The Best and Worst of Facebook for Business

Jessi Wendland, Nancy Witte and Mandy Baldry attended April’s Social Media Breakfast. Beth Gasser, from Vivid Image, was the presenter and spoke about the best and worst of Facebook for business. She started out with her top ten Facebook marketing mistakes. Some mistakes included not using Facebook personally, using a personal profile as a business page and not having a Facebook icon or link on your website for your customers to find your page. The last half of the presentation focused on Facebook features that every fan page administrator should know. She showed us how you can click on the “reply” button directly following a comment, co-host events and how to let Facebook recommend your page.

 This month’s presentation was very informative for CB&T’s Facebook administrators. Have you “liked” CB&T’s Facebook page? Go to our home page and click on the “Connect With Us on Facebook” and it will bring you to our FB page.

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Who doesn’t love FREE STUFF?

gift baskets 547662_362228573882383_1942667742_nCongratulations to our WINNERS from the Bring It Home Expo!  We gave away 3 gift baskets.
FUN IN THE SUN basket winner: Brittni May
SUMMER GRILLING basket winner: Duane Dascher
SUMMER CAMPING basket winner: Sheri Ellis

Bring It Home

Bring It Home ExpoThank you for visiting us at the Bring It Home Expo on Saturday, April 13th at the Fairgrounds!  We were proud to have a booth to support the Chamber and encourage shopping locally.  We had over 1,600 people attend the event from  9 am – 4 pm; that’s a record!  If you stopped by our table, you were greeted by Linnea, Anthony, or Jessi.  We certainly hope you registered for the 3 gift baskets we gave away!  Thank you for spending your dollars locally and keeping them in the community of Hutchinson.

Happy Easter!

It’s a STRIKE!!

An excited, energetic group of CB employees’ children filled the bowling alley last weekend for our annual Easter Party!  One of the many Burich family traditions is to host several events for the children throughout the year.  By the smiles on their faces, you can tell that the kids had a blast!100_1315 Thank you for the celebration, Buzz!

Twitter Twatter

IMG_20130328_084323Early yesterday morning, the Social Media Breakfast was chirping with conversations about Twitter, Social Media, and implementing it in YOUR workplace.  The monthly meeting, held of the 4th Thursday of each month, featured a topic of How to Use Twitter.  The discussion was led by Steve Gasser of Vivid Image.  He suggested “Twitter conversation is like a cocktail party.  It should be short, concise, and to the point.”  Contrary to the longer posts on Facebook, Twitter only allows 140 characters in each post.  We also learned other “Twitter jargon” and then discussed practical ways to use Twitter to promote your business.  While Citizens Bank is not yet on Twitter, some of our employees are.  We hope to learn more about “re-tweeting“, direct messages, and #FF (follow Friday) in the next few weeks to see how we can best use Twitter.  Not yet a Twit?  Sign up!  Then, share with us your “Twitter handle” and favorite “hashtags”.

More CB in the Classroom

studentsCB Lender, Mandy Baldry, has been helping with the Junior Achievement program in Mrs. Auer’s 3rd grade classroom.  It’s a great opportunity to share a little bit about our city, banking, restaurants, newspapers, and construction with these children.  CB has partnered with Park Elementary for the last three years.   photoCheck out these smiles!




Keep it Local!






Still time to register!

4th Annual Bring It Home Family Fun & Business Expo
April 13, 2013
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
McLeod County Fairgrounds

This year’s Expo, hosted by the Bring It Home committee of the Chamber, currently has over 80 Hutchinson businesses/organizations represented.  Booths and sponsorships are still available, but time is running out to register! The final deadline for registrations is Friday, March 29th.

Check out our Citizens Bank booth at this year’s event!  Prizes to be given away!

Jaycees Flower Sales

Begonias, Impatients, Fuschias, Ivy Geraniums, Pansies, Wave Petunias…we’re blooming with Spring fever here!  The Hutchinson Jaycees currently have flowers available for sale for Spring planting.  This is the 15th year for this event.  Funds raised by the Jaycees organization are given back to support youth activities in Hutchinson.  You can purchase online, on Facebook, or through your local Jaycee member. The deadline to purchase flowers is Thursday, April 4th. 

 cache_96_96_0_100_80_red_rocky_mountain_geranium Red Tuberous Begonia 12 inch Potted Rocky Mtn Zono Geranium 10 inch Wave Petunia 10 inch Pansies 10 inch Ivy Geranium 10 inch Impatients flower sales

Water Carnival Bike Ride

2013-Bike-Ride-LOGO-300x135We’d like to show our support for two local organizations: Hutchinson Rotary and Hutchinson Jaycees Water Carnival! They have teamed up to offer three different bike events on Saturday, June 15th as part of the Water Carnival festivities.  Events are available for a 20-mile ride, 65-mile ride, or the CENTURY (100-mile ride).  Get a jump start on Spring and your training!  Check out more information or register online here.

Social Media Breakfast

Twitter, twitter, tweet, tweet.  It’s SPRING!  The birds are chirping, but that’s not what we’re talking about.  We’re talking about the Social Media Breakfast coming up this Thursday, March 28th from 7:30 – 9:00 at the Crow River Winery.  This month’s topic will focus on Twitter, an interactive social media tool that you can use for your business!  This session will be led by Steve Gasser from Vivid Image.  Register for this event here!