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Following the footsteps of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump boasted to his fans at his “homecoming” rally on November 27 in Sunrise, Florida about his “gorgeous chest,” which he claims proves he didn’t have a heart attack on November 17.
The president also claimed his visit to Texas on November 18 was more proof of his good health.
Speculation about the President Trump’s real health status went viral on social media with his unscheduled and sudden visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), which is only some nine miles from the White House. The visit wasn’t on the president’s calendar.
President Trump said that his unannounced trip to Walter Reed was for a “a very routine physical.”
However, rumors about the president’s health problems, and that he might have had either a series of mini-strokes or have suffered a heart attack continued to swirl.
He blasted the media for reporting on his visit to Walter Reed, saying: “They [the media] said he wasn’t wearing a tie; this is a sign of a massive heart attack.
“They said, he went into the hospital – and it’s true, I didn’t wear a tie – why would I wear a tie if the first thing they do is say take off your shirt, sir, and show us that gorgeous chest?”
President Trump then took another step to assuring people he was fine. He tweeted a photoshopped picture of his unsmiling face superimposed on the body of fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone.
Nowadays, most of us don’t remember the pre-Internet era clearly. Since we are all living in a complex digital world, making the Internet one of the basic human rights, the United Nations declared that the Internet has given us the impeccable level of the freedom of expression and moreover, provided us with the endless possibilities for the development and prosperity of the whole mankind.
However, at the same time, the Internet became the floodgate for all kinds of crimes and fraudsters, which basically turned cybercrime into the fastest growing crime in the world. No matter, whether you’re shopping, chatting with someone or just looking for any kind of information, you may never know who’s on the other end. Kids tend to be more vulnerable to Internet threats if compared to adults, thus we will provide you with the best Internet safety tips every parent should know.
Learn More Yourself
Recent studies show that most of the modern-day parents are likely to be considered Internet-savvy, however, when it comes to the basic Internet safety rules, there’s a clear lack of knowledge in this area. You would only be able to protect your child only in the case you know something about the safety online yourself. You can find plenty of information on the topic online. For example, the US non-profit organization Tech Corps created the list of most-useful Internet safety resources that will help you educate yourself and your kid. There are also such useful websites like SafeKids.org.
Educate your Kid The best thing you can do for your kids about online defense is to educate them properly. A kid that knows a lot more is not as vulnerable as it may seem. There are a whole bunch of precautions that can be taken to help your kid stay safe online:
Never ever let your kid make friends online – one of the most valid points is not to make any friends online. Getting acquainted in real life is among those vital precautions you may take to keep your child safe unless you know someone in person. This does not apply to school friends, next-door kids or brothers, and sisters.
Set Up Privacy Setting on Social Media Accounts – teach your kids to set up their social media accounts restricted from everyone’s access and moreover, to check from time to time whether it works properly or not. Leaving your kid’s account open makes him or her a perfect target for online threats.
Avoid Posting Personal Information Elsewhere – you, as a parent, should be extremely careful with what is posted on your kid’s personal social media page. For instance, any content you post can be retweeted or reposted without your permission and you basically lose control over that information. Make sure to turn off Location Settings for both Twitter and Facebook, another lead to get your kid tracked.
Deactivate Old Accounts your Kid might have – the list is not only limited to the social media accounts only. God knows how much of personal information could be leaking from the old game profiles, sites like Netflix or Lego-forums. Make sure to remove everything that is not used and you are aware of.
Teach them the Basic Knowledge of Critical Thinking – teach your kids to think critically and recognize possible threats they might come across while being online along with not taking anything at a face value.
Don’t Ban Technology
There’s nothing worse for your kid than being cut off from the Internet access, even though you think it is a wise move. You will not gain great results if any at all. Moreover, the kids will probably serf the Internet at their friend’s home or at school, behind your back. In case you fail to help them with answering their questions, they would have no other option but search for the answers online. The Internet can be truly considered one of the inventions that helped the whole humankind to develop as faster as never before. All you need to do is to allow your kids to use it wisely for educational and entertainment purposes.
Set Up Parental Controls Why banning the whole Internet access for your kid when you are able to restrict access to the most sensitive content available online: violence, erotic scenes or simply the content you don’t want your kid to be aware of. All of the most popular streaming services like Netflix, Youtube, Disney or HBO have parental control options available. The same relates to videogames, browsers, and smartphones. You are even able to lock the certain IP address to block the access for your kid. In case you’re not tech-savvy, get help from your local Internet providers, they will be more than happy to help you out with that.
Set Up House Rules and Stimulate Open Communication
Gain trust and become a true friend for your kid. Modern children are pretty well-educated for their age and might know much more than their parents. Especially when it comes to navigating on the Internet and breaking restrictions. Let your kid know to appreciate the rules you set up for the basic Internet safety precautions and explain why obeying them is vitally important. Open communication will help your kid to follow the rules that were installed.
What to Do in Case you Think your Kid is in Danger?
The first thing you should do about that is to identify the kind of threat your kid is affected by. There is a whole bunch of options possible online. In case your kid is being bullied online, it would be a nice chance for you to step in and find the parents of that bully to put out the flame before it gets worse. Online scam or dangerous contacts with a stranger is a lot different story. Once you identify the threat, try to do reverse person lookup on Nuwber and pass the information to the law enforcement authorities.
In conclusion, we would like to stress the fact that the Internet may be quite a dangerous place nowadays in case it’s not treated with care and attention. With the help of the mentioned above, you would reduce the risk of any threats for your kid to minimum.
In a recent interview, Prince Andrew was pressed on his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, and an accusation made by Virginia Giuffre that he had intercourse with her at Epstein’s house when she was 17.
Prince Andrew denied having any relation with Ms Giuffre, but the interview created a wave of criticism directed at the royal.
Jane Doe 15 gave a press conference in Los Angeles on November 18 with her lawyer, Gloria Allred. She accused Jeffrey Epstein of abusing her at his New Mexico ranch when she was 15, after she had met his secretary during a 2004 school trip to New York.
According to Jane Doe 15’s lawsuit, the secretary told her Jeffrey Epstein was interested in helping girls from poorer backgrounds. She was flown on his private jet to his ranch in New Mexico with several other young girls, she said. Jane Doe 15 alleges he told her to give him a massage, then assaulted her.
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, hanged himself in jail in August while awaiting trial. He was accused of abusing dozens of young girls, some as young as 14. He pleaded not guilty.
Jane Doe 15 did not accuse Prince Andrew of any wrongdoing but called on him to come forward with more information.
She said: “Prince Andrew, and any others who were close to Epstein, should come forward and give a statement under oath on what information they have.”
Attorney Gloria Allred said she had called on Prince Andrew to “voluntarily meet with the FBI and prosecutors who are investigating this criminal case in New York, and also to provide his deposition under oath”.
Netflix online streaming collects monthly data in order to find out which ISP is able to stream its services better. They make this monthly report public to facilitate their users.
Cable service providers Spectrum and Cox topped the list of October 2019. They are providing great speeds that allow Netflix to stream smoothly.
Check local cable deals to find out the best internet packages for Netflix streaming.
Well, I guess most of you aren’t aware of the fact that Netflix stalks internet service providers. Well, I recently came across Netflix’s report which indicates which ISPs are doing a great job in providing a smooth Netflix experience to their users. Netflix has created an ISP leaderboard that ranks them with respect to their speed in megabits per second.
The recent analysis of Netflix has shown that in October 2019, cable service providers Spectrum and Cox delivered great speeds and facilitated Netflix users greatly. However, Verizon Fios topped the list of fiber optic internet service providers.
Which ISP streams the Netflix slowest?
Almost all the internet service providers are doing great in regards to Netflix streaming speed until they are not offering DSL internet service. Frontier, Verizon DSL, AT&T DSL failed to provide a smooth Netflix experience. We all know it for a fact that DSL provides low speeds than that of the cable and fiber internet connections. Spectrum internet is the best cable internet service provider however, Verizon Fios is among the best fiber internet service providers.
Which ISPs are doing great in streaming Netflix smoothly?
As you can see in the above graph, cable internet service providers Spectrum followed by Cox, Comcast, Optimum are doing great in providing high speeds that deliver smooth Netflix experience. They all are few decimals of one another, so certainly their users don’t have to encounter with the dread of Netflix’s spinning circle.
How does Netflix gather the data over different ISPs?
Well, Netflix monitors the average prime-time bitrates transmitted by different ISPs in the peak viewing hours. Mostly it is between 7 pm to 11 pm. Certainly, this index provided by Netflix isn’t the measure of the overall performance of the internet service but is just specified to their performance with Netflix.
Things to know in order to find out right ISP for Netflix:
Though you have the list of high performing internet service providers on you. But there are certain things you need to know before getting yourself an ISP for Netflix-ing.
Firstly, know what speeds are suitable for streaming. To stream HD videos on Netflix, one does require 5 Mbps, however for ultra HD or 4k video quality one requires internet speed of 25 Mbps for fluent video streaming. 25 Mbps is not much of high speed and most of the internet service providers have reasonably priced packages that offer 25Mbps. Visit http://www.localcabledeals.com to find yourself a suitable internet package in your area.
However, streaming songs online on Spotify or Deezer need you to have 2-10 Mbps. Cox and CenturyLink are offering lower-tier plans. These plans are great for elderly and kids which only have to play music and watch a few videos on YouTube.
By now you must have understood that high-speed and reliability is important in order to stream Netflix smoothly. We all have Netflix subscriptions and certainly don’t want to not be able to enjoy it just because of a slow internet connection. To enjoy Netflix at its best one does require a fast and reliable internet that doesn’t get stuck. Netflix’s leaderboard for ISPs keeps them in check and also help the masses to know which ISP is doing great with Netflix.
NASA is refusing to release records of any investigations into their astronauts.
The secrecy of the U.S. space agency has reemerged as an issue after the international news coverage of a possible crime committed on the International Space Station by Astronaut Anne McClain. McClain was accused of hacking her wife’s banking information during a nasty custody fight.
Dolcefino Consulting requested five years of completed investigative reports in a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act.
The NASA Office of Inspector General says in their mission statement that they, “independently report to the Administrator, Congress, and the public,” and that the Office of Investigations, “investigates allegations of crime, cyber-crime, fraud, abuse or misconduct having an impact on NASA programs, personnel and resources.”
In a letter dated November 8, 2019, James Ives, Assistant Inspector General for Investigations denied our request for any completed investigations to protect the “privacy interest of third parties.”
“This agency is given tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers every year and that makes them accountable to the public, period,” says Wayne Dolcefino, President of Dolcefino Consulting. “The OIG’s job is not to protect NASA from scandal, but to protect the public.”
NASA has not been immune from scandal. In 2007, Astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested in Florida and charged with attempted kidnapping, burglary with assault and battery.
The fight between Summer Worden and Astronaut Anne McClain became national news this year. McClain dropped her attempt to gain rights for a child that was born before the couple met, but Judge Dunson has refused to sign the order ending the dispute.
It has been more than a month since Judge Dunson got a simple order to sign and she has refused. “We think the judge is abusing the power of her office to punish Summer for speaking out about decisions in that court,” says Dolcefino. “Summer is having to fight courthouse retaliation and NASA secrecy at the same time and that is outrageous for this mother.”
The OIG has failed to disclose the status of the McClain investigation. The media has described the allegations against her as the first possible crime in space.
“If the OIG tries to hide the results of its work, we may be forced to go to federal court to let the sunshine in,” says Dolcefino.
Changing your home around requires dedication from not just you but any tradesmen and suppliers you use. In particular, you need to make sure that any suppliers you use are reputable and trustworthy. You don’t want them to not be able to deliver on a product, especially if they are something as crucial as a wood and laminate flooring supplier. Here are some of the things you should look out for.
A Large Stock
Obviously, the first thing you want them to have is a large amount of stock. If they have more stock, you are going to have more to browse through and a lot of options to choose from. Even if you have your heart set on oak flooring, you might be shocked to find out just how many different types of oak flooring is out there. Being able to browse through lots of stock might be overwhelming but it might even result in you considering something you had not thought about before.
Finding the right floor is extremely difficult and you need to make sure that you have the perfect one. Though laminate is far cheaper than real wood, you still want to make sure that you have chosen exactly the right one. Samples allow you to take a piece of the floor home and try it out in the room you want to put it. You can see how it will look at different times of the day as well as trying out in various corners of the room to make sure that it will look good everywhere.
Samples are also good if you don’t live near the wood and laminate flooring supplier. You might not be able to visit their store directly. However, the sample will allow you to see exactly what the floor is going to look and feel like just as if you were able to see a sample in their store.
Collection or Delivery
Depending on the location and nature of your build, it might be easier for you to opt for either collection or delivery. For example, you might find another supplier nearby who offers something else you need like kitchen cabinets. It might be easier for you to arrange collection for both and then hire a van to do it yourself. Likewise, it might just be easier for you to arrange delivery. The right flooring supplier should be able to offer nationwide delivery and they might even be able to deliver on the continent too.
These are just some of the things you should be looking at when considering whether or not you will buy from a certain wood and laminate flooring supplier. Don’t forget that they also need to offer the perfect price for you! Even if they are able to offer all of the above, you might find that their prices are beaten elsewhere. Take time with your research and it won’t be long before you have found the perfect room for your build. You won’t regret taking the time!
The San Diego Zoo provides tourists with the opportunity to explore 1,700-acre wildlife that’s home to over 3,500 animals across 260 species from the six continents of the world. Safari Park receives over 5 million tourists every year.
Because of its hilly nature and predominantly tropical terrain, you will find that a day spent at the zoo is just like a full workout, so ensure that you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A trip to San Diego Zoo is ideal for the entire family. There’s so much you can do. You can take guided tours or witness animal shows.
The zoo can sometimes get overcrowded, especially during the summer, meaning entertainment and extra attractions can be quite costly. But the good news is that there are many ways you can cut on costs and save time on your trip if you get it right from choosing the right time to go, the activities to do, and ways to get discounts.
There are a few ways you can get San Diego Zoo discount tickets, but not all methods are created equal. Your best bet is to purchase tickets online from a trusted source before your visit. This option is not only more convenient and secure, but it allows you to explore and find the best deal in advance, saving you time and money.
Preparing for the trip
It takes approximately a minimum of 3-4 hours to explore the entire zoo, but you may spend a whole day visiting the multiple entertainment options, exhibits, and trails. So it wouldn’t be a good idea to visit the zoo on the same day as Safari Park because it’s about one hour away, and it can take up to six hours exploring just a part of the park.
When you arrive at the park, take your time to go through the big billboard at the entrance. The billboard tells you the exhibits that are not available for that day, and it also gives schedules for each activity. Since the layout of the zoo is complex, you should take your time to view the billboard to help you plan your day’s activities.
