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Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 5 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Congratulations to Karen Dawson who won in the biggest landslide in the pools history. Her 16-0 week is incredible since the average participant had 8.20 wins. Karen beat out 283 other participants and joins John Sadler & Steve Kennedy who has qualified for championship week. Karen also wins a $50 American Express gift card.

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

The fourth week had 282 participants and the winner will receive $50. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool and join Karen, John & Steve for an opportunity to win $500 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 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 week 3, Steve Kennedy is the leader with 38 wins.

Please use the same name and email address when you enter your picks. This makes it much easier for us to track the cumulative scores.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, October 3.

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. Fall is the favorite season – (44%) followed by summer (29%).

Time To Take A Fun Quiz On How Tall Things Are!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Everybody seems to love tall things. I thought today we would have a blog on how tall things are. Good luck on this quiz and fun challenge!

Click here to take the quiz.

Thanks for playing.

PS. We are timing the quiz so no need to use Google or Bing as a helper.

Would You Like Me To Email Your Receipt?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

A few weeks ago over the span of an hour I heard that same thing from two different companies. As I was paying my bill at Nordstrom Rack & LeSara Cupcake Bar, the checkout person asked me that exact question. Guess what? Before I was in my car the receipt was already in my inbox. Without question most, if not all, retailers will be doing this and the list of ones that are doing it is pretty extensive. The question is, will they be doing it right? Meaning, will they use it strategically as another marketing opportunity. For me I hope they do.

  • For me I hope they ask me (if I am not already) if I would like to become part of their loyalty program.
  • For me I hope they send me future promotions.
  • I hope they share with me their hours of operation around the holidays.

I truly hope from a marketing perspective that they really think things through and up their game – my sense is many won’t. Many will send you your receipt and that’s it.

  • Is that what you want?
  • Would you like to get your receipt emailed to you?
  • Are you like me and hope they include some additional information?
  • At this point what companies get it right?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 4 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Congratulations to John Sadler who won in a tie-breaker to win week two of our football pool.  John beat out 283 other participants and joins Steve Kennedy who has qualified for championship week.   John also wins a $50 American Express gift card. Last night’s game was very exciting as the Kansas City Chiefs upset the Philadelphia Eagles, a game that only 38% of the pool participants predicted correctly.

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

The third week we had 287 participants and the winner will receive $50. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool and join John & Steve for an opportunity to win $500 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 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.

Please use the same name and email address when you enter your picks. This makes it much easier for us to track the cumulative scores.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, September 26.

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. The favorite fast food hamburger from the pool participants is Five Guys Burgers & Fries with 125 votes followed by In-N-Out Burger with 73 votes!

Ugh… Where Did I Park My Car?

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

A few weeks ago, I was in Los Angeles getting ready to walk into Universal Studios. As I got out of the car, I quickly grabbed my iPhone and sent an email. My son asked what I was doing, so I explained that I sent myself an email with our parking location — which I still remember (it was Curious George 1Q). He then went on to ask why??? Because son, the lot is huge and I just wanted to make sure I knew where we had parked. Funny, 6 hours later I was meeting my college roommate and his kids for dinner… and he ACTUALLY LOST HIS CAR! Yes, he couldn’t remember where he had parked in Venice Beach!!! After walking around, he asked a policeman for assistance, and luckily, they found it.

We have all lost our car (right?). Whether it was at a stadium, beach, mall, track, high school football game…wherever it was, most, if not all have forgotten where they have parked.

The question is — what do you do to remind yourself?

  • Do you email or text yourself the location?
  • Do you find a nearby landmark where you are parked?
  • When was the last time you forgot where you parked, and how long did it take you to find your car?

I look forward to reading your comments.

AROD or Johnny Manziel? Who Are You More Tired Of?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

Alex Rodriguez (AROD) has been a superstar as long as I can remember. He was the 1st overall pick in the 1993 draft by the Seattle Mariners and statistically has amazing numbers – numbers that few have ever had and most couldn’t even imagine having. Johnny Manziel (Johnny Football) came into the national sports scene about a year ago when, as a freshman, led his team to an upset of Alabama and parlayed that into a Heisman trophy winner – something that has NEVER been done.

This summer has been a challenge for both players. It seems like every day you would read, hear or see a story that was very unflattering to one or both of these players. I must admit that I am very tired of both players.

AROD – has amazing talent, bright, million dollar smile but has done so many foolish and unprofessional things it is almost a joke at this point. I can get over the fight with Jason Varitek of the Red Sox. Ok, I can sort of overlook the foolishness of knocking the glove and ball out of Clay Bucholz of the Red Sox or even screaming in the ear of John McDonald of the Toronto Blue Jays – saying I got it as he was rounding the bases which forced the ball to drop to the ground. As a NY Yankee fan, can you overlook him writing his phone number on a baseball and giving to a model in the stands during a playoff game? There are a lot of unwritten rules in baseball and it appears that AROD seems to break them. He also breaks the written rules. Yes, he has used steroids. Yes, he has worn out his welcome not only in NY but sadly in baseball. This winter will be an ugly display of a spoiled sports star taking on Major league Baseball in the press. He’s the front and center everyday of every broadcast. This is disappointing and something I don’t want to even watch for a second.

