Monday, December 8, 2014

BRIDES: What's Your Theme


What's your theme?  Let us help you come up with a creative theme for your wedding or event.  We have hundreds of vendors we work with to create an event that is simply YOU!

www.weddingplanneroc.com
Cindy Lieber
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

OC Brides New Showroom




Welcome to our new showroom in Orange!  We are now part of the exclusive Bridal Wedding Loft at the Mary Me Bridal Center.  The wedding resource center houses 18 wedding professionals giving brides that visit the opportunity to meet wedding pros from all aspects of the industry.
Thank you to Celebrations Party Rental for the beautiful pipe and Drape decor and mood lighting.  We can't wait to share our new showroom with brides visiting the new center.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014



Shattering Limiting Beliefs

I recently read that fear can hijack your mind for minutes, days, or even years. It comes in different ways, not just knee-knocking trembling fear, but it can be a subliminal fear that slowly takes over your confidence and creates limiting beliefs.

As I live alone, work from home, and work 10 – 12 hours a day 7 days a week I realized my mind had been hijacked and I needed a break. The opportunity came along to visit friends in Thailand and I jumped on it. The one thing that I wanted to do the most was visit with the elephants.
When I saw them, I was disturbed by the chain that tethered these majestic creatures to the ground. I observed them closely for awhile and noticed that the chain wasn't too tight to hurt them and wondered why they didn't just pull it right out of the ground.

Upon my return, I received an interesting email about just that subject. It was a story about Limiting Beliefs, a traveler, Elephants, and a circus. You see, this traveler came across a circus and was amazed as well as confused by the fact that these huge animals were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages! It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason they did not.

The traveler asked the trainer why they did not try to break away and this is what he was told …. "When they are very young and much smaller, we use the same size rope to tie them. Whenever they try to flee we would pull them back with the rope, at that age, it's enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free."

Elephants are intelligent creatures but because they believed they couldn't break free they were stuck where they were. Can you relate? I can! I began to settle for a life that was “safe” and/or “comfortable” although I am capable of so much more.

Something just clicked on this trip and I returned with a new outlook on things. I decided to respond to adversity with a positive attitude, giving myself the ability to gain momentum and stay focused on what I would like to achieve until I succeed!

My advice to those of you in similar situations is ...
Don't limit yourself to a small world. Stop confining yourself to the belief that you can't do something. Break free from the chains, your mental boundaries, and reach new heights in this magnificent kingdom that we live in!

Shatter those negative thoughts and limiting beliefs. YOU can do anything you set your mind to if you just believe it! Go ahead and try it no matter what the outcome is. Enjoy the experience and embrace the journey! You will never know how far you can go until you have the courage to do it!
"May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears." ~Nelson Mandela
Circus excerpt by Gin Ng, Dream Acelerator
 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OC Brides at Crevier Classic Cars by Courtney McManaway

I just came across this great blog post by Courtney Mcmanaway from when she attended our event at Crevier Classic Cars. She starts out explaining how difficult she finds Networking to be but our event was warm and welcoming.
 




See More Photos and read entire article here ....

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

VENDORS: 15 Conversation Starters That Make Networking Events Great

Are you at a loss for what to say at Networking Events?  I found this very helpful article on how to get the conversation started at networking events, complete with examples!




https://jobmob.co.il/blog/conversation-starters/

Thursday, August 14, 2014

What is the Maid of Honor's Responsibility in My Wedding?

Many women have been dreaming of their wedding day since they were little girls. A  bride to be may have clear ideas of how she would like every detail of her wedding to be like. While it is important to know exactly what you want, it’s also important to realize that planning a wedding is a major responsibility and that it’s entirely too stressful for the bride to take care of every detail herself. Many brides have a difficult time relinquishing any responsibilities involved with planning her wedding for fear of losing control but it’s really in her best interests to learn to delegate responsibilities.

The maid of honor, parents of the bride, parents of the groom and even the groom are probably all eager and willing to help out with the wedding plans and it is important to let them do so. The key to delegating responsibilities is to entrust others to take control of areas that you may not be especially particular about. For example the favors are a very important part of the wedding and the bride most likely wants to shop for and choose the favors herself.

