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MARCH, WHAT CAN WE DO??? - by Marla


So, it's March. Still cold but with the promise of spring. What to do? What to do you ask? Well here are some ideas!

Around the house. Start off spring cleaning with cleaning out and organizing closets and cabinets. Start planning your garden! I saw some great non GMO, no pesticides, no insecticides, etc. seeds! Plant your own herbs and vegetables in starter pots so they are ready to put outside by Mother's Day. Share a packet of seeds with friends and neighbors, or start a group where each of you grows a certain herb or veggie and you all share. Have a party the Saturday before Mother's Day and swap plants! Eat healthy this summer!

For FUN! We have everything going on in Illinois from the Fox Valley Antiques show in St. Charles to HEAD EAST coming to the Decatur Civic Center on April 25th! I can't wait!!! The Decatur Civic Center is also offering SpringStock 2015, live southern music with fun, food and drinks on March 21st and Matthew West: The Live Forever Tour on April 4th. Please visit our website at http://gdhnl.com/ and look under Area Resources for more events and links to even MORE to do in Illinois! There are TONS of fun events!

March Holidays: March 5, Purim, a Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish people being saved from extermination in ancient Persia. Learn more in the book of Esther. March 8 is Daylight Savings and International Wom... Continue Reading

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1. CUSTOMERS FORGET. Why do huge companies like Coke, Pepsi, Burger King, McDonalds, and Budweiser advertise daily? They have established their brand names. Their work is done. Everyone knows them and uses their product daily. Simple, we the customer, forget without constant reminders. Every day a customer doesn't hear about your company is one more day they hear about your competitor.

2. NAME RECOGNITION. When a customer thinks about your product or service whose name do you want them to think of first? It's hard for them to think of you if they don't see your name, face, logo, or business anywhere. Ever. It's easy for them to think of you when they see your name, face, logo, or business everywhere. ALL THE TIME.

3. PEOPLE TAKE THEIR TIME WHEN BUYING A PRODUCT OR CHOOSING A SERVICE PROVIDER. As consumers when we are making a decision from where to dine that evening to which new big screen should we buy or which attorney, doctor, or real estate agent we should use we research for awhile first. We read ads, we look for reviews, we ask friends and family, etc. This process helps us decide whose product or service we will purchase based on what we learn about our choices during this period. If you aren't visible to these consumers you won't even be a choice to learn about. Be visible!!!

4. CUSTOMERS MOVE. Studies show that 25% of your c... Continue Reading

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Why should you advertise in magazines? Isn't print media on the way out due to the world wide web? Absolutely NOT! Magazine advertising improves advertising return on investment. Multiple studies have shown that allocating more money to magazines in the media mix improves marketing and advertising ROI across a broad range of product catagories. 

Magazine advertising is relevant and targeted and in the consumer's view more credible and trustworthy than other media. Readers save magazines and look at them over and over, they share them with friends and family, giving advertisers the opportunity for multiple exposures.

Magazine advertising sells - and it delivers results consistently. Several studies show that magazines are the strongest driver of purchase intent, and they boost other media's effectiveness. Magazines deliver results more consistently throughout the purchase funnel than TV or the internet. 

Consumers value magazine advertising. Starcom found that when readers were asked to pull 10 pages that best demonstrate the essence of their favorite magazines, 3 out of 10 pages pulled were ads. MRI data shows that consumers trust and value magazine advertising. These findings reinforce those from the Northwestern University Magazine Reader Experience Study. Magazine advertising moves readers to action, including visiting and searching on the ... Continue Reading

For Sale: 134 Dover Dr, Decatur


4 Bedroom Bi-Level with 2 full bathrooms. Eat in kitchen with appliances. Big living room and family room. Large deck and fenced yard. New water heater 2014. House has lifetime waterproofing. 13 month home warranty. Seller will give $2000 carpet allowance.

  • Price: $2,557
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Full Baths: 2
  • Partial Baths: 0
  • Square Footage: 2557
  • MLS #: 6135406
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Featured Event: Events Around Illinois

Illinois Events:

Eagle Watching Opportunities!
Eagle Watching at Starved Rock through Feb 28
Bald Eagle Bus Tour Feb 14. Galena
Bald Eagle Trolley Tours at Starved Rock through Feb. 25
Eagle Watching in Alton through Feb. 15
Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, Illinois through March 7

Feb 14 & 15 Galesburg Historical Society Annual Chocolate Festival, Galesburg, IL

Feb 14 thru March 28 Underground Railroad Shuttle Tours in Alton, IL

Feb. 14 thru 22 Chicago Auto Show

Feb. 19 thru 22 48th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Feb 24 thru March 1 36th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival, Carbondale, IL

March 14 & 15 58th Annual Fox Valley Antiques Show, St. Charles, IL

March 14 thru 22 Chicago Flower and Garden Show

March 21 St. Patrick's Day Festival in Murphysboro, IL

April 11 & 12 Gem and Mineral Show, Marion, IL

April 12 Kane County Flea Market, St. Charles, IL

April 24 & 25 12th Annual Spores N More Mushroom Festival, Shelbyville, IL

Visit  http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for TONS MORE EVENTS and INFORMATION!

Live Theater events:

Jan. 14 thru Feb. 15 The Who's Tommy at Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL

Feb. 6 thru 15  Married Alive! Crystal Lake, IL

Feb 13 thru 22 Bye Bye Birdie, Oaklawn, IL

Jan. 28 thru March 29 La Cage aux Folles - Lincolnshire, IL

Feb. 20  The Golden Dragon Acrobats Present: Cirque Ziva. Grayslake, IL

March 7 - 4D Comedy Juggler Mark Nizer. Effingham, IL

March 18 thru 26  Paramount Theatrical Production: Les Miserables. Aurora, IL

March 20 thru 29  Jesus Christ Superstar, Oaklawn, IL

March 24  Gary Krinsky presents Toying with Science. Effingham, IL

April 10  The Second City Hits Home. Grayslake, IL


Feb. 21  Miranda Lambert at the Peoria Civic Center

Feb. 28 CLC's 31st Annual Salute to Gospel. Waukegan, IL

March 13  Newsboys. Effingham, IL

March 18 Phil Vassar  Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 20 Foreigner   Genessee Theatre in Waukegan, IL

March 26  Mel Tillis    Effingham, iL

March 27   Loretta Lynn  St. Charles, IL

April 2   REO Speedwagon   Genessee Theatre, Waukegan, IL

April 25   Lynn Anderson   Effingham, IL

This is only a FRACTION of the things going on in Illinois! Please visit http://www.enjoyillinois.com/en-us/events for a much more extensive listing and information. There really are things to do in our city and nearby. Go! Enjoy Illinois!

  • Date: 04/30/2015
  • Time: Various
  • Location: Various - Illinois
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