Hello everybody! It’s been awhile since I last did a newsletter or blogged etc! Between Designing, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram Pinterest, and that thing called life there seems to be less time at the end of the day! But I miss communicating with all of you so here I am saying HELLO!! and wishing you all a great coming week, month, etc!
Voting! – I have already gone on-line and voted and hope you are able to do the same!
Website Launches – I have 6 new ones on the go presently so look for updates soon on when you can check out the new sites!
In The Community – I stayed on as Chairperson for an extra year for the London Chamber of Commerce Special Events & Networking Committee and have now transitioned into co-chair of Business After 5:00 as well as being on the Marketing & Communications Committee as well as being in the Networking Group the Business Accelerators!
Chamber of Commerce Biz After 5:00 Networking – If you ever want to come as my guest just let me know!
Canada Revenue – Red Tape Reduction Round table Consultant Session – was held on Oct 15th and I was thrilled to be part of being the voice of small business! “Be the Change You Want to See in the World”
Social Media – Yep it’s a pain HaaaHaaaHaaaa – but it’s important, let me know how I can help you!
Branding- Are you well branded? Logo? Colours? Continuity? – If you’re questioning this part of your business let me know how I can help you!
FYI – Kendell – I have had an amazing fun year!
Running – You may not know that I run, I’m as slow as a turtle and my favorite run is 5K (the A.D.D in me gets bored really fast, HaaHaaHaaa) I have been sidelined by a Hamstring injury and have definitely learned a thing or 2 about running, injuries, healing, eating right ! I’m being taken care of by the Fowler Kennedy Clinic so I’m in good hands!
Races – so far 5 this year and hoping for more! It’s about me beating MY time, I’m not competing against anybody else…
Cycling – I love love love riding my bike! On a great week it’s almost 100K! and if we keep getting sunny skies and decent wether I will bike till I have ice falling off my nose! HaaaHaaaHaaaa London has an incredible bike path and Ontario has incredible rail trails!
Family remember I am the youngest of 9 sooo at any given time it’s pretty busy! So where do I start! My nephew and his family came from out west this summer! it was incredible! My 2 great nephews are 3 and 6 and were such and delight, we hit the beach, we hung out we hit Storybook Gardens and we miss them so much! We went to our other great nephews (I have many of them) Lacrosse tournament out of town and had a blast, we went to our great nieces (we have many of them) Soccer games and I could go on and on because every single week-end is full of family “fun stuff” I’m soooo lucky so blessed!
My office was in the hospital for a week – 1 year ago this month I was in having my Gallbladder taken out….it was too far gone to be saved….. I was told over a year earlier my issues were “probably just an ulcer” after a trip to emerg, second trip to emerg and the news….it’s your gallbladder…..we’ll call you with your appointment date to have it out……….3rd trip to emerg, 3 days in the UH and still sent home…..no time to fit my operation in……soooo trip #4 = a Gallbladder ready to explode due to being full of sludge seeping out the top and bottom, Pancreatitus and now being Jaundice will land you in the hospital for a week with a few operations, LOL! But with enough of the good drugs and my laptop I was able to work work work with the most gorgeous view over the city of London and all the glorious trees in fall colour blooms! Not bad I must say!
Got any questions for me? Feel free to contact me anytime, I’m always here for you!
By: Joy Jackson of Cunnart – Communications via social networking has exploded in the past few years. Many organizations now recognize that it is a fantastic means of keeping in touch with customers. And for customers to tell each other what they like, and do not like, in the marketplace. Therein lies the rub. People can ‘like’ you – or they may not. They may say wonderful things about your organization, its products and services – or they may say terrible things. How your organization manages these extremes, and the many levels between them, will form your corporate image for better or worse. It’s a social filter that we haven’t learned yet. As Giles Crouch, chief executive officer of MediaBadger, a social media research and consulting firm in Halifax says: It’s like a formal dinner party. We don’t know what fork to use.” Unfortunately, many corporate managers are unfamiliar with the potential for social media to establish the corporate image as fast as emails can circle the world. (Or travel the corporate community!) Risk managers know that an unidentified risk is an un-managed risk. Public entities’ aversion to negative publicity is well known. Public entity risk managers should know, at the least, of the various dangers that exist in social media. This knowledge will prepare them to inform senior management of the hazards and possible solutions. Key threats include: Unapproved on-line use of trademarks and copyrighted materials – use of copyrighted photographs without the photographer’s permission. Negative statements by employees about the organization, its policies and procedures – a reprimanded employee who tells the world all that they see as wrong with their boss, managers and co-workers. Negative comments by employees about individuals or companies who do business with the organization – e.g. an employee who ranted about dealing with a citizen who complained about service. Publication of information deemed to be a private business matter until complete – e.g. a pending real estate deal. Protection of individuals’ privacy – deliberate or inadvertent release of personal informationOrganizations can begin managing social media risk by managing employee (and volunteer) expectations. Clear, concise corporate policies establish the employer’s boundaries and expectations. Without a policy, employees can argue that they were not provided guidance. Important points to consider when drafting your corporate policy are:1. You do not have to begin with a blank page. There are many template policies you can access to give you some ideas where to start.2. You will want your policy to be a clear, concise statement of the responsibilities, obligations rules that want your employees to use when networking.3. Review your existing policies. (e.g. respect in the workplace, confidentiality and internet usage) Then determine what needs to be done to create a policy that complies with privacy legislation.4. Outlawing the use of social media simply isn’t possible. You need to instill the understanding that, their on-line relationships are not permitted to jeopardize public images, or speak on behalf of the corporation without authorization, that policies relating to confidentiality, workplace respect, and so apply..5. Finally, be sure that employees are informed of the policy, its contents and how it will be enforced.By writing an up-to-date corporate policy that deals with social networking activities, you will be in a better position to reduce both legal liability and business risks while acknowledging the prevalence of social media in the lives of todays workers.
Brand, a name, logo, slogan, and/or design scheme associated with a product or service. Branding is the sum total of all the images and thoughts that people have in their heads about a particular company.
It’s important that your website is part of your brand. It’s important that your website reflects your business.
Don’t – settle for a website designed for the designers portfolio
Don’t – use a template UNLESS it can be customized 100% to NOT look like a template and to look like YOUR business
Don’t – have your website designed by the neighbors cousins uncles kid down the street from their mailman…….