How Can SharePoint Help in Business Management?

Microsoft SharePoint is a web application platform that has been created by Microsoft for the purpose of document and content management. It has been created for managing heaps of data, and comes with huge flexibility as well as support for various add-ons. With every SharePoint version, you can find enhanced features and capabilities that can help in easier management of business operations. Read on and find out how SharePoint can aid in business management.

Complete management
According to SharePoint consultants, this web application platform works as an Intranet that allows workers to perform a wide range of functions, including document management, collaborating on new ideas or projects etc. You can also use it as a portal for posting key metrics and performance indicators. It can also be used for workflow applications.

Workflow Improvement
Microsoft SharePoint can also assist in the improvement of workflow. The cloud solutions of SharePoint can deal with almost any type of business workflow. It can be integrated very well with Microsoft Office stack and Outlook. Other than this, SharePoint can also be natively integrated with an SQL server, which makes data more purposeful for workers.

Collaboration in the workplace
The use of SharePoint can also promote greater collaboration within the workplace. Traditionally, any task is executed individually and then transferred to the employee who is next in line. However, with the help of SharePoint, all that you have to do is uploading on the SharePoint server the procedure manual. On a single platform, a document can be edited by different individuals.

Easy customization
You can also easily customize SharePoint, and eliminate the traditional email attachments, files and folders. You can easily store files on the website of SharePoint, and also restrict or grant access to other users to see a file. You will not need to worry about the business phone directory getting public either. Whenever anyone needs the directory, you can just send a mail containing the link that would take the recipient to the SharePoint server.

Security
It will be assuring for you to know that every individual SharePoint team website can be set up on the server of SharePoint. In case you want your management team website to have all the information related to management stored in a proper way, you will need to be in charge of the management in order to get access to the website. Not being in the management team will not let you even know about its existence. Only the management team members will be able to see that specific website while others will be incapable to view the same. In this sense, SharePoint sites are extremely secure.

Support services
Every company has the need to maintain its information, documents, data and records in a proper way. Microsoft SharePoint support services can be very useful in these situations. These are especially helpful for companies without any document management system or formal automated workflow. Various small and mid-sized organizations lack a business automation system. SharePoint can benefit such companies, and if your business is similar, you will get the same advantages.

Source by Bruce D Lee

The Beauty Of This Online Business – Affiliate Marketing

Most of the people out there complaint that online business is a fraud. It is rendered as myth. There are two reasons why they do not believe in online business – they never tried it with their own hand and effort, or they failed hard from their past experiences. Let’s forget about the group on never really take any action on building their own online business yet complaint the online business model is just a myth. They are the naysayers. I will talk on the group that failed hard from their past experience.

The reason why many people failed from their online business venture is because they do not follow the blueprint, or the ultimate system to create wealth online. They are always changing the direction of the sailing ship, which eventually sail to nowhere. It simply means they are always attracted by the next shiny objects out there in online business. They quickly jump to another object before they can master the current job.

One of the shiny object that most people fall for, and many time, failed hard from it in online business, is product creation (digital product). The idea of product creation sounds magical and wonderful to many people. The notion of owning entirely something that they created, with their name attach to the product, is feeding their gratification. Here’s a hard cruel solid fact about product creation: most of the digital products that were created by amateur online marketer still sit on their digital bookshelf! Simply put, the digital products are not generating a single dollar for them.

It is a stone cold fact that sales and marketing is the number one skill in making money online. It is the holy grail of any online business. Without the possession of mature sales and marketing skills, product creation is just a wild goose chase. You may be good in creating a product, but without sales and marketing in place, no one will know your product existence.

That’s why it is extremely important for an online marketer to first possess the sales and marketing skills, before they jump to product creation. The best place to learn, train and improve sales and marketing skills is through AFFILIATE MARKETING. By leveraging other people’s hard work, all you need to do is to carry out the sales and marketing part which involves driving traffic, converting those traffic and earning money from it. This way, you can learn sales and marketing effectively. Since the product belongs to someone else, and they had put in the hard work in creating the product, you have all the more reason to say that affiliate marketing is by far the best place to learn sales and marketing, which is the holy grail of online business.

The truth of the matter is that you should be selling and promoting other people’s products from your own website as if those products are yours!

Source by Eric Jee

What Do You Understand by Brand Creation?

In an era of knowledge economy, brands are intellectual properties that provide true competitive differentiators and are an asset in their own rights. Creation of a brand is a rigorous, research based discipline that draws upon cutting edge insights from diverse disciplines like psychology, anthropology, marketing and technology.

Brand creation is not a one-time activity. The process of brand creation is enduring, staying with the consumers for the longest period. A brand, built with defined brand architecture, has a stronger recall than compared to just an advertisement – one of the communication processes, used to accentuate the brand equity.

Sometimes, a particular product or service may already be in the market. However it’s in need of a major change in the premise it stands for, to adapt to changing consumer needs or to become relevant to a new set of consumers – the process called brand rejuvenation. Rejuvenating a brand is a different process than compared to brand creation. Even though it follows a process similar to brand architecture process, in Brand rejuvenation there is already some information and insight available about the consumer reactions which help in the repositioning of a brand or its re-creation.

There is a set of frameworks and techniques which is utilized to come up with the final premise on which a brand is established. Branding workshops is one such example which helps immensely in identifying the correct target consumer segment and the significant consumer trigger factors, helping to evolve an optimal brand design.

As mentioned before, there are several communication processes which are leveraged to elevate the brand value. But one of the most important and proximate to the consumer during purchase is packaging. Packaging conveys in an instant what the brand wants to communicate and how it communicates it. Innovative ways of retail branding are also catching up in the new modern era to leave a lasting impression on the consumers. And with digital soon taking over the world, website and other interactive design which translates the brand essence into digital terms has become a pre-requisite tool in the toolkit of the modern marketer along with various reputation management techniques.

With an ever evolving consumer set, there is always going to be a need for innovative ways to translate what the true essence of a brand is. Having a strong brand seed to stand on is what can help the product as well as the brand in the long run.

Source by Abhijit Khaire

Forgive All Ebay Sins!

Over the years, I have been amazed at the "blinding" greed and reckless approach to commerce that some business owners have employed. Lying to customers, selling inferior merchandise, and not offering refunds, left a firestorm of irate customers in their wake. Without fail, all of this "ill will" led most businesses to bankruptcy, and in some cases, Federal Prison.

I realize that not everyone engages in "business criminality" that increases to the level of fraud and incarceration. Most people try to be good stewards, and approach their enterprise in an honest and forthright manner. For those of you who own thriving business concerns you already know that in most cases the customer is always right. You make sure that you communicate effectively, refund monies if the buyer is truly unhappy, and try to meet the needs of the people who buy your goods or services.

However, there are more than a handful of eBay sellers that are of the mind that customer service and effective communication is not something that they need not participate in. Take the case of a woman named Barbara, (Nickname: BobAnn) who recently posted her disappointment on the Ryze Business Network:

Barbara Cerda wrote:
Greetings Everyone,

"When will sellers on eBay understand that customer service is key? And when will eBay sellers learn using customer friendly approaches can only make their business grow?" Again today I've bought from a less than friendly seller.

Thought I was placing a bid and instead bought the item at the buy now price. Of course the seller refused to allow the retraction, nor was I allowed to place a bid. I always pay for my winning bids immediately upon email confirmation.

And did so in this case. But it would have been customer friendlier for this seller to accept my retraction to be replaced with a bid. He would have gotten repeat business from me and my friends. His "Buy" price is 30% over the retail price for this item. Lesson learned by me again – that there are way too many sellers on eBay out to grab a buck and the hell with fair practice.

Lesson learned yet again. "

BobAnn

End quote …

The operative phrase here is "repeat business from me and my friends". There is no better endorsement of your product or service than word of mouth advertising. Lack of flexibility on the part of the seller, not only cost them one customer, but also destroyed the potential for future business. Good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster!

As an auction seller, (Ebay auction ID: LevelBest77) I would have accommodated her request right away. And while I have never had anyone use "Buy It Now" by accident, I have had several people over the years ask me to retract bids. The number of people who have made that request can be count on one hand! Some, did not even understand the process, (bid retracting) and I was more than willing to guide them through it.

People make honest mistakes, and you should never "abuse" a buyer for doing so. If you plan to get into eBay auction selling for the long haul, always practice good will toward your customers. Unless someone is totally unreasonable, and you have done everything in your power to accommodate their request, never deny people the ability to change their mind, return an item, or retract a bid! Developing good will also requires that you expect customer needs …..

For instance, I had a few overseas customers bid on a wireless router. This particular item needed to be powered with a Universal Adapter, since voltage requirements in France and Australia are obviously different from those here in the United States.

I made this abundantly clear to both bidders before they sent me any payment. The purchase of such an adapter, not to mention the shipping price, would have doubled the US retail cost. I told them that they could probably get the product cheaper at their local electronics stores. Without hesitation, I let them out of their obligation to pay for the item. I then contacted the next highest bidder and offered that person the chance to make the purchase.

Both bidders thanked me for my honesty. They had forgotten about the electrical differences. I could have ignored that little detail, and sold them the item anyway. I just had to put myself in their situation. Think of how frustrated they would have been if I did not reveal that information. Buyer's remorse would have set in quickly, once they realized that they could have purchased the same item for a lot less in their native countries.

While the benefits of these actions may not have an immediate effect, you can be sure that should I ever have another "item of interest!" These two gentlemen would not hesitate to purchase from me. They can count on me to accommodate their needs, instead of catering to my wants. Creating this type of good will instills trust, and the knowledge that you have the customers best interest in mind.

"Me thinketh you doth protest too much!

Do you accentuate the positive? Or, do you run on negativity? Negative eBay feedback is a tool that everyone should use with restraint, or not at all. As a rule, I never leave negative feedback. Without someone has blatantly lied about your product, or attacked you personally without merit, then I would not leave any feedback in the "minus" side of the isle!

"Flame" wars are not pretty. I have seen a lot of unnecessary back and forth "banter" that could have been avoided, if they (the seller) just resisted the urge to make their "two cents" known. Sometimes it gives customers the impression that you are more concerned about arguing, then conducting your business.

I have also witnessed seller feedback that has included some pretty foul language. Engaging in this type of verbal sparring is not much of a confidence builder either. It is more telling of what you are, then about revealing the sins of your customers. Do not go out of your way to register a negative response if you can help it. Heed the sage advice that our Mother's use to tell us: "If you can not say anything nice, do not say anything at all!"

"What we have here is a failure to communicate!"

Communication with your customers should not amount to the sound one hand clapping! Bottom line, if someone e-mails you with a question – answer it! Here is an example of the type of feedback I obtained by doing just that ……

"He was very Helpful and cooperative in answering questions. Follow-up: Will DEFINITELY use his services anytime he has items of interest! Great Seller!"

The gentlemen who left this positive review, wanted to know about some of the particulars of a "Mickey Mouse" clock I had up for auction. His wife is a collector of all things Disney, and thought it would be a nice surprise for her birthday. The clock, to say the least, was in sad shape. It was incapable of keeping time, and the only part of it in working order was the second hand. I thought for sure that he would have disappointed with the item despite full disclosure of all of it's imperfections.

To my surprise, not only did I receive positive feedback, but he also told me that his wife absolutely loved it! In this instance, one man's junk, really, is another man's treasure! I never thought this item was worthy of any praise! The time it took to answer his questions – all of five minutes!

I know that some of you will say that I am not being realistic. You just can not answer e-mails all day; "I have a business to run!" You may proclaim. If you plan on making a living on Ebay, then you better think about hiring someone to help you answer your daily inquires if it is just too overwhelming. If you specialize in a particular product, set up a Frequently Asked Questions page to any Auto-Responder.

If you use eBay on an infrequent basis, and have less than thirty listings a month, then you really do not have any excuse not to provide great customer service and e-mail communication. You should not be inundated with questions regarding that many items, except the product you are selling is technical in nature.

If you ignore your customers, they will go away. Good customer service should be woven into the fabric of every good business. I can not overemphasis the importance of this issue. I continue to be perplexed by the fact that it is last on the list of business priorities for some eBay sellers!

Will good customer service and communication alone make you rich on Ebay? That would be a resounding "no". You will have to understand your market, and provide products that the eBay community will bid on consistently. There will be "bidders & buyers" out there that will make mistakes and commit some auction sins! Forgive all eBay coins and you will be rewarded with happy, repeat customers!

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UB04 Form – What is a UB04 Form, Where Do I Get One, and How Do I Fill it Out?

Do you need to get a UB04 form completed for an insurance company?  What is a UB04 form?  Where do you find one?  And how do you fill it out?  We run across these questions often in the world of medical billing.  Most medical health insurance claims are filed on CMS 1500 forms (sometimes called HCFA forms).  These are more common to most people.   Many billers don’t know when to use the CMS forms and when to use the UB 04 forms.

The UB04 claim form is used by facilities rather than physicians for their health insurance billing.  Hospitals, rehabilitation centers, ambulatory surgery centers, clinics, etc need to bill their services on the UB04 form in order to get paid.  Physician billing is done on the CMS 1500 claim forms. 

Every once in awhile we get a call from a person who is trying to get an insurance claim paid and they are told by the insurance company that they must file the claim on a UB04 claim form.  These people don’t have a clue what this form is or how to complete it.  They may have had to admit a loved one into a drug and alcohol rehab facility and now find that the facility doesn’t participate with their insurance plan.  These facilities often don’t file UB04 forms and can not help the family get reimbursed by the insurance company.

Many times the family has paid up front for the services of the facility and are now trying to get the insurance company to reimburse them.  The insurance policy may pay out of network but the claim must be filed correctly on a UB04 form.  Often times people are trying to collect many thousands of dollars on the claim.  Required fields on the UBO4 form include rev codes, value codes and type of bill.  What do you put in these fields?   These forms can be very confusing.  Where do you get the correct information to complete the forms?  And which fields are required on the form?  If the facility does not have a UB04 form to fill out, where do you get one? 

Unfortunately the answers are not easy.  The Rev codes represent the procedure codes.  The type of bill is a three digit number that represents the type of facility, the bill classification and the frequency of the bill.  The value codes are required fields only in certain situations.  It is very difficult to complete these forms correctly without previous experience or proper training.  Another catch is that the forms were changed in May 2007 to allow for use of the NPI number.  You must understand NPI numbers completely to determine where you should be entering an individual NPI number or a group NPI number.  And when you try to find UB04 forms for sale, you find they are available in boxes of 2500.

If you find yourself needing to file a claim on a UB04 form and don’t know what you are doing, make sure you look into it fully.  Claims are often denied time after time for information being incomplete or incorrect.  If your claim is for a lot of money, you may not want to wait months for payment.

Copyright November 2008 – Alice Scott

Source by Alice Scott

How Marshmallows Can Help Overcome Workplace Distractions

Can you relate to this? You arrive at work and start checking emails. Half way through writing a reply, you decide a coffee is in order. On the way to the coffee machine, a colleague requests if you could help review a report. The phone is ringing as you walk back to your desk. While you are on the phone to the client, you are alerted to three more emails. An hour later you see your still empty cup at the coffee machine, realize your client's file is on your colleague's desk, you have no idea where the report is and you still have not sent the email you started drafting because of the interruptions.

