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I love TEDxGatewayArch so much that I be

I love TEDxGatewayArch so much that I became a sponsor! Check out this article featuring the upcoming event!


How involved are your attendees and how

How involved are your attendees and how can you measure that measure of success?

What do you call a bear with no teeth? G

What do you call a bear with no teeth? Gummy Bear!

One on One with My Client, Dewayne! Part 2

This article is  a continuation of the article that appeared in a recent HelmsBriscoe newsletter. I shared the first part in my blog last week, so if you missed it, please be sure to read it now. Here is the remaining part of the article:

When asked if there are any distinctive qualities to the site selection process for SWCS (Soil and Water Conservation Society), Jill says, “One of the more important factors is actually near and dear to my heart, their meetings are environmentally conscience. The hotel property must have a green policy; this includes recycling, placing water pitchers in the back of the room as opposed to every single table, offering to wash linens on a less than daily basis, and so on.”

Of the RFP process, Jill says, “Before government employee attendance became a factor, I created the RFPs on my own. Since we are now in a state of adjustment, we’re proceeding with a bit of caution, so I do currently need to look to Dewayne’s so I can keep up with all the changes.”  Even so, Jill does do most of the negotiating on behalf of SWCS. She puts the number at “99.5% of the negotiating.”

As far as site visits are concerned, Jill says, “Most of the time there is no need for me to be there, Dewayne handles this end on his own.” She adds, “I do, however, attend some of the programs. I want to make sure to familiarize myself with all my clients’ events so that I may gain a clearer understanding on how the space is allocated, and if the space works well for their meetings and unique needs. This allows me to fine-tune the site selection process and RFPs for their future meetings.”

Dewayne expressed again and again about how Jill truly does go “above and beyond” for him. Jill says, “We are in the hospitality business, so we tend to be hospitable.” She continues, “I do whatever it takes and then some to get my client’s what they need.  I feel responsible for their meetings, and sometimes will go back and forth many times while negotiating on behalf of the client.”

Jill also counts her dedication to staying on top of what is going on in the industry as part of her service. “I share trending information via all my social media outlets! I make sure my clients know what is on the horizon and how these changes will specifically effect them and their meetings.” As far as what she is seeing right now, “Hotel rates are going up due to more transient travel, contract signing time limits are shortened, hotels cannot hold space anymore – there is more demand, but the supply has barely changed over the past four years. Due to these rising rates, I provide a necessary service for my clients; I can guide them and make sure we find the best possible solutions for all their meetings.”

Meetings and business aside, Jill and Dewayne both feel that they have also found a true friendship. As Jill says, “We swap family stories all the time, I look forward to hearing his wonderful stories about his wife Amy and son, Lucas. He in turn hears about the ever growing family that my husband Rick and I have. We have three sons, two grandchildren and a third on the way!” Dewayne shared that they are also Facebook friends, they have been on several site visits together and have attended a number of the same industry events. Dewayne says, “Jill is fun; she is witty, laughs a lot and is one of those people that can find humor in almost everything!” Jill describes Dewayne as, “The nicest guy I know!”

About the relationship overall, Dewayne sums it up nicely, “If we did as many meetings together as Jill has pairs of shoes, we would be unstoppable. We could lead HelmsBriscoe!”

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Celebrate at the Red, White and Blue

Happy 4th of July!

If you want to see a bit more red, white and blue,check out these cool hotels!

You’ll be seeing red (but in a good way!) when you head over to Red South Beach, a boutique hotel located in Miami Beach, Florida.  Here you are but a few steps away from world class beaches, entertainment, dining and nightlife. The rooms are beautifully decorated with red accent walls and furnishings; very tastefully done! Be sure to check out their special offers.
You will have to leave America to get to The White Hotel which is located in Brussels. Hailed as a favorite hotel of The New York Times, this white on white hotel is hip art deco and settled right next to the best shops and tourist attractions. The rooms are gorgeous! One has to wonder if room service even offers to bring red wine up the rooms (yikes!). Also, how much bleach do you think they go through to wash those white linens?
If you’re feeling blue, maybe you need to chase those blues away at Hotel Blue, a beachfront resort located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While there catch some rays and enjoy a cocktail at the Outdoor Poolscape. Too much sun? Head indoors to the Lazy River.
Want a more traditional way to celebrate our nation? Head on over to The Independent Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This boutique hotel is described as being “amidst theater and history.” Check out the upcoming list of events and shows and also see what else there is to see. Rooms are stately, well appointed and quite comfy.
Wherever you may be on this day, may it be filled with yummy BBQ, fun activities and fireworks galore!  Happy Independence Day! Hooray for the Red, White and Blue!

*Thanks for Ingles 360 for the flag image!

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I remember when the online and internet activity first started to take hold. Email had become a standard form of communication, it also became the new way to send out chain letters (do this or die!), jokes, and angel pictures made from carefully placed keyboard characters, and creepy videos of computerized dancing babies, anyone remember these? Websites were few, and most were rather rudimentary by today’s standards. A few brave souls began making purchases on line, and still others began downloading music at a time when most us were not quite sure what “downloading” even meant.

Then came marketing via email with fancy e-newsletters; expensive colorful printed newsletters, chock-full of postage gave way to slicker, email versions; that cost quite a bit less and required no recycling. And all during this time, little Mark Zuckerberg was growing up with visions of codes in his head. Social Media would be born one day and crown Mark as it’s king.

One of the fun things about all this social sharing is blogging. I am blogging right now! It’s a way for some of us to share what we do, why we do it, and who we do it for. We share our insights and even sometimes get some feedback. One of the ways we get feedback is by taking a peek at our analytics. For example, I can look at my Facebook analytics and see how many people are talking about my posts, which posts were most popular, which fans engaged the most, even how many friends my fans have.

When I look at my newsletter analytics I can view how many people have opted out of receiving my e-newsletters (thankfully, that number is practically non-existent), how many new people have signed up, how many people actually opened the newsletter and how many people clicked through . . . . . . to this, the blog. And here is what has peaked my ever curious mind. Many of you (I thank you with all my heart), open up the newsletter. But not as many of you click through to this digital place right here, being the place where my blog resides. So the question is this – is my witty banter and intriguing newsletter witty and intriguing to the point where moving onto the next step – clicking through to the actual blog – is rendered unnecessary? Or might there be another explanation that I have yet to learn? If any of you are up for sharing some of your own insights with me then I am listening. Come on over to Facebook and let me know! Happy day to you all!

Has email taken over your life? http://o

Has email taken over your life?