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Comparenow.com Presents Their Top Four Best Commuter Cars Under $10,000


Richmond, VA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014

The average American spends 25.4 minutes commuting to work each day, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Weather, traffic and bad drivers can all conspire to make that commute longer, but there’s one sure way to make it seem shorter: driving a car you love. Here are the top picks from comparenow.com of the best cars under $ 10,000 for your daily commute.

Characteristics of the Best Commuter Cars:

    Great gas mileage: Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle will save you money — and in some states, hybrid or electric vehicles can use the HOV express lanes.
    Comfortable interiors: You don’t want to arrive at work feeling stiff and achy from your drive. Look for a cushy interior with enough leg- and headroom.
    Connect with your phone: If you’re someone who likes to get a jump-start on the day’s work, Bluetooth integration with your phone can help you safely make calls while you’re driving.
    Reliable: What’s worse than commuting during rush hour? Getting stuck on the side of the road during rush hour.
    Fun to drive: The best cars under $ 10,000 for commuting can be sporty, too.

Here are our favorites:

2005-2006 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

For these two years, the Jetta TDI was manufactured with a fast and efficient 1.9-liter diesel engine — and then VW stopped making the diesel Jetta until 2009. The reported gas mileage for the ’05 TDI is 28 city/39 highway, but according to AutoTrader’s review, longtime Jetta TDI owners report achieving even higher numbers, up to 50 mpg. Because the Jetta TDI is one of the best cars under $ 10,000 for fuel efficiency and driving fun, these model years can be hard to find.

2006-2009 Honda Civic

It won’t turn heads, but the Civic is still a good-looking sedan with legendary reliability. It gets great gas mileage, too: 25 city/36 highway for the automatic 2008 model. The Si model delivers the best handling, with “nimble handling and a delightfully fizzy engine,” according to Edmunds.

2005-2008 Toyota Prius

With gas mileage that approaches 50 mpg, the Prius is hands-down one of the best commuter cars. While a new Prius starts around $ 25,000, you can find a used model for under $ 10,000 if you look at model years 2005-08. You may even be able to find one with still-impressive tech options, such as voice-activated climate control or a rear-view camera. There are special considerations for buying a used Prius, however: While the brakes typically last longer than in conventional cars, you may need to replace the battery if the car is more than 5 years old or has more than 100,000 miles.

2008-2010 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra was named U.S. News’ 2010 Best Compact Car for the Money, and today it’s one of the best cars under $ 10,000. While it doesn’t have a lot of fancy features, the Elantra covers all the bases for a solid commuter car: good gas mileage (26 city/34 highway), abundant interior space, and high safety scores.

Before you buy, be sure to read our tips for car buyers and be sure to use comparenow.com to compare car insurance quotes online to find the best rates available.

About Comparenow.com

Comparenow.com is a limited liability corporation headquartered in Richmond, VA. Majority owned by the Admiral Group plc, the UK’s second largest auto insurer and a member of the FTSE 100, comparenow.com offers car insurance comparison services for US consumers.







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ShopSocially CEO Jai Rawat Presents Strategies for Achieving Social Commerce Success with Limited Resources at IRCE 2014


Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) June 27, 2014

Jai Rawat, CEO of the leading social commerce platform ShopSocially, was invited to present at the recent IRCE conference. Jai, along with his co-presenters, Susan Kim, CEO of Plum District and Michael Lee, Founder at Mezzmer Eyewear shared seven specific strategies for generating measurable and substantial ROI from social media. These strategies were based on real life examples and results. For example Plum District shared how they are getting an extraordinarily high sales conversion rate of 36.08% from social traffic and Mezzmer talked about a 9-fold increase in high quality Facebook fans.

In the recently concluded gathering of internet retailers at IRCE 2014, the problem of gaining positive social ROI was discussed with intent by the industry experts. In his talk titled “Boost Conversions with a Social Cast of Thousands”, ShopSocially CEO Jai Rawat suggested that retailers can achieve positive social ROI without necessarily spending huge budgets on paid media on social channels. Jai urged retailers to look at social from a holistic perspective and not just to promote brand through a B2C push on social channels. Besides engaging with customers on social media, retailers should also use onsite social strategies to obtain positive social ROI. Jai discussed seven specific strategies along with live examples and results. These strategies are:

1.    Rapid fan acquisition by converting website users into real Facebook fans

2.    Driving word-of-mouth promotion via purchase sharing

3.    Demand generation through social discovery

4.    Increasing sales conversion via real time social buzz and PhotomonialsTM

5.    Replacing email acquisition with outreach through social profile acquisition

6.    Enabling social login

7.    Using social signals to boost SEO Rank

Getting users to invest their social capital in retailer’s brand ensures user commitment and results in higher conversions. This investment can be in form of a simple Facebook Like, sharing social profile information with retailers’ brand via Facebook Connect or recommending brand to friends on social media.

Leading mom-focused e-commerce platform Plum District used a few of the above strategies to create a two-pronged plan for engaging their customers both on social channels like Facebook and Instagram, and also on their own site. Plum District encouraged their customers to connect with their brand and share their purchases on social media. Referral traffic generated via this source was of high quality and converted at an astounding rate of 36% on their site. Plum District could showcase real time social buzz from customers as ‘trending deals’ on their Facebook page. The net result is increase in sales, new customer acquisition and huge word-of-mouth promotion for their brand without spending any budget on paid media or social media ads.

“Marketing on social channels is just one part of the story.” commented Susan Kim, CEO of Plum District. “Social should be a two-pronged strategy. Social media should not only be considered as a new marketing avenue, but should also be used to enhance the existing marketing channels.”

Leading retailer for quality eye-wear products, Mezzmer implemented fan acquisition app to convert website visitors into real Facebook fans. As website visitors liked Mezzmer brand on the site, they were rewarded with an incentive. Users felt they have ‘earned’ the discount coupon by investing social capital in form of a Facebook Like and hence converted at a high rate. Through this strategy, Mezzmer saw a 9-fold increase in their Facebook fan-base in no time.

“Shoppers visiting your physical or digital store are the ones that are potential fans.” commented Michael Lee, Founder at Mezzmer Eyewear. “Onsite fan acquisition strategy converted our website visitors into real Facebook fans without us spending even a single dollar on Facebook ads.”

Combination of onsite and offsite strategies can help generate positive social ROI with limited marketing resources. These two strategies work in tandem to enhance the net impact and drive social ROI. “Social strategy cannot operate in isolation. A smart use of social media influence on e-commerce website can boost sales conversion and deliver real revenue uplift without retailers having to spend thousands of dollars.” said Jai Rawat.

About Plum District:

Plum District connects busy moms to high-quality products, activities, and inspirations for her kids and family. Through their daily offers, Plum District members can also enjoy steep discounts on local kids’ activities, well-loved brands, technology, and more – and explore family activities in their neighborhood, and inspirations for themselves and their kids.

The company is headquartered in San Francisco with a national footprint in North America along with local focus in markets including Orange County, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, Denver, and San Francisco. Backed by Kleiner Perkins, General Catalyst, and Comcast Ventures, Plum District has been named to Forbes’ 100 Best Websites for Women in 2012 and 2013.

About Mezzmer:

Mezzmer Eyewear offers a wide variety of eyeglasses, sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses online. Committed to raising self-esteem of the young and the bespectacled, Mezzmer eyeglasses attempts at making their customers look smarter, more creative and innovative. Tracking the latest style trends, Mezzmer products are of designer quality and appearance. Without compromising on the style or quality aspect, Mezzmer has struck a fine balance of offering designer eyeglasses at attractive prices, making it popular among the fashion-conscious youngsters.

About ShopSocially

ShopSocially is a SaaS social commerce platform driving millions of dollars in incremental revenue, new customer acquisition, improved SEO rank, growth in Facebook fan base, and word-of-mouth branding for 100s of top brands.ShopSocially platform enables a suite of onsite social apps for ecommerce sites. Examples of these apps include purchase sharing, fan acquisition, shopping community, social SEO, social photo testimonials on mobile and more.

ShopSocially has won several awards and has also been featured by Facebook in a Social Commerce case study. Launched in Oct 2010, ShopSocially is a privately held company in Mountain View, CA. For contact information, please visit: http://shopsocially.com/platform/request-a-demo.html.







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RentPaidOnline


Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

June 18-21, the NAA Education Conference and Exposition will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO. This is the most significant event in the multifamily industry each year drawing more than 7,000 multifamily housing professionals. This year Michael J. Fox, noted actor, author and activist, will deliver the opening keynote address. Since RentPaidOnline (RPO) has been taking the industry “back to the future”, his presence seems appropriate.

RPO, an industry leader in multifamily rent payment solutions, provides an innovative suite of options for property managers and renters. Steven Foster, Chief Business Development Officer – EVP explains, “RentPaidOnline was created to provide the rental payment industry with an intuitive suite of electronic, online and mobile options designed in response to specific requests gleaned from our clients that were dissatisfied with the pervasive complacency of current providers.”

Attendees visiting us at booth 430 will be eligible to win valuable prizes both Thursday and Friday of the event including iPad’s, android tablets, Bose headphones, leather RentPaidOnline briefcases, bottles of wine, and there will be a money cannon.

Of most value will be the opportunity to discover our fresh and innovative approach to the way payments for rent and other multifamily collectibles are made. With flexibility in mind, breaking all industry barriers and making online rent collection one of your property’s most prized amenities.

We value client feedback and incorporate it into new and exciting features that are tailored to ensure we’re meeting the needs of property staff and residents, making rent week seem like any other week! Recent enhancements to our platform include tighter integration with Yardi, providing the flexibility to make prepayments and reporting using mobile apps on Amazon, iPad, Android tablet, iPhone and Android phone. Industry first solutions like Community Connect™ and Mobile Manager™ solve the lost productivity by allowing staff and residents to exchange data and communicate easily through any device.

Please join us at booth 430. Our professional staff appreciates the opportunity to meet and greet, offer prizes and offer a presentation, which reveals the next level of rent payment options that are available to the growing family of RentPaidOnline clients.

About RentPaidOnline®

RentPaidOnline’s technology includes a real time web-based and mobile platform for electronic check, credit cards, and cash payments for the property management industry. RentPaidOnline’s parent company EFX Financial Services Inc. was founded in 2006 and processes over one billion in transaction volume annually throughout the United States and Canada. The key advantages of the RentPaidOnline service are our multiple, innovative, one of a kind payment channels and our “think outside the box” mentality to ensure our clients are always heard first and foremost.

EFX Financial Services corporate office is located in Clearwater, Florida. EFX Financial Services also has additional offices in Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Pennsylvania

For more information about RentPaidOnline, contact us at 855.PMY.RENT (769-7368).