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All Points PR Supports Escape from Domestic Violence with Positive Impact Program

All Points PR Supports Escape from Domestic Violence with Positive Impact Program

On Thursday, December 6, the All Points PR team participated in a clothing & accessory drive and self-defense class for our Q4 Positive Impact program.

To partner with WINGS, an organization committed to helping adults and children escape domestic violence and abuse, the All Points team collected bags full of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and other accessories for donation. These items were given to WINGS Resale shops, as proceeds from these shops account for 25% of the program’s budget.

The team then participated in a self-defense class at the Alpha Krav Maga Compound in Northbrook. The national training center delivered a two-hour class packed with demonstrations, partnered drills and a Q&A session offering essential tips for defense in a variety of violent situations. At the end of our session, the instructors offered a generous gift of a week of free self-defense classes for each team member and a guest.

The All Points team strives to positively impact the communities in which we live and work through our philanthropic and volunteer efforts through our Positive Impact program. We are passionate about our commitment to corporate social responsibility and making a positive impact on meaningful social, community and environmental organizations.

The team enjoyed a rewarding experience by giving to those in need, while gaining perspective on escaping violence through the self-defense class. We look forward to the next Positive Impact program and the cause we will support.

NIFA Dives Into the On-Demand Economy During the 2018 November Luncheon

NIFA Dives Into the On-Demand Economy During the 2018 November Luncheon

The Northern Illinois Franchise Association (NIFA), co-founded by Jamie and Lauren Izaks and Andrew Bleiman, recently hosted its 2018 November Luncheon at Somerset in the beautiful Viceroy Chicago. The Luncheon allows NIFA to continue its work educating the Chicagoland community about the most pressing franchise-related topics of the day.

With more than 60 guests in attendance, the November Luncheon included a delicious lunch, followed by an insightful panel discussion during desert entitled “The On-Demand Economy.” Franchise Times editors Tom Kaiser and Nicholas Upton facilitated the panel, featuring the following panel of industry professionals with diverse connections to the on-demand economy:

  • Stacey Snyder Murray, Vice President of Brand, Naf Naf Grill
  • Dino Northway, National Director Off-Premise, Potbelly Sandwich Shop
  • Jim Phillips, Regional Manager, Ritual
  • Lee Kleiner, Multi-Unit Franchisee, Dairy Queen and Which Wich
  • Dennise Vaughn, Franchisee of Homewatch CareGivers of Naperville
  • Greg Gosman, Regional General Manager, DoorDash

Key issues and trends related to restaurants, franchising and third parties stood as a major focus among panelists, including the need for technology, innovation and ensuring an effective customer experience. Upcoming 2019 trends, such as the role of technology, loyalty programs and the sustainability in delivery, were also thoroughly evaluated. Guests enjoyed the unique perspectives shaped by the panelists’ expertise and roles in the on-demand economy.

In addition to the panel and the delicious meal, attendees enjoyed free valet parking sponsored by All Points PR and Marks & Klein, as well as lively networking sessions before and after the panel. The event was sponsored by Bank of America.

Stay tuned for details on the upcoming November 2018 NIFA luncheon, and visit www.northernilfranchise.org for more information about the organization.

The All Points Team Shares What We’re Thankful For

The All Points Team Shares What We’re Thankful For

It’s that time of year again – the leaves are falling, the temperature outside is dropping and the All Points team is taking a moment to reflect on what we’re thankful for. Whether personal or professional, our team has plenty of things to give thanks for. Check out what our team is thankful for this holiday season!

Emily M: I am thankful for my friends, family and incredibly supportive fiancé who all keep me motivated and driven. I am also thankful for all of my pets in my mini zoo of a home: my puppy, two bearded dragons, two frogs and a fish. Also, I am thankful for ranch dressing. I don’t know what I would do without ranch dressing.

Sydney: I am thankful for the support of family, true friends, amazing colleagues and the restorative power of puppy cuddles.

Jamie: I am thankful to be a part of a close-knit family that is equally as loving and caring as they are filled with fun and laughter.

