Fire Damage Cleanup

You've had a fire.  The fire department has come, put the fire out and all you see is one big mess. Upon closer investigation questions come.

I. What method do we use to remove the soot and charcoal to evaluate the damage?

- High pressure water blasting leaves behind water in electrical components, equipment and insulation, if not properly removed will cause unwanted corrosion and rot, increasing cleanup, damage and long term maintenance costs.

- Soda blasting leaves water and soda behind, which requires additional cleanup, increasing cleanup, damage and long term maintenance costs.

- Sand blasting leaves abrasive blast media behind, which if not cleaned up properly continues to cause damage in electrical components, gears and bearings.  It continues to fall from horizontal surfaces, cracks and beams years after the job is done, increasing cleanup, damage and long term

maintenance costs.

- Dry ice blasting is the ultimate surface cleaning process, it leaves no secondary waste stream behind.  The only cleanup after the dry ice blasting job is done is the removal of the debris caused by the fire.

II. How do we remove the soot, charcoal and smoke film from masonry and steel surfaces?

- Again this is an excellent application for dry ice blasting. Watch the movie clips on our web site  to see how dry ice blasting cleans soot, smoke and charcoal from different types of surfaces.

III. Will we be able to remove that awful smoke smell?

- The removing of the smell is accomplished by removing the smell source and/or sealing the smell source to encapsulate it. Dry ice blasting removes the soot, charcoal and smoke film, which is the smell source, from accessible areas.

- During a fire air currents carry smoke and soot into cracks, openings and areas not in close proximity to the fire itself, additional cleaning and/or sealing of these places and inaccessible areas may be needed.

IV. Can we accomplish our cleanup without adding hazards to our environment?

- Dry ice blasting is safe and environmentally friendly. Dry ice is pure CO2 in its solid state, it is in its gaseous state in the air around us. When we inhale our bodies use the oxygen and we exhale CO2. Green plants take CO2 from the air and give off oxygen.

- Dry ice blasting is non-toxic, non-conductive and there is no employee exposure to hazardous cleaning chemicals or solutions. Dry ice blasting meets the guidelines of the USDA, EPA, and the FDA.

Material Requirements Planning (MRP)

The first MRP systems of inventory management evolved in the 1940s and 1950s. They used mainframe computers to explode information from a bill of materials for a certain finished product into a production and purchasing plan for components. Before long, MRP was expanded to include information feedback loops so that production personnel could change and update the inputs into the system as needed. The next generation of MRP, known as manufacturing resources planning or MRP II, also incorporated marketing, finance, accounting, engineering, and human resources aspects into the planning process. A related concept that expands on MRP is enterprise resources planning (ERP), which uses computer technology to link the various functional areas across an entire business enterprise.

MRP works backward from a production plan for finished goods to develop requirements for components and raw materials.MRP begins with a schedule for finished goods that is converted into a schedule of requirements for the subassemblies, component parts, and raw materials needed to produce the finished items in the specified time frame, Thus, MRP is designed to answer three questions: what is needed? how much is needed? and when is it needed?

MRP breaks down inventory requirements into planning periods so that production can be completed in a timely manner while inventory level and related carrying costs are kept to a minimum. Implemented and used properly, it can help production managers plan for capacity needs and allocate production time.

Chairman Believes God Belongs in the Boardroom

Howard Jonas, founder and chairman of IDT Corp., was 14 years old when he started selling hot dogs on a street corner in the Bronx. Today, he runs a multibillion dollar telecommunications company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. What is the secret of his success?

The answer, he says, is in his religious commitment and the title of his most recent book, "I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here."

Jonas recalls that as a little boy his father told him how the biblical Joseph, a slave of Egypt, rose to be a master of Potiphar's house.

Potiphar was the prime minister of Egypt. Joseph, a lowly Hebrew slave, had one of the simplest jobs in the household - sweeping the floor. Yet, taking a break when more work could be done didn't seem right to Joseph.

One day Potiphar showed up particularly late and all of the servants had left, except for Joseph. Joseph was sweeping the floor just one more time. Potiphar realized that Joseph was a man he could trust because if this slave wouldn't "steal" a moment's rest from him, he certainly wouldn't steal from the household.

"I've kept this Joseph story in mind as I've built my company," Jonas writes. Jonas believes that people who not only accept but embrace life's challenges are truly actualizing God's will for humanity.

Personally and professionally, Jonas has had enormous success. "Success is not a reward," he writes. "Sometimes it's just a sign of having tried hard and often."

But he also has had more than his fair share of failures as he reveals in "I'm Not the Boss, I Just Work Here." Jonas candidly shares with readers a time in his life in which he struggled with severe depression. Jonas says he wrote this book hoping to inspire and encourage others by the example of his response to adversity and the strength of his relationship with God.

Standardising is a head for all

The system about which one we speak, is the legal base, helping to realise the investment program of progressing of electric power industry. Each member of tendered system of technological association to network plants of new generation urged to make this process transparent and clear, based on general principles for all market participants. Therefore a major principle which one is mortgaged in these contracts , – standardising of this process as on periods of implementation of all stages of technological association, and on account of a board for it. It will allow to the generating companies to understand process of technological association even before realisation of the investment project, to recognise schedule more precisely the future costs.

What decisions and at what level on technological association generating plants are already accepted? What it is necessary to accept?

Here it is necessary to disjoint the decisions linked with technological association, accepted on a national level, and the intracorporate documents anyhow regulating this question.

As to maiden here corrections in the law "About electric power industry" have fundamental meaning, signed by the President of the Russian Federation on November, 5th this year. Actually corrections in a part technological association have made this process "public", much more transparent and regulated. As to technological association generation in the law now about it it is told as about separate "a class, a type" associations with the requests, including to rationing of petroleum products of periods and cost.

Coal Makes a Comeback

"You load thirteen tons and what do you get?" An abundant, clean, affordable source of power in the United States.

The United States is returning to coal to generate electricity. Long-dormant mines are being reopened to gather coal, which generates most of the electricity in the country. Why is coal once again such an important resource?

* Abundance of supply and demand. Currently, 51 percent of the electricity in the United States is generated by coal power and demand for coal is increasing. In the next 25 years, demand for electricity is expected to increase more than 50 percent. Meeting this demand will require that an average of 65 new power plants be built each year.

Fortunately, the United States contains 274 billion tons of coal that can be used to produce energy for homes and businesses. The coal in the United States could last for 250 years, much longer than either oil or natural gas, and has been proven a recoverable reserve.

* A clean energy source. Coal as a clean energy source? How can that be? Between 1976 and 1993, 38 coal technology projects known as Clean Coal Technology, were conducted. One such technology is a NOX (nitrogen oxide) burner, which is currently used or being installed in three-fourths of power plants that use coal. The result of these

technologies was a decrease in emissions from coal-generated electricity. Between 1980 and 2001, emissions of sulfur dioxide decreased 38 percent. Nitrogen oxide emissions decreased 32 percent and emissions from particulate matter (PM-10), a mixture of solid and liquid particles found in the air, dropped 25 percent.

