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Do Bank Branches Have a Future?

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In a society driven by smartphones, tablets and instant connections the concept of commercial banks seem a bit befuddled, or the product of a past life that we’re quickly moving away from, one text message at a time.

A recent article by William Weidman dealt with the broad issue of retail banking trends and laid out key questions facing retail banking in 2014:

  • How can they benefit from digital /mobile/online?
  • What’s the future of branch banking?
  • How can bank branches create new revenue streams?

If bank branches are going to stick around for the next 25 years they have to make a strategic and dramatic shift in how they conduct business. Read More

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. IBEROSTAR Beaches. Tune in tonight to see.

By | Advertising, Resort/Hospitality | 2 Comments

We’re incredibly proud of the partnership we helped develop between us, Frederick Swanston Advertising, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts and the Riviera Maya Tourist Board. Together, we created TV, radio, Game Day events, online advertising, stadium signage, a digital campaign and a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Camp for aspiring young cheerleaders. This partnership peaked in an incredible photo shoot in April, for the coveted 2013 Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader calendar, which was held at our client’s breathtaking IBEROSTAR Paraíso Maya Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico as the backdrop. Read More

Iberostar Celebrates The Role of the Travel Agent.

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Contrary to popular opinion, all vacation travel is not automatically booked on the Internet these days.  In fact, a recent study by Travel & Leisure confirms what our Iberostar Hotels & Resorts client already recognized: the average person booking travel online visits 21 sites during nine sessions when preparing for a trip. This represents an information overload that is daunting to most people and often leads to decision paralysis. But what is the alternative? It’s Travel Agents! More and more people are rediscovering that the knowledge and expertise of travel professionals are a tremendous asset, not only to securing the best rates, but in taking the guesswork out of picking the best destinations. Read More

Bank of North Georgia Launches Holiday Toy Drive

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Our friends and clients at Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta have always been among the most civic-minded folks we know.  So, it is no surprise that they are once again spearheading a holiday toy drive to collect new, unwrapped toys for children across metro Atlanta.  And each of the 46 Bank of North Georgia and Bank of Coweta branches has chosen its own local charity as the recipient of this holiday good will. Read More

Chateau Élan Vineyard Run Raises Money and Hope for Those In Need

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Brilliant sunshine, cool temperatures and a picturesque course meanders through Chateau Élan’s fabulous vineyards, stables, golf courses and beautiful estate homes.  This Saturday’s 2nd Annual Vineyard Run for Hope has all the ingredients of a great day for a wonderful cause – raising money for Gwinnett’s Children’s Charities.

Starting and ending at the beautiful Chateau Élan Winery, the Vineyard Run will include a 10.2K, 5K and 1K Tot Trot.  The 10.2K and 5K participants will travel along a picturesque course through the resort and into the gates of the Chateau Élan neighborhood.  Participants will enjoy fabulous views, but more importantly the participants, sponsors and advertisers will be raising money in support of the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter.  Entry fees are discounted for pre-registrations, and runners can register at participating local businesses or online at: http://www.active.com/running/braselton-ga/vineyard-run-for-hope-5k102k-and-1k-tot-trot-2011

All proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter. The Shelter, which annually serves more than 200 young people residentially, grew out of a volunteer effort involving PTA, business and community leaders who recognized a need for services for abused and abandoned children. The Shelter depends on community donations to provide these services, and the annual Chateau Élan Tour of Homes event and now the Vineyard Run for Hope have been among their largest fundraisers for several years. Over the past nine years, the Chateau Élan community has welcomed thousands of visitors and raised over $1,000,000 for this very special charity.

Now that’s our idea of a good corporate citizen.

Does Anyone Still Use Travel Agents in the Internet Era? You Might Be Surprised.

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There is a widespread perception that the use of travel agents has diminished greatly since the advent of the internet.  With the ability to virtually tour potential vacation destinations online, then use travel sites like Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, KAYAK and endless others to book vacations at discounted rates, is anyone still using travel agents? Read More

Win A Luxurious Vacation In IBEROSTAR Cancún’s Winter Nights Sweepstakes!

By | Resort/Hospitality | One Comment

For a limited time, you can register to win a 7-day/6-night, all-inclusive trip for two to Iberostar’s newest shining star – IBEROSTAR Cancún!  Situated on one of Mexico’s most magnificent beachfronts, IBEROSTAR Cancún is a stunning architectural gem with exceptional service, excellent all-inclusive dining options and remarkable amenities. Read More