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  • Nearly 200 Million Americans Now Own Smartphones

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    Emma Martin
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    Smartphone ownership has never been greater in the United States. That’s one of the key takeaways in the latest report from comScore. A leading provider of digital media analytics, comScore has just released fresh data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which highlights key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry — in this case for July 2015. All told, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM market share. Once again, Android led as the #1 smartphone platform (with 51.4 percent platform market share). But when it comes to smartphone ownership,…
  • Social Media Marketers Take Note: Women Way More Likely to Use Pinterest

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    J. Barton
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guess what? Gender is still the main defining factor for users of the visual social network Pinterest. “Pinterest quickly attracted a substantial audience of committed users, and marketers are more interested in it than ever with the promise of social commerce on the horizon,” reports eMarketer. “But women are still the site’s main audience, with male internet users in the US avoiding the network en masse.” The hoary details? Spring polling from the Pew Research Center revealed that 44 percent of female internet users in the U.S. are also users of Pinterest.
  • This Week in Content Marketing: 2016 Will Be the Year of Content Marketing M&A

    Content Marketing Institute » Joe Pulizzi
    Joe Pulizzi
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the $48 million purchase of content agency King Content and then predict we’ll see an accelerating trend of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2016. Next, we wonder if digital agencies can effectively compete with publishers that are getting aggressive about content marketing and ponder what’s behind Oracle’s purchase of web-page testing firm Maxymiser. Then, we take a deep dive into F+W’s model of audience development and e-commerce,…
  • From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story

    Bplans Blog
    Anthony St. Clair
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    One entrepreneurial couple's story of going from food cart owners to opening an award-winning brewery. Want to open a restaurant or a food cart? Read on. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 5 Business Lessons From Billionaire Mentors

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Charles Michael Yim
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    These are the basics, but to truly succeed, you need to blaze your own path, like Richard Branson and Mark Cuban did.
 
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    Fast Company

  • How Force Touch Will Change How You Use The iPhone

    Derek Walter
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:12 pm
    A new iPhone feature—expected to be announced next week—could give your phone a very different feel.When Apple introduces its newest iPhones on September 9, the company may reveal a new trick that could forever change how you interact with an iPhone.Read Full Story
  • Staff Recommender: Daniel Taroy, Meryl Streep's BFF

    Fast Company Staff
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    The best things on and off the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Daniel TaroyPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Daniel Taroy Role at Fast Company: Social media producer. I manage multiple social media accounts—for Fast Company and the Co. sites—and engage with Fast Company's audience and followers on a daily basis. The majority of what you read on our Facebook or Twitter comes from me, so...blame me if you hate it (hope you don't!). Twitter: @danieltaroy Titillating fact: Meryl Streep and I are best friends. Not actually, but at my last job, I met her at a…
  • Jessica Alba's Honest Company Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over "Unnatural Ingredients"

    P. Claire Dodson
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:35 am
    The company's sunscreen is also under fire for allegedly failing to prevent sunburn.After complaints on social media that claimed its sunscreen was ineffective at preventing sunburn, Jessica Alba's The Honest Company is facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit.Read Full Story
  • Big Egg Scrambles To Beat Vegan Mayo

    P. Claire Dodson
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:15 am
    Newly revealed emails show that the U.S. egg industry sees a "major threat" in eggless mayo maker Hampton Creek.In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled that vegan food startup Hampton Creek must change the name of its Just Mayo spread (which does not contain eggs) because, the FDA said, products labeled "mayo" or "mayonnaise" must contain eggs.Read Full Story
  • Meet Starliner, Boeing's Space Taxi

    Neal Ungerleider
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:25 am
    This capsule-like spacecraft will take passengers to and from the International Space Station.Boeing has unveiled details of its new commercial space taxi, a small vehicle called Starliner that will ferry passengers to and from the International Space Station starting in 2017. The spaceship, formally titled the CST-100, is currently under construction at a massive facility in Florida. In a press conference at Kennedy Space Center, NASA and Boeing announced the name "Starliner" and plans for 2017 test flights. Before Friday's media event, only sketchy details were known about the commercial…
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • September 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) September 2015 Visa Bulletin has been released. For updated family and employment-based green card processing times, view the following charts. What is the Visa Bulletin? The DOS receives thousands of green card applications every year, which requires the government agency to impose limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, resulting in a multi-year backlog for certain categories. The DOS publishes the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition is ready for processing. Each date indicates how long the…
  • USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for L-1B’s ‘Specialized Knowledge’ Requirement

    Patty Johnson
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that the denial rate for L-1B visas, for intracompany transfers with specialized knowledge, hit a record high of 35 percent in 2014. In direct response, on August 31, USCIS will implement a policy memorandum to guide its officers in adjudicating L-1B petitions. L-1B classification enables multinational companies to transfer an employee with “specialized knowledge” from a related foreign company to the U.S. entity. Updated Guidance In the memorandum, USCIS summarizes “specialized knowledge” guidance from…
  • District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

    Patty Johnson
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures. The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields to obtain an additional 17 months of OPT work authorization after graduation from their program, beyond the 12 months granted to F-1 students of all majors. The court recognizes that the immediate elimination of STEM…
  • 3 Steps to an Efficient Immigration Process

    Patty Johnson
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    The immigration process can be stressful for new and seasoned HR professionals alike, due to strict regulations, tedious application requirements and more. However, it’s possible to bring efficiency to the process with a few simple adjustments. Here are three ways to help you manage immigration for your company while saving time and money: 1. Fix Poor Communication Inefficient communication is at the root of many problems in the business world. Unfortunately, some HR professionals have to wait days and sometimes weeks to receive a response from attorneys. If your attorney isn’t responding…
  • USCIS Accounts for Over 99% of Invalid 3-Year EADs

    Patty Johnson
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received over 99% of the 2,600 employment authorization document (EAD) cards that were incorrectly sent to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients early this year. The work authorization cards were deemed invalid because they were mailed after a deferred action injunction that halted the expanded DACA and new Deferred Action Parental Accountability initiatives were put in place. Read our blog post about the deferred action injunction and select 3-year EAD recall to learn more. While the majority of the invalid EAD…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Newspaper Death Spiral

    Steve
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Observer's Newspaper Death Spiral Made Plain in One Chart covers the decline in newspaper ad revenue.  The key quote is: Newspapers are not a mass medium anymore. Newspaper penetration has fallen from a high of 124% in 1950 (when Americans bought multiple papers) to 37% in 2013, according to Editor & Publisher data. Two-thirds of Americans do not buy newspapers.  The one chart, shown below, is not surprising but still quite stunning. It's interesting how little digital revenue has helped this industry. Being a big fan of newspapers, I still get 3 dailies delivered…
  • Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

    Steve
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study, the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.  This increase in coverage means that roughly 3.2 million more freelancers have health insurance than in 2013. Full-time independent workers are defined as those who work at least 15 hours a week as independent workers/freelancers (self-employed, independent contractors, etc.) in an average work week.  Three quarters of full-time independents report working more than…
  • Defining the Human Cloud

    Steve
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) - a leading, global analyst firm focused on the use of contingent workers by businesses - recently released a report on the human cloud. It's only available to their members. But since I called them a "leading, global analyst firm" and pitch them again at the end of this article, I'm hoping they'll be OK with me "borrowing" a bit from their report. They define the human cloud as: An emerging set of work intermediation models that enable work arrangements of various kinds to be established and completed (including payment of…
  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

    Steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat, both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines." Another reason for the general sales slow down is the long anticipated consumer market for 3D printers has not materialized,…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on Quora, reposted here with Quora’s (implied) permission: This is an important question, but also a big one, hard to answer in a few hundred words. And I’m going to stick with the subset of business plans that apply to business plan competitions. These are more traditional and formal business…
  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • 3 Resources to Help You Become a (More) Productive Content Marketer

    Stefanie Flaxman
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Each week on my show Editor-in-Chief, I discuss the editorial standards that can help distinguish your content from your competition’s. Editorial standards for your content include both specific publishing tasks, such as fact-checking, and general publishing processes, such as systems for effectively managing a content calendar. When you’re the Editor-in-Chief of the content you produce, you have a lot of decisions to make in a limited amount of time, so this week’s Copyblogger Collection is a series of three handpicked articles that show you: How to make the most of your writing…
  • How to Admit that You Are Terrible at Podcast Interviews (and Why This Matters for Your Success)

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Sometimes inspiration overcomes planning. For this episode, The Showrunner hosts Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor had planned to cover an entirely different topic. Luckily, the record button had been hit during their pre-call discussion, so they decided to roll with it. This conversation goes deep and was entirely unplanned, but it became a revelation for the two of them, and they think that it will do the same for you. In this episode, Jerod and Jon have a completely unscripted and unplanned discussion about the journey to becoming a remarkable podcast interviewer. They struggle with this topic,…
  • Seth Godin’s Top Tips for Freelancers

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    When Brian Clark started his first business in 1998, it turns out he did a lot of things right. It wasn’t until May of 1999 when Brian read a book called Permission Marketing that he realized what he was missing, which led to his first successful business. Since that time, Seth Godin has written several other marketing classics. In a wonderful twist of fate (given his influence on Brian), he’s even mentioned Brian in a couple of them. In short, when Seth has something to say, Brian is listening. Earlier this year, Seth created a course for unemployable types, specifically freelancers. So,…
  • How to Double Your Business with Practical Management and Measurement

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    In the second part of this series on The Mainframe, hosts Tony Clark and Chris Garrett discuss how you can grow your business with the right focus, measurement, and management processes. Listen in to get all the details. In this episode of The Mainframe: Why failure to measure the big stuff bleeds you dry fast and spells disaster long-term How to turn constraints into strategy Key questions you should start to answer right now Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the premier digital marketing and…
  • How (and Why) to Drive More Traffic to Your LinkedIn Posts

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The one and only Sonia Simone joins Sean Jackson and Mica Gadhia on The Missing Link to teach you about the art and science of driving traffic to your posts on LinkedIn. Sonia discusses the “people” aspect of all markets and how to find “your people.” You’ll learn about sharing your content through video and how it can tie successfully into your marketing strategy. And, Sonia is just fun to listen to. She has years of experience, and she shares openly in this episode about how you can get your LinkedIn content strategy right where you want it. This is a vivacious conversation you…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • From the Vault: Labor Day! TCB and TCP

    Mike
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or wherever we can find a decent WiFi signal! Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are. “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #285 – Labor Day! Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:38 am
    I know this guy. He’s a musician and a visual artist. His music is ethereal and dark and his motion design work is reflective of that. I actually know him pretty well, because he’s my son! So, shameless me – the video above is the work of Cody Samson – music, motion graphics, direction, and editing – along with the cinematographer Brian Pucci, Production Designer Kai La’Rosa and the animators Jigyu Yoon and Leo Mendes, they have produced a beautiful work. Enjoy! Hope you like that as much as I did! Now it’s time for the set of links and articles…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: mariaKaz

    Audree
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for mariaKaz. Check out more great work on mariaKaz’s profile page. Nicely done, mariaKaz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: billhill_art
  • Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

    Mike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain the team, and end up costing you more than they bring in. There truly are some customers out there who you would happily send to the competition. The trick is to identify these folks as early as you can and act decisively to stop the bleeding and start the healing. For…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I guess I have a travel bug this month. Sad me, it’s August but there’s no time for vacation right now. I’ll have to continue from last week and fantasize about the places I would be visiting, oh if I only could. For instance, I do really like a good market in an exotic locale, and this may be one of the most comprehensive lists of these places yet crafted. Have a look at the 21 incredible markets from around the world ad come salivate with me! Sigh. But back now to reality, and I some small measure of redemption, because it’s time for the set of links and articles…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • This Is How To Get A Franchise Loan From Your Rich Uncle

    The Franchise King®
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:19 pm
    (The rich uncle) It’s not exactly easy to get a franchise loan these days. It’s not impossible, thanks to businesses like this one…but it’s not as easy as it used to be thanks to 2008 market collapse. But, still… You want to be you’re own boss You have the talent You’ve started to learn about business You have the right personality for franchise ownership You have some money You have your family’s support-well mostly  You’re looking at good franchise opportunities  You’re young And, it’s that last one that’s the…
  • Franchising: NLRB Decision Won’t Help Unions Weasel Their Way In

    The Franchise King®
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Union officials are fooling themselves if they think the recent NLRB decision will help them weasel their way into the franchise industry. I mean really? I’m sure that thousands of workers-the ones who are already just scraping by on 9 bucks an hour are going to be enthusiastic about paying an initiation fee to join a union-and then have money taken out of their measly paychecks each and every month. Even if they got a raise. And, not only will workers who join a union-any union, have to pay the fees I just mentioned, they’ll have to sign a bunch of paperwork and agree to follow…
  • Why You Buy Warm Lemonade On A 90 Degree Day

    The Franchise King®
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    When I think of hot weather, my mind doesn’t immediately think of the wonderful vacations I’ve taken in places like North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, or even the Bahamas. I don’t go back in time to when I lived in hot, dry West Texas, or even hotter and drier Las Vegas, either. Nope. I think of when we visited Washington D.C. In the summer. Then I think of the day we watched the changing of the guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier. That was a hot day. The soldiers didn’t wipe their brows. (They’re not allowed.) It’s so quiet there. No one talks.
  • A Sleeping Bag Was My Bed For 3 Months And I Felt Like A Rock Star

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    For a while there, my morning ritual started with The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag-as opposed to just getting out of bed like most of my fellow earthlings. Most of the day was usually uphill after that. I’m grateful that I only had to do that-The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag, for 3 months or so. And, no…I wasn’t homeless. (Thank G-d)   To West Texas, With Love I lived in West Texas from 1979-1981.  Andrews, Texas. I moved there from Cleveland, a metropolis, to an area of the country known as the Permian Basin, for one reason, and one reason only. Love. I moved for…
  • Buying A Franchise? Here’s How To Get Unlimited 1-On-1 Advice

    The Franchise King®
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, you’re going to need advice. But, not just any, old advice. Real advice. Useful advice. Straightforward, no-fluff advice. Proven advice. Check out what Rieva Lesonsky, (who worked at Entrepreneur Magazine® as the Senior VP and Editorial Director from 1983-2008) said about me: “In my 30+ years of covering small business and franchising, I’ve never met anyone more invested in helping people make the right decision on buying a franchise than Joel Libava. He’s so concerned in helping potential franchise owners make the right…
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    In the Books with 800-CEO-READ

  • Why We Work

    Dylan
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:27 am
    Why We Work by Barry Schwartz, TED Books, 120 pages, $16.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9781476784861 In the past two months' Jack Coverts Selects, we’ve explored how we work, how to get better at certain aspects of our work, who we go to work to serve, and what jobs will be left for us to even do. Barry Schwartz goes even deeper and asks the crucial question, “Why do we work?” His answer takes shape in his new book, Why We Work. Adam Smith had a rather pessimistic answer: It is in the inherent interest of every man to live as much at his ease as he can; and if his emoluments are to be precisely…
  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Websites and CRM Go Hand in Hand Says Wix

    Ramon Ray
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:05 am
    CRM is a platform that every small business needs – no mater how small. Wix recently launched a CRM module for its popular web site building service.I’ve built several Web sites on Wix and while Wix has for some time enabled you to capture contact information from your web site, Wix now lets you capture a variety of activities a user makes on your web site and store it into one central database. You can then communicate with your contacts based on the groups they’re in.While Wix’s new CRM might not be as powerful as those from Salesforce, Infusionsoft, Hubspot or other…
  • Engagement and Education: Lowe’s Shows What Works Online

    Ramon Ray
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:36 am
    We’re all trying to leverage social media to get more sales, build our brands and overall GET ATTENTION in some way, online. Most of us are doing it wrong, some of us are doing it “ok” but no one seems to be doing it as well as Lowe’s is doing it.Lowe’s is crushing Vine by posting SHORT, INFORMATIVE and ENTERTAINING videos. The videos show their target audience how to do SOMETHING – in a fun and engaging way.DigiDay writes According to Walters, Lowe’s was quick to act on Pinterest when the platform first rolled out, and that’s since paid off. A 2014…
  • Everyone Doesn’t Like Shopping Online. Best Buy Proves It.

    Ramon Ray
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    You’d think that “everyone” likes shopping online – but that’s not the case. Best Buy’s successful sales show that there’s many people who are quite comfortable NOT buying online – in fact they’d prefer to go to a retail store and make a purchase.AdAge reports that Best Buy’s store-within-a-store bet is starting to pay off. The world’s largest electronics chain posted its fourth-straight quarter of same-store sales gains thanks to higher demand for appliances, TVs and phones, and is preparing to offer top brands like Apple…
  • FreshBooks Enables Partial Payments – Increasing Cash Flow For Vendors

    Ramon Ray
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ideally, we want to be be on time and in full from our customers. However, all the time that might not happen. Freshbooks has a new feature. They have an option to allow your customers to pay you partially.Maybe they owe you $500 for some service – now they can pay you $300.Sounds simple, I know, but for small business owners, every dime counts – even partially paid invoices.Cash flow is so important to business owners – especially small businesses. What’s ironic is that many BIG companies take 60 – 90 days to process a payment. Yet I know many small businesses…
  • Small Manufacturers Are Hacker Targets. Here’s Some Tips On Being More Secure.

    Ramon Ray
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Small manufacturers, in fact many small businesses, feel that they’re business is too small to be of interest to hackers. That’s not true. Hackers want to steal personal data, money and anything else they can use to make financial gains or some other nefarious reason.Bank of the West published a 6 page white paper which helps outline some ways to be more secure.Some of the tips include:Develop an approval process for large transactions. Require approval from two or more executives for large wire transfers to protect against internal and external fraud.Use a purchase order model…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Docstoc, First Acquired by Intuit, is Shutting Down Dec. 1

    Tabby McFarland
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:30 pm
    If you are a Docstoc user you may want to hurry up and pull out soon. The company has announced it will be closing shop as of Dec. 1, 2015, and warns users to retrieve any documents previously uploaded to their account.   Docstoc, founded in 2007 by Jason Nazar and Alon Shwartz, offers a large selection of more than 20 million professional- and user-generated documents aimed at small businesses. The site also offers resources for small business owners such as videos, articles, and productivity tools. Several years ago, the company expanded its services, launching two other websites aimed…
  • GoDaddy Boosts eCommerce, AT&T Spreads High Speed

    Small Business Editor
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:30 pm
      Running an eCommerce business requires plenty of online tools. GoDaddy is one of the businesses that has provided some of those tools to make running a website or online storefront easier. And this week, the company announced an expansion of its eCommerce product assortment. In addition, AT&T will now offer more access to its high speed Internet for small businesses, as part of its deal to acquire DirecTV. These news items and more are included below in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup. Technology Trends GoDaddy Expands Small Business eCommerce…
  • Framebridge Custom Framing Gives Old School Industry a Boost

    Annie Pilon
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Custom framing is far from a new industry. Home and craft stores have been charging big bucks to preserve customer photos and other memories for years. But Susan Tynan thinks she’s found a better way to do it. The founder of Framebridge, the Washington, D.C.-based custom framing startup, has even secured about $12 million in funding for her venture over the past year. So what is it that makes her idea different enough that it could attract not only customers but also investors? First of all, Framebridge doesn’t operate as a brick-and-mortar store. Instead, the company’s customers can…
  • Facebook Beta Testing New Technology to Prevent Video Piracy

    Shubhomita Bose
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    A year after it turned its focus on video, Facebook has now realized the huge challenge posed by video piracy. And the social media giant says it’s serious about fixing the problem. Facebook published an article to announce its plans of rolling out a video matching technology that will address the problem. The new content management technology will help content owners tell Facebook when someone uploads their video without permission. In response to valid reports, the social networking site has assured such videos would be removed immediately. The big announcement comes after Facebook faced…
  • Julia Kurnia of Zidisha: How Non-Profit Used Tech Startup Tactics to Build a Microlending Marketplace

    Brent Leary
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    The stories of companies of tech startup darlings like Uber and AirBnB illustrate the power of modern technologies to create new, exciting business models. And while seeing the rise of these companies are both captivating and inspiring to many would-be entrepreneurs, there are other stories out there; stories not as visible, but inspiring and interesting nonetheless. Julia Kurnia is the CEO and founder of Zidisha, an online micro-lending community directly connecting lenders and entrepreneurs, bypassing local banks and intermediaries charging high-interest rates. Zidisha offers a…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • On doing your best

    Seth Godin
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:07 am
    It's a pretty easy way to let ourselves (or someone else) off the hook. "Hey, you did your best." But it fails to explain the improvement in the 100-meter dash. Or the way we're able to somehow summon more energy and more insight when there's a lot on the line. Or the tremendous amount of care and love we can bring to a fellow human who needs it. By defining "our best" as the thing we did when we merely put a lot of effort into a task, I fear we're letting ourselves off the hook. In fact, it might not require a lot of effort, but a ridiculous amount of effort, an unreasonable amount of…
  • Rearranging our prejudices

    Seth Godin
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:53 am
    Change is the point. It's what we seek to do to the world around us. Change, actual change, is hard work. And changing our own minds is the most difficult place to start. It's also the only place to start. It's hard to find the leverage to change the way you see the world, hard to pull on your thoughtstraps. But it's urgent. "A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices..." William James        
  • No one knows

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Tune Up Your Email Marketing So You Can Improve Conversions and Make More Money

    Guest Post
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:23 am
    How to Tune Up Your Email Marketing So You Can Improve Conversions and Make More Money written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing You’ve worked hard growing an email list. Now you’re ready to make some money. You ship the magic email and wait, but the sales fall short of your goals. I know what it’s like to spend an entire weekend clicking the refresh button begging for at least one new sale. I’ve also written individual emails that have brought in over $10,000. That’s the direction I want to take you. Step one is getting your sales…
  • How to Pick a New Lead Generation Channel

    Guest Post
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:27 am
    How to Pick a New Lead Generation Channel written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: 123rf.com To make sure everyone is on the same page, here’s what we define a marketing channel as: A marketing channel is a way of speaking to your customers. It is a communication method you use to interact with someone in order to encourage them to make a purchase or remain a customer. Some examples of marketing channels are: SEO Google AdWords Facebook TV and Magazine Advertising Trade Shows Social Media Face-to-face business development Cold…
  • Why Backlinks Still Matter for SEO

    John Jantsch
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:02 am
    Why Backlinks Still Matter for SEO written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Brian Dean SEO has certainly evolved over the last few years. I actually wrote about the marriage of search, content and social as far back as 2009, but today, it’s just a given that SEO, content and social media go hand in hand. My guest this week on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Brian Dean, internationally recognized business leader, SEO expert and founder of Backlinko, a great site for learning how to do SEO right today. Dean is a…
  • The Difference Between Marketing and Growth

    John Jantsch
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Difference Between Marketing and Growth written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I find that the word marketing is burdened with a tremendous volume of confusion. For some, marketing is branding, while others view marketing merely as sales or growth. Still others simply lump anything that has to do with getting and keeping customers into one big marketing bucket. Adding to the confusion is the current emphasis on the word growth and its leaner cousin – growth hacking. I don’t guess it really matters that everyone agree on the…
  • The #1 Key to Killer Promotions

    Alex Boyer
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The #1 Key to Killer Promotions written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Promotions are everywhere. It seems like whatever you or your business needs, you can find a promotion to receive it. Free this, half-off that, limited-time offers are everywhere. They’re so prevalent that many business owners feel pressured to hold a promotion or event to be competitive. But having a promotion just for the sake of it is pointless. You’ll end up being disappointed with the results. The #1 key to having a successful promotion is simple – have a goal…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1052: The “Lessons from Blue Apron” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Blue Apron is a subscription-based service that delivers to your house all of the ingredients you need to make a few meals a week. The ingredients are seasonal, healthy, and sometimes include the hard-to-find stuff you can’t usually get at your grocery store. It’s a fun concept that gets couples and families cooking stuff they wouldn’t normally make each week, and they have…
  • Newsletter #1051: The “How to Create Better Experiences” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Recently, Fast Company shared an article on “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.” According to a study by a psychology professor at Cornell University, experiences connect us to other people, give us stories to tell once they’re over, and are harder to compare against when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses. With that in mind,…
  • Newsletter #1050: The “Kids in Restaurants” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] There’s been plenty of negative stories in the news lately about clashes between frustrated parents, frustrated customers, and frustrated restaurant owners when it comes to kids and going out to eat. But let’s focus on the places that are doing it right. Here are three great ideas from restaurants that welcome kids: 1. Give them something to take home 2. Don’t forget the…
  • Newsletter #1049: The “Lessons from Connected Cities” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] City governments are a lot like businesses. Their customers are their citizens, their product is their town, and their competition is just down the road. And some city governments have gotten creative to connect with their residents, humanize their work, and create a community. Here are three lessons from cities in Australia, Louisiana, and Spain: 1. Trees with email addresses 2. City workers…
  • Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

    Andy Sernovitz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if people will give you another chance). Or — you can do what you need to do to get it right, which takes patience and enough cash to hold out until you’re ready. (Like this.) In the end, the great product that makes happy customers is the one that wins.  How do you…
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    Signal v. Noise

  • Putting on the shipping goggles

    Jason Fried
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:37 pm
    One of the biggest challenges of shipping a product is knowing when to put on the shipping goggles. The shipping goggles make you less sensitive to little nits and scrapes and things that might be able to be a little bit better, but really don’t need to be right now. Stuff that we could tweak, but really shouldn’t be grabbing our attention given all the other high value bits we need to hit. It’s sort of like squinting – you lose the detail, but you can still see the overall big picture shape, form, and function. Your peripheral vision shrinks, but the center is still bright.
  • Growing our audience for The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    In late May, Jason and I decided to transition The Distance from monthly longform written stories to a podcast that would come out every two weeks. Jason also set an ambitious target for the podcast: Get to 6,000 listens on any one episode by the end of the summer. At the time, our most listened-to episode had around 2,000 listens. I’m thrilled to say that our first episode hit 6,000 listens on Friday. (If you missed that story, which is about the World’s Largest Laundromat, we re-released it today with some edits and improvements.) Not only did we reach our goal, but we saw a…
  • Go at Basecamp

    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Something's coming 6

    Jason Fried
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • The Brag Basket is full of good news

