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Friday, August 6, 2010

How to Mail Pizza Menus to Customers in 10 Easy Steps!

By Chris Barr

If you have a restaurant or pizzeria that depends on takeout and delivery business for cash flow, nothing is more important than attracting new customers and generating repeat business from existing customers. When it comes to restaurant marketing, nothing even comes close to the power of direct mail campaigns.

Design, print, and direct mail beautiful color menus to your target audience to generate massive sales increases, literally overnight. Use a trusted restaurant menu printing provider to get the best designs and highest response rates from your menu direct mailing campaign.

Here's How It Works in 10 Easy Steps:

1. Make a list of all your menu items, prices, and special offers.

2. Make a list of your "best sellers" and most profitable items.

3. Contact a trusted turnkey direct mail printer (search Google for "flyer printing and direct mail").

4. Request a phone conference with the printing company's marketing professionals to target your mailing audience and optimize the menu for best response rates.

5. Work with the printing company's designer team to layout the menu and review proofs. Make sure that the marketing offers (coupons and specials) are prominent.

6. Request that your menu designer place little stars by your "best sellers" and "most profitable items" to increase sales. Also include pictures of these items.

7. Approve your design for printing and production.

8. Have your printing company inkjet mailing addresses onto each individual menu.

9. Have your printing company tab (stickers that hold them shut) the menus for mailing

10. Have your printing company deliver your menus to the USPS for distribution.

Be Ready for New Customers!

Prepare for increased volume by ordering extra supplies a few days before your mailers are scheduled to be in homes. Also, request to have several additional staff members "on call" to handle any massive sales volume increases. Direct Mail works for restaurants (especially pizzerias!). Customers love takeout menus, and they love receiving coupons and good food! Who doesn't?

Real Restaurant Feedback, From the Web!

"We direct mailed menus directly to 5,000 homes and apartments using pizza menu mailers. I try to be a realist, so I only expected a 3% response. Guess what? We did not get the 3% return we were expecting, it skyrocketed to 12.5%! We had an amazing ROI."

-Brian P.

Independent Restaurant Operator

It is recommened that you work with one printer for your design, printing, and direct mail services. Doing so will save you greatly on costs. If you are more knowledgeable about design, printing, and direct mail (and if you have lots of free time) you can apply for a bulk mailing permit and try to sort all of your mail yourself. As with anything, doing it yourself is the absolute cheapest way to go, but it can backfire big time if you mess up or don't have lots of free time to dedicate to the project.

A trusted provider guarantees great design and printing quality and optimizes your chances to have a huge response rate from your mailing! Don't delay, start your new takeout menu direct mail campaign today! Perfect for pizza menus, takeout menus, and restaurant menus of all types!

Chris Barr is a marketing professional and graduate of Christopher Newport University. His areas of expertise include direct mail, internet marketing, copy writing, SEO, and new business development. Chris currently serves as Marketing Director for Taradel LLC in Richmond, VA.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Keep the iPad Screen Clean

By Ed Raine

iPad is based on a touchscreen technology. That means that our fingers tap, slap, flick on its smooth face. If we want do that on normal glass, it will end being sticky, smeared and dingy from our hands. The iPad's surface has a special coating that repels the fingerprints. But this has its limits too. If your iPad gets dirty by, let's say ice-cream or chocolate, you must clean it with a softly lint-free cloth, like the one you use to clear your glasses. Under no circumstances you should use products like Windex, Formula 409, or everything that is based on alcohol, ammonia or scratching cleaning pads. These types of cleaning products will compromise the coating and will make it very difficult to use.

Take a light watered lint-free cloth and slowly wipe down the front and the sides of the iPad. Make sure that the device is not connected to a dock or a USB and be careful not to drop water into the openings like the dock connector or headphones jack. After you finish the cleaning with the water-damped cloth, take the same type of cloth, but this time make sure that it's a dry one.

The screen is resistant to scratches, but if you by accident drop it on a solid surface like concrete it may crack. If this thing happens and the screen or a chip is damaged, don't use the iPad or try to pry out the broken glass. It's recommended to go at the nearest authorized Apple service for repairs.

There is another solution for both situations - keep the iPad clean and protected in case that you drop or scratch it. The accessory dealers come with a bunch of solutions that range from all kind of stately leather portfolio models to a variety of colored rubber covers that have the purpose to protect your iPad from everything that could damage it (including the situation in which you keep your iPad in a shoulder bag among with car keys, glasses or credit cards).

