Archives for October 2017

About Chihuahua Dogs

Chihuahua Dogs Are Not For Everyone

In what seems like a very tiny dog, a personality the size of a Great Dane emerges. For some Chihuahua lovers it’s just another Chi, and others are just learning about this little entertainer. Whether you have had your Chihuahua for several years or you have just taken your very first Chi home, they will be full of surprises that will keep you amused as long as they live. Since Chihuahuas are known to be the longest living dog, he/she will be amusing you for many years to come. There life expectancy is 15 years and they sometimes live into their early twenties.

However, Chihuahuas are not a good breed of choice for everyone. While there are always exceptions, Chihuahua dogs are typically possessive and protective. They tend to be a one person dog. Chihuahuas are not usually patient around children who don’t understand just how fragile they are. Yes, even though they are confident, courageous, fearless, and tough, they are also prone to injuries due to their size. The Chihuahua can be seriously injured or even killed if accidentally stepped on or sat on.

Chihuahuas are dogs that clan. They recognize and accept their own breed but don’t like other breeds of dogs. Chis have been know to attack other much larger dogs It is your responsibility, as an owner, to keep this from happening. A friend of mine lost her dog when another much larger dog attacked him for no apparent reason. Her dog was on a leash walking from her apartment to her car when this took place. She was unaware of the other dog being nearby. We all know our Chihuahuas are much like our children so keep a protective eye on him/her and be aware of what is around you if your Chi is not in your arms or a carrier.

Source by Joanell Hutchinson

Learn Blues Guitar Using Professional Backing Tracks

The great thing about learning blues guitar is that you can soon learn to play along with a band and be creative in coming up with your own solos, licks and riffs in your very own Blues Guitar Lessons. Something that you definitely should do when learning blues guitar is to make time to practice with blues guitar backing tracks. It doesn’t matter if you are new to blues guitar or an experienced player, you will get the greatest benefit to your personal blues guitar style learning to play with a professional band. You probably don’t have a band waiting to play with you whenever the mood takes, and this is where backing tracks become very useful.

Original Recordings for Practice

When you are learning guitar is really good to play along with you favourite artists, and it often feels like you can play the songs the same as those recordings. For all the enjoyment of playing along with you favourite tracks, you aren’t getting the same level of experience of improving your personal technique. When playing with a full band recording you hide any mistakes and your timing will be influenced by the lead guitar on the track (whether it’s BB, Jimi or Eric!). To truly feel, and learn the music and ultimately have the greatest benefit to your playing you need to be the one taking the lead off your own back, and this is where backing tracks shine.

The Advantages of Backing Tracks

By playing with backing tracks you start to get a natural feel for the timing and temp of the music. You will feel for yourself where to change pace, introduce you own creativity and learn where to the keys start and change. Using backing tracks gives you a clean sheet to create your own style and this will bring you playing along better than any other technique. You’ll soon have the skill to turn up and play at a live jam session!

Perfect backing tracks help you to understand the correct tempo, they are ready to go when the mood takes you, they give timing practice for proper endings rather than just fade-outs and have real instruments like a real band rather than cheap midi files.

Where to find Blues Guitar Backing Tracks

You can often find the odd backing track with guitar   magazines , but there really is no substitute to getting your hands on a great set of professional backing tracks. You will then get a fill range of blues styles, keys and temps to get a great all round experience. Bundle those with lessons that show you the correct technique and you can really take you playing to the next level.

Source by Chris Stott

To Lose More Weight – Stop Doing Cardio!

Yes. You read that title right. I told you to “stop doing cardio!” if you want to lose fat. I can hear it now, “What? Nia, you don’t know what you’re talking about. All of the top bodybuilders spend hours a week doing long, slow cardio workouts. And that’s what they say to do in the   magazines  so it must be right!” Yeah . . . sure.

Look, I’m going to tell you the absolutely quickest, no fail way to lose fat in the least amount of time possible. No, I’m not going to sell you the latest “Square Dance Abs-Line Dance Your Way to Sexy” DVD’s. (Do they have those yet? If not, keep your eye on the Saturday morning infomercials!)

This is for men and women, so pay attention. The quickest way to fat loss is through proper nutrition. That is number one. Don’t let anyone BS you. There is no magic pill that will allow you to eat whatever you want and lose fat. Second is strength training. The third and final component is intervals or bodyweight circuits (Note: I prefer bodyweight circuits).

There you have it. No frills. No fillers. No dance shoes required. And best yet, absolutely no BS!

If you have limited time but want maximum results, I would suggest that you perform 3 total body weight training sessions per week. Oh, and don’t even think about doing sets of 20 or more reps. The goal here is to maintain or even increase lean muscle mass. That means keeping reps predominately in the 5-12 rep range. Doing sets of 20 reps will not “cut” or “tone” your muscles. You cannot change the shape or length of a muscle. You can only make it bigger and/or stronger. If you want to get cut, ripped, or toned, you just need to focus on losing the fat that covers your muscles. Low body fat=muscle definition.

Here’s a sample daily workout. Perform it in a circuit if you can. That simply means that you perform 1 set of each exercise before you repeat the first exercise again.

Sets: 4 Reps: 8 Rest: 60 seconds between exercises

1a) Front Squat

1b) Chin-up (use a band or partner for assistance if you can’t perform them on your own)

1c) Incline DB Bench Press After you perform 4 sets for each exercise, you can then do bodyweight circuits to increase your fat burning. Once again, perform in a circuit. Sets: 3-5 Rest: 1-2 minutes after you complete the entire circuit Jumping Jacks x30-50 Squats x20 Pushups x20 Reverse Lunges x10 each leg Plank x30-45 seconds Squat Thrusts x15

This is a great example of a fat burning workout. As I said, perform 3 total body strength training workouts a week on non-consecutive days. Here are some great set and rep guidelines (Day 1: 4 sets of 8, Day 2: 6 sets of 5, Day 3: 4 sets of 12). Finish off with intervals on the bike or bodyweight circuits.

If you truly wish to engage in more physical activity and increase your fat loss, I would suggest taking brisk walks that are about 20-35 minutes in duration, preferable outside. Take the walks on your off days. This program will get you more results than the vast majority of the workouts you find in “Muscle and Fiction”. Give it a try!

Source by Nia Shanks

SEO, Site Marketing and Web Analytics: Digital Dream Team

Does your business have an active digital pulse? Or is it in need of a

pacemaker? Important questions. Here is another … how do your site visitors and

potential customers view your site?

A Website presence has become standard operating procedure for any business

seeking to reach a wider audience, enhance marketing and advertising efforts,

stretch marketing budgets, make strategic affiliations, or network and interact on a

national or global scale. Once your business site has been designed, built and set in

motion, the fun begins. And the name of this game is SEO (Search Engine


SEO is a vital part of Website marketing. Think of it as the foundation on which to

build your promotion and advertising campaigns. Without effective SEO, your site

will be buried in the obscurity of distant search engine listings. With a good SEO

foundation and practices, your site will gain important rank position in the big

search engines and your customers, new and old, will find you with minimal


As good as rank position may sound, keep in mind that the search industry is

always evolving, and listings/rankings have to be watched and worked regularly.

Online marketing and SEO experts all agree that submitting a site to search engines

for listing is only the beginning.

Once the Meta data has been completed (the development and placement of

keywords in the HTML Meta tags on your site page files), you can begin a regular

marketing plan. Part of this plan should include staying aware of any changes that

the major search players are going through.

A solid marketing plan will be different things to different people. There are low

cost Web-only strategies that utilize press releases, link or banner exchanges,

affiliate programs and providing free content, such as e-books or industry

information. These can take a little longer to get results, so where money is saved,

time involvement becomes crucial. For faster results, there are pay-per-click

programs and various online paid advertising. And for those businesses that seek

local and offline clientele, there are   magazine , newspaper, radio and TV ads. But

whatever the methods chosen, all marketing comes back to your Website. The ideal

scenario allows you to keep close and accurate track of all your efforts, know the

success or failure of campaigns, and learn user response through the activity on

your Website. Too many businesses underutilize their Websites, wasting a highly

valuable tool.

