Now Get a Faster Entry to US from Miami with All-New SITA App

Mobile passport control and access are finally possible and the first airport to allow that is Miami. Through all new Sita app, Miami International Airport (MIA) is allowing faster entry to the US, with a great experience. Now apply for US passport from Miami with the use of the MIA official Airport App, submit details to the US Customs and Border Protection, and receive a simple barcode on the phone to steer clear the issues in line. This is one of the most convenient services, developed by Sita (Global Air Transport It Provider). The product is certified by US CBP for Mobile Passport Control to ease of US passport application and speeds up the entry process. Continue reading

Experts Opine for Advance US Passport Renewal to Avoid Hassles

International travel plans are quite common nowadays – both for leisure travel and business purposes. And for international travels, having a passport is mandatory. It has been seen that people who do not travel frequently often forget about the validity of their passport. And when a sudden travel plan is made, they are worried as their passport is nearing expiry. There are many countries, which do not offer visa to travelers until and unless their passport has validity of 6 months or more. Therefore it is recommended to have passport renewed well in advance so that there are no last moment hassles in the travel plan. Continue reading

Continued closures drive passport customers out of county

Continued closures drive passport customers out of county
Darwin Valladares holds daughter Keilany Valladares as his wife Marcia Diaz and their other children Yumalay Valladares and Cheisy Camila Valladares read the closed notice on the passport office at the main post office in downtown Jacksonville. With …
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Students apply for US passports Nov. 19
The Office of Study Abroad will host a UALR Passport Day Wednesday, Nov. 19, during the 2014 International Celebration Week, to give students an opportunity to apply for their U.S. passports. us-passport–150×150 Students who RSVP by Friday, Nov.
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Beware the 'six-month' rule for passport validity
Check your passport's validity. An adult's U.S. passport is valid for 10 years. … Within the Seattle city limits there are 10 places (including the King County Courthouse, post offices and neighborhood service centers) to submit passport applications …
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PIC to hold passport fair
While the cost of a passport at the fair is the same as the post office, the event is all inclusive with the added benefit of international center guidance. "We can answer any questions they have," Wenger said. "They can do everything here, take …
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Home Affairs Opens New Offices
"I am proud to inform you that currently it only takes three to four days to receive a passport and nine days to get an identity card. If you want to make sure if the passport or an identity card you have applied for is ready, before you go to one of …
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Phoenix post office to host passport fair this Saturday
PHOENIX – Need a passport or passport card? A Passport Fair this Saturday will offer customers one-stop shopping for passports, passport photos and passport cards. No appointment is needed; customers will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Unique Shinning Points, USPs for Your Business in Tough Times

 

It doesn’t take a downturn in the economy to create problems for your business. Every business has its ups and downs even in booming markets. The question is; Are you and your business well prepared and equipped to face the challenges of a soft or hard economy?

Many entrepreneurs fear the downturn, and dread the prospects of losing their customers, their people or their profit. They reason that if the economy is weak, clients and customers will cut back on projects, stop spending and might even seek cheaper alternatives from the competition.

All of this is true, but only to certain extent.  Sure, an economic slowdown and negative consumer sentiment can be challenging for your business. Or on the other hand, it can present you with an opportunity to gain new customers and boost your sales by developing effective strategies that can work best in a declining market, and brilliant for the boom times.

Depending on the industry you are in, there are numerous strategies that you can deploy to maintain and even increase your sales, while your competitors struggle to stay afloat.

The following USPs “Unique Shinning Points”, define measurable objectives and recommend key strategic initiatives that will assist you in steering your business effectively through uncertain economic times, while others struggle to get by:

USP No. 1: Utilize the slow down time to enhance your business’ basics and fundamentals

Like a machine that needs fine-tuning, after a long period of operation, so does your business needs tightening of its knots and bolts, and greasing of its parts so as to stop the squeaks.  Start from the top by revisiting and re- enforcing your company’s values, vision and mission. Ensure that your people are motivated to keep the torch of the company’s spirit alight, by demonstrating a clear understanding of the business challenges and by articulating their contribution to uphold the company’s values at all times.

Most importantly, align your company’s objectives and values with your team’s incentives and rewards. Share the information across the whole business so as to allow your people the opportunity to show initiative. Involve your team in problem solving and ask them to come forward with innovative ideas to increase profitability, enhance productivity and reduce costs.

USP No. 2: Out think your competition

Pause for a moment and ask yourself the following question; if what I sell or offer is essentially the same as my competitors, what do I need, to be different and better in many aspects including my level of customer service, my approach to marketing, promotion and sales?

The answer to this question goes beyond creativity and innovation, to positively differentiating your company from your competitors utilizing “thought leadership” with inspiring ingenuity, which will have to become a second nature to you and your business in challenging times. Your ultimate objective is to truly stand out in the minds of your customers by utilizing visionary sales and marketing strategies to create a Unique Shinning Points (USPs) that are exclusive to your company and unique to your industry. In other words, differentiate your company positively from its competitors or die.

USP No. 3: Reactivate old leads

With just little extra sales effort, old leads can be converted into profitable business. Many leads that you gave up on in the past can be reactivated and turned around, you just have to persevere.  A study by Harvard School of Business in 2007 revealed that most sales people regardless of the industry give up too early. According to the study, 75 percent of sales to business or clients are made on the fifth sales call, 25 percent of salespeople call beyond three calls!

USP No.4: Give superior level of service to your clients

Holding on to your existing customers during tough times is like holding on to fire in your hand, it is therefore of paramount importance to your business’ survival and longevity. Going the extra mile, pleasing your customers and giving them more than their money’s worth by maintaining a sales- service excellence culture, is a sure way to sustaining the impetus in your business. Now is the time to do that extra bit that can mean the difference between just merely satisfying your customers and flabbergasting – dazzling them.

USP No. 5: Plan and Implement an aggressive new marketing strategy

The truth of the matter is that, to prevent a lull in your business from ever happening in the first place, you should market consistently and aggressively all year long and every week. Not just when you need the business. Planning an ongoing marketing strategy ensures a steady stream of new business leads. Marketing done today begins a selling cycle that will result in new business when you need it six months down the track.

USP No. 6: Add value to your existing products or services

In a downturn, customers are more concerned with price than ever before. So address their concern by making sure you give them the best value for their dollar. There is no need to “give the store” or to provide an excessive level of service. Just a little extra effort or service will be perceived as a significant increase in value by your customers. Utilize technology and social media to drive business growth and in the meantime as an added value to customer service, communication and follow up.

USP No. 7:   Be positive and enthusiastic

It is imperative that you stay positive and not to become depressed in slow business periods. If you are depressed, your people and your customers can sense your depression which might have negative effect on your internal and external business. Don’t despair, be enthusiastic, believe in your people, your products and your services, and transfer that energy of enthusiasm and belief to your people and your customers.  Don’t give up too soon, remember that you are not alone, because in a downturn everybody in the market place are under the same umbrella and going through the same conditions as you are.
Seek the help of a professional coach and mentor who can assist in addressing your strengths and weaknesses while helping you discover your inner motivation and refocusing your efforts on the big picture

USP No. 8: Suspend any planned price increases

Needless to say that a business downturn is not the ideal time for you to increase your prices, even if you feel you deserve it, and that an increase is long overdue. Rearrange your prices during this transient period of business respite to accommodate a wider range of customers.

USP No. 9: Control negative and incompetent people in your business

Negative people at the best of times can be detrimental to your success. The last thing you need during tough times is a negative or incompetent person that does not “buy-in” to your values and your enterprise culture. Control and handle these situations with courage  promptly and swiftly, and remove any one who does not  “buy- in” to your business culture, as  it takes just one incompetent or negative person to hold back the entire team.

Finally and simply put, in every business cycle, and in every businessman’s life term there are defining moments that require remarkable actions congruent with the task at hand.  However, due to the pressures of the challenging moments, business people tend to overlook the big picture. Ensure the right coaching for yourself and your team so that you can focus on “back to basics” and take your team to the next level where everyone in your company is proficient at the basics and the fundamentals. Above all, keep sight of the big picture while defining the best strategies, programs and services that will boost your revenues, position your company for continued success, and most of all, that will truly differentiate your company from the others in your marketplace.

I would like to leave you with this thought from my Mentor, Peter Drucker; “ Don’t tell me what you have learned, tell me how you are going to do things differently”

 

Michael Yacoub is the CEO and Founder of Advantex International. Advantex International is located on the Gold Coast, Qld Australia and provides business coaching, strategic planning and business development services. For more information on receiving guidance from a Gold Coast business coach, please visit http://www.advantexinternational.com.au

Understanding The Work Of An Ad Agency Sydney

Advertising has been an integral part of business and this is apparent from entrepreneurs relying on advertisements to reach people and make them their customers. The forms have changed but the objective of advertising remains the same sell a product. But today this objective has included many things under its sphere. The new age businessman wants an Ad Agency Sydney to not only market his products but build his image too. The advancement in technology especially Information technology has increased the job and responsibilities of ad agencies to manifold. An advertiser is expected to do the market research and make impeccable marketing strategies and implement them too.

Companies make products and ad agencies develop ways to sell those products. The work of an Ad Agency Sydney starts with the launch of a product. Advertisement people see that products go well with the customers. The most important thing is to locate or target the genuine customers. For this, the ad people have to do extensive market research. The research reveals the real figures of the popularity of a particular product and the potential of a product to make more customers. Armed with the research results, the ad people delve on the ways to enlarge the consumer base.

With an experienced Ad Agency Sydney, companies can rest assured that their products are visible in the crowd. The ad agency, a company hires, makes sure that the products the agency is marketing get proper attention by the consumers. The means an agency employs to promote a product include banner advertising, social media optimization and viral marketing etc. etc. All the methods are time tested and result oriented. Smart ad people go an extra mile and make new marketing strategies for promotion of products. Advertising is a professionals job and probably for this reason companies rely on ad agency that could create a market for their products.

The war of popularity has reached the boardroom as is evident from the companies trying to kill their competitors by building a strong brand to hypnotize the consumers. The latest trend in the market is to go by the brand. Customers like to buy branded products rather than publicized products. Projecting yourself as a brand helps sell products, you manufacture, without any difficulty. Companies are struggling to be a brand in the eye of their customer. An Ad Agency Sydney can help you be a brand as this is also a part of advertising.

Ricky Wuori specializes in delivering the quality content on different effective techniques of strategic marketing, online brand and marketing management. The author also has an excellent command over ATL/ BTL media strategy and integrated communications strategy. For More Information Please Visit, Ad Agency Sydney.

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Talk to customers in miami with the help of miami marketing agency

Miami, the most populated county of Florida, is one of the world’s most desired vacation destinations both for celebrities as well as common people alike. Being such a tourist magnet, this county has also developed into a highly lucrative destination of business for both the local market as well as multi national companies. And hence it gets all the more difficult to stand out amongst the horde of competitors and make your presence felt to local people and tourists. For such situations, businesses need to associate themselves with an expert Miami marketing agency that would help the brand and the products to get distinguished.

Miami is a major center and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, and international trade. Businesses want to take advantage of the high inflow of tourists and vacationers in Miami and other surrounding areas in Florida, all round the year. And with every competing brand and local products present in the market, everyone wants to grab the attention of their target customers. That reduces your market share by large margins and also hinders your overall growth in Florida.

Another point to be considered here is that the local businesses know the target customers better than multi national companies, as they have their roots here in this county of Florida and thereby know the people and the tourists of this place better. This is a disadvantage for companies that have recently come to Miami to explore the markets here. To talk to your consumers, you need to speak the language that they relate to – and this is where the indigenous companies get an edge over others.

The smartest way to deal with this problem is by hiring expert promotion agencies that are based out of Miami and have established themselves here.

They would know how to talk to the local people as well as the tourists here after observing them for years. In any marketing campaign, the message plays a very critical role in attracting consumers. A Miami marketing agency would help in not just giving you the right media solutions, but will also craft the right messages that are just apt to catch the attention of your potential customers.

Businesses in Miami need to associate themselves with an expert Miami marketing agency that would help the brand and the products to get distinguished from among competition. They would know how to talk to the local people as well as the tourists here after observing them for years.
 

Roar Media is a Miami-based Full-Service, Miami marketing agency, Digital Public Relations, ft. lauderdale marketing agency and Florida PR agency Designed to Help Clients Achieve their Business Goals.

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