Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Facebook Help

Well, Timeline has wiggled it's little head into our Facebook lives, and it's annoying the heck out of some people.

Over the next few weeks I'll be taking some time to help you walk through all your Facebook troubles.  To make sure I'm helping you with all your needs, please let me know what they are:


  • Security Settings?
  • Adding Pictures?
  • Privacy?
  • Groups?
  • ???


Keeping you sociably connected,

Cindy

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Featured Business: Kevin Charles Salon

6626 Monroe St          905 Central Avenue
   Sylvania Ohio         St. Petersburg, Florida
419.882.3400                  727.823.8585




One of the hardest things for me to deal with is my confidence.  I don't feel comfortable in my outward appearance.  I don't have my style.  And when I find something I like as far as my hair goes, even if I've brought in a picture and said "THIS IS WHAT I WANT" I've been convinced against it and I end up hating how I look until for the next month until I can have it fixed.


That was not the case at Kevin Charles Salon.


I've been to several salons over the last few years, ever since my dad got sick and I donated my hair.  This was probably the best experience I've had in a long time.


Of course the first thing that Kevin and Carly asked me was what I wanted - and I told them: less layers, darker to match my natural color and a touch of red.  Then they asked what my wardrobe consisted of (mostly dark and neutral colors, a few bright pieces), what my morning routine is, how I usually wear my hair, what I do for a living, they people that I meet.  


Hey, I've got a fun job, but I still need to look professional.  He asked me to trust them - and I did.


The process was about 2 1/2 hours, start to finish, but the time went fast.  Because there were other stylists with clients, we were all in conversation with one-another; fun and casual.  We all need girl talk from time to time, right?


I was also impressed by the wide variety of stylists and clients.  Whether it's a dramatic change or a quick trim, the people at Kevin Charles Salon will be able to help you out.  


The cut is what I need (and it's long enough for me to put up).  And the color is AMAZING!  It's exactly what I've been wanting for a couple of years, but had previously been told I couldn't pull it off.  


Thank you Kevin Charles Sylvania for giving me an wonderful experience, 
and a look that I can finally call my own!

Check them out on Facebook:

After my last hair appointment - see, some red...but it faded out within 2 weeks 

My New Hair!  




  





Friday, March 9, 2012

How 'Pinning' Can Grow Your Business

Well, unless you live under a rock and never check your Facebook or Twitter, you've probably noticed a new thing called "Pinterest."

So what is it?

Well, to put it quite simply, it's a collection of anything and everything you want.

  • Favorite recipes, or recipes you want to try
  • Clothes you love 
  • Vacations you want to take
  • Things for the home
  • Activities for the family
  • Books you've read or want to read
  • The list goes on, and on, and on...
So for a business or a blogger, how does this affect you?  Well, if you've got great content with great images, you can get your products out to the masses.

Cascade Braid
For example, my daughters have SUPER LONG HAIR.  And I'm tired of putting it up in the same braids and ponytails every day.  So I did a search for fun braids and up-do's - and I found a couple of neat websites.  Instead of adding them to my bookmarks and forgetting that I've save them (we've all done that, right?)  I pinned them to my Hair Style board.  So taking what I found, this is what I did with Samantha's hair:
Sock Bun
So if you're a hair stylist, grab a friend and take step-by-step pictures of how to maintain my hair at home.  Put it out on your website/blog.  And then pin it.  Your friends will pin it.  And soon, your names is out there, getting people to your website to learn more.

OK, so if you're a business with a physical location, how does that help grow the business?  Well, if you sell products, sell them online.  In your step by step description, talk about the products that you are using, and put a link to where people can buy them.

So if you are a garden expert, teach me how to prep my garden for this year - step by step with images.  Show me how to start my seeds.  Be detailed.  Pin it.  Then sell some seeds or tools.

If you're a photographer, show me how to take a good picture with my cell phone; how to get my kids to sit still. Pin it.  Then sell some frames or prints.

Pinterest is becoming an activity for many people, just like playing games on Facebook.  To the business - they're looking for your stuff.  Be there for them.



