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Tips For Taking Family Portraits

Family Portraits fall into three main categories; traditional family portraits, candid family portraits and lifestyle family portraits.

Most families have had their picture taken, but few have had a chance to have their portrait shot, because of the difference between the two. One is a quick snap, with little attention given to the technical aspects of the image; the other has more consideration given to how the final result should look.

It’s often said that a good portrait captures the personality of the subject(s), and that’s true, but what it also does is record the subject(s) in a way that’s different from other pictures they’ve had taken of themselves. By using a couple of simple techniques – anyone can move from the realm of ‘snapshots’ to discovering how to deliver distinctive family portraits.

Capturing Expressions

An essential for a successful family portrait? Expression. Capturing expressions portrays emotion and adds dynamics to the photograph. Portraits can be left feeling incomplete without capturing the expressions that make the image more engaging. While traditional family portraits are posed (think school pictures), I feel expressions are best captured ‘un-posed’ in a candid portrait setting.

Some great tips on how to do this include avoiding using flash when possible and shooting from a distance. This isn’t to say that all successful family portraits are shot on a whim. It simply means that developing a rapport is important. Actively involve yourself in directing the subject(s) to pose naturally and comfortably – and you’ll find it can achieve a great deal!

Creating a Candid Look When Posing Subjects

Whether taking individual portraits or group photos, creating a candid look is a great way to create a different type of image. Get them laughing – engaging people in a friendly, open manner will get you those shots where the subjects have stopped being self conscious!

Another easy way to achieve a great looking candid shot that has been posed is to have your subject(s) look away from the camera. This type of ‘casual candid’ posing can also be used in larger group shots. Having everyone look at each other can create a unified mood to the photograph, a connection that the viewer can sense.

Photographing Children:

Props are also a great tool to utilize when photographing children. A child’s honest reactions to their immediate environment make them the very best candid portrait subjects. Even when aware of the camera’s attention – candid shots from children shine!

Try another Perspective

The general rule for family portraits is focus on the eyes and set a wide aperture to throw the background out of focus while keeping the faces/subjects sharp. While this is standard in the context of photography, consider occasionally photographing the subject from various angles and viewpoints. Sometimes changing your view helps emphasize mood and can help set the ‘expression’ of the photograph. Try photographing a family from behind, walking away. Perhaps a lifestyle type shot of everyone’s bare feet in the sand etc.

Change Your Framing

Many people think of portraits as a vertical photograph. Instead, try taking holding your camera horizontally and offset you’re subject to one side rather than the middle. Being conscious of switching from one framing style to the other can provide some pleasing results from the same pose.

Most family photography generally insists that the horizon be a straight line. The same is not always necessarily true in portrait photography! Using the horizon line to add creativity and a fun ‘mood’ to the image can be a great way to step out of the box!

Announce Your Baby to the World With the Perfect Photo Birth Announcement!

Birth Photo Announcements

A new baby is a special event that everyone wants to celebrate. What better way to share your joy than to show off the child with a custom photo birth announcement?

Don’t feel like waiting in a line at the mall?

Fancy birth photography studios and waiting in line? Think again! You can now take the photos yourself in the comfort of your home. No stress of taking the young one out. Since digital photography technology has improved and gone down in price, photo birth announcements are now very affordable and an easy solution! The photos can be taken at your leisure as you wait to capture that perfect moment. Take one photo or twenty then decide which one is best for your photo birth announcement.

Make it reflect you and yours

If you were to buy a package of ‘welcome baby’ announcements at the store, you would be stuck with whatever wording or phrases imprinted on the front. But with custom photo birth announcements you can decide what is right for your family. Do you want a few lines of poetry? Or would you rather use that space to list out the baby’s birth length and height? How your photo birth announcement reads is now up to you and not someone working in a factory you never met.

Use the props from your life

Another fun and idea is to use props in your photo birth announcement. Are you going for a ballerina theme? Try dressing the baby in a fun tutu outfit? Is your little man going to be a great football star? Try posing the baby with a small football.This will help make the birth announcement something you and your family will always remember. It turns a simple birth announcement into a keepsake item and the price is comparable to regular invitations!

