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FlowerDeliveryExpress.com performs 1st flower delivery by drone

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com performs 1st flower delivery by drone

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – FlowerDeliveryExpress.com conducted the first flower delivery by drone in the United States for Valentine's Day. Further commercial testing of drones has been grounded in the United States pending a legal case, but testing has paved the way for flowers to be delivered by drone around the globe.

"We're in the business of delivering surprises and conveying emotions – not just delivering flowers," said Wesley Berry, CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. "Technology is ever-changing, and we're having a lot of fun experimenting with alternative flower delivery methods, such as our successful flowers by drone delivery."

On March 6, a U.S. federal judge ruled to legalize the use of drones for commercial purposes, but the Federal Aviation Administration is appealing the ruling. The case is now pending before the National Transportation and Safety Board.

"The good news is that this technology is here to stay," said Berry. "I'm looking forward to using drones for flower deliveries, and positioning the company at the forefront of successfully implementing this technology. Soon we'll be delivering flowers by GPS coordinates instead of addresses."

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com launched a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of U.S. customers before going to market. The company currently uses traditional delivery methods to serve its customers.

In the business of shipping high quality flowers, FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is taking action to stay ahead. "Drones are an emerging technology that will provide an economically viable shipping option for our customers," said Berry. "We believe the use of drones will become common practice in the near future."

Watch the U.S. drone flower delivery, which took place Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in West Bloomfield, Mich., here http://bit.ly/1lXLQgn.

About FlowerDeliveryExpress.com 

Wesley Berry is the CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com, a multi-million dollar online floral delivery operation. Berry also owns Wesley Berry Flowers, a Detroit-based brick-and-mortar florist established in 1946. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau. The company has also been voted "Best Florist" more than a dozen times. 

FlowerDeliveryExpress.com delivers from their own brick and mortar flower shops with their own delivery fleet, and through FedEx and UPS from coast to coast. Deliveries are also made via a computerized sending network of affiliated shops. They provide delivery throughout most of the United States, Canada, and more than 80 countries around the world. Shoppers can conveniently make floral purchases 24 hours a day/7 days a week by phone at 888-851-2881 or online at www.FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. Like FlowerDeliveryExpress.com onFacebook.

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ACCENT Marketing Survey: Nearly 90 percent of Consumers Say Personalized Interactions with Brands Drive their Purchase Decisions

ACCENT Marketing Survey: Nearly 90 percent of Consumers Say Personalized Interactions with Brands Drive their Purchase Decisions

Interaction Beyond the Point of Purchase Key to Building Brand Advocates

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., April 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – According to new research from ACCENT Marketing Services, the key to repeat customers is personalized communication from brands after purchases. ACCENT Marketing Services LLC, a provider of multi-channel customer engagement solutions, today announced findings from its 2014 Survey "Beyond the Point of Purchase – A Look at Behaviors that Build Brand Loyalists."

ACCENT Marketing's findings align with Forrester's expectations that organizations will explore the power of proactive pre-purchase and post-purchase engagements as a major marketing trend in 2014. Key findings in the report released today also include:

  • Nearly half of consumers interact with brands after a purchase
  • 86 percent of consumers say that it's important to have a positive experience after making a purchase
  • Word of mouth marketing is still critical with 79 percent of consumers telling family and friends when they have had a great experience with a brand
  • 93 percent of consumers claim that a positive response or special offer can help restore the company's reputation after a bad experience
  • Brands can't solely focus on mobile for interaction post-purchase. Only 26 percent have used their phone to contact a company through mobile app with a service question after making a purchase

"As consumers continue to evolve, we are seeing a significant shift in what CMOs are focusing on," said David Norton, EVP Customer Analytics and Insights at MDC Partners and Chairman ACCENT Marketing Services. "Their focus used to be solely on customer acquisition. CMOs today need to spend time to understand and engage customers across the entire lifecycle, not only pre-purchase. What our research has uncovered is that when CMOs consider the entire lifecycle, they can maximize return on investment."

To better understand the habits of today's changing and empowered consumers, ACCENT Marketing surveyed more than 1,000 consumers throughout the United States. The company looked at how consumers prefer to communicate with brands before and after purchases, what drives brand reputation, and the role of the post-purchase brand relationship.

