Facebook has a Billion Users in a Single Day

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook has a Billion Users in a Single Day
For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg. The “milestone” was reached on Monday, when “1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family”, he said in a post. Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, but this was the most in a single day.

The company gained its billionth user in October 2012. It was founded in 2004 by Mr Zuckerberg while he was a Harvard student.

In his post on Thursday, he predicted that Facebook’s reach would continue to grow. “This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it’s just the beginning of connecting the whole world,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote.

In July, Facebook claimed that over half of the world’s online users visited the site at least once a month.

Local SEO: New Business Opportunities

Local SEO: New Business Opportunities for Skilled Trades
Warm weather has finally arrived, which means that people across the UK are taking advantage of the opportunity to remodel their homes and to take on every sort of project from interior or exterior painting to kitchen and bath remodels and having old roofs replaced.

When it comes to having these kinds of household upgrades completed, most homeowners rely on skilled workers for a job that requires anything more sophisticated than a paintbrush. In order to find the professional help that they need, people either rely on word-of-mouth advertising or, much more commonly, information that is readily available online.

Or is it? While many in the skilled trades are glad to have the work, they don’t always appreciate the importance of having an online presence and take for granted that people are still looking for plumbers, roofers and other contractors by opening the Yellow Pages. More and more this is no longer the case, though, since businesses in most other sectors have websites with a link in search results that they can click from their smartphone in order to call that business. How can the skilled trades get in on this?

Three words: search engine optimisation, or SEO
Simply put, SEO marketing campaigns increase the amount of quality, keyword-driven online content related to your business so that businesses using it will rank higher in online search results. If you run a roofing business and want potential clients in, say, Newcastle to know about your service, then you want that client to be able to find you by looking up keywords and key phrases such as “roofing services Newcastle” or any other, specific key phrases that will help your business to stand out from the competition online.

Businesses in all sectors that already take advantage of SEO marketing are realising increased revenues at a fraction of the cost that a business would spend on more traditional forms of advertising, and a one-time outlay can pay off in spades for your business as well.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services is dedicated to helping businesses of any size and in all sectors to reach and exceed their profit goals through effective and ethical SEO marketing. Whether yours is an established business with a website in need of more traffic or you’re just now venturing into cyberspace, Direct Submit will develop the ideal SEO marketing campaign to bring in new clients so that you can focus on the core business while watching revenues soar.

Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services specialises in SEO and other Internet marketing strategies for UK businesses both large and small. No matter your advertising budget, we will work with you to develop a campaign to help your clients find you right when they need you. To learn more about how we can help you maximise profits, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit our Internet Marketing Services website today.

Layercom Network Design & Control 4 Home Automation

Layercom Network Design & Control 4 Home Automation
We at Direct Submit work with a variety of new and on-going clients. One client is Layercom Communications & Audio Visual, a North East based business, a specialist supplier of the Control 4 home automation system, allowing homes and business to operate products such as home wide audio, and entertainment centre with one universal remote.

Layercom also offer services ranging from designing and installing a corporations network infrastructure to intelligent state of the art home that can control audio, lighting, heating and security from our stylish touch screens or IPad and IPhone devices.

If you would like to know more about how Direct Submit could help your website attract greater attention then why not give us a call on 0845 2722350 or visit the Direct Submit website today.

Sound Testing and Noise Flanking

Sound Testing and Noise Flanking
Part E of Building regulations require that buildings are to be sound tested prior to completion in order to confirm they meet or exceed the ISO 140-4 & 140-7 standards. The person carrying out the building work should arrange for sound insulation testing to be carried out by a test body with approved qualifications and affiliations such as a UKAS accredited company.

The test organisation should be able to schedule the tests; however this will need to be confirmed by the relevant Building Inspector. If the building fails the sound test the sound insulation will need improving and the partition re-tested.  Should the building fail the sound test we can undertake a design review of the partition and make recommendations to help you pass part E.

APT Sound Testing are UKAS accredited  to carry out the required sound insulation testing on new build or conversion projects and we can a very competitive price. All our engineers carry out the sound test measurements in compliance with the current British Standard: The airborne and impact sound insulation tests carried out in full accordance with the measurement procedures of BS EN ISO 140-4.

The field measurements are with a single figure DnTw and LnTw in accordance with BS EN ISO 717, the Spectrum Adaptation Ctr – which is a correction factor calculated from the measured DnT.w and the corresponding third octave band DnT values are also included within the measurement. This is applied to airborne test results and is measured in dB.

The Sound testing procedure is quite simple and our engineer will be happy to explain this on site. There are three types of sound insulation tests. For party walls there is one type of sound insulation test which is airborne sound test and for floor partitions there are two types of sound insulation tests which are airborne and impact sound insulation tests.

The airborne sound insulation test is carried out by means of a dodecahedron loudspeaker emitting a steady noise source on one side of the wall or floor partition. The corresponding sound levels are then measured on the other side of the partition. Impact sound insulation tests are carried out by means of a tapping machine placed on the floor sample to be measured and the noise measured in the room or space below.

Calculations are undertaken based on these measurements and parameters and are compared to the Building Regulations Part E sound insulation requirements for the given type of the building, i.e. a refurbished or new build project.

Flanking Noise Transmission
When attempting to make any sort of construction compliant to the Part E Regulations, it is important to note that sound does not always go straight through the building element.

To reduce the risk of this is extremely important that measures to minimise flanking sound transmission are employed at the design stage and the builder installs the specified products correctly as to manufacturer’s guidelines. If the wall or floor concerned has good sound reducing capabilities but the floor wall junctions are weak then the sound will simply escape at this weak junction.

Flanking Transmission often occurs when sound travels along elements shared by adjacent structures. If measures to tackle Flanking are not correctly specified or constructed, Flanking Transmission can often exceed the direct noise transmission through the test partition resulting in a failure even if the actual partition is capable of passing Part E.

One way of dealing with sound flanking issue is to use isolation strips around the perimeter of the partitions at the edges of floors and walls. Acoustic sealant should also be incorporated wherever possible. One of the main reasons for sound test failures due to noise flanking failures is when the inner leaf of the perimeter wall is built with light weight blocks.

This acts like a large snare drum and the sound simple travels straight up the wall from one flat to the flat above and/or below. If you have used lightweight blocks in your onsite construction and the building fails the sound test you may need to construction an independent internal plasterboard lining throughout the inner perimeter wall, this should isolate the lightweight blocks and ensure the flanking path is minimized.

If you would like more information in regards to sound testing please follow our blog at: http://soundtestinguk.blogspot.co.uk/, or visit our website at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk


Designer Bathrooms: A Smart Investment

Designer Bathrooms: A Smart Investment
It is a well-known fact that when buying a home, the two rooms that buyers scrutinize the most are the kitchen and bathrooms. Since other rooms can be improved upon with paint, floor wax or carpeting and perhaps some minor electrical work, an attractive, recently updated kitchen or bathroom is more likely to tip the scales in favour of a sale. If you are planning to upgrade to designer bathrooms in your current home for a future home sale or for your own enjoyment, you will want to do your research and find a manufacturer of high-quality luxury bathroom fittings who can deliver exactly what you want.

If you are adding a new bathroom to your current home, you will want to choose a sleek design that provides the greatest possible return on your investment, and in many cases it will make sense to upgrade existing bathrooms to ensure a similarly updated and well-appointed look. The right designer will be able to help you do just that. UK located bathroom supply companies such as PT Ranson Bathrooms can supply a wide range of bathroom ranges and fittings including bathrooms by Victoria and Albert Bathrooms and Burgbad Bathrooms.

People adding a new bathroom to their home or upgrading to designer bathrooms have many things to consider before going into a showroom, and it is helpful to envision the desired result before deciding between the options that you have based on space availability, plumbing and other issues. One of the most obvious considerations is what you generally want your designer bathrooms to look like. Do you have a preferred colour scheme? What about a preference for features that will be easy to clean? Do certain types of fixtures appeal to you more than others?

