Apr 04

16 Most Productive Ways to Spend Time On The Internet

The Internet is a huge powerhouse of knowledge and a majority of people across the globe already spend significant time online. Although, it gives us exceptional power to learn and understand new things, it also provides us with an opportunity to distract ourselves. If you can discipline yourself, you can harness the power of Internet efficiently.

So here are some websites that should be part of your favorites. Count on them to make your time spent online as productive as possible.

1. www.wikipedia.com : This free multi-lingual encyclopedia is probably the best thing that has ever happened to individuals online. Type in Google the name of a famous personality, city or historical milestone and voila, a wiki link will be among the first that shows up!

2. www.goodreads.com : If you are an avid reader, then this is the place you will love to visit very often. It is a virtual bookshelf in itself.

3. www.todayifoundout.com: Log onto this website to find out amazing facts each day.

4. www.howstuffworks.com: It is a subsidiary unit of Discovery communications and has comprehensive information on varied topics such as Adventure, Automobiles, Culture, Money, Science and more.

5. www.freerice.com: This is a non-profit website that supports the United Nations World Food Program. Here you can do your bit by taking up a vocab challenge. With every right answer, you would be donating 10 grams of rice to needy individuals.

6. www.lumosity.com: This is a simple online tool using which can be used to test your brain’s potential. Take the test and make your brain sharper, smarter and intelligent.

7. www.ted.com : Ted.com is the biggest platform where you can share ideas and gain knowledge from a wide spectrum right from science and business to international issues. You can watch conferences, talks and shows of famous personalities.

8. www.lifehacker.com: Find out different ways to make your life happier and stress free.

9. www.stackoverflow.com: If you are a software developer, this site will provide you with a wealth of information on software codes, troubleshooting and ideas. It is a free website and you don’t have to register to access the website.

10. www.famouspoetsandpoems.com: Here you will find a huge collection of poems by famous poets from all over the world.

11. www.spreeder.com: This tool will help improve your reading and understanding skills.

12. www.planetebook.com: Find some great quality classic literature on this website for free. Simply select the book, download and read!

13. www.mathrun.net: Instead of playing online card or racing games, go for this highly educational game. It will help improve your memory and math concepts.

14. www.coursera.org: This is an educational website that collaborates with the top universities of the world and allows you to take the best courses online and that too for free!

15. www.grooveshark.com: Love listening music? Then, enjoy live streaming music and let groove with the beats of your favorite genre instantly.

16. www.imdb.com: This movie database will provide you with interesting insights into a wide range of movies belonging to different regions of the world. If you are into movies, then the trivia, reviews and boards on this site are for you!

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Mar 28

Create A Buzz For Your Brand This Earth’s Day!

Published by under Offers & Events

Earth day is celebrated on April 22 worldwide to promote awareness and concern for our depleting environment. Founded by U.S senator Gaylord Nelson, this day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970.  Every year, citizens participate in several activities such as tree planting, clean-up drives at rivers, beaches or parks, parades, contests and much more.

You can take this opportunity to launch an eco-friendly campaign to highlight your brand. The little investment you make on promotional products can go a long way in building your brand’s image.

Check out these 5 eco-friendly products from Promo Direct. You can give them out at tradeshows or use them as direct marketing tools:

  1. Celebration Tote Bag (Abe)

These totes are perfect for shopping, a day at the beach or while spending time downtown. Let your customers replace their old plastic bags with these trendy totes!

  1. Gildan® Colored T-Shirt

Looking to gain brand visibility without exceeding your marketing budget? These t-shirts are the ones you need to opt for. They are made of 100% cotton and offer the perfect alternative to shirts that are made of polyester material.

  1. The Eco Spiral Notebook & Pen

Let your customers jot down their important messages and contact numbers on these notebooks. They will make great gifts for offices, educational institutions and organizations.

  1. Moisturizing Lip Balm

These lip balms will make ideal giveaways for salons, spas and resorts. They are made of natural ingredients such as beeswax, Vitamin E and aloe. They are cost-effective and among the most popular promotional items preferred by our customers.

