amazingly well with rich dishes being served. Thanksgiving meals generally have a lot of earthy flavors, and the herbal notes in Josh Cellars Pinot Noir will compliment the meal perfectly. You may have to pick up more than one bottle of Pinot, because with dinner most wine lovers will want more than one glass!
If you still can’t decide what kind of wine will go over well at your gathering, check out your local liquor stores, because there’s a good chance that one of our Wine Professionals or Promotional Models from Modern Talent will be sampling all different types of options of wine and liquor products to sample and pick up. No matter what it is that you bring to Thanksgiving, whether it’s the turkey, wine, or even the napkins…the most important thing is that it’s a holiday spent with your favorite people!