Congratulations Emily Hay on the Birth of Ainsley McKenna!

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Ainsley McKenna

Ainsley McKenna


Emily and Niall Hay

Emily and Niall Hay

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We are delighted to announce the birth of Ainsley McKenna to our Social Media expert Emily Hay and her husband Niall.

She was born 4/5/14 6lbs, 20 inches, 18 days early!

Facebook Graph Search Explained

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Emily Hay

Emily Hay


Emily Hay, the Internet Social Media Advisor, has a simple but very understandable explanation of the new Facebook search engine called Graph Search.  The engine may be more important to local businesses than it is to common users right now.

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What is Snapchat?  If you are a parent, you should be aware of this popular app that may already be on your child’s smartphone.

Snapchat is the fourth most popular social media app right now and the majority of users are between the ages of 13 and 18.  At first glance, it looks like a kid-friendly app with a cute “ghost” icon as the logo and a cartoonish style.  The CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel, claims there is no intent to market the app to kids, but their homepage and ads include photos of teens or young adults.

You can also download the app quite easily and set up an account with only an email and password.  There are no questions or age requirements.  In this blog, we are here to address three myths believed by teens about Snapchat and we’re also going to present facts for parents to debunk those myths.



Instagram for Kids Part 3

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Instagram for Kids Part 3

In this video, parents can learn how to be sure PRIVACY SETTINGS are in place on Instagram.

If you are the parent or teacher of a tween, help them use social media wisely and become positive digital citizens with our online video training course, “Saving Face for Parents of Tweens.”


Instagram for Kids Part 2

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Instagram for Kids Part 2

In this video, we help you learn how to MINIMIZE THE RISKS of tweens and children using Instagram, the photo sharing app.

If you are the parent or teacher of a tween, help them use social media wisely and become positive digital citizens with our online video training course, “Saving Face for Parents of Tweens.”



Instagram for Kids Part I

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Instagram for Kids Part 1

In this video led by Sheri Watkins, we share important overview information for parents about Instagram.  Hear some REAL-LIFE EXAMPLES and get familiar with how your kids may be using this social network.

If you are the parent or teacher of a tween, help them use social media wisely and become positive digital citizens with our online video training course, “Saving Face for Parents of Tweens.”


Infinity Hour Rocks the Internet

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Infinity Hour


Listen to their original hit: Help Me Recall

Infinity Hour is a vibrant group of young folks who have burst on the musical scene in Southeast Michigan and are finding a voice on the Internet.  In March of  2012 one of their songs, “No Mister Nice Guy”, was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) out of over 15,000 songs in 115 countries!!


Soaring vocal melodies, monster guitar riffs and guaranteed radio-ready hits – it’s not what you’d expect from a 16 year old girl and three guys who aren’t even old enough to drink. But Infinity Hour isn’t your typical bunch of teenagers. Despite their youth, all five members have been playing music for years, and their current mix of bright pop hooks and moody alternative rock is proof they’ve come of age.

Infinity Hour first coalesced in 2008, when powerhouse vocalist Jena Asciutto was just 12 years old. The band had previously honed their skills playing covers of both classic rock songs and contemporary alternative hits, but with the addition of Asciutto’s distinctive voice, Infinity Hour underwent a transformation of style and substance that is still in progress. Over the past four years, Infinity Hour – Asciutto, 16, singing lead vocals; Jared Bentley, 19, on lead guitar; Brad Rude, 19, and Dylan Walsh, 18, on drums – has evolved into a confident, kick ass collaboration of five incredibly talented teenagers ready to take over the world.

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Our Facebook link

Sunday’s event page’s URL is

We have one more event with a FB event at the Crofoot Pike Room.  The URL is:

High Octane-  January, Saturday 19

Social TV: See it Tweet it!

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When TVs first came out, they gave us the revolutionary ability to experience something that we weren’t able encounter in-person.  Broadcasts today bring us virtually everywhere from daily happenings in own neighborhoods to sporting events and political happenings around the world.  It seemed as though the only way we consumed up-to-the minute activity was by way of TV…but times they are a changin’.  Full Article

Eric Kam’s Social Map

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Eric Kam the initial blog started as a travel blog to keep my daughters up to date that I am OK and what I see when traveling. String Girl is a creation of my daughters (they both contributed) 14 and 12 years old, so I don’t get lonely on my frequent trips. Where the self-proclaimed-die-expert spouts off about manufacturing and sheet metal stamping!/SMEStampingDies The twitter feed I started specifically to promote the Stamping and Dies Techgroup of SME-Forming and Fabricating community!/erickam my personal twitter feed the site of the Stamping and Dies Technical group on LinkedIn

Sheri Kam


Currently PR Director for both Parcells Middle School, and Parcell Holiday Art and Craft Bazaar. I am a
former PR Director to General Physics of Troy, MI, and Copithorne & Bellows Agency of San Francisco, CA. Here are is the link to our Bazaar pages:
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Twitter –!/Parcells_Bazaar

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Emily Hay: Female Bloggers Blossom

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Today’s blog was prepared for the Internet Advisors show on WJR 760AM and on the Michigan Radio Network. You can access podcasts from themedia section of our site with content from Emily A. Hay, the show’s Social Media Contributor.

