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Monthly Archive: January 2024

Google rolls out Gemini Pro for developers and enterprises

Google recently introduced Gemini, its latest AI model, and has now made Gemini Pro accessible to developers and organizations. Alongside, Google released various AI tools, models, and infrastructure. Here are the key points:

Gemini Pro

Gemini Pro comes in three sizes: Ultra, Pro, and Nano. It is already integrated into Android, starting with Pixel 8 Pro, and a tailored version is in Bard. Gemini Pro is accessible via the Gemini API, surpassing other models in its category on research benchmarks.

It offers a 32K context window for text and supports 38 languages across 180+ countries. Features include function calling, embeddings, semantic retrieval, custom knowledge grounding, and chat functionality.

Software Development Kits are available for Gemini Pro, supporting Python, Android (Kotlin), Node.js, Swift, and JavaScript. Accessible via the Gemini API in Google AI Studio for developers and through Google Cloud’s Vertex AI platform for enterprises.

Other AI Models and Tools Introduced by Google
  • Upgraded Tools: Google introduces an upgraded Imagen 2 text-to-image diffusion tool.
  • Healthcare Industry Models: A family of foundation models fine-tuned for the healthcare industry, MedLM, is introduced.
  • Duet AI: Google announces the general availability of Duet AI for Developers and Duet AI in Security Operations.
Google AI Studio: The Fastest Path to Gemini Development

Google AI Studio, a free web-based developer tool, facilitates prompt development, providing an API key for app development. Free quota allows 60 requests per minute, and users can transition to Vertex AI for additional customization.

Vertex AI on Google Cloud
  • Transition Path: Developers can seamlessly move from Google AI Studio to Vertex AI for a fully-managed AI platform.
  • Data Control: Vertex AI offers full data control, enterprise security, safety, privacy, and data governance.
Advanced AI Technologies
  • Imagen 2 on Vertex AI: Google updates Vertex AI with Imagen 2, its advanced text-to-image diffusion technology.
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Christian Living Communities Continues Evolution With Launch of In-House Marketing Agency, Strategic Review

Christian Living Communities had a foundational year in 2023 with progress made on multiple fronts, including pushing occupancy and financial results past pre-pandemic levels.

The Denver-based senior living organization launched its own in-house digital marketing agency, Cappella Digital Marketing Solutions, which CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem said “resulted in significant improvements in lead generation at a lower cost than we were paying with an outside agency.” That success has spurred CLC to begin exploring offering those services to other non-profit operators.

In January, CLC kicked off a new strategic review period to inform its next chapter, Vitale-Aussem said. 

Assisting the organization as advisor is Ryan Frederick. Frederick collaborates with senior living consultancy Nexus Insights, and he also is CEO of Here, the company formerly known as Smart Living 360.

Christian Living Communities has tasked Frederick and a team of board members and leadership with taking a deep-dive into the organization as it stands now and where it should focus in the future.

“I think we’ve done a good job narrowing our focus over the last few years. what makes sense for us, but we really need to define in a more proactive way,” Vitale-Aussem told Senior Housing News.

CLC spent the last three years pruning its total community footprint, which today stands at 10 communities throughout Colorado, six of which it owns. Although the organization doesn’t have any large expansion strategies ready to go for the new year, Vitale-Aussem said her intention is for it to seek selective growth in the coming years, likely in Colorado, where it can continue to create efficiencies and regional density.

“We’re very, very rigorous for evaluating new opportunities that come our way based on what we’ve learned [since 2016],” she said.

Marketing agency helps drive foundational year

Among the organization’s big achievements in 2023 was reaching

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Best free website builder of 2024

Looking for the best free website builder? Then you’ve come to the right place. 

Free website builders are a great option for those looking to get a business idea off the ground, test a new concept, or create a small personal website. 

Best free website builder: quick menu

Of course, when it comes to tools, functionality, and ease of use, free site builders are often limited when compared to the best website builders that require a subscription fee. The trick is to know what you need, then assess your options based on those needs. 

Our guide to the best free website builders helps you cut through the marketing spiel, giving you just the information and insight you need to make an informed decision on the best option for you. 

We’ve extensively tested each website builder, trying out each tool and feature whilst building our own website. This experience has allowed us to accurately rank and recommend the best free website builders based on their individual merits. 

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Top 3 best free website builders of 2024

Below we list our top 3 picks for the title of best free website builder. Although not all of these are free (for life), they do each offer an outstanding free option that is well worth considering. 

We would recommend picking any of the best cheap website builder as you can find top-notch services that are affordable. However, if you’ve made up your mind about using a free one, we’ve collated the very best free website builders available, from the 140+ site builder and web hosting services we’ve tested and reviewed.

So whether you’re looking to create a site for your business, a new blog, or you just fancy creating an

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Best web design software in 2024

The best web design software lets you prototype site refreshes and map out effortless UI/UX designs. There is something out there for you, regardless of whether you have tons of front-end experience or you’ve never designed a website in your life.

Creating a functional and visually striking website will help you grab visitors’ attention and support their journey throughout your content, allowing them to easily navigate and interact with your site. Web design software lets designers and developers do with this with as little fuss as possible.

The best web design softwares offer powerful collaboration tools, allowing users to seamlessly add their own unique touch to projects. Yet many apps don’t demand much, if any, coding knowledge. In fact, you’ll find some of the best website builders and best free website builder services are tailor-made for non-coders, and still deliver quality results. 

Our experts have extensively tested the top web design platforms on the market. Now we have shortlisted the best, creating this guide to help you find the one that meets your needs, abilities, and budget.  

Best web design software overall

Best web design software for beginners (Image credit: Wix)

An amazing yet affordable all-rounder with tons of attractive templates

Specifications

Free version: Yes

Difficulty: Easy

Reasons to buy

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Very easy to use

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No coding required

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Huge range of powerful features

Reasons to avoid

Free version has limitations

Slow tech support

Wix is more of a website builder than a coding platform, but with its range of plans and products, it’s one of the most popular online website designers for beginners and pros. The free version has Wix branding, limited storage space and bandwidth, but move up to the most popular plan (unlimited) and there’s no Wix ads. 

An excellent collection of 500 plus

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11 Best Restaurant Website Builders in 2024

It’s ridiculously easy nowadays to build a website for your restaurant.

Just a decade ago, you’d have had to spend a fortune hiring a web developer to build it for you. And if you wanted to update anything on the site, you needed to go back to the web developer and spend even more.

It was a slow and expensive process, so it’s no wonder that many restaurant owners have long depended on word of mouth, social media, or basic online ordering software. 

This is why you need a website up and running so potential customers can easily find you online and interact with your business there or even make orders — 67% of consumers said they preferred to use a restaurant’s own website (or app) when ordering.

And now that drag-and-drop editors are available, it has become increasingly easy to build your own website — no coding required. Even better, if that feels like too much work, we are now in the era of AI-powered builders. A variety of website builders for restaurants (including GetResponse!) offer an easy, guided process using AI to build a basic website for you. Then you can customize it with all the restaurant features that will be important to showcase your business.

Here are 11 of the best restaurant website builders in 2024

While there are lots of general website builders available, it’s better to focus on a restaurant website builder with restaurant-specific templates that let you add multiple menus, an online ordering system, and a delivery option or integration with third-party delivery apps. 

1. GetResponse Website Builder (yep, this is us!)

GetResponse restaurant website builder.

Why is this a good website builder for restaurants?

If you’re looking for a fantastic email marketing solution that also helps you build your website, provides relevant marketing tools you’ll need,

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Indonesia, S. Korea join hands to develop electric bus ecosystem in Bali – Archipelago

ndonesia and South Korea signed an agreement on Wednesday on the development of an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem for public transportation services in Bali.

Indonesia was represented by Vivi Yulaswati, the deputy for maritime affairs and natural resources at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) while Jaeseung Lee, the country representative of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), represented South Korea.

This electric bus ecosystem will be in the Greater Denpasar metropolitan area, consisting of Denpasar city and the neighboring regencies of Badung, Tabanan and Gianyar, also known by the acronym Sarbagita.

The implementation will start in Greater Denpasar because its infrastructure is the most prepared. 

After that, the electric transition will spread to Klungkung as the regency has the potential for economic growth with the construction of the Bali Cultural Center.

Bali Transportation Agency chief I Gde Wayan Samsi Gunarta said the public transportation project had been planned since 2020 through the Regional Action Plan (RAD).

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“The project was issued in a 2019 gubernatorial decree and we have been mandated to implement it. We also need to think about how to produce electronic vehicles for public transportation,” said Samsi, as quoted by detik.com.

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Diverse marketing strategies for London-based businesses – London Business News

When it comes to marketing in London, one of the world’s most vibrant and competitive cities, businesses must adopt a multifaceted approach. London’s unique blend of cultures, industries, and consumer behaviours demands a strategic and adaptable marketing plan. The city’s bustling nature and diverse demographic make it an exciting, yet challenging, environment for businesses looking to grow their presence.

