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Featured Partner of the Week:Yankee Realty

Will a new year mean a new home for you and your family? Maybe you are interested in starting a career in Real Estate. Either way, Yankee Realty has you covered! Yankee Realty, located at 74 Mohawk Trail in Greenfield, Massachusetts is your one stop shop for almost anything real estate. As they say at Yankee Realty, “Big enough to... Read More

eMarketing Around the World

For those who thought America was the king of social media innovation better think again. A new report mentions that the Middle East and North Africa are using Facebook for marketing. With 21 new registrations per minute, these countries are booming with new users. With the emergence of social media, eMarketing is not far behind. Unfortunately, it is taking some... Read More

Better New Years Resolutions for a Better You

You have under a week now to come up with this years’ New Years resolution. Let me guess you want to lose weight, start exercising, or kick that bad habit? It is definitely that time again, everyone is discussing their New Year’s resolution and wanting to know yours.Why not surprise yourself, and others, this year with a resolution that is... Read More

CT Life Insurance You have under a week now to come up with this years’ New Years resolution. Let me guess you want to lose weight, start exercising, or kick that bad habit? It is definitely that time again, everyone is discussing their New Year’s resolution and wanting to know yours.Why not surprise yourself, and others, this year with a resolution that is a little less on the conventional side.

Spend less time daily worrying.  It sounds so cliché, but ask yourself: “Will
this really matter in a year? What about a couple months or even days?” If you
do this you may find most things aren’t worth worrying about.

Read a book a month that’s out of your comfort zone. Sure Fifty Shades of Grey may have been your favorite book of 2012, but why not expand your variety a little?

Use your vacation time. That vacation time is there so that you can relax and take time for yourself. Don’t feel like you shouldn’t take it just because you don’t have a big trip planned!

Do one thing a week just because you want to. Sometimes it’s easier to take care of everyone around us than ourselves. Doing things like getting a manicure or seeing a movie could mean a happier you and a happier you is better for everyone!

Learn something new every day. Even something as simple as learning the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day could have you just a little smarter with each passing day. Donnybrook means a brawl or usually public quarrel. You’re welcome for the head start!

Try new things. You just never know what you’re missing out on. Trying new things is a great way to cross things off your bucket list and meet new people…talk about killing two birds with one stone!

Laugh more. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? This one needs no explanation, but I will say it can also count as an ab work-out for those of you still wanting to “exercise more” this year.

It’s important to always be thinking of better ways to improve your life, even after the ball drops in Times Square. If 2012 drilled anything into our brains, it’s that “You only live once”, who could forget YOLO? With that in mind, another thing to put on your to-do list this year is to get a great Connecticut Life Insurance policy. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones. Call your agent today, check up on your Connecticut home and auto insurance policy for the New Year and ask about life insurance!

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LinkedIn to Grow Your Small Business

A little while ago I wrote a blog about the benefits of LinkedIn Groups for your business. While LinkedIn Groups are great, there’s even more you can do on LinkedIn, especially for your small business. LinkedIn always strikes me as the social media venue that should make the most sense for businesses, but sometimes businesses manage to forget about it. However, there... Read More

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A little while ago I wrote a blog about the benefits of LinkedIn Groups for your business. While LinkedIn Groups are great, there’s even more you can do on LinkedIn, especially for your small business. LinkedIn always strikes me as the social media venue that should make the most sense for businesses, but sometimes businesses manage to forget about it. However, there are some small businesses and start-ups taking advantage of all that LinkedIn has to offer. Check out recommendations from Guy Kawasaki on some of the ways small businesses can use LinkedIn:

  • Acquire new customers through online recommendations and word of mouth.
  • Keep in touch with people who care most about your business.
  • Find the right vendors to outsource services you’re not an expert on.
  • Build your industry network—online and in person.
  • Win new business by answering questions in your area of expertise.
  • Raise funding.
  • Network with peers in your industry for repeat business referrals.
  • Convince potential customers of your expertise by sharing unique blog content.
  • Keep your friends close and your competition closer.

I have to admit that some of these are things that I’ve never thought of for small businesses on LinkedIn. While it depends on what exactly your business is and your goals for your business on LinkedIn, there’s sure to be a couple you can use to your advantage! Which of these ways to use LinkedIn surprised you most? What are some ways that you use LinkedIn for your business that aren’t on the list? Let us know in our comments section!

