Stakes are high as YOPA invests in advertising

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Stakes are high as YOPA invests in advertising previous nextAgencies & PeopleStakes are high as YOPA invests in advertisingProfile raising expertise is sought for the online agency backed by Savills.The Negotiator25th July 20160683 Views The online agency, YOPA, which is backed by Savills, is looking for a top advertising agency to help it win more customers.Having hired an advertising agency Contagious, in April, it has now appointed Oystercatchers (Experts in accelerating marketing performance) to review the market and advise on future advertising programmes.The advertising industry website Campaign, reported that some of the £16million funding from Savills, will go into the review, and YOPA said, “As a fast paced and dynamic start-up, it’s normal practice for us to regularly review all aspects of the business.”YOPA currently has 872 properties listed on its site, using 44 ‘local’ agents to handle sales. Homeowners pay a fee between £780 and £1410 depending on where they live for listing their property; if they want agent-accompanied viewings they will pay £150-£250 depending on location, plus £75 for an EPC.Interestingly, the fee has to be paid within six months, whether or not the property is sold.Winner of the Online Agency of the Year Award at last year’s Negotiator Awards, HouseSimple is also aiming to lead the online market, following it’s £13million cash injection in June, courtesy of Sir Charles Dunstone and Roger Taylor. CEO at HouseSimple, Alex Gosling (left), said, “We are relentlessly focused on delivering the best selling results for our customers.”The figure put on current sales through ‘online agents’ is around 5 per cent, with ‘forecasts’ saying this may rise to 50 per cent by 2020. However, with the gap between fees charged upfront (or within six months in YOPA’s case, regardless of whether a sale is achieved), that target looks a tad difficult to achieve, as ‘traditional’ high street agencies develop their own versions of hybrid agency.HouseSimple advertising online agency YOPA July 25, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Ex-Balliol student in court for post-Finals horseplay

first_imgA former Balliol student who wasarrested and detained in custody for a night after calling a police horse “gay”is now to face court. Sam Brown, who graduated with an Englishdegree from Oxford this year, is to appearbefore a City Magistrate’s Court in Londonnext month after he failed to pay his fixed penalty notice of £80. He has been charged with “threatening,abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within thehearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment or distress” underthe Public Order Act. On the night of the incidentBrown and his friends left the Cellar bar and came across two mountedpolicemen. Brown asked one of the policemen, “How do you feel about your horsebeing gay?” and was arrested after repeated comments about the sexuality of thepolice officer’s horse. Brown’s offer of an apology hadbeen rejected. He told Cherwell that he didn’tpay his fine because at the time he had just graduated, “I had no money, hadjust finished my Finals and I was skint. It wasn’t all about principle or aboutthe police being stupid: basically I didn’t think I should be fined.” He received his summons aroundtwo weeks ago when he returned to Oxfordto visit friends and found that it had been left in the pigeon hole of a firstyear at Balliol, also called Sam Brown. “I didn’t know it was coming, I thoughtthey might have dropped the charges.” Brown described the situation as “pedanticand ridiculous” and said that the police were “relying on the point that couldhave offended any passers-by at 2am on a Sunday morning. We pretty much had thestreet to ourselves.” Brown said that he plans to plead not guilty. Brown said, “feel very stronglyabout it, don’t want a criminal record.” said he said that he has obtainedlegal advice from a barrister who feels he has a “solid” case. Daniel Konrad-Cooper,former JCR President at Balliol who was with Brown at the time of the incident,said, “It’s pretty ridiculous. It’ll be interesting to see how it bears up. I didn’tthink it warranted him being arrested, didn’t think it warranted six policeofficers and I didn’t think it warranted a night in the cells.” The current JCR of Balliol, TrionaGiblin, agreed, “I think it’s a bit of a shame that something so obviously ajoke which was not meant to be offensive was taken out of all proportion.”ARCHIVE: 6th week MT 2005last_img read more

