Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Food Photography For Restaurants

Using Photography to Market Your Restaurant

Since the restaurant business is one of the most competitive industries out there, and owners are always looking for creative ways to attract and retain customers. Restaurant food photography is one way to market your business on the internet or in print advertising. Specially, these three types of restaurant photography can help you spread the word about the delicious cuisine offered in your restaurant.

Whether your restaurant specializes in a particular cuisine such as sushi and ramen or you offer a broad menu, rest assured that pictures of your food is visually stimulating and can draw new customers in. Consider capturing some of your most colorful dishes. For those dishes that lack color, think about using a bright or contrasting background in order to add pizzazz to the photo.

Capturing and displaying the special vibe of your restaurant may be all it takes to attract more customers to your business. Typically, every restaurant has a main visual attraction somewhere in the seating area, foyer or kitchen. This can be something as obvious as a large aquarium or it could be something less tangible like a dimly lit bar area that seems soothing yet inviting. The idea is to allow your customers to visualize what it feels like to dine in your restaurant.

What better way to increase business than to attract large groups for parties or small events. Capturing pictures of large groups of customers in your business lets new customers know that your restaurant is an option for any upcoming party or event that they may be planning. Be sure to ask your groups for permission before displaying their group’s pictures on your social media platforms.

Essentially, restaurant owners need to stay innovative with their marketing techniques in order to retain their existing customers and attract new patrons. One great way to do this is to use photography to provide a visual of what you have to offer. Specifically, consider using pictures of some of your most popular dishes as well as pictures or video of your interior space and large group parties and events.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Call Center Office Upgrades

Simple, Desirable Upgrades for a Call Center Office

Keeping the employees of a call center content with their jobs is vital to achieving the statistics and numbers that the company is looking for. There are dozens of minor upgrades that will truly excite the employees, while also being well within budget for most companies.

Lounge Room

During work breaks many employees retreat to the cafeteria, parking lot, or to the courtyard. Many times, during the shorter work breaks, employees long for a lounging area that is close to their workstations. A great lounge could have comfortable seating, tables, phone charging stations, televisions, and music. During a rough day, these lounging areas can help employees to self soothe and psychologically prepare to go back to their workstations after a tough call. This significantly improves contentment in the workplace.

Free Refreshments

For employees who work in a call center, a dry mouth is a fairly common issue. When one spends the entire shift working on a phone, he or she may become very thirsty quite frequently. Purchasing some water coolers Chicago for the office can help to keep employees hydrated and ready to accept their next call.

Sanitation Station

Call centers are well-known for having outbreaks of illness. This is due to having many employees working in close quarters with each other during peak seasons of illness. Many employees actively try to prevent Illness, but this can be hard if they do not have access to cleaners and sanitation equipment. By having several sanitation stations located throughout the office, employees can disinfect their hands, their desks, and shared work equipment frequently. This can help to promote health throughout the office and reduce the amount of absences due to illness. For employees who work in call centers, it is a big relief to know that their superiors are doing everything they can to provide a healthy, safe, and satisfactory workplace for all employees. As the employee's needs are met, the company will continue to see lots of improvements; especially whenever it comes to customer service, sales, and customer retention.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift Idea! #CanvasPrint

How many of you out there have already started thinking about that perfect Mother's Day gift for your mom? I have actually been thinking and planning for a couple weeks now because while some people view Mother's Day as a not-so-big holiday, for me, my mom is someone I want to celebrate and let her know how much she means to me. Flowers and chocolate are nice, but I much prefer gifting something I know she will love, something special, and something tailored to her personal likes.

My mother is an incredible photographer, and she is always snapping shots of the family, landscapes, our pets, and anything else you can imagine. As you would probably guess, that means we have loads of pictures that would be perfect for a photo gift. Specifically, a canvas print made with some of her favorite shots! She has a few 8x10 prints she has ordered from a local photo printing shop, but I'm thinking a large canvas would be an awesome gift idea for her this year!

Another gift idea I love is a getaway trip. We have done this several times in the past and she always loves it. Sometimes a family getaway, sometimes just her and our dad, and sometimes we do a girls getaway with my sisters, myself, and our mom. Whether we plan it around an antique mall she'd like to visit, an upcoming Southern Gospel concert, or just a beautiful area to get into the country and relax, she always loves these trips! Sometimes we do just an overnight trip, but sometimes we plan for a few days where we book lodging, give her gift cards for restaurants we'll visit, and also give her a basket of goodies and snacks for the trip.