    Small Biz Survival
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    A basket full of cookies that’s also a basket made of cookies! Photo (CC) by Linda Khachadurian on Flickr   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 4-6, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
  • Good Marketing: Providing the WOW in a Routine Transaction

    Glenn Muske
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    Photo provided by Kupper Subaru Last weekend I took our car in for a routine oil change. As expected the staff were friendly, the service quick, and everything was done right. They provided a comfortable lounge area while I waited with a big screen TV, coffee and water. Those were my expectations and they were all met. However, there is one more part to the story.  As I was doing the initial paperwork, I noticed some bicycles. They had helmets and backpacks so I asked if staff rode their bikes to work. This is where the routine experience became something amazing. The response to my question…
  • 7 Big retail tricks that small town stores can use

    Becky McCray
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    You don’t have to be the biggest retailer in the world to serve customers in ways that keep them coming back. Here are 7 ways to help customers stick with you. Photo: Monument Market, Georgetown, Texas. Photo by Becky McCray.   Giant retailers like Amazon serve customers with lots of tricks to keep them locked in. But small town retailers can borrow a few of these, and make them into ethical, helpful ways to keep customers coming back. 1. Give a lot of information about your products. Amazon listings usually have a lot of detail. Train your people to know and share a lot of detail.
  • Get a handle on some good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    I love old basket handles like these. Get a handle on your good news and share with us. Basket of apples photo (CC) by Renae Rude on Flickr   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 28-30, 2015. Bring your tasty good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share…
  • Workplace Safety: Get Your Team on Board

    Glenn Muske
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    We know having a safe workplace is important. We know it’s a good business practice. We know it can save us money and maybe even save us from financial disaster. We know but do we always practice? And is it high priority? Moreover, have we instilled it into those working at our company, whether employees, volunteers or family? As we have trained those working at our facility, how high on the priority list have we put it? Why bring this up? You just answered yes to each of these questions. In your message you tell everyone it is important. But what happens in practice? A story – Had a…
 
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Cycle Agarbathi ropes in Big B as Brand Ambassador

    Harish B
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Cycle Agarbathies has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador. The organized agarbathi market in India is worth around Rs 2400 crore, and Cycle has approximately 20% share of this market. The move for a high-profile celebrity endorsement is a strategy to take the brand to a national level. The brand also changed its slogan to “ Purity of Prayer”. The new commercial is well made, and BigB was able to pack an emotional tone to the brand. According to reports, the ads were created by Soojith Sirkar of the Piku movie fame. Watch the tvc here: Big B Cycle The agarbathi…
  • Brand Update : Honda Relaunches Jazz

    Harish B
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    After withdrawing the premium hatchback Jazz in 2013, Honda has relaunched Jazz with an aggressive pricing. Jazz is an interesting marketing story of a brand which failed not because of product but pricing. Honda had priced out Jazz in its earlier avataar. Now the company had become very responsive to the value conscious nature of the Indian consumer. Jazz in the 2015 version has been priced upwards of Rs 5.31 lakh which makes a great value proposition in the segment. The Jazz will compete with i20 and higher version of Swift. The new aggressive pricing, new styling and the Honda brand…
  • Brand Update : Liril is back with the original jingle and waterfall imagery

    Harish B
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Liril is back . After messing up the once iconic brand, HUL has relaunched Liril with the classic jingle and the iconic imagery of a girl in a waterfall  immortalized 40 years ago  by the original Liril girl - Karen Lunel . After killing the freshness theme ( for whatever reasons) during early 1990s, the brand went into various positioning themes and later faded into oblivion. Now the brand is back to its roots.Watch the relaunch here : Liril relaunchWhile the relaunch brings back fond memory of this great brand to many of us, it may not ring the bell to the new generation.
  • Brand Update : Maruti Suzuki tries premium push through Nexa

    Harish B
    8 Jul 2015 | 3:07 am
    Maruti Suzuki which has a bear grip on the Indian passenger car market is desperate for a share in the premium car market. While the company has huge lead in the mid and small car segment, it so far has not been able to break into the premium segment ( 10 lakh above). Maruti had tried earlier with its Grand Vitara, Baleno, and latest Kizashi but failed to replicate the success of its affordable car range. Maruti Suzuki is now trying to go through the channel route to tap this segment. According to reports, the company is opening a premium channel named ( internally) as Nexa. Maruti plans…
  • Market Stat :ITC FMCG Brand share

    Harish B
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    From Business Standard
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Social Media Marketers Take Note: Women Way More Likely to Use Pinterest

    J. Barton
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guess what? Gender is still the main defining factor for users of the visual social network Pinterest. “Pinterest quickly attracted a substantial audience of committed users, and marketers are more interested in it than ever with the promise of social commerce on the horizon,” reports eMarketer. “But women are still the site’s main audience, with male internet users in the US avoiding the network en masse.” The hoary details? Spring polling from the Pew Research Center revealed that 44 percent of female internet users in the U.S. are also users of Pinterest.
  • AOL’s Acquisition of MM: What Does it Mean?

    Michael Essany
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:45 am
    On Thursday, AOL announced its acquisition of mobile ad company Millennial Media in a deal said to be worth some $238 million. According to a report from Mike Wiser of MAW, AOL’s acquisition reflects the company’s “continued investment in cross platform programmatic technology for marketers and publishers.” To explore the acquisition and its market impact even further, MMW caught up with Jon Baron, Chief Revenue Officer at IgnitionOne, to discuss one of this year’s biggest acquisitions. MMW:  Does the acquisition of Millennial Media by AOL come as a surprise to…
  • Here’s What Happened in Mobile Marketing This Week

    Christa Howard
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. Are Mobile Ads More Click-Worthy Than Social Sharing Buttons? Looks Like It, Says Moovweb Social sharing buttons may be “falling to the wayside,” it now appears. Why? Getting Personal: It’s the Thing That Drives Engagement and Conversions Want to really get close to that customer? Make it personal. According to June, 2015 polling from the CMO Council, higher response and engagement rates are the No. 1 reason to use personalized content. Hey, Facebook – Who…
  • Nearly 200 Million Americans Now Own Smartphones

    Emma Martin
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:15 am
    Smartphone ownership has never been greater in the United States. That’s one of the key takeaways in the latest report from comScore. A leading provider of digital media analytics, comScore has just released fresh data from its MobiLens and Mobile Metrix, which highlights key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry — in this case for July 2015. All told, Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with 44.2 percent OEM market share. Once again, Android led as the #1 smartphone platform (with 51.4 percent platform market share). But when it comes to smartphone ownership,…
  • Rubicon Project Reports Direct Order Automation Business Up 150%+ in Latest Quarter

    Mike Randazzo
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Rubicon Project, a global technology company powering an independent advertising solution to automate the entire digital advertising ecosystem across all inventory types, ad units, and channels, has good news. The company just disclosed the success of its rapidly growing direct order automation business. Rubicon reported that managed revenue from the overall orders business (which comprises both guaranteed and non-Guaranteed orders) grew more than 150 percent year-over-year in the second quarter of 2015. The company’s growing Mobile Orders business also experienced significant growth…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Brand Guide To Mergers And Acquisitions

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    From a brand perspective this guide is intended to help you think through the key decisions that will drive the outcomes of your merger or acquisition. Branding issues are myriad for mergers & acquisitions. First there is the question of why the merger or acquisition is even being considered. What is the purpose of the merger or acquisition? Is it to extend the company’s geographic range? Is it to extend the company’s appeal across new market segments? Is it to move the company’s offering upscale or downscale? Is it to fill in a product or service gap? Is it to fill in a technology…
  • When Startups Should Invest In Branding

    Mark Di Somma
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    We regularly answer questions from marketers on Branding Strategy Insider. Today we hear from Debbie, an entrepreneur in Brisbane, Australia who writes… “We’re a B2C startup looking to make an impact in our national, and potentially regional, markets. We know we need a strong brand but with so many things to think about, how do we responsibly allocate our resources knowing that every dollar we spend on our brand means one less dollar we can spend on anything else?” Great question Debbie. This is something we’re asked often. Many entrepreneurs are reluctant to invest in their…
  • Tobacco Thrives With Terminal Brand Strategy

    Mark Ritson
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    OK, you be the brand manager. Your customer base is in decline. Government tax increases have made your product five times more expensive than 30 years ago in real terms. Your marketing communications are limited because all forms of advertising and sponsorship have been ruled illegal. Many of your distributors are withdrawing your product from their stores. Best of all, next year your logo and all other identifying elements including colors and fonts will be removed from your packaging. Oh, and an alternative disruptive technology with a different delivery mechanism and lower health risks is…
  • Net Benefit Focuses Brands On Sources Of Value

    Martin Bishop
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    It takes some combination of time, effort, creativity and money for brands to successfully differentiate themselves from the competition — something brilliant in terms of functionality, design or marketing for a brand to stand out from the crowd. Differentiation is worth striving for. Differentiated products command loyalty and a price premium. Some products are so differentiated, people will wait all day and all night just to get a hold of them. But it’s not about differentiation at all costs. The question is whether consumers will pay enough for all your brilliance and investment? Can…
  • Balancing Brand Transparency And Disclaimers

    Mark Di Somma
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Disclaimers are everywhere. From the websites we visit to the products we buy and the ads we watch, the terms under which consumers read and receive are carefully wrapped in legal bubble-wrap to protect brands from liability. In an age of transparency, such disclosures seem prudent and very much in keeping with the demands of today. You know where you stand. The terms for what you are getting are laid out in explicit detail. Or are they? At a time when so many consumers admit to having disclaimer fatigue and not checking the fine print, do disclaimers work to build trust? How much do…
 
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    Men with Pens

  • Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake

    James Chartrand
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should

    James Chartrand
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should first appeared on Men With Pens ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to attach meaning to your money

    James Chartrand
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why you need to attach meaning to your money first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you writing the wrong words?

    James Chartrand
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you writing the wrong words? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    IttyBiz

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Let’s talk about profitability. In an ideal world, every single activity in your business would lead to immediate money in your pocket. Post a tweet? Ka-ching! Send up a new blog post? Ka-ching! Organize your desk? Ka-ching! This is what we all secretly wish a magical genie would make possible for us. (Well, truthfully, not me. I’d prefer the Ka-chings! to arrive, well, just because.) In your business, you kind of know what activities are profitable for you. Generally, there are a few core things that either make you money now or demonstrably make you money on a regular basis. If…
  • How Innovative Are You Willing To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Innovation has become a weird word. It conjures up images of inventing the next iPad, or revolutionizing an industry, or doing something so epic that IT. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. But it didn’t always mean that. It used to also mean “figuring out a way to do something you didn’t think could be done.” Sure, inventing Post-It notes was innovative. But so is bartering with a web designer so you can get that $1,500 website without having to pay the cash you don’t have. So is taking a laptop with a broken screen and plugging a used, $50 monitor you got on eBay into it.
  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Steve Jobs: 3 tips to keep meetings productive

    Jay H. Heyman
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Steve Jobs's signature, on an Apple keyboard (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Business meetings. Co-op board meetings. Networking meetings. Often useful, and just as often mostly a waste of time. Not a waste of time in the sense that nothing gets accomplished, but rather a literal waste of time, when everything takes too long. This article from DesignTaxi talks about some rules Steve Jobs had about meetings. Keep meetings as small as possible. Keeping meetings small makes sense. If someone doesn’t really have to be there, then they shouldn’t be there. Simple enough. Make sure someone is…
  • Are you an Apple?

    Jay H. Heyman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    There are many Smartphone choices: Apple, Samsung, Android, etc. But has any brand captured the attention of the world as much as Apple? And not just their Phone. How about the iPads, Macs, Watches, MacBooks? And putting aside your personal opinion of the products, you have to be constantly amazed at the attention each of their product announcements gather. This September 9th there will be another announcement. Apple’s annual fall iPhone news event. And the web is overflowing with rumors and stories as to what is going to be shown. New iPhones, of course. But maybe new iPads, the latest…
  • Don’t hide the menu

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Scan of a prix fixe menu from Lotos Club, New York City, March 4, 1893. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A boat ride is a nice idea, especially on a hot summer day. A boat that takes you on a 45-minute trip on the Hudson, leaving from a midtown pier in Manhattan. The ride itself is free, a nice touch, since they serve food and alcohol and hope to make their money that way. We tried it on a weekday, since we (correctly) believed it would be less crowded. Weather ideal, boat not crowded, food fine. So why am I telling you all this, since, after all, this is a marketing blog? Because of that old…
  • And I should hire you because…?

    Jay H. Heyman
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At a meeting recently, someone asked everyone in the room this question: So please, tell me, what’s the one reason I should hire you? A great question, and quite interesting. First of all, he asked for one reason, not a bunch. Which is exactly right. Respond to that question with a long list and a few things happen, most of them bad. Whomever you are talking to probably won’t remember more than one or two of your reasons, the rest becoming blah, blah, blah and diminishing your total effort.  Also, it sounds like you are just throwing out information, hoping to…
  • Are you a scaredy cat?

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Pablo Casals (Photo credit: Wikipedia) To varying degrees, all of us get nervous when talking in front of a group. It’s basically a form of stage fright, and yes, it depends somewhat on the size of the group, your subject matter, and your experience. But stage fright is a fascinating topic—Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Adele and Pablo Casals are among many others who suffer from it and are mentioned in this book review in the New Yorker. You don’t have to be a famous performer to get the jitters. It just takes presenting a campaign to one important client who has never been known…
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • Your Small Business News Roundup 9.4.15

    Michael X. Heiligenstein
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’re covering the rise of native advertising, apps for farmers, and a decline in lending to small businesses. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Business Startup Checklist

    Candice Landau
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Starting your own business may sound like an epic undertaking—but the truth is, it’s not. This checklist covers everything you need to start your business today. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Define Your Target Market

    Tim Berry
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s my target market? What should it be? How would I know? Here’s a list of five things that will help you figure it out. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story

    Anthony St. Clair
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    One entrepreneurial couple's story of going from food cart owners to opening an award-winning brewery. Want to open a restaurant or a food cart? Read on. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How One Creative Freelancer Like You Almost Didn’t Get Paid

    Ann Rea
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you poured time and resources into a creative project and not been paid? Are you worried it could happen? If you're a freelancer, this is a must-read. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    Here’s what’s on the Friday menu. New Justice Department policy requires U.S. prosecutors and some federal law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants when using technology that tracks mobile phones. New Apple Twitter account focuses on gaming: “Embrace the future of gaming. Straight from our Games Editors.” The company is expected to announce some games-related news at its event next week. Apple files patent for fuel-cell smartphone battery. PhantomAlert this week sued Google and its mapping app Waze for allegedly stealing data. (WSJ) Speaking of Google, it…
  • Toyota invests $50 million in AI centers, partners with Stanford, MIT

    Matt O'Brien
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:25 am
    Toyota is investing $25 million to create a new artificial intelligence research center at Stanford University that will work on autonomous driving as well as robotics to help people move around indoors and outdoors. Toyota is also funding a $25 million parallel research center at MIT, and has hired Gill Pratt, a top robotics official from the military’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He will be based in Silicon Valley. At a press conference Friday at the Four Seasons hotel in East Palo Alto, Toyota and its academic partners repeatedly referred to their 5-year research…
  • For drone vs. the US Open, it’s love-30

    Patrick May
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:09 am
    It was the next-to-the-last game of a second-round match of the US Open featuring Italy’s Flavia Pennetta against Monica Niculescu of Romania. There was excitement in the air. Suddenly, there was also a drone in the air. Not a drone as in “a low continuous humming sound,” but a drone as in America’s latest and more annoying hobby toy. After buzzing above the court in Louis Armstrong Stadium in Flushing, New York on Thursday night, the black device crashed into a section of – thank god! – empty seats, said U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier,…
  • BlackBerry buying Good Technology for $425 million

    Levi Sumagaysay
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:53 am
    BlackBerry is buying Sunnyvale-based Good Technology for $425 million in cash, the Canadian company announced today. Good, which makes mobile software, has more than 6,000 enterprise and government customers worldwide. Among other things, its offerings allow employees using mobile devices to securely connect to their employers’ networks. More than half the devices running on Good’s technology are Apple products, according to Reuters. With the acquisition of a rival and former patent foe, BlackBerry can expand support for customers who use different mobile operating systems.
  • Off topic: U.S. of slang, cassette factory, Taylor Swift and Socrates, puzzle time

    Levi Sumagaysay
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    In California, “hella” wins in this map that chose an “official” slang word for each state. “I think you could characterize our operating model as stubbornness and stupidity” — and now an audio cassette factory in Missouri says it’s making more cassettes than ever. “Must the player always play, play, play?” Taylor Swift: A Socratic Dialogue. And the annoying boxes puzzle.   Photo from Los Angeles Times/MCT archives
 
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    CreativityRulz

  • WHY IT'S IMPERATIVE TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Tina Seelig
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities. All of these options require a depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline, as well as creative problem solving skills, leadership abilities, experience working on effective teams, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. It’s no coincidence that these are the same capabilities that employers say they want in college…
  • WHY DO PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN'T TEACH CREATIVITY?

    Tina Seelig
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    It’s a crime not to teach young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. We’re each responsible for building our own lives and for repairing the broader problems of the world, and the only way to do so is with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to bring ideas to fruition.Unfortunately, most formal education deals with memorization as opposed to innovation. It focuses on learning about heroes as opposed to teaching students to be heroic. And it presents problems with one right answer as opposed to real-life challenges with an endless number of viable solutions.Many people…
  • HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PASSION?

    Tina Seelig
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I often meet individuals who are desperately looking deep inside themselves to find something that will spark their passions. They miss the fact that, for most of us, our actions lead to our passions, not the other way around. Passion is not innate, but grows from your experiences. For example, if you never heard a violin, kicked a ball, or cracked an egg, you’d never know that you enjoy classical music, soccer, or cooking, respectively. The first step toward developing a passion need not be glamorous. If you took a job as a waiter in a restaurant, for instance, you’d have the chance to…
  • From Inspiration to Implementation

    Tina Seelig
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    There is an insatiable demand for innovation and entrepreneurship. These skills are required to help individuals and ventures thrive in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. However, many people don’t know where to start.There isn’t a well-charted course from inspiration to implementation. Other fields — such as physics, biology, math, and music — have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching those topics. They have clearly defined terms and a taxonomy of relationships that provide a structured approach for mastering these skills. That’s exactly what we need in…
  • Unpacking Your Creative "Suitcase"

    Tina Seelig
    6 Apr 2012 | 1:11 pm
    Yesterday was the first day of our spring quarter course on creativity at Stanford dschool and we jumped right in! I told the class that I really hate my suitcase... I travel a lot and find my carry-on bag to be quite a pain. After I spend the time packing it, I have to unpack it again in the security line at the airport; there often isn't room for it in the luggage rack; and since I pack it so densely it is really hard for me to lift into the rack... Please help! I ask them to design a new suitcase for me.Within 10 minutes they have created a long list of really cool new ideas, including a…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Best Practices, Inspiring Reading and Marketing Smarts

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Small Business Reading List Articles You May Have Missed this Week By Rieva Lesonsky Best Practices Read about the power of failure, finding your voice & one man’s quest to “save” kids thru entrepreneurship What can you learn from working in a restaurant? Inspiring! This entrepreneur discovered gender-neutral before Target & launched a kid’s clothing line Marketing Smart Get better results from your blog 7 secrets to getting PR to work for you Money Matters 5 warning signs you’re headed for a cash crunch How an origination fee impacts your loan Debt or equity financing:…
  • Mixing the Perfect Sales Cocktail

    Rieva Lesonsky
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Anthony Caliendo Sales can be complicated! Whether you’re a career sales professional or just starting your first sales job, being a good salesperson can be frustrating and complex. Different factors contribute to sales complexity: Being able to find the right lucrative opportunity Having access to the right resources Selling the right product or service that appeals to businesses and consumers Developing effective lead generating techniques Learning how to navigate through a complex sale I’ve watched sales professionals expend an enormous amount of energy making sure all these…
  • The Coming War Against “Contract Employees” [Part 1 of 2]

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico It’s amazing to me how many significant new legal and tax developments take place during the summer months. Each year, while most of us are baking on a beach, walking through the woods or treating ourselves to truffles at a trattoria in Taormina, lawmakers and judges are quite busy making disruptive changes to our world. Two summertime developments are especially worthy of note: A decision by the California Franchise Tax Board saying that Uber drivers should be classified  “employees” rather than “independent contractors” for tax purposes; and A decision by the…
  • Breaks at Work: How Many Should We Take and How Often for Peak Productivity?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    BRAIN DEAD. We’ve all felt it, but what is it really? That feeling of being “brain dead” or a lack of productivity is nothing an employer wants, but something that managers don’t always understand either. Research done in the past two decades, however, goes far in convincing managers that significant, frequent breaks result in peak productivity. This article covers the recent research about optimal break intervals, duration and forms that achieve optimal productivity. Optimal Break Periods and How They Help The research seems to agree: breaks as often as every hour keep employees…
  • What Can You Learn By Working in a Restaurant? Just About Everything

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:31 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that one in three Americans had their first job in the restaurant industry? I didn’t—but when you think about it, that stat makes a whole lot of sense, because working in the restaurant industry offers a real-life education in an incredible range of transferable job skills. Just consider what’s involved in being part of the team in a typical restaurant operation. Employees must learn how to deal with the…
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    The Power of Goodwill Blog

  • E Is For Expectations

    Janet Smith
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
     is for Expectations. This is the fifth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and E is for expectationsEmployees intrinsically have certain expectations about a job, from the moment they accept a position with a company and throughout the entire time of employment. Morale suffers (as do productivity, commitment, creativity, concern for the customer, teamwork…and so on…) in direct proportion to the number of these expectations that are consistently not met. It’s just human nature to have some expectations of a boss, a job, and an employer. I’m not…
  • D Is For Direction

    Janet Smith
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    is for direction. This is the fourth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and D is for direction. The importance of direction was included in my previous post, C is for Clarity, in a list of things that must be clarified for employees: The goals they are working toward, and how those goals contribute to the organization’s mission.  One of my favorite sayings is, “If the boat misses the harbor, it’s not the harbor’s fault.”In a nutshell, this explains the importance of providing employees with clear direction. It can be accomplished…
  • C Is For Clarity

    Janet Smith
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
     is for Clarity. This is the third post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and C is for clarity.  I talk about clarity so much with my clients that one of them started calling me the Queen of Clarity. I consider that a compliment…because in the hierarchy of things that contribute to a great workplace culture and build strong employee morale, clarity is at the very top of the list. Employees need clarity about every aspect of their jobs, including (but believe me, this isn’t an exhaustive list): The goals they are working toward, and how those goals contribute to…
  • B Is For Brag

    Janet Smith
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:08 pm
    is for brag…or more specifically, Bragging Bosses! This is the second post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and B is for bragging bosses. But hold on, I’m not saying that bosses should brag about themselves — that is definitely NOT a good thing for managers to do (narcissists, take note). No, I’m encouraging bosses to brag (in an appropriate, professional way) about the talents and accomplishments of those who report to them.   Want to make someone who reports to you feel appreciated, significant, valued, and great? Would you like to…
  • A Is For Accountability

    Janet Smith
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    IS FOR ACCOUNTABILITY! In this first post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, let’s examine the critically important topic of accountability. It’s crucial, because if every employee isn’t held accountable for doing a good job and pulling his/her weight, the bar is lowered for everyone. Morale, engagement, commitment, productivity, quality of work and customer service all suffer. Don’t assume you’ll see signs of it, though. Most employees are pros at hiding the discontent they feel when a co-worker is allowed to get away with sub-par work.  Think…
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    Content Marketing Institute » Joe Pulizzi

  • This Week in Content Marketing: Social Media Isn’t Dead, We’re Just Using It Wrong

    Joe Pulizzi
    5 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I disagree with an article that claims social media marketing is dead, and we discuss what the problem really is. Next, we applaud an article about the growth of podcasting and share our thoughts on its importance as a content marketing opportunity. Our last news item is an article by me that declares that native advertising is NOT content marketing, something we’ve been saying for some time on this show.  Rants and raves include the importance of creating…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: 2016 Will Be the Year of Content Marketing M&A

    Joe Pulizzi
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the $48 million purchase of content agency King Content and then predict we’ll see an accelerating trend of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2016. Next, we wonder if digital agencies can effectively compete with publishers that are getting aggressive about content marketing and ponder what’s behind Oracle’s purchase of web-page testing firm Maxymiser. Then, we take a deep dive into F+W’s model of audience development and e-commerce,…
  • Native Advertising Is Not Content Marketing

    Joe Pulizzi
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you see the phrase “native advertising,” what do you think? Do you think of content marketing? Well, a lot of people do … so much so, that I felt compelled to write an article about it. Before I go through the differences, let me explain why it’s essential to make the distinction. The words we use are important. From the moment I started in this industry over 15 years ago, everyone used different terms – customer media, branded content (please don’t!), custom publishing, custom content. The good news is that most people today call it content marketing. As I mentioned in a…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: End of Days for Digital Display Spells Opportunity for Brands

    Joe Pulizzi
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the “advertising apocalypse” that’s become a critical issue for publishers – and why it’s an opportunity for brands. Next, we ponder the blurring line between journalists and content marketers and agree what should be done about authors who hijack the term “content marketing.” Finally, we lament the ad hoc state of content creation in many organizations today, and encourage marketers to focus on something else that will…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: The Sad Future Reality of Brands Battling for Advertising

    Joe Pulizzi
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I weigh in on the debate between online and TV-based content advertising – which isn’t really a battle at all. We agree with Facebook’s decision to roll out its new Live video program only to celebrities and ponder an Uber-like model that agencies of the near future may adopt to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Rants and raves include a new web documentary video series sponsored by MillerCoors that highlights artisanal products and their…
 
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • This is Why I Succeeded in Sales

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    I never wanted to be in sales. I only went into this field because I had an idea to start a company. The SCORE consultant I met with told me my plan wouldn't succeed unless I learned how to sell.
  • How Do You Rate—on LinkedIn?

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    A few weeks ago, LinkedIn released their Social Selling Index (SSI) to the public. When you click on it, you immediately get a quick snapshot of how you compare to your peers and your network. 
  • Use this Ridiculous Sales Stat for Nonstop Sales Growth

    28 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    Everywhere you look these days, experts are proclaiming that people are 60%—or more—of the way through their decision process before they contact you or your company.
  • What's Love Got to Do With Sales?

