Our world is becoming more and more connected as technology continues to innovate in new and exciting ways. One of the latest trends in consumer technology is to integrate traditionally connected devices (such as smartphones and tablets) with those which haven’t been networked before (such as TVs or thermostats). Iris is a product which is moving us toward total home integration.
What is Iris?
Iris is a way to connect certain home features to your smartphone, tablet or computer so that you can access these features even when you’re not in the house. It uses your home internet connection to let you control certain aspects of your home, such as your thermostat or alarm system, when you’re away. Did you forget to turn the thermostat down before you went to work? Iris makes that little more than a minor inconvenience.
How can Iris help me?
Well, for one thing, it allows you to control your house’s alarm system and thermostat remotely. Nobody home in the summer time? You can let the house get a few degrees warmer. Iris will also send notifications when people enter or leave your home, so you can know when it’s time to crank the AC.
Since you can control your home alarm, you don’t have to worry about your kids leaving the house without turning on the alarm, or if you had to rush to work in the morning and forgot to activate the alarm, you can do so through Iris.
Another benefit to Iris is cost. Most alarm systems cost $100 or more a month. However, Iris premium service is only $9.99 a month. Those savings can add up. Plus, there’s the potential to save on your utility bills with the thermostat controls.
What do I need for Iris?
You need to purchase an Iris kit from Lowe’s. There are several different packages available that can offer different capabilities. You’ll also need to have a working internet connection, like HomeFusion from Verizon Wireless (visit a Cellular Sales store near you). After that, you just need to do some configuring, following the instructions in the Iris kit, and you should be good to go.
Iris offers a way to control certain aspects of your home and save money at the same time. That’s not a bad combination, is it?
Many former University of Tennessee athletes, who now host shows on TSR, were available to meet fans and sign autographs. Former UT and New York Jets quarterback, Erik Ainge, was even on hand to challenge fans in games of NCAA Football on Xbox 360. In addition to Ainge, Jayson Swain, Chris Treece, Gerald Riggs, Jr., and Steven Pearl all made appearances.
“We had a great time at Cellular Sales,” Ainge said. “The turnout was amazing, and everyone had fun playing video games and learning about all of the awesome products and services from Verizon that Cellular Sales offers.”
It was a fun event for all who participated, as those who came by were able to munch on some delicious food catered by Calhoun’s and pick up a free Tennessee Sports Radio t-shirt. And who doesn’t love a free t-shirt?
“Any time I can hang out, talk to, take pictures with and engage with my fans is time well-spent,” Ainge said. “Cellular Sales gets that. Their entire business model is completely built around taking care of and engaging their customers. This event was another example of how they do things differently, and they do it very well.”
We really enjoyed hosting the guys from Tennessee Sports Radio, and we were glad to be able to bring this kind of event to our customers. It was really fun to get to see people meeting their sports idols for the first time.
Cellular Sales recently gave a $15,000 donation to SOAR Youth Ministries to help support Knoxville children in need. SOAR Youth Ministries focuses upon helping at-risk youth in the Lonsdale area through after school training, a summer academy and a mentoring program. For the past three years, Cellular Sales has been helping SOAR serve the community through financial donations.
“The volunteers at SOAR have a passion for underprivileged youth and want to make a difference in their lives,” said Clayton Wood, executive director of SOAR Youth Ministries. “With the help of Cellular Sales, we get closer to that goal every year.” (Knoxville News Sentinel, June 3, 2012)
The donated funds will go to support the summer academy. During summer months, SOAR provides an all-day place for youth to participate in an intensive reading program, go on educational field trips and learn more about the Bible.The theme for the Summer Academy 2012 is “I Spy.” Throughout the summer the children at SOAR will go on a scavenger hunt researching bugs, America in the 1930′s, tracking the meteor storm, serving the city and more! Programs like this help the children develop a passion for reading while inspiring a sense of pride in the whole community.
