Monday, February 22, 2010

Toyota Sells More Cars After Accelerator Recall

Florida Toyota Dealer Sells More Cars the Week After Accelerator-Related Recall

North Palm Beach, FL, February 01, 2010 -- Toyota dealer Earl Stewart Toyota of North Palm Beach (FL) reports that his dealerships sold more cars this Friday, Jan. 29, than on Friday, Jan. 22 before the Toyota accelerator pedal recall was announced. The dealership sold 15 cars on Friday. "That's actually three more cars than we sold one week ago Friday," Earl Stewart said. "We've only had one bad day since the recall hit last Monday night. That was on Tuesday when we sold only six cars. But on Wednesday we sold 11 cars, on Thursday we sold 12 cars and on Friday we sold 15, better than what we normally sell on a Friday."

Stewart said the continuing good business at his dealership, which is one of the top 12 dealerships in the nation and enjoys the highest customer satisfaction rating in the entire country, is "because human beings naturally gravitate toward those companies and institutions they find they can trust during a crisis."

Earl Stewart Toyota, upon learning of the recall, immediately decided to provided free loaner cars to its customers who were experiencing trouble with the accelerator involved in the recall. Further, the dealership released to the public, through the media, a photo of the accelerator in question so that Toyota owners could easily determine for themselves if their accelerator was involved in the recall -- saving their customers from unneeded worry and from taking time off from work or leisure to bring the car to the dealer unnecessarily. The dealership also invited customers with the recalled accelerator to bring their cars into the dealership for a free inspection to determine if there was any need for concern related to their specific vehicle.

"Earl Stewart Toyota has earned the reputation of a car dealership that can be trusted and that's why we are actually thriving during this recall," Stewart said.

To interview Earl Stewart, contact Margie Yansura, Wordsmith Communications, at 561-313-5028 or call Earl Stewart directly on his cellphone at 561-358-1474

Contact Information
wordsmith communications
Margie Yansura
561-313-5028
mywordsmith@bellsouth.net

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

2 Million iPhone Wine Recommendations

iPhone App Makes 2 Million Wine Recommendations in First 6 Months

Hello Vino provides wine recommendations to consumers at the point of purchase through its free iPhone app and mobile Web sites.

Modesto, CA, December 04, 2009 -- The free Hello Vino iPhone app has served over 2 million wine brand recommendations to consumers since its release in June, 2009. Current trends indicate a 20% increase in recommendations each month, with tremendous 250% growth in the month of November due to Thanksgiving-related activity. December is expected to surpass previous performance due to the upcoming holidays.

Hello Vino has also launched its new advertising program, connecting brand-specific wine recommendations to consumers. The program is free for wineries to enter their wines into the Hello Vino database, which will be served to consumers at random. Wineries can then choose to purchase premium placement for their wines on a cost-per-click basis. The Hello Vino service is free to consumers and is available on any cell phone through an iPhone app, mobile Web site or text messaging.

The new brand advertising program offers wineries a highly targeted, simple to use self-service system with direct access to wine consumers. Designed to support wineries of all sizes, the program, its specifications and reporting tools are available to winery representatives on the Hello Vino Web site at
http://www.HelloVino.com.

Hello Vino ranks #1 on the 5 Must-Have iPhone Apps for Wine Lovers on Mashable.com and #1 on the Top 50 Wine iPhone Apps report by Vintank, a digital think tank for the wine industry. Hello Vino offers brand recommendations with the vintage, price, winery, region, notes, reviews and industry scores (when applicable). Over 300 varietal styles are currently available to consumers searching for wine pairings, gifts, or by taste, flavor, or region.

"Hello Vino has carefully built a service to address the needs and concerns of consumers making wine purchases, and at the same time, provided a viable point of sale option for wineries in the mobile space," said Jim McNamee, co-founder and Marketing Manager.

With a growing number of iPhones being sold (7MM in Q4 2009, 33MM to date, according to Apple), Hello Vino offers both mobile advertising opportunities for brands and an intuitive, user-friendly resource for consumers. Available on iTunes, Hello Vino version 1.1 contains new features, including the ability to share pairings and wine brands to consumers' social networks through Twitter and Facebook, allowing for greater brand exposure.

About Hello Vino:

Hello Vino delivers wine recommendations to PCs and mobile phones, providing wine consumers with the perfect bottle for a meal, occasion, or gift. The free service is available on any cell phone through a mobile Web site, free iPhone app, or text messaging service.

Hello Vino launched its Web site (HelloVino.com) and mobile wine pairing service at the Boston Wine Expo on January 24, 2009. More information, including video demonstrations and photos, is available at
http://www.HelloVino.com.

Contact:
Jim McNamee, Marketing Manager
jim@hellovino.com
(978) 808-6006
www.HelloVino.com

Contact Information
Hello Vino, LLC
Jim McNamee, Marketing Manager
978-808-6006
jim@hellovino.com
www.hellovino.com

Friday, December 04, 2009

Newspaper Turns Up Heat On Car Soup

Star Tribune Partners with CarSoup.com

CarSoup.com and Star Tribune Create Online and Sales Partnership.

