Last year, in the UK alone, over £9.2 billion was lost to intellectual property theft. This proposes the question: How do you ensure that no one takes the credit for your hard work, without spending valuable time and paying exorbitant costs? Contrary to popular belief, posting an unopened letter to oneself is not legally binding. A new start-up company, The IdeaSafe, offers its users a simple and effective way to protect their ideas; even providing a free trial to launch their services.
As an entrepreneur, sharing your ideas with potential clients, colleagues and business partners is a regular occurrence: from concepts and ideas, to final designs and campaigns. With the increase of freelance work and the competition that surrounds securing both clients and paid work, the guarantee of receiving credit and money for work can often be lost in a busy and competitive industry. Ideas can very easily be copied, or stolen: all it takes is a cunning mind and a half decent memory.
Until recently, the options for protection available to creative individuals, particularly freelancers, without the legal armour of a big corporation, are either daunting or ineffective. The process of hiring an intellectual property lawyer, is both expensive and time consuming.
The IdeaSafe offers a trustworthy option, by protecting your work before any intellectual property theft occurs, so that in the event of theft we can prove you had the idea and whom you shared it with. The user simply uploads their idea to their virtual vault online, where it is safely locked away. When the user shares it with other people, they can do so without fear of plagiarism. The idea supporting document is uploaded to a virtual vault, which keeps a record of when and who the document is shared with, officially certifying protection against them. Access to the safe is available 24 hours a day, with unlimited viewing of documents, and a complete record of any developments or changes made.
The co-creators of The IdeaSafe are a lawyer and designer agency. Consequently, the service carries legal weight in its protection yet is attractively and intuitively designed. What’s more, using The IdeaSafe is cheap and easy. Protecting an idea via The IdeaSafe costs less than holiday insurance, or even an expensive sandwich (£5). A good price to pay for peace of mind? We think so.
The culture of intellectual property theft has become normal, due to the ease of theft and the difficulty, until now, of preventing it. The IdeaSafe is revolutionising the professional landscape for freelancers and small businesses, making sure that intellectual property protection is not a privilege, but a right.
While trying to find the best ecommerce software, one should know about its important features. An ecommerce solution can provide numerous types of benefits to a customer, if it is packed with user-friendly features. For example, the templates that the software provides to the users during the buying process should be clutter-free and easily comprehensible so that a user can grasp the desired information to complete the process. The best software should have the functional excellence that ensures the convenience and comfort of shoppers visiting the website.
The e-store software should support content integration, which will help the shoppers to find products and information on the site. The content should be presented in an easy to view format. Good shopping software must also endeavor to present the contents in an interesting manner, with an attempt to make the shopper stay longer on the site. The longer a shopper will stay on a site; more the chances of making purchases on the site. Moreover, the information and content that the best ecommerce software presents to the viewers are intended to make the site more fun-filled.
Appealing to more customers is the purpose of any ecommerce website and the software integrated into it must endeavor to help fulfill this objective of the site. The software and solution implemented on an ecommerce site must focus to ensure successful business online, for the website. Presenting the content in an exciting manner is an important aspect to make a website successful in the online domain.
Another important aspect that the best ecommerce software must take care of essentially is the security feature of the website. Not only the security perspective of the online store but also the security of the consumers visiting the website, should to be kept in mind. The software must feature safe payment gateways and guarantee an utmost level of security to the customers while they come to make payment for their purchases on the site. The online shopping solution must strive for creating a safe shopping environment for the shoppers.
Functionality is perhaps the most essential component that can help evaluate the shopping software. An efficiently functioning online store will have the functional efficiency that will keep the buyers interested in availing its services. Buyers will come time and again because of the efficient buying process they must have experienced on the site. Features such as easy navigation, more than one payment gateway, a fast buying process etc. should be essential parts of any good ecommerce solution.
The ecommerce solution should also categorize all products and services in an efficient manner by clearly labeling them; making them easier to find. Moreover, the solution should allow searching the product database on the basis of keyword search so that a buyer can effectively sort out products of his choice, out of a number of products that any e-commerce site sells to its customers. By allowing to search the whole site’s content, the site can serve a buyer in a friendly manner and can help him find and buy the product that he wishes to buy.
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You've written a book and it's been published. You might have thought you were finished, but this is only the beginning. Now the real question is, where do you go from here?
On October 20th authors and writers from across the nation will be gathering for a marketing event dedicated to book promotion. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end with an interactive questions/answers opportunity with each of the conference speakers.