Magnetic Backs

Photo birth Announcement and invitations often get lost. It may get crammed into a book; or knocked off a shelf; or worse, just left with the bills. No one wants that for their message, and discerning people usually put it on the fridge. With that in mind, why not get a photo birth announcement with a magnet on the back? Then the photo birth announcement will be displayed where the family can see it and that fruit shaped magnet won’t obscure the look of your carefully planned birth announcement.

Tips on How to Hire a Wedding Planner

It used to be that wedding planners were considered a luxury for the wealthy and/or celebrities. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are recently engaged, or even one month from your wedding and need a little help, here is a sensible, intelligent and real guide to finding that special someone who can get you down the aisle to your other special someone with style. These are the quick, crucial bullet points you need NOW:

1) Talk to friends, vendors and look at blogs and sites that you trust. Ask their recommendations. Schedule meetings with at least three highly vetted consultants/planners after checking out their websites and seeing their work. Come armed with questions and use this as your guide. Most of all, follow your gut and see who you click with. Those consultations should be by appointment only and of course, gratis!

2) First question: do you like their style (of manners, humour, dress, organization)? Does he or she make you smile/feel calm? If so, that’s a good sign you’ll be a great team. Remember, a wedding planner is part budget guru, part organizational ninja, part shrink, part style consultant and part family therapist. He or she (and their team) will be your sanity, your laugh, your respite and your guide. Choose wisely!

3) How long has he/she been in business? How many weddings has he/she executed? If the answer is “I planned my own wedding and it was SO much fun” or, ditto, “I planned my daughter’s wedding and it was so fulfilling!” then, run. These are called hobbyists and there are hundreds of them masquerading as experienced pros. Taking a class in wedding planning does not make a wedding planner, either. You want to make sure your planner has done at least 50 weddings. A good rule of thumb is also at least three years in business. Do they have any lawsuits filed against them? Bad sign. Do they get lots of local and national press? GREAT sign.

4) Do they have a variety of ways to plan, such as full-service (best for most brides), weekend of and hourly? Are they reachable during most business hours and some after hours? Don’t abuse it and call at 3 am in a panic, but expect that they will get back to you promptly when you have burning issues. Planners live on their smartphones, so text and email as well. They are super organized!

5) If they charge extra for rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, that’s a a red flag. Great wedding planners will also take care of that and brunch the day after. Your ideal planner may even offer to pack you for your honeymoon and make sure a car take you to the airport. Soup to nuts is why you pay a premium for excellence! If you opt for a more abbreviated planning experience, expect great attention and excellence as well. “Day of” is never really “Day Of” – your planner should start meeting with you a few weeks prior and know your wedding like the palm of his/her hand, double checking contracts, drawing up timelines, vendor lists and being on-site for the big event, setup, breakdown and other parties.

6) Speaking of money – cheaper is never better with wedding planners. A great wedding planner will pay for him or herself given they have the relationships with all the best vendors – they buy in volume and will get MUCH better prices for you on cakes, site rentals, floral design, stationery, photographers, caterers. They know the BEST vendors in the business and will offer you many choices for each facet of your wedding. Sadly, to a vendor, YOU are a one-trick pony (I know this seems harsh, but you only get married once, right?), but that planner is their bread and butter and they will go out of their way to please a planner. What may seem a little steep is actually going to come out as a budget saver for you. Great wedding planners will follow your budget to the letter and keep you there. Awesome!

7) To that point, a wedding planner who takes kickbacks from vendors is NOT ethical or for you. He/she is your advocate and charges you enough money. This also means he/she will use the same vendors over and over, without regard for your personal style. Double-dipping to line their pockets? Run away. It’s a valid question to ask. It is unethical and immoral.

8) Can your ideal candidates get you coveted appointments for the bridal fashion shows? Get you a last-minute tasting at that great caterer? Take you out to see a coveted band or DJ? Get the most elegant papery quickly, without drama? Create the favors of your dreams and deliver them to the hotel or on a plane to your destination? Go with you to fittings and help you with your registry? They must be able to do this! They should also encourage you spend real time with your fiance and even order you to get massages, go to dinner with your beloved sans wedding talk and get your exercise and nutrition on track.

