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Tips Appreciated. A podcast by Nomtrips Inc.

Tips Appreciated. A podcast by Nomtrips Inc.

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Tips Appreciated is a podcast experience for all foodies. We'll focus on travel and food tips, well researched topics, latest bite-sized news and most importantly, the stories and people behind the food. If you’re a fan of food, casual, candid and fun conversations, Tips Appreciated is for you. Hosted by Nomtrips Inc. co-founders Vic and Eddie.
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On this episode of Tips Appreciated, we review what we learned from Season 2! All the great marketing, social media and content tips for small businesses! We share our top 3 favorite tips and apply what we’ve learned during the season. Thank you to all our wonderful guests for their time. Tune in and see you on season 3! Connect with us! Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips Subscribe to YouTube: www.youtube.com/nomtrips
On this episode of Tips Appreciated, we have Makeda Waterman of Top Writing Services Inc., a branding and marketing agency focused on helping you attract more customers through storytelling and content creation. Makeda shares insights and tips on social media, how to get started, getting your voice and story out there and engaging with your customers.She also shares tips on being accessible to your customers and how to show authenticity before product and service. Join us today as we dive into some great marketing tips and advice! Connect with Makeda! Visit Makeda’s website: www.freelancewriteredmonton.com/ Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/yegmarketer/ Subscribe on YouTube Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/YegWriter Connect with her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YegWriter/ Follow her on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/freelancewriteredmonton/ Connect with us! Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips Subscribe to YouTube: www.youtube.com/nomtrips Skip ahead: [00:00] Intro [00:49] About Makeda and motivation to start her own business [01:26] Moving from Toronto to Edmonton [02:18] Failure is not an option [02:57] Why should you use social media as a small business owner? [3:43] Tips on growing your social media following and engagement [5:09] Tips on how to start to tell your story [6:02] Tips on having fun on social media; internet challenges on TikTok [7:33] Using TikTok for education content; Learning TikTok [9:05] Tips on understanding your audience [10:30] Testing different mediums and content; data and insight [13:13] What Makeda means by “Your content needs to be a daily gift to your audience” [14:40] Three big tips on getting your personality out there [16:25] About Top Writing Services Inc. and how to engage with Makeda [17:38] New YouTube channel! [19:24] Coffee date when the pandemic is over! [20:04] Outro
February 17, 2021 – In this episode of Food in the news, we take a look at FromTo, a food delivery app developed in Vancouver, Canada.  FromTo is a food delivery service founded in 2020 by a group of restaurateurs and software engineers. Their focus is to keep more money in the pockets of restaurants through zero commissions and one flat fee of $6.50 for the driver plus your chosen tips amount. If you are in the Vancouver area, check them out. Connect with us! Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips
In this episode of Tips Appreciated, we have Stacey Watts, a social media coach and content creation strategist who helps business owners master their content creation to connect and grow on social media. Stacey shares insights on why video works so well on social media, how to communicate and present yourself effectively and authentically, and how to leverage your social media presence for networking and marketing. She also shares tips on repurposing your story to broaden your reach, as well as disconnecting and detoxing from social media without losing your followers’ engagement. Stacey says social media is a tool in the marketing toolbox. It’s not the only way to do business. Are you using social media as a tool? Comment your favorite social media platform below! If you’re a fan of good food and candid conversations about business, travel, and of course, food… SUBSCRIBE to our channel: www.youtube.com/nomtrips Connect with Stacey! Visit Stacey’s website: www.staceyonsocial.com  Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/staceyonsocial Follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/staceyonsocial Connect with her on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StaceyonSocial Sign up for her course, Social in Six: www.staceyonsocial.com/social-in-six-course Connect with us! Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips Skip ahead: [00:00] Intro [00:33] About Stacey + How she got into social media content creation [01:51] What is social media? + What businesses should be on social media? [05:00] Where to start with building a presence on social media: Networking [07:22] Tips on repurposing your story + The 4 R’s of social media [10:11] Perfection vs. Authenticity on social media + The pillars of Stacey’s strategy [13:31] Communication on social media: What to say and what not to say + Handling negative comments [21:17] The worst thing you can do on social media as a business [23:41] How to know who your ideal client is + What is the social media algorithm and how do you utilize it? [27:09] How to disconnect and detox from social media without losing your following [37:43] The reality of living in the age of social media [42:09] EMFs from electronic devices [42:59] Thinking holistically with a social media strategy [43:28] How to connect with Stacey [44:23] How to start real conversations over social media [46:42] Is “Done For You” content good for social media? [47:12] About Stacey’s Course: Social in Six: Master Your Content Creation [51:54] Who is the best person to sign up for your course? [52:45] Future plans for collaboration! [1:00:09] Outro
February 10, 2021 – In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss Ikea Canada and their takeout service!   Swedish Meatballs to go? yes, please. As of November 2020, you can now get Ikea’s Restaurant food to go! Simply head to the cafeteria by the check out, look for the self serve kiosk and start your order.  Before you head out to your nearest Ikea, check to see participating locations.  Our menu favorite? The Swedish Family Meal.   Connect with us!  Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com  Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips   Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips   Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips
On this episode of Tips Appreciated, we have Earnest Rawlins, a Golden Bean Winner and Founder/Owner of E’s World Coffee located in Alaska. Earnest shares how he got into coffee roasting after learning how to repair espresso machines and gives great tips and advice for beginners on making a great cup of coffee, including equipment recommendations! He also shares his entrepreneurial journey in creating his coffee roasting company and what the coffee roasting community is like in Alaska. Then, he speaks on what it’s been like to do business online during the pandemic and the challenges he faces in expanding his physical locations for roasting. If you’re a fan of good food and candid conversations about travel, business, and of course, food… SUBSCRIBE to our channel: www.youtube.com/nomtrips Connect with Earnest! Visit the E’s World Coffee website: www.esworldcoffee.com Follow him on Instagram: www.instagram.com/esworldcoffee Connect with him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Es-World-Coffee-519794771754745 Skip ahead: [00:00] Intro [01:17] About Earnest Rawlins + How he got into coffee roasting [05:03] Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs [05:31] Starting and growing E’s World Coffee [10:37] What it was like to find out he’s a Golden Bean Winner [11:29] Expanding into selling at farmer’s markets + Dealing with burnout [13:49] Winning Golden Bean again! [14:47] The best way to make a good coffee blend [15:35] Earnest’s current secret project [16:34] Did you know? There are 6 ways to roast coffee beans! [17:48] Our reactions to tasting E’s World Coffee [18:44] Suggested coffee making equipment for beginners [20:54] Tips for grinding coffee and pouring your kettle correctly [26:54] Are you on a mission to win first place in Golden Bean? + His challenges with expansion [31:32] The micro-roasting community in Alaska [39:05] How his online coffee business is doing during the pandemic [44:33] The story behind E’s World Coffee’s new merch [49:44] How E’s World does shipping [51:13] What to expect in the next episode with Earnest [52:00] Do you remember the first time you ever had coffee? [53:18] Outro
February 3,2021 – In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss Super Bowl foods and snacks! Well, Tom Brady has done it again. This time leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Super Bowl LV (55) against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. While you’re probably not in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay to watch the game, you’ll at least be home enjoying some great food and snacks.  We share some of our favourites, but also let us know yours. The game starts at 6:30ET. ------------------------------------- 👍 Connect with us!  Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips 🎶 You can also listen to this episode on: Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/tips-appreciated-a-podcast-by-nomtrips-inc/id1540664588 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1jJl9uoinIYLp5mjg5iqAP Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yZDU1NGIxNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
On this episode of Tips Appreciated, we have Michelle and Amanda of @Eat.Shop.Love.AB on Instagram to talk about marketing tips and strategies for small businesses, how to best use social media as a marketing tactic, and how to tell your story authentically. They speak on the many benefits of using social media to grow awareness of your small business and how to maximize the impact of your marketing budget so that you get the most bang for your buck! Michelle and Amanda also share their thoughts on how social media influencers and micro influencers are being used as a marketing tactic, as well as the main challenges small businesses face in marketing and branding. Did you know? If every Calgary household spent $10 a month buying local, the Calgary economy would get a GDP boost of $52 million and that would generate an additional 823 jobs in the city! Like Michelle and Amanda say, don’t pressure yourself too much to buy local, it should be a feel-good act of contribution and support for your community. If you’re a fan of good food and candid conversations about travel, business, and of course, food… SUBSCRIBE to our channel: www.youtube.com/nomtrips Skip ahead: [00:00] Intro [01:24] About Michelle, Amanda, and why they started @Eat.Shop.Love.AB [03:28] About A2 Marketing [05:18] Why small businesses struggle with marketing [07:43] What does “local business” mean to you? + Misconceptions with franchises [10:38] How do you find local small businesses? [12:58] The importance of social media to businesses: Should social media be the primary marketing tactic for small businesses? [16:54] Tips for authentic storytelling and copywriting for small businesses [20:59] Candid thoughts on social media influencers + What makes a good influencer [22:59] Benefits of utilizing micro influencers [23:45] The personal impacts of supporting small businesses [25:30] How to make small changes towards shopping local + Calgary economy stat [30:53] Finding balance in supporting big and small businesses + The importance of tipping curbside and delivery drivers [33:36] How to reach out to Amanda and A2 Marketing [34:28] How to reach out to and work with @Eat.Shop.Love.AB [36:17] Changing your branding and voice [37:40] Explaining their first Instagram post [39:53] Outro Connect with Michelle and Amanda! Follow them on Instagram: www.instagram.com/eat.shop.love.ab Visit A2 Marketing’s website: www.a2mktg.com Follow A2 Marketing on Instagram: www.instagram.com/a2mktg Small Businesses Mentioned: Oodle Noodle: www.oodlenoodle.ca Famoso: www.famoso.ca Boston Pizza: www.bostonpizza.com Whistle & Flute: www.whistleandflute.com Skip the Dishes: www.skipthedishes.com H&W Produce: www.handwproduce.com Sea Change Brewing Co.: www.seachangebeer.com Situation Brewing: www.situationbeer.com Crum Coffee Bar: www.crumcoffeebar.com El Gringo Foods: www.elgringofoods.com Lulu Cookies: www.lulucookies.com Connect with us! Visit our website: www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/nomtrips Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/nomtrips Connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nomtrips
January 27, 2021 – In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss Burger King’s new logo! It’s been 20 YEARS since Burger King redesigned their logo and we must say we are digging the new look. It has a nice retro look, a custom font with new packaging. Our favorite though? It has to be their uniforms.   Let us know what you think of Burger King’s new logo and branding. 👍 Connect with us!  Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips
We attended (virtually) TechTable Summit 2020 on December 15, 2020, presented by Zagat. One of our favourite session was: Social Media: Reviving The Restaurant Industry Adapting to new strategies around social media, data, guest relations, and how restaurants can leverage digital platforms to grow their businesses. The panel included: Ellen Bennet - Founder of Hedley & Bennett @ellenmariebennett Nick Tran - Head of Global Marketing, Tiktok @atsignnick Lila King - Head of News and Publishing at Instagram @lilacina Rachel Karten - Social Media Consultant, formerly with Bon Appetit @milkkarten What a panel! Part of our mission on Tips Appreciated is to provide useful advice and tips on everything food-related. Today, we start with the restaurant industry, which we all know is taking a huge hit because of the pandemic of 2020. In today’s episode, we’ve summarized what we learned for you, our listeners, and viewers with the hopes that you can take some of these social media marketing tips and advice and immediately apply them to your business. Timeline 0:00 Intro 1:14 Tips Appreciated’s mission 2:01 What Restaurants can do first 3:44 So now what? 5:30 Posting perfect food pictures are fading away 6:11 Use video as the new content 7:45 Using Technology 9:45 Having Content 11:07 Community
