Archive for June, 2013

Yes this is a cake!!!!! 😀

I was a ticking time bomb, unsure of how many more days, hours, minutes or seconds were left before I exploded but fully aware that zero was fast approaching. On the outside, I was calm because that was all I knew how to be; to the world, Mike was always poised. I hid my internal chaos well but she was slowly ripping through the fabric of composure I had been weaving intricately for decades.

She was bad for me but like a drug, I just could not get enough of her. I spent most of our relationship here; at the intersection of anger and misery. Her tongue was venomous and words inflicted poisonous wounds that might never heal. Ours was a toxic relationship and still I stayed, making excuses for her behaviour, pretending that my cowardice was actually remnants of medieval chivalry. I was pathetic and if I really was honest I’d admit that she just might be the spawn of Satan.

About that time bomb, it was about to go off in five, four, three, two, one.

“Shut up Carla!”

“Do you ever shut up?” I asked my stunned fiancée. She wore way too much makeup, I thought, something I never really noticed before.

“Mike be very careful,” she warned, her tone icy.

“Or you would what?” I asked. “Humiliate me in front of our friends? Yell like a rabid dog? Hit me perhaps?” These were her specialties. And the yell-hit- and-humiliate-in-front-of-our-friends-combo was a true delight.

“Oh God, the baby,” she said grabbing her stomach. Oh of course, I forgot about that one. The baby. That was the newest line added to this scene. She used that word to get just about anything these days. I would not lie, I felt a pang of worry but then I had to remember this whole performance was to make me look bad and to garner sympathy.

I threw my napkin on the table. I had seen enough.

“Where are you going?” She asked as I stood up to leave the table, all eyes now on me.

“Away from you and this drama.”

“I am leaving you Carla. Forever.” There, I said it. Finally. And it felt so good!

“Let’s talk about this later.” She was being sweeter about this than usual. She could see my resolve; she knew I was not kidding this time.

“There’s nothing to talk about. I’m done with you and this charade of love.” I had to get out before somehow she made me stay and maybe even marry her tonight.

“Oh my God,” she started crying again, lifting her hand to her trembling lips. “What about the baby?” She asked, her voice barely a whisper.

“Send me the bill.” And with that I walked out of my toxic relationship.

 

 

I got an email requesting for how to prepare for a telephone interview with HSBC for the Premium Associate role.

I personally have challenges addressing interview questions such as these:

When have you gone the extra mile for customers in the past?

 

Give examples of when you showed genuine experience of sales?

Mention an experience when you showed empathise and focus on customers needs?

Give an example of a situation when you had to make a decision that showed your moral standard?

If you have more questions that are

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hsbc (Photo credit: dumyat)

possibilities to be asked for this role please comment. Also, if you have answers to share, I believe the XRs would be very grateful.

It’s clear that online marketing is influencing offline purchasing behaviour more than ever. Have you noticed how many online fashion stores there are? That’s no coincidence. E-commerce will continue to expand in this digital age, so it is essential for high street stores to keep up with this trend by developing and/or enhancing their online presence, because a high percentage of consumers who buy in-store have conducted online research prior to purchase.

When shopping online there are no crowds or queues. Shopping can be 24 hours a day from the comfort of the home. It is no secret that one of the main problems with online shopping is size inconsistency or the fear of dissatisfaction from the product. To overcome this in the future will require a universal sizing chart or measure items based on actual body measurements before customers can completely consider shopping online.

So don’t be put off by having both an online and offline store because visiting an actual store is an experience. All the store displays, staff, music, and lighting are there to ensure customers benefit from their shopping experience. Online stores lack many of these personal touches that make offline shopping fun. To keep the fun going, customers need the same comforting experience online. Take advantage of your offline and online business presence by making sure you connect with your customers on both platforms to be ahead of your competitors.

Appearance is essential for obvious reasons in the fashion industry. So naturally, a fashion online store should make heavy use of photos and models. They help to convey the style, feel, and value of the clothes and accessories being represented. Just as updating the slider’s content regularly will keep the customers coming back to new content to keep them interested. The Internet allows your online venture to be a click away from both your existing and prospective clients. There are numerous powerful tools and options you can easily integrate into your venture to establish a highly efficient communication channel with your visitors and provide them with professional assistance in real-time. Your support staff may answer inquiries, guide your customers through the website, give necessary instructions and solve any problems that may arise.

Consumers say online customer reviews influence their purchase decisions. You should understand that people value the special moment in every picture they see and product satisfaction, and want others to value it too. This should be made simple. People shouldn’t be bothered with accessing different social media in many browser tabs, to check your products out. That’s why you should connect your site to Instagram, Pinterest, Blog, Facebook, lookbook, Twitter, YouTube, chictopia and more sharing platforms so that you are able to showcase your amazing products through customers’ posts and reviews. Social media channels would help you monitor and engage with consumers in non-brand-oriented conversations, which will help personalize your brand and position your business as a credible industry resource.

Mobile technology is going huge. Everyone is now viewing websites from their iPhone, Android or other Smartphone. People are always on-the-go and they bring the world, through their phones, with them. It is essential that you create a mobile-friendly version of your site. The majority of top sites and blogs have already made their sites mobile-friendly. If you haven’t, now is the time to jump into the mobile world.

With so huge variety of opportunities that the modern online market has to offer, it is more than wise to start an online store, which does not necessarily imply losing your store on the high street. No doubt, launching any e-commerce project takes less time and involves considerably lower initial investments, if compared to setting up a physical store. Frankly speaking, you should establish an extensive online presence for your existing business for a high profitability level that offers numerous remarkable earning opportunities. All what you need to take care of is to drive a targeted traffic volume to your website on a daily basis. The truth is that word-of-mouth about your store will spread online much faster than in your local community, and there are plenty of various marketing techniques you can take advantage of to get a successful online exposure.

In such a way, your online store is going to serve as a highly efficient tool to let a significantly wider audience of prospects know about your high street store. In which you can engage in a marketing strategy to incentivize certain items that would be of interest to your consumers that can be purchased only offline. The key competitive advantage of owning an online store is the ability to manage sales and provide any related services around-the-clock that is almost impossible for your high street store. You can make your products available any time of the day.

To stay in contact with consumers, do your research and find out when emails are likely to annoy your clients and when they are likely to be well received. It is quite difficult to build an effective online marketing campaign with email marketing alone. Email Marketing is an excellent form of supportive online advertising that works if you already have PPC advertising campaigns in place and if you are making use of the content network. Make sure the keywords, ad copy, and landing pages are concise, as consumers won’t spend much time typing or reading.

Just like any other form of promotion, you would need to learn more about your audience’s behaviour to succeed in search marketing. In search, you would need to know how your average customers use search engines to find what they are looking for. This way, you can make sure that you are able to reach them. People search for where they want to go, what they want to know as well as how they can do things. You have to think about how consumers research your brand online and develop campaigns to adapt accordingly

 

Catch Jack as he hits the road for his 2013 tour.

After a six-year absence from Stand-Up,  he’s back, agonizing over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanors.

Where’s he been?  Appearing on shows like QI and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, hosting Radio 4’s legendary I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, co-writing and starring in four series of BBC 2’s hit sitcom Lead Balloon and writing his memoirs, Thanks For Nothing which he modestly dedicated to himself  -“Without whom none of this would have been possible”.

Why is he touring again? “I want to spend less time with my family” says Jack.

“A little ray of sleet”
Jeremy Hardy

“… turns grumpiness into an art form”
The Evening Standard

“…top comedy gig”
The Telegraph

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager (seas...

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (season 3) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Secret Life of the American Teenager

The Secret Life of the American Teenager (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

See who showed up and let us know what you think of what they wore.

This TV Show is finally over, it was terror having to know it was still on. The unrealistic nature of the events it portrayed drove me completely crazy. The supposed teenagers seemed to have rather grown up lines and decisions to make, which rarely or never happens in the real world especially because they all had good parents still involved in their lives.

I am glad the producers chose to end it one way or the other, because it upsets me to just be left hanging on a show after giving time and effort to follow the series. The ending was just as uncertain as what we the viewers were hoping to find closure from. I guess that was the only way at the time.

No one knows if Amy and Ben would end up  together or if Amy would end up with Ricky or a completely different guy. My bet is she would eventually see life differently, have the opportunity to grow up and make more strategic and better decisions. Probably meet a whole new guy after college. Getting married after high school is just plain ridiculous, even if you have a kid with the person. People always tend to think getting married is the answer. It is actually the beginning of your doom!

If the TV show Awkward turns into something close to The Secret Life of The American Teenager, I will be very upset.

That said, bon voyage to the casts and I wish them all the best.

Amy JuergensAs for the character Amy Juergens played by Shailen Woodley, I look forward to seeing her in the Amazing Spider Man as Jane.