iAbrasive Verification on the Rise: Luoyang Huayun Upgrades to Verified Member Aug 22, 2014 02:00AM

Zhengzhou, China (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

Recently, Luoyang Huayun Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. has joined iAbrasive and successfully upgraded to iAbrasive Verified Member. Huayun has now set up its online store on iAbrasive.com and is busy with posting products.

Luoyang Huayun Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Henan Baiyun Corundum Co., Ltd., whose primary business is production and sales of refractory materials and abrasive grains. Huayun has years of production experience and technology in smelting and processing brown fused alumina, white fused alumina section sand, silicon carbide, boron carbide, silicon metal, refractory materials and refractory brick. Superior product quality has enabled Huayun's mineral products and melting products to be well-received by overseas buyers in Japan, Russia, Thailand, Brazil and Turkey. A professional team, stable product quality and exemplary service are the secret to Huayun's success.

Recently, Luoyang Huayun Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. has joined iAbrasive and successfully upgraded to the status of an iAbrasive Verified Member. Huayun has now set up its online store on iAbrasive.com and is busy with posting products. Since Internet transactions depend mostly on good faith, iAbrasive Verified Members are based on truth and facts. iAbrasive has witnessed a growing number of abrasive suppliers applying for Verified Membership, which has greatly enhanced iAbrasive's reputation in the abrasive industry. iAbrasive sincerely hopes that Luoyang Huayun Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. can achieve new success with their new partnership with iAbrasive.

For more information, please visit: http://www.iabrasive.com/.

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Phorm Corporation Limited: Interim Results for the Six Months Ended 30 June 2014 Aug 22, 2014 02:00AM

SINGAPORE -- (Marketwired) -- 08/22/14 -- Phorm Corporation Limited (AIM: PHRM)

Phorm Corporation Limited ("Phorm" or the "Company") Interim Results for the six months ended 30 June 2014

Phorm (AIM: PHRM), a leading internet personalisation technology company, today announces its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 30 June 2014.

Highlights:

  • Gross revenue $0.5m (2013: $0.03m)
  • Operating Losses $22.8m (2013: $24.3m)
  • Losses after taxation $23.0m (2013: $24.8m)
  • Loss per share was $0.04 (2013: $0.18)
  • During the first 6 months of the year, average monthly cash burn excluding financing activity was $3.6m (2013: $2.6m)

For further information please contact:

Phorm Corporation Limited
Andy Croxson (analysts and investors)                   +44 (0) 203 397 6001

UK Investors
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Mirabaud Securities LLP (Broker)                        +44 20 7321 2508
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Jason Woollard
Peter Krens

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)               +44 20 7409 3494
James Harris
Matthew Chandler
James Dance

US Investors
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Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates (Investor Relations)   +1 212 838 3777
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John Heilshorn

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer's Statement

I am pleased to present the group's unaudited interim results for the six month period to 30 June 2014. The unaudited consolidated results show that the group's financial loss narrowed in the six months ended 30 June 2014 compared to the equivalent period in 2013. This reflects the fact that Phorm is now entering the revenue growth phase of its business.

Phorm is now in the fortunate position of having set the foundations for achieving substantial growth. As set out in the Company's previous financial statements, revenue growth is a function of the interaction between deployed internet service provider ("ISP") users, partnerships which bring us inventory in the form of advertising requests, and advertising campaigns sold and successfully delivered. Accordingly, users, advertising requests and advertising campaigns are the fundamental drivers of revenue.

Users

The Company's technology is currently deployed with 10 ISPs worldwide, compared to only 1 ISP a year ago. We therefore have a substantially greater number of users than this point last year. In late June 2014, we announced that peak daily unique users had grown from approximately 0.8m to 37.8m and this figure is currently in excess of 40m.

Advertising requests The access to inventory, which we currently enjoy, grew from 22.3bn requests in H2 2013 to 67.3bn by the end of H1 2014 and this growth trend is continuing as more publishers join Phorm's network.

Advertising campaigns

The number of advertising impressions served has similarly increased, from approximately 0.8bn impressions in H2 2013 to 2.6bn by the end of H1 2014. Our advertising campaign pipeline is continuing to strengthen and the total value of the opportunity pipeline (defined as specific campaign opportunities that are currently being discussed with advertising and agency partners) has grown to over $2m, which demonstrates advertiser confidence in our proposition and the performance of our system.

As we continue to bring these campaigns online, the imperative is to ensure that the performance, that we are able to secure for advertisers, matches or exceeds the groundbreaking performance levels which we achieved in Turkey as announced to the market in late September 2013. Achieving sufficient user numbers, to run multiple, large-scale commercial campaigns, remains an important goal in Turkey and it is expected that this situation will improve over time.

Our system is extremely powerful, yet complicated. In order to operate it successfully in China, which is substantially larger in scale than Turkey, we need to deliver rapidly on a number of fronts including: recruitment, sales management, advertising operations, performance management and data science.

In terms of recruitment, a key challenge in China is recruiting and training world class staff who can acquire the operational experience necessary in a very short period of time. This includes staff in advertising sales, advertising operations, technical ISP sales, network deployment and senior local management.

Sales staff need to be trained up to explain the benefits of a product which we believe is truly different from anything which the industry has so far encountered. They then need to go through the process of meeting with and educating clients on our proposition and taking them through to the order stage. We are seeing encouraging responses so far as manifested by the significant sales pipeline, which has developed in a short space of time.

Similarly, the range of options available for utilising the power of the system to reach the client's desired audience to an unprecedented degree also means that the appropriate level of staff in advertising operations needs to be recruited and trained accordingly. In addition, we have been focusing on developing a management model, which allows us to supervise operations from our operations centre and thereby upscale significantly, efficiently and effectively.

The scale at which we are now operating in China makes it critical that we measure performance in real time and optimise our performance across numerous campaigns, time zones and language barriers. We are now running both test campaigns with new customers and full commercial campaigns with advertisers, who have rebooked following positive results. As the test campaigns with new customers come to their conclusion, the extent to which we have managed their performance will dictate the propensity of advertisers to renew their custom and increase scale, making this function critical. Performance management is now a dominant focus within the group.

Looking ahead, we are developing a number of statistical techniques and software technologies, which will allow us to automate much of the performance management process. We expect some of these efforts to bear fruit within the coming months. We currently anticipate this to replace manual performance management as the most critical resource allocation within the business.

In summary, growth rates achieved so far have been very significant and we expect them to accelerate. Comparing H1 2013 to H1 2014, we have seen a 44 fold increase in peak daily unique users, a 42 fold increase in advertising requests and a 18 fold increase in revenues. Simply extrapolating those growth rates moving forward would lead us to highly respectable large scale revenues. However, we believe that, based upon what we currently have in hand and in our pipeline, rates of growth should in fact accelerate further, particularly as current test campaigns convert into full-scale commercial campaigns.

We have made good progress in the first half of 2014 and the group is now well positioned for the remainder of the year as we seek to build on our achievements to date.

Kent Ertugrul Chairman & Chief Executive Officer 22 August 2014

Click on, or paste the following link into your web browser, to view the associated PDF document. http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/8116P_1-2014-8-22.pdf

For further information please contact:

Phorm Corporation Limited
Andy Croxson (analysts and investors)
+44 (0) 203 397 6001

UK Investors
Mirabaud Securities LLP (Broker)
+44 20 7321 2508
Jason Woollard
Peter Krens

Strand Hanson Limited (Nominated Adviser)
+44 20 7409 3494
James Harris
Matthew Chandler
James Dance

US Investors
Lippert/Heilshorn and Associates (Investor Relations)
+1 212 838 3777
John Heilshorn

Source: Phorm Corporation Limited


Blue Acorn Named to Inc. Magazine's 33rd Annual Inc. 500|5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies Aug 22, 2014 02:00AM

Charleston, SC (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

Recording a three-year growth rate of 566%, Blue Acorn is ranked No. 803 on Inc. Magazine's 33rd Annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The 2014 Inc. 500|5000 also lists Blue Acorn as the No. 6 fastest-growing company in South Carolina.

"We're excited and proud to have made the list for the second consecutive year," said Kevin Eichelberger, Founder & CEO of Blue Acorn. "When I moved the business to Charleston almost 6 years ago, I never anticipated or dreamed that we'd make the Inc. 500|5000 list - not only once, but twice."

As a leader in the eCommerce implementation and optimization space, Blue Acorn differentiates itself from the competition by taking what it calls an "Intelligent" approach to eCommerce, which relies on the intelligence derived from its clients' qualitative and quantitative data to help them make the best decisions possible.

In addition to its clients' analytics, Blue Acorn utilizes A/B testing as a means of obtaining quantifiable data. In fact, they built the official Optimizely extension for Magento, which enables an easy and more advanced integration between the world's most popular testing platform – Optimizely – and the world's most popular eCommerce platform – Magento.

Blue Acorn proudly centralizes its entire talent pool in Charleston, SC. In an industry where similar services are often outsourced to countries with cheaper labor, Blue Acorn has all of its employees under one roof in its new office that was custom designed to maximize the efficiency of its Agile workflow methodology.

Keeping all of its employees in house allows Blue Acorn to maintain the type of company culture that Eichelberger is determined to never lose. Blue Acorn team members enjoy flexible hours, a relaxed dress code, catered lunches monthly, a dog-friendly office, and plenty of fun times to keep the work-life balance in check.

Over the past few years, Charleston has been dubbed "Silicon Harbor," and Blue Acorn is joined on this year's Inc. 500|5000 list by Charleston-based tech companies like PureCars (#141), SPARC (#700), Omatic Software (#1349), and others.

"While this award is a great recognition of our growth, and definitely something for us to celebrate, I'm most impressed that we've accomplished this growth while building a reputation for quality and client success along the way," said Eichelberger. "We'll enjoy the opportunity to celebrate our accomplishment, but what's more important to me is the quality of our work and maintaining lasting relationships with our clients."

About Blue Acorn:
Blue Acorn is a premium eCommerce agency helping retailers and brands achieve revenue growth through a comprehensive, data-driven approach. In order to best support this approach, Blue Acorn became the first Magento Solution Partner to also hold certified partnerships with Google and Optimizely. They are committed to delivering Intelligent eCommerce solutions rooted in data and driven by their best-in-class design, development, and optimization capabilities.

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Readers Explore India's Culture, History in New Book 'Ava the Adventurer' Aug 22, 2014 02:00AM

MELBOURNE, Australia (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

Young readers take a magical journey to India for an experience in culture and fun with a spunky girl named Ava in the new children's book, "Ava the Adventurer: Ava in India" (published by Partridge Singapore).

By day, Ava is an average little girl, but at night, her magical dream catcher takes her and her faithful dog, Audrey, on fantastic adventures across the world where they encounter new cultures and meet new friends.

In this adventure, Ava and Audrey journey to India, where they explore the Taj Mahal, the Ranthambore National Park and the Himalayas together. With the help of Bert the Eagle, the two try interesting foods, learn a new dance and, of course, learn some interesting facts.

Di Gregorio and Schauer aim to inspire adventure and curiosity in their readers as well as educate them about foreign countries. They remind readers to be on the lookout for new books starring Ava and Audrey.

"Ava the adventurer is an ongoing series," the authors assure their readers. "The series is as big as the world is huge. The food dance and meeting of new friends helps bridge cultural gaps and misunderstandings."

"Ava the Adventurer"
By Robert Di Gregorio & S. Schauer
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781482896626
E-Book | 36 pages | ISBN 9781482896633
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Authors
Robert Di Gregorio's career began 35 years ago, creating and educating in the field of hairdressing. His aim is to encourage, inspire and empower the creative process.

S. Schauer is a young author from Australia. She loves nothing more than the thought that her work will inspire another generation of avid readers and writers.

Partridge Singapore is a partnership between the Penguin Group, the world's foremost trade book publisher, and Author Solutions LLC, the industry leader in supported self-publishing, that aims to help writers in Singapore, Malaysia, and the rest of Southeast Asia become published authors. Partridge Singapore gives authors in the region direct access to a comprehensive range of expert publishing services that meet industry standards but are more accessible to the market. For more information or to publish a book, visit partridgepublishing.com/singapore or call 800 101 2657 (Singapore) or 1 800 81 7340 (Malaysia). For the latest, follow @PartridgeSG on Twitter.

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Smile Travel Vietnam Offers a New Tour to Dalat, a Romantic City in Vietnam Aug 22, 2014 02:00AM

Hanoi, Vietnam (PRWEB) August 22, 2014

Located about 320 km west of Ho chi minh City (also known as Sai gon) and 1,500 meters above the sea level, Dalat used to be seen as the "summer capital" during the French colonial period. Smile Travel Vietnam is pleased to offer a new package tour named "Dalat on bike."

Tourists will spend a full day on a biking tour. They will have a chance to visit some of most notable destinations in the city and surrounding Dalat. Just two kilometers from downtown, the Dalat Botanical Park will be first stop. There, visitors will sample various exotic flower and plant species. Tourists will continue riding three kilometers to the Dalat Railway Station, which is widely known as one of oldest and most charming stations in Indochina.Then, travelers will see the Dragon Pagoda.

Leaving the renowned pagoda, travelers will continue riding to Bao Dai Summer Palace and Crazy House. After hours of screaming and laughing, travelers will start biking back to the hotel.

For further details, please contact at: sales(at)smiletravelvietnam(dot)com or +84 976 127 023.

About Smile Travel Vietnam:

Smile Travel Vietnam Company is reviewed as one of the most reputable travel companies in Hanoi, Vietnam by millions of customers. The company aims at 4 main services: hotel booking, Vietnam tours, visa on arrival and airfare. During their 6 years in operation, Smile Travel Vietnam Company has proved to be a good and trustworthy destination for tourists all around the world to have memorable trips in Vietnam.

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