For more on the findings of the 2014 "Beyond the Point of Purchase – A look at Behaviors that Build Brand Loyalists", download the full report at: http://www.accentonline.com/survey

About ACCENT Marketing Services, LLC 
ACCENT, a member of the MDC Partners Network, provides multi-channel customer engagement solutions to brands who need to maximize their ability to engage with consumers and influence behavior, while generating a better return on their investment. Founded in 1993, the company's data-driven approach transforms customer service touch points across phone, online and social media channels into powerful relationship and brand-building tools. For more information, visit www.accentonline.com.

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Compass Intelligence Ranks “Best in Class” Small Business Portal Experiences

Compass Intelligence Ranks "Best in Class" Small Business Portal Experiences

SAN ANTONIO, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Strategy acceleration firm Compass Intelligence is proud to announce it has released its "Best in Class" Small Business Portal results.  These exciting results are derived from on-going research with small business owners and tracking website capabilities, design and content as part of Compass Intelligence's Customer & Digital Experience research. Companies are assessed in terms of their ability to provide relevant online experiences to Small Businesses, with the focus of the research being small business-specific buying and learning experiences.  Results are based on more than 20 facets of the online engagement process.

"The research shows that while Verizon and AT&T have some of the most comprehensive and intuitive web portals today, providing a strong support and learning environment that is tailored to the small business community is equally important," said Heather Taylor, Customer & Digital Experience Manager at Compass Intelligence. While companies such as Cisco, Microsoft and Dell may not provide the sheer number of products and services as the Telco giants in the marketplace, they are clearly strategic in how they position support, community and self-learn website features, and are reaping the benefit of repeat small business customers as a direct result," says Taylor. 

Creating a relevant experience for the small business market continues to be a challenge.  While we are starting to see traction with regard to improved content and solutions geared to this market, the majority of providers that cater to the small business segment tend to focus on the product offering aspect, falling short when it comes to presenting themselves as a custom solution provider and secondly the integration of learn content. Learning and media content not only educate small business customers on how to best utilize the providers' solutions, but also engage them and encourages repeat visits.

To learn more about the report, please click here.

Key Findings Include:

  • Best in Class Experience Overall – Top 5: Verizon, AT&T, Cisco, Microsoft, and Dell
  • Best Practice: Theme-based Simplicity – a clean site experience, which seamlessly weaves in contextual content relevant to the small business segment.
  • Best in Class Help & Support: HP offers an extremely intuitive Help & Support center, which incorporates multiple media types.
  • Best in Class Community: Cisco provides a strong dedicated small business community portal that covers key topics and scenarios relevant to SBs.
  • Best in Class Learn Experience: Microsoft offers lots of learning options and resources to Small Businesses wanting to develop and grow.
  • Best in Class e-Commerce: Dell offers tools to help Small Businesses by providing comparison tables, user ratings and product images.

Want to learn more about the impact of mobile & wireless on your enterprise? Join us at Go Mobile 2014, October 13-15, 2014 at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas, Dallas, TX. Click here for more information.

About Compass Intelligence

Compass Intelligence, a market analytics and consulting firm, specializes in strategy acceleration and insights for the high-tech and telecom industries while providing clients tailored services through excellent customer support. Compass Intelligence provides executive insights, market sizing/modeling, competitive analysis, strategic consulting, and expert recommendations on multiple markets. Visit us at http://www.compassintelligence.com.  Follow Compass Intelligence on Twitter at @CompassIntel.

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UpTo Introduces the Calendar of the Future

UpTo Introduces the Calendar of the Future

Layered view of upcoming events adds entirely new dimension to navigating everything that's coming up

DETROIT, March 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — UpTo today launched the first-ever multi-layer mobile calendar.  The multi-layer interface adds an entirely new dimension to navigating one's upcoming schedule. The new UpTo gives users a top-level view of their existing calendar and expands to reveal upcoming events based on a user's location, likes and interests – including sports schedules, TV shows, local concerts, friends events and more.

"Managing what's coming up should be effortless," said Greg Schwartz, co-founder and CEO of UpTo.  "Not just meetings and appointments, but everything – from your favorite sports teams and TV shows to your kid's school schedule.  Until today, these other calendars were scattered on paper, on websites, in apps and in emails, making it impossible to keep it all straight.  UpTo represents the most significant innovation to the calendar in the last 10 years.  We designed UpTo to give users a holistic view of everything coming up, without the clutter—the things you have to do, plus the stuff you want to do."

