Kathy Schwartz, center, celebrates her unseating of Wasco County Commissioner Rod Runyon Tuesday night with supporters at Sunshine Mill.
Photo courtesy Rob Denning/Immense Imagery
Immense Imagery is now broadcasting community events via Facebook Live Streaming. We began with our Live Stream of The Dalles City Council meeting and have expanded that to Hood River. We will be live streaming the December 1st Hood River Star Light Parade, Tree lighting festivities. Etc. Our Live Streaming services are being carried on both our Facebook page, multiple community groups and on Eagle publishing's sites like The Dalles Chronicle's Facebook page and hopefully soon the Hood River News Social Media sites as we move from beta testing into full service.
We provide Live Stream Community sponsorships at the Community Support level of $250.00 for 4 Live events and our 6 month service plan positions you for 2018. Our Live Stream include the events mentioned, Hood River City Council meetings and other live events taking place around the area. Your sponsorship logo and message will be repeated at regular intervals throughout the Live Stream. This is the local audience you want to reach. People involved in their community and who have come from all over the Country and World to live here. People who will value and share the content we roll out. The Live Stream events are also archived. It is available for all to tag friends, share, re-watch or review. All of which is of great residual benefit to you the sponsor and for those who missed the original live feed. We can also Live Stream events at any location. Think Events, Music, Weddings, Parties, Workshops etc. etc.
Here is link to our website. It shows you what Branding can look like. Please peruse our website. Our Live Stream is still in the Beta phase and we have new tech coming in January with top notch graphics and short film capability. This is going to enable us to revolutionize The Gorge!
Noah Barnes, 11, has burned through more shoes than other kids his age this year — he’s on his 11th pair — but then none of his peers are about to become the youngest person on record to walk across America.
On Thursday, Barnes and his father, Robert, could be seen along Washington State Route 14 near Wishram, the 311th day of their more than 4,200-mile journey.
They took a short break to talk with a Chronicle reporter about the expedition that began in Key West, Fla., in early January and ends Dec. 9 in Blaine, Wash.
Rob Denning from Immense Imagery captured video footage of the interview, which will be posted on the businesses’ Facebook pages, as well as the Chronicle website, www.thedalleschronicle.com.
When the long trek is finished, Noah will have walked from the farthest southeastern point of the contiguous United States to its farthest northeastern point, yet another record.
"Less than 300 people have crossed the U.S. on foot since they started tracking these journeys,” said Robert.
Setting a new record isn’t what drives Noah to get up every day and walk 17 to 22 miles, or more. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 16 months old and has lived with insulin shots most of his life.
He longs for the day that needles and testing his blood sugar level multiple times a day is no longer a part of his routine.
“It’s like having a cold only this cold is different because it stays with you,” he explained of his condition.
Noah came up with the idea for the trip after stumbling across an article about a diabetes walk fundraiser.
“How far do I need to walk so that I can be cured,” he asked dad.
He believes the family’s quest will lead to more dollars being spent on research and an eventual cure. That is what gives him determination on rough days, such as braving the snow near Baker City earlier this week.
"Diabetes is not a ‘good’ disease so people don’t talk about it — they think you do it to yourself,” said Robert.
He said that is untrue of type 1 diabetes, which is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
“They have an idea what triggers it, but they don’t really know,” said Robert.
Diabetes is autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The disease affects 30 million Americans, about 10 percent of the population. If not cured by 2050, the American Diabetes Association predicts that more than 100 million citizens will have the disease, which will further strain the health care system.
The classic symptoms of diabetes are frequent urination, increased thirst and hunger, and weight loss. Additional symptoms include blurry vision, strong fruity breath, nausea or vomiting, rapid and deep breathing, confusion, weakness, fatigue and poor healing.
To keep his blood sugar in a healthy range, Noah eats four to five times per day, consuming 4,000 to 6,000 calories during the walk.
“This kid can eat,” said Robert, who heats up packets of rice and chicken and other Mountain Home dehydrated specialties to give his son a warm boost on a cold day.
Sometimes people drop off gifts of food, although Robert is hesitant to allow Noah to eat anything that is not sealed.
Other times, motorists like Marilyn Singer of British Columbia, Canada, who was passing through the Gorge Wednesday, pull over to give them a monetary donation.
“Good luck Noah,” she said after taking a quick photo with the boy.
Noah said up to 50 people a day have taken time to encourage him or ask questions.
“If people see his story, they know – otherwise, we just look like homeless people,” said Robert, who pushes a cart filled with things Noah might need during long days on the road.
