June
25
2014

PAID SURVEYS & RESULTS

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March
11
2015

Managed IT Services, Are They Worth It? A Survey on a San Diego Company

managed IT services San DiegoMany businesses over the last decade have outsourced their IT services. Or at least outsourced the management of them. While the IT services reside on client sites, there are a number of companies that manage the services for businesses. AMA Networks manages IT services in San Diego CA and they have quite a unique role in the market.

Onsite Managed IT

When outsourcing your IT services, there are basically two different options: do everything in the “cloud,” where all your data is hosted on off-site servers, or keep your data center in-house. A company that opts for the latter will find that they may lack the technical know-how on many aspects of managing their center. That’s when a company like AMA Networks comes in and does their work. With a deep network of professionals on their staff, they are able to provide company training events, support, repair, and overall technical expertise without the company having to hire a full-time IT staff. This is an ancillary market to IT in general and has sprouted as a result of high demand in the information technology sector. Since there are many issues that arise on site with data centers, AMA Networks is agile enough to provide clients with a 24 hour response time in most cases. They bring their server management team of professionals to the table to discuss any issue that has come up for a client then send the proper technician. According to one client of theirs, “we have an entire IT staff who specializes in every aspect of our onsite and cloud solutions without having the large capitol expenditures of making a full-time hire.”

This level of service often carries over into other related niches in the space for AMA Network’s clients. With a broad range of services including data recovery, their San Diego office is able to rise to just about any occasion of difficulty that faces clients.

For more information on how you can hire AMA Networks, who according to our survey gets 5 stars for the support of their clients, visit them online or call:

619.450.1878

http://www.amanetworks.com/san-diego-managed-it-services/

 

March
7
2015

Irvine Orthodontics – Review of Simply Orthodontics

orthodontist IrvineIn Irvine CA, there are many choices for orthodontic treatments so we were put to the test with one Irvine orthodontics office, Simply Orthodontics. They are new to the orthodontic scene but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been involved in helping folks to get beautiful smiles for many years past.

Simply Orthodontics – Irvine CA

Dr. Simon Shung has been a dentist and orthodontist for over a decade. His patients, according to our survey enjoy a personable atmosphere and great, timely results. Dr. Shung says of his new individual practice that he is pleased to serve families with an orthodontist who not only knows the latest treatments but also provides a state of the art facility that makes patients comfortable and relaxed. With only one doctor providing treatments, patients enjoy a close relationship and accessibility to their orthodontist, not seen in local offices. The office aesthetic is an extension of Simply Orthodontics’ passion as artists and creatives who are not only fully invested in dental technology, but can appeal to the emotions of individuals who come in for braces. Many people, especially children, who come in for braces often have an apprehension because of the stigmas around having braces. It hinders smiles and speech at times and can bring with them a certain level of embarrassment. Dr. Shung and the staff have gone out of their ways to make sure patients who enter the office are immediately put at ease with the comfort level of the office space from the very beginning. This is coupled by what patients describe as a “super cool doctor who is approachable and able to communicate in a no-pressure, relaxed tone.” Dr. Shung has organized his practice in order to accommodate for spending enough time with each individual patient. The careful attention to the desires of each individual’s aesthetic braces wish is matched by several options for each patient.

Irvine Orthodontic Practices

With the number of offices and practices in Orange County who provide orthodontic care, this competition has kept prices lower for the consumer. In an affluent part of California, one might think of going elsewhere for braces, but surprising to many patients at their  doctor in Irvine CA find their prices are very competitive and do not reflect the affluence of the area.

Our survey of Simply Orthodontics has given us every reason to give them a 5 star rating for service, pricing, expertise and patient comfort.

Please visit them and see how your family can benefit for years to come with brackets by Simply Orthodontics, Irvine CA.

Contacting Simply Orthodontics:
web: http://soirvine.com/
p: (949) 264-3314
Simply Orthodontics on Facebook

December
10
2014

Local Fame Media Review – San Diego SEO Company Review

Local Fame Media located in San Diego’s north county area is a digital marketing agency specializing in search engine optimization. SEO in San Diego, CA is among the toughest competition in the world for many different niches, so we put Local Fame Media to the test.

Search Engine Optimization by Local Fame Media: The Review

According to Local Fame Media, there are many different moving parts to SEO. We caught up with a few of their clients to see how they were doing in the saturated southern California market. Among the toughest kinds of businesses to rank on page one of Google are those in the highly competitive cosmetic surgery niche as well as just about anything in the financial industry. As we checked in on some of their work, we were informed that one client owns three of the top positions in San Diego for laser hair removal. This includes top placement in the coveted “map” section of a local search. “A huge volume of traffic is generated from the map section for businesses in any local market” says Corey Rose of Local Fame Media. “The ranking factors that get you there are much different than the factors that put your website on page one. So if you can get your website, a map pin, a video, Facebook page, Twitter or any other property to rank on the first page, you not only take advantage of more opportunities, but you “bump” the competition off the first page.” This seems to be part of a new wave of SEO, called “page 1 domination” according to Rose.

Some of the recent results they shared from a client in the cosmetic surgery industry:

guaranteed results seo

When Local Fame Media began, they targeted local businesses – to get their local clients “maximum exposure and explosive growth. We are partnered with the world’s top SEO practitioners who know and understand the factors and methodical progression of a search engine optimization campaign that contributes to page one ranking and domination.” Since the beginnings, they have been contacted by many national and international ecommerce and other business models for an SEO campaign. When asked if they are able to guarantee their results, Rose stated that they always guarantee their work and offer a money-back guarantee if the client is not satisfied. This is in contradiction in general to large SEO agencies who claim that it is impossible to guarantee SEO work. Many large agencies not only get clients locked into one year terms, but make no promises for ranking. They tend to be short staffed compared to the number of clients they have, and “in order to make a huge improvement for a client, it requires an enormous degree of care, individualized consideration, research and work, so at most we will take on 3-5 new clients per month.” Some larger agencies have account executives handling over thirty accounts.

SEO, Web Design and PPC agency in San Diego

Along with SEO, since it is in the same internet space, Local Fame Media also offers web design and PPC or SEM/paid search campaign management. “Too many of our clients needed a good mobily optimized website, so we just started throwing them in complimentary with an SEO campaign and it really helps not only the search campaign to perform better, but also builds goodwill with our clients” said Local Fame Media’s Maha Duran. Maha is the web developer at Local Fame and has been building websites in HTML5 – responsive (RWD) for many years and started working for LFM in October of last year. They also offer paid search marketing campaign management and boast of a 100% to 400% improvement on all campaigns they work on.

For more information on Local Fame Media, visit their website at localfamemedia.com.

 

December
5
2014

Lightning Protection Systems: What are the Odds?

You’ve heard it said: “you have a better chance at winning the lottery than at getting struck by lightning.” Pretty rare, right? That’s the general perception – that lightning which actually ends up hitting people is extremely rare. But did you know that about 25,000 people die worldwide each year because of lightning? And many of them parish in a home that burns to the ground because they didn’t have lightning protection system?

That brings us to lightningrod.com. Lightning protection by lightningrod.com or “Automatic Lightning Protection” as they are called have been around for many years and have taken on many forms. It is a popular culture myth that a lightning rod literally means a rod that sits in front of a building that’s just waiting to grab the electrons. No, in fact a lightning rod can be something as simple as some copper wire along the eves of a home with some small protrusions sticking just a few inches higher than the roof. Then the size of the wire actually doesn’t need to be of a heavy gauge. Translation: lightning rods today go hardly noticed – if you get them from one of the world’s leading suppliers of lightning rods.

Installing a Lightning Rod

lightning rod installationAutomatic Lightning Protection has been in the business of supplying the world with lightning protection systems. To install a lightning rod, there are some pretty easy instructions and they can be put up in half a day’s work. Checkout these instructions on how to install a lightning rod and you’ll see that they’re really quite simple.

Getting the right look for your lightning rod can be a fun journey for you since lightning rods are not a typical design aesthetic associated with most homes.  If you want something that goes unnoticed, you can find it. If you prefer something of great form and function, you can find that as well.

Many of the lightning rods on the market today have many decorative elements included with them such as the classic glass globe. Does the globe actually aid in attracting the lightning or help the lightning rod in any way to perform its duty? No. This part of the design is simply for looks. Getting something that reflects your home or personality is the only reason for decorative lightning rods. Since the majority of the lightning rod can be hidden from plain eye’s view then there really is nothing holding you back form getting your home protected. What are the odds your home will be struck by lightning? Not good. But what are the chances that you’ll suffer great loss if you do get struck? Major! So visit Automatic Lightning Protection at lightningrod.com today and find the right rod for you!

 

December
1
2014

Irvine Place of Worship : A Visitor Survey

For the Christian audience, this Church in Irvine CA was reviewed for this article and should give you a good idea of what to expect. The Church OC is a satellite campus of the church network started by Benny Perez in Las Vegas. It is pastored by Sean Cannell, who has other leadership projects he works on which are also very successful.

An interview with the campus pastor reveals a genuine passion for what he does and an overall love for people that comes from his faith. Starting a church in Orange County, anywhere – can seem like an exercise in futility because of a few mega churches in the are (Saddleback, Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life”). Despite the over 40,000 members of Saddleback Church, The Church OC has been on an upward growth trend since their beginnings less than two years ago. There are several very satisfied reviewers from many review sites which serve as a good initial entry point for today’s tech-savvy audience.

Family Based Ministry

Churches in the modern world who realize that technology has changed buyer’s behavior, understand that each age group has its specific needs. And when you meet the needs of the children, the parents will stay. This is the multi-generational model that The Church has fostered since their inception in Las Vegas. With campuses that focus on whole-family ministry, there is “something for everyone.” Not to be confused with other types of businesses that claim there’s something for everyone, at The Church OC, there really is something for everyone: Main services which are on Sundays at 10am and 6pm, along with children services from birth through eighth grade. If you’re still “just looking” for a place of worship, then you might want to bring your kids to the main service with you – because once your kids experience the children’s program, “they’ll want to make that their regular Sunday experience.” This is essential to the Christian experience in Southern California.

Getting there is a breeze, just of I5 and the Lakeforest exit, you’ll find them centrally located so there’s plenty of reasons to go visit. Our survey has proven what one reviewer named Judi had to say: “Available in OC is a great internship program to help youth and young adults develop their skills – you should look into this if you’re interested in developing in this area!

As a member, I’ve been challenged personally to grow and reach beyond the status quo – and that’s a really good thing. If you’re interested in a church where you can care for others and have others care for you – than come to the Church OC.”

The Church OC can be found on 46 Maxwell in Irvine CA, 92618.

http://thechurchoc.com/

 

November
13
2014

Walk-in Bathtubs for Elderly Care

Walk-in bathtubs by Lifestyle Safety Tub have been helping folks with disabilities to gain a stronger sense of dignity and self-reliability by providing a bathroom experience that does not require another person to be present. Walk in bathtubs help make this possible by providing safety, security, and of course the ability to get clean without the help of others.

Walk-in Bathtub Features

step in tubA walk-in bathtub for a base model usually comes with just the hot and cold faucets with a nice built-in chair for one to sit down on. What makes it unique is that the tubs actually have a door, which opens and closes much like getting into a car.

  • Easy Access Bathtub Door

The door to getting into a step in tub makes this type of device unique. The door has a seal around it which is water tight, so when it is closed the water cannot leak out. This is pretty important because when you’re done bathing, you drain the water then open the door to let yourself out, but never before the water is drained – otherwise you’ll have a huge mess on your hands.

  • Fast draining step-in tub

One of the many add-ons one could purchase for their walk in bath tub is a powered drain for fast draining of the bath water. Imagine pulling the plug on a traditional bath tub; doesn’t it usually take several minutes for all the water to drain out? And who wants to sit there until it’s empty? Well, the powered drain for these tubs makes draining a quick work. If one was to open the door immediately after pulling the drain plug, then they would be in big trouble because the water would leak out. If you don’t have a fast-draining pump on your step in tub, you’ll end up sitting there for quite a while while the water drains out – and you might catch a chill… which brings us to the next feature.

  • Heated seats for the walk in tub

If you don’t opt for the powered drain, it’s probably a good idea to have a heated seat. That way you’ll not get too cold while waiting for the water to drain out. Also, if you’d ever prefer to stay in the tub for a longer time and the water is getting cold, then just turn on the heated seat and enjoy a luxurious warm bath heated by the seat!

  • Walk in bath tub air and water jets: massage and aroma therapy

To get the most out of your money, and since you’re already spending a few thousand dollars on your step-in bathtub, you might as well add a few hundred dollars to add massage therapy and aroma therapy. The massage jets can be placed just about anywhere you’d like depending on where you have pain in your body. Lifestyle Safety tub specializes in getting the jets exactly where their clients need them based on lower back pain, leg pain or foot pain.

  • The latest in safety tubs

Getting the latest upgrades to your safety tub means having all the amenities that you can add on to your walk in bath. You might even opt for chromotherapy (lights) to help soothe your mood. You may want a water heater. Whatever you choose, be sure to get a tub made from fiberglass and not acrylic because acrylic breaks down in just a few years. And the best place to find the best tubs is lifestylesafetytub.com so stop by their website and give them a call. Our survey of their current products and customers gives them the overall rating: BUY with 5 starts and thumbs up.

November
10
2014

Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours

If you’ve considered going to Europe for a vacation, then this survey of an Ireland or Scotland vacation should help you to decide where you will end up visiting should you decide to take such a vacation.

Irish castle vacation

Ireland Vacation, Fishing & Castles

Ireland has always been a popular destination wedding place. In other words, thought neither bride nor groom may be from Ireland, they invite their entire list to fly to Ireland for their wedding. A wedding in Ireland would end up taking place in the settings only dreamed of in Disney movies with princesses. When you fly into Dublin, you will be transported to you hotel then the first of destinations for your Irish castle tour, the magnificent Ballynahich castle hotel (1756) full of rich history in the deep, lush green hills of Ireland. The private estate sits on over 450 acres including a river that runs through it. There are plenty of salmon stories that have come out of the river on that land, so if fishing is your thing, you will not only see one of the most amazing castles in the world, but you’ll get to relax on the river banks with a pole and enjoy the world-renowned countryside.

Vacation & a Honeymoon in Scotland

Most folks who travel to Scotland happen to be doing quite a bit of sight-seeing. One of the major places to see according Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours .com is to plan your honeymoon in Scotland – particularly at the Loch Lomond hotel called the Cameron House. Here, guests enjoy legendary and truly Scottish hospitality coupled with some of the most amazing sights that Europe has to offer. One of their most popular tours includes a luxury tour of Ireland leading up to the wedding in Ireland, then the honeymoon in Scotland. If you are so fortunate to be in either Scotland or Ireland, then just don’t do one without the other. When you end up in Scotland, Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours .com suggests you fly into Edinburgh or Glasgow, meet your chauffeur and transfer to St Andrews. Enjoy 3 or 4 nights stay in the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. Plan on at least a week in Scotland, and more if you can. Should you have 2 weeks of vacation time you’d like to use up all at the same time, it will be well worth your while to get a guided luxury tour of Scotland so you can be sure you don’t miss any of the amazing sights and places. Our survey of Ireland and Scotland Luxury Tours found that 10 days of golf, highland and island tours, lochs and castles. If you’re into archeology, then you must visit the 4,000 year-old historic Scotland Machrie Moon Circles. This may prove to be one of your favorite parts of the visit because there are prehistoric remains all along the trail off the main road.

As you make your travel plans for the next 2 or 3 years, be sure to look up irelandandscotlandluxurytours.com to get the very best in guided tours in luxury. You can have the entire vacation chauffeured. You could travel with a group or alone, all the options that make a great vacation planning company great- are all the possibilities at your disposal. Whether you are an angler, or just want to visit castles; if you’re excited about the lochs or just can’t get enough middle-age architecture, a Scotland and Ireland tour in luxury is right for you. Thanks for reading and we hope this review helps you to find the right company to book your vacation with.

October
21
2014

Lamorinda Tutoring Brings Grades Up, and BBB Ratings

Lafayette Tutoring agency, Lamorinda Tutoring, has been in education for over 17 years. The founder, Matt Leutza has taught at every level from grade school to college and brings his expertise to families in the East Bay area called “Lamorinda.” Their BBB rating has been a solid A from the start and it’s no surprise – the parents we interviewed were more than satisfied with the results they have received.