Ed is an experienced internet marketer and he is writing for You can find additional info about Ed by accessing Closet Garment Bags website.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Juvenile Light Emitting Diode Lighting Holds Great Expectations

By Ann Jone

As a new kind of light source which is energy saving and long-life, the light emitting diode has long drawn great attention. After the large-scale utilization of the light in the 2008 Olympics, which achieved great effect, the light emitting diode industry has obtained substantial support and a lot of demonstration zones have been established. At the same time, an increasing number of enterprises have set foot in this field and some even say that the light emitting diode is on the top of the world. Is it a real prosperity of the industry?

There is no industry that has been put great hopes than the one of the light emitting diode, but this is shortage of customer basis due to its slow development. A dangerous signal appears: companies have put the cost reduction on the first place. They also have the lighting current increased with the luminosity keeps steady, thus the number of wick will be reduced and the cost is able to saved. It is not good for the whole lighting industry.

There are some disadvantages for this kind of lighting. As is well known, the heat endurance of the light emitting diode is not very good and the current heat dissipation design does not meet the requirement in such a strict and high requiring field. As a result, a perfect method for both the heat dissipation and the weight has not been promoted yet. Then is the problem of its life-span. The wick life-span in the light reduces as temperature rises and half of life-span will be lost at the condition of the rise of electrolytic capacitor temperature.

By only replacing and imitating, the current light emitting diode market will not have space to develop. Some outstanding products must be invented and companies producing the product must be have the knowledge of the combination with the customer and the features of the light. That is the point that people pay little attention to. Related chip of the light emitting diode is: M54583P.

Ann is the freelance writer for e-commerce website in the IC. offers the IC buyers around the world to find quality supplier of ICs globally. We try best to aggregate all the trade leads in the IC business world, and let these leads benefit all business person.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Software Judge Review

Software Judge allows you to write their software review whether in positive or negative views. You can pick any software you like and it can be free downloaded. If your original review has been published, you will get paid between US$1 and $50. As I know, the reviewers are usually getting paid between $1 and $5.


If you are a newbie in software review, you can read the other reviews first then after try the software, write your honest review with your own words. Don't submit several reviews in once, but submit only one first. After it's published, just write another one. Remember, they published only the good quality review.


You will get paid in two ways, i.e. the first, if you have $200 in your account, you can ask them to send your money via Western Union. Second way, if you have $20 in your account, you can request to purchase any their downloadable product such as eBook, game, or software.


The problem is, if you have written several reviews, you always got $1 for each review and you don't want to buy their downloadable product (after you have $20 in your account), so you have to write 200 reviews and you could be need several years to receive your money.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Audio conference call service and Web conference services: Benefit and Choosing the Service Tips

Audio conference call service and web conference services (webinar service) are current preferred meeting methods that replace many traditional face to face or in person meetings. Why?
Benefits of Audio conference call service
1. Save Significant Cost
·        You don't need to charge an expensive conference room or an equipment.
·        You can cut your travel budget, rental cars and lodge expenses. In 1998, MCI WorldCom Conferencing found that audio conference call service could save up to 90 percents traveling cost.
2. Save Incredible Amount of Time
·    Audio conference call can be organized in a short time without under pressure and urgency.
·        No more wasting time on hours of driving, traffic jams, delayed flights or overcrowded public transports. 
3. Effective Meetings and Flexible
·        You can meet all participants from worldwide at any time, without have to pre-book or leave your home office. It also suits for urgent or 'spontaneous' meeting.
4. Easy to use
You just need a cell phone or regular landline phone, no special equipment.
5. Audio Conference Recordings
You can record your audio conference call for review or later playback. It's also helpful for an absent participant.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

How to Create the New Autocorrect Entries for Faster Typing and Move Them to the New Computer?

In MS Word, Autocorrect is used to automatically correct the mistyped. For example, if you type "tahn" and press spacebar then it will be automatically changed become "than". 


Another helpful function of Autocorrect is for faster typing, in which you can input your own new entries to save your typing time. For example, you want to input "lms" for faster typing of "Learning Microsoft Word".


