Women take to the helm in the cruise industry

In a highly competitive industry, why rely on just 50% of the population to stay one step ahead?

Using WFM to maximize the talent of your male and female workforce gives different perspectives and experiences that impact positively on problem-solving and longer-term organizational success.”

— Lee Clarke, General Manager, US/EMEA Dynama

LONDON, UK, April 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Gender balance is important and the latest Workforce Management solutions can help close the gap.

When Lisa Lutoff-Perlo took the helm of Celebrity Cruises, she became the first woman in charge of a cruise line publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange through association with Celebrity’s parent company Royal Caribbean International (RCL). It had taken her three decades to land the top job after rising through the ranks from a position in sales at RCL. Despite her own success, Lisa acknowledges that women are “under-represented in positions of power and influence” and is determined to “create a balance that has never been achieved before”.[i] It’s a balance she believes is extremely important because, quite simply, harnessing the strengths of both sexes brings more diverse conversations and solutions to business issues that ultimately lead to greater profitability.

As CEO, Lisa is a trailblazer in pushing the boundaries of gender equality and the results speak for themselves. At Celebrity, she brought the male/female ratio on the bridge of their ships from 3% to 21% in just two years. Furthermore, she is inspiring other women to start meaningful careers in the industry. One of Lisa’s highlights is developing a partnership with the Regional Maritime University in Ghana to create the Celebrity Cadet Program, which helps West African women gain employment as bridge officers in the cruise industry.[ii]

It’s a tough world out there
Along with closing the gender gap, competition is a huge challenge in the cruise industry. On the one hand, small cruise lines are battling to capitalize on the exponential demand for transformational and expedition cruising, from a new set of travellers. On the other hand, large cruise companies are facing increased levels of competition. While this is excellent news for passengers who now enjoy a far greater choice of brands and services, it’s a major headache for cruise organizations looking to hire highly skilled staff. The sector is notorious for severe staff shortages with industry watchers estimating the need for an additional 147,500 officers by 2025 to service the world cruise fleet.[iii]

So, just how can today’s cruise ships, large and small, attract more women? How do they empower and then keep them from straying to the competition? These are questions that can apply to all employees, regardless of gender.

Combining the best of both worlds
Men and women have different skillsets that make for a winning combination. To address a dearth of untapped female talent in your organization, consider changing your approach inside and out:

• Kickstart a cultural step-change – by introducing an organizational model that is committed to diversity and actively sponsors ambitious women. Then build this new philosophy into company values and mission statements.
• Start from within – your own employees know your culture, understand how your company works and are loyal. Why waste time and money on outside recruiters when you might already have the best candidates aboard ship?
• Know how to pitch your job vacancies – pay particular attention to areas that appeal to women for example, flexible working practices, transparent pay structures, opportunities for sabbaticals, maternity leave and excellent career paths.
• Introduce female-friendly working conditions – create a more inclusive work environment by phasing out shared bathroom facilities on older vessels during re-fits and upgrades and ensure there is adequate provision for basic items such as sanitary protection and other female specific health services.

Close the gap using WFM
Next, deploy the latest workforce management (WFM) solutions to identify and nurture your talent.

• Establish a gender profile – begin by understanding the current state of diversity across your organization then introduce clear goals to benchmark your progress towards greater gender equality and diversity. Modern integrated WFM systems link seamlessly with critical HR databases to capture real-time details relating to all crew members including gender, age, career and pay history. This makes it easy to build up an accurate gender profile and then match specific skills at different management levels to the roles available.

• Find mentors – build confidence in a male-dominated work environment by using data held in your WFM system to identify experienced female staff who can become mentors to new female joiners. Or set up an online support and networking forum and invite all staff, male and female, to participate? Involving all colleagues in sessions will foster a greater understanding and better collaboration between the sexes.

• Work on crew wellbeing and family life – build flexibility into shifts so that women have the time and space to connect with their families when they are away from home for long periods at sea. Help your female crew self-serve and feel in control of their working lives by giving them access to WFM systems via mobile applications on their mobile devices. In an instant, they know in advance their shifts, travel and career options and have the ability to request time-off themselves. They can even participate in tailored e-training programs at a time and place to suit them – all empowering elements that enhance overall wellbeing.

• Turn information into insight – use WFM as a powerful workforce planning tool to conduct ‘what if’ scenarios such as time for maternity and paternity leave and the flexibility to accommodate career breaks or role changes for working parents.

Use WFM to get the best of both worlds by maximizing the talent of your male and female workforce. You’ll be rewarded with different perspectives and experiences that impact positively on creative problem-solving and longer-term organizational success.