Basically there are two avenues of marketing, and they should both lead back to

your Website — site-specific online advertising, and outside advertising that brings

people to your site. Therefore, successful marketing requires that you really know

your site visitors.

What do your potential customers see when they visit your Website? What invites

them to move through your site? What compels them to make a purchase, or sign

up for the newsletter? To be successful with your marketing, you MUST know your


It really is not as difficult as it sounds. With the growing awareness of Web analytics,

business owners are finding that their site traffic data can yield valuable and

detailed data on their visitors’ habits, usage… and their response to advertising.

Web analytics reports, until very recently, were generated from a cumbersome,

time-consuming log-based system that was very difficult to understand by anyone

who was not tech-savvy. Many sites still labor through this method for their data

reports. However, this is no longer necessary.

Today’s analytics and site tracking services are striving to be more useful and

available. As with anything on the Internet, it either evolves or disappears. Web

analytics have become recognized as a critical business component and, as a result,

we are seeing the evolution of a new age heading toward a warmer, more sociable

and approachable Web analytics industry.

Owning a business today means you must have an online presence. It is a valuable

tool, too often overlooked. With some good, solid SEO, you have a firm marketing

foundation for your business; a global calling card. With an aggressive marketing

and advertising strategy, you will have a tool to enhance your company’s bottom

line. And with this next generation of analytics, you have all the power you need to

turn your Website into a one-stop marketing center, where you can keep your

virtual fingers on the vivid pulse of your business ad campaigns, your visitors, your

customers and your success.

Source by Cherie Davidson

The Hoodia Gordonii Dietary Supplement

We are sure that you have heard about his new miracle dietary supplementary called Hoodia Gordonii. In fact, the chances are that you may have even considered taking it yourself. If you will look around the internet or the brochures they have, you can actually get the chance to read a lot of reviews and even testimonials from other people who have used it that will guarantee you about the effectiveness of a Hoodia Gordonii dietary supplement.

Favorable reviews can really be found everywhere and you may have even read some of it on the newspapers and   magazines  or even seen it on TV. Fact is, way back 2004, Lesley Stahl of the 60 Minutes show have already publicly shared about this miraculous African plant that has the powerful effect to suppress hunger. So if you are the type of person who is having some trouble when it comes to following a prescribed diet, then this Hoodia Gordonii can be of great help to you. While not all dietary supplements at the time already have Hoodia Gordonii in their ingredients, that time was actually the starting point when it began to increase later on.

With regards to the reviews, Hoodia Gordonii also does very good in them too. There are actually a lot of publications that you can read to see reviews about the topic at hand. Aside from that, you can also check for reviews that are found on the web so you wouldn’t have to look for specific publications anymore and you could get the desired information in as little effort as a few mouse clicks and a few keystrokes.

Most reviews would indicate how Hoodia Gordonii will possibly benefit your body. You may also check further details about this plant and see how it could function for you. With that knowledge, you can then get firsthand information whether or not the supplement could work for you or not.

A lot of positive testimonials could also be seen on a lot of websites actually. As you look around for it, you will undoubtedly get the chance to read about a lot of people who have experienced the benefits that Hoodia Gordonii has promised. You can even be assured that most of them will guarantee you that their purposes and intentions of taking this dietary supplement has really been met. You might even find it interesting that while people from different walks of life use this supplement, they all state that it is really effective for them and has no harmful side effects at all. Despite their differences in lifestyle and when it comes to choosing their diet, the supplement still fills them so they won’t have to crave for so much food at all.

If you still haven’t tried it yourself, then go and look around for one. The internet has really made it possible for anyone to make purchases very easily in our times. So aside from the reviews and testimonials, you could also see locations where you will be able to make your purchase of Hoodia gordonii.

