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Buy A Press Release On eBay!

Friday, July 28th, 2006

I always knew that there were some strange things for sale on eBay, but I never imagined auctioning off press release distribution.

PRNewswire recently put up an “Off-Peak Press Release with SEO” for auction. The item was sold for $51.00, a great deal less than the service would normally cost.

A very interesting move on PRNewswire’s part and definitely effective from a marketing standpoint. It highlights the point that I have often made – today’s marketers must be innovative and think outside the box.

Bidding has now closed but you can view the sold item on eBay right here.

Consumer Behavior Drives Demand for Interactive Websites

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Just recently, there has been a surge in the amount of interactive online activity. Companies are increasingly looking to augment their customers’ online experience with added features, capabilities and ease of use.

Fifteen years ago, would we have ever imagined that we would be soon banking, ordering our groceries and partaking in video conferences – all via the Internet?

The more interactive the Internet becomes, the more the consumer demands and expects websites to offer the latest up-and-coming features. I , personally, possess that kind of mindset. If I go to a large website, I am annoyed if there isn’t a “search” box. If I am looking for something in particular, the “search” feature makes my task so much easier.

All of these interactive features demonstrate a growing consumer need for instant answers. Because of the Internet, information is now available at our fingertips and interactive websites are taking this one step further – data on demand as quickly as possible.

Isn’t that human nature? The more you give, the more we want.

H.M. Cragg Co. Enables Clients with Ever-Changing Power Needs to Dynamically Move Power Outlets – at the Twist of a Wrist – Via Groundbreaking Starline Track Busway

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

Online Discussion Board http://www.hmcragg.com/starlinetrackbusway/ to Facilitate Conversation for Innovative Power Distribution SystemMINNEAPOLIS – July 27, 2006 www.hmcragg.com – H.M. Cragg Co., a MN-based provider of quality power solutions including UPS, PEM fuel cells and batteries, today announced their newest quality power solution, the Starline Track Busway.The Starline Track Busway is a revolutionary power distribution system that allows for immediate power supply changes without having to power down the entire system, eliminating the restrictions of conduit and wire systems.The innovative Insert, Turn and Lock feature allows commercial and light industries access to:•    Around the clock power•    Quick floor changes•    Instant workstation additionsH.M. Cragg Co. has created the Starline Track Busway Discussion Board (link) to facilitate industry conversations and visually demonstrate this new offering.The discussion board will allow current and potential users of the Starline Track Busway to pose questions and share comments regarding the power distribution system.  The Q&A may include items such as:•    Are there safety concerns with Starline Track Busway? No, the Starline Busway prevents electric shock by the recessed track, finger proof design.•    Is the Starline Track Busway low ampere? Yes, it is available in 60, 100, 160 or 225 ampere systems and to soon be released in a 400 ampere version as well.“H.M. Cragg Co. is excited to be able to offer an interactive medium where customers and interested parties can pose questions about the Starline Track Busway,” said Paul Heggestad, President of H.M. Cragg Co. “This discussion board stands true to our value proposition of consistently offering quality products and information to our clients.”To join the Starline Track Busway discussion please visit: http://www.hmcragg.com/starlinetrackbusway/About H.M. Cragg Co.H.M. Cragg Co. is a premier MN-based provider of quality power solutions including Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells and Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS).  Products include Anderson Connectors, C & D Technologies, Inc. batteries, Rittal Cabinets and Eaton Powerware UPS and UPS batteries.  More information about the company can be found at www.hmcragg.com.

Pacific Security Capital Closes $8.7 Million Bridge Loan for Large National Egg Producer

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

Real estate services firm, Pacific Security Capital, announced today that it has placed an $8.7 Million bridge loan for Ernest Mahard, President of Mahard Egg Farms, one of the nation’s largest egg producers.Beaverton, OR, July 26, 2006http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services firm, today announced that it has placed an $8.7 Million, one-year bridge loan for Ernest Mahard Sr, President of Mahard Egg Farm, one of the nation’s largest egg producers.The bridge loan, which closed on May 25, 2006, was secured by raw land in suburban Dallas, Texas and was funded by PNL Companies, a private lending group in Dallas. The land is currently in the planning and entitlement process to be built out into a mixed-use development.“We were able to negotiate a very attractive interest rate and fee structure for this bridge loan,” said Will Moore, Director of Capital Markets Services at Pacific Security Capital. “This was an extremely competitive deal for a land loan.”The loan was structured as a one-year bridge loan with extension options, and the loan amount included an interest reserve. The loan is expected to be repaid by the sale of the land to Forest City Development California Inc.Forest City is planning a 132-acre, mixed-use commercial project at the intersection of the North Dallas Toll way and the Virginia Parkway Interchange and will feature major retail anchors, entertainment venues, specialty stores and restaurants.“The mixed use development will be built in an ideal location,” said Moore, “situated at the intersection of two major roads in the Northern Dallas suburbs, the development should see its value increase substantially.”For more information on bridge loans from Pacific Security Capital, visit http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com/index.cfm?action=hom.data&pageid=259Or call 1-800-844-6085.About Pacific Security CapitalPacific Security Capital is a vertically integrated real estate services company providing advisory services, asset management, development services, commercial real estate loans, structured finance, landlord/tenant representation, and investment sales. Our mission is to add value to client initiatives at every level of the real estate cycle. PSC is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon with offices in major markets in North America. More information about the company can be found at www.PacificSecurityCapital.com.

