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Velocity Agency Recognized As One of the Top PPC Agencies in New Orleans

Recently, Velocity Agency was recognized as one of the top PPC agencies in New Orleans by UpCity! UpCity describes Velocity Agency as “one of the most reputable, and commendable partners providing paid search and digital advertising services for small and medium-sized business.” We are incredibly proud of this great honor and to be one of the top pay per click advertising agencies in New Orleans!We know that Google pay per click advertising is one of the best ways for our clients to get their name and brand out into the market and are proud to be recognized for the hard work we do bringing the best performance in PPC New Orleans has ever seen. If you need Google pay per click advertising strategized, implemented and analyzed call Velocity Agency and see why so many of our clients rely on our expertise to make their PPC ads sing!

We know that Google pay per click advertising is one of the best ways for our clients to get their name and brand out into the market and are proud to be recognized for the hard work we do bringing the best performance in PPC New Orleans has ever seen. The ROI on PPC is so strong that we recommend the strategy to all of our clients. No matter how well a company is doing already, bringing in business to the website and converting new customers from around the globe can never hurt. Best of all with pay per click advertising you don’t see a cost unless the ads are bringing in traffic! Pay per click advertising is a powerful tool that all businesses with a web presence should be sure to utilize. If you need Google pay per click advertising strategized, implemented and analyzed call Velocity Agency and see why so many of our clients rely on our expertise to make their PPC ads sing!

New Orleans, Travel, Velocity News

St. Patrick’s Day: A New Orleans Tradition?

St. Patrick’s Day has been recognized all over the country since 1737, but no place celebrates it quite like Louisiana. On March 17th every year, you’re treated to yet another great opportunity for fun, music, and New Orleans’ most famous form of celebration: parades.

St. Patrick’s Day History

Of course, the New Orleans celebration of the Irish Saint Patrick owes a lot to the original Irish Christians who brought the day with them to the United States. With the festive day taking place in the middle of the restrictive Lenten period since the early 17th century, religious observers were quick to take advantage with a time of lavish feasts and lots of alcohol. From there, it’s easy to tell where the Americanized tradition of our St. Patrick’s Day began. And the day certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

However, in a state that already celebrates a day like Mardi Gras yearly, how does St. Patrick’s Day stick out? With even more parades!

Plenty of Parades

Although St. Patrick’s Day is traditionally held on March 17th, a number of locations hold their parades on weekends in March which the 17th doesn’t always line up with. This year parade goers will have the options to view the Irish Channel parade on March 11th,  and the St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade on April 1st. It’s practically harder to ignore the day than celebrate it. For the loud, energetic Irish romps, catch the Downtown Irish Club Parade at the French Quarter on March 17th. For a more family-friendly affair, try the popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Metairie Road on March 12th. On the actual feast day, you better prepare for an onslaught of umbrellas, flowers, picnics, and plenty of green from beginning to end.

A Fine Catch

Don’t forget, a New Orleans parade is nothing without plenty of beads. That’s right, St. Patrick’s Day offers another time to shout your best “throw me something, Mister” to dozens of festively-colored floats down streets. However, the Irish feast day also includes a bonus gift of cabbages, carrots, and even potatoes as throwing souvenirs. Stay long enough and you may make your own St. Patrick’s Day feast for yourself! Or simply enjoy the company of friends on a great spring day.

For those who miss the spirit and celebration of Mardi Gras, check out the St. Patrick Day parades to remind yourself that the carnival season never truly goes away.

Schedule:

Mar 11

Irish Channel Parade

Magazine Street 1:30 p.m.

 

Mar 12

St. Patrick’s Parade

Metairie Road 12 noon

 

Slidell’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Slidell 1:00 p.m.

 

Mar 17

Molly’s at the Market Irish Parade

French Quarter 6:00 p.m.

 

Downtown Irish Club Parade

French Quarter 6:00 p.m.

 

Mar 18

Italian-American St. Joseph’s Parade

French Quarter 6:00 p.m.

