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Basic Steps in Digital Photography

  To take good photos the first thing to remember is this: It’s the photographer that takes great photos, not the camera. Perhaps we’ve been taking photos using our digital cameras for More »

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Types of Photography

Photography is a form of art which can capture your imagination to the reality of the earth or portraiture, landscape and other such moments of life. It comes in various types and More »

Free Email Marketing Tools

Before social media, email marketing was the best way to get in touch with customers. But while the former is getting way ahead when it comes to customer engagement, sending e-mails can still be an effective way to get messages across the right into user’s inboxes. You can start creating e-mail campaigns with these free tools online.

MadMimi.com, Mad Mimi is for people who want email marketing to be simple, powerful and fun. Without any prior skills, you can create email newsletters, marketing campaigns & autoresponders that can reach email mailboxes everywhere.

MailChimp.com, MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results.

SimplyCast.com, You can upload your data to their powerful list management tool or sync it to many of the leading CRM services. This keeps your data clean of bounces, unsubscribes and duplicates.

CleverElements.com, Email marketing should be simple and intuitive. Clever Elements helps you create, send and track beautiful email newsletters. With no programming experience and without having to deal with all the details.

CampaignMonitor.com, Campaign Monitor makes it easy to attract new subscribers, send them beautiful newsletters and see stunning reports on the results.

 

 


 

How to Increase Your Blog’s Conversion Rate Without Doing Loads of Work

Blogging is much more than how many people you are able to attract towards your site. But traffic is often paid too much attention to. A blogger should not only focus on getting traffic to his or her site. A successful blogger makes his viewers his clients, subscribers and buyers.

1.Less options: In order to improve your blog’s conversion rates, the side bar is a suitable place. Some blogs use their side bars for all kinds of things. They have a widget with the display of the current date, archive, categories, tags and other plug-ins. But most of these do not serve much purpose. Your side bar should have less number of options because the viewer will be confused by a crowded sidebar. He will not be in a position to decide which one to choose. A blogger should consider subscription form, author bio, popular posts widget and banner ads or affiliate products he promotes. A simple side bar would invite huge traffic which would eventually become subscribers, clients and buyers.

2.Pop-ups: A general notion is that pop-ups are intrusive. They are intrusive when you want something loaded in Google and a pop-up appears suddenly on the screen blocking the things you badly need on the screen. The truth is that most pop-ups can be configured. There is an option in the settings of plug-in whereby you can choose when you want the pop-up activated. This reduces the discomfort you undergo when pop-ups block the information you so much wanted.

3.Dynamic widgets: Consider a blogger promoting a product as an affiliate. When a visitor buys that product we say a successful conversion happened. Affiliate marketing can be increased by placing banners on a sidebar. A static widget does not do any good for the blogger. A blogger must make sure that his resources are competent enough to meet the visitor’s requirements.

4.Faster blog: Though loading speed of a blog is not directly related to the conversion rates, conversion rates can go up by a faster-loading blog. Bounce rates go high because of slow loading times of blogs. Most of the visitors of blogs do not want to wait for a slow-loading blog, but they prefer to skip it and go to some other faster-loading blogs. Therefore, the loading speed of a blog is an important criterion which helps to attract a wider range of visitors. If the blogs are known to the visitors beforehand, the case is different. They might want to wait for that particular blog to load, otherwise chances are less that they will wait for that slow-loading blog.

In order to increase the conversion rates of blogs a blogger has to consider the placement of his opt-in forms and he has to prioritize his call to actions. A blogger should also have the right widgets display at the right time.

 

About author:

Joseph Porter is a dissertation freelance writer and the professionals helping to write essay for the academic students with over 14 year’s experience. He enjoys writing about current trends and innovations in education, technology and traveling.