You should get to the park early before the opening time so that you can beat the crowd. The entrance gate is normally closed some few hours before the day’s regular closing time, so don’t rush at the last minute with the hope of entering into the zoo.
Things to do
The zoo is organized into several animal areas connected by themed trails, some of which can be accessed by wheelchair. All of them are marked with their distance, the level of difficulty to navigate, and the time it takes to navigate them. The popular areas include Tiger River, the Panda Trek, Scripps Aviary, the Elephant Odyssey, the Polar Bear Plunge, the underwater view of the hippopotamus pond, etc.
Apart from looking at the animals, you can also take a 30-minutes guided bus tour of the zoo to get an overview of the zoo’s layout. San Diego Zoo also sponsors interesting special programs, though they change with seasons. These programs include sleepovers which can be fun; you get a tent to sleep in, dinner, or a hot breakfast.
Food, drink, and comfort
It’s worth mentioning that food and drinks at the park can be quite expensive. If you are looking into cutting the cost on your visit to the park, it’s better if you carry your own packed lunch. This is particularly important for people who suffer from food allergies. Even though the zoo permits visitors to come with food and water bottles, items such as coolers are restricted. However, there’s a picnic site outside the park that allows visitors to have coolers, and the visitors then get stamped at the entrance.
San Diego typically experiences sunny and hot weather on several months of the year, so it’s advisable to bring along adequate sunscreen and hat. Most of San Diego Zoo activities happen outdoors in direct sunshine, so make sure you drink sufficient water and take frequent breaks.
San Diego Zoo is hilly and wide, and if you take a walk through all trails, it will take you at least four hours; this means that your shoes will play an important role, so choose a comfortable pair of shoes.
The speedy growth of the internet has brought tremendous growth in online opportunities. Customers no longer have to go to a store to purchase goods or services. They can now do transactions from the comfort of their homes or offices.
The following are some of the incredible benefits of online business.
It is flexible
Everybody loves flexibility. Operating your business round the clock, creating your own hours, and speaking to your clients past the business hours can make your life and client’s lives much easier. With traditional business, you may go to a shop to inquire about a product and find that they are closed, and their website may not have the information you need. But an online shop enables you to access everything you need 24/7.
Online business also allows you to set up chat features on your website where you can chat with your customers- they can ask questions, and you respond to them. That personal connection with your customers can generate more revenue because you shall have gained their trust.
2. It requires less capital and effort to start
Many businesses require a lot of capital, time, and effort to start. But with an online business, you don’t have to wait for days or even weeks to start. For traditional businesses, the business owner has to pay for the office space, physical inventory, printed stationery, etc. These expenses can be too costly. But with an online business, the only real expense will be a domain name and a hosting account. Even if you decide to buy inventory or invest in things that will make your business operation easier, the overall investment will still be significantly less expensive than maintaining a physical office store.
3. You will find the ultimate job security
Many people assume that online business is too risky. However, this is not true. When you learn to do your business online, you are actually training yourself to create ultimate job security. If you can sell your products and services online, the chances are that you will be able to repeat this process with a lot of enthusiasm. Considering how many companies are shutting down, it would be better to learn how to make money online instead of relying on a single employer.
4. You will get an extensive network of customers
Doing your business online can give you access to a much larger pool of customers. Millions of people own smartphones and they can access your services from any part of the continent. With a traditional business, you only get customers around your business location, making it hard to access customers from remote places.
5. Low-cost marketing
The internet provides you with multiple ways to market your business at minimal or no cost. You can write articles or create a blog that provide people with essential information about your products or services. You can also use Google Adwords to market your products and services. Google Adwords allows you to create ads that people may see when they search for a keyword that relates to your business. You can also exchange links for free or purchase advertising space on other websites.
6. You can easily increase your earning potential
If you are employed in a 9-5 set up, your earning power depends on your field and your experience. For instance, if you work as a tutor, you can gain all the certifications and experience you want, but you are less likely to ever hit the same amount of salaries of lawyers and bankers. But when it comes to online business, the sky is the limit!
If you can successfully sell one product online, you can train yourself to sell even more. You will no longer have to negotiate a raise because you’ll have the knowledge and power to generate an additional income.
7. Ease of transactions
An online business makes it easy to make transactions. You can create a secure page on your site where customers can pay for your products or services by credit cards or through online payment services such as PayPal. This reduces the need to send out paper bills, and you will also receive payments quickly.
A statewide emergency has been declared in California as wildfires, whipped up by fierce winds, continue to sweep through the area.
Tens of thousands of homes are under threat from the wildfires and some 180,000 people in the north have been ordered to leave their homes and roads around Santa Rosa were packed with cars as people tried to flee.
Another million people are expected to lose their supplies in the hours ahead.
The evacuation order encompasses a huge area of Sonoma County, including Santa Rosa.
The biggest blackouts in California’s history have already left a million people without electricity.
Power companies are trying to stop damaged cables from triggering new fires.
Sonoma has been ravaged by the Kincade Fire, which has burned through at least 30,000 acres of land.
Fears about the extent of the wildfires led PG&E to initiate a precautionary blackout expected to be the largest in state history.
PG&E said the power cuts would affect 940,000 households and businesses across 36 counties in northern California – hitting an estimated two million people.
In a statement, PG&E warned customers that they could be affected by a mass blackout, citing forecasts of potential extreme weather.
The warning came as the gas and electricity company faced scrutiny over its possible role in the fires.
The Kincade Fire in northern California began seven minutes after a nearby power line was damaged, but PG&E has not yet confirmed if the power glitch started the blaze.
PG&E is already seeking bankruptcy protection as it faces lawsuits over last year’s Camp Fire, which killed 85 people. The deadliest wildfire in the state’s history was sparked by ageing equipment owned by PG&E. It spawned billions of dollars in liability claims against the company.
In a video posted to Twitter on October 26, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the power cuts were “infuriating everyone, and rightfully so”.
“We are going to do our best to get through these high wind events… and get these lights back on and do everything in our power to make sure PG&E’s never in a position where they’re doing this to us again,” he said.
The Kincade Fire was about 10% contained as of October 27.
According to the state fire department, the fire was burning in remote, steep terrain, making access difficult.
All the misconceptions in a love relationship will be settled if we communicate with our spouse about it. But, Grandma’s well-known tip doesn’t work when a partner has heart-broken feelings in the heart of being beguiled.
Technology has brought a great revolution in our life If it appears everything is sneaking out of your hands, it’s a great opportunity to screen him/her and secure your wedded life! In this regard, Yvonne Allen Matchmakers services are best to choose your best spouse so that you may not have to face inconvenience after marriage.
In this article, we have referenced the best 5 spy apps which will help you in spying your swindling partner’s text messages, telephone calls, IM chats – Whatsapp, Viber and Facebook Messenger discussions and much more.
mSpy – The Diverse Features!
This mSpy is one of the top software in the android market that furnishes you with all that you need in the hours of doubt. It offers you the most flawless and practical app for life-partner monitoring. This spying app keeps running in undercover mode and furnishes you with extensive logging highlights. You can remotely watch all the activities occurring on the target’s cell phone. Keeping its clients on need, mSpy offers diverse features including various bundles.