He and wife, Joanne, have been homeschooling Noah and his two younger siblings along the way. Their lessons are geared for the area they are traveling through, so it seemed fitting to discuss the journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition while walking along the Columbia River.
Robert also provided instruction in geology, pointing out the rock formations in the scenic corridor.
“They do book work in the morning and journal about what they did at night,” he said.
Noah posts excerpts of his video journal on www.noahsmarchfoundation.org, the website that chronicles the family expedition. Donations can be made on that site.
Some days, all three children walk but Wednesday’s cold, wet weather made mom decide to keep the younger ones, ages 4 and 8, in a nearby motel room.
For 200 days of the trip, the Barnes have stayed with people, said Robert. When housing is not available, he said motels frequently have donated a room, although some have charged full price.
There has been sleet, snow, wind and rain during the almost year-long journey, as well as blistering sun.
Noah has more than 30 badges that have been given to him by law enforcement officials and wears several of them on his bright yellow vest.
Homeless people have offered him their spare change and even walks through rough neighborhoods in some big cities have seen people reaching out to them, said Robert.
Sometimes they have been offered rides by people who feel sorry for them, thinking they are down on their luck.
“I’ve learned that people in America are really nice,” said Noah.
“We haven’t had anything negative, except some rudeness in Illinois and California drivers that have screamed at us and made hand gestures — that was really bizarre,” said Robert.
He said Google maps have identified cities that “didn’t really exist,” meaning they ended up as byways without services or amenities.
“That made things a little more difficult when we needed supplies,” said Robert.
The Barnes family started their journey at the same time as many other people were taking to the road.
They monitored the progress of these individuals on US Crossers, www.usacrossers.com, but, as the months wore on, these walkers dropped off the grid before they could meet up with them.
“There are three types of people who do this: Advocates, adventurers and athletes,” said Robert.
His family is so serious about advocating for a diabetes cure that Robert will begin a bike ride from California to Georgia in mid-December to raise further support.
The Barnes sold their home in Florida so, when all of the walking is done, they will have to decide where to live next. Joanne has family ties in Walla Walla, Wash., so that community might be given consideration.
“I just hope diabetes goes away,” said Noah of the family’s efforts.
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Immense Imagery and The Dalles Chronicle have partnered to create a digital platform to maximize the reporting of community events by putting readers at the scene.
“We are so excited about this partnership, it adds a new dimension to the news,” said Chelsea Marr, publisher of the Chronicle and Hood River News. “The videos produced by Immense Imagery are professional and interesting — they really capture the moment.”
The first joint project airs today; a short clip to promote the grand reopening of the historic Granada Theater, which starts Friday and continues through Sunday. (See related story.)
Immense Imagery’s video above also accompanies the story written by reporter Jesse Burkhardt can be found on the Chronicle’s Facebook page and website, www.thedalleschronicle.com.
The video was sponsored by First Community Credit Union, Griffin House and the Lyle Hotel.
“We now have a comprehensive voice to showcase the community in a way that bridges generations,” said Rob Denning, who founded Immense Imagery in The Dalles two years ago.
Since that time, the company has encapsulated not only events, such as the Northwest Cherry Festival and Families in the Park, but advertised businesses and promoted causes, such as the drive by The Next Door, Inc., to get more than 200 foster children in good homes.
On Monday, Immense Imagery will begin livestreaming The Dalles City Council meetings, so residents can watch their local government in action from the comfort of their living rooms. People wanting to tune in can do so on Immense Imagery’s Facebook page, and The Dalles Chronicle Facebook page, where they can comment, share and use emojis in response to what they see.
“The millennials are discovering that it is enjoyable to sit at the table and read their community newspaper,” said Scott Scrimshaw, managing director for Immense Imagery. “Millennials also want the option of getting their news online, and they want more interaction, so adding these videos will bridges generations.”
Last year, the Chronicle became the first newspaper in the Gorge to post an e-version of its daily paper for the convenience of readers on the go.
RaeLynn Ricarte, managing editor, said adding videos, either short clips or longer segments, will continue the paper’s push to meet the diverse needs of readers.
She said stories posted online will “pop” when Immense Imagery joins reporters in the field to add footage that makes the moment come alive.
“There is so much that happens behind the scenes during an interview that can’t really be explained in print, and some mishaps that are hilarious, and now people can be there with us,” she said.
Ricarte will be starting the Rural America series in January that will explore interesting places to visit in the Gorge. She said Denning is just quirky enough to find hilarious and poignant moments to share, so people need to stay tuned to see what he delivers.
