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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Get Well Soon flowers from Laura Florist and Gifts, Melbourne, Australia

Laura Florist and Gifts, Melbourne Australia
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Flowers are appropriate in many different situations. A bunch or bouquet can express thanks, sorrow, congratulations, apologies or a get well message, depending on the colours and flowers chosen.


If you choose to send get well flowers to someone, you may well opt for a bright and cheerful arrangement, maybe sunflowers, roses or tulips, such as the flowers Melbourne-based Laura Florist and Gifts offer. Bright flowers can be a spot of colour in a world that often looks strange, clinical and monochrome. If the recipient is still in hospital, do be sure to check with the ward before arranging delivery though. Many intensive care units will not accept flower deliveries, and other wards may decline on grounds of allergy or space. Patients and staff may love the colourful displays, but hygiene has to come first in a hospital.


In these situations it may be easier to arrange for the flower delivery to be made to the patient’s home on the day they are discharged, being sure that someone will be around to take delivery of the gift. After all, the patient’s family need cheering up just as much as the patient, and a bunch of brightly coloured flowers shows that someone is thinking about them and their loved ones. Some of the arrangements even come with their own vase, saving the fuss of having to poke around to find one when the delivery is made. Even those showcased in a box can be left in the box for a few days thanks to the moisture retaining material lining the stems of the display.


Melbourne flower delivery company Laura Florist and Gifts have a selection of suitable bouquets, priced from AUS$39 to AUS$89. They feature sunflowers, lilies, roses, tulips and gerberas in cheerful yellows, bright reds, oranges and deep purples. The native seasonal arrangements are a mixed option for those unsure of which flowers to send, while the additional bundle choice available with the arrangements offers a selection of extra gifts such as chocolates, alcohol, a cuddly toy or a seasonal accessory.


Free delivery is offered within 30km of the Melbourne CBD; same day delivery is available for all arrangements ordered before 11am. Once you have established whether the ward does accept flower deliveries, you will need to provide full information on the location (the hospital’s address and the ward number where the delivery is to be made) plus, of course, the name of the patient. This helps us too, as all our cards are hand-written, and we like to address our recipients by name. Don’t forget to let us have your details as well, in case we need to rearrange delivery.


A bunch of get well flowers doesn’t have to be delivered to hospital, however. You might simply want to cheer up your friend or neighbour who is recuperating at home on sick leave, or has been laid up with a nasty virus. A get well soon bouquet could be just as appropriate for someone who has had ‘flu, bronchitis or is recovering from a sprained ankle or broken bone. A bright, eye-catching arrangement could be offered as a pick me up for someone feeling down, even someone who has said they feel lonely, to show that you are thinking of them even if you can’t visit in person. A cuddly toy included with the bouquet will give them a lasting reminder of your gift, although a box of chocolates or a bottle of alcohol could also be warmly received, depending on the recipient.


Ordering get well soon flowers in Melbourne has never been easier. Laura Florist and Gifts has the choice you’ve been looking for.

Friday, November 17, 2017

LogicalDOC Content Management System, available in 35 languages

LogicalDOC Content Management System.
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LogicalDOC is a document management system which aims to make retrieval of documents easy. Given that these systems have to cater for everyone from the tech-averse to the geeks and nerds among us, easy is good. The company behind LogicalDOC has been established for over a decade, and currently has over 4,000 active installations.

The link I was sent from wwwhatsNew.com is to an article on a Spanish language website but LogicalDOC is an international program, available in 35 languages. LogicalDOC is aimed at medium sized companies and larger firms, offering a way to take control over documents, find and update paperwork quickly. In turn, this can improve productivity and automation of these processes. LogicalDOC’s hope is that their system will eliminate paper documents, although this will, of course, depend on the staff using it. Some people prefer to read a hard copy document, while others have grown up reading on screens.

Any company which is subject to regular external auditing will be familiar with the need to retrieve any given document in minutes, on demand and under pressure. Accreditation can depend on the firm’s ability to prove that their documentation is available to all staff, and easily found by anyone needing to read it. A robust document management system is a cornerstone of successful accreditations, and often a stumbling block for some organisations.

