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AirBnB is going Big Time on this one.  It will be interesting to see how it pans out for them and I am quite sure there will be many more like this.
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baseball would put me to sleep without the bed.. no thanks

+Mark Stephens  here
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Lets start the month of August off with a laugh.  Saw this in today's paper.  Bon Appetite!
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+Brian Slind  Love it, Brian....right up there in the 'priceless' category....I'm sending to a few celophane breakfast hotel friends.....
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Marketing Ideas (NO SALES!)  - 
 
For those that use Google Analytic s, here is a great read about tracking you Social Media channels from a few days ago in Entrepreneur mag. 
There's just so much to look at, with so many new and unusual titles. Here, we try to make sense of it all.
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Thanks for sharing, Brian! Nicely written, easy to follow article with useful reports that help you discover where your visitors are coming from. +David Kutcher, perhaps they'll have e-commerce conversion in a future article? For me, having both is kind a ying and yang thing. You need both to get a good picture of what's going on. 
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Here is the final tally (what i am going to consider anyway) for the survey.
Thanks again for voting.  it is really interesting to see where people spend their digital dollars.
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Great idea, thank you for the effort +Brian Slind , +Heather Turner and all the respondents.
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Poll #13 - Your local CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau)

This is the last poll.  Thank you for your time.
11 votes  -  votes visible to Public
Yes, we currently list on a CVB site
82%
No, we do not list on a CVB site
18%
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Our CVB charges... beyond the amount of tax we collect from them. And insist that your email address has to be listed so that ever spammer on earth can email you.
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So my desktop finished doing the Windows 10 free update while we were at church, I must say, I don't see much different from Windows 8...maybe once I use it more, I will see something.
Anyone else out there get the new Win 10?  What are your thoughts?
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I just listened to a report on this Windows 10 thing that said it allows Microsoft to use your bandwidth in the background to update other peoples computers. They said to stay away from it.
http://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-10-silently-uses-your-bandwidth-to-send-updates-to-others/
It also has spying issues 
http://bgr.com/2015/07/31/windows-10-upgrade-spying-how-to-opt-out/
All interesting. I am not upgrading.
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This is a new feature...well ok, I know I am not always on top of things so it is 'new' to me, others out there may have seen these for months, but I this is the first review in a while and so it is the first notification I have received.  In the past I do not recall ever getting a notice from Google about a new Google+ Review written by a guest.  One of our repeat loyal friends wrote this today.
Sure hope to see more of these on Google+ in the future.
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+chris swaap, sorry Chris, I have neither a tablet or phone that I could use to check how Google works things...
You would think that since they are so 'tech' savvy that they would have a method for phone users to do things like leave reviews.  Especially since they control the SEO & online search universe. I suppose these guests probably opened the email on their laptop or desktop and did the review...maybe they have a phone that is more advanced than the one you are using...I just don't know.
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Availability Online users Rejoice!!!!  You can now put a direct link to your availability calendar on Facebook under the 'Book Now' call to action.
YEAH!!!!!!  Thank you Tom and everyone at Availability Online for adding this feature!  Now please convince Google to allow the same thing!
I just updated mine and it works great!
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I added my AO calendar months ago as well like +Heather Turner  mentioned.
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B&B Directory Listing Survey -
Here are the links to each of the 13 polls I put up on this communities page last week about which online directories innkeepers use for listing their B&B online. If you have not voted or commented on any of the polls, feel free to do so. Just click on the link for the polls listed.

Poll 1 of 13 - BedandBreakfast.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/A8gDmif7LoW


Poll 2 of 13 - BBOnline.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/cXhKSfT5Y6w


Poll 3 of 13 - BnBFinder.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/45xPtbEYcUS


Poll 4 of 13 - PAII.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/avcwqq5XU9M


Poll 5 of 13 - VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner):
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/EaaEWr7s7AF


Poll 6 of 13 - TripAdvisor.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/EPAREkezxHn


Poll 7 of 13 - AirBnB.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/Z3kbA3UiNH3


Poll 8 of 13 - TheInnkeeper.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/54UjawzxEQQ


Poll 9 of 13 - BedandBreakfastDirectory.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/VWb93CksB8U


Poll 10 of 13 - BBTravel.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/LkTKm32Kf6L


Poll 11 of 13 - BnBList.com:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/1kPVnatNhBq


