Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cumberland Citi Vikings

Ticketamerica.com has concerts and theatre events for Cumberland County Civic Center tickets and Citi Field tickets home of the Mets as well as the Minnesota Vikings tickets.

Check them out:
minnesota vikings tickets
cumberland county civic center tickets
citi field tickets

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

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.