Green Rain adds Always Super Sound

0be36a86e71b688901d734dbeea5ceffGreen Rain Media is excited to add Always Super Sound, Central Florida’s choice for Mobile DJ Music for Special Events to its growing roster of clients.

Green Rain Media will handle traditional and digital advertising and marketing for Always Super Sound.

“We are very excited to be working for such a fun and exciting company and I am looking forward to bringing Always Super Sound continued growth and success in the Central Florida Market.

FIRST EVER “FOLA 40” BIKE RIDE AROUND LAKE APOPKA SET FOR APRIL 2

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 Winter Garden, FL, March 1, 2017– The inaugural Friends of Lake Apopka “FOLA 40”is scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2017.  The 40-mile bike ride around Lake Apopka intends to:

  1. Raise awareness about the restoration Lake Apopka
  2. Raise awareness about our two amazing trails (West Orange & Lake Apopka Loop)
  3. Raise awareness of the need to connect the two trailsfola_final1a

The ride (not a race) will start at the Winter Garden Farmers Market area between 7:30-8am.Cyclists will head east on the West Orange Trail and ride counter-clockwise around the lake.

There will be 4 rest stops (energy drink & energy bars provided by Crooked Can):

  • Magnolia Park (sponsor: City of Apopka)
  • Halfway point of the Lake Apopka Loop Trail (sponsor: St Johns River Water Management District)
  • Green Mountain Scenic Byway Trailhead (sponsor: Green Mountain Scenic Byway Committee)
  • Killarney Station (sponsor: Oakland Nature Preserve)
  • Finish at Crooked Can Brewery in Winter Garden

Lake Apopka Loop Trail is a gravel trail. Hybrid, mountain, or cyclo-cross bikes are recommended.  The registration fee is $40 and the first 100 registrants get a “FOLA 40” t-shirt and a free beverage at Crooked Can Brewery.

Many thanks to our two primary sponsors:  Winter Garden Wheel Works & Crooked Can Brewing Company.

FOLA plans to make the FOLA 40 an annual event.

To register for the ride please visit www.active.com and search for FOLA 40

About FOLA Founded in 1991, FOLA is a citizen advocacy group dedicated to restoring Lake Apopka to its once pristine condition.

contact Joe Dunn, VP Fola
joedunn@fola.org
fola.org

Offshore Collection Work May Soon Carry New Consequences

cropped-24-02-2017_2_1Last week members of both parties in Congress revived a bill that would make it harder to offshore call centers. The U.S. Call Center and Consumer Protection Act would establish a list of companies that move call center work out of the country. The bill requires that businesses with at least 50 call center employees notify the Department of Labor at least 120 days before relocating outside of the United States. Those in violation would be subject to a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per day. Read the full story by Stephanie Eidelman at  InsideARM.

 

 

Saving Call Center jobs in Florida

Florida State Representatives and Senators are moving a bill through the State’s legislature that would make it harder for companies to relocate Call Center jobs off-shore. Read the full storycall-center-consulting at floridapolitics.com

After working through so many years of the State of Florida vilifying Call Center workers and the Industry, it is refreshing to see the tide turn in favor of saving Call Center jobs in the state. The Contact Center industry is crucial in this age of customers demanding instant responses and information on demand from all of their service and product providers.

Well trained and professional Contact Center workers provide customers and businesses amazing value and ROI.

The Forecast is “Cloudy” for Large Companies

Cloud Adoption among Large Companies is set to accelerate according to several McKinsey Studies.

  • Over one-third of companies will use public infrastructure as the primary environment for at least one workload by 2018
  • Large Enterprise Cloud Adoption Set to Accelerate, McKinsey CIO Study Finds
  • Past and future predictions for UCaaS growth

Past predictions didn’t hold true. Adoption of unified communications, and specifically Cloud and hosted unified communications, has been markedly below industry forecasts.  Data shows that market adoption of UCaaS is less than 25% of what was predicted by Gartner five years ago.  Why the low growth curve?

A number of reasons could have led to low UCaaS adoption:

  • Companies didn’t want to try what was “new” until it was proven and mature.
  • A shift in technology leaders and decision makers made it a difficult time to change technologies.
  • Past investments in multi-vendor technologies were too expensive to “dump” for a nearly equipment-free Cloud solution.

Future predictions are more credible. According to the most recent industry data, 60% to 70% of businesses will make a Cloud decision in the next two years.  Add to that the 25% of the companies who already use Cloud, but will consider new vendors as subscriptions expire, and we’re looking at about 90% of business that may be moving to the Cloud 2018.

As of late 2015, however, less than 25% of companies had made a firm Cloud decision. If the trends of the last five years continue UCaaS will grow as predicted?

