How we BLEW £100k on Advertising in ONE Day

SteamHammerVR Advert on Big Ben - Westminster

SteamHammerVR Advert on Big Ben – Westminster

SteamHammerVR Video at Piccadilly Circus

SteamHammerVR Video at Piccadilly Circus

SteamHammerVR Advert on St Paul's Cathedral

SteamHammerVR Advert on St Paul’s Cathedral

In the Entertainment Media Space, no-one can hear you Scream!

In the Entertainment Media Space, no-one can hear you Scream!”

— Mark Bellinger

BRIGHTON, EAST SUSSEX, UNITED KINGDOM, June 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Anyone you speak to that has been on the epic quest of making and releasing a video game will tell you that the marketing is by far the most difficult part of that journey.

Embarking into game development for the very first time and with no existing user community waiting for our release, we were well aware that we had a tough task to be heard above all the noise of other more well financed and seasoned distributors.

So we tried to do everything right, we released footage and trailers at every step of the development, we set up on social media, we reached out to the gaming community, influencers and YouTubers.

Cue tumbleweed…

The truth is that we are at a time in history when we have never had so much digital media available; so when an independent game developer like *GamestormVR releases an unheard title like *SteamHammerVR – The Rogue Apprentice into a slowly growing marketplace like virtual reality, it is not so much that nobody cares but more a case that nobody can hear you.

In our case, we ended up spending everything we’d raised to make the game which meant we had nothing left to market the thing….until now!

By hook or by crook we knew that we had to tell the world about our creation and hell, if Disney spends mega bucks marketing an established franchise like Star Wars, and they do, then you can be damn sure that a small outfit like us needs to go BIG or die trying to be heard.

So having sold stuff, begged and borrowed and pimped out the better looking members of team, we came up with the princely sum of £98,423.50. Okay it’s not £100K as advertised but hey! cut us some slack, we’re working here ok!

Then we went BIG, We blew the whole damn lot in one audacious day of advertising at the iconic locations featured in the game in the city of London, England.

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*GamestormVR www.gamestorm.tv is a division of Showstorm Ltd www.showstorm.co.uk

*SteamHammerVR – The Rogue Apprentice – www.steamhammervr.com is A story-driven virtual reality steampunk game with eleven Missions which take you on a story based adventure staged in some of the most iconic locations around Victorian London, including, The Tower of London, Limehouse Warehouse, Trafalgar Square, Westminster, St Pauls and even the famous London Sewers. It’s a hugely engaging and immersive experience with several types of challenging gameplay.
As the narrative unravels you will unlock each mission. more of the story and more powerful weapons, there are plenty of twists and surprises to enjoy as you discover the truth about your recruitment as ‘The SteamHammer’

Your adventure takes place in Victorian London 1892, but dark deeds are afoot, aside from the distant cries for help in the fog, the streets seem eerily quiet but you are soon to realise why, the dastardly Professor Rattwurm is attempting to enslave the fine English folk with his army of clockwork automatons raging havoc all over town.
Using this new-fangled steam power, some ingenious state of the art 19th century gadgetry along with the guidance and expertise of Doctor Obadiah Springhorn you should be more than capable of victory.

Emily Watson
Showstorm Ltd
+44 2081233453
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How we BLEW £100k on Advertising in ONE Day


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NC Team wins Best in Show at Indie Prize London

Best in Show – The Upside Down Bird Team

Best in Show Award 2018

Super Gravity Ball, https://www.upsidedownbird.com/supergravityball/

East Coast Game Conference Winner, Upside Down Bird goes on to win international Best in show: Audience Choice award at Casual Connect Europe

A big thank you to ECGC for sending us to Casual Connect Europe, we can’t believe we won Best in show: Audience Choice. This has been an amazing experience. 2/2!”

— Mike Murray, Upside Down Bird team

RALEIGH, NC, USA, June 5, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — East Coast Game Conference 2018 Casual Connect Indie Prize winner, Upside Down Bird was awarded Best in Show Audience Choice Award at the Casual Connect Europe for Super Gravity Ball.

Charlotte, NC’s Upside Down Bird beat out 100 finalists, from 62 countries to take home the coveted prize. Founded by David Dempsey, Ben Hamrick, Louis Cabanillas and Mike Murray, the company’s goal is to get published so they can continue making bizarre and creative games. In addition to its award winning Steam title, Super Gravity Ball™, Upside Down Bird has other two mobile titles, Galactic Junk™ and Gravity Ball™.

Inspired Indie developers should mark their calendars and plan to show their games at East Coast Game Conference. April 16-18, 2019 at the Raleigh Convention Center. Casual Connect Serbia and Casual Connect Asia are scheduled for September and November 2018.

Walter Rotenberry
Triangle Game Initiative
919-578-8579
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Super Gravity Ball Steam Launch Trailer


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City Beat News Identifies Top Veterinary & Pet Service Providers In All 50 States

City Beat News

City Beat News

City Beat News Spectrum award (TM)

CBN is currently looking for the top pet care/service providers across the country, announcing on its website those with high customer satisfaction ratings.

We shine a light on those deserving of our top ratings to give consumers the knowledge to make the best choice when it comes to caring for their furry family members.”

— Teresa Hersha, CBN Director of Customer Care

LAPEER, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, June 4, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — City Beat News (CBN) is committed to recognizing and honoring customer service excellence wherever it’s found. Currently, CBN is taking nominations for the best providers in pet care nationwide, including veterinarians, kennels, groomers and pet supply stores. Go to https://www.citybeatnews.com/get-in-touch/ to submit a nomination.

Negative reviews, even those that are a fraud, can really damage a company’s reputation.
Consumers value a legitimate source they can trust to help them find companies that will not only meet their product needs, but also exceed their service expectations. The City Beat News Spectrum Award is a great indicator of future customer service since it brings many sources of information together into one rating for the year that shows the whole picture and avoids the pitfalls of unfounded or unjustified negative commentary posted by an unhappy employee or competitor.

In partnership with The Stirling Center for Excellence, CBN uses its independent, proprietary research and evaluation system to identify businesses and professionals with a track record of providing a great customer experience. The rating system combines data collected from nominations, online and other customer reviews, surveys, blogs, social networks, business-rating services, and other honors and accolades — all of which express the voice of the customer. Those that receive the highest ratings of 4-5 stars earn the Spectrum Award for Customer Satisfaction.

“We want to shine a light on those deserving of our top ratings to give consumers the knowledge they need to make the best choice when it comes to caring for their furry family members,” says Teresa Hersha, CBN’s Director of Customer Care. “Especially at this time of year when pets need extra attention to ensure up-to-date vaccinations and flea control or providing them with the best possible care while on vacation, it's important to give your beloved family members the best possible care.”

If you are seeking a vet/groomer/boarder, visit www.awards.citybeatnews.com to see if your selected provider has been rated.

“Every year we post just one rating for each company to help consumers find who has rated among the best,” says Jamie Rawcliffe, City Beat News Editor. “The Spectrum Award winners have all earned our highest ratings so they each receive their own Award Page on CityBeatNews.com.”

“The Stirling Center is pleased to have City Beat News join it in the goal of researching, recognizing and promoting superior customer service,” says Frank Andrews, Executive Director of The Stirling Center for Excellence. “It is right in line with our mission of providing services and resources to companies that place an emphasis on providing an outstanding customer experience.”

City Beat News is located in Lapeer, Michigan. For more information, call 866-732-9800 or go online to www.citybeatnews.com.

Jamie Rawcliffe
City Beat News
866-732-9800
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Nearly 3,000 lots come up for bid over four days at Holabird Western Americana Collections' May 7th-10th auction in Reno

Mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine, a Rol-a-Top model, a favorite among collectors ($3,250).

1871 Nevada general and business directory covering four counties in Nevada ($2,875).

Group of ten vintage Hamilton pocket watches, all open face, some gold ($1,125).

Pair of N.P. Sorensen (Ouray, Colo.) Seltzer bottles, made in Austria circa 1890s-1914 ($1,438).

$2 silver certificate from 1891, the only year that had William Windom, Treasurer of the U.S., pictured on the front ($1,125).

A mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine and an 1871 general and business directory for the residents of four counties in Nevada were the top lots.

Overall the sale went very well, with many strong spots and a few weak spots, too. Categories that performed well included Native American art, certain advertising collectibles and everything paper.”

— Fred Holabird

RENO, NV, UNITED STATES, June 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — A mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine sold for $3,250 and an 1871 general and business directory for the residents of four counties in Nevada realized $2,875 at an Americana, Railroad, Mining & More Auction held across four days, May 7th-10th, by Holabird Western Americana Collections, online and in the firm’s gallery at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno.

The Watling slot machine was the auction’s top-selling lot, not surprising considering the Rol-a-Top is one of the most attractive three-reel slots ever made and a favorite among collectors. This one was in original condition, with the original paint and original lock and key. The replacement reels even had the old “fortunes” over the symbols, to try and skirt the gaming laws of the ‘30s.

The 1871 Nevada directory was the sale’s runner-up top lot, a book containing the names and addresses of all the residents and businesses in Storey, Ormbsby, Washoe and Lyons counties. Rarity is what drove this historic compendium skyward; it’s one of just five copies known. This one had a Silver City (Nevada) postal cancel for Oct. 31 and Oct. 24 on the first couple of pages.

The auction was a massive event, as nearly 3,000 lots came up for bid over the course of the four days. In addition to the Americana, railroad and mining collectibles named in the auction’s title, other categories included Native Americana, cowboy and Western memorabilia, numismatics, tokens, soda and medicine bottles and antique woodworking tools in the original wooden chests.

“Overall the sale went very well, with many strong spots and a few weak spots, too,” said Fred Holabird of Holabird Western Americana Collections. “Categories that performed particularly well included Native American art, such as pots and jewelry, certain advertising collectibles and everything paper, like antique stock certificates. Old bottles were a mixed bag of hot and cold.”

Holabird said the weaker categories included cowboy spurs, old photographs and Texas tokens. Of the tokens he said, “We sold maybe half the collection that was offered, and we knew going in that demand for them was soft. But I believe we’re invigorating the market by offering the very things other auction houses shy away from. Eventually these categories do come around.”

Following are highlights from the auction. Internet bidding was facilitated by iCollector.com, Invaluable.com, eBay Live and Auctionzip. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

A unique silver chalice from Virginia City, Nevada, stamped on the bottom “M.M. Frederick” (mainly a watchmaker and jeweler in the city at the time), made circa the 1870s, 6 ½ inches tall, fetched $2,125; and a clear druggist’s dose glass from A.M. Cole (Virginia City, Nev.), produced circa 1905-1906 and one of only six specimens known in perfect condition, gaveled for $1,281.

An 1861 Nevada Territorial stock certificate #32 for the Philadelphia Mining Company (Virginia City), issued to John Pullen, with one share equaling five feet, signed by officers in the company, rose to $1,125; while an Orleans Flat Silver Mining Company stock certificate from the Nevada Territory (Virginia City), dated 1864, issued to a Pyramid Lake War survivor, finished at $938.

A group of ten vintage Hamilton pocket watches, all open face, sold as one lot for $1,125. Two were Railway Special, gold plated; three were Art Deco, 14kt gold; and several were gold-plated. Two included chains. Also, a pair of tokens from Drummer’s Exchange in Houston, Texas (“I O U 1 Drink, G.F. Sauter”), both in nice condition and produced prior to 1900, commanded $813.

For fans of coins and currency, the sale featured a $2 silver certificate from 1891, the only year that had William Windom, the 33rd Treasurer of the United States, pictured on the front, signed by Tillman and Morgan ($1,125); and a rare date 1896-S Barber quarter, graded VG-F ($875).

A collection of 75 Lake Tahoe (Calif.) postcards, 16 of them real photo cards and depicting such landmarks as Twin Lake Resort, Frashers, Meeks Bay cabins, Cal-Neva Lodge and Emerald Bay brought $688; while a letter from the office of T.C. Power & Bro., Freighters and Forwarding Merchants, Military and Indian Traders, addressed to post trader J.H. McKnight & Co. at Fort Shaw, Montana, dated March 26, 1876, finished at $532. Also, a rare 1870s-era Crockwell photo of a small mill in the upper part of Six Mile Canyon in Virginia City (Nev.) realized $688.

A bottle for Chas. M. Fassitt (“Druggist / Ruby Hill / Nev”), in mint condition, with upside-down writing on the base, a rare ghost town bottle since Ruby Hill no longer exists, coasted to $1,563. Also, a pair of N.P. Sorensen (Ouray, Colo.) Seltzer bottles, made in Austria circa 1890s-1914, brilliant 7-Up green in color and boasting perfect debossing in both, changed hands for $1,438.

