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Good Day Atlanta: Okabashi Still “Flipping” 30 Years Later

July 11, 2014-Client Buzz0

BUFORD, Ga. - Summer is the season of flip-flops — which is just fine for a family-owned Buford business.

Opened in 1984, Okabashi Brands is the only injection-molded footwear manufacturer in the United States, and is renowned for being an eco-friendly company. The wide variety of shoes — including flip-flops — are 100% recyclable, anti-microbial, and dishwasher safe! More than that, they’re Made In The USA — specifically, at the company’s Buford plant.

Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken got to take a tour of the Okabashi plant to see just how they keep up with the summer flip-flop demand!

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LA Times: G2G Vacation Club Turns its Luxury Travelers into Philanthropists

June 30, 2014-Client Buzz0

A vacation club with a mission to get you to part with your money isn’t novel. A newish player in the luxury travel world does exactly that, but adds a compelling give-back twist.

G2G Collection, short for Getaway 2 Give, calls itself the world’s only philanthropic luxury destination club. The top of its website keeps a running total of all money raised for charity — more than $1.2 million as of Wednesday — since the for-profit company sold its first membership in November 2012.

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Canadian Auto Dealer: Managing your Dealership’s Online Reputation with DealerRater

What others say about you is more important than what you say about yourself. Think about that statement for a minute. If you’re a business, reputation counts. And if those who’ve done business with you have good things to say, why not encourage them to spread the word? That’s something successful dealerships have been doing online, via sites like DealerRater. In fact, a recent study conducted by DealerRater, in conjunction with Dataium also discovered that those stores that boast more positive, genuine reviews online are also those that experience higher lead conversions. And yet the idea of “reputation management” still seems a bit of a myth in some quarters.

To help get a handle on what it really is about and how to use it effectively, Canadian auto dealer conducted a two-part investigation. In this, our first instalment, we interviewed Heather MacKinnon, Vice-President of National Accounts for DealerRater and asked her what dealers need to understand and adopt when it comes to successful reputation management.

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Style Cartel: Okabashi in Summer Sandal Round-Up

June 20, 2014-Client Buzz0

I have a horrible habit of never knowing what to wear for any season. I wear t-shirts when it’s snowing, take no umbrella when it’s raining, and wear jackets when it’s 80 degrees. It makes no sense, but it’s who I am. And as time goes on, and I age with every passing year, I slowly come into my own. Picking up more practical, mature habits and lifestyle views that don’t make me look like one who’s holding onto youth for dear life, but still feel fashionably acceptable. So with this summer installment, we’re bringing you the best (and our favorite) summer sandals.

1. Okabashi Maui Flip-flops – I always thought flip-flops were a no support throwaways shoe meant for the beach. The thing with the old flip-flops were that they never lasted, the sand always tracked its way back in and your feet began to pronate.

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Forbes: Web Sites like DealerRater Are The New Word Of Mouth For Car Shoppers

Ever wonder whether those glowing reviews you read about car dealerships are authentic?

That’s a preoccupation for Gary Tucker, the newly appointed CEO of the DealerRater.com web site. DealerRater, based in Waltham, Mass., claims it’s the No. 1 online source for third-party ratings of auto dealerships. It was first launched in 2002, but Tucker said growth has been “explosive” in the last five years.

The company says it has more than 1.4 million reviews available, and more than 10 million web site visitors annually. DealerRater serves both consumers and dealers. Consumer access is free, but dealers pay to participate in a Certified Dealer Program, and for help managing their online reputations.

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