Destin Restaurants


Destin Beaches - Emerald Coast of FLIf you live in the Destin, FL area or if you have ever visited the area, I don’t have to tell you about the beauty of the Emerald Coast beaches. Nor do I have to tell you about the awesome Destin restaurants.

The Emerald Coast of Florida is a hot spot for family vacations. The Destin area has world-class accommodations as well as plenty to do. Whether you visit the area with or without kids, you will be planning your next vacation back to Destin before you even leave.

While you are here in Destin, be sure to check out some of the things to do in Destin, FL. While you are visiting get your adventure on with parasailing or try paddle boarding for a different kind of experience. Also, Destin FL has the reputation for good reason of being the world’s luckiest fishing village, so go ahead and test out that claim. You’ll likely return home with enough fish for the rest of the year.

Most importantly, while you are in Destin, relax, have fun, and de-stress yourself! Enjoy your vacation and soak up some sun!

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OBCIDIO – Free Project Management Tool For Businesses


Are you looking for a project management tool to collaborate between your employees and your clients? Do you need a simple tool to mass communicate with your employees? Do need a way to file shares between multiple people? Well, now that tool is available and it’s FREE. OBCIDIO is the perfect project management tool for any business.

Here are a just a few of the features of OBCIDIO and it’s all FREE:

  1. Create projects that you can share updates to either everyone involved in the project or just to those classified as Admins on the project.
  2. Share files for specific projects and keep them all in 1 place and organized in folders.
  3. Easily keep clients informed and keep them involved with their project. This keeps them happy and their continual input keeps the project steered in the right direction and saves your time by staying on the right track.
  4. Connect with other companies and individuals and network your business.
  5. Create a company page and attract new clients.
  6. Create To Do Lists and assign them to specific people.
  7. Create Project Event Deadlines.
  8. Easily see all of your project activity in a single stream.
  9. Many, many more features. Join now for free and test them out.

Here’s an example of how we use OBCIDIO as a design studio:

If we have a client that wants graphic design for a brochure, we create a new Project on OBCIDIO, then we invite that client to the project. We can invite as many of their co-workers to the project as well. We can then post update or comments and specify whether they are visible just by the Admins on the project or visible for everyone involved in the project. We can post up the first rough draft and get comments. Then make adjustments from there, then post revisions. Everyone involved in the project stays informed in real-time and all of the project tasks and files are centralized for everyone involved in the project to access. Simple. Efficient. Free.

So what are you waiting for? This will revolutionize the way you do business. Join now and manage your projects more efficiently.

The Real Price of Free Business Cards


So you have all seen the offer to get free business cards from various online printers?  On the back they are printed with, “Printed for Free by …”  Some of your have even order some and have handed them out.  I have received a few of them.  A business card should be an extension of your business and not an advertisement for another business.  These are absolutely the most unprofessional thing you can do with a business card.  My reason for saying this has nothing to do with me losing a sale over it.  My concern is the image you are setting for your company.  By doing that it makes your business look cheap.  Not to mention the quality for most of these cards is sub-par.  This first impression gained by seeing this type of business card comes with a price and that price is NOT free.  That price is often a lost potential sale.  I know that if see a business with that type of card, I will be instantly turned off from that company.  If that company won’t even invest a few dollars in nice business cards, what else are they skimping on?  Chances are you will be getting below average products or service.  Business cards should be like mini employees that work for you.  They should portray what your business does and why you stand out from your competitors.  Unless you are a unicorn breeder, chances are you have many competitors.  If a potential client had both your business card and a competitor’s card, which business would they choose?  My recommendation is to spend a little money and get your business cards designed and printed professionally.

July 2011 Observances To Use To Market Your Business


There are a lot of daily, weekly, and monthly Observances that you can take advantage of to market your business.  Some of them are more important than others or more applicable for your business, while some of them are just plain silly and obscure.  Here is the list for July 2011:


  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • National Culinary Arts Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Picnic Month

July 1 – Canada Day
July 1 – Build a Scarecrow Day
July 1 – International Joke Day
July 1 – National Postal Worker Day
July 4 – Independence Day
July 4 – National Country Music Day
July 5 – Caribbean Day
July 6 – National Fried Chicken Day
July 7 – National Chocolate Day
July 8 – Cow Appreciation Day
July 9 – National Sugar Cookie Day
July 10 – National Pina Colada Day
July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day
July 12 – National Pecan Pie Day
July 15 – National Tapioca Pudding Day
July 17 – National Peach Ice Cream Day
July 18 – National Caviar Day
July 20 – National Ice Cream Day
July 20 – National Lollipop Day
July 21 – National Creme Brulee Day
July 21 – National Junk Food Day
July 22 – National Penuche Day
July 23 – National Vanilla Ice Cream Day
July 23 – National Hot Dog Day
July 24 – Amelia Earhart Day
July 29 – National Lasagna Day
July 30 – National Cheesecake Day

If any of the observances fit into your business, I would highly suggest that you capitalize on them by offering special pricing, events, or promotions on these days.  Market your events through social media, your website, and with promotional products.  The payoffs can be huge is you plan accordingly and market correctly.

Top 5 Reasons to Buy Custom Halloween Trick or Treat Bags


Here are the top 5 reasons to buy custom Halloween Bags:

  1. The promote safety for children. – Many of our trick or treat bags have safety tips to keep trick or treaters safe.
  2. They are useful. – The one thing in common with ALL trick or treaters is that they all need trick or treat bags.  You can’t go wrong with this item.
  3. They are cheap. – It’s hard to find a cheaper promotional product that is also as useful as a trick or treat bag.
  4. They are a great way to market your business. – You can have your custom imprint on the halloween bags and advertising your website, a specific product or service, or just your business in general.
  5. They help generate a good rapport with your customers. – Anytime you do anything positive for your customer’s kids shows them that you care and it strengthens their positive feelings toward your company.

Halloween is a great opportunity to market your business for cheap and show your customers that you care about the safety of their kids.  Don’t miss out on trick or treat bags this year.

Fun in the Sun


We are now in the heat of the summer and there’s no better place to be than the beach, particularly the prettiest beaches in Florida.  Since I have the pleasure of living in Fort Walton Beach / Destin, Florida area, I spend a lot of time outdoors and at the beach.  Outdoor beach activities are not only fun, but also provide exercise for us.  Here are some excellent products that your business can giveaway with your promotional logo imprint on them.  Promotional frisbees are a classic beach toy that both kids and adult love.  Why not let others throw around your logo and advertise your company to hundreds of people.  Promotional water bottles are also not only a great beach item, but a necessity to have in the summer heat.  It’s easy to lose a lot of fluids while you are swimming in the ocean and not even realize it since you are staying cool in the water.   So, if you really want to be smart with buying your promotional give aways, look into buying beach promotional items that will provide hours and hours of entertainment while marketing your company at the same time.  Keep on marketing.  I’m off to enjoy the beautiful beaches in Fort Walton Beach!