Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mayon Volcano

There are 37 volcanoes in the Philippines, of which 18 are active. Among them, Mount Mayon, with 47 eruptions since 1616, is the most active one. Mont Mayon is located on Luzon Island, 500 km (310 miles) south of Manila, the capital city. From July to October 2006, the 2,462-meter high (8,077-foot) Mayon volcano, which is located in the central Bicol region (Island of Luzon), spewed ash and lava sending about 30,000 people away from homes. In 1993, Mount Mayon's eruption killed 79.

Behind the beauty of the Mayon, is its fearing condition of a near eruption. On December 20th, the alert level around Mount Mayon was raised to number four on the five-point scale used by geologists (level four means an eruption is imminent while level five means an eruption is in progress). Over the past 24 hours, the volcanic activity increased, with 222 volcanic earthquakes reported. On December 20th, the no-go zone was extended and troops were called in to forcibly evacuate if necessary those people living within the 10-kilometer restricted area. Since December 14th, Mount Mayon, Philippines' most active volcano, has spewed ashes, burning mud and rocks, leading the local authorities to order the evacuation of 50,000 people living in the 10-kilometer (6-7 miles) danger zone around the volcano.

Praying for those people near in the said volcano is one we can do for them. Their safety and ample convenience in their evacuation centers are essential for their survival. We can do it for them!

Competing for Growth

Competition is central in every business. It is indeed essential for the overall growth of a business enterprise. It is inevitable. Competitors have different strategies to get into the flow of completion. Formulations of diverse competitive strategies are essential to have the so-called advantage over those businesses that are in competition. This includes product differentiation, low cost pricing, high quality products etc.

Here are some tips:
1. Have a healthy mindset about competition
2. Know how your business is currently doing
3. Check the competition - both old and new
4. Build your strenghts
5. Improve on your weakness
6. A price war should be a last resort

As business continue to evolve, innovations and changes are needed in the long run. As regards, phone answering service help meet business goals and increase sales by customizing their service for individual client needs - giving one an additional competitive advantage.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Have your Product Stand Out!

Competition in business is constant. It is evident in all business, whether small or big ones. This so-called competition provides businesses, especially the persons behind that business to use their creative side... to do something, to be able to stand out among their competitors in related business industry they are in. This is whenadvertising and product differentiation play a major role in the life of a product.

Advertising, with consideration to the business' sufficiency of fund must think of its cost, if it can be afforded, then why not try to advertize? Through media, such as TV and internet, advertising could take place! And it will help a lot to promote your product help your product be recognized!

Product differentiation is another competitive strategy. Because of various product of the same kind and use, product differentiation provide an opportunity to have your product possess uniqueness among the other products in competition. Thus, it may pull consumer attention and loyalty eventually if it become effective.

These are only few of those things business may consider as strategies in competing in business. Low cost is another. But what is important is that choosing a business strategy requires deep understanding of its cost and benefit.