Instagram Inspiration

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April 18, 2014

Instagram is a great place to be inspired, share and laugh. Like Twitter, it can be hard to know who to follow. We thought we would share with you a few Instagrams to show you some of the signs we have seen, and some of the things that make us laugh.

It’s a @rockstarenergy filled morning on the water shooting @gopro videos all day. #gopro #fishing #rockstarfishing #bass #outdoors

 

#Merica #Mexico2014 #welcomehome

 
Yep. This exists in Indianapolis

 
Packing orders this morning. One of my favorite parts of this job…and why I switched from digital products years ago. #olivemanna

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An Overview of Trends in Social Media Being Used in the Apartment Industry

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April 7, 2014
Filed under: Social Media

The apartment industry is just like most industries I have encountered when it comes to jumping on the social media train. There are fears, misguided ideas on how it’s done, and plenty of excuses as to why it’s not right for their company. (Hint: Your excuses are probably not much different even if you in another industry) I’m not going to debunk all the excuses with why you really should. It’s like anything else. If you want it bad enough, you will do the work. 

Instead, I’d like you to look at some examples of how the apartment industry is using some of the more popular social media platforms. I hope they give you an idea, create a spark, and light a fire to make you want to Jump on the train to get your business growing with social media.
Twitter:
Property management companies can use twitter as an effective and real time communication tool. It can be used for crisis communication to direct and inform your residents, or it can be used for community engagement and support.

Some examples of property management companies on twitter:
McDougal Properties

Shea Apartments

Ashley Pointe | Evansville, IN

Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

Pinterest:
Many businesses don’t take Pinterest seriously. It’s a great source for referral traffic (getting people to your website) With it’s impressive 70+ million users, Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social sites.

Some examples of property management companies on Pinterest:

CMC Apartments

University Courtyard Apartments | Lubbock, TX

Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

Instagram:
Done correctly, this fun and engaging site can generate interesting engagement, promote community and provide valuable content. Using a hashtag to follow a particular program or event in your community allows you to collect and curate photos and videos from your client’s perspective.
Some examples of property management companies on Instagram:
Glenwood NYC Luxury Apartments

CMC Apartments

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Youtube
“If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, then Video is Worth a Million” Youtube can be great all on its own, however being a Google product, and the second largest search engine in the world, it just makes SEO sense. If you want to be found in all the noise on the internet, having and effectively using a well branded Youtube channel is essential.
Some examples of property management companies on Youtube:

PPM Apartments
Glenwood NYC Luxury Apartments

Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

Facebook
As a business, facebook can be one of the most beneficial tools to allow other people to promote you. Brand advocates of your properties can use facebook to share information and events with other people that you may have otherwise never reached.
Some examples of property management companies on facebook:

The Pointe Brodie Creek Apartments

Glenwood NYC Luxury Apartments

Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

The Timbers | Evansville, IN

Goebel Realty | Evansville, IN

Google +
OK, I’ll admit it. It’s not my favorite social network of all time (Twitter is.) Google + was poised to fail. It hasn’t yet. Again we are dealing with the Google Machine, and if being found on the internet is important to you, then making the effort to be on Google+ is worth the time.
Some examples of property management companies on Google+:
Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

Linkedin
In the business world, it pays to know someone. Property management companies need to be connected in a business to business capacity to many different types of industries. Large corporations rely heavily on Linkedin for sales, recruiting and finding resources and venders for their business. If you want to be found, you should find out more about this underutilized business tool.
Some examples of property management companies on Linkedin:
Holiday Retirement | Multiple cities

Goebel Realty | Evansville, IN

Remember, it’s ok if you’re not on social media, your residents are, and they’re posting, sharing and talking about you. Don’t you want to be a part of the conversation?

If you or someone at your company wants to learn more about social media, there are some upcoming opportunities at Northwest Training Consortium. We encourage you to check them out. If you have a Property management company you like to follow, please comment and tell me WHY you like them.AASI Social Conversation

 

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Meet Stacia Warren

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April 4, 2014
Filed under: Team Member Spotlight

 

At Signarama Evansville, everyone is valued for the work they do and the experiences they bring. That’s why we hired them. We couldn’t be the kind of company we are without the team. Someone recently compared us to NASA.  I was stumped by that and asked what they meant by that statement. They explained at NASA everyone understands, and believes in the mission.

Our Mission Statement

Signarama’s mission is to help its clients, affiliates and team members be more successful.  We pledge ourselves to be a caring and honest organization to those around us, and we commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavours.

