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I was sitting in my office one morning with a hot cup of coffee reflecting on the past 30 years of our “business”. How it came to be, what it has been built upon, and most important (to those of us who work here), how it has survived. I say “business” in quotations because that word is inter-changeable with “relationships”. We’ve built the business through the business of building relationships. The changes have been dramatic, to say the least. I used to work with old-timers. Now I’m the old-timer. It’s a role I’ve had to learn to be comfortable with.…
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The Learning Curve

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After you’ve been doing the 9 to 5 for some years, you learn a good deal about yourself, others and the working culture. Here are a few of those learned lessons to keep in mind for the daily grind: Learning to be proactive There is nothing worse than discovering problems with a project at the last minute. While it can’t always be avoided, in some cases you can nip things in the bud before they even have a chance to cause an issue. If it is a new project you are working on, make sure you have all of the…
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We’ve all been there−faced with the task of writing an article, company newsletter or content for a blog. Staring at the computer screen, you imagine award-winning copy pouring into the word document (or perhaps you are more realistic and think, how will I ever write this?). Alas, 20 minutes have gone by, and you have barely got a sentence out. As an editor myself, I face this challenge often. So here are some tips I've learned along the way that can help remove the writer’s block and lead you to compelling copy. Write about your passions. If you are not…
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The Daily Huddle

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A few years back, MVI created a daily “huddle,” which as the name suggests, consists of all of the employees gathering around a “huddle board” to start off the morning. On this board, we list weekly goals, issues, our daily schedule, and who will be telecommuting on a given day. We’ve found this practice serves a few different purposes: 1) Helps to visualize your day ahead- Part of our morning huddle includes each employee’s “plan” for the day. This allows you to roughly estimate your goals for the day, and gets you in tune with what each other’s hurdles may…
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“What is dangerous is not to evolve.” – Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com Just as the leaves have changed colors in New England, spurring the start of another new season, change is inevitable. The business world is no different—employees come and go, technologies continue to evolve and you must adapt to these standards or risk falling behind. As much as some people do not like change, in terms of business, it is pivotal to a company moving forward. Looking for ways to progress? Here are some ways to give momentum to your company. New Hires New people bring…
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Some might say customer service is dead. Gone are the days where the customer is always right, or someone will go out of his/her way to help you solve an issue. While that may be true for some companies out there, here at MVI we pride ourselves on giving outstanding service to our clients. Here are some ways to provide top-notch service to make your company stand out: -Make your client feel as if they are your one and only priority. Rarely does a company work solely with one client. Many of us at MVI work on a variety of…
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I will never forget starting my first road trip across the U.S.A. I was bright-eyed, full of anticipation and a little unsure of what was to come. But as I set out and started to see the country unravel before my eyes, it took me by surprise how many vast spaces there were to explore. I had been out to California and a few other places on the East Coast prior to this journey, but there is something magical about seeing first-hand the hills turn into prairies, which soon turn into mountains, and then finally reach the sea. A lot…
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Tips for New Employees

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Whether this is your first job or your  10th, you are the new kid on the block and need to make a positive impression. Start off on the right foot by following these simple tips. Learn the job before suggesting changesI have had new employees who are so eager to make their mark in the company that they show up on their first day, ready to revolutionize what we do. I sit them down and explain that I am always open to new ways of doing a process, but that they must learn our current procedures and how we do…
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Three Tips for Managing a Staff

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Teamwork! Communicate! Hustle!These are just some of the directions I heard the coach of the local high school volleyball team yell to the players on the floor. I’m sure these are common instructions heard from coaches for all types of team sports, but are these simple and direct instructions exclusive to sports? Isn’t coaching a team a lot like managing a staff? TeamworkA strong team, both on and off the court, is comprised of committed individuals who each bring their own strengths and skills. It is a coach’s job to bring out the best in each player and fit them…
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Menu Mistakes

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As an editor, I’m constantly reviewing publications for grammar, spelling errors, style and more. Since I do that all day, it’s natural for that to bleed over into my personal life. Nothing drives me crazier than when I go out to eat and find spelling errors on a menu. Typically, it’s only a few, but still enough to make me shake my head. Imagine how I felt when I went to a popular restaurant in Middletown, CT, and found their 12-page menu riddled with mistakes! I started taking pictures of the worst, but there were just too many. It was…
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The Phone Book Jerk

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Quote from the Steve Martin movie, The Jerk (1979): Navin: “The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here!" Harry: “Boy, I wish I could get that excited about nothing." Navin: “Nothing? Are you kidding? Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.! I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity—  your name in print—that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now.” And that’s the way it was. Do millions of people still look in a phone book everyday? Possibly. Way back in 1979,…
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Last year Local Search Insider launched their inaugural sustainability report as the Yellow Pages Association. The purpose of this report was not only to highlight our industry’s progress and address common misperceptions, but also to set the stage for where we hope to go. Today, the Local Search Association released their second annual sustainability report, which for the first time reflects the internationally recognized Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework. Read the full article
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