GEICO turns up the dial for Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego

By on January 19, 2015 at 1:44 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends, Working at GEICO

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The 5th Annual Holiday of Miracles Radiothon, hosted by CBS Radio’s KYXY 96.5 in San Diego in December and sponsored by GEICO, raised $284,000 to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. This pushed the radiothon’s five-year fundraising total to more than $1,384,000 for Rady.

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In addition to sponsoring the radiothon, GEICO volunteers manned the phones for two hours to help collect donations for the hospital, and the GEICO Gecko paid Rady patients a special visit for some high-fives and hugs on Dec. 10.

 

 

 

 

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Honor Dr. King’s legacy with a Day of Service

By on January 16, 2015 at 2:24 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Martin Luther King MemorialLooking for a meaningful activity you can engage in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day? How about achieving greatness?

“Everyone has the power for greatness,” Dr. King said, “not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.”

And opportunities to serve will abound on Jan. 19. Wherever you are, if you do an Internet search for “MLK Day of Service,” you’ll probably find several volunteer opportunities in your community.

In the Washington, D.C., area where the GEICO headquarters is located, I found many such opportunities this way. One is sponsored by City Year, a national education-focused organization rooted in the idea that young people in service have the power to transform lives, schools, and communities. Each Martin Luther King Jr. Day, City Year mobilizes its 2,800 corps members and thousands more volunteers for a day of service in communities across the nation. In D.C. this Monday, City Year volunteers will gather at Eastern High School at 8 a.m. to refurbish the building and grounds.

You’ll find lots of other opportunities, in DC and elsewhere, at AllForGood.org. Make Martin Luther King Day a day ON, not a day OFF.

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The Gecko’s next stop on his journey: Norfolk, Virginia

By on January 15, 2015 at 9:48 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

He may be little, but the GEICO Gecko didn’t get easily flustered by the sheer size of the USS Wisconsin on his journey across America. In Norfolk, Virginia, the Gecko arrived in style on a helicopter for a private tour of the U.S. Navy battleship Wisconsin.

After earning five battle stars during World War II, the Wisconsin is now berthed at Nauticus, an interactive science and technology center, located at the Norfolk waterfront where the GEICO Gecko and any visitor can take a peek at the naval behemoth.

For more than 75 years, GEICO has been proud to serve the U.S. military!

Where should the Gecko go visit next? Tell us in the comments!

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Try these seven money-saving resolutions for a more prosperous 2015

By on January 6, 2015 at 3:25 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends, Sales and Service

savingDo you feel that? That’s the palpable sense of relief that sets in with the passing of the holiday season. But if you’re anything like me, you still might be cringing a bit when you take a peek at the damage done to your bank account. Well, here are a few simple money-saving resolutions we can all make to pad our wallets throughout 2015 and take some of the sting out of the holiday gift-buying season next year.

  1. Hydrate the old-fashioned way. Opting for water instead of soda or juice will not only save you some cash, it’ll help keep that waistline in check too. And you can save even more by using a reusable water bottle instead of buying bottled.
  2. Get to the grocery store. It’s incredible how much money I save when I buy a week’s worth of groceries instead of eating at restaurants and ordering takeout. Buying generic brands and shopping in bulk for items you know you’ll need in the future can also help keep your costs down. And bringing reusable bags to the grocery store will cut down on plastic and could save you some change. Every little bit counts!
  3. Get energy-efficient. Cutting utility bills is easier than you might think. Simple adjustments like turning off lights when leaving rooms, programming your thermostat for greater efficiency, shortening your showers and immediately turning off faucets when you’re not using them can help make a difference. And when it comes time to shop for appliances and electronics, be sure to invest in energy-efficient brands and models.
  4. Enjoy movies and books on a budget. If you’re desperate to see that new blockbuster in theaters, catch a matinee and save yourself a few dollars. And if you need a new beach read, check your local library or ask a friend if they have a page-turner you can borrow.
  5. Cut your cable bill. It’s pretty tough to avoid paying for an Internet connection, but if you reduce your cable package to only the channels you really watch you can lower your bill substantially. You can even go one step further and cut the cable cord entirely without missing out on your favorite shows by using Internet-based hardware and programming.
  6. Skip that mall trip. You can get additional months and even years out of your clothing if you sew buttons and tears and patch up holes instead of buying new outfits. And if you do need to change your wardrobe up, check out your local thrift and consignment stores to score big savings and possibly even earn a few bucks for your used items.
  7. Lastly, get a quote from GEICO and you could save a bundle on auto, homeowners, motorcycle and many other insurance coverages!

