Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving and Early December Events in the Tri-town

It’s hard to believe but Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  There are many Thanksgiving events happening in the tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.  Here are a few upcoming Thanksgiving and early Christmas happenings.

The Annual Tri-town Senior citizens Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, November 19th, in the Old Rochester Regional cafeteria.  Doors open at 11:15 and dinner will be served at noon.

FOR TICKETS CONTACT YOUR TOWN’S COUNCIL ON AGING OFFICE
MARION – (508) 748-3570
MATTAPOISETT – (508) 758-4110
ROCHESTER – (508) 763-8723

Over 100 door prizes. Served and assisted by Junior High Students.

The Marion Antique Auctions is holding its Annual Thanksgiving Weekend Auction on November 25, beginning at 10 a.m.

The auction will be held at the Marion Music Hall which overlooks Marion Harbor and is located at 164 Front Street.

This highly diversified auction has 440 lots and almost all are offered with no reserves. They are fresh to the market. For information call 508-498- 7136 or email frank@marionantiques.com

 

MARION — The Sippican Choral Society is inviting everyone to its 2017 Christmas concert.

This will be the 53rd consecutive concert that the Choral Society has held.

This concert promises to usher in the spirit of the season. Under the direction of Tianxu Zhou, Director of Musical Arts, and accompanist Michelle Gordon, the concert will include pieces such as “Christmas Day,” “O Gracious Light,” “Heilige Nacht,”  as well as a few others. In addition,  “Schubert’s Mass in G” will also be performed.

Concert dates are Friday, December 1  at 8 p.m. at St. Lawrence Church in New Bedford and Sunday, December 3 at 4 p.m. at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Marion.

Ticket prices are $15  for general admission and $5 for students. Children six years and under are given free admission. Tickets may be purchased in advance from The Bookstall in Marion, The Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, No Kidding in Mattapoisett, Euro in Fairhaven, or at the door on the day of the concerts. Tickets can also be purchased online at BrownPaperTickets.com.

Call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763- 2327 with any questions, or visit www.sippicanchoralsociety.org.

MATTAPOISETT — Avoid busy parking lots and holiday traffic; visit the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s annual Holiday Arts & Craft Fair at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett.

The fair will be held on Saturday, December 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A large selection of handmade creations will be available, including art, notecards, soaps, woolens, photographs, jewelry and dried floral arrangements

For more information, call 508-758-2844 or email info@mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.

Come on out and join in the festivities and get into the spirit of the holidays.

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This blog was posted on www.bbmpros.com on November 14, 2017.

 

Old Colony

Career Awareness Days at Old Colony

Junior high students tour Old Colony during ‘Career Awareness Days’

By Zachary McMahon | Nov 05, 2017

Photo by: Jackie Machamer   Visiting students played games in Old Colony’s gym during Career Awareness Days.

ROCHESTER — From hair braiding to bikes that can turn on a lightbulb, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a little something for everyone.

That’s what area eighth-grade students found out during Career Awareness Days, which came to Old Colony from November 1-3.  On Career Awareness Days, eighth-grade students from area junior high schools visit Old Colony to tour the campus and learn more about the academics and technical programs that Old Colony offers.

Students who attend Old Colony learn a trade alongside their academic workloads; the school offers 13 different technical areas to choose from, including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, Graphic Communication & Design, Welding and health career training.

Students from four different junior high schools visited Old Colony, beginning on November 1. Seventy-nine students from Fort Middle School, in Acushnet, and 60 students from Carver Middle School visited on Wednesday, November 1.

On Thursday, November 2, 120 students from Freetown-Lakeville Middle School came to Old Colony. Last but not least, 160 students from Old Rochester Regional Junior High School visited Old Colony on Friday, November 3. Altogether, a total of about 419 junior high school students visited Old Colony’s campus.

The student groups visited a variety of different vocational areas. Some students stated that they enjoyed the Carpentry shop. Others tried out the Cosmetology area, where they could opt to have their nails painted, or their hair braided by Cosmetology students.

