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Overall Update - October 30, 2007

This notice is ONLY sent to people who signed up at our website at www.mbd2.com

Magical Balloon-dude Dale’s
Update Notice
October 30, 2007

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www.mbd2.com Update Notice
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1) Overall Update
2) New DVD’S
3) Forum Update
4) New Classified Section
5) Member of the Month
6) Entertainment Tip 28
7) Improvement to the mbd2.com Update Notice
8) Article Topics
9) RSS Feeds
10) Contact Information
11) Classified Ads
12) Sponsoring Advertising Information
13) Link to US for Support
14) Closing
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Overall Update
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Hi All
It’s been busy here the last few months.  We celebrated your 10 year bash with entertainers from all over the country.  It was nice to meet some new faces and catch up with old friends.  These past months have been nothing more then upgrades to the forum, classified section and the mbd2.com store. With these improvements I have upgraded the newsletter software.  It seems most of my time lately has been upgrading. I look forward to getting back to doing balloon twisting for fun.

I’ve been busy working on my restaurant book, which if I’m lucky will be available, spring 2008.  Those who attended mbd2.com’s 10 year bash received an advanced copy of the first chapter and those who were willing to listen to me teach ;-) received another chapter.  All an all, the book is shaping up nicely. Only 9 more chapters to go!

As some of you are aware, my wife Michelle and I had your first child - Carter Obrochta.  We are having the time of your lives with Carter and finding free time to work on the site does take second priority in my life. It’ll be nice when he’s old enough to do the upgrades for dad. ;-)  For now we are looking forward to go trick-or-treating with Carter AKA Super Chicken!  Puk, puk, puk, puk Super Chicken - Yes, he’ll be in a chicken costume with a cape. 

Thank you for your support and I hope you have a great Halloween.
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New DVD’s
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Are you looking to learn some new balloon creations?  Then check out the new DVD’s at the mbd2.com store.

Speed Twisting - Ken Stillman - https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=457

BOSS Balloons
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=448

Squeaks Like Teen Spirit
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=449

Squeaks Like Teen Spirit II
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=450

Twisted Garden by Vicky Kimble
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=451

Twisted Occasions - Vicky Kimble
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=455

Twisted Cuisine - Vicky Kimble
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=456

Geometry with James Vigeant
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=452

Embellished: Pets
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=453

Embellished People
https://www.mbd2.com/online/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=454

mbd2.com store
http://www.mbd2.com/online/store/
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Forum Update
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If you haven’t been to the mbd2.com forum lately you will be surprised to see the new look and feel of the forum.  It still has all the great features that members have come to rely on, but improved navigation and layout is making it easy for everyone.
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New Classified Section
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The mbd2.com forum members have a brand new classified section. The new section has six main topics. Announcements, Clothing Apparel, Conventions, Educational Material, Equipment and Help Wanted. Members can post their ad for 60 days and renew the advertisement 3 times before they need to submit another ad.  This ensures the ads stay current.

The mbd2.com classified section allows members to upload a photo along with sales and contact information.  Come checkout what’s on sale at the mbd2.com classifieds.

Classifieds
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/classifieds_1_3/index.php?clearoff=1
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Member of the Month
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October Member of the Month is Christine Belcher aka Twistina the Balloon Lady.  Christina has enlightened the forum with a great balloon cat.  Her willingness to share her design has lead her to be mbd2’s October Member of the Month.

Twistina’s web site.
http://www.twistina.co.uk/

Mbd2.com Award Requirements
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/Award_Member_OfThe_Month.asp
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Entertainment Tip 28
An Extra Service Fee will Increases your Profit
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As entertainers, we like to make top dollar, but are afraid to increase our price on the fears of losing work.  Here is a tip on how to make extra money without raising your rates.

Every entertainer I have talked to has told me that they have had an increase in business by accepting credit card payments.  With that said, and the fact that Americans are accustom to using their plastic. Adding a simple “service charge” for credit cards/check can increase your overall profits.

Start by creating two rates for your entertainment.  Rate one is for cash jobs. This is the price that you normally charge. Rate two is for credit cards and checks which is increased by X dollars. X dollars will be the discounted if they pay by cash. 

When talking with the customer, let them know they can pay by credit card.  The credit card/check fee is X, but if they decide to pay by cash they can save $X which is your normal pay scale.

You will find 90% of the people will take the cash discount, but there are a group of people that will pay the processing fee and pay by credit card/check. In a year’s time, you’ll increase your overall profits and still have a competitive entertainment price. Increase your profits off people who are wiling to pay more for easier payment method.
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Improvement to the mbd2.com Update Notice
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As subscriptions increase to the newsletter so to has the tools to maintain the database.  The new newsletter software allows users to subscribe to multiple newsletters, manage email information and unsubscribe to specific newsletters.

Improved online reading of the newsletter is now available in the mbd2.com forum.  A new topic called bulletins now links directly to the mbd2.com communication center which allows users to read the mbd2.com update notice online. 
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Article Topics
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http://www.mbd2.com/forum/articles/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=6&Itemid=79

Articles are posted throughout the month, so please stop in regularly to keep informed.  These individuals have taken time out of their busy schedules to write articles, please take the time to read them.  Thanks

If you would like to contribute an article, please email me dale@mbd2.com - subject articles and tell me what you would like to write and how often. 

Article Section
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/article
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RSS Feeds
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Want to keep up to date with all the happenings with Magical Balloon-dude Dale and the balloon entertainment community?  Then subscribe to the following RSS feeds:

All Feeds
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/xml_feed.asp 

Dales Press Release Feeds
http://www.mbd2.com/RSS/Dale-mbd2.xml

Contact Information
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Make sure you have the correct number and information on how to contact mbd2.com or Dale directly.  Please go to the contact page and click on the vCard.  This will automatically add contact information to your outlook and palm pilots.
http://www.mbd2.com/Contactpage.htm

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Classified Ads
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This section is viewable to mbd2.com unregistered members. (You can purchase a 1 year subscription for$50 US). These subscribers will have access to place unlimited Classified Ads. Classified Ads must meet the approval of mbd2.com prior to placement.

To Purchase Classified Ads
Please contact sale@mbd2.com
View Posted Classified Ads
http://www.mbd2.com/forum/classifieds_1_3/index.php?method=showhtmllist&list=advertisement_popular&clearoff=1
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Sponsoring Advertising Information
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If you are interested in paid advertising, or exchanging newsletter ads to a large group of people, then consider the mbd2.com Update Notice.  We reach over 4,000+ individuals and the list is still growing.

Interested parties, please email me at mailto:dale@mbd2.com?Subject=Advertising rates. We are happy to swaps with quality, audience-appropriate newsletters and merchants.

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Link to us for Support
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Please Link to Us, as we are a FREE service and need your support to bring you more new and exciting features. Thanks
Check it out at:
http://www.mbd2.com/linkinfo.htm
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Closing
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Thanks for your support and always your help. Together we can make this a better site. If you can do one of the following, it will help the website:
-Proof reading the mbd2.com web page
-Check the site for errors.
-Buy products - this helps me purchase new programs, enhance the web site, and pay the bills.
-Tell a friend about the site.
-Create a link for your site to the mbd2.com site
-Donate to the mbd2.com web site

Organizing your email
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Change of email
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http://www.mbd2.com/forum/NewsPad/login.asp

Removal
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