Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day

Veterans day is a federal holiday in honor of those who have served for our country. 

President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day, a day that would be in remembrance of those who died in service. 

In 1945, Raymond Weeks, a veteran of World War ll pushed for making November 11 a holiday for all veterans.

On June 1, 1954, Congress replaced Armistice with Veterans.

Centel Media™ would like to recognize all of our veterans and give thanks for all they have done for our country

Friday, November 8, 2013

Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stop Being Homophobic?

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With over a decade of commercial success, multiple Grammy awards and the title of best selling artist of the 2000s, Marshall Mathers aka Eminem has made an outstanding career using his quick and clever lyrics to produce a great following of fans and critics.  Known for his ability to vary between playful and hard-hitting raps, Eminem has firmly established his versatility. Yet, both critics and fans are still pondering upon certain decisions the artist has made in his choices on wordplay.

In 2009, with the release of his sixth studio album “Relapse,” the artist was confronted for his blatant and insulting use of offensive language.  Within his verses, he targeted famous artists (Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken) who are identified as homosexuals. Eminem’s delivery suggested prejudice towards the artists for their sexuality.  Homophobic slurs were riddled within his rhymes on his first two albums back in the early 2000s, bringing many to question his position and attitude towards the LGBT community.

When confronted on the matter in 2009, Eminem was quoted as saying that his lyrics should not impress upon his fans or other artist that he, as an individual, is homophobic. However, his defense hasn’t been enough to soothe critics. It seems that Eminem has found himself on the wrong side of changing times.

In the past several months, new policies and old laws have been both instituted and struck down. One of the greatest victories for the LGBT community came during this year’s Supreme Court decision to end DOMA. DOMA prevented same-sex couples from gaining the same benefits as legally recognized married couples under federal law.

Such dramatic change has had its impact on the rest of society. Attacks on gays and lesbians are now frowned upon by the larger part of America, and has resulted in the destruction of many reputations. Upon his newest release, “Marshall Mathers LP 2,” a follow up to his hit 2000 album, “The Marshall Mathers LP,” Eminem has once again found himself in the headlines of newspapers and magazines for the wrong reasons.  “Rap God,” a single from his newly released album, takes shots for about a quarter of a verse, demoralizing “gays” with lines like: “So gay I can barely say it with a straight face…”

Amidst the flare of critics and artists posting comments and articles bashing Eminem as homophobic, the rapper is managing to stand his ground by responding to the media, stating that his words do not entirely reflect his positions.  Chalking up his use of gay epithets as commonplace for him having been involved in rap for over two decades, the 41 year-old states that he is not anti-gay and uses such language out of the context of homosexuality.  Whatever the case may be, the negative attention, along with his seemingly unsatisfactory explanation, may sully the established rapper’s image for old fans and new ones alike.

Centel Media™ is rated at the top for their services in managing online reputations.  Situations created by individuals who don’t consider the full breadth of their decisions, and how those decisions may impact others, can be crushing for any business or career.  Ensuring that you or your company is represented properly at all times is key to present and future success.  With services like negative article suppressionCentel Media™ professionals will provide what you need, when you need it, to renew and refine your company’s image.

Chikira Bennett,
Creative Writer,

Matthew Shaffer,

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bill de Blasio to Bloomberg: Move Over

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In the last public polling of New York voters from NBC and the Wall Street Journal, it appeared that Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio would win in a landslide election against his Republican opponent Joe Lhota, and that’s exactly what happened. 73 percent of likely voters cast their ballots for de Blasio, while Lhota ended up at a comparatively puny 24 percent. These strong results can be attributed to a large number of factors, and for de Blasio, it all came together at the right time.

For starters, let's take a look at the soon-to-be former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. Bloomberg is one of the more well-known names in the country and arguably the most powerful mayor in the world with his network of both public and private connections through all forms of government, businesses, and investments. While not everyone has agreed with his tactics, he has left an undeniable mark on the office with his Republican-turned-Independent policies in a solidly Democratic state. However, one of the reasons why de Blasio ran away in a landslide is because of Bloomberg. It seems New Yorkers may be a bit fatigued after his three terms as mayor.

For de Blasio himself, regardless of politics, he has done just about everything right to be a strong political candidate. He used his campaign experience as a political operative to make himself a well-known and vocal public servant, running counter to an opposing candidate that wants to uphold the status quo.

What businesses can learn from de Blasio is how he managed to get himself out into the limelight. He started small, then worked his way up and made a name for himself. When campaigning, he knew exactly who his targeted audience was: the people of New York City. He also understood his voters wanted a change from Bloomberg. And finally, he advocated himself in clear support of his own cause with no evidence (so far) of flip-flopping, something which helped get President Obama elected in both his terms.

With Centel Media™ help, you can achieve your goals, just as de Blasio did yesterday. Our online reputation management firm seeks to provide all businesses with proper control over their image. We offer services that will publicize your brand through press releases, as well as optimization assistance for social media and Google Adwords, further boosting your ability to advertise yourself online. Knowing the wants of your customers, and running a clearly identifiable ad campaign will add up in a big way to make your business more successful than ever before.

Jonathan Wong,
Creative Writer,

Matthew Shaffer,

Monday, November 4, 2013

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Not Everyone in Red Sox Nation is Celebrating

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Baseball fans across Boston celebrated in riotous joy Wednesday night at the final out of game six of the 2013 World Series. For the third time in a decade, they have become the national champions. The media frenzy capped off the win with commentaries and analysis of players, managers, coaches, umps, and any other topics and angles they could find.

Yet a disturbing undertone hummed beneath the usual statistics and congratulatory numbers repeated in the news and splashed across our computer screens. In describing the winners, the losers were held up to scrutiny as well. Not necessarily just the St. Louis Cardinals, either.

One popular memory dredged up for review was the last time Boston played a game six at Shea Stadium. In 1986, the Red Sox were in a ‘win the game or lose the championship’ situation against the Mets. In a disastrous mistake, Bill Buckner failed to make a rather routine play, allowing a ground ball to roll between his ankles. Boston lost the game and the championship, and Bill Buckner lost his outstanding reputation.

In his 20-year career, Buckner participated in 2,700 games, won a batting title, and played in All-Star games. But mention his name to baseball fans across the country, and what will they remember? Buckner’s mistake.

Titles like the World Series are never won or lost by one person. A whole team is responsible for the position in which they find themselves during a championship run. But, when a team fails in such as way as the Red Sox did in 1986, the fans often need a scapegoat. Poor old Buckner just happened to find himself in the crosshairs.

In Wednesday night’s game, Cardinal’s rookie pitcher Michael Wacha took the blame for the devastating loss. Wacha had been a superhero, a young kid who leveled Boston in game two, and whose postseason stats astonished even the most seasoned fans. But by the morning after the World Series loss, pundits clamored to figure out “What happened?” as they pointed fingers at his disappointing performance and burdened him with their defeat.

In today’s world of internet immediacy, one mistake can be magnified until reputations are decided by skewed or inaccurate information. Centel Media™ is an online reputation management company who can protect your image and your name from a bad call. Let us make sure that you have what you need to level the playing field in your own high-stakes game.

Chris MacEachern,
Creative Writer,

Matthew Shaffer,

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

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Halloween is a Scottish variant of All Hallows Eve. The holiday is thought to have both Christian and Pagan roots and has become a day of trick-or-treating, scary stories and horror films.

However you celebrate the day, Centel Media™ would like to wish you a safe and happy Halloween. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Amazon ReKindled After Losses

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Amazon has become an iconic website on the Internet and is widely recognized as one of the premier Internet-based companies alongside giants such as Google. Unlike its competitors, Amazon is known for dealing in quality products that all buyers can trust. Additionally, they have expanded their services. Amazon is no longer just the middleman in sales between producers and consumers, but a producer of its own, creating the Kindle Fire to compete against Apple's iPad and other tablets. This appears to have paid off, as in a recent report their investment has narrowed initial losses and boosted sales figures.

Knowing when to grow has been part of Amazon's success, and any business can learn a thing or two from them. The online retailer has actually been working with losses since they decided to produce their own products. Now, they have managed to cut those losses by almost 150% from the same time a year ago. This is due in large part to their expansion into more international markets, offering more services to their Amazon Prime users, and free video streaming content.

Their rebound is astonishing considering the fact that this year has been dreadful for any type of business who deals in product sales. Even EBay posted a disappointing forecast citing complete lack of consumer confidence, a statement supported by many analysts who expect this to be one of the worst holiday shopping seasons in recent memory. Amazon, on the other hand, is looking forward to a prosperous holiday season due to the loyalty of their Amazon Prime members, who will take advantage of sales starting on Black Friday.

If you want to make sure that your company is prepared for this holiday season, it would be wise to utilize your full online potential. Centel Media™ can help your company achieve this with our online outreach services. We will increase your number of followers and likes on your social media pages through our social media optimization services. We can also promote your company by issuing press releases, and increase your company’s appearance on search engines through Google AdWords optimization. While holiday sales figures are predicted to be dreary, that doesn't mean your company can't be like Amazon. Take advantage of the lull by embracing new opportunities.

Jonathan Wong,
Creative Writer,
Matthew Shaffer,