Standing Dog Interactive Announces New Senior Copywriter

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

As business continues to boom for the Dallas-based Internet marketing agency, Standing Dog Interactive is proud to announce its latest hire.

Brian Medricka joins the Standing Dog team as senior copywriter. Brian spent more than 10 years at The Desert Sun Media Group in Palm Springs, California. During his tenure, Brian held a number of positions, starting as a copy editor and ending as the editor of two weekly publications and the newspapers six-page Society section. His experience leading a team of talented reporters and freelancers while guaranteeing the highest editorial quality has prepared him for his new position at the Dallas Internet Marketing Agency. Brian also has worked at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Times of Shreveport, Louisiana, and The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

As senior copywriter, he will oversee all written content produced by Standing Dog Interactive. The Internet marketing agency works with a diverse set of clients who require careful consideration to brand voice and style. Brians expertise and careful consideration of the written language will be an invaluable asset to Standing Dog as it expands its operations.

I am excited to use my writing and editing skills to help enhance content for Standing Dog clients while also being afforded the opportunity to learn some of the intricacies behind search engine optimization and social media, Brian said.

About Standing Dog Interactive

Standing Dog Interactive is an Internet marketing agency comprised of recognized industry professionals. With a successful record of helping companies reach their target customers, generating leads and driving revenue online, Standing Dog has quickly become one of the leading Internet marketing agencies in Dallas. Its team of experts offers digital strategy and execution, from search engine optimization, pay-per-click marketing, local search marketing and social media to design and development. Recently, Standing Dog Interactive opened an office in Houston, Texas.

In addition to improving search ranking, online visibility and site traffic, Standing Dogs SEO, PPC and social media experts provide in-depth analysis to identify the return on investment and engagement. Named one of INC. 5000s fastest growing private companies three years in a row, Standing Dog has a commitment to excellence. Major clients include Omni Hotels, Marriott and UDR.

Florida Hospital Celebration Health Retains B. E. Smith to Recruit New Director of Surgical Services

Lenexa, KS (PRWEB) November 16, 2012

B. E. Smith, the only full-service leadership solutions firm dedicated exclusively to healthcare providers, has been retained to lead a national director of surgical services search for Florida Hospital Celebration Health in Celebration, Fla. The top executive search firm in the healthcare industry, B. E. Smith placed more than 300 senior-level healthcare executives into organizations last year.

Florida Hospital Celebration Health is a 172-bed, state-of-the-art hospital which serves as a cornerstone of health in the Disney-planned community of Celebration. The hospital is part of the Florida Hospital network, operated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It is home to the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, a 54,000 square foot surgical services training facility featuring seven surgical robots. The facility will train over 20,000 clinicians annually in the latest robotic and minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is also currently undergoing construction on a new patient tower which will double the facilitys size by 2015.

The new director will strategically lead surgical services including PACU, endoscopy, pain management, anesthesia and the newly acquired ambulatory surgery center for a facility that handles over 11,000 cases annually. The director will build collaborative relationships with surgeons, while mentoring managers and staff in a shared governance environment. Additionally, they will implement initiatives to increase operational efficiencies, maintain high patient satisfaction scores and drive quality scores.

The complete job posting for Florida Hospital Celebration Healths director position can be found on the B. E. Smith website.

About Florida Hospital Celebration Health:

Florida Hospital Celebration Health is a leading destination hospital that specializes in minimally invasive surgical procedures. This health and wellness center provides inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, maternity, cardiac services, diagnostic, catheterization, weight management, bariatric and wellness programs, womens and mens health programs, as well as primary care and specialty physicians on-site. The hospital is part of the Florida Hospital Network, which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Adventist Health System operates 44 hospitals in 10 states, making it the largest protestant, not-for-profit healthcare system in the country. For more information, visit

About B. E. Smith:

Founded in 1978, B. E. Smith is a full-service healthcare leadership solutions firm and the top-ranked provider of nursing leadership services including Interim Leadership, Executive Search and Consulting Solutions. Veteran healthcare leaders and regional healthcare experts partner with each client to create customized solutions. B. E. Smiths proven methodology has resulted in the recent placement of more than 600 leaders into healthcare organizations worldwide. The firm utilizes a comprehensive sourcing strategy incorporating the latest marketing techniques, association partnerships, social networking and the largest database of skilled nursing leaders in the industry to deliver immediate results in todays complex healthcare environment. For more information, visit or call 877-802-4593.

Veretekk Free Team Contest For Top Google Ranking

(PRWEB) February 25, 2006

HomeBased business owner Margaret Lee of and and teammates are learning what it takes to get their websites to the top of Google. Using the keyword FREE, they plan to work together to drive one members site to the top of the Google search engine and in the process learn how to do it for themselves.

It is time consuming and a challenge, Lee said, But it is fun and will be profitable for those willing to work. We are a friendly group of like-minded people who are in various stages of learning how to market on the Internet.

Thomas Prendergast and Mike Darling, creators of the Veretekk Marketing System and upline to the team have created a free contest with a $ 1,000 prize to the person or group who makes it to the top of Google using the keyword free.

In the process of learning free how to link portal pages, daisy chain, write ads, and submit to search engines, the group gets to know their teammates from all over the world. As an interactive group from varied backgrounds, they are running their businesses free from the comfort of their homes, learning new things, and meeting new people.

Lee described what it means to be part of the team. As a member of the Veretekk Marketing System, I get to giveaway free tools like, a simple, yet high tech VoIP Conference Room to make training easier over the Internet and avoid telephone expenses or giveaway free family classifieds at I help people by giving them what they need to market on the Internet and hopefully make a friend. At some point my new friend may ask what Im doing. It is then that they become a lead for my business. Its a great win-win for everyone, and its all done spam-free. Veretekk is a free mature, sophisticated system with members who take great pride in helping individuals, especially the average person, make money free online. The added benefit is having a business portal like

as part of my marketing system.

To learn about marketing on the Internet free or the Veretekk system, free-ly go to Signup for free and check the calendar for training times. If you are looking for a free fun lotto-style games business, you can join for free at

Margaret Lee is a free-retired secretary and has been married 40 years to her husband who is a free retired high school teacher. They have a daughter, son, and granddaughter who is 9 years old.

Margaret Lee


Ray University An Online Workshop on How to Build Successful Brands

Stockton, CA (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

Ray University, one of the leading online universities in the world today has made yet another effort towards the fulfillment of its mission of bringing prosperity to the lives of its students and alumni around the globe through education. This time an online workshop was organized whose topic was How to build successful brands. The workshop featured speeches from experts of the industry, alumni of Ray University currently working on key positions in branding at different organizations along with tips that were shared by the faculty of the university.

One of the speakers of the workshop said, When we talk about establishing brands and starting new businesses, there is no one kind of equity that is to be measured. There can be equity that can be measured in terms of dollars and there can be equity which is known as brand equity and which can be measured in terms of loyal customer base. Brand equity is irrespective of the real estate, inventory, and cash in hand or any other tangible asset of the business, but its crucial for the health and sustainability of the new business as compared to any of them. A brand that we refer as a strong or established brand of the industry has the power to convert customer requirements in to profits for the company, which is most important for the entrepreneurs around the world.

One of the speakers of the workshop also said in his speech, The first thing that any entrepreneur should do is define his brand along with offering a unique value added feature in your product. The brand should convey clearly that what market it caters to and what it has to offer to the consumers. See consumers are always looking for something new, something that provides them with a rare experience that no other brand could provide to them. Along with this an entrepreneur must also focus on engaging its target market, which can be done through effective public relations and through mass media advertising.

The other important thing that was highly emphasized in this workshop along with brand equity dimension building was the need of proper education for an entrepreneur. Without proper education no entrepreneur would be able to achieve what he or she intends to. Conveniences of online education and its pros were also discussed in the workshop.

About Ray University:

Ray University is a globally present and renowned university that specializes in providing accredited online education to students irrespective of their geographical locations. Through the recognized online degree programs of Ray University, students can now enroll in an online degree and educate themselves with complete ease, flexibility and affordability. Complimentary student and alumni services, credits transfer facility, financial assistance program and round the clock academic support through helpful education consultants are some value added advantages Ray University provides to its students. In order to learn more about the convenient online education programs offered at Ray University log on to their official website right away.

GMO VenturePartners launches JPY1 Billion Fund and Invests In Coda Payments, a Startup Enabling Mobile Micro Payment in South East Asia

Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) November 29, 2012

GMO Internet Group company and Japanese Venture Capital firm, GMO VenturePartners today announces the launch of GMO VenturePartners Fund III. The new fund is dedicated to the strategic fields: Ecommerce/Payment, Smartphone, Adtech, Technology Platform, and Enterprise Social. At first close the firm has already raised JPY500 million from GMO Internet Group companies.

