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  2. Factors, including returning to work, medical improvement, reaching retirement age, and criminal convictions or institutionalization may result in the termination of people’s Social Security Disability benefits. As of December 2016, more than 10.1 million people across the U.S. received SSDI benefits. People who are unable to work due to serious health issues often rely on these funds to provide for their basic needs. Therefore, it is essential that benefit recipients understand the issues that could cause a termination of their benefits. SSDI benefits do not necessarily go on indefinitely. Rather, the Social Security Administration continues to provide benefits only as long as people remain unable to work and their conditions do not improve. Read the full article here: https://klaindisability.com/terminating-disability-benefits
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  4. Thanksgiving activities send thousands of people to the emergency room with serious injuries every year. Here’s how to stay safe and keep a trip to the hospital off the menu. Click here to read full article
  5. Juul and similar vaping devices have been linked to serious lung damage that is sending teens to emergency rooms across the United States. Promoted as a safer alternative to smoking traditional cigarettes, flavored e-cigarettes have rapidly become popular among teens. In recent months, however, there has been a surge in lung injuries caused by vaping devices. Despite warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid vaping products, the death toll continues to rise. Chicago Injury Lawyer Blog Post
  6. Many types of personal injury claims are filed each year in Indiana, but cases involving motor vehicle crashes, workplace injuries, slip and fall accidents, and medical malpractice top the list. These claims may be based on theories of negligence, products liability, or strict liability. By filing personal injury claims, people may recover compensation for economic and noneconomic losses that resulted from the intentional or negligent acts of others. https://langerandlanger.com/blog/injury-claims-top-types/
  7. In Nevada, people who have suffered injuries and financial harm because of the negligent or wrongful acts of others may file tort lawsuits. Tort claims involve civil wrongs that result from the negligent or willful conduct of another person or entity. By filing tort lawsuits against the negligent or wrongful actors, plaintiffs may be able to recover damages to compensate them for their losses. George T. Bochanis Law Offices
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  9. Know the guide to defend your floors from scratches, tearing of carpets and breaking of tiles only with safe and secure packers and movers in Bangalore. Whether you’re moving out from your rental or from your own house, it’s crucial to leave the home in overall good condition to save yourself from unwanted penalties. If the house is rented then breaking of floors and scratches can leave a huge damage to your pockets financially. Whether it’s a moving company coming to help you or either you yourself are shifting; it’s important to always ensure that your floors and even walls are safe from damages and breakages. Packers and Movers Bangalore suggest you to defend your floors while handling or loading heavy items when moving. So without delaying anymore let us just unboxed the tips to defend your floors from damages while moving house to new destination. Why floors protections are fundamental? One of the major challenges people face while moving a house is handling heavy furniture pieces and kitchen appliances, however with wrong position of handling and loading one can easily damage himself and this damage can lead to bone crack, muscle pain, strain, sprain or even injured backbone. If the output of body can be such then imagine the condition of floors and walls which can easily get hurt when you’re lifting heavy goods and pieces in order to load and move. With no matter if it’s yours but still instead of consuming time to make it repair for future or for other owner it’s better to invest few minutes in order to prepare the scenario which eventually defends every damage and breakage done towards floors and walls especially. This safety action is initiated by the #safe and #best #household #shifting services in #Bangalore. For an example: while moving awkwardly shaped items, floors and walls can get suffer the most damage during this period. Unwanted scratches, scrapes and dents can damage the floors easily within a quick time. Practically if heavy items are tend to move from a polished hardwood floor, then the chances of breaking leads to higher because of its delicate top layer. Other than this; tiled floors can also get damage easily if something heavy drops on it. So precaution becomes essential and crucial when lifting, handling or moving heavy weight items. How to insulate hardwood floors when moving? A quick and simple guide by household shifting services in Bangalore. Looking to your plotting and comparing with us it’s obvious to find a difference of professionalism, being a moving company in the industry at top from last 18-19 years means a lot to define professionalism and experience, however if you’re thinking to move alone by reading packing and moving guide then at some stage it may work but still there’re chances to meet failures. So without lacking a minute Packers and Movers in Bangalore would like to stake a defense strategy of two lines which usually means protecting your floors and walls upto two ways. If one gets failed no worries the second is still there to save. First line of defense The first line defense speaks to protect the floors with moving equipments. Yes apart from a moving truck there are lots many new designed types of equipment through which you can easily handle heavy items and make them travel through your home to moving vehicle. However it demands you to get a prior knowledge of how to work with it. Furniture dolly - these dollies comes with large rubber wheels which ensures to have a safe journey of moving without leaving any damage to floors. But the only thing to remind is make your heavy items get tied or hold with tight straps, ropes for of-course additional security. Furniture dollies not only reduce a human body stress and pain of lifting the heavy goods but it also safely travels the item without much pressure and risk - Local Packers and Movers Bangalore. Furniture sliders - trust me these small sized equipments can work like wonders when comes to protecting the floors while moving heavy goods. Now these sliders are meant to be slide across the room with minimum efforts and also ensure the protection of floors; also these are made of durable plastic and a surface of hard rubber which results zero damage to your floors. These moving equipments are rare to find, so you can only get it by a top moving companies like Movers and Packers in Bangalore. You can definitely ask us for your help 24 * 7. Second line of defense The second line of defense is much more like a backup plan which again works well even without the moving equipments. It’s not essential to hire moving equipments when moving, even with a strong protecting layer and little attention you can safeguard your floors during moving heavy furniture or appliances – says Secure and Safe Packers and Movers in Bangalore. Plywood sheets - the best way to defend your floors is to place hard covers on them. the story is not hidden of damaged floors; if you can arrange plywood sheets over the way then the probability of damaging the floors becomes very less. #Local #Packers and #Movers #Bangalore will suggest you to do so, we know this will take a little investment but getting suffered from heavy damage it’s better to invest little expensive for precaution. We know you’ll be searching for its cheaper alternative and cardboard can work in replacement. Thick cardboard - yes cardboard can be use in replacement of plywood sheets. So for this moving cardboard boxes won’t work; you need a special and very thick huge cardboard box which we usually don’t pick for boxing up. Movers and Packers Bangalore advise you to cut down the box in large pieces, make them arrange in such way that it covers the large area of road through which items are said to be in and out in your house. For security make sure you make them stable to one place by tight tapes so that when you’re walking they don’t slip and distract your balance and you eventually fall down. So for a better and safer side tuck them nicely. Furniture blankets - these blankets provide you immense protection for your floors. Place a thick layer of blanket on the floor to see a heavy protection layer.
