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West Michigan

8 Rom-Com-Worthy Date Ideas

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been binging our favorite rom coms. “Never Been Kissed.” “Definitely, Maybe.” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ve seen them all — and, let’s be honest, sobbed when the main characters finally get together. One thing we’ve always loved about rom-coms is the dates they go on. That’s why this year we decided to put together a list of rom-com-worthy date ideas that you can easily do. Because we can’t help ourselves, we also threw in ways to save on your dates.

Take a Class Together/Do an Activity Together

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It’s been a long time since most of us have been able to spend a night out doing something fun. The break makes doing what used to feel mundane like safely going to the movies, bowling or taking a class feel more exciting. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark romance and have fun together.

Plan a Romantic Night In

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As great as it can be to go out, sometimes the most romantic moments are the nights in. Lower the lights, put on slow jams and enjoy time together. Cooking together is a really cute idea for a date night in. You can cook side-by-side making dinner together, or you could have a competition to see who makes the best dinner for the other.

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SaveOn groceries, desserts and drinks

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Have a Spa Day

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Life’s stressful. Unwinding with a couple’s massage or a spa day is the perfect way to get romance going. If you don’t want to spend the money on a spa day, you can always do one at home. It’s just as romantic, if not more, to pamper your partner with a massage, facial, manicure and/or pedicure.

$10 OFF Spa Gift Cards Or Save $20 On Spa Gift Packages at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

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Have Dinner Out or In

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Whether you get dinner from an expensive, fancy restaurant or your favorite burger joint, dinner dates are classic in rom-coms. Many restaurants have special Valentine’s Day menus that feature sensual foods and decadent desserts. Some restaurants, like pizza places, even make heart-shaped food for the occasion.

BOGO 50% OFF at Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille

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Go on a Shopping Spree

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Everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through diamonds, food or shopping. Since we already covered food, we’re on to shopping. Although expensive gifts are great, you don’t have to spend a lot to have fun shopping. We highly recommend going to a local resale store, setting a small budget for each person and picking out outfits for each other. It’s fun and you will share a lot of laughs and memories.

40% OFF Any One Regular Priced Clothing Item or Coat

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Have a Wine or Beer Tasting

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What’s better than enjoying your favorite brew with your favorite person? Trying new beer or wine flavors. We love the idea of going to a local bar and doing a wine or beer tasting. You can create a lot of good memories over drinks, and it’s even more fun when you get out of your comfort zone and try new flavors. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite.

10% OFF Total Food Bill at Black Rock Bar & Grill

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Play Tourist in Your Town

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Another classic rom-com date is the romantic getaway. Travel isn’t possible for everyone right now, but you can still have a getaway in your own backyard. Staying at a local hotel and playing tourist in your town can be a really cool way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Go to a Record Store

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Music is important to people. Someone sharing a song or album that has strong meaning in their lives is a big deal. Going to a record store together is not just a fun change-up to your normal date-night routine, it’s also a way to be vulnerable with each other and share the stories behind your favorite songs.

Creating a rom-com-worthy date night isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of love. You can save on Valentine’s dates, gifts and more at SaveOn.com.

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Chicago Uncategorized

8 Rom-Com-Worthy Date Ideas

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been binging our favorite rom coms. “Never Been Kissed.” “Definitely, Maybe.” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ve seen them all — and, let’s be honest, sobbed when the main characters finally get together. One thing we’ve always loved about rom-coms is the dates they go on. That’s why this year we decided to put together a list of rom-com-worthy date ideas that you can easily do. Because we can’t help ourselves, we also threw in ways to save on your dates.

Take a Class Together/Do an Activity Together

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It’s been a long time since most of us have been able to spend a night out doing something fun. The break makes doing what used to feel mundane like safely going to the movies, bowling or taking a class feel more exciting. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark romance and have fun together.

2 FREE Trial Lessons at The Instrument Barn

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Plan a Romantic Night In

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As great as it can be to go out, sometimes the most romantic moments are the nights in. Lower the lights, put on slow jams and enjoy time together. Cooking together is a really cute idea for a date night in. You can cook side-by-side making dinner together, or you could have a competition to see who makes the best dinner for the other.