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times. Every time I speak or train, I emphasize this point. Yet salespeople seem to be totally deaf to this message:
  • One Simple Way to Instantly Have Better Sales Conversations

    9 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Most people don’t believe it when I tell them it’s super easy to increase their sales IQ. But first, let me tell you about some interesting data.
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    Innovation Management

  • Deep Expertise and Divergence: Key Lessons from Culinary Innovation

    Menno van Dijk
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Chefs who work in haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants boast outstanding talent and craftsmanship. Is there a link between these restaurants and budding culinary innovation? There appears to be a link as all the chefs listed in the “Most Prominent Innovators” are in the kitchen of a starred restaurant. We extract some key lessons, stretching far beyond the kitchen, and investigate the role of any social environment on nurturing creativity and innovation.
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    InnovationTools.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    You are a corporate manager or innovation leader looking to increase the probability of success for a new innovation strategy or business development effort. THNK provides you with the insights, tools and access to lead your innovation efforts to scale.
  • The 2015 Global Innovation Economy Survey

    InnovationManagement
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    The state of the global innovation economy is alive and well, according to a recent survey report featuring organisations actively developing and implementing new technologies and solutions across a range of industries.
  • Follow the Crowd or Create the Marketplace

    Cris Beswick
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It’s follow my leader time for the world’s stock markets. Concerns over the state of the Chinese economy have seen markets plunge into freefall, only for some to bounce upwards again a few hours later. At the time of writing, markets are still in flux with analysts divided on the eventual outcome.
  • Top 5 Tips for Outsourcing Your Learning and Development

    Danny Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:18 am
    Although a lot of companies would undoubtedly prefer to keep all of their operations in-house, this sometimes isn’t realistic. Whether you are suffering from budget or other resource restrictions, lack of personnel or a general lack of time to do a high-quality job, many other organisations are available to handle things on your behalf.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Mickey Mouse Sitting on the Sand

    5 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.You never know what you will find on the beach.  In this case, Mickey Mouse is sitting on the sand in Rogers Park, Illinois (Pratt Beach), waiting for his/her owner to bring him safely and lovingly back home.
  • Listen In: Illinois Exporters Say It's a Struggle With No Export-Import Bank

    4 Sep 2015 | 4:06 am
    ©iStock/MarcoscisettiWBEZ morning shift on August 31, 2015 interviews Richard Paullin, Executive Director, International Trade Association of Greater Chicago on the impact for Chicago business owners concerning the lapse in the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank of the United States.IL exporters say it's a struggle with no Export-Import BankMeanwhile, our Global Small Business Forum 2015 (registration OPEN) held in Chicago at Navy Pier on Friday, October 23rd, will help small business owners boost their exports and gather alternative methods for financing their sales.
  • In Pursuit of Development Opportunities Outside the United States

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    ©iStock/BlueRingMediaDespite challenging economic conditions, a competitive environment and severe currency headwind, Rolling Meadows, Illinois-based Boston Scientific managed to post better-than-expected second-quarter 2015 results.  How is that?  They continue to strengthen their core businesses and invest in new technologies and global markets.An important aspect of the company’s growth strategy is its pursuit of development opportunities outside the U.S. by expanding global presence, inclusive of the emerging markets. Read more:  Boston Scientific Expands Globally,…
  • Private Capital Access Project: Small Business Optimism on Upswing

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    ©iStock/A-WranglerDun & Bradstreet and Pepperdine University has released the Private Capital Access (PCA) results for Q3. In addition, Dun & Bradstreet will be at the upcoming WBDC 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference on Wednesday, September 2nd at McCormick Place West in Chicago moderating the morning breakout session focusing on access to capital issues for small businesses in addition to co-hosting the 1:1 Lender Matchmaking session.To learn more about the WBDC Conference and D&B's morning breakout session, visit:http://www.ewc29.org.To learn more about D&B…
  • Disruptive Innovation in the Cargo Space

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:16 am
    ©iStock/Prasit RodphanCargo shipments are coming into the Internet age and promise to reshape the transportation industry.  Find out how in the following article I authored for the About.com Import and Export site.Shipping Global Cargo in the Internet Age
 
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    Entrance » Blog

  • Top 4 Microsoft Tools for Your Move to Office 365

    Benjamin
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:46 pm
    If you are considering a move to Office 365, or you’re in the middle of a deployment, here’s a little inside information from a Microsoft Partner on the tools and services Microsoft makes available for free to help you save time and money. You may be wondering why someone who makes their living helping clients move to the cloud would want to publicize the fact that some of what consultants traditionally offer as service partners is available for free from Microsoft these days. Our job is to help you make the best decision for you and your company, and we are confident that money you…
  • Master Data Management with the SQL Server Stack

    Eric
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Many solutions exist in the marketplace for Master Data Management, such as Informatica, IBM InfoSphere, and Oracle MDM, even including industry specialists such as EnergyIQ. However, many software buyers don’t realize that they already own an MDM platform through their existing Microsoft SQL Server licenses. Even if you don’t currently have Microsoft’s MDM toolset, it can be acquired at a much lower cost of entry than the “big boys” by purchasing SQL Server Business Intelligence Edition. What does the Microsoft MDM toolset bring to the table? Microsoft’s primary offering for MDM…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hire an Offshore Developer

    Eric
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Offshoring your outsourced software product development may seem like an easy choice based on cost but the decision is really much more nuanced than just straight dollars and cents. #1: Don’t underestimate the value of face-to-face meetings between the technical team and your business users. This is crucial to project success. Make sure your product team not just literally speaks your language but can speak the language of your business. Requirements documentation is essential for the success of any software project. No one wants to hear or say “that’s not what I had in mind” at the…
  • Why go agile?

    Henry
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Simply put, an agile methodology allows you to deliver the most business value per dollar spent.  The foundation of agile lies in its iterative process – every 2-4 weeks, the development team demos a fully functioning piece of software with key stakeholders. This process has the following benefits: 1) Ensures that course corrections can be quickly and easily made. Often, software development of a fully featured, enterprise-class piece of software can take months, if not years. If any miscommunications occur at the beginning, it is essential that these get resolved before they become…
  • Improving SharePoint User Adoption

    Kristen
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Kiddos aren’t the only ones heading back to school. We’ve launched a 7-day email course that teaches you how to build a SharePoint intranet site that people actually want to use. Earlier this summer, my colleague, Ben Smith and I gave a webinar presentation on increasing SharePoint user adoption to improve the return on your SharePoint investment. Not everyone has time for a webinar, but I you might have time for one lesson a day, delivered by email! If you’re ready to learn how to build a SharePoint site that people actually want to use, Entrance is now offering a free…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Marketing As You Go

    Alyson Stanfield
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Marketing isn’t something you do when you are done with the work. You can’t afford to wait until everything else is in its place to promote your art. You must be marketing consistently. Marketing is more than taking out an ad or sending an email. Marketing is a combination of everything you do to sell or to gain recognition for your art. Everything. There will be times when you must focus on the work in the studio, which means there is no room in your life for marketing tasks. But something is amiss if this drags on for weeks without attention to your business. Don’t wait until you’re…
  • Networking Opportunities and Errors

    Alyson Stanfield
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meeting new people is essential to growing your art business. The more people you know, the more people there are to appreciate, buy, and tell people about your art. [Tweet this] The best tip I can give is just to get out! Online relationships are valuable, but in-person meetings can make an artist’s career. Networking Opportunities Everyone you run into is a: Potential buyer. You never know where people are coming from. Potential connector. If everyone you meet knows 150 people (the average), imagine the possibilities. When you meet someone who is great at making connections between…
  • Feedback Whether You Want It or Not

    Alyson Stanfield
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are often too quick to ask for feedback. We’re equally guilty of giving feedback when it’s not requested (or wanted). I’ve been guilty of both – especially the latter – and I’ve learned a lot about giving and receiving feedback. I owe much of what I know about feedback to Cynthia Morris, an artist and coach. Here’s what I’ve learned from her and from others. When Not to Ask for Feedback Feedback is serious stuff. You should only ask for it if you’re prepared to hear the answers. At certain points in the creative process, your project is in a delicate state. You might have…
  • Juggling Multiple Income Streams from Your Art

    Alyson Stanfield
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I probably don’t have to tell you that selling only original works of art doesn’t always pay the bills. Sales can be seasonal, galleries can shut their doors, or the economy might tank. This is why I am all for artists having multiple streams of income – when it makes sense. Multiple Income Streams for Artists An income stream is a source of money. Your income streams might include employment outside of your art business, but I’m going to focus on diversifying how you make money from your art. Selling original works of art is probably the most appealing way for you to make money…
  • Ease Overwhelm with These 8 Time-Saving Tips

    Alyson Stanfield
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you like a lot of my clients? You want to do/try it all. You’d like to be everywhere but time runs out. Lack of time is the number one anxiety for most of my clients. It’s not fear of rejection or failure or even potential criticism. It’s there’s not enough time in the day to do it all. Like you, I’ve been overwhelmed with possibilities for business development and strategy. Just three years ago, I remember sitting down and crying to my husband that I couldn’t work any harder. If I wanted to increase my impact in the world, I would have to work smarter. That’s when I hired a…
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    dmiracle

  • 5 Marketing Mistakes Life Coaches Make & How to Fix Them

    Dawud Miracle
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:48 am
    You’re probably making the same marketing mistakes life coaches everywhere are making. Remember when you completed your coaching certification? You were so excited to get out there and coach people. You became a coach to help people, to make a difference in their lives and help them make change where they felt stuck. Fast forward to where you are now and you feel more like you’re lost at sea than anything else. You’ve done everything they told you after completing your coaching program. You got your website, wrote some pages, figured out your packages and prices. But…
  • 7 Clear Reasons Why You Need a New Website

    Dawud Miracle
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Just like any other technology, websites become obsolete. And when they become obsolete you’ll need a new website. Here’s 7 ways to know whether you need a new website or not. Reason 1: Your website isn’t mobile friendly. Two words: BIG DEAL!!. Here’s what you need to know – 50% of all web traffic AND 60%+ of all search queries are being done on mobile devices. You’re giving 50% of your visits a very poor experience. And Google is penalizing sites that aren’t mobile friendly. There’s your top reason. Don’t sleep on mobile. The numbers are…
  • 3 Steps to Overcoming Web Overwhelm

    Dawud Miracle
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:43 pm
    It’s easy for your website and marketing online to become overwhelming. As soon as you get one thing done, it seems like there’s always 50 more things to do. And that’s if you can get unstuck enough to get one thing done. I understand. I’ve been there myself. And I’ve helped hundreds of people overcome the overwhelm. Why are you in overwhelm? While there can be many reasons for overwhelm, it usually comes down to some sort of fear. Fear of doing it wrong. Fear of having too much to do. Fear of looking like an amateur (or idiot). Fear of trying and not getting…
  • Do You Charge What You’re Worth?

    Dawud Miracle
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Charging what you’re worth can be a challenging thing. But does that mean you shouldn’t charge what you’re worth? This morning I had a conversation with a good friend who’s a life coach. I know him and his work very well and I’ve given him a lot of advice over the years. His business is successful – he’s nearly full with clients every month. Yet, he struggles to get his head above water financially. Now knowing his work I know that he’s grossly under charging for his coaching. Yet he’s torn about raising his prices. On the one hand, he…
  • 15 Reasons to Move Your Coaching Website to WordPress Today!!

    Dawud Miracle
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    There are so many ways that coaches and holistic healers can get a website today. You can go the ‘old fashioned’ route and have a website designer build a pages in HTML. You can use some of the pre-made services you’ll find on any number of hosts (though most of the designs look like they’re 10 years old). Or you can have your website created on one of the myriad of publishing platforms available today. Of course my favorite publishing platform for coaches, healers and the other service providers I work with is WordPress. There’s others, of course. But having use…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • Scholarships | Startup Places | Free Places to attend Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:34 am
    How to get a ticket to Business of Software Conference with very limited funds. If you are dying to come to Business of Software Conference but just can’t stretch to the ticket price, there are a few options that might help. It’s great to know many of our long time attendees have got so much from BoS over the years that they give back to the community by supporting attendance for people that would not otherwise be able to attend Business of Software Conference. You might be starting out on your entrepreneurial journey, a recently graduated student, an entrepreneur in the…
  • Humanising the Web – Sarah Hatter

    Joe Glover
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:28 am
    Are you saying ‘sorry for the inconvenience’ and ‘Thank You for the Feedback?’. Is your customer support leaving your paying customers feeling more exasperated than fulfilled? Stop worrying about being professional, and worry about being human in your customer service. In this short but sweet talk from Sarah Hatter of CoSupport, she explains how. Join the Business of Software Community. Get the latest updates from Business of Software free to you. You will receive conference news, blogs from some of the world's best leaders, and access BoS video content as soon as it…
  • How To Grow and Scale A Culture with Limited Funds – Alicia Navarro

    Joe Glover
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Scaling is a challenge which presents itself to any company starting out. Further to this, cash flow is the single greatest reason companies fail in the beginning. So how do you scale, whilst remaining respectful of your budget? Skimlinks is a company that in 2014 facilitated $625 Million worth of transactions, and over it’s lifetime has grown to a team of over 60 people. Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks describes how she got there, shedding light on how she maintains culture, particularly through her recruitment process. Video and Transcript below.  Join the Business of Software…
  • Guest Blog Post: Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden: Help Needed for Book Case Studies

    Joe Glover
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    We need your help. We’re working on a new book and we need your stories. Let me explain. In 2013 I was fortunate to present at the Business of Software conference in Boston. At that talk I discussed the organizational changes that had to take place to support a culture of continuous learning and innovation. The ideas in my talk were based on my personal experience and the work I had done for my first book, Lean UX. Written as a guide for designers struggling to work with agile software teams, the material found a broader audience with product managers, marketers, and  software engineers.
  • Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    At Business of Software Conference USA 2014, Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs to be Done movement, looked at the tools and processes you can use to uncover innovation opportunities. What are your customers trying to achieve, and how can you help them get there? Simple questions, but creating a disciplined approach to uncovering and capturing the answers is a huge step forward for your business. Watch the video for answers, for those who prefer, transcript is below. For more great insight like this, Business of Software Conference USA 2015 is only a month a way. Full Schedule…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Why I Do What I Do

    Tara Joyce
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Sometimes, I wonder why I do what I do. Why do I love what I love? Why do I choose to spend my time in the way that I do? Most of the time, I’m not asking myself these questions. Most of the time, I’m just doing my thing. But sometimes, I wonder why I do what I do, and sometimes, I get an unexpected answers to that question. Yesterday was one of those days. I found a note I had written 2009’ish — it was about the point of this blog, and why I spend my time and energy authoring it. It outlined what this space means to me, and why its existence matters. To me, and to you.
  • Focused Leadership

    Tara Joyce
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Despite what my rebellious ego sometimes wants me to believe, having people to support us in meeting our goals is necessary, and even wonderful. Sometimes though, when we lack focus, receiving the help we need and leading others can become more work that it hopes to accomplish. Your unwavering vision is necessary and needed to guide and steer the people who want to help you. When you are the Captain of the ship, you know the course you want to take and you know all the information that flows through your craft. You hold an unique and powerful position, and this power must be acknowledged and…
  • The First Step

    Tara Joyce
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    The first step… It’s the most exciting and scary moment. It’s the moment when you become aware of the problem… And it’s the moment when you begin to solve it. Becoming aware of the problem is the beginning of your solution. Awareness is your first step. In simply recognizing the dirt and muck, you’re growing. There are so many who are not even yet willing to look there and recognize it. You, however, are. In seeing it, you’re already working on rising above it. You’re already taking a huge step. Your unconditional worth can only be discovered…
  • Protecting Your Flow

    Tara Joyce
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    When we feel unsafe, whether we fear being judged, disliked, or misunderstood, it stops our creative flow. Fear is stifling. Alternatively, when we feel safe, our creativity unfolds and reveals itself, without our conscious effort. Knowing this, we can maximize our creative potential by creating conditions where we feel safe and unrestricted. In protecting our flow, we inspire our creativity. Doing this includes avoiding people who leave us feeling unsafe, and it includes creating support for the ways in which feel fearful in our own psyches. Internal and external, we have the power to create…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Successful Software Company Launches New Business Venture

    Jeff Cornwall
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mike Rustici – Rustici Software TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Successful Software Company Launches New Business Venture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    First of all I wanted to thank you for following my blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind. I first started publishing this blog twelve years ago, and look forward to many more years of providing you with content at this site. We are in the process of launching a new site that will give you even more […] The post Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind! appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • B2(Small)B Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Branden O’Neil – Marketing Strategy Coaches helps small businesses strategize TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post B2(Small)B Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

    Jeff Cornwall
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Ron Samuels, founder and CEO of Avenue Bank, shares his insights about investor relationships TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Planning for Expansion into a New Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Greg Stephenson, PM Environmental, talks about the process of expanding this Michigan-based company into the Southeast. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Planning for Expansion into a New Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Two Key Ways to Use Your Database to Grow Your Business

    Amanda Jurgens
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Whether your list of customers lives in a spreadsheet, or is already integrated with your payment processing software, an up-to-date customer database is a critical component to small business growth. Here are two key ways to get more out of your customer database: 1. Send Targeted Marketing Emails Housing all of your customers in one system allows you to pull and export lists based on desired parameters. There are plenty of affordable and easy-to-use email tools – we like MailChimp or Constant Contact. Looking for inspiration? Here are some ideas: Send a monthly newsletter to stay…
  • How Will the EMV Change Impact My Business?

    Amy Wigginton
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    EMV is coming! But what does that mean for you, specifically if you’re a service-based business?  There’s a lot of information out there and it can be confusing to assess the impact this change to EMV chip cards may—or may not—have on your service-based business. So let’s start with some of the basics. What is EMV? EMV—Europay, MasterCard, Visa—is a global standard for credit and debit cards equipped with an embedded microchip. Standard U.S. credit and debit cards have a magnetic stripe that is swiped to process a transaction. Even though chipped cards are being widely…
  • Tips for Launching a Small Business Website

    Lisa Hephner
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my parents and we were trying choose a restaurant for dinner. I’m something of a picky eater, so we wanted to check out menus online before making a reservation. I was totally astounded when we couldn’t locate a website for their top choice. Had I not been web savvy and determined, we would have simply crossed it off our list and moved on. However, I employed one of my favorite tricks: I used the Google Image Search to find a current menu, which happened to be posted by the marketing firm that designed the menu. (To try this trick yourself, go to image…
  • PayPal Increases Merchant Processing Fees

    Sarah Jordan
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    PayPal announced to merchants that as of October 1st, it will be increasing merchant processing rates to a flat 2.9% + 30 cents on domestic transactions. This is one of PayPal’s first big moves to increase revenue since its split from eBay last July. While the increase will affect only a small portion of PayPal’s portfolio, it is projected to increase annual revenue by $10 million. The change affects the “middle class” of businesses, touching neither the largest nor smallest merchant accounts. This middle class often pays a heftier volume of transaction fees as a percentage of…
  • Create Without Doubt | CEO’s Corner

    Eric Remer
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    A little known secret about creation is that even the best creators doubt themselves in the process of creation.  At first they get excited about the desire to create something and what it will feel like when their desire becomes a reality. Then almost immediately after the excitement starts to fade, genuine doubt sets in.  What if I can’t actually do it?  What if I tell people and don’t deliver?  What about all the people who will be counting on me?  What if I am not as good as I think I am? What if I just fail?  And the doubting questions continue. So right from the start, instead…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    Business Pundit

  • A Guide To Performance Based Advertising For Jobs

    David Krug
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    Marketing is a tricky game, especially when you’re trying to find the right person for the job. The traditional model is to use job boards where an employer would pay for a single post or a bulk posting package and hope for the best. If no one comes around, then tough luck. So let’s talk about performance based advertising. It’s a simple form of online marketing where the user pays only based on the results, instead of a risky upfront cost. Made popular by Google AdWords (pay-per-click), is pretty much the norm for most job search engines. So how does it work and why did it become so…
  • WhatsApp Passes Massive Milestone And Edges Closer To 1 Billion Users

    Peter Mondrose
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Mark Zuckerberg’s $19 billion acquisition has yielded one positive result, the app has now been downloaded and used by more than 900 million monthly active users. The numbers were revealed by WhatsApp CEO, co-founder, and Facebook board member Jan Koum.   WhatsApp surpassed the 800 million actives number in April 2015 after taking just three months to skyrocket from 700 million to 800 million active users. At this point, WhatsApp only charges a $1 per year fee to users with the first year at no charge. There has been no real talk of a monetization effort beyond that point. Mark…
  • Donald Trump Has Gained The Support Of Vegas’ Most Famous Billionaire

    Peter Mondrose
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:53 am
    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has gained the attention and support of billionaire casino owner Steve Wynn. According to FOX Business, Wynn has been tapped as an unofficial adviser to Trump’s campaign. According to reports, Trump has been in constant contact with Wynn and that communication has increased as Trump’s lead in pretty much every poll released has grown significantly larger. People close to the campaign say Wynn has offered advice and counsel to Trump on various issues, including whether Trump would rule out a third-party run. “They are talking regularly,”…
  • Nearly 50% Of Homes In New York And D.C. Areas Are Losing Value

    Peter Mondrose
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    If you live in the New York or Washington metropolitan areas there is a nearly 50% chance that your home is losing value. According to Bloomberg, 45% of homes in both areas faced a slump of at least 2 percent in June compared to a year earlier. In a new index created by Allan Weiss, co-founder of the Case-Shiller home price indexes, it was revealed that in June 2014, only 15 percent of Washington residences dropped in value, while 20 percent fell in New York. The study was based on single-family homes and therefore does not include Manhattan. With high home prices and weak income growth, it…
  • Dreamworks And Disney Are Breaking Up

    Peter Mondrose
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    DreamWorks will not renew its current distribution deal with the Walt Disney Co. A source close to the company tells Variety that the company’s will go their separate ways when their current distribution deal expires in August 2016. Disney and DreamWorks started working together in 2009, however, Disney has gone on to acquire Marvel and LucasFilm, while placing much of its focus on tentpole films. The final two DreamWorks films to be released by Disney will be the Tom Hanks’ starring Cold War film “Bridge of Spies” which debuts on October 16, and “The BFG”…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 10 Companies With Sensible Gun Policies

    Mary Mazzoni
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    With the wave of violent gun crimes that have rocked the country in recent years, some companies are beginning to approach gun policies as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) issue. For these firms, allowing customers to openly carry guns inside their establishments can make the company appear complicit with its state's lax gun laws.
  • Twitter Chat: #TechTitans on Sept. 9 at Noon PST

    Marissa Rosen
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Join TriplePundit and our noteworthy panelists for a special hour-long Twitter Chat at #TechTitans on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Noon PST/3 p.m. EST.
  • Sustainability Reporting: Why Bother?

    3p Contributor
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Let’s be honest: Most corporate sustainability reports are not read carefully, if they are read at all. So, why bother?
  • Indonesia Sets New Climate Goals, But Are They Attainable?

