Since day one in our business we knew how important it was to build our community (in marketing language it’s called building your list). And to be totally transparent, in the beginning we were not very good at it, in fact you could say that we stunk.:-) But we learned, some through trial and error, some through copying other people’s methods and a lot through investing in various workshops, courses and mentors.
Is your guy a geek? If so, he’s probably made your life a lot easier. You don’t have to be a geekette to figure out what he wants. Go rifling through his video game collection some night when he’s in the bathroom, listen to what some of his friends are geeking out over, and keep mental notes – is there a game that’s getting good word of mouth buzz that he doesn’t have yet? Your shopping list just got a lot easier. If you’re worried about him getting that game from someone else, get him a GameTap subscription. Now, be warned – if you get him the Uber Game Of The Year, you don’t get “whining privileges”. Guys will obsess about these things until they finish them; really, it’s the outlet for the same kind of thinking that brought food back to the cave when it was mastodon season.
WHAT??? My buddy Ferlyn pushed me to go out on the floor, “He’s calling you out there! Go! Go!” “No! I can’t!” I squeaked. But the butterflies in my stomach got the best of me! “Go! Go!” Ferlyn chanted. I slowly moved out of my comfort zone and side-stepped the chairs and tables that kept me from the man of my dreams and moved out onto the dance floor. He was still holding out his hand toward me as I approached him with an abashed and ingenuous half grin on my face. As I got closer to him and looked up, I saw a look of concern and confusion on his brow.
Write an article. Use Microsoft Word or your favorite word processor and save it to your hard drive. This step is important as many people have a tendency to write straight to their blogs editor. the reason for saving this to your hard drive is that you will be using it again and again.
During my own childhood I sold my first glass of lemonade from a lemonade cart I made out of Omagles. My brother built his first stage which he performed on he’s now a professional magician for the Ringling Brothers And we even built a replica of the old Gladiator shooter Google Giftcard challenge and obstacle course.
Now here’s the catch… you can have 20 links to your site and still get beat out by a site that only has 10. The reason is this… Google gives “extra credit” to links that come from quality sites or sites similar to yours.
Pick your theme, if you want one. You should have a theme; it will help unify the party and can help in planning activities. Sometimes it’s as easy as just incorporating a few of your child’s favorite things: Princesses, fairy tales, or in my family’s case, legos and dragons. Use your theme to plan decorations, games, cake decorations, and even the invitations. Putting your theme into the invite allows guests to go for a gift that will fit the theme. I have also seen parties that ask for toys to donate, books to share, or coats to donate in the winter. I love these themes and they incorporate a good lesson for a child that parallels the celebration.
Be well-informed Always do the research before making a purchase. Websites such as LifeHacker, Consumer Reports and the Consumerist can offer great tips on what to do and what not to do when it’s time to spend money. A little research goes a long way towards keeping more of your money in your pocket where it belongs. Keep these links handy for future use. We all spend money, these tips and links will help you spend it wisely.