SAN DIEGO AMONG AMERICA’S GREENEST CITIES

Travel + Leisure ranks San Diego 8th most eco-friendly city in nation

San Diego is among the top ten most eco-friendly cities in the United States, and the greenest city in California, according to Travel + Leisure magazine.

Based on guidelines such as cleanliness, pedestrian-friendliness and public transit, and great public parks that offset urban asphalt and improve air quality, San Diego ranked 8th on the magazine’s list of greenest cities.

“Every San Diegan knows our city has been blessed with a natural beauty unlike anywhere else in the country, and we’ve been proud to work with our local innovators to keep our environment clean and green,” said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders. “I’m happy to invite anyone looking for an eco-friendly destination to pay us a visit.”

Travel + Leisure dubbed the San Diego region a “locavore’s delight,” with more farms per capita than any other county in the nation.

The magazine also pointed to the city’s easy access to sand and surf, as well as the electrical car rental service Car2Go as reasons for its high ranking.

The San Diego region is also home to more than 700 clean technology companies, and gets more power from the sun than anywhere else in the country, according to a recent article in Forbes Magazine.

San Diego beat out California neighbor San Francisco (9th on the list) and other sunny spots like Santa Fe (10) and Honolulu (12).

Read more here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-greenest-cities/2

Tell more than a million readers why your business is one of San Diego’s Best

For over a decade, area businesses in dozens of categories have vied for the prestigious designation of “San Diego’s Best,” as voted by readers of U-T San Diego and visitors to utsandiego.com. The tradition continues in 2012, including an opportunity for your business to earn a nomination and a place on the offiial “San Diego’s Best” online ballot.
Nominate San Diego’s Best, a special section publishing in the Sunday, May 6 edition of U-T San Diego, will give details of this year’s process and direct readers to sdBestPoll.com. There, visitors can nominate their favorite business in approximately 150 different categories, with the most popular nominees qualifying for the official “San Diego’s Best” online voting ballot.
Act now to increase your chances to get on the ballot by advertising in the Nominate San Diego’s Best special section. To advertise, contact me today at 619 857 3819 or email will.hanrahan@utsandiego.com

Print Marketing:
Nomination Section, U-T San Diego
Space reservation date: Friday, April 20
Publication date: Sunday, May 6
Online Marketing:
sdbestpoll.com on utsandiego.com
Nomination period begins on sdBestPoll.com: May 6
SD Best Categories List: 2012
Auto
Auto Mall
Auto Manufacturer – Domestic
Auto Manufacturer – Import
Auto Service / Repair
Luxury Vehicle Manufacturer
Motorcycle or Off-road Vehicle Dealer
Sport Utility Vehicle Manufacturer
Bars & Nightlife
Beach Bar
Dive Bar
Downtown / Gaslamp Bar
Gay / Lesbian Bar
Irish Bar
Local Micro Brewery
Nightclub
Local Winery
Sports Bar
Wine Bar
Entertainment
Entertainment Venue
Live Theater Group
Local Casino
Loosest Slots
Movie Theater – (by location)
Museum
Place for Live Music (under 3k people)
San Diego Attraction / Theme Park
Finance
Bank
Financial Planning
Home Loan Provider
Local Credit Union
Food & Restaurants
24 Hour Restaurant
Bakery
Barbecue Restaurant
Breakfast
Brunch
Buffet
Business Lunch
Casino Restaurant
Catering
Chicken Wings
Chinese Restaurant
Coffeehouse
Deli / Sub Shop
Desserts
Family Restaurant
Filipino
Fish Tacos
French Restaurant
Food Truck
Frozen Yogurt
German Restaurant
Greek Restaurant
Hamburger
Indian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Most Romantic Restaurant
Pho / Noodle House Restaurant
Pizza
Salad Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Steakhouse
Sushi
Thai Restaurant
Vegetarian Restaurant
Vietnamese Restaurant
For the Home
Furniture Store
Home Electronics Store
Mattress Store
Artificial Turf Company
Best Solar Panel Company
Contractor
Door & Window Replacement
Heating & Air Conditioning Company
Home Lighting Company
Kitchen & Bath Remodeler
Landscaping
Local Construction Company
Carpet / Flooring Store
Nursery / Garden Center
Plumber
Healthy Living
Assisted Living facility
Audiologist
Chiropractor
Cosmetic Surgeon
Dental Implant
Dentist
Hearing aid store
Hospital – single location
In-home eldercare services
Laser Eye Center
Local Pharmacy
Day Spa/Massage
Medical Group
Medical Spa
Orthodontist
Retirement Facility
Weight Loss Clinic
Real Estate
Apartment Community
Commercial Real Estate Company
New Home Builder
New Home Community
Property Management Company
Real Estate Agent
Real Estate Brokerage
San Diego Life
College or University
Place to Get Married
Place to Volunteer
Place to Work
Public Art Center
Shopping & Services
Antique Store
Appliance Store
Bicycle Store
Bridal / Formal wear
Camera Store
Carpet Cleaning
Computer Store
Department Store
Eyeglass Store
Florist
Golf Shop
Grocery Store
Hair Salon
Health Food Store
Jeweler
Kids Hair Salon
Musical Instrument Store
Pest Control
Pet Boarding & Grooming
Pet Store
San Diego Hotel
Shoe Store
Sporting Goods Store
Surf Shop
Swap Meet
Travel Agent
Sports & Recreation
Beach
Bowling Alley
Campground
Dance School
Golf Course
Health & Fitness Club
Skate Park

