Featured Increase Your Sales with Trade Show Displays

If you are a business owner, especially if you are in the start up phase, you must have an effective strategy on how to gain many new customers. camelback2The competition in the market may be so tight as new and existing products are all around and it can be very challenging and scary for starters like you. That is the purpose of launching trade show exhibits that delivers a powerful marketing impact whether you are introducing a new product or re-branding your company. With the help of trade show displays, a trade show exhibit space becomes functional, eye catching and is able to deliver your marketing message.

camelbackFor a successful trade show to be possible, exhibit booths should be exceptionally pleasing to the eyes to draw the attention of the attendees passing through and should also be designed for portability and utility. Trade shows are proven effective to make a difference in the number of your sales and can build relationships with new and existing customers. With the help of trade show displays, you can make your trade show stand out from the crowd. With some research, you are sure to find the approriate tools you can use and examine your show expenditures. You can choose from colorful, life size displays and finish off your exhibit booth with extras like banners, truss, trade show furniture and logo floor mats. Logo mats are cost effective marketing and sales product. It can be printed with a logo or marketing message while some use logo floor mats to give directions and information to people standing in lines.

Featured Exchanging Business Cards

Did you know that there is a proper etiquette when giving away or accepting business cards? The basic rule when presenting or receiving business cards is to do it with both hands. When you receive someone’s business card, take time to look over it and if possible, make some comments or ask for more information. Proper etiquette is called for as this will determine if your new acquaintance would decide whether or not to do business with you. There are some guidelines to help you in exchanging business cards in other countries so you’ll know what you should and shouldn’t do:

UK and North America

bcard
There is very little ceremony when it comes to exchanging business cards in these parts of the world. Exchanging business cards here is an informal occasion. You can stow any card proffered to you upon receiving it.

China

cbcard
Gold colored lettering is considered auspicious in this country, so natives prefer business cards printed in gold ink. Also have one side of your business card translated into Chinese, and try to find out the local dialect of the people you’ll be meeting with e.g. Cantonese or Mandarin. To impress your new acquaintance, include your name and title and if your company is the largest or oldest, add it to the information. Always give your card first before asking someone else’s.

Japan

jbcard

Exchanging business cards in Japan is quite ceremonial. Business cards in this country are big, so invest in quality cards. Treat both the giving and receiving of business cards with the same degree of respect as you would show the person him or herself. Include your name and title as status is important for the Japanese. Present your card with great ceremony, holding it so the recipient can read it before bowing and saying your name.

India

ibcard

Most people in India speak English so there is no need to translate your business card. Aside from putting in your name and title, include any university degree or honors you received as they place a great emphasis on academic achievement. Also use your right hand in proffering and receiving a business card.

Middle East

businesscard
The rule of the thumb here is to present your business card with your right hand, never with your left.

Featured Economic Tutors

The Chinese offer an interesting study when we talk about business. For one thing, China as a nation has made a name in the realm of arts and cultures- surpassing in this respect many other nations of the world. For another, the Chinese are one of the most numerous alien residents in the world. They are practically everywhere. The Chinese, over the centuries, have ascended in the realm of business and finance. Indeed, the Chinese acquired an important position in the trade and commerce of some countries and have become pillars of economic structure. These lead us to ask why. The following views, from the book The Chinese in Manila, have been given as possible reasons:

1. The Chinese retailers work harder and stay on their n their jobs longer

china man

hours.

2. The Chinese retailers observe only the New Year’s Day and one holiday a year (The Double Tenth)

3. The Chinese retailers are more patient, more enduring, more self-sacrificing.

4. The Chinese retailers are more adopt in pleasing customers.

5. The Chinese retailers are more frugal, less luxury-loving, and more hardy.

6. The Chinese retailers are willing to receive less profit per sale.

7. The Chinese retailers have more business experience.

8. The Chinese retailers have a lower standard of living.

9. The Chinese retailers are more entrenched behind an air-tight system of financing and credit, cooperative purchasing, an interlocking ownership. 10. inese retailers have more business experience.

8. The Chinese retailers have a lower standard of living.

9. The Chinese retailers are more entrenched behind an air-tight system of financing and credit, cooperative purchasing, an interlocking ownership.

