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Choosing the Best Kitchen Design Plan For Your Style and Functional Needs

When the time comes that a home is ready for some upgrades, the most popular upgraded areas tend to be kitchens. Everyone who lives in a home for any length of time can begin to wish for newer and more updated appliances and that tends to be both wise for the time you live there. and for the time you choose to sell the house. Kitchens and luxury bath spaces are the most sought after amenities in the house hunter’s mind. Choosing the best kitchen design plan for your house will require a bit of planning and forethought, but the result of the time you invest will be well worth it.

Imagine the current kitchen in your home was just an empty room with nothing inside it. There is software that can show you that visually on a screen and the completely empty space can be a more easily imagined blank canvas on which to plan your new room. A small kitchen space with little free area for things is one that really can benefit from some detailed plans in advance. Choosing the best kitchen design plan will require the re thinking of the space you have and the novel use of the areas that are currently possibly underused.

A unifying theme or motif is helpful to have in mind before beginning this process, there will be dozens of decisions to be made about everything from light fixtures to oven mitts and when it comes to things like the permanent parts of your kitchen, you will want to be sure you choose colors and materials that are pleasing to your eye but not too trendy so as to become outdated quickly. We all have seen the harvest gold kitchens of the nineteen seventies and we wonder if they were choosing the best kitchen design plan for their time when they installed those items!

The fun of selecting your new decor will be in the backsplash and floor tiles and the chance to tie the indoor space to the outdoor space if you have patio doors near your kitchen. Think outside the normal limits and your space will have the fresh and exciting feel to it that you want for years to come.

What Does the Future Hold for Kitchen Design?

One thing that’s missing from our favorite sci-fi movies and TV shows, more often than not, is footage of characters going about their business in the kitchen. Ever wonder what kind of products Captain Jean-Luc Picard picks up from his local kitchen cabinet dealer? Or how the titular time lord from “Doctor Who” makes his breakfast? Strangely, on the rare occasions when kitchens do make appearances in sci-fi, the outlook for food preparation looks disappointingly pessimistic. Consider the paste the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar eats for dinner in “The Matrix.” Yikes!

But looking at some of the progress that’s already been made in kitchen technology and decor, you can expect future kitchens in the real world to be something to look forward to. Compiled here is a list of a few examples for your viewing pleasure.

Stealthy White Kitchen

Arguably, the fourth kitchen featured on Pouted’s list of “Top 25 Futuristic Kitchens” should be listed further up the list. The source explains that the purpose of the sleek white decor is to keep all appliances hidden until they need to be used. At a glance, the cabinets are literally invisible. It’s definitely an ideal design for anyone with an affinity for a “space travel chic” type of style.

Z. Island Kitchen

The GizMag article that originally called attention to this innovative design ran in 2006, so ironically, it’s already a futuristic design from the past. Nonetheless, the Zaha Hadid-designed kitchen includes touch control panels, mechanisms that respond automatically to sounds and odors, something called “embedded heating membranes,” and even elaborate media-viewing devices. As for the kitchen cabinets, the design sports what the article describes as a “modular cabinet-wall system,” which probably isn’t as complicated to operate as it sounds.

Cloudy, White Cabinets

Perhaps it’s not every day that you see a kitchen cabinet that makes you say, “Whoa! That’s really cool looking,” but the second photo on Adorable Home’s set of futuristic kitchens might elicit just such a response. The set of cabinets and refrigerators aren’t exactly transparent – light that emanates from the back of the cabinets allows you to see shadows of what’s inside, while the cabinet exteriors softly glow.

Otherworldly Cabinet Tree

Meanwhile, the 10th photo on Adorable Home’s list of kitchens from the possible future features what appears to be a set of cabinets installed like a strange tree. The cabinets are connected around a post via what could be porcelain or plastic branches. It’s certainly a unique style and could be quite convenient if placed by the kitchen counter. No matter what someone preparing a meal needs for cooking, the necessary ingredients will always be at arm’s length.

To update your kitchen’s decor so you’re prepared for the next generation of cabinets or another utilities, don’t hesitate to reach out to a quality kitchen cabinet retailer to see the latest design options.

