from Hyperfair blog

Gamification is big buzz word getting a lot of notoriety at the moment and Hyperfair is falling right in the mix. Like never before companies large and small are flocking to gamification, or the application of gaming elements to non-game environments, to incorporate in everything from HR training to direct marketing. Hyperfair sees this application as an advanced step, where companies are finally embracing fun.

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It might seem like a simple concept, but fun improves everything from overall satisfaction to attention span and can be the difference in a customer returning or an employee efficiently completing a task.

Still, like any other tool, it is important to understand just how to employ gamificiation. In a society that has gone virtual, In a recent article, “Play to win: 7 steps to making gamification work in enterprise,” Venture Beat delves into this trending concept and correctly applying it to the corporate world. For all else call Hyperfair!

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from business.inquirer.net

Among emerging economies in Asia, the Philippines will continue to trail China in terms of economic growth in 2013, according to a think tank based in Washington, DC.

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Also, the IIF said that in three years to 2014, yearly domestic growth of the Philippines would be above 6 percent.

The think tank said that the country’s gross domestic product would follow through with a growth rate of 6.8 percent next year after the latest forecast of 6.5 percent for 2012.

These are upgrades of IIF’s previous forecasts of 5.7 percent this year and 6.5 percent in 2013.

In 2014, the IIF predicts that the Philippine economy will grow slower at 6.2 percent, to be overtaken by India and Indonesia for second and third place after China.

“The Philippines stands out for its strong growth this year,” the IIF said. “Real GDP was 7.1 percent greater in the third quarter than a year earlier—up from 6.2 percent in the first half, and 3.9 percent for 2011.”

Also, the IIF observed that exports of electronics products—which “sharply depressed” total Philippine exports in late 2011—recovered early this year.

Latest data from the National Statistics Office showed that exports grew by 6.1 percent year-on-year in October, while electronics shipments was almost flat at 0.3 percent.

“The reduction in the budget deficit gave the government some fiscal headroom this year to stimulate domestic demand, while consumption continued to be buoyed by inflows from workers abroad,” the IIF said further.

The think tank also noted that remittances reached $17.3 billion in the first nine months of 2012, which was 5.7 percent higher year-on-year.

Regarding the peso, IIF expected it to trade at 40.90 against the US dollar by year-end, strengthening further to 40.80:$1 in 2013.

The local currency will be much stronger in 2014 when it is expected to trade at a round 40 against the greenback.

But, if the 2007 average exchange rate is regarded as 100, the peso is continually weakening to an equivalent of 107.7 in 2012, 111.4 in 2013 and 114.1 in 2014.

 

Career fairs are going digital!

from the wall street journal online.

As companies find themselves swarmed with applicants, struggling to match workers with the right skills to job openings, many are turning to virtual career fairs. Employers say these online forums—accessed by companies and job seekers from anywhere in the world—can save them time and money, as well as broaden the candidate pool.

Companies are turning to virtual career fairs as they find themselves swarmed with applicants and struggling to match workers to job openings.

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When participants log into a virtual fair, they can access a variety of “booths” organized by company name or job field. In the booths, they find information about the company and positions available. Sometimes there are videos or live, one-on-one chats with recruiters or even high-level executives.

Candidates learn about fairs through the company’s website, social-networking services such as Facebook and Twitter, or word of mouth.

Procter & Gamble Co. and Citigroup Inc. customize their own company-specific virtual career fairs. Other firms, such as Boeing Co. and insurer Progressive Corp.,  join broad-based virtual career fairs hosted by companies like jobs sites Monster.com, which is owned by Monster Worldwide Inc., and Brazen Careerist Inc. The group fairs host anywhere from a handful to hundreds of companies.

As companies find themselves swarmed with applicants, struggling to match workers with the right skills to job openings, many are turning to virtual career fairs. WSJ‘s Emily Glazer has the story on Digits.

The fairs, which may last from several hours to a few days, are less about landing a job offer, say HR experts, and more about generating interest among candidates. Good candidates can be invited back for deeper, in-person interviews, while candidates who are not a great fit will be weeded out early on, they say.