Hosting the bridal shower and the bachelorette party are two of the main responsibilities of the maid of honor. Since the maid of honor is probably one of the bride's closest friends it stands to reason that the maid of honor is the ideal candidate to host these two gatherings. It is the maid of honor who will know best what type of party the bride is looking forward to, what she will enjoy and what types of gifts are most appropriate for the bride’s taste. The bridal shower and bachelorette party are also typically parts of the wedding preparations that the bride does not have any direct control over but she usually does not stress about these activities because she has faith that her maid of honor will hold her best interests in mind when planning these parties.

The maid of honor also plays a large role in choosing dresses for the wedding. The maid of honor typically chooses her own dress for the wedding from a selection provided by the bride. Once the color and style of the maid of honor’s dress has been established, the maid of honor works closely with the bride to choose a style and color of dress for the bridesmaids that will look good on each of the bridesmaids and also complement the maid of honor’s dress. The maid of honor also plays a role in assisting the brides in choosing her own wedding dress. While there may be many other friends and relatives who shop with the  bride for her dress, it is the opinion of the maid of honor that is generally most valued by the bride.

The wedding day is a very busy day for a maid of honor. Although she has supported the bride throughout the planning process, her most important responsibilities take place on the actual wedding day. Besides simply walking down the aisle and standing on the altar beside her friend the most important roles that the maid of honor plays is to keep the bride calm and to handle and problems that may arise. Very few weddings actually go exactly as planned and it is the maid of honor’s job to make sure that small setbacks do not unnerve the bride. The maid of honor should also have a stash of emergency supplies on hand such as extra stockings, lipstick in the shade the bride is wearing, tissues, safety pins and hair pins. All of these items can come in handy if the bride has any trouble with her attire, hair or makeup. The maid of honor plays the important role of ensuring that the bride is looking her best even after hours of dancing and talking to friends and family members.

Perhaps the most significant role that the maid of honor plays is to be a friend to the bride. The planning and preparations and the actual wedding itself can be very stressful and emotional for the bride The one thing that the bride needs more than anything else at this time is someone to talk to who will understand her concerns and give her practical advice and this is the most important job of the maid of honor.

The maid of honor plays a much more important role than just walking down the aisle before the bride and holding her flowers during the ceremony. Throughout the planning the maid of honor is involved every step of the way from choosing a dress and location to helping to wrap favors and set up for the reception. As the bride's best friend the most important role the maid of honor can play is to be supportive and understanding of the bride.


Cindy Lieber
www.weddingplanneroc.com

Friday, August 8, 2014

4 Ways to Repurpose Your Content for More Exposure


Exposure, exposure exposure. We all need it in business. Are you having trouble thinking of new articles and posts to stay engaged with your audience? It can seem overwhelming at times and definitely time-consuming.


Do you find yourself scrambling to get ….

  • Likes on your Facebook Fan Page?
  • Linkbacks on your website?
  • Followers on Pinterest and Twitter?

How do we keep up with creating new content to post to keep people engaged and wanting to spread the word about us?

Here are 4 ways to reuse 1 written piece.

Create a weekly blog post! Your 1 compelling piece of information your audience craves. Now here's what else you can do with it …..

Break it down into bite sized pieces and post the paragraphs or quotes on Facebook or Twitter linking to your blog post and/or website.

Become a guest blogger on outside sites such as ocbrides.com. You can simply cut and paste the blog post into a new post on other sites. Again, making sure your website is clearly written in the post.

Find Pinterest Boards willing to collaborate with others. OC Brides has a shared Pinterest board and invites it's members to Pin. If pinning or including a photo, be sure to include your website on the photo so others can find you.

Include your post in a weekly or monthly newsletter that you send out to your mailing list.

Feel free to contact me if you need help managing your social media and blogs.

Cindy Lieber
OCBrides.com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

{DIY} How to Shop at the Flower Mart LA



Today I ran across this great article on Green Wedding Shoes about How to Shop the LA Flower Market.  Many brides may not know we have one of the best flower markets right in our own backyard.  The Original Los Angeles Flower Market is located at 754 Wall St (between 7th + 8th) Los Angeles, 90014.

Green Wedding Shoes gives you great tips from placing orders to how to dress.

Read more to get great tips on how to purchase the best flowers for your wedding.


