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Striving for an Internet of Responsibility

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It has long been said that knowledge is power, and that is especially true on the Internet. The worldwide web has some four billion users around the globe, each of whom can seemingly find whatever they want, whenever they want. Every product. Every service. And every shred of information.

Looking to buy a particular item? Scan the seller’s social media accounts — there is a 70 percent chance he has at least one — just to make sure he’s on the up-and-up. Or check out customer reviews from previous transactions.

Looking for an entertainment option? Those reviews are readily available, too. Same for plot summaries and, well, spoilers.

Looking for a date? Same drill. You can find out a great deal about a potential partner, whether from social media or information brokerages like MyLife.com.

The point is, there is more information out there than ever before — or, if you will, more knowledge. As a result, there is more power available to online visitors. It’s a matter of doing one’s due diligence, of understanding that transparency is a force for good, not evil.

While no one can ever deny the importance of online security, it is no less true that a savvy consumer can protect oneself by mining as much information as possible. Certainly it is one of the many ways in which the web can be used to best advantage.

Addressing health

Much has been said about how using the Internet and other technologies can affect both our physical and mental health. It is believed to lead to issues such as sleep deprivation, poor posture, musculoskeletal disorders, or eye strain and declining eyesight. Links have also been made between Internet usage and depression, ADHD, and high levels of stress and anxiety. These health issues have specifically been attributed to social media, cyberbullying, and an overwhelming influx of negative news. Even something like using the Internet to research physical symptoms of sickness can induce more anxiety and worry than might be necessary.

Many of these issues are a direct result of overusing the Internet, and legitimate concerns of addiction are nothing new. Publications talk about “unplugging” in an almost desperate light, but to remove yourself from the equation completely might not exactly be the answer. Using the Internet in moderation and limiting your time online as opposed to cutting it off altogether can certainly aid in combating the physical and mental health issues that it can bring about.

Addressing social responsibility

While too much negative news can have adverse effects on individuals, there is an upside. Overall awareness of social issues has increased dramatically as a result of the Internet, which has led to greater social responsibility among individuals. It’s no coincidence that Millennials, the first generation to experience frequent use of modern technology and Internet usage, are also the most charitable generation

The use of the Internet, and particularly social media, can be a constructive form of activism when used in the right way. For an individual, addressing social issues takes more than simply raising awareness — it takes promoting change through action and encouraging meaningful discussion on why the topic matters. It’s easy to just share a link, but to create a more responsible Internet, we must all carefully consider how we can involve those around us in the causes that matter the most. One successful example of this is the recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which not only raised awareness of the disease, but also had people take part in a challenge that required their active involvement, and the campaign raised $115 million for the cause. The Internet has the power to enact great change, so long as we are motivated to take action on the problems that are brought to our attention.

Addressing transparency (again)

One of the most fascinating trends in online marketing is the one toward influencer marketing, which is defined as the use of a few key thought leaders to spread the word about a given company, often courtesy of social-media platforms. Sometimes these influencers are paid by the company in question, sometimes not. Sometimes they generate content on their own, or sometimes the business does so.

Whatever the case, some 80 percent of marketers find this approach effective, and 89 percent said the ROI is at least as great as that from other marketing channels.

An example of this approach occurred in November 2019, when a Tesla employee threw a large steel ball at the driver’s side window of a prototype of the company’s Cybertruck. He was supposedly demonstrating the strength of the shatter-proof glass. Instead, the glass broke, setting off an Internet firestorm: Was it truly a failure, or just an attempt to generate interest on the part of a company led by an idiosyncratic CEO, Elon Musk? Either way, the effect was the same: Tesla received gobs of free advertising. And the influencers carried the day.

So once more, with feeling: Information carries as much power as ever. It is, however, incumbent upon online users to be discerning — to unearth as much as they can, to take full advantage of all that is there, right at their fingertips.