    Jan Lee
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Indonesia set new goals for 2030, and they call for aggressive changes in its emissions policies. With a new coal plant underway and more than 50 percent of its emissions due to deforestation and peat burn, some are asking whether those new goals will indeed be realistic.
  • Seabirds Are Eating a Heckuva Lot of Plastic

    Renee Farris
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    A new study found that most seabirds have plastic in their guts. The ocean can have as many as 580,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometer. Imagine if your house floor was covered in thousands of Lego pieces, and then you had to eat those Lego pieces for breakfast. Now you know what it feels like to be a seabird.
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    Solo Entrepreneur marketing and business growth resources

  • Key Numbers You Need To Know | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Watch Justin on the CBS “The 504 Show” where he gives great financial planning tips to women – how to save AND spend (Get The Shoes!): Key Numbers You Need To Know
  • 7 Time-Saving Tools Every Business Owner Needs | Krista Martin | @mymcoaching

    Krista Martin
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tools, systems, structure, and ….relief. The number one reason that you feel overwhelmed when you are building your business is that you are doing every single thing by yourself. Or maybe you are starting from scratch each time and re-create the wheel over and over and over. How many hours do you waste each week by spending your time on non-revenue generating activities? At first, I get it, it can feel scary to pay for services that keep you organized. It only feels scary, though, until you realize what you are saying “no” to when you are allowing yourself to say “yes” to your…
  • Tory Burch. 41 Million | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tory Burch, a fashion designer got 41 mill. It was from a patent infringement lawsuit. Some company was trying to knock off her stuff. Tory could have ignored the knock offs and gone on with her business. But she didn’t. Why? Because she stood up for what she believes in. Protecting her brand. She persevered and won. Did she need the $41 mill? Nope. She’s worth over $1 Billion. How did Tory get to where she is? To be the 73rd most powerful women in the world? One word. MINDSET. She never went to business school. Or design school. Tory put herself out there. Here’s what she said about…
  • Need to Set up a Teleseminar or Quick Conference Call? | Karen Cappello | @karencappello

    Karen Cappello
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Need to set up a teleseminar or just want to have a quick conference call with a coaching client with the ability to record it? Free Conference Calling is your best bet and the name says it all – FREE! Once you enter your e-mail address, you’ll be provided with a dial-in number and Meeting ID for immediate phone conferencing. Your teleconferencing line is available 24/7 and there’s no need to schedule or make reservations. Each conference call account accommodates 1,000 callers on an unlimited number of 6 hour free conference calls. Best of all, you can provide your coaching clients an…
  • One of The Best Ways To Increase the Flow of Abundance | Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) | @michelepw

    Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    My good friend and client Lisa Sasevich is the one who first introduced me to the concept of “committed but not attached.” And the first time I heard it I thought “what on earth is she talking about? That makes no sense.” You see, if you’re anything like me, you too may have confused what it means to be attached versus committed. And maybe (like me) you actually may be afraid that if you AREN’T attached to the process, you’re somehow letting the process down and opening yourself up to failure. It’s taking me a long time to sort out being attached versus being committed —…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    5 Sep 2015 | 3:29 am
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • The 7 Essentials of Exceptional Retail Customer Service

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Sometimes customer service should be something quick, cheap, and easy. Consider a mother who might be on a time-crunch but needs to pick up a quart of milk on the way home. For that customer, a convenience store fits the bill. But for most retailers, and I mean most, quick and easy is not the way to profitability. If you add in cheap...it gets even worse. To standout from the competition, you need to focus on creating an exceptional experience.
  • How To Reach Retail Customers In Spite Of Their Cocoons

    23 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Let’s admit it, we are now a society of individual planets. We’ve created our own worlds by letting in just what we want to… Trump smackdown videos...yes Cat videos...no Banksy...yes Candy Crush...no People who like X...yes People who believe in Y...no We have surrounded ourselves with images, content, and opinions to protect ourselves from the fear of the outside world. Actually, we haven’t created worlds as much as we have created cocoons With every new friend we add, video we share or product we like, the web shapes itself more closely around our cocoon.
  • How To Engage Retail Customers Begins With A Wow Moment

    15 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    For retail customers to let down their guard, share their desires, and get over their fears of purchasing, you must get them involved...
  • 3 Deadly Traits That Kill Your Efforts To Attract and Keep Customers

    9 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Some of the most popular questions people have for me after they join my newsletter are: How do I get more customers in my store? How do I increase my sales?  How can I sell more? I get it.  Traffic to stores and malls are down, and while you might be tempted to haul out that old losers limp They’re all buying online, don’t. The fact is 85% of the shopping that is to be done for the foreseeable future according to McKinsey will be in brick and mortar stores.  According to TimeTrade, as much as mobile shopping is hyped, the reality is mobile purchasing is slow to grow; only…
  • 11 Ways Your Retail Employees Convert Buyers Into Lookers And Sabotage Your Sales

    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    We’ve heard the drumbeat for awhile now, traffic is down in brick and mortar retail stores. The browsing is now done prior, online. So when someone actually walks through your doors having left Amazon and the rest behind, they are more likely to buy. Although you can’t turn all lookers into buyers, I’ll bet the behaviors of your untrained retail employees is actually turning buyers back into lookers
 
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    Business Insider

  • The 12 hottest startups in Switzerland

    James Cook
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:12 am
    Switzerland probably isn't the first country you think of when it comes to startups in Europe. The country's high cost of living has probably put off some tech startups, but there's a surprisingly vibrant startup scene in Zürich and other cities. We collected some of Switzerland's most exciting technology startups and ranked them by the amount raised, headcount, and how cool and original they are.     12. Gamaya helps farmers check their crops using drones. Gamaya is a Lausanne-based startup which fits drones with a hyperspectral imaging system. This type of…
  • Scotland's 'Walter Scott Express' back on track

    Alfons Luna
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:07 am
    Edinburgh (AFP) - The new Scottish railway line that winds through landscapes romanticised by writer Walter Scott will be the backdrop to Queen Elizabeth II's longevity record when she officially reopens the route on Wednesday."The queen could have been anywhere in the Commonwealth, but she chose to honour Scotland," David Parker, a councillor from the Scottish Borders region south of Edinburgh told AFP.On Wednesday the queen will become Britain's longest-reigning monarch, surpassing her great-grandmother Queen Victoria rule of 63 years and 216 days.As Britain and remnants of the British…
  • September is on the table (SPY, DJI, IXIC, USD, TLT, TLO)

    Akin Oyedele
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:05 am
    The Federal Reserve can go with what it has.  After six years of interest rates near zero, the recovery is at a point where some economists are convinced an interest rate hike is possible as soon as this month. On Friday, we got the last major report for the data-dependent Fed before its September 16-17 meeting. The August jobs report showed that the economy added 173,000 jobs. This was below the consensus call for 217,000. However, August tends to first disappoint and then get revised higher. Also encouraging was that job gains for the prior two months were revised higher by a…
  • Here's the crazy thing Americans did the last time oil prices crashed (USO, OIL)

    Myles Udland
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    The last time oil prices crashed and brought down the price of gas, US consumers spent more money on gas.  In his latest book "Misbehaving," behavioral economist Richard Thaler took a look household budgets — among other things — and used it as a place to examine the book's core debate: the difference between "Humans" and "Econs." Humans, in Thaler's book, are, well, normal people who sometimes do silly things, especially with their money. Econs are calculating actors always seeking to maximize their "utility," or make the most of their time, money, and…
  • Afghanistan opens meeting of donors with progress report

    5 Sep 2015 | 1:18 am
    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani has opened a conference of donors to his country's reconstruction after almost 40 years of war, telling them he has made progress on a range of major challengers including security and corruption.The Senior Officials Meeting is a gathering of delegates from the international community, including non-government organizations that support Afghanistan's economic, security and social reconstruction.Ghani told the meeting Saturday his government has accelerated a crackdown on both corruption and the culture of criminal impunity,…
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    HBR.org

  • You Can’t Understand China’s Slowdown Without Understanding Supply Chains

    David Simchi-Levi
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    HBR STAFF The last few weeks have brought news of turmoil in China, including currency devaluations, an economic slowdown, and a stock market plunge. Most economists, including those at the the IMF, think it is premature to talk about an economic crisis. While I agree, I nonetheless believe that the slowdown is due, in part, to an acceleration of “near-shoring,” the practice of producing closer to the customer. My evidence is a series of separate surveys conducted by different organizations, including the MIT Forum for Supply Chain Innovation. The MIT Forum launched…
  • 4 Reasons Retail Jobs Are About to Get Better

    Zeynep Ton
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    There’s widespread agreement that stagnant wages are a big problem in the United States. Which industry could really help do something about it? Retail. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the two largest occupations in the United States are retail salesperson and cashier.  In 2014, their median hourly wages were $10.30 and $9.20, respectively. Both are below the poverty threshold for a family of four, even for someone working full-time. But if you are one of those workers, it’s hard to even know for sure whether you do work full-time. Retail employees…
  • The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

    Joyce E. Bono
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you discuss with your partner at night. It sometimes feels good to talk about the negatives — it feels therapeutic. If someone were to tell you to focus only on the positive experiences in your day, you might be annoyed. People tend to associate Pollyanna-type positivity with…
  • Why Sex and Violence Don’t Sell

    Nicole Torres
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Early on in the AMC series “Mad Men,” a young, ambitious Peggy Olson defends her ad idea to Don Draper, assuring him, “Sex sells.” He barely hides his disappointment before brushing this aside, “Says who? Just so you know, the people who talk that way think that monkeys can do this.” Don was on to something. New research suggests that sex, in fact, does not sell—and neither does violence. A recent meta-study by Robert Lull and Brad Bushman of The Ohio State University, published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, looked at 53 experiments to…
  • The Dawning of the Age of Flex Labor

    Andrei Hagiu
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    The prevailing paradigm of people working as full-time employees for a single organization has outlived its usefulness. It produces excess volatility over the business cycle, resulting in measurable economic costs — both to people and to the companies they work for. Our vision is straightforward: most people will become independent contractors who have the flexibility to work part-time for several organizations at the same time, or do a series of short full-time gigs with different companies over the course of a year. Companies will maintain only a minimal full-time staff of executives,…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Global Trends in Female Entrepreneurship

    Laurel J. Delaney
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    While female entrepreneurs’ education level has increased, the innovation of female-owned businesses, measured by whether other businesses offer the same product, has decreased. There is less female involvement in the technology industry this year as well. The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) recently released the 2015 Female Entrepreneurship Index (FEI), which looks at a nation’s favourable conditions for women entrepreneurs worldwide. The FEI analyses 15 factors divided into three categories — Entrepreneurial Environment, Entrepreneurial Eco-System and…
  • The Role of Women in the Modern 21st Century

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Dean Sally Blount ’92 recently met with White House senior advisers and several leaders from the business and business school communities to discuss the changing needs of the 21st century workplace.  The bottom line is that business schools worldwide must focus on expanding opportunities for women in business and help strengthen the fabric of our great nation. Former President Jimmy Carter also has a call to action to support women’s rights. The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisers, both of…
  • How Remarkable Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Meet Their Dreams

    Laurel J. Delaney
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    Author Rania Habiby Anderson, who wrote Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, spent over four years researching and interviewing more than 250 successful female career women and entrepreneurs in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Anderson’s objective with the book is to understand the key traits that caused these women to be successful while so many of their peers failed to meet their dreams. Below, Anita Newton, VP of corporate marketing at Adknowledge, interviews Anderson on what U.S.-based…
  • The Rise of the Modern, Independent Asian Woman

    Laurel J. Delaney
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    While the world has heard the stunning prediction that two-thirds of the global middle classes will be Asian by 2030, totally changing the economic polarity of the developed world, there’s been little focus on modern, independent Asian women (MIAW) — 25-40 year-olds.  In New Zealand, for example, premium food and beverage exporters have a lot to gain from this new demographic. [MIAWs] are a very significant group more in evidence in some markets than others. They are focused on making the most of their good educations, getting careers, and building their lives on their terms…
  • Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

    Laurel J. Delaney
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced. Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories. Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought…
 
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  • Austin Chamber Names Mimiran Winner of Technology & Innovation Award

    Reuben Swartz
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Austin Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Greater Austin Business Awards, naming Mimiran the winner of the Austin Energy Technology and Innovation Award in the small business category. The awards recognize businesses and organizations for achievements, community contributions … Read More
  • Integrate Mimiran Lead Buttons with GoToWebinar

    Reuben Swartz
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    GoToWebinar is pretty much to go-to tool for running webinars. Unfortunately, G2W doesn’t give you a lot of control over your landing pages, and requires fields like first and last name that may decrease conversion. You can now use a … Read More
  • Get Mimiran Notifications as SMS Text Messages

    Reuben Swartz
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Getting email notifications when prospects are reading your proposals and lead magnets is pretty awesome. But what happens when you’re out and about, not reading email? Sometimes, you want to get these notifications as text messages. Thanks to the magic … Read More
  • The Key to Continuously Charging Higher Consulting Rates

    Reuben Swartz
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I get a lot of questions about consulting rates. Yes, I think most consultants and consultancies undercharge. There are a lot of tactics (on this blog and elsewhere) to help you figure out what to charge on the next project. … Read More
  • Webinar 8/12: How to Double Your Business

    Reuben Swartz
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    I’ll be hosting a fun webinar on Wednesday 8/12 at noon CDT on How to Double Your Business (without doubling your costs, time, or stress). This will be lessons learned from over a decade consulting with some of the world’s … Read More
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    Business.com Business.com's B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • #SocialMediaGoals: Our Favorite Social Media Accounts for Inspiration

    Cara Olveda
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you want to gain the awareness and trust of the consumer, you have to be active on social media, however, knowing how to successfully manage a social media account does not come naturally. No worries, we all need role models to look up to and learn from now and then. Up your social media game and gain some inspiration by looking at the pros to see what you can immediately implement on your platforms. The following companies have all the social media basics down: consistency, high-quality imagery and knowledge of their audience. Twitter Champion: Taco Bell Taco Bell reigns supreme on…
  • What’s Really Going On With Google+?

    Shayna Marks
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week was not a great one for Google+. In case you haven’t heard, Google announced that it was separating one of the most contested features of the social network—that you must use a Google+ account for logging into their other products, like YouTube—among other changes. So why is that a big deal? One of the main things Google+ has going for it is sheer numbers, and that’s the one thing people focus on when talking about the good of the network. Social Media Examiner recently shared that just two weeks after its June 2011 launch, Google+ hit 10 million users. By the end of the…
  • Building Content Marketing's Most Valuable Tool: The Style Guide

    Shayna Marks
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    “We don’t need more content. We need better content, and we need to focus on creating better content.” – Ann Handley, MarketingProfs Amen, sister. These days, content is everywhere you look. It consumes your Facebook newsfeed, Twitter feed, LinkedIn, email inbox—you name it, content is front and center. I had the pleasure of hearing Ann Handley speak about this issue earlier this year at Social Media Marketing World. She shared two stats that struck me:  75 percent of marketers want to create more engaging content 69 percent want to be better storytellers The reason why I find…
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Live Streaming Isn’t For Everyone

    Shayna Marks
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Periscope this, Meerkat that. Twitch this, YouTube that.   Though livestreaming services have been around for years, the recent explosion of the two apps has brought it back to the forefront of our minds. Yes, it’s incredible that modern technology has provided us the opportunities to broadcast our businesses and ourselves with the tap of a screen or the click of a button. The opportunity is great—it's practically face-to-face communication with a very captive target audience. Your brand is on a podium, and your viewer is an attentive listener that's plugged in socially. In short, a…
  • B2B Marketing: Focus on the Big Picture

    Tony Uphoff
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Marketing business products and services to other businesses used to be relatively simple. You developed a series of ads touting the features and benefits of your product or service, and you ran those ads in leading trade journals and exhibited at leading trade and association shows. This straightforward approach existed for well over 100 years until the Internet came along, irrevocably changing how marketers reach, engage and sell to business decision makers.   Today, B2B marketers have a dizzying array of brands, platforms, services and technologies being pitched to them, each touting to…
 
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • 083: How To Create Profitable Email Autoresponders For Ecommerce Stores With Xiao Hui Wang

    Steve C
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Today I’ve my buddy Xiao Hui Wang on the show. I met Xiao Hui at the Ecommerce Fuel live event last year and he definitely made an impression on me with his email expertise. X runs the site EssenceOfEmail.com where he specializes in email marketing specifically for ecommerce. Unlike email marketing for blogging, sending out emails for an ecommerce store selling physical products is quite different and requires an alternate approach. X is an expert when it comes to email marketing for ecommerce so I invited him on to teach us a few lessons. Enjoy the interview! What You’ll Learn The…
  • The Dangers Of Selling On Amazon And Horror Stories From Real Amazon Sellers

    Steve C
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Right now, selling on Amazon is almost too easy. All you have to do is find a product with good margins/demand, list it on Amazon, and it will eventually sell because Amazon’s audience and reach is so vast. When my wife and I first started selling on Amazon last year, we sold over 60 units in a matter of 8 days with just 3 products listed online with no reviews. Amazon is seriously that powerful. But with any business with low barriers to entry, there’s always going to be a ton of competition. Right now, with all of the various Amazon courses and tutorials out there pushing…
  • 082: How Ed Hallen Started Klaviyo An Email Marketing Service Designed For Ecommerce

    Steve C
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Today, I’m thrilled to have Ed Hallen on the show. If you’ve never heard of Ed, he is the founder and CEO of Klaviyo, a very popular email marketing provider that specifically caters to ecommerce stores. Email has been a very central part of my marketing strategy for both my blog and my ecommerce store. And just recently, I’ve been cheating on my other email provider with Klaviyo and I’m thinking about getting a divorce. I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far even though I’ve really just scratched the surface and what’s so powerful about Klaviyo is that it allows…
  • 5 Pricing Strategies To Boost Your Online Store Sales Immediately

    Steve C
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Are sales slow? Are your customers buying a single cheap item from your store and checking out? Does your store suffer from poor repeat business? Even though you might offer great products and write excellent product descriptions for your goods, it’s not necessarily going to be enough to make your store a success. Besides having an attractive storefront, there are many other aspects to selling that have nothing to do with your products or your website. This article will explore the mental aspects of selling. Here are 5 tips that should help you improve your sales. Cover The Entire Range…
  • 081: How To Market Your Online Store On Reddit And Make 6 Figures In 8 Months With Eli Zauner

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Eli Zauner runs a subscription box service called UniversalYums.com which sells boxes of yummy treats from all over the world. What’s cool about Eli is that he launched his business while working full time and his business has been profitable from day 1 and is growing very quickly. In fact, he is doing a solid 5 figures a month after only launching just 8 months ago. And here’s the kicker. One of the main reasons I wanted to have Eli on the show is because he grew his business using Reddit as his single largest source of traffic. Eli’s experience is truly unique and I love that he’s…
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    Optimal Marketing

  • 5 Ways to Leverage the Top Social Media Platforms

    Brandon Wentland
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:59 am
    In the sea of Social Media options, it’s hard to tell which ones are worth investing your precious time in and which ones will struggle to keep up with society’s ever changing appetite for sharing their favorite cat memes (R.I.P. Vine…). Here are 5 social media platforms young and old that marketers should be paying attention to, and easy ways to leverage them for your brand.   Periscope New to the social media scene, this live video sharing app is the fastest growing platform to date, gaining 1 million new users in its first10 days. And while new spin-offs are appearing…
  • Optimal’s Pivot for Success

    Brandon Wentland
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Radio Silence To the outside world, things might have seemed a little bit quiet over here at Optimal over the past year. I wanted to do a post about that silence and what is happening below the surface. But wait, doesn’t Optimal preach the the importance of content!? We do, but timing is also important. As we made some major changes this year we decided to take a break from creating and focus on our foundation for a while. That time of introspection was invaluable for investing in ourselves so we can better serve our clients. Change “Less but better” – Dieter Rams This year we…
  • Email Marketing – Keep It Legal

    Jordan Kapellusch
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Everybody remembers that old Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues. What very few people know is there was actually an omitted verse: “I sent some spam in Reno, just to win some clicks. I left out an unsubscribe link and bought an email list” Okay I completely made that up, but still email marketing is one of the more tightly regulated aspects of internet marketing. While building bad links could hurt you with a manual penalty from search engines (we wrote about how bad links can hurt you here), sending out emails that don’t comply with federal regulations can leave you with a…
  • How to Host a Successful Creative Brainstorm

    Claire Westlie
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:35 am
      Have you led creative brainstorms at work? Was it an unnecessarily long ordeal and yielded poor results? Unfortunately, this can be a common occurrence. Especially if you have a smaller department or team, creative brainstorms can be stressful if only one person is coming up with ideas and the other members just go along. There are some tricks and exercises you can do to host a productive creative brainstorm. Remember That Everyone is a Creative According to ThinkerToys, a study of creatives vs. non-creatives, the only difference researchers could find was the creatives thought they…
  • SEO and CRO – So Happy Together

    Erik Kielisch
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Spouses so often refer to their partners as their “other half.” The same can be said of CRO. Conversion Rate Optimization (CRO) is SEO’s other half. Without it converting traffic into customers, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is just throwing spaghetti on a wall. SEO has dominated internet marketing conversations for years. Outsmarting Google, optimizing your site for keywords, and getting backlinks have consumed millions of businesses. In the mad dash for Page One ranking and increased traffic, one crucial part of your site’s success has been overlooked: conversions. What is a…
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • 5 Tips For Better Website Design

    Mark Wilston
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:57 am
    Most websites rank higher on search engines as a result of higher time spent on the site and higher number of website visitors on a continuous basis. It is very important for the users to find what they are looking for, on a website, to stay on it for longer durations. An appealing design must […]
  • How Are Point Of Sale Systems Going Mobile?

    Mark Wilston
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:51 am
    Point of sale has evolved a lot, from the past. It started off when transactions were made paying cash amount and the shopkeepers used to maintain cash records and keep cash in a safe. Then the barcodes were introduced which the retailers could scan for the products, through scanner and the customers could pay through […]
  • 5 Tips to Understand CRM and CMS Integration

    Mark Wilston
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    As laymen interested in gaining some understanding of what exactly the CRM and CMS integration mean, I would like to first highlight the meanings of these two terms to get into action. So to start with, most of us know that CRM is the short form of Customer Relationship Management, which is simply the approach […]
  • 10 Business Advantages of Creating an Intranet for Internal Communications

    Mark Wilston
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Gone are the ages when communication means were faxes, overnight couriers, letters, typewriters, etc. The technology has undergone a tremendous revolution and has advanced the computer software, which now connect you globally. Company intranet is one such derivative in the field of business communication. Intranet enables companies to connect with its employees via a private […]
  • How to Optimize Conversion Rate For Your E-Commerce Site

    Mark Wilston
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    To stand out from your competitors, it is very important to have a unique website to convert the site visitors as your customers. You should always focus on how to rank your site higher and make it look attractive. Here are the ways with which you can make your website pages unique and successful: Image […]
 
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    Business Credit

  • Why A D&B Credit File Matters To Supplier Diversity Programs

    Marco Carbajo
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:08 pm
    D&B Credit File Did you know the marketplace for government and corporate supplier programs is over $350 billion a year? In fact, 93% of Fortune 100 companies have supplier programs that are set up to support contracts with small business owners just like you. Major corporations and government programs focus on working with a diversity […] The post Why A D&B Credit File Matters To Supplier Diversity Programs appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast

    Marco Carbajo
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Small Business Listing In today’s business environment, when it comes to information, potential customers and lenders alike expect nothing less than precision – but that can be difficult to verify when the information about your business can’t be found or appears in so many scattered places. You’ve heard me constantly talk about how important it […] The post How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan

    Marco Carbajo
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Bad Credit Unsecured Business Loan Did you know major banks view personal FICO® scores of 640 or less as a “bad credit” risk? Now it’s difficult to generalize about FICO Scores® when getting approved for a business loan, because every borrower and bank is different. However, when it comes to qualifying for an unsecured business […] The post Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    Amazon Corporate Credit Line Are you a small business owner that shops online at Amazon.com? If you answered yes, the Amazon Corporate Credit Line may be just what your company needs.  As you know you can pretty much buy anything through Amazon so having a credit line can be a very convenient way to shop […] The post The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get an Instant Approval for a Business Credit Card

    Marco Carbajo
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Instant Approval Business Credit Card Does your company need credit fast for an unexpected expense or upcoming purchase? Instant approval business credit cards are a convenient way to speed up the application process because when you apply online you get a quick decision, usually within minutes, on whether you’re approved or declined. Now before you […] The post How to Get an Instant Approval for a Business Credit Card appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • 7 Steps to Radical Self-Love and Why it’s Mandatory for Your Success

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Kelly Robbins Running a business can be stressful enough. Throw on top of that our families, children, jobs, health, that extra 10 pounds that snuck up on you, bills and other stressors, it’s easy to be hard on ourselves and so busy spinning our wheels we lose track of what’s really important. I heard […]
  • Make $50 – $150 an Hour Participating in Focus Groups

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Holly Reisem Hanna I remember the first time I got called to participate in a focus group. I was a sophomore in college and money was tight. It was for a radio station that had gathered my name from a sweepstakes that I had previously entered. The 2 hour segment required me to sit […]
  • Do You Have What It Takes to Work From Home?

    wahanelson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Kimi Clark So you want to work from home. Maybe you think about things like waking up at your leisure, taking time off whenever you want to, and being able to work in your PJ’s. While some of those things ring true, there are many other things to consider. Here are some questions you […]
  • WIN a $250 cabi Clothing Gift Card

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’re thrilled to be partnering with cabi clothing for this fabulous fall giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $250 cabi clothing gift card – so they can update their fall wardrobe. The cabi Career Opportunity Besides creating fabulous clothing, cabi offers a home-based business opportunity for women. With cabi you can make money in three […]
  • New Training Shows How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Even if You Know Nothing About Bookkeeping Something exciting is happening in the world of bookkeeping. What was once viewed as a boring business is now regarded as a real profession with great earning potential. More important, bookkeeping is an untapped business market waiting to be claimed by able individuals. Do you have what it […]
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    A new blog post from Leader Networks

  • The Perils of a Neglected Online Community

    Vanessa DiMauro
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Too often a firm creates an online community, purchases software and designs a site—and then spoils all this hard work by failing to monitor, manage or staff it over the long term. Sure, everyone paid attention in the beginning, but then the focus on it waned and everyone assumed that the mythical... Please click through to finish reading the article.
  • The Marketing Technology Tsunami: How To Avoid Disaster

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Marketers have more career choices and growth opportunities than they have in decades, and marketing, compared to other departments, is perceived as a hotbed for innovation. That's the good news. The bad news is that we're focusing on one small slice of innovation and learning: marketing... Please click through to finish reading the article.
  • 6 Things Rock-Star Community Managers Never Do

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    It’s no secret that community management is one of the most challenging roles for a knowledge worker. Success relies on minute-by-minute mini decisions, driven by an overall strategy. Great community managers must be equal parts therapist, improv comedian, shepherd, and Navy SEAL. Yet, being great... Please click through to finish reading the article.
  • 8 Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Engagement

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Social selling. Sounds good, right? Millions of modern marketers from around the globe are discovering that they can use digital channels to reach their buyers online. Sounds simple, obvious really. “We’ll use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook to post information and images about what we do and they... Please click through to finish reading the article.
  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

    Vanessa DiMauro
    9 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    And yet despite all the strategic planning most firms to progress or grow sales, marketing, and operations, they forgo including their digital footprint. The trend that we are seeing especially with mid to large sized organizations is that... social business activities at some firms aren't aligned... Please click through to finish reading the article.
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Best Practices, Inspiring Reading and Marketing Smarts

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Small Business Reading List Articles You May Have Missed this Week By Rieva Lesonsky Best Practices Read about the power of failure, finding your voice & one man’s quest to “save” kids thru entrepreneurship What can you learn from working in a restaurant? Inspiring! This entrepreneur discovered gender-neutral before Target & launched a kid’s clothing line Marketing Smart Get better results from your blog 7 secrets to getting PR to work for you Money Matters 5 warning signs you’re headed for a cash crunch How an origination fee impacts your loan Debt or equity financing:…
  • Mixing the Perfect Sales Cocktail

    Rieva Lesonsky
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Anthony Caliendo Sales can be complicated! Whether you’re a career sales professional or just starting your first sales job, being a good salesperson can be frustrating and complex. Different factors contribute to sales complexity: Being able to find the right lucrative opportunity Having access to the right resources Selling the right product or service that appeals to businesses and consumers Developing effective lead generating techniques Learning how to navigate through a complex sale I’ve watched sales professionals expend an enormous amount of energy making sure all these…
  • The Coming War Against “Contract Employees” [Part 1 of 2]

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico It’s amazing to me how many significant new legal and tax developments take place during the summer months. Each year, while most of us are baking on a beach, walking through the woods or treating ourselves to truffles at a trattoria in Taormina, lawmakers and judges are quite busy making disruptive changes to our world. Two summertime developments are especially worthy of note: A decision by the California Franchise Tax Board saying that Uber drivers should be classified  “employees” rather than “independent contractors” for tax purposes; and A decision by the…
  • Breaks at Work: How Many Should We Take and How Often for Peak Productivity?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    BRAIN DEAD. We’ve all felt it, but what is it really? That feeling of being “brain dead” or a lack of productivity is nothing an employer wants, but something that managers don’t always understand either. Research done in the past two decades, however, goes far in convincing managers that significant, frequent breaks result in peak productivity. This article covers the recent research about optimal break intervals, duration and forms that achieve optimal productivity. Optimal Break Periods and How They Help The research seems to agree: breaks as often as every hour keep employees…
  • What Can You Learn By Working in a Restaurant? Just About Everything

