Monthly Archives: November 2008

A Tweetsgiving Charity and Black Friday Shopping Widget

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things. My health, family, friends and freedom. Here is a neat Thanksgiving (Tweetsgiving!) charity started on Twitter to raise money for a classroom in Tanzania in the next 48 hours. Give up a latte for a day and help needy kids get an education.

After you do a good deed, whether it be telling someone you care about them or donating to a charity, or an act of kindness, check out Network Solutions’ Black Friday shopping widget to track all of the post-Thanksgiving sales. If you are brave enough to face the crowds, you will need this! I choose to stay home with family and shop online!

Get the Black Friday – by Network Solutions widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox!

I’m 37 years old and I use Facebook.

It seemed crazy. I thought FaceBook was for college kids so I waited awhile before investigating. As part of my social media self-education, I joined Facebook this year.

I thought that FB was for college kids and that MySpace was for teenagers. Well now it looks as if the GenXers have found a place to have a reunion online. Yes a lot of FB is silly – I have about 126 notifications, of which I have no idea what a poke is, but I just like to see what everyone is up to and to have conversations. It has been cool to reunite with long lost friends from high school and college and see what they are up to in their day to day lives. I have my 20 year high school reunion next year and instead of awkward conversation, I will have lots of questions based on what I am learning about friends beforehand. I will ask about their kids and where they live and we’ll share more on a personal level.

It’s amazing that classmates.com didn’t grow into FB – they really missed a great opportunity. And now companies are finding ways to market to fans through FB. PR people are pitching journalists through FB. Incoming college freshman are meeting each other before getting to college. One woman found her son she gave up for adoption through FB! The possibilities are endless.

I found this article regarding GenX on Facebook. It is an interesting study of GenX and I feel like she knows me personally!
37 years old and on Facebook? It’s a GenX thing.
http://www.istrategylabs.com/37-year-olds-in-facebook-it’s-a-genx-thing

Make Posts Twitterific with Twitterkeys

I have recently become a Twitter addict and just learned today of a cool feature to add graphics to my Twitter posts. The Next Web created it and it’s called Twitterkeys. Check it out and happy tweeting!

http://thenextweb.com/2008/09/16/twitterkeys-enhance-your-twitter-conversations/

The Holidays are Coming – Avoid Wrap Rage!

I just read about Amazon’s initiative for going green and starting to offer frustration-free packaging. I am all for it. I don’t know how many hours we have wasted on Christmas and birthdays trying to open presents while impatient children eagerly wait to play with the hot new toy! Plus it is so much better for the environment. 

Check out their “Wrap Rage” gallery

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html?node=1234279011

Amazon Frustration-Free™ Packaging

Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging, a multi-year initiative designed to alleviate “wrap rage,” features recyclable boxes that are easy to open and free of excess materials such as hard plastic clamshell cases, plastic bindings, and wire ties. The product itself is exactly the same—we’ve just streamlined the packaging.

Please send us your photos or videos demonstrating how frustrating packaging can be. We’ll feature our favorite submissions at www.amazon.com/frustration.

What I Want for Christmas Giveaway from Mulberry Moon Personalized Jewelry & Gifts

What I Want for Christmas Giveaway from Mulberry Moon Personalized Jewelry & Gifts

Tell Santa what you want from MM and be entered to win the item from the Mulberry Moon personalized jewelry and gifts web site! One winner daily – contest ends November 30, 2008. One submission per day.

Send an email to Santa for your What I Want For Christmas Giveaway ~ Santa@mulberrymoon.com

I personally would like the monogrammed quilted brown animal print extra large tote bag! It retails for $40.00 and it could be yours if you send santa@mulberrymoon.com an email about it.

More contest details: http://www.mulberrymoon.com/

‘Tis the Season for Personalization!

Monogrammed jewelry is a classic holiday gift that says “I really thought about you when I picked this gift.” Mulberry Moon.com has a wonderful new selection of jewelry pieces available from Classic to Victorian, two-tone to trendy and an entire range of gifts that can be engraved. And as always…engraving is free! Order Personalized Gifts by December 18th to ensure Christmas delivery on in stock items.

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Have more work and less people? Hire a Virtual Assistant

With a down economy, many companies are cutting back but the workloads remain. One option to handle the workload is to outsource and hire a virtual assistant. Marketing & PR functions often get cut, but it is important to continue marketing your company, even on a scaled back level.