Cellular Sales will also sponsor the annual SOAR Golf Tournament on July 2 at Gettysvue Golf Course. As the nations largest Verizon Wireless retailer, Cellular Sales has been privileged to open over 500 stores throughout the nation. In addition to bringing job opportunities to local communities, Cellular Sales is proud to invest in the future of these communities through programs like SOAR.
For the second year in a row, Cellular Sales has donated a $2500 grant to the the CNY Football Academy, a free football camp for kids in the Syracuse area. Organized by three NFL players, this annual camp provides an opportunity for children of all ages and economic backgrounds to learn about working hard, setting goals and achieving milestones.
Each year Mike Hart (a former running back for the Indianapolis Colts), Jo-Lonn Dunbar (a linebacker for the St. Louis Rams), and Tyvon Branch (a safety for the Oakland Raiders) return to home to Syracuse to offer this camp as a gift to the community. “It’s great to come back home every year and give back to the community that’s always supported me,” said Mike Hart, current running backs coach at Eastern Michigan University. “We’re lucky that we get to do something we love, while having fun with local kids and making this a community event.”
“It astounds us every year to see how this camp touches so many lives of those in our area,” said Tim Blackburn, regional director at Cellular. “We couldn’t be happier to be a part of this special program.”
The CNY Football Academy camp will be held on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Sunnycrest Park.
Verizon customers will soon be able to enjoy 4G LTE all around the world. In a press conference at the Telecommunications Industry Association last week, Tony Malone, Verizon’s Chief Technology Officer, announced that Verizon Wireless plans to offer global roaming for all its 4G LTE smartphones, tablets and network cards.
“There will absolutely be roaming for 4G LTE devices,” Malone said. “And where 4G LTE isn’t available or it’s not economical to support those LTE frequencies, we’ll allow customers to fall back on 3G HSPA networks.”
April was a busy month for Cellular Sales. New stores opened in states all across the country. With the opening of stores in Delaware and Connecticut last Tuesday, Cellular Sales reached a new milestone: 500 stores and counting. The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Cellular Sales COO James Thome who said, “It’s all because of our people. Our business model of hiring high quality and dedicated employees to make sure you’re happy.”
In the last few years, smartphones have come to dominate Cellular Sales business and now more than half the phones sold are smartphones. More and more Americans from all ages and all walks of life are discovering the power of smartphones for everything from keeping grocery lists to tracking news to remembering meetings. Cellular Sales experts help customers find the ideal smartphone or regular cell phone that will meet their needs. The attention to customers has propelled Cellular Sales to the nation’s largest Verizon retailer.
The 500 store milestone is just the beginning. Cellular Sales plans to open another 75 to 100 stores by the end of the year, and expects to break the 2 million mark in annual phone sales. The Northwest and Northeast have both emerged a potentially large growth markets. By creating new markets and expanding existing markets, Cellular Sales is creating new job opportunities throughout the country for eager sales professionals who want to build their own business. To learn morea bout working for Cellular Sales, visit joincellularsales.com.
This past week Cellular Sales opened our 60th store in North Carolina, our 50th store in Texas, and a new store in Savannah, Georgia. Hard work and loyal customers has helped us reach these new milestones. We work hard to build strong customer relationships because loyal customers help create other loyal customers. This pattern of ongoing growth has helped make Cellular Sales the nation’s largest Verizon Wireless reseller.
“Opening our 60th store in North Carolina is an exciting milestone for us and the entire Cellular Sales team who works hard every day to bring our service model to new areas throughout the country,” said Dane Scism, founder and CEO at Cellular Sales. “Since our first store opened in North Carolina in 1997, we have been committed to our mission of providing the best customer care in the mobile industry.”
In 2005, Cellular Sales opened our first store in Texas. Since then, we’ve experienced tremendous growth and opened 10 new stores in the past year alone. “We continue to experience rising demand for our services and our record expansion across the Texas market illustrates that,” said JT Thome, COO. “Cellular Sales is committed to meeting that demand and we strive to exceed our customers’ expectations as we look forward to continued growth in the future.”