Lee Clarke is General Manager, US/EMEA at Dynama

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感谢区块链零售初创公司SHOPIN和技术合作伙伴BLOCKWELL, 让轻松打造品牌和零售代币并进行分配变得触手可及。

零售商品牌代币 •	联盟中的所有零售商将接受$SHOPIN代币作为支付方式并利用$SHOPIN代币来向消费者投放广告和营销活动 •	使用我们提供的解决方案,零售商能以与$SHOPIN代币1:1的兑换价值打造自己的代币 •	消费者可以一键将零售商品牌代币转换为$SHOPIN代币,而无需手续费 •	使用零售商代币可以解锁特殊产品、折扣和体验

零售商品牌代币 • 联盟中的所有零售商将接受$SHOPIN代币作为支付方式并利用$SHOPIN代币来向消费者投放广告和营销活动 • 使用我们提供的解决方案,零售商能以与$SHOPIN代币1:1的兑换价值打造自己的代币 • 消费者可以一键将零售商品牌代币转换为$SHOPIN代币,而无需手续费 • 使用零售商代币可以解锁特殊产品、折扣和体验

Displaying network effects of brands within a retailer in context of where that brand is represented in the rest of the retail economy

Displaying network effects of brands within a retailer in context of where that brand is represented in the rest of the retail economy

Shopin and Blockwell demo branded tokens for retailers

Shopin and Blockwell demo branded tokens for retailers

Shopin - making shopping personal



— Eran Eyal, CEO, Founder

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Shopin旨在通过区块链、人工智能和购物数据,消除零售商、品牌和消费者之间的隔阂。利用亚马逊和阿里巴巴等在线零售巨头的成功蓝图,Shopin的使命是将零售巨头的成熟的技术优势分散给所有零售商。

Shopin的首席执行官兼创始人Eran Eyal分享道:“封闭式循环数据生态系统成功的秘诀之一在于对消费者的独特理解以及奖励和广告机制。由于在精准营销,个性化和广告方面的协同作用,这为实现巨额收入创造了机会。我们正在与Blockwell合作,将开放的零售网络转变为同一个生态系统。“


Eyal补充道,“零售商运营的忠诚计划与其广告生态系统之间并没有很强的联系。这太奇怪了。两者都是吸引消费者注意力的工具,为什么它们分得那么开?此外,忠诚积分锁死在了一个零售商中。 Shopin的目标是将它们融合成一个连贯的参与度工具,同时将这些营销资金带回给零售商和消费者。“

“拥有流动性来奖励你可核实的回报有着不可估量的价值,而目前的情况是,你的奖励存储在某个数据库中,由某个公司所控制,要求你与之互动,并完全控制着你的兑换。 Shopin和Blockwell通过Shopin代币将消费者和零售经济从这些限制中解放出来。你曾经放弃了这种自由,现在我们一起把自由带回来。“Blockwell首席执行官Josh说道。


DEMO: https://medium.com/@ShopinApp/shopin和blockwell为零售商和零售品牌演示品牌代币-aff3cc8e2581






Shopin是BTC迈阿密(北美比特币大会),CoinAgenda Global和Bitcoinference 2018的获奖者。


Blockwell是一系列建立在以太坊的链,用于扩展以太坊。 它们为企业和企业家提供了构建模块,为现实世界创建了令牌化产品和收入流。 我们提供以代理人为中心的代币技术,跨链交换(无gas费用)实用程序API,保管钱包,去中心化应用程序生成器和预先审核的智能合约,由我们的不可篡改的收入分成执行智能许可证提供支持,以确保您始终获得公平的收入分成。

我们的使命是奖励创造价值的每个人,帮助自己帮助网络,并帮助全世界进入这个改变游戏规则的新基础设施。Shopin的R.I.D.E. 和品牌代币一同展示了一个超越平均界限的真实世界用例。 我们迫不及待地想看看他们还会推出什么

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Barbados Beach

Barbados Beach

Luxury Vacation Rentals Barbados

Luxury Vacation Rentals Barbados

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Luxury Beach Front Villa Barbados

Luxury Villa Rentals Barbados

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Casablanca Villa Sandy Lane Barbados

Barbados the most popular country in the Caribbean according to Exceptional Villas

“demand for villas and vacation rentals for the beautiful tropical island of Barbados is one of the strongest in the Caribbean”

— Alexandra Baradi

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Caribbean has always been very popular when it comes to seeking some much-needed Winter sun from the colder parts of the planet such as North American, Canada and Great Britain. While the British have decided not to travel as frequently this year as they eagerly await some decisions on Brexit, North American and Canadian travelers have more than made up for the shortfall according to leading global experts.

Owner and CEO of Exceptional Villas said, “demand for villas and vacation rentals for the beautiful tropical island of Barbados is one of the strongest in the Caribbean” In fact, Barbados is our most popular Caribbean Islands closely followed by Turks and Caicos, Antigua and St Barts.

Tourism to Barbados is a very central part of this tropical island’s economy. 12% of the country’s GDP can be attributed to the tourism industry. The tourism industry is reported to employ more than 14,000 people on the island. Barbados is one of the few countries in the Caribbean that experiences a year-round market. It is virtually out of the hurricane belt due to its location on the most easterly point of the Caribbean Islands. The last hurricane to make landfall on Barbados was over 40 years ago. While the high season which is between November and April is the most popular, tourist also come in the low season due to its excellent year-round climate. Consequently, hotels in the region report occupancy of over 65%.

Also, the West coast of the island has a large selection of luxury villas and vacation rentals. There are more than 1,000 properties available for rent that provide five-star facilities and standards. Many of the villas and homes have unsurpassed beachfront locations. Barbados is also very popular with the very wealthy, successful and famous. Many celebrities have chosen Barbados as their home or second home including Wayne Rooney and Cliff Richard and the late Cilla Black. Regular visitors to the island include Simon Cowell, Rihanna and Maria Carey. Click Here for More Information.

In total, Barbados welcomes over 1 million visitors each year, and these visitors are generating over 50% of the country’s foreign exchange. The average spend per client is also in the top in the Caribbean Region.

Barbados is also a top choice for Cruise ship visits. The Bridgetown cruise terminals are ranked number one in the Caribbean with several of the cruise lines using it as their home port.

Another reason for the surge in popularity for Barbados is due to the injection of investments in 2019. The island is reported to have received US$1 billion in tourism investment over the last 12 months generating an additional 2,300 rooms split between hotels and villas. This investment is also thought to generate in the region of 4,500 additional jobs on the island.

Of course, all of this would not be possible if the island was not naturally beautiful. Barbados is blessed with some of the world’s best beaches, most breathtaking scenery, wonderful shopping and incredible restaurants. Some of its beach and ocean front restaurants are amongst the best restaurants in the world. Little wonder this small island is set greatness.


Exceptional Villas is a European based vacation Rental Company with clients and destinations all over the world. They have been in the travel business for over 25 years and offer a bespoke service to their clients. This service includes matching the perfect villa to each of their clients and also providing full and complimentary concierge service. This service includes organizing all aspects of the client’s vacations such as VIP airport arrival, ground transportation, restaurant reservations, tours and excursions, water sports and pre-arrival stocking. Unlike some of their competitors, they do not provide a membership fee. Likewise, their villa experts are indeed experts. They visit every single villa and have a wealth of information regarding each villa, as well as each destination. Exceptional Villas take total pride in the customized service they offer. The company also has designated brands specializing in Barbados: Villas Barbados and Dream Ireland

For more information visit http://www.exceptionalvillas.com/ or call + 353 64 66 41170 or toll-free from the US and Canada 1 800 245 5109 and UK 0845 528 4197

Alexandra Baradi
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Heavengifts.com Releases Report About The Malaysian Vape Market in 2019

Heavengifts.com Releases Report About The Malaysian Vape Market

Heavengifts.com Releases Report About The Malaysian Vape Market

Heavengifts.com Releases Report About The Malaysian Vape Market 2019

Heavengifts.com Releases Report About The Malaysian Vape Market 2019

The Malaysian Vape Market 2019

The Malaysian Vape Market 2019

This pod system kits trend will have a deep influence on vape industry and it is foreseeable that many high-quality pod kits will hit the market in 2019.

This pod system kits trend will have a deep influence on vape industry and it is foreseeable that many high-quality pod kits will hit the market in 2019.”

— Heaven Gifts

NEW YORK, USA, April 25, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Current Status of the E-cigarette Market in Malaysia
The hottest vape products in the Malaysian e cigarette market in the first quarter of 2019 are POD kits. The best-selling POD kits are the NORD POD Kit from SMOK, the PAL II Pod Kit from Artery, the Renova ZERO Pod System from Vaporesso and the RELX Pod kit. At present, many Chinese e-cigarette manufacturers are also promoting the development of pod system kits. This trend will have a deep influence on many aspects of the vape industry and it is foreseeable that many high-quality pod kits will hit the market in 2019.

