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Instagram for Business – 7 Facts

After some thought and comparison, I find myself favoring Instagram over Facebook. I love the simplicity of Instagram and that it focuses on images. Facebook has more text which leads to more bragging, longer explanations of how great this or that cleanse is, and drawn out political debates. While that is my opinion for my personal page, I know it is imperative to engage in both when promoting a business. Instagram has a younger generation [side note: Does it blow anyone else’s mind how many ‘likes’ photos by 15-20-year-olds get?? I hope to prepare myself to tap in to that market when they get a little older].

A lot of my followers are on both Facebook and Instagram, but some are not, so it is important to reach as many potential clients as possible. Social media is the way of the world, and the more impressions you have out there the better.

 

[Follow @sweethomesiouxfalls on Instagram for posts about my real estate career and all things Sioux Falls.]

 

FACTS ABOUT INSTAGRAM

  1. Over half of all 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. are on Instagram.
  2.  Adult users in the U.S. have doubled since 2012.
  3. 31 percent of female internet users are on Instagram, compared to 21 percent of male internet users.
  4.  56 percent of Instagram users make $50,000/year or more.
  5. Instagram has about 400 million active daily users and 700 million active monthly users. 
  6. In 2017, top brands are posting 4.9 times per week on Instagram. This is a 50 percent increase from 2015.
  7. 48.8 percent of brands are on Instagram. This number is expected to rise to 70.7% by the end of 2017.

 

[Engaging with other businesses will give your page credibility and visibility.]

 

This post only scratched the surface about Instagram and has one simple take-away. IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS AND WANT TO REACH THE UNDER THIRTY DEMOGRAPHIC, GET INSTAGRAM. I am not claiming to be an expert, but I believe I have a pretty good handle on social media and if you would like ideas for content, hashtags ect. I would LOVE to help. Let’s meet for coffee and talk about growing our businesses! Otherwise, stay tuned for a future post delving in to more specifics of Instagram!

 

Happy posting!

Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik

I know most people can relate that the gym is not their favorite place to be. If you are looking for an alternative to get your heart rate up outside of the gym, or need a class to get back in the groove of exercise, I can not recommend Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik enough. I have been to other Zumba classes but they fail in comparison to her energy and spunk. You can truly feel she cares about her students before, during and after class.

I started going to Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik in 2012  shortly after college and I had an unexpected move back home. I was feeling lost and the routine of this class and the regular endorphins helped me find happiness in that time of transition. I will always have a special place in my heart for Zumba. Read about Dawn and her classes below!

 

[Dawn came to my wedding to instruct 3 songs during the dance. Fun surprise for my guests!]

 

What led you to becoming a Zumba instructor?

I was in a severe car accident in 2005 and was unable to function very well after that physically or mentally. I pretty much had given up hope of feeling normal ever again. Until one day I was encouraged to see a chiropractor (which I had seen a ton) and he said to just give him a chance. What’s the worst that could happen, not get better? Long story short he gave me my life back!! Zumba had come to Avera McKennen Fitness center and once cleared, I was determined to take a class. I had loved dance growing up so I new I would like it. Once cleared I took my first class and my life was forever changed!! I was a student for awhile then became an instructor and I never looked back!

 

[Dawn doing what she does best. Photo by The Photography Shoppe]

 

How is Zumba different than going to the gym?

Zumba is different than going to a gym because its not your basic treadmill or elliptical machine. Who really gets excited about jumping on one? lol Zumba is WAY more FUN and you don’t even realize how hard you are working because its so fun! But not only that its like taking a happy pill, it mentally changes you as well! You meet amazing people in a zumba class. You feel free when we are done.

 

What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is watching my students let themselves go! Their smiles, laughter, yells! I cherish leading my students to feel the music and be happy! Hoping that after every class I could make someone feel free of worry and stress.

 

When and where are classes held?

My classes are taught at Kosama Sioux Falls and Wacko’s Comedy Club.

Monday’s 6-7pm @ Wacko’s Comedy Club 
Tuesday’s 6:45-7:45 Strong by Zumba @ Kosama
Saturday’s 10:30-11:30am Zumba
Sunday’s 3:00-4pm Strong by Zumba

Coming in the fall Thursday night Zumba 6:45-7:45pm @ Kosama

 

 

What is your favorite part about living in Sioux Falls?

