Bathroom Accessories – Making the Bathroom More Appealing

Mirrors

Some of the most essential bathroom accessories are the mirrors. You need a mirror for shaving, applying make up and watching your curves. Cleverly used mirrors can help giving your bathroom a look bigger than what it really is.

Linens

Though towels are necessarily needed in the bathroom for drying our body, they may also be treated as aesthetic accessories. Your bathroom looks a lot cleaner and attractive if you spend a bit of time to arrange the towels in the space provided, or hang them down the shower, or on walls. Care needs taken to coordinate the colors of the towels, so that bathroom looks very attractive.

Accessories for the sinks

You would agree that accessories contained in the bathroom and their arrangement reflects the personality of the house owner. Even the usual accessories for the sinks matter. You’ll find a large variety of tissue dispensers, soap dishes and toothbrush holders in pleasing colors and shapes in any store selling bathroom accessories. After fixing these items in your bathroom, you won’t regret having spent the time in choosing these items.

Toilet seat

Another essential item that occupies considerable space in your bathroom is a toilet seat. This item has undergone a lot of changes and is not the same as it used to be all these years. Today’s market offers toilet seats in many useful and attractive designs and colors. In fact, the features of the present toilet seats allow them to qualify as not just an item of utility, but an accessory with decorative value. It is interesting to mention that you can procure toilet seats shaped like pianos or guitars. Moreover, these are tabbed also, so that every person gets his/her own personal seat. Likewise, covers for the toilet seats also come in varying designs.

Shower curtains

You may fail to notice any accessory in a bathroom, but you can’t miss its shower curtain. Well, if you don’t approve transparent curtains made from vinyl, you have the choice of buying one depicting some famous bathroom scenes from the movies, including the one from Psycho. You also have the option of buying shower curtains with geometric designs or animal prints.

Faucet fixtures

These fixtures can be exploited to accessorize your bathroom and give it a different style. Most often, you can find them mounted on the edge of the sink. You can alter the looks of your bathroom and add to its elegance by fixing a wall-mounted model of faucets. You may know that other than chrome faucets, you can get red, gold and black faucets.

Plants

Plants can change the look and feel of any room containing them, and bathrooms are no exception. They also release oxygen that you need in plenty on breathlessly stepping out of your hot shower. However, while selecting plants for your bathroom, care should be taken to buy the varieties that thrive well in humid conditions.

Tropical Garden Maintenance Tips – Easy to Understand

Sometimes, people think they need to have a huge landscape in order to plan out their own garden themes and creativity. It’s not true. You can have a perfect tropical garden arrangement even if you don’t own a large area of land. All you need to have are skills for maintaining and keeping the plants and the elements fresh and arranged. Gardening is a hobby which is appreciated by many people. It is exhausting and frustrating in the beginning but as you get to know what ways are steadier and out coming, it becomes fun and a better leisure activity.

It should be noted that weather plays an important role in carrying out a tropical garden. If you ignore what the climatic conditions are, it might get hard for you to grow any plants or shrubs since there are different requirements for different kinds.

The tips for maintaining a tropical garden includes careful planning for the first step. You need to take in account of what area and location you are dealing with. It should have enough exposure to light; it should have plenty passage air and it should be visible for every visitor who passes by. Your tropical garden is going to be a visual cluster of all types of flowers and plants; you would need it to look sophisticated. It should be the focal point of your house.

Conditioning the soil is the next tip. Remove all the excess weeds and stones that you don’t need in your garden. Make it filled up with sand and enrich it with any possible fertilizers available. It would help the elements last long and also provide it with multiple nutrients and supplements.

Once you are done with planting, it is important to figure out the methods by which the garden would be irrigated. You could either water the plants by yourself or you can set up an artificial hose under the soil. You need to know how much your plants need to be watered and which type of drainage system should be installed.

If the season is not suitable for the plants which are potted, you might want to keep them indoors so they would flourish and bloom at the right time. Purchase some plants and herbs next. It depends what your choice is and whatever you pick. You may consider lilies, ferns, palms, birds of paradise, orchids and bamboo for your tropical garden.

Inequality Marketing – Smart, Results Driven Marketing Strategies For 2013

Way back in 1906 an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto discovered something that very few are willing to accept:

Life isn’t fair.

Pareto studied wealth patterns of the Italian population and discovered 80% of the wealth was controlled by 20% of the Italian people.

He then went on to discover that most everything else in life falls into a similar 80-20 split. Today, we know this phenomenon as the Pareto Principle and some of us simply refer to it as the 80-20 rule.

