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AValonRF and XteQ Announce the Availability of AvalonRF Rugged PDA with Integrated Wireless Link and GPS, to be Demonstrated at AFCEA

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 27, 2005

AValonRF presents its Rugged PDA with integrated Wireless Link and GPS at AFCEA WEST 2005, San Diego, California, February 1-3, 2005, San Diego, California, Booth 1451.

AFCEA 2005 offers the first public opportunity for AvalonRF to demonstrate file transfer between two V38R Rugged PDAs, transmission of images and realtime messaging using the TR430 RF link.

This Ruggedized PDA unit can be used as a low cost handheld device for short range UAV, UGV, USV, and for various other Military, Industrial and Security applications.

Other applications - Public Safety PDA with biometrics, DUI, Speeding and parking ticket generation capability; Patrol Vehicle Component

XteQ, Inc. has partnered with AvalonRF and has developed a Windows CE.NET driver that interfaces the AValonRF TR430 radio to the newly released Viewsonic V38R industrialized PDA. The TR430 Driver provides an operating system interface by which applications running on the V38R can use the TR430 wireless transceiver. Included onboard the TR430 is a GPS receiver which permits the PDA user to determine their location, and with a suitable mapping application, the position of other V38R users.

The V38R Rugged PDA with the TR430-2G integrated Wireless link is running Windows CE.

Includes a daylight readable 3.5” display, biometrics, bar code reader, camera/flash with a 2GB SD card storage, microphone and speaker, USB, RS232, IRDT, 802.11g, Bluetooth and GPS. Has a Replaceable battery that lasts for 8 hours.

The TR430 Driver software integration project completed with XteQ, Inc., a company also known for their aerospace and military mission critical multi-channel intercom systems. A network version of the driver is in the works. That version will enable networkable applications access to V38Rs through the TR430 RF links to bring applications such as Internet browsing, streaming media, and VoIP communications.

AvalonRF digital links are based on a unique modular concept where each link is composed from a combination of micro modules, connected together via a 100Mbaud full duplex daisy chained serial bus.

Approximate size and weight of each module: 60mm x 33mm x 9mm, 14 grams.

AValon RF digital module lineup includes:

RF UHF Encrypted Transceivers

TR423-1 76Kbaud/0.25W UHF transceiver

TR430-2G - 200Kbaud/1W UHF transceiver with GPS (This module in integrated in the PDA)

TR430-2+G - 325Kbaud/1W UHF transceiver with GPS

TR430-3G - 1.53Mbaud/1W UHF transceiver with GPS

TR430-3+G - 3.06Mbaud/1W UHF transceiver with GPS


Module A - NTSC/PAL to MJPEG/MPEG1/MPEG2/MPEG4 Encoder based on the WISchip GO7007SB Encoder and Includes a smart video pre-processor DSP, RTC and VITC

Module B - Same as Module A with camera on board

Module C - Power PC with TCP/IP + USB 2.0 + IDE/ATA interface

Module D - MPEG4 to NTSC/PAL decoder (software dependent)

MPEG4 low latency CODEC or MPEG4 video conferencing controller.

Module F - CPU, running Windows XP at 1.5GHz, 512MB DRAM, AGP - display controller with resolution of 800x600 to 1280x1024, 4GB HDD, 802.11g, 802.15 and GSM/GPRS for Wearable Computers

Modules: General & Mechanical

Power - 5V-10V unregulated

Size - 60mm x 33mm x 9mm

Weight - approximately 14 grams

About XteQ

XteQ, Inc. is an original equipment manufacturer of multi-channel dedicated voice conferencing equipment and a provider of integrated wireless and VoIP solutions for its military and aerospace customers.

About AValonRF Inc.:

AValonRF designs and produces state-of-the-art wireless links that include receivers, transmitters, Wearable computers, In Car Video Systems, remote display units, DVRs, rugged wireless PDAs, Rugged PCs, No moving parts tracking Antennas, Wireless Microphones, Miniature MPEG 4 Encoders, Miniature MPEG4 Decoders and a variety of specialized antennas. AvalonRF also designs and produces wireless terrestrial "last mile" mobile UHF, narrow band, high data rate, 802.22 based solutions. AvalonRF intelligent true diversity technology provides broadcast quality interference-free video links over the frequency spectrum of 56MHz to 2.5GHz. A wireless link from Avalon RF is an affordable easy to install video solution with superior image quality.

