Avoiding the “Gotcha Syndrome” of Marriage

Too often in marriage the couple may slip into what we refer to as the “Gotcha Syndrome.” After a period of time, a certain level of comfort sets in and the two start to do things they make it appear they have changed.

But they did not change. Instead the level of comfort creates a complacency in the marriage. Examples we hear most are things like a husband who may stop doing dishes, or forget birthdays. A wife who may not cook favorite meals on special occasions or be as physical.

This happens because the level of comfort leads to the feeling of I “gotcha” and can ease off a bit.

It is no secret that a major key to a happy marriage is keeping the flames alive, and not just in the bedroom. Husbands, make dinner reservations at a nice place and surprise her and take a day off work and go to a movie and lunch with your wife. Wives, slip a note in his lunch and maybe you can take a day off to take him to lunch and a movie (or take him lunch).

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It is continuing to do the things which won over the person you love which we keep that love alive.

Take a moment today and tell that special someone how much you love them.

You’ll be glad you did.

Checklist Prior To Notarization

Before scheduling an appointment with a Notary Public, there are a few key items that you must bring with you.

1. Item to be notarized, unsigned if a signature is required.

2. Proper picture identification. Proper identification includes, but is not limited to Driver’s License, Military or other Government issued ID Cards, and School Issued Identification Cards.

3.  A “credible witness” when in doubt about a person’s identity, or in lieu of proper identification. A “credible witness” is any person who personally knows the signer of a document. The Notary Public should likewise personally know the credible witness. The credible witness may, under oath from the Notary Public, attest to the identity of the document signer. Remember, the credible witness should be impartial to the transaction being notarized. If using a “credible witness” it is wise to notify the Notary Public prior to the appointment as many have a separate document they use.

The Notary Public will witness the signing of the document and affix the Notary Public seal at that time.

If your document is to be filed by a certain date with any agencies or court, it is wise to choose a Notary Public whose commission does not expire prior to the filing date, or up to 30 days thereafter. This is not a law or rule, but can help avoid issues later.

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Do Your Customers “Follow” You?

Years ago your customers would call your business to ask about your daily specials, read the newspaper for the sales ads you would pay to have published, or they would stop by to comparison shop with your competitors’ prices in mind. Social media has changed all of that.

Now your customers and potential customers can find this same information in their social media news feed, or can “tweet” a question to you.

Marketing, Sioux Falls, Mitchell, Brandon, Brookings, Social Media, Social Media MarketingBut are you there, where they are? Are you the one gaining their business or are your competitors? How are you reaching them, going to them, giving them what they are seeking without them coming to you?

 

Now is the best time to start your social media presence. As Facebook and Twitter grow in South Dakota, and more people are turning to Pinterest for the answers they seek, your business can build your presence before your competition does.

We can help you with professionally created and managed Facebook and Twitter accounts, for as low as $10 a month. Additional options include a presence on Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, Google+, and more depending on the needs of your business. We also work to increase your presence on sites or apps which allow reviews of your business and products.

If you are interested, you can request a free, no cost, no obligation consultation to determine how social media can best benefit your small business, please call or text: (605) 681-6877, email marketing@ontheprairie.agency, or visit:http://ontheprairie.agency/marketing/

Does The Idea Of Having A Website Intimidate You?

Are you considering a website for your business, but feel intimidated with the lingo? Will your website be responsive? What hosting service should you use? How will you build the site, add pages, posts, and various features you need?

Relax. That is where we come in. We would be as overwhelmed in trying to develop a supply chain flow, choosing a vendor for produce/products we need, meal planning, menu development, real estate contracts, pipe fittings, barber blade usage, and so many other things that are the specialties each of you reading this hold.

At On The Prairie Marketing, we understand the needs and concerns of other small businesses. Just as your small business operates to provide the best service at the lowest prices to meet your customers’ needs, we also operate on that same principle.

If you are considering a website, we will offer a free consultation and develop a prototype for your review before you make the commitment for your business to expand.

For websites and Social Media packages, we have some of South Dakota’s lowest rates.

If you have ever looked at having a website designed for your business, odds are you found prices from $500 to a $1,000, or even more. Our prices start as low as $120 and offer much more than their lowest priced packages. Does that mean we offer less? No.

Basic website (Up to 10 pages, full support by our On The Prairie Staff, one website change per month, and unlimited email accounts for only $120 per year (can be paid quarterly).

Additional options can include “Daily Specials” or “Weekly Specials” website updates, additional pages, and adding an online store to allow customers to order from their homes (online store prices will vary based on needs).

All websites will be designed to fit the wants and needs of the business owner.

Basic Social Media includes at least professionally created and managed Facebook and Twitter accounts, with at least 2 postings per week (approved by the business owner).  The Business Owner will also have access to create/edit postings and respond to messages (owner will be notified by On The Prairie Marketing when messages arrive or if any posts require their attention). The Basic Social Media package is just $10 per month (billed monthly).

Additional options include other social media platforms, increased amounts of postings, and sponsored (boosted) posts.

The Basic Website bundled with the Basic Social Media package is only $200 per year when bundled.

All price quotes will include applicable taxes. Rates do not increase to “Regular” rates after an introductory period. The Basic and any Add On rates quoted are guaranteed.

If just $10 a month is affordable, then consider whether your business needs a website. 