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:31 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that one in three Americans had their first job in the restaurant industry? I didn’t—but when you think about it, that stat makes a whole lot of sense, because working in the restaurant industry offers a real-life education in an incredible range of transferable job skills. Just consider what’s involved in being part of the team in a typical restaurant operation. Employees must learn how to deal with the…
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    MLM Blog - Network Marketing Blog

  • Vemma CEO B.K. Boreyko Responds

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Just saw this on Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko’s Facebook page: Hello Vemma faithful – Just wanted to clear up a couple of phone calls I’ve received about moving to other companies. Although I know there’s panic out there, I want you to hear it from me…hang tight. We have a hearing scheduled for September 3rd. I think we’ll win. Until then, I know you want to do the best for your teams and that’s a sign of great leadership. I will and have always complied with the court’s order in this matter. I’m the kind of guy that would never violate the…
  • Loyalty To Vemma

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Let me start by giving you my opinion about Vemma’s fight with the FTC. I think that Vemma has great products and solid leadership and I believe that the company will eventually settle it’s fight with the FTC and if I were in Vemma, I would (at least) wait to see what happens on September 3rd when the Vemma and the FTC will meet in front of a judge. That’s just my opinion and I’m not a lawyer, even though I would play a darn good one on TV. That said, I want to talk about loyalty. Earlier today, I saw a Facebook post from Ted Nuyten, the founder of…
  • FTC Says Vemma Is A Pyramid Scheme

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The Federal Trade Commision has halted operations at Vemma due to concerns that the Arizona company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. “Rather than focusing on selling products, Vemma uses false promises of high income potential to convince consumers to pay money to join their organization…We are also alleging that Vemma is an illegal pyramid scheme.” Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection – Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection One very concerning detail most people are not talking about is that the FTC named a…
  • Vemma Shut Down By FTC

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Network Marketing company Vemma has been targeted by the FTC. Currently, there are very few facts available for this story. I reached out to Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko but have not heard back from him at this point. Today’s post will be broken down into three parts. What I know, What I Hear and some commentary. Here is what I know: Access to brand partner back office and ordering of products has been cut off. There has been no official announcement from B.K. Boreyko, Vemma or the FTC. So where does that leave us, information wise? The rumor mill. So, where is what I have heard: The…
  • MLM and Network Marketing Internet ListBuilding

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Today I want to talk about something that makes my stomach turn. I literally kissed away hundreds of thousands of dollars by not focusing on building my list during my early years of marketing online. I didn’t start building my list until I got a slap upside the head from Mike Dillard, Tim Erway and Tom Bell in the frst edition of MLM Traffic Formula. At the time, I was getting huge traffic on my blog, I had personally enrolled over 100 people in my Network Marketing business in less than 12 months and I was raking in commissions as a top 5 affiliate on MIke Dillard’s Magnetic…
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    Springwise

  • Reducing poverty through recycling

    Springwise
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Add / Remove Developing regions rarely have access to waste management, meaning high levels of plastic pollution and terrible recycling rates. These same areas often have chronic unemployment, but some inhabitants earn a meagre living as urban waste pickers. The pickers play a critical role in cleaning up the cities by collecting and selling plastic waste, but they receive very small fees for their service, since prices are dictated by exporters and middlemen. Now, Canadian start-up Plastics for Change is shaking up the system, using mobile technology to create a fair trade model, which will…
  • Fitness wear uses inbuilt resistance to improve workouts

    Springwise
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove Even the most dedicated fitness fanatic has days when they can’t workout for as long as they’d like. Now, Physiclo — previously known as Rxactive — is a line of fitness wear with built-in resistance that can help wearers achieve significantly more from the same exercise regime — including increased muscle activation and more calories burnt. Physiclo garments — users can currently choose from leggings or shorts — feature power mesh panels that generate extra resistance by counteracting the motions of the wearer. This increases the wearers heart rate and helps…
  • App lets travelers order fresh food to take on the plane

    Springwise
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:55 am
    Add / Remove There are certainly some travelers that like airline meals, some even love it enough to have it delivered to their homes, but for everyone else AirGrub is a new app that helps passengers swap their tray of questionable meat and potatoes for an array of fresh food options. The app enables customers to order carry-on meals from any restaurant in the airport — so far it is operating in airports in San Francisco, Boston and New York — and pick them up before boarding. To begin, customers download the free app and enter their travel details — including airport and airline and…
  • App celebrates buskers and lets fans tip them via PayPal

    Springwise
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:24 am
    Add / Remove Everyone has encountered a busker that put a smile on their face at one time or another, whether its the guy playing Hey Jude at 11.30pm on a Friday night or show-stopping drummers entertaining shoppers on a Saturday morning. British cities have a rich culture of street entertainers and now Buskeroo is an app that helps passersby learn more about the buskers who enhance the cities’ atmosphere on a daily basis, and enables them to make a tip via PayPal. Of course, anyone can already tip buskers the traditional way — by throwing some coins in their hat — but often people…
  • Award winning tableware set for Alzheimer’s sufferers

    Springwise
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:13 am
    Add / Remove Those with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer’s, often find eating a difficult and frustrating experience — with regular accidents and spillages. As a result they can end up eating significantly less than they should. Hoping to improve mealtimes for patients and caregivers alike is the Eatwell tableware set, created by Stanford design student Sha Yao, which has over twenty features designed to increase food intake and make the whole experience less traumatic. The Eatwell set was heavily inspired by Yao’s personal experience caring for her grandmother, as well…
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Instinctive Action: How to Maximize Personal Productivity and Energy

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    This is Episode 49 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode former entrepreneur turned Kolbe Certified growth consultant and team builder Jason Cupp sits down to discuss how undertanding your instintive action mode(s) can favorably impact productivity and energy. Jason notes there are many roads one can take to a destination, with none of them being wrong or right. The question is which one is right for you? That understanding can be particularly valuable for business leaders and people working in teams. Instinctive Action Modes Never Change While…
  • Buyers Journey: Mining Insights that Drive Results

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    This is Episode 48 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode Nimble founder Jon Ferrara returns to the show to discuss how the buyers journey has changed and what we need to do to change with it. Prior to Nimble, Jon founded Goldmine in 1989 with a college friend, which he turned into a highly successful venture that he eventually sold to FrontRange. Needless to say, Jon is considered to be one of the top experts in customer relationship management (CRM) and sales force automation (SFA). Stop Sending Generic Marketing Messages It should go without…
  • Social Selling: Taking Action for Your Customers

    Jeff Korhan
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    This is Episode 47 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode we sit down to discuss social selling with Jeffrey Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak and host of The C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett. Jeffrey imparts lessons that dare companies and their leaders to define where they want to go and fearlessly do what it takes to get there, by caring less about conventional wisdom, re-framing limitations, and steamrolling obstacles. Think Big Act Bigger You can tell from the title of Jeffrey Hazylett’s new book, Think Big Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being…
  • Meditation Practice: How to Be a Better You

    Jeff Korhan
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    This is Episode 46 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this espisode we are going to talk about a subject I am very passionate about, and that is the meditation practice. You may be wondering why meditation is being discussed on a business podcast. The reason, in addition to the fact that many of you have asked me to share what I’ve learned as a meditation instructor for nearly 15 years, is that there are many practical benefits to meditation, including greater productivity and creativity, increased energy, and what most people are familiar with – a…
  • Make Marketing Your Art

    Jeff Korhan
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    I just returned from my high school reunion, where I had conversations with dozens of classmates at the peak of their careers. It was the stories of artists whose professions include writing, performing original music that were most interesting. When asked what drives them, all said it was “creating their art,” which I interpret to be personal expression through their chosen craft. Not to take anything away from the rest of us, it occured to me the same is true for business owners and employees alike. Whether we think of it that way or not, our work is our art. To have the…
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    SmartCEO

  • Could putting in those extra hours actually hurt your business?

    Vincent Dajani
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:17 am
    You put in long hours to build and run a successful company. Often, you expect your employees to do the same — put in the hours to get the job done, even if it late nights or weekend office visits. The end result is hopefully a job well done. But, these long hours could actually be hurting your business. Data from the Harvard Business Review article: The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies shows that long hours can do more harm than good. There’s the explanation that “looks at our psychology. In this one, we log too many hours because of a mix of…
  • Q&A: When is mortgage interest NOT deductible?

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Thought Leadership on Tax Planning for the Middle Market presented by Friedman LLP.  When is mortgage interest NOT deductible? Friedman LLP’s Karl Neulinger focuses on this question, which many home owners don’t even know they should be asking. The following transcribes a recent conversation Karl had with a client concerning mortgage interest and how it can impact tax returns. Q. I have a few questions regarding the deductibility of a mortgage. I own a home and am thinking of purchasing a second home. A. Are you going to rent the second home or is this something solely for you and your…
  • Continuing education: a differentiator for the workplace

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Thought Leadership on Workspace Solutions presented by Benhar Office Interiors.  “CFO asks his CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave the company?” CEO answers, ‘What happens if we don’t, and they stay?” At Benhar Office Interiors, we are committed to workplace research and knowledge. We are equally dedicated to delivering effective methods of educating and empowering our customers to create great places to work and learn. We consider this commitment a differentiator. In an effort to demonstrate this, we developed a continuing education…
  • How to implement new technology in the workplace

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Insights presented by Sterling National Bank. Focus on research, planning, and execution. When your team is making tech advances, such as new mobile capabilities on the sales floor or rolling out a new tracking software, consider these three tips. Examine the issue. Before implementing a new technological service, first consider the problem this intends to resolve. Ask questions while researching a new system: Will this best meet the needs of the team? How long will this potential solution remain effective, and what will the cost of upgrading or changing be in…
  • 5 reasons your business can’t ignore new geo-targeted mobile advertising methods

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Thought Leadership on Mobile Marketing presented by Spokes Marketing.  Looking to drive in customers when they’re nearby – whether at home, work, or on the go? New mobile advertising efforts, like using an in-app platform can do just that! Here are five reasons why you’d want to do this NOW: 1.    The average person spends 86 percent of their time on their mobile device in apps – You can be there, where most marketers aren’t. Did you know that the average consumer spends 34 hours a month on their mobile device? Think about it. How often are you e-mailing, texting and LIVING…
 
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Feeling Blue? Or Red?

    Brad
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ever wonder where that saying originated? Why is blue sometimes used synonymously with being sad? The psychology of color and how it affects us has always fascinated me. Understanding the basics of color psychology can make an enormous impact on how we design. One important thing to note is that these are not hard and fast rules. Our backgrounds, cultures and even our personalities affect how we perceive color and the feelings we have toward each one. Over the years, U.S. researchers have come to a general consensus. White Commonly used to represent purity and innocence. White also provides…
  • Crop Rotation

    Lorraine
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    A good farmer knows that if he wants to get the best yield he needs to rotate his crops every year. Planting the same thing year after year actually drains the soil of important nutrients. So to keep yields high, the crops are rotated. Right about now you are probably thinking, “Well that is nice to know if I ever decide to close my business and buy a farm”. But don’t leave yet! Business owners can learn an important marketing lesson from farmers. In many ways marketing is a lot like farming. We plant seeds, carefully nurture our seedlings and hope for a good crop of sales at some…
  • The Secret Life of a Content Writer

    Jennifer Yeadon
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a content writer. At the mention of these two words, they gasp, “content writer?!?” And I nod my head, yes, knowing they’re suddenly envisioning fancy Great Gatsby-esque parties, whirlwind yacht cruises across the world and frequent dinners with royalty. It’s true, all true, but I’ll tell you, it’s not all glamorous parties, early 20th century cocktails and yacht tours of the world when you’re a content writer, no sir, sometimes you have to get down to work. So, when I do get down to work, what is it that I, and other…
  • Perfect Pumpkin Flavored Web Designs

    Peter
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Full-disclosure: This is seasonal-themed click-bait preying on your love of flannel, falling leaves and pie. It’s fall. Calling it now. I realize the fall equinox isn’t quite here yet, but I’m just so excited for pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin candies and pumpkin spiced everythings. So why not pumpkin-spiced websites? The web designs below combine the best qualities of fall (crisp and colorful) with the best qualities of pumpkin-things (rich, satisfying, lightly sweet, mostly orange). Comment comment.fr So, this website is in French. But it doesn’t matter because the…
  • Twitter for Beginners

    Leisha Jenkins
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You want to make a splash on Twitter, but where to start? Click the pen icon and get to writing. Remember, you only have 140 characters to get your point across, so make it snappy. (Characters include punctuation, spaces, links and hashtags). It’s easier to learn your way around Twitter before beginning to tweet, so follow my lead as we walk through a few of the basics. At Symbol @: This symbol allows you to tweet at someone. This symbol allows you to reply to or communicate directly with someone. This tweet will appear in their mentions and let others know someone is talking about…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 3 Tips To Make Managing Employees Easier

    Patricia Lotich
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Managing employee performance can be one of the most challenging aspects of a supervisor’s job. But when done strategically, and with an end in mind, it can be a positive, and even rewarding, experience for both parties. When I speak to managers, I try to help them understand that managing employees and administering performance appraisals should be a part of how things are done and ingrained into the culture of the organization. Read the Full Article →The post 3 Tips To Make Managing Employees Easier appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 8 Tips for…
  • Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline

    Patricia Lotich
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Managers hope that employees follow policy, accomplish goals and get along with co-workers. Unfortunately, there are times when that does not happen and managers are forced to correct and discipline employees.  This is one of the least favorite responsibilities of a manager – but a necessary  part of  managing employee performance. Read the Full Article →The post Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change How…
  • Free Customer Comment Card Template

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to understand the experience and expectations of their customers. Assessing your customer needs and expectations is part of managing customer satisfaction.  There are several ways to obtain customer feedback – focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys and text analytics.  But the main goal of a customer comment card process is to capture the customer experience when it is fresh in the customer’s mind. Read the Full Article →The post Free Customer Comment Card Template appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also…
  • What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews?

    Patricia Lotich
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    I was recently asked to provide the definition of a focus group, how to conduct a focus group interview and what is the purpose of focus group interviews.  Focus groups are forums used to gather qualitative data on the customer experience. This  is a widely used marketing tool which helps organizations develop products and services that are influenced by participating customers. Read the Full Article →The post What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Business Planning 2011: What Organizations Should Focus on…
  • Top 10 Customer Service Irritants

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Customer service has come a long way – at least we think. The past century has provided businesses with new technologies that help the business owner to keep in contact with their customers and to modify products based on customer feedback. We can all remember a time when we had an over the top customer experience. Read the Full Article →The post Top 10 Customer Service Irritants appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 7 Steps to Creating a Customer Service Strategy 7 Customer Service Tips 8 Steps for Creating a Customer Service System
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    Fizzle

  • Zero Budget Marketing: Growth Hacking, Guerrilla Marketing, and More Buzzy Marketing Tactics (FS126)

    Chase Reeves
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this episode, we take a question from a listener, mold it a bit to fit our broader audience, and then dive deep on how to grow a company (and when you know it’s time to focus on growth). If you prefer reading over listening (or just want to refer back to the concepts), read on to learn more about zero-budget marketing. It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download Tim from GetUpShop.com asks: If you were running this business in Asia and only had $1000 a month to spend on…
  • New! Lifestyle Business Weekly: Episodes 1 and 2

    Corbett Barr
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    I just launched a new weekly video show, and the first two episodes are available today! Lifestyle Business Weekly is a show and weekly email for people interested in lifestyle business and independent entrepreneurship. Episode 1: Finding Yourself & The Truth About Passive Income Episode 2: Humble Beginnings, Business Plans and 100 Days Without Fear If you want to support the new show, here’s how you can help: 1) Please watch an episode when you have time (episodes will be 10-15 minutes long) and send me your feedback. Just leave a comment on an episode (or in the comments below)…
  • How to Name Your Business (download this 10-category evaluation worksheet)

    Chase Reeves
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this article I want to show you a method to get away from the gross, subjective confusion that clouds your business name decision making. You’ve felt that cloudiness if you’ve ever tried to name a business before. I was recently with a group of people trying to name their real estate company. We spent several hours talking about options, took a break, and then someone came up with another name idea and the conversation started all over again. No decisions being made, no progress, no clients being helped or revenue coming in… just a handful of name options and no way to decide…
  • How Do You Know What Content To Create? (FS125)

    Chase Reeves
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The content you publish could be an evergreen source of traffic, revenue, brand love and loyalty. Or it could be a total waste of time and effort. So how do you know what content to create? In this episode we'll show you how to decide what questions you should spend time answering for your audience, including ways to learn right now from other peoples' audiences (in case you haven't built your own yet). Click play, subscribe in your podcast app, download it for later or do whatever it is you do with these episodes, but please, for all our sakes, enjoy yourself. It’s better…
  • How to Create a Simple, Effective One-Page Business Plan (Use This Free Template)

    Steph Crowder
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    It’s been said that goals without plans are little more than daydreams. While it’s great to have dreams, my guess is that you’d like your business to be built on something more substantial than some hopes and wishes. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, and a pilot wouldn’t fly an airplane without a flight map. So why doesn’t every single entrepreneur have a written strategy to serve as a guide through the ups and downs of business building? You need a plan for your business Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a business plan needs to…
 
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • Should you Register or Incorporate Your Small Business?

    Ronika Khanna
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    One of first decisions you have to make when embarking on your small business venture is the type of business structure to select.  There are essentially two choices – business registration (sole proprietorship or partnership) or incorporation.  Like many small business decisions, the answer can be ambiguous and depends on the business owner’s specific set of circumstances Business RegistrationRegistered businesses are simply an extension of the individual and as such the regulatory and tax obligations are relatively minimal .  Setting up a registered business is a fairly…
  • Guidance on Deducting Home Office Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    8 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    One of the benefits of having a home based business (for freelancers, self employed contractors and small business owners) is that you can deduct the expenses relating to the space that you use to work.  This can result in a significant reduction in your tax bill for costs that you would incur regardless, giving you one more reason to love being your own boss.   Criteria for Deductibility:For home office expenses to be deductible, they have to meet the following criteria: It has to be your principal place of business i.e. you cannot deduct home office expenses if…
  • Pricing Small Business Services: 3 Considerations

    Ronika Khanna
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    One of the most challenging aspects of starting a new business is knowing what to charge for your services.  In economics terms, the ideal price is where demand meets supply.  The problem, of course, is that at the beginning we tend to have a lot more supply than demand. This can lead to imprudent pricing decisions. Below are 3 considerations to take into account when determining the price for your services: Projected Earnings: A good starting point is to determine how much you could earn if you were employed full time, and translate this to an hourly rate.   It is…
  • 8 Inexpensive Ways to Build a Client Base

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Perhaps the most daunting aspect of starting a new small service based business is building a client base.  Of course, there is nothing quite so exciting as getting those first few clients. When trying to generate new business, it is important to cast a wide net as you never know where potential clients may be lurking.  There are many ways to build a client base, even with limited resources, some of which are discussed below: Word of Mouth:  Perhaps, no other form of promotion is as powerful as a recommendation from someone you know. You should let family, friends, former…
  • Prevent Cash Flow Crises with these Ten Tips:

    Ronika Khanna
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    One of the most pervasive problems that face small business owners, particularly in the initial and growth stage of their enterprise, is maintaining sufficient cash flow.  Many businesses with great potential have suffered an untimely demise due to their inability to pay their suppliers, employees and revenue agencies (always pay your government obligations otherwise Revenue Canada and Quebec will take matters into their own hands and potentially freeze your bank accounts).   Often these issues can be prevented through a greater awareness of your small business’ cash flow…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan » Blogging

  • Inbound Sales Tips for Marketers – [ Blab Video Interview ]

    George Thomas
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Have you ever wanted your sales team to get excited about utilizing inbound marketing content within the sales process? In this blab, George Thomas, Don Stanley and I share some recent stories, break down new research results, and detail some tried-and-true tactics to help you inspire more inbound sales love and collaboration. Watch the video… The post Inbound Sales Tips for Marketers – [ Blab Video Interview ] appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 58: #Inbound15 App, Seaport Parties, Inbound Networking, & FREE T-Shirts

    George Thomas
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 058         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Next WEEK!!! Get Packing!!! Parties Seaport Parties are… The post The Hubcast 58: #Inbound15 App, Seaport Parties, Inbound Networking, & FREE T-Shirts appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 69: Using Content Marketing to Improve Workplace Culture

    Marcus Sheridan
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    Hey folks! It’s podcast time– a recording done in Scotland And in this episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast, we cover the following: The debate between “teaching-style” content vs. “news-style” content (what you should be focusing on) How to use content marketing to improve your company’s culture How to properly optimize case studies on your… The post Mad Marketing 69: Using Content Marketing to Improve Workplace Culture appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Best Ways to Get Prepared for Inbound 2015 interview with Markiesha Ollison

    George Thomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Excited about INBOUND 2015? In this interview, I get a chance to talk to Markiesha Ollison from HubSpot. She is a member of the HubSpot Academy team. One fun part of this interview is that it is our first Blab.im interview. Even better, it was Markiesha’s first time on Blab. Best Ways to Get Prepared for… The post Best Ways to Get Prepared for Inbound 2015 interview with Markiesha Ollison appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab

    George Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 057         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Inbound is only two weeks away! Random free t-shirts: Monday… The post The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
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    Ventureneer - Small Business

  • Profit Is Nice. Margins Are Even Better

    Geri Stengel
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most people who own a company would say that a big reason they’re in business is to make money. There’s more to being successful, however, than the absolute dollar amount you bring in. Revenue and profit are important, but alone they do not provide the full picture of a company’s overall health. Revenue shows how much you’ve earned and profits show how much money your company has made in absolute terms. Margin ratios, however, offer a look at your profitability by telling you how much you're making relative to your revenue. It's not an absolute…
  • How Equity Crowdfunding Stands to Help Women in Business

    Guest Blogger
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Clark Buckner Female entrepreneurs face certain obstacles that their male counterparts may never have to consider. For instance, according to Ventureneer Founder and President Geri Stengel, women in business typically “start with about half of the capital” that male entrepreneurs do. In her upcoming report on equity crowdfunding for women in business, Stengel hopes to reverse that trend. read more
  • How To Ensure An Angel Or VC Is The Right Match For You

    Geri Stengel
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Like marriage, the relationship between an entrepreneur and her investor can go wrong. The relationship is more than just money and it’s important to know if you’re compatible. “You may not be getting married forever, but you are shacking up for a long time,” said Lori Hoberman, Chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice, Chadbourne & Parke. read more
  • How To Learn To Speak 'Entrepreneur' Like A Native

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Julia Pimsleur grew up speaking both English and French. No surprise, her parents developed the highly regarded Pimsleur Method of teaching foreign languages for adults. She knew the benefits of being bilingual — better memory, analytic abilities, and problem-solving skills. She also recognized the value of being multilingual in an increasingly integrated global economy. read more
  • Money's There If Small Businesses Know Where To Look

    Geri Stengel
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The number of women starting businesses is soaring — it’s 50% higher than the overall rate of startup businesses. But the percentage of women-owned businesses that break through the $1 million glass ceiling is less than one third the rate for  businesses led by men. read more
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • ReachLocal Client Increases Revenue by 50% with ReachSearch

    Stephanie Heitman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    When Cory “Redd” Redding, former NFL player and owner of Redd’s Barbershop in Austin, Texas, started thinking about expanding his business nationwide, he knew he needed to invest in some kind of digital marketing to increase his current customer base and attract quality leads. After speaking with a Redd’s Barbershop regular and ReachLocal employee, Redding started using ReachSearch™, ReachLocal’s search engine marketing solution, to target new leads. Take a look at some of his results. Targeted Campaign The ReachLocal team regularly collaborated with Redding and his general…
  • Are You Making These Common Website Mistakes?

    Jenni Williams
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:56 pm
    As the old saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Your website is often the first impression that consumers get of your business, and since 85% of consumers will abandon a site if it’s poorly designed, that first impression can be critical for growing your business. So, how do you know if your website is making the right impression and helping you turn visitors into leads? In our next webinar coming September 16, we’ll cover 10 common website mistakes and provide tips for fixing these issues on your own website. We’ll also show real before and after…
  • Google’s 3-Pack Shakes up Local Listings

    Stephanie Heitman
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Google’s latest update to how it displays search results impacts the local pack, often referred to as the “7-pack.” Now, instead of showing seven results in the local pack, Google shows only three local results. This change has led to a large increase in how often the local pack appears in the number one spot. While the 7-pack occupied the number one spot in only 25% of searches, a recent study shows that the 3-pack appears in this spot 93% of the time. This change also impacts the way users access information through the local pack. In the 7-pack, contact information was listed…
  • Tips for responding to negative reviews from our recent webinar with Yelp

    Jenni Williams
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Earlier this month, we hosted a joint webinar with Yelp to talk about best practices for managing online reviews and the impact those reviews have on your SEO results. On the webinar, Darnell Holloway from Yelp outlined a great method for dealing with negative reviews called “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”   Stop: Don’t respond immediately to a negative review. A good rule of thumb is to sleep on it. Waiting to respond gives you time to calm down and compose a well-thought-out response. Drop: Drop any pride and defensiveness from your response. While you’re at it, have a trusted friend…
  • ReachLocal CEO: How to Choose the Right Digital Marketing Partner [Video]

    Stephanie Heitman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Running a small business means you may not always have the time and resources you need to consistently market your business online. In fact, an estimated 77 percent of small business owners don’t have time to effectively manage their digital marketing. Choosing the right digital advertising and marketing provider can help simplify your efforts and deliver results like leads and customers — not just clicks and visits to your website. But how do you find the right digital marketing provider for you? With so many options, it can be difficult to choose a partner that will best meet your…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • The Non-Salesy Guide to Writing a Letter to Potential Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Sep 2015 | 1:11 am
    When I wrote the post, Approach Potential New Clients Without Cold Calling,  I mentioned a letter you should send. Please read this post before you continue here so that you have the right context and know what to do with the letter.Recently I was talking with a client I realized that although I know exactly what that letter should look like, she probably did not.That is the inspiration for this post. To provide you with a structured guide to create an effective, non-salesy, and original letter that is in your voice.“Why take a generic approach when you can take a personal one.” Click to…
  • Could Group Mentoring Be Something for You?

