Looks are important, and your website is no exception. Your target market’s first impression of your site is the key to reaching your online business goals. The company profile, photos, videos, and blogs can affect a visitor’s decision to make a purchase. Your potential customers can quickly make judgments and assumptions at the first glance. This is the reason you need to constantly update your site’s design.
There’s more to it than making your website attractive. If you are not getting the results you want or your site’s navigation is confusing, then it’s time that you consider a redesign. But don’t make the move yet. Though it can be tempting to rush, it’s important to know first the key metrics that can affect the success of the process.
The primary purpose of your site is to let the target market know who you are, what products or services you offer and how they will benefit from choosing you. While aesthetic appeal is essential, having quality content and clear calls to action can convert visitors into customers. When you redesign, don’t forget to work on your on-page copies. Create content that helps consumers make informed decisions. As The Room puts it: “Not only do your customers need to be able to find you in the digital space, it needs to be easy for them and they need to be able to get the information they want fast!”
With the increasing number of people using mobile phones to purchase and find information, it’s important that you optimise your site for all platforms. Another reason to worry about the responsiveness of your site is Google’s new algorithm update, which uses a site’s mobile friendliness as a ranking factor. If your site’s design is not suitable for tablets or smartphones, prepare to see your traffic take a hit and your search engine rankings go down.
Sure, your website is easy to read and all the links are working. But does it take a few minutes to view any content? When redesigning, you need to optimise your site’s speed and performance. A slow loading website can lose customers and negatively affect your online reputation.
Keep these metrics in mind while thinking about your web redesign efforts, so you can develop a cohesive plan. Make the move successful by knowing what to do and how.
People check in and out of hotels at any time of day. That is why these establishments use up more energy and money to accommodate their guests. The costly side of hotel management drives some owners out of business, unfortunately.
Hoteliers should invest in cost-effective measures to maintain their operations without spending more. Whether you are planning to set up or keep your accommodations business running, the following upgrades may help you run your hotel smoothly while lowering your operating costs:
Installing Internet connections will drive more guests to your hotel. Use it to promote your services and book guests online. It also allows people to communicate at long distances without costs. The company e-Communications & Networking agrees that VoIP and IP PBX technologies cut down expenses by improving communications systems in hotels without replacing phones. Set up Wi-Fi in your rooms and lobbies to entertain guests during their stay.
Constant use of lights will increase energy bills and maintenance costs especially in hotels. If you want to cut down costs without sacrificing customer service, choose LED Lighting for your hotel. These are not only high quality but also cost-effective to use. LED lights last longer at around 35,000 to 50,000 hours compared to other bulbs. LEDs also save energy and money by lighting a specific direction, as opposed to other bulbs that go off in all directions.
Guests tend to leave the ACs and heaters running when they are out, which adds to a hotel’s expenses. Set up programmable thermostats to save costs. These adjust the rooms’ temperatures when your guests are inside or outside their rooms, thus managing energy consumption. Furthermore, these make your rooms feel like home because they make the room’s temperature comfortable for the guests. Add a keycard management system in thermostats to enable guests to control the temperature at their own preference and convenience.
Installing these techs may seem like an expense at first, but they will eventually pay you back. They will cut down energy costs in your hotel to save money for other expenses or perhaps for business expansion.
27 Apr 2015
You just have to give it to the ants. There is so much order in how they form their lines. It’s too bad that you can hardly say the same for people who line up for major events and even for everyday things like checking out at the supermarket.
What’s worse, disorder in queues may turn deadly at a moment’s notice. Poorly managed queues fail to take into account the warning signs such as bottlenecks and potential troublemakers.
Whether at a football match, Fridays at the local bar or even a party, people seem to have a knack for breaking rank and generating chaos. The important thing for businesses is to know how to effectively manage all those people lining up.
Recently, violence broke out at a stadium in the UK during a Rotherham vs. Millwall match after the final result disappointed some fans. Visiting fans threw objects and police had to intervene to stop the scene from getting more violent.
Last year in India, a 65-year-old woman died after being caught up in a stampede while trying to collect her pension. People were lining up outside when the post office started processing applications and everyone rushed in.
There are other examples from all over the world of people getting hurt because of troublemakers and stampedes brought about by inefficient and badly managed queues. Sadly, when chaos erupts, it is the weak that often get hurt.
There are ways of preventing problems in queues, whether for high traffic establishments or for large events. Technology such as advanced queue management systems can help authorities and business
owners in putting structure and monitoring lines. With everyone moving along efficiently and issues addressed quickly, queueing can be a more pleasant experience for all.
Proper management of queues guarantees that order will prevail for those that are lining up and also for those inside the establishment. Using the right system can help in making sure issues are detected before chaos breaks out.
25 Apr 2015
While a mortgage can be a good solution to temporary problems, dealing with it may lead to complications if handled irresponsibly.
Since 1992, American families have had debts higher than what their average income can afford—this has pushed more people to put their properties up for mortgage just to have a source of income during urgent matters.
It is a responsibility you have to be mindful of. If not, it can make your life miserable. So, if you’re in debt and wanting to pay it off as quickly as possible, here are a few dos and don’ts you have to follow:
Do Pay On Time
The first step in sustaining a healthy habit of paying off debts is following a strict schedule. Making it a habit can work wonders. In doing so, you are able to adjust your finances more responsibly and accordingly, in a way that it won’t let your budget suffer.
This can be achieved easily by consulting a professional and setting a payment schedule with a mortgage company, St. George being home to many trusted ones in Utah.
Don’t Hesitate Refinancing
If you find yourself having trouble with your current payment plan, don’t be ashamed of applying for a refinancing.
No one knows what the future holds and it’s okay to not be prepared at all times. But it is important that you know the necessary steps to take to not get in deep water.
Do Pay More
There’s no limit to how much you want to deposit every time you pay, so why not put in a bit more and speed up the payment and relieve you of the burden in the near future. By giving more than what you have to pay for when you can, your balance decreases and the payment period shortens, too.
It can be difficult, handling money matters, but going into hiding doesn’t help. Having a professional by your side and consulting regularly with him or her can lighten the burden. All you have to do is be honest about your financial concerns to be able to get the help you need.
Having to pay off your mortgage need not be an uncomfortable matter to handle. Let these dos and don’ts guide you and help you on your way to the debt-free life you deserve.
23 Apr 2015
Of the 56 states and territories, Utah ranked second to Alaska in terms of toxic chemical release and waste. Salt Lake City has been doubling its efforts to properly manage and dispose all of its chemical waste to avoid any accidental release or long-term environmental liabilities.
Plenty of waste management companies and firms have popped up, such as Enviro Care, which further reinforces the necessary precaution and response the residents should take in the face of such dangers and hazards.
Utah’s Clean Up Day
Apart from the commercial efforts of companies and firms in proper handling and disposing of toxic waste, the government also held a Hazardous Waste Day, an event where the residents make an occasion out of their collective effort of gathering and moving waste materials.
It’s a volunteer-centered event and although a bit of cash is necessary to get rid of and neutralize the waste, it is generally a free service. The department is considering allocating a bit of a budget to the expenses of the program and making it into a semi-annual event.
Hazardous Waste Day in Utah County is now one of the most anticipated events for people in the area. It is so popular that organizers are thinking about charging a small tipping fee to cover the costs. Apart from the apparent benefits the county gains from the event, it also keeps residents informed about the waste, the risks, and the solutions that come with.
Hazardous Materials and Waste
Utah is a major hub of factories, petroleum, and railroad and transportation industries. This set-up affects the county’s safety when it comes to accidents and events of chemical or waste spills. According to experts, hazardous materials include those that are flammable, corrosive, toxic and air or water reactive.
Removal of aforementioned materials and hazards is crucial. Practice safety and use safe containers. When it comes to storing, handling and transporting the collected waste, it is best to ask professionals to do the job for you to avoid any further mishaps or damage.
It’s crucial that we live in a safe and healthy environment. If these materials and waste are left to accumulate, irreparable and long-term damage to the environment and your health may occur. Best to act while it’s still early.
If you leave management in the hands of inexperienced event planners, a lot of things can go wrong. The same mistakes keep happening time and time again, and yet, people don’t seem to be learning their lessons. With the amount of ease provided by event management technologies today, Growtix.com says common problems can be avoided.
Here are some of the biggest event planning mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Bad website for your event
A common mistake among event planners is putting up confusing websites that guests have a hard time navigating around. Looking for information and news, they’re going to the first available source: the Internet. That’s why your event website should be clear in presenting event information and details. Don’t let a bad website put off your guests and keep them from attending.
This happens when guests are wandering around the venue and clueless as to where to go and be seated. Chaos may ensue. The easiest way to avoid this is mapping a floor or seating plan and making it accessible on the guests’ event apps.
Another problem that can stem from this is a negative reputation that can affect the attendance of your future events. People will remember all the inconveniences your poor organization caused them and think twice about showing up again.
Printed flyers schedules
Do away with paper. Guests can easily lose them and find them inconvenient to carry around. Also, thrown flyers and schedules can cause a big clutter in the event. For your environmentally conscious guests, the waste of paper can give you a bad reputation.
Go for something more permanent and more eco-friendly. You need an efficient event planning software that makes your event schedules available online. Now all your guests have to do is download the app and access the list of schedules. Or they can download it in PDF format and just like that, it’s on their phone.
The lesson to take from this is to go digital. It’s more practical, efficient and greener. When it comes to event planning, software is your ultimate solution to common problems.
21 Apr 2015
We know bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) as small establishments offering overnight accommodation, which also includes breakfast. Typically, B&Bs are private homes offering lodging with less than 10 bedrooms available for guests and tourists.
Travellers, tourist or business, seek bed and breakfasts as the cheaper alternative to hotels, lodges or motels nearby. Over 185 Australian businesses are dedicated to this area. Because of its demand and sales opportunities, numerous investors seek out real estate firms, such as resortbrokers.com.au, for a bed and breakfast for sale.
Prior to its popularity, the bed and breakfast concept hailed from humble beginnings.
From Monasteries to Taverns
Bed and breakfasts existed in one form or another since the beginning. During the earlier times, monasteries served as bed and breakfasts for travellers. Some monasteries still serve as B&Bs today.
The term “B&B” first came into use in England, Scotland and Ireland. “Bed & breakfast” is not commonly used in numerous countries. Terms like pousados, gasthaus, minskukus, and shukukos are used by Americans and English-speaking Europeans to describe the concept of the bed and breakfast.
The United States’ history of bed and breakfasts dates back to the time of the early settlers. Pioneers travelled trails across the country and sought accommodation in inns, family homes and taverns.
Bed and Breakfasts during the Great Depression and Recent Years
When the Great Depression struck, people opened their homes to travellers for additional income for their family. During this time, the term boarding house was born. Once the Depression ended, people’s idea of bed and breakfasts changed drastically. B&Bs declined in demand because people believed this type of lodging was just for low-income travellers.
During the 1950s, people chose tourist homes over bed and breakfasts. Once motels were built on highways, B&Bs were forgotten. In the 1960s, the average disposable incomes of average Australians were greater compared to New Zealanders’. This lessened the incentive to let out rooms to travellers.
Today, bed and breakfasts are no longer viewed as low-quality accommodation alternatives. For the romantic and sentimental traveller, B&Bs are attractive alternatives. Some B&Bs also offer amenities not present even in the most expensive hotels, making them quality lodging choices.
In 2010, a new system known as SCR or Selective Catalytic Reduction was introduced in vehicles manufactured in the United States that utilize diesel fuel. This technology is meant to reduce NOx emissions, and has been used in Europe before it was introduced in America.
If your truck or SUV came out of the production line after the system was introduced, then it already features the SCR system and equipped with def fluid pumps that releases aqueous diesel exhaust fluid or DEF. This substance, which is composed of 67.5% de-ionized water and 32.5% urea, is stored in a separate container.
What is the Function of DEF?
DEF is not an additive. It is a non-toxic, colorless, and non-flammable substance. Its main function of diesel exhaust fluid is to break down noxious emissions released into the exhaust stream of vehicles using diesel fuel into harmless compounds. The substance was especially formulated in accordance with EPA emissions requirements. DEF is harmless to humans. But, it may cause corrosion in metals such as copper, zinc, aluminum, and carbon steel. This means that you don’t need to wear protective clothing when handling diesel exhaust fluid. However, you should not store the substance in containers made with the metals that it can react with.
Friendly to the Environment
How does DEF improve the quality of vehicular emissions? Because of its chemical action, instead of harmful NOx, water and nitrogen are released into the environment. Water vapor and nitrogen are components of the air that people breathe and do not have any harmful effects to the environment as well. If your vehicle has the SCR system with a working diesel exhaust fluid pump, then you are contributing less to the acidification of rain and global warming.
What if it Spills?
If you spill DEF on yourself, just rinse the cloth with water. If you spill it on any surface, you only need to pour water so that it washes off, or wipe it clean. Small amounts of DEF left on a surface eventually turns into whitish crystals. These can be easily removed with water as well.
15 Apr 2015
One in every 20 Australians hit the slopes. Snow shops in Brisbane know that people have their own preferences when it comes to enjoying the snow or playing winter sports. Clients prefer specific types and designs of snowboards.
In terms of uniqueness, here are three snowboards with standout designs seen in many snowboarding activities.
Beginners may want to try splitboards, but the more experienced want their snowboards—and they want it unique. A company manufactured a line of snowboards with pointed tips, a design which is very different from the traditional round-tipped boards. The board comes with an extra durable body marketed to withstand abuse brought by the extreme sport.
The board’s style is really cool, but considering its pointed tip, many won’t be too comfortable snowboarding with someone using this item.
Square or Flat Tip
While the aforementioned board has pointed tip, a competitor produced a flat tip board with its promising features. Its asymmetric hybrid design keeps the rider’s balance.
The manufacturer utilized top calibre materials to ensure the board will do its job. Its comfortable feel and ergonomic design provide better control. Many snowboarders found their perfect match in this.
Snowscene recommends pairing your preferred snowboard with a rubberised belt to keep your pants up as you go about your activity.
This board has the typical rounded tip until you get to the back part where it forms a swallow tail. Instead of having a full back tip, it has a hollow centre and fins. It makes snowboards look impressive.
Numerous companies came up with their own versions of the swallow tail. Others customized their own boards to suit their style. The shallow part can be as narrow as a slit or wider depending on the actual board size.
Snowboards come in an array of shapes that stand out during competitions. Choose the shape that fits you and keeps your balance. While you’re at it, shop for snow clothes to ensure your comfort while snowboarding.
15 Apr 2015
Chronic Pain is one of the major health conditions affecting 100 million Americans – more than the number of people suffering from cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases combined. It is a major contributing factor to healthcare costs, totaling $635 million in annual expenses. Untreated chronic pain is one of the chief causes of disability.
Different lifestyles, whether an active or sedentary life, can lead to chronic pain. Some of its sources includes poor posture, overweight, congenital conditions, traumatic injury, poor sleeping conditions, wearing high heels, and natural degeneration of the body.
Physical therapy clinic, Allcare Physical Therapy, came up with a three-point solution to help people overcome the discomfort of chronic pain and reduce complications. This includes the following:
There are different methods for relieving chronic pain. To identify the right approach to the patient’s case, the therapist will determine the root cause of the pain. This may be from either lifestyle choices or appearing alongside another health condition. After the diagnosis, the therapist will provide treatments to correct and lessen the source of pain.
Chronic pain may come back due to unhealthy lifestyle or disease. To maintain relief, the therapists will suggest certain exercises and activities to help the body adjust to the corrective measures in the first step. Physical treatment is a better option than taking medications. Dependency on pain relievers may lead to overdose, which in turn, may cause worse health conditions, or even death.
Therapists can help inhibit pain reoccurrence through lifestyle rehabilitation. From the identified source of the condition during the initial stage of the therapy, they will be able to suggest continuing exercises and activities to eliminate the pain. They may also provide additional information on other possible sources of chronic pain and give tips to avoid these.
Chronic pain can be crippling and may even seem impossible to recuperate from. By addressing the root source of the pain, a person can recover from their debilitating condition with different treatments. They should also follow the therapist’s exercise and activity recommendations to help prevent complications and future reoccurrences.