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Jim Makos
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Advantage Gambler, Web Entrepreneur.
Advantage Gambler, Web Entrepreneur.

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This summer in Greece, mobile data users consumed 22% of their data on Instagram and just 5% (last year: 21%) on web browsing!

This should tell you where your audience is and how you should better market your brand/product/yourself (hint: don't overspend time/money on the website).

#SocialMedia #Greece #Marketing

Source: http://bit.ly/2wMFkUZ
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Bets against GBP increased by 32% this week, while Euro attracted $1.3bn worth of bets. http://bit.ly/2w8teUR
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UK Pound's relentless freefall hits 1.09 against Euro. Here's my weekly analysis at +TransferGo: http://bit.ly/2xnWnJu
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Read my weekly GBP/EUR analysis at +TransferGo. Will Sterling hit 1.08 Euros? http://bit.ly/2fLeLs8
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Why I'm trying to create content instead of becoming a better gambler/investor.

Watch it at YouTube: https://youtu.be/uL4bsn9ozlk

Better late than never.

While traveling back home from Skyros island in Greece last April, I thought of explaining why I've chosen to spend more time taking pictures and making videos than gambling or investing, which are my main fields of expertise. Filming while packing and getting prepared for the trip turned out a stressful situation, as was editing this very video for three months on and off.

Apologies for the sound in some clips, when due to the wind and me not using my main camera, the whole experience was ruined and maybe it becomes unwatchable. No need to let me know, I know already!

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Reading by the sea. #sunset #Thessaloniki

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Many, many people were taking pictures of yesterday's sunset on Thessaloniki's waterfront, mostly with smartphones and some with digital cameras. The scenery was truly majestic.

The smartphone guys were either taking a photo of the sunset itself, all from the same position more or less, or a selfie having the sunset as a backdrop. So authentic, I know.

Among hundreds of people doing the exact, same thing, I spotted a white-haired old-timer photographer with a tripod and a very expensive lens (one of the huge, white Canon-like ones) pointing it towards the sun. They say gear doesn't matter, but I'm sure he could take this pic a lot better than me.

Still, he himself would also need to wait for the bird to enter the frame and of course, think of the composition from the beginning.

I would hate starting a new career in photography (will not) and I'm far from the expert here, but judging from my experience in other fields, I'd recommend being original and different in order to stand out from the crowd. At least I didn't take the same picture like so, so many others.

And for me, gear does matter (I've talked about that in my YouTube channel in the past, http://jmks.co/youtube) since this cropped picture would look a lot better if it was taken with a higher-resolution camera or with that expensive lens. It may look ok for Instagram/Facebook but not so in full resolution in my Flickr albums.

In the end, one has to decide the purpose of taking and posting these pictures. It will make the job easier.

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Guys, thank you for your kind words sent in my inbox lately regarding my photos/video!

I'll reply to each and every one of you in time, but wanted to let you know here. Funny how you all begin by commenting on my pics only to end up asking questions on gambling or investing! Guess I can't run away from my past (maybe create a new persona/brand?).

Photography sure is a lot more relaxing than running a business or risking money here and there, so I'll take every opportunity to shoot.

Now, this pic was taken yesterday during our family's stroll downtown (visit to dentist, ouch) and I liked how the sun glowed through that tight opening. Hope you like it.

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Tropical but fake. #gopro #hero5 #l
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If a picture is a thousand words, how many is a video? Thessaloniki this evening. #l
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