It’s amazing how fast the world is moving. It seems like just yesterday I was one of the first to have a “car phone” and felt so very cool. Now that technology seems antiquated! What would I do without my iPhone, without being able to play Words with Friends with my stepdaughter in Australia? Because of all the new technology the world is not only faster, it’s smaller—we can experience our connectivity in any given moment.
There is no separation now between television and the internet and commerce – everything is merging into one stream of information and entertainment available to us 24/7. There are many examples of this, and more every day. So it was no surprise to me when I got involved in it, too. I’ve got a website/TV show/retail shop all in one!
CoffeyBuzz is an entertaining and informative weekly lifestyle video-zine that presents a fresh look at what’s new in lifestyle, fashion, health, and popular culture. What makes us different is that the viewer, using the groundbreaking Hyperspots™ technology, can push a shopping cart through the video and interact with goods and services AS THEY APPEAR ON SCREEN. With Hyperspots™, viewers simply click on an item in the show and they are immediately provided with a direct link to either make a purchase, or learn more about the subject matter. I host the show, and Emmy Award-winning actor Charles Shaughnessy (Days of Our Lives, The Nanny) and his brother, Emmy Award-winning producer David Shaughnessy (The Young and the Restless) produce the show along with me.
The first show we did was a tribute to mothers for Mother’s Day. We visited an ayurvedic spa and experienced a “Shirodara,” that amazing massage where warm sesame oil is poured over the forehead. And we learned a little bit about Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year old Science of Life, from an ayurvedic practitioner. Then I showed viewers how they can make their own bath salts right at home for a fraction of the cost of buying them in the store. I’ve got the recipe up on the website to print out.
For our next show we found a luxurious pet hotel and day spa, where every client is treated like a VIP: a very important pet! This place takes pampering to a whole new level. Dogs can get pawdicures, massages, and when they stay overnight there are walks, TVs tuned to Animal Planet, and in-room dining. This is something you have to see to believe! Along the way you can click to get information about that cute “Furcedes” dog bed or the “Pawda” purse dog toy, or how to care for your Chihuahua. And in every show, we also have links to related philanthropic organizations.
In upcoming episodes I’ll be cooking, making over a bachelor pad, exploring the health benefits of salt, and checking out a car museum. There are so many exciting ways we can use this new technology to integrate great information into anything we do! Times have changed, and viewing habits have changed, too. I hope you’ll come by and see what we have going on over at CoffeyBuzz.com. I really think this is where entertainment is headed in the future.