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Jan 26, 2018
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Way long ago in 1998--yes, that long ago--B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore published a piece in Harvard Business Review (link at the end of this article) that the experience economy had arrived. And, sure, in 20th Century terms, it had. As they explained in their article, the progression began with families buying items, such as Betty Crocker, because there was less kitchen time to prepare the ingredients for a child's birthday cake. Then parents started going to the bakery store to pick up cakes for their kids and no longer making the cake at home. And, eventually in the late part of the 20th Century, with more work and other demands, families started to outsource the entire birthday to soup-to-nuts groups that did everything, such as Chuck E. Cheese and the Discovery Zone. And now we're in the 21st Century, and experience matters even more and companies are beginning to try out different technologies, for instance, virtual reality and augmented reality. Major corporations, such as Facebook and Apple, have made substantial investments into those technologies because the future is coming quickly and I wouldn't be surprised if in 2018 we see some other global experience, such as Pokémon Go. Smart marketers understand that creating an experience--with technology--is essential to being able to sell a product or service in today's world. So, how do you do it? Customer Experience Continuum An essential activity to create an excellent customer experience program is not only to have excellent customer service but to go further and understand what your customer experience is from start to finish. From the moment a prospect sends you an email, places a call to your office or messages you in some way, what is the experience your company provides? Understand the entirety of the customer experience from the moment they initially reach out and to what happens after the purchase. Words Matter for Customer Experience Principles Once you understand the experience that occurs, and more importantly what you want to make sure your leads experience, you have to ask yourself (and your team) to help you develop principles that will guide the experience from start to finish. In this case, words matter. For example, are you looking for your clients to have "fun" while they partner with you? Are you looking for "excellence in communication"? Whatever the words are that matter to you, develop principles around them and ensure everyone on your team is onboard. Data In and What Comes Out? When you're talking about data, your CRM is everything. You want to make sure your CRM captures everything that is essential to know about your leads and clients. If your team isn't inputting every touchpoint with your customers, accurately, then you're not going to be able to anticipate their needs. Part of the customer experience is to know what your prospects and partners are going to want, even before they want it. As an example, in one of my companies, our former partners get reminders at regular intervals about scheduling their next fundraiser with us. Provide a Sensory Experience Everyone is used to having many experiences throughout the day. If they're scrolling social media, your leads and clients are being "marketed" to with live streams, videos or images. Corporations are moving toward providing people virtual experiences and with technology tools. Granted, we're in the early stages of these types of moments, but it's already started. If you want to buy a diamond ring, you can see the ring virtually on your hand by supplying a photo. You can also see how furniture will look in your home with apps and a VR headset. Think out of the box and discover creative ways to bring your products and services to market. Net Promoter Score (NPS) If you're not using it already, consider looking into your Net Promoter Score, or NPS. This measuring tool goes beyond simple customer satisfaction. The index calculation, based on the responses of your customers regarding how likely they would be to recommend you to others, helps you understand and predict future revenue growth. The best type of sales you can make are those based on the recommendations of others, particularly if you can predict revenue growth. Humans haven't changed since the publication by Pine and Gilmore in the HBR article. The only thing that has changed significantly is how technology has transformed our lives and the world writ large. Humans, however, have always wanted the same thing in a product or service. Consumers want the experience they have with your business to match the expectations they had in their mind when they first inquired about your product or service. SOURCE
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Jan 26, 2018
In Health and Fitness
In US there are government recognized agencies which certify the ecosystem safe buildings. Such certified buildings normally use up to 40% less energy compared to the accepted buildings. Keeping this concept in mind how best we can intend our future dream home is extremely considerable. The sustain-ability of this earth with the present reckless advancement is causing concern. So the people are looking for ecosystem friendly homes. This is typically known as natural living under natural buildings. When we adopt this attitude we can feel comfortable that we are in our own process adding less to the future damages to the earth. To come to a decision about the ecosystem friendly homes, you have to first assess yourself about your life style and your future requirements. If you are a person who is obtained to live under a roof where you are require a cool ecosystem during summers and lot of heat during peak winter, then you