August 2014

Your technical partner towards web success.

Posted By : tess0926/ 18 1

The world of business moves fast. And making sure you are ‘up-to-date’ or even ‘ahead of the game’ can be a job in itself. phones and other mobile devices…

The world of business moves fast. And making sure you are ‘up-to-date’ or even ‘ahead of the game’ can be a job in itself. Being aware of emerging trends across the business landscape is vital to ensuring you can adapt and adopt – and stay in front of your competition.

Enhancing the worker experience

Attracting and retaining the best staff will require businesses to look at providing a first-class working experience. This could involve creating a work culture that is positive, rewarding, collaborative and sufficiently flexible to deliver work/life balance.

“We see that the best candidates value the challenge and impact of their work more than ever. To attract them, you need to show that your workplace culture offers an environment for them to thrive. And that means empowering them with the necessary resources, skills and autonomy,” says Chris Sandham, Managing Director of recruitment company M&T Resources.

Successful businesses are building brands, reputations and client bases via topical, engaging, expert content that reaches out and speaks to its audience at the right time and in the right places across multiple channels.

The sales team

Sales teams have evolved, and in 2015 are becoming increasingly focussed on expert product knowledge, a wealth of industry wisdom and a mission to provide clients with timely solutions and on-going support.

“Our clients tell us they want to deal with those who bring expertise, insights and quality answers to the table. It’s all about building relationships based on respect, trust, fulfilled needs and providing superior service.” says David Gonano, National Head of Sales for Macquarie Business Banking.
The rise and rise of content marketing

Seamlessly integrated, multi-channel content marketing is expected to continue to be one of the most commercially significant digital marketing trends. Content marketing is becoming increasingly strategic, targeted and of higher value.

Successful marketers are building brands, reputations and client bases via topical, engaging, expert content that reaches out and speaks to its audience at the right time and in the right places across multiple channels.

“Context is the kingmaker and as such trends like newsjacking are proving popular with content marketers this year – ride the wave of interest already in market and your promotional dollars will go a lot further,” says Kate Gamble, Head of Product Content Marketing and Director at Resolution Media.

“Gone are the days of ‘build it and they will come’ – companies need to reach out and find these people in synergistic addressable communities and encourage them through the door.”
Computing everywhere

Wearable technology, smart phones and other mobile devices, known as endpoints, will connect screens in a raft of new contexts and environments, including workplaces and public places.

The trend for computing everywhere for business purposes is expected to increase this year, with the aim being to ramp up mobility for workers in order to boost efficiency, agility, responsiveness and flexibility.

Enterprise IT will be kept busy this year, ensuring end point devices work together and create a positive user experience.

Next Generation Leadership – Tips and Strategies

Posted By : tess0926/ 24

Amazing Maria continued her remarkable summer resurgence on Sunday when taking the Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville under a confident ride

Amazing Maria continued her remarkable summer resurgence on Sunday when taking the Group One Prix Rothschild at Deauville under a confident ride from leading French jockey Olivier Peslier.On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain.

These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

This Is What Millennials Really Want From You

Posted By : tess0926/ 13

The infamous “Millennial” generation has been a hot topic of conversation in organizations around the world.

The infamous “Millennial” generation has been a hot topic of conversation in organizations around the world. According to the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2016, two-thirds of Millennials will express a desire to leave their current employer by 2020. AMA recently interviewed Alec Levenson and Jennifer J. Deal, authors of What Millennials Want from Work: How to Maximize Engagement in Today’s Workforce, to discuss some ways in which employers can make the workplace more attractive to this generation.

Q: Why do you believe the young workforce is getting a bad rep for being lazy, unmotivated etc., and what is the reasoning behind it?

A: Older people typically say this about younger people entering the workforce. We saw this pattern with Baby Boomers in the late 1960s, and with Gen Xers in the late 1990s, and now we hear the same complaints about Millennials.

Q: In previous years, it was thought to be better to stay at a company longer. Now, it seems that the current workforce is shifting so people typically gain their experience for a year or two and then move on. Is there a benefit to one over the other? What seems to be driving this shift?

A: In the 1950s and 1960s (and maybe the 1970s) it was better to stay at a company longer, but it appears that perception shifted substantially when the implicit work contract changed in the 1980s.  The amount of job hopping also depends on the health of the economy and labor market.  Since the late 1990s it has been pretty common for people to change jobs after a year or two of experience when there isn’t a next step in the organization.  In fact, young people changing jobs was much more common 1996-2006 than it is now.  You can see the analysis fivethirtyeight.com did on this.

Q: Have you seen issues arise when employers attempt to anticipate what Millennials “want,” and get it wrong?

A: Employers who focus on giving Millennials toys like new iPads and don’t provide the basics—good pay and benefits, workplace flexibility, interesting work, the opportunity to grow and develop, the opportunity to be promoted—misunderstand what motivates Millennials.  Sure, they’d like the new iPad, but that isn’t going to impress them as much as providing the basics.

How Dark Chocolate Can Improve Your Workout

Posted By : tess0926/ 21

What happens when Valentine Fillol-Cordier, a chic Parisian stylist who loves ‘intellectual’ clothes, switches wardrobes with Susie Bubble..

What happens when Valentine Fillol-Cordier, a chic Parisian stylist who loves ‘intellectual’ clothes, switches wardrobes with Susie Bubble, a London fashion blogger who champions ‘wayward’ young designers? Get ready for a style swap… Ali Morris pays a visit.On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain.

These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.

Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

Do travel agents still exist?

Posted By : tess0926/ 17

In most US cities, the share of trips made by bike struggles to reach 2%. In Davis it’s 10 times that – but the city is becoming less and less of a paradise for pedalling.

Sometimes when I tell people I am the director of a travel agent training program, their first question is “Do travel agent’s still exist?” Thankfully, there are fewer and fewer who think the travel consultant job was on its way to extinction, but there are still those who have the mistaken impression that the impersonal online travel websites have replaced travel agents.

For those of us in the travel industry, we know that the travel world offers substantially more opportunities for travel agents than ever before. In fact, the travel agents working with Travel Leaders Group are the foundation for the company’s $20 billion in annual sales, on par with many of the online sites. As an undeniably large group of more than 6,500 travel agencies, our company consists of a team of fantastic leaders, an amazing support staff, and most importantly over 40,000 travel agents offering travelers professional and personal service.

Today’s modern travel agent can be found in a number of ways. Today’s brick and mortar travel agencies, such as the individually owned Travel Leaders franchises are servicing clients from their neighborhood locations and may also have teams of agents selling travel from home. Independent travel agents can work with a brick and mortar travel agency or choose instead to affiliate with a host travel agency, such as Nexion. An independent agent is both an entrepreneur and a travel counselor, responsible for running their business and growing their clientele.

The travel agent has changed not only in how they work, but also in how they market themselves. Brick and mortar and virtual travel agencies alike are reaping the benefits of targeted marketing that includes direct mail, as well as pieces sent directly to the travelers’ computer or smart phone personalized based on their preferences and past history. Even more important is how travel agents are selling their knowledge, using online profiles that highlight their specific expertise while allowing consumers to rate their experience with them. Whether the agency is part of a franchise, a host agency or a marketing consortium such as Vacation.com, today’s travel agent can gain access to stronger supplier relationships and even more tools to better serve the travelers they’ve attracted to their agencies.

One final word about today’s travel agents – they are likely going to charge you a service fee or a professional fee for their services, however, the ultimate value and expertise they provide typically far outweighs any fee. Plus as today’s travelers expect their travel agency to be truly full-service, there are a full range of benefits you can receive by working with an agent, who has your back throughout your travels until you’ve safely returned home. Like most professional services, they are worth every penny.

Yes, Virginia, it sure looks like the travel agent is here to stay.