In it’s third year, the 2012 Life After Publishing conference has moved to a webinar format meaning you can now participate from the comfort of your own home or anywhere that you have an internet connection!
Book Marketing expert and author of "Amen! A Simple Guide to Self-Marketing Your Christian Book" Leon Mentzer, will share practical advice and time tested strategies to help you make your book marketing efforts a success. Learn how to sell your book, "one book at a time" and keep your chin up as you climb the steep ladder to book marketing success.
Mentzer's practical teaching style and real-life examples of other authors who started out just like you will give you the encouragement you need to "pound the pavement" and make your book a success.
Other speakers include, JP Jones, author of "Market Yourself: A Beginner's Guide to Social Media" and owner of Paige1Media. Jones teaches authors how to use FREE marketing tools to leverage their awareness through social media and the importance of creating online connections and networking.
Nicholas Clayton, owner of Collipsis Web Solutions, will share the importance of having a good Author Web site and what should and should NOT be included, what a good site looks like, and how to achieve that without breaking your bank.
Wherever you are on the road of publishing you don't want to miss this conference! You are guaranteed to walk away with actual actionable steps that you can begin applying to your marketing and promotion immediately.
Additionally, every attendee will receive:
- Leon's 7,100 Media Outlets on CD in easy to use spreadsheet format. This list includes confirmed and up-to-date contact information for Bookstores, Churches, Radio and TV stations, Newspapers & Magazines outlets across the United States.
- FREE Membership to ChristianStoryTeller.com (A $35 Value) + 3 Months Free Site Advertising
- Notes and powerpoint presentations from every session available for download.
- Special Discounts on professional design and Web site marketing.
- Questions/Answers after the conference to converse with our speakers and ask questions specific to your niche and marketing efforts.
- An Author resource packet filled with contacts and coupons for items that Authors use frequently!
- The chance to win great prizes from our sponsors!
Thanks to local community sponsors Life After Publishing is being offered to the public for a low registration fee of only $39. For more information visit http://www.LifeAfterPublishing.com.
Web2Print goes by many names; web-to-print, print e-commerce and remote publishing. Regardless of what it is called, the process and practice is essentially the same thing. This process allows businesses to do print business utilizing websites, negating the need to deal with a print company face to face and thus streamlining the printing process.
History of Web2Print
The term web to print came into the online consciousness in 1999 when it was unleashed upon the Internet community by an article on Webmonkey. Since that time, and partially thanks to the explosion of web based e-commerce in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the term has become ubiquitous and covers a wide range of services.
How It Works
To get Web2Print going, the end-user must set up an account with one of the myriad of Web2Print sites out there. In most cases, once the account is set up documents are designed using a series of templates that are similar to various desktop publishing software interfaces and contain many of the same functions. Templates generally include different preset layouts, graphics and other elements standard to the chosen template.
Text can be entered into these templates, generally via a "what you see is what you get," or WYSIWYG editor. Once the document is complete, a preview can be had before sending the document off to get it printed. This allows the customer to see what the print job will actually look like. From there the design can be approved easily or, if necessary, changes can be made easily before submitting the final product.
Benefits of Web2Print
The benefits of Web2Print are many, and as the technology continues to come into its own, there will likely be many more benefits that come to light. One of the chief benefits of Web2Print involves the streamlining of the printing process. The client no longer has to meet face to face with the print house in order to deliver the proofs or files to be printed, and delivery is likewise automated.
However, perhaps the greatest benefit of Web2Print is the ease with which documents can be changed and altered, even at the last minute. Traditionally, this would require another trip to the print house, but with Web2Print the entire process can be done all online. If future revisions are needed, such as an updated business logo, this is also easy to change; simply change the template and place a new order!
In the current economically disturbing and slow times, most people have resorted to business to save their drowning careers. Business is risky, but if you have a great idea and good implementation skills, there’s no looking back. You can easily script success with a reliable business even in disturbing conditions. E-commerce comes as a fresh and reliable business idea in today’s economically unstable world.
Drop-shipping is one such integral aspect of e-commerce often overlooked by most entrepreneurs. Drop-shipping is another success mantra that can be implemented in business for best results. Before knowing how drop-shipping can positively impact your business, it is important to understand drop-shipping.
What is drop-shipping?
Drop-shipping, an efficient way to save money and avoid accumulation of stock, is a good choice for novices in business. It is a technique where you can directly transfer customer orders and shipment details to wholesaler or manufacturer, instead of stocking up the stock in different warehouses. There is hence, less investment and more gains in this endeavor.