Here's how to do:

1. Click File, New Document

2. Type "Learning Microsoft Word" in the blank document

3. Highlight "Learning Microsoft Word"

4. Click Tools menu, select Autocorrect

  • In Replace box, type lms
  • Click Add button
  • Click OK

5. Type lms in your document and press spacebar then it will be automatically changed become "Learning Microsoft Word".


Don't create many autocorrect entries once but create a new entry every time you find the "new word entry" while typing a document, by highlighting the "new word entry" then click Tools, Autocorrect as above steps.


How to Move the Autocorrect Files to My New Computer?

If you just installed MS Word 2003 in your new computer, you will lose your autocorrect files that were stored in your old computer. You could be ask, "How to move the autocorrect files into my new computer without waste my time to re-enter the new entries?"


Here's how to do:

1. Open Windows Explorer and go to C:\

2. Press F3 button for searching files.

  • All or part of the file name: type *.acl
  • More advanced options: Check search system folders, Check search hidden files and folders, Check search subfolders
  • Click Search button

3. Then you see all .acl files in the same directory, i.e. C:\Documents and Settings\User_Account\Application Data\Microsoft\Office


User_Account is just example for your user account. Usually people use their name as user account.


4. Copy your autocorrect files to your flash disk.

  • Press Ctrl+A  to select all .acl files in the search result.
  • Press Ctrl+C to copy
  • Create the new folder in your flash disk to easier find out your autocorrect files, as follows:
    • Go to flashdisk directory. For example: G:\
    • Then Click File, New Folder, type Old Autocorrect Files as the folder name.
  • Press Ctrl+V to paste the autocorrect files into flash disk.

5. Copy your autocorrect files from flash disk to your new computer:

  • In your new computer, plug your flash disk
  • Open Windows Explorer
  • Go to the flash disk directory, for example: G:\ 
  • Go to Old Autocorrect Files folder
  • Press Ctrl+A to select all .acl files
  • Press Ctrl+C to copy
  • Go to autocorrect folder: C:\Documents and Settings\User_Account\Application Data\Microsoft\Office
  • Press Ctrl+V to paste

6. Now try it in your new computer.

  • In a new Word document, type several autocorrect entries that were stored in your old computer.
  • For example, lms and press spacebar then it will be automatically changed become "Learning Microsoft Word".

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How to Create Birthday Reminder Using MS Excel?

If you don't like the 'ringing'  Birthday Reminder, you can create the silent Birthday Reminder using MS Excel.


Here's how to do:

Type as follows











































In C2: type the formula =your friend's birthdate is equal with current date

In D2: type the formula =your friend's birth month is equal with current month.


Data Filter Settings:

1.      Select data range: Click A1 then shift click B5

2.      Click Data menu, Filter, select Advanced Filter

·        Action: Click copy to another location option

·        On Criteria range: click C1, shift click D2

·        On Copy to: click A7 then shift click B7,

3.      Click OK


The result is








Create a Shortcut Key to easier Run Your Birthday Reminder:

1.  Click Tools menu, Macro, Record a macro

2.  Shortcut key: Ctrl + type  (for example) J

3.  Click OK

4.  Then

· Click Data, Filter, Advanced Filter

· Click copy to another location option

· Click OK

5.  Click Stop Recording button


6.  Click File menu, Save : Birthday.xls, press Enter.


Run Your Birthday Reminder

1.      Click File menu, Open : Birthday.xls

2.      Press Ctrl+J

3.      And, you will find out which friends have birthdays today.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Beginning of Physical Memory Dump - Fix Computer Memory Dump

By Alexandre Frings

When your computer's screen turns blue suddenly, you read a sentence says: "Beginning of Physical Memory Dump". Although you might be angry because you have yet saved your task, the problem seems trivial because after you restart your computer, you can carry on doing your task again. However, it is not as simple as that, if you do not fix it, it will occur more often. How long can you tolerate doing your task all over again from the beginning because of Blue Screen of Death?

Good news is that you can fix computer memory dump easily today. Fix computer memory dump does not necessarily involve technical stuff. You can do it with couple of clicks even if you are completely blind about technical stuff.

To fix computer memory dump (blue screen of death), you only need to install and run one program called registry cleaner software.

What does Registry Cleaner do?

Registry cleaner program is a program that cleans your registry of your system from unwanted and redundant file entries, which are the main cause of blue screen of death. I bet you also notice that your computer runs slower and slower each day, the reason is still because of overcrowding registry.