Record-Setting Realtor Cheers Blogging Systems’ Approach to Client Success

Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

San Diego Realtor, Alan Shafran deploys Community Publisher real estate blog to serve San Diego community membersPrinceton Junction, NJ – July 25, 2006 www.bloggingsystems.com – Blogging Systems, LLC, the leader in blog services, is receiving praise for its dedication to client success via innovative real estate blog technology and on-going client guidance.“Richard Nacht, the CEO of Blogging Systems, helped me define my target market, objectives and strategies,” said Alan Shafran of The Shafran Group. “There is no better customer service than knowing you have an industry leader to personally guide you to success.”Alan Shafran, North San Diego County’s Top Realtor, recently deployed Blogging Systems’ real estate blog platform, Community Publisher, to create an all-encompassing web destination to serve local residents.Shafran’s goal was to create a community website residents can visit to learn about local:• News• Events• Restaurants• BusinessesHaving previously tried to construct such a site with little success due to time constraints, Shafran began to investigate who the right vendor would be to help his vision of a community website come to fruition. Shafran chose Blogging Systems based on the company’s extensive knowledge of the real estate industry, superior customer service, and sincere dedication to client success.“For Realtors who are serious about their business, have time constraints, and want to do it right the first time, Blogging systems is the only company to go to for blog services,” said Shafran. “They were there to guide me through every step of the process.”Blogging Systems provides Shafran with crucial community blog success features, including:• The cutting-edge blogging software Community Publisher• Scripts used to pursue community members• On-going guidance• Technical supportCommunity Publisher is a locally-flavored website destination which effectively positions the real estate agent/broker as the key provider of local information. Community members are also invited to join and share their information.Shafran offers the following to other Realtors, “My advice to other Realtors is this: hire Blogging Systems if you are dedicated to real estate blogging and its benefits. Blogging Systems software and methods definitely work.”To Read the full Blogging Systems & Alan Shafran Success Story visit: http://www.bloggingsystems.com/Promotions/shafran.aspAbout The Alan Shafran GroupAlan Shafran has developed a dramatic new team approach to residential real estate sales. This innovative method, combined with family and team members, assures constant marketing coverage and client service and support, both in and out of the office. Recently, Alan sold Carlsbad’s most prestigious home for $8.2 million representing both the seller and the buyer.Personally, Alan Shafran has been received “Top Producing & Selling Agent” awards from some of the nation’s largest real estate firms. He has also earned recognition as the#3 Highest Producing Agent Nationwide. Learn More at: http://www.alanshafran.com/index.phpAbout Blogging Systems Blogging Systems provides real estate blog platforms that produce a low-cost, high results tool for Community networking (both offline and on the internet), effective communication and collaboration, competitive marketing, sales and customer relations.Blogging Systems provides turn-key Community blog networks which are the ultimate real estate marketing tool. Ours is a “soup to nuts” approach with experienced blog professionals who guide clients through the process step-by-step. Not only do we provide the most robust real estate blog platform on the market today, we back it up with training and technical support. Clients receive a turn-key system and the training and knowledge needed to use it as a complete real estate marketing system.For more information about how to add a blog to your real estate marketing tools, visit: www.BloggingSystems.com or call: 800-985-BLOG (800-985-2564)

DDL West Answers Pressing Compliance Questions As New ISO 11607-01 Standard Is Published

