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Blogging Systems Offers ‘Key to Success’ To Real Estate Brokers via Its New Real Estate Blog Service – Community Publisher

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Trish Owens wins Tiffany Key Ring in drawing held by Blogging Systems after announcing new real estate marketing tool at Brand New Day Conference 2006. Princeton Junction, NJ – May 31, – Blogging Systems, the leader in real estate blog services, today announced the conclusion of their Key to Success Campaign with the drawing for a Tiffany Key Ring.Trish Owens from Montague Miller and Co., a real estate firm in Charlottesville, Virginia was announced as the winner. Trish Owens is an Associate Broker and V.P. of Relocation & Business Development who has been in the real estate industry for 23 years.The Key to Success campaign was developed to place real estate brokers in the drivers’ seat of their sales success. Blogging Systems is dedicated to empowering real estate brokers to increase brand awareness and sales through online real estate marketing.Blogging Systems’ flagship blog service, Community Publisher, is a real estate blog that real estate brokers host in order to offer news and information to the local community.Hosting a locally-flavored blog enables real estate brokers to develop an interactive conversation among the community allowing them to:• Generating real estate leads via the blog• Build brand awareness – allowing prospects to gravitate toward a trusted brand• Gain a competitive advantage over competing real estate agents“The depth of knowledge Blogging Systems possesses regarding the real estate industry has allowed them to create a rich and deeply needed real estate blog service designed to help real estate brokers take advantage of a growing medium,” said Trish Owens.Blogging Systems CEO and co-founder Richard Nacht has over twenty years in the marketing real estate, finance and technology development industries giving him a unique understanding of the current and growing needs of real estate brokers.“Real Estate Marketing evolves every day and one of the fastest growing areas is real estate blogs,” said Richard Nacht, CEO of Blogging Systems. “Blogs are search engine magnets providing fresh and relevant content more often than a typical website, placing the real estate agent in front of more prospects. This is invaluable because you can’t sell to those who you can’t reach.”To learn more about real estate blogs, attend Blogging Systems’ complimentary Webinar ‘5 Benefits to Deploying a Real Estate Blog’: Blogging Systems Blogging Systems, a blogging services provider, offers business professionals the blogging tools they need to increase valuable relationships, brand awareness and revenue by capitalizing on the interactivity and popularity of blogs. Blogging Systems’ flagship platform, Community Publisher, is a real estate blog designed to help professionals in the real estate and lending industries become leaders in their community thereby developing brand loyalty as well as increasing sales and margins.For more information about Blogging Systems’ innovative line of blog services or call 800-985-BLOG.

DDL Expands Into New Environmental Testing Laboratory – Responds to Rapid Growth and Increased Demand for Environmental Testing Services

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Package, product and environmental testing laboratory, DDL Inc, opens an additional environmental testing laboratory to meet increased demand for testing services.Minneapolis, MN, May 31, 2006 – DDL, a leading package, product and environmental testing laboratory, is expanding into a second environmental testing laboratory.The facility, in Eden Prairie, MN, will act as an overflow as the company expands, allowing the widely recognized thought leaders in the field of package, product and environmental package testing to take on more projects and respond to an increase in demand.“The new environmental testing laboratory will allow us to take on 25% more environmental testing projects per year,” said John Hart, CEO of DDL Inc. “This also frees up more space in our main testing lab, allowing us to increase the number of other DDL package, product and material testing projects.”Environmental testing involves exposing a package or product to controlled temperatures and humidity in order to reproduce the conditions that the package/product is expected to survive in its transportation, storage and operating life. After exposure, the package or product is assessed for damage.“Environmental testing is a very important part of package validation,” said Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “DDL uses environmental testing services to determine shelf life and expiration dates for medical devices and other critical applications.”For more information on the types of environmental testing services performed at DDL, visit About DDLDDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing and validation. DDL 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 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and California.

Luxury Real Estate Brokers Hunger For Online Marketing Drives Series of Blog Demonstrations – Real Estate Blog Demonstrations Begin May 25, 2006