Meanwhile, in the Electrical area, students tried out a bike modified by the Electrical students; as they pedaled, a nearby lightbulb would turn on.

The students of Culinary Arts counted on the easiest way to a teenage heart: food. Culinary students gave out food to the eighth-grade visitors—those with a sweet tooth enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies on offer.

Several visiting students mentioned that they were considering Old Colony as an option for high school.

Students must apply to Old Colony for acceptance before they can attend. Students are required to have good grades, attendance, discipline, and a successful personal interview to receive admission.

Zachary McMahon is a sophomore student at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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Benefits of Destination SouthCoast

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Destination SouthCoast puts you on the cyber map.

What are the benefits of being part of the Destination SouthCoast revolution? With our system of hyperlocal reputation marketing, you benefit from high visibility on the internet and a network of customer reviews that convince others that you are a business worth frequenting!

Destination SouthCoast is a powerful alternative to other advertising approaches. Unlike television, radio or print, our marketing has staying power and is affordable in comparison to traditional approaches that people are increasingly ignoring.

So what do we do? Destination SouthCoast is a free directory of businesses in the SouthCoast area for people who live here or are looking to relocate to a new home or visit the area. It is the place that specializes in letting residents find out who is in their own backyard.

Along with the directory there is the option of signing up for video testimonial services that accompany your listing. These reviews are your good word-or-mouth turned into convincing sales tools that people can find online. Studies show what shoppers believe reviews more than they believe what a vendor says about its own business. Five reviews can increase your customer base by 20 percent!

Destination SouthCoast is also dedicated to helping your business show up on page one of the Google search results for your field. Even if you already have a web site, we know how to optimize your visibility online.

Finally, Destination SouthCoast hosts Tuesday night seminars and networking opportunities at its 145 Fairhaven Road location in Mattapoisett. Every other week people gather here for free to learn more about what we have to offer and meet other business owners who are using hyperlocal reputation marketing to advance their enterprises online.

Our next gathering is Tuesday May 27. Call Destination SouthCoast’s creator Beyond BOLD Media at 508-997-8844 for more information, to let us know you’re coming, or to set up a private consultation to learn what we can do for you and what you can be doing for yourself to grow beyond what traditional marketing can offer you.

Respond to Reviews

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Respond to Your Online Reviews

To share your business values with potential clients, be sure to take the opportunity to respond to your reviews. Even though your reviews come from existing clients, it’s your future clients who will be reading them as they decide whether or not to give you their patronage!

Responding to reviews shows that you care and that you’re staying on top of what your customers have to say about you. Taking the time to say thank you is important. It is much more efficient to keep an already satisfied client than it is to convince a new client to give you a try.

Use your responses to say something useful about your business values. If you have a client who reviews your business and comments that you give superb personal attention, respond with appreciation that the client noticed the work you put into making every customer’s experience with you feel individual and unique.

Using this approach, your happy customer will feel glad that they took the time to compliment you, and your secret audience of other readers who are thinking about giving your business a try will learn that you are a business owner that cares about building lasting, top-notch relationships.

It’s especially important to respond to a less-than-happy customer. Again, thank the customer for their feedback. Then consider how you can turn the situation into a gratifying one. Use the insights into your business to build better operations and tell your customer how their next visit will be improved. Not only may you regain the customer, you’ll be proving to all readers that excellence in customer service is important to you.

Being responsive turns your reviews into interactions and gives you a powerful venue for communicating your business values in a way that sets you apart from competitors.

For expert advice and techniques for building positive reviews that increase your business consumer base through good online buzz, contact the team at Beyond Bold Media which creates Destination SouthCoast and other innovative outreach solutions. Call 508-997-8844 to learn more or to find out when we’re holding our next seminar on how to go viral through reputation marketing.

How to Gather Video Reviews Using Lottie

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Lottie is a new Web tool for video reviews!