Registry cleaner can help you not only to fix computer memory dump but to prevent it from happening again, to maintain your computer speed, and to prevent any windows errors/computer crashes.

Can I do it without registry cleaner?

Yes, you can try to format and reinstall your operating system. It does take a lot of time and you have to move your important files/data before the formatting process.

Do you plan to bring your computer and let a technician fix it?

If you do, you might want to do the fixing yourself because that they do is actually installing the registry cleaner program to fix the problem and charge you for that. Why not do it yourself and save your money plus you can prevent the errors from happening again.

Fixing the problem once does not mean it won't happen again. You have to maintain your system continuously and you won't have such problems anymore. If you install a well designed registry cleaner program you do not need to run it manually because you can schedule the program to run automatically.

If you are really sick and tired of blue screen of death (physical memory dump), you can fix computer physical memory dump once and never have to experience it again, visit Registry Cleaner Software to scan your computer for free.

Alexandre Frings is a computer technology enthusiast and self proclaimed expert. His site Registry cleaner review offers simple yet effective solutions to boost your computers speed and keep them away from errors for as long time as possible.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Getting the Best Laptop Screen Protection

By Sharon Hunter

The most expensive part of a laptop is the screen. All the other systems in a laptop can be replaced fairly easily and for far less than one would expect, however break your screen and you could be out six hundred, eight hundred, or even more than a thousand dollars. It is important that you take the proper steps to make sure that your have the right laptop screen protection.

There are several things that can go wrong with your laptop screen and it important that you protect it properly. The first thing that can happen is physical damage. Protecting a screen from this should not cost you anything and will just require that you pay attention. Make sure that you do not ever set anything on the screen directly nor that you bring any hard object near the screen.

Obviously do not strike the screen either with your hand or any object. The only thing that needs to contact the screen is possible a cloth to clean it. For this you can use monitor wipes, they are cheap and easy to get.

Other things like paper towels and such may cause scratches that will affect the way your screen displays. You should also look into getting a cover for the screen to protect it from scratches. These are usually not very expensive and can save you a ton of money as well as improving the display of your laptop. Also consider the bag your are putting your laptop in.

Going with something that can secure the laptop completely is the best choice. Make sure that the bag has enough padding to cushion the blow when the bag accidentally hits things. The other thing can significantly damage a laptop screen is burn in damage. This can happen when a single image is displayed on the screen for too long.

Sometimes video games can do this, but most games these days will not cause damage. If you do not have your screen saver enabled however programs can definitely do things to damage your system.
Leaving the screen open with a document up for a long period of time could result in the image being burned into the screen. Be sure that you have a screen saver enabled even if it only kicks on after an hour or so.

To increase your laptop screen protection, it is highly recommended to use Laptop Screen Protectors. If you want to know how to choose the best Laptop Screen Protector, please visit Laptop Screen Protector.


Monday, June 21, 2010

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a Well Rounded Device!

By Lee Thornton

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a Symbian based Smartphone with a natural curvature for comfortable use; it is a focused messaging device with a strong entertainment core. It has a full QWERTY keyboard to help speed up the typing process and e-mail integration which allows you to handle multiple accounts on the go. The Vivaz Pro has a fully functional 3.2 inch touch screen to accompany the keyboard and it has a video recorder which is capable of shooting film in 720p nHD quality.

Sony Ericsson's design team have designed the Vivaz Pro for comfortable handling whilst maintaining the idea of a QWERTY keyboard to support the range of messaging features. This has been achieved by keeping the curved chassis from the original Vivaz but making it ever so slightly thicker to accommodate the keyboard, the dimensions of the new Vivaz Pro are 109 x 52 x 15mm and it only weighs 117grams, even with the added bulk this is only an extra 20grams.

The device runs the Symbian operating system and has an S6O user interface, the general functionality of the phone is of a high standard. The touch screen is very receptive and makes light work of simple finger commands and the user interface provides you with some modernized graphical features to play with. The 5 mega pixel digital camera can meet all of your photographical needs and as previously mentioned it boasts a 720p nHD video recorder for the budding filmmakers.

Along with built-in ExchangeActiveSynch and e-mail integration the Vivaz Pro offers up a social network package which gives you dedicated applications for both Twitter and Facebook, they grant you the ability manage your accounts, update your status and make cheeky tweets on the move. With the phones 3G technology in place you can receive a constant stream of status updates and tweets to your mobile and there are pre-installed features allowing for instant messaging.