January 20, 2021 – In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss David Chang, the founder of Momofuku, winning Who Wants to be a Millionaire and donating the $1 million dollar grand prize to a worthy foundation. We know the restaurant service industry has been hit hard by this pandemic. David Chang’s focus was to donate his winnings to the Southern Smoke Foundation, which is a crisis relief foundation for people in the food and beverage industry. What was the final question? “Although he and his wife never toughed a light switch for fear of being shocked, who was the first president to have electricity in the White House?” His final and correct answer: “Benjamin Harrison” Congrats to David and the Southern Smoke Foundation! ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––   👍 Connect with us! Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips
In today’s episode of Tips Appreciated, we’ll be discussing Anthony Bourdain – his life, his works, and his legacy.    To say that Anthony Bourdain was an iconic figure would be an understatement. More than that, though, his legacy isn’t limited to just the industries that he worked in; rather, he inspired people of all ages, of all backgrounds, and from all walks of life.    But how exactly did he become this extraordinary, larger than life man?   We wanted to learn more about him and wanted to hear his life story, so we did some research on things that shaped him into the person he is and the legacy he created. Timestamp  0:00 Intro  1:35 Anthony’s Childhood  2:23 College years  2:51 Career after College  3:40 Anthony’s start in journalism  4:25 A Cook’s tour - In Search of the Perfect Meal  5:06 Travel Channel’s series Anthony Bourdain No Reservation  5:40 Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown on CNN  6:36 Focusing on the food and the people behind it  8:37 Anthony’s advice 12:50 Rival Chefs  14:34 His Death  15:36 Conclusion  16:13 Our thoughts ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––  👍 Connect with us!  Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.com  Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips
In today’s episode, we wrap up season 1 of Tips Appreciated Podcast! We discuss what we’ve learned, what was most surprising, and where we’re headed. Since November 18th, we’ve released 8 full episodes and 10 short Food in the news where we talk about food, travel, and limited releases/collabs like Hot Ones and Reebok.  What will season 2 bring? Well, make sure to tune in and subscribe as we’ll talk to some great marketers, small business owners, and people who have great stories that inspire us. Last but not least, thank you to our family and friends for all the support. We’re truly excited to see where Nomtrips and Tips Appreciated is headed. Timestamp  0:00 Intro 1:17 Favourite Episode 3:52 Top Ah Ha Moment 5:50 Most Viewed/Listened to Episode 7:03 What’s to come in Season 2 Videos mentioned Vic’s Favourite Episode Our 3 food conspiracy theories. Fact or fiction. https://youtu.be/W8tvJnPNxd4 Eddie’s Favourite Episode FITN: Excitement over Hot Ones x Reebok Collab - https://youtu.be/MWN-iWzRZP4 Most Viewed/Listened Episode Disneyland vs Disney World - Our candid thoughts - https://youtu.be/PWnY1W7SucU Talking Japan, Jiro Dreams of Sushi with Anthony. Was It WORTH IT? - https://youtu.be/MwwIBw6LOVs ------- 👍 Connect with us!  Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.comFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips
January 6, 2020 - In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss McDonald’s U.K. Curry Chicken McNuggets! We're truly excited for this Japanese inspired limited-edition menu item.  Available for 6 weeks after December 30, 2020 launch. Instead of the crispy coating, the Katsu McNuggets uses panko crumbs and is served with a side of Sweet Curry Sauce. Let us know what you think of this limited-edition item from McDonald's!
In today’s episode, Anthony is back! Today he shares his McDonald’s experiences from around the world. Ever been to a “fancy” sit down McDonald’s? Well, there’s one in Hong Kong. He shares his experiences from multiple McDonald’s including Egypt, Japan, and Australia. Remember Pokemon Happy Meal toys? Well, Anthony has some cool stories around his quests for McDonald’s merch. Do you have McDonald’s stories to share? Tell us! Timestamp 0:00 Introduction 1:36 McDonald’s in Hong Kong 3:34 McDonald’s in Japan 5:18 McDonald’s in Egypt 8:41 Eddie’s experience in Hawaii’s McDonald’s 9:02 McDonald’s in Australia 10:50 Cool McDonald’s Merch 15:38 Items we miss from McDonald’s 19:48 Make your own burger 22:13 What is our go-to at McDonald’s? 27:07 Triple Filet o’ fish 28:51 Vic Remembering Big Mac had a paper ring holding the burger 33:15 Anthony running around McDonald’s finding the Pokemon toys 35:00 Nomtip: What should travellers looks for at other McDonald’s
December 30, 2020 - In this episode of Food in the news, we discuss McDonald’s China odd combination. Spam and Oreos. That’s right, bringing together two of the world’s most famous foods into the limited time Oreo and Spam burger. Imagine, two buns and in between two slices of spam, crumbled up Oreos and mayonnaise! What does it taste like, watch today’s episode on YouTube as we react to a few fans who have already had it. Would you try the Oreo and Spam Burger from McDonald’s? Eddie would.
