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Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 14 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

What a great year of football so far!! Last week’s winner was Adam Tomanelli who was totally shocked when I notified him of winning. In fact he said that it couldn’t possibly be right and there had to be a computer glitch! Congratulations to Adam who joins  Brian Bussetti, Tara Miller,  Brandon Bettega, Jessica Cons, Sharon Gautschy, Laurel Glenn, Tal Shahar, D Dolphus, Doug Golab, B.Nixon, Jake Hurwitz, Brittany Butler and  Laurel Glenn who all have qualified for a spot in the championship week.

The cumulative leader board is very close with Tal Shahar & Rich Zeichner tied with 122 wins followed by Jacob Davis who has 119 wins.

Remember, if you use the same email to enter a friend, colleague or a family member, our system will count the most recent email as your picks.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, December 6.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

There Might Be At Least One Good Idea In The Bunch!

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

I received an email last month (thanks Uncle J) and I must admit, I really thought some of the ideas were clever , creative things I might try.

So it’s time to take a quick quiz and let us know if you would use these any of these 7 helpful hints.

Click here to take the quiz.

I look forward to reading your comments.

A Leader Has To…

Monday, November 26th, 2012

The world is full of leaders. The questions are, “What do they have in common? What traits do they have? Do they have consistent philosophies?”

I love having this discussion with my friends – well it is time to have the discussion on the blog.

Here are a few of my thoughts.

A leader has to:

  • Be a great communicator
  • Be a motivator
  • See things that others can’t
  • Be able to make a difficult decision
  • Have solid listening skills

Ok now your turn:

  • A leader has to be…?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 13 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

I am completely amazed! This week we have our third tie win and second tie in a row… Congratulations to Brian Bussetti and Tara Miller for winning week 11! They join the other 2012 winners: Brandon Bettega, Jessica Cons, Sharon Gautschy, Laurel Glenn, Tal Shahar, D Dolphus, Doug Golab, B.Nixon, Jake Hurwitz, Laurel Glenn, Brittany Butler.

The leader in cumulative wins still continues to be Tal Shahar with 113 and followed closely by Rich Zeichner with 111. Brandon Bettega and Willie Martin are tied at 108.

Remember, if you use the same email to enter a friend, colleague or a family member, our system will count the most recent email as your picks.

Don’t miss out on your chance… get your picks in today. Week 12 closes on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day at 11am CST!

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, November 29.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

Time For You To Share One Item On Your Bucket List

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I must admit, I love the movie “The Bucket List”.  I really enjoyed the story line, the characters and the different emotions I experienced during the movie.

Today, it is time to share one item on your bucket list.

I will go first. Anyone who is close to me knows I love animals. Because of that and a hundred other reasons, I would love to go on an African Safari. I would love to be outside experiencing the environment and the natural habitats of animals… from the tallest giraffe to the fastest jaguar to a very ugly hippo! I want to see it all!

Ok, your turn!

Please share with us one item on your bucket list!

Also as a bonus, please share one item on your bucket list that you have already done.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 12 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Finally someone other than Jake Hurwitz won the pool. Last week we had two winners.  Laurel Glenn became the second two time winner this year and Brittany Butler tied for the top spot and will split the weekly winnings.

Winners on the year so far are Brittany Butler, B Nixon, Doug Golab, Tal Shahar, D Dolphus, Laurel Glenn (twice) , Brandon Bettaga, Jessica Cons, Sharon Gautschy and of course Jake Hurwitz (two entries) who all qualify for the Championship week and a chance at the grand prize of $500… And more importantly, bragging rights for the next 9 months!!

In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners. As of right now Tal Shahar has 104 wins followed by Rich Zeichner who has 99 wins.

Remember, if you use the same email to enter a friend, colleague or a family member, our system will count the most recent email as your picks.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

BECAUSE OF THANKSGIVING – All picks need to be in by 11:00am (CST) on Thursday, November 22.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

This Restaurant Used Technology And Was A “CUT” Above The Rest!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Last month I was in Vegas with AVS and our friends CM and FM. While we were at dinner, something really cool happened. We were at the Palazzo casino and eating at a restaurant called CUT. As the server was taking our drink order they handed us an iPad. I knew Vegas gives away lots of things but an iPad? Much to my disappointment they were loaning it too us for the time we were in the restaurant.  The server was very nice and explained the iPad and how it worked and how we could navigate thru their very extensive wine list.

This program was cool, very informative, interactive and extremely impressive. The program couldn’t be used to order wine – it was more of a guide. Still, in my mind, it was a great idea. Of course this gave me a reason to pause and think about different enhancements of this program.

Here are my first five thoughts:

  • Allow the guests of the restaurant to order their glass or bottle of wine
  • Have the guests include a review of the wine
  • Fill out an online survey as your finishing each course – somehow have that linked to the manager and or chef of the restaurant
  • After dinner, allow the guests to order a case of wine and have it shipped to their house
  • Allow me to leave a review and email 10 of my friends and have the chef prepare something special as a welcoming gift

What are your thoughts?

  • Have you ever had the wine list on an iPad?
  • Do you like the idea?
  • What other applications could they use an iPad in a restaurant?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Attention Sports Fans: Are They A Draw Or Not? You Tell Me…

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Lots of the readers of the blog are sports fans and travel around. Today’s post will be a quick and fun quiz. Let’s say while you are traveling around, there is a sporting event in the city you are in. The tickets are reasonably priced, the arena is very close to your hotel, and you don’t have an early morning meeting meaning it’s almost a perfect time to do something fun in the city you are in. Your favorite team isn’t in town and you really don’t have any vested interest in the two teams playing except there is a superstar that is playing in the game.