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

“5 Benefits to Deploying a Luxury Real Estate Blog” Webinars are being co-hosted online by Luxury Real Estate Network and Blogging Systems. Sign up at JUNCTION – May 25, 2006 – Blogging Systems,, the leading real estate blog solutions company, that positions Realtors and brokers as vital to their communities, recently presented during the 4th Annual Luxury Real Estate Brokers Retreat in Beverly Hills to share the value of online blogging for luxury Realtors.As a result of the overwhelming interest, from luxury Realtors, in leveraging online Weblogs (Blogs) as a real estate marketing tool, Blogging Systems is deploying a series of real estate blog educational Webinars.”Online blog marketing is a natural fit for real estate firms, brokers and agents of our Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network,” said Scott Rudolph, Director of Business Development. “These professionals have poured a lot of time and energy into building the finest, most successful Websites and are continually employing innovation to maximize their effectiveness.”The first of two webinars covering the benefits of a real estate blog will be “5 Benefits to Deploying a Luxury Real Estate Blog”. The webinar will cover:• Generating Real Estate Leads via a Blog• Building Brand Awareness – Allowing prospects to gravitate toward a trusted brand• Gaining a competitive advantage over competing real estate agents and companies”These educational Webinars are designed to help luxury Realtors understand how blogs can most effectively be added to a marketing mix,” said Richard Nacht, Blogging Systems CEO. When added to the mix of a luxury real estate professionals marketing tools, the ability to generate higher-level leads that convert to sales is increased.”Future ‘5 Benefits to Deploying a Luxury Real Estate Blog’ Webinars are scheduled to take place on:May 25, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)June 1, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)June 2, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)June 16, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)June 22, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)June 29, 2006 – 2pm EST (1pm CST, 11am PST)Sign up today to attend a “5 Benefits to Deploying a Luxury Real Estate Blog” online Webinar at The Luxury Real Estate Network The Luxury Real Estate Network, also known as Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate in an annually published Directory, consists of boutique and specialty real estate firms catering to the demands of the growing international luxury real estate marketplace. The network’s website,, is the “most viewed luxury real estate website in the world”( and provides a global audience an introduction to hundreds of luxury real estate professionals who’s transactions average, at minimum, double the local median. Each network member is carefully selected by CEO John Brian Losh based on their established reputation for performance, experience with high-end properties, and superior service. The award-winning website currently provides access to over 42,000 properties from around the world with an average price of $2,650,000 usd.For more information contact Bente Madtsen at 800.488.4066 or email Blogging SystemsBlogging Systems positions Realtors and brokers as vital to their communities by enabling them to provide critical local information via the flagship CommunityPublisher blog tool. Affiliate Publisher enables companies wishing to ally themselves with Realtors, such as mortgage companies, attorneys, title companies, etc., the ability to set up and maintain a sponsored web site. RealtyPublisher is the broker version of CommunityPublisher and the TeamPublisher blog product offers groups and multi-users an effective instrument for team collaboration and project management.For more information about how to add a blog to your mix of real estate marketing tools, visit: or call: 800-985-BLOG (800-985-2564)

Watermark Learning Responds to Major Project Management Dilemma – Presents Business Requirements Analysis Tips at Delivering Project Excellence 2006

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Minneapolis, MN, May 25, 2006 – Watermark Learning, a leader in business analysis, project management training and skill development, is responding to a recurring dilemma facing project managers and business analysts – how to gather business requirements for a reluctant client or sponsor?Watermark Learning Co-Principal, Richard Larson, PMP, will deliver a presentation on business requirements analysis at the upcoming Delivering Project Excellence event in Scottsdale, AZ, June 5 – 7, 2006.“Obtaining customer requirements is one of the most difficult stages of project management,” said Richard Larson. “Oftentimes, customers are reluctant, unavailable or simply unable to define their business requirements.”Larson will directly address this common dilemma facing project managers and will provides tips on how to respectfully question key stakeholders about their real needs and provide recommendations that best meet their business objectives.In his presentation “Want to Be a ‘Star’ in Requirements Planning?” Larson will share a set of professional interviewing techniques to help project managers and business analysts properly gather business requirements.These techniques will include:• How to summarize your findings & recommendations• How to feel good about asking questions• How to get stakeholder buy-in and interest“Ultimately, the client wants a solution that will get to the root of the business problem,” said Larson. “Digging down to the root is where effective requirements gathering is crucial.”Event Information“Want to Be a ‘Star’ in Requirements Planning? Time to Rev-up your Internal Consulting Skills.”Tuesday, June 6, 20063.10 – 3.50 pmScottsdale Resort, Spa & Conference Center, AZRegister for the Delivering Project Excellence event at more information on effective business requirements analysis, visit Watermark LearningWatermark Learning is a leading project management and requirements analysis training and skill development company. Founded by industry veterans, Elizabeth Larson & Richard Larson, Watermark Learning also offers Masters Certificate Programs through Auburn University in Business Analysis and Project Management. Watermark Learning maintains training facilities in both Minnesota and Arizona.

Consumer Generated Media (CGM)

Friday, May 19th, 2006

The growth of the blogosphere is giving rise to a new phenomenon – Consumer Generated Media (CGM).

While holding the flag high for freedom-of-speech advocates, CFM, with its threat to reputation management, is becoming a Public Relations nightmare.

Indeed, weeks, months and years of hard work building a brand and a positive reputation can be easily undone by negative comments posted in the blogosphere by the unsatisfied consumer.
It therefore becomes necessary for PR pros to tighten the reins on reputation mangement. Subscribing to RSS Feeds and using a blog search tool to scan the blogosphere for company mentions are good ways to keep abreast of what is being said and by whom.

