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Bullying in Today’s Society

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NEW YORK, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Bullying has become a hot topic in the U.S., hitting a cultural nerve as evidenced by the buzz surrounding the recent release of a documentary called “Bully” as well as a book entitled The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools (NYU Press)”.

Bullying is a major cause of stress and can leave anyone feeling hurt, angry, frightened, and even depressed. By learning about why some people bully and why others are bullied, you can help yourself or a loved one cope with bullying, and develop the resilience and self-confidence to overcome such trauma and have high esteem and channel your life to be in a harmonious place.

What drives a person to torment someone else? To make another’s life intolerable, until the bullied, dreading the thought of one more vicious attack can only wonder: When will it end?  Will it ever end?  And how will I survive?

Bullying and stress in the workplace

Chances are if you work with others, you’ll be bullied at some point in your career.

In the U.S., where the practice is being studied, an estimated 37% of workers, or about 54 million people, have been bullied at the office, or repeatedly mistreated in a health-harming way, according to a 2007 Zogby International survey. The percentage balloons to 49% of workers, 71.5 million people, when witnesses are included.

While hard to quantify, workplace bullying is clearly costly for employees as well as employers.

About 45% of individuals targeted by bullies at work suffer stress-related health problems, according to the Zogby survey. That could include cardiovascular problems, an impaired immune system, debilitating anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder, says Gary Namie director of the Workplace Bullying Institute and president of Work Doctor, a consulting firm that specializes in correcting and preventing workplace bullying.[1]

Most of our stress doesn’t come from the work itself, but instead the people with whom we are involved. Create an awareness of how other people are making you feel, and if they aren’t treating you right then stand up for yourself or seek help.

Bullying and cyber-bullying in schools

Research shows that about 25 percent of kids in the United States experience bullying while even more of us are impacted by cyber-bullying. So what is bullying? Bullying is considered a repeated and intentional act of aggression where one or more people plan to harm or upset another person physically, verbally, or psychologically. While there are many reasons why bullies may be targeting you, the main reasons are usually your physical appearance or social standing within your peer group.

Bullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can be physical, verbal, or relational. Boys frequently bully using physical threats and actions, while girls are more likely to engage in verbal or relationship bullying. The results are similar in that victims of bullying are made to feel hurt, angry, afraid, helpless, hopeless, isolated, ashamed, and even guilty that the bullying is somehow their fault. Victims’ physical health is likely to suffer, and they are at a greater risk of developing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, adult onset PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and even death.  A recent study suggests found that up to 44% of suicides among 10- to 14-year-olds may be bullying-related. [2]

The most destructive aspect of bullying lies in its repetition. Bullies are often relentless, bullying over and over again for unforgiving amounts of time. Victims of bullying often live in constant fear of where and when the bully will strike next and to what extent they will attack.  This repetition has never been more visible what with our living in the era of technology and social media; cyber-bullying has made bullying even worse!

Bullying is often a learned behavior and many bullies can learn aggressive behavior at home. Research suggests that some kids and teens may become more aggressive by the amount of violent content the children are exposed to via TV, movies, or video games.  Also, parents often can set a bad example for their kids through their own bullying behavior toward one another, their own children are even complete strangers.

Parents dealing with a bullying child should first educate their child about bullying. Your child may have difficulty reading social signs or may not understand how hurtful their behavior can be. Foster empathy by encouraging your child to look at their actions from the victim’s perspective. Remind your child that bullying can have legal consequences.  Remember you are a model for your children. Kids learn from adults’ aggressive or mean-spirited behavior.

Paul Huljich, author of the forthcoming publication “Stress Pandemic” feels that stress plays a key factor in what can cause bullying.  “By managing stress, we can begin to tackle the heart of what often can lead to children bullying each other.”  Huljich states, “Teach your child positive ways to manage stress. Your child’s bullying may be an attempt at relieving stress, or your own stress, anxiety, or worry may be creating an unstable home environment. Exercise, Diet and Stress Reduction techniques are just a few of the ways for both kids and adults alike to let off steam and relieve stress.”

[1]   http://www.forbes.com/2008/03/22/health-bullying-office-forbeslife-cx_avd_0324health.html

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10302550

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PROMUS Element™ Stent Demonstrates Excellent Long-Term Safety and Effectiveness in PLATINUM Small Vessel Study

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NATICK, Mass., May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announces two-year results from the PLATINUM Small Vessel study, demonstrating excellent safety and effectiveness outcomes for the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element™ Everolimus-Eluting Platinum Chromium (PtCr) Stent System in treating de novo coronary lesions in small coronary vessels.  Analysis of the data was presented today at the annual EuroPCR Scientific Program in Paris.

“The PLATINUM Small Vessel data continue to demonstrate very low revascularization rates, with no myocardial infarction or stent thrombosis through two years of follow up in patients treated with the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element Stent,” said Ian Meredith, Professor and Director of MonashHeart, at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia, and co-principal investigator for the PLATINUM clinical program.  “These long-term results are impressive, especially considering the small vessel diameters that were evaluated in this study.”

The PLATINUM Small Vessel study previously met its primary endpoint of target lesion failure (TLF) at 12 months with a rate of 2.4 percent for the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element Stent compared to a pre-specified performance goal of 21.1 percent (p<0.001) based on historical outcomes for the 2.25 mm TAXUS® Express® Paclitaxel-Eluting Stent.  The TLF rate at two years was 4.7 percent with the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element Stent while the rate of target lesion revascularization (TLR) was 2.5 percent.  Rates of other major adverse events remained low in patients treated with study stents at two years, including cardiac death (2.3 percent), myocardial infarction (0.0 percent) and Academic Research Consortium (ARC) definite/probable stent thrombosis (0.0 percent).  There were no deaths between 1 and 2 years for patients treated with the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element Stent.

“The PLATINUM Small Vessel data build on the positive long-term outcomes from the PLATINUM Workhorse trial, which reported excellent safety and effectiveness of the PROMUS Element Stent in workhorse lesions and demonstrated superior efficacy compared to the XIENCE V® (PROMUS®) Stent in a landmark analysis of revascularization outcomes from year one to year two,” said Keith D. Dawkins, M.D., global chief medical officer for Boston Scientific.  “The results demonstrate a highly effective platinum chromium small vessel stent platform with an excellent safety profile.  This study of the 2.25 mm PROMUS Element Stent reconfirms our commitment to providing a complete range of stenting solutions and sizes for physicians and their patients.”

Boston Scientific received CE Mark approval for the PROMUS Element Stent System in 2009 and for the PROMUS Element Plus Stent System in 2011.  In the U.S., the PROMUS Element Plus Stent System was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011.  The PROMUS Element Stent, part of the PROMUS Element Stent System and the PROMUS Element Plus Stent System, employs a proprietary PtCr alloy designed specifically for coronary stenting, which enables enhanced visibility, less recoil, excellent conformability and higher radial strength.  The PROMUS Element Plus Stent System employs an advanced low-profile delivery system, designed to facilitate precise delivery of the stent across challenging lesions.

XIENCE is a trademark of the Abbott Laboratories group of companies.  PROMUS is a private-labeled XIENCE V everolimus-eluting stent system manufactured by Abbott and distributed by Boston Scientific.

About the PLATINUM Small Vessel Study

The PLATINUM Small Vessel study is a prospective, multicenter, single-arm, subtrial of the PLATINUM clinical program designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the PROMUS Element Stent (2.25 mm) for the treatment of de novo coronary lesions in patients with small vessels (greater than or equal to 2.25 to <2.50 mm reference vessel diameter and less than or equal to 28 mm lesion length). 

About Boston Scientific

Boston Scientific is a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices that are used in a broad range of interventional medical specialties.  For more information, please visit: www.bostonscientific.com.  

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Forward-looking statements may be identified by words like “anticipate,” “expect,” “project,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “intend” and similar words.  These forward-looking statements are based on our beliefs, assumptions and estimates using information available to us at the time and are not intended to be guarantees of future events or performance.  These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements regarding our business plans, regulatory approvals, clinical trials and clinical outcomes, product performance and competitive offerings.  If our underlying assumptions turn out to be incorrect, or if certain risks or uncertainties materialize, actual results could vary materially from the expectations and projections expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements.  These factors, in some cases, have affected and in the future (together with other factors) could affect our ability to implement our business strategy and may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements expressed in this press release.  As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements. 

