Behold Joe Blommel, intern extraordinaire!

Joe Blommel with cardboard box on cutting foodHello citizen, I’m Joe Blommel! By day I’m just your normal timid graphic design intern here at The C-3 Group, but by night I am still just a normal timid graphic design intern!

I would say that I was born in a log cabin but a corporation larger than myself owns the rights to that line, so instead I’ll just say that I was born and raised in and around the Dayton area. Having always had a creative drive and passion for design and art, it only made sense as an awkward teenager to start pursuing an education in the design field. In high school I began with a CTC class on graphic design where I quickly grew to love all forms of design, particularly illustration. From there I enrolled at Sinclair for graphic design and completed an internship at iHeart Media. In the past year, after graduating from Sinclair, I have been mostly working as a freelance designer and illustrator, until the opportunity to be an intern at C-3 came along!

As far as my personality goes most people describe me as quirky and maybe even a little odd (in a good way). I have an affinity for cartoons and am looking to one day pursue a career as an animator. I normally occupy my spare time by drawing, watching cartoons, sleeping, taking long hikes, napping, cooking new dishes, sleeping some more, and loitering where I’m not supposed to like the bad boy I am!

I’ve worked here at C-3 for only a couple of weeks now and I already love it! It is exactly the type of environment I love being in, one where my creativity is challenged and where a lot of projects are a team effort. I can already tell that this place is a perfect fit for me!

I hope this gives you a little insight into my character, and thanks for reading! Kids remember to stay in school. I’m out.

 

Meet Sally

SallyHi! I’m Sally Blommel, the newest and oldest team member at The C-3 Group. I’m so thrilled to be here….and even happier to be working with this amazing group of dedicated, creative, talented, caring, good-looking, witty and smart people, especially my “old” WING/Z-93 radio colleague, Brad Cullman, who taught me everything about schmoozing and honesty!

Although small in stature I am HUGE in the experience department (and name dropping.) A graduate of Northern Kentucky University and former classmate of George Clooney who, after two weeks sitting next to me in Speech Class, finally said something like “see ya lata kid. I’m ditchin’ this two-bit town and headin’ west …to make it big in the movies see.” So I left too…three years later…to pursue a career in broadcasting. I only made it across the river to Cincinnati. So I began there…at WKRC radio as a promotions assistant and Bengals Radio Network Coordinator before becoming the marketing/promotions director and talk show producer (“Midday with Mike McConnell” and “The Bill Cunningham Show”) at the BIG One – 700 WLW. Still short,  but moving up – as in North –  I left the Queen City for the Gem City and took over marketing and promotions at WING and Z-93 working with the legendary Steve Kirk and still amazing Kim Faris, among others, and creating  innovative events and promotions for clients such as Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonalds and Kings Island. Following radio my career path then led me into public service as a program coordinator for Montgomery County where I organized events such as “RiverBlast!”, “Inventing Flight” and many, many concerts at Courthouse Square and Riverscape and then as the administrator for the city of Centerville’s Benham’s Grove.

There’s more, but you get the gist of it…I’ve been around. And, while the work is nice and pays the bills, I love working for free too! I have served as a board member with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and March of Dimes and volunteer with many organizations such as Washington Township’s Woodland Lights and Centerville’s Americana Festival. In addition, I am a member of Incarnation Church served and am in my 14th year as pre-school teacher in its PREP program.

But wait! There’s more. I pack a lot into this 5’1 frame of mine. I have a personal life too! It includes a family – one amazing husband, three wonderful children and two exceptional grandsons – and a warm and cheerful home in Centerville. I’m truly blessed! And, after living here for almost 30 years, I gotta say, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It truly is a city of neighbors; friendly folks who care about the community and each other. So, I embrace the opportunity here at C-3 Group to provide the best service to our clients with lots of enthusiasm, energy and small shoes. They fit. And, I think I’ll fit in here too.

Announcing Our 2017 C-3 Cares Partner: United Rehabilitation Services

When we began the C-3 Cares initiative in 2013, we never guessed just how amazing the program would turn out to be. Each year, we’ve been fortunate enough to work with truly wonderful people and give a little back to some of the incredible organizations that do so much good in the Dayton region.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to announce our 2017 partner for the C-3 Cares initiative: United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton.

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For 60 years, United Rehabilitation Services (URS) of Greater Dayton has provided innovative programs designed to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities or other special needs such as autism, cerebral palsy, and Alzheimer’s. Serving Dayton and the Miami Valley region, URS has delivered vital services and therapy to nearly 250,000 of the most vulnerable individuals in our community.

