Thanksgiving gives us all a great opportunity to step back and say thanks for those things that really matter: friends, family, good health, and happiness.
For me — at least in a professional capacity — what really matters is readers. So allow me to take a second to thank you for reading this blog, for commenting on the posts that engage you, and for sharing the ones you think others would benefit from reading. We work hard to create helpful, fun content that will benefit all of our readers, and I'm so glad to know you're reading and responding to our work (and not just here on the Constant Commentary blog, but our Hints & Tips and #CTCTSocial newsletters as well).
We recently asked folks here at Constant Contact to share what they're giving thanks for this year, and suffice it to say, there was an overwhelming amount of response. Some of those answers appeared in a separate blog post that went live earlier today (click here to read it). Here are even more of the things the Constant Contact team is thankful for ...
"I am thankful for stubbornness. Yup, stubbornness. The stubborn determination of our small business and nonprofit customers to persevere in a tough economy. The stubborn refusal of our team to deliver less than the best. The stubborn demands of our shareholders for us to deliver growth and profitability. Stubbornness makes me reach for more. Not everyone finds my stubbornness endearing. I am thankful for them too."
— Gail Goodman, CEO
"I am thankful for an unruly team that makes me laugh every day. It makes coming to work a pleasure."
— Holli Scott, Manager, Customer Support
"I'm thankful when customers want more information, when they show up at multiple meetings, when they actually thank you for helping them. And I'm even more thankful for all the people that I can never thank personally for all that they do every day. We are one great company, and all of us have the chance to make it even better."
— Dave Yunghans, Regional Development Director, Philadelphia Metro
"I am thankful for the people that can look at the positives even when they are hard find. Life's too short to focus on negativity. Onward and upward!"
— Caroline Shahar, Product Marketing Manager
"I’m thankful for my daughter, her health, and her crazy personality! It’s amazing to see her little sponge-like brain soak up everything she learns and mimic all her newfound skills."
— Merissa Rakowski, Support Specialist
"I’m thankful for my wiener dog, Gia."
— Aimee L. Chaisson, Market Analyst
"I’m thankful that I get to work with the best customers in the world every day. They are saving this economy one small business at a time. And Slurpees. I'm definitely thankful for Slurpees."
— Dave Gilbertson, Vice President, Strategy & Corporate Development
"I’m thankful for Michelle Ashby’s help, and the help everyone on the support teams around me who’ve helped me ‘get it’ in my first months on the job here at CTCT. I’m better at my job for having her help when I started, and I’m trying to pay it forward to those around me on my new team. And I love the weekly Beer Cart."
— Tim Mallot, Customer Support Specialist
"I am thankful for this amazing job where I can learn cool new things every day that not only help small business owners but also provide an income for my amazing family."
— Jeannine Roa, Customer Support Specialist
"I am thankful that my husband, Todd, is finally able to work on his business and be successful with it, and that Constant Contact plays a great role in that by allowing him to reaching out to his customers. I am also very grateful for my family and friends and for their health, happiness, and success."
— Candy Maki, Billing Support Representative
"I am thankful for my brand new baby girl! And also that most everyone I know is in good health and in good spirits leading up to the holidays."
— Justin Tryon, Distance Learning Specialist
"I am a single mom and am very thankful to Constant Contact for providing me with a job that helps me support my family. I am also thankful for my amazing 9-year-old son, who is the light of my life. He is also thankful for Constant Contact, especially now at Christmas time."
— Rebekah Rodriguez, Customer Support Specialist
"I’m thankful for family and friends who make me laugh so hard that no sound comes out, and for Dunkin Donuts’ pumpkin spice coffee — extra cream with two Splenda."
— Jackie McLemore, Training Manager, Training & Employee Development Team
"I’m most thankful for having the facilities — both mental and physical — and the support structure to allow me to best take advantage of the opportunities I’ve been afforded."