will have to select those ecosystem friendly materials which have good insulation in winters and maintain an extremely cool ecosystem during summers. With the right combination of construction materials which are ecosystem friendly you can go about without consuming excess power. However if you are not still comfortable, you can have the option of going for solar energy. These solar panels will take care of your fancy gadgets almost free of cost. It is also probable that if the power generated from your solar panels are not fully utilized you have got the option of giving back to the power grid. They accept this gesture with gratitude and even pay for it. Going natural in food production also is catching up. Prepare yourself for growing whatever probable vegetable in your back yard in organic instructions, with even so little space you might have. This will reduce your grocery bill and also it will give you physical exercise on tending the vegetable garden. When you renovate the cleaning materials and other ingredients you use, you are inflicting to some extent dent to the ecosystem. You have to be selective in going for the cleaning materials which are not harming the ecosystem. Similarly, when you do the foundation work for your buildings you will be turning out several soil. You have to make in no doubt to put slit traps to circumvent the run off towards the streams and lakes. The slit can erect the clean waters into a mess of slush and choke the living organisms there. When the construction is over, the planting of grass and other seasonal vegetation will control the excess runoff of the slit. If you browse the net you will find details about several companies which are doing natural friendly projects. Study them and act upon them for your own survival. Source:
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Jan 08, 2018
In Health and Fitness
No matter if you are suffering from high blood pressure, blood sugar or obesity, going to the doctor every month for checkups can become a real ordeal in our busy lives. Blood glucose meters are portable devices that are used to measure the amount of glucose in the blood. They are often used by diabetic people to monitor and manage their condition. These hand-held machines are critical in determining the diet you can follow and how well any medication you are on is working in controlling your blood sugar levels. Since they can be used at home, they give you the convenience of instant feedback and help you keep a record of your results that can be shown to your doctor to get an accurate picture of how well your treatment is working. But with the advent of home health monitoring devices like glucometers, blood pressure monitors and weighing scales, keeping track of your health has never been easier. They not only save you from the weekly trips to the doctor but also provide accurate readings that help you manage your condition effectively. Read on to find out more about some useful health monitoring devices in the market- Blood glucose meters Blood glucose meters are portable devices that are used to measure the amount of glucose in the blood. They are often used by diabetic people to monitor and manage their condition. These hand-held machines are critical in determining the diet you can follow and how well any medication you are on is working in controlling your blood sugar levels. Since they can be used at home, they give you the convenience of instant feedback and help you keep a record of your results that can be shown to your doctor to get an accurate picture of how well your treatment is working. Blood pressure monitors As the name suggests, blood pressure monitors are devices that can help you check your blood pressure level in the convenience of your home. There are several types of blood pressure monitors that are available in the market, the most popular being wrist monitors, upper arm monitors and digital monitors. Blood pressure monitors help with hypertension detection; irregular heart beat detection and body movement detection. They also store the last reading for future use. Blood pressure monitors usually come with a wrap cuff and an LCD display. Weighing scales Most of you are familiar with weighing scales, having seen and used them at gyms and doctors' clinics. Weighing scales are used to measure several types of readings, including body fat, muscle mass, BMI, lean mass along with body weight. The digital varieties come with advanced features like auto power-on and power-off mechanism, LCD display and high precision strain gauge and load cell sensors that ensure accurate reading. Weighing scales can be used at home to manage and keep track of your weight. But before purchasing these health monitoring devices online, there are certain things you should keep in mind- · Make sure the device is 'clinically validated' so that it gives accurate results. It should have gone through a series of tests and must be certified. · It should come with a warranty to make sure you can replace it if something goes amiss. · You should always buy these devices from reputed brands who give you the assurance of quality and authenticity. · Read up on the features and compare them in order to find the device that suits your needs and requirements. · Always look for discounts at online stores to make it easy on your pocket. Health devices should always be purchased after consulting with a doctor or a healthcare professional who can give you necessary advice on how to use it correctly at home. Also, have the device checked at least once a year to make sure the readings are accurate. source
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Jan 08, 2018
In Health and Fitness
Suicide rates among students are on the ascendancy globally. Suicide is ranked as the second leading cause of death in educational institutions. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that annually one million people die from suicide with one death every forty seconds with an estimate of 1100 college students dying every year. One of the leading causes of suicide in schools has been associated with harassment from teachers. What are teachers doing to spark and heighten the fire of suicide among students? What should teachers do to help their learners erase suicidal thoughts from their minds? This article offers perspectives and valuable insights into ways that teachers can help arrest the menace of suicide in educational institutions globally. any suicide cases reported in educational institutions globally point fingers at teachers. These have always been in the form of harassment. Teachers exert a greater influence on students, especially, on the decisions relating to life and death. Therefore, teachers must be mindful of their words and actions toward their learners. These students are mostly fragile and inexperience. They usually act based on their feelings and state of mind in various conditions. Many teachers have been engaging in verbal abuse on their often less performing students. These academically dull students often receive unfavorable verbal attacks from teachers that only discourage them. It makes them feel hopeless and worthless, even desiring to end it all by taking a suicide decision. These teachers usually spank them by making angry remarks as an outward sign of their displeasure of the academic performance. Such disparaging comments include 'You are worthless!' 'You should not have been in school!', 'Your mates will make it in life and you will suffer the brunt of your weak academic performance!' Some instructors deliberately post the performances of the weak students on students' notice boards just for their colleagues to mock at them. These comments and actions often terrify many of these students who do not want to face the shame as a result of their academic failings, usually commit suicide. Moreover, very harsh punishments given to truant and undisciplined students are also a major cause of suicide. Granted, some students will always engage in wrongdoing. Therefore, to maintain discipline, such students may receive some punishment to serve as a deterrent from engaging in that act again and/or other students treading the same path. However, this should be done in a humane fashion. Even punishments can be given to further develop the academic abilities of the truant students. Such punishment includes writing a passage three or four times to improve their writing skills. Punishment should be done with the aim of correcting the negative behavior exhibited by the student. Furthermore, some educators and teachers sack students because they were late from school or for not paying for academic user fees. This is very wrong. Some students fear going to their parents who may punish them severely. Therefore, the teachers must not in any way sack any student because of these reasons, as they have been one of the main causes of suicide. Also, some educational institutions fail to set up stringent strategies in punishing or expelling students who bully their colleagues in schools. Bullying of students has been one of the chief causes of suicide. Educational institutions must find effective means of identifying students who bully their colleagues. Transparent offices where students who are bullied can report their bullying cases must be available in all educational institutions. Again, it's very unfortunate and disgusting that some teachers sexually harass their students. Some of these students who are objects of the sexual harassment are emotionally traumatized and usually end their lives through suicide. Teachers must set good examples as morally upright persons whose decent lives are worth imitating. Unscrupulous teachers who engage in sexual harassment must be severely punished and prosecuted. The teaching profession is very honorable and persons who enroll in it must demonstrate great dexterity that it requires. Teachers must be charismatic and use their words and actions to encourage, motivate and heighten the academic abilities as well as students' personal development. This would prevent and erase suicidal thoughts from the minds of students such that suicide would be a forgotten phenomenon in the various educational institutions globally. source
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Jan 08, 2018
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In Far away United States Of America, a war has been raging of recent-the war against Monsanto, the food giant that spearheads the research into and production of genetically modified foods, foods manufactured using the activities of genetically modified organisms, GMO. Their Congress has passed a bill that makes it against the law to label foods on the market shelves as being a product of genetically modified organisms. The debate was that, given the fact of an overwhelming evidence that genetically modified foods are harmful to humans, and government insistence that only genetically modified foods are the best for the country, every food that contains GMO should be labeled so that Americans have a choice in deciding whether to buy the GMF or the naturally produced foods. In fact, in recent times, there has been several recalls of shelf foods due to the fact that they were deemed to have used undeclared chemicals in their production. The government has been at war with the farmers who produce and sell directly to consumers without resort to genetics, with the accusation that their foods are contaminated with the Salmonella species of bacteria. Salmonella is the main causative agent for diarrhea. For example, American federal and state regulators are seeking legal sanctions against farmers in Maine, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California, among others. These sanctions include injunctions, fines, and even prison sentences for farmers who fail to join the genetic bandwagon. Genetic modification of foods started in the nineteen eighties. The biotechnology giant Monsanto began to genetically alter corn to withstand its activities in trying to round up their weed clearing agenda-or herbicide roundup, as it was generally referred to. The goal was to eradicate weeds but not crops and resist a corn pest called the corn borer. These small changes in the Deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, the building blocks of proteins in the body, of the corn are expressed by the plant as proteins. Those proteins act as allergens, provoking a disorder marked by the overproduction of a type of white blood cell called an eosinophil. The U.S. government started approving GMO corn and soybeans for sale in the mid-1990s, and today, 88% of corn, and 93% of soybeans, are the transgenic varieties. According to my findings, due to cross-pollination via winds, birds, and bees, there's no such thing anymore as a GMO-free corn crop in the U.S. "It's almost impossible to find a corn source in the United States that doesn't have the [protein] in it," Dr. Mansman, an allergist who works in a Virginia hospital, told an American Magazine. Beyond all the hype, beyond all the gobbledygook, GMFs have become the stable shelf food in Europe and America, and the idea has become acceptable in other parts of the world. In fact the Nigerian National assembly has hurriedly passed the bill to back the genetically modified foods production in the country. Former President Goodluck Jonathan set up a committee to vet the so called biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law. Then, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria's dream of achieving food sufficiency in 2015 will be a mirage, unless the country adopts biotechnology in the agricultural sector. Even Olusola Saraki, a senator and chairman senate committee on environment and ecology, who is currently the Senate President, decried the delay in signing the bill into law. "As a matter of fact, the benefits of signing the bill into law by Mr President are numerous," he said." These include regulating the safe application of biotechnology in Nigeria to harness benefits in fields of agriculture, medical, environment sustainability and industrial growth." Further more, the law will promote technological and material transfer for research collaboration and commercialization in biotechnology." According to him, since 1996, biotechnology-driven crops had been commercially planted and their adoption had increased steadily, with over 8.5 million planting them in 21 countries, with most African countries developing biosafety.He also noted that all over the world, scientists, who recognized the benefits of the technology, had been at the forefront of the call for safety and regulation of activities in the field of biotechnology. "Therefore, there is the need for Mr. President to assent to the bill in the interest of our nation and the attendant economic and employment opportunities that come with it," he had said. "If this feat is achieved, Nigeria, as a nation, would be sufficient in food production and thereby, save the cost of annual food importation and diversify same into a value chain mechanism." But the question is, how safe is BMF? Investigations indicate that even scientists at the forefront of the promotion of biotechnology are coming out to speak against it. Most food literature focuses on poor nutritional quality of canned and pre-packaged food, which is the only source of food to certain urban people who have no access to fresh foods from the farm. Chemicals found in food packaging are unhealthy-as, for example, Bisphenol A, or BPA. This chemical has been banned from baby bottles and sippy cups in the United States but find ways into the stable consumption of the nouveau-rich in Nigeria. Since it is used to line food cans, intended as a protective barrier between the metal and the can's contents, BPA actually leaches into the food we eat. The effects of leaching BPA are likely most detrimental for pregnant women, babies and children. This chemical has been linked with obesity, cancer (breast and prostate), early onset of puberty, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and retardation of development of brain and nervous systems. The case of early puberty has been a serious societal issue that results in increased rape cases and pedophilia simply because the children look older than they actually are. And Monsanto and other companies are at the forefront of these drugs. France has banned the use of BPA in the preservation of canned foods with effect from 2015. Soon, other European countries will follow suit. Apart from BPA, Aspartmine is another chemical. Aspartame has been linked to several different cancers and even degenerative brain conditions. Consuming aspartame regularly will burn out neurons and has been linked to headaches, mood alterations and even brain tumors. It is regarded as a healthy and sweeter alternative to sugar, though it actually causes diabetes and may also cause obesity. It was developed in a bio-weapons laboratory from excrement from bacteria culture and bleached with other chemicals by Monsanto corporation. It is currently sold under different brand names and used in food seasonings. Unfortunately this chemical, originally sold by Monsanto Corp, is now being re-branded under different names There are currently efforts underway to include aspartmine in milk and so called diet products-"low sugar" or "sugarless" drinks, even though aspartame is contained in many products already that do not list it as one of the