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Entries from November 29th, 2010

Holiday Tipping from Consumer Reports

November 29th, 2010 No Comments

Need help on who gets tipped and how much? Here are the results from Consumer Reports latest survey showing who consumers tipped and stiffed and how much they got. The tip amounts are medians — the midpoint between highs and lows. That filters out the super-generous tippers, who gave $500 to the housekeeper, as well as [...]


Tis the season

November 24th, 2010 No Comments

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and in America it is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of eating too much turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for football, holiday parades and giant balloons in the shape of cartoon characters.  It’s also the time the mayhem starts to set [...]


Five Tips to help yourself or your kids get through a “Lazy Day”

November 22nd, 2010 No Comments

Work isn’t always inspiring whether it’s work-work or homework.   We all have a lazy day now and then when we just don’t feel like working on that project that isn’t due for a week.  As I always preach to Casey, even if it’s not due tomorrow, don’t put it off because you don’t know what [...]


Looking for love in all the wrong places?

November 19th, 2010 No Comments

How far have we come?  Today’s world is very different than when Mom and Dad dated.  They may have met in school or church or at work or through a friend.  Today, millions of folks looking for love turn to the internet and websites such as and   Thankfully, I’m happily married and have [...]


How much is $50 really worth?

November 17th, 2010 1 Comment

My good friend Krista recently had an experience with a Garage Door company.  Her garage door opener wasn’t connecting when the button was pushed.  She called the company who installed it and customer service should have handled it this way.  “Thank you for calling Mrs. P, what problem are you having?”  “Okay, would you do me a favor [...]


Turn that frown upside down

November 15th, 2010 2 Comments

One day last week, I asked Casey how her day was.  She said, “alright” (Her typical response is “Great Mom”, so I asked what was wrong).  She actually said, “I’ve just been out of it today.  Not really social with anyone.  I feel like I’m invisible”.  HUH?  That’s not my kid, turns out she was [...]


Allstate’s Tailgate Tour

November 12th, 2010 1 Comment

I recently experienced the Allstate Tailgate Tour at a college football game.  I appreciate when a company selects another brand to align themselves with and they fully integrate into every possible marketing opportunity; on-air, online and on-site.  Allstate has done that with college football.  If you’re a fan like I am of college football, you’ve [...]


Teach Healthy Choices

November 10th, 2010 No Comments

I just read an article in Ad Age that addresses a study released this week by Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity.  The study charges that fast-food companies are marketing to youth now more than ever.  The study claims that fast-food companies are increasingly targeting children as young as 2 years old, [...]


What do Customers want?

November 8th, 2010 No Comments

All customers want the same 12 things, regardless of who they are, who is selling to them or what they’re buying: #1: They want to feel important. #2: They want to be appreciated. #3: They want you to stop talking about yourself. #4: They want you to stop talking about your firm. #5: They want [...]


Don’t forget your internal customers (employees)

November 5th, 2010 1 Comment

Certain people (and you know who they are) spread their bad attitudes like a virus.   It brings internal customers down and your external customers can catch it too.  Happy employees reflect well on your company. We’ve started a “Fun Committee” at work.  Yes, I’m involved.  In fact, I head the Fun Committee.  A Gallup organization [...]