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SaveOn groceries, desserts and drinks

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Have a Spa Day

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Life’s stressful. Unwinding with a couple’s massage or a spa day is the perfect way to get romance going. If you don’t want to spend the money on a spa day, you can always do one at home. It’s just as romantic, if not more, to pamper your partner with a massage, facial, manicure and/or pedicure.

$55 60-Minute Swedish Massage at Onsen Day Spa

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Have Dinner Out or In

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Whether you get dinner from an expensive, fancy restaurant or your favorite burger joint, dinner dates are classic in rom-coms. Many restaurants have special Valentine’s Day menus that feature sensual foods and decadent desserts. Some restaurants, like pizza places, even make heart-shaped food for the occasion.

$5 OFF Any Order of $35 or More at Amici Ristorante & Banquets

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Go on a Shopping Spree

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Everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through diamonds, food or shopping. Since we already covered food, we’re on to shopping. Although expensive gifts are great, you don’t have to spend a lot to have fun shopping. We highly recommend going to a local resale store, setting a small budget for each person and picking out outfits for each other. It’s fun and you will share a lot of laughs and memories.

Have a Wine or Beer Tasting

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What’s better than enjoying your favorite brew with your favorite person? Trying new beer or wine flavors. We love the idea of going to a local bar and doing a wine or beer tasting. You can create a lot of good memories over drinks, and it’s even more fun when you get out of your comfort zone and try new flavors. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite.

FREE Appetizer With Purchase of $30 Or More At Jumbo Crab

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Play Tourist in Your Town

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Another classic rom-com date is the romantic getaway. Travel isn’t possible for everyone right now, but you can still have a getaway in your own backyard. Staying at a local hotel and playing tourist in your town can be a really cool way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Go to a Record Store

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Music is important to people. Someone sharing a song or album that has strong meaning in their lives is a big deal. Going to a record store together is not just a fun change-up to your normal date-night routine, it’s also a way to be vulnerable with each other and share the stories behind your favorite songs.

Creating a rom-com-worthy date night isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of love. You can save on Valentine’s dates, gifts and more at SaveOn.com.

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Twin Cities

8 Rom-Com-Worthy Date Ideas

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been binging our favorite rom coms. “Never Been Kissed.” “Definitely, Maybe.” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ve seen them all — and, let’s be honest, sobbed when the main characters finally get together. One thing we’ve always loved about rom-coms is the dates they go on. That’s why this year we decided to put together a list of rom-com-worthy date ideas that you can easily do. Because we can’t help ourselves, we also threw in ways to save on your dates.

Take a Class Together/Do an Activity Together

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It’s been a long time since most of us have been able to spend a night out doing something fun. The break makes doing what used to feel mundane like safely going to the movies, bowling or taking a class feel more exciting. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark romance and have fun together.

$5 OFF Any Menu Item at Park Tavern

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Plan a Romantic Night In

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As great as it can be to go out, sometimes the most romantic moments are the nights in. Lower the lights, put on slow jams and enjoy time together. Cooking together is a really cute idea for a date night in. You can cook side-by-side making dinner together, or you could have a competition to see who makes the best dinner for the other.

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SaveOn groceries, desserts and drinks

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Have a Spa Day

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Life’s stressful. Unwinding with a couple’s massage or a spa day is the perfect way to get romance going. If you don’t want to spend the money on a spa day, you can always do one at home. It’s just as romantic, if not more, to pamper your partner with a massage, facial, manicure and/or pedicure.

$14.99 Manicure at Elite Nails

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Have Dinner Out or In

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Whether you get dinner from an expensive, fancy restaurant or your favorite burger joint, dinner dates are classic in rom-coms. Many restaurants have special Valentine’s Day menus that feature sensual foods and decadent desserts. Some restaurants, like pizza places, even make heart-shaped food for the occasion.

15% OFF A La Carte Menu at Tokyo Sushi

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Go on a Shopping Spree

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Everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through diamonds, food or shopping. Since we already covered food, we’re on to shopping. Although expensive gifts are great, you don’t have to spend a lot to have fun shopping. We highly recommend going to a local resale store, setting a small budget for each person and picking out outfits for each other. It’s fun and you will share a lot of laughs and memories.

