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A Country Divided by Yard Signs

A Country Divided by Yard Signs

Some people may feel that the 2016 presidential campaign yard signs have just been taken down, but people are already starting to see clusters of new signs pop up as we near the mid-terms later in the year.

Leading custom business signage and décor company, Sheildco, decided to conduct a survey of 3,000 Americans to find out exactly what we think about yard signs, and in particular, our neighbors’ signs.

Shockingly, ShieldCo’s survey revealed that 30.4% of Americans. 1 in 3 people would be irritated if their neighbour put up a political yard sign. Out of all 50 states, it is California people, with a huge 49% saying they would be irritated if a neighbor erected one. So you may get an earful from a neighbor if you put up a sign in the Golden State!

Closely following are people of The Garden State – a strong 42.9% of New Jersey people find their neighbors’ signs irritating and annoying. They are actually the 4th least tolerant in the country when it comes to their neighbors’ expressing their political views with yard signs. Regardless, the survey does show that the majority of New Jerseyans, whether Republican or Democrat, must be of the belief that everyone should have the right to express their opinion.

Because of yard signs, bumper stickers or fury-inducing Facebook statuses, it seems most of us are aware of neighbors’ party affiliations. In fact, 85.8% of those surveyed said they know their neighbor’s political views – useful information for avoiding awkward conversations!

Luke Markey at ShieldCo commented on the survey results saying, “While some people limit the political discourse to the dinner table, others prefer to be more vocal with their opinions – often in the form of political yard signs. However, our survey shows that nearly 1 in 3 Americans would be irritated if their neighbor put up a political yard sign, even though 45.4% of Americans don’t believe that they have the ability to influence an election in favour of a candidate or party. More importantly, over half of us are unaware that each state has particular laws regarding the use of political yard signs. It’s imperative you familiarise yourself with the rules for political yard signs in your state before putting them up, or you could end up breaking the law as well as irritating your neighbors!”

2018 New Jersey Digital Marketing Conference 

This year, the New Jersey Digital Marketing Conference (NJDMConf) presented by SEMGeeks is taking over the shore, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

We spoke with Conference Planning Committee members Aimee Mnich, Christina Diecidue, Pete Schauer and Chris Delany to learn more about the event, taking place Friday, July 20 at Bell Works in Holmdel.

Founded on innovation and creativity, NJDMConf has become the premiere marketing industry event in the tri-state area. Gathering like-minded thought leaders, NJDMConf was put in place to educate individuals on the latest digital trending topics, provide valuable networking opportunities, and allow a community to come together and share industry tips relevant to building up a brand.

The group saw a need for a marketing-focused event in New Jersey. However, it has since become much more widespread.  “Although it is a Jersey-based event, it has become larger than that because of the talent we bring in,” the committee states. People are coming in from across the country to attend.

NJDMConf is a full-day of thought-provoking lectures from industry leaders. These knowledgeable digital marketing professionals are interested in sharing their experiences, providing valuable insight into how they became successful, and showing you the tools needed in order to do so. Both collaborative and fun, innovators from all over the state will flock to the shore area in search of understanding trending digital topics imperative to growing their business. Speakers include Dani Toth from Google and Ty Lingley of Unbounce. “We work with a lot of talented people internally and through our partners, so we are able to cultivate great speakers,” the committee says.

Anyone can purchase tickets. Whether you are a business owner looking to learn more about digital marketing, or a college student, you will leave with knowledge to use to your advantage.

 To learn more and to purchase tickets, click here. For our #HipNJ readers, use code HIPNJ10 for 10% off your ticket!

Friday The 13th at Blairstown Museum

By: Maria Fernandez

No matter the age, everyone is familiar with the Friday the 13th film series. What people may not know is that the original movie was filmed in parts of Hardwick and Hope! Additionally, the camp scenes were filmed at the Boy Scout Camp and Camp No Be Bo Sco (in Hardwick). In honor of Friday the 13th the Blairstown Museum is hosted a Friday the 13th celebration.

Visitors were able to purchase tickets for a 3 hour trolley tour or VIP dinner event, and have the opportunity to meet Robbi Morgan and Steve Dash. Robbie played “Annie” in the first movie, and Steve was the first adult Jason as portrayed in the second film.

Blairstown, and the local museum, celebrate every Friday the 13th so if you couldn’t make it this year there’s always next year. Entry to the museum is always free and Blairstown, in general, is a quaint and scenic little town to visit. As a special treat, Mrs New Jersey International Parker Sanchez was leading one of the tours.

For additional details, visit the museum’s website at http://blairstownmuseum.com/