Considering all the good work the folks at URS do, we’re honored to have this opportunity to partner with them in 2017.

The C-3 Group to Be Honored at 2016 National Philanthropy Day Annual Awards Luncheon

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Company named Outstanding Small Corporation for charitable work through “C-3 Cares” initiative

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Greater Dayton Region Chapter recently announced that the C-3 Group has been selected as an Outstanding Small Corporation co-honoree. We are absolutely thrilled, honored, and humbled to receive this recognition.

The Outstanding Small Corporation Award honors a small business or corporation that demonstrates outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement. The C-3 Group was nominated for the award by our 2016 C-3 Cares partner, St. Vincent de Paul Dayton.

We began C-3 Cares in 2013 with the goal of giving something back to the many deserving and wonderful organizations that work hard every day to make Dayton a better place to live, work, and play. We’re proud that we’ve been able to help the real heroes in our community in our own little way.

The C-3 Group will be honored at the annual National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Tuesday, November 15 at the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center. Tickets for the luncheon will be available for purchase at www.afpdayton.org/npd.html.

2017 C-3 Care Applications Open Starting Oct. 1

In 2016, we provided St. Vincent de Paul Dayton with various pro-bono marketing services. St. Vincent de Paul delivers vital services to homeless and impoverished individuals and families in the Greater Dayton area, serving over 100,000 people each year.

We’re excited to continue the C-3 Care initiative into 2017. If you are a nonprofit organization or charity with marketing needs, or know of one, we encourage you to apply.

Applications will open on our website starting October 1 through the end of December. The chosen organization will be notified in January of 2017, so start spreading the word!

We can’t wait to see how we can support another deserving organization in 2017.

Put Your Business on the Map (Literally)

on-the-mapFor just about any business, it’s absolutely crucial that your customers be able to find you. For small, local businesses that rely on traffic to a storefront, it’s even more critical. And, in this digital age, having your business online can be a major factor in potential customers finding your front door.

That’s why I was surprised to recently learn that, according to Google, only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine. That’s a whopping 63% of local businesses that have no control over how their information appears when Joe and Jane Public go searching on the web, Google Maps, or mobile devices.

If you’re having a panic attack, I’ll wait here while you open a new tab and Google your business.

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Back? Good.

Now, if you’ve already claimed your business listing, awesome! High fives for you!

If your search was less than effective, well, that’s fine, too. You’re not alone, and it’s a quick fix. You don’t even need to have a website!

Google makes it incredible easy to claim your business’s turf. And, with about 85% of all search engine traffic coming through the Big G, it makes a whole lot of sense to make sure your business is online.

Now, there are three key reasons why you should claim your business listing on Google:

  1. Control Your Listing
  2. Fast, Free & Easy
  3. Another Marketing Tool

Let’s take a deeper look at these point.

If You Post It, They Will Come

Consider this: 4 in 5 consumers will use a search engine to get the store address, hours, and directions for a local business.

By getting your business set up on Google, you make it much easier for your potential customers to find you when they hop on Google Search and Maps. Not only can you ensure your business information is accurate, but you can also connect with them right from the get-go.

Simply put, more customers can find you when you’re on Google.

Easy Peasy & Completely Freesy

One of the best things about getting your business listed on Google is that it is quick, easy, and free. “ONLY 10 MINUTES!” the marketing literature says, and that’s pretty much true. Basically, you simply hop over to https://www.google.com/business, search for your business, and lay claim to your kingdom.

You can follow Google’s simple guide (and get some other great tips) or this walkthrough or another guide or even this. You get the point.

Bottom line: it’s simple to do and free and puts you in control of your business on the most used search engine in the world. Why wouldn’t you do it?

Marketing Opportunities Ahead

Here’s probably the coolest part of controlling your Google business listing: you can add pictures of your business, respond to reviews, link to a menu, or even create a virtual tour. This is another way to connect with customers on a deeper level.

Just finish a remodel? Show off your new look on the search. Hungry for feedback? Ask your customers if they’ll give you a review on Google to spread the word (3 in 4 consumers say it’s important to read reviews before visiting a business, dontcha know?).

Your listing on Google is another touchpoint with your clients, and a gateway for potential customers.

Make Your Mark

Don’t be a part of the 63% that isn’t on the map. Make sure your business is listed on Google. It’s easy, quick, and free, and may just be the simplest way to connect with your next customer.