Facebook vs. Google [infographic]

May 21, 2012 |  by  |  eCommerce, Internet  |  No Comments
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With Facebook having recently released its IPO the question being asked now is whether or not it can beat Google and their ever popular Adwords. Without a doubt Facebook is an extremely popular social networking site and still continues to grow. However one thing that has continued to plague Facebook are its ads. The site continues to grow in popularity but only had an ad click through rate of .05% in 2010 compared to Google’s .4% it is not that good, especially considering it is under the U.S. average click through rate of .1%. For those of you who don’t know the clickthrough rate or CTR is essentially the ads popularity. It is calculated by dividing the number of clicks on an ad divided by number of times it is shown.

In quarter one of 2012 it is reported advertising rates increased by 40% while clickthroughs fell 8%. Before investing in ads with Facebook just consider clickthrough rates decline by about half after they have been released for a day or two. [via]

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Strength in Numbers: The Power of Small Business [Infographic]

May 20, 2012 |  by  |  Business, Lifestyle, Marketing  |  3 Comments
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If you’re living in the Austin area, it’s pretty hard to ignore the influence and strong presence of small, local businesses. It seems that most streets in Austin have at least a few clothing stores, restaurants, or music shops that are unique and entirely their own.

Small businesses obviously aren’t a new development and they’re prevalent all across the U.S., but after looking at today’s infographic I was surprised to learn just how prevalent (and influential) small businesses today are.

Some of the most interesting information I found was the fact that 20 million Americans are employed by businesses with less than 20 employees; that’s quite a few people.

For more information on the large presence of small businesses today refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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Strange Cat Facts [infographic]

May 19, 2012 |  by  |  Animals, Education  |  6 Comments
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Growing up, I used to hate cats. But since being in college and being around cat lovers, I’ve finally to be able to appreciate and accepts that cats are actually are some pretty quirky animals. From their fascination with bright lights, to their ability to defy gravity, I have determined cats are actually pretty awesome.

Cats are also extremely mysterious and independent when compared to other household pets. They usually have no problem hanging out alone all day. Even to this day I still cannot figure out what cat’s are all about. Luckily, today’s infographic explains some of the strangest facts that cats have to offer.

Hopefully today’s infographic will help you better understand your cat and all of its quirks and screws that it has to offer. Even though cats can be a bit sour and anti-social, they are nothing but animals that are looking to be loved. [via]

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Top 10 Lotto and Bingo Winners [infographic]

May 18, 2012 |  by  |  Gaming  |  No Comments
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The lottery has been awarding lucky winners with fat stacks of cash for years. I always wonder what the winners do with all of their money. Do they lose all of their friends to greed, give it to charity or maybe claim the prize anonymously and become a closet millionaire? MegaMillions just had one of their biggest prizes of all time, I know a lot of people who bought a loto ticket for the first time. They all lost…

Like the lottery in the media, Bingo has also had a resurgence. By moving away from the older demographic and having a BYOB friendly atmosphere – my generation is getting interested. The greatest thing is when a normal night out could cost forty or fifty bucks, coming home with a few hundred extra dollars is more than welcomed. [123BingoOnline]

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Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs [infographic]

May 17, 2012 |  by  |  Food  |  2 Comments
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Summer’s here, it’s time to get the washboard abs. But did you know switching from white bread to whole grain bread can significantly boost your ability to shred fat and pack muscle? Yeah, listen up. I don’t have a nutrition degree, and I’m definitely not the master of diet, but I know quite a bit from experience. So I’m going to give you my suggestions on carbs.

I agree with most of the science on here, but it’s a little extreme to label the carbs as simply ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Let’s face it, blueberry muffins are freaking delicious… to me those are ‘amazing’ carbs.

There is some truth to these labels however. Low glycemic index foods are better for your overall health due to the way they propogate through the body. Lots of simple carbs will mess with insulin levels, which will cause headaches and all sorts of other problems. Complex carbs will keep your energy up for extended periods of time, which is necessary for good workouts and staying alert at school or work. Hopefully you already know all of this. If you don’t, I’d suggest researching more about carbohydrates.

So what to do? I’m sure as hell not going to swap my ice cream for legumes! Nobody wants to quit their lifestyle cold turkey. Here’s my suggestion: make a conscious effort to increase good carb intake while still allowing those bad carbs occasionally for a little fun. Increase the amount of water you’re drinking, that alone will dramatically improve your insulin regulation. I believe (from my own statistical analysis) that over 80% of The United States is dehydrated. [Via]

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