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Constant Contact Makes Online Marketing Easier Than You Ever Imagined

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When it comes to marketing a small business, the days when you could rely solely on things like foot traffic and word of mouth are long gone. Today, if you want your small business to succeed, you have to help people to find your brand online, which means you have to engage in online marketing.

The only problem, of course, is that online marketing really is an entire field of expertise unto itself. And chances are, if you’re running a small business, you’re a little too busy to go back to school and get another degree.

Luckily, thanks to a powerful all-in-one online platform called Constant Contact, you don’t have to. Constant Contact helps make online marketing simple, and puts all the tools you need to spread the word about your business in one place. 

Finding the right tools.

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There are a lot of really useful online marketing tools out there. There are apps specifically designed to help you create and manage email marketing campaigns, and apps designed to create slick professional looking social media ads. There are companies that specialize in designing websites that draw traffic through search engine optimization, and companies that specialize in building beautiful ecommerce sites from scratch.

Unfortunately, most of these services are not designed to work together. So that means, if you want help with email marketing, ecommerce, SEO, and social media marketing, you’ll have to create upwards of four different accounts, with four different usernames, four different passwords, four different payments, and, of course, four different user interfaces with which you’ll have to familiarize yourself.

When you run a small business, there’s only so much time and money to spend on these things. What you really need is a fully integrated set of tools that help you work smarter and more efficiently, so you can spend less time marketing and more time running your business. 

That’s where Constant Contact comes in.

Constant Contact: Everything you need in one place.

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With Constant Contact you get all the tools you need to engage with customers and build your brand online, all in one place. And it’s all designed to work together in harmony.

Email Marketing: Constant Contact’s email marketing tools can help you grow your brand and build loyalty by connecting with customers via email. You can create your own template with their template builder, or choose from hundreds of mobile-optimized templates. Promote sales, create custom coupon codes, manage leads, segment subscribers based on different criteria—Constant Contact has tools for every aspect of email marketing. Need help coming up with ideas, or tailoring your message to a specific audience? Check out their Email Campaign Ideas section for recommendations, tips, and best practices specific to your industry. Want to know how your campaign is doing? Track its success with Constant Contact’s real-time reporting and analytics tools.

Website Builder: Need to build a new website, but don’t know the first thing about…anything? No problem. Constant Contact has a brilliant AI-powered website builder. It can help you create a gorgeous mobile-optimized website in just minutes, complete with images and content suggestions. You don’t need any tech skills or SEO expertise whatsoever.

Ecommerce: Whether you are taking the ecommerce plunge for the first time, or you’ve been running an online store for a while, Constant Contact’s robust ecommerce platforms will ensure that your customers have an excellent shopping experience. Their website building can help you build a mobile-responsive web store with seamless navigation, secure checkout, and features tailored for your industry.

Social Marketing: You know all those ads you see on social media? Those could be you. Constant Contact has everything you need to create social ad campaigns that find new customers and drive traffic to your website or online store. And best of all, Constant Contact’s tools are compatible with both Facebook and Instagram, so you can do everything from within your Constant Contact account. Find and target new audiences, track how well your ads are performing, and automatically sync new contacts right to your Constant Contact account. 

Help from the experts.

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Of course, even with the best set of tools, online marketing can still be complicated. Luckily, Constant Contact has a team of hundreds of marketing advisors who are ready to help when you get stuck. All you have to do is call their live help line to get expert advice from a real live human. Whether you have a simple question about setting up your webstore, or you need more in-depth help coming up with an online marketing strategy for your business, Constant Contact’s marketing advisors have your back. 

Constant Contact has a few different monthly plans to choose from. But they’re all incredibly affordable, and they all come with a 30-day risk free trial. After you try their products for a month, if you’re ready to make a commitment, businesses can save 15-percent by prepaying for 12 months, and nonprofits can save 30 percent. Are you ready to take your online marketing to the next level and really build your brand? Thanks to Constant Contact, online marketing has never been easier. Sign up and start your free trial, today. Source

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Qaeda Financier Who Trades in Gems

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday imposed sanctions on an Australian-based businessman and his gemstone company for helping Al Qaeda move money across the globe to sustain its operations.

Treasury officials said Ahmed Luqman Talib traded in precious stones, allowing him to “move funds internationally” for Al Qaeda. Mr. Talib’s business is based in Melbourne, but he works around the world, including in Brazil, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Turkey and the Persian Gulf region, the Treasury Department said in a statement.

Terrorist groups continue to use financial facilitators to help carry out their activities, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. The department remained committed to disrupting those financial activities and networks, he added, expressing appreciation for “the collaboration with our Australian partners.”

The effects of the sanctions on Mr. Talib are unclear. The measure freezes assets he holds in the United States and prohibits American companies or individuals from doing business with him.

Treasury officials did not disclose whether Mr. Talib held assets or property in the United States. In 2010, he was a student activist in Australia who was shot when Israeli naval commandos killed nine activists on a ship that was carrying aid to Gaza.

