Category Archives: Events/Presentation

The Lady Project Summit

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You know when you meet a friend-of-a-friend, and you realize you’re about to have a new BFF? It’s such a great feeling, isn’t it? That’s what happened to us here at Batchbook when we got introduced to The Lady Project through a friend at MailChimp. The Lady Project was started in Providence and their mission statement really connected with us – “The Lady Project connects, inspires and showcases awesome women doing amazing things through membership, events and community engagement.” Once we met the co-founder, Sierra Barter, we knew we had to be involved in the organization and their second annual Lady Project Summit here in Providence.

Let’s Get The Party Started

The Summit took place last weekend and we hosted a pre-party at our office where we got to meet some of the attendees before the event. The ladies from Mint set up a pop-up shop filled with vintage treasures which were able to browse while enjoying drinks and appetizers.

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At the Summit

The Summit schedule was full of interesting key-note speakers and there were so many workshops to choose from. I thought I’d give you a few  highlights from the sessions our team attended.

Keynote – Tammy Tibbetts – She’s the First

She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in the developing world with the goal of creating first-generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders.

  • Dream Big – Start Small. Tammy shared how her non-profit started with just one YouTube video.
  • Follow your passion and share it with others. Instead of asking people what they do, ask them “What are you passionate about?”
  • Remember where you came from, be authentic. All the steps you took to get where you are today are part of your story and the person you’ve become.

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Human Rights and Small Business

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Each year, there is an event called Blog Action Day. Bloggers are encouraged to take a pause from their regular content to write about a topic that is important to humanity. This year, the topic is one of the most important of all; human rights.

When we learned the topic of discussion for the 2013 Blog Action Day is human rights, we were honestly a bit stumped. Though our own mission statement includes our desire “to create tools that allow passionate small businesses to build better relationships with their community,” we had never thought of it in terms of human rights. When you are going about your own daily life, running your business, paying your employees, it is easy to assume that basic human rights of all those around you are being met. But this isn’t true throughout the world (or even always right at home).

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How to Stay Human in a High Tech World

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I had the pleasure of speaking at the first annual WomanCon event in Manhattan last week. I always love the chance to head into that spectacular city and spend some time meeting with other small business geeky folks. And I especially enjoyed this trip, as it was a group of women entrepreneurs gathering to share different aspects of the grand game that is business building. I was so inspired by the presentations and the conversations I had there. It is a very collaborative and encouraging community, which comes in very handy when you are working to build a successful business.

I thought I would share my speech with all of you, as I think it pertains to a broader audience of entrepreneurs. I talked about how to keep the human side of your business thriving. These are the original notes I wrote for my speech. I don’t believe in “reading speeches”, so the actual talk itself was an ad-libbed version of this. I even got a bit lost in the mid-to-late slides, so a few parts of these notes were skipped completely in the presentation!

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Inspiring Entrepreneurship at WomanCon

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Are you a Batchbook customer? You should know that we love you. Sure, everyone says that, but it’s really true!

Nothing makes the Batchbook team happier than hearing stories about our customers and your successes. Our customer experience folks share the nice things that you say about Batchbook with our whole team. They send out links to customers’ businesses, so we can all see who we’re working with and all the interesting things that people like you are doing.

Occasionally one of us meets a customer In Real Life™ , and it’s a cause for celebration. So when Pamela got invited to share her story at WomanCon, she knew it wouldn’t just be about her but about you too!

 

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Next Wednesday, when she speaks about her entrepreneurial experience at WomanCon in NYC, she’ll be sprinkling in a few customer stories. We’ve also asked some brilliant women to share a brief paragraph about what inspires them and how they started their journey as entrepreneurs. We had the stories printed on cards so every attendee at WomanCon will get one to be inspired by. Since we know not everyone will make it to NYC next week, I wanted to share the stories here as well.

Alethea Fitzpatrick

Photosanity

When I first became a mom, I fell in love with the process and experience of photographing my new baby. I decided not to return to my career as an architect, but instead started my own photography business, first as a family photographer, and then as a photography coach for parents. I heard from a lot of parents who loved photographing their kids too, but were frustrated with the results, and overwhelmed with what to do with their photos. My passion is to help parents take better photos and more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography. Helping a parent who has been so stuck and frustrated achieve breakthroughs never ceases to amaze and delight me!

