November 13th, 2014

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Gift Professor is an automated sales clerk that speaks with women rather than to woman.  The message is: Let’s talk about your recipient so I can quickly help you find the most relevant gift ideas, from the most sources. We designed our site to place women in control with advanced DISCOVERY tools.  Survey selections are filters into top merchant’s best items.

Gift DISCOVERY is a friction point. People do not enjoy the task as much as they used to. The market is evolving quickly in search of solutions because DISCOVERY creates awareness, consideration, preference and purchase.

Usingwomen in control 3 trial and error our engineers and team members have solved DISCOVERY.  Other companies only highlight their own products, we represent 2000 merchants.

Gift Givers can enjoy a more pleasurable and rewarding experience when they do not know exactly what gift they hope to find.

The time commitment to trudge the mall, the big box stores, or browse online merchants for hours just doesn’t resonate. DISCOVERY like this helps consumers move beyond the thoughtless act of asking a loved one what they want as a gift or just giving them a gift card or money when time is an issue.

women in controlOur DISCOVERY site is about helping people find and organize what they might buy in the future so they have time to do what they want to do today. Gift giving events are always just around the corner. Gift Professor Discovery helps you discover things your recipients are going to love so you are ready for the next important event.

A Gift Professor results page is like a “Pinterest board on steroids.”  

Results represent products matching multiple attributes on one page characterizing your loved one in all their fullness. A results page is created in minutes without having to curate thousands of collections to get something similar. Results are like Google search x 10 in a visual only randomized format.

Thanks for learning more about our creation.  We want to help.

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About Tony Schmidt

Tony is the President of GiftProfessor.com. He and his wife live in the Kansas City area. He likes helping people solve their gift discovery problems. His amazing team has unlocked Discovery for people who have no idea what they are looking for.

November 5th, 2014

A popular best seller on relationships is “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman. He points out that gift giving is a part of the love-marriage process in every culture.

He asked:

  1. Could it be that gift giving is a fundamental expression of love that transcends cultural barriers?
  2. Is the attitude of love always accompanied by the concept of giving?

If the answer is yes, this could have profound practical implications for American couples.

So, what are the five love languages?

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  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Acts of Service
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Quality Time
  5. Physical Touch

Find your LOVE LANGUAGE here: http://www.5lovelanguages.com/

Chapman’s hypothesis is that each of us has a dominant love language.  We demonstrate all five in varying degrees but usually one is the prominent way that we feel loved so we use it to make others feel loved.  He suggests this is the wrong way to communicate our love.  Instead we should find out what our loved ones dominant language of love is and try to be responsive to that. His approach has been adopted in all kinds of relationships from those with our kids, our parents and even in the work place.

For those whose love language is receiving gifts, he say’s receiving a gift is something you can hold in hand and say; “Look, he was thinking of me” or “she remembered me.”  You must be thinking of someone to give them a gift, so the gift itself is the symbol of that thought.   It doesn’t matter if it costs money. What is important is that you thought of them.  And it is not just the thought implanted in the mind that counts, but the thought expressed by actually receiving the gift or giving it as an expression of love.

Gifts are visual symbols of love.

No one really has all the answers for great gift giving. Only you know your person.  But the Gift Professor Discovery tool can help you zero in – and get within range of making a good gift decision.

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Ultimately Gift Professor is about helping you cut through the clutter of the web.  100,000 products from 2000 merchants are reduced to 3-500 so you only have to look at the relevant products for your situation.  We suggest you narrow the search down to 5 and then pick the very best one.        Try it here: http://www.giftprofessor.com

 

 

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About Tony Schmidt

Tony is the President of GiftProfessor.com. He and his wife live in the Kansas City area. He likes helping people solve their gift discovery problems. His amazing team has unlocked Discovery for people who have no idea what they are looking for.

November 1st, 2014

Hello Gift Shoppers

Gift Professor is a good fit to help you stay one step ahead this holiday season.  He has been laying low this year, working hard  in a secret laboratory JUST FOR YOU.  Halloween is over, it’s four weeks till Thanksgiving and seven weeks until Christmas. The “NEW” Gift Professor is out just in time to help you start the season’s gift hunt with a simple, solid, easy, process. 

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WHAT’S NEW ?

 

multiple screens1. Whenever, Wherever,  Same Experience on All Screens – the entire site has been rewritten to make your DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE adapt and behave exactly the same way on any device, phone, tablet or PC (App or URL).  It’s called responsive design.  So you can easily get to the good stuff, anywhere, anytime.

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2. More Great Products – each of our product editors can add five times more products per hour than before thus growing the massive product database faster than ever, while still assigning the secret matching descriptors that make GP possible.

3. Dramatic Results – improved algorithms facilitate better; RELATIONSHIP, PERSONALITY TRAIT, INTEREST, FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM, ACTIVITY and STYLE gift ideas.

badges4. GIFT UNIVERSITY Game – It’s a fun new game designed to move you through shopping with 29 easy achievements.  If you do them all you become A GIFT PROFESSOR but do a few and the game will provide you with exclusive access to increasing numbers of upper rooms along the way.

 

upper rooms5. SIXTEEN SPECIAL UPPER ROOM COLLECTIONS – access to these rooms is attained by being a thoughtful and caring gift shopper and among other things completing 5 survey’s for your numerous gift recipients, and then fine-tuning 3 of them. Essentially, getting ready for the holidays. These amazing Upper Room Collections are merchant’s products that we do not  have a business relationship with yet. BUT THEY ARE TOO COOL TO LEAVE OFF THE SITE.  This is a fun and fast way to help you to be as thorough as possible in your gift hunt.

visual experience6. It’s a FUN VISUAL SYSTEM – The 3-500 results for your loved one come arranged in an infinite scroll format with clean lines so you can quickly parse the options and select only the best potential gift candidates.

