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Posted 8/5/13 at 5:13 AM | Sylvie Simms

Creating The Perfect Trade Show Exhibit

Hosting a trade show exhibit for your business has numerous advantages. From marketing, social engagement, and branding, building an exhibit can sustain existing customers as well as develop new and loyal ones. Trade shows provide important face-face interaction. It’s no wonder roughly 70% of trade show attendees end up buying one or more products after visiting a booth. However, if you are attending a trade show you will want to set-up an exhibit that is both appealing to passerby and properly displays your business products.

Mapping out how you will create your perfect exhibit as well as what you plan to accomplish at your next trade show will help you and employees maximize your marketing strategies. You may want to have your team select at least three goals, assigning a percentage of importance to each. This will help you learn which products and services should be most visible on the floor.
After setting certain goals, map out your budget. This will help you decide whether your company should buy or rent a trade show booth, and what kind of swag and other promotional materials you can offer. Be sure to consider how much space you’ll realistically need in order to properly exhibit your product, too. FULL POST

Posted 7/24/13 at 2:41 AM | Sylvie Simms

DDoS Attack Metrics for Q2 2013 vs. Q1 2013 By Prolexic Technologies

In just one quarter, DDoS attacks have grown in size, power and duration. This DDoS attack infographic compares total DDoS attacks, DDoS attack modes, and average duration, bandwidth and packets-per-second (pps) quarter-over-quarter in 2013.

For Q2 2013 vs. Q1 2013:

The Q2 2013 vs. Q1 2013 infographic reveals that quarter-over-quarter:

The total number of DDoS attacks increased 20 percentDDoS attacks targeting the network infrastructure increased 17 percentDDoS attacks targeting web applications increased 28 percentAverage DDoS attack duration increased 10 percentAverage attack bandwidth was up 2 percentAverage packets-per-second increased 46 percent to result in much stronger attacksChina maintained its position as the main source of DDoS attacks

Learn more at Prolexic.

DDoS Attack Metrics for Q2 2013 vs. Q1 2013 By Prolexic Technologies

Posted 7/23/13 at 7:29 AM | Sylvie Simms

DDoS Attack Metrics for Q2 2013 vs. Q2 2012

In the past year, DDoS attack metrics increased across the board, as we saw bigger, stronger and longer DDoS attacks become the norm. This DDoS trends infographic compares year-over-year stats for the total number of DDoS attacks, DDoS attack modes, and average duration, bandwidth and packets-per-second (pps).

 For Q2 2013 vs. Q2 2012:

  • The total number of DDoS attacks increased 33 percent
  • DDoS attacks targeting the network infrastructure increased 23 percent
  • DDoS attacks targeting web applications increased 79 percent
  • Average DDoS attack duration more than doubled with a 123 percent increase to result in much longer attacks
  • Average attack bandwidth skyrocketed 925 percent to result in much bigger attacks
  • Average packets-per-second increased a stunning 1,655 percent to result in much stronger attacks

Learn more at Prolexic.

DDoS Attack Metrics for Q2 2013 vs. Q2 2012 By Prolexic Technologies

Posted 7/16/13 at 4:28 AM | Sylvie Simms

How We Shop in 2013: The Growth of ECommerce Marketing

With virtually every brick and mortar now vying for a powerful online presence and more e-commerce sites than ever before, more and more people are starting to use the web as a means for savvy shopping. Customers care about lower prices, higher convenience, and better deals, and e-commerce has made what customers want increasingly available.

Thanks in part to the evolution and expansion of e-commerce marketing strategies, sales in 2013 have officially reached $262 billion – a 13 percent increase from last year’s sale, which totaled $231 billion. So, it’s no wonder that U.S. online retail sales are expected to hit an astoundingly $370 billion by 2017.

Surprisingly enough, one of the greatest influences in the growth of e-commerce has been social media.

Check out the infographic, How We Shop in 2013: The Growth of E-Commerce Marketing, to get a detailed play-by-play on social media and its impact on ecommerce growth.

How We Shop in 2013: The Growth of ECommerce Marketing

Posted 7/12/13 at 1:38 AM | Sylvie Simms

Natural Salt Water Pools for Homes

With summer finally here, you’re probably going to start getting a lot of use out of your pool, which also means a lot of cleaning and maintenance expenses. If you’re like most, you’re probably using a traditional conventional chlorination system for cleaning your pool; spending lots of money on pool maintenance, chlorine purchases, and even new swimsuits since others get damaged so quickly from all the excess chlorine. However, nowadays there is a much more efficient, greener, and cost-friendly method for pool maintenance, which uses a salt water chlorination system. Take a look at the infographic to get a bit more info on this alternative.

It’s important to note that salt water pools are not chlorine free pools. Rather, they are pools which generate chlorine from salt in the water. How exactly is this better? As the infographic outlines, salt water pools are increasing in popularity due to the use of fewer chemicals, are budget friendly, and the overall greener aspect of a salt water chlorination system. With a conventional chlorination system, chlorine must be bought frequently, costing upwards of $60 or more, while a salt water chlorination system is just about 20 bucks worth of salt in order to keep your pool clean. Without all the excess chlorine, you’re also avoiding those itchy red eyes and skin due to chemicals, not to mention the more environmentally friendly feature of salt, as opposed to chlorine which is toxic to many animals and plants in local waterways. After reviewing the comparison between the two from the infographic provided, you’ll see exactly what we mean!Natural Salt Water Pools for Homes

Posted 6/20/13 at 5:04 AM | Sylvie Simms

Flag Design Principles inspired by Game of Thrones

Flag design is and always has been an essential part to any nation or culture; a way of symbolizing their values and strength for all others to see. There is a special technique and order that goes into flag design, the crucial elements being the shape, color and emblem. There are five basic principles you’ll want to follow when creating a flag of your own; its symbolism, recognition, simplicity, symmetry and basic colors. Through this infographic, we can see the various flag designs used by the seven kingdoms of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Each of these has its own unique traits, which can be clearly and simply defined through the use of flags.

The simple flag of the North, House Stark is represented by a direwolf, a stronger, fiercer relative of the wolf. The Vale, House of Arryn utilizes its recognition through a white falcon Volant with a crescent moon among a sea of blue which symbolizes night Ser Artys Arryn slay of the Griffin King on a falcon. Iron Islands House of Greyjoy , as well as Storm Lands House of Baratheon, both employ strong symmetry in their flags along with symbolism and basic colors. Dorne, House Martell also uses basic orange and red colors symbolizing the harsh desert climate of south Westeros. The Reach, ruled by House Gardener displays a rose amongst the two major roads which cross the region of King’s Landing and Lannis-port. Strong red and gold lion signals the House of Lannister, making it an easily recognizable flag while the Dorthrakis are brought on both by the symmetry of mirrored stallions and the symbolism of the tribes great stallion deities. As illustrated by the Infographic, flag designs play a crucial role in the representation of a group. FULL POST

Posted 6/18/13 at 4:52 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Evolution of Scientific Data

From print media to the internet, scientists have progressed from using magazines, newspapers and tradeshows to the internet, social media, and virtual events. It wasn’t until the 1980’s, following the personal-computer boom, when science reporting began drastically changing from newspapers to the internet. A majority of scientists began to see that social media affected their decision-making and participated in some type of social media, considering it beneficial to the sharing of ideas. How exactly are these social media platforms, such as twitter, useful to scientists? Taking a glance at this infographic will give you some insight into this evolving world.

Scientists now view social media as a great resource for eavesdropping, crowd sourcing, collecting data, and sharing resources, as well as discussing, debating, and developing relationships and communities. Perhaps the most advantageous aspect of social media for scientists has proven to be the virtual event; a place where interaction with attendees and customers is more cost-effective and integrated. Today, a staggering 90% of scientists prefer online meeting and video conferencing systems due to the ever growing world of social media. FULL POST

Posted 6/14/13 at 8:52 AM | Sylvie Simms

Memories from Historical Thinkers

Oftentimes after a great event or celebration, filled with memories and good stories, we’re left with the dozens if not hundreds of photos taken. Sometimes it can be difficult to think of a way to store these photos, not to mention the probability they will never see the light of day once they are stored into some photo bin or album. However, there actually is another way to keep your photos in mint condition while still enjoying the memories. Scrapbooking is a fantastic way to organize your photos in an album while also adding bits of information and memorabilia’s obtained from said events to tie everything together into a theme; and we’ve got a great infographic to help you along the way!

Check out this amazing infographic for some great tips on scrapbooking and three cool examples of some icons and what their scrapbooks would have looked like! Leonardo Da Vinci spent his days observing, and recorded more than 13,000 pages of notes and drawings, all which would have most likely been essential components in his scrapbook. Albert Einstein was a brilliant mathematician with an even more colorful childhood; His scrapbook would probably be littered with family photos and educational accomplishments. Lastly, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a loving father, husband, and political leader would have his scrapbook filled with family joys and events as well as the many accomplishments he achieved, such as winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Whatever inspirations you get from this infographic, be sure to start scrapbooking with your next batch of photos! FULL POST

Posted 6/10/13 at 4:25 AM | Sylvie Simms

How to Create the Ideal Backyard

Backyard looking a little drab for the coming summer? Sprucing it up for those summer get-togethers doesn’t have to be a chore. How to Create the Ideal Backyard shows off what you can do to make your backyard the talk of the neighborhood and the perfect watering hole for those pool parties where you can just lay by the pool and soak up the rays as you sip a piña colada.

We’ve come a long way from the first indoor pool installment in 1907. Today, more than 10 million swimming pools are installed in homes all across the U.S., and with their popularity only growing, you’ve got countless options when it comes to pool shapes. So what do you choose? Well, you can stick with a traditional look or go all-out and install an infinity pool, if you have a view that is picture-worthy. But why stop at just a pool, though? Options for a BBQ area vary from a basic pit to more advanced grills using propane with warming racks, ovens, and extra burners for cooking side dishes. BBQs where you eat until you’re too full and late night summer get-togethers around a fire pit while you create intimate memories with friends can be hosted in a quintessential backyard atmosphere. FULL POST

Posted 6/7/13 at 4:39 AM | Sylvie Simms

House Hunting: Rental Properties Across The Nation

Whether you’re an investor looking for your next rental property or a tenant looking for a new home, you know how exhausting it can be to find the ideal rental unit. If you’re one of the thousands of people house-hunting in today’s market, we put together House Hunting: Rental Properties Across the Nation with you in mind.

Both landlords and tenants have a lot on their plate when searching for a rental property that’s ideal for leasing, and the many potential problems when on the hunt can be frustrating. Mold, bugs, old paint and flooring, and limited or tight parking spots are just a few of the issues to look out for during your search. Other factors to consider include the average price of homes versus rental rates in the region, the schools available in the area, and convenience and proximity to stores, public transit, and highways. It doesn’t hurt to check out some of the most affordable cities available for renting and investing, either, especially if you’re not tied to one location. As investors know, the best places to invest are those areas where the demand to buy homes hasn’t driven prices up too high yet, but is projected to rise (and may have already started). So before you’re well on your way to investing or renting and signing the residential lease or apartment lease agreement, check out these important tips to make your search less stressful. FULL POST

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