Why Wikipedia is a Powerful Marketing Tool for Personal Branding and Business

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Why Wikipedia is a Powerful Marketing Tool for Personal Branding and Business

 
 

Wikipedia - a Powerful Online Marketing Tool for Business and Personal Branding

Have you ever searched something on Google? Then you must have seen the relevant Wikipedia link in one of the top five results in Google’s search page. Just type in a search term like “Jeff Bullas” or “Linkedin” and see for yourself. You know, your business, your brand or even your name could also be there too, but how?

We will discuss how using this effective online marketing tool to your advantage and beef up your personal brand or company’s online presence it later.

First let’s take you through the basics of Wikipedia.

What is Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is actually an online collaborative encyclopaedia. It does not hire content writers to create posts, like other typical encyclopaedia’s. It is an open source site that if used correctly, can be an effective online marketing tool for your business or personal branding. Let’s disclose here, how?

Why should my business, brand or my name be on Wikipedia?

Wikipedia can be huge for your business and offers you the following benefits:

  1. You can create or edit your business, brand or biography post on its website.
  2. Your business or personal brand Wikipedia page can produce significant improvement to your business and your reputation.
  3. It adds a level of prestige, authenticity and credibility to your business, brand or persona.
  4. It provides you with an additional and credible website presence that will depict your business with integrity.
  5. Can produce a significant positive increase in sales
  6. Enhance your visibility in search engine results

Wikipedia holds some prime real estate on Google’s search results page.  It’s usually pops up in one of the top five spots, so your company page gets a automatic SEO boast on Google to enjoy. This Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is free of cost! So there will be one more website about your business at the top level of Google search engine results.

Why following the guidelines is important

It is crucial to mention that your business can reap all these benefits if you follow the wiki writing guidelines, otherwise, your post have a risk of being removed or flagged. Wikipedia does not allow you to create biased or promotional content.

You need to follow their  guidelines to create Wikipedia page. Here is a quick and simple guide for writing an effective wiki page.

If you decide to undertake this project, it’s important to take your time and do it right.

Guidelines to create Wikipedia page

Here are the 4 key guidelines to create a Wikipedia page.

Step #1.

You should make sure that your business is renowned and someone has created articles or news about your business or company, which are available online.

Has anyone created outside articles about your company online?

Step #2.

Create Wikipedia account.

Step #3.

Now you need to find informative articles on your business or brand. These articles should be related to your company and must be present online. It would be excellent idea to take articles from online trade magazines, online newspapers and magazines.

  • Do not include your personal essays or original research as citations.
  • It is not recommended you to pull tons of information directly from your business website, until you have a big company like Apple or KMart.
  • This outside source citation about your business proves that your business is known.
  • And very important  – do not advertise or market your company in your post.
  • If you don’t have a lot of outside articles, consider doing a little public relations outreach and publish new relevant content before creating a page.

Step #4.

If you have got these in place then you can create the wiki page or post.

Having a solid Wiki page is not easy

Although the Wikipedia writing guidelines for businesses are available, the task is cumbersome and gruelling for a novice. From having a registered account (having a minimum approved edits restriction) to conducting a neutral research for your company where each sentence is to be supported by a reference similar to academic citations, is in fact a lot to ask from a new user.

Furthermore, wiki does not like self-promotion, so if it is proved that a company is making its own wiki page, the page is flagged for deletion.

Thus I recommend that companies should use expert help to create their wiki pages, so that they minimize the risk of deletion.

Guest author: Irina Kalonatchi. You can contact her at Bettiblue.com if you need some advice or assistance on creating a presence on Wikipedia.  

Want to learn how to build a powerful personal brand online?

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It is now available to download. I show you how to create and build a blog that rocks and grow tribes, fans and followers on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. It also includes dozens of tips to create contagious content that begs to be shared and tempts people to link to your website and blog.

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Read more at http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/31/why-wikipedia-is-a-powerful-marketing-tool-for-personal-branding-and-business/#vhi4Uq47WtECzb5i.99

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Here’s What Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret, And Other Corporate Logos Would Say If They Were Being Honest

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Here’s What Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret, And Other Corporate Logos Would Say If They Were Being Honest

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Every time Clif Dickens, a graphic designer in Nashville, would ask for Coca-Cola at a restaurant, the waitress would invariably ask him whether it would be alright to serve him Pepsi instead.

The experiences became a running joke amongst Clif and his friends, and it inspired him to reimagine Pepsi’s logo with a new slogan that honestly portrayed the soft drink as the second choice of many of its customers:

The joke led Dickens to create Honest Slogans, a website dedicated to re-imagining how corporate logos would look if they were being honest about the goods and services they sold.