Follow me on Pinterest, or for more information, contact Cindy@SociablyCindy.com







Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blog and Event Sponsorship Opportunities



I am excited and eager to attend several Blogging Conference. 
I would love to have your partnership. 
I’m looking for brands to represent during these conferences. 

Funds from sponsorship will be allocated toward:
{1} Ticket to the Conferences  
{2} Travel to and from the Conferences 
{3} Food and Lodging during Conferences
I have several sponsorship packages available; I am available should you like to speak regarding any other 
sponsorship ideas you may have in mind.




Platinum Sponsorship {$1,000+}
{1} One year of advertising on my blog (Sociably Cindy or Sociably Surviving)
Banner size and placement of your choice.

{2} One blog post per month for 12 months (Sociably Cindy, Sociably Surviving, or combination)
Post will feature your brand/latest products, deals and/or specials. 
Included in the post will be any links back to your site.


{3} During Conference, I can wear clothing with your logo/brand.


{4} Posts of your choice can be tweeted out and placed on Facebook weekly during prime times for one year.

Gold Sponsorship {$500+}
{1} Six months of advertising on my blog (Sociably Cindy or Sociably Surviving). 

Banner size and placement of your choice.


{2} One blog post per month for six months (Sociably Cindy, Sociably Surviving, or combination)
Post will feature your brand/latest products, deals and/or specials. 
Included in the post will be any links back to your site.

{3} During Conference, I can wear clothing with your logo/brand.

{4} Posts of your choice can be tweeted out and placed on Facebook every other week during 
prime times for six months.


Silver Sponsorship {$250+}
{1} Three months of advertising on my blog (Sociably Cindy or Sociably Surviving)
Banner size and placement of your choice.

{2} One blog post per month for three months (Sociably Cindy, Sociably Surviving, or combination)
Post will feature your brand/latest products, deals and/or specials. 
Included in the post will be any links back to your site.

{3} During Conference, I can wear clothing with your logo/brand.

{4} Posts of your choice can be tweeted out and placed on Facebook weekly during prime times for three months.


Sponsoring/providing an iPad

{1} Your logo will be placed on the item 
and I will be using it during Conference.


{2} Six months of advertising on my blog (Sociably Cindy or Sociably Surviving)
Ad size and placement of your choice.

{3} One blog post per month for six months (Sociably Cindy, Sociably Surviving
or combination) featuring your brand/latest products, deals and/or specials. 
Included in the post will be any links back to your site.

{4} Posts of your choice can be tweeted out and placed on Facebook weekly during prime times for six months.


Upcoming Conferences: 
(**Conferences Sociably Cindy is planning on attending.  If you are interested in sponsoring a particular conference, 
here are other opportunities to share your business. Attendance is subject to sponsorships.)

SXSW 2012, Austin Tx March 9-13, 2012
SOBCon Chicago 2012Chicago, IL May 4-6, 2012
**Gleek Retreat 2012  Holland, Michigan, May 19-20, 2012
SheCon 2012 Lake Buena Vista, FL May 25-27, 2012
Reviewers Retreat 2012 Charlotte, NC, June 3-5, 2012
BlogWorld Expo New York 2012 New York, NY June 5-7, 2012
Type-A Parent Conference 2012 Asheville, NC June 22-24, 2012
**Brands & Bloggers Summit 2012 Chicago, IL July 21, 2012
BlogHer 2012 New York, NY August 2-4, 2012
Lavish! 2012 Atlanta, GA August 24-26, 2012
**Bloggy Conference 2012 Cincinnati, OH September 27-29, 2012 

Do you want to sponsor me for one of these Conferences or have questions, please e-mail me at cindy@sociablycindy.com


Friday, February 10, 2012

You can't afford to NOT use social media

Someone posted something about you today.  And you don't know what they said.  They could be singing your praises to the high heavens.  They could be blasting you down into the dirt.  They could have just said that they were there.  But they said it, for all the world to see.