The American action against Mr. Talib was notable, experts said, because it showed that the government was still concerned about how extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State continue to creatively raise and distribute money for their operations, despite military, intelligence and legal pressures that have dealt significant blows to their activity.

“It goes to show that Al Qaeda still retains these kind of networks,” said Charles Lister, the director of the Countering Terrorism and Extremism Program at the Middle East Institute, a think tank. “Even though the U.S. has done a very good job in pressuring the networks to such an extent that they are kind of a miniature version of 10 or 15 years ago.”

Mr. Talib’s use of gemstones to move finances for Al Qaeda was a departure from what had become a norm in terrorist financing, experts said, which was to stray from transnational funding toward developing income streams in countries where they maintained a presence. But terrorism experts noted the development with interest.

“Governments and private sector have made it harder to move funds via formal and informal financial systems,” said Matthew Levitt, the director of counterterrorism and intelligence at The Washington Institute. “It is interesting to see terrorists relying on gemstones, which are easy to move and hold value.”

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Al Qaeda’s influence across the world has diminished. Key leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have been killed. The group’s lone ideological leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, is aging, and U.S. intelligence experts do not see him as a potent threat.

Despite that, the group continues to find inventive ways to finance its operations.

In August, the United States government seized about $2 million in Bitcoin and other types of cryptocurrency from accounts that had sent or received funds in alleged financing schemes for three foreign terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda.

Other groups, like the Islamic State, have also found ways to rely on methods such as kidnapping for ransom, private donations and crowdsourced online fund-raising, according to a United Nations report. ISIS currently has financial reserves estimated at nearly $100 million, the U.N. found.

“ISIS taught us in recent years that international financing of terrorist activities isn’t the most sustainable way to go,” Mr. Lister said. “That was a big lesson, and it definitely transformed the way Al Qaeda operates.”

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After denying the existence of COVID-19, influencer dies from this disease

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“I also thought there was no COVID, and this is all relative. Until I got sick,” he posted on his Instagram account.

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  • El hombre contrajo la enfermedad en un viaje que realizó a Turquía.
  • “También pensé que no había COVID, y todo esto es relativo. Hasta que me enfermé”, publicó en su cuenta de Instagram.

Definitivamente el coronavirus, ha sido un tema controvertido entre diferentes personalidades públicas en el mundo. Algunos de ellos hasta han negado su existencia. Sin embargo, es importante recordar que el COVID-19 es una enfermedad real y hay que cuidarnos.

Dmitriy Stuzhuk, influencer fitness, ucraniano, murió tras haberse infectado de SARS-CoV-2 . El deportista había negado la existencia del virus cuando lo declararon pandemia. Sin embargo, publicó en sus redes que había contraído la enfermedad.

“Como todos saben por las historias, estoy enfermo de coronavirus. Hoy, después de regresar a casa, por primera vez hubo entusiasmo por al menos escribir algo. Quiero compartir cómo me enfermé y advertir a todos: también pensé que no había covid, y todo esto es relativo. Hasta que me enfermé. ¡LA ENFERMEDAD COVID-19 NO ES EFÍMERA! Y es pesada ”, dice en un publicación en Instagram de hace cinco días.

CORONAVIRUS “COVID” DAY 8 ⠀ As you all know from the stories, I have corlnavirus. Today, after returning home, for the first time there was an enthusiasm for at least writing something. I want to share how I got sick and strongly warn everyone: I also thought that there was no covid, and this is all relative. Until he got sick. COVID-19 DISEASE IS NOT EPHEME! And heavy. But first things first. ⠀ How was it? I felt bad on the second day in Turkey. I woke up in the middle of the night because my neck was swollen and it was hard to breathe. At the same time, my stomach ached a little. ⠀ The next day, a cough began to appear, but there was no temperature. There were no particular symptoms of the disease either, so I thought that these could be consequences after playing sports, changing the climate and nutrition, and plus sleeping under air conditioning. ⠀ After returning from Turkey, I immediately went to take various tests, do an ultrasound scan and, just in case, decided to take a COVID test. It turned out to be positive. The next day I went to have a CT scan. I was prescribed treatment and began to insist on hospitalization. This is a separate story, because now there are renovations, the hospital is completely filled with people, some of them live in the corridor There is no food, no paper, no cutlery either! Nobody warned me about this. A separate post will be devoted to medicine in our country – well, it deserves it. ⠀ ABOUT TREATMENT. I was prescribed a course of treatment and told that I needed to continue it. They gave me an oxygen apparatus for breathing, since I have a low oxygen level (although I think it is considered critical after 90, for me 94-96 it is quite permissible for treatment at home, the doctor in the waiting room told me the same thing). Considering all these factors, I make a decision that it will be more convenient and comfortable for me to be in remote care at home, where I have all the conditions for normal treatment. In the end, I can always turn to the right services. She is at home, as they say, and the walls heal ⠀ My condition is stable.

Una publicación compartida de Dima Stuzhuk (@stuzhuk_dmitriy) el 14 Oct, 2020 a las 11:22 PDT

El hombre contrajo la enfermedad en un viaje que realizó a Turquía. En la misma publicación cuenta su historia y cómo empezó a sentirse: “me desperté en medio de la noche porque mi cuello estaba hinchado y me costaba respirar. Al mismo tiempo, me dolía un poco el estómago. Al día siguiente, empezó a aparecer tos, pero no había temperatura. Tampoco había síntomas particulares de la enfermedad, por lo que pensé que podrían ser consecuencias después de hacer deporte, cambiar el clima y la nutrición, y además dormir debajo de un aire acondicionado ”.

Luego de regresar decidió ir al medico y realizarse pruebas, dentro de ellas la de COVID-19, y resultó positivo. Tras pasar ocho días en el hospital, el influencer regresó a su casa para seguir con el tratamiento.

Sin embargo, su exesposa, también influencer, Sofia Stuzhuk dio a conocer la noticia a través de su Instagram donde publicó una foto de su familia diciendo “Dima ya no está con nosotros. Su corazón no pudo soportar ”.

La pareja tenía tres hijos juntos, y aunque se habían separado llevaban una buena relación. Sofia comentó que su ex pareja tenía problemas cardiovasculares y el 16 de octubre confirmó la triste noticia.

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7 Books For Maximizing Life Satisfaction During Uncertain Times

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In a year full of ugly politics, natural disasters and an ongoing pandemic, maintaining a positive outlook can seem like a fool’s errand. While the may not be all sunshine and roses at the moment, that doesn’t mean you have to get dragged down with it. Even during the most difficult times, it’s still possible to maximize your life satisfaction. 

Reading is one of the out of a rut of negativity. By drawing from the perspectives of others, you can start to develop a that will help get you where you want to be. Here are some of the best books to help you do just that.

1. An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life: Lessons Learned by Tim Carlin

Leading a satisfying life doesn’t necessarily mean upending the world. Sometimes the greatest satisfaction is found in the simplest of things. An Extraordinarily Ordinary Life is an empowering look into how we can achieve meaning from some of the most seemingly mundane aspects of living. Tim Carlin uses this book to impart the wisdom of the small change, showing that not every step towards needs to be a leap.

2. Breakout Blueprint: How to Find Your Passion, Take Action, and Build a Lifestyle by Doug Foley

The workweek may only be 40 hours for most, but everyone knows that your career defines so much more of your life than that. Doug Foley interviewed more than 150 of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and found that they only seemed to have one thing in common: They built themselves the careers they wanted to have. Breakout Blueprint is a how-to guide for doing just the same; reading it can give you the tools you need to make the job you want to have. 

Related: 3 Unexpected Ways Reading Personal Development Books Changed My Life

3. Build What Matters: Delivering Key Outcomes with Vision-Led Product Management by Ben Foster and Rajesh Nerlikar 

It doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do. If you’re not doing something that makes life better for other people, it’s not going to satisfy you. Build What Matters focuses on putting customer needs back in the center of product management, but all readers should follow the command of its title. Use your expertise to benefit others, and the results will be increased happiness for yourself, your coworkers, your customers and society at large.

4. Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor

is perhaps the single most fundamental component of human life, and yet it is also one of the most under-considered. Living a satisfying life doesn’t just mean getting the job you want — it also means refining your daily habits to make you happier and healthier too. Breath is James Nestor’s deep dive into what breathing does for us and how we can do it better. It may sound simple, but the results of a more intentional breathing pattern can be profound. 

5. Loving Your Business: Rethink Your Relationship with Your Company and Make It Work for You by Debbie King

Making headway as an entrepreneur is never easy, and sometimes the journey can cause you to lose sight of what made you start it in the first place. If you don’t love your business, no one else will. With Debbie King’s guidance, entrepreneurs can transform their relationship with their businesses while they scale. Loving Your Business outlines the mindset shift many business owners need to form healthier relationships with customers, employees and, most importantly, their companies. 

Related: Four Reasons Why You Should Invest In Self-Development

6. Becoming a Leader of Impact: How Your Influence Can Change the World by Braden Douglas

While it’s entirely possible to find satisfaction in a normal life, many entrepreneurs are hungry for something greater. Becoming a Leader of Impact is a look at how business leaders can turn their positions of power into conduits for positive change, making the world a better place at the same time. Braden Douglas has distilled a career’s worth of insight into one short book, making it a must-read for those looking to become the best kind of leader. 

7. An Introvert’s Guide to World Domination: Become a High Level Networker and Upgrade Your Life by Nick Shelton

For the shyest among us, networking can seem like an impossible task. An Introvert’s Guide to World Domination may not live up to the hyperbole of its title, but it’s still a great framework for understanding how real, personal connections in business can be made without levels of charm. 

Now more than ever, finding satisfaction in daily life is key. While doing so is easier said than done, learning how others before you have done so can make the process that much simpler. Why not do so with a book?

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