Reputation Marketing is the hot new approach to gaining customers using the 21st Century’s version of word-of-mouth recommendations: Lottie.

Getting a friend’s recommendation for a business has always been the most powerful way to convince a potential customer that they want to spend their time and dollars on that recommended business. Now video testimonials online make it easy for that word-of-mouth to go viral and reach countless customers searching for business recommendation.

How can you get in on the action? “Lottie the Love Bug” is a new online tool that businesses can use to gather video reviews from satisfied customers. Created by Destination SouthCoast and the marketing team of Beyond Bold Media, Lottie is a scannable logo that businesses can use on mailings, business cards, brochures, menus, and more to reach customers who might want to create a video review right from their home computer or smartphone.

Lottie’s motto is “Love Them Tell Us.” At Destination SouthCoast we want to use Lottie to help local businesses build their customer base and raise revenues. We think that a job well done should be bragged about on the internet where new potential customers can find the area’s high performing businesses.

Lottie is more than just a logo, however. It is also a clickable online link that brings satisfied clients to a web-based system of creating video reviews. Those reviews get collected by Destination SouthCoast and then distributed across a network of specialized web pages that are designed to capture attention when new potential customers use Google to find a business resource with a good reputation.

Want to use Lottie to help build your web presence and reputation? Call Beyond Bold Media at 508-997-8844 to find out how this webutation system works. Ask us about how we can plug into your existing website or build one for you!

 

Get on Page One of Google

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Destination SouthCoast helps you show up on Google’s page one!

Get your web listing on the first page of Google search results! There is a popular saying that you can hide a dead body on page two of Google search results. Don’t let your web site become a dead body. By following these simple steps or letting the web building experts at Destination South Coast help you, your online presence will soon be popping up high on the web’s most popular search engine.

The most important trick is to keep your web site full of active content. What is active content? Active content is made up of fresh postings that the Google software notices when it combs the web for sites that are worth putting up on page one as major players in cyberspace.

How do you keep your content fresh? You want to be updating your web site with new information every week! Blogs are the best way to get Google’s attention because not only do the articles contain words relevant to your business that help people find you, but blogs also are built with what are called “keyword tags” that categorize for Google which searches they should show up in.

Keep your web site interesting, up-to-date, and responsive to Google by knowing how to use blogs and keywords to your best turnout. Look for future blogs on Destination South Coast for hints on using keywords. As for blogs, get subjects into your writing that are related to what people might be searching for when they use Google to find your business.

For example, if you are a fish market, think about posting on your web site information about the most interesting catch-of-the-day. Include recipes and nutrition information. Be sure to mention your location and how you can be contacted. You want to come up on the search page first if an interested customer enters “seafood market near New Bedford” or asks Google “where can I buy lobster in the South Coast region?”

For help with using blogs and keywords to keep your content fresh and make it turn up on page one of a Google search, call Destination South Coast and the Beyond Bold Media marketing team that creates it at 508-997-8844.

Get on Page One of Google

google logo

Destination SouthCoast helps you show up on Google’s page one!

Get your web listing on the first page of Google search results! There is a popular saying that you can hide a dead body on page two of Google search results. Don’t let your web site become a dead body. By following these simple steps or letting the web building experts at Destination South Coast help you, your online presence will soon be popping up high on the web’s most popular search engine.

The most important trick is to keep your web site full of active content. What is active content? Active content is made up of fresh postings that the Google software notices when it combs the web for sites that are worth putting up on page one as major players in cyberspace.

How do you keep your content fresh? You want to be updating your web site with new information every week! Blogs are the best way to get Google’s attention because not only do the articles contain words relevant to your business that help people find you, but blogs also are built with what are called “keyword tags” that categorize for Google which searches they should show up in.

Keep your web site interesting, up-to-date, and responsive to Google by knowing how to use blogs and keywords to your best turnout. Look for future blogs on Destination South Coast for hints on using keywords. As for blogs, get subjects into your writing that are related to what people might be searching for when they use Google to find your business.

