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Tech Startup CashCashPinoy Sees Opportunity in the Philippines

For tech startups in undersaturated market segments, like CashCashPinoy, operating in the Philippines is an opportunity. Although the operating environment is less than ideal in certain ways, expansion can be rapid and lucrative.
“After launching in 2010, we have become one of the top three eCommerce sites in the Philippines,” says Frédéric Levy of CashCashPinoy.
Because of its location along major trade routes between Asia, Europe, and North America, and its long, complicated history, operating in the Philippines is a challenge which may intimidate or overwhelm potential investors from overseas.
“The Philippines is a country rich in culture tracing back hundreds of years. Today, the Spanish, American, Chinese, and Japanese influences form much of the people’s habits and attitudes,” wrote Phoebe Magdirila on TechInAsia.com.
The domestic political scene can be another complicated factor in understanding the business climate. In addition to political dynasties allied with conglomerates, corruption is a problem in in the archipelago. In his latest Easter message to the nation, President Benigno Aquino vowed to step up his government’s efforts against corruption. Read more

Social Media Jobs: Mashwork, SYProducts, Bernstein & Andriulli

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This week, Mashwork is hiring a premium cable network social media analyst, and SYProducts is seeking a digital content manager. Bernstein & Andriulli needs a blogger/social media editor, and The Opinion Institute is on the hunt for a social media and marketing coordinator. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional social media jobs on Mediabistro.

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The Launch Of The Singapore’s First Bitcoin ATM Intrigues Anton Casey

Bitcoin technology is the latest development in the digital finance market, but many experienced financial managers like Anton Casey are skeptical. According to Market Watch, the dynamic is nothing new and can be traced all the way back to tulips in the Dutch flower trade of the 1600s – it’s a mania based on assigned value and the buzz on the street.

While the buzz about tulips spread through the taverns and inflated the price of bulbs to the equivalent of a craftsman’s weekly salary, bitcoins have caught on in Internet chat rooms and caused a great deal of speculation about their worth.

According to Asia Briefing, bitcoins are a ubiquitous digital currency that is unregulated by any government and not considered legal tender. Nonetheless, the market has assigned it value and merchants are willing to accept them as currency. They provide an alternative to government-issued cash that is useful when consumers transact foreign business. Read more

Using Social Media to Spread the Word of God: Bible League International Comments

In today’s ever more digitally connected world, religious groups including Bible League International are of the belief that social media can be a valuable and effective method of reaching out to their followers all over the world.

As a representative of Bible League International, an organization that provides Bible access and scripture engagement worldwide, explains, God’s word can and should be spread any way. If reaching it means reaching more people digitally, then that’s what should be done.”

The advent of the Internet and, more recently, social media have resulted in a marked change in personal habits. The first and last thing most people do every day– 80% of people between the age of 18 and 44, to be exact—is check their phones. When they want to know an answer to a question, they use Google to find the answer. Scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds has become a regular fixture of leisurely activity. Read more

2014 So Far a Big Year For Mergers and Acquisitions

The year 2014 has started out as a big deal for companies that have been a part of mergers and acquisitions, according to financial services consultant Bradley Reifler. The first quarter of this year has been profitable, as many companies have sought to buy up the competition. Quite a few of the acquisitions have involved American businesses either buying or selling to competitors overseas. Investors have an opportunity to profit from these mergers and acquisitions. However, it is essential for top investors to be aware of the best companies for their clients.

At the beginning of 2014 Comcast sought to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion, Actavis is currently negotiating to buy Forest Laboratories for $25 billion, and Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion. In prior years, transactions of this magnitude were not common because of the uncertainty of the federal budget, the debt ceiling and the outcome of the Affordable Care Act. Nevertheless, financial service professionals expect that more of these multi-billion dollar mergers will continue as the economy recovers and becomes more stabilized, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune. Read more

Kick Tired Vacations to the Curb, Says Holiday Cruise Line

With summer on the way, more and more people are getting their vacation plans in order, observes the staff of Holiday Cruise Line. But, what if you’re tired of your standard, kind of boring vacation? If your family  has been going to the same location each year or has been stuck in a vacation rut for some time, make this summer the summer you finally break out and try something different. Read more

A Stabilizing Montreal Residential Real Estate Market Is A Good Sign For Quebec

Real estate professional Reza Tehrani and Quebec industry economists confirm that the city of Montreal should be enthusiastic about 2014 real estate possibilities.

Following an official press release submitted in February and the residential real estate market’s confirmed signs of stability, it is only the start to more positive shifts in the market, the pros agree.

With Montreal being the largest city in Quebec, the Montreal markets directly affect the entire province. With the residents of Montreal beginning to feel more comfortable and finding stabilization in the residential market, the remainder of the province will also begin to feel the same way. In short, if the people of Montreal are happy, then the entire Quebec population is happy. Read more

How To Turn Email Subscribers Into Engaged Social Customers

Email marketing has long been an important channel for brands to reach subscribers for their latest deals, promotions, and content. In fact, marketers sent over 838 billion emails in 2013.

But the trouble with inbox marketing is that it happens in vacuum…nobody hears it when a consumer “clicks”.

When you keep a consumer in a private platform to make purchase decisions- you are missing the opportunity to establish a direct dialogue with a potential customer – and their audiences. Thanks to the proliferation of social & mobile platforms, there are now best practices for turning your subscriber list into engaged social customers.

By giving your email subscribers an opportunity to respond publicly via social channels – you can take your silent subscribers and turn them into engaged social participants who then spread your branded message to their audiences. When you give subscribers the ability to respond to a private email offer directly on social media- you dramatically increase your reach and amplification. Emerging technology now allows brands to then directly reach out to those interested consumers with the resources to complete a conversion. Read more

Top 2014 Winter Workout Tips for Urban Professionals

If you’re a young professional in the city, you know how difficult it is to muster up the motivation and energy to work out mid-winter. While leaving home to jog through city streets at 6AM in thermal tights isn’t exactly ideal for most, there are a number of ways to stay fit during the cold winter months without ever leaving your apartment.

While there are a number of additional health benefits to exercising outdoors, property management companies like PMC Property Group proactively help their residents get the most out of working out inside.   Read more