OMG… you’re joking? That’s really your website?

Posted by admin | General Blog | Saturday 11 December 2010 10:31

OMG…. I honestly did not realise that business owners could be so unprofessional in the way that they show their products or services to the world….

Wearing my other hat as a web designer, I have been putting together a Wedding Suppliers New Orleans directory and in searching the search engines for listings to include in the directory, I have discovered some really bad websites. I am talking about websites run by professional people who pay a few bucks, sign up with the one of the many ‘Build your own website’ companies and just waste their money.

A few years ago I was told that ‘Everybody wants to be a Webmaster’ and it is so true in today’s market. Business owners think that they can save money by putting together their company website on a ‘Site Builder‘ but how wrong they are. I was recently approached by someone, wanting to sell their product online, regarding a price for designing a website for their company. I gave our standard price and the business owner never came back but a few weeks later I was asked for a link exchange from this domain name. You can imagine my curiosity as I surfed to the site… and the laugh I had when I got there. The website the company had put up was worse than those that my 11 years old students tried to create when I was teaching. Photographs didn’t show, links didn’t work, it was a complete mess and I can’t see anyone buying from this website. I researched the page and found that the site had been built using a ‘site builder’ and not only that, the company was charging twice as much as I do per month for hosting and I do updates free of charge.

If you want to portray your company as a professional business to your prospective clients, start with your website. Remember that most people these days ‘Google it’ when researching services or products, so find a web designer who will work for the price you want to pay and get a professional website that doesn’t  look like everyone else’s.

Jacob & Rebecca Getting Married….

Posted by admin | General Blog | Monday 6 December 2010 11:13

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, are getting married and are all excited about their decision to get married.

They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding plans and on the way they pass a pharmacy. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter: “Are you the owner?”
The pharmacist answers, “Yes.”
Jacob: “We’re about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?”
Pharmacist: “Of course we do.”
Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”
Pharmacist: “All kinds ”
Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism?”
Pharmacist: “Definitely.”
Jacob: “How about suppositories?”
Pharmacist: “You bet!”
Jacob: “Medicine for memory problems, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s?”
Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works..”
Jacob: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson’s disease?”
Pharmacist: “Absolutely..”
Jacob: “Everything for heartburn and indigestion?”
Pharmacist: “We sure do.”
Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?”
Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes.”
Jacob: “Adult incontinance pants?”
Pharmacist: “Sure.”
Jacob: “Then we’d like to use this store for our wedding presents list..

Music for your Wedding Reception…

Posted by admin | General Blog | Monday 6 December 2010 10:29

I was recently asked by a Bride-to-be how to choose the music for her wedding reception.

I asked firstly, if she wanted to use a band or a DJ, as this would have a direct effect on the type of music provided. Most, but not all bands play music in certain style or genre, whilst any DJ worth his salt normally carries music from all types of genre and should be able to comfortably change the music to suit the occasion. If you are using a band, make sure that the band have worked at a wedding previously as weddings are very different from other functions and events.

An ideal balance can be achieved by hiring both a band and a DJ but you still have to choose the kind of music that will be played and what is appropriate.

Commonly, a lot of your guests will be older, so it is appropriate to play music that they will enjoy. Most guest will remember two things about your wedding and they are the food and the music, so getting it right is important.

Whilst the dinner is being served or guests are eating it is common to play quiet dinner music followed by music that is appropriate to your guests. At the start of the evening it should be played at a volume that allows your guests to speak to each other without shouting, as some of them will be meeting for the first since the last family gathering they attended. As the evening progresses, the music usually becomes more modern or contemporary as the older guests leave.

Whilst the music will probably be a range from the 60′s to the modern day, you may want to have a few traditional waltz’s, foxtrot’s, etc. or maybe a few 2-steps or some line dancing which are very common. If you don’t know or are not sure what sort of music your parents danced to in their earlier years, just ask them. You should be familiar with the type of music that your friends like and can make suggestions to your band/DJ.

An experienced band/DJ that have worked at weddings before will be able to provide music from a full range of rock/pop, funk/latin, R&B/reggae, etc., etc. After all they are the professionals, they should know. Talk to your band/DJ about choosing your wedding music before you book them and only choose them if they can play the type of music you want.

Last but not least, remember, most people will only dance to music that they know.

A little professionalism goes a long, long way…

Posted by admin | General Blog | Wednesday 1 December 2010 08:41

Take it or leave it, the way you run your business reflects immediately upon the amount of business you are likely to do. It’s simple, treat people the wrong way and they will not trade with you.

As a trained English Toastmaster, I try to run my business in a professional manner, with care and consideration for clients as well as my fellow professionals. For the most part just using good business etiquette and protocol seems to work.