UpTo's front-layer includes a user's existing calendar, offering a fast and familiar view of upcoming meetings and appointments.  With a pinch or tap, UpTo expands to reveal a back layer of events from calendars a user chooses to follow. Users can select from thousands of public calendars from UpTo's growing content network—from sports teams and TV show schedules to movie and music releases, local concerts, tech events and more. These "back layer" events can be added to the user's calendar with a simple swipe.

Users can also connect privately with friends to share upcoming events to the back layer of a friend's UpTo calendar. Unlike other calendars that are limited to all-or-nothing sharing, UpTo lets you choose individual family members, friends or co-workers to share events with on an event-by-event basis.

UpTo offers automatic two-way sync with any existing Google, iCloud, Exchange, Facebook or other calendar that syncs with the user's phone.  Users syncing multiple calendars can choose which layer each calendar appears on in UpTo. 

Groups and organizations can use UpTo's online platform to publish and manage their own calendar content for others to follow, and simultaneously embed their UpTo calendar into any website to position their events for maximum engagement in front of fans and constituents.

UpTo is available for free for iPhone and coming soon to Android.  To download or learn more about UpTo, visit www.upto.com.

About UpTo
UpTo is the modern calendar that changes the way individuals and organizations plan for, share and interact with the 'future tense'. Featuring a multi-layer mobile calendar, an online calendar publishing platform and seamless integration with Google Calendar, iCloud, Exchange and other popular calendar solutions, UpTo shifts the calendar paradigm. With thousands of public calendars that users can follow, UpTo goes beyond 9 to 5 to give users the most complete view of everything coming up that matters, in one spot. Learn more about UpTo at http://upto.com/

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National Conference on Reading, Writing, Math & More! Delivers for Today’s Educators

National Conference on Reading, Writing, Math & More! Delivers for Today's Educators

PETERBOROUGH, N.H., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation's leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce its new 2014 National Conference on Reading, Writing, Math & More! Practical Strategies in an Era of High Expectations, taking place June 25-27, 2014 in New Orleans.

Designed by teachers for teachers, and specific to teachers and administrators grades K-5, this inaugural conference provides an opportunity for teachers to discover new, effective strategies to transform their classroom, align with the standards, maximize student learning, and apply best practices.

The conference's subtitle "Practical Strategies in an Era of High Expectations," appropriately reflects the rigor, teachable moments, and standard-meeting tactics illustrated within the event to elevate students' academic achievement.  Expert presenters will provide fresh instructional strategies to implement the standards, further distill content within them, and ensure educator comfort with them so solutions can be delivered confidently upon return to the classroom.

Sessions are presented by some of the nation's foremost experts, including best-selling author & teacher favorite Dr. Jean Feldman, leading educational proponent Robin Fogarty, Ph.D., Deanna Jump, the #1 seller for teacherspayteachers.com, award-winning educator and motivational speaker Principal Baruti Kafele, and motivational expert Charles Beaman, Ed.D.

"More than ever, educators need highly effective, hands on strategies that they can easily implement in their classroom.  Reading, Writing, Math and More is a conference that targets best practices and common core standards, while empowering educators and administrators with the tools they need for success.," explains Kim Breton, SDE's National program planner.  "SDE believes that educators have the most important job in the world, and we want to support educators by providing a professional development experience with top notch presenters who will deliver amazing content that teachers are telling us they want. "

All sessions are designed to meet the biggest challenges educators are experiences in the classroom today, including:

  • HIGH FIVE! Fifty Nifty Centers You Can Create in 5 minutes
  • Six-Trait Writing: A Framework for Writing Success in the Differentiated Classroom
  • Simple Steps to SMART Success
  • Interactive Make 'n' Take Math Games on the GO!
  • Strategies for Struggling Readers in the Content Areas
  • Narrative Writing: Capture Your Audience & Keep Them!
  • Powerful Comprehension & Fluency Strategies: Let's Go Deeper
  • Beyond Apps: iPad® Instructional Best Practices
  • Pump Up the Volume: Developing Strong Vocabulary
    Jump Right In! Integrating Math, Reading, Writing & Fun!

