8.09.2004 The Welcome Wagon
It's great that the REAL Quixtar Blog is already generating some interest! Thanks all for visiting the new site and sending me your comments. I'll try to respond to some of your questions in this post.
Yes, Kia is fictional, representing some 900 employees here at Quixtar. And yes, of course, there's one person doing most of the actual writing, sometimes with the help of a few friends. Quixtar knows about the RealQuixtarBlog since it owns the site, which is viewed as a creative way to share what's going on here at the company. Blogging has become a very popular format for communicating stuff on a frequent basis.
As Kia, I did do the freebie blog thing at BlogHarbor.com for a month before doing this more permanent version. It was experimental because I'd never blogged before. Another employee here at Quixtar told me about BlogHarbor after she'd seen a few IBOs using that service, so I checked it out.
BlogHarbor.com should be pleased that its services were being promoted so successfully via word-of-mouth. Buzz marketing at its best! Kinda like the Quixtar business. Sure demonstrates the power of personal references in purchasing decisions, huh? Oh yeah, and because it was free, it was low-risk. At the end of the month, I could leave without having lost anything except a little time and effort. Hmmmm. . . I hear a pattern developing.
Anyway, I did the BlogHarbor version of the REAL Quixtar Blog on my own, but the company's got my back with this version. All in all, Kia's just a guy who's going to blog about what's going on here at the big Q. Thanks all for your notes of encouragement and interest! -- Kia
8.06.2004 Great Letter from IBO
This letter came to Quixtar's Managing Director, Ken McDonald, last month. He shared excerpts of it with employees through the company's electronic newsletter, iQ. I thought I'd share it here and comment. First, here's the letter.
"I am an IBO powered by Quixtar…I just wanted to write to you, my fellow business partners and support team there at Quixtar, to let you know how much you are all deeply appreciated…I have only been involved in the business for a little over two years, but my wife and I have just recently made the decision to make this business a priority, and to eventually make it our life. Having been involved in the business…we have grown so much personally and in our own business powered by Quixtar.
8.05.2004 New Blog Site
OK, here’s the long-promised REAL Quixtar Blog. It’s a work in progress, so go easy on me. Some of you who might read this might not like the fact that there’s no way for you to instantly post your comments here. That’s only because I’ve been told that I might be opening this site up to a lot of crap and, like Kerry said to Bush last week, “Let’s keep this positive!” I WILL post letters I get via the email function, though, and respond to them as well. So long as it’s something I know (and I know a lot!) or have an opinion on (I have a lot of those too).
So, here’s my first opinion. Despite what some others might say about their sites, this is the REAL Quixtar blog because it’s the one that gives you an “inside-the-company” look at what makes this company tick. You’re right, it’s not a Quixtar Sucks site. It’s not very hateful. (Although I’m really not fond of shredded coconut or red cabbage. I have, however, come a long way with green and black olives.)
So, if you can manage to engage in a productive dialog, I’m all ears! – Kia