The holidays are a great time for businesses and
nonprofits to express appreciation and connect with customers, donors,
and clients in a more personal way. Instead of your standard social
media post with the same old boring and predictable
graphic, share a heartwarming video to express your appreciation. A
holiday video can bring a smile, a laugh, make someone tear-up, or
simply remind your customers of the great things you’ve shared this
year. Either way, it’s much more memorable than a simple
picture or text. A bonus for creating a video is that you can also
load it on your website and share it in an email too!
It does not have to be a professional production…
use your phone and make it festive and fun!… Read the rest
WHAT IS CHRONIC/INVISIBLE
ILLNESS? MEMBER BLOG
CONTRIBUTED BY DEBORAH TUTTLE-NEEF of AN ENDURING NEW COMPASS
invisible illness is a term for any medical condition that isn’t easily visible
to others. Just because you cannot see a person’s illness doesn’t mean they
don’t have one; Just because symptoms aren’t physically there when looking at a
person struggling, doesn’t mean they are not struggling internally.
Chronic/invisible illnesses have no cure and tend to ebb and flow in severity —
some days, weeks, and months go really well, and during others it’s difficult
to work, socialize, and function, confusing those who can’t “see” why one day
is good and another a challenge. This includes chronic physical conditions such
as arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and others (see a short list below).… Read the rest
Do you have 2 to 50 employees? If so, we have great news for you!
Your Chamber has been working tirelessly for well over 2 years and with the assistance from our very own Gladys Boutwell of WHA Insurance, the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce has the first endorsed health plan!
What does that mean? It means that if you are a member of a Chamber of Commerce, like ours, and that Chamber is a member of the Oregon State Chamber, which we are, you can sign up for this health plan for your business and employees. This plan allows for a reduced rate to be passed along to members with 2-50 employees!
According to research by Deloitte, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct corporate culture is important to a business’ success. Team building activities are a great way to build positive workplace culture, boost the morale of employees, and also increase the success of your business.
Every company can benefit from having company events. It doesn’t matter if you’re a large organization or a small start-up or what industry you’re in. Overall, team building in the workplace enables better communication, better relationships and ultimately increases productivity.
Guest Blog Contributed by Chamber Member Kyle Bunch of American Family Insurance
If you want to build lasting, meaningful relationships with your customers, it’s important to pay attention to their needs. Improve your business by focusing on your client’s story — exploring their frustrations and their joy — and that can help you understand what drives them. You’re also able to build empathy for your clients by interacting with them regularly, and that feedback can help you create a strategy for retention.
To win repeat buyers and build brand loyalty, as a business owner, you’ve got to be able to anticipate customers’ practical and emotional desires and respond to them. That means seeking out as many points of contact as possible to really appreciate your customer’s buying behavior.… Read the rest