You shall need to follow the following basic steps to reap maximum benefits in your drop-shipping business:
Get a personal website- Once you’ve decide to venture into drop-shipping business, consider setting up an account with a popular online store at an initial level. You can later consolidate your online presence by getting a personal website for yourself. This will help garner a stronger customer base and help in driving more traffic towards your site.
Set up a free account- Once you’ve created an online presence for yourself; make sure you create your own merchant account. This account may be online or even telephonic. You would need to complete and return a merchant application. Certain companies may even want you to file a tax ID and a business license.
Choose a respected supplier- In case of drop-shipping; your supplier is responsible for maintaining the on-hand inventory and supplying it. You can lose prospects easily if you get negative feedback. This makes it essential for you to choose a supplier who can safely and quickly ship your merchandize. You should have proper communication with your supplier so that there are no unnecessary delays while shipping. You must also keep a check on your inventory, as being out of stock too often can also cause good business prospects to slip out of your hands.
Locating your niche industry- As long as you have a reputed supplier and reasonable rates, you can easily mint a lot of money. Once you progress towards better business, consider acquiring your niche industry for reaping even more profits. When you have a niche industry, you can concentrate on fast-tracking business and generating more income.
Promote the right products- When you’re in drop-shipping business, it is imperative to stay grounded and not experiment too much. You should promote products that are evergreen, helpful and valuable. Try luring more customers with hot deals during festive seasons.
Enhance customer service- You must undertake small and well-meant steps to satisfy your target audience. Advertize and promote yourself using social media, and be as interactive as you can. Keep them informed about your latest offers and business moves. This can help in garnering trust and loyalty of your customers. You can also guide your customers and ask them for regular feedback.
Make it a point to keep your site updated. Once you get a proper hang of this business, you can easily expand it and amass huge profits later. It is also essential to remain aware of the status of all your deliveries. You can gain larger clientele only by offering better services. The key to success in this business is constant dedication and proper execution.
Digital Development Consulting
Tell us a little bit about the product you sell online:
Fundamentally, we offer Website Development and Search Engine Marketing services. Naturally, different companies and businesses are in different stages of their brand development and it is therefore important for our team to have the ability and experience to adapt to the personalized needs of the client. Our graphic designers handle logo development/site color schematics while our web developers implement the devised aesthetic vision. Once the site is complete, our SEM team develops a customized plan to market the client’s business.
What is the biggest obstacle you've had to overcome to sell your product online?
Without a doubt, it is the sheer number of competitors in this saturated industry. Clients have so many options that it really is critical to highlight our unique selling points. Emphasizing the elite customer service and personalized care we offer has certainly helped make our company stand out.
In terms of marketing your site, please share one tip that has really worked for you?
For such a competitive niche, we have found that merely ranking for certain choice keywords is insufficient. Networking is key and maintaining both a virtual and physical presence in entrepreneurial events/markets/social spheres has made a big difference in getting our name out there.
What was the hardest part about taking the leap and starting your own business?
Even though I knew starting my own business was the right and indeed only reasonable thing to do, I had doubts and negative mental feedback that really hurt my confidence. “Can I do it? Do people really need this? What makes your idea special?” Overcoming these negative beliefs was truly the toughest part of starting my company but a necessary experience regardless. Having doubt is good because it keeps you honest and motivated to push your product to its max potential.
In today's ever-evolving digital world, it seems everything is moving online. From classes to defensive driving, it can all be done over the Internet. But, what might be the most rapidly growing sect of the web is the realm of ecommerce which has definitely grown exponentially over the last few years.
You want a sweatshirt? Yeah, you can find that online. Concert tickets? Definitely a website for that. Heck, you can even purchase a custom car online. So clearly it's a growing market that every industry should be taking advantage of. Customers today want convenience and instant gratification, and shopping online appeals to both of those desires.
Not to miss out on the action, the construction industry has been making waves in this realm with the growing availability of, not just construction EQUIPMENT, but full-blown pre-fabricated modules and structures over the web. This advancement is great for an industry that is usually very cyclical and at the mercy of the elements—two factors that tend to stall productivity, and thus earnings
Yet, with sites up 24/7 offering prefabricated buildings and structures, certain construction companies increase their chances of having a more regular, constant income. Traditionally, companies specialized in one or the other—pre-fab building methods or conventional—but now, with this growing market, it might be in companies best interest to broaden their offerings to include a balanced mixture of both.