Photos by katiepritchard.com 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

What I Learned From The Mayor



This was probably the best Taste of Yorba Linda I have been to. Thanks to cousins Marya Diamond and her husband Bob for the invite. And I must congratulate Bob for being voted Ambassador of the Yorba Linda Chamber!
With a Hollywood stars theme, there was fabulous music by impersonators such as Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and Neil Diamond.

In addition to great music, I was so excited to find several new local food businesses coming to our town with healthy choices too! Epic Noodle has been around for a few years but I never got a chance to stop in. I'm so happy to see that their noodles are Gluten Free!
And check this out ... Coming in August to the location of the old Palomar near the Vons on YorbaLlinda Blvd is Oceans and Earth. An all Organic restaurant with Catering. They source their fresh veggies right from a farm in Brea! I tried their amazing Carrot Cake that was uniquely display in a cute little plastic flower pot with edible flowers and a real (tiny) carrot on top. Very creative! I can't wait for this restaurant to open!

I was happy to see True Shabu there as well. I tried the spicy Edamame and can't wait to go check out some of the healthy choices they have on the menu such as Zucchini Spaghetti, Wild Caught Seafood, and other gluten Free and Organic options!

TapSnap , the leader in open-air, event based entertainment had a fun photobooth that we got to check out with none other than Jack Sparrow! As I exchanged cards with Nadia of TapSnap she handed me a take away gift of 6 fruit filled Godiva chocolates. She only had a few to give out so I was honored and they happen to be my favorite! Thanks so much Nadia and I hope we get to see you at one of our events soon!

I didn't get a card from Wise Guys Pizza but I'm excited to see that they are coming in to the Yorba Ranch Center taking over the old Ranch Enchilada. They do have a gluten free pizza option and they have catering. It will be a nice addition to the center and they will be utilizing the spacious outdoor patio area.

And just before we left, I was personally introduced to the Mayor of Yorba Linda Craig Young. I had a fabulous conversation with him and he really cared about answering some concerns I had about the changes in the city. So much so that he walked us to the car!
I have lived here for over 35 years and have watched this city change so much but never took an active part in voting for change or improvements. Heck I have never even been to a city council meeting. Speaking with the Mayor really makes me want to get involved in this wonderful and beautiful city that I have called home for so long!

Cindy

Friday, July 18, 2014

VENDORS: 10 Ideas for Maintaining Contact with Your Clients



• Put in place a system of regular contact where you can mention additional products and services that might be of interest to your clients

• Consider using tools of communication like invitations, postcards, newsletters, thank-you cards and sales letters

• Keep clients and prospects informed and up-to-date with any changes in your business

• Let them know first about new products and services, as well as new applications for existing products

• Keep the lines of communication open so clients can easily have their problems solved regular contact makes you seem more accessible to clients

• Do whatever it takes to make clients happy without undue delay

• Ask them to direct other people to you or if someone they know would like to receive your free newsletter, sample, catalogue, etc.

• Inform clients first about all upcoming events, new product releases etc.

• Remind clients before it’s time to renew or replenish or come back in for a review

• Provide helpful tips or pass along related information clients may find useful The quality of your on-going relationships with client s is the primary underlying value of your business.

Clients are your business and should be treated as good friends. Do whatever is necessary to stay in your client’s thoughts. The ultimate pinnacle is to be “top of mind”... that is to be the first (and perhaps only) source your client thinks of, whenever she needs what you provide. This gives you a tremendous competitive edge over others and adds considerably to the true value of your business.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PACKING YOUR BAG FOR THE WEDDING CEREMONY

Many a time, in spite of the best preparation and immaculate arrangement,
that very last week ahead of the wedding gets chaotic and things get
mislaid or left behind. As a wedding in-charge, in spite of frequent
intimations, I have had couples who fail to remember the rings,
the marriage license and the candles for the unity candle ritual as
well as other things not so crucial.

At a certain Friday evening run through I intimated the couple to
be certain to bring their marriage license to the Saturday afternoon
wedding and they stared at each other and at me with a taken
aback look. In the enthusiasm of the coming of family and friends
and with the last minute arrangements, they merely did not remember
to get their marriage license. There was a brief absolute state of alarm.

