Disney by Mark’s Founder Interviewed by ThinkTechHawai’i on KGU Radio 760 AM, Honolulu.
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2013, Today Mark Hickson, founder and editor-in-chief of Disney by Mark was interviewed by Atilla Seress for ThinkTechHawaii’s weekly business program on KGU radio, Honolulu. The topic “Into the looking glass with Disney” covered Mr. Hickson’s expert knowledge of The Walt Disney Company and the future of the Disney news website, DisneybyMark.com. You can listen to the interview here: ThinkTechFriday
About ThinkTechHawaii: ThinkTechHawaii, a Hawaii 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 2001 in order to raise public awarenessabout the importance of tech to the diversification of Hawaii’s economy. ThinkTech has collaborated with various other local organizations, including the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, Pacific New Media of the University of Hawaii, the Anthology Marketing Group, TechHui, the Hawaii Science and Technology Council, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Society of America, OLELO Community Television, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) and Enterprise Honolulu.
Disney by Mark’s Founder Interviewed on Stories of the Magic.
For Immediate Release: March 1, 2013, Today Mark Hickson, founder and editor-in-chief of Disney by Mark was interviewed via podcast by Randy Crane of Stories of the Magic. This in-depth interview covers many Disney topics and runs one and a half hours. You can listen to it here: Stories of the Magic Mark Hickson.mp4
Disney by Mark’s Facebook Post Goes Viral – Reaches Half Million Views.
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2013, Today a post on Disney by Mark’ s Facebook page reached a full half of a million views (500,000). Titled “How Not to Wear Your Disney T-Shirt” it shows an anonymous park guest with a Mickey Mouse shirt tied around her waist. The subject is completely unknown and it was only posted in good fun. Since it went-up 3 days ago it has received over 360 “Comments”, 2,850 “Likes”, 7,085 “Shares”, and over 500,000 people have now seen this post, making it the most viral post on DbM’s Facebook site since it’s launch.
DisneybyMark.com Reaches Half Million Unique Visitor Milestone.
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2013, Today “Disney by Mark” reached a major visitor milestone. Since it’s launch 18 months ago over a half a million unique visitors have now experienced DisneybyMark.com. During that same time DbM has experienced over 8 million hits. Founder Mark Hickson stated, “We are most pleased to be recognized by our visitors as the go-to news, reviews and opinion website for all things Disney. We will continue to expand our content to cover all Disney brands including, network television, interactive software, and consumer products.” Statistical information is provided to Disney by Mark by AWStats.
DisneybyMark.com Launches Google+ Website
For Immediate Release: January 8, 2013, Today “Disney by Mark” announced the launch of its newest website on Google+. Disney by Mark has six other synergistic websites including: DbM Facebook, DbM YouTube, DbM Twitter, DbM Tumblr, DbM Pinterest, and DbM Flickr. The Google+ website will become an interactive repository of content from its home site. The DbM Family of websites provide a set of synergistic marketing tools and are facilitating DbM’s growth as the premier independent Disney news, opinion, and information web destination. DbM’s Google+ website can be found at: https://plus.google.com/114694915169549887522
Disney by Mark Launches Version 2.0
For Immediate Release: December 20, 2012, Since its launch 18 months ago, DisneybyMark.com’s user interface hasn’t changed much, but today we are proud to launch version 2.0. Its content has been rearranged into a news magazine format for easier access. It’s look is cleaner, brighter, and more visual than before. This change has been the works for some weeks, integrating and testing 1,100 posts in 17 categories with 669 tags into the new site. We think you’ll really like the change and hope you will tell your friends about DisneybyMark 2.0!
Disney by Mark’s YouTube Tribute to Mouseketeer showcased on Huffington Post
For Immediate Release: November 25, 2012, Original Mouseketeer “Bonnie” Lynn Fields tribute video produced by DbM was pickedup by The Huffington Post with over 25,000 views in one day. Other news agencies that shared the video with their readers included the San Francisco Gate, San Antonio Express-News, and The Times Union.
Disney by Mark’s Facebook site Reaches 5,000 “Likes”
For Immediate Release: July 27, 2012, Today Disney by Mark’s Facebook site Reaches 5,000 “Likes.” Disney by Mark would like to sincerely thank all our DbM Facebook friends for “Liking” us 5,000 times! Mahalo to all our supporters.
DisneybyMark.com Launches Pinterest Website
For Immediate Release: July 15, 2012, Today “Disney by Mark” announced the launch of its sister website on Pinterest. Disney by Mark has five other synergistic websites including: DbM Facebook, DbM YouTube, DbM Twitter, DbM Tumblr, and DbM Flickr. The Pinterest website will become an interactive repository of content from its home site as well as cross-linking content to and from DbM Twitter and DbM Facebook. The DbM Family of websites provide a set of synergistic marketing tools and are facilitating DbM’s growth as a premier Disney-themed web destination. DbM’s Pinterest website can be found at: http://pinterest.com/disneybymark
Disney by Mark’s Facebook Site Hits 3,000 “Likes”
For Immediate Release: May 6, 2012: Launched last October 24th, DisneybyMark’s Facebook site continues to grow, with 3,000 “Likes” registered today. DbM now has a weekly reach of 73,911 and a “Friends of Fans” at 1.347 million eyes. Its integration with DbM Twitter and DbM Tumblr give DisneybyMark a synergy that is growing new viewers every day.
Disney by Mark’s “Meet and Greet” at Animal Kingdom Lodge
Participants at Disney by Mark’s “Meet and Greet” at Animal Kingdom Lodge, held last Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Thirteen wonderful people stopped by the Victoria Falls Lounge to meet and talk with Mark Hickson during his spring WDW visit!