The first investee of the fund is Coda Payments, a startup enabling micropayments in Southeast Asia using advanced carrier-billing technology.

“In the emerging markets of Southeast Asia, where many customers lack credit and debit cards, Coda Payments allows customers to make purchases online using their pre- or post-paid mobile account,” said Neil Davidson, CEO of Coda Payments. “For merchants, Coda dramatically improves conversion rates for mobile operators, Coda drives customer acquisition and retention while unlocking new revenue streams.”

Since 2005 GMO VP has operated a number of funds including the Social Ad & Commerce Technology fund (JPY2.3 billion) established in 2011. Five GMO VP investees have achieved IPOs including the billion-dollar IPO to NYSE of Chinas fourth largest Internet company, Qihoo 360 technology (GMO VP Fund I).

As the firm closes existing funds to new investment, the launch of GMO VP Fund III, marks an expansion of investment focus to include the SEA region, and an effort to increase returns. While continuing to invest existing funds in Japan and China, GMO VP will direct the new fund toward Advertising, Ecommerce, Payment, and Smartphone related startups in the rapidly growing SEA region.

GMO VP seeks out investment opportunities that have an affinity with the businesses and specializations of other companies in the Japanese Internet conglomerate, GMO Internet Group. The Group is a market leader in Japans domain registration (3.46 million domains), web hosting (53.8% market share), ecommerce (over 62,000 stores), and payment processing (annual transaction volume approx. 1 trillion yen) markets.

*figures as of 9/2012

GMO Internet Group is currently expanding outside Japan, to regions including South East Asia and recognizes the strategic importance of investment in the SEA region. The firm believes that forming actual business alliances with Japanese companies moving into the SEA region will effectively support local startups to expand. Further, GMO VP believes that parallels can be drawn between the Internet market environment in the region today and that of the one in Japan in the early 2000s and is therefore confident that it can make a contribution in SEA given its experience in the industry.

Founding Partner of GMO VenturePartners, Ryu Muramatsu, started his career in VC in 1994 and has also invested in GMO Internet. He serves concurrently as Executive Vice President of GMO Payment Gateway, a company that provides payment processing services for 39,000 online stores.

Coda Payments Pte Ltd.

Mobile operators around the world are seeing revenues from their traditional content business plateau or decline, in part due to the shortcomings of premium-rate SMS. Codas direct carrier-billing infrastructure and merchant acquisition capabilities help mobile network operators recapture these revenues while increasing loyalty and driving acquisition. In turn, Coda allows online merchants to more effectively monetize their content and services. Coda is active across Southeast Asia and headquartered in Singapore.

GMO VenturePartners, Inc.

GMO VenturePartners is Japanese corporate VC firm and a member of GMO Internet Group.

Its 40 portfolio companies include 5 IPOs: Qihoo 360 Technology(NYSE), Fullspeed (TSE), Accelmark (TSE), NEXT (TSE) and Vector (TSE).

GMO Internet Group

GMO Internet Group is a comprehensive provider of industry-leading Internet solutions including domain name registration, cloud-based and traditional hosting, ecommerce, security, and payment processing services that each hold the top share of their respective markets in Japan. Other key business areas for the Group include online securities/FX trading, Internet advertising, search engine marketing and online research, and smartphone game development and publishing. GMO Internet, Inc. (TSE: 9449) is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For more information please visit

Biotechnology lab at Santa Catalina, Ecuador

Biotechnology lab at Santa Catalina, Ecuador

Image by CIMMYT
Esteban Falconí (right), cereals program leader for Ecuador’s National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIAP), at work in a new biotechnology lab established at INIAP’s Santa Catalina Experiment Station, not far from the city of Quito, Ecuador.

Until 2008, wheat research in Ecuador was in decline, as was wheat cultivation, thanks to cheap imports. While other staples were relatively unaffected, the global food price crisis of 2008 revealed this hole in the country’s food security. When wheat prices spiked, Ecuador’s government cushioned the blow by temporarily subsidizing imported wheat at great cost. Its long-term response was to institute a vigorous program to revitalize the nation’s wheat production. Working with INIAP, the government set out realistic goals and provided about USD 4.3 million over 5 years for intensified wheat research and promotion.