  1. 25 oz Eco – Fresh Lite Grip Bottle

As the name suggests, these bottles are made of eco-friendly material and available in active colors.         Give them away at walkathons and sports events while making way for effective branding.

Like our products? Get them personalized and expand your brand’s reach this Earth Day!

 

*http://www.ppai.org/inside-ppai/research/Documents/EffectiveMediumPowerTool.pdf

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Mar 26

Holidays and Observances in USA

Are you planning to give away promotional items to highlight your brand? This infographic sheds some insights on the Days, Weeks and Months you should associate your giveaways with.

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Mar 21

5 Reasons Why Most Start-Ups Fail

Published by under Business & Marketing

All start-ups are not runaway successes – in fact, a majority of them sink without a trace after 2 to 3 years of existence. Even when budding entrepreneurs are equipped with all the right qualities, they have to deal with layoffs, bankruptcy and faulty services/products. So if you are planning to set up a new venture, you must understand some common reasons why most start-ups fail. It will help you avoid potential problems that may come your way.

1. Thinking small

A research conducted by Harvard Business School reveals that 8 out of 10 businesses fail in the first 3 years. Most entrepreneurs try to create unique products or services that don’t cater to larger audiences. Think global, your product must solve the problems of masses and only then your business will survive in the competition.

2. Lack of funding

For any business to flourish, regular cash flow is a must. It is a blueprint that helps the business to grow and improve. Most entrepreneurs cannot afford to pay their staff. Financial problems can ruin a business. Before launching any new business, make sure that you have sufficient funds.

3. Trying to handle everything on their own

Newbie entrepreneurs, in an attempt to cut down costs try to play different roles themselves such as that of an accountant, Human Resource or Marketing Executive. This can become very stressful and may hinder the growth of your start-up. If you cannot afford to hire permanent staff, then seek services of a staffing agency and let them assist you.

4. Lack of research

Most businesses fail because entrepreneurs don’t have enough knowledge about their products, market conditions, and customer tendencies. It is very important to have insights about the market that you are getting into to build a successful business establishment.

5. Improper marketing

Marketing is the lifeline of any business. Most newbies don’t follow a proper marketing plan and simply blow up money on traditional methods of advertising that does little good to the business. You can harness the power of Internet; create forums and communities to reach out to target audiences.

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Mar 13

How Should You Celebrate National Umbrella Month?

Published by under Business & Marketing

Umbrellas were invented some 4000 years ago in Egypt. The word umbrella is derived from the Latin word ‘umbra’ which means shade. Meant to provide protection against sunlight, umbrellas were also considered as a symbol of rank and nobility. It is believed that the Chinese were the first to manufacture waterproof umbrellas. And it was only in the 1900s that the basic umbrellas that are widely used today were discovered.

March is National Umbrella Month and clearly it is time to celebrate the invention of this useful and inexpensive accessory. Today, umbrellas are available in several varieties and used by a wide demographic of audiences. There are umbrellas for kids, golf umbrellas, fashion umbrellas, waterproof umbrellas and more. They are used by fashion photographers as props or on a patio table to block light.

Here are a few ways you can celebrate National Umbrella Month:

1. Give Them Away As Promotional Gifts

Business organizations can celebrate this day by distributing promotional umbrellas to their employees and customers. It will help spread brand awareness and serve as a token of appreciation. For instance, 64″ Slazenger Vented Promotional Golf Umbrellas make great giveaways for hotels, county clubs, souvenir shops, sea side retailers and stadiums.

2. Donate To The Needy

You can purchase some umbrellas and donate them to orphanages or old-age shelters in your local area. You may also gather used umbrellas and give them away to needy.

3. Decorate Your Store or Studio

If you own a store, you can decorate it by hanging colorful umbrellas around, or if you are looking for a special design effect, then place 48″ Two-Tone Promotional Umbrellas on patio tables to give a striking effect.

4. Read Out An Umbrella Story

There are several children’s books available that have interesting stories about umbrellas. Read out stories to children and bring smile on their faces.

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