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Client Spotlight: Kosher Private Chef

Sharon Beck entered my office three months ago with apprehension. She self admittedly didn’t know much about social media marketing. Her only experience was the occasional post on her personal facebook page. She never used Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter and frankly the idea of it made her nervous. What she did have was a great domain name (kosherprivatechef.com) and a great idea-to offer high end kosher private chef services nationwide. Sharon had an amazing idea, she just needed help getting it out there.

According to Sharon, her business is primarily a word of mouth business. A satisfied customer tells her friend and that friend contacts Sharon. After many years of growing through referrals, Sharon was ready to grow nationwide. With all her connections throughout the country built through the 20 years of experience in the food industry her and her chef husband (Jay Beck) share, she knew she could do it.

We started with a logo….all things start there. She wanted modern, high end, clean just like the services she plans on offering. We came up with a few choices and she chose this one.
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Next we worked on the website. We kept it clean and visual because that is how food should be portrayed. We made sure to add all her new social media icons and her new mailing list sign up. In the past Sharon emailed her clients from her private email the latest menu for the holidays. We set her up with madmimi.com, an email marketing service that is far more attractive and professional and keeps track of how many actually opened her email.

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I taught Sharon the basics of Facebook/Instagram marketing and we launched her new page with an amazing giveaway that we knew would get traction. As predicted it brought her several hundred fans and a lot of attention. We connected her Instagram to facebook so that she could post once and share on facebook. This serves to kill two social birds with one stone. In addition we connected facebook to twitter so that her twitter was being updated without any effort. Three social birds with one stone.
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Once Sharon got comfortable with Instagram and Facebook, delicious and interesting images were being posted by her daily. Naturally she got great feedback which only emboldened her further. I promised her a few months back that if things go well, she will become obsessed with posting and sharing and Sharon found that to be true. It is a very satisfying feeling to share your thoughts and work and have people take notice. Although Sharon understood that growing your fans is a daily job that requires constant creativity and effort, the feedback and interest after every picture she posted was encouraging.

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Today, only three short months after making the decision to makeover her logo/website and utilize social media, Sharon Beck’s business is booming. She is getting calls from all over the country from California to Miami and everywhere in between. She is being approached daily by chef’s from all over the country who are interested in being part of her team. Social Media has changed her business from being referral based to reaching an endless market of clients. Her attractive professional site that comes up when people google Kosher Private Chef only adds to her credibility and her attractive posts on Facebook and Instagram of all her latest dishes entices people to inquire.

Her next step is to continue building her brand  with creative posts, informative blogs and continuous marketing. We wish her and her team all the success in the world! We know with her passion and culinary talents, there is nowhere to go but up.

website: kosherprivatechef.com
facebook: facebook.com/kosherprivatechef
Instagram: @kosherprivatechef

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Nov 13, 2013 / Blog / Client Spotlight

A Hollywood Affair


THE THEME

Now that I just finished making my oldest daughter’s Bat Mitzvah I would love to share some details of the behind the scenes of what went into designing the event, from concept to completion. My daughter Eliana is very into acting so naturally it felt right to go with the hollywood theme. I feel it’s very important when choosing a Bar/Bat Mitzvah theme to go with something that excites the kid.


THE LOGO

For me, everything starts with a logo. The logo, whether for business or for an event, sets the tone and even color scheme. Because Eliana starts with an E, the E! Hollywood logo felt like a perfect match for me.

I also loved the idea of bringing the word Hollywood into it and it just seemed like a fun fit to change the spelling to HollEwood with the E logo replacing Y.

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THE INVITES

Next invitations! An invite definitely gives guests a hint of what’s to come. I chose to do a pop up invite that definitely portrayed  the feel of the party.

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I added custom stamps as a finishing touch. Here are the designs for the stamps. I needed 2 stamps because the postage ended up being high. In the future I would design based on what I want to pay for postage…since invite couldn’t bend it meant it was considered a parcel and was charged as such.
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I also designed seals to seal the envelope. The one I used had the return address written in the black circular border.
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THE BAT MITZVAH WEBSITE

Instead of response cards I opted to do a website partywitheliana.com where people can rsvp and get to know Eliana. Of course I customized it to go with my invites and theme. I definately saw that response wise, you have to be more on top of your guests when you have a site. Most forget to do it. However it definitely is a nice touch and allows you to share with your guests much more tha an invite allows.

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THE DECOR

 

Now that invites and site were done (And it’s best to take care of invites right away as making lists and gathering addresses take a long time) it was time to come up with the decor.

I knew I wanted hollywood colors…red, black, gold. I contacted a very talented centerpiece designer named Danielle from party excellence and we came up with a game plan.
We decided on Black and red feathers in LED vases and custom E! centerpieces as well as a big “Welcome to HollEwood” sign when guests entered and big E! logos on either side of the stage.
I contacted Dina from D Squared for the linen and we picked the nicest gold and black velvet cloths as well as some cool red leather cloths for buffet to add a pop of red. Here is the result.

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No Hollywood theme is complete without a Step and Repeat complete with celebrity cutouts and a red carpet.

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THE PERSONILIZED EXTRAS

Of course it’s also all in the details..Kippas…benchers….sign in books and a sign in mirror (instead of a board) , sunglasses and a giveaway bag modeled after the bloomingdales bag with logo earbuds.

 

 


THE SPEECH

We found a creative way to make even her speech interesting using a powerpoint presentation to illustrate her Dvar Torah.
The concept…what if our forefathers had instagram. Here is a link to her speech complete with the powerpoint images.
And here is one of the powerpoint images depicting her Dvar Torah.

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THE MONTAGE

 

The highlight of the night for the kids is the montage. I love montages but often find myself drifting off when it’s too long and slow and repetitive. So for my daughters Bat Mitzvah I was determined to come up with a creative one. I teamed up with my daughters guitar teacher Lenny Manzo who happens to be a talented videographer and editor and together we worked months on a mini movie/music video. This is a parody of One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” video as well as a parody of Icona Pop’s song “We love her”. I was also lucky to have my comedian friend Elon Gold in it…he was amazing.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHS

Of course the most important thing at the end of the day is enjoying the night, even if things don’t go perfectly, and of course the pictures! We were lucky to have Jerry Meyer Studio  do our photography and we are thrilled with the results!


THE THANK YOU CARDS

And of course matching thank you cards for all the gifts are always a great idea!
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For more information on logo, invite and montage creations for your next affair contact me anytime. 917-301-2584

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Nov 12, 2013 / Blog / Musings