New Year’s Eve Party Planning

New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching and the celebration planning has been long underway. Fortunately, there are many apps that make the process of throwing the best party super stress-free. To plan the ultimate party, there are five essentials: details, music, budget, food and people. We are going to introduce you to four apps that will ensure you don’t miss any important details while planning this year’s festivities.

1. Pro Party Planner

This app helps you get organized by keeping track of your guests, budget and logistics in one place. Pro Party Planner can be used for inviting other planners to delegate tasks. With the app, you can also communicate with all your guests and plan your seating and room decoration using a drag and drop tool. Pro Party Planner is $4.99 and can be found in the app store.

2. Party Mixer

This app is everything you need and more regarding the perfect DJ for your party. Party Mixer lets you play two tracks at the same time and cross-fade between them just like an actual DJ. You can also change the pitch and tempo mix to match the mood of your celebration. This app is free in the Android store.

 3. Paperless Post

This app is going to be your best friend for getting guests to your party. Paperless Post is an online service that allows you to send quality, professional-looking invitations to all your invitees. The invitations can be sent through social media, emails or snail mail. This app is found in Apple app store for free.

4. Pinterest

This is a popular app and is many times overlooked in the midst of party planning. Pinterest is a free app that can be an essential asset to your budget. There are thousands of recipes and DIY projects that can add flavor and life to your party without depleting your budget. There are step-by-step tutorials on the best New Year’s Eve party ideas. You can download it for Android and iOS.

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Tips for Managing Twitter

Almost every day, the news reports on tweets from politicians, celebrities and sometimes even an unknown little girl (@alabedBana) in Aleppo. While many people are familiar with Twitter and even have an account, some people rarely check their accounts because of the overwhelming number of Tweets, disagreeable discussion, or the difficulty in finding relevant conversations. There are plenty of built-in tools to make Twitter a great resource. Here a few tips that can help make this tool much more effective for connecting with people, discovering new ideas, and enjoying a hardy laugh.

In 2006, I attended the SXSW Conference when Twitter was debuting. It wasn’t totally clear how to use Twitter and people were exploring all sorts applications. Big screen monitors were set up all over the conference halls and in the lectures. Twitter was used to help facilitate question and answer, organize meetups, crack jokes, and even give feedback about the event. This beginning was so exciting, but over time my Twitter feed felt like one big spam feed of people pitching their services or a venue for never-ending arguments. Eventually, Twitter slipped into the background and I rarely ever checked the feed. When I applied some of the following simple adjustments to my feed, I rediscovered the unique adaptability of Twitter to my interests. Hopefully these tips will help you rediscover Twitter as well.

Create Lists Based on Common Theme – You can easily create lists that group Tweets by Friends, Colleagues, Specific Interests (humor, film, charities, etc.), News, Shopping and much more. Simply tap “Me” on the bottom right of the Twitter app. Then tap the gear icon to the right of your picture. Choose “Lists” from the drop-down menu. Now you’ll see all the lists you’ve created or followed. Simply tap a list to open and view Tweets. Or you can tap the “+” in the upper right to create a new list. Lists can be private for only you or public if you want to attract followers around a specific theme. Now when you use the Twitter app, you can view content through specific lists and see only the content that interests you.

Block or Mute Unwanted Content – If you see undesirable content, you can Block the Twitter account or temporarily mute it. Muting does not unfollow an account and does not inform the user you’ve muted theme. Plus, they can still Direct Message you. Block prevents a user and/or Twitter account from sending you Tweets, sending you a Direct Message or following your Tweets. To Mute or Block an Account, go to the Account Profile page, tap the gear icon beside profile picture, and choose Mute, Block or Report.

Use Multiple Twitter Accounts – Twitter now lets you sign in with multiple accounts, so you can have a personal account, a business account and even a school account. Tap “Me” in the bottom right corner. Select the people icon to the left of the “Edit profile” button.

Search – Twitter can search users with a specific name, topics, and tweets. You can utilize search operators for fine-tuned searches, plus the website version of Twitter offers Advance search for highly specialized searches (see Twitter Search to learn more about search operators and advanced search.

Twitter Clients – There are a variety of Twitter apps for your smartphone. For most people, the free Twitter app will meet all your needs. I bought several apps and tested them. Now I am convinced that for most people, the basic Twitter app is easier to use and free.

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Getting to Know Cellular Sales: Meet Sales Representative, Courtney O’Dell

  1. What do you do for Cellular Sales?

    From left to right: Upstate New York Regional Director, Tim Blackburn, Courtney O’Dell and Upstate New York Regional Director, Luke Fletcher

I am a sales representative and an operations lead in Upstate New York.

 

  1. What do you enjoy about working at Cellular Sales?

I enjoy the atmosphere! We are like a family here. We have a good time inside and outside of work. We get what needs to be done, done, and have fun while doing it!

 

  1. Can you share a particularly satisfying experience or proud moment from work?

My “shining” moment in this company was in December of 2014. My goal for the year was to make it into the Top 15 sales reps for the year. I was No. 8 in July, but then took a month off in August to have my baby girl.  So, in that month I dropped to No. 32. I was more than depressed when I came back to that. For the next four months, I worked really hard to get as many sales as I possibly could to get back into the Top 15. December came around, and I was at No. 21. I worked CASE and sold as much stuff as I could to try to hit my goal. It was my first month with the company that I hit $10,000 and I managed to be No. 15! It was the most exciting thing ever to be called on that stage at the Christmas party because I didn’t even know I did it! A total surprise!

 

  1. What do you like about Cellular Sales that sets it apart from other companies?

Like I said earlier, we are like a family. Everyone is extremely close. Our leadership group is amazing. They are always looking out for what is best for all the employees, and if there are any problems with anything they are addressed. Nothing is ever pushed aside. This company cares about every single person that works here.

 

  1. What was the most unusual, interesting or fun job you had prior to joining Cellular Sales?

I have had many jobs before here. I was a waitress and a dance teacher. Then, I had other odd jobs, but those were the two main jobs I ever had.

 

  1. What are some of your hobbies?

I still teach dance. I also have four kids, so my hobbies are pretty much their hobbies. I attend soccer and baseball games and practices all the time, and then still teach my classes twice a week.

 

  1. Do you have a good story about your team or something funny that happened at work?

We always have fun at work. Whether it’s hanging out talking, playing games or out grilling lunch. We always have lunch or dinner together. We really are a family.

 

  1. What kind of phone do you use?

I have the LG V10.

 

  1. How did you end up working for Cellular Sales? Referral, etc.

I actually heard that a Taco Bell was coming in to Johnstown, and I got excited because I LOVE taco bell. Then I was told no, it’s Verizon. At the time I was a waitress and our restaurant just closed down, so I had no job. On a whim, I just decided I wanted to work there! I had a few friends that had worked for a different Verizon company and they had their cell phone plans really cheap, so that’s why I wanted to work there. So, I applied and got the job.

 

  1. How are you different now than when you began your career with Cellular Sales?

I’m still the same me, but definitely a lot more organized! I have come a long way when it comes to remembering number sequences and people’s faces. It’s amazing what this job does to your brain!

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