Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 EatLafayette Campaign Continues With AT&T Support

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext 18

Lafayette Travel
Kelly Strenge
(337) 232-3737

2013 EatLafayette Campaign Continues With AT&T Support

(Lafayette, La.) - AT&T, a leading provider of worldwide telecommunications services, renewed its sponsorship for the 2013 EatLafayette™ by Lafayette Travel campaign. AT&T has supported the campaign for multiple years. The campaign that promotes Lafayette, Louisiana’s locally owned restaurants runs through September 2 and touts the Fly Lafayette Club as its title sponsor.
“Lafayette’s culture and our corporate culture can be traced back for decades,” said Donna Byrne, regional director for AT&T Louisiana. “The EatLafayette campaign highlights how special this area is through its cuisine. The culture and the history of the community are what make the food so special. Many of the recipes in our restaurants are generations old.”

AT&T’s history is so rich that one can trace its roots back to the first man who invented the first practical telephone in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell. AT&T is responsible for the first transatlantic phone call in 1927. Other creations that AT&T scientists are credited for are the first transistor, the solar cell, and the C++ programming language.

AT&T builds technical innovations for the benefit of its customers. It implements next-generation technologies and network advancements. AT&T’s creates and designs new global networks, processes, and service platforms that allow the best performance for its customers.

With the nation’s largest 4G network covering over 292 million people, AT&T provides an abundant amount of services, from its revolutionary smartphones to its next-generation TV services.

“Want to tell your friends about this year’s EatLafayette campaign?” said Byrne. “Use your smartphone and computer through our network to share the website or stay connected through social media. This really helps promote the restaurants.”

“EatLafayette and AT&T share long-standing core values: not only do they support the community they reside in, but they consider themselves to be members of the community as well,” said Byrne. “As a philanthropic company, it only makes sense for AT&T to sponsor a campaign that supports locally-owned restaurants.”

EatLafayette by Lafayette Travel brought to you by the Fly Lafayette Club, has celebrated Lafayette’s cuisine for nine years. This year’s edition of the campaign markets Lafayette, Louisiana’s one-of-a-kind locally owned restaurants signed up 73 participants, a record number.

It began a simple concept of helping locally owned eateries attract customers that grew to a multi-media campaign that now spans 11 weeks. The campaign is funded by sponsorships, registration fees, Lafayette Travel and support by local media groups. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Proactive Solutions to Keep Your Data Systems Up To Date

News | Calzone and Associates, Inc.

Maintenance Agreements: Proactive Solutions to Keep Your Data Systems Up To Date

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 18

Total Network Technologies Contact:
Lee Knott
(337) 232-2525

Maintenance Agreements: Proactive Solutions to Keep Your Data Systems Up To Date

(Lafayette, La.) - Total Network Technologies offers an array of maintenance agreements to help businesses' data systems run at their top potential.

Preventative Maintenance

One of Total Network Technologies' skilled technicians will ensure that each covered system has all of the necessary software updates, perform periodical hardware and software health checks, and verify that your systems and data are properly protected in the event of virus attacks or hardware failure.

Remedial Maintenance

Total Network Technologies technicians are always on the look out to prevent downtime causing issues before they happen to make sure you stay up and running. If during the course of their preventative maintenance an issue is noticed, they will work to resolve it quickly before you even have to notice it might become an issue.

Problem Resolution

Sometimes the unexpected happens and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. When that happens, Total Network Technologies technicians are ready to find resolutions to get you back up and running as soon as possible.

Reduced Rates and Priority Support

Total Network Technologies' goal is to make sure that you receive fast, quality service for great prices. Their commitment to providing excellent customer service is only exceeded by their commitment to quality.

Frequently Asked Questions

What systems will this agreement cover?

Total Network Technologies' standard agreements can include computers, servers, virtual machines, network devices, network printers, and phone systems. If it connects to your network, it will probably be covered.

How often will Total Network Technologies maintain these systems?