This pattern of continued growth translates into 10 to 15 new store openings every month nationwide and an annual growth rate of 30 percent. Cellular Sales faces the great challenge of continually recruiting talented sales professionals. On any given day, we’re looking for motivated, sales people who want the opportunity to build their own business. We train our team members to focus on customer service as the foundation for a successful business. This focus has paid off. In 18 years, Cellular Sales has grown to over 500 stores with a thriving team of 3800 sales professionals. We hope to open 150 new stores in 2012 alone.
For more information on working for Cellular Sales, contact us today.
Cellular Sales has a knack for transforming abandoned buildings into successful businesses. Consider our soon-to-open store in North Naples, Florida. Eckerd Drugs built a nice location beside Walmart for a pharmacy in 2004, but they never moved into the building. Instead, they sold it to CVS. Though it is referred to as “the old CVS building,” CVS never actually occupied the building either. In fact, the building has been sitting dormant for a long time.
Enter Cellular Sales. An authorized retailer of Verizon Wireless products, the Knoxville-based company has over 500 stores nationwide and almost 100 stores in Florida alone. This year, Cellular Sales is planning to open three stores in Naples. The “old CVS building” seemed like a perfect spot. “It’s a really good location. You can see it from every angle in a busy Walmart parking lot,” says Jason Lema, who manages six stores in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral region for Cellular Sales.
Cellular Sales has converted several abandoned spaces like this one into thriving businesses that bring the best in mobile devices and services to an area while also helping stimulate the local economy by creating new jobs. All three new stores coming to Naples plan for success by building strong customer relationships.
“At Cellular Sales, we look out for the customer’s wallet before our own. We want to take care of customers,” Lema said. “We want customers to leave the store happy and refer their neighbors and friends to the location.” The Cellular Sales approach is not focused on a one quick sale, but a potential lifetime of sales by helping customers before and after the sale.
For those living in and around Naples, the new store located at 5410 Immokalee Road should be opening sometime in early April. Keep your eyes open for balloons, banners and a vibrant staff ready to serve.
Jason White, an Account Manager for Cellular Sales, found a unique way to promote his business. He contacted local media representatives about appearing on the Fox Morning Blend and ended up doing two different segments. Jason’s initiative opened new doors for his own business while also promoting Cellular Sales in the Fort Myers area.
His resourcefulness offers some excellent insights for anyone trying to build a sales business:
Jay Abraham once said that one key when building a business is writing a list of every person you know, then listing everyone they might know. Nowadays with Facebook and LinkedIn this ability to discover connections is even better. This list of connections is not merely for potential sales, but to help you see the resources that could help you build your business. According to Jason, “I’m fortunate to have a good relationship with several people in the local media, so I started thinking about how I could utilize those relationships.” Jason ended up calling the local Marketing Manager to set up a meeting to discuss possibilities. Soon he had setup a deal to appear on the Fox Morning Blend.
Generating Sales Ripples
The impact of Jason’s effort is like dropping a stone in a pond: it continues to ripple. Sales success comes in different ways. “I got my first phone call within minutes of the broadcast,” says Jason, “but the majority has come in the days afterwards.” The ripples of impact continue for days after the show. “On the first show, I booked four appointments and that brought in 2 MIFI devices, and a few new lines and upgrades. The day of the broadcast I did over $500 in sales. The second show I got 2 official appointments with 5 new lines and 2 upgrades.”
His efforts continue to help his business, both in sales and instant credibility with new clients. “I’ve turned this into a really good marketing tool for perspective clients and also my current clients. When I tell people that we were featured on Television, it gives us a little more credibility. When I’m filling out a red folder and getting my clients information set up, I’ll write the YouTube address on it so they can see the broadcast. I’ll tell them to pass it along to their friends and family so they can see the material that’s on there.”