A competitive market in itself, pre-fab building construction should not be taken lightly by any means. But, if a group has the resources to expand and offer a dependable, reliable pre-fab line, then it's something they should definitely consider.
Recognizing the trend and potential, Modular Direct shifted to an exclusively internet marketplace and hasn't looked back since. While this is an option for those exclusively offering pre-made products, those still looking to tackle bigger projects out on the job site need to strive to find a happy medium.
Basically, the moral of the story is ecommerce is a booming field that should not go ignored. Every industry, from pet care to fitness and now, as we see, construction, has the potential to profit from this digital shift and should take the time to assess their individual situations to do so.
About The Author
After years of DIY home improvement projects, Kristie Lewis became an official member of the construction industry as a project manager. She hung up her hard hat last year, but continues to share her knowledge and passion for construction through blogging. Informative and helpful, constructionmanagementdegree.org offers insight into the ever-evolving industry. Email Kristie your questions and comments at Kristie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gone are the days when one has to have a computer or a laptop to access the internet. With a tremendous amount of smart phones flooding the market, finding information literally is in ones pocket. This surely implies that there would be more hits on the websites owing to easy accessibility of the website. And getting your business listed on Google pages is important as the first result that people get to see during their searches on Android phones are from Google local. Google is also entering a local recommendation space with the recent launch of Hotspot. Consolidating the data that you and your friends like, it recommends your listed business and thus enables people to patronize your business giving you a cutting edge above your competitors. Thus it is very important to have your company listed on Google places to stay in business. It is very easy to maintain the top slot provided you follow some easy rules to stay in business.
Here are few tips to keep on mind to get maximum of the Google places:
1. Make sure your listing has cent percent score: There would be about 20 fields that are to be filled before you submit the form. Not all businesses will submit a complete form. So when you fill all of them your business will surely occupy the top slot in the listing when a search is queried.
2. Include keywords in your description: Mention your product, your locality and nearby suburbs in the keyword description. This helps you to target your actual market. Research says that about 73% search on Google is for local content and hence you are increasing your chances of prospective clients in your locality. By providing suitable information in the keyword description, your business will definitely be listed on the Google places when searched upon.
3. Have your clients write review on your listing of Google places: Understand that you have a lot of competitors in your locality and each of them might have a cent percent rating. In this case what do you think are your listing chances upon a Google Search? To maintain a top slot, encourage your clients to give your business listing feedback so that the system has a good reason to list you on top in the Google places. More the reviews, more the chances of your business to be listed on top.
4. Get listed on local phone books and other websites: You may wonder why should you get listed in local phone books now that you are trying to get listed on Google places? The reason is that Google establishes data both in their data base and also the checks for local information. If it does not find you there, your chances of being listed on top slots become grim. They might not consider your business to be a genuine one and hence it becomes important that you get listed on local phone books and websites.
Marketing your business online becomes effective only when it has proper listing and SEO. Follow the above steps and enjoy the top slots of the Google places business listings.
About The author: Alyssa is an internet marketer/blogger. She loves travelling, meeting new peoples and SEO Services. These days she is working on feature that is related to SEO Morpheus that has affected due to recent Google and penguin update.
With more and more people selling their own products online, good amateur product photography for ecommerce sites has never been more in demand. After all, it doesn't matter how amazing your products are if they never get purchased in the first place -- and the photo is often what makes or breaks an online sale.
If you'd like to improve your product photography skills -- and your sales -- follow these simple guidelines for do-it-yourself photo shoots.
Have three sources of light for a basic lighting set up.
Experiment with light sources- one above and one on either side- to light your product as a professional would. Test shots are useful in finding the best lighting placement. Product photography for ecommerce hinges on the quality of its lighting, so take your time.
Use a Tripod
A tripod is a must have. However, it doesn't have to be high-end; any sturdy tripod will produce a better photo than even the steadiest hand. Using a tripod also creates a consistency from one photo to the next, giving your shots a professional look. When shopping, look for a portable model with extendable legs.
Meet your New Best Friend, the Trial-and-Error Method
Sure, it can take hours to get a single shot just right. But because the product photography for ecommerce is so essential to any site's success, it's well worth your time. Explore the various settings on your camera; nowadays even the most basic of them come with many cool features.
Learn how to use the light balance feature on your camera; it can vastly improve the color quality of product photography. And once you do get those camera settings just right, be sure to make notes for later reference. You'll save lots of time in your next session this way.