 

 

 

Three (3) Quick Tips In Interacting With Your Favorite Celebrity

Suppose you’re in a bookstore browsing for the newest paperback of the author you admire the most. Or you happen to be strolling in a music store, checking out the top songs in the billboard charts. Out of nowhere, you spot your favorite celebrity walking in, how would you react?

How To Act Naturally In Front Of Your Favorite Celebrity

It’s understandable to feel giddy and excited. After all, it’s not everyday that you get to be in close contact with a local star that you see only in movies, concerts, meet-and-greet affairs and conventions. The trick then is to act as naturally as possible without inviting the attention of the people around you. After all, you would want him or her to stay longer, wouldn’t you? It will not happen if you react like a crazy fan.

Here are three (3) quick tips to curb your enthusiasm and make the experience more memorable on your end.

1.  Always keep your cool. You were taken by surprise, true but that’s no excuse to behave like a lunatic and lose your poise and bearing. Do not go screaming in excitement. Stay calm and collected. If he/she happens to glance in your direction, maintain eye contact, nod and give a little friendly smile. It can do wonders to your nerves. It will exude confidence too in your end which will not freak your idol out. This can give you an opportunity to make an approach without creeping him/her.

2.   Talk in the manner that you will speak to an acquaintance. She is not your sister or brother or friend or best pal. There is no reason then to ask personal questions about her family or love life. Remember that you are not a journalist either. So stop acting like you’re out to fish for some juicy news or rumors about the latest events that he or she has attended or involved in. Talk about ordinary everyday things. Avoid leaning towards discussing about the weather, politics and religion. Treat him/her like you will treat another person you meet in public.

3.   Keep it brief and sweet. The temptation to monopolize time will definitely be strong so ensure that you’re the one who ends the conversation. Create an impression that you are an avid fan but then, you totally respect his/her privacy and understand that he/she has other things to do so you will not take too much of his/her time. Ask politely if he/she’s open to have his/her picture taken with you or sign an autograph. Do not forget to express your gratitude graciously.

Article by:  Tristan Jasper Escoto

 

 

Ways to Getting Energized for Work

In everything we do, we need energy in order to stay focused, remain alert and be able to do normal tasks or activities with the usual effort, if not better. However, there are times when we feel like we lack something. We start looking for the motivation and strength that will lead us to a proper state of mind and give us our body’s systems the willingness to work. In the pace of living and working in the fast lane causes many to experience chronic fatigue and sometimes it would result into missing great opportunities, brings out your worst attitude and lowers your resistance to illness.

Lack of sleep and rest, unhealthy diets and lack of exercise are just some of the factors that sap our energy and leave us feeling drained. Here are some of the best ways to maintain your energy all day long. Use these some tips to motivate yourself and boost your energy levels.

Eat a nourishing breakfast before you go to work. Breakfast will increase your energy and productivity. Be sure to stop for a lunch break as well. Researchers agree that performance decreases when people haven’t given themselves enough nourishment.

Take a walk in the morning to get a bounce in your step. Fresh air and a moderate pace can clear your mind. Plus, the endorphin will give you a natural lift, which can help you cut back on caffeine.

Listen to music. Music is a powerful energy source. The next time you feel tired, turn up the volume and see what happens to your frame of mind.

Take time to fully stretch in bed in the morning. Stretch your arms, back, legs, and neck. Take a deep breath through your nose, hold it, and let it out slowly and forcefully. Stretching burns calories, helps to relax your mind, and helps your body get ready for the day.

Exercise each day. Exercise gets the blood flowing through your veins and reminds you to make healthy choices for the remainder of the day.

Get some sleep. We need 7-8 hours of sleep to be fully rested. Consistently sleeping less than 6 hours a night builds up a “sleep debt” that is hard to recover from.  Your body and mind need to refuel with a full night’s rest.

Surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Positive people will make you smile and leave you feeling good. Those who drain us, drain our energy and spirit. Get Together with high-energy, encouraging people. If you want to soar with the eagles, you can’t run with turkeys.