  10. Packing and unpacking is a very hectic process. Packing all your essentials with hygiene will help saving you from lots of diseases. Also all the electronic devices should be first cleaned and then packed so that while unpacking you will not get load of cleaning it first. So here are some tips from Packers and Movers in Mumbai about house cleaning and unrolling the cleaning tools during #shifting. Now why we’re focusing more over the cleaning supplies- because these are most neglected things which you use to clean the entire house & are full of germs so looking making them also clean is necessary or Packers And Movers Mumbai will say its mandatory so that when you reach your destination with us, you don’t found your tools and cleaning supplies to be dirt full, embracing with germs and destroying your hygiene in house. Because one day you’ll get need those so cleaning them is also mandatory so that they indeed remove dust and maintains the hygiene level of your house. Disinfect your mop bucket Yes!!! You heard it right as we all use it to clean the house but forget to clean the bucket itself which is full of germs and spread germs all around the house whenever you dip the mop and clean the next area. So disinfect it right now with some disinfector. Let it stay in the disinfector for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash it off. Do it regularly as you find time or instead do it weekly but Packers and Movers Mumbai requests you to at least clean the mop bucket before you’re shifting to a new apartment or house. Sanitize your utility sink It is one of the most infected areas of the house where we used to clean our dirty mop and clothes but forget to clean the sink which just fills up with tiny microorganisms. So, how to disinfect it? Well the top and best packers and movers Mumbai advice you to just put a stopper in the bottom of the sink and fill it with water and disinfector, let it stay for 10 minutes and remove the stopper. You will then have a beautiful sanitized sink. Wipe down your laundry baskets As we put our dirty clothes in laundry baskets and also the freshly laundered clothes in the same basket, it is very important to disinfect the basket on regular basis. The best way to clean the basket suggested by the Packers And Movers Mumbai to Bangalore is to wipe it with the disinfector wipes and let the basket wet with the liquid for at least 4 minutes so as to make it completely germ free. Clean your soap pumps We use the soap pumps on daily basis and touch them with our dirty hands. They need a good cleaning. So, the best tip to clean them is with regular cleaner and then wiping them with the disinfecting wipes. Do clean them regularly so as to maintain the hygiene in your house Running a cleaning cycle on your dishwasher Have you ever wondered that cleaning your dishwashe’s with a dishwasher helps them to get cleaned but the dishwasher gets dirty with every use. The action of hard water on the dishwasher results in foul smell and deposition which must be cleaned regularly. So movers and packers in Mumbai shares the best way to clean them is by using the cleaner which is just meant to clean dishwasher or else you can use the common home products like vinegar, baking soda etc. to clean them. Clean your washing machine Do you use your washing machine every day? Have you ever wondered that just like cleaning your clothes every day, it is important to clean your washing machine at least once in a while. The use of detergents acts as a deposition in the machine so to clean the washing machine the best way is to clean it with regular water and disinfector. This helps the washing machine to get clean with detergents and dirt- an effective way to clean machine suggested by the Packers And Movers Mumbai to Ahmedabad. Clean your brushes Brushers are off many uses; they help us to clean clothes from heavy dirts, help us to clean our basins and even helps us to clean many parts of house getting infected with tight stains. Take all the scrub brushes whether big or small and just dip them in a solution of equal parts of vinegar and water and let them soak for about 25 minutes then wash them off. It is the easiest and simplest way to clean the brushes or else you can use the brush cleaner. So these were some tips or suggestions by Local Packers and Movers Mumbai to help you know the importance of cleanliness. Also it is very important that when you are shifting, pack things after cleaning only. It will not only help you with the time management during unpacking but also keep all the things with ultimate hygiene which will save you from diseases, infections etc. Cleanliness is a very important part during a shift as if the things are not clean it will definitely spread bacteria all around. To get a safe life and happy life maintain a huge distance from diseases its crucial to keep everything clean and germ free- An Initiative Taken By The #Top #Packers And #Movers #Mumbai. Source Url : https://packersmoversmumbaicity.in/post/might-be-your-cleaning-tools-unrolling-dirt-around-so-heres-how-to-unstained-them-before-you-relocate
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  16. Graphic design plays a key role in our everyday lives and most people don’t even acknowledge that fact. However, everything, from billboards on the highways and pamphlets distributed at malls to adverts on the city bus and annoying mobile ads shows us that graphic designing surrounds every one of us at all times. It has become an indivisible part of our lives and that has created a huge demand for graphic designers in the industry, making it a career boost for the youth. Visual communication is a huge part of today’s advertising industry and every brand requires it at one point or the other. Many graphic designers are getting much-required attention for their amazing designing skills, more than sound knowledge of colour schemes and the wordplay. When this has become such an important part of our modern world, seeing as how the demand and competition are increasing, it is crucial that the graphic designing game of every designer is right on point. Therefore, the following are the 10 most important key skills that every designer must have in order to succeed in graphic designing. 