Are You Searching for the Top Luxury Towel Brands?

Are you decorating or upgrading your apartment or house in order to make it a more luxurious place for you and others to be? Is your current focus on the bathroom, which has left you searching for the top luxury bath towels brand that you can afford? If so, there are several ways that you can go about finding the best towels for your budget so that you can dry yourself off in luxury.

Not all luxury towels are created equal. Source: https://flandb.com/collections/luxury-bath-towel-soft-plush

There are a few things that you will need to think about as you are beginning to do your search for your bathroom towel collection. First of all, what fabrics are most important to you for the creation of the towels? Do you want luxurious towels that are made in an earth-friendly operation, perhaps even depending on a resource like bamboo which grows rapidly and can be replaced readily?

Maybe you enjoy the feel of cotton and want to be sure that the luxury towels you purchase are made of the finest grade cotton available in the land today. Another thing that you may be interested in is organic cotton or that which has not been bleached with chemicals which are harmful to the environment, and many believe leave a lingering negative effect on the final project.

Consider the color. Not just by considering your favorite color, but the long-term appearance, plus wear and tear of the laundry.

In addition to these types of questions, you will need to decide what color you want for your new towel collection. White is a very popular choice when it comes to luxury because it exudes a sense of purity. They are also considered by some to be easier to clean due to the lack of worries regarding color fading. You can bleach anything out of white towels and have them look fabulous when you are done. The same is not always true for colored towels.

When you are searching the various brands that are on the market today, you will want to check out if fading is a problem for the people who have purchased them in colors. Look to see which colors are more likely to bleed so that you can avoid them. The dye used for one color may be superior to another color, so judge them individually.

You can research the various brands and read reviews on them so that you know which types are going to meet your needs. It is okay to keep some on the list that are generally above your price range.

Expensive doesn’t always mean better quality.

Once you know what you are interested in, you can check out discount stores and factory outlets to see if you can get the luxury towel brands you desire at a reduced rate. Of course, the stock in these establishments rotates and is not consistent, so you may need to check back several times if you go this route.

You won’t find luxury in big box stores.

Whether you do that or shop at your regular stores, you are sure to find some beautiful towels that will give your bathroom a luxurious appearance and feel fantastic when you dry off after a shower!

How Small Businesses Can Win in Western Montana

When a business owner gets a bug about increasing the number of qualified customers coming through the door, there are a few things they typically do. One of the most common is to get the staff together in a room and start ‘brainstorming’. These seem helpful on the surface, but the ones I’ve sat in on have been nothing but a few hours of random ideas being tossed out. Lots of assumptions. Lots of pipe dreams with no execution at the end of the day. And if things do reach execution stage, they tend to fall apart because the idea began on a loosely constructed idea of what might work.

So how do you do it? How do you breakthrough and deliver results when you have that customer-getting monster knocking at your door and keeping you awake in bed at night?

http://www.bitterrootfurniture.com/ is currently running a splash advertisement on a popular newspaper’s website. But is this type of advertising worth it?

Simple. Build on what you know and that involves starting with a framework which exists in all businesses. Let me explain.

Each business offers a product or service and there’s no business on earth which doesn’t. This might seem simple, but continuing on, there’s also a concept of what I’ll generally call ‘traffic’. Traffic is everything from people finding your business online and people walking up to the front of your brick and mortar storefront. Lastly, there’s conversion. This word brings with it lots of mystery and many consultants nowadays will use that to their advantage – asking for large sums of money for ‘scientific conversion testing’. But it’s a simple concept of how many people show up and how many convert into actual paying customers.

I’d like to share a few examples from Western Montana local businesses and how they are improving their businesses. Then I’ll explain things along this framework so it makes sense and you can see how to do it for yourself.

The first market I chose is Real Estate. This tends to be, surprisingly, a hodge podge niche where marketing is all over the place. This is common on the Internet and it’s because things change so quickly. What brought in the traffic last year, may not be working in the same exact form this year. And although real estate marketing is known to be one of the largest and deep pocketed places on earth, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the money is being spent wisely.

Now, this in and of itself doesn’t seem to interesting. However, just these two things, taking perhaps a few hours of the business’s time, dramatically increase their exposure. It also improves the advantage they have over competitors in the space and here’s why.

