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How to Discern a True #Free #Giveaway from a Scam on Social Media

May 30th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

Call me old fashioned, but I hold that if something is promised or promoted then it should be free. When something is offered as free, then there is an implied promise that it is absolutely, free – not free if or free when or, one of my least favorites, “Buy one and get one free!”  That second item is not “free”, it may be a bonus, or the item can be honestly called, “two for the price of one”, but the second item really has a cost, as both items are half-priced.

Cost is not just about money. Your time can be more valuable than money. We live and breathe in time, not money. No one who is dying ever asks for, “Just one more dollar before I go.”

If you have to do something to get something then an exchange of goods and services has taken place. On social media,and especially now popular on Twitter, under the hashtags of #giveway or #free there are many scams. People are frequently asked to ReTweet (RT) a tweet about a “giveaway” or “free” item in order to qualify for that item. Sometimes this is just for the chance to win an item. This is a scam, not a giveaway. The item is only offered in trade for the service of a RT.  Thus the item is earned. It may seem worth a RT for the opportunity to gain the item, but even so, it is a scam. Even if you get the item, the original offer is inherently a lie and hence a scam. Do you want to participate or encourage others to participate in that?

Giving away bonuses is wonderful. I like to give and get bonuses –but a bonus is not a free gift if it is given only if one buys or does something. It is a bonus. Who does not appreciate a good bonus?! Also, who turns down a good twofer, as in two for the price of one? Yet call a twofer “Buy one get one free”, and there is a lie concealed in what could be a good offer.

Perks, rewards and bonuses can all be legitimate and very good deals. These are used with great success via crowd funding sites. I am about to launch my a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo and have prepared what I considered to be great perks, fantastic opportunities of art, recognition and fun to reward contributors who help me change the world with a brand new vision.  On crowd funding sites it is made very clear that there is an exchange made, everything is stated and the terms as clear.

Elsewhere, on blogs, and in books and training programs that unsuspecting people buy, marketers are busily teaching otherwise honest people how to scam in ways that at first seem legitimate. One idea is to give something digital away for free in order to gain the prospect’s email. This is called “permission marketing”. A favorite thing to give away in order to get someone’s email is an e book. If the e book is offered in exchange for an email address the deal is not a scam. However if the e book of digital download is offered as free, and all one needs to do if give a email address so that it can be sent, the deal is a scam and a lie, even if the item is a good one.

It is now easy to freely giveaway a free ebook without asking the recipient for their email address. If a person wants one of my free e books, it is as easy as clicking on a link. Then another window opens and the PDF, or zipped EPub or Kindle file is there to immediately download. This may be considered awful marketing by some marketers; yet, when I say my prayers my conscience is clear in relation to my free ebook giveaway. You can see my method in action, and even download a free e book in the format of your choice at http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm. Just click on a link for your preferred format for e books and watch how easy (and free) this instantaneous method is!

This blog was “inspired” by a tweet from an author who I had followed. He is a new author and who has self-published a kind of self-help or inspirational type of book, which I thought looked interesting. Instead of immediately following me back, he sent me a tweet that said,” Thanks, by following, my e-book “XXXXX” is yours for free. Simply RT to confirm.” Those X’s are where the title of his book was. Now he follows me back. I am glad because he did us all a favor with that tweet, because I truly do not think this person realizes he is involved in a marketing scam. His other stuff is on the up and up, and rather true blue. This is why I am not using his Twitter ID or book’s title to “out” him.

Essentially he wanted me to advertise with a RT for him, which is a form of sponsored tweet since I would be paid with his book. Even sadder is that strongly doubt this author thought up his scheme all by himself. He was taught this dishonest but clever marketing method by a “marketing authority.” He just did not think the ramifications through. There are many other really good people, often creative people who are not business types such as authors or artists who have fallen prey to bad advice from so-called marketing gurus.