“I think it’s great we can work with a partner in this new media,” said Mark Gibson, who implemented a new website for the Chronicle several years ago and helped get the e-version up and running. “The work of Immense Imagery has been very good quality and meshes well with the newspaper’s desire to tell the stories of this community.”
Scrimshaw said Immense Imagery is dedicated to promoting economic development in the Gorge and looks forward to also one day working with the Hood River News and White Salmon Enterprise, which are also owned by Eagle Media, the parent company of the Chronicle.
The videos produced by the company will be sponsored by newspaper advertisers, providing another avenue to get the word out about goods and services.
“We are going to be creating effective commercials that will reach beyond this region in a way that is fun and uplifting,” he said.
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Immense Imagery is a Columbia River Gorge-based digital marketing company located in The Dalles Oregon. The company manages Social Media accounts, builds websites and creates short films. Their staff of five comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. “We are Filmmakers, Sound Engineers, Website Designers, Graduates in Music, Veterans of the US Armed Forces, Specialists in Digital Media, Social Media Managers and capable SEO providers,” says Scott Scrimshaw, Managing Director. “We aid agencies in getting connected, businesses in being noticed, events in being well-attended and non-profit organizations in getting funded.” Immense Imagery has experience creating both the digital content and online portals of discovery.
Scott adds, “It is our desire to capture truly amazing photographic images and film footage, to write a collaborative narrative with our clients and apply that imagery and narrative to their websites, social media platforms and short-film campaigns.” Immense Imagery introduces clients and their services as quality destinations of note. They include aerial drone work identifying the local area, the Columbia River Gorge, and their clients being easily accessible from both rural and larger metropolitan areas within the Pacific Northwest. Immense Imagery’s clients assess where their marketing dollars are going and connect with the company’s unique services when they realize that online and mobile devices have outpaced traditional media.
Immense Imagery’s experience demonstrates that in order for their clients’ efforts to be successful, there must be a high-quality digital presence across multiple platforms – i.e. Google Business Page, Facebook, website, YouTube, Instagram, etc. There must also be a shared continuity of quality. For example, a beautiful short film that refers back to a low-quality website or poorly utilized Facebook page works against the purpose of the short film, or a poorly managed Facebook page or website works against a top tier Google ranking. Immense Imagery’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services gain their clients a top-tier internet status, appropriately driving traffic to their places of business.
Immense Imagery is a member of the GTA to connect their services with the Gorge’s tech community and share the message of the region’s strong tech industry.
The video below shares a sample of their impressive body of work and communicates more the mission of the company. To learn more, visit immenseimagery.com or contact Scott Scrimshaw at 541-399-0195 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob is an avid, Mountain biker, Kiteborder and Outdoor enthusiast. He is a graduate of England’s North Hampton School of Music. He brings an exceptional production value to Immense Imagery’s audio production as well as their filming, photography and overall project development. He has worked alongside many local Gorge-based businesses and also successful music groups including One Direction and Coldplay.
“We’re offering a new service – to give small businesses the ability to market themselves online inside and outside the Gorge. We want to give business owners the opportunity to say what they want to say to the people they want to say it to, and then listen to that audience and respond.”
Read the original GTA Spotlight (October 2017) HERE!
I am the Managing Director of Immense Imagery, a Gorge Owned creative digital marketing company. Immense Imagery brings an international level of expertise to the local community and high end production quality to the Columbia River Gorge. All at the small business price point. We are constantly meeting with business owners, discussing their needs, their scope of vision and helping them meet their business goals. It's clear this past Winter was hard. Catastrophic to some. It's also evident that this wet spring has been economically soft. Yet the business owners I meet with demonstrate an ingenuity, determination and resilience that commands my respect. Old and new businesses are seeking our services to help create engaging content, to write out business plans, to gain practical metrics of effectiveness and to aid in their endeavors... all in the digital realm and with the use of Short Films.
There is a genuine transition taking place away from the traditional outlets of radio, television and print engagement and towards mobile devices, the internet, websites and social media. In fact short, innovative and engaging films reflecting businesses and their community is absolutely essential to success in the new world. Forbes Magazine has stated among several things that 1) Video is projected to claim more than 80% of all web traffic by 2019. 2) Adding a video to marketing emails can boost click-through rates by 200-300%. 3) Embedding videos in landing pages can increase conversion rates by 80%. 4) 90% of customers report that product videos help them make purchasing decisions. In short the new formats offer a phenomenal marketing value and finished products that beat print, radio and television in both pricing and engagement.
