Monday, June 14, 2010

Constant Contact = Easy Email Marketing

Emails for Small Business with Constant Contact

According to Constant Contact, email marketing is a must-have for building your business and I couldn't agree with them more! I was first introduced to Constant Contact in 2004, while completing a grad school assignment. The assignment was to create a Valentine's Day promotion for Bloomingdale's and Constant Contact was the tool we were given to use.

I remember laughing and thinking that I had to be doing the project wrong, because there was no way that it could be THIS EASY to create an email campaign - but I was wrong. It really was incredibly simple to edit, update and schedule email campaigns with Constant Contact. In no time I was creating my own design templates and tweaking their templates. For beginners, it is an incredibly intuitive, web based program that will have you up and running in no time.

Constant Contact offers over 400 email templates, helps you to grow your email list while building customer relationships and most importantly it affords you the ability to track your results. It's amazing to review what your clients/customers are interested in and to be able to follow up through a direct email or more traditional phone call.

I highly recommend Constant Contact, and promise that you (and your business) won't be sorry!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Best Smartphone for International Travelers: BlackBerry Tour 9630

This month I finally broke down and upgraded to the Blackberry Tour 9630. Actually, this upgrade is something that I have contemplated for a while now. So why the change of heart? Actually, the question became a sort of why not, rather than the previous why. Verizon Wireless offers these portable offices for free when you sign up for a new contract or upgrade your account to include a data package.

Still, while I anxiously waited for its arrival, I still wondered what the fascination is with having a blackberry! Ok, I must admit that three weeks into having my blackberry (or blueberry as my nephew calls it) I can honestly say that it was the best upgrade I've made in a while. The Tour is just about as intuitive as a phone can come. In less than two hours the phone was personalized to include everything that I wanted and needed in a phone. I literally felt as though my entire office was now in the palm of my hand. I was so impressed with the ease of use that I began to demonstrate all of the capabilities to my husband. It only took five days to convince my "I don't need a blackberry" husband to get one and he loves it as well! I never expected to ever hear him tell me how much he loves his phone but there he is professing his undying love on a daily basis.

Another satisfied customer =)