7 Business Development Marketing Tips For Social Media

You would have heard so many marketing experts telling everyone to use social media as part of their promotional marketing mix. The Internet is flooded with information on using Facebook, Twitter and other social sites. Numerous articles have been written on how using social media can help promote your brand image and how it can generate web traffic for your main business website.

Keep in mind that that social networking is a marketing tool and it is only effective when used properly to promote your business.

The key question for a business is “How is social media harnessed to generate real revenue and customers?” In today’s digitally connected society your customers regardless of their age, gender or economic status will be active on social networking sites.

Here are some of the latest usage statistics on social media use that will make a business take notice:

  • 68% of small businesses will increase their social networking marketing efforts in the next year
  • 56% of Twitter users say they use the micro blogging site for business or work related purposes
  • Over 40% of people have become ‘friends’ with or ‘like’ a brand/company on Facebook or MySpace
  • 20% of tweets are about business products
  • 46% of Facebook users say they would talk about or recommend a product on Facebook
  • 44% of Twitter users have recommended a product
  • Social media played a major role in holiday shopping – 28% of shoppers say social media has influenced their purchases

On the Facebook site alone:

  • More than 400 million active users
  • 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • There are over 160 million pages, groups and events that people interact with
  • Average user is connected to 60 pages, groups and events
  • Average user creates 70 pieces of content each month
  • Males and females almost equally use social sites (47% vs. 53%)
  • 61% of Facebook users are middle aged or older, with the average age being 37
  • 18- to 24-year-olds don’t dominate any particular social networking site; they’re spread out all over
  • More than 25 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month

The participation of your business in social networking should be self-evident, however, many businesses will go on to set-up social media sites and make no effort to participate and engage in the groups that their potential customers use.

To be successful in using social networking your business must find out where your potential customers spend time on these sites so that you can engage with them where they prefer and not where you prefer or are comfortable with. Participation and engagement with their social networks will form a platform from which to build relationships with communities of interest. This in turn will provide a new customer acquisition channel using the share and like capabilities of the social networking world. This “sharing” is the equivalent of word of mouth in traditional marketing.

Here are the 7 Business Development Marketing Tips for using Social Media:

1. Go where your customers are and not where you are comfortable

To find your customers on social networking sites consider the following:

  • Conduct a survey among your customers or potential customers.
  • Analyse and monitor traffic on social sites to discover how and where customers are sharing information about your business and your competitors.
  • Review marketing research or statistical information on the usage and demographics of the different social media sites.

2. Engage and interact

Social-media engagement is a conversation and your participation in the social network groups and communities is core to building relationships. Your value as a participant is judged by the value that you provide to the community as a whole. You can achieve this by freely sharing relevant, interesting and useful information

3. Research your competitors’ activities

You need to gather competitive information that can help your efforts. Conduct a competitive analysis of your top five competitors’ use of social media for the following:

  • The social networking sites that they actively participate
  • The type of content they publish
  • The number and type of followers, fans and views
  • The products, programs or events promoted

4. Release offers and programs that are exclusive to your social networking channels

You must give importance to your social media with exclusive offers for these promotional channels. This will entice potential customers to share with their networks the offer that is not available from other marketing channels.

As an example, provide offer an exclusive offer for your social media channel, such as discount coupon or voucher.

5. Social media participation requires authenticity and transparency

The words “authenticity” and “transparency” are a bit overused today, however, these are cornerstones to be successful with social networking. Be a real human being in your interactions. This is the foundation to build trust and connections with real people on social media groups and networks.

6. Look for value opportunities in selling through social networking

Take the opportunity to leverage social media in selling your products and/or services by offering relevant items that are of value to your followers. Make it easy for them to make the purchase from these social media channels.

7. Always test and refine based on results generated

Social media programs as a marketing channel are not exempt from testing and refining your messages and offers. You must make the effort to test, gather results and analyse how it can be improved before launching the program to the entire channel.

Apply these 7 Marketing Tips for using Social Media to give you the foundation for success building and growing your business using these communication channels.