A group of five Viola Morris corn husk bags, woven with geometric yarn designs and made in Idaho, beautifully crafted and boasting unique designs on each side, sold as one lot for $938. Also, a complimentary season pass for Boone’s Wild Animal Arena at the California Mid-Winter International Exposition (San Fran.) of 1894, issued to the editor of the Reno Gazette, hit $563.

Holabird Western Americana Collections is gearing up for what may well be its biggest auction ever: a five-day colossus – June 22-26 – featuring nearly 3,600 lots covering many categories including numismatics, mining, minerals, general Americana, railroad, tokens, antique bottles, gaming, firearms and weaponry, Wells Fargo Express and more, online and in the Reno gallery.

Anyone owning a collection that might fit into an upcoming Holabird Western Americana Collections auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels extensively throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. Last year it visited Boston, Florida, Seattle and New York.

Holabird Western Americana is always seeking quality bottle, advertising, Americana and coin consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can e-mail him at fredholabird@gmail.com. To learn more about Holabird Western Americana's June 22-26 auction, visit www.fhwac.com.

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Fred Holabird
Holabird Western Americana, LLC
(775) 851-1859
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Session 1 auction of the lifetime vintage costume jewelry collection of Carole Tanenbaum will be held Monday, June 18th

Gorgeous Chanel Gripoix green and pink poured glass plique a jour necklace with layered leaf motif (est. $800-$1,200).

1930s unsigned Hobe Austro-Hungarian style necklace and bracelet set with enamel and pearl details (est. $800-$1,200).

1960s signed Brania pastel multi-jewel demi parure set with bauble collar necklace and chandelier earrings (est. $500-$700).

Signed Margot de Taxco Mexican silver green snake necklace with green enamel scales (est. $800-$1,200).

Signed Iradj Moini large insect brooch having yellow marble glass cabochons and diamante rhinestones (est. $600-$800).

Tanenbaum’s collection includes some of the great designers of each period – names like Trifari, Coro, Haskell, Coppola e Toppo, Dior, Chanel and many more.

I view vintage costume jewelry as objects of art, because that’s what they are. For me jewelry is all about the aesthetics. If something tempts me and interests me, I’ll buy it.”

— Carole Tanenbaum

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, UNITED STATES, June 1, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Session 1 of selected items from the single-owner collection of vintage costume jewelry collection of Carole Tanenbaum – an astounding assemblage of pieces lovingly gathered over the course of 40-plus years and featuring examples from the Victorian era thru to the present day – will be offered by Ripley Auctions on Monday, June 18th, at 3 pm Eastern time.

Tanenbaum’s collection includes some of the great designers of each period – names like Trifari, Coro, Haskell, Coppola e Toppo, Dior, Chanel and many more. Also sold will be pieces from her expansive vintage Scottish and Bakelite vintage jewelry collections. “I have so much that a lot of it is sitting in drawers, and that’s a shame,” she said. “I felt it was time to part with some of it.”

The auction will be held online and in Ripley Auctions’ gallery, located at 2764 East 55th Place in Indianapolis. For those unable to attend in person, online bidding will be available across the three platforms – Invaluable.com, eBay Live and AuctionZip. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Doors will open at 1 pm on auction day, allowing bidders time to preview all lots.

To say that Carole Tanenbaum is an avid collector of vintage costume jewelry would be a huge understatement. It dates back to when she visited London, England and was so enchanted by a collection for sale there she ended up buying 20 pieces from it, she’s dedicated a good portion of her rich life adding to that collection and several others, which she keeps at her home in Toronto.

“I’ve never been interested in fine jewelry, which is often priced out of reach for most people anyway because of the precious gemstones,” Tanenbaum said. “I view vintage costume jewelry as objects of art, because that’s what they are. For me jewelry is all about the aesthetics. If something tempts me and interests me, I’ll buy it. My collection is creative and comprehensive.”

One of the items in the group of 20 she bought in London was a Chanel piece that she later sold to the Chanel archive. Chanel is a brand that will come up for bid often in the sale. Examples include a gorgeous Gripoix green and pink poured glass plique a jour necklace with layered leaf motif, set in gold tone and diamante details (est. $800-$1,200); and a gold tone metal logo charm bracelet with turtle, shoe, perfume and purse charms. It has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,200.

