iPhone Travel App Video Review: TripCase #SXSW


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Oh how I love to travel.

One of the tricky parts of travel, however, is staying organized.  From the moment you book your airfare to the meetings, dinners, parties and everything in between- it can be a bear to keep track of it all.  What’s a traveler to do?

In steps TripCase.

sxsw interactive 2014 jen knoedlIn the attached video, I am experimenting with the new app during SXSW in Austin, TX.  With so many options and events, I knew I could use all the help I could get in organizing all my trip details and information.

Success!  TripCase helped me to organize the details of my trip all in one spot.  Both manually, and by forwarding confirmation emails, I added items to my “SXSW Trip”.  Voila!  Everything in one cohesive app- that I can share with family and friends.

And I loved that when my flight was delayed, TripCase alerted me plus my family and friends that I invited to “follow” my trip details. That’s pretty cool. tripcase travel app iphone android jen knoedl

TripCase has also integrated seat maps for airplanes, weather maps for wherever you are or wherever you are headed.  Plus they took the extra step of incorporating driving directions- no more cut and paste!  Gotta like that.

If you are an active traveler, or even just a casual traveler- try getting yourself organized with TripCase.  It’s free for iPhone, Android and other smart phones.

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**This is a sponsored post.  All opinions are my own and any recommendations given are in earnest for the betterment of my readers and viewers.


9 Reasons You Need More Than One Video With @JenTravelsLife

Every now and then I take my own good advice and do something really smart, like create a video that says explains what I have been saying since the dawn of man…

You need videos- with an “s”.


Well, I’m glad you asked- because Mom recently convinced me to create a video of what I was explaining to her on the phone.  She’s so smart.  So, here are 9 reasons you, and every business, needs more than one video.

  1. VARIETYwhy you need videos #social video

PS:  This video is dedicated to Mom for taking me to gymnastics when I was younger.

MOVIE REVIEW: Les Miserable #Redbox

I’m fairly easily inspired.  People amaze me.  (Well, in both ways, but let’s focus on the positive.)

A cold Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect setting for me to catch up from my travels, do tons of laundry and let Redbox play in the background.

I don’t know why I didn’t have high expectations for Les Miserables… I guess it just looked depressing.  But it’s not.  Well, not if you dig deeper to be inspired by the strength of the human spirit.  Then- it’s incredible.  And inspiring.  And I was almost too mesmerized to fold clothes.

poster les miserable redbox jenchicagoI think I saw an earlier version of this film in college, but I had little to no recollection of the story.  I’m either all in or nothing, I guess.

So on a macro level, the sheer genius of human creativity in making this movie blows me away.  And the performances?!  You can’t fake that.  You really have to feel it.  And I did.  ALL heart.

Then there were so many individual stories all perfectly intertwined and all appealing to the part of me that has felt that before.

It wasn’t just romantic love.  She loves him and he loves another…  There is also family love, both by blood and by honor.

And self love, and love of country… and God’s love.   I mean… this is powerful stuff.  I could go on, but you really should experience it for yourself.  Les Miserable is a “must watch” movie and I highly recommend it.  Just don’t forget the Kleenex.

How To Let A City Spider Live Even When You’re Scared

Just rewatching the video makes my toes curl again.  Spiders freak me out.  All those legs.  And that web stuff.  Yipes.

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But also- I know they do good things.  Eat bugs, walk around, maybe we make medicine from them, they save the city from bad guys…

So when I saw this one in the window- well first I screamed a little, but then I thought “Instagram“.

After sharing his/her 8-legged picture on Facebook and viewing the responses, I knew what had to be done.  Here comes one “How To Let A City Spider Live Even When You’re Scared” video.

Oh yeah.  I saved a spider’s life.  That really happened.

(There’s a metaphor in there somewhere.)


How To Deal With Negative Comments On Your Videos

The thing about video is that “it takes a village”.  Sure, there are some ways that you can get around all that and be the one-woman show that I often find myself producing, but when you can partner with others like Indirap Productions, life becomes so much easier.  Ahh… all I had to do was show up and talk.

In this video with Monika Rydz I spoke about how I deal with negative feedback related to video.

Basically, you just gotta be like a duck and let it roll off your back.  You know?

The reality is that if you are going to put your videos on YouTube, and you start to get thousands of views, some people are gonna be mean.  It boggles me too, but whataya gonna do?  YouTube really should make people more accountable as far as getting an account because the anonymity of the viewers is definitely part of the problem… but that’s another post.

Oh- and those lyrics that I couldn’t remember in the video from by Fall Out Boy go like this… “I don’t care what you think as long as it’s about me”.

Ha!  Haters gonna hate.  Keep making video.

So… what’s keeping you from making video?