Factors that may cause such differences include, among other things: future economic, competitive, reimbursement and regulatory conditions; new product introductions; demographic trends; intellectual property; litigation; financial market conditions; and future business decisions made by us and our competitors.  All of these factors are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of them are beyond our control.  For a further list and description of these and other important risks and uncertainties that may affect our future operations, see Part I, Item 1A – Risk Factors in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which we may update in Part II, Item 1A – Risk Factors in Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q we have filed or will file hereafter.  We disclaim any intention or obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect any change in our expectations or in events, conditions or circumstances on which those expectations may be based, or that may affect the likelihood that actual results will differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements.  This cautionary statement is applicable to all forward-looking statements contained in this document.

CONTACT:

Steven Campanini
508-652-5740 (office)
Media Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation
steven.campanini@bsci.com

Geraldine Varoqui
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Media Relations EMEA
Boston Scientific Corporation
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Lorie Fiber
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Weber Shandwick
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Sean Wirtjes
508-652-5305 (office)
Investor Relations
Boston Scientific Corporation
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Interested In Internet Marketing? Read These Tips And Techniques

There are lots of different ways to market with affiliates, depending on your technical expertise. Also of great importance in your efforts is the product you are promoting itself, as well as who makes up your potential customer base. Online marketing isn’t about spamming tons of people and praying you make money. By using a proven strategy, you can achieve much greater success.

You and your affiliates need to avoid taking advantage of your readers’ cookies. At best, visitors will be irritated by this practice. It may even spread viruses, or break your customer tracking chains.

Learn how a company tracks orders made off-site before you choose a marketing program. If your affiliate ID isn’t connected to the order, either by the client directly calling or mailing the company that processes the orders, you might end up losing large amounts of your commission.

It is a good idea to explain to your readers that you are an affiliate marketer to your customers so as to establish trust. You should always be honest in your business dealings even with internet marketing strategies. Explaining to your readers why you are subscribing to web marketing programs will help them see how the products are related to the content of your website.

Using more than one affiliate program to reach the same type of consumer is a terrific way to kick-start your advertising industry. If you go through several sites that have affiliate programs in the same field then you give your visitors a wider variety of links to choose from.

Many affiliate marketers feel a compulsive need to do too much. They try to push too many products and promotions rather than concentrating on their core products which is a necessity in the cutthroat world of online marketing. Hitting a limit is non existent in fitness. You just need time, creative thinking, determination and a willingness to learn in order to be successful in internet marketing.

Secret links can be useful but they could also cause a search engine to assess your website as untrustworthy so use them with care. There are ways to weave in your affiliate links throughout your content without bringing a lot of attention to them. Make the most of this method, but do not try to fool your audience. You might even consider explaining why your readers should click on the links.

Before you do this, make some solid judgments regarding the products you wish to link. You may have to take some time to learn how to best arrange the affiliate links on your site, but once you find a successful formula, you will see the profits coming in more regularly.

Lifetime affiliate commissions are much less common than they used to be. However, the reward potential is still very good and not something you want to pass up. Vendors give webmasters a monetary amount for each product bought by a customers that the webmaster referred to the vendor. Usually, commissions are under some sort of time constraint. These commissions are what causes them to be prosperous.

To realize as much profit as possible with affiliate promotion, make your product reviews highly engaging; include screen shots, videos and whatever else you can use to showcase the items. Being able to see how the product performs can be a big deciding factor for whether people want to buy it. Go in-depth in your product summary. Include information on how you use the product as well as the results you have achieved.

You should promote services or items in which you are confident. The products that you recommend reflect your taste. If you promote products that your customers enjoy, this will build trust with them. A great method for customer retention is to promote great products at reasonable prices.

One of the most important qualities of an effective affiliate marketing strategy is a commitment to staying relevant. Make sure to keep yourself current on any changes that affiliate programs you work with are implementing. To keep your website fresh and interesting, keep current on new marketing tools offered by your programs that will attract traffic to your site.