ingredients. But by far the most important of these products are the genetically modified foods. "Introduction of genetically modified food has raised a number of fears, some genuine and some irrational," says Dr.Leo d'Souza, a Jesuit priest and biotech researcher. "Human fears, whether genuine or irrational, have to be attended to." These fears are currently being expressed by Nigerians who are skeptical of the benefits of the foods. For example, The Daily Trust Editorial of 26 June 2013 was particularly critical of the bill. "It may come as something of a surprise," the paper wrote, "to some, even shock to many, that such a profound policy step would be taken without as much as consultation with the public." The paper continued: "Still, even in advanced nations that have pioneered the technology and fully embraced the crops, controversies over them linger. Scientists have raised concerns about their effect on human health and on the environment. It is alleged that the crops damage the soil and that large quantities of fertilizers and hazardous chemicals are required to successfully cultivate them. And for particularly the developing world, GM crops portend another challenge of having to depend on giant companies in the West for seed imports to replant as some of the crops do not have seeds or those with seeds cannot produce high-yield varieties when they are planted. Unless these allegations about the disadvantages of the crops are satisfactorily addressed, it would be premature to expose Nigerian farmers to GM seeds when the technology is still in its infancy in the country, if at all." The paper insisted that the main challenge now is that a large percentage of the national arable land is not being put under cultivation. " Since the advent of the oil boom nearly four decades ago, successive governments have paid scant attention to agriculture as a national security issue. This is the time to do it, by going back to agriculture, which offers better food and economic security than oil. Efforts should also be made to find a solution to the huge post-harvest losses that farmers suffer. If these and many other steps are taken, the country may in the end find it does not have any need for inorganic substances like GM crops to feed the people," the paper concluded. A group known as the Mother Earth Foundation frowned seriously at the proposed bill. In a statement signed by Nnimo Bassey, Director of the organization, noted that African countries have been generally resistant to the policy. "Contrary to the claims of the{minister of science and technology), Burkina Faso has not introduced GMOs into their food.", Bassey said, "That country planted genetically engineered cotton otherwise called Bt Cotton. The first harvest of that cotton last year was a big disappointment as the farmers got short fibre cotton rather than the long fibres they harvested from the conventional cotton they were used to planting. South Africa is the most problematic on the continent when it comes to the regulation and introduction of GMOs. Public resistance have been strong, but the historical political context must also be considered in understanding the path the nation began to toe and the difficulties in ensuring a transition from certain routes. Studies by the African Centre for Biosafety has revealed that corn products supplied by Tiger Brand in South Africa to companies including to Dangote Foods, a Nigerian conglomerate, has high GMO corn contents. This revelation ought to drive the Nigerian government to order an investigation into the importation of unwholesome foods and food products into Nigeria rather than making announcement of backdoor moves to ambush Nigerians into eating GMOs without their consent." They noted that the widespread dependence on chemical inputs have led to the death of pollinators like bees and saddled the world with silent farms and forests without insects and other beneficial species. "Certainly Nigeria does not want to join the ranks of nations that hire or buy bees to pollinate their farms," Bassey noted. "We are not sure also that Nigerians want to toe a path that may lead to farmers pollinating their crops by hand," he concluded. A federal minister has recently indicated that one of the GMO companies has been approved to open up an office space in the country. "Yes, Monsanto may soon be in Nigeria", a source from the ministry of Agriculture said, "the honorable minister is all taken up with the program." Studies have shown that GMO feeds have proven harmful to pigs. According to a report, "GM-fed females had on average a 25% heavier uterus than non-GM-fed females, a possible indicator of disease that requires further investigation. Also, the level of severe inflammation in stomachs was markedly higher in pigs fed on the GM diet. The research results were striking and statistically significant. The new study lends scientific credibility to anecdotal evidence from farmers and veterinarians, who have for some years reported reproductive and digestive problems in pigs fed on a diet containing GM soy and corn." Pigs have basically the same digestive structure with humans, and pork is a stable food in most countries. Most of these pigs are eaten by humans with accumulated GMO passed on to humans who consume them. Genetically modified foods are a typical example of how man tries to show he can control nature. But the final effect will be a disaster to mankind, because, in the new time, every distortion of natural order will be violently corrected, resulting in so many hitherto unknown diseases. Unfortunately, this will coincide with the time of total collapse of World economy, amid political crisis and Natural disasters in a time that was described as a time of great tribulations. source
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