Thanks to the strong relationships with our customers, Cellular Sales continues to expand, enter new communities, and meet new customers. Recently, our team in Culpeper, Virginia enjoyed the opportunity to beautify the community and expand operations at the same time. We renovated a landmark location in downtown Culpeper, transforming the old into the new.
Cellular Sales had operated a store up the highway at Dominion Square Shopping Center since 2009. This location served as a perfect base to start and build the business, but the long term goal was to be in downtown Culpeper. The building that housed Culpeper Motor Corp. for over five decades became available. This outdated and abandoned 3,600 square space looked like a perfect place to invest our time and energy.
“We saw an opportunity here where most people wouldn’t,” explained Jay Vaiksnoras, regional director of Cellular Sales. “This is our commitment to the community.” So the Cellular Sales team stepped up to the plate and invested about $300,000 to renovate the old Culpeper Motor Corp. building. In January, the old building came back to life in a dramatic new form. The Cellular Sales center opened as a hi-tech spot, complete with the latest phones, mobile devices and accessories. “It’s more inviting to the customer,” said Vaiksnoras, adding, “We are here to stay.”
Customers visiting Cellular Sales center will have an opportunity to learn about the iPhone, Android, Blackberry, mobile hotspots and much more. They’ll be seeing an old building with an exciting new look, and staff will be standing by to serve them like an old friend. “Culpeper is a smaller community where people appreciate that little extra touch – that personal service,” said Vaiksnoras.
As a regional hub, the new store will also be looking to add new employees. Already, foot traffic is increasing. The goal is to have 12 people staffing this store. Since Cellular Sales employees average more than $51,000 per year, this will be a nice boost to the local Culpeper economy.
As one of the fastest growing retail companies in the U.S., Cellular Sales is proud to build strong relations in local communities. With 32 locations in Virginia and almost 500 nationwide, Cellular Sales continues growing and thriving at a dramatic pace. As we grow, our longstanding commitment to deliver a rich and satisfying customer experience remains the same.
Last fall, 15 Cellular Sales Call Center employees joined over 13,000 participants (800 of whom were breast cancer survivors) to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to fighting breast cancer.
Started in 1982, people from all walks of life have been walking in honor of Susan G. Komen who fought and battled cancer until she died. In honor of her compassion and drive to make a difference, her sister Nancy G. Brinker started the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure. For the past 19 years, thousands and thousands of people have joined the race. Along the way, they’ve raised $1.9 billion dollars in this fight against breast cancer.
On October 22, 2011, Knoxville residents met at the World’s Fair Park to join this historic event, raising awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. The team from Cellular Sales contributed $600 dollars and joining with a host of volunteers they raised $305,723.96 dollars.
2011 marks a year of incredible growth for Cellular Sales. The company opened 134 stores in this year alone. At over 475 stores, expansion has reached the Northeast, South, Midwest and even the Northwest. This year marks 18 years of continuous growth, making Cellular Sales the nation’s largest Verizon premium wireless retailer.
This secret to this growth is simple: a hard-working team of sales associates who consistently focus on meeting the need of their customers. This team of sales associates now exceeds 3500, and it just keeps growing. Cellular Sales attracts people with a drive and dedication to building their own business by serving and supporting their customers.
As the company continues to grow, it continues to search for potential leaders who are interested in working for Cellular Sales. New sales associates enjoy a positive and empowering atmosphere team leaders that inspire, train and help them become better performers. The Cellular Sales’ management philosophy focuses giving sales associates the support to thrive and then stepping out of the way.
As Regional Director Alec Rankin has said, “There is no cap on how much income someone can make.” Unlike some sales companies that have ceilings and other restrictions that can inhibit success. Cellular Sales rewards performers with incredible commission and freedom to build their own business.
As 2011 comes to a close, the company is actively on the lookout for sales professionals who want to build a thriving business. If you are interested in working at Cellular Sales, you can learn more about business opportunities by visiting Join Cellular Sales.
