ABSA, by Design Partnership

If you have ventured to the brand new Mall of Africa you may have seen the new ABSA bank branch, which is creating quite a stir with the images and video that are doing the rounds on social media. This is actually an ongoing project by global design, strategy & build company, Design Partnership.
This project is headed up by creative director Yatish Narsi, who immediately explains that this is in no way an interior design project but rather a continual work in progress.

Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.
Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.

We asked Narsi to go into more detail and explain what exactly he means by this as well as what the three key objectives are which are driving this new banking experience.

The branch is dead. Long live the branch.

Advances in mobile banking have threatened the current use cases for the physical. However, retail globally has shown that maintaining physical presence is key to any retail strategy. Even online only-offers like Amazon, Warby Parker and Birchbox are moving aggressively into physical channels. The question we’re asking at Absa is not do we need branches, but what is the step change in customer engagement and experience that we can now deliver if we free our banking halls of the mundane ‘bank visit’? Mobile won’t replace physical, it will enable it to evolve.

A new approach to engaging and problem solving.

Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.
Images all courtesy of Design Partnership & ABSA.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So to tackle this exciting and complex problem we knew we needed a new way to engage it. Virtual reality, 3D-printed modules and furniture pieces, animations and augment reality are all being used to engage various stakeholders in the bank, bringing the problems to life so we can all input. This helps us literally experience the environment before it’s built so we can all provide meaningful input around customer experience.

The variable outlet approach

Given the mix of customer profiles, environments and needs, this journey is best viewed as exactly that. Mall of Africa is not a solution, it’s merely the start of our journey. All the furniture and engagement spaces are mobile and can be moved around virtually overnight. We can respond to customer needs quickly and proactively.

It means we can also test new ideas.
Like a foosball table and arcade machines to reduce perceived wait times and turn waiting into play time.
Queue benches as opposed to rails, so we can get our customers to stay comfortable.
Private offices on castors, so we can move them around as we need.

Nobody can say for sure what the bank of the future is, so we have built agility and flexibility into this design to help us engage customers and figure out the future together.

Everything to know about adding videos to your blog

Looking for a way to step up your blogging game? If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to start adding videos. If you take a look around at the most popular bloggers, including many who you likely follow or look to for inspiration, they’re creating videos to go with their conventional written content.
Still not convinced? Consider your social media feeds. All of those makeup tutorials, cooking clips, and interviews that show up? They’re from bloggers who are harnessing the power of video.

Everything to know about adding videos to your blog
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The benefits of adding videos to your blog

So what is it about videos on blogs that are so compelling?

• In today’s competitive online world, being a successful blogger and creating a money-making website is almost entirely based on your ability to build a relationship with your audience. That’s one of the biggest factors that sets successful bloggers apart from those site owners that relatively quickly disappear. What better way to develop or reinforce a relationship with your audience than through videos? You can put a face to your words, and people feel like they’re able to get to know you in a way they can’t do entirely through written blogs alone.

• It adds another dimension to your site as well. Some people don’t like to read blog posts, but you can reach them another way: through videos. This is just giving your potential audience a different avenue to connect with you, which can serve to grow your traffic. Also, it gives people options. For example, one day they might want to read your most recent post, and another they might just feel like watching a video. You’re giving them choices, and people like options. It takes your blog from being simplistic and one-dimensional to a hub for content.

• As mentioned above, videos can be great for reaching people on social media. Videos are perfect modes for sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. You’ll improve your engagement and reach if you can make some great videos and have people start sharing them on your blog’s social media channels. Videos also tend to be a good route to create viral marketing content.

• Videos can help you define your brand as a blogger. Your written content should have a distinctive voice and style, but your videos can further solidify that, and branding is essential to successful blogging.

Tips for creating videos

So maybe you’re now convinced that videos could be a worthwhile addition to your blog. Your next question might be how to make it happen. How do you start making videos that will resonate with your audience if it’s new territory for you as a blogger?

Below are some guidelines you can use as you get started.

1. Organise your thoughts

When you’re adding videos to your blog for marketing purposes or just to enhance the overall feel of your site, you want to create posts that, just like your written content, are relevant and valuable to your audience.

