Christmas Alert for Business Owners with Kids: Google’s Santa Tracker Rocks!

Santa Tracker by Google

Christmas Alert: Santa hired developers!

After splitting with NORAD on their joint Christmas Eve Santa radar, Google now has its very own Santa Tracker.  BUT since there are three days left before Christmas, the Santa Tracker home page has a village you can wander through accomplishing various Christmas missions. The page is right and left scrollable and the clickable icons lead you to fun and seasonally-themed APPs. In The Googster’s own words: “On Christmas Eve, we’ll be proudly showcasing a preview of Santa’s dashboard—the technology that powers his sleigh . . . We’ve received this special preview from one of Santa’s many developer elves . . . “ See? First, through a website texting feature, Santa asked me several questions about what my kids wanted, where they lived, what their nicknames were and more. He then put all the info into a voice message that rang through right to their phones. (“Hello Molly. This is Santa calling.” Whoops- sent during school hours).  Then I went through the process for my significant other just to give myself a laugh thinking of him picking up the phone to Santa.  Santa did tell me first that he had a legal team and I had to check off I understood what was involved. Oh well. If you can’t trust Santa . . . Santa’s Village also included several games that involve elves dropping wrapped presents into chimneys and sleighs. Going on a long car trip? Throw the kid an iPhone or Droid and have him or her explore these little, holiday themed games. It looks like there’s lots more, but I should be working and I need to get some stocking stuffers yet!

Two Small Gifts from Informed Web Content

Not to throw cold egg nog on the holidays, but I stumbled across a review of the book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” written by a palliative care nurse and thought it had some good seasonal messages. I have the bias that my clients won’t have the regrets the world’s arbitrage lawyers and repo men do. I’m hoping that going through these and recognizing the meaningful choices you’ve made already will add to your happy feelings over the holidays. The top 5 regrets were:

  1. I wish I had lived a life true to myself and not the expectations of others.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had made more time for friends.
  5. I wish I had let myself be happier. (“Let”? Apparently getting into a habit of chronic unhappiness is common.)

Negative Online Reviews Dampening Holiday Spirits?

They’re part of EVERY business’ life these days. Clobber the negative ones, sending them down the list by asking your clients for reviews on Google+ and Yelp.  This is the first line of defense for companies large and small. A completed review enters their name in a drawing for an iPad, Kindle HD or any other must-have toy for grown ups. Download, customize and print these requests for Google+ and Yelp Reviews from our website. After you put in your practice name and the details of the sweepstakes you’re running for all who submit a review, you can print them out and hand them to your clients and customers.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Suzanne

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