Access More Customers With Merchant Accounts

 photo MarchantAccount_zps9440640f.jpg Blog submitted by Charge, a respected provider of merchant account services. Gain the capacity to accept credit cards. Why are merchant accounts so important? Because the number of people who still carry cash in their wallets or purses is shrinking more and more every day. Some people just don’t want to be bothered with trips to the bank to withdraw, or with having to carry around a mini wad of bills, much less heavy and tinkling coins. If you don’t already have a merchant account, you’re most likely missing out on a lot of customers. If few people are carrying around any cash at all, the odds that many of them will have enough to buy everything they’d like at your store is not very high. Diversifying the payment types you can accept is crucial. Gain the ability for efficient credit card processing. Fo

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How to Get a Small Business Loan

There are many options when it comes to getting financing for your small business. Conventional business loans, including secured business loans, working capital loans, and business lines of credit, are available through banks and credit unions. Banks may also offer other types of small business loans, such as unsecured business loans, and financing for equipment loans for commercial equipment. However, getting the financing you need for your business through a bank or credit union is easier said than done. Since the recession began, small business owners have struggled to get the money they need to start or grow their companies. If you’re an entrepreneur, then you know the story. Most likely, you’re tired of spending a great deal of time and effort on completing business loan applications only to be turned down in the end. While it might seem like there are no other options, the industry is booming with companies that offer unconventional loans, such as merchant cash advance opportunities. A merchant cash advance is one o

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Signs the ecconomy may be recovering

 photo 5619840893_5fac435384_zps05e18721.jpg Article by Robert Minassian of Latest Financial Info From underwear sales to coffee sales, below are some of the stranger signs that the economy may be recovering in 2011: Coffee Sales When people don't have money they drink less coffee at the local cafes.  Recently, coffee store sales have been picking up.  Starbucks' net revenues increased 9.5% in 2010, after falling 6% in 2009. Men's Underwear Sales When it's tougher to find jobs, men wait longer to replace their underwear, and sales -- usually very stable -- fell nearly 2.5% in 2009. Now they've started to stabilize. But, much like the unemployment rate, it's likely to take a few years to recover to pre-recession levels. Internet Searched for Unemployment The number of Internet searches for "unemployment benefits," "unemploymen

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Making the Most of Customer Service

One of everyone’s most frustrating experiences is dealing with poorly trained, less-than-motivated, and often distant-sounding customer service representatives. Sometimes I hesitate to make a purchase at the thought that I might have to return the item and be forced to navigate the muddy waters of the customer-service return process. The following experience illustrates the benefit of taking a step back and looking at the situation from a mediator’s perspective. I had changed apartments and asked my local phone carrier to transfer the number. Soon after I moved I got an offer from a long-distance carrier to switch, and I accepted it. I then ordered new business cards with my new address and phone number, and left for an overdue vacation. Two weeks later I returned home – tan, but listening to the sound of silence whenever I picked up the receiver. Initial calls (from my cell phone) to the local and long-distance carriers went unreturn

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Xiaomi History

Written by Phin Upham Started in 2011, Xiaomi is an upstart in the Chinese tech scene. The company debuted four new models of Smartphones last year, and its sales are up 150% over 2012. It has managed to craft out a chunk of the market with feature-rich devices that are affordable. Xiaomi is a hot selling brand. One of its runs sold out of its production of 100,000 Smartphones in less than two minutes. The company manages to stoke the fires with flash sales, where they take a razor thin margin of profits in place of a larger market segment. Then they make their true income downstream through the sale of software on their devices. The founder, Lei Jun, is often compared to Steve Jobs for his presence. His business model however is very different from Apple’s. Apple makes most of its money from the sale of devices, then attempts to corner the market on media and takes a commission on software sales. Xiaomi makes almost all of its revenues through the sale of software. Revenue from 2013 hit $5.2 billion, which is another substantial bump in profits. It’s also enough to propel the business into new territorie

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Preparing Freight for Shipment