The best document management systems walk a fine line between being simple to use and having a comprehensive indexing and search system. LogicalDOC is one such option. Searches use keywords and parameters for a more accessible search. The web-based front page interface allows for easy file sharing, search and audit access. This can improve both organisation and collaboration, as groups of similar documents can be tagged with the same keywords, while simple file sharing helps staff work successfully with colleagues in other departments to create common documents for shared processes.

Talking of accessibility, besides being available in Windows, Linux and Mac varieties, LogicalDOC also has an open source version, LogicalDOC Community Edition, for the ultimate experience on mobiles, personal desktops and company servers. There is a free app version of the software for phones and tablets, as well as a cloud-based option for those companies lacking resources to host their own system.

LogicalDOC makes it easy to get started, users simply drag and drop files as needed. Documents can easily be shared between groups of staff or individuals, and the scale-ability of the product means there’s something for all sizes of organisation. The document management system is suitable for many different types of environment, including those who want a paperless office and firms looking for knowledge management software as well as specialist applications such as legal firms and healthcare providers.

Seeing as LogicalDOC is easily available via a download from the company’s website, it makes sense for companies to consider it as an option when looking for a document management system. As a relatively new package, it has many points to recommend it. Free demonstrations are available on request for those who prefer to see it in action before buying.

Organisations could do worse than give this system a try when looking to set up or upgrade their document management systems. LogicalDOC is available across several platforms, has an easily accessible business model, allowing a free trial before purchase, and a simple drag-and-drop operation. That should tick many boxes for many firms, at least.

LogicalDOC.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Laura Florist and Gifts in Melbourne, Australia: premium online flower orders and delivery


Laura Florist and Gifts. 'From our hearts to yours.'
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Flowers speak a thousand words. They are given as tokens of love, as presents, as wedding gifts, in thanks and in memory. There is a whole dictionary of meaning built up around different colours and types of flowers and the meaning behind them. Everyone knows red roses mean love and white flowers indicate eternal joy and purity. Yellow ‘mums show neglected love, and some people say that giving them is bad luck. A simple internet search will list pages and pages of articles on the meanings of flowers in different situations, when it is appropriate to give certain types of flowers and the significance behind many popular bouquets and flower-based traditions.


Melbourne, Australia area residents have online options to make the choice of giving flowers quicker and easier. A Melbourne-based online florist such as Laura Florist and Gifts knows the right colours to use for all the common scenarios and has a wide selection of traditional and modern arrangements for any occasion. The flowers used include gerberas, roses, sunflowers, lilies, tulips, wildflowers and iris. Bouquets are themed by common occasions such as romantic gifts, anniversaries, birthdays and sympathy, but also include options for Get Well Soon bouquets suitable for hospitals (remember to check whether the ward accepts flowers first though), Mother’s Day and new baby congratulatory bouquets. The traditional Thank You and Sorry bouquets are also covered. Arrangements are available in many different sizes; some are boxed, while others come in vases. All are beautifully presented, as would be expected. The wrapping is as much part of the artistry of the arrangement as the blooms themselves. Each arrangement has further information available, including exactly what is included in each order. Similar arrangements are also highlighted so buyers can easily make a decision.


Many relationship pages recommend the random gift of flowers as a ‘just because’ gesture. Roses are ideal for this, and Laura Florist and Gifts has a beautiful selection in the Romance and Thank You section. Ordering is ridiculously easy, with a one-click Buy Now option on every bouquet, as well as Wish List and Quick View buttons. The arrangements are a mix of traditional colours and unusual mixes, so buyers can be sure that all tastes are covered. Of course the classic dozen or half dozen red roses arrangements are available, as well as the traditional white lilies or roses for sympathy. But there is an amazing choice so if the occasion is right, buyers can buck the trends and be a bit more daring. Whether it’s a cheeky little brightly coloured gerbera posy, a boxed arrangement of fresh lilies and roses or the bright statement yellow splash of sunflowers, Laura Florist and Gifts can make up the requested bouquet and even deliver the same day, if the order is placed early enough.


The staff will deliver orders between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday, within a 30km radius of Melbourne CBD. Same day delivery is available for orders placed before 9am. Delivery costs under $10, although a redelivery fee may apply if the recipient is out or the address given proves to be incorrect.


Facebook users have the option to go to the Laura Florist and Gifts page there and see the company’s first commercial. It’s only 35 seconds long, but it lays the company’s business out in plain terms; delivery to the recipient’s door, arrangements prepared with love and attention to detail.


Melbourne residents now have no excuses not to show their loved one they love them, surprise their mother or send a bouquet to a friend or neighbour in hospital. With Laura Florist and Gifts it’s a matter of a couple of clicks to have the order placed and the delivery on its way that day.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

LoveSprout.co dating site, open to all


Can’t find Mr or Ms Right? Mainstream dating sites not working? Fed up of dating apps? Try LoveSprout.co.
LoveSprout.co caters for everyone, no matter how you identify. Whatever your place on the gender spectrum. LoveSprout.co wants to help you find your ideal partner. Even without joining the site, the search on the front page allows would-be members to find like-minded types across male and female genders of any age from 18 upwards.
The site has international members and specializes in LGBT matches, such that the Success Stories page has several profiles of same sex couples who are married or civil partners. There are presently 196 pages of profiles, so surely there must be someone for everyone there? LoveSprout was set up on a whim, to offer a site specifically for the LGBT community, but also catering for anyone who wants to meet new friends. The founders want to give equal rights a boost, and are choosing to do this through the provision of a dating website for anyone.

As with many websites, LoveSprout offers every level of involvement from finding new friends to casual dating and serious relationships. It was built as a result of input from various friends of the founders, and has grown organically from there. The site is still in development, but to develop, it needs feedback from users, no matter their level of engagement with the site.

Registration is easy; for starters, potential members only have to give a username, email address and password, or sign in with an existing Facebook account. The owners are hoping to offer more features and upgrades as the site gains members, and they are constantly working to make it more user-friendly and incorporate the features that members request.

As you might expect from a dating site, LoveSprout has a robust privacy policy with details of information collected and how the site uses that data. They remind users/members that some advertisers on LoveSprout may have other markers which they use to collect information. This may or may not include generic location information (geotargeting). A profile can be customized to show as much or as little information as the member wishes, but nothing in the ‘description’ field is made public by LoveSprout.co. There is also a clearly explained opt-out right.

Generally though, LoveSprout operates the same as all dating sites the world over. Two people meet, decide they like each other enough to spend time together. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t. Rinse and repeat until it does, if you find that there is no one initially who meets your requirements. Eventually, your Prince or Princess will show up, and like many people these days, you will be blessing the invention of dating sites.

All dating sites have one thing in common - they widen the pool of available partners. For a member of the LGBT community, that pool may seem smaller than it actually is. LoveSprout is here to show you that your options are international, if that’s the way you want it.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

U-Clear Dermabrasion anti-aging, acne remover skin care

U-Clear Dermabrasion marketing poster. Image provided and used with permission.

Crowdfunding campaigns allow all kinds of products to reach the market these days. Dominique Calhoun’s offering on GoFundMe, U-Clear Dermabrasion, is a remarkable acne remover skin care product which also has anti aging properties.

Still under the age of 30 today, fourteen years ago, Dominique discovered the ingredients which became U-Clear Dermabrasion. Most teens suffer skin problems at some point or another, and Dominique was convinced that U-Clear Dermabrasion could be the answer. Moving to California was the next natural goal, and that accomplished, Dominique set about marketing U-Clear.

Dominique’s dream is that millions of people will use the product, a uniquely developed abrasive skin cleaner. Given the polluted air that many city dwellers have to endure, and the dull skin that results, this is potentially a very useful product for all ages, but may well appeal more to teenagers struggling to deal with oily, greasy, spotty skin.

Suitable for age 11 and up, U-Clear Dermabrasion is a quality exfoliative skin product which helps to remove the top layer of facial skin to leave a smoother and softer finish. This makes makeup look smoother, for a start. People can look younger and healthier, perhaps even feel better because of the compliments they are receiving. Exfoliation should not be carried out too often, as this leads to skin damage which is just as bad as the acne the product is working to clear. However, there is no doubt that softer, smoother looking skin is a goal for many teens struggling with acne, whiteheads, blackheads or oily skin.

U-Clear Dermabrasion’s business goals are clearly laid out in the GoFundMe submission: great customer service, an excellent product, competitive pricing and improved quality of life for customers as a result.

The marketing and advertising plan for U-Clear Dermabrasion includes development of a website and associated web-based support, wide-ranging education about the product plus regular analysis of customer satisfaction to improve both the product and service levels. Employees are envisaged to be qualified professionals in the skincare and cosmetics fields who also possess excellent customer service abilities.

U-Clear Dermabrasion plans to operate a wide ranging initial advertising campaign, in places customers might expect, such as healthcare, beauty and medical locations, but also utilizing local newspapers, radio and television options. The product will also be publicized via mail-outs, the company website and brochures in the offices of medical referrers. The GoFundMe page gives far more information about the marketing plans, as well as a SWOT analysis and further details on the other plans that Dominique has for U-Clear Dermabrasion.

Monday, July 31, 2017

BohAwesome - clothing to express your inner goddess

BohAwesome logo. Image supplied and used with permission.


BohAwesome is one of those websites which does what is says on the tin. The clothing and accessories showcased here are both bohemian and awesome. Flowing lines, geometric prints and handmade style are all to be found, plus wallets and bracelets for men and baby dresses to make an infant daughter the talk of the town or the belle of the festival.


BohAwesome mainly concentrates on ladies’ clothing and accessories, however. These are the kind of maxi dresses that just fall over any shape, scarves to brighten up the dullest of days, swimsuits to rock the pool...oh, you get my drift? Jumpsuits and shorts, tops, leggings, shoes, jewelry and accessories are all available through this site.


From sandals to heels, there are shoes to suit all styles. Fringed heels, stilettos of all kinds and strappy Roman gladiator sandals are all for sale here. Colorful leggings, fringed jeans and bellbottom jazzy patterned pants, gypsy tops, strappy ruffles, waterfall hems and more. Needless to say, BohAwesome has a strong social media presence, with accounts on both Twitter and Instagram @BohAwesomeFinds. Such striking fashion demands a regular social media update, after all.


Like many (often much larger) sites, BohAwesome offers a referral reward program. The Get $20, Give $20 friend referral program offers referrers a chance to earn $20 for every customer they refer when that friend makes their first purchase. Plus the referred friend ends up with a $20 discount on their first purchase too. That’s a win-win situation, surely?


BohAweome offers a tangled and colorful fusion of Bohemian, Southwestern, Mayan/Aztec, Island and Rustic finds. The site offers free standard shipping on all US orders and free shipping for international orders over $100. Payment can be made by most major credit cards or PayPal, so it’s summertime and the buying is easy, as Nina Simone might have said...


A recommended tab shows items that browsing customers might like, while there is also a popup message giving the names of the latest members to join, as another hint that customers might be better in this club than looking on from the outside.


BohAwesome is an ideal site for those who like unusual, one off, handmade and unique clothing. Today’s world is one of niche and uniqueness, with everyone from parents to businesses trying to be the one of their kind that everyone prefers. With clothing from BohAwesome, ladies have the chance to wear the unique, one-of-a-kind style that sets them apart from the brands and the malls.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Budleigh Salterton, Devon, England

Budleigh Salterton. Image by AnthonyDay on pixabay. CC0.

Budleigh Salterton's main claim to fame is that Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall and many other books, lives there.

It's a small town where it feels as if time has stood still. There are a couple of pubs, a restaurant or two, antique shops and independent businesses. Like Totnes, the place seems to have taken a decision to reject chain stores and blandness, opting instead for an air of gentility and a general slowing down of life. There are no cheap end hotels, instead bijou (and pricy) b&bs and Airbnb lets are the only way to stay overnight in the town. There are a number of caravan and holiday parks nearby too.

It is impossible to do anything quickly in Budleigh. Everything must be accomplished at a slow and refined pace, with due respect paid to the midnight noise curfew. Even the chippie shuts at 9.30pm on Saturday, so for the best cheesy chips in this corner of the world, opt for a Sunday lunch takeaway portion eaten sitting on the prom or the beach. The calories can easily be walked off with a stroll along the 2 mile long beach or a more bracing hike along the South West Coast Path.

The cliffs are part of the Jurassic Coast, as you might have guessed given their blazing red colour. The shingle beach means barbecues can be enjoyed safely. Partygoers should remember to leave the beach tidy, though. The good folk of Budleigh don't like seeing beer bottles, cans and food wrappings thrown around.

Budleigh is a great place to start a walk along the coast, but equally, it has a noted literary festival and plenty of places to curl up for a quiet read indoors or out. Walking and golfing enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy, and the network of B&Bs and holiday parks in and around the town lend themselves perfectly to an outdoorsy holiday filled with sightseeing, picnics, pubs and fresh air.

Budleigh's unspoilt air is added to by the winding roads into the town. The historic buildings were here before the car, and little has changed since. It might only be 20 minutes by car from Exeter, but it feels a world away. That doesn't mean it's cut off though - a look at the local tourist information site will show a list of places to visit and things to do from touring museums and gardens to horse riding, cycling, birdwatching, nature reserves and even a donkey sanctuary.

The farmers' market on the last Friday of the month is the place to go for local produce, while the independent, unspoilt nature of the area lends itself to a vibrant arts scene. Amateur dramatics, artists, writers and musicians have regular chances to showcase their work, with picnic concerts, music festivals, art exhibitions and plays lining up alongside the better known literary festival. Foodies had better make a note that the Food & Drink Festival will hopefully return in 2019, while vineyard tours can be enjoyed at Lily Farm. Further information from the Budleigh Salterton Information Centre.


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Draw.chat free online whiteboard (etc) collaboration tool

Screengrab of draw.chat's homepage.

Draw.chat is an innovative collaborative progressive web app, or PWA, which allows users to communicate in visual drawings as well as through text chat, audio, videos and by uploading files.

Progressive web apps are technically normal web pages available through modern browsers such as Google Chrome, but they look more like something users would see on a mobile. They allow all kinds of tricks that regular web pages wouldn’t too, such as being able to draw a response in a chat window, swap files and work on a mobile as seamlessly as a PC.

Draw.chat describes itself as a free online whiteboard, but the site also allows video conferencing and text messages with offline notification. The video conferencing side allows images and files to be dragged and dropped into the chat, while the text messaging option will suit those more used to chatrooms than video conferencing.

Draw.chat is powered by Sketchpad.pro and has an extensive lexicon of keyboard shortcuts available for Windows and Mac systems, These cover all aspects of tool use, navigation and editing functions. It looks fairly simple to use, whether on the elderly Mac laptop I own or my more modern Android phone.

A meeting is initiated via the Start Meeting button available on most pages of the site. It’s as simple as that. Collaboration is easy, whether users write, draw or speak their ideas by preference. I can see this PWA appealing to the severely dyslexic people I have worked with, who were able to understand pictures much quicker than words, as well as those who prefer to speak to someone face to face and people like me who prefer words on a page.

Yes, there have been drawing apps before which have a chat element; the similarly named DrawChat or Draw Something (both 2012 releases), for instance. But this isn’t an app. It doesn’t appear in Google Play. Users simply type draw.chat into their browser and the site will load. On a desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile, it looks and works the same. And unlike many apps, this PWA has a solid business purpose. It can bring together collaborators from around the world in a couple of clicks, and allow them to share ideas across different media simply and quickly, crossing boundaries of language and expression.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

TecAdemics affiliate program

Image from Public Domain Pictures on Pixabay. CC0, free for public use.

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.
YouTube link provided and used with permission.


When I first wrote about Wizdiary, almost two years ago in June 2015 (WizDiary.com, 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.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Viziad peer-to-peer advertising network

Viziad, the peer-to-peer ad network

For those who have always fancied making some money online but don’t want to join one of the many independent distributorship or franchise companies out there, then Viziad may be of interest. Viziad is a new sales network for advertising space. It’s peer-to-peer, so anyone can sell advertising space to anyone else, and it doesn’t have to be an actual billboard, either. It could be a social media post, a promotional space on a menu or poster, delivering flyers, placement of a widget on a blog or offering physical advertising space on a car, van or window. Registration is free for both sellers and buyers; the only financial transaction is between individuals - and that is protected by escrow until both parties are happy that the agreed contract has been fulfilled.

As on auction sites, sellers can also be buyers, depending on what they are looking for to promote their own business or venture. Buyers can search sellers’ listings and in some cases make offers rather than paying a fixed price. Whatever it is, Viziad calls it ‘ad space’.

Once registered, the seller first has to create a listing for their ad space. This should include the location, any relevant pictures or videos, details of the proof the buyer will receive that their ad space has been shown as agreed, and any other necessary information. Basically, anything the seller wants the buyer to know about their offer should be included.

To buy, it’s as simple as clicking ‘Buy Now’ or ‘Bid Now’ for those sellers who offer a chance to bid on an ad space rather than buy it outright. The seller will receive notification that the buyer wishes to purchase their ad space. They can answer any questions the buyer has and then choose to accept or decline the buyer’s bid or offer to buy.

This platform is likely to be of interest to writers and bloggers looking to work with other freelancers with a limited budget, or those who want to reach a different market through advertising. Viziad is a chance for independent-minded advertisers to support other like-minded types, without having to rely on the major online advertising players. It may also offer a chance for companies which have been denied accounts with other advertisers to monetise their sites with appropriate ad space offered to sellers in the right fields.

Viziad peer-to-peer advertising sales network is designed to appeal to small business owners, perhaps even anyone looking for sponsorship for anything where they have the chance to show off logos and advertisements. Maybe a runner could seek sponsorship for a race and donate the money to a previously agreed charity, for instance. It takes the crowdfunding idea and expands it to encompass an entire website. Or maybe a single targeted project. It’s entirely up to the seller to specify their requirements.

Viziad is a great way for new sites to monetise their work, for freelancers to work together peer-to-peer, and for those with a small advertising budget to reach different markets. Affordable advertising for all - what’s not to like?

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Aravinda's Mojo aromatherapy and color therapy bracelets

Aravinda logo.
Image provided and used with permission.

Therapy comes in many forms. For some, confidence comes from wearing an item of favorite clothing, or a particular color. For others, it’s the reassurance of wearing a familiar perfume which brings back good memories.

Aravinda are developing a way to combine the power of color therapy and the popularity of aromatherapy in a range of distinctive slap bracelets. Called Mojo, the range is likely to be available in four colors - orange for physical energy, green for mental health, blue for calm and violet for spiritual strength.

The idea is that the wearer would combine the two therapies by putting a couple of drops of the appropriate essential oil onto the bracelet to make the most of the effects throughout the day.

The range is currently in development, with a Kickstarter campaign planned in a few months. Potential buyers who sign up for email updates now will receive a free aromatherapy ebook and a chance to purchase their bracelet at a discounted price once available.

The bracelets are made of microfiber with a waterproof neoprene layer and a stainless steel band to give the perfect fit. The bracelets of each color are patterned in a different way in a complementary color, and carry the brand name and the sense being worked upon. Aravinda means ‘lotus’ in Sanskrit, which explains the company’s logo. The flower also provides the inspiration for the designs on the bracelets thanks to its graceful lines.

Each bracelet will come with a vial of essential oil, but for those who wish to be adventurous, there is a wealth of resources online to help choose a suitable oil to address any specific problem. The bracelets are washable with soap and water, so it would be possible to change the oil of choice.

The bracelets’ colors are based on those used to indicate the various chakras, or energy centers, of the body. In color therapy, orange relates to the sacral chakra, green is for the heart, blue helps the throat and violet is the crown of the head. Green is also the color therapists use to settle their clients. Orange promotes effective circulation and revitalizes the receiver. Blue is a relaxing color and is often used to treat nerves and insomnia. Violet is the head color, when used in therapy over the head and neck it promotes the flow of subtle energies around the body.

Aravinda hope that their Mojo bracelets will bring the worlds of aromatherapy and color therapy together in an imaginative way, offering both benefit and style to wearers. The mailing list is now open, so interested potential backers can learn more from the founders as development continues.

Aravinda logo,
Image provided and used with permission.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Blackwolf workout supplements for men or women

Blackwolf workout supplements. Huntress option shown.
Image provided and used with permission.


Workout supplements are for big, musclebound guys, right?


Wrong.


At least according to Blackwolf. The company has a targeted range of supplements for men, and another for women, to optimise the effect that working out gives both. Someone in the company realised that women would like to make the best of their gym habits too, so the initial picture on Blackwolf Workout Supplements’ site shows both a male and a female in workout gear and the site goes on to detail the plus points of the Blackwolf supplement range to all customers.


The Blackwolf Workout Supplements site is an information portal for the Wolfson Berg brand Blackwolf. Sales made through the site will benefit an affiliate. As with many health and wellness brands, Wolfson Berg have turned to the affiliate market to spread the word about their product. This writer has nothing against that, as often word on social media or the wider internet is the only way to hear about such products.


The Blackwolf supplements range comprises pre-, intra- and post-workout packs tailored for male or female users. Customers are likely to see results in 2-3 weeks, which compares favourably with more widely available weight loss products. The ingredients are all natural, but scientifically engineered to give the best results depending on the version.


I have never taken workout supplements, but I have tried several widely available health and wellness products, and I will say that they work much better with an active lifestyle. These formulations are not miracle workers, and customers should ideally either undertake to become reasonably fit while taking them or already be on a fitness kick to make the most of the mixes.


Blackwolf Workout formulas are designed to be an all-in-one, three-phase workout supplement, but each phase can also be taken alone (although it may not be as effective). The company offers a free workout booklet, free shaker and free international shipping to increase its customer base.


Hunter (for men) and Huntress (for women) packs have elements for pre-, intra- and post-workout needs. The Track product is for men's pre-workout needs, while the Trail version is tailored to women's pre-workout requirements. The Hunt and Eliminate elements are the same. The difference is in the pre-workout products which are the tailored areas to suit men or women. Because the products are natural, Wolfson Berg asserts that there are no side effects and the products are safe to use.
The Blackwolf Workout Supplements site has much more information, including prices, ingredients, links to reviews and answers to questions. Fitness fans could do worse than check it out, with a USP of targeted mixes for men and women.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

MiFon 9-in-1 Android Phone Security Suite

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MiFon 9-in-1 Security Suite is the answer to every Android phone owner’s security prayers. The app bundles security, privacy and tracking features in the one app. A limited version of the MiFon app is available for free from Google Play with a chance to try the fully featured Pro version as a free trial before deciding whether to buy it.

MiFon offers malware protection, auto backup, anti-theft, find me features and more. These features will work even without internet connectivity, making MiFon an attractive proposition for all Android users worldwide. Indeed, Indian phone company Intex has bundled the app with its newest phone as standard.

The nine areas of security, privacy and tracking covered by the app are:

Antivirus and anti-malware protection

This offers protection for those users who access their banking via their phone, have a mobile phone payment app such as Android Pay or PayPal enabled or who simply have the misfortune to encounter a trojan or virus.

Backup

Everyone should back up their phone regularly, to the cloud or to an alternative location. But for those who never get around to it, MiFon can automatically create backups of texts, contacts, photos and even some social media to a personal storage cloud.

Optimization

This will clear the cache and free the memory.

Set and Forget

These three options above only need to be set up once and can then be forgotten. What could be easier?

Find me

Users who have lost or mislaid their phone can send an SMS text, even when it’s set to silent, to activate a loud siren sound. Once located - or not - users have the ability to choose to lock or wipe the phone if needed. This feature also allows users to enable phone status monitoring (battery life and so on) and receive email reports with details if the phone is not with them.

Panic button

This feature, only available on the Pro option, is the mobile phone equivalent of ringing the emergency services. It allows users to email emergency notification, location and photos to a nominated group of contacts.

Anti-theft

A really important feature, this, given the number of phones which are left, forgotten or just plain swiped by someone on the make. It’s only available through the Pro version, but could pay for itself on its own. It will send the thief’s photo, track the phone and offer the registered owner full control over it, no matter where it is.

Geo-location for a specific group

This feature is under development but once available, users can share their location with a chosen contact group. This is designed for parents who need to know that their child has arrived safely in class, for instance, or perhaps for concerned friends looking out for a singleton on a blind date or a night out.

Remote activation and control

Users of the MiFon Pro option can set a passphrase and security locks so that they can retain control over their phone if it’s lost or stolen.


MiFon Pro is available to try for 15 days free following the instructions on the Google Play site. After that time users can revert to the free options or purchase a permanent full upgrade. Users with questions can contact the team through FacebookTwitter or helpdesk email.

A Smarter Smartphone thanks to MiFon.
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