  1. WordPress is and has been a very efficient platform for developing websites for over a decade now. However, many businesses still build their sites using plain ole’ HTML. And some even go as far as hiring a design firm to create a brand new, custom CMS for their business. So while other businesses are diddling and playing around with old technology, you don’t have to. Think about it like this. These other competitors aren’t really even competing with you because they’re using something like an old analog telephone to make phone calls, while you’re using a smart phone. On the smart phone you’re faster. You can click and call at a touch of a button. While competitors are having to punch each and every button to get where they are going. Take my advice and switch to this platform if you want to create and keep a long-term advantage over your competition. Here is another example of a business running on this platform brians-pcrepair.com. As you can see, this computer repair service can also setup a nicely structured set of pages for presenting all the sub-sets of their service.
  2. Facebook. Facebook is no doubt a significant source of traffic online. And now, what most people are unaware of as I write this, they have entered into the local business marketing space. Providing local business and service listings in practically every location in the United States. This means people can search for your service right inside of Facebook. What does this mean you should be doing at the very least? At least properly registering and setting up your business on Facebook of course.

What to avoid:

I thought I’d also share a list of obstacles anyone will face when they’re entering into this pursuit of growth. One of the biggest things to avoid is what I like to call old school or traditional advertising. While these methods may still produce some results, they are the worst places to start.

  • They include places like newspapers, both digital and print. Here’s a local newspaper which follows suit The Missoulian.
  • Billboards, although clearly un-targeted and expensive, still attract advertisers. Here’s a company who will happily take thousands of dollars of your money in exchange for a pretty ad everyone can see for a split second on their way to work.
  • Then, let’s not forget about radio. Radio advertising still has this allure of being effective. But you usually only have that impression if you’re sitting on the other side of the table from a sales person. In reality, radio is only effective for a very mature business. ‘Mature’ as in that business has covered all their other bases and they’re now adding it in. Definitely don’t start here.

How To Get Your Boss to Order Office Snacks

The other day I was eating lunch and I was thinking, “hey wouldn’t it be great if we had office snacks?” Then I looked to my right shoulder and the little devil standing there yelled, “heck yeah it’d be awesome if we had office snacks!

Now I must have been thinking out loud because the guy from HR, I forget his name but I’ll call him George because he looks like a George. He starts on about how bad corn syrup and other ingredients are for you (turns out they actually are). He goes on and on about something else involving meat and how it’s poison. That’s where I tuned out and where this idea came to me.

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Last week we had this feel good get together in the meeting room. What I like to call “zone out time” or “paid-to-nap-time”. That’s where the lady from human resources comes in and gives some spiel to the whole office about health, how to sit at our desk properly, how to talk to customers and what not. I swear it’s some ridiculous topic each week.

I can’t say I remember much of what she said last week. However, I do remember one thing. The health initiative.  Do I need to bring up the position title changes again? Almost as equally un-important as that Obama health initiative. I’m sure the President gets a kick out of throwing her that bone.

The health initiative is something the home office is wanting to do. Who knows the real reason, but they say it’s because they want everyone to feel better and to be healthier. My heart tells me it sounds good. My head tells me it’s BS and just some project the people at the home office are doing to use up some play money.

But I digress.

I’m sitting there, chomping down the last half of my ham and swiss and it hits me like one of those cool drops in a dubstep song. My head even starts bobbing as I think it through.

I finished my lunch and stroll over to human resources. Cubicles, and more cubicles. But you can tell you’re in human resources because there’s this weird yellow light and everyone is wearing sweaters and phone headsets.

Recognizing a face I know, I’ll call her Jill for this blog’s sake, I chat her up. Then I get on the topic of office snacks.

I start rattling off some real baloney about how the snacks in the office are filled with corn syrup and bad ingredients, like I know what the heck I’m talking about. I pull this pack of corn nuts or whatever it was out of my pocket and I show her the nutritional info on the back. She gets this surprised look across her face as I’m talking.

Then I bring up the genius part. The part where I get the snacks I want and human resources fulfills their noble duty to health-itize the workplace.

Jerky lady! Let’s get some jerky up in here.

Those weren’t my exact words, but that is essentially what I said. That morning I had been looking at this company JerkySpot’s Facebook update and it was the perfect thing to plug into this situation. I’ve been eating their stuff for about a year and now it was time to bring it into the office. Only difference is, I’m not buying.