-Brittany

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Avoid Speeding Tickets & Buy Car Insurance Online

First let me start off by saying we do not condone speeding, ever. Unfortunately a lot of us find ourselves slipping up on the road every once in a while with our driving. Aside from the obvious safety issues with speeding on the roads, if you get caught by a police officer you may can also find yourself paying out... Read More buy car insurance onlineFirst let me start off by saying we do not condone speeding, ever. Unfortunately a lot of us find ourselves slipping up on the road every once in a while with our driving. Aside from the obvious safety issues with speeding on the roads, if you get caught by a police officer you may can also find yourself paying out some money. Below are some tips that may help you avoid tickets and a higher premium on your Massachusetts auto insurance due to an speeding ticket on your record. Be safe on the road and do your best to adhere to the speed limit, but if you do slip up, here are 5 ways to avoid a speeding ticket from Reader’s
Digest
:

  • Understand that your car says a lot about you. Does your car say “I’m a responsible law-abiding citizen”? If you have overly tinted windows or inappropriate bumper stickers, you may be a little more likely to get a ticket. Make your car something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to show up to a job interview in.
  • Wave at the hidden police cruiser. One former officer says this will let him know one of two things:  know you saw him and you will be slowing down or you know him and he’ll wave back.
  • Don’t admit you were speeding. “I see” or “I was not aware of my speed” are ways to acknowledge your wrong-doing without ruining your chances of fighting your ticket. Try to get through the encounter with the officer as politely and quickly as possible. This is a good way that they won’t remember you in case you take on step four.
  • Plead not guilty, and defer your court date as often as you can. Some ticket dodgers say the more time between your ticket and your court date the better. How many people do you think an officer comes across in a month? Well, the number increases as time goes on. If you handled yourself politely and in a short time
    period (as mentioned in three) your chances are even better the officer won’t show up.
  • Know what tactics can get your ticket dismissed. Circumstances vary by state, but here are a couple examples: if the officer doesn’t show up for the court date, two officers were in the car and only one shows up, there is no correct speed limit sign in reasonable distance of your ticket.

Hopefully those tips can make your life a little easier and help eliminate some stress. Do you know what else
could make your life easier and eliminate some stress? Buying your car insurance online! Plymouth Rock now allows you to find, quote, and buy your auto insurance online. Hopefully now that you’ve avoided having to pay that speeding ticket online, you’ll have extra time on your hands. Instead of adding money to your insurance policy with a ticket, now you can save money with Massachusetts car insurance online!

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How Do People Get Kicked Off a Plane?

Just when it starts to get chilly, a warm tropical getaway might be the just the thing you need. Go online, book some tickets, pack, board your plane and soon you’ll be sipping out of coconuts on an island oasis. This can move from a reality to a dream if you are booted from your flight. Yahoo! provides some tips on what... Read More

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Just when it starts to get chilly, a warm tropical getaway might be the just the thing you need. Go
online, book some tickets, pack, board your plane and soon you’ll be sipping out of coconuts on an island oasis. This can move from a reality to a dream if you are booted from your flight. Yahoo! provides some tips on what not to do, so you can avoid getting kicked off of a plane:

Refuse To Buckle Your Seat Belt: If you think that you are too good to buckle up, then chances are you might be catching the boot! It is illegal not be buckled up during certain parts of the flight and airlines know this.

Bring a Crying Kid: This one would definitely devastate any family getaway! A crying child can violate conduct codes and be grounds for being removed from the flight. For parents, try to keep your child occupied during the flight or put them down for a nap. There would be nothing more depressing than consoling your crying child on the tarmac while your tropical paradise flies away.

Wear inappropriate clothing: If you have any concern about wearing it on the flight, then it is not a good idea. Leave anything questionable at home before you head to the airport. This can be a low-cut shirt, low hanging pants or just something offensive. If passengers find it uncomfortable then you can find yourself kicked off the flight.

Get in a fight: Who cares if the person next you got the last bag of peanuts? Check your hot head before you board the plane, as flying can be a stressful time for some. Throwing a punch or putting a stewardess in a headlock is not going to make your situation better, and you could face legal action.

Ignore the Request to turn off Electronic Devices: Angry Birds can wait for a little bit. Even if you consider yourself “glued” to your phone, listen to the flight crew when they tell you to turn it off. Bring a book or something to keep you occupied during the flight.

All these situations could result in you getting kicked off of a plane. Play it smart and just listen to the flight crew. If you would rather drive than fly or if you unfortunately don’t have a choice thanks to one of these situations, make sure you have the New Jersey auto insurance policy you need for your trip. If you need a new policy or simply want to check  in on an existing one, call Encharter and learn more about NJ auto insurance from one of our helpful agents!

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Show and Tell: What’s Better for your Marketing?

We recently posted a video on our eMarketing YouTube channel about the effects of visuals on engagement. Picture and video content grows daily, just think about the number of people on social networks like Pinterest and YouTube. Pinterest alone is one of the top five traffic drivers in the world. Recently, Instagram’s daily active mobile users exceeded that of Twitter. So... Read More

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We recently posted a video on our eMarketing YouTube channel about the effects of visuals on engagement. Picture and video content grows daily, just think about the number of people on social networks like Pinterest and YouTube. Pinterest alone is one of the top five traffic drivers in the world. Recently, Instagram’s daily active mobile users exceeded that of Twitter. So how can you use the power of visual content in your own eMarketing? We’ve got 6 tips from HubSpot to help!

