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New ASAP Ventures Sites Offer News and Advice on Portuguese, Personal Finance and Repossessed Houses

Home finances, translation into Portuguese language and information on repossessed properties are on show in the latest round of websites introduced by leading web stable ASAP Ventures Ltd. The company has announced the introduction of PersonalFinance.org.uk, Portuguese-Translation.co.uk and RepossessedProperty.org.uk to give UK consumers more information than ever.

Purchasing a house from the repossessions market is a complicated project and ASAP Ventures is now helping people to read up on repossessed property and how to buy one thanks to new site RepossessedProperty.org.uk. All the latest news and detail on buying a repossession house is on hand on the new site.

Learning some Portuguese vocabulary ahead of a trip or holiday to the Algarve has been made possible now thanks to the new ASAP Ventures introduction of site Portuguese-Traslation.co.uk. The site offers people simple Portuguese translation services on an easy to use website.

Managing the home bank account is nobody’s idea of fun but it is still very important to know what one is doing. The new ASAP dedicated personal finance website PersonalFinance.org.uk is there to help people stay informed about personal loans, credit cards, home mortgages and more besides.

Derek Paulson, spokesperson for ASAP Ventures Ltd, says, “Our network of sites is there to help people stay informed all about new consumer issues including financial ones, so we hope that this latest round of sites is of great use to people.”

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Web Content Management System Consulting Company Gold Sponsor at Drupalcon 2010

New York-based DPCI, a leader in the implementation of web content management systems, was a big supporter of Drupalcon 2010, acting as a Gold Sponsor of the San Francisco conference. Over 3,000 people involved in Drupal content management attended the conference, held at the Moscone Center. Aimed at developers, consultants and businesses involved in the Drupal community, the three day conference (with an additional four days of associated activities) included numerous sessions ranging from development presentations and training opportunities to discussions of open-source CMS solutions and employment opportunities, all with a heavy emphasis on Drupal, the leading open-source web content management system.

Always active in the Drupal and web content management systems community, DPCI President Joseph Bachana and other DPCI staff were in attendance. Mr. Bachana was a featured presenter at the show, as a member of a panel discussing “Trends in Enterprise 2.0 Technologies.” The company’s visibility at the show was highlighted by a booth in the Exhibit Hall. DPCI joined leading technology companies such as Google as a Gold Sponsor of the conference (which was also supported by the likes of Microsoft, Sun Oracle, The Economist and other well known names), showing the interest the technology industry in general has in the web content management system market. Such systems can be very complex to implement. With the combination of proprietary software, open-source options (like a Drupal content management solution) and a frequent need to integrate with existing corporate software systems, it’s crucial to ensure that an experienced consultant is chosen to lead the project. Companies that make use of digital assets or publish content to multiple platforms (typically print, web, mobile and e-Book) benefit tremendously from implementing a web content management system (CMS). While the entertainment and media industry is a primary market for CMS, DPCI has also implemented CMS solutions in the education, marketing, financial services, advertising, travel and software fields since 1999.

For further information about Drupalcon 2010, visit the conference web site at www.sf2010.drupal.org. For more information about options for a Web content management system or to learn more about DPCI, please visit the company’s web site:www.databasepublish.com. To contact DPCI President Joseph Bachana, please e-mail info@databasepublish.com or call 800-818-2905. DPCI’s offices are located at 1560 Broadway, Suite 810, New York, NY 10036.

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New Boating Web Site Puts Buyers Together With Sellers

A new boating Web site aims to put boaters and boater wannabes in touch with the people that can fulfill their wishes. The site, www.allboatingads.com, features boats for sale, equipment for sale, as well as services such as insurance, boat service, and marinas.

Pete Riopel, a financial planner based in Larkspur, started the site after 20-plus years as a sailor.

“It seemed like a fun and interesting thing to do,” he said.

The site allows users to do a key-word search to find what they want, and also allows the search to be e-mailed to the user if new matches turn up. It also allows up to eight photos to run with a listing.

“The advantage of my site.” Said Riopel, “is that you can narrow down your search.” As with many Web sites, users are required to sign up to use the site. There is no fee to sign up.

While Riopel is computer literate, he had to learn new things to get his Web site up and running. He had to learn HTML, and about boating throughout the Bay Area. He also plans to paint with a broad brush on the site.

“I tried to cover basically everything.” Riopel said, “Everything that is boating is here, and what is here is about boating.”