10. The Chinese retailers receive more preferential treatment from big importers, who are usually Chinese themselves, thereby enabling them to obtain merchandise at very much lower prices.

Featured Investing Wisely

Thinking of investing your hard-earned money for profit? A wise investor understands the importance of risk and rates of return of his investments. Here’s a rundown of investment vehicles where you may put your money into and hopefully help you to decide which investment vehicles to use to achieve different financial goals.

Real Estatekey

Real estate is an ideal investment vehicle because it usually appreciates in value and can provide you with a steady cash flow. This may also be used as a leverage for loans. When buying a real estate, check for any defects and see if you can get good returns. Properties with delinquent accounts and those about to be foreclosed are usually sold 10 to 60 percent below their market value.

Bank and Trust Funds.piggy

Investing in bank and trust funds provide a moderate risk investment. They give the best balance between risk and reward for long-term investing. Common trust funds pool resources from various investors and then invest the money in mutual funds or stocks for higher earnings.

Life Insurance.tree

This investment typically provide very low return of investment and little or no inflation protection. However, this provides financial security to the plan owner and his family. Many invest in whole life life plans because the premiums are generally lower, but there are also term plans which is paid in shorter time frames, and endowment plans to choose from.

Stocks.stock

You may also invest your money in stocks. Stocks are shares in a company. When you invest in a company’s stock or buy its shares, you become a part owner of the company. Stocks fluctuate in value on a daily basis. When you buy a stock, you aren’t guaranteed anything.

Featured Forex Trading Education

forex tradingMany people are curious about getting into forex trading. It could be because of the financial increase that forex marketing brings. Anyone can have the opportunity to become rich. The possibilities are certainly endless. The forex market provides benefits that are countless. The list goes on.

If you are interested with the idea, it is best to get forex education especially in trading. This is like learning a new thing and can serve as an investment. However, you should be armed with the proper knowledge of getting into forex trading as this may be risky. This would assure that you are on the right track and you are on the way to increase your finances.

forexBeing literate about forex trading allows you to understand its nature. By learning this, you will know how to earn money by trading currencies. You will even learn from some professional traders. Education about forex trading also allows you to know that the environment is ever changing especially the exchange rate. You will then be familiar about the changes and you can then make appropriate actions. You will also be aware of the risk control and management as this is the crucial part when getting inot forex trading. Education is indeed the start of a great endeavor.

Featured Starting Up – Dilemna

Almost everybody came to a point of starting his or her own business. At first it could be a small restaurant, or maybe becoming a car dealer or venture into real state. Some even thought of venturing into farming or animal husbandry. Although we may have had some ideas for business, it could also be hard to start one. Most of the time, the business we started may also fail because of the lack of direction of what to do next.

There may be a lot of errors in what we were doing because it seems like we are just not able to be in a certain business for a given period of time. Before venturing into one, it is best to research on the type of business that you want to start with. Sometimes, it may seem like other establishments overwhelm you because they are already big and a lot of customers are already coming or transacting with them. It may be discouraging at first but with some hard work, you too may establish the kind of business that you have been wanting for. Although capital maybe the first problem, the other problem is courage. When starting, you tend to look at the competition. You start to think of where you are going to sell your business and also who you are going to sell to, then where you are going to put your establishment. A lot of times when we look at a certain location, we also look at businesses of the same category or look at the competition. Sometimes we become overwhelmed and then try to look for a different location with less competition. I’m not sure if this is a hindrance or if it is a good strategy but somehow it is becoming more of a hindrance. We tend to back out when we feel that we may not be successful in our endeavor. I wonder if all people feel this way when starting their own business. I guess you’ll never know until you try.

start

Local Store

I’m lucky to have a few good stores within range of me. The best one I have is Guitar Center. Brilliant range of stock, some of the best staff you could be served by. They also have loads of lovely ESPs, Fender, Jackson, Gretsch and more. Loads of acoustics as well as PA, pianos and electronic music stuff. Great chaps in there too, willing to let you try whatever, pretty much a half hour in sound booths, aren’t pushy and be as helpful as possible. Love those guys.  The local store also looks very nice.

Musician’s Friend

I have ordered accessories and guitars from Musicians Friend, Amazon, Sweetwater,  Zzounds and Guitar Center. While I never had a bad experience I have to rate Musicians Friend as my new top one. I ordered my last guitar through them and like my friends, I was impressed for the huge discount, fast and smooth transaction. Then the fact they called me to let me know they finished packing the guitar up, sent me an email with pictures of it, sent me candy with it, and called me a week or so after I got it to make sure it was okay and that I liked it all led to my decision to make them my go to play for my future guitars/amps/whatever purchases. The musicians friend store locator also is a powerful and easy to use location management system. It allows you to save time and money and is fast, accurate and allows clients to get the information they want without intruding on their valuable time. The musicians friend store locator is able to answer client enquiries 24 hours a day every day of the week – including holidays.

Guitar Center Dallas

My friend from Texas went to recently purchased a new guitar from guitar center dallas . He said that they have a nice selection of acoustics, electric guitars are more. Lots of sheet musics targeted for the guitar or stringed instrument players. Very knowledgeable folks.  Fantastic resource for every type of guitarist.  There’s a wide selection in all price ranges, and if you’re budget conscious, they work really hard to pick economy instruments that play well and are reasonably set up, action wise.

Guitar Center is the first place that I head to whenever I’m looking for sheet music, guitar-related books, or methods. In all my visits, there was only one instance where they didn’t have a publication that I was looking for, but that was because it had been initially published only four weeks before.

Starting A Backyard Nursery

There is a big difference in making a few bucks on a couple hundred plants and making a living. If making a living to you is something like $50,000, then you will have to sell many thousands of quality plants. Can your location support the traffic to sell many thousands of plants? Does your location have the population/market to sell many thousands of plants?

Cost of doing business so low? Nothing is free, if you try to grow enough plants to make a living, you will have to buy tons of potting soil, thousands and thousands of pots, trays to carry thousands of pots, some sort of fertilizer for thousands and thousands of pots, some sort of insect/disease prevention for thousands and thousands of pots, you will have to buy many thousands of quality seeds or plugs and bareroot perennials. You will need many thousands of tags for all the plants. You will need to buy signage and advertising.

And, what most don’t want to face, is that you will need a lot more facilities than just a big backyard. You will need some sort of setup to start thousands of seeds. You will need some sort of setup to display all these thousands of plants. The biggest single expense will be a greenhouse, to compete with any other nursery or big box store in your area you will have to have your plants ready and blooming when the customers are ready to buy, in my friend’s area that is April, May & June. You will not have much ready and blooming by April & May without a heated greenhouse that you will have to buy fuel for all winter.

Having said all that, my friend wouldn’t trade it for the world. He has 4 large greenhouses, two of them heated, a large outdoor growing area set up with a dripper irrigation system and a 600 sq.ft. germination room setup. Is he making a decent living at it, well let’s just say he haven’t quit his night job yet!

Godin Session

In this price range it is hard to find something so well-made. I have mine about a year, I’ve changed humbacker for SD SH-11, and both singles for Merlin (polish manufacture)- this guitar simply rocks. The godin session is very comfortable to play and very versatile in sound. Normally Godin Sessions would go from 600 to 800 dollars, because they are handmade and the best Canadian wood. Mine was a special deal, because I bought my Godin Session for 400 dollars.

Godins are very good axes indeed. Craftsmanship and quality control are really high. Plus the Canadian manufacturer. They are very much like Fenders should be, if they weren’t been manufactured in Mexico, China, Vietnam and other countries of this kind. My Godin session looks, plays and sound like heaven. And has all the finesse some American axes miss so badly.

Adrian Smith Guitarist

Adrian Smith has listed Gary Moore as one of his influences. You can certainly hear Moore eque overtones in some of his work (listen to Wild Frontier by Gary and it does sound a little bit like the co-penned New Frontier) and Adrian Smith guitarist Wasted Years solo has some of the same techniques used in Gary’s “Empty Rooms” track. I’d love to hear them play together, they are two of my favourite all time axemen as you can probably tell from the moniker “the god that is h”.

Having read some articles about Iron Maiden playing the same old songs on countless tours I watched my new Death on the Road DVD for the first time yesterday and yes some of the old tracks are there but I think the sound has changed on some of them. For instance Wrathchild now has all three of the guitarists taking on some of the lead stuff, with Adrian belting out the intro, Davey taking the middle solo and Jan crashing in at the end. I think this has strengthened the song and gives it a new dimension. I know we have all heard The Trooper a thousand times but again the double solo with H and Jan is awesome and worth a few more tours.

adrian-smith-and-dave-murray

Adrian Smith, it’s one of those persons you’d like to meet I guess, he seems to have such a great understading of things. I don’t know how he’s as a person but I’m sure he’s a great guy, you don’t play in a band for so long if you don’t get along with everyone imo.

adrian-smith-guitarist

Jackson Adrian Smith SDX Snow Whitejackson-adrian-smith-sdx-snow-white

Apogee Mic 96k

Works well for me on my 15″ MBP i7. My iPad is old so I don’t use it (96k = lightning cable). Iphone 6 works well but you can only have 1 audio in (i.e. no phone patch) If you do wanna phone patch, it seems to pick up the cell interference from days of you are so that’s no good but how does it sound? It sound awesome! Gain control is a little too swift but it is easy find the right level and for portability the apogee mic 96k is great. It’s easy-going enough that I take it with me most places, and it also comes with a lightning cable. Had no trouble with it, however it was a gift and a little more than I would have liked to pay myself.apogee-mic-96k

apogee-mic-96kapogee-mic-96k

Roland TD-30KV

Once again I’m considering options for practicing drums silently (or reasonably silently). I grew up playing an acoustic kit but once I graduated from college and had to live in an apartment for a few years, my days of playing an acoustic kit were limited. I didn’t have the option of renting practice space somewhere so my alternative to taking up a different instrument was to get into electronic drumming.The roland td-30kv kit caught my attention. My goal is to use the Roland for practicing, in place of acoustic drums. The most important thing is that I’m still building appropriate technique and touch for acoustic drums.  The deterrent with the studio/acoustic kit approach is my practice time is limited and I end up wasting a large portion of this in transit. Up to now, none of the electronic kits offered enough dynamic response and timber response such that I was hearing what I was playing and felt I was building transferable sills. (i.e. Instead of learning acoustic drums, it felt I was learning an entirely new instrument, the electronic kit, and not one that spoke the way I want to speak musically.)

Roland TD-30KV

From what I’ve read is that the dynamics have improved over Roland’s last flagship module (TD-20) and it has a totally new sound engine (referred to as Super Natural). Some claim the new sounds are a vast improvement.

I am very pleased with the insight offered by the people that had been using the drum kit for years now.

Roland TD-30KV

Cleaning Service Company

My friend love these guys. It always seems like the initial appointment goes over the top to encourage you to re-book so my friend was a bit skeptical.  But he did again. And then again. And again. The cleaning service company did a first rate job the first time (and my friend is highly critical having done most of his own cleaning for years) and has continued to do that and more. They are professional, fast, friendly and not obtrusive. Even when my friend and his employees are in the office they get the job done.

cleaning services company

My friend’s office was spotless! Sometimes a splurge is worth it, and this one was. Once they are finished my friend and I didn’t even recognize the workplace. We were so caught up in the mess that we forgot what a very clean workplace felt like. It was such a relief! The fog was lifted, and my friend and his employees are more focused, happy, and go about their jobs like they should be. And me and my friend thinks the organization has been great to work with as well. In my friend’s case the cleaning service company reached out the day after my friend’s first cleaning to see how everything went and was easy to reach with any feedback my friend had.  They also call if your cleaner is late. And if your cleaner by chance is ever out they will call to let you know and give you the option to reschedule or use a backup.

cleaning services company

And the cherry on top for my friend is if you like your first cleaner you are able to get him or her every week after.  So you can actually find one you like. And if you are ever given a backup and like them you can designate a default backup too.

My friend is so happy he switched to them and never looking back.

cleaning services company

XLR Adapters

My personal favorite are the daddario xlr adapters. I use it to connect my guitar to the computer through an interface and I am really pleased with the result. I used to just buy the cheapest all-metal adapters, and the ones I have still work fine, but I thought I’d try out this adapter. I like the more modern look, and I have had good luck with Planet Waves gear in the past.

planet waves