Hay There, Moms! For Mother’s Day weekend, we are celebrating some women who are passionate about social media, communicating and family.These days, passions like these can be channeled very effectively through a blog.Being a mom is not a requirement to be an exceptional female blogger; however, great bloggers are resourceful, in tune to their audience and they find a number of new and different ways to get their valuable messages out. Sounds like bloggers and parents have a lot in common!

Many female bloggers are strong communicators; they may also be sharp marketers, journalists, educators, PR professionals, and/or business owners. Today, we turn to the internet to not only find information, but to share ideas with our peers, to build friendships and establish networks on a personal and professional level. Social media savvy gals can lead significant initiatives both online and offline and even find time to help others do the same along the way. I think these women rock!

Blogs, being collaborative by nature, rally communities around common interests from parenting to lifestyle, from travel to bargain shopping. Many female bloggers begin their blogging journey with a focus in one area that dovetails nicely into another, which can even open doors to unexpected business opportunities. If you are passionate about something and you like to talk about it, you have the fundamental ingredients to be a blogger!

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, here’s a quick list of some blogs by gals demonstrating a range of topics, missions, creativity and perspectives – including some mentions of some female bloggers right here in Detroit!


  • Resourceful Mommy
    • Amy Lupold Bair
    • “Rooted in resourceful, always branching out “
    • Invented the Twitter Party – a hashtagged social event
    • Has grown a global network of social media savvy bloggers
  • The Go-To Mom TV™
    • Kimberly Clayton Blaine, Executive Producer of the “Go-To Mom™” series
    • Named one of the most powerful moms in social media by Working Mother Magazine; spokesperson for Sony Electronics, Disney Consumer Products, Lego Duplo.
    • Her original webshow, TheGoToMom.TV has captured one of the largest growing niche audiences –parents who have children birth to seven, through professionally produced yet authentic and real educational videos.


  • GoodNCrazy
    • Carissa Rogers
    • “Mom of All Trades, Jack of None” and former molecular biologist
    • Has a “Tween Series” of posts; Carissa has “…learned that conversations start with stories and explode with friendships.”
  • The Cookie-A-Day Challenge
    • Stephanie Zielinski
    • Mom of three boys baking cookies one day at a time.
    • Sharing recipes and stories of family and friends


(The next 3 mentions are Hay There Social Media team members…hey, we love what we do for clients because we do it for ourselves!)

  • Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood
    • Lauren Weber
    • Welcome to her neighborhood!  Lauren writes about being a mom, posts *simple* recipes, tips in her Friday Fab5 and occasional giveaways and cool things happening in her neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan.
  • This Side of 30
    • Deanna Rose
    • A thirtysomething new mom in metro Detroit, Michigan, surviving in a grown-up world. Award-winning newspaper reporter.
  • Walk the Dog Midwest
    • Betsy Critchfield
    • A recent college grad, exploring the world as a pet-loving entrepreneur and marketing professional.


  • Mommy is in Timeout
    • Elena Wollborg
    • Describes herself as, “Mom to 2. Wife to 1. High school teacher by day. Binky pusher, teeth brusher & monster chaser by night. Obsessed with social media & blogging. Obviously.”
  • Glamorous Moms
    • Shannon Lazovski
    • A collaborative blog that is described as “an online magazine for moms who are glamorous inside and out”
  • Detroit Moxie
    • Becks Davis
    • She is “…excited to explore this city and the community with my husband and anyone else who would like to join me in this journey.”  You can pick up Detroit Moxie gear on her blog as well.
  • Bargain Shopper Mom
    • Melissa Buckles
    • She started the blog because she “…wanted to share all the ways I save money and you can, too.” She also uses her blog as “a space to highlight things I love and make my life easier as a mom and as a woman.”

Blogs provide an exceptional platform for people to connect and communicate using social technology.  Women are successfully gaining exponential reach by sharing their blogs on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  This list just scratches the surface of female bloggers who are doing amazing work in the blogosphere.

Which female blogs do you love?  I look forward to sharing more!

Contributed by Emily A. Hay

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