As he did with the Pepsi logo, Dickens tries to present what he calls “slices of life” that resonate with the frustrations and experiences of anyone who’s felt inadequate after watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, or been hit with big service charges when purchasing tickets on Ticketmaster.

Dickens works as a graphic designer for the hospital operator Hospital Corporation of America and has updated the blog intermittently since creating it in 2011. But after seeing the site gain popularity once he shared it on Reddit, Dickens says he is now trying to update it with a new logo every work day.

“A lot of them are a bit harsh, I guess,” Dickens told Business Insider. “I try to make it so that even if Kmart or another company were to see it, they could kind of nod their heads in agreement. I try to keep it tasteful, but it’s a little bit tongue-in-cheek.”

Here’s the Kmart logo Dickens referenced, as well as some of our other favorites:

You can see more of Dickens’ Honest Slogans at honestslogans.com.

Read more:http://www.businessinsider.com/honest-slogans-poke-fun-at-brands-2013-10#ixzz2jBfwArWl

7 Statistics About Facebook Users That Reveal Why It’s Such A Powerful Marketing Platform

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7 Statistics About Facebook Users That Reveal Why It’s Such A Powerful Marketing Platform

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Who’s on Facebook? The short answer, of course, is everyone. And that’s why every company and brand needs to seriously consider a major presence on the platform, as well as a Facebook-specific content strategy.

But digging into the data reveals more specific and compelling reasons why marketers should be active on Facebook, such as the fact that despite recent news coverage about how Facebook is getting older, it’s still strongest in the young adult age bracket so precious to many marketers.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we break down the demographics of Facebook and show why it’s such a powerful platform for companies, brands, and products. Facebook’s surprisingly strong statistics in terms of gender breakdown, income levels, and age diversity makes it the obvious go-to marketing platform. Our report also spotlights similar statistics for all the main social networks, but Facebook’s numbers are perhaps the most compelling.

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Here are seven of our surprising findings on Facebook: 

  1. Population and Penetration: Yes, we know that over 1 billion people are on the platform. But what’s the penetration rate in a major market like the U.S.? 67% of Internet users in the U.S. are on Facebook. In European markets, penetration is even higher (82% in the U.K.).
  2. Age: Facebook still skews young. In the U.S., 83% of 18 to 29-year-olds who use the Internet are on it, but the proportion is only 67% across all age brackets. However, the 45- to 54-year-old age bracket has seen 46% growth since year-end 2012.
  3. Income: Among U.S. Internet users, 73% with incomes above $75,000 are on Facebook (compared to 17% who are on Twitter, and 13% who are on Pinterest).
  4. Mobile: Facebook is the most popular social media app on smartphones and accounts for 66% of total social media sharing on iPhones.
  5. International: Eight-six percent of Facebook’s users are outside the U.S. And 29% of its users log in from Asian countries.
  6. Gender: Facebook skews slightly toward women. But it is more gender neutral than Pinterest and Google+.
  7. Education: Nearly 75% of U.S. Internet users who have had at least some education in college use Facebook, according to Pew Research.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/a-primer-on-facebook-demographics-2013-10#ixzz2j9EfKgTr

CIA The World Fact Book: Israel

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Introduction ::ISRAEL

Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. (The territories Israel occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted.) On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the “Oslo Accords”) guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. Progress toward a permanent status agreement was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between September 2003 and February 2005. Israel in 2005 unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2006 Israel engaged in a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon in June-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009. Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU formed a coalition in March 2009 following a February 2009 general election. Direct talks with the PA launched in September 2010 collapsed following the expiration of Israel’s 10-month partial settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank.
Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon
31 30 N, 34 45 E
Middle East
total: 20,770 sq km

country comparison to the world: 154

land: 20,330 sq km
water: 440 sq km
slightly larger than New Jersey
total: 1,017 km
border countries: Egypt 266 km, Gaza Strip 51 km, Jordan 238 km, Lebanon 79 km, Syria 76 km, West Bank 307 km
273 km
territorial sea: 12 nm
continental shelf: to depth of exploitation
temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas
Negev desert in the south; low coastal plain; central mountains; Jordan Rift Valley
lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m
highest point: Har Meron 1,208 m
timber, potash, copper ore, natural gas, phosphate rock, magnesium bromide, clays, sand
arable land: 13.68%
permanent crops: 3.69%
other: 82.62% (2011)
2,250 sq km (2004)
1.78 cu km (2011)
total: 1.95 cu km/yr (39%/6%/55%)
per capita: 282.4 cu m/yr (2009)
sandstorms may occur during spring and summer; droughts; periodic earthquakes
limited arable land and natural freshwater resources pose serious constraints; desertification; air pollution from industrial and vehicle emissions; groundwater pollution from industrial and domestic waste, chemical fertilizers, and pesticides
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling
signed, but not ratified: Marine Life Conservation
Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) is an important freshwater source; the Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world (after Lake Assal in Djibouti); there are about 355 Israeli civilian sites including about 145 small outpost communities in the West Bank, 41 sites in the Golan Heights, and 32 in East Jerusalem (2010 est.)
noun: Israeli(s)
adjective: Israeli
Jewish 76.4% (of which Israel-born 67.1%, Europe/America-born 22.6%, Africa-born 5.9%, Asia-born 4.2%), non-Jewish 23.6% (mostly Arab) (2004)
Hebrew (official), Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), English (most commonly used foreign language)
Jewish 75.6%, Muslim 16.9%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.7%, other 3.8% (2008)
7,707,042 (July 2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 98

