What an honor to be a two-time recipient of the “2012 Constant Contact All Star Award.” The award is granted to a user of their product and is based upon criteria including:
I have been using Constant Contact as my primary email marketing company since 2001 and have always recommended the company to my clients. I’m also a Business Partner with them, helping my clients set up their own newsletters, creating templates, developing segmented mailing lists and helping to maintain mailings for them. It’s funny, maybe this award will help my clients understand why I’m such a stickler about their own email marketing and why I’m always talking about the best ways to grow permission-based lists.
I love doing business locally when at all possible. The fact that Constant Contact is based in Waltham, Massachusetts appealed to me when I researched the top email marketing companies. Equally important is the quality of customer service they provide by phone, email, e-chat, webinars, tutorials and local workshops.
So, thanks again Constant Contact – and mostly, thanks to all my newsletter readers. If you didn’t open my mail, I never would be receiving this award! You’re the best!!!
A few weeks ago I started running for the first time in my life, first very privately, and slowly having the courage to tell others what I’m doing. This month I shared a little of my progress on Facebook and in my newsletter. Sharing seems to help me commit to the process and it does feel good to receive encouragement from others.
Today, when my (Couch25K) program said I was to run for 20 minutes without stopping, I immediately thought something was wrong with the app. I’m used to troubleshooting technology issues, of course! After all, the longest interval I’ve done so far is 8 minutes. Why would they think I’m ready for 20 minutes? After determining that the app was indeed correct, I reluctantly tied my running shoes (funny, I used to just called them shoes) and started the timer.
As I passed the 8 minute mark I began to get a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to complete the run. I started thinking about how self-doubt is such a destructive emotion, particularly for small business owners who often work (and think) alone. It can prevent us from taking on new challenges, learning new ways to be better at our business, even stop us from taking our business to the next level. I began to push the self-doubt away and concentrated on relaxing my leg muscles and focused on my breathing while looking at the squirrels running across the road.
When I checked my timer again I had passed the 12 minute mark and actually felt really good. I smiled as I thought, “I think I’ve gotten my second wind.” Although I’ve used the phrase before, often after overcoming writer’s block or having plowed through a tedious project, I’d never really known what it felt like. It is thought that “getting your second wind” may be the result endorphins being released, or by the body finding balance. Whatever the reason, it felt good and made me want to reach my next goal.
Liz Provo, Mass Marketing Resources.