Whiskers on Kittens or My Favorite Things List

“…when the dog bites
when the bee stings
when I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad…”
— from The Sound of Music by Rogers and Hammerstein

Saturday evening I went with friends to a Christmas party at one of our favorite spots in Jersey City, Made With Love.

The place was packed, all seats taken and standing room only! There were a variety of musicians to entertain us and getting things started, was Dave “Ace” Case who got us in the mood as we sang along to “My Favorite Things.”

That song cheered me so, that I thought, tomorrow I’m going to write a list of my favorite things!

(They are not in order of importance and of course all of these can be appreciated alone or with my friends and family.)

Whiskers on Kittens...My Favorite Things

  1. ART – Viewing in galleries and exhibitions, displaying pieces in my home, creating it for myself and others.
  2. MUSIC – Listening, going to the opera and concerts, singing.
  3. CATS, DOGS, & FROGS – My cats and anyone else’s cats and dogs… rubbing those bellies! Frogs, maybe not the bellies.
  4. TRAVELING – Anywhere, anytime.
  5. MOVIES – Especially opening day!
  6. GIVING – Giving to others whenever I can and wishing others did as well.
  7. HONESTY – I wish everyone was more honest, period.
  8. WINE – Red or white and flowing!
  9. LOBSTER and SHRIMP – One the best restaurants in Hoboken, Ubu, has an amazing warm lobster maki, try it… Mmm! Or at home, boiled lobster and shrimp, hold the butter.
  10. A GREAT STORY – Reading a captivating novel or story.
  11. NATURE – I’m always in awe of this planet and the life on it. Who knows what other worlds are out there.
  12. CREATING A NEW BRAND – This list wouldn’t be complete if I hadn’t included this! Nothing gives me more pleasure than bringing a visual footprint to a brand.
  13. SOCIAL MEDIA – Everyone has a voice NOW!
  14. The YANKEES and Baseball!

Can Social Media Help? Only When You Connect With Like-Minded People

tap into like minded people for social media to workA few weeks ago I entered the “Chase Mission Small Business” 250K Grant Giveaway. Chase,  collaborating with Facebook has a website which gives you the ability to search and vote for your favorite small businesses locally or across the USA.

I thought… I have over 1000 friends on Facebook and over 5500 followers on Twitter, so to get 250 votes in a few weeks should be a snap, Right? Wrong!

Only a few people saw my posts on Facebook and voted. A few on Twitter and even on Savor the Success, a network of women entrepreneurs, a few of us voted for each other.

After considering this, I thought, what am I missing and why do others have over 250 already and I only have 90? Then I saw a Tweet with the hashtag#missionsmallbusiness” and realized I hadn’t tapped into the right sweet spot, the right network. The people who had entered! I spent two days voting for other small businesses and they all voted back! Small businesses helping other small businesses, of course!

Marketing, social media and brand strategists always talk about knowing how to reach the target market and I just realized that not only did I tap into a large circle that would help me as I help them, but we were also introducing ourselves and learning about wide variety of great small businesses all over the country! I have a lot of new people to follow!

Good luck to all that entered and I’m so glad I relearned this important lesson, it will really help me when I need to target other specific groups!

Broadcast Louder Has Even BIGGER Plans – How You Can Help This Mission Succeed

Many of you know about Broadcast Louder and my mission to help small businesses and entrepreneurs to succeed in their goals. I’m grateful to all the amazing speakers who have participated since last year and the line up for this coming Summer and Fall’s webinars are fantastic.

But you know me, I have even BIGGER plans!

Broadcast Louder has even BIGGER plans.

This is where you can help me out. I’ve applied for a 250K grant from Chase because I want to expand “Broadcast Louder” in so many ways. One big dream is creating a full day event which will be round table discussions for all, learning by doing, and of course some awesome guest speakers. I would also love to hire more employees.

Would you please vote for this venture? We have to get to 250 votes and there are only 3 weeks left to vote! You only need to vote one time and if you can share it with your friends, I’ll be so grateful.

“Help Me, Help You.” Thanks so much.

1. Go to http://www.missionsmallbusiness.com/
2. Click the login + support button
3. Put “Susan Newman Design” in the business name search window
4. Click “Vote”!
5. That’s it! 30 seconds and you only need to vote one time!