2. Mobistealth – Vital Monitoring Software!
Baffled with the thoughts of spouse disloyalty, you need to use app Mobistealth to monitor your spouse. Now, it’s a great opportunity to just install Mobistealth on the unfaithful partner’s cell phone to uncover all the secrets. Their customer service team provides you a perfect watch for 24/7. It functions in stealth mode. Also, it is cross-stage spy app that gives you a chance to screen all the activities on the target’s iPhone, android or blackberry gadget.
3. FlexiSPY – An Efficient App!
FlexiSPY is one of the handy spy apps to detect all the lies of your unscrupulous partner. It is a very efficient app which is purposely designed with advanced technology. This app helps you listen to the live calls and possibly you can participate between the call discussions, which may leave your trickster partner dismayed! Simply snatch the cell phone of your partner for a couple of minutes and instantly install the app on it. Try not to stress! The app is undetectable to the target client. He/she will never come to realize they are being observed.
4. Spyera – It Runs Silently Unnoticed!
This app once installed in the cell phone runs quietly and impeccably by social affair all the fundamental proof for you to guarantee that your partner is truly undermining you. The Mobile Spy always keeps you updated with your life partner clowning around. It does everything from SMS following to finding GPS location.
5. Highster Mobile – Spy and Filter Smartphone and Tablets
Highster Mobile is highly designed with a rich program. If you install on the target’s cell phone, you can easily approach all the text messages which are sent and got on his/her cell phone. All activities are automatically recorded in the online account from where you can check the call logs. On top of that, it also helps you view the multimedia remotely from anyplace and whenever you like.
All these apps are very handy if you want to keep an eye on your partner.
If you’re thinking of adding a delivery service to your retail store or restaurant, it’s important to remember that your POS may not be set up yet for such extras. This is easily remedied, however, with these simple tips on getting your POS delivery-ready. Keep reading to learn how to best prepare your system for the transition.
Decide on Your Rates
First and foremost, you’ll need to decide on what rates you’ll be charging for your services. Are you going to offer free or discounted delivery for orders above a certain dollar amount, or one flat-rate for all deliveries? Once you’ve decided what to charge customers for the service, you can program the new services to your POS system.
Rates can vary based on distance, and you’ll want to decide what your max delivery area is as well. You’ll likely have no shortage of out-of-area customers requesting delivery once you add the service, so it’s important to define the delivery area on your website.
Account for the Extra Labor
You’re likely going to incur extra labor costs with a delivery service. You’ll want to account for these extra costs when you set your delivery charge. You’ll also want to decide if you’re reimbursing your drivers for mileage or not (this is pretty standard with delivery services).
These extra costs, while adding a premium service to your business, can also increase your costs as well.
Most POS systems have easy-to-use tools from which you can set pricing and keep track of sales and services. The best POS software for android is vend HQ, with some of the best tools in the business.
Whether you’re a retail store adding delivery services to increase your brand awareness or a new restaurant looking to expand your reach, Vend has everything you need to get started.
While many POS systems only offer platform-specific software, Vend can be used on pretty much any pre-existing hardware there is. This makes it versatile and efficient, and the perfect option for both startups and established brands alike.
Use Your Data for Improved Function
Your POS system will come equipped with powerful analytics tools that you can use to observe the impact your delivery services have on your business.
From daily, weekly, and monthly sales reports to individualized item reports, POS systems can help you streamline every aspect of your business and your new services.
Don’t underestimate the power of data; it’s the best tool you have at your disposal for increasing your operations and identifying problem areas. Data also helps boost your marketing efforts, making them reach further and with improved accuracy.
You’ll be able to collect customer information, send promotions, and build a comprehensive database of your customers’ preferences and favorite items. You can even add gift cards and a loyalty program to certain POS systems.
Add Mobile Terminals
Mobile terminals will make it easier for your delivery customers to pay their bill and add tips during their delivery. POS software will work with most mobile devices unless they’re iPad-specific. Mobility makes for greater convenience and a better customer experience.
Buy online pick-up in-store is something that many major retailers have started offering in recent years. Rather than pay expensive shipping fees, some customers choose to combine the convenience of online payments with the ease of in-store shopping.
This option can easily be integrated into your POS system, but you may need to manually enter an option to pull items from stock to hold for a certain period of time.
Your customers will love a BOPIS system for the simple fact that they won’t have to shop around the store for what they need. Shopping from the comfort of their own home, they’ll feel more at ease and more likely to add extra items to their order(s).
Why POS Systems Are Essential
Besides simple payment processing, POS systems offer an effective lineup of business-changing tools; from inventory management and organization to employee management to marketing tools and customer databases.
As payment methods continue to grow and change, a good POS system becomes an essential component of any business.
The ability to accept multiple payment methods will help put you ahead of the competition and ensure that no matter what method your customer brings to your store, you can accept it.
Whether you’re running an eCommerce platform, brick and mortar store, or both, having a reliable POS will help improve your overall efficiency and make for better organization within your business.
Offering delivery is a huge step-up for most businesses, but you’ll want to be certain your POS system and your team are ready for the change. These tips will help you prepare your business, your POS system, and you for the coming changes to ensure no efficiency or data is lost in the process.
Japan has been hit by Typhoon Hagibis, the worst storm for 60 years.
The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the country’s main island shortly before 19:00 local time, in Izu Peninsula, south-west of Tokyo.
The typhoon is now moving up the eastern coast, with wind speeds of 140mph.
One man was killed in Chiba, east of Tokyo, when his car overturned, and at least 60 people have been injured.
More than seven million people have been urged to leave their homes amid severe flood and landslide warnings, as torrential rain and tornado-like winds are lashing large parts of the country.
However, it’s thought only 50,000 are staying in shelters.
Train services have been halted, and more than a thousand flights grounded. Thousands of homes lost power in and around the capital earlier on Saturday, though some were swiftly reconnected.
Two Rugby World Cup games scheduled for October 12 have been canceled and declared as draws – England-France and New Zealand-Italy. Formula 1 has also canceled qualifying races for October 12 Japanese Grand Prix.
Social media is great for small businesses because it requires a small financial investment to be implemented, therefore helping small businesses to grow.
Apart from using social media platforms to grow your business, you can also learn from business mentors like Tony Robbins who are always ready to share with the world some of the incredible strategies that one can use to make their business successful.
Here are some of the benefits of social media for small businesses.
Increased inbound traffic
When you market your small business on social media, you can quickly increase your inbound traffic. People who are familiar with your products and services are likely to be searching for the same keywords that you already rank for. You should include social media in your marketing strategy because if you don’t, it will be difficult for you to reach people beyond your customer circle.
When it comes to using social media, posting content in your account can be an excellent opportunity to get a new customer. Again, posting content on different social media platforms can allow your customers to reach your business organically. Marketing your business on social media can open your business to a large number of consumers across the globe.
Increases your brand awareness
When you have a strong social media presence, you can build your business reputation easily. Through the help of a digital marketing company who can execute a social media strategy, you can increase your brand recognition since you will engage a wide audience of consumers in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
For starters, first, you have to create a social media account for your business, and start interacting with people. You can get people such as sponsors, business partners, and employees to like and share your page. The more you get the likes, the more your business gets recognized.
Increases your conversion rates
When your business gets increased visibility, it means that it has more chances for conversion. The comments, images, or videos can lead readers to your business’ site and increase traffic. Social media marketing gives your business the opportunity to interact with your customers on a personal level.
Research shows that social media has a 100% higher leads than the outbound marketing. Individuals use social media platforms to keep in touch with their family and friends. And because people are active on these platforms, you can throw in your brand in the mix. This will expose your business to people and individuals may mention your brand to a friend when your products or services are needed.
Social media improves customer satisfaction
It is no surprise that social media is a great networking and communication platform. Your small business can rapidly grow if you create a voice for it using these platforms. Nothing makes a consumer happy like knowing that if they post a comment on your page, they will receive personalized feedback and not an automated message.
One of the best ways to show that you value your customers and pay attention to their needs is to acknowledge each comment from them.
It is cost-effective
Social media is one of the most cost-effective methods of advertising. Creating a profile is free for almost all social media platforms. Moreover, any paid promotions that you sign up for are low cost compared to other methods of marketing.
If you are running a small business, a cost-effective marketing strategy will be best for your business since you may be working on a tight budget. A cost-effective method will also enable you to see a significant return on investment [ROI] and retain a huge budget for other business expenses.
From the points above, you can clearly see how social media can be of significant value to your business. If your business does not already have the correct profiles, create them now. Fill in your business’ details and post interesting and engaging content. You don’t have any reason not to integrate social media into your marketing strategy. It is cost-effective, meaning you won’t lose a thing!
The harsh reality of the modern job market is that few professionals stay at one company or in one position for more than a few years at a time. This obviously presents enormous opportunities for pros to follow various career paths. But at the same time, finding yourself in between jobs can be quite unsettling for some. Those used to a regular nine-to-five workday might even be overwhelmed by the amount of free time unemployment entails. With that in mind, today we’re going to share five tips that professionals can use to stay sharp in between jobs. Check them out here:
Take Job-Hunting Seriously
It can be very tempting to blast out hundreds –– or even thousands –– of resumes at one time. While this approach may produce results for some, the fact of the matter is that it’s much better to tailor your resume and cover letter to specific jobs you find. Not only do you have a better chance of landing an interview with this approach, but it also allows you to get to know a prospective employer and decide if their company a good fit for you. Remember, taking the first job you’re offered isn’t always the best way to go.
Learn Something New Every Day
Each day presents a chance to improve yourself and gain more knowledge. As such, make it a point to use your free time productively. Spend an hour at the library, sign up for a dance class, volunteer at a local charity –– just make sure to do something worthwhile that exposes you to new experiences.
Pick up a Side Hustle
Just because you’re in between jobs, it doesn’t mean the bills will stop coming. Thankfully, getting a part-time job can help you keep the creditors at bay. In addition to trendy side hustles like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb, you should also consider freelancing in your field. Writing blogs or designing web pages is a great way to bolster your C.V. when you don’t have a full-time position.
Study How the Best Work
If you want to become a better chef, then it makes sense to watch videos on how professionals like Gordon Ramsey cook. In the same vein, if your goal is to open up a small business, then it’s a good idea to peruse successful small business websites, like this one from OTW Safety, for instance. What’s more, speaking to leading minds in your industry can grant you valuable insights that you can use to further your own career.
Sometimes it takes a while to find a job on the market. The key is to not get discouraged. Staying positive might be difficult, but it will enable you to reach your goals in the long run.
If you have not heard about Salesforce before, this post is a must-read for you.
What is Salesforce?
Salesforce is a cloud computing service-as-a-software (SaaS) company that was founded in 1999 by a group of experts – Marc Benioff, Dave Moellenhoff, Frank Dominguez and Parker Harris. It was the first company to have successfully leveraged cloud-based CRM software for business. Salesforce focuses exclusively on customer relationship management (CRM) – by using cloud technology. Salesforce allows businesses to connect with both potential customers and business partners.
Salesforce is an integrated CRM platform designed to provide a 360-degree view of your customers to every single department of your business. This facilitates better decision-making and strategizing at every level of your business. You can identify the pain points of your customers, offer efficient solutions for the same, build, and deploy customer-oriented apps, and most importantly build a lasting bond with your customers. In other words, Salesforce has revolutionized enterprise software that is delivered and leveraged by businesses.
Of late, Salesforce’s popularity has been skyrocketing, so much so that, Jim Cramer, Founder of The Street, declared it as a ‘Cloud King‘. In the third quarter of 2018, Salesforce awed investors when it brought home a $3.39 billionrevenue.
Is a Salesforce Certification beneficial for your career?
Given that there’s a huge demand for technical skills in the market right now, having a Salesforce Certification can do wonders for your career. According to a recent IDC study, the Salesforce Ecosystem is estimated to create around 3.3 million jobs by 2022 and $859 billion in new business revenues globally.
To add to that, in the Indeed best jobs of 2017 list, two of them were Salesforce-oriented jobs – Salesforce Administrator (4th rank) and Salesforce Developer (6th rank).
Apart from these benefits, a Salesforce Certification has the following benefits:
It will train you on how to use different tools along with cloud-based technology to obtain customer insights and improve sales and customer relations.
You get hands-on experience while working on real-world scenarios, industry projects, and case studies, thereby giving you a glimpse of what you will be doing.
Once you gain a good understanding of Salesforce, you will learn how to leverage its different services to handle customer requests, and boost business processes with strategic planning.
Using the platform to gain more in-depth insight into customer data will help sharpen your analytical skills.
Since you can help companies to enhance their CRM services, you will become a valuable asset for your employer organization.
Last but not least, it will revamp your resume and add credibility to it!
How to become a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer?
To become a Salesforce Certified Platform Developer, you need to pass the Salesforce Certified Platform Developer I exam.
The Salesforce Platform Developer I exam is designed for aspirants who have the basic knowledge of and prior experience in developing and deploying custom business logic, applications, and UIs using the Lightning Platform.
To appear for this exam, one needs to have at least six months of experience in working with the Lightning Platform or 1-2 years of working experience as a Developer. Furthermore, a candidate must possess the following skills/knowledge/experience:
The ability to develop custom business logic and interfaces using the programming features of the Lightning Platform.
The ability to extend the capabilities of the Lightning Platform using Apex and Visualforce.
The ability to employ the relevant declarative capabilities of the Lightning wherever appropriate.
The ability to distinguish between the use-cases of declarative vs. programmatic methods.
The ability to know when to use an Apex Trigger and when to use the Lightning Process Builder.
Possess the basic knowledge of the Salesforce Mobile app features and capabilities.
Possess a fundamental knowledge of various development environments and familiarity with the development lifecycle (from development to testing).
Experience in working with data-driven applications and relational databases.
Experience in working with both component-based architecture and Model View Controller (MVC) architecture.
Details of the exam
The Salesforce Platform Developer I exam comprises of 60 multiple-choice questions that are to be completed within 110 minutes. You must obtain at least 65% to pass the exam successfully.
While the registration fee is $200 (plus taxes as mandated by the local law), the retake fee is $100 (plus taxes as prescribed by the local law).
Since this is a closed-book type exam, you cannot refer to online materials or any hard-copy during the exam.
To prepare for the exam, Salesforce recommends that candidates invest in both self-study and training course completion to master the areas/objectives mentioned above. There are two primary self-study materials for the exam:
You can also check out other online training courses for the Salesforce Platform Developer I exam. Whichever course you choose, one thing is for sure – the best mentors in the domain will train you so that you can nail the exam in the first attempt!