 

Mar 19

Louisiana Irish-Italian Parade

Metairie 12 noon

 

April 1

St. Bernard Irish Italian Islenos Parade

Chalmette 12 noon

New Orleans, Timeline

3 More Reasons Why New Orleans Should Host Every Super Bowl

Nate Scott published an article in USA today giving 10 reasons why New Orleans should be the only city to host a Super Bowl and as a local I agree. I want to expand on what he offered, and I may reiterate a few of his points here, but I want to expand on them as a local.

Resiliency

For one thing, New Orleanians are resilient. We recovered from Katrina, the costliest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic with $108 billion in property damage. Five years later we dealt with and overcame the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. No matter what you throw at us, we come back. Any challenges that come with a Superbowl are handled with ease.

 

We are the home of the party (and the police who can control it)

We’ve hosted 10 Super Bowls, 5 Final Four’s, and one Republican National Convention, and when you add in annual events like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, if there is one thing New Orleans excels at it’s throwing a party.

We also have at least a hundred festivals happening throughout the city in any given year and our police officers are sent to other cities in the US to train them in crowd control. If you can think of a better place to have a party, let me know but I think New Orleans has them beat.

The food

Scott mentioned the food in his article but what he left out is that both Saveur magazine and Thrillist have named us number one food city in the nation. The restaurants here are some of the best in the world and south Louisiana has a unique cuisine that you can’t find anywhere else.

 

Bonus:

All the companies that come in and need to produce events in coordination with the Super Bowl can hire the premier event design business in the south, Velocity’s own Event Design Build.

Mobile Technology, New Orleans

9 Apps to Improve Your Mardi Gras Experience

One of the things about working in technology is that it is easy to see how technology can help make things better and Mardi Gras is no exception. As the Fat Tuesday weekend gets underway we wanted to give you a few apps that might help you avoid some headaches and enjoy the weekend ahead.

Getting there and Getting Home

Waze

If you are driving I’d recommend Waze. The more people on the road the better it’s crowd-sourced traffic data works, making Mardi Gras the perfect time to use it. Waze alerts you to traffic jams, accidents, road hazards, and my favorite feature, warns you of police ahead. Oh, and Google owns it so it’s reliable. Download it now. iOS | Android

Transit Tracker – New Orleans RTA

The best way to get downtown during Mardi Gras is public transportation. The French Quarter is closed to driving from Friday evening until midnight Tuesday, so driving there is impossible. Even if you try, you won’t be able to find a place to park as people tend to rent the spots in the private pay lots for the whole 5-day stint. Transit Tracker will allow you to put in your starting location and desired destination and it will show you which buses or streetcars will get you there and where you will need to walk. It also has real-time GPS data on the bus/streetcar locations, but this is reliant on the RTA actually keeping the trackers in working conditions. If the past is any indication, this could be a hit-or-miss thing. iOS only

Google Maps

When you are downtown, Google Maps is still the best map for walking around and finding restaurants, bars, and hotels. Google has the best database of business listings and it loads fast. You should already have this app, if not, STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DOWNLOAD IT! NOW!!!! iOS | Android

 
Uber

I was hesitant to add this one because surge pricing will likely be in effect all weekend and getting an Uber will be expensive. But if you’ve got the budget for it, rock-n-roll. iOS | Android

 

PARADE NAVIGATION

There are several parade tracker apps that will give you the schedule, real time location, and in some cases some history of each Mardi Gras krewe.

Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide

Originally started as a print publication in 1977 it’s morphed over time and it now available as both an iPhone and iPad app. If you want the history of Mardi Gras, background on the krewes, and what the hot throw is, along with the usual date, time, and route maps, this is the guide for you. iOS | Android


WWL TV and WDSU Parade Tracker Apps

Two of the local TV news stations have their own branded parade tracker apps. They are fast loading, pretty much offer the same features, and are free. They both show you routes, times, and give you a real-time update on the where their vehicle is along the route (usually near the front of the parade). These apps are great to give you an idea of how long you will be waiting for parade once you have staked out your spot along the route. WWL iOS | Android WDSU iOS | Android

 

Utility

AirPnP

One of the things about Mardi Gras is there ain’t no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day. This is such a local colloquialism that it was immortalized in a song by local celebrity band, Benny Grunch and the Bunch. This app provides you with a map of places to relieve yourself on Mardi Gras day without risking a misdemeanor charge and fine. There are free locations and ones that charge but when you got to go, you’ll pay almost anything. iOS | No Android, but there is a web app

Communication


SMS

Trying to make a phone call along a parade route is an exercise in futility. It has something to do with the massive numbers of people in close proximity and the amount of bandwidth a given cell tower can handle, but no matter the reason the result is the same, you can’t make a call. No download needed

 

 

Mobile Technology, New Orleans

GOOGLE: Better Than YELP

To YELP quite literally means “to Howl, Yap, Screech, or Cry.”

Think about that the next time you regard a “Yelper” as a legitimate anything.

Since moving to New Orleans from the REAL culinary capital of the South, Lafayette, my girlfriend and I have made it a goal to try a different culinary establishment each week and give it a true taste-test. Being the Google AdWords Manager at Velocity Agency, it is my natural instinct to Google “Best Restaurant Near Me” rather than ask locals. Upon searching, there is a bevy of places that pop up. I narrow my destination upon two factors: ratings and types of food. One place caught my eye with its 4.5-star rating with over 170 reviews and Creole description, Jacques-Imo’s.

When doing a random search, it is easy to overlook all the amenities Google provides to help you in your decision. When searching Jacques-Imo’s, not only did it show salivating pictures of Southern dishes known to this region, but you can view their menu, hours of operation, and also click the map to give you directions from your current location. But, you already knew that. The features that Google recently added that are really captivating are the popular times feature. It shows which times you can expect the largest crowd. This is based on the users who have chosen to store their location information on Google servers and average out over the previous weeks. This feature is used for restaurants, bar, gyms, or other establishments Google deems relevant.

The other feature that Google recently rolled out is to make a reservation. All you have to do is simply click on the restaurant of choice to show more options, select the size of the party, and chose a time. Voila! Your table is waiting. However, to use this feature, the restaurant must use Open Table. Sadly, Jacques-Imo’s did not have this functionality, so we had to stand outside and wait (so 2012). These are just some of the features Google has provided to make our indecisive lives and future New Orleans tasting tour that much easier.

New Orleans

Top 5 HOTTEST HOLES

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN!

The 2015 SINKHOLE de Mayo’s “HOTTEST HOLES OF 2015 results ARE FINALLY HERE… and VELOCITY AGENCY has exclusively been given the results.

We know you’re on the edge of your seats so without further adieu, here are your HOTTEST HOLES OF 2015:

5. DIRTY SANCHEZ.
Jose “Dirty” Sanchez made the cut this year with his devil-may-care attitude, laid-back style and reputation for getting down-n-dirty.

Dirty Sanchez 1 Dirty Sanchez 2

 

4. LOS POLLOS HERMANOS.
These “Chicken Brothers” first came on the scene when we met them on the hit AMC series Breaking Bad. After both characters were aptly killed off, the REAL brothers turned their attention toward their first & second loves: music & running the streets. It’s no surprise these bad-boy heart throbs made it on our list at #4.

Esse's

 

3. THE DESPERADOS
¡Ay Caramba! Senor Pablo & Senorita Juanita “Sassy” Gonzales, were a shoe-in at #3. Desperate for permanent citizenship after touring America on a work visa as professional salsa dancers, this red hot couple were recently awarded Green cards! When they’re not throwing wild fiestas, the Gonzales’ are known for their colorful lifestyle as Swingers.
¡MUY CALIENTE!

