Stand the Test of Time with Mid Century Classic Interior Design

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A mid century classic interior design can bring out a unique character to every home. We can describe it as a clash of history’s greatness and the innovation of the future; a sophisticated and elegant look that can outlast the test of time. The elements that one should take note of are lightning, walls and ceiling, accessories, paint, and furniture. Let the imagination run free when mix and matching the style and color but ensure keep everything minimized for better results.

Picture above is a good reference for a simple yet sophisticated living room. It has a timeless design that can never go out of fashion. Neutral colored walls that lets the furniture and accessories stand out. An avant-garde high ceiling room equipped with lightning. Furniture and accessories are minimized to keep the room spacious yet aesthetically detailed; only the best furniture was chosen like the leather sofa topped with a cushion that has interesting pillow case design, a unique center table with unique accessory, and a very nice piece of artwork hung on the wall that compliments the color of the room. The yellow light bulb was chosen to add class and elegance to the ambiance of the living room.

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When doing your timeless interior designing, you don’t always have to pick the most expensive furniture or accessories; just follow a general rule which is keep things simple and less clutters. Stay with neutral colors for walls or ceiling and using hardwood floor is also a good idea. Pick a furniture or accessory that would stand out, just like what is shown at the picture of the living room where the leather sofa takes the center stage.

This is a family dining room overlooking to the living room and the guest dining room. A very appealing classic dining table set that has well crafted pattern for its cushion, while the dining table at the farthest area is a dark brown contemporary dining table set. The floor area is spacious and free of clutters to prevent any accidents while carrying food or trays from the kitchen. Also it is worth mentioning the large ocean view windows located on the living room as it let the fresh air circulate around the house, and a lot of sunlight as well.

Let your imagination flow and give your house a personal touch. You can play a bit when it comes to colors, but do it on materials that can easily be replaced such as rugs, pillow cases, curtains, fabrics, and paint to prevent a major investment go to waste.

Closing A Sale in Modern Economy -OLD SCHOOL MEETS NEW SCHOOL MENTALITY

7132Closing a sale in the modern day age is basically a combination of using some of the “old school” psychology which still remains the same, combined with new technology and considerations of the recent times.

OLD SCHOOL FIRST – Before I got involved in my internet companies, I founded Absolutleynew which was a classic B-C play where we had to convince customers to pay for services, usually about $10K to $20K a pop. I learned that with proper training and advanced sales skills, the average person could close a sale for that amount of money in as quick as 1 to 2 hours, and just a couple phone calls. Our customers in this business were looking for a company to develop their products and present them to industry leaders for sale of their ideas.

Old School Techniques

1) Build Rapport -You have to make the customer like you. So it’s important to talk a little bit about their hometown weather, and non business topics so that you can hit some commonalities and they feel like you are a real person and not just trying to sell them something.

2) Finding the objections and closing the doors – This is where your art comes in. The process of selling requires you to not just spit out your rhetoric and great pitches about your product or service. Most of the sale is actually listening to what the customer says, and finding out what they want, and especially the objections they may have or “things they are stuck on”. If your customer is stuck on something (beucase they have told you this), then you have to adress it and make sure you answer their objections.

Customers have many of these,some of them are mearly a over pre-cautions of misundertandings about your product. But you still need to address every single one of them. And if you think you answered every one of them, but the customer is still not buying, you must ask the question “What further concerns do you have about making this purchase now?” or “Are there any other questions that I still need to answer that are in your head now?” You need to pull out their objections, all of them must be cleared or else you will have no sale.

3) Ask for the Sale- You have to ask for the sale several times during your sales pitch. Or else your customer may never make a decision. Some ways you can do this are “So can I go ahead and write this order up for you now?” or “So are you ready to order?”, or “If everything is clear to you now, I can go ahead and get this contract ready for you to sign?”. Many customers will just agree to this, and that means you have pushed them over the fence. Asking this questions is also a good way to get more “objections” out inthe open (step 2) that you can further address so that you can get to the this final stage.

4) Get a meeting in person – IN the modern world, meetings in person are less frequent, but if you can get a meeting in person,over 90% of those meeting will close to a sale. Remind your customer to bring their check book or credit card before the meeting. If they are out of state, offer to pay half their air far to come meet you, this trick works well, especially if you sale is over $10K in which case the air fair is nothing.

Modern Day Techniques

Ho ho ho comes the new school. A rapid, social advance, of new idealogies and new things to think about when closing a sale. I found this out after I started launching ecommerce businesses. I was selling high end products, so my customers were stil calling in to talk to my sales people, but the sale was different, and here are the reasons why.

1) Your competitors are at their fingertips- so you must apply more pressure

People are online researching you and all the competitors at the same time. While talking to you, they have four or five other companies open on their browsers and may even have pricing open as well. If you get off the phone with them without the sale, most people will get distracted and start calling the other competitors an forget about you. ADD is on the loose in the new generation so you have close them in your first call if possible or at least get them a contract to look at.

2) Online reviews

In the modern day you got to have reviews. Small service businesses must be on Yelp. And ecommerce or product companies must be on the many online sits that do reviews. And you must have positive reviews. If you get too many negative online reveiws you will not be able to do business any more in the modern day age. More than 50% of customers look at reviews before making decisions (as of 2014)

3) Social Media

This is hard to manipulate. But if you know people that your customer knows, you can ask them to put in a good word via social media channels. The other technique to use here is to get all your leads to agree to friend you on your businss facebook page, and send constand links and updates to your page, keeping your compay in front of them at all times while they are considering what they are going to do.

4) Live Chat

People are on your web-site checking you out too. But they don’t always want to speak , or they are not sure you are available to speak. As a business owner or sales person, you can even download live chat on your phone, and when people ask to chat you will be there ready to chat. And when they do, ask for their number because talking on the phone is still the best way to convert.

Steve Barbarich – Chasing his dreams Through E-commerce

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A person who productively earned lots of money through the internet with the use of his talents and unique ideas in terms of internet marketing is Mr. Steve Barbarich. This man is one living proof to the world of being a millionaire and achieving your dreams by the use of the internet. A man who serves as an eyeopener on the boundless possible opportunities they could have just by using their desktop with the help of the internet. He was just an average college graduate who is gifted with bright ideas and talented skills in terms of marketing and internet business. Now Steve is the owner of many E-commerce websites that reaches its profit up to 20 million dollars per year. Aside from that he is the founder and the creator of the highly respected company  wherein Steve Barbarich really had a great reputation in the field of marketing through the internet.

Steve Barbarich works as a consultant to other websites wherein his theories and principles are very vital in bringing profit on the companies he is handling. He got this idea that there is no win win situation when it comes to the strategy that you will use in increasing profit of a certain company, same with the idea that there is no particular strategy that will work for all company. In other words you need to be careful in every decision you formulate and make sure you are flexible enough in making imperative resolutions for the betterment of the company.

One way of increasing the sales of you website would be making it mainstream and doing this is quite a tedious job. There are lots of factors to consider that is why the owner of the company should choose his cards prudently. If you are in a business it is always perceived to have ups and downs. So in order for the companies to increase sales they should have good advertising campaigns and have an SEO or Search Engine Optimization, the process of back linking etc. Also they should have good marketing campaigns in which its quite complicated to explain and might need another article for it if you want to know more about SEO.

Another way is through the social media campaign and promos. This is one vital part for your website to get traffic and sales since both are directly proportional. Some of the best social websites are facebook, twitter, youtube and etc. where in you could actually get a powerful flow of traffic and lure potential clients as proven statistically.

Steve Barbarich really emphasizes the importance of choosing the perfect keyword and optimizations. It is a very considerable thing in order for your website or content to be well accepted or to rank up in Google, Yahoo or Bing. Accordingly your keywords should be easily remembered by most people and should be related to the products or what your website is all about. The reason for this is simply to make your website unique and attractive to consumers or potential clients.

Steve Barbarich – How to Start an Ecommerce Company – Important Things to do Upfront

steven barbarich1- Picking your product line or line(s)

Most people start with just one line or a a limited set of product categories. Unless you have a large start-up budget of millions of dollars, trying to launch a general merchandise store with 100s of products (like Wayfair.com) is just too much at first.

Pick a product line or category that your are excited about, have knowledge, or are dedicated to sell online. Let’s pick luggage, for example.

Now you have to figure out at what level in the supply chain you want to be. The lower you are on the supply chain, the more gross margin you make, but the more financial backing you will need to launch your line:

Level 1 – Drop Ship from distributor (highest level)

Level 2 – Drop ship direct from factory

Level 3 – Stock product, you buy from the factory (domestic)

Level 4 – Import product from China, stock, and sell

Level 5 – Manufacture your own product in China, import and sell direct (lowest level)

Level 4 and 5 are the optimal levels for getting higher gross margins on your product. Plus you can also create your own unique product lines and brands which means you wont compete directly with anybody with the same products. A common issue if you choose Level 1 and 2, is that you will find anywhere between 5 and 100 internet retailers selling the same product at the same MAP pricing.

If you are going to do Level 1 and Level 2 you will most likely be competing with a lot of companies selling the same product. In this case you most focus on creating a better eCommerce web-site than your competitors, and building up better reviews than your competitors. You product pages must be very complete with multiple tabs describing technical information (including spec attachments), options, colors, measurements, testimonials and reviews, product demo videos tied in from your YouTube video posts.

If you are going to drop ship another brands product, you may find that many brands already have their selected online retailers because they don’t want too many companies selling their product. Those are the types of products you want to sell because they are not going to be overly competitive online. In those cases you must convince these companies there is room for one more by promising sales and volume, and home page advertising.
Getting Merchant Services

You will need credit card processing for your orders. These are the four important ones:

1) Visa/MC/Discover

2) Amex

3) Paypal

4) Google Checkout

So here are some tips from Steve Barbarich. You Google “merchant services” and many companies will come up. These companies will be able to take care of 1 and 2 above which are 95% of your transactions. Compare fees and pick both based on fees, and also risk tolerance of a merchant processor. Since your online, merchant processors consider you a risk, so you need to make sure you are dealing with a company that works with many eCommerce customers already. If you are selling items over $2000.00 you are in an even higher risk category, in those cases ask them if they have ever taken “reservers” from customers. Reserves are a way merchant service company mitigate their risks by taking a percentage of your sales. This is actually not a bad thing to agree on because it will give you more freedom to make mistakes if you are in a high risk area.

Creating Your Web-site / Shopping Cart Web-sites

Getting a ready made eCommerce platform to design your site on varies in cost. The higher end more serious ones have yearly licensing fees from $3000 (pinnaclecart.com) to $30,000 plus (magento.com). If you are real serious, Magento is the way to go. If not go for something cheaper. If you really have a limited budget, you can try WordPress. And if you are really limited you can use Yahoo Shopping cart (which is really the worst, and limited, but its free).
Also the more expensive cart you use, usually the harder the development, bu the better your site will be. So basically you get what you pay for. Don’t forget to take into account “Responsiveness”, which is the ability of your cart to have a separate layout for mobile and Ipad type devices. The lower end ones are always going to lack capabilities in this area.

What state will you incorporate in? Tax Considerations
Its best to locate your company in a state where there are no sales taxes AND state taxes. If you start a business in California for example when you sell product to customers in California your customers will have to pay for sales taxes which will cause you to lose customers there. State taxes are different than sales taxes. State taxes and federal taxes must be paid, but some states don’t have state taxes, like Washington or Nevada. So if you make profit, you may save from paying about 5 to 8 percent of taxes. Regarding sales taxes, if you sell over a $4 Million dollars in CA (depends on the state), you actually have to pay sales taxes in other too even though you are not located there. Generally you don’t have to pay sales taxes (or collect them) for the customers that are out of the state you are operating. The catch is, if you have employees in a certain state, than that’s pretty much where you have to incorporate and that’s where all your rules will apply. But if your company is virtual (people work from home), than you can really design the business the way you want.

Adwords / SEO – Showing Up For Your Keywords – and Driving Traffic

Adwords adds are the top 3 blue adds on the first page of Google and all the adds that show up on the right margin.
Now that you got your site up, you need to drive traffic to it. An adwords campaign is the quickest say to drive traffic and sales and in fact you can make a sale in the first day you launch an adwords campaign. There is an art to it, so you have to study up or hire an outside firm.

Part of Adwords are the product listing adds which are the pictures that show up of products on the first page of Google. That has been referred to as “Google Shopping” , Google products, PLAs, and seems Google changes what they call it often. These are a goldmine, and work better than keywords.

SEO – organic traffic are all the listings below the first 3 blue adds. These take about 1 to 2 years to build up. It’s a long term investment so you need to have some investment in this to get it working or else it won’t work well. There is also a whole art to doing as well, so either get outside help or read up and learn it over time.
If you want to learn about how to do internet marketing yourself, i suggest going to the professional trade shows, the two best ones being SEM and Pubcon.