One more gift idea I've been pondering for her this year is some photography equipment. She has several "wishlist" items such as a new bag, straps, lenses, and more. Of course, we could put together a photography gift basket for her with some of the equipment she needs, and a couple canvas prints of her favorite pictures. Now there's a special Mother's Day gift she'd surely love!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Eclectic Home Decor Ideas

Make a Statement with Eclectic Décor

Eclectic décor is not a hodge-podge of mismatched items placed haphazardly in a room. In order for an eclectic décor to be visually appealing, it should adhere to a specific theme. The items you include in an eclectic room can come from diverse time periods and represent different cultures, but there needs to be a common thread unifying the items.  With the current trend being one that supports eco-friendly, organic and healthy living, a décor theme of eclectic organic could ideally represent your lifestyle choice as well as your décor preference.

Modern Simplicity

A modern décor or a rustic modern décor ideally support an eco-friendly lifestyle. Minimalistic decorating is a feature of modern design. Taking a decorating cue from nature and incorporating natural items in your décor is a good way to showcase your lifestyle preference. Furniture made from wood and metal is an excellent option for a modern, eclectic décor. Home decor stores oregon is an excellent resource for natural furniture that complements an eclectic décor.  Furniture that focuses on sustainability as well as function and beauty would be a great choice for an eclectic, natural décor.  Unique chairs and tables constructed from natural products, chemical-free upholstery and decorative accessories that showcase the beauty nature has to offer can give your home the personalized look you desire.

Eclectic Bedroom

Your bedroom can become an eclectic, personally unique oasis with the inclusion of furniture made with sustainability in mind and bedding that supports your eco-friendly lifestyle. When you’re focused on living a healthy lifestyle, acquiring the proper amount of sleep should be one of your priorities. An eco-friendly mattress and eco-friendly bedding is the ideal foundation for a good night’s sleep. Choosing wood or tile flooring can also help make your bedroom a healthier place.

Live plants in quirky containers can enhance your eclectic décor. Rugs and pillows made from natural material can help make a room feel cozy. Add eclectic elements to your décor that provide a glimpse of your personality or showcase your interests.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Earn Free Gift Cards With Swagbucks!!

All throughout April, you can earn large bonuses when you sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Furnishing Your Living Room

Tips for Furnishing a Living Room

When you shop for living room furniture and accessories, keep the purpose of the room forefront in your mind. Typically, this is a room where a lot of living will happen. It’s a room where family and friends will gather for fun, togetherness and much more. You want the furnishings you select to be compatible with your lifestyle and with the activity level of your family.

Make a General Plan

Before you buy your first piece of living room furniture, sketch out a plan depicting the final layout of the room. Measure the space where you plan to put seating, tables and the entertainment center. Be sure to leave plenty of room for easy traffic flow through the room. This is essential if you have young children who will be running and playing in the room. It’s good to have an unobstructed flow through the room whenever you entertain or when elderly family members with mobility issues visit.

Choose a Style

Browsing through living room furniture in Mesa is a good way to discover what types of furniture appeals to you. A small conversation area that leaves an open play area for the kids might be conducive to your lifestyle. A large sectional sofa with oversized ottoman might be ideal if you have children or teens that love lounging while watching television. Comfort is a key element in a living room where the family spends a lot of time.

Make Practical Choices

If you’re furnishing a living room that will be a place for kids, pets and adults to hang out, you’ll want to select furniture with upholstery that is stain-resistant and tough enough to withstand pet paws and energetic kids. Even if you’re not worried about the kids or pets staining the upholstery, there’s always a chance of spills occurring when you entertain guest. A lot of different activities may go on in the living room. Therefore, you might want to create some individualized spaces. Depending on your lifestyle, your living room might need a reading nook, an entertainment area and a space for adults to relax.

Furnish the living room so that it will be everyone’s favorite room in the house. Opt for durable and practical if you have small children. You can go for elegance after the kids grow up.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Swago Spring Edition Is Here! #Swagbucks

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their "Swago: Spring Edition" promotion, which runs from now through Monday, March 12th at 9am PT! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips: 

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, March 12th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.  

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