If you follow these guidelines, you will be improving your ability to attract your target market and generate profits. If you work hard, you’ll learn all of the tips and techniques here and more. Even as you learn more about the business, it is important to keep the basics in mind and keep your plan as simple as possible.

Become A Master Affiliate Marketer With These Tips

This is excellent timing! There are plenty of things you might be curious about before beginning. Below are a few tips that will help you become an effective affiliate marketer.

Taking advantage of this can lead to negative consequences. This could greatly irritate your visitors. In the worst case, it could break apart the critical tracking chains for your affiliate customers, or allow the spreading of computer viruses.

Try asking for a raise if you are generating a good amount of leads. If your affiliates see that you are earning them money and using effective marketing techniques, they will want to keep your business, even if it means raising your commissions.

Research affiliates that produce products or provide services you need to sell. Register with these affiliates before beginning your affiliate marketing venture. Using many affiliate networks to market your products provides many possibilities for income. You shouldn’t accept any affiliate that you can find. Instead, you need to research the affiliates so that you can ease your mind about campaigning for them.

A quick way to start your affiliate promotion business is to promote to the same target audience via many affiliate programs. Your visitors will have a more diverse array of links from which to choose if you join several similar programs.

To make the most of your affiliate marketing efforts, concentrate on the affiliates that generate the most money, and ditch unprofitable ones. Be sure that they are still an asset to your company, and helping you to grow. You only have so much time and attention for affiliates; you should replace poor performers with ones that offer you higher profits.

Text services can help affiliates earn more commissions. Although this is a new service, many affiliates are already using it to communicate with customers as well as promote new affiliate offers and products.

There are many differences between affiliate programs. Each one has a different type of product and payment plan.

It is incredibly important for your readers to trust you and your content. If your readers find your content useful and see you as a trustworthy person, they are more likely to support you by buying products through your affiliate links.

Real time statistics can be an extremely helpful tool for you. This lets you know how many users have been to your site and how many of them have made a purchase.

Tell your readers information about your affiliations. They will appreciate that and will trust you more and help you earn more money.

Writing, scanning and publishing a handwritten note or advertisement on your homepage is a nice personal touch. The reason for doing this is because sales can skyrocket by adding a more personal feel to your site. Customers can actually see for themselves that there is an actual human being involved in the process. Consider using a freelance writer to create your ad if deciphering your handwriting is difficult.

Internet Marketing

Now, you are much better equipped as it relates to internet marketing. If you considered yourself ready before, then you should be a pro now. By following the advice in this article, you can create and maintain a successful internet marketing campaign for your website.

Helpful Tips And Tricks For The New Affiliate Marketer

Internet marketing often attracts business owners as it is a system that requires little overhead or initial cost. Nothing will be bought or shipped by you personally. But, just as in any money making venture, there is hard work to be done if you want to be successful at it.

Once you have become successful and are making a good salary from this, ask your program directors for a raise. If you generate enough sales and use good marketing techniques, the program will do everything it can to keep you working for them and give you a raise.

As an affiliate marketer, you should support a policy of openness and honesty. Disclose everything up front and describe the purpose of your site. If people do not trust your site, they will simply leave it and buy directly from the seller.

Bulk up your credibility by posting your own useful e-book to article directories. It is an excellent way to showcase your knowledge, give value that will be of interest to potential customers and get them to your website. It is a good idea to create several links to your site within the document.

Keep your affiliate network efficient by replacing ineffective partners every month. Regularly check how well your affiliates are performing and be thorough in your observations. Never be afraid to cut ties with an affiliate that doesn’t make you any money, and go with someone who is more profitable.

In order to be a successful affiliate, you have to use the right marketing techniques. There are many people that will use the first free program that they find. Free methods are not necessarily bad; however, you want options that are the most effective towards the goals you are trying to attain.

Always look for ways to increase your backlink presence online, with a strong focus on linking to non-deceptive content. For example, if your customer clicks on one type of product but ends up looking at something completely different, he or she will be very disappointed and not as likely to purchase from you. This will speak of dishonesty to your visitors, no matter how well the strategy is planned.

When you are first building your affiliate marketing business, expect to spend some money before you starting making money. Invest some of your profits right back in your internet marketing program. The most popular social media sites for advertising are Facebook, Yahoo and Google. Used properly, advertising on these sites can generate profitable results.

An accountant is important to have. Both flesh-and-blood accountants and software programs can do the job. If you have a good reputation you should ensure you are getting what you deserve. Be certain to have accounting programs in place before you begin, so that you can hit the ground running.

Google Plus

You should try to increase your Google Plus presence to get a hold of your competition. On your website put the Google Plus icon along with Facebook and Twitter links, also share your user name with your social media followers. This will help you to reach out to readers, and drive more traffic to your site.

When an affiliate is putting new products out it will boost your commissions. Getting repeat business is the best way to gain lots of income, and finding a company which releases more than one product line will ensure that you are always making money. Stay away from gimmick and fad products.

There are some risks to pay-per-sale plans that need to be considered when planning your affiliate promotion business. However, it can also lead to a substantial amount of money if it works well. Make sure you put in the time to adequately research all of your affiliates before you implement them in your site.

Always use positive language in the affiliate marketing content that you create. g.

It is important that your readers trust you. If your content satisfies your readers, they will be more likely to support you by clicking directly on the links you provide.

A little testing will eventually tell you which advertising methods work best with your target audience. You will need to know whether your target demographic is more drawn to visual multimedia advertisements or more subdued text-based advertising. When creating your ads, be sure to remember who is going to be seeing them.

You should push yourself hard by looking for new ways to improve your income stream even more. Set the bar high and devote yourself fully each day to increase your profits. It can be hard to get started but if you keep at it you can succeed.

U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for May 18

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WASHINGTON, May 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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FRIDAY, MAY 18: BICYCLES

Profile America — Friday, May 18th.  With the weather getting warmer, it’s time to dust off your bicycle and get some exercise.  In fact, this is National Bike Month, noting that across the U.S., more than 38 million people enjoy riding their bikes.  From coast-to-coast, people are expected to take part in a wide range of activities sponsored by environmental and civic groups, health organizations, and police departments.  And today is National Bike to Work Day — a time to consider using bike pedals instead of a gas pedal.  Even in the face of rising gas prices, the vast majority of us — more than three-quarters — drive to work alone.  Only 5 percent use public transportation, and less than 2 percent use bikes and other means to get to their jobs.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.  

Sources:  Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, p. 244, 271
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1249, 1100

Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button). 

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PR Newswire: General Business

Qualcomm Announces Leadership Change in Japan

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TOKYO, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced the appointment of Clifford Ficke as vice president and president of Qualcomm Japan. Ficke will oversee Qualcomm’s operations in Japan and will report to Jing Wang, executive vice president and president of Global Business Operations. Jun Yamada, who made significant contributions to Qualcomm’s business growth in Japan since 2005, will transition from his current role as senior vice president and president of Qualcomm Japan to senior advisor, providing continued guidance as Qualcomm focuses on driving new Qualcomm technologies in Japan.

“Jun’s guidance and leadership has been instrumental to the development and expansion of Qualcomm’s operation in Japan,” said Wang. “As one of the most advanced mobile markets worldwide, Japan continues to fuel innovation and present significant business opportunities for Qualcomm. Cliff’s extensive experience and proven track record in the semiconductor industry will be invaluable in driving Qualcomm’s business in Japan as the industry continues to introduce advanced mobile technologies.”

Before joining Qualcomm in May 2011 as vice president of sales and operations, Ficke served as vice president of sales and business development at Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. Prior to Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, he held a variety of sales and business development roles at different semiconductor companies, including NEC Electronics and Marvell Semiconductor.  Ficke holds a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on relationship marketing and sales management from Northern Illinois University.

About Qualcomm 

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G and next-generation mobile technologies. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm is a registered trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Qualcomm Contacts:
Tina Asmar, Corporate Communications
Phone: 1-858-845-5959
Email: corpcomm@qualcomm.com

Takayuki Nozaki, Qualcomm Japan
Phone: 81-3-5412-8900
Email: jpnpr@qualcomm.com  

Warren Kneeshaw, Investor Relations
Phone: 1-858-658-4813
Email: ir@qualcomm.com

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Great Affiliate Promotion Tips To Generate More Sales.

If you are trying affiliate promotion for the first time, then you probably know some tips can be a big help in getting you started in this field. Continue reading for some great tips to help get you on your way with your new online marketing plan.

Don’t take advantage of these cookies, and make sure you don’t work with affiliates who do either. Cookie stuffing will irritate your readers. It could also sever your tracking progress and perhaps give users viruses.

It is easy for affiliates to lose track of work that needs to be accomplished when it is sent via email. You will speed up your work by extracting important affiliate info from emails and saving them into one word processing document. You’ll be able to refer back to a single document, which will save you time.

Think about adding secret links to your content. There are ways to incorporate affiliate links into your text appropriately without it looking excessive. Put them to use, though do not try to hide the fact. When your readers know what they are going to be visiting, they will be more likely to click on your links.

Affiliates would do well to employ text services to help them earn commissions. This text service is quite new; however, multiple affiliates use it as a way of informing their customers about new affiliate offers and products.

Make sure you are only linking to quality products. You should take time to investigate how to arrange affiliate links in the most effective manner. An efficient and appealing design may lead to higher profits.

If you are looking to increase your profits from internet marketing, you should consider utilizing paid advertisement services such as Google Ads. These ads target surfers that have already shown an interest in your topic so they are more likely to visit your site.

Affiliate promotion is good way to earn some cash, but you must know how to work the system. Having a high search ranking is an important aspect of running a website or blog. Do this, and you will get more traffic, better affiliates, and higher profits.

In order to make good business decisions, you need up-to-the-minute sales analysis. They give you a great deal of information on who and what your visitors are.

The only way to make your affiliate marketing campaign successful is to pay attention to the needs of your readers. Work at giving the readers what they need. Determine what factors are driving them to your website. What is drawing them to you?

You should reveal your affiliate position to your website visitors right up front. Customers will know you are honest and be more likely to buy.

Lifetime commission affiliate programs are few and far between these days. However, the payoff should you find one still makes it worth looking. When a referred customer buys something at the affiliate vendor’s site, a commission goes to the person who referred them. Usually, commission is paid only if a customer purchases a product within a certain amount of time. The ability to consistently earn money over time is what makes lifetime commissions so attractive and worth the time it takes to seek them out.

While you need to build as many links as possible to your site, make sure you build those links properly. Someone looking for laptops is going to be an unhappy camper if you label your link “LAPTOPS” but lead them to cat toys. Although you might think your strategy is clever, page mismatch could remove trust from visitors.

100% Commission

Don’t draw the conclusion immediately that all 100% commission systems can only be scams. A closer examination of the fine print will help you determine whether these programs are legitimate. A lot of companies that let you keep 100% commission let you keep the initial profit because they’re going to keep the subscription profits. You can still make money from these offers, so investigate them instead of moving on to the next offer.

To get maximum exposure, use affiliate promotion to promote your products. Now that you have read these tips, you are well on your way to becoming an expert at affiliate promotion.

J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Hosted and Cloud-Based Services Continue to Grow among Business Customers

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Among business data customers, 18 percent are leveraging remote offerings, such as hosted and cloud-based services, up from 12 percent in 2011, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Business Data Satisfaction Study(SM) released today.

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Price is a differentiating factor in choosing a data service provider, particularly as more companies utilize cloud-based and hosted data services. Nearly forty percent (38%) of business customers that utilize cloud-based or hosted services cite “lower price” as the main reason for choosing their data service provider. Conversely, only 20 percent of business that do not use cloud-based or hosted services cited price as their main reason for selecting their data provider.

“While traditional data services offer a suite, or package of services, employing cloud-based services like SaaS provides businesses the opportunity to view data as a commoditized service, where the differentiation among providers is primarily based on price, bandwidth and reliability,” said Frank Perazzini, director of telecommunications at J.D. Power and Associates. “This commoditization does not imply that data service providers can abandon accurate billing and exemplary customer support. In fact, the contrary is true. As price and performance across providers converge, the account service and support, in many instances, becomes the differentiator.”

The study also finds that cloud-based services are more popular among larger companies. Twenty percent of large enterprise businesses and 14 percent of small/medium sized businesses use a cloud service, while only 5 percent of very small businesses leverage cloud services.

Cable Providers Surpass Telecommunication Providers in Satisfaction
Across all business segments as a group, cable providers rank higher in overall satisfaction than traditional telecommunications–or telco–providers. Cable providers hold significantly higher satisfaction scores in fairness of contract terms and ease of understanding pricing options.

“For many years, telco providers have ranked higher in customer satisfaction than cable providers, primarily due to performance and reliability,” said Perazzini. “Cable providers now rank higher in performance and reliability, due to their advantage in the area of data transfer speeds. Additionally, they have closed the gap with their telco counterparts regarding the stability of their data connections.”

The Value of Customer Service and a Single Point of Contact
Business customers frequently cite customer service as a main reason for choosing their provider, as 26 percent of large enterprises and 17 percent of small/medium businesses chose their data provider because of its reputation for providing good customer service. Additionally, the study finds that providing a single point of contact (SPOC) increases customer service satisfaction. Across all segments, overall satisfaction is 68 index points (on a 1,000-point scale) higher among businesses with a SPOC than among those without.

Additionally, the study finds that providing business customers with a SPOC may reduce customer churn and build loyalty. Across all segments, only 16 percent of businesses with a SPOC indicate they are likely to switch providers in the next 12 months, compared with 20 percent of those without a SPOC.

Business Data Satisfaction Rankings
The study measures customer satisfaction with providers of telecommunications data services, such as cable modem, DSL, T1, T3/DS3, Ethernet and frame relay. Providers are ranked in three segments: very small businesses (companies with one to 19 employees); small/medium businesses (companies with 20 to 499 employees); and large enterprises (companies with 500 or more employees).

Six factors are used to measure satisfaction across all three segments: performance and reliability; cost of service; sales representatives and account executives; billing; offerings and promotions; and customer service.

Optimum Business ranks highest in the very small business segment with an index score of 670. Optimum Business performs particularly well in cost of service and offerings and promotions. Cox (659) and Verizon (635) follow in the segment rankings.

Cox ranks highest in the small and medium business segment with a score of 699, and performs particularly well in four of the six factors driving satisfaction: performance and reliability; cost of service; sales representatives and account executives and billing. Optimum Business (679) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) (668) follow in the segment rankings.

In the large enterprise segment, AT&T ranks highest in overall satisfaction with a score of 686, and performs particularly well in four of six factors: performance and reliability; sales representatives and account executives; cost of service; and offerings and promotions.

The 2012 Business Data Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 5,143 business customers of telecommunication data services at very small, small/medium and large enterprise businesses in the United States and includes evaluations of their data service providers. The study was fielded in October 2011 and February 2012.

Overall Business Data Index Rankings

J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings

Very Small Business Segment

For Consumers

(Based on a 1,000-point scale)




Optimum Business

670

5

Cox

659

4

Verizon

635

4

Charter

623

4

VSB Average

613

3

AT&T

606

3

TWC

604

3

Comcast

603

3

CenturyLink

602

3

Frontier

571

2





Overall Business Data Index Rankings

J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings

Small/Medium Business Segment

For Consumers

(Based on a 1,000-point scale)




Cox

699

5

Optimum Business

679

4

TWC

668

4

Comcast

652

4

Verizon

648

4

CenturyLink

642

3

SMB Average

639

3

Charter

638

3

AT&T

611

2





Overall Business Data Index Rankings

J.D. Power.com Power Circle Ratings

Large Enterprise Segment

For Consumers

(Based on a 1,000-point scale)




AT&T

686

5

LE Average

679

3

Comcast

677

3

TWC

676

3

Verizon

672

3

CenturyLink

639

2

Power Circle Ratings Legend:
5 – Among the best
4 – Better than most
3 – About average
2 – The rest

About J.D. Power and Associates
Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company operating in key business sectors including market research, forecasting, performance improvement, Web intelligence and customer satisfaction. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratings, car insurance, health insurance, cell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies
McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two public companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a leading provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, a leading education company focused on digital learning and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial’s leading brands include Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Indices, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales of $ 6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/

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