At a P&G European virtual career fair last October, about 900 attendees logged in from countries throughout western Europe, as well as Turkey, Russia and Romania. Candidates had access to about 20 booths to learn about job types—finance, business development or product supply, for example—or local P&G offices. P&G representatives communicated in French, Spanish, German, Italian and English.

Lourdes Fuentes, a Geneva-based marketing executive with P&G, says the virtual fair is cost- and time-efficient because she can access it from her office and doesn’t have to spend a full day traveling. She tries to explain to potential candidates what P&G’s culture is like and which qualities are important for marketing. She says she has “met” some people with promise.

One candidate, Ioannis Boukas, heard about the P&G career fair on LinkedIn and logged in from work in Athens, Greece. At the fair, he learned about the firm’s international opportunities and got application advice from some P&G marketing managers and recruiters.

Mr. Boukas, 25, later decided it was worth taking a day off from work to attend an in-person P&G career fair. About six months and three in-person interviews later, he was hired as an assistant brand manager in Geneva.

Virtual career fairs serve as a “starting point” for many younger candidates, says Amy Ng, senior vice president of human resources at Citigroup.

Events like these are especially useful for what Ms. Ng calls “passive job seekers” or the large part of the population not actively seeking a job but interested in learning what is out there. This way, when they are ready to look or if they are laid off, they’ll “think Citi sounds like a great place to work, see how we interact with people,” she said.

Virtual career fairs are the future of the matching between job offer and research, if u wanna know more about virtual job fairs in the philippines, contact me!

Italian Furniture Design catalogue

Il catalogo di Italian Furniture Design, prima fiera virtuale dedicata al legno arredo e design promossa dalla Camera di Commercio di Monza e Brianza, è online; ecco le 70 imprese che hanno partecipato alla fiera: http://www.ifurndesign.com/contents/IFD_Catalogue.pdf
The catalogue of Italian Furniture Design, the first virtual fair dedicated to wood, furnitures and design, sponsored by the chamber of commerce of Monza and Brianza (Italy) is online now: http://www.ifurndesign.com/contents/IFD_Catalogue.pdf479772_179695305508805_2023735735_n

Italian Furniture Design, expo closes with outstanding results!

One week ago the IFD virtual trade show kicked off and though everyone expected a successful event, no one could have known what an international success it would be. Now we have assembled the results to find our most outstanding virtual expo metrics yet.

With 65 exhibitors the event attracted over 1,700 attendees from nearly 50 countries world wide (see list below). It is clear that these participants came to do business with over 9,000 business cards exchanged and tens of thousands of clicks on exhibitor specific content.

At Hyperfair we are ecstatic not only about the results of this virtual event, but also with the smooth launch of our newest 3D platform yet that made its debut at IFD. The new 3D  virtual events platform works faster and more efficiently than the previous versions and offers attractive new features aimed to make the experience even easier for users.

A video demo will be released soon showing the new platform. Can’t wait? Give us a call. We’d love to demo it for you.

User Nations:

Europe: Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay

The Middle East: Afganistan, Israel, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United Arab Emirates

North America: Canada, Mexico, USA

Asia: India, Japan, Thailand

Pacific Islands: New Zealand, Philippines

Last day!

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Today will be the last day of the Italian Furniture Design where Hyperfair is showcasing our newest platform. Sign up now for free: http://ifurndesign-regattendee.hyperfair.com And log on today: 9am to 6pm Italy time 4 pm to 1 am Philippines time!

IFD Attendee Registration Page

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the virtual fair is open!

The virtual tradeshow is dedicated to all those interested in having an overview of the production system of the Brianza district.
Architects, interior designers, design professionals, manufacturers, buyers and contractors, research centers, chambers of commerce, industry foundations, industry media, financial, cultural and educational institutions, trend forecasters and opinion form participants are all invited to sign up and arrange their visit to the tradeshow, where they will be able to get a first direct contact with exhibiting companies without even leaving their desk.

And IS OPEN NOW!

join us: http://www.ifurndesign.com/index.html?lang=en