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7 Ways to Explore Columbus in Spring

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The vernal equinox on March 20th marks the first official day of spring. Columbus beckons during this season of renewal with a host of activities. Watch for the first signs and get ready to connect with the local community through a variety of activities.

Walk the Mile
Go for a stroll along the Scioto Mile. This riverfront walking stretch in Downtown Columbus runs from the Arena District through the Whittier Peninsular and integrates a system of parks with its urban environs.

Take it to Go
The North Market is a foodie haven. Purveyors of fresh produce, local products and gourmet options share space and provide a ready selection of distinct offerings for your next picnic. Two arenas and a concert venue are in close proximity and add some exciting entertainment options.

Get Inspired
Explore the Short North Arts District. Enjoy lively wallscape murals and art galleries in the area. Get the conversation started while visiting the Pizzuti Collection. The Pizzuti Collection hosts temporary exhibits of contemporary art, lectures and artist talks.

During the first weekend of every month, the shops stay open late here to accommodate the residents wanting to spruce up wardrobes and enjoy a cocktail while taking advantage of the milder weather.

Visit Columbus’s Newest District
4th Street is on the south end of downtown. It has the most diverse offerings with vintage video games, gourmet options and hidden gems to pop into. Some worth noting are 16 Bit Bar for a fun night of classic gaming. Little Palace Restaurant and Bar offers plenty of easy options like burgers and subs but goes further with house-cured bacon and hand-cut fries. What doesn’t get better with bacon?

Family Friendly
Indulge in America’s favorite pastime at Huntington Park, one of the premier minor league stadiums nationwide, in the Downtown Arena Area. Root for the Columbus Clippers, recent winners of the Governor’s Cup, and get your game on.

The Columbus Zoo in Central Ohio is home to 700 species and gets at least 2.3 million visitors every year. Besties Readers Choice ranked it number one best zoo in 2012.

Facebook “Like” Counts Will Drop in March

 

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Now hear this! Your Facebook “Like” count may drop as Facebook begins to remove inactive or memorialized accounts from the feed and from your business pages.

Trust us! It’s a good thing. There are two benefits to removing voluntarily deactivated Facebook accounts from Pages:

  1. Business Results: Your insights will be up-to-date on the people who actively follow your pages.
  2. Data will remain consistent, as deactivated accounts are already filtered out from engagement numbers like page likes and comments.

What to expect: You will see a small dip in your page like count numbers, some more than others, depending on the number of deactivated or memorialized Facebook counts are on that page.

What can you do? Nothing. It’s a good thing!

Celebrate the Greenest, Grandest Party of the Year With MJ2 Marketing

The Bash is back! Following the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade here in Dublin, Ohio you will find the MJ2 Marketing team celebrating on the OCLC property at the Blarney Bash. Sponsored by Dublin A.M. Rotary, the Blarney Bash 2015 will feature live bands including Richens/Timm Academy of Dance, Jacked Up, Ladies of Longford, General Guinness, Two 2 Many, Reaganomics, and Homeland.

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It’s the Greenest Time of the Year!

There is no better place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ohio than the greenest city in the state: Dublin. The city that maintains their Irish attitude all year long is ready to celebrate with several activities planned for the weekend. The festivities began yesterday with “Prep for St. Patrick’s Day” and the city is gearing up for the spectacular, miles-long parade on March 15th. The celebrations end on March 17th with live Irish music at Brazenhead. One thing is certain; there is plenty of fun to be had for the entire family right here in Dublin! Here is a timeline of events to help you plan your weekend!

St. Patrick's Day in Dublin, Ohio

Stefanie’s Champions Nominations Due Soon


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Do you know someone who has provided tremendous support by serving as a caregiver for you or someone you love? Stefanie Spielman found that support from her husband, Chris Spielman, when he put his professional football career on hold to care for her when she was first treated for breast cancer in 1998. Stefanie and Chris established the Stefanie’s Champions Awards luncheon as an annual event to honor this important factor in cancer treatment, the loving and healing presence of a devoted caregiver. In fact, the first Stefanie’s Champions award was given to Chris.

Megan James’ relationship with Stefanie dates back to their Delta Gamma days at The Ohio State University. Stefanie made a significant impact on Megan’s life and she has made it her mission to help continue Stefanie’s goal of finding a cure for cancer. She does this by serving as a member of the Champions Committee , the group that organizes the luncheon each year.

The 15th Anniversary Stefanie’s Champions luncheon will take place at the Ohio Union on April 9, 2014. The time is now to submit your nomination. Click the link above to nominate your Champion. All submissions are due by January 15th.

