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Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits. Educational methods include storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, and directed research. Education frequently takes place under the guidance of educators, but learners may also educate themselves.[1] Education can take place in formal or informal settings and any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. The methodology of teaching is called pedagogy. Education is one of the ten function systems of modern societies.

It has been argued that high rates of education are essential for countries to be able to achieve high levels of economic growth. Empirical analyses tend to support the theoretical prediction that poor countries should grow faster than rich countries because they can adopt cutting edge technologies already tried and tested by rich countries. However, technology transfer requires knowledgeable managers and engineers who are able to operate new machines or production practices borrowed from the leader in order to close the gap through imitation.

Webinar: How to Crush Sales on Amazon Prime Day Without Crushing Profits

Welcome to the SmartFinds "Learn from the Pros" Webinar Series. FREE TRAINING FOR AMAZON RETAILERS Amazon Prime Day 2020 is just around the corner. Amazon retailers can learn how to benefit from this once a year event by Learning from the Pros. Join our webinar on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, @ 2 PM EST on GoToWebinar. Your learning highlights include: How to maximize sales and profitability on Prime Day Forecasting sales & inventory spikes The 3 mistakes to avoid How to drive traffic to your Amazon store with Advertising channels How to drive traffic to your Amazon store with Non-Advertising channels After the Webinar A copy of the webinar recording (MP4) and the webinar presentation (PDF) will be provided to all registrants and attendees The webinar will be presented by SmartFinds Marketing and Elevate Growth Group.   Register Now Presented by: Melih Oztalay, CEO, SmartFinds Marketing Melih ("may-lee") is the CEO of SmartFinds Marketing. He has 25 years of experience in developing successful, efficient and strategic digital marketing and advertising solutions for businesses. Working through an entrepreneurial framework, he has given perspective on marketing in business development, sales, execution, and [...]

Webinar: Creative Design Increases Sales! Learn from the Pros Webinar Series

Welcome to the SmartFinds "Learn from the Pros" Webinar Series. Join this free Live Website Design and Creative Webinar to increase your sales on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 2:00 PM EST The webinar will be presented by SmartFinds Marketing and Drive Creative Agency. Do you understand how important creative design impacts leads and sales from your website? WEBSITE DESIGN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF Are you getting the sales from the volume of people visiting your website? Do you understand color theories, font usage, page space usage, or how to use dark mode design? Do you understand what is causing your website to not generate more leads and sales? Do your calls to actions have the necessary creative design to generate interest? Do you understand how Conversion Rate Optimization can help you increase your leads and sales? WEBSITE DESIGN WEBINAR WILL DISCUSS Mobile First design theory Understanding color theory User triggered animations Understanding your calls to actions Understanding how to measure your conversation rate How to use conversion rate optimization to improve your lead and sales results WEBSITE DESIGN WEBINAR WILL COVER: How creative website design impacts your lead and sales results The concepts of creative design theories to [...]

By |2020-06-04T13:41:35-04:00March 25th, 2020|Creative Design, Digital Marketing, Education and Learning, General, Internet Marketing, Marketing, News and Events, Smartfinds, Webinar, Website Development|Comments Off on Webinar: Creative Design Increases Sales! Learn from the Pros Webinar Series

Content Marketing Webinar Hosted By SmartFinds Marketing and Trade Press Services for Free

Birmingham, Michigan - February 24, 2020 (SMARTFINDS MARKETING) - Content Marketing Webinar hosted for free by SmartFinds Marketing with their communications partner, Trade Press Services, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. EST on "How to Increase Sales with the Power of Content Marketing." Brands Using Content Marketing The webinar will demonstrate how brands can use content marketing to convert prospects into customers. According to the Content Marketing Institute, the most successful companies are very committed to producing content marketing, yet only 39 percent have a documented strategy. “When it comes to marketing in a digital and global marketplace, content is king, thanks to the ever-increasing power of social media and the necessity of leveraging that power to continuously and positively impact sales numbers,” says Gerri Knilans, president of Trade Press Services. "Content marketing has become a proven driver for sales increases,” notes Knilans whose background includes more than 40 years of sales and marketing expertise". "That’s why it’s imperative to understand all of the elements required to leverage content marketing strategically and successfully." Gerri Knilans and Jamie Pagett from Trade Press Services will host the first half of the webinar, which will address the scope of content marketing, [...]

Webinar: Content Marketing Drives Sales! Learn from the Pros Series

Registration For This Webinar Has Closed Don't Miss This FREE Live Content Marketing Webinar: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST Are You Ready for 2020 With Your Content Marketing Strategies? CONTENT MARKETING QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: Do you understand how content marketing can generate sales? Do you know how to create content that humans and search engines will love? Do you know how to use content marketing to drive quality visitors to your website? Do you know how to create a strategic content marketing plan that will support your company’s goals? CONTENT MARKETING WEBINAR WILL COVER: The benefits of content marketing How to create a strategic content marketing plan How to develop quality content that drives results How to distribute your content YOU'LL LEARN: Content marketing formats Eight steps to creating a strategic content marketing plan Strategic messaging Creating a content-marketing dream team Best practices Content distribution through non-social websites Content distribution through passive social media marketing Content distribution through active social media marketing YOU'LL GET: A copy of the webinar recording (MP4) and the webinar presentation (PDF) will be provided to all registrants and attendees Don't Miss This FREE Live [...]

Website Webinar: Preparing For Your Website’s Future, Reliable Strategy and Improving Security

Registration For This Webinar Has Closed Don't miss this FREE Live Website Webinar : Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 9AM EST 2020 is just around the corner. Is your website ready? WEBSITE WEBINAR QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF: Are you ready for 5G? Are you ready for the future of mobile device capabilities? Have you gotten a perfect score on Google's Page Speed Testing Tool? Have you gotten a passing grade with Google's Structured Data Testing Tool? Have you tested your website and web server's security? Have you reduced your risk by decentralizing your web presence? WEBSITE WEBINAR WILL DISCUSS: Frontline website development technologies Developing a reliable strategy for future planning Reducing the risk of your website's downtime Keeping your website flexible as your business needs change YOU'LL LEARN: New project structure Diversifying technologies 2020 creative design 8 critical website technologies Preparing for website marketability YOU'LL GET: A copy of the webinar recording (MP4) and the webinar presentation (PDF) will be provided to all registrants and attendees Presented by: Melih Oztalay Melih Oztalay is the CEO of SmartFinds Marketing. He has 25 years of experience in developing successful, [...]

Houghton College Launches Online Degree In Masters in Education

Christian College, Houghton College, announces a full online degree program in Master in Education (MEd) in an effort to address the growing shortage of specialized literacy teachers in rural communities. The Cattaraugus-Allegany region and beyond has seen this shortage to which Houghton College is launching a full online graduate degree in literacy education Houghton, NY - February 19, 2019, Houghton College’s (www.houghton.edu) new Master of Science in Education (Literacy) targets certified teachers who seek to better meet the language and literacy learning needs of diverse learners in today’s schools. The New York State Department of Education has approved the new program, and classes will begin on September 2, 2019. Upon completion of the master’s degree, graduates will be eligible to apply for New York State certification as literacy specialists at one of three levels: birth through grade 6, grades 5 through 12, or birth through grade 12. According to Houghton College officials, this is the only program of its kind in Western New York to be offered in a totally online format. The first application deadline is April 1. "This graduate program will be taught entirely online by faculty with earned doctoral degrees,” said Sunshine Sullivan, Ph.D., associate professor and [...]

By |2019-03-11T12:02:10-04:00February 19th, 2019|Education and Learning, Houghton College, News and Events|Comments Off on Houghton College Launches Online Degree In Masters in Education

How Will You Market Yourself For A Career Change Later In Life

Market yourself in the digital world has changed for everyone. Understanding your personal brand and how to present yourself goes well beyond a basic resume. Recently James Martin quoted our CEO, Melih Oztalay, in an article for the AARP’s Life Reimagined. As a digital marketing entrepreneur, digital industry author, and industry guest speaker Oztalay was thankful. Needless to say, we couldn’t help but wonder what is as Life Reimagined by the AARP! Life Reimagined and the AARP Taking parts of the AARP and the Life Reimagine Institute websites, here is a quick explanation about their efforts. “Life Reimagined was launched by AARP in 2014 as a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions, pursue their goals, dreams, and purpose in life. The Life Reimagined Institute brings together the world's leading experts in personal development, aging, transitions, and reimagining life. These advisors help develop the groundbreaking Life Reimagined programs, services, content, tools, and innovations that have helped countless individuals reignite their sense of purpose.” To put this in different terms. As we age and live longer, we can continue to matter, contribute to society and be successful. Our needs have changed, our life experiences change our perspectives, and perhaps we [...]

