Bidtellectuals Share Their New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

Bidtellectuals Share Their New Year’s Resolutions for 2022

New Year’s Eve is one of the most exciting and refreshing times of the year. We all gather with family and friends to celebrate and reflect on the year, maybe drink a few too many glasses of champagne (just me?!) and eat an embarrassing amount of food. But when January 1st comes around, it is time to set new goals for the New Year. Check out what our Bidtellectuals New Year’s Resolutions are:

 

 

Happy New Year! I’m trying to spread more sunshine this year by giving out little compliments, whether it’s to strangers/people you see out and about or people I know… who doesn’t love a compliment! Bringing people more smiles, that’s the goal 🙂

Katie Broussard
Senior Account Strategist

 

In 2022 I’ve resolved to keep things in perspective & focus on balance. It’s easy to forget that any given situation is only as important as the value & meaning we assign it in our own mind, I’m reducing the airtime I give to energy-sucking & joy-depleting thoughts/people/situations.

Courtney Bonkowski
Director of Finance & HR

To try and %$#@ing swear less!!

Janelle Watanabe
Sales Director

Self Care & Self Love. More Patience.

Lisa Friedman
Director, Sales East

 

Get back on my peloton – which is currently being used to hang dry laundry!

Craig Aron
SVP Growth and Strategic Business Development

To be more patient and kind to myself, which will ultimately make me a better mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend & colleague.

Tamanna Ghazvini-Sousa
Sales Director, Canada

 

Read more books!

Nick Gomez
Product Manager

One of my new year’s resolutions is to write more. Goal is to write at least one article per month (sports, creative writing, reviews of media, etc.)

Kyle Kelly
Jr. Account Manager

 

 

My New Year’s resolution is to be more mindful of my mental and physical health through reflection and journaling.

Alexander Williams
Staff Accountant

I have made a resolution to improve the overall organizational efficiency of the R&D organization.
In addition, spend more “quality” time with family and friends. Life is too short!

Michael Conway
Chief Technology Officer

 

Travel more, explore new places, and make new memories. This includes skiing! 2022 I’m going to be a big skier 🙂

Charlotte Otremba
Director of Communications.& Marketing

This year my focus is being more creative musically in my spare time. Focussing on writing, performing, and producing music whenever I can get a spare second.

Jonathon Burden
Director of Sales, West Coast

 

One-Touch Rule: Always put things back where I found it: It’s simple, and yet I sometimes leave stuff laying around the house when the stuff has a little place in the home. Benefit? It reduces the “stuff” pile and I’ll never lose things (hopefully). I can’t take credit for this, I saw it on TikTok but I love it!

Give Back: I’ve committed to spending a few hours each week working with Second Chance Initiative and helping to spread the word of a great local organization.

Reduce Noise and Focus on What’s Important: I’ve always struggled with the power of “no”. I take on way too much and lose sight of what’s really important. And I don’t mean in the office – I mean personally. I’m always helping out friends with their side hustles and I love doing it – but if it takes away from my time with my family or when I need to focus on myself, then the answer is no.

Missy Steiner
VP of Marketing

Slow to anger, slow to speak, quick to listen.

Jason Boshoff
Chief Operating Officer

My goal is to make Bidtellect the best company anyone here has ever worked for. I am resolved to do all in my power and abilities to make that happen!

Lon Otremba
Chief Executive Officer

 

Some of my resolutions for 2022:
1. Be present. I want to cut down device usage :). Less time on social media, more time with family.
2. Have photographs printed… I miss printed photographs.
3. Ride that Peloton 😀

Carolina Escobar
Director of UI/UX

What we eat and drink has an impact on everything. This year I’m making it my goal to drink more water to help clear my mind, improve my concentration and improve my physical health. Cutting out caffeine was easy (thanks to giving me anxiety!). H20 here we go!

Yeni Gordillo
Creative Director

 

 

This year I am committed to getting healthy! I’ve gained the “COVID 20” and I’m dedicating myself to this resolution with hard work, discipline and consistency! Also, now that I’ve told you, I will need to stay accountable 🙂

Stacy McElhone
Junior Software Quality Engineer

My resolution for the year is to stay on my fitness GRIND! Trying to make sure I go to the gym and eat healthy as much as I know I should!

