Archive for September, 2014

Honeymoon Ideas to Get Your Married Life Off the Ground

Travel Weekly September 30, 2014 at 6:13 am

Planning the honeymoon is as important as preparing for the wedding day itself. Careful planning will not only save you time and money, but also help you avoid a lot of stress once you’ve arrived at your destination. Here are some ideas to help make your honeymoon special and memorable:

beach travelAdventure trips

Waterfront accommodations such as The Belvedere Hotel are no strangers to the typical honeymoon scenario: Sipping cocktails while lounging on the beach to watch the sunset. That’s a great way to spend some of your honeymoon moments together, although you may also try some physical activities together. Check out what local activities are available at your chosen honeymoon destination. Whether for jet skiing or surfing lessons, just go out and have fun as a couple.

Cruise getaway

A honeymoon cruise is one of the most romantic ways for couples to celebrate their marriage. Getting on a cruise allows you to see interesting places without the trouble of planning the itinerary. You don’t have to worry about your accommodations, food, drinks and entertainment as these are all taken care of before you start your honeymoon. Cruises also allow newly weds to receive royal treatment and spend time in multiple destinations at a fraction of the cost that comes with overseas travel.

Mix and match

If you can’t agree on a single activity, perhaps it’s better to combine your interests. You want to spend your honeymoon on a beach but your fiancé wants a more challenging activity? Then think about going to a resort that offers scuba diving. Planning such a honeymoon is a good way to put the idea of marriage being all about give and take into practice.

Whether you’re taking a cruise or going on adventure trips, remember that your honeymoon is the perfect time to focus on each other. It is also advisable that you plan your honeymoon way ahead of time. This will help you avoid any problems that can spoil your wonderful moments.

3 Memory Foam Mattress Myths, Debunked

Product Review September 30, 2014 at 5:12 am

purchasing quality mattressA good night’s sleep is as important as eating a healthy meal. It helps recharge your energy to face another day. One of the most important factors that affect the quality of sleep is the mattress. If you’re planning to buy memory foam, then you should have an idea about its quality and benefits. Here’s a list of myths and their explanation to help you make an informed choice:

#1. Myth: Memory foam mattresses are made of harsh chemicals.

Memory foam mattresses manufactured before the 1990s contain chlorofluorocarbons, formaldehyde, and polybrominateddiphenyl ethers (PBDEs), and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The good thing is manufacturers have stopped their production due to government regulations and environmental restrictions. The mattresses you’ll find in the market today are safer.

#2. Myth: Memory foam mattresses don’t feel comfortable because it’s too hot.

Many people believe that air doesn’t flow freely through memory foams due to its density. This is true, but only about older brands. Manufacturers have been working on providing consumers with the ideal type of mattress. Salt Lake City suppliers also make sure that they offer high quality brands to prevent temperature changes from happening.

#3. Myth: The smell of a new memory foam mattress is hazardous.

Memory foam mattresses usually contain additives and petrochemicals that leave residual odors, but it’s the same as buying a new piece of furniture or an automobile. There will be a distinct smell after removing the foam from the packaging. This isn’t toxic, however, and is simply in the period of off-gassing. The odor will eventually fade away after a few days or weeks, especially if your bedroom has proper ventilation.

Due to the popularity of memory foams, some information that homeowners learn are either non-factual or exaggerated. Before making a choice, it’s best to research and buy from a reliable supplier to be sure of its quality.

3 Steps in Building Brand Trust through Content Marketing

Modern Market September 30, 2014 at 1:47 am

Content marketing is one of the most effective marketing strategies businesses are now adopting. It is easier to attract followers and tell your brand’s story over the web. But with the massive volumes of content published every day, the real question is, how do you make sure that yours will be read?

articleThe secret is in improving your content to build brand trust among your audiences.

1. Define your audience and objectives

Nu Studio, one of the leading SEO companies in Australia says that it’s important that your content marketing is geared towards the interests and needs of your readers. Understand thoroughly who you’re writing for and why you’re writing so that you can deliver only the most relevant and interesting content. Be intentional in thinking of appropriate topics and writing content. Present a solution to a need or satisfy the curiosity of readers. Through this, you will not just gain followers, but become an authoritative source of information, rendering your brand credible.

2. Promote your content

It’s not enough that you have a killer, engaging content; you have to make sure that people know about it. You are building brand trust if people see that your content is available and accessible everywhere, so make sure that you are promoting it strategically. By strategic, it means skipping the spamming and identifying which platforms your audience are most likely in. Almost everybody is on social networking sites and are mobile, so make sure that your content is exposed to these channels. You are increasing the content’s potential to be shareable and viral if your content is in these platforms.

3. Engage your audience through discussions

Seize every opportunity to connect and communicate with your audience. Listen to their opinions and let them know that their thoughts matter to you. Avoid replying automated messages when they respond to your content. Thank them for the effort of getting in touch with you. It’s important that they know that your company goes beyond selling and that you sincerely value them.

Build brand trust by prioritising your audience and forge a solid relationship with them.

A Breath of Fresh Hair: 3 Quick & Easy Fixes for a Bad Hair Day

Service Week September 29, 2014 at 1:31 am

hairFor most people, especially for the ladies, the hair isn’t the be all and end all, but a bad hair day can really mess up your day.

Yup, bad hair days are a nightmare for women, especially during the warmer months. While you don’t have control over missing your early morning alarm or the effects of the unpredictable humidity and weather on your hair, you can turn a bad hair day around. Here are a few easy fixes:

1. Curl It Up

The best treatment for split ends is to just snip them off completely, but when you’re running late for a meeting or can’t book an appointment at the salon, an easy fix is to tuck them away with curls.

Curl the ends of your flowing locks under to give it some bounce and keep those frayed ends out of sight. Straighteners can do the job, but the best option is using a hairdryer: just twirl the ends around a round brush and blast it with the hot air to lock it in place.

2. Slick it Up

Bad hair days often lead to bad work days. To avoid it even after oversleeping, you can tease your hair the night before, or spend a few minutes in the morning to try a slick pony that’s both simple yet sophisticated.

A slick pony may be a basic style, but the way you do it can make a world of difference. Rather than splashing pomades on your day-old hair, slick it back with some conditioner. Even a small dollop can smoothen out frizz and hide those nasty frays. Run the comb through your locks, pull it into a centre part, and tie it just above the nape of your neck.

To keep your hair healthy and minimise the instances of bad hair days, Svenson Hair Centres suggests using quality hair care products and undergoing regular hair care treatments.

3. Accessorize

When in doubt (or in a rush), style it out. The right hair accessory, when properly and cleverly placed, can hide most hair sins. If you don’t have time for fancy combs and intricate styles, popping in something femme and glamorous can take the focus away from your locks.

Try an embellished headband when a last minute party or dinner is on the cards. It can hide that fussy fringe and oily roots. It can also glam up basic buns.

Just because your hair isn’t cooperating doesn’t mean you need to stress about it the whole day. There’s always an easy way to around any bad hair day.

Off to a Good Start: What New Employees Should Know to Succeed

Service Week September 22, 2014 at 5:18 am

Excited but nervous. Calm but worried.

After acing the job interview, starting a new job can be both thrilling and daunting. The first days at a new workplace may be overwhelming for some employees. Most of them feel alone, helpless and stressed. As a company owner, it helps that you make it easy for them to hit the ground running.

new employeesBeing successful and productive at work does not only make them happier, but also motivate others around them. Here are some things you need to discuss with your new hires:

Culture

Understanding the company’s culture and values should start early. To be productive and make the first day a huge success, new hires should understand how other employees do things around in your workplace. Your company’s culture is one of the most critical information pieces you need to share. Help them adapt to a new environment by establishing that this is the way things are.

Responsibilities

There’s no doubt that first days are tough. As the boss, it’s your responsibility to provide your employees a picture of what they should expect at work. They should understand exactly what their jobs consist of, what they are responsible for doing and what types of co-employees they have to deal with.

In a construction business, for instance, health and safety are of prime importance. Accidents are more likely to happen in places that use chemicals, huge vehicles and sharp tools. This is the reason providing Safety Take 5 program materials and necessary trainings are important to reduce workplace injuries.

Expectations

Your business will thrive when your new employees know what you expect from them. Establish a positive working relationship by explaining the needed performance expectations. From attendance and quality of work to desired behaviours, be specific with your expectations. Let them take time to analyse and learn the important things, such as your company’s goals, objectives and current projects.

Your team can make a big difference. Keep in mind that your employees can be more valuable to your company when you provide opportunities for development. It’s reasonable to do everything within your power and ability to make your employees successful.

Marketing in Movies

Modern Market September 17, 2014 at 5:22 am

movieMany people consider marketing and advertising to be the bane of television, and the sooner they can banish companies from the airwaves the better. That’s not going to happen of course, but some people can dream.

Product Placement Problems

Marketing and branding for Canberra businesses are what’s keeping television alive, and the only way the entertainment industry rose to the level of power it has today is because of other companies stuffing their product in our faces.  But, people managed to adapt to years of product placement, using commercials as bathroom and sandwich breaks. The old ways became less and less effective.

Marketers needed a new channel they can reach their respective audiences, a place where it would be impossible for viewers to leave.

Commercials in Movies

As far as brilliant ideas go, using movies to market products has to be near the top of the list just for how daring it is. There aren’t any commercials in films, which means products will need to appear in the film itself. There’s something sacred about the contents of a program that product placement seems to violate. Even television rarely attempts to put products within a show, and almost always to denigrate said product.

The products would need to part of the story itself so it would look clever. While most directors and writers would balk at the idea of having a product in their projects, some of the most successful films of all time featured products albeit sneakily.

The Ultimate All-In

Take Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi masterpiece E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. There is a spot in there for Reese’s Pieces. According to legend, MARS – the people that make M&M’s – did not want to be part of the film. So, when the Hershey company caught wind of the project, they created a small, round, sweet snack of their own for the lovable alien to gorge on.

The scheme can work in reverse. The success of Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump gave birth to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Both the movie and the restaurant chain benefit from each other’s fame, and people still get confused which of the two came first.

There are many ways marketing in movies can end terribly, but it can lead to unparalleled achievement when done right.

Plagued with Problems: Apple Says iPhone 6 Pre-orders Crash Apple Store

Modern Market September 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

iPhoneApple revealed that pre-orders for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus had crushed the Apple Store, suggesting that consumers are indeed excited to experience bigger iPhones along with their new features.

Frustrations, Success

“Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of pre-orders overnight,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement.

That demand prompted problems people experienced when trying to reserve a new iPhone.

“Due to high demand, your Apple product may not be available for immediate shipping. Once we are able to complete your order, you will receive a notification when your product has shipped.”

Though some people pre-ordered without an issue, others could not add the product to their carts.

Endurance Test

Excited consumers said Apple’s online store was reportedly down for a few hours, as they encountered lengthy delays and problems with accessing the website.

Both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will soon be available in stores, which will cost at $199 and $299, respectively.

Better Safe Than Sorry: 4 Simple But Deadly Hazards in the Workplace

Health Week September 15, 2014 at 4:42 am

word safetyThe Work-Related Injury Survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed that 58 out of every 1,000 workers experience an injury or illness in the workplace. These numbers show that serious workplace accidents are far too common to ignore.

Listed below are some simple, but deadly hazards in the workplace.

Slips and Trips

Slipping on wet and slippery floors and tripping over something on the floor may be too simple, but it can be deadly.

It may be appropriate to install non-slip floor coatings. The folks at the AICoatings.com.au say that non-slip coatings actually play a huge part in providing safe access to floors, walkways, paths, and other areas subject to high foot traffic.

Repetitive Stress

Some employees repeat the same actions throughout the day. Whether they type, roll dough, or wash windows, as long as what they’re doing is repetitive, they are at risk for repetitive stress or repetitive motion injury. This can affect the shoulders, back, wrists, hands, forearms, and even lead to disability. The best thing you can do is to ensure workers get enough breaks.

Gas and Chemical Leaks

Workers in any industry are at risk of inhaling toxic chemicals and fumes. Even exposure to small quantities of certain chemicals, such as benzene and asbestos, can be dangerous. It puts workers at risk of diseases, and even certain types of cancer.

Workplace Violence

Office politics and arguments can lead to serious physical injuries. Even outsiders, such as the thieves or muggers, perpetrate instances of a dangerous workplace. Training your employees to watch out for suspicious activities, as well as enhancing the security features of the workplace can keep violence at bay.

Make sure that the area has enough lighting. Consider installing security cameras, and scaling back the business hours as well.

Protecting your workers is really not a challenging task. Look at your risk factors, and try to pinpoint where your problems are. Safety precautions are usually not budget-breakers;some of them could have a higher initial cost, but as the saying goes, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

The Agreement: Ways to Sell a House

Service Week September 14, 2014 at 7:36 am

selling a houseHouses are one of the most common commodities in the world. Raw data from statistical agencies show that more than 200,000 units of houses were sold around Australia. With this much number of potential competition, how can you make a sale of the house you are selling?

The secret in the real estate business, according to experts, is how you market the property. Advertising can encourage people to take a look, but a sales pitch is the key to ink the deal. Sellers find creative ways to stay ahead of the competition and stand out from the others.

Get to Know Your Buyers

Sales pitching are not just about laying out the features of the house. It may work with some, but you cannot completely entice home buyers with that method. You have to prepare by getting to know your customers – their needs, their expectations, and their budget.

Studies show that 82 per cent of sales people are not in-sync with their buyers. The more you know who your buyers are, the better you’ll make a sales pitch. Buyers tend to decline a deal because it does not suit their requirements and preferences.

Use Complementary Materials and Techniques

Use visual materials to enhance your sales pitching. People prefer to have a look at a house before buying them. If you can, take them to the place you are selling. Industry practitioners note that Perth display homes provide invaluable help when it comes to making a sale.

Engage your customers in what you are selling. Ask them a few questions. Don’t make it sound like you are lecturing or making a monologue. Be professional and go straight to the point. People are naturally busy, especially new homeowners. Avoid wasting their time by saying just the necessary things.

Buyers only spend on houses if they know that it will be worth every penny. Make sure that you can present the house as a cost-effective and a good investment in the long run. A sales pitch weighs more than an advertisement.

Landing the Perfect Land Rover for More Road Trips

Product Review September 11, 2014 at 3:22 am

land roverGoing on a road trip is one of the best ways to go on an adventure, even if it is just within the United Kingdom. Bringing family and friends along makes the trip even more enjoyable. Make sure you have an amazing ride like a Land Rover, which is luxurious and stylish for any terrain.

Land Rovers are durable and strong, but also have fuel efficiency and innovative features.

Getting to Know the Land Rover

Land Rovers are 4×4 sports utility vehicles excellent for both on-road and off-road adventures. There are a couple of different models available, and can be found online or at a local dealership. This is a great investment, especially if you love going on road trips.
Before doing so, here are some tips from McDonald Landrover on how to choose the perfect model for your needs:

Stick to a Realistic Budget

Before choosing a Land Rover, evaluate how much money you can spend first. Find out about the down payment, interest rates, and monthly payments you will have to shell out. Think of maintenance and fuel costs, and insurance rates to find out if you can commit to buy your chosen model or if you should pick another one.

Think about Your Lifestyle

Land Rovers come in different sizes, but all are equipped for off-roading. The more compact ones are suitable for city driving. Larger models have a bigger cargo space and greater passenger capacity. Understanding the different features and knowing your lifestyle demands will help you choose the right one to buy.

Choose the Seller Wisely

Whether buying a new or used car, you must find a reliable and legitimate seller. If you are buying a pre-owned car, make sure to choose a gently used car with a clear history report and low mileage. You can search for a vehicle’s history online by asking the seller for its VIN number.

Once you make your purchase, make sure to take care of your Land Rover to enjoy it for a really long time. Plan your road adventures carefully and drive safely!