How To Use Mobile Marketing To Your Advantage (2)

How To Use Mobile Marketing To Your Advantage

Ready to begin with your own mobile marketing plan? Do you know where to start or how to begin? Do you know what will work best for your business? If you have no clue how to answer these last couple questions, the tips that are listed below are for you.

Do not send messages out at odd hours. Keep the messages restricted to normal business hours in the area in which you are sending them. Do not send any out on Sundays or on big holidays. This will allow your customers to know that you respect their time and beliefs.

Offer special discounts or value to your mobile marketing customers. Because mobile followers usually require customers to elect to receive information, make it worthwhile for them to enroll. By offering greater discounts or better offers than those available through your web site or print marketing, you can increase the number of customers enrolled in your mobile program.

Whether you are running a large business or a small home business, you need to sit down and develop a social media policy that sets the standards of what should and should not be done through social media. This is going to help you and your company from the many things that could possibly go wrong.

If you really want to convert sales with mobile marketing, work hard to make visiting your site a pleasurable experience for people. Because most mobile users are on-the-go users, they’re more inclined to quickly browse through multiple sites than PC users are. Give them a reason to stick around.

Compatibility is crucial. When starting a mobile marketing campaign it is essential that it will display correctly no matter which device your customer is using. There are loyal users of every mobile platform and focusing on only one device limits your customer base. At the very minimum it should be viewable on the 3 biggest devices: Blackberry, iPhone, and Android.

Focus on using mobile marketing especially for customer retention. If people have already purchased from you, they are more likely to welcome mobile communication from you if they are pleased with your product. Try to reach new prospects, but never lose sight of the opportunity you have with people who are your customers already.

Brevity should always be the keystone of your mobile marketing communications. Although it seems like people use their smart phones all the time, that does not mean they want to spend their time reading long advertisements. Make mobile messages as short and to-the-point as you possibly can.

You must remember that in order to receive something from your subscribers you have to give to them. Try offering some type of incentive. This can be special access to relevant information, special mobile content, or even some coupons to help increase their take rates and your subscribers’ participation.

Do you know how to begin your mobile marketing plan now? Can you now find a place to begin with it? Do you know what will work for your business? If you can now provide an answer to these questions, then you have read and understood the previous tips, and are now ready to make mobile marketing work for you.

How To Improve Your Mobile Marketing Campaign (3)

How To Improve Your Mobile Marketing Campaign

Picture this, you have a way of reaching exactly the type of audience you want and it can be done through something that they hold close to their heart…literally. Mobile marketing is one of the greatest forms of marketing when done right. Read on if you would like to find out more.

Make your campaign compatible with all mobile platforms. Your ads must be displayable on all different types of smartsphone applications including Android, Blackberry and the iphone. It would be a mistake to not display on one of these platforms because you would be missing out on advertising to a huge portion of users.

The best text message that you send will be non-commercial related. They will be brief and have links to your customers that will be valuable. You don’t want to appear to give them nothing but a sales pitch over and over. Keep your texts to a limit so you are not bombarding your customers.

Along with mobile marketing and using social media to promote your business, you need to have some official company guidelines, as far as conduct goes on those social media sites. The social media and mobile are the face of your business, as much as any website or advertisement, so have a policy to define how team members should act and engage your customers.

Anytime, you are doing a mobile marketing promotion. You want to let as many people know about this as possible. Put the information on flyers, write about it on your blog and social-networking sites, and create special business cards for the event. The more people that know about it, more customers you will have.

Mobile phones have become very personal. People can download what apps they want, customize their phone to look how they like it, and many have all contacts and their calendar saved in their phone. You want to make your mobile marketing strategy hit people on a personal level. The more relevant your information is to your customers, they more personal it will feel.

Make sure your mobile marketing campaign works across all mobile platforms. To run a successful campaign, you don’t want to leave a large part of your audience without the availablity to see your ads. You also don’t want to discourage them by running an ad that they can see, but doesn’t function properly on their device. Make sure your campaign is available on all platforms, and test it for functionality before you email it.

Take advantage of using SMS, or text messaging, to connect with your consumers using mobile devices. This is a way to generate leads, collect consumer information, and build customer relationships. Mobile device users are conditioned to read text messages, so your messages have a very good chance to be read.

