With Spring giving us this beautiful weather and Summer on the horizon, we at ACK can think of only one thing- camping season! What’s better than getting outside and enjoying what nature has to offer with family and friends? Kayaking a nearby river, cooking over an open campfire, and sleeping under the stars are just a few things that make camping one of our favorite things to do when the weather beckons us outside. We strongly believe that with the proper camping gear, a person who may not like camping can be converted into an avid camper. Gone are the days of uncomfortably sleeping on rocks and limited food options. A new and improved way of camping has evolved through the trials and tribulations of campers before us who have given advice and guidance. Not only do campers of days past provide tips and must-haves, apparently our Facebook fans have a few tricks of their own to share! We took to the ACK Facebook page to see what all of you would consider “camping necessities” and got some great ideas. So great in fact, we couldn’t help but share them on our blog! With these items, the next time you hear “Let’s go camping!” you’ll be fully prepared to camp in comfort and style.
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Sense of adventure
Nacho Cheese Doritos
We think Tcipip Nut phrased it best when he wrote, “The mindset to unplug, sit back, relax, and enjoy. Don’t forget to look up at night and enjoy the stars show in hopefully dark skies.” Think our Facebook fans missed something? Comment below and let us know!
At one point in my life, I was told not to be Facebook friends with my coworkers. Supposedly, it invites all sorts of conflicting professional and personal interests to arise. Well, I didn’t listen to whoever told me that and my reward is gems like this post from ACK Web Developer, Jeremy Arntz, who decided last night to share an annotated photo of his desk. Why? I am not sure. But then again, why does anyone post anything to Facebook? Here was his post:
1. Magni Amp and Modi DAC from Shiit Audio
2. Late 2011 Macbook Pro on a mStand Laptop Stand from Rain Design
3. Apple keyboard and mouse
4. A cheap calculator (I use it every day)
5. Misc pens and a pair of scissors
6. Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cloths Wipes (Good for glasses and screens)
7. Hand Sanitizer
8. Facial Tissues (It’s allergy season.)
9. A cheat sheet for ACK’s product image naming convention.
10. Post card for ACK’s Fall 2013 Demo Days
11. A foam core cut out of Wilderness Systems Kayaks Tarpon 140 that is the same color as my Tarpon 160.
12. My race number from the 2013 Colorado River Ramble (It was my first race and I came in second to last in my class, but I had a good time.)
13. A lighting kit from SuperNova Fishing Lights that I need to install on my kayak.
14. Misc junk: a tiny bottle of Rudy’s BBQ sauce, Nuun tabs, Display port to DVI converter, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, fingerless gloves, and a tape dispenser.
I can’t promise it will still look like this if you decided to come stop by the ACK office to get a up closer look…company owner Peter Messana commented on the post saying “I feel as if I should rearrange your cube this morning”.
April has brought over forty great entries into our “BlackPak Your ‘Yak!” kayak fishing photo contest, sponsored by YakAttack, on Facebook and close to a thousand votes. Despite some last minute competition between several of the entries, only one could emerge as our grand prize winner, and that winner was Brian Martin! Congrats to Brian and a huge thank you to all of our contestants who submitted entries. There were a ton of great photos! Keep an eye out for more contests and chances to win prizes soon.
For those of you following the much anticipated Grand Opening of our new store in Spring, Texas, we are making progress and are getting closer to the big date! With that, we are also opening up our online social media page for the Spring, Texas store to help communicate with our online customer. I invite you to join us, see the progress as we setup our displays and stay in tune with special events including our grand opening celebration. Click here to “Like” our Spring store Facebook page.
There is not much to it. Each contestant will earn one entry by ‘liking‘ our Facebook page and completing an entry form, but can earn an additional five entries each time a friend enters by following personalized shared links. Basically, the more you share, the better your chances of winning.
Be sure to stay tuned to our Facebook page where we’ll make the official kick-off announcement!
Today is an exciting day for us…we’ve reached just over 9,500 likes on our Facebook page. If you follow any of our social media networks, you already know we aren’t shy about communicating with our customers and we hope that you enjoy it! So here’s the deal, we are on a fast track to hit 10,000 soon. As a way of thanking our Facebook friends (I prefer to say friends instead of likes because after all, you are people), we are going to deepen the discount on our current Facebook coupon code tab (Click here to see it) to 20% for 10 days (see coupon for details)! However, to get us there even faster, we need your help! If you already “like” our page, please share it with all of your outdoorsy friends and if you don’t, well…go like it!
The contest runs through early August. Anyone can participate by simply “liking” our Facebook page and entering via a short form. What makes the contest unique is that if you share with your friends, you can obtain an unlimited amount of multiple entries increasing your chances of winning. Additionally, all participants have multiple chances of winning regardless if they have already won or not!
I’ve been spending time trying to figure out how to utilize all of our social media networks to better communicate with our customers, vendors, friends and partners. Fact is, our biggest challenge we face is making sure we keep them all up to date. While Facebook may seem to be the end-all be-all social media network, there is so much more out there. After re-evaulating our collection of social media networks it became apparent to me that we really need to organize it all and make it accessible from one place and that we will. In the meantime, I thought it might be beneficial for me to share all of them with you here. Check it out and expect more soon. Be sure to bookmark them and if you are not already a friend, follower or subscriber or, I encourage you to do so. We do our best to keep our communication informative, fun, relevant and up-to-date! – Roland @ACK
Then of course you have all of what we refer to as our social directories such as Yelp and Google Places amongst many others. Just type in “austin kayak” or “rack boys” in either Houston, Austin or San Marcos Texas for local store details and to review us.