How to get a JA$2500 Vonino Zylo Z smartphone when you switch to FLOW Jamaica

Hello FLOW Jamaica Fans!!!! Needs a smartphone for your kids to start school right?

Then head on down to your nearest FLOW Store and switch to FLOW and get a JA$2900 Vonino Zylo Z smartphone for as per the post on @FLOWJamaica.

Here’s more details on the Vonino Zylo Z smartphone as explained on FLOW’s Facebook Feed.

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To get the Vonino Zylo Z smartphone for JA$2900 once you sign up to a JA$899 7 Day Gig Up plan that provides:

  • 2 GB Data
  • 500 Min talk time
  • 500 Texts

Even better, when you switch the SIM Card will come loaded with the same 7 Day Gig Up, making this a double value deal!!! This is a really basic phone, but it’s worth every penny.

Sharing is Caring so share this with your friends as the offer ends Friday August 17th 2018!!!

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GraceKennedy Limited Amazon Store Grows as they aim for JA$1 billion by 2020

“Shopping online allows greater access and convenience for existing and new consumers via one of the largest online shopping portals”

GK CEO Don Wehby commenting on their Amazon Store

GraceKennedy Limited now has more products on Amazon (Bennett, 2018, August 08) than before. They now have two more products added to their lineup on their Amazon store, which you can visit here:

https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&me=A2Y1AQHHTN14YJ&page=1

  • US$14.94 Grace Coconut Milk Powder 500ml in packs of 6
  • US$35.00 Grace Coconut Milk Powder 500ml in packs of 24
  • US$38.49Grace Coconut Milk Powder 500ml in packs of 36
  • US$54.00 no pulp Grace Pure Coconut Water

The new product offerings now bring to 59 the total number of products being offered by GraceKennedy and its subsidiary La Fe Foods on Amazon, including:

  • Grace Mackerel
  • Tropical Rhythms
  • Grace Ackees

Still, Grace Coconut Powder and Jerk Seasoning are currently listed as the most popular products for consumers, with their Jerk Seasoning even having an ebook (Deer, 2017, October 10) on how best to use the product.

Total sales thus far for racking up sales to date of Grace Coconut Powder and Jerk Seasoning are 101 and 362 units respectively, mainly coming from the Canadian Market.

So what does GraceKennedy have in mind for their store?

GraceKennedy and Amazon – Losses acceptable as Brand Awareness increases

GraceKennedy has embarked on a journey to achieve the following:

  • Performance
  • Shareholder value

Since 2018, they have been reviewing the following parts of their company with an aim to achieve JA$100 billion in revenues by 2020:

  • Overall organizational design
  • Cost structure
  • Business processes

According to Wehby this not only benefits them financially, but is a part of the run up to the 100th Anniversary to achieve this revenue goal, quote: “The organisational changes will allow us to leverage the existing strengths within the group as we continuously look at ways of improving the way we do things for the benefit of all stakeholders. We look forward to reaching our 100th anniversary more energised and well on our way to realizing our goal of becoming a global consumer group”.

GraceKennedy Limited is seeking to drive up sales in the Canadian market. Since the launch on Amazon in August 2015, CEO Don Wehby has noted that the company’s footprint in the US covers 39 states and continues to grow.

They’ve received order from the US military and as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. Their main secret weapon has been their Natural Juices, which they hope will take advantage of the consumer drive towards healthier drink options (Deer, 2016, January 3) instead of consuming sodas.

So is there any indication that GraceKennedy will achieve JA$1 billion by 2020?

GraceKennedy’s JA$1 billion – Online Sales from Canada and USA driven by Health concerns

Already the numbers for the first 6 months of 2018 are positive and should make investors bullish about investing in GraceKennedy stock:

  • JA$48.4 billion in Revenue
  • 3% or J$2 billion increase compared with 2017
  • JA$2.5 billion Net profit
  • 2% or J$266.1 million increase compared with 2017

Mr. Wehby attributed to growth in the Group’s domestic foods business and insurance segments. Despite this, GraceKennedy’s international foods business experienced a decline in pre-tax profits in 2018 compared to the first six months of 2017.

This was mainly due to the performance of Grace Foods UK Limited which made significant investments in the Nurishment and Aloe brands (Deer, 2016, January 3) resulting in increased costs.

Still, this will lead to more sustained brand value as more Canadians get hip to their Jamaican Products and the idea that they are packed to be much healthier.