When you ask people what they will rescue from a burning house, the standard reply is not jewelry, clothes, or trophies. The answers are photo books, pictures, and their laptop with all the digital photo files. This shows that people place a lot of value in their memories more than their material things. This compulsion to save pictures exhibits how significant photography is in people’s lives because of its power to preserve beautiful moments of quality time spent with loved ones. Here are some reasons why pictures matter and why you should continue taking them:
Photos Exhibit What is Valuable to You
People often like to show photos in their homes. You may even have them in your place in a picture frame or placed in mounting boards to highlight your favorite prints. Often, these pics document the important people and events in your lives from holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and the like. They can show your first house and your child’s move to college. When you travel, it is never complete if you don’t snap a photo. The massive amount of images in your possession tells the story of your life and the wonderful people who have become a part of it.
Photos are a Precious Part of Your Legacy
It is common for pictures to outlive their subjects. It is a sad concept, but that is a real fact of life. The idea of your loved ones going before you is unthinkable, but it can happen. Continue taking a lot of photos because this helps in capturing their spirit and character. You can easily freeze a moment in time with photos. In fact, you may never have met some family members, but you are aware of who they are because of their photos mounted at your relatives’ homes. Without knowing it, photos become a precious part of your legacy as the days go by.
Photos can Bring You to a Place or Moment in Time
Photos allow you to see the beauty of the world. Even if you have never been there before, you can easily enjoy the photos of other people who have captured that amazing corner of the earth. This can help inspire you to travel, so you can see its beauty for yourself. Photos can also capture a particular moment in time that may be special for you. Always bring your camera because you’ll never know when a great opportunity will strike.
Photos Pave the Path for Sharing and Communicating
Images become so much more than simple recordings of your most important moments. Photos can actually be used to express yourself in the big wide world. With all the apps that support digital images like FB, Flickr, Pinterest, and Instagram, it is evident how the concept of photo sharing matters to people. What you show on these sites reveal a lot about your character, your choices, and your values. This paves way for conversations with people who share the same outlook as yours. Nowadays, it is so easy to react and show appreciation for other people’s photos because you can like, share, and comment on them easily.
Photos Can Tap your Artistic Side
Photography is actually an art form. When taken seriously, you focus on things such as composition, lights and shadows, depth of field, focal point, and the like. When you see a panoramic landscape, you are compelled to capture it right away. The desire to create is there when inspiration strikes, and this usually happens when you see interesting sights or people that spark something within you.
Photos are a Language
A picture paints a thousand words and it is a kind of visual language that carries a message. Sometimes there are things than cannot be said with words. They are better shown. A photograph is one of the best ways to make this happen because they can easily express a wealth of emotion from joy, sorrow, wonder, and more. To illustrate, the concept of mental illness is hard to explain in words. But a series of photos highlighting the plight of the subjects have done wonders to help many understand what this complex disease is all about.
Photos are Powerful
Photos have the power to grab your attention and keep you hooked. This is the reason why many trade shows rely on mounted photos to grab their target clientele’s attention. The fine art of photography is so powerful that it can persuade people, evoke emotion, convey ideas, connect you to the past, and preserve important moments. Without these images, life will certainly be very sad and empty. And remember, it doesn’t matter if your photos are not professional looking. What matters most is you take that shot!
Sometimes you work hard night and days promoting your website, but nothing happens. Even worse – sales go down all the time, and it seems like whatever you do, it will not help. If that happens to you, chances are your hosting provider is to blame. The speed of the website heavily relies on the server where it is hosted. If the server processes data slowly, the site, consequently, will take longer to load. And there are two reasons why the speed impacts the revenue of your business.
How to choose a provider?
There are many criteria to consider choosing the provider. Different businesses have different needs, and the hosting must fit them perfectly. Besides that, you have to make sure that the vendor offers impeccable safety along with the high bandwidth of its servers.
The issue is that each provider will advertise as the best one. And if you’re new to the world of servers, it is hard to pick the right one.
Slow websites never reach top positions in search engines
The search engine (Google, for example) wants users to get the best options. Thus, the system will fetch search results that match the entered keyword and the location of the user. But also it will list the fastest websites first because it cares about the convenience of users. And if your site loads slowly, it simply can’t appear on top positions.
How does the engine understand your website is slow? The search engine sends dedicated bots to each site and each page to index them. As these bots check the pages, they can also detect how long does it take for the site to load and show the data. And the longer it takes, the lower position the website gets.
Users have no patience
Statistics show that the average user will wait for a maximum of 6 seconds for the website to load. If it doesn’t, the person leaves the site. It decreases the revenue of the business because of two reasons. Obviously, you won’t get that customer anymore, and now you have fewer chances that people will trust your site.
But also, if users leave the website, the search engine thinks that it is not relevant for them. Therefore, it will lower the position of the site.
What should the loading time be?
Ideally, the site should load within 3 seconds. It is okay for the page to load for around 6 seconds. But if it takes longer, you start losing visitors, and, therefore, traffic and revenue.
You should also remember that if your website is overloaded with heavy items, and it works slowly because of the poorly implemented design, you must fix the issues that lower the loading speed. And if the design of your site is well-optimized and lightweight, but the pages still load slowly, you should change your hosting provider.
Java is a popular language for developers, and the majority of the development community is still running Java 8 in a production setting. A Java software development company will use a framework to avoid “reinventing” the wheel.
The key frameworks that Java software development companies are using include:
Blade offers a minimal footprint and is a simple framework to start using. The small footprint allows the framework to remain speedy, and the goal of the framework is to have developers understand the framework in a single day.
The source code is less than 500 kb.
Blade is designed for JAVA 8, and it includes key features, such as:
· MVC framework
· Template engines
· CSRF and XSS security
· Basic authentication
· Plug-in extensions
· JSON output built-in
Blade offers rapid development and can be used for full-stack development. The advantages of the framework include built-in security, multiple file support, components and also support for webjar resources.
There are some limitations, including a lack of mobile-app design and a dependency engine that is rather complex.
Overall, Blade is a versatile framework that will help developers transition to the framework rapidly.
The framework includes Java API libraries.
Google is the framework’s developer, so it has a strong community backing and is often updated.
The framework is good for progressive web app development, but you’re often required to produce more code even for simple tasks. There’s also a unique method of defining the structure, so there is a bit of a learning curve with GWT.
3. Spring MVC
Spring MVC is a very popular framework, and it’s a framework that has enhance modularity and improves the readability of your coding. The framework is a J2EE/Java framework that offers a broad range of functions and features.
This full-scale framework is known for its robust security features, authentication, REST APIS, add-ons and flexible dependency injection.
Modules are loosely coupled, so you have greater overall freedom when coding. When learning this framework, there are two key things to keep in mind:
· The learning curve is steep
· MVC takes time to learn
One of the main concerns for someone new to frameworks is that MVC can be very difficult to understand at first. Since most frameworks follow the MVC concept, it is a way of organizing projects efficiently that most frameworks will require the user to learn.
The Grails framework is a dynamic framework that works with key Java technologies, including:
· Java EE containers
When it comes to Grails, developers choose this framework because of its Enterprise Java Bean support. You don’t need to configure XML, so developers can start in a rapid development environment that enables scalable applications.
Grails is a great option for e-commerce sites and content management systems thanks to its flexible profiles, advanced plugin system, Spring Boot controller layer and object mapping library.
The community is also very responsive, which makes development faster and more efficient.
When it comes to Grails, a key deciding factor for programmers is if they want to learn the Groovy language. You will need to learn the integration process which is rather complex, and it’s not the best choice when creating multi-threaded applications.
