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Returning to our roots

8 Jan

Happy New Year!

Now that we are a few days into 2011 how are you feeling about this year?

At Out of the Blue Delivered, we chose to skip making new year’s resolutions (does anyone really keep these?!) and chose instead to re-evaluate our purpose and refocus on our mission.

Since we started this company to provide a way for others to show that they care during the tough stuff in life, we are going to be true to our passion and bring you the best solutions to the difficult issues that we face.

So, whether you have a family member facing cancer or a friend who just lost a loved one, we will be your solution when you want to show that you care but aren’t sure what to do or say!

Reminder: We offer hand delivery in the Central Florida and Orlando areas and we ship worldwide via FedEx.

Who needs to know that YOU care?

How to Help After a Cancer Diagnosis

4 Jun

Tips for Showing that You Care After a Friend’s Cancer Diagnosis

Have you had your annual boobie squishing or physical yet this year? Be sure to remember to take care of yourself. So many times we get busy over the summer that we postpone our own care!

Unfortunately, most of us have already been touched by cancer… breast, lung, prostate, lymphoma, leukemia, colon, ovarian, cervical, etc.

What’s a girl to do when her business associate, friend or loved one is faced with cancer? Well, here are a few tips I picked up during my 12 years of treating cancer patients:

  • First, depending on your relationship with the patient, drop by, send a card or leave a message of support.  It’s ok to send funny, uplifting cards – they don’t all have to be serious and deep.
  • It’s ok to tell her/him that you want to help but don’t know what to do or say! The patient just needs to know that you care and support her. The patient has a whole medical team to give her answers!
  • When you’re with your friend, take cues on the conversation. There will be times they want to talk about the diagnosis and journey and other days when thety will want to avoid it altogether!
  • Remember that cancer affects all of those in the patient’s immediate circle. Depending on the situation, offer to give the caregiver a break by driving the patient to an appointment or treatment, watching the kids or grocery shopping.
  • If the patient has a family, drop by with dinner. Don’t ask, just do it! Many times, patients hesitate to ask or accept help. Figure out how you can help and go for it!
  • Google and learn.  Did you know that there many types of breast cancer? or lung cancer? etc.  Learn about their specific type so that you can better understand the patient’s journey.  This knowledge is for YOU! Do NOT share all the gory details with your friend regarding their cancer, treatment, prognosis, etc. The patient has doctors for that!
  • Be persistent in your support! Call, send cards, email…show support in whatever way you can. NEVER expect a response. Depending on where the patient is in the journey, they may not be up to responding…just keep supporting! Trust me, your love and support will lift the patient up.
  • Pace yourself! Battling cancer can be a long process… A little support ALL the way through is much better than 24/7 support for the first couple weeks!
  • Pray for your friend often and be sure to be extra grateful for all the blessings in YOUR life!

by Dawn Veselka – Radiation Therapist and owner of Out of the Blue Delivered

Sat. is May Day! Start a new tradition. It’s fun and easy!

28 Apr

Start a May Day Tradition of your own!
We all know that May 1st is May Day but how many of us know what that means? According to NetGlimpse, May 1st is exactly a half a year from November 1st (All Saints Day) and marks the end of the winter half of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of the summer half of the year. There are many variations on celebrations, but the common theme revolves around flowers.
One of the most common traditions involve hanging flowers or other small gift on a friend or neighbor’s door. The trick is to not get caught so that they have to guess who left the flowers. If you do get caught, you’re supposed to get a kiss.
About.com has a cute craft that any child can make and then leave for May Day. However, if you don’t have time then Out of the Blue Delivered has several fun inexpensive gifts that can be delivered as a May Day surprise!

The Power of HARO: Tips for New Advertisers (tags: HARO, Shankman)

9 Feb

The Power of HARO: Tips for New Advertisers

Thinking about using the power of HARO to advertise? As the owner of Out of the Blue Delivered and a repeat HARO advertiser, here are a few things I’ve learned along the way (from both experience and observation) to help you maximize your ad.

