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    ( -- 10th, February, 2013 -- Cedar Falls, Iowa) -- Negative online reviews can cripple a business, and keep potential customers and clients from even calling the business.  A five-star reputation online is everything to small and medium sized businesses.

    If businesses want to safeguard their online reputation - and protect the steady growth of their business - then monitoring and responding to negative reviews like the ones posted on multiple sites like Google, Yelp, Insider Pages, Tripadvisor and many others is crucial.  Considering the fact that recent statistics show, 69% of local consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation.

    To fix a bad online reputation, a business will want to implement a strategic reputation marketing and reputation management plan to engage current and past customers and encourage them to leave positive reviews.  Using newer technologies like QR codes, URL shorteners, and well thoughtout review capture pages to help the business catch bad reviews are a few ways a business can better manage their reputation.  
    Reputation marketing is the other side of fixing a bad reputation which involves using a specific strategy to fully engage customers to build up a Five Star Reputation.  When the business has established a positive reputation, then it is time to market that great reputation.  They can market their reputation by getting those reviews on the business's website and pushing them out through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and other digital media.  They can also use print marketing materials like billboards, postcards, business cards, and flyers.  

    A minimum of 10 reviews and a five-star reputation is vital to gaining the trust of customers when they find that business online.  This can be the difference between their potential customers choosing that business versus their competition.  They don't just need ten reviews, but ten five-star reviews.  When people see their business online with 5 star reviews, their phone rings.

    Jesse Anema, and his team at Nitrous Profits can help fix these problems by helping all kinds of businesses develop ethical ways to help engage happy customers, increase positive reviews, handle negative reviews, and develop a 5 Star Online Reputation culture within their business.  They accomplish this by helping businesses implement various systems and processes to do both reputation marketing and reputation repair with both online and offline methods.  They develop and implement systems, and train the business owners and their employees to cultivate a positive review culture creating that 5 Star Reputation, then using it as a marketing tool to supercharge the business's other marketing efforts.

    They are offering a Free report for businesses to help them discover what their current online reputation looks like, and giving them tips on how to create a 5 Star Online Reputation.  They can be reached for a Free report and tips at (319) 774-6818 or online at

    About Jesse Anema and Nitrous Profits:

    Jesse Anema has been consulting businesses for the past 10 years marketing various products and services within his companies including merchant processing, Point of Sale systems, gift card marketing, text marketing, website development, social media management.  He helps to develop sales and internal processes to help the businesses function more efficiently.  By leveraging technology and sales psychologies he accomplishes driving more customers to the business.

    Media Contact: Jesse Anema, Nitrous Profits (319) 774-6818

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( via -- February 9, 2013) Portland, OR --  The Mobile App for Local Business does not mean that if you build it they will come. And,the number of downloads don't even necessarily mean what the business would like to think it means.  Dan Crider, senior executive at the Portland based non-traditional marketing company Wealth Net, emphasized that " revenue should not necessarily be the local businesses number one priority." 

    What then encourages a local business buy an expensive custom solution and to host a Mobile Application?  There are many benefits.  The business can reach large audiences at a relatively inexpensive cost by advertising on cross-promotional platforms as long as their app is highly engaging.  The better the user experience, the more buzz that is generated.  It is like chocolate ice cream.  If it is really good the word gets around.   There is a very strong correlation between initial customer engagement, loyalty and overall lifetime value according to Kontagent, an online analytics provider.   The point to be made is maximize engagement and the money will follow. 

    One mistake that many local businesses make is in the belief that Mobile is like the Web.  Nope, according to Crider " the app is an entirely different business opportunity and should be thought of as a separate and complete strategy."   Two of the many features offered by the Mobile Apps developed by Wealth Net offers the ability to gather email addresses of subscribers and then to SMS text message those subscribers with an appropriate message.  An example might be that the local business, a bar in this example, is telling subscribers about their two-for-one drink special that starts in one hour. 

    Mobile Apps are so versatile because each app is fed by a rich set of underlying data, services or both.  It is up to the Local Business to leverage that information well, stuffing the app with the right stuff...what their clientele wants most. 

    So, what does a "good" Mobile App cost?  The average business mobile app costs more than $15,000. And, there are good reasons to believe the cost is worth it.  Wealth Net has focused on developing custom built apps in the $1000 to $5000 range.  Considering that 92% of 18-24 year olds do not use email anymore since they communicate using text messages, social media and Mobile Apps a case can quickly be built for app development in many more local businesses.

    For more information:

    Dan Crider

    Wealth Net llc.

    (503) 329-9109

    15944 Fir Grove Ct.; Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( 11, 2013)Gold Coast, AU-- Despite the incredible convenience brought about by the advent of the electric wheel chair, the real challenge thus far has been to find a lighter power source so as to enable the production of a truly portable electric wheelchair.

    Until now portable electric wheelchairs have been a mere pipedream for those suffering from mobility impairment.

    Every day, millions of electric wheelchair and mobility scooter users have to negotiate the added inconvenience and cost of getting around with their heavy and cumbersome equipment.

    In order to help these users get around with their  essential cargo, billions of dollars are essentially wasted on specialised mobility aids such as wheelchair ramps, hoists and specially adapted vehicles and public transport.

    However, a dynamic firm based on the Australian Gold Coast is setting out to change all of that with the introduction of the "Portashopper™", a new light weight electric wheel chair that weighs less than 20 KG and which can literally be folded or unfolded in 5 seconds to pop into your car boot, a plane, train or any other vehicle.

    Powered by the same new battery technology found in laptops and mobile phones, this ideal travel powerchair will scoot a user weighing up to 120KG along at jogging speed for around 15km per single 5 hour charge.

    An extra battery weighing only 2KG fits into and is completely concealed by the wheelchair frame, thereby effectively providing a 30KM range.