25% OFF Select Merchandise Annie’s Boutique Products

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Have a Wine or Beer Tasting

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What’s better than enjoying your favorite brew with your favorite person? Trying new beer or wine flavors. We love the idea of going to a local bar and doing a wine or beer tasting. You can create a lot of good memories over drinks, and it’s even more fun when you get out of your comfort zone and try new flavors. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite.

$5 OFF Purchase Of $25 at Roma Restaurant

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Play Tourist in Your Town

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Another classic rom-com date is the romantic getaway. Travel isn’t possible for everyone right now, but you can still have a getaway in your own backyard. Staying at a local hotel and playing tourist in your town can be a really cool way to spend Valentine’s Day.

$179 Friday Family Fun Night at Holiday Inn Lakeville

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Go to a Record Store

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Music is important to people. Someone sharing a song or album that has strong meaning in their lives is a big deal. Going to a record store together is not just a fun change-up to your normal date-night routine, it’s also a way to be vulnerable with each other and share the stories behind your favorite songs.

$5 OFF Any Purchase of $25 or More at Ramble On Records

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Creating a rom-com-worthy date night isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of love. You can save on Valentine’s dates, gifts and more at SaveOn.com.

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Detroit

8 Rom-Com-Worthy Date Ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’ve been binging our favorite rom coms. “Never Been Kissed.” “Definitely, Maybe.” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” We’ve seen them all — and, let’s be honest, sobbed when the main characters finally get together. One thing we’ve always loved about rom-coms is the dates they go on. That’s why this year we decided to put together a list of rom-com-worthy date ideas that you can easily do. Because we can’t help ourselves, we also threw in ways to save on your dates.

Take a Class Together/Do an Activity Together

It’s been a long time since most of us have been able to spend a night out doing something fun. The break makes doing what used to feel mundane like safely going to the movies, bowling or taking a class feel more exciting. It’s the perfect opportunity to spark romance and have fun together.

BOGO Games at Premier Lanes

Plan a Romantic Night In

As great as it can be to go out, sometimes the most romantic moments are the nights in. Lower the lights, put on slow jams and enjoy time together. Cooking together is a really cute idea for a date night in. You can cook side-by-side making dinner together, or you could have a competition to see who makes the best dinner for the other.

SaveOn groceries, desserts and drinks

Have a Spa Day

Life’s stressful. Unwinding with a couple’s massage or a spa day is the perfect way to get romance going. If you don’t want to spend the money on a spa day, you can always do one at home. It’s just as romantic, if not more, to pamper your partner with a massage, facial, manicure and/or pedicure.

$59.95 One-Hour Massage or Facial at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa

Have Dinner Out or In

Whether you get dinner from an expensive, fancy restaurant or your favorite burger joint, dinner dates are classic in rom-coms. Many restaurants have special Valentine’s Day menus that feature sensual foods and decadent desserts. Some restaurants, like pizza places, even make heart-shaped food for the occasion.

BOGO 50% OFF Hibachi Dinner Sapporo Hibachi

Go on a Shopping Spree

Everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through diamonds, food or shopping. Since we already covered food, we’re on to shopping. Although expensive gifts are great, you don’t have to spend a lot to have fun shopping. We highly recommend going to a local resale store, setting a small budget for each person and picking out outfits for each other. It’s fun and you will share a lot of laughs and memories.

Have a Wine or Beer Tasting

What’s better than enjoying your favorite brew with your favorite person? Trying new beer or wine flavors. We love the idea of going to a local bar and doing a wine or beer tasting. You can create a lot of good memories over drinks, and it’s even more fun when you get out of your comfort zone and try new flavors. Who knows, you might even find a new favorite.

Play Tourist in Your Town

Another classic rom-com date is the romantic getaway. Travel isn’t possible for everyone right now, but you can still have a getaway in your own backyard. Staying at a local hotel and playing tourist in your town can be a really cool way to spend Valentine’s Day.

