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Americans receive 12,000 pointless emails a year - and these are the phrases to avoid


Nearly three in every four emails sent is pointless or irrelevant – according to new research. If you’ve ever felt yourself drowning in emails or a slave to your inbox you may well relate to a new online survey of 2,002 Americans that found 73 percent of the emails people receive aren’t relevant or interesting to them-if they’re even opened at all. Respondents in the census-balanced survey from SizzleDeck estimated they receive 44 emails each day on average between work and personal accounts – and cited 32 of those emails typically aren’t worth paying attention to or require no action on their part. That equates to over 16,000 emails in a typical year with precisely 11,680 of them deemed a waste of time. The survey found more than half (54%) of Americans polled have real difficulty clearing their work email inbox. But while things get lost in the inbox, sending a text is still an effective way to get attention the average respondent checks their phone 18 times during the typical working day. Perhaps that’s why Americans are more than three times more likely to prefer to read text messages than open emails (48% v 14%). A spokesperson for SizzleDeck said: “This survey backs up what our instincts were telling us, most people have a tonne of unread emails, but hardly anyone has an unread text message. If you want to be sure your message gets read, send it by text.” Whether it’s texts or emails, our attention spans are dominated by our phones. In addition to the 18 phone sessions we have during our working hours, three-quarters of us admit checking our phones is the very first thing we do in the morning and the very last thing we do at night. When not on their phones, people tend to have better attention skills in-person than they do virtually. When asked how long it would take them to mentally check out during a presentation, the average for Zoom presentations was six slides. For in-person meetings, it takes seven slides before people will start to check out. And it’s not just the visuals but the words that really count. People have a low tolerance for work jargon, it seems. When asked what work phrases they hate the most, respondents said “per my last email” (32%), “we’re all in this together” (32%) and “blue sky thinking” (29%) rounded the top of the list. The spokesperson for SizzleDeck added: “In pure communication terms, we find that the key to getting people to read and respond to a message is to keep it simple, keep it short and avoid clichés. The clearest communicators write the same way the talk.” TOP WORST WORK JARGON 1. Per my last email 32% 2. We ’ re all in this together 32% 3. Blue sky thinking 29% 4. Did you get that thing I sent you? 28% 5. Let ’ s touch base 27% 6. Let ’ s circle back 23% 7. Can you get this to me EOD? 23% 8. Let ’ s table that 21% 9. Let ’ s get this offline 12% The census-balanced survey of 2,002 Americans was conducted online in November 2020. About SizzleDeck SizzleDeck is a software application that makes it easy for businesses to build, share and track phone-friendly landing pages. Contact Details Rick Maughan +1 929-359-2537

December 17, 2020 08:14 AM Eastern Standard Time

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LineSwings launches to help gamblers analyze betting opportunities during games


On the heels of legalized sports betting becoming a reality on mobile devices in 12 states plus Washington D.C., LineSwings launches as an innovative startup to help bettors analyze lines during games. LineSwings offers exclusive data and graphs of the live lines and money lines throughout NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and NCAA men’s basketball games. As a Philadelphia-based company, the new service is now available nationwide as a free service at and via their iOS app in the App Store. An app for Android devices is in development. “Live in-game betting is one of the fastest growing types of gambling,” said Patrick Dougherty, Managing Partner of LineSwings. “The information we offer at LineSwings can’t be found via the sportsbooks. and our app provides sports gamblers an interface for tracking, analyzing and seizing opportunities.” In addition to providing real-time analytics, LineSwings users can be alerted via text or app notification when the line undergoes a significant swing during the game. For example, on Nov. 1, 2020, the Los Angeles Rams opened as a 3.5-point favorite over the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins leading 28-10 in the 2nd quarter, the line swung to make the Rams 16.5-point underdogs. When the underdog becomes the favorite, the line is considered inverted. The Rams came back in the game and lost by only 9. If a user set their alerts for either a 14+ point spread differential or a 14+ point inversion, he or she would have been notified in real time. LineSwings was founded by Philadelphia businessmen Dan Abato, Patrick Dougherty and Mike Rosenello, owners of ADR Technologies, LLC. They saw an opportunity to create LineSwings shortly after sports gambling became legal on mobile devices in their home state of Pennsylvania. Since LineSwings is not a sportsbook, sports fans can enjoy the data and analytics in all 50 states and around the world. As of Dec. 15, sports betting is legal on mobile devices in the following 12 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Oregon, Colorado, West Virginia, Iowa and New Hampshire. Michigan will be added to that list in the coming weeks. Additional states are expected to approve sports betting on mobile devices in 2021. LineSwings consumers can make use of the information to become a smarter gambler by placing bets with their preferred sportsbook. LineSwings does not take bets. About LineSwings LineSwings is a sports gambling analytics company that offers exclusive data and graphs of the live betting lines and money lines throughout NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and NCAA men’s basketball games. Based in Philadelphia, LineSwings is available worldwide as a free service at and their iOS app via the App Store. To learn more about LineSwings, visit their FAQ page at Contact Details Eric Nemeth +1 602-502-2793 Company Website

December 15, 2020 08:07 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Velocity Global appoints ADP veteran Jim Birch to modernize International PEO payroll