If you feel that distractions make it more difficult for you to do and enjoy your job, you are right. Researchers have found that even tiny interruptions derail your thinking and increase mistakes. In one study, people performed a sequence based procedure on a computer. Erik Altman and his team found that interruptions of only three seconds doubled the error rate. Other researchers found that distractions can increase the time it takes you to do a task by between 20 and 40%.

The impact of interruptions in office is now so great, that we have interruptions researchers. Gloria Marks is one of these and her team spent three days studying a group of office workers and timing everything they did. They found:

• The average time people spent on a task before being interrupted or switching was about three minutes.

• People interrupted them about 44% of the time; The rest of the interruptions came from external sources.

• On average it took 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to interrupted tasks and most people did two intervening tasks before returning to the original task.

Not only do the interruptions mean it takes longer for us to do the task, we are also not as clever as we do them. Alessandro Acquisiti examined how much brain power was lost if you are interrupted by a phone call or email. Participants were asked to read a short passage and answer questions about it. The participants who were interrupted performed an incredible 20% worse than those who were not.

Broken concentration can lead you to miss information, make mistakes or mess with the structure of the document you are preparing. Constant distractions can lower the quality of advice you provide, the quality of preparation you do for meetings and your enjoyment of the job. They can also make it difficult for you to find the mental space necessary for complex issues which may require detailed thinking and planning.

How Marshmallows Can Help

Given how many interruptions are in a modern legal workplace, is there anything you can do? It is possible to train yourself not to give in to distractions in the same way that some of the children in the famous Stanford marshmallow did with their desire to eat a marshmallow.

In the experiment, young children were imprisoned at a table in front of a marshmallow and told they could it now or if they could wait until the researcher came back into the room, they would get a second marshmallow. A few ate the marshmallow straight away. The rest tried to wait for the researcher to return so they would get a second marshmallow. Of those who tried to wait, only one-third were successful and received a second marshmallow. Later in life, the children who waited became the most successful. They had better education, higher paying jobs, a lower BMI, better relationships and tended not to have addictions or criminal records.

Researchers from another study done in Dunedin, New Zealand were shocked to find that a child's level of self-control was just as important as anticipating their financial success and health later in life as social class, wealth, family of origin or IQ.

Are You A One Or Two Marshmallow Person At Work?

When you hear an email alert, your phone tells you that text has arrived or you overhear a conversation in a nearby office, it is easy to want to immediately gratify yourself and find out what is going on. If you stop focusing on the report you are writing and immediately check the email you would be displaying the results of a 'one marshmallow person'. If you could hold the desire to find out what is in the email until you have finished the report, you would be displaying the visits of a 'two marshmallow person'. You would finish the report sooner and make fewer mistakes.

Dealing with distractions in a work environment might just be as simple as reminding yourself to be a 'two marshmallow person'. This small act of personal discipline which will pay dividends.

Source by Petris Lapis

A Data Scientist Is More Successful When He Is A Skillful Story Teller

These days business houses are stockpiling a huge amount of data which is often considered as the precious asset for the companies. It is surprising to know that more than 90% of the data which is available in nowadays has been generated in the last two years. In earlier days, due to the scant knowledge, the companies didn’t know how to extract the meaningful and relevant information from this stored data. But the advent of data analytics has successfully bridged the gap between the company and this unpolished data.

So, it can be concluded that the data analytics has completely changed the vision of the companies and by using the comprehensive business analytics, the companies can take the right decisions which will help them to surpass their contenders. Hence, the organizations are accentuating on data analysis which is extracted from raw data by specialized computer programs and are cultivating their employees regarding how to accustom and publicize the information that they are getting from these organized data.

Since the importance of data analytics is burgeoning day by day, hence the companies are appointing the sagacious professionals who will provide the company with the wider insights of the structured data. A data scientist will be responsible for designing and implementing various processes and different layouts for the intricate and large-scale datasets that are basically used for modelling, data mining, and various research purposes.

What are the core responsibilities of a data scientist? Why they became an integral part of every business?

Need to take care of those data which affect the organization most: A data scientist’s core job is to identify the most relevant data which will help the organization to make the right decisions so that they can proliferate their business and growth. A data scientist usually dives into the pool of data and with his expertise and knowledge, he used to find all the imperative information and ignores other irrelevant data so that the company can take the apt decisions quickly. Suppose a company deals with mobile phones, then they should try to find out who are using their phones currently? How can they find more users like them? Only a pedantic data scientist can answer these questions and hence, the companies are employing more data scientists into their core team.

Need to present data in such a way that anyone can understand it: Though a data scientist should be well-equipped with all the technical and machine languages like R, Python, etc., but he should present the data in a facile and simpler way so that even a layman can understand the insight from the data. A data scientist should never show a regression analysis or a plot from R because only a few people have an adequate knowledge regarding these. Rather he should present the data in a story telling way which consists of simple slides and visuals instead of numbers. Visualizing and communicating data are equally important, specially for the nascent companies who are making the data-driven decisions for the first time or the companies where these professionals are viewed as people who help others making data-oriented decisions. In this way, everyone in a company should understand which portions or departments of the company need further improvement.

Help in the promotions and other marketing strategies: A data scientist will also work coherently with the marketing team and helps the company to conduct the fruitful campaigns and promotions which will certainly enhance the sales and profit. If a mobile company has an idea who are their most engaged customers, then a data scientist will help the company to see what campaigns those members liked the most or what made them get involved so closely with the brand? By evaluating all these questions, a company can design their promotional campaigns and other marketing strategies in such a way which will help them in enhancing their customer base and visibility.

It would be an arduous job to describe what are the prime job roles of a data scientist within a few words. Apart from having a proficient knowledge of technical, a data scientist should know how to create directives from the data, and how to present the data in a story telling way. Nowadays, along with the marketing and production or service teams, these professionals are also the pillars of the company for its growth. Hence, the companies are commissioning more data scientists into its team so that it can go beyond its competitors.

Source by Sarena George

Review on Five Minds for the Future

In this book, Howard Gardner stresses on five minds that is fundamental for survival in the present digital era and century. As we live in a digital technological world and era, inculcating and cultivating the practices of using these minds are mandatory. The five minds in brief are:

  1. Disciplined Mind: For each one of us to successful in life, we need to focus on one or two disciplines to succeed. Or else we need to compromise doing menial tasks and to master discipline in one subject takes about 10 years. To develop this disciplined mind, one must consistently work on for long enough until he attains mastery in the discipline. In future, Gardner stresses that for each productive and successful individual, he must focus on one or two disciplines proficiently to thrive in the coming generation.
  2. Synthesizing Mind: is basically integrating one or more disciples to take effective decisions and actions so as to succeed. Most leaders and presidents have to use this mind most of the time in their career.
  3. Creative Mind: understands thinking creatively and outside the box. This result in creative breakthrough, inventions, innovations, etc. The author stresses that having creative mind alone helps you reach now without and until it is backed up by disciplined mind and synthesized mind. Or else creative mind is a total failure. Whatever one does creatively need to be practiced and mastered regularly and built into a skill in that particular discipline.
  4. Respectful Mind: is another word for tolerant mind. Cultivating respectful minds helps to celebrate the difference across opinions, view, judgments, religious views, castes, races, etc. Here one needs to be respectful of each other across nations, groups and community
  5. Ethical Mind: is building of ethics, principles and moral values. Here religious values ​​play a great role. Gardner also considers digital way of communicating especially the chat as unethical and stresses here one must be as ethical as possible with support of respectful mind.

This book is a book I would recommend to read not only for the educators but also for the people in all professions including management and leadership. The language is very easy to follow and Gardener had been very down to earth in putting his ideas across. This book is one of the best book I have ever read because I think most of us lack the five minds and we need to be sure to have these 5 minds as a means to live and thrive in the coming decades. I would personally give 5 stars to this book.