Look on the bright side. A generally upbeat and optimistic outlook on life will keep your energy level up. Try to look a work from different point of view. You can’t always control your circumstances, but you can control how you choose to view and respond to them.

A low-energy lifestyle leaves you with low energy. A high-energy lifestyle leaves you with lots of energy. For most people, it’s that simple. Work some of these tips into your day and you’ll be ready to get up and energize for work.

 

List of 2014 Holidays in the Philippines

Filipinos can now plan their vacations months earlier, especially with four long weekends expected this year. The following is a list of holidays for 2014, declared by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, s. 2013, unless otherwise specified:

JANUARY
January 1, 2014, Wednesday – New Year’s Day (Regular Holiday)
January 31, 2014, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)

FEBRUARY
February 25, 2014, Tuesday – EDSA Revolution anniversary (Holiday for all schools)

APRIL
April 9, 2014, Wednesday – Araw ng Kagitingan (Regular Holiday)
April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday (Regular Holiday)
April 18, 2014 – Good Friday (Regular Holiday)
April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)

MAY
May 1, 2014, Thursday – Labor Day (Regular Holiday)

JUNE
June 12, 2014, Thursday – Independence Day (Regular Holiday)

AUGUST
August 21, 2014, Thursday – Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
August 25, 2014, Monday – National Heroes Day (Regular Holiday)

NOVEMBER
November 1, 2014, Saturday – All Saints Day (Special non-working day)
November 30, 2014, Sunday – Bonifacio Day (Regular Holiday)

DECEMBER
December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

*Separate proclamations will be issued for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha

Source: http://anc.yahoo.com/

Social Media Guide for Your Business

Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Linkedin are all great and easy ways to market your business. They have not only connected people more often; they have also brought more brands closer to the public. However, many businesses fail to use it properly and so they are not reaping all the rewards they could be. When used well the benefits of social media are enormous and this article provides reasons why your business needs social media.

Building Brand Awareness

  • Social Media drive traffic to other corporate channels (official website), and help reach new and growing audiences.
  •  Talk about your culture, employees, what you offer, and who you are as a company.
  • Share valuable content; this way, your company will be perceived as a leader in your space.
  • Share customer success stories. People want to be associated with a successful brand.

Build Your Sales Pipeline

  • Informal conversations on the social web, where majority of your products are spending time, can be disguised as leads.
  • Post a facebook link to your website where more information about your products is available.
  • Collect e-mail signup details from followers who opt-in to exclusive offers and reports.
  • Encourage feedback and let customers add reviews and share your content their networks.

Make Customer Service Personal

  • Helpful feedback publicly shows the responsiveness of your organization to clients and prospects, helping you build a positive brand perception.
  • Reply to customers asking for help or have complaints about your products.
  • Build relationships and reward your most loyal and influential customers.
  • Educate your customer by posting links to service centers, proper product handling, and other relevant tips.

Make Events Social – Online and Offline

  • Event marketing via Social Media fosters a community full of shared content and experiences, driving higher attendance and awareness of your event.
  • Give exclusive benefits by luring customers to become parts of the in crowd by offering incentives.
  • Remind everyone by sending tweets about the event few days before they take place.
  • Share content from the event. Broadcast replies to questions and photos taken at the event.
  • Run a contest that can generate excitement and awareness by raffling off passers and gift packs.

Launch a Product over Social Media

  • Social networks can create hype around product launches, and since people are more likely to trust information from friends and connections, the messages becomes more effective than those shared on traditional channel.
  • Build up teasers and excitement without giving away all the details of a new product.
  • Illustrate in a video why customers should be excited about your product.
  • Allow submissions of new product ideas like names or design features.

Business Ideas to Start on Budget for 2014

The best small business to start begins with an idea that you’re passionate about, even if you have yet to get the training and skills required to make it a success.  If you love what you do, you’ll enjoy every minute of learning how to do it professionally. Starting a new business can be a costly process. However, there are some which can be started without breaking the bank, and just require hard work and commitment.  Take a look!