Everyone here does this, really well. Maybe because that mission isn’t just about helping clients. We help each other be more successful.  We want you to get to know our team. Not just the team you see when you walk in the door, but all of us.

 Getting to Know Stacia

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Stacia can you give us some words to live by?

Always try to find something good in everything. Because, life can’t be that bad.

 What is your stress relief?

I need to work on that .I don’t have time for stress relief. Nesting, helping others always helps me feel better too.

When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

I always played school. I was Miss Summers. Then I wanted to be a social worker, but I changed my mind because I didn’t really want to go to grad school. My last major was business marketing. I’m still a work in progress.

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What is your favorite color?

Army green & brown

 What is something Quirky about you? or What is a strange talent you have?

I was a nerd before it was cool to be a nerd. I also have a secret identity: Mrs Stinkerton or Mrs. Vanderstark, if I want to be upity.

 How long have you been in this field ?

I’ve always done customer service related jobs. I’ve been selling signs for 14 years.

How long have you been with us?

It was 14 years in February.

Has your position with us changed? How?

When I first started, I was a typesetter and helped in the making of the stamps. Then, as we got busier and I got more familiar with all of our products, I just started helping our clients with their projects, and the rest is sales history.

What is your contribution to SIGNARAMA?

Because I’ve been there so long I can fill in the cracks. I hear stuff. I have so many areas of expertise. I can just fix things. I’m like the front line infantry. I also help keep attitudes high. I don’t like people to be bummed out, because that makes me bummed out. I feel like I’m the Signarama team cheer leader.

 What is your super-power?

The ability to see good in everything. Ability to help others feel better. I have the  patience of a Jedi…

 

The desk of Stacia Warren

Stacia is, as she stated, a fun loving employee who takes customer service seriously.  When you call or walk in our store, it’s very likely to be Stacia’s voice and smile that will greet you. She has fun at work too. Around here, that’s important. We value fun. When standing at her desk to ask a question or find out about a project, you can’t help but admire the cute knickknacks all around her. Although, she might have a hoarding problem when it comes to Post-It -Notes. ( But we like 3M products, so it’s ok. )

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Meet Scott Denney

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March 28, 2014
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At Signarama Evansville, everyone is valued for the work they do and the experiences they bring. That’s why we hired them. We couldn’t be the kind of company we are without the team. Someone recently compared us to NASA.  I was stumped by that and asked what they meant by that statement. They explained at NASA everyone understands, and believes in the mission.

Our Mission Statement

Signarama’s mission is to help its clients, affiliates and team members be more successful.  We pledge ourselves to be a caring and honest organization to those around us, and we commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavours.

Everyone here does this, really well. Maybe because that mission isn’t just about helping clients. We help each other be more successful.  We want you to get to know our team. Not just the team you see when you walk in the door, but all of us.

 Getting to Know Scott

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 Scott can you give us some words to live by?

Be a good person today, be a better person tomorrow.

What is your stress relief?

I like to build stuff, like movie props.

When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

I always wanted to draw for comic books. When I was little my cousin would write out the stories and I would draw the comics.

Are you a cat or dog person?

Dog

What is your favorite color?

Green

 What is something Quirky about you? or What is a strange talent you have?

Balance

I have this weird ability to balance anything on a single finger.

I also have double joined shoulders…

 

How long have you been in this field ?

Almost 15 years. I’ll probably always be in the sign industry. It’s what I do, what I’m good at.

 

How long have you been with us? What is your current position?

10 months. I love working for Walter and Debbie. They are really great people. I’m the Production Manager.  Everyday here is different. One of  my responsibilities is to work directly with the account executives and graphic designers to make sure that every customer’s projects are completed exactly to customer expectation. It’s not enough to make sure they are done on time, they have to be done right.

 What is your contribution to SIGNARAMA?

The knowledge that I have. I’ve done so many different types of signs in the past, I feel it gives me a strong knowledge base.

 What is your super-power?

Task juggling

Scott InkAfter interviewing Scott, we sat and talked more about his obsession interest in Dr. Who, his ink, and his wife. He has such a great attitude. Seeing him at work, most days you would never know that each day is a struggle. His wife, Misty, is battling breast cancer. Some guys would let that spill over. Not Scott. He’s quick to smile and fun to have on our team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Large or Small We Wrap Them All…

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March 26, 2014

Billy had some fun with our last rebranding wrap. We asked him to wrap a remote control truck. How fun is that? He rebranded our real truck last year.