Invest in a Reflector/Diffuser Kit
Remember, lighting is the key to product photography. Reflectors and diffusers will make a world of difference. Reflectors can be used to divert, increase, or decrease the light on your product. A diffuser will soften the harsh light coming from a direct source.
A good reflector/diffuser kit will include these five features: a silver side for highlighting, gold for warming the light, a white reflector for neutralizing, a black side for creating shadow, and translucent white to get that nice, softened effect. (Don't forget to pick up the clamps to go with the kit; you'll need them to hold it all in place.)
Get Seamless Paper for the Perfect Background
Looking at professional product photography for ecommerce, all the shots give a clean, edgeless look to their products. Professionals use seamless background paper- a large roll of white paper placed on two stands and hung behind the product- to capture this effect.
Lay the paper down across the floor or table under your product, making sure that it fills the entire frame. Your products can look catalog-ready with this one simple tool.
You don't have to be a professional to take professional-looking photos, but you do need a few of the same tools pros use. Small to moderate investments in these basic products will ensure that your own products look as good online as they would in a brick-and-mortar store- maybe even better!
About the Author
Brendan Sevack is a social enthusiast and a blogger for Wazala.com specializing in social commerce and social media marketing - yes, he definitely knows how to sell on facebook. Studied audio engineering, but soon after realized he prefers to share with words rather than sound.
As an ecommerce solution, Izzonet provides one of the most extensive shopping carts in the industry. Not only that, the software allows even the most non-technical person to design, build, manage and promote their own ecommerce website. Given all of the features that you can get from Izzonet, you have a one stop shop for all your online store needs that gives great value for money.
Of all the ecommerce solutions in the market, you can find a trustworthy partner in Izzonet. You begin by utilizing their web design features that allow full customization from their vast library of templates. The drag and drop interface makes designing very easy even for non-technical users. After designing your site, you can customize every detail in through the store management features. You can set up your online store through the Task Manager (dashboard) where you have full control over your products, discount schemes, promotions, featured items, drop shipping and other analytical reports that can be generated for you automatically. The web-based supplier integration system allows the site owner to coordinate and track every transaction anytime and anywhere. The same is true for the orders of your customers. They can track their deliveries without difficulty. An interactive feature also lets them create product reviews and ratings as a user generated content for the online store.
In terms of site promotion, this ecommerce solution is well integrated with the best online market places like Amazon and eBay and key social network sites. Social media and mobile integration is a feature that can expand market reach and access to the site. Izzonet also offers SEO techniques that will enable their clients to enhance their chances of ranking in search engines – thus increasing visibility and site traffic. Content creation is also a feature that will let site owners promote their products through comprehensive and informative articles. These are neatly organized in a blog page on the same online store.
The Izzonet ecommerce package comes with the complete support of a secure web hosting service, unlimited bandwidth and a reliable backup system. Their customer support system is available via email, chat and phone 24/7.
They offer a free 15-day trial period with no credit card or any obligations on your part. You can explore their features to figure out what type of package you want to avail once the trial period is over – or if you want to avail of their services at all. Plans go as low as $19.97 to $299.97 a month. You can even come up with your own package and have it quoted specifically for your needs.
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All in all, Izzonet is the one stop shop for all your ecommerce needs. Although the basic plan is very limited, the customized plan is a feature that the most tight-fisted ecommerce investor will definitely find economical in every way.
You have a great product and now you are thinking of selling online. So why haven’t you?
Many people make the mistake of waiting far too long before they feel ready to start selling. The reality is - there will be no magic moment that you become ready to start selling online. So start today and begin growing a following around you.
Here are some important reasons why you should stop waiting and start selling:
Someone Could Beat You to it
If you wait for too long, you are inviting competitors to enter your space and take away customers that should have been yours. Don’t give someone else the opportunity to steal potential customers, start selling as soon as you have a product you think people will like.
The Market Could Change
If you keep your idea locked up for too long, what was once an amazing solution could become obsolete. The market is always changing and evolving, if you have identified a need right now, help solve it before that need might shift. By getting your product out there faster you can grow and change with the market. You will be able to better adapt to changes that might occur.
You Can Still Change Your Product After You Launch
A big concern people have is that their product might not be exactly perfect. The best way to see if your product will be popular is to offer it out to the market and watch for feedback. You might discover a few small changes you could make that will help drive up user satisfaction and help you sell more.
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