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If your front door is kicked in….

You have less than 15 seconds before the burglar is in your master bedroom.
No Joke. If you want to avoid being a victim, follow this advice, ESPECIALLY # 10.
1. Put a “beware of dog” sign in an obvious spot on your property.
2. Use timers to turn on lights and appliances while you are not home.

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3. Set your alarm.
4. Have security cameras installed on your front porch and over your driveway.
5. Lock your vehicles.
6. Plant “thorny bushes” below windows.
7. Make sure the outside of your house is well-lit.
8. Keep your garage door closed.
9. Don’t put merchandise boxes out with your trash.
10. IF SOMEONE KNOCKS, BE SURE TO ANSWER! Even if it is to say “I’m on the phone, just a minute!” MOST burglars knock first! No answer? They kick in the door!

Please take a minute to look up more safety tips! There are so many great ones out there and you can never bee too safe or too prepared!

And, as always, security cameras don’t lie!

Thieves, crooks and burglars, OH MY!

We hear stories all of the time from our customers about catching employees stealing, discovering kids are not behaving and so many other little surprises. I thought it would be a good idea to start sharing some of those with you! How about a story of 2 low life thugs stealing Christmas from a 6 year old girl? THEN trashing the Christmas tree AND stealing a firearm!?

If you recognize the crooks, PLEASE notify the police or see the email info in the pictures. These guys are local. Someone will know who they are.

This story made national news! Check it out. Click here>>> Chief DataCom Client Makes National News

To kiss or not to kiss..

As a business owner who is very connected to the community I have the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people. I attend 3-6 networking or community type events per week and have decided that “someone” needs to have the nerve to talk about some networking boundaries.

For the sake of ease, I am going to relate networking to dating.

Think back to your first crush; every time you saw him or her, your heart would beat just a little faster. You would see them on the playground, in the cafeteria and if you were lucky… on the bus. You longed for that moment when you might get to touch hands or maybe even kiss! Yes, I said it. Kiss.

What does kissing have to do with networking?

We all have those people that we really want or need to connect with. The owner of a certain company, the decision maker at a firm; we all have “that” person we long to meet and make a much desired business connection. However, so many business owners “lean in for the kiss” before ever asking your name or what it is that you do!

When I say “lean in for the kiss” I am referring to a couple of common premature actions that many people make. One of the most common is randomly handing out business cards. I know, you want to get your name and number in front of as many people as possible, right?

Let’s think about this in reference to dating. What would we think about a man or woman who went to a singles group and started handing out their number to everyone? Or what if they were asking everyone for their number? Sounds a little forward doesn’t it? What about that person who asks everyone they meet for a lunch date?

“Let’s do lunch”

I understand that this is a very common and in some circles an accepted way to get to know someone. BUT, lunch is intimate. It really is. Think about eating in general; we have holidays, birthdays, date night, funerals… they are all tied together with the intimacy of eating food. Personally, I do not feel comfortable AT ALL sitting down with someone I have never met or barely know and eating. It is uncomfortable. What should I order? What if they are not hungry? Or they’re a vegan? What if I get food stuck in my teeth and don’t know? What if the service is poor? What if the conversation is uninteresting and I am stuck with them for an hour? What if they expect me to pay?

Alternative? Meet for coffee. Meet in a group setting such as following a networking event. Meet at your office. And, ALWAYS set a start and end time. Then honor it. It is incredibly frustrating when I meet with someone who totally disregards the time. I’m busy. You’re busy. Let’s be considerate of each other’s schedules.

Here’s my rule: Don’t eat lunch with anyone that you would hesitate to tell them “hey, you have a big piece of spinach between your teeth.”

And, finally, the last boundary I would like to talk about; STOP trying to sell your product to EVERYONE! As great as your product is, it is NOT for everyone! And people who choose not to buy from you are entitled to spend their money as they see fit. I do not care how healthy, affordable, competitive, lucrative you product is! I have the right NOT to buy it. However, much like dating, if you take the time to develop a relationship with me and my business I may send you referrals. I may not buy from you, but chances are I know people who will!

Please feel free to share your comments!