    Stephanie Ward
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    So here’s the deal. I’m curious, would you be interested in a Group Mentoring Program?The goal of the program is to move you forward in your business so you can get the results you’re looking for.Fit For YouThis is for you if: 1. One-on-one private coaching with me is not currently in your budget or 2. You’re the kind of person who thrives when working in groupsThis is a rough idea of what it could look like and I’m happy to consider your clever suggestions and ideas.Length & Number in GroupsIt would be a 6 month commitment for a maximum of 4 people per group. We would meet…
  • What Won’t Happen if You Give Away Great Content

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Do you ever wonder if you’re giving away too much of your knowledge? Afraid perhaps that if you share your best stuff in your ezine or on your blog that people won’t need to hire you? It’s actually the opposite. Watch this short video to find out more.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank Click to TweetFor more on this topic and where to draw the line between free and paid check out my post, Why You Should Stop…
  • Why You Must Ask & How to Handle No

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you want to increase the visibility of your small business, you need cooperation from other people. And to gain cooperation, you will have to ask people to do things.And when you ask people for things, sometimes you will get a ‘yes’ and sometimes you will get a ‘no.’How do you handle that? It’s actually possible to get a ‘no’ and not feel bummed out by it. In fact, you can even see it as a good thing. More on all of this in a minute. But first, here are some ideas of things you can ask others for.What to Ask For“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” Maya…
  • Why You Don’t Need to Create New Content & What To Do Instead

    Stephanie Ward
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    Do you ever feel stressed out about having to come up with new content for your blog?Do you wish your blogs posts had more visibility? I address both of these issues in this short video.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:  For more on this idea, see item #6 in this post: Why Your Blog Posts Are Not Being Seen: 9 Ways to Fix This.“The hours that ordinary people waste, extraordinary people leverage.” Robin Sharma Click to TweetHow many times do you share your new blog…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • How To Get Results With Your Email Campaigns

    Wil Hart
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    No doubt this phrase has been ringing in your ears… “You need to be doing email marketing!” It’s a cry heard from the rooftops of every marketing professional around the world, and it’s convinced you that email marketing is the #1 way to build your brand, engage your customers, and increase revenue. So why does it seem like every time you send an email, you end up disappointed? Maybe very few people are opening your emails. Or, perhaps they are opening them but no one is taking action. If you’re mystified as to why email campaigns are supposedly the most effective type of online…
  • How To Concoct Undeniably Irresistible Marketing Offers

    Wil Hart
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    You know that feeling… When it seems like your marketing is falling on deaf ears? If your customer engagement feels more like a monologue than a dialogue, it could be because your strategies are not pulling the right response. In other words, your ‘call to action’ (like click an email link) is either not clear or not compelling. Fortunately for you, there are a lot of great ways to increase engagement and motivate your audience to respond in exactly the way you want (like make a purchase). One simple way to pull a response and engage the customer is by concocting undeniably irresistible…
  • 3 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Increase Attendance At Your Events

    Wil Hart
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    This one strategy can give you the boost you need… Would you implement one new marketing strategy if you could double or even triple your income? Hosting a live event can help you reach your revenue goals faster and more effectively than online marketing efforts alone. By combining online marketing and online registration with the unparalleled power of a live event, you can dramatically increase your leads, connections, and profits both online and offline. If you’ve been thinking of hosting an event but aren’t sure where to start, our 3-step system will help you… 1. Clarify your goals…
  • 25 Proven Ways to Grow Your Email List Fast

    Wil Hart
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    There are many more ways than you think… How many strategies are you using to grow your email list and your business? You’re a savvy small business owner who’s always looking for new, cost-effective ways to market your business. The value of email marketing is clear and you want to take full advantage of this strategy. Have you ever heard the phrase, “the money is in the list”? That can be true if you have a vibrant and responsive group of email subscribers. So, how do you do it? How do you grow a larger, more responsive list of prospects who are hungry for your content, products…
  • 4 Email Marketing Secrets That You Need To Deploy… NOW

    Wil Hart
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    You need to know this… That is the reason I will share all of the details with you right here, right now. As a small business owner, roughly 90% of your business comes from repeat clients and customers. But what about the other 10%? The most successful businesses are the ones that are able to tap into new client bases through marketing and engagement, convert leads into paying customers, and turn customers into repeat clients and brand champions. Since word-of-mouth remains the #1 way to promote your business and increase profits regardless of your industry, engaging your customers and…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • How to Spend Less Time Worrying about Money

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    How many times have you wished you had enough money to quit your job? Or maybe enough money to inject a bunch of cash into your business start-up? Many of us have grown up hearing things like, “money doesn’t grow on trees,” or “the rich get richer.” Let’s not forget the big one, “money is the root of all evil.” As we grow up we begin to say them ourselves. We teach them to our children.
  • Client Payment Problems? Try These 3 Simple Tips

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Kendall SummerHawk Signing up new clients is a joy…unless their payment bounces. If that happens to you, you’re first emotional reaction is to perhaps feel guilty and to ask yourself what you did wrong. To make matters worse, a client whose payment bounces is likely to avoid contacting you, leaving you unclear as to what to do next. If this happens to you, the first thing to realize is
  • Who to Feature in Your Telesummit

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    by Lisa Sasevich A telesummit is primarily a list-building event, where a host interviews a collection of experts on a specific topic over a designated period of time, while a virtual audience tunes in for free. While most telesummits end up being a huge win-win-win for the listeners, the guest experts and the host, occasionally you’ll hear hosts complain that their telesummit didn’t deliver
  • Forget Facebook! 5 Other Ways to Market Your Business Book

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey If you're already a published author, you know that marketing it the tough part--even (in some cases) tougher than writing your book. Without book marketing your book will not sell. You have to let your ideal reader know that your book is out there. In a crowded media marketplace, it's harder to be seen and heard. Which is why you have to find ways to build your platform
  • 3 Mistakes Business Owners Make

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Chris Atley Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time focusing on various strategies, thinking this next “one” will be it. By just doing ______, they will fix all of their problems. This is the farthest thing from the truth. It’s not about adding in one more strategy, it’s about shifting what’s going on in the inside. When you show-up confidently and acting like the expert you are, everything will
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  • #338 How to Use LinkedIn to Sell, Build a Banking Relationship, End Unemployment and Break into the Fitness Industry

    Barry Moltz
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:39 pm
    September 01, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy On episode 338 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we discuss social selling and how to best use LinkedIn to sell. Next, we’ll talk about the helpful role the bank can play in growing your company and why it’s important to build a strong banking relationship. Do you have a solution to end unemployment? My next guest does and he says it can be done despite Congress! Finally, so many people enter the fitness industry and fail, but my final guest is finding success. How is he doing it? All of this and more on this episode of Business Insanity Talk…
  • How to Start a Mommy Blog

    Andrew Wise
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    We will teach you how to start a mommy blog that can make you $100s per month. How many times have you heard your friends or family talk about needing a career change? They feel stuck and unappreciated at work and they come home feeling drained and stressed out. For those who need to make a change, the internet allows anyone to turn a passion into a career. If you’re ready this, you have the time, and you can do it. You can start a blog that will eventually earn revenue even if you have minimal time, little experience and practically no start-up capital. Unlike the offline world with…
  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    August 24, 2015 | By Barry Moltz When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and…
  • Annette Thomas Enterprise.com Email Newsletter Vol 1: Get To Know More On Business Than Anything Else!

    atebusiness
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
        Hello Subscribers:   I would personally like to thank you for signing up for my blog post updates and I hope this newsletter finds you doing well! Annette Thomas Enterprise.com boasts a huge subscriber list and its no surprise that you have taken the time to sign up. You truly are getting “More Content..More Information..More Interesting” content than you can ever imagine. While the core focus of our site is to inform and educate you, the content has changed a bit to include, home and garden, education and career, health and fitness, seasonal tips, food and…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Building the PERFECT About Me Page

    Andrew Wise
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Most bloggers add an about me page, but most do it wrong. Usually they talk to much about themselves… But: You can’t just go on and on about all of your likes and dislikes. Your About Me page, as well as your whole website, needs to be focused and clear. To have a successful website, you need to follow a few guidelines: About “About Me” The About Me page of your website should portray you as an expert in your industry. To put it plainly, your About Me page tells your visitors who you are and what you do. Write the text of your About page in your voice style. Make it…
 
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  • 5 Word-of-Mouth Tips from Small Business Owners

    Eric Groves
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:59 am
    Over the past few months I’ve shared a series of tips for how to generate more word-of-mouth (WOM) for your business. Today’s post is dedicated to sharing the very best word-of-mouth tips from the people who know it best: your fellow small business owners. All of these tips were contributed by members of Alignable, the free social network for small business owners. Generating word-of-mouth for your business starts with providing great service for your customers. But how can you proactively generate and make WOM work for you? Here’s how WOM has worked for other business owners just like…
  • How the Right Partner Helped One Consultant Expand His Services and Add Value to His Clients

    Ryan Pinkham
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Vito Marchese always knew he wanted to be his own boss, which is why he didn’t waste any time starting his company, Whiteboard Studio. “I started my business in 2006, after graduating from The University of Toronto,” Vito explains. “I always knew I wanted to be my own boss, so I started Whiteboard Studio and focused on offering traditional advertising services.” Within a few years, Vito had built a clientele of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. He began looking into new ways to expand his business’s services to help his clients become more successful. “As the market…
  • The Anatomy of a Successful Fundraising Email

    Allison Gauss
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    The trouble is, while email is a powerful communication channel it’s also very crowded and transient. Just as quickly as a donor might arrive at your donation page, they could lose interest or delete the message. Nonprofits must craft smart, engaging emails that their supporters open, read, and act on. In this post, we’ll walk through the mechanics and anatomy of a successful fundraising email — from the attention grabbing subject line to the call to action that inspires a next step. Make your emails count by incorporating these email marketing best practices. Subject lines that stick…
  • How should digital marketing agencies prioritise their services?

    Jeremy Taylor
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Editor’s note: This post comes from our Constant Contact UK office. You can view all the posts from our UK team here. Or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. There are numerous choices involved in prioritising your service offerings. You could focus on services that offer higher profit margins, or services that are appear to have a sudden boom in popularity. Equally, you might want to focus on essential services like web design, email marketing or SEO, which are always in demand. Lilach Bullock, of Comms Axis and a guest speaker in our ‘Growing your digital marketing…
  • Don’t Let Building Your Small Business Up, Run You Down

    Susan Solovic
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you work more than 55 hours a week in your small business? If I’m being honest, my answer is “yes”— which may not be the best news. The British medical journal, “The Lancet,” recently published a study that uncovered many of health issues related to being a workaholic — including alcoholism, depression, type-2 diabetes, or stroke. And there have been many studies over the last decade or so that have found similar associations between overwork and bad health. It’s important to make one thing very clear: these health issues are associated with long hours of work. In…
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  • Black Monday sparks new crisis concerns

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
      Concerns of a new financial crisis were sparked on Monday (August 24th) as the Chinese market suffered its worst day of trading in seven years. Stocks fell by around 8.5%, triggering an economic tsunami that left London and New York reeling as their respective days began trading. News outlets place the total loss in early trading on the FTSE100 at anywhere between about £40 billion and £90 billion – depending on the moment the article was published. Either way, it seems the shockwaves from what has been dubbed China’s ‘Black Monday’ will reverberate in global…
  • Trade credit cover hits all-time high

    HarrietThacker
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:55 am
    The market for trade credit insurance – which protects against the failure of a trading partner – is at an all-time high of £315 billion in the UK, according to the Association of British Insurers. That is the total amount of turnover protected by the trade credit insurance market in 2014, with nearly 10,600 insurance policies taken out over the course of the year. According to the ABI’s figures, more than 10,300 claims were made, but this represent a fall of 1.9% year on year, despite the increasing size of the market by value. The ABI says trade credit cover is…
  • What is a Letter Before Action?

    HarrietThacker
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
      Several debt recovery news articles over the past few days have mentioned the positive effects of a ‘Letter Before Action’, but what exactly is one of those? When you hire a debt recovery firm to pursue a debtor for an overdue payment, the first steps are to try and secure full payment of what is owed, without having to go to court. One part of this is to threaten all of the legally allowable penalties – such as a fixed fee, reasonable debt recovery costs, and statutory interest. But usually when you do this, in the first instance it is because the threat of extra…
  • Outstanding SME invoices total estimated £212bn

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    The total amount owed to SMEs in the UK via outstanding invoices has been placed at an estimated £212 billion in a survey by e-invoicing network Tungsten. Of the 1,000 SMEs surveyed, 23% said they have faced closure in the past due to late payment – and this figure was even higher in some industries, reaching a high of 32% in the technology sector. An average UK SME is owed £40,857 in outstanding invoices at any one time, with £20,937 – just over half of the total – overdue. With 5.2 million SMEs up and down the country, that leads to an estimated £212 billion in…
  • Late payment leaves Lotus suited but not booted

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    The Lotus F1 team were left suited but not booted after a late payment to tyre suppliers Pirelli saw their wheels withheld in Friday practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. As the morning practice session began, the team’s cars were still sitting in the garage, according to reports from several news providers, including the Telegraph. Payments to Pirelli are made on a quarterly basis and this time around, Lotus were due to pay £350,000, the newspaper claimed. But when the money did not transfer – due to a banking technicality, according to Lotus – Pirelli refused to…
 
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  • Make your content more readable

    Martina Iring
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    When you’re putting together online content for your business, especially with your website, you want it to engage, inform, educate and stimulate interest. Making your content reader friendly and easy to digest is an important way to ensure that your content does what it is meant to. You don’t want to create unnecessary roadblocks by making your content difficult to process and access. The experience of your reader is very important! So how can you make your content more readable and more effective? Here are my top tips for readable content… Break it up One of the hardest…
  • Well, hello there self doubt

    Martina Iring
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Things have been pretty intense for me lately. For nearly a year, I’ve been building a house on a small island outside of Vancouver and living in my parents basement while I’m doing it. Pretty much every weekend has been spent up there working away on our new home and for the most part, the only days off were when I was sick. A very busy and intense time on so many levels for me personally, and running a small business on top of it all. Did I mention I’ve been living at my parents? No better way to expedite self-healing and come face to face with all the dark bits that you…
  • Lay the search marketing foundation for your small business

    Martina Iring
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I think that the most common question that I get from small business owners is “how do I get my site higher up in search rankings?” A very good question and the answer will depend on each business and each industry. However, there is a basic search marketing foundation that I recommend needs to be laid for any business. With this in place, it’s then time to start looking at different search tactics. So what is this foundation? Google Analytics and Webmaster First and foremost, you need to have website tracking in place. The free Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools are invaluable…
  • Tracking your website – the difference between Google Analytics and AWStats

    Martina Iring
    26 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Google Analytics When it comes to online marketing for your small business, the big kahuna, undoubtedly, is your website. As part of your marketing efforts, you should be checking on your website traffic statistics to find out the number of website visitors, on what page they enter/exit, what search terms they used to find your site, what country they’re from…the list goes on. Getting this information is called “tracking your website”. AWStats There are two common means by which you can access this information: Google Analytics and AWStats. Google Analytics is a free…
  • Marketing quick tip – get the proper Google+ tagline (the most important part of your profile!)

    Martina Iring
    15 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    If you’re going to be active on Google Plus, making the effort to add others to circles and start doing some connecting and networking, there is one crucial thing that you must do to ensure that your efforts aren’t in vain. It’s something that I see missing on profiles ALL the time. The summary blurb or as G+ calls it, the tagline. Why is it so important? First and foremost, it lets people know what you are about. So it’s a key part of getting yourself out there! But also, very importantly, the way that the Google+ platform works means that it is absolutely crucial to…
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  • How do I get into the New York Times?

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:07 pm
    It's been about seven years since I sat across the dinner table from Cameron who had the honor of being invited to celebrate Gary Vaynerchuk's 300th video blog for Wine Library TV. After dinner, my new friend says to connect and follow Gary V - and so I did.  No, we are not best friends (though I do have a book Gary V signed saying: "To my new BFF") but he does remain an inspiration and resource. What you may not know is that Gary Vaynerchuk is on HubSpot's advisory board.  As a HubSpot partner and perpetual inbound marketer, I appreciate working with a company with such an…
  • Improving Teamwork and Avoiding Gobbledygook

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The term “teamwork” is overused and can easily become gobbledygook. Memberships, businesses, schools, and your business all say “Having teamwork helps to create success”.  There is no disagreement that teamwork offers an advantage.  Even those who appear to be independent have a team of supporters, trainers, cheerleaders, service providers and generous skeptics. When it comes to talking about teamwork, you will hear “Yes!” Talking about the concept is certainly a positive step. Singing songs, playing games, and keeping an open door for communication are all good but…
  • An Entrepreneur Reality

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Perfect. Everything is going as planned.If you think in terms of poking the box. Poke, adjust, poke, adjust.  What happens when we do this? I love when reality bears its head and says “I am reality". Reality: “I do not want to be front and center in public and the reason this works” By being more anonymous than a public leader…  people will judge on title/content/relevance. (and unsubscribe) If the entrepreneur or business owner is a “behind the scenes” leader, then it may be time to select a dynamic business avatar. It’s personal for entrepreneurs. When anyone snubs a…
  • Turn Someone Into a Super-Hero

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:11 pm
    You have powers you have not yet fully realized. Within your grasp are talented people, tools and opportunities to make an impact in a bigger way. As you watch this video, consider what a talented team of artists & entrepreneurs can do to help you go bigger: Every week you meet someone and think to yourself: "They are amazing! I wish there was something special I could do to let them know how much they are appreciated!" As you see in the video, you can have a comic book story made and highlight that person as a superhero and have a superhero poster made. They are selling the comic book…
  • Phil Knight proved taglines are useless until...

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Regarding the tagline you are thinking about:  What activities or action helps people know the truth, regardless of the message in marketing or advertising? As someone who has just met your company today, if you say "we are committed to customer service and satisfaction," I am not convinced.  Everyone says that. A potential tagline of "An unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction over all else!" is a long way from the real message of success shared in this article "Knight Vision". Read the article and note the priority to support to help specific athletes become superstars: It…
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Tasty Recipes For Your Labor Day Cookout

    Steve Eastlack
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:23 pm
    How do you plan to celebrate the holiday? If you’re like most people, you are planning a cookout. To help you celebrate Labor Day in style, we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite recipes that’ll ensure your cookout is the best in the neighborhood. Here is just a handful of recipes that’ll send your taste buds on a roller coaster ride. I wanted to add more, but unfortunately, this list is never ending so I did my best to shorten it. There are just too many good recipes to share! Anyways, take a look at these 5: Rosmary Ranch Chicken Kabobs BBQ Pork for…
  • [Remodeling Mastery] Creating a World Class Team: Retain & Develop Talent

    Steve Eastlack
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Register for our Remodeling Success Webinar with presenters Mark Richardson and Chad Hatfield Today we conclude the Creating a World Class Team 3 part series. Part 1 was about building and creating the right company culture. Part 2 was about finding the talent. Now in Part 3, Mark explains how you should think about retaining and developing talent within your organization. The theme Mark talks about in his book Fit to Grow revolves around people any why they are your greatest asset. It’s a philosophy Mark lives and breathes. Think about it, an asset is merely an investment, and your…
  • [Video] Home Improvement Marketing Tips for a Constantly Connected World

    Steve Eastlack
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:48 am
    If you missed our latest webinar, Google Tools for the Home Services Business Owner, it was a doozy! Sheldon Bernstein, a Partner Trainer for Google, presented for hundreds of contractors in the home improvement industry on how to use Google My Business, Google Analytics, Google Maps, and Google AdWords to improve their digital marketing and online presence. He gave actionable insights that if implemented now, can yield significant results for your business. Watch the video and save the presentation from this exclusive event to learn key home improvement marketing tips directly from Google…
  • 6 thoughts for Home Remodeling Websites Inspired by a Visit to IKEA

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:16 pm
    As I stepped into IKEA, I thought about a conversation we had with Chad Hatfield, of Hatfield builders in Dallas. Chad is also the star of the Model ReModel project. A professional remodeler’s website should inspire more than just inform, show a visitor the possibilities that they can never imagine they could do with their home. If you need a deck, searching for someone to build a deck, you should go to a remodeler website that shows different possibilities that you never knew existed. You can get insights for success in your remodeling business by hearing Chad Hatfield, a highly…
  • Grow Your Business Following These Steps to Success From Remodeling Experts

    Steve Eastlack
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Date: September 17 Time: 4:00 pm EST Location: Where you are most comfortable To register for this webinar click here! Join us to hear from two of the foremost leading experts in the remodeling industry on what steps your home improvement business can take to be more successful. Mark Richardson, Business Strategies Advisor, Speaker, National Educator and Business Growth Expert. Author of “How Fit Is Your Business?: A Complete Checkup and Prescription for Better Business Health” and “Fit to Grow: 12 Business Themes for Growth” Chad Hatfield, the Owner & President of Hatfield…
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  • How To Be A Successful Entrepreneur - Interview With Jerome Katz Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Louis University

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Be A Successful Entrepreneur - Interview With Jerome Katz Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Louis University In this podcast we have the pleasure of interviewing Jerome Katz, Professor Of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University. In the interview, Professor Katz comments on what he believes are the keys to being a successful entrepreneur, trends in small business today, information on what marketing methods have the best ROI for entrepreneurs and tips on hiring your first employees. In the podcast, Professor Katz outlines what he has found in his research and personal experience…
  • How To Increase Sales From Your Website - The Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Increase Sales From Your Website - Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately In this blog post, we have posted the video for an online seminar we held recently. The seminar was titled, "How To Increase Sales From Your Website." The seminar covers key definitions to terms used for websites and SEO, keys to higher conversion rates, the basics of A/B page testing, the keys to creating high-quality content, and a quick overview of website statistics and website sales tracking. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post where we have a list of the top 13 things you can do immediately to increase…
  • Social Media Marketing Services - The Top 7 Reasons Why To Spend That Money On Local SEO Services Instead

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Social Media Marketing Services The Top 7 Reasons Why to Spend That Money on Local SEO Services Instead  In this blog article and podcast, we are going to talk about the social media marketing services versus SEO marketing services. The primary goal of this content is to explain the top reasons to spend a marketing budget on SEO instead of social media.   
  • Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important This may seem like a no-brainer, right? Improving your website conversion rate means more people are taking actions that you would want them to take. This could mean an increase in email addresses provided, leads for sales or even direct sales from the website. Overall improving your website’s conversion rate can only mean good things for your business, but the few direct results seen above are just the end means of the process. There are plenty of reasons why a website’s conversion rate is important and…
  • How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company Search engine optimization has proven itself to be a highly effective marketing tool, and because of its success a lot of businesses have hired individuals or companies to provide SEO services. One of the problems many business people run into when hiring these consultants is that they’re unsure of how to audit them. Like other marketing services, it’s incredibly important to audit your SEO company to ensure they’re providing you with the maximum return on investment, and that their efforts are being focused in the correct…
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  • Expectations of Slower Economic Growth Ahead Buoyed by CEO Confidence

    Leon Shapiro
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Only 30% of CEO respondents in the August WSJ/Vistage Small Business CEO Survey expect the economy to improve during the year ahead, down from 33% Read More The post Expectations of Slower Economic Growth Ahead Buoyed by CEO Confidence appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Human Error in Cost Accounting: The Facts are These

    Curt Finch
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Chances are, we have all quoted this saying at some Read More The post Human Error in Cost Accounting: The Facts are These appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Are You Asking the Right Questions?

    Rick McPartlin
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you want to continually grow and produce more profit, which questions do you need to ask? Do you ask sales questions – get sales Read More The post Are You Asking the Right Questions? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • What Family-Owned Businesses Can Learn from Scout and Atticus

    Lorri Allen
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    You don’t read fiction you tell yourself. You’re just too busy. But you loved To Kill a Mockingbird when you studied it in high school, Read More The post What Family-Owned Businesses Can Learn from Scout and Atticus appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Bringing Your Brand Abroad: 4 Steps to Going Global

    Kim Castleberry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Eric Bershad started Phillip Jeffries, a wall coverings company, in the early 1970’s with less than $5,000 in his pocket and three cases of Japanese Read More The post Bringing Your Brand Abroad: 4 Steps to Going Global appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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  • Impatient to grow your business? Do this first!

    EA
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    When thinking of growing and scaling up your business, its very important that you work out those parts of the business that are profitable and can be replicated before you start to embark on an expansion plan. The reason being, attempting to scale a business that isn’t profitable is a bit like trying to be a Silicon Valley tech start up without the innovation or backing of super rich investors. Tech start-ups and other highly technical niche industries are the only ones allowed to scale before being profitable. This is because they are dancing to a different music and have different…
  • What I did when I had no money to pay for help

    EA
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    What do you do when you have no money, feel stuck and your business just isn’t generating the income you want  – no NEED it to? This week, I’ve met a few people who have unfortunately found themselves in this situation.  They recognise that they desperately need help but unfortunately don’t feel they can afford the help at the moment. They need help to break the cycle but they can’t afford it. It’s a typical life challenge. When things are this bad, you need help. Particularly if you’ve tried your best and things are not changing and have not changed for a long period of…
  • Give Yourself Some Credit

    EA
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    July 10th was my husbands 40th birthday. We decided to take a family trip overseas (that is us in the picture with our son and niece on our way to Niagara Falls in Canada) to get away from the day to day humdrum of family life and really take time to reflect and create some powerful memories for this special occasion. It’s been a wonderfully magical time being together as a family with none of the stresses of the school run, work and other obligations. The experience made me realize that as a family with two parents who work incredibly hard at our careers and businesses, making the…
  • Whose shoes are you trying to fill

    EA
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:22 am
    One of the questions I’ve been asked the most recently since my recent business acquisition at www.forwardladies.com is “How do you intend to fill your predecessors big shoes”? or people commenting “You have some big shoes to fill? These questions would have been intimidating some 5 years ago when I still lived my life trying to be all things to all people – a people pleaser who tried too hard to fit in and to get everybody’s approval and acceptance. I’m so grateful for the fact that I’m now in a place where I now know that no one can ever fill someone else’s shoes. My…
  • How NOT to invite a connection on LinkedIn

    Griselda K Togobo
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:09 pm
    I may just be feeling a bit grumpy but I really am bothered by the LinkedIn invites I’ve been receiving lately. I’m bothered enough to take time out to write this article. I’ve over 1000+ connections on LinkedIn. Mostly people I’ve met whilst networking. Others are people I’ve come to know really well whilst others I don’t know at all. I tend to accept most invitations provided they look “normal”. I accept “alien” invitations because I’ve been contacted by people who have become clients before, so I monitor that inbox regularly. Lately though, I’m…
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    The Deluxe Blog

  • Considering a Website Redesign? Try These 3 Steps First.