Check in at Chili’s for a Free Appetizer

This special gives free appetizer to three or more guests checking in on Facebook Places or Foursquare

In the ever-growing digital era, Chili’s is giving guests one more technological innovation to make it even easier to receive free food at the casual-dining brand. Now through Wednesday, May 30, when guests check in at the bar area of participating locations with two or more friends through Facebook Places or Foursquare, Chili’s will give the group a free appetizer.

Guests can claim this enticing mobile offer by checking in with two or more friends on Foursquare or Facebook Places by showing the server the coupon on their smart phone or by downloading the coupon through Chili’s Margarita Place Facebook tab at www.facebook.com/Chilis.

The free appetizer, available at participating locations during select hours in the bar area, is valid for any appetizer selection up to $5.

Distinguishing itself as a congregating stop for digitally savvy guests, Chili’s digital partnerships have garnered more than 1.5 million check-ins on Facebook Places and more than 1 million check-ins on Foursquare.

“As technology advancements continue to shape the way we live, Chili’s is constantly developing offerings and programs that deliver value and convenience to our guests while rewarding them for dining at our restaurants,” said Edithann Ramey, senior director of marketing for Chili’s Grill & Bar. “This new mobile bar-area special allows our guests to spend time with family and friends in a casual, yet fun environment while tapping into digital innovation.”

Chili’s Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International with more than 1,500 locations in 31 countries and two territories. Brinker’s wholly-owned restaurant brands include Chili’s Grill & Bar, and Maggiano’s Little Italy. Follow news about Chili’s on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chilis, @Chilis on Twitter and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/chilis. For more information, please visit www.chilis.com.

SOURCE Chili’s Grill & Bar

Over $50K in Free Advertising – Run a UT San Diego Daily Deal

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Home Owners:

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• 57% have owned their home for 10+ years

• 23% have owned home for over 20 years

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30% of audience has children under the age of 18

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Get in Touch Today To See If We Can Run a Daily Deal for you!! 619 857 3819 / will.hanrahan@utsandiego.com

Are you a Bourbon Master?

Test your knowledge with the Woodford Reserve Quiz, Answer questions correctly for free stuff!

 

Woodford Reserve recently announced the newest addition to its lineup – Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

The new whiskey gets its name from its double aging process. Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is first aged in toasted, charred barrels created at Woodford’s cooperage. This initial maturation provides much of the color and flavor, but the second step is what makes the spirit unique. It’s moved to another custom barrel – one that’s been toasted twice as long as the initial barrel, and then very lightly charred. The heavy toast qualities impart lots of soft, sweet oak characteristics to the whiskey.

It’s offiial, now I’m a bourbon master!

Will Hanrahan

A simple but revolutionary idea, Nespresso pioneered the concept of premium portioned coffee, designed for maximum convenience. The process redefined the way coffee lovers around the world could enjoy their coffee. Key to the vision was a determination for quality, innovation and perfection.
In the Late 1970s Nestle dominated the instant coffee market with its Nescafe brand, this accounted for 30% of worldwide coffee consumption, although Nestle had no significant presence in the larger roast and ground segment. Senior management realised the opportunities for growth in this rapidly developing ‘gourmet’ segment.

To further develop, produce and market the Nespresso system, a separate company was created. The new business involved selling coffee, something Nestle were already the market leader. The company’s top management decided early on that the similarities between the two businesses were more illusory than real. Nestle were selling instant coffee to the mass market but Nespresso specifically targeted…

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New Research Shows Loyalty Is Up For Grabs Across Many Industries

New research finds Sam’s Club, Aldi & Amazon have the Most Loyal Customers
Large-Scale Research Study Analyzes Feedback from 10,000 U.S. Consumers to Rate Their Loyalty to More Than 200 Companies Across 18 Industries

The 3 Components Of Loyalty: 
  • Likelihood of consumers to recommend companies
  • Reluctance of consumers to switch business away from companies
  • Willingness to consumers to purchase additional products and services from companies
The research report published by Temkin Group, rates the loyalty that consumers have to 206 large companies across 18 industries. The research is based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers in January 2012, it shows that only seven companies earned “very strong” loyalty ratings: Sam’s Club, Aldi, USAA, Publix, credit unions, Amazon.com, and H.E.B.
The research examines consumer loyalty to companies across 18 industries: Airlines, appliance makers, auto dealers, banks, car rental agencies, computer makers, credit card issuers, fast food chains, grocery chains, health plans, hotel chains, insurance carriers, Internet service providers, investment firms, parcel delivery services, retailers, TV service providers, and wireless carriers.
Grocery chains, retailers, and fast food chains are the top three industries, earning an average rating of “strong.”
At the other end of the spectrum, 37 companies earned “very weak” loyalty ratings, these industries included TV service providers and Internet service providers, credit card issuers and banks show up in six of the bottom nine spots in the ratings.