9) Does he/she quickly provide you with references, a plan of action, an outline of his/her services that is crisp, professional and aesthetically pleasing? Are the contracts easy to read and decipher? All good signs.

10) Does he or she take more than one wedding or event per weekend? Ideally, you’d like to be the only one. Also, in looking at their online portfolio, do you see many different styles of weddings? The wedding should be YOURS, not the planner’s style. This is so very important. It’s YOUR day – we are the hired help!

11) Finally, don’t be a diva. Having a planner doesn’t mean you can order her around or belittle him or her. That’s just bad manners and taste. He or she is your partner and holds your big day in his or her capable hands. If you have concerns, air them with grace and class. A planner wants to please you, ensure a fantastic and gorgeous wedding experience and she usually has the answers you seek! Now go and find your dream planner!

12) The right planner should make you feel like his/her only client. Without a doubt. You may see that they are busy, but you should always feel like top priority! Also, follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get some creative ideas! Great planners love social media and put great stuff out there for YOU!

A great wedding planner can be a lifesaver. Do you really want to stand there in your gown and wonder if the cake arrived while getting your false eyelashes applied and listening to your mother ask about the escort card table? A great wedding planner will no doubt have a huge suitcase filled with just about everything to ward off dress tragedies, hangovers, broken nails and annoying relatives. They will order umbrellas if a monsoon blows in. They can bring heaters if a cold snap comes. They will dry your tears and deliver a gift to your groom. They will make your beautiful day just beautiful.

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Happy planning, beautiful wedding readers!

Are You Ready for Maternity Photography?

The craze for maternity photography is increasing fast globally among all the communities. Every segment of society has accepted its importance and there are sufficient reasons to support this craze. Definitely, it is a unique chance for conserving the memories linked to first significant achievement of married life. Pregnancy photography is more meaningful for mothers. It stores emotions, expressions and change in body language besides the physical changes that you have during different pregnancy stages. The craze to watch maternity photographs remains as hot and spicy as it is at the start. Maternity photographs collection is a treasure that strengthens relationship bond with in-womb child. Child, after growing up, feels closer to mom seeing himself in mom’s womb. Maternity photographs exhibit the hardships faced by mother during pregnancy stages. In other words, maternity photographs define the pregnancy stage experiences digitally or in physical form.

The experienced maternity photographers don’t want you to act as a model. Instead, pregnancy photography is focused to frame unusual physical developments during different pregnancy stages. Making the photographs impressive is not the primary concern. The emphasis is upon making these photographs convincing, exploring and reality revealing. To make these photos more revealing, you need to do some preparation in advance. It will help you to present yourself 100% in front of camera with high confidence.

First of all identify all the psychological issues that may be the barrier for you. When you plan for maternity photography, you think about exposure and privacy limits. There are no limitations or the minimum requirements that justify exposure for pregnancy photography. You are the best judge. It is certain that exposure is not the scale to judge the quality of photographs. If you don’t enjoy the environment or any of the requisite, don’t go for pregnancy photography. Clear all of your doubts prior to first shoot. Involve someone who is emotionally close to resolve psychological issues. Do not try to make maternity photography a personal affair. Essentially involve relatives especially parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles etc. The old family members feel honored by being the part of maternity photography.

Physical preparation for maternity photography involves various aspects. Dresses, makeup, poses and locations are just few to name. Leading dress stores offer attractive dresses specially designed for this purpose. Gowns, shirts, frocks and low belly pants are good options. Heeled footwear and dark makeup is a big ‘NO’. Light powder over the hands, face and belly area is OK. Select the location and poses according to physical comfort and convenience.

Benefits of Outsourcing SEO Services to a White Label SEO Service Provider

With increased competition, constantly changing algorithms and search engine rules, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) now requires much higher expertise to handle it.

Having realized this fact, many marketing companies like web developers, PR firms, web hosting companies, etc. – all which used to carry out their clients SEO processes (along with their specialized services) by themselves, now agree that SEO is a process that is better left to the specialists in the industry, thus, relieving the burden off their shoulders. This has given rise to SEO reselling.

A firm that wants to resell SEO services often hires a white label SEO provider, to perform the entire SEO process for its client on behalf of it. While doing this white label SEO provider remains anonymous, thus keeping the brand image of the reseller intact.

Following are the key benefits of reselling SEO services from a white label SEO provider.

Better quality of service: White label SEO services are offered by specialist providers, who have skilled team of professionals dedicated only to SEO. The expertise of these providers helps in developing methods and steps that strengthen the online presence of your client’s business. They monitor and track the industry trends, competitor’s strategies, check for the targeted keywords – all which are needed to improve the organic search result listings of your client’s website.

Addresses your client’s requirements: White label SEO providers are specialists in SEO and understand the nature of your client’s business and implement appropriate SEO techniques that build-up online reputation of your client’s business. They also understand that your business’s reputation is also at stake, should any error occurs from their side.

Offer full-fledged SEO services: White label SEO providers offer comprehensive solution for all your clients SEO needs. They offer both on-page and off-page optimization techniques to improve the search engine results.

On-page optimization techniques include – development of title and meta tags, keyword rich content on home page, URL mapping, website design, image optimization, etc. On-page optimization are directly related to the usability of a website, that greatly affects the web page listing in search engine rankings.

Off-page optimization techniques include – link building, copy writing, online reputation management, content marketing, searching for relevant key phrases for the business, directory listings, submission of write-ups, etc. Off-page optimization techniques indirectly promote the client’s website. They contribute more to the rankings of a website in search engines.

These tactics help in improving online visibility and generate higher profits for your client’s business.

Offer more services: White label SEO providers offer many other Internet marketing services that can complement SEO strategies and give more desirable results than expected for your client. Therefore, you can get relief from the burden of developing a functional, comprehensive digital marketing strategy for your client. They have staff ready for performing all these additional services too, like pay per click (PPC), display advertisements, E-mail marketing, etc. These when coupled with SEO give higher ROI.

Handle technical work: SEO is a continuous process. For your client’s website to get continuously listed in first pages, the SEO team has to continuously track and monitor the performance of the website in SERP’s. This needs much higher level skills such as acquiring more links, creating content with targeted keywords in particular frequencies, continuously creating good quality content, etc. All these activities which can be an additional burden on you can be handled by the white label SEO provider easily and efficiently.

You can concentrate on other essential aspects: As the provider takes care of all the technical marketing details, you can focus more on the customer service activities than on maintenance of projects. You can spend your quality time on addressing various other aspects of your client’s business like, tracking the number of sales, providing back-up for the client, efficient and regular reporting of the regular progress, following him up on various other services, preparing invoices, etc. all which can improve your client’s experience of working with you.

Stays anonymous: A white label SEO provider acts as a confidential associate for you. He remains anonymous while offering good quality SEO services for your client, which thus, helps you maintain your credibility. In the end, your client is satisfied and so are you.

Saves costs: As SEO gets more complicated, you need to employ more talented individuals or train your existing resources to offer better services. By outsourcing SEO needs to a white label SEO, you can eliminate these training and start-up costs of forming a technically proficient team. This also reduces your labor costs and other overhead costs that incur from deploying additional human and technical resources.

If you are a firm who used to do your clients SEO strategies, but are unable to cope with the load and changing search engine algorithms, the services of private label SEO provider will be a good option. SEO being the key area of focus for white label SEO providers, they continuously monitor the SEO strategies, employ advanced offline and online techniques that can bring higher profitability to your client’s business.

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The Most Outstanding 15 Local SEO Tools To Improve Your Ranking

The Importance Of Local SEO

Local SEO is an essential part of your SEO strategy, especially if you’re a smaller to mid-sized company that relies on the business of local customers. There are many different strategies that you can implement, from optimizing your content using keywords to submitting your NAP (name, address and phone number) to various local directories. To help organize, streamline and track all of your local SEO efforts, you should make use of these local SEO tools.

The following are 15 different local SEO tools that you might find extremely useful, some of which are available at a small cost and some of which are free also.

1. Google AdWords Keyword Planner

This tool works for strengthening your local SEO keywords. During the keyword research phase, you can identify the traffic for specific keywords as well as find new local keywords based on local searches. The Keyword Planner tool even lets you conduct research based on geographic regions. Not only it is a useful tool to have for your local SEO keyword efforts, it’s free to boot, and arguably one of the most useful free SEO tools available as well.

2. SEOProfiler

The most powerful local SEO tools that you can put in SEOProfiler, as it includes features such as a website audit tool, website page optimization, a link disinfection tool that identifies bad backlinks, the ability to identify strong local keywords and even customizable PDF reports.

3. Moz Local

Moz Local is a basic local listing management tool that allows users to manage local listings as well as claim and verify listing submissions. The tool also works with data aggregators to help push listings, making sure that your business is visible. Additionally, the tool will scan through your citations and notify you of any errors that it finds which could be hurting your local SEO. Moz Local will give you a rundown on what kind of categories you’re listed under and what type of media is used for your citation.

4. BuzzStream

BuzzStream is a tool for earning local backlinks as it can help you identify and build relationships with local influencers to help drive word-of-mouth traffic as well as boost local awareness of your brand. The tool is also effective for content promotion and digital PR.

5. SEOPressor

SEOPressor is a tool that scores your site’s overall SEO strength and provides guidance and recommendations for how you can improve it, which will in turn help with your local SEO even if it’s not specifically built for that. Particularly useful is its audit feature that will notify you of any pages that need to be optimized in certain ways, it’s a feature that has earned SEOPressor as one of the best SEO tools for small business.

6. Whitespark Local Citation Finder

The most full-fledged local listing management tool that you can invest is Whitespark Local Citation Finder. In addition to basic local listing management, the tool finds where you should list your business to improve local SEO rankings. It also boasts a number of additional features, including the ability to collect customer feedback and online reviews, monitor local search rankings by a city, discover create link opportunities and more.

7. Synup

Synup is useful for submitting your NAP to local directories. It’s a tool that allows you to easily manage your local listings as well as review and analyze your listings and NAP data. It’s one of the most comprehensive directory lists that you can have and it will allow you to check listings to see if you have existing credentials on them, to add your NAP to listings and fix incorrect data on existing listings.

8. Screaming Frog

Screaming Frog helps to audit and index the website’s HTML and Meta Data in addition to helping you find any broken links to avoid hurting your local SEO rankings. There are advanced features available as well, but for a price.

9. Serplify

Serplify is web software that will help you to achieve a page one ranking on Google’s results pages by adding domains and locations you want to rank for and automatically adding thousands of optimized unique pages of content for every keyword, as well as automatically mass indexing, optimizing and syndicating your content.

10. Local SEO Checklist

This tool will ensure that you can boost your local SEO rankings. As this tool offers 40 different options that detail specific tasks to help you optimize your site and increase your ranking by developing your blog, your on-page SEO, your social media and more.

11. Upcity Free Website Analyzer

UpCity is basically an SEO report card. All you have to submit your website as it will analyze every aspect of the page, giving you an overall score out of 100 that compares your page to your competitors.

12. ReviewTrackers

ReviewTrackers is a tool that tracks the customer reviews of your business. It plays a big part in your local SEO strategy, not to mention your reputation, which makes this tool very useful. Basically, it collects online reviews and feedback from over 70 review sites that you can use to determine your brand’s reputation as well as awareness.

13. Copyscape

Nothing will hurt your site more than copied content. Duplicate content is a way to damage your ranking, for regular SEO and local SEO. Put your content through Copyscape to make sure it’s completely original and it avoid plagiarism, whether it’s content duplicated from your own site or content duplicated from another source outside of your site.

14. PageSpeed Insights

The rate at which your web pages load will have a huge impact on your local SEO rankings. The slower your pages load, will less likely visitors are to remain on your page. This can have a big impact on your bounce rate, which could hurt your rankings. PageSpeed Insights will not only review the load times of your site but also make suggestions on how to improve it.

15. Ahrefs

Ahrefs can help with your local SEO strategy by providing a detailed backlink profile for any website you want. This allows you to see who is linking to your site, what anchor text they’re using for backlinks and how strong your backlinks are. It also allows you to check the strength of your competitor’s backlinks. The tool is used by thousands of users throughout the world.

SEO is incredibly important to the success of your online marketing efforts, because of this, a lot of marketers implement various SEO tools including local SEO tools, some of which can be found for free, in order to track, measure and analyze their SEO efforts. You may already even be using some of the more common SEO tools, such as Google Analytics. However, it’s important that you don’t forget about your local SEO efforts as well.

By using these local SEO tools it will make you easier to implement local SEO strategies as well as to track them and measure the performance, thereby helping to ensure that your local SEO efforts are as strongest as they can be.

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I Want to Sell My House Fast, Here Are My Options

“I want to sell my house fast.” These are words few of us in the UK utter without a quick shudder at the idea of the time and bother needed for turning the notion into a reality. If however by “selling my house fast” you also mean selling quickly and possibly outright for cash, then your options and considerations grow significantly.

There are many reasons why you may wish to sell your house fast for cash. Do any of the following scenarios apply to you?

1. I would like to purchase next property as a cash buyer but do not like the idea of getting a place to rent between selling my current property and securing my next.

2. I wish to put my property on the housing market, however I do not like the idea of waiting up to 6 months for my property to sell through the traditional method, not the thought of having strangers visiting my property.

3. I would like to free up the equity from my property to pay off a loan or other debts, or to invest in a new business opportunity.

4. I need to sell my property fast for cash to prevent home repossession, eviction or to clear my mortgage arrears.

5. I am worried about falling housing prices and want to sell now in order to lock in to the increased value of my property.

If any of the above statements describe your present condition, Houses for Cash UK has a simple solution for you. Here’s a few of the options if you wish to sell your house fast and without complications.

1. Real Estate Agent: Selling my property through the traditional route. I find a reliable estate agent that I trust, and who would not overvaluate the asking house price and thus cause needless delays in selling my house. I’m willing to pay the estate agent a commission of 2 to 3 percent, and submit myself to strangers walking through my house. I also hope that this estate agent would act quickly and not take the usual 6 months to complete the sale of my house.

2. Private Sale: I sell my house fast myself. This option could give me the greatest potential for selling my property at or near its market value, provided I have received an exact property valuation, have done my marketing homework, and have the time and sales presence to sell to a complete stranger. I do not have to pay estate agent fees; I sell my house fast as I wish because it is the only property on my list; and I do not mind paying legal fees if it means getting more for my property.

3. Private Cash Home Buyer: I sell my house fast for cash today! Houses For Cash UK gives me a free valuation and makes a guaranteed cash offer on my property within 24 hours. My benefits include:

* A guaranteed fair and formal offer

* Free solicitor’s fees (if you are using the company’s recommended solicitor) or £500 toward my legal fees (if you appoint your own)

* No hidden charges when selling my property quickly

* A flexible house sale completion date to suit my situation

* Qualifying myself for a possible property cash buyer discount on the purchase of my next property.

6 Incredible Websites for Infographic Templates

This fast paced world has switched our gear into attention deficit so we do not always have time to read through lengthy blog posts and analyze graph after graph. What we want instead is a brief but coherent summary of all the vital facts.

What is an infographic? We are all aware that a picture is worth a thousand words so how can this strategy be used in the world of business. It’s simple- through the creative yet convenient use of Infographic Templates.

Infographics can transform complex and lengthy information into a friendly presentation which are both easy to understand and visually engaging.

Whether you are building a website, a PowerPoint presentation or just looking for a cool alternative to present information, an Infographic can capture the viewer’s attention from the get-go.

There is no doubt that the significance and popularity of Infographics will only increase as the internet gets flooded with more content making it harder to capture the attention of an audience with copious amounts of distractions and options. As a creator of content you want to provide compelling work which will build an obedient audience but does not require forever and a day to construct.

Creating beautiful pieces of art in Infographics is the solution. However it does not require the technicality of Photoshop or other design programs to make it happen. Life is always best when kept simple. So let us introduce ten useful Infographic Template websites- each highlighting their unique features helping you to make the best Infographic possible for all your needs.

Venngage

Venngage is very easy to navigate and allows the user to create interactive Infographics with just a few clicks. It comes with both premium and free Infographic templates which can be downloaded straight onto your computer.

Some of the standout features are:

As soon as you land on their page you know you can create and download free Infographic templates

The drop-down menu under the Infographics tab allows you to choose the Infographics Template specific to the data you want to present.

The interactive option in the edit menu allows additional external links to be added to the Infographic such as a YouTube URL or an email sign up.

Venngage actually offers other graphic options other than free Infographic template which can be used for the same purpose- particularly the report templates which are ideal for PowerPoint Infographics.

And of course if you do need help at any time there is the question bubble located at the bottom of the page on the right hand side. How convenient!

Piktochart

With over 400 templates to use, Piktochart will leave you spoilt for choice. However the availability of free Infographic templates are limited but none-the-less this website still serves useful for those willing to pay for their premium service.

Once you sign in you, you are prompted to select the format of the Infographic template with simple navigation

You even have the option to make your own Infographic from scratch and see what you can create.

Another standout with Piktochart is the option to create your own types of charts and import your own data which is very useful for making an Infographic Powerpoint presentation.

It is also good to know that you have the option to change the page set-up from the default A-4 size to the letter size. This option is found in the file tab in the top menu drop-down bar.

Piktochart has an abundant of great graphics to include in your Infographic Template construction and its user-friendly platform makes the task easy and reliable for future use.

Infogr.am

Infogr.am is a great website for creating professional looking Infographics. The free Infographic templates come in a simple design and colour layout.

It’s as easy as choosing the colour combinations they offer in their Infographic templates and playing around with the layout options.

Navigating through the template creation is nice and straightforward. All the added features are just where you need them.

Infogr.am is ideal for those who are after an Infographic Template with customized data charts and text present in a fluid manner.

A unique feature of using Infogr.am Infographic Templates is that once you have created your Infographic it can then be published on its website and monitored with the analytic tools for view popularity. This could be an opportunity to market your brand or business through their website on your own Infographics and include a call-to-action to your external website.

Canva

Canva provides hundreds of free design elements to play around with in your Infographic Template as you bring to life your presentation. There are also great premium themes for less than a dollar each.

Once you have landed on the design page you are introduced to a very helpful introductory guide on how things work- taking a total of 23 seconds to complete!

There is a great variety of different text styles available on Canva that go beyond the standard selection of fonts found on word documents and similar applications.

Easel.ly

Easel.ly is definitely worth considering as they have a large library of designed Infographic templates covering a wide range of subjects already and can be a great source of inspiration in the creation stage.

They have some cool graphics included in the template which can be used for a variety of purposes and topics so the possibilities are never limited. Easel.ly also conveniently suggests where on the Inforgraphic template to place each feature for maximum visual appeal.

It is also worth noting that Easel.ly is a great site for not only creating your own Infographic download but also for re-using other ready-made Infographics- as long as the credit is given where it is due! If you are behind in an assignment and do not have time to make an Infograhic from scratch then Easel.ly may just be able to help you out.

Visualize.me

Visualize.me allows the user to break away from the generic resume and instead express their professional accomplishments and experience through the visual presentation of an online Infographic.

The themes and the layouts of the Infographic template on Vizualize.me will make your online resume stand out from the rest with eye-catching visuals that outline your professional qualifications and experiences.

It’s easy to follow layout and amusing data presentations will impress the future employers as they lay their eyes on your creative resume made with Vizualize.me.

Getting the Right Truck Rental

Truck rentals are used for moving, for the most part. They are used for the do-it-yourself moving, whether it is in-town moving, or various one-way moves. In-town moving is where the truck will be picked up then returned to the same location in the same town, and one-way moves are where the truck is picked up from one place and returned to another.

The cost of renting a truck will differ depending on the company you are using, amount of miles traveled, truck size, and availability. As most people move on the weekend, it is usually more expensive to rent during that time.

Some companies will rent by the day, for a set rate depending on the size of the truck, where other companies rent by a daily rate and a per-mile rate. Once again, these rates can change depending on the availability and demand.

One-way rentals also are worked out on availability of trucks at the location where you will be picking the truck up, as well as the demand on them where the drop off point is, so price ranges can go up and down. The total number of days and miles you have rented the truck for are established by the departure location, and the destination, with extra days and miles charged.

Typically, you will be required to submit a deposit before renting a truck, which is to ensure that there is no damage to the truck before returning it. Most companies will accept a cash deposit, but some companies will insist on a credit card deposit.

The mandates for taking possession of a truck will vary with each company, but all renters are required to have a valid driver’s license.

A lot of truck rental companies will require the person who will be driving the truck to be 18 years old, 21 years old or 25 years old. And the person who actually rents the truck is held fully responsible for the truck in the event of an accident or theft, even if there is another person driving the truck. A few companies do allow more than one person to be insured if it is arranged in advance, and it will usually involve extra fees.

If you want to tow your car, a car carrier will carry your entire car on a trailer which attaches to a place at the rear of your truck. A car carrier is recommended for all-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles. A tow dolly is the recommended method for front-wheel drive vehicles. They lift the front wheels of your vehicle off the road, and pull it along behind your truck.

A hand truck or dolly will keep your back from being strained during the lifting of heavy objects into the truck. It will also speed up your moving process by allowing you to carry more items on each trip to or from the truck. You can also use furniture pads, as they will save your furniture from the scratches and dings which can happen during the moving process.

Don’t Get Fooled By Online Florists

With the advancement of the internet, sending flowers anywhere around the globe to your loved ones has become far easier and much more cost effective than ever before. Or at least isn’t that how it should be?

Millions of consumers and florists worldwide are ending up out of pocket and very disappointed. This is mostly due to the relatively unknown fact that it is becoming more and more difficult to find a Real Local Florist on the internet or in the local pages.

Many companies are posing as real florists, offering discounted rates to entice the consumer to purchase from their sites, while only acting (sometimes very badly), as a middleman. This often results in lost orders, wrong details being passed on to the filling florist and florists not getting paid for their hard work.

To help combat this, here are a few tips on how not to get caught out by what the industry describe as ‘Order Gatherers’ and ‘Order Skimmers’.

* Choose a florist that displays his or her own work on their website. Don’t settle for a site that has a generic ‘brochure’ otherwise your order could end up at ‘floral order central’! At least if the florist is displaying their own work, you will know that the florist is in fact real! You will also be able to choose personalised flowers and even funky little add-ons if you so wish. After all, we are all individuals and flowers can often be an expression of this.

* Make sure the site contains a ‘Contact us’ and/or ‘About us’ page which include details such as Address, Phone number, and an Email address.

* Be sure that the payment page is secure. (Look for the https:// in your browser. The ‘s’ means it is secure).

* Just because discounts and free delivery are offered, it does not mean you will receive value for money. Your real local florist will more than likely be a qualified designer, and far more dedicated to the art of floral arranging and most importantly, to his/her customer’s satisfaction.

* If you want to send flowers out of town, you are better to deal directly with the filling florist than to use one of the larger florist relay networks. If you do use one of these through your local florist, you will either directly or indirectly end up paying unnecessary fees for the privilege. Your local florist may be able to provide you with contact details of a trusted florist within his/her own network. Next time you are visiting your far away loved ones, pop into their local florist and pick up their business card (you can check out their work at the same time)!

* Most local florists can deliver the very same day you order provided you order within their usual delivery times.

* Another great way to find a real independent florist is to use a florist directory such as Vuzien, where you are linked directly to an independent florist. The great part about this particular directory is that the florist will go that extra mile and email you a photo of the flowers that were delivered on your behalf.

So with all this in mind the next time you want to send flowers, you will be able to receive far better value for money and a much superior level of customer service and satisfaction, because you now know to place your order with a real independent florist in the area your flowers need to be delivered.

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