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As many business owners have learned, the modern market is a dog-eat-dog world. As success rates have become more dependent on being relevant on the internet, the room for error has drastically declined. Clearly, hitting the mark is necessary, but how do you do it if you’re not an expert online? For many companies, outsourcing internet marketing services is the right answer.

Having the right kind of marketing on the internet can completely change the way that potential customers see your business. In fact, it can be a deciding factor in whether or not your services are seen at all by the online community. One of the tricks to getting your foot in the door is to be in more places at once.

A select group of marketing companies have the tools that are necessary to give you that multifaceted edge. You can see the differences by watching for the services that they offer. Attention to proper SEO, the usefulness of social networking, and an eye for a great website design are all key elements that contribute to smart internet marketing.

In order to get the most for your money, it’s necessary to know how to play the game. When it comes to doing it right on the internet, there are companies ready and able to help you get on the road to being a real competitor without the headaches. With a smarter approach to internet marketing, that doesn’t skimp on the details of correct SEO, you could start seeing positive results a lot faster than you previously thought possible.

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One of the best ways of reaching an audience, whether it is for entertainment or instructional purposes, is through the power of video. Ever since video was made easy to make and produce, people have been using its power to give consistent and repeatable presentations. If you are trying to teach a new concept to your employees you might want to contact a whiteboard animation studio.

Whiteboard animations are typically short, stop motion videos. They can either be drawn via computer, or be actual illustrations drawn live in a stop motion style. Whiteboard animations can give your presentation a personal touch, as opposed to a Power Point presentation where the slides tend to drone on and on. Often, more can be gained from a simple animation that with hours of lecturing.

If you would like to have a whiteboard animation created for your website, business, or training program you should be aware of the process. First you need to have an idea of what you hope the animation will accomplish. If you have a script it may save you some time in the creation process. If you don’t have a script the whiteboard animation studio can help you come up with what you want your presentation to say. Next the animators will conference with you about the concept, eventually providing storyboards before they begin the actual animation. A good company should keep you involved throughout the animation process so you get exactly what you want. After receiving the finished product you are free to share it and enjoy!

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Sony VAIO Pro 13 Review

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Sony’s VAIO Z Series was arguably the precursor to the ultrabook. Its light weight, slim profile, and premium aesthetics pushed the boundaries of laptop design.

But the Z Series was also one of the more expensive laptop lines on the market, with a price that started close to $2,000 for the 2011 model and quickly climbed when you added accessories like external docks and drives to improve graphics performance or handle optical discs. Here in the laptop landscape of 2013, where thin notebooks abound, a $2,000 premium PC that doesn’t do much more than your average $800 ultrabook is likely a pretty hard sell.

So rather than update the Z line, Sony opted for something a bit different. The new VAIO Pro, available in both 11.6- and 13.3-inch varieties, keeps the premium looks and materials of the Z Series, including a carbon-fiber chassis (with an aluminum wrist rest), while offering Intel’s latest CPUs and 1080p touch screens for Windows 8. We’ve already raved about the 1.9-pound VAIO Pro 11. Is the Pro 13 as good?

Short answer: Yes. The larger Pro is a very good-looking laptop that’s exceptionally light (2.34 pounds) and a pleasure to use, thanks to a good keyboard, surprisingly punchy speakers, and an extremely fast PCI Express solid-state drive not found in the Pro 11. And despite its svelte frame, battery life is surprisingly decent. We were able to eke out more than six hours’ use in our video rundown test.

Perhaps best of all, Sony has kept the price pretty reasonable. The entry-level Pro 13 we’re looking at here (model SVP13213CXB) is $1,249—no budget system, to be sure, but not prohibitively expensive like the Z Series of yesteryear.

We do have some minor quibbles with the VAIO Pro 13, like the fact that the hinge is a bit wobbly and the touch screen isn’t as slick (literally) as several we’ve swiped our fingers across recently. Also, the fan, which vents heat from the left side, kicks in frequently under heavy load, and is quite noticeable in a quiet room (though we wouldn’t call it loud).

If you’re looking for a very light laptop with premium internals and good battery life, the VAIO Pro 13 is the best we’ve seen—though it’s also one of the first Intel “Haswell”-based ultrabooks to make its way to our test bench. So those who don’t need a new laptop right now may want to wait a few months to see what other PC makers have to offer.

Still, while the Pro is certain to have plenty of competitors, there isn’t much missing here that we’d like to see in a premium-priced lightweight laptop. The VAIO Pro 13 just might be the flagship ultrabook of 2013.

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