The research also examines how individual companies are rated relative to their industry peers. USAA has the highest level of loyalty in three industries, outpacing banking and credit card averages by more than 26 percentage points and insurers by 17 points. Nine other companies have double-digit loyalty leads over their industry averages: credit unions (banking), Southwest Airlines (airlines), PNC (banking), TriCare (health plans), Apple (computer makers), American Express (credit cards), Sam’s Club (retail), Charles Schwab (investments), and Hampton Inn (hotels).
Nine companies are 15 or more percentage points below their industry loyalty average: DHL (parcel delivery), RadioShack (retail), Citibank (banking), 21st Century (insurance), Bank of America (banking), Days Inn (hotels), HSBC (banking), E*TRADE (investments), Charter Communications (TV service).
The research by Temkin Group also analyzes the changes in ratings between 2011 and 2012. Computer makers, banks, insurance carriers, and TV service providers made the largest year-over-year gains, while three industries had declines: retailers, airlines, and hotel chains. Led by three banks — PNC, USAA, and credit unions — 19 companies show some improvement since last year. Kohl’s and Hyatt had the only double-digit declines. 
This report can be accessed from the Temkin Group website at http://www.temkingroup.com or from the blog, Customer Experience Matters, at http://experiencematters.wordpress.com.

Was your city named in Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List?

the top 50 bed bug cities

The following cities were ranked in order of the number of bed bug treatments they performed from January to December 2011 along with their shift, if any, in ranking compared to January to December 2010.

1.    Cincinnati
2.    Chicago
3.    Detroit (+1)
4.    Denver (+2)
5.    Los Angeles (+20)
6.    Columbus, Ohio (-3)
7.    Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (+43)
8.    Washington, D.C. (-3)
9.    New York (-2)
10.  Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+6)
11.  Houston (-1)
12.  San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, Calif. (+35)
13.  Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio (+1)
14.  Boston (+4)
15.  Dayton, Ohio (-7)
16.  Las Vegas (-1)
17.  Honolulu (+55)
18.  Baltimore (-6)
19.  Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+9)
20.  Philadelphia (-9)
21.  Atlanta (+24)
22.  Lexington, Ky. (-13)
23.  Syracuse, N.Y. (+25)
24.  Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (+27)
25.  Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (+19)
26. San Diego (+13)
27. Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. (-3)
28. Omaha, Neb. (-11)
29. Buffalo, N.Y. (-16)
30. Pittsburgh (-3)
31. Indianapolis (-12)
32. Milwaukee (+6)
33. Charlotte, N.C. (+13)
34. Phoenix (+19)
35. Louisville, Ky. (-3)
36. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-16)
37. Grand Junction/Montrose, Colo. (+30)
38. Knoxville, Tenn. (+4)
39. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, Mich. (-17)
40. Nashville, Tenn. (+15)
41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+24)
42. Des Moines/Ames, Iowa (-13)
43. Salisbury, Md. (+46)
44. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-23)
45. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (-22)
46. Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. (-20)
47. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (-17
48. Salt Lake City (-8)
49. Charleston/Huntington, W.Va. (-13)
50. West Palm Beach/Ft. Pierce, Fla. (+6)

No longer in the top 50 are Sioux City, Iowa; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.; Austin, Texas; Norfolk, Va.; Champaign, Ill.; Springfield, Ill.; and Tulsa, Okla.  Keep up the good work!

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, bed bugs can carry more than 30 different human pathogens, but good news, there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases.

SOURCE Orkin, LLC

http://orkin.com

Now Open: The Chalice Factory from Stella Artois

This interesting digital project lets participants create Chalices in a mythical factory and thousands will earn a specially-crafted Chalice of their own

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Stella Artois® has introduced The Chalice Factory that walks participants through the experience of creating a Stella Artois Chalice, the vessel that has been carefully crafted to yield the perfect Stella Artois experience.

The Chalice Factory will be open through April 30, 2012. One thousand participants will be randomly chosen throughout each day to receive their own Chalice after completing a tour of the Factory – visit here at http://chalicefactory.stellaartois.com 

Just as red and white wines are poured into specific glasses for peak flavor and enjoyment, the curved shape of the Stella Artois Chalice was designed to enhance the beer’s flavor by releasing the aromas when the liquid is poured and increase the retention of the foam head. Its elegant “star” stem encourages drinkers to keep their warm fingers off of the cold glass, keeping the beer colder for longer.

End to end, the Stella Artois Chalice Factory experience can last more than five minutes. Participants are led by ALICE, a virtual tour guide. The experience is interactive; participants can enable a microphone to speak directly with ALICE, or can communicate with her via keyboard.

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ALICE will help the user select the elements that will eventually comprise the Stella Artois Chalice. She will guide the user through the mythical Chalice Factory itself, a stylish realm populated by beautiful workers. She will help the user heat, shape and craft their Chalice. At the conclusion, she will inform the user whether they can take the Chalice home. Ultimately, Stella Artois will bestow thousands of Chalices upon Chalice Factory visitors.

SOURCE Stella Artois

ST. LOUIS, March 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/