* Affordability. The cost of electricity allows businesses to remain competitive. Businesses spend less on transportation and generation costs with coal than with natural gas or oil. Coal never needs to be shipped across the whole country because mines are located throughout the United States. Furthermore, the cost of coal-generated electricity is approximately one-fourth that of electricity generated by gas, partly because the cost of coal is more stable than natural gas. As a result, more businesses are turning to coal as a source of power.

Quest Minerals and Mining (OTC BB: QMMG.OB) has acquired and re-opened mines in the southeastern United States that were closed due to a downturn in the price of coal. The company's focus is on properties that produce quality compliance coal. In addition to selling coal to utilities and industries, Quest is seeking metallurgical coal to be used in steel production.

Making Money on the Internet is a Weird and Wonderful Game

In case you hadn't realised already, making money on the internet is a weird and wonderful game...

Despite the plethora of information available on specific methods and procedures that can

allow you to achieve a solid income online, so many people still struggle, many never

making any money online at all.

The reasons for this are many and varied but we're going to look at just a few today.

1. This is the biggest and least acknowledged of them all: Mental Influences - Most people

don't make the money they want because they have mental barriers that prevent them from

acquiring it.

Perhaps they think subconciously that if they have more money, they'll have to spend more money, or that they'll have less time to spend with their families or theyll become greedy or that they won't know what to do with the money or they will get robbed or some other outlandish negative consequence will arise.

These negative belief barriers must be broken down before someone can have the things that they conciously want be abundant in their life. Where you are is where you want to be, so the saying goes. If you've been trying a long time without making any decent money online, the 'inside' might be the first place to look.

2. Lack of a solid method - While there are a lot of ebooks and courses available on how to achieve the outcome of online income, many of them talk theory and fluff while only a few lay out a plan in exact step by step fashion. Either that or they, give you instructions but leave out just ONE vital step that makes it so difficult to complete the process.

3. Competing with the big guys! If you're getting started, its almost impossible to make money by competing against people who are twenty times more experienced than you. If you are just getting started and trying to sell internet marketing products, as an affiliate, as a product creator, using seo, using ppc, whatever the method, entering a market where everyone else is better than you is going to ensure you fail. Even entering other markets is futile, dog training, acne, pregnancy... they seem like niche markets but they are nothing of the sort.

People who succeed know how to effectively target niche markets and penetrate tiny but profitable crevices of the world wide web to find the easy money. That may just be one of the best pieces of advice a new online marketer could receive.

The point is, despite the loads of crap out there, despite the million ebooks, courses, memberships and reports on how to make money online with so little success, it CAN be done. With a combination of the right mindset and the right approace, anything, including making a truck load of cash while working from home in your undies can become a reality.

Effective Web Page Design for E-Commerce

The widespread availability of high-speed Internet access has resulted in ever-greater numbers of consumers making online purchases. This means that business owners of all stripes - from individuals working from home to big box mass merchandisers - can reach more buyers and can generate exponentially greater revenue than ever before.

There are many theories about and tips for marketing and advertising your online store, and marketing and advertising is certainly a consideration. But in focusing so much attention on marketing, many business owners neglect a fundamental aspect of successful e-commerce: web page design.

If you don't have a professional webpage design, it doesn't matter how much traffic you generate to your site because those visitors won't convert to customers. It's crucial to have a website that is compelling and that makes visitors want to stay long enough to buy. Here, then, are six tips to help your web design transform visitors into customers:

1. Keep it Clean. A professional web page designer will tell you that to keep your virtual storefront clean and free of clutter. It should be immediately clear to the visitor the types of items you sell without overwhelming them with dozens of hyperlinks, fonts, and flashing buttons and words. You can certainly incorporate a flash introduction in your web design, but if you do, give the visitor control. He or she should be able to bypass or pause the flash so that the annoyance factor is kept to a minimum.

2. Intuitive Navigation. Your website designer should think like your customer and design a navigation system that easily takes your customer from your home page to the product or products of interest. The fewer number of clicks it takes to get from point A to point B, the more likely it is that your visitor will make a purchase.

3. Search Functionality. Customers need to be able to find what they need quickly and easily. Allowing customers to search by keyword or product number is a great start. Going one step further and allowing "fuzzy" searches that will also return matches for common misspellings is even better.

4. Seamless Shopping Cart. Many e-commerce sites lose customers at the critical juncture between selecting items and committing to buy them. An intuitive and easy-to-use shopping cart is essential to the online shopping experience. Again, your web page designer should think like your customer and utilize a shopping cart that makes checkout a breeze.

5. SSL Certificate. If you're an online merchant, there's simply no getting around the need for an SSL certificate. With the problems associated with identity theft, your customers need to have confidence that your website is secure.

6. Leave it to the Professionals. When it comes to web page design, don't succumb to the temptation to do it yourself. Even if you have a web design program, you should hire a business web page designer to create your web site. Professionals have a variety of tools that will help your business succeed online, and will act as your partner in developing e-commerce solutions that will encourage visitors to stick around and purchase your products.

Hot Air Balloons are good for Business and a great day out

One of the best ways to advertise your business is to use a Hot Air Balloon and is considered to be one of the fastest new forms of advertising.

A hot Air Balloon becomes a very mobile Billboard and can travel and is viewed over many miles by thousands of people.

Hot Air Balloons can provide a very dramatic and lasting impression on the consumer especially at Hot Air Balloon festivals as many are photographed and reported some are videoed and can be available on you tube and other internet video sites.

Specially designed Hot Air Balloons that have a funny shape or have a much known recognisable shape can be the most stunning advertising concepts. I was recently at a Hot Air Balloon show in Bristol UK and there was a vast array of different special shaped Hot Air Balloons.

It was great to see some shaped like Beer cans and others shaped like bottles of fizzy pop these forms of advertising can bring a big impact they can be seen over such a wide range of area and have a very lasting impression on the consumers.

A Hot Air Balloon travelling over a busy city centre is likely to catch the attention of over 90% of the people in the city this is a great medium and has chance of raising your company’s awareness providing a lasting with consumers that people remember long after the event has passed.

Having a Hot Air Balloon made for advertising, is not as expensive as people imagine compared to large TV ad champagne. It has a longer and more effective publicity as it can be flown most days in summer and brought and flown at Hot Air Balloon festivals.

Good photographs of your Hot air Balloon are very good for promotional pictures in your company’s literature and can enhance your marketing strategy. There are many forms of advertising and most cost serious money but sometimes you have to consider that using a Hot Air Balloon could be a cost effective method for your companies needs.

At most Hot air Balloon festivals most of the Hot air Balloons have now got advertising slogans on them or are shaped like a product. As these Hot Air Balloons drift across the sky producing and awe inspiring spectacle that emblazes your company logo in the sky.

Hot air Balloons are the original way man has learnt to fly and ever since the first Hot Air Balloons took to the sky they have always managed to stir something within us to look up into the sky and wonder.

A Hot Air Balloon ride is a excellent day out and well worth looking into but remember that safety is very important within this industry and what goes up will come down and having flown in a Hot Air Balloon then it does come down quite often with a bump even with the most experienced pilots.

Hot Air Balloons are great fun and gliding over the countryside silently looking down at the ground from an unusual angle often seeing familiar objects from a very different angle makes you realise how special a Hot Air Balloon flight can be.

