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And the March Employee of the Month is…

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Let’s say congratulations to our Employee of the Month for March – Social Media Account Manager Kim!

From managing social media accounts, to developing campaigns, Kim is ready to tackle any project!

Follow CEA Marketing on Facebook to stay up to date with our latest news and announcements!

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Life is Better at the Beach!

Sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of agency life! Team CEA spent an afternoon lounging at the beach at Whiskey Joe’s!

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‘Tis The Season for Holiday Parties

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From Ugly Sweater Parties to Christmas Cookie Exchanges, learn how to throw a stress free event this holiday season!

1. Pick A Theme
Every party should have a theme, whether it’s colors, patterns or attire, picking a theme will help you coordinate the rest of your party!

2. Pick Out Your Food and Drinks
Cut the chaos and create one signature drink for your party. Grab a glass and check out this delicious Holiday Sangria. All you need is…

1 bottle white wine
1 bottle sparkling cider
2 clementines
1 Granny Smith apple
1 Gala apple
1-2 cups of cranberries
1 heck of a party!

As for food, look at the time of day you are hosting your party: 10-12 brunch, 12-3 lunch, 3-6 appetizers, 6-8 dinner
Hosting a party after 8pm? Choose a couple finger foods to keep your guests happy!

Not sure about cooking for all of your guests? Host a potluck party or head over to our pinterest page for our finger licking good desserts!

3. Invite Your Friends
Save the cash for your holiday presents and invite your friends using social media!

Hosting a Secret Santa? Try out Elfster for invites, name drawing and wish lists!
Hosting a Cookie Exchange? Use Evite and get your party started with online invitations.
Hosting a Company Christmas Party? Paperless Post will come in handy for designing your custom cards and invitations for both online and paper.
Any or All of the Above? Try a Facebook invite! Share with all your Facebook friends and watch your guest list grow.

4. Pick A Playlist
Buddy the Elf said it best, “the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” The beat of the music will fuel your party. Get your guests in the holiday spirit with some of our favorite tunes!

Looking for a casual and relaxed cookie exchange playlist? Try out Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.

Looking for tunes to carry your upbeat ugly sweater party with all your best friends? Encourage the dancing and break out the Jingle Bell Rock!

Want to add a personal touch to your party? Personal wine glasses for each guest to take home or set up a hashtag like #CEAXmasBash for all your friends to use and watch the memories unfold on social media.

 

 

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December To-Do List!

December (also unofficially regarded as national snuggle season) is here! The time of year where neighbors are a little more cheery, strangers are a little more friendly, and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa (regardless of the weather) feels kind of special.  While our neighbors north of us might be experiencing the beginnings of winter, here in Clearwater, Florida, we have the fabulous privilege of experiencing the magic of December without having to worry about salting our sidewalks.

Cheers to these 3 holiday activities you won’t want to miss this month!

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 1. Ice Skating

Grab your skates and head down to the center of Westfield Countryside Mall for an afternoon musical skate inside the enclosed rink. Don’t have skates? Not to worry. You can easily rent a pair. All ages public session Admission is $8.50 and this includes skate rental.

Visit: http://www.westfield.com/countryside/entertainment/icerink/ for more info!

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2. Pottery Painting

Feeling crafty? Have you decided to take the homemade approach to gift giving this year? Pay a visit to downtown Dunedin, Florida and visit the splendid Art From The Heart Café.  This quaint and comfortable venue allows you to select your ceramic piece from the large selection of pottery and enjoy a relaxing evening of DIY holiday making and gifting!   The café is open every day and no reservations are needed! Just stop on in.

For more info visit: 730 Broadway, Dunedin FL, 34698 or call 727-483-9876

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3. Light It Up Clearwater

 Bring your beach towels, your blankets and your party hats as you ring in the 2015 New Year on Clearwater Beach. At the strike of midnight on December 31, sit back with your toes in the sand and watch a firework show before your very eyes. Whether you’re married, with the kids, or single and ready to mingle, this is one New Year’s Eve destination you’ll surely want to experience!

Visit:  http://www.lightitupclearwater.com/ for more info!

Is there a December event you think #TeamCEA should know about? Email Natasha@ceaproduction.com and tell us at CEA Bright Marketing why your event is THE event of the season!

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Today we are thankful for…

This week, Team CEA took time to remember what we are thankful for! Have a wonderful, happy, and safe Thanksgiving!

