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Benefits of social networks on your business

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With the explosive emergence of social networks today and the rapid expansion they are having (Facebook is prowling a whopping 700 million users and Twitter has reached 145 million users ), it is normal for companies to start being interested in participating in social networks. But as usual, many questions arise like “how do I start?”, “What do I need?” and “What strategy is best?”

The answers to these and other questions are not so simple and requires to have knowledge, time, patience and work, and above all perseverance and creativity. But let’s start knowing a little more of the social network’s importance and how a social media agency benefits your business.

Social media can help your business
Social media can help your business

First, you need to understand that social networks are so successful because they are based on one of the primary needs of human beings: communication. Indeed, social networking is the privilege with which people can communicate with others in different ways, at great distances and re-connect with people. Through social media we can know about what happens to our friends, acquaintances and family, maintain communication with people with whom we share interests. Furthermore, we can contact companies and find out about developments, new releases, ask questions about product campaigns, receive technical support, complain about a service and many other things.

The companies have not yet fully identified all the benefits of entering the social networks and those who have understood it have as a priority in their marketing activities. As mentioned, the benefits are many but we believe the next 6 are the most relevant ones.

Everyone uses social media and so should your business
Everyone uses social media and so should your business

1. Direct communication with customers

This is probably the most important factor  a company that wants to dabble in social media has to take into account. It is possible to hold a conversation on a daily basis with the people most important: your customers.

2. Customer Service

There is no better way to maintain a satisfied clientele than giving your customers the chance to be served and receive all the information and support about the products or services you offer.

3. Competition

It is a good way to know what your competition is doing, by reviewing its activities in social networks.

4. Loyalty

One of the characteristics of business involved in social networks is the gain of a loyal crowd. For example, on Facebook people are clicking the ” Like” button on pages or profiles as they are called, of those people or firms that seem to grab their attention with their products or service. It is like giving the company its “fans”.

5. Promotion of products

You can promote your products by uploading photos and videos. It is also useful to promote traffic to your website where you can specify the acquisition or procurement of products and services.

6. Market Research in real time

Like never before, you get to know many facts about your products or services and even get opinions on new projects or future releases, always in real time.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Cool places to visit in Abu Dhabi

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A trip to Abu Dhabi will leave you speechless. Everything here seems accurate and calculated in every detail. This Arab Emirate, one of seven that make up the United Arab Emirates is the largest and is also the capital of the UAE. With its enormous oil wealth this city is the richest on the planet. Huge skyscrapers, luxurious hotel and villas in Abu Dhabi are nothing like the rest of the world. It’s this kind of beauty that you are not used to seeing every day.

Dinner on the Formula 1 circuit of Yas Marina

At least once in life you have to dine at one of the restaurants of the Yas Hotel. The experience is well worth it. The cuisine options are appealing to everyone, since you can choose from an international variety. Spectacular LED lighting and the famous Formula 1 circuit at your feet, Yas Marina Circuit, there’s nothing better than that.

LED lights and a circuit
LED lights and a circuit

Have a drink on the terrace of  Pearls & Caviar, with the best view of the city

The Pearls and Caviar is a place located in the prestigious Shangri-la Hotel. It consists of two levels: the low part, where the first restaurant and the terrace type cocktail lounge is located, and the open space with its comfortable white sofas, chill out music and fabulous views of the Grand Mosque.

Speed up at the Ferrari World

A trip to Abu Dhabi also means discovering the Ferrari WorldA theme park dedicated entirely to Ferrari with the famous Formula Rossa, the fastest roller coaster in the world, the Galleria Ferrari, Speed ​​of Magic and many other attractions under the huge red roof.

Ferrari red all over
Ferrari red all over

Enjoy the sea and the sun in Monte Carlo Beach Club

 Spend a day at the Monte Carlo Beach Club. Sit on one of the squashy sofas and a drink on hand and you’ll realise this is what life is all about! The Monte Carlo is the first private beach club in Saadiyat Island. Its name means “island of happiness” and it’s a name worth given. It is 500 meters away from the coast and hence has to  be reached by crossing one of the bridges that connect it to the shore.

By +Nikos Kontorigas

Commuters getting hot and bothered by taking the train

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Little or no personal space, too hot or cold and having to stand for large periods of time – if you regularly use the train to commute into work, then chances are you’ll be more than familiar with these experiences.

If you can relate to having to race for the last seat on the train, or having to grab hold of a complete stranger in an attempt to stay upright when it stops suddenly, then you’ve also probably found yourself asking at some point why you put yourself through it?

A recent infographic by Buzz Conferencing revealed that some rail services are up to 60 per cent over capacity – making for an uncomfortable ride and raising the question once again as to what can be done to make things a little bit more bearable.

Take the London Underground for example – approximately 3.5 million people use the tube every day, which is the equivalent to around half of the capital’s population. It’s no surprise that one in five have to spend their journey standing up, even though they’ve paid for a seat.

While Transport for London does plan to introduce air conditioning for the underground by 2016, this doesn’t help those who use the service over the next two years and only adds to that feeling of discomfort.

The problem is further impacted by the fact that last summer, some train speeds were reduced to just 32 km per hour during the heatwave. In comparison, the usual average pace is between 85 and 125 km per hour – resulting in long delays in hot carriages.


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Upstaged | Touring the Champagne Wine Region

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In the north east of France, about a hundred miles from Paris, there’s a region that offers a product which has perhaps become more famous than its place of origin. It’s ironic that the most famous wine of all comes from the very periphery of the wine-growing world, Champagne. A visit to the region will make you eager to replenish your stocks when you return and look out for champagne deals.

The Champagne Region and Its Grapes

The region’s high altitude and low mean temperature make it difficult for grapes to ripen. However, it hasn’t prevented this and grapes have been grown here since Roman times. The chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes have to be coaxed and treated with care, yet the conditions produce grapes that have high levels of acidity and are ideal for producing sparkling wines.

The image we have of Champagne is a true one. The area’s gently rolling hills, forests, and villages extend an open invitation to wander at will, going where the fancy takes you and indulging in a tasting at every turn. The Epernay and Hautvillers region creates plenty of scope for you to visit wine-producing villages such as Mareuil-sur-Ay and the perhaps appropriately named Bouzy and Dizy. Moet & Chandon, Pol Roger, and Perrier Jouet are among the grand champagne houses you’ll find Epernay, acknowledged as the capital of the champagne-making region.

Hautvillers, with its charming flower-bedecked lanes, is believed to be the place where champagne was created. In the abbey here the 17th century Benedictine monk Dom Perignon perfected the methods required for fermenting and bottling champagne. His grave can be seen in the village churchyard, should you wish to pay your respects.

Champagne Wine Regions
Champagne Wine Regions

Touring the Champagne Trails

Anyone who enjoys cycling, hiking or scenic driving might wish to explore the trails along the Routes du Champagne. There are various itineraries to choose from including the Montagne de Reims, Vallée de la Marne and Côte des Blancs. These are designed to be enjoyed slowly and at leisure and often follow secondary and tertiary rural roads, so make sure that you have an appropriate guide book. With a stirring combination of art deco architecture and Gothic heritage, the attractions of Reims are many, including the 13th-century Gothic cathedral which was once the coronation church for French kings. Also worth seeing is the Musée des Beaux Arts, housed in the 18th century Abbey St. Denis, and its collection of 15th and 16th century paintings.

For wine enthusiasts a visit to the Maison de Pommiers is a must. It’s a popular cellar visit in a huge subterranean complex with miles of tunnels excavated from the chalk. What wine lover would want to miss the chance to walk where millions of bottles of champagne are maturing? Here you can witness the various stages of champagne making by way of a guided tour, followed by an opportunity to make a purchase. The sight of thousands of hectares of champagne vineyards is a heady one indeed. What better place in the world is there to learn about champagne and enjoy an authentic wine tasting experience?

Image by Megan Mallen, used under Creative Commons license.

Margaret Renwick is a wine tourist and local historian. In between touring the world’s wine regions and reading, she enjoys classical music with a glass of rosé.

