Solar and renewable energy companies have now had a chance to evaluate the immense number of quotations and requests for proposals received from business and individuals during the last round of load-shedding by Eskom. At the time Eskom was the best salesman ever for the renewable energy industry. Frankly - load-shedding was not that good for business or for the sustainability of the renewable energy industry. Reason - the knee jerk panic reaction by consumers new to the solar industry saw them making rash decisions to install Solar Grid Tie Hybrid systems at exorbitant cost. In a normal environment consumers make decisions based on long term sustainability and return on investment over many years. Hybrid systems include batteries which are a finite resource, add greatly to the cost and negatively affect the amount of PV Power available to pump back into the grid to reduce the amount of power consumed from Eskom. In some cases the price differential between a Hybrid and a Grid Tie ONLY system was in the region of 60%. Add the fact that municipalities have implemented OR are considering implementing an availability charge to consumers that use the grid as a 'battery' at night and the expensive hybrid option just got more expensive. During the load-shedding madness we lost sight of the main focus of Grid Tie PV which was to generate as close as possible to (and exceed) the amount of electricity consumed at each installation. According to Straton Solar; "Consumers fortunate enough to live within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality enjoy Grid Tie on a one-for-one basis and if they over generate have the option to sell that excess power on as well. This makes for a 'perfect storm' for the solar industry in Port Elizabeth and surrounds." A well designed Grid Tie ONLY system with extended guarantees, online monitoring and all the necessary certificates currently costs around R22 000.00 per Kw. A 5Kw system will zero an electricity bill of around . . .
Virtual Edge is proud to announce it will be hosting the South African launch of one-hundred-million dollar, Fortune 500, US technology company, Infusionsoft, at Steyn City Clubhouse in Johannesburg on Monday, 19th October 2015. The event will be open to small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) owners of any discipline or industry and will centre on how these companies can maximize sales and revenue by partnering with Infusionsoft, one of the world’s leading sales and marketing automation softwares developed specially for small businesses. “We believe in helping small businesses succeed, and that vision extends across the globe to our fellow entrepreneurs in South Africa,” says Marcus Murphy, Partner Development Manager at Infusionsoft in the United States. “If South Africa is going to succeed economically, it hinges on small business and we want to resource these businesses with the best available tools to help them thrive.” Event speakers at the launch will be discussing business growth and development through automation and marketing solutions from a number of different angles, covering the following topics: The secrets of predictability to drive up sales and lower costs Implementing a sales funnel that works while you sleep How to use technology to put your business on autopilot “Members of Virtual Edge have been working tirelessly to build up a solid client base and a strong educational foundation to attract Infusionsoft to invest in SA. We are incredibly excited to be hosting the all-in-one sales and marketing automation software company and bringing this incredible opportunity to the entrepreneurs and small business owners of South Africa,” said Matt Clark, Solutions Director at Virtual Edge, a certified partner of Infusionsoft and a company dedicated to integrating strategy and technology to change the way businesses communicate with their clients. The Infusionsoft event will be an incredible opportunity for SMME’s and marketing . . .
Life is a gamble. Driving in your car is a gamble. In fact most things in life are a gamble. Being first at anything is probably the greatest gamble of them all, though. No-one likes to be first as the concern is that someone will laugh at us, we may be taken for a ride or being first may cost us a lot of hard earned cash. (Click here to be FIRST on MyPR) Asking someone to pay money to support a venture is also a gamble - the very real danger is that whatever you ask for may be deemed to have no value or people may be receiving that value for free already. Up until now MyPR has subtly asked for support in the form of Google Ads and a Donation button - pretty pathetic ways of supporting a web site we can tell you. But, we have plans for expansion and want to monetise our growing acceptance by the Public Relations Community and Publishers who make use of the free press release submission and newswire service that we offer. Visitors are up. Subscribers are up. Distribution is up and MyPR continues to grow exponentially. BUT In times of growth the old greed always pops up it's head demanding to be fed and pampered. SO Because we like to have fun we have come up with ONE way to help us put money into our growth - The sale of Featured Articles on MyPR. It works like this: You submit an article (or choose one you have already submitted) and pay $5.00 to have it become a featured article on MyPR. We gratefully accept your payment and your article becomes only one of TWO featured. The two featured articles are on the Front Page, RHS Sidebar and below EVERY article ever published on MyPR (and there are a lot!) The next person to pay $5.00 gets his/her article featured ABOVE yours as you move to Spot number 2. When the next person pays $5.00 your article moves off the list. You may say that this is a gamble but we say say not. Consider that: Pay-per-click campaigns will take a long time to set up and end up costing you way . . .