Family Reunion T-shirts

Family reunions can be some of the greatest times for any family.  They bring together different generations and often people from all over the country.  T-shirts for these occasions is one of the most lasting if not best memories.  There are a few things that you should keep in mind when designing your family reunion t-shirt.  You want them to be something that can be cherished and worn by everyone in the family.

Keeping that in mind they should be unique to your family.  They should be fun and reminiscent of the good times not only at the family reunion, but of the family’s life as a whole.  Funny slogans, pictures, etc. are a great idea, but I at least recommend staying away from offensive things.  Remember everyone from the Ally’s new born to Great-Aunt Ellen will be wearing these.  So something PG but clever tends to be the way most people go.  I’ve seen everything from having a tree with names on it to picture of the oldest and younger people in the family superimposed on each other.

Whatever the case, I would urge you to make them your own.  These shirts will be worn by everyone in the family and are a representation of your family.  I know that I wear the t-shirt from my last family reunion all the time.

Another thing to think about is what kind of t-shirts you want to buy.  The truth on this one is that if you go with a good printer it won’t matter.  A good printer will more likely than not only offer high quality t-shirts.  Talk to them and they will let you know whether your individual situation lends itself better to a one hundred percent cotton or a 50/50 blend.

The last thing that you may want to consider is what you want to do as far as ink colors go.  The more colors the more expensive the t-shirts are invariably going to be.  Usually I recommend that you keep your t-shirt designs under three colors.  Just think, every color means a new screen and that has to get added into the cost.

So before your next family reunion, talk it over and get some t-shirts made.  If you are struggling to come up with a design, there are a few screen printers who offer free artwork.  When it’s all said and done, the thing to remember more than anything is that these are your family’s t-shirts.  They are unique and should be something you are proud to wear.

The Post-Modern Metaphysical Implications of Digital Printing on Screen Printing

If one were to make the bold assertion that the printing industry is dead and that our own thrift and drive towards perfection has killed it, than one must first consider what it means to be a dead industry.  For an industry to be dead, it must have been superseded by a newer and higher form of production.   The spinning wheel killed the hand weaving of yonder, and that was in turn done in by the invention of mechanical spinning wheels and so on and so forth.  The point is that although those industries try to carry on, they ultimately failed as our human spirit pushed off the shackles of conformity, tradition, and ignorance and reached forward out of the cave and into the light.

Many make the claim that this is what is happening to the screen printing industry of today.  I aim to demonstrate that although perhaps traditional screen printing won’t be done for ever, digital technology is not the revolution that makes traditional screen printing obsolete.  The fact of the matter is that digital printing is in its infancy and not going to overtake screen printing anytime soon.

The reasons for this edifying line of thought is that it choice brings along with it variety.  In existential way, our valuing choice and independence has given rise to the prodigious amount of variety that exists and has made this choice the ultimate good.  If everything is relative and nothing absolute, then the choices that arise give rise themselves to variety, the new ultimate good.  This ability to choose for ourselves ensures that screen printing isn’t going anywhere.  Because screen printing is still very cost efficient on order of twenty or more t-shirts, people will still choose to print in the traditional manner.  People shall still purchase them because they are of good quality and produced at a good price.

This revolution will not come because digital printing does not allow for the exponential increase in production sometimes associated with an increase in technology.  Once again our free will guarantees that screen printing is not leaving yet because people still save money on the t-shirts.  This extra money is often, although not necessarily correctly, linked to an increase in happiness which is the ultimate drive for the individual.  Thus one can see that the myriad of choices for printers helps in an economical way to give consumer choice and value which ultimately leads to their increased happiness all deriving from the ability to choose to use screen printers over digital printers.  Thus choosing a traditional screen printer will make you happier and is the obvious choice for large orders of t-shirts.

The Process Of Buying Artificial Trees Online

Using artificial trees is very easy, but buying them is easy too. Today they can be bought online, as most stores selling them having sites. You can place orders on these sites, and there will be photographs to choose from. By looking at these photographs, you will be able to decide what you do need without hopping from store to store. You can just access different sites and take your pick.

Artificial trees will be listed according to the variety, and there will be descriptions for the artificial trees as well. You will get all the fine details about the trees, the origin, how it is designed, with what material etc. This makes buying artificial trees very easy, as you will have a complete idea about the artificial trees. There are many established companies who are experts in artificial trees that you can choose from.

You will not be unhappy with the prices either, as they are all reasonable priced. Even if they are a little more than what you expect, try to accommodate it as you need not spend on real trees often. This will be a onetime investment for beautifying the environment of your choice. There will be codes mentioned for each creation, so all you need to do is mention the code for delivery.

Payment options are easy as well, and once you order them then they will be delivered to you. You can also take a look at all the artificial trees that are the most popular, and being sold the most. One advantage of buying these artificial trees through this method is that a lot of offers can be grabbed. With the use and also purchase very easy, this is all the more reason to use artificial trees. There will be no need to worry about maintenance.

A lot of people may want the traditional feel, of cutting trees, pulling them from the lot and dragging it home. But this is a better option to choose, as it is simpler and also worth the money. You will not be ruining your neighborhood as well. Besides keeping the surroundings green, you can enhance the beauty of the home with artificial trees.

And ordering them online has made the situation even easier for everyone. You may miss out on the lovely smells emanating from the real trees, but compromising on one or two things will do you no harm. You are anyway keeping your neighborhood lovely by not cutting down trees. With the use of artificial trees, you will not need to worry about the wood catching fire.

Market Trends Offer New Path to Financial Freedom

With the specter of an economic downturn - and possibly a recession - clearly on the horizon, it's understandable that people are anxious about their financial security and that of their family members. As the rates of unemployment tick upwards, people begin to wonder whether or not their jobs are secure and, if not, what they can do to protect themselves and their families. As a result, there is increasing urgency to look at market trends and find the best path to independence and financial freedom.

To this end, many people are looking for ways to earn a second income, or to lay the foundation for a fallback plan should they lose their primary source of income. Others have decided that their future financial prospects are bleak, and that they need to embrace an opportunity that will enable them to get back on their feet. Still others have ridden the wave of past market trends and have found financial success, and are ready to jump on board the next opportunity that will enable them to reap tremendous rewards - in the form of residual income - over the years to come.

High Demand Services

Success with any opportunity - whether it is related to cause marketing or is a home business - is predicated upon the need for high demand services. These are services that will be necessary even in the face of an economic downturn or recession. Just as electricity, natural gas, and telephone services were the "must-haves" of decades past, the high demand services of today and tomorrow revolve around technology. Specifically, the high demand services will be those that counteract the deleterious effects of the Information Age - namely identity theft and computer problems.

It's inarguable that identity theft is a serious problem; after all, more than thirty people have their identities stolen every minute. And, while personal computer ownership is at an all-time high, most people simply don't know how to keep their personal computers safe and secure. Services that will take care of each of those problems are positioned to rack up unprecedented sales in the months and years to come - regardless of the state of the economy. Indeed, as more people rely on computers and the Internet to earn their livings, their need for such services exponentially increases.

Best Chances of Success

The people who are best positioned to reap financial rewards from these market trends come from a variety of backgrounds. For example, information services professionals and hobbyists would do well, as would those with experience in sales and marketing. Those people who already own a sole proprietorship could easily add these kinds of products to their websites and begin earning immediate and residual information.