Source by Eliza Maledevic

Slaves’ Songs and Freedom

It may seem trite and naïve to suggest we can use the codes that slaves used in their Gospel songs to truly communicate. Unfortunately these black Americans now believe the Gospels they used to make their masters think they were happy and going along with the slave driver. It may seem paranoid to suggest we are still slaves even if we have lots of goodies or three cars in the garage. The truth of our world civilization is not very civilized. The wars and borders that keep us fighting or seeking to be chosen above ‘others’ in some racist ideology that includes frequent genocides is real. All religions are obviously not trying to let people know that whatever God might be it does not vary from one place to another and all life is part of it. They must start saying they all worship the same thing and tell their followers no one is better than anyone else.

This truth does not need the UN investigation of the Rwanda events or what is going on in Ireland and Darfur or Iraq to let us know the culprits include the US (NWO), Catholic Church and their Anglican ‘brothers’. This truth of Synarchy that sees nations spying and warring on each other rather than allowing average people a chance to share in the technological opportunities of gene-therapeutic longevity, nanotechnological replacement of work, space colonization, and a host of ways to make everyone wealthy without taking money away from anyone; is not known to the average person. The ‘politicos’ sling mud as two of the same club run for the office of US President while both are dedicated militarists who promise to protect the rights of the few against the rest of the world. These ‘fronts’ for World Financial interests that have a long history of wanting power rather than productive means to share and build without destroying nature need a thorough examination. But people are confused and the media is managed by the same people who bought the media to get the Fed (a private company of rogues) in power with no ability for the people to elect new leaders. How can we sing a new tune? Could we at least get our slave drivers (Politicos and media) to treat us with a little more respect and honesty? Please consider the ingenuity demonstrated by the black slaves of America and how we might start creating community and harmony rather than war and hatred. This excerpt from a book called Slavery and the Making of America deserves special attention I think.

“The relationship between a slave driver and the other slaves generally depended on the extent to which he was willing or able to circumvent his master’s wishes. A slave driver could also use his position to the detriment of the slaves, but he did so at his own peril. Although slaves had little power, they might exercise what collective power they had to punish a driver whom they thought was unfair. A notoriously brutal or unjust driver could find himself censured by his fellow slaves {Today the truth tellers among us are facing censure it seems. Patriot Act II is not the only problem.} who refused to associate with him or even to talk to him. Other slaves might spread rumors about a driver’s competence or his honesty to the master’s house, undermining his authority; or he might have a work-related accident. The driver’s position forced him to balance retaining the master’s trust with having the respect and cooperation of his fellow slaves. (11)

Clearly, the slaves’ world was much more complicated than most slaveholders understood. The slave community supported its members as they dealt with the institution of slavery and the human relationships within it. {In this way it was an extended family with children being cared for by all and a real strength existed that the masters did not have as they competed against each other or screwed the slaves to satisfy indecent needs while neglecting their wife and family.} Under the power of the planters, slaves had to depend on ingenuity, imagination, and the creative use of information. They also used whites’ racial stereotypes to their advantage whenever possible. Since slaveholders generally assumed that slaves’ singing connoted contentment and passivity, the slaves used music to pass along messages, to control the pace of work, to placate a suspicious master, or to subtly comment on a person or a situation for the benefit or amusement of fellow slaves. When slaves sang ‘patter-roll round me. Thank God he no ketch me,’ most slaves understood the humorous message. Slaves referred to the slave patrols, generally made up of poor white men who did not own slaves, as ‘patter rollers’.

This song was the story of slaves who eluded the patrol by cunning and guile. A song urging slaves to ‘Steal away to Jesus’ could alert listeners to an upcoming secret meeting, while ‘Swing low sweet chariot, coming for to carry me home,’ might tell of the possibility of rescue from bondage. Other songs about seeking freedom announced ‘people get ready, there’s a train a comin’,’ or told of the ‘dark and thorny’ pathway ‘beyond this vale of sorrow’ leading to ‘de fields of endless days.’ Old Testament stories of deliverance from bondage and the triumph of good over powerful evil often provided the themes for slave songs. The walls of Jericho that Joshua destroyed became a surrogate for the bonds of slavery. The message was subtle, but the words, musical inflection, pitch, and tone told the story of the slave’s suffering and determination to be free.” (12 & 13)

Source by Robert Baird

Death by Overwork: Motivationally Speaking It’s a Zero

The Japanese have a word for death by overwork:

Karoshi. A recent survey said 40 percent of all Japanese

workers fear that they will actually work themselves to


Karoshi is not my idea of success. Sure, I talk about

“Never Settling for Success,” but that’s not a prescription

for becoming an obsessive or a workaholic. That type of

single-mindedness is more likely to lead to burnout than peak

performance. Never settling for success simply means that you

commit to maximum effort within the hours of your life that

you’ve allotted for pursuing a particular pursuit. And you do

that in spite of the 1001 excruciatingly attractive reasons,

excuses, distractions and temptations that you can find for

doing less.

