Recently Sean Sanderson, here at REM, was promoted to Senior Graphic Designer.
Along with his day-to-day responsibilities, each Friday Sean now takes part in our weekly production meeting. Although our production meeting has been in place for a number of years, being part of the meeting is new to Sean.
As you can well imagine we discuss the status of projects at the production meeting; what was completed during the week that just passed and what needs to be addressed during the upcoming week.
On Friday Sean took part in his second production meeting and I was so thrilled with the quality of work that he completed, his awareness of outstanding projects and his eagerness to improve our process and to make things run even smoother and with even less potential confusion.
I am not Sean's supervisor, manager or boss. I am just his co-worker, but in his new role we will be working more closely than we have up to this point. I am really, really excited to be working along side Sean to ensure that deadlines get met and that clients are happy.
Congratulations Sean on your new position and on a fabulous start!
Who else drinks coffee while they work? I agree; that was a loaded question. For me, waking up and brewing a large cup of coffee is one of the first things that crosses my mind in the morning. Sure, I have responsibilities and loved ones to think about, but coffee makes it SO MUCH EASIER to deal with all of that. Especially in the morning. Who am I kidding? Especially any time of day.
This year I am debating on upgrading to a Keurig 2.0 coffee machine. I currently have one of the previous generation models and although it still serves me very well (or rather, it serves coffee very well?), it's hard to avoid wanting to snap up the new machine and sell the previous version. I love coffee, and the Keurig really is the best thing since sliced bread for most coffee lovers.
Granted, I am NOT a coffee snob. Not even in the least. However, I have taken a recent liking to Starbucks' "Holiday Blend" this Winter season and I'm actually drinking some of that special brew as I type this very blog post, one late Monday evening. It tastes great and doesn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth. So, #Winning!
Do you have a favourite blend of coffee that you enjoy? Something local, perhaps? (If you're in the area around Brighton, Ontario any time, check out Lola Cafe's flavours. They're great!) Or do you like the mass-marketed coffee tins? Don't be shy; my go-to coffee has been Maxwell House's Dark Roast for many years now. It's only during the holidays that I tend to switch things up.
Coffee helps fuel my brain for coding. What does it do for you?
Without a doubt there are a lot of websites that we all love to visit that waste way too much of our time.
Other than the tantalizing top time wasters we all know and love such as Youtube, Reddit, Facebook, etc, there is a website dedicated to finding the most useless sites on the internet.That site is called 'The Useless Web' and it does a fantastic job.
Below are some of the ones I found to be the most ridiculous. What are you favorites?
You may think by the title of my blog post that it is written about HBO's Game of Thrones (which I am a huge fan); however, I literally mean in this case - winter is coming. As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I love to ski! It is one of the only things I enjoy about the winter.
My favourite place to ski that is a reasonable drive (under 3 hours) is Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York. I have been skiing there for over 30 years.
Here are some stats about Holiday Valley:
Yearly Average Snowfall - 180 inches
Snow making Coverage - 95%
Vertical Rise - 750 feet
Base Elevation - 1500 feet
Top Elevation - 2250 feet
Total Acreage - 1400 acres
Ski-able Acreage - 290 acres
Number of Day Trails - 58
Number of Night Trails - 37
Total Uphill Skier Capacity - 23,850 people per hour
Number of Lifts - 13
High Speed Quad Chairs -3
Fixed Grip Quad Chairs- 8
Surface Lifts - 2
Holiday Valley is great for families. The get a lot of snow and make a lot of snow. It has a lot of great night skiing as well.
They also have numerous places you can stay. We like to stay at the Tamarack Club which has a great indoor/outdoor pool and 2 hot tubs to enjoy after a long day of skiing.
If you are looking to try a new place to ski, I would highly recommend giving Holiday Valley a try.
The banner module is super easy to use and is highly affective at grabbing the users attention when they first come to a site. This module is a great way to advertise sales, upcoming events and exciting news.
My favourite thing about this module:
I like that our clients have the ability to add a "teaser" and "description" to their banner images. This text essentially acts as a layer over top of the image and provides the end user with information about sales, new products or general information. Our clients can then add a hyperlink to the banner image to direct their customers to a specific page on their site.
I have to admit that the concept of this post was given to me by my colleague here at REM - Sean. I had been talking to him about how our new vehicle came with a perk that I had not previously experienced, but now love - a free trial of SiriusXM Satellite radio service.
That being said, I do work from home regularly so I don't require in car entertainment these days all that much but then they also offered me a free trial of their online service. This includes both being able to stream it from their website (using a supplied username and password) or even better in my case - via an app for my phone and other mobile devices.
I won't go on and on about the specific stations or entertainers I frequent with the service, the actual point of this post is to discuss one thing - smart marketing. I honestly would have never gone and registered for this service on my own, but I enjoyed the 3 month trial service so much that I have already signed on for another 3 month discounted trial term with the intention of keeping the subscription.
So, what should be taken from this post is if you have a product or service that you can offer for a free trial, do it! First off, it tells your potential customers that you are confident in the quality/content of the service/product - so much so that you will let people try it for free!
And just as important, it's a great way to get a hot lead. There is no hotter lead than someone already using and enjoying your product or service. Give it, or rather, others a trial, it might be some of the best marketing you've ever done!