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Archive for March, 2011

Duct Tape Festival – It’s Finally Here!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

The 8th Annual Duct Tape Festival is kicking off on June 17th, 2011 in Avon, Ohio.   Avon is dubbed the duct tape capital of the world and this festival proves it!  Right smack in the middle of the festival is the Duct Tape Parade.  This takes place on the 18th and starts at Avon High School.  The festival itself celebrates all the wacky and fun uses for that American Classic, Duct Tape.
Why are we writing about this?  Because we’ve just introduced our very own, Duct Tape Wallet!  This is made by a company called Ducti and they specialize in accessories made of duct tape.  We also carry a Duct Tape Passport Holder, which, just like the wallet, is made entirely of duct tape!  What do you think, would you consider using one of these unique items?

Playing a Guitar with a Zippo?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Just Press Play has names its top 100 musical artists of the last 100 years.  #13 on the list is one of our all-time favorites,  Pink Floyd.  Sadly, we were not aware that there was 5th member of Pink Floyd named Syd Barrett.  Barrett was famous for being a musical innovator.  Much of this gets forgotten because of just how prolific David Gilmour was with the same instrument.  One of Barrett’s famous techniques was to slide a Zippo Lighter over the fingerboard to create a unique, alien-like sound.  Read more about the history of Pink Floyd, including its early beginnings with Syd Barrett, over at JustPressPlay.net.

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Apparently, this movie was out last fall but we missed it.  It stars Ryan Reynolds as a man buried alive with only his Blackberry phone and his trusty Zippo Lighter.  He wakes up trapped in a coffin, with about 90 minutes worth of air and cell phone battery life to get himself out of there.

Does Paul Conroy (Ryan Reynolds), a trucker driver and family man, find out who put him in this coffin and, more importantly, does he figure a way out of there?  Watch the movie and find out!  Here’s a trailer:

I’m not sure about you, but to us,  this is just about the scariest situation we could ever find ourselves in.   What do you think, is there any situation scarier than being buried alive?  Let us know by commenting below.

Grandfather’s Stolen Pocket Watch

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Eric Smith had 2 things to remember his grandfather David Smith (whom he never met) by.   A framed American Shipmaster’s Marine Certificate and his grandfather’s gold pocket watch.  Now he only has one.  The pocket watch has been stolen  right off his mantel.   The pocket watch was a gift to him from his cousin Wilber Dorman and Mr. Smith has had it for over 50 years.

There were no signs of forced entry and Mr Smith seems to have some suspicions about who took it but he isn’t revealing them.  He’s hoping the offender will grow a conscience and return the prized heirloom.  Every single time he passes the mantel where this connection to a grandfather he never knew stood, Mr Smith says “Sorry Grandfather.”  Read more about this sad story here.

Zippo Cologne?

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the iconic Zippo Lighter, are spreading their wings. With sales of tobacco and tobacco products on the decline due to worldwide health concerns, the company, based in Pennsylvania, is diversifying into other fields.

Some areas of note that they’re branching out into are writing instruments, watches, sunglasses and hand warmers. However, our personal favorite, is the Zippo Cologne. No, it does not smell like lighter fluid, Zippo CEO Greg Boothe confirms. If fact, “The smell is almost impossible to describe,” says Booth, who uses the cologne, suggesting even some women may want to try it. “I can’t even come close to finding words (to describe it),” Booth said.

We here at Executive Gift Shoppe are sold. Now, when we’re lighting up a cigar with one of our engraved Zippo Lighters, we can cover up the smell with our Zippo Cologne. You can’t lose! Read the full story on Zippo Cologne here.  So what do you think, would you wear Zippo Cologne?

Adolf Hitler’s Pocket Watch

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Custom’s officials in Poland stopped a nervous driver crossing in from Russia suspecting him of smuggling cigarettes.  When they conducted a search, they found a personalized pocket watch that belonged to Hitler himself.  It was a handsome silver and gold pocket watch, engraved with the Nazi insignia and the date, April 20, 1936, commemorating Hitler’s 47th birthday.  This ugly  man’s beautiful pocket watch has been given to a Polish museum to help authenticate it’s history.  Read more about Hitler’s pocket watch.