Thomas Follis
Accountant Management Intern

 

 

Happy New Year from all of us at Bidtellect! 

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Bidtellectuals Share What’s At the Top of Their Holiday Wishlists

Bidtellectuals Share What’s At the Top of Their Holiday Wishlists

As the holiday season is in full swing, we asked Bidtellectuals to share what is at the top of their holiday wishlist. Whether you are asking for health and happiness or an item that has been on your list since childhood, we hope all your holiday wishes come true!

"A KitchenAid mixer is at the top of my wishlist!"

It would save my arms a lot of work when I’m kneading dough or whipping some meringue.

Alexander Williams, Staff Accountant

 

"I REALLLLLLLY hope Santa remembers a reMarkable tablet for me this year!"

I’ve been dreaming of this product since roughly 2006. I’m a total pen & stationery nerd, but I’m willing to put my paper away for the ability to have all of my notes in one place: organized, searchable, and at my fingertips.

Courtney Bonkowski, Director of Finance & HR

"There are no materialistic things that could compare to health and happiness for all."

Ok, that and a case of 2012 Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Missy Steiner, VP of Marketing

"All I want for Christmas is for COVID to go away."

I’m so sick of this s***.  And on that note, I wish for health, happiness, and safety for all. 

Charlotte Otremba, Director of Communications & Marketing

 

"If I had a wishlist, this telescope would be on the top."

As much as I enjoy astronomy there’s never really a good time to “buy” a telescope. But can you really put a price on seeing the cosmos with your own eyes? If Santa ever wanted to bring me something really cool that he never got me when I was a kid, it’d totally be a telescope. 

Nathaniel Seenarine 

And some recent photos of Bidtellectuals spending time together despite the circumstances! We are grateful for team!

Happy Holidays! We wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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Bidtellectuals Share What They’re Grateful for This Year

Bidtellectuals Share What They’re Grateful for This Year

Thanksgiving is nearly here, so we asked Bidtellectuals what they are feeling grateful for this year. Despite its challenges (a lingering pandemic, political conflicts, general uncertainty, and adjusting to ever-changing circumstances), 2021 also saw hope for recovery and a brighter future: new emphasis on work-life balance, rapid medical advancements, and travel and business reopening. Here’s what our team is thankful this year. 

"My family"

Terah Bocchi, SVP of Sales

 

"I am so very thankful for all of my family."

Those I was born into and those I was not. The family who has reminded me that no matter what happens to you, in the face of your deepest challenges – you are loved.

Lisa Friedman, Director of Sales

"I am thankful for fermented grapes."

Missy Steiner, VP of Marketing

"I am grateful for people who are experts in their field."

Specifically, my veterinarian who helped Daisy after she ate 3 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!!!!

Janelle Watanabe, Director of Sales

 

"I am grateful for adding this little guy to our family!"

Craig Aron, SVP Growth and Strategic Business Development 

"In honor of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for my health and the health of my colleagues, family and friends."

I am also grateful to be living in the United States, where we still honor the Constitutional right for freedom of expression and religion.

Ryan Seaver, Director of Sales

"I'm grateful for my family and Starbucks 😉 "

Victoria Papadimas, Director, Performance Analytics

And some recent photos of Bidtellectuals spending time together despite the circumstances! We are grateful for team!

Happy Thanksgiving! We at Bidtellect are grateful for you!

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Bidtellectuals Share Their Favorite Summer Reads

Bidtellectuals Share Their Favorite Summer Reads

No matter the time, place or headspace, everyone loves finding a good book that is impossible to put down. Books give you the ability to let go of everything that is going on around you and get lost within what you are reading. They also can free your mind and allow you to become a better version of yourself. At Bidtellect, we love a good summer reading experience and wanted to share with you some of our favorites.