And you don't know about it.  But you should.

It's been almost 7 years since my first child was born.  And I remember opening up a brand new package of wipes, and there being black fuzz on the first dozen wipes.  Now, pre baby I would have just taken those dozen wipes, throw them out and used the rest.  But this was my brand new baby - there was no way I was putting those anywhere near her.  So I called customer service.  I got a $5 voucher and an apology.  It appeased me, but it was pretty annoying.  I mentioned it to a friend of mine at dinner that weekend, and we talked about weird product incidents.  That was it.

Now my kids are all potty trained, but I still use night-time pull-ups for my son.  Recently, a friend asked what brand I used (whatever's cheapest).  She told me to NOT use a particular brand because it was causing sever rashes on a friend of hers' daughter.  She saw this post on Facebook, to which over 40 of my friend's friends had commented that they were dealing with the same problem.

Now, if Diaper Company was paying attention, they'd be doing regular searches for their brand's name, and might have come across this.  Damage is done.  I know of at least 40 people who will not be buying that brand; and I've passed it on to several of my friends as well, and those other 40 people probably passed it on to theirs... BIG PROBLEM!

So, as a small business, what can you do?

Well, you'd better be monitoring your name. Set up alerts to notify you anytime your name is mentioned.  Be there to respond quickly.  Have an idea of how you're going to handle it.  You can't give away something every time someone complains, can you?  It's just not good business sense.  But you can offer them that you'll fix whatever is wrong, and guarantee that it won't happen again.

Or what if someone is having trouble with one of your competitors?  You'd love to gain their business, right?  Set up a search, and be up on it.

Ok, you're probably thinking "but that takes time away from what I need to get done".  Yes, it does.  And there are a few options.

1)  Do nothing.  Continue doing things they way you already are.  If you don't know about it you're not missing it.

2)  Do it yourself.  Create time in your daily schedule to devote to social media and brand awareness

3)  Bring in outside help.  That's what we do best - so you can focus on what you do best.

So, if you're thinking options 2 or 3, I can help.  If you'd just like a run down of what to do and how to implement it into your daily schedule, I can help.  If you'd like to put it all in my hands, well, I'll gladly take it off your plate.

Whether you do it yourself, or bring me in to help, use the tools available to you.  They really can help.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Great Opportunity To Share Your Business and Support a School

I've been asked to coordinate the Spring Carnival for my children's school.  I'm looking for businesses who would be interested in participating in this event.  There will be close to 1,000 people at this event.

Some of the Entertainment has been already arranged, but there may be room for others.

I'm also looking for businesses that would be interested in providing food for this event.  I'd like to offer a variety of foods this year.  Not your typical hotdogs and hamburgers; those will be available for the kids.  But I'd like to see a few restaurants participate and offering grazing stations for the adults.

I'm also looking for local businesses who would be interested in donating products or services for various raffles and game prizes.  Gift Certificates (to your business, or on behalf of your business), Products or Sample Products, or even promotional items!





Give kids great prizes that they'll used, and you're name will be seen by their parents!

I do have a limited budget for this event, so any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Your business will be featured on the promotional fliers for this event.  And as my thank you to you, I'd also like to feature you on my blog.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Featured Business: 151 On The Water

151 Water Street 
(at Summit and Jefferson)


If you're looking for a great meal, and night out with friends 151 On The Water is the place for you!

The former Murphy's has been revived to show the best in Jazz, Blues and local musicians.  

Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, 151 On The Water  offers a casual lunch and fine dining menu that owner Mike Scott says "I'd put our signature dish up against any other restaurant in town."

I've been in several times, and each meal has been amazing.  The menu has something for everyone.  There is a $5.99 lunch special, as well as dinner specials.  And very reasonably priced!  While out to dinner with friends, we ordered 2 appetizers, 4 drinks, 1 soda and 4 meals, and spent less than $125 (not including tip).

I've tried something new every time that I've been in, but my lunch time favorite is the Chicken Philly, and dinner would have to be the Chicken Piccata. 

