When It Comes To Brands, Consumers Use Social Media For This More Than Anything Else

People use social media for a wide variety of reasons – catch up with old friends, make new connections and so on. But when it comes what they use social media for regarding a given brand or product or service, most people use social media to see what other people are saying about these very same brands, products or services.

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Back in August I wrote a post called Why Marketers Need To Pay Attention To Online Reviews in which I revealed a survey finding that showed that 80% of online customers change their mind about making a purchase after reading negative online reviews. I also explained in that post why a negative review can have a positive impact. It really can. Trust me. Read the post and you’ll see what I mean.

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New research by NM Incite, a Nielsen/McKinsey Company shows that the #1 thing consumers use social media for as it relates to their favorite brands is not to get coupons/discounts, or to get information about new products or even to provide feedback of their own, be it positive or negative.

The #1 reason consumers use social media as it relates to their favorite brands is to read. As in read what others are saying about their favorite brands or products or services. The chart below shows that people use social media on a personal level to connect with old friends, for entertainment purposes and so on. And on a career level to network. But look at the section labeled “Products/Services.”

Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas for Couples

Each year many couples choose Las Vegas as their vacation getaway. To many, a couple’s visit to Las Vegas usually means they are either going to get married or gamble. Even though this happens plenty, there are other reasons why couples visit Las Vegas. There are numerous fun activities for couples to make their stay a non-stop action-filled experience.

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The Fountains of Bellagio

When couples arrive to Las Vegas they should visit The Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas. The fountains can add to a romantic stroll through Las Vegas. They provide spectators with a water, music and light show like no other. The fountains are cleverly designed to display a well choreographed water show that dances and jumps into the air. Show times are available seven days a week, including holidays at specified times (i.e. Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., every 30 minutes). As of June 2009, there’s no price to visit the Fountains of Bellagio. Please, contact the Bellagio for more information.

3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(888) 987-6667
bellagio.com/amenities/fountains-of-bellagio.aspx

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The Roller Coaster

Thrill seeking couples ought to visit The Roller Coaster located atop the New York-New York in Las Vegas. Couples will find themselves clutching to one another as the coaster takes them 203 feet up and then drops them 144 feet. They will also turn 180 degrees and hang 86 feet in the air. If couples who want to remember their ride they can take home a photo of themselves taken will traveling at 67 miles per hour. As of June 2009, The Roller Coaster is open to the public for $14 a day from 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.

3790 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-6607
nynyhotelcasino.com/entertainment/entertainment_therollercoaster.aspx

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The Forum Shops

Couples who love to shop ought to check out The Forum Shops, which are located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Forum offers couples a unique shopping experience thanks to its design which resembles Ancient Roman Streets. The design can also spark a romantic outing. There are more than a 160 retail shops that provide visitors with high fashion shopping opportunities (i.e. Gucci and Louis Vuitton). The Forum Shops features replicas of the Trevi and Triton Fountains. It’s open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and until midnight Friday and Saturday.

3500 Las Vegas Blvd. So.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702-893-4800
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Health Spas & Retreats in NSW

Visitors to New South Wales looking for a little rest and rejuvenation will be glad to know that there are a number of health spas worth visiting all across the state. Health spas can be found in the Blue Mountains, Kangaroo Valley and even in the heart of busy Sydney. Whether you plan to spend just a few hours there or are going on a weekend retreat, you’ll find a spa to meet your needs.

Bilpin Health Resort

Bilpin Health resort is located in the Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes away from Sydney. Among the activities for guests at the health spa are taking strolls through the 11 acres of grounds, and practicing yoga and meditation. Spa treatments include standard fare, such as facials, massages, reflexology and body wraps. In addition, the spa offers the Vibrosaun, a chamber much like a one-person sauna, except that the head is not inside the chamber. The Vibrosaun is popularly used for weight loss, and to help high blood pressure, arthritis and insomnia.

Health Spas & Retreats in NSW

Ayurve

Ayurve is a day spa in the heart of Sydney. Amongst the different types of massages offered at Ayurve are Indian massages, Swedish massages, aromatherapy massages and the Ayurve signature massage, which incorporates hot steam towels the spa claims will deepen relaxation. The spa also offers a variety of facials, plus waxing, manicures, pedicures and other beauty treatments one might expect from a day spa. In addition to these standard services, Ayurve offers Ayurvedic lifestyle consultations, helping to restore balance in your body and life.

Spa Sublime

Spa Sublime is located within the Mountain Heritage Hotel in Katoomba. The spa offers massages, hot stone therapy, manicures, pedicures and other standard spa services. In addition, the spa offers “beautiful bride” packages. The grounds for the hotel include a garden, reading library, and lounge with mountain views and roaring fire.

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Kangaroo Valley Getaway Cottages

This spa, located in Kangaroo Valley, just two and a half hours from Sydney’s Central Business District, consists of luxury B&B cottages. The cottages come with a fully equipped kitchen, washer, television, spa bath and outdoor barbecue. Breakfast and picnic hampers are provided, as is gourmet dining with a private chef for those who choose. Spa services include massages, facials and the spa’s signature Sothys Eau Thermale body treatment. The site also features a library, and 16 acres of land and private gardens.

Baby Gourmet Review

Recently I was given the opportunity to review Baby Gourmet- 100% Organic Baby Food.

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My boys might be past the baby and toddler age, but I decided to review the baby food with the help of two beautiful baby girls that belong to my friends.

Little did I know that my children would actually fight the babies for the food during the Baby Gourmet Tasting Party.

Baby Gourmet is a brain child of two busy moms Jennifer and Jill. Two busy Canadian moms who were determined not to compromise nutrition for convenience.

All of Baby Gourmet’s recipes originate in Jen’s home kitchen and that right there is why you should be feeding your baby food from Baby Gourmet.

Baby Gourmet is a new baby food company making only 100% Organic Baby Food. Baby food that is tasty, natural, safe and made only from the freshest ingredients.

All Of Baby Gourmet Products Have:

100% Organic Ingredients
No Thickeners or Fillers
No Added Sugar and Salt
BPA Free Packaging

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Baby Gourmet Offers 3 Stages of Baby Food:

Stage 1 – 6 Months+ – Simple Purees
Stage 2 – 7 Months+ -Yummy Combos
Stage 3 – 8 Months+ – Tasty Textures

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For my review I received a Sample Pack containing 3 flavors from each stage.

We got to taste (sorry the babies did) from Stage 1:

Harvest Pear, Pumpkin & Banana
Juicy Pear & Garden Greens
Orchard Apple, Carrot & Prune

From Stage 2 we tasted:

Apple Sweet Potato Berry Swirl
Roasted Squash & Fruit Medley
Baby’s Sweet Potato Pie

From Stage 3 we tasted:

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp
Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto
Tropical Banana Bliss

Doesn’t all these delicious combinations make you hungry?

Let me tell you, both babies LOVED every single flavor.I remember how I had to fight with my kids when on occasion I fed them baby food from jar.

How about the times I had to pretend to eat the baby food making delicious sounds just so my boys eat it. Just thinking about it makes me cringe. Did I really do that?

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Baby Gourmet baby food is so tasty that my 8 year old requested few of the flavors in his lunchbox.

If you have a baby (expecting one) or even a toddler you must check out Baby Gourmet website to find out more. You can also order Baby Gourmet food directly from their site.

You can also check the STORE LOCATOR to find a store near you.

One more thing…..the baby food comes in a SQUEEZE POUCH…now, how cool is that?

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Decorate Your Home Like No One Else Can

Thanks to the advancement in technology there are a number of new skills and techniques that one can learn in no time. Weaving has been around for a long time, but this art has undergone a number of changes in recent times and there are a number of professional weaving artists who have taken this art form to a whole new level. You can check this out if you’re interested in learning and mastering the art of weaving. The first thing you need is the right Weaving Materials. Once you choose the right weaving material you can let your imagination run wild and experiment with the art as much as you like. There’s no limit to the kind of products you can create with weaving, so choose the right material and begin your journey to create White & gray tapestry Cheap.

In the early days this art was practiced by women to pass their time and create some of the most impressive home art décor items that were used to decorate their homes. This art has undergone a lot of change over the years and now there are a number of prominent weaving artists who have made a living out of creating some of the best weaving patterns. There are a number of ways you can get inspiration for this art and one of the best designs that you can draw inspiration from is the online patterns. The art is simple and once you manage to master the basic shapes you can take the art to a whole level by using your imagination and creativity.

Unlike the early days where women had to manually cut out strips of cloth to complete the art, weaving artists these days have the option of buying weaving equipment from various suppliers across the country. Thanks to the advancement in technology, there are a number of good weaving suppliers that you can find online.

Instead of spending hours on travel visiting to stores, you can place an order for weaving equipment and they will be delivered to your doorstep. You can choose from a wide range of colors, patterns and cloth types to help you come up with your own patterns. You can also check all the latest designs and techniques by visiting the website.

Apart from the cloth, a weaving artist also needs a few essential tools for them to design and create some of the best weaving patterns. These tools help a weaving artist work faster and deliver designs with more precision in comparison to the designs that are created using the hand. One of the best tools that all weaving artists must invest in is the needle tool. This tool resembles a needle and is used to carve the design on the cloth. There are a number of needle tools available in the market, and you need to choose one that suits your needs perfectly. Kids these days are experimenting with various tools that are on offer. There are weaving tools available for children too and you can find them easily online.

Glue is one thing that most weaving artists forget to pay attention to. What most people don’t realize is that glue is one of the most important factors that help determine a perfect weaving design. It’s essential to invest in glue that is made for weaving and of high quality. One of the worst things a weaving artist can experience is using the wrong kind of glue which leaves bad traces or marks behind after drying up. In order to come up with impressive patterns, you need to ensure you’ve got the right glue. Weaving suppliers will manage to provide you with the right glue that you can use in order to come up with the perfect flawless design.