To do this, it’s a good idea to have an overview of what you’ll talk about before you start recording. You don’t want a script, because that will sound forced and robotic in most cases, but you should have a general outline of the main points you want to make.

You want to have your points organised in a way that flows logically from start to finish. If you just wing it without an outline, it might turn out okay, but it might also sound like a jumbled mess of thoughts with no clear purpose.

2. Answer audience questions

One of your first questions you might have about creating videos for your blog is what to talk about. Before you create any videos, look through common questions you’ve had from your readers, and try to choose topics based on these.

As is always being pointed out, one of the essential elements of creating a successful money-making blog is the ability to deliver value to your audience, so by using videos as a unique, personable way to answer their real questions, you’re doing just that.

3. Create content that works together

You want your videos and written content to work well with one another, and you want to cross-promote. What this means is consider doing videos that are tied to your written blog posts. This way, there’s a sense of cohesion, your content is building on one another, and you can use videos to direct people to your posts and vice versa.

One example of how you might make this work is to create a blog post briefly answering a common question your readers have, and then creating an in-depth tutorial that goes into a further explanation of how readers can solve that particular problem.

Another option is to reuse your blog posts and turn them into videos. Choose some of your best and most popular evergreen content and use it as a foundation for excellent videos. It will save you time and give you the opportunity to use your best work to appeal to new site visitors.

4. Choose the right environment

You don’t have to buy super expensive camera or sound equipment to make a great blog video, but you do need to be careful with the setting. You want to choose a place to shoot your video where the background noises are limited, and the lighting is good. Your audience needs to be able to see and hear you, and if the sound quality is bad, it’s going to turn them off immediately.

You can use something as simple as the HD video recorder on your iPhone and the microphone on your phone may even be sufficient if you choose a place with no background noise and good natural lighting. You may have to test a few locations before finding the perfect one.

5. Experiment

It can take some time to develop your video blog formula to match your style and goals, and what your audience is looking for. You’ll likely need to experiment with a variety of factors including your personal tone and style, the length of your videos, and the style, for example, whether they’re primarily tutorials or just for fun and entertainment.

Once you find that formula, it will become easy to continue creating compelling videos to build your blog and your audience.

[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 178: “Build your Business” training and leadership development course

On the next Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show on Thursday, 23 June 2016, from 9-10am, show host Warren Harding takes a look at MI-Ashanti International (Pty) Ltd, a 21C business solutions, training and education company who will be piloting an eight week short course at Vega School in Cape Town from 2 July to 20 August 2016.
[Biz Takeouts Lineup] 178: “Build your Business” training and leadership development course
The company’s vision is to play an active social and economic role in the local and global market to reduce the failure rate of start-up entrepreneurs and enable a higher percentage of start-up entrepreneurship success.

We host Wendy van Schalkwyk, CEO and founder of MI-Ashanti International. She’s an entrepreneur, business consultant and has an international masters in business with Business School Netherlands.

The Global Economic Monitor (2015) confirms that 90% of start-ups fail within the first two-three years largely due to personal reasons, lack of effective business and funding models.

Tune into Biz Takeouts every Thursday from 9am-10am live from the 2oceansVibe Radio studio in Cape Town as we discuss the topics that matter in Marketing & Media.

How Utility Sales Tax Consultants Can Help You

Iowa utility sales tax consultants offer a variety of services to parties both commercial and residential. To better understand what their services are and why they may be of service to you, read this beginner’s guide to better understanding utility sales tax and the consultant’s role.

Do I Have to Pay Taxes on My Utilities?

Utilities typically include water, sewer, trash, electricity, natural gas, steam, and telephone services. Utilities are often taxable because your state has either stated that they’re taxable or has defined utilities as being physical personal property.

Some utilities are taxable while others are not. Water and sewer are usually not taxable, whereas resources such as electricity and natural gas are almost always taxable. Telephone services are usually taxable but are also tied up in a whole separate branch of additional tax laws.

Are There Any Exemptions?

Depending on your location and the type of facility that will be employing the utilities, you may qualify for some exemptions.