note: approximately 341,400 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank (2012); approximately 18,900 Israeli settlers live in the Golan Heights (2012); approximately 196,400 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem (2011)
0-14 years: 27.3% (male 1,077,081/female 1,028,192)
15-24 years: 15.7% (male 619,091/female 590,551)
25-54 years: 37.7% (male 1,485,292/female 1,422,352)
55-64 years: 8.8% (male 328,943/female 348,695)
65 years and over: 10.5% (male 355,049/female 451,796) (2013 est.)
population pyramid: 
total dependency ratio: 62.5 %
youth dependency ratio: 45.1 %
elderly dependency ratio: 17.4 %
potential support ratio: 5.7 (2013)
total: 29.7 years
male: 29 years
female: 30.4 years (2013 est.)
1.5% (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 82

18.71 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 102

5.52 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 176

1.81 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 45

urban population: 91.9% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization: 1.73% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.219 million; Haifa 1.027 million; JERUSALEM (capital) 768,000 (2009)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
27.3 (2011 est.)
7 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)

country comparison to the world: 169

total: 4.03 deaths/1,000 live births

country comparison to the world: 199

male: 4.2 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 3.84 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
total population: 81.17 years

country comparison to the world: 18

male: 78.96 years
female: 83.49 years (2013 est.)
2.65 children born/woman (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 76

7.7% of GDP (2011)

country comparison to the world: 71

3.108 physicians/1,000 population (2011)
3.4 beds/1,000 population (2011)
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2010 est.)
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2010 est.)
0.2% (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 100

7,500 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 109

fewer than 100 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 119

26.2% (2008)

country comparison to the world: 49

5.9% of GDP (2009)

country comparison to the world: 41

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 98.5%
female: 95.9% (2004 est.)
total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2009)
total: 11.6%

country comparison to the world: 99

male: 11.8%
female: 11.3% (2011)

Government ::ISRAEL

conventional long form: State of Israel
conventional short form: Israel
local long form: Medinat Yisra’el
local short form: Yisra’el
parliamentary democracy
name: Jerusalem
geographic coordinates: 31 46 N, 35 14 E
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins Friday before the last Sunday in March; ends the first Sunday in October; note – if the end of DST falls on Rosh Hashanah, then the end of DST will fall on the first Monday after 1 October
note: Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1950, but the US, like all other countries, maintains its Embassy in Tel Aviv
6 districts (mehozot, singular – mehoz); Central, Haifa, Jerusalem, Northern, Southern, Tel Aviv
14 May 1948 (from League of Nations mandate under British administration)
Independence Day, 14 May (1948); note – Israel declared independence on 14 May 1948, but the Jewish calendar is lunar and the holiday may occur in April or May
no formal constitution; some of the functions of a constitution are filled by the Declaration of Establishment (1948), the Basic Laws of the parliament (Knesset), and the Israeli citizenship law; note – since May 2003 the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee of the Knesset has been working on a draft constitution
mixed legal system of English common law, British Mandate regulations, and Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious laws
has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; withdrew acceptance of ICCt jurisdiction in 2002
18 years of age; universal
chief of state: President Shimon PERES (since 15 July 2007)
head of government: Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU (since 31 March 2009)
cabinet: Cabinet selected by prime minister and approved by the Knesset

