Monday, June 23, 2008

I would like to win big at poker or the lottery someday

Every time I buy a lottery ticket, play a game of Bingo or Poker I like to think I can win big. So far that has not happened. I still like the occasional game of chance though. It is the idea that maybe this time I will win.

For me the lottery ticket is that you cannot win if you don’t have a ticket, and it only takes one. That does not mean I buy a ticket for every draw, but I usually buy a couple a month on the off chance I might get the big one.

Bingo was always a social outing. Yes I have won the big one a few times over the years, but that was many years ago. To be honest it was more that it was a night out with my friends with the chance of winning something. I have played some online bingo and it is fun and I can chat without leaving my home.

Poker I like to think of as a game of skill and chance. I love playing it at online casinos, and yes the 10-cent game is more thrilling then a free roll any day. The money does makes a difference, even just a dime, but I like to see how far I can get and if I can place. I keep to the 10-cent tournaments because I know I could spend a lot if I did anything else. I only gamble what I am willing to loose, which is about 10 cents. One day I hope to play a game face to face, not just online.

I do admit that I actually like watching poker on T.V. and like to read up on the game. Poker just never seemed like something that would make a great spectator sport, or that people would want to read about it. Seems it is, On Line Casinos has a community area for individuals blogs about gambling, forum discussions and more. I actually enjoy the thrill of a good game even when I am not playing it. Today gambling is news on some sites like On line casino reports. They have interviews with the big players, event coverage and even tips on how to play better. I guess money is not just made at the table anymore, big winners are celebrities now and are being treated as such.

Here is one of the stories found on “On line casino reports”. They actually do relevant and interesting news reports on gambling. Who knew it could be news?

I have found that I am not into sports betting, I guess you have to be big into sports to get into it. Though that is not actually the case because I have met a few people who will bet on anything and everything.

I am more interested in a game of skill like poker or backgammon, though I have never bet on backgammon. I guess I am not much of a risk taker or gambler when it comes to real money. I still like to play though. I did spend sometime looking around at different casinos to find ones that had free games so I could learn and improve my game. Then I ended up playing free rolls, won some money and started playing for money. Now all I have to do is go to an online casino guild to find what promotions are on, what the payouts are and more. It makes it easer to find a game I can afford to play in at a time I can play.

I have to admit that I have a long way to go before I could ever try to make a living from playing poker. For me it is just a fun game with as little or as lot of risk as I want to take. I don’t like to take a big risk, so I guess it will always be the penny tables and 10-cent tournaments for me. Unless I win the lottery, that is.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How you display your product helps create your company's image

How you display your product shows how much pride you have in it. It also develops the image of your company. It does not matter if you are providing information, giving away samples or actually selling, peoples first impressions go a long way to developing an brand image for your product and your company. You always want to make the best impression possible.

I love selling at festivals, craft shows and even the odd trade show. One of the things I learned very quickly is that the look of your table or booth is just as important as your product. If you do not look professional then people are not going to want to buy from you, or even take your information. Image is everything when it comes to sales. How people perceive your booth in the first few seconds is what they use to decide if they are going to come over to it or walk around it. So you know your staff and the booth need to look tidy, clean and professional to get people to come over. At the same time you need to stand out from all the other booths.

How you display your product will have an impact on how your booth looks, and if people will come over to look. Over the years I have developed a weakness for displays. I am always looking for the newest table top display. There are always better ones coming out. I use them to change and improve my booths look every year, and yet I have to try and make it so that people recognize that it is us and come over to see what new products we have this year. Having table covers with our name and logo on the front of the table makes it easy for people quickly identify that it is us. It also gives us a nice professional look to attract new customers. It really does make a difference in our sales when we take the time to maintain a professional but unique look to our booth.

I can also say as a buyer at a wholesale show how a trade show exhibits looks does determine if I check out their product or not. It also influences me in desiding to buy from someone. If they don’t take care of the booth, have a professional looking display of their products, and looks different from the 100 other booths all selling the same or similar products I am less likely to buy from them. If they don’t take the time to take care of their booth what quality of product can I expect from them? On the other hand if the booth is easy to identify, professional, and looks good I am more likely to trust their quality. It is like shopping at the dollar store where everything is crammed together or a fine jewellery store where everything is professionally displayed with each piece is placed with care and thought to its value.

If you don’t care how your booth looks or how your product is displayed then why should anyone care about your company or product. I had learn the hard way that if you don’t spend the money to make sure your booth looks good it does not matter what you are selling or giving away, you will not make sales or contacts. Over the years the quality and look of my booth has improved as I was able to afford better displays, table cloths and even a better looking booth. The more I invested into the image of my company the better I did.