Where to Look

If you're interested in taking advantage of the latest market trends, you need to partner with a company who is as eager for you to attain your goal of financial freedom as you are. To that end, select a company that has a proven track record, has a generous compensation plan, and that can provide you with a turnkey business system. When you do, you can help protect your personal finances from the economic ebb, while positioning yourself for true wealth.

Global Resorts Network (GRN) Issuing checks of $80,000

Brent Conrad with LifetimeResort.com could not agree more and is in full force to help as many people as possible.

Brent Conrad states, my girlfriend and I initially joined up and bought a membership so that we could go to cabo san lucas for $598.00 for eight days and seven nights! After we saw the value and saved over $1,500 on our first trip we were ecstatic to say the least. It was so easy to talk with people about the membership and how much they could save and all the exotic places all over the globe they could visit, that we started letting other people in on the Private Lifetime Membership secret that we knew about. Brent Conrad with LifetimeResort.com and the help of Global Resorts Network (GRN),  soon started receiving checks in the mail for amounts that it would take a normal corporate job 3-4 months to make.

What is your dream job? How often would you like to travel? Do you really feel like wearing a suit for the rest of your life? Would you like to spend ore time with your family?  These are some of the questions that you need to be asking yourself when it comes to making a decision about joining the LifetimeResort.com team of Success. Some members have reported receiving checks over $80,000! Can you imagine making more in one month that 95% of the average American family makes in a whole year?  We can, states Brent Conrad with LifetimeResort.com .  With this opportunity you can really work as little or much as you want to. The desired success is completely up to you, not some big headed boss in his $99 dollar corporate bought chair in a corner office. And guess what, you decide how long to work. You can not get fired because you are your own boss. The freedom of this business is unbelievable. Brent Conrad States that he has never seen so many people make so much money so fast. He contributes this to Global Resorts Network (GRN) founders Al Morales and Chuck Tomlinson that are always in the mix and are on almost all of the daily conference calls. They do not just sit back and relax and collect a check. They care about this company and want it to be here for your kids kids.

Brent Conrad states, I want to be a millionaire by 2009 and I can almost reach out and grab it. He believes that everyone should right down their goals. There should never be a limit on high you can dream.

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Office Buildings: Owners Using New Warning System

In light of terrorist attacks, anthrax scares and similar threats, office building owners are now faced with a daunting task - keeping their buildings safe and secure.

As today's offenders become more sophisticated, it is crucial to consider different emergency scenarios and implement effective procedures in order to remain safe.

Simple measures, such as installing more fire alarms and surveillance cameras, incorporating metal detectors and directing emergency evacuation drills help keep buildings safe.

However, many experts are still finding gaps in guidelines and procedures, especially when it comes to communicating with building occupants and emergency responders.

Since lines of communication can be lost during an emergency, building managers are increasingly adopting an innovative new alert system called the Immediate Response Information System, or IRIS.

Developed by TechRadium Inc., IRIS is a state-of-the-art, high-speed response system that sends emergency messages to thousands of people at a time.

Using any phone or Internet-connected computer, a designated individual sends a message in both voice and text format. IRIS then transmits the message to building managers, occupants and emergency responders. Within seconds, the system sends the alert through a variety of frequently used electronic devices: home and cell phones, e-mail accounts, pagers, fax machines and PDAs.

Users can pre-select any of the 10 language options. IRIS repeats transmissions to individuals until their message is received.

As a communication alert system, IRIS also is capable of sending important non-emergency information, such as building maintenance plans and adverse weather condition reports.

CD Replication: An Affordable Way to Get Your Voice Heard

Whether you're a motivational speaker in search of an audience, a musician in search of a recording label, or a company in search of customers, using CDs or DVDs is an extremely effective means of communicating your message. Marketing and advertising professionals understand the power of audio and video to leave a lasting impression, and frequently insert CDs or DVDs into mass mailings, magazine polybags, and press kits. They know something that those who are just making a name for themselves aren't aware of: CD duplication and DVD replication isn't as expensive as it might seem.

Whether you're putting together your own press mailing, developing a demo CD to send to movers and shakers, wish to sell video of your performance, or want to showcase your products and services, you can add an extra touch of professionalism by working with a company that specializes in CD and DVD duplication. When it comes to cost, it works like other forms of printing: the higher the quantity, the lower the per-piece price.

For example, if you want to produce a CD in a printed cardboard sleeve, you could get 1,000 made for about a dollar a piece. Up the quantity to 10,000, and the price drops to around 56 cents a piece. This price typically includes replicated discs with full-color offset or silkscreen printing, a printed cardboard sleeve, insertion, and shrinkwrap.

Bulk quantities of CDs and DVDs are even less expensive. One thousand CDs run only about 45 cents each, while DVDs are priced as low as $650 per thousand, or 65 cents per DVD. As for packaging, a printed paper sleeve adds only about seven cents per CD or DVD, while a jewel case is about 20 cents per case.

DVD box packaging is also an option at around $1.20 per DVD for 1,000, and about 67 cents per piece for 10,000. This kind of replication and packaging typically includes printing, a full-color case wrap, assembly, and overwrap. A top spine label generally costs a few cents more.

If you're planning to do a mailing, you can use a CD replication service that will duplicate your CD, then insert it into a cardboard mailer and shrinkwrap it. Pricing for the replicated discs and mailers runs about $1.60 each for 1,000, or about 50 cents each for 10,000.

If you want to go the extra step and take advantage of cutting-edge technology, the best DVD and CD duplication services have products like FlexDVD, which is a DVD that can bend without snapping or cracking. This is perfect for cover mounting and mass mailings. Another new and intriguing technology is called "Rub 'n Smell," whereby a scent is embedded into a varnish that covers the printed side of the disc and is activated when the recipient rubs the disc's label. Now, that's the sweet smell of success!

The bottom line, though, is that whether you're marketing yourself or your business, you can take advantage of the same techniques that huge marketing firms use - without breaking the bank.

When will the Reverse Funnel System End?

Infinite… timeless… the reverse funnel system is a system, like a corporation, it is not dependant on one person or one product.  Currently the reverse funnel system is linked to GRN, Global Resorts Network, but since it is a system it can be applied to any product and any company.

If GRN disappears the reverse funnel system will still be thriving and ready to link to another source of income that may work better than GRN does now, although GRN was chosen for a specific reason and has been fulfilling the dreams of all those involved in the reverse funnel system the reverse funnel system is in no way dependant on GRN.

In fact all the reverse funnel system is…is an automated sales process that closes people into your business for you automatically.  Ty Coughlin and the inner circle hired VERY expensive copy writers, and web conversion experts to design the system.  And after a few months of running it the results have spoke for themselves.  The Reverse Funnel System is producing 30-40% conversion rates.  THAT is amazing.

So if GRN was ever not producing for the reverse funnel system as it should be than the system could simply be transferred to another company that could provide more for those of us who have become a part the reverse funnel system.

That is why the reverse funnel system is so amazing.  It has everything to offer and very little to hurt you on.  The biggest aspect of the reverse funnel system is that you must be delivering traffic into the system consistently… It has such high conversion rates this is not a problem but if the traffic is not sent to through the system then there will be no conversions and you will not see money.

So have no fear for the future of the reverse funnel system… it is here to stay and here to grow.  Those who want to get involved early while the income potential can still reach six figures a month I expect you act fast.  Because soon enough there will be many people driving traffic to their own individual funnels.

All the best and lets make some CASH!

Instrument Technicians and Dual Trade Electricians – Highly Requested Professions in Present

Specialized manual labor is becoming scarcer nowadays, generating a severe workforce crisis among companies that require specialized manual laborers. Due to the pronounced gaps in specialized manual workforce fields, a lot of major industrial companies are interested in hiring a wide range of certified manual workers in present. Blue collar Trade qualified personnel is also highly demanded among various industrial companies that require specialized services. In present, the most requested professions among various industrial branches are Instrument Technicians, Instrument Mechanics and Dual Trade Electricians.

Considered to be the pillars of any industrial business, Instrument Technicians and Instrument Mechanics have a multitude of roles in ensuring the well functioning and the safety of a company. These professions involve activities such as repairing, maintenance, calibration, adjustment, installation or optimization and upgrading of industrial measuring and controlling specific instrumentation. Instrument Technicians and Instrument Mechanics are usually employed by nuclear and hydro power generating companies, mining companies, petrol extracting and refining companies, natural gas companies, pulp and paper processing companies and many other industrial establishments that depend on specific industrial instrumentation for sustaining their activity.

Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics are nowadays highly requested among industrial companies under the form of blue collar employment. Certified Instrument Technicians and Mechanics that hold Trade qualifications have a great advantage in finding employment opportunities, as they benefit from inter-provincial mobility.

Dual Trade Electricians also have a set of vital roles inside industrial companies, well-trained professionals being highly requested in present. Industrial Dual Trade Electricians are responsible with installation, repairing, maintenance, testing, troubleshooting and evaluation of industrial electrical devices and installations, as well as electric and electronic equipments. Dual Trade Electricians are generally employed by electrical contractors and maintenance sectors of plants, factories, mining companies and various other industrial companies.

As well as in the case of Instrument Technicians, the Dual Trade Electrician profession involves a lot of responsibility, rendering experience, good training and proper skills crucial traits that all practitioners should posses. Dual Trade Electricians can easily find employment opportunities among an extended set of industrial establishments that require their services. Dual Trade Electricians can be hired by companies with or without contract, also being able to sustain their work under the form of blue collar oriented employment.

If you are certified in one of these areas and you are looking for great job opportunities, the best thing to do is ask for the help of a reliable recruiting company. By relying on the services of a serious, professional recruiting company, you will be offered the chance to find great job opportunities according to your level of experience in the branch and your obtained credentials and recommendations. Remember that companies specialized in different industrial branches are currently confronted with pronounced employment deficits in these particular areas, rendering Instrument Technicians and Dual Trade Electricians highly requested professions in present. If you want to become the member of a major industrial establishment, all you have to do is ask for the services of a solid recruiting company, specify your level of training and add your contacts. Follow these steps and you will find a suitable job in no time!

Need Help On That College Tuition?

Parents nowadays are amazed or even flabbergasted at the high cost of college tuition fees.

The average cost at a private college or university in the US is about $21,235 per year, and about $5,491 per year at four-year public universities. In 2006, public college tuition jumped 10.5 percent. (egad!) And when you add in room and board, the cost of attending a private college is $29,026 per year on average, and $12,127 at four-year public universities. According to msnbc, published prices are up 35 percent in five years — the largest increase of any five-year period in the 30 years covered the report.

Taking inflation and the rising cost of living into account, monetary help is needed much more than ever. So before sending your teen out to the big school, make sure you're prepared, at the most, financially. It’s never too early to research on available support, and that’s where a site like eLearningYellowPages.com can help. They have a list of scholarship matching services where you or your child can apply online and get a head start on that tuition aid. There are informative and useful articles regarding how to find financial aid including grants and scholarships via the Internet, and how to avoid potential scams.

There are also available resources which can be used for any type of educational opportunity, including GED courses, Certificate Programs, Undergraduate & Graduate School, Online or Distance Learning Programs, Home-Based Study, Continuing Education and Career Training.Secure your children’s education and secure their future now.

Yahoo Acquires Popular Behavioral Ad Firm

Yahoo inc, the California-based search engine, announced recently that it has purchased BlueLithium, the fifth largest online ad network in the U.S. for $300 million, in with the goal of cornering the ever popular market of behavioral ad targeting.

With this deal, Yahoo’s current behavioral ad targeting efforts, aimed primarily at users of Yahoo mail and Yahoo travel, will be strengthened by BlueLithium’s tracking technology, designed to zero in on consumer preferences as they navigate a site, which allowed for a more focused targeting of ad delivery by a business or, in this case, a search engine.

This tracking ability is made possible by the use of cookies—small packets of data that record user visits and habits on certain sites, and over time, make it possible for Web sites to target their ads to specific demographics within their consumer base.

According to Yahoo News, www.news.yahoo.com) senior vice president of  the Yahoo Publisher Network, Todd Teresi, responded to this purchase of the three year-old, invitation-only BlueLithium network via telephone by saying that this (purchase) “will give us (Yahoo) the ability to (deliver) more relevant advertising to consumers not only on the Yahoo network but also off of the network.”

Yahoo’s user base of over 250 million is expected to greatly expand, with the addition of BlueLithium’s nearly 120 million users, and the geo-targeting capabilities of the new tracking technology will allow said users to connect to online customer segments, featuring marketers that offer products and services tailored to their particular interests, and in some cases, location.

Search Engine Optimization, which targets the behavior of Internet users via the use of searched keywords and other related methods, will likely see benefits from this newer type of behavioral marketing technology, since it will provide a clear, more defined scope of an individual’s search preferences and favorite sites.

It is reported that this acquisition of BlueLithium is expected to be finalized by the fourth quarter of this year, pending regulatory approval and other conditions.

What You Should Look For in a Web Hosting Service

If you are thinking up putting up your own website, the most important thing you should consider is the type of web hosting service you'd like to avail of. There are a lot of web hosting services in the internet today. Some of them are even offered free of charge.

Web hosting services vary greatly in the features that company provides. And when it comes to web hosting the following features are the things you should check first:

1. Total web space provided.

Web space corresponds to the amount of files you can upload to the server. Of course, the bigger the web space provided, the more sites and sub-domains you can host. You can also install many applications, as space is not going to be a problem.

2. Total amount of traffic allowed.

Some web hosting services measures the traffic a certain website get. When it comes to this aspect, unlimited traffic is best. If there's a limit to the monthly traffic delegated to your site, chances are, your website won't display on the browsers of the visitors who are above the limit. This won't make your site look good.

3. Server uptime.

You want your website up 100% of the time, if possible. This feature is usually dependent on the servers of your web-hosting provider. You have to make sure that you go with the company that is totally reliable.

4. Software, applications and bundles included.

This is where the freebies come in. There are a lot of web hosting services that offer application installation support. The most common web hosting scripts and programs today are Java, Php, and Frontpage. Try to find out which of these are supported by your web hosting provider to determine if your web page will work for them or not.

The performance of your website relies on your web hosting service. Make sure you trust your website only to the experts. Go with the company that understands the needs of their clients when it comes to uptime and functionality.

