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Monday, December 4, 2017

Muntaha CPA Professional Corporation Accountancy and Bookkeeping Services

Muntaha CPA Professional Corporation logo and founder.
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Accounting may be seen as a rather mundane or monotonous job or career. It is, however, a very necessary part of business life, and anyone who runs their own business is often advised to get a good accountant as soon as they can.

With a good accountant and bookkeeper, businesses and individuals can ensure that:
  • their tax affairs are in order;
  • they file correct returns on time;
  • they issue financial statements and annual accounts;
  • they can obtain assistance in setting up and amending business plans showing how they intend the company to perform;
  • they can source payroll and bookkeeping services

Muntaha CPA Professional Corporation (MCPC) in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is one such all-round accountancy and bookkeeping firm. Founder and Managing Director Sidratul Muntaha is qualified to Chartered Professional Accountant level and has almost a decade of experience gained in companies in the United Kingdom and Canada at time of writing. His company offers a range of services for all levels of business and in all areas of accounting and bookkeeping. The firm prides itself on high standards and thorough advice and assistance to their clients. The staff deal with clients of all sizes, from individuals looking for help with filing accurate tax returns in a timely manner to Lower Mainland business owners requiring the whole payroll, accountancy and finance package.

The team all understand that each client is different, and treat them accordingly. Each company is likely to need tailored services, and Muntaha CPA Professional Corporation will ensure that their customers receive individual attention so that their specific needs are met. The team at MCPC can offer advice on financial strategies, all areas of tax filing, general accountancy requirements and bookkeeping needs for local companies in the Mississauga area. The staff are known for their levels of clear communication, and try to ensure they are proactive when issues arise. In addition, they will point out potential opportunities for improvement when they see something which could be streamlined or worked on. The team offers either face-to-face or remote meetings as appropriate or convenient, and members are happy to meet clients at their premises or on site at the corporation’s location.

Needless to say, with all of this client-focussed work, MCPC use the latest technological advances to increase efficiency. The corporation also has a competitive price structure, as would perhaps be expected from such an all-round company.

For any individual or company needing assistance with accounting and bookkeeping in the Mississauga area, Muntaha CPA Professional Corporation should be among the companies considered. Founder S Muntaha uses his near-decade of experience in the field to offer the best possible options to clients as well as building a rapport with them to ensure they gain the highest benefit from the company-client relationship.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lifeplus nutritional supplements and personal care

Lifeplus logo. Image provided and used with permission

Lifeplus wants people worldwide to live well and be healthy. A producer of nutritional supplements and beauty products, the company offers help and guidance to all. Lifeplus is also proudly cruelty-free and acceptable to vegetarians and vegans.

Like many of the health and wellness firms around these days, it operates as a network marketing, franchising model. Lifeplus was founded in 1992 by a pharmacist who noticed that many of his customers developed issues as a result of side effects of the treatment they were taking for a specific condition. Many health and wellness companies are born of the wish to help others through nutritional science, and Lifeplus soon gathered other likeminded souls from other specialisms who were interested in holistic living.

Lifeplus operates a network marketing model (referral marketing, as they call it) which connects customers, sellers and products in one seamless circle.

The Lifeplus philosophy is that simple steps lead to permanent changes. The Lifeplus Formula is designed to help anyone make a permanent change in their lifestyle. It focuses on State of Mind, Staying Active, Eating Well and Nutritional Supplements. A series of articles showcases elements of these four areas which together lead to a more balanced and healthier way of life.

The Lifeplus product range includes nutritional supplements and personal care. The nutritional supplements are divided into groups of products called General Wellness, Targeted Wellness, Weight Wellness, Sports Nutrition and Lifeplus Recommendations. Many of the supplements come in tablet form, although there are also shakes and meal replacements in some areas. Wellness covers everything from the familiar to the unusual. Evening Primrose Oil is something most people will have heard of, but what about a colon cleanser including beetroot, kelp, walnut leaf and blond psyllium? No, thought not.

Personal care includes body, skin and dental care products, natural and organic care for surface areas rather than the gut. Tea tree oil toothpaste, anti-aging serum with grape seed and pomegranate, or bath and body gel with peppermint, rosemary and lavender are all on offer for those who prefer their products on the natural side.

Combined with the articles on a healthier lifestyle available on the Lifestyle Formula pages, this range of products has the ability to help people make a lifestyle change through small steps for starters. Someone who has never really taken a healthy lifestyle seriously might find that Lifeplus is an easy way to begin the road to healthy eating, positive thinking and exercise which experts agree is the best way to maintain mental and physical health.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TecAdemics affiliate program

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Regular readers know that I’m always happy to write about a new affiliate program or work from home opportunity.

Tec Mastermind and the TecAdemics program is both, plus this unique set up allows top trainers to share their tips and tricks for online business success. In addition, affiliates are able to benefit from new sign ups through their page, but can also use their training to create a successful business themselves.

This website has a video which explains how business education such as TecAdemics fits with the Four Percent Group’s aims to allow anyone to become a top internet entrepreneur. Trainer Vick Strizheus believes that the reason so many internet businesses fail is because everything is too complicated for many people to grasp. They simply have information overload when it comes to setting up and running an online business, and most people have never made more than $1,000 through online sales. Affiliate programs can be a very handy way of making extra money, but this usually involves having a webpage and hosting adverts then waiting for clicks from potential customers. The trouble is, because many people run adblockers these days, they may simply never see a single advert.

The system offered by the Four Percent Group aims to simplify the online marketing process and allow members to make serious income without adverts. Quite apart from the top level business education offered by TecAdemics, the funnel system used by the Four Percent Group is specifically designed to hook interested potential students into signing up for the courses and in the process, allow the affiliate to earn commission. They don’t have to sign up to TecAdemics themselves, but can earn good money by acting as an affiliate. They may choose, of course, to reinvest some of their affiliate income in the TecAdemics program, and go on to found a separate online webshop or e-commerce site as a result.

Vick Strizheus explains more in the video. Signing up to find out more about the Four Percent Group (including why it is called that) is free, and positively encouraged as the first step to becoming successful online without hosting adverts, writing promotional articles or becoming involved in direct selling of any products. The system made over three million dollars in sales even in beta testing, so there is no doubt that it works.

For anyone who would like to try a low-maintenance way of making an online income, signing up for the Four Percent Group’s system could be the first step to improving their chances.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Wizdiary - bringing even more customers and businesses together two years on

Wizdiary video 2017.
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When I first wrote about Wizdiary, almost two years ago in June 2015 (, bringing customers and businesses together online), it was a very new company which didn’t even have a complete website yet. It could almost have been called a ‘concept’ rather than a fully fledged business at that stage.

Wizdiary’s USP back then was a series of innovative multilingual YouTube videos explaining the business’ aims to provide a social-media-style gateway for small and medium sized companies to connect online with their potential worldwide customers. The idea was to allow businesses to advertise for new clients by showing photographs of their products or sharing examples of their work, almost like an online version of the newspaper back pages classified advertising service.

Two years later, I am pleased to say that the company is now fully operational and doing well. Businesses can advertise via the Billboard and Posted Jobs areas to bring their skills to the attention of potential clients. Billboard allows businesses to post images of goods or projects to share with those in a particular location, while Posted Jobs allows companies to advertise for specific staff or requirements for a particular project.

This simple move of filtering traffic has helped to streamline the site and point users in the right direction. Registration is free and a Billboard entry is required as part of the normal profile setup to educate future clients about the company behind the advertisement. The explanatory video for Wizdiary's Billboard and Posted Jobs areas emphasises Wizdiary’s social side while the updated introductory video goes into more detail about the clientele-locating strengths of the company. It explains the simplicity of the site and the chance for advertisers to showcase unique selling points, special products, experience or talents using photographs and existing work.

Wizdiary’s videos make the point that not everyone is looking for the same thing. A company which specialises in offering simple solutions at lean prices to small business owners and startups is not likely to be looking for a client who wants all the bells and whistles from a vastly experienced provider. A lean entrepreneur is not likely to choose the most expensive business, because their prices will be beyond a small budget and their solution could well be too complicated for the limited interest a smaller business is likely to get. Similarly, depending on the market, not everyone will want a University-educated worker; some may prefer an experienced seller who has fewer qualifications.

All kinds of people and companies can use Wizdiary to be found by new clients, connect with like minded people with similar skills and expertise or to find people with the knowledge they need. That’s the beauty of Wizdiary. It is totally adaptable to individual circumstances. If you’re a business owner who is prepared to give a new worker a break, or an experienced provider wishing to use your experience to help new businesses get off the ground, Wizdiary has a place for you.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Express yourself with Demeter Mojis

Artwork from Demeter Mojis adds class to any room.
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Demeter Mojis is an online art prints and merchandise shop for the discerning. Those whose taste runs to simple line drawings, almost caricature-ish in nature, may well appreciate Demeter Mojis’ work. Monochrome (black on white or reverse) line drawn faces have been printed onto just about every item of clothing and interior decoration possible. The range of branded goods runs from t-shirts and totes to mugs, cushions, throws, towels, canvas prints and more.

Those familiar with the clean lines and simple style in the work of ‘Miffy’ artist Dick Bruna may will relate to these pieces. Demeter’s influences include Picasso, Pollock and de Kooning and the style is quite unique, minimal and modern. In just a few strokes, a face appears, often quizzical, sometimes happy sometimes sad, always expressive.

A typical example of Demeter's work.
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There is an enormous selection of framed and unframed art prints and a smaller range of other customised items. Some of the more popular designs are available across the whole range of Demeter Mojis’ stock, however, so it would be possible to match items in a room using a single design, or mix the selection with a choice of designs.

Demeter’s emoticon drawings can express feelings without words, and a piece of this artwork would make a memorable gift for someone, or act as a focal point in a home or workplace. Anywhere decorated in the minimalist style would benefit from a print, or maybe a cushion or two on a plain sofa.

As you might expect from an artist, Demeter Mojis is on Instagram as well as Facebook and Twitter.

Demeter states, quite rightly, that emojis are becoming an increasingly common way for millennials to communicate, citing Pepsi’s PepsiMoji campaign of 2016 (Pepsi Preps Global Emoji Can and Bottle Campaign) and Coca-Cola’s ‘Share a feeling’ campaign as recent examples of the trend. Even taking that into account, these artworks are timelessly eye-catching and unusual, fitting well with the minimalist lifestyle adopted by many through need or a conscious rejection of collecting stuff for stuff’s sake.

For a gift with a difference, Demeter Mojis’ distinctive range of prints and soft furnishings is worth a look. Today’s connected world has one great advantage - many more people can view and buy the work of individual artists, just as they can stream music by local bands as easily as well known ones. Sometimes, supporting the lesser known designers or groups can be more satisfying than buying the same print as everyone else from a chain store or paying top dollar for tickets to a popular concert. When it comes to creativity, individual tastes certainly rule. And less can definitely be more.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

SlimRoast Coffee, new to the UK, familiar to the US

SlimRoast Coffee slogan.
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Regular readers of this blog will be aware of two things. One, that I like to review the very latest weight loss products. Two, that I am a teapot on legs.


Having reviewed several slimming tea products before, I was conscious of the fact that my coffeehead friends were being left out of the loop. I have heard enough from them about the irresistibly sweet and tasty coffees they can buy from every coffee shop in town, while when I go there with them, I’m restricted to green tea, weak milky black tea or hot chocolate, mostly.

Now, my coffee-drinking readers have no excuse to duck their New Year’s resolution to cut down on the sweet treats and lose weight. Because I’ve been told about this new product called SlimRoast. Yes, it’s a coffee. Yes, it will help coffee lovers lose weight. My contact Mark tells me that he has lost 3 stone in the last year without having to give up his coffee habit. Like many weight loss products, it works by suppressing the appetite and restricting the amount of fat and sugar absorbed by the body.


Now, I’m hardly the ideal person to test coffee, because I don’t drink it, but I know that my coffee-drinking friends say the whole thing of it is that the caffeinated version gives a buzz. I’m guessing this SlimRoast dark roast Brazilian coffee does too, but it has also been formulated to help drinkers lose weight as an extra bonus.


The mix suppresses the appetite gently, so it curbs the urge for mid-morning snacks. It’s the natural ingredients that help, and everything which goes into the product is approved by the FDA, EU and UK regulatory bodies. It is made with Arabica coffee beans, which have half the caffeine content of supermarket blends and a handful of calories.


Typical sachet of SlimRoast with mug.
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The ideal way to consume these beverages is in moderation. One cup (or maybe two cups maximum) a day, for six days a week, then a rest day. The sachets are based on a 68kg adult so those who are lighter or heavier may need to adjust their intake accordingly.


Active ingredients include:
  • Garcinia cambogia, touted as a fat burner (I have also seen this in tea and tea-based health and weight loss programs);
  • organic raw cacao;
  • L-Theanine (the same amino acid found in green tea);
  • Phaseolamin, which is supposed to block starch-digesting carbs;
  • Phenylethylamine HCL, or PEA, used to stimulate the release of dopamine;
  • concentrated green tea extract;
  • Chromium Polynicotinate, a mineral which helps control blood sugar, curb carb cravings and fight body fat;
  • Chlorogenic acid, a thermogenic fat burner - it works with your body to burn more fat;
  • Premium dark Brazilian Arabica coffee; the important bit

The SlimRoast range comes in four different types: Regular, fruit flavoured Trim, Immune Boost with antioxidants and fruit extracts and Energy to increase focus and performance. The Immune Boost mix contains aloe vera, widely known as an antioxidant, while Energy contains guarana, ginseng and green tea extract for endurance.


As with all health and wellness products, there is a range of opinion online about whether SlimRoast works or not. As everyone’s metabolism, weight, body shape and lifestyle is different, some people may achieve better or worse results than others. Some reviews state that around 90% of people will achieve some weight loss, especially if they drink a cup first thing in the morning, before breakfast.


As always with these products, there is the opportunity to sell the range on to others as an independent distributor. Apparently this is not a standard MLM or network marketing scheme though I have seen some reviews referring to it as that. In the UK at the moment, it appears to be a newcomer to the market and finding its feet.


The main thing I have found with all these products is that they work well if you adopt and maintain a relatively active lifestyle as well as using them. This helps the ingredients work to their best capabilities. As ever, the old adage ‘moderation in everything’ seems to be the best advice, with a decent amount of exercise, sensible dietary choices and products like SlimRoast coffee or its fruity equivalents as part of a normal daily fluid intake.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Father's Day gifts from Explosion Luck feng shui site

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It’s Father’s Day in June (June 19, 2016 for the year of writing), and my go-to website for a gift for the father who has everything – i.e. mine – is Explosion Luck. I can always find something there to suit him, something that’s far more tangible than another online voucher, and which will remind him of me whenever he looks at it. Not that there’s anything wrong with an online voucher as he reads e-books voraciously. But just occasionally, a real present is a good idea. Items from Explosion Luck have the added attraction of being associated with the ancient practice of feng shui, so when someone chooses a gift from the site, there is far more than the gift itself being offered.

Silver cricket statue with orange body
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My dad is a Francophile, and the gift of one of the small cricket statues (3” wide by 6” long including antennae) would not only bring good luck, it would remind him of many days spent in France in years gone by, long summer evenings accompanied by the sound of the cicadas in the hedges. The silver cricket has a warm orange body and the gold statue a cooler blue body. The silver cricket will bring happiness, warmth and joy to the recipient, when placed in accordance with feng shui principles, while the gold cricket offers trust, peace and integrity. Both crickets are available for $79 each (May 2016) with free shipping in the continental United States.

Gold cricket statue with blue body
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Alternatively, I might buy him this folding tabletop screen, which I’ve had my eye on for a while. It has a reversible image of plum blossom, with one side featuring a continuous image with a beige-gold background and the other having six individual images, one on each screen, with a white-silver background. The plum tree is a symbol of long life and prosperity, both of which my dad has in spades. This tabletop screen measures 9.5” high by 18.25” long, has six 3” wide panels and is edged in black.

Plum blossom red and gold reversible tabletop screen
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For the nautical father, why not choose this beautiful porthole shaped moving sand art picture? Titled ‘Captain Haddock’, it is mounted in a hinged frame so once it has finished draining to the bottom, the picture can be tipped up and the flow started again. This gift is more expensive, at $250, but sand art pictures provide an ideal focus point for meditation and productivity for those fathers who need to settle their thoughts or produce a presentation under pressure.

Moving sand art picture: 'Captain Haddock'.
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Fathers who smoke may well appreciate this antique amber and metal pipe. One version has red coral stones inlaid to the bowl, the other greenish-blue turquoise stones. This genuine antique gift may also appeal to collectors and pipe connoisseurs planning to display their gift.

Amber and metal pipe, turquoise stone inlay in bowl
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Lastly, for Buddhist dads, this unusual turquoise embellished conch shell is an ideal and thoughtful gift. One of the eight Buddhist symbols, the ceremonial blowing of a conch shell in mid-ceremony symbolizes the spreading of the Buddhist word. The cracks in the turquoise come from age, not misuse, so due reverence should be paid to this item as it is rather fragile.

Tibetan embellished turquoise and silver conch shell
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No matter a dad’s interests or hobbies, buyers looking for unique and special Father’s Day gifts are bound to find something at Explosion Luck. All images are from the site and used with permission of Explosion Luck.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Again Studios: explainer video production company

Again Studios, explainer video production company
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Again Studios make individual and stylish animated ‘explainer’ videos to meet every need. For many people, a video has a more immediate impact than an article, flyer or other advertisement, especially when it is created specifically for an individual client and audience rather than being a cookie-cutter catch-all boring marketing blurb.

Again Studios’ videos are designed to sit unobtrusively on the front page of any website, not annoying potential customers by using autostart or expanding to full screen immediately the website opens. The one on Again Studios’ own homepage shows a simple stickman character explaining the great thing about having a video on your website. Again Studios’ main office is in Kalka near Chandigarh, India, and they also have a satellite office in Stockton, California. The team at Again Studios will bring the full force of their combined talent to bear on creating a short and snappy explainer video to suit any scenario.

The Portfolio page has over 30 examples of the kinds of videos Again Studios can produce. They are all in the same simple, uncluttered caricature style, often with a slick US mid-Atlantic accented voiceover. Previous clients have included IT companies, a recruitment portal, a freelance skills marketing site and providers of various software solutions. Many of the videos are aimed at small businesses or self employed freelancers, and are selling other SMEs to them as ways to simplify their business administration.

Again Studios also provide voiceovers in other commonly spoken languages including Spanish, Hindi, French and German. Videos generally take around a month to create and typically run for between one and two minutes. Short and sweet, but a video of this length can easily get any client’s message across without laboring the point. Quotes are individual to every customer, with 50% of the cost paid up front and the rest once the video has been completed and delivered to the buyer. The buyer is also at liberty to request revisions, as shown by the comments in the Reviews section. In fact, Ankit’s team at Again Studios have proved themselves versatile and adaptive to many different business video requirements and sectors. Phrases such as ‘professional’, ‘a lot of patience’, ‘highest quality’, ‘good communication’ and ‘responsive’ are just typical of the feedback received.

For small businesses and freelancers who need to give their businesses a kick, or developers wanting to promote their latest app, a short explainer video from Again Studios could be the best way to raise awareness. A link to a video detailing the new product or range can easily be shared on any social media site, included as part of an email signature or added on business cards or print on demand stationery. Once the video has been produced there is no end to the marketing opportunities it can generate. All a buyer has to do is to open dialogue with Again Studios to see how this small but powerful tool can help their business.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Calgary Signs and Banners: producing Calgary's signage for two decades

Calgary Signs & Banners logo.

Canadian company Calgary Signs and Banners (CSB) offers signs, banners, wraps and wall mural designs for every conceivable location. Whether a business wants a car wrap, an internal or external wall advertisement or internal wayfinding signs, Calgary Signs and Banners can oblige. CSB have been in business for ‘24 years and counting’ as their website proudly announces, and looking at the range and variety of signage on offer, customers can easily see why.

Ci2Group Inc 3D logo, an example of work from Calgary Signs & Banners.
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The image on this post shows one of their 3D signs, but the company also designs and fits safety signs, trade show displays, canvas prints and plaques. Technically, one firm could provide all the signs and advertising logos necessary for another firm to effectively market themselves. The CSB website offers many examples of their versatile art and also mentions, almost in passing, that they will beat any local written quote for certain signage by a minimum of 5% on price. In today’s money-conscious times, that’s an offer worth considering.

Calgary Signs and Banners have a crane to allow for best access to every building frontage. They are also experienced in providing drawings to landlords and management companies to ensure that any signage they are commissioned to provide conforms with the building regulations or the landlord’s preference. The company operates across Alberta, but because they are local to most people, they can conduct face-to-face consultations on suitable signage, designs and options instead of relying on electronic communications. CSB specialize in LED and 3D designs, vehicle wraps, roll up banners, wall decals and exhibition or temporary popup displays. Judging from their website, however, any form of signage is well within their means. Plus, at the end of a tenant’s time in any building location, they will remove the signs and advise whether they can be reused on a new building.

Their testimonials show that not only can the staff at Calgary Signs and Banners react quickly to a last minute requirement, but also that the company produces great work which their clients love. Some of their customers have returned to give them further business, while others have recommended them to their network. Return business and word of mouth advertising are two of the best ways to gain clients, so CSB must be doing something right. If your business is in the Calgary, Alberta area, you could do worse than consider Calgary Signs and Banners for your next signage requirement.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sublime Soaps - Handmade Soaps, 100% Natural

Sublime Soaps logo.
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The Sublime Soaps company has just put up a website and announced their first product. This is an ideal chance for early adopters to buy a great example of handmade, organic, natural soap.

Sublime Soaps will appeal to many people for differing reasons.

  • For those who like ethical products, the soaps are natural and organic.
  • For those supporting handmade crafts, the range is handmade.
  • For those allergic to chemicals and additives in commercially produced soaps, these soaps have none of that, but rather are soft on skin and caring to hands.

Sublime Soaps may have just opened for business, but their eventual range is aiming to cover all requirements, whether your skin is sensitive, oily or dry. The company offers 100% handmade, natural soap bars, made from organic ingredients.

The first product offered by Sublime Soaps, Peaches and Cream handmade soap, is PEG and Paraben free, made from a mix of ingredients including carrot oil, cucumber seed oil and aloe vera. Aloe Vera is soothing, anti inflammatory and moisturising; carrot oil is considered a detoxifier and rejuvenator, while cucumber oil is good for the skin. The carotene gives this bar a glowing orange shade, which is guaranteed to cheer you up even on the dullest day.

A bar of handmade soap.
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Sublime Soaps’ Facebook page lists all the properties of this carefully handmade item, including the fact that it is vegetable based and contains several vitamins. The company also claims that Peaches and Cream soap can help ease skin problems such as eczema, acne and rashes. As it is 100% natural, it is likely to have a better pH balance than some of the commercially produced soap bars, so this would not be at all surprising.

The soap will be available through the Sublime Soaps website once the site is fully live, but presently it is on sale via ebay. The website gives details of the postage costs buyers can expect, which seem to indicate that smaller orders within the UK will be sent out First Class Small Packet while larger shipments will attract a Medium Parcel rate due to the weight and bulk of the product. Soap, like many items, does not react well to being dropped, and so the bars are going to be sent well packaged to ensure they arrive in one piece rather than several. Worldwide shipping will be available and all prices and terms are clearly outlined on the site. Buyers from outside Europe are requested to contact the company to discuss shipping costs before purchase, which is sensible given that many countries charge import taxes on incoming goods even when sent as a gift.

Talking of gifts, a bar of soap from Sublime Soaps would make a good twist on the traditional ‘smelly’ gift for that difficult-to-buy-for female friend or relative we all have. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Sublime Soaps’ range develops, because several of my friends and family would probably prefer to use a totally natural product for washing than some of the other alternatives widely available in supermarkets these days. Even those with normal skin who simply prefer a soft and foamy soap could well become fans, given the moisturising and rejuvenating properties of the Peaches and Cream bar currently available.

Monday, November 30, 2015

SUCK: Vaping made awesome. Vaping done right.

The EVOD electronic cigarette as sold by
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Regular readers will remember that a few months ago I wrote about the VitaStik, an American brand of e-cigarette vaping device which was being launched in the UK. The same people behind that initiative have now introduced, a website for vaping products with the tagline ‘Vaping made awesome. Vaping done right.’

The company’s website introduction says that it doesn’t spend a fortune on packaging or sleazy marketing gimmicks. Because the business is online-only, they can keep costs lower for those smokers who prefer to have the choice to vape as well as, or instead of, smoking regular cigarettes. Although the firm is still fairly new, not only does it profess to offer the best possible prices, the blurb suggests it will have an increasing range of products and be donating 10% of profits to charity.

Whatever a smoker’s reasons for looking at the range available here, there appears to be a definite divide between those who are vaping as a step towards giving up completely and those who vape when they are unable to smoke. And for some, the choice will be harder than others. Some people swing between vaping indoors (when allowed) and smoking outside for months. Others seem to be able to set their mind to vaping the instant they decide to give up cigarettes. Yet others say that a vaping device solves the need that they have for ‘something in their mouth’ at a given time. Hence the name of the website. A vape can also be a dummy, something to suck, as well as something to inhale from.

The coils in the e-cigarettes sold by SUCK will generally last around a month on average. A pack of five will set customers back £7.99 (price at November 2015). The main e-cigarette itself costs at least £19.99 with a choice of two models, and the batteries are both rechargeable and replaceable after 300-400 charges. The guys at SUCK suggest that their products can save a 20-a-day smoker over £2,000 a year, given that one pack would cost only slightly more than the pack of five coils but the vapes last a lot longer.

The eLiquid range from SUCK complies with all the latest product directives relating to vaping products, including child proof tops, tamper proof collars and production dates/batch numbers. There are twenty different flavours to choose from, at £3.95 each. All buyers must be 18 or over to purchase anything from SUCK, this being the legal age of consent for smokers in the UK. The flavours are available in different strengths, ranging from 0.6% to 1.8% nicotine. The site also stocks replacement parts and accessories for the EVOD and KSN2 series of e-cigarettes.

Now, my personal knowledge of vaping devices is limited, but for those in the know, appears to have a complete range of equipment. The site caters to the UK market, as rules and regulations about vaping elsewhere in the world can differ. Free delivery is offered on orders over £25, and for first time buyers, the company offers 20% off the total order price.

Monday, October 19, 2015

DHD Films

DHD Films of Dallas, Texas. Logo supplied and used with permission.

DHD Films is based in Dallas, Texas. The company, whose initials stand for ‘Dallas HD’, is headed by Hussain and Shezad Manjee, and from Chief Success Officer Hussain to company mascot (and executive squirrel-chaser) Posh, the team are the kind of vibrant, creative mix you would expect to be working at an Emmy-nominated studio. They achieve a 4.9 of 5 rating on Google and were finalists in the 2015 Greater Dallas Better Business Award.

DHD Films is a full service video production and motion graphics studio. These guys will make your videos extra special, whether it's a simple holiday greeting, a client testimonial or a promo for next season's new ranges. They have all kinds of tips and tricks to make the best use of video in your marketing, as shown in their latest blog post Four Marketing Tips to Finish the Year with a Bang

Other topics covered in their blog include how video technology changes us plus tips on using video as a recruitment or training tool. Interspersed with this are posts written by and about the team, highlighting their community involvement and interests outside work as well as aspects of their job.

DHD Films' client roster is impressive. That's what happens when you're Emmy-nominated, I guess. Over the last 15 years, they have worked with many international brands including Mastercard, Four Seasons hotel group, H&M, Microsoft and Jaguar. Under the hashtag of #storyforward, and with the strapline 'Powered by Storytellers', they have highlighted these brands using cutting edge video footage techniques. The company produces many different types of content including 'explainer videos' which cover everything from upcoming theater releases to annual results. As you would expect from a company with great community involvement, the team also produce films for non-profits. These have run from work for civic authorities to promotional videos for community assistance projects and commemorative events. Identity videos are important, getting the word out about events and initiatives, promoting businesses and plans, and scouting for new talent. DHD Films also offers the chance for events to be filmed, and even live streamed, which is a further way to reinforce a brand or organization and its success. Aerial footage, broadcasts and training videos are also within their remit, perhaps unsurprisingly.

More or less whatever a company needs by way of video publicity, DHD Films will work to provide. They're open to dialogue with potential customers and look forward to welcoming more new clients soon.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Private chat lines, Turkish style, from Ozel Sohbet Hatti

Ozel Sohbet Hatti logo.
Supplied and used with permission.

Despite the rise in online dating and singles/match sites, chat lines are still popular in many countries. Turkey has a booming chat line industry, and a simple search engine enquiry will find several pages listing companies offering these telephone based services, instead of, or as well as a web based chat forum option.

One of them is Ozel Sohbet Hatti (Private Chat Lines) which offers a chat service for 295 krs a minute, or around $1 a minute. Mind you, to use the site, you have to be able to speak Turkish, as it’s not always offered as a translated option in searches, possibly due to the subject matter.

On the home page, visitors are shown photographs of 12 different girls, and on average around 10 are available at any given time. Dial the chat line number, select the extension for the girl you would like to speak to, and you will be connected immediately. Of course, the service is open to over 18s only. I would imagine the chat can get pretty hot at times, just as it always has done on these kinds of chat lines.

One or two of the girls are showing their selfie abilities, having taken their pictures in front of a mirror for maximum effect. Gonca is standing in her bathroom, while Esra is showing off her bedroom behind her. There are a fair number of exaggerated pouts, as you might expect, and Gonca at least looks as if she is channeling Kim Kardashian, in a figure hugging dress with her head back, long hair dangling and backside prominently thrust out. Both Ada and Ecrin’s photos show them as car passengers, and while Ada’s thousand yard stare is not directed at the camera, Ecrin’s large dark glasses hide a direct gaze as she flips the peace sign. Interested visitors can click the photos for a biography and more information on each girl. The site proudly boasts that it employs 100% Turkish girls on the phone lines.

The site administrators are contactable by email if users have any questions or run into problems while using the chat lines. However, these services are generally fairly simple to use. Regulars just have to be careful not to run up massive bills, or just as with mobile phone users who are shocked by call charges, they might be in for a nasty surprise at the end of the month.

In these technologically-led days, it’s interesting to see that the more traditional way of hooking up through private chat lines is still available in some places, even if these days the paper flyer has been replaced with a website instead.