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Student Loan Debt Statistics on Average

Student loan debt is a big problem. Find out which states are the best and the worst for student debt. Student Loan Debt Statistics College and university students all over the country have racked up an unprecedented amount of student debt in pursuit of their degrees. According to the Economist, current U.S. student loan debt exceeds $1.2 trillion, a staggering increase of over 300% for the past decade. The extreme level of student debt that's taken on in the wake of the 2008 economic crisis affects spending power and threatens to curb economic growth. "Seven out of 10 graduating seniors leave school with student debt." According to analysis by student debt expert Mark Kantrowitz, the class of 2016 bears the highest average debt to date - $37,172, compared to $28,950 in 2014. For the past ...

GOOGLE E-A-T QUALITY GUIDELINES: HOW TOP BLOGGERS MET THEM

[Showcase] GOOGLE E-A-T QUALITY GUIDELINES: HOW TOP BLOGGERS MET THEM We all want Google to rank our content on first page, no question! But unfortunately there is lack of knowledge about Google algorithm. Not anymore! Google reveal its E-A-T (Expertise, Authoritative, Trustworthy) quality guidelines and in this article I will showcase every single part of it with live examples. Here are the criteria for high quality content according to the document: google e-a-t quality guidelines In a few words: Google wants not only perfect, informative and useful content, he wants proof source with expertise and authoritativeness that people trust. Let me show you the key to understand the Google E-A-T! Expertise = Show Authoritative = Us Trustworthy = Proof It is so I called “Show Us Proof” strategy....

10 Amazing Ways To Blow The Socks Off Your Customers

Touchcard January 16, 2017 Keeping Your Customers When it comes to retaining existing customers and getting new customers, there are three basic options. Unbeatable prices. Think Wal-Mart here. Their customer service is terrible but they’re prices are amazing, so people are willing to put up with poor service. Yes, they hate going to Wal-Mart, but they’ll put up with it for the low prices. World class products. Think Bose or Beats here. Their products are priced high due to the quality. They attract customers who want to use top-notch audio products. Remarkable customer service. If you can’t win on price or quality, customer service is your best bet. Given the crazy explosion of choices these days, customers care more than ever about customer service. They don’t want to wade through endles...

Apple’s Great App Store Sales Report

Apple's App Store racked up an all-time high of US$240 million in sales on the first day of this year. On the whole, 2016 was a very good year for Apple devs, who earned more than $20 billion for their apps -- up 40 percent over 2015. "Apple has always had the most profitable ecosystem and app market in terms of revenue per user and price per app," said Holger Mueller, a principal analyst at Constellation Research. Super Mario Run was the most downloaded app worldwide on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. It made history, with more than 40 million downloads within four days after its Dec. 15 release exclusively on iOS. Games -- including such titles as Monster Strike, Fantasy Westward, Cash Royale and Pokemon Go were among the top-grossing apps, Apple said. The Apple App Store now lists 2.2...

B2B Email Nurturing Campaign – 5 Things to Keep in Mind

According to Marketing Sherpa, 79% of marketing leads never convert to sales. Most of the time, this can directly be attributed to either non-existent or non-effective nurturing. There are a number of reasons why you need email nurturing, but here are the most important ones: Buyers are not going to engage with you once or twice and buy. In fact, if they had it their way, they would not interact with you at all in the research process. B2B buyers will find three pieces of content about a vendor for every one piece that marketing can publish or sales can deliver so once you have gotten them to engage with you, you simply cannot afford to let them go. And sending them right to sales is a sure fire way to lose them. 50% of buyers in any system at any given time are not ready to buy (Marketo)....

No Money to Start a Business? Try These Options…

You might be limited to a strict budget when you want to start a business, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have any options. It is possible to start a business with very little money, if you have the right combination of skills, work ethic and marketing know-how. According to Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, “To succeed in a business project, especially one you’re excited about, it helps to think carefully about all the skills you have that could be helpful to others and particularly about the combination of those skills.” Related: 8 Musts to Start Your Business With Little to No Capital Follow these simple guidelines to start a business when you have little to no money. Learn how to make money today. 1. Make something. Yes, making something does take an initial cost in suppli...