I told them I would do research of the law and call them early Saturday
morning. The consequence was that we had the fullceremonial wedding
on Saturday. And on Monday, after they got hold of a license, we had
an informal wedding with just their parents and me.

The law does not consent to a ceremony to be carried out prior to
acquiring the license and I did not want them ever to doubt if their
marriage was legitimate.

I can assure that not remembering to bring important things leads
to all kinds of anticipation and anxiety and time and again postpones
the start of the ceremony. This is mainly problematic when the couple lives
a long way from the ceremony location and we have to pass the time while
somebody goes to get the marriage license.

So, what is the way out?


Put together a listing of everything you require for the ritual e.g. license,
rings, candles, roses for the mothers, etc. Pack each article in a bag well
in advance of the ritual and put it in a location that it cannot be unrecalled.
for those last minute objects like wine or roses, put down a big note on
the outer surface of the bag. You might be able to appoint a family
member you can rely on to be in charge for inspecting the
items with the checklist and fetching the bag to the service location.

Be sure you can rely on them.


Believe me, something go off in the mind that last week ahead of the wedding.
So get the whole thing completed well ahead of time before the mind goes
into that place of “wedding-mind-fog.” A “Wedding Ceremony Bag” helps
you get there with all that you require and averts the “distress and dread”
of misplaced wedding rings and marriage license.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wedding Pros -- Are you Looking to gain more Followers and/or Readers?

 

Check out this new FREE Opportunity to get more Exposure for your Business!
We appreciate the inspiration and style you bring to our events and want to thank you by sharing an additional way for you to show off your creativity!

Simply join the OC Brides Social Community and submit a wedding blog post/Featured Article. Include as many photos and as much text as you like along with your website link.

It's as simple as that!

More Exposure = More Traffic: Your blog post will be listed on OCBrides.com's Featured Articles page - for free!  This translates to more traffic for you.

Make it Simple -- Repurpose!  You don't have to spend hours trying to think of something to write, when you can repurpose!  Get those articles seen over and over.  Simply cut and paste blog posts that you've already published on your site. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Do You Need a Wedding Planner? Would You Remodel Your Home Without a General Contractor?



I don’t get it. Why would you take on a project that can cost you anywhere from $10,000 to, well, as high as you want to go without having a professional by your side?
Here is the thing, would you take on a major home remodeling project without hiring a general contractor? Of course not. I know, you are asking how are those even remotely the same. Let me ask you,

“How are they different?”
  • Both have budgets in at least the 5 figure range. That is a LOT of money.
  • In both instances you want a high degree of p
    ersonalization. In short, you want YOUR dream to be executed.
  • Both will require a long list of sub-contractors that you have most likely never dealt with before.
  • Both require tight scheduling to make sure ever
    ything comes together on time and on budget.
  • Both are going to have glitches and unexpected issues pop up that someone is going to have to deal with.
  • The results of both are going to be with you for a long, long time.

Am I beginning to make some sense here?

All those things listed above are what a wedding planner does.

  • They know which vendors are reliable and match your style.
  • They help you translate your dreams to the people who are going to make them come true.
  • They know all about how your venue works in terms of timing and convenience for load in.
  • It is their job to keep that timeline on track so, for example, the flowers show up after the tables are set up, dinner is served hot and the MC know when to do the first dance.
  • It is their job to keep all those sub-contractors working together on the right plan.
  • They are there to look you right in the eye and say “Yes you can have that, but you are going to have to give up XYZ”
  • They are there to handle those last-minute glitches and issues in a way that you don’t even know they happened.
There is a wealth of information online today on how to plan a wedding, but until you actually do it, you have no idea of everything involved.
Seriously, when you look at it in this light, why would you even think of not hiring a wedding planner for one of the days you are going to remember for the rest of your life.
Sure, I could watch HGTV, DIY Network, House Crashers and This Old House until my eyes bleed but one episode of Holmes on Homes or DIY Disaster will cure my ass of thinking I can remodel my kitchen on my own!

By: Christine Boulton
Wedding Dish

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Overcoming the "What's Your Price Bride" by Rick Brewer now included with Membership

 "The What's Your Price Bride" 

by Rick Brewer

 

For a limited time only (actually only 2 days) we are including this amazing CD with your membership.
Here is what you get ....
"In five years of traveling around the country speaking and consulting full time with wedding professionals, the number one question that everyone wants me to answer is this:

"How do we get past the bride who only wants to know what our price is?

