We know what you’re saying to yourself right now…
“Finally! What took them so long? I’ve been waiting for this M.R. Designs & Gifts facebook Fan Page for just about forever now! What were they thinking by keeping me waiting so long?”

At last, your wait is over!

Go, right now, to our facebook Fan Page and…well, become a fan. Of course, you will need a facebook account to do this; so if you don’t already have a facebook account, you will need to sign up for one.

And, to thank you all for your patience, the FIRST 100 FANS on the M.R. Designs & Gifts facebook Fan Page will be put into a random drawing for a $50 CREDIT good towards the purchase of any M.R. Designs & Gifts gift basket of their choice! (see notes below)

Need to send a client “Thank You”? Best friend’s birthday is coming up? Just want some of our Arizona-made pamper products to treat yourself? Yep, you guessed it, Winner’s choice!

Thanks! Oh, and please tell your friends. ;o)

notes: No purchase necessary to enter. Once the M.R. Designs & Gifts fan page reaches 100 fans, one (1) winner will be randomly drawn from all fans (excluding fan page admin/owner). There is a 1 in 99 chance of winning. Winner will be notified via email. Winner’s $50 CREDIT can only be applied towards purchase, has no cash value and no cash back will be given. Credit balance, if any, may be retained and applied to future purchases. Winner’s $50 CREDIT may apply towards gift basket purchase, any applicable tax and freight. Gift basket can be either for local Phoenix Metro hand delivery (within our hand delivery zones) or nationwide Ground shipping. Winner is responsible for any fees associated with his/her order that exceeds the $50 CREDIT. Credit does not expire. All other applicable M.R. Designs & Gifts stated policies apply (http://www.mrdesignsandgifts.com/Policies/)

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

Whatever the reasons may ultimately be, a lot of confusion exists around the celebration of “DAD” on Father’s Day.

Whether our client is honoring their father, their step-father, uncle, brother, or even that special “father figure” in their life…if they are struggling, it typically all comes down to two questions: 1.) “When is Father’s Day anyway?” and 2.) “What in the world do I get my dad for Father’s Day?”

When is Father’s Day?
Father’s Day is celebrated woldwide on various dates throughout the year, although the majority of countries, including the U.S., celebrate Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June

2009 – Sunday, June 21st
2010 – Sunday, June 20th
2011 – Sunday, June 19th
2012 – Sunday, June 17th

What to get Dad for Father’s Day?
Don’t stress. I think most dads would agree that the best gift of all would be the opportunity to spend time together. But if that is not possible, and if you’ve decided to purchase a gift for Father’s Day, a little bit of planning goes a long way and ensures that you don’t have to settle for last-minute “just” gifts (ie. “I’m just going to get him _____.”)

Start by collecting a few facts:
A.) What does your dad like to do (favorite hobbies and activities)? Is he a sports nut, golfer, outdoor enthusiast, movie buff, biker, chocoholic?
B.) Has he dropped any hints lately (favorite new restaurant, broken tool, concert coming to town, etc.)
C.) What is your budget?

Now that you have a general theme, direction and budget…get creative! Remember, you don’t have to “go big” or spend a lot of money to make a big impression; think Timing, Customization and Personalization.

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-By Raymond “Chip” Lambert

Did you know that it is more expensive to acquire new clients than to service and take care of the ones that you already have? If you know your cost to acquire new clients (the cost to acquire the lead plus the value of the time you spend to convert that lead) you can easily see that making small investments in the relationships you already have can cost you much less and yield you much more, via relationship referrals, than simply getting caught in the transaction trap of constantly acquiring and losing clients. The Top 5 things you can do to set up a “Thank You” program:

1. Get to know your clients. Find out how they liked to be thanked. Find out their birthdays and anniversaries. Find out what is important to them. Then put a plan together to give it to them.

2. Research your options. There are all kinds of things you can do: send custom gift baskets, send cards, email drip campaigns, brownies, referral programs, etc. Spend some time and examine what you could be doing.

3. Systematize your choices. Will you do something monthly? Will you do something quarterly? Write it out and systematize it. There are lots of great programs out there that allow you to set it and forget it. It goes to work FOR you.

