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Archive for April 2009

Nokia E71 Unboxing

Posted on April 30, 2009 by under Toys.    

Brian got his birthday present a month early.
Brian's early birthday present.

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More from Brian’s Wishlist

Posted on April 29, 2009 by under Wishlist.    

Slim Rubberized Half Shell for his Nokia E71

The Entire Avatar Series

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Some Companies Just Don’t Get It

Posted on April 29, 2009 by under Reviews.    

I love this company, but I just have to share this. So I received a call from this place I have regular appointments because they have to reschedule the standing appointments I have for the rest of the year. After we decide the date to move my very next appointment, the rep offers to go ahead and schedule the rest of the appointments every three weeks until the end of the year and then mail the list to me.

I go, “Would it be possible for you to email that to me instead?”

Pause.

Her response, “Well, we could… But that would take longer.”

I’m like, “Email takes longer than regular mail?”

“It does because then we have to print it and then type it all in to email it.”

At this point, I was so befuddled I couldn’t help but relent. Regular mail it is.

Some companies just don’t get it. Email is so much more efficient. Plus, you save on postage. I’m sure I’m not the only client that they mail appointments to. I was thinking of how long it would take me to accomplish this task and I’m guessing it would take a couple of minutes tops.

When I think about it, though, I noticed that this company doesn’t do any kind of emarketing at all. They are very good at what they do, but they are horrible at marketing and do not take advantage of online tools and resources at all.

I get lots of newsletters and marketing promotions from their competitors. Other people are doing creative campaigns. For instance, a few months leading up to Valentines Day this other place we go to for massages was sending hint postcards for their clients. Basically, the client would complete the hint postcard and then they would mail it to the client’s designated recipient. This way the client got the massage or facial or whatever service they wanted, the person receiving the postcard didn’t have to rack their brain for a gift, and it’s revenue for the spa. The spa’s marketing rep told me that she realized 100% conversion on this campaign. Every single hint postcard that mailed out turned into a massage or facial or other service. Now that is good use of postage!

This other company seems to do really well, but sometimes I wonder about their primitive practices. I’m thinking that if the marketing rep for the other place worked for them then the company would be 10x better. At least!

Companies need to use all the resources available to promote their businesses. It doesn’t mean spending a lot of money on ads and traditional marketing. There are many creative ways to market and they don’t always have to cost a lot of money. Come on people! Start marketing effectively!

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The Fabulous Fleshtones at Dukes

Posted on April 26, 2009 by under Flickr.    

IMG_4070The Fabulous Fleshtones pictured above (clockwise from top left): Herb, Doug, Mel, Larry, and Jim.

Brian and I went to Dukes Bar and Grill last night to watch The Fabulous Fleshtones (also known as The Family Band to close friends and family) perform. We got to listen to some of their new songs, and I must say they are living up to their moniker because they did sound fabulous.

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During intermission I checked out the copy of Prospector Nightlife laying on the table and found the picture of them I edited on Picnik. Jim said that he brought those copies to show me the ad. I wish they had professional photos and I wish I had professional photo editing software and professional editing skills so that I could do more for them. The picture in Prospector Nightlife didn’t turn out too bad, though, all things considered.

I took a few photos last night (and some videos, which are posted on YouTube if you want to check them out). A slideshow is attached below. Enjoy!

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Motorcycle Heaven

Posted on April 25, 2009 by under Flickr, Wishlist.    

We spent this morning with Mom and Dad B. The plan was to meet up at Cracker Barrel for brunch and then going to Alef’s to check out motorcycles. David wanted to test drive a Buell that they had out there.

Brian and I arrived at Cracker Barrel a little early, so we decided to play a game of checkers while we waited. Needless to say, I kicked his butt.

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Brian doesn’t take to losing too well. Not at poker; not at chess; not at checkers; not at anything, really. Mom and Dad B arrived just as we were finishing our game.

Alef’s was fun. It’s like motorcycle heaven. I’d never been there before. All the motorcycles looked awesome. Brian and I fell in love with a Harley-Davidson Iron 883 Sportster with a very nice black on black frame and satin finish. Normally Brian likes shiny stuff, but he doesn’t like shiny chrome on motorcycles because he says it will drive him crazy. He thinks he will spend more time wiping fingerprints off than riding the thing. Thus, his inclination toward the blacked out Iron.

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This is a different bike than the one that we liked, but I wanted to show you a picture of Brian on a motorcycle. Brian looks great on a bike, no? He ain’t getting one, though.

Sorry, baby! =P

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