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Economic Week in Review: Economy gets back to work Week ending Friday August 29

Posted on August 29, 2008. Filed under: -- Economic Week In Review | Tags: |


By Molly Greaves

 

Economic Week in Review: Economy gets back to work
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Economic indicators worked overtime this week to deliver good news
before the Labor Day holiday. Second-quarter growth in the gross
domestic product (GDP) was revised upward more than anticipated,
orders for big-ticket items increased, and consumer confidence
grew. Even the depressed housing market perked up, signaling
that its prolonged weakness may be stabilizing, although it
remains too soon to declare that the corner has been turned.
In the financial markets, the S&P 500 Index slipped –0.7% to
1283 (for a year-to-date total return of –11.4%). The yield
of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note dropped 4 basis points to
3.83% (for a year-to-date decrease of 21 basis points).

To read Vanguard(R) Economic Week in Review in its entirety, go to:
http://www.vanguard.com/visit/econweek082908

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Economic Week in Review: Inflation heats up as summer cools…Week ending Friday August 22, 2008

Posted on August 22, 2008. Filed under: -- Economic Week In Review | Tags: |


By Molly Greaves

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Economic Week in Review: Inflation heats up as summer cools
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Good news was hard to find in this week’s economic reports.
Inflation at the wholesale level rose at a worrisome pace in July,
even excluding higher prices for energy and food. One bright spot
was the decrease in initial claims for unemployment insurance.

In the financial markets, for the week the S&P 500 Index slipped
–0.5% to 1292 (for a year-to-date total return of –10.8%).
The yield of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose 3 basis points
to 3.87% (for a year-to-date decrease of 17 basis points).

To read Vanguard(R) Economic Week in Review in its entirety, go to:
http://www.vanguard.com/visit/econweek082208

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Top 10 Austin Credit Unions

Posted on August 18, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Top 10... | Tags: , , |


By Molly Greaves

I’ve noticed that lists seem to be popular, so I thought I’d share with you some resources that I have available to me. Here are the top 10 Credit Unions in Austin ranked by Austin Area members. Thanks to the Austin Business Journal and also thank YOU for reading my blog…

1. University FCU: 104,386  call 467-8080

2. Velocity CU: 87,004 call 469-7000

3. A+ FCU: 77,466  call 302-6800

4. Austin Telco FCU: 59,306 call 302-5555

5. United Heritage CU: 46,481 call 435-4545

6. Amplfy: 39,833 call 836-5901

7. Public Employees CU: 34,015

8. Randolph Brooks FCU: 29,755  call 800-580-3300

9. Greater Texas FCU: 22,173  call 458-2558

10. Capitol CU: 14,676 call 477-9465

And here’s who they say are the Top 10 credit unions ranked by Austin-area DEPOSITS as of June ’07.

1. University FCU– call 467-8080

2. A+ FCU– call 302-6800

3.  Austin Telco FCU– call 302-5555

4. Velocity CU– call 469-7000

5. United Heritage CU–435-4545

6.  Amplfy– call 836-5901

7.  Truwest– call 252-6031

8. Randolph Brooks FCU– call 800-580-3300

9. Public Employees CU– call 474-1955

10. Greater Texas FCU–  458-2558

 

Thanks for checking out my blog =)

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Economic Week in Review: Inflation hurts consumers and retailers alike Friday August 15, 2008

Posted on August 15, 2008. Filed under: -- Economic Week In Review | Tags: |


By Molly Greaves

 

Economic Week in Review: Inflation hurts consumers and retailers alike
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Despite a drop in energy prices, inflation rose during the month of
July at a much higher rate than analysts had expected. Retail sales
fell as consumers tightened their belts. On a positive note, June’s
trade deficit narrowed for the second month in a row. For the week,
the S&P 500 Index also rose 0.2% to 1,298 (for a year-to-date total
return of –10.4%). The yield of the 10-year U.S. Treasury note
dropped 10 basis points to 3.84% (for a year-to-date decrease of 20
basis points).

To read Vanguard(R) Economic Week in Review in its entirety, go to:
http://www.vanguard.com/visit/econweek081508

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Street Smarts—Fiduciary Accounts

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: -- Uncategorized |


By Molly Greaves

I have a few banker friends and this term came out the other day. Do you know what a Fuduciary Account is? 

Answer brought to you by the homepage of the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Fiduciary Accounts  

Definition 
Fiduciary accounts are deposit accounts established by a person or entity for the benefit of one or more other parties. Fiduciary relationships include, but are not limited to, arrangements involving:

  • a trustee
  • an agent
  • a nominee
  • a custodian
  • a guardian

Types of Fiduciary Accounts
Fiduciary accounts include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Uniform Transfer to Minors Act (UTMA) accounts (Also known as Uniform Gift to Minors Act or UGMA accounts)
  • Accounts with a power of attorney
  • Decedent estate accounts
  • Real estate and other escrow accounts
  • Mortgage servicing accounts
  • Interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTA)
  • Brokered deposits

 

 

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Setting Goals and Real Estate for example

Posted on August 10, 2008. Filed under: -- Building Wealth, -- Entrepreneurship And YOU, -- For The Investor In YOU, -- On MY Calendar, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


By Molly Greaves

Setting goals: 

I do best if I put myself on a deadline, so I’ve decided to set up some goals for my real estate efforts. To be sure you set goals that can work for you, make sure they are:

-Clear and defined

– Reachable

-Time defined (set deadlines)

-Measurable to determine success

-Have identifiable action steps

– Tell others about your goals to help keep you in alignment with what you’re trying to achieve.

So, for example, here is what I said…

I want to add an extra 10k/month to my annual income.  I’m going to do this by creating a long-term income stream that will pay me residuals. So, I’m going to buy investment properties and aquire rental properties which will yield that level of income.

I’m also working on a mortgage pool, which will offer somewhere around 13%-15% interest, and be backed by a first lien position on real estate. If you know of any investors that might be interested, please let me know; they’ll love you for it, and I’ll handsomely reward you for your efforts. 

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Austin’s Famous Bats…the same bats who making our bridges stinky!!

Posted on August 10, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , |


By Molly Greaves

Went and saw the bats last night. I love how when people are in town visiting, they never seem to be able to catch the bats.  Even if they dont see them though, they sure can smell them. Whoa can they stink up a bridge! I ride my bike around town and can always tell the bridges where the bats are living.  It’s OK if they’re smelly though, because they are great for our environment.

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Ice Cream Festival…Yum, Yum, Yummy!

Posted on August 10, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , , |


By Molly Greaves

My friend Alisha and I went to the Ice Cream Festival today.  What a fun time. Alisha is my friend that moved to Texas a few months after I did about 3 years ago. 

 Boy do I love being able to get roasted corn on the cobb around town!

 

 

I thought this “Redneck Recycle, Don’t Mess With Texas” guy was kind of funny…

they had a popsicle stick contest, where people could use 1,000 sticks I think. This one was pretty cool!

They also had a SCREAM for ICE CREAM contest, which I thought was also pretty nifty.

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My Recent High-Tech Career Recruiting Event…Jr. Software Developer, Director of Marketing, Email Marketing Manager and Affiliate Managers needed in Austin!

Posted on August 9, 2008. Filed under: -- Austin Related, -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To, Pictures | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


My friend Jim is the founder and CEO of the Lending Tree of Insurance, Allwebleads.com– a very cool, profitable company with a bunch of software guys. They’re growing rapidly and in are in need of a Jr. Software Developer with .Net and C# experience, a Director of Marketing, an Affiliate Manager, and an Email Marketing Manager.