    Nalie Lee-Heidt<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Nalie_Lee_Heidt_Profile.jpg" alt="Nalie Lee-Heidt" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    Are you not getting the results you want from your website? Or does your website just feel outdated? If these are the reasons you want to redesign, stop! Consider the learn à build à measure approach before starting a redesign. Here’s why: It will save you time.  If you have ever experienced a website redesign, it’s a lot of work! Consider incrementally updating your website. This will produce quicker learnings without waiting weeks or even months building something from scratch. It will save you money. Redesigns can be spendy. You may need new graphics or imagery, new technology or…
  • Why High Security Checks Are Worth It!

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    You may not use checks in your personal life as much as you once did, but they’re still an essential part of your business’s daily transactions. Unfortunately, criminals know this fact, making checks a target for fraud. While occurrences of check fraud are much lower than credit cards, the average damage is much higher. In fact, research from The Federal Reserve shows small businesses lose more than $1200 on an unauthorized check transaction, vs. $138 on average for general purpose credit cards. Armed with that knowledge, what can you do to protect your small business and your checks?
  • 12 Ways to Create a Logo Design You’ll Love

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Creating a great logo takes time, a solid process and perhaps a few revisions to get a logo you really love. Since your logo is oftentimes the most visible way your customers connect to your brand, you want to make sure your final design is memorable. Not sure where to start with your logo design? Sure, it’s a big project, but breaking the design process down into smaller steps can help you from beginning to end. It’s definitely worth the time and effort to land on a logo design your customers will remember. Start by choosing a design team to help you map out your logo design…
  • Building an Authentic Brand: One Startup Brewery’s Mission

    Rachael Carlson<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Rachael_BWCrop-150x150.png" alt="Rachael Carlson" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    When it comes to craft beer or really just beer in general, Hunter S. Thompson put it simply: “Good people drink good beer.” That’s exactly what Amy Shindorf and Brad Bellinger, owners of Four Leaf Brewing in Clare, Michigan, set out to do with their craft brewery business: Make really good beer for everyday people to enjoy. Brad Bellinger & Amy Shindorf, Owners, Four Leaf Brewing, Clare, MI But, starting a craft brewery doesn’t just happen overnight. It actually started as a small idea, almost a nagging voice – one that Amy just couldn’t seem to shake. As she moved up in the…
  • How to Save Your Next Design Project [Hint: Use a Mood Board]

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    26 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Let’s say the new creative for your website, email or print marketing comes back from your designer and it’s not what you were hoping to see. Maybe it’s too heavy, maybe too light. Too blue or too red? It’s certainly too something. Or possibly, too something else. You spend your night making edits, collecting links to sites you like and trying to salvage the project without completely sinking your budget. Next time don’t rescue your design project after the design is done. Next time, save it before it even starts. Next time, use a mood board. What Mood Boards Are At their most…
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • When Should Your Small Business Hire a Part-time CFO?

    Loftis Consulting
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This excellent article in the Desert News highlights seven signs that your business needs a CFO on at least a part-time basis.  The signs include: Large swings in annual revenue both up and down More complicated business model Higher employee headcount These are just a few.  Check out the article for more.    
  • Profit Does Not Equal Cash in the Bank

    Loftis Consulting
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many entrepreneurs consider profits reflected on their Income Statement as cash in the bank from running their business.  This is not the case for many reasons. Reason 1: Cash can come from non-operational sources If your business is lucky enough to get cash from outsiders, this cash is not considered profits.  It is cash (i.e. funding) from investors in the form of bank loans or equity stakes.  This type of external funding will not show up on the Income Statement, where we determine if the business has accounting profits.  Accounting profits means the business has profits by accounting…
  • Illinois Series B Funding Taking Longer to Secure

    Loftis Consulting
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A recent article in Crain’s stated that Series B funding is taking longer to secure.  According to Crain’s, it took 3.7 years on average for a start-up to get Series B funding in 2006 but took 4.4 years in 2011.  With this in mind understanding cash flows and profitability are keys to the successful startup.  In order for your start-up to survive, it is critical that profitability is achieved sooner than later because Series B funding may take longer to achieve.  If your key managers/owners don’t understand the differences between cash flow and profitability then it is critical for…
  • Finance 101: CapEx Defined

    Loftis Consulting
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many business owners and executives know everything about their business from an operational or technical side but ignore the finance side. The owners and executives either leave it to someone else or just play along like they understand the numbers side but really don’t.  It is critical for long-term success to understand the numbers.  One term not fully understood by many is Capital Expenditure also known as CapEx. Capital Expenditures represent long-term (asset that will last for more than a year) investments back into the business. These may include: Computers Buildings Equipment…
  • Entrepreneurial Toolkit: Reading an Income Statement Part 1 (Gross Margin)

    Loftis Consulting
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For a start-up or any stage of business, good financial records are important.  Many times businesses have someone doing their accounting books and producing financial reports including the Income Statement; however, the business owner has no idea what the financial statements are telling them.    This article will highlight the key items that you as a business owner need to know and understand about one of the key financial reports, the Income Statement, and how to use the information to further grow your business. Accounting is used to provide information on the financial dealings of…
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • How to Create Emails That Get Opened and Read {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Should You Ever Write Off-Topic Content for Your Industry Blog?

    Laura Click
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
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  • Is Google Plus Still Relevant for Your Business? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Limited Marketing Budget? Here’s Where to Spend Your Money

    Laura Click
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
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  • Should You Outsource Your Blog? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #338 How to Use LinkedIn to Sell, Build a Banking Relationship, End Unemployment and Break into the Fitness Industry

    Courtney Deruy
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On episode 338 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we discuss social selling and how to best use LinkedIn to sell. Next, we’ll talk about the helpful role the bank can play in growing your company and why it’s important to build a strong banking relationship. Do you have a solution to end unemployment? My next guest does and he says it can be done despite Congress! Finally, so many people enter the fitness industry and fail, but my final guest is finding success. How is he doing it? All of this and more on this episode of Business Insanity Talk Radio. Listen and enjoy: Check Out…
  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and exchanged the car for a new one so I…
  • #337 Conquering Life’s Detours, Time Management, Cost Cutting, Business Rule Breaking and Blogging

    Courtney Deruy
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    On episode 337 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we show you what to do when your life and business take a detour. How you respond to life’s setbacks is critical to being successful. Next, we’ll show you where all of your time is going and how you can be more productive. We’ll also talk about how to increase profits—and it’s not by increasing sales. Are you a business rule breaker? Hear the story of a family business that broke the rules and won. Finally, learn how to use blogging to gain more customers. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J…
  • #336 Bubba Gump Shrimp, Employees Gone Wild, Summertime Rejuvenation, Non-Bank Lenders

    Courtney Deruy
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Ever wish you could take an idea from a movie and make it a reality? My first guest shares how he did just that with the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. What happens when employees go wild in the workplace? My next guest discusses what small businesses can do to prevent misbehavior. Next, we are going to talk about how you can hit the reset button this summer in your life and your business. Finally, do you need credit for your business? My final guest has a unique solution. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Segment 1: Scott…
  • Guest Post: Why Having A Virtual CFO Is Better For Small Businesses

    Courtney Deruy
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    What Is A Virtual CFO? Advancements in modern technology has offered a rise of the virtual workforce.A Virtual CFO is essentially an outsourced financial advisor that is a trusted source for financial perspective. Virtual CFOs work within your management team and are able to provide highly qualified financial advice specific to your business and industry. It’s a way that small businesses can get CFO support that they would not have previously been able to fund. Small businesses that hire a Virtual CFO can gain access to an experienced financial professional at a cut cost of what it would be…
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    Free Enterprise

  • How Much Maternity Leave Should Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Take?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    4 Sep 2015 | 2:59 pm
    With all the attention lately on paid family leave (or lack thereof), you'd think the women in positions of power would take all the time they can. Especially when one of those women instituted one of the most comprehensive paid family leave policies in the country. But just two short years after extending paid leave for both mothers and fathers at her company, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced she would only be taking 14 short days of maternity leave following the birth of her twins. The Internet erupted, and now opinions are flaring up not about how much maternity leave women in business…
  • Checklist for Starting a Small Business

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The idea of making your dream come true and starting your own small business has been calling, but so have the doubts. Will people like my product or service? Will they like it enough for me to make money? Starting your own small business may be a scary prospect, but it's a lot less frightening when you've got all your ducks in a row. Here's what you need to start a small business: Corporate Protections When you're getting started, it's important to protect both yourself and your business by choosing the right legal structure. Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and sole proprietorships all…
  • Can You Sue an Employee for Stealing?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Dealing with customer theft is one thing, but what happens when it's your own employees stealing from your store? Of course there are criminal laws against theft, but that may not get you the full value of what was stolen. So can you file a lawsuit against an employee for theft? And, if so, what kinds of theft are covered? Paycheck Penalties If your state allows, and if you've decided not to fire the employee, you could consider deducting the amount of the theft from his or her paycheck. Just be careful: some states (like California) prohibit this entirely, and some states have certain…
  • Man Tries to Copyright the Fried Chicken Sandwich; Court Says No

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    I've been on a search for the perfect fried chicken sandwich, trying just about everything from Chick-Fil-A and Carl's Jr. to local spots and food trucks. I have yet to make it to Church's, but based on one ex-employee's legal claim, maybe I need to give their "Pechu Sandwich" a try. Norberto Colón Lorenzana attempted to patent what I assumed was a classic staple of American cuisine, claiming he invented it in 1991. But a federal court shut him down, saying the fried chicken sandwich could not be copyrighted, meaning restaurants, drive thrus, and food trucks are free to keep cranking out…
  • What Are Death Benefits and Who's Entitled to Them?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As a small business owner, you're probably more focused on your product than on employee pensions, but if an employee dies, knowing how your company and the state deal with death benefits could come in handy. So here's a primer on what death benefits are, who's eligible to receive them, and how they could impact your business. Insurance Death Benefits As the name implies, death benefits are insurance payments to a spouse, children, or other dependents when an employee dies. If the death is due to a work-related injury or illness, the death benefits could come from workers' compensation…
 
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  • 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life

    Chad Stewart
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Most of us are lucky to start the day out at 50% capacity due to a late bedtime the night before, or plain exhaustion from burning the candle at both… Read more » The post 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the entrepreneur, investing is an enticing prospect. Most business people have a natural affinity for risk-taking; after all, making big decisions is an important part of your professional life,… Read more » The post How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    If you own or manage a small or medium-sized local business, you need to be putting forth a significant effort to put your company front and center in the social… Read more » The post Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Starting up a small business is a great way to get ahead financially, and a great way to leverage your time and talents. Small businesses are also a key part… Read more » The post Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    In business warehouses, the lack of organization can easily lead to chaos. And the more chaos that exists from the lack of organization leads to inefficiency and extra costs arise… Read more » The post Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Lessons Learned from the Land Down Under

    Pamela Wilson
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I flew to Australia on the invitation of Darren Rowse and the Problogger team. I spoke at Darren’s 2015 Problogger Training Event, which took place at the beautiful RACV Royal Pines resort on Australia’s Gold Coast. This post is an excuse to share my photos — and my experiences — with you. I want to share a few lessons I picked up: I think you’ll find them as valuable as I did. There’s a mix of business and life lessons — some profound, and some very simple. Enjoy. Do things that scare you, Part 1 I have to confess: I was NOT looking…
  • 4 Lovable Sales Tips for People Who Hate Selling

    Henneke
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What image does the idea of selling conjure up in your mind? Do you think of a pushy car salesman? A sleazy guy selling insurance door to door? When Daniel Pink, author of the book To Sell Is Human, asked people what word first came up in their mind when he mentioned “sales,” he found that the majority of words were negative. Smarmy. Slimy. Pushy. Manipulative. Aggressive. Yuck. Having to sell makes many of us feel queasy. We fidget. We procrastinate. And we wish we weren’t in business. We wish that someone else would do the selling for us! Perhaps you worry you may come…
  • Type Styles of the Rich and Famous

    Pamela Wilson
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:35 am
    Typography Tells a Story Well-designed fonts are beautiful to behold. Their angles and forms can be an inspiration. But they also have a “personality,” and if you tune into what their shapes are trying to say, you can make those traits work for your business. Let’s say on the other side of your town a company is developing an upscale neighborhood high on a hill overlooking the ocean. They’ve decided to call it “Grandview Estates.” Their tagline is “Rising Above the Rest.” [Pretty snobby, right?] Now let’s say you’ve been asked to…
  • Your New Website Just Went Live. Now What?

    Raubi Perilli
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    After weeks — maybe months — in development, your new website is finally live. The job is over. You can sit back, relax, and watch your website work for you while you rest on the sidelines. Well, not exactly. Don’t Forget to Water Your Website Watching your website site go live is a victory, but it’s not the end of the battle. Maintaining, updating, and monitoring your website is a job that will last as long as your business. Your website is not a stagnant entity that you build and leave standing against the test of time. It is a growing, evolving organism that needs regular updating…
  • Cultivate an Approach, Not a Business Plan

    Pamela Wilson
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Planning — sometimes I think it’s the biggest obstacle to actually getting things done. And I realize that sounds strange coming from someone who just offered a webinar on productivity. But it’s not the day-to-day to-do list type planning I’m referring to here. It’s the long-term forecast-type planning I mean. Spending too much time trying to figure out how the future will play out might be the worst thing you can do for your business. How to get overwhelmed and stuck, fast Back in 2009, I took Copyblogger Media’s Teaching Sells course. Six years later,…
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    EpicLaunch

  • 30 Must-Read Blogs For The Growing Entrepreneur

    Keran Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Starting a business can be tough and may not get easier once you are up and running. Advice from other entrepreneurs who showcase their successes and failures is a great way to get a heads up on what to look out for. Luckily, there are numerous entrepreneurs and bloggers that have this business thing figured out and are more than willing to share how they did it and what you should be doing. Here is a list of 30 must-read blogs for the growing entrepreneur. They range in style, but all are well-worth reading. 1. Small Business Trends Why entrepreneurs love it: Small Business Trends is a…
  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

    Heather Stewart
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    More people than ever are looking to become entrepreneurs – in fact, a recent article on Forbes even suggested that everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. There are many reasons for this – from the financial climate, to the lack of a ‘job for life’, to simply having a different outlook on employment from previous generations. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, the reality is that every business starts with an idea. But how do you come up with the perfect business idea for you? We’re going to talk about the key aspects…
  • 87 Ideas to Start a Side Business & Quit the 9 to 5 Job

    Heather Stewart
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Side Hustle (noun), Definition: paid work Something that brings in money, which is not your main job A task or series of tasks that helps you to earn more money, test out a new business idea or uses your specific skills and experience to bring in cash A side hustle – or side job – is work that you do that helps to boost your income, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, particularly since the financial crash in 2008.   Why Start a Side Hustle?   Earn Extra Money The desire to earn more money has become more common as people struggle to make ends meet with their…
  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

    Heather Stewart
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:34 am
    Maybe you’ve been running your business for a while and have already enjoyed some success. Perhaps you’re ready to move to the next level and achieve even more growth. What is the key to growing a successful business – and what might be holding you back from moving on to that next stage in your business journey? Let’s imagine that you’re a consultant. You’ve grown your business, have a healthy portfolio of client work and a growing number of passive income streams. But you’re stuck. You’re working to full capacity and don’t have any time…
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur With The Right Mindset

    Heather Stewart
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    In a previous post, we looked at the skills that entrepreneurs have – and it is certainly true that our most successful entrepreneurs today have those skills. However, having the skills is only part of the story. The real key to success lies in your ability to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset – or the mental attitude that it takes to be an entrepreneur. Risk more than others think is safe. Dream more than others think is practical. - Howard SchultzClick To Tweet You may have already heard the term ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ – but what is it? And, more importantly,…
 
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Email Newsletter Best Practices

    Anne Orfila
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you see the title of this post and chuckle? Are you thinking “email marketing is so two-thousand and five!”? Believe it or not, the good old fashioned email newsletter still holds weight in this time of condensed, character-count marketing. And if you are someone who is still in love with using the newsletter as a viable form of marketing, this will validate that your love is worthwhile. This post will give you email marketing best practice tips on how to adjust your email newsletter campaign for the here and now. Read on! The idea for this blog post came from a very…
  • Graphic Sizes for Social Media – Size DOES Matter!

    Web Marketing Therapy
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Every social media platform has their own way of displaying their photos. When it comes to posting images on social media, size does matter when it comes to social media marketing! According to NeoMan Studios, people remember 80% of what they see and do, 20% of what they read, and 10% of they hear. Colors also increase readers’ attentions span. And with so many “stuff” being thrown out at people on social media all day long, it’s more important than ever for your message to pop up against the crowd. And infographics can help you do that. Pinterest, for example, likes…
  • Explaining My Web Marketing Work

    Lorrie Thomas
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:51 am
    When I saw this image on Katherine Garcia‘s Google+ page the other day, I laughed out loud. I had JUST explained to my 3.5 year old what I do for work. From her perspective, I just click away on a laptop all day! “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” ― Albert Einstein Ok, Einstein, here was my “what I do for work” explanation to my three year old: I help people who really are excited about the work they do write words and use images on the web that helps other people get excited about working with them. While I help…
  • Why I “Like” Facebook Advertising

    Anne Orfila
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    It’s funny to think that way back yonder people paid big money for ads on TV and newspapers and they had no idea if their ad ever reached the “right” audience! (We call that the “spray and pray” technique at WMT) Furthermore, there was no way to track whether or not the ad was effective, if it made an impression, if it actually sold the product, or if people never wanted to see it again. Fast forward to today, and ads (those that are online) are “smarter” than ever, especially Facebook ads. Unlike old-school traditional ads where you spray and pray,…
  • Stay on Your Marketing Journey!

    Lorrie Thomas
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    I came across this quote “Perhaps the butterfly is proof… that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful.” and it spoke to me in a number of ways. Whether you are an entrepreneur on a professional journey, an organization cleaning up a marketing mess, a company going through a rebrand, or if you are personally going through some $#!t (let’s be real, life happens) the power of staying on the path to where you want to go it worth it. I look back to when I started my business back in 2005. It was a dark time. I was going through a…
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • How to create a press kit for your eCommerce business

    launchgrowjoy
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:55 am
    Would you like your business to be featured – or even mentioned – in your local, or national, media? Just imagine the bump in attention and sales that could generate! If you want to help this type of exposure along,... The post How to create a press kit for your eCommerce business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Mindset of successful entrepreneurs with Lee Milteer

    launchgrowjoy
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:16 am
    Click the PLAY button below to listen to this episode. Have you ever wondered what the mindset of successful entrepreneurs is and what separates successful entrepreneurs from not-so-successful ones? On today’s show, Lee Milteer, an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and... The post Mindset of successful entrepreneurs with Lee Milteer appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • 10 Awesome eCommerce apps you need to know about

    launchgrowjoy
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    For an eCommerce entrepreneur, getting the message out to your customers in ways that make an impression and generate interest is critical to your long-term success. Doing so without wasting time and spending big bucks is the dream of every... The post 10 Awesome eCommerce apps you need to know about appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business

    launchgrowjoy
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    When it comes to social media trends, getting in on the ground floor of a new one (or at least near there) can produce huge results. The super-hot new trend in social media marketing is a platform called Periscope and,... The post How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Five quick ways to grow your email list

    launchgrowjoy
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Are you tired of hearing how important it is to the success of your online store that you grow your email list and “market to your list”? Yeah, me too. But guess what? It’s not just important – building and... The post Five quick ways to grow your email list appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
 
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • The Wonder Jam Helping Clients Be the Best Version of Who They Are

    Susan Post
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Wonder Jam is not some sort of extraordinary spread for toast, it’s husband and wife duo Adam and Allie Lehman and their branding, web design, photography and coaching services that are helping other small businesses tell their story. Each part of this highly creative couple had been doing their own thing, Allie running her […]
  • Seeking Nominees for 2015 Social Entrepreneurship Award

    Walker Evans
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:47 am
    Social Entrepreneurship is the identification of a social problem and the use of entrepreneurial principles and practices to create a social venture aimed at solving the problem. Social entrepreneurs are important to the community and to the world, as they work to achieve social change through non-traditional and forward-thinking methods. The Rotary Clubs of Central […]
  • 3 Ways to Manage Irregular Income

    Derrick Bailey
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    As a small business owner, you know that keeping your finances in check is critical to your continued success. But when your income is inconsistent, be it from late-paying customers or a lack of business during down time, it makes planning and budgeting a nightmare. Not to mention the added stress it brings each month. […]
  • Hatch Helping Businesses at the Critical Hour

    Susan Post
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’ve jumped of the cliff and decided to start your own business, there’s a lot of make or break moments. During those times you often just need a nudge in the right direction or that one key connection, and ideally you could get that insight without giving up control of your company or spending large […]
  • 2015 Franklin County Retail Report Discusses E-Commerce Impact

    Susan Post
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The strength of retail in a region is a good indicator of the health of its economy. The 2015 Franklin County Retail Report presented by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber sheds light on the role retail plays in the economy of the fastest growing urban county in the state. “The retail sector contributes a […]
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  • How Startups Can Leverage the Power of Outsourced Labor

    Greg Nunan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    One of the most difficult things about starting a business is creating a reliable employee base while still having enough money to put into business operations. Instead of spending too much overhead money in your new company by trying to establish a workforce of full-time employees, consider using freelance workers, a practice which is becoming more and more common. Read on to find three reasons that, as a startup business owner, hiring freelance workers is a great way to get your company off the ground without compromising your budget. Workforce Size One of the biggest advantages for…
  • What the Rich Say about Getting Rich – 10 Books to Inspire You

    Julie Ellis
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:31 am
    Admit it. You do envy people who are rich, if only just a little. Life just seems to be easier for them; they don’t worry about the bills; they take nice vacations; they can pursue lots of interests and hobbies; they don’t worry about retirement. We also wonder how they became rich, if they did it on their own rather than having inherited it. Do they have a specific way of thinking? Have they followed some formula? The answer is “yes” to both of these questions, depending on which rich person you ask. Rather than seek them out and ask, you can actually read what many of them have to…
  • How to Make a Classified Balance Sheet in 6 Steps

    Blogtrepreneur
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    © tashatuvango / Dollar Photo Club The Balance Sheet is a snapshot of your company’s finances. The basic parts of it are Assets, Liabilities, and Equity.  Knowing the numbers for just these three categories can show you how much debt you have and how much profit you have accumulated. If you want to build a balance sheet for your small business then this article will show you the 6 basic steps to do so.  We will go through the steps using an ecommerce business example.  I suggest that you use the same format from the spreadsheet in the example and follow along by thinking of real…
  • Top Business Ideas for Women

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Based on Small Business Association reports, businesses owned by women are enjoying a rapid growth. In fact, this segment of new businesses is currently among the fastest-growing segments in the US economy. So, whether you are a career woman who wants to shift to entrepreneurship, a stay-at-home parent who wishes to augment the family income, or a regular office employee who just wants to earn some extra income, there are lots of business opportunities that you can try. The following are some of the most highly-recommended business ideas for women today: Tutoring If you have the patience and…
  • How to Start a Blog and Make Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gone are the days when people relied solely on printed publications for their daily dose of news, information, and entertainment. This day and age has introduced the world to platforms such as blogging — a great way to impart ideas, to market businesses, to create a major following, and so much more. Blogging offers so many advantages, both to the readers and to the blogger. Running a blog is not only fulfilling; it is also a great way to earn money, as long as you know the necessary steps to take. If you’re thinking of starting your own blog and making money out of it but have no real…
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    That Bookkeeper

  • Why bookkeepers should go back to school: (Part 1 - The Core)

    Eric Matthews
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    September is back to school season here in Canada. All of those minds that were drowned in Slurpees and baked in the sun are now dragged back into class to slowly repair themselves. I think this is a great time for us bookkeepers to do the same. Why should the kids get all the fun, right? How many of you have used the line "I wish I could go back to school" or "you have no idea how easy you've got it at school" on your kids when they were complaining about 15 minutes of homework while you were finishing up another 12 hour day? Yep...me too! Well, then let's put our money (and time) where our…
  • How to Help Your Bookkeeping Client Find an Accountant

    Eric Matthews
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a bookkeeper it's hard finding clients. Clients who will work with you year after year. It can take a long time to build up trust. After all, we are dealing with their business and their money. Often we're moving their life savings to and from their accounts each month. If you take on a client who is just getting started, they will often come to you for your advice. It makes sense. Most people work with one or two accountants in their life, if any. Most bookkeepers work with dozens over their career. This can be tricky. An accountant is a critical position to fill. A really good accountant…
  • A few good bookkeeping links

    Eric Matthews
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I'm not bookkeeping or writing, I'm often reading. When I was younger it was Stephen King books. Why a 5th grader submitting books reports on Carrie or The Dead Zone didn't raise any red flags is beyond me. Nowadays it's not nearly as many books as it used to be; and almost nothing fiction. Instead, I read a lot of blog posts. My RSS reader (yes, I do still use RSS) is filled with a wide range of topics. From bookkeeping to tech news to music blogs, I'm constantly adding and subtracting blogs that interest and inform me. During this reading, I come across a lot of great posts and great…
  • 3 Things I Don't Know About Cloud Bookkeeping

    Eric Matthews
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm not an idiot, but I play one on TV...as long as by TV we mean business. Generally speaking, I've got bookkeeping software figured out. No, I'm not an expert at everything out there, but you can throw me in front of any bookkeeping app and I'll figure out how to get my job done. There are a few types of software out there, both for business owners in general and specific to bookkeepers, that I haven't been able to wrap my head around. I'm not sure how they would fit into my business, whether or not they're worth the expense, and which one of them is the best fit. I'd like to talk about 3…
  • How Are You Going To Get Paid?