Some of the ingenuity I see is represented in Hood River where an established Kiteboarding and Windsurfing business is diversifying and bringing in Portland e-bikes. A new company, RazzTazz eBikes, has started an eBike Rental Service at the Hood River Inn & Best Western. RazzTazz eBike owner Dave Fenwick, is also separately introducing a new booster battery for eBikes. The Booster Battery which was locally designed by him increases speed and performance by up to 33 percent! These are just two examples of Columbia Gorge Owned businesses simultaneously creating and servicing a unique niche that is ideal for our Gorge lifestyle.
It's not just products and services that are changing. It's the way businesses are being structured too. Businesses, such as Sophie's Enchanted Alpaca, are creating a new "combination-market" for sales. Reflecting over this particularly difficult Winter, Carol Thayer demonstrates solid leadership by drawing together a variety of complementing boutique industries and products. "I'm stunned by the cross marketing potential of each of the companies that have been building a client base all over the Country", she says.
By renting micro spaces within her larger businesses to various vendors. Ms. Thayer is creating a single economic bloc distributing goods and services of other vendors which compliment her own as well as each others. She thoughtfully observes..."So many unforeseen upsides to this!" It's a synergy of smaller enterprises working under one physical roof.
There is also a digital roof to consider. "Word of Mouth" referrals are the bedrock of business success. Social Media is now the new "word of mouth". Many business can no longer risk simply having a make shift Social Media person. They are creating specific job descriptions and hiring staff to create online content. Others, concerned about the added expense of staffing, increased payroll taxes and liability now contract Social Media Management services out to businesses like Immense Imagery.
It's the same with Search Engine Optimization. Top tier rankings on a Google search don't just happen. Kevin & Sherry Perry of Gorge owned Celilo Paddle Co. understand that businesses like Immense Imagery connects business owners to their own businesses as well as with customers and over time it shows.
Furthermore, business owners like Andy Nichols of Nichols Art Glass or Shawn Singhurst of Post Canyon Coffee Roasters understand it's not just about a nice website but how a customer engages with that website. These business owners have implemented online shopping components to their businesses. Next time we have prolonged bad weather they won't be as hard hit. Customers can shop online and easily have their purchases mailed directly to them. It's clear that in order to compete with behemoths like Amazon they may have to reduce prices or create incentives to purchase items online but in a bad year reduced pricing is better than no sales at all. In other words these business owners are already planning proactively for the shoulder seasons.
Social Media is not the only front to gain new attention. The traditional website is too. There is more taking place than immense images being captured and uploaded. Terry Cobb who owns Cobblestone Catering in The Dalles realized her website was becoming dated, not truly mobile friendly and cumbersome to work with. Terry, like many business owners established an online presence during various evolutions of the internet. Sites even just a few years old often reflect a hodgepodge of programs, hosting platforms and templates. Many of those older formats have been replaced by newer, more consistent, better designed apps and programs which also have a greater longevity.
The Toyota Prius is a great analogy. The Prius wasn't just a car with a battery pack stuck in it. It was the first car specifically designed from start to finish to be an electric hybrid and thus has outperformed and outsold all competitors. This is where the internet, social media and mobile platforms are today. A business can now design from start to finish it's online presence. It can be done fluidly and they get a better return on investment. Counselors, Insurance Agents and Professional service providers such as Dr. Kyle House of A Kidz Dental Zone have recognized this important transition and important distinction: Short Film, Social Media, Website Design all work together fluidly.
There is more to this than simply drawing customers to a virtual destination. Clients like Dana Peck, Goldendale hamber of Commerce Executive Director and the Klickitat County Tourism board ember, re seeing increased appreciation and interest in their real-world activities through the use of the new media.
Commenting on the effects of video and social media combined, Peck said, "Partnering with Immense Imagery for our first use of video on the Chamber website and coupled with other social media, we saw 11,000 hits in seven days and continued well past 20,000 in 30 days for the effort. By way of comparison, in our pre-social media days, total interactions for the Goldendale Chamber -- calls, walk-ins, mail requests -- averaged 4,000 contacts annually."
Industries like orchards, growers, wine tasting rooms and vineyards are also forming alliances, banding together and distinguishing themselves with a particular real-world area. They are creating geographic groupings of businesses. The Hood River Downtown Wine Alliance, Stave & Stone Winery and Broken Boulder Vineyard are examples of this.
Other businesses, like Hood River's Big Horse Brew Pub or The Dalles' Bent River are going one step further. They are using drone aerial services. By including a film experience of the Gorge in their websites they identify themselves directly with the Gorge as a destination. In the case of Bent River, Martin Schwarzbach has reconnected The Dalles back to the waterfront dining experience and these businesses are reaping the benefits of the Columbia River Gorge’s own beauty and natural draw.