 

Happy Thanksgiving

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Change the World with Giving

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How do you thank someone who has donated their time or funds to help others throughout the community? You dedicate a special day to stop and say “thank you” for all that you do. National Philanthropy Day is celebrated each November in an attempt to thank and recognize all people who selflessly give their time, talent and financial support to help others. They embody the essence of National Philanthropy Day: Change the World with a Giving!

In honor of this day, we would like to recognize the extra time and effort our own team members make to give back to the community and highlight some of the organizations that are near and dear to their hearts:

Dublin Coffman Hockey Team

The team here at MJ2 Marketing is proud to support the members of our community. We are Silver Level Sponsors for the Dublin Coffman Hockey Team. Our donation helps provide the team with uniforms and officiating expenses.

The Stephanie Spielman Fund

The Spielman Fund is an organization near and dear to our hearts. Our team volunteers each year for the Stephanie’s Champions luncheon to recognize and honor the people in the lives of breast cancer survivors who have offered their support.

We would also like to recognize some of our clients’ hard work and contributions to the community:

Baesman’s Big Give

Each holiday season the Baesman team makes the holidays a little brighter for a family in need with their Big Give.

Canine Companions for Independence

Canine Companions for Independence holds an annual DogFest and pledge walk and the Scioto Properties team is always on hand to offer assistance and raise awareness for the organization.

Be sure to thank everyone who gives their time and money to help those who need it the most. What organization is near and dear to your heart?

Surprise: It’s Columbus!

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Our quaint city has recently been making national news. We have known for sometime that there is a great deal of excitement packed into this little city, and the secret is out to the rest of the country. Dubbed a “foodie’s paradise”, “fashion hub” and “unofficial home to U.S. soccer”, Columbus is sure to have something to offer for everyone. Take a look at some of our favorite headlines about our hometown:

“Columbus, Ohio, a new destination for food lovers”
The Washington Post

“[The] Ohio capital has blossomed into a food lover’s town, with serious cocktails and microbrews, pastries worthy of Paris, fantastical ice-cream flavors (think peanut with toasted coconut and chili) and extraordinary shopping.”

“Hello, Columbus”
The New York Times

“The Mahan is just one spot in this city’s Short North neighborhood that is challenging all preconceived notions of what passes for cool in the Midwest.”

“Columbus demands exploration”
Chicago Tribune

“In the last two decades, Columbus has been quietly growing into a dynamic, vibrant metropolis, replacing Cleveland as the Buckeye State’s largest city and becoming an artsy, edgy destination.”

“Columbus emerges as unlikely fashion hub”
USA Today

“You probably never thought you’d read a story about Columbus, Ohio, being a mecca for fashionistas. But this Midwestern city has a surprising secret: It’s one of the country’s chicest capitals.”

“How did Columbus become the unofficial home of U.S soccer?”
Sports Illustrated

“Multiple markets, from Portland to St. Louis and from L.A. to D.C., have a claim. When the chips are down, however, the U.S. relies on Columbus, the unexpected – and now unquestioned – home of the national team’s most high-profile game.”

While incredulity seems to be the general theme for these headlines, we believe Columbus’ many positive qualities will force the shift from surprise to it’s deserved status as an undisputed cultural mecca. Have you seen Columbus in the news? What is your favorite headline?

It’s Been a Busy Week…

A community manager wears many hats. One of those is to create a sense of presence and leadership at all communal events. Two major events occurred this week for our clients and we were on hand to show our support to our clients.

Columbus REALTORS® Sales Associates Rally was held on October 24, 2013 at the Aladdin Shrine Center. Our clients Truberry and Priority Mortgage were there to participate in the festivities.

Thursday, October 24, was also the kick-off to OAAPN’s Annual Statewide Meeting at the Polaris Hilton. We were on-hand to attend the Welcome Reception. The meeting will continue throughout the weekend with exciting workshops and speakers.

Enjoy these pictures from the events!

The Truberry Sales Team as Sales Associates Day

The Truberry Sales Team as Sales Associates Day

Priority Mortgage Out and About at Sales Associates Day

Priority Mortgage Out and About at Sales Associates Day

The OAAPN Board Members with their new Proclamation at the Statewide Meeting

The OAAPN Board Members with their new Proclamation at the Statewide Meeting

 

 

 

Our Clients Out and About

One of the best parts about being a local business with local clients is running into all of you wonderful people outside of the business bubble. Of course these moments are a great opportunity to snap a pic or two. Take a look at some of our clients we ran into during various events around Columbus.

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Kim and Sam Hill with their family
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Sue Burness at The Presidents Cup
City of Dublin

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Jeff and Sally Sopko
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Scott Dring speaking at The Presidents Cup dedication ceremony in Historic Dublin
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Diann at her Affordable Health Clinic in Gahanna
Ohio Association of Advanced Nurse Practitioners – OAAPN

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Father Paul Noble, Director of Vocations at a wedding.
Face Forward, Diocese of Columbus