The Vivaz Pro is well equipped with navigational services; WisePilot, GoogleMaps and the in-built aGPS should get you from A-B just fine and the phone also provides you with high sped web connectivity via Wi Fi and 3G. Enhanced Bluetooth has been embedded into the software for file transfer between compatible devices and the phones accelerometer functions well in collaboration with the QWERTY keyboard for quick messaging and browsing.

As you would expect with a Sony Ericsson phone the Vivaz Pro sports a very good multimedia player, the phone supports a range of formats in audio or video and both the visuals and sound are seamless and smooth, the sound is very bass-full and precise, the video is crystal clear and runs fluidly. With the phones social network connections and entertainment features Sony Ericsson have quite easily equipped the device with video share links to Facebook and YouTube, this is useful for capturing those special and perhaps rare occasions and sharing them with the world or if you prefer just friends.

The Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro is a well rounded device which provides its user with great support for communications, messaging and entertainment; it is receptive and handles touch control very well. There has been a great amount of effort put into the design and functionality of this phone and I see no reason why it wouldn't do well in the Smartphone market.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dell 1100 Toner Based Laser Printer - Bargain Priced Under $100 and Delivers High Quality Prints

By Anthony Allen


The Dell 1100 laser printer is a great bargain. This laser printer costs under $100, offers a full set of features and functionality, and performs very well. Anyone who can benefit from having a laser printer in their home or office should consider picking up a Dell 1100 laser printer.

Features and Functionality

The 1100 laser printer has a maximum printing speed of 15 pages per minute according to Dell. Our testing found that the Dell 1100 produces text based prints consistently at speeds over 12 pages per minute. Print jobs containing graphics averaged about 11 pages per minute. The quality of the 1100 prints was very good. Text and graphics were crisp with smooth edges. The shading and use of grayscale was the only negative in the print outs. Overall the prints were legible and looked very good. This speed and quality make this printer ideal for home office use as well as students.

This Dell printer model comes with a 150 sheet paper tray, which is good for a personal use laser printer. The output tray can hold up to 50 pages. The Dell 1100 supports printing on paper, cards, labels, transparencies, and envelopes. This printer's media size standards are as to be expected, allowing for printing on Standard 10 size envelopes and supporting print media up to 8.5" x 14" in size. Memory on this printer is 2 MB and is not upgradable. The processor is rated at 150 MHz.

Owners will be delighted with the sleek design of the Dell 1100. The printer has a bright white color with soft gray lettering giving it a modern office look and feel. The printer measures 14.1" wide by 8.5" High by 11.8" deep and weighs a little over 12 pounds. The compact size and nice look make the printer a very versatile office machine. This printer will look nice on a desktop or table in any office.

Being a personal class printer, the 1100 only supports USB connectivity. The USB cable is not included with the printer, so owners will need to buy this separately. USB 2.0 is supported by this machine and is recommended for use. Installation and setup takes only a couple of minutes. The Dell 1100 is easily setup using "plug and play" capabilities found in all modern Windows operating systems.

The Dell 1100 toner cartridge is rated at 3,000 pages and is black in color. The Dell 310-6640 toner is available in both OEM Dell branded and Dell Compatible branded versions. Use of compatible ink and toner cartridges can save printer owners a lot of money. Owners of the Dell 1100 model printer are encouraged to use compatible consumables in their machines. This will reduce the overall cost of printing.


The Dell 1100 is a low cost laser printer that delivers big performance. Anyone looking for a personal use monochrome laser printer should consider this printer. It is designed for students, home, and small office environments. Priced under $100 and the quality you expect for a Dell make this printer a great deal.


Monday, June 7, 2010

New Guide Feature Makes DSLR Camera Easier to Use

By Kalyan Kumar

For many people who are used to seeing and using just the handy and lightweight point and shoot digital cameras, the bigger sized DSLR somehow intimidates them. More often than not, they shy away from purchasing this type of camera, even though they can well afford it, for fear that it might be difficult and complicated to use.

The good news is that this professional digital camera has been made easy to use by many manufacturers. For instance, Nikon has introduced a new feature to its compact D3000 model that guides users on the proper use of the equipment. This move is aimed primarily at taking away those fears of complexity present among numerous first time users of DSLR cameras.