    "Normally these ground breaking innovations are hellishly expensive" says Mr Hilton Holder, CEO of Crikeymate Trading, "but due to the millions invested in advanced manufacturing automation by our Asian technology partners, these powerchairs are selling for around a quarter the price of the traditional lead-acid battery wheelchairs"

    "Not only that, but these electric wheelchairs are built in a complete modular fashion allowing users to conduct warranty repairs by anyone who can use a screwdriver or Allen key."

    Repairs and free servicing during the 3 year warranty period could also be taken care of by GS Electronics in Brisbane, Queenslands specialist wheelchair repair shop now in business since 1979.

    The Portashopper™ has been approved by Lifetec, Australias national quango for the provison of mobility aid advice and will soon be available for viewing at all metro area Independent Living Centres, but until then they are available online and come with a 30 day Money back Guarantee. Paypal secure electronic transactions also provide rock solid buyer protection.

    All things come to those who wait, but some would believe they've waited long enough already. More at

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( – February 10, 2013) Hoover, AL--Tre Morton, owner of the UPS store 2389 has been a dedicated member of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for over 4 years. His store provides shipping services and printing in Hoover, AL.  

    Tre recently commented, “ I believe in giving back to my community and I find the chamber is a great vehicle for contributing to that cause.” He is always willing to help other business owners any way he can and often contributes door prizes to give away at the monthly chamber meetings. You can find him at almost every function and event the GSCC holds.

    Recently, Tre decided to take an even larger role in participating in the chamber and became a participant in the 2013 Continual Sponsorship Program at the Silver Level. The Continual Sponsors receive premium-branding exposure all year. 

    In return, for his contribution, Tre Morton and the UPS store 2389 will receive 1 complimentary seat at monthly membership luncheons, a Golf team at the 2013 Golf Fore! Workforce Development Classic, 
Tee sponsorship at the 2013 Golf Fore! Workforce Development Classic, 
2 tickets to “A Taste of Shelby County” benefitting the Greater Shelby County Community Foundation (GSCCF), 
Listed as a Continual Sponsor in Business Connections, the Chamber’s monthly newsletter and be
identified as a Continual Sponsor on the Chamber’s website home page with live link to his website. 

    Tre Morton and the UPS Store 2389 provide a number of services to chamber members and the Hoover AL community.  Their specialty is providing premium printing in Hoover, AL.  They can give you high-quality color and black and white digital printing and copying, sales and marketing materials, business printing and large format printing including banners and posters.  In fact, they recently contributed to all of the printing and signage of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce event “Blues and BBQ” held recently.

    If you live in the Hoover, AL area and have printing needs, feel assured that Tre Morton and the UPS store 2389 will take care of you.  Visit them at 5184 Caldwell Mill Rd, Hoover, AL 35244





    Source: EmailWire.Com

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     ( -- 11, February 2013) Phoenix, Arizona -- Horny goat weed extract has frequently, regrettably, been offered as a male sexual stimulant in service station bathrooms among other unsavory and incredulous locations. These little foil packages proclaim to boost male performance in return for a couple of quarters in bathroom vending devices.  Nevertheless, based on recent scientific analysis, it's possible that HGW (Horny Goat Weed) can really work for its marketed purpose, among other benefits. 

     What exactly is horny goat weed extract, and what's the scientific evidence it improves performance?

    Horny goat weed extract is an entirely natural health supplement from the plants within the Epimedium genus, with centuries old roots in Eastern medicine. It is prescribed by Naturopaths and Acupuncturists (among others) to alleviate weakness and fatigue in the joints and back.

    How exactly does the extract act in the body?

    Icariin, the primary active molecule in horny goat weed extract (Epimedium) suppresses the action of the protein phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) and plays the primary role in sexual arousal. The PDE5 protein is located within the smooth muscle cells in the penis, and is present to breakdown cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cyclic GMP). When the function of PDE5 is restricted, an erection is far more likely. These are the identical biological processes employed by the prescription drug sildenafil, also commonly known as Viagra. Sildenafil, however, is considered more potent in suppressing PDE5 action.

    Icariin additionally raises the volume of nitric oxide generated in the cells that line the inside of blood vessels. The existence of nitric oxide within the bloodstream cuts down on the amount of resistance blood encounters as it moves throughout the circulation system, facilitating easier erections. Dr. Keith Chambers of Chambers Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ is a Naturopathic Physician and often prescribes a blend of epimedium to his patients who struggle with diminished libido. Dr. Chambers states “Horny Goat Weed can be extremely valuable for increased libido and even improve sexual performance.”

    How much icariin does your dose of horny goat weed extract contain?

    Typically, retail horny goat weed extracts possess 5% - 60% icariin, the amount differing because of standardization methods utilized in manufacturing. You'll probably receive significantly less icariin within the gas station restrooms than compared to amounts present in controlled supplement producers, for instance GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and this particular Horny Goat Weed Extract product we found offered from a reputable GMP certified manufacturer.

    The blend isn't controlled by the FDA, so information regarding the amount required to get the preferred effect may be freely interpreted and this is another good reason to buy GMP as well. Consumers report better results after a few days of using the nutritional supplement.

    In conclusion, if you are cautious about consuming prescription medications for erectile dysfunction or a decreased libido then Horny Goat Weed may be a good solution for you, or at least an inexpensive and safe place to start if you need some assistance in this area before resorting to the blue pills.

    Note: There are many products offered on the market, you should ensure that the manufacturing processes used to create your supplement is from a GMP certified supplier. The product linked to here is sold by a reputable retailer ( and is GMP certified and is competitively priced, however you can find this product or a similar product at a local GNC, Hi-Health, or other supplement or natural foods retailer.




    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( -- February 11, 2013) Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK -- According to recent statistics release by EMW, redundancy payments soared in 2012 to a record £4.9 billion, driven largely by an increase in the number of lay-offs in the public sector.

    So with continuing job losses anticipated for 2013, in both the private and public sectors, what can employees do to ensure that they receive fair treatment and achieve the best deal possible in the face of possible termination of employment and a request by an employer that they sign a compromise agreement or settlement agreement?

    If you are a member of a trade union or have an employee representative in your workplace, then this ought be your first port of call. Your union or employee representative should be well versed and be in a good position to give your some guidance on the correct procedures for termination of employment and other employment rights.

    As you would imagine, every case of termination of employment is different and what one can expect to reasonably achieve in a negotiated settlement will vary significantly.

    Factors that have a significant bearing on an employment settlement are such things as an employee's level of seniority in the employer's organisation, gross pay, an employee's contractual benefits, how long they have worked for the employer and the circumstances to that give rise to the termination of employment.

    Naturally, if an employee has generous contractual benefits including rights to bonus pay, make sure that these are all taken into account when negotiating a final settlement.

    Often an employee's contractual entitlements can far exceed what the law prescribes as a minimum payout on termination. So what if an employer is only prepared to offer an employee the minimum contractual and or statutory payout on termination of employment?

    If an employee is not happy with the deal presented, the employee will need to consider whether there are other factors can be brought into the equation to negotiate a better deal?

    For example, an employee may have a long standing but improperly addressed grievance. Rather than deal with the problem some employers prefer to take the easy option and have a "without prejudice" discussion to float the idea of a mutually agreed end to the contract with a financial package. This is normally accompanied by a compromise or settlement agreement.

    When a settlement or compromise agreement is offered to an employee, often there is some wriggle room to seek an enhanced package. But again this very much depends on the circumstances.

    It should be borne in mind that an employee is not legally obliged to sign a compromise agreement, especially if all that the employer is offering is a basic contractual and or statutory minimum pay settlement.

    Often however, as a sweetener to get an employee to sign an agreement, an employer will include an enhanced package over and above what an employee is contractually or statutorily entitled to. The enhanced package however, normally then becomes conditional on the employee signing the settlement agreement.

    Employees that have the strongest negotiating position usually have some basis for arguing that the employer is not acting fairly, perhaps is in breach of employment regulations, or failing to follow correct statutory or contractual procedures.

    If an employee suspects that the employer is not following the strict letter of the law in, for example, rushing through redundancy procedures, failing in the duty to mitigate job losses, or failing to consider alternative suitable positions for at risk employees, in such circumstances, it is best to seek specialist employment law advice or the services of a specialist employment compromise agreement solicitor.

    A specialist will be able to give more specific advice, guidance and assistance on what sort of settlement package an employee can reasonably expect to negotiate and what options are available to an employee, before finally committing to the terms of a compromise agreement.


    Organisation: Cardona & Co Solicitors


    39 King Edward
    New Bradwell
    Milton keynes
    MK13 0BG

    Tel:01908 225672

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    (  -- February 11, 2013) Manchester, UK  -- The team behind SEOSauce have got a combined 37 years’ experience in getting great SEO results for its clients. The MD Damian Qualter is launching officially launching the new digital agency in the new few weeks.

    “Things have been so hectic for us over the last few months we haven’t even had chance to finish the SEOSauce website yet. We have been too busy working on clients sites and getting them great SEO results” Qualter states “ I know it sounds kind of weird that a digital agency hasn’t got its own web site but we have always tried to overcome challenges. We decided to rebrand from SEOTastic late last year as we felt the brand was not really in keeping with what we offered as a company any more. We have grown significantly over the last 18 months and now it was time to change. The new site has not really been a priority as over 80% of our business is made by referral from existing clients.”

    Damian Qualter has launched several successful brands online over the last 10 years several being in the investment property field as well as some online training courses which they are rolling out in the spring. “We are finding that clients are falling into two distinct categories – those who want hands off SEO Service and those who prefer to learn about Search Engine Optimisation for themselves. So we decided to offer people the choice. Sometimes smaller companies simply don’t have the budget to outsource and SEO Company to do the work for them. We found that about 80% of online inquiries we get we can’t help as they simply don’t have the available spend.”

    Qualter states that the new website will be launching within the next 4 weeks.

    “The new website will offer additional services that we previously didn’t offer. These will include SEO Copywriting, SEO Consultancy, and SEO Training, wed design and will also offer PPC management by the summer. We want to broaden our horizons to be a “One stop Shop” and offer a complete range of services for our clients in the future. Previously we focused solely on SEO. We want to change that in the future.”

    The company is looking to recruit new staff over the coming months to add to its existing team.

    “We are also going to open a new SEO division that caters for smaller businesses with a lower budget and are looking for local SEO rather than a full blown SEO service. Normally our minimum monthly fee is a minimum of £500 per month but we intend lowering this to around £300 per month for smaller businesses. I know how frustrating it can be for smaller companies getting started and building their own online presence. Cash-flow is king in the early days and we want to grow along with our clients.”

    “We have some great ideas for the future and want to become one of the UK’s leading digital brands.”

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( -- February10, 2013) Houston, TX -- Kinley Lange is the Composer in Residence at Northwoods Presbyterian Church in northwest Houston.   Kinley’s music, performed around the globe, is published by Alliance Music.  Todd Nolde, Director of Music at Northwoods Presbyterian Church said, this concert will feature a professional consort of 16 singers who will present a monograph concert of Mr. Lange’s works.  Selections will include his "Esto Les Digo," as well as world premier performances of new music.

    Lange has nearly 40 years of experience as a choral musician.  He has conducted children, youth, church, civic and professional choirs.   He founded and was the Artistic Director of Austin ProChorus, a chamber choir devoted to the music of living composers.   His emphasis has shifted to composition, primarily of choral and vocal works, in recent years.

    Lange spent his childhood in west Texas and New Mexico.  While stationed in the south Pacific during service with the U.S. Navy, he was introduced to the University of Hawaii.  Following his military discharge at Pearl Harbor, Lange enrolled in the University of Hawaii where he studied Music Theory and Composition and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors.   He was active in the university’s world-renowned Ethnomusicology Department which greatly influenced his work as a composer.  Lange also studied graduate level composition and choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin and is a Fellow of Alice Parker's Melodious Accord.

    The choral music of Kinley Lange is widely performed by choirs of every level.  Many of his compositions appear regularly in festivals and concerts across the United States as well as in Asia, Europe, and South America, including performances at Carnegie Hall and the Vatican.   As a choral conductor, Lange has toured extensively in Europe and fulfils several commissions each year.

    Much of Mr. Lange's music can be previewed on his website:  

    Tickets for The Musical Works of Kinley Lange may be purchased through the concert website:   Child care will be provided.

    Sunday, February 17 @ 7:00 PM

    Northwoods Presbyterian Church



    3320 Cypress Creek Parkway West


    Houston, TX 777068


    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( 11, 2013) Phoenix, AZ -- According to statistics released by the National Pest Management Association, bed bugs are a much larger problem in urban and suburban areas of the state, due to the larger populations of people living close together and the bed bugs' tendency to travel on people and on their belongings. According to the information compiled from the survey, 52% of pest control companies say they've treated bed bug occurrences in rural areas compared to 71% in urban and 80% in suburban areas.

    According to Ron Ketner, spokesperson for AZEX Pest Solutions in Phoenix, these numbers ring true in Arizona. Says Ketner, "Bed bugs have reached epidemic proportion throughout North America, and Arizona is no exception. These small pests are most active in the early morning hours when humans are normally in their deepest sleep, with a blood meal usually lasting around 10-15 minutes. The problem is, most people think, understandably, bed bugs are only found in beds and mattresses. This couldn't be further from the truth. They hide in cracks and crevices of a structure, inside wall cavities, on walls and ceilings, under carpeting, in other upholstered furniture, even in electric outlets and within electronics. Mattresses are closest to their meals, so they are often found there."

    In the past, says Ketner, many pest control companies have used harsh chemicals to treat the bedbug infestations appearing in commercial dwellings such as hotels and motels as well as homes. "The harsh chemicals have never been the best answer." Says Kethner. "They're unfriendly to the environment and take too long to work. Instead, a much better way to treat the bugs is with bed bug heat treatment. It is a non-chemical process without multiple chemical applications; it is safer and requires substantially less precautions. This means, you can resume productivity in a more timely matter. With the quick treatment times, about 6-8 hours, from set up to tear down, your routine is not upset nearly as much. Additionally, the heat treatment removes moisture in zones or structures, which is conducive to infestation and enhances the bedbug life-cycle, improving indoor air quality."

    Ketner continues, explaining the process. "The process involves heating each room to 140-160 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember, anything hotter than this will cause damage to your home. This level of heat kills the entire life cycle of bed bugs (from eggs to adults) and holding lethal temperatures for 4 hours kills and eliminates, common mold spores, allergens that trigger asthma, and oxidizes odors." Ketner also advices customers to make sure the company they use for bed bug inspections and treatment has a guarantee on their services, as well as the knowledge and years of experience, guaranteeing they will know how to kill bed bugs with heat.

    About AZEX Pest Solutions:

     AZEX Pest Solutions is an environmentally friendly pest control company located in Phoenix and Prescott, AZ. They offer solutions for ants, termites, bedbugs and cockroaches, as well as many other household and business location pests. The company offers free inspections, WDIIR reports, treatments, pre-treatments, and yearly pest elimination plans. AZEX Pest Solutions specializes in identifying all species of insects and discerning the most effective methods for eliminating them, with virtually odor free products at reasonable prices.


    Media Contact: Ron Ketner

    AZEX Pest Solutions

    3218 E. Bell Rd. #328

    Phoenix, AZ 85032

    Telephone: 877-445-2847



    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( 11, 2013) Washington, DC. -- ­­Unison Agency, a global integrated branding agency today announced the appointment of Chris Abraham—formerly president of Abraham Harrison, LLC, a digital PR and marketing agency—as the agency’s director of social media. Mr. Abraham will be responsible for the direction and leadership of Unison's social media practice, overseeing the integration of social media across all Unison's products and services.

    “Chris Abraham is a rarity in digital experts, someone who can boast a 20-year track record in online communities and a combination of skills in PR, marketing and technology,” said Robert Fardi, Co-Founder and President of Unison. “We look forward to tapping those skills and bringing them to our global client base.”

    Abraham has had a web presence since 1993 when he joined The Meta Network, a seminal online virtual community based in Washington, where he learned the dynamics of online community development, social media, social networking, and online collaboration.

    In 1999, he started blogging, focusing on community, connection, innovation, and brand extension. Today, his insights on the rapidly shifting digital world can be read on The Huffington Post,,,, and He has also written for AdAge’s DigitalNext and Global Idea Network blogs.

    At Abraham Harrison, his client list included Kimberly Clark, The Daily, Habitat for Humanity, Greenpeace, The Fresh Air Fund, International Medical Corps, Sharp, Pew and the Alzheimer’s Association. As a technologist, Abraham has consulted T. Rowe Price, the US Department of Treasury CIO, Friendster, Deutsche Telekom, and others.

    His expertise in the digital field has been acknowledged by his peers and the media: he was named a Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer by Forbes, the #1 PR 2.0 Influencer by Traackr, and a top-10 social media influencer by Marketwire.

    As if all this weren’t enough, Abraham notes with a grin: “For what it’s worth, my Klout score was 77 the last time I looked.”

    Unison is a full-service brand and digital agency that develops integrated solutions by combining strategic, creative and technological capabilities to advance our clients’ brands across all touch points. The agency fosters enduring customer devotion by creating digital brand experiences that bridge the gap between offline and online interactions.

    Unison strives to create rich, engaging and truly emotional experiences in the digital realm. By combining high-impact media and seamless usability with the latest technology in e-commerce, social networking and digital mobility, Unison designs online brands that are multifunctional, multi-sensory and multi-platform.

    Unison has experience building powerful brands across a wide range of industries, including financial services, government, food service, retail, manufacturing, real estate, pharmaceutical, fashion, entertainment/media, consumer packaged goods and beauty products.

    Over the span of a decade, Unison has worked with clients in thirty-five countries around the world, demonstrating its belief that artfully designed brands are universally engaging and transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries.

    Samantha Toner
    Media Relations
    + 1-202-337-7887

    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( -- February 11, 2013) London, UK -- On Friday 7th December, the winners of the Loo of the Year were announced at the special 25th anniversary awards held at St Johns Hotel in Solihull.

    The overall UK winner of the Loo of the Year is Staffordshire County Council, who also won the top award in the Local Authority category both for the UK and for England. Winners for the Local Authority category for Scotland, Wales and Ireland were, respectively, South Lanarkshire Council, Ceredigion County Council and Ballymena.

    The other Loo of the Year awards for the overall winners of the other categories were as follows:

    • Corporate providers: McDonald’s

    • Accessible toilets: East Lothian Council

    • Baby change facilities: Arbroath Harbour - Angus Council

    • Eco-friendly toilet facilities: Acharacle School - Highland Council

    • Toilets in education centres (schools, etc.): Ceredigion County Council

    This year also was the first time that the Loo of the Year award, which normally concentrates on public toilets and “loos away from home”, gave out a Home Throne award to private toilets. Entries in this category were judged on quirkiness, décor and individuality as well as on cleanliness, hygiene and functionality. The winners were Matthew and Carol Short with their toilet constructed in a large recycled whisky barrel.

    Some of the winners for the different major categories (there are seven major categories) for England included:

    • Corporate providers: McDonald's

    • Accessible toilets: Asda - Hither Green

    • Eco-friendly toilets: Choice & Torfield Rotaloos - Hastings Borough Council

    • Baby change facilities: Merryhill Shopping Centre

    • Toilets in education: Brampton Prmary School - East Ham London

    For Scotland, some of the winners of the different categories included:

    • Corporate providers: JD Wetherspoon

    • Accessible toilets: Dunbar P.C. - East Lothian Council

    • Eco-friendly toilets: Archaracle Primary School - Highland Council

    • Baby change facilities: Harbour Visitor Centre Arbroath - Angus Council

    • Toilets in education: Highland Council

    Some of the Welsh category winners included:

    • Corporate providers: Garwnant Visitor Centre Methyr Tydfil

    • Accessible toilets: JD Wetherspoon

    • Eco-friendly toilets: Tsgol T Llew Jones Brynhoffnant - Ceredigion County Council

    • Baby change facilities: Asda Merthyr Tydfil

    • Toilets in education: Addysg Arbennig, Aberporth - Ceredigion County

    The winners of the different categories for North Ireland included:

    • Corporate providers: Medowlane Shopping Centre

    • Accessible toilets: The Braid - Ballymena Borough Council

    • Eco-friendly toilets: The Braid - Ballymena Borough Council

    • Baby change facilities: McKillens Ballymena

    The Channel Islands also had their separate category winners, although several categories had no entries submitted. For 2012, the winner for the Public Toilet and the Changing Places Toilet categories was the St Helier Changing Places Toilet.

    Over 350 individuals attended the event, including members of the cleaning and janitorial profession, manufacturers of cleaning products and more.  

    A representative from London-based cleaning company TSD Cleaning Services said “It’s good to see the standards of hygiene in public toilets being kept high – the competition has to be good for the industry as well as for anyone who actually uses the loos. And it’s good to see some good old British ‘poo humour’ celebrated with the Home Throne award – I hope we see many more years of this award being given out and that more people are inspired by the entries.”

    For Press and Interviews please contact:

    Daniela Sarasakalova – TSD Cleaning Services Manager / Operations Manager

    TSD Cleaning Services

    7 Atkinson Road
    E16 3LP

    020 8819 9476




    Source: EmailWire.Com

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    ( -- February 10, 2013) Montreal, Canada –As a business student at Dawson College, Anthony William Shannon, is not waiting to graduate to get his first business experience.  In fact at the age of 19, he has already started several businesses to date, from importing and reselling apparel and consumer electronics on social media sites starting when he was 14, to events planning and the production of top Canadian artist musical events in local clubs.  But his most valuable business lesson came ironically from his biggest financial flop.

      “I started buying and selling polo shirts when I was 14, I guess I knew pretty young I was a decent salesman. This gave me confidence and helped me have some early successes with smaller events planning, where I would fill a venue with 100 or so young people and get paid really well for it. I then transformed this into a really big event where I rented a 1500 person hall in Montreal, and sold the place out at $ 15 per ticket.  I made more than $ 10,000.00 that night, I remember looking out from the balcony over a sold-out venue and being really proud.  Soon after I spent all I had saved, on hiring a big name act for a hip hop show, and tried to make a place for myself as a concert promoter. I ended up losing my entire investment, learning the hard way that actual event production with acts is a much more risky business, and it’s much harder to gauge ROI on projects you take on at that scale.  I learned a great lesson about management that I will never forget.” Says Anthony.

     Soon after losing it all, his father who is involved in digital marketing for film, suggested Anthony work with him in learning how to build mobile applications, which if he was good at it, he could apply his salesmanship to getting corporate app customers, which he would later learn how to build and sell.