Johnny Football –  not sure where I start. Did he sign autographs for money or not? I’m not sure and frankly that doesn’t matter to me. He won the Heisman last year and really needs to elevate his game… not on the football field, not in a stadium but off the football field – during interviews and during his free time. Yes, he is under a microscope that comes with winning the Heisman. Hey Johnny, if you don’t want to be under that type of scrutiny pick another profession. Getting asked to leave or thrown out of the Manning QB camp this summer was ridiculous. Eli, Peyton and Archie are very well respected and that never should have happened. Taunting opponents sadly happens in sports, probably more than ever – I get it but Johnny football you need to be above that. I truly hope you change.

So the debate continues… who am I more tired of?

My answer is AROD! Not because he plays for the NY Yankees but because he has been a professional athlete for 20 years and should know better. He should watch how Derek Jeter conducts himself on and off the field and mirror that. AROD will NEVER go into the Hall of Fame and he will be considered a joke for a very long time. What America wants is the truth. Admit your faults/mistakes and move on – just ask Andy Petitte. America is forgiving unless you fight back and ask for forgiveness way after the fact. Just ask Ryan Braun.

AROD I am really tired of your act – please go away… And go away quietly and not ruin the game of baseball, a game that I truly love.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Who are you more tired of?
  • Jason, Steve, Michael, Rooster: Do you agree with my position?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 3 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Congratulations to Steve Kennedy who beat out 286 participants and won the first week of the pool and the $50 American Express gift card. In addition, Steve is the first person to qualify for the championship week. Even though my New England Patriots won last night in a very ugly game, a game that  94% of the participants picked correctly, according to the participants the toughest game to pick this week is the winner of the Buffalo Bills/Carolina Panthers game.

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

The second week we had 284 participants and the winner will receive $50. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 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.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, September 19.

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. Participants are represented from 32 states, 2 people from Canada and 2 from Spain.

Carfirmation… Great Job Hertz!

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

A few weeks ago I landed in Los Angeles with my son and as we were walking through the terminal to go to the car rental bus I got an email from Hertz (see below). I have rented from Hertz many times and I am a member of their gold program but have never received an email like this before. Basically, the email is short and sweet, and the only thing it really says is where my car is located which in this case is stall 342.  

Let me try and explain why this really impresses me. Most of you are aware and know that if you are a member of their gold program, you get dropped off first then look at the board and see where your car is located. The time process is very quick and you don’t even need to go into the rental office and see a customer service representative. Well, this makes it even quicker!

  • As a frequent traveler, the fact that Hertz is trying to find ways to make it easier for the customer impresses me.
  • The fact that Hertz already had a fast process and found a way to make it faster impresses me!
  • The fact that Hertz is thinking about their business and combining it with technology impresses me. This is good, sound business practice!

Way to go Hertz!

The takeaway for me is there is always a way to improve your service. You just need to think about your business and find a solution.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Have you seen other companies streamline their process?
  • Is there something you could change within your company?

I look forward to reading your comments.

Please Slow Down A Little Bit…

Monday, September 9th, 2013

So there I am in Webster, Texas all excited about entering the Johnson Space Center with the kids. It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, the birds are chirping, everyone had a nice breakfast and now we’re entering the parking lot – a perfect plan. It is 8:50am and the space center opens at 9:00am. Well, apparently the website was wrong and they open up at 10:00am. After a quick trip to CVS we are back waiting in the parking lot. During those 30 minutes everyone who was getting in line to enter the space center had to go past us and I noticed a trend. Every couple or family had the guy walking ahead of either his wife or the entire family. At first I couldn’t believe it, but it was true in EVERY single case. The guy was 3-4 steps ahead.

I never noticed this before.

  • Do guys just walk faster than girls?
  • Are guys in that big a hurry?
  • Do guys not want to allow some stranger to beat them to the line?
  • Have you noticed this as well?
  • Does it happen in your family?

I look forward to reading your comments.

PS – I do this and trying very hard to change.

PSS – I have no idea why I do it!

Are You Ready For Some Football? Join The Week 2 Merrill Dubrow Blog Football Pool.

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The football season is officially underway with one game in the record books. The Denver Bronco’s led by Peyton Manning’s amazing performance pounded the Baltimore Ravens the defending super bowl champions. Congratulations to the 243 people who correctly picked that game and are all tied for first place in the pool!

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

The first week we had 287 (a record number) participants and the winner will receive $50. Remember, the weekly winners will be given a spot in the grand prize pool which will be during week 17 for an opportunity to win $500 and of course bragging rights for the next 6 months. In addition, the two people who have the highest cumulative score (these standing will be updated weekly) will be given a spot in the grand prize pool along with the weekly winners.

All picks need to be in by 5:00pm (CST) on Thursday, September 12.

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. According to the participants in this football pool it will be a Denver Bronco vs. San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl!!