One of Total Network Technologies' representatives will work with you directly to find a schedule that is suited best for your company. They understand that no two companies are exactly the same, so each of their maintenance agreements is custom fit for each company's needs. Total Network Technologies will set up recurring scheduled day(s) for their technicians to come out to your site and perform the necessary tasks. This way, you know when to expect maintenance and Total Network Technologies can work to limit the interruptions to your staff and daily tasks.

What happens if something happens outside of my scheduled maintenance day?

Included in your agreement is a predetermined pool of service hours which you can use at any time outside of your scheduled day. Total Network Technologies staff will be more than happy to work with you to schedule technicians to quickly resolve priority issues as they arise.

What if an issue arises that isn't covered or I have a large project coming up?

Total Network Technologies is always willing to assist with your needs, no matter what. In the event that a situation doesn't fit within the covered maintenance agreeent, Total Network Technologies will work with you to find a suitable solution, such as discounted service rates or prepaid block time. Total Network Technologies' goal is to make sure your company keeps running smoothly and will do whatever it takes to help you.

How much does it cost?

This is entirely dependent on the number of systems that you want covered. Total Network Technologies can even send out a technician to inventory your site and provide you with a number of systems eligible for coverage and provide you with estimated pricing per item. That way you can decide exactly which items you want us to worry about for you.

For more information, call 337-232-2525 or email


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

During an Emergency or Crisis, Use Your Network for Reach and Your Website for Credibility

From Social Media Today: 

Crisis Communications in the Network Age

Crisis management is just part of the reputation and community management we execute on a regular basis.

Emergency preparedness has been on our minds lately with the 2013 Hurricane Season already experiencing its third named storm.

It's important not only to prepare internally, but also to prepare your staff for any external questions and customer service.

Here's what we suggest you do:
  1. Let your clients know how they can get in touch with you in case of an emergency BEFORE they need that information.
  2. Inform your clients as to where they can find your company updates.
  3. Social media sites can be hacked very easily. For your company updates, make the home for your updates be your website. This lends credibility. Plan to use your social media networks to reach your customers and fans and spread your message.
  4. The space on your website for emergency updates should be easily accessible and user-friendly.
  5. Make sure all of your employees know answers to common customer service questions and know where to direct customers if they receive a more complex question.
    • During recent events and emergencies, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites have proven to be the place where people go first for updates. In the event of a company emergency, it is important that your all employees can monitor complaints and stay informed and knowledgeable to contain the possibility of chaos. You want your company to be a source of peace of mind and factual, relevant information. Employee preparation will make this happen.
  6. Make sure your employees know where your emergency updates will be posted and who will be posting them.
  7. Put someone in charge of going through your social media account to halt and/or reschedule ALL of your scheduled posts. If you have clients or sponsors whose scheduled posts or releases were scheduled during the emergency period, that person needs to alert your clients about the change and inform them of the rescheduled deployment date and time.
There are many more things you can do that best fit your business model, industry, and community culture.

Calzone can help you create your community management plan. Call us at 337-235-2924 ext. 0.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Scholarship opportunity.

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Legends Night at Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino
For Immediate Release
LTBA Contact:
Roger Heitzmann
(504) 947-4676
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235- 2924 ext. 18
(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Legends Night will take place on July 6, 2013 at Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino in Opelousas, Louisiana. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association has evolved from a small group of horsemen who united in 1963 to the top thoroughbred breeding program in the United States. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships each valued at $1,000 at the upcoming Louisiana Legends Night on July 6, 2013. The winners will be announced after the fifth race and photographs will be taken with the winners. The races begin at 5:40 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 4:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. at the designated booth.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
• Must be a college student that will be enrolled full time for Fall 2013.
• Must be in good standing with the college.
• Must be present to win.
The scholarship will be deposited directly to the student's account at the college. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
"The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process," said Roger Heitzmann, secretary-treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Registration time: 4:40 p.m. – 5:40 p.m. CT
Drawing time: Approximately 7:40 p.m.
For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit