Ten reasons to love Richmond, Virginia

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Millions of people move and relocate every year in the US. One popular destination is the the Richmond region. Here are eight reasons why Richmond is considered an awesome place to move (and even visit):

1) Interesting tours – You get tours for everyone. Covering everything from the arts in Richmond to slave trail tours that cover the history from that period.

2) Fresh foods – They have a wide variety of food ranging from fresh fish, cheese and many other local produce. For the foodie there are plenty of restaurants to keep you occupied.

3) Presence of a beach nearby – If living by the beach is something that is important to you, then Richmond has that covered as well.

4) Close proximity to hills – Lots of places to go hiking and mountain biking.

5) Richmond hosts one of the biggest festival in the US – This comes in the month of October, this is a folk music festival and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

6) They have an Island – You can go fishing at the Belle Isle or even just walk around the island.

7) Cuisine – Richmond’s restaurants cover every cuisine you can think of.

8) Real estate – The real estate market is great. You can easily find a home that matches your taste and lifestyle. Checkout Henrico county real estate, one of the most popular suburbs.

The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty could be helpful if you are looking for Henrico county homes. This is a group of Virginia realtor who can provide guidance on Virginia homes for sale and on finding real estate Henrico county VA.

July 20th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Your First Mobile Campaigns: What You Need to Know

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Mobile is hot. So hot you should drop everything and devote your entire budget to it. Right? The key to mobile is a layered approach, like an onion. If you incorporate some of the strategies you utilize on desktop, and some new strategies based around mobile marketing, you’ll have a good chance of developing a strong alternative stream of traffic.

Where to Begin

Mobile can feel foreign if you’ve spent most of your time competing for desktop banner advertising traffic. The first thing you’ll notice is that mobile users have a certain sense of urgency to them. You also have more options, and in some cases different options, that you can use to target people. One example is geo-location, which becomes hyperlocalized when you utilize a mobile device with built in GPS.

Without getting too deep into intricacies, here are some good places to start your mobile marketing journey:

  • Target by Carrier: Mobile app marketers will appreciate the ability to target by carrier. Great for loyalty campaigns, or testing for customer acquisition.
  • Target by Manufacturer: If you know the device a user is using, you can build an ad that will display perfectly on that device.
  • Location: Instead of targeting by city or state, try targeting a specific point on the map. When users pass this point, they will see your ad in a more pertinent situation.

A mobile user has a different state of mind than a desktop user, often driven by location or immediacy. You must first consider whether your campaign would even have a shot at working on a mobile device. The assets, messaging and call to action must all change before you can attempt to launch.

Bio: Ted Dhanik devotes his time and energy to digital media and advertising. Since the early 2000s, Ted Dhanik has utilized banner advertising to improve the Web ecosystem. Ted Dhanik is the CEO of engage:BDR, a firm specializing in digital advertising technology.

June 23rd, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Big Companies in Virginia

By TheSteeleGroupSIR

One very important way to grade a state you may be thinking of moving to is by looking at their economy. Virginia has nothing to worry about thanks to 20 Fortune 500 companies calling this place home.

Freddie Mac probably needs no introduction. If you decide to move into one of the many Henrico county homes currently on the market, you could very well work at the mortgage giant. With over $80 billion in revenues last year, the company is doing very well despite the damage it took during the recession.

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Then there’s CarMax, also located here in Virginia. It’s likely many of those people enthusiastic about looking at new homes in Virginia are employed here. The company sits at number 259 on the Fortune 500 list and brought in more than $10 billion last year with no signs of slowing down any time soon. As long as people want to find used vehicles that are worth their money, CarMax will no doubt continue to bring business to Virginia.

Given its proximity to the nation’s capital, it’s no surprise that you can find General Dynamics here too. The aerospace specialist is one of the best in the industry and has billions to show for it.

If you’re thinking about relocating here, just remember you’ll have job options.

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June 23rd, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Fortune 500 Companies in Virginia

Written by the Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

If you’re looking for a new home, you could do a lot worse than moving to Virginia. Specifically, Henrico County homes have become extremely popular. There are so many different options to choose from. Henrico has some of the best new homes in Virginia and plenty of affordable ones too. There’s also the great educational system, urban creature comforts and all the wilderness you could ever want nearby as well.

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However, no matter what you like about a potential new home, you definitely can’t move there if you won’t have a job once you arrive. Fortunately, Virginia isn’t lacking for job opportunities. In fact, it’s home to over 20 Fortune 500 companies.

One of these is Freddie Mac, which makes more than $80.6 billion. Most of you have probably already heard of Freddie Mac before. It’s equal parts government and corporation and focuses mainly on the real estate market.

Another great company here in Virginia is CarMax. At 259, the company pulls in $10.5 billion annually. For those who don’t know, CarMax helps people find new and used vehicles, compare them and do the necessary research so they can make the best choice. Advanced Auto Parts is another Fortune 500 company that deals with cars based out of Virginia too.

Being so close to DC, there are many companies here like General Dynamics that specialize in the aerospace industry and make billions of dollars.

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May 10th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Successful Fortune 500 companies in Virginia

Written by The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

For the fourth year in a row, last year, a total of six companies located in Richmond Virginia have managed to keep their position on Fortune’s list of the 500 most successful businesses in the USA. As with every year, the ranking released last year by the magazine was based on revenues that these public companies had generated in the USA.

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The companies that called home Richmond Virginia and which happened to be on the top 500 list did not change since 2012, which is quite a good news. Their ranks remained approximately constant as well. Business analysts have concluded that this success could be attributed to Richmond’s diversity in terms of economical activities. Another important aspect is that the Fortune 1000 list contains a total of 10 local Virginia companies. The region’s diverse economy consists of various industries namely insurance, utilities, tobacco, chemicals, packaging and business services.

Most importantly, out of the six on the top 500 list, two of them have even progressed from their initial rankings. For instance CarMax Inc., an automotive retail company based in Goochland County is ranked at 259. The company ranked at 279th place in 2012. Yet another company, Owens & Minor Inc. was ranked at number 298 earlier and had moved up one rank in 2014. However, the most successful Virginia based company by far is the tobacco leading company Altria Group Inc. which is now ranked at the 156th place.

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April 15th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Quantcast Releases Top 20 Global Ad Networks: engage:BDR Ranked in Top Ten

The digital advertising company engage:BDR is proud to announce that it has been listed as one of Quantcast’s top 20 global ad networks. Using Quantcast Measure profiles to measure traffic, the ratings firm found that engage:BDR ranks as one of the top ad networks in the US and the world. The list will be updated quarterly, but this is a sign that digital advertising is experiencing incredible growth.

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The Quantcast list of Global Ad Networks was designed to provide some insight into the global advertising ecosystem online. It also serves as a method to validate and measure how well engage:BDR has helped advertisers reachwith their audience. The traffic numbers also suggest that the adoption of automated technology has helped distribute ads. engage:BDR prides itself on the ability to match marketers to their target audience, even allowing hyper-local and microtargeting on mobile.

The list is drawn from platforms that allow measurement by Quantcast, and agree to share their data publicly. During testing, engage:BDR was ranked based on 30-days worth of visitors. This method of measurement is a standard, and it’s meant to identify an unduplicated audience. Although the list is limited to ad networks that work with third-party publishers, it does give an indication that the ad-exchange marketplace is growing. It’s also crucial for publishers to branch out into the global marketplace. This helps avoid market saturation, and opens the market up to a new segment of consumers.

Cross-Device and Cross- Channel companies like engage:BDR play an important role in the digital ecosystem because marketers can pursue both mobile and desktop advertising. Online video, especially in the mobile sector, has shown tremendous growth. Video also has the power to captivate an audience, and serves as an effective method of engagement.

This milestone is also an important moment in recognizing that advertising is a global business now. Companies like engage:BDR represent the digital advertising infrastructure necessary to expand global business. One of the striking facts about this placement is that engage:BDR has managed to maintain a close tie between global and domestic traffic. As more visitors utilize Quantcast Measure, engage:BDR hopes to find greater adoption in the world marketplace.

Bio: Ted Dhanik is a digital advertising executive, and CEO of engage:BDR. Ted Dhanik is an active startup mentor, and writes frequently for AdAge. Ted Dhanik is based out Los Angeles.

April 9th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Big companies (Fortune 500) in Virginia

Written by The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

Last year, in 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, six companies headquartered in Richmond, Virginia have sustained their position on Fortune Magazine’s list of 500 most successful companies in the USA. The magazine had released its ranking last year and as with every year, the ranking is based on the revenues generated by public companies in the USA.

The companies mentioned on the list and hailing from the Richmond area did not change since the year 2012. Their rankings stayed more or less the same as well. Several business analysts have reflected that this success in due to Richmond’s diverse economic atmosphere. The Fortune 1000 list features a total of 10 local companies. Industries that were represented in the top 1000 list consists of utilities, tobacco, insurance, automotive retailing, business services, chemicals and packaging.

Most notably, two out of the six companies listed on the Fortune 500 list have even progressed from their initial rankings. Automotive retail company CarMax Inc. which is based in Goochland County is now ranked at number 259 compared to being at number 279 in 2012. Another company, Owens & Minor Inc. which was initially ranked at 298 had moved one notch up the list. The most successful Virginia based company is the tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. which was ranked at 159 on the list. In 2012, Altria was ranked at the 156th place.

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March 16th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

How to Stop Negative People from Bringing You Down

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How to Stop Negative People from Bringing You Down

Written by Heather Richards

It’s hard to stay positive, especially if you have negative people in your life who want to bring you down. Whether they do it on purpose or not, many people focus on the negative aspects of life and in the process discourage others from following their dreams and goals. If you’re tired of allowing these people to bring you down, it’s time to do something about it. Inspired by the writings of Dr. Eric Amidi, here is one way you can stop negative people from bringing you down:

Ask the right question. According to Dr. Eric Amidi, people who are pessimists often focus on the perceived problems instead of the solutions. A simple but effective way to combat their negativity is to ask them a certain question: “What would you recommend we should do to solve the problem?” This one question will change the direction of the conversation from the negative to the positive; from focusing on the problem to the solution. It even encourages teamwork and allows both parties to work together to come up with a solution to the problem. It might even make the negative person realize that the perceived problem might not be a realistic threat.

So the next time someone negative tries to bring you down, ask the question mentioned above. However, Dr. Eric Amidi reminds readers that there is right and wrong way to ask this question. When you ask, make sure that you ask it without an attitude. Be genuine, kind, and ready to hear the answer.

January 30th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Reach Wider Segments of the Mobile Market with These Tricks

The mobile market continues to grow, and more businesses are viewing it as a channel rather than as a silo. As a result, more effort is put into reaching mobile users and perfecting messaging on the small screen. The mobile market is still ripe for disruption and these tricks will help get you familiar with the basics you need to reach a wider segment of your audience.

Intelligence and Targeting

Begin with a profile of your ideal buyer. Describe this person by age, income level and anything else you can think of. Think about the user’s intent, and why she might be searching for something similar to your product. Next, conceptualize location and how that factors into your sales proposition. Can you offer a lower price with free shipping, or an alternative that doesn’t involve the user leaving her room? Use the answers to these questions to inform both your messaging and your targeting. Be direct in your call to action, using language like “Order Now” or “Play Today”. Be specific in your targeting, and narrow down as much as you can. Mobile is driven by immediacy, so use whatever you can to cater to the sense of instant fulfillment.

Developing Tests

One of the first tests you can run for a campaign might be day parting. This simple test looks at which days of the week, and times of day, are most likely to provide conversions for your campaign. Begin by reviewing your data and creating a new ad group. In this new group, cut the least productive day from your campaign and let the campaign run to see if performance increases. This is the stepping stone to a larger group of tests, where you can dissect which days perform best.

Always begin a test with a question or a theory in mind. Day parting is easy because you can accumulate enough data to form some thoughts on it within a few weeks. Other concepts, like messaging, require research and outside the box thinking. If you begin by trying to beat your current records, you’re sure to find success and scale your campaigns.

Ideas on Messaging

As a final trick, be specific with your messaging. Zero in on the problem your audience is trying to solve, and begin with that as the basis for your taglines. Describe exactly what your product solves in the fewest possible words, and include images like screenshots to help illustrate your points. If format is a concern, use the colors of your brand.

Bio: Ted Dhanik is the co-founder of engage:BDR, a mobile and display advertising exchange. Ted Dhanik started with MySpace.com and LowerMyBills.com, where he helped to strategically grow the brands. engage:BDR, led by Ted Dhanik, helps businesses grow leads online.

January 20th, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Investing in Your Future with Grand Cayman Real Estate

Written by: REMAX.ky

Summary: Cayman Island properties make excellent long term investment opportunities.

As your wealth grows, so to do your opportunities. Some are inevitably better than others. Cayman real estate offer investors both foreign and domestic, a unique opportunity. International investors have been pouring cash into the tiny island paradise, which has inevitably increased their quality of life and standard of living. This in turn has created an excellent opportunity for investors, but that is not the only positive, there’s more.

Tax Free Income

Grand Cayman real estate really doesn’t cost you long term. Say you purchase a property in cash. Aside from upkeep costs, that property carries no taxes. There is a one-time fee due upon purchase, and there is a small stamp duty to pay on legal documents. Any income you make from renting your property is also tax free, making it a prime spot for couples saving for retirement.

Values Rising

Grand Cayman has been on a steady track of overall growth since the 60s. The island continues to offer a thriving banking industry, which in turn fuels the construction economy and tourism industry. Cayman Luxury real estate tends to hold its value, if not increase over time. Especially if you purchase property in a desirable location such as the beach.

Final Thoughts

Cayman Island property offers a great long term opportunity for those looking to save for retirement. Tax free income provides great return, and reduces the costs associated with owning. Come and see for yourself when you visit Grand Cayman!

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