1. CREATIVITY Creativity and ability to visualize the design in the eye of the mind is one of the most important skills any design professional can possess. Creatively presenting any content and understanding the content with a quirky design that showcases the exact kind of wordplay is something that not everyone can easily pull off. No graphic designing courses around the world can teach creativity. It is something an individual possesses and the one who uses it to their best ability is the king of graphic designing for sure. 2. COMMUNICATION Understanding the demands of the brands and clients, incorporating those demands in design, creating a mood board based on the tonality of the brand, and setting the colour scheme for the designated brand is something that every graphic designer should be well versed with. The top graphic designing institutes usually have assignments that help their students understand this process. However, it is also the basic instinct and creativity of the designer that actually adds up to something that’s crazy and amazing formed from scratch which matches the brand’s marks and stretches the borders of the box presented to the designer. Communicating the message of the brand with maximum impact by understanding the brand and target audience needs is the skill every graphic designer must possess if they want to succeed in this creative field. 3. TYPOGRAPHY Typography is the art of creating wordplay in the form of design by applying it to various different types of fonts and forms of lettering in order to create a design or logo based on demands. This is a skill that is a vital part of the graphic designing curriculum and something every designer must be well versed with at any given point of time. Typography is the solution to many design problems which is easy yet effective in many cases. The minimalist designs are usually based on this topical design and are often considered impactful in catching the attention of the audience and in conveying the message encrypted within. 4. ADOBE CREATIVE Adobe Creative Cloud holds different software such as Illustration, Photoshop, Indesign, After Effects, Animate and many more. These software are the key tools of any graphic designer in their career. Adobe creations make a huge part of the curriculum of graphic designing. All graphic designing students must be well aware of the softwares, their capabilities and shortcomings so that working in the industry becomes that much more easier. Not knowing Adobe is nothing short of a crime in the world of graphic design. Someone who is adept at using these softwares have a higher success rate than others. Paired with creativity, these softwares have the potential to create some of the best designs we have ever seen. 5. CODING Coding is not necessarily a part of the graphic designing curriculum; however, a sound knowledge of HTML opens more doors for graphic designers. Coding, as daunting as it sounds, is not very difficult to understand, especially when it is as basic as HTML. There are multiple online courses and videos available for learning the basics of coding and implementing them in real life in order to get maximum usage of the technology and create kick-ass designs. Limitations may be a part of the job, but with knowledge of coding by your side, stretching those limitations is definitely possible. 6. UI/UX DESIGN UI/UX design is another aspect that is not very famous among graphic designers and is often overlooked by many. However, it is not something that should be avoided if possible. If providing complete design solutions is something you look forward, knowing UI/UX design basics and its implementation comes in handy a lot of times. It is one of the best ways to reach new clientele if this skill is under the belt. It definitely adds another feather to the graphic designer’s creative hat! 7. BRANDING Branding done appropriately is advertising done right. Branding is nothing but communicating brand details to its ideal target audience in the most effective manner, whose impact lasts longest and yields organic results. To provide such impactful designs, it is critical that the graphic designer understands the words as well as the psychology of the brand and the message that they are trying to portray to their audience. Creating colour boards and mood boards based on that information to the most effective advantage is the graphic designer’s biggest achievement. 8. COLOUR THEORY Colours are something a graphic designer deals with on a daily basis. Colours are to graphic designers what music is to singers. Therefore, understanding various colour schemes, creating colour boards that communicate effectively and create a long lasting impact, understanding the psychology of colour and implementing it to maximum impact is a feat every graphic designer must carry out successfully. This also makes an important part of the graphic designing curriculum. 9. PHOTOGRAPHY Photography is a skill that is much appreciated in the graphic designing industry and any designer who has photography as their key skill is definitely easily highlighted by recruiters. A good photographer understands angles, colours, and depth perception, these being some of the key skills that a graphic designing job demands. 10. LIMITATIONS More often than not, there are software or hardware limitations in which case the design is not up to the mark. Whatever the case may be, a good graphic designer should be able to beat those limitations, work around the problems and stretch the box of creativity to present something that is up to the mark; if not above the mark, then just to prove its worth. When any designer is able to understand their limitations and still create something impactful, that is a successful graphic designer right there, waiting to be appraised for sure! The above-mentioned pointers are the technical aspect of succeeding as a graphic designer. However, one of the most underrated skills is to be able to showcase these talents in a creative format by presenting an attractive portfolio and resume that catches the eye of the recruiter. When that is done right and you have the skills to up the game, there is nothing that can hold you back from leaving some kick-ass footprints in the graphic design industry.
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  22. Let’s set the scene. You have been working hard to establish your business. More money is coming in and your client list is growing. You love what you do… but you are *tired*. And well-overdue for a holiday. You start daydreaming about soaking up the sun in Queensland, sailing through the Greek Islands, or skiing in New Zealand. You start trawling through travel booking sites. But just as your cursor hovers over the ‘Book Now’ button, it hits you. You cannot possibly leave the business right now. What if an urgent problem comes up when you are mid-way through an international flight? What if that important deal you are working on falls over? All of a sudden… a holiday seems impossible. No need to panic Does the above sound like a bit familiar to you? We all know that burn-out is ‘enemy number one’ for business owners. But too many of us feel that we have no choice but to put off holidays and personal days because we worry that something will go wrong while we are away. It’s a shame because there is a simple contract that can help any business owner take as many holidays as they want. This contract can be quickly and cheaply prepared by a commercial lawyer and can help ensure that your business runs smoothly while you are away (even if there is no mobile phone reception!). This contract is called a ‘Company Power of Attorney’. What is a Company Power of Attorney? A Company Power of Attorney allows a business owner to appoint someone else to act on behalf of the business for a certain period. For example, while they are on holiday. This person is known as the ‘attorney’. The attorney can be a person or a company (although there are some limits on who can be appointed). You, as the person appointing the attorney, can authorise them to perform almost any action that you ordinarily perform when managing the business – this includes operating bank accounts, signing contracts and voting at meetings. You can also choose what scope of powers that the attorney is authorised to exercise while you are away. For example, you can choose to give the attorney the power to take any action that you could take on behalf of the company. Or, you can limit the authority so that the attorney is only allowed to perform certain acts on behalf of the company such as sign a specific contract that may or may not have to be signed while you are on holiday. However, it is important to ensure any limits on the attorney’s authority are clearly specified in the document and discuss this scope with the attorney before you leave. This reduces the risk of the attorney acting outside of their intended authority. The right person for the job The attorney has a legal obligation to exercise any powers they are granted under a Company Power of Attorney in the best interests of the business. That said, you should carefully consider who you want to appoint as an attorney before taking your holiday. You should not appoint an attorney unless you absolutely trust them to manage your business. The attorney will have the legal authority to perform the acts you authorise them to take on behalf of the company without necessarily asking for your permission or input. So, you should satisfy yourself that they will exercise good judgment and have the skills and experience necessary to perform those acts. What if I change my mind during my holiday? You have the power to revoke the powers you have granted under the Company Power of Attorney at any time. If you decide to do this, you should immediately inform the attorney(s) and any other key stakeholders (eg senior staff, your bank) of your decision in writing so that the people are aware that the attorney no longer has authority to act on your behalf. Bon voyage! A Company Power of Attorney is a great way for business owners to maintain work-life balance without interfering with the everyday operations of their business. All you need to get started is a person that you trust to act on behalf of the business (and who is willing to accept this responsibility) and a trusted legal advisor to draft the contract. After that, it is all ‘smooth sailing’… dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  23. The feedback penalty for women What’s vague and bias? Feedback for women Feedback is the backbone of many management tools including having a crucial role in performance management. Many organisations also see it as the tool for improving your performance and preparing you for promotion. But how well does feedback serve women in particular? Does feedback work for anyone? Feedback can be problematic whatever our gender. The most comprehensive review of performance feedback was carried out by Denisi and Kluger and dates back to 1996. They found mixed evidence on its value and say that only a third of feedback leads to improved performance, and that is on very simple and specific tasks. Nearly 70% of feedback does nothing or leads to worse performance. Neuroscience research has found that just saying ‘let me give you some feedback’ creates a threat response in the brain before you even know if the feedback that’s coming is positive or not. Negative or ‘constructive’ feedback impacts the sense of reputation which leads to reduced connection with the group and potentially creates a sense of shame. It impacts certainty; because you no longer know the right work method and being told you are not carrying out the role correctly limits autonomy. Interesting that something with such a poor record became so important in business. The negative bias for women Research at Clayman Institute for Gender Research has examined the effectiveness of feedback for men and women. The work by Shelley Correll and Caroline Simard reveals dramatic differences in the type of feedback received. They found that nearly 88% of the reviews received by women contained critical feedback, compared with just 59% of the reviews received by men. And the critical feedback men receive is heavily geared towards suggestions for developing additional skills. For example, “Hone your strategies for guiding your team and developing their skills. It is important to set proper guidance around priorities and to help as needed.” Compare this with the kinds of constructive feedback that women receive, which include a sharper element, “You can come across as abrasive sometimes. I know you don’t mean to, but you need to pay attention to your tone.” This kind of negative criticism pointing out things like, watch your tone, step back, stop being so judgmental, showed up twice as much for women than for men. Men’s feedback points to growth potential Feedback for women is expressed in more general terms than for men. For example, a man might be described as “achieving goals,” while a woman “gets things done”. A similar behaviour may be seen as problematic in a woman (“Louise seems to freeze when facing tight deadlines to make decisions”) but as careful thoughtfulness in a man (“Matt seems hesitant in making decisions, yet he is able to work out multiple alternative solutions and consider them thoughtfully”). The feedback language used for both genders conforms to stereotypical views