Family-Owned OC Fiberglass Shines With Top Customer Service

first_imgEmployees Edgar Rivero and Karen Wilchens look at a rendering of a job at OC Fiberglass. By MADDY VITALEThere are no short cuts. There are no patch jobs. Just fine craftsmanship by the OC Fiberglass team.They put customers first to deliver quality work when designing decks, railings, siding and renovations to homes throughout the region, said Edgar Rivero, who handles the company’s marketing.OC Fiberglass, located at 1125 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, became a business in 2014. It started with a crew of three brothers and a friend.Since then, and with the opening of the storefront in 2017 it is growing and has 18 people employed, including six carpenters.Rivero, 23, of Ocean City, is the nephew of three of the owners and said he has some ideas why they are becoming successful.“We have a reputation of turning down some requests because we want to do things right,” Rivero said. “We don’t want to Band-Aid a problem. Customers know that we want to fix it right the first time.”He added, “I think that is why we have loyal customers. That has really driven our recommendations. They know we want to do the work the best way possible.”From left, top to bottom: Carlos Rivero, Christian Hernandez, Eduardo Rivero, Javier Santiago. (Photo courtesy OC Fiberglass)Honesty and integrity are what it is all about, Rivero said.Carlos Rivero and his friend, Javier Santiago, started OC Fiberglass in 2014. They gradually built up their business and then Rivero’s brothers, Christian Hernandez and Eduardo Rivero joined the growing team.Carlos handles sales, estimates and meets with clients and builders, while Javier, Eduardo and Christian do the work.Customer reviews tell the story of what it is like when hiring the team to do a project.Mary Ann Noss wrote a review with a five-star rating on the Facebook page for OC Fiberglass.“Carlos and his crew just completed four decks and installed a French door for us and did an excellent job! Carlos was very understanding, extremely knowledgeable, and trustworthy. Their workmanship is meticulous, and the clean-up was fantastic. We highly recommend Ocean City Fiberglass!”Bruce Hamlin reviewed Ocean City Fiberglass and also gave it five stars.He put it simply: “Excellent work coupled with trained employees who clean up after themselves.”This is a siding job completed by OC Fiberglass in Avalon. (Photo courtesy OC Fiberglass)Over the years, as their workmanship has become more and more known, Carlos and his team decided to expand. Now, with a full complement of workers, OC Fiberglass can handle even bigger jobs and have branched out into renovations.Edgar said they specialize in fiberglass decks, but definitely take pride in and do an excellent job on many projects.“Deck work is huge here. All of the islands need fiberglass decks.” he said. “We can’t use regular decking. Fiberglass is an insulator and helps keep the space below dry.”When it comes to family businesses, many succeed, some fail.Edgar said this team knows success comes from working hard for the customer.“We are really honest with ourselves. We keep ourselves accountable and make sure pride doesn’t get in the way of getting things done,” he said. “We are close enough to tell ourselves the hard truths and get it done in the end.”And if the idea of learning the trade sounds appealing, Edgar said the team is always looking for new talent.“We are always looking for talent,” he noted. “We need people to work. There’s an opportunity to learn the fiberglass trade.”For more information or to schedule an appointment visit www.ocfiberglass.com or call (609) 938-6205.OC Fiberglass is located at 1125 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City.last_img read more

Cape May County NAACP Hosting “NeighborHoodie” Drive

first_imgDear Family/Friends/Neighbors/Co-workers/Local Businesses:This year the Cape May County NAACP is hosting its 1st Annual NeighborHoodie Drive and we need your help.Did you know, because of the Covid-19 pandemic, an estimated 40 million Americans are unemployed? Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 8 American households were already living in poverty.In every corner of the United States, families are struggling — and the need for warmer clothing, combined with increased utility costs, will make the winter months more challenging for those with already-strapped budgets.This specific drive is geared toward outfitting middle school and high school-aged neighbors, many of whom prefer the style, functionality, and convenience of hoodies to traditional coats and jackets.Here’s how you can help:Donate hoodies/sweatshirts to our drive! During the month of November a member of our team will be available to pick up new hoodies. All hoodies collected will be donated locally to our neighbors in need. The CMC NAACP’s goal is to collect 300 hoodies to serve our community!Donate dollars! Every $1 donated will help us get closer to our Hoodie goal- what an incredible impact! You can donate cash or check to our Hoodie drive and help us reach our goal of warming 250 people.The Cape May County NAACP hopes you will support our Hoodie drive and help us warm our neighbors in need. Thank you for your consideration!Sincerely,Vuaneite Tamer-McNealCMC NAACP, PresidentCommunity CoordinatorCall or Text: (609) 675-4995last_img read more

