Monthly Archives: January 2017

Online Review Sites as the New Normal

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Review sites enable a person or business to collect public reviews and ratings. Good and bad reviews are available and made public to give potential consumers information regarding a purchase choice. This presents challenges for business.


Here are some recommendations for online review sites.

Review sites like are now part of the landscape of conducting business. There are sites for every type of business and there are likely reviews of your business that you have never seen. This leaves your online reputation in the hands of the online communities without any input from you.

Search engines champion review sites, and online reputation management firms attempting to suppress bad reviews are swimming against the tide. Many professionals in the field now recommend engaging in review site activity versus trying to suppress them in search results.

Make sure to claim your company page on the review sites commonly used by your consumers. If your company doesn’t have a page, you can create one. Consumers or even competitors can create a page without your permission. When you claim your page, it gives you some control. Claiming your page will allow you to get notifications of new reviews and respond to them.

Build out your listing on review sites. If you complete a profile and add information to your listing, it adds validity to your business. Photos, video and descriptions increase views and interest from potential customers deciding whether to give your business a try. Perspective employees will also see the listings, so this is also a recruiting tool.

Engagement is the biggest trend in online review management. Interacting with customers helps build a community. It is important to respond to positive and negative reviews. While responding congenially to a negative review may not win over the reviewer, it gives you a chance to take the high road while impacting the next customer. Defensive answers can only hurt your business and drive away potential consumers.

Every business needs to have a strategy for managing online reviews and conduct audits of currently recommended strategies. Engagement is critical to developing a successful online reputation.


Mr. Anthony Petrello – Taking Nabors Industries to new heights

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Mr. Anthony Petrello was always meant for great things. He completed his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University and has a Joint Degree from Harvard Law School. Since 2011, he is the President and CEO of Nabors Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest land-based oil and gas drilling contractors. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board since 2012.

Mr. Anthony Petrello worked at the prestigious law firm Baker & McKenzie as a Managing Partner at their office in New York before going to work for Nabors Industries Inc. in 1991. He was elected to the Nabors Board of Directors and to the Executive Committee of the board in 1991. Anthony Petrello served as the President and COO of Nabors Industries Inc. from 1991 to 2011.

Being a mathematician and a lawyer have stood him in good stead as his knowledge about finance and strategy has helped raise the company to greater heights and contributed to a steady growth in the business of the company. Under his leadership, the company’s stock price more than doubled and the company was added to the S&P 500 index. Under Mr. Anthony Petrello’s tenure, Nabors Industries Inc. made many technological breakthroughs in the highly competitive world of drilling. His goal to make the workplace safe for the company’s workforce has resulted in the company receiving many awards for its excellent safety record. Due to his efforts, Nabors Industries Inc. has established a strong global presence entering into many joint ventures with leading oil producing nations and has cemented its position as a leader in the oil and gas business.

Mr. Petrello along with wife Cynthia, have been generous in supporting the causes close to their hearts. As a family, they have made a commitment of their time and money to Texas Children’s Hospital. By investing in research at Texas Children’s Hospital, they hope for a better future for all affected by neurological disorders.

Click here to read more about Anthony Petrello’s wife Cynthia Petrello

Thor Halvorssen Sees Human Rights Playing A Role in Politics Around The World

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Human Rights FoundationDespite the role, he plays in the political situation of many different areas of the world the human rights activist Thor Halvorssen does not appear to have any political ambitions of his own. The Venezuelan born and U.S. educated activist and film producer recently explained he had no interest in following members of his own family into politics, and only wished to play a part in the ending of human rights abuses around the world.

In many aspects Thor Halvorssen is seen as the perfect political candidate, but he has already stated he has no interest in becoming a politician; in fact, Halvorssen has explained his interest in politics is so small he does not even question the political beliefs of his colleagues at the Human Rights Foundation. Instead, Thor has stated in a number of interviews he is more concerned with the passion and skills an employee of the Human Rights Foundation brings to a role than he is in where their political allegiances lie. Thor has surrounded himself with some of the world’s leading human rights experts, including Human Rights Foundation President Gary Kasparov and the Russian activism group “Pussy Riot”.

For Thor Halvorssen the political leanings of a government are not important if he believes human rights abuses have taken place in a specific area of the world. Halvorssen explains the human rights community needs to be more responsible in its reporting of abuses by a wide range of governments from around the world; traditionally, human rights groups have turned a blind eye to the abuses committed by politicians, dictators, and tyrants from Socialist backgrounds because of their own political leanings. In the view of Thor Halvorssen, the need to stay on top of the human rights abuses committed by all governments should supersede the political views of any activism group; Thor explains he believes his role in the world is to make life difficult for different political groups and leaders who are trying to keep abuses hidden behind closed borders.


Putting Home Cleaning in the Palm of Your Handy

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Home cleaning is one of the necessities of life. As you live your active life, you can probably think of at least 101 other things you would rather be doing, than cleaning your apartment or condominium. Now, you can get some valuable help.

“From Idea to Viability”

The service industry is full of professionals who are willing to do a great job. But what is the difference between Firm A or Firm B? High-quality service is an important factor; but the cleaning industry has a secret.

Many of the cleaning companies select professionals from the same pool of talent.

Somehow, has separated itself from the pack? Does it have better cleaning professionals? Perhaps. The proof is in the pudding. All of its professionals must pass an extensive background test.

“Market Share to Profitability”

Other cleaning firms have fallen by the wayside – Exec, Mopp and HomeJoy. Thus, Handy Inc. must be doing something very well. Handy Inc. continues to turn heads and gain important market share. The next step is profitability.

Handy Inc. seems very adept at offering the services that people need, when they want it. The Handy Inc. smart phone app allows customers to visit the website, at their leisure. Clients can fill out the form in 60 seconds. The professional cleaner can be out at the job site, the next day.

Handy is in more than two dozen of the top urban markets. The on-demand cleaning firm has satisfied each step of its development phase, reaching 1 million bookings per week in 2014. With its agile marketing, the company is ready to take the next step to profitability. On-demand home cleaning is now in the “palm of your Handy.”