With the Nikon D3000, there's a new and special mode called the Guide mode which proves to be very useful to newbies. When the digital camera is set on this mode, an on screen interface actually guides users on how to select the right shooting mode and other settings to enable them to capture the best images. In other words, operating the unit has been made easier and simpler so owners can freely take pictures of their favorite subjects and important events in their lives without having to worry about the settings. As no manual is needed, you spend less time because you are guided directly by the camera itself.

Apart from this new guide mode, the camera has other automatic modes that help new owners, beginners and experienced compact users use the camera similar to a point and shoot unit. They can utilize these modes until they are able to build their confidence in operating the Nikon D3000 model. Whether you want to improve your skills in picture taking or you want to focus more on your subject, you can easily that through the camera's automatic modes.

This camera boasts of a TFT LCD screen three inches wide and the ability to take images in a continuous manner at three frames per second. In addition, the GUI menus are made bigger and simpler to use because of the use of visuals rather than text.

Other great features worth noting are the unit's 10.2 megapixel image sensor, built in flash, brilliant lenses, 11-point autofocus system with 3D tracking and EXPEED image processing system with an instant response time that lets you take clear pictures whatever your subject is doing. So when you want to shoot continuously, this model is perfect because no delayed response is experience unlike other compact cameras. For storing of images, the camera uses SD or SDHC cards.

Unlike other digicams, though, this model is not able to take videos. But who cares when all you wish is to capture your most favorite images in the best way possible.

This Nikon D3000 digital camera is not to be ignored because of its many great features. In terms of its housing and lens, they're guaranteed to be tough and durable. Its compact size and weight are not a problem as well which makes it ideal for travel.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Solving the Challenges of Offshore Software Application Development

By Daniel Henry Jose

The arena of web is vast and universal. This global medium has reach that no one can fathom and expansion that no one can measure. The world is one without any boundaries of nation or language, thanks to the web development and web applications. They are creating brands that are global and have universal reach. They are holistic in terms of scalability, flexibility and user friendly performance.

As web applications continue to reach new horizons,there have been some drawbacks too. Generally web applications consist of planning (usually with client for model structuring a website), designing, development, testing and implementation of application. However, the maintenance costs, poor quality, poor designing or maintenance, configuration management and usability come forward.To resolve this, here are some points that should be taken into consideration for a trouble-free web experience with offshore software application development vendor.

Understanding the Requirements

Most problems occur because offered web development services are different from what clients expect or need. The solution to this problem is simple and straight forward- Listen and Understand. If you are an offshore website development company your work doubles up as in most cases either would you be dealing through phone or email with clients. The wide hiatus and deviation between the needs and delivery model can be fulfilled by smart working and smart understanding of objectives and purposes of business of client.

Also, the customer handling and website functioning is important; it does count in the web development services you provide. This builds up your reputation of hitting the bull's eye at one instant and providing customer satisfaction with excellence.

Internationalization and Localization

It is true that World Wide Web is universal. It binds the whole world into one. However, in the lust of being global, you as an offshore website development company should not forget that the local elements should not be forgotten to ensure long term success. Your web applications should support local language and cater to international visitors also. However, it should not highlight the cultural and regional differences.

Estimation of Pricing

The other significant roadblock in offshore web development services is the correct estimation of prices of the services. Clients visit offshore vendors because of high quality solutions and cost effective methodology. To maintain the credibility of your performance and services, it is recommended to opt transparency in operations and while quoting costs for the work.

Customer Satisfaction with Quality Solutions

Quality still rules and is mandatory in this all glitzy work. Thoroughly test and trouble shoot the application before launching and releasing it before launch. Proper verification and validation should be done to ensure proper performance of the software and web application. Compatibility issues with local or overseas issues should be tackled before implementing.


The result should match the expectations of your client. The web application should be post maintained keeping the market trends in the mind. Services and other maintenance should be guaranteed by you.

Daniel Jose is Software Development Services expert and has been sharing a proud association with Vcare Software Development (VSD) for long.He is working as a consultant on Software Application Development and web development services. VSD is a name that tops the list of services and aspects related to Software Development Services and offshore website development within your budget.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Outsourcing IT Support Services

By Kelly M Jones

With the automation of activities in work places there has been a need of providers of IT support for various reasons. There are a lot of IT support service providers who specialize in both start up companies and large enterprises. They are involved in effectively managing IT services and ensuring that clients work efficiently with available resources.

