Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The New Website is Coming!

In the next week we will be launching the new Fusion Frames website. As with any website launch there could be hiccups. We are hoping for a smooth transition with little down time. Any delays will be well worth it with new product and - my favorite - easy  ways to create sale items, new items and a website that is fully featured with all of your social tools and ways to share information on our products.

This site has served us well since 2005. But, an upgrade is needed to continue to make your shopping experience and access to our products as easy as possible. We look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Avoiding the Broken Glass Certificate Frame

Customers must trust our shipping methods to know they will receive a quality product.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

“Hey, how is the trophy shop going?”

Ever feel you just always struggle to fit in? There is no mould that fits to help ground people so they immediately understand what you do. I can say Berkeley Tandem and Fusion Frames can certainly be a miss-fit in the recognition world.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Your Customer Will Notice

It is a busy night at my favorite local restaurant. We are on a wait. I notice in the waiting area there is a wall of certificate frames promoting the business' latest success and employee praises. There are quality awards for sanitation, employee safety and the classic employee of the month award. There are community philanthropy plaques and softball team sponsorships. As a customer I love this wall of fame. My quality perception of my favorite restaurant goes up because I see a business that cares. And they care on many levels. The food and facilities matter, their employees matter and the community matters.

A certificate frame is an easy cost-effective way to show your customers all you do to support your business success and your community success. Create a quality program within your business or recognize your best employees each month. And let your customer know. They want to know and they will notice. Show them with a certificate program and be sure to "frame it."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Carnival of HR Guest Post: Fusion Frames Social Media Case Study

Written by Trish in Carnival of HR, HRevolution, Social Media, HR Ringleader's Blog

*Today I’m sharing a guest post from Lyn Hoyt of Berkeley Tandem, Inc.

We are designers and manufacturers of framed corporate recognition. With two locations in TN and NJ, we have been manufacturing and shipping our unique frame products to training facilities and HR departments’ worldwide since 1995. My name is Lyn Hoyt. Also known as @designtwit on twitter. I am the Director of Product Design and Marketing as well as a co-owner of Berkeley Tandem, Inc. We have two online stock product brands: fusionframes.com and awardcertificateframes.com. I am a social media advocate.


OUR SLOW MOVE ONLINE & Discovery of Social Media
Each year the number of customers shopping online continues to increase. And our recognition business continues to grow despite the bad economy. Millennial and Gen Y are now moving into buyer positions with corporations and they immediately turn to the internet to research their award programs. And we are there. Search is king. So you must be online writing about your product and creating content about your product to be found in search. I saw that as ANY way to be online. In 2008 I started on twitter and discovered Social Media. Initially I was only there to create product content for search: industry term SEO (Search Engine Optimization). I was tweeting about corporate recognition, framing, and certificates. I was blogging about these same subjects too. And it was really rather dull.

But, slowly something happened – I realized social media was a direct connection to conversing with my customer and the industries I sell to. Rather than pushing my agenda I started making conversation. My content evolved as a reflection of my business and my personality creating an online persona that is influential and engaging. I wanted my experience to be the online cocktail party where I go to find HR people and talk shop.

Social Media is a platform to reach out in a different way. There are so many in marketing that immediately jump on the “Who can I sell to?” strategy. And admittedly I was there over a year ago blogging and on twitter. But, as I started engaging, building interest, and learning about my customer online things changed; communities formed, conversations started and relationships blossomed. And just like any relationship, social networking takes time and commitment. It is not and immediate pay-out.

“The more trust you build, the more value you release, and the more wealth you create.” Says Shoshana Zuboff in a Business Weekly viewpoint. When online networking evolves from “What can I sell you?” to “Who are you? What do you need? How can I help?”, things change. It may never get past “Who are you?” You may find out “what they need” is not what you offer. And help may come in the form of content generation or advice rather than “selling” your product. If you love what you do it is easy to generate content about it. It is easy to talk to others with similar interests. Let your connections find out about you. Learn from them. You are putting out content that relates to your audience and your subject. They search and find you. They link to you. You link to them. Influence and message reach spreads. Building relationships, networking, content mining result in qualified people interested in your expertise or your product.

It took me over a year to build up my twitter following to over 3,000 people. I have met incredibly smart, talented people in the industries I sell to and I have formed relationships with customers and non-customers alike. The biggest bonus is the reach beyond business to personal and professional development. This is how I became involved with this fantastic group of HR professionals online. They were studying me. I was studying them through the content we were creating and communicating on Twitter and on our blogs. We were (and still are) learning how Social Media shapes our industries. Even taking networking to the next step with in-person tweet-ups and un-conferences like HRevolution, hoping to educate and bring more mainstream HR online to find and create information of value and quality.


Social Media is rather new. It is a cutting edge tool. There are all kinds of 3rd party tools that help me manage this ever-growing segment on the Internet and on our cell phones. (Hootsuite.com is my top tool right now, helping me categorize and track followers by subject.) I am stumbling through trying to figure out how it fits into my business and personal life. It is not black and white and it evolves. I am human, with typos, spelling errors and personal commentary. It makes my personal brand real.

People ask me how much time I spend on Social Media. It varies depending on what I read, how active my market is and what inspires me to write. But I spend at minimum 30 minutes a day. I could do it in 15. But, I am a people person so 15 can grow to 30 or even an hour. It is never in vain from a business point of view. It is personal selling. SEO is still of value to keep a high Google presence in organic search. It works well for small businesses because there are no barriers to putting a message out there or discovering online markets. The cost is in the value of my time.

My content continues to shape my business message and my personality gives it authenticity as a personal brand. Social Media is a slow, evolving experiment. And my goal is to still be there in a sustainable, almost pragmatic way that helps my business grow, helps me learn what my customer wants and helps me continue to discover this content-rich, people driven, ecommerce, electronic, virtual, digital frontier called the Internet.

“Who are you? What do you need? How can I help?” ~ Zuboff, Business Weekly

Yes, I’m on twitter @designtwit and @awardframes

My Other blog: http://www.hrbaconhut.com

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Please Support TN Flood Victims

Nashville-based Berkeley Tandem, Inc. and Fusion Frames dodged the rainfall bullet that left West and Middle Tennessee devastated by flood. But, our hearts and support go out to our friends, families, customers and vendors who were affected by this awful tragedy. While national media continues to report about bombs and oil spills the Grand Ole Opry sits under water and one of the finest pipe organs outside of Europe is flooded in our symphony hall. Those national entertainment venues will be repaired. Repairing lives will take longer. But, it can be done. If you would like to help, there are three ways that people can make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Visit redcross.org to donate online, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Thank you.

AP/Mark Humphery

Courtesy WSMV Viewer posts

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Featuring a Great Certificate Idea!

Thanks P.L.! These certificate examples are now celebrated on my blog bringing joy to see our frames used in an innovative and creative way. Note the design of the certificate with colored type on the black background and photography. Today's sophisticated workplace has all the tools to design some pretty unique certificates. Whether you have a staff of designers or MS Publisher, with some thoughtful magic your certificate frame can become less than ordinary. Reach for extraordinary. Bay Graphics in Syracuse did it. Graphically creating a solution that showcases their unique award needs.

Yes, the photos are crude customer snap-shots. But, think how good they must look in person! You rock Bay Graphics!