Kamis, Desember 06, 2012

Pengalaman Menjadi Mystery Shopper


Ternyata sudah lama sekali tidak nulis di blog, coba-coba nulis lagi ahh... :D
Pernahkah anda pergi ke sebuah restoran yang bagus dan makanannya enak-enak, namun ternyata pelayanannya buruk sekali misalnya ketika anda panggil waiter atau waitress nya sulit sekali untuk dipanggil, begitu bisa dipanggil jawabannya nanti dulu ya pak, lalu pergi begitu saja... kesel kan, dan kemungkinan besar anda mungkin tidak akan kembali lagi untuk makan di restoran tersebut yang tentu saja hal tersebut merupakan suatu kerugian bagi pengusaha restoran tersebut. Nah untuk mencegah hal-hal seperti itu terjadi, salah satu cara yang dilakukan pengusaha adalah dengan menggunakan jasa dari Mystery Shopper.

Apa itu mystery shopper/mystery shopping? secara umum Mystery Shopping adalah sebuah metode untuk mengecek service/pelayanan yang diberikan oleh Frontliner kepada customer dengan cara mengirimkan seseorang (Shopper) sebagai tamu/pelanggan. Dinamakan Mystery Shopper karena Frontliner tidak tahu bahwa Shopper sedang mengecek service yang diberikan. Apabila status sebagai Mystery Shopper diketahui, kunjungan dianggap gagal.

Tidak terasa saya sudah melakukan pekerjaan sampingan sebagai mystery shopper selama dua tahun, ternyata banyak sekali bidang yang menggunakan jasa ini misalnya dealer otomotif, toko-toko pakaian, perhiasan dan yang paling saya sukai adalah kunjungan ke restoran-restoran, yah itung-itung makan gratis aja :D 

Pernah suatu ketika saya tidak sempat melakukan kunjungan ke suatu tempat yang telah ditunjuk oleh provider mystery shopper, lalu saya mendelegasikan kunjungan tersebut kepada adik sepupu yang setelah disetujui oleh provider tsb, sampai sekarang dibandingkan dengan saya, dia malah lebih aktif menjadi seorang mystery shopper pada beberapa provider, hampir tiap hari dia melakukan kunjungan ke berbagai tempat, fee nya pun lumayan tuh hehehe....

sampai saat ini, karena hampir setiap bulan ada permintaan untuk melakukan kunjungan, para frontliner pun sepertinya mengetahui apakah seorang pengunjung itu adalah pengunjung biasa atau seorang yang diutus sebagai mystery shopper, ada yang jadi gugup tetapi ada juga yang malah jadi "lebay" hihihi... akan tetapi kita sebisa mungkin bersikap objektif, dan mengungkapkan fakta-fakta apa saya yang terjadi di lapangan, apabila pelayanannya bagus ya dilaporkan bagus dan apabila jelek ya laporannya jelek. namun semakin lama, sebagian besar para frontliner tersebut mungkin karena sudah terbiasa, jadi rata-rata pelayanannya bagus.

dari hal tersebut saya bisa mengambil kesimpulan bahwa perusahaan yang menggunakan jasa mystery shopper untuk mengecek pelayanan dari para frontliner nya, memberikan pelayanan yang lebih baik dibandingkan dengan yang tidak menggunakan jasa tersebut. Rata-rata pelayan yang tau bahwa akan datang mystery shopper di waktu-waktu tertentu sikapnya baik, ramah dan secara umum lebih baiklah pokoknya

Jadi, kalau datang ke suatu tempat dan pelayannya ogah-ogahan atau bersikap tidak mengenakan bisa hampir bisa dipastikan kemungkinan besar tempat tersebut tidak menggunakan jasa Mystery Shopper


Sabtu, Februari 25, 2012

Google Adsense Support Bahasa Indonesia :)