Offshore Gaming Update July 2007

Offshore Banks - Offshore banks in numerous jurisdictions have agreed to close bank accounts belonging to firms operating online gaming businesses. Included in this decision were some of the larger offshore jurisdictions. This will make it harder for the offshore gaming sites to accept payments. If they can get a credit card processor they need a bank for the credit card processor to wire the funds into. Offshore gaming may soon become extinct but it is definitely on the endangered species list. Panama banks have not opened new accounts for offshore gaming sites for some time now. Most of the sites are licensed in jurisdictions like Costa Rica.

Neteller Forfeits $136,000,000 - Neteller in the interest of avoiding prosecution by the USA for violating their online gaming laws by facilitating payments from Americans for illegal gambling has agreed to the loss of the money. It seems they will be allowed to remain in business and will be monitored to ascertain that they are not doing business with any Americans. After 18 months of monitoring if they come up clean they will have all their charges dropped. They are facing criminal charges. Now which will be dropped if all goes well. I expect the monitoring involves the USA looking over some records and ID documents of account holders.

Offshore Gaming Outlook - Seems pretty bleak to me. The real problem for the gaming industry is the payment solution. If they can solve that they may flourish but I doubt they can solve this. All payment solutions lead to a bank account and now the banks are cutting them off.

Online Gambling in Panama - Not going to work. No bank account and expensive licenses.

Sell Trucking Company – Steps to Sell Carrier Company

If you are decided to sell trucking company, you need to emphasize on a couple of key factors that govern the worth of your business. Ahead of planning to sell trucking company you should decide whether to sell entire assets of the company which includes real estates, if applicable, maintenance infrastructure apart from the fleet. The next critical step for you would be to have the assets appraised by an approved appraiser in your region.

Preparations to Sell Trucking Company

In addition to asset’s worth it is essential that essential to factor in the audit reports of at least previous five years along with projections for the future. This forms the foundation for compiling the selling price.

Secondary line of preparations includes upkeep and renewal of relevant licenses of your business and trucks. Besides, decide to what extent you are prepared to negotiate and what assistance or sops you would like to offer the buyer.

Planning To Sell Trucking Company

First off, involve your accountant at every critical step. This helps you check if the sale is drifting away from worth based paradigm to asset based one. Remember, the asset based paradigm doesn’t take into account the future earning potential which benefits the buyer; however, if your company is not making profit in previous years, you have not many choices.

Steps to Sell Trucking Company

Steps to sell trucking company are not very specific excluding a few factors, such as selling to your peers and higher depreciation factors unlike selling real estate. Here are a few steps specific to sell trucking company that stand as guidelines.

1.     Instead of directly approaching prospective buyers, it is prudent on your part to spread the word that you want to sell trucking company in the industry circle. As experience tells, this kicks up speculative valuation and sort of insulates you from having to hard defend your sale price.

2.     Float announcements that you want to sell trucking company in local newspapers and/or internet. Screen the purchase offers based on criteria like offer, buyer’s reputation and ability to manage additional fleet etc.

3.     Setup negotiations with screened buyers but take care not to give in to discount demands. Sticking to your price (albeit with a little flexibility) is a proven strategy which hardly backfires.

4.     Be specific with the buyers about your obligations, whatever they are, on re-registration responsibilities and its cost, typically if you want to sell trucking company to an interstate buyer.

5.     Be practical over payment terms, higher the down payment better but be judgmental based on your instincts.

Finally, it is prudent not to sell trucking company to an unknown party even if the offer is lucrative.

The Case for Diversity

Our society wants to define diversity as profiles in which demographics measure the state of variation within a group.  The portion of females, the ethnic distribution, and statistics is our criteria for diversity.  I suggest a broader perspective which will certainly include well distributed demographics attributes, but also include people from a wide range of economic, educational, social, and political perspectives.   The key element is a broad and open mind.

Everyone comes complete with a theory of everything.  Some theories are in various stages of development, and others are intransient. A single view of the universe is not good.  Enough variety is necessary to thoroughly investigate all the options.   Alfred P. Sloan, the genius who put together General Motors, provides an excellent example with a top level management proposal.  He was having a staff meeting.  The proposal at hand received unanimous consensus.  Sloan purportedly indicated, "This proposal has unanimous acceptance which frightens me.  Let’s table this issue for reconsideration at our next meeting.  In the interim, research and evaluate this proposal." At the next meeting, the group unanimously rejected the proposal just as they had previously accepted it.   The moral to this story is a uniform perspective is a bad thing, whether it is universal acceptance or universal rejection.

Progress arises out of dissonance.   A compliant Albert Einstein would have never given us the Theories of Relativity.  It was Einstein’s attempting to force observed data into existing theory which broadened his perspective into an expanded restatement of Newton’s laws of motion.   However for every Einstein, a million quacks exist.  Just because a new vision has birth, does not mean the new vision is an epiphany.   The two professors who believed they had just discovered cold fusion is a good example.  The two were so bound by their immutable theory of everything they could not observe the obvious flaws in their research.  When their research received the scrutiny of peers, they became renowned as fools.   Their closed-loop thinking trapped them in their own ignorance

Liberals and conservatives, progressives and regressives, well educated and those who gain their knowledge in the school of hard knocks all bring important perspectives.  The conservatives will moderate the exuberance of the liberals.  The Liberals will draw the conservatives from their bastions.  Progressives will attack the boundary of technologies.  Regressives will tend to the center not venturing from the safety of the known.  The well educated will apply the vast array of convergent and divergent thinking while those with a plethora of real life experience will prevent small details from sinking the ship.  The important point is not to see these different and seemingly opposing philosophies as conflict.  The goal is not to battle until one outlook dominates all the others.  The purpose of the inclusion is to make synergy prevail into a solution which each component is incapable of developing.

Lean Six Sigma has a purpose of creating dissonance.  Processes such as 4 S, FMEA, VOC, DMEA, SPC, and others seek to make the current condition better.   All are technologies by which to disturb beneficially the status-quo. Each provides a systematic and constructive process to investigate and to improve.  In a word, they are all dissonance.  In a mono-culture, none of them will thrive.   Diversity is a precedent condition for Six Sigma.   Broad diversity across all components optimizes the results using the Lean Six Sigma processes.

The first step is recognizing diversity is not a competition or a contest. Diversity does not end with a victor.  All components are necessary to present and to articulate a thoughtful perspective.   The purpose of diversity is to understand.  Understanding does not connote agreement.  Understanding does not connote dominance.  Understanding does not connote abdication.   Each component remains in tact changed only by its more complete understanding and its corresponding re-evaluation of its respective "theory of everything".  For an organization to move forward, each component needs affirmation that their participation adds value.  Each component needs affirmation their respective condition is secure.

The second step is construction of diversity.  Diversity will not occur by itself.  An overabundance of forces exists to prevent inclusion.  Perhaps affirmation is the primary driver preventing diversity.  People will naturally reduce the angst resulting from discordant information and alternative outlook by seeking sanctuary.   It is easy to receive confirmation when all those around have a narrow and parallel view.    President Lincoln is the best example of how to construct diversity.  In a time of maximum turmoil in our country, Lincoln purposefully sought to build a cabinet of dissimilar people.  He valued thoughts different from his own.   Cabinet meetings often were tumultuous.  After hearing a full and vigorous debate, it came to a vote.   It was Lincoln saying, "Nine nays and one aye.  Gentlemen, the ayes carry."  Lincoln was superb at building a Team of Rivals*.