The conference is designed for teachers and administrators alike. With a deliberate focus on interactivity, learning in action, and technology integration, teachers will leave excited to infuse their teaching with new and innovative ways to elevate students' academic achievement. Administrators will find sessions devoted solely to them and centered around issues such as walkthroughs, teacher evaluation, and leadership best practices. A new "Ask the Expert" session with Principal Baruti Kafele offers an additional administrator benefit.

"Innovative, interactive and highly engaging sessions are the focus of Reading, Writing, Math & More!  With all the demands on educators, this conference was designed to help target key skills while integrating across the content areas, " Breton clarifies. " When planning the event, the focus was to give educators and administrators a variety of sessions to choose from, delivered by the very best in the education field, that will reach and teach standards."

The Reading, Writing, Math & More! conference is one of five outstanding national conferences that SDE hosts each summer, divided between Las Vegas and New Orleans. Attendees can realize substantial savings on tuition by registering before SDE's "Early Bird" discount deadline of March 15th, 2014.

About SDE

SDE is one of America's leading providers of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.

For more information about SDE, educators are encouraged to visit www.sde.com, or to call 1-800-462-1478.

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PK-12 Ed-Tech Enthusiasts Converged En Masse at First National Conference of the Year

PK-12 Ed-Tech Enthusiasts Converged En Masse at First National Conference of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla.  More than 9,000 educators and technology aficionados gathered in central Florida’s Orange County Convention Center Jan. 28-31 for the first education-technology conference of the year: FETC 2014. The 34th annual conference featured dynamic speakers, exhibitors and events designed to provide PK-12 educators and administrators with an unparalleled opportunity to explore different technologies while increasing their familiarity with the latest devices, hardware, software and successful strategies on student technology integration.

“FETC is unlike any other conference,” said Mike Eason, President of Public Sector Events for 1105 Media. “It’s not just about new tech; we want to introduce attendees to these tools for their classrooms while ensuring student success.”

The FETC 2014 Exhibit Hall was filled with 428 exhibitor booths, including industry powerhouses like Google in Education, Insight Systems Exchange, Mediasite by Sonic Foundry, Scantron, Lenovo, NetApp, Sony, Aver and Edmodo. However, the focus of the Exhibit Hall was not just to showcase innovative new products, but to train teachers one-on-one on how to use it to benefit students.

“This year, FETC’s Exhibit Hall included an Incubator Pavilion,” said Eason. “This feature created exposure for more than 25 emerging ed-tech start ups and promoted an engaging atmosphere where attendees could learn first-hand about pioneering technologies and how to use these technologies to encourage and enhance learning.”

The Exhibit Hall also featured Lenovo’s $25,000 classroom makeover giveaway. The prize package included 30 Lenovo laptops powered by Intel Core i3® processors, Intel-sponsored coaching and a package of licenses and software to power productivity in the classroom. FETC registrants were eligible to participate in the giveaway by visiting and scanning their badges at select booth locations.

The more than 9,000 attendees made this one of the largest FETCs in several years.

“Clearly, this is a sign that political and administrative leaders are recognizing the importance and value of professional development for our nation’s educators – especially with classroom technology evolving as quickly as it is,” said Eason.

FETC maintained its reputation as a cutting-edge conference by featuring sessions targeting the hottest topics, such as game-based learning, mobile learning and security. This year’s schedule featured 220 concurrent and BYOT sessions.

FETC 2015 will be January 20-23 at the Orange County Convention Center. For more information, please visit www.fetc.org.

About 1105 Media

1105 Media, Inc. provides integrated business-to-business information and media to qualified professionals in the public, academic and private sectors focusing on technology, products, policy, regulation and news delivered through an assortment of media, including print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences, executive summits and trade shows; training and courseware; and web-based services. The markets served by these offerings include Government, Education, Network & Enterprise Computing, Business Intelligence, Office Equipment, Industrial Health & Safety, Compliance, Security, Environmental Protection, Water & Wastewater and Home Medical Equipment.

1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with primary offices throughout the U.S. and more than 350 employees. The company was formed in April 2006 by Nautic Partners LLC, Alta Communications and President and CEO Neal Vitale.