Containers have changed modern shipping for the better, allowing manufacturers and farmers to reach a wider customer base. However, great thought goes into these shipping lanes. Breaking the cold chain, for instance, can result in huge losses. Here is a list of tips to help you prepare your freight for shipment, and identify which containers will work best for you. Perishable Cargo If you’re shipping items like fruits and vegetables, you need to be sure your stock will remain at a consistent temperature. Breaking the cold chain is one of the primary reasons farmers claim losses in their stock. Buy shipping containers that have refrigeration units mounted to the outside. These air conditioner like units help to regulate the interior of the container. These containers also have thick insulation designed to keep cool air in and force warm air out. Maintaining the cold chain is also required through regulation. It’s considered unsafe to ship without adequate refrigeration, and the consumer can be harmed in the process. Loading Concerns Sometimes, access is key to maintaining efficiency. For this reason, used shipping containers for sale

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Comcast Corporate Bio

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham Comcast is the single biggest cable company as measured by revenue, and it also offers telephone and Internet service. It services residential clients that live in 40 different states around the United States, and its headquarters are in Pennsylvania. Comcast owns a large share of channels available on television in addition to its services. It operates E! Entertainment Network, the Golf Channel and NBCSN. It also operates Telemundo, the popular Spanish-language station, and holds Universal Pictures as well. The company began life in 1963, after Ralph J. Roberts purchased American Cable Systems. The purchase price was $500,000 for the small cable network that had five channels to its name in Tupelo, Mississippi. Within six years, the company was incorporated under a new name: Comcast Corporation (a portmanteau of “Communications” and “Broadcast.”) Ralph was succeeded by his son Brian in February of 1990. By then, Comcast had managed to become a mobile phone operator and had increased its subscriber base to just over 1 million. Brian made a series of aggressi

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Camden Property Trust Company Profile

This article was written by Samuel Phineas Upham When an investor owns any property for the purposes of rental income, he or she typically enlists the help of a management company to keep an eye on the place. These companies deal with issues that arise from the tenant, like repairs that need to be made, and they take care of rent collection. Camden Property Trust is one such organization, based out of Houston Texas. It owns a total of 180 apartment complexes consisting of over 62,000 units. It completed its initial public offering in 1993, and made its first acquisition in 1997. The company had a predecessor founded in 1982 by Ric Campo and Keith Oden. It began at the height of the housing boom in Texas, which was directly linked to the oil bust that was imminent in the mid-1980s. When the bust went down, the company converted its holdings (primarily condominiums) into apartments. Camden focuses on maintaining homes all across the nation, and providing high-quality service to the tenants who live there. It has a work force measuring 1,800 employees, and it was voted one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For by F

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PepsiCo Facts and History

Written by Samuel Phineas Upham In 1893, Caleb Bradham created a new drink that he sold in his drugstore. He called it “Brad’s Drink,” and it contained two important elements: pepsin, an enzyme for digestion, and kola nuts for flavor. He soon renamed it “Pepsi Cola,” and sought to sell it as a fountain drink. The formula was enclosed in an unassuming instrument on the table of his pharmacy. He found moderate success, enough to entice him into leaving the pharmacy business behind in favor of bottling soda. In 1903, he relocated his operation to a rented warehouse, where he bottled and sold almost 8,000 gallons of syrup. He decided to brew his own the next year, selling Pepsi in six-ounce bottles. That upped his sales to over 19,000 gallons for the year. He got his first celebrity endorsement in 1909, when the race car driver Barney Oldfield described the drink as “refreshing and invigorating.” This prompted Bradham to adopt the slogan “Delicious and Healthful” for the next two decades. But the success nearly came to a halt in 1931, as the US entered the Great Depression. Bradham had

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How to Avoid Missed Opportunity in Display Advertising