5. Apache Struts
Struts 2.5.20 GA was released in January 2019 offering an array of new features to developers already using the framework. The framework is robust and ships with support for JSON, AJAX and REST plugins.
The robust plugin architecture is a bonus, and the MVC framework allows for fast creation of modern, elegant web applications.
Struts has the power to create enterprise-level applications, and the Hibernate plugin takes control of all of your object mapping needs. Spring can also help with dependency injection. It’s a well-organized development environment that focuses on rapid development principles.
Scaling is held back slightly due to single ActionServlets, but the ability to quickly use plugins is a nice added bonus.
The framework has a lot of rules, and due to the complex design, the framework is less flexible than some other options on our list.
While these five frameworks are a great choice for a development company, there are others available, too. Hibernate, Vaadin, Wicket and Vert.X are a few additional frameworks worth a try.
The job market is changing constantly with many vocations that were once considered respectable and career-worthy now all but redundant. Similarly, roles that didn’t even exist twenty years ago are now mainstream. It is very hard to know what will work and what won’t in twenty years’ time and for those school-leavers who are preparing to study and enter the world of the employed that is very daunting. Nobody wants to study for four or five years only to discover that the field they were intending to specialise in has been taken over by robots or AI or is simply completely superfluous. With that in mind, here are a few roles that look set to dominate for many years to come.
Code is another way of talking about computer language, and there are many of these. A great place to start is by learning to code. If you have some coding skills in your draw that will immediately open up opportunities for you. Not necessarily as a coder, because even that is rapidly losing its cachet and speciality. For many coding is now about accessing libraries of previously written code and compiling it together in a new way to create something different. There are also plenty of app developers Australia or computers coders in New Zealand. The market is full of skilled developers, so there are no guarantees that you will find work as a developer. But being able to code and understand a coding language or languages is good as the field of technology is varied and wide. Think of it as being able to speak Chinese… If you are fluent in Mandarin you are not guaranteed a job, but it opens up the world of opportunities in Chinese related business. The same applies to code.
One of the biggest changes that have been brought on by the advances in technology in recent times is the shrinking of the world and the democratisation of media. Now anyone can have a voice and you can work for people anywhere in the world. The old idea of getting into a car and heading to the office for eight hours before trudging home again is well past its sell-by date. Now it is about freelancing and creating your own brand. Think YouTube channels and Social Media influencers. Start getting used to the idea of working for yourself; of being a digital nomad and start looking for angles that will help you stand out and succeed.
The young generation is far more aware of issues like global warming and the environment that previous generations ever were. Youngsters like Greta Thunberg are leading the way with their activism and millions of young people are behind the idea of taking control of their futures. So, look at studying ecologically focussed courses. Think organic and ethical and conservation. These are the types of endeavours that are going to be supported and needed for decades to come – because the state of the earth is going to get worse still before it starts to get better.
The short answer is yes, toll free numbers are quite relevant still. Toll free numbers can be an incredible asset to both small and large businesses, providing a free communication method for customers to reach their favorite businesses. Toll free numbers are easier than ever to obtain, and are quite versatile in how they can help boost your business’s sales and professional image. Does toll free matter? Keep reading to learn more about these great tools and how to obtain one for your business.
Toll Free Numbers
Toll free numbers are those 800 numbers you see on billboards, business cards, and other advertisements. The prefix for a toll free number is usually one of the following 800 combinations: 800, 833, 844, 855, 866, 877, or 888. What does toll free actually mean?
Toll free means that whoever is placing the call to the 800 number will not be charged for the phone call, even if it’s a long-distance call. Customers can call help desks, support lines, or stores free of charge, with many toll free services supporting extensions and text services as optional features.
Having an extension directory can help customers locate the person or department best suited to assist them with their question or concern. If you’ve ever called a major department store such as Wal Mart or Target, you’ve probably heard the automated voice say something like “Press 1 for produce, 2 for electronics, etc.” This system helps organize and direct phone calls effectively, making wait times shorter and service quicker.
The Cost of a Toll Free Number
Depending on the plan you choose, your toll free number will either be billed on a per-minute basis or via a monthly service plan, much like your phone bill. Depending on the extra features you want, such as extensions or text features, the plan may cost more or less.
A minute-to-minute plan can be a great option for small businesses who don’t receive such a high call volume on a daily basis. You’ll only pay for the minutes you use, and so you can ensure you won’t be overcharged by a plan that offers a general charge to use the service. If your minute to minute plan exceeds the cost of a monthly plan, you might want to make the switch.
How are Toll Free Numbers Used?
Toll free numbers are still relevant because of the ease and convenience they create for customers. With a toll free number, you can increase customer satisfaction by making it easier to reach you, and with quick response times from each department or team member.
No matter what time of day it is or what the customer’s location is, the call won’t cost them anything. Why should customers have to pay to reach your business with questions about your products or services?
A business that is difficult to reach or operates outside of the customer’s locality can be frustrating for the customer, potentially causing them to disengage with your brand and costing you future sales opportunities. A toll free number makes your brand easier and less costly to reach, even if you’re operating in a different state or country.
Another advantage of toll free numbers is that they are easy to remember. If you decide to purchase a vanity number, you can include a phrase or acronym in your phone number to make it even easier for your customers to remember. Something along the lines of “1800-FLOWERS” is simple to remember and associates that phone number with your business or industry.
With toll free numbers, you’ll increase the credibility and professional image of your brand as well. A toll free number makes your business sound larger and more legitimate, even if you’re a startup. Customers will see the 800 number as a sign of your legitimacy and may be more likely to trust your brand even if they’ve never interacted with it before.
If you decide to move to another state or country or even switch providers, your toll free number will follow you. It doesn’t matter what your geographical location is, the toll free number makes any call placed to it free to the caller. This level of portability makes moving simple, without having to acquire a new phone number and potentially confuse your customers.
Marketing Made Simple
Having an 800 number for ads can make the marketing process simple since the number will be easier to read and memorize. Vanity numbers make for excellent marketing tools, and you can even use your 800 number to track your marketing efforts.
You can ask your customers which ad they saw your number in, to get a better idea of where your marketing efforts are having the greatest effect. If your toll free number is attracting attention in one area but not in another, you know where you need to focus your marketing efforts from now on. Narrowing down your marketing efforts will make them much more effective long-term.
Toll free numbers will probably always be relevant since they’re a simple way for businesses to give back to the customer by providing a free way to get in touch. Nothing beats free, and customers will definitely appreciate a no-charge call, especially if they have a complaint. Increase your customer satisfaction with a toll free number today, or upgrade to a vanity number for easier memorization and brand recognition.
Choosing a transcription service doesn’t need to be difficult. In fact, it is now easier than ever before and when you do your research you will soon find that there are endless options available.
Check the Turnaround Time
When comparing legal transcription services, you have to make sure that you check the turnaround time. The best companies will always make sure that you get results that are fast and accurate. They will also help you to get your data back that same day in some instances too, and this is great if you have a deadline that you need to meet.
Do they Outsource?
Another consideration when choosing a legal transcription service is to find out if they outsource. The best transcriptions come from native English speakers, so it helps to choose a company who guarantee this. When you do, you will be able to hold them to a high standard and you also have the guarantee of knowing that your end result is going to be factually right and error-free.
When working in the legal industry, confidentiality is key. You need to make sure that you find a company who is able to guarantee this because the last thing that you need is to have your data leaked and your case put in jeopardy. When you work with a transcription service who ensures confidentiality, you know that their identities will have been verified and you can also feel assured knowing that they have been through all of the right background checks too.