Minneapolis, MN, November 15, 2009 -- The Star Tribune and CarSoup.com, two local market leaders in automotive advertising services, have entered into a partnership agreement designed to leverage the two companies' strengths in the Twin Cities market.

CarSoup.com, which connects buyers and sellers of car and power sports recreational vehicles through its state-of- the-art website, will become the Star Tribune's automotive web platform, replacing the current StarTribune.com/cars site. In turn, the Star Tribune will become the local sales arm for CarSoup.com products and services in the Twin Cities metro area for both dealership and for-sale-by-owner advertising.

Under the terms of the partnership, beginning Dec. 1, 2009, consumers will be able to access CarSoup.com vehicle listings and products through StarTribune.com, as well as through KMSP-TV's Myfox9.com and CarSoup.com directly. CarSoup.com offers consumers extensive new and used vehicle search capabilities, service coupons and specials from local businesses, vehicle research data and financing pre-approval options.

"We are very excited about the potential of this partnership," said Jamie Flaws, vice president of classified advertising at the Star Tribune. "The Star Tribune benefits from CarSoup's well-known brand, outstanding technology and exceptional automotive website, and CarSoup benefits from the Star Tribune's strong sales force, promotional power and extensive market reach."

"This is a natural pairing of two great brands, "said Larry Cuneo, CEO and founder of CarSoup.com and president of Cuneo Advertising. "We fully expect that both CarSoup and Star Tribune will grow market share as we work together to expand user and advertiser relationships."

CarSoup.com was founded in the Twin Cities in 1998 and is ranked among the top 15 Minnesota e-commerce companies. It now operates in 40 states and serves more than 20 million page views monthly.

The Star Tribune and StarTribune.com combined reach more than two-thirds of the Twin Cities market over the course of a month. StarTribune.com is the leading local news and information website in the market, with more than 85 million page views and almost six million unique visitors monthly.

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Contact Information
CarSoup.com
Nick Cybela
(866) 768-7411
ncybela@cuneoadvertising.com
www.carsoup.com

Sunday, August 09, 2009

High Performance Dicer Boosts Restaurant Production

Restaurant Purchases High Performance Dicer

A restaurant veteran, Ken Schiller finds a perfect way to cut crinkle cut fries, hamburger toppings and link sausage. Urschel’s newest cutting machine offers a wide variety of cuts and accepts vegetables, fruits and meats.

Valparaiso, IN, August 02, 2009 -- “There are people that are huge fans of fresh crinkle cut fries,” according to Ken Schiller, owner of the newly opened Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes in Austin, Texas, “If it’s frozen, it’s no good.” Schiller tested thirteen different size fries with focus groups, and the 1/4'' fresh crinkle fry was favored. “The biggest challenge was just finding a way to do it.” A seasoned restaurant veteran who has owned four popular barbeque franchise restaurants under K&N Management for the past 13 years, he wanted to put his expertise to use by starting a restaurant from the ground up and the concept of Mighty Fine was born.

Using his existing equipment supply connections, Schiller asked them for a machine that could achieve a fresh cut, crinkle fry. Some suppliers came back with the answer that they did not think it could be done. Others determined that such a machine was not available. Not one to back down from a challenge, Schiller started searching the internet, and discovered a company near Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana called “Urschel”. The company’s new DiversaCut SPRINT™ Dicer was in the final stages of research and development.

Originally purchased solely for the cutting of crinkle cut fries, the machine’s versatility and Mighty Fine’s creative thinking soon expanded to the cutting of 1/4² crinkle pickles for hamburger toppings. Another product now cut on the SPRINT is sausage links for Schiller’s barbeque restaurants for use in breakfast tacos. “Sausage links are very hard to cut. We’d been doing it by hand for years. We did try to do it with some small processors, but we had to keep replacing those over and over. They would get bottled-up and greasy. At restaurant shows in Texas, we would ask people for years, how can we cut link sausage into dices, and nobody could really come through for us,” according to Marlis Oliver, area director for Mighty Fine. “Of course, this thing (the SPRINT) as fast as you can dump it in, you’ve got diced sausage.”

Able to easily switch from one type of cut to another, the DiversaCut Sprint™ Dicer offers versatility, flexibility, and efficiency. The high performance Sprint accepts a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and meats. Maximum product input size is approximately to 6.5" (165.1 mm) in any dimension. The dicer produces a myriad of flat or crinkle slices, strip cuts, and dices up to 1" (25.4 mm). For more information regarding the new SPRINT, visit Urschel at: http://www.urschel.com.

About Urschel
Founded in 1910, Urschel Laboratories, Inc. continues to be the world leader in the manufacturing of high capacity precision food processing equipment. For more information, visit our web site at www.urschel.com .

Contact Information
Urschel Laboratories
Debra Novello
+(219) 464-4811
urschel.lab@gmail.com
www.urschel.com