My favorite part about living in Sioux Falls is my family and my student.

 

 

If any of those times work for you, let me know and we’ll go to a class! First one is on me. 😉

 

GO Camp On Aqua! 1,2,3, Let’s Go Ski!

I am finally feeling refreshed after directing a week-long summer camp for 8-13 year olds at Catfishbay last week. Even though the combination of heat, sun, 96 children and supervising an overnight can have you a little delirious after day five, it is one of my favorite weeks of the year and I find myself wondering what my campers are doing each day since the camp has ended.

Camp on Aqua has been teaching kids to waterski since 2000. In recent years the camp has sold out by early spring, prompting changes to allow a record number of campers to get up on the water. There are always one or two kids that are too afraid to try skiing, despite our best efforts, but this year every child that tried skiing either got up on the boom (see below for pictures) or behind the boat. In my opinion, I want to say this was the most successful skiing year yet. Kids also enjoyed fishing, tubing at Wall Lake, canoeing, a water safety class and more. To see everything the camp has to offer, click here.

 

[The founders of Catfishbay and Camp on Aqua, Michelle and Jim Bruns posing for a picture at the beginning of the week. The volunteer opportunities, fun times for kids and second family these two have created deserve all the recognition in the world and are blessings to our Sioux Falls community.]  

 

[Billy Bruns, an experienced skier, running the ski board on “the boom”. The skis are attached to each other and also attached to the boom by rope. This ensures the skis are always facing forward and more stable than free standing skis.]

 

[Once the child is stable, Billy can let go of the skis and control how tight they are held to the boom.]

 

[Catfishbay’s invention ‘the ski bar’ being used by skiers Tanner and Tony. This eliminates the hassle and time of tangled ropes.]

 

[Two side-skiers accompanying a camper. Each group of kids had two 2 1/2 hour session of skiing during the week.]

 

[Kids enjoying the water mat while skiing is going on in the background. With 8 groups of kids, multiple activities were always going on at once.]

 

CatfishBay, the Greatest Show on H2O, started shows on Memorial Day and will continue every Friday night at 7 p.m. through Labor Day. For more information about the show, click here. 

If you or your child would like to learn how to waterski, find me on Facebook or shoot me a text [261.8396].  I would LOVE to share my passion with you and see you having fun on the water. Catfishbay is a special and unique place in Sioux Falls. If you would like to know how to get involved or discount tickets, please contact me.

 

This post is dedicated to the mother of Catfishbay, Eloa Bruns, who passed away during camp week. I hope I treated the campers with half the love and care she gave to all of us skiers over the years.  <3

Sioux Falls 2040

It sounds strange to even say 2040, let alone think about what life will be like in Sioux Falls 23 years from now, but that is Urban Planner Albert Schmidt’s job on a daily basis. He makes sure that land is being used in the right way, and the correct infrastructures are being put in place that make sense for the future and flow of growing Sioux Falls.

My real estate team, 605 Advantage Real Estate Group with Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls, took a field trip this week to city hall to learn more about urban planning with Albert. I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed with all the information, but I know that Albert is an expert at what he does and is a wealth of knowledge for when I have questions.

 

[Listening to Albert’s presentation]

 

If you are interested in information about planning and building in Sioux Falls, click here. If you want to listen in on city council meetings to learn more about the progress of projects, click here.  A hot topic right now that Albert also knows the in’s and out’s of, is the floodplain issue. If you have questions if your home or potential home is in a floodplain, please reach out and I will get the correct information for you!

 

[Looking at the Sioux Falls 2040 map]

 

While a ton of man power goes in to planning the growth of a city,  most of it is tentative plans. Things can change quickly, so be sure you are getting the most up to date information if you have questions about zoning, flood plains or long term plans. I am always available for questions and to research all kinds of information, so please contact me by call or text at 605.261.8396.

By 2040 the Sioux Falls population is expected to be between 250,000 and 280,000 people.  How exciting to live in such a thriving city!

Steinberg Shares Strength

The majority of us created health goals at the beginning of the new year. Flash forward five weeks, it’s pretty easy to gradually fall off the bandwagon (I may or may not be talking from experience).

