Parcel2Go Helping Small Businesses to Beat Royal Mail Price Increase

Small firms feeling the squeeze following the Royal Mail’s decision to increase the price of first and second class stamps at the end of last month are being offered a helping hand by Bolton-based online parcel delivery firm Parcel2Go.

The company says businesses and individuals can try to beat the Royal Mail price increase by becoming Parcel2Go users and benefitting from the vast range of reliable and cost-effective UK express delivery solutions available through the website.

With just a few clicks of a mouse, customers can order delivery services from some of the world’s major courier companies such as FedEx, Parcelforce and Yodel. Changes to the way Royal Mail prices parcels means people will be better off sending any consignment weighing more than 750g through Parcel2Go.

Parcel2Go’s marketing director Richard Mercer said: “We understand how much pressure consumers and small businesses are under at the moment, which is why we are urging people to see if they are able to get a better deal on their package deliveries through the Parcel2Go website.

“Our quick quote function makes it simple and extremely fast to get a price for a delivery, but that simple move could result in a sizeable saving. What’s more, because we only deal with the world’s top courier firms, individuals and businesses always know their consignments are in safe hands.”

Convenience matters to everyone, which is why the Collect+ services available through Parcel2Go have become so popular. Customers not able to meet a courier to pick up their package can choose instead to drop it off at one of the 3,000 corner shops and convenience stores in the UK that make up the Collect+ network.

“Convenience, speed, reliability and affordability are what we’re about,” said Mr Mercer. “We’re calling on everyone affected by the recent Royal Mail price hike to see if they could save, and get a better service though Parcel2Go.”


For further information contact:
Les Yates
Marketing Executive
Telephone: 08713 308066

Anecdotes And A Philosphy Of Life From A Family Of Sixteen

Is there an uneasiness that tugs at you from your interior? What is the meaning and purpose of life? Do you want to live in the world without being of the world? How can one achieve true happiness and fulfillment? These are questions addressed in BETTER BY THE DOZEN, PLUS TWO, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen, written by James and Kathleen Littleton, parents in the process of raising fourteen living children.

This unique and inspiring book unmasks many of the fundamental errors of our time, with the authors offering a concrete hierarchy of values or priorities to live by in the midst of what they describe as a seriously disordered modern dominant culture. It is designed to be an appealing and interesting read for anyone and everyone intended to move the reader to serious reflection on the state of his or her life, and to hopefully come away with some helpful resolutions of a spiritual and/or practical nature.

The Littletons offer experience and insights into subjects including faith, family, living by a hierarchy of values, marriage, motherhood, openness to life, miscarriage, formation of children, service, dealing with difficulties of life, and the importance of having a sense of humor

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About the Authors:
James Littleton, Catholic revert, speaker, spiritual guide, radio guest, contributor and; co-author, with his wife Kathleen, of Better by the Dozen, subtitled Anecdotes and a Philosophy of Life from a Family of Sixteen andauthor of soon to be published Healed through Cancer and Other Adversities. Jim and his wife, Kathleen are parents of nineteen children, fourteen living on earth, ages twenty-six to six, and five living in heaven. He is available as a speaker or retreat or workshop presenter on a wide range of Healing, Faith and Family topics. His guest appearances on television and radio programs include: EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa, November 11, 2009; EWTN’s Bookmark with Doug Keck, May 9, 2010; Light of the East, host Fr Thomas Loya; The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio; Kresta in the Afternoon on Ave Maria Radio; The Doctor Is In with Coleen Mast on Ave Maria Radio; and Speak Now with Susan Konig on Sirius Satellite Radio the Catholic Channel; Radio Maria, Lost and Found, with Traci Matheu. He has been featured in numerous articles including Zenit, Lifesite News, Immaculate Heart Messenger Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, and many more.

James can be reached with questions, comments, interview or speaking engagement requests at

1. How We Came to Be a Family
2. How We Came to Live our Faith
3. Hierarchy of Values
4. Marriage
5. Motherhood
6. Openness to Life
7. Miscarriage
8. Formation of Children
9. Called to Service
10. On the Cross
11. Importance of Having a Sense of Humor

Praise for Better by the Dozen, Plus Two:

“Here’s a family you won’t forget. And reading about them will brighten your day and deepen your faith. I was blessed in meeting them because their three oldest girls attended or attend Ave Maria University —and we’re hoping the 11 younger siblings will follow in their footsteps! You’ll find 16 reasons for being joyfully counter-cultural.”
Fr. Joseph D. Fessio, S.J.
Editor, Ignatius Press and Theologian in Residence, Ave Maria University

“In Better by the Dozen, Plus Two James and Kathleen Littleton have written a truly profound book that may change your family forever. Through Scripture, Catechism, family anecdotes, and simple “how to” practical advice, this work will challenge and inspire all families both large and small. Throughout the book one thing is clear; the Littleton family perseveres and thrives because of God’s Sacramental Grace. Read this book and be encouraged. Read this book and be awed. Read this book and learn how you, too, can raise a family firmly rooted in Faith and Love for Christ and His Church.”
Mark and Elizabeth Matthews
Authors of Precious Treasure, the Story of Patrick and A Place for Me

“For those looking to invite God not just to their wedding, but also into their marriage, this is a must read. The Littleton ‘s personal journey in striving to be open to God’s will, and then to live his will, offers the inspiration and tools to accomplish this in our own lives.”
Kris Cortes
Co-founder, Virtue in Action and Our Faith in Action

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Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011I read this book at least once a year. I am now in my fourth reading since purchasing it. You will fall in love with this large, Irish Catholic family, as I have. Jim and Kathleen Littleton are devout Catholics who have not been afraid to make radical choices when it comes to living a Christ-centered life or raising a family in such a way that goes completely against the grain of the dominant culture. They have been such an inspiration to me. In fact, after my husband read this book, he decided to become a Catholic! The Littletons have 14 living children. In this book, they will share with you what they are convinced are God’s Hierarchy of Values, namely, God, Spouse, Children, Work, and then Service Work/Apostolate. They also discuss Marriage, Motherhood, Openness to Life, Formation of Children, Service, Cross-Carrying, and the necessity of possessing a sense of humor. Whenever I become discouraged as a parent, I know that it’s time to take this book off of the shelf and read it again. It is the only Catholic book on parenting and devotion that I continue to read over and over again. I eagerly await their next book, and hope that one day, there will be one. 5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Superb! Superb! March 28, 2011 By Tara ( Alamogordo, NM)

Jim and Kathleen are a beautiful example of understanding, living, and teaching the Catholic faith. I felt like I wanted to be adopted by them! 5.0 out of 5 stars Motivating, October 12, 2007 By Suzanne Earl St. Joseph, pray for us! ( Illinois )

This book is proof that current cultural wisdom is wrong and that the Catholic teaching on openness to life is right. Who knows better, you or God? The Littletons are an excellent example of the generosity God is asking for. One important lesson pointed out by James and Kathleen Littleton is that the world looks at children as a burden which actually belittles the contribution that children bring. They are not just empty stomachs and brains demanding to be fed and sent to college. They are persons who contribute to the family from the day they are brought into it–and more and more as they mature. This book was like a pleasant stroll through a different world in which values were properly prioritized. I only wish there were more anecdotes about the children’s interaction with each other and the hostile world. I loved the one about two older kids saving 10 seats in a theater during the previews while the younger ones waited in the lobby so they didn’t have to look at all the junk in the previews. A good gift for your teenaged sons and daughters. A mandatory gift for Pre-Cana classes. Good idea for Engaged- and Marriage Encounter Weekend attendees. Five Stars Countercultural May 21, 2012 By Jeffery R. King.


Zevrix Updates ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator CS6 Compatibility

Zevrix Solutions announces ArtOptimizer 2.6, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator. ArtOptimizer allows to reduce Illustrator job size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Illustrator CS6.

