For more than 30 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM – “Your Florist of Choice” – has been providing customers around the world with the freshest flowers and finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections and plush stuffed animals perfect for every occasion. The company specializes in gift baskets, cuddly teddy bears, sweet treats, green and flowering plants, long stem roses, birthday bouquets, balloons, funeral arrangements, get well soon gift options, and holiday floral arrangements made with tulips, lillies, exotic flowers, daisies, orchids, sunflowers, and ilacs to name a few.
The use of a phone number as the name of the company came, in this instance, from the brain of Carl Westcott. Knowing that consumers are more likely to patronize a company or service if it is something they know, recognize, and feel familiar with, Mr. Westcott chose the company’s phone number to pull double duty and act as the company’s name as well. Branding in this nature assures that the consumer need only remember the name of the company in order to know how to be in touch with the customer service team that can take care of his or her particular needs. In that vein, all a customer needs to do is pick up the phone to order the product. The easier the company makes this process on the customer, the more likely the customer is to give repeat business. It was a good idea and it turned into a wildly successful business. It was only just a minor leap to make and build 1800Flowers.com, a sister name, just as easy to remember, for the customer looking to buy and send flowers online. Whether they be wedding flowers, cheap flowers or arrangements that could be called Martha Stewart flowers, the customer can find what he or she is looking for at 1800flowers.com. Carl Westcott sold his business to Jim Poage and John Davis in 1982. These two gentlemen eventually sold their foundering business and the rights to the toll free number to Jim McCann, who was the owner and operator of several flower shops in New Your City
A trip to the website 1800Flowers.com reveals a simplistic, easy to follow and user friendly interface. The customer can shop by occasions (such as grandparent’s day, anniversary, birthday, congratulations, corporate gifts, get well, I’m sorry, Just because, love and romance, new baby, summer, sympathy and funerals, thank you and wedding) The options aren’t limited to flowers, either. The customer can send fruit flowers, fruit baskets, gourmet food baskets, new baby baskets, spa baskets, wine and cheese baskets, or cakes and cookies, chocolates and candy, fresh baked items, kosher items or popcorn and snacks.)
04/25/12: Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Having trouble trying to figure out what to get Mom this year? If so look no further, here are some ideas that any Mom will love for any budget. Some of the top gift ideas are flowers, personalized gifts, jewelry, handmade gifts from the little ones, pampering gifts or gift cards. Flowers are always a go-to for Mother’s Day gifts. Women love getting flowers, whether it is a dozen roses delivered from the florist or fresh flowers picked from the yard by their children. Flowers have a way of making you feel special and really awaken the senses. What woman doesn’t love personalized gifts? Personalized gifts have extra sentimental meaning because you took the extra time to truly make it hers. Almost everything can be personalized; some common personalized gifts are monogrammed tote bags, cellphone or iPad cases, jewelry, wall art and more. Jewelry is another popular gift. There is such a wide array of jewelry on the market today, ranging from inexpensive fashion jewelry to high-end diamonds in platinum. Another option, and often overlooked is getting Mom a pampering gift. A pampering gift can be anything that Mom would love to have but usually will not by for herself. Ideas for pampering gifts would be a massage, a manicure and pedicure, getting her hair styled, a day to herself at the beach, or even something as simple as cleaning the house & cooking dinner for her. Gift cards are always an easy solution for hard to buy for Mom’s or for those of you that like to wait to the last minute. You can get a gift card to just about anywhere, dining, shopping, attractions and services. Perhaps the best gift to give a mom is something that her child has made for her. Handmade cards or art will always hold a special place in Mom’s heart and is something she will cherish forever. Now that you have some ideas on what to get Mom for Mother’s Day, be sure to look online for money saving coupons and promotion codes. Be sure to look for 1-800-Flowers.com, Personalization Mall, Ross-Simons and SpaFinder promotion codes for the best deals.
07/30/11: Let's face it: We're all guilty of spending a little bit too much money for a first date. Many of us use the event as a reason to buy that uber-expensive pair of shoes that we really can't afford. Others spend too much on an extravagant dinner. What you have to remember is that a first date is just that - it's the first time to get to know the other person, and for him to get to know the real you, so you don't really have to spend too much - just be you.
When prepping, just try your best to not be tempted to go to the mall! Instead, look through your wardrobe and pick an outfit that will best suit the occasion. He wouldn't know the difference if it's a brand new dress or not, so don't try to impress with a new purchase. The same rings true for the guys - you don't have to buy the most expensive bouquet of flowers! In fact, you can even get a 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Promotion Code and save on your purchase.
For the date itself, dudes sometimes overthink and let their wallets do the talking. They end up inviting the girl to the most expensive restaurant and spend hundreds of dollars by the end of the night. Instead of dining on a five-course meal that's $50 a plate, why not keep it low-key? Take her to your favorite local restaurant where you can let loose and be yourself instead. You can also go to the boardwalk or a café, where you can get to know each other without dropping serious dough. Look for a quiet spot like a bench or by the shore where the two of you can chat about your lives, your goals and your dreams.
In the end, it's all about the little things that you do that will make him or her like you, not the expensive meal or the crystal-studded stilettos. Keeping the date low-key and budget-friendly won't make you look cheap. In fact, frugality is a quality that she may even admire! And with some extra money left over after the date, you might just be able to plan for that second one.
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