To summarize people grow close to their mobile devices. If you are able to create your mobile marketing plan in a way that respects your customer’s privacy and appeals to their interests, then you have got a great chance to draw in more business. Hopefully this article helped you solidify some ideas.

Containing the United States

Containing the United States

European intellectuals yearned for the mutually exclusive: an America contained and a regime-changed Iraq. The Chinese are more pragmatic – though, bound by what is left of their Marxism, they still ascribe American behavior to the irreconcilable contradictions inherent in capitalism.

The United States is impelled by its economy and values to world dominion, claimed in March 2003 an analysis titled “American Empire Steps Up Fourth Expansion” in the communist party’s mouthpiece People’s Daily. Expansionism is an “eternal theme” in American history and a “main line” running through its foreign policy.

The contemporary USA is actually a land-based empire, comprising the territorial fruits of previous armed conflicts with its neighbors and foes, often one and the same. The global spread of American influence through its culture, political alliances, science and multinationals is merely an extrapolation of a trend two centuries in the making.

How did a small country succeed to thus transform itself?

The paper attributes America’s success to its political stability, neglecting to mention its pluralism and multi-party system, the sources of said endurance. But then, in an interesting departure from the official party line, it praises US “scientific and technological innovations and new achievements in economic development”. Somewhat tautologically, it also credits America’s status as an empire to its “external expansions”.

The rest of the article is, alas, no better reasoned, nor better informed. American pilgrims were forced westward because “they found there was neither tile over their heads nor a speck of land under their feet (in the East Coast)”. But it is the emphases that are of interest, not the shoddy workmanship.

The article clearly identifies America’s (capitalistic) economy and its (liberal, pluralistic, religious and democratic) values as its competitive mainstays and founts of strength. “US unique commercial expansion spirit (combined with the) the puritan’s ‘concept of mission’ (are its fortes)”, gushes the anonymous author.

The paper distinguishes four phases of distension: “First, continental expansion stage; second, overseas expansion stage; third, the stage of global contention for hegemony; and fourth, the stage of world domination.” The second, third and fourth are mainly economic, cultural and military.

In an echo of defunct Soviet and Euro-left conspiracy theories, the paper insists that expansion was “triggered by commercial capital”. This capital – better known in the West as the military-industrial complex – also determines US foreign policy. Thus, the American Empire is closer to the commercially driven British Empire than to the militarily propelled Roman one.

Actually, the author thinks aloud, isn’t America’s reign merely the successor of Britain’s? Wasn’t it John Locke, a British philosopher, who said that expansion – a “natural right” – responds to domestic needs? Wasn’t it Benjamin Franklin who claimed that the United States must “constantly acquire new land to open up living space” (the forerunner of the infamous German “Lebensraum”)?

The author quotes James Jerome Hill, the American railway magnet, as exclaiming, during the US-Spanish War, that “If you review the commercial history, you will discover anyone who controls oriental trade will get hold of global wealth”. Thus, US expansion was concerned mainly with “protecting American commercial monopoly or advantageous position”. America entered the first world war only when “its free trade position was challenged”, opines the red-top.

American moral values are designed to “serve commercial capital”. This blending of the spiritual with the pecuniary is very disorienting. “Even the Americans themselves find it hard to distinguish which matter is expanding national interests under the banner of ‘enforcing justice on behalf of Heaven’ and which is propagating their ideology and concept of value on the plea of national interests.”

The paper mentions the conviction, held by most Americans, that their system and values are the “best things in human society”. Moreover, Americans are missionaries with a “manifest destiny” and “the duty and obligation to help other countries and nations” and to serve as the “the beacon lighting up the way for the development of other countries and nations”. If all else fails, it feels justified to “force its best things on other countries by the method of Crusades”.

This is a patently non-Orthodox, non-Marxist interpretation of history and of the role of the United States – the prime specimen of capitalism – in it. Economy, admits the author, plays only one part in America’s ascendance. Tribute must be given to its values as well. This view of the United States – at the height of an international crisis pitting China against it – is nothing if not revolutionary.

American history is re-cast as an inevitable progression of concentric circles. At first, the United States acted as a classic colonial power, vying for real estate first with Spain in Latin America and later with the Soviet Union all over the world. The Marshall Plan was a ploy to make Europe dependent on US largesse. The Old Continent, sneers the paper, is nothing more than “US little partner”.

Now, with the demise of the USSR, bemoans the columnist, the United States exhibits “rising hegemonic airs” and does “whatever it pleased”, concurrently twisting economic, cultural and military arms. Inevitably and especially after September 11, calls for an American “new empire” are on the rise. Iraq “was chosen as the first target for this new round of expansion”.

But the expansionist drive has become self-defeating: “Only when the United States refrains from taking the road of pursuing global empire, can it avoid terrorists’ bombs or other forms of attacks befalling on its own territory”, concludes the opinion piece.

What is China up to? Were this – and similar – articles a signal encrypted in the best Cold War tradition?

Another commentary published a few days later may contain the public key. It is titled “The Paradox of American Power”. The author quotes at length from “The Paradox of American Power – Why the World’s Only Superpower Can’t Go It Alone” written by Joseph Nye, the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a former Assistant Secretary of Defense:

“Hard power works through coercion, using military sticks and economic carrots to get others to do our will. Soft power works through attraction … Our attractiveness rests on our culture, our political values and our policies by taking into account the interests of others.”

As it summarizes Nye’s teachings, the tone of the piece is avuncular and conciliatory, not enraged or patronizing:

“In today’s world, the United States is no doubt in an advantageous position with its hard power. But … power politics always invite resentment and the paradox of American power is that the stronger the nation grows, the weaker its influence becomes. As the saying goes, a danger to oneself results from an excess of power and an accumulation of misfortunes stems from lavish of praises and favors. He, whose power grows to such a swelling state that he strikes anybody he wants to and turns a deaf ear to others’ advice, will unavoidably put himself in a straitened circumstance someday. When one indulges oneself in wars of aggression under the pretext of ‘self security’ will possibly get, in return, more factors of insecurity … Military forces cannot fundamentally solve problems and war benefits no one including the war starter.”

Nor are these views the preserve of the arthritic upper echelons of the precariously balanced Chinese Communist party.

In the same month, in an interview he granted to Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, Shen Jiru, chief of the Division of International Strategy of the Institute of World Economics and Politics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, reiterated his conviction that “the United States aims to create a unipolar world through the Iraq issue”.

Mirroring the People’s Daily, he did not think that the looming Iraq war can be entirely explained as a “dispute on oil or economic interests”. It was, he thought, about “the future model of international order: a multipolar and democratic one, or the US strategic goal of a unipolar world”. China has been encouraged by dissent in the West. It shows that the “multipolar international community” is an “inevitable” momentum of history.

Why this sudden flurry of historiosophic ruminations?

According to Stratfor, the strategic forecasting consultancy, “for Beijing, the only way to stymie the fourth phase is through promoting multilateralism; barring that, China must be prepared to confront the United States in the future, and U.S. history can give some guidance … Thus, Beijing continues to focus on the concept of multilateralism and the legitimacy of the United Nations as the best ways to slow or even disrupt U.S. expansionism. At the same time, Beijing is preparing to face a future confrontation with the United States if necessary.”

When its economy matures, China wants to become another United States. It has started emulating America two decades ago – and never ceased. Recent steps include painful privatization, restructuring of the banking system, clamping down on corruption and bad governance, paring down the central bureaucracy, revamping the military and security apparatus and creating mechanisms for smooth political transitions.

China sent a man to the moon. It invests heavily in basic science and research and development. It is moving gradually up the manufacturing food chain to higher value added industries. It is the quintessential leapfrogger, much of its cadre moving straight from the rustic to the plastic – computers, cellular phones, wireless and the like.

Ironically, it could never have made it even this far without its ostensible foe. Thousands of bright Chinese students train in the United states. American technologies, management, knowledge, capital and marketing permeate Beijing’s economic fabric. Bilateral trade is flourishing. China enjoys the biggest share of the world’s – in large part American – foreign direct investment flows. Should the United states disintegrate tomorrow – China would assuredly follow.

