April 29, 2010

Developing a Plan for Your Home Business Blog

A home business blog can earn you a very good income provided you have taken the time to develop an effective strategy for marketing your business. The blogging business can be very demanding therefore it is essential that you establish your business objectives and marketing strategy early on.

The planning process when creating a blog for income earning purposes is extremely important and can be broken down into 5 simple steps.

Let's have a look at the 5 steps you will need to take when planning your money making blog.

Determine Your Objectives

Here is where you 'get the ball rolling' and decide what it is you want to blog about and how you intend to get paid for your efforts. These are two HUGE decisions that could be the basis for several articles alone and should not be taken lightly.

April 26, 2010

Tempted - A Novel Worth Looking into

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So…you’d think after banishing an immortal being and a fallen High Priestess, saving Stark’s life, biting Heath, getting a headache from Erik, and almost dying, Zoey Redbird would catch a break. Sadly, a break is not in the House of Night school forecast for the High Priestess in training and her gang. Juggling three guys is anything but a stress reliever, especially when one of them is a sexy Warrior who is so into protecting Zoey that he can sense her emotions. Speaking of stress, the dark force lurking in the tunnels under the Tulsa Depot is spreading, and Zoey is beginning to believe Stevie Rae could be responsible for a lot more than a group of misfit red fledglings. Aphrodite’s visions warn Zoey to stay away from Kalona and his dark allure, but they also show that it is Zoey who has the power to stop the evil immortal. Soon it becomes obvious that Zoey has no choice: if she doesn’t go to Kalona he will exact a fiery vengeance on t. . . More >>


April 21, 2010

Technologic Developments towards the year 3000

For Earth Day, A Simple Step To Help The Planet Can Also Lower Your Cancer Risk

For Earth Day, A Simple Step To Help The Planet Can Also Lower Your Cancer Risk
Tomorrow is Earth Day, and experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) say one way you can help the planet is by taking a good look at what's on your plate. A simple visual rule-of-thumb is all you need to get started making meals that will help you stay healthy, manage your weight - and do your part for conservation, AICR said today. The cancer experts stressed that food ...

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The Key Business Objectives of Promo Gifts

The promo gifts are in fad among the business organisations. Most businesses are using it to promote their brand in an effective way. But the question that might be haunting your mind would be what are the key business objectives of promo gifts and why are they widely used? Well, here is the answer. The key business objectives of promo gifts are:

Boosting sales. There are various things that matter to a business but it is the money that does the most of the talking. A business, at the end of the day, is a profit-earning organisation and needs money to carry on with its day-to-day functioning. There are various sources of revenue for an organisation but it is the sales that get the bigger share of the cash flowing in. The importance of a strong sales volume for a business cannot be ruled out. This is why every company, whether big or small is constantly engaged in activities to takes its sales graph in the upward direction. Deploying promo gifts is just one of the attempts to enhance the sales volume. Boosting the sales is one of the key business objectives behind using promo gifts. Promo gifts are perceived as thoughtful gifts and serve as a token of care and concern. The gratitude that these promo gifts express through their humble and useful nature woos customers and gets them glued to your brand.

April 19, 2010

Ensure Your Website Helps You Achieve Your Objectives

A business website is an essential foundation for all companies today. It is a requirement to establish legitimacy for your business. It enables you to inform, educate and engage with prospective and current customers. And it enables you to have the broadest market reach to maximize your visibility and grow your business.

But it can be dizzying for a new or small business owner to navigate the different tools, styles, approaches, and vendors to determine what kind of website you need, what capabilities it should have, how it should look and function, and how much it should cost.

Here are some questions you should ask before you choose an approach and start walking down the path of Internet Marketing:

What are my business objectives? Determine what your operational and financial goals and objectives are for the next one to three years. Are you trying to penetrate a new market? Who is your target audience? Do you want to sell more of the current products and services you do today? Do you want to build a community or solicit donations and volunteers?

April 17, 2010

5 Stages of Successful Business Planning

I believe that successfully developing a business involves five stages of business planning and development.

Stage 1: Situation Analysis – Where are we now?

In this first stage of business planning and development, you determine where the business is currently in terms of finance and general positioning. So, you’ll need to analyze not only the financial position, but also who the business is marketing their services or products to. Are they addressing a market that has a lot of disposable income or no? It gives you an idea of the general position of the business.

Stage 2: Business Objectives – Where do we want to go?

Secondly, you have to consider where the business wants to go. These are the objectives, or the goals of the business. This is difficult, because most people will say they don’t know when asked where they see their business in three years time! When you work out whether or not the business owner expects to triple their business or establish one that is ten times as big as they are currently, you can then start identifying the next steps the business will have to take.

Stage 3: Strategic Analysis – How will we get there?

April 15, 2010

The Obamas Watch But Don't See the Tragic Fate of Middle East Women: A Four-Picture Allegory

An article on New York Times regarding Turkey and Turks.

The Obamas Watch But Don't See the Tragic Fate of Middle East Women:
A Four-Picture Allegory
By Barry Rubin
Turkey used to be a secular state striving for modernization and a place in the Western world. That dream is turning into a nightmare. The AKP regime, despite its pretense of being a center-right, family values, good government party, is moving Turkey toward Islamism. Washington and the West in general doesn't seem to notice though horrified Turkish secularists and liberals are yelling for help.

April 12, 2010

Achieving Your Business Objectives Requires A Holistic Marketing Strategy

Several weeks ago, a Harris Interactive poll found that 80% of the U.S. adult population, 184 million people, are now spending an average of 13 hours per week on the Internet—doubling since 1999.

As the population continues to transition to using the Internet for business, purchases, finding information, and myriad personal uses, it is clear that traditional go-to-market strategies are no longer a guarantee that you will achieve your business objectives. In fact, with the continued explosion of Social Media the fundamental role of business marketing itself is shifting, from "advertising" to "engaging". One measure of this is--recent studies show that 78 percent of customers value recommendations from their peers, while only 14 percent trust traditional advertisements.

So how does a small or medium-sized business succeed in such a rapidly changing, and diverse environment? By understanding their target market-- how they look for goods, services, and information-- and leveraging the right combination of marketing tools and techniques to reach them, whether traditional or online.

April 09, 2010

Sleeping Boxes in Paris

How about sleeping in a box when you are just passing by a large city instead of struggling to find unoverbooked hotels?

A pretty practical solution is "Sleep boxes" where you can find at airports, like one in Paris, for example.

April 08, 2010

El Computador vs la Computadora

A Spanish language teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la Casa.'

'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'

A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun.