How Social Media Can Influence Car Sales

There are an estimated 1.7 billion social media users in the world. When it comes to auto sales, social media can hugely impact potential car buyers and dealers. Here are some statistics that prove just how much car sales can largely increase through the power of the internet.

1. 90% of potential car buyers use the Internet to research different vehicles as well as car dealership information.

2. The automotive industry makes up of 6.1% of all online purchases.

GM, Ford, and Toyota make up half of the total spending of online automotive advertising. Continue reading “How Social Media Can Influence Car Sales”

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Biography of Mary According to the Bible

In the New Testament Mary is a young Virgin who has been impregnated by the so-called Holy Ghost. Finding herself in this state as an unmarried maid her embarrassment sends her off to her cousin, Elizabeth, who is also pregnant (Luke 1:1-43). They console each other and an angel intervenes to explain that their future children will be caught up to God. She then takes Joseph as her husband (Matthew 1:18,19) and the baby is born but no date is given.

We discover little more than this about Mary in the New Testament as the importance of her role was to produce the baby, Jesus. Only John 19:25-27 makes any mention of her at the cross when Jesus Christ is executed. Continue reading “Biography of Mary According to the Bible”

New Book Offers Hope to Anyone Struggling With Adversities

In her new memoir, Strengthening Your Identity While the Shadow Is in Front of You, Mwati Mwila shares her life story of experiencing diversity, finding her identity, and learning how to be strong in the face of turmoil, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Mwati is a true citizen of the world, and readers will be fascinated by and possibly envious of her many global adventures. Born in Zambia, Mwati moved, while still a young child, with her parents, two older sisters, and younger brother to Australia and New Zealand where she attended school. Even at a young age, she was aware that she was different from her classmates because of her skin color, and at times, she experienced racism and prejudice as a result. These experiences led her to question what it meant to be African when she was not in her native country. Continue reading “New Book Offers Hope to Anyone Struggling With Adversities”

The History of Engagements – Reasons for a Ring

The customary practice of giving engagement rings started way back in the prehistoric times when cavemen tied cords around their mate’s waists, ankles, and wrists to take control of her spirit. Some remains of ancient Egyptians were also found wearing a silver or gold ring on the middle finger of their left hands. It was believed that the third finger is directly connected to the heart.

In the first century B.C., the sultans and sheiks in Asia used puzzle rings to tag every wife they have. The use of rush-ring in weddings began when a bishop of Salisbury ended the practice of using it to seduce women to a mock marriage. He declared that rush-rings shall be used to legally bind marriages. Continue reading “The History of Engagements – Reasons for a Ring”

The Keys to Having Successful Financial Conversations When You’re Engaged

While money is a leading cause of marital strife, a recent Ameriprise study found that nearly seven in ten couples say they have good financial communication. Before wedding planning kicks into high gear, make conversations about your finances a priority. Taking the time today to talk through money matters can create a solid foundation for your collective future. Use the following six principles to guide your money conversations:

1. Open-minded. Take turns sharing your vision for money management as a married couple. Listen carefully to what your future spouse says is important to him or her. Acknowledge your differences and build on your strengths. If your expectations don’t match up, try to find a compromise. Some couples sidestep conversations about money to avoid feelings of hurt, fear, anger or remorse. Creating a habit of regular communication may help you avoid heated arguments, and can help ensure you’re on the same page financially before you walk down the aisle. Continue reading “The Keys to Having Successful Financial Conversations When You’re Engaged”

Does Your Boss Value You?

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks and one of the things that has struck me is the continued discussion around pay. The announcement at the beginning of last week that under government reforms the UK’s biggest firms will have to reveal how much more their chief executives are paid compared with the average worker. Whilst the CEO is often important in steering the direction of many companies, I believe that, in a lot of cases, they are not fundamental to the success of that business and the value put on their skills is often too high. In many businesses both private and public the management pay scale far outweighs that of the individuals that actually make the goods, provide the services or carry out the administration. Continue reading “Does Your Boss Value You?”

A Look Into GUIDI

An unprecedented devotion to artistry along with an uncanny revere for its ancestry accurately describes the craftsmanship of the fashion house: Guidi. Founded in 1896, Guido Guidi, Giovanni Rosellini, and Gino Ulivo would later establish Conceria Guidi Rosellini, Italian for “Guidi-Rosellini Tannery” (Guidi, n.d.). In doing so, the trio managed revolutionize the mask of an artisan good that currently serves as the very nucleus of fashion, leather. This proved to be an honorable feat, with respect to the location of the settlement being Tuscany, a region in central Italy in which leather tanneries dates back to the middle ages. Continue reading “A Look Into GUIDI”