Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tips 10 for postcard marketing-readbud

Get More Mileage From Your Postcard Marketing - 10 Easy Tips

Each day people are surrounded by advertising everywhere they go. How do you get your message to stand out from the rest and be noticed by your future customer? An eye-catching postcard is the quickest and most cost-effective way to get big results for your business. Follow these ten tips for postcard marketing and your direct mail response will skyrocket.

1. Your postcard should stand out from the rest. When sifting through circulars, if a piece feels more substantial or stands out, the customer is more likely to pull it out of the pile. A heavy stock always stands apart from the usual flimsy offers in the mailbox, and using full color on at least one side of the card will boost your chances of being noticed.

2. Protect your postcards. Adding a UV coating prevents smearing and illegibility. A UV coating adds brilliance and shine to make your postcard pop, and also it protects your message from the hazards of mailing.

3. Order in bulk. To save costs order in large quantities whenever possible and warehouse the postcards for future mailings. Storing brings significant savings when your content is consistent.

4. One-day turnarounds. Be sure to have a printer on call who can meet last minute deadlines without hidden charges. Sometimes holding off on the final design is the best call. Make sure your printer is as flexible as the market demands your business to be.

5. Mail more than once. The best time to be in front of your prospect is when he or she is about to buy. Not knowing exactly when that may be, your best option is to capture mindshare-the creation of consumer awareness so that your product is the first thing buyers think of when they are ready to make a purchase. Most studies show that a minimum of four mailings to the same list has a positive effect and increases mindshare

6. It pays to test. Vary your offer, the image, the text, when you mail, to whom you mail, and the call to action. Never change more then one variable at a time. Make sure to track the results, which may surprise you. Sometimes a higher price can yield a greater response or certain months, weeks, or days can prove more effective than others.

7. The immediacy factor. Without envelopes or packaging, the postcard's simplistic design takes advantage of the immediacy factor. Don't muck it up by hiding what you have to say in confusing designs. Choose an image that helps convey your message and be concise with your text. You have only two to three seconds to grab your customer's attention.

8. Ask for the order. Are you trying to increase your website traffic? Looking to get more people in your store? Every postcard should ask for a response-something you want from the customer. Limited time offers, free reports, and website deals are all techniques that can help.

9. The list. An updated, targeted list is the most important part of the process. Make sure the contact information is current and that you respect those who wish to be removed from your list. Play with the list by targeting different zip codes, past customers, and blind markets. And remember to always track the response.

10. When you have a winner, do it again. Tinker with the design, add special features, but know when to stop. When you find a postcard that works, keep on using it!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

photoshop in 2 hours

What If You Could Learn Photoshop In Under 2 Hours?

Dozens of people want to know more about how to edit images, the easiest way is to use Adobe Photoshop. Thought it may seem complicated at first with the entire 10 hour video help book adobe provides, you can learn it under 2 hours. From tools like using the layers to setting Photoshop's undo button for easier use, Adobe is full of wonderful surprises that will impress your family and friends. This article will cover how to use 2 selection tools.

The first selection tool is called the lasso tool. It is used to select irregular areas in a photo. There are three parts to the lasso tool, they are the Lasso Tool, the Polygonal Lasso Tool and the Magnetic Lasso Tool. The polygonal lasso tool is used to select specific polygon shapes inside of the photo. While the magnectic lasso tool is used to hook onto specific areas in the photo, it will automatically "attach" itself to areas. The regular lasso tool will just lasso onto whatever you tell it to. To use these tools all you have to do is select the tool and drag it over your photo.

The 2nd selection tool is called The Magic Wand. What this tool does is it selects areas based on color patterns instead of the outside. It is easy to use it because there are no specific parts to it. All you have to do is select it then click on an area in your picture that you want to edit, the magic wand will grab the area specific to the color and you will be able to edit it to your needs.

Adobe Photoshop is an interesting and in depth tool for editing photos. You can create masterpieces with just a simple picture. Changing backgrounds became easy, editing sizes, cutting out pieces just got easier to do with Adobe. Learning it in just a couple of hours is phenomenally good for the novice user. Friends and family will love the masterpieces you can create with just the touch of a button. I anticipate that Adobe will become a lot more user-friendly over the next couple of years so that more and more people will feel comfortable using it.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011


neobux-birthday celeberations features and changes-reproduced from neobux forum


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NeoBux Forum News and Information News about NeoBux It's celebration time!

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Exactly 3 year ago NeoBux went live in its pre-launch phase.

Born of a vision where everyone could earn and be happy about it, we had our share of issues due to all the changes in mentality we were offering.
Our birth was surrounded in controversial by those who couldn't see beyond the horizon and also for those who were feeling threatened by a true legitimate business. Too bad, we were here to stay.

Not only the vision was somehow ambitious but it was also very strong and bulletproof. The idea was also to prove that PTC wasn't an industry of thieves as it was until we dropped by but an industry that could grow into one of the most successful and truthful in the Internet.
Our model was available to everyone that wanted to join us in our business and I've personally did my share in helping others individually.

The problem was that I thought that others were like me and I couldn't be more wrong. In the past 3 years, all copied our body but not our soul. Moved by greed they made copies up to half-perfect but all failed by using methods that simply lead to a rotten degradation of everything. History proven that I've created a monster that, although it was working flawlessly here, it was being misused everywhere else. People began opening similar sites but forgot about the "PTC" part that is what drives us fully. They took a perfect idea and turned it into something illegal by using bots, not paying users, not paying taxes in their countries, etc. The list goes on and on as you know and, until this day, no one took my vision except for evil deeds.

The perfect vision turned into a monster which was turning this industry into an underground scheme of lies and deceits. It's like if you created a great car in every perspective and you had thousands of other manufactures creating cheap and flawed copies. Although many knew your car is perfect, the others were simply making it look bad.
Now it is time to destroy that monster and move on to a new era were a new and even more ambitious vision is being born.

The model we created will now become deprecated and obsolete as it will be replaced with something that will make the PTC industry once again to revive its glory.
Since it was us that moved PTC into the second generation, once again it's our duty to move it to the third generation.
This new generation of PTC will work in a very simple model: "More simplicity with more earnings for everyone".
We're turning the table and changing something that, although was perfect, required some financial effort from users to start their journey. Not anymore!

With this new model, what people usually call "investment" will be less and less required until it is no longer. This is something that the evil people in this industry won't be interested in joining because all they care about is taking money and not giving it. So, that's another advantage right there: Less illegal copies circulating which will lead to a cleaner environment.

Even after reading all of this, some may still be wondering why we'll be giving money away now. It's very simple. NeoBux was created towards its users and the large portion of our profit was always shared between the users in many ways. Now it will be shared even more simply because we can. This will still be a business and not a charity of any kind but it will be a business where users will take advantage of it (in a good way) and prosper accordingly.

So you see now how the old model will be totally obsolete. Who would want to go back to something that gives you less and asks more of you? That's right. This is not only a vision that goes further than the previous one but also a project that has lots of changes for it to work.
Looking back almost 2 weeks ago, where the first and required step of the process was implemented, and recalling the chaos created by those who fear changes even though proven successful, I will take it easy this time.

All the needed changes were to be ready until month's end and would turn NeoBux into the most perfect place to be BUT I won't take the risk, even though I'm perfectly sure everyone would love it, to make these radical changes all at once. I understand that some need time to digest changes and evolve with them. I understand and accept it. It's even better to have a surprise every now and then than to risk some having a heart attack for looking at something wonderful that was appeared overnight.
So, let me introduce you the first wave of changes:

Simplified pricing for rented referrals
Our new model defines that the base rental price for rented referrals is exactly the same for every membership.
Before these changes, standard members were paying extra for their referrals but now all prices are the same for all. This is a fixed 10% discount for standard members without affecting any other member. These fixed prices for all also include renewals and AutoPay fees.

Due to the incredible low price that is now being introduced, the rented referrals' limit for the standard membership may have to be adjusted. Right now, as no irregular increase is foreseen, it will remain the same and we'll keep monitoring availability. If it changes it will be announced.

We're introducing a simple but powerful new feature: NeoPoints.
NeoPoints will be every user's bonus purchase balance to help them increase their profits without spending any money of their own.
The way NeoPoints work couldn't be any simpler: You'll receive NeoPoints for many tasks that you do nowadays for free. They won't be free anymore as you'll be rewarded.

Currently we'll start offering one NeoPoint for each advertisement seen regardless of the exposure type. In the near future, we'll be introducing other tasks that will earn you NeoPoints. Don't worry as these tasks won't be nothing new (unless some new feature also offers you NeoPoints) but something you do every day.

You'll be able to convert your NeoPoints to purchase any of our services without paying anything extra. For example, if you have 1000 NeoPoints you can add $1 to your Rental Balance for free (conversion rate still to be decided, this is just an example). You'll soon have the chance to redeem your points in exchange for any service but until that's ready you can start collecting them by viewing advertisements.

Stay tuned for more on NeoPoints because you'll be able to increase your earnings exponentially just by doing what you already do.

Commissions from direct referrals
3 years ago we introduced what was one of the most profitable earning systems ever: Commissions from direct referrals' purchases.
Many of you remember it and I can see that smile on your face.
Guess what? They're back!

Not only back but available for all members regardless of their membership.
Right now we'll be offering 1% of all of your referrals' purchase using any of the payment processors (based on the rules explained below). Before we had 10% for the first Golden members now we have 1% for all members. The best thing is that, since we have a monetary amount of sales 53 times higher than we had before, imagine the previous 10% commission multiplied by 5.3.

Rules for receiving a commission from a direct referral:

The purchase has to be made using any of our 3 payment processors.

The purchase has to be made in an amount of $10 or higher.

It will be available for purchases of any kind of service except for advertisement services.

The commission will be credited to your main balance 90 days after the purchase.

A commission will be canceled if the respective purchase is reversed for any reason and restored if the reversed purchase is also restored.

A commission won't be credited after the 90 days if the user that made the purchase is not your referral anymore or has his/her account suspended.

A commission won't be processed if the purchased service is under a promotional period or with a temporary discount.
These are simple rules and required ones. For example, due to a required fraud prevention measure, it cannot be credited before the 90 days period and, no purchases under $10 will grant commissions due to the high fees we pay for those micro purchases.
Other than that, if one of your direct referrals make a purchase, you'll have a 1% commission from that purchase credited to your main balance (yes, you can do whatever you want with it) 90 days after. For example, if one of your direct referrals makes a $500 purchase you'll receive $5.

The amount of commissions you receive daily is unlimited and the number of referrals that give you those commissions as well. There is absolutely no limit to the amount you can receive.

As always we respect our users' privacy which means that we won't tell you which of your referrals made which purchase.

According to our study, users that have direct referrals would earn from 1.8 to 2.1 times more with 1% of their referrals' purchases than from their advertisement visualizations. This means that we've managed to surpass everyone's direct referral click commission earnings and combined both earnings without you having to do absolutely a thing. This is an incredible new way to earn even more from your direct referrals. And this is only the beginning.

Since we're currently in a festive promotional period for all creditable purchase types, the direct referrals' purchase commissions will begin to work when all current discounts end (March 28th at 16:00 (server's time)). All purchases made from your direct referrals after that time, based on the rules explained above, will grant you a 1% commission from the purchase amount.

Fixed Advertisements for advertisers
We've finally launched the fixed advertisements to our advertisers.
After struggling to get the best price for them we've finally made them available. They will work as Micro Exposure advertisements for everyone. Due to price differences, we've given the advertisers the option to show their fixed advertisement to Standard members only or to all members. This way our Standard members will have an increased profit and advertisers can target upgraded members as well if they want/need to.

To give our advertisers the best possible price we had to make sure that these types of advertisements didn't include any referral commission or else the pricing would be 11 times higher which would make it a non usable service. In any case we're giving away, for free, referral commissions to all Fixed Advertisements whose period of exposure is at least 90 consecutive days. This will be totally financed by us and not the advertiser.

To separate these advertisements from our Fixed ones, they'll show up with a purple color before our orange ones.
The number of daily fixed advertisements can vary depending on the purchased packs. The minimum period is 24 hours.
If you want more information on how to expose your products and/or services all day long for a very low price feel free to contact our support using a support ticket.

Since this is still the beginning, don't expect much Fixed Advertisements yet. The number will change with time.

And there's more
Actually there's a whole lot more to be gradually introduced. Although the original idea was to implement the changes in two periods (the one on the 13th and one until the end of this month), I don't want to cause another chaos due to some users' misconception. The features implemented today, although not the best of whole change that will occur, are the ones that needed to be done first now that the implementation has been distributed in more phases.

Instead of a global instant change you'll benefit from the new model one feature at a time until we can finally conclude all changes.
I know that the vision of having what we had transformed into something were users not only earn more but also will have to spend less to accomplish higher goals is truly an ambitious one. This new model will forever change the way people look at the industry I'm always trying to save. Although it comes with a huge financial support from us, I'm anxious to see the day where everything will be fully introduced to everyone.

New features will be introduced as soon as the current ones are fully understood by our users.

A few celebration bonuses
To celebrate the entry to our 4th year, we have the following discounts available to you:

Renewal discount for all memberships:
30 days: 8%
60 days: 13%
90 days: 20%
150 days: 27%
240 days: 32%
These renewal discounts will be available until March 26th at 16:00 (server's time)
This promotion has ended

Discounts on membership purchases/renewals:
Golden $80
This membership discount will be available until March 26th at 16:00 (server's time)
This promotion has ended

Discounts on new Golden Pack purchases:
Emerald $280
Sapphire $280
Platinum $470
Diamond $470
Ultimate $850
These Golden Pack purchases discounts will be available until March 28th at 16:00 (server's time)
This promotion has ended

Discounts on Golden Pack renewals:
Emerald $260
Sapphire $260
Platinum $430
Diamond $430
Ultimate $770
These Golden Pack renewal discounts will be available until March 28th at 16:00 (server's time)
This promotion has ended

A new milestone
$41 million paid to our users in 3 years is something that not only is astonishing but also proves that NeoBux has made many users happy. I for one am extremely happy with this new milestone which, due to the new changes (current and upcoming), will rise exponentially.

What's next?
All that's left today is to sing "Happy Birthday", make a wish, blow the candles, and celebrate the entry to the most profitable NeoBux era ever!

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Monday, March 21, 2011


Thursday, March 17, 2011

the 20/80 Rule

Using the 80/20 Rule To Free Your Time and Get More Done

?We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.?
- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Are you familiar with the 80/20 Rule? If not - get familiar.

80% of people (ironically) completely overlook this life changing concept when managing their time and prioritizing (if they manage or priortize at all)

What is the 80/20 Rule?

The 80/20 Rule (also known as the ?Pareto Principle? after its founder) is a concept that states that 20% of the input creates 80% of the output, and the other 80% of the input creates 20% of the output.

20% of the people in a given economy make 80% of the money.

20% of the customers make up for 80% of the revenue.

20% of the sales people create 80% of the sales.

How Does This Apply To Your Life?

For 80% of people its nearly imossible to get everything done that needs to get done in the time available, especially for anyone with significant goals and aspirations.

The 80/20 Rule applies directly to how you manage your time? 20% of your activity will produce 80% of your results.

What does that mean? That means that if you have a to do list of 10 things? there are probably 1 or 2 of those things that matter more than the other 8 or so put together.

Most folks do the little things first and put off those 1 or 2 important things until ? sometimes never.

You could liken people to chickens with their heads cut off, running here there and everywere, but never really getting much done, moving forward, or feeling satisfied with their accomplishments.

Avoid The Temptation To Clear Up Small Things First

Remember that your daily activities are largely habitual ? that means that what you do today is largely the result of behavioral patterns that you have created over the years. If you frequently do small things first and get the easy things out of the way before getting to the big important tasks, you will maintain this pattern ? and ultimately you will not get much done.

However, if you choose to deliberately break this pattern, you can form a new one: work on big things first! If you can get yourself to consistently accomplish the important (not just urgent) things on your list first, you will ultimately develop the habitual pattern of doing big things first. You will start to move forward. You will feel fulfilled with your accomplishments. You will set greater goals for yourself, knowing you can accomplish them.

Activity For Today

Make your ?action list? for today? List your key goals, activities, projects, and responsibilities today.

Decide which 20% of these tasks you feel could represent about 80% of your results for the day. Underline these tasks.

Resolve to do these tasks first, even if that is all you accomplish all day today. Do this again tomorrow, and the next day.

For even better results, make your list and choose your activities for the next day the night before. Make a habit of this. You will be surprised how much more you are getting done, in less time, and how much more freedom you begin to experience in your life.

Remember, the goal of activity is to be productive, not just busy. Get things done, so that you can use your time and energy on more significant values.

Take care

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