3 Ways Hiring an External Project Manager Can Keep Projects on Track and On Budget

3 Ways Hiring an External Project Manager Can Keep Projects on Track and On Budget

In our latest blog, NAC shares three key ways a dedicated external project manager who is not caught up in your day-to-day distractions can help keep your next project on track and deliver superior results when your plate piles up with other priorities.

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Spread the Promotional Love... In the Office

Spread the Promotional Love... In the Office

Well, let's be honest — of course workplace love blossoms with your work family, especially when you spend 9 or more hours together in a given day! So with that much togetherness in the office, why not let them fall in love with your brand too? Who doesn't love a free gift? Whether it's a picture frame, portable charger or monogrammed business card holder, don’t you want your company’s logo there for everyone to see? Whether on their desk, in their hands or in their wallet...stay visible and eventually they'll give you your first dance. Click the picture below to read our blog and watch the video on just how much impact the love of promotional items has on your brand: YES- Spread the promotional romance and let the love happen...In the office.

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What Project Management Means to You

What Project Management Means to You

Project management is a popular business buzzword, but not many understand what it means. For our clients, it means full-service, start-to-finish process management. A good project manager works to support your vision so that when you need to step away to focus on serving customers, your project can still sustain itself and deliver results. Keep reading to learn more. 

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Ch-ch-changes: 2016 Is A Year of Transition for NAC

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Today’s world is powered by change. By forward momentum. By the ability to adapt.

During our 11-year history, NAC is proud to have been the engine behind many significant, positive changes for our clients. But we’ve come to realize that we’re kind of like the mom who spends so much time taking care of her kids that she neglects herself. It’s time to apply the formulas that work so well for our clients to our own business.

1. Learning from Our Stumbles so We Don’t Completely Fall Down

The past year has served as a good reminder that change can be hard, but it’s necessary. And sometimes it happens whether we like it or not.

We’ve had major staff shifts in our team. Yes, we’ve seen a lot of new faces, specifically millennial workers. For a while, we had a companywide bet going on who would be the next person under 30 to quit. (Not really, but we thought about it!)

All joking aside, we’ve learned that millennials have different needs and expectations in order to stay engaged with their work than past generations. Not all, of course — we currently have several millennials on staff who defy stereotypes and bring remarkable skills and enthusiasm to our team.

Just like any business, we’re learning to adapt our culture to the changing needs of the work force. So, while we work on better understanding the new generation, we’ve decided to stop beating our heads against the wall and revise our business model.

2. Committing to Doing Things Differently

No, our business model wasn’t broken. It has served us well for a long time. But it was clear that some of our old ways had gotten, well, old. And if we intend to outpace the competition, we’ve learned we need to keep it fresh. So, we’ve augmented our existing approach to encompass both an employee and partnership model. We see it like this: we’re creating a dual-stability framework that works from the inside out and the outside in.

What that means is, instead of hiring more full-time staff, we’ve decided to expand and deepen our relationships with external resources. We’ve always relied on freelance contractors to supplement our services, but now we are going to be more deliberate in how we position those assets.

This year, we are working on developing deeper strategic partnerships — with professional writers, photographers, videographers, event coordinators and many other consultants. Aligning NAC with experts in their respective fields makes us a stronger player in the game, which means we can be an even more formidable force on the field for our clients. But rest assured that we never hand over a job and completely walk away. Both NAC and our partners are equally invested in the outcome of each and every project.

3. Doing What We Do Best: Marketing

Speaking of investing in the outcome, we’re going to spend a good portion of 2016 investing in ourselves. We are a project management firm that specializes in telling stories. We love to spread the good word. And who doesn’t enjoy spreading good words about themselves?!

NAC is fantastic at marketing our clients’ messages, but we don’t always take the time to do it for ourselves. That changes now.

Stay tuned for details in the coming weeks. We’re gearing up to go on tour!

Coming to a city near you – and soon! #naccapabilitytour16

EMPLOYEE HEALTH & WELLNESS WEEK

This week, NAC IMPRINT is focusing on your brand and your employees.

"Healthier employees build healthier relationships in all areas of life including their customers."

Our philosophy is three-fold:

1) Employee Engagement - Gifts, gestures of appreciation, and investments into your employees health and wellness shapes the culture of your business.

2) Brand Ambassadors - Your office culture is your brand. Your employees are the loudest voices for your business, so what you put in, is what you'll put out.

3) Influential Customer Experiences - The culture that you shape for your employees will overflow into your customer experiences.

So why not start now. For a limited time, NAC has hand-selected some imprint products that not only puts your business everywhere, it is sure to create a healthy and fun atmosphere for your employees. During this week there is NO SET-UP COST! Save Money and Shop Now! (Expires 5/5/15).  Additionally we will be hosting games and ideas for your company to earn 10% of your purchases.

THIS WEEK'S GAME CHALLENGE: DIG FOR BURIED TREASURE

RULES: Set up a treasure hunt in the office with clues to guide your team along the way. Break your staff members into teams - X marks the spot! ORDER YOUR WINNER PRIZES NOW! 

BONUS: Post your gaming experience on our Facebook, pictures, videos and we will give you 10% off of your order. Its like getting paid to have fun! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

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