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Destination Adventure! Road Trip and Gear Giveaway

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first_imgThis contest is over. Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on August 15, 2018 – date subject to change. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mis-transcribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before August 15, 2018 – date and time subject to change. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. One entry per person or two entries per person if partnership opt-in box above is checked. A two-night stay in a Fair Stone State Park Yurt in Patrick County where a gift basket of Patrick County made goodies will be waiting for you. The stay also includes a two-hour kayak/canoe rental.A two-night stay at the Claiborne House in Rocky Mount, an 1895 Queen Anne style bed and breakfast.Three gift certificates for food and coffee in Rocky Mount including:$25 to Whole Bean Coffee House$50 to Ippy’s Restaurant & Lounge$50 to Buddy’s BBQTwo tickets to the Harvester Performance Center.Enter to win below:center_img This summer, take a Virginia road trip on us…In conjunction with our annual Road Trips Issue, we’re giving away an incredible road trip through Franklin County and Patrick County Virginia. You’ll also win a gear pack from Gregory Packs and Native Eyewear.Your road trip includes…last_img read more

5 relationship rules you can apply to your member engagement strategy

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first_img 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details Over the last few years, engagement has certainly become a buzzword in the credit union industry. Every touch point (website, call center, in-person, email, online search, social media, etc.) provides an opportunity to engage with your members and deepen the relationship. For the purpose of this article, let’s use the following formula to define engagement:Relationship + Action = EngagementWhen I say engagement I’m not talking about two people in a relationship moving from dating to marriage. Or am I? Are the concepts one in the same? Engaged couples deepen their relationship over time, ultimately creating an organically built family unit. Engaged members have a deeper share of wallet with the credit union, which over time equals bigger profits and organic growth for the organization.So how can you develop more engaged members? Try applying these 5 relationship rules to your member engagement strategy… First Date: Get to know the personRelationship: Break the ice, flirt, romance your date, listen, ask questions, and engage in deep conversation. Don’t be cheap (Avoid McDonald’s), don’t talk about yourself too much and finally, ask for a second date.Members: Get to know the member (MCIF data/Member Survey/Market Research etc), communicate, first impressions count, don’t be cheap – spend the necessary marketing dollars to win over your new members. Don’t sell, just listen, get to know your member, and follow up (text, call, email).Tip: First impressions count. People decide how they feel about someone within the first 2 seconds of seeing them; the same goes for financial institutions. Align your engagement strategy with all levels of the organization and all member touch points so that, regardless of how contact is made, the first impression experience is the same. Dating: Nurture the relationshipRelationship: Text, call, and communicate often. Work on nurturing your budding relationship; tell more of your story (it’s ok to talk about yourself now, but don’t stop listening).Members: Continuously follow-up and provide valuable content to build trust. Now that you’re getting to know the member, make your communications personal. Avoid selling products/services to members until you know them well enough to match products to their needs.Tip: If you wouldn’t make reservations at a seafood restaurant before asking your date if he/she likes seafood, then you also shouldn’t sell products to members who may not need or want them. Get to know your member before you make any offers or recommendations. Engagement: Secure your futureRelationship: You’re confident in your communication style/efforts, comfortable enough to secure the relationship, invite the other person into your life, you know them well enough to move on to the next step and deepen your relationship. Reward them with a shiny new diamond, then celebrate, tell your friends and share on social media!Member: You’ve established 2-way communication and are both looking to develop the relationship further and deepen the share of wallet. You’ve asked for the sale and they’ve accepted! Time to celebrate (congratulate the member), tell friends (share testimonies), and reward the relationship (member loyalty rewards).Tip: Patience is a virtue in any relationship. Deepening your member share of wallet isn’t something that happens overnight. There will be times when you ask for the sale and you are turned down. Don’t be discouraged. Keep communicating with your members and the relationship will build. Marriage: Build on the foundationRelationship: This is it. You’ve sold yourself to your partner to the extent that he/she is willing to spend the rest of eternity with you. It’s time to take the next step and reap the rewards of a long, happy marriage. It won’t be easy, and it will require lots of work, but it will be worth it, and you’ll gain a new family (in-laws), and friends.Member: If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve got yourself a loyal member who considers you their primary financial institution (PFI). It’s time to take the next step and upsell, continue to reward, and nurture this long, happy relationship. It won’t be easy, it will require continuous follow up, ongoing communication, and may cost a pretty penny to retain – but don’t worry…it will be worth it when they start referring their friends and family.Tip: They say that always putting your relationship first is the key to a happy marriage. Putting your loyal members first can be your key to success and profit. Loyal members are easier to sell to and cost less to retain than newer, non-committed members. Honeymoon and beyond: Focus on your future together Relationship: Continue to wine and dine your spouse, maintain ongoing communication efforts, and focus on your future together.Member: Dedicate the time, effort, marketing, and outreach to maintain your PFI status and continue to be the number one resource that your member turns to in time of financial need.Tip: Preserve the honeymoon phase by rewarding your member over the years, celebrating the little things (birthdays, anniversaries, milestones), maintaining open 2-way communications, and listening to the member’s ongoing needs.last_img read more

The danger of anchoring

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first_imgI’m in the middle of a great book: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds.  It is a wicked good read.It discusses two Israeli psychologists who dove into how people make decisions. The book is unnerving – it describes how we unwittingly fool ourselves into making bad choices.The researchers touched upon anchoring. What is it? Your decisions can be adversely affected by placing too much emphasis or importance on the first piece of data you receive. That data “anchors” your mind in one area, leading it to dismiss or diminish subsequent information.Don’t believe it? The researchers did an experiment that you can repeat. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

To bat flip or not to bat flip?

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first_imgNEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says this generation of players will make its own unwritten rules on what emotion is acceptable to show on the field.Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, a New York Yankees spring training instructor, criticized Toronto star Jose Bautista last month for his bat flip during last year’s playoffs, telling ESPN he was “a disgrace to the game.” The 64-year-old, who pitched in the major leagues from 1972-94, also told ESPN that Washington’s Bruce Harper “doesn’t know squat about the game … no respect for it.” “I think to the extent that you believe, and I actually do, that Bryce Harper is a spokesman for this generation, I suspect that you will see more exuberance from our players on the field,” Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “I think it’s a good thing. I think that to the extent that you’re trying to market to a younger audience, our younger players taking control of the definition of those unwritten rules is a lot better than some guy who’s 67 years saying I did it that way and you ought do it the same way.” Bautista memorably flipped his bat after hitting a three-run homer that gave the Blue Jays the lead in the seventh inning in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against Texas.“He’s entitled to have his opinion. I don’t happen to agree with him on this particular topic,” Manfred said of Gossage. “Goose and his peers developed a set of unwritten understandings about what was acceptable on the field when he played the game, and I think the generation of players that are on the field today are going to do the same thing. I think that it may not be exactly the same as it was when Goose played, and you know, from my perspective that’s good thing.”Manfred said any cultural differences between players raised in the U.S. and those in Latin America over what is acceptable will be worked out.“The various groups that participate on the field are going to have to work through a middle ground,” he said. “I do believe our players understand diversity and that even though there may be differences along these lines, they will find a way to a middle ground that’s acceptable to the vast majority of those players.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Tanzania court charges football chief with embezzlement

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first_imgIn a separate case, the president and vice-president of the Simba football club, one of the oldest and most successful in the country, were charged with money laundering.Details of the charge will only be given upon their next court appearance on July 13. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Tanzanian football chief Jamal Malinzi was on Thursday charged with embezzlement for falsifying invoices to pocket cash given by sponsors, court documents showed.Malinzi, who was arrested Wednesday, was charged alongside the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa.Malinzi became head of the TFF in 2013 and is up for re-election in August. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge and will re-appear in court on July 3. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Once again Hawks find way to defeat Nelson Leafs

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first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn what is a preview to the first round the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division playoffs, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks found another way to defeat the Nelson Leafs.A goal by Daniel Bishop at 12:42 of the third period stood up as the winner sparking the Nitehawks to a 3-2 KIJHL victory Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the weekend Friday with a 6-4 victory over Spokane in the Lilac City.The win was the sixth in seven games for Beaver Valley, which opens the KIJHL playoffs against Nelson February 14 in Fruitvale.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games, we’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones.“I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start.”
 Nelson jumped all over the Hawks, out shooting the visitors 15-3 in the opening frame, but once again Beaver Valley backstop Zach Perehudoff shut the door.Taylor Love opened the scoring before Nelson finally saw some reward for all the hard work with 1:32 remaining in the frame. Cody Abbey, with his first of two, scored on the power play deadlocking the teams at 1-1 at the intermission.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro restored the Beaver Valley goal in the second with a power play marker. But Abbey once again tied the contest three minutes until recess.Nelson out shot the Hawks 29-20 in the game but saw it’s wide advantage dwindle in the third when Beaver Valley held an 11-6 margin.The teams do it all up again this afternoon in Beaver Valley to complete the season series.Stewart turns the heat up on former Spokane matesFormer Brave Joel Stewart continues to beat up on his old mates.The Spokane native scored twice to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Lilac City.The win secures third place in the Murdoch Division for the Leafs. Spokane trails Nelson by 12 points in divisional standings with six games remaining on the schedule. But the Leafs lead the season-series tiebreaker 6-2.However, Friday’s win was not quite according to way Leaf coach Chris Shaw designed the contest on the drawing board.Nelson twice overcame two-goal deficits, taking over the game with five goals in the second period. The goals came in a span of 11 minutes.Of course the 20-year-old Stewart, traded to the Leafs earlier in the season, got the ball going in the right direction with a power play marker five minutes into the second, his second of the game.Cody Abby, Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Walker Sidoni completed the onslaught for the Leafs.The goal for Stoddart, a grad of the Nelson Minor Hockey system, was his first since November 20 against Kamloops.Stoddart, finishing with two assists – his second straight two-point game — was his fifth of the season.Mitch Fowler, Van Stefanou, Rance Hughes and Jesse Collins replied for Spokane.Taylor O’Neil and Connor Enright each had two assists.Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first game of a two-game home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell has overtaken injured Gavin Currie for the Leafs scoring lead. Schell has a point Friday in Spokane. Currie has been out of the lineup since December 31 . . .Joel Stewart, with 25 points in 22 games since coming to Nelson, is three points behind Schell. . . .The Leafs won three of four games against Spokane both home and away, out scoring the Braves 30-20. . . . Stewart has eight points against his former Spokane [email protected]last_img read more