J.D. Power Announced Top Spots For Customer Care Company

J.D. Power Announced Top Spots For Customer Care Company. J.D. Power announced on August 2 that T-Mobile has received the highest score of any company, ever, in the 2018 J.D. Power U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service Study—Volume 2 – for the second time in a row! This marks the 16th time T-Mobile ranks highest among full-service providers in the study since 2004. In addition, MetroPCS took home the win in their respective Non-Contract Full Service segment for Overall Customer Care in the adjacent 2018 J.D. Power U.S. Wireless Customer Care Non-Contract Study—Volume 2. That’s a lot of happy wireless customers!

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Just 6 months ago, T-Mobile delivered the U.S. Wireless Customer Care Full-Service study’s highest overall wireless satisfaction score ever – 828. This time around, T-Mobile topped itself – and everyone else – with a new record high of 839! T-Mobile is now the only company in the study’s history to set a new record high, in the same category, twice in a row.
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Evite Top 10 Cities for Summer BBQ/Pool Parties

Evite an online and text invitation service, recently announced its annual list of the 2018 Top 10 U.S. Cities for Summer BBQ/Pool Parties, as well as the most popular days to throw a party this summer.

EviteEvite Top 10 Cities for Summer BBQ/Pool Parties

Evite analyzed the number of invitations sent to Summer BBQ/Pool Parties using Evite in 39 metro areas across the United States from Memorial Day through Labor Day in 2017. The analysis showed Chicago, Austin and San Diego leading the country in getting together for summertime fun! San Jose also made the list this year, replacing Dallas in the Top 10 ranking when compared to the previous year.

Evite’s 2018 Top 10 Cities for Summer BBQ/Pool Parties are as follows, along with the cities’ previous rankings in 2017 for comparison:

Ranking
Evite’s 2018
Top 10 Cities
for Summer BBQ/Pool Parties
Number of Summer BBQ/Pool Party Invitations Sent
in 2017
Number of Summer BBQ/Pool Party Invitations Sent
in 2016
(previous year rank)
#1
Chicago, IL
42,073
35,511 (2)
#2
Austin, TX
36,095
25,924 (7)
#3
San Diego, CA
33,602
27,106 (6)
#4
Seattle, WA
33,272
36,623 (1)
#5
Denver, CO
31,973
28,357 (4)
#6
Los Angeles, CA
29,097
29,623 (3)
#7
Houston, TX
28,969
23,622 (9)
#8
San Jose, CA
27,196
(n/a)
#9
Atlanta, GA
24,746
27,909 (5)
#10
Portland, OR
24,163
23,839 (8)

The average Summer BBQ/Pool Party nationwide in 2017 had approximately 28 guests invited and 19 attendees. While the 4th of July is the most popular date to get together during the summer, the last three Saturdays in August are the next most popular days to hold a Summer BBQ/Pool Party. In 2018, those dates (in ascending order of popularity) are predicted to be August 11th, 18th and 25th.

“These 10 U.S. cities know there is no better way to celebrate summer than with the classic BBQ or pool party,” said Victor Cho, Chief Executive Officer of Evite. “Evite’s new text invitations make it easier than ever to throw a party this summer with family and friends. No matter the occasion, we invite everyone to get together and make summer memories that will last all year long.”

Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum Earns Top Bernina Dealer Award for 2017

BERNINA Honors Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum

Paul LaPonte Quality Sewing and VacuumBERNINA of America has announced its top Dealers for 2017 that demonstrated exemplary sales, service, and customer education.  These Dealers including Paul LaPonte of Quality Sewing and Vacuum were recognized at the BERNINA University Dealer training conference, which was held in Chicago.

“Our top Dealers for 2017 represented BERNINA with truly outstanding sales and first-class customer service and educational support,” said Paul Ashworth, president of BERNINA of America.  “They are a model of success for other BERNINA Dealers to emulate.  We congratulate them on a job well done.” Continue reading “Paul LaPonte and Quality Sewing and Vacuum Earns Top Bernina Dealer Award for 2017”

Wild About Game Tickets Go On Sale by Nicky USA

Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Promoted by Virtually Famous Marketing (this post first appeared online at BellevueBusinessJournal.com)

The Pacific Northwest’s meatiest cooking competition returns on September 30, 2018 at the Mt. Hood Oregon Resort on the slopes of Mt. Hood, featuring a battle between the region’s emerging chefs, an artisan marketplace, and cocktail competition

Nicky USA Wild About Game 2017 Winner Chef Sarah Schafer
Nicky USA’s Wild About Game 2017’s winner Chef Sarah Schafer, photo credit John Valls