Jujur saja, salah satu alasan saya ngeblog selain wadah mengekspresikan diri juga karena adanya google adsense :D
Gara-garanya waktu browsing-browsing di internet salah satu bisnis online yang menghasilkan uang banyak adalah dengan menempatkan iklan google adsense di website atau blog, saya lihat banyak orang Indonesia yang sudah menghasilkan cek ribuan dollar dari google adsense ini ya jadi tertarik dong, namun untuk melakukannya saya mengalami banyak kendala, diantaranya gak bisa bikin website sama bahasa inggris ya cuman baca aja, klo baca bahasa inggris saya ngerti tapi klo nulis pake bahasa inggris tunggu dulu, gak pede xixixi.... waktu itu google tidak menerima konten dalam bahasa Indonesia, bahasa yang diterima sih sudah banyak tapi Indonesia tidak termasuk. di website kitanya cuman bisanya menempatkan search engine doank, klo pasang kode script dari google adsense kita yang munculnya cuman iklan layanan masyarakat doank yang klo ada yang ngeklik juga gak dapet apa-apa, males jadinya :p

Beberapa bulan yang lalu saya perhatikan Google gencar melakukan penetrasi bisnis di Indonesia sampai katanya mau buka kantor di Indonesia (tau deh sekarang sudah buka apa belum yah?) beberapa bulan yang lalu pun saya mendapatkan undangan /voucher untuk beriklan di google, tapi gak saya pake soalnya gak punya website komersil sih, punya blog juga cupu gini, bingung juga buat dipake apa hehe...

Oleh karena itu beberapa hari yang lalu saya penasaran apakah bahasa Indonesia sekarang termasuk bahasa yang diterima untuk google adsense, dan ternyata dugaan saya benar, awal bulan ini google adsense memasukkan Bahasa Indonesia ke dalam bahasa yang disupportnya... oh yeah! :D
keterangannya bisa dilihat di sini:

Seharusnya google melakukan ini jauh sebelumnya, bisnis online di indonesia sudah berkembang dengan pesatnya saat ini. kalau kita lihat di Facebook, di halaman beranda (home) kan ada iklannya tuh di pinggirnya, nah saya lebih sering mengklik iklan yang ada di Facebook daripada iklan yang ditampilkan di google adsense jadi sudah keliatan klo pangsa pasar pengiklan google di gerogotin sama facebook, mana facebook udah go public melalui initial public offering beberapa waktu yang lalu, so sudah pasti facebook bakal makin gencar usahanya buat ngasih dividen buat investornya.

Baik google maupun facebook menempatkan cookies di komputer kita, sehingga mereka tahu kebiasaan kita seperti apa, sehingga mereka menampilkan iklan yang relavan dengan apa yang sering kita lihat atau kita cari. nah, klo google tidak menerima bahasa indonesia sebagai bahasa yang disupport oleh nya, maka siapa yang mau mengklik iklan-iklan yang ditampilkan maksud saya, siapa yang mau mengklik iklan dari Indonesia kalau bukan orang Indonesia itu sendiri.

Yah, sekarang selangkah lebih mudah, tinggal bagaimana mengoptimalkan kesempatan ini, belajar bikin website atau buat blog baru atau bagaimana saya sendiri masih awam, perlu belajar banyak dari para master google adsense yang telah menghasilkan pasif income, walaupun penghasilan dari google adsense baru sedikit tapi saya sangat senang, semoga jadi peluang yang bagus :)

Kamis, Desember 16, 2010

Most Profitable Movies of All Time

A profitable movie doesn’t just do well at the box office.

Toy Story 3, for example, is the highest-grossing movie of 2010 so far, with a worldwide take of over $600 million. However, its budget was $200 million, meaning that it has only made three times its investment. Even the mighty Titanic, the second highest grossing film of all time, could only realize a 900% return on its budget.

What follows is a list of the 15 most profitable movies of all time, based on worldwide box office receipts. These movies made back their money over and over again, and while there are some acknowledged blockbusters here, there are also those that came out of nowhere and surprised everyone with their performance at the box office.



15. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Return on investment: 1008%
Budget $111 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $1.1 billion

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a huge gamble. All three films were shot simultaneously in order to keep to the scheduled yearly release of each film. Had 2001’s Fellowship of the Ring not been successful, the studio would have still been stuck with two almost-done films to finish, promote and release, and the losses involved could have been devastating.

