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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Get Ready for Mothers Day

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Interflora thought they'd round up some of the funniest baby videos on the web.
From adorable tots to cheeky toddlers, they've picked out 10 of the best that left them with a big smile on their faces.
Click to see funny baby videos

Is Month End a Test?

Month end was always a test for Barry and his chocolate craving was starting to get the better of him again.
Sometimes coffee is just not enough

Thursday, 21 February 2013

PInterest isn't just for the ladies

It is a treasure trove of stimulating hits tips links images and suggestions, whatever your Pinterest  ...   

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Cat Versus CD Drive

View original article here   Maybe he prefers flash drives ....

Lose an Hour and You Will Hunt for it All Day

"Early to bed, early to rise; use time right or be ready to die," says the clock.  Remember the times when you were growing up. You were always taught to wake up early and you were also made to make it your motto.  I remember the nursery rhyme. "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."  But as it is, my clock has started singing another version; "early to bed, early to rise; use time right or be ready to die."  I am sure everyone wants to live longer and no one is ready to die.

There is a reason why it is important to wake up earlyOne reason is that when you wake up early, you get enough time to rest between tasks. For example, you have something to do and it must be accomplished by 10AM. You are so used to waking up at 8AM and before you know it, it's 11AM. So, the best thing to do is to wake up at 5AM, and do the usual rituals you do before setting out to accomplish that task.

This will make you more active and you will have plenty of time to rest.

With that said, let's jump into the reasons for waking up early.

5 Reasons for Waking Up Early 

Here are five simple reasons for waking up early and getting your work done:
1.Better safe than sorry: if you wake up late, there is always a probability that you will get to work late and this will definitely not be pleasing to your boss. It is better to be on the safe side by arriving early than for you to have a routine of saying, "I'm sorry," every time you arrive late.
2.       Leave a good impression: being early will make people see how organized and also disciplined you are. Everyone has his or her late days but don’t use that as an excuse to become a late person. Using myself as an example, there were times when I'd arrive late to work and it made me feel miserable. Hey! Don’t blame it on traffic because that is everyone's excuse. If you want to beat traffic, it is very easy; wake up early and get going!
3.       Reduce your blood pressure: yes! Being early has an effect on your health. You might not believe me, but try this out; have something to do by 10AM and wake at 9AM, mistakenly. See how you react to it. Well, let me tell you if you don’t know how to express it in words; you will be shocked to see that you overslept, your heart will beat like you ran a 500 meters race in 1 minute. You will be disorganized, confused and you might end up having an accident while trying to rush to work. Do you want that for yourself? Of course not. No human would want to take his or her life.
4.       Reduces stress: what does stress do to the body? It breaks it down. So, waking up early gives you time to get yourself. One thing that leads to instant death is over-stressing the body. The body can be stressed in diverse ways. Using this as an example; you are supposed to be at work by 8AM and you wake up at 7AM, with the hope of getting there in an hour. Unfortunately, you get there at 8:45AM and you have to get things done by 6PM. Unfortunately, you aren't able to finish up even by 7PM. You then go home with little rest and wake up that same time to go to work. Making the things to be done, pile up.
5.        Makes you stay healthy: now, this is self-explanatory, so I don’t need to go into details.
The Consequences

Now that we have seen the reasons for waking up early to get the job done, let's look at some of the consequences of not being an early riser.
1.Stress that can lead to sickness and death
2.       Poor health
3.       Increase in blood pressure: this is one example of health problem that may happen if you don’t wake early and save yourself the trouble of rushing to meet up.
4.       Disorganization: when you wake up early, you get enough time to do what you want, take whatever thing that needs to be taken without being in haste. But when you do otherwise, you forget things, if not one thing and you won’t be yourself for the rest of that day.
With all those things noted, here are some short and inspiring quotes on early rising to get you going.

Short & Inspiring Quotes on Early Rising
1."A stitch of time saves nine."
2.       "Time once lost can never be recovered."
3.       "To use up the best times in life, be punctual."
4.       "Opportunity lost (time) can never be regained."
5.        "Time is precious."
6.       "...tick says the clock, what you have to do, do quickly."
7.        “Lose an hour and you will hunt for it all day."
Take this into consideration, and start waking up earlier.

It doesn't have to be by much. Just a few minutes earlier each day will yield results in the weeks and months to come.

Think small steps, not quantum leaps.

Written on 2/17/2013 by Adam Evergood. Adam Evergood is a prolific writer who
provides copywriting services and his site is the number one go to place for any content writing job you require.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Social Media Incredibility

Is Your businesses Social Media Credibility in the top 1% Yet?

Here at Irongate we recognise that blogging isn't all about posting products and rambling on about how good we claim to be at this or that.  A box of paper clips can only be so interesting (yawn). True, we do feature some product info' news and offers because we reckon there is some relevance, but for us the jury is still out as to how engaging social media actually is, yet. We do try hard to come up with diverse but relevant content that might stimulate some sharing. Anyway .. to the point. 

Irongate just got a Peerindex score of 66.  Whoopedo you might say.  But hey, if we can do it, any business can.  

Thanks to all our followers, tweeters, Pinterest sharers, Google + followers and Blog readers.  Especially to those who share interesting stuff and engage with us. We hope to engage with you soon.  And as you can tell the writer doesn't have a degree in journalism.  I am making it up as I go along. How about you?  Dive in the water is lovely.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Bad Boss's Never Thank You

Avery Rewards Says Thank You, Even if Your Boss Doesn’t!

Why not take a moment to reward yourself for a job well done with some instantly redeemable e-vouchers for some top brands including New Look, Boots, Marks & Spencer and even Red Letter Days. Rewarding yourself or your colleagues is simple. All you have to do is purchase Avery products from your stationery supplier, look inside promotional packs for your unique code, register online at and start spending!

You can redeem your codes straight away for clothes, beauty essentials, exciting days out and lots more. Alternatively you can store your codes up to splash on something extra special, or even donate the money to charity. Plus when you register your codes with Avery Rewards, you’ll automatically be entered into Avery’s quarterly prize draw, where there are top prizes up for grabs to reward you and your colleagues. This quarter you could win a team building day worth £2,500!

So what are you waiting for?  Sign up and start treating yourself today at

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Is There a Case for an I pad 5?

One of two weekend plugs ...

OK, I know this is a blog, but it is Saturday, time to relax, so here's the second, errr,  plug ...

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Personalisation Means Real People!

As personalisation has gone mainstream, marketers are regularly sending print and email communications that speak to each recipient individually. But when you are personalising based on information from a marketing database, its important to remember that there are real people on the end of the line. Good use of data can be very effective, but the poor use of data can make people uncomfortable.

One marketer caused a stir, for example, when it targeted men with a personalised communication that used their names with Jr. added to the end to represent the son they might have some dayif they arent careful. The company crafted its marketing pitch around this hypothetical son to present the need for its product. Needless to say, there were plenty of recipients who were quite uncomfortable with that approach. This is something many industry commentators call the creepy factor.

So how can you personalise your content in a positive way without crossing a line into the creepy factor?  Here are three tips.

1. Protect truly private data.  
There is a difference between selling educational materials and selling refinancing offers. If youre selling educational books to children, for example, you might want to know that your neighbor down the street bought a set of the same materials. But you probably dont want a mortgage company outing you as a good candidate for a refinancing offer, and oh by the way, three of your neighbors were, too!

2. Make sure your data is correct. 
Keep your data clean and updated. One company was criticised for marketing to recipients as if they were one step from a retirement home when, in fact, many of them were not even retired.  Use print and on-line surveys to stay in touch with your customers and get to know them.  Keep that data current. Nothing undermines a personalized contact faster than an incorrectly spelled name or incorrect fact!

3. Be considerate. 
Use the data in a way that is respectful and considerate of the person receiving it. You may not want to let the recipient know just how much you know about them right up-front. Some marketers start with name personalisation, and basic targeting and segmentation before building into a truly personalized relationship. 

Remember that data is just data. When it comes to personalisation, its what you do with that data that matters. Need help making sure that your use of data is a good one? Talk to uswere here to help.  

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Promotional Products?

We have so much to show you we're mixing it up a bit at the moment with short snippets of stuff from our expanding portfolio of products and services.  Stay tuned for more non-product and service related Blog items to come, but for the moment here's another shameless but very short and sweet plug.  

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