     “My father who works in the film business, had acquired some tools for building mobile apps, and he said, - why don’t you use this to build apps you can sell to local businesses? – So I took him up on it, followed an app building training he gave me, and sold my first app to a local club for a few thousand dollars within 2 months.  Since then I have built dozens more, for a wide range of corporate clients.  If I had not lost all my money in the events management business, I would have never discovered app development, as I am not normally a very technical person. Now less than a year later, because of that financial flop, I have a whole new perspective on my future.  Besides working on corporate apps for businesses, I am also in the development stage of a new social network project focused on music.  Indy music is cool.  And I do believe the best music of this world is not being heard. This is why my current startup, which is already attracting some serious investors, uses the latest in terms of Web and Mobile technologies in order to try and solve the music and event industry’s most prominent problems.” Says Anthony William Shannon.

     Anthony has been a keen member of many of the local startup meetings in the Montreal area, and has even travelled to New York City to attend the Peter Thiel Fellowship Program yearly Summit, an event bringing together some of the top youngest visionaries of tomorrow in order to discuss, create, and share groundbreaking ideas. His current startup project cannot yet be discussed publicly due to ongoing negotiations with investors.

    “Montreal offers a vibrant community of developers in the startup community, but I was really intrigued by what I learned in New York about how fast things can move in California when it comes to startups. I hope I get the opportunity soon to get my ideas into those larger creative arenas.





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    ( -- February 12, 2013) Gold Coast, AU -- Despite the incredible convenience brought about for millions of manual wheelchair users with the advent of the electric wheel chair, the real challenge thus far has been to come up with a truly portable electric wheelchair.

    There are an estimated 5 million wheelchairs users outside of institutions, and for most all of them the option of owning a portable electric wheelchair has been a mere pipedream.

    Every day, these millions of electric wheelchair and mobility scooter users have to negotiate the added inconvenience and cost of getting around with heavy and cumbersome equipment.

    Many of them are forced into living lives of utter seclusion as road and air travel remains a largely unaffordable and cumbersome affair.

    Furthermore, billions of tax and new investment dollars are essentially wasted on the provision of specialised mobility aids such as wheelchair ramps, hoists and specially adapted vehicles.

    All this waste could be avoided had there been an ultralight portable electric wheelchair that can be folded and toted around like modern kiddy strollers.

    Well, someone did come up with exactly that solution. a dynamic new online firm based on the Australian Gold Coast has just introduced the "Portashopper™", a light weight electric wheel chair that weighs less than 20 KG and which can literally be folded or unfolded in 5 seconds to pop into your car boot, a plane, train or any other vehicle.

    Powered by the same Hi-Tech batteries found in laptops and mobile phones, this ideal travelling powerchair will scoot a user weighing up to 120KG along at jogging speed for around 15km per single 5 hour charge.

    An extra battery weighing only 2KG fits into and is completely concealed by the wheelchair frame, thereby effectively providing a 30KM range.

    "Normally these ground breaking innovations are hellishly expensive" says Mr Hilton Holder, CEO of Crikeymate Trading, "but due to major investment in manufacturing automation as well as our online marketing model, these powerchairs are much more affordable than traditional lead-acid battery wheelchairs"

    "its modular design also allows warranty repairs to be done by anyone who can use a screwdriver or Allen key."

    The Portashopper™ has also passed the strict approval regime of Lifetec, Australias national quango for the provison of expert mobility aid advice.

    All things come to those who wait, but some would believe they've waited long enough already.

    More about the Portashopper at 

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    ( -- February 11, 2013) Naperville, IL -- Naperville marketing firm Walker Internet Marketing today launched a Get New Patients marketing campaign targeting plastic surgeons in Naperville IL (suburb of Chicago).

    Get New Patients Division

    Walker Internet Marketing's Get New Patients division are expert medical marketing consultants who provide a comprehensive, tailored medical marketing solution to help plastic surgeons understand who their ideal patients are and how to reach them effectively online.

    The video in this press release and the new website at explain some of the ways online marketing can help plastic surgeons can get new patients in their practices.

    About Walker Internet Marketing

    Walker Internet Marketing specializes in marketing strategy and execution for small businesses. The Get New Patients divsion specilializes in medical marketing. You can reach Walker Internet Marketing at:

    tel: (630) 360-2504

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    ( -- February, 11, 2013) Denver, CO -- According to, the IT sector is one of the hottest job markets. With increases in  mobile, cloud computing, and the corresponding addtional security, the need for qualified IT professionals is on the rise.

    Speaking earlier, President Obama addressed the growing needs for qualified IT professionals. He stressed the importance of companies, like Cisco, working with local colleges to create curriculum and training programs that not only students to meet the academic standards set forth by the institution, but also to meet the expectations of the employers who will them. The President went on to say, “We know that the most successful community colleges are the ones that partner with the private sector.” A great local example of this is the Accelerate by Westwood courses at Westwood College in Denver.

    Westwood has partnered with Cisco to bring the CCNA Academy curriculum to students in an accelerated fashion. Before the Cisco CCNA Accelerate program was launched in the fall of 2012, there were 3 basic ways a student could prepare for the CCNA exam (passing the CCNA exam is required to be recognized as a Cisco Certified Network Associate). They could go to a traditional college or university and work towards their Bachelor’s or Associates degree, picking up their qualifications along the way. If they had a tremendous amount of IT knowledge and experience they could take a week long CCNA bootcamp program. Or, there is the do-it-yourself model for those have the discipline and dedication to master the content on their own.
    Now, with Westwood’s Accelerate program, there is another option that falls in between the extremes.  For students with some IT knowledge and experience, the Cisco CCNA course is condensed into 4, 5-week sessions. Westwood worked not only with Cisco on this new offering, but also members of the business community. Travis Hunt, President of the IT hiring and placement firm Equity Partners, had this to say, “What Westwood has done is brilliant. They have taken one of the world’s most useful IT certifications and made it much more convenient for the working IT professional to get. And, by involving some of the IT companies that will be hiring these students, we know that our new grads will be armed and ready with what we need them to have to hit the ground running.

