Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Next Eight Semi-Finalists of Asia’s Got Talent Revealed

MANILA (November 18, 2017) - The first eight semi-finalists gave it their all and wowed the judges in the first semi-final episode of Asia’s Got Talent. At the end of the episode, it was revealed that Indonesian singer Angela July won the unanimous Judges’ Pick and will now head straight to the Grand Finals. The remaining seven acts are up for voting and only the two acts with the most votes will move on.

The same episode unveiled the next eight semi-finalists performing in next week’s episode of Asia’s Got Talent:

Mafarikha (#AGTVote10) received a standing ovation from the audience when she belted out the classic Mariah Carey’s “Hero”. Mafarikha sees Asia’s Got Talent as her second chance to launch her singing career so the stakes are extremely high.


The Sacred Riana’s (#AGTVote11) performance on Asia’s Got Talent went viral globally. Her performance clip on Facebook has over 40 million views, resulting in her winning many new fans. Will these fans be enough to vote her through to the Grand Final?

Fitri Cerado (#AGTVote12) didn’t make it last season but she’s back and made it through to the semi-finals with David Foster’s approval. With so many talented singers in this season of Asia’s Got Talent, Fitri will need to bring her A-game to the semi-finals.


218 Crew (#AGTVote13) from Vietnam blended LED dance with Vietnamese culture, inciting cheers from the audience. The judges were absolutely blown away by their performance and they hope to see more of their skill in the semi-finals.


Nicknamed “Smooth Syah” by Anggun, Syah Riszuan (#AGTVote14) from Singapore proved that you can be 12-years-old and still have an old soul. Will he be able to shine on the stage during semi-finals?


Japanese dance crew XTRAP (#AGTVote15) let their fingers do all the talking during their performance at the Judges’ Auditions. David Foster commented that he has never seen anything quite like them before, so no pressure guys!

DMX (#AGTVote16) from The Philippines floored the audience with their hair-flipping dance performance and they became the judges’ favorite. With their passion and touching backstory, will fans vote for them?


Jay Park’s Golden Buzzer, ADEM Dance Crew’s (#AGTVote9) performance went viral with their Mortal Kombat-inspired animation dance, putting Kyrgyz Republic on the map. ADEM Dance Crew has so much more to prove during the semi-finals, will they deliver?

In each semi-final episode, the eight acts will perform a dazzling new piece. At the end of each episode, the act that impresses the judges the most will win the Judges’ Pick and head to the Grand Final directly. The seven remaining acts will be up for public voting, and the two acts with the most votes will head to the Grand Final. Voting starts on Thursday night via Facebook Hashtag and Facebook Messenger and Google Search. For more information on voting, visit www.AXN-Asia.com/AGTVote.

A new episode of Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8:30pm on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size; and GoDaddy, the world's largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures.

In the Philippines, Asia’s Got Talent is brought to you by Cherifer, Tangkad Sagad, KFC Delivery and Vivo Smart Phone.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official venue partner of Asia’s Got Talent.
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SUBURBICON: TROUBLE IN PARADISE

SUBURBICON is based on the research by Oscar Award winner, George Clooney, from a 1957 documentary film “Crisis in Levittown”, a true story of what happened when William and Daisy Meyers became the first African American family to move in to Levittown, Pennsylvania. 

Clooney recalled a script the Academy Award winning, Coen Brothers, sent to him back in 1999 called “Suburbicon.” It was a comedy/thriller with similar themes to Fargo and Burn After Reading: hapless characters making really bad decisions. Together with the producers, they thought that it seems a good time for a film that feels angry; combining the existing Suburbicon script and setting it in Levittown during the week the Meyer’s moved in. 


Suburbicon tells the story of America’s emerging middle class, in the decade following the Second World War, moving to the suburbs: idyllic, affordable homes in planned communities. For many, the American Dream of owning a home was becoming a reality for the first time.  It is a picture-perfect 1950s suburb where the best and worst of humanity are reflected through the deeds of ordinary people.  But when a home break-in turns deadly, a family must turn to blackmail, revenge, and betrayal in order to survive.

There’s a great deal of irony and social commentary in the characters’ story. They’re a growing family in search of the American Dream and feel like they’ll be welcome and safe in their new home. Unfortunately, their new neighbors are really disrespectful and sometimes dangerous. Meanwhile, there’s a real problem next door no one is addressing.