Online Selling. These days anybody with a computer, Internet connection, and merchandise, whether new, second hand or recycled can become a budding entrepreneur. Website like eBay and social networks (Facebook and Multiply) provide virtual marketplaces that don’t require a joining fee.

Photography. Click your way to cash by selling photos you take. Sell them through stock photo website like iStockphoto.com. You can also print your photos on promotional items like shirts and mugs, or even use them to create limited edition products, like posters and wallpaper.

Desktop Publishing. If you have a computer, a printer and skills for design, you can jumpstart to a desktop publishing business. Use software like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign to create business cards, brochures and posters that could offer prospective clients.

Event Planning. If you are highly organized and enjoy attending to details, you can be a great event planner. Build a network of suppliers—caterers, event venues, light and sound system providers to help you execute your events.

Editorial Services. Some companies don’t have the budget to employ full-time staff and usually hire people on a per-project basis, especially for creative work. They hire writers to stir out on company advertising materials, press releases and web content. Aside from looking for projects directly from companies, you can also partner with design professionals such as graphics designers who need copy or text to complete their work.

See also: How to Become a Successful Freelancer

 

FASHION: To Splurge, Or Not To Splurge

Have you ever wondered if the stuff you are buying are sulit? Are they too expensive? Would it be better to buy the same style at tiange than in an expensive boutique? Follow me through in assessing what kinds of clothing are worthy to spend your money on and what are those that can financially compromise you.

Fashion Trends for 2014

 It is natural for human beings to be attracted to different stuffs. Sometimes we tend to think that a fashionable person is someone who buys expensive clothes, jewelries, designer shoes etc. However, being fashionable doesn’t have to be equated with spending lots of money and empty pockets, it is more about how you style yourself and budget your money for clothes and trendy things that would fit your style and personality.

To Splurge:

As someone who wants to stay fashionable, I want to embrace the fact that there are clothes that are worth the extra money, for a reason that these clothes serve a higher purpose compared to others. These clothes are what we call timeless. Timeless because you can wear such outfit 3-5 times a week without being laugh at and you feel comfortable as time goes by…. My top 3 are:

1. Jeans.  Jeans are as its best when you bought the right fit and the more you use it the more smoother and comfy it becomes. Jeans was first created as protective clothing for miners and cowboys because it provides warmth and does not easily tear off. So, as we buy jeans we must not only think about how pretty we look in it but also how far/long it could last. Jeans will never go out of style and you can re-use it two to three times with out putting in the laundry. Remember, no matter what cut it jeans you have it will never be out of style, but of course it should be fit on you.

2. Jackets. Though Philippines is a tropical country, jackets should be considered as must have! One or two pairs of jackets with good quality would be enough for a person to stay fashionable in an entire year.  Jackets’ main propose is to keep you warm and protected so it is something worth an extra penny if it has a higher quality compared to others. This is also advisable for ladies who work or stay for several hours at air-conditioned places where cold air readily penetrates the skin. This would make you fashionable even inside the office or classroom.

3. Bras. This may sound funny, but yes a good pair of bra that protects a woman’s breast is a necessity. But beside the practical reasons, a right pair of bra will give a good figure whether you wear a casual shirt or dress.

Best Fashion Tips for 2014

Not To Splurge:

Fashionable clothes are actually more in the set of clothes that are not advised to splurge on. The truth is, you better have more of these clothes because you can play with them and you can give them away if you don’t like it anymore. These are dresses, shirts, and skirts.