Perhaps, my mailing list grows and has people opening my mail because the only place I ask for their email address in exchange for something is for my e-newsletter or the times I have given a free webinar as I need to send information such as phone numbers, links and codes to participants. There is no way to send an email or e-newsletter without an address.  Earlier on, when the Internet was younger, people needed email addresses in order to attach digital downloads.  This remains a good method for sending paid for digital woks. Yet for e books or other “free” information email addresses are no longer needed.

People are smart. If they get good value and benefit they will come back for more. If you are a member of my list, you know, I do not bombard members with email, but do send news and sometimes freebies or special discounts. Time is valuable.

Having a cleaned conscious may not seem worth making a sale to some people, but there is another compelling reason that when a potential customer or customer is offered a freebie, that it needs to be actually free: trust. Every great and successful brand is trusted. Trust is never really free but it cannot be bought –only earned over time. It goes back to the golden rule, which is the best marketing advice ever: do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

Currently, and running through an upcoming crowd funding campaign, the popular e book is available absolutely for free. If you are reading this prior to the beginning of the campaign, check the top right column on this page for a link to the e book in various formats for the Kindle, iPad and other readers, including PDF, which works universally. Get the book this inspiring book can help change the way you actually see the world, through a revolutionary, new Bible based art, and this may be a fulfillment of  prophecy for the end times. Is this for real? See for yourself. Get the book — it is really for free, no stings, or emails requested.

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Art & Bible Free eBook now formatted for Kindle, iPads, Android & More

May 20th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Bible, Book, Inspirational Stuff, Prophecy

In the Beginning ebook is now available in your choice of four formats. This means that whatever your preferred color ebook device is, there is a format that specifically fits your needs!

Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is based at the intersection of ancient spiritual wisdom and
cutting edge contemporary science. It shows us a new and enhanced spiritual and science based way to see the world. It is a life changing vision that can even become an actual new way of seeing We call this new way of actually seeing SHMR (show-more) vision or Bible Eyes. I
s this a fulfillment of a beneficial “Eyes that See” Bible prophecy for the Latter Days?

Can this be true?

See for yourself. See more.

Read:  In the Beginning

Prior to and during an soon-to-be-launched Indiegogo campaign In the Beginning eBook is Free in the format of your choice!

For immediate download:

EPub for iPad, iPod, Android, Nook, Google Drive & more

EPub

Kindle format for Kindle Fire & HD

Kindle

PDF for PCs. PDFs and can also be uploaded for most all tablets. PDF will open right up in another tab on your browser. Click on the disk icon to download to your device.

PDF

PDF zipped. Email it to your b&w Kindle. will open right up in another tab. Click on the  disc icon to download to your device.

PDF Zip

In the Beginning can also be yours, for free, through our secure online store and shopping cart. The advantage of using this method is that it immediately places your email on our priority list to receive the first updates about the Indiegogo campaign. The Door-buster & Early Bird perks are especially limited and a great opportunity for art enthusiasts, collectors, and can be understood as a kind of investment in the work of an artist founding a radical new art theory with vision and life changing art.

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How to Upload & Read your New Free EBook PDF for Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD

May 9th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Bible, Book, Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

It is now easy for you to acquire and read your free (*for a limited time) new copy of In the Beginning using your Kindle Fire or Kindle Fire HD – or even a black and white text Kindle. The color readers are preferred as this ebook includes color illustrations.  We have taken steps to make this especially stress-free for Kindle users.

Amazon has two different ways that users of Kindles can download and read PDFs.  The first method is to download to a Kindle directly from a PC. The second was is to upload a PDF to a Kindle via an email sent to a Kindle.