Amazon Vs. Google on Voice Recognition Battle

The retail giant has a threatening lead over its rival with the Echo and Alexa, as questions remain over how the search engine can turn voice technology into revenue Amazon and Google always thrive in the fourth quarter as people get out their wallets for Christmas. Both companies – or in Google’s case, its parent group, Alphabet – are therefore expected to announce booming revenues in their fourth-quarter results over the next fortnight, with Alphabet going first on Thursday and Amazon the following week. But analysts are already looking beyond the simple question of how many cardboard boxes Amazon filled and how many searches Google answered. They’re wondering which company will win the battle to control your home. That battle is being fought by two carafe-sized cylinders from the respec...

EU leaders will block Sturgeon’s ‘impossible’ demands for a special Scottish Brexit

Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Spain would block any attempt by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to keep her country in the European Single Market if the rest of the UK leaves, according to a leading Spanish MEP. Esteban Gonzalez Pons leads the Spanish delegation of MEPs in the European Parliament’s largest political grouping, the European People’s Party. He told the Telegraph that Sturgeon’s single market demands were “impossible.” Scotland voted to remain in the EU by a margin of 62% to 38%. Sturgeon, who leads the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP), believes this gives her the mandate to push for a ‘soft’ Brexit and keep the country in the single market, a free-trade agreement between countries within the European bloc. But Pons said that cutt...

‘Disproportionate’: Theresa May’s plans to rein in CEO pay are facing criticism

PA Images/Jonathan Brady Prime Minister Theresa May speaking to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) annual conferenc LONDON – Prime Minister Theresa May is facing criticism over her plans to reform executive pay. May’s proposal to introduce binding shareholder votes on CEO pay every year for each company “is a disproportionate response” to the problem of high executive remuneration, a report from research group Big Innovation Centre said on Friday. The report, backed by Andy Haldane, the Bank of England’s chief economist, said the policy “would be likely to have many negative unintended consequences.” It also criticised plans to publish pay ratios between CEOs and average employees, saying it does not account for natural disparities in pay in industries such as retail. The report s...

HSBC: These are the 3 biggest mistakes people are making about the Italian referendum

Reuters/Stefano Rellandini Italy’s upcoming constitutional referendum, in which the country will vote on a series of changes to the way Italy’s institutional frameworks are structured, is one of the biggest political events in Europe in 2016. In the eyes of most commentators, the result is unlikely to be as seismic a shock to the continent as the UK’s Brexit vote or Donald Trump’s presidential victory, but it is a nonetheless significant event. The vote — which will be held on December 4 — is now just over a week away, but people are still getting lots wrong about the implications of the result. So says Fabio Balboni, European Economist at HSBC in his latest note, circulated to clients on Friday. Here are the three things Balboni things people misunderstand about the referendum and its out...

Apple’s Black Friday: Free gift cards up to £120 when you buy stuff at full price

Apple Apple’s one-day shopping event is today. Apple’s pre-announced Black Friday event is here, and it’s offering free Apple gift cards worth up to £120 when you buy selected Apple products at full price for today only. After opting out of Black Friday last year, the deals are more than what people might have been expecting, but the best discounts on Apple products are still through third-party retailers. Here’s the breakdown: MacBooks: Get a £120 Apple Gift Card when you buy a Mac computer, ranging from the cheapest MacBook Air model (£949) to the newest MacBook Pro’s (£1,249-£1,899), or the newest iMacs (£1,049-£1,449). iPads: Get an £80 Apple gift card when you buy one of three iPads, the Mini 4 (£369), the Air 2 (£379), or the Pro (£549). iPhones: Get a £40 Apple gift card when you bu...

John Major: Brexit process must avoid ‘tyranny of the majority’

Reuters LONDON — The 48% of people who voted to remain in the European Union must be represented in the Brexit process, former Prime Minister Sir John Major said. He also criticised the “flavour of bigotry” of the campaign to leave the EU in June, calling it “shameful,” in remarks reported by The Times. “I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens,” he said. “I find that very difficult to accept. The tyranny of the majority has never applied in a democracy and it should not apply in this particular democracy,” Major said on Thursday. His remarks come a few days after Chancellor Philip Hammond’s laid out the damage Brexit will do to the UK economy in his Autumn statement. Hammond presented the latest forecasts from the Office for Budget Re...

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