Reuben w/ Chips

Chicken Philly w/ Chips

Not only is there great food, but there is great music 5 nights a week.  You can come in for Jazz, Blues, Open Mic Night and the musical talents of great local artists.  You will also be able to hear live music a couple days a week during the lunch hours.

The bar is always coming up with new and creative drinks for any taste.  Recently, "Candy Cocktails" have been a big hit - including Cotton Candy and Rock Candy martinis.  Not to mention the Strawberry Champagne Martini, or any of you other favorite beverages.

Rock Candy Martini

One of the benefits to the local musical community is that now there is another venue to perform at.  But there is an in-house sound system.  There is no need for them to bring in all their own speakers or sound board - it's all provided for you.  And for the audience, there's not a bad seat in the house!  The music is played at a level that is easily heard, no matter where you are sitting.  But it's also not so loud that you can't have a conversation with the person sitting next to you.

If you are looking for a place to host a party or dinner, 151 On The Water can accommodate you.  Even bringing in live music for your event.  

The staff at 151 On The Water is great - all very kind and there to help you with anything.  And the owner is there, greeting everyone and making conversation.  Mike wants to make sure you're having a good time, that the food is good, and you're enjoying the music. 

Make plans to stop into 151 On The Water soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Staying Sociable: Sociably Cindy Spokes-pet Search!

So, I've had this idea in my head for a while, but I've just not implemented it.  I think it's time.



I remember when I was working at YES FM, we had a Happy Meal toy that we were passing around to each other's desks.  It was really funny.  You'd walk into your office and there it was.  THEN we had the purple frog that would find it's way to random places in the halls and studio.  So much fun.

About a year ago, my friend Marion created a 'spokes-puppet' for her business "Fibre Moo w/ Fibrenew".
It made us all at the networking event talking about what our 'spokes-pet' would be.

So these thoughts have made their way back into my mind over the last few weeks, and you know what - I'm just going to do it!

I'm looking for 2 things:

1 - suggestions on what my "Spokes-pet" should be
2- would you be willing to take your picture with it and pass it on?

I'd thought about a teddybear with a butterfly shirt/dress, and then put my logo on it - thoughts?

Then I was thinking of either just going around with it and taking pictures of it at my client's and friend's businesses.  Or do I get a few and pass them out saying "take a pic and pass it on"?

So what to you think?


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Featured Business: My Mary Kay Consultant Nicole!

Nicole Beat
Independent Mary Kay Sales Director
567.455.6828



I am not a girlie girl.  I am not into what is hot and now in fashion.  I'm not up on the latest hair and make up trends.  It's just not me.  I'm very conscious about my skin.  And that's where Nicole comes in.

As a teen, I'd have the occasional break out (usually on my chin around that time of the month), but I generally had very nice skin.  Then when I was 21 and pregnant with my first child, it caught up to me.

I've tried just about every product under the sun - and nothing has seemed to work.  I'd begun using the Mary Kay Timewise products, and I really liked them.  My little frown/laugh lines diminished, my completion looked brighter, but I still had the adult acne.

My problem was that these products were too harsh on my skin.  I tried one product (I won't name it, but you've heard of it) that literally burned my face after 3 uses.   I did see a dermatologist after that - and not even their prescription strength products worked... I thought I was doomed.

But wait!  Nicole comes back from a Mary Kay conference with a brand new sensitive skin collection: Botanical Effects.  I set up an appointment with her and she introduced me to the new line.  We started with the dry skin set - in the winter I'm alway super dry.  She let me try it there, and she even let me take it home for a few days to really see the effects on my skin. (Does the department store do that?)



I loved the cleanser - very gentle.  But the moisturizer was a bit thick for my liking.  I told Nicole and she said "Not a problem, let's switch your lotion to 'normal'."  And it's working great for me.

After she switched my lotion, she also gave me the mask and refresher spray.  The mask can actually be used as a scrub or mask - which I loved.  The refresher is really nice as well, not a burning toner like I was use to.  If you have sensitive skin - this product is definitely for you!



Now - cosmetics!

Deluxe Compact


I'd never really worn make-up.  I'd buy it for a special occasion, never wear it again.  But now that I'm in a professional setting, I can't look like a 14 year old.

Nicole has helped me find the right colors for me, taught me how to apply them (I had no idea how many looks you could get from just 3 eye shadow colors).  It's also extremely important to have the right tools, and know how to take care of them (yes, your dirty brushes can actually make your skin have bad reactions, and could even make you sick).

There are products for everyone - even guys!  I got the High Intensity Cologne for my husband - I love it!

What I really like about Nicole is her desire to really help other women feel as beautiful as they are.  It's not about covering your face up with 4 inches of make up and portraying something you're not.  It's about accenting the natural beauty that you are.  She'll keep you up to date on new products.  And if you give her your husband/boyfriend's contact info and your special dates (birthday, anniversary, etc.), she can even send them reminders and gift hints based on your wish lists or previous purchased.  She can even help with the gift wrapping.  Seriously guys - win/win!

So if you've never tried Mary Kay before, I encourage you to contact Nicole and try it now.  Not only are the products amazing and very reasonably priced; but you will gain a new friend.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Featured Business: Beauty Call By Liz

Mobile Spray Tanning
 (419) 290-0720

In the dull winter, sometimes we all need a quick pick me up.  Something to remind us of warmer days, something to brighten our smiles.

Sometimes we have that special occasion, and even if we have the perfect outfit, something's missing.

A spray tan may be what you need!

Have you tried a spray tan before, and didn't like the results?  All spray tanning products are not created alike.  The products used by Beauty Call By Liz are made with all natural and organic ingredients.  It allows you to have the look of being out in the sun all the time, without the harmful effects of the UV rays.

What I like about Beauty Call By Liz is that she came to me.  I didn't have to get in my car, drive somewhere, wait for my turn and then be pushed out the door.  I'm a busy working mom - I rarely have time for myself (and have to schedule it weeks in advance!).  

She arrived at my house and set up the mobile spray tent, hooked up her airbrush and we were ready to go.  The process took maybe 20 minutes.

For me, she used the lightest level - as I'm naturally very pale.  As she 'warned' me, the color deepened quite a bit throughout the day.  But after I showered the next morning, it toned down quite a bit, something a bit more natural to my natural color.  

Besides the convince of her coming to you, her prices are very reasonable.  Guys, spray tanning gift certificates are a great gift for your lady!

If you're getting married, your photographer will appreciate the even skin tone and color provided by a spray tan.  Make plans to start tanning AT LEAST a month before your wedding, to find the right tone.  A great thing about Beauty Call By Liz is that she has partnered with Alt B, and the services in this group can also help you prepare for your special day.

If you are interested in spray tanning, check out http://www.beautycallbyliz.com/ and schedule your appointment.  Be sure to check out the Tanning Tips before Liz arrives, so that she is able to give you the best tan possible.  And be sure to ask her about her great products (I love the Cocoa butter lotion!)


Check out Beauty Call By Liz - and make today beautiful! 


Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Morning With Tim & Jeff




I'd consider Star 105.5 to be one of my favorite radio stations, has been for as long as I can remember.  Great selection of music, I'm comfortable playing it around my kids (there are a few songs I'll turn it down for [never off, I promise]... but that's just my personal preference).

My husband usually would claim the radio before me in the morning - usually podcasts on his iPod.  I don't remember exactly when I regained control of the remote, so to speak.  I remember turning it on, and just cracking up over something they were discussing.  And as I continued listening, I remember being very thankful that they topics of conversation were not of content that I'd have to turn the radio off when my kids were in the room

Over the summer I was incredibly impressed by the City of the Week outings they were hosting.  Working with small businesses, it's important to me to see the 'hidden gems' that drive our communities highlighted.  I looked forward to the pictures each week, and hearing the stories of many businesses that I never knew existed.