The first step in crafting an effective marketing strategy is to understand the London market itself. This includes recognising the distinct needs and preferences of London consumers, which can vary significantly from other regions in the UK. London’s market is characterised by its fast pace, diversity, and a high level of sophistication in consumer expectations. Businesses must be agile and responsive to these dynamics, tailoring their marketing strategies to resonate with a diverse and discerning audience.

Digital presence and social media engagement

Establishing a strong online presence is crucial for any business, especially in a tech-savvy city like London. The digital landscape offers a plethora of opportunities for businesses to connect with their audience. A well-designed website, active social media engagement, and a robust digital marketing strategy are essential components.

Social media platforms, in particular, provide a direct line of communication to a wide range of demographics. London businesses can leverage these platforms to build brand awareness, engage with customers, and even conduct market research. By consistently posting relevant, engaging content and interacting with followers, businesses can cultivate a loyal online community that supports their brand.

Leveraging local SEO and online directories

For London businesses, local SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is a key tool in ensuring visibility in search engine results. This involves optimising your website and online content to rank higher in searches specific to London or neighbourhoods within the city. It’s about being easily found by locals and

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Pakistan to host the 4th Pakistan Africa Trade Development Conference and Single Country Exhibition in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt: The Government of Pakistan is proud to announce the 4th edition of the Pakistan Africa Trade Development Conference (PATDC) and Single Country Exhibition (SCE) scheduled to take place from 9th to 11th January 2024. This groundbreaking event will be hosted at the prestigious Egypt International Exhibition Center in Cairo, marking the first time Pakistan is organizing Government to Government and Business to Business engagements event in Egypt. The earlier events were held in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Pakistan, as part of its strategic initiative is working towards enhancing bilateral trade and connectivity with the African continent. Egypt enjoys a prime geographical position as it connects the Middle East and North Africa region and is one of the fastest growing economies in the region owing to its huge consumer market.

The 4th edition of the PATDC & SCE will see participation from major economies in the MENA region including Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali & Mauritania. A delegation of more than 100 business owners & traders from Pakistan will travel to Cairo for the exhibition. The exhibition will cover major trade sectors like Agriculture, Textile, Engineering, and Services.

The 3rd PATDC & SCE held in Johannesburg, South Africa last year concluded on a high note with signing of numerous MoUs and leading deals worth $24 million between Pakistani and Southern African companies. This year, a much bigger commercial activity is expected at the 4th PATDC and SCE.

For more information, please visit: www.tdapglobal.com

About TDAP:

The Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is the premier government agency dedicated to fostering, promoting, and enhancing Pakistan’s international trade. With a mission to boost the country’s exports and connect Pakistani businesses to global markets, TDAP plays a pivotal role in trade development. Our comprehensive services encompass market

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Konnect Agency Celebrates 15th Year Milestone

Full-service PR and Digital Marketing Agency Leads the Future of Communications

LOS ANGELES, January 08, 2024–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In the rapidly changing marketing landscape, Konnect Agency has established itself over the past fifteen years as a trusted and dynamic leader who has been able to define best-in-class standards for the industry across media relations, marketing, and digital communications. Servicing household names in the world of food and beverage, lifestyle, and franchise brands, Konnect has achieved success by providing excellent client service, groundbreaking results, and impressive overall agency growth.

During the past fifteen years, Konnect Agency has leveraged its notoriety for building brand buzz through earned, owned, and paid public relations campaigns in top national and regional media; to expanded services that deliver strategic digital, creative, and amplification programs that combine mass awareness and bottom-line results. Having 360 services under one roof provides incredible omnichannel synchronization of voice and brand standards as well as the ability to have a cohesive team that works in lockstep with key brand stakeholders.

As practice areas have grown, so has the agency’s physical footprint which includes Konnect Agency’s headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles as well as offices in New York, Denver, and Oklahoma City, in addition to team members in 18 states nationwide. Each office hub is fueled by a team of experts who provide a boutique level of personalized service combined with an adept ability to effectively build brands that contribute to major acquisitions, mergers, and larger consumer mindshare and spending in the categories in which they operate.

“The last fifteen years have been an incredible feat and accomplishment for not only me but the founding team that has continued to challenge the status quo to create the marketing agency of the future,” said Konnect Agency CEO, Sabina Gault. “I am endlessly proud

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