As a serial Internet entrepreneur, Jeffrey founded MyLife.com in 2002 and is the company's CEO and Chairman. He is responsible for the company's overall direction and strategies toward building the leading social site to help members find and maintain personal AND work connections, all in one place as they define the Personal Relationship Management (PRM) category. Previously, Jeffrey Tinsley was a founder and CEO of GreatDomains.com, the world's leading secondary domain name marketplace. The company was acquired by publicly-traded VeriSign for $100 million. Jeffrey Tinsley is also involved in a number of private Internet companies as an investor and advisor.

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Marwan Shaheed The Blogger Turned Entrepreneur En-Route To Ultimate Success

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Marwan Shaheed The Blogger Turned Entrepreneur En-Route To Ultimate Success

Marwan Shaheed is on the peak of taking over the business world. This blogger turned entrepreneur has been in the mentorship of world elite businessman and now is set to follow their footsteps to thrive in the industry to reach the ultimate peak.

Marwan is a 30 years old blogger turned businessman. He has recently been creating a buzz in the business world with his expertise in marketing and branding. Brands have claimed this young entrepreneur has helped them generate millions using his core knowledge and experience.

Marwan’s theory is simple with business, “lucky are those who make money while traveling on other expenses”. In this dynamic world, social media is the best thing ever happened to humans. It has become a mode of making money and one such name who has established himself is Marwan Shaheed.

Marwan in a recent interview with Clout News stated that, for him to help brands reach top results, he never compromises time for quality. These mindsets can for sure help any person reach any goals set and take over any industry.

The young entrepreneur since his start in the business world has toured pretty much the whole world and says, lucky are those who make money while traveling on other expenses.

To stay up to date with all the news about Marwan you can follow him on Google or even add him on all his verified socials named Marwan Shaheed.

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Ryan Alford Is Helping Brands Grow In Real Time Through His Ad Agency Radical

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Ryan Alford is a marketing influencer and a visionary entrepreneur, who founded Radical in 2018, a full-service digital ad agency. He is a native of Greenville, South Carolina with humble origins as the second child of middle-class parents. 

Ryan was one of the first college graduates in his family and has since amassed over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising working at some of the most respected ad agencies in the country, like Hill Holliday and EP & Co. Ryan has built two successful businesses from essentially nothing–with no outside investment, just full organic growth.

Today, Ryan focuses most of his time on his ad agency Radical, which is one of the fastest growing ad agencies in the Southeast, approaching four million dollars in revenue in less than two years.

Radical is a full-service digital agency built for nimbleness, speed to market, and unmatched capability. Leveraging a full stack web development team, in-house video production, and a no-rules creative team we build everything from ecommerce websites to custom B2B experiences. Radical was built for today’s client challenges.”

But Ryan was making ads way before he founded Radical. You surely have seen some of his work, whether it is the original iPhone launch or the $1 billion NFL agreement advertising.

“For more than 20 years in the marketing and ad agency business, I have worked on some of the largest brands and most recognizable ad campaigns in the world, including Verizon, Lexus, BMW, the NFL, Firehouse Subs, among others.” Ryan shares. “I also oversaw a $50 million segment of Verizon business working on launches that included the original iPhone launch, the $1 Billion NFL agreement, and the launch of Verizon FIOS.” 

Most recently, Ryan was in charge of building the personal brand of one of the most-watched personalities on Facebook in 2018, the “dancing dentist.” Also known as Dr. C, this personality, whose videos have been watched over 300 million times worldwide, was ignited by Ryan through a national PR plan. 

Besides all this, Ryan also hosts the Radical Marketing podcast, where he shares marketing insights and recommendations, and interviews dynamic influencers both in and out of the business world.

Back in 2014, Ryan was fundamental in the creation of the brand and marketing for one of the first automotive digital retailing platforms called iDrive On-Demand. The traditional purchase of a car often involves repeated visits to the dealerships and negotiations with dealers to reach the best price. iDrive focused on taking the customer’s specific requests via a website portal, including everything from make and model to interior color and fabric, to then search nationwide for a car that fits those conditions. 

Ryan is also the co-founder of GVL Hustle, founded in 2017 by him and Tyler Harris as a way for two of Greenville’s most successful entrepreneurs to contribute to their community through regular events that provided training and cooperation opportunities to upstate businesses.