Tanenbaum said the Coppola e Toppo items in her collection will be desired by collectors. “They are quite beautiful and rarely come up for sale, at auction or anywhere else,” she said. Offered will be a Coppola e Toppo signed green ombre glass multi-strand beaded festoon necklace with half-moon paisley beaded cluster button earring set in gold tone metal, estimated at $800-$1,200.

Early pieces by Hobe, from the 1930s and ‘40s, are important to the genre and are sure to attract keen bidder attention. Many in Tanenbaum’s collection she purchased directly from Mr. Hobe’s grandson. In the sale is a 1930s unsigned Hobe Austro-Hungarian style necklace and bracelet set with enamel and pearl details. It should bring $800-$1,200, as should a 1950s signed Schiaparelli unfoiled red stone linked bracelet with Aurora Borealis centers, sold with earrings and a brooch.

A Robert Sorrell four-strand turquoise and diamante rondelles with adjustable clasp carries an estimate of $600-$800; while a 1950s unsigned Countess CIS Cissy Zoltowska magenta pink and blue crystal rhinestone necklace with baroque pearl drop should change hands for $1,200-$1,500.

A signed Iradj Moini large insect brooch having yellow marble glass cabochons and diamante rhinestones should finish at $600-$800, as should a 1940s Boucher currant berry fruit brooch with metallic enamel and rhinestones; and a KJL signed necklace and earring set with yellow teardrop plastic beads surrounded by crystal and pearl dangles is estimated to make $700-$900.

A signed Margot de Taxco Mexican silver green snake necklace with green enamel scales has an estimate of $800-$1,200; a 1930s or ‘40s Martha Sleeper carved wood cat and reverse carved painted apple juice Bakelite fishbowl should hit $550-$700; and a signed Alan Anderson hinged cuff bracelet with large green cabochon and clear and emerald stones should reach $650-$850.

Also sold will be a 1960s signed Brania pastel multi-jewel demi parure set having bauble collar necklace and chandelier earrings with poured glass, baroque pearls and cut crystal stones (est. $500-$700); and a DeMario Egyptian Revival festooned necklace with molded glass Pharaoh head relief gilt filigree medallion with Czech art glass blue and green beads (est. $500-$700).

Ms. Tanenbaum stressed that the items she’s pulled from her collection for this sale are not second-tier or seconds. “Just the opposite,” she said. “There’s a definite ‘wow’ factor here, as bidders will see. I want to attract fashionistas and serious collectors to this sale, to lay the groundwork for successful future sessions. Believe me, parting with these pieces is difficult.”

Carole Tanenbaum is a huge fan of Schriner jewelry and even wrote a recently released book on the subject titled Schriner: Master of 20th Century Costume Jewelry (Glitterati, N.Y.). She’s also a big fan of ‘30s and ‘40s figurals, especially examples by Corot and Trifari. Her collection is so renowned in Canada it was branded for twenty years by the specialty retailer Holt Renfrew there.

In addition to vintage costume jewelry, Tanenbaum also collects art, photographs, quilts, hooked rugs, vintage toys (1880s-1940s) and antique Valentines. Her husband collects daguerreotypes.

Tanenbaum estimates her jewelry collection totals in excess of 4,500 pieces, so planning for a Session 2 shouldn’t be difficult. “And keep in mind,” she added, “many of these jewelry items were purchased 40 years ago, when they were available. They’re not any more, except in a sale like this. It’s only because of my age and desire to downsize that I’m selling these pieces at all.”

After the Session 1 Tanenbaum auction, Ripley Auctions has a full slate of auctions planned for the coming months, all in the Indianapolis gallery. Session 2 of the Tanenbaum collection has been slated for Monday, October 15th. Visit www.RipleyAuctions.com as the date draws near.

Ripley Auctions offers auction services for estates, collections and personal property for individuals, heirs, executors, legal representatives and commercial clients. It is a state-of-the-art global marketplace for arts, antiques, jewelry and memorabilia. Ripley Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or collection, call (317) 251-5635; or, you can e-mail them at sales@ripleyauctions.com.

To learn more about Ripley Auctions and Session 1 of the Carole Tanenbaum vintage costume jewelry collection, please visit www.RipleyAuctions.com. Updates are posted frequently.

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Kristen Hein
Ripley Auctions
(317) 251-5635
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