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Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Twitter Home to Cuckoo Birds

Twitter announced NewTwitter on September 14, 2010. They referred to it as a Better Twitter and they said it would be "rolled out" or coming soon to a nest near you. Yesterday, ten days into the roll out I received a message on my Twitter page: "Welcome to #NewTwitter!" I was shocked because after all, I only have 263 followers and I only follow 94 people. Come to think about it, maybe Twitter felt I was a good risk...couldn't screw up too much or impact too many users, not like @corybooker or @chrisbrogan.

While I like most of what I have seen with the new Twitter I do feel that my quiet little nest is now home to Cuckoo Birds. Do you know about Cuckoo Birds? Many of the cuckoo bird species will not build their own nest, but instead lay their eggs in the nest of another bird species and let the other species raise their young!

What does this have to do with Twitter?  Well, with #OldTwitter if you RT something it is your image that appears in your followers' Twitter stream; however, with the #NewTwitter it is the original tweeter's profile avatar which appears in your stream. For example: I follow @johnschannel. He RT'd something from @shamelesshussy and instead of seeing John's familiar avatar in my stream (which I will read and take note of) I see @shamelesshussy avatar which is a kitten. Imagine a kitten in my Twitter nest.  To tell you the truth, I don't have time to figure out if I want to read this Tweet now that it does not have John's avatar. I have to read the small print to know he RT'd it.

So that is why I think my Twitter nest is home to Cuckoo Birds, strangers who have been left there for me to nurture.

I really like the new Twitter and I invite you to watch this short dramatic YouTube video about it.




In the mean time, it is Saturday. Take a break and listen to Peter, Paul and Mary sing "The Cuckoo"...think about the important things in life and don't worry about your Twitter nest.



I would love your input!!! Let me know what you think of #newtwitter.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rose Knows What to Do When Novelty Wears Off!

How old are you? Do you imagine that you will still be productive when you are 82? Or do you hope to retire before you reach 50 or 60 or 70? I want you to meet my friend Rose. Rose works for The Seaward Inn located in Rockport, MA.You might remember hearing of Rose when I wrote about the Seaward Inn in October 2008.

For the record, I have never met Rose in person. I have only talked to her by phone or by e-mail. It was this past May that Rose sent an e-mail concerning a news story about The Seaward Inn that had appeared in the Gloucester Times. She wanted to make sure that the story was used on their website. I wrote Rose and told her it was handled to which she responded:
 "You know Judy, at age 82 I find all this Facebook and Twitter so fascinating. Such a wonderful challenge for me. I love it. Thanks, Rose"
I wrote back to Rose: 
"Rose, You make me giggle.  Why would I ever know or think you are 82!  I love everything you send our way. We so much hope you have a great season.  Judy"
The other day my friend Chris Brogan wrote a blog about "When Novelty Wears Off."  As usual, he posed some powerful questions about social media like: "What am I doing with XYZ technology? Is it pushing my business forward?" His questions reminded me of my friend Rose. Rose has lived through a lot, she is like Betty White. She is not afraid of new technology, but she knows her main business goal is to assist Nancy Cameron-Gilsey in running The Seaward Inn.

