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15 Epic Businesses Rip Off That Might Knock Your Socks Off

In 2015, everything can happened in the business world. One of the most serious problem that big names in business are facing is the shameless the countless number of name rip-offs all around the globe.

Whoever opened these stores has obviously never heard of a thing called ‘copyright’ or maybe they have and don’t give a damn about what people think. Roosevelt has famously stated “no man is above the law and no man is below it”, yet these people are doing pretty well job to avoid getting the consequence. Take a look at these pictures with a grain of salt.

1. 7 – Elephant


2. Gualmart


3. Red Castle


4. Restaurant Taco Bell


5. Owega



6. La Casa Del Whooper



7. Burger Queen


8. Burro King


9. Aerocrombie



10. McIndian



11. Star F***s


12. Donkey Donuts



13. H&M Davad Enterprises


14. McTorta’s


15. Pizza Hat


Introducing: Shopping Ads From YouTube


YouTube videos will be more appealing for sellers with the new ad unit today called Shopping ads.

YouTube has been moving in this direction for the past few months, with the introduction of Cards for related content (including merchandise) and the launch of TrueView for shopping, which allows advertisers to automatically turn their Google merchant data into product cards.

“While both of these features are great for making advertiser videos more shoppable, Shopping ads bring this functionality to all videos on YouTube,” the company says.

The point is, Google really wants advertisers to promote their products on YouTube, allowing consumers to start the purchase process directly from those videos. So if you’re watching something on YouTube, you might start seeing an info icon on the upper right corner of the video. Clicking on the icons will bring up related Cards, including any product ads, and clicking on the ads will take you to the merchant website.


That’s a different approach from the recently announced Purchases On Google, where mobile advertisers can direct consumers to Google-hosted product pages. Google says this will run similarly to Shopping ads on Google Search, with an auction model, targeting based on context and audience. Hopefully the ads will be relevant to you and related in some way to the video you’re watching and advertisers only paying when a viewer clicks through to their website.

YouTube says product videos (such as reviews and tutorials) have seen 40 percent viewership growth in the past year. These kinds of ads are a natural way to make money on those videos. While Google is making the announcement as part of Advertising Week, it says testing will start this fall.

7 Important Excel Tricks You Need To Know (Infographic)

Becoming familiar with various features in Excel can definitely improve productivity and effective way of compiling data.

Latest research revealed that 78 percent of middle-skill jobs required the employee to have digital literacy skills meaning that anyone who might not be completely up with how to use the required software and tools may lose out on getting the job. 67 percent of those jobs demanded specific expertise in Excel and Word software. For any office workers looking for career progression, then keeping on top of all things digital is extremely important. Have a look at the infographic below and learn Excel’s features.


Infographic credit: Best STL Microsoft Training.

A Simple Personality Test: What Did You See First?


The following test will show you how your interpretation of the world influences your character.

It’s as simple as telling the very first thing you see in the pictures below can help to reveal a lot about your character. Just pick and choose your way through the following seven pictures and find out what they reveal about your inner self.


A) A face
B) Apples
C) A person sitting


A) A car
B) A person with binoculars
C) The letter ‘A’


A) Bowling pins
B) Footprints
C) Nesting dolls


A) An apple
B) A butterfly
C) A knife


A) A face
B) A dog
C) A precipice


A) A crocodile
B) Mountains and water
C) People in a boat


A) A whale
B) The Moon and light on the water
C) A person surfing

The Test Result

If most of your answers are A

The main things in life for you are your intuition, wisdom, joy, satisfaction and curiosity. The world for you is full of mystery, and is made up of so many different things, situations and people which are all constantly stimulating your imagination. Your life is painted in a multitude of beautiful colours, and you’re always looking at it through the prism of creativity. You can turn anything that happens to you into something positive, and you never look for simple answers to life’s questions.

If most of your answers are B

You are a person who is very normal in his attitudes, behavior and relationships with people. You get along well without effort. People naturally like you, and you are not overly critical of them or yourself. You are neither overly conventional nor overly individualistic. Your prevailing mood is one of optimism and constructive effort, and you are not troubled by periods of depression, psychosomatic illness or nervous symptoms.

If most of your answers are C

You appear to be a cheerful, well-balanced person. You may have some alternation of happy and unhappy moods, but they are not extreme now. You have few or no problems with your health. You are sociable and mix well with others. You are adaptable to social situations. You tend to be adventurous. Your interests are wide. You are fairly self-confident and usually think clearly.

sense8: A Symphony Created From Your Brainwave?


A musical piece that was created from human brainwave? If you find categorising this as “science fiction”, then you definitely need to read on.

Recently, Netflix has created an experiment the connects 8 random people together to create a synced piece of music available on Spotify. The fans had to binge-watch the show before participating in the Brainwave Symphony Experiment. Linked with sensors, their recorded brainwaves were used to compose a piece of original music: a tangible artistic manifestation of their connection (sense8 style). With all eight strangers experiencing common responses to the stimuli, demonstrating the mental threads they shared with the rest of the group. Take a look at the video below.

The 19 Paths to Extraordinary Growth (Infographic)

Recently, many business startups crave for a way to grow in accelerated ways. Sadly, most of them fail terribly.

Why? Well, the biggest reason is the big number of (sometimes false) information they’ve seen or heard about. It’s not they are trying too many things. It’s more about prioritising them.

In the following infographic, you will find 19 ways you can try to push traffic and assist you in deploying your business. Why is prioritising the information such a big thing? It has to do with having a sensible approach, on the channels that will completely raise your business.


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Infographic credit: Growth Rock.

Father And Son Took The Same Picture For 28 Years – Until The Last One


The art of photography is a strange thing. It makes us contemplate, connect and feel the experience we’ve never experienced before.

Many people think photograph is the preservation of memory. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as that. The photo will remain the same each time to you look at it, but memories change over time. If you look at your old high school graduation photograph, for instance, you might recolour and change that memory because of your current perspective, new ideas that you have or things that you’ve learned afterwards. Human memory is much more dynamic than photographs are capable of.

However, it doesn’t mean you need to stop taking photos. Photographs are still valuable tools that can provide “lingering, everlasting cuing properties” later on. Instead, it would be better to be more mindful when taking pictures in the first place.

We have no slightest ideas that the new technology is serving the functions of preserving memories quite as well, unless you take the extra step and actually look at the photos, and revive those memories from them. Take a look at one good example we’ve found on 9gag, a popular online platform and social media website.



30 Realistic Colorised Historic Photographs That Will Rock Your Day

A new artistic trend has broken out around the world which changes our perception of history dramatically.

In today’s post, we will present a series of colorised historic photographs from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. All of the photographs are excellent, changing their actual appearance from something historic and different, into a scene from today.

The colorful image of Albert Einstein sitting beside the water gave me an entire new perspective on the genius. He goes from a brilliant historic relic, into a living brilliance of our era. The colorized photograph of Audrey Hepburn transforms our thoughts of beauty. Her photo goes from an intriguing historic photo to one of a sexy starlet of today.

It’s incredible how historic events move forward decades, or even a full century, by the addition of color. See for yourself!

1. Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels scowls at a Jewish photographer, 1933


2. Nikola Tesla


3. Operation: Crossroads Atomic Detonation


4. Audrey Hepburn


5. Mark Twain, circa 1900


6. Charlie Chaplin, 1916


7. Elizabeth Taylor, 1956


8. Big Jay McNeely, Olympic Auditorium, 1953


9. Walt Whitman, 1887


10. Anne Frank, 1942


11. Abraham Lincoln, 1865


12. Kissing the War Goodbye, 1945


13. Theodore Roosevelt


14. British Troops Board Their Train for the Front, 1939


15. Oscar II, King of Sweden and Norway, 1880


16. Old Gold Country store, 1939


17. Hindenburg Disaster, 1937


18. Unemployed Lumber Worker and His Wife, circa 1939


19. Washington D. C., 1921


20. Japanese Archers, circa 1860.


21. Charles Darwin, 1874


22. View from the Capitol in Nashville, 1864 (Photo credit: Sanna Dullaway)


23. Albert Einstein in Long Island, 1939


24. London, 1945


25. Baltimore Slums, 1938


26. Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation, 1963


27. Louisville, Kentucky, 1937


28. Harry Houdini, Hungarian-born American magician and escape artist, 1912. 


29. Women boxing, circa 1930’s


30. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York, 1915. Source


Three Essential Things to Make Good and Fresh Content

Every marketer needs to test and optimize their content and messaging regularly to get the best results. Here are three simple, yet powerful themes that all content marketers need to keep in mind.

1. Innovation

The term “innovation” gets a lot different approach, but a fresh, new twist on familiar ideas is still a fitting definition. However, the problem doesn’t lie on the usage of the term “innovation”. It’s more the effort in trying to justify where it is applied.

You don’t need the marketing armies and obscene budgets of brands like Nike, Coke and Red Bull to strive for innovation. On the other hand, you do need to try harder and break out of the herd mentality with content to stand apart and make jaws drop.

One example: The campaign using video, Twitter and other social channels to hijack the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems and alter the conversation from whiny tweets to attention for a serious global issue.

Is creating truly inspired content difficult? Usually. Persistence is the key. If you’re persistent and aren’t banking on overnight success every time, you will see the results.

2. Emotion

We talk a lot about storytelling where content marketing is concerned. But how often do you like to read the same story over and over?

Playing positive emotions is the key.

When you tap into positive emotion, like the RainForest Alliance did with its clever and funny Follow the Frog video (1.4M views), it’s the modern equivalent of rallying the townspeople with pitchforks and torches to go get Frankenstein. Well, we are lazier now, so we click, like, retweet and share.

3. Engaging

One important thing to remember is that social media works best when it’s focused on helping people solve problems in their lives (both work and personal), not just pushing products and services. While this isn’t revolutionary, the problem is, that idea is often forgotten or misplaced.

Social media aren’t meant to be the world’s shortest press release. How often do you care about every little thing a company does? If people like your page, follow you on Twitter, get your email updates, and even flat out love your company, they all still need a break sometimes. Combine being helpful with not oversharing, like be there when we need you, and be memorable enough that your audiences think of you first even without daily reminders.

The common thing with these three themes is that outstanding content marketing really isn’t all about budgets or bandwidth, but the approach and how well you’re putting people first, with a creative twist. Start get cracking on that, and cut down on all of the crap.

Five Real Reasons Behind “The Price Is Too High” Objection


It is not a secret that most consumers always complain that your price “is too high”. Unfortunately, it is usually just a tip of the iceberg. Ask the right questions and you’ll get the right answer.

Ask yourself this question: “Do your consumers see the value in what you are selling?” It’s up to you to dig deeper and uncover the real objection and find a solution to their concerns.

Of all the objections sales representatives get, the “price is too high” is still number one on the list. Imagine this: if you are going to buy a new car, a new house, or even a dinner out with the family, what’s the one common component of your own buying decisions? It’s your budget, isn’t it?

So it’s obvious that all of your prospects have a budget consideration as well. However, you need to be careful since the price objection doesn’t always mean that your prospect can’t afford it. In fact, the price objection is often the trickiest objection of all, which prospects often throw out to hide the real objection. The reason they use it is because it works. Again, everyone understands budget concerns because we all have them.

Expert PRs know how to go beyond this vague objection and reveal what the real objection is. Once you understand what the price objection really means, you will gain a unique insight into how to deal with and overcome it. In today’s post, you will learn five ‘hidden meanings’ your prospect want to cover when they tell you that your price is too high.

Let’s start our interpretation with:

1. They don’t see the value in what you are selling. Often when a prospect tells you that the price is too high, what they’re really saying is that based on what you’re telling them they’re getting, they don’t feel the spend is justified. This often means that you either:

  • Didn’t completely understand their buying motives and so didn’t show how your solution addresses them.
  • Didn’t build enough value in the results they are going to get as a result of making the purchase.

Solution: After you’ve clarified that this indeed the case, then it is up to you to go back and build that value by pitching specific points and tying them down to make sure your prospect sees and buys into the value.

2. They believe they can get it cheaper somewhere else. With the Internet making your solution available to nearly anyone – or, a solution your prospect thinks is the same – it’s difficult to compete on price.

Solution: The solution here is in first discovering that your prospect has another option in mind and then doing the straight forward comparison of “services for services.” This used to be called an “apples to apples” close and it’s still highly effective – if it’s presented correctly. The key, however, is to be able to determine whether that’s the issue and then use a properly worded script do the comparison.

3. They actually can get it cheaper somewhere else. This can seem difficult to at first handle, because after all if they can get it cheaper somewhere else, why wouldn’t they do it?

Solution: To answer this question, just ask yourself what motivates you to pay a premium for a product or service you know you could get less expensively elsewhere. Reasons can include:

  • Getting it from a more well-known source often means that handling any problems, questions or returns is easier.
  • Buying something from a person or company you respect or like is often another reason to go with a higher priced item.
  • Convenience: Sometimes it’s easier or less time consuming to buy a product or service from a source you know and trust – even if you have to pay a bit more.
  • Quality of product. Often times a knock off or generic product is available, but those sometimes don’t come with all the support, instructions, warranty, etc., that you can get buy paying a bit more from the manufacturer.
  • The only place your customer can get you – your knowledge, your customer support, your belief and your desire to stand behind your product and make any problems right – is by buying it from your company and doing business with you. This is a powerful buying reason and one sales reps routinely underestimate…

4. Most of times, prospects are not ready or willing to move forward with a purchase for a host of different reasons: If they are a business, then initiatives can change, or personnel changes, timing, scheduling, etc., also affect purchases. Or, for both individuals and companies, there can be multiple decision makers with different objectives, or prospects decide to keep looking or delay or postpone the decision for many other reasons as well. When prospects don’t want to reveal what is really stopping them from making a decision, they will often just throw out the price objection because it works. Revealing anything else would require an explanation, but saying it costs to much, or that they simply can’t afford it, usually gets sales people off their back.

Solution: The key here is to find a way to get your prospects to reveal what is really behind their decision not to buy and then effectively deal with that.

5. They actually can’t afford it. Sometimes the price objection is just as it sounds: your prospect can’t afford – or chooses not to afford – your product or service. If this turns out to be the case, then it’s something you should have addressed during qualifying.

Solution: Top producers always qualify for budget – among five other things – and they know in advance if a prospect can afford their solution. If you have qualified correctly in the beginning, and you still get the price objection, then you can be sure it’s a smokescreen hiding items one through four above.


As you can see, the price objection isn’t always about the price, but rather, it often means something else. Your job as a closer is to be prepared with a scripted approach to find out exactly what the real reason is, and so position yourself to overcome it.