• Manufacturing and business: If you are in the manufacturing business, there will usually be exemption laws that may extend to exemptions on utilities. You may be able to ride off certain utilities on your taxes when using them for business purposes.

• Residential: In some areas, utility taxes can be exempt when they are purchased for residential purposes. Sometimes these exemptions are seasonal. For example, the extension may extend from November to April (the heavy usage months).
The best way to determine if you qualify for an exemption is to have a consultation with your utility sales tax consultant.

What Can a Utility Sales Tax Consultant Do for Me?

A utility sales tax consultant helps businesses and individuals identify and recover overpayments on utility bills such as electric, natural gas, and others. They can help you to bypass any strict regulations that may bar your qualification for sales tax exemptions and help you to save a lot of money in the long run.

If you feel that you have been overpaying on your utility sales tax, a good place to start is to have a consultation with a utility sales tax consultant. During this initial consultation, you and the consultant will go over the process and what it details. Most utility sales tax consultants will include the following with their services:

• Facility diagnosis: This part of the process takes into consideration the usage that may be exempt, the possible refund amount, and whether there are any future savings. The main motivation of the facility diagnosis is to determine if utility sales tax consultation services are worth the client’s investment. The diagnosis will also outline the consultation services plans for recovering funds.

• Facility survey: Nearly all UST projects require the collection of data, which is done with a site visit. This visit is important because it helps provide a clear picture of the company’s utility usage in the building and with the equipment being used.

• Utility study report: This is the report that is given to the company after all data has been collected, reviewed, and analyzed. Within this report will be the exact amount of utility usage that is exempt.

• State filing: If exemptions are deemed allowable, this is the part of the process where the consultant will file an exemption with the state to request a refund for the overages. State filing requirements change frequently, so it’s a good idea to have a consultant on your side that is up to date with the changes.

Utility sales tax exemption requirements and procedures are tricky and complicated. This is why it is important to work with Iowa utility sales tax consultants to make sure you’re getting every exemption your company qualifies to receive.

Mike Dillard & Harkon Ajala Are Full Of $#%&+! (and So Is Their Online Mlm System)

To say I was caught off guard as I read the words on my well rested computer screen is a bigger understatement than saying George W. Bush was slightly unpopular: “You sir, are a worthless piece of (censored) and so is your so-called ‘automated online mlm system.’ Both you and Mike Dillard can go to hell with your bull(censored) promises! Both of your stuff sucks!”

Just a few weeks ago I returned to my businesses after a 4 month vacation I took to find, negotiate (based on the price he was asking for, the seller was undoubtedly smoking meth), buy, and move into a new home with my new wife. Who knew the first email I opened would be laced with four letter words and questioning whether I and my online mlm marketing system were human waste products? Not to mention my guy Mike Dillard. That’s sacriledge.

But that’s what this fine gentleman was saying in his email to my office. I imagine he would have been even more horrified had he been present to witness my reaction: I laughed until tears nearly streamed down my face. ‘Cause I immediately knew exactly why he was failing with a system that had put big deposits in my bank account while I was away fighting with realtors for 4 months.

The simple fact of the matter is he’s a loser. Sorry if that’s too un-P.C. for you, but it’s just the cold, hard truth (hey, compared to the stuff he called me that’s extremely restrained.) He thought an automated online mlm marketing system meant he could plunk down a few $20 dollar bills, read Mike’s book, sign up for my online marketing system, set up 2 weak ass adwords campaigns, then sit back and wait for 20 to 30 people to call him begging to join his home business every day.

As my rather rural computer salesman used to say back when I worked for Circuit City; “That dog won’t hunt.” But of course “…a loser is as a loser does…” so Mr. L-Diddy blamed Mike & me and labled our respective products scams.

Now personlly, I know the stuff in Mike Dillard’s book is golden because I’ve generated thousands of my own leads using it, that’s why I recommended it to dumbass.

My online mlm marketing system he signed up for automates the follow up with your prospects, the signups, pays you upfront income automatically, and even automates duplication in your downline by fully training your new team members on how to use the same system and providing them with a checklist of the only 4 things they need to do daily to duplicate themselves. Hell, you don’t even have to EVER call anybody if you don’t want to. That’s not exactly a bare bones model.