AValonRF is a privately held company headquartered in El Cajon (San Diego). More information about AValonRF is available online at

More information about XteQ is available online at

AValonRF Contact:

Tommy Orpaz

Vice President, Business Development

AValonRF, Inc

San Diego, CA

(619) 401-1969

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eCommerce Agency Chameleon Digital Media Announce Development of their New Voracio Responsive eCommerce Platform, a “One Platform for All Devices” Approach to Online Retail

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire (PRWEB UK) 9 October 2013

In the summer of 2013, the Huddersfield based agency made the decision to re-develop their enterprise eCommerce platform from the ground up, taking a mobile first approach. When complete in winter 2013, the new responsive eCommerce platform will be ready to roll out to their existing and prospective clients. All features of their legacy platform will be maintained, plus many new features will be available. The Voracio ePOS integration for true multi channel retailing is a further advance in their field of expertise. Codenamed ‘Voracio,’ Chameleon see this as future proofing project which will result in “one platform for all devices” and represent a major advance in their stature with the professional and enterprise eCommerce arena.

Company owner and eCommerce entrepreneur James Noon quoted:

“There’s plenty of content online discussing the debate of mCommerce vs Responsive eCommerce. In a nutshell, using a mobile commerce platform entails having a standalone website that is developed specifically for use on mobile devices. A responsive eCommerce platform is where one website will cater for all devices, mobile, tablet, desktop, covering all viewports.”

“In the past, there were two types of websites a business could choose to have developed to cater for the mobile audience. One was to ask their web developer to build a stripped down mobile version of the desktop site, using redirects for mobile traffic, the other being to commission a mobile specialist firm to develop a separate mobile site. These approaches served well in the past, however are becoming outdated, both having considerable and increasing drawbacks in regard to costs and user experience. Here are just a few of the major issues,” added James.

On discussing the negatives of traditional mobile development, James noted the following:

“Both of the above are often only optimized for a limited number of devices. Such is the diversity of mobile devices these days, this means that the users browser experience is compromised. Mobile sites require redirects, having different URLs to the desktop site which makes SEO efforts much more difficult.”

“Having separately hosted sites often causes issues with content synchronization, including expensive integration development costs. This is because the mobile and desktop site usually pull content from two separate data sources,” James continued.

“Often the user experience from mobile to desktop is inconsistent, your most loyal customers may struggle to perform tasks they are familiar with on your desktop site when browsing your mobile site. Features may differ too; for exampl, your loyalty points scheme may not be available to mobile users, again compromising user experience and conversions. Managing content for two separate sites makes difficult and more time consuming work for marketing departments.”

James then continued to discuss the advantages of a responsive website:

“Content maintenance is easier, changes to your site are made through a single CMS; this is better for accuracy and productivity. Responsive sites use one set of URLs, whatever the device the URL for any page will be the same. This is better for SEO efforts and conversion page optimization. Another fact is that Google themselves recommend responsive web design, as seen in their guidelines for mobile development.”

“Marketing campaigns are easier to manage, more cost effective and provide a higher return on investment as the users landing page is automatically optimized for their viewport. Responsive sites can be shared more easily and importantly the user experience is consistent across multiple devices. All things considered, responsive sites are more cost effective.”

But what of the performance and technical implications for a responsive site?

“We’ve studied the technical implications of responsive sites in great detail,” said James who heads up the eCommerce platform. “There is some opinion that responsive sites can be heavy on load times, however many articles we’ve studied mentioning such issues are outdated and solutions have already been developed. We have always taken website performance into consideration, for this RWD project we are implementing a number of techniques to ensure optimum performance for all devices, for example we use RESS (Responsive with Server Side coding) and device detection alongside media queries to determine what content to feed to the user.”

The company concluded several months back that responsive eCommerce is without doubt the way to go, they believe it is the future of online retail and as such have invested much time and focus on the development of their new responsive ecommerce platform, codenamed ‘Voracio.’ They are looking forward to rolling out our first sites later this year.

Company Information:

Chameleon Digital Media are a growing force in the eCommerce platform arena. Established in 1998 as a graphic and web design agency, over the past several years Chameleon have invested heavily in the development of their own eCommerce platform. This platform is used by scores of online retailers throughout the UK. Chameleon are midway through the development of their all new responsive ecommerce platform, code named ‘Voracio’ which makes use of the best in responsive web design techniques. It is set to be one of the first fully responsive ecommerce platforms available in the UK, taking a one platform for all devices approach.

The Huddersfield based business are a full service digital agency, offering ecommerce, CRM integration, web design, online marketing, SEO, PPC and branding. Their success has been attributed to having the right mix of creativity and technical expertise alongside a friendly and personal service.

Chameleon Digital Media

1 St Pauls House

Brooke’s Mill

Armitage Bridge


West Yorkshire


+44 (0)1484 304545


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StrandVision and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. Announce Digital Media Player Marketing Agreement for Electronic Signage Networks

Menomonie, WI (PRWEB) September 26, 2013

StrandVision LLC and Shuttle Computer Group, Inc. today announced a marketing agreement under which StrandVision will sell a new digital signage point-of-display digital media player. The device is based on Shuttle DS61 hardware that comes preloaded with, and is optimized to display, StrandVision's patented digital signage content software.

Branded the StrandVision R360 Digital Media Player, the new player is a slim (6.5" x 7.5" x 1.8"), powerful x86-based Linux digital signage platform that offers the best quality, performance and connectivity to process high-quality digital media. When coupled with StrandVision's Internet-based, hassle-free, digital signage software, it presents an unparalleled electronic signage package.

"At StrandVision our goal is to make digital signage setup and administration as quick and easy as possible and the R360 Media Player supports that goal," commented Mike Strand, StrandVision founder and CEO. "Customers simply plug the device into their display and connect it to the Internet. It automatically selects one of the StrandVision digital signage host servers from the cloud, logs in using a preloaded username and password, initializes the connection and begins transmitting the user's digital signage content in seconds. Remotely managed digital signage doesn't get any easier."

The R360 Digital Media Player works seamlessly with StrandVision's cloud digital signage servers and requires virtually no local administration. The fully configured player includes universal hardware to mount the unit directly onto a display or a wall mount, making installation quick and simple.

"Joining Shuttle's innovative hardware with StrandVision's software creates an easy-to-implement and manage package that will meet its customers' needs," said Marty Lash, director, sales and marketing, Shuttle Computer Group, Inc.

Complete Digital Signage Solution


The R360 Digital Media Player is remotely updated and managed by the StrandVision patented digital signage software minimizing end-user housekeeping. Each customer unit constantly receives digital signage content updates from the StrandVision Web portal yet can run independently if there is an Internet interruption. The StrandVision player is capable of self-correcting most issues and automatically sends system performance updates and alerts to StrandVision and digital signage system administrators.

In addition to a more powerful processor and increased storage and memory, the new StrandVision player includes several upgrades and features. Wi-Fi® communication, previously a $ 79.99 option, is now included; a DVI™ video output has been added, along with the previously available HDMI® port for connection to digital displays; a VESA™ mounting kit, which can save up to $ 150.00 for specialized wall mounts.

Priced at $ 699.99 (a $ 180.00 reduction from previous StrandVision media players), the fully configured system, including StrandVision's patented digital signage display software, is available immediately directly from StrandVision and through authorized resellers and system integrators. An optional two-year warranty that extends the standard one-year warranty to a total of three years is available for $ 89.99.

About Shuttle Computer Group


Shuttle Computer is the North American subsidiary of Shuttle Inc., a publicly traded company established in 1983. Shuttle specializes in small form factor PC hardware for digital signage, point-of-sale (POS) and interactive kiosks in the retail, restaurant, food service and hospitality industries, as well as motherboards and bare bones systems. For more information, visit or call 1-888-972-1818.

About StrandVision


StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wisconsin, delivers low-cost, Web-based digital signage software through a patented Software as a Service (SaaS) approach that delivers content to subscribers' LCD flat panel screens, as well as computer screens and websites. StrandVision's service distributes text and graphics pages, video content and national and local weather and news. It is ideal for many large and small business marketing applications, including medical and dental offices (patient education); banks, retailers and industrial distributors (video merchandising); education (student communication, staff and visitor information); employee break rooms (employee communication of events and benefits); nonprofit and religious organizations (member and supporter communication).

StrandVision also offers, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender to connect a computer to a television over long distances for use with digital signage and many other applications. StrandVision Digital Signage services and are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at, 715-235-7446 or by email.

Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance. DVI is a trademark or registered trademark of SONIVOX, L.P. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing. VESA is a trademark of the Video Electronics Standards Association. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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The Glover Park Group and Global Advertising Strategies Announce Strategic Initiative Focused on Russia.

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Washington, DC based strategic communications and government relations firm, The Glover Park Group, announced today that it has formed a strategic initiative with Global Advertising Strategies, a subsidiary of the 9.8 Group holding company, and a leading market entry firm specializing in emerging economies. The alliance will focus on developing relationships with Russian companies and organizations doing business in the US and with multinational corporations doing business in Russia.

Co-Sponsoring 2013 rAsia Conference

To kick-off their strategic initiative, the Glover Park Group and Global Advertising Strategies will co-sponsor the international innovation forum,, on June 24th and 25th in Moscow where Glover Park Group Managing Director and Chief Interactive Strategist, Jonathan Kopp, will deliver a keynote presentation on the transformational power of e-government for increased transparency, innovation, efficiency and participation.

Hosted at the Digital October Center, a state of the art tech innovation hub converted from a 124-year-old confectionary factory located in the heart of Moscow, the rASiA Conference will focus on modern global digital and technological trends, from wireless mobile to 3D printing and augmented reality technology.

Joe Lockhart and Givi Topschishvili to Attend

The Glover Park Group and Global Advertising Strategies will also be represented at the rASiA Forum by Joe Lockhart and Givi Topschishvili, respectively. Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary under President Clinton, will be joined by Topschishvili, Founder and President of the 9.8 Group, the holding group behind Global Advertising Strategies.

Its a privilege to have been invited to Moscow for this important event, said Lockhart. We look forward to working closely with Givi, the talented team at Global, and other 9.8 Group subsidiaries, to help Russian organizations communicate more effectively with Western audiences, and to help multinationals tap the enormous opportunities in Russia.

Topschishvili remarked, The 9.8 Group and its subsidiaries have historically had a strong presence in the emerging economic world, and the Russian marketplace today is filled with innovative, successful companies and organizations ready to be introduced, and deliver their products and services in the U.S. This strategic initiative with GPG furthers our commitment to provide access to new markets for emerging brands as well as those ready to represent their interests in Washington, DC, New York and beyond.

About The Glover Park Group:The Glover Park Group is one of the fastest-growing consulting firms in the nation, with more than 150 employees, and offices in Washington, D.C., New York and Boulder, Colo. Launched in 2001 by White House and political veterans, GPG is a full-service public affairs, crisis communications, government relations, branding, creative and research firm. GPG was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Public Affairs Consultancy by the influential Holmes Report. The firm has developed an exceptional reputation for creating favorable operating environments for businesses, industries and nonprofits, specializing in using smart strategy and cutting-edge creativity to craft and disseminate compelling strategic communication campaigns to a variety of influential audiences and to help organizations achieve reputational and public affairs goals. Our staff embodies decades of corporate, campaign, media and government experience at the highest levels in those fields.

About the 9.8 Group: The 9.8 Group is a strategic holding company with a portfolio of specialty firms and branded solutions in technology, media, healthcare, and communications. Throughout its history, the 9.8 Group has successfully capitalized on the most promising market sectors and provided its partners with the opportunity to share the success, while remaining socially responsible and sustainable.


Hacker Conference to Announce Chief Information Security Officer of the Year in Atlanta

Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 04, 2013

This years Global CISO Forum, the executive-level event running with Hacker Halted, the agenda includes a particularly exciting event: the CISO Awards Luncheon in Atlanta on September 19, 2013. The CISO Awards Luncheon will honor security visionaries from around the world in the following categories:

C|CISO of the Year - This award, available only to EC-Council Certified CISOs (C|CISOs), recognizes an individuals outstanding work in information security. One C|CISO who has contributed to the information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement, and has promoted strong, innovative security practices will be honored.

CIO of the Year - This award, available only to Chief Information Officers (CIOs) recognizes an individuals outstanding work in information security. Security cannot be achieved without the support of management. This is the information security industrys chance to recognize the leaders that support the security leaders in achieving greatness. One executive who has contributed to the information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement, and has promoted strong, innovative security practices will be honored.

CISO of the Year - This award, available only to Information Security Executives (VP, CISO, etc.), recognizes an individuals outstanding work in information security. One executive who has contributed to the information security industry, shown tremendous professional growth and achievement, and has promoted strong, innovative security practices will be honored.

EC-Council felt inclined to include a nod to the executives at this years Hacker Halted as a way of bringing the front-line defenders of security together with the executives who are making security a priority in the boardroom. Eric Lopez, Director of Conferences & Events for EC-Council put it this way, Its becoming increasingly apparent that the information security industry suffers from a lack of communication. This is not a problem that is shared by criminal hackers Black Hat Hackers share information far more freely than the White Hat Security side does. The CISO Forum is EC-Council trying to bridge that communication gap, not just between peers in the industry, but between executives and analysts, CISOs and network administrators.

Professionals are encouraged to apply as well as to nominate their colleagues, and in the case of the CIO of the year, possibly their managers. To apply, interested professionals should enter their information at the Awards website in order to receive the application form.

About the EC-Council CISO Program


Acceptd and the National YoungArts Foundation Announce Strategic Partnership

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Acceptd of Dublin, OH, and the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) based in Miami, FL announce a strategic partnership that will provide a powerful, easy-to-use, digital application process for talented young artists across the fields of the visual, literary, performing, and design arts to apply to YoungArts.

YoungArts provides life-changing experiences with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and opportunities for participants to showcase their work in some of the most prestigious venues in the country.

Acceptd provides a comprehensive suite of online resources that help students identify and apply to performing arts programs around the world. Decision-makers have access to all applications and media in a common format and can view, comment, and rate collaboratively in real time. Arts programs efficiently find, evaluate, and select candidates that are the most suitable. Acceptd serves hundreds of the top universities, foundations, festivals, and competitions across the globe.

Acceptd is thrilled to be partnering with the National YoungArts Foundation to offer access to hundreds of thousands of talented students, said Don Hunter, Acceptd co-founder and president. YoungArts is a remarkable organization committed to identifying, encouraging, and nurturing our nations exceptionally talented high school students as they pursue careers in the arts. Our mission of efficiently connecting young artists with opportunities in the performing arts is naturally aligned with YoungArts goals.

The National YoungArts Foundation receives more than 10,000 applications per year from young artists hoping to participate in their national and regional programs in Miami, Los Angeles and New York City as well as YoungArts annual events in Washington D.C. This past year, 685 young artists between the ages of 15 to 18 were selected for opportunities which included master classes with world-renowned artists (as seen on the Emmy-nominated HBO series YoungArts MasterClass), access to scholarships, career opportunities, and professional contacts.

In addition, YoungArts serves as the sole nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Each year, 20 YoungArts winners are recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. Their work is showcased at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

Beginning with the 2014 application process, Acceptd will provide the backend system that will help YoungArts Winners from across the nation.

The applications process is a crucial part of the YoungArts experience, it is the entry point into our organization for the hundreds of young artists we support every year, stated Paul T. Lehr, National YoungArts Foundations executive director. This partnership with Acceptd has the potential to maximize the ease and efficiency of this process and provide us with the structure needed to clearly evaluate each artists application.

The YoungArts application on Acceptd is now open. Applicants in visual, performing, literary, and design arts will be able to upload their digital portfolios and apply to the YoungArts program from May 31 until October 18, 2013.

During the past 32 years, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $ 6 million dollars in monetary awards and facilitated in excess of $ 150 million in scholarship opportunities. In 2013, YoungArts programs have supported 685 participants with $ 600,000 in cash awards.

Business leaders, educators, and master performers everywhere recognize the importance of supporting and encouraging the arts. Theres no better way to do that than to invest, as YoungArts does, in our nations next generation of artists, said Tom Walker, CEO of TechColumbus, a public-private partnership that focuses on building high-growth companies that advance the Central Ohio economy. We are enthusiastic about the technology and services that Acceptd provides and are delighted that this outstanding young Ohio firm has been chosen to enhance the YoungArts application process.

TechColumbus has been an investor in Acceptd from early on, first with a validation grant and then as leader of two seed investment rounds totaling nearly $ 1 million.

We invested in Acceptd, Mr. Walker said, because the company has an exciting business model that makes sense. The management team understands the market the company serves and provides a unique product that efficiently and affordably resolves significant challenges for applicants and program decision-makers. Its also terrific to have a portfolio company that has the potential to help launch more of Americas talented young people into careers in the arts.


American Writers & Artists Inc. Is Proud to Announce that Wealthy Web Writer Has Been Named One of the Top 101 Writing Websites

Delray Beach, Florida (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI), today announced that Wealthy Web Writer was ranked among the 101 Best Websites for Writers by industry publication Writer's Digest.

The list, now in its 14th year, was whittled down by the Writer's Digest editorial staff from 4,350 nominations sent in by the writing community. According to the report, Wealthy Web Writer ( was chosen for its usefulness to freelance writers in bringing traffic to their websites and improving their blogs' overall visibility.

We're so proud to see Wealthy Web Writer earn this tremendous honor, says American Writers & Artists Inc. Co-Managing Partner Rebecca Matter. We've been developing this resource for writers for years now. We know it's launched the web copywriting careers of many of its members. And we hope that even more writers will discover how lucrative this niche can be after seeing Wealthy Web Writer on the list.

Wealthy Web Writer is the premier online resource for those interested in a career in web copywriting. Writers in this niche create content and advertising for companies, from Fortune 500 businesses to small mom-and-pop operations, in a variety of formats. Sales emails, autoresponders, sales web pages, websites, blogs, e-newsletters, banner ads, search engine optimization, social media - these are just some examples of the many types of web copywriting opportunities available.

The site offers educational materials for the different types of web copywriting, helping newcomers hone these in-demand skills. And it is also a community for new and veteran freelancers in this niche. The forum is a great place to network, land new projects, or just seek input and feedback from fellow writers. Plus, there is a job board that lists dozens of web copywriting opportunities.

To learn more about American Writers & Artists Inc. and Wealthy Web Writer, please visit our websites, or call 1-866-879-2924.

About American Writers & Artists Inc.

American Writers & Artists Inc. (AWAI), has been publishing direct-response copywriting and graphic design home-study programs since 1997. Their mission is to help people develop the critical skills to acquire financial security, independence, and freedom. AWAI equips members with the tools and connections necessary to land clients, start working professionally, and earn money fast. And through their free Direct Response Jobs site, businesses can find and hire skilled AWAI members quickly and easily. For a complete list of programs and more information about AWAI, please visit the site or call toll-free 1-866-879-2924.


MeritShare & Trakstar Announce “Engaging Employees In The Social Era” Webinar; HR Expert Stacey Carroll Shares Tips For Engaging Employees

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 05, 2013

MeritShare and Trakstar are hosting a free webinar on June 13th at 1:00-2:00pm EDT titled "Like Me! Rewards & Engagement for Employees in the Social Era". The webinar is pending approval for 1.0 HRCI recertification credit. Save your place now and register in one click here.

This session will be led by Stacey Carroll, M.B.A, SPHR, CCP. Stacey is the President of HR Experts On-Call and was named by A Top 25 Online Influencer in Talent Management by HR Examiner. Stacey spent over 12 years in various positions within Human Resources for Trendwest Resorts, Nordstrom, and Western Washington University.

Both MeritShare and Trakstar are headquartered in Seattle, WA and provide innovative software as a service solutions in the Human Resources category to help companies build performance-driven organizations. Trakstar CEO and co-founder David Martin says, "Many employees have grown up in a Facebook-Twitter-Instagram world where immediate feedback is available. We live in a social world and companies who embrace rather than resist social are more successful and have lower levels of employee voluntary turnover".

MeritShare Co-Founder Travis Pearl adds, "If your managers are still sitting down with your employees once per year to review performance and set goals or you are only giving recognition for years of service, you may not be fully engaging your employees and creating a performance-driven culture".

The webinar will discuss:

The effects of employee recognition and regular feedback on engagement
The types of employee recognition that work best, including more modern trends
Tips and Tricks for effective peer-based recognition and feedback
3 steps for implementing a successful employee engagement plan

You'll leave this session understanding how to update your employee performance and recognition programs to be current with today's trends and best practices.

About MeritShare

MeritShare's mission is to help companies work better by making it fun and easy for all employees to give and share recognition. Some of the fastest growing and best companies to work for are using MeritShare's employee recognition software. Earlier this year, MeritShare launched the first national index for companies to benchmark their recognition activity and a US recognition heat map. The company was founded in 2012 by former WhitePages executives Kevin Nakao and Travis Pearl. MeritShare is funded and advised by 9Mile Labs, a high-tech accelerator focused on business to business software and cloud technologies.

About Trakstar

Trakstar's cloud-based employee performance management software is the easiest to use and most powerful product on the market. Trakstar has attracted over 700 organizations globally through the combination of exceptional HR products with world-class customer support, creating one of the fastest-growing HR technology companies in the world.

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