Giving LifeLong Cutlery as your next closing gift? While our knives are great on their own, you can go the extra mile with some perfect, indulgent pairings! Your new homeowners will appreciate the added thoughtfulness, and your business will benefit from the memorable referral.
So if you're ready to become the master of gift-giving, we've put together some quick and simple ideas for you:
1. Cheese knife — pair with a selection of locally produced cheeses and a complementary wine. Not a connoisseur? You can still look like one with this helpful cheese and wine pairing guide.
2. Sandwich knife (center) — gift with bagels and cream cheese from your go-to bagel shop. If your clients are new to the area, they'll appreciate you introducing them to a favorite local business.
3. Bread knife — pair with homemade bread from your community farmers market and a bottle of flavored olive oil. You can also gift it with an Amish Friendship Bread starter bag. Designed to be shared, friendship bread is a great way for your homeowners to meet their new neighbors!
4. Chef knives — Complement these culinary workhorses with a beautiful cookbook or a subscription to a cooking magazine, like Bon Appétit or Food & Wine. Your clients will be eager to show off new creations — and their LifeLong Cutlery — to friends and family.
Magnets USA celebrates 25th anniversary with move to Vinton
VINTON - Jan. 30, 2015 - Well-versed in the needs of real estate agents, one Roanoke-based company has had its own share of property dealings recently.
Earlier this month, Magnets USA, producer of more than 20 million magnetized marketing products annually, made the move from Connecticut Avenue in Roanoke to a new home in Vinton.
The transition, which required an exhaustive, six-month renovation of the old Grumman Fire Truck building, means 70 percent more space for production.
“We have been bursting at the seams,” said President Alan Turner, who joined his brother’s company in 1995. “We now have room to reorganize our processes, improve quality, speed delivery times and improve employee and customer satisfaction.”
Turner, along with the company’s 60 full-time employees, is eager to see what the extra breathing room will yield.
“It opens up a huge door to possibilities we could only dream of before,” Turner said. “I believe the creativity and ingenuity of our employees will be unleashed in our new facility. It’s like we are breaking out of a box.”
Jennifer Beishir, programs manager and Vinton resident, sees the move as an asset to the town and the local economy.
“With so many companies moving out of the Roanoke Valley,” Beishir said, “how could you not be excited that not only are we growing, but we have decided to stay in the Valley and add growth to an amazing corner of it?”
Though its client base comes primarily from the real estate industry, Magnets USA services the Chicago Bears, the Salem Red Sox, Kid Rock Enterprises, Burning Man, FloydFest, the American Quilter’s Association and many local schools. In November, Magnets USA donated 500 commemorative fundraiser magnets to the Roanoke Rescue Mission’s Drumstick Dash.
“In the early days, we really just needed warehouse space and room for our customer service team,” said Dale Turner, who founded the company in 1990 and serves as president of marketing and sales. “Now we produce everything. Our new facility gives us all that, plus room to expand our product lines.”
Products range from magnetic calendars and sports schedules to custom magnets and business cards. Last year marked the launch of their premium closing and corporate gift, LifeLong Cutlery.
In 2010, Magnets USA was named Small Business of the Year by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.
A grand opening is slated for March.
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H2H. No, it's not a genetically engineered water. It's one of the newest trends in business behavior, and your marketing strategy could use a swig of it.
According to The Writer, an internationally recognized language consultancy, "human to human" is one of several up-and-coming buzzwords for 2015. Essentially, it means your business sounds like a real person when dealing with clients. Why is this so important? Consumers crave personality, and they want to work with a business they can trust like a friend.
Maybe you're already doing this, and you're excited there's finally a word for it. But if you know your company's mouthpiece is a little uptight, we're here to help you out.
How we help your business humanize:
It's Friday night, and your community's rival high schools are kicking off another record-breaking season. As the groups of proud parents, grandparents and students flood the stands, there you are, handing out top-quality schedules to all the fans — and your potential clients.
A piece they'll reference the entire season, magnetic sports schedules are the funnest way to ensure your business information sticks around through every play, pass and buzzer-defying win.
Plus: Sounding human on social media
Tips for your business, from our social media coordinator
1. Mind your manners. Courtesy shouldn't fly out the window just because you're behind a computer screen. Thank customers who compliment your business, positively and promptly respond to negative reviews and tweet a simple hello to new Twitter followers.
Not only will these behaviors help your customers remember you, but they're invaluable opportunities to establish a voice (and an ear) and show customers you're a business they can count on.
2. Curb the salesperson inside you. Social media is the place to really interact with your customers and clients, share insights into your company culture and build community. Respect that relationship by keeping sales-pitch posts to a minimum.
Sure, followers want to know when you're having an awesome sale, but don't underestimate the power of a funny (and appropriate) video, a striking photo or an interesting fact about your company's history. After all, keeping your fans interested and engaged is the first step toward the sales funnel.
3. Be consistent. You know that friend you only hear from a few times a year? Well, you probably don't think too much about them those other 362 days. That same idea should apply to your business' social media accounts. Post daily (include great visuals), tweet often (but not too often — no one likes a chatterbox) and update your blog with interesting content. And if you're ever stumped on what to post, here are some great ideas.
Like any creative business, we are constantly inspired by our customers. Their ideas, goals and dedication are what drive us to do more. Quite simply, when our customers succeed, we succeed.
To celebrate this distinct relationship, we have launched #ThankYouThursday, a weekly social media feature highlighting the ingenuity of our clients and graphic designers — all in the spirit of gratitude for the great work they do together.
Here are some of the designs we've featured so far — we hope they'll inspire your own business or organization. (And to stay up-to-date on this feature, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!)