Jessica: I am thankful for my supportive family and the memories we’ve had the opportunity to create this year.

Stephanie: I am thankful for my husband, health, job, supportive family and the blessings that I have received this past year.

Maddy: I’m thankful for my little sisters. They are a ton of fun and without them my life would be a lot more boring and much quieter.

Lauren: I am thankful for family, friends and community. I am also thankful for the journey.

Emily B: I am thankful that more companies are making strides to go green and create products that do less harm to the environment. I care deeply about my environmental impact and it’s great to see more corporations are starting to do the same.

Amanda: I am thankful for my loved ones, education, career and good health.

Katie: I am thankful for my friends and family for being such a great support system and also for such awesome colleagues who I continue to learn from every day!

Megan: I am thankful for all the professional growth I’ve experienced since coming on board at All Points ten months ago!

Allie: I am thankful for my family and loved ones, my APPR family for inspiring me and challenging me to be more creative and for Jamie and Lauren for making APPR such a great place to work.

Barbara: I am thankful for all the support and love from friends, family and my team here at All Points as I celebrated my marriage! It was an exciting year overall and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.

Mackenzie: I am thankful for family, friends, the opportunity to work with awesome people and for dogs!

Meredith: I am thankful for my supportive family and friends, co-workers that help make work fun and of course, mac & cheese.

Spencer: I am thankful for the tortilla chip. Tortilla chips are there for you through good times and bad. They’re my go-to snack and they pair well with a variety of dips. They’re also a great side for your Thanksgiving meal!

Gautier: I am thankful for my roommate — it’s great to come home to a positive attitude, and sometimes a glass of wine, every night!

Joey: I am thankful for my loving family, close-knit friendships and an office full of collaborative go-getters!

Jenna: I am thankful for every opportunity I’ve been given and the endless support of my family and friends.

Gillian: I am very thankful for my loving, supportive family, my health and my MVP best friend/roommate/cat Franklin.

Annie: I am thankful for receiving a great education, starting a fulfilling career at All Points and being surrounded by my family and friends.

Bailey: I am thankful to have friends and family that support me in whatever it is I want to do.

Facebook’s 3D Photo Feature a Visual Storytelling Game-Changer

Facebook’s 3D Photo Feature a Visual Storytelling Game-Changer

You’ve experienced films in their three-dimensional glory through the power of 3D glasses, but with Facebook’s latest photo feature, those glasses won’t be necessary. The social media giant is fully rolling out its 3D photo experience, simulating depth and movement where users can scroll, pan and tilt photos to see the visual content in realistic 3D.

While the technology behind it is a little more complicated, users can share 3D photos to their feed simply by taking a “portrait mode” photo using a compatible, dual-lens iPhone and sharing it through Facebook’s 3D photo option. According to The Verge, a number of other phones feature dual cameras such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and LG V35 ThinQ, but Facebook will be adding support for more devices in the future. Essentially, the technology works by capturing the distance between the subject in the foreground and background, which is why a dual-lens camera is needed.

Facebook’s 3D photo feature was first announced in May during its “F8” event. Currently, everyone can now view 3D photos on their desktop or mobile Facebook news feed, or in virtual reality through Oculus Go’s browser or Firefox on Oculus Rift.

The ability to create these 3D photos will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Through this new feature, Facebook has given people and brands a unique way to improve visual storytelling and challenge creativity through the use of this advanced technology. 3D photos have the ability to provide a more immersive experience for Facebook users following the pages of their favorite brands, products, people and services. For example, 3D photos can provide for a more realistic online shopping experience, making objects such as cars and furniture pop off the news feed and allow viewers to more realistically picture the product in their home.

Not to mention, this technology amps up the way brands show off event-based experiences and behind-the-scenes, providing a whole new way to connect with followers on a more intimate level. Whether someone wants to capture a more interactive shot at an amusement park, a museum or a celebration, viewers are one step closer to feeling as though their visual experience is reality.

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