Monday, May 24, 2010
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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If you run an online business, then you are probably well aware of the importance of maintaining a presence on the major social media networking sites. Without a presence on these sites, you are simply leaving your business's fate to chance. There is no doubt that your customers, partners and prospects are on these sites talking about your business, so don't you think that it would be a good idea to be on these sites yourself, exerting a bit of control over the conversation?
Even if you are on the major social networking sites, it is unlikely that you are utilizing them to their full potential unless you have had some training and guidance from an expert in the field. They say that 80% of success is simply showing up, but that isn't necessarily the case on social media websites. On these sites, your reputation is by far the most important aspect. If you aren't correctly managing and improving the reputation of your business, then there is a good chance that you are hurting it.
Probably the best way to ensure that you are getting the most out of social media is to hire a consultant like Trent Jordan. Trent Jordan has worked with countless businesses to give them the training they need to double or even triple the success of their online business. It may seem easy to simply sign up for a Twitter account and begin talking with your prospects, but if you aren't networking in the correct manner, then you are probably leaving a lot of money on the table.
One of the biggest mistakes many companies make is to talk about their business and products much too often. Trent Jordan teaches companies how to build relationships with their prospects in order to build trust and rapport. Trent Jordan can teach your business how to focus on its customers’ needs so that people will line up to buy your product on the rare occasions that you mention it.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
There's a lot to complain about the weather but I should stop complaining. Maybe it's just the way it is up here. Maybe there's a reason for everything when the weather doesn't want to cooperate. The farmers needs the sunshine. They need to plow their fields and start planting crops. We need sunshine!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Your diamond will always look with the times - and goes with everything
Of all diamonds, round diamonds show the most sparkle
They are often chosen by sweet, dependable women who make marriage their #1 priority.
The real estate news for cities like Seattle is actually looking up despite the recent downturn in the economy that has seen home values plummet over the last couple of years. The current median home price is $371,000, which is approximately 15 percent lower than the median value in 2006. That is the bad news. But real estate professionals such as Neil Kornswiet have been watching the market and putting together the facts, and it looks like things are looking up in some lucky cities like Seattle.
Although there has been a 15.2 percent decrease in Seattle’s median home values since 2006, experts say that by June of 2011 there should be a gain of 3.8 percent. Part of the good real estate news for Seattle has to do with its vibrant economy with major employers such as Boeing and Microsoft, which has allowed the city to avoid the major unemployment woes of other areas of the country. The city’s 8.8 percent unemployment rate sounds pretty rosy compared to cities like Detroit and others that have suffered more greatly during the bad economy. And the decrease in home values might seem bad, but it is actually about half the national average.
Experts say there will still be another 2.3 percent decrease in home values in Seattle over the next couple months, but after June, things should start looking up. Real estate analysts estimate a 6.2 percent gain between June 2010 and June 2011, which will average out to a 3.8 percent increase over the next two years.
This may not seem like the most positive real estate news since there will be no double-digit increases in home values any time soon, but the fact that values are increasing instead of decreasing is very good news indeed. It appears as if things will stop getting worse and start getting better very soon.