4. Make personal outreach calls. Personal touches far outweigh impersonal touches – so pick up the phone and talk with your customers. Find out how they are doing and help them be successful – even if they don’t buy this time. It’s hard for a competitor to replicate that kind of relationship.

5. Get on LinkedIn and Facebook and get connected to your customers. Increasingly, your customers are moving to online social networks.. They’ll share a wealth of information that will help you better serve them and build the kind of relationships that last a lifetime.

It doesn’t matter if you can’t invest a sizeable sum in each client. Just make sure that it’s less than or equal to your current cost of client acquisition. Doing something is better than doing nothing. So stop what you’re doing, take 30 minutes to begin implementing something, and harvest the results for years to come.

Raymond Chip Lambert is a business development expert who works with professionals to leverage the relationships they already have. His clients experience dramatic increases in profitable business by implementing time tested strategies and leveraging new technologies. He can be reached by email at chip@network2networth.com or by phone 602-635-4541

A Client’s Poem

May 14, 2009

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We have the best clients in the world! Today we received a poem written by one of our clients named Amy Betancourt, licensed massage therapist with Integrative Body Work in Phoenix. We were so honored to receive such a cute, clever and thoughtful testimonial, that we asked Amy if we could publish the poem for all to see….

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Graduation, Father’s Day,
Baby Showers, the 5th of May.
A special occasion or “just because” -
You’ll be a GIVER like there never was.

Chocolate strawberries and coffee galore,
Wine & Champagne for the one you adore.
Bubble bath and cactus jelly,
Delicious sweets to fill your belly.

Give a custom basket to a client or friend
It’s the most creative thing to send.
Look like a hero, the ultimate giver.
M.R. Designs & Gifts, The “WOW Factor” ~ Delivered!

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Guys With Game

Feb 3, 2009

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Yes, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Are you dreading this weekend? Are your plans all in place? Guys, you don’t have to “go big” to make a big splash. Some thought and a little bit of planning can really go a long way to making a BIG impression – am I right girls? Following is a recent press release comparing Valentine’s Day to a football game. I hope you can use some of the ideas below to put the finishing touches on your “game plan”…THE SOONER THE BETTER!

Guys With Game
Are you a Major Player?

January 2009 (Phoenix, AZ) – Valentine’s Day can be compared to “The Big Game”…it’s not always the biggest and strongest player that makes the touchdown, it’s the player who’s got the right moves.

Here are three easy steps to keeping your Valentine’s Day celebration on budget and still make a big impression:

1. Have a Game Plan & Avoid the “Audible”
Show up to the big game without a playbook and you’re in big trouble, the whole team suffers. A little bit of planning and you can be yards ahead on game day.

Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year – Get more for your money and order early! Please do not wait until Saturday and then pick up a gift at the same place you get your groceries. (Think of the impression that makes on your sweetie.)

Place your requests today and get the gift you want – A lot of the best companies sell-out each Valentine’s. Don’t settle for last-minute leftovers.

2. Study the Other Team & Customize Your Offense
Is your “big play” going to end up on the highlight reel or the bloopers?
Know your sweetie’s weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Take a moment to think…did she subtly point out her favorite champagne at the store last week? Did she just happen to mention her ring size in a conversation recently? Pay attention.

Personalize, personalize, personalize!

3. After the TD…Go for the Extra Point
Now that you’ve picked the perfect play, get the most impact for your hard work…it’s all in the timing!
Plan your gift to arrive at your sweetie’s place of work, or other public place, for the most “oohs and aahs”. Better yet, get dressed up and deliver it yourself.
Dinner at a restaurant? How about delivering a small gift, or simple handwritten card, to the restaurant to be waiting at your table.
Planning a big Valentine’s weekend? Send a small gift as a “teaser” to your sweetie’s office so he/she can show it off to friends.
Staying at a Valley resort for the weekend? Have chocolate-dipped strawberries delivered to your room.

I hope these ideas were helpful.
Now as far as the Endzone Dance. . .You’re on your own for that one!!

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