The third step is valuing and nurturing the difference, Vive Le Difference as the French would say.  Realize the forces at work.   Each segment will try to establish dominance over the other.  Each segment will retreat to a safe position.  A substantial atmosphere of a contest exists.   Every possible method is necessary to establish value in the difference and to overcome the above forces.  Each segment has to have as its mission to maintain the health and prosperity of the other segments.  The organization has to adopt the model of a mental health organization where each person has the responsibility to interact in such a way as to reinforce the value of the other people.  A definite value of inclusion and a definite value of preventing exclusion have to exist.

Lean Six Sigma may work in mono culture environments; however it will be far from optimum.   Lean Six Sigma has a purpose to create dissonance.  The accommodation of that dissonance is the process by which Lean Six Sigma makes improvements.   Well constructed and nurtured diversity is the precedent condition which allows Lean Six Sigma to work its magic.

*Doris Kearns Goodwin, A Team of Rivals:  The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, Simon & Schuster

How to Make Your Cold Calling Effective – 4 Examples of effective dialogue in cold calling!

How can we make cold calls "work" when we’re talking to someone we haven’t met, about something they may not need? Well, it’s really simple. First we look at how to relate to them rather than hoping they’ll relate to us and our solution.

When we approach cold calling with a question about what their needs are, potential clients respond much more readily to the idea of talking with us.

To help you with this, here are a few examples of dialogues within four very different industries.

Example: Staffing

In the staffing or recruiting industry, the goal is to call a company and identify whether they need help finding new staff.

The old cold calling approach is, "Hi. My name is... I’m with XYZ Staffing Company, and we offer these services. I’m just calling to..." And by that time, the person pretty much says, "We’re not interested," right?

With this new cold calling approach, the idea is to think about the problem you’re solving. The problem you’re solving is helping them find good people.

So I would start the conversation with, "Maybe you can help me out for a second?" And they usually say, "How can I help you?"

I reply, "I’m just calling to see if your company is still looking at finding good, quality employees to hire?"

The response to that is likely to be, "Well sure. Who’s this?" This is a normal response which we want to be ready for. I would simply say, "My name is Ari and I’m with XYZ Staffing Company and we help companies identify and find good people. I’m just calling to see if your company is in a situation now where you’re looking to hire and find new people."

Example: Software

Let’s say you’re in the software industry, and that you sell software to improve the productivity of an organization. What you want to do is focus on the problem that you solve specifically.

What most software salespeople do in cold calling is say, "Hi, we sell software to help improve productivity." But that doesn’t really identify the problem it solves. You have to focus specifically on an issue.

So, for instance, the software might solve a problem with lost paper-based documents. That’s a very specific issue.

In this case, I might call and say, "I’m just calling to see if your company is having issues with lost paperwork because of manual paper-based filing systems."

See how specific that is? It’s very directed to the problem in their world. This is in contrast to, "I want to see if your company is looking to buy some software or looking to improve productivity," or something similar.

Example: Advertising

Advertising is a very good example. Typically, what most advertising sales folks start with is an introduction. They talk about their advertising product or services that they offer.

But with our problem solving approach, the question becomes, "What does advertising solve for people?" The first thought usually is that it gets people leads.

It gets more branding.

Let’s go deeper than that. What do leads do for companies? Leads provide sales, right? So if I sell advertising, I might call and say, "Maybe you can help me out for a second. I’m just calling to see if your company is open to new ideas of generating leads for your business."

From this place, the discussion unfolds around their world, and not your advertising.

That’s the real shift in making cold calling relevant to their world.

Example: Collections

Another example is the collections industry. Typically, collection agencies call companies to see if they can be hired to collect invoices that are unpaid. They usually talk about their services as opposed to making their cold calling focus on the problem.

The client is looking to bring in more revenue from invoices that aren’t paid. So an approach might be, "Maybe you can help me out for a second?" The reply is once again, "Sure, how can I help you?"

"I’m just calling to see if your company is still having issues with unpaid invoices." And the response probably will be, "Well, yeah, we are. Who’s this?"

You can then respond in a very relaxed tone, "This is John. I’m with XYZ Collection Agency. I’m just calling to see if you’d be open to some new ideas on how to better solve that problem."

These are some examples of how to make your cold calling relevant to the other person and his or her needs. Practice this, and you’ll find that your cold calling conversations become more relaxed. You’ll no longer have to shift into an artificial "salesperson" role.

How Switchplates Can Turn a Room from Dreary to Dazzling in Seconds

There are no two people alike in the world, so no two people have the same taste.  Why is it then that the majority of homes have plain, white switchplates?

Switchplates have been around since the days of indoor electricity.  They cover an open area in a wall where a light switch is in place, making the area look neat as a pin as it covers the exposed wires, all while assisting in a hazard free area.  The originals were quite hideous, usually made of a boxy style wood block, not meant for any sort of decorative purpose at all, just for practical use.

We’ve certainly come a long way, as the days of your grandmother’s tarnished, brass switchplates, with the preamble to the constitution engraved on the top seem like a past dream (or nightmare) .  They can really be quite a beneficial art form, for everyone with electricity needs to have a switchplate for safety reasons, so why on earth would you want to have the same exact, boring one that everyone else has?

Traditionally, decorative switchplates have been found in children’s bedrooms, nurseries, and the occasional bathroom.  But why stop there?

There aren’t many things more boring than a plain, drab wall. A solid, eggshell-colored wall with a plain white switchplate - I need to get an espresso just for thinking about it.  You need a splash of color and some decorative art to give your home the character it needs - it should reflect the personality of its resident - it should reflect you. Why not combine the color and the art into a snazzy, un-boring switchplate cover?

A bathroom full of frogs or a kitchen accented with wine bottles and grapes can both easily have the finishing touch of a not boring switchplate.  If you can’t find the exact pattern to match what you already have, please, at least change the color of the switchplate to coordinate or compliment the rest of the room… don’t leave it white.

At any rate, switchplates are a quick, simple addition to turn a dull and dreary room into a dazzling den that’s as easy as flipping a switch.

Ebooks As Powerful Marketing Tools

Ebooks are part of the new frontier of cyberspace.

They are an entirely new medium for sharing marketing

information, ideas, techniques, and expert knowledge.

Each day the number of people accessing the Internet

grows, causing the exposure of your ebook to increase

incrementally. It's obvious why electronic

self-publishing has become so popular so quickly.

The publishing industry, I hope, does not intend to

forever banish the printed word to the dustbin of

history. Books in print have their own special

qualities and merits, and the world would be

diminished by their disappearance.

Having said that, let's look at what makes ebooks so

important and so unique. Ebooks have certain abilities

and qualities that other mediums do not possess.

For example, ebooks are fairly easy to produce, and

their production cost is inexpensive. Just think about

it: you don't need a publisher, an agent, a printing

press, offset film, ink, paper, or even a distributor.

You just need a great concept, the ability to write it

or to hire a writer, and the right software.