But still you have to add one ingredient: a consistent, small amount of focused and determined effort. Even if Archimedes had gotten a big enough lever to move the world he would’ve had to step up on the end of it.

Picture any network marketing or mlm training tool or online marketing system as a beautiful, new, shiny red Lamborghini. It’s powerful, it’s ultra fast, it has automatic brakes, computers that automate the engine, the stereo, the GPS, and all the other systems in the car so you don’t have to worry about them. But you still have to drive it. If you gas it up, turn the key, then just sit in the drivers seat waiting, it will simply burn through the money you spent on gas then die out. You won’t go anywhere.

You have to drive it.

So the next time you find yourself talking to a prospect for your business who’s peppering you with a bunch of questions about how little they can get away with doing (and still make six figures within the first 7 months) if they join your business or online mlm system, do yourself a favor and tell the loser they don’t fit the qualifications you’re looking for. Then hang up the damn phone.

Save yourself the experience of getting cursed out via email 28 days later. Unless you just need a good laugh.

*****arbonne Cosmetics Reps You Need This***************

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Arbonne International is making a name in the Home Based Business arena and on the Skin Care Market as well. At the rate that this huge industry is erupting on the economic scene, you’d be smart to be looking for ways to somehow be a successful consultant for this cash cow. If you are an Arbonne rep the myarbonne.com website most likely isn’t generating the results you’d hoped.

We will provide you with a concise description of the company, is all the Arbonne hype simply a Scam, and why you all are reading this article in the first place… a Step-by-Step Blueprint for the Arbonne Consultant to begin Making Money.

People are becoming more and more concerned with their bodies, specifically preventing signs of aging. The products that Arbonne has released are getting great recognition for their corrective properties and also preventative skin care. This country spends 30 Billion on cosmetic products and skin care solutions. Arbonne’s products are botanically based, PH corrected, hypoallergenic and dermatologist certified.

If you think Arbonne is a Scam, it certainly isn’t. Arbonne follows every rule issued by the FTC and are rising up to be a worthy competitor of Mary Kay and Avon. SO why are many Arbonne consultants struggling to make money?

Only 3.5% of Arbonne consultants are making income bonuses.

What is stopping them?

Arbonne utilizes a unilevel MLM compensation plan. Usually when individuals turn to MLM they are trying to replace their JOB.. A realistic prospective monthly wage would be around $5,000.00. In accordance with the Arbonne Cosmetics Compensation Plan, you would need to recruit Fifty Five Arbonne consultants all doing at least $2k every 4 weeks.

Do you know 55 people that want to start selling Arbonne Skin Care products and become Arbonne consultants. Probably not.

What can take you to quick success in Arbonne rather than slow and painful failure? Your Arbonne upline will tell you go and make a list of every person you have ever met, scout the malls, cold call leads; if you’ve tried any of these traditional MLM tactics you’ll know how inefficient and frustrating they can be.

Since there are so many Arbonne product lines consultants often get absorbed in . You quickly are a Product Consultant rather than a Business owner and the key to MLM success is gone.

You would have tracked Toby and I down online through the most influencial marketing tool you will every find. Even though our Primary MLM business is exploding, we do not bring it up or start rambling about OUR products. We are not spewing out the benefits and features to every person we cross paths with online. You must leverage the Internet properly, and if you want to know how to accomplish that, you have got to get the right training.

Your 5 Step Blueprint to Make Money in Arbonne or Whatever MLM business you Build:

1. Your myarbonne.com site is not the answer to using the Internet to make money. Step away from the company replicated sites and begin by advertising a Sales Funnel with YOU as the main attraction

2. Do not pitch your Arbonne opportunity or products on your first encounter with prospects. Lead with value and a mindset to support others rather than recruit others.

3. Get access to the best online Marketing Training available. Increase your knowledge by getting trained on the top strategies; Social Media Marketing, YouTube and Video Marketing, Article/Content Marketing, PPC, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and so many more.

4. Shift your Target Market from your Warm list. skills. Target those that are using or looking to purchase your product and service or existing distributors in MLM and people that are looking for information on an opportunity.

