Time Travel – or just a Clever Social Media PR Stunt?

Charlie Chaplin may be the loveable, Derby hat-wearing silent film star, who steals your heart without uttering a word in films like “Modern Times,” but the early 20th Century (and decades deceased) star was the viral buzz this week. In fact, “Charlie Chaplin” was trending on Twitter.

What makes Chaplin so tech-savvy and cool these past few days? Two words: Time travel.

I kid you not, that’s what reports are touting. Apparently a woman using what some have called a cell phone can be seen in one of Chaplin’s 1928 flicks, leading some to cry wormholes and warp speed. Take a look for yourself:

While time travel is…um….one explanation, several other theories have also popped up (after all – a carrier that gets reception back in the 1920s minus the use of satellites isn’t necessarily the most plausible scenario).

One theory: Public Relations, social media and one clever viral campaign.

Many news stories have linked the time travel buzz to this week’s 25th anniversary of “Back to the Future” and its release to DVD and Blu-ray. This account involves a lot less physics – and a dash of Hollywood promotion – that has everyone (from TIME to The Washington Post to MTV) talking.

To learn more about social media and viral campaigns follow the Orlando Public Relations Firm Wellons Communications on Facebook and Twitter.

Remington College Donates Money to Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Cuts for Cause effort raised $340 as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Baton Rouge, La. – (October 28, 2010) – Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus will hold a check presentation event on Friday, October 29 to donate money to the Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The presentation will take place at 10 am at the Remington College School of Cosmetology, located at 4520 Sherwood Forest Blvd., Unit 001.

Janet Dewey-Kollen, Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will be on hand for the event.

Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus held a fundraiser this month called Cuts for Cause as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students in the Remington College cosmetology school offered $5 hair cuts with all the proceeds going to the Baton Rouge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

A total of $340 was raised for the charity through Cuts for Cause.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to raise money for a worthy cause and save our customers some money at the same time,” said Mike Smith, Remington College-Baton Rouge Campus President.

The Remington College Cosmetology Program teaches students the art of hair, skin and nail care through traditional classroom instruction and hands-on training. Students have the opportunity to work with real clients in a salon-like setting.

For more information, call 225-291-4660.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Baseball Fans Win at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie – No Matter How the Rangers fare!

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – (Oct. 27, 2010) – It’s a Believe It or Not! World Series – a Texas team that has never been to the fall classic facing a Giants club that has not won the title in 56 years.

In celebration of this one-of-a-kind series, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (which has Odditoriums in both cities) is offering a full lineup of bargains for baseball fans.

Rangers fans can score a number of fan-friendly and family-friendly deals for the duration of the world series at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie Odditorium.

  • Anyone who shows up at the Odditorium in a Rangers cap, jersey or t-shirt gets $3 off any combo ticket.

  • Visitors who buy a 4-way combo ticket can also get the famous “Rangers Claw” in wax at Ripley’s Wax Hands station for only $5

  • For fans travelling to away games during the series, a full price admission ticket from the Ripley’s Odditorium in either city is good for unlimited access to Ripley’s attractions in BOTH cities for the duration of the series.

The managers at the two Ripley’s Odditoriums have also made a good natured bets on the series, where kids win regardless of which team wins.

If San Francisco wins the series, Drew Morales, GM of the Grand Prairie Believe It or Not! will host 100 kids from a charity named by Ian Iljas, GM of the San Francisco Believe It or Not!

If the Rangers win, Morales gets to pick the charity from which 100 kids will be chosen to party at the San Francisco Believe It or Not! It’s a win-win for kids on this one!  The kids will get free admission to all the Ripley’s attractions in either city.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie Odditorium is located at 601 East Palace Parkway.

For ticket information and hours please visit http://grandprairie.ripleys.com/.

Contacts:

Tim O’Brien                                                             Drew Morales

VP Communications                                                 Manager

Ripley Entertainment Inc.                                         Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie

Office – 615-646-7465                                              Office – 972-263-2391

Cell – 615-496-5949                                                 Cell – 972-467-9414

Obrien@ripleys.com Morales@ripleys.com

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Grand Prairie is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Baseball Fans Win at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco – No Matter How the Giants fare!

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – (Oct. 27, 2010) – It’s a Believe It or Not! World Series – a Texas team that has never been to the fall classic facing a Giants club that has not won the title in 56 years.