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

Los Angeles, CA, July 20, 2006http://www.testedandproven.com/ddl-west.html – DDL West, a medical device package, product and material testing services laboratory, is helping medical device manufacturers and package engineers understand the implications of the recently revised ISO 11607-01 industry standard.The new ISO 11607-01 standard, which is the foremost guidance document for validating packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, has only just been published. Changes to this standard will impact compliance requirements for validating medical device packaging.“DDL West has found that there is little awareness in California about the true implications of the revised ISO 11607 standard,” said Michael Foster, DDL West Package Engineer. “This is why DDL West is hosting a series of Webinars on the topic and is making an effort to clearly communicate with customers the exact requirements that their packaging will be expected to meet.”Following the first two Webinars in the ISO 11607 Revisions series, DDL received many questions from participants concerned with preparing their medical device packaging for testing under the new ISO 11607-01 standard.The most pressing questions asked included:• Is it necessary to re-do previous validations to comply with the new standard?• Is it compulsory to perform distribution simulation?• What are the benefits of separating stability from performance testing?“Hosting the ISO 11607 Revisions Webinars has really opened our eyes to how little information there is out there about changing industry requirements,” said Foster. “This is why we decided to make our customers’ most pressing questions (along with the answers) available on the DDL website.”Visit http://www.testedandproven.com/landing/11607_faq.html to view the DDL West ISO 11607-01 FAQ and to listen to a podcast on the ISO 11607 revisions.You can also register for an ISO 11607 Revisions Webinar at http://www.testedandproven.com/webinars.htmlAbout DDL WestDDL West offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL West package testing clients find value through its growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 6).

Pacific Security Capital Finishes Puerta Azul Leisure Community Development

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Destination community that is rich in leisure amenities nears completion in La Quinta, California

Beaverton, OR July 19, 2006
http://www.pacificsecuritycapital.com – Pacific Security Capital, a vertically integrated real estate services company, is nearing completion of the Puerta Azul destination residential community in La Quinta, California.

Only 17 of the 127 houses remain for sale in the gated community. Known as the “Gem of the Desert,” La Quinta is nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains and is just 30 minutes away from Palm Springs.

“Puerta Azul is attracting home buyers from all over Southern California, including San Diego, LA, Orange County, and San Bernadino,” said Pat Boege, Marketing Director for Puerta Azul. “Puerta Azul’s many amenities and ambience will attract visitors who simply come for a week and decide to stay for a lifetime.”

Pacific Security Capital’s Puerta Azul Development has many features, including:
• 127 homes, between 1380-1740 sq. ft.
• Priced between $390,000 – $535,000
• Neighborhood amenities, including a clubhouse, two swimming pools, a tennis court, putting green and a bocce ball court

In addition, the community is in the heart of the Coachella Valley and its 138 golf courses, internationally recognized tennis court, and high-end shopping and tourist attractions.

Blogging Systems Chosen to be STAR POWER Systems’ Recommended Supplier of Blog Services – Portion of Sales Go to Charity

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Blogging Systems’ real estate blog platform to be introduced to STAR POWER Systems membership at upcoming 2006 STAR POWER Annual Conference in New York CityPrinceton Junction, NJ – July 12, 2006http://www.bloggingsystems.com – Blogging Systems, LLC announced today its partnership with STAR POWER Systems as a recommended supplier of blog services to both the STAR POWER Systems organization and its member base.STAR POWER Systems is a real estate education company with a mission to profoundly impact the quality of people’s business and personal lives by sharing ideas that are proven to work through events, seminars, products and resources.“STAR POWER Systems is excited to partner with Blogging Systems, an industry-leader, in order to provide the STAR POWER network with innovative and effective online real estate marketing tools like Community Publisher,” said Jeff Willner, Strategic Marketing & Development Manager, STAR POWER Systems. “STAR POWER also plans to donate its portion of sales to charity.”Community Publisher, a real estate blog platform, offers real estate agents and brokers a way to:-Increase Leads-Increase Brand Awareness-Increase trust among prospectsBlogging Systems’ flagship real estate blog platform, Community Publisher, is already being used by several STAR POWER Stars who represent the industry’s top active producers including Ralph Roberts (Warren, MI), David Crockett (Mentor, OH), and Char MacCallum (Olathe, KS).”My real estate blog, LakeCountyBlog.com, powered by Blogging Systems, recently received 7200 visitors in one day,” said David Crockett of The Crockett Team of Howard Hanna Smythe Cramer in Lake County, Ohio. “Community Publisher is a great real estate marketing tool that allowed my blog to quickly become the website to visit for local information, putting The Crockett Team in front of thousands of visitors and prospects.”Blogging Systems is also providing STAR POWER Systems with two Community Publisher blogs, one for marketing and one for member-base communication purposes.See why Blogging Systems has been chosen as a STAR POWER Star-Recommended Supplier of blog services. Visit with Richard Nacht, CEO of Blogging Systems, at the upcoming STAR POWER Conference in New York City, July 19-22.For more information on Community Publisher, the leading real estate blog platform, attend a complimentary webinar: http://www.bloggingsystems.com/Promotions/star-lp.aspAbout STAR POWER SystemsSTAR POWER Systems is a real estate education company with a mission to have a profound impact on improving the quality of people’s business and personal lives. This starts with a deep sense of commitment, integrity, and loyalty to the cause. Through the events, seminars, products, and resources that we provide, we hope to help people have more personal time with their families and spend less time at the office. We hope to see their bottom line increase while their time spent actually working decreases. Our techniques are proven to work because of the unprecedented degree of idea sharing that we offer. Our members grow by seeing and hearing what actually works from the best in the business.Learn more at www.gostarpower.comAbout Blogging Systems Blogging Systems provides real estate blog platforms that produce a low-cost, high results tool for Community networking (both offline and on the internet), effective communication and collaboration, competitive marketing, sales and customer relations.Blogging Systems provides turn-key Community blog networks which are the ultimate real estate marketing tool. Ours is a “soup to nuts” approach with experienced blog professionals who guide clients through the process step-by-step. Not only do we provide the most robust real estate blog platform on the market today, we back it up with training and technical support. Clients receive a turn-key system and the training and knowledge needed to use it as a complete real estate marketing system.For more information about how to add a blog to your real estate marketing tools, visit: www.BloggingSystems.com or call: 800-985-BLOG (800-985-2564)