For example, if you are a fish market, think about posting on your web site information about the most interesting catch-of-the-day. Include recipes and nutrition information. Be sure to mention your location and how you can be contacted. You want to come up on the search page first if an interested customer enters “seafood market near New Bedford” or asks Google “where can I buy lobster in the South Coast region?”

For help with using blogs and keywords to keep your content fresh and make it turn up on page one of a Google search, call Destination South Coast and the Beyond Bold Media marketing team that creates it at 508-997-8844.

What’s your Webutation?

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What being said about you online?

Do you know what a Webutation is? Your potential customers do! A Webutation is the online reputation you’re building from the reviews others are leaving about you on sites like Google, Yelp and Facebook.

Have you checked your reviews? Look yourself up on Google and see if under your listing there is a notation that you have reviews. Click on Google Reviews and see what people are saying about you. Do the same thing on Yelp and Facebook.

If you have no reviews, start encouraging your satisfied clients to leave some. Studies have found that people trust an online review from a stranger almost as much as they trust a word-of-mouth referral from a friend. They certainly trust your Webutation more than they trust what you say about yourself on your own web site.

Now is the time to start building your Webutation as it is becoming the next hot thing in reputation marketing. Certainly if you find you have a negative or lukewarm review you want to take corrective action to build up your good scores.

For more information on how to be proactive about reputation marketing and building your outstanding Webutation, contact Destination SouthCoast to find out more about what we can do for your business. Visit www.destinationsouthcoast.com or call Beyond Bold Media at 508-997-8844.

Enthusiasm Sparks Reviews

Destination SouthCoast uses enthusiasm for ReviewsEnthusiasm inspires customers to want to review your business. Encourage that atmosphere and ask for reviews while your good service is fresh in your client’s mind!

Your business is meaningful to you; let customers know that. They want to see someone who is committed to the success of the business and passionate about what they do. They don’t want to support someone who is only after money. Explain why you love your business, why it is important and why you believe in it. Enthusiasm is contagious — so spread the enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm on your part also helps reviewers with ideas for what to say about you. If you run a restaurant, mention in conversation the importance to you about keeping an upbeat environment, offering excellent service, and cooking superb food.

This means, of course, that to encourage reviews you must engage with your clients on a more personal basis. Customers whom you pay attention to individually are usually favorably impressed. That opens the door for you to mention that you appreciate reviews and hand them a business card or incentive coupon with your web address on it where they can find instructions on how to post a review. This is the meat and potatoes of reputation marketing!

Contact Beyond BOLD Media at 508.997.8844 to ask how we can help you start your reputation marketing by kick starting reviews!

Reviews Bring in the Customers

Reputation Marketing at Destination SouthCoastReputation Marketing is based on the fact that good reviews bring in the customers! That’s a no-brainer. But how many reviews do you need? How do you get them? Where do they go? How do potential customers find them?

At Beyond BOLD Media, Reputation Marketing and getting reviews rolling for you is our expertise. Statistics show that 70% of people trust a review from a stranger as much as they would a recommendation from a friend. That’s astounding. So we start with interviewing your satisfied customer for positive input.

Statistics also show that as few as five good reviews can increase your consumer base by 20%. That’s a big jump for just a handful of upbeat testimonials.

Beyond BOLD Media also offers a hyperlocal Web hub called Destination SouthCoast to help people find your business in the Southeastern Massachusetts region in the towns of Wareham, Bourne, Marion, Mattapoisett, Middleborough, Freetown, Fairhaven, Dartmouth, and Westport. People especially want to know what’s being recommended in their own neighborhoods!

Come to the Beyond BOLD Media’s Destination SouthCoast launch party to find out more and sign up for your free basic listing. It’s being held April 8 from 6 to 8pm at 145 Fairhaven Road (Route 6) in Mattapoisett. Meet the team that will make the difference in your Web success!

Contact Beyond Bold Media at 508.997.8844 to ask how we can help you start your Reputation Marketing!