Immense Imagery is working with Non-Profit Foundations, Municipalities, Tourism Committees and Chambers of Commerce up and down the Columbia River Gorge. We are seeing business after business redefine itself. By the power of Social Media these organizations, groups and businesses are engaging both local customers and reaching into more distant markets beyond the Gorge. Accountability has become paramount to their success.
Gone are the days when a marketer can simply get paid for placing an advertisement in a medium that isn't effective. Businesses want to be able to quantify the value added by their marketing expenses. They have come to expect more from their advertising and marketing dollars and can now hold advertisers accountable by tracking the effectiveness of their investment.
The ability to have bonafide organic hits on Facebook like Immense Imagery did for Gorge Community Music in The Dalles or the Northwest Cherry Festival means that the community event planner, non-profit foundation or small business owner becomes empowered. They become more independent and in control of the content itself, who sees it and how often. Analytics tell them exactly how effective the efforts are and gives our customers the ability to respond nimbly and in real time. Yes, there is definitely a resilience and change taking place in our local communities and Gorge owned businesses. I am just lucky enough to have a front row seat!
A new marketing company in The Dalles is bringing an international level of expertise to the local community.
Owner Rob Denning and managing director Scott Scrimshaw officially launched the new business — Immense Imagery, LLC -— on March 8.
“We’re a new business, but we have old ties to the community,” said Scrimshaw, who lived in The Dalles in the 1990s. “We love this town.”
Denning said the business located at 401 W. Fourth Street offers high production quality and global marketing experience.
“We're different," he said. “We’re offering a new service — to give small businesses the ability to market themselves online inside and outside the Gorge. We want to give business owners the opportunity to say what they want to say to the people they want to say it to, and then listen to that audience and respond.”
“We offer engaging, dynamic digital media that really grabs attention and showcases unique things about the business,” said Scrimshaw.
The new firm offers a variety of digital services, including live streaming on Facebook, film and video that focuses equally on audio and visual attributes, music, website creation, and even the capability of filming from a drone platform.
Denning displayed an innovative website he designed for Bent River, a new restaurant in The Dalles. One portion of the site featured a live list of the beers that were currently available on tap at Bent River’s bar.
“As they change their beers, the website changes online automatically,” he pointed out. “It’s all about empowering business owners and giving them the power to market themselves.”
The business partners have some interesting backgrounds. Denning was born in San Jose, Calif., but has spent most of his life in England.
Not long ago, he was working for a record label in London that was making music for listeners in Nigeria.
He composed backing tracks and helped produce a song that was a top hit in Nigeria, and he believes his marketing push was a key reason why.
“We had a song called ‘Loving in the Morning.’ It was actually pretty bad, but we pushed it so hard,” Denning recalled, laughing. “We plugged it for four days, and two weeks later the song was climbing the charts. It was insane — how did that happen? It was riding the online buzz we’d created, and it was completely miraculous.”
Scrimshaw, a former corpsman in the U.S. Navy, served as director for Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson’s campaign in the state of Oregon last year. Now he is hoping to bring a “big business” level of marketing “into the small business price point.”
He pointed out that the company’s philosophy is that it’s not enough to simply showcase a company; the community the business is located in needs to be highlighted as well.
“We are able to compete at the quality level of national marketing firms, but at a fraction of the cost,” Scrimshaw said.
“We're bringing not just the small businesses but also their local communities to an online and real-time audience.
“Rob and I recognize that our businesses succeed when our communities do, and our communities succeed when their small business owners do.”
Both Scrimshaw and Denning believe The Dalles is nearing a tipping point that will bring significant economic success to the community.
“The Dalles is poised for real entrepreneurial growth,” said Scrimshaw.
“In the next five years, The Dalles is going to be bigger and better and have more economic growth than anywhere else in the Gorge,” Denning added. “This is the place. I’ve lived all over the world, and this is the best place.”
To contact Immense Imagery, call 541-399-0195, or visit the company’s website: immenseimagery.com.
Read the original article by The Dalles Chronicle HERE.
Columbia Gorge residents Rob Denning and Scott Scrimshaw are launching a new visual production and marketing company in The Dalles.
“We're bringing the power back to the small business community in their professional strategies” Denning said.
Denning, a graduate of England's North Hampton School of Music, has worked alongside successful music groups including One Direction, Coldplay, and New Order, according to a news release.
Scrimshaw, former state director for Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, joined Immense Media. “We're bringing not just the small businesses but also their local communities to both an online and real time audience,” Scrimshaw said.
Immense Imagery will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at 401 West Fourth Street in The Dalles.