Pablo & Sass

 

2. DONKEYXOTE.
He’s an ANIMAL. Literally. This guy doesn’t know the meaning of “moderation,” and bravely (drunkenly) goes further past “the line” than any Ass has gone before. Donkeyxote secures the #2 hot spot because he has literally set himself on fire thanks to a combination of passing out with a lit cigarette, attempting slight of hand after telling bar patrons he’s an amateur magician and reenacting scenes from his favorite movie, Scarface.
Happy Trails.

Donkey

 

AND AT LAST…. THE MOMENT YOU’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR… THE #1 HOTTEST HOLE OF 2015 IS…

1. THE RIM JOB.
This beloved hole was unanimously named #1 because ultimately… The Rim Job is just so darn great at bringing people together! Sure it’s a little salty… but they say it’s best to swallow life with a grain of salt.
HERE’S TO YOU, RIM JOB… for always bringing the heat, no matter the hole.

Rim Job
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It’s just about that time again. King Cakes are in every store (I just bought one from Magnolia Discount), there’s a jester holding a giant sign that says: “get your beads here!” and that guy I haven’t talked to since middle school just hit me up on Facebook. Yes, Mardi Gras is coming.

Now, I’m a Veteran. Born and raised in New Orleans. I know what to expect. Even now these things happen to me every year and I’m supposed to know better and trust me, I go to Mardi Gras prepared. So, if this is your first Mardi Gras or are just curious as to what goes on, here are 10 things guaranteed to happen to you during Mardi Gras:

1) You Will Get Lost

Lost

Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties in the world and attracts a never ending sea of people. There are distractions everywhere, and if your doing things right, your in no shape to ignore them…Combine these things with little to no cellphone service and your left with a guarantee to get lost.

2) You will pee in public with a stranger

lookout

Now everyone knows that they will pee in public during Mardi Gras, but did you know you will do it with a complete stranger?  Pee spots are often hard to find, there are cops, and your best friend is flirting with the sorta pretty girl he just gave all his beads to0. You need someone to watch your back while you do the deed and I guarantee you someone else is in the exact same situation. You will join forces with them in the search for relief.

3) You will see someone you haven’t seen in ages

reunited

Despite it’s nickname, The Big Easy is really a small town. Mardi Gras attracts an enormous amount of people. Chances are someone you know is going. That teacher, from 3rd grade that taught you how to write in script…yeah she’ll be there. Somehow your going to run into this person and have an overly excited (and probably hazy) reunion.

4) You will get into a confrontation

ramsbuttingheads

Crowds and alcohol for nearly a week…..Need I say more.

5) You will dance like a retard

carlton

Yes, even the most anti-dance stuffy is dancing at Mardi Gras. It’s contagious. Just accept it and worry about all of the pictures later.

6) You will end up somewhere and have no idea how you got there

whitepersondancing

After the third day of drinking and debauchery things start to get a little hazy. How you ended up in that one guys car going for a Rally’s Cheeseburger will completely slip your mind.

7) You will trespass on someone’s property

No Trespassing Sign on Manitou Incline

I feel sorry for the people who live on the parade routes for only one reason. But at least their yards are well hydrated if you catch my drift.

8) You will completely overvalue your beads

New Orleans Parties During Traditional Mardi Gras Celebration

You just did something really stupid and got the biggest, nicest, pair of beads anyone has ever laid eyes on. You will brag to all your friends, share them on all of the social sites, and vow you’ll never part with them. However, just like your first relationship, you will  throw them in the trash once you realize how uncomfortable you are.

9) You will get wet

Wet Dog

I can’t predict the weather, but it almost always rains at least once during Mardi Gras. If it doesn’t your going to get a drink or 2, or 3 spilled on you….. Prepare accordingly

10) You will have a great time

mardigrasgoodtime

If somehow this post scared you, or discouraged you from going to Mardi Gras at all, don’t fret. No matter how stupid you look or how many strange things you do you are going to have a great time! These things are just small moments of the day that make Mardi Gras memorable. Remember, Mardi Gras is a marathon not a sprint and it’s fun for everyone….except the police.

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