Go to a Record Store

Music is important to people. Someone sharing a song or album that has strong meaning in their lives is a big deal. Going to a record store together is not just a fun change-up to your normal date-night routine, it’s also a way to be vulnerable with each other and share the stories behind your favorite songs.

Check out Dearborn Music

Creating a rom-com-worthy date night isn’t as hard as you think. All you need is a little creativity and a lot of love. You can save on Valentine’s dates, gifts and more at SaveOn.com.

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Chicago Detroit Twin Cities West Michigan

American Heart Association: Saving Lives Through Prevention

Connecting people with savings and great, local businesses is our top objective here at SaveOn.

However, there is another organization whose goal of saving has been its mission for nearly a century.

February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has saved the lives of our friends, and families and communities by raising awareness and promoting prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke since the organization started in 1924.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide and stroke ranks second globally. Through the years, the American Heart Association has invested more than $4.5 billion in research into preventing the issues, and this month marks the biggest push to raise awareness. Yet, the depth of the work of the nonprofit likely remains unknown by many people.

In addition to bringing attention to the risks of heart attack and stroke, the organization also places a massive educational focus on healthy living — from dangers about high cholesterol and hypertension to the importance of physical activity.

Throughout American Heart Month, the American Heart Association’s “Heart to Heart: Why Losing One Woman Is Too Many” campaign will raise awareness about how 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with heart disease annually.

This year, the federally designated observance in February is even more important because of the impact of the coronavirus on the public’s heart health, including the potential harmful effects the disease has on the heart and vascular system.

While in lockdown, more people have engaged in unhealthy lifestyle behaviors — such as eating poorly, drinking more alcohol and limiting physical activity — that can contribute to heart disease. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people also have delayed or avoided going to hospitals for heart attacks and strokes — netting poorer outcomes and prompting the organization to create “Don’t Die of Doubt,” a national awareness campaign that reminds people that hospitals are the safest place to go when you have symptoms.

During American Heart Month, the American Heart Association and other organizations reinforce the importance of heart health, the need for more research and efforts to ensure that millions of people live longer and healthier. In most cases, heart disease is preventable when people adopt a healthy lifestyle, which includes not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood sugar and cholesterol, treating high blood pressure, getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, and getting regular checkups.

We want you to take this month to think about your health and the measures you can take to improve your heart happiness. SaveOn is here to help you take those small but important steps forward for your health and well-being. The deals with our partner agencies can help you save when it comes to eating smarter when you’re dining out or taking advantage of new recreational activities in and around your hometown.

SaveOn’s savings can help you advance your physical health. Yet, the benefits of saving also are good for your financial health — shopping local rewards the health of your local community. Take time during American Heart Month to make the lifestyle adjustments that will help you in the long run — and invest in the health of your friends and neighbors by considering donating to the efforts of the American Heart Association at heart.org.

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Marketing

Why Mobile Marketing Matters

In retrospect, Pete Townsend seems a bit more of an oracle than a songwriter when he penned The Who classic “Going Mobile” in 1971.

A half-century later, there are upward of 5 billion unique mobile users worldwide, and 2.7 billion of them use smartphones, according to the digital-insights gurus at DataReportal. In the United States alone, the Pew Research Center estimates that 285 million residents will have a smartphone by 2023. Then there’s the oft-cited statistic released several years ago by the Mobile Marketing Association of Asia indicating that more people on the planet own a mobile phone than a toothbrush.

As disquieting as that information may be to the American Dental Association, the growing use of mobile isn’t going away and shows no signs of plateauing anytime soon. It’s a reflection of the changing on-the-go world, and every day more people are relying on their mobile devices as their window to view and stay in touch with the wider world wherever they may be.