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elections: president largely a ceremonial role and is elected by the Knesset for a seven-year term (one-term limit); election last held 13 June 2007 (next to be held in 2014 but can be called earlier); following legislative elections, the president, in consultation with party leaders, assigns the task of forming a governing coalition to a Knesset member whom he or she determines is most likely to accomplish that task
election results: Shimon PERES elected president; number of votes in first round – Shimon PERES 58, Reuven RIVLIN 37, Colette AVITAL 21; PERES elected president in second round with 86 votes (unopposed)
unicameral Knesset (120 seats; political parties are elected by popular vote and assigned seats for members on a proportional basis; members serve four-year terms)
elections: last held on 22 January 2013 (next to be held in 2017)
election results: percent of vote by party – Likud-Ahi 23.3%, Yesh Atid 14.3%, Labor 11.4%, The Jewish Home 9.1%, SHAS 8.7%, United Torah Judaism 5.2%, The Movement 5%, Meretz 4.5%, United Arab List 3.6%, HADASH 3%, Balad 2.6%, Kadima 2.1%; other 7.2%; seats by party – Likud-Ahi 31, Yesh Atid 19, Labor 15, The Jewish Home 12, SHAS 11, United Torah Judaism 7, The Movement 6, Meretz 6, United Arab List 4, HADASH 4, Balad 3, Kadima 2
note: Ehud BARAK and four others on 17 January 2011 split from the Labor Party and formed the Atzmaut (Independence) Party; the Labor Party holds 8 seats in the Knesset and the Independence Party holds 5 seats; Aztmaut did not submit a candidate list for the election on 22 January 2013
highest court(s): Supreme Court ( consists of the chief justice and 14 judges)
judge selection and term of office: judges selected by the Judicial Selection Committee, made up of all three branches of the government and chaired by the Minister of Justice; judges can serve up to mandatory retirement age of 70
subordinate courts: district and magistrate courts; national and regional labor courts; special and religious courts
Atzmaut (Independence) Party [Ehud BARAK]
Balad [Jamal ZAHALKA]
Democratic Front for Peace and Equality (HADASH) [Muhammad BARAKEH]
Kadima [Shaul MOFAZ]
Labor Party [Shelly YECHIMOVICH]
Likud-Ahi [Binyamin NETANYAHU]
National Union Uri ARIEL]
SHAS [Eliyahu YISHAI]
The Jewish Home (HaBayit HaYehudi) [Naftali BENNETT]
The Movement (Hatnuah) [Tzipora “Tzipi” LIVNI]
The New Movement-Meretz [Haim ORON]
United Arab List-Ta’al [Ibrahim SARSUR]
United Torah Judaism or UTJ [Yaakov LITZMAN]
Yesh Atid [Yair LAPID]
Yisrael Beiteinu or YB [Avigdor LIEBERMAN]
B’Tselem [Jessica MONTELL, Executive Director] monitors human rights abuses
Peace Now [Yariv OPPENHEIMER, Secretary General] supports territorial concessions in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
YESHA Council of Settlements [Danny DAYAN, Chairman] promotes settler interests and opposes territorial compromise
Breaking the Silence [Yehuda SHAUL, Executive Director] collects testimonies from soldiers who served in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
BIS, BSEC (observer), CE (observer), CICA, EBRD, FAO, IADB, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW (signatory), OSCE (partner), Paris Club (associate), PCA, SELEC (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
chief of mission: Ambassador Michael B. OREN (since 25 June 2009)
chancery: 3514 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 364-5500
FAX: [1] (202) 364-5647
consulate(s) general: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco
chief of mission: Ambassador Daniel B. SHAPIRO
embassy: 71 Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv 63903
telephone: [972] (3) 519-7475
FAX: [972] (3) 516-4390
consulate(s) general: Jerusalem; note – an independent US mission, established in 1928, whose members are not accredited to a foreign government
white with a blue hexagram (six-pointed linear star) known as the Magen David (Shield of David) centered between two equal horizontal blue bands near the top and bottom edges of the flag; the basic design resembles a Jewish prayer shawl (tallit), which is white with blue stripes; the hexagram as a Jewish symbol dates back to medieval times
Star of David
name: “Hatikvah” (The Hope)

lyrics/music: Naftali Herz IMBER/traditional, arranged by Samuel COHEN
note: adopted 2004, unofficial since 1948; used as the anthem of the Zionist movement since 1897; the 1888 arrangement by Samuel COHEN is thought to be based on the Romanian folk song “Carul cu boi” (The Ox Driven Cart)
noun: Israeli(s)
adjective: Israeli
Jewish 76.4% (of which Israel-born 67.1%, Europe/America-born 22.6%, Africa-born 5.9%, Asia-born 4.2%), non-Jewish 23.6% (mostly Arab) (2004)
Hebrew (official), Arabic (used officially for Arab minority), English (most commonly used foreign language)
Jewish 75.6%, Muslim 16.9%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.7%, other 3.8% (2008)
7,707,042 (July 2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 98

note: approximately 341,400 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank (2012); approximately 18,900 Israeli settlers live in the Golan Heights (2012); approximately 196,400 Israeli settlers live in East Jerusalem (2011)
0-14 years: 27.3% (male 1,077,081/female 1,028,192)
15-24 years: 15.7% (male 619,091/female 590,551)
25-54 years: 37.7% (male 1,485,292/female 1,422,352)
55-64 years: 8.8% (male 328,943/female 348,695)
65 years and over: 10.5% (male 355,049/female 451,796) (2013 est.)
population pyramid: 
total dependency ratio: 62.5 %
youth dependency ratio: 45.1 %
elderly dependency ratio: 17.4 %
potential support ratio: 5.7 (2013)
total: 29.7 years
male: 29 years
female: 30.4 years (2013 est.)
1.5% (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 82

18.71 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 102

5.52 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 176

1.81 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 45

urban population: 91.9% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization: 1.73% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Tel Aviv-Yafo 3.219 million; Haifa 1.027 million; JERUSALEM (capital) 768,000 (2009)
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.94 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female
total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
27.3 (2011 est.)
7 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)

country comparison to the world: 169

total: 4.03 deaths/1,000 live births

country comparison to the world: 199

male: 4.2 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 3.84 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
total population: 81.17 years

country comparison to the world: 18

male: 78.96 years
female: 83.49 years (2013 est.)
2.65 children born/woman (2013 est.)

country comparison to the world: 76

7.7% of GDP (2011)

country comparison to the world: 71

3.108 physicians/1,000 population (2011)
3.4 beds/1,000 population (2011)
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2010 est.)
improved:
urban: 100% of population
rural: 100% of population
total: 100% of population (2010 est.)
0.2% (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 100

7,500 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 109

fewer than 100 (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 119

26.2% (2008)

country comparison to the world: 49

5.9% of GDP (2009)

country comparison to the world: 41

definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.1%
male: 98.5%
female: 95.9% (2004 est.)
total: 16 years
male: 15 years
female: 16 years (2009)
total: 11.6%

country comparison to the world: 99

male: 11.8%
female: 11.3% (2011)

Economy ::ISRAEL

Israel has a technologically advanced market economy. Its major imports include crude oil, grains, raw materials, and military equipment. Cut diamonds, high-technology equipment, and pharmaceuticals are among the leading exports. Israel usually posts sizable trade deficits, which are covered by tourism and other service exports, as well as significant foreign investment inflows. The global financial crisis of 2008-09 spurred a brief recession in Israel, but the country entered the crisis with solid fundamentals – following years of prudent fiscal policy and a resilient banking sector. The economy has recovered better than most advanced, comparably sized economies. In 2010, Israel formally acceded to the OECD. Israel’s economy also has weathered the Arab Spring because strong trade ties outside the Middle East have insulated the economy from spillover effects. Natural gasfields discovered off Israel’s coast during the past two years have brightened Israel”s energy security outlook. The Leviathan field was one of the world”s largest offshore natural gas finds this past decade, and production from the Tama field is expected to meet all of Israel”s natural gas demand beginning mid-2013. In mid-2011, public protests arose around income inequality and rising housing and commodity prices. The government formed committees to address some of the grievances but has maintained that it will not engage in deficit spending to satisfy populist demands.
$252.8 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 51

$245.2 billion (2011 est.)
$234.4 billion (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
$240.9 billion (2012 est.)
3.1% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 104

4.6% (2011 est.)
5% (2010 est.)
$32,800 (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 44

$32,600 (2011 est.)
$31,800 (2010 est.)
note: data are in 2012 US dollars
19.2% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 79

19% of GDP (2011 est.)
18.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
household consumption: 57.5%
government consumption: 24.3%
investment in fixed capital: 19.1%
investment in inventories: 0.2%
exports of goods and services: 37.4%
imports of goods and services: -38.5%
(2012 est.)
agriculture: 2.5%
industry: 31.4%
services: 66.1% (2012 est.)
citrus, vegetables, cotton; beef, poultry, dairy products
high-technology products (including aviation, communications, computer-aided design and manufactures, medical electronics, fiber optics), wood and paper products, potash and phosphates, food, beverages, and tobacco, caustic soda, cement, construction, metals products, chemical products, plastics, diamond cutting, textiles, footwear
4% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 69

3.606 million (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 98

agriculture: 2%
industry: 16%
services: 82% (September 2008)
6.9% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 74

5.6% (2011 est.)
23.6%
note: Israel’s poverty line is $7.30 per person per day (2007)
lowest 10%: 2.5%
highest 10%: 24.3% (2008)
39.2 (2008)

country comparison to the world: 66

35.5 (2001)
revenues: $63.54 billion
expenditures: $73.65 billion (2012 est.)
26.4% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 114

-4.2% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 149

73.6% of GDP (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 33

72.6% of GDP (2011 est.)
calendar year
1.7% (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 32

3.5% (2011 est.)
2.75% (31 December 2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 112

2.02% (31 December 2010 est.)
5.14% (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 149

5.54% (31 December 2011 est.)
$32.48 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 59

$30.21 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
$208.8 billion (31 December 2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 39

$195.7 billion (31 December 2008 est.)
$192.3 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 41

$178 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
$145 billion (31 December 2011)

country comparison to the world: 33

$218.1 billion (31 December 2010)
$182.1 billion (31 December 2009)
-$2.579 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 146

$1.873 billion (2011 est.)
$61.45 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 53

$64.19 billion (2011 est.)
machinery and equipment, software, cut diamonds, agricultural products, chemicals, textiles and apparel
US 27.8%, Hong Kong 7.7%, UK 5.7%, Belgium 4.6%, China 4.3% (2012)
$71.4 billion (2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 42

$72.03 billion (2011 est.)
raw materials, military equipment, investment goods, rough diamonds, fuels, grain, consumer goods
US 12.9%, China 7.3%, Germany 6.3%, Switzerland 5.5%, Belgium 4.8% (2012)
$75.91 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 28

$74.87 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
$94.34 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 50

$104.7 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
$75.94 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 45

$66.59 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
$74.75 billion (31 December 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 31

$70.74 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
new Israeli shekels (ILS) per US dollar –
3.8559 (2012 est.)
3.5781 (2011 est.)
3.739 (2010 est.)
3.93 (2009)
3.588 (2008)

Energy ::ISRAEL

53.55 billion kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 48

45.59 billion kWh (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 48

3.783 billion kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 33

0 kWh (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 199

12.07 million kW (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 49

99.7% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 53

0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 110

0.1% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 148

0.3% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 80

100 bbl/day (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 100

0 bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 129

224,400 bbl/day (2009 est.)

country comparison to the world: 30

11.8 million bbl (1 January 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 91

242,100 bbl/day (2008 est.)

country comparison to the world: 50

238,400 bbl/day (2011 est.)

country comparison to the world: 53

71,100 bbl/day (2008 est.)

country comparison to the world: 49

50,490 bbl/day (2008 est.)

country comparison to the world: 67

1.55 billion cu m (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 61

3.65 billion cu m (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 68

0 cu m (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 118

2.1 billion cu m (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 47

270.7 billion cu m (1 January 2012 est.)

country comparison to the world: 42

70.32 million Mt (2010 est.)

country comparison to the world: 47

Communications ::ISRAEL

3.5 million (2011)

country comparison to the world: 46

9.2 million (2011)

country comparison to the world: 80

general assessment: most highly developed system in the Middle East
domestic: good system of coaxial cable and microwave radio relay; all systems are digital; four privately owned mobile-cellular service providers with countrywide coverage
international: country code – 972; submarine cables provide links to Europe, Cyprus, and parts of the Middle East; satellite earth stations – 3 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean) (2011)
state broadcasting network, operated by the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), broadcasts on 2 channels, one in Hebrew and the other in Arabic; 5 commercial channels including a channel broadcasting in Russian, a channel broadcasting Knesset proceedings, and a music channel supervised by a public body; multi-channel satellite and cable TV packages provide access to foreign channels; IBA broadcasts on 8 radio networks with multiple repeaters and Israel Defense Forces Radio broadcasts over multiple stations; about 15 privately owned radio stations; overall more than 100 stations and repeater stations (2008)
.il
2.483 million (2012)

country comparison to the world: 36

4.525 million (2009)

country comparison to the world: 51

Transportation ::ISRAEL

47 (2013)

country comparison to the world: 95

total: 29
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 6
914 to 1,523 m: 11
under 914 m: 5 (2013)
total: 18
1,524 to 2,437 m: 1
914 to 1,523 m: 3
under 914 m:
14 (2013)
3 (2013)
gas 763 km; oil 442 km; refined products 261 km (2013)
total: 975 km

country comparison to the world: 89

standard gauge: 975 km 1.435-m gauge (2008)
total: 18,566 km

country comparison to the world: 115

paved: 18,566 km (includes 449 km of expressways) (2011)
total: 8

country comparison to the world: 120

by type: cargo 1, container 7
registered in other countries: 48 (Bermuda 3, Georgia 1, Honduras 1, Liberia 34, Malta 3, Moldova 2, Panama 1, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 3) (2010)
Ashdod, Elat (Eilat), Hadera, Haifa

Military ::ISRAEL

Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Israel Naval Force (IN), Israel Air Force (IAF) (2010)
18 years of age for compulsory (Jews, Druzes) military service; 17 years of age for voluntary (Christians, Muslims, Circassians) military service; both sexes are obligated to military service; conscript service obligation – 36 months for enlisted men, 21 months for enlisted women, 48 months for officers; pilots commit to 9 years service; reserve obligation to age 41-51 (men), 24 (women) (2013)
males age 16-49: 1,797,960
females age 16-49: 1,713,230 (2010 est.)
males age 16-49: 1,517,510
females age 16-49: 1,446,132 (2010 est.)
male: 62,304
female: 59,418 (2010 est.)
7.4% of GDP (2012)

country comparison to the world: 7

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Startup Nation Critical Canvas

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English: Map of the White City World Heritage Site in Tel Aviv, Israel. WHS site boundaries based on WHS Nomination file 2003, pg.210 and 2002 map. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Startup Nation Critical Canvas

 Stephen Darori  in Zion ,Founder

Darori Capital with the Darori Foundation have committed have committed time and money to canvass the Israeli Government to open the doors to job opportunities in the Start Up nation of skilled High Tech Head Count who are not Jewish. The Shimon Peres Peace Center in Jaffa have also thrown their brand name in to this canvassing. Unfortunately the Center has new management and are still sorting out the gross mismanagement of the previous 4-5 years and we are niggling at Shimon Peres to make pubic  his support.. he definitely does but also where the cap of the “who is a Jew” issue and the extensive use of “Jew ” and “Jewish” in the Declaration of Independence ( and this is Netanyahu problems as well)  . We are not saying that they should be able in the long run to become citizens ( like Marc Zukerman is pushing in the US)  but rather they should be given long terms opportunities  to work in the Start Up Nation. We realize we are up and at the Concrete Barrier of Precedent and one of the most embedded principles from the Declaration of Independence but  the Innovative Start Up nation are adding startups  in threshold technologies like the Cloud and Bid Data far, far, far faster that the Academia in Israel can possible supply Israel Cloud and Big Data Specialist and capita . We already have Naftali  Bennet in our corner and most of the people that Yair Lapid relies on.   We haven’t got to Lapid yet but that is a no brainer ( sorry about the double pun)  but Lapid is getting an education experience  and while getting hammered in public ratings  is not inhibiting him introducing radical  change or shying away from painful decision making. You have to give him some kudos.. The two most influential Ministers in our corner but not publically as they certainly must wear other caps as well , are  Gideon Sa’ar and Binyamin Netanyahu . Neither of them can say Yay until we have a lot more support but one of the other sponsors  has had multiple conversations with Yaacov Neeman who says that the legislation to allow 10,000 even 100,000 high tech Indian and Berkley and Stanford Grads to come and work in Zion , is relatively easy but the real problem is ironically accommodation in the Mercaz . It is apparently incredibly difficult finding a flat for rental in Tel Aviv now and very expensive..

Until now we have been canvassing in stealth mode but have starting  going to the market  and opening the issue  but walking on egg shells .I expect to have punches thrown at me but not to be kicked in the hmmm

If you really want to understand how severe this problem is . Open a new Facebook account and join all the Israeli Job pages , plus things like Israel Lovers ( very active  and Tel Aviv Secrets etc)  and then watch what happens  especially at its peak on a Saturday night. People  ( very, very many unique Facebookers) post job vacancies in Israel ( largely in the White City of Tel Aviv) at a rate that is so fast , I can’t even read the postings. What happens if you define privacy levels as “avaible to everyone “, every time someone posts , it will with 2 other messages, appear on your screen,. When the 4th message is posted, the oldest of the 3 disappears and it happens so quickly, that no one can possibly read the messages on the screen before they dissappear. Obviously you can on the Facebook page read the message it was posted to. So in this respect , Facebook is now a great disruptive technology in the Recruitment Sector in Zion ( Israel)   .Startups are now recruiting directly through Facebook and 2500 ( personally think  the number is closer to 5000) independent recruiting personnel have effectively been cut out of the picture and quite frankly posting to Facebook is far more efficient and cuts out all the bullshit  of  independent recruiting personnel  “due diligence” screening. The startup themselves are the best  at deciding whether an applicant is a possible match or not. You can’t for, example , theoretically walk into a Big Data position , you will have to go through a learning experience in the beginning and given the high techies shortage in Zion, Big Data companies , are giving recent graduates that learning experience ..