Toronto (ON), Canada – June 6, 2012 — Zevrix Solutions announces the release of ArtOptimizer 2.6, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator. ArtOptimizer lets users reduce Illustrator job size, accelerate output and reduce production costs by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. For example, with just a click of a button users can:

-scale images to match their dimensions in Illustrator,
-change their resolution to 300 dpi,
-convert all RGB images to CMYK,
-merge layers or delete hidden ones,
-run a Photoshop Action on each image.

In order to eliminate excess image data, ArtOptimizer automatically scales the images in Photoshop to match their dimensions in Illustrator, changes resolution according to the target resolution specified, and reimports images to Illustrator at 100%. As a result, the size of Illustrator job can be reduced dramatically – some jobs can shrink in size by half and more.

ArtOptimizer can dramatically benefit the workflows of service providers, printers, ad agencies and publishing houses:

Save gigabytes of disk space.
Accelerate Illustrator document output to printer and PDF.
-Save endless hours – and even days – of optimizing images manually.
-Save valuable time transferring jobs to outside sources.
-Cut costs through faster processing.

The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with the recently released Illustrator and Photoshop CS6. The update is free for the licensed users of ArtOptimizer. Zevrix also makes LinkOptimizer, a similar tool to optimize links for Adobe InDesign.

Pricing and Availability:
ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix Solutions web site for US$119.95, as well as from authorized resellers. Trial is also available for download. ArtOptimizer is available for Mac OS X 10.4.2-10.7, a Universal Binary, and works with Adobe Illustrator CS2-CS6.

About Zevrix Solutions

Located in Toronto, Canada, Zevrix Solutions provides productivity solutions for Adobe Creative Suite software, PDF and graphic file diagnostics, as well as Microsoft Office on Mac OS. Zevrix Solutions is dedicated to helping professionals achieve more while doing less through automating their everyday tasks, producing error-free documents, saving disk space and cutting production costs. For more information, visit

Leo Revzin
Zevrix Solutions
105 McCAUL St, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario M5T 2X4 Canada

Learn How to Drive New Sales Revenue through LinkedIn Topic of Next Experts Connection for Business

Social Media Expert Jim Durbin Offers Tactical Approach to Building Sales with LinkedIn.

NOVATO, Calif. (June 6, 2011) — Social selling is the new sales approach that is yielding incredible results, and LinkedIn is the best resource for social selling with continually updated information about your clients and prospects. In the next session of Experts Connection for Business, “Social Sales: Driving New Revenue Through Linkedin,” social media specialist Jim Durbin will demonstrate how to use LinkedIn to find clients, assess their needs, and interact with them in a way that turns connections into revenue. The webinar is scheduled for 4:00 to 5:30 ET (1:00 to 2:30 PT) on Tuesday, June 26 and is archived online for registrants to access after the presentation. The Experts Connection webinar series is sponsored by NETSHARE® (

Social selling offers professionals an edge, providing a fast way to develop new business relationships and expand your client list. LinkedIn escalates social selling by providing a central forum where you can find clients, assess their needs, and contact them directly to present a solution. Using insight from LinkedIn you can quickly understand your clients’ needs before you contact them, which is a real competitive advantage and shortens the sales cycle. However, to use LinkedIn effectively, you need to be able to mine the data repository to reveal the hidden knowledge that turns good salespeople into great salespeople.

In this 90-minute webinar, Durbin will show you how to:
– Use LinkedIn profiles to find direct phone numbers and contact information;
– Identify revenue opportunities from former employees and competitors;
– Use Social CRM to track decision-makers and executives through their social connections;
– Connect with prospects, including how to use three sample messages that generate responses from connections;
– Develop “before and after” strategies for the sales presentation; and
– Optimize search and profile techniques to boost your personal profile.

“In the past 18 months, LinkedIn has become one of the biggest companies in corporate employment, with the largest database of self-selected professionals on the planet,” said Katherine Simmons, CEO of NETSHARE and host of the Experts Connection webinar series. “When used properly it, can be the sales professional’s most powerful tool. Jim is intimately familiar with LinkedIn and understands how to use it to reach new clients and prospects, which will make this webinar invaluable for any professional looking to expand his or her client network.”

