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Date: 12/11/2017 1:00 PM EST

When you truly impress your clients with distinctive corporate gifts, coupons, and discounts, they remember you longer, relish your services and applaud your efforts in pleasing them. It is virtually imperative that you focus on leaving behind a sweet, sensational aftertaste in the mouth of your customers so that they end up CRAVING your delectable business dish!

Thanking your customers has a multitude of benefits:

  • It helps them recognize your efforts.
  • It helps them realize how awesome you are.
  • It even subconsciously programs them to spread positive reviews about your business and services, thus promoting your name.
  • It assures you of possible future clients. This technique helps reduce mental stress, and creates respect in the eyes of customers, hence motivating them to comply and empathize with your business continually. It could help you break the ice, and move the conversation with your customer towards a more profitable and long-term direction.
If you find out that the customer loves your product, then this could be an effortless way to receive a positive review!

Moreover, it even helps project a vivid image of your business and establishes you as a friendly business partner. That is when clients subconsciously remember you, respect you, and want to team up with you!

This technique helps because it seems both diligent and professional. It even deviates from a forced obsequious approach to a more sincere one, therefore coming off as genuine. Sometimes, a good New Year resolution for growing businesses can be to wish their customers a ‘Happy New Year.’ Businesses should also work on ways in keeping the interests of their clients alive and show their customers how focused and dependable their business model indeed is!

Nowadays, businesses look for instant gratification and high-volume client acquisitions. Sometimes, a simple gesture (like thanking customers and wishing them a happy new year) acts as ‘sealing the deal' and hence creating a long-term customer. This trick exponentially helps small businesses grow, that too at a faster pace!

Businesses thrive on robust customer relations. It opens up an endless floodgate of possible future customers and paints a holistic B2C portrait!

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Date: 10/5/2017 12:45 PM EDT

Halloween is a very fun time of year. The weather is cooling down, the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, and as many pumpkin flavored items you can dream up are available for consumption.

There are many different ways that you can celebrate this time of year. Whether your family loves visiting a haunted house, trick or treating, or dressing up in a costume, there are many great ways to celebrate Halloween.

If you're looking for new ways to spend your Halloween this year, here are a few helpful tips and fun traditions you can start:

Visit A Pumpkin Patch

Start the holiday out right with a visit to a pumpkin patch and pick out your own pumpkins and funky decorative gourds. Not only will you have the fun opportunity of picking out a pumpkin, many places have fun mazes and other activities.

Carve A Pumpkin

There is something magical about taking a pumpkin you picked and creating something fun. This activity will allow you to see the creativity side of your children while providing an outlet for your own artistic side. Have a competition with your family to see who can create the most unique pumpkin!

Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Instead of throwing out the pumpkin seeds you scooped out, give them a toast! The seeds are chockfull of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, not to mention they make a great crunchy snack.

Watch Halloween Shows And Movies

Depending on the ages of your kids, watch a Halloween-themed or scary TV show or movie such as "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," "Coraline" or "The Haunted Mansion."

Have Fun With Halloween Colors

Create lots of orange-and-black things such as painting your daughter's nails orange or black, eat Devil's food cupcakes with orange frosting or color Halloween pictures you print from www.halloween-coloring.com.

Stay Safe While Trick-Or-Treating

The top priority for any family should be staying safe while trick-or-treating. Remember to have flashlights, reflector strips or glow sticks, a trick-or-treating route of people you know, and going at reasonable hours are a few things you should do to stay safe this Halloween season.

And don't forget, have fun!

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Date: 8/1/2017 11:00 AM EDT

With school back in session, it’s a good idea to make sure your family stays safe going to and from school. In fact, keeping your children safe is the top priority, especially for younger children and those heading to school for the first time.

Fun fact: August is Back to School Safety month. With that in mind, here are a few helpful tips you can follow to ensure the safety of your family; besides getting health, auto and life insurance from Skyline Insurance Agency.

School Bus Safety

Loading The Bus

Getting on the school bus can be frightening for some kids. Help them ease into it by encouraging them to become familiar with their surroundings. Work with them to memorize the bus number, different bus stops and to recognize their driver. This not only helps them on the right bus, but it eases the driver’s burden of making sure everyone is on the bus safely.

In helping your children get on the bus safely, teach them to arrive early to their bus stop so they are not running after the bus and potentially injuring themselves. When your child gets to the bus stop, help them understand that they need to stand clear of the approaching bus and the edge of a potentially busy street.

When boarding the bus, help them understand the dangers of trying to get on the bus too early. They should know to only board the bus after it has come to a complete stop and the driver has instructed them to board.

When boarding, children should get on the bus in a safe single file line. Boarding like this ensures that only one child boards at a time and that each child is where they should be.

