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Norman Hamilton has joined Casual Living magazine as publisher

Five Drivers of Success

    suc·cess noun the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. the attainment of popularity or profit.  Most of us want to be successful. Yet as you can see from above there are different definitions of success. For some... More

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Norman Hamilton is the former Publisher of Casual Living magazine. Currently he represents Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Eastern North Carolina. www.greaternc.dalecarnegie.com. He can be reached at nbhamilton1949@gmail.com or 336.207.3997
Waynette Goodson

The Power of Email Marketing

Of all the marketing tools at our fingertips today, email marketing remains one of the most effective. Send me an email blast about a new product launch, and I’m a total sucker. I can’t help but click through immediately. For example, ... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

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SEO: The Importance of Blogging

Of all the ways to include fresh content on a website, blogs are the most under-valued. Unfortunately in many cases in the casual furniture world, they are non-existent. But, here are ways to utilize a blog, whether you're an outdoor furniture man... More

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Bridget Driscoll, the News and Online Editor for Casual Living, delves into the world of Online Marketing and how it affects the outdoor furniture industry. From SEO to e-commerce sites, Bridget will share her knowledge on all things digital. 

Waynette Goodson

Down to Earth

’Tis the season to reconnect with the Earth. There’s a natural urge to get out and dig in the dirt in the spring, especially to start “top dressing” flower beds. Perhaps it’s the call of Mother Nature herself, beckoni... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

Ronda Whitaker

Hut, two, three ways to use tailgating and social media to boost sales

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “tailgate” is an adjective “relating to or being a picnic set up on the tailgate,” which is the board or gate at the rear of a vehicle. Well, we think tailgating is much more fun tha... More

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Ronda Whitaker has been Casual Living's graphic designer since 2007. In her new home, she loves to cook and enjoys grandiose thoughts of gourmet entertaining in her back yard. Ronda’s backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca, but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes while improving her novice grilling skills.
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Rolling Out the Red Carpet

I recently attended a media event at a local outlet mall that brought together a select number of editors, reporters and bloggers for a private shopping experience. The center literally rolled out the red carpet for us, treating my fellow shopper... More

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Jennifer Bringle, features editor at Casual Living, is our guru of product introductions and retail and style trends. While helping Casual Living to stay tuned in to the various markets and latest retail issues, Jennifer keeps her focus on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Bruce Bjorkman

A Fond Farewell

So much has changed in the retail landscape since my first column appeared in this magazine in 2013. In just four short years, there’s been an explosion in the number of new grill brands. We’ve seen well-known casual and barbecue reta... More

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Bruce Bjorkman writes a monthly column for Casual Living called The Barbecue Lifestyle, a perfect outlet for his years in the grill industry. Currently Bruce is director of sales and marketing for MAK Grills, and he is always ready to tackle the next hot topic. Contact Bruce at bruce@makgrills.com.
Storis

Unified Commerce

In the not so distant past, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers had their worlds shaken up by the introduction of e-commerce and the idea of multi-channel retailing. Soon the concept of omni-channel retailing made them realize they didn’t... More

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Every other month, STORIS shares insights gleaned from its 25 years focused on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better. STORIS is a leading provider of retail software solutions to the home furnishings industry. STORIS offers a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help retailers streamline operations, improve profitability and outperform their competition. Contact STORIS at sales@storis.com or by visiting its website at www.storis.com.