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Thanks to: Michael Conway, Chief Technology Officer

“It was fun reading that provided me with immediately actionable ideas. It gave me some good ideas for motivating and engaging my staff and even managing other parts of my life.”

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Thanks to: John Ferber, Chairman of the board & Co-Founder

Does worrying and overthinking ever take over your daily life? Well, then this may be the book for you. This book helps navigate through states of worrying with ways in which you can diminish bad thinking and replace it with good thinking.

The Lost Painting of Sara De Vos by Dominic Smith

Thanks to: Lisa Friedman, Director of Sales, East

“I love this book – almost finished. I love historical fiction and this one features three main characters from different countries, centuries, and lives that become integrated through a famous work of art dating back to the 1600s. The characters are so intriguing and the story pulls you into the exciting world of art and culture.”

Truth Matters, Love Wins by Alexandra J. Kuisis

Thanks to: Courtney Bonkowski, Accounting Manager

“I devoured this book in two sittings. It was so engaging and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. A great perspective builder and reminder that your attitude in a situation or toward a person can have more to do with the outcome of your interactions than we often give credit for.”

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Thanks to: Abigail Kozacek Bojanic, Account Manager, Central

“This book starts off strong and there is no ‘waiting period’ for it to get good! It has some heavy content for a coming-of-age story but is so beautifully written you won’t be able to put it down.”

The House on Paradise Street by Sofka Zinovieff

Thanks to: Charlotte Otremba, Director of Communications and Marketing

“When I traveled to Greece earlier this summer, I wanted to learn more about Greece and its people beyond the tourist attractions I planned to visit. I’m so glad I brought this book along with me. This historical fiction novel follows two different women who live/lived in the same house in Athens; one abandoned her children years earlier to move to Russia, the other married into the family as a British “outsider”. Through two different lenses of WWII and the Greek Civil War, we uncover a dark secret, the reasons for these womens’ decisions, and gain extraordinary empathy and love for the Greek people and all they’ve been through. I couldn’t put it down. If you want an escape and love history, I highly recommend this!”

Hopefully these recommendations suit you well! There is no better way to end your summer than with a little escape from reality as you delve into a new book.

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Valentine’s Day 2021: What Digital Marketers Need to Know This Year

Valentine’s Day 2021: What Digital Marketers Need to Know This Year

Valentine’s Day 2021 may look a little different (surprise!), but love always prevails, doesn’t it? Retail has held steady during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, while the holiday itself has evolved in its own way to be more inclusive and creative. Digital marketers, like this Houston digital marketing agency, should adjust messaging to the times, maximize contextual targeting and optimization, commit to a multi-channel approach, and more. Read the data and recommendations for a successful holiday of love below.

Spending Habits

In 2020, consumers in the US reported an average spend of $196 on Valentine’s Day, an increase of 21% over 2019, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF). (eMarketer, February 2020)

  • Age 35-44 had the highest average expected spending in 2020: $358.78
  • Age 65+ had the lowest: $99.14

→ Target and adjust messaging content towards Gen X.

Favorite Gifts

Candy: More than half (52%) of US internet users planned to purchase sweets for Valentine’s Day, ranking above flowers, an evening out or jewelry in 2020. (eMarketer, February 2020) A combined 62% of internet users spent on an experience: evening out, tickets to an event, trip, or spa. A combined 62% of internet users spent on an experience: evening out, tickets to an event, trip, or spa. However, due to coronavirus safety concerns and varying mandates across the country and world, many users had reportedly chucked the idea of going outdoors. Instead, many of them probably preferred to celebrate the day at home by getting a spa-like experience using something like Lazarus Naturals CBD. Yet others had moved to Netflix to have a cosy evening with their loved ones. We also predict that Valentine’s Day gift-givers will steer away from having outdoor fun and instead shift to creative, at-home entertainment and experiences to celebrate like spice up their sex lives with sexy couple games. Offer creative ideas or products to inspire them.

Favorite gifts and spending habits can be tracked so that you can get the edge over your competitors this Valentine’s Day. If you are using SEO strategies then you may benefit from looking at things like this Surfer SEO review, which helps you to review patterns and adjust your strategy before you begin putting it out there, making it more cost-effective and improving success.