Lamorinda TutoringTutoring for Multiple Subjects

While in the classroom, Mr. Leutza taught many subjects and is perhaps most well known for his expertise in mathematics. Math is one of the subjects that students struggle with on a large scale. Many students, for example, who are good in Language Arts or History often find math difficult. The best option for many of these families is to augment their child’s education with a tutor. The classroom experience together with a finger on the pulse of educational changes due to Common Core give Mr. Leutza the advantage over other tutoring professionals, who typically hire college students to proved tutoring. With a Master’s in Education and an active teaching credential in the state of California, he is able to properly educate students in a way that will match what they are learning in the classroom, often giving them the edge they need in order to thrive over others in their classroom.

Parent Surveys

“With our thanks and appreciation for helping Greg and Melissa be so successful this last school year! I’ll vall you towards the middle of July to start up again” said a parent named Michaela.

Another parent said: “Matt has a very clear way of explaining math concepts to both my 7th and 8th grader. He is also preparing them for what they need to know for High School, regardless of the changes with the common core math curriculum.”

Results

With an A rating and five stars at Yelp, we recommend Lamorinda Tutoring for students K- College. To get in touch with them, visit lamorindatutoring.com

October
10
2014

Oakland Eye Clinic Continues Giving Award Winning Service

LASIK Rochester Hills Imagine waking up in the morning and being able to see clearly after possibly many years of blurred or impaired vision. That’s exactly what the Oakland Eye Clinic has been doing for folks for many years. They are a LASIK clinic in Detroit, MI and have been increasing their client base every week under the direction of Dr. Hakimzadeh.

Detroit, MI LASIK Doctor FANTASTIC according to reviewer

Although the clinic also does glasses and everything else related to the eyes and sight, their LASIK procedures have been gaining major praise among locals – and the reputation has begun to bring in out-of-towners. Currently the clinic is service patients from Detroit all the way through Detroit and beyond. Their reputation has brought in many new word of mouth clients, who then spread the word further. The confidence built into this clinic is based on overall client satisfaction, which has nothing but 5 Star reviews on their Yelp page.

The clinic, according to their social media outlets is a comprehensive ophthalmology clinic being well established since 1997 by Doctor and sole owner, Roxana Hakimzadeh, M.D., specializing in Cataract & LASIK surgery as well as the complete eye health checkup with eye exams, diagnosis and treatment of many kinds of eye related diseases. Their mission, which is well proven by testimonials, is to provide the best eye care in a friendly atmosphere where folks feel comfortable and relaxed. The office is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing and treating eye disorders, and provides the treatments in a world-class facility with a truly world-class staff.

Visit the Oakland Eye Clinic if you are anywhere near Detroit MI, according to our results, it will be well worth the trip.

 

September
18
2014

Sprucing Up the Home Decor on a Budget: A Look at Wall Art Decals

decals stickersWe set out to find some of the top interior designers in Southern California as we had a request come in for a survey on interior design with a shoestring budget, while looking fancy and rich. What we found was that there several interior designers who actually buy wall decals and stickers online and use an entire wall in a home to become the canvas for decor. Instead of putting up an expensive painting, these designers found some beautiful pieces of artwork that were every bit as unique and impactful – if not more so than an expensive painting.

Wall Decals that Look Fancy and Beautiful

When the designers we interviewed revealed how they go about selecting the right design for a wall, we were in awe of the simplicity and the absolute genius behind using a sticker to make a room look fancy. The interior decoration of a room has long been the focal point of any living space, as homeowners and business owners like to make their guests feel comfortable. There is an incredible mental lift that comes to visitors “when a room has the proper elements that bring the right energy. We use color theory, shape contrasting and feng shui basics to really transform a room” said Johanna Rojas of Rojas Design in Los Angeles, CA.

The virtually endless selection of sizes, shapes and colors make wall decals the easiest and most stunning way to bring out the color in any room, whether it be a bathroom, restroom, bedroom or office. There are even custom wall decals that one can design and have printed for their own distinctive taste. Whether you’re an artist or engineer, homemaker or single father, consider sprucing up any room in the home on a budget while seeming supremely classy – using something so simple, so obvious and so … cool. For wall art decals as classy interior design pieces, we give them 5 STARS !!!