Becky McCray

Small Biz Survival

Living in a remote rural area could be called a disadvantage, but I’ve treated it as a strength. Besides my liquor store and my family cattle ranch, I’ve used my small town sense of community to build connections online. Now I speak to international events on rural small business and co-authored an award-winning book, Small Town Rules.

Michelle Ward

When I Grow Up Coach

I help creative women get out of their soul-sucking, energy-draining jobs and into work that feels like play (while still being a grown-up). I’ve done it myself, transitioning out of a Corporate America cubicle (& letting go of my 20 year old dreams of being on Broadway) & into my full-time dream career. I’ve done it for others, coaching ~250 clients personally through their creative career transitions, and hundreds (thousands?) more through my workshops, courses, and workbooks.

Rebecca Rescate

HoodiePillow / CitiKitty / Rebecca Rescate

Its easy to see now, 8 years in, why I started my own business. I have been passionate about the branding and marketing of consumer goods for my lifetime. Start- ing my own business enabled me pursue this passion on my own without waiting for permission, promotion or anymore time to pass. Life is short, go after what you love before another day goes by.

Rosi Amador

Amador Bilingual Voiceovers

I’m a passionate creative solopreneur who recently shifted careers, from singing Latin music with my band for 25 years, to recording voiceovers. As a Latina woman living in the U.S. I always dreamed of using my flawless native Spanish and English, bi-culturalism and love of acting, to serve causes I believe in and to connect with others. I put my spoken voice behind messages that enlighten, motivate and inspire North Americans and Latinos alike. It’s truly a dream come true! I get to be home to parent our twin teenage daughters before they go to college and I am truly grateful despite the challenges of being an entrepreneur.

Susana Fonticoba

I began my business as a computer tutor in 2004 with no knowledge of how to run a business whatsoever. Through the years, relying on the wealth of support from my peers in the NJ Association of Women Business Owners, I’ve been able to survive economic challenges and thrive by keeping my business model nimble. Today I mostly concentrate on providing Online Marketing services to clients although I still help them on-board with many of today’s tech tools. I believe you have to listen to what your target market is asking for – with their purchasing dollars – and be ready to augment your services to provide it.

 

It’s all about you…

We’d love to add your story to our blog. If you’d like to contribute, let us know. The content for WomanCon is female specific, but we’re equal opportunity story tellers here and we’d like to hear from everyone. You can also read some of our stories, if you’d like.

Interested in attending WomanCon? Who wouldn’t be? We have a discount code you can use for $50 off registration: BATCHBOOK50. Please say “hello” to Pamela if you go. The Batchbook team will be waiting to hear all about it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your CRM Holds The Secret to Event Success

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Wondering how to get more of the right people to attend an event you are hosting? Start by mining your contact data. Find people that share similar interests and market the event directly to them. Whether you are hosting a fundraiser, sales demo, concert, food tasting or whatever, inviting the right people can mean the difference between a full house and looking around at empty seats.

And after the event, doing the right follow up in a timely fashion can help you book more sales or get more repeat attendance. Your CRM can help you find the right people to invite and to nurture strong relationships with them long after the curtain comes down on your event.

We will be joining Eventbrite this Wednesday for a free webinar which will show you how to be more successful with your next event.

3 WAYS TO SUPERCHARGE TICKET SALES WITH DATA

 

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Batchbook and Eventbrite will present a free webinar on collecting and managing your data around events.  Taking place on May 28th at 11AM PT / 2PM ET, this free webinar will present clear strategies and tactics around how to use data to supercharge sales for your next event.

In this webinar, we’ll give answers to these data questions:

  • What information should I be collecting?
  • How should I store my data?
  • What is the most effective way to use my data to drive sales?

Register here.

Tips for Sales Emails

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Recently we teamed up with Chris Wolfel from Yesware for a webinar on how to sell via email. More and more, sales are taking place via email. This webinar provides actionable tips on how you can improve your sales emails.