UCaaS growth predictions are more believable than before because:

  • Cloud has become a mature product; the years have proven the challenges and benefits of Cloud solutions.
  • The big players are on board with Cloud; Cisco to Microsoft to Amazon, and many in between, have mature cloud computing and data center technologies that are on the brink of breaking out.
  • ROI is easier to forecast and implementation costs are minimal.

Sources: Continuant; Mckinsey; Gartner

Mike Schiano is founder and Managing Partner of Green Rain Media.

 

Welcome to our new Canadian Friends

Featured imageWe are so excited. Our site FreeBirthday.com was featured in the Niagra Falls Review paper and Web site this weekend. Mike Schiano was interviewed and the response could not have been better. Our site saw amazing activity and folks are subscribing to our premier site at extremely high rates.

Prior to the article, due to some well done, focused SEO and site navigation improvements, our unique visitors were already up 460% and page views up 272% according to Google Analytics. We quickly became the #1 ranked site at Allfinancesites.com and our Alexa and Quantcast rankings continue to rise.

We can do the same for your company’s Web site. Let me know if you’d like a free site review.

Mike

Mike’s Monday Memo

Hi Team, “Happy Monday”…another week ahead of us and a fresh opportunity to make a difference, make a positive impression on many people, be a better leader and to make some money!

I try to read lots of positive material to feed my brain with good content that will help me grow as a leader and become better at what I do every day. I came across this article by Bill Murphy Jr. for Inc. Magazine that covers some very basic words that are so easily forgotten in the day to day activities that consume our time. Sometimes, going back to the basics is the best way to reset yourself for greater success.

Enjoy, feel free to share the Monday Memo and please let me know what you think.

Mike

Want to make a better first impression and engender positive feelings that last a long time? Focus on what you say as much as what you do.

First impressions can lead to lasting impressions. So to improve, a lot of people will tell you to dress better, read more (so you’ll have interesting things to talk about), and ensure that your online presence is respectable (because many people will check you out online before meeting in person).

But, how far will that get you? Despite what many people would like to believe, the things you say often make an even greater early impression than the things you do. To take advantage of that and get you started easily, here are 19 words–grouped into a handful of easy phrases–that you should make a habit of saying every day. They’re virtually guaranteed to improve your standing with others if you use them often enough.

Words No. 1 and 2: “Sir” and “ma’am”

American culture is pretty informal compared to many other places in the world, but a little bit of formality can really make you stand out in a positive way. I carry this inclination from the military, and also from having been a lawyer in the federal court system. These are environments in which people use the titles “Sir” and “Ma’am” constantly–not just in talking with high ranking military officers, but also addressing civilians.

I know that this doesn’t work in every situation, but using these titles can be a sign of respect that gets people’s attention. It can be important in professional relationships, especially when dealing with people you don’t know well, and who are older or more experienced than you.

Words No. 3 and 4: “You’re welcome.”

Sometime in fairly recent history it seems people stopped saying, “You’re welcome,” and started substituting, “Yep,” or, “No problem.” At the risk of sounding older than I am, I think this is a step in the wrong direction–at least in a business or professional setting.

Why? Because ditching “you’re welcome” for these other phrases changes the message. “You’re welcome” acknowledges that you’ve done something worth someone else’s thanks, while “no problem” suggests that it wasn’t that big of a deal. Saying the former phrase conveys that you think it was a worthwhile favor. That’s an impressive message to send.

Words No. 5 to 7: “Here’s what’s happening.”

If you’ve ever worked in an environment in which people guarded information like a valuable commodity, you’ll appreciate how much affinity you develop for the few people who try to keep everyone else accurately informed.

Of course you don’t want to be a know-it-all or spread rumors. However, even if you don’t know the full story, being willing to share the information you have that affects others’ lives can make you instantly more likable.

Words No. 8 to 11: “How can I help?”

Nobody accomplishes anything amazing alone. Thus, with the exception of the sociopaths among us, we’re all eventually grateful to those who help us achieve great things. I think we’re especially grateful to those who proactively try to help.

This doesn’t mean you have to go way out of your way to offer assistance, but it’s often the case that you have access to something or the ability to do something that won’t take much on your part, but that can really have a positive impact on someone else’s success.

Words #12 to 15: “I’ll find out.”

This is one of my favorite phrases. It’s related to “how can I help,” but is even more proactive. It says that you’re not only willing to offer assistance, but that you’re willing to go out of your way to do so.

(By the way, this helpful phrase is also the diametric opposite of the most bureaucratic phrase known to humankind, uttered incessantly by some of the least likable people: “That’s not my job.”)

Words No. 16 to 19: “I believe in you.”

Henry Ford recalled that when he was still an unknown, and was working on gasoline engines, a few short words of encouragement from an already famous Thomas Edison were a massive shot in the arm.

It’s amazing how just a little bit of validation from other people can inspire people to work harder and achieve more. Four short words can have a huge, positive impact–both for the people you’re encouraging, and for their feelings toward you.