In celebration of this one-of-a-kind series, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (which has Odditoriums in both cities) is offering a full lineup of bargains for baseball fans.

Giants fans can score a number of fan-friendly and family-friendly deals at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco Odditorium.

  • Anyone who brings a ticket stub from any of the series home games will receive a two-for-one admission to the San Francisco Odditorium.

  • For fans travelling to away games during the series, a full price admission ticket from the Ripley’s Odditorium in either city is good for unlimited access to Ripley’s attractions in BOTH cities for the duration of the series.

The managers at the Ripley’s Odditoriums have made a good natured bet on the series, where kids win regardless of which team wins.

If Texas wins the series, Ian Iljas, GM of the San Francisco Believe It or Not! will host 100 kids from a charity named by Drew Morales, GM of the Grand Prairie Believe It or Not!

If the Giants win, Iljas gets to pick the charity from which 100 kids will be chosen to party at the Grand Prairie (Texas) Believe It or Not! It’s a win-win for kids on this one!  The kids will get free admission to all the Ripley’s attractions in either city.

Ripley’s San Francisco has been a popular Fisherman’s Wharf attraction since 1967 and recently received a complete renovation and hundreds of new exhibits.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco Odditorium is located at 175 Jefferson Street.

For ticket information and hours please visit http://sanfrancisco.ripleys.com/.

Contacts:

Tim O’Brien                                                             Ian Iljas

VP Communications                                           Manager

Ripley Entertainment Inc.                               Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco

Office – 615-646-7465                                      Office – 415-202-9850

Cell – 615-496-5949                                          Cell – 415-515-5359

Obrien@ripleys.com iljas@ripleys.com

About Ripley Entertainment Inc.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco is part of the Ripley Entertainment Inc. (www.ripleys.com) family of worldwide attractions, the global leader in location-based entertainment.  More than 13 million people visit its 80-plus attractions in 11 countries each year.  In addition to its 31 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs daily in 42 countries. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Remington College-Little Rock Campus To Host Local Job Fair

October 29th event for job seekers

Little Rock, Ark. – (October 26, 2010) – Remington College-Little Rock Campus will be hosting a job fair on Friday, October 29th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The job fair is open to the public and will feature employers from the Little Rock area, including:

  • G4S Wackenhut
  • Cardinal Health
  • Arkansas Department of Correction
  • Chenal Country Club
  • U.S. Foodservice
  • U.S. Army
  • North Little Rock Police Department
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • American Red Cross
  • St. Vincent Family Clinic
  • Department of Human Services
  • American Lung Association
  • Aerotek Staffing Agency
  • U-Temps (UAMS’ Temporary Staffing Service)
  • Arkansas State Police
  • NACA (Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America)
  • Arkansas Workforce Center
  • Manpower Professional

Business attire is suggested for job-seekers.

“We want to help benefit the Little Rock community by bringing together as many employers and job-seekers as possible for networking and discussions regarding potential job opportunities,” said Randal Hayes, Remington College-Little Rock Campus President.

The job fair will take place on the Remington College-Little Rock Campus, located at 19 Remington Drive in Little Rock. The phone number is 501-312-0007.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/.

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Remington College-Houston Campus and Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus Offer New Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG Program

Diploma program helps prepare students for new career*

Houston, Texas – (October 21, 2010) – Remington College-Houston Campus  and Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus are enrolling students for a new Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG program. The program is designed to prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level positions such as limited X-Ray technicians in hospitals, radiology clinics, nursing homes, or home healthcare agencies*.

Students in the Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG program can earn their diploma in as few as 12 months and graduates are eligible to take the Nationally Registered-Certified EKG Technician certification exam (NR-CEKG).

Registered, state-certified/licensed X-Ray technicians may be called on to operate fixed and portable X-Ray equipment, position patients for X-Rays, develop X-Rays, or provide general assistance to X-Ray technologists or other medical office personnel. They may also be called on to perform EKGs.

The Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG program offers classroom study and includes several hands-on X-Ray and EKG labs and clinical experiences. In addition, an externship opportunity may allow students who meet and maintain GPA requirements to gain valuable experience working in an approved medical facility under direct supervision from qualified personnel. During the program, students will also have a chance to learn medical insurance coding, patient billing, and more.

“This is a good option for students who have a calm and helpful demeanor, can handle stressful situations and work well with patients who are in pain or uncomfortable,” said Lashundia Brooks, Remington College-Houston Campus President.