Get These Sales Emails Tips:

  • Recognize the stage of awareness your lead is in so you can send just the right email
  • Find out what the most important part of any sales email is
  • See how you can structure your emails so they get read and responded to
  • Learn how to speak to your prospects more personally
  • Discover the right time to send a sales email

 

You can watch the whole webinar for free below. Just make sure you get your notepad (or iPad) ready to takes notes, because this webinar is packed full of actionable advice!

Sell Like a Pro with Email

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**Update: Watch a recording of this webinar

Are you using email effectively to close more sales for your small business? With over 140 billion emails being sent every day, you need to make sure yours stand out.

Just winging every email is not the way. In a recent post titled How to Close More Deals with Lean Email, Chris Wolfel from Yesware suggests that you should build your emails with purpose and test to make sure they are working.

Join Us This Wednesday

 

Learn How to Sell Via Email - Webinar July 24th, 3pm EDT

Chris will be joining us this Wednesday, July 24th, at 3pm EDT for our next free webinar, where he will be sharing some useful tips on email selling, including:

  • What stages to send an email and what types of emails to send
  • How to get your sales emails opened and read
  • When you should be sending emails

 

Find out how you can sell more effectively via email and how you can streamline the process so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for every lead.

We will also be doing a brief demo of how Yesware and Batchbook work together, so you can move easily from sales conversation to customer relationship building.

Yesware is a tool that sits right inside Gmail and helps you manage your sales emails. Easily create and use templates, track your pipeline, and save important emails to Batchbook with Yesware’s handy CRM button.

Get registered!

Meet Three Small Business Superheroes!

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We spent June 17-21, National Small Business Week, searching for some Superheroes. Our 6th annual Small Business Superhero contest has come to a close and we had so many wonderful entries that it wasn’t easy for the Batchbook staff to come up with just three winners. As always, the competition was fierce and we all had our favorites. I’d like to introduce our three winners to you!

Winner of The Business Package – Stephanie Magee, Coastal Dog Apparel

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Stephanie’s Superpower is “Superhuman Vision: You have the vision to see your future success! ”

In answer to the question, “How does your superpower help you run your business?”, Stephanie said:

“Coastal Dog Apparel- Anti Chafe Swimwear for boys & men features a unique design focusing on comfort, durability, and, of course, preventing chafing. Not only is Coastal Dog Made In The USA, but 100% of our profits are donated to charity. From the start of Coastal Dog last year, my vision has always been, not only to help boys and men enjoy their time at the beach & pool, but through the success of the company we will help children in need by donating 100% of profits to charity. This vision has been on my mind since I started the company and it is what keeps me motivated each and every day:)”

Woot! Dogs, kids & charity! We really love what Stephanie is doing.

Winner of the  The Marketing Package – Anthony McAlister, McAlister Arts

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What’s Anthony’s Superpower, you ask? “Omnipresence: You are always there to save the day!”

How does that help him run McAlister Arts?

“My business is artist management (talent management for classical musicians). My clients are my ‘customers’ and are therefore my primary concern. When a talented artist takes on a manager he/she is putting an extraordinary degree of trust in that individual, trust that they will represent their interests well, with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. Classical musicians, like many artists, are often at a loss as to how to further their own careers and how to manage all of the promotional, administrative, marketing, and technological demands that entails. My job is to be there for my clients, to be 100% committed to their careers and the art they produce but also to give 100% of my physical and intellectual energy to serve them. I am everywhere in the sense that I am always available to my clients, by phone, email, or in person, but also in the sense that I am always thinking about them and about new, more effective ways of promoting them and increasing their profiles in the world of classical music. I’m not a superhero. I just really love what I do and the people for whom I do it!”

We just can’t resist folks who love their customers and love what they do!

Winner of The Tech Package – Shannon Jones Janeczek, PublishSavvy

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Shannon’s Superpower is “Duplication: You get so much done, it’s like there are two of you!”

Shannon said, “There are days I certainly wish there were two of me… between a full-time job, 2 part-time jobs, taking care of 2 preschoolers, a dog, and a husband who hates both laundry and grocery shopping, I definitely have to squeeze in any little tasks I can, whenever I can.”

The kids, the dog, the laundry! We hear you Shannon, it’s hard to do it all.