Along the same line, "Free Plug Friday" has been a joy to participate it.  Several of my clients have had events over the last few months, and there's nothing like getting a text from a client saying "OMG! We were on the radio."  (Thanks again guys!)  I love hearing small businesses, and local events put on the forefront.  Sometimes it seems that we don't know about these until it's too late.

I remember "Liking" their Facebook page, that first day I heard them.  As social media is my field of expertise - these guys are rawking it out!  When I look at other 'local celebrity' profiles, I don't see nearly the interaction that these guys get.  And it's not just one sided - they are actually conversing with their listeners throughout the day via Facebook or Twitter.  And the conversations are always interesting - there's nothing like when your page gets hijacked and the conversation lasts for days!

I was able to finally meet the guys after months of social networking interactions.  I totally thought they were joking when they invited me to the studio, but there I was.  Super cool, super nice guys.  I spend so much time promoting my clients, that it was actually weird to be talking about myself and my business.  And again there's nothing like getting a text from a friend "Um, was that you on the radio?".

We sat and chatted for about 20 minutes off air, and honestly, these guys are awesome.  

If you aren't already listening to Tim and Jeff In The Morning - you should be!  And if you are, join in on the conversation!  Like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter (@r8dioTim and @JeffNtheMorning).

*****

It was a sad day on March 12th when they announced that they were leaving the Toledo area.  I'm going to miss listening to you every day - the listeners of 105.7 in Fayetteville, AR are very lucky (thank goodness for internet radio!)

Thanks for all you've done for Toledo guys, on the air and off!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Power In An Email

We all get emails.  A lot of emails.

Sometimes we don't remember signing up for the newsletter.  Sometimes we get email forwards from friends (or people we've only met once).  Sometimes we get 5 emails a day from 1 person/business.  Sometimes it's only a few times a year.

An email can be a beneficial tool to your marketing plan - if done properly.  I find myself some how subscribing myself to email newsletters and then getting bombarded with emails.  Now, I signed up for it because I did want to hear something from you, but not all day every day.

So here are a few tips that I've learned about email marketing:

  • Consider how many you get from any 1 company.  If you think that's too much, do less.  Unless you have a lot to say, don't send more than 1 or 2 a month - if that.  If you have a lot to say - write a blog. 
  • Know your audience, and what will get their attention: What key words or phrases will encourage them to open the email, but not be deceitful and cause your contact to unsubscribe
  • Include links - lots of them!  Usually, your e-newsletter provider will track the clicks; you'll know what got the readers attention for next time.  
  • Don't make it all about you, make it about them.  Offer up a great piece of information (suggesting they follow you on Facebook or Twitter to learn more), promote a giveaways, etc.
  • Be a person, not a machine.  Add some personality to it, this is Social Networking, so stay social!
  • Don't get upset if people unsubscribe - you've done it too!
There are several great services available.  I've been using MailChimp to send my messages, and WuFoo for my opt-in forms.  I'm very pleased with it so far - if you're looking to start with an email campaign, start small, and try it out for free!  If you need help, Sociably Cindy is here for you!





Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Featured Business: NewTrition

NewTrition
6915 W. Central Ave
Toledo OH 43617
419-843-4200



I was originally invited to visit NewTrition after I attended a networking meeting.  I was still young in business and knew nothing of networking, but at that night at the NETT at the Oliver House, I met some people who today I can call close friends.

Melonie had invited me to have a one-to-one at NewTrition, and suggested I try the Blueberry Muffin shake.  OMG it was amazing.  I began stopping in on a regular basis, I enjoyed the comfortable atmosphere and good company.  Most days, if you want to find me, that's where I'll be.


NewTrition offers Herbalife products, and uses the variety of products to make dozens of shakes/smoothies to meet your tastes and dietary needs.  The combo includes a shot of mango/aloe water (trust me - it sounds weird, but it is delicious), a 8oz cup of green tea (plain, peach, lemon or raspberry)



Many people who first stop in to the 'club' (as it is know, all of the regulars are known as 'members') assume that it is all about weight loss.  While that is a component to the Herbalife product line, the message is more about becoming healthy. Recently, I was diagnosed with a gluten intolerance.  When I began feeling run down and sick at the end of the summer, Dawn sat down with me, asked me about my daily eating habits and activities.  My doctor didn't even do that with me after I was diagnosed.  I began stopping in everyday, and I felt my energy levels increase within a few weeks.

