Make no mistake: sales can be difficult. Some seem naturally inclined to be skilled salespeople—they can talk to others easily, be persuasive and likable, while still getting the end result they’re looking for: a closed deal. But many of these individuals who make it look easy have worked for years to hone their skills to not only get better at sales, but also get better at communicating with others. The key to becoming great at sales isn’t to possess an innate ability—you’ve got to work hard to find a formula or plan that works for you.» Read Full Article
Back in June, we posted a few pointers for all the project managers in our life via some great blogs. We're back with a few more helpful tips to make your working life a little bit easier. » Read Full Article
With any customer-facing business, quality of service is hugely important. Making sure our customers are taken care of is the most significant part of our day-to-day work here at Levant. And as you can imagine, our project management team looks for inspriation and information from a variety of sources to ensure we're doing the best job possible. One significant resource has been The Art of Client Service: 58 Things Every Advertising & Marketing Professional Should Know by Robert Solomon. Even though he specifically gears the book toward advertising and marketing professionals, he provides some great tips for anyone in sales or those who work directly with their clients. » Read Full Article
One of the big questions many of us face at work is: am I really doing my best? There are always days when you may not feel well, or you may be a little tired or in a bad mood. But what happens if you find yourself slipping into a pattern of lackluster work? How do you recapture your enthusiasm and ensure you’re giving your career 100 percent?» Read Full Article
Hey everyone! Over the past few months, we've shared several book reviews and recommendations on our blog. These are books that have helped us both personally and professionally, and in the spirit of helping others grow, we've collected those reviews in one place for your reading pleasure. » Read Full Article
Have you heard about Folk Secrets? It’s a new interactive event in which Oklahoma residents are challenged to search for “treasure” using an augmented reality app and Facebook videos as a guide. The treasure in question? $1,000 and the opportunity to award $4,000 to the nonprofit organization of your choosing.» Read Full Article
Levant works hard to provide cost-affordable value and support to our local community. We provide a 20 percent upfront discount (roughly $500 in savings) on website projects for all 501(c)3 nonprofits, schools, churches, and other not-for-profit entities. Any ongoing requests in the future are also billed with a 20 percent discount at only $78/hour ($20/hr savings) in as little as 30-minute increments. All nonprofit hosting invoices receive a 50 percent ongoing discount ($144/annual repeat savings).
Additionally, we have partnered with more than 50 local nonprofits, including Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity, Norman Public School Foundation, Mustang Public Schools Foundation, Oklahoma Deaf and Hard of Hearing Transition Coalition, Loveworks Leadership, Oklahoma Families First Foundation, St. Mark Catholic Church, Toby Keith Foundation, OK Kids Korral, The MORE Foundation, Youth Services for Oklahoma County, WildCare, Norman Forward, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Norman Economic Development Authority, and Sooner Theatre.» Read Full Article
Beyond hiring practices, an internal six-week training program, and team shadowing activities, Levant believes ongoing training, support, and education is imperative to the development of a cohesive and productive staff.
This year, our Quarter 2 theme for 2017 is Major in M.E. (M.E. = My Education).
- Every Monday, Levant pays for a Lunch & Learn setting in our conference room with all employees.
- Every Tuesday morning, Levant has the BYOBreakfast Club.
- Each is a one hour training.
Happy Thursday everybody,
At Levant, our project management team work year-round on upwards of 100 website and app projects each year. Even in our downtime, we like to geek out about ways to boost our project management skill and we want to help pass those skills over to you, as well!