We couldn’t have run this contest without the help of our friends from 99 designs, BoostSuite, Cazoomi, DirectMailManager.com, edocr, Emma, Formstack, Freshbooks, Grasshopper, Google Gooru, Janrain, MOO, Olark
RightSignature, ScreenSteps Live, Shoeboxed and Silver Lining Limited. Thanks to everyone who entered. It’s never easy to pick the winners because we think all small business owners are Superheroes!

Building a Community of Customers with Batchbook’s Disqus Integration

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If you haven’t had time to dig in to our Disqus integration, you are missing out on a really useful way to connect with your customers. We have a 30 minute webinar scheduled on Wednesday, 6/26 at 1:00pm EDT to quickly bring you up to speed on how and why this integration can help you build a stronger community. Our CEO, Pamela O’Hara and Ro Gupta, Vice President, Business Development at Disqus will lead you through the benefits of the integration and will take your questions.

 

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Your customers are your best resource. Building a strong community of customers can help you make better decisions, build a much more loyal customer base, and grow your business through rabid fans. Use tools like Disqus to monitor and engage with customers who take time to leave comments, and Batchbook to bring everything together to build a deeper, long-lasting relationship with each customer.

Please take a moment to sign up for the free webinar. And bring your questions! We’d love to help your community become even stronger with Batchbook’s Disqus integration.

Calling All Small Business Superheroes

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We think that every single person who runs a small business is a superhero. At times, it seems like you are carrying the world on your shoulders and you probably can’t count how often a quick decision on your part saved the day! To celebrate you, we are hosting our 6th Annual Small Business Superhero contest!

6th Annual Small Business Superhero Contest

This week is the 50th anniversary of the SBA’s National Small Business Week, so we have pulled out all of the stops for this year’s contest. Three lucky superheroes will win awesome prize packages for their small businesses. Plus, every single entrant will receive 50 free Moo cards (excludes shipping) and free access to Silver Lining Limited’s summer bootcamp (a $299 value) which will help businesses overcome the problem of “too little time, too little money.”

As you may have guessed, our contest centers on the theme of superheroes. To enter, you simply need to choose your superpower and then let us know how it helps you run your business.

You will be choosing from these awesome superpowers:

  • Empathy: You know when to give a hug
  • Omnipresence: You are always there to save the day
  • Superhuman speed: You make decisions faster than a speeding bullet
  • Superhuman vision: You have super vision to see your future success
  • Technopathy: You know your way around any new technology
  • Time travel: You rescue your employees from time-wasting meetings
  • Duplication: You get so much done, it’s like there are two of you
  • Superhuman energy: Your energy keeps the whole business humming

 

To join, just head over to our Facebook page and fill out the form. Join now!

Our 3 Small Business Makeover Prize Packages are:

The Business Package

  • 1 year Large Batchbook account
  • $300.00 Grasshopper Credit
  • 1 year RightSignature Business account
  • 1 year Formstack Professional Plan
  • 1 year FreshBooks Evergreen Plan
  • $50.00 MOO credit
  • Google Gooru Consultation (Free 1-hour Gmail Productivity Training Session & Free 1-hour Google Drive Productivity Training Session)
  • 99designs Power Pack (includes complimentary half-hour design consultation with a branding team)
  • Free Lifetime access to SLAPcenter business training platform

 

The Marketing Package

  • Free logo from 99designs (includes complimentary half-hour design consultation with a branding team)
  • $100.00 Grasshopper Credit
  • 1 yr. Edocr Business Account
  • BoostSuite Web Marketing Consultation
  • Batchbook Cloud Help Consultation
  • $250.00 MOO credit
  • 3 Months of DirectMail Manager & $100.00 credit
  • 3 months free Large Batchbook account
  • 1 year free Emma account

 

The Tech Package

  • 1 yr Cazoomi SyncApps account
  • $200.00 Grasshopper Credit
  • Unlimited users account with Janrain Engage
  • $100.00 MOO credit
  • Free 99designs Pro Tools (includes complimentary half-hour design consultation with a branding team)
  • 1 year ScreenSteps Live Plus plan
  • 4 months free of Olark’s “Lost Silver” plan
  • 3 months free Large Batchbook account
  • 1 year free Shoeboxed Classic plan

 

Enter the contest now!