PC to Kindle Method

1. Download the PDF of In the Beginning to the PC. Click on the web link provided – a new window will open up. In that window you will see the ebook’s cover. In the top right corner of the screen are icons. Click on the little icon that looks like a floppy disc and has a down pointing arrow on it. The PDF of the ebook will automatically download, and will then be available to you from your download folder. You can use this link to immediately get your copy, CLICK: http://artofseeingthedivine.com/images/In%20theBeginningCrowdFunding.pdf

2.Connect your Kindle device to your computer using a USB cable. When connected to a computer,  Kindle devices  go into USB drive mode, which disconnects them from a wireless connection. This is fine, as they will reconnect once disconnected from a PC.

3.After you’ve connected your device to your computer, your Kindle will appear in the same location USB drives usually appear.

  On a Mac: Your Kindle will appear on your desktop.

  In Windows: Click Start, and then click Computer or My Computer. Click on Kindle to open the Kindle drive.

4. On the PC, use your mouse to Drag your personal document from your desktop or Download folder in widows and drop it into the Documents folder in the Kindle drive. [Note: some Windows users find it easier to send the downloaded PDF to their desktop, especially if their Kindle drive is
there. Then the Drag action is accomplished on the desktop.]

5. Once the download is completed you can safely eject your Kindle device, and then unplug your Kindle device from your computer.

6. The PDF of In the Beginning will appear on the home screen of your Kindle. For Kindle Fire devices, tap Docs from the home screen to view your documents.

Email to Kindle Method

There are two ways that you can get your copy of In the Beginning via email.  We can either email your Kindle account directly with the zipped PDF or we can email a different email account (like the one you wish to use to subscribe to the newsletter and/or contribute to our Indiegogo campaign), and then you can send it to your own Kindle email account.  This is about the same as if you downloaded the PDF unto a PC, zipped it and emailed it to your own Kindle email account.

A.  First Email to Kindle Method. We email your Kindle account directly. To do this you must first set up your Approved Personal Document E-mail list to include our special account for sending the free copy of In the Beginning to kindle email addresses. 

1. Visit Manage Your Content and Devices, and then click Personal Documents Settings. Click Add a new approved e-mail address under Approved Personal Document E-mail List.  Enter our special email address: kindlebook@artofseeingthedivine.com.
Click Add Address. [Note that after you have the ebook you can remove our address from your Kindle. We do not send newsletters to Kindle addresses.]

              2. After completing step 1 above, using your regular email address, send an email to kindlebook@artofseeingthedivine.com In the subject please write “eBook”, so we know it is not spam. In the body simply put your Kindle address. Note that according to Amazon you must have completed the step above that whitelists our special email address for our email to reach you. Your Kindle also needs to have wireless when you access your Kindle email.

3. We will then send you a zipped file of the PDF of In the Beginning. The subject of our email to you will say “convert’ . This tells your Kindle to convert the zip file to be readable on your Kindle. Simply click on the email and your Kindle will automatically open and convert the file. You will find it stored in your Kindle Library.

B. Second email to Kindle method:

1. Using the email address that you usually use, send an email to zipbook@artofseeingthedivine.com. Notice that this is a different account than the email account above. That is because the direct to Kindle email must have a subject line that only says “convert”.

2. We will automatically send a link to a zipped PDF file of In the Beginning back to the same non-Kindle email
address.

  a. Or, you can take the attached zip file and attach it to an email that you personally send to your Kindle. Remember that you must place the word ”convert” in that email’s subject line for this method to work.

   b. Plus you can read the unzipped file on your PC or other device. You can unzip and open the file with a PC or iPad and follow the directions above for uploading a PDF to a Kindle from a PC.

PDF files can also be uploaded to regular non-color Kindles. Since the majority of pages are text only, it can work to read the text of In the Beginning on a non-color Kindle, and then use a PC or other device that reads PDF in color for the SHMR activities and to see the color illustration.

To enable Personal Document Archiving, follow the steps above and check the box next to Enable personal document archiving in your own “My Kindle librar”y.

For more on Kindle Personal Documents Service See:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200767340

* Note:  The In the Beginning ebook is available for free prior to and during an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds to publish a larger book and support the art of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image.

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