Tickets are on sale now for Nicky USA’s 18th Annual Wild About Game! The annual sell out event will return to the slopes of Mt Hood on Sunday, September 30. This meat-centric culinary event pits four chefs from Portland and four chefs from Seattle against one another for the friendly but fierce Carter Cutler Game Cooking Competition with four different game meat-based categories, all featuring signature Nicky Farms game meats. In addition to the culinary throwdown, Wild About Game features the San Pellegrino Artisan Marketplace, and a new cocktail competition. Enjoy a relaxing Sunday of unbeatable food and views at Mt Hood Oregon Resort in Welches, Ore., on the slopes of Oregon’s tallest peak. Wild About Game is a fun and educational experience, giving attendees a chance to learn about – and taste – different game meats prepared by culinary experts. Nicky USA, the Pacific Northwest’s favorite meat purveyor, hosts this popular industry event to thank their loyal customers and showcase their restaurants, as well as their suppliers, farmers, and local food artisans. Tickets are $75 in advance, and $85 at the door, get yours before they sell out!

This September, one talented chef will take home the ultimate Nicky USA’s Wild About Game Overall Award title. Past winners of the event include 

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FASTSIGNS of San Diego – Sports Arena Among Top Franchises in the Country

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FASTSIGNS of San Diego – Sports Arena, a local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as a top performing center at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Convention recently held in Houston, Texas.

Owned by Michelle & Sean Cox, FASTSIGNS of San Diego – Sports Arena received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to centers ranked 26 to 125 in sales volume between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. Continue reading “FASTSIGNS of San Diego – Sports Arena Among Top Franchises in the Country”

Bellevue FASTSIGNS Once Again Recognized as a Top Franchise in the Country

FASTSIGNS of BellevueBellevue FASTSIGNS Franchise Earns Pinnacle Club Award at National Convention

FASTSIGNS of Bellevue, a local sign and visual graphics provider, was recognized as a top performing center at the 2018 FASTSIGNS Convention recently held in Houston, Texas. 

Owned by Rochelle and Scott Juetten, FASTSIGNS of Bellevue received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to centers ranked 26 to 125 in sales volume between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017.

“We are honored to be recognized as a top performing center in the FASTSIGNS network of over 675 worldwide locations,”

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Top Washington Wine Growers Honored by WWA in Kennewick

Washington Winegrowers logoWine Growers Receive Awards from Washington Winegrowers Association

The Washington Winegrowers Association (Winegrowers) recognized achievements of industry leaders last week at an Honor Luncheon during their annual Convention & Trade Show in Kennewick. The annual awards included Grower of the Year, Industry Service, Lifetime Achievement, and the Grand Vin award. About 2,000 state, national, and international participants from the grape and wine industry attended. Continue reading “Top Washington Wine Growers Honored by WWA in Kennewick”

Michael Cooney Named One of the Nation's Top 100 Bank Advisors

Michael Cooney First Tech FedRaymond James Financial Services, Inc. and Addison Avenue Investment Services, the investment services division of First Tech Federal Credit Union, are pleased to announce that financial advisor Michael Cooney, CRPC was named 26th on the prestigious list of 100 that was revealed on December 6, 2017.
“It has been a great 13 years at First Tech. I love the friendships I have been able to form with my clients,” said Cooney. “It’s awesome to be recognized, but most of all I am grateful that so many have placed their trust in me.” Continue reading “Michael Cooney Named One of the Nation's Top 100 Bank Advisors”

Early Announcement of the 2017 Kantar TNS Product of the Year Awards

2017 Product of the Year AwardsThis article first appeared at Local Business Scoop, but Virtually Famous Marketing also wanted to share advance notice of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards with the amazing readers and supporters at Bellevue Business Journal.
Almost every day Local Business Scoop receives news and announcements – sometimes they are sent by PR companies who don’t bother to read Submission Guidelines for Local Business Scoop.  Today we were sent information on the 28 winners of the 2017 Product Award – but they aren’t going to be official announced until February 9th.

SPOILER ALERT : Winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards

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Spoiler Alert: Winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Award

2017 Product of the Year AwardsAlmost every day Virtually Famous Marketing and Local Business Scoop receives news and announcements – sometimes they are sent by PR companies who don’t bother to read Submission Guidelines for Local Business Scoop.  Today we were sent information on the 28 winners of the 2017 Product Award – but they aren’t going to be official announced until February 9th.

SPOILER ALERT : Winners of the 2017 Product of the Year Awards

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