We’re talking for about 15 minutes and then before I know it, she’s got the company credit card out and we’re loading up an order with all sorts of bulk beef jerky. I swear we must have ordered an entire pallet of the stuff while I was standing there. I’m talking about all my favorite brands Ostrim, Damn Good jerky, Mingua jerky and maybe 6 other brands I hadn’t even tried yet.

Then this lady from PR sees some new product they have and she’s like, “That thing looks cool. We could make our own jerky for the company party.” Now, I think she was just buying The Judge Jerky Gun because she’s going to take it home and use it for her own evil means. But to each their own.

After all, I’m the master manipulator here putting this whole thing in motion and getting the office snacks I want, at the company’s expense.

What Happens In The Cubicle, Stays In The Cubicle

-The Cubicle Views

Office Politics: We Changed Your Job Title

If you’ve worked in any corporation, then you might be familiar with this madness.

Some guy at the ‘top’ of the company, some exec reads a book about culture and synergy and he gets pumped up on a high. In fact, he starts changing things left and right. Then he gets a bug up his pant leg and he looks at the company structure.

Does he want to change the structure of the company? No, that would be hard. What he wants to do is what I’ve seen so much of at so many companies I’ve worked for – changing position titles.

Instead of calling it Customer Service, now it’s called Customer Success. Or we’re calling it Customer Triumph.

It’s like someone in the company has the job to find a thesaurus and then figure out a different, better seeming word for service, or management or whatever they’re renaming.

What’s sadly funny is when customers have to interact with this re-naming of common job titles.

Customer: “I want to talk to customer service please.”

You: “Sorry, we don’t have a customer service department anymore”

CLICK – the customer hangs up.

You: “We’re calling it customer success now. And it’s the best thing since sliced bread!”

You: “Hello”

It seems like a great idea to rename positions and it might make everyone feel really good about themselves, but in practice it ends up just confusing people.

15 Minutes, Then Get Up, Run Around, Then Sit Down Again

Us office workers have it hard. We sit on our rear ends and work from 9AM to 5PM everyday. Then we come back and do it over and over again until we retire.

But there is apparently a silent but deadly danger lurking right beneath you.

Sitting.

Some info over at lifehacker claims that regular sitting is killing people left and right. It’s supposed to lead to all kinds of cardiovascular problems and it’s eroding your body as we speak.

So if you can’t sit, then what are you supposed to do?

Obviously, standing is a good idea. Or that is what I’ve read. However, if you’ve worked in an office then you know how ridiculous this can be in practice. I compare it to telling a construction worker to take a 15 minute nap every 2 hours he’s working. Or asking an athlete to take it easy.

That’s why I’ve invented an exercise to help all my office bros and chicas around the world live longer. I call it the cheek flex and you won’t even have to get up. What I do is curl my toes about once every 20 minutes. Then I flex my right cheek, then the left, then the right again until I’m feeling limber.

Then tap, tap, tap, I’m typing again.

16 Office Workers Win $58 Million & Again Why Do I Read The News?

Back when I was doing social work, helping troubled youth who’d been kicked out on the street or who had gone through hell and back, I used to participate in the office lottery. Becky or Barbara or whatever the heck her name was, would load up on funds from around the office, and then she’d go drop $30 in lottery tickets for the whole office.

My first week at the job i was so excited with this activity. Yippie, I thought. My chances of winning were huge. Or so I though. About 3 years later I quit working there and I started working as a head hunter.

But I’ll never forget the money wasted on all that office hysteria and how I’ll never do it again for a few reasons.

The first reason is because now whenever I read news like this, 16 office workers win $58 million dollars and now they have to figure out where to cash a big check. Every time I read these stories about super big winnings, I get a little depressed to say the least.

For those people, they have a ‘way out’ of office life. Escape from the cubicle view and probably a comfy rest of their life sipping fruity drinks on some beach somewhere.

It urks me because I still hold out hope that it’s a potential option for getting out of the cubicle. When in reality, offices all over the world are probably dropping group funds on tickets each week. The odds of winning are slim to none. In fact, I used to know a guy who could afford to spend $50 each week on tickets and the most he’s ever won is $100. But he holds out hope that he’ll win – otherwise he wouldn’t even try.

So here’s my life-hack, if you can call it that for every office worker who wants to get out of their cubicle. Stop wasting your $5 a week or $50 a month or whatever you’re spending on these dang tickets. It’s a crap shoot.

If you really want to get out of the cubicle, upgrade your skills. Spend that $50 learning a new skill-set. Put it into practice. Gain some competency and get your butt out of the office.