The weight loss aspect is also a large part of the business.  Weight loss challenges are offered several times every year, lasting three months at a time.  During these challenges, you get the group support that is proven in any weight loss program. But you also receive information that will help you along in your daily life.  Participants are not required to purchase the Herbalife products, but most of them find themselves getting shakes at NewTrition everyday.

One of the best services offered at NewTrition is something that most adults need, but don't know it.  The metabolism scans will help you identify the right amount of dietary needs your body requires for gaining, losing, or maintaining your weight.

As a young mom, my friends and I have often had discussions as to the best way to lose the last few pounds - and the information I learned from my metabolism scan really helped me.  I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, and after the body scan I discovered I was not getting enough protein.  I need between 75 and 100 grams of protein, and I was maybe getting 30-50 each day.  When I began adding the shakes into my daily meal plan, I became a bit leaner (and if I do say so looked AMAZING at my 10 year reunion after 1 month on the 'shake plan').



The shakes have also helped my son.  Steven is almost 4, and about the size of a 2 year old.  He was born 6 weeks premature, and we've had issues with his growth.  I bring him in with me after I pick him up from preschool a few days a week (he even has a special cup).  He's finally gaining weight, and slowly is starting to grow a few inches.  And he's healthy - when his sisters have been bringing home colds and flu's - he's not been sick once this year.  Which is even more amazing, because since he was 9 months old, he'd develop bronchitis at least twice in the colder months and needed breathing treatments 3 or 4 times a day.



If you're in Sylvania/Sylvania Township durning the day, between 8a and 3p, I encourage you; stop in for the healthiest breakfast or lunch that you can get.  
On Feb 16, Dawn S. has stepped down as owner of New-Trition.  
We all wish her well and will miss her.  

The club will now be maintained by Sue B. 







Thursday, January 19, 2012

I hit "search" and couldn't find you...

While reading the June issue of 'Inc.' Magazine, I came across the "Crunching The Numbers" feature.  A few of the statistics really stood out to me.

In 2009, only 27% of small businesses had a Facebook Fanpage.  In 2010, this number grew to 41%.  It seems more and more pages are being created every day.  But the problem is: how are people finding these pages?

It's hard enough for businesses to get their websites found, and it's fairly well accepted that to increase traffic to your website you need to have a presence elsewhere.  In today's internet savvy society, while we want to believe that just having a website is enough, that someone enters what they want into their favorite search engine and we'll be found.

GET THAT IMAGE OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

You are competing, not only with your competitor down the street, but across town, in the next county, the next state and across the world.  Seriously.  If there is a business that could possibly be doing business remotely where you are physically located, they are seeking out your current and potential customers.

Google Ads and Search Engine Optimization are paid services being employed by your competition.  Have you checked out their social media profile... Do they have a Facebook or Twitter?  Are they up-to-date with it? Are they interacting with their fans/followers?  Do they have images of their product/services? Do they link back to their website?

Whether the answer is 'yes' or 'no', YOU need to be doing the exact same thing (but better, and local)!

Your social media should be an extension of your website, and your website should be an extension of you.

Take a look at your website - do you know what it's doing for you? does it represent who you are and what you do? do you know where you come up in a search?

Now look at your social networks - how many fans/followers do you have? are you giving them information? are they interacting? do you use location marketing?

I by no means can help you build your website, but I know several AMAZING website designers/developers that I can put you in contact with.  And I'm not saying that you need to hire me to do your social networking... not every business needs me, but everyone business needs someone to do it properly!  I encourage you, take some time and really look at your internet presence, is it who and what you want it to be.  Sociably Cindy is available for training, assessments, and maintenance.