Get Fueled Up for Warmer Weather

(NewsUSA) – It’s spring and that means it’s time to take your boats, lawnmowers, classic cars and other summer gear out of the shed to get them ready for sun and fun! But before you hit the road, lawn or waves, it’s important to set aside some time for preventative maintenance to make sure your summer plans don’t stop short.You’ll of course want to wash and wipe off the exterior of your summer toys, but it’s very important not to skip maintenance of the internal workings of your vehicles.Despite the famous saying, "what you can’t see can hurt you," this is where STA-BIL, America’s no.-1-selling and trusted ethanol treatment and fuel stabilizer brand, comes in. STA-BIL, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary, helps consumers protect their cars, boats and small engines from the inside out, keeping them running at their peak year-round.Since fuel can go bad in as few as 30 days, using a fuel stabilizer at each fill-up can increase power and fuel efficiency while helping clean and protect your engine from the potentially harsh side effects of ethanol-blended fuel.Think of STA-BIL as the peacekeeper that helps the fuel and water in your engine play nicely, protecting your fuel tank from corrosion and phase separation.As consumers prepare to take their equipment out of storage for the spring, two key aspects of engine maintenance should be top-of-mind:* Function. Fueling up at the pump is just one step in keeping your fuel tank running. Products with a proven track record, such as the lineup of STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizers, are specially formulated to treat each of your vehicles or equipment differently, whether they are on the road, in the water, or in the backyard tool shed.If you find yourself in a bind and your engine isn’t running quite right, try cleaning it, but from the inside. STA-BIL Carb & Choke Cleaner is designed specifically to help clean the engine by dissolving gum and varnish, as well as dirt and carbon deposits that keep engines from functioning at their peak. A clean engine starts more easily and runs more efficiently, which saves time and money.* Protection. Innovations in small engine products have led to the development of pump protectors that keep components of gear- like pressure washers in good shape over long storage periods. The latest addition to the STA-BIL family, STA-BIL Pump Protector, also provides antifreeze protection and serves as a lubricant and guardian against mineral deposit buildup, which can decrease the efficiency of your pressure washer.If your gear tends to sit out exposed to the elements, protection against rust should be a top priority. Look for a product that will protect exposed metals, like STA-BIL Rust Stopper, which is quick and easy to apply.Internal parts need protection too, which is where a propelled oil, such as the STA-BIL Fogging Oil, can make a difference. Fogging oil is designed to help displace moisture from engine parts, protect the components, as well as lubricate them for optimum function.To learn more about how to keep warmer weather engines functioning at their peak, visit www.sta-bil.com

Three Reasons Why You Probably Shouldn’t Install Your Own Roof

Think you’re up to the challenge of taking on the fourth most dangerous job in America? If you decide to install your own roof, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even police officers have less chance of dying on the job than professional roofers do. And yet countless DIYers risk their lives every year just to try to save some money.

“There’s no better way to meet an orthopedic surgeon – or an undertaker – than by spending an extended amount of time on your roof,” cautions PopularMechanics.com. “One small slip or misstep, and it’s a long way down.”

Compassion Forms Cornerstone of Company Vision

(NewsUSA) – Most companies have a stated corporate vision, but such a vision may be limited to quantitative goals such as hitting financial targets or attaining certain levels of productivity. MovoCash (MOVO), a company that delivers financial inclusion to all, including individuals who are not able to use traditional banking services, sees its corporate vision differently.The MOVO vision is based on certain principles that all the company’s team members – from the CEO to those in the customer support, technology, and administrative areas – believe in, take to heart in all aspects of their business, and consequently choose to take home with them at the end of the day.These principles align with the proverbial qualities of peace, love and joy. MovoCash team members embrace these qualities and share them with their customers, vendors and business partners, who recognize that this philosophy sets MOVO apart from other businesses. The central elements of the MOVO corporate vision can be summarized in three words: Be. Do. Have.- Be. The MOVO vision starts with this verb, meaning that all team members are committed to having a positive impact on their customers, vendors, and colleagues, which often translates as a feeling of giving back. This commitment causes the team to feel equally valued, regardless of title or department.-Do. MovoCash believes in its cause: that financial inclusion meets the individual need and desire to participate in the financial economy. MovoCash aspires to help people around the world improve their lives and their families’ lives by giving them the financial tools to function in a digital society. With a MOVO account, users can instantly receive paychecks, pay bills, send money to friends and carry out other financial activities within the app. In addition, the MOVO platform integrates with Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay, making it easy to spend money in the US and across the world.-Have. The sense of purpose and job satisfaction, says the team, resonates with customers and vendors who recognize that having a business relationship with a positive, committed, compassionate company is unique in today’s dog- eat-dog world. This mindset focuses the team’s attention on the people they serve, regardless of whether they are rich or poor. In the end, MOVO values quality over quantity.For more information about MovoCash and to download their app, visit movo.cash.

Need Help Advertising? “NewsUSA & Its Staff Can Help Manana!'”

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – These days, there are several ways to get your company’s message out: stating the company mission (the equivalent of a business resume) on its website, employing a public relations firm to garner exposure through earned media, or advertising — that is, if you have the money to pay for it.
The problem is that small, niche companies need the same exposure (if not more) than the Fortune 500 companies, but are hamstrung by limited resources.
Fortunately, advertising doesn’t have to be exclusively PR-centric, but can be a blend of traditional and effective strategies, according to PR News.
In this way, Washington D.C.-based NewsUSA does exceptionally well by specializing in writing matte releases — feature articles that help to fill space in newspapers and online media — for its clients.
NewsUSA guarantees product placement (around 1,000-1,400 placements per story) for its clients in various media outlets around the world, including television sites and hundreds of digital and print newspapers.
“NewsUSA’s strength is that it has all these contracts and relationships with newspapers and online media sources that have been built over years and can be trusted for writing and editorial,” said Rick Smith, CEO of NewsUSA. “In terms of mass marketing to the consumer, for some of the budgets that these companies have, there just aren’t a lot of options. That’s where NewsUSA comes in.”
For NewsUSA client Security Equipment Corporation (Sabre), it granted access to media outlets that the company wouldn’t have had otherwise.
“As a first-time user of NewsUSA, I was pleasantly surprised, not only with the number of placements we got, but the quality of our placements,” said Marisa McKay, marketing manager for Sabre. “Our content was placed in high-profile publications that we wouldn’t have been able to afford if we had to buy traditional advertising space.”
As a result, the family-owned and -operated manufacturer of the top brand of pepper spray had three stories distributed to more than 3,600 news outlets, both online and in print, for a total reach of more than 90 million readers nationwide. The ad value equivalency of the campaign was more than $1.1 million.
Another client, Star Clippers, also saw a huge return on investment when it engaged NewsUSA to write five stories about its ultimate cruising vacation alternative — a tall ship mega-yacht experience aboard authentic re-creations of the classic sailing clipper ships that ruled the waves during the 1800s.
In return, Star Clippers garnered more than 6,000 placements that reached more than 319 million readers nationwide, for a total ad equivalency of $3.8 million.
For more information, visit www.newsusaadvantage.com.

A Primer for First-Time Homebuyers

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – Finally ready to take the plunge? Join the club.After having waited on the sidelines for what seemed like forever, first-time homebuyers last year made 38 percent of all U.S. single-family home purchases – the biggest share since 2000 – and the 2.07 million new or existing houses they bought ended up being 7 percent more than in 2016, Bloomberg.com reported."Pent-up demand" is how the news site described it, citing Millennials as one of the driving forces.But the market for house-hunting newbies like yourself has changed considerably from that most recent high mark of nearly two decades ago. And you know what they say: "Forewarned is forearmed." Read on.* Inventory is tight.So tight, in fact – especially for lower-priced starter-homes – that, as the Wall Street Journal wrote, even "buyers in historically calm markets such as Boise, Idaho, and Minneapolis are facing bidding wars, prompting them to dig deep into their coffers to win deals."Not into bidding wars? Well, there’s always Little Rock, Arkansas.Unlike Denver, Seattle and San Francisco – which LendingTree named the "most challenging" cities in the nation for first-time buyers – Little Rock was rated a veritable paradise for house hunters.* There’s still a lot of all-cash buyers out there, so don’t be afraid to get creative.Though the number of all-cash transactions peaked at 40 percent in 2011 and 2012 – with savvy investors still taking advantage of the subprime mortgage crisis by buying up homes many then rented out – last year’s 28.8 percent figure remains above normal. (One reason for the tight inventory: "Investors (are) making too much money as landlords to sell," according to MarketWatch.com.)Granted, you’re at a disadvantage if someone else waves $500,000 in cash in front of a seller even if you arrive pre-approved for a mortgage. However, HDTV.com tells the story of a couple who got a "great deal" on their Denver home – yes, Denver – by adding a contingency to their $300,000 bid that they’d pay $1,000 over any other competing offer up to a maximum of $329,000."Although unconventional," the site admitted, "a creative strategy like this can be very effective in today’s market."* Don’t automatically reject a fixer-upper because you’re not handy enough to fix things like the roof.Everyone knows you can save a bundle by buying a house that needs work, but some things – including electrical system overhauls and extensive roof repairs – are safer left to the pros. So the question becomes this: How far ahead would you come out, financially, after deducting those costs from the house’s likely post-renovation market value?"An attractive roof is the ultimate curb enhancer, so it’s important to figure that into your calculations," said Patsy O’Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby’s in Montclair, New Jersey.You can play around with different looks (i.e., Victorian vs. ranch) by using the free Virtual Home Remodeler launched by GAF (gaf.com), North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. And the website’s GAF Master Elite Contractor database can help you find the most reputable and adequately insured professionals in your area.* You may be being watched.Literally.With owners leerier these days of strangers walking through their properties, they’re increasingly employing devices capable of tracking prospective buyers’ conversations and actions.Yes, it can be creepy. The bigger danger, though, as MarketWatch.com noted, is that – if you don’t watch what you’re saying – there’s "a real risk" of tipping your hand enough that you wind up overpaying. 

If You’re Stuck at Sea, There’s An App for That

(NewsUSA) – No one out enjoying time on a boat wants to think about breaking down and needing a tow, but a little preparation can make a big difference.According to the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the number-one reason for a slow or delayed towing company response is the considerable time it sometimes takes for the towboat captain to seek and find the disabled recreational boat on the water. Unlike drivers on a road or highway, many boaters are simply unsure of their exact location.However, the proliferation of cell phones and improvements in cell service over the last decade means that most anyone can use a phone to pinpoint their location and also reach a dispatch center.A phone app, such as the one developed by BoatUS, allows boat owners to pre-program information about their boat. When they use the app to call for help with a dead battery or a tow home, the call goes to the dispatch center and immediately provides the boat’s details along with the latitude, longitude, and boater’s emergency contact information to the dispatcher, speeding a response.The free app from BoatUS, available at BoatUS.com/app, also provides information about tides, weather, and wind. Boaters without the app can use their phones to call the BoatUS 24/7 Dispatch Center at 1-800-391-4869.Boat owners can also be proactive and save money by signing up for an on-water towing plan at the start of the season.For example, an annual Unlimited Towing Membership plan from BoatUS starts at $72/year for freshwater and $149 for saltwater.In addition to having a towing service, boaters should be prepared to keep themselves and any passengers safe if their boat is disabled.Key tips to keep in mind include:- Be safe. In life-threatening emergencies, call 911 immediately or use VHF radio channel 16. Know the location of your boat’s safety gear and first aid kit.- Be leak-savvy. If you run aground, immediately look for water intrusion and provide a life jacket for each passenger not already wearing one.- Be seen. For safety and visibility in the dark, be sure all of your boat’s navigation and anchor lights are working.For more tips and information about what to do if you need on- water assistance, visit BoatUS.com/Towing or call 800-283-2883.

A Simple Test to See If You’re Up to Installing Your Own Roof

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored by GAF – Think you’re up to tackling the fourth most dangerous job in America? Well, that’s what you’d be doing if you decide to install your own new roof.According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even police officers have less chance of dying on the job than professional roofers do. And yet countless do-it-yourselfers risk life and limb every year to try to save some bucks and/or prove they know their way around a pneumatic nail gun."There’s no better way to meet an orthopedic surgeon – or an undertaker – than by spending an extended amount of time on your roof," cautions PopularMechanics.com. "One small slip or misstep, and it’s a long way down."With that caveat in mind, here are three questions to ask yourself before committing:* Are you comfortable with heights?You may have had a great time going hot-air ballooning with friends, but it’s an entirely different thing being up 40 feet on a roof knowing that – even after you’ve ripped out all the old roofing and checked for damage – you still have to install things like leak barrier and roof deck protection before you can even think about nailing on new shingles.Again, all while 40 feet off the ground.And all while wearing rubber-soled boots to (hopefully) keep you from tripping on a slick spot, safety glasses to (hopefully) keep you from injuring an eye with an errantly hammered nail, and a harness to (hopefully) keep you from plummeting to the ground when working on a steeply pitched roof. * Are you as strong as you think?You’d better hope so because you’ll be lugging what feels like tons of roofing material and equipment up a ladder.The equipment alone includes (but isn’t limited to): an air compressor, a circular saw, a hack saw, an electric drill, a saw horse, a roofing shovel, a claw hammer, a framing hammer, a chisel, and the aforementioned pneumatic nail gun, which has been described as "basically a weapon."And that ladder? Not only will you need to position it exactly right for safety reasons (extending it 36 inches above the landing or roof eave), but there’s a potentially life-or-death reason why it should be made of a particular material."It’s crucial to use a non-conductive ladder made of wood or fiberglass when working near wires to avoid electrocution," advises Jason Joplin, program manager of the GAF Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence (CARE). "Far too many roofers have died because they were using metal ladders."* Do you already have the necessary tools?Remember, that was just a partial list you just read. And as Angie’s List says, "If you have to go out and buy a power saw but don’t plan to use it in the future, it’s probably not a good investment."Having second thoughts? GAF (gaf.com), North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, has made it easy to find the most reputable and adequately insured professionals in your area by searching its website’s GAF Master Elite Contractor database.Oh, and for those wondering, the top three most dangerous jobs are loggers, fishing workers, and aircraft pilots. Cops, incredibly, didn’t even make the top ten. 

This Subscription Box Helps People Do Good and Feel Good

(NewsUSA) – In today’s busy world, the convenience of products and services delivered directly to your home makes life easier. But you can receive more than the usual groceries, diapers and dog food. You can get support and encouragement, and bring about positive change to a world in need.Faithbox is a subscription box that meets this need by providing ongoing spiritual support and inspiration, as well as a way to do good works.Here are a few of its benefits:Good works: Its charitable focus allows you to do good and affect positive change. Faithbox is a company making a difference to people who want to make a difference. Products in each box are sourced from companies and organizations that don’t exploit people or nature. Rather, they support and empower eco-friendly, humane and sustainable organizations.Consistency: Fresh, thought-provoking tools promote daily practice, which in turn promotes growth, change and improvement in any area of your life. That includes both your spiritual and emotional health.Convenience: At-home delivery makes it easy to have regular, ongoing access to new and uplifting devotional materials and unique products that embody good works. This convenience is especially helpful for anyone who wants to find new, faith-based products, or who lives in a remote area where they might not be readily available.For many people, a regular dose of inspiration, along with the anticipation of something positive and new every month, is a strong way to supplement their spiritual journeys. Faithbox’s devotional materials and products are built around a monthly theme, such as Leadership, Journey, Grief, Connection, Transformation and others. Each product in Faithbox is mindfully and conscientiously curated based on the month’s theme. Faithbox has several subscription options, including monthly, three-month and one year.Visit Faithbox.com for inspiration and more information. 

MovoCash Embraces Culture of Community

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – These days, it can be hard to find a company that values its people – especially in the financial-tech industry, where employees feel like cogs in a machine, disconnected from their colleagues or customers.
MovoCash, Inc. (MOVO), unlike traditional financial institutions, is a payment platform that empowers people to convert their mobile phone into a digital bank in their pocket. What makes MOVO different are its core values and “The Filter,” a system that the company practices to build the culture and drive the organization.
For starters, MOVO’s corporate culture is one of inclusion. MOVO is broken into teams for each functional area, such as tech, support, administration and consumer operations, all for the purpose of serving its customer base – individuals unable to get a regular account at a traditional bank for any number of reasons.
MovoCash helps these individuals function in the economy as banked people, so they can work, take care of their families, and improve their lives.
Some of the corporate culture strategies that set MovoCash apart include:
– Equal time. The MOVO teams meet daily in a group called “the huddle.” During these meetings, each person is coached on how to apply agile development principals. Team members share with each other what they worked on the day before, what they are working on currently, and then communicate if they need any help.
“We say we’re ‘going into the bubble,'” one team member explains, “The bubble has rules which allows team members to explore ideas no matter how extreme. This is a time for robust dialog where the team shares their perspective and comes to a consensus on topics that enhance the productivity of the overall team.”
– Equal effort. Eric Solis, the CEO, establishes the strategic direction and short and long-term goals and maintains overall responsibility for execution, but the company leadership and teams are trusted to work together and support each other to carry them all out. All MOVO users, team members, strategic partners, and vendors become a part of the MOVO family. The tightly-knit company works together to achieve its goals and then takes every opportunity to celebrate in team victories, especially when they succeed at providing customers the best possible experience and the feeling of independence that comes with financial inclusion.
– Equal empowerment. The MOVO culture is designed to make customers feel empowered, regardless of their past financial history or current status.
MOVO enables users to make direct deposits from an employer, Facebook, PayPal, Venmo, and others. You can also make peer-to-peer payments similar to the way traditional banks use Zelle.
“Our goal is to deliver powerful ways for you to access and interact with your money in an increasingly mobile world,” says Solis. “Our team stands behind these words.” Central to the MOVO mission is the promise to its customers and its passion to see them thrive.
For more information about MOVO and to download its app, visit www.movo.cash.

Gifts to Give on Administrative Professionals Day

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – With Administrative Professionals Day around the corner on April 25th, like many, you may be wondering what to give your secretary, assistant or other administrative worker. You’re not alone.
Many people are confused about what is appropriate and how much to spend. According to Laura Jennings, the CEO of bespoke gifting company knackshops.com, $50 is the average price point for a gift and it’s important to treat everyone equally.
“Salaries, titles, bonuses and office locations already build hierarchies,” she says. “Gifts are the perfect opportunity to say thank you to everyone.”
The best way to make your team members feel appreciated is to take the time to really think about the message you want your gift to convey. Jennings has three tips to help harness Administrative Professionals Day effectively:
1. Give items that stress the “professional” in Administrative Professional.
The workplace has thankfully evolved from the gender stereotyped world in which the original National Secretary’s Day was launched in 1952. It’s important to recognize all levels of professionalism in the office with appropriate gifts that express professional integrity. Leather journals, fine pens, and professional organization memberships are appropriate examples.
2. Think about giving gifts that add luxury, convenience or fun to a workday.
Your administrative professional may know almost everything about you; this is your opportunity to pay them the same compliment, while keeping it completely professional. Items such as desk accessories, water bottles, travel mugs, and other tools that add luxury, convenience or fun to anyone’s work day are a good place to start. But stay away from flowers: nothing ranked lower than flowers in terms of employees’ most requested employer gifts in the 2018 Business Gifting Satisfaction Report. You may want to consider gifts such as the The Sweet Life to beauty up their desk, Thanks-Olate Gift Set to say thanks, or Black Tie as a token of your appreciation, all available at knackshops.com.
3. Remember that food and wine are always appreciated.
Gifts of food (and wine, if you know they are fond of the grape) are universally acceptable in the business-gifting world and are something that employees tend to use and love.
“Make it memorable, by adding something useful like a tea towel, cheese knife, serving bowl, corkscrew or cheeseboard to your food gifts,” Jennings advises. Knackshops.com’s Carnivore’s Delight, Caffe Autentico and The Cheese Course are examples of decadent gifts that they’ll remember long after the food has been consumed.
Gift cards are appreciated by employees of all ages and genders, although particularly so for women over 40. The only downside is that research shows they may be quickly forgotten – less than 40 percent of employees say that gift cards are “very memorable.”
Lastly, data shows that a personally-addressed message is actually the most important element of your gift.
“It’s really about the story. A personally-addressed gift message can increase the memorability of a gift and turn it into a special moment,” Jennings says. “There is also nothing easier to do – and quicker – than dropping in a meaningful note.”