After founding the GVL Hustle, its community rapidly evolved into one of the largest networking groups in the northern part of the state, and the #GVLHustle hashtag is now the most extensively used Instagram business hashtag throughout South Carolina, as local businesses publish and share their business growth stories.

Through all his ventures, Ryan wants to make sure to promote positivity while also leaving a lasting impact.

I want to feel like I have an impact, and I believe that if you have a positive mind, it solves 95 percent of your problems. We are all susceptible to life, but if you live with positivity and gratitude and appreciation, life will be better. Does it mean I’m positive every ounce of the day? No, but I believe in those core principles, and it keeps me going through.” Ryan shared in an interview 

In the near future, Ryan will continue to lead his ad agency Radical while being open to speaking opportunities in marketing, branding, digital marketing, social media and e-commerce.

With Radical, Ryan is helping brands grow in real-time – just as he is. Find out more here.

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Aziz Akhmedov is an example of how the modern entrepreneur should be – honest, smart and goal-seeking.

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An experienced manager, businessman, influencer and blogger – today he heads a large flour mill in the Emirate of Sharjah

He was born and raised in Uzbekistan, in the city of Tashkent. For him, it all started here. Aziz received two higher educations: technical and legal, took the first steps and achieved success in business. Gained managerial skills and experience: held the post of CEO in large companies and owned a chain of stores. He really loves this city and tries to be there as often as possible, because here is his home & family. He owes all his merits to what he gained in Tashkent.

His move to Dubai took place in 2011. Aziz was invited to lead the construction and launch of a large flour mill. The founders of the company were very dissatisfied with the existing management team, because all the deadlines for the project were decently expired. He was asked to recruit his team to restart all the work. Without a doubt, he accepted the offer. First of all, he liked the country itself. And secondly, he had managerial experience, and he felt that he would cope with the tasks. Initially, there were many difficulties: lack of knowledge of the language, the intricacies of local legislation, the characteristics of culture and mentality. But he managed to assemble and rally a very strong team and bring this project to the finish line.

A good manager should clearly understand and imagine what he is doing, think strategically, be able to take full responsibility and be stress-resistant. Human qualities, such as honesty and decency are also important. Proper business relationships should be clean and frank without a single hint of deception.

A person should run a business with a pure mind and heart, in which experience, desire, love for his work, and self-confidence are perfectly harmonized. Of course, you can’t stop there: to keep up with the times, you need to develop, monitor market trends, read the right literature. Today it is straightforward to get access to the necessary information; the main thing is your desire and motivation.

Aziz is sure that the success of the company depends on a workable and close-knit team. The company employs representatives of more than 6 different nationalities, and he pays special attention to ensuring that the team always has a healthy atmosphere. He often organizes various teambuilding, collects football teams – this combines business with pleasure; arranges open meetings at which problems and questions are raised and try to solve them. Aziz claims that it is imperative that each employee is involved in the work process and feels his importance to the company.

At the stages of the formation of the company, his role resembled of a father for everyone. He was constantly present at all sections and fronts of work, supervised and instructed the staff. Now, when all the processes have already been established and production has been put on stream, he moved away from the operating part and took the observing position of “grandfather”, who can help with advice during meetings with top managers.

Today, Aziz is the CEO of this company. In short, this is a large enterprise that produces all types of wheat flour, bran and semolina. Production focuses primarily on the Arab and Indian markets.

This factory produces normal flour, as well as traditional stone grinded Indian chapati flour, which is called atta. Looking at the progress that they have now, we can confidently say that Aziz managed to create a successful, competitive company that is gaining momentum every day.

In Dubai, Aziz lives with his wife and three children. The time that he spends with his family is invaluable to him and he takes a very responsible approach to the issue of scheduling his time in order to clearly divide the time between work and family. This is a very important balance for him, which he tries not to disturb. At work, Aziz does not talk about family, but at home – about work.

The main motivation for Aziz is his family, big and strong in spirit. Spouse and children, parents and brothers – their love gives him strength and self-confidence and helps him overcome obstacles to his goals.

 

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