Phil Lesh & Friends With Bob Weir, Jim James Solo, And More Lead Sound Summit 2017 Lineup

first_imgToday, Sound Summit announced an impressive lineup for their 2017 event, including a very special Phil Lesh & Friends show featuring fellow founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir, a solo set by Jim James of M Morning Jacket, and performances from indie rocker/actress Jenny Lewis, the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and San Francisco-based folk band Vetiver. The event will take place on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, at the scenic and historic Mountain Theater, a 4000-seat stone amphitheater which sits at the top of Mount Tamalpais in the California Bay Area.Sound Summit is presented by Roots & Branches Conservancy, a group dedicated to raising funds for natural resource protection and conservation of Mount Tamalpais State Park and the surrounding areas. This year’s event is also sponsored by Birkenstock.For more information about the event, the mountain, and Roots & Branches Conservancy’s environmentally conscious mission, head to the Sound Summit website. Tickets to the fundraiser event will go on sale this Wednesday, June 21st at 10am Pacific Time/1pm Eastern Time here.[Cover photos via Jay Blakesberg (Phil & Bob) and Jason Koerner (Jim)]last_img read more

Students travel to Germany to research refugee crisis

first_imgInstead of relaxing on a beach or returning home to visit family, three Notre Dame students spent spring break in Germany researching the Syrian refugee crisis.Sophomore Francesco Tassi, who traveled to Germany along with freshman Christopher Lembo and sophomore Bridget Rickard thanks to a grant from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, said he wanted to visit Germany to research efforts to ameliorate the crisis.“[News outlets] never touch upon what some countries are actively doing to help integrate these people into their populations, and quite successfully for some … I wanted to go there and see what was being done there in Germany, as far as integration,” he said.While most people think the refugee crisis only applies to Syria, Germany has accepted a large number of refugees from countries all over the world, Tassi said.“The one country in Europe that is taking in most of the refugees [is Germany],” Tassi said. “Right now it’s about 1.2 million, 1.4 million refugees in general, but not just Syrian refugees. [There are refugees] from Kosovo, Eastern Europe, Nigeria — a little bit from all over the world.”Tassi said the education system was one of the most visible examples of the German government’s effort to integrate refugees into society.“The education system is phenomenal,” he said. “The plan is five years of free education — two years of learning German and then three years of social integration classes, just for the refugees, and you don’t have to be just Syrian, as long as you’re an asylum-seeker.”Refugees also have the option to attend vocational schools to learn a particular skill to contribute to the German work force, Tassi said.“A lot of refugees go [to vocational schools] to learn to become blacksmiths because the jobs that Germany needs a lot are also in the lower-wage sector, which is perfect for people who come over that may not speak the language, may not have the highest work skills,” he said. “Germany needs these jobs, so you really have a case where Germany’s interests reconcile and work with the interests of asylum-seekers, because Germany will give them housing, it will give them a job, but at the same time, Germany expects something from them.”Tassi said he was surprised by the initiatives of German citizens that go beyond the government’s efforts.“These grassroots are able to take a government that is a little bit overwhelmed with all the bureaucracy that comes with anything governmental, and they can really custom fit to integrate refugees on a community level,” he said. “You also need that human connection, which is something we often don’t think about, but it’s really, really important. … That was something I never thought about before going there, but if there’s anything that I left with it was that these grassroots, there’s a lot of them and it’s something that people never talk about and it’s something that you never see in the paper, how much impact and how much power these grassroots have, really, to turn something as negative as a refugee crisis into a solution both for Germany and these people.”Lembo said Germany is a “true revolutionary” in admitting refugees. “After speaking with a German economist and several organizers of NGOs and non-profits in Munich, it is safe to say that Germany needs refugees,” he said in an email. “The refugees are a great chance for cultural integration and for a boost in the German economy, and it was to my surprise that so many refugees were so rapidly looking for a chance to contribute. It is one thing to see the problem through the lens of the media, but it is another thing to encounter it for yourself.”In each of her interviews, Rickard said,“one salient theme emerged — the only viable starting point for any possible solution is an encounter with refugees through our shared human experience.”“Refugees, like others among the forcibly displaced, live on the margins of society. My interviews enabled me to develop a more robust understanding of the current situation in both Germany and Europe,” she said in an email. “And it is my hope that I can employ such understanding in my future contributions to the exploration and framing of questions of forced displacement and migration. “My experience has led to the realization that I wish to devote my life to some of the most marginalized members of the human family — internally displaced persons, migrants and refugees.”Tassi said he is hoping to continue his work with the research he did over spring break by creating a website that will allow grassroots organizations across Germany to grow, connect with and inspire each other.“So essentially this website would be a directory, and at the same time, an information portal, but also with a crowdfunding option and a donation option for existing grassroots so these grassroots could get international support and the website could become a place where if you have an idea to make a grassroots in Germany, you just go on here, and not only could you crowdfund it, you can get inspiration from others, you can get support and really build a community of grassroots,” he said.Tassi said the biggest thing he took away from this trip was the impact of seeing this situation firsthand as opposed to learning about it from a news outlet.“Just going there and seeing for yourself, I think that’s the most important thing,” he said. “We often don’t do that just because of media, just because of how we feel like we’re totally connected and it’s super easy to get news, but going actually there is completely different, and I recommend it for anyone.”Tags: Nanovic Institute for European Studies, refugee crisislast_img read more