Luckily, there was no need to worry. Fellowship of the Ring was a huge hit, as was the follow-up, 2002’s The Two Towers . However, the final film in the trilogy, The Return of the King , was the most profitable of the three, grossing over $1.1 billion, over ten times what it cost to make it. It was also notable for winning every one of the eleven Academy Awards for which it had been nominated, matching the records set by Titanic and Ben-Hur .



14. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Return on investment: 1160%
Budget $38 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $441 million

Cross-dressing has been the subject of successful movies for years. But while Some Like it Hot won all the critical accolades and Tootsie boasted the quality writing and serious method actors, the Robin Williams vehicle Mrs. Doubtfire was the most commercially successful of all.

Since its 1993 release, the movie earned over $441 million dollars, almost twelve times its cost. Not bad for a movie whose biggest laughs come from funny voices and from a pair of prosthetic breasts catching fire.



13. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

Return on investment: 1194%
Budget $31 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $370 million

There’s Something About Mary really put the “gross” in gross revenue. The 1998 Farrelly Brothers comedy about love lost and love regained had something to offend everyone, from jokes about bodily fluids to laughs at the expense of the mentally retarded.

The movie was so raunchy that it stood a good chance of alienating audiences with its relentlessly lowbrow humor. However it was genuinely funny, and good word of mouth buoyed the movie to earnings of almost $370 million, almost twelve times its budget.




 12. The Hangover (2009)

Return on investment: 1297%
Budget $36 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $467 million

The Hangover is the ultimate tale of a bachelor party gone horribly, horribly wrong. Released in the summer of 2009, the comedy was intended to serve as comedic counter-programming to such blockbusters as Terminator Salvation and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and was given an accordingly modest budget.

Both of the blockbusters broke even, but their huge budgets made it impossible to make much of a profit. The Hangover, on the other hand, became the sleeper hit of the summer, earning over $467 million and exceeding its $35 million budget by almost thirteen times.



11. Jaws (1975)

Return on investment: 1308%
Budget $36 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross revenue $471 million

Prior to 1975, Steven Spielberg had directed four films, none of which performed that remarkably. However, his fifth film, Jaws, made him a household name. It so terrified filmgoers with its depiction of a shark’s reign of terror that it was responsible for more empty beaches than BP.

Based on the Peter Benchley book of the same name, Jaws had a relatively low budget and the constant breaking down of the mechanical shark forced Spielberg to keep it off camera for the majority of the movie. This led to the unbearable tension for which the movie is still famous and for the giddy payoff of its final reels, when we see the shark in all its glory. Word spread quickly about the terrifying new movie, and to date it has grossed over $470 million, over thirteen times its cost.



10. Ghost (1990)

Return on investment: 1446%
Budget: $35 million (inflation-adjusted)
Gross Revenue: $506 million

1990’s Ghost starred Patrick Swayze as a yuppie who lives with Demi Moore, who has a passion for making pottery. When he’s murdered in a robbery attempt, his ghost enlists the help of a medium played by Whoopi Goldberg in order to find out why he was killed.

The movie was made on a modest budget, but the love story at its center resonated profoundly with audiences who went back to see the film again and again. The movie went on to become the highest-grossing film of 1990, and earned almost $506 million, over fourteen times its cost.




The Biggest Box Office Bombs

What makes a movie a box office "bomb "? Just losing money doesn't make it qualify. It's the amount of loss from the production costs to ticket receipts that makes the difference.

For example, 2006’s Zyzzyx Road took in a shocking thirty (30) dollars at the box office, but since it cost only $1 million to make, it didn't lose enough money to make the list. And the 2000 John Travolta vehicle Battlefield Earth made back less than half of its $73 million budget, but losing a mere $43 million makes it only a modest disaster.

However, there are plenty of films that did lose staggering amounts to qualify as a box office bomb. When adjusted for inflation many of the biggest losses exceed $100 million according to BoxOfficeMojo.com .