1. Dresses. If you want to look fashionable then you should buy one. Of course you have to consider factors like age, style, mood and place where you will wear such outfit ‘coz this could make or break you if not worn properly. If you are a type of girl who wants to wear dresses I advise you to have 5 dresses or more in your closet. Why? Because it will be weird to wear the same dress twice a week and meeting the same set of people. But if you are not the dress addict kind of girl then two dresses for casual occasions will do, assuming that these occasions don’t happen every now and then of your life. The point here is, dresses are not as versatile as other clothes so it is not worth to splurge on a pair of dress. It is better to choose five pretty dresses with reasonable price than one expensive high quality dress.

2. Skirts. Skirts are like candies for ladies. A boyish girl can be transformed to a sweet lady by simply wearing a skirt. It gives a happy aura especially when they are printed with floral, aztec, pastel, and bright colors.  Most of the times ladies in the metro prefer to wear jeans because it is more practical to wear especially when commuting is a daily task. So for me, it is not something worth to be expensive.

3. Shirts with prints.   Shirts with big letters phrases, quotes, skull prints, cute and scary monsters, cartoons, your favorite artist etc. all of these belong to this category and ok I get it, prints could make you look cooler. It gives you the feeling of blending with current trends, but trust me those shirts will be soon out of style. Wherever you go, trend and style change rapidly, a dust in the wind if I may say. In addition you also need to consider the prints on your shirt before wearing it. Prints should somehow justify the reason why you are wearing it on that particular occasion or event. You can buy a lot of shirts but not buy too expensive one.

But of course, before you buy an outfit think if you can make the most out of it because if not it would be just a waste of your money.

 

Ize Bernaldez
Fashion Blogger
Live an IZE Life

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Venezuela’s Alyz Henrich wins Miss Earth 2013 title

Miss Venezuela, Alyz Henrich, wins Miss Earth 2013

Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich was crowned Miss Earth 2013.

Here are the winners:

Miss Earth Fire: Miss Korea Catharina Choi
Miss Earth Water: Miss Thailand Punika Kulsoontornrut
Miss Earth Air: Miss Austria Katia Wagner
Miss Earth: Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich

Remaining Finalists:
1) Angelee delos Reyes (Philippines)
2) Aleksandra Szczesna (Poland)
3) Cristal Silva (Mexico)
4) Andjelka Tomasevic (Serbia)

Remaining Top 16 qualifiers:
1) Nicolle Velez (USA)
2) Virginie Dorza (Mauritius)
3) Sophie Garineaux (France)
4) Ashanti Mbanga (South Africa)
5) Natalia Lermanda (Chile)
6) Ezgi Avci (Turkey)
7) Lisa Xiang (China PR)
8) Cristina Martinez (Spain)

88 beauties from around the globe competed for the crown, a symbol of beauty and advocacy. Miss Venezuela joins the roster of beauty queens who double as ambassador  for environmental preservation.

How to Compute the 13th Month Pay in the Philippines

Christmas is here again!  For employees, this season sounds delightful. Aside from the enjoyable Christmas party and the series of vacations, the long awaiting 13th Month pay will finally land in our hands. It is clever for us  to know the computation of the thirteenth month paycheck to ensure that we are receiving the right amount of money.

So to know what must be known, the following guidelines are presented below.

A)   For an employee to be entitled for the 13th Month Pay, he/she must have worked for the employer at least one month during the calendar year.

B) How  to compute?     Section 2(a) of PD No. 851, which was issued by former president Ferdinand E. Marcos on December 16, 1975, stated that:  “thirteenth-month pay” shall mean one twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within a calendar year..”

Based on the foregoing information, we can arrive with the following formula in computing 13th month pay:

Daily wage X Number of paid days = basic salary within a calendar year

Basic salary within a calendar year/ 12 = 13th month pay

and  the way to compute for a prorated 13th month pay if you only work several months(let’s say 4) should look like this:

Basic salary paid for 4 months/ 12 = prorated 13th month pay

C) Is 13th Month Pay taxable? Thirteenth month pay and other benefits amounting to P 30,000 and below are not subject to income tax. This means, if you receive P 40,000, the P10,000 excess is already taxable.

 

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