This rule is not 100% exact but you’d be amazed at how often the 80-20 principle happens right front of us. For example:

• 80% of sales come from 20% of customers
• 80% of profits come from 20% of products
• 80% of problems come from 20% of customers
• 20% of your customers have the potential to spend four times as much money as they are right now

Specifically, in the restaurant biz:

• 20% of your marketing efforts are producing 80% of the results
• 20% of your customers are producing 80% of your operating income (consider frequency of visits, longevity, referrals and incremental purchases)
• 20% of your personal time is producing 80% of your results
• 20% of your customers are taking 80% of your time
• 20% of your employees cause 80% of your headaches

Now, these are not always exact, but if you look within your business, I’ll bet each of those statements very, very close to being correct.

The productive application of this knowledge is to IDENTIFY the “20% factors” within your business and focus more of your resources on them.

Here’s just one example: Let’s say it takes you 2 hours and $250 to prepare and run an ad in a local newspaper. And the ad brings you only 5 new customers that month.

Or you can spend 2 hours and $250 on another type of marketing method that will produce 20 new customers that month. 80-20 in action!

Make sense?

There is tremendous power in this knowledge. If the “20%” activities are scalable you can eliminate a BIG chunk of your budget and time expenditures while achieving more than you ever thought possible.

Moving forward into 2013, I encourage you to find the inequality in your restaurant business and – rather than complain about it like most people do – use it to your advantage.

How a fancy sounding process illustrates the Pareto Principle.

When working with our clients, one of the very first thing we do is a reverse customer analysis. This allows us to find the “top 20% characteristics” of their customers.

You can do this for yourself, if you want:

Export your customer database into a common format like Excel. Using Google Earth or similar mapping software, import their addresses and map where each customer lives.

One of the many unique characteristics about the restaurant business is customers will come from all over the place. However, you’ll quickly notice that there is a small geopgraphic portion of your total “customer draw” area that produces 80% or more of your current customers.

For example, you might find that you’re attracting some customers from 15 miles away. But, upon further inspection, you’ll notice that 80% are coming from within a 3-mile radius from your store, or from a particular part of town 4 miles away.

Then, take that same database file and have a demographic analysis performed. (You can find services on line that will do this for you.) You will be able to determine income, age, home ownership status and other interesting characteristics that will help you further define who your true target market is.

You will immediately see trends that will be invaluable to you in running your business. You’ll notice surprising income trends, age groups and other defining facts about your customers.

This information moves from fascinating to immensely practical when you eliminate marketing to those who don’t fall into your 20% group and spend more of your time and budget capitalizing on those who are obviously attracted to you facility for whatever reason. Often, when we run this analysis we notice that most restaurants are wasting 75%+ of their marketing budget. In other words, they could cut their budget by a whopping 75% and only notice a very small decrease in response.

Three Evergreen Strategies to Use When Applying the Pareto Principle

While the really detailed, guerrilla marketing-style programs vary from market to market, there are a few evergreen marketing strategies that always seem to fall into the good 20% category.

Put bluntly, if you’re operating a restaurant in today’s age and not capitalizing on these items, you’re leaving untold fortunes to your competitors.

Internet Marketing Since its inception, the Internet has been used to connect people globally. Email, online forums, chat, etc. we have quickly become reliant on the Internet as an everyday communication device.

Over the past five years, LOCAL search has become much more relevant and proven. Which is exactly what needed to happen for restaurant operators to really benefit from Internet marketing since our best consumers are usually so localized.

To be successful at Internet marketing, you must master these three principles:

• Be seen by those searching for you online. This means being represented on the first page of major and local search engines when consumers search for restaurant in your local area.

• Attract traffic to a highly conversion oriented landing page. Most operators drive traffic (through their search engine rankings) to the homepage of their website. While this is better than not driving traffic to anything of yours, it is proven to be ineffective when compare to driving the traffic to a location specific landing page with a strong offer and several convenient methods of contacting your restaurant..

• Convert traffic into customers. All of this is worthless if the person going through the process doesn’t convert into a paying customer. Your conversion ratio should be better than 50%.

To do this, have a conversion friendly landing page created as an extension of your website and optimize it on popular search engines. Google obviously has this market cornered, but don’t ignore the other sites, their traffic can really be substantial too. Especially since many of your competitors will ignore them.

Database Marketing

Your existing customer database is ripe with opportunity to connect with your current customers, and get them to visit you more often, and spend more money when they do visit. (Don’t have a customer list yet? Then make it a point to start creating one this week… yeah, it’s that important to your success.)

Our rule of thumb that has proven to work best is to make certain you’re contacting your customer base at least monthly with an offer. I know it seems like a lot, but believe me, it works!

A word of warning on database marketing; do not abuse this privilege. The things you send your customers must be friendly, interesting and focus on THEIR needs, not yours. I’m sure you receive communications that really interest you and you look forward to getting. Keep that in mind when beginning your database marketing programs.

Integration Marketing

The last time you bought a new PC you experienced Integration Marketing first hand. Remember turning on your PC and taking a look at your desktop for the first time? And what do you see?

Free trial offers for ISP’s, Antivirus Software, etc. Already installed and just a few clicks away from being functional. You’re going to need these services anyway, so it’s awfully convenient that they’re already installed and ready to go.

In the restaurant business, the concept is the same. There are other companies, organizations and events in your market that can integrate your products into their offering:

• Hotels
• Local Schools and Colleges
• Local attractions
• Real Estate Agents
• Car Dealerships
• Community Events
• Sporting events

When a potential good customer visits one of these organizations, or participates in one of these events, they should be systematically be presented with an offer just for them. They can certainly refuse (just like some do with a new PC) but many won’t!

This reduces price shoppers and drastically increases the number of new customers you get from outside sources (integration partners).

Negotiate whatever commission or other arrangements you need to so your integration partners become excited about the program and the economics work for you.

I guarantee you won’t be disappointed in the results from these programs if you execute them properly.

Between these three evergreen strategies and capitalizing on the inequality within your customer base, 2013 just might be your best year ever.

General Garden Maintenance – Watering

A successful garden is the result of many factors, one of the most important of which is adequate water. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables, striking a balance that will benefit the entire garden. Early morning watering is best for an established garden. If plants wilt, be sure to check the soil and narrow down the problems before watering.

There are several different ways in which to water a garden, from a watering can to a hose, to a hand sprayer to irrigation hoses and sprinkler systems. No matter which you decide to use, you need to know your plants and how much water they need and tolerate for optimal growth. Over-and under watering can be devastating to your garden, though it is often difficult to tell which one is the problem because they cause the same result: root rot. One such sign of either is wilted leaves.

Transplants and newly sown seeds need to be kept constantly moist for the first few weeks, so water your freshly planted garden lightly every time the surface is dry, or twice a day in hot weather. It’s preferable to water early in the morning, and then in the early evening, following the hottest part of the day.

Seedlings should emerge from the ground in a week or two. If the weather is cool, it may take a bit longer. Transplants take a while to recover once they have been planted. You will know they are doing fine when you see them start to grow, usually within one to two weeks.

Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours, though, try to avoid sprayers because you don’t want to scorch leaves as the sun warms. Irrigation hoses or watering from below is the best bet and will not only prevent many fungal disease problems, but will also encourage deep roots, which will make your plants more hardy and less likely to suffer when deprived of water.

If a plant starts to wilt, don’t assume that it is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil first. Plants can wilt for a variety of reasons. You may do more harm than good if you water first and then try to narrow down problems later.

Water is the most important factor in a successful garden. It is essential that you know how much water to give your plants and vegetables. Once your garden is established, water in the early morning hours. Do not assume that a plant is drooping because it needs water. Check the soil and narrow down problems before you water.

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3 Important Elements To Consider in Home Business Opportunity

“Quit your job and join a home business opportunity” These are the advertisements you can see on posters in the street and print ads. Recently, the emergence of work from home business is gaining so much popularity. For most companies, a promise of residual income usually made a lasting impression on the guests. Before you signed up for any business opportunities assess yourself if you can really commit time for your business be it part time or full time.

There are important elements when considering any home business opportunity and these are products, pay out system or the marketing plan, training and support and the stability of the company. You have to brace yourself with the important facts about the company that you are about to join or else you are in the wrong direction.

Home Business Opportunity Elements

Products that work

Building integrity in the business cannot be faked. You cannot be successful in persuading people to buy your products if you didn’t take the products yourself. Be the product of the products. You can immediately tell a good product on its label. Integrity of the company built over the years is backed by millions of satisfied users from all over the world experiencing the product and get amazing results.

Company Profile

Signing up into distributor agreement needs commitment; you have to be aware of who’s behind the company you are joining. This is very crucial because how can you expect to achieve financial independence if the company will only last for 5 years to 10 years. Look at the people managing the corporate office, what are their plans in the next 10 to 20 years. A booming home business opportunity sees the future and is not affected with any economic turn outs. Just beware because there are scams everywhere!

Training System

Managing your business is a total mess if nobody will guide you how. A proven training system is in place to guide newbie to support them in their business operation. Normally an on going training is most likely happening every week. These include product training, marketing plan presentations, quick start training and others. Trainings are essential in carrying out a strong and solid business operation.

Picking out the best home business opportunity will lead you into your dreams realization only if you play your part. The major part is WORK.