Do you cringe when someone sends you those funny facebook autocorrect goofs?  Sometimes I wonder if they're truly for our entertainment or the real deal.  I guess it happens in business too.  Ever compose an email, handwritten note or lengthy document and send it out BEFORE it was reviewed for good grammar?  Yep, it has happened to the best of us.  We all know that correct spelling, tense and punctuation is important.   Here's a tip to improve your level of perfection.  After you take the time to proof and re-proof, give your handiwork to someone else - preferrable an english major - and have it reviewed for accuracy.  Remember that anything that goes out over your company banner or signature is a reflection on your brand and corporate image. 

Just Sayin'...

"There  are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and  learning from failure," said Colin Powell.  But there is also truth to the fact that doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is also a big waste of time and resources.  Too often we see this during the intital stages of building a client's marketing or business platform.  Don't be that owner or principal unwilling to thing outside the box or introduce new ideas from outside your organization.  Take the weekend, refresh yourself.  Look at goals, objectives, challenges and obstacles.  Update that 5-year strategic plan and revitalize the marketing strategies... For more information on how to take your business to the next level, visit us at www.c8consulting.co or click here to email us at info@c8consulting.co your questions.

Just Sayin'...!

When we analyze client sites, it is about everything from navigation to color to placement balancing search with optimizing images and key content.  Hubspots Urbanbounce does a great job of the explaining the most essential elements  of high converting landing pages.  Read on for the full review.  Let us know what you think!
                      Just sayin...  

PictureThank A Soldier This Weekend...
From All of US at C8 Consulting
 “While only one day of the year is dedicated solely to honoring our veterans,  Americans must never forget the sacrifices that many of our
fellow countrymen
have made to defend our country and protect our freedoms.”
~Randy Neugebauer
Here's to a Happy & Safe Memorial Day Weekend!


"Enlarge Your Vision of What is Possible" ~ Orin
What is your mountain to climb?  Budget? Time? Staff? Knowledge... The road to greater opportunity begins with a first step...outside of the box.. and embracing a new culture while acknowledging the traditional business models

Recently, a client wanted to know the proper use of #hashtags on Twitter.  Here is a quick reminder from #Target Marketing on the five (5) top rules to follow.  Thought it was worth sharing. 

Came across this nifty little app during cocktails with friends...  Save time, money and an exploding wallet or purse!  Easy to upload  http://keyringapp.com/ and easier to use.  Plus it is more than just a storage device for your loyalty and points cards.  You also get exclusive coupons, discounts and the ability to link to your debit/credit card.  Faster check out too! 

Need CPR to save your Social Media Programs?  Here's one idea to get people talking, sharing and posting.  Use Facebook to highlight your associates, employees and perhaps even vendors/suppliers.  Here are some ideas:

1. Photo albums of your employees in their youth and today - sure to get a reaction!
2. Adorable Pets Album - who can resist that cuddly iguana or lop earred bunny?
3. Music Beats - pics of your employees and what they like to listen to
4. Book Review - show book covers of suggested favorites - and allow comments

Be creative, innovative and different!  Let the unique qualities of your firm and your employees shine.  You'll be surprised what kind of buzz it will create.

Thanks Social Media Examiner and Bryden McGrath for that reminder!

You decide!  We'll make today's blog very simple.  Click on the Link below for a quick review of some of the most popular and innovative applications designed to make your day a little less overwhelming....  In particular, check out Bump & CardMunch!  Got a favorite?  Share it here.  http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-mobile-apps-to-improve-your-business-and-networking/

All week long, we sat stonefaced looking at the blinking cursor on an empty and very blank Blog Page.  It felt odd to be so uninspired.  Nothing had truly cried out "Talk About This"!  That is until today! Read a few exerpts from The Four Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss that appeared on our LinkedIn Network.  Here is one of many tips that just make sense.   

"Interest, energy and ability go up and down all the  time. Trying to work through it when you're miserable is unproductive.   The way many of our jobs and careers are planned leads to doing the same thing for hours, even years on end. It doesn't account for the fact that people aren't built to work that way.  Your interest and ability to do a particular job or task varies over time. 
It's more effective to plan for it than to simply try to work through it, or spend unproductive hours staring at a screen. "Design your work day, and potentially even your career to take that into  account." 

So, today is Friday and it is promising to be a beautiful day.  Work Hard but Don't forget to Smell the Roses, Walk through the Park, Relish the Sun on Your Face.  Monday will be here soon enough

The  Four Hour Workweek 

...Just Sayin'!