Ellen Degeneres Gives Lady Antebellum Flasks

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Ellen Degeneres thanked Lady Antebellum for their appearance by giving them camouflaged flasks like a Cell Phone Flask that they could sneak into the Grammys.  Pretty nice gift and thoughtful too.  I’m sure Lady Antebellum could use few swigs to calm their nervers, they ended up winning five Grammys!  You can read all about it at The Country Vibe.

Link Buying For SEO

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I read a great post over at Small Business Mavericks .   The post reference this article about whether Link Buying is necessary to rank for your chosen keywords in Google.  The obvious answer is “it depends”.  If you’re trying to rank for extremely long tail keywords like “Velcro strapped blue suede shoes”, chances are that an article or two posted to Ezine Articles and making proper use of your meta tags should do the trick for you.  If however, you’re looking to rank for a keyword that generates any type of real money online, it will be touch to rank without buying links.  Not impossible, but very difficult.

The problem is that, for all of Google tough talk about frowning upon paid links, they are very tough to filter out.  How can you be sure a link is paid for and particularly in ecommerce, how are you going to get an authoritative website to link to you without paying them?  It is very rare to convince websites to rank to e-commerce sites without some type of incentive.  I know in our arena, men’s gifts, the first page of our SERPS are littered with sites that are purchasing keywords.

I don’t mind sites ranking that are at least clever about their link buying.  Some sites seem to be approaching website owners directly and requesting links to be put in the middle of content on said site.  At least these site owners are putting in some work.  I am finding it increasingly frustrating though, to be getting beat out in the SERPS by websites buying blogroll links and run of site links.  Google please help!  Now, we don’t buy links and never will because buying links is a slippery slope and you never know which paid links are really working.   We’re busy trying to develop unique content but sometimes, it feels like a losing battle!

SEO Content About Your Zippo Lighter and Other Gift Sites

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

The old saying goes that “content is king” when it comes to your website and getting found in the search engines. Of course, “old” in the world of search engine optimization (SEO) is a relative term, dating back perhaps a decade at most. Still, SEO content today still reigns supreme as one of the single most important factors for helping your zippo lighter or other type of website or blog be discovered via the search engines. Check out the following points for what SEO content is all about and why it’s so important. 

* Keywords and Relevancy: The content you have on each page of your site is what aligns it with certain phrases or searches within a search engine. By including the appropriate keywords and phrases within the content, in the right amount and the right places, you make sure that your pages are highly relevant for the phrases you want to be found for.

* Uniqueness: Content is also important because it is what separates one website from another. Effective SEO content doesn’t just have keywords, it is also unique from other pages around the web, and it also is useful to the people who find it. Content has to be high quality in all regards.

* Your Brand: Don’t forget, SEO content is also a reflection of your brand. When someone makes a search and finds your page, the content they read on there is what they associate with you and your business. Once again, this speaks to the necessity of having high quality, well-written, unique and useful content, in addition to content that is optimized.

Some say that the value of SEO content has been decreasing. Even if it has been, it’s still one of the most important factors that determines your website’s success or failure, and having keyword-rich, informative, useful and high quality content will always be crucial for your website.

Top Quality Yet Cheap Groomsmen Gifts

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

“Like” if you enjoy quality but need cheap!

In times of economic ups and downs, people don’t always have as much to spend on wedding gifts, yet they still want quality. In short, they want things like cheap groomsmen gifts

And cheap doesn’t have to mean poor quality, not today, anyway, with ecommerce sites handy. Online shopping offers no middle-man fees, no brick-and-mortar charges added on top. You get quality products delivered right to your door.

Just use caution with online shipping. Look for secure check out processing. And keep an eye out for online specials like coupons!

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