Types of Gifts US Internet Users Intended to Purchase in 2020:

  • 52% Candy
  • 43% Greeting Cards
  • 37% Flowers

(NRF via eMarketer, February 2020)

→ Offer creative ideas or products to inspire consumers

Retail as an Indicator for Valentine’s Day 2021

If we gauge retail ecommerce habits as a worthy indicator of how spending will continue into Valentine’s Day, then expect more shoppers to order online this year versus last. Thanks to ecommerce, retail stayed afloat during the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and consumers in turn developed new levels of comfort with online ordering.

Retail Spending Rebounds During COVID:

  • New research by Mastercard shows U.S. ecommerce sales were up 92.7% in May 2020, with more than $53 billion spent via ecommerce channels between April and May-the height of the pandemic. For scale, that’s more spent online than that last 12 Cyber Mondays combined (DigitalCommerce360).
  • Between July and August 2020, total retail sales in the United States rose by 0.6%. During this period, retail sales of clothing and clothing accessory retailers grew by 2.9%, rebounding from consistent and heavy declines in February, March, and April (Statista, September 2020).

→ Consumers are more comfortable ordering online. Make it easier for them & offer incentives.

Digital Ad Spend: Multichannel Approach

Engagement via mobile device continues to grow year after year, and consumers – especially shoppers – are consistently utilizing a multi-channel approach to read, research, engage with brands, and ultimately buy.

Retail Digital Ad Spend by Digital Marketers:

  • eMarketer expects retail to remain the largest spender on digital ads among all verticals. The industry will increase spending by 3.1% to $28.23 billion. (eMarketer, October 2020)
  • Retail ad spending on mobile will surpass $18 billion this year, and desktop/laptop spending will reach nearly $10 billion.
  • Mobile had a 106% higher CTR than Desktop in 1H 2020 on Bidtellect’s platform, so it’s imperative to implement a multi-channel approach (Bidtellect 1H 2020 Native Report)

→ Utilize a multichannel approach and scale across the open web to reach more of your target consumers

Breaking the Valentine’s Day Mold:

Who Needs a Partner? Treat Yourself

55% planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day in some way in 2020. But even those who answered “Not celebrating” did in some way. 35% of 18-25 year olds said their non-traditional Valentine’s Day gift or celebration would be “Treating Yourself.” (NRF, 2020 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey)

Lovers & Friends & Family Count, Too:

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for significant others, spouses, even casual lovers anymore. Parks and Recreation may have dubbed the holiday “Galentine’s Day” to celebrate friendship, but gift-giving seems to span across all relationships, including family and coworkers (Saturday Night Live even wrote a spoof about it). Since 2010, spend on Valentine’s Day gifts for friends has nearly tripled, from $737 million to $2.1 billion (NRF, February 2020). Retailers have adapted with more inclusive products that “allow for casual or non romantic gift giving” (eMarketer, February 2020).

Valentine’s Day Spend on Others in 2020:

  • Significant Other/Spouse: $14.1 billion
  • Other Family Members: $4.2 billion
  • Friends: $2.1 billion

(NRF, 2020 Valentine’s Day Spending Survey)

Don’t Forget One’s Most Loyal Companion: Your Furry Friend

Don’t forget your furry friends! Valentine’s Day spending on that very special pet in your life has also increased. In 2020, 27% of those celebrating Valentine’s Day said they’d buy gifts for their pets, up from 17% in 2010 (NRF, February 2020). Spend on pet gifts has grown exponentially, from just $450 million in 2010 to more than $1.7 billion a decade later (NRF, February 2020).

The trend is not just being driven by younger consumers like millennials and Gen Zers; spending on gifts for pets has grown among all shoppers under the age of 55.

→ Valentine’s Day now means a day to show appreciation to people and pets that you love – including yourself. Cater messaging to this broader definition and don’t limit spend or targeting.

We hope this data on Valentine’s Day trends, shopping habits, and digital marketing strategy help you make 2021 your more successful year yet!

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