Thursday, October 28, 2010

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Is it worth it?????

So here I am trying to get my phone to work with my calendar on my computer and thinking how nice it would be to develop the pictures that I've taken with my phone by downloading them so they can be printed rather than simply showing the pictures on my phone to my friends. With that said, it would be great to have my remote controls working together (really it would be nice to have one remote control).

They say most people use their technology at ten to twenty percent of what it really could perform. I think most people are just happy to have things " kind of" work because of the frustration of trying to setup, hookup, or download whatever!

Now that I vented, I want to tell everyone it is worth it. I certainly have much to learn with my technology being that most of the time I don’t know what remote to use, but I can’t help but think about the fact that most of us would not go back to no email, no cell phone, no texting, and especially no cable! All of these make my life better because I spent time learning what they could do. Just hang in there and work on the learning curve. Pick one piece of equipment a week and learn something new about it. It will improve your time management and quality of life. Just take the time to try it and maybe even learn it. Once you do that, repeat it over and over again. Just like anything, you will be happier, better informed, and in the know. Look at me - I now have a blog. It is worth it!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Same Place Changes In 24 Hours

This last weekend Patty and I took a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine with some good friends. One thing that keeps coming back to me was the contrast of one day to the next at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park on the Atlantic Ocean. On the first day at the beach, the ocean was very rough with waves that looked 25 feet high which crashed into the rocks and along the beach. It was a very strong sign of the power and force of the ocean. The next day, we went back and the Nor'easter was gone and the sea was calm and the beach was tranquil. It was stunning to see the different feeling the same place can give you. When I think of people, we often do the same thing. One day we can be put together, have a smile on our face, and project a sense of achievement, confidence, and understanding. On a different day, we frown, act rushed or sigh, and not properly groom ourselves which sends different message to the world and even more importantly to ourselves. What image do you want to convey?

In regards to marketing your business, remember how important your graphics and logos can be. The proper use of art and style can be just as dramatic as the beach before and after the storm. Make sure you are creating the image you want for your business!

Monday, October 11, 2010

78 Degrees

78 degrees and sunny in October! Last week was great and so should this week be fantastic.
It seems when it is nice out people tend to be easier to deal with and more receptive to ideas. I know many salespeople who agree that potential clients are just a little more receptive when the weather is acceptable. Maybe in return for the beautiful weather we should all try to treat others nice when it is dark, cold or gloomy out. I know many people who brighten my day no matter what the weather. I hope to learn from them. My goal would be to carry this great feeling from this beautiful weather into the winter. If needed you are all invited to remind me in February !

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Communicating Today!

Thanks to Lindsey and Kalsey for explaining that if you have a blog people expect to see new post often. In today’s world, we are all so busy and things move fast. What use to be quick is now not fast enough. I think finding a balance in how we communicate with today’s tools is very important.

Here is what I think:

1. Return phone calls and emails right away preferably the same day.

2. Have checkpoints during the day to check and return messages. Do not have your cell phone or computer notify you every time you get a message. If you stop what you are doing every time you get a message that makes it hard to get everything done and your thoughts and creativity are interrupted and you need to regroup. Besides, we all know how it feels to be talking to someone and they stop to look at their phone (I know this is something I need to work on).

3. Make sure your information is correct on your web site, face book, email signature, advertisements, even your business cards. People change emails or drop phone numbers and we forget to check the basics so people can get in touch with us.

4. Everyone wants information now! Waiting a few days or sometimes hours does not work in today’s marketplace. Make sure potential clients can find the information they need. Everyone wants to have information at his or her fingertips. I cannot stress enough how important it is to keep your web site up to date. I know it is easy to forget or put this off, but make sure you review everything today.

If you need help with this, please let me know. Our team of specialists is willing to help. If we help you or you do it on your own just make sure you do it.

So I will try to post to my blog more often and return messages quickly without having my phone or computer beeping at me every 5 minutes. Balance-Balance- Balance!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Even without a wheel!

This past weekend was Maple Grove Days. Our company Lakes Marketing Group Inc. sponsored a bed in the Maple Grove Rotary/40 Winks Bed Race. Even with losing a wheel (not good in a race) with storms before and after the race we were happy and proud to be part of the event. The race provided funding for beds for families that need help at this time. If you watched the movie Blind Side you probably remember the scene where the main character not only was happy to get a bedroom he was very happy to just have a bed! The event grew to around 30 beds in the race this year. Thanks to this participation 30 beds were provided for children who are clients of CROSS Food Shelf. A special thanks goes to Tom Anderson who spent a great deal of time and talent organizing this event.

This is an example of a way for companies to get their name out into the community, build company spirit while doing good! In regard to your business I suggest a few of these types of events along with a planned advertising program. One warning, you have to keep these events manageable and within a reasonable budget. Events like this done right will compliment most advertising programs.

By the way great driving Nikita and thanks to those who pushed!

Keep on driving! Chuck

Monday, June 21, 2010

My first blog how should I start?

My first blog how should I start? I think thanking our great team members at Lakes Marketing Group, Inc. is a great start! Their expertise, compassion, and drive is so appreciated in our exciting fast moving environment of advertising! It also seems like a good time to share my appreciation for our clients who are so important. I will commit to stay focused on the needs of our clients. One of our core goals is to help our customers grow!

My hope with this blog is to provide information on the marketplace, coupons, marketing,, and useful business tips along with updates on Lakes Marketing Group, Inc. that consist of The Twin Cities Clipper, Clip N Save, and In future blogs I will share information on these publications. Please let me know what you want to read about.

Thanks Chuck