November 2008 Blog Posts (35)

Bringing more emotion and objectivity to technology conversations

I have spent many years in technology and have done many things, but I find the most fulfilling experiences I have had is when I am being fully emotionally present and highly objective with others. This is what I have grown to realize is missing all too often within this industry. My goal is to bring more emotional presence and objectivity to the technical world, one customer/one conversation at a time. I want to spread this ability to everyone I engage with, no matter I "do" for them. I simply… Continue

Added by Jeff Gaff on November 30, 2008 at 11:16pm — No Comments

The greatest compliment -- 5 Steps to imact your network

I had heard about Christine Spray for about a year before I was able to schedule a one-on-one with her. She is a busy lady. Her reputation as a go-getter revenue generating wonder preceded her. I knew I needed to meet her and figure out what works for her and of that what I could implement. I couldn't have been more wrong that what she could teach me might be so limited.

I have since enjoyed a very good professional relationship with Christine and I have learned most from her… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on November 29, 2008 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Pixel Creative Group Relocates to Galleria Area

HOUSTON — Pixel Creative Group, with more than 30 years of design, marketing and advertising experience, has moved to the prestigious Galleria area.

Pixel Creative Group evolved from the award-winning Gluth, Weaver Design and John Weaver Design organizations, which have produced award-winning materials for some of Houston’s largest and most visible corporations. The firm was established in 1996 and was located on the west side of Houston for a dozen years before relocating to the… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 28, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Best Practices in using webinars to generate leads

Management Summary:

Webinars can be very effective and efficient small business lead generators. To maximize

your return on investment, target narrowly, develop rich and specific content that

addresses small business pain points, promote strategically, and react on the data

immediately. Expect leads in the tens and hundreds but anticipate the high relative

conversion to sales rates.

The Facts


According to Warrillow… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 28, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Pixel Creative Group Receives Honors at BMA’s Lantern Awards of Texas

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Pixel Creative Group is pleased to announce it received several awards, including top honors in two categories, at this year’s BMA Houston Lantern Awards of Texas gala held at The Petroleum Club of Houston.

Pixel Creative Group dominated the “Corporate Identity Logo and Stationery Packages” category with three of the four final pieces in the competition produced by Pixel Creative Group. The work for Lentini Creative Communications received an Award of… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 28, 2008 at 10:28pm — No Comments

Best Practices for Optimizing Web Advertising Effectiveness

Web advertising first appeared in 1994.1 Eleven years later, in 2005, U.S. companies spent $12.5 billion advertising online.2 No longer is that the irrational money of venture-backed startups with dubious business models; according to Nielsen//NetRatings, 25% of all display ads in 2005 promoted Fortune 500 companies. Advertisers already spent double the amount

online that they spent in 2005 on billboards and other outdoor advertising and roughly half of what they spent respectively on… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 28, 2008 at 10:27pm — No Comments

How to Get Referrals Galore

Everybody loves referrals. They’re easier to close than non-referrals, make quicker buying decisions and tend to be more loyal—in short, they can often become your most profitable customers. Trouble is, referrals are also elusive. Even a likable person with plenty of integrity and knowledge won’t see an influx of referrals if her or she doesn’t implement the appropriate strategy.

“It’s worth taking the time to understand why most referral efforts don’t work,” reports Michael Beck in… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 28, 2008 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving -- What are you thankful for?

I am grateful for

o a family and a house to live with them in.

o cars and gas

o work to pay the bills and give over the top

o friends like those on InHouston

o nameless soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have and continue to make the ultimate sacrifice and lay down their lives for my freedom. One vet to veterans, active duty military and the families that support them, thank you for your sacrifice. May you be blessed beyond your imagination for laying down your… Continue

Added by Eric Standlee on November 26, 2008 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

When Lean & Six Sigma Won't Work

It’s encouraging to see the popularity (and staying power) of six sigma and lean manufacturing in American business these days. Both methodologies have been fairly mainstream for the last several years and it is not unusual for companies to list them among their high level strategic initiatives. It has also very common to see job listings with requirements for certifications in one or both methods.

With this high level of attention given to these philosophies, we should begin to see… Continue

Added by Gregg Stocker on November 25, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Do We Need a New Survey for Our Home Purchase/Refinance?

Do We Need a New Survey?

A survey for a standard lot and block property usually runs about $375. You can save money if the seller is able to provide a survey that is acceptable to both the title company and the lender. Here are some things the title company will look for:

• The survey is less than 10 years old.

• The survey was made by a Registered Professional Land Surveyor.

