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Five Great Ways to Keep Your Neighborhood Connected!

Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Neighborhood Connected

In today's modern, fast-paced world, it can often be difficult to stay connected with our neighbors, and our local community. This is just an unfortunate fact - people are more inclined to spend time indoors on social media and interacting with each other virtually than they are to spend time with one another.

But this doesn't have to be the case! With a little bit of effort, some simple tools, and a few helpful techniques, you can help keep your neighborhood connected, and stay acquainted with your friends, neighbors, and community members!

Check out this list of 5 great ways to keep your neighborhood connected - and help make your community a better place:


Neighborhood Directory - Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Neighborhood Connected

1. Create a Neighborhood Directory

This may seem like an old-fashioned thing to do - but collecting the basic information about everyone in the neighborhood is a fantastic way to keep everyone connected.

In a neighborhood directory, you should seek information like the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of everyone in the neighborhood. Lists of the children in the neighborhood and pets such as dogs and cats can also be helpful.

Collecting this information gives you a chance to connect with neighbors who you may not otherwise interact with - and helps bring your community together.

And once compiled, this neighborhood directory is a fantastic way to connect with new people in your neighborhood. You can greet them with a plate of brownies, a smile, and a list of everyone in their new community! This makes it easier for them to connect with neighbors and their families, and allows them to feel welcome in your neighborhood!


Community Events - Top 5 Ways to Keep Your Neighborhood Connected

2. Host Neighborhood Events - And Start a New Tradition!

Nothing brings people together like a party - so if you begin hosting neighborhood events like a yearly summer block party, you can really connect with your neighbors, and start a new tradition in your neighborhood!

If you and just a few of your neighbors take initiative, it's easy to start a yearly potluck or a barbecue that's open to all residents of the neighborhood. Use your neighborhood directory, flyers, and signs to spread the word about your fblock party!

A potluck block party is a fantastic idea because it minimizes the work that any one individual must do. Even though you're planning the event, you don't have to prepare all of the food. Everyone brings something - and many hands make light work!

And if your party goes well, this could easily become a yearly tradition! Best of all, you can rotate planning responsibilities throughout the residents of your neighborhood - so you won't always have to spend a bunch of time planning the parties!

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Hair Salon Marketing Tips and Tricks

Top 5 Marketing Tools for Hair Salons

If you're running a hair salon, you're probably looking for every advantage you can get when it comes to marketing your business. We get it - in the highly-competitive world of cosmetology, you need every edge you can get over the competition!

Well, you're in luck. You've just stumbled across the perfect resource - keep reading, and learn about the top 5 marketing tools you can use to help your hair salon succeed, and bring in more customers!


Social Media - Top 5 Marketing Tools for Hair Salons

1. Social Media Platforms

Social media is a total godsend to hair salons. It's never been easier to engage with both past and potential customers, share photos of your work, and offer discounts, giveaways, and more!

But not all social media platforms are built alike. We recommend you focus your marketing efforts on 2 primary channels - Facebook and Instagram. Here are some tips on using each social media platform to its fullest potential!

  • Facebook - Facebook is a great place to share the stories of your customers, photos of your salon and your customers, and longer-form web content! You can post just about anything on Facebook - and best of all, it's easy to share content from other pages! This can help you maintain an active presence on your Facebook page, while minimizing the amount of time you have to spend writing new posts.
  • Instagram - Instagram is the ideal place to share photos of your work. In fact, it's a good idea to get into the habit of asking each customer whether or not they'd be willing to be featured on your Instagram account. By featuring your customers and their new hairstyles, you can easily post multiple times per day, and give potential visitors a more in-depth look at the typical styles and cuts available at your salon!

Used correctly, these two social media platforms are incredible tools for salon owners, and can really help you build your brand image, and a larger client base!


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Why Are My Text Messages Not Being Delivered?

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Text Messages Are Not Delivered

Whether you're trying to send a personal SMS message to a friend or a business associate, or using a service like DialMyCalls to send SMS messages to high volumes of people, you've probably run into issues with your text messages not being delivered.

While DialMyCalls takes steps to avoid this, there are still a few rare situations that can cause SMS message delivery to fail.

In this article, we'll take a look at some of the most common causes that text messages may not be delivered, so that you may better understand how to best use DialMyCalls, and ensure that your messages are always delivered to the appropriate people.


Invalid Numbers - Top 5 Reasons Text Messages Are Not Delivered

1. Invalid Numbers

This is the most common reason that text message delivery can fail. If a text message is sent to an invalid number, it won't be delivered - similar to entering an incorrect email address, you will get a response from your phone carrier informing you that the entered number was invalid.

There can be quite a few reasons for this. For example, all messages being sent to U.S. telephones must begin with the country prefix "1" - if the international country prefix is not added, the message may fail to deliver correctly.

Other causes of invalid numbers include attempting delivery to landlines - landlines cannot receive SMS messages, so delivery will fail.