Mobile Marketing At Its Best: Here’s How You Do It (2)

Mobile Marketing At Its Best: Here’s How You Do It

Did you know that mobile marketing not only covers the most commonly referenced area of mobile devices, but also mobile billboards, travelling expos and any type of advertising that is in some sort of motion. If you ever wanted to further your knowledge of mobile marketing, then check out the next few paragraphs.

Include audio and video in your mobile marketing strategy. Mobile marketing is more than text messages and e-mails. Today, with faster mobile download speeds, audio and video are key components to any successful strategy. Consider offering audio or video podcasts, short audio interviews or live, on-the-scene video to your media mix.

Make your campaign compatible with all mobile platforms. Your ads must be displayable on all different types of smartsphone applications including Android, Blackberry and the iphone. It would be a mistake to not display on one of these platforms because you would be missing out on advertising to a huge portion of users.

Because users will be viewing them on small screens, mobile advertising messages need to be brief, clear and express urgency. Every ad should focus on a call to action that tells the market to do something. Forgetting to include a call to action in your mobile advertising messages is a common mistake that beginners often make.

Perform usability testing for your campaign. Enlist your friends, family and co-workers to help you by receiving messages and responding to them. Ask for feedback on ease of use and enjoyment. They should like what they see on the display and report that it was clear and easy to follow.

Utilize mobile search engine optimization. A majority of the mobile searches that are made are done using Google, so having a strong SEO strategy is just as important for mobile marketing as it is for other online ventures. In addition, many devices tailor search results by location, so be sure to include location-specific web pages.

Integrate your mobile ad campaign into every other aspect of your advertising to optimize the effects of it! Make note of it on your blog and online social networking accounts. This way you keep in your promotional loop all potential customers, whether they are in an office, car or waiting for a bus!

Integrate all of your social platforms with any location-based accounts that you have. Connect your website, blog, Twitter and Facebook URLs with your location-based pages as soon as possible. All platforms, including your mobile-marketing one, should have a consistent representation of your brand, or you risk confusing your customer base.

Make sure your advertisements work for all types of mobile devices. If your programming is only accessible by one type, like an Android, you will lose out on entire populations of prospective clients from other platforms. Using cross-platform programming is the best method to attract the most customers to your business.

In conclusion, not only does mobile marketing cover a wide amount of media types, but it can also be used to appeal to a wide variety of customers. You should definitely give the tips and tricks provided in this article a try; and you should be ecstatic with the results that you see.

