We’ve all got our go-to lists of what we’re thankful for this holiday season – family, friends, happiness, health, TiVo. But this year I put on my business-owner hat (it looks a little like a sombrero) and thought about what’s really made the difference for Bellmont Partners in 2010. So, here are the top four things I’m thankful for – from a business perspective – this year.
New technology. This was the year we stepped up our commitment to making our work lives easier, and invested in tech that makes us more efficient and effective. We’re in love with our iPhones, are able to record every single local TV newscast with our four TiVo streams (yes, TiVo made both my business and personal lists), and rely on the Web more than ever before, whether it’s to order office supplies online to save us a trip to the store or to discuss story ideas with media via Facebook or Twitter.
More conversation. 2010 was also the year that we stepped up Bellmont Partners’ presence online, including reworking our website and launching this blog. After years of helping our clients develop online content, we realized we were suffering from Shoemakers’ Children Syndrome, and decided we needed to focus on elevating our own digital discussions. So far, it’s really paid off – we’re participating in more conversations, sparking more ideas and connecting with more people.
Great clients. We really are lucky – our clients all have newsworthy stories to tell, and just as important, they look at us as a part of their team. All of us being on the same page, aiming for the same goals and engaging in real collaboration allows us to help get our clients where they want to be. We’re really proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish working in concert with our clients over the past 11 months; it’s been a great year.
Exceptional partners and collaborators. This year in particular, I’m thankful for the phenomenal team we’ve put together: Jen, Shelli and Sara, and frequent collaborators Arik and Bob. Working day in and day out with these folks makes it a joy to flip on the light switch every day.
How about you? What are you – and your business – grateful for this year?