By |2020-06-04T13:41:39-04:00September 8th, 2016|Articles, Education and Learning, Internet Marketing, LinkedIn Marketing, Marketing, Smartfinds|Comments Off on How Will You Market Yourself For A Career Change Later In Life

Courageous Persuaders Gala Awards $28,000 in Scholarships To High School Students

Students honored for creating videos that raise awareness on dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving and texting while driving Troy, MI, May 31, 2016 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) hosted its annual Courageous Persuaders Awards Celebration on Wednesday, May 11 at the Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, MI, where $28,000 in scholarships and awards were granted to high school students. These brave students took a stand to raise awareness amongst their peers on the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving and texting while driving. "The awareness raised through the creativity of the students participating in Courageous Persuaders has the power to save lives,” said Ryan LaFontaine, DADA President. "The DADA and our partners applaud these bright young minds for their efforts in taking a stand and helping to educate fellow friends and students on the catastrophic results that underage drinking as well as impaired and distracted driving can cause.” Now in its 16th year, Courageous Persuaders is a competition where high school students create 30-second television commercials warning middle school students about the dangers of underage drinking, drinking and driving, and texting while driving. The contest drew 652 entries from 242 high schools, and has involved [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:23:46-05:00May 31st, 2016|Education and Learning, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Gala Awards $28,000 in Scholarships To High School Students

Courageous Persuaders is Your Chance to Win Scholarship Awards and Make a Positive Impact on Young Minds

TROY, MI, Feb 2, 2016 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation reminds students that the deadline for entry into the Courageous Persuaders video competition is almost here. The deadline for entry is February 11, 2016. Courageous Persuaders offers over $27,000 in scholarship awards. "The DADA, along with many important partners, strive to take an active role in our local communities by educating our youth on the dangers of underage drinking and distracted driving," said Ryan LaFontaine, DADA president. "The messages conveyed in the commercials these young adults create are truly very powerful." Courageous Persuaders is a competition-based scholarship program that invites high school students to create a 30-second commercial about the dangers of underage drinking. The commercials are targeted toward middle school-aged children, with the winning entries aired on television and via streaming video on www.CourageousPersuaders.com. The Michigan Department of State also shows the winning commercials in select Secretary of State (SOS) branch offices. The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Celebration to be held in May. The Courageous Persuaders program was created in 2000 by the late Oakland County District Judge Michael A. Martone and John Barczyk, a retired local McCann-Erickson advertising executive. In [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:24:48-05:00February 2nd, 2016|Education and Learning, News and Events, Smartfinds|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders is Your Chance to Win Scholarship Awards and Make a Positive Impact on Young Minds

Courageous Persuaders Honors High School Students with Over $23,000 in Scholarships and Awards at Upcoming Celebration

TROY, Mich., May 5, 2015 – The Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) Education Foundation announced today that tickets are still available for its 2015 Courageous Persuaders Video Competition Awards Celebration which will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Emagine Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan. The Courageous Persuaders Video Competition, now in its 15th year, recognizes high school students that take a creative approach to educate fellow students on the dangers of underage drinking. This year, Courageous Persuaders will give away over $23,000 in scholarships. “As a parent I can’t think of a more worthy initiative to support, especially one that has the potential to save children’s lives,” said Sam Slaughter, DADA president. “I encourage parents with teenage children to attend and not only educate themselves on the dangers of underage drinking, but learn about more creative ways to connect with their children on this important cause.” Tickets for the event, which is open to the public, are $25 for adults and $20 for 18 and under, can be purchased at the door. Huel Perkins, noted WJBK Fox2 Detroit television personality will be the emcee for the event and will be joined on the stage by many notable [...]

By |2017-01-01T11:26:22-05:00May 8th, 2015|Education and Learning, News and Events|Comments Off on Courageous Persuaders Honors High School Students with Over $23,000 in Scholarships and Awards at Upcoming Celebration