This article was written by Ted Dhanik Every missed click is a missed conversion, but you shouldn’t cry over every missed chance. There are some steps you can take to cut down on those incidents. Beyond targeting, new tools allow marketers to specifically single out users who have shown interest in your ads. Use retargeted display advertising to find these users, and give yourself a second chance at conversion. Amplify Presence The biggest benefit to retargeting is that it expands your branding at a reduced cost. Retargeting allows you to show your ad to a viewer multiple times to drive impact and retention. Retargeting is also useful for amplifying your message on social networks. You can use retargeted banner advertising to reach a segment of your audience you know to be responsive, then make them an offer that excites them. Long-Term Value Retargeting also allows you to create alternate sales opportunities. For instance, a customer who purchases one product can be upsold accessories or new products if the deal is right. Rather than shotgunning your way to victory with PPC, you can just use

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Managing an Office Move

Written by: Port Containers Moving an office takes some logistical planning. You might need ISO containers for your office furniture, or you might have to plan for a certain amount of movers to get things done in your time frame. It all starts by evaluating what you need to transport. Here are some tips to help you manage every aspect of your office move. Planning Before you buy shipping containers, you need to plan what to move. Choose a team that will over see the move, and gather them for weekly meetings leading up to the move. Take inventory of everything that needs to be packed, and create a time line to accomplish the move and get back up and running at the new location. Collect all the information you can find about the new location and make some trips to test the hardware (lighting and doorways). Begin to plan the layout of your new office with hand or computer drawings showing where everything will go. Management You should start with a helper from each major department. Gather a company meeting to talk about the

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Changes Brought on by Big Data

This article was written by Samuel Phineas Upham Big data refers to the collection of information that is so voluminous that it must be compiled into data sets in order to be analyzed and distributed. With big data, sorting by hand becomes impossible. These sets of data require outside applications meant to “crunch” the numbers and arrive at an answer that is beneficial to the user. Big data is now everywhere. Teachers use it to monitor a student’s performance over time. Companies use it to find marketing opportunities and explore their ideal market. Governments use it to form ideas on population control, social services and other beneficial outcomes. It’s also the target of hackers who hope to steal personal information with the intention of using it maliciously. The most famous recent attack was a breach of Sony’s online network, but the recent unveiling of the heart bleed vulnerability touched just about every major site on the Web. Hackers see databases as easy targets. If the company, say Target, doesn’t take tangible steps to secure their servers it’s an easy payday for individuals w

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Expand your market share through multilingual marketing

Article Written by E21 MagicMedia If you’re looking to increase sales and revenues, you’re going to want to expand your marketing strategies beyond the English language. Especially when you’re doing business overseas, it’s crucial that you penetrate non-english speaking markets so you can have greater product exposure and a larger market to sell to. Take for example you’re looking to enter the market in China, you’re going to need China press release distribution, or a Hi-tech PR agency that’s capable of meeting your needs. The point being driven at here is that you can’t just stick to to the English language when it comes to marketing. Despite this day and age, people in countries outside of North America still do not speak or even understand English. And these people represent a substantially large market that you can tap when selling your products. If you are based in a country with two or more spoken languages, it’s time for you to get busy and create a marketing campaign that would appeal to both languages. You see, you can’t just rely on literal translations, things really do get lost in translation. Get that grammar r

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Advantages of Event Catering for Company Dinners

Written by Are you organizing a company dinner? Whether you’re celebrating a company anniversary, milestone, or throwing a holiday party, planning a dinner for your staff members can be an overwhelming experience. How do you make sure that everyone enjoys the menu? How much food should you order? Where should you host the party? There are many things to consider when planning a company dinner. Need some help? If you want to take the work out of planning a company dinner, consider hiring a catering company. Here are the benefits of hiring an event catering company for your next company dinner. Expert Assistance Party planning can be hectic, and there are many elements involved. However, companies that provide the best catering in Los Angeles are experienced in planning special events. Professional catering companies can assist you with all the details, including planning the menu and figuring out how much food you will need to satisfy your guests. They can recommend dining styles, venues, and even help you select a theme. Having expert advice while

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