Next, consider how your preferences will work with the layout of your current bathroom. To what extent might the existing layout have to change? Would you be willing and able to consider a more extensive renovation that involves new plumbing and electrical wiring? Will the dimensions of your existing bathroom or planned add-on leave enough space and allow for comfortable placement of fittings and ease of movement between the tub or shower, toilet and sink? All of these questions need to be answered before ordering your luxury bathroom fittings, and the right manufacturer will come to your home, do a walk-through and work with you to develop a design that will work with your preferences as well as any variables that cannot be changed.

Once you have gone through this initial phase of the design process, you will be able to decide on the features that you would like to include in your renovated bathroom. Popular features right now include basin-style sinks on vanity bases with additional shelving or drawers, wide sinks and mirrors which can be shared by couples in master baths, free-standing tubs, recessed spaces for shampoo and other toiletries, stainless steel fixtures and white or off-white fittings against a dark background. If you have limited cabinetry in your current bathroom or exposed plumbing which you would like to conceal, certain luxury bathroom fittings by Kohler and others can solve both problems in the form of an equally attractive and useful vanity base which also will also make the best possible use of the space.

Shower cubicles can also be an excellent space-saving feature which makes for easier cleaning. For larger bathrooms, separate shower cubicles and free-standing tubs are an attractive way to break up a large space, and windows with a view of the treetops can make the bath experience even more relaxing. Finally, you will want to make certain that the installers are familiar with the manufacturer’s products and support services. A reputable designer will recommend knowledgeable installers who will typically bring in their own electricians and plumbers as needed for your bathroom renovation project.

Whether your home is ten years old or 100 years old, adding a new bathroom or upgrading to designer bathrooms is one of the best investments you can make in your home. The right luxury bathroom fittings will make your daily routine more enjoyable, impress your guests and put you in a favourable position to sell your home should that day ever come. You might even find that certain space-saving features are more attractive than the ones you already have. Make sure that the designer you choose can offer the best value for the design you have chosen, and your new designer bathroom will delight your family and guests for many years to come.

For more information or to request an initial consultation, call us today on 0191 4696999 or visit the PT Ranson Designer Bathrooms website.

Launching the Direct Submit Internet Marketing Website

Launching the Direct Submit Internet Marketing Website
Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services has recently launched their new and improved website. The website includes all of those SEO and Internet Marketing Services that the company provide services for, and the feedback to date has been the website offers a far improved user experience.

Have a look at the range of cost effective SEO services on offer including our very effective fixed cost SEO packages starting from just £50 PCM, plus Pay per Click, Internet Marketing and much more.

The website can be viewed at http://www.directsubmit.co.uk/or call the Direct Submit office today on 0845 2722350 and let us help you achieve more with your website.

A New Hair Style with Ellen Conlin Hair

A New Hair Style with Ellen Conlin Hair
For many the impression I that the summer is over – did it ever happen many would ask? So as we move ahead into the autumn then for many ladies, a new hair style would do a great deal to help lift spirits. If this is the case then why not consider visiting the Glasgow located Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty salon.

If you have not yet experienced the Californian “blow-dry bar” concept that has made its way to the UK just recently, don’t wait any longer! Much more than your typical blow-dry experience, you have the option of choosing a sleek, curly, bouncy or wavy effect. An intensive conditioning treatment along with your choice of blow-dry will keep your hair looking beautiful and runway-ready for even longer.

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty also offer a wide range of beauty treatments at their salon offering a wide range of beauty treatments and much more from their five-star hair & beauty salon in Glasgow. If your skin and hair are still feeling the damaging effects of winter weather, our experienced beauty therapists will provide an individualised treatment to help you look and feel your best at work and at any social gatherings you have planned for this summer.

The Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Salon in Glasgow can provide these services and more to help you improve your skin’s appearance and help you look and feel better. Our Glasgow-based salon offers hair and beauty treatments to fit virtually any budget, making an improved appearance and a fresh outlook on life well within your reach.

To learn more about this month’s special offers or to book your appointment at the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow, call us today on 0141 339 8223.

Homeowners Hurry to Remortgage, Ahead of Interest Rate Rise

Homeowners Hurry to Remortgage, Ahead of Interest Rate Rise
The number of home-owners remortgaging jumped by 30% in June, as borrowers locked in to new deals ahead of a rise in interest rates. The figures, from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), show remortgaging at its highest level since September 2013.