I probably will be at the Cuikerman- Catalyst. I think their position really “sucks” in advocating and recommendation that the resources of Zionist Zion be diverted to the non=Jewish Diaspora  . If for example India, Russia , France even Lithuania ( 17 starts pitched at the DLD Innovation Tel Aviv Summit on the 16th October 2013) have an interesting technology, don’t finance it abroad, displace it to the White City Na Startup Nation and nail the development of the technology in Zion which brings me back to the “Startup Nation Critical Canvas”

Stephen Darori … developer of the Threshold Technolgy Curve Model

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Stephen Darori … developer of the Threshold Technolgy Curve Model

Stephen Darori

Stephen Darori … developer of the Threshold Technolgy Curve Model

The Threshold Technology Curve Model for start ups and investors was developed for a post graduate degree at the LSE by Stephen Darori. Over 6000 startups currently use this model free of charge despite 12 registered patents and exponentially many more from the PCT patent process started in 2010 . The patents were the second batch registered after eBay’s on line auction patents registered in terms of the Supreme Court Case Bilski versus Kappos . The Model has in the last 14 years resulted in over 600 exits.

Stephen Darori actively works with new entrepreneurs to develop their business plans and marketing strategy and raises early stage funding matched more funding from his own resources.

What follows is a Recommendation Stephen Darori received on Linkedin that partly describes the Model ….two key elements missing are that the model calls for the earliest possible commercialization of a technology and the use of partners to change the direction of a technologies development if necessary…. equally ….while not always … early stage finance is placed in an escrow account and released per cash budgets submitted by the founding entrepreneurs … the escrow account legal is owned by the start up but the process agreed to by most founders disciplines founders and introduces controls that impress investors when new rounds of finance are required …. the model also advocated that founders with technical skills remain in R & D until the start up exits … at the right time a start up will hire an experience “adult” CEO and as it goes global will establish a Marketing Team on the East Coast of the US using a surplus of excellent IVY and McKinsley & Co trained Marketing Specialists

” Stephen Darori has a wide and rich experience in turning new technologies into viable start ups . He provide leadership and value for preseed and seed stage start up by leveraging his analytical, management, and organizational skills and and strategic planning but most of all his Threshold Curve Model which addresses directly what VC’s want to see in Business and Marketing plans and especially R & D Strategy and Plans . The Model among other things calls for the early commercialization of the technology with a revenue flow and outsourcing the entire Management and Site Services function with Marketing overlapping into R & D initially .The model also recommends that the Entrepreneurs remain in R & D and when the time is right appoint experienced Management ( CEO , Marketing Manager etc). This strategy proved exceptionally well with the recent Waze Exit to Google and is used currently by many other companies that could in the foreseeable future reach an exit. It is also a viewed very positively by early investors. Stephen has assisted many 100′s of young entrepreneurs ( often straight out of college) to turn their new technologies into a marketable business model and raise Angel, Seed and even first round finance He is quick to learn, understand and gain expertise in new technologies and variations of existing ones.. His business models and development plans and especially his marketing plans for new technologies and even variations of existing technologies are often unexpected and ” out of the box” thinking. With all Business and Marketing plans , Stephen includes Benchmarks  and a Balance Scoreboard  that helps companies execute strategy and ensure the correct plans are in place to deliver the strategies  He is a great and patient mentor to young entrepreneurs both in Israel and the UK,”

Early Stage Threshold Techology Curve Model

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Early Stage Threshold Techology Curve Model

Some spects of the “Threshold ( Early Stage) Technology Curve Mode”l developed in 1990/2000h but could only be patented in 2010 after US Supreme Court case Bilski versus Kappos.that permitted for the first time “methodology” and “business method ” patents ( I was in good company … eBay was first in the queue with their on-line auctions methodology). The Model ( also for use by investors ) is a series of recommendations for the entire life cycle of a start-up
– Great if the founders are technically savy… but they should remain in R&D for the entire timeline to exit
– A outsider CEO should be appointed as soon as it financially is permissible
-First Responsibility of CEO is to get a East Coast of the US marketing team up and at the world . NY and Boston have a surplus of experience Ivy League Marketing people . At this stage marketing should lead R & D development rather than the other way round ( traditionally)

– Alpha must hit the market as soon as possible and then use market to redefine product development. Listen to the market. Do not get to the end of a Product Development and discover their is no market. An amazing Israel technology of 26 directional access into Big Data developed in 2003-5 found that there was at lthis point in time , no actual market for this technology. think “Rubic Cube ” because that is the way this start-up was pitched. The founder walk into VC’s with nothing more than a Rubic Cube .
-Marketing is nice ( ebooks, blogs are even nicer) but that is not the point. Marketing must result in revenue Sales ( GAAP preferably , non- GAAP is ok deferred
– From here the break even point should be in focus and beyond and there is nothing wrong with becoming a “great company and profitable ” before an exit and why exit when available old fashioned “dividends” and” interest” (terms sheets).

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