of men and women. Not only were women given negative feedback for what was perceived as an aggressive communication style (whereas this would be positively framed for a man), they were also found to be “supportive”, “collaborative” and “helpful” more often than men. The language used to describe men was linked more to confidence and independence, and they were twice as likely to receive feedback based on their technical expertise and strategic thinking. Most importantly, feedback for a man is framed in terms of needing to further develop skills he’s assumed to already have. The criticism of him is wrapped up in an assumed talent: “Matt needs to develop his natural people skills.” There often isn’t the same recognition of growth potential of a woman: “Louise lacks self-confidence: she seems to make herself small when she’s around the client.” These differences in nuance should not be ignored, say Correll and Simard, because “language is powerful at shaping perceptions.” Dealing with unfair feedback If feedback takes you by surprise, it’s not the time to have a difficult discussion challenging it. Take these steps: Give yourself time to process your emotions and prepare a considered response by saying something like: “That’s extremely disappointing, and not what I was expecting. I’d like some time to consider it properly: can we schedule a meeting when we can discuss it further.” Proactively identify the areas of your work that you have not received feedback on, which you believe you perform well in (it may be useful to ask a colleague and ally to reflect on this with you), and ask for formal consideration of the areas to be included. In response to feedback that appears to be gender-stereotyped, ask for clarification in the most open-ended way possible: “Could you clarify for me how ‘being pushy’ is different from ‘being results-driven’?” Jan Hills I set up Head Heart + Brain to change the way businesses are managed and led. My consultancy takes the findings from neuroscience and applies them to leadership and business practice. I have a Masters in NeuroLeadership, the application of neuroscience findings to business and leaders. Over the years I have applied science to help leaders to be more effective, I call my approach Brain-savvy I’m the author of several books including Brain-savvy Wo+man: how women can overcome gender bias and be successful at work, which was written with my daughter, Francesca. We wanted to explore the science behind bias and to give practical help on what women can do to thrive in the workplace despite it. The book is written in two halves and the other end of the book provides career guidance, based on science, for men and women. You can learn more at www.headheartbrain.com dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  24. How Truthful Are Your Numbers? Why Marketing Analytics Sometimes Lie It seems like everywhere you turn, there’s advice on why marketing is important, how to do it and who you should be marketing to. Today, I’m not going to talk about those things. I’m going to offer some advice that you’re probably not going like. Are you ready for it? I think you’re using your marketing analytics all wrong. How is that possible? There is no error in analytics. Numbers don’t lie, it is what it is. Well, except for when it isn’t. Yes, you have all the analytical tools you need at your disposal to make informed decisions about your marketing strategy. But, what if they aren’t telling you the whole story? We all know that there are two sides to every story. Marketing analytics only tell you the number’s side. What they don’t convey is the human side of marketing, the areas where human behaviour influences marketing in ways that analytics can’t pick up on. Are analytical metrics a waste of time and energy? No way! They are incredibly important, but they are also only one part of the puzzle. Take for example that found here claim that proving their ROI for their marketing activities in one of the biggest challenges that they face. Why do you think this is? It could be because they are not looking at the big picture and reaching beyond analytics to determine the success of their marketing strategy. So, just how could your marketing analytics be deceiving you, and what can you do about it? Let’s dig a little deeper. How Sampling Bias Can Kill Your Campaign A sampling bias is something that happens when the data you collect, and the predictions made on said data, do not accurately reflect your real customer base. There is a discord between how data is collected from your market, and how your market is defined, that marketing strategist seem to have trouble honing in on. As an example, let’s look at a typical survey that might pop up on a business’s site. The survey is there with the intention of collecting important data about their customer, but the problem is that the data collected might not be very relevant at all. If 6 out of 10 people who visit the site fill out the survey, that equals a great deal of data collected. But, what if only 2 out of every 10 people that visit the site make a purchase? That leaves room for a couple possible conversions, but chances are that not all 6 of those people actually define the target market. What’s happened is that your analytics have been polluted with data that just doesn’t belong. If you use this information to influence your marketing strategy, your resources are going towards a market that doesn’t exist. Talk about disaster for your ROI. Social Media Could Be the Biggest Culprit of All Social media is huge and everyone’s doing it. We know, we get it. But the very nature of social media platforms is so fluid that they make accurate analytics rather difficult. Let’s say you have been marketing on Facebook. You have tens of thousands of likes, and you pay careful attention to what people are saying and how they interact with you. Except, not all of those likes, even the ones that are making the effort to engage are going to be a solid representation of your true market. Social media opens up the world and lets all of us run around, bouncing in and out, doing and saying as we please. For a business, this really clouds the waters of analytics. Even if you are careful, what you end up with is a set of data that only represents a fraction of your market. The tricky part is figuring out just how much of your market that is. It could be 90% or it could be 10%. Marketing analytics don’t always do such a great job of illustrating this. There are different approaches you can take to solving the social media analytical conundrum. The first is to base your analytics off of a randomized sample of your customers. Maybe, with purchase, you ask your customers if they are connected with you on social media. You do this with a straight 100 orders and voila! You have a randomized sample that is more indicative of your real audience than what social media analytics are telling you. What if you find out that your customer base does have a strong social media presence. Great, now you know that you can more accurately leverage those analytics. But, going forth without discovering how representative those analytics are is a