Starring the Academy Award winners, Matt Damon, as a model father and husband, and Julianne Moore, who portrays the wife and the twin sister, SUBURBICON also features Oscar Isaac as a suspicious insurance inspector, and the young and talented Noah Jupe as Nicky, your average kid in a murderous town.
            
Exclusively distributed by Solar Pictures, Suburbicon is showing on several moviehouses beginning on the 22nd of November nationwide. For more information, visit solarpicturesPH on facebook, twitter, and instagram.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top 5 Money Making Tips To Help You Earn From Your Blog Today

An Introduction to Blog Monetization

As a new blogger, you may be eager to jump headfirst into monetization. While that’s certainly a commendable goal, getting started can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned of bloggers. From choosing the correct blog monetization methods to setting the process in motion, you may find yourself unsure of how to begin.
However, whether you’re looking to monetize right away or wait until you’ve gained a following, there are a number of options offering excellent earning potential. Utilizing one or more monetization methods may even enable you to leave behind your nine-to-five in the long run.
In this post, we’ll discuss what it means to monetize your blog, as well as whether you should start the process right away. We’ll then reveal five popular blog monetization methods and how to incorporate them into your blog. Let’s get cracking!

What is Blog Monetization?

You may have seen bloggers around the web make mention of blog monetization methods. There’s a lot that the process entails, but the basics remain the same no matter which method is used. To begin, let’s define the process and why bloggers should consider it.
In the simplest terms, blog monetization is the process of generating revenue through your blog. There are a number of methods available to most bloggers, and various ways to get started. Of course, before beginning any business endeavor, it’s good to understand the pros and cons.
The largest benefit offered by blog monetization is the ability to turn your hobby into a job. While not everyone will make enough to quit their job, monetization can be a great way to supplement your income while doing what you love.
There are some cons to consider as well. One is that monetization can make some site visitors wary. Not everyone will appreciate the incorporation of ads or other money-making methods into your blog. Additionally, if they’re not used correctly, the methods you use can impact content value. This can ultimately lower your readership which, in turn, would make monetization a futile effort.
Having said that, there are ways you can go about minimizing the cons mentioned above. These include making high-quality content a priority and only utilizing monetization methods that can also benefit your readers.

When and How You Should Introduce Monetization Methods

It’s certainly possible to monetize your blog before you’ve even hit Publish on your first post. Whether this is a good idea, however, will depend on a few things.
To determine the best time for you to monetize your blog, there are a few questions you’ll want to ask yourself:
  • Do I have the time to invest? Depending on the methods you use, it can take quite a bit of time to start earning. This is especially true for those who are just getting started.
  • Will my site’s quality suffer? Prior to beginning the process, you may want to consider the level of quality you hope to offer, and be sure that you’ll be able to meet those standards while monetizing your site.
  • How much am I realistically hoping to make? If you’d be disappointed earning less than a certain income per month, you may want to hold off on your revenue-earning efforts. Instead, focus producing quality content and building a following.
If, after answering the above questions, you’ve decided to wait, here’s a couple of tips for adding monetization methods later on without shocking site regulars.
  1. Start slowly. You don’t want to take the focus away from your site’s content, so only incorporate ads that are relevant to your niche and target audience.
  2. Involve your readers in the process. You want your monetization efforts to benefit site visitors, so give them a say.
The rest of the ‘how’ will depend on which monetization technique you choose. So without further ado, let’s get started!

5 Blog Monetization Methods to Help You Earn Money Today

While monetizing your blog may seem like a big step, by using one (or a combination) of the blog monetization methods below, it can be fairly simple to get started.

1. Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Advertising

If you’re looking for a low-effort way to monetize your blog, Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising is a good option to explore. This, in a nutshell, involves the direction of traffic from one website to another. PPC ads are commonly seen on Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) and social media sites, but any website can display them.
One of the best things about PPC ads is that setting them up on your site requires very little effort. There are also other benefits to this monetization method, including the ability to tailor the ads to suit your blog’s audience and earn money passively.
If you’d like to explore PPC advertising, an ad network – which can connect you (the publisher) directly with advertisers – is the easiest place to begin. Two popular ad networks include Google AdSense and Infolinks, but there are plenty of others to choose from.
Keep in mind that you will have to apply to be approved by the ad network you choose. Additionally, such networks require that you follow a set of guidelines. These typically cover various website elements including traffic sources, content quality, and website history.
As long as you use common sense when building your website and you only utilize ethical internet practices, getting ad network approval shouldn’t be too difficult.

2. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one of the most popular monetization methods to make its way through the blogosphere. It offers a unique opportunity to make money while providing your readers with value.
In simplest terms, affiliate marketing is a method where the marketer (you) promotes products for the merchant. When a product is purchased, you earn a small cut, known as a commission.
There are a number of benefits of adding affiliate marketing to your list of revenue-earning ideas. These include:
  • No involvement in the sales or support process.
  • The ability to offer tangible value to your readers.
  • The chance to promote products you love.
Similar to PPC advertising, there are networks that are affiliate-focused. These include Amazon AssociatesClickBank, and ShareaSale.
However, it’s not enough just to add affiliate links to your site. If you want to be a successful marketer, there are a few steps you should take as you set up your marketing plan:
  1. Identify readers’ goals and problems. Listen to your audience, ask questions, and just be aware of common niche pain points.
  2. Find the products or services your readers need. These can be physical or digital, or non-material resources such as workshop or professional consultations. You can even ask your readers if there are specific products they’d like you to try out and review.
  3. Choose products you trust. To come across as knowledgeable and truthful, only promote products you’ve tested and are happy with.
  4. Make use of various promotion methods. Incorporate affiliate links in a variety of ways, such as creating custom content (including reviews and guest posts) and using email marketing.
With the steps outlined above, creating a successful affiliate marketing business through your blog is definitely possible.

3. Product Sales

As a blogger, you’re already a creator of great content. Why not extend that content to include products, such as e-books, guides, e-courses, and more?
When you sell products, you’re in total control of the process. This is great for those who want to be more involved in their monetization efforts and create a standalone source of recurring income.
How you begin the process of product creation will depend on your overall goals, as well as what you’d like to create. However, you can use these three key steps to get started:
  1. Collect intelligence. Whether you’d like to write an e-book, build an e-course, or create a guide, you need to start with research. Create surveys, browse niche forums, and even perform in-depth interviews. Don’t be afraid to be explicit and simply ask readers what they would like to see you offer.
  2. Analyze the data. It’s not enough to collect data; you also have to use it to inform your decisions. The easiest method of analysis is to search for patterns. When perusing the data, look for common topics and shared problems. The more mentions that a topic has, the more likely there is to be a market for a product focused on that topic.
  3. Create a pilot. Before investing too much time, create a small-scale version of your product. You can offer this at a low price (or for free) to regular blog readers and obtain useful feedback.
Creating a product to sell is much more involved than some of the other monetization options in this list. It will involve a lot of time, extensive research, and, most importantly, persistence. However, the benefits can far outweigh the negatives if it’s done right.

4. Service Offerings

Similar to products, service offerings enable you to take control of your money-making efforts. They’re also a way for you to set yourself apart from your competitors, and offer value to your blog’s followers.
Just as with product sales, service offerings enable you to stay in control of the process. Additionally, your services can be a source of recurring income, and can help to establish you as an authority in your niche.
Getting started offering services isn’t difficult. For most, the hard part is actually coming up with ideas. To give you an idea of what kinds of services you can offer, ask yourself these three questions:
  1. What are you good at? This will have the most influence on your choice of service offering. When thinking of an answer, consider what you do for work and how you spend your spare time. Think about how you can leverage your unique knowledge and experiences to help others.
  2. What’s your blog niche? The more related your service offering is to your niche, the better. With your answer from step one, consider how you can apply your knowledge in a niche-specific manner.
  3. What service offerings are lacking in your industry? If you want to stand out in your industry try creating a service that isn’t currently being offered. As an added bonus, this will give you a boost as a niche authority.
The answers to the these three questions, when combined, will enable you to create a unique and valuable service to readers. Of course, you can also ask your blog’s visitors directly what kinds of offerings they would appreciate. This will provide you with ideas that you know niche readers are interested in.