For the purposes of this exercise we had a look at the Top 15 viewed YouTube videos with a Port Elizabeth 'connection' that were uploaded during 2013. Mindful of the fact that many would have been uploaded early in the year we also created a trendline for each of the Top 15 by creating a weight for each. This was done by dividing the number of views by the number of weeks that each has been available for during 2013. For example a video that was published 6 months ago received a weighting of 25.98 (6 x 4.33). The Top 15 trending Port Elizabeth YouTube videos for 2013 were: SOUTH AFRICA: Somalian stoned to death, by SomaliArchive, uploaded 7 months ago with 127,698 views and a trend weighting of 4213.06. World of Rugby Sevens honours Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth, by irb, 4 weeks ago with 16,672 views and a trend weighting of 4168. Last two Overs Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd odi 27 Nov 2013 -PAK VS SA 2nd ODI Last Over, by khan king, uploaded 1 month ago with 12,272 views and a trend weighting of 2834.18. Dutch shock Brazilian favourites, by FIFATV, uploaded 10 months ago with 85,864 views and a trend weighting of 1983.00. Zahara and Mzwakhe Mbuli - Tribute to Nelson Mandela, uploaded by Alan Straton 3 weeks ago with 5,552 views and a trend weighting of 1850.66. SA vs PAK 2nd ODI Port Elizabeth | Full Highlights | HD, by GlobalSports HD, uploaded 1 month ago with 7,179 views and a trend weighting of 1657.96. Samoa vs. Fiji (IRB Sevens South Africa 2013., uploaded by NZAUTV Rugby Union 4 weeks ago with 5,592 views and a trend weighting of 1398. Somali man stoned to death: WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, by Bill Omar, uploaded 7 months ago with 17,727 views and a trend weighting of 584.85. Hitler Reacts to PE Colour Run, uploaded by Port Elizabeth 4 months ago with 5,681 views and a trend weighting of 328.00. GoPro: SSSsummer, by Jimmy Baillie, uploaded 11 months ago with 15,155 views and a trend weighting of 318.18. NMMU Mass Line Dance, by . . .
Frustrated with the apparent lack of an easily accesible source and submission mechanism for South African press releases, MyPR.co.za was 'birthed' by Alan Straton on 9 June 2012. The aim of MyPR was always to provide publishers easy access to re-publishable content and to provide a few additional benefits to PR companies seeking to gain exposure. Word of mouth promotion only, has resulted in a steadily growing and respected resource for publishers and public relations firms. Google Analytics reveals a steep upward trend in unique visitors and page views with the top 10 viewed press releases out of a total of 439 published all enjoying in excess of 2 000 unique visitors each. To help you craft press releases that will gain eyeballs MyPR releases two Top Ten lists. The top 10 most viewed press releases on MyPR from 9 June 2012 to 28 February 2013 are: /top-10-universities-in-south-africa/ /fringe-applications-open-for-2013-national-arts-festival-grahamstown/ /wakaberry-self-serve-frozen-yoghurt-sensation-comes-to-cape-town/ /2012-avis-south-african-derby/ /advice-to-law-students/ /aden-thomas-joins-heart-104-9fm-breakfast-show/ /trepedu-events-kick-off-in-march-2013/ /soul-candi-institute-of-music/ /emergency-surgery-only-for-pe-hospital-complex/ /why-broad-based-black-economic-empowerment-does-not-work/ An interesting comparison is for the top 10 most viewed press releases for the two months from 1 January 2013 28 February . . .