Kristy –This year, and every year, I am thankful for my family, my health and the love, loyalty and support of an amazing man.

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John -I am thankful for the brand new White Tiger bow I’ll be getting for Christmas. Beautiful, exquisite, and accurate, a true masterfully crafted item that will assuredly grant me hours upon hours of fun and much needed de-stressing.


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Natasha -I am very thankful for my Baba who I affectionately refer to as Babche or phonetically (bOb-ch-uh) (Macedonian for grandma). She flew down from Toronto to visit me. We spent 2 weeks together staying up late, giving pedicures, drinking sleepy time tea, shopping for each other and laughing together. I love her!

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Brittany – I am thankful for my family, friends and (of course) FOOTBALL!!

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Jennifer -Trying to fit all the things I am grateful for into a few short sentences is overwhelming. I have been blessed beyond what I could have ever imagined. I’m grateful for my health, my family, loyal friends, a safe place to live, my work, a good boss and helpful colleagues and I’m thankful every day that I live in the United States of America. This country is the only place in the world capable of fostering the many opportunities I have been blessed to take advantage of at this point in my life. Also, let’s not forget many in our armed forces won’t be at home with their families today, but instead overseas protecting our freedoms so we can eat our meals in peace surrounded by the people we love. I am thankful today and every day for many blessings. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!!

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Kim – I am thankful for my supportive family, great friends, and to be marrying my wonderful fiancé next year!

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Kelly - I am thankful for my family and wonderful employees!

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Erika -I’m thankful that I get to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family in Savannah.

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Diana -I’m thankful that I got to see Interpol, my favorite band, in concert for the second time.

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Eric -Couldn’t be more thankful for my wonderful family: Evan (left), Carter, and my wife Natasha.

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Dave - I am thankful that Brittany called 911 when I had my heart attack.

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3 Comic Books You Need to Get Excited About

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While I may be engrossed in the world of social media during the day, before and after work I eat, sleep and breathe comics. In my (not so) humble opinion, DC comics suck and I “fangirl” over everything Marvel. Even if you’re not a comic fan, you’ll still be able to appreciate the stories and characters found in these pages.

Without further ado and in no particular order, I present to you the top three comics events you should be looking forward to:

1.  X-Men ’92This is what happens when 90’s kids start to break into the comics industry. Following in the footsteps of Batman ’66 and Wonder Woman ’77, the TV universe of the beloved X-men: The Animated Series will be coming to a comic stand near you. Are they making the cartoon an official alternate universe? Or is this a tie in to the new Secret Wars arc for 2015? You know what? Who cares. The most important reason you need to get excited is that 90’s Rogue is back and ready to kick everyone’s butt!

2. Inhumans: Attilan RisingAttilan just can’t seem to stay in one place. Most recently, the city of the Inhumans has ended up in the Hudson River. Jump on the Inhumans bandwagon while you can still claim to be a hipster before the movie comes out. I don’t even care about the shameless self-publicizing way that Marvel is stuffing the Inhumans into every book possible.  I love them and will happily empty my wallet into the nearest cash register. Even though the title hearkens back to previous events (like Atlantis Rising), I can forgive them and I can’t wait for Medusa to show off with her lovely locks. And by “show off” I mean destroy everyone who stands in her way. You go girl.

 3. The Infinity Gauntlet (not to be confused with The Infinity Gauntlet…) – Look! It’s a whole family of Nova! There’s even a cute little baby one! I never (ever, ever) forgave Marvel for killing Richard Rider, so good thing they recently brought him back during Original Sin (be still my beating heart)! It was a long 6 years though. I’m curious to explore the lives of this family of Nova members and see their new adventures.

Marvel is still the “House of Ideas.” Revamping a story for a new generation doesn’t mean there is a lack of creativity. It just means that we get to share the stories with more people. One naturally leads to the other. Eventually they’ll get to the good stuff, and we have to be there to share those stories together.

Want actual advice on the comics you should be reading instead of crazy social media ramblings? Tweet @Cea_Marketing #KimboSlice

 

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Getting to Know our New Interactive Account Manager Erika

As an icebreaker this week, we played “2 Truths and a Lie” with our new Interactive Account Manager, Erika. Here’s what we learned is true – and not so true – about her.

Can you guess which one is false? (She had us fooled!)

1. I’ve driven my PT Cruiser (now 10 years old) across the country 4 times.

2. I used to be a high school history and language arts teacher.

3. In the past 3 years, I’ve been in 3 cycling accidents: I broke my right arm, then I got hit by a parked car, and then I broke my left arm.

Here’s the whole story from Erika…

1. Yes, I’ve driven coast to coast 4 times in my PT Cruiser (I affectionately call him ‘Bruiser the Cruiser’). It takes about 36 hours to get from one side of the country to the other, so I’ve stayed on couches and in hotels; traveled with my dog, friends or family, but never alone. I love exploring and finding little hidden gems. My favorite: the life-sized recreation of Bedrock City (the Flintstones town) on the south side of the Grand Canyon.

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2. I WAS a history and English teacher, but I taught middle school, not high school. It was a great experience and I’m glad I had the opportunity to make an impact for a few short years. The skills it takes to make a classroom work and juggle all of the responsibilities of a teacher translate very well into marketing. It trained me to wear many hats and to think on my feet!

3. Just call me Grace! During a typical day, I will run into desks, doorframes, table legs, and anything else that jumps out in front of me. Unfortunately, my lack of coordination continues into my extracurricular activities – namely, cycling. Three of my accidents were more notable than the others. I’ve broken both arms (on 2 separate occasions, almost exactly one year apart), which left me with a metal plate and 9 screws in one wrist. On another really unfortunate evening, I was riding by bike in downtown St. Pete, when a guy in a huge truck opened his door right into the bike lane – and directly in my path. I hit the door straight on and was a thrown out into the street. Thankfully, I wear a helmet whenever I bike anywhere – even if it’s just a few blocks. It may look dorky, but it’s saved my noggin more than a few times!

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Erika is an enthusiastic addition to our team and is ready to get your digital marketing strategy rolling! Give us a call to discuss how CEA Marketing can help you devise a digital marketing campaign that works!

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Welcome to Endless Lunch

My name is John and though my official title may be ‘coder’ around the office, I am unofficially considered “Florida’s Foodie”. Today we shall be reviewing 5 of my favorite lunch spots in and around Clearwater, FL; and specifically the local eateries that stand out above the rest. My palette is fairly robust and includes a variety of unique dishes, however today we shall be focusing on Greek, Mexican, Thai & Japanese joints. Let’s break the trend of the top 5 countdown and start with hotspot #1! #1 – Saki – Endless Sushi & Hibachi Eatery Untitled Saki’s is located right off Gulf to Bay & US19 in Clearwater FL. I truly cannot compliment this place, the staff, and the food enough. Fresh, healthy and clean eating coupled with BIG taste and artful presentation. The wait staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming, with plenty of space between your table and your neighbors. saki2 There is always a pleasing low drone of conversation going on in the background. In my experience, it has never gotten too loud or dulled off into complete silence. For you gentleman reading this, add this to your list of date spots! The Maki rolls, Endless Lunches, and Endless Dinners are simply to die for. Endless Lunch begins at 11am and ends at 3pm, when Endless Dinner begins. All you can eat Sushi & Sashimi coupled with a fantastic atmosphere, low prices, fancy utensils & tables and amazing taste is exactly why this tops the chart at #1. Textures for every palette can be found here and even my friends (who have sampled just about every Sushi Spot in the Tampa Bay area) swear by their Sushi.  I plan on eating here after work with my friends to enjoy some of Clearwater’s finest Maki Rolls and endless Hibachi. #2 – Los Amigos Taqueria Y Tienda amigos1 Go here for authentic Mexican dishes as well as real Mexican Tacos. The likes of which many American’s have never had the opportunity to experience. Located in Largo, FL, just south of Clearwater, Los Amigos is one of those special hole in the wall type of restaurants that you find yourself lucky to have come across. I have never experienced real Mexican cuisine as I have here. Truly satisfying and delicious meals are to be had. Just be sure you took a little Spanish in College, or bring your smart phone (to help translate) and you’ll be good to go. Sometimes you may luck out and get coupled with an English speaking waitress, yet even with the language barrier in place, the staff have always been very friendly, welcoming. I’ve even ordered my lunch through a creative use of charades and laughter. I recommend their Steak Taco’s, though I sincerely believe one cannot go wrong with anything on their menu. #3 – Thai Basil Largo basil Of all the Thai joints I have tried, Thai Basil has won my vote for the best Thai food. With a liberal use of coconut milk, spicy sauces, and (you guessed it) basil leaves; Thai Basil has some of the most satisfying and creamy dishes I’ve ever had. There certainly has been no competition that I’m aware of for their Tom Kha Kai (a delicious classic Thai soup with chicken, mushrooms, green onions and herbs), nor their variety of curry options. Be it Red, Yellow, Green (mmmm), Massaman or Panang curry, Thai Basil will deliver any entrée in one of four levels of spiciness according to your preference, mild, medium, hot, or Thai Hot (only for the bold of heart, and stomach of steel). #4 – Sushi Spot Noodle World sspot  A one stop spot for any of your Maki, Thai, or Noodle needs, Sushi Spot Noodle World located on the corner of East Bay Drive & Belcher Road in Largo, FL. A coworker of mine swears by their ‘Sexy Man Roll’, so much so that I decided to give their ‘Sexy Woman Roll’ a shot and on my word was it delicious. Sushi Spot has some very unique combinations of Fishes, toppings and sauces that make for a flavorful combination of fresh and delicious sushi. In addition, they also serve Thai cuisine and a variety of noodle dishes. Their Thai Tea is also some of the best I’ve come across south of the Howard Franklin. #5 – Sofia’s Greek Grill sof The reviews speak for themselves, Sofia’s Greek Grill is the most welcoming and friendly atmosphere I’ve ever had at a restaurant, period. A Greek mom & pop joint, Sofia’s Gyros, Cheesesteaks, heck, even their salads are superb and let’s not get me started on the desserts. If you have a craving for Greek food and something sweet, stop by and pick up one of their fabulous pitas and Baklava for dessert. Opa! Looking for any other recommendation from websites to food spots? Tweet @ceamarketing #FoodieJohn!

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A Floridians Guide To Fall

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While most people prepare for Fall by gearing up their wardrobe, experiencing the drop of temperatures and watching the gorgeous colors paint their trees – we in Florida have to pretend and make the best of it!

Below are 5 Ways to Enjoy Fall As A Floridian:

1. Enjoy the low 80 degree weather by decorating a pumpkin outside – no one wanted that mess indoors anyways.

2. Dim the lights and turn on a Halloween movie. Check out some of #TeamCEA’s favorites:

    • Hocus Pocus
    • Witches of Eastwick
    • Halloween
    • Friday the 13th
    • Halloweentown

3. Eat your weight in holiday recipes

    • Account Manager Kristy loves to drink apple cider while eating anything and everything pumpkin.
    • Social Media Account Manager Natasha loves her mothers heavenly apple pie that we just can’t wait to try! Move over Martha Stewart, we have a new baking queen in town.
    • From the typical Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte to pumpkin bread and caramel apples there is something to help everyone feel like it’s fall, even on the inside!

4. Start a tradition

5. Enjoy the weather

    • Football: Need I say more? From peewee to college and NFL there is something to cheer about this season!
    • Fall Fashion: This is the perfect time to show off your #OOTD by pairing your garnet earrings with your brown boots to match your leopard scarf! Let’s not forget the infamous Uggs boots!

LIKE us on Facebook and SHARE your traditions, #OOTD, recipes, movies and more with us! Happy fall from your favorite Floridian Marketing Agency, CEA Marketing Group.

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It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

CEA blog Are you ready for happy hour? Clearly, Team CEA is. We dreamed about drinks all morning, and figured out what kind we all are. You’re going to treat us to a drink after work tonight, right?

Kelly: A Captain and Coke, hold the Coke. With a strong bite, but smooth flavor, you won’t remember why the next day…but you’ll be glad you did.

Jennifer: A Long Island Iced tea. Easy to drink, a little sweet, but will knock you on your butt if you aren’t careful.

Eric: A Mojito; a relaxed laid back drink that’s a little tart but with a hint of mint to brighten your day.

Brittany: Moonshine. A lot of power in a small package. Be careful, this one bites. (Use wisely.)

Natasha: Sangria. Mixes well with others, especially pairs with fruits (face it, you have to be one to work in marketing). Add a dash of cinnamon and watch it come to life.

John: B B-52, a hint of sweet but somewhat smooth, and enough go-go juice to keep the crowd smiling. Shoot and repeat.

Kristy: Sweet Tea. Its country heart makes it perfect for a refreshing break from the stronger drinks of choice.

Diana: Shiraz, one that is slightly reserved, but is bold in style and flavor. Beware, when left open too long, it can expose a dark side.

Kim: A Shirley Temple. It’s sweet, enjoyable and has fun while the alcoholics party.

Leave a comment and tell us what kind of drink you are!

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