To request free, no cost, no obligation consultation to determine how a website can best benefit your small business, please call or text: (605) 681-6877, email marketing@ontheprairie.agency, or visit: http://ontheprairie.agency/marketing/

Time Management

“Time. I just need more time.”

I Need More Time

Have you ever found yourself saying this while trying to meet deadlines at work? The main causes of not meeting deadlines are those little “ankle biter” tasks that pop up throughout your day, and neglected obligations from earlier commitments.

The biggest questions our Sales Trainers are asked are “How do I avoid those?” or “How do I still get them done without missing my deadlines?”

The truth is, you will never “avoid” the “ankle biters” and additional tasks unless you are able to clearly demonstrate that you are already tasked out.

The answer to getting them done without missing deadlines is to organize your tasks at hand to intertwine them with your main priorities and obligations. Without fitting them into a plan developed to succeed, you will most likely fail or lose time while working to succeed.

Our proven Time Management Quadrant System allows you to organize what must be done, and when, to ensure you meet your deadlines, do not miss any obligations, and avoid those “ankle biters” from causing your delay.

It is a very simple, easy to use system which divides out the workload and the time constraints to accomplish them. It is as simple as “A, B, C, & D.” The question we ask you is, “Can you afford to not use a Time Management technique which will help you meet those deadlines and end the stress?”

Does My Business Need A Website?

Have you found yourself pondering the question, “Does my business need a website?”

If you have asked yourself this question, the obvious answer is then, “If you are asking yourself, then your business probably does.”

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Here are 5 reasons your business should have a website:

1.  Your main competitors do (or do not) have a website. Either be the first or be the best. This is perhaps the most important reason to consider having a website.

If your competition has a website, are you trying to stay competitive? Do you want to have an edge by not only having a website, but a better website which is more interactive? Potential new customers are looking for a reason to give their hard-earned money to the business which offers the most for less.

If your competition does not have websites, are you ready to be the first, a pioneer in your area and industry? Having a website when others do not will allow you to stand out and your customers will take notice.

Not having a website could cost you business. A lack of a good website could be a missed opportunity. Speaking of missing opportunities, remember that you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

2.  According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses with a website generate 39% more revenue every year than those without a website.

3.  Credibility with potential customers. Current customers already know your business and quality of service. A website allows potential customers to preview your business, products, and possibly reviews of your business. A website gives the perception that you are serious about your business and your dedication to your customers. In business, perception is everything.

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4.    “Google It” is the catch phrase for conducting internet research before making a decision about which businesses to visit. If your business relies on at least 10% of new customers from outside your area, then it is important to help
those customers find you. Having a website is convenient for those looking for what you offer and allows you to provide more information to fit their particular needs than traditional radio, television, print, or billboard advertising will do. “You can say more, with less.”


5.   A website offers flexibility in your advertising to instantly communicate with the public. Monthly or weekly deals can be updated easily. Daily specials can be posted to allow both regular and potential customers to stay up to date on your offers.

     Websites run 24 hours a day and can have updates scheduled for you, freeing up your time. Unlike other forms of advertising, websites do not leave surplus advertising literature, allows one change/update to reach everyone, and websites are easy to locate again-unlike business cards or flyers which often get misplaced.

     Social media can be integrated with a website to extend your reach. Combining the power of a website and social media can double the reach of just a website alone.

According to an article in  Inc. magazine, over half of all small businesses do not have a website. Many small business owners believe they do not have the time for a website, or that a website will cost too much.

If a website availability were low-cost, and not take away any of your time, would your business have a website? Would you consider just $10 a month low-cost enough to have a professionally managed website?

For websites and Social Media packages, we have some of South Dakota’s lowest rates.

If you have ever looked at having a website designed for your business, odds are you found prices from $500 to a $1,000, or even more. Our prices start as low as $120 and offer much more than their lowest priced packages. Does that mean we offer less? No.

At On The Prairie Marketing, we are also a small business. We understand the needs and concerns of other small businesses. Just as your small business operates to provide the best service at the lowest prices to meet your customers’ needs, we also operate on that same principle.

Basic website (Up to 10 pages, full support by our On The Prairie Staff, one website change per month, and unlimited email accounts for only $120 per year (can be paid quarterly).

Additional options can include “Daily Specials” or “Weekly Specials” website updates, additional pages, and adding an online store to allow customers to order from their homes (online store prices will vary based on needs).

All websites will be designed to fit the wants and needs of the business owner.

Basic Social Media includes at least professionally created and managed Facebook and Twitter accounts, with at least 2 postings per week (approved by the business owner).  The Business Owner will also have access to create/edit postings and respond to messages (owner will be notified by On The Prairie Marketing when messages arrive or if any posts require their attention). The Basic Social Media package is just $10 per month (billed monthly).

Additional options include other social media platforms, increased amounts of postings, and sponsored (boosted) posts.

The Basic Website bundled with the Basic Social Media package is only $200 per year when bundled.

All price quotes will include applicable taxes. Rates do not increase to “Regular” rates after an introductory period. The Basic and any Add On rates quoted are guaranteed.

If just $10 a month is affordable, then consider whether your business needs a website. 

To request free, no cost, no obligation consultation to determine how a website can best benefit your small business, please call or text: (605) 681-6877, email marketing@ontheprairie.agency, or visit: http://ontheprairie.agency/marketing/