Movember Chicago: Do Good While Looking Good

It’s one of those things you just want to be a part of… Movember.  It’s fun and silly and VERY effective as an awareness campaign for men’s health.  If you haven’t gotten involved yet, it’s not too late.  You can still grow your mo, donate, party and share here in Chicago with your Mo Bro’s and Mo Sista’s.

Check out the video interview I created with Mo Bros Dave and Austin on Thanksgiving day (Yes, we all took a break from eating for this promo).  You can donate to Austin & Dave’s team, Hurricane Ditka here, or my much less impressive Mo Sista page here.

If you are in Chicago, November 30, I highly recommend you get your ticket to the Gala Parte at Excalibur.  Come dressed in your best Mo-inspired costumes and don’t forget your camera!  Check out my pictures from last year.


Once registered at www.movember.com, men start Movember 1st clean shaven. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their gallantry and valor by either throwing their own Movember party or attending one of the infamous Gala Partés held around the world by Movember, for Movember.

The Movember Effect: Awareness & Education, Survivorship, Research
The funds raised in the US support prostate cancer and testicular cancer initiatives. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Together, the three channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

The Growing Trend of Video (Infographic)

Everyone has TBD.  Too Busy Disorder.

We don’t have time to read pages and pages of facts and statistics about anything unless we are getting paid to read it… and even then.  We want the meat and potatoes of the story and we want it now.

That’s where the following infographic comes in.  If you don’t already know, infographics are the cool new online trend because they combine really powerful text and statistics with visually appealing graphics.  When we are moved visually, we have a better chance of evoking a feeling.  Thus, we combine the two.

What do I want you to come away with after looking at this infographic?  That video is a moving train and you better get on board?  Exactly.

How are you using video?  For personal?  Business?  Love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Video is gaining in momentum, technology and popularity. Now is the time for businesses, brand and artists to make sure they have video sources online.  Video is no easy task, but it can be done quickly and efficiently if you have the right video production team helping you.  If you need help, contact me here.

Video results appear in about 70% of the top 100 listings, the type of content most often displayed in universal or blended search results. (Marketingweek, 2011)

With proper optimization, video increases the chance of a front-page Google result by 53x. (Forrester, January 2010)

Video traffic on mobile networks rose 10 percentage points over a one-year period and is now 50% of on traffic on wireless networks. (ByteMobile, 2012)

93% of smartphone users use their devices in the home, and almost 50% of users watch videos on their smartphones. 90% of smartphone searches result in an action such as a purchase or a visit to a business. (Google Blog, April 2011)

The majority of QR code scans are to access product information, and 25% of QR code scansare to access video content. (Loyalty360, 2011)

Affluent consumers prefer video and search to other digital advertising formats, as 41% of affluent online shoppers reported to eMarketer that they took an action after seeing one of these two ad formats. (eMarketer, August 2011)



Valentine’s Day Love Song Dedications: Feb 1

It’s the Valentine’s Day Love Song Dedication series, Day 1.  And if you’d like to make your own dedication, the form is at the bottom of the post.

Song #1: I Cross My Heart by George Straight

Dedicated to Rick, from Ann who says “I am blessed to have you in my life.”


Song 2:   Glory of Love by Peter Cetera

Dedicated to Brooke Greedy Amidei and Tiffany Schnittker from Stacy Meredith Bennett who says ” Back in the day we requested this song so much that the radio station threatened to call the police.”


Song #3:   Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5

Dedicated to @SteveGoGreen from @AngelaWoody because she says “He loves this song, and gets his Jagger like moves out when it comes on!”

Ok- you’re next.  Dedicate a song.  Do it.

Dan Portnoy, Author of The Non-Profit Narrative

In the attached videos, I am chatting with Dan Portnoy of Portnoy Media Group who has also just published his first book, The Non-Profit Narrative.

I met Dan through Cheryl Hyatt Smith at Liz Strauss‘s SOBCon upon first moving to Chicago.  And I heard about Liz through Jason Alba, author of “I’m on Linkedin, now what?  when I was reading the book in ’98 in an attempt to make “pre-move” connections.  After I read Jason’s book, I reached out, told him I got a lot out of it and asked him to make Chicago connections.

And that’s how I know Dan.  And we met in real life at SXSW last year in Austin.  And that’s my home town.  The end.

Good story, huh?

“It’s all about stories”, Dan says.  In the above video, I’m talking to him about his upcoming book release, the importance of non-profits and charities to show (and not just tell) their audience their story and 5 tips for non-profits when hiring a filmaker in the video below.

Like music and commentary?  Dan also hosts a fun and  free music podcast at TheDropOnline.com.  Check out our JenChat about how to get started making a podcast show here.

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