The Experts Connection webinar series allows business professionals to connect with experts in a wide range of areas, gathering information about business-critical topics presented with an eye toward the practical, not just the theoretical. Experts Connections recruits the most knowledgeable specialists to address problems facing small companies, multi-national corporations, B2B, B2C; businesses of any size serving any market. The cost of the seminar is $100, and access is provided via web and telephone. A web archive also is available for registrants. For more information, visit the Experts Connection online at

About James Durbin:
Jim Durbin is vice president of social media for Brandstorming Interactive, a B2B marketing firm. As well as being a blogger and business owner, Jim shares his expertise as a frequent speaker on topics such as CRM, online marketing, and harnessing the social enterprise. Before he started one of the first social media companies in 2006, Jim was a top performer as a sales executive for a national staffing firm. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and lives in Dallas.

NETSHARE ( is a confidential, membership based organization dedicated to providing executives across all disciplines and industries with quality $100K plus job lists. NETSHARE also offers networking opportunities and a community of peers for the exchange of strategic information related to job search, professional development and best practices. NETSHARE has been recognized by Fortune and Forbes magazines as the best online destination for executive positions.

Annette DiSano
(415) 883-1700

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638

Lucky Kat Offers a Summer Special for Only $12.99 as they Unveil a Fresh New Face

Lucky Kat, a Parent Tested, Parent Approved and Mom’s Choice Award™ (MCA) winning “edutainment” website has just released a new and improved version.

Los Angeles, CA, June 06, 2012 – Lucky Kat, a Parent Tested, Parent Approved and Mom’s Choice Award™ (MCA) winning “edutainment” website has just released a new and improved version. Just in time for summer, Lucky Kat is offering a special 3 month Lucky Kat Klub Membership for just $12.99.

The secure, interactive website invites children (ages K through 6th) to “believe in your dreams … anything is possible,” promoting positive messages including self-esteem, creativity and personal accomplishment. Children are invited to board a virtual cruise ship with a range of adventurous animated characters. Together they explore Katalina and all 7 continents, building points and earning coins by playing games to create their own islands and amenities.

To inspire creativity, Lucky Kat invites kids to create and upload their own video content to share on “channels” including cooking, sports and science. The site also features a blog for parents, plus video clips about safety, bullying and other relevant topics by their Lucky Kat TV partners.

“It’s our goal at Lucky Kat to empower kids to build their self esteem and bolster their confidence as they navigate Lucky Kat’s 4 Steps to Success – Dream It, Believe It, Plan It, Do It! Lucky Kat TV and our partners are excited to motivate kids around the world, and in the process, help them learn about environmental stewardship and the importance of values and good character.” said Tammy Schroeder, President at LKTV Productions.

“We’re also pleased to offer our special 3-month Lucky Kat Klub Membership during the summer months. Kids want a fun place to play and parents are looking for activities that stimulate their kids’ learning abilities. We provide both,” she added. The site also features a fundraising option for schools, where they receive a percentage of each membership purchased on their behalf.

Parents can purchase 1-month, 6-month, or 12-month memberships to offer children unlimited access to the website, but children can also explore the site for free. To learn more and register for the 3 month summertime special, visit and click, “Summer Special.” Gift cards are also available.

Lucky Kat is an online television studio with a mission to foster a safe, secure place for children to learn, play, and create their own video content to share. Lucky Kat is COPPA* compliant, and engages 3rd party Truste to ensure the highest online safety standards. The educational, violence free games and activities are based on many National Academic Standards, and encourage the development of critical thinking skills. Lucky Kat has been certified Parent Tested, Parent Approved and earned a Mom’s Choice Award™ (MCA) in 2012.

*Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Learning House Announces Fourth Annual Connect Conference

Connect Conference Brings Educators Together to Discuss Trends, Tactics and Technologies to Take Online Degree Programs to the Next Level

Louisville, KY, June 06, 2012 – The Learning House, Inc. announced today that it will host its fourth annual Connect conference on July 10 and 11, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Learning House is an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. More than 200 professionals from every segment of higher learning—including presidents, deans, faculty members, marketing staff and more—will attend to discuss topics ranging from how to start an online program to online student recruitment and retention.