Cellular Sales congratulates Vinh Le for leading his team to victory and winning $5,000 in our Fall Frenzy contest. The Fall Frenzy Contest offered teams the opportunity to compete across multiple categories over a ten week period. Mr. Le’s team excelled in each category, winning the overall championship. As with all the team leaders, he was quick to acknowledge the outstanding performance of his team members. Designed to encourage leadership best practices, the Fall Frenzy Contest gave team leaders the ongoing challenge of inspiring and helping their team members reach business performance goals that would benefit each person and the team as a whole. The skills that leaders and teams enhanced will serve to help all their businesses grow and continue to excel over time. Cellular Sales congratulates all our team leaders. Their energy, innovation and performance is an inspiration to the whole company. In one sense, all the teams are winners because of the strong performance of their businesses. Cellular Sales recognizes the top ten winning teams by awarding a cash prize to team leaders and awarding money for a team celebration. Fall Frenzy Top Ten Team Leaders include:
- Vinh Le
- Matt Bayley
- Gary Scott
- James Lander
- Daniel Favors
- Addam Geren
- George Argeras
- William Dean
- Diego Betancourt
- Neil Enguerra
In a brilliant move last week, Verizon Wireless acquired $3.6 billion in spectrum licenses from the cable consortium SpectrumCo (See “Verizon to buy cable spectrum, pressuring rivals“,Reuters, December 2). Spectrum is the frequency in radio and telecommunications where information travels in a wave along an assigned frequency range. Spectrum licenses are vital resources for thriving in the wireless industry.
With this most recent purchase, Verizon outfoxed the competition and positioned the company to better serve customers and potentially expand services to customers, including the option to introduce its full portfolio of cable, phone and wireless services in areas of the country where it doesn’t currently offer broadband.
This is great news for Verizon customers since more spectrum means more capacity.
With 110MHz of spectrum nationwide, the Verizon 4G LTE can continue building out to meet the every growing demand of customers for blazing speed. This move reinforces a long term commitment to supporting and developing its vast network, so that Verizon customers can enjoy the fastest network with the broadest coverage in more and more places. At the same time, Verizon can offer customers more services and content via the companies in SpectrumCo (Comcast, Time Warner, and Bright House Networks).
How do you get ready for the holiday? At Cellular Sales we get ready by opening new stores, bringing on new sales representatives and immersing ourselves in the latest wireless technology. (Of course, we really do this all year round.) Just last weekend, we opened stores in Chester, Virginia and Salisbury, MD.
As one of the fastest growing companies in the nation, Cellular Sales has nearly 500 thriving stores across the country, and the number keeps growing. You might say that we’re helping get ready for the holidays in more ways than one. By bringing sales opportunities in cities all across our country, we helping individuals and local economies thrive.
What’s the secret of our success? As the CEO and founder of Cellular Sales, Dane Scism says, “We strive to treat every one of our customers as if they are our only customer, and we always place a great emphasis on quality customer communication.” We don’t simply want customers for the holidays. We want customers who come back again and again because they’ve been treated so well.
At the same time, all our customers enjoy the nation’s largest and most reliable 3G network and the nation’s largest, fastest, and most advanced 4G network. With the explosion of smartphones, our customers and businesses utilize our advanced network for streaming media, email, and an expansive range of possible applications.
Yes, we’re hanging out the greenery and “sprucing” up for the festivities this season, but our consistent customer service and superior network is the same quality customers rely on.
This holiday season is a perfect time for an upgrade or giving a gift. We’re offering all the newly released Android smartphones like HTC Rezound, Droid RAZR, Droid Bionic, and many more. We also have the new Apple iPhone 4S, mobile hotspots, netbooks, wireless headsets and much.
Plus, our local stores will be running a wide range of specials. So be sure to stop in and see your local Cellular Sales representative. If you don’t have a representative, visit our customer service team and someone will direct you to someone who can help you. If you’re a motivated person with an entrepreneurial spirit, you may want to check our opportunities in your area to see how you can join our “culture that breeds success.”