How Dating Sites are gaining success within a niche market

There are 7 billion people living on Earth. With all of this diversity available it makes you wonder why there are so many singletons out there.

Maybe it’s because we live in a fast paced society where people are too preoccupied to partner up or approach it as a priority in their lives. Technology aligned with evolution has created a unique breed of people and we do not all share the same commonalities like the good old days.

Today’s Online Dating has comprised itself into an easy access platform for a person to find their soulmate with the click of a button. It is currently a $2 billion dollar per year industry, with over 1500 dating sites internationally and brags to been liable for around 280,000 marriages as a result of people hooking up. In Australia, statistically 1 in 10 has found love online and 1 in 6 of those people was between the ages 35-44.

There is no doubt the popularity of the ‘General’ online dating websites out there have had great success with the following of members on their sites. Some international sites proudly promote incredible numbers of 30 million plus. As most sites offer a free sign up it is not quite clear on how many of those 30 million are paying subscriptions, never the less these enterprises are uniting a lot of people with each other.

Over time in this industry I think people have gotten tired and lost in the ‘General’ online dating websites. Wasting time on meaningless dialogue and pointless chatting only to find out there is not much in sync with the other party. Some might say you need to kiss a lot of frogs to discover your prince.

Niche online dating websites have come on to the scene hard and fast. Obviously someone discovered a need and leaped at the opportunity to unite people within a specific market. To specify the playing field, so to speak. People bond best when they have something alike. Beliefs, hobbies, race, sexual preference or lifestyle choice can categorise people to meet other [compatible~accordant} singles.

Scientists have done studies to find out if in fact like-minded people or opposite people make the more suitable couple. It was discovered that people with similar temperaments and world views were more likely to find success and have conflict free marriages than the opposite couples. It is also put forward that people with similar interests were
more likely to meet up in person off the sites.

The niche dating sites available are endless, probably if you can think it, there has been one created. From Gay to Pet lovers, Christian groups and other religious followings, Asian, Interracial, Vegetarians, Farmers, Cheaters, Beautiful people (ugly people need not apply), Punks, Seniors, Cougars, Sugar Daddies, Military, Single parents, Tall people, big people and even small people. I even managed to stumble upon a site for inmates, geeks and people who like to dance.

There is no doubt catering to a specific audience could be a very productive market. It sounds like a fun experience to enter a world where everyone shares the same values. Everybody deserves love, why not have it with someone you like?

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“Offers Over” – why not just cut to the chase?

If you’ve browsed realestate.com.au recently, you will have seen lots of properties listed as “offers over”. You might be wondering why we do this rather than just applying a fixed price.

Why we do it?
Ultimately “offers over” exposes more people to your property online, if used the right way —let’s not forget that some 90% of our buyer enquiry comes through these channels.

For buyers, realesate.com.au has set price bands when searching (ie: $400k to $450k and $450-$500k). Generally, we recommend using ‘offers over’ when you’re on the cusp of a search band.

For example, if you are aiming for a price of $460k for your home. We would list it as ‘offers over $450k’ on realesate.com.au – your property will display for buyers browsing the $400-$450k price range as well as those browsing $450-$500k.

This exposes your property to more people and gets more people to your open (people who may not have considered your property before). Even if the price is slightly out of their price range – they showed up! It’s your agent’s job from there!

We recently listed a duplex in Fitzgibbon as “offers over $300k”, a move designed to encourage a larger subset of buyers to visit the property. The home sold for $315k—an impressive figure given that the highest previous sale for a similar home in the area was $290k!

Misuse of ‘offers over’…
In my experience many agents use ‘offers over’ to avoid the uncomfortable price discussion with their owners. It’s a way for them to list the house at what they (the agent) think it’s worth without agreeing on a clear price expectation with the owner.

Can you make an offer under on an ‘offers over’ property?

Our agents will always have a firm price that the owner is expecting. After all, the first question at the open is ‘how much’?

Buyers should have the capacity to buy at or above the price indicator. Although they can open negotiations with a lower price, almost always the property will sell at or above the indicator.

When we don’t use it…
It’s not effective if your price expectation is not in line with the market.

It’s also not as effective if your ‘offers over’ price sits in the middle of a search band. A property listed as “offers over $420k” will only display for buyers searching $400k-450k”. Of course there may be some exceptions here, but this is a common mistake many agents make!

And last but not least, ‘offers over’ pricing is also useful for auctions or when agents are a little unsure on the market value (ie: for a unique property).

So if we recommend “offers over” on your next houses for sale Aspley rest assured and take it in your stride!

To view property Aspley visit our web site. To find out more about Justin Watt, owner of Watt Realty and previous owner of Harcourts Aspley click here.

The benefits of a steel rainwater tank

Queenslandwide steel rainwater tanks are an increasingly common sight across the Australian suburban landscape, and for good reason. We live in a hot, dry country where every drop counts, and many homeowners are eager to protect the earth’s precious resources and save money at the same time. While earlier models tended to be bulky and unattractive, the latest domestic water tanks are specially designed to fit into awkward spaces and complement modern architecture. Steel is proving to be the correct choice, not only for its stylish looks, but for its durability.

Space is a premium on urban blocks with smaller land sizes. Because of this Queenslandwide’s extensive range of custom-size slimline water tanks are increasingly popular in urban areas of Australia, where space is a real problem. These slimline water tanks have evolved so oval tanks, rectangular tanks and other configurations meet the needs of customers who don’t have the space to fit the traditional round water tanks on their blocks.

The benefits of a steel rainwater tank for your home are considerable and will offer you plenty of return on your investment, and you don’t need to live in a rain forest area or a high rain density area to have one.

Australia is now embracing the water tank phenomenon and at Queenslandwide Tanks, we are here to help you with all you need to know when it comes to rainwater harvesting. When you invest in a Aquaplate water tank, you will be able to collect most of the rain that falls on your roof if you have it connected to your gutters and downpipes. For example, if 10mm of rain falls onto about 100m2 of your roof, you will collect about 1000 Litres of rainwater into your water tank. Just imagine, after 4 days of light rain you could easily harvest around 4000 litres of rainwater.

The benefit of rainwater tanks are endless and of course ensures that your home becomes environmentally friendly. You can reduce the amount of water used from the main supply therefore reducing your drain on this precious resource. By reducing the demand on mains water to your home, you will reduce your water bills, and by connecting the rainwater tank to a rainwater pump you will be able to water your gardens, wash your cars and fill your swimming pool whenever you want at no cost.

The other benefits of installing a Slimline rain water tank in your home are the government rebates now available to residents across Australia. And did you know that rainwater is actually less salty than dam supplies therefore it is much healthier for your gardens and appliances like your washing machine as they will actually be better of using rain water. The other benefit of owning rain water tanks means that you will never have to worry about water restrictions around the home for washing your car and watering your garden.

Imagine how easy it would be to wash your car with rainwater whenever you like, and imagine how beautiful your lawn and plants are going to look when you start using rainwater for your garden.

It’s best to use the water in the tank on a regular basis so there is always storage capacity available in the water tank when it rains. By connecting your water tank to a washing machine or toilet, you will get good use of the tanks supply and will allow rainfall to re-fill the rain water tank more often. By using the water tank this way you will maximize the amount of rainwater you will harvest and the money you will save.

If you are looking for Steel Tanks Brisbane, Slimline Tanks Brisbane or Water Tanks Brisbane

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

Online social media has completely revolutionized not only the way people interact, but more importantly the way that clients fundamentally interact with businesses.

With more than 700 million users world-wide, Facebook on its own is a gigantic marketing body, not to mention other social media powerhouses such as Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus. Although we are subject to much media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- altered the way that all kinds of company with a public presence operates, and are now as fundamental to businesses as an email address and a web-site.

But with all of the obvious differences social media has made to marketing, it is essential to hold a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes a great many dishonest or ill-informed fly-by-night firms and “social media experts” which focus on new businesses by promising the world but under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and an immeasurable amount of time is utterly wasted on useless social media ventures every day. But social media is not magic. Without good marketing and business basics behind you, a social media presence will fail and -depressingly- be a waste of time and money.

Despite creating the misconception of ‘free’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and/or hosting fees, social media must have a constant presence, site maintenance and fresh content to result in success, which demands valuable time spent on it that most businesses can’t spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane does all the work for you, while welcoming for oversight and approval by clients.

Examples of where people often go wrong with social media include:

• Bad Content
Tiresome or plagiarised items, outdated suggestions, and painful attempts to be current are all too common regarding content published online. Admit it, people who do business on the internet are fairly shrewd, and can recognise hypocrisy and condescension from miles away.

• Impatience
Building a good online social network takes time and resolve. A successful network doesn’t spring up overnight, you need time and content in order to grow. A business may start up a social media profile, watch their results for a month and then quit in anger when they don’t receive the unrealistic results they wanted.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing out your content on a regular basis across multiple platforms is a lot more effective than using all of your content up at once or not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we encounter on a daily basis, without a steady reminder of your brand’s presence you will be quickly left behind. Just a weekly update can be fantastic for continuing and growing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane are highly experienced and know exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a interrelated part of a company’s marketing strategy rather than the only important tactic.

Most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimization techniques into our work, something no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants that value gimmicks instead of content and who throw around buzzwords such as “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of offering strategy and results can simply end up as an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.

Double Glazing Windows

Acoustic double glazing needs the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window, preferably by 100mm. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation – Magnetic Acrylic Double Glazing and Acoustic Aluminium Double Glazing. Article body:

What is Window Double Glazing?
Double glazing requires the addition of a secondary glazing layer offset from an existing window optimally by 100mm. Add our acoustic double glazing to your existing windows or specify our solutions on new projects. Double glazed windows remove noise transfer by up to 70% and eliminate heating costs by 35%.

Double Glazing System – Magnetic Acrylic Windows
Magnetic Window Soundproofing System works very simply by installing a PVC sub frame on the inside of your window. This double glazing system greatly increases noise reduction. The acrylic window is sealed in place, creating an air space with the existing window, thereby producing an insulating barrier.

Double Glazing System – Acoustic Aluminium Windows
This double glazing system reduces the transfer of noise from outside to inside. These sound proof windows can be specially manufactured to meet specific size requirements. The Soundblock Aluminium Window System is an add on glazing system, creating a double glazed unit to greatly reduce noise transmission through existing windows by up to 70%. In Addition it provides extra security and safety to the property.

How to Soundproof Windows
To successfully soundproof your windows you need to have a sufficient gap between your primary window and the edge of your internal window reveal. Ideally this gap is 100mm. This will allow an acoustic secondary window, either our Soundblock Acrylic Magnetic or Soundblock Aluminium windows, to be installed to effectively provide an overall sound reduction of 40-43db.

Noise reduction and soundproofing solutions
Founded in 1999, Soundblock Solutions is a respected privately-owned Australian provider of soundproofing products and solutions. We can help to provide a quieter, more comfortable environment in any surroundings, whether it’s in the home, office, restaurants, industrial, hotels or marine.

Representing leading Australian manufacturers of acoustic products, Soundblock offers a huge range of double glazing and window sound insulation and noise control products for domestic and commercial use. We will determine your exact noise problems and supply and install the most effective product or combination of products for your specific situation. Talk to us for expert advice and a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for all of your soundproofing, double glazing, noise control and acoustic requirements.

Soundblock are the experts in noise reduction and have found using window double glazing systems, that noise can be reduced by up to 70% or 41dB. Soundblock offer two solutions to double glaze windows for noise and thermal insulation.