Ultimately, I think Chris is trying to caution everyone to keep their eye on the ball. To that end I would like for you to know more about Rose and how, over the years, she has kept her eye on the ball. Here, in her own words, is a little bit about Rose's career:
 "The only thing older than the Seaward Inn is the Atlantic Ocean and me, believe me I am no prize. I have always loved promoting events, etc. and have had a big appetite for music, all kinds. Love the musicals, Phantom of the Opera being my favorite, but I love the music of Barry White as well. Then there is all the music of the 50's and 60's, The Beatles, Peter Paul and Mary and before that the Andrew Sisters ..and of course Elvis. I could go on and on about music. 
Perhaps you remember my coffee shop some 25 yrs. ago,  Rosie's Coffee Shop Plus in Brown's Mall. That was put together on a whim, another one of my thinking outside the box ideas...I had fun with it for about three years and then sold it. Took it on when Main Street was dying and the businesses all left the Mall and it had become such a sad establishment. My shop became the heartbeat of the Mall and I tailored my shop to accommodate the clientele like Gloria Stevens ...from special menu for dieters to the guys who pumped iron in the exercise club as well as the cops in the Police Station across the street. I've been a bookkeeper for years, having studied accounting through a Chrysler Dealership,.. worked at Boley's back in the 50's and then for Gloucester Dispatch and did bookkeeping on the side for various small businesses including the Outrigger at Rocky Neck. When the Cameron Sisters took back the Inn from leasing it, I came in to help Nancy start up the books and I've been at the Seaward Inn ever since.
I love the Inn, there is something very Special about it and when the economy tanked in Rockport I couldn't bear to see our beautiful dining rooms empty, so I talked Nancy into bringing in the music ...let locals enjoy the view and the Inn. She said we couldn't afford it but I told her where there is a will there is a way and I asked her to give me a budget and let me give my ideas a try. Well, the rest is history.
Sunday Morning Live has been successful far beyond my expectations. We have had some really great performers at the Inn. I screen all, choose from the best and try to bring as much diversity as possible to the SML Series for the season. It has grown, and with the help of Judy at Webconsuls, our webmaster in Arizona, and other media we are getting the word out there and have quite a following already.
You wanted to know something about me, well there it is, not very interesting, and believe me, you are not missing anything by not meeting me." 
I don't know about you, but I am glad I met Rose. She is an inspiration. 


I'll ask you again: "Do you imagine that you will still be productive when you are 82?" 

Here you can enjoy a YouTube video of the Sunday Morning Live Series, 2009.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.
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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Vacation in Paradise

Take a Trip to Paradise

The summer is over so vacation travel should slow down. If you can, this may be a perfect time to visit paradise – the beautiful island of Kauai.

Kauai is both remote and accessible, American and laid-back, modern and rustic. As described on GoHawaii.com

From the soaring cliffs of the Napali Coast to the vast chasms of Waimea Canyon, Kauai embraces the senses like no other destination. Explore the island via land, sea or air to experience settings you’ve only dreamed about. Discover 50-miles of heavenly beaches from Poipu Beach to Hanalei Bay. Explore charming and historic small towns like Hanapepe and Koloa where no building is taller than a coconut tree. With so much to experience, “Hawaii’s Island of Discovery,” is begging to be explored.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words - here is one from Sea Cliff Hale


Or maybe Sea Cliff Hale is better described in the words of some who have stayed there:

We had an awesome wedding week here in this gorgeous home. So much more than we expected. View, turtles, snorklers, flowers, vegetation, butterflies! You have the house set up in such a comfortable way. Thanks so much. We really hope to return someday in the near future.
- The Peterson Family of Colorado.

Words cannot describe what a wonderful place this is and what a wonderful time we've had. The turtles have been fascinating. We will never stay in a hotel again! Many thanks.
- The Houston Family from Canada.

The sunrises were colorful and the turtle parade was the highlight of every morning and evening. A great home for family and entertaining. It was beyond our expectations.
-The Rooney Family from Illinois
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We enjoyed our stay at your lovely home tremendously. We had a family reunion here and all had great rooms and accommodations. The turtles were an extra treat for us all!
-D.R. Sacramento,


"My husband and I relaxed and had a very nice time at your home. The views and ambiance are true Hawaii. We plan to return next year."
-L. G. Palos Verdes, Calif.


"Your home was perfect for our vacation. The snorkeling, swimming, sea turtles and monk seals were extra special for us. Baby Beach was the perfect beach to nap on and sun bathe, and it is so convenient! We also loved barbecuing in the evenings with the sea turtles. Your home is a very special place in Poipu. Thank you."
-R.L. San Francisco, Calif.