How to Sing the Song of the Unsung Hero on Your Team

How to Sing the Song of the Unsung Hero on Your Team

This article is for you if you’re a behind-the-scenes kind of person – the admin assistant who gets the presentation ready for the guys in marketing but doesn’t get to go to the meeting; the PR pro who writes all their speeches and answers all the complaint letters for the president or CEO; the at-home mother who makes sure the concert pianist practices; the deputy chief whose job description is doing all the things the chief doesn’t like to do or can’t do; or the paralegal who prepares all the pleadings, knows all the codes, and does all the licking and stamping.
Temistocle Solear, Antonio Ghislanzoni, Henri Meilhac, Jules Barbier, Michael Carre, Guiseppe Giacosa, Luigi Illica, Renato Semoni, and Nicola Haym all know what this is like.
Who on earth are these people??
Well even if you’re not an opera fan, I bet you’ve heard of the composers Verdi, Bizet, Mozart, Strauss, Gounod, Handel, Donizetti and Puccini. And I’m sure you’ve heard of some of their operas – Aida, Carmen, Cosi fan Tutte, Madame Butterfly, Faust, and Don Giovanni, for instance.
Did you know that these composers wrote the music for their operas but not the lyrics? Solear, Ghislanzoni and the other individuals in the list are what’s called “librettists.” It is they who wrote the words to the music that tell the story, without which you would be listening to a symphony, not an opera. And we never hear their names!
They’re called “librettists” because the words to the songs, which basically comprise the script of the opera, is called a “libretto.” It’s Italian for little book.
Like Gilbert and Sullivan, the pairs worked together. The inimitable Richard Wagner was the only one to compose all his operas entirely by himself, creating both music and lyrics, which may account for why they are so powerful, so “Wagnerian.”
This is quite a feat because composing music and writing words require different parts of the brain.
Sometimes the composer and librettist met in person, while other times the work was done by correspondence. Strauss worked exclusively with one librettist, after writing his own lyrics for his first opera and finding out he wasn’t good at it, but most other composers switched around, finding the right librettist for the job, or one who was available. It’s not unlike the way a lot of us work these days – long distance and by contract.
Again, grasp the significance of the work these unsung heroes did. The words are so integral to the opera they are never translated. Subtitles run across the big screen on stage, or the little screen on the chair in front of yours at the opera. We read them in our native tongue while they are sung on stage in the original German, Italian, or French. (For aficionados, anyway. Beginners may enjoy translations, such as The Chandos Opera In English series, which translates the lyrics into English.)
What an incredible collaboration an opera is. It takes costume designers as well, because an opera is as much visual as it is auditory. The Grand Opera is known for its elaborate sets and costumes. In “Turandot,” when the mob turns surly and the moon appears, she is personified and costumed in a magnificence dominated the stage for what seems like half an hour, that will keep you transfigured.
One opera I hope to see one day is Verdi’s “Aida,” excuse me, Verdi and Ghislanzoni’s “Aida” at the Bath of Caracalla in Rome, where the Triumphal March of Rhadames features live elephants and horses on stage. Now that’s entertainment!
What we don’t see at an opera is the orchestra, perhaps the most important element of all. They’re listed in the program, of course, and given their bows at the curtain calls, but we only hear them, seated down below in the orchestra pit as they are.
Many elements go together to produce the opera we see that bears the name of one man only. Take “Turandot” for instance. It was librettist Semoni who gave Puccini the suggestion for the opera in the first place, telling about “Turandotte,” a play written by Gozzi, based on a fable from the Arabian Nights.
Puccini had been searching for two years for a suitable plot for an opera, and at the age of 61 began “Turandot,” instructing his librettists, Adami and Semoni to “pour great pathos into the drama.” Puccini was known, incidentally for being extremely demanding, requiring endless rewrites from his librettists.
From his point of view however, the librettists were difficult. We can read his letters begging them to do their work. He wrote frantically to Simoni, in charge of Act III, “The third! The third! The third!”
At one point, he confessed to a friend “Music disgusts me…”, as he evidently had periods of self-doubt and composer’s block. Toscanini paid him a visit and gave him the encouragement to keep going. Every team has their Toscanini; or needs one.
Puccini was justified in urging completion of the opera as he died before the team had completed the third act. The collaboration continued on, as Toscanini found a composer named Franco Alfano, whose name is rarely mentioned, to complete it. The world premier took place on April 25th, 1926, the work of one guiding genius and many hands, hearts and minds.
It isn’t that teamwork and collaboration is new, it’s that it’s newly being recognized. Most of us realize we couldn’t accomplish anything alone, while those behind the scenes who work long and willing hours, long for some recognition. Appreciation, after all, is what tops the surveys when employees talk about what they want at their job, and it’s so consistently there, it’s a wonder it isn’t heeded more.
Richard Montuori, town manager of Bellica, Massachusetts, knows and appreciates his team. “I love [my] job,” he said a newspaper interview. “Every day is different and presents new challenges. Finances are a daily and yearly challenge, but no one person ever accomplishes anything alone. We have excellent department heads and town boards that help keep the town moving in the right direction.”
Isn’t it nice to hear someone publicly acclaim the team that makes him shine? I hope your boss or manager does this for you, and that if you’re the boss or manager, you appreciate and acknowledge – and sing – the unsung heroes in your midst.
But how do you praise everyone? There are always so many.
Here’s a leadership trick I learned from a pro. At the culmination of an anniversary banquet, engineered by many, and funded by many more, the director of the benefited-agency rose and thanked “everyone who helped make it possible to raise the $50,000.” Then he added, looking around the room, “And I’d especially like to thank someone whose name I won’t mention, but they will know who I mean.”
I thought it was me! So did a dozen other people, I’m sure, and that was what the director had in mind, he told me later when I asked him whom he had in mind, because his glance around the room was professionally ambivalent.
It works, and it’s always, always true.

