Who’s getting a big lump of coal in their stocking this year? And who is getting the good word for Santa Claus? Oh yeah, we’re going there.
Let’s start with the naughty one, so we can end this blog post with a high note 🙂
Fletcher Prince’s Naughty List (it’s not very long)
A big lump of coal goes to an unnamed pro to whom we were quite friendly in 2010. Not only had we gone out of our way to introduce this person around to our contacts, we also referred one of our nicest clients to him. For a juicy project, by the way, that if he landed would have amounted to more than twice our billings for all of 2010. The thing is — as much as we wanted that project, we knew he could do a better job than we could, so we recommended him, instead. Wait for it….
Guess what. We did not hear thank you. Well, that’s okay. But then, less than a week later, he’s dissing Fletcher Prince’s work. On Twitter.
Wow. Did not see that coming.
I’m all for constructive criticism but this was kind of like Lance Armstrong telling a kid on a tricycle he really should be pedaling faster.
We’re not really sure what motivated this person, since we’re not exactly eating his lunch, but that’s the last referral he’s getting from us. The lesson here? Besides, show some gratitude? And pick on someone your own size? Take if offline, if you’ve got to say it.
Fletcher Prince’s Nice List
Fortunately, looking back at 2010, that was really our only negative experience. Plenty of Fletcher Prince clients and supporters should get lots of loot from Kris Kringle this year, if we have anything to say about it.
Thanks for the LinkedIn recommendations!
Santa, please remember all the good folks who gave us LinkedIn recommendations this year, including Laura Fall and Bruce Fall, Rita Mhley, Barbara Burfeind, Coral Gundlach, and Soraya Duke. Thanks to all of you!
Thanks for the referrals!
We hope Saint Nick puts an extra candy cane in the stockings of Coral Gundlach, who not only retained our services but also referred us to a new client Fall Properties, as well as Susan Rink, Lorelei Harloe, and Woody Hinkle who took time in 2010 to refer prospective clients to Fletcher Prince. Thank you, too, to Rita Mhley who also referred me to a colleague, and who brought in a group of communications professionals to Fletcher Prince for a morning of social media training. Personal referrals are golden and we thank you so much for your confidence in us.
Thanks for bringing us on to your projects
We felt especially honored that some of our colleagues brought us in to help with their client projects. We feel that is just the highest vote of confidence you can get. Thank you to Heathere Evans-Keenan who brought us in on her work for Timberline Bank and to Sandra Wills Hannon, who brought us in to help with a Howard University project. We love subcontracting and it was wonderful working with both of you.
Thanks for the speaking engagements!
We hope Santa is extra good to our friends this year who referred me for speaking engagements. Thanks to Tim Flaherty for arranging for me to speak about social media to TIVA-DC early this year, and thanks to Richard Harrington for referring me as a speaker on blogging at the Government Video Expo. I enjoyed both opportunities very much.
We love you clients (and please hire us again in 2011)
Our 2010 clients are the best. We appreciate you more than we can say. Thank you for working with us in 2010. Stick with us in 2011; we’ll take you places! Santa, please be extra good to
- ASQ Communications (Claudia Askew)
- Coral Gundlach
- Dominion Mechanical
- Fall Properties
- Keenan PR (Heathere Evans-Keenan)
- PRofessional Solutions
- Rink Strategic Communications (Susan Rink)