2016 News-Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards

2016 News-Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards

Sometimes it’s OK to pat yourself on the back, as long as it’s not too often and you really deserve it.

Wednesday, September 21, the new edition of the completely redesigned Flagler News-Tribune launched with a small banquet-style ceremony at the Flagler Auditorium. In conjunction with the debut, the 2016 winners for the Flagler News-Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards, also known as the Daytona Beach News-Journal “Best Around,” were recognized. And that is an occasion worth celebrating.   Flagler Flagler News-Tribune Editor Aaron London and Daytona News-Journal Editor Pat Rice address Readers' Choice winners.

We were pleased as punch to learn that 12 of our Office Divvy clients walked away with Readers’ Choice certificates to hang either in their establishments or, alternatively, on their refrigerators. A certificate may just be a piece of paper but there’s nothing better than the moments you realize you’ve aligned yourself with the right people, or, in this case, “winning companies—especially when you know you acted as a starting player during their championship run. It’s just as good when that same superstar company decides the same by you.

When Office Divvy settles on a client, we go in with the attitude that this will be a mutually successful relationship. There is no better illustration of this paradigm transpiring than at the Readers’ Choice Awards.

We briefly caught up with two such clients at the banquet, Dr. Paint and Killian’s Seamless Gutters and Screens. We asked them if they had any words of wisdom following their big wins.

One commonality that you’ll notice below is both companies value Customer Service and Customer Engagement as much as they do their touted product/service.

This is where we mention that both companies chose Office Divvy to handle a sizable portion of their coveted customer experience. And guess what…Office Divvy happened to win Readers’ Choice for Best Customer Service. See where were going with this? (We also won best Event Space.)

Dr. Paint and Killian’s take advantage of our Professional Phone Answering and we provide office space for Dr. Paint, as well. We also consult both companies on their digital strategies.

Epoxy Flooring Winner: Dr. Paint:

Dr. Paint's Omar and Katherine Rivera accept their award.As a roughly two-year-old business, Dr. Paint has been around hardly any time at all. So to win a Readers’ Choice Award for Epoxy Flooring, or anything else, is quite an accomplishment. According to co-owner and founder Omar Rivera:

“The number one thing, if I have to pick one is the pursuit of new leads and to keep my current customers around.”

One way Omar, and his wife Katherine, try to do that is by keeping in touch with their customers on a monthly basis, and really going the extra lengths to do that. One example: “That could mean newsletters, blog posts—well, mostly newsletters,” Omar said.

It doesn’t matter that they’re house painters, not authors or journalists. “We are not writers, but we write,” he said. “We try our best. And our competition is not doing that. They’re not writing. We’re writing…”

Katherine answered the follow-up: What do they write about? House painting isn’t exactly the most interesting of topics.

“We don’t necessarily talk about business,” she said. “We talk about us. We want people to get to know us.”

Omar closed with this thought: “You do business with people you like.” It’s important because in business, no matter what, you will screw up from time to time. Sometimes more than others. “We’re always going after the ideal customer.”

Office Divvy has helped Dr. Paint flesh out who that customer is. And in turn, Dr. Paint is never taking their customer relationships for granted.

Gutters winner: Killians’ Seamless Gutters and Screens:

Killian's Seamless Gutters and Screens' Hans and Rosemarie Killian accepting their award. Unlike Dr. Paint, Killian’s Seamless Gutters and Screens has been around for a while, since 2002. Case-in-point, this was their 13th year straight that they’ve won the Gutters category, which is equally impressive in it’s own right.  Asked to what she attributes her company’s long win streak, co-founder and owner, Rosemarie Killian didn’t hesitate when she said:

“I believe it’s our customer service, our phone service specifically. That’s job one. From the moment the customer calls, they feel the love. They feel the commitment.”

She went on to say that, because Office Divvy has them covered on the phones (which ring constantly) the company itself can shift their focus solely to the customer, especially when they’re giving free estimates. “That’s a big deal—not multi-tasking,” she said.

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We took home two awards in this event ourselves: Office Divvy was recognized for BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE and BEST EVENT SPACE! We’re honored and humbled by this recognition. Big thanks go to our members, clients, friends and ambassadors who believe in what we’re doing! 🙂

best customer service

Here’s the complete list of our winners:

Palm Coast Cigar Lounge The Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge
Palm Coast Concert Venue European Village
Best Customer Service Office Divvy
Palm Coast DJ Services Pyramid Disc Jockeys
Palm Coast Epoxy Flooring Dr. Paint
Palm Coast Event Space Cowork by Office Divvy
Palm Coast Gutters Killian’s Seamless Gutters & Screens
Palm Coast Interior Decorating Hammock Decor
Palm Coast Farmers Market Sunday Farmers & Artisans Market
Palm Coast Luxury Condo Rentals Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Place for a Date European Village
Palm Coast Roofer R&K Roofing
Palm Coast Window Treatment Hammock Decor
Flagler County Condo Sales Coldwell Banker
Handyman Services Encompass Property Maintenance


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