How To Sell Without Selling [infographic]

May 12, 2014 |  by  |  Business  |  1 Comment
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Don’t overlook this one just because you’re not a salesman. Of course any type of business major should know these things, but unless you’re living in a straw hut on a remote island then you have something to gain from these statistics.

There’s been a recent trend where publications think that good journalism is using blanket generalizations to take shots at millennials. I’m not trying to dig that same hole because I honestly don’t have enough arrogance to fill it. I will say however that I am very certain that if there’s one thing that sets Generation Y apart from the rest, it’s their exposure to advertising. Your typical 20-year-old can smell a conventional sales pitch from a mile away and companies have been perpetually changing the way they market their product to combat this increase in buyer awareness.

Advertising will continue to get slicker, smarter, and more subtle. It’s your responsibility as a consumer to pay attention to the trends so that you don’t get suckered into buying a blender that can only make salad dressing, complete with a promotional set of priceless bicentennial silver coins cast with a brilliant side profile of Keanu Reeves’ face. To end on a serious note here, if you come across any coins like the ones previously described please shoot me an email because I would happily buy two blenders if it means I could just touch such a beautiful piece of legal US tender.

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Super Mario Flower Power [Infographic]

May 11, 2014 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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If there’s one thing in this world that will appease the inner-child in me, it’s the Super Mario video game series. There is just something about these games that make them so brilliant that it makes me giddy every time I see those little plumbers jumping about. It’s pretty crazy that a concept as simple as getting from point A to point B via hopping on monsters heads, gaining different power-ups, and coin collecting makes for compelling gameplay even to this day. What’s even more remarkable, there have been 20 plus Mario games released and they haven’t missed a step along the way! Each of these games is worth playing (some more than others) countless times with friends or by yourself.

This infographic not only goes through the history of the various games that Mario and his friends have undergone, but also shows some of the various flower power-ups throughout the series (makes sense once you realize that a florist company sponsors the infographic). Most of the flowers listed here are from the past 10 years, so it’s not really a good representation of power ups throughout the lineage; but it’s whatever. It’s still a cool timeline of an incredible series of games that I hope continues with excellence in the future. Now someone buy me a Wii U so I can play Super Mario 3D World!

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Women and Their Skin: A Love- Hate Relationship [infographic]

May 10, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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It’s not taboo to hear about the body issues American women face every day. From body shamming, to the constant re-occurring Proactive commercials, companies have capitalized off of womens’ insecurities.

A common insecurity women face other than the size and shape of their body’s is their skin. From a simple blemish, to all the way to vitiligo, women have to worry about everything. The pressure women face to maintain not only a lean frame, but a flawless face is truly a growing problem.  

A study by Noxema revealed how women truly feel about their face, and the results were upsetting. A startling 25% of women surveyed state that they would give up sex for a month in replacement of clear skin! Today’s infographic visually lays out common skin care woes women face, and some saddening statistics that the Noxema study found, not to mention some simple tips for healthy skin. Enjoy! [via]

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5 Types of Extreme Hoarders [infographic]

May 9, 2014 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  2 Comments
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Hoarders are no laughing matter. Being labeled as a Hoarder can cause extreme pain and embarrassment. The worst hoarders are afraid to invite people into their homes, and sometimes can’t even enter a room because it is so packed with objects.

No one makes the choice to become a hoarder; it is a slow accumulation that can be onset by a variety of factors. Often times a tendency to hoard is caused by depression, anxiety and generally high levels of perfectionism. People who hoard also appear to have difficulties processing information and could potentially have ADHD. Hoarders have a knack for attaching human like quality to their objects. Hoarder feel safer when around their hoard and in turn they literally grieve the loss of any object. People who hoard often hold beliefs about the necessity of not wasting objects or losing opportunities that are represented by objects.

Hoarding is a habit that can potentially be as destructive as an addiction. Although hoarding is not an addiction like drugs, the compulsive behaviors that can be caused hoarding is related to addiction. There are no medicines that can cure hoarding or coax the hoarder out of the habit, the only successful treatment is family support and perhaps therapy.

Any hoarders can take the first steps of gaining their life back through hiding all of their object in a storage unit. This provides having the comfort of knowing they still own 5,000 rubber ducks, but potentially being able to realize that there is no need for them in the near future.

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National Nurses Week [infographic]

May 8, 2014 |  by  |  Health  |  1 Comment
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This week is dedicated to taking a step back and appreciating the backbone of the healthcare industry: nurses. Nurses do everything from aiding the doctor to keeping weary patients entertained. It is no wonder why nurses are such amazing people. It takes a great amount of patience, selflessness, and passion to excel at this job. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into becoming a nurse, and whenever someone decides that this is the appropriate career path for him or her, they must understand that they are devoting their lives to other people and that, in turn, requires a lot of responsibility. So, thank you nurses, for looking out for us.

If that sounds like you, and you’re thinking about becoming a nurse, then you are definitely in luck. According to a U.S. News and World Report, nurses are in pretty high demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 37,100 new positions for nurse practitioners will be available before 2022. The world population is steadily growing, and with it, the number of sick people that need to be taken care of. So if you’re looking for job security, the medical field is definitely where it’s at.

Whether this is something you want to do or not, always remember that nurses are giving every bit of themselves so that the world can be a better place for everyone to live. So next time you have to make a visit to the doctor, thank the people that assist you. [Happy Nurses Week!]

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