The question is, “Are they a draw for you to attend the game?”

Click here to take the quiz.

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 11 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Last week was almost a sequel with 15 year old Football guru from Massachusetts winning again. Yes, little Jake Hurwitz was a perfect 13-0 and including last night’s victory is 27-1 in the last 2+ weeks. The question is, "Can anyone beat Jake?"

Winners on the year so far are  B Nixon, Doug Golab, Tal Shahar, D Dolphus, Laurel Glenn, Brandon Bettaga, Jessica Cons, Sharon Gautschy and of course Jake Hurwitz (two entries) who all qualify for the Championship week and a chance at the grand prize of $500… And more importantly, bragging rights for the next 9 months!!

In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standings will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners. As of right now Tal Shahar has 90 wins followed by Rich Zeichner who has 90 wins.

Remember, if you use the same email to enter a friend, colleague or a family member, our system will count the most recent email as your picks.

To see the current standings, click here. The results page shows this week’s current standings as well as the cumulative rankings.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, November 15.

Click here to participate in this week’s pool.

Feel free to share the link and have friends, colleague, relatives, kids and anyone else you want join the pool.

Good luck to all.

PS. My son Justin has 82 overall wins and is beating me by only 2 games.

The Passing Of A Marketing Research Legend

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

By guest writers: Amy Shields and Jane Rosen

Dear Research Community,

If we are lucky, every once in a while (if not once in a lifetime), we have the honor to cross paths with someone who sets the world on fire; someone whose passion, dedication, drive, dexterity and innovation is impossible to describe. Mimi Nichols, the Founder of Nichols Research, was just that person.

As many in the research community might be aware, Mimi passed away Thursday, November 1, 2012. In true Mimi fashion, she fought a heroic battle with the pancreatic cancer she was diagnosed with three years ago. She beat all of the doctor’s predictions and statistical odds, both for the duration and quality of life she experienced during these last three years. And, she did so in trademark fashion; continuing to be a pillar of strength and an exemplary champion until her final breath.

As undeniably important as entrepreneurship was to Mimi, she held other things in much higher esteem. It is, therefore, quite befitting that over the last three years, she was able to fulfill many of her ‘bucket list’ items and, of utmost worth, was able to spend a great deal of time with her husband of 40+ years, Russ Nichols, her beloved children (Kathy, Aaron and Eric), three grandchildren (Laith, Aiya and Clara), and many other family members and dear friends.

It is not our intention to use this limited blog space to recite all of her accomplishments (which would be an exercise in futility anyway), but suffice it to say that Mimi was an industry leader; often referred to as a trail blazer, visionary and philanthropic business woman. She was an example to all and truly understood how to inspire greatness in others. Regardless of who she was working with, or in what capacity, she always encouraged others to be dedicated to whatever they were doing and whole-heartedly supported the continued learning and growth of everyone around her. This generosity of spirit and empowerment applied to all who worked at Nichols Research since its beginning in 1978, countless volunteers (from MRA, AMA, and QRCA, to her many non-industry charitable organizations), GroupNet colleagues, and even reached as far as the children of her closest friends.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

Mimi was acknowledged with countless coveted awards and recognition, and her accomplishments were hefty enough to fill the volumes of several biographies. While all were noteworthy, a few that most appropriately illustrate the significance of her contributions include:

1992-1993: Elected National President of the Marketing Research Association (MRA)

1995: Distinguished Service Award (The purpose of this award is to recognize the extensive and distinguished service to both the MRA and the opinion and marketing research profession as a whole. This is the second most prestigious award the MRA bestows. The recipient is chosen by a task force created by the Membership and Chapter Workgroup. Nominations are made by others in the industry.)

2007: Mimi was honored as the Founder and CEO of Silicon Valley’s 22nd Largest Woman Owned Business at the ‘Women of Distinction Awards’. (Nichols Research had been in business for almost 30 years by this time and had seen many changes in how marketing research was being done, but continued to innovate and change with the times in order to stay relevant.)  

2007: Recipient of the prestigious Honorary Lifetime Membership Award (The purpose of this award is the same as the Distinguished Service Award, however; nominees must have also volunteered at the Chapter and National level for at least 10 years and be an outstanding individual who has been in the profession for at least 20 years, during which a strong commitment was demonstrated to the MRA and the industry as a whole. This is the most prestigious award given by the MRA. The recipient is chosen by a special panel of industry leaders. Nominations are made by others in the industry.)

2009: Celebrated Company Award (The purpose of this award is to recognize a company who has provided outstanding volunteer efforts, and/or who have shown outstanding support at the National and/or Chapter level for 5 years or more. The recipient is chosen by a task force of five experienced MRA members. Nominations are made by others in the industry.)

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” –Mae West

It is our hope that through this blog, members of her beloved marketing research industry will honor her memory by sharing their favorite memory of, or feelings about, the irreplaceable Mimi Nichols. (Please feel encouraged to send the link to this blog to your marketing research industry contacts. Many responses will be placed in a printed book for Mimi’s husband, children and closest friends.)

Services, for Mimi will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at Christ Episcopal Church in Los Altos, California, 1040 Border Road, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, The Nichols Family would appreciate donations to the Humane Society of Silicon Valley www.HSSV.org.