— Alexander Sullivan, Tier 3 Tech Support Specialist
"I am thankful for 10 healthy fingers and 10 healthy toes. I am thankful for the people at my son's daycare that keep him safe while I go to work. I am thankful that they use Constant Contact to keep me informed about upcoming events at Jack’s “school” because it always reaches my inbox. And I am thankful for binkys. I am really, really thankful for binkys."
— Michelle Burtchell, Director, Acquisition Marketing
"I am thankful for the simple things in life that are not simple for all. I’m thankful to wait 20 minutes in line in a warm grocery store check-out line instead of waiting 6 hours in line out in the cold to get into a soup kitchen. I’m thankful to sit in traffic on the way to a job. I’m thankful to pay bills every month for a safe and private place to sleep, for warmth, for hot water, and for electricity. And I’m thankful to have the opportunity to help others for whom the simple things are not simple at all."
— Alberto Caira Jr., Product Manager, Core Business Services
"I am thankful for an amazing support system, friends and family that are gorgeous inside and out. I am thankful for the eclectic group of people that I get to work with every day, for their humor, poise, ideas, wittiness, and thoughtfulness."
— Erin Brumley, Tier 1 Support, EAC Leader
"I'm thankful for NFL Redzone. It has raised watching the NFL to an entirely new level."
— AJ Kriete, Channel Marketing Program Manager
"I’m thankful that after a sporadic move from Iowa to Colorado this year, I was lucky enough to find a job that I love and enjoy, as much as I did my last one. Leaving a company that you have been with for five years and moving without a job waiting for you at your destination can be scary. Thankfully, it all worked out for the better."
— Celina Baca, Customer Support Manager
"I’m thankful for the independently owned restaurants in the Denver area. These small businesses are where I create all of my memories this time of year. Whether it’s getting together with friends, eating great food, or enjoying the snow topped mountain views, having a local atmosphere is just as important as the people you are sharing it with."
— Ashley K. Rouse, Team Leader, Direct Sales
"I’m thankful that my father is now resting and at peace."
— Stephanie Manship, Instructional Design Specialist, Training and Employee Development
"I am extremely grateful to still have my now 3-year-old son, Emrick, who has battled through having a Wilms Tumor and one of his kidneys removed, then toughing it through 8 months of chemotherapy. He is now cancer free and doing great! My family had tremendous support from my friends and co-workers here at Constant Contact making the journey much easier on us."
— James O'Brien, Helpdesk Administrator
"I am thankful for a wonderful experience I had with a customer of ours, Camp Unleashed, this Labor Day. It was a long weekend away in a camp setting with my dog and 50 other dog owners. A time that all dogs were off-leash exploring and learning new things."
— Jessi Mraz, Customer Support Manager
"I am thankful to be spending the rest of my life with my best friend, Jason. I am thankful that I have a job that comes with great health benefits so I’ll have more life to spend with Jason. I am thankful to feel appreciated by loved ones as well as coworkers and managers on a daily basis. I am thankful that I’m finally growing up!"
— Sherine Harivandi, Account Review Specialist
"I am thankful to be able to play with Nerf guns at work."
— Dan Horan, Software Engineer, Email Marketing Core Team
"I am thankful to work for a company that makes feel empowered and valued, and has such a strong sense of community. I am thankful to have coworkers that continually challenge me to do and be better, and who bring dynamic ideas to the table every day. And finally, I am thankful for the weekly Beer Cart. Drinking beer with people I like is a big time win in my book."
— Lory Hamill, Customer Success Specialist
What are you thankful for this year? We invite you to share your thoughts with us here or on our Facebook Page.
Martin Lieberman is Constant Contact's managing editor. He develops blog posts, articles, guides, and more about email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, and online survey best practices, as well as small business and engagement marketing trends. Martin has more than 15 years of experience writing and editing content for a variety of audiences. Martin's tips, ideas, and solutions help small businesses and organizations build successful customer and member relationships. Follow Martin on Twitter at @martinlieberman.