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Best of 2014: our most popular blog posts

By on January 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications, Odds & Ends, Working at GEICO

GeckosEach year, I look back at the “best” blog posts we published. By “best,” I’m referring to the posts that got the most traffic, the most interesting comments, or had the most shares via social media.

Here are the five posts you loved the most in 2014, and we look forward to sharing more exciting content with you in 2015!

GEICO announces plans to open fast food restaurant chain

On April 1, we announced plans to open a fast-food restaurant chain. The only problem? The post was published on April Fool’s Day. Even if we didn’t fool you, it still sounds delicious.

Becoming the GEICO Gecko

Ever wonder what it’s like to be advertising icon the GEICO Gecko? One of our associates shared her experience as the Gecko.

Pushin’ it with Salt-N-Pepa

Occasionally we like to premier a new GEICO commercial on the blog or give you a behind the scenes look at how we made it. Last month, we shared the second spot in GEICO’s “It’s What You Do” campaign on the blog.

Grow with GEICO

Another important aspect of our blog is telling you what it’s like to work here. We work with our Careers team to profile our associates, tell stories about our jobs, and more. Plus, we’re hiring!Files

Memory of the Month: Miles of files

GEICO was founded in 1936, so we’ve got a lot of history. Once a month, we go into our vault of photos and share one with you. It’s interesting to see how much things have changed, and we love reading the captions you come up with for the photos.

What was your favorite blog post you’ve read this year? What do you want to see in 2015?

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Memory of the Month: Winter wonderland

By on December 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Posted in: Claims, Working at GEICO

SnowyHQEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to exercise your caption-writing skills.

GEICO was the first auto insurance company in the nation to offer around-the-clock telephone service, which we pioneered in 1981. Ever since then, you can call us at any time of the day or night, weekends and holidays, and you’ll be able to talk to a real live human about buying a policy, adding or removing a vehicle from your policy, or reporting a claim.

Of course, that means we need our associates to get to the office regardless of the weather if they can do so safely. Here’s a typical winter scene from a couple of decades ago at the corporate headquarters; associates trekking toward the building from the snowy parking lot so we can provide the service we promise.

I’ve always rather enjoyed that challenge, even though I wound up spending the night at the office a couple of years ago when I got my car stuck in the snow while trying to go home after work. My wife wasn’t too happy about that, but I had the best commuting story in the office the next day!

So let it snow! We’ll be here if you need us!

Share your snow stories with us in the comments.

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GEICO associates’ good works reflect the spirit of the season

By on December 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

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Salvation Army GeckoPeople are decorating their homes, making lists and checking them twice, and at GEICO offices all over the country, our associates are celebrating the season by giving back to their communities through a variety of charitable activities. Here are a few examples.

Woodbury associates held a Thanksgiving Food Drive that benefitted two of the largest food banks on Long Island: Island Harvest and The INN. After the three-week drive, associates donated more than 300 lbs. of food. They also bought toys for kids through the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Toys went to the Winthrop Cancer Center for Kids, Mercy First/St. Mary’s Teens, John Thiessen Children Foundation and the NY Kids Foundation.

Tucson associates participated in their local Salvation Army Angel Tree program in December, and threw a Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party on Dec. 6 for kids and their families at the El Rio Neighborhood Center. They also supported the Kids in Need (KIN) Holiday Shopping event at the JCPenny at Tucson Mall on Dec. 6. Focused on keeping kids in school, KIN chooses 60 needy children to go on a shopping spree with a volunteer and National Honor Society high school student and spend $125 on whatever they want! Last but not least, our Tucson associates are conducting a food drive for Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

toy drive with SantaIn Dallas, associates collected toys and holiday gifts for underprivileged families for a Stuff the Bus event at the Dallas DART Rail Station on Dec. 5. GEICO associates joined forces with radio station K104 FM, asking people to bring unwrapped toys and gifts. The items were collected for Metrocrest Services, who will donate them to the families. Dallas associates also gathered toys, clothing and other items for the Salvation Army Angel Tree for 100 angels. The Dallas office has been doing this donation drive for 15 years.

San Diego associates have been busy this month! On Dec. 10 and 11, GEICO sponsored the Holiday of Miracles radiothon, presented by Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and CBS Radio San Diego. GEICO volunteers manned the phones for two hours and collected donations for the hospital.  The Gecko was also on site to visit patients and take pictures. This was the fifth annual Holiday of Miracles campaign, and it has raised $1,100,000 for Rady Children’s Hospital since 2010.

They also held a competitive Toys for Tots holiday drive. The first and second floors of the office competed to see who could donate more toys. The results aren’t in yet!

Toys for Tots MaconAt our corporate headquarters in Washington, D.C., associates gathered gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree program for kids and seniors in need. GEICO volunteers helped to lay wreaths at Arlington Cemetery with Wreaths Across America on Dec. 13. GEICO’s DC-area associates are gathering gently-used coats and canned food through December. Each year, approximately six large bags of coats are donated to Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, Maryland, where associates feed the homeless once a month. The canned food is donated to SOME (So Others May Eat). Associates collect 30 to 40 boxes of non-perishable canned goods each year to help feed the homeless.

And in Macon, a Toys for Tots and Salvation Army Toy Drive got associates so excited about giving back that they ran out of tags on the first day! GEICO wishes everyone happy holidays and a wonderful new year!

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Camels return to the spotlight in GEICO’s latest “It’s What You Do” commercial

By on December 23, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Posted in: Marketing & Communications

Camels around the country have become busy celebrities since GEICO’s “Hump Day” commercial aired more than a year ago, but they’ve had to put up with a lot of tomfoolery in the process. In the latest “It’s What You Do” commercial, meet a couple of camels who have found that there’s a price to pay for their stardom.

These days, if you’re a camel, you have to be patient and tolerant. It’s what they do …

 

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From GEICO to you: a feast for your ears

By on December 22, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

It’s that wonderful time of year where seasonal music starts taking over the radio airwaves. I joined in all the reindeer games and compiled a very eclectic mix of holiday joy for your ears. Enjoy!

 

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Spread holiday cheer without draining your bank account

By on December 19, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

Homemade GiftsThe holidays are upon us – time to spread our joy…and open our wallets. Thinking of the amount of money that will be coming out of my bank account gives me some anxiety. But not much, because I am fabulous on a budget and ‘tis the season to save. Read on for some glad tidings of savings and more.

I am girl who loves technology, so I stay on top of the latest and greatest apps, websites and toys. When I found out about the Christmas Gift List app and Honey (Google Chrome extension), I was jumping with holiday joy.

Christmas Gift List helps me stay organized and on budget as I contemplate holiday gifts. Set a gift budget for each person and mark the gift as purchased as you do your shopping! This app is Android-based, but there are similar apps for all mobile operating systems.

Calling all online shoppers! Have you heard of Honey? Install this extension to your chrome browser and it will automatically apply coupon codes to your shopping cart. This service is a holiday miracle. I could spend a lot of time trying to find coupon codes on various sites, but Honey saves me that time! #SAVING

My favorite way to save money, though, is to get my craft on! Sites like Pinterest and Buzzfeed will help bring your inner elf out. (Warning: It can be a challenge to tear yourself away from these sites/apps and actually do the work.) If you can make the same gift for several people, you can save a little more. You can buy your material in bulk at your local wholesaler (i.e., Costco). Here are some of my favorite crafting gift ideas:

  • Personalized CDs for your friends.
  • I love to make my own “best of” edible items: Everyone loves some yummy holiday snacks or sweets, so whip up your favorite batch of cookies or snack mix, and share with your friends and family.
  • Goodness in a jar: Mason jars are quite popular right now, and using a mason jar to hold the ingredients to cookies, drinks or a family recipe. You can decorate the jar and include the recipe for the goodie inside for a wonderful and inexpensive gift.
  • Gift kits: These can be inexpensive and witty. Select a theme and two or three items that go with it. Decorate the package and add a printable label to give it your personal touch.
  • Homemade decorative mug/cup: Bring out your inner artist and make a custom print coffee mug. Buy a plain mug in a single color and decorate it with porcelain paint pens. Simply bake the mug and, just like that, you have a unique gift for someone special.
  • Homemade candles: Candles are a simple gift that everyone uses; choose from the many scents available, or you can even make your own unique fragrance.
  • Candleholder: If you want a gift that will last longer that a wick, you can make a decorative candleholder. You can decorate a holder using a process similar to the one for a ceramic mug or make your candle in a mason jar.
  • Hand-warmers: To warm a person’s heart, start with their hands. This craft does require a little sewing, but that lets you have fun with the shape of the warmer. You take two pieces of fabric, such as flannel, and sew them together with a gap so you can add flax seed, rice, barley or hulled corn inside and then finish stitching the warmer up.
  • Homemade ornaments: These can be made by people of all ages and for anyone, so they make a great family project. Simple and priceless, and any number of designs can work.

The possibilities of homemade gifts are endless. You can find these ideas and many more, as well as other holiday saving tips and free printable labels, on the ‘Tis the season to save Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/lafrish/tis-the-season-to-save/

Enjoy the season!

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