Tip: Focus is a good buzzword. Multi-tasking is a bad

one. Computers multi-task, and usually lose efficiency when

they do. When people do it, it’s usually not multi-tasking at

all; it’s usually that older cliché, spreading yourself too


Tip: During working hours, consider working.

Tip: During non-working hours, consider doing something


Now obviously given the realities of life today, there

are likely to be times when you’re going to have to work

during what you would like to be non-working hours.

Sometimes. But you’ll never fill the glass unless you can

find a way to be comfortable with the amount of your life

you’re devoting to the job. Then you make those hours as

productive as possible.

“If I worked as much as others,” Stephen Wright said,

“I would do as little as they.” There’s more than a grain of

truth to that statement.

Fortunately, as a society we’re finally beginning to

realize that chronic overwork is not a badge of honor, it’s a

sign that somewhere, something is wrong.

Tip: If you find yourself proudly bragging about your

hours or your workload, you’re probably putting in more time

than you should.

Tip: Intelligent people don’t brag about being

overworked. They complain about being overworked.

Tip: If you don’t have something in your life more

worthy of bragging about, find something.

“Working hard has always been a measure of success in

the office,” says Alie Hochchild author of The Time Bind.

“Now we’ve internalized it. So instead of the boss harassing

you to work more, we do it to ourselves.”

The better the manager, the less time it takes him to

do his job. A good worker takes care of his health and his

sanity, and is as productive as possible during the hours he

is working. An astute company values its people and doesn’t

abuse them or any other asset.

Yet on consulting assignments, I keep hearing remarks

like, “Around here, if you don’t show your face early

mornings, late nights and weekends you’re not considered

committed.” I’ve seen low level managers cowering in their

cubicles, pretending to be busy, afraid to leave the office

before their boss leaves: no matter how late it gets, no

matter how little they’re accomplishing. If they do leave

first, it’s commented on the next day, either by the boss or

by their peers.

I remember an executive who made a great show of

carrying home armloads of work every night. Sometimes he had

so much he had to make two trips to the car. After I got to

know him, he admitted he never worked on any of it. He just

lugged it home at night, then lugged it back the next day.

“Don’t laugh,” he said, patting the pile he was

gathering for that night. “I’m considered one of the hardest

workers in the office. And it’s always a lot easier to

influence the guy I’m working for with reputation than with

achievement, believe me.”

Activity vs Productivity

The idea (for those of us who sometimes forget) is to

get the job done as well and as efficiently as possible. I’m

always in favor of letting your results do the talking. And

of measuring subordinates by the results they achieve. When I

was an employee I wanted to be so good at what I did that I

didn’t have to worry about trying to impress anybody any

other way. That saved me a lot of wasted energy: energy that

probably helped improve my productivity.

We should never confuse activity with productivity. No

matter how many hours someone puts in, no matter how much

they appear to be working, the only measurement that really

matters is the results.

The refreshing news is that, nowadays, among all the

people bragging about their long hours, we’re also beginning

to hear a few executives boasting that they’re good enough at

what they do to be able to leave at a decent hour, to get

more done, and have time to get home and refresh themselves

so they can put in another efficient day’s work the next day.

Tip: Never let your company, your clients, your boss,

your boss’ boss or anyone else make you feel guilty that

you’re not a workaholic.

Workaholics are people with problems. Do you feel

guilty that you’re not obsessed by sex (okay, would you feel

guilty if you weren’t)? Or by chocolate? Do you feel guilty

that you don’t want to spend your entire life playing golf or

loafing, or reading or watching TV? Or that you’re not

addicted to alcohol or narcotics? Why should you feel guilty

that you’re too well rounded an individual to want to spend

your entire life working?

Source by Barry Maher

Make Money Online – How To Make Money Online And Using Advertising To Become A Success

Good advertising is the key to making any business successful. Without it, a business would have to rely solely on word of mouth to become successful. They would have to start out small and please customers who in turn will tell others that they know about the business. Word of mouth is some of the best advertising. However, a business will grow too slowly if this is the only means of advertising. Placing advertisements is one of the best ways to make money online.

One of the best ways to make money online is to offer customers free information. You may think that it is counterproductive to offer people something for free. However, many people perceive anything that asks for money upfront to be a scam. They are less likely to pay for information if they do not know what they are getting into. Therefore, if you offer them basic information for free, they are more likely to become interested and be willing to spend some money to learn more. The more people you have requesting information, the more prospective customers you will acquire.

Many people do not understand that making money online will likely require paying out some money of their own to start. There are many people who want to be able to make money without spending any of their own. They are essentially looking for that get rich quick scheme. There is no such thing, however. The old saying, “it takes money to make money” still rings true today. One of the most important ways in which a new entrepreneur can make money online is to spend some money in advertising. There are ways in which a person can advertise for free but these methods are not always as effective. Purchasing advertisement space in   magazines  and newspapers can be a little more expensive but they will reach more people which will mean more money for you.

It is important for a new business owner who is trying to make money online to find an avenue that will create the largest interest in their company. It is important to find advertising space that fits what you are offering. For instance, you would not want to advertise in a home improvement  magazine  if you are offering pet related services. You want to find advertising space that directly correlates to what your business is offering. In addition, you will also need to find advertising space that fits within your budget. You can always expand your advertising once the business gets going so do not be afraid to start small.

There are many tricks and tips to making money online. Knowing the right way to advertise to maximize your earning potential is very important to creating a successful business venture. There is a little bit of trial and error that is involved with advertising. Different things are more successful with different businesses. It is important to try various different things to find out what works best for your business.

Source by Carael Knight

Bike Touring – How to Plan a Route

Determining where to travel on your amazing bicycle touring adventure and planning the journey is an enjoyable piece of the experience. Maybe there’s a part of the country or world that you’ve always hoped to explore, and completing it on a bike might just be a unique pleasure.

But…how do you appreciate the roads are like?…Is the region safe?…What about auto traffic?…

There are a couple reputable starting points for route planning.

The adventure Cycling Association puts out terrific maps describing nearly 41,000 miles of cycling routes which have been tested and refined during the past four decades. All contain outlines concerning what things to be aware of and ways to plan. Additionally promote supported tours, a Cyclist’s Yellow pages, and a print   magazine  that invariably seems to have terrific valuable articles.

Google Maps can be one additional fine reference. Simply mouse click on any area around the world and you can now check out the topography, together with elevations included, and even a satellite view, or the straight up map view. This amazing tool even makes it possible for a person to take a look at an image from virtually any spot along the length of many roads, by merely dragging an icon, locating it along the highlighted road and dropping it. Very, very cool. In Google Earth you can “fly” over the route.

The next tip is to try using routes outlined by organizations which are experts in leading supported trips. These kinds of routes are normally researched extensively and an individual might discover more details on camping or alternative venues to lodge, the best places to dine, topography, vehicle traffic, and so forth. can be another tremendous source of information. This is a free, independent website for hosting bike traveling journals, discussion boards and information. This content is contributed by regular people from throughout the world. You will find presently (the year 2010) close to 5000 online journals and more than ½ million photographs contributed by individuals engaging in their personal cycling trips. A number of these are kept up to date on a daily basis by people during the tour, which means you can follow them on a daily basis!

As you’re designing the route, factor in how much time you have, your own level of fitness, the level of fitness of your touring companion(s) if any, and probable factors for instance, local weather and elevation changes. Take into account where you hope to be able to finish up each day. With these things in mind block out your daily distance, keeping in mind that, if you are self supported, you will be carrying additional weight. So, even if you are in great shape and regularly do 80 to 90 or more mile training rides, those are not realistic numbers for touring. Some days 40 miles might feel like an epic ride. Other days 100 miles will be doable. Allowing plenty of time to complete your route…more than you think you need…will give you time to stop at points of interest, or even just (gasp) relax! Remember, this is supposed to be fun.

Source by Thor Magnuson

Mobile App Design Solutions For Small Business – How To Attract and Retain More Of Your Customers!

Many of you already have websites which are (hopefully) integrated with your offline advertising channels (radio, billboard, newspaper, magazines, direct mail), and you probably generate a substantial part of your traffic and leads through this channel.

What if I were to tell you that Google has made a game changing, strategic move that could reduce your online leads, traffic and profits considerably within the next 2 – 5 years if you do NOT pay attention to the implications of that move?

Google spent $12.5Billion last year to acquire Motorola Mobility, and this acquisition was so strategically important that Google spent more than 41% of it’s free cash for the deal. Now, why would Google bet almost half its cash to make this deal? Is this acquisition telling you something about the future of the internet that WILL have a profound impact on your business if you ignore it? Note that, Google almost OWNS the internet today, but was willing to bet nearly half of its cash to get into the mobile app design solutions playing field!

Do you want to bet your businesses’ future against Google’s signal that the world is going mobile?

To understand why, consider these facts:

The Whole World Is Going MOBILE!

  • There are 5.2Billion mobile phones worldwide and growing rapidly
  • There are 1.1billion smart phones worldwide and growing rapidly
  • About 80% of US households have mobile phones
  • In the US, about 25% of mobile web users are mobile ONLY!
  • A whopping 10% of Google’s page views are mobile
  • About 83% of people go online to find a business

Bottom Line: Mobile apps are now replacing web sites. And if you are not thinking about or taking steps TODAY to integrate your existing websites with mobile, you will slowly find yourself out of business!

So What Do You Do?

Fortunately for the small to medium sized business person, there is still time to act, even though the window is fast closing! There are a few, affordable, scalable and functionally powerful; cross platform mobile app solutions on the market for you.

What Features MUST You Look For In Your App?

  • Your App Must Have Cross Platform Capability – Must work on iPhones, iPads, Android, Windows, BlackBerry and if you can afford it, Kindle and Nook!
  • Push Notification – This feature allows you to send unlimited offers/coupons to ALL your customers who have opted to download your app ( at NO additional charge)!
  • And by the way, the open rate on push notifications is 97% within 5 minutes, vs. only 4% for emails and even lower for newsletters!
  • GPS Direction – One tap by your customer; and directions to your business is displayed!
  • Quick Response (QR) Coupons – Can be used to download your apps and also as a ‘frequent buyer” card similar to the paper cards used by coffee shops, etc
  • Tap To Call – One tap, and device calls your business, no more fumbling to find a # and dial
  • Tap To Email – For your newsletter, etc
  • Mobile Ordering Platform – Should integrate with your existing platform (if you already have one)
  • Shopping Cart Feature – Should integrate with your existing platform
  • Mobile Reservation – Should integrate with your existing platform

Finally, WHY Should You Consider Getting An APP?

Your current and/or future customers comprise the majority of the ‘untethered” consumer. Whoever is in their pockets (via smart phone app), will COMMAND their attention, loyalty and $$$ dollars!

  • Their smart phone are within reach 24/7
  • 97% of them will open/read your messages/coupons or offers within 5 minutes, vs. only 4% for email (within 24hrs)
  • It Is A Question Of ROI And Profitability- Your app will help you better integrate and tie together ALL your online and offline marketing channels. and reduce your advertising seepage!
  • Your websites must be integrated and connected to your mobile apps.
  • You will reduce advertising expense seepage, and with the same amount of ad spend, you should expect to get more customers, keep your existing customers coming back more often and buying more often from you.
  • An app allows you to have a one on one intimate communication with your customers
  • Constant Branding – You are right ON your customers’ smart mobile device 24/7!

For more information about how you can take advantage of this mobile app design solution marketing tool for your business contact [email protected]

Source by Michael Ofori