 

 

 

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Next post: – How gift giving fits in with the five languages of love

Thanks for reading!

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About Tony Schmidt

Tony is the President of GiftProfessor.com. He and his wife live in the Kansas City area. He likes helping people solve their gift discovery problems. His amazing team has unlocked Discovery for people who have no idea what they are looking for.

January 2nd, 2014

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These tips can help make a great impression, especially when they are used subtly and genuinely.

1. Keep your head up.

When a speaker is looking at how you listen to him or her, it is best to have your head upright. Keeping your chin low can suggest that you’re judgmental or disapproving. Maintaining eye contact helps show attentiveness. Remember though, staring can be seen as a sign of aggression or intimidation, and holding your head too high—with your chin jutting out—can come off as arrogant.

2. Nod when someone is speaking to you.

The head nod is now a helpful tool in maintaining fluidity and agreement in conversation. Three nod intervals have been proven to be the most effective. It doesn’t always have to mean that you agree, just that you are listening.

3. Do not mirror aggressive gestures to superiors.

When an employer or superior uses a dominant gesture, such as the hands on the hips, mirroring that stance can make it appear that you are challenging his or her authority. This is probably not the vibe you want to give off when trying to make a good impression.

4. Do not sit with your legs spread out widely.

For men, sitting with widely spread legs gives the appearance of asserting sexual dominance. It is an inappropriate sitting posture for the workplace, especially when female superiors or colleagues are present. It should be avoided in almost all professional settings.

5. Do not lean back with elbows out.

The classic Know-It-All boss uses this posture very often to suggest a calm and confident attitude towards subordinates. It comes across as very arrogant and it is the posture that women in the workplace hate most.

6. Leaning forward can make the impression of readiness.

When waiting for an appointment, presentation, or meeting, leaning forward while sitting can give the impression of readiness or determination. Usually with a hand or an elbow on the knee or thigh, leaning forward makes you seem attentive and interested.

OfficeDeskGuyKillingIt7. Mirroring body postures can make you seem agreeable—if you’re subtle about it.

When meeting with someone for the first time, initial subtleties like posture, facial movement, and tone of voice can make a big difference. People feel most comfortable with those who are like-minded, so subtly mirroring behavior can be a great way to make a good impression. Remember not to mimic, though, because if someone gets the sense that they’re being mocked, your impression will turn sour quickly.

8. Smiling is contagious and it can make you seem agreeable.

Smiling, in the context of strangers, originated as a submissive gesture to allow others to know that you mean them no harm. Today it denotes a similar message, but isn’t as savage. Smiling is contagious and usually makes people feel more comfortable around you.

 

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I'm a Senior at Kansas University studying Strategic Communications at the J-School. I like writing, thinking, and playing basketball.

December 23rd, 2013

2072143536_eddaabf9cd_tNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is not your typical Christmas movie and yet it seems like everyone watches it at least once around the holidays. Clark Griswold and his family go all out for Christmas, just to have everything, and I mean everything, become a complete disaster. In honor of Christmas fast approaching I thought I’d add in a quote from the movie seeing as it is a personal favorite that I make sure to watch every year. “Where do you think you’re going? Nobody’s leaving. Nobody’s walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We’re all in this together,” Clark Griswold.

2072182368_21d779be74A classic Christmas movie that has been around for nearly 70 years, Miracle on 34th Street is a must watch this holiday season. When a store Santa shows up drunk to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Doris Walker must find a replacement Santa, and fast. Kris Kringle is the new replacement, the real Santa Claus, but do people really believe it’s him? One of the best lines from the movie, and one that still holds true today; “Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind… and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it,” Kris Kringle.

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Another classic Christmas movie that has been around since the early 50s is White Christmas. While trying to save a lodge in Vermont, two soldiers become a song and dance act after World War II. The two play match maker with a sister song and dance act and they hope their performances just might save the lodge. The song White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby is definitely one that will put everyone in the Christmas spirit.

grinchHow the Grinch Stole Christmas, starring Jim Carrey, is definitely one of the most memorable holiday movies. It’s an incredible production of Dr. Seuss’ original and Jim Carrey is just the perfect Grinch. My favorite part is when he’s at home in his mountain-top lair with his dog, deliberating with himself weather or not to go to the Who-ville Who-bilation. He schedule might not allow it. “4:00, wallow in self-pity. 4:30, stare into the abyss. 5:00, solve world hunger… tell NO-ONE!”

A Christmas Story is definitely another one of the all-time Christmas favorites. Whether it’s because TBS plays in 24 hours leglampstraight on Christmas Eve every year, or because the humor in it is just so timeless, I’ll always associate the movie with the winter season and time with the family. I don’t think I’ll ever get over how funny the little brother, Randy, looks in his restricting and thickly padded snowsuit.

Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life has withstood the test of time for more than 65 Christmas seasons and is one of the original iconic Christmas movies. The film has heavy themes dealing with some serious issues, but mixes nicely with some occasional light-hearted humor. All-in-all it’s just a great movie to watch curled up by the fire. American cinema lovers will never forget the snowy, black-and-white depiction of New York in 1946.

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