    This is a great example of private sector and education working together to help everyone win.

    To learn more about this program, go to or call Ron Dejong at 720-542-5620.



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    ( -- Feb. 11, 2013) Melbourne, Victoria -- A mobile website design enables any visitor to easily access your website through a small screen of mobile devices such as Smartphones, tablets or ipads. Mobile websites need to be compatible with the built-in browsers any particular mobile devices carry with them. In addition, Mobile Website Design ought to be rendered in a way that the content is viewable without any loss of detail at a relatively low resolution screen as compared to personal computers.

    Mobile technology is fast becoming the highest moving cornerstone of every business, club or organization that wants to grow. Having a mobile website has become very significant in terms of connecting your business with your current customers as well as helping you find new ones. At we help your business grow by developing mobile Apps that will best suit your business, club or organization and that will also give you a competitive edge over your competition.
    Mobile website design has numerous benefits to your business. Some of the key benefits include firstly, enhancing your brand, product and services into a mobile App. In addition, due to the ever changing mobile technology mobile website design opens your business to endless possibilities. Secondly, mobile website design has the potential of increasing the number of your site visitors which in turn can convert to sales. This will also give your business a professional look that sticks in your customers' minds, and also indicating to your customers that you are keeping up with the market trends as well as the ever changing customers needs. Moreover, using the mobile website design, you can target people who are always on the move giving your customers flexibility of accessing your business website.
    Nowadays, social media marketing is a necessity accordingly we expose your business to amazing opportunities that mobile technology brings by developing a mobile website design for your business. We also endeavour to educate on the importance of having a mobile website. Selling products and services in the traditional ways will no longer be enough to grow your business. In response to that, we help you in designing a social media marketing platform that will enable you to develop relationships within the community. In addition, by using your social page you are opening your business to a world of endless sales opportunities too.
    Using the mobile App that we develop for your business, you can reach your customers whenever and wherever they are and at their convenience. Moreover, if you are selling products we will be able to develop a mobile e-commerce platform to help your business translate into more sales and profitability by optimizing your mobile site. With the proper Mobile website design & Mobile apps we have numerous packages that suit all your business needs, we also work with you to help you get all started with the use of new and emerging technologies as you work towards increasing your bottom-line.

    16 Queen St, Warragul, Vic, 3820


    Media Contact Name: Calvin Rees (Business Manager)

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     ( -- 11th, February, 2013 -- Cedar Falls, Iowa) -- Businesses today are using technologies where their potential customers can text a keyword like "FOOD" or "VIP" to either a local phone number like 319-xxx-xxxx or a short code like 696969 in order to receive promotional discounts and coupons via their mobile phones.  In today's world of communication, text messaging is an ever increasing thing that people use to communicate with each other.  This quickly expanding use of this technology opens up a new way for customers to interact with businesses as well.

    Studies have shown that the vast majority of text messages are viewed within 15 minutes of them being sent, and the open rates are over 90%.  Those kinds of open rates can allow a business to take a slow night and send a coupon that expires that night out to hundreds or even thousands of people and drive business in the door that night.  

    Some people have concern over the cost of text marketing for themselves and for people they are sending the coupons and promotions.  Text marketing can be one of the highest return on investment forms of advertising a business can do, which makes it one of the cheapest ways they advertise.  When a customer opts-in to a text marketing plan they are expecting to receive marketing messages from that business.  It is the business's job to inform the customer that they will be receiving up to a certain amount of messages per month and they will have the ability to stop the messages at anytime and opt back out of the program.  They also disclaim that the regular message and data rates may apply.  The business is not liable for customers receiving a charge for receiving a promotional text message from them.  Even though this is a valid concern and question to be answered, it really isn't much of a problem for most businesses.

    There are several types of campaigns a business can run to build their list and engage new or existing customers.  They can run a contest and randomly pick a winner, do a poll or survey, run a "regular" campaign by offering a discount or offer of some kind and send out weekly promotional blasts, do a punch card like buy 10 get 1 free, or run a viral campaign.  The platform Jesse Anema and his team use allows a business to set up a viral campaign that allows a business to have someone opt-in to a text program then they are given an opportunity to earn a onetime special discount by having a certain amount of friends also opt-in to the program.

    Potential customers can opt-in several ways including just dialing a local phone number, a web form on a website, by texting a keyword, and with the mobile version of the platform staff can add customers to their lists while sending them their contact information as well.

    About Jesse Anema and Nitrous Profits:
    Jesse Anema has been consulting businesses for the past 10 years marketing various products and services within his companies including merchant processing, Point of Sale systems, gift card marketing, text marketing, website development, and social media management.  He helps to develop sales and internal processes to help the businesses function more efficiently.  By leveraging technology and sales psychologies he accomplishes driving more customers to the business.

    Media Contact: Jesse Anema, Nitrous Profits (319) 774-6818 SMS Marketing FREE VIDEO


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    ( – February 11, 2013) Camarillo, CA -- Mary Taylor has left her position of Staff Vice President, Care Management at WellPoint to return to the SecondWind BSD consultancy where she will focus on implementing organizational change.

    In the last 3 years at WellPoint, Ms. Taylor led clinical operations standardization and reorganization resulting in a 20% cost decrease in 2 years, and provided change management support for the clinical departments of the Medicare Advantage program.

    “My goal is to help executives make ‘change management’ an integral part of every corporate initiative” said Ms. Taylor.