If you do happen to come across a negative comment about your company or client, the best way to calm the storm is to post comments in response to the allegations. Of course, a great deal of diplomacy is necessary to prevent the issue from escalating out of control.

The Benefits of Integrating PR & SEO

Friday, May 19th, 2006

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – integration is the way forward.

Blending the best of Public Relations, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and the latest in Interactive and Online Marketing, is a surefire way to fully leverage content and cover all the bases.

The more you integrate, the more you will see how the marketing process comes full circle.

At TopRank Marketing, we just recorded a Video Podcast on “The Benefits of Integrating PR & SEO.” This video talks about ways in which organizations can start integrating PR and SEO straightaway.

Tips include:

  • Keyword optimization of press releases
  • The use of landing pages
  • Ways to drive traffic back to your websit

Listen to the Video Podcast here.

H.M. Cragg Co. Offers Special Warranty with Dual Purchase of C&D Technologies Sageon Power System and msEndur Batteries

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

Warranty Offer Extended 30 Days Following Overwhelming Response at Upper Midwest Telecoms 44th Telecom Operations Conference (TOC) & ShowcaseFARGO, ND – Telecom Operations and Conference and Showcase – May 18, – H.M. Cragg Co., the leading provider of quality power solutions including Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS); Standby Batteries & Power Electronics; and Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells, today announced they have extended the dual warranty promotion an extra 30 days for C&D Technologies’ Sageon power system and msEndur batteries following its popularity at the TOC Showcase.When both power systems are purchased, H.M. Cragg Co. is offering a manufacturer’s 5-year limited warranty on the Sageon Power System, which is 3 years longer than a typical Sageon warranty, and a 10-year limited warranty on the msEndur batteries, which is 3 years longer than a typical msEndur battery warranty.H.M. Cragg Co. representatives, deeply knowledgeable of Telecom power needs, demonstrated both the Sageon and msEndur at the Telecom Operations Conference and Showcase at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, North Dakota, May 9 -11, 2006.The Sageon Power System offers Telecom companies:•Simplicity-reduced on-going maintenance and repair time with front access design-reduced time to implementation with plug-in modules that eliminate inter-wiring•Scalability-adapts to changing power needs thanks to its modular system design-eliminates unnecessary costs by providing the optimum plant for each application•Efficiency-decreases on-site visits due to remote access monitoring and control capabilities-increases system up-time with on-demand battery testingThe msEndur battery appeals to Telecom plants because of advanced materials such as:•Microporous Absorbed Glass Mat Separators, which-facilitate ultra-low float current-reduce grid corrosion for a long, usable service life•Proprietary calcium alloys, which-minimize positive grid corrosion and growth-maximize battery life•Robust thermoplastic container, which-enhances product quality-improves strength over other container materials-increases safe operation flammability rating UL-94:5VB•Highly efficient, proprietary plate processing for-high utilization of active material-high energy density“In addition to the dual warranty offer, we are also awarding 20 percent discount coupons to all telecom executives who engage in a PEM Fuel Cell feasibility briefing with an H.M. Cragg Co. representative,” said Paul Heggestad, President of H.M. Cragg Co. “We are doing this to continue to build awareness of Fuel Cells as an alternative power source which require little maintenance and emit only heat and water as bi-products.”To take advantage of H.M. Cragg’s limited-time only extended warranty promotion on C&D Technologies’ Sageon power system and msEndur batteries please visit: 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

National Arbitration Forum and Hart ADR Merge to Form FORUM Dispute Management in California

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006

New entity creates larger mediation and construction base of operations for the dispute resolution administratorLOS ANGELES and MINNEAPOLIS, MN (PRWEB) May 16, 2006 — The National Arbitration Forum and Hart ADR, founded by Ross R. Hart, Esq., have recently joined together to better serve the dispute resolution needs of the California construction and real estate industries. This strategic partnership will allow parties with construction and/or real estate related disputes to access an experienced panel of arbitrators and mediators and will create a more efficient resolution process. The merged entity is now named FORUM Dispute Management.FORUM Dispute Management will leverage Hart ADR’s specialized panel of construction arbitrators and mediators and the National Arbitration Forum’s state-of-art case management system and its ability to customize specialized ADR programs.“This partnership seemed like a natural fit,” said Ross Hart. “The National Arbitration Forum’s administration services are exemplary. By joining together, we can offer clients an experienced panel and stellar case management. It is a win-win for those in need of efficient and effective dispute resolution.”The California FORUM Dispute Management panel will initially be comprised of Ross Hart, Tom Craigo, Mike Bayard, Joseph Liebman and Robert Mann, who possess over 75 years of combined legal experience in construction, construction defect, insurance and other related disputes. The office will be managed by ADR industry veteran, John Horn, who is western regional director of the National Arbitration Forum.“Ross and the other Hart ADR panelists are preeminent experts in the field of construction,” said Ed Anderson, managing director of the National Arbitration Forum. “Partnering with Hart ADR helps expand our reach, both geographically and in terms of expanding our service offerings. We have been strengthening our construction ADR services over the last few years and forming this new entity that focuses primarily on construction-related disputes is the next step in the right direction for us.”FORUM Dispute Management’s services will focus primarily on mediation and will utilize the National Arbitration Forum’s ability to provide flexible out-of-court solutions for a variety of construction and real estate disputes.For more information about FORUM Dispute Management and its services, contact 213-487-8660 or visit FORUM Dispute ManagementAn affiliate of the National Arbitration Forum located in Southern California, FORUM Dispute Management provides construction alternative dispute resolution services to parties in the western United States. With a distinguished panel of mediators and arbitrators, FORUM Dispute Management handles construction and real-estate related disputes in an efficient and effective manner.About the National Arbitration ForumThe National Arbitration Forum is one of the world’s leading providers of alternative dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation. Committed to the integrity of America’s legal process, the National Arbitration Forum maintains a distinguished panel of over 1,500 attorneys and retired judges who follow and apply the substantive law when rendering legal decisions. National Arbitration Forum mediators and arbitrators are located across the U.S. and in 29 countries around the world. By administering dispute resolution solutions that save time and money, the National Arbitration Forum provides an efficient and effective service for all legal parties. A leader in the dispute resolution industry for 20 years, the National Arbitration Forum is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices in New Jersey and Southern California. For more information visit the National Arbitration Forum’s website at

Real Estate Leaders Unite At Official Real Estate Blog Site – Blogging Systems, in Association with RealtyU Partner, Launch New Real Estate Blog,

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

New Real Estate Blog offers industry networking, links to conference and events, access to the Real Estate Dictionary of Real Estate Words and Terms, online discussion opportunities with industry leaders offering critical information that savvy real estate pro’s shouldn’t do business without.PRINCETON JUNCTION – May 11, 2006 – Blogging Systems,, the leading real estate blog solutions company that positions realtors and brokers as vital to their communities, today announced, in association with RealtyU, the launch of a new industry blog; RealBlogging, Estate marketing tools are often perceived to be more abundant than properties in today’s competitive real estate market. The difficulty for many real estate professionals is gaining a clear understanding of which real estate marketing tools will generate the most leads and glean the highest percent of closings.For this reason, a group of leading real estate brokers, agents, authors, speakers and leaders are posting their knowledge about various real estate marketing tools and how they can impact real estate professionals.Richard Nacht, Blogging Systems ceo, for example, has recently posted an easy to understand explanation of Real Simple Syndication (RSS) news feeds. After reading his post, savvy real estate professionals should understand the importance of including an RSS feed as part of their web promotions strategy.”BloggingSystems is extremely pleased to, in association with RealtyU, be launching, the Official Real Estate Industry Blog, at such a critical time period for real estate professionals,” said Nacht. “The site is intended to provide balanced views and to be a forum for all real estate professionals to discuss all aspects important to the industry.”One of the top real estate performers in the nation, Ralph Roberts, is heavily participating on via a series of important posts designed to educate real estate pro’s about real estate fraud.To participate in industry leader blog posts visit learn about setting up your own real estate blog visit Blogging SystemsBlogging Systems positions realtors and brokers as vital to their communities by enabling them to provide critical local information via the flagship CommunityPublisher blog tool. Affiliate Publisher enables companies wishing to ally themselves with realtors, such as mortgage companies, attorneys, title companies, etc., the ability to set up and maintain a sponsored web site. RealtyPublisher is the broker version of CommunityPublisher and the TeamPublisher blog product offers groups and multi-users an effective instrument for team collaboration and project management.For more information about how to add a blog to your real estate marketing tools, visit: or call: 800-985-BLOG (800-985-2564)

The Benefits of Integrating Public Relations&SEO

Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

The growing dominance of the Internet is driving more and more people online. Marketers therefore should be changing their marketing tactics and budget appropriately to accommodate this shift in the consumer mindset.Companies that deploy Public Relations can take their marketing programs to the next level by integrating Search Engine Optimization, online PR and other interactive marketing tactics.Misukanis & Odden implements an integrated marketing program for DDL, a package testing laboratory. Since beginning this program in 2004, DDL has seen the following results:

  • Revenue increase of 41.5%
  • Top 50 Fastest Growing Company in the Twin Cities
  • 34% increase in number of prospect inquiries
  • Website traffic has more than doubled

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