We associate wrapping with vehicles, but our 3M Preferred Graphics Installer can wrap so many things:

Request A QuoteHave a crazy place you’d like to show off your company logo? Contact one of our account executives today. Let’s get creative…

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Meet Nichole Folz:

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March 12, 2014

At Signarama Evansville, everyone is valued for the work they do and the experiences they bring. That’s why we hired them. We couldn’t be the kind of company we are without the team. Someone recently compared us to NASA.  I was stumped by that and asked what they meant by that statement. They explained at NASA everyone understands, and believes in the mission.

Our Mission Statement

Signarama’s mission is to help its clients, affiliates and team members be more successful.  We pledge ourselves to be a caring and honest organization to those around us, and we commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavours.

Everyone here does this, really well. Maybe because that mission isn’t just about helping clients. We help each other be more successful.  We want you to get to know our team. Not just the team you see when you walk in the door, but all of us.

 Getting to Know Nichole

Nichole can you give us some words to live by?
If you want things to happen and be different, you need to create the opportunity.

What is your stress relief?
I like to dance with my 3 year old and reading. I am a huge bookworm.

When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be?
Ruler of the world! Or a teacher.

Complete this sentence: I was forever scarred when I was born. My mom had a C-section and the doctor cut me on my head; I have a scar as old as I am! I think it cursed me to be clumsy.

Are you a cat or dog person?
Cat. I love both but cats’ attitudes crack me up.

What is your favorite color?me and Isaac
Red

What is something Quirky about you? or What is a strange talent you have?
I can cross one eye, my arms are double jointed and I can do a cartwheel and land in a split.

What is your tagline?
Hope for the best but prepare for just in case.

How long have you been in this field ?
Sales, Marketing and Event Planning- 9 years.

How long have you been with us?
6 months on March 11th

What is your contribution to SIGNARAMA?
High energy and positive thinking! Plus persistence, persistence, persistence.

What is your super-power?
Bubbliness.

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Signs of Support Luncheon Fun

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February 28, 2014

Signarama Evansville hosted a reception luncheon for the Signs of Support 2014 recipients Friday, February 28th at their showroom on Royal Ave.

“This lunch is for the recipients….to acknowledge & thank them for the continued work they do.”  Debbie Valiant, owner of Signarama Evansville.

“I’m blown away by the stories of how this award has impacted so many lives. Talking to past recipients, finding out how they used the grants from last year, hearing how excited they are with plans for this year’s grant, makes me proud to be a part of this program.”  Dana Nelson, Marketing Coordinator, Signarama Evansville.

Through the Signs of Support program recipients like Gilda’s Club can reach more people.

“We are energized by your partnership and look forward to working with Signarama in 2014.”  Melanie Atwood. Executive Director, Gilda’s Club Evansville  

Please congratulate and support the work of these recipients when you see them out and about or online.

 

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2014 Signs of Support Recipients

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February 25, 2014

Signs-of-Support-LogoThirty-six tri-state non-profit organizations have been awarded free or discounted signage or services as part of Signarama Evansville’s fifth annual Signs of Support grant program. With the Signs of Support Grant program, Signarama Evansville aims to support the work done through local charities and non-profit groups that continue to make Evansville a better place. This program helps by creating effective, affordable signage for their cause. By helping these organizations raise awareness about the work they do, we can help them make Evansville an even better place to call home.

A list of this year’s recipients to the Signs of Support Grant program are listed below, along with links to find them online. Please check out the work they are doing and tell them thank you for their hard work.

4C of Southern Indiana

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Albion Fellows Bacon Center

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American Red Cross 

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Aurora, Inc

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Big Brothers Big Sisters – Ohio Valley

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Boom Squad

Community Marriage Builders

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ECHO Housing Corporation / Jacobsville Join In

Encountering Hope Ministries aka Hope Central

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Evansville African American Museum

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Evansville Arc, Inc 

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Evansville Design Group

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Evansville Morning Rotary Club                            

Evansville Zoological Society

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Friends of Warrick County CASA

Gilda’s Club

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Girls in Bloom

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Guardianship Services of Southwestern Indiana

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Jacobsville Area Community Corporation

PEACE Zone Recovery Center

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Public Education Foundation 

Right to Life of SouthWest Ind

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Rolling Thunder, IN Chapter 6

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Sharon Elementary School

Special Olympics

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St. Vincent Center for Children & Families

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The Literacy Center

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Tristate Food Bank

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Vanderburgh Humane Society

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Warrick County Extension Homemakers

Wish Upon A Star

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WNIN

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YMCA

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Youth First

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 YWCA

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Signarama Evansville will begin accepting applications for the 2015 Signs of Support Grant Program in the Fall of 2014. For more information visit www.SignsOverAmerica.com, visit the showroom located on Evansville’s east side at 1300 N. Royal Avenue (at Vogel), or call us at 812.477.7763.