Remington College-Houston Campus offers several degree and diploma programs, including Business Office Management, Criminal Justice, Cosmetology, Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG, Medical Billing and Coding, Pharmacy Technician and Electronic Technology.

Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus offers several degree and diploma programs, including Business Office Management, Computer and Network Administration, Cosmetology, Medical Assisting, Medical Assisting with X-Ray Tech (Limited Scope) and EKG, Medical Billing and Coding, and Dental Assisting.

Remington College-Houston Campus is located at 3110 Hayes Road, Suite 380 in Houston and Remington College-Houston Southeast Campus is located at 20985 Interstate 45 South in Webster.

For more information, call 1-800-448-6405.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/.

*Employment after graduation not guaranteed.

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Remington College Collects 2605 Pints of Blood in 2010 through 3 Lives Effort

Remington College partners with America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America to increase the number of minority blood donors

Heathrow, Fla. – (October 20, 2010) – Remington College has exceeded its goal of collecting 2,500 pints of blood through campus blood drives in 2010. Remington College collected 2,605 pints of blood through its 3 Lives campaign.

For the 3 Lives campaign, Remington College partnered with America’s Blood Centers and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America for a series of blood drives on every Remington campus.

The community involvement program is called 3 Lives because three lives may be saved for every one pint of blood donated. The blood drives focus on the need for minority donors – especially African Americans.

According to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), African American blood donors provide blood with unique antigens that is vital for people battling sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases. Many sickle cell patients require frequent blood transfusions and it’s best for them to receive blood that closely matches their own.

“We would like to thank everyone who made our blood drives a success in 2010,” said Jack Forrest, Remington College President and CEO. “We will continue to highlight the need for minority blood donors as we provide much-needed blood for hospitals and blood centers in the communities where our students, faculty and staff live.”

The 3 Lives effort will continue in 2011, with the goal of exceeding this year’s collection total.

Based in Heathrow, Florida, Remington College offers career training through a variety of diploma, associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs at 20 campuses throughout the United States, including a new online campus.

For more information, call 1-800-448-6405.

About Remington College: Remington College is a common name used by all 20 campuses of a group of affiliated companies of privately-owned, post-secondary educational institutions based in Heathrow, Florida. Through its campuses, Remington College offers diplomas, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields, including: cosmetology; nursing; healthcare; criminal justice; business; electronics; information technology; and more.  Course offerings vary by campus. Remington College and its predecessor companies have been part of the higher education community since 1985. For more information, please visit http://www.remingtoncollege.edu/. For the latest news about Remington College, visit http://today.remingtoncollege.edu/

Media contact:

Frank Wolff

Wellons Communications

407-339-0879 office

407-637-6000 cell

Frank@wellonscommunications.com

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

Real Life Super Heroes, Baseball Heroes and All Time Believe It or Not! Heroes – All Featured on Ripley Radio’s Oddcast

In the Oct. 15 Episode: Tea Krulos, an expert on Real Life Superheroes, provides us with a view of the special people who dress up at night and go out to protect their neighborhoods as costumed enforcers; Chris Epting reports that the little-known author of the third most popular song of all time, “Take Me Out the Ballgame,” is finally getting his due respect; AOL’s Buck Wolf tells us who his readers have voted on as their favorite Ripley personality of all times; Marci Pikel reports on the Spam Festival and shares the latest in fashion statements – fly-lashes; and Edward Meyers reveals that his latest acquisition for the Ripley archives is Dean Cain’s Superman outfit.

Ripley Radio – an On-Demand Oddcast

Ripley Radio is a journey through the weird, wacky, whimsical, wild, and totally unbelievable world of the odd, strange and unusual. Each show provides listeners with amazing and absolutely true tales of today as well as unbelievable facts culled from the extensive archives of the company that has been freaking out families for more than 90 years!

The broadcast is an unpredictable and fun-filled show that proves beyond all      dimensions that Ripley’s is indeed, the global authority on the weird, strange, bizarre and the UNBELIEVABLE!

You can enjoy Ripley Radio – An On-Demand Oddcast at the dedicated Ripley Radio website and in the Podcast section of iTunes.

Meet Ripley Radio’s Ensemble:

  • · Tim O’Brien, executive producer
    Vice President, Communications, Ripley Entertainment Inc.