5. Private Ad Space Sales

As you begin to gain a sizable following, you may have businesses approach you to buy ad space on your blog. This is known as private ad space sales, and it can be an easy way to monetize.
How much you earn will ultimately be decided between yourself and the business whose ads you’re publishing, but a common method for calculating payment uses Cost Per Impressio (CPI). Typically, you earn a set amount for each 1,000 ad impressions.
There are a number of reasons this method of monetization is a good one to consider. For example:
  • It requires very little effort. After dealing with the business side of things, you simply set the ad to appear on your blog. Ad spaces typically sell for two to four weeks, and very little maintenance is required.
  • It offers great earning potential. You can set your own price, which means your earning potential is practically limitless.
  • It gives you maximum control over ads. As a private transaction, you can choose which businesses you’d like to work with. This means you can choose to only incorporate ads that will benefit your readers, or those that will earn you the most revenue.
Above, we mentioned that businesses may approach you directly. However, you can also make direct contact yourself, or use ad space marketplaces, like AdClerks.
Also, keep in mind that it’s difficult for blogs with low traffic volumes to earn revenue through this method. However, you can utilize the private ad space yourself while you work on increasing traffic. Promote your business’ offerings by creating ads and displaying them in a noticeable but nonintrusive place.

Conclusion

Whether you’ve been blogging for a while or you’re just getting started, monetization is something that all bloggers should at least consider. After all, the process doesn’t have to be difficult and, with the right techniques, the benefits can far outweigh the negatives.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Sony Channel Elevates Women’s Lifestyle in S Block 2017

PHILIPPINES (November 13, 2017) – Sony Channel’s S-Block 2017 event treated the modern woman to two days of pampering for three weeks in an expo for working ladies that featured activity booths, stage games, raffle prizes, freebies, and a variety of other fun-filled activities.

This year, the event was held on September 28-29 at Science Hub 2 in McKinley Hill, Taguig City, on October 12-13 at Ayala Technohub in Commonwealth, Quezon City, and on October 26-27 at Central Plaza, Eastwood City Walk in Libis, Quezon City.

The activities were divided into four blocks, representing women’s interests to personalize services to thousands of attendees who made time to enjoy the event. At the Beauty & Pampering Block, activities included eyebrow grooming, express makeup makeover and massage service, and skin and beauty consultation. At the Fashion & Styling Block, fashion experts gave one-one-one consultations on personal styling from day to night and from work to leisure activities.

For the health-conscious, the Health & Wellness block provided fitness assessments, tips on the latest workout and health trends, and alternative food preparation such as nutritious and yummy food delivery. Finally, women were treated to calligraphy lessons, travel and adventure advice, and tarot card reading at the Hobby & Leisure Block.

After a whirlwind of whole day activities, women were treated to a wine-down, a time to enjoy the cool (or hot) night where drinks were served.

Sony Channel S Block 2017 was made possible in partnership with AXA, Kamillosan M Spray Solution, Mentos, Nissin Ramen, and Kopiko.

AXN University Challenge 2017: The World’s First University Obstacle Sports Competition

PHILIPPINES (November 13, 2017) – The toughest college students showed what they’ve got at the 6th AXN University Challenge. Under the event, AXN mounted the world’s first university obstacle sports competition which was held in cooperation with the country’s top universities in Metro Manila from September to October 2017.



For four days, participating college students proved their competitive determination as individuals and as teams of three to overcome a series of physical challenges which tested their speed, agility, and endurance.


The first leg of the competition kicked off on September 29 at the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, with the succeeding legs held on October 6 at National University (NU), October 13 at De La Salle University (DLSU), and October 25 at University of Santo Tomas (UST).


Each leg featured eight obstacle courses, namely: AXN Wall Under and Wall Through, Mitsubishi Mirage Wall Climb, Shakey’s Box Jumps, Mentos Log Carry, Tire Flip, Mogu Mogu Slippery Wall, and Monkey Bars.


Three sets of winners were proclaimed, one for the team challenge and two for the individual challenges, male and female categories, wherein they received cash prizes as well as AXN and sponsors’ loot bags. AXN University Challenge 2017 medals were also awarded to each of the top winners in each category.

Now on its sixth year, the annual varsity challenge is in partnership with Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF). With the theme “UNITE AND CONQUER”, this year’s edition aims to provide the opportunity for students to showcase their athletic abilities and display their leadership skills and teamwork while under pressure in a challenging and competitive environment.


AXN University Challenge 2017 was sponsored by Shakey’s, Mitsubishi Mirage, Mentos, and  Mogu Mogu. Special thanks to event marketing partners Pascual Creamy Delight, Pik-Nik, Kettle Korn, and Gatorade.