All of this is why mobile marketing is essential to incorporate into the marketing strategy for any business. Your audience is no longer a static target. To reach them and get your message seen and heard, you have to meet them where they are at any given moment. There are a variety of ways to use mobile marketing, and often different methods are employed to meet different needs. Some of the most common strategies include:

  • Mobile apps: Smart Insights reported 2020 saw 35 billion mobile app downloads. Companies that have mobile apps are primarily targeting existing customers through promotions and increased engagement to enhance retention and reward loyalty. Coupons and special deals can transform existing customers into brand ambassadors.
  • Mobile game marketing: Mobile gaming is a booming business, with 2.7 billion gamers around the world at the end of 2020, according to Pocket Gamer. Additionally, an average of 234 daily minutes spent gaming is anticipated by 2021. Advertising appearing in mobile games through pop-ups and banner ads is an exceptional way to promote new products or deals.
  • Location marketing: Location-based marketing strategies such as geofencing and geotargeting puts your business in front of an audience at a predetermined location. Location marketing is an ideal tactic for small businesses seeking to target a particular audience in a specific community.
  • QR codes: Quick-response codes work with any camera-equipped smartphone and provide a wealth of data from text to URL links, sending consumers directly to whatever information a business is looking to put in front of eyes.

There is a plethora of other mobile marketing avenues that can be explored to meet the distinct objectives of a business of any size. It’s important to experiment with different approaches and then analyze and benchmark results to see what works best for you. However, being succinct in your message is key. Mobile devices have small screens, so make your message count in a low word-count to have the biggest impact.

SaveOn can keep you moving to reach your audience at any place and any time. Find out more about how we use mobile marketing to help our clients obtain a higher level of success by visiting saveon.com.

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Marketing

Help Your Business Start 2021 with a Bang

It’s said that hindsight is 20/20.

But that quippy proverb takes on a whole new meaning now. After the tumultuous year the business community just experienced, it’s likely many business owners are pleased to see the number 2020 in the rearview mirror.

A new year brings new hope and new opportunities. It’s a reset button, a fresh start, a tabula rasa to reexamine your goals, recommit your determination and reinvigorate the idea that the unknown days ahead contain unlimited potential for success.

However, just because the days ahead are unknown doesn’t mean you have to approach them unprepared. There are steps that can be taken to help kickstart success and begin 2021 — ah, that beautiful number that seemed to take so long to get here — with a bang.

The coronavirus pandemic that tested the limits and endurance of the business world isn’t over, but the sun appears to be coming up over the horizon and the dawn of better days are approaching. Here are a few tips to help you put your best foot forward and greet 2021 chin up and head-on:

  • Don’t make your marketing budget an optional expense: Although many businesses continue a day-to-day struggle to keep the doors open, the lights on and make payroll, it’s never a good idea to stop thinking about marketing strategy. The marketing budget may be smaller than in years past, but it is still a vital component for your business to keep your name in front of the right eyes. It’s an investment in you.

In a forbes.com article, PostcardMania founder and CEO Joy Gendusa explained that the company slashed its marketing budget following the 2008 recession to detrimental effect, losing $5 million in revenue by 2009. The lesson: The marketing budget is sacred.

“Where possible, you need to get the word out to prospects and customers alike that your business is alive, kicking and ready to be of service,” Gendusa wrote in the article.

  • Bolster your social media presence: From the mom-and-pop shop to the national chains, a strong social media presence is a critical strategy for success in the 20th century. We live in a world where word of thumb has replaced word of mouth, and social platforms are one of the best ways to stay connected with your current customers and raise your profile and awareness with your future patrons.

With more than 3 billion people worldwide using social media every month, the potential for engagement only keeps growing, according to an article in marketinginsidergroup.com.

“If people don’t know about your business, they can’t become your customers,” the article states. “Social media boosts your visibility among potential customers, letting you reach a wide audience by using a large amount of time and effort. And it’s free to create a business profile on all the major social networks, so you have nothing to lose.”

  • Put your business on the Google Map: Take the time at the start of the year to update your Google My Business profile. Google My Business provides business owners with the ability to have their companies pop up in local search results and appear on Google Maps. Setting up a Google My Business profile is relatively simple and can reap numerous rewards when properly optimized — from improving engagement to boasting your business in local search results.

An article in business2community.com, recommends filling the Q&A section of the profile with frequently asked questions, adding images or video and responding to all reviews.

“A robust Google My Business profile is more important now than ever. If you want to show up when local searchers are trying to find businesses like yours on Google or in Google Maps, a complete and optimized Google My Business profile is the place to start,” the article states.