While you can't find a positive response to this (or any question with an absolute, work every time response- in fact, if someone suggests that their method does work every time-RUN) you can find improvement through methods that work.

There are reasons why these Brides ask the dreaded "price" question, and candidly, they are valid reasons. Heck if you were to put yourself in her shoes, you would absolutely agree.

I have worked, re-worked and worked over this dilemma for five years straight now (not to mention the 7 years when I was a wedding professional and had to deal with it myself). I know that I have found some solutions- how do I know? Simple, the response from those who do this. They overwhelmingly tell me that it works~!


I am proud to announce the release of my newest CD, "Overcoming the "What's Your Price" Bride".  "

Rick Brewer has worked one on one with over 2100 wedding businesses and has brought results to thousands through his seminars, private one on one consulting and his 14 books. Rick is widely seen as the guru of Bridal psychology and hopes to help you with your business as well!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summertime at Nixon Library

I'm so happy I was able to make it to the Bridal Show at Nixon Library last Sunday.  Not only because it is only 2 miles from me but because it is such an amazing place. I think it is one of the best wedding venues in Orange County!   And I just adore Carrie Biddle, VP of Sales and hope we can work together again soon.



In addition to the bridal show, there are some very important exhibits to see at The Nixon Library this summer and we got to see them that day.  I took so many photos, I could have made an album just on the one half day event.  (www.ocmemorymakers.com)

Beautiful floral table decor by Flower Allie.




Amazing food provided by two of my favorite caterers, White House Restaurant and Jason's Catering.



The Rose garden with the reflection pool is so beautiful and peaceful, it is one of the best places for a ceremony!



After the 2 hour show, I was able to see the Baseball History Exhibit that is going on right now.  Fun to see the first pitch photos and videos of the Presidents in history.




Then I decided to take a peek at the recital competition winners for a few minutes.  These were mere kids performing like the best of the best!  They were simply amazing!





The Nixon Library is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the State Services of President Nixon.  I remember this day.  My mother and I stood in line from 6pm to 8 am to say goodbye to Nixon and see the flowers sent by dignitaries world-wide.



And another wonderful memorial ... Portraits of the Fallen!  "We Will Never Forget"


Thank you to the staff at Nixon Library for an amazing day!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Congrat's to A Member

Congratulations to Makeup by Nely Estrada for her Grand Opening of Inside Out Counseling Services. I love that she is combining her Counseling and her Makeup Services to create a unique opportunity for self improvement for those that need it.


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

ALL Feedback IS Good

 

feed·back

noun \ˈfēd-ˌbak\ : helpful information or criticism that is given to someone to say what can be done to improve a performance, product, etc 

Unfortunately one person was very upset about the email addresses being visible and voiced an opinion about that as well as his take on the sound level in both rooms at our most recent event.  This feedback was sent to all attendees and I want to make it right.

The day after each event, I send a thank you email to all attendees. I am usually aware and use the BCC field. There hasn't been a glitch in over 4 years.  I must admit I was in a hurry to get the email out and inadvertently put the addresses in the wrong field.  I can guarantee that wont happen again.

Our events are different than bridal shows in many ways.  Some things are out of our control. Often times for example, lighting and table sizes are limited by the venue.   However, sound is controllable and we try to keep the music at a level that attendees can both hear it as well as conduct productive conversations.  I believe in this case that the music was purposely louder at the end of the evening as the DJ wanted to showcase his newest offerings in lighting and sound. 

We value all opinions and comments -- the good, the bad, and the ugly!  Each one is a contribution to making our events better.  These events are for you and we strive to make them the best they can be.


Monday, June 9, 2014

How to Cross-Promote Your Email Content | VR Marketing Blog

How Cross Promoting Can Help Your Business

 Email marketing is a valuable tool for any business. When it’s combined with cross-promotion techniques, your results can be even better. To help business owners tackle the logistics of cross-promotions, we’ve created this handy guide to walk you through the process.


What does cross-promotion mean?