I am therefore amazed at the amount of large businesses that think that they are beyond professionalism and treat smaller businesses, who often recommend clients to them, like something that the cat dragged in.

In a day where ‘spam’ is an everyday occurrence, I quite understand that companies probably get an inordinate amount of emails in a day and some do not get answered or end up on correct persons desktop. But when a follow up letter, sent by’ snail mail’, is not answered or even acknowledged, you have to think about the way the company is being managed.

Recently I sent an email, followed by a letter to a large company in New Orleans offering them a unique service that would only be made available to their company. I waited for 3 weeks for a reply but this company did not have the courtesy to reply to either my email or letter.

Had they use a little professionalism and replied, even if just to say ‘no’, I would not have been left waiting for a reply. Needless to say, I will not be sending any more offers to this company and neither will I be recommending them to any of my clients, as a little bit of professionalism goes a long way and this company showed none at all.

So all I ask is that you think about the other business when you don’t answer emails, letters or telephone calls… it could mean the loss of valuable leads.

Giving away the Bride…

Posted by admin | General Blog | Sunday 28 November 2010 18:08

I am amazed at the lack of attention paid by the Fathers of the Brides in the videos that I have just watched from various reputable video companies. They proudly walk up the aisle with their daughters on their arm, give her a kiss when they arrive at the altar. They then shake hands with the Groom, whisper in his ear then sit down.

Come on guys… you are giving your daughter away on the biggest day of her life…. SO GIVE HER AWAY. How nice it is if the Father of the Bride takes her hand and places it in the hand of the groom or better still waits for the Officiant to say “Who gives this woman to be married ?” At which point the Father of the Bride should say “I do” and then place his daughters hand into the hand of the Groom.

It adds so much to the ceremony and looks good on video.

LinkedIn

Posted by admin | General Blog | Friday 26 November 2010 08:04

I have just read a very interesting ebook from HubSpot, it’s their newest Linkedin Ebook, ‘Learning LinkedIn From the Experts’ and five LinkedIn specialists provide key insight into how you can use LinkedIn to successfully grow your network and business.

The ebook teaches how to :
~ Build Your LinkedIn Foundation
~ Grow Your LinkedIn Network
~ Use LinkedIn to Market Your
~ Use LinkedIn to Market Yourself
~ Measure the ROI of Your Efforts

I would recommend anyone with a LinkeIn account to read it.

To read more, CLICK HERE for LinkedIn Ebook

Attending meetings…

Posted by admin | General Blog | Tuesday 23 November 2010 08:06

I was recently invited to attend a meeting with my fellow Wedding Planners at a hotel in New Orleans with a view to promoting the hotel to clients for their weddings. The meeting was scheduled for 1 hour at 9.30am and as the first to arrive I was informed that 10-12 others would be attending. I had a very nice time meeting with staff from the hotel and one other Wedding Planner prior to a guided tour of the hotel.

OK, so it was a sales pitch from the Hotel, which provided some beautiful samples of their food, but why do people confirm that you will attend and then not turn up or even offer an apology.

I was disgusted with my fellow ‘wedding professionals’ to say the least and I have written an apology to the hotel on behalf of my fellow ‘wedding professionals’. Not only does it give the individual companies a bad name but the Wedding Planning community of New Orleans.

Why those that purport to be ‘Professional’ do not run their businesses in a professional manner leaves me cold. Are they are too busy trying to be the ‘star’, when the only ‘star’ at any wedding is the Bride.

Jackson Square, New Orleans

Posted by admin | General Blog | Saturday 20 November 2010 13:24



Jackson Square, New Orleans was buzzing when I walked through yesterday… full of artists, street entertainers and kids on school field trips.

Meeting at Chateau Bourbon

Posted by admin | General Blog | Saturday 20 November 2010 12:21

Chateau Bourbon


I had a great meeting with other Wedding professionals and a tour of the Chateau Bourbon in New Orleans yesterday. I was very impressed with the hotel and the staff that I met. This is one venue I will be recommending for ‘Courtyard Weddings in the French Quarter.’

DOMAIN SCAM…..

Posted by admin | General Blog | Friday 12 November 2010 09:48

BEWARE… Of this Domain Name SCAM!!!


D.R.O.A.

Letters are bring sent from a company called ‘Domain Registry of America’ telling Domain Name owners that their domains are up for renewal, which goes on to ask the owners to renew and ‘transfer their Domain Name to this company’, BUT this can be missed if you are not used to handling domains etc. and a few people have been duped into paying and having their domain name transferred. Once the transfer is made they find it hard to get into their accounts to setup the nameservers and thus their website do not work…
You have been warned… if you get a letter from the ‘Domain Registry of America’ get in touch with your webmaster immediately.

CLICK HERE to view a copy of the letter…

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