15. Gigli (2003)

Net losses, inflation adjusted: $77,961,644
Total cost: $74,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $7,266,209
Net losses (actual): $66,733,791

Gigli was a 2003 mobster comedy starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, collectively known as “Bennifer.” The duo dominated tabloid headlines and entertainment gossip shows, so putting them in a movie was a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, every critic on earth hated the movie, and people refused to see it. It earned $4 million in its opening weekend, then experienced a second-weekend drop of over 80%. Gigli was withdrawn from theaters after only three weeks, one of the shortest theatrical runs on record for a major Hollywood movie.




14. Soldier (1998)

Net losses, inflation adjusted: $78,912,404
Total cost: $75,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $15,000,000
Net losses (actual): $60,000,000

Soldier was a futuristic action movie starring Kurt Russell. The script was written by Blade Runner co-writer David Peoples and was based on an episode of “The Outer Limits” written by author Harlan Ellison, so its credibility as a science fiction vehicle was airtight.

However, that wasn’t enough to get people to the theaters, and the $75 million film tanked at the box office, taking in only $15 million worldwide.




13. Red Planet (2000)

Net losses, inflation adjusted: $82,406,208
Total cost: $100,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $33,463,969
Net losses (actual): $66,536,031

Red Planet was a science fiction film released in November 2000 starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Val Kilmer. The movie took place on Mars in the late 21st century and much was made of the fact that it was filmed in the Technicolor format, the first film to do so in years.

None of it clicked with critics or audiences though, and the movie opened in a disastrous fifth place, beaten out by Charlie’s Angels and even the Adam Sandler vehicle Little Nicky.




12. The Postman (1997)

Net losses, inflation adjusted: $83,346,947
Total cost: $80,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $17,626,234
Net losses (actual): $62,373,766

In the early 1990s, Kevin Costner was as A-list an entertainer as it gets. After winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director with Dances With Wolves, he went on to star in such hits as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, JFK and The Bodyguard. Then came 1995’s Waterworld, a commercial and critical disaster that almost destroyed his career.

To get back on track, he decided to repeat the Dances With Wolves formula and directed The Postman, another three-hour epic starring himself as the titular letter carrier. The post-apocalyptic movie (which inexplicably had a cameo by Tom Petty as himself) was eaten alive by critics and took in less than $18 million, barely even a quarter of its $80 million budget.





11. Treasure Planet (2002)

Net losses, inflation adjusted: $83,833,389
Total cost: $180,000,000
Worldwide theater gross: $109,578,115
Net losses (actual): $70,421,885

2002’s Treasure Planet was an ambitious film. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, it was a science fiction version of Treasure Island, and was the first movie to be released simultaneously in both IMAX and regular formats. Treasure Planet was also the first film to combine two-dimensional hand-rendered animation with 3D digital animation.

Despite the impressive visuals and generally good reviews, the movie-going public responded with a collective “Who cares?” and the $180 million movie earned only $38 million at the US box office.



Sabtu, Desember 04, 2010

Bollywood's Biggest Earners

India’s movie industry is the largest in the world in terms of ticket sales and movies produced.

In 2009, 3.2 billion movie tickets were sold, more than double the number in the United States.

India also churns out three times as many movies as Hollywood. It's no wonder that Bollywood’s leading men and women are mega-stars and rake in millions.

The earnings are conservative because they’re based on advance taxes paid for the financial years 2009 or 2010, as reported by Indian media. It assumes a top tax bracket of 33 percent and an exchange rate of 44.5 Indian rupees per dollar.



9. Aishwarya Rai

Estimated annual earnings: *$1.5 million

A former model and Miss World, Aishwarya Rai entered the movie industry in 1997. She won accolades for her roles in period dramas such as "Devdas" (2002). Better known internationally as the face of L’Oreal and Longines watches, Rai co-starred with Dylan McDermott in the 2005 Hollywood film, "The Mistress of Spices".