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2016, January 3). How GraceKennedy Aloe Vera Sinkle Bibles American Health Drinks in 2016. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/01/03/GraceKennedy-aloe-vera-american-health-drinks/
  2. Deer, L. (2017, October 10). GraceKennedy’s Ebook on How to use Jamaican Jerk Sauce For Pork and Fish. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/GraceKennedys-jamaican-jerk-sauce-ebook/
  3. Bennett, K. (2018, August 08). More GK products now available on Amazon. Retrieved from http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business-observer/more-gk-products-now-available-on-amazon_140783

 

YEDAI Project training Instructors to teach future Jamaican Animation and Video Game Entrepreneurs

“….continuously build the capacity of Jamaican instructors, which will, in turn, improve the skills of young people so that they can participate in the growing animation industry” 

Principal Finance Officer at the OPM, Rosalie Phipps, speaking on Friday July 27 at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston on the ‘Train The Trainers’ component of the YEDAI Project

Animation is now taking flight with training for some 50 animation instructors (Angus, 2018, July 29) from training institutions from secondary, tertiary and vocational institutions.

This is thanks to the Government’s YEDAI (Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries) Project, as part of the ‘Train The Trainers’ component of the project, executed by the OPM (Office of the Prime Minister), thanks to a JA$1 billion boost (Mcintosh, 2018, February 21) in funding.

Principal Finance Officer at the OPM, Rosalie Phipps, during a speech at the closing ceremony for the participants on Friday July 27 at the Excelsior Community College in Kingston, urged them to pass on the new skills to students.

Implemented over three (3) years ago, the ‘Train The Trainers’ initiative under the YEDAI Project has resulted in increased success of students in the CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination).

After all, Jamaica can gain more from the US$332 billion dollars annually (Deer, 2016, October 3) from both the Animation and Video Gaming Industries.

So what exactly is the ‘Train The Trainers’ initiative under the YEDAI Project.

YEDAI Project ‘Train the Trainers’ – Technology Tools and Techniques for Animation and Video Game Entrepreneurs

The ‘Train the Trainers’ component of the YEDAI Project aims to improve local animation training programmes. Teachers basically learn about the fundamental principles of 2D and 3D animation, based on recommendations from local animation studios and institutions, and international education experts.

The YEDAI Project is being undertaken through funding from the World Bank. Having been featured at the SRC (Scientific Research Council) National Science and Technology Fair (Deer, 2018, May 19), their objectives are clear and simple:

  • Fostering entrepreneurship
  • Making Jamaican youth employable
  • Creating start-up ecosystem

This type of training helps the instructors to teach the children entrepreneurship using animation as their skill. It will foster the growth of youth-led start-up enterprises by learning the latest Animation production and distribution (Deer, 2018, June 28) techniques to make them truly global citizens partaking in the US$322 Billion Dollar Animation and Video Game Industry!!

References

  1. Deer, L. (2016, October 3). Jamaica’s US$332 billion dollar Industry heralded in CXC’s Animation and Game Design. Retrieved https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/cxcs-animation-and-game-design/
  2. Mcintosh, D. (2018, February 21). Project to Improve Animation Skills in Youth. Retrieved from https://jis.gov.jm/project-improve-animation-skills-youth/
  3. Deer, L. (2018, May 19). SRC National Science and Technology Fair to feature YEDAI project to animate Scientific Innovation in Jamaica. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/src-national-science-and-technology-fair/
  4. Deer, L. (2018, June 28). How Technology Tools and Techniques enables Jamaican Animation to take flight. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/how-technology-tools-and-techniques-enables-jamaican-animation-to-take-flight/
  5. Angus, G.L. (2018, July 29). 50 Animation Instructors Trained under Youth Employment Project. Retrieved from https://jis.gov.jm/50-animation-instructors-trained-under-youth-employment-project/

 

 

How Paid Advertising, SEM and SMM can generate Sales to Jamaican e-commerce Websites

Online advertising is very efficient, when compared to advertising in the Newspaper ads and Email Marketing or even free Online Ads (Deer, 2017, August 26).

Advertising can be classified in either of two (2) categories:

  • Free
  • Paid

Advertising online can be broken down into three (3) possible platforms.

You may probably know them by their more colloquial names:

  • Websites
  • Search Engines
  • Social Media

In the Advertising and Marketing trade, they are more properly referred to as different types of advertising, with Free and Paid platforms of each existing in cyberspace:

  • Website Advertising
  • SEM (Search Engine Marketing)
  • SMM (Social Media Marketing)

Albeit pricey, the Paid version of these Types of Advertising has the following advantages:

  • You can easily determine if it’s generating an ROI (Return on Investment)
  • You can see where your money is going
  • You will get turnover as the traffic is organic

Best of all, most online advertising are based on Performance Pay i.e. you the advertiser only pay if someone ACTUALLY clicks on your ads and visit your website.

Traditional Advertising – Newspaper, Television and Email Ads are trackable…..kinda

Newspaper Ads cannot do this, as they cannot track phone calls to your ads or tell if you have had visits to your websites. Ditto Television ads, even those on display boards and Email. So in essence you’re paying for you ad to be hosted, whether or not anyone calls you number, emails you or views and clicks on your website.