Source by Yasmin Muhammad Elias

Honda Accord Repair Car Maintenance

Chances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable. 

Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:

  • Oil Changes / Lube Service
  • Tune Ups
  • Radiator – Coolant / Antifreeze Change / Flush
  • Air Filter Replacement A/C – Air Conditioning
  • Wheel / Tire Alignment
  • Timing Belt Replacement / Inspection
  • Brake Inspection / Check / Repair /
  • Service Exhaust & Muffler Repair & Service
  • Honda Inspection Service
  • Transmission Service & Repair
  • Suspension and Shock Absorber repair service

The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another.

Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

#1: Vibration When Braking This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement. Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more. In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction. Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

Overall the Honda Accord has proven to a reliable and dependable vehicle and consistently garners high customer satisfaction reviews. So what new for the 2016 Honda Accord.

The Honda Accord receives a variety of updates for 2016. Revisions include updated exterior styling (including new LED taillights for all models), revised suspension tuning, new interior trim and, on EX models and above, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. All sedans except the base LX model now get a 60/40-split rear seat, while the new Honda Sensing package of driver assistance features is available on all trim levels.

Source by Robert Emanuel

May I Or Can I Send You an Email?

There is a real difference between "May I send you an email?" And "Can I send you an email." And I'm not just talking about which question to ask your prospective subscriber.

In case you're wondering now that I've mentioned it, WordTask defines "may" as expressing permission or possibility, while "can" expresses ability.

In email marketing, the first question … "May I send you an email?" Is the essential question you're asking your prospect subscriber when getting permission to send her an email. This is where you need to be really clear about what you're asking permission to send, and she needs to be really clear about what she's giving you permission to send.

The "Can I send you an email" is an entirely different story. Your ability to actually deliver the email is, however, still still a bit of permission. Not so much the asking permission … the "May I?" Because there's really no one to ask permission of … but the finding out through testing whether you can actually get the email to move all the way from your "out basket" to your intended recipient's "in basket."

This is the more technical side of email marketing, and it can be much trickier.

The "can" for email marketing consists of whether your prospect subscriber has the right kind of software to receive your email in the format you've designed it … and … (the part about finding out if you got permission without saying "Mother may I?") Is whether you can (have the ability to) get your content and layout to pass through the permission police of the numerous spam filters currently used by Internet Service Providers (ISP's) as well as any additional filters added by Your prospect subscriber.

The first part of the "Can …" in terms of whether your subscriber can actually read what you send is getting something easier, as computer operating systems and software upgrades now permit most email users to read HTML, PDF and text. However, it's certainly not 100%, so part of your "May I send you emails?" Questionnaire is "In what format would you like to receive your emails?" So you will know what she can read on her computer, as well as what she may prefer.

The second part of "Can I" (your ability to physically get the email delivered) also involves an action on her part and that is … she must "whitelist" you … or add you to her acceptable contacts list, as Well as confirm the opt-in, so that your emails will not automatically be sent to her "junk mail."

Now that you've gotten that far, the last barrier on the "Can you get the email through" is the most difficult … and quite frankly, may best be left to the experts. Especially if you're quickly developing a large email list. The experts at getting past the spam filters are email marketing services, who act as your agent, have developed a "relationship" with the ISP's. They know and understand what words, phrases, graphics, and other testing criteria may cause your messages to be considered "spam," and cause them to be blocked before they can be received.

At Toptenreviews.com, you can see that the three highest ranked email marketing services are Icontact, Benchmark, and ConstantContact. They are not the only email marketing companies that you might consider, but using someone in this field can make a significant difference in whether your email message can get through to the intended recipient's inbox.

There you have it. Once you have permission, you may send the email. And, once you understand the formats and filters, (and probably obtained a little professional assistance) you can get your emails into the proper inbox.

Source by Max Kazen