• The survey is dated and signed by the surveyor.

• The survey is stamped with a… Continue

Added by Megan Collins on November 25, 2008 at 8:45am — No Comments

Give news to get pub

I've been pitched at and pitched but I've never played baseball.

The game played is news gathering and, as someone who's been on both sides, I wanted to pass on some quick tips on how to get publicity

Journalists are human, too

Assignment editors at TV stations, city editors at newspapers, news directors at radio stations are busy humans. E-mails, invitations, faxes, news releases virtually and literally stack up like Ike debris at their desks. Also, they… Continue

Added by Mark Evangelista on November 25, 2008 at 3:12am — 1 Comment

Christmas Events Please

Please post your Christmas and Holiday and regular open networking events on the page and I will try to pick some of the best to feature.

Added by Eric Standlee on November 24, 2008 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Best Broadly Targeted Networking In Houston

In-Houston is the best broadly targeted networking event in Houston. It attracts a very large and broad group of people. I have met people that ranged from entrepreneurs to corporate executive, consultants to bankers. There is no charge and the location invites easy mingling and discussion.

Everyone who is there is there for the purpose of meeting other people, so just walk up and say hello. Everyone milling around the end of the bar near the patio is there for In-Houston. There is… Continue

Added by Art Saxby on November 24, 2008 at 10:25am — 1 Comment

Thanks to Tony Ackerman

I am glad to have met Tony through the InHouston meetings. He has referred two potential clients to us. I am glad to highly recommend Tony. You should get to know him as he is very well connected.


Added by Eric Standlee on November 21, 2008 at 10:17pm — No Comments

Featured Member
A Woman's Place the home!

As each business owner looks into his/her current (2008) and future (2009) client profile, ask yourself the following questions...and don't be surprised at the answers!

The Single Professional Female

The single professional female is the largest growing demographic group of home buyers. This demographic group is subdivided into two different age groupings e.g.; 20-35 and over 50. In most instances the reason the females in each age group are single for different… Continue

Added by Joe Stiles on November 21, 2008 at 3:06pm — No Comments

What a great social network event

I must say that of all the networking events in Houston, I get more personal satisfaction in this One!! If you believe in "It's who you know" that counts for bringing in the business, then you have to drop by and meet all these great people!

I try to make it to inHouston as much as possible. I am able to help many people, in not "what" I know but "who" I know and that is key to their need and or success!

As Eric Standlee tells me, your giving will come back… Continue

Added by James R. Boy on November 21, 2008 at 2:29pm — No Comments

@ the last INHOUSTON networking event I Found a lead at the bar

I met a nice woman who had her girlfriend call me to open a new store in the Galleria area. WE met today and she sign an exclusive agency agreement with my firm.

Houston Realty Advisors represents businesses, large and small locating the office that is right for them.

We have the experience, the relationships, as well as the customer’s best interest in mind at all times. When it comes to locating and negotiating Houston office space for our clients, we provide the… Continue

Added by ED A AYRES on November 21, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How Lucky Bamboo Spirals are Created

The lucky bamboo that has a spiral shape was created by manipulating the lucky bamboo exposure to light. Because lucky bamboo is slow growing this is a long and some say arduous task. But nothing worth having comes easy and half the fun is the adventure you take to get there. With that said, here is how you create lucky bamboo curls.

Find a cardboard box big enough to fit over the lucky bamboo with a little room. Cut the bottom and one side of the box off. Place the cardboard box… Continue

Added by Cyndi Gutowski on November 18, 2008 at 10:34pm — 2 Comments

Keep Networking — You Might Need a Job (or another business opportunity)

This is so true.

Keep Networking — You Might Need a Job

By Joanna Higgins

November 14th, 2008 @ 7:17 am

Categories: News, Jobs

Tags: Job, Contact, Network, Podcasts, Corporate Governance, Financial Accounting, Networking, Internet, Business Operations, Corporate Law

Who’s hiring in these miserable conditions? Adam Jones of…

Added by Eric Standlee on November 18, 2008 at 9:09pm — No Comments

Title Tip: Quitclaim Deeds

Quitclaim Deeds

Quitclaim Deeds, commonly mispronounced as “Quick Claim Deeds,” are usually used by individuals to transfer title to property. The problem comes about when the new owner tries to sell or refinance the property. It is the title company who has to deliver the news that the Quitclaim Deed is of little value because of the language it contains. A title company generally will not insure based on a Quitclaim Deed because its language does not indicate what interest in the… Continue

Added by Megan Collins on November 18, 2008 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

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