Presentation of Geographical Data Online Using an Interactive Flash Map

A clickable interactive map enables website visitors to get related information about a particular geographical location visually.

Flash interactive maps are replacing conventional image maps due to the fact that they not only offer more information, but also are highly interactive with the user.

Traditional image maps often only use static images and HTML code, are very basic and offer simple point and click function only. With flash interactive maps, users can get instantly relevant information about any part of a map he desires to see, with mouseover tooltip boxes, clickable points, regions, and also zooming functions which enable users to zoom in and out of the map to pinpoint a specific location or get further data on it.

There are various applications for flash interactive maps on the web, such as showing maps of a country, city or particular location, displaying demographic data, census data, branch office interactive maps, street maps, pretty much anything that can be mapped out.

As Flash is getting more and more popular and supported by most browsers on different OS platforms, webmasters have started embracing this technology more often, particularly due to the highly interactive nature and its ease of use.

For webmasters who do not have Adobe Flash programming, there are also interactive map software and creation tools available, for generating and presenting data graphically using interactive maps, with extremely simple learning curve.

Before you start creating an interactive map, you should firstly decide what kind of maps you want to create.

Many map making software come with pre-designed map templates for major countries of the world, as well as states maps (e.g. the 50 states in the US), postcode maps and county maps. If the map you are going to create is very geographically specific (e.g. your local town, suburb, floor plan of a local hospital, or shopping mall), it is unlikely to find a pre-designed template. In such case you could import a standard image file (in jpg/png or gif format) of your custom map, and convert it into your very own customized interactive flash map.

As most websites attract visitors globally and might have geographical specific information for different parts of the world, flash maps are truly a helpful navigation and data presentation tool not to be missed or disregarded.

Having such a flash map on a website is modern and presents a professional image to the visitor. Imagine that a visitor from Europe is landing to your website and is interested in getting additional information about your location in the United States. He will not only be able to see the state you are in, but also the city, within the city he can pinpoint with accuracy your exact location, and if you have created maps of your actual office with hotspots around interesting places, he will have a truly unique online virtual experience that will ensure his return over and over again!

The Real Estate Listing Presentation: 5 Steps For Handling Questions And Concerns

A wise man once stated, if no one asks any questions or expresses any concerns, it probably means, nobody is listening! Why, then, does it seem, so many real estate professionals, seem to be wary of (or, even, fearful), of receiving any types of challenges, questions, and/ or objections? Once an agent, begins with the attitude that any responses received, are good and positive, and combines that with the combination of good training and techniques, combined with self – confidence, this fact, should become obvious, and, even, fun! For four decades, in a variety of different industries and occupations, as well as in the personal development seminars, I have conducted, I have presented, what I refer to, as, The 5 steps for answering, and successfully overcoming, any objection. This article, will, however, focus predominantly, on the 5 Steps for Handling and Overcoming Questions and Concerns.

1. Step One: Repeat the Question: Before you rush to be defensive, or to respond, based on what you believe of feel, the potential client, is asking, repeat the question clearly, in order to be certain, you are responding to what the other person is concerned about. A simple way to do this, is simply by saying something like, In other words, you’re concerned about the commission, or So, you want to know, why you should choose me as your agent? Before continuing, however, wait until there is some positive acknowledgment, you have nailed the right concern, on the head! I called this using the ZTL (or zip the lip) approach, meaning don’t continue until you;ve gotten a response. A paramount rule of selling, is, the person who speaks next, often loses! Then, and only then, continue to Step Two.

2. Step Two: Empathy: Being empathetic is far different from saying you understand or sowing sympathy! Rather, it is how you will indicate, you truly can see things, from the client’s perspective. One recommended set of wordings, might be, I can perfectly understand how you feel. In fact, I felt that way, and so do most people I speak to, until they realized a few things. Now, seamlessly, continue to Step Three.

3. Step Three: Answer: You must be prepared, and ready to answer the question, fully, and to the satisfaction, of the other party! Do so slowly, with passion, and, clearly address and answer the concern, question and/ or objection! Be certain to make eye – contact, and attempt to elicit some positive acknowledgment, etc.

4. Step Four: Recreate the need: Hopefully, you’ve done a great job on the first three steps, but unless you perform these last two steps, well and convincingly, you’ve achieved very little! Recreating the need, can often be done, as simply as saying, In light of everything we’ve discussed, and your needs, concerns, and questions, have been addressed…

5. Step Five: Close: Are you merely a presenter, or are you a closer? There’s no deal, unless you close the deal! After completely step four, one’s closing statement, can be as simple as, Doesn’t it make sense, to take care of the paperwork, and move you closer, to your objective, of selling your home, for the best possible, available price, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of hassle? Doesn’t it? Then remember, and adhere to the principles and discipline of ZTL!

A real estate agent is in the business of marketing and selling homes, professionally! How can you do so, if you can’t answer the questions, concerns and objections, of potential clients?

Personalised Presents As Wedding Anniversary Gifts

When you go through your options when it comes to wedding anniversary gifts have you taken personalised presents into consideration? Something as special as a marriage deserves special presents. There are no other more special presents than personalised presents because you but your own personal stamp on it by adding exactly what you want on it. May it be wedding photos, honeymoon photos, images special to the married couple or text – one thing is for sure and that us that these personalised presents make ideal wedding anniversary gifts.

If you are buying wedding anniversary gifts for your spouse there are some great personalised presents to choose from. Designer bedding items are probably the most ideal to give your husband or wife as you share your bed together. A personalised duvet cover, pillow cases, bed sheet and photo blanket make a brilliant wedding anniversary gifts set for you and your other half on your anniversary. Make these personalised presents match or use all different images for each item.

Other fantastic wedding anniversary gifts for your loved one is wall art. As a married couple you share your home together so why not add some new interesting wall art pieces to the home interior? Canvas prints, photo wallpaper and photo poster prints can all feature wedding photos or perhaps a more recent photo of the two of you. The canvas prints can be made in different colours, sizes and treatments so you really have a great opportunity here to create both stunning personalised presents as well as interior pieces which the two of you can enjoy a lifetime. Why not turn a wedding photo into a Banksy canvas? Or perhaps a portrait of the two of you into a cartoon-style custom portrait? Anything that celebrates your love will make superb personalised presents.

If you are looking for wedding anniversary gifts for a couple you know, could be your parents or some friends of yours, you could go for matching bags. The make up bag for her and the wash bag for him make an ideal personalised bag gift set for a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary. Use a photo of the groom for her make up bag and a photo of the bride for his wash bag. Wedding anniversary gifts have never looked so elegant or personal as when you use your very own photos for personalised presents. Start personalising for the married couple today!