The central aim of the new initiative is to expand Ecuador’s wheat area to about 50,000 hectares, enough to satisfy at least 30% of domestic demand, up from 3%. Less than two years after the 2008 decision, INIAP was already releasing improved varieties, the first in Ecuador since the early 1990s, including Vivar for southern Ecuador and San Jacinto for the country’s central and northern zones, both based on CIMMYT materials.

INIAP was able to release Vivar and San Jacinto so soon after the start of the initiative for two reasons. One was the government’s decision to thoroughly refurbish INIAP’s research infrastructure as well as to hire and train dozens more scientists and technicians. Equally crucial was CIMMYT’s unswerving support for local wheat research even during its time of relative dormancy in Ecuador. If that service had ceased, INIAP’s new wheat team would have been forced to start essentially from scratch, adding many years to the process of variety development.

Photo credit: Nathan Russell/CIMMYT.

For more information, see CIMMYT’s 2010 e-news story "Ecuador’s wheat awakening," available online at:….

Lucintel Estimates Global Media and Entertainment Industry to Reach $1,289 Billion by 2017

Irving, TX (PRWEB) September 28, 2012

The global media and entertainment industry is forecasted to reach US $ 1,289 billion by 2017. The global commercial media system is transnational and works to promote the global market and promote commercial values. The industry consists of activities such as broadcast media, publishing, movies and entertainment, internet advertising, and other services. North America dominates the industry and represents 35% of the global industry share.

Lucintel, a leading global management consulting and market research firm, has conducted a competitive analysis on top global media and entertainment industry and presents its findings in “Top Five Global Media And Entertainment Industry 2012-2017: Trend, Profit and Forecast Analysis” This report briefly discusses the subject companies, their geographic footprints, financial metrics, market performance, marketing and corporate strategies, and SWOT analysis. During the last five years, APAC witnessed the highest growth due to strong economic development in most of the regions and increased purchasing power of the population.

The industry faced some decline during the past years due to the global economic crisis that led to reduced income level, which affected media spending. Another important factor restricting the growth of the global media and entertainment is the high risk associated with increasing rivalry and competition between the top players of the market. Threat is associated with the intellectual properties of the companies which can be challenged, invalidated, or infringed by competitors.

The industry witnessed good growth during the last decade due to the technological advancements in the broadcasting and publishing segments, caused by the rising importance of changing media consumption patterns. Strong economic development in most countries boosted the purchasing power of the middle class population and evolved their consumption habits, which accelerated the influence of new media touch points.

The report gives a concise overview of top five media and entertainment companies:

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HealthEconomics.Com Selects Group Inc. as Web Design Team to Expand Website Capabilities and Service Offerings

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

HealthEconomics.Com, an industry-leading website providing resources for the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in the areas of health care economics, health outcomes, and market access, has selected Group Inc. to lead the redesign of the HealthEconomics.Com website. Originally launched in 1994, HealthEconomics.Com was the first website to consolidate resources for the health economics, pricing, and reimbursement market. It remains the most visited and well-respected resource for the health economics and outcomes research (HEOR) field. The website has been expanded and updated four times since its inception. The goal for the newly redesigned website is to modernize the look, add service offerings, expand the content and make it more dynamic, incorporate a simpler navigation structure and provide search engine friendly development.

HealthEconomics.Com currently distributes a Weekly Health Economics Newsletter to >20,000 health policy, pricing, reimbursement, and market access professionals around the globe. The HealthEconomics.Com website is visited by approximately 10,000 visitors each month. HealthEconomics.Com was cited in November 2012 as a Top Influencer at a major European meeting for pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research, and remains a top-rated website for health economics for more than 13 years. The company has serviced over 300 advertisers, and has sales offices located in New Jersey and Florida. Group, Inc. is a leading provider of online marketing for small businesses. meets the needs of small businesses anywhere along their lifecycle by offering a full range of online services and support, including domain name registration services, website design, logo design, search engine optimization, search engine marketing and local sales leads, email marketing, general contractor leads, franchise and homeowner association websites, shopping cart software, eCommerce website design and call center services. For more information on the company, please visit

About HealthEconomics.Com:

A pioneer in the field, HealthEconomics.Com is the global authority in healthcare value and market access. Each day, HealthEconomics.Com compiles the latest news, policy updates, resources, conferences, and jobs for BioPharmas professionals involved in health economics, outcomes research, market access, and pricing. A trusted resource, HealthEconomics.Coms comprehensive content is carefully selected by a discerning health economist editor, making it the most visited website for healthcare value and market access in the industry, with visitors encompassing all corners of the globe. For more information on the company, please visit