Blogging Systems Named Inman Innovator Award Finalist for Most Innovative Technology

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

Blogging Systems receives recognition for its unique approach leveraging real estate blogs as effective marketing tools within the real estate industry.Princeton Junction, NJ – July 11, 2006www.bloggingsystems.com – Blogging Systems, LLC, the leader in real estate blog services, has been named one of seven finalists for the Inman News Innovator Award for Most Innovative Technology.Since its inception in 1997, the Inman News Innovator Awards have been recognizing companies who demonstrate extraordinary levels of innovation through the use of technology and the Internet to enhance, impact and redefine the real estate industry.Blogging Systems, the leading blog services provider, is most well-known for its flagship real estate blog platform Community Publisher. Community Publisher, which is specially designed for real estate professionals, enables agents and brokers to:-Generate Leads via a real estate blog-Increase Brand Awareness-Increase trust among prospects“Blogging Systems is thrilled to be nominated for an Inman News Innovator Award,” said Richard Nacht, Founder and CEO of Blogging Systems. “It’s great to be recognized as a leader in transforming how the real estate industry approaches and implements effective real estate marketing tools.”Winners will be announced at the Real Estate Connect San Francisco Conference July 26-28, 2006. The annual conference draws more than 1,000 of the real estate industry’s most influential decision makers, opinion leaders and technology experts.Blogging Systems will be hosting a Blogging Workshop at the event to help real estate industry professionals learn how to set-up and maintain their very own real estate blog.About Blogging Systems Blogging Systems provides real estate blog platforms that produce a low-cost, high results tool for Community networking (both offline and on the internet), effective communication and collaboration, competitive marketing, sales and customer relations.Blogging Systems provides turn-key Community blog networks which are the ultimate real estate marketing tool. Ours is a “soup to nuts” approach with experienced blog professionals who guide clients through the process step-by-step. Not only do we provide the most robust real estate blog platform on the market today, we back it up with training and technical support. Clients receive a turn-key system and the training and knowledge needed to use it as a complete real estate marketing system.For more information about how to add a blog to your real estate marketing tools, visit: www.BloggingSystems.com or call: 800-985-BLOG (800-985-2564)

National Arbitration Forum Launches Redesigned Website

Thursday, July 6th, 2006

New design, improved navigation and more in-depth content offer visitors more customized experience MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) July 6, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum recently unveiled its redesigned website, www.adrforum.com, featuring a new look and feel, more visitor-friendly navigation and greater search capabilities which allow visitors access to the most relevant information that fits their individual needs. The redesigned National Arbitration Forum website aims to help reduce the time visitors spend looking for information as well as aims to educate visitors about the benefits and advantages of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and the company’s spectrum of services.“Our website is our main portal to communicate with our users and all other visitors interested in learning about arbitration and mediation,” said Curtis Brown, vice president of the National Arbitration Forum. “The new site design and navigation will make things easier and will help people better understand who we are and our brand of alternative dispute resolution.”The new National Arbitration Forum site, www.adrforum.com, includes several improvements and adds new features including the following:

  • A new “Online Tools” section was added to allow users faster and simpler access to commonly-performed website actions and frequently visited pages,
 
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