marketing mistake that most business can’t afford to make. Web Analytics That Like to Keep Secrets Most businesses say that their marketing strategy would be dead in the water without tools like Google Analytics. I’m not disputing this. Web analytics, like traffic and site performance, is critical for evaluating the success of your marketing efforts. But, here again, we run into the issue that there is so much that isn’t being told with just web analytics. There are little gems of data in there that could make or break your campaign. You just need to know how to access them. Enter market analytics. With market analytics, the metrics are more focused on determining how online events and activities influence consumer behaviours like browsing activity and sales conversions. Market analytics scan more than just your website. They combine your entire digital presence including social media, email marketing and online PR. What does optimizing your strategy to include both web and market analytics together accomplish? It provides a big picture view that allows you to determine which metrics are the most important at every stage of your marketing campaign. Meaning, you can make informed decisions based on a thorough analysis rather than just the snapshot picture that only one type of analytic provides. The Takeaway To be successful with marketing, as with anything, realizing that you need more than just one tool is crucial. You wouldn’t think that a hammer was the only tool you needed in your toolbox, so why depend on straight marketing analytics to build your business? There is so much to found here, and much of it is about numbers, but your success as a business is also about human behaviour and interaction. Reach outside of the box to gain the insights, or the other side of the story, that marketing analytics just don’t tell on their own. dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  25. Do you spend a lot of time staring at a digital screen? If you like millions of others have been spending long continuous hours in front of digital screens; you might be suffering from digital eye strain. The blue light and the glare emitted by the digital screens are the main culprits responsible for digital eye strain. The most common symptoms of digital eye strain are tired and irritated eyes, headache, increased sensitivity to light and pain in your neck and shoulders. These 9 simple yet effective tips can help you fight digital eye strain: Blink More – Almost all of us are guilty of continuously staring and not blinking often while working with digital screens. This leads to dry and irritated eyes which eventually puts you at a greater risk of other eye health issues. One of the simplest solutions is to blink more often. Make a conscious effort to remind yourself to blink more often. Take a break from the screen and blink slowly at least 10 times. Take Periodic Breaks – Get up and take frequent breaks while working with digital screens. During such breaks, you can move about, stretch a bit or get yourself a glass of water. This will help release tension from not only your neck and back but also ease the strain on your eye muscles. Ensure Correct Posture and Screen Placement – Ensure that your posture is correct and your chair is adjusted to an appropriate height as per the screen. Your monitor should be at a distance of around 20 to 24 inches from your eyes and the centre of the screen should be around 10 to 15 degrees below your eyes. This is an ideal placement for your eyes. Eat a Nutritious Diet – A well-balanced diet comprising fruits, vegetables and other fruits rich in vitamins A, C, E, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients which promote good eye health and reduce eye strain is recommended. Adjust the Display Settings Appropriately – When it comes to the display of your screen, you need to ensure that the brightness and colour of the screen are appropriately adjusted. The brightness of your display should be approximately similar to the brightness of your surrounding workstation. You can reduce the amount of harmful blue light emitted by a colour display by reducing the colour temperature of your display for better long-term viewing. Wash Your Eyes Often – Washing your eyes with cold water cannot only soothe them but also promote blood circulation and alleviate pain in the muscles around the eyes. Do Simple Eye Exercises – One of the simplest eye exercises to do is to follow the 20-20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes you stare at a digital screen, look away for 20 seconds at something which is 20 feet away. This will help your eye muscles and prevent your eyes from becoming overly dry. You can ask your eye doctor for much simpler eye exercises or search for them online. Prefer Working with Correct Eyewear – Long hours in front of the screen can result in irritated and dry eyes. You can consult your ophthalmologist and get a pair of customized computer glasses. Such glasses are essentially prescription glasses and are anti-glare. They are designed to ease the strain of your eyes considerably while working on digital screens. Go for Regular Eye Check Ups – Periodic eye examination can help your ophthalmologist detect not only common vision problems but also other issues related to your overall physical health. For instance, Retinopathy – a condition in which the blood vessels surrounding your retina are damaged due to high blood sugar levels is one of the very first indicators of diabetes. This condition can easily be detected by your ophthalmologist during a comprehensive eye exam. If diagnosed at an early stage, appropriate preventive measures and treatment can be prescribed. Don’t take your vision for granted. Reduce the strain on your eyes with the above-mentioned tips to prevent digital eye strain related complications in the long term. dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  26. A community is EVERYTHING to the success of your business. Community has been the most pivotal aspect of my own business success and you can see it in action every day with giant brands such as Apple. Apple fans arguably pay over the odds for Apple products, simply because they’re Apple products. Often the actual product matters less than the fact it’s from Apple. They have developed such a strong community, a community who will buy anything they sell. The most successful communities are based on shared values. They are not just a group of people who are in the same place at same time. It’s not what you’re doing, but why you’re doing it that matters. ‘People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories & magic’ Seth Godin So, maybe you’re wondering what makes an awesome community? Russell Brunson studied many mass movements while doing the research for his book ‘Expert Secrets’. He found that all mass movements had three things in common. Charismatic leader They were all lead by an attractive, magnetic person; a strong, charismatic leader. Future based cause All the mass movements were striving for a goal in the future. A collective good, which wasn’t directly associated with one person. Offer their audience a vehicle of change They all