Additionally, ebooks are easily and rapidly

distributed online. They are also easily updated; they

do not require a second print run. All you need is to

go into your original creation and modify the text or

graphics. Because of this flexibility, ebooks can

change and grow as fast as you can type.

Ebooks are also immediately obtainable. You don't have

to go to a bookstore or search through endless titles

at an online bookstore. All you have to do is download

it from a website, and presto! It's on your computer,

ready to be read.

Ebooks are interactive. This is one of the most unique

and specific qualities that ebooks offer. You can add

surveys that need to be filled out, order forms for

customers to purchase your products or goods, sound

and video that draw your reader into the virtual world

of your ebook, even direct links to relevant sites

that will expand your ebook outward. The potential is

virtually limitless.

Ebooks have a particular kind of permanence that other

mediums do not possess. Television shows and radio

shows air once, and then may rerun a few times. Ebooks

remain on your computer for as long as your choose,

and they can be read and reread whenever you choose

to. They can even be printed out and stored on the

shelves of your traditional home library.

Another wonderful quality is that ebooks have no

barriers in terms of publishing. You don't need to go

through the endless process of submitting your

manuscript over and over again, and then once you land

an agent, having the agent submit your manuscript over

and over again. Nor do you have to shell out thousands

of dollars for printing a self-published book. All

ebooks require is a writer and appropriate software.

Figure out your market, write your book, post it on

your website, and with the right business savvy, your

audience will come to you.

Finally, you have creative control over your ebook.

You don?t have to compromise with an editor or the

publishing trends of the time. You don't have to

haggle with a designer or wait for copyedited galleys

to arrive by snail mail. You are in complete control

of the design and the text.

How to Use ebooks for Marketing and Promotion

There are innumerable ways to use ebooks to promote

your business and drive quality traffic to your

website. Once posted on your site, you can turn them

into a daily course, which brings your customer back

to read the next chapter. You can use them as a free

gift for making a purchase or for filling out a

survey. Put your ebook on a disc, and you will have an

innovative brochure. Blow your competition away by

inserting the disc into your sales packages.

The most effective marketing products are those that

are unique. Copyright your ebook, and immediately, you

have a powerful tool that you, and you alone, can

offer to the public. People will have to visit your

site to acquire your ebook, which increases the flow

of quality traffic and the potential of sales and

affiliate contacts.

Make sure that you keep your ebook current. Update it

frequently as the market and trends change. Add new

advice and techniques to show your prospects how your

goods or services can enrich their lives. By

constantly keeping abreast of new trends and

techniques, you can continue to see profits from your

ebook for years after your original creation.

Another phenomenal advantage of ebooks is that you can

test their marketing potential without putting out

hardly any cash at all. You can even produce an ebook

one copy at a time, each time you receive an order,

eliminating the need for storage and inventory. By

this method, you can gauge the saleablity of your

ebook, and make adjustments as necessary until the

orders start pouring in. Ebooks allow you to learn

about your market and customer habits and motivation

over a period of time, without risking your precious

financial resources. They also provide you with an

invaluable way to gather marketing information, which

you can use in many different facets of your business.

Use your ebook to discover what the specific goals and

problems are in your specific industry. Then figure

out how to solve these problems, and publish an ebook

with this invaluable information. This will increase

the value of your business, upgrade your reputation,

and get you known as an expert in your field.

You can extend the value of single ebook by breaking

the book down into chapters for a serial course, into

special reports available on your website, or into

audio or visual tapes. Ebooks can be broken down into

several different promotional materials by excepting

some of the articles and using them to promote your

product. You can include a catalog in your ebook to

promote all the products or services you sell. You can

include a thank-you note for reading your book and an

invitation to download a trial version of your

product. Or you can include a form for your audience

to contact you for further information or with

questions, thereby building your business

relationships and your mailing list.

Using ebooks in this manner helps to cut the cost of

individually producing separate promotional materials.

You can use a single ebook to entice new prospects and

to sell new products to your current customers.

No other medium has this kind of flexibility and

ability for expansion. Think of your ebook like a

spider spinning a beautiful and intricate web. Now go

and create that web, and see how many customers and

prospects you can catch!

Why are paid surveys so popular?

The new concept of getting paid for giving your honest opinion seems to be too good to be true – well its not. Not only the person taking part benefits but the company benefits on a whole as it leads to better and improved products that sell. Most people tend you use these surveys as extra cash source or a good paid hobby you can do in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. I wouldn't recommend doing them full time as there not stable enough and would be hard to get into the thousands bracket but the hundreds if definitely realistic for anyone.

They are so popular because of the fact that anyone can do them; the only restriction may be your country as some companies make the surveys country specific but if you look hard enough there are plenty out there which you can take part in. I would say the main feature that appeals to everyone is the fact of being able to work in your night wear at 3:00am in the morning (or which ever time suits you). It's the flexibility that will grab your attention as you work when you want and for how long you want which is everyone's dream job right? The thing is you need to allow yourself some free time as the fact of working and getting paid for as long as you want can be tempting to work non-stop to earn loads of extra cash, I know I would be. Too much work can have negative effects and will harm your body so it's vital that you rest, eat well and take time off from work to do other activities. Aside from that its ideal for stay at home mums or people that cannot go to work due to illness or disability as they don't need to attend interviews or make the effort to get out the house and be somewhere for a certain time. Simply get up when you want and you can fit these paid surveys into your current lifestyle. If it's only a few a day it will still bring in some extra money which is always a bonus. When its said you work as much as you want it doesn't mean you login to your account and pick surveys that you feel like doing, you will get a flood of emails to your inbox with surveys ready to be taken but don't feel like you have to do them all, simply pick a selection and do those. If you have more time do a few more but any other just delete them. There are so many people taking part on paid surveys the quota will more then likely be satisfactory for the client. You should not have to pay to take part in paid surveys so be careful with the companies that require a start up fee, make sure you start with a decent company and you will be well on your way to making that extra cash you've always wanted.

WEBconference services in 8 languages

Since its beginning, Tele-efficiency offered WEBconference service in 3 languages: English, Spanish and French. Now, it increase its linguistic offer to include 8 languages. Even if European languages are mainly present as German, Italian and Dutch, Portuguese has been also added to surround America Latina with Brazil. But it is indisputably a Chinese interface which is a breakthrough for WEBconferences. Have a look at www.chinese.tele-efficiency.com

The forthcoming Olympic games in Beijing does not explain by itself the interest of Tele-efficiency for China. In fact, it is the fast growing economy of China which justify the set-up of remote meeting tools between Chinese and occidental business peoples, commented Michel Dionne, CEO of Tele-efficiency. He added: "If the medium is the message, WEBconference means network and synergy".

The negotiation of commercial agreements usually requires many talks. It is where WEBconference becomes interesting to reduce traveling, to facilitate exchanges and to accelerate conclusion of agreements and their follow-up. Nevertheless, it is the tip of the iceberg because technology transfer and project management benefit equally from WEBconference.

The cost of WEBconference services is usually based on per-minute and per-participant rates. However, Tele-efficiency offers a free 30-day trial period followed by a fixed-rate quarterly or annual service contract that includes an unlimited number of meetings with a maximum of 25 participants simultaneously. The address of the international portal is: www.tele-efficiency.net.