During June 31,600 households changed their mortgage deals, compared with 24,300 in May.

Those not on fixed deals may see payments increase when base rates rise.

The Bank of England recently warned that interest rates could begin to increase as soon as December, although the City expects the first rise to come in 2016.

“Notable this month is the uptick in remortgage activity among home-owners, perhaps reflecting an increased desire to lock into competitively-priced mortgage deals in advance of any rise in rates,” said Paul Smee, the director general of the CML. “It is likely that people are now beginning to feel a rate rise is a realistic prospect, and not just a distant theoretical possibility.”

The rush to remortgage was confirmed by some of those who market the loans.

Price comparison site Comparethemarket said it had seen a 23% spike in remortgage queries between June and July.

The last time interest rates went up was eight years ago, in July 2007. As a result, more than a million homeowners have no experience of a rise in rates, according to the Money Advice Trust.

Easyseal UK – Industrial Cladding & Renovation

Easyseal UK Industrial Cladding & Renovation Services
Easyseal UK are a well-established UK based company providing solutions to all your industrial roofing & wall-cladding problems, asbestos roof renovation and gutter cleaning & lining systems. They are approved contractors for numerous manufacturers of liquid coating and single ply membrane waterproof systems. Easyseal have carried out projects across the entire United Kingdom. Services we provide include:

» Industrial Wall Cladding Renovation and coatings

» Metal Roof Sheet Edge Corrosion Treatment

» Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Lining Systems

» Asbestos Roof Full Renovation from Coatings to Over-sheeting

» Single Ply Membranes

» Roof skylight replacement

» High Performance Felts & Liquid Coating

» Maintenance

» Waterproofing

Industrial Roofing, Cladding Renovation & Asbestos Roof Services
Providing a FREE Site Survey, their technical consultants – who are located throughout the UK, will be able to advise on the most economical and effective solution to all your roof and wall cladding problems. You then receive a full specification and costing or the work to be carried out by our highly trained site operatives.

If you are interested in any of the services Easyseal UK provide, including industrial roofing, cladding renovation, asbestos roofing services or liquid applied roof coating systems, or simply want to know more please feel free to contact them on 0191 417 7822 or visit the Easyseal UK Website for further information.

Ellen Conlin Hair Salon – Glasgow

Ellen Conlin Hair: An Experience, Not Just a Hair Salon
Do you ever think about what it takes to be happy in life? A new car, a bigger house, a better-paying job? As the authors of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending tell us, one of the keys to happiness in life, as determined by our attitude about money, is to focus our spending power on experiences rather than on material goods. The new car and bigger house might provide a certain amount of temporary satisfaction once all the paperwork is signed and you hold the key, but soon afterward the reality of maintenance sets in and it becomes, well, another thing in your life that causes stress.

A lot of women feel the same way about their hair, especially if they have hair that is difficult to style or that reacts strongly to changes in humidity. It can be very frustrating to look at photos of models with perfectly thick and silky hair and wonder why can’t that be me?

If this sounds like you, take a step back and ask yourself what you have done to remedy the situation. When was the last time you went in for a cut and style? At that time, did your stylist recommend a deep conditioning treatment or products for addressing any issues you’ve been having with your hair?

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty is a hair salon in Glasgow whose expert stylists will never simply cut your hair and send you back out feeling just as frustrated as before except for having your split ends removed. Our focus is both on the individual and on providing a thoroughly enjoyable five-star experience where you are treated as a friend and not simply a client.

At our West End hair salon and our Southside hair salon, our stylists will address any issues you may have so that your hair will not continue to be a source of stress in your life. Call us today – we’re certain that you will love the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty experience and your fabulous new look!

Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty Glasgow Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty has been providing therapeutic massage along with hair and beauty treatments in Glasgow for over 15 years. Our experienced massage and beauty therapists will work with you to develop an individualised plan to achieve the look you desire and help you to feel better than you ever have before.

To learn more about this month’s special offers or to book your appointment at the Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty in Glasgow, or more information about offers available to new and existing clients and to book your appointment, call us today on 0141 339 8223 (Hyndland) or 0141 638 0331 (Giffnock) today and let us help you feel and look great.