Disney by Mark Launches Speaking Program
For Immediate Release: January 12, 2012, As the result of a successful engagement at the University of Florida, Disney by Mark has been encouraged to launch a speaking program featuring Mark Hickson. Geared for the university/college audience, “Never Say It’s Impossible” takes a look back at some of the most challenging Disney projects Mr. Hickson was involved in and how those experiences reshaped his outlook on life.
Mark was an Imagineer during the “Disney Decade” which saw an unprecedented expansion of the company and its resources. On a daily basis new content was developed, new venues were located, and new technologies were explored to bring the Disney brand to the world. Many of these brilliant ideas became a reality but just as many ended up “on the shelf,” never to be realized. He will explore with the audience some of these concepts and their technological challenges that in the beginning seemed impossible, but with creativity and a lot of team work they became reality.
Since leaving Disney, Mark has headed a video game company (Video Game of the Year, Adventure Game of the Year), a family entertainment production company (White House Internet Summit), a technology consultancy, launched a venture funded dot.com, a groundbreaking retail store, and was a stand-up comedian too (no joke). Mr. Hickson’s latest project is a new website called DisneybyMark.com. It offers a fresh and unique perspective about things Disney that only an ex-Imagineer can share.
For more information on this enlightening and educational program please send an e-mail to: Programs@DisneybyMark.com.
DisneybyMark.com Launches Facebook Website
For Immediate Release: October 24, 2011, Today “Disney by Mark” announced the launch of its sister website on Facebook. Disney by Mark has four other synergistic websites including: DbM YouTube, DbM Twitter, DbM Tumblr, and DbM Flickr. The Facebook website will become an interactive repository of content from its home site, as well as cross-linking content to and from DbM Twitter. The DbM Family of websites provide a set of synergistic marketing tools and are facilitating DbM’s growth as a premier Disney-themed web destination. DbM’s Facebook website can be found at: www.Facebook.com/DisneybyMark
DisneybyMark.com nominated for The 16th Annual Webby Awards
October 15, 2011, Today DisneybyMark.com was nominated for The 16th Annual Webby Awards in the personal blog category. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an Executive 750-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals. For more information: http://www.webbyawards.com/about/
Interview: Former Imagineer shares experiences
September 26, 2011, Javier Peña, Contributing Writer, The Independent Florida Alligator
Never say it’s impossible. That was the theme of former Disney Imagineer Mark Hickson’s speech Monday night at Orange & Brew. The event took place at 8 p.m., and it concluded the Reitz Union Board’s Disney Week festivities, said Victoria Jeter, director of lectures and comedians for the Reitz Union Board Entertainment. About 150 people came out to hear Hickson, who spoke on the challenges he faced as an Imagineer.
When looking for a speaker, Jeter stumbled upon Hickson’s blog and was impressed by his work with Disney. “Mark had dreamed of becoming an Imagineer all his life,” she said. As an Imagineer, Hickson has done more than 30 projects with Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World. Each project, Hickson said, taught him that anything was possible. “When you’re faced with obstacles that seem impossible, you’re strengthened by those experiences,” he said.
Hickson, who drew his own maps of Disneyland in third grade, highlighted 17 different types of Imagineers in his speech. Those people ranged from creative directors and model makers to show producers and ride engineers.
Political science alumna Ashley Kecskes said she’s always dreamed of working at Disney. Her hope, she said, is to go back to school and study mechanical engineering. “I want to be a creative designer and design new rides,” she said. Electrical engineering freshman Matthew Wener said he knows there will be a lot of challenges in the road ahead as an engineering student. He hoped Hickson’s message would encourage him and other students to work through those obstacles. Jeter said she hoped Hickson’s message had a positive impact on students. “You can always try,” she said. “That’s definitely something that I would want people to get out of it.”
Looking back at his experience, Hickson recalled the moment he found out his dream of becoming a Disney Imagineer was about to become reality. “I think I had a little pixie dust in my veins,” he said.
Mark Hickson to speak at the University of Florida
For Immediate Release: September 8, 2011, “Never Say It’s Impossible,” a lecture by Mark Hickson, will take place at the University of Florida – Monday, September 26, 2011 @ J. Wayne Reitz Union 8:00PM. In this presentation Mr. Hickson takes a look back at some of the most challenging Disney projects he was involved with and how those experiences reshaped his outlook on life. For more information call: 352.392.1649 or visit their website at: http://www.alligator.org/news/online_exclusives/article_f67bf19e-e639-11e0-a5b2-001cc4c002e0.html
Disney by Mark hits 50,000 Visits
For Immediate Release: September 3, 2011, Today the website DisneybyMark.com achieved a major milestone by logging its 50,000 unique visitor. This achievement was done in its first 98 days of operation and demonstrates the growing appeal of this unique Disney-themed website. Mark Hickson who conceived the project stated, “I’m just so happy that people enjoy what we have to share. It strengthens our commitment to deliver honest and compelling content to all our readers. We have a great team and will continue to improve the online experience for all our guests.”
Disney by Mark Launches YouTube Website
For Immediate Release: July 23, 2011, Today “Disney by Mark” announced the launch of its sister website on YouTube. The YouTube website will become the main repository of video content and provide a synergistic marketing tool for DisneybyMark.com. Disney by Mark has three other synergistic websites including: DbM Twitter, DbM Tumblr, and DbM Flickr. DbM’s YouTube website can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/DisneybyMark
DbM Goes Mobile
For Immediate Release: July 20, 2011, “Disney by Mark” is pleased to announce that it’s groundbreaking website now has full mobile capability. All hand-held mobile and tablet device browsers will automatically switch to the new DbM user interface. These include Apple iPhone, iPod touch, Google Android, Blackberry Storm and Torch, Palm Pre and other touch-based smartphones. Users can also switch between mobile and regular website view.