provided their followers with a way to get to the common goal. They gave a path to this ‘ideal’ future situation and they focused on HOW their followers would get there. Why is community important? Now we might not be planning to create a mass movement. However, if we take some of the principles from this research it can positively affect the community we can create around our businesses. Some practical ways to grow community around your business Having a community is important for personally. I love the community I’ve built around my business and I’m grateful for it every day. Community creates return customers. If people feel valued and part of something they will return and they will probably bring their friends too! Having a thriving community around your brand will make your business much more visible to new connections and potential opportunities. Your community will turn into an army of advocates. These people will share your products and shout about you from the root-tops. This word of mouth, organic marketing really is the most powerful marketing out there. Other people promoting your brand creates social proof and allows you to shortcut some of the relationship building processes with future community members; they already trust you as they have taken on the trust that these other people have. An interactive community can really help you gain traction on social media, which will help to spread your message further and in turn reach more new customers. The best ways you can build community around your blog Be true to yourself and your brand message. People connect with people. You’ve probably heard a thousand times that people buy from people they know, like and trust. Attracting your true fans means that you have to show enough of your personality and that of your brand, that you might well turn some people off and that’s ok. Not everyone has to love everything, it’s just not human nature for us all to like the same people. In order to find those true fans, some tyre kickers will have to go. Have clarity as a leader Clarity is so important. Your brand must stand for something. People must be able to gauge what this is quickly and understand it. If you aren’t clear people will not follow your brand and you will not be able to develop the strong community you need to push to the next level. If you don’t have clarity, this should be your immediate focus. Remember at the start of this post I spoke about every Mass Movement having a charismatic leader, a future based cause and a vehicle of change. You can’t offer any of this to your community if you don’t have clarity. Build your brand on a single powerful idea. It’s so important to get to the core desire of the people you’re trying to help. How are you trying to help the people you serve? What’s the core desire you are trying to help them to achieve? Engage with your audience. Engaging takes time and it’s often considered unscalable in a business as it grows. That may be true, but it’s so very important and should not be forgotten about. Make connections with your potential fans, be the brand that stands out. Ask your audience questions and interact with them. Thank people for stopping by your website, for retweeting your content, respond to their questions and emails. All of these things will make such a difference to how your brand is perceived. Get them on your email list Having your own list of customers/community means you can communicate with them on your terms and you won’t be at the mercy of social media algorithms. Getting them onto your email list is the first step in creating a deeper connection. You can then nurture the relationship and give value beyond what they see on the surface. This will put you in a better position to sell your products to them in the future and for them to become a super fan of yours. Feature your community There are so many ways you can do this and examples from brands who do it well. Take Frank (@Frank_bod) for example, they make natural caffeinated skincare products and share their clients’ images on their main Instagram feed. People love the idea of being shouted out and so they are so willing to share images of themselves with the product, adding to the social proof and organic spread of the product information. You could start your own hashtag community People enjoy joining in and being part of events and challenges. So why not create a # relating to your business. I started #LittleFierceOnes on Instagram with a friend and it now has over 280k images in the gallery and its own thriving community. This is another area Frank do well in. They have two hashtags #TheFrankEffect and #LetsBeFrank, which are full to the brim of clients sharing their products for them, genius! Reward loyalty. Rewarding loyal clients/community members is a wonderful way to give back. Maybe you could offer a free product, shout out or something much more exciting. You could give your core community special perks or the chance to win prizes. I hope you’re now convinced about the power of community and the role it can have in growing your business. Do you have any tried and tested ways to build a community around your business? What works for you? dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  27. Even though nowadays we have all these connective technologies, business travels are still a very popular activity in many companies. When you’re new and young, you find the idea of spending some time in a new and interesting destination amazing. But after you spend some time in airports and various hotel rooms that all look alike, you start missing the comforts of home. As a businesswoman, I’ve met some of my biggest challenges while being on a business trip. What to wear, how to pack, what to do, how to find my way around an unknown city, how to stay safe if I’m alone, these are all things that have bothered me a lot before my first business trips. Here are some tips that will answer all those most important questions. Always plan ahead. You should never go on a business trip without preliminary preparation. Trust me, once you take off, you will be too overwhelmed with the travel and your upcoming meetings to take care of the small details. So, a few days before your travels, you should research the city you’re going to stay in, the hotel, the distance between the hotel and the places where your meetings are, and interesting places you’d like to visit in your free time (if you have any). Fortunately, our smartphones make it easy for us to find out that information. All you need to do is download a navigation application, type in the addresses and check the fastest route. And the Internet is filled with useful guides for almost every city of the world. If you’re travelling to a distant country, you should also exchange currency a few days earlier and make sure all your documents are up to date. Take care of your security. If you’re travelling alone, security should be your top priority. Even though we live in the 21st century, some parts of the world are still not a safe place for women. Airlines have strict rules about carrying potentially dangerous objects, even pepper spray, so this is out of the question. What