Author - Nancy Cudis-Ucag

Want an effective marketing story? Check your headline

headline writing tips

On social media, marketers are finding value in relevant and interesting stories in presenting their clients’ messages or promoting their products online. If they learned the basics of writing, it is that the headline of a story is as important as the opening of the story, if they wish for their target audience to read from start to finish.

The headline is considered the critical part of your content because it is often the reader’s first interaction with your brand. The effort you exert in putting up your story will go to waste if you will not give the headline equal attention you did with the body of the story. It may be comprised of just 140 characters or less but it has a big impact on your brand.

So, to avoid wasting your efforts, you must really take the headline seriously.

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Leveraging technology for Cebu tourism

Cebu tourism

Promoting and showcasing Cebu tourism, food, people, culture, and heritage has leveled up, as technology becomes one of its drivers.

This will be shown through the Technotour Amazing Adventure Challenge (TAAC), one of the highlights of the upcoming Cebu Business Month (CBM) held in June. It is open to companies and individuals who like to embark on adventures and team-building activities while learning Cebu’s culture and heritage along the way.

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Social media and health promotion: Doctors turn to the Internet to push personal health advocacies

health promotion

Not long ago, there was a man who was operated in a hospital. It was an unusual operation that got some practitioners involved chuckling and grinning and recording moments of the procedure. The video got viral, got the patient humiliated and got some of the healthcare professionals suspended.

Incidents like this can cause a nagging fear among doctors, nurses, medical technicians and their fellows when social media is presented as a tool for health promotion and when relentless white knights invite them to engage, to be active on social media.

“Whether doctors choose to engage in social media or not, they cannot ignore its implications,” said Dr. Pat Rich of the Canadian Medical Association during the Healthcare Social Media Summit 2015 last February in Cebu.

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Why leveraging digital payments can help SMEs cope with ASEAN integration

digital payments

Starting a business in the year when ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) integration was hot on every businessman’s tongue can be daunting, and so is ensuring a long-running enterprise gets to survive the expected demand under a larger, if not freer, market.

Whether you’re a starting entrepreneur or a veteran business owner, it’s about time to check that suggestion made by an official from global financial group MasterCard about leveraging digital payments or electronic payments not just to improve your bottom line but also to prep you up for international customers that will come when the ASEAN integration is fully here.

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OLX.ph, Istorya.net use own platforms to educate public on online buy and sell

online buy and sell

With many people going online and becoming aware of the perks of e-commerce, two websites—one described as Goliath and the other as David—made it an integral part of their platforms to educate the public on responsible buying and selling.

In the first Kapihan tech talk show initiated by TechTalks.ph, a non-profit, independent community of business, technology, and start-up enthusiasts, at Radisson Hotel yesterday, OLX.ph and Istorya.net showed that two channels with different teams can work harmoniously at proliferating the practice of online buying and selling.

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Insurance brand offers selected products in Philippines’ first online life insurance store for OFWs and Filipinos

online insurance

Here is a story you often hear: Once upon a time, an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) left to work in another country. He sent money to his family every so often, boosting the Philippines’ economy in the process. Then he came back, got sick and was no longer qualified for another overseas contract. He was left alone to fend for himself.

We do not know yet if he lived happily—or sadly—ever after.  What we do know is that some initiatives are undertaken to address this polar extreme: OFWs help the country largely through remittances while the country offers little help when OFWs are in need.

One of these initiatives comes in the form of AXA Insurance Online (AXA iON) that AXA Philippines (Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corp.) set up for OFWs and Filipinos. What is considered as the Philippines’ first online life insurance store is also a portal that can bridge financial gaps by presenting itself as a viable investment option for OFWs.

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Wedding planners in Cebu are advised to adapt in this age of social media

wedding planners on social media

What works before may not work anymore today.

Wedding planners in Cebu, for instance, used to bank on flyers, leaflets, feelers, brochures, and word-of-mouth for reference to have their services promoted. To help sustain what they do, they resort to putting up billboards, tapping traditional media, and participating in expositions.

But with today’s social media where everything seems to be just a click away, wedding packages and related services can be perused and arranged through the most-used information sharing sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, and Youtube. The number of platforms is expanding, providing easy access and stiffening competition never ever imagined 20 years ago.

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How start-ups and SMEs can find the right mentor

finding the right mentor

A weak mentoring environment was once identified by the Philippine Development Foundation (PhilDev) as among the top seven issues in the Philippine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, beside the need for entrepreneurship programs in colleges and universities, regulatory red tape and weak access to capital funding.

Hence, the issue of mentoring for start-ups and small and medium enterprises was taken up in one of the breakout sessions of the IDEA Global Entrepreneurship Symposium 2015 on Feb. 26 at Radisson Blu Hotel.

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Why this Cebuano businessman is advising people to study in school to be a successful entrepreneur

Cebuano businessman

About a year ago, www.thesocialjeep.com was still a concept, an exciting beehive in the minds of the teams behind Third Team Media and The Memoriter Writing Service. While the project was still a mental larva, the crew started deploying writers to start-up and marketing events with the behest to snatch slabs of wisdom from already great people for potentially great people.

One of these already great people is Cebuano businessman Wilson Ng, president and chief executive officer of Cebu-based computer solutions company Ng Khai Development Corp. He spoke to students and entrepreneurs in a Cebu Start-up Day organized by TechTalks.ph in December 2013, about the same time our crew raked Cebu’s streets in search for good stories.

With our system now in place, we decided to tell Ng’s words of advice, even when they are a year old, for they contain heaps of lifelong lessons for starting entrepreneurs as well as slick reminders for successful businessmen.

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How business owners can improve their strategic thinking process

strategic thinking

When you start a business and you focus on making it work, there is a bigger question lurking behind you, tapping your shoulder for attention. How do you make your business last?

The success factor starts in the mind of the business owner, according to Singaporean expert Sun Yee Ho of Decision Process International (DPI) who came to Cebu to share his thoughts on strategic thinking during a general membership meeting of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Even when you manage to sustain your business, there is another daunting question. How can you make your business survive during tough times, like the Great Recession of 2008 or the Stock Market Crash in the 1930s?

The answer sounds so simple: strategic thinking.

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