  • “Ralf with an F” (Ralf Ingwersen)
    Director of Ghost Tours
    Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!, St. Augustine, Fla.

  • Edward Meyer
    Vice President, Exhibits and Archives, Ripley Entertainment Inc.

  • · Marci Pikel
    Manager of Marketing & Production Services, Ripley Entertainment Inc.

For detailed information on each host, please visit the Ripley Radio website.

About Ripley Radio

Ripley Radio is owned by Ripley Entertainment Inc., keepers of the venerable Ripley’s Believe It or Not! brand and is a global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 13 million guests visit its 80-plus world-wide attractions annually. The Orlando-based company also has divisions that oversee publishing, licensing and broadcast operations.  Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the third-largest privately held company in Canada.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.

The Value of Social Media: What’s a Tweet Really Worth?

eventbriteMost businesses—large and small alike—are urged to get in on the social media game in order to connect with customers, build SEO and ultimately increase sales. But what is a Tweet or a Facebook message or even a LinkedIn connection really worth?

A recent study by a San Francisco-based ticket sales startup, Eventbrite, quantified the buzz around its social media.

Twitter: A link shared on Twitter nets the company 43 cents in additional ticket revenue.

E-Mail: Using the “e-mail friends” feature on the site, an event shared through e-mail turns into $2.34 in ticket sales.

LinkedIn: This social site equals 90 cents in sales.

Facebook: But the winner—Facebook. Eventbrite nets an additional $2.52 when a user shares that he/she plans to attend an event on his or her wall.

What’s more, with increasing sales, this startup has secured $20 million in venture funding.

To learn more about how social media and integrated public relations can benefit your business, contact our social media experts at Will Wellons Communications, 407-339-0879. And as always, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

Club Z! of Orlando Adds Seasoned Educator, Entrepreneur to its Management Team

Karen Fischer named the Orlando tutoring franchise’s business development director

ORLANDO, Fla. (Oct. 12, 2010) – Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services of Central Florida has named Karen Fischer as its business development director.

Fischer—who joins the Orlando-area tutoring service franchise this month—has spent more than a decade as an educator and entrepreneur. She founded the Royal Tiger Art Academy in Breckenridge, Colo., an institute dedicated to the development of human intellect through visual art exploration and creation for students between 5 and 15. In addition, Fischer has taught art and art history at various colleges and schools throughout the nation, including Colorado Mountain College, Ferndale Middle School in High Point, N.C., and Aloma Elementary School in Winter Park, Fla.

“We are very please to bring Karen on board,” said Gail Mears, Orlando’s Club Z! area director. “Karen’s exemplary experience in the education field and her knowledge of sustaining and growing a business will be essential assets as we continue to reach out to Central Florida’s students.”

Along with being a Lake Highland Preparatory School graduate (1987), Fischer received her bachelor’s in education from High Point College in North Carolina and her master’s in Art History from Savannah College of Art and Design. Fischer recently relocated to her hometown of Winter Park, where she lives with her husband Jeremy K. Fischer and three children.

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services of Central Florida has been offering exceptional tutoring services in Orange, Seminole and Lake counties since 1998. Club Z! offers expert assistance in every subject from phonics to physics for students who are preschool age through adults. Club Z! tutors work with teachers, parents and students to assist in improving grades, raising test scores, teaching productive study skills, building academic self-confidence, and helping students score higher on the FCAT, SAT and ACT.

For more on the Orlando Tutoring Experts at Club Z! and to find out how to receive in-home tutoring assistance, visit http://orlandotutoringexpert.com/ or call (407) 628-3100.

About Club Z!

Based out of Tampa, Fla. and established in 1995, Club Z! is the world’s largest one-on-one in-home tutoring program. Club Z! tutors have helped over 300,000 students improve their grades, raise their test scores, learn productive study skills, build their academic self-confidence, and reach their full potential. Club Z! serves students of all ages, pre-kindergarten through adult and tutoring is available in all core subjects – reading, mathematics, science, history – as well as study skills, foreign languages, standardized test prep, assessment testing such as ACT and SAT, kindergarten readiness, and much more. In addition, Club Z! is proud to be an approved provider of Supplemental Educational Services in over 40 states. This has allowed Club Z! to provide free tutoring services to students at eligible schools through the No Child Left Behind Act.  For more information, visit http://www.clubztutoring.com.

Posted by Wellons Communications, an Orlando public relations firm.