This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.
In 2012 the battle for the consumers health care dollar continues to grow. This is evident by the expansion of pharmacies like Walgreens to be where there customers are and provide a service that will enable to have a one stop shop for their health care needs. All pharmacies deal with most major insurers and pharmacy benefit plans in order to help their customers get the medicines prescribed by their local HCP’s. Currently Walgreens and Express Scripts are in a a disagreement about their current contract. This only impacts the patient in the end that has developed a relationship with their local pharmacist and now be forced to find another pharmacy if an agreement cannot be reached. Walgreens has been trying to do everything they can to help their customers in light of this situation like offering a special Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens now through the end of January for those customers impacted.
If you are a Walgreens customer and have Express Scripts as your pharmacy benefit manager then you can help voice your opinion by following Walgreens on Facebook and Walgreens on Twitter. This situation also impacts those customers who are on Tricare which is the prescription plan and health plan for those in the military both active and retired. Voice your opinion and do not let your choices be limited by a need to increase profits.
With the latest block buster drug to go generic this month the pharmaceutical model for R&D is having to make some major shifts. No longer are big revenues from several products going to help fuel innovation and research, rather bitoech drugs are going to be the next big thing.The more specialized a medicine becomes the more costly it becomes as there are not enough in overall sales to help justify the development. There are multiple ways that companies are studying the impact of b cells and other specific genetic cells to create a more targeted approach. This is why finding ways and solutions to bring therapies to market at a faster pace with lower R&D cost will be more sustainable over the long term.
A new office may feel uncomfortable at first. Bringing in a lot of items from your old office should help to make it feel more like “at home”. If you had bad times in your old office space, you may want to try getting new office furniture to change the vibes in your new office. Something as simple as a few different types of coffee tables that are used for both work space and decoration can make the entire space feel different. I would even look at contracting with a reputable interior design firm because they would be able to help you maximize your interior office and give you a more ergonomic design. Hopefully your new office is a result of the hard work you have been doing for your company. Most of the time a new office means an increase in pay, but you may have more responsibilities now. Getting organized is the first step for any employee trying to get use to a new office. You want to get your new office as comfortable as possible, so you can begin doing your daily tasks as soon as possible. It will still take a little time to get use to your new office. It’s like anything else and change is difficult to adjust to sometimes. I don’t like change and try to avoid it when possible. You may be happy with your new office and perhaps you have more elbow room now. Just give your new office a chance to get broken in and it will seem like your old office space pretty soon.
Posted on 26th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
SEO or Search Engine Optimization is what every webmaster constantly studies online. At least it should be one of their main focuses to achieving more traffic to their websites. It’s quite simple to see that the higher you are placed in search engine results, the more click thru’s you will receive from the search engines each day.
Getting your website to be “search engine friendly” can be tricky sometimes and there isn’t just one way to go about doing this. I figured there is more answers in the masses; then for me to try and discover these SEO tricks on my own. So I am asking the question or the advice from everyone that is reading this blog post. What is your advice for the best SEO tip or what online tactics have worked best for your website. There are expert SEO Toronto companies like 9th Sphere to help get you noticed.
I have managed to get a few websites ranked high at the Big 3 search engines; like Yahoo, MSN, and the most popular one Google. Over at Dogpile and Ask.com, I have had some success there. I still haven’t figured out the best ways to use these high indexed pages I have currently in the search engines. I would like more advice and tips on ways to increase my exposure online and I think the best way to start on this is by maxing out my SEO knowledge. Let me know what websites, SEO services, or HTML coding tricks you have used to get better search engine results.
Posted on 25th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
This guest post from Lenny Mcknight
I love my grandparents to death and when they asked me to help them get internet for their house I was totally floored. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I totally love that they’re so adorably old and tech savvy but I was like what in the world do they need internet for? Apparently they wanted to start sending out emails to the rest of the family once a week! I went to www.exedesatelliteinternet.net and got them hooked up with satellite because they live kind of out in the middle of nowhere and I know they’ve been loving how easy it is to just walk into the office and get on the desktop and get online. I think they’re the cutest two old people I know and I love how much they still love each other – I hope when I’m their age I’ll be half as active and in love as they are – if I am I will be a happy girl! I can’t believe they’re going on 85 but you know, I guess it really is true what they say about age just being a number. They’re proving ever single statistic I know of wrong!
Posted on 23rd June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
This year and over the next three years there will be an estimated $24 billion in brand name drugs that will become generic. This presents a dilemma to our health care industry and those who rely on new discoveries to help them battle their disease. As money continues to leave biotech and big pharma the incentive to invest in research and development becomes more difficult yet even more important. The discovery of new more targeted medicines will be the wave of the future as companies look to target a specific disease that will minimize side effects and improve outcomes. The use of regulatory t cells and other t lymphocytes and how that multiply and mutate may provide insight into various diseases like cancer. Current discovery techniques are getting more streamlined and creating better more targeted discoveries.
Posted on 22nd June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
The months of June and July are traditionally filled with summer vacations and weddings. Women plan for months to have that perfect wedding and getting all the pieces lined up to have that perfect day can be frustrating and expensive. I know that when my wife and I were married in June the planning started almost a year out to secure the venue, photographer, and caterer. Picking out the wedding decorations to go with the theme for your wedding can also be a trying experience if you wait to long. One of the neat things that we did to help capture memories of our wedding was placing disposal cameras on the tables at the wedding reception. When we were married the internet was just in infancy so having access to multiple vendors at the click of a mouse was a luxury that would have been great.
Posted on 21st June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
As health care continues to evolve and government and payers are looking for ways to cut costs biotech and pharma companies are looking for new and innovative ways to bring new medicines to market. There is newer science that is looking at the impact of t cells on various disease states and if targeting specific sites can help provide answers. T cells or T lymphocytes belong to a group of white blood cells called lymphocytes. White blood cells help our bodies to fight off infections and certain diseases. When they become mutated because of a genetic mutation this is when the potential for hazardous effects come into play. There are companies like StemCell Technologies that have advanced methods that can help prepare media and cultures in preparation for developing new solutions. Outside sources are becoming more popular in order to help biotech companies to shorten the discovery time and provide a synergy for partners to develop new ways to identify new medicines.
Posted on 20th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
With stunning views, centrally located in Lower Mainland, and steps away from the Metrotown Skytrain the new Silver Metrotown condos are sure to be a huge hit. The Burnaby condo collection is situated in a 38 story tower with several flower plans to choose from that feature Italian designed kitchens and tons of amenities this is truly a space to call home. You are conveniently located close to more than 450 shop which include HomeSense, The Bay, and Station Park. There are several parks located within walking distance along with easy access to the Burnaby Library and a local recreation center. There is very little that you would need that is not located within reach of your new home. The newer style condos are becoming a place of residence and building on a sense of community rather than just a place to live.
Posted on 19th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
At Dynamix, a company known for it’s tank mixers and agitators, they have developed a robust lineup so whether you are mixing paint, chemicals, or air you are sure to find a solution for your needs. Their industrial mixer has been designed with the same base design so that you are going to see the same quality from mixer to mixer. This helps companies that are expanding to achieve a more consistent product run. At Dynamix you can find the right tote mixer for your application and know that as your project or production grows that you can add components to your existing mixers without a lot of retooling. This can save valuable time and resources so that your teams are moving forward.
Posted on 18th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
You can use photo scanning with companies like GoPhoto you can simply ship them your old photos and within a few days or weeks your photos will be ready in a digital format for sharing with friends and family. Their cost is very reasonable and the great part is that you only pay for the digital copies you would like to keep. They will even enhance your photos so those older photos that are starting to yellow will look great.
There are some great ways in order to keep your memories alive and using professional companies to help keep and restore your memories is a great idea.
Posted on 17th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Marketing
Thanks for the guest post by Donn Schroeder
I had a really hard day at work the other day. I am a nurse and usually don’t work the night shift, because three of the nurses that usually cover the night shifts in my department caught the whooping cough! I was totally surprised that they caught the whooping cough because to work in the peds department you have to have the vaccine and they all had it. Because they were short staffed and I was working at night ( which I hate) , I was extremely pooped when I got home. Luckily I had two more days off before I had to go back into the night shift. Working at night totally screws up your circadian cycles, now I know how nocturnal animals who have to stay awake at the zoo feel! When I got home from work, I flipped on directv.com/choicextra and sat for what I felt like were days just watching reruns of “Sex and City” and the news here and there. Ahh I am dreading having to fill in for the night shift again! I hope that the night nurses get well soon.
Posted on 16th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
With all the technology that is now available to let you stream video and content from one device to another and then to your TV you need a high speed internet connection and lots of bandwidth. As more TV’s are now coming equipped with wireless connection your home network is going to require a solid connection and the ability to upload and download content and high speeds. It would do you no good to purchase a newer TV that you plan on using services like Hulu and NetFlix to have the video come in choppy and with delays. There are some great sites to help monitor your internet speed and offer some great resources on how to improve your overall performance.
A simple internet speed test will give compare your home broadband connection to a system of small downloads to let you know your system ranks across multiple providers and platforms.If you are on the low end of the spectrum you will then be given resources and tools to help you identify where the slowdown is occurring and then how to speed up your connection or PC. In some cases your router may be the culprit or it could be files and spamware that are slowing down your PC impacting overall speed of your network. With just a few simple tests you can make sure that both your network and PC’s are running at their optimal level and you will enjoy a more rich and fast viewing experience.
I have been doing some research on books and websites that offer great advice and resources on leadership. As I browse through various sources and links I have come to find my search and education becoming very cluttered. There are several tools that exists to help you group sites together and this is why I was excited to learn about clipix . Not only is it simple and easy as just clicking on toolbar to clip your site or book you are interested in, but they present your results in a nice graphical layout. What I really like is that you can sign up via Facebook or Twitter without having to create another account and trying to remember another password.
If you are doing any type of research on a project, planning an event or searching for your next HDTV purchase Clipix can be a huge helper. You can elect to share your clips with friends and family or keep them totally private. They also have a cool feature where you can create Syncboards that allow you to work with friends and family to share resources that you have found. Great for planning a family or class reunion. Sign up today for free and let us know what you like about Clipix. Also, make sure to follow them on Twitter and check out the Youtube video below for a great intro to the site:
Here is a sample clip board that I have started to create around various leadership resources. I hope to have this finished within the next week and provide an article on what I have learned and what I will be implementing with my team.
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you have to get any type of prescription drug filled you know that costs are going up whether it be the cash price or the amount of copay. Many prescription benefit managers are forcing their patients to use mail order or choose a new pharmacy all together. In most cases you have options to get your prescription filled at your local pharmacy and all you need to do is ask. Walgreens has introduced a special pricing on the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens to help their customers. For just $35 per year for a family you can save money on everything from your photo prints to name brand medications. You can also get discounts on pet meds and diabetic supplies with your savings cards. I would encourage you to follow Walgreens on Twitter so that you can stay up to date on the latest deals and have a conversation with others that shop at Walgreens.
You can also like Walgreens on Facebook and learn about helpful hints about seasonal items and stay in touch with others that support their local Walgreens. Walgreens is the largest retail pharmacy chain in the US and with thousands of locations you are sure to get the same friendly service in your home town or when you travel. So support your local Walgreens and save some cash in the process.
In the competitive world of online marketing he who has the most data will win. Many businesses will go online and purchase search engine placements, and pay per click advertising without measuring where the results are coming from. You can check out the list of resources at http://twitter.com/#!/MarimediaBlog. You will find helpful solutions and insights on how to manage your PPC campaigns and make the most of your investment. This can then help to make sure that the customers you are drawing to your site through Pay per click or organic search engine traffic is serious about purchasing your product. Pay per click advertising like that is purchased through Google and Yahoo is based on various keywords and how much you bid on placement of those keywords in search engines. Google is the leader in search engine placements and PPC advertising. So being able to monitor how your keyword placements are doing through search queries will help you extend your promotional budget.
Keeping tabs on your competition is also key to manage your branding placements and understanding the change in the market. One of the major attributes of creating awareness is getting Dugg through sites like Digg or having others Tweet about your blog or business. Others in your market may start to notice because they will be in that space as well and start to compete for those same buzz words. You then get into a bidding war that only benefits the publisher and only drive up your costs. You have to constantly manage your ad budget and track your search engine placement to stay ahead of your competition. Using metrics to understand where they rank in search engine rankings can help you better plan your marketing campaign and utilize your resources.
You will find some great articles on Marimedia that will help streamline your online advertising through resources on how to use various PPC ads and banners that will help you identify which campaigns are working or not. These can have tracking codes that will enable you to see the traffic. This provides you with a comprehensive tracking mechanism to see which pages are being clicked through, and which ones are not matching up with your target campaigns. You can see if your target your audience is accessing the appropriate ads and pages based on domain, day of the weeks, and browsers. Content is what ultimately drives search engine placement and static pages can help simplify and increase your traffic.
If you are responsible for brand advertising or business development for your business then you need to check out Geo Proxy from GeoSurf. This simple toolbar solution allows to check traffic, advertising, and affiliate activity across the globe from your office in just a few clicks. It allows you to view advertising from around the globe in just a simple click. It will save you valuable time and money on research, QA, testing and monitoring so that you are able to quickly identify hotspots and invest in markets quicker. They offer secure, private, and fast service so that their customers are able to conduct their business and research without all the headaches. Some of the key activities that are enabled include:
Uncover Affiliate activities in any country: Lets say you have a product that you allow affiliates to sell. You have specific guidelines on keywords that can and cannot be used. By using the Premium proxy from GeoSurf you can easily do a search in country and you will see the end user sees. This is also a great way to see other publishers activities and uncover some new partnerships
Discover competing bidders: You can easily see who is bidding on your specific traffic sources and how they are doing this country by country giving you a huge competitive advantage to change and modify your campaign for that specific region. You can also see the conversion tracking of the ads and what the landing pages look like in a quick and simple snapshot.
Validate your campaigns: Using Geosurf you can see how your campaigns are showing up in specific regions and where they fall in the overall market for your intended customers. This way you can make sure that you are getting the most value for your marketing dollar.
Here is a quick video to help you understand the power of GeoProxy:
Posted on 11th June 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Technology
Being successful in sales requires always being able to ask for the business and having the right information at the right time to help your customers understand why they should do business with you. I worked in copier sales for 7 years and we worked off sales leads and cold calls to gain business. At that time we had no CRM or stock management software that actually linked the customers we were calling on to a main application or that helped to manage our warehouse of parts and incoming shipments. This had it’s drawbacks if we had someone leave the organization and their record keeping was less than stellar. This basically meant we were starting all over in that particular geography.
Having a stock control system that integrates these functions and makes them available on a web based interface can help improve the profitability and efficiency of your business. By having a stock management software solution your teams can know which products are available and better identify upsell opportunities. Management will know which products are most profitable and which products are not moving at all with a simple glance. You can increase your speed and response to your customer allowing you to capitalize on market events without having to stop and lose precious time and momentum.