Unloading The Bus

What goes on, must come off. When unloading the bus, help your child understand that they should unload the same way they got on. That is quietly and safely in a single file line, one at a time.

Once off the bus, help them to learn the need to stay in clear view of the driver at all times and to never walk behind the bus. Additionally, they should always obey street laws and never dart out into the street or cross between cars.

Walking Safety

When walking to school, children should always wear something to increase their visibility for drivers. Also, teach your children to walk against traffic to maximize their chances of being seen at all times and how to obey all street and traffic rules.

Bike Safety

Like walking, children on bikes should always visible while on their way to school. Again, make sure they are wearing clothes or have backpacks that make them noticeable. Unlike walking, bikes, however, ride with the flow of traffic. Teach your children that they should ride on the sidewalk if at all possible and to always wear a helmet.

Be Safe

Back to school is a fun and exciting time for children because it’s a fresh start for learning and friendships. Following the right safety measures will preserve this fun and excitement and make 2017-18 a memorable school year.

As a final reminder keep your family safe this school year by making sure you have the right insurance for your home, health, and car.

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Date: 7/3/2017 3:31 PM EDT

It's summer, and that can only mean one thing. It's going to be uncomfortably hot all the time. With this rise in temperature, it's always important to be safe with your family.

Sure, it may be hard to believe, but children can easily be left behind in the car. Parents can be distracted, rushing, multi-tasking or have a change in routine. This is especially true during the summer months when kids are out of school and may have a different caretaker or driver.

There are too many stories on the news of children or beloved pets being locked in a car, and overheating – even to the point of death. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Here are a few helpful things to remember this summer.

Myths About Hot Cars

First off, let's take a look at a few myths and misconceptions that people might with regards to cars and heat.

Cracking A Window

This idea is used for pets more than it is for children. Many people seem to believe that leaving the window cracked for their pet will bring in a breeze to cool them down. However, owners also don't want the window down too much out of fear their pet will leap from the window or someone will snatch them up.

Sadly, for both children and animals, this is just not true. Children’s body temperatures rise five times faster than adults. And a cracked window won't do anything for relief.

Cracking the window in a hot car would like trying to drink a large, warm soda when you're playing sports. It provides relief for a moment, but you are just as hot and thirsty after a few seconds.

Parking In The Shade

Parking in the shade seems like a good idea at the time but can change quickly. One of the outcomes of living on a planet that orbits around the sun is that the sun moves around in the sky. Depending on how long you leave the car in the shade, the sun could change position and beat down on your vehicle.

Leaving The AC On

Sure, the air conditioning unit is heaven sent on hot summer day. But if you think about it, does it really cool you down as much as you think? Additionally, does the air conditioning actually work all that well outside of the driver's seat or passenger's seat in the front?

Chances are, they do not, and that can still lead to overheating and heat exhaustion when temperatures climb over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tips To Follow This Summer

Now that a few myths have been debunked, here are some things you should follow:
  • Check the back seat before you leave the vehicle.
  • Put something you need to take with you in the backseat, so you are sure to look before you lock the door.
  • Do not let your children play near vehicles. They may accidentally lock themselves in.
  • If there is a change in plans and someone else is dropping the kids off at their summer activities, ask them to call you at drop off, so you know everyone made it safely.
Have a safe and happy summer!

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Date: 6/5/2017 12:34 PM EDT

Many people are opting to rent property instead of owning it because of career flexibility, home flexibility, and other benefits. However, many of these same people are not taking advantage of renters insurance. Are you one of these people?

What is Renters Insurance?

As the name implies, renters insurance are specific insurance policies made for individuals who are renting. More specifically, renters insurance is the type of insurance that provides coverage for you and your property that is not included in landlord's insurance polices.

Many people have good faith that their landlords have the right insurance they need and don’t purchase renters insurance. Sadly, if calamity happens and you don’t have renters insurance, you could lose the majority of your belongings.

The Details about Renters Insurance

Renters insurance is a guarantee that the insurance company will compensate you if a covered incident occurs. In most cases, the insurance company will determine if the incident is covered or not.

The following are incidences that are commonly covered with a renters insurance policy:

Theft

Most renters insurance policies include provisions for theft. If personal belongings are stolen from the place you’re renting, file a claim. You could receive money to replace the items that were taken.

Injury

Most renters insurance policies will cover injuries. The insurance plan your landlord holds may cover injuries, but it is usually limited to the grounds of the property and not within the confines of the living space. For example, if someone visits your home, trips over a piece of furniture, and sprains an ankle, then your renter's insurance will help cover the medical treatment.