Google and Saatchi Art teamed up to create a new award

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Google+ users may have noticed that the social media network has recently released an all new tool for use on their site. The tool is being termed Motion, which has already drawn in attention from many people out there. It will effectively allow people to put together a string of moving images, which promises to add a lot to the animated GIFs proliferated on the internet. But it may also prove to be a popular creative outlet for many people out there, who could be interested in how they can customize the images that they tend to post. There is even an all new community of users emerging who will be supporting the utility of this tool going forward.

Saatchi Gallery
Saatchi Gallery

This kind of motion photography is increasingly becoming recognized within the art community. This is part of the reason why Google and Saatchi Gallery have teamed up to create an all new award for these kinds of projects. They have unveiled the new Motion Photography Prize, which will be used to draw in recognition for this kind of work. This will help generate interest among many creative people, who might actually have their own unique take on how to produce this kind of work. This will also go a long way towards helping people learn more information about the basics behind this kind of service.

The award will actually be broken down in to six different types of categories, which will no doubt interest many people. This will help make sure that the motion photography prize appeals to a broad audience. A finalist will be selected for each of the six categories, providing people with the support that they need to take on different types of projects. The finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, who themselves will have an extensive amount of experience within the art community. Many will be watching to see what kind of work gets generated during this process, since this is a major move for these organizations.

Finalists in these categories will be given the prize and will also receive other kinds of recognitions as a part of this process. This will be an invaluable asset that everyone will want to consider going forward, since they can secure support for a few different types of projects. The work generated by each winner will be hosted through the website maintained by the gallery. This will help provide publicity for new artists looking to secure support for different types of projects. They can even find out more information about how they can work with Saatchi to sell different types of work.

Ultimately, many will be watching to learn more information about how they can work with the Motion program to generate truly creative work. This will prove to be a valuable asset for many within and without the art community. People everywhere will want to check out how they can gain recognition to complete a few different types of projects using this new social networking tool. It could prove to be an indispensable asset for anyone looking to draw in support for their own unique skill set.

Can Tiger Woods beat Jack Nicklaus’ Major record?

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Tiger Woods roared his way to a first Major victory in 1997 at The Masters, only a year after turning professional. During the 2000s, he was the dominant force in golf maintaining his number one ranking for much of that decade. However he took a step away from the golf course when news of his infidelity became public in 2009 and he didn’t play again until 2010. The airing of his dirty laundry in public took a toll on his golf and he fell down the world rankings, once dipping as low as 58 in November 2011.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

However, this year sees Tiger back on form with a vengeance and he’s currently number one in the world and the favourite on sites like Betfair to win any of the four Majors this year. It seems that the bookmakers are in no doubt of Tiger’s ability to win a Major in 2014, the bigger question is whether he’ll one day be able to top Jack Nicklaus’ 18 Major record.

Nicklaus was 46 when he won his 18th Major, though it had been almost a decade since his last Major Win. Tiger is currently 38 and has not had a Major victory for six years now, so even if he won a Major this year, he’s running out of time to equal, let alone beat, Jack Nicklaus’ record. Although he’s not old by any means, it would take some doing for a golfer to win five more Majors while in his thirties, especially with a new generation of golfers coming up behind him and hungry for Major victories themselves. If you want to have a punt on the Masters this April, don’t back Tiger who’ll be itching to get the coveted green jacket on his shoulders again. Instead check out the players with the longer odds on Betfair and see where the value bets might be found.

Free calls, services and apps

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Remember when we cared for if we lost the mobile because it meant losing our address book? The classic book is moving to the contact list of email and increasingly, we switched free international calls to free video call services such as Skype or Hangout of Google+ or apps like Viber and Line to allow us to talk with friends or coworkers without consuming a minute of our rate.

Calling applications
Calling applications

Skype

It is the most popular online service for video conferencing, it has over 300 million users worldwide. Besides video calling, it features an instant messaging service which allows sending files, recording calls and even calling mobiles or home phones. It is a free service but if we want to talk to several people at once or call a landline or a mobile we have to pay. We can also find Skype as an app on mobile and tablet for Android, iOS and Blackberry.

Google Hangout

We saw that it is one of the main elements of Google+. We can keep private or public conversations with up to 10 contacts at the same time for free. It also allows us to share files with contacts. Also it integrates seamlessly with Gmail and Youtube. You can start a Hangout from your iPhone or iPad or Android device.

Calling Apps
Calling Apps

Viber | Line

Viber revolutionized the mobile phone market when we had to count the minutes we talked by phone to find no surprises on the bill; allowed to call for free to anyone with the app installed. It is also great that it let’s you know once someone from your contacts list starts using it. The only requirement: call in areas of good coverage as this is a wifi calling app for the iphone.

Line got to stand up to the almighty Whatsapp and added up to 140 million users worldwide. We can make voice calls and chat, while exchanging high quality photos, videos or funny emoticons. Besides calls and chat, Line also has a games section.

Do you ever wonder what types of people go on Singles Holidays?

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When thinking about going on a holiday alone, many people are unsure as to what kinds of people go on holidays for singles and often ask, “will I have a good time?” and “will there be other people there with similar interests to me?” The answer is, there is no specific type of person that goes on holidays for singles. Individuals may want to make new friends, experience a holiday on their own or just want to do something different. Whatever your reason, holidays for singles are relaxing, enjoyable and offer a host of activities sure to keep you happy.

Singles Holidays UK
Singles Holidays UK

Our holidays are full of different people, different interests and different reasons for picking holidays for singles! Thanks to our range of different trips, we are able to provide the perfect trip away for you. Whether it’s painting, Pilates or cooking that you are interested in, there’s a holiday with likeminded people available for you to enjoy.

We strive to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere on each and every one of our holidays, so it won’t be long before you feel like you are surrounded by old friends enjoying all that Italy has to offer. At Flavours we make it our priority to offer holidays for singles that appeal to each and every person who is considering a trip away. Our wide range of activities are popular with a whole host of single travellers.

Singles holidays
Singles holidays

Our groups are made up of around eight people, many of whom are single travellers.  Whether you are used to travelling alone or are wanting to try something new you are sure to have an enjoyable time on a Flavours holiday. For more information on booking a holiday your Flavours Italy holiday, contact us today!

Author bio: Flavours of Italy, is a specialist tour operator offering activity vacations and holidays for singles since 1998.

Top 10 Famous Business Cards

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Business cards are an intrinsic part of self-advertisement. They function as a quick snapshot of what you and your business can offer potential clients and business partners, so presentation and style is everything. Listed below are ten famous business cards that really grab your attention for all the right reasons.

In at number one is the great and mysterious Houdini, whom allows his enigmatic persona do the talking. His business card is subtle yet effective, playing on his public image as a ‘man from beyond’.

Next up is Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. Although his card doesn’t utilise unusual shapes, such as Houdini’s, the simple ‘I’m CEO, Bitch’ makes the point clear and precise. It reflects his impact on the world of social networking.

Zuckerberg business card
Zuckerberg business card

Andy Warhol’s card perfectly sums up what the artist is about – it plays with both colour and handwritten font to show his creativity. His business card lets the pastel tones and overall design do all the talking.

Another wonderful example is Walt Disney‘s business card; utilising what he did best, the cartoonist put his work on the card for everyone to see. A perfect way to demonstrate your talent to clients.

Similar to Zuckerberg, Steve Martin goes for comedy to win over whomever sees his business card. Using a witty short commentary, he immediately showcases his comedic talents.

In keeping with big personalities, Lady Gaga keeps it straight to the point with her business card. She simply has her name, creative director position, and then contact details, however, it’s the former two examples that stand out due to their bold print.

Famous Business Cards
Famous Business Cards

In stark contrast to Warhol, artist, Edward Ruscha, keeps it minimal. It only has three lines of printed words; plain, subtle, but extremely effective. It grabs your attention, and makes you want to know more.

Larry Page, CEO of Google, lets the famous brand logo do the talking instead of his name; the colourful motif sits centre stage, immediately drawing your gaze.

Also keeping us interested, though not due to over flashy designs, is Albert Einstein‘s business card. The simplicity of his card speaks volumes, it doesn’t overstate his intelligence.

Lastly, Chuck Jones demonstrates his impeccable skills (in a similar method to Walt Disney), and includes a piece of his own work on his business. The road runner is undoubtedly one of his most infamous characters.

Although all the mentioned business cards belong to famous people, they serve as a great means of inspiration to spice up and rejuvenate your own business cards, visit instantprint for more great ideas.