Jason Steinberg is a strength and conditioning specialist in Sioux Falls and is just the person to provide the motivation and guidance we all need to meet our goals. And he can help in the comfort of your own home! About 30% of his business is spent with in home clients. Lack of equipment can be a challenge with in home workouts, but with a couple hand weights, resistance band and/or just body weight, he can create a work out plan that produces real results.

5 Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Exercise
  2. Diet
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress Management
  5. Supplements 

Jason can provide support and accountability for all 5 areas of a healthy lifestyle. He stopped by my own home and showed me some basic moves that can still provide a killer work out outside of the gym. Check out the pictures below!

 

[When working out at home it’s still important to stretch and warm up before activity]

 

[Resistance training will burn calories longer]

 

[No need to drive to get a work out in]

 

[Be more comfortable in your own home than a gym]

 

[Circuit work outs are best when trying to lose weight]

 

To learn more about Jason and the services he provides, visit his website siouxfallsfitnesstrainer.com. He loves helping people and creating unique plans for each individual he works with.

Are you ready to step up your home work outs with a personal gym in your home? Whether that means room for a treadmill or a whole room devoted to work out machines, I can help you find the home that supports a healthy lifestyle. Visit my Facebook page or give me a call/text at 605.261.8396 to chat about your goals!

 

 

 

Taking Action in 2017

It’s the New Year! A time when we must sadly take the ornaments off the tree one by one and store them away with all our other Christmas decorations, and time to begrudgingly pull ourselves back in to routine after a wonderful holiday break. I’m not one for New Years resolutions because of the extra pressure it implies and the unrealistic expectations that most people set for themselves, but this could be a great time for you to slightly change up your routine and mindset for the next 12 months and beyond.

I simply challenge you to DO MORE this year. Whatever that means for you. I took a huge risk in 2016 quitting a job with a consistent paycheck to take a chance on a career that I knew could be fulfilling and great for my family. I wrestled with playing it safe and not taking action. But with this and every other choice in life (such as going to the gym!) I’m glad I talked myself in to the direction of DOING.

This quote below really spoke to me. I hope you can look at inaction in a different light and carry those thoughts with you through 2017.

If we try and fail, we see the cost. The number of hours and dollars spent on the project. We feel the pain when it doesn’t work. The embarrassment is acute.

This makes inaction tempting.

We don’t consider refusing to choose as a choice. We think we’re safe if we don’t expose ourselves to failure. We don’t appreciate the consequences of inaction because they are slow, chronic, and less obvious. That’s what makes them dangerous.

You don’t get to escape pain.

The pain that comes with action is acute, scars you, and makes you grow.

The pain that comes from inaction is low-grade, softens you, and decays your soul.

 

 

I wish you all nothing but health and a plethora of happy moments in 2017. And please keep me in mind this year for friends and family that are thinking about moving. We are all connected in each others success! Here’s to a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

That Kind Of Morning

With the frigid temps sweeping over the midwest this week, I thought it was a perfect morning to set up shop on the couch and do some research on other real estate blogs. How lucky am I that that is even an option? While working for yourself has its challenges, it certainly has its perks.

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[My view while writing this morning]

 

My goal was to find a couple other blogs to see what others were doing and to discover how I could improve both my blog and real estate skills. Below are a couple links to blogs that I found interesting and helpful for all businesses. Whether you are in sales, marketing, real estate or an entrepreneur, many of the skills are crossovers.

 

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Nothing will devalue a traditional phone call, but we all know texting is increasingly the preferred way of contact. Instead of ignore it, businesses should embrace it an learn to do it well. BoomTown, a real estate marketing company had a great blog post about lead generation that is worth a read.

 

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Keller Williams mission is “To build careers worth having, businesses worth owning, and lives worth living.” I love that this company encompasses our whole life in to it’s work. To piggy back on this idea, a blog from Afford Anything did an amazing job of breaking down 12 essential lessons you must learn about money and life. Most people don’t have time to read entire books on this subject, so finding shorter reads via blog are very helpful.

 

Other honorable mentions of blogs I found:

Bigger Pockets – “Leading source for the best articles on real estate investing, personal finance, marketing and being successful.”