“Open collaboration and shared ideas are essential to a successful classroom environment,” said David T. Richardson, President and CEO of Learning House. “At Learning House, we intend our Connect conference to be just that: a space where leading practitioners from colleges and universities can come together to look to the future of online education and share best practices. Our breakout sessions offer both niche technical training and big picture program planning. It’s a win–win for attending professionals and their organization.”

Last year’s conference celebrated Learning House’s 10-year anniversary and, like the previous two years, was primarily invite-only. Due to the success and positive feedback of previous Connect conferences, Learning House is taking this year’s conference to a new level. This year, Learning House offers open registration for higher education professionals interested in learning more about how to create, manage and grow online programs. The conference’s theme, Full Speed Ahead, highlights the addition of well-known, forward-thinking experts in the education field. Keynote speakers include Dr. Kenneth C. Green, founding director of the Campus Computing Project, Jonathan Grayer, CEO of Weld North, LLC and former chairman and CEO of Kaplan, Inc., and Doug Lederman, editor and founder of Inside Higher Ed. The keynote sessions include “Seven Challenges for Succeeding Online,” “Fireside Chat” and “Technology-Driven Disruption: Separating the News From the Noise,” respectively.

Other highly anticipated sessions include “How to Build a High-Quality Online Course,” led by Dr. Bruce Gillies and Cindy Grether of California Lutheran University; “Using Social Media as a Recruitment Strategy,” presented by Patrick Dezort from Brescia University, Tim Hooper of Campbellsville University and Sara Smith of Highland Community College; and “State Authorization and Joint Ventures,” by Washington, D.C., attorney Michael Goldstein.

“A standout component of the Connect conference is the variety of tracks we offer participants,” said Dr. David Clinefelter, Learning House’s Chief Academic Officer. “Whether you make high-level decisions or tweet with potential students, we have a session designed specifically for you. Connect also enables participants to meet industry experts and their colleagues from colleges and universities across the nation, creating lasting professional and personal connections.”

To find out more details or to register, please visit the Connect 2012 website. For more information about Learning House and its services, visit

About The Learning House, Inc.
The Learning House, Inc. is an online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities develop and grow high-quality online degree programs and courses. Partnering with more than 100 colleges and universities, Learning House offers a business model that enables institutions to efficiently and affordably achieve their online education goals. Learning House provides a comprehensive solution to success, including curriculum development and management, faculty training and professional development, marketing and lead generation, admissions and enrollment management, student retention, 24/7 technical support, learning management systems, and management and consultation.

Lindsey Mikal
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Impact of Technology on Emergency Care is Focus of New Special Section

Healthcare Certification Provider Offers Technology-Focused Insights to Healthcare Professionals and First Responders

Lincoln, NE, June 06, 2012 – To help healthcare professionals keep their finger on the pulse of the impact of new tech on emergency care, Health Education Solutions (HES), a leading provider of online healthcare certification courses, today released a New Technology healthcare special section. This series of educational articles is intended to help healthcare professionals and first responders stay in the know and up to date on trends and issues that affect the emergency care field.

Technology trends, such as tele-medicine, the increasing adoption of health information systems, and use of robotic technology, have increasingly converged on healthcare facilities. As the medical community increasingly adopts new technology, healthcare professionals will need to understand and be willing and able to use these new tools to perform essential functions.

“Staying informed about the technological advances in the field, and educated about the technology trends that influence delivery of care is vital when you are in the business of saving lives,” said Melissa Marks, president of HES. “At Health Education Solutions, we are proud to provide resources and certification options that help emergency healthcare workers and first responders provide lifesaving care.”

The New Technology special section keeps healthcare professionals and first responders up to date on the impact of new technology on emergency care by providing research, data and information about trends in an easy-to-read format. The special section is available in HES’ online research library at

To help healthcare professionals and first responders take advantage of technology to equip themselves with essential lifesaving skills and certifications, HES offers online advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) certification and recertification courses. These online, self-paced courses are a convenient option for individuals who work long hours or have non-traditional schedules.