Let’s start by defining cross-promotion. Cross-promotion is about getting your message
out on multiple channels. Your target audience gets information from various sources, right? By using multiple sources to share your message, you help increase the odds of customers hearing about it, says Steven Mintz, a marketing consultant with CLM Prescriptives.


What can you cross-promote?

You can cross-promote just about anything. From an upcoming event to a big holiday sale, with
a little planning you can cross-promote a lot of the everyday things that your company does. For instance, you can cross-promote:


• upcoming events
• giveaways or contests
• new blog content
• a sale or promotion

How can you cross-promote?

We live in an email checking, Facebook scrolling, content-on-demand world. Because of that,
the majority of cross-promotions happen online. Plan to use the most relevant digital platforms that are available to you.


To breakdown how to cross-promote your email content, we’ll use an example from a cross-promoting giant, Coca-Cola. Recently, the company launched a charitable event, “Happiness from the Skies.” Using remote-controlled drones, the beverage-giant delivered care packages to construction workers in Singapore. The packages contained Coke cans with messages of gratitude.


While most businesses won’t be breaking out flying drones anytime soon, the cross-promotion behind this event is something any business can learn from.


Send an email

The Coca-Cola event happened millions of miles away, so how did we hear about it? Through an email, of course. As part of its regular newsletter, Coca-Cola included a small blurb about the event. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

"Want More Clients? Put Your Signature On It"


People don’t buy diets. They buy weight loss, vitality, feeling sexier, and more confidence.  
 
In that same way, no one really buys coaching, consulting or training.  
What they do buy is a solution to their problems. And if you can make that solution into a system, a formula, or a step-by-step model, people will clamber for it.  
 
With all the chaos, noise, and distractions in daily life, there is nothing more valuable than a system that makes it easy and straightforward for your clients to get their problems solved.  
 
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That’s why I teach my clients to create their own Signature System. A Signature System is a way of grouping your services together sequentially that makes your processes more easily understood and followed by your clients.  
 
Imagine how much more powerful it is to say, “I have a 9-Step System that (fill in your results here)” than a simple “I have some things that can help you.”  
 
Think of your Signature System as a “blueprint for success” – not only for your clients, but for you as well. It gives you an outline to follow that makes sure you cover everything in the most effective order, one that logically leads from one step to the next. 
 
Not only that, your System helps in branding your business (it is your Signature System after all) in that it is easy for people to understand and explain to others when they speak about working with you to their friends and colleagues – who may be potential clients. 
 
Your System is also a wealth of principles, strategies, and exercises that you can multi-purpose into other products such as group classes, home study courses, tele-classes.  
 
Here some steps to follow when creating your own Signature System:  
 
1.  First and foremost, your System needs to produce tangible results. Make a list of them in terms of how your client’s lives/businesses will be transformed after completing your system.
 
2. Now think about how you work with your clients 1 on 1 to achieve those results. Make an outline of the steps you follow most often and in what order with a short description of each.
 
3.  Take a look at your outline and expand it into a set number of steps. 5 to 10 steps is about the right number, as too many more can be overwhelming and too few looks ineffective. 
 
4. Now give your Signature System a captivating name that incorporates the results you create and will immediately attract the attention of your market.
 
A Signature System will make your marketing much easier, allow you to more effectively enroll clients, and even help you more effectively lead your clients to their desired outcome.  
    

Business Coach & Mentor Barb Wade specializes in teaching entrepreneurs how to make more money more easily while enjoying a business and lifestyle that reflects their priorities. Download Barb's "Word-for-Word Scripts To Overcome Objections" and book more high-paying clients now at www.BarbWade.com 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Are You Mobile Ready?


Is your company ready for your own Mobile App?

Will you be left behind?  There’s a new revolution shaking up businesses ...  The Revolution is Mobile Marketing!
 
Your website may very well be mobile ready (meaning that a client can find your website using their browser on their mobile device), but have you thought about implementing your own downloadable app?  Stats show that users want Apps, not mobile ready websites.

The widespread use of smartphones, makes it possible for even the smallest business to generate large flows of traffic by sending a single text message.  And this can be done for a small fraction of your traditional Advertising Costs!

You probably use text messages all the time to communicate with your friends and family but now ...