In today’s episode, we discuss one of our favourite drinks, bubble tea! Also known as boba, we look at the history behind this popular drink. Where did it come from? How was it created? What does the bubble actually mean? Sit back and relax as we chat through all these questions over our own favourite bubble tea drinks. If you want to go ahead and get your favorite drink, please do. Also, guess how many times Vic visited Boba Guys in one day? HINT: She LOVES Boba Guys. 0:00 - Intro 1:00 - What’s Bubble Tea/Boba? 2:00 - Boba Guys 2:32 - When was Bubble Tea invented 2:55 - Traditional Tea Houses in Taiwan 4:52 - How was Boba discovered? 8:28 - Customizing Boba 9:47 - Vic’s Love for Boba Guys 11:06 - What does Bubble mean in Bubble Tea? 12:38 - When did Boba move to North America? 13:16 - What are the Tapioca balls? 15:52 - Is Boba Healthy? -----------  👍 Connect with us! Visit our website: https://www.nomtrips.com Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nomtrips  🎶 You can also listen to this episode on:  Apple Podcasts https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/tips-appreciated-a-podcast-by-nomtrips-inc/id1540664588 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1jJl9uoinIYLp5mjg5iqAP Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8yZDU1NGIxNC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
December 23, 2020 - CNN recently published an article on fast-food breakfast winners and losers. In today’s Food in the news, we give our own opinion on whether we agree with the article and share our favourite places to eat. Is McDonald's still the ultimate winner? How does Tim Horton's compare to quality and value? Also, we didn't realize Wendy's served breakfast.  Watch or listen to the full episode and let us know your own winners and losers!  
In episode 6, we look at one of Eddie’s favourite places to visit, Hawaii! Vic asks Eddie about the best places to eat and do. Eddie talks about Waikiki, favourite places to eat on the North Shore, and some hidden local favourites in Helena’s Hawaiian food! Hawaiian short ribs, yes, please. 0:00 - Intro 0:43 - How many times has Eddie been to Hawaii 1:26 - Which Cities did Eddie go visit 2:08 - Favourite City in Hawaii 2:45 - City for first-timers to go to 3:00 - The best time to go 5:13 - Top 3 Places to Eat 5:23 - Shrimp Truck - Giovannis 6:17 - Matsumoto Shave Ice 7:24 - Leonard's Bakery 8:43 - What food should first-timers try 9:53 - Try different types of Spam in Hawaii 10:28 - Great Hawaiian breakfast 11:05 - Fun Group Activity to do in Hawaii 12:35 - Hike up Diamond Head 13:26 - How long should you stay? 14:32 - Should people island-hop? 15:21 - Accommodation in Hawaii 15:59 - Aston at the Waikiki Banyan 16:34 - Getting Around Hawaii 17:26 - Any local secrets - Hidden gems 17:45 - Spam Musubi 18:43 - Short ribs at Helena's Hawaiian Food 20:51 - What would you do if you didn’t have the kids with you?
December 16, 2020 - On November 2, 2020 McDonald’s tweeted “remember when we sold McPizza” The tweet generated over 2,500 comments from people who remember, people who wished they had it in their hometown and memories of bringing back the McRib. In today’s Food in the news, we share our own experience with the McPizza, including memories, how it tasted and the different sizes. Eddie argues it came in a family size, while Vic only remembers the individual size. Listeners, and viewers, would YOU want the McPizza back? Imagine a McPizza and McRib combo in 2020. Add a coffee for $1 and you have yourself a meal.
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