    Mary is no stranger to implementing change on large projects. Previously at WellPoint, Mary introduced online training to 17,000 employees on time and under budget while supporting change management during sourcing initiatives, minimizing turnover and productivity losses.

    One of her higher-profile projects was change management support for clinical departments for the Medicare Advantage Program. This project was the first government mandated Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care reform initiatives. Mary’s leadership experience will transfer to other ACA programs as they roll out.

    “There are many businesses affected by the Affordable Care Act and most are not sufficiently prepared to enact the changes this will bring” says Ms. Taylor. Few executives available today have had more involvement with implementing healthcare reform than Ms. Taylor.

    Ms. Taylor specializes in implementing change. Programs she headed resulted in a documented $8,700,000 in performance improvement projects over one year. “I know I can bring similar improvements to new clients” said Ms. Taylor.

    Ms. Taylor rejoins SecondWind Business Strategy Development as a program management consultant. Second Wind Strategic Business Design supports organizations faced with change and offers tools, guidance and direction to help businesses work through, and eliminate, resistance to change.

    Second Wind works hand in hand with senior leadership to assess and identify ideas, insights and new directions. They give you a new outlook that allows driving your business and managing organizational change in a new way.

    Second Wind teaches organizations how to change their cellular structure, how to ingrain change principles into their corporate DNA, how to transform the culture, increase the productivity and drive results through leadership training programs.

    Ms. Taylor says of SecondWind, “Our change management strategies are both cutting-edge and battle tested. Our approach to ‘change’ is to help you take control of managing organizational change; we are the change management consultant, you become the change.

    “All levels of the organization feel the effects of change. We work with your team to define your goals, break through barriers through initial planning, roll-out, training line personnel and management leadership training. Our process makes you the owners of your change management strategy.

    “Although we have 15 years’ experience as a health insurance consultant and healthcare project manager, our change management strategies are valid for any business or industry.”

    To contact Ms. Taylor, visit her web site SecondWind BSD.

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    ( -- February 11, 2013) Paoli, PA -- Company now offers cleaning in addition to area rug sales.  While many establishments and shops sell rugs and carpet, you can rarely find one which also perform rug cleaning services too. One rug company in Pennsylvania though is bridging this gap.

    Paoli Rug Co., founded in 1956 in Paoli, PA, is offering the unique experience of having rug shopping as well as cleaning all in one establishment. Many homeowners often consider getting a rug because it adds a unique element of beauty and elegance inside the home. The trouble is that not all homeowners are adept at cleaning and taking care of their rug at home.

    This is one reason why many would opt to find a rug cleaning company to help. Unfortunately, this task is a lot more challenging than it may appear. There are plenty of cleaning companies which don’t really provide the proper level of service and results that homeowners are looking for. Additionally, many cleaning companies don't have the skills to properly clean fine wool and silk area rugs. 

    These are just some reasons why homeowners are sometimes reluctant to buy rugs for their homes. Luckily, Paoli, PA now can a compay to help area rug owners with this problem. By offering both rug sales and cleaning services, people who are interested in getting rugs for their home need not worry anymore about finding a good and reputable company to clean their rugs.

    Paoli Rug Co., has served the Newton Square, Berwyn, and Devon areas in Pennsylvania for over half a century now and continues to offer top notch rug sales to their clients. They have a variety of beautiful area rugs from the top and most popular manufacturers which are available to people who have different tastes and budgets.

    Be sure to check out the Paoli Rug Co. website at to find out more about the beautiful rugs and carpets that are available for sale as well as the excellent rug cleaning services that they offer.

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    (  -- 11th, February, 2013 -- Cedar Falls, Iowa) -- When it comes to traffic online there are several different forms of traffic.  Two of the most common ways to drive traffic are with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and pay per click advertising.  Today businesses are using both ways to drive traffic and leads to their websites.  

    So, what is Pay Per Click advertising?  It is where an advertiser places ads such as text ads, banner image ads, or video ads through a pay per click advertising engine like Google adwords, MSN adcenter through Bing and Yahoo, Facebook, or through various other websites.

    One of the keys to driving a successful pay per click campaign is careful keyword selection matched with a well written ad.  There are a lot of things that go into selecting keywords.  Starting with the first general 5-10 keywords about that particular idea, product, or niche and putting them into the Google keywords tool is a great place to start to get an idea of what keywords people are searching for and the potential traffic that could come with them.

    Writing ads for pay per click advertising really takes a lot of things into account.  The first thing to think about is, what the person clicking the ad is really trying to accomplish. When you can help "paint the picture" of what that person is trying to accomplish you will have a high CTR (Click Through Rate).  A high click through rate is essential to keeping your ads showing and converting visitors to click to your website and hopefully take you up on your offers.

    There are many pitfalls an un-educated advertiser can fall prey to within advertising platforms.  That is why it is beneficial to have someone who has run campaigns and studied under mentors who have driven thousands and thousands of clicks to webpages and offers is one of the first best steps someone looking to get into pay per click advertising.

    Jesse Anema and his team are offering the opportunity for customers to try pay per click advertising with very little risk.  Because they are a Google Engage agency, they have free advertising credit they can extend to new clients wanting to get their feet wet.  To learn more go to: What is Pay Per Click? or call (888) 816-6410

    About Jesse Anema and Nitrous Profits:
    Jesse Anema has been consulting businesses for the past 10 years marketing various products and services within his companies including merchant processing, Point of Sale systems, gift card marketing, text marketing, website development, and social media management.  He helps to develop sales and internal processes to help the businesses function more efficiently.  By leveraging technology and sales psychologies he accomplishes driving more customers to the business.

    Media Contact: Jesse Anema, Nitrous Profits (319) 774-6818  What is Pay Per Click? Click Here To Learn More

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