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Instagram for NFT: How to Succeed

Isn’t it amazing to know that Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), the new black, have existed since 2014? Some choose to pronounce it as ‘en eff tee’ while others as neft. 

Let’s term it as super tech that has not only been super-efficient in solving the tech guru generation issues but has heightened and promoted work ownership (patents) Array Yu, chair of the Washington Technology Industry Association Cascadia Blockchain Council and managing director of Yellow Umbrella Ventures terms it as a platform that creates digital scarcity. 

It’s a part of the ethereal blockchain (a cryptocurrency like a bitcoin and a dogecoin) encoded with underlying software and marks which individuals and how they are trading in NFTs. So, technically it’s a real-time affair. NFT is unlimited; it can be practically anything digital from fine art drawings and abstracts, tacos, to music. The best part is that NFTs can’t be copied. 

As an artist, you can still retain your copyrights and production rights just like the physical art piece. With these, it has brought a wide array of job opportunities for software engineers, product managers, content creators e.t.c.  Incredible, right!

Benefits of NFTs

Some of the most successful products with NFTs include the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC). NFT is beneficial to both the vendor (artist) and the purchaser. As an artist, you can showcase your art pieces that on a regular market may not yield much. It enables you to attain full benefit by getting paid on every sold piece at a calculated percentage. Every sale is accountable and maximum yields are realized. The products are also publicized and a broader market is attained. 

You can also store specific information in NFT metadata. This includes also signing your artwork by including it in the files. The famous digital artist Mike Winklemann (Beeple) fashioned a composite of 5,000 drawings to create the most famous NTF in 2021 (every day: The first 5,000 days) sold at Christie’s for a whopping $ 69.3 Million. Twitter co-founder, Jack Dorsey also sold his first tweet as an NFT for more than $2.9 million. As a purchaser, you can promote your favorite artists You also attain usage rights like posting the entire image collage online even as a profile picture with a blockchain backup for free. You also own the ‘bragging rights’ unlike an individual who only downloads or screenshots.

How to promote NFT on Instagram

Instagram has proven to be a great lead in promoting NFTs and brand awareness while also accruing revenues. It fosters the creation of value and builds trust. The presence of multiple channels can create more solidly rooted connections with investors and NFT collectors. It is prudent to mix a variety of strategies to create a niche and actively involve your audience.

1. Build a community

Concentrate on establishing a strong community to support your NFTs. Ensure that you have a strong backing up community as they will be your referral points implying an increase in revenues. Engage with them on social media platforms and redirect them to your website. When your clients locate customized content on your website, it’s a plus and you can use the tool to curate your NFTs that suit their preferences.

2. Use hashtag strategy

Rather than curating your digital art, back them up with creative hashtags and suitable details. Make use of keywords in the hashtags and in the descriptions. Also, include keywords on every caption you upload.

This course explains how to perfect instagram captions and hashtags. Take advantage of also exploring other promotional options to increase your sales. As you are creating your content, assess the responses and creatively look for ways to increase your reach based on your audience preferences.

3. Approach influencers

Watch the biggest creators and NFTs promoters. Select an influencer with a considerable follower base and specialize in it. Take advantage of building your authenticity and personality for your brand without hindering your budget. Align your promotional strategy and their reach to leverage their followers and attain more brand awareness, you can also hire a content contreator to publish content regularly.

Describing concepts on NFT trading to educate the public. You can as well post a story announcing the launching date of your content. You can also take advantage by utilizing the influencer’s image on your post and leverage the face value they have for your content. It’s remarkable how sometimes a single post from the right influencer can do wonders for your brand.  Assess your impressions and traffic created by checking the UTM links.

4. Paid advertising strategy

Most times the most successful campaigns are a mix of paid ads and organic reach. You can run your ads on various social media websites and channels. You can optimize your ads by remarketing strategies like email newsletters and reminders on your launching date. You can also collaborate with a partnered NFT marketing agency to promote your NFTs on Instagram. You can also hire crypto marketing professionals on Web3 job boards to grow your community.

5. Engage your audience

It’s not only about posting photos, engage your audience with different content in different formats. For example, you can create reels and IGTV videos with creative topics and trendy music to engage your audience. You can also interact with your audience by posting frequent stories and making them interactive. You can enhance it by making teasers and short trailers of your NFT’s launch. 

How does an NFT work?

Since NFTs exist in a blockchain, it is practically a distributed public ledger that records transactions. They are also minted from digital objects that represent both tangible and intangible objects like graphic art, GIFS, videos and sports highlights, collectibles, virtual avatars, video game skins, designer sneakers, and music.

Uses of NFTs

It shifts your culture of storing arts in galleries or auction centers to attain revenues. It also offers a unique opportunity to monetize your wares. NFTs enable direct vending thus, yields full benefits to artists. As an artist, you can also channel it into royalties thereby earning some percentages from each sale. It is a great benefit that originally was not yielding any future proceeds after the sale. The platform is also versatile and not only vends artistic pieces but includes other ventures as well. Charmin and Taco Bell brands have auctioned off theme NFT art to raise funds for charity. Charmin’s NFTP (Non-fungible toilet paper) and Taco Bell’s NFT sold within minutes and amassed the highest bid of 1.5 wrapped ether (WETH) amounting to $ 3,723.83. Nyan cat (2011-era GIF) sold for nearly $ 600,000 and the NBA shot earned $500 million in March while a single LeBron NFT highlight incurred more than $ 200,000.

How Instagram NFTS work

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram described a group of collectors and creators who will display NFTS in their Instagram stories, messaging, and feeds termed as digital collectibles and will be displayed as tagged profile pictures and products. 

Upon tapping the tag, the creator’s name, NFT owner, and other details will be available. It will begin with a small group as a tester to learn from the user community, creators, and collectors. The small team will also help in incorporating the principle of distributed trust and power. From the initial feedback, they will be able to incorporate other functionality. 

