Here at Pocketstop we are passionate about what we do. So passionate, that in the beginning I didn’t even take a salary! Ha. Most entrepreneurs can empathize with me on that. It takes time to grow, build, craft, create and nurture a new business into a successful one. And most never get there — they fail. After putting so much time, energy and effort into their passion, sometimes is just doesn’t work out. But sometimes it does. Sometimes it works. And when it does, it’s like seeing the Disney World castle for the first time when you’re six years old! It’s magical! Here at Pocketstop I am happy to be able to say it is working. We are growing, building, crafting, creating and nurturing our company so we can provide our clients with the best possible communication solutions — we want them to get that Disney World feeling too.
I believe that one of the factors that helped us stand out and contributed to our success is that we do things differently. Don’t get me wrong — we still work our tails off day in and day out just like the next guy — but we’re not your typical business with a space full of cubicles. We’re located at the iconic Meadows Building north of downtown Dallas — and I don’t think we own a single cubicle. We wanted to create a space that embodies our company. Come visit us and you’ll see what I mean.
We seek out the best and brightest team members that share our same passion in the digital and mobile communications industry. We like to blend the creative with the scientific to help our clients. And our employees understand how to do that immensely. One of our newest team members, Nicole, introduced us to the Odd Friday Networking Group on LinkedIn and it was a great fit.
In May, we were fortunate enough to be able to hold the group’s monthly networking event on, you’ve got it, the last Odd Friday of the month. And since Pocketstop is a Microsoft managed partner we often come together to jointly highlight our technologies and solutions. So, in May, with Microsoft’s sponsorship, we were able to bring together about a hundred like-minded business professionals using our own text messaging platform for a secret Speakeasy that included a digital invitation, map, and link to register for casino chips and a door prize. Text messages have a greater than 90% read rate and I don’t have to tell you why (but I will anyway) everyone these days uses a Smartphone.
If you want to check out the digital invitation for yourself, text “Odd Friday” to the short code 444222. There are an unlimited number of ways text messaging can be used whether you are a networking group, a small business, a church, a school, or a multinational corporation.
What’s even cooler than the fun digital invitation is that we got to demonstrate our text messaging platform to the Odd Friday Networking Group which of course started dialog with a number of attendees about what Pocketstop does and how it can help. The party was fun! But we didn’t just walk away with some fun memories. We made connections. Pocketstop uses digital and mobile communications to alleviate communication problems — but we’re also committed to seeking out and establishing good business relationships and partnerships that make sense.
If you didn’t see it, I highly recommend taking a listen to (or read) Navy Seal Admiral William H. McRaven’s commencement speech (find it here) at The University of Texas from this past graduation season. One of his ten amazing life lessons (most of which can apply to businesses as well as us as individuals) included “if you want to change the world, find someone to help you paddle.” That’s what joining the Odd Friday Networking Group for us is all about. We know we can’t do it alone — it takes the time and effort of our employees, clients and partners to make a positive impact in the digital communications industry.