 You Can Tap Into The Power Of Sending SMS Text Messages Directly To Your Potential Customers!

Are you sick of throwing money away on advertising that doesn’t work?

If you want your business advertising to produce the best RESULTS, then you need to jump on the revolutionary bandwagon and get into Mobile Marketing!



With a Push of a button, Mobile Marketing Gets Instant And Direct Access To Your Customers


Traditional advertising like television, radio, newspapers, magazines, and yellow pages wont produce the results your own mobile app will.


There is only one place where you can be 100% assured that your marketing messages will be read by your prospects, Their Mobile Phone!

Mobile Marketing can get your business filled with customers eagerly talking about how they can’t wait to do business with you.

Mobile Marketing uniquely positions your business in your local market as Up and Coming and DIFFERENT.

Nearly everyone who has a cellphone loves texting, and by positioning your company as one of the few smart enough to engage customers on this medium in your local market, you can enjoy phenomenal results for being unique.

I can help you navigate through the Mobile marketing choices and select the right ones to generate the most revenue for your business.

Cindy Lieber
OC Brides
(714) 970-6380

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sure-fire Way To Get The Referrals You Want

 

I run across many great blog posts and articles on Networking and try to post the best I find.  The article I found today is by Lori Kennedy and was written for the Health Industry but what she discusses can relate to any industry.



She professes that if you aren't getting the referrals from your network of connections it is likely YOUR OWN FAULT!  She gives you the 3 steps to helping you get more referrals from your network complete with 3 short scripts.  The scripts help your connections understand your business, what kind of referrals you are looking for, AND a Call To Action!

I just had to share this article as OC Brides is here to help you make face-to-face connections but our involvement kind of ends there.  Once you make those connections you need to WORK them and this simple step by step system can help you get the most out of our events!

No one is going to build your business for you. It is up to you to "show up" and help others help you!

Read Lori's article here ....





Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Wedding Show Weekend

Last weekend was Wedding Show Weekend with the American Golf Courses.  Coyote Hills on Friday night was beautiful.  It rained so they didn't get to show off their stunning ceremony site, but they went with a Paris theme and the vendors went ALL IN!  I loved seeing how everyone participated in the theme!
I had another commitment Saturday so  I wasn't able to attend any of the shows, but I did manage to hit 3 on Sunday.  Starting with La Mirada Golf Course, the site of our April 23rd combined networking event.  I met with Sherrien Shui of The Wedding Academy for a site review while meeting several new vendors.  Rita did a great job on this event and even printed out hundreds of flyers for our upcoming April event!  Thanks Rita Kotecha!


Here was one of my ultimate favorites!  Bling It On! Candy buffet.  I met them for the first time at Coyote Hills at the show on Friday.  Their display was in the Paris theme.  They do such a good job with their decor I wouldn't have thought it was the same company seeing them with this rustic theme.

And here's the best part.  They gave me this necklace made of of Gumballs!  Yes Gumballs!  It was so cute, and everyone got a kick out of it!


The ceremony site with Elegant Wind Waves!

One of my favorite floral displays at the show!
 

I met a couple of new vendors here that I hope will become part of the OC Brides family!  SO Cal Promotions does all things printed!  And they live in my home town!!  I didn't get a photo but they have a lot of Bling that they do. Time for some new wearables!!

And the other favorite I met was Samuel Rivera Photography.  I couldn't get a good shot of their display as it was in front of the window but I have included some of his shots of the show above.  His work is remarkable.  The bold and rich colors in his photos draw you in and his creativity is simply amazing.  You must see his work at www.samuelriveraphotography.com.

Then off to Skylinks in Long Beach.  This was a nice intimate show with a few of our members.  M Events and Elegant Wind Waves did a beautiful job with decor.  And it was fabulous seeing Suzette Fatone one last time before shoe goes off for maternity leave.  Congrats!!
And the last stop was Lakewood Country Club.  One of our favorites.  The food here was fabulous.  I had to hit the the Mac-n-cheese bar twice!!
 Natalie and Katelyn did a wonderful job!
The blue room decor by White Feathers Events was beautiful.  This photo doesn't even do it justice.

We met Bravo Productions, a Planning and Catering Company.  These three partners are passionate about what they do AND they are tons of fun!  I am looking forward to meeting them again!