NFTs minted on polygons and ethereal blockchains will be fostered. Flow and Solana will be incorporated later. From the third-party crypto wallets, Trust wallet, Rainbow, and Meta mask will be supported while Phantom, Coin base, and Dapper will also be incorporated later. Upon plugging their wallet, the user can prove ownership of NFT, display their profile, and tag the creator of the digital artwork. 

The collector can then post the digital work and a description of the piece can be included. The plans include letting individuals use augmented reality to display 3D NFTs on Instagram stories.  Mark Zuckerberg revealed it will be built using Spark AR.

What will be the costs?

You will not be charged for sharing or posting a digital collectible on Instagram

What about Safety

How to Avoid NFT Scams: The Safety and Risks of NFTs in 2022

Instagram emphasized its key objective is to keep the platform safe and enjoyable for all users. As users, you are free to use your tools and keep your accounts safe. You can also report NFTs that break the user community guidelines. Renewable energy will also be purchased to ensure sustainability and reduce the impact of emissions linked with NFT displays.

Since the hacking on BAYC social media has been concerned about the idea of Meta joining the crew. Yuga Labs (BAYC creator) pinpointed the two-factor authentication was activated and security practices were imposed. The hackers promoted the fake distribution of NFTs and deceived users by clicking on malicious links giving leeway to thefts. The damage was estimated to be around $3 million and more than 90 NFTs were stolen including the Four Bored Apes and Six Mutant Apes. 

Hype on NFTS

Sophie Sturdevant (NFT artist) shared with Forbes her opinions on the importance of the NFTs partnership with Instagram. She remarked it will increase the visibility and adoption of NFTs. However, the dominant view is that it’s too early for mainstream adoption. From September 2021, the sales have declined by 92%. There has also been a decrease in NFT value such as the NFT tweet by Jack Dorsey a year later was less valued. Sina Estavi (the new purchaser) only managed to sell it at $ 14,000 from the initial $2.9 million.

How to build an NFT brand audience on Instagram

You can partner with influencers, use hashtags, assess your rivals, tell stories, showcase live events, hold contests and giveaways, provide social proof, share the creative process, including action-oriented CTAs, live stream events, and new releases, and promote new and upcoming releases, respond to comments and use analytics to guide on content strategy. An example of an influential hashtag by Flick’s content manager Mackenzie Taylor, Hashtag Academy Course is a high-converting page on their website:

Conclusion

NFTs have transformed the artists, purchasers, and collectors’ way of showcasing and attaining artistic pieces. More yields and publicity have also been attained. More opportunities have been created thanks to NFTs.

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The Value of PPE – Breaking Down Everything You Need to Know

Since the onset of the pandemic, personal protective equipment (or PPE) has risen to prominence in a significant way. As an effective way to prevent the spread of germs, viruses, and other unsanitary foes, PPE has been crucial to the Covid-19 response. Despite its recent position in the public eye, forms of protective work equipment have been in use for almost two hundred years.

Foremost, PPE offers critical protection for frontline hospital workers, cleaners, aged care workers, and countless other professionals. Beyond protecting staff and patients, this equipment provides the proper hand hygiene and waste management of potentially harmful materials. 

Common Forms

The term PPE refers to a wide variety of different items. In a medical setting, this includes everything from masks to goggles, gloves, face shields, gowns, overalls, and rubber boots. Each one of these items plays a crucial role in our overall health and safety measures.

In construction, industrial and trade settings, PPE extends to hard hats, earplugs, gloves, goggles, half face respirator, sunscreen, safety harnesses, safety boots, and high-visibility clothing. 

When to Use PPE – Relevant Settings and Professions

While effective as a final measure, PPE is not the primary solution for reducing safety hazards. Workers are to be fitted out with protective gear after higher-level safety practices are put in place. Despite this, however, PPE is an effective strategy for day-to-day work duties.

Employees that work in higher-risk settings such as medical facilities and construction sites require ongoing protection. Additionally, any workers that operate outdoors need to shield themselves from the sun and any range of harsh weather conditions. 

PPE and COVID-19

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PPE has played a crucial role in our ongoing fight against the COVID-19 virus. As a highly contagious disease, healthcare workers are a constant risk of exposure and illness. Whether they are working in the ICU, a testing facility, or a hospital ward, protective workwear shields their body and prevents COVID spread.

In these instances, medical workers must have access to the proper protective gear – clothing, and accessories that meet all necessary safety guidelines and standards. 

Glove Types

Available in a wide variety of styles, protective gloves are a hallmark of the PPE industry. The 5 common forms include.

  1. Polythene: Relatively thin and tend to tear. As a result, they are not considered appropriate choices for healthcare settings.
  2. Vinyl: Less effective than latex gloves against microorganisms. Loose-fitting and unsuitable for procedures that require manual dexterity. Therefore, vinyl gloves are rarely used in healthcare settings.
  3. Latex including DPNRL (De Proteinised Natural Rubber Latex): A more snug/close fit than vinyl, these gloves offer a more effective barrier against microorganisms. For the best results, they should be non-powdered and have the lowest level of extractable protein available. The major concern for this style revolves around allergies. If an employee or patient has a latex allergy, alternatives should be explored.
  4. Nitrile (acrylonitrile): Nitrile gloves are commonly compared to natural rubber latex, in that both provide a biological barrier with less elasticity. Nitrile gloves are the common choice of gloves for use where latex-free alternatives are needed. Allergic reactions may also occur in rare instances. 
  5. Neoprene: Possess similar properties to natural rubber latex, neoprene gloves are a popular choice when latex-free gloves are required yet manual dexterity is important e.g., in surgery. However, they are more expensive than natural rubber latex gloves.

Masks

No more evident than over the past two years, face masks are an essential means of protection. The proper face masks not only shield us from airborne colds and viruses, but also toxic elements such as asbestos and respirable crystalline silica dust. In all cases, the most important factor centers around wearing an industry-approved mask that offers the correct level of protection. 

For medical safety purposes, there are three main types of masks approved for use by the TGA. 

1. Surgical – The common blue disposable masks found in common rotation and are widely available for purchase. Primarily designed to prevent the emission of larger droplets, these masks are suitable for a period of up to 4 hours before disposal. Used in hospitals, medical clinics, and testing facilities are many other high-risk transmission settings.

2. Standard Respirators – Designed for single-use and disposal, these masks work by creating a tight seal around the face and nasal area. Specific types available in Australia include the P2/N95, the KF94, and the KN95. Respirator masks provide a high level of protection against airborne particles, preventing the intrusion of at least 94-95%. 

A woman is wearing a protective respiratory mask

3. Surgical Respirators – Providing a similar level of protection to standard respirators, masks of this style are specifically intended for performing surgery or caring for COVID-positive patients. Surgical and standard respirators are also effective when worn in combination.

Protecting Your Personnel

As outlined by SafeWork Australia, it is the duty of a PUCB (person conducting a business or undertaking) to provide PPE to their workforce. PPE may also be made available via an employee allowance system. In this instance, the employer remains responsible for ensuring the proper sizing and level of comfort. A failure to provide the necessary PPE can result in a breach of Australian WorkSafe standards and OH&S guidelines, leaving you liable for damages after the fact. 

Selecting the Appropriate PPE

Not all personal protective equipment is effective. Whether it is poorly maintained or fails to meet current regulations, improper PPE leaves your employees at serious risk of illness and injury. This is where partnering with a reputable supplier becomes so important. 

As you search for a protective workwear provider, look out for the following

Industry standards and regulations: is their PPE inventory compliant with current Australian safety standards?

Industry experience: do they have a proven track record?

Inventory: can they provide everything your workforce needs?

When you opt for a certified PPE supplier, this ensures that all equipment provides the necessary level of safety. Be it hi-his workwear or surgical gloves, it is your duty as the PUCB to acquire supplies of the highest quality. 

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The 7 Biggest Cloud Computing Trends in 2022

Want to add cloud computing trends to your business to do massive growth…????

We are here to help you know the most significant cloud computing trends in 2022. As you know, work scenarios have gone in a different direction after the pandemic situation. Companies want smooth workflow with the use of efficient cloud services. 

So, to get the benefits of cloud computing, you need to know what’s going on in the world of cloud services. This field is constantly updating and you should stay ahead of all to get the maximum benefit. So, we have your back and covered the biggest cloud computing trends in 2022 for you. Before jumping to know the trends, let’s know the evolution of cloud computing in this digital world.

Advancement in Cloud Computing 

Cloud computing is a technology by which your whole computing environment is in both hardware and software applications online. You just need remote central servers for this computing service. There is a continuous evolution of the cloud trends after the pandemic situation worldwide. The evolution is based on the modified needs of society. The service is just like having computer services on rent. The first idea behind this came in the 1950s. The revolutionized cloud computing has its feet on the five previous major technologies, after that the cloud computing service is what it is today!

The previous five techniques are:

  • Distributed services with its Peripherals
  • Virtualization
  • Web 2.0
  • Service Orientation
  • Utility Computing

After this, Cloud computing evolved and you can see this as one of the latest trending cloud computing services. But still, it has been evolving as per the industry needs, So there are various trends related to it. So, let’s get started with these trends of 2022…!!!!

The Biggest Cloud Computing Trends

Artificial Intelligence

The market for Artificial Intelligence is very vast in the coming years. The expected projection value of the market will be $850 billion by 2028. Cloud computing plays an important role in delivering artificial intelligence technology services. The development and evolution of the AI and cloud are interrelated. In the coming time, AI will consist of strong algorithms that can enhance the accuracy of machine learning to understand human language. So, Cloud computing will play a crucial role in delivering the services as well as the needed infrastructure to the consumers. 

Artificial intelligence and machine learning need high processing power and bandwidth that can be budget-friendly by using cloud technology. Cloud computing basically plays a big role in the development of two AI trends:

  • Creative Algorithms to train artificial intelligence programs and enhance the usage of machine learning.
  • Language Modelling transforms the way computer systems interact with the users.

Thus, cloud computing will play good support to deliver these two services to the users. Every size company can get benefit from cloud technology to get the top AI solutions. 

If the smaller companies will not get affordable cloud services then it will be difficult for them to work with advanced ML and AI services. Big support of cloud computing helps all business size companies to fetch the benefit of artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

Serverless Cloud Computing

Serverless computing means the consumer doesn’t have to bother with server infrastructure management. In this scenario, the cloud provider handles the required infrastructure and resource allocation. There are so many benefits of serverless cloud computing, Some of them are:

  • Don’t spend on a fixed amount of storage or bandwidth. Using pay-as-you-go service usage is the best option.
  • No need for an extra team to handle server management.
  • Lessen the risk of back-end failures.
  • No need to provision complex server clusters, Instead spend time on coding and development.
  • Automatic scaling of serverless platforms.
  • Less investment of significant resources.

These benefits of serverless computing make cloud technology more accessible. So, The trend of serverless computing continues to boost. This strategy helps to reduce the risk and the cost. In the coming time, demand for serverless computing will grow from 2022 to around 23% by the year 2026. The main helping hand in this technology will be the small companies that adopt this strategy to reduce the cost and burden of managing the servers. Be more flexible in terms of bandwidth and storage capabilities with this trend.

Cloud Security

One of the most important concerns of companies for cloud deployment is the Security of the data and compliance. So, in return cloud providers are thinking deeply about the security concerns to be given. They have created a huge demand for the given practices:

  • Secure Access Service Edge (SAAS)- It helps users to manage and control access to cloud applications and end-user devices.
  • Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery (DR)- It assists a company to back up the data and having a stand-by IT environment to help if the primary environment goes down. 

Security should be the most considered step for a company as any breach of it, can cost the company millions loss of money and reputation. Making a secured IT environment as per possible requirements takes strong security measures. The above two given practices support flexible security measures for the company from web filtering to the prevention of credential stealing. SASE especially helps to reduce the cost of the projects while lowering the IT workloads and preventing thefts. 

Hybrid and Multicloud Environment Support

There are two traditional options for opting for cloud services: One is a private cloud and the other is a public cloud. Private means storing the data on a customizable private cloud where data is saved in the private spaces to give fast data speeds and lower the downtime. The second one is public which means storing the data on a pay-as-you-go common cloud space where there is a third-party server making it possible to reduce the infrastructure costs for the company. The latest one is the combination of the two presenting the hybrid environment. 

The combination of the two offers the companies to get the best of the cloud services. The client-sensitive information can be privately held and the most used files required on a need basis can be taken to a public cloud like Azure or AWS cloud consulting services. That’s why organizations are opting for multi-cloud environments. Which in turn is a combination of all the three: Private, Public, or Hybrid. 

On-premises operations with services that run on any public or hybrid cloud combine with each other to get the advantage of multi-cloud support. Various benefits of having the support of a multi-cloud environment:

  • Less downtime
  • Performance Optimization
  • Control over costs

To achieve the given advantages and a flexible working environment, you can use hybrid or multi-cloud technology. It’s also possible to create a customizable technology environment to meet your business goals. 

Edge Computing

Edge computing is an optional approach to feeding data in the cloud environment. This trend involves creating localized data centers for computing and storing the data near the data gathering point instead of being in a centralized location that is miles away. Cloud computing and Edge computing complement each other very well. The combination provides the benefits of the cloud services with the following in IT environments:

  • Fast data processing
  • Less bandwidth usage
  • Reduced volumes of transferred data
  • No latency in response time

This kind of separate and broadcasted infrastructure enhances the application’s performance. The data and resources can be refined locally as they are nearer to the end user’s device. 

Cloud computing data is not time-sensitive whereas Edge computing is the reverse of that. Runs the complemented technologies increase the speed of the data processing and privacy support. Every edge server has variable computing, storage, and network capabilities, So each device can perform functions of network switching and Load balancing. Edge computing will be on the heights as there are numerous benefits.

Keep an eye on sustainability

Sustainability is important in all aspects of life whether it is personal living or technology. Sustainability is considered with innovation in this era. Maximum cloud computing organizations use renewable energy to operate their services. 

One of the major advantages of this can reduce the volatility with good environmental performance. The reason here for the sustainability of cloud computing is to reduce the usage of carbon and physical waste. Move to software usage rather than paper-based work. So, cloud-based computing is the best to do this. 

Most people hate to work with companies that violate environmental rules. They consider sustainability above all while choosing any technical company for the services. When a normal business application and data switches to the cloud, it easily reduces the energy consumption which results in much lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprints. 

Grow With Cloud Gaming, AR, and VR

Direct streaming of the video games to the user’s device from the remote servers is Basically Cloud Gaming. Anyone can play the game on any device such as laptops, systems, or smartphones without having any expensive console. Multi-players can play without the hurdle of existing platform requirements. You don’t need to have the given:

  • Exclude the need of having storage space
  • Any need for special hardware
  • Delay-free experience
  • The problem of any privacy concern

Some big giants in the world of cloud gaming are Mircosoft, Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. The future of advanced gaming entirely depends on cloud gaming technology, virtual reality, and augmented reality. This can be one of the most emerging trends of cloud computing in 2022. 

Final Takeaway: Grow the business With Trends in Cloud Computing

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That’s all for the topic!

This year can be the most emerging time for cloud computing services. To stay ahead of the competition, your company should not lack cloud services. It has changed the way of traditional businesses. After the pandemic, it has become a necessity for IT businesses to grow worldwide.  

Its flexibility and cost-saving advantages are the top reasons to be a part of cloud trends. With the emerging powerful technologies of cloud computing, Without a doubt, Cloud computing is the future. 

If you have any other big trend of cloud computing in mind, then drop your idea here. Still, have any other queries, Feel free to connect with us….We will be happy to serve you!

Hope you enjoyed the reading….!!!!

About the Author:

Naveen Kumar is the marketing and product head at JoomDev. He loves to convert his ideas into reality by developing products to make your online business successful with his WordPress plugins like Mighty Addons for Elementor, which helps her power Elementor’s page builder.

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Inflation Rocks the Real Estate Market in 2022 in Unique Ways

There’s no denying that life is a lot more expensive today and our bank accounts are certainly feeling the effects of the ever-increasing inflation. People are doing the best they can to stay in the green, even if that means selling their homes and moving closer to work in an effort to save money on gas or find a cheaper area to live in. 

Inflation is impacting the real estate market in some unique ways and HomeLight’s Top Agent Insights Summer 2022 report goes into great detail about it. Here’s a brief summary of what top agents say about inflation’s impact on buyers’ desire to move.

Renters are torn between renting or buying despite high-interest rates

You don’t need us to tell you that rent is increasing at a ridiculous rate – in many places, it’s risen more than 25%! People who once enjoyed the freedoms that renting allowed them are now worrying that they may not be able to afford rent anymore. However, if they decide to buy when prices are high and interest rates continue to rise, they may not be able to afford all the costs that go with being a homeowner. 

Property taxes are draining retiree’s retirement savings

Seniors have waited a long time to retire and they’ve saved their pennies so they could enjoy their retirement. They may have even paid off their homes so that would be one less large bill to worry about. What they couldn’t have foreseen was the ridiculous housing market and how high home values have risen over the past two years. The high prices that houses were selling for means property taxes have increased as well. It’s the high property taxes that are hitting seniors’ wallets the hardest. 

Buyers are looking for an energy-efficient home 

In an effort to save as much money as they can, buyers want energy-efficient houses because climate change is very real and temperatures are certainly going to fluctuate more than normal. 48% of agents say that even though energy-efficient features will increase a home’s cost by 25%, buyers are still eager to buy these properties over any others.

Solar power and green materials are great marketing points

If you want to draw more attention to your property, 41% of real estate agents say listings that highlight solar panels and energy-star certifications are getting a lot of traffic. With that in mind, why wouldn’t a seller advertise those features? They could recoup 45% of the cost for these upgrades when they sell.

Saving money with low-maintenance landscaping

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Instead of paying for beautiful lawns with exotic plants, 22% of real estate agents say they’re seeing homeowners choose low-maintenance landscaping projects to spruce up their yard. That means they’re using masonry and native plants to achieve that drool-worthy curb appeal buyers are drawn to. 

Astroturf could become more popular if inflation continues

Do you want a really low-maintenance lawn? Then astroturf may be the perfect thing for you. 17% of agents say that the properties of artificial grass are gaining more attention than one would think. Do keep in mind that astroturf is going to appeal to a much smaller buyer pool or none at all, depending on where you live. But, that’s why you work with a real estate agent because they’ll give you advice regarding what’s popular in your market. 

It’s hard to say what we can expect if inflation continues to rise. Will it be like the 2008 recession? Will it be worse? Or will there be some miracle and we’ll avoid economic disaster? We’ll have to wait and see… 

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Factors to Consider When Choosing the Best Shoe Inserts

Flat feet have a different structure compared to arched feet. The shoe inserts or insole also vary when a person has flat feet. So, for such variation, there are respective products available. It makes choosing the right shoe wear. For flat feet, it can be sometimes confusing to find the best of its kind. The best shoe inserts for flat feet can be found in the shoe features.

A main difference between the flat feet is the absence or slight presence of an arch in the feet. The lack of arch leads to exerting direct pressure on the bottom of the feet. It causes back pain, knee pain, and foot pain. They mostly suffer from the kind of inflammation even when they are walking. In such cases, the best shoe inserts for flat feet are specially developed keeping in mind the comfort and requirement of a flat foot.

Flexible Shoe Inserts For Flat Feet

There are no specific categorized insoles, but it is always effective to find the best shoe inserts for flat feet. The materials should be flexible as well as if a metatarsal pad is added to the insole. It helps to reduce the intense pressure on the feet.

Based on the factors, there are insoles available both online and offline. It should be bought keeping in mind the sizes and gender. Not only does it provides comfort and support to the flat feet. But, at the same time reduces the inflammation or pain of the plantar fascia area. 

When it comes to choosing the best shoe inserts for flat feet, you should cross-check if the inserts are flexible, and provide comfort to the wearer. 

Features To Consider Before Buying Shoe Inserts For Flat Feet

As many types of insoles are available in the market, it is essential to find out the best shoe inserts for flat feet. Some of the features that make the insoles suitable for shoes should be considered based on some features. 

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Shoes That Need Insoles

Always wear the shoes that need inserts or insoles. As proper fitting of the insoles is essential, it can be for one of your shoes or all. Depending on the number and kind of shoes based on style and shape, the insoles should be selected. 

Consider The Foot Type

It is not difficult for arch feet to find their type, but for the selection of the best shoe inserts for flat feetthe requirements are not the same. The flexibility of the materials should also be kept in mind while choosing insoles for the feet.

What Are The Activities

Are you trying to find one for your regular wear or regular exercises? In both cases, the basic need varies. Based on the activities, you should choose the insoles. Runners type is designed differently from heel insert insoles.

Always Consult A Professional

For wearing the best shoe inserts for flat feet, it is essential to consult a professional. Consulting an expert helps in discovering the insole suitable for the type of feet. Also, they can provide suggestions of the kind of designs and comfort that will match the feet type.

Customized

After the assessment of the feet type, size, and the best-fit one should customize the kind of insoles. Customized flat feet designs will enable to provide support as well as ensure stability to the feet. 

Final Words

The best shoe inserts for flat feet cannot be specifically separated or categorized. But with customization and consultation finding the suitable one is possible. When choosing one for your needs, you should go with the insoles that meet your specific needs and requirement.

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The Best Home Automation Ideas to Make Your Life Easier in 2022

Let’s face it: we all lead busy lives with days that feel scheduled out minute by minute. With advancements in technology comes smart home products to add to your household for maximum efficiency. Here’s our ranking of the best home automation ideas that you can add to your household in 2022. 

Smart Lights to Match Your Daily Life

Is there anything worse than coming home to a dark and empty house? Long gone are the days of fumbling and trying to find your light switch when you walk in! With smart lights, you’re able to automate your schedule to make sure your lights come on and off exactly when you need them to. Here are our best home automation ideas for smart lights:

  • Create a sunrise and sunset by automatically lighting or dimming your lights
  • Automate your smart lights to turn on when you enter a geofence
  • Turn all your lights on and off through your phone

Enjoy Vacations Stress-Free While Your Home is Lit Up

Another one of our best home automation ideas is to set your smart lights while you’re on vacation. Instead of your home look dark and empty from the curb, you can automatically set up a schedule, even if you’re thousands of miles away!  Whether you’re on a beach or in Europe, your home will look lived in.

Programming Your Smart Thermostat to Your Schedule

How often do you sit at your desk and realize you didn’t adjust your thermostat before heading out? When you upgrade your thermostat to a smart thermostat, you’re able to change your home’s temperature from your phone. Not only is this one of the best home automation ideas for 2022, but it’s also a great way to save some money on your electricity bill. 

Set your thermostat to follow your daily schedule, or let your thermostat figure it out for you! Not sure how that looks? Here’s our recommendation for a thermostat schedule:

  • Adjust temperature when you wake up
  • Turn off when you typically leave for work
  • Turn back on around the time you normally come home
  • Adjust for bedtime 

Not only will your thermostat do it for you automatically, but you’re able to adjust the temperature and time if your daily schedule changes. 

Automate Your Home Security With a Click of a Button

Upgrade your home security system by automating it to fit your lifestyle! There are a few different ways you can level up your security through automation. Here are some of the best ways to do it: 

  • Switch to keyless entry locks. Not only can you ditch your keys, but your smart lock can automatically lock when you’re out of your home or can be set on a timer. 
  • Utilize a home security app that allows you to lock and unlock your doors with a click of a button
  • Install motion sensors that send real-time notifications to your phone

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Utilize Amazon Alexa For Daily Life

While Alexa is a great go-to source for quick jokes, simple questions, or playing music that’s stuck in your head, you can also automate it to work with your schedule. You can set alarms throughout the day, control your lights or set up routines. 

Alexa Routines

Set routines with your Alexa to set up your day. You can create a morning routine with alarms, turning on lights, or even automatically playing the morning news. Upgrade your morning routine with this great home automation! 

You can also set nightly routines, such as dimming the lights at a certain time, playing calm music, turning on your security system, or even reading you a bedtime story. 

Look Towards Smart Solutions For Your Daily Life

Living in a smart home is a great idea to advance your life. Not only will you feel like you’ve just stepped out of an episode of “The Jetsons” but you’re able to automate daily activities. Say goodbye to menial tasks, and step into a tech-friendly future with the best home automation ideas. 

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5 Strategies for Making Data Stand out in Presentations

Many professionals need to present their work to clients or other audiences at some point, and they worry about capturing their attention. Plain presentations make people lose interest and can cost you a contract. Many presentations miss their mark by not highlighting the essential information hard enough.  

A common problem in unimpactful presentations is an overload of data and statistics. The information can be unappealing if you do not present it in a way that stands out. Having figure-based information to present doesn’t mean that you can’t make your deck appealing. You can still capture the attention of your audience with data.  

Adopt particular strategies to help data stand out during a presentation and connect well with your addressees.  

Change the Formatting 

Data in spreadsheets makes a lot of sense because each has a specific output. However, it may be challenging for a third party to decipher the information at a first look. The way you format the data may not be the right fit for conveying it to your audience.  

Unlike you, who had several days to interact with the data, the audience only has a few seconds or minutes to figure it all out. Attempt to make the process easy for them to avoid losing their interest. For example, having a table with plenty of numbers may be challenging for some people to interpret. A pie chart visually showing the proportions of data may stand out better.  

If you lack the time or expertise to figure it all out, you can hire excel experts to help you format data as you want. Such professionals know how to maneuver data and present them in various formats on spreadsheets.  

Give a Real World Example 

People usually relate to the information they receive that concerns their situation. You are probably presenting to a client looking for solutions to a problem they are facing in business. To help illustrate the data, give your audience a real-world example of the data in action.  

Research shows that problem-centered learning is an effective way to help people retain information. The ultimate reason for collating and analyzing data is to provide insights for decision-making. Many managers and business owners lack the patience to try and figure out how your data relates to their business issues and would rather see it instantaneously.    

You can provide simulations of how your output will help along a decision process or satisfy an emerging market challenge. If possible, provide case studies of how such information has proven critical in solving problems.   

Keep It Top Level 

When you want to deliver particular messages to your audience, there is a temptation to have a lot of information in your presentation because you feel it is critical. Such an approach is counterproductive as the message recipients tire and switch off. You are better off presenting high-level information. 

Avoid bogging your audience down with too much detail. Research shows that great presenters use fewer words and slides. Try and keep the data presented to only the most essential, top-level items. You can always give your audience a takeaway document with more detailed data if they are interested in learning more.  

The most important aspect of information delivery is to command attention. You can get an opportunity later to deep dive into other details. The tip especially applies if you are introducing the information to an audience. 

Make It Visually Stimulating 

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Appealing visuals and color displays attract most people. The aesthetic appeal of your presentation will catch the attention of your audience and compel them to focus on the information you are conveying. Make your presentation stimulating with aspects like colors, imagery, video, text design, etc.   

If you feel challenged by your creative imagery skills, you can use a graphic designer. However, you can also do a lot of fun content styling and formatting in PowerPoint or Google Slides. Search for relevant imagery on the internet until you identify one befitting your needs. Be sure to highlight or bold what you want people to understand.  

Have an Interacting Element 

Interacting with audiences during a presentation enhances message intake and the likelihood of buy-in to your proposition. These sessions allow you to adjust to feedback and change your delivery style as you move along.  

Make your presentation as interactive as possible. One way to increase engagement is to ask your audience a question and have them take a poll revealing their answers. After analyzing the answers they provided, expose the correct data and allow them to see how close or far off they were.  

The audience interactions also encourage them to feel like they are part of the process instead of just observers. If in a pitch, such feelings increase the likelihood of getting buy-in from the prospective clients and a closed sale.  

Stand Out in Your Presentation 

Presentations are about the style of delivery as much as the content. Many times incisive content falls flat because of poor delivery. After you master your content, work on your delivery mode for presentation success. Ask for feedback to help you better yourself before the actual session. 

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How Contract Lifecycle Management Contributes to Your Business Success

Contract lifecycle management is managing the contract’s life cycle as you use it in the business. It is a process that ensures that the contract business and its stakeholders are aligned to achieve desired business outcomes.

You can use it in any scenario where there is an agreement between two parties. For example, there is an agreement between an employer and their employees or between a company and its suppliers.

It helps companies manage their contracts, employees, and vendors in an organized manner. It ensures that the company’s contracts are up-to-date with the latest information, new vendors are added and removed when needed, and that you assign projects efficiently to your employees.

Many companies use contract lifecycle management to make sure they can keep track of the contracts they have signed with their vendors and employees. It also helps them make sure that they have all the information about these contracts at hand to work efficiently.

Here are specific ways that contract lifecycle management can contribute to your business’ success.

Standardize the process from start to finish

Contract lifecycle management is a tool that can help a company to standardize the process from start to finish. The business must standardize the contract management process to help with business success.

Contract lifecycle management is helpful for companies when they need to recruit talent and when they want to retain it. It helps them stay on top of their employees’ expectations by providing them with feedback on their performance or by giving them clear goals that they have set for themselves.

The contract lifecycle management also helps with managing the contract itself. Companies can track the time spent on a project, what they’ve finished, who did it, and how much time they spent on each task. You can use this information for billing purposes, analytics, or quality assurance.

Reduce the need for manual tasks

Contract lifecycle management is a process that automates the contract management process. It can reduce the need for manual tasks in this process and provide better visibility into contracts and their statuses.

Contract lifecycle management can be a tedious process that requires careful monitoring and timely responses. However, it is necessary to ensure the success of a business.

It reduces the need for manual tasks, which can be time-consuming and prone to human error. Aside from that, it avoids mistakes by providing a centralized repository of all contracts related to an organization.

Simplifies tracking and monitoring

With CLM software, you can improve your business’s tracking and monitoring of contracts, contract approvals, and renewals.

The benefits of using contract lifecycle management are many. For example, it provides a centralized location for all contracts, simplifies the contract approval process, and allows easy access to all contractual information.

Tracking and monitoring seem like a relatively simple job, but it can be tedious over time. With CLMs, it becomes a lot easier to do so you can still do the job in a good enough quality without tiring yourself out.

Eases collaboration

Companies that use contract lifecycle management are more successful than those that don’t. It is a way to streamline the entire collaboration process between different departments, and it is a crucial step in business success.

Contract lifecycle management is a system that manages all the contracts that a company has with its partners, clients, and vendors. This system includes negotiating contracts, preparing them for execution, and executing them after all parties have signed them.

Improved revenue

The contract lifecycle management software is a valuable tool for any company. It can help manage the contracts and streamline the contract management process, eventually leading to better revenue.

Contract lifecycle management is a process that ensures that you’ve managed all the agreements between the company and its clients in a timely and organized manner. It helps to reduce risk, mitigate disputes, and improve customer satisfaction.

Due to these benefits, it becomes much easier to close deals with a potential customer.

Simplify the process of personalizing contracts

Contract lifecycle management is a process that can help companies maintain a healthy contract portfolio and reduce the risk of violating any laws or regulations.

It starts with identifying the legal and regulatory requirements for specific contracts. The company then needs to map these requirements to the existing agreements. This step will help them determine which contracts need to be updated and those that require you to draft from scratch.

The contract lifecycle management process should also include an assessment of risks associated with each contract, such as breach of confidentiality, data security, and intellectual property rights infringement.

A CLM can help simplify these complicated parts of managing a contract. It doesn’t take as much time as it usually would, especially since you have different agreements with different customers.

Effective risk and compliance management

Contracts are an essential part of the business. They are a legally binding agreement between two or more parties, and they help the company protect itself from legal risks. However, it is not easy to manage contracts with all their complexities.

Effective risk and compliance management are one of the main benefits of using contract lifecycle management software. It helps companies identify risks early to avoid any potential negative consequences later on.

Saves money and time by eliminating delays

Contracts are an essential part of a business. You can use them to protect the company and its employees from risks while also providing a clear roadmap for how things will happen. The contract lifecycle management process can help companies save time and money by eliminating delays in the contract process.

The contract lifecycle management process starts with defining the project’s scope and determining what type of contract is needed. After this, contracts are drafted, reviewed, executed, and managed throughout their life cycle. These steps can be tedious and lengthy, so CLM software is a welcome approach to ensure there are no delays.

Boost customer trust and brand reputation

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Customer trust is very important to the business

Another benefit of investing in CLM is that it can help organizations boost customer trust and brand reputation by making sure that they are not violating any contract terms.

This process can help reduce the risk of being penalized for violating the contract by a third party. It also helps ensure no gaps between what the company promised and what they’ve delivered on those promises.

Wrapping up

Contract lifecycle management is not something you want to overlook, especially when you’re starting to deal with several contracts all at once while running your business. It will make you more efficient, but it can even improve your reputation with clients, which can generate even more business for you. If you can, consider investing in CLM software today.

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Student’s Guide: How to Start Learning Coding

The technology industry is one of the most important industries in the world. We use technology daily to keep us better connected, yet we know little about how it’s all created. As much as it may seem like magic, it was actually made by coders, programmers, and other computer science geniuses.

In this fast-growing industry, you might be wondering how you can get started and become part of it? It may seem difficult to find your initial bearings, but once you make that leap, it will be life-changing.

Why Learn to Code?

There are many benefits to learning to code, here are a few that we think should spark up an interest;

  • It is a booming industry so a lot of related jobs are in demand. Whether you are looking to work for a company or freelance, there are lots of opportunities.
  • When coding you’ll find new challenges and be continuously learning. This really boosts your problem-solving and logic skills, giving your left side of the brain a proper workout.
  • It’s fun! Nothing is more rewarding than seeing your technological creations come to life before your eyes. After you’ve passed the initial stages of getting started you can delve into specific parts you are more passionate about and be more creative.

What Languages are Best for Beginners?

Coding is a vast subject, where there are hundreds of different coding languages, each with a different purpose to what they can do. It’s not always easy to figure out what’s the best one to start with and that’s really because there is not just one answer. There are multiple different languages that work well in the beginning, but it’s best to start with the one that fits in with your coding goals. Below are some coding languages that beginners often start with and a little summary of how they can be helpful.

  • HTML – used as a foundation of the internet, and can set up content for web pages. HTML is a great starting block for beginners and often you’ll find even when you are more advanced you’ll be referring back to HTML.
  • CCS – HTML and CSS go as a nice pairing, so often you can learn them together. However, CCS handles the colors, sizing, fonts, and layouts of web pages. If you want to sparkle up a page, this is the one for you.
  • JavaScript – JavaScript helps make web pages more interactive. You can learn how to add videos, maps, and animated graphics.
  • Python – Python is another good option to start with as a lot of its code reads more like English so it’s easier for beginners to get a good grasp of. It isn’t built for a specific task, it instead helps build websites and software, automate tasks, and conduct data analysis.

Don’t feel that you have to keep to just one of these, you can switch between a few, and in the next section, you’ll learn more about how best to learn these.

Coding Tutors

The best way to learn to code thoroughly and quickly is with your very own coding tutor. In a one-to-one environment, your tutor can focus on key areas specific to your needs, track your progress, and you will be able to learn at your own pace. Tutor House, a top online tutoring platform, provides online coding lessons for students. Their tutors are highly experienced in many coding languages, and you can opt-in for a free trial call to find out how they will help achieve your goals. Learn at a time convenient to you and get personalized feedback to see a positive improvement.

Online Tutorials

If you prefer to go the longer route and be self-taught, there are numerous online coding tutorials and resources out there for you to pick up on. Tutorialspoint is a coding channel that carefully explains concepts to you and provides beginner tutorials for many different languages such as HTML, CCS, and Javascript. Self-teaching can be tricky, so make sure you go through these tutorials and resources at your own pace and practice each point thoroughly before moving on to the next. This will move you in a positive direction where you can track your own progress.

Books and Podcasts

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There are many books and podcasts that can help educate you on topics on coding. Books are a great way of learning more about coding history and how people have developed in the tech industry. Podcasts can inform you on current and specific topics on coding; such as cyberwarfare, and the socio-economic impact of artificial intelligence. This will help you have a deeper understanding of your discipline and find interests in particular areas in your free time. It’s especially useful to read about topics that are difficult and it helps you see things from a different perspective.

Mini Projects

Most importantly, learn coding by doing. Start yourself up on a mini project and challenge and see how well you can adapt. Whether that is through your lessons with a tutor, an online course, or learning with friends. Sometimes it’s easier to learn when you have a particular motivation to create. The more action, the better the results, and it builds up your problem-solving skills along the way.

Have You Learned The Secret Language Yet?

Like with traditional language learning, to learn a coding language, you need to be passionate, you need to be patient, and you need to practice. There is so much you can do and learn in the coding world, you’ll never get bored. That’s why often coders, new and old, can learn from each other as each person learns with a whole new perspective. Coding is worthwhile to learn – don’t miss out!

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7 Best Practices to Prevent DDoS Attacks and Protect Your Business

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have become rampant over the last couple of years, primarily because of the pandemic. Many people are working from home and accessing online services throughout the pandemic. 

In a report from NETSCOUT, about 10 million DDoS attacks occurred in 2020. It primarily targets remote and other essential services that are often used to make it through the lockdown. 

Industries hit hard by these attacks are healthcare, e-commerce, and streaming services.

What is a DDoS attack?

In a nutshell, a DDoS attack involves bombarding an IP address with substantial traffic volumes. So, if the IP address points to a web server, legit traffic can’t reach it, and your site becomes unavailable.

A flood attack is another type of DDoS attack. Groups of servers are flooded with requests which need processing by victim machines. It’s often generated in huge numbers by scripts that run on compromised machines that are part of a botnet. As a result, it exhausts the server resources of the victim, such as the memory or the CPU. 

As networks become more and more diverse, now is the time for network observability. What is network observability? It’s the ability to answer questions about your network quickly and efficiently. 

A DDoS works in the same principles except that malicious traffic comes from several sources but comes from one central point. Since traffic sources are distributed worldwide, DDoS attack prevention is more complicated than preventing DDoS attacks from a single IP address. 

Fortunately, you can avoid these attacks. Here are some of the best practices for preventing them and protecting your business: 

1. Make a DDoS response plan

Do you know what you’ll do in case of a DDoS attack? How do you respond? Having a definite plan right from the get-go will allow you to react quickly and efficiently whenever your network is being targeted. 

Creating a response plan can take some planning. The more complicated your site infrastructure, the more detailed your response plan is. Regardless of the size of your company, your goal should include the following:

  • Systems checklist
  • A professional response team
  • Clearly defined notification and escalation procedures
  • List of internet and external contracts which should be informed about the attack. 
  • Detailed communication plan for stakeholders.

2. Keep security infrastructure up to date

Your network is as strong as your weakest links. You need to know of legacy and outdated systems in your infrastructure since these can be entry points for attacks once compromised. 

Your data center and systems should also be up to date. It will help if you patch your web application firewalls and network security programs that you might have. Also, when working with an ISP or hosting provider, a security and data center vendor for implementing advanced protection capabilities is an excellent idea. 

Don’t put all your eggs in the same basket. Your data centers should be placed on different networks to ensure that all your data centers aren’t in the exact physical location and on various data centers. You need to ensure that these aren’t places wherein traffic bottlenecks in your network. 

3. Identifying your network’s traffic

Every organization’s infrastructure has internet traffic patterns, so you need to know yours. Once you know the typical traffic pattern of your organization, then you have a baseline. 

Doing so ensures that you can quickly identify the symptoms of a DDoS attack if any unusual activity happens. 

4. Always look out for the warning signs

Again, DDoS attacks come with classic symptoms. The most common symptoms are intermittent site shutdown, spotty internet connectivity, and disconnection. 

But the problem is that these warning signs are pretty similar to other issues that you might be having in your system, like a slower internet connection and viruses. 

If these problems become prolonged and severe, your network will likely suffer from a DDoS attack and utilize proper prevention actions. 

5. Use a cloud-based service provider

Cloud providers are offering high levels of cybersecurity. It includes firewalls and monitoring software protecting your business assets and networks from cybercriminals. It also has much greater bandwidth than most private networks. Therefore, it’s unlikely going to fail with increasing DDoS attacks. 

Similarly, reputable cloud providers have network redundancy, duplicating systems, data, and equipment. Therefore, if your services become unavailable and corrupted because of an attack, you can quickly switch to secure access on your backed-up versions. 

6. Sufficient server capacity

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Since many DDoS attacks work by overwhelming network bandwidth, overprovisioning bandwidth is one way to counter this attack. 

Therefore, you need to ensure that your server capacity can handle several heavy traffic spikes by adding bandwidth. 

Doing so ensures that you’re ready for any unexpected surges of traffic that are caused by these attacks. Although it won’t completely stop a DDoS attack, it will provide a couple of extra minutes to prepare your defense before all of your resources are used up. 

7. Practice good cyber hygiene

You should also engage in the best security practices. It includes regularly changing passwords, securing authentication practices, knowing when to avoid phishing attacks, etc. 

The more minor the errors you’ll be committing right from the get-go, the safer it will be for you if there’s an attack. 

Over to You

Considering how complicated and devious attacks are, you’ll hopefully follow these best practices to prevent DDoS attacks effectively. 

Doing so keeps your web property secure and that you’re more than ready to fight off any of these attacks. Good luck!