5 Reasons Why I Need a Staycation From Woodlands Resort

Woodlands-Resort-Family-StaycationAs part of a sponsorship with the BlogElevated conference, the Woodlands Resort and Conference Center is holding a blog post contest for a family staycation for four at the resort.

Here’s my entry, 5 Reasons Why I Need A Staycation From Woodlands Resort.

5. My wife deserves a spa day.

As a stay-at-home mom, and me being an home-office dad, she puts up with a lot to make sure that I can attend meetings and conference calls. She deserves a spa day and the resort’s Sauna, Steam Room, Whirlpool, and Fitness Center would be great spots to unwind.

4. I need to find out what a “Family Welcome Cookie.” is.

Is it one big cookie? Is “Welcome” written across it in frosting? I just need to know this.

3. My kids are half fish already.

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They’d love a swim in the amazing Woodlands Resort pool.

2. The Resort is so close!

Conveniently located in the Greater Houston Area, you can access all of these amazing amenities and make a weekend trip without having to take a long expensive vacation!

1. Because I love bacon too.

We’ve all seen the “special request” section when booking a hotel room. That usually means you’d like a chilled champagne bottle for a special occasion, or special meal requests.

According to one Reddit user, he added a unique special request, three single red M&M’s, and a picture of bacon on the bed… “I added this when I booked the room online. A month later, I had completely forgotten about it,” he says.

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“I was quite confused when I walked in and saw three single red M&Ms…”

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“My girlfriend started laughing at the picture on the bed. At that point it clicked and I started laughing hysterically at the beautifully framed picture of bacon…” AFa5irIh

“Glorious, glorious bacon.” OM6VpP3h

The Resort, always the great sport, shared the story on their Google+ page, “Who doesn’t love bacon!?”

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So there you have it. My top 5 reasons the Woodlands Resort needs to pick us for a staycation!

10 Ways To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile in 10 Minutes

With 238 million users LinkedIn has become the network of professionals worldwide. Forty  percent of these users check the network daily, and with three million company pages and 1.5 million groups, there’s plenty for users to do, but how can users make the most of LinkedIn for others looking to network with them? Here are the 10 easiest ways to optimized your LinkedIn profile. Continue reading

Salesforce Lays Off 200, Many Radian6’ers, Again.

Me, one hour before finding out.

Me, one hour before finding out.

There are 8,760 hours in a year, which makes it extra awkward that during the two hours I spent at Salesforce Headquarters in San Francisco, I found out that it happened, again.

Last time, it was 100 let go, focused on the Radian6 side, this time, it was 200 and again focused on Radian6. About one-third of the layoffs were located in New Brunswick, where the base operations of Radian6 are, not to mention that there are many Radian6’ers outside of New Brunswich. The announcement was made alongside a Salesforce earnings call and seemed not to be covered by as many major media outlets as the first Salesforce Marketing Cloud Radian6 layoffs a year ago.

The History.

March 30, 2011: Salesforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Radian6 for $276 million in cash and $50 million in stock, with the deal expected to close later that year. Radian6 has about 300 employees.

June 4, 2012: Salesforce agrees to acquire Buddy Media, a social ad platform, for $689 million in cash and equity, its largest acquisition yet.

October 24, 2012: Salesforce announced layoffs of 100 with the official explanation being overlaps between Radian6 and Buddy. Some speculated it was actually due to Buddy burning through cash. Other sources say it could have impacted one-third of Radian6 employees, but later reports indicated that Buddy Media employees had also been laid off. Let’s say Radian6 has 225 employees remaining at this point.

June 4, 2013: Salesforce announced the acquisition of email marketing platform, ExactTarget for $2.5 billion, again a record-setting agreement, and taking out a $300 million loan to cover acquisition costs.

August 29, 2013: Acting a little more quickly this time, Salesforce announces layoffs of 200, with 1/3 confirmed from New Brunswick, the main offices of Radian6. Assuming all were Radian6 employees, the employee count could be as low as 150, down from 300 during the acquisition two years prior. Consider non-New Brunswick Radian6 employees that may have been affected, and the number may be even lower. “Salesforce just lost a lot of passion and a lot of heart” said one former employee.

Salesforce.com statement:

Combining ExactTarget with our existing Marketing Cloud provides synergy, and we will be reducing our total headcount by approximately 200 people globally to reflect this opportunity. We care deeply about our employees and we’re providing resources to position them for success in the next step of their careers — whether that’s a new position within salesforce.com or a new opportunity elsewhere. via CBC

Employment Opportunities Poured Out:

Former Radian6 Family Offers Support:

Even those laid off stayed classy:

 

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Know of any possible opportunities? Leave them in the comments.

The postings in this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent the opinions or positions of  my employer.

Do You Remember These Top 10 Social Media Stories of 2012?

Last year was an amazing year for Social Media. Records were broken, social media became a more integrated part of our lexicon, possibly to the point that you might not have had to explain what Twitter was to most people.

This year, Facebook topped a billion users, Twitter over a half billion and Pinterest became a breakout network. There were IPOs, acquisitions, and lots and lots of interesting content. Do you remember some of what happened last year? Here’s just a brief overview: Continue reading

7 Things We Can Learn From 7 Social Media Influencers’ Tweets

You should dress for the job that you want, not the one you have. That adage probably applies to Twitter too – you should tweet like an influencer if you want to become one. So what do the top social media influencers tweet that we can learn? I’ve broken down the top words each of the top social media influencers use most frequently and have extrapolated some lessons.

Here are five things we can learn from top influencers:
(data from tweetstats.com, clouds from wordle.net) Continue reading

What’s the “Smash” in “Smashburger” mean?

SmashBurger_logoYou may have eaten at a Smashburger, or at least driven past one, but what puts the Smash in Smashburger? The great folks at Smashburger Houston invited me to the City Centre location to find out.

The first step is grabbing one of the fresh meat balls (not a single frozen patty to be seen), and smashing it into the grill with a smashermajiggy. I’m making the word up, but it’s probably called a mould or something. Either way, you smash it onto the grill for about 10 seconds. Continue reading