The nicotine salt e-juices produced in Malaysia have contributed to the popularity of the POD kits, which work very well with the nicotine salt e-juices. The first POD kit that hit the market of Malaysia in August 2018 was the Breeze Pod System from Aspire. Since December 2019, POD Kits have been very popular in Malaysia and it is expected that this trend will last for about half a year. The products mentioned are very hot because currently there are not many manufacturers entering the market of Malaysia.

The consumers of e-cigarettes in Malaysia are not limited to vape enthusiasts. Thanks to the low cost and simplicity of the POD kits, they are sold at an affordable price and are easy to use as well. Not only vape enthusiasts, but also common white collar workers prefer to buy and use them.

Although DIY vape devices and high-power mods are still sold in the market of Malaysia, e-cigarette distributors and vape stores there have begun to clear such products. It is foreseeable that there will be a significant decline in sales of DIY vape devices and high-power mods in the near future.

Besides, vape products such as box mods and RTAs are not selling well in Malaysia. In addition, the wholesale market of mods and RTAs in Malaysia is dominated by imitations with poor quality. For example, many imitations of the hot Geekvape ZUES X RTA can be found there. The quality of those imitations is very poor and the whole price of each is around 35 Ringgit.

The Preferences of the Local E-cigarette Consumers
Just like Indonesia, Malaysia also has many e-liquids manufacturers. Many vape shops there make and sell DIY e-juices. Usually, the e-juices sold in Malaysia are a little sweeter with a high level of nicotine, because many consumers there prefer a strong throat. And vapers in Indonesia spend more money on e-juice than on vape devices so selling e-juices there is more lucrative.

Besides, retailers there prefer to sell closed system vapes which comes with pre-filled disposable pods because vapers need to buy the disposable pods again from the retailers after finishing their pods. Thus, selling closed system vapes can bring retailers more profits.

To cater for the needs of retailers, it is expected that a great number of vape manufacturers will consider developing more pre-filled pod kits instead of refillable ones for more profits.

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The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul to Host Reading and Award Event May 2

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader are proud to announce that The Rabbit Listened, written and illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books), is the winner of the third annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award.

This award is given annually to a picture book that is both a superb read-aloud and also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection. The award commemorates the life and work of author/illustrator Anna Dewdney, and celebrates her commitment to reading with young children and putting books into as many little hands as possible.

Along with The Rabbit Listened, Cori Doerrfeld has illustrated popular books such as Little Bunny Foo Foo and The True Adventures of Esther the Wonder Pig. Her next book from Dial will be Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!, which releases July 2, 2019. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

A reading by Cori and an award presentation will take place at the Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 2 at 10:30 AM. This event is one of many children’s literature events taking place across the U.S. from April 29 to May 5 at 1,300 schools, libraries and bookstores as part of the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week.

The Honor Books for 2019 are: Drawn Together, by Minh Lê; illus. by Dan Santat (Disney Hyperion); Dreamers, by Yuyi Morales (Holiday House); I Am Enough, by Grace Byers; illus. by Keturah A. Bobo (Balzer & Bray/Harper); Julian is a Mermaid, by Jessica Love (Candlewick); and Thank You, Omu!, by Oga Mora (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers).

Doerrfeld will be awarded a prize of $1,000 from the Children’s Book Council and Penguin will purchase and donate 250 copies of The Rabbit Listened to a school, library, or literacy organization of her choice.

The winner and honor books were chosen by voting over the last two months by librarians, teachers, and booksellers across America.

About Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney was the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama. Other award-winning books in the Llama Llama series include Llama Lama and the Bully Goat, Llama Lama Time to Share, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Llama Llama Loves to Read will release in May 2018. She was also the author/illustrator of Little Excavator, Nobunny’s Perfect, Roly Poly Pangolin, and Grumpy Gloria. Anna worked as a rural mail carrier and taught at a boys’ boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. Anna was a committed advocate of literacy, speaking regularly on this topic and publishing articles in the Wall Street Journal and other national outlets.

About Penguin Young Readers
Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Kathy Dawson Books, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin Workshop, Philomel, Puffin, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, Speak, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as, Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Marie Lu, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, Richard Peck, Ruta Sepetys, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Madeline, Mad Libs, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Who Was?, and Flower Fairies among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

About Every Child a Reader
Every Child a Reader is a 501(c)(3) literacy charity dedicated to inspiring a lifelong love of reading in children and teens across America. Every Child a Reader’s major national programs include: Children’s Book Week, celebrating 100 years this year; the Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards; Get Caught Reading; and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature program, in partnership with the Library of Congress.


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Marisa Russell, Director of Publicity 212-414-3467 mrussell@penguinrandomhouse.com
Tessa Meischeid, Senior Publicist, Penguin Young Readers Group, 212-414-3561 tmeischeid@penguinrandomhouse.com

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Joseph DuMouchelle reveals growing demand for vintage signed jewelry at auction

Joseph DuMouchelle

Joseph DuMouchelle

Jewelry expert Joseph DuMouchelle offers a closer look at increasing demand for vintage signed jewelry at auction in the U.S. and globally.

DALLAS, TEXAS, USA, April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ —
In much the same way that fine art is signed by artists, quite often, so is exceptionally well-made jewelry, with signed pieces marked with a signature which denotes the designer, maker, or manufacturer. Particularly desirable among vintage pieces, demand for signed jewelry at auction has never been higher, according to experienced jeweler and qualified gemologist Joseph DuMouchelle.

"Vintage signed jewelry has never been more sought-after or in higher demand at auction," reveals DuMouchelle, an estate buyer, graduate gemologist, appraiser, auctioneer, and co-founder and president of Joseph DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewellers, LLC.

Easily identified by experts such as DuMouchelle, styles of signature or means of marking signed jewelry can vary, particularly with vintage pieces. "With the appropriate magnifying glass, known as a loupe, it's possible to both identify a signature and to get a valuable, closer look at a particular piece of jewelry," he explains.

While looking for a signature, there's also the opportunity to look for other, interesting hallmarks, such as whether the piece is 18k or 24k gold, for example, according to DuMouchelle. "Learning to read different, particularly vintage signatures is an excellent way to give oneself the upper hand in dealing with vintage jewelry," adds the expert and Joseph DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewellers co-founder.

From vintage Cartier art deco brooches to 1960s diamond-embellished Tiffany rings, pieces of vintage signed jewelry are today commanding higher prices than ever before at auctions throughout the United States and around the world. "Prewar, postwar, and mid-century pieces of signed jewelry from top brands and designers have become increasingly sought-after in the last decade," DuMouchelle explains, "both here in the U.S. and internationally."

Vintage signed pieces from jewelers and luxury retailers such as Tiffany & Co. and Italian designer brand Bulgari, as well as Van Cleef & Arpels, French luxury goods conglomerate Cartier, and American jeweler Harry Winston have all commanded record or near-record auction prices in recent years.

"Demand only looks set to increase from here on out," suggests DuMouchelle, wrapping up, "so there's never been a better time to buy or, arguably, sell vintage signed jewelry, particularly at auction."

A member of the international board for the Gemological Institute of America Alumni Association and former head of the Accredited Gemologists Association, Joseph DuMouchelle is co-founder and president of Joseph DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewellers, LLC. Established over a decade ago by DuMouchelle and his partner, Melinda 'Lindy' Adducci, the business now boasts locations in New York, Michigan, and Florida. As an international auction house, Joseph DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewellers holds vintage diamond, signed jewelry, and timepiece auctions year-round, selling to clients in more than 80 countries worldwide. Experts in vintage signed jewelry and rare, colored stones, the business has also successfully handled and sold unique pieces from major collections and belonging to famous individuals including Marla Maples and Nat King Cole.

To learn more about Joseph DuMouchelle Fine & Estate Jewellers, please visit http://www.josephdumouchelle.com/.

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Business Book Marketing Latest Topic of “All Things Book Marketing” Podcast

Smith Publicity Book Publicist Kristi Hughes

Smith Publicity Book Publicist Kristi Hughes

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Veteran business book publicist Kristi Hughes offers actionable insights, tips and advice for marketing business books.

Through the "All Things Book Marketing" podcast we’re able to provide tailored, actionable tips and strategies for specific genres by interviewing some of our top publicists.”

— Dan Smith

CHERRY HILL, NJ, U.S., April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — In the latest episode of the “All Things Book Marketing” podcast, Kristi Hughes, one of Smith Publicity's most experienced business book publicists, speaks with Dan Smith about a wide range of topics related to business book marketing.

Hughes, a ten-year veteran of Smith Publicity, is one of the firm’s go-to book publicists for business book clients. She is the second Smith Publicity publicist interviewed as part of a new series of genre-specific episodes on the podcast. Senior publicist and Publicity Manager Janet Shapiro was recently interviewed and discussed book marketing for lifestyle and wellness authors.

“Our podcast has become quite popular,” says Smith Publicity CEO Dan Smith. “In addition to broader book marketing insights and industry perspectives on a variety of topics, after numerous requests from listeners we’ve started a series of episodes that focus on specific genres. While the information is certainly valuable for all authors, we’re able to provide tailored, actionable tips and strategies for individual genres by interviewing some of our top publicists.”

Discussion points of the business book marketing episode include:

• Strategies and tactics to secure the most impactful media coverage for business books and authors
• How business authors can leverage publicity and use the book as a business card
• Why many authors use publicity as the marketing arm of their business and generate new business and build
their expert brand
• The changing business media landscape and how this affects book marketing for business authors
• The power of byline articles, excerpts and expert commentary
• The importance of a book publicity campaign being a team effort, and how authors can augment and maximize the results publicists produce

About Smith Publicity

Founded in 1997 by Dan Smith as one person-one client operation, Smith Publicity has grown every year and promoted over 3,500 authors. An “equal opportunity book marketing firm,” the agency works with authors ranging from self-published, first-time authors to New York Times bestsellers released by major publishers. www.SmithPublicity.com

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Pereira O’Dell, MediaMonks and Heavy Duty Products Partner with Recording Artists
Victoria Canal And Blimes to Release Single, Music Video #WomenInTheHouse

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) IGNITE and creative agency Pereira O’Dell, in collaboration with Heavy Duty Projects and MediaMonks, announce the launch of #WomenInTheHouse, a social action that celebrates the record number of women in office with the objective of encouraging young women to pursue political careers.

“As our country pushes towards a future of equal representation, we saw the opportunity to tap into the influential and powerful market of young women to show them, no matter their affiliation, they have what it takes to use their voice as elected leaders to make a difference in not only America, but the world,” said Dr. Anne Moses, IGNITE's Founder & President.

Building off the momentum of this congressional session, where a record number of congresswomen are serving in the House of Representatives, IGNITE has created an interactive website that continues the positive momentum. Using a quiz, users can uncover similarities between themselves and current female members of the House of Representatives. This feature helps more women see the similarities between themselves and elected officials.

Visitors of the #WomenInTheHouse website also can see a live feed of aggregated posts using the hashtag, accelerating visibility.

To help drive young women to the campaign site, IGNITE with partners Media Monks and Heavy Duty Projects have produced a POP animation music video featuring an original and exclusive song, aptly titled #WomenInTheHouse, by up-and-coming artists Victoria Canal and Blimes.

“As music is a uniting factor for all people, no matter their background, race, or political stance,” said PJ Pereira, Creative Chairman of Pereira O’Dell. “The original lyrics created for #WomenInTheHouse serve as an anthem to unite and empower young women nationwide celebrate our current successes and drive us into a future of equal representation.”

The music video showcases animated versions of the artists alternating with a diverse portrait of women singing the song.

"This is both a celebration and a call to action, a rousing mix of music, animation and digital distribution to put forward a positive message everyone can get behind. It's been great to work with such amazing partners to get this message out the door, and a great way for our team to show their support," adds Wesley ter Haar, COO of MediaMonks.

Creative Credits:
Pereira O’Dell
Heavy Duty Projects

IGNITE is a national movement of young women who are ready and eager to become the next generation of political leaders. As a nonpartisan 501c3, IGNITE builds political ambition in high school and college-aged young women in their own communities. IGNITE provides civic education, exposure to women in political leadership, hands-on training, work opportunities, and a peer network of women who support and nurture each other’s aspirations for civic and political leadership. Leading up to 2020, IGNITE will train 50,000 young women across the country. Participation in the IGNITE program has tripled since the 2016 election, with more than 5,000 young women across party lines being trained by the end of this academic year. www.ignitenational.org

About Pereira O’Dell:
Pereira O’Dell (www.pereiraodell.com) is an award-winning advertising agency with offices in New York and San Francisco that combines techniques from traditional advertising, digital, PR and design to create innovative campaigns, programs, and products that are in sync with how

consumers behave today. The agency has been listed on the Ad Age A-List several times since 2014 and, in 2015, was named by Fast Company as one of the 10 most innovative companies in advertising. The Pereira O’Dell client roster includes MINI, Adobe, General Mills, Jet.com, Timberland, Fifth Third Bank, Intel, Realtor.com, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rover.com, European Wax Center, and the Museum of Natural History.

About MediaMonks:
MediaMonks is a global creative production company that partners with clients across industries and markets to craft amazing work for leading businesses and brands. Their integrated production capabilities span the entire creative spectrum, covering anything you could possibly want from a production partner, and probably more.

From creative campaigns and content to bespoke development and design, MediaMonks works above the line and below the fold at the intersection of creativity and technology. Operating across teams, time zones, and technologies with an incredible in-house team of 950+ Monks. Their work is recognized by advertising and craft awards around the world, producing 128 Cannes Lions and 220+ FWAs to date.

Founded in 2001 and rooted in digital, you can find MediaMonks anywhere on the Web as well as in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, and Shanghai.

In July 2018, MediaMonks joined forces with S4Capital to build out the production platform of the future. Under the direction of Sir Martin Sorrell, MediaMonks is increasing its firepower on all fronts, adding new Monks, monasteries, and services such as data analytics and digital media buying.


Media Contacts:
Amy Zucchero, IGNITE
amy@ignitenational.org, 510-542-9208

Karen Nolan, Flashpoint PR for IGNITE
nolan@flashpointpr.com, 415-551-9619

Matt McQueen, DiGennaro Communications for Pereira O’Dell
matthew.mcqueen@digennaro-usa.com, 469-508-1013

Marta Tomczak, MediaMonks
marta.tomczak@mediamonks.com, +31 629 71 27 41

Amy Zucchero
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NobelBiz takes over the controls of Nex Interactive, a leading manufacturer of Hosted Contact Center Cloud Based Systems.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Just weeks ago, NobelBiz announced their preparation for an important contact center industry acquisition. “Since that time, all final details were confirmed as an ‘all systems go’,” said NobelBiz Executive, Tim Tinnel, who oversees the assimilation of the two companies.

Over the last two decades, NobeBiz, with home offices in San Diego, California has been recognized as an accepted standard for Contact Center carrier services. They’ve led the way with its innovative and patented Local Touch product assuring Contact Centers of the highest success ratio for improved contact rates.
“Now, with the addition of Nex Interactive, we have combined the best of all telephony products and services into a perfectly blended suite of Cloud Based Contact Center tools. I can say with confidence that what we offer is what Contact Centers need to improve their own services.”

NobelBiz unifies its ability to use its patented SMRT Routing features, combined with its patented Local Touch connect-rate performance, and with the newest Nex Interactive Hosted platform. It offers an elegant and cost-effective approach to assuring every Contact Center with an ideal and affordable solution. This is a simple, reasonably priced, easy to implement, and confident approach to assure Contact Centers of reaching their targeted audience.

“The benefits of this approach are so powerful! Imagine a Contact Center that can now rest assured it is working in a cost reduced environment while optimizing the desired outcome. We couldn’t be more excited to merge our great technology with the NobelBiz team and its deep resources,” said Rudy Salazar, Founder of Nex Interactive, “From our view, this will allow the entire industry to benefit from the years of effort we have put into developing the Nex solutions. We’ve worked hard for this day and the future is brighter yet.”

“We intend to maintain below market pricing on our Cloud Based Nex Interactive licensing. This will be especially impactful for enterprise and BPO clients. Frankly, this is the logical solution for all vertical markets. Any Contact Center in search of the highest contact rates, essential call routing, multi channels, and reliability will be relieved with our solution,” said Tinnel.

NobelBiz President, Steve Bederman stated, “I have been building platforms and directing Contact Center technology companies for decades and can confidently say that this combination may be the best available in the industry. It is reliable, it is regulatory safe, it allows the use of every logical channel, while integrated with the client’s purposeful business software’s. In addition, the value to a client to have use of a cloud hosted contact center system that is combined at the deepest level with our own carrier services offers so many benefits. Of course, in the most obvious sense; high contact rates, low cost, and scalability.”
“Make no mistake, as the future unfolds, NobelBiz will be the consensus choice for Contact Center Cloud based products.”

The Nex Interactive Hosted solution is now available to trial with a simple and cost-free implementation approach. “Uniquely, NobelBiz will demo the product and within hours can actually hand off the ‘keys’ to run the system. A Contact Center then will be able to immediately place and take calls,” Tinnel suggested.
There may be no better way to get comfortable with the performance and value points of this newest industry acquisition than contacting NobelBiz today and getting set-up, in hours, for a no cost pilot.

Karl Walder
+1 303-619-3716
email us here

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Revolutionary Device Removes Limitations for Students with Dyslexia in the Classroom

Students with physical impairments and learning disorders can now freely and confidently complete their notes, projects and exams alongside their classmates

Comfortable and effective device! This works great in the classroom. I can confidently take voice notes without bothering anyone around me”

— M. Shain

NEW YORK, USA, April 24, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Speech recognition is extremely beneficial for students with physical and learning disabilities however it has been inconsistently implemented in the classroom over the years. The latest speech technology has improved by leaps and bounds in regards to ease of training and use. It is now surpassing human accuracy rates. If you haven't used speech recognition with your students lately it is time to take another look.

There are two major issues students and teachers face when using speech recognition in the classroom. Privacy and accuracy.

How can a student use their voice in a classroom setting without being overheard by fellow students and at the same time eliminate all the chitter chatter and background noise that goes with it to attain optimal speech recognition accuracy rates?

Steno SR is a private speech recognition microphone that enables students to privately write with their voice in the classroom and have what they wrote read back to them with near perfect results. When combined with any speech recognition software (such as Dragon Naturally Speaking, Google Voice Typing, Apple Dictation or Windows 10 speech recognition software) it provides a seamless user experience that is both completely private and accurate.

We are seeing a dramatic increase in educators embracing this technology in the classroom. Students with physical impairments and learning disorders can now freely and confidently complete their notes, projects and exams alongside their classmates thus giving them a leg up as speech recognition dramatically improves productivity and engagement.

People that can benefit from Steno SR include users with:

Learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dysgraphia
Repetitive strain injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Poor or limited motor skills handwriting or using a keyboard is difficult or not an option due to low vision or physical impairment
Vision impairments
Physical disabilities
Limited English Language

The benefits of Steno SR for students with disabilities include improved access to the computer, increased writing skills, improved test scores and grades, increased independence, decreased anxiety towards writing and improvements in core reading and writing abilities.
Improved access in the classroom

For students with motor skill limitations, physical disabilities, blindness/low vision, or other difficulties accessing a standard keyboard and mouse, hands-free computing through the use of speech recognition technologies are extremely beneficial. By removing the physical barriers to writing and navigation of the computer, you can increase student access to technology and classroom activities. Speech recognition software also includes text-to-speech features, the student can hear their text read aloud to them and correct their errors more independently.

Increased writing skills

For students with learning disabilities, speech recognition technology can encourage writing that is more thoughtful and deliberate. Studies with middle and high school students with learning disabilities have shown that input via speech is less challenging and that students frequently generate papers that are longer and better quality using speech recognition technologies.

Steno SR used in conjunction with a documentation program such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs reduces the difficulties that students face with writing mechanics. Because students can write naturally with speech recognition it eliminates potential obstacles such as difficulty with handwriting or the need to transcribe thoughts while brainstorming. Often writers with learning disabilities will skip over words when they are unsure of the correct spelling leading to pieces of writing that are short, missing key elements, or not reflective of the student's true abilities. Speech recognition and word processing alleviate these concerns by allowing the student to get their thoughts out without worrying about these or other technical writing components.

Increase test scores and grades by decreasing anxiety

Steno SR removes the fear associated with writing tests and completing assignments. Test questions can be read aloud to the student eliminating any confusion concerning their connotative meaning while answers can be completed via voice without being overheard thus allowing the student to confidently complete tasks in a timely, grammatically correct and organized format.

In addition to allowing the student to work in a more independent manner, Steno SR allows students to voice write without fear of being overheard helping them avoid the anxieties associated with feeling embarrassment about their writing.

For students who are English Language Learners or are learning a second language it allows them to practice pronunciation in a safe, low-stress environment. Students can engage in multiple repetitions of an unfamiliar word without worrying about feeling embarrassed.

Increased independence

For students with physical disabilities, poor motor skills or learning disabilities, a human transcriber or teacher assistant is a low-tech solution for the classroom that allows the focus to shift from the physical act of writing to expressing thoughts and knowledge. However, a transcriber makes the student dependent upon a teacher or aide for writing tasks. Students who use transcribers for writing often report spending less time planning and organizing because they felt they were keeping the transcriber waiting, or felt embarrassment about making mistakes or asking for multiple readings of what was written. Using speech recognition allows the student to be more independent in their writing and other academic activities.

Improvements in core reading and writing abilities

Steno SR can also serve a remedial function for students with learning disabilities in the areas of reading and writing. In allowing students to see the words on screen as they dictate, students can gain insight into important elements of phonemic awareness, such as sound-symbol correspondence. As a student speaks and sees their words appear on the screen, the speech recognition directly demonstrates the relationship between how a word looks and sounds. This bimodal presentation of text can be especially helpful for students with learning disabilities, and is thought to be why speech recognition has been found effective in remediating reading and spelling deficits.

Another key benefit is the error correction process. As the text is recorded it requires user to check the accuracy of each word uttered as sentences are being dictated. When an error is made the student must find the correct word among a list of similar words and select it. This process necessitates that the user examine the word list closely, compare words that look or sound alike and make decisions about the best word for the specific situation. This can give kids a boost in reading and spelling as they learn to discriminate between similar words.

Talk Technologies has been helping students get a leg up for over 25 years. We offer educational and non profit discounts. For information visit talktech.com

D Webb
Talk Technologies
888 811 9944
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Stenomask SR Pro-1- silently transcribing with Dragon 15

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