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Meet Billy: Signarama Evansville’s 3M Preferred Graphics Installer

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February 20, 2014

At Signarama Evansville, everyone is valued for the work they do and the experiences they bring. That’s why we hired them. We couldn’t be the kind of company we are without the team. Someone recently compared us to NASA.  I was stumped by that and asked what they meant by that statement. They explained at NASA everyone understands, and believes in the mission.

Our Mission Statement

Signarama’s mission is to help its clients, affiliates and team members be more successful.  We pledge ourselves to be a caring and honest organization to those around us, and we commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in all our endeavours.

Everyone here does this, really well. Maybe because that mission isn’t just about helping clients. We help each other be more successful.  We want you to get to know our team. Not just the team you see when you walk in the door, but all of us. We are kicking off this series with our 3M Preferred Graphics Installer Billy Collins.

 Getting to Know BillyBilly Collins (Large)

 Billy can you give us some words to live by? Do what you love and you will never work another day.

What is your stress relief? Woodworking, spending time with my son, and playing video games.

 When you were a kid, what did you want to grow up to be? Just wanted to do something around the beach. Have a rental hut, anything so I could be near the beach. I also wanted to be an archeologist.

Are you a cat or dog person? Dog. Definitely dog.

What is your favorite color? Orange and navy blue. It’s funny. I did a personality test in school. That test identified your personality type by color. I was a cross between orange and navy blue – but that’s not why I like them.

What is something Quirky about you? or What is a strange talent you have?  If I’m channel flipping, and I see a history show, we are watching it. Doesn’t matter what the topic is. I also know movie trivia really well.

How long have you been in this field? About 12 years. I was with  Advantage Sign Supply Indy. I studied graphic arts in high school.

How long have you been with us? I just celebrated my 7 year anniversary on 2/6/2014

Has your position with us changed? How? When I interviewed here it was for a sales position. I told them, I can sell signs, but I would prefer to make them. I started in production, then I moved to specialize in automotive. I can do almost every job back here, but I really like cars. Applying graphics to vehicles is challenging and very rewarding.

What do you feel is your contribution to Signarama? Skill level and knowledge. I feel like attending the 3M training, and becoming a 3M Preferred Graphics Installer, is a big contribution to Signarama. I’m also well rounded and a problem solver.

 What is your super-power?

I am Master of the Squeegee.

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#DipDay2014

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February 3, 2014

You might have seen the #DipDay2014 hashtag on Facebook or Twitter next to some yummy looking pictures recently. You, like several others may have wondered, “What kind of party are they having, and more importantly… “Why wasn’t I invited?”
The answer to both questions is the same – We were having an employee dip contest. Here at Signarama Evansville, we have an amazing team. That team works hard, and sometimes long into the night if a customer has a deadline. To give a little bit of balance, we have employee centered events several times a year. This event was in preparation for “The Big Game.” Employees brought their best dips to the table to be judged.
Since even Walter, Debbie and Casey were participating, we had to bring in outside judges. Our Judges were:IMG_2141
Brian Burkett @the_quadfather
Pam Hight @pshight from @deaconessnews
Cathy Finch @CathyFinch from Raben Tire & Auto Service* @RabenTire
Janet Roe @kyklips From Meacham Hams* @MeachamHams

*We want to say an extra thank you to Raben for providing a gift certificate and hat to the winner, and to Meacham Hams for providing bacon to all the judges.

Three Prizes were awarded: Team Favorite, Sweet Champion, Savory Champion and Grand Champion.
And the Winners are:
Team Favorite: Nick Burch with Dip#1
Sweet Champion: Nichole Folz with Ooey, Gooey Delicious Dip
Savory Champion: Casey Valiant with Microbrew Cheddar Cheese Spread

 Click here to see the Prize Winning Recipes!

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Grand Champion: Dana Nelson with Chocolate Bourbon Sauce

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