Health and Wellness in Europe

With the hustle and bustle of everyday life a grand European vacation is the stuff of dreams for many. Jumping on and off trains, fighting crowds and lugging around your luggage can hardly seem like a relaxing vacation. If you simply stop and think about what you truly want out of your European vacation, fun and relaxation probably goes hand in hand with taking in the plethora of historical sites. Europe is a perfect place to not only soak in the ancient history, language, and culture, but take time to focus on yourself and restoring your sense of balance and health. After all, Europeans are world renowned for their ability to take pleasure in life and are ranked as some of the happiest people on earth. So why not enjoy Europe the way Europeans do? So if you want to find your center considering taking in some of these less touristy attractions because you just might find peace and relaxation along the way.

Thermal Bath and Hot Springs

The natural thermal activity of the continent of Europe has created some of the best and most spectacular hot springs and thermal baths in the world. For thousands of years it has been a center of life throughout Europe. Business and political deals were struck here as well as just the everyday bonding of the citizens. These hot springs and thermal baths are located all over Europe so if you find yourself near some of the best ones, you should really consider taking a dip and easing your cares away. They have long since been linked to easy pain, arthritis, and having great healing powers. Some even help with allergies or preventing aging. Whether you go there seeking to heal or simply want to just unwind and relax your tired feet and back, you won’t regret visiting some of the renowned baths and spas.

In Budapest, Hungary, the Gellert Thermal Bath is not only healing but has beautifully tiled, cathedral like ceilings as well. There are different baths that ease arthritis, allergies, and even a red wine bath that is thought to soak the skin in antioxidants that helps renew your cells creating younger looking skin. There are ever expanding lists of services offered at the Gellert Thermal Baths which is located in the heart of Budapest along the banks of the Danube River. Another must-see is the Szechenyi Thermal Baths and swimming pool. This spas features a massive complex of different baths and a huge outdoor swimming pool for cooling off in the summer. It is a one of a kind experience.

The Blue Lagoon hot springs outside of Reykjavik is one of the best in the world. These naturally heated lagoons are healing as you relax your muscles, ease your aches and taking in the splendid mountain scenery. Locals adore their hot springs and take great pride in them so it’s important to keep in mind that you may get dirty looks if you try to get into the water dirty. There is a hotel, full service spa with massages and facials, and even an onsite restaurant. Children are also welcome.

Also consider the stunning and picturesque Aqua Dome nestled in the Austrian Alps. Sun or snow, you can immerse yourself in the hot water and like most has superior spa services and onsite hotel. The Terme di Saturnia in the Tuscany region of Italy is equally stunning with a picture perfect backdrop. The naturally heated water helps heal skin conditions, circulation, tension, and even has antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Due to the minerals and gases in the water, it is a very healing place.

Finding Your Center

Traveling to other parts of the world has a way of changing people in way unlike any other. Often times simply getting out of your own rut and experience a new way of life or way of thinking can bring your life back into focus and either make you grateful for what you have or inspire you to change. Sitting back in a small café in quiet, small village anywhere in Europe or taking time to get to know local people can often be incredibly relaxing and a life changing experience. Remembering to slow down and take in the experience can bring you a peace you had not expected. However, if you want to truly take a moment to find your center, consider incorporating a yoga retreat into your itinerary.

Tyrol in the Austrian Alps is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Here, the Sivananda Yoga Retreat House offers a chance for visitors to practice mountain pose atop some of the most beautiful mountains in the world in a quiet setting. In an ancient monastery in Germany you can join the European College for Yoga and Therapy for a healing stay. Or on the coasts of Crete, join teachers at Yoga Plus for Ashtanga yoga, feng shui and massage. Wherever you go, enjoy life and find namaste.

MLM Europe – ACN – A Fast Growing Team of Great Reps With a Great Company Behind It

Just to be clear, ACN is a great company however I am not a representative and I will not forward you to any particular person. This is only my review of how ACN is doing (specially in Europe) and why I think ACN is a great company.

Today I will go into one of the companies here in Europe that is a growing at a steady pace. Obviously not only in Europe, ACN started out in the US however I would like to focus on Europe today.

ACN Headquarters here in Europe is based in Amsterdam just a 10 minute bike-ride from my apartment. I have been there several times, and yes, have been to a presentation and actually started with the business. I had a great mentor for the two weeks I was in the company until I ran into iLearningGlobal and fell in love… Shame that didn’t take that long…

I have some really close friends working at ACN headquarters and I know that specially the customer service behind their products is great. This is obviously very important since service is always the base of the foundation of the companies’ success.

Many new reps in ACN love the products and love the great value they can offer the customers. Specially the videophone is a great product and in most countries very new and a perfect way to get more and more people interested.

Marketing the ACN products is quite easy since customers and companies can save a lot of Euro’s or Dollars by using the services offered. Besides that, because of the service level many European customers are very surprised because the general CS in Europe needs to learn A LOT. Yes, the American Customer Service level that is being offered really helps building the business.

To build your business in ACN (and any other MLM company) it is important to offer your team members a good training in both product and marketing. Training in product is in any network marketing relatively easy however many MLM lovers come to me how to handle the marketing.

This is why it is important to be able to offer your team not only a product training and let them make a list of people to call and harass their family and friends but actually help them build themselves as a leader.

As I said I had a great mentor within ACN, probably the best motivator I have ever met however very much old school. Make a list of all the people you know or know you and then call them to ask if they need a lower phone bill. Of course this is great however we all know that specially in this business you want to build your team and work towards financial freedom.

So you need a system that is duplicable, a marketing system, a step by step blueprint to becoming an MLM (Internet) Marketing Pro. The idea is that by becoming an MLM Marketing Pro people will follow you. People follow leaders. This concept is called Attraction Marketing.

So ask yourself this question: What do the people really need, what are they looking for when they would start a part-time business?

Do you think they are looking to start a business? Do you think they are looking for more money? Or could it be they are they looking for freedom? Freedom of buying more stuff, freedom of not having to work, freedom to choose WHO they want to work with?

When people buy a drill, do they want a drill, or do they want a hole?

Another question:

When there are ten ACN reps in a row and nine of them are carrying a white sign saying: “THIS IS MY OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU, IT IS GREAT AND IT WILL MAKE YOU RICH”

And the last representative is carrying a sign saying: “I AM HERE TO HELP YOU CREATE A GREAT BUSINESS, THESE ARE THE DIFFICULTIES YOU WILL MEET AND HERE IS HOW I WILL HELP YOU TO CONQUER THESE DIFFICULTIES”.

Which rep would you choose? I hope you understand now what who you need to become…

The Internet Marketing SEO Market in Europe

According to the last Internet Marketing research made by McKinsey (made by May 2009 conducted by Sarah Monroe, David Sinclair, and Tobias A. Wachinger), online sales have been growing in Europe, this research say it is rising up to 31 percent in the following countries: Netherlands, France, Germany and United Kingdom in spite of the retailers struggling hard to navigate in the middle of the current hard conditions of external factors. We should be positive no matter what and I will share reasons why we must adopt that attitude.

This whole external factor has not touched online activities as it is actually doing with the offline field. Internet sales will continue to grow in the next few years, there is a kind of optimistic approach in all the ways as McKinsey says in a more recent report mentioning last December, this month was a good month for UK online sales for example and they were up by 30 percent, making a comparison with those in previous years all this in spite of sales in stores had fallen by 1.4 percent as British Retail Consortium figures show in their last data.

Based on this information is quite necessary Internet Marketing companies in Europe start reinventing this work, according to our opinion first step is to understand the levels of broadband penetration and very important is to have a more in depth all inclusive understanding of the shopping attitudes that differentiate European retail markets.

Forrester made another research, a “European Online Advertising Through 2013” report on European online advertising, there they say growth on online ad spend will be slowing to 10 percent in 2009 and this down to a 30 percent annual growth in 2007.

Despite the somewhat apparently gloomy forecast however, Forrester’s data analysis approach and result is in a way optimistic compared with recent predictions from their competitors such as WPP’s GroupM, Enders Analysis, and E-Consultancy, all these have forecasted a under 10 percent year-on-year growth.

According to my opinion, some great ideas would be buying up inventory at low prices and apply targeting to it, this would create a kind of what I call a malleable soft-corporate-platform prone to be reshaped when necessary, when needed without having a high budget. There are so many tools and strategies that are really underestimated and under-used, these tools are related to social networks for example but also ad optimization as well, I think is necessary to look for good-value instead of abandoning the arena and just cutting expenditures and striving to a wearing a low inventory suitcase.

Efficient customer’s conversations and its correspondent channels improvement is one of the best tactic to be undertaken, I have seen positive numbers in the cash flow of renown big companies using Facebook or Twitter for example, wonder why Tesco, General Motors, Ford Motors, Home Depot, Whole Foods and many others are making money by doing so? Imagine every Tweet is a free in feed ad so to speak to be directed to any segment and if you lead and engage by subscription and later on SMS advertising if you want to.

If we compare the SEO market in Europe or US we must say there are not so many things to differentiate except most of the tools to be used are in English and most of the learning is based on English keywords but of course this seems to change. According Nicolas Folgehom the SEO market growth around the world is 12 % in USA. The rest is PPC. He says is lower in Europe, although in general the percentage growth is rising up, there is also a problem and is most companies doesn’t know pretty much about this or undervalue it, my opinion goes that this is growing in Europe in ways we never imagined one of those key drivers are for example cost-effective campaigns, PPC or organic presence by using social ads that increase traffic for example, companies should create in-house SEO team or include them in the Marketing department for example.

SEM and SEO jobs in Europe for example is another indicator of European reality as since October 2007, SEO jobs increased 63% and SEM jobs decreased 30% and in general Internet Marketing jobs decreased 38% according to Simply Hired, a silicon valley based SEO consulting company.

The challenge should be undertaken with style, there is nothing to lose if CEOs of these corporations have the right mindset either for their own efficient self management than for the whole corporation per se.