HES additionally provides pediatric advanced life support (PALS), basic life support (BLS), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), stroke, automated external defibrillator (AED), first aid and bloodborne pathogens training. Courses are designed for healthcare professionals who are in need of certification, as well as individuals who want to be prepared to provide care in the event of an emergency.

Healthcare professionals and first responders who are preparing for the ACLS and PALS exams may be interested in HES’ certification and recertification tests and quizzes. Practice tests, which are available for $35, closely mirror the ACLS and PALS exams, are timed and include 50 multiple-choice questions. A portion of the purchase fee can be applied to a purchase of the full certification course. The practice quizzes are available free of charge and each include five sample questions. Individuals who take the practice tests and quizzes have the opportunity to immediately review incorrectly answered questions to understand where more studying may be needed.

Learn more about other topics such as new tech and emergency rooms and emergency room technology at

About Health Education Solutions
Health Education Solutions (HES) is a leading provider of continuing education solutions for healthcare professionals. HES, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc. (NYSE: NNI), offers ACLS and PALS courses developed in partnership with medical faculty at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Shannon Fern
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206

Market Rates Insight’s New Integrated Study Projects Prepaid Cards May Replace Debit Cards

First Ever Consumer Service Fee Study Reveals that About 50% of Consumers Likely to Use Prepaid Reloadable Cards as Preferred Method of Payment.

SAN ANSELMO, Calif. (June 6, 2012) — According to the newly released Integrated Study on Service Fees compiled by Market Rates Insight, Inc. (MRI,, nearly half of consumers surveyed are likely to adopt prepaid reloadable cards. The findings of the study indicate that 47 percent of consumers are likely to use prepaid reloadable cards for routine purchases, making prepaid reloadable cards one of the emerging lifestyle financial services that consumers are seeking from financial institutions. The results of the Study will be reviewed in greater detail in a webinar to be presented June 13 and 14.

The study results from more than 1500 bank customers and credit union members nationwide, shows that 47.1 percent of consumers would adopt prepaid reloadable cards if they were offered by financial institutions, and that they would be willing to pay, on average, $4.21 per month for the use of prepaid cards. This is just one of the newly identified lifestyle financial services that offer a new potential revenue source for banks and credit unions.

The Integrated Study on Service Fees shows that among consumers who are likely to use prepaid cards, 36.7 percent earn between $35,000 and $65,000 per year; 22.1 percent earn between $66,000 and $100,000 a year; and 14.8 percent earn over $100,000 per year. The study also found that 42.3 percent of consumers likely to use prepaid cards are baby boomers ranging in age between 47 and 66 years old.

“Our research shows that, contrary to common belief, prepaid cards are likely to be used by consumers at higher than average income level. In fact, our findings were recently validated by rollout of a prepaid card by one of the largest banks in the country,” said Dan Geller, Ph.D. Executive Vice President at Market Rates Insight. “The newly introduced prepaid card carries a monthly fee of $4.95, which, as our study indicates, did not encounter consumer resistance, unlike the recent backlash to proposed debit-card fees.”

The prepaid card findings are part of a comprehensive consumer research study which found that 67.1 percent of consumers are likely to use services such as credit score reporting services, identity theft alert services, mobile deposit services, person-to-person payment services, personalized couponing services, overdraft transfer services, and prepaid reloadable card services, if those services were offered by their financial institution. The common denominator between these services is that they can all be categorized as lifestyle financial services, financially-oriented services that have emerged over the last two decades due to advancement in technology and changes in personal lifestyle. Today, these services are becoming the norm because they support the emerging lifestyle needs of consumers such as mobility, time efficiency, digital identity protection, real-time alerts etc.

A summary of the findings from the first Integrated Study on Service Fees will be presented in a live information webinar to be presented June 13 at 11:00 ET and again June 14 at 3:00 ET. For more information, contact

The Integrated Study on Service Fees is available as a comprehensive report assessing all seven lifestyle financial services. Individual reports also are available for credit score services, identify theft protection, personalized couponing, prepaid reloadable cards, overdraft protection, personal money transfer, and mobile remote deposit capture. Each study features consumer research on preferences and perceived value, as well as demographic segmentation. For more information, contact Market Rates Insight at

About Market Rates Insight
For more than two decades, Market Rates Insight (MRI) has been helping clients price with precision by providing banks, thrifts, credit unions, and other financial institutions with comprehensive market intelligence on deposits, loans, and fees. MRI uses deposit surveys, mortgage and consumer loan surveys, fees and features studies, new product alerts, benchmarking and market share analysis to give subscribers the intelligence needed to strategically position products, optimize pricing and react to emerging trends. MRI’s products include web-enabled, customizable report programming, proprietary product research tools, searchable databases, market alerts, and online dashboards that aggregate key client data to provide real-time interactive views on how they rank against their specific competitors.

Market Rates Insight is located in San Anselmo, California. For more information, see

Photos available upon request

For additional information contact:
Tom Woolf
Market Rates Insight
(415) 259-5638

Clairmail CEO Pete Daffern to Address Positioning Your Business for Strategic Growth at June 21 Marin Business Forum Meeting

High-Tech Exec Shares His Expertise on Getting Venture Funding, Creating a Strategic Growth Plan, and Positioning for Acquisition at Marin Business Networking Meeting.

LARKSPUR, Calif. (June 6, 2012) — Every company should have a growth strategy, whether it needs external funding to taker the business to the next level, or it wants to align internal resources to position the company for a merger or acquisition. To help companies struggling with positioning themselves for growth, the Marin Business Forum will asked Pete Daffern, CEO of Clairmail, to speak on “Strategizing for Growth” at its next meeting on Thursday, June 21. The networking event will take place at the Wood Island Office Complex, 80 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Larkspur at 5:00 p.m., and will give business owners and professionals an opportunity to hear Pete’s presentation and network with other local business professionals. The event is open to all Bay Area residents.

During his presentation, Daffern will discuss various growth strategies that he has used during his years as a chief executive with technology companies such as Purisma and AIM Technology. During his career, Daffern has been responsible for finding venture capital and funding for start-up companies, as well as positioning companies for mergers and acquisitions. He also has been responsible for managing companies through strategic growth events, and hiring the experts needed to guide these companies along the way. Earlier this year, for example, Daffern negotiated the acquisition of Clairmail by Monitize plc for $173 million.

“Every company leader needs to have a strategic growth plan, including specific goals and milestones,” said TJ Van Voorhees, co-founder and general partner for Pacific Crest Group, host and co-founder of the Marin Business Forum. “Whether your plan includes an influx of capital, strategic hires, or an acquisition, you have to lay the foundation to achieve those goals. Pete clearly has ‘been there, done that,’ having successfully guided a number of technology firms successfully through watershed growth events, such as IPOs and acquisitions. We are delighted that he is willing to share his experience and knowledge with the Marin Business Forum.”

Pete Daffern has more than 20 years of experience helping technology companies grow. Before his tenure as CEO of Clairmail, Daffern was CEO of Purisma, where he directed operations with a focus on strategic growth with the help of customer service and business development initiatives. For example, Purisma was successfully acquired by Dun & Bradstreet in 2007. Daffern also has served as president of AIM Technology, Vice President of Worldwide Business Development, Alliances, and Corporate Development for Vitria Technology, and was a member of the management team at Seagate Software for 10 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Sheffield University in England.

In addition to the information presentation, the Marin Business Forum meeting will include wine and appetizers, as well as time to mingle with other local Marin professionals and entrepreneurs to exchange ideas and information.

Space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend. Interested parties can register at or contact Franka Winchester at 415.461.2586,

About the Marin Business Forum
The Marin Business Forum was the brain child of Pacific Crest Group (, Filice (, and Cypress Partners (, who pooled their expertise to create a networking group to give local entrepreneurs and professionals a chance to meet one another and make new business connections. This event is to provide expert guidance, education and inspiration to take back to the office and concentrate on core business strategies for growth and expansion. For more information on the speaker and to keep abreast of future events, visit

Franka Winchester
Pacific Crest Group
(415) 461-2586

Tom Woolf
Woolf Media & Marketing
(415) 259-5638