It was great seeing many of our members here as well.  Great Officiants, Amazing Acrylic, Edith L Photography, MemoryLane4US Video, Classic Cuts DJ, and White Feathers Events!  3 of those vendors participated in this show because they heard about it at our January event at Lakewood Golf Course!

It was a fun weekend of touring the bridal shows!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Open House at San Clemente Casino

 
Great Networking event Friday night with Jay's Catering Company. Incredible food stations ... Filet Mignon station, Chicken station, made to order pasta station, to die for desserts, mashed potato and mac-n-cheese bar, pizza station, paella station, scratch bar, skewers station, Asian station, and I'm sure I forgot something. Great job Jay's! You guys are fabulous!!
 
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ever Wonder How We Are Different than Other Networking Groups?
 
We know there are many good networking groups to attend.  Some are monthly, some are every once in awhile.  Some are industry driven, some are general.
 
But even within our industry, we all have a common goal of networking for the purpose of gaining and giving referrals to one another but each networking group's mission is a bit different.
 
OC Brides' mission is to connect venues and wedding professionals that truly are both in the market for more business. We like to find venues that need new vendors for their preferred vendors list and continue to promote them long past the event.
 
Our events aren't strictly about finding a great place to meet nor are they in any way to be compared to bridal shows.  We strive to be different and to bring value to our members!
 
We believe that it is quality vs. quantity when it comes to networking.  Sometimes the best connections are made at our most intimate events!  And we have seen that the wedding professionals that attend regulary tend to consistently get the referrals.  It takes a bit of work, but it's fun while you do it!
 
So get out there and get NETWORKING!!






Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vendor Showcasing FAQ
 
1)   How do I get more People to Stop at my Table?
First and foremost, OC brides is a Networking Event.  Which is very different than a Bridal Show.  We don't provide chairs behind the tables because we encourage EVERYONE to mingle.  Get out from behind your table and walk over to people with some cards, brochures, or a sample product.  But FIRST introduce yourself and ask about THEM!  Everyone likes to talk about themselves.  Get to know what they do, why they are there, and what they are interested in.  Then tell them about you and your product or service.

Second, make your table stand out! What catches YOUR eye from the other side of the room?  You can spruce up your table with candles, bling, lighting, signage, and related decor.  Also building some height makes a huge difference.  You can use empty boxes or crates and cover them with fabric or linen.

You can also work with other vendors that specialize in decor.   If you know you don't have the items to bling up your table or don't have the know how, not to worry.  That's what Networking is all about.  Prior to the event, check and see what other members are showcasing.  Contact the florist or one of the wedding planners and ask for their help.  They would love to help you!



2)  Why Don't I get More Tickets in the Box for My Raffle Item?

Sometimes people don't really know what the item is, including the DJ announcing it.  Be sure to bring a Certificate, sign, or large legible label describing exactly what the item or service is.

Be sure that it is something people actually want.  It must be a tangible item.  A discount off of a service usually doesn't get much attention but if it is a service that is in demand then it could work.  But in that case you might want to add something they can take home right away like a Starbucks card or something.
 
 
3)  How Do I Get More People To Want to Learn About My Product or Service?
People don't want to feel they are being sold to at a Networking Event.  They are there to meet new people and build trusting relationships.  Think about becoming friends first.  Friends refer friends and people they trust.

Don't push business cards on others.  Having the mindset of learning about them first will get you ahead faster!
4)  What Happens If I am Late for the Event?

Our event starts promptly at 6:30.  We often times get attendees wanting to check in earlier than that.  We ask vendors to be set up and ready by 6pm.  Our featured photographer takes photos of every table with the vendor that gets put in the slideshow.

If you are not there by 6:15 and have not contacted us to inform us you are on your way, the table may be moved out of the room or used by someone else.


 5)  What happens if I Register to Showcase and I don't Show Up?
    
There is a $50 penalty in addition to the showcasing fee.  Having empty tables is a detriment to our events in addition to the time and effort that went into promoting each company, creating floorplans, programs, name badges, etc.  Vendors and Brides alike sometimes look forward to particular showcasing vendors and are disappointed to find them not at the event.  It doesn't look good for the company that didn't show up nor does it look good for OC Brides.
 

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