Friday, July 29, 2011

Where to chose what you need

To be successful in business you need the right product at the right price.
But that is not all.
You need to find the right customers, in the right way.
As the business world evolves, so should marketing.
TV, Radio, News papers are still a good way to reach a large audience, but the Internet is a "conditio sine qua non" to find a big exposure to your business.
Also in the case of the Internet presence having a nice website is not all, to be successful it is essential to be found 24 hours a day, seven days a week...
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to read ratings

"Greece’s credit rating was cut three steps by Moody’s Investors Service, which said the European Union’s rescue for the debt-laden nation will cause substantial losses for investors and amount to a default. "

America is still AAA.
The difference is that Greece is NOT going to default, at least not in the real near future, while America has a much bigger risk ( and in the very near future).

So, how to read rating?

Who gains?

When "Nobody knows anything"

That happens when everybody knows everything.
In Napoli, Palermo, Cagliari, nobody sees,nobody hears, nobody knows, because evrybody knows who resp. Camorra, Mafia and N´drangheta are and everybody has something to earn and a lot to lose.
That is the way you can build the biggest network of criminals that lives on the shoulders of the many who work and believe in "democracy, law and order".

If there were less believers and more viewers, may be, we would have hopes.

How to make a lot of money and keeping it

"Only Wall Street could put the economy at risk and it had an excellent reason to do so: profit.
It made huge profits in the build-up to the credit crisis and huge profits when it sold itself as “too big to fail” and received massive government and Federal Reserve bailouts.
Most of the serious economic damage the U.S. is struggling with today was done by the top 0.1% and they benefited greatly from it.

Not surprisingly, Wall Street and the top of corporate America are doing extremely well as of June 2011.
For example, in Q1 of 2011, America’s top corporations reported 31% profit growth and a 31% reduction in taxes, the latter due to profit outsourcing to low tax rate countries.
Somewhere around 40% of the profits in the S&P 500 come from overseas and stay overseas, with about half of these 500 top corporations having their headquarters in tax havens.
If the corporations don’t repatriate their profits, they pay no U.S. taxes. The year 2010 was a record year for compensation on Wall Street, while corporate CEO compensation rose by over 30%, most Americans struggled.
In 2010 a dozen major companies, including GE, Verizon, Boeing, Wells Fargo, and Fed Ex paid US tax rates between -0.7% and -9.2%. Production, employment, profits, and taxes have all been outsourced.
Major U.S. corporations are currently lobbying to have another “tax-repatriation” window like that in 2004 where they can bring back corporate profits at a 5.25% tax rate versus the usual 35% US corporate tax rate.
Ordinary working citizens with the lowest incomes are taxed at 10%.
A highly complex and largely discrete set of laws and exemptions from laws has been put in place by those in the uppermost reaches of the U.S. financial system.
It allows them to protect and increase their wealth and significantly affect the U.S. political and legislative processes. They have real power and real wealth. Ordinary citizens in the bottom 99.9% are largely not aware of these systems, do not understand how they work, are unlikely to participate in them, and have little likelihood of entering the top 0.5%, much less the top 0.1%. Moreover, those at the very top have no incentive whatsoever for revealing or changing the rules. I am not optimistic."


If you do not belong to that group, sorry for you, you won´t make a lot of money.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The jobs of the near future

The field that will employ the largest number of newly trained people is the one concerning the manufacturing of products that contain rare-earth elements.
These products include phosphors for lighting and displays as well as magnets for electric motors, wind turbines, cell phones, and of course computers.
In addition, a smaller number of scientists and engineers will be needed to process the elements into the metals that go into magnets and batteries or into the compounds required for phosphors and catalysts.
Others will be needed to explore for sources of ore and to work in mining.
Students with a solid background in rare earths and the fundamentals of chemistry, materials science, and engineering will be needed.
So the need of a dedicated national research center at a college or university with a long tradition in the study of what has become a largely forgotten area of science and engineering.
The industry’s only real alternative is to turn to China, which is already training hundreds of students in this field.
But that would simply re-create the problem US is struggling with: relying on others for such a crucial part of their technological infrastructure.

The fast and easy way to attract visitors to your booth

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They can be in a variety of shapes and sizes and you can add graphics to them, usually some catching picture that invites passers by to stop and ask about your company.
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You can find different shapes of pop up trade show displays, for example wave pop ups, straight pop ups, curve and even a 20 foot system.
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To attract visitors to your booth has never been so easy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

If you want to be successful you have to be in the right place at the right moment.

Most companies would like a real marketing that fits their corporate image and marketing strategy.
Most Web developers still think marketing is one of those things lesser people do instead of making a real living by programming.
On the other hand, marketing consulting firms and advertising agencies typically lack the technical expertise to set up an effective marketing for a client. From the very beginning, a market gap existed for firms that could span the two worlds and provide a combination of marketing, advertising and development services for companies wanting to join the Web.
Many concentrate only on marketing online, forgetting the people that still are consumers of the "old " world, that is, TV, radio and print.
That is why a good Advertising Agency should help any business to have the maximal exposure, on ALL the available markets.
Content, creativity and the right communication are the deciding factors in the success of a company.
On TV you catch the audience with content and mix it with commercials, and the audience is kind of passive.
On the Net the offer of content as "channels" is huge compared to TV because open to ALL.
In this environment the customers have a big weapon: freedom of choice, and freedom of mouse.
How to catch the browser and turn him first into audience and second into buyer?
The best is still creating a mixed media marketing experience by combining old and new media.
If you want to be successful you have to be in the right place at the right moment.

Is the newspapers time over?

We need journalists, but for what?
To cook the same news from the same sources?
To report about the same boring press conferences?
To republish today the same news that readers read already YESTERDAY?
To print pages and pages of the same informations nobody is really interested in?
To fill pages and pages of stuff that are in more than one web site?

The real challenge in the news industry is not how many people are journalists, but how many can really change the rules and traditions of a newspaper that does not work anymore.

Today´s problem is: newspapers are loosing or not attracting talented people because talented people cannot express themselves in a new way.

But what is vital for the survival of news(papers)?
In a fast changing society the communication means HAVE to change FAST.
Or to die.
"Everything must change in order to be always the same"
Do newspaper want to attract customers as they used to?
They have to understand that life has changed and so the consumers' needs.
When TV appeared Hollywood slowly adapted to the new reality and came to people's home.
Now the Internet has revolutioned the way people buy, entertain and inform themselves.
So that stores, entertainments and information HAS to come to them or just loose them.
This is the choice to do.
And it won't be painless, because gone are also the big revenues.
In a virtual world everything has got very cheap, because there is no paper, no printing, not even few almost monopolistic newspaper, and many which recooked the same news.
There is a huge world which is slowly opening, which could mean huge revenues because of the number.
Yes, in today's world what makes good revenues is the huge number.
What about a newspaper on line for a 10 dollars yearly fee?
Or even less.
It looks very cheap, but it could be profitable.
What about a newspaper made by many selected articles, to suit the tastes of the people.
What about many niche markets?
What about real news in real time?
What about a newspaper which is international and in the same time has local news?
What about the end of "the same size fits all?"
This is the beautiful of the Internet and the virtual THING: everything is cheaply possible.
And the one who will have the best ideas in the shortest time, HE will be the winner.
No, the newspaper time is not over, it just began...

Do not forget to be there when they look for your products or services

I don’t care what it costs to get bits from here to Timbuktu – I care very much what it costs to get from my house to my local school.
They configure networks as if the Internet were far, far away, and they come up with arbitrary peering prices. That doesn’t meant that it’s intrinsically expensive – it means they’ve managed to make it expensive.
Five years ago I had a vision: the Metropolitan Internet.
And I had the same idea about how the Internet bandwidth was wasted when looking for local websites.
How wonderful if when I am looking for something local my request wouldn't travel around the world, but would use the local infrastructures, making it easier, faster and cheaper.
In the same way, when I am looking for a pizza in a small town near nowhere and I want to use a search engine like Google I finish finding ALL the Pizzerias in the big cities and, after a while and 300 pages, I just give up.
What if the search engine, when I am looking for ANY local business, would show me ALL the available in a few pages?
That was my dream, and as very often, it came true, because somebody had the same vision I had.
So, if you own a small or medium sized business and do not need customers in Timbuktu, but are concentrated in the local search, there is a company that can help you in that.
With first class local SEO they can make your website appear every time somebody is looking for your products or services in your zone.
It is a kind of the old yellow pages, but it works much better.
Of course placement on the Internet for a company is everything.
If you are NOT in the first ten pages (but even less) you are NOT there.
If your customers do not find you, they are not your customers.
Being the best doesn’t necessarily mean your company is going to be the best performing.
Beginning September 22, Google will make it much more difficult to fulfill all requirements for its Product Search feature.
For example, merchants must add a lot of additional information’s for their items, like size, category, color availability, gender and age-group specifications.
Without them the website will be pulled and suspended.
That is certainly something nobody is looking forward to.
In this view it becomes quite essential to have the help of a company who is an expert in local search news.
So, after doing all you can to provide your customers with the best products or services at the best price, do not forget to be there when they look for them...

Friday, July 15, 2011

Who profits?

That is the question you have to ask if you want to find a murderer.
Who profits?
That is exactly the same question I asked myself to understand what is happening.
Who are the speculators, who earns out of the situation?
There is just one answer: the BANKS.

Take Italy.
After the speculative attack, the bonds had to pay interest rates almost at 6%...
Who pays the interests? The Italian people
What happens?
The European bank, the International monetary fund (the International Mafia Federation) come at Italy rescue.
They give the money.
To whom?
To Italy?
No to the Banks.
Now the Banks have 50 billion Euros on which they pay 1% interest rates.
Now they CAN lend to Italy 500 billion Euros.
Buying their bonds which pay 6% interest rates...
They pay 1% on 50 billion and can lend 500 billions at 6%...
Not a bad deal...
And the risk is zero, because, if Italy defaults ( which will not happen) the state WILL bail out the banks.

That is exactly who profits.
That is the murderer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What is behind the speculators

What do you have to do to keep somebody as your slave?
Simply put him in debts with you.

What is happening to Greece in first row and Italy just a few days ago, is very clear to me.
Speculators dump State bonds, obliging the country to upgrade the interest rates to make them more alluring.
But higher interest rates mean to strangle a country and killing it.

What happens?
The BCE and the IMF come to its rescue.
They lend enough money to survive, at a very low interest rate, so that the country can buy back enough bonds to keep the interest rate low. (the money lent is at a very low interest).

And this would be a really good strategy.
If a country has low interests to pay can think of being able to repay the debts.
Where is the catch?

They impose harsh conditions, so that the Nation dies and is swallowed in a higher state, the state of Europe which is ruled by big corporations, banks, financial institutions.
Do you want the money?
Well, you must sell the Parthenon at the price I tell you.
You must buy Monsanto seeds; you must do this and that.

It is like giving food to an animal which is starving at the condition to put it in a cage.

Good bye old nations of Europe, welcome to the new United States of Europe, the exact copy of the United States of America.

Ever asked yourself WHY the unemployment rate is so high?
Why salaries are getting so low?
Why quality food is so bad?
Why what is happening, is happening?

Cola´si vuole dove si puote cio´che si vuole...

Because that is what they want there, where they can, what they want...

Monday, July 11, 2011

The end of an ERA

Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off July 8 on the final flight of the shuttle program, STS-135, a 12-day mission to the International Space Station.
Atlantis carries a crew of four and the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module containing supplies and spare parts for the space station.
The STS-135 astronauts are: Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim.
This Friday was a monumental day for the United States of America, a day of decline, of national doom; this puts an end to a fifty years of men space flights by the United States.
When the Atlantis comes back to earth (hopefully) Us will be out of business for what concerns men’s space flights. It is a fall back from the magnificent achievements of Kennedy and Eisenhower.
This is indeed a tragic day, Nasa is moribund, the Space Program has come to an end.
There is money just for wars and Wall Street.
The American dream has come to its complete end.
No more democracy, no more freedom, no more law and more than anything no more dreams.
Just the crude reality of misery, despair, future poverty for many and wars.

Friday, July 08, 2011

What you could do with $1...

An Old Man was reminising about the good ole days.

"when i was a young boy, my mother would send me to the corner store with 1$. I'd come back with 5 bags of potatoes, a dozen eggs, a pound of butter, a hunk of cheese,3 loaves of bread and a gallon of milk!"

"can't do that anymore.....
too many fuckin'security cameras."

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

How much more you get for much less...

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Self Portrait

Believe it or not, this SMART guy stole a camera from a photografer and shot this picture of himself.
Of course a smiling monkey, I wouldn´t be surprised he is a she.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Happy Birthday America!

The 4th of July is a magic day for me.
Even though I am Italian I always feel a little part of myself belongs to that place.
My grandfather was there as a little boy, with his sister and brothers.
They all stayed there, he came back.
He missed his country too much, he wanted to die in Italy, in the small village where he was born, among his friends.
But a small part of his heart was there, in the new land where he lived for a while, chasing the dreams of a better life.
But he found soon out that a better life was not a better income, it was the place where you felt loved.
I was the first time in my life in USA when I was 15 and it was the 4th of July.
I didn’t know it was a big feast, we do not celebrate the birth of our nation.
We do not celebrate our nation, we take it for granted and we hate it more than loving it.
I was surprised of how proud Americans were to be Americans.
How they felt to belong to their land, how they worshipped it.
But today, today, I am not so sure anymore.
Today there is a feeling to be on the verge of an abyss, of something great that will destroy what little still has to be destroyed.
There is this feeling like being an American is not something to be proud of, like not having a future and lacking the present too.
There is not anymore what they called the American dream, there is no dream, but the sight of a sad reality which nobody can escape.
Truth is something nobody wants to talk about because it is an unhappy truth.
Truth is pretending that nothing has changed, that everything will go back as it was.
Truth is believing in miracles, because miracles happened and will happen again in this land.
Nobody talks about the next fourth of July.
Nobody talks about tomorrow.
Let’s talk about yesterday, how we were, how we hoped, how we dreamed.
Happy birthday, even though it is one nobody would like to celebrate.
America has reached the age in which you shouldn’t celebrate birthdays anymore.

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