85 Best Real Estate Blogs to Read in 2016 – A lot of content on this website, but you can find anything you wanted to know about marketing, investing and more.

 

Even though blogging is increasing in popularity, the midwest seems to be slower to catch on. If you know of a local blogger, no matter the subject, please send me a link! I would love to support other local bloggers and see what others are doing!

 

Thanking Thanksgiving

I’m hoping your plan for the day is similar to mine. I plan to eat so much food I am in a blissful trance of fullness and happiness the rest of the weekend. Thanksgiving is the perfect day to wear stretchy pants and eat too much with the ones you love. It is also a great reminder to be thankful for all that we have before entering in to a season that can sometimes be the season of “want.” Thank you Thanksgiving, for the day off of work, for a day of not counting calories, and for the time to pause our busy lives and be thankful.

While I too am thankful for my family, friends and food on the table, I wanted to focus on what I am thankful for in my home. I am creeping up on my 4 year anniversary as a home owner, and I am so thankful every day for what homeownership brings to my life that living in an apartment could not.

 

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[Paisley and Orange Kitty sharing the love]

First and foremost, my home is complete with these two fur balls. There are no animal restrictions when living in a house, which means I look forward to adding more furry friends to my home in the years to come! There are so many animals at the Humane Society, I wish all rentals allowed pets, but unfortunately they do not, so that is one big perk to owning your own home. I hope I can love my future children as much as I love these kitties. #crazycatlady

 

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[Cars as snug as a bug in a rug]

The next perk some rentals may have, but with a house, there are no extra charges. I am SO thankful for my attached garage, especially during the painful winter months. With a push of a button I am able to pull in to a snow-free, slightly warmer space for the night. It is a simple luxury, but one that I appreciate daily.

 

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[Picture wall is still in progress]

If you know me, you know I love my pictures. Some rentals are particular about nail holes and may not allow any. While there are ways around that, I am happy my pictures are secure with nails and I don’t need to worry about them falling down. These are my walls and I can do what I need to to fit my style and family.

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[Saving money makes us happy]

A perk to owning versus renting that is not aesthetic is being able to pay yourself instead of a landlord. Every month I write a check to the bank which in turn builds my equity instead of going in to the pocket of someone else. You can’t see the benefits to this right away, but you will thank me later. Often times price to square foot is better in a home as well (double bonus!).

 

Owning a home takes work, but the benefits far out weigh the negatives. I am in charge of my surroundings, I am paying myself instead of a landlord, and I have a place to call home that is truly mine. I am beyond thankful that owning a home is feasible for me at this age. Especially in this market, you would be surprised what you are capable of. Let me connect you with a great mortgage banker to see what you qualify for!

 

Thank you thanksgiving for this designated time. And thank YOU for reading. I am blessed to share my passion for writing and helping others.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! EAT ALL OF THE PIES!

Taste of Sioux Falls

An event where there is wine, well-dressed people and food stations from the best chefs in Sioux Falls? Sign me up!  Last week Jaime and I attended The Taste of Sioux Falls, a fundraiser to benefit the downtown SculptureWalk. As you know, we love downtown Sioux Falls and will jump at the chance to support the growth of businesses and programs that make downtown shine.

The SculptureWalk features 56 sculptures year round from artists all over the country and is run by volunteers with a goal “to be the highest quality, most professional, financially strong, artist friendly, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the United States.” This inventive way to display art adds pizazz to Phillips Avenue and bolsters DTSF’s reputation as one of the state’s most unique destinations.

 

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The second annual Taste of Sioux Falls began with a branded wine glass and a large plate to take to all of the food stations. We then could select which small plates we wanted from each restaurant. Everyone brought their A game but dare I say my favorites were the tacos from Look’s Market and the beef from Grille 26. We spent the evening grazing on delicious food, enjoying the view and venue at Raven Industries, and connecting with friends and acquaintances. We wished it would have gone on forever.  The sweetest cherry on top was finding out these chefs and their restaurants donated their time and resources to be there, all in the name of art and community.

 

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[Round one included items from Ode to Food and Look’s Market]

 

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[Friends Allison and Tyler Blake helped us close the place down]

 

What do you love most about downtown? What are you hoping to see downtown in the future? What are ways you support Sioux Falls? So many questions, so little time. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts, so shoot me a text or email and we’ll grab coffee on me downtown. [605.261.8396]

 

Already looking forward to next year’s Taste of Sioux Falls to see what all the talented chefs will create! Click here to learn more about the SculptureWalk.

The Other Halberstadt.

I am probably the only wife in town that doesn’t buy her husband clothes on his birthday or Christmas. That is one battle I am blessed not to have as Jaime most often looks more put together than I do when we head out the door. He has a long history of well dressed men in his family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers was started in St. Cloud, MN, in 1975 by his grandpa Jim. In 1988, Jaime’s father, Jeff, expanded the business by moving to Sioux Falls and then opened additional locations in Rapid City and Des Moines. Jaime worked part-time at the Galleria store during high school and college, but it wasn’t until about 2 years ago that he made the leap full-time and realized his passions and skills lie in the family business of providing the midwest with top of the line service and men’s clothing brands.

 

What is special to you about running a third generation local business?

I am incredibly lucky to have the trust and support of my dad Jeff, whom I see as not just one of the most talented clothing retailers around the region, but also the best mentor I could have. It’s truly a family-run business; it’s not unusual to see me, my mom Marcie, and my dad working special events together, reviewing lines at trade shows, reviewing ad campaigns, etc. My grandparents Jim and Sandy will drop in from time-to-time to keep me in check as well. Work is still work at times of course but it’s really gratifying to me to create something with your family that becomes special to others as well.

 

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[Pictures of the three generations at J.H & Sons downtown Sioux Falls]

 

Any tips for keeping your shoes and clothes looking sharp while stored in your closet?

For leather shoes, I cannot stress enough the importance of cedar shoe-trees. Shoe trees can remove moisture and help keep the shape of your shoes over time. They are an absolute must. As far as clothing is concerned, spacing is important. For instance, if a few suits and sport coats are jammed together on a rack, the jacket linings, lapels, and pockets can get wrinkled overnight. This can of course be difficult with limited closet space, which is why I recommend donating any clothing you’re on the fence about.

While on your buying trips, how do you decide what items and trends to bring home to Sioux Falls?

We keep in mind what has done well in the recent past, but our main focus is on (1) brands that are getting attention internationally but have not been carried yet in Sioux Falls and (2) emerging brands that are doing something a little differently than the rest. Good quality and styling are always the basis for any clothing we bring in. As far as new trends go, if the taste level of the garment is there and it’s fresh and exciting, chances are we’ll pick it up. I always look forward most to the more unique pieces; I think we take our title of “specialty store” very seriously. We buy as a full-service men’s clothier while significantly testing the limits of what can be sold in a smaller market like ours. We are constantly searching for interesting clothing not yet available here.

 

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[Jean wall at J.H. & Sons downtown Sioux Falls]

 

What are a few of your favorite pieces right now?

Bruun & Stengade continues to be a stellar dress and casual shirt line for us. They have a great mix of offerings from brighter micro-patterns to knitted and textured fall fabrics in cool greys and blues. A new line I’m very excited about is Ring Jacket out of Osaka, Japan. They specialize in making off-the-rack clothing as impressive as custom clothing. Plus the jackets are insanely comfortable.

 

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[Bruun & Stengade]

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[Ring Jacket]

 

What do you love most about the Sioux Falls community?

As it relates to the business, our community has been very receptive to the new and unique perspective we bring to men’s clothing. On a wider scale, I am constantly amazed by the amount of talent, intellect, and personality in this city. It’s inspiring.

How do you feel about being married to the most kind and good looking realtor in Sioux Falls?

Best thing to ever happen to me. She’s so humble, too.

 

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[September 25, 2015]

 

Jaime is the manager of the downtown Sioux Falls store J.H. & Sons Clothier and can help you be the best dressed at the office, assist with styling your current items, or tell you what it’s time to part with. And when your closet becomes too small, it’s time to talk to Mrs. Halberstadt and I will get you in to a bigger home, and a bigger closet.

The two of us look forward to MANY more years in this growing community and helping Sioux Falls look and feel their best in both their clothes and home!

 

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