Grow Your Business With These Mobile Marketing Concepts

Grow Your Business With These Mobile Marketing Concepts

Mobile marketing is quickly becoming the best, fastest and easiest way to reach your customers. Many people are attached to their cell phones and reaching them this way is very convenient. This article will give you ideas on how you can use mobile marketing strategies to reach out to your customers.

When sending messages to your customers, be sure to use their real name. Using your customers real name in the message creates a more personal atmosphere that will allow you to bond with them and make your message seem less automated or robotic and more realistic, friendly, and overall more genuine.

To increase your conversions, choose call-to-actions that are strategically optimized for the mobile experience. Traditional call-to-actions, like driving visitors to web forms and non-optimized pages can be very clunky in a mobile environment. Instead, try utilizing call-to-actions that befit the smaller screen like click-to-call or simply booking an appointment time.

Compatibility is crucial. When starting a mobile marketing campaign it is essential that it will display correctly no matter which device your customer is using. There are loyal users of every mobile platform and focusing on only one device limits your customer base. At the very minimum it should be viewable on the 3 biggest devices: Blackberry, iPhone, and Android.

Don’t concentrate so much on finding the time and the budget for social media. Focus instead on the integration of mobile marketing and social media into your business. You may be surprised to find out the things that you are currently unable to do because you are not yet mobile-marketing friendly. Concentrate on leveraging what you can.

One way to get people more interested in your mobile marketing campaign is to make it fun and exciting. Many people will look through their phone when they are waiting for something else, like a bus or a train. If you are able to still market your product, and give your customers something to do at the same time, you will find more productivity from your mobile marketing.

When using mobile marketing, try to use text as much as possible and avoid using large files such as pictures. You might have the best mobile device with super screaming fast 4G download speeds where you can access the net from anywhere, but your customer likely does not. So design your mobile marketing in ways the work for everyone.

Check out free mobile apps around the web and get some of these to offer your customers in your mobile marketing campaign. With a regular campaign, you can offer things like free eBooks and white papers. In the mobile world, however, people are really interested in apps. Find some cool ones to offer free.

As you can see, there are many easy things you can do to make your mobile marketing campaign a success. Follow the tips that this article offers and you will be well on your way to reaching your customers and growing your clientele, through the use of successful mobile marketing.

The Various Stages and Common Symptoms of Lymphoma

The Various Stages and Common Symptoms of Lymphoma

The cancer that is known as lymphoma can be clearly understood through the staging process. This refers to how the sickness is categorized based on how big it is and what parts of the body has already been affected or healed. The worse the outcome seems to be, the higher the stage of the disease could be. There are four parts or stages that the disease will be grouped into and this can only be done after the patient has undergone through series of tests and scans to rule out the body affected organs and body parts.

To give you an idea about the various stages that this illness is categorized, here are the basic points about each phase.

Stage one. At this stage, the illness has only been determined to be present at a group of lymph nodes. There are also cases wherein the illness was found in one organ, which is not part of the lymph system, but this kind of case is quite rare.

Stage two. The cancer is now seen in two or even more groups of the lymph nodes that can be found on the similar side as with the diaphragm, which is a lean kind of muscle that is located under the lungs. The diaphragm helps a person to breathe easily. This also separates the chest area from the abdomen.

Stage three. The cancer at this stage can be found at the groups of lymph nodes that are situated on both sides of the diaphragm. There are some cases wherein the adjacent organs are also involved. This also becomes part of stage III when a spleen is seen after the sickness has been detected.

Stage four. This is the terminal stage wherein the lung substance is already affected. This is also the phase when the bone marrow and liver are involved in the disease as well as the other organs that are far from the originally infected parts.

There are many other factors that can affect the results of the treatments that are done with people that are suffering from the disease, like the age of the patient and the size of the illness. If you are in the advanced stage of this sickness, you must not lose hope because there are many cases that have been healed eventually even after suffering from the higher stages.

From the early signs or when you are starting to feel like there is something wrong, do not hesitate and consult with a doctor. To help you find out if you have the symptoms that are related with the disease, here are some of the most common ones. The most common and also the most important symptoms are the lumps on your neck, groin and armpits. These are painless, which is why there are many people who disregard these easily and only start seeking help when other symptoms start to come up.

The other symptoms that you may feel once you have the enlarged lymph nodes include loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, excessive sweating, especially at night and itchiness. You may also feel weak as the cancer cells of the lymphoma start spreading and grow bigger.

Successful Home Buying Tips For You To Follow (2)

Successful Home Buying Tips For You To Follow

Buying real estate can be a real headache sometimes. Real estate comes with many laws, regulations and policies that make it difficult for customers to know exactly what they should do. This article will outline a few helpful tips for making your real estate transaction go as smoothly as possible.

Spend some time researching neighborhoods before you begin searching for a home. In particular, look up the crime rates in each neighborhood that you are considering. You may find out some statistics that you were unaware of, causing you to either eliminate some homes or place a priority on others.

Buying real estate is about developing relationships and above all else, nurturing those relationships. You can meet the right people that can help you with your goal and you can say all the right things. However, if you do not treat this as a relationship where both parties benefit, you will be selling yourself short and possibly, not seeing anything sold at all.

Never be afraid to negotiate a better price. With the weak housing market, perhaps the seller will be eager enough to reduce the sales price in order to sell. Those with great credit can pretty much call the shots these days. Although interest rates are at historic lows, few borrowers qualify and buyers are so scarce that they can often name their price.

Don’t allow the furniture arranging of a home overly influence your buying decision. Well-staged homes are designed to make the home look more attractive, but you must consider how your furniture and decor items will look in the home. On the other end of the spectrum, you may have to imagine what an unattractive home will look like if it has been cleaned, organized, or re-decorated.

Do lots of research about the neighborhood you are considering buying in, before you make the purchase of a new home. Look at the crime rate, the school system and home owners association. You are buying in to that community and deciding that you don’t fit in later can be stressful and costly.

Look beyond what you see when you are in the market to buy real estate. Most sellers will make their properties look to be in their top physical condition. Unfortunately, elaborate decorating and staging can detract from issues. Make sure you are buying more than just an momentary pretty scene.

Before purchasing a home, take its proximity to schools, shopping and other facilities into consideration. This is especially important to people who do not drive. You do not want to live somewhere that you cannot do your shopping, or where it would be difficult to bring your child to school

As you can see, buying real estate can be easier than it looks. If you keep a keen eye as a consumer, you’ll be less likely to fall into common pitfalls and traps. Being armed with knowledge also means that you’ll be more likely to get the biggest bang for your buck. Buying real estate is all about being able to play the rules to your advantage, and these tips should help you on your way to success.

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Review 2012: The Favorite Gadgets In 2012

Review 2012: The Favorite Gadgets In 2012

Assuming that 2012 will not be the last year and there would be a 2013 to look forward to, then 2012 is a great year that will serve as the foundation of exciting technologies. This year marked the release of great gadgets that will shape the technology landscape for years to come.
Some early adopters have jockeyed for their favorite gadgets that will make their daily lives and work a bit easier. Gadgets that range from increasing productivity, gaming and entertainment have revolutionized how we work, play and entertained. The PC revolution of the 1980s have seen its bitter and as technology has shifted to become mobile and computing now using the clouds. Let us pause and then rewind to the gadgets that made some noise this year.
iPhone 5
Surely a new release of the iconic smartphone will create a buzz (okay two more buzz). In fact, iPhone sales has reached three million in its first weekend release. One of the most anticipated gadgets of 2012, iPhone 5’s launch was greeted with a mixed bag of reaction. Some people were not surprised about the specs and the design owing to the numerous leaks and rumors leading to the launch. Whether or not, iPhone still catches your fancy, it is one piece of hardware that will stand out as all-time favorite gadgets.
Samsung Galaxy S3
Launched in mid-May, the Samsung Galaxy S3 took the title Best Selling Smartphone in the World for the third quarter of 2012. It sold more than 30 million units thus far. The sales record alone will show that the beast smartphone offering from Samsung will surely make the guys at Apple scamper to wrest the lead from the guys from South Korea. Innovation and improvement in design, made the Galaxy S3 endeared to smartphone lovers in Europe and in Asia.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
This 5.5-inch combination tablet and phone (also known as phablet) has sold more than three million units in just a little over a month. That is an impressive number considering that it was launched almost the same time Apple introduced the iPhone 5 to the market. The use of the S-Pen revived the use of a stylus that has gone out of style with the introduction of the capacitive touchscreen in the original iPhone. The Note 2 has an impressive offering that has lured three million people to try this one heckuva phone.
iPad Mini
The late Steve Jobs said that tablets less than nine inches would not sell. Now his folks at Apple think that a tablet that is smaller than the iconic iPad will sell. Fast forward to October as Apple beat its competitors’ announcements by launching iPad mini. The iPad mini is a smaller version of the iPad2. It shares essentially the same A5 processor but with upgraded iSight rear camera. It shares the same screen resolution with the iPad 2. The opening day of iPad sales was a mixed bag and only time can tell if iPad mini will become a blockbuster hit.
Nexus 7
Google launched its own Android-powered; Asus-manufactured tablet to counter the offerings of Apple. Named Nexus 7, it has a seven-inch IPS display powered by a quad-core nVidiaTegra 3 SoC. What makes the Nexus 7 different from other Android tablets is its price. In October, the price of Nexus 7 went down from $299 to $199. This appears that the tablet is being sold without profit. How does Google get more money? From adverts of course!
Amazon Kindle
Just like Nexus 7, Amazon is selling its Kindle tablets almost without profit. Amazon is banking on the sale of books and other media from its online store. With a facelift, the Kindle was 2011 Android tablet poster child and it seeks to reclaim its lofty position but sees Nexus 7 as a big stumbling block.