1. A HARO ad will ROCK your website! So be sure that you have the bandwidth to handle the traffic. (Learned this one the hard way the first time we advertised.)

2. Pick ONE idea, service or product to pitch. HARO members are busy people so keep it short and to the point. (Learned this one the second time.)

3. If you don’t have a marketing degree, hire someone to write your ad. Why spend the money on ONE email blast and then NOT spend the money to do it right? Makes no sense.

4. Peter Shankman is a GREAT guy. And though you may feel like you know him because he “talks” to us three times per day, he does NOT know all 100,000 plus HARO family members.

5. Quit trying to figure out what Peter can do for you and start figuring out what you can offer the HARO family.

6. Be prepared. Test and re-test any aspect of your website or business that HARO members will bombard such as links, coupon code, cart, check out process, phone number, voice mail message, etc. Make sure that everything is ready to offer the best customer service possible.

7. Even if you think you’re prepared, there will probably be some glitch that happens when the HARO family descends upon your business. So be mentally prepared to adjust to situations “on the fly”.  (Have experienced this one several times.)

8. Make sure you deliver what you promise and then some.

9. As an advertiser, you will get pitched by all kinds of other businesses via email and phone during the madness of your advertising day. Ignoring the emails is easy, but have a quick answer ready to get these “pitchers” off the phone. (Let this be a hint to anyone who pitches an advertiser…whether you have a product or service, do NOT contact a company on the same day that they run a HARO ad. They have their hands full taking care of business. Wait a few days and THEN contact them if you must.)

10. Enjoy the ride! A HARO ad will take your business to new and exciting places. By far, a HARO ad produces more exposure, interaction and response than any other advertising we have done. It’s exciting!! And there’s no telling where the relationships we have formed will take us next. (We are so very grateful for all the HARO family members!!)

Out of the Blue Delivered wishes to say a special THANK YOU to Peter Shankman, found of HARO, Michael Griffin and Meagan Walker for once again helping us to grow our business, our brand and our customer base.  Thanks to HARO, we have been able to not only help Central Floridians show that they care, but people all over the country (and the world). Take it from us, HARO ROCKS!

By the way, our Feb 8th ad drew more unique visitors in one day than we have ever had! HARO members went nuts for our card cubby!! We apologize for the glitch with the coupon code (see #7 above) and encourage you to try again if you were unable to purchase your cubby yesterday. As always, HARO members get 10% off with coupon code: HARO (It’s working now, promise!)

Wonder what Peter Shankman of HARO had to say about Out of the Blue Delivered? (tags: Gifts, Shankman, HARO)

14 Jan
Watch this video clip of Peter Shankman, founder of HARO (www.HelpAReporter.com) as he shares his “Out of the Blue” experience!


Out of the Blue Delivered (www.BlueDelivered.com) specializes in gifts and care packages for not only the fun stuff in life but the tough stuff as well.
Want a CUSTOM gift box? Just shoot us an email (info@bluedelivered.com) or give us a shout at 877.236.6823.

When Flowers Just Won’t Do, Send a Gift “Out of the Blue”! Try us, you’ll be thrilled by our quality and service.

Get your gift delivered to the Orlando area on the 24th for only $10 (tags: orlando, delivery, #last minute gifts)

23 Dec
Worried about getting your gift to Central Florida on time? Out of the Blue Delivered (www.BlueDelivered.com) offers hand-delivery in the Orlando, FL area.  Order by 10 am on Thurs Dec 24th for same day delivery. 
To check our hand delivery area: http://www.outofthebluedelivered.com/deliveryinfo.html 

Save 10% with code: XMAS10

Free Upgrade to 2Day Express Shipping

21 Dec
Out of the Blue Delivered (www.BlueDelivered.com) will upgrade the FedEx Shipping on all orders placed today by 4pm – FREE upgrade from standard to 2Day Express Shipping.

10% off all orders with code XMAS10