5. Choose the strategies that suit your skills. Really start mastering them, stay focused, and get started with your Marketing. Do not fall victim to the Internet Time-wasting Machine!

Our 5 steps can be used no matter what MLM company you are in and are crutial in helping you succeed online with your MLM business. This is why Attraction Marketing is so awesome. It doesn’t matter which MLM company people work with, it may perhaps be Herbalife, Carbon Copy Pro, or efusjon, these strategies of Attraction Marketing will get massive results in your Home business.

So Toby and I present you will a Red Pill and a Blue Pill. You can choose reality and decide on the Red Pill. You have the true secrets to Online success right infront of you and you can TAKE ACTION and plug into the Online Marketing Strategies that will change your business. Or you can take the Blue Pill and keep on trucking in MLM Denial. Don’t change a thing and just hope that everything will change soon.

The choice is yours.

Auto Parts Manufacturers – Online Presence Signified Business Capability

The auto parts industry has witnessed tremendous growth in the last few decades and the latest trends seems to indicate further growth. Through these years, the auto parts manufacturing industry has managed to increase its sales and contribute significantly towards stabilization of an economy.

Auto parts manufacturers are primarily guided with the commitment to manufacture quality products with technological advancement. Manufacturers need to encompass outstanding ability to fulfill the expectations of clients. A vehicle owners at some point needs to contact auto parts manufacturer for replacement of a particular spare part. Owing to advent of foreign vehicles, the business of auto parts manufacturing too has crossed geographical boundaries and operates all around the world. There are many auto parts manufacturers working in tandem with foreign vehicle manufacturers.

The advantage of working beyond demographics helps in the long run. Auto parts manufacturers need to constantly meet the growing needs of the consumers by producing suitable products. One of the major advantages of acquiring international experience is gaining firsthand knowledge on latest technologies. At present there is absolutely no aspect of human life untouched by technology. It is very important for auto parts manufacturers to adopt the latest technology in the field of auto parts manufacturing. One major trend, which has gained unprecedented success, is the collaboration between foreign auto manufacturers and local auto parts manufacturers. Most foreign players have set their manufacturing units in a foreign market by inviting local auto parts manufacturers to supply spare parts of the vehicles produced. This brings down the cost of setting your own unit to a great extent, in a particular country. Also, it gives confidence to a customer to buy your product as he is sure if replacement of an auto part is required he does not have to run from pillar to post.

With the partnership of foreign vehicle manufacturers and local auto parts manufacturers, it is relatively easy to promote your brand in the market. Manufacturers can use different mediums of marketing to induce interest in their products. Since technology is the new age mantra it is obvious to use internet as one of the mediums of marketing. With increase in the purchasing power of a consumer, there is also an increase in awareness. A consumer looking to replace a worn out or damaged part of his vehicle will do the necessary groundwork before making a purchase. Consumers are not willing to physically make a visit to all the stores and want the job done in the least possible time. At this juncture internet is of great help.

There are many online portals and trade websites that display information on auto parts manufacturers and products offered by them. This enables consumers contact manufacturers without the hassle venturing out of their house. Some auto parts manufacturer have a quality and maintenance team that visits your premises and replaces common auto parts at your doorstep. This is very convenient for consumers hard pressed for time. Auto parts manufacturers can aim to enhance their market visibility by increasing their online presence.

How Can A Seo Consultant Help Your Business?

1. How long will it take me to get a decent SERP on Google for this keyword?
2. Is this business looking viable to you?
3. Do I have a lot of competition in this online business
which I am starting and how can I compete effectively with them?
4. How can I make the most out of my marketing efforts?

Some excellent SEO consultants can even answer these questions:

1. Should I buy a used domain in order to rank high really quick?
2. How is my competitor ranking on the top with half the links that I have?

3. Should I continue this business or start over in a new niche?

The point of the whole article is simply that SEO consultants can save you a lot of time and money in the long-run. So, instead of using trial-and-error in trying to market different things online, it would be much better to make a one-time investment and ask your SEO guy all these questions.

Some established SEO consultants charge upwards of $500 per hour, which might sound like a lot of money, but spending a good amount on SEO consultation can really help you get the facts together for your business.
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