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China and Bitcoin

In 2015 China’s markets started to slow down – even crash some would say.  Capital is fleeing to safety in other countries.

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Sounds like a perfect spot for bitcoin to come to the rescue, no?

Bitcoin’s unique ability to move money globally in seconds seems like a natural fit for any financial market in need. With Bitcoin’s overall market value at a mere US$3.3 billion, a fraction of that investment into U.S. real estate would easily double bitcoin values.

A smart Chinese investor would look into the history of Bitcoin in 2013 when it was initially introduced to the Chinese market. Values jumped almost tenfold within one-quarter, in conjunction with Mt. Gox’s market accounting issues. With over US$22 trillion on deposit, the Chinese market making even a small shift towards bitcoin could make 2013 look like a mere token of their esteem.

Where To Start Learning About Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

One of the things about the financial world is that things are always changing.  In the past couple of years Bitcoin and other “alt coins” or “digital money” has gained a foothold in the way people are exchanging goods and services.

In this ever changing world there are scams of course, but the industry is figuring things out.

Alt Coins and Twitter

One of the best places to see all the action is on Twitter.  Start by following Cryptolix, and any most any other popular username that starts with “crypto” (do a search on twitter – you’ll find hundreds).


Wikipedia has an excellent article about Bitcoin.  That’s a great place to start too.


How To Do SMS Promotions For Small Businesses

Advertising Via Text Messaging – A Small Business Marketing Strategy

By Kurt Simula

Many small business owners are starting to hear about text message marketing, or SMS promotions, but either don’t know exactly how they work, or do not think that their own particular business could benefit from them. This article takes a look at what kind of businesses can benefit from text message marketing as well as what it takes to run a successful campaign.

Whether you are a small business owner with one location, or a business owner with multiple locations and you are in the food service business of any kind such as a restaurant owner, a bar or tavern owner, or even just own one small pizza shop, you are someone who can really take advantage of the new technology that marketing to people on their mobile phones has to offer.

In the recent past this kind of advertising has been out of reach for the small business owner. The costs were high and the technology was difficult to master and use successfully to drive more customers in the door. As late as 2009 pretty much the only ones using mass promotion via text messages were large corporations with deep pockets.

As the technology advanced the costs came down. The ability for businesses of any size to use text messaging to reach their customers has now become easy, and inexpensive.

Here is how it works. We will use a restaurant as an example.

The restaurant owner recently signed up with a text message marketing service company. He either talked to a local representative who walked in off the street and showed him how this all works, or he/she is a person who is always on the lookout for ways to promote the business and heard about it on the internet. Either way the business is set up with their own “keyword” and a five digit “text to” number.

Most restaurants have on every table a little card or “table tent” that shows the specials of the day, right? Maybe the specials are listed on a thin piece of card stock that is wedged between the top metal pieces of the salt and pepper shakers for example. Only in this case the restaurant has a card that says something along the lines of “TEXT (name of restaurant) to 83936 and start receiving Text Coupons from us”.

In the course of serving the meal the waiter or waitress points out the card and tells the customers to check it out. They also tell the customer that if they do in fact text the name of the restaurant to that five digit number they will instantly receive a text back with a “special”, or “coupon” that they can then redeem on their next visit just by showing the text message that they received to the cashier.

Often times this text message “coupon” is for a free drink, a two-for-one special, or whatever the business owner set it up to be. The reason this works so well is that most everyone always carries their mobile phone with them at all times. With the coupon for your business already on their phone they don’t have to worry about trying to keep track of a paper coupon. They only need to show the text the business owner sent them to the waitress or cashier on their next visit.

There are two things that just happened when that customer of yours texted your “keyword” or “name of your restaurant” to that five digit number.

  1. They instantly received a coupon to use on their next visit. If they are a regular customer they will not only thank you for the discount or freebie on their next visit, they will more than likely tell a friend about it too.
  2. More importantly (for you as the business owner) this person is now on your “list”. You can now send them a text message with your specials on a weekly basis (or whenever you want actually).

Business owners who are taking advantage of this kind of advertising and adding text message marketing to their long term growth strategies are finding that the ROI of dollars spent promoting their business in this way far exceeds any other form of advertising dollars spent.

For many more details and information on how SMS promotions and text message marketing can help your business thrive, visit Mad Progress Marketing. Mad Progress Marketing is a site dedicated to providing the best ideas and sources to use to get set up with ease with these incredible new business advertising and marketing techniques.

Kurt Simula is a professional internet and local business marketer and SMS campaign manager. He has spent many years in both the corporate sales arena and has bought, operated, and sold a number of businesses through the years.

He currently works out of his home in Northern Michigan running a number of websites, and serves small businesses across the entire U.S as well as his local community with text message marketing and internet promotional services.

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Landscape and Lighting techniques for your Home and Garden

Most people make a good effort and do an excellent job with the landscape and lighting around their home, but what about those who want to do

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Taking some quiet time to think about what you want to do with your landscape and lighting is one of the best things you can do to help motivate you to get started.

something different or those who find that they just barely have time to get the grass cut before it gets over six inches tall, much less keep the bushes and other trees around their home trimmed and looking nice?

This article will give those in the latter category some ideas on how to go about adding to the value of their home as well as keeping it looking nice by using some easy landscaping ideas, outdoor garden planning, and other outside lighting techniques.

The first thing one should do is get a comfortable outdoor chair and sit in corner of the property for at least five or ten minutes and let the mind wander.  Stay relaxed as what you want to keep in mind is that everything does not need to be done in one day, one weekend, or even over the course of one summer season.

Many if not most of the beautifully landscaped homes that you see took literally years to develop.  One small project or addition to your yard or outdoor garden area adds up over time and if you don’t try to take it on all at once it will be a whole lot less overwhelming.

A lot of folks have found a simple outdoor lighting project to start with is with some cheap solar lights.  The kind that you can pick up at most any home and garden store in a pack of four or six for under twenty or thirty dollars and ones that you simply have to stick in the ground and not worry about any sort of outdoor wiring, switches, etc.  This small starting project will not only provide a different ambiance to the outside areas of your home it will also help to motivate you to move on to the next idea you have for your landscape and lighting.

The nice thing about cheap solar lights is that they are easy to move if you don’t like the first location or even the second.  Perhaps you have an idea for a small garden design.  The nice thing about an outdoor garden is that you can have one no matter how small your yard is.

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You don't need a mansion to have a nicely designed small garden on your property.

Many people start with just a 2′ x 3′ plot of sod in a strategic and easy to get to spot in their yard and turn it over with a shovel to get to the dirt underneath and start from their.  Over time these small garden plots can and will with some effort turn into something larger and more spectacular.

Strategically placed lights (remember the cheap ones you bought for your first project?) can really enhance the look of a small garden or flower plot at night.  Taking your garden lights and lighting ideas to the next level is really not all that difficult if you start small and work into larger ones from there.

Soon you will be adding driveway lighting, fancier deck lights and lighting, and maybe be thinking of putting in a swimming pool.  Don’t forget to invite your friends over for an outdoor bar-b-que to show off your new yard and garden areas.  You may be surprised at how many of them will offer additional landscape and lighting design tips for you to further enhance your property.

For a plethora of additional tips and ideas visit Landscape and Lighting,  a site dedicated to helping people improve the outdoor areas around their home.

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The Importance of Video Game Storage

I have always considered video games a bit of an investment – they have always been pricey, from the original Atari up until now, and as the years go on and collector’s begin paying more and more money for older models, that investment is starting to pay off. That’s why, now more than ever, video game storage is becoming more important than ever. This article will give some advice on how to keep your video games secure.

For starters, you’re going to want to keep your games away from dust. This is the biggest problem you will have to contend with. Dust implies open air, and open air will ruin electronics within just a few years. Because of that, you need to make sure, if you’re storing games over the long term, that you have them as airtight as possible. This will keep them in the best shape possible over time.

If you just want to keep them somewhere safe in between playing them – maybe you want a shelf in your game room to set them all up on, or a drawer in a desk, or even a storage bin to keep them in – then air is not as big a concern. Instead, you mostly want to focus on keeping them out of direct sunlight. The sun is strong, as you may have noticed if you’ve ever been sunburned, and leaving a game sitting in the light will wear it down much faster than if it wasn’t. So either keep your games in their proper case, or get something fancy like cube storage shelves to keep them in – anything but the direct light.

Overall, it’s not difficult to keep games in mint condition as time goes on – but you need to be a little proactive about keeping them safe. A little preventative care, like an airtight, dark storage container, will do wonders in your race against time.

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