It’s important to also take stock of the previous year and pinpoint what did and did not work for your business. However, equally important as looking back is looking forward. You invested your life into your business, so do your homework and study up on the trends and predictions being made in the coming year to determine how you can better reach your customers.

SaveOn has been helping business of all stripes extend their reach to target audiences for years. Find out more about what SaveOn can do for you by visiting saveon.com.

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Marketing Online Deals

Generosity Shines on Giving Tuesday

There’s good reason that it’s not known as “The Season of Getting.”

From the smaller stage of helping workaday employees make their everyday ends meet to the broader perspective of keeping the nation’s economy on track at a steady hum, consumerism indeed has its undeniable values and virtues. However, even the most squinted and pessimistic eye can’t deny that the holiday season encompasses a softer and more global approach to giving of ourselves for the purpose of offering a hand to our friends and neighbors who are struggling and in a time of need.

That’s why in the height of the holiday shopping hysteria, Giving Tuesday plays a vital role in reminding us that the threads of kindness and compassion bind us all together in this complex tapestry of humanity. It’s also why businesses large and small play essential parts in the ensemble cast of making Giving Tuesday a success each year.

Since 2012, Giving Tuesday has encouraged people to engage in acts of good on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving through its mission of building a more just and generous world.  

“Giving Tuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe,” according to the organization’s website. “We believe that generosity leads to greater civic participation and other pro-social behaviors. … Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give.”

At SaveOn, we’re proud that so many in our extended family of businesses choose to take part in the spirit of Giving Tuesday during the holidays, as well as throughout the year. These businesses serve as shining examples of compassionate commitment in the regions they serve as they strive to do their part to make their community’s better places to live, work and play.

With so many feeling isolated and alone this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The UPS Store in Lake Orion, Michigan, is using its care package services to help families and loved ones stay connected while following social distancing guidelines.

As a designated essential business, The UPS Store has remained open during the pandemic. Care packaging is just one way the brand is helping customers get through this time as a resource of hope and outreach.

“Many of our customers are missing their families and friends, so sending a care package is a great way to be there for one another from a distance,” said franchise owner Neil Patel. “Our packing experts are trained in advanced packing techniques and can pack just about anything. We know how important it is for your package to arrive intact to help bring a little good cheer.”

Another proud member of the SaveOn family, MSP Plumbing, Heating and Air in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been committed to the comfort of its customers for more than a century. MSP takes great pride in being an active member of its community by supporting local charities and causes.

“We know that 2020 has been a tough year for all, and we believe everyone could use a little extra comfort. MSP would like to take the holiday season to show our commitment to our community by supporting people in need,” MSP said in a statement. “We are asking for your help by sharing instances of individuals, families or groups who may have had a rough year and could use a little extra happiness this holiday season.”

MSP is asking people to visit mspoffers.com/committed-to-our-community and nominate an individual or family that has had an especially challenging year and could use a little help. The MSP team selects a winner each week to be awarded and celebrated on the company’s website. 

Ann Arbor, Michigan, favorite Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies spreads its Giving Tuesday sentiment throughout the entire year to our four-legged friends by accepting year-round donations for local pet rescues and charities.

“Our community is our family and our priority at Wags to Wiskers Pet Supplies,” said owner and founder Dan Gilmore. “You can feel it in the way we treat our customers, both new and returning. You see it in the way we partner with local businesses and organizations. We are most grateful for all the support and consistency in our businesses during this most tumultuous year. We miss seeing everyone all the time, but we know things will be better soon, and we plan to be right here.”

These businesses, and many more just like them, reflect the importance SaveOn places on taking an active role in the community and giving back to the people and the causes that help define a region’s purpose. There are no small acts of giving. Consider supporting the local businesses that support you this Giving Tuesday.

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Giving Small Business a Big Boost Saturday

More than being the backbone to the U.S. economy, they are also your friends, neighbors and community members. And perhaps more than ever before, they need your help this year.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, small businesses make up more than 99% of all businesses in the nation and employ more than 47% of the private workforce. While large chain retailers and online marketplaces get their due in the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping rush, Small Business Saturday draws attention to the importance of small businesses and highlights their vital impact on local communities.

