Welcome to May–is spring FINALLY in the air? We started off the meeting congratulating our Citizen of the Month, Marilyn Heywood Paige of FiG Advertising, for passing the most leads in April. Members of Leads Group 7 can become Citizen of the Month by passing the most leads in the previous month. Congratulations, Marilyn!
Our 30-second add-on question was: What are you doing for Mother’s Day? LG7 members are celebrating their mothers/themselves by gardening, going out to lunch, and watching the latest movie releases in theaters this weekend. What a wonderful way to celebrate our moms!
Our first presenter this week was Eric Horan of 3 Day Blinds. Eric started his presentation talking about his background: he spent six months of the start of his career in commercial interior design but quickly switched over to residential design. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Eric previously lived in Washington, D.C., before moving to Denver on September 11, 2001. He loves his cats, although his oldest cat passed away at the age of 19 years old this past December.
Eric has been with 3 Day Blinds for eight years and enjoys helping his clients choose the best window treatments for their homes. 3 Day Blinds is a privately held, vertically integrated company, which means that ALL aspects of the window treatment purchase process goes directly through 3 Day Blinds. Customer service agents are all in-house, so customers are always guaranteed top quality service directly from 3 Day Blinds. 3 Day Blinds is also not always profit-driven: in 2009 after the recession began, the company focused inward on product development, investing in ways to improve upon their current products and creating new ones. For example, 3 Day Blinds recently renovated their honeycomb shades, which are more durable and come with fabric covering for the top and bottom of the shades.
Unlike other businesses in the industry, 3 Day Blinds consultants (such as Eric) take the time to talk with their clients to meet their individual needs. Eric likes to take a tour of his clients’ homes after the initial consultation to check that the window treatments will stay consistent with the decor in the homes. Eric enjoys creating complete design plans for the whole house and can even help clients with general home interior design needs.
Norris Davis of PHP Capital gave a testimonial of Eric, saying that his work is always top notch. Jon Goldberg of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty also spoke highly of Eric, saying that Eric always has a good eye for design.
Our second presenter this week was Nikki Christiansen of Internet Media Consultants. A Colorado native, Nikki recently renewed her vows with her husband Jason of eighteen years. Before Internet Media Consultants, Nikki practiced in psychology for two years. She has owned three businesses and practices the “25/8” mentality with Jason. Internet Media Consultants was established in 2002, so the business will celebrate fourteen years in July. Seventy-percent of its customer base is focused on the real estate industry.
Internet Media Consultants emphasizes to small businesses that websites are the front door of their business online. WordPress is the website platform of choice for Internet Media Consultants: WordPress is a versatile platform to use with the ability to add plug-ins and mobile responsiveness to any WordPress-powered website. Google also loves WordPress sites for its ease of integration with search engine results. Worldwide, 26.4% of websites use WordPress–that’s over 80 million websites!
Nikki talked briefly about other website builders, such as Wix and Squarespace, and their pros and cons. Internet Media Consultants is currently working on a full training system to help small business owners more easily build their websites through WordPress. Nikki showed us a demo of the system and said that the training system will include video tutorials and other resources to make website building on WordPress more user-friendly. This system will include both DIY and full-service options. Stay tuned for more updates from Internet Media Consultants.
Jon Goldberg of LIV Sotheby’s International Realty has been a client with Internet Media Consultants since 2004 and is very pleased with their services.
Thanks for the great presentations this week, Eric and Nikki!