And, of course, SMS messages may fail if an individual's phone number is incorrect, disconnected, or otherwise invalid.


Carrier Filters - Top 5 Reasons Text Messages Are Not Delivered

2. Carrier Filters

Similar to email, some cell phone carriers have implemented filter systems that can block spam, phishing attempts, and other unwanted messages. One of the primary ways that carriers block spam is by separating "A2P" and "P2P" messages.

P2P messages are messages sent between individuals - and they always have a valid alphanumeric senderID. These messages are likely to be delivered without being filtered.

A2P messages are messages sent from mass texting applications. Some carriers will "filter" these messages, and prevent them from being sent to individuals, in an attempt to prevent spam.

To avoid this, DialMyCalls uses advanced A2P routing to send messages through A2P-enabled routes. However, some messages may still be blocked if they contain certain keywords, though this depends on the specifics of each individual's carrier.

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4 Fun Excursions For Day Campers

Fun Guide To Day Camp Excursions

Day camp provides a nice balance between sending kids away from the house for weeks at a time, and having them home around the clock in between school semesters. As a day camp supervisor, it is your job to entertain them in ways that make them look forward to spending hot summer days in your care, especially for those parents who depend on day camp so that they can work worry free.

Arts and crafts, soccer games and swim time can grow old fast with young kids, necessitating creativity when finding activities. If allowed, some day camp supervisors have found weekly excursions to a pre-specified destination helpful in creating a continual feeling of excitement with the campers. Some things to keep in mind if planning outside excursions are:

  • Obtaining parent's permission in writing. Permission slips should specify the date, time and place, along with information about what the cost is and what the child should bring like a bagged lunch or sunscreen.
  • Have accurate contact records. Using a voice broadcasting system is a good way to announce these excursions to parents, remind them of the dates, and let them know if there will be any changes in drop off or pick up times as a result. This is also good to have if you suddenly need to contact a parent for an emergency situation.
Day Camp Excursions Guide Movies

If you are stuck on ideas on where to take groups of kids, these are a few that are always a big hit with just about any age group:

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5 Reasons Great Communication Is a Must for a Successful Small Business

Top 5 Reasons Why Communication is Key for Small Businesses

It could be argued that communication is the basis of just about everything in our modern world - and this is especially true in the small business world. Strong lines of communication are absolutely essential to ensuring the success of a small business.

This includes both internal communication among team members, and external communication to customers, clients, and others. Great communication leads to a healthy company, strong growth, and success - while poor communication can often have the opposite effect.

In this article, we'll take a look at 5 reasons why your business should make great communication its number one priority. Read on - and change your business for the better.


Relationships - Small Business Communication

1. Builds Better Relationships

Communication is the basis of relationship-building. Relationships are built and maintained by consistent, positive interactions with others. Effective communication skills and a friendly corporate atmosphere are both essential for this step.

Employees can be encouraged to enhance their communication skills through mandatory training sessions, and your HR department should also emphasize the importance of communication skills throughout the on-boarding process. Doing so allows all of your employees to be on the same page about communication - and provides a healthy environment in which relationships can be built.

Small businesses should also encourage communication from a top-down, corporate level. If you are running a business, you should make it clear that you are focusing on openness, honesty, and communication at a corporate level, and that you expect your employees to interact with you openly, just as they would interact with each other.

Doing so will help you build a strong corporate atmosphere of communication, and a relationship-based company that is tightly knit, loyal, and totally dedicated to their jobs.


Innovation - Small Business Communication

2. Facilitates Innovation

How many great ideas have been lost because an employee wasn't able to talk about them? If your employees feel uncomfortable challenging your ideas - or presenting ideas of their own - your company will suffer, and innovation will stagnate.

Open, comfortable communication of new, innovative ideas is crucial for further business growth. A corporate atmosphere that encourages innovation and the sharing of ideas will enjoy massive benefits when it comes to innovation.

Every idea that an employee has for your business should be heard, whether it's a good idea or not. If employees feel free to share their innovative ideas - no matter how radical - free of judgment, you'll be shocked at how many interesting and useful ideas you can take advantage of to help grow your business.

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DialMyCalls Changelog (May 2017)

DialMyCalls Changelog - May 2017

The DialMyCalls development team is constantly working on adding new features and improvements to our mass notification system. This month (May 2017) brought a plethora of changes which include a new customer support chat system, UI improvements and the addition of enhancements to several of our existing features. Please take a few moments to take a look at the current changelog below --- this changelog will be updated throughout the month:

May 22, 2017 --

  • Intercom chat button is now located on right side of website.
Text-to-Speech Advanced Features - DialMyCalls Changelog May 2017

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  • Text-to-Speech has received its second improvement this month. Customers are now able to click on "Click Here For Advanced Recordings" to open a dialog box that displays code that can be added into a text-to-speech recording to have more control over the playback. The examples displayed offer the ability to add pauses in recordings and also gives customers the ability to emphasize certain words.
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