Dominican Republic Holidays And Festivals

Dominican Republic Holidays And Festivals

The holidays and festivals in the Dominican Republic are some of the most prestigious and festive celebrations in the whole world. The pageantry, lively music, garish costumes, and the happy disposition of its locals all contribute to the ebullience of the festivities. Tourists around the world come regularly to the beautiful island to join in on the fun and excitement.

Most of the holidays being celebrated in the Dominican Republic pay homage to the tenets of Christianity. This is no surprise because the Dominican culture is of Hispanic origin. In fact, there seems to be a celebration everyday from somewhere in the country as all municipalities and towns have their own patron saints to commemorate on a particular day of the year.

VIRGEN DE ALTAGRACIA
The most important religious celebration in the Dominican culture is the La Dia de la Virgen de Altagracia, which is celebrated on January 21. The Virgen de Altagracia, known as Our Lady of the Highest Grace, is the patron virgin of the Dominican Republic. In this holiday, thousands of Dominicans set out on a several day pilgrimage to the magnificent basilica of the Higuey.

LA CARNIVAL
Held every Sunday throughout the whole month of February, the La Carnival is the most anticipated and exciting festival in the Dominican Republic. It is a time for partying, with the locals donning their traditional demon costumes and dancing incessantly to the lively tempo of the band’s music. The Carnival is concluded by a massive parade to the Malecón on February 27 to herald the coming of Independence Day.

LA DIA DE INDEPENDENCIA
The La Carnival is just a prelude to a party that is so much bigger. Held on February 27, the La Dia De Independencia (Independence Day) marks the day of the Dominican Republic’s independence from Haiti. Same with the La Carnival, this particular day involves a lot of dancing, parades, eating, and drinking. It’s the apex of the celebrations that started during the carnival. In a manner of speaking, the La Dia De Independencia is the party to end all parties!

LA NAVIDAD
La Navidad is celebrated on December 25, which is actually Christmas, just like in the United States and many parts of the world. The usual serving of food among families and exchanging of gifts is done to celebrate the day. The only difference is that the locals attend a midnight mass before proceeding with the actual celebrations.

THE MERENGUE FESTIVAL
The Merengue is the most popular music and dance in the Dominican Republic. Every year in July, the Dominicans stage a 10-day celebration filled with parties, music, dancing, and concerts. The festival begins with a parade, complete with bands, dancers, and men in costume. Even hotels and clubs organize their own events and concerts in lieu of this particular holiday. And of course, they all dance to the tune of the exotic and upbeat rhythm of the merengue.

The Dominicans, aside from being a religious bunch, are a festive group of people, which is quite telling when you consider the manner in which they celebrate their holidays. Truth to tell, they love to party and have fun all the time even in ordinary days. So if you want a truly unique and fun holiday, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place to go to.

  • February 18, 2019
  • Music