Black Friday tends to get the loudest fanfare during the holiday shopping season, with legend holding that the additional influx of consumer purchases allow businesses to move out of the red and into the black in their ledgers. However, Small Business Saturday, which falls on Nov. 28 this year, has been growing in reputation and recognition for the past decade for its dedication and devotion to the entrepreneurs who pump the lifeblood into our local communities.  

Small Business Saturday was first observed on Nov. 27, 2010. According to Wikipedia, the event was created by American Express in partnership with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Boston-based nonprofit Roslindale Village Main Street. Held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Small Busines Saturday was meant to serve as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The inaugural event was held while the nation was battling back from a recession. On the American Express website, the company said that the mission of Small Business Saturday was to aid small businesses that served as the core of local neighborhoods. The following year, the shop small movement had gained momentum and the U.S. Senate passed a resolution in 2011 in support of Small Business Saturday.

According to the Farm Bureau Financial Services website, in 2012 American Express encouraged small-business owners to promote their businesses, and the credit card company offered small-business owners free, personalized ads to spread over the internet. That year, an estimated $5.5 billion was spent across the nation at independent businesses. By 2013, neighborhoods began celebrating the day and pledging support to local businesses and organizations. 

Participation in Small Business Saturday continues to grow year over year. Figures compiled by Farm Bureau Financial Services indicate that more than 95 million people shopped at small businesses on Small Business Saturday in 2015 and spending reached $16.2 billion. In 2016, Small Business Saturday reached record highs, with 72% of U.S. consumers aware of the day and an estimated 112 million shoppers.

It’s something to take into serious consideration because shopping with local, independent storeowners can pay extensive dividends for you as a conscientious community member. Making the decision to shop locally is reaffirming your dedication to, and investment in, your fellow residents and their commitment to enhancing quality of life in your own backyard. The results don’t simply serve as a benefit to an individual business owner. Rather, it creates a cyclical stream of reward throughout an entire community.

  • By frequenting independent entrepreneurs, you’re investing in yourself by keeping the community in which you live economically viable. Varying studies have shown that anywhere from 48% to 73% of each dollar spent locally remains in the local economy.
  • You can expect better service, more attention to detail and a more knowledgeable staff from a local business. This is their livelihood, and they are going to develop personal relationships with their valued clientele. You are going to matter.
  • Local stores give a community an individuality that can’t be found or replicated anywhere else. Shopping at local businesses not only supports that concept, but it also helps encourage it to bloom.
  • A small retail establishment is likely going to have fewer than 20 employees; however, that small package packs a powerful punch. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council said business with less than 20 workers made up 89 of the businesses in the nation. That’s a lot of jobs and opportunities being created by your support.

A diverse public marketplace spurs competition and increases consumer choices. Plus, sometimes the most well-received gifts are the unique, one-of-a-kind items that you’re far likelier to find at a small business.

Our extended SaveOn family helps support hundreds of small businesses that benefit your family and your community. With the struggles and sacrifices these storeowners have made this year in the face of a national health pandemic, your support for these local dreamers and doers is appreciated more than ever before. This year, the reach of your holiday purchases can extend far beyond the gift recipient.

Happy holidays and happy shopping from SaveOn.

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Twin Cities’ Ultimate Prep List for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably excited to spend extra time with family and friends but are dreading getting the house ready. We get it, there’s a million and one things to do and never enough time to do them all. It seems like there’s always something big that slips through the cracks. But not this year. This year, you’re going to be the queen of holiday prep. Seriously, your friends are going to be so jealous of how together you have it.

We made the ultimate list of things you need to do over the next few days and weeks to get your house ready for the festivities, and we even threw in some of our favorite ways for you to save while you do it.

Cleaning

Let’s skip the obvious. We’ll all remember to clean the house before we decorate and have guests over. This is your deep-cleaning reminder. We’re not trying to impress just anyone. This year we’re going to impress the picky aunts and meticulous in-laws. To get your house to Monica Geller, clean don’t forget to clean these areas of the house:

  • Baseboards
  • Light switches
  • Windowsills
  • Oven (inside and out)
  • Doorknobs
  • Shower curtain
  • Fridge
  • Walls
  • Remote
  • Pillows
  • Inside closets
  • Outdoor lights
  • Mattress
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Bath fan grill
  • Trash can
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee maker
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Under the fridge
  • Faucet aerators
  • Clutter

It can be a lot of work to get all these extra things cleaned, but luckily, we’re weeks out from Thanksgiving. Recruiting help from the kids is a great idea if they’re old enough. You could also crack open a bottle of wine (or two) with your bestie and have some laughs while you get the job done.