Poll 12 of 13 - Your State/Province/Territory/Regional/Local B&B Association:
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/U1o9iAmzqQg


Poll 13 of 13 - Your CVB (Convention & Visitors Bureau):
https://plus.google.com/116369577706502801597/posts/2seDhJwYLnB
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We also listed for a while with IloveInns.com but they were a dead loss. Also listed with bestromanticinns.com which did bring us a fair number of referrals.
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Google to ad 'Buy Button':
Here is an interesting article I just read, actually posted on May 28, but I had not seen it.
Google has confirmed that it is to introduce a
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thanks, +Brian Slind This will be interesting
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Here are results thus far from the poll about 13 B&B Directories.
Thanks for voting thus far.  I will check back over the next few days and see if more votes come in and post a final tally next week.  Cheers!
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Poll #12 - Your State/Regional B&B Association
11 votes  -  votes visible to Public
Yes, we currently list on our state site
55%
Yes, we currently list on regional site
36%
No, we dont list on a state association
9%
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I am a member of several - the State B&B organization, a regional Hudson Valley one, and the county one, also 2 chambers of commerce and a MA Visitor's Bureau.....yikes.
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We began buying Brookfield Maple Products Organic Maple Syrup for use in our cooking but also to serve to the guests along side our French Toasts, pancakes , waffles, etc. at our Bed and Breakfast. After a few years of trying many other companies, none of which we bought in grocery stores, we decided on Brookfield Maple Products because of the rich flavor and the satisfaction of knowing it is certified organic. Our guests have given us rave reviews of the syrup and so we pass that along to Brookfield with our utmost gratitude.
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Public - 2 weeks ago
reviewed 2 weeks ago
As part of my rushed trip to SE Texas I chose to stay in the Branson area on the way back home and stayed at Anchor Inn on the Lake Bed and Breakfast. My wife and I booked the Virginia Room and the bedroom is spacious and has a large private bathroom. We found the mattress to be a bit firmer than we like, but we still had a restful sleep and woke up refreshed for the final leg of our journey. The breakfast the next morning was very delicious- we had a fruit salad with nuts to start and then we were served a quiche with biscuits and jam. We would recommend this Bed and Breakfast to anyone going to the area.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Mike and Lisa of School House Bed & Breakfast are wonderful Innkeepers and go way above the call of duty when it comes to hospitality. Their Inn is exceptionally clean and the rooms are spacious. There are plenty of common area's for a person to spend time reading a book, relaxing or just passing the time away. The breakfast are delicious and very satisfying.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
My wife and I spent the night of September 29th there and really enjoyed our stay. The room was clean and very will supplied with amenities. The breakfast was superb with garden fresh ingredients and very satisfying. We would recommend the Brick Inn Bed and Breakfast to anyone going to Washington Missouri.
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Shortly after moving to Columbia Missouri 9+ years ago, I found Mutrux Automotive on Rollins Road and have never gone anywhere else since when it comes to getting my cars worked on. From getting the DOT's safety inspection to major repairs, I do not feel comfortable letting anyone else do the work except Ross and his crew. They have a high level of integrity which is hard to find in mechanics. Recently I took my car in before a long road trip and Ross found some things that were important enough that they warranted being replaced immediately. Had he not told me before I went on my trip, I might have found myself in a very bad situation with a broken down car hundreds of mile away from home. Thank You Mutrux Automotive!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Went to Ranch House BBQ on January 18th 2014. First time and my wife and I are always looking for new places to eat so we can tell our Bed & Breakfast guest about them. This is the one that will be on our list of recommended restaurants. I had the 2 meats (sausage & brisket) along with Sweet Potato fries and Cole Slaw. Best BBQ meal in a very long time. The brisket was 'Melt in your mouth' tender and both meats had wonderful flavor. The fries were the best I have had and the Cole Slaw was not too sweet and not too vinegary. just right for me. My only complaint, not that it is important, was that the roll was a bit hard. At first look it looks soft but it took a bit to bite a piece off. I am not that much into bread so it is not a huge concern for me, but others if it happens to them it might be an issue. The atmosphere was great and the staff was very helpful. We will be going back again and again. Hopefully next time I will have room for the dessert.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Great place to get a new vacuum, supplies and have questions answered. I will most certainly return.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago