Internet Marketing Austin

Michael asks…

Are you a ‘geek mum’….?

A growing number of mothers are forming social communities online.

At the recent SXSW Festival in the American city of Austin, Texas, one of the discussions centred on the surge in growth in “geek moms” – mothers who spend a large amount of time online.

Women clearly power a large segment of the technology market. In 2007 they spent $90 billion on gadgets, and influenced 61% of all consumer electronics purchases.

According to Ms Blecherman, “Moms are natural communicators, and they are taking that natural, savvy communication online and building communities,” she said.

“Those powerful communities are influencing mums’ purchasing decisions. So I thought this was a really important conversation to have.”

She said that stuck at home with the children is something that many mothers had found led to feelings of loneliness – but that they were now able to find support and friendship online.

Often, these virtual networks then become friendships in the real world.

Well it’s offical…..I’m a ‘geek mum’ lol

..Are YOU??

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7955207.stm

lol Haz…these boots could do serious damage to sensitive parts!!
Oporus lol………oooh you dare devil you!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

No but I communicate with a few, lol,
I have an evil sense of humor and get philosophical after a few tipples,
I used to put people in funny brackets,
older woman, divorced couple of kids, will cook a meal for cans,
that type of thing, no expensive night out, just happy for the company,
lol,
now, well,
Older woman, internet, online predator lol,
it is fun though isn’t it,
and yes those friendships can cross to the real world, wink.

Joseph asks…

What should be do about the Kerplakistan cyber spies?

Kerplakistan is a small European nation, formally part of the Soviet Union. The Kerplakistan Goverment has commisioned a large team of cyber spies in order to engage in cyber warfare.

They are currently active on the Internet hacking into people’s computers to insert subliminal messages.

And what are those messages? They are advertisements for the official soft drink of the Kerplakistan Government, called “Kerplak Kola”. Your computer has most likely been affected.

In order to save their ailing economy, Kerplakistan is attempting to launch Kerplak Kola into the world market and has an ambitious plan for Kerplak Kola to become the word’s best selling soft drink replacing Coca Cola in this position, and thus save the Kerplakistan economy. This bold plan includes the initial launch of Kerplak Kola, the release of Kerplak Kalorieless (a low calorie version of Kerplak Kola) in November, and providing things go well the Kerplakistan will launch Klear Cherry Kerplak next March. There are even plans to launch their own alternative to Red Bull, known as Kickstart Kerplak.

So in order to brainwash us into buying their drinks, Kerplakistan cyber-spies are highjacking computers and inserting subliminal messages.The makers of Coke, The Coca Cola Bottlers is working on a anti-trojan software package to remove these messages. More information about their software will be released by Coca Cola Bottlers soon and will be available on their website.

However until the anti-Trojan software is available we are all vulnerable to the cyber attacks of the Kerplakistan Goverment. What should we do in the meantime to protect ourselves?
@Menace
Well spotted. I watched Austin Powers last and that’s why I thought of this.

Lol

And I don’t really like Marmite, it’s a bit too sweet.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You’ve been eating too much vegemite – Kerplakistan is a made-up name that was used in an Austin Powers movie. Stick to Marmite from across the Tasman, much better for you.

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Companies Hiring In Austin Tx

Steven asks…

Where can I hire a day laborer in Austin TX.?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Easiest thing to do is check the Yellow Pages under Temporary Workers. Most cities a served by a company named Manpower. If they are not in Austin I’m sure there are several local companies.

James asks…

Jobs in Austin, TX?

I am new to Austin and am having a hard time finding a job here. I have a felony conviction from three years ago but have never been to jail for it. I got probation and even paid it off early and am now no longer on the five year probational sentence. I have applied at companies such as Dell, IBM, HEB, Wal-Mart, Sears Holding, and a number of temporary agencies all with no avail. I finally got a lead that the City of Austin hires for some positions with no criminal background checks but during the application process, they ask if you have a felony and to describe it in detail. I’m running low on my savings and am in need of a job ASAP. I children to care for and am still in college and have other bills to keep up with.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If you have a car try delivering pizza. The demand is high and usually with tips make around $15 hr. The hours are also flexible and you will take home money your first day. They do background checks but will only not hire if you have a DWI. It’s fun too. I’ve seen a lot of hiring drivers signs around. Pizza Hut seems like the best from what I’ve heard.

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International Business Consulting Firms Washington Dc

Linda asks…

What kind of job can I get with an International Business major/Latin American Studies Minor? ?

am currently a sophomore, but looking for summer internships

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It’s good that you’re looking now. Most large companies hire in Jan/Feb for the summer, so definitely apply soon.

You could look into internships at:

— financial services firms
— multinational corporations (particularly with operations in Latin America), e.g. Manufacturers, oil, etc.
— management consulting firms
— government and supranational programs, e.g. World Bank, CIA, embassies in Washington, DC, etc.
— some not for profits, although they might not pay a salary

Some large firms will take sophomores into summer programs, and others focus exclusively on juniors. If you can’t get a job this year, try smaller firms first, and then reapply the following year.

Good luck!

George asks…

International Relations??

At university I want to study international relations/international business? Please tell me what career opportunities I can gain from doing this course at university. Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I have an MS in Foreign Service, which is the name that my school had for international affairs. You can check with the career center at your school for future job placement opportunities. In my experience, people can get into the following fields:

— Government jobs, especially in the Foreign Service. The govt has an exam to pass, and you specialize in a track like politics or economics. You can work at US embassies and consulates abroad or in Washington, DC.
— Not for profits — many people like to work in microlending, or organizations like Doctors without Borders, etc
— Business — people from my class went to work on Wall St for global firms, for international power companies, for consulting firms, etc.

Not a full list, but though I’d get you started… This is a useful degree in just about any field, as the global economy is always relevant, and teams usually consist of people with all different background. The economics training is also useful in most jobs.

Good luck!

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Business Cards Austin Fast

Paul asks…

What is netspend.net and why do they keep sending me text messages?

I’ve been receiving text messages from “send@netspend.net” for the 2 years I’ve had my phone. It’s a minor annoyance, but I’d like to clear it up without having to change my number (my phone co. has said they can’t stop the texting).

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I found this and hope it helps you answer your questions!

“netspend.net (Network)

The domain that you requested, netspend.net, has already been registered by the organization below. Please click here to see other options for this name. As an alternative, you can also let the Domain Brokers from Sedo acquire netspend.net on the secondary market for you.

Registrant:
NetSpend Corporation
Rogelio Sosa
11624 Jollyville Rd 1134
Austin, TX 78759
US
Email: Roy.Sosa@NETSPEND.COM

Registrar Name….: REGISTER.COM, INC.
Registrar Whois…: whois.register.com
Registrar Homepage: www.register.com

Domain Name: netspend.net

Created on…………..: Wed, Apr 21, 1999
Expires on…………..: Sat, Apr 21, 2007
Record last updated on..: Fri, Feb 24, 2006

Administrative Contact:
NetSpend Corporation
NetSpend Hostmaster
501 Congress Avenue Suite 18
Austin, TX 78701
US
Phone: 512-473-2020
Email: hostmaster@netspend.net

Technical Contact:
NetSpend Corporation
NetSpend Hostmaster
501 Congress Avenue Suite 18
Austin, TX 78701
US
Phone: 512-473-2020
Email: hostmaster@netspend.net

DNS Servers:

ns2.netspend.net
ns3.netspend.net
ns.netspend.net”

“Roy Sosa, Bertrand Sosa
NetSpend Corporation
Austin, Texas

Roy and Bertrand Sosa moved with their family to Texas from Mexico as teenagers and settled in Austin. As they reached their late 20s, they knew the frustration of young people who had cash but no established credit history. Their solution was to devise a pre-paid debit card marketed to teenagers that would power online purchases. In 1999, working out of their apartment, they founded NetSpend Corporation with a modest $750 initial investment.

However, the brothers quickly realized that greater demand for their card was coming from the “unbanked” population—those without a banking relationship who are typically low-income and minority consumers—who were looking for the benefits of card transactions, such as access safety and flexibility, without the need for a bank account or credit history.

NetSpend’s core product is the All-Access MasterCard that users can purchase at more than 2,500 check cashing, grocery, and convenience stores across the U.S. Equally important, the Sosa brothers launched an extensive technological platform linking to national financial networks, such as PULSE and MasterCard, to support their cards. NetSpend, now with about 600,000 account holders, is the country’s biggest and fastest-growing processor and marketer of prepaid debit cards. In 2004, the Sosa brothers expect NetSpend to process $1 billion in transactions.”

“Mailing Address:

NetSpend Corporation
PO Box 2136
Austin, TX 78768-2136
Fax: (512) 532-8308
E-mail:

General Questions and Comments:
info@netspend.com

Employment Opportunities:
jobs@netspend.com

Website Comments/Questions:
webmaster@netspend.com
Customer Service:

Toll-free: 1-86-NETSPEND between 8AM-10PM CST, Monday through Friday and 8AM-8PM CST, Saturday and Sunday.
Customerservice@netspend.com
Business Relations and Media:

Business Relations and Media
NetSpend Corporation
PO Box 2136
Austin, TX 78768-2136
mediarelations@netspend.com
partnerships@netspend.com”

Ken asks…

Here is my Wrestlemania 24 match card? Comment please.?

WWE championship match:
Randy Orton (c) vs Triple H vs John Cena

World Heavyweight championship match:
Edge (c) vs The Undertaker

Street Fight (for the custody of Hornswaggle):
Mr. McMahon vs Finlay (special referee Mick Foley or
Stone Cold Steve Austin)

Women’s championship match:
Beth Pheonix (c) vs Mickie James vs Candice Michelle

Career threatening match:
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair

Boxing Match:
Floyd Mayweather vs Big Show

United States championship match:
MVP (c) vs Matt Hardy

Special appearance by The Rock

Intercontinental championship match:
Jeff Hardy (c) vs Mr. Kennedy

Cruiserweight championship match:
Gregory Helms vs Jimmy Wang Yang

Money in the Bank match:
John Morrison vs Chris Jericho vs Shelton Benjamin vs
The Miz vs Carlito vs Rey Mysterio vs Kane vs JBL

ECW championship match (Extreme Rules):
Chavo Guerrero (c) vs CM Punk

Comment Please!!!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

WWE championship match:
Randy Orton (c) vs Triple H vs John Cena
As much as I hate to see these three together in the main event, I think it would be a fantastic match. It’s looking more and more like it’s going to be this way and if that’s the case, there’s no way that Orton is going to walk out of the arena with the belt still around his waist.

World Heavyweight championship match:
Edge (c) vs The Undertaker
This is going to be a pretty cut-and-dry match. Since Undertaker is 15-0 at WrestleMania, I seriously doubt that he’s going to ruin his record against someone like Edge. That would be an insult to him. I’m going with Taker on this one.

Street Fight (for the custody of Hornswaggle):
Mr. McMahon vs Finlay (special referee Mick Foley or
Stone Cold Steve Austin)
I think Mick Foley would make the better ref for this one given Austin’s history with McMahon. It would never work. What I’d like to see from this one is have Hornswoggle turn on Finlay, align with his family, and become a heel.

Women’s championship match:
Beth Pheonix (c) vs Mickie James vs Candice Michelle
If they’re doing a three way match for the title, I doubt they’ll do one for the women’s too, but it would be a good match. Mickie and Candice could team up together again Beth and hopefully one of them could walk away with the belt.

Career threatening match:
Shawn Michaels vs Ric Flair
I have a feeling that WM is going to be Flair’s last match and it would be nice to see him go out to one of the people in the business who’s openly looked up to him for so many years. I’d have to go with HBK on this one.

Boxing Match:
Floyd Mayweather vs Big Show
Floyd would kill the Big Show. I was watching the PPV last night and Floyd has a mean little left hook. No matter how big the Big Show is, I don’t think he would win. Plus, the WWE has always loved these little gimmick matches with guest appearances.

United States championship match:
MVP (c) vs Matt Hardy
If Matt if feeling well enough, I’d love to see him come back and strip MVP of the gold. He’s had it for far too long now and has done next to nothing with it. If they still have the belt around, use it! I’d go with Matt on this one just for a change of pace.

Special appearance by The Rock

Intercontinental championship match:
Jeff Hardy (c) vs Mr. Kennedy
I hate to say it, but if Jeff wants to move up to main event status, he’s going to have to lose the IC belt and fast. He’s well on his way so give it to Kennedy right now so he can work on bringing himself up to the next level too. I’m tired of having the same few guys chase the gold all the time. It’s time to bring in some fresh blood.

Cruiserweight championship match:
Gregory Helms vs Jimmy Wang Yang
Bring the belt back and give it to Yang. They have enough cruiserweights around to resurrect the belt and have a good go at it. Plus, with all of the big guys around, the little ones are getting buried in terms of TV time and pushes.

Money in the Bank match:
John Morrison vs Chris Jericho vs Shelton Benjamin vs
The Miz vs Carlito vs Rey Mysterio vs Kane vs JBL
The only two who I can truly see winning this match is Jericho or Kane. I’ve never bought into Mysterio as a top level contender and JBL just came back from the commentating desk and needs to work a little bit. Benjamin, Miz, and Carlito are still mid-carders at this point. The MitB matches are usually good to watch though.

ECW championship match (Extreme Rules):
Chavo Guerrero (c) vs CM Punk
Even though this match has been done before, they have a chance to make a decent rivalry between these two. An extreme rules match might just do that. I’d go with Punk to win as long as there was no interference.

Overall, I’d say that it would be a great PPV and would definitely buy it. Very interesting!

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Business Efficiency Consultant Jobs

Carol asks…

What jobs can I get with this..?

A major in accounting with MBA?
And what could I do with a major in business management with MBA?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A Master of Business Administration: Accounting is a very lucrative and marketable degree. It will prepare you to work in all sectors of the business world, including the obvious (public accounting) but will also prep you for working in internal auditing, managerial accounting and tax planning. With that said, career opportunities for MBA holders in accounting are pretty much endless. But just to give you a taste of what some popular positions are, here are some job titles you might want to pursue:

Financial Manager: they are responsible for prepping financial reports and developing innovative monetary strategies.

Actuary: they are responsible for utilizing their statistics skills so that they can assess risk in order to protect their client’s assets.

Budget Analyst: they are responsible for analyzing their employer’s budget and work to increase both the company’s efficiency and profitability.

For more potential job titles with an MBA in Accounting and to get a better understanding of salary, check out this article: http://www.accountingdegree.com/what-are-the-best-careers-for-accountants/

As far as earning a Master of Business Administration:Business Management, there are also many career opportunities there as well. Some job titles may include: Operations Manager, CEO or Vice President, Safety and Health Manager, Management Analyst, Management Consultant and Retail Sales Manager.

Paul asks…

horoscope,arul kumar,date of birth-30.06.1984,place-blore,time-11.35pm(night),i.d-littledevil_4u2002@yahoomail?

can i know which rashi and nakshatra is mine,career,education,marriage,future life

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Dear one,
You are a sensitive and emotional person. The hard knocks of this world have more effects on you than they have on most other people, and you lose some of the enjoyment of life in consequence. What other people say and think of you is taken by you to heart. Thus, there are a certain number of things which cause you unhappiness which, after all, are not worth troubling about. You possess considerable magnetic power and you can use it for good or for ill. How you do use it depends entirely on your own desires. Fortunately, you are usually able to control your actions for good and the result is that your magnetic power sheds a beneficial influence on others. Regarding money, you have peculiar views. At times you deny yourself legitimate necessaries and at others, you spend somewhat recklessly. You will always give in response to the call of charity. On some occasions, you put yourself to considerable trouble in order to save a few rupees on the price of an article you desire to purchase. In a measure you are too sensitive and often you hold back when you should go ahead. This unfits you for certain forms of leadership. You do not want your own way in many things. In fact, you are very amenable, taken all round.
You are brave and ambitious. Unafraid to take chances and enact their plans, you are extremely active individual who stimulates others into action. A busy person who is always doing something constructively, you rarely misuse energy. If what you are doing with your life is unfulfilling, you are unafraid to change it.
Your inherent push and go are very useful requirements. Whilst others are debating, you are acting, and it is the early bird that gets the worm. You should cast away all thought of taking up a profession or occupation that requires polish and gentleness. You are far too practical to bother about surface qualities. They irritate you. You are a person of action and prefer rough and ready efficiency to anything else. You could play the part of an explorer admirably, both in real life and on the films. You would be far better as a surgeon than as finance consultant. At any job where skill in making things was needed, you would succeed. Engineering may be cited as such a job. There are many occupations at sea which would suit you extraordinarily well. As an aviator, you would display the requisite pluck and daring. There are endless fields for your energies in work connected with land. Not only would you make an excellent farmer, but you would do equally well as a surveyor, a mining engineer and a prospector.
You will have great ability in making money in all forms of industry, business organisation or in the employment of others. You will always see a way out of any difficulty and be self-reliant and determined in whatever course of action you may decide to follow. You will be a speculator on a large scale in all you undertake. You will treat life more as a game than from a serious standpoint. As a general rule, luck will favour you during the greater part of your life. In relation to finance you need have nothing to fear. Once the early part of your life is over, you will begin to reap forward for the foundation you have laid and from that point you are likely to accumulate wealth and position.
You are not a person who ought to go through life in single blessedness and, as a matter of fact, the older you grow, the more you will need a partner to listen to your joys and your sorrows. You set much score on a home of your own, and marriage brings this into being in a manner which you consider more perfect than any other. Your home will be your God. If you are a woman, you will say, when there will be your children because you were never so completely happy until they came. You will marry for love, naturally, but as the years roll on, you will think more and more of your partner, until a time will come when you cannot bear to be separated even for a day or two.

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Consulting Jobs Austin

William asks…

PLEASE HELP,I NEED ADVICE!!!* Should I Take up 60K Sony JOB or MASTERS??

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in south NJ. I had been terminated 6 mos. back from my last consulting job for a tiny company after barely 2 mos, but after looking for work for a while I kinda gave up and got myself admitted into the Masters in Accounting program at UT Austin. Now after 1 month into my new program one of the companies I had interviewed 40 days back and they finally offerred me 60K for a job. I feel that if I was in a finance/ accounting to begin with I wouldnt have to wait for so long to get another job. SO what do you all think…should I continue in the accounting masters or take up the job? I have substantial scholarships for the MAcc program . On the other hand the salary is 60K. WHich would be better in the long run?
Yes the job is in pitman, NJ…does it suck so bad?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Trust me it’s better to continue your education. When you get your Masters you will get paid more than they are offering you now. I know that they are not going to sit and wait till you finish yr education but there are plenty of other jobs you’ll be able to get. Also with tuition fees and expenses rising so rapidly these days it’s better to get everything done now, when you have a chance to pay for your expenses. In today’s job market the average difference between having a bachelor’s degree and not having one is at least $15,000 a year!! Advanced degrees add even more to your earning power. (These facts are taken from a business book that I am reading at the moment). So get going with yr education and I am sure you will never regret it after.

Betty asks…

PLEASE HELP ME WITH THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION OF MY LIFE!!! 60K Sony job or UT Austin Masters????

PLEASE I NEED TO MAKE A DECISION TONITE!!! 60K Sony job or UT Austin Masters????

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in south NJ (Pitman). I had been terminated 6 mos. back from my last consulting job for a tiny company after barely 2 mos, but after looking for work for a while I kinda gave up and got myself admitted into the Masters in Accounting program at UT Austin. Now after 1 month into my new program one of the companies I had interviewed 40 days back and they finally offerred me 60K for a job. I feel that if I was in a finance/ accounting to begin with I wouldnt have to wait for so long to get another job. SO what do you all think…should I continue in the accounting masters or take up the job? I have substantial scholarships for the MAcc program . On the other hand the salary is 60K. WHich would be better in the long run? PLEASE HELP AS I CANNOT MAKE UP MY MIND!!!!!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Stay in school and make the money of an accountant. Are you really interested in living in jersey anyway? That place is a dirtball from shore to shore. In the long run, taking advantage of those scholarships at UT and getting your degree would be the way for you to go.

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Austin Web Development

George asks…

IT Major….What is the most profitable degree that I should enroll in?

I will soon become a IT Major. I enjoy working with computers no matter what, but I need to know which degree will be more profitable,,,,Information Application Specialist, Microcomputer Specialist, Networking Software, Web Page Development and Maintenance or Mainframe Programming. Thanks in advance for your help.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I am not trying to be smart or anything. A lot of computer related fields are profitable. It is a bit difficult to pick one out that is the most profitable. I am a web developer myself working in a health insurance company. I have just started my own business to do web development for others too. So, I do find that web development field is profitable.

Have said all that, there are a lot of dependencies that you need to consider:

1) Where do you plan on working? Certain kinds of computer-related jobs tend to be located in certain areas. For example, majority of the programming positions tend to be located in Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Houston, TX, NY city, NY, and many other places. I am not saying that you won’t be able to find any programming jobs anywhere else; I am just saying that you may have a hard time finding a programming job in some other places. Do you plan on staying at where you are? How do you like to work in the big cities?

2) Which school do you plan on attending? There are many aspects in computer related fields. While one school may have be strong in one aspect, the other school may be strong in some other subject. So, first, you need to know which aspect of computer related jobs do you want.

3) A field can be profitable but if you don’t like what you are doing, it is just a torture. When I was in university 10 years ago, I double majored in computer science and math. As a comptuer science majored student, I had to take both computer hardware classes and computer programming classes. I absolutely hated the hardware aspect of it and I didn’t like any of those hardware classes. I loved programming and I knew that I would be a programmer someday. I don’t know you and I think the key here is not so much which is the most profitable degree that you should enroll in; but it is which degree you are most interested in. If you are not sure, that’s alright; just take different kinds of computer classes (some programming, some theorectic classes, and some algorithm classes…etc.) and see what you like most.

Note:
1) One of my aunts works in IBM and she is the senior vice president in the research department. When I decided to major in computer science in my first year in university, she only gave me one advice. Because of how rapid things change in the computer field, for the rest of your professional life, you will need to read books, take classes, and do many other things just to keep up with the technology. Now that I am actually in the computer field, I know exactly what she was talking about. I read books every single day just to keep up with the technology. The computer field requires contant learning (for the rest of your professional life). So, the question is, yes, you enjoy working with computers; but do you have the motivation to keep with the technology for the rest of your professional life? Please don’t take me wrong, I am not in any way trying to discourage you.

2) Nowadays, lots of jobs in the US get out-sourced to other people around the world. So, when you are looking for jobs, the competition is not only with the people living in the US; but with people around the world. If you do decide to go into the computer related field, do the best that you can and if you do just that, I can almost assure you that you won’t have to worry about finding job and whatever you do will be profitable.

Mary asks…

IS THERE ANY ONLINE/DISTANCE EDUCATIONAL COURSES AVAILABLE REGARDING AUTISM IN INDIA/ INTERNATIONALLY?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin is a brain development disorder that first appears during infancy or childhood, and generally follows a steady course without remission.Impairments result from maturation-related changes in various systems of the brain.

Please visit these web sites for more information;

www.medicalcareerinfo.com
www.austin.com
www.austin-society.org

Hope it will be of help.
Hsj

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Business Optimization Consulting

Lizzie asks…

What should I be looking for when hiring an SEO content writer?

What should I be looking for when hiring an SEO content writer? I know that there are many people on the web claims that they are experts but in reality, they don’t know anything at all. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Having a website that is not easily found is like constructing an elaborate billboard on a deserted island. It may look great, but it’s certainly not going to help you very much.

So by now you have determined you need help and need to hire someone to help. The question is how do you determine which search engine optimization (SEO) company is better then another. They all say the same things but when you try and compare them their approach and skill levels are very different. To help you with this, we have written this article explaining some of the aspects of SEO, including what services are important and what is just sales hype.

Let’s start by defining what search engine optimization is; search engine optimization is the improvement of your websites construction and content in order to improve your visibility within online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing (MSN). Visibility is often referred to as rankings can be measured in several ways; the problem is that many of these measurements may not be measuring the most important factor in determining your success.

It is an established fact that to be successful on the Internet your business requires a strong visibility (presence) in the ‘results’ returned by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Professional SEO companies utilize techniques to make a website more search engine friendly. The easier it is for a search engine to read your website the easier it is to improve your visibility it is very difficult to have one without the other. Accomplishing this task is not easy and that’s why you should carefully research any website promotion and SEO consulting company that you are considering working with; in the long run, it really pays to work with ethical SEO experts who know what they are doing.

Mandy asks…

What is the difference between sms marketing and seo marketing?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Are you looking to promote your business in terms of branding or sales? SMS is part of marketing, but SEO is search engine optimization, which deals with ensuring that your website appears in search results for certain keywords.

For branding you can use SMS (short term) or SEO (long term). The risk of SMS is that you’ll have to comply to do not call lists. For SEO you’ll have to avail seo consulting services of a reputed firm who can give you results.

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Austin Internet Marketing Group

Laura asks…

why isn’t anyone suing Obama for campaign fraud?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

GOOD QUESTION
While I doubt Obama is personally involved …..there are some serious problems with his campaign contributions

The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less. Aides say that’s an illustration of a truly democratic campaign. To critics, though, it can be an invitation for fraud and illegal foreign cash because donors giving individual sums of $200 or less don’t have to be publicly reported. Consider the cases of Obama donors “Doodad Pro” of Nunda, N.Y., who gave $17,130, and “Good Will” of Austin, Texas, who gave more than $11,000—both in excess of the $2,300-per-person federal limit. In two recent letters to the Obama campaign, Federal Election Commission auditors flagged those (and other) donors and informed the campaign that the sums had to be returned. Neither name had ever been publicly reported because both individuals made online donations in $10 and $25 increments. “Good Will” listed his employer as “Loving” and his occupation as “You,” while supplying as his address 1015 Norwood Park Boulevard, which is shared by the Austin nonprofit Goodwill Industries. Suzanha Burmeister, marketing director for Goodwill, said the group had “no clue” who the donor was. She added, however, that the group had received five puzzling thank-you letters from the Obama campaign this year, prompting it to send the campaign an e-mail in September pointing out the apparent fraudulent use of its name.

“Doodad Pro” listed no occupation or employer; the contributor’s listed address is shared by Lloyd and Lynn’s Liquor Store in Nunda. “I have never heard of such an individual,” says Diane Beardsley, who works at the store and is the mother of one of the owners. “Nobody at this store has that much money to contribute.” (She added that a Doodad’s Boutique, located next door, had closed a year ago, before the donations were made.)

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign has no idea who the individuals are and has returned all the donations, using the credit-card numbers they gave to the campaign. (In a similar case earlier this year, the campaign returned $33,000 to two Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip who had bought T shirts in bulk from the campaign’s online store. They had listed their address as “Ga.,” which the campaign took to mean Georgia rather than Gaza.) “While no organization is completely protected from Internet fraud, we will continue to review our fund-raising procedures,” LaBolt said. Some critics say the campaign hasn’t done enough. This summer, watchdog groups asked both campaigns to share more information about its small donors. The McCain campaign agreed; the Obama campaign did not.

Linda asks…

what are the menswear retailers of Burton in UK?

the Burton Group (menswear) from 1969 to 1975.
auther: Gerry Johnson

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The Arcadia Group is a British company that owns several of the most well-known high street clothing retailers in the UK. These include Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Evans, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Outfit. Together, the group is responsible for more than 2,500 outlets in the UK alone, making the group is the UK’s second largest clothing retailer – not forgetting numerous concessions in department stores such as Debenhams and Allders Croydon.

The Beginning

The origins of the Arcadia Group can be traced back to 1900 when Montague Burton, a Lithuanian immigrant borrowed £100 from a relative and set up his own menswear shop in Chesterfield. Within 10 years, the business had expanded to a chain of 14 shops in Sheffield and Leeds and had introduced the bespoke tailoring operation that was to make Montague Burton a household name in the 20s and 30s.

The outbreak of the First World War brought a temporary halt to the rapid expansion of shops. However, production capacity increased dramatically as Burton had won contracts to supply uniform clothing for nearly a quarter of the armed forces. The end of the War brought an enormous unprecedented demand for men’s clothing for which Burton was well placed.

Arcadia Group Plc is the new name for the former Burton Group Plc. The name change took place at the same time as the demerger of Debenhams in January 1998. At that time Debenhams became a separate company with its own listing on the Stock Exchange. The fashion ‘multiples’ – Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Hawkshead, Principles, Racing Green and TOPSHOP/TOPMAN – were renamed and reorganised into Arcadia Group. In June 1999, the Group consolidated its multi-channel approach with the launch of Zoom, an e-commerce and Internet Service Provider. The acquisition of the Sears womenswear business – the Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Warehouse and Outfit brands.

Post War Years

With the post-war years came rapid growth in mass markets – in housing, furniture, consumer goods, entertainment and clothing. It was the era of ribbon development, the Austin Seven, Lyons Corner Houses, Odeon Cinemas, and it was also the era of the Montague Burton suit.

In the mid-1940s demand for tailored menswear remained high and with 600 menswear shops there was hardly a high street in the country without a Burton. Burton was estimated to be clothing about one-fifth of the British male population at that time. When Sir Montague Burton died in 1952, his company was the largest multiples tailor in the world.

In 1946 the company made its first move into the womenswear market with the acquisition of the fashion group Peter Robinson.

Expansion continued through the 50s and early 60s and in the mid-60s Peter Robinson relaunched as “TOPSHOP” which to this day has maintained its reputation for putting new ideas on the high street first.

In the 70′s, and as a complement to the suit business which was in decline, the Group started to develop itself significantly in mainstream clothing retailing by beginning to target chains to precisely defined markets.

In 1971 the Group acquired Evans – the market leader in larger-size fashion for women. In 1979 the Dorothy Perkins chain was acquired, enabling the Group to consolidate its position in the womenswear markets. In 1984 the Group launched a new chain – Principles; for fashion conscious women with a higher disposable income. Principles for Men was launched a year later in 1985.

Also in 1985 the Group acquired Debenhams, the largest department store group in the UK founded in 1851, and Colliers. The acquisition of Debenhams added another 67 stores bringing a wide range of goods other than clothing to the Burton Group’s portfolio.

By 1991, however, the Group reported a substantial fall in profitability, due to a discount-led pricing strategy and the effect of major diversification into property development. New management was appointed which set about improving the Group’s financial position and long term performance.

In 1996, the Group made its first move into home shopping with the acquisition of Innovations along with the Hawkshead brand in July 1996 and Racing Green in October 1996. Innovations and some related brands were then sold to the home shopping group Great Universal Stores (GUS) in November 1997.

The Group’s Internet sites for each of the brands were launched in November 1996 while e-commerce sites were introduced in the autumn of 1997.

The decision to demerge Debenhams and separate it from the rest of the Group was announced in July 1997. The plan was approved by shareholders in January 1998 and the demerger took effect later that month.

In June 1998 the Group acquired Wade-Smith, the Liverpool-based retailer of designer childrenswear, men’s and womenswear.

In June 1999 Arcadia Group again proved itself to be among the most forward-looking of UK retailers with the launch of Zoom, an e-commerce and Internet Service Provider that forms a key part of the Group’s multi-channel approach to retailing. Shortly after Zoom’s launch, Associated Newspapers Ltd acquired a 50% stake in Zoom, allowing both partners to benefit from the increased joint marketing opportunities.

In July 1999 Arcadia Group increased its share of the UK womenswear market with the acquisition of the Sear womenswear businesses, comprising the Warehouse, Wallis, Miss Selfridge and Outfit brands from the defunct Sears Ltd.

In 2002, Arcadia Group plc was bought by Taveta Investments, controlled by billionaire Philip Green who also owns Bhs & Tammy (Tammy now appears in Bhs stores nationwide). Together Bhs and Arcadia form Britain’s second largest clothes retailer, after Marks and Spencer.

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Lizzie asks…

What jobs are out there for a marketing major?

I recently graduated with Bachelor’s in Business Administration and concentration in Marketing. I have tried one of the leading rental car companies and decided it wasn’t for me. Also, are there any jobs that my education might help me in besides sales?

Any advice is appreciated.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The great thing about marketing is that it leads into so many routes, the least of which is sales.

With your educational background, you could get a fine start in management consulting, strategy consulting, corporate marketing, marketing consulting, advertising, public relations, corporate business development, and so much more.

Good luck to you. Marketing people are typically very confident and people-oriented. If you’re that type of person, you should have no problem moving fast in this field.

William asks…

What exactly does a person with an MBA do on an everyday basis?

What does a person who has an MBA from a top school do everyday (duties/responsibilities etc.) Also what would be there job title?
Ex. If you get an MD you are a doctor. So what do you refer to a person with an MBA as?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The MBA is a general business degree preparing students for management positions in any level of a business, up to CEO. MBA students study accounting, finance, marketing, management, statistics, economics, law, strategy, policy, and other courses. Therefore, what an MBA does in a business is manage. What the MBA manages can vary among hundreds of different fields or tasks.

Just a an MD may specialize on heart surgery, internal medicine, podiatry, ophthalmology, and dozens of other specialties, the MBA may wind up in many different management positions.

MBA programs accept students with a bachelor’s degree in any undergraduate field. They prefer students who do not have a business major because they give you the business training but they cannot provide the broad background that managers should have. The best majors are in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math, but other majors are also suitable. Any field of endeavor can use good management. The reason for avoiding a business undergraduate degree is that it results in too much duplication with the MBA and leaves you with a narrow focus. On the other hand, companies hiring MBA graduates are looking for those who earned the MBA but can also communicate with the people that they have to manage as they advance in their jobs.

MBA programs prefer students with 2-4 years work experience after the first degree. Some accept students right out of college if they have good grades and a high GMAT score. Some MBA programs are designed specifically for new college graduates without work experience. But in those programs you don’t get the benefit of learning from other students who have work experience. A lot of valuable learning takes place through class interaction. Also when you graduate your job offers will be about the same as a business undergraduate gets because you have no work experience, and you’ve been two years out of your undergraduate field so it’s hard to get work in that area. You get a lot more value from a graduate degree if you have a few years of work experience before you start it.

Consult the Official MBA Guide. It’s a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria.

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