Still, if you are fond of the good ol’ newspaper and email you can use shortened bit.ly URL’s in your newspaper ads and even your flyers (Deer, 2017, March 26) to make them trackable. Also tracking phone calls and emails from the newspapers ads is possible, albeit you’ll have to install special software on your smartphone or use a bulk email client (Deer, 2016, August 23) respectively.

As usual, when doing business online, to make payment you need a Prepaid Debit or a Credit Card (Deer, 2013, September 16) or a Paypal Account (Deer, 2015, September 9), all of which are easy to set up. Bitcoin is becoming increasing popular (Deer, 2018, March 30) so getting you own bitcoin wallet should be in your best interest.

Paid Advertisers and SEM – Instagram and Pinterest are Social Media

Now for the list of online advertisers:

Good to note that Instagram and Pinterest, strictly speaking, don’t do ads, as getting traffic to an Instagram or Pinterest account you have set up for you business (Deer, 2018, May 20) can bring the same result as advertising, being as it is a visual medium.

Still, if you wish to advertise on Instagram, you can run those ads through Facebook Ad manager, as they own both Instagram and Whatsapp………with the latter having no ads to date.

Final, it’s good to note the following; paid advertising should coincide with your organic marketing efforts, which would mainly involve SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Paid traffic, albeit it is satisfying and helps to boost numbers, does not help your website or blog and damages your reputation over time.

You should really be doing both Paid Advertising aka SEM and SEO as the two combined bring awesome results for your business.   Sharing is caring so share this blog post with your friends!!!!

References:

  1. Deer, L. (2013, September 16). How Jamaicans can set up a Payment Gateway to process E-Commerce Credit Card purchases. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2013/09/how-jamaicans-can-set-up-payment.html
  2. Deer, L. (2015, September 9). How Jamaicans can make money online – Setting up a Paypal Account. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2015/09/09/how-jamaicans-can-make-money-online-setting-up-a-paypal-account/
  3. Deer, L. (2016, August 23). How to use Free Mass Mailing Applications to send Bulk Email to your Followers Online. Retrieved from https://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2016/08/how-to-use-free-mass-mailing-applications.html
  4. Deer, L. (2017, March 26). How Jamaican can make money online – Flyer Distribution of Shortened URL Links in USA and other Countries. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/03/26/flyer-distribution-shortened-url-links/
  5. Deer, L. (2017, August 26). How Jamaicans can advertise for free locally and Internationally. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/jamaica-online-classifieds-ads/
  6. Deer, L. (2018, March 30). How Jamaicans can purchase Bitcoin cryptocurrency as Gracekennedy and WU supporting Ripple. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/jamaicans-bitcoins/
  7. Deer, L. (2018, May 20). How Jamaicans can make money from Instagram and Pinterest. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2018/05/20/jamaicans-instagram-pinterest/

How to make Glow-in-the-Dark Schweppes French Toast

I still French Toast.  No matter how badly it turns out, so long as it has that golden brown appearance and that sweet taste of butter.

But Salt and the hydrogenated oils or trans-fat (Deer, 2016, December 12) make these foods dangerous for persons who are slowly going over the hill. So is there a healthier option to the traditional French Toast Recipe.

Yes there is…..and it glows in the Dark too!!!

Ingredients for Glow-in-the-Dark Schweppes Soda French Toast

The ingredients that you’ll need are:

  • 1 Slice whole wheat bread
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Bottle of Schweppes Soda (any flavour)
  • I pack Lasco Powdered Milk (any flavour)
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup assorted fruit (Mangoes, Apples, Oranges, etc)

Preparation is fairly simple:

  1. Combine Lasco Powdered Milk and Schweppes Soda to make 1/4 cup of milk
  2. Whisk eggs, milk, and powdered seasoning in a bowl until well combined.
  3. Place a nonstick pan over low/medium heat for 2 minutes.
  4. Submerge the slice of bread into the egg mixture, flip over and repeat.
  5. Transfer bread from egg mixture to frying pan.
  6. Cook for 4 minutes on the first side, and flip over and repeat cooking time.
  7. Puree 1/2 cup of assorted fruits using a blender with a 1/4 cup of Schweppes Soda
  8. Remove from finished French toast from pan
  9. Serve the puree fresh fruit along with the French Toast

What makes this recipe so exciting is that it combines several diverse ingredients to make a product that can literally-glow-in-the-dark.

This is due to the presence of quinone in the Schweppes Soda. If you have a UV Lamp handy, not only will the French toast glow but so will the puree fruits.

It’s a healthy breakfast for kids and they’ll love making it as it’s a healthy use of Schweppes Soda. Best of all, you can join in the fun, as it’s great for you too!!!

References

  1. Deer, L. (2016, December 12). Foods Jamaicans must avoid eating as you get older. Retrieved from https://lindsworthdeer.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/foods-jamaicans-must-avoid-eating-as-you-get-older/