you can do to protect yourself, is make sure your bags are compact and locked and your documents are well hidden close to you. When you’re in the hotel room, make sure the clerk doesn’t announce your room number. This way you may avoid some unpleasant stalking. Also, make sure the door to the hotel room has a double lock and is secure. Use a door jammer if necessary. I would also recommend a self-defence class, it will really give you more confidence. Pack light. Many of us have this problem, where we are incapable of packing light. But if you want to save yourself all the effort of dragging a big suitcase, you’ll have to plan and restrict yourself. For a week-long trip, all you need is 2 pairs of pants, 5 tops, 3 dresses, some underwear, 2-3 pairs of shoes (2 in the suitcase, 1 on your legs), 1 pajamas, 1 or 2 belts (if needed), some toiletries and hair tools, some basic makeup and jewellery, and that’s it! All that can perfectly fit in one small rolling suitcase. Add your purse to that, and you’re good to go. Travel smart. There are many types of transportation, make sure you always choose the right one. If your destination is located on the other side of the country, then you’ll go by plane, of course. But if it’s located closely, it will be a lot cheaper to use a train or a bus, or a car even. Compare prices from a few sources, to make sure you’re getting the best deal. If you’re being picked up at the airport, make sure the person picking you has all the corresponding documents, don’t trust the sign with your name on it only. When you leave your meetings or the office, remember to remove your badge. Strangers don’t need to know your name, trust me. Take full advantage of the situation. Even though they might be tiring and even dangerous, business travels are a great opportunity to meet new people from your line of business, make new connections, and maybe even visit a new and exotic destination. Therefore, you need to take advantage of every single perk offered. Make a detailed itinerary of all your meetings, choose the most interesting local dining places, and choose some places to visit if you have the spare time. We only have 1 life, and we should enjoy every moment of it, even the working ones. dynamicbusinesswomen.com
  28. Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview about video communication and marketing with Ethan Beute @EthanBeute. Ethan is Vice President of Marketing at BombBomb and author of Rehumanize Your Business: How Personal Videos Accelerate Sales and Improve Customer Experience. (Wiley, April 2019) He is the host of The Customer Experience Podcast He has collected and told personal video success stories in hundreds of blog posts, webinars, podcasts, and stage presentations. SmallBizLady: Why should a small business owner be thinking about video? Ethan Beute: No matter what business you’re in, when people say “yes,” they’re saying yes to you – to who you are and to the trust and rapport you’ve built with them. Video helps you communicate, connect, and convert in a more personal and human way. SmallBizLady: Generally speaking, isn’t video expensive and time-consuming? Ethan Beute: We call scripted, produced, and edited videos “marketing through video.” I like to teach a simpler style we call “relationships through video” – simple webcam and smartphone videos to replace some of your plain, typed-out text in emails, text messages, and social messaging. SmallBizLady: Why is simple video better than typed-out text? Ethan Beute: Very often, you can save time by talking instead of typing. You explain things more clearly – with tone, pace, body language, etc. People feel like they know you before they ever meet you. It’s very differentiating. SmallBizLady: When is this type of video communication better than a typed-out email or text message? Ethan Beute: Any time you want to convey sincerity, enthusiasm, expertise, gratitude, warmth, concern, empathy, or any of those other deeply human elements that we can’t capture when we go to the keyboard instead of the record button. It’s also good for longer or more complex topics. SmallBizLady: What are a few sales-related ways to use this simpler style of video? Ethan Beute: Cold prospecting and introduction. Follow up with responsive or nonresponsive leads to create engagement. To confirm an appointment and set expectations. To follow up after an appointment to restate key ideas and readdress objections. Look at all your touches and you’ll see spots that benefit from video. SmallBizLady: What are a few customer experience-related ways to use simple, personal videos? Ethan Beute: Replying to any inquiry. Customer service and support. Holidays and special occasions like birthdays or customer anniversaries. Event invites. Special offers or promotions. Meet the team. Look at your customer lifecycle and you’ll see spots for a more personal touch. SmallBizLady: Are there any other good times to use this type of video communication? Ethan Beute: “Thank you” is one of the best and easiest videos to record and send. Send a couple every day and your life, relationships, and business will all change for the better. Other possible videos include “great to meet you,” project updates, and internal communication. SmallBizLady: Does every video have to be one-to-one and truly personal? Ethan Beute: No. We also recommend “evergreen” videos to record once and use over and over again as needed. They’re great for customers’ frequently asked questions at each stage of the relationship with you and your business. The context can help make it feel more personal, even though it’s not just for that one person. SmallBizLady: What types of businesses are using video communication? Ethan Beute: Because it’s about human-to-human connection and communication, all kinds. Some of our top groups include real estate, mortgage, financial advisory, business coaching and consulting, insurance, automotive, nonprofit, software, professional speaking, solopreneur, etc. SmallBizLady: What kind of benefits are people seeing with simple, personal videos? Ethan Beute: Success stories and anecdotes are endless. In terms of survey data, video communication results in more replies and responses to emails, more clicks through emails, higher lead conversion, greater ability to stay in touch in a meaningful way, more referrals, quicker time to resolution, etc. SmallBizLady: Any pro tips for success with video in email? Ethan Beute: Be clear before you start your message on why the recipient(s) would or should look at it. Make that reason clear in your subject line, opening line, and video thumbnail or preview. Use text to drive the video play and (separately) to drive the call to action. SmallbizLady: How should you push through if you are really not comfortable on camera? Ethan Beute: Because there’s vulnerability and a basic fear of judgment or rejection there, your first few videos may feel a little uncomfortable to you. But that’s exactly what makes this style of video so powerful. It’s real. It’s you. It connects. Practice builds confidence and confidence builds success! succeedasyourownboss.com
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