Father’s Day is right around the corner and that means it’s time for consumers to think about how they will show the special dads in their lives just how much they care. Father’s Day spending is expected to reach $11 billion dollars this year, but what can dads expect? Another tie, a new football, or something else?
As companies grow, keeping employees informed and engaged becomes more of a challenge. In a recent study, less than 10% of employees report they understand their company’s mission statement. Other research shows a significant increase in the amount of time and money people spend playing online games. Is there something to be learned from this phenomenon that leaders can apply to their organizations to create more engaged employees?
The spotlight on teen moms is greater than ever, what with the popularity of MTV’s Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, the stars of those shows regularly appearing on the covers of tabloid magazines and Bristol Palin’s stint as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.
Beyond The Billboard: The Future Of Out-Of-Home Advertising [Infographic]
The traditional billboard is getting a face lift. The advertising game has had to adapt to modern technology in other portals, and now out-of-home advertising isn’t far behind. Digital billboards are just the beginning; be prepared for multi-sensory and personalized ads whenever you leave the house. We explore what you can expect in the infographic below.
In an effort to rejuvenate struggling local economies and empower small business to compete with big business, political figures and organizations have begun to popularize “buy local” movements. The goal of “buy local” campaigns is to build a healthy feedback loop wherein the community buys from local merchants who then reinvest in the community via job creation, supply procurement, etc.
Not Maid of Money: The Burden of Being a Bridesmaid [Infographic]
Lots of ink has been spilled on the high cost of the average American wedding ($26,984, according to theKnot.com’s 2010 survey), but it’s not just the father of bride who is feeling the pinch. As weddings become more elaborate, weekend-long affairs, often taking place in getaway locales (24 percent of nuptials are “destination weddings” according to the Knot), bridesmaids are shouldering larger costs as well.
The Small Business Swindle: How Fraud Affects Independent Businesses [Infographic]
It’s a topic that doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation, but take note: One out of four businesses have been victims of fraud, with an average loss of $50,000. Small businesses are disproportionately impacted because they typically have fewer checks and balances to prevent or detect fraud, making them ripe targets in the eyes of crooks.
How to Detect a Dishonest Mortgage Loan Officer [infographic]
Mortgage loan officers with questionable ethical standards profited sweetly during the go-go years of the real estate boom, mostly by pushing risky loans to borrowers who didn’t necessarily have what it took to qualify for one the honest way. Now, thanks to new legislation and regulations, predatory loan officers are all but out of business. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should trust your lender wholeheartedly. Here are some of the red flags that your loan officer may not be completely honest with you — along with signs that they do have your best interest at heart.