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A Solid Solution for Digital Assets

Databasepublish.com – One of the greatest opportunities for many organizations involves the potential streamlining of their content structure for print, mobile or web applications. The time that it takes to structure content for these applications costs many organizations time, money and lost opportunity. A reliable content management system can help to create a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

A Solid Solution for Digital Assets

Many organizations own hundreds of thousands of digital assets. These include corporate logos, branding material, audio and video clips, still and stock photography, and a variety of archival content. Many of these assets were acquired over long periods of time and at great expense to the organization. Unfortunately, many organizations are unable to maximize the benefits of their digital assets due to a lack of an effective digital asset management solution.

Due to the critical nature of having digital assets organized and easily locatable, many organizations have implemented a digital asset management system. These organizations may have a slightly better grip on their digital asset management than an organization with no formal system. However, over time an organization’s needs change, which oftentimes necessitates customization, retraining of staff, and/ or the integration into a content management system or back-office software package.

For this reason, it is important to find consultants that are well-versed in tailoring a new or pre-existing digital asset management system to meet the current needs of the business. For example, an organization may be looking to find a digital asset management system that centralizes and manages the rights and permissions of a significant portion of all published editorial content, containing text, illustrations and photographs. Such a system could help non-technical staff members reuse both legacy and fresh content across print and digital media more effectively. Additionally, the organization may want the final implementation of the the digital asset management solution to be in-house.

For this example, many product options are available in the digital asset management market. Although the organization knows what capabilities they want, a prudent decision would require an interactive technology agency that can deliver an integrated content management system to help the organization refine its requirements and manage the request for proposal process.

A third-party consulting business that understands the technology, can assist in the refinement of requirements, and ensure an objective selection of vendors is indispensable. The mark of a truly valuable consultant is in their ability to quickly distill an organization’s needs for digital asset management and not only help identify the appropriate vendor, but also provide a new way of thinking. The type of thinking that helps the organization ensure they get the most out of their investment through the implementation of the digital asset management system.

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A Boy’s Secret Santa Letter Reaches The North Pole

This Christmas season is not like all the rest, my work shop has been overflowing with toys for months now. Everyone here is busy putting the finishing touches on things. There seems to be more and more good children every year! Here at the North Pole we always keep our Christmas trees decorated and our wreaths on our doors. Everyone here at the North Pole loves to live with the joy of Christmas all year long. But we are always preparing for that special night of celebration – the night when I visit all the good boy’s and girl’s all over the world! It’s a wonderful time indeed.

Just this morning I received a Santa Letter from a special little boy that lives very far away from the North Pole. He wrote to tell me a secret Christmas wish and to ask for a special Christmas gift. Of course Santa doesn’t share secrets so I can’t tell you what this little boy wants for Christmas. But I’ve already checked my list and he has been nice all year long and I know that’s not always easy to do. This little boy always remembers to leave out my favorite snack (cookies) for me on Christmas too! In fact, last year he even left out treats for my reindeer. They get tired and hungry during our long trip to all the good little boy’s and girl’s houses around the world.

I’ll write a letter back to this little boy later tonight. I try to answer all of the Santa letters I get but sometimes that’s hard to do. I get letters all year long from boys and girls that live all around the world. I always write letters in the evening, after Mrs. Claus and I eat supper and eat some of the tasty cookies kids send us! It’s a nice way to end the day.

Believe it or not, I get letters from grownups too. After all, they want things for Christmas and I guess sometimes they feel like I’m the only one that can help. I’m happy to do it. I love to make people happy. I think the good in Mrs. Claus has rubbed off on me! Did you know that she usually brings me a plate of warm cookies and milk while I’m writing?

The only day of the year that I don’t answer letters is on Christmas Eve. On that day I am just too busy. I have to be sure I have everything ready for my long trip around the world. There’s so much to do when you’re packing Christmas gifts for people all around the world!

Article created by Santa Himself. In a recent phone conversation Santa discussed the many letters he receives from children, and adults from around the world. He said that on a daily basis he sends out thousands of Personalized Santa Letters because he realizes that children look forward to receiving them. In fact, Santa Claus said that parents routinely tell him that their Christmas letters from Santa are some of their most precious childhood keepsakes. Santa said that is why he will continue to write letters for as long as he can.

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Translator Network tolingo Launches English Language Website

The translator network tolingo (www.tolingo.de) has launched an international version of its translation portal. The website (www.tolingo.com) is in English and the aim is to ensure that the company’s services will also be used increasingly by customers from outside Germany.

“After a very promising start, we see the international site as the logical next step. We have a worldwide network of over 2500 qualified translators available. Why then shouldn’t customers around the globe benefit from it too? Besides the fast and uncomplicated processing of the submitted texts, the 24 hour global availability is one of the great benefits of offering translation services online,” says tolingo Managing Director Hanno von der Decken.

tolingo provides customers with quotations in real time, while this usually takes several hours or even days elsewhere in the industry. Automatic selection of the best available translators within the network for each document means that tolingo delivers translations of consistently high quality while keeping translation times to a minimum. In this way, the processing times that usually stretch to days in the industry can be shortened to just a few hours. Yet the prices for the translations are markedly lower than those of a conventional translation office.

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Translation Services Firm Increases Sales By Providing Free Content

According to Ken Zwerdling, CEO of Foreign Translations, Inc., a global translation services firm, “Today’s savvy Internet user leaves little room to be directed by companies to take a particular course of action. The consumer has become the expert and is in control.” We have seen this change of power especially within the real estate industry. Consumers are on-line analyzing local markets and exploring homes via virtual tours with no help from a live individual, all the while making decisions without involving professionals. This trend has overflowed into many industries around the world. What does this mean for professional service companies that want to earn business? Be the first to offer consumers educational information about your services and give it away for free.

Be Known As The Expert In Your Industry

For companies that almost never achieve a face-to-face meeting with customers or potential customers, its on-line presence is the only means for consumers to validate its expertise and knowledge. This validation goes beyond graphics, ease of navigation, and client lists. It is found in the quality of the information that company provides. Some visitors know exactly what is wanted: price estimate, quote request, or contact information. Other visitors want to learn more about the different service offerings, while still others seek valuable free information to better understand the industry and guide the decision on who is contracted for service. By fulfilling the information needs of consumers via tutorials, instructional content and free tools a company will become the recognized expert in that field.

Keep the Consumer Coming Back

Free instructional articles are a valuable tool that directly serves the needs of many website visitors. The average number of page views a website visitor sees is only three. Offering instructional content will result in visitors who stay longer, view more pages, learn more about your company and become more educated. The key is to think like a customer and freely give away what is wanted. A company needs to ask itself, “What kind of information would I research if I wanted to learn more?” To stay ahead on consumer desires, a company should publish new articles periodically to accommodate ever-changing consumer interest. At Foreign Translations, Inc., the company offers a vast array of valuable instructional content. It provides white papers on topics such as How to Prepare for Globalization, Laws of Quality Translations, How to Find Growth in Non-Traditional Markets, Language Translation and Social Media, Marketing to Hispanics and Selling your Products and Services in Other Markets. In addition, there are informational articles on business etiquette in major countries such as China, Germany, and South Korea, the history of the world’s major languages, and what to expect when traveling to specific countries across the globe.

Some customers are simply looking for information. They want to complete due diligence and research the service needed before finalizing a purchase. You want to be the company that offers these consumers more than is expected, more than what can be gained from your competitors. Service companies must understand that instructional content can take many forms such as whitepapers, industry research, tips and free tools. Use this content effectively to make your website indispensable. Encourage your visitors to return again and again.

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Self Storage Finders Increases Sales and Clients in October 2009

Self Storage Finders announced today year over year comparable sales increased 597%, exceeding company expectations. Self Storage Finders is one of a few online self storage directories experiencing staggering growth within the last several years. Comparing year over year sales for the month of October, the company has increased its sales by 597%. In comparing year over year clients, they have also increased their Preferred Membership 318%.

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Selfstoragefinders.com has been in business for 2 ½ years and is starting to build a solid brand around their unparalleled Search Engine Optimization, allowing them to continually rank highly for many self storage terms. Their clientele consists of self storage facilities of all sizes, self storage management companies, marketing companies and several web based companies. Marketing Executive, Brian Barwig said “Strong sales and a large increase in Preferred Members tell us our clients continue to use Self Storage Finders as their choice for generating quality traffic, clicks and most importantly rentals.”

Barwig goes on to say, “We plan to continue to grow Self Storage Finders sales through our broad expansion nationally with greater penetration of new city markets due to our high SEO visibility, as well as with partnerships with leading companies in the storage industry.”

“Our directory is unique, effective and irreplaceable in many cities where the competition is too fierce for storage facilities to be able to manage their SEO and rank their own websites.” The system is ideal for storage owners and managers who need to concentrate on their day to day operations and do not have time to carry out the innovative marketing and SEO strategies Self Storage Finders can provide. The company insulates its Preferred Members from the everyday hassles of storage marketing. In addition, Selfstoragefinders.com works closely with its storage partners to ensure the highest customer satisfaction.

An increase in sales and clients can be attributed to proper business plan execution, advanced marketing techniques and partnerships with highly respected companies in the industry. Mr. Barwig adds, “Self storage is becoming a highly aggressive industry and every owner needs a competitive advantage. Our Preferred Members are able to attract customers before their competitors do, expand their business and increase overall profits all for a minimal monthly fee. We are most proud we can provide solid traffic to owners, while keeping it easy on the budget.” Self Storage Finders has been able to dramatically increase their sales and clients all while keeping their monthly rates near lowest in the industry.

Selfstoragefinders.com is committed to aiding customers in finding self storage locations quickly and easily by providing storage unit locations and contact information for facilities around the country. Prospective tenants can search through the Preferred Member listings and Neighboring Member listings on the site to find the best personal fit. The company offers unique opportunities to storage owners in addition to prospective renters. Selfstoragefinders.com generates exposure for its Preferred Members by offering premier visibility on major search engines connecting prospective renters to self storage owners.

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Santa Letters by Marty The Mouse Surpass Letters From Santa Himself

Little Marty the Mouse couldn’t wait to start writing his first Santa letter. After his recent worries about the possibility of being on Santa’s Naughty List, Marty was finally feeling a little relief. His cousin Jingles, who happens to one of Santa’s Christmas Mice and official mail helpers, gave Marty some great tips about Santa Claus and how to stay on his Nice List. You see, Jingles gets to read letters written to Santa, as well as personalized Santa letter written by Santa Claus himself.

It seems that Santa just wants children everywhere to be the best they can be. This of course includes things like school work, helping around the house, and just being nice – but it also means listening to adults. That is the part that worries Marty the most. After all, his school work is good and he always does his chores, and everyone says he is one of the nicest mice in the wall of the big house. But Marty does sometimes disobey his parents.

In case you didn’t know – our little Marty is full of adventure. He loves to explore the big house, but the problem is, Marty is not supposed to venture out into that big space by himself. But if you know Marty, you know that his sense of adventure sometimes gets the best of him and he gives in. That’s why Marty plans to write lots of Santa letters this year.

He plans to build up the momentum of what he wants to say. Marty knows that he shouldn’t start out by asking for Christmas presents. Instead, Marty has decided that his first Santa letter will simply be a ‘thank you’ for all the great things that Santa Claus brought him last year. Last Christmas was wonderful! Not only did Marty get a new bike, but he also got a collection of books about his favorite hero, “Courage Mouse”. Marty wants to grow up and be just like Courage Mouse; this little hero travels the world to find mouse families that need help in some way and then he makes sure they get just what they need. Courage Mouse is nice to kids, grownups and animals. Marty will be sure to add some details about some of the fabulous journeys of Courage Mouse so Santa will know just how much he likes the books.

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Lovetropolis.com Promotes New Option for Latin Dating

Lovetropolis.com, an online dating service and subsidiary of The Lombard Company, Inc., is promoting a new option they have added for Latin Dating. They made the announcement this morning from their Bowie, Maryland headquarters to introduce the new service as part of the online dating service they recently started in February 2009.

“In order to ensure a more accurate match and pleasurable dating experience, we have added five new ethnic and religious categories where our users can focus their efforts,” the statement read. “Our goal with this is to offer as many choices as possible to those looking for companionship. General dating pools are not right for everyone. In the case ofLatin dating, many times family structures and language familiarity dictate the criteria for choosing a partner. With our new Latin Dating service, we have found a way to address that.”

In addition to Latin Dating, Lovetropolis.com is also adding Black DatingAsian DatingJewish Dating and Christian Dating. Each of these groups will be able to take advantage of the social networking platform Lovetropolis.com put in place back in February which offers users live chat, webcam dating, blogging, internal secure email, video upload capability from YouTube, and a selection of applications that can help users improve the look of their profile.

“We have used every social media tool that has been developed in the past decade in the development process of this website,” said a company spokesperson. “The end result is a user experience like no other in the world of online dating. You can meet and get to know someone intimately before you even meet them in person. In today’s world, that makesonline dating less scary and far safer for those who prefer to avoid the club scene.”

All five ethnic and religious groups are now available with Lovetropolis.com, and they are building their membership with a number of incentives and referral programs. Foremost among these is a “Free Membership for Life” program they have initiated where you pay a one-time profile approval and activation fee of $17.95 and then no monthly or annual fees for the life of the account.

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Network Affiliates Push Clickbooth.com Into Inc. Magazine’s Top 500

The Inc. 500 is a list of the top 500 high growth businesses. It is an entrepreneur’s dream to be on the list. Clickbooth ranked #5 overall and #1 in their business sector, which is advertising and marketing. In an economic climate where many businesses have been simply trying to survive, Clickbooth has grown an amazing 12,000% over the last four years. They have been doing it by providing consistently strong ROI for publishers and advertisers. It is a milestone for the advertising industry as whole, and marks the dawn of a new day for the future of marketing.

The infamous dot-com bubble may have popped but there are still businesses using the Internet in innovative ways to enjoy high growth by providing exceptional customer value. Clickbooth’s industry revolves around a concept known as affiliate marketing. It is a marketing strategy that shares revenue among advertisers and affiliates online. affiliates are traditionally known as publishers and are considered the same in this context.

The network affiliates at Clickbooth are among the best in the business. Some are among the Alexa Top 50 sites. The affiliates network together through Clickbooth to provide premier marketing campaigns for advertisers. The number of worldwide affiliates they use is over 10,000 and many of them are exclusive. The coverage is very broad and encapsulates a number of niche markets. The compensation is based on performance from one or a combination of sales, clicks, and registrations.

Each affiliate is rigorously screened and monitored for performance and integrity. Much of Clickbooth’s success comes from their industry leading compliance team. Their function is to track uploads and downloads among other monitoring functions to ensure that the proper integrity is maintained. Any of the affiliates that are identified as abusing the system are promptly excommunicated. The result is a dependable set of affiliates that are networked together through Clickbooth to be reliable, trustworthy and maximize an advertiser’s time and money.

Clickbooth is an internet marketing business created in September 2002. With their high integrity and high quality affiliates network, they leverage the power of the Internet for businesses looking to maximize their advertising budget. Clickbooth produces benefits for their network affiliates and their clients in need of advertising through a high level of integrity, a careful screening process, and an Internet marketing program that is mutually rewarding.

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Report Says Small Firms Floored By Basic Web Errors

Streamline.net web hosting research finds the majority of consumers using SME websites in the past year experienced usability faults.

The Streamline.net study of 1700 consumers found that 83% faced faults including unfinished web pages, broken URLs and an out-dated design. A further survey of 450 UK firms revealed that whilst half consider their website to look ‘professional’, 1 in 3 owners admit that they are guilty of ‘neglecting’ their sites. There is also a worrying discrepancy between where consumers wish to find web addresses, and where companies are displaying them. For example, 48% of firms still do not make any efforts to optimise their URL on search engines. Whilst 1 in 5 consumers took a web address from the side of a small company’s vehicle, only 10% of small firms currently display theirs in this way.

The data from Streamline.net showed that many SMEs are alienating web users through simple web errors. 76% of consumers have now used the website of a small business. Whilst 47% of consumers consider their experiences of such sites to be overall ‘good’, a further 1 in 4 Britons conclude such websites to be ‘barely usable’. In the past year, 83% of online consumers found faults on more than one occasion. Web errors reported included unfinished web pages (54%), broken URLs (52%), outdated email addresses (50%), and missing contact details (31%).

Top design gripe with SME websites is an outdated website design, faced by one third of users in the past year. 1 in 5 online consumers have encountered superfluous descriptions of products and services. 20% have been confused by the use of generic corporate images that bear no relation to specific company’s.

The findings are in contrast to another survey of 450 small firms where 76% felt confident that the language on their website could in no way be perceived negatively, and 84% saw the images on their website as fit for purpose.

Steve Holford, Marketing Director at Streamline.net, said, “As with many areas of business, if the basics of a website are not sound, customers will be deterred from purchasing”.

Almost half of companies (48%) made no attempt at optimise their position on search engines, when 77% of consumers call upon these. Many enterprises are prioritising the display of their URL in places unpopular with online consumers. 43% of companies publish their web address on industry websites whilst only 15% of consumers use this source. Remarkably, only 9% display their web address on signage or windows of their premises, when 1 in 5 Britons have made use of a domain name taken from here in the past year.

Holford added, “Every opportunity to capture online custom must be seized upon, which means promoting a web address in every possible environment – online and off-line”.

Streamline.net provides a comprehensive range of domain registrations. Users can even try free web hosting for 3 months with Streamline.net.

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Coupon Clipping Has Gone Digital

CouponChief.com is setting a new standard in how one shops online. With the trend toward online shopping growing it is no wonder that more and more Internet merchants are offering special promotions and discounts with the use of special codes. This is in keeping with what consumers have come to expect of all merchants; special offers make shopping a more enticing experience. The development of a digital form of coupons was inevitable. And just like brick and mortar shops that offer coupon shopping, the online merchants have to have a way of distributing the coupons. CouponChief.com is the centralized, one-stop shop for these codes.

The concept is both simple and ingenious. No sign up or log in is required and the entire use of the promotional coupons is free. However, by setting up an account an individual can receive alerts via email announcing new promotions and discounts offered by a favorite store. This is the ultimate in convenience for online customers.

The process of using Online Coupons is not only easy and convenient; it is a great way to save money. Online shoppers have grown accustomed to seeing ‘coupon code’ and ‘promotion code’ fields during the checkout process at Internet shops. The problem has been that few people knew where to find those special savings codes. Fortunately, that is no longer a problem. The numerous Coupon codes available for online shopping have been collected in an organized and quick to access fashion.

When shoppers visit ‘Coupon Chief’ before shopping they are sure to find useful Coupon Codes. Visitors to the site are happy to find that Online Coupons often offer a more substantial savings than the typical paper coupon does. But in order to offer all possible savings to its visitors, CouponChief.com also has a program called ‘Pays-2-Share’.

The ‘Pays-2-Share’ program pays visitors for coupons that they find and add to the site. Once enrolled in the program an individual simply logins and submits new Coupon Codes for participating merchants. When a shopper uses the coupon payment is made to the person that submitted the promotional code. In fact, they earn 2% of the purchase price, which can be substantial in some cases. Surprisingly, this payment is made even on purchases made by the submitter.

CouponChief.com was established to provide an easy way for individuals to find useful Online Coupons for the stores and products they need. The website has collected and organized the promotional codes in an easy to find format, making saving money on Internet purchases trouble-free. Additionally, the site offers a program called ‘Pays-2-Share’, which provides a money making opportunity through submitting coupons found.

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Technology Adoption Fuels Recovery Tipping Point For UK SMEs

According to research from BT Business, supported by the Design Council and Prince’s Trust, small businesses at the forefront of technology adoption have been the least impacted by the recession, with those most reluctant to bring in new technology suffering the most. Companies with a positive attitude to technology adoption had a 69% better than average experience of the recession, whereas technology laggards suffered a 34% worse recession experience than the average.

The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of BT Business and included responses from more than 7,200 small businesses across the UK.

The 2009 Business Pulse report is the UK’s largest survey of SMEs this year. The survey shows widespread recognition of the importance of technology in reducing costs and increasing efficiency and competitiveness. 30% of businesses said that they have saved money through using technology, 32% use technology to network and obtain advice and 28% have found more customers through its use. Nearly one in five cited the use of technology to support flexible working as having one of the most significant impacts on how they have managed the recession.

The Business Pulse survey identified the positive steps firms have taken to manage the downturn. Nearly twice as many technology innovators have seen an increase in turnover of 10+% compared to those small businesses reluctant to embrace new technology, the majority of which have seen their turnover decrease since the recession began.

Mick Hegarty, strategy director, BT Business said: “The small business community has fought bravely to survive the downturn. Our findings show that many small businesses believe we are now at a tipping point with a recovery almost upon us. We can also see that now more than ever technology has a critical role to play in the future success of these businesses, helping them to find new customers, market themselves more effectively and reduce costs. Investing in better technology is emerging as a measure of success in the future for many businesses.”

In terms of the technologies having the biggest impact, 61% said faster broadband speeds have had a positive impact on their business. Better web sites, better e-commerce and mobile devices were also particularly beneficial. More than 1 in 10 small businesses are looking for more advice and support on using technology to manage their business.

Smaller organisations are also increasingly turning to social media to improve the way they operate with one in five respondents turning to support forums, Twitter and blogs to market their business and attract and retain customers.

Lord Digby Jones, said, “The Business Pulse highlights that optimism is on the rise. Equipping firms with the right technology and support will help tip the economy from recession onto the road to recovery in 2010.”

Full findings of the Business Pulse will be revealed in Small Business Week 2009 and debated by a business leadership panel including business experts Peter Jones and Lord Digby Jones at the launch.

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New Black Dating Service By Lovetropolis.com

A Bowie, Maryland online dating service owned by The Lombard Company, Inc. issued a statement today inviting African Americans to try their new Black Dating Service. Lovetropolis.com, an online dating service that was launched in February 2009, is rolling out Black Dating along with four other ethnic and religion targeted dating services.

“Our goal here is to provide people with what they are looking for in a partner,” said a company spokesperson. “Members of the African American community who have used our general dating service have been requesting that we add something more specific to race, culture and religious beliefs to make it easier to find a more perfect match. Black Dating is our response to that plea.”

Lovetropolis.com would like to point out that Black Dating is not limited to strictly African Americans, but they are issuing an open invitation to all members of the black community to come and visit their new service. They are even offering free lifetime membership for anyone who signs up now and pays the $17.95 profile approval and activation fee. As a dating service still within its first year, Lovetropolis.com is offering a number of incentives to all in order to build their customer base.

“Right now the price is very low, and memberships are virtually free,” our spokesperson tells us. “We are growing fast though, so I’d suggest that anyone who wants to try our service should sign up now. With the social network platform we’re using, we’ll have to start charging at some point. Anyone who joins at this stage will never have to pay membership fees.”

The other four ethnic and religion targeted dating services offered by Lovetropolis.com are Latin DatingAsian DatingJewish Dating, and Christian Dating. Their social networking tools include webcam dating, instant messages, internal secure emails, Favorites menus, YouTube upload capability, and a variety of apps and custom features to improve the look of a profile page.

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Lovetropolis.com and Couturemoda.com Announce Co-Brand Partnership

Lovetropolis.com and Couturemoda.com announced they are joining forces in an inventive partnership to market online dating services and contemporary fashion. The venture will make available Lovetropolis.com’s full range of dating and social networking services to Couturemoda.com’s savvy shoppers. The campaign will focus on looking your best to feel your best and put your best effort toward your love life. Couturemoda will be able to market its swank designer clothing to Lovetropolis.com’s upwardly mobile user base of over five million. The co-branding campaign will offer the most current trends in fashion and the most compelling range of online dating services in the marketplace.

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Lovetropolis.com will feature Couturemoda clothing in multiple ways, including on a special content page, and drive traffic to the Couturemoda website. Couturemoda will promote the dating website to its single clientele and develop best deals and special packages to be extended only to Lovetropolis.com’s users. To celebrate the campaign’s launch, Lovetropolis.com members are being offered a special discount when they shop Couturemoda.com.

Couturemoda’s owner said, “We are very excited to enter into this agreement with Lovetropolis.com. Lovetropolis.com’s current reach represents a huge market for our designer fashions and today’s most exclusive style trends. We’re confident our partnership with Lovetropolis will drive new users and increased sales to Couturemoda.com.” According to the CEO of Lovetropolis.com, the partnership with Couturemoda will be mutually beneficial. He said, “Couturemoda has always focused on bringing superlative style and unrivaled fashion to its shoppers. With this collaboration, we can also bring Couturemoda clientele unmatched online dating opportunities through exclusive, innovative dating services they can take advantage of only when they join Lovetropolis.com.”

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Finding the Right Content Management Solutions

With vast amounts of continual information creation, many businesses find it difficult to fully leverage, manage, and distribute their information effectively. Implementing new technology in-house can be an expensive and problematic situation resulting in excess time and cost overruns. This is due to the innate learning curve required for successful integration, the inevitable distraction due to the overlap of daily duties, and a host of other externalities that can restrain progress.

Many businesses prefer an information technology consulting company that can assist them in tailoring and implementing data content management solutions. The goal of many businesses is to reduce the cycle-time involved with the continual loop of content creation, content enrichment, content management and content delivery. Since this loop is recurring, there is great value in designing a solution that, for instance; publishes content to the web, to print, or to wireless media in an efficient and effective fashion. Trying to manage all of this manually can be exhausting and trying to implement an in-house solution can be painful and risky resulting in an uncertain level of quality and reliability.

It is often difficult to find consulting businesses that not only guide businesses toward the right solutions, but also implement the solutions with candor and integrity. Ideally, it is good to start at the beginning using a business’s current technology and current processes. Then systematically choose the right out-of-the-box product(s) that can be customized to fit the business’s requirements.

Whether a business is looking for improved web content management, digital asset management, multi-channel systems, work flow management, or any combination thereof; a solid content management consultant would have the experience, the passion, the maturity and innovation required to arrive at a solution adapted to the business.

DPCI is a content management consultation business that not only has the high-level of requirements necessary for consulting, tailoring and implementing quality content management systems, but they also do it with integrity. They have a ten year track record of delivering content management solutions for many notable businesses in a wide range of industries. DPCI has the experience to help maximize the value of a business’s information content in both print and digital forms.

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Fasthosts and Microsoft launch WebsiteSpark

Fasthosts Internet Ltd, a leading web hosting provider, has announced its work with Microsoft to promote the new Microsoft WebsiteSpark program for web professionals. The initiative assists smaller web design and development companies in launching or growing their business by providing better access to the Microsoft web platform. The scheme delivers free Microsoft Server OS, free licenses for Microsoft Expression and Visual Studio software, as well as training and access to MSDN newsgroups.

Eligible Fasthosts customers can save over £240 a year in server licensing costs as well as valuable software licences direct from Microsoft. The scheme is an example of how businesses can gain significantly from discussing their technical requirements and business needs with Fasthosts. Fasthosts has been selected by Microsoft to promote the program benefits and guide eligible Windows Server customers through enrolment.

The Microsoft WebsiteSpark program offers new support for web design and development agencies with up to 10 employees. Eligible Fasthosts customers gain an immediate financial benefit – saving £240 per year with a free Windows Server license and saving even more with a free MSSQL license. Upon enrolment, members gain access to free Windows Expression Studio 2 (1 user license), Expression Web 2 (2 user licenses), Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition (3 user licenses) and DotNetPanel control panel.

A great number of professionals and enterprises can achieve cost savings by discussing their server and software needs with a long-standing expert like Fasthosts. The company’s advisers are trained to identify and leverage the efficiencies that hosted technologies can deliver. By working-through requirements with Fasthosts, synergies between software and hardware can often be identified.

Steve Holford, CMO Fasthosts Internet Ltd., said: “WebsiteSpark is an excellent opportunity for smaller web agencies. It delivers exactly what they need most – free tools and practical help. As hosting partner to thousands of web pros, Fasthosts is well qualified to advise participants on how to apply Windows hardware and development tools to best effect.”

Simon Pryce, Director of Skylight Media, is a Fasthosts customer who enrolled in the WebsiteSpark program to help boost the web design side of the business. Pryce commented: “We had discovered WebsiteSpark through our business network, and our successful enrolment in the scheme led to us setting up additional dedicated servers with Fasthosts at the same time. The WebsiteSpark scheme is an ideal way for us to update our use of Windows Server technology, enabling us to save a significant sum of money on license fees. We were also delighted to find during our consultation with the ever-reliable Fasthosts, that these new server resources will save us money too, so we’re very pleased all round.”

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Data Cleansing Specialists Unveil New-Look Corporate Website

Tracesmart Corporate, data cleansing specialists and leading providers of consumer information services, have launched their new look corporate website. The redesign is not just skin-deep however, as it also includes an updated appearance to their intuitive online services, employed by a growing legion of operators to trace people and conduct identity checks. The redesign project was initiated following discussion with clients and prospects about site functionality.

Following in-depth market research with staff, customers and potential clients, the company embarked on a strategic overhaul of their business website to reflect the requirements and observations made by visitors during the research. The new look website and service portal was developed to portray Tracesmart Corporate as a modern and progressive organisation with a more welcoming and easier to understand user interface.

Owen Roberts, Tracesmart’s Communications Manager commented, “Putting into practice the feedback we received during market research has paid dividends. We believe our new look corporate website presents a more customer focused and user friendly search facility. Our in-house web developers and design team have responded to the challenge and delivered a fresh, contemporary design that I’m sure our customers will greatly appreciate.”

The Tracesmart Corporate website provides access to a variety of data intelligence services such as self-key consumer tracing, existence checks anti money-laundering and know your customer identity verification. Users of these services come from a broad and growing range of industries that include, amongst others, the financial sector, professional services and the media.

Paul Weathersby, Tracesmart’s Technical Director added just before its launch, “Following exhaustive examination of our previous site and listening to visitors and our customers, we were keen to improve the user experience and design. The website has gone through more than just a face lift and early indication from those consulted on the project suggests a more than favourable reaction. We are extremely delighted with the new design.”

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Christian Dating Service by Lovetropolis.com

Responding to market research and industry needs, Lovetropolis.com, a Bowie, Maryland-based online dating service owned by The Lombard Company, Inc., introduced a new Christian Dating service today as part of their push to attain a larger market share of the lucrative online dating niche market. They are hoping to match the success of their general dating service which was launched in February, 2009, and has already become a major player in the online dating business.

“Christians generally look for other Christians when entering the dating pool. A shared belief system is essential for a happy, long term relationship; and the closer we can match couples up, the more successful their dating experience will be,” said a spokesperson for Lovetropolis.com. “Our ethnic and religion-specific dating services are simply another way we can make sure that our customers meet the person they will be truly happy with.”

Specific niches in the online dating industry have become necessary with the explosion of multiple sites going up in recent years. The success of companies like Match.com and EHarmony has paved the way for others who want a piece of this lucrative pool. Lovetropolis.com though is claiming to have distinct advantages over the others that set them apart.

“Our service utilizes more of the social networking tools that are available today,” our spokesperson tells us. “We have video profiles, live chat features, YouTube uploads, Favorites menus, and applications to spice up a profile. The technology to do all of this is out there for the taking now, and we use all of it to improve user experience. Anyone can claim to be a Christian just to date someone whose photo they like; but when you have multiple conversations via webcam dating and spend some time getting to know someone on an intimate level before meeting, the truth comes out.”

In addition to Christian dating, Lovetropolis.com is also now offering Latin DatingAsian DatingBlack Dating and Jewish Dating. “Be prepared,” our spokesperson tells us. “There’s a lot more where that came from. Our designers and marketing people are working day and night to crank out more sites very soon. We’ll keep you posted.”

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