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports receives $1,000 from Chittenden Bank

first_imgSource: KILLINGTON, WARREN and BOLTON, Vt. (Oct. 20, 2009) –### Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports recently received a donation from Chittenden Bank in the amount of $1,000 to support year round recreational programming for adults with disabilities.”We believe sports and recreation provide a physical, mental and social experience that is immeasurable in promoting self-confidence and independence in an individual,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director. “We extend an enormous thanks to Chittenden for this donation that will help us to underwrite some of the costs of our adaptive programs and allow more people with disabilities to participate.”The cost of an outing with Vermont Adaptive for the consumer can range from a $15 for a two hour canoeing session to $90 for a full day ski lesson, including instructors, ticket and adaptive equipment. All of the school and advocacy groups that the organization works with are also subsidized by Vermont Adaptive; school groups are charged a reduced rate starting at 50% off, and participants receive the same one on one experience as any individual who participates.The average true expense of a lesson or outing to the organization is approximately $120.00 per individual per outing per activity. Yet, it receives only $60,000 in program fees each year. This year Vermont Adaptive has set a goal of raising an additional $60,000 in underwriting support on an annual basis. Chittenbank is just one example of local businesses giving back to their community.”We are proud to provide funding to bring sports and recreation activities to more individuals with disabilities,” said Kathy Schirling, director of marketing and community services.Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport works with individuals who have a wide range of physical, mental and developmental disabilities. Both volunteers and staff provide instruction and assistance to these individuals to ensure maximum enjoyment and satisfaction from their experience. About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank, which has proudly served individuals and businesses statewide since 1906 is a division of People’s United Bank, a federally-chartered savings bank with $20 billion in assets. People’s United Bank provides consumer and commercial banking services through a network of more than 300 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United Bank provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.  For more information please call 800-545-2236 or visit www.chittenden.com(link is external).Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the only year-round disabled sports program with daily programming in the state, which is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities. The organization promotes independence and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients from all over the world in three locations in Vermont – Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. For more information, visit www.vermontadaptive.org(link is external).last_img read more

2015 Dodge Challenger: Power, Style & Comfort, Supercharged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantThe new 2015 Dodge Challenger takes one of the toughest, most stylish, dependable and beloved muscle cars on the market and supercharges it, revamping its aesthetics and power, and consequently creating a whole new level of ultimate driving satisfaction.This car makes a bold statement, indeed. The Challenger’s exterior has undergone a transformation, with new headlights, tail, grille and nose. Kelley Blue Book praises the changes, declaring: “The new headlights are nestled in a revised vertically split grille, reminiscent of the classic 1971 Challenger. The taillights are now LEDs, and are also styled after that 1971 classic.”The Challenger has always been eye candy, and its newest incarnation furthers that, with the 2015 models available in an array of striking colors: Billet Silver Metallic, Redline Red, Jazz Blue, Pitch Black and Bright White are just a few of the options.The 2015 Dodge Challenger builds upon its legendary beauty and power, with new upgrades and features that will leave you floored. Visit NY Auto Giant and drive one home today!Although the Challenger’s new look may appear a little retro, that doesn’t mean it is short of any must-have, modern amenities. Standard features include UConnect touchscreen display, keyless entry, start/stop button, Bluetooth, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and USB inputs. Optional features include the Technology Group and Driver Convenience Group. Both of these upgrades help ensure a safer driving experience, with forward-collision warning and backup sensors, respectively.There is a great deal of room in the 2015 Challenger as well, with the backseat fitting three passengers comfortably. Car and Driver points out that the Challenger “offers more rear-seat legroom” than its competitors.The Challenger has always been renowned for its sheer power, and the new updates double-down on that characteristic, pumping up this muscle machine till its flexing at the seams. The all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat exemplifies this.This puppy boasts a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI producing an “unprecedented” 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, “making it the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever,” states its schematics on dodge.com. Challenger’s engine, with its new, eight-speed, automatic transmission, is also catching people’s attention. Kelley Blue Book has especially positive things to say about the Hellcat model, echoing the manufacturer’s boasts and declaring it’s the car’s horsepower that makes it stand out from the rest: “The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat debuts with a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 capable of an incredible 707 horsepower. That not only out-muscles the Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang, it makes the Hellcat the most powerful American production car ever.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantA blend of retro and modern, beauty and power, the 2015 Dodge Challenger will be sure to stop traffic.To get into your Dodge Challenger, stop by Atlantic Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM and ask for Brendan Miller.last_img read more

5 ways to make budgeting easy and painless

first_img 47SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Whoever first joked about having champagne taste on a beer budget made a pretty big assumption about human nature. They assumed people budget when in reality, they typically don’t.Philip Olson, a certified financial planner based in Austin, Texas, has a theory about why so many people are averse to budgeting: “Budgeting makes you look at the ugly truth,” he says. “It’s kind of like looking at the back yard you’ve neglected for the past 10 years—it’s not going to be super pretty at first, and it’s going to be something that requires some work or change on your part.”As trying as that work may be, it’s essential because having a budget is the first step to achieving financial success. “It’s the backbone of everything else that you do financially,” says David Weliver, founder of financial blog MoneyUnder30. “It all comes down to that golden rule of spending less than you earn. A budget is how you control that.”Here’s how to get started budgeting: continue reading »last_img read more

Put a ‘time machine’ in members’ hands

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union members live their lives on their mobile devices. Doing so saves them time and—in this on-the-go world—that’s important. Belonging to a credit union with a strong mobile application is like having a time machine in their hands—it gives them back lost seconds, minutes, even hours they would have once spent traveling to and from a branch to handle simple transactions.Remote deposit – A simple click on a camera phone means not needing to go to an ATM or branch to deposit checksATM locator – so they don’t have to drive around looking for cash when they need it.Branch locations and hours – There’s nothing more frustrating than rushing to a branch to find out its closed, or there’s been one closer all along.Think about your members’ needs. In addition to the items listed above, how could an app make their lives easier? Members expect quick answers, often outside of standard business hours. That means more than just being able to check their balance or transfer funds between accounts. Would your members like these features? continue reading »last_img read more