PatchMaster Launches Two New Franchise Locations Across Canada

New PatchMaster franchise owners in Ontario and Nova Scotia to provide fast and professional solution for drywall repairs

SOMERVILLE, NJ, USA, May 21, 2019 / — With nearly four decades of success in home services as HouseMaster Home Inspections, Master Home Services is setting its sights on the small drywall repair market through the expansion of its new PatchMaster franchise. The brand is marking a year of steady growth in North America with the opening of two new Canadian franchise locations.

Doug Wheatley of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is the owner-operator launching PatchMaster serving the province of Nova Scotia. And Felix Fujs, based in Rockwood, Ontario, is bringing a new PatchMaster territory to midwestern Ontario.

PatchMaster’s business model offers customers a fast, professional solution for drywall repairs. Most busy handymen, large drywall companies or contractors don’t want to perform small drywall repairs. Service professionals like plumbers and electricians often don’t have the resources to fix holes they leave behind.

PatchMaster specializes in fixing holes caused by renters, plumbing leaks and those DIY projects that just can’t seem to get finished. In most cases, PatchMaster can complete the job in one visit.

Both Wheatley and Fujs have years of experience running home service business — they each operate a HouseMaster franchise in their respective regions. The two franchise locations have received equally tremendous customer satisfaction scores — a 4.7 out of 5 ranking — from the hundreds of customers who’ve hired them for inspections.

Currently, PatchMaster has more than 25 franchises signed in 56 territories with 19 franchises opened and operating. The franchise has opportunities for growth across Canada. PatchMaster’s sister brand, HouseMaster, already has a strong presence in Canada, with more than 30 franchise locations operating.

“We feel that PatchMaster is one of the best low-cost franchise opportunities to come along in a very long time,” said Kathleen Kuhn, CFE, President and CEO of PatchMaster and HouseMaster. “Decades of experience in home service has helped us fine-tune the PatchMaster model and provide a primed franchise offering to our owners. I’m amazed at how fast our PatchMaster franchisees are growing their customer base and hitting profitability.”

The initial franchise fee for a PatchMaster franchise territory, which consists of a population up to 250,000, is $19,500 USD. Ongoing fees include a technology fee and a downward sliding scale for royalties starting at 9 percent. Franchisees attend a week-long training program at the company’s headquarters in Somerville, New Jersey.

“This concept was the perfect fit when we were looking for ways to expand our home service business,” said Wheatley, the franchise owner in Halifax. “Our team did not have a lot of drywall repair experience, but PatchMaster did an outstanding job getting us up to speed with a system that works, one that values the importance of excellent customer service and superior technical expertise. This franchise can work as an excellent add-on for a business owner already in the home service industry, or as an entry point for someone looking to make a mark and launch their first business.”

PatchMaster is a low-cost franchise with a quick ramp up period. No drywall experience is required for owners – PatchMaster provides all the training, tools and resources to learn the model and run the business. Franchisees have access to support for marketing, including digital marketing and social media, job pricing, hiring, managing technicians and financial management.

Master Home Services is known for a strong commitment to customer service. With more than 315 franchise areas across North America, HouseMaster holds a Net Promoter Score of 92 (a customer satisfaction ranking higher than Apple and Ritz-Carlton). Franchise Business Review has named HouseMaster a top franchise brand in its franchise owner satisfaction category since 2009.

Additionally, HouseMaster’s average gross sales are the highest in the home inspection franchise market. With a proven track record in the three most critical home service franchise criteria – customer experience, franchisee satisfaction and average gross sales – Master Home Services has the know-how to make PatchMaster one of the fastest-growing and most successful service franchises.

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Headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey, PatchMaster is a home services franchise brand offering customers a fast and professional solution for drywall repairs. The company provides high quality drywall services for small holes, dings and dents, typically finishing jobs in one visit. In a matter of months, PatchMaster already has more than 25 franchises signed in 56 territories with 19 franchises opened and operating. Backed by Master Home Services, the parent company of HouseMaster, the original home inspection franchise with more than 315 locations across North America, PatchMaster is positioned to revolutionize the home services industry as a pioneering drywall franchise across the United States and Canada.

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Oilfield Water Connection Announces Keynote Speaker & Agenda for First-of-Its-Kind Conference as Water Deal News Surges

Oilfield Water Business Conference June 21 Houston

First-of-a-kind executive conference

On June 21st downtown Houston, oil and gas industry executives will gather to discuss trends in oilfield water procurement, M&A and market structure.

HOUSTON, TX, USA, May 21, 2019 / — In the oilfield water industry, it seems like another new M&A deal is being announced almost daily. Market structure is changing rapidly, and the industry leaders of tomorrow are emerging now.

As produced water commercial strategies evolve, a timely executive conference is coming to the Houston Petroleum Club this June, brought to you by Oilfield Water Connection.

Register today for “Oilfield Water: Identifying & Financing the Right Solution” June 21, 2019 in Houston.

Today, Oilfield Water Connection is honored to announce Peter Bowden as the keynote speaker for this conference. Mr. Bowden is Global Head of Energy Investment Banking at Jefferies. He has advised on over $200 billion of energy M&A, including several of the most significant mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures in Midstream energy.

Following Mr. Bowden’s address, titled "The Water Opportunity," the following group of thought leaders will convey their insights on stage. Their presentations and panel discussions coincide with a defining moment in this oilfield sector’s history and will set an important framework for the oilfield water business going forward.

Listed in order of scheduled appearance:

• Kelly Bennett, President, B3 Insight

• Christopher Haymons, Co-Founder / Partner, Industria Partners

• Robert Rubey, Co-Founder, Goodnight Midstream

• Gage Herrmann, CCO, Lagoon Water Solutions

• Brad Morgan, Chairman of the Board, Expedition Water Solutions, President, Platform Partners

• Gabriel Collins, Baker Botts Fellow in Energy & Environmental Regulatory Affairs, Rice University's Baker Institute

• Benjamin Reed, Chief Operating Officer, Sourcewater, Inc.

• Kurt Knewitz, Managing Partner Alpha SWD, Owner,

• Kushal Seth, VP – Technology & Engineering, Gradiant Energy Services

• Laura Capper, Principal, CAP Resources

• Gauri Potdar, CFA, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Analytics, H2O Midstream

• Phillip Douget, Manager of Midstream, Primexx Operating Corp.

• John Durand, President, XRI

• Pearce Hammond, CFA, Managing Director, Equity Research, Simmons Energy

• John McCready, Chief Financial Officer, Felix Energy

• J. Michael Anderson, CEO, Layne Water Midstream

• Jim Summers, CEO, H2O Midstream

• John Shepherd, Senior VP of Water Infrastructure, Select Energy Services

Attendees ranging from E&P operators to service and midstream executives to investors will each walk away from this discussion with a deeper understanding of changes in oilfield water market structure, procurement and M&A. There will also be plenty of time allocated to networking opportunities, including a networking lunch.

The latest agenda, speaker line-up and sponsor recognition can be seen at, where you can register to attend or sponsor this important gathering of industry leaders.

Event sponsors include: Automatize, B3 Insights, H2O Midstream, Mustang Extreme Environmental Services, Select Energy Services and XRI.

Media partners include: SPE OGF, Petroleum Connection and Infill Thinking.

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The SHE Brand Acquires Brandyay

LANCASTER, CA, USA, May 21, 2019 / — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (May 20, 2019)
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SHE Beverage Company, Incorporated

The SHE Brand Acquires Brandyay
The Ultimate Online Design & Sales Platform for the Brand of You

Palmdale, CA: Aiming to compete with all major brands, The SHE Brand makes moves to increase its overall company value by acquiring Brandyay; an online design platform for use by artists, fashion designers, independent designers, influencers, store owners or anyone with the desire to design and sell personally branded apparel. Prior to acquisition, Brandyay was co-founded by Jerrod Washington; former NFL athlete who played for the New England Patriots, and brother-in-law to Kobe Bryant in collaboration with “tech guru” Chris Brian, co-founder to both Brandyay and the HAULS brands. The acquisition of Brandyay makes clear SHE ventures to increase the value of their company, and to do so their plan includes establishing a solid foundation in the dot com sphere.

From production to purchase, Brandyay users can use the online 3D designer to create their own clothing line. Brandyay can be used to design without limitations to print one-offs, or as many on-demand items as desired. Users can sell their designed products on Instagram or any other online marketplace. Their customers can order directly via Instagram posts, Facebook Pages or other sites and pages managed by users when powered by Brandyay.

“We want the world to know our brand”, says CEO, Lupe Rose. “We want the world to know we are a company to contend with, and to do so we must share our investments in technology. We want it said we launched branches within our organization that challenged other prominent brands. Bringing Brandyay into our portfolio of companies says that we are committed to continuing to establish the company as an internationally recognized brand with an unformidable presence. As always, we remain committed to creating jobs, generating income and wealth were there was none, and Brandyay allows us to continue to do that.”

SHE is carving out its stake of online revenue with the purchase of Brandyay. It’s currently taking steps to further improve the site’s technology by placing the Brandyay site under construction to implement changes that are expected to surpass the online shopping experience.

About Company: SHE Beverage Company, Inc.¬ – women owned, nationally recognized brand known for its trademark feud with #Budweiser because of its original slogan “The Queen of Beer”. Regardless, SHE has not backed down or been affected by “Bud” at all. “The Queen of Beverages”, SHE Beverage Company has grown its brand to unbelievable heights within the last four years. Opening its 10,000 SQ. FT brewery in Lancaster CA, manufacturing water and launching its brands Sip by SHE with Sip Electrolyte, Sip Alkaline, Sip Young, and Sip Mom’s Water. Currently supplying products to Target, Walmart, BevMo, Total Wine & More, Vons & Albertson Grocers, Arco & Chevron Gas-stations, Best Western & Holiday Inn Hotels, and a slew of other convenient stores, hotels, and casinos as well as AMAZON. SHE Beverage Company is a brand to closely watch.

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Rare Grateful Dead "Skeleton and Roses" concert poster from 1966 brings a record $56,400 at Psychedelic Art Exchange

This rare museum quality specimen of the legendary Grateful Dead ‘Skeleton and Roses’ concert poster was the auction’s top lot, soaring to a record $56,400.

Original, pre-concert first printing of a beautiful Fillmore East-Jimi Hendrix poster from 1968, graded CGC 8.5 and signed by artist David Byrd ($7,800).

Grateful Dead poster for a Valentine’s Day dance at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968, the finest quality CGC graded (9.8) example ever to appear in a PAE auction ($3,300).

Bo Diddley concert poster for an appearance at the Avalon Ballroom in 1966, signed in pencil by artists Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley, graded CGC 9.8 ($3,900).

1966 Grateful Dead poster for an appearance at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, graded CGC 9.8 and signed by the artists Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley ($6,600).

The poster had been independently authenticated and graded by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) as 9.8 out of 10 for condition. The online auction ended May 16.

The record price was the result of a perfect storm. It was the most iconic image of a beloved band, and in the finest CGC graded condition ever to appear at public auction.”

— Scott Tilson

BALTIMORE, MD, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2019 / — A rare, museum-quality 1966 Grateful Dead “Skeleton and Roses” concert poster brought a world record price of $56,400 in an online auction held May 16th by Psychedelic Art Exchange, with offices in Baltimore and Park City, Utah. The poster had been independently authenticated and graded by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) as 9.8 out of 10 for condition.

“The interest this poster received was simply staggering,” said Scott Tilson of Psychedelic Art Exchange. “The record price was the result of a perfect storm. It was the most iconic image of a beloved band, and in the finest CGC graded condition ever to appear at public auction. Many collectors believe 1960’s concert posters represent a tremendous bargain at today’s price levels.”

The poster was designed by the legendary concert poster artists Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse. It was used to promote two Grateful Dead concerts – held September 16th and 17th, 1966 – at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The famous “Skeleton and Roses” design would later be appropriated by the band as their logo. The Grateful Dead is one of the iconic rock ‘n’ roll bands.

The poster was widely expected to exceed the world record price of $50,600 realized for a CGC graded 9.4 specimen that was also auctioned by Psychedelic Art Exchange in a prior auction, on August 9th, 2018. It exceeded that figure after generating bids from collectors around the world. The auction enjoyed a 100 percent sell-through, a rare occurrence for any collectibles auction.

The auction featured 200 vintage concert posters and handbills that had been independently certified by CGC, the world's leader in third party authentication of collectibles. Following are additional highlights from the auction. All prices quoted include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.

An original, pre-concert first printing of a beautiful Fillmore East-Jimi Hendrix poster from 1968, graded CGC 8.5 and signed by artist David Byrd, rose to $7,800. The poster, one of the most desirable of all the Hendrix posters, boasted vibrant colors and near-flawless paper quality. It was just the third CGC-graded example (and first signed by the artist) ever offered by PAE.

The Grateful Dead proved to be very much alive and well with collectors. A 1966 poster of the band for an appearance at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, graded CGC 9.8 and signed by the artists Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley, finished at $6,600. The original first printing poster is one of the most popular in the entire Avalon series. And Grateful Dead was misspelled!

A 1968 Grateful Dead “Be Mine” poster for a Valentine’s Day dance at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, the finest quality CGC graded (9.8) example of this original issue ever to appear in a PAE auction, breezed to $3,300. The odd-shaped and whimsical poster was artist Stanley Mouse’s riff on a vintage Valentine and featured a goofy antique photo for its primary image.

A 1966 Bo Diddley concert poster for an appearance at the Avalon Ballroom, signed in pencil by both artists Stanley Mouse and the late Alton Kelley, garnered $3,900. The 9.8 specimen was the finest quality CGC graded, double-signed example ever to appear at public auction. One of only 1,300 made, the poster was printed on brown paper, which collectors knew was easily damaged.

“These record prices are the result of independent third-party authentication and grading by CGC,” added Tilson. “Collectors can bid with confidence, knowing they are receiving exactly what they bargained for. It’s led to a massive expansion in the number of collectors participating in this marketplace.” Psychedelic Art Exchange has published a free collector’s guide, Insider Secrets of the Vintage Concert Poster Market. To get the report, visit

Psychedelic Art Exchange (PAE) is a premier source to buy, sell and learn about vintage rock concert posters. It is a full-service organization that provides sophisticated collectors with all they need to take maximum advantage of what a growing number of people believe is the most lucrative collectibles opportunity in the world today. Quality consignments are always sought. For info, call Scott Tilson at 435-659-1660; or, email him at

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What are the SEO Best Practices for Lawyer Blogs?


Blogs are commonly used on websites for law firms. A main reason for blogs is due to how helpful they are for search engine optimization (SEO).


When it comes to law, it’s important to be an expert, but how can an attorney communicate expertise to potential clients? The answer, in many cases, is blogging. Blogging has enormous potential to boost search engine optimization (SEO) by strengthening your law firm’s website position as an authoritative source, able to answer any questions that your potential clients may have. For this reason, blogs are useful in law firm content marketing and should be added to your firm’s content marketing strategy.

When blog posts are optimized for search engines, it improves how those websites are ranked in search results. The optimization gives them more visibility to people who use common sites such as Google and Bing to search for more information relevant to a firm’s services and practice areas. Therefore, increasing traffic to your law firm’s page through successful law firm marketing and SEO for law firms.

Made up of multiple complex factors, SEO strategy can be challenging to control. It seems that everything from page loading speed to link structure can impact SEO for law firm websites; but, there are useful tactics that attorneys can manipulate to improve their on-page SEO and ensure that blog posts are correctly optimized for the search engines. A few small, easy adjustments can boost the effectiveness of content marketing for law firms, and improve the rankings in the search engines.

How do I choose the right SEO keywords?

Keywords are at the heart of SEO for blogs. Selecting the right keywords is a crucial first step in creating law firm SEO strategy. The keywords that you choose correlate with search engine rankings.

Think of the keyword as a basic term that the user might type into the search engines. For example, if a user in California is looking for an attorney, they may search for “California attorney.” Additionally, the optimizer might try and create long-tail keywords. A long-tail keyword is a phrase comprising four or more words. In our example of “California attorney,” the optimizer might instead try to use “California estate planning attorney” to narrow the audience. This refined keyword is likely to be a more effective marketing tool.

When choosing keywords, lawyers should consider how potential clients would phrase their searches in a query for information related to the blog topics. To create successful SEO for law firms, focus on at least two long-tail keywords per post that will match your ideal client’s search habits. Using these longer, question-based keywords will provide a higher likelihood of generating users who convert.

How to add keywords to strategic locations

After the keywords have been chosen, lawyers should use them in the blog post in an organic way. It’s important to notice that optimizing blog posts for keywords isn’t about trying to fit as many of them into the copy as possible. Keyword stuffing can actually harm SEO initiatives and increase the risk of your website being penalized by Google. The search engines may think that you’re intentionally trying to overstuff the keywords into the article to boost yourself in the rankings, as opposed to providing valuable content for your prospective clients. Adding too many keywords can also give your readers an unpleasant reading experience.

There are four main places in a blog post where you should try to include your keywords to help with search result rankings. These places are the title tag, the body (including headers), the meta description, and the URL.

The title tag is the title or headline of the blog post. It’s essential to include a keyword in your title because it tells both the search engines and readers about the content. A title containing the reader’s keyword may determine whether or not the reader will find your blog relevant and click it.

The meta description is a small blurb that gives both search engines and readers information about the content of the blog post and hopefully encourages potential readers to click on the post and visit the website. The meta description is displayed in the search results underneath the title of the article.

Lawyers who want to boost their law firm SEO should pay special attention to the meta description to ensure that it not only contains relevant keywords but also entices the reader to click on the article. The meta description can be up to 300 characters or 1840 pixels. Consider that space to be free real estate. If you have space, you should use all of it.

The URLs are one of the first things that search engines crawl on a page, so it is important that they are optimized with at least one of your focus keywords. A URL slug is the address of a specific page or post on your law firm’s website. The end of that slug (what comes after “.com/”) is what uniquely identifies that specific blog post. It’s important to make sure that the slug doesn’t contain any gibberish or unnecessary information. The cleaner and more page-specific that URL is, the better SEO it will bring.

Why should you ensure your blog is mobile-responsive?

It is clear that search is quickly moving from desktop to mobile. It’s essential for your law firm content marketing plan to involve a mobile-responsive design for your website. This way, the blog will load quickly on smartphones. Ever since the Google Penguin algorithm update in April 2015, search engines now heavily favor sites that have been optimized for mobile and rank them higher in search results.

Why create internal links?

If you’re looking to boost high-quality SEO, it’s vital to create internal links as much as possible as part of a link building strategy. Linking to old blog posts about similar topics or web pages are the best choices. These internal links that you create help show the search engines the authority of the blog. This also increases the chances of visitors spending more time on your site.

How do you track keyword rankings?

To see if your law firm website is ranking for the keywords you have targeted, utilize the help of a keyword ranking tool such as Google Search Console. This is a free and helpful tool that helps you determine which keywords your potential clients are using to find the blog content on your law firm’s site. The Search Analytics Report lists data from Google Search, so you are able to analyze the outcomes of your website optimization efforts. Since search engines take a bit of time to notice SEO efforts, don’t get discouraged if your rankings don’t seem to improve immediately.

SEO is a great way to get your business ranking higher in the organic search engine results. Though there are uncertainties that come with it, it’s important to realize that search authority isn’t built overnight. SEO in your blog depends on your ability to publish and create quality content. Lawyers should, as a result, make commitments to distributing blog content frequently for marketing your law firm and using SEO best practices to optimize them consistently for the search engines.

Pro Tip: Once your blog has been published, be sure to post it to your firm’s social media channels. This will be an extra way to get your blog in front of readers, and will also help with your social media engagement strategies. Lawyer blogs are especially successful when posted on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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At Advisory Concept Evolvers, our top goal is to help law firms make money. This may be revamping their website for a better conversion rate, creating stronger SEO or reducing time on medical record retrieval. We also offer legal research to help you win cases. We have a proven track record of helping our clients reach their goals with an internet marketing plan that utilizes the latest tools and practices. Call (215) 510-2167 or email us today to schedule a free consultation.

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This release was drafted by Results Driven Marketing, LLC: a full-service digital marketing, public relations, advertising and content marketing firm located in Wynnewood, PA.

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Jose Duarte on the Latest Scrum Master Trends

Costa Rican Scrum Master and successful businessman Jose Duarte discusses some of the trends for Scrum and agile that are coming in 2019 and 2020.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, May 21, 2019 / — 2018 was a major year for the Scrum Master with many predicting that the role will be one of the most promising of 2019. Gradually, the Scrum Master has moved out of the “geek world” to standard recognition and acceptance. An ever-increasing number of businesses welcome the significance of agility, to have the option to react more quickly to regularly changing economic situations. That move to become more agile requires a change to the manner by which groups are overseen, how work is organized and the very connection between a group’s members and the company to which they belong. The manual for this change is the Scrum Master, and Jose Duarte, a Scrum Master and successful businessman from Costa Rica, discusses some of the trends coming with Scrum.

The Scrum Master is a vital component of an organization’s agile transition. 45% of Scrum Masters are the principle managers for the transitions, which shows how seriously businesses view this activity, and is part of the original vision of a Scrum Master when it was created by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. In addition, it shows how organizations are now evolving from the bottom up – not necessarily from the top down, as has been the typical model. Explains Duarte, “The actual work is being accomplished within the teams where the particular change is necessary. This is positive for the team and the organization and has been shown to be more effective in helping businesses succeed.”

Because agility is so important, scaling continues to rise. Many groups employ multiple frameworks to achieve their goals, and this scaling helps to determine the final course of action necessary. “It is imperative that teams aggregate data from different knowledgeable sources in order to make the best decisions,” asserts Duarte. “And, while compromise is going to have to be reached, a conclusion doesn’t have to come without proper analysis of the data.”

With the development of Scrum and ideas based on Agile, the Scrum Master job is additionally developing and maturing and there is a continued increase in the number of those who become certified as Scrum Masters. Obviously, we are currently far a completely developed discipline, yet we are beginning to see the adjustment in progressively experienced markets in areas such as the Netherlands, portions of the US and Western Europe.

Scrum is a structure that expects groups to embrace the correct practices to make it work inside their problem area. Straightforwardness and the capacity to examine and adjust is a central prerequisite of Scrum. Kanban, a type of scheduling system for lean manufacturing and just-in-time manufacturing, gives an extraordinary arrangement of practices to help groups do this and is becoming an integral part of the entire agile process.

Training and certification continue to be important to the success of a Scrum Master. Many Scrum Masters earn less than $100,000 a year, with only around 15% being able to command higher salaries. Part of this is due to the certifications they hold, but also to other forms of formal training and education. As the demand for Scrum Masters continues to increase, salaries will be offered to reflect that demand, but only those most qualified will continue to be selected.

About Jose Daniel Duarte

Jose Daniel Duarte is originally from Heredia, Costa Rica. He has been an entrepreneur and business owner for more than 20 years, and divides his time between his existing operations and researching new possibilities in which to invest. When he's not dedicating time to his businesses, he spends time with his supporting wife and two children.

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Ann Marie Puig on Improving Business Networking Skills

Ann Marie Puig, an expert business owner, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Costa Rica, shares important tips on how to properly network for business growth.

Plan on attending events and reunions, and make sure you show up with a specific goal – for example, to walk away with three follow-up meetings or five new contacts.”

— Ann Marie Puig

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, May 21, 2019 / — Business owners only once in a while make sufficient opportunity to network and some believe that networking is, generally speaking, a waste of time. However, creating mutually beneficial relationships needs to be a priority for any business owner. It needs to be seen not as an expense, but an investment in the company’s future. Solid business connections can prompt new clients, improved administration abilities and the revelation of new thoughts. Ann Marie Puig, a successful business owner and philanthropist from Costa Rica, offers some tips on how to improve networking skills to help increase the number of contacts in a business owner’s circle.

When an entrepreneur dreams up a business, it starts with a plan. This is the same for handling networking activity. Explains Puig, “Plan on attending events and reunions, and make sure you show up with a specific goal – for example, to walk away with three follow-up meetings or five new contacts.”

Toward the start of the year, when dealing with their field-tested strategy, entrepreneurs ought to likewise review their networking strategies and determine who they want to meet regularly, who they would like to do business within the current year, etc. At the end of the year, an evaluation of those goals will determine if they were reached and if they are helping to grow the business.

Entrepreneurs may not know where to turn for events in their industry. However, there are always common sources to get started – chambers of commerce and other business-related organizations are a perfect step forward. These can not only point to the appropriate networking events and trade shows, but their own events can prove to be sources of valuable contacts.

Many people have a sense of hesitation or anxiety when they attend their first event. Asserts Puig, “The first time, many people will feel like their walking into the abyss, a place they don’t know and where they aren’t known. Keep in mind one thing – most people attending these events are either in the same position now or were previously and will be empathetic.”

Always make sure to have business cards on hand and prepare a short introductory speech that will succinctly let people know about you and the business, but don’t push a hard sell. Don’t spend too much time with people you already know – remember, this is a networking event. Keep track of the goals you had previously set and make sure you’re fulfilling the mission or missions.

There’s nothing wrong with having casual connections in a networking database, but it is much more beneficial to have a short list of stronger contacts. It’s important to remember that networking is an investment, so put time and effort into building new relationships with influencers and connectors that can help you and don’t ever take them for granted.

Adds Puig, “Social media is a vital component of the networking process. Be active on Facebook and LinkedIn, for example, to help expand the list, but don’t let the ease with which connections can be made on social media fool you – live interaction is always going to be important. Find a striking balance between the two.”

A successful network goes beyond just those in one’s own industry. It also includes movers and shakers from other industries, individuals that can bring a fresh point of view to the table. Don’t become too complacent or comfortable, and continue to work to make the business successful.

About Ann Marie Puig

Ann Marie Puig has been a distinguished Consultant, Assistant Controller, Accounting Manager, Director of Accounting and Finance and Chief Financial Officer for almost 20 years. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and has a reputation for accurate, clear and concise record management in month-end closings, accruals, reconciliations, AP, AR and JE, as well as superior human resource skills. She is extremely knowledgeable in current technology, eCommerce and a variety of Industries.

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Jorge Zuniga Blanco Details Some of the Popular eCommerce Trends in 2019

Costa Rican business owner and eCommerce specialist Jorge Zuniga Blanco discusses some of the trends coming in the eCommerce industry this year and beyond.

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA, May 21, 2019 / — Monitoring eCommerce trends needs to be most than just a pastime for entrepreneurs and business owners. These trends determine the direction the industry is going and, as a result, the direction any web-based business needs to go, as well. Costa Rican businessman and entrepreneur Jorge Zuniga Blanco shares some of what’s in store for 2019 and beyond for the eCommerce ecosystem.

Brick-and-mortar retail has been dying a slow death for years. As eCommerce solutions are able to offer a more efficient and faster shopping experience, traditional retail channels are losing the race. Explains Zuniga, “These days, consumers are only interested in one thing – the transaction. This is fulfilled by an eCommerce solution better than a conventional retail channel, which is why web-based shopping has taken a huge chunk of the complete commerce pie.”

Competition in the eCommerce space is picking up, and what sets one retailer apart from another is its ability to listen to the consumer. Consumers know better than anyone else what they want and eCommerce solutions that can respond best to those wishes are the ones that will succeed.

The traditional commerce path that included wholesalers, distributors and other middlemen is now being replaced by a direct-to-consumer (D2C) path. This allows the retailer to establish a closer relationship with the consumer, which is helping to drive the previous trend.

While eCommerce has taken the place of brick-and-mortar, there is a fascinating occurrence being seen. Explains Zuniga, "eCommerce companies are now setting up brick-and-mortar locations. Most often, these are not permanent stores but, rather, temporary shops in festivals or popup vending operations in certain high-traffic areas." This gives the vendor another channel to interact with the consumer and increase its marketing footprint, while not having substantial financial outlays.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is helping enhance the shopping experience in ways never before possible. AI-powered platforms can now offer highly targeted, personalized experiences, and even marketing campaigns, which will drive sales higher. Tether this to another trend, that of smart home assistants and voice recognition systems, and the result is a standalone valet, ready to make a purchase at any time. Asserts Zuniga, "Imagine a digital and virtual home assistant that knows that 15 loads of laundry have been washed and the bottle of laundry detergent is good for 18 loads. The assistant will automatically place an order for you."

Business-to-business (B2B) eCommerce is going to continue to become a main component of the space over the next several years. Digital channels are able to open new markets and reduce the friction that makes marketing sometimes difficult. By the end of next year, B2B eCommerce could be worth as much as $1.1 trillion and could control as much as 12% of all B2B sales.

Personalization is going to continue to become more integrated into the shopping experience. Says Zuniga, "eCommerce platforms recognize and track previous shopping patterns. When a consumer returns to the site, the platform is ready to make recommendations based on those patterns in order to simplify the visit and deliver the results consumers want."

eCommerce is going to be a standard component of daily life in ways never envisioned. These trends are showing the importance of digital retail and how it continues to thrive. The next few years are going to bring with them some incredible advances in the industry.

About Jorge Zuniga Blanco

Jorge Zuniga Blanco is a leading eCommerce expert who has provided his services to growing organizations throughout the world. He has a diverse background of industries to his credit, giving him the ability to relate and contribute to business owners in a variety of markets. He has more than 20 years in the eCommerce industry and, for the past nine, has dedicated his expertise and knowledge into helping executives and managers develop their business.

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Source: EIN Presswire Announces Acquisition of Tiickets as Part of its Website Portfolio

We’re proud to place our brand at the forefront of the online music industry with this acquisition.

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM, May 21, 2019 / —, the guitar lessons and reviews site known for its objective approach to delivering information about the music industry, has acquired content ticket comparison website Tiickets in a move that furthers its reach whilst expanding its website portfolio.

The acquisition comes at a time where has seen continued growth both in term of revenue and engagement, aligning with its pledge to deliver only the best and most objective information on what fans of music and the general music industry seek.

James Taylor, director of marketing for, said that the merger was “a welcome next step in the natural growth of our brand, and a logical way to grow our offering whilst maintaining the core values that our audience (quite rightly) expect. Tiickets as a service is revolutionary, and we’re proud to place our brand at the forefront of the online music industry with this acquisition.

Head of Development at Tiickets, Scott Murray, added that the choice to merge was “an opportunity for developing our reach that would otherwise be impossible without the backing of the Guitaarr brand. We’re very optimistic about the future of our two brands and will be thrilled to announce new offerings in the very near future.

Guitaarr is a popular music industry blog focusing on providing guitar reviews, deep analysis of reputable online guitar lessons, and has content such as the popular guide for beginner guitarists.

Tiickets is a concert ticket price comparison site, committed to providing fans of live music the chance to purchase tickets fairly.

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Source: EIN Presswire

Premier Nationwide Lending Leads the Industry in Client Satisfaction

Texas-based lender takes top honors among hundreds of companies

This platform showcases our happy clients' experiences and allows potential customers to review testimonials when selecting a lender for their homebuying journey.”

— Murdock Richard

LEWISVILLE, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, May 21, 2019 / — Premier Nationwide Lending is honored to have recently placed in the Top 10 among hundreds of Mortgage Companies in SocialSurvey's national campaign. With a 4.93-star rating out of a possible 5-stars in 2018, the team out-delivered fierce competition in customer satisfaction. Online customer reviews generated through SocialSurvey along with completion percentage determined the Top Performers Awards for 2018.

In addition, the company celebrates and congratulates two individual loan originators, Sam Fannin and Patty Seagrave, who made it onto the 2018 Top 250 Loan Officers list out of more than 30,000 Loan Originators who participate in the online reputation platform. Sam Fannin is based out of the Flower Mound, Texas location and Patty Seagrave is the Branch Manager for Seagrave Mortgage in Cookeville, Tennessee.

"I am very proud of the efforts of the entire team and especially these two outstanding originators as evidenced by all of the positive feedback from our customers across the country," stated Murdock Richard, owner and CEO. "We saw an astounding response rate at nearly 60 percent of our customers completing the survey. This platform showcases our happy clients’ experiences and allows potential customers to review testimonials when selecting a lender for their homebuying journey."

Premier Nationwide Lending builds their loan originator's online brand by surveying borrowers after each loan closing through an automated review process using SocialSurvey's technology. Due to superior customer service, Premier’s originators have generated thousands of positive reviews in less than one year of utilizing the SocialSurvey platform.

About Premier Nationwide Lending
Established in 2002, Premier Nationwide Lending is a full-service mortgage lender with more than 30 locations. On average, the company funds $2 billion in mortgage loans every year and serves homebuyers across 17 state lines. Premier Nationwide Lending is an equal housing opportunity lender. Sponsored by NTFN, Inc. NMLS #75333

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Source: EIN Presswire