Top Social Internet Retailers [infographic]

January 15, 2013 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet, Marketing, Retail  |  2 Comments
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In this fast paced world of technology, connectivity and instant communication, we all have had to adjust to fit the new normal. Corporate marketing departments have added a social component to their marketing strategies, a necessary step in reaching this vast online audience. Smart companies have dedicated time, money and staff to building and maintaining reputable social networking platforms that engage with customers with the click of a mouse.

Today’s infographic takes us through the top 250 internet retailers on social media. These companies have excelled, creating highly engaging Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest pages, allowing their customers to interact with their brand without stepping foot in a storefront.

So who are these social media front runners? Most of them are the big named brands that you know and love. Victoria’s Secret, Walmart and Adidas lead the Facebook front, while Nordstrom, Williams-Sonoma and Barneys New York lead on Pinterest.

Want to slip to the top? Know your demographic, produce engaging content and find the social media platform that’s right for you. [Via]

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The Secret to Better Sleep [Infographic]

January 14, 2013 |  by  |  Health, Lifestyle  |  1 Comment
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I don’t know about the rest of you readers, but I always feel like I could use a little more sleep in the mornings. Even when I know that I’ve gotten enough, I usually just want a few more minutes lying down, which as it turns out might not be such a bad thing.

Today’s infographic comes to us from MercuryNews.com and shows the potential health benefits of getting a good amount of sleep, as well as the potential health hazards of an unusual amount of sleep. Americans on average get 6.9 hours of sleep per night, and when we get less than that it can bring on a number of health conditions including raised blood pressure and lowered reaction times among others.

Lack of sleep can sometimes be attributed to what you eat before bed; some things are much better than others. For instance, alcohol and spicy foods are probably not the best bedtime foods, whereas snacks like yogurt or popcorn are much better alternatives. If you’re able to find a way to get an adequate amount of sleep, though, it can really benefit you. In addition to reducing inflammation that causes heart disease and cancer, it can reduce stress and heighten memory.

For more information on the benefits of a good night’s sleep check out the infographic below. [Via]

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The Business & Nutrition of Girl Scout Cookies [infographic]

January 13, 2013 |  by  |  Contests, Mind-Blowing  |  No Comments
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I will admit that I felt extremely deceived when I found out that the Girl Scout cookies we all know and love have different names depending on where they are baked/what region they are served to. Having said that, there is no denying their crack-like affect on the entire U.S. population that has us so consumed by their magic we save the precious leftovers in freezers and buy over $714,000,000 worth in cookies.

This infographic has a lot of great components; from history to cool facts, this infographic feeds your hungry mind. It also gets you thinking… why did they discontinue the cookies of the past? I definitely wish I could have tried the Iced Berry Piñatas. But, what can I say? I am a strawberry girl.

Although there is a lot of criticism on the ideals of and actions taken in the Scouts in the U.S. of A., I personally have not been educated on the issue. But, no matter one’s standing, there is no denying the goodness of Girl Scout cookies. Hope y’all fill up on some this season! Have a wonderful Sunday! [via]

 

 

The Business & Nutrition of Girl Scout Cookies

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The Car of the Future [infographic]

January 11, 2013 |  by  |  Tech, Travel  |  4 Comments
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Wow! Today’s infographic starts off with a bang: In less than thirty years, 75% of cars will be driven by computers. Yeah, holy crap I did not think this technology would be available in my life time, but as a commuter this is amazing news.

Driving is dangerous, stressful, tiring and expensive – soon a robot will deal with all of that. Imagine going out to the bar.

“Who’s going to DD?”
“Oh, no worries, my robot car will drive us home!”

The autonomous cars that Google is working on are amazing and surprisingly safe. Google says we’ll be driving in them in less than five years from now. I don’t know if I believe that one, but if that’s true I’m sure it will be an expensive ride or tour around the city. I can’t seem to imagine our current government and society to embrace autonomous cars. It seems like too many things can go wrong and there would be nothing the passengers could do to help.

I know the technology is still in a testing period and will only improve. I’m really looking forward to self-driving cars and I believe it is just the beginning of the robot apocalypse. [Via]

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Salmon: Wild vs. Farm [infographic]

January 10, 2013 |  by  |  Environmental, Food  |  5 Comments
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For the past year, I have taken red meat and chicken out of my diet. I quite cold turkey, and it wasn’t hard really. I suppose knowing that a meatless life equaled a healthier one helped motivate me to say no to the meat. However, in order to still get some protein into my diet, I continue to eat fish. However, that got me thinking, just how bad are farm bred fish?

Today’s infographic gives a really great over view of what goes into wild and farm bred salmon. While I’m aware that all food these days contain pesticides and chemicals, I am saddened to see that farm salmon does indeed contain chemicals. I wonder how our bodies would benefit from ingesting pure, organic foods, free of pesticides and chemicals? Perhaps another New Years challenge can be to try and eat organic. I’m sure all of our bodies will benefit from it! [via]

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