Some companies may decide to outsource these services as they are cheaper and provide more time for them to concentrate on other operational issues. Most of these IT support service providers offer services that can be expected of any internal IT department. There are those that offer variety of packages that can be customized according to the unique needs and requirement of the clients. They work with the clients by indicating areas that need improvement as well as offer different IT support solutions for them.

Most of the services provided range from

* computer support
* IT consulting
* Data back up
* Hosting services
* Application development
* in house IT support
* On site IT support

Depending on your company's needs, you have to select the one that best caters for all of hem. There are those that operate 24-hours daily thus they are easily available. Consider the ones that offer reliability and high quality. Customer service is also very important while you look for an IT support service provider. They have to be knowledgeable and friendly so as to help you tackle with all tour it issues with efficiency. Ensure that they also have open communication lines at all times in terms of emails, phone calls and others to enable you get to them with ease.

Outsourcing IT services is beneficial for the company as it reduces the cost of it support as well as provide time for them to concentrate on other business operations. Select the company that will be your IT partner and package that fits your needs and start enjoying the benefits.

For more information, visit The offer information on IT Support London, as well as Business IT Support.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Top Questions Asked by Prospective Franchisors

By Peter C King

Franchising is a long term relationship between the prospective purchaser of the franchise ("franchisee") and the business offering the franchise ("franchisor"). Businesses may look at becoming a franchisor after establishing a successful business that can be replicated in other geographic areas. One advantage of franchising is that the business can expand more quickly, however, utilizing the franchise system does result in control being lost by the business owner.

Question 1: What is the first step to franchising my business?
The most important issue in franchising is creating a business with internal procedures and processes that can be replicated in other geographic areas giving prospective franchisees incentive to purchase your franchise. The franchisor's job is to provide a turn-key operation that can be replicated all over the country and the world. There are typically two items that the franchisor grants to the franchisee, trademark rights and a prescribed marketing plan or way to run the business. The franchisee then pays a franchise fee for the right to participate in the enterprise and pays royalties to the franchisor for future sales.

Question 2: How do I protect my trademarks?
It is important that you have strong trademarks for your business which can be licensed to your franchisees. Trademark licensing is one of the most important aspects to franchising your business. The best way to protect your trademarks is to register them with the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office. This allows a presumption of validity, ownership and validity of the mark. After five years the added protection of incontestability is available as well. By registering the trademark constructive notice is given allowing the trademark owner preemptive nationwide superior rights even if the mark is not used in that geographic area. There is also state registration and common law trademark rights that offer less protection. These typically offer little value.

Question 3: How do I choose a trademark?
The goal is to select a strong trademark. The franchisor wants the trademark to be distinctive, unique and ultimately to become well known. This may require your business to select a new name. It is best to avoid descriptive terms which describe the product because they are not distinctive and do not offer much protection. Geographic names are also weak especially if the product originates from the region (i.e. Colombian coffee, Lancaster County Amish buggies, Idaho potatoes). Surnames are difficult as well because often the name is used somewhere else in the United States and limited protection is available. The best trademarks are often suggestive which suggest a link to the goods or services. An example would be Greyhound for bus services since people equate greyhounds as fast and therefore think the bus service travels as fast as a greyhound dog. Jaguar and Mustang for cars are similar examples of suggestive trademarks.

Question 4: I have a great concept can I start the franchise process?
Many times individuals will have an idea and want to get started franchising. This does not work. You need to have a business with at least a six month track record. The business has to be profitable and should be a turn-key operation.

Question 5: What type of capital is involved to become a franchisor?
You should definitely have at least $100,000 to $150,000 in capital to invest in the franchise program. This is often a difficult amount of money to raise because banks are cautious to invest in this type of venture and venture capitalists demand significant amounts of equity for the money. The best way to raise the money is often through family, a second mortgage on your home or from the existing business.

Question 6: Will I continue to run my business as usual after I start franchising?
No, after you undertake the franchising process your job will be to sell units and support the new franchises. Franchising is a different business from the one you currently operate. It is important to be clear that if you cannot put the time in to develop the new franchise you would be best to set aside the idea. Family factors should also be considered as well.

