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Cheap PR stunt backfires on online agents

Cheap PR stunt backfires on online agents

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Cheap PR stunt backfires on online agents Cheap PR stunt backfires on online agents9th October 20150695 Views A PR stunt in the form of a slow drive funeral procession through the streets of London, supposedly marking the death of the high street estate agency sector, backfired on the online agency who staged it, confirming that their unprofessional and cheap marketing methods bring their own business nothing but damage.Founder and CEO of eMoov.co.uk, Russell Quirk, branded the stunt “dead wrong” and while he believes that the property industry “needs a kick”, he insisted that online agents should aim to “improve” the home buying and selling experience, and “not to ‘kill’ estate agents”.Russell (left) said “They clearly have their own view on marketing strategy and this particular style may work for them. But the business of selling someone’s family home with care and at the best price is a very serious business.”Adam Male, Founder of Urban.co.uk, felt that the PR stunt was “effective” but insisted that “it’s in no way the end of the high street.”He commented, “I believe both online and traditional agency has a place in the industry. Much like John Lewis and Thomson Holidays have proven over the last five years, it’s achievable to have a successful high street operation, complemented by a great online strategy, that is what high street agents are yet to do. Until someone gets that right, online agents will continue to get huge traction and take market share from their high street cousins.”Paul Smith, CEO at haart estate agents, agreed that the traditional high street estate agent is still “alive and kicking.”Smith said, “For sellers buying a home finding a buyer is just the first step. Property chains are precarious by nature and if one buyer or seller has a wobble or gets cold feet it doesn’t usually just influence one person or family but a whole swathe of people.It requires a skilled and experienced traditional estate agent with excellent negotiation skills and an intimate knowledge of local market conditions to hold the chain together and their expertise could even help achieve a higher price.”PR stunt online agent cheap marketing methods cheap PR stunt death of the high street 2015-10-09The Negotiator Related articles Laptops donated by Hunters in memory of murdered York estate agent28th April 2021 Your Move parent group posts extraordinary profits surge28th April 2021 TPFG boss: Why we’ve joined rival LSL’s mortgage network27th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

EPL: Watford ambush Spurs

EPL: Watford ambush Spurs

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Watford vs. Tottenham Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 1:30PMWatford play host to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this afternoon sitting outside of the relegation zone for the first time since August. For the most part of Tuesday’s win over Middlesbrough in the FA Cup, Jose Mourinho would have been pleased with the performance of his side, especially in the final third of the pitch. However, gifting the Championship outfit a way back into the contest in the closing stages would have frustrated the Portuguese, who still has only one clean sheet to his name since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in October. While supporters will be optimistic regarding the progression of Japhet Tanganga and Giovani Lo Celso, they will acknowledge that they will not earn a place in the Premier League’s top four at the end of the campaign unless they improve in defence. The meeting with Watford is followed by a home clash against Norwich City – one which Mourinho and his squad will be expected to win with relative ease. However, with Manchester City lurking around the corner, Spurs are under pressure to build some momentum ahead of welcoming Pep Guardiola’s team to North London. As for the Hornets, they head into the contest having recorded three successive home wins in the Premier League, a run which has ultimately turned their season around after a dismal opening four months. The manner of the 3-0 triumph at Bournemouth will also fill Nigel Pearson with confidence as the Hertfordshire-based outfit threaten to move clear of the dropzone. That said, the newly-appointed boss now faces a different issue to what he probably expected upon his arrival as he bids to avoid any complacency creeping into the mentality of his squad. That is the potential cost of the surprise swing in momentum, although there are enough strong characters behind the scenes at Vicarage Road to keep this in-form squad level-headed. With this game taking place before the rest of the weekend’s fixtures, Watford can move to the dizzy heights of 14th place with maximum points. Watford possible XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina; Chalobah, Capoue, Sarr, Doucoure, Deulofeu, Deeney. Tottenham Hotspur possible XI: Gazzaniga, Tanganga, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Dier, Lo Celso, Moura, Alli, Sessegnon, Son.Tags: Jose MourinhoNigel PearsonTottenham HotspurWatfordlast_img read more

DONEGAL FRIENDS TO RELEASE CHORDS THAT REALLY CARE

DONEGAL FRIENDS TO RELEASE CHORDS THAT REALLY CARE

first_imgTwo young Donegal students and musicians have come together to produce an album to help cancer sufferers across Donegal.Robert Shields and Stephen McPhilemy may only be 22 and 21 respectively but they are giving something back. The lads, who met in school, have been firm friends since and are hoping to release their charity album Chords for Care in the coming weeks.Robert, from Gaoth Dobhair is study at Magee in Derry while Stephen, who hails form Creeslough, is a computer science graduate from UCD.The lads are trying to spread the word about their album so that as many people as possible will buy the album and try to raise as much funding as possible for cancer care services across Donegal.“We just decided we wanted to give something back and so many artistes have come down to our studio in the bog and given their time free of charge. “We just want to spread the word now and get as many people liking the album,” said Rob.To learn more about the guys click into the following link……http://youtu.be/fYcDq_vNfy8 DONEGAL FRIENDS TO RELEASE CHORDS THAT REALLY CARE was last modified: March 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Chords for CareRobert ShieldsStephen McPhelimylast_img read more

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

first_imgOAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors will make a determination Wednesday on whether Stephen Curry (groin) will return to action during the team’s upcoming three-game road trip, according to a team spokesman.Curry, who injured his groin in a 134-111 loss to the Bucks last week, has missed the team’s last three games. During Curry’s absence, the Warriors have gone 2-1. Curry’s return would come at an opportune time as the Warriors are set to face the Houston Rockets Thursday and then have …last_img

Think Like a Neanderthal Child

Think Like a Neanderthal Child

first_imgHow should you stop a child’s tantrum?  Think like a Neanderthal, reports Live Science.  Dr. Harvey Karp, a pediatrician, “sees our little darlings as less-evolved savages driven by instinct and emotion, not thoughtful reasoning, and he suggests it’s our job as parents to civilize them into Homo sapiens.”    It’s fruitless, therefore, to talk like a Homo sapiens to your little cave boy or girl.  Karp suggests you just speak short phrases to the child, like “You are angry,” rather than try to reason with him or her.  To prepare for this, you need to do a mind meld with your evolutionary past: And so parents need not read the history of human evolution to know how to deal with their unruly kids.    All we have to do, even in the middle of the most embarrassing public tantrum, is to reach inside and feel that same frustration and anger with the world, and then bend down and say, as Dr Karp would, “I know just how you feel.”Since Neanderthals supposedly went extinct, it is not clear exactly how Dr. Karp was able to know how they feel.  Reporter Meredith F. Small (anthropologist at Cornell), however, joined in the experience knowingly.  She said, “Apparently, nothing infuriates these little Neanderthals more than Homo sapiens logic.”  How much better to say, “I hear you.  I feel you.”    The article did come to the defense of Neanderthals somewhat:Of course, Dr. Karp maligns Neanderthals by suggesting there were instinctual creatures swayed by emotions rather than thought.  Neanderthals didn’t have language, but they had bigger brains than modern humans and could probably do logic problems with the best of us.    His advice is better couched in the notion that Homo sapiens, and presumably our ancestors, were designed to feel very deeply, and little kids simply want their emotions acknowledged, just like adults.Even with these acknowledgements, though, it is not clear how Small knows that Neanderthals could do logic problems without language, or to what extent her own adult logic was driven by a desire to have her emotions acknowledged.  One thing is clear: she does not believe in intelligent design.  Her phrase “Homo sapiens… were designed” must be interpreted in the light of the “history of human evolution” she referred to later in the article.Remember, this is the same Live Science news site that recently embellished tales of a frog-amander (05/28/2008), told us the platypus holds clues to evolution (05/09/2008) and explained that evolution made us adulterers (03/19/2008) but called the movie Expelled bad in every way (04/07/2008) and called creationism creepy (05/22/2008) and anti-science (05/17/2008).    So now we have the little evolutionist darlings doing mind-melds with people they never met, whose intelligence and parenting skills they know nothing about, and converting their imaginations into bad parenting.  Would any parents of toddlers like to vouch for the effectiveness of Neander-therapy?  If it works on children, why not on heads of state?  After all, Small said that adults have the same needs for acceptance as children.  Why don’t we tell the president of Iran, who is having a little nuclear tantrum right now, that we know just how he feels?    Sometimes debunking the Darwin propagandists is too easy.  All we have to do is quote them.(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

Healthcare usage doubles since 2000

first_img15 April 2008South Africans’ use of public healthcare services has almost doubled over the past eight years, with 101-million visits to clinics being recorded over the 2006/07 financial year.Addressing the opening of the National Consultative Health Forum (NCHF) recently, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said the increase was due to improved access as a result of building more than 1 600 clinics closer to the communities, improved package of care available at clinics and the removal of user fees.“Efforts have also been made to decrease the inequalities in the funding amongst health districts and have led to significant improvement in service delivery and health outcomes,” she said.Immunisation coverage currently stood at 85% and the average number of new cases of diarrhoea per 1000 children under the age of five dropped by more than half, from 258 in 2005 to 119 in 2006.“These successes are a result of determination of our health workers to deliver services to our people, there are some promising signs with respect to both HIV and TB,” Tshabalala-Msimang said.Success against HIV, TBShe further said that the 2006 antenatal survey showed for the first time a decline in HIV prevalence particularly amongst young people and that TB cure rates were improving annually while defaulter rates were declining.Tshabalala-Msimang told BuaNews that the significant decline in HIV prevalence on pregnant women under the age of 20 meant that young people had taken the department’s message seriously.“Peer groups go a long way in changing attitudes,” she explained.She added that the department was on the right track in terms of resource availability in clinics with 86% of health facilities having all the resources needed.ChallengesThe NCHF noted that while there were many achievements in the delivery of primary healthcare services in the country, there were still many challenges.This included improving access to primary healthcare services and equitable allocation of resources, the availability of adequate human resources for healthcare, improving quality of care, strengthening district management and increasing community participation.The forum called for a revised primary healthcare strategy for South Africa, in which per capita expenditure on primary healthcare would be doubled over the next 10 years.It also resolved to ensure that primary healthcare provided by the private health sector was made more affordable to the public.The NCHF represents government, public and private health sectors, statutory bodies, academics and research institutions, community organisations, civil society, non-governmental organisations and organised labour.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Mid-level health professionals for SA

Mid-level health professionals for SA

first_imgThe programme was conceived after a long process of consultation and extensive international studies. Registration of qualified clinical associates will rest with the Medical and Dental Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, while their training will be conducted in district hospitals and their affiliate facilities, which will serve to strengthen primary health care services in the country. The programme does not replace any existing medical training offered at South Africa’s universities, but aims to enable universities to increase the number of health workers they produce and thus add to the pool and diversity of the country’s health workforce. It started in January 2008 and is currently offered at the Walter Sisulu University (former the University of Transkei) and University of Pretoria. It will commence at the University of the Witwatersrand and University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus) in 2009. Speaking at the launch of the programme in Umtata in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, Health Minister Tshabalala-Msimang said community health centres and district hospitals would benefit from the programme by receiving more health workers. Source: BuaNewscenter_img Qualified clinical associates are able to assess patients, make diagnoses, prescribe appropriate treatments, and undertake minor surgical procedures under the supervision of medical officers. The Walter Sisulu University in Mthatha has selected 23 clinical associate students for the three-year Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Clinical Practice. South Africa’s Department of Health has launched a three-year clinical associate programme designed to produce a new category of mid-level health professionals in the country. 20 August 2008last_img read more

Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

first_imgWhen I first stepped foot on Malaysia airlines flight MH124 to Kuala Lumpur from Perth my heart sank, seeing an almost empty plane broke my heart as I’m a big advocate for Malaysia Airlines and the contributions they have made to the aviation world.  What has happened this year could have happened to any airline (and indeed has) but why Malaysia Airlines have had the two tragic incidents is a mystery that may forever go unsolved.  Thankfully, the flight home was completely full and after two days at Malaysia Airlines headquarters watching the steps this airline is taking to rebuild it was a great sight to see.  But enough of that, my main priority for being on the flight was to review Malaysia Airlines very popular Business Class and to sample their signature dish, the peanut satay.In flight entertainmentMalaysia Airlines doesn’t hand out the noise cancelling headsets until after takeoff and they collect them again 30 minutes before landing so when you’re offered a paper before takeoff I suggest you take it because a good hour of the flight will be spent with no in flight entertainment. The actual screen is large and clear however when the lights are on and the sun is out it was a little difficult to see on the window seat. There is an excellent choice of movies and TV shows available and being that Australia is one of Malaysia Airlines most important markets – our tastes were definitely catered for.Food and Beverage serviceBusiness Class passengers are offered the standard pre departure welcome drink upon boarding and not long after takeoff another drink is offered from the full beverage selection available as well as a hot towel. The menu featuring three main meal options had something for everyone but I noticed on the flight from KL that a lot of passengers had taken advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Chef On Call service. Business Class passenger can go online 24 hours before their flight and pre select their meal/s from some 20 selections rather than the three offered on board. Whilst I enjoyed the menu onboard the flight, upon having a look at the online menu for Chef On Call I would definitely recommend this service as the meals being served looked and smelt even better than that offered from the onboard menu. One thing I noticed about Malaysia Airline’s main courses versus other airlines was the serving size. They were amongst the most generous I had experienced and of a high quality too -no padding out with onion here. The actual service delivery was exemplary and I was impressed considering the short flight time. To have a full Business Class cabin served and cleared within 90 minutes on both flights demonstrates the efficiency and skill of the staff onboard. The cabin crew on both flights were nothing short of excellent. Prior to the meal, another hot towel is given and then the tables were lain with white linen cloths and meals served on china with stainless steel cutlery, china mugs for tea and linen napkins. The appetizer for the flight to KL was of course the signature satay sticks served with peanut sauce and they were every bit as good as I had anticipated. Soft meat, chunky peanut sauce and a little cucumber to add to the mix as well as the option to have seconds and thirds if you wished! The picture really sells this signature dish much better than any words ever could and next week I will share with you exactly what goes in to making these satay sticks – all 26000 of them a day!Seat and amenitiesThe Business Class seat on the A330 was quite hard and at best reclined to an angled flat bed of approximately 160 degrees which I just slipped down. There were plenty of other recline options available to get comfy but lying flat was not one of them. This seat however needs to be put into perspective – I was only on a short flight, long haul flights feature completely flat lie flat beds with a mattress and duvet. The blankets on the flight were my biggest disappointment – they were what would I would expect in economy and with no spares available on the flight home I froze (admittedly I feel the cold more than most). Pillows were of a decent size and eyeshades and earplugs are available upon request – there is no amenity kit offered as such on these flights however on the flights over 7 hours there is an amenity kit on every seat. In the Business Class bathroom, toothbrush and toothpaste packs were available as well as aftershave, shavers, moisturiser lotion and mouthwash.Final WordOverall my Business Class experience was excellent and with important fundamentals such as service and food ticking all the boxes there’s not a lot to complain about. I would love to see those blankets upgraded and gate to gate in flight entertainment offered but other than that it’s a competitively priced, high class business product and one that I would highly recommend.EmailTwitterlast_img read more

SA colleges get $6.7m boost

SA colleges get $6.7m boost

first_imgEhlanzeni FET College is one 12 South African institutions to benefit from USAID funding. (Image: Ehlanzeni FET College) MEDIA CONTACTS Ranjeni MunusamyMedia and Communications head:Department of Higher Education and Training +27 12 465 5513 +27 82 898 6082RELATED ARTICLES • e-Cadre to boost service delivery • Ubuntu software for schools Bongani NkosiTwelve rural Further Education and Training (FET) facilities in South Africa have received a major cash injection from a US government agency to boost skills development and training.The US-South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, worth US$6.7-million (more than R50-million), was launched on 20 October 2009 at the Waterberg FET College in Mokopane, Limpopo province.The partners in the initiative are the US Agency for International Development (USAid), which is funding the programme, and South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training.The scheme aims to strengthen academic programmes, develop lecturers’ training skills and bolster student support services, not only in Limpopo, but at colleges in Mpumalanga and Northern Cape provinces as well.The Mpumalanga beneficiaries are the Ehlanzeni, Gert Sibande and Nkangala FET colleges. In Limpopo the Lephalale, Capricorn, Letaba, Sekhukhune, Mopani South East, Vhembe and Waterberg FET colleges will benefit, as will the Northern Cape Rural and Northern Cape Urban FET colleges.“I am happy that the partnership will support existing interventions being implemented at FET colleges; in particular student support services,” Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said at the launch.“This will enhance student access, retention, throughput and linkages with sustainable economic opportunities. [It is] appropriate that a partnership of this nature is formed with FET colleges.”US exchange opportunitiesSupervised by the American Council on Education (ACE) and American Association of Community Colleges, the programme will also create partnerships with the private sector in South Africa and offer exchange opportunities with US colleges and universities.Some of the US academic partners are the Bronx Community College in New York; the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System; National Center on Education and the Economy, based in Washington DC; Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts; and YouthBuild International, which is based in Boston.“We are delighted to have this opportunity help build new bridges between the US and South African higher education communities,” ACE’s Madeleine Green said in a statement. “By doing so, [we will] help South Africa tap into lessons learned from US community colleges to expand the learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth.”The programme includes a labour market research component, which has been allocated $320 000 (more than R2-million). Nzimande applauded this element because it will “give colleges access to labour market data”.“In this way, training at colleges can be matched to demands of the marketplace,” he said.Some $1.7-million (about R12.6-million) has been set aside for a local HIV/Aids programme, which Nzimande hopes “will go a long way in liberating our youth and our country from the scourge of the pandemic”.Government’s FET driveThe US investment will go a long way in improving conditions at FET colleges, but the South African government is also working to boost these institutions. The country’s 50 colleges and 236 campuses “will be the primary site for skills development training”, President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address in June 2009.“To date government has invested R600-million [$80.3-million] in bursaries for FET college students in order to create access for the financially needy,” said Nzimande.“Government was aware that this investment was not enough and will work to improve it,” he said. “We are committed to ensuring that no young person is deprived of the opportunity for education or training merely because of a lack of money…”The FET colleges revitalisation project, which ran over three years and ended in March 2009, saw the government spending R1.9-billion ($25 422-million) on improving infrastructure, acquiring more equipment and developing a new curriculum, among others.FET institutions play a pivotal role in Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, as universities are yet to be established there.last_img read more