Spoti-FLY

I’m sure you’ve heard of Spotify before, possibly the greatest, most convenient digital music streamer (but I may be a little biased).  My favorite Spotify feature is being able to create different playlists for whatever mood I’m in or whatever activity I’m doing (listening to “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers while I’m working out just doesn’t cut it for me).

Source: Google Images; Personally, I think "Spotify" should officially be renamed "SpotiFLY."

Source: Google Images; Personally, I think “Spotify” should officially be renamed “SpotiFLY.”

Personally, I prefer Spotify to Pandora because Spotify can play songs on demand.  I mean, there are only so many times you can hit the “skip” button on Pandora anyway!  And when you want music of the same genre to stream endlessly (like Pandora), there’s the Spotify radio feature.  As a Spotify Campus Influencer, my job is to spread the awareness of Spotify around campus.  Most people know about Spotify, but not everyone knows all the features available on it.

Now that I’ve successfully sounded like one of those people who stop you in the middle of the mall and try to sell you some type of hand lotion, go ahead and sign up with the links below.

Sign up for FREE Spotify here (I recommend this for all broke college kids): http://spoti.fi/16N60Au

Sign up for Spotify PREMIUM here (No ads AND offline streaming on both your laptop and phone, but hopefully you’re on work-study because you have to pay $9.99/month): http://spoti.fi/17ddn1f

*Shortened links courtesy of Bitly.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Rent the Runway

Wear a designer dress, look like a million bucks (without actually spending that much), then return the dress- except it’s actually allowed this time!

Rent the Runway is a company, created by Harvard Business School classmates Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, designed to provide girls with the perfect designer outfit, but not for the same, insane designer prices. “Find it, book it, wear it, return it” are the four easy steps the website outlines for shoppers.

As a Campus Influencer for Spotify, one of our many responsibilities is forming partnerships and sponsoring various events on campus.  As my first campus event, Spotify will be sponsor Rutgers University’s FIRST Rent the Runway Trunk Show on Monday, October 28th at 6 PM.  A friend and fellow Campus Influencer, David, assisted in the planning of the sponsorship.  As sponsors, we will be providing the music (5 hours worth to be exact) via Spotify playlist- just call me DJ Roxy Dee.  Check out our Rent the Runway playlist!

To prepare for this event, we had to constantly keep in contact with our Spotify supervisors.  We had to put in requests for more Spotify swag to give out (with free stuff, you can never go wrong) and a request for a Spotify Premium code, which for those of you who don’t know, allows you to stream music without an Internet connection and without advertisements in between songs.  Along with sending us extra koozies and other swag, Spotify also sent us a HUGE fly banner to further promote the brand and help us stand out among the other sponsors (L’Oreal is the only other brand sponsor).

Source: Cristian Zamarripa from the SpotifyU Influencer Facebook Group; Just a sneak peak of some Spotify swag.

Source: Cristian Zamarripa from the SpotifyU Influencer Facebook Group; Just a sneak peak of some Spotify swag.

Not only am I excited to spread awareness of Spotify, but I also get to try on awesome dresses from Vera Wang and Badgley Mischka while helping out a good cause since all proceeds go to Embrace Kids Foundation & Children’s Miracle Network.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne

Header

I’d always thought of myself as pretty skilled and adaptable when it comes to picture editing.  However, the process of learning how to use Pixlr was pretty frustrating to me.  Even after viewing the tutorials, it was difficult trying to figure out what button to press when.  It took me a good hour trying to figure out what the blinking dotted lines meant!  Even more frustrating was trying to perfectly cut both the Spotify and RUPA logos out of their pictures; I have no shame in admitting that that took me more than a day to do.  My aha moment was figuring out how to make use of the “layers” tab on the side of Pixlr.

Although it only took a matter of orienting and familiarizing myself with the different tools and buttons of Pixlr, everything else after that pretty much came naturally.  I had a clear vision of what I wanted: a simple, vibrant header that incorporated my blog name, RUPA, and Spotify.  After figuring out what that magical wand and what the frame-like icon did, it was just a matter of perfecting it.

Fortunately, I definitely won’t be editing pictures or remixing headers in my everyday life.  Aside from teaching me how to resize a picture and deal with “layers,” Pixlr taught me to remain patient and take the time to learn and understand rather than rush everything in an attempt to “just get it over with.”  Odds are if you rush creating the header, it’ll look exactly like the amount of time you put into it.

P.S. – I’m not yet sure if I want to keep the header or not, so I will attach a picture of the header in this post as well.

cropped-concert-header-2.jpg

Source: Google image search of “concerts” is the background merged with the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) and Spotify logos, which were also found on Google image search.

Inaugural Post

There’s very few things more intimidating than drafting the first post on your blog.  Months or years from now when you’re stalking your past self, you’ll likely come across your first blog post and probably cringe.

Source: Self-made meme made on makeameme.org because I had to have Ryan Gosling on the page somehow.

Source: Self-made meme made on makeameme.org because I had to have Ryan Gosling on the page somehow.

That being said, I was a little nervous to set up this blog, but excited nonetheless to take the first step in sharing my adventures.  Since this blog is for my class, Strategic Presentation Methods in Digital Media, I wanted to make sure everything was perfect and contained everything that was listed in the guidelines.  Since I consider myself pretty tech-savvy, setting up my blog was easy and quick.  The hardest part for me, however, was choosing the name of the blog; I wanted a unique and witty blog name.  It seemed that every time I thought of a good title, it was already taken, and the only way I would be able to have it was if I swapped the o’s for 0’s and added a stream of numbers at the end of it, which I was most definitely not willing to do (“R0xandR0ll7261994” just doesn’t have the same effect).  Finally, after a lot of Googling of musical terms and creative blog names, I thought of one- a pretty good one if I say so myself.

Source: Myself; One of the many perks of working behind the scenes is meeting the cool band members, like Derek from Mayday Parade.

Source: Myself; One of the many perks of working behind the scenes is meeting the cool band members, like Derek from Mayday Parade (left).

Though “Rox and Roll” is pretty much a blank canvas right now, I’m eager to start posting and filling the blog up.  I can’t wait to make myself seem important and cool by sharing not only my experience of booking and dealing with musicians, but also revealing insider details about what it’s like to endorse a popular music brand around campus.  To make myself look even cooler, I’ll also be sharing new music “goodies” as I discover them.

Stay tuned,

Roxanne