Weekend Quick Shots

The secret to eternal youthfulness is the secret of good coffee:  keep it fresh so you don’t get bitter.

It’s impossible to have a positive life with a negative mind.

“Booze is civilization in a glass.” – Adam Rogers

“Truth is what stands the test of experience.” – Einstein

“Sometimes your mistakes are you biggest virtues. You learn so much from the mistake. Those things that you think are the worst thing that’s happening to you can somehow turn around and be the greatest opportunity.” – Nicole Kidman – Nicole Kidman

“Come Monday
It’ll be all right…”
— Jimmy Buffett



Pig Out Today, It’s International Bacon Day!

Each Labor Day Weekend is made even more sizzling with International Bacon Day, held on the Saturday before Labor Day.  I guess you could also call it Fat Saturday.

It’s not too early to start warming up for the Great American Bacon Fest coming Sept 6 in Chicago.  So why not pig out on some Bacon Infused Bloody Mary Popsicles on Bacon Sticks?

Thanks to Thrillist for thrilling our arteries with the bacon popsicle recipe.

Or perhaps a magnificent Bacon Weave Taco!


Or Eggs IN Bacon for breakfast!

eggs in bacon

Or Mac and Cheese in an edible bacon bowl…


Or bacon wrapped corn on the cob at your Labor Day BBQ…

bacon wrapped corn

Or treat your sweetheart to some chocolate dipped bacon roses!

chocolate bacon roses

Basically, America Loves Bacon – have a delicous weekend!  — TTBG




Great idea for social media promotion – the 99 pack!

You have to follow social media clues to find the stores where you can buy a 99 PACK of Peacemaker Anytime Ale from Austin Beerworks.  Check it out

Takes 4 guys to carry the Peacemaker 99 Pack

Thanks to Thrillist for this story – their Food and Drink Section is the Boss.

A-List Marketing can help you plan social media contests and activities that get attention and drive profits.  Contact us.

Question about “bar hacks” for customers.

I got a question from a bar customer over the weekend about “bar hacks,” to make going out to bars and nightclubs easier, here’s my response:

Best hack:  Go early before it gets busy.  You will frequently save money on cover, as it’s often reduced early, there will be no line, and you will be able to get a drink easily. Then establish a relationship with a bartender or server in the most out of the way part of the club where they will be the least slammed, tip in advance, and you will be prioritized to get your drinks fast once it gets busy.  Also you will have a prime place to sit/hang.  Sometimes you can get a table/bottle service at a reduced rate if they are not sold out.  As little as 1 hour difference in when you show up can make all the difference in comfort for your night.

> Dress Cool.  That does not necessarily mean dress up.  If you want to find out the way to best fit in at the club, look on their photo pages such as Instagram and Facebook.  The clubs will feature pictures of what they consider their most attractive patrons. Dress like them or if you have fashion game, even spin your look just a slight step more upscale or extreme (depending on the concept of the club).

Social Media hacks:
> If the bar/club is active on Twitter get yourself known that you re-tweet and support them with Tweets, that’s like Gold to most places.  I have found that Twitter can be the new VIP.
> If you take photos in the club with good looking people that make the club look good and post/tag them that’s valuable too.  Social Media has created ways you can help a club that were never there before, and if the club is active on social they will likely appreciate it.

Old School hacks:
> Show up with attractive and/or personable people and a mixed group, 60/40 women to men
> Go in on a dead night, make friends with staff, spend money, get some contact info so they can hook you up on a busier night.
> If you want to check out places that are hot as hell go there any night besides Saturday, you will get in easier and have better service.  Find out when they are not “dead” but not slammed.  Saturdays explore the less known out of the way joints or well-established places that are still good but post – trendy so they now appreciate their patrons.  This last technique works for better restaurant experiences too.