Instacart price comparison, how much does grocery delivery really cost you?

  Instacart, a grocery delivery service especially marketed to busy young professionals such as myself, has started offering their services in Houston, Texas. I was curious how much it really cost to use their services. Luckily, I had my last grocery receipt, so I decided to do a comparison. In short, to use Instacart would cost me…

Questions to ask before posting to social media

  I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with social media, but after taking a 40-day Lent hiatus from Facebook, I came back with a new perspective. During that time, I had time to reflect on how I was using the tool and what I wanted to do differently. From that came the 5 question test….

Dear Houston: “The rent price goes up $200 per month”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part three of that letter.   “The rent price goes up $200 per month” My realtor and I worked hard and we found a place that was “semi-walkable” by…

Dear Houston: “I want to live somewhere walkable”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part two of that letter. Part 1: Dear Houston, “Where’s the commuter train station?” “I want to live somewhere walkable” Using Chicago as a lens in my life, I’ve…

Dear Houston, “Where’s the commuter train station?”

On March 25, 2014, I wrote the City Council of Houston a three part letter that included my thoughts on improving the city’s transportation, health, and economics. This is part one of that letter.   Dear Houston City Council, I recently read the article in Culture Map about the new Sunday Streets program and would like to…

Hotel Derek: How a water bottle can leave a lasting impression

This past week, I attended a CultureMap mixer on behalf of the Houston Holocaust Museum’s Next Generation group. The mixer was at Hotel Derek, a very stylish classy hotel in the Galleria area of Houston. The hotel pulled out the usual marketing tricks to appeal to young professionals; they brought-out samples of their best food, hosted…

Household income is not a good measurement of discretionary income

This month, the U.S. Census Bureau’s American housing survey will begin. As part of this survey, census workers will be collecting demographic data including household income. Household income is a staple in marketing for selecting areas where people are most likely to purchase products or services as well as other uses. For example, if you…

How young professionals buy gifts

It’s Thursday night at 10 p.m. and I just found out that  my friend’s birthday is on Monday (not shocking, I’m horrible with important dates).  I decide he needs a present. Gift-giving as a young professional can be a challenge for the following reasons: My young professional friends, because of jobs or just looking for a life change, are…

The arts may have to rethink their ticketing strategy

The Book of Mormon is coming to Houston and I am so excited! I’ve heard rave reviews from my friends about it and I really want to go. Now the fun part…I have to find someone to go with me or go by myself and I have to plan that far ahead (it’s April, the…

Economic Development Series: 4 Insights on Attracting Young Professionals

The past three years, I’ve been actively involved in the creation of a young professionals networking group. One of the great things about being involved is that I have the opportunity to converse with a wide variety of young professionals, economic developers, community leaders, and politicians about what young professionals are looking for in a…