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We're excited to announce that we won a Torch Award for Ethics! This is a huge honor and we're so grateful to the Better Business Bureau of Central Oklahoma and our great clients and friends. If you're unfamiliar with the Torch Award, it's an annual award for Oklahoma businesses committed to ethical and sound market practices.» Read Full Article
Levant Technologies is proud to hire based on Character First methodologies. Our CEO is a firm believer that “nobody puts baby in a corner,” to quote the perennial Patrick Swayze classic, Dirty Dancing. She will not “test” prospective employees for personalities, profiles, type casting, or arbitrary assessments during the resume and interview process. Stacy Eads, our CEO, has three years of temp-to-hire HR experience, where she sorted through 90 resumes and 10+ interviews per day. » Read Full Article
Recently at the office, we were completing an online form and came across a unique question: How do your human resource practices recognize or support staff opportunities for personal growth among the team? WOW. We hadn’t thought of it that way. We simply thought of our inner-office motto, Help Others Grow, as relating to our customers' growth via new marketing strategies, or our internal staff growing their skillset or spreading their wings in their respecitve positions. » Read Full Article
Levant works to help our community grow and better the lives of those around us. We believe these values not only boost the wellbeing and success of our community, but also help to solidify the trust and support we receive from our clients and fellow Oklahomans. This trust allows us to provide the best possible web design and app development services we can offer. And as a result, you have honored us for five years in a row (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017) by voting Levant Technologies as the top website design company in Oklahoma per OKC.biz and the Oklahoma Gazette. » Read Full Article
Back in April, we announced that we were partnering with Luggage with Love, a Norman-based nonprofit that works to support foster children as they transition to a placement family by providing them with clothing and personal hygiene items to make life a little easier amid an incredibly difficult time. We asked members of our community to help us raise money for a clothing drive to support the kids assisted by this great organization and, as always, our friends, family, colleagues, and contacts didn’t disappoint. We received $500 in personal cash donations!» Read Full Article
Our Levant Tech CEO, Stacy Eads, enjoys creating challenges and quarterly themes that spur our project managers' creativity and goal-oriented human nature. It looks like all those years of cheesy, rhyming Student Council fundraisers paid off in the corporate ‘suit-and-tie’ world after all.
For example, in 2015 when the first two quarters of the year had yielded a great amount of sales but a low amount of website launches, the CEO initiated a three-month, third-quarter theme with a surprise reward. In the office, we kept discussing how a hot air balloon only works if there’s a fire lit from within, and how the balloon looks as it is “launched into the clouds” (similar to how we launch our client's websites into the cloud for web hosting). If the team could achieve 15 new launches to catch up on the sluggish first and second quarters, the CEO would have a huge surprise reward waiting for them.» Read Full Article
Accountability: Best HR Tips in Tech for K.P.I. or S.M.A.R.T. Goals
Let’s get some acronym jargon out of the way:» Read Full Article
K.P.I. = Key Performance Indicator
S.M.A.R.T. = Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Bound Goals
Levant Technologies follows the Gazelle business coaching Key Performance Indicator standards set forth by the Scale Up movement and books.
How will your organization put your vision statement into practice? Here's how we did it!
Our CEO, Stacy Eads, attended Rob Garibay’s Action Coach Mentor Club sessions each week to grow as a leader, set ethical standards, and commit our core values to writing in a new way than was done in the past. We wanted to spur creative ideas on how our ethical values could be naturally absorbed into the daily interactions of our staff. The staff completed an anonymous survey, called a Net Promoter Score; it asks if the employee feels they have purpose in their role and if they enjoy their job enough to ask a friend or family member to work here. We had a 100% score, indicating that all 14 full-time staff members would invite a family member or close friend to work with us. » Read Full Article
Bracelets & Banners: How Levant Uses Team Activities to Intentionally Build and Maintain a Positive CultureLevant Technologies May 12, 2017
Levant reinforces our culture of positivity and family values with intentional leadership behaviors from the top down: modeling, acting, and speaking in a way that all employees can be proud of. As an example of both her personal ethics, minimum employee standards for attitude, and an example of a tool utilized to maintain a high character zone within the workplace, our CEO wears a white rubber bracelet on her left arm every day when walking in the door. The employees follow suit with their participation as well, seeing that it’s important from the top down. » Read Full Article
Stacy Eads is not a coffee drinker. While "Coffee Chats" are all the double-C rage, she’s a chai tea kinda gal. In fact, she’s known for her triple-shot chai order at any Panera or Starbucks with WiFi for her laptop and a good atmosphere to network. Levant’s CEO sat down with a hot cup of triple chai, non-fat, skinny to give us the "skinny" on how she’s built a culture of trust, honesty, and integrity among her 14 full-time staff members. » Read Full Article
For as long as Levant has been in business, a long-standing goal of ours has been to give back to our community and help it develop into something even bigger and better. We’ve grown our business thanks to the support and aid of our community, which is why we love to help local nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways, from discounts on our services to acting as a mouthpiece for their cause.
This month, Levant has partnered with Luggage with Love (LWL), a Norman-based nonprofit that works to support foster children as they transition to a placement family by providing necessary supplies like clothing and personal hygiene items. We’ve asked our colleagues, clients, and fellow community members to aid us in raising money for LWL, as well as providing donations of (new) children’s clothing.» Read Full Article