Check to see if they’re Established
A transcription service provider that has been around for 10 years or more will be far more trustworthy when compared to someone who has been around for a much shorter period of time. Their resilience and their overall years of experience ultimately prove that they are willing to put in the work.
Contacting your Provider
When comparing providers, try and take note of how quickly each one replies. If one is able to offer both phone and email support then this is great, but if another only offers live chat for example then this may not be as efficient.
Ensure Secure Delivery
You really want your transcript to be delivered properly. For this reason, you have to make sure that you choose a company who is able to do it via email or even through a file system. This will give you the chance to download it properly and it will also help you to share any changes that may be required.
And lastly, when comparing legal transcription companies, you need to make sure that the company themselves can be flexible for your deadlines. If they aren’t then you may find it harder to get the result you need from your documents and you may even find that you end up with delays. This is the last thing that you need when you have a legal case on the go, so take your time and make sure that you pay attention to the finer details.
Things seemed to be quite simple and categorized in the early decades of the technology boom. When it came to any kind of product or service offering, there was a business side to it as well as a technological side. Both of them had a minimal overlap since governance was usually a one-way street. Everything changed with the advent of the 21st century, propelling us into an age where everything was interconnected, including these two aspects as well.
Today, recruitments still happen for a lot of job roles that have traditionally existed for the longest time. These will rarely go out of style, which is why you will still see a lot of applicants for those roles since they bring in the standard skill set that is required to fulfill those responsibilities. But an urgent need today is to have a person who can harness technology to empower smarter and more intelligent business decisions. Someone who can use technology to process data and transform it into information that is relevant to the business. This is where Power BI professionals come into play. This has also led to the steady rise in the number of people enrolling for the Power BI course in recent years.
Once you are done with the course, here are some top skills that you acquire which are in high demand in the market today.
1.Ability to collaborate and congregate data
Most systems in various corporations and enterprises today are disparate. Sure, they might be connected better than before and interfaced with numerous software that can talk to each other. But the data that seemingly has some level of interdependency to it lies in different silos. In order to recognize patterns between them and chart out insights, they need to be brought together.
Power BI professionals excel at this task. They have the skillset to make use of Power BI and create reports and viewing boards easily. No matter what platform or person needs to view them, they can be provided access with no hassles. As for data congregation, even large enterprises that store data in numerous databases such as PostgreSQL, Salesforce, Adobe, Excel, and so on can reap the benefits of Power BI without trouble.
2.Ability to perceive reports as per business needs
Power BI professionals are not hired as a mule horse to just operate the software just because business leaders don’t have the time to learn and operate it themselves. Knowing the business aspect of things, which is what led to the conception of Power BI itself, plays a vital role as a major skill to look out for as well.
When trained in Power BI, not only would you be able to pull together data, but you would be able to read the business reports it generates and predict if anything else might be required. Additional functionalities or safeguards can be added to charts that allow restricted user visibility or metric tweaking to see different insights within a singular dashboard. All of this is possible only if you are able to understand business needs beforehand.
3.Ability to stay in pace with evolution
Just like any other technology, the uses and techniques of operating Power BI do keep improving on a daily basis. Thanks to a prevalent community of users and experts out there, you can always have access to the latest and smartest ways to use the tool in various scenarios.
As a professional, you can keep adding to your skill set by adopting these techniques and understanding whether they bring value to the current business needs of the company. If so, be ready to impress your leaders with a report or a dashboard that provides them with something magnificent that they never thought would be possible.
4.Ability to redesign aspects quickly
Business needs and perceptions rarely stay consistent throughout the time period. Since they are highly dependent on a market that’s constantly volatile, even the smallest changes out there could cause a tectonic shift within the company, leading to rethinking some major decisions and requiring new information or insights from a different perspective.
Power BI users are well-prepared for this. Since dashboards and reports are configurable, these can be redesigned to suit the new needs in minimal time. What matters is you already have access to all the data. Knowing which ones to pull in for the revised requirements is a smart skill to have.
Most business leaders still tend to rely on Excel as the messiah that provides them with information and insights. Power BI provides that level of interfacing and coordination as well, helping ease the change to a smarter tool gradually.
With the right Power BI certification, you can be the professional who turns out to be the harbinger of change for a business, and usher in a new era of informed decision-making with great insights.
Are you a real estate agent trying to expand your reach? One of the best ways to do so is to build an audience online. Not all of your audience members will become customers, of course, but you can establish yourself as a thought leader in your field if you create a variety of informational and compelling content that everyone can use as a resource. The real estate world is complicated, so people will appreciate anyone that helps them navigate it. Why not be that person? Here are a few ways to build an audience:
Create a Youtube channel
Video is one of the most common and effective forms of content marketing. According to WordStream, people watch 500 million hours of video on YouTube every day—and YouTube has over one billion users, which is almost one-third of everyone who uses the internet. You cannot reach them all, obviously, but with such a vast user base, there is definitely a niche audience out there for you somewhere.
Ris Media reports that seven out of ten homeowners are more inclined to list with real estate agents that use video marketing to advertise their properties, so grab a camera and walk people through each home. Shoppers love to see in-depth looks at houses before they visit them in person—an air of mystery can make things fun, but it doesn’t really have a place in real estate.
You don’t have to limit your video content to touring listings. Try starting a YouTube channel that discusses issues in the real estate world that you are passionate about. The odds are that many people have questions you can provide answers to, or maybe they do not even realize certain aspects of the industry are abnormal until they hear it from someone in-the-know. Consumers want to be as informed as possible when it comes to potential living spaces, so offering education will help attract interested “students.”
Not everyone has time or availability to watch videos, though. But do you know what people can listen to while they perform other tasks? Podcasts.
What are podcasts in simple terms? Think of them as radio shows; only they are now audio files downloadable online. People can listen to podcasts while they cook, while they commute to work, or while they exercise, which means you have plenty of opportunities to capture people’s attention and talk to them about a subject you believe warrants further discussion. Forty-two million Americans listened to podcasts weekly in 2017, so there is bound to be a few who will be interested in what you have to say.
Publish a blog
Written content is tried-and-true, and it’s still effective. Don’t you love that feeling of relief when you have a problem, Google it, and a well-written and informative blog post pops up that tells you exactly what you needed to know? Textual media is still integral because it’s skimmable and searchable, which means people do not have to read the entire piece in order to pick out the bit of information they needed (and some people simply prefer reading instead of listening and watching!).
Blogs are also beneficial for your SEO efforts. Conduct a bit of keyword research to learn what the most commonly searched terms in your industry are and incorporate them into your articles (without overstuffing, of course—making your content readable is more important). If you publish your posts regularly, provide valuable insight, and take care of other technical SEO aspects, you are more likely to appear on the first page of Google results when people search for queries related to your niche.
Leverage social media
Billions of people use social media, which is perfect for sharing images, video, and other information regarding properties and other topics you wish to share. Consider starting an Instagram account where you post pictures of incredible interior design, or maybe a Facebook or Twitter page where you discuss issues like housing disparity, affordability, gentrification, and more.
Major social media platforms are also advantageous places for people to contact you. If people have a question, it might be easier to send you a direct message over Instagram than to call and email you. You can also use social media to keep up with what your competitors are doing. What issues are they talking about, what strategies are they using to expand their reach, and how well are their efforts working? You should never copy their content, of course, but you can learn from their campaign failures and successes.