* based on 2009 advanced tax





8. Kareena Kapoor

Estimated annual earnings: $3 million

Kareena Kapoor shares the honor with Amitabh Bachchan as the 8th highest-earning actor in India. Known as Bebo, Kapoor was born into a famous Bollywood family. She starred in the 2009 film "Three Idiots", which became the top-grossing Bollywood film of all time. In a 2009 poll by India’s DNA newspaper, she was voted as one of India’s most famous icons. She’s frequently in the news for her relationship with Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.




8. Amitabh Bachchan

Estimated annual earnings: *$3 million

A huge superstar in India, Bachchan is still going strong in his 60s. He shot to fame in the 1970s as the angry young man in a series of Indian films. After temporary retirement and declaring bankruptcy in the 1990s, he returned to the limelight in 2000 as the host of India’s version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". In 2010, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Film Festival.

*based on 2009 advanced tax



Kamis, Desember 02, 2010

15 Companies with Zero Debt


Throughout the financial crisis, large debt loads weighed on company balance sheets and had serious implications for the firms that let their borrowing get out of control.

Other companies, however, have a history of operating with low debt levels, and many choose to issue no debt at all. Instead of debt, these companies hold cash and liquid investments in order to make acquisitions, investments and to run daily operations.

Although too much debt can quickly turn into a problem, zero debt does not always translate to a rising stock price, as you can see from the historical data provided in the following pages. Regardless, some companies have been successful in turning their zero-debt situation into a very favorable operating model.

With data from Capital IQ drawn from the most recent quarterly statements across the S&P 500, here are 15 companies that report having no debt on their balance sheets.


15. Novell Inc (NOVL)

Total debt: $0
Cash & ST investments: $979.6 million
YTD stock price performance: +48.67%

Historical Debt and Price Levels, Per Year
2007: $600m total debt, +10.81% share price
2008: $126m total debt, -43.38% share price
2009: $0 total debt, +6.68% share price




14. Expeditors Int’l of Washington (EXPD)

Total debt: $0
Cash & ST investments: $1.042 billion
YTD stock price performance: +14.84%

Historical Debt and Price Levels, Per Year
2007: $0 total debt, +10.32% share price
2008: $0 total debt, -25.54% share price
2009: $0 total debt, +4.51% share price


 
13. Autodesk, Inc. (ADSK)

Total debt: $0
Cash & ST investments: $1.059 billion
YTD stock price performance: +4.76%

Historical Debt and Price Levels, Per Year
2007: $0 total debt, +22.99% share price
2008: $0 total debt, -60.51% share price
2009: $52m total debt, +29.31% share price



Rabu, Desember 01, 2010

Fast Money's Trader Icons

Who doesn't dream of greatness - swinging like Babe Ruth or punching like Muhammad Ali? But those guys are sports stars.

If you're like us, your heroes are the legendary all-star investors, the heavy hitters who knocked the cover off the ball time and again with their winning trades.

Following are the Fast Money icons - some of the greatest traders of all time.


01. Jesse Livermore

Position: Trader
Claim To Fame: Shorted Crash of 1929

Nicknamed "Boy Plunger" Jesse Livermore is among the very few investors who profited handsomely from both the Panic of 1907 and the Great Crash of 1929 largely due to short positions that generated as much as $100 million.

His philosophy of trading is still widely citied, 'increase the size of your position if they're moving in your favor and cut losses quickly.' Livermore died in 1940 at the age of 67.






02. George Soros

Position: Chairman, Soros Fund Management
Claim To Fame: Made $1 billion from UK Currency Crisis

Born Aug 12, 1930 in Budapest, Soros grew up in the shadows of Nazi Germany. He didn’t make a splash as a trader, however, until 1992 when he made $1 billion in a single day by betting against the British pound.

Sometimes called, "The Man Who Broke The Bank Of England" Soros currently runs a hedge fund and funds philanthropic causes.





03. Paul Tudor Jones

Position: President & Founder, Tudor Investment Corporation
Claim To Fame: Predicted 1987 Black Monday

A one time broker for EF Hutton, Paul Tudor Jones is known for predicting the 1987 stock market crash and doubling his clients’ money in the process. As of 2009 he was worth an estimated $6.3 billion.

Jones also founded the Robin Hood Foundation, a charity committed to the fight against poverty in New York City.