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Velocity Global, the leading provider of global expansion solutions, today announced global payroll veteran, Jim Birch, as vice president of Global Payroll and Product Strategy. Birch joins Velocity Global to lead cutting-edge strategies to streamline Employer of Record payroll execution for midmarket and enterprise clients. Birch joins Velocity Global from ADP, a leader in global payroll solutions, where he led product management and the user experience for automated payroll processes across ADP’s Streamline-Celergo multicountry payroll services. For a decade prior, Birch grew operations at Celergo before ADP acquired it in 2018. “Jim applies his world class know-how to scale global payroll operations for our clients,” said José Montero, Velocity Global chief operating officer. “For an Employer of Record, global payroll requires intricate coordination with clients and their HR platforms. As remote teams drive the largest workforce shift in recent memory, Jim will connect our payroll operations with backend name-brand payroll platforms for our clients, and make our solutions more accessible to enterprises.” Clients rely on Velocity Global’s expertise and global infrastructure to hire internationally without the cost or complexity of setting up their own foreign legal entities. As a strategic partner offering International Professional Employer Organization (PEO) services, Velocity Global serves as an employer of record to manage in-country compliance, payroll, and benefits for its clients’ supported employees. “Payroll is equivalent to the last-mile delivery of a paycheck -- it must be frictionless for the employer and the supported employee,” said Birch. “Today, the International PEO model mainly serves growth companies as they expand globally with speed and limited investment. I am energized to scale our global payroll operations to connect with enterprise platforms as corporations seek that same flexibility.” For 15 years, Birch led and integrated global payroll processes; led IT network, software development, and product management; and managed client services and a global network of payroll providers. He held international assignments serving as managing director of Celergo’s London, Singapore & Hungary regional offices. Jim will report to Velocity Global’s Chief Operating Officer, José Montero. View a biography for Jim Birch and other leaders at Velocity Global. ABOUT VELOCITY GLOBAL Velocity Global helps companies grow globally. Founded in 2014, Velocity Global’s clients rely on its expertise and global infrastructure in 185 countries to hire compliantly around the world, increase revenue, scale efficiently, and access global talent. Named a “Leader” in Global Employer of Record services by prominent analyst firm NelsonHall, Velocity Global is a strategic partner to its clients with comprehensive services led by its core offering of International PEO as well as Immigration, Entity Setup and Support, Global Talent Acquisition, and Consulting. Velocity Global is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with regional headquarters in Amsterdam and Singapore, and local employees in 14 countries. Contact Details John Hall +1 720-650-4348 Company Website

December 14, 2020 07:02 AM Mountain Standard Time

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Last Minute Gift Ideas from Anna De Souza


The holidays are here and everyone is scrambling to make sure they’re ready. Recently, Tech and Lifestyle Expert, Anna De Souza, teamed with YourUpdateTV to discuss some of her favorite gift options this holiday season. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: Treating Loved Ones…and Yourself After a long year, everyone could use some pampering and that means taking care of our skin, especially those areas we typically forget, like the neck and décolleté. The Strivectin Uplifing Wonder Duo includes a full size version of the #1 selling cream exclusively for the neck and décolleté, TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream PLUS, clinically proven to visibly brighten and improve wrinkles and crepiness. It also includes the new Peptight 360° Tightening Eye Serum, which targets loss of contour and crepey skin, as well as sagging of the upper eyelids. Give the Gift of Good Sleep In a year unlike any other there’s been a rise in the number of people experiencing disrupted sleep, in fact, Google searches for ‘what to do when you can’t sleep’ are up 120%. Good sleep is the foundation for good health and This Works, has hand-selected their star sleep aids into a luxurious gifting collection, designed to help you switch off, for better sleep. Each set is infused with their signature sleep Superblend – a blend of essential oils from calming Lavender to soothing Vetivert and sleep-inducing Chamomile – proven to help you fall asleep faster and wake feeling more refreshed. Gift Experiences People are traveling less for the holidays, and may have not made it to the places they love to vacation this year. Here’s a great idea to bring ‘a little bit of the beach’ to that special family, friend or colleague. Topsail Steamer is the fun you’ll want to gift up this season. Their Bay Buckets are filled with wild-caught seafood from the NC coast, andouille sausage & fresh veggies and arrive in a single-use, fully recyclable pot, you just add water or your favorite beer or wine then cook it directly on your stovetop. In just 45 minutes you have an authentic coastal seafood feast, without all the sand in your sandals. Everything is included, even the brown paper to spread out on the table. Their seasonal offerings now include holiday bundles that include cornbread and pie, too! Update Your Fitness Routine The six-in-one kettlebell from JAXJOX, the KettlebellConnect 2.0, is part resistance training system, part digital coach. It really feels like you’re exercising in the future. Users can change the weight through the app, or on the LED screen on the front of the system – it can go from 12lbs to 42lbs in just three seconds. The on-demand workouts are tracked with built-in motion sensors that track reps, power, sets, and time – making this the perfect gift for anyone trying to find a workout regimen that will keep them accountable. For more information, visit About Anna De Souza Anna De Souza is a digital and broadcast journalist, producer, and editor covering beauty, style, technology and lifestyle. Uncovering tomorrow’s trends today, Anna is lucky enough to test wearables that calculate calories through your skin, report on the latest runway trends as they unfold, and slather on beauty innovations that may soon earn its keep in a bathroom cabinet near you. Anna is currently a host for Yahoo! Life and contributes to The TODAY Show, The Dr. Oz Show, Access Hollywood, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, New York LIVE on NBC, FOX & Friends, WCBS-NY, FOX’s Good Day Philadelphia, the PIX Morning News, Martha Stewart Radio, Fast Company, U.S. News & World Report, Allure, the New York Post, has covered the red carpet live and also serves as a brand spokesperson on QVC. About YourUpdateTV: YourUpdateTV is a social media video portal for organizations to share their content. It includes separate channels for Health and Wellness, Lifestyle, Media and Entertainment, Money and Finance, Social Responsibility, Sports and Technology. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727

December 10, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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