Friday, March 30, 2012

How The iPad Could Destroy Google's Lucrative Search Business

When most people talk about what business the iPad is going to destroy, they focus on Microsoft's Windows monopoly.

You never hear Google mentioned, which is odd, because it could end up losing out on a lot more if the iPad takes over the world, according to two Wall Street analysts.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Rise of Visual Storytelling In Marketing

This guest post is by Magdalena Georgieva of Hubspot. The September 2011 introduction of Facebook’s Timeline proved prophetic. “It’s a lot more visual,” wrote Sam Lessin, a product manager at Facebook, about the new look of the social network. Visual, as it turns out, is also the direction in which the world of online marketing has headed. The rise of visual storytelling as a means of spreading a marketing message couldn’t possibly have evaded you. A number of image-based platforms out there, including Pinterest, Instagram, and SlideShare, have already made a strong statement about how visual content can impact business results.

What’s so irresistible about images?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association Auction Site Features Two-Night Stay at Oyster Bay Beach Resort

The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association recently launched its travel auction site to drive tourism to the destination by offering vacationers the option to bid on hotel stays and activities to create the most of a St. Maarten vacation. Beginning March 19 through April 2, 2012, Oyster Bay Beach Resort is on the bidding block with a three-day stay for two in a studio apartment with the vacation starting at $50. This month's deal includes hotel accommodations for two at Oyster Bay Beach Resort in a studio apartment, welcome and farewell cocktail party, two VIP tickets for the 12-metre regatta (where guests will enjoy the journey of a lifetime where they can participate and become a crew member as they are assigned positions onboard a retired racing ship for a mini-race); shopping trip courtesy of AMA Jewelers including a $50 AMA voucher, professional shopping guide, transportation to and from the hotel, unlimited beverages and raffle for a bottle of wine. This offer is valid through Dec. 15, 2012 (blackout dates of Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Plane Crashes On Way To St. Maarten

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A vintage cargo plane loaded with bread crashed in a lagoon near Puerto Rico’s international airport on Thursday, killing the airline’s owner and another crew member, authorities said. The plane had just taken off when the pilot told air traffic control that the plane was having engine trouble, said Juan Rivera, spokesman for the Luiz Munoz Marin airport. It was returning to the airport when it crashed, killing both people aboard, Rivera said. Officials earlier said three had died. The plane was operated by Florida-based Jet One Express and was bound for the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. Alejandro Bristol, CEO of Jet One Express, said his father, who is owner of the company, died in the crash. He identified the plane as a Convair 340, which was manufactured in 1953, according to U.S. Federal Aviation Administration records. Bristol said he was en route to Puerto Rico and declined further comment. Authorities earlier identified the plane as a Convair 440. Melina Simeonides, spokeswoman for the island’s emergency management agency, identified the victims as Uriel Bristol, 67, and Anthony Tavares, 45. She said it is not clear yet who was the pilot. The plane would make about 15 trips a week to deliver bread to several Caribbean islands, said Arnaldo de Leo, airport manager. It was carrying 2,500 pounds (1,134 kilograms) of bread when it crashed, he said.

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