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Sprucing Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, right? Start the holiday visits off right by having a spotless inside and outside of your home. Don’t forget to do these things to set your house apart.

  • Rake the leaves
  • Power-wash the siding
  • Put trash cans away
  • Clean up toys
  • Clean the gutters
  • Touch up paint
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and wash the porch
  • Pull and dispose of dead weeds/flowers
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Planning for Houseguests

We all love spending time with family (at least for a week or so), and we want them to feel comfortable and at home when they’re visiting. Put the extra time in getting the house ready now, so you can enjoy family time later.

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  • Make up the guest bedroom or make room for guests to settle in
  • Declutter
  • Stock the bedside table with water, the Wi-Fi password and tissues
  • Childproof the house
  • Stock up on toiletries
  • Clear a drawer
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Set out extra blankets and pillows
  • Make plugs accessible
  • Set out a welcome snack

Stocking Up on Essentials

Don’t be the host that has no conditioner or can’t give a guest a bandage. Stock up on the essentials and save yourself from making countless trips to the store.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent and dish soap
  • Extra razors and toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • First aid supplies
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Decorating

Every year, it seems like we make 20 trips to the store to get supplies to decorate the house. Save time and make just one trip to the store by getting the following decorating essentials.

  • Thumb tacks
  • Command strips
  • Holiday lights
  • Light bulb replacements
  • Nails and screws
  • Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Spray snow
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bulbs
  • Ornament hooks
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Getting the Kitchen Ready

There’s nothing worse than waking up at 5 a.m. to get your butt cooking all day long, just to pull out a cold turkey at dinnertime. Make sure your kitchen appliances are working and you have all the supplies you need to have a rocking holiday dinner.

  • Check oven temperature
  • Stock up on storage bags, saran wrap, storage containers and other food preservation materials
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Stock your kitchen with food, baking essentials and spices
  • Create a cooking schedule
  • Declutter kitchen counters
  • Check your dishwasher efficiency
  • Get your serving utensils ready (sharpen knives, take inventory of serving spoons, make sure your meat thermometer works)
  • Inventory plates, silverware, cups, etc.
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Setting the Menu

Planning holiday dinners gets about as intricate as diffusing a bomb. OK, so maybe it’s not that serious, but it is one of the most important parts of the holidays. Everything revolves around dinner. Use this list and dinner won’t just be smooth sailing, but you’ll finally get to enjoy a hot meal on a holiday.

  • Shop early
  • Consider allergies, dietary restrictions and food preferences
  • Grab grocery coupons
  • Get extras — you can always donate unused food to food pantries
  • Make a cooking schedule
  • Determine who will bring dishes and what ones you will make
  • Have a backup plan in case the main course burns
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Making Repairs

There are projects we put off all year long. Although guests might not notice, you’ll feel less self-conscious about the condition of your home if you take care of the small repairs that bug you ahead of holiday gatherings.

  • Touching up paint
  • Fixing squeaky doors and stairs
  • Tightening cupboard screws
  • Leaky pipes
  • Sticky doors or windows
  • Secure loose rails
  • Snip wayward carpet strands
  • Repairing heating, cooling, sewage or other systems
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Securing Safety

You never know what will happen when you get your wild and crazy family together in one place. Make sure your house has much-needed safety precautions in place.

  • Check fire alarm
  • Check carbon monoxide detector
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Update evacuation plan
  • Have flashlights and batteries
  • Stock your first aid kit
  • Update and post emergency numbers
  • Childproof the house

Our final bit of advice for having the most laid-back, stress-free holiday is to plan ahead and stick to it. Or in other works, make your list and check it twice. Happy holidays from your SaveOn family. Don’t forget to check out our site for more local savings so you can live life for less.