Posted on 8th December 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 7th December 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.
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:
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.
Posted on 6th December 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.
Programmers work areas are notorious for being cluttered, messy, and just a plain old disaster area. If you are coding the last thing that you are concerned about is papers or binder on your desk and those food containers that have been growing various molds. Well now is your time to have a cubicle makeover by entering the Pimp My Cube Contest now. The contest ends 1/31/2012 at 12 PM. All you need to do is upload a short funny video of your workspace and then let your friends and family know and have them vote on your video. The top prize could one of the following:
High End computer system
New Office Furniture
New entertainment package including a high end stereo and espresso machine
There are not a lot of videos on the site now so you have a better chance if you get on this today and get your uploaded. Remember to alert your friends and co-workers on your video because each vote gets you more chances to win. There is a second place prize that is drawn at random for a $200 gift card which is nothing to laugh at for a simple video. If you enter drop us a note before the contest ends and we will check it out and cast our vote. We will even post a link through our Twitter feed to help all the contestants.
Posted on 6th December 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging
If you do a quick search for an industrial mixer you will find hundreds of different types of solutions available depending on your industry and particular needs. Many of the mixers that are available are off the shelf products that are modified to one application and then fitted with a different agitator to help in the mixing process. The team at Dynamix Agitators has taken this one step further by offering a Solutions Assurance guaranty. This means you will work with their Sales Engineer in order to put together a solution that is specific to your exact needs. With six distinct Mixer models you will find a one that will meet your needs. This wider line of products will help assure that you will have the parts and mixers needed should your project expand and you need additional capacity.
Like many of our readers we belong to multiple social networks like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, and more. While these are all great tools to help you stay connected with old friends and make new connections it can be a challenge to keep all those locations updated. We just had the chance to find and explore a new tool that can simplify and organize all these social networks into one application. The site is www.orsiso.com which stand for Organize, Simplify, Socialize which uses a new platform called SocialCraft™ which is an adaptive algorithm tool that can help you stay in contact across multiple platforms. Osiso will help you stay connected across networks like facebook,twitter,Bebo, friendster, and Flickr just to name a few. Plus you can integrate IM chat profiles like Yahoo, AOL, and MSN to be in constant contact at all times through one simple interface.
OrSiSo has several unique features, including:
· Single status update for all networks, choose the same status or a different one for each network.
· Awesome photo album browsing and viewing
· Pop-up notifications to let you know when new information is added
· The ability to merge friends who have profiles on multiple networks into one contact
· Grouping of friends into different levels of closeness so you can filter the information that is most important to you.
All you have to do is download the software here from Orsiso.com and you will be up and running in just minutes. We are going to be testing this out over the next few months and then keep updated posts on how this new tool is progressing.
Posted on 6th December 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging
When developing blogs and websites online the number one rule to drive search traffic is having timely, relevant, and updated content. Through the development of various platforms like Mojavi the goal has always been to create a network of developers that can contribute and enhance an open architecture. With so many sites and blog starting up every week on the web the need to create a niche is becoming more important along with content. That is why I am always looking for sites like outdoorbasecamp.com where they specialize in outdoor review content and create a community where others can contribute. You can see and participate in their forum to share your thoughts and experiences with others and gather suggestions from other outdoor enthusiasts. They have created timely and fresh content on various outdoor activities and this will lead to a loyal customer and attract local and national experts to contribute to their site. As their success builds the search engines will pick more of their content and this will increase traffic and help them grow their brand. I can see that they will become a point of reference for some of the more popular outdoor activities like kayaking, biking, and spelunking.
Posted on 5th December 2016 by Jeff Rogers in Blogging
The Fraser Valley located on the border of Surrey and Langley in Western Canada is home to the newest Surrey condos, a masterplanned community called Waterstone. Offering high end features like granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, and a 15,000 square foot clubhouse. The clubhouse offers a place to get together for a BBQ, a fitness area, and a 60 foot indoor lap pool. Located close to nearby shops and local restaurants you can now avoid the hassle of traffic and walk to local attractions. The Waterstone offers all the amenities you will need and offers a cozy atmosphere to get to know your neighbors and create a community. There are so many advantages to living in one of the newest condo masterplanned communities that they are now becoming more popular as people are looking to reduce their travel time to and reduce their maintenance costs of their home.