November 2009 Blog Posts (42)

Give First

Here's a GiveFirst idea. Do a talk show online with your networking friends.

Click here to hear an example of a series of 3 episodes with me and my networking friend Dave Guerra.

I have time to do an InHouston Member talk show once a week too. Anyone open to coming on and talking about InHouston, how it helped you, and your recommendations for other members?

Eric Standlee

Added by Eric Standlee on November 29, 2009 at 7:30pm — 6 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 25, 2009 at 8:30pm — 8 Comments

Brilliant Facebook Campaign

This link came from my freind Chris Vance.

IKEA opened a new store and got very creative with use of the photo-tagging feature on facebook. They were giving away IKEA stuff so the word spread like wildfire and got the attention of a lot of people in the community. Pretty neat.

Added by Jim Allen on November 25, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

“Create a Center of Influence”

Let’s begin with a short quiz. One question. No pressure.

What is the best type of advertising?

When asked this question, many people answer “the kind that works!“ While no one can disagree with that, I submit that the BEST type of advertising is the one that is most overlooked.

I’m talking about word-of-mouth advertising. While targeted email, banner ads, billboard ads, and even television ads all have their place, nothing compares to the power of word-of-mouth… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 25, 2009 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments


My Dear Houston (The REAL), Texas Colleagues:

I am going to share a few lines of brilliant wisdom that was recently sent to me, by a close, personal friend and counselor. Although they are considered "Motivational..." I found them to be "Validation"...for many of their words and meanings validate thoughts I have come to know as "my truth". As you read them, try to do the same. Take your time. Think about each one, and how their meaning either impacts, or… Continue

Added by Randall W. Montalbano on November 25, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

Does your website need a check up?

It's a new year and time for your annual check up!

A 2005 study at University of Iowa determined that there were over 11.5 billion publicly accessible web pages on the internet. Businesses who are serious about generating leads and attracting customers online can't afford to take an "If we build it, they will come" approach to their websites. To do business online in today's market you need to make it easy for your audience to find you and you need to ensure you're prepared to stand… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 25, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Choose the Right Web Designer

Hiring a professional to design and build your website can be a significant investment --especially if you're a small business owner on a budget. And, in a highly competitive market saturated with fledgling designers keen to attract new business, at first glance it may be difficult to separate the novices from the more experienced professionals. But, since the end product must have a professional look and feel, it should be scaleable/expandable and it must

function effectively, a great… Continue

Added by Todd Gregory on November 24, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments


It is here…the winding down of yet another year. Thank goodness we made it this far. This year has been one of the most challenging of times, ever. For many, the challenges are just beginning, and will continue.

For our country, for our planet, we are experiencing a transition that is impacting every resident. Some say, “It is the beginning of bigger, better things, for everyone.” Some say it is “…the beginning of the end.” I say let’s not read the eulogy, just yet. There are quite a… Continue

Added by Randall W. Montalbano on November 24, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Getting Caught Up

As we approach the holidays, I find that lots of people begin to look at the past year in retrospect. Afterall, the end of the year is the one time most of us set goals for ourselves via New Year’s Resolutions. I mean who has not made some of the following ones:

* Lose weight

* Get out of debt and save more

* Spend more time with family

* Enjoy life more

The only thing is that, too often, the only time we look at these are at the end of the year. Once life… Continue

Added by Christopher Manning on November 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason

If you know any woman currently undergoing Chemo, please pass the word

to her that there is a cleaning service that provides FREE

housecleaning - 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming

the treatment. Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid

service in her zip code area arrange for the service.…


Added by Nancy Harrison on November 24, 2009 at 9:37am — No Comments


Follow me at adbiz if you dare!

Added by Todd Gregory on November 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Leasing Alternatives when the Landlord says "NO" to your Small Business

Houston’s commercial landlords are scrutinizing leases like no time in the last 25 years.

Quick History:

Ever since the bottom fell out of the Houston economy in the 1980’s, landlords have been in a lease driven environment. The majority of office landlords held onto their properties as companies grew and demands for space steadily increased through the 90’s. In the 2000’s, landlords were able to turn a blind eye to company financials as interest rates went to… Continue

Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on November 23, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Who Deserves your Trust?

Trust is not given overnight. At these times, it is difficult to easily trust someone because of the rampant atrocities in the society. You would never know that you can be under the claws of these predators that are planning to strip you off of your properties and other precious belongings.

There are numerous reports these days about people crying for help because their loved ones were taken away by someone who they thought are their friends. The sad part of being a victim of fraud… Continue

Added by Jolene A. Sidwell on November 23, 2009 at 8:16pm — No Comments

New Commercial Photography and Graphic Designs Website!

Let me know if you need any commercial photos, logos, websites, business cards etc.

Here's my new commercial site:

Added by Marilyn Davenport on November 23, 2009 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Featured Member






Other Loan Officers are closing loans for these people. You can too.

Simple. Effective. Legal......Guaranteed.

Have a bad-credit borrower that you turned down?

We can turn that borrower's credit reports around and… Continue

Added by Dennis Ford Jr on November 22, 2009 at 4:50pm — No Comments

What is the future of the Greenway Plaza office buildings?

Morgan Stanley has given the keys back to Barclays Capital and JV partner Goff Capital, headed by John Goff.

Quick note: Goff’s, Crescent Real Estate Equities, was purchased by Morgan Stanley in 2007. So in a way, the portfolio of properties has come full circle.

The $6.5 billion purchase price for Crescent Real Estate Equities was at the height of the commercial real estate market and during oil’s ascent. In two years time, oil doubled from the 30’s up to the 70’s. But,… Continue

Added by Robert S. "Bob" Lowery on November 21, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Thrill and Shrill of Marriage

Once upon a time women knew very little of the works of courtship. The gentlemen were only very aware of how women flowed with glorious beauty which left them enticed for the longest moment. Emotions for each one are dealt delicately with bribes of a thousand of lovely flowers, colors that favor the cunning eyes of his lover. Some are rather ravished, blooming with intensity as each day passes when one is away from the other. However, a young love elicits a shared love solemn and furious that… Continue

Added by Jolene A. Sidwell on November 18, 2009 at 10:39pm — 1 Comment

The True Cost of a Layoff

The world of business has become increasingly dependent on layoffs as a response to a downturn in business. There are layoff announcements virtually every day by companies, along with statements about the expected benefits of a reduced headcount.

Does a layoff really result in the savings to an organization that we think it does?

There are hidden costs that are often not considered (or are ignored) when making the decision to institute a reduction in force. These costs are… Continue

Added by Gregg Stocker on November 18, 2009 at 8:14pm — No Comments


If you go to this web site,, you can pick out a thank you card and Xerox will print it and it will be sent to a soldier that is currently serving in Iraq . You can't pick out who gets it, but it will go to a member of the armed services.

How AMAZING it would be if we could get everyone we know to send one!!! It is FREE and it only takes a minute.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if the soldiers received a bunch of these?… Continue

Added by Eric S. Griesel on November 17, 2009 at 5:06pm — 5 Comments

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