8 Ways Chief DataCom Can Help You Blog

I’m Tim Priebe, owner of T&S Web Design. One of my areas of expertise is business blogging. Many business owners that intend to blog regularly on their website end up not doing so because they experience writer’s block, and can’t come up with a topic.

So for all those business owners out there that read the Chief DataCom blog, here are eight different potential topics, with examples directly from the Chief DataCom blog itself.

Introduction

Simple enough, your first blog entry can be an introduction describing your business.

Example: Welcome to Chief DataCom!

Overview of a Product or Service

Describe a product or service you provide in more detail than you do on your website. Go into some detail about the reasons people frequently purchase it from you.

Example: My phone, my productivity

Tell a Story about a Mistake

Truth be known, compelling stories often come from our mistakes, or even those of customers. But that’s no reason not to use them! They still provide a great warning. Of course, if it was a customer who made the mistake, don’t share their name.

Example: Video Surveillance in the News

Promote a Nonprofit

Almost anyone gets their heartstrings tugged by one nonprofit or another. Help out a nonprofit that’s near and dear to your own heart by promoting them on your blog. And if your feeling particularly generous (like Chief DataCom), donate a percentage of your sales!

Example: Generosity

Share a Video Blog

Think you can’t video blog? Try sharing someone else’s video! When others create videos and share them online, they usually want others to spread them around. So find a video related to your industry on a site like YouTube, and post it on your own blog.

Example: The FBI and video surveillance

Top 10 List

Top ten lists are easy for people to scan and read quickly. And they can be longer or shorter than ten items as well. The title lets your readers know exactly what to expect out of the blog entry. Perhaps best of all, they’ve proven time and time again to be a popular format with readers.

Example: 10 Reasons to Upgrade Your Phone System

Staff Profile

You may not have a staff section on your website. Or maybe you do, but you don’t go into great detail. Whatever the case, take a blog entry out to highlight the background of a particular staff member.

Example: He put the “Chief” in Chief DataCom

Customer Testimonial

Your customers may share feedback with you, or you may have to write their testimonial for them. Just make sure you get it approved! Whatever the case, nothing helps prove how awesome you are than someone else saying it.

Example: No, Thank YOU. A testimonial.

So what are you waiting for? Get blogging today so people can get to know you and your business better.

If you’d like free, ongoing advice on marketing with your website, social media and other online tools, sign up for our email newsletter on the T&S Web Design website.

 

This Means War….. Snack Wars!!!

In addition to owning and operating the most awesome video surveillance & telecom company, we also try to get involved in the community as much as possible. Having 5 kids, we tend to be drawn to family oriented groups and projects! Here is a segment from FOX that aired today about “Snack Wars”, a project focused on healthy eating for kids.

Snack Wars part 1

Snack Wars part 2

What Does a Bad Employee Really Cost?

We have all heard horror stories about bad employees: theft, drug and alcohol use, non-productivity and all kinds of things! But, do we really know what employing one of these people costs us?

For years, I have listened to business owners complain: “I know we have theft, I just don’t know what to do about it.”, or “I wish I could be a fly on the wall and know what really happens when I leave for the day!” or “I just don’t know who I can trust. It is always he said, she said!”

Now, I have a few new stories to share. Have you ever heard a restaurant owner complain because they were missing dishes? I heard 2 stories last week about this very issue. In one case, the manager (yes, I said MANAGER) was stealing dishes and taking them home for his personal use! And in another case, the dish washers would throw dishes away when they would get behind on their duties! What!? Does this really happen? I thought I had heard it all!

Bad employees can cost so much more than one might think. Losing just 1 of your regular customers due to bad service can really add up! Think about it. That guy that comes in every Wednesday and spends $25 (you know who I am talking about). Let’s say one of your employees doesn’t take care of him because they are “on break” or in a bad mood. That employee just cost you $1300 a year. That is just ONE bad employee losing ONE customer. What if this happens multiple times?

These situations are not at all uncommon. It happens all of the time! In every possible business setting.
Video surveillance can be the manager that works for you 24/7/365 with no OT pay! This “manager” will always tell you the truth about what goes on, and would increase your customer service and employee productivity.
What does one BAD employee cost? A lot more than a VERY GOOD video surveillance system!

Video surveillance works!

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