The internet is bridging gaps in the corporate sector like never before. I truly believe that workers will be able to contribute to companies worldwide without the need to provide for relocation coverage.

Great workers and employers are hard to find, so when the internet can help link the two and make a match, it’s a great thing.

Small businesses that cannot yet staff a marketing department need help with their marketing objectives. A virtual marketing assistant can help you ramp up with projects more quickly.

The owner typically does the marketing and usually does not have time to stay on task and on deadline. So marketing usually suffers by being overlooked, or deadlines are missed, which in turn affects new customer acquisition and sales.

Who can benefit? Basically all companies. Large corporations that have had downsizing. Mid-sized companies that have a marketing team but cannot hire new employees at this time. Small businesses and start-ups with no marketing employees. VMAs can help with strategic project marketing, presentations, web content, collateral, press releases, advertising, trade shows, lead generation, public relations and more.

Virtual marketing can be a great short-term solution for your business – you have no overhead and no benefits to pay, just an hourly rate. In turn, you gain an experienced marketer who can quickly learn your business from the expert, you, and then plan a plan and attack.

Please visit my site for more information and call for a free Virtual Assistant consultation. What you don’t know can hurt you!

Virtual Assistant Services
http://www.virtualmarketingprofessional.com

I have over twelve years of marketing communications, advertising and public relations experience. I am looking to help small businesses build their local customer business on a project basis. From writing press releases to planning marketing communications initiatives, I can act as an extension of your marketing team.

Small Business Marketing Tips for Services

I came across this excellent blog post regarding chiropractic marketing that one can apply to many small business services. The main point is to get involved with your community and create a relationship with your customers, something that all businesses can improve upon.

23 Surefire Small Business Marketing Tips

http://blog.planetc1.com/2007/11/29/23-surefire-small-business-marketing-tips-for-2008/

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Atlanta Drought – Lake Lanier Water Control Update, Deadline for Feedback Extended to Nov. 21

Attention Lake Lanier Fans,

You have until November 21 to submit your comments to the Corps on the rewrite of their Water Control Plan.

If you were unable to attend the Corps’ Scoping Meeting in Gainesville on October 29, you may submit your comments on the Water Control Manual Update and Environmental Impact Statement / Chattahoochee – Flint River Basin on the Corps’ Web site until November 21, 2008. 

Please submit a form online, or send a letter to their address: 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District 
107 Saint Francis Street, Suite 1403 
Mobile, AL 36602-9986

-During the rainy season, the Corps should allow Lake Lanier to reach full pool no later than June 1;
-Lake Lanier should not be drawn down for mussels and other endangered species in the Apalachicola River; 
-Management triggers must be in place for Lake Lanier withdrawals during times of drought;
-Raise Lake Lanier’s full pool from 1071 ft above sea level to 1073 ft, thereby adding an additional 26 billion gallons of water to the lake.

Lake Lanier drought 15 feet below full pool

A Walt Disney World Halloween

We went to Walt Disney World for Halloween last week and had a blast. We go every year for Labor Day week, which I highly recommend as the crowds disappear after Labor Day Monday. Girls at Disney for Halloween

I was in town for a trade show and my husband flew down with the girls on the Thursday night before Thanksgiving. His family met us there on Friday and we stayed at Caribbean Beach. We have never stayed there but it was awesome. It has a food court, lots of beaches, playgrounds on a private lake. The pool is big with a play place and two water slides. I highly recommend it and we walked around a lot.

Disney knows how to celebrate, so for Halloween we went to Downtown Disney and each store gave away candy for trick or treating. We went back to Caribbean Beach and they had a DJ by the pool, a costume parade and trick or treating around the pool. The kids had a blast.

It was more crowded as the wine and food festival were also at Epcot, but we didn’t go the parks. We rode the monorail and visited the resorts and then hung poolside at the resort. A great time was had by all!

Free eBook- Fish Where the Fish Are

Chris Brogan recently spoke at a B to B Magazine breakfast and generously put together this great eBook to share with attendees as well as his readers. If you aren’t reading his blog already, he provides a wealth of social media marketing information to complement your current marketing and PR initiatives.

Free eBook- Fish Where the Fish Are

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