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Forty Companies Listed in Sixth Annual Best Places to Work in Maine Program

For the first time, all companies on the list will be ranked at the fall banquet

The Maine State Council of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has announced that 40 companies have been named in the sixth annual "Best Places to Work in Maine" program.

From this list, all companies in each category will find out how they ranked at an awards banquet October 11 at the Ramada Conference Center in Lewiston.

The 2011 Best Places to Work in Maine program recognizes companies that have established and consistently fostered outstanding workplace environments.  Partners endorsing the program include: Best Companies Group, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Employment Times/MyJobWave.com, and Mainebiz.

Listed alphabetically, the 40 companies are:
• Alere Scarborough, Inc.,  Scarborough
• Androscoggin Bank, Lewiston
• athenahealth, Inc., Belfast
• Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor
• Bar Harbor Bank &

Goodwin Motor Group Needs YOU!

Goodwin Motor Group Needs YOU!

Recognizing August as National Back to School Month, the Goodwin Motor Group is teaming up with Ruth’s Reusable Resources in Portland to help Maine children get the school supplies they need. For every new ‘Like’ the Goodwin Chevrolet Mazda, Goodwin’s Volvo or Goodwin Chevrolet Buick page receives on facebook today thru August 27, $1 will be donated to Ruth’s Reusable Resources up to $500. Not a facebook user but still want to donate? Visit any branch of the Goodwin Motor Group with your charitable contribution or supplies for the store. Call 207-729-1611 or log on to goodwinmotorgroup.com for locations.

This is the first and certainly not the last time the Goodwin Motor Group will be collecting for a worthy cause.

Social Media Workshop - Speed Dating Style! Social Media Breakfast Maine

Social Media Workshop - Speed Dating Style! Social Media Breakfast Maine

For August's SMBME we will be mixing things up a bit and doing a speed dating style social media workshop! We will be bringing in a slew of experts to talk to you and answer questions and concerns about a range of topics inside of social media. The experts will travel around the breakfast tables so you will be able to hear from and interact with each one from the comfort of your seat.

How can you best take advantage of this opportunity?

  • Have questions ready when you arrive.
  • Bring your laptop if you have one so you can show someone what your issue may be.
  • Keep an open mind. You never know who will give you your next great idea!
  • Bring business cards so you can easily follow up with someone.

This will NOT be a sales pitch from the experts.

Marketing 102: Tell Me Why

As business owners and marketers we spend a lot of time talking about what we want from our current and future customers:

  • Buy Now!
  • Download Now!
  • Like us on Facebook!
  • Follow me on Twitter!
  • Scan the QR code!
  • Sign up for our email newsletter!

Perhaps if we spent a little more time explaining why we want them to complete these action we will see a better conversion rate on ‘the ask’.

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America's Favorite LivingSocial Deals

America's Favorite LivingSocial Deals

Have you ever wondered if anyone actually purchased that LivingSocial deal for botox or pole dancing that you remember reading in bed while you were checking your emails before you got in the shower? They had 24 hours to make the choice and according to this week's release by Living Social of their 2nd Quarter report [April - June], it is certain that these deals were and are being scooped up by the thousands! I am a huge fan of a great deal as most of you already know and think that paying retail for anything, especially for food, fitness & entertainment is completely unnecessary.

I found the 2nd Quarter information quite interesting because it’s interesting to see what deals Americans’ are obsessed with, as well as the trends in the marketplace.

Do You Need a Mobile Version of Your Website?

It depends…

Boy, we hear that a lot. I’m sure you’ve been hearing “this is the year of the mobile” for a few years now. Ho-hum, let’s just get on with it already!

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What is a KPI?

In marketing lectures, webinars and keynote speeches you may hear the term ‘KPI’ a lot. In a recent conversation I had a colleague ask me what a KPI actually was and how I use them. So I thought I would talk about that here briefly.

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