"What a great home you have here in Poipu!! We love it and didn't ever want to leave the property. It is so private and quiet here and very, very welcoming. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful place with us."
P.F. Grass Valley, California

For more information on Sea Cliff Hale, visit the website at http://www.kauai-vacation-home.com/.

Kilauea Lakeside Estate is located in Kilauea, on the verdant north shore of Kauai. It is 10 minutes to the Princeville Resort with world class resort amenities. Why stay at a big resort when you can stay at your own private Hawaiian refuge. This luxury ecological hideaway is nestled on a five-acre peninsula of botanical gardens surrounded by a private twenty acre freshwater lake with a private white sand beach. The estate is landscaped with lush tropical foliage with over 150 varieties of flowers such as orchids, bromeliads, gingers and heliconias as well as mango, banana, papaya and over fifty other fruit trees. Adjacent to the Kilauea Point Wildlife Refuge and ten miles of secluded white sand beaches, the resort offers a variety of water sports including boating, kayaking, bass and catfish fishing, and a one-hole, three-par practice golf facility and putting green.

Again the words of those who have stayed probably describe Kilauea Lakeside Estate the best.

We can't thank you enough for all of your “aloha” hospitality. We have been to resorts all over the world and our one week at your resort was by far the best vacation we have ever had. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” The beaches across from your property were so secluded, and we especially enjoyed swimming and fishing in your lake. We caught many bass and catfish. Rowing on the lake at night was so romantic. We even drifted to sleep on the lake one night. All your personal suggestions were great. We'll be back for a longer stay next time.
H. & J. Bruno
Laguna Hills, CA

The pictures don't do justice to the property. It is so much better than we thought it would be. Loved the feeling of living in a botanical garden surrounded by water on all sides. Thank you for an unforgettable experience. We'll be back soon.
S. Lawrence
San Francisco, CA

No place on earth could be any better than this. Simply paradise. The trade winds will blow for a very long time with lots of pleasant memories on behalf of our group.
T. Moriarty
Indianapolis, IN

All honeymoons should be spent on this secluded paradise. Your private beach was soooo perfect we never wanted to go anywhere else.
C. & S. Jackson
Vista, CA

Kilauea Lakeside is truly the treat of a lifetime. We'll never want to stay in a condo or hotel again. We all felt the like kids on your Tom Sawyer's island. We kayaked from your dock and used the rope swings and tree houses nearly every day.

L. & M. Stuart
San Rafael, CA

And if that’s enough


For more info visit the website at http://www.kauaihoneymoon.com/

Friday, September 3, 2010

Google Places Finally a Two-Way Street

One-way street in New York City.                   Image via Wikipedia
Don't you hate one-way streets? Up until a month ago Google Places' review feature was a one-way street. Clients/customers/guests/patients/vendors could find a business' listing in Google Places and write a review; however, the business owner had no way to effectively respond to the review.  That all changed on August 4, 2010.

Old news? No. This is important news that warrants repeating, because in the scheme of things your business lifeline is your reputation. I don't care what kind of business you own and/or operate; repeat customers and customer referrals provide the most effective return on investment (ROI).

I have written about Google Places. Dick Fay has written about reviews and how to work with them. At least once per day I read a blog post about reviews, like Mack Collier's most recent post Think negative comments/reviews online hurt your company? Guess again.

Today I want to assist you in learning more about how to use this new review response feature to your advantage (HINT: all you need to know is at your fingertips in this link). And I am not just talking about negative reviews. Take the time to thank your clients who take the time to write a positive review.

Going forward:
  • If you are a Webconsuls' client and you need help claiming and verifying your business listing on Google Places please contact me. It is important that YOU claim and verify your listing.
  • If you are not a Webconsuls' client and want to learn more about our services, we make it easy for you to contact us. We look forward to meeting you.

Google is now letting us drive on a two-way street, let's see if we can convert every reviewer into an advocate or at least clear the bottleneck. Can we do it?
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