Being self-employed allows me to get involved with things like this…Here I am at a High-Tech Career Night Fair event where I served as a recruiter for Allwebleads.com.   The woman to your right was there also as a recruiter as well. She was there independently and was snagging people from the booths even though she never paid for booth space. There were a bunch of people there that did that, including this one gal I recognized from a group I’m a member of.  Anyway, here in this picture, we were waiting in line for some food—I got the jalapeno poppers and then took the jalapeno out, gulping up all of the cheese instead, and everyone thought that was the darn funniest thing. Ha.  These same people also enjoyed chicken wings, but unfortunately I have issues eating things off of bones so I stuck with the poppers…I love chicken though. Something about nawing off the bone just grosses me out, ya know? Makes it seem a little too real and caveman-ish for me. I wish I didn’t feel this way because I’d incorporate things like ribs into my diet. Can’t pass up the free smells though. 

By the way, I’m still trying to help them out, so please let me know if you’ve got a hot lead for me. I’ll reward you handsomely, and will be sure to fill your piggy bank until it explodes. I promise it will be enough to pay your mortgage for a month or two. It’s a win for you, a win for me, a win for the new hire, and a win for Jim. Awesome.

The company offers VERY competitive salaries and benefits, free beer, flexible schedules, and a cool work environment, just to name a few perks. 

Here’s a bit more…

http://tinyurl.com/6olkr8

Are you on Linkedin?  View my linkedin page and see how we’re connected! http://www.linkedin.com/in/mollygreaves

 

ABOUT THE COMPANY: (AWESOME COMPANY TO WORK FOR BY THE WAY)
All Web Leads, Inc. is one of the most successful online lead generation providers to the US insurance industry. Our amazing team of extremely talented and successful individuals uses internet marketing to turn consumer interest in insurance products into policy sales for most of the largest insurance carriers (and their agents) in the world. Our growth over the past several years has been remarkable. We are a tight-knit team with a fast paced, energetic, and entrepreneurial company culture. We are highly profitable and Austin-based. We provide competitive pay, excellent benefits, and a fun and collaborative work environment.
Please send ONLY QUALIFIED resumes to greaves.molly@gmail.com
Anything spam I’ll report so make sure it’s just good old resumes you send me.
***Make sure the resumes are qualified for the positions, and not OVER qualified either. That’s been a problem with the Junior Software Developer position. We’ve gotten tons of people with 7+ years, which is too many for the position. The person would be bored and would want more salary, even though the salary is GREAT, but only GREAT for a JR. Developer, not Sr. level, ya know?
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
We are currently seeking a Director of Marketing to design, develop, and manage our marketing strategy. This person will utilize an array of marketing channels (print, email, conferences, trade shows, website, etc) to build our brand, grow our customer network, and enhance communications with all vendors, partners, and customers.    Responsibilities:        

1. Design & Deploy Marketing Plan
a. Create, implement, and measure the success of a comprehensive marketing, communications, and PR plan. Plan should utilize on and off line marketing campaigns and tactics to build the brand, generate sales leads, build strategic partnerships, and increase number of customers.
b. Develop/implement demand creation and lead generation strategies to support customer acquisition in order to aggressively grow leads and customers.
c. Design budget. Determine resources needed for the plan and create budgets for all marketing projects.
d. Purchase advertising and track effectiveness of ad spend.
e. Planning and management of all marketing communications in support of branding and business development initiatives.
f. Track results. Create metrics for measuring success of all marketing programs including but not limited to modeling of Customer Acquisition Costs, Lifetime Value, and Return on Ad Spend Investment.
g. Make staffing decisions and manage the Marketing budget.
h. Actively participate in and contribute to strategic brainstorming sessions.
2. Develop Marketing Materials
a. Develop electronic and printed marketing materials such as brochures, sales letters, speeches, direct mail, email campaigns, newsletters, magazine ads, SWAG, and stationary.
b. Publicity, including press release writing and placement, special event planning and management, and feature article writing and placement.
3. Manage Online Presence
a. Oversee website development. Work with web developer, graphic designer, and content writer to enhance online presence. Ensure that web based content backs up and extends overall marketing message. Research and contribute ways to add value to online customer experience.
b. Use internet marketing techniques to promote product and brand. Monitor blogs and read industry journals and articles. Join relevant internet groups. Purchase advertising space.
c. Execute and expand online marketing initiatives through email campaigns, affinity programs, content placement, viral marketing, and website promotion.
d. Develop and implement search engine optimization strategy in order to maximize organic search rankings.
4. Tradeshow and Conference Research and Coordination
a. Coordinate convention scheduling and planning. Provide sales collateral and generate ad copy to support convention representatives.
b. Business conference management and participation, including exhibition planning, development and merchandising.
c. Special event planning, execution and management, including seminars, teleconferences, and networking events.
d. Presentation planning, writing, and development.
e. Relationship development, including networking at conferences and other industry events, one-on-one business development calls.
5. Brand Development
a. Planning and management of corporate brand building initiatives. Protect and grow brand identity on and off line.
b. Develop and implement strategic Viral Marketing and supporting media plans, in order to ensure expanded brand awareness.
6. Market Research & Strategy Planning
a. Research opportunities to expand product line and develop supporting marketing campaigns and promotions.
b. Collaborative involvement with the executive team in strategic market planning. (new products, services and business development initiatives)

Requirements:

1. Minimum of five (5) years of experience in a corporate marketing role with hands-on involvement in marketing communications.
2. Highly organized self-starter.
3. Ability to operate independently and in a team environment with little supervision.
4. Excellent project management and organizational skills.
5. Strong written & oral communications and presentations skills.
6. Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and maintain flexibility in a changing environment.
7. Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook, and PowerPoint.
8. Outstanding conceptual and visual design skills.
9. Understanding of website development process and HTML.
10. Ability to travel when needed.

Hours: Full-Time
This job is salaried.

Listed at Austin, TX.
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EMAIL MARKETING MANAGER
The email marketing manager is responsible for all aspects of email marketing. You will work closely with the web marketing team to generate both B2C and well as B2B sales leads. Additionally, you will assist in the design and coordination of our email newsletter, customer feedback campaigns, and customer referral programs. You should be the expert on all matters related to email marketing including tools, technology, best practices, white lists, email marketing laws, graphics design, ad copy creation, A/B testing, metrics gathering and analysis. This person will report directly to the Chief Marketing Officer.    Responsibilities:        

1. Be an all around expert on email marketing. Advise executive team and marketing organization of potential changes to email marketing through researching legal rulings, technical advancements, best practices, and new software releases.
2. Manage all email marketing projects from start to finish. Design graphics, copywriting, messaging, A/B testing, metrics monitoring, and maintenance.
3. Manage and grow email subscriber lists. Create lead generation campaigns, newsletters, surveys, customer loyalty programs, etc.
4. Research and propose new ways to monetize email database (cross sells, affiliate offers, etc).
5. Design more efficient ways to increase conversions on campaigns with demographic/ geographic/psychographic segmentation, personalization, targeting, and testing.
6. Analyze deliverability and maintain good standing with isps, email providers, and spam detectors.
7. Research and experiment with cutting edge email software. Define requirements for any custom software that should be developed by in-house engineering team to increase email marketing campaign performance.
8. Manage any external vendors and resources as needed.

Requirements:

1. Expert knowledge of email marketing best practices, software packages, legal regulations, spam laws, and overall list management strategies.
2. Minimum of three years working on email campaigns and five years general web marketing experience.
3. Experience managing successful email campaigns including content development, targeting, analysis of metrics, and testing and tweaking of graphics and messages
4. Understanding of basic internet programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript, and PHP.
5. Knowledge of internet protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, IMAP/POP, and SMTP.
6. Highly detail oriented. A “number cruncher”.
7. Thorough understanding of KPIs and analytics for measuring success of email campaigns and optimizing their effectiveness.
8. Proficiency in graphics manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Macromedia products.
9. Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Hours: Full-Time
This job is salaried.

Listed at Austin, TX.
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AFFILIATE MANAGER
We are seeking a highly motivated, focused, entrepreneurial and proactive Affiliate Manager. The Affiliate Manager is responsible for planning, developing, and maintaining the Affiliate Program. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in a wide variety of online marketing techniques including affiliate marketing, search marketing and email marketing.
Responsibilities:
1. Identify and recruit top producing affiliates. Build and maintain relationships with them. Respond to questions and requests
2. Identify, contact, and facilitate the integration into multiple affiliate networks and manage those relationships on a long-term basis
3. Research and analyze the affiliate industry in general. Identify trends and tools that can positively or negatively affect the affiliate program
4. Actively consult with key affiliates on an ongoing basis to increase their productivity by recommending and implementing best practices or promoting additional products 
5. Negotiate payout structures on a cost per lead basis
6. Define and hit monthly revenue goals for Affiliate program
7. Analyze conversion rates on offers and landing pages. Improve performance of Affiliate program and top performing affiliates through data analysis and continuous improvement of graphics, ad copy, landing pages, and messages
8. Manage communications between engineering to ensure all deliverables are met
9. Monitor and control quality for all incoming affiliate leads and provide feedback to improve quality
10. Interface with email marketing department to ensure proper usage of suppression lists, CAN-SPAM compliance, and email best practices for affiliates
11. Analyze reporting and affiliate feedback to recommend strategic improvements
12. Monitor marketing activities of affiliates to ensure policy and legal compliance
Requirements:
1. At least five years experience with web marketing techniques and strategies
2. Expert in online marketing. Solid grasp of pay per click, search engine optimization, email marketing and affiliate marketing strategies
3. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills 
4. Excellent problem solving abilities
5. Highly organized and detail oriented
6. Strong math and negotiation skills
7. Proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.    Hours: Full-Time
This job is salaried.        

Listed at Austin, TX.
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Junior Software Developer    We are currently seeking a .NET application developer to help enhance our rapidly growing software platform. You will be joining our existing development team, focusing primarily on developing and enhancing our in-house backend applications. Responsibilities will include gathering requirements and designing architectures for new components, implementing enhancements and fixing bugs for existing applications, implementing an automated test environment for our mission critical applications, complex data analysis and technical problem solving, and developing and executing test plans for new releases. Successful candidates will communicate well with teammates, be proactive, self-motivated and able to rapidly adapt to changes in project priority and adoption of new technologies. They will be comfortable with an agile, fast-paced development environment and must be able develop innovative, reliable solutions to ever changing business challenges.         

Our platform leverages .NET technologies, particularly C# and client-side SOAP web services, as well as MSSQL database, MySQL, PHP, Linux, and Apache. 

Requirements 
1. Minimum three years software development experience
2. Minimum one year application development experience with .NET and C#
3. Solid understanding of object oriented programming concepts
4. Experience with SOAP web services
5. Working knowledge of SQL and relational database concepts
6. Excellent oral and written communication skills
7. Ability to work well independently or in a team setting

Hours: Full-Time
This job is salaried.
Listed at Austin, TX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m back!

Posted on August 9, 2008. Filed under: -- Uncategorized, -- What MOLLY's Up To | Tags: , , |


People have sent me some nice emails asking me where I’ve been, and I told them, like I’m telling you— I’ve been a very busy girl. Thanks to those of you who have checked in as it made me so happy to learn ya’ll cared so much! The fun continues tomorrow with an Ice Cream Festival, where my friend Alisha and I are hoping to enter the ice cream eating contest! Why not?! Wouldn’t you? I think there’s a popsicle building contest too, which I think sounds interesting.  

Have you seen this hotel yet that’s in Dubai? I hope to go there soon, and am putting myself on a 5 year “get to Dubai” plan.

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