Question 7: What type of advisors are necessary for this process?
It is important to hire an experienced franchising consulting company to produce an operations manual, brochure, and website. Additionally, an accounting firm that works with franchises is invaluable since the financial disclosure document (FDD) requires an audited financial statement which must be updated annually. An attorney is integral to the process as well to create the FDD. This document will be given to prospective franchisees and gets filed in a number of states prior to selling the franchises in those states. The attorney will also draft the franchise agreement and other legal documents which define the franchisor's rights in regard to the franchisees.

Question 8: What are some other alternatives?
If your business does not have a track record of at least 6 months, or you do not have the time or resources available it is best to continue to run your business and revisit the franchising opportunity at some point in the future. If you are not completely committed you will likely waste time, energy and resources.

For more information on becoming a franchisor please contact Peter King, HAUSWIESNER KING LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 990 McLean, VA 22102 (703) 992-6790 or visit our website at

*This article has been prepared by HAUSWIESNER KING LLP for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Readers should seek legal advice from a licensed attorney in their state of residence.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Conference Phones - Enhancing Interpersonal Communication and Strengthening Business

By Boogie Warwick

For a business to thrive, it needs internal and external communication to handle marketing and branding strategies, ways to improve customer relations, researching on trends of consumer behavior, employee engagement, and other topics and issues that need to be dealt with to keep abreast with the times. Communication - always being a two-way process where there is an exchange and progression of thoughts, feelings, or ideas - needs to be delivered with good quality. This is why business transactions are made on a personal level by meeting in person with others on a set location that is more than often inconvenient for one or both parties. Conference phones are the best collaborating tools that maintain and promote effective business communications without having to risk inconvenience.

Both internal and external communication are essential in keeping a business in the game, with the former focusing on relationships within the business, and the latter focusing on outward relationships with business partners and customers. Effective internal business communications keep a business intact through the avoidance of fostering distrust or hostility among employees, and the smooth and thorough development of strategies to ensure the company's profit and that business is as usual, or more so, better. External communication is even more important, because it is a way of establishing the reputation of the business to prospect partners and customers. Polycom, known worldwide for being ahead in developing systems for unified communication and collaboration, brings simple conferencing and videoconferencing technologies to ensure productive dispatches in businesses, whether internally or externally.

Polycom conference phones, depending on the model and technology utilized, may be capable of conference calls or videoconferencing, and could cater to conference rooms that are able to handle up to six, sixteen, or thirty-two people. Conference calls allow the called party to participate during the call, or may be set up to only allow the called party to only listen to the call. Videoconferencing, meanwhile, allows two ore more locations to communicate on live, two-way video and audio transmissions.

Polycom's small conference phones like the VoiceStation 300 is perfect for those working from an office desk and is also designed for a small conference room that can accommodate six people within two-meter range. The SoundStation2, another model, is fit for small to medium conference rooms that could seat up to sixteen people. Yet another model is the SoundStation VTX 100, has an unparalleled room coverage of up to thirty-two people. All these models have advanced noise-reduction and a clear 360-degree room coverage, with distances ranging from two to three meters. Polycom also has different wireless conference phone units for easier transfer of conferences from one room to another, and for better room coverage. All these conference phones are perfect for inter-departmental meetings within a company without having to congest in one conference room, and instead they can communicate from various floors or locations within their building.

Videoconferencing, which makes use of telepresence, is a better technology than auditory communication that conference phones are limited to. Telepresence makes a person or a group of people feel as if they were present at a location other than their true location. This remarkable advancement allows users to see others' positions, actions, and gestures, and at the same time clearly hear their voices and tones in accord with these movements. HDX 9000 is one of Polycom's models that uses telepresence. This technology is perfect for communicating with business partners who are working on a different location.

In partnership with Polycom, Discount Conference Phones offers conference and videoconference capable models online for accessibility of Australian business men, in particular, on further information in buying Polycom conference phones. With the above upgrades on business communications, there is no need to meet for business persons to meet with business partners in locations unfamiliar to one or both parties, or for different department heads within a business to congest in one conference room. Polycom has the solution in promoting interpersonal external and internal relationships in a business, and consequently keeping the business alive.

About the author: Boogie Warwick is a telecommunications expert who believes in the importance of conference phones. Discount Conference Phones is an online store that specializes in providing businesses with affordable, top class and highly functional Polycom Conference Phones.

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