May 1, 2012
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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From the desk of Bob Meyer...
Ideas � The Currency Of Success
Ideas also separate you from your competition. So in today�s
capricious marketplace you should continually ask yourself:
�What am I doing to incorporate barter � the world�s most
innovative business tool � into my company�s plans?�
Postage Rates In Other Countries
The cost for a postage stamp to mail a first-class letter in
the U.S. is 45-cents. Here�s a look at rates in some other
Coca Cola, Quite An Investment
One share of Coca Cola stock purchased for $40 in 1919 would
be worth about $9.8 million today, with all dividends
reinvested annually, the company recently reported. Warren
Buffett, CEO of Berkshire, says Berkshire owns 200 million
shares of Coke ($74 a share) and has never sold a single
Student Loans Approaching $1 Trillion
Outstanding student loans keep growing and the Federal
Reserve of New York projects that there are 37 million
Americans � 15% of the population � actively paying off this
student debt. Approximately two-thirds of student loans are
held by people under 30.
Women More Goal Oriented Than Men
According to Pew Research, young women who have already
passed young men in education are now more career-driven as
well. About two-thirds of women between ages 18 and 34 cited
a high-paying career among their top priorities, compared
with 59% of young men.
(About 44% of women age 18 to 24 were enrolled in college or
a graduate program in October 2010, compared with 38% of men
the same age.)
Rogers High On Food Commodities
Renowned commodities investor Jim Rogers says agriculture
will be one of the most prosperous commodity of the world
economy during the next several decades. He contends that
countries will be scrambling to feed their growing
populations, and all food commodities are set to rise in
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IMS Adds New Mobile App
Service For Members
International Monetary Systems (ITNM.OB) has announced that it has
released a new iPhone application in the iTunes App Store.
Paul Woltman, International Monetary Systems IT manager, commented,
�The IMS Barter Mobile app currently allows access to many of the
IMS Barter web functions on your iPhone or iPod touch. More mobile
platforms are scheduled to follow in the future. Our technology
gives users the power to locate nearby dining establishments that
accept IMS trade dollars, view their accounts, process transactions,
and much more.�
Some of the other IMS phone app features entitle clients to:
restaurants that accept multiple dining scrip or the IMS Barter
Card for payment
information about those trade members
Search accounts for
Find IMS office and
new mobile app is free to those IMS members that desire to have the
power of the IMS web site in their hand, along with instant member
information that is constantly being updated.
Founded in 1985, International Monetary Systems serves 23,000
cardholders in 52 North American markets. Based in New Berlin (WI),
it is one of the largest publicly traded barter companies in the
world. The company�s proprietary transaction clearing software
enables businesses and individuals to trade goods and services
online using an electronic currency known as trade dollars.
IMS network allows companies to create cost savings and connect to
new customers by incorporating barter opportunities in their
Is Your Trade Exchange Missing Out On
Valuable New Business?
your barter company�s listing on BarterNews.com isn�t current, you
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every month. Entrepreneurs and corporate executives check the
thousands of articles, the weekly �Tuesday
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Section� of our site. They use the latter to find barter
companies with which to do business.
your barter company�s listing up-to-date?
keep your listing current is very easy. See the links below to (A)
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Empty Space Traded By
Hoteliers For Valuable P.R.
Given today�s economic condition, we can look for more smart
business managers to take a page from Thomas McCarthy. After
spending three years in hotel marketing with Hilton, Marriott, and
his own hotel marketing/consulting company, McCarthy (writing in an
issue of Hotel & Resort Industry magazine) offered the
�Take a cue from the experienced general manager of the major hotels
in your market, as most of them are particularly aware of the
organizations within the community (civic, service, religious,
political, fraternal, business and professional) that influence
public opinion in a meaningful way.� They know that being a
contributing member of a community organization certainly helps to
build the image of the hotel as a good neighbor, and also results in
many leads for substantial business.
McCarthy says that smart hoteliers trade their empty space for
valuable public relations by providing otherwise vacant meeting
rooms as freebies for committee meetings, donating suites and meals
as door prizes for special events, and giving help and
accommodations that cost the hotel little or nothing.
example, one hotel offered their lobby as the exclusive drop-off
point for a Toys for Tots charity. In return, they were mentioned in
connection with the worthwhile charity from ten to thirty times each
day � on three radio stations for a 2-week period! Obviously, this
exchange benefited the hotel.
Is Boredom Cramping Your
People who are chronically bored are missing out on a lot of
opportunities. Can you improve your job or job performance? Is it
time to consider a different job? Or do you need to concentrate more
on how your job effects others and less on the paycheck?
When you can�t change your job to eliminate the boredom, you have to
change your state of mind. Give your brain some new challenges, even
if they aren�t work-related.
Changing the way you spend some of the time can cause a domino
effect on the rest of your time. Try these pointers:
something that will make you smile.
Go to a movie, a sports event, out with friends or to the mall. Buy
yourself a little gift or a surprise for someone else.
Pick a book by an author you�ve never read, or an article that will
stimulate your imagination.
Physical activity will get your blood pumping and stimulate
endorphin production, making you feel energetic and happier.
break or even a little snooze.
This may be difficult for some, but closing your eyes and drifting
off for just five to ten minutes will leave you feeling refreshed.
Don�t ignore the sights on your way to work, or even at work. Pay
attention to all you see. Not only looking for something different
and original, but admiring the beauty you haven�t noticed before.
Rearrange your space.
Sometimes shifting things around at home or at work can force you to
look at your surroundings, and your life, in a new light.
Helping others is a terrific antidote to the boredom blahs. Doing
good things makes you feel good.
Take a different route to work. Start the day with something new,
instead of the usual �to do� list. Shake up your day, and
interesting things may come your way.
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Success In Retail
�Retail business is a
detail business. When we have a manager who is really performing, he
is managing details well. The customer feels that and they come
back. It�s my role to create leaders who pay attention to details at
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The Growth and Use of Secondary
Capital (New Money) Creates Unprecedented Wealth In Today�s New Age
There are many forms of secondary
capital�which can be defined as any financial instrument that
measures and communicates value in a common language. Would you like
to see and learn more about the many forms of secondary capital?
We have 70 free, informative and
inspiring, articles for you in our �Secondary Capital Section.�
Check it out...
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