Flood and Fire

Along with theft and injury, renter's insurance also protects the policyholder in the event of a flood or fire. Renters insurance can provide the financial assistance you’ll need to replace furnishings and other belongings. Additionally, some plans will even provide funds to pay for temporary housing.

You can live without buying a home, but you cannot live without renter's insurance. Call Skyline Insurance Agency to sign up for renter's insurance today!

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Date: 5/1/2017 1:49 PM EDT

With the weather warming up, the kids getting out of school and the days growing longer, summer is finally upon us.

Summer should be a time for rest and relaxation. Here are some ways that you can prep your home to make your home the summer hotspot.

Update the look outside the home

Plant Flowers

Flowers are a great way to add beauty around your home in a very inexpensive way. Make your flower beds shine with a wide variety of colorful flowers that will make your yard be a place of peace and serenity. Oh, and planting the flowers is thought to be very therapeutic.

Reinforce Your Fence Posts

The previous season could have brought a lot of wear and tear on your fence. Make sure that your fence is straight and in good condition. If needed, take the time to correct any blemishes or problems facing your fence.

Repair The Siding

Give your home’s siding a walk around. Make sure there isn’t any damage from the snowy winter. If there is, repair it as quickly as possible to prevent further damage. Good-looking siding will add to the great atmosphere of your yard to make it the hangout this summer.

Clean Up Outside The Home

Updating the outside of your home can make a mess. Here’s a few steps you can take to complete the task of making your home the summer hotspot.

Start With The Walkway

There are very few things in this world that compare to the satisfaction you get when you pressure wash your walkway. The year’s built up dirt washed away in an instant is very gratifying. Is there a better way to start your preparations for summer? There is not.

Clean Out The Gutters

With how quickly fall morphs into winter, it can be very difficult to clear out the gutters before the snow falls. Now that winter is gone until further notice, summer is a great time to clean out the gutters and making sure they work properly.

Clean Out The Grill

Grilling and summer are synonymous. If you don’t have a clean grill, you’re gonna have a bad time. If pressure washing the sidewalk is a euphoric experience, imagine what it must feel like to take off the grease leftover from the steak, chicken and burgers!

Clean Off The Deck/Patio

Now that your place is ready for grilling and inviting friends over, you need a place to congregate! You can’t do that on a messy gathering area so make any repairs that might be necessary and make this are sparkle!

Now you’re ready to start entertaining! Hopefully you have a good and safe summer! Don’t forget that we’re here to protect your home with quality home insurance policies in case something were to happen to your home during this process.

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Date: 4/12/2017 2:16 PM EDT

Spring is here, the birds are chirping, the world looks vibrant and bright. All of these signs also point to getting on your motorcycle and feeling the cool air whip around your body.

Many people love hitting the road on their motorcycle while others are too afraid to ride a hog. The reason some people are too fearful that they are too inexperienced and they might get injured and crash.

However, many seasoned riders will tell you that it’s (mostly) not you that you have to be concerned about – it’s the other motorists on the road. Here is how you can stay safe while feeling the freedom of the open road.

Be Seen

Since safety is the top priority of each rider, you need to be seen. Ditch the dark brown and black clothing when riding because that blends in with the road. Make sure that you wear bright colors so that matter where you are, people can see you coming.

Buy The Right Bike

This should seem pretty obvious, but it’s very easy to get distracted at the variety of bikes you’re looking at. The bottom-line: don’t buy more bike power than you can handle.

Make sure you get the ride motorcycle that fits your needs, style and skill level. If you see one that you want but it’s simply too much, go for a lower performance bike and work your way up.

Be Defensive

Again, we should always be focused on what’s happening with other motorists on the road – especially in this age of epidemic phone use and texting behind the wheel.

Keep your eyes peeled for vehicles that suddenly change lanes or pull out from side streets. Under no circumstances should you tailgate any one and make sure that you keep a safe distance. Preferably a larger gap than what you’re used to. A good rule of thumb is to ensure you have enough stopping distance and so you have time to react to obstacles in the road.

Avoid Bad Weather

Even expert riders should know their limits. Bad and wet weather should be the line for every rider. That is because rain not only cuts your visibility but reduces your tires’ grip on the road, which can make cornering tricky.

If for whatever reason you have to ride in the rain, remember that the most dangerous time is right after precipitation begins. This is because the water can cause oil residue to rise to the top.

Inspect Your Bike

Before you saddle up each time, make sure that everything looks good on your bike. Walk around, make sure that your bike’s lights, horn, and directional signals are working properly. Check the chain, belt, or shaft and the brakes. Always look at the tires for wear and make sure they’re set at the proper pressure.

Getting a motorcycle is a great experience that everyone should enjoy at some stage in your life. However, safety is what makes motorcycle-riding fun!

Stay safe and have a good ride!

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