A Sneak Peek

It may not be Christmas in June, but it’s coming soon! Here’s a sneak peek at some of our fresh Holiday mail designs for our Flat Cards. Click the image below to scroll through the cards.

And here are samples of our Holiday Letters – sent on their own or included with your Day Planner.

Stay tuned for information on how you can order Holiday Flat Cards, Day Planners, Calendar mail service and more…  

Also, check out our Facebook Page for more sneak peeks and client holiday gift ideas. 

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Monthly Motivation – giving back

A Google search for quotes on giving back returns millions of results in a mere seconds. Obviously, giving back is a large part of many lives.

At DMS Connect, our staff all give back in their own ways – through coaching kids teams, volunteering at the local theater, counselling those in need, etc. In addition, the team likes to support a cause or two throughout the year and rally our network (REALTORS® across Canada) to help us in our support. It feels really great to see our ideas and plans grow and turn into more than an office-wide feat. We greatly appreciate the folks (in our community and across the country) that step up to support our causes as well as their own.

Over the last couple of weeks we, at DMS Connect, have rallied behind the Edmonton Hope Mission in a campaign to provide kids going to summer camp with the essentials (and extras) to make their camp experience one not to forget. Our camp chair quickly became overwhelmed with stuffed animals, toys, hygiene and art supplies. It was a heartwarming sight to see colleagues and friends come in with donations to support our drive. Thank you to those who stopped by and to those who liked, shared and mentioned our efforts via our Facebook posts.

 

Our summer camp donations

 

We want to know: How is giving back a part of your life? Comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Make Summer Camp Amazing for local kids

Attention #yegrealtors

Kids enjoying a camp fire.

Today we are kicking off a Camp Kit Drive in support of the Hope Mission’s Kids Giving Hope campaign.

Please drop off any previously loved or new stuffies to our office (101-10620 178 St NW, Edmonton) along with supplies for Camp Kits. See what they need here.

The kicker is we have to have everything delivered on June 1, so please make a point to stop by before May 31.

A generous donor is also matching all financial donations this month up to $60,000 so if shopping isn’t your thing, please feel free to donate here.

Let’s help make a difference for some kids this summer!

If Edmonton isn’t your home town, we encourage you to find a cause near and dear to you and help support it this summer.

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8 Secrets to Success

Why do people succeed? Is it because they’re smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success. This talk was presented at an official TED conference. 

Richard St. John is a self-described average guy who found success doing what he loved. He spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success — and distilling them into 8 words, 3 minutes and one successful book.

What are your secrets to success? Do you agree with Richard St. John? Comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Monthly Motivation – getting ahead

What’s holding you back? What’s the best thing you started that moved your business ahead?

Comment below or on our Facebook page.

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A Very Special Bank Account

Imagine you had a bank account that deposited $86,400 each morning. The account carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!

We all have such a bank. Its name is Time.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely. It carries over no balance from day to day. It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have.

Each day, the account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys any unused time. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.

There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on your time or against someone else’s. The time you have is the time you have and that is that. Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just as with money you decide how you spend the money. It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities.


What are you spending your daily balance on? Is there anything you can delegate or outsource in your business so you have more time to focus on what really matters to you?

Join in the conversation in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

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It’s how you look at it that counts

A story about candy and perception and how it can affect your business.

Candy

One beautiful, sunny day a man was walking his granddaughter home from school. They walked toward the centre of town and the little girl looked up at her grandpa and asked if they could stop by the candy store for a treat. The grandpa agreed, and as they approached the store he noticed there were two candy stores in the centre of town, one on the left side of the road and one on the right.

“Which candy store should we go to?” the man asked his granddaughter.

“We always go to the store on the right side of the road,” the little girl said.

“Sure,” said the Grandpa, “But why did you choose that store over the one on the left?”

“Well,” the little girl said, “The lady at the store on the right side of the road is really nice. She always gives us extra candy.”

The Grandpa asked, “What about the store on the left side of the road?”

“That lady is really mean,” said the little girl, “She always takes candy away from us.”

The Grandpa and the little girl entered the candy store and ordered ½ a pound of hard candy. The lady at the counter took a small scoop of the candy and placed it on the scale. She continued to add candy to the scale until it read 0.5 lbs.

“See!” said the little girl as she took the bag of candy and walked out the door with a big smile on her face.

Now the Grandpa was intrigued, he decided to also get a bag of candy from the store on the left side of the road. When they walked in the store they were greeted with a friendly smile and a, “how can I help you?” The Grandpa ordered ½ a pound of hard candy.

The lady behind the counter took a gigantic scoop of candy and placed it up on the weigh scale, she then proceeded to remove candy until the scale read 0.5 lbs.

~ Author Unknown


The lesson here isn’t the bottom line – both stores sold 0.5 lbs of candy. The lesson is about perception – how customers and potential customers see your actions. Adding services (or in this case candy) results in a favourable opinion whereas deducting services can be a detriment. Promise less and provide more and you’re sure to please.

What do you do to better your client’s perception of you? 

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Attention Calgary real estate agents

Attn: Real estate agents in Calgary! 

We hope to see you at the CREB® Forecast Conference and Tradeshow 2018 on January 31, 2018. We’ll be at booth 517, so stop by and say hi. 

If you’re not able to make it to the show, we’ll still be in Calgary on February 1 and 2, so send us an email if you want to get together to talk relationship marketing. 

See you at the CREB Forecast and Tradeshow

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Monthly Motivation: Are people buying what you’re selling?

Seth Godin Quote on what people buy

Do you build relationships, tell stories and inspire magic in your real estate business? Are you selling a property or a lifestyle? Does your marketing reflect this? 

Are these types of things only for marketing, or do you bring them into the way you conduct business too? 

Share your ideas, tips and tricks below.

Learn more about Seth Godin here.

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Help us warm those in need this holiday season

We need your help to fill up our tree! 

Our Christmas tree with a few warm items around it

November 30

A few more warm items under the DMS tree

December 7

Lots of warm and helpful items under the DMS tree

December 14

 

These are the last few days we are gathering donations to help warm those in need this holiday season. Please stop by our office before December 18 to drop off your donation for the Hope Mission. We’re open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm and are located at 101-10620 178 St NW.

The most needed winter wear items for those the Hope Mission services include: New underwear (men’s and women’s), new socks, gently worn and clean winter jackets, shoes and boots, gloves and mittens, sweatpants, men’s jeans (sizes 30-36).

Non-clothing items needed include: deodorant, disposable razors and shaving cream, toothbrushes and face cloths. 

Please stop by and help us warm those in need this holiday season.

Sincerely, 
The DMS Connect Team

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