  1. Share your message in a visual format wherever possible.
  2. Take the time to create your own visuals, such as infographics, memes, videos, etc.
  3. Since people connect emotionally to visuals, show them your business’ story.
  4. Encourage your fans and followers to share your content. Ask them to post their own visuals. Promote contests that revolve around sharing visual content.
  5. Don’t ignore words altogether – include a call-to-action, URL, caption or description with your visuals.
  6. You can share visual content on more than just Facebook and Pinterest. Tweet it; Instagram it; include original visuals in your blogs; etc.

So what are you doing to get visual with your fans and followers? Let us know in the comments! And as always, don’t forget to subscribe!

Alyssa : )

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Great Blogs from 2012

Can you believe the year is almost over? Now is the time when we all think back on some of our best (and worst) memories from the year! What were some of the moments that stuck out for you? Hopefully 2013 will bring even more great times! With the year coming to end, now is also a great time to... Read More

Can you believe the year is almost over? Now is the time when we all think back on some of our best (and worst) memories from the year! What were some of the moments that stuck out for you? Hopefully 2013 will bring even more great times! With the year coming to end, now is also a great time to take a look back at some of the Favorite Blogs of 2012. Some may have information that surprises you and others may be about something you hadn’t thought of until now. However, all of the blogs have some great insurance information about everything from New Jersey Car Insurance to Massachusetts Renters Insurance!

Cities with the Best Well Being  – Thinking of moving? If you’re not sure where you want to live next, this list is a great place to start to find the right location!

What Are Burglars Thinking– Ever wonder what a robber looks for before they break into a home or what makes them think that home is the right target? This blog could have you thinking like a robber which may help you better prepare your home for a break-in!

Organize Your Home & Save Money– Who doesn’t love saving money? As if you don’t already have enough reasons to organize your home, it could also help you save money!

Spring Break Budget – Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? These money saving tips can help you make the most of your vacation budget.

Ten Most Stolen Vehicles – If a new year also means a new vehicle for you, you might want to check out this list first. The answers may surprise you.

Umbrella Insurance Questions Answered–A lot of people have questions about umbrella insurance. This blog is a good starting point for some basics you should know about an umbrella insurance policy.

Business Insurance Questions–If you’re a business owner looking to get the right business insurance policy, this blog can help you ask your agent the right questions.

Personal Assistants Simplify Life– Ever wonder what a personal assistant does? This blog may have you thinking you could use one of your own. Don’t worry though we help simplify your life with a little information on how to buy car insurance online too… maybe you don’t need that assistant!

Hidden Uses for Your Hair Dryer–This blog is one of my favorites because I found myself surprised while writing it. There’s more you can do with your hair dryer than you think, trust me.

Winter Wedding Tips– New Years Eve and Valentine’s Day are right around the corner. If you find yourself with an extra ring on your finger after the holidays, this blog is for you! Not engaged? You reading this blog and taking notes can be our little secret.

Love these blogs and interested in reading from us more in 2013? Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog!

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The Truth Behind Insurance Myths

Ever wonder if it really is more expensive to insure a red car? Or is life insurance REALLY all that expensive? Well, our most recent whitepaper debunks these myths and more! Our insurance experts have put their heads together to identify and demystify the top 6 insurance myths for you, our loyal clients and readers. Download this informative, must-read whitepaper... Read More

I’m Renting a Car…Now What?

We've been talking a lot in our blogs about being the hostess during the holidays and the stress that can bring. For those of you that are traveling and staying with family, don’t worry, we know that can be stressful too! As guests, we often do everything we can to not completely depend on those kind enough to host us. This may include renting a... Read More

We’ve been talking a lot in our blogs about being the hostess during the holidays and the stress that can bring. For those of you that are traveling and staying with family, don’t worry, we know that can be stressful too! As guests, we often do everything we can to not completely depend on those kind enough to host us. This may include renting a vehicle for your stay at a relative’s home. After all, there may not be enough room in your luggage for all those gifts and you may find yourself back and forth to the mall. A question we frequently get from our clients is about their Massachusetts Car Insurance coverage when they are renting a vehicle.

MA Car Insurance Rental There you are at the car rental place and they are offering you the option of purchasing insurance, but do you need it? There are a couple of things we recommend you do before you commit. First and foremost, if you know you will be renting a car on your next trip, call our agents and ask about your car insurance coverage! Our agents will be happy to give you their advice on the pros and cons of car rental insurance and let you know if you have the coverage you need without it. Sometimes your policy will provide rental car coverage and that may be enough for your situation. If you don’t own a car, this may be another reason to look into a non-owner auto insurance policy. Also in addition to calling your agent, give your credit card company a call. They sometimes provide coverage for situations with rental cars and accidents, but not always!

Your current Massachusetts car insurance coverage may be enough for your trip, but the only way to be sure is to ask your agent. Sometimes the rental car insurance is the right choice and other times you can stick with the auto coverage you have. Either way, the best person to help you make the decision is your insurance agent. As we always remind you, everyone’s policy is different so whenever you have questions about your specific coverage, it’s important to speak directly with your agent about your policy.

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