    Eric Matthews
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Getting paid used to be pretty simple. You'd send your client an invoice, and they'd eventually send you back a cheque (sorry...check). Once in a while they'd forget, so you wouldn't get paid for months. Other times the cheque would bounce. Look, I didn't say it was better...just simple. So you want to start an online business? How are you going to get paid? Let's go through some of the options available to you. The Worst: Cash or cheque Not that long ago these were the only two options available. Now they're usually the least desirable. Pros: No merchant fees for either, and cash is…
 
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Thoughts on Labor Day

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman This year Labor Day in the U.S. falls on September 7. It is a federal holiday created in 1894 in response to unions’ urgings. This year’s event emphasizes treating workers with dignity. Here are some interesting factoids about the labor market in the U.S. today: There are about 123.14 million people employed full-time (defined for this purpose as at least 35 hours).   Involuntary part-time workers (those doing so for economic reasons and not by choice) is 6.3 million.   The number of long-term unemployed (jobless for 27 weeks or more) is 2.2 million.
  • Handling Impaired Employees

    Barbara Weltman
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman What do you do when a worker shows up drunk or stoned? The possibility of this happening at your company is nothing new (alcohol intoxication didn’t even diminish during Prohibition), but with the growing number of states permitting marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes, the possibility is even greater now. You want a safe workplace, you want the work to get done right, but you have to be concerned about an intoxicated employee and the legal ramifications. Crisis management Faced with an impaired worker, what do you do? It’s advisable to establish…
  • Protecting Your Brand

    Barbara Weltman
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Michael Jordan sued a grocery store that used his image in a promotion without his permission. As a billionaire, he obviously didn’t need the money from the lawsuit (he announced he would donate any recovery to charity); he was making a point. He has a personal brand—his persona—and he has to protect it. Michael Jordan’s brand is worth millions (it’s been reported that it earned him $100 million in 2014). But every company has a brand, which is defined as the company’s identity encompassing what it does and what it stands for. Every business works hard to…
  • Get Ready for Changes in Filing Deadlines and Extensions

    Barbara Weltman
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman As a business owner, you face various tax filing requirements. Different dates apply for different tax forms. While the dates you’ve grown used to will apply for the upcoming (2016) tax season, a number of dates will change the following year. Income tax returns The type of entity — and the form used by it for income tax purposes — dictates the due date of the form. It also impacts the amount of additional time you have to file if you request an extension. Currently, here are the due dates of the forms and automatic extensions: Form Due Date* Extended Due…
  • Professional Employer Organizations: New IRS Certification Program

    Barbara Weltman
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman So we all know that being an employer entails many tax and legal obligations. These include figuring and paying employment taxes, complying with minimum wage and overtime rules, addressing workers’ compensation and unemployment benefit issues, and ensuring that the company and employees don’t violate federal or state labor laws. Large corporations have HR, accounting, and legal departments to make sure they are in compliance; small businesses don’t. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) can help small businesses with employer challenges. PEOs (sometimes…
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Customer experience failures are more likely to be remembered than successes – Interview with Paige O’Neill of SDL

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Today’s interview is with Paige O’Neill who is Chief Marketing Officer of SDL, a global Customer Experience software solutions provider. Paige joins me today to talk about SDL’s latest global Customer Experience Thought Leadership research into when Customer Experience fails (and when it triumphs), exactly what happens, and why? This interview follows on from my […]
  • Empathy: The new way to connect with your customers

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Over the past 15 years, digital marketing has exploded. With the expansion of social media, many businesses have had to change the way they interact and engage with their customers. Nowadays, people are looking to build a loyal relationship with the brands they love. To foster this relationship, successful businesses are turning towards empathy. Empathy […]
  • How we transformed our organisation and our customer experience – Interview with Damian Thompson of Principality Building Society

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Today’s interview is with Damian Thompson, Director of Distribution at Principality Building Society, a Welsh building society founded in 1860 and head-quartered in Cardiff. Principality is the largest building society in Wales and the sixth largest in the United Kingdom. Damian joins me today to talk about how they transformed their customer experience by moving […]
  • Customer experience: Who’s in charge here?

    adrianswinscoe
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Imagine a scenario where you walk into a room, an office or a business and see a hive of activity. You are keen to resolve a customer experience problem or have a question answered so you ask: “Who’s in charge here?” One person steps forward, raises their hand, identifies themselves as the CEO and says […]
  • Towards a unified view of the customer – Interview with James McGourlay of OpenText

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:51 am
    Today’s interview is with James McGourlay, who is the Senior Vice President of Global Technical Services at OpenText, a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM) & Canada’s largest software company. James joins me today to talk about some of the big challenges that they are seeing and hearing about from their customers, how they […]
 
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    EnMast | A Small Business Owner Community

  • What to do when everyone else is on vacation

    Brad Farris
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    This time of year can be frustrating. You are trying to grow your business, you are trying to move projects forward, you are working hard at it, but the rest of the world isn’t. They are on vacation! (or off with their kids, or whatever ) The point is, they aren’t calling you back, or returning your emails, or getting the things done that you need them to do. Deadlines are getting missed, the date they promise to get back to you comes and goes and you are still waiting. Ugh! No matter how hard we try we can’t control other people’s vacations. We can’t make people…
  • Blocks and Glue: Is your business built on a firm foundation?

    Pierre Namroud
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    An organization has numerous parts, or building blocks, that make up its whole. However, all of these separate functions and elements are dependent on one another. Having each part in place and functioning is important. But having each part actually connected and communicating to all the other parts is crucial—for any organization to survive. In small businesses, everyone can name off at least some of these blocks: Finances, Buildings/Infrastructure, Distribution, Networking/Marketing, IT, Management, HR, etc. As a consultant, I’ve witnessed a whole lot at small companies. Many SBOs…
  • How to Raise Your Prices Without Losing Clients

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    You work at least 50+ hours a week, although it feels like 24/7 when you consider how much your business weighs on your mind! You are overloaded, but afraid to turn down work because you don’t want to miss out on income. And even though you’re working all the time, your account ledger isn’t showing it. In fact, your bank balance looks a little pathetic. How does this keep happening … over and over again?  So what’s the deal? Luckily, we can fix the situation. In this 45 minute webinar, Brad Farris, Founder of EnMast will walk you through how to make MORE money with FEWER…
  • The 2015 Guide to Using LinkedIn

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    You’ve heard stories from other business owners about how they’ve been using LinkedIn to find clients and employees, to drive traffic to their website content, and build their business; but every time you visit the site it’s more confusing. In this all-new webinar we have gathered two experts, Dave Delaney and Brad Farris, who each successfully use LinkedIn to build their business. What you’ll learn: Who to connect with and how to deal with others. How to obtain recommendations and endorsements — and strategies for using them in new and creative ways. How to use LinkedIn…
  • Top 5 Reasons I’ll Subscribe to Your Company Newsletter

    Kaleigh Moore
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you use email marketing for your business, you’re probably wondering how to get more people to subscribe to your company newsletter, right? Right. But there are so many reasons not to join a newsletter that keep people from opting in. It’s hard to know what actually makes a person want to have your news come into his or her precious inbox space. I can’t speak for everyone, but there are a few things that make me subscribe to a newsletter—and so I wanted to share those with you. 1. It’s short If a company newsletter is short and to the point, I will often times read the whole…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 5 Business Card Tricks to Up Your Game

    Meredith Wood
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:17 am
    By Meredith Wood Before the days of social media driving marketing strategies, business professionals focused primarily on face-to-face communication to network and close deals. While the Internet and advanced technology have changed the business world for the better, it has also brought forth some very important questions. Many business owners are wondering: Can conventional marketing and networking still produce results? It is easy to believe that social media marketing is the best way to generate results for your business. The same holds true with content marketing and search engine…
  • Why Small Businesses Should Use Cloud-Based Invoicing Software

    Andrew Cravehno
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:11 am
    By Andrew Cravenho Invoicing and billing are regular, yet time-consuming office activities. However, it is shocking to learn that a huge number of businesses are still using a manual process or using outdated invoicing software programs, especially when there is so many efficient billing and invoicing software to help you track company’s financial information. Today, businesses struggle to survive a cut-throat competitive marketplace. It is imperative to invest in better technology to save valuable time and money and better focus on core competencies. A manual invoicing system involves a…
  • 5 Ways to Deliver Results with Direct Mail

    Courtney Tobe
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:37 am
    By Courtney Tobe There’s a cartoon that perfectly sums up modern attitudes toward email versus postal mail. Ten years ago, email was novel and exciting; but, with today’s constant influx of digital noise, it’s the tangible items in our mailboxes that really get our attention. This impression is backed by facts. In their most recent postal behavior study, the U.S. Postal Service learned that more than three quarters of households either read or scan advertising mail that arrives in their homes. What’s more, 98 percent of people check their mail every day. This gives…
  • How to Project Personality and Unique Selling Position on Your Website

    Kyle Courtright
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Kyle Courtright No matter what field you’re in, your potential customers need to be able to quickly understand your mission, products/services, and why you stand out from the competition. There are thousands of companies out there who are competing for your customers. Making sure that customers understand your business quickly is essential to earning their trust and showing the value your business represents. If you blend in with other competitors, chances are they will pass you up and move on to your competition. Potential customers want to see what you’re all about. They love…
  • Before, During, After: Mastering Your Small Business Loan Application

    Robert Porter
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    By Robert Porter As essential as working capital is, the process of obtaining it can be daunting. Not every small business owner is confident in the right moves to make, and many are worried about unforeseen bumps in the road. Read on to discover the tips and tricks to mastering your small business loan, guaranteed to put a spring in each lending step. Before You Apply: Find the Right Fit Quick and easy isn’t always best. While it may be tempting to get cash fast, it’s important to understand the cost of speedy capital. Often, merchant cash advances or online lending pair convenience with…
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Practical Advice For Reducing EmployeeTurnover

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:46 am
    Employee turnover is a fact of life in the business world, and not necessarily a bad thing—particularly if new entrants are exceptionally skilled and qualified, and the rate of turnover is manageable. But if you’ve experienced higher-than-normal employee turnover, you know how disruptive it can be to the day-to-day operations of your business.Regardless of their experience, credentials, and expertise, new hires require training and time to both become familiar with the workplace and integrate themselves successfully into its social milieu. Whereas employees who’ve been with the company…
  • Decoding Business Buzzwords In 2015

    CorporationCentre.ca
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    If your goal is to convey a clear and comprehensible message to a diverse audience, then you should generally avoid using industry-specific jargon and buzzwords altogether. Esoteric terminology and acronyms tend to encumber communication, delay progress, and either bore or annoy audiences, according to Virgin Group founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson. Obviously, none of those outcomes is desirable.However, a working knowledge of new buzzwords and jargon can prove useful for at least four reasons: 1)  If someone asks you “What does X mean?”, you’ll be able to offer a better answer…
  • How to Make Your Startup Attractive to Angel Investors

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Angel investment is one of the most common capital sources for both startups and relatively new companies looking to expand. But drawing high-net worth individuals toward an early-stage enterprise or business proposal requires well placed effort. First of all, angel investors can’t fund something unless they know it exists, which means you’ll need to focus on getting the word out in the right circles. Second, they’re unlikely to bet on a venture unless it offers a substantial return. So a sound business plan and credible growth and revenue strategies are key.However, according to…
  • Best Practices For Your LinkedIn Profile

    CorporationCentre.ca
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Most entrepreneurs and business professionals already have a LinkedIn profile, but not all of us have succeeded in getting the most out of it. A common tendency is to model one’s LinkedIn profile after one’s resume, but that is not necessarily the most effective approach to attracting visitors and potential contacts. After all, if your profile doesn’t stand out from the pack, why should anyone gravitate to it?Instead of a rote summary of your qualifications, education, and experience, a compelling LinkedIn profile should demonstrate your unique personality, passions, and brand, and the…
  • The Ingredients of a Compelling Newsletter

    CorporationCentre.ca
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you’re on one or more online mailing lists, you probably receive periodic e-mail newsletters. Youmay also find some of them more inviting than others—because the good ones feature engaging content, are relevant to your life, offer useful advice and information, or a combination of the foregoing. The others likely make their way posthaste to your deleted box.Read on for practical advice on getting the most out of newsletters, and avoiding the epidemics of non-reading and auto-deletion.Stay in touch with people on your mailing list. What do current and potential customers want to read…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • When Speed is Critical, They Call Mercantile

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Back in June, we closed an SBA 504 loan in four days. Read that again: we closed a loan in four days. This particular loan was for the acquisition of an industrial facility totaling 177,749 SF for a manufacturer called Dynamic Integrated Solutions in San Jose, CA. The total project cost was $16.6 million and we provided the $5.355 million interim second mortgage. This project allows Dynamic Integrated Solutions to expand their assembly integration, improve efficiency by streamlining equipment, and take on more complex projects. This project also allows us to tell you that it’s possible to…
  • Smarter commercial real estate financing for small business owners

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who we are: Since 2003, we’ve closed 569 SBA 504 loans worth more than $1.624 billion. We’re nationwide, with closings in 40 of the 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Construction projects account for about half of our business, and we’ve built an exceptional construction administration team. We’ve been on both sides of the commercial development process. Believe us when we say we’ve walked a mile in our borrowers’ shoes. Any lender can provide a 504 loan, but it takes experience and expertise to do it right every time. What we do: Up to 90% financing…
  • Our loan volume is the largest it’s ever been

    admin
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the past we’ve always reported on the number of loans we’ve closed and the total project costs we’ve financed. But today we want to let you know about a metric we haven’t publicized before, and how it confirms our place as a meaningful contributor to the 504 industry. As of the end of the second quarter, we have 56 active loans on our books worth just over $82 million. That means we have 56 transactions on our books in different stages of the 504 loan process. Not only is this the largest this number has ever been, it also represents a tremendous growth in our loan volume. We have…
  • Can Any Lender Do a 504 Loan?

    admin
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Here’s the truth about SBA 504 loans: any lender can do one. There’s nothing magical or mystical about it; no special club we belong to that enables us to provide 504 loans. But before you run out and grab the first banker you see and demand a 504 loan, a word of caution: there’s a difference between can and should. We often compare what we do to a medical procedure. If you’re in need of surgery or some sort of specialized treatment, would you go with the first doctor you found in the phone book or the first recommendation from a friend? No way. You’d do your homework and choose the…
  • Mercantile & IBERIABANK Close First Loan Together

    Trey
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    On May 27th, we closed our first SBA 504 loan in conjunction with IBERIABANK since our merger in late March. We provided financing for the acquisition and expansion of retail space for a high-end fashion boutique called Planet Bardot, located in the Knox Park area of Dallas, Texas. The $7.65 million project allows our client to purchase and renovate an existing 5,100 SF multi-tenant retail center. An additional 3,900 SF of retail space will be constructed which will allow the store to expand its footprint nearly 600% and lease the remaining space to third-party tenants. Planet Bardot will…
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    Business Pipeline

  • EMV Chip Transition for Business Owners

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    EMV Chip transition for business owners is something you should be aware of if you accept credit cards. You may have heard that the United States is transitioning to full adoption of EMV chip-enable... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Financial Apps to Keep You Organized

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Financial apps can be so useful! Being financially organized is priceless especially when it come to doing your taxes. So instead of waiting to learn about these come tax season, get a jump on things... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Accounting Apps to Run Small Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Accounting apps to run small business is making bookkeeping easier. Accounting apps are becoming readily available and some of them have something to offer all types of small business. They are not... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Selecting Friendly Small Business Bank

    Jacqueline Edwards
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Selecting friendly small business bank is now just a simply search online with a commitment to chose the right one. To many small business owners are not taking the time to choose the right bank for... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Essential Tools to Have When Starting a Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Essential tools to have when starting a business are … Logo A logo lends itself to helping you brand your business. Do keep in mind if you don’t have a great concept of a logo not to waste time... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
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    RunApptivo

  • Are You Using Google Analytics?

    Maya Pillai
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    These days, nearly all small and medium-sized businesses have an Internet presence. Keeping in constant touch with your potential or loyal customers is mandatory if you want to propel your business forward. With a click of a mouse, virtually anyone can get information they are seeking with a simple search engine. Apart from that, a website is accessible 24 x7 for the customers. Therefore you need to monitor the performance of your website carefully to know from which demographic you get the most traffic from, how long the customers are staying on your website, if they are returning customers…
  • 7 Tips for making a successful sales plan

    Maya Pillai
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every sales department and company makes sales plans. However all the plans do not necessarily meet with success. Small businesses need to have sales plans just like established players do. A sales plan outlines sales goals, deadliness to meet the sales goal as well as the process to achieve the targets. By not planning, small businesses are setting themselves up for failure. Hence, crafting a sales plan at the onset is paramount. We look at tips to develop a successful sales plan. Analyze previous sales and revenue trends What was the source of sales and revenue last year? How much revenue…
  • The key to budgeting for small businesses

    Maya Pillai
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Estimating and matching expenses to revenue is critical as it assists small business owners to determine whether they have adequate money to fund operations, expand the business and produce income for themselves. With a business already operating, you can assume future revenue depending on recent trends in the business. If the business just commenced, assumptions can be based depending on the geographical area and studying other local businesses. We look at some effective budgeting techniques. Have a realistic cash flow projection – It is better to underestimate potential business…
  • Why your small business needs its own mobile app

    Maya Pillai
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Internet technology has changed the way business is conducted. These days getting a loyal customer is a herculean task as the customers have many choices to suit their preferences and taste. If they feel that they are being offered a better deal by another firm, they will switch over very easily. Therefore, having a mobile strategy in place is no longer an option for small businesses if they want to compete, grow and be visible to their customers. One medium that the small and medium-sized businesses should tap is the mobile medium. There are many small and medium size startups and…
  • Crowdsourcing for Small Businesses

    Maya Pillai
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Crowdsourcing is the concept of connecting many potential contributors with a particular project. Small businesses leverage crowdsourcing to survive and even thrive in the competitive market. So if you are a small business owner you can start using this strategy right away. Many small business owners make the mistake of thinking they have to do everything in their business on their own. So what do small businesses do when they lack the financial capability to hire experienced professionals or engage experts? They need not panic as in the contemporary economy there are a plethora of skilled…
 
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    Hidden Profit Prophet

  • Is $70K Min Wage Fair?

    Dawn Fotopulos
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When the CEO of Gravity Payments, Dan Price, announced his new $70,000 minimum wage policy to staff there were gasps, applause then jubilation. After researching it, he said $70,000 was the threshold household income for people to be happy. He said “I’m a little freaked out” not knowing the consequences. Now that it’s a few weeks later, he has good reason to freak out. It would seem that giving yourself a 95% pay cut and redistributing those funds so every member of your staff was making the same salary is a fair and egalitarian thing to do. Now everyone is equal.
  • Why Did Zirtual Shut Down?

    Dawn Fotopulos
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
      Zirtual’s shut down might have been abrupt, but their problems started almost a year ago. According to the CEO, Maren Donovan, the numbers were “f***ked” This is a technical term for incomplete and inaccurate. Zirtual had two root problems that caused the crisis; they did not hire a professional CFO to help them control expenses and manage cash. Their expense projections weren’t accurate and their gross margins were too dang small. As for the books, they were “just kinda doing it ourselves”. According to Intuit research, 87% of business owners are…
  • Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
      http://hiddenprofitprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-07-16-16.02-How-To-Instantly-Add-At-Least-10000-Per-Month-Cash-To-Your-Bank-Account-With-Zero-Extra-Work.mp4 Everyone who runs a business needs this! Do you have a business partner? Watch it with them! Then email me: dfotopulos@gmail.com Can’t wait to hear from you! The post Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps appeared first on Hidden Profit Prophet.
  • How to Value A Company – ABC’s Shark Tank Gives Us Clues

    Dawn Fotopulos
    8 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Debra S. just bought Accounting for the Numberphobic; A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners and here’s what she wrote: “Omigod! Thank you! Hello Dawn… I’m writing to thank you for taking the time to actually explain Accounting to me in a way that I was able to understand, relate to, and talk to others about. I listened to your episode on Entrepreneur On Fire back in early March and downloaded your book as fast as I possibly could. Personally I have a reading list that is a mile long, but your book skipped to the front of my queue. What resonated with me was when…
  • Learn How To Instantly Access The Hidden Cash In Your Business With These 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    4 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Most people don’t believe it, but after training thousands of small business owners around the world, these five simple steps are the absolute key to unlocking mountains of cash in your business you didn’t even know were there. • Step One: Pricing • Step Two: Your products or services are losing you money. • Step Three: Customers are losing you money. • Step Four: You bookkeeping is a mess. • Step Five: Gross Margin must be at least 30% to stay in business. Step One: Pricing is the Key- and most business owners get this wrong! Don’t assume your prices are correct. If you’re…
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    Solopreneur Solutions, LLC

  • How To Get Published When You Don’t Know Where to Start

    Donna Amos
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Becoming a publisher author can do great things for your business if leveraged properly. A good book can be the catapult for aspeaking career; give you instant credibility with clients; or even attract some great exposure for interviews to broaden your audience pretty quickly. So how do you go about make that happen? Step One – Is to get busy […]
  • Automated Sales Funnel

    Donna Amos
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    I am certain you have heard Inbound marketing is the method that is used today to connect with potential clients. Wikipedia: Inbound marketing is promoting a company through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, enewsletters, whitepapers, SEO, physical products, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing which serve to attract customer through the different stages of the purchase funnel.[1][2][3] In contrast, buying attention,[1] cold-calling, direct paper mail, radio, TV advertisements,[2]sales flyers, spam, telemarketing[3] and…
  • Why Some Google News Has Evangelists Pouting

    Donna Amos
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    I was going to write a post about the changes Google made within the last few weeks and what’s coming in the near future, but there is already some great info available so I will share the best posts I found. The big change is the reorganizing into a holding company called Alphabet. What we know […]
  • How to Turn Busyness into Effectiveness

    Donna Amos
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    How many times have you heard business owners talk about how busy they are? Sadly, I often find that “busy” is just a form of procrastination. You can be super busy at work but still fail to handle the most important tasks. Maybe you get to the end of the day and think, “Wow, I […]
  • Resilience is the Key to Success

    Donna Amos
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Today I am going to take a play out of some football coaches’ books. I know: you’re thinking “football, really?” I raised three sons, so I’ve been immersed in the culture. Plus, I really do think it brings the point home. The first coach is one of my favorites, Lou Holtz, author of Winning Every Day. […]
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  • 5 Reasons Marketing Agencies Should Offer Review Site Management

    Funding Gates Blog
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Entrepreneur. Manager. Product buyer. Accountant. HR. Marketer. Small business owners wear a lot of hats. An owner may slip in and out of many roles which, in a larger company, would be divided among a large staff. But a small business owner who’s juggling all of these roles most likely doesn’t have the time or expertise to adequately address them all. Small business owners know they need a marketing plan, but they may be overwhelmed or intimidated by the idea. And they may already have profiles on customer review sites, but struggle to to keep up with them—despite the fact that reviews…
  • 6 Changes Around the Office to Improve Morale

    Funding Gates Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Unhappy employees make for an unhappy company. Decreased productivity (and the attendant costs), more sick days, increased turnover (and that associated cost)…the downsides to dissatisfied workers are many—and expensive. But it seems like keeping them happy can be expensive, too! We’ve all heard the stories. In an effort to go above and beyond for their staff, many mega-companies like Google regularly make the news with their stellar office perks: in-house massage therapists, free meals, gyms and showers, game rooms, even laundry facilities. The list goes on and on. Talk about…
  • Rid the Waste from Your Small Business With These Four App Categories

    ClockShark
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Looking to streamline your small business processes? Good news, there’s an app for that! Here’s a few categories of awesome small business apps that you might be missing out on. Luckily, most of these apps have free trials available, so you can check them out and pick the ones that fit your business best.   Expense Tracking Expense tracking can be a painful process when done manually. Typically it means collecting expense records and receipts over email and paper, reconciling, approving, and reimbursing. These steps can involve time, cost  and frustration. When the process breaks,…
  • Why Small Conferences Are Better

    Funding Gates Blog
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We here at Funding Gates attend a lot of conferences throughout the year. Some are focused on small businesses, others on accountants, and still more are for our own education about being the best small business finance platform we can be. Whether we’re there to meet you all, or there to attend classes ourselves, there’s one thing we definitely believe in: small conferences are the best! Invest In You & Your Business’ Future If you’re a small business owner or accountant, you should absolutely look to attend at least one professional development conference a year.
  • 5 Tips for Pitching Your Marketing Agency to Small Businesses

    Funding Gates Blog
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    While many people in the marketing world focus on hauling in “big fish” clients, small businesses are a profitable niche that are often overlooked. Use these five tips for pitching your marketing agency to small businesses to open up a surprisingly lucrative revenue stream. According to a recent AT&T small business poll, 66% of small businesses are planned to spend as much or more money on marketing. The opportunity is clearly there, but be careful- these clients have a different perspective than larger companies. You need to make sure your pitch is tailored to the specific…
 
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  • The simple things

    Jon Stow
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:37 am
    Four of us went out for Sunday lunch. We chose an Inn which had changed ownership recently. We wanted to try it again as our last experience there had not been satisfactory. The menu was a short one this time. There was not a great deal of choice, although enough for anyone seeking a Sunday lunch. We all had three courses. They came in generous proportions and my “starter” was perhaps more than generous. Each dish was beautifully prepared and cooked, the service was prompt and courteous but not intrusive, and we all enjoyed our lunches very much. Definitely a ten-out-of-ten experience.
  • Banking on your small business customer service

    Jon Stow
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    I had a letter from a bank telling me that I would no longer be able to withdraw money from a savings account at an ATM. No reason was given of course. It is just a withdrawal of service. My wife had a letter from her bank saying that they were making changes to her savings account. What they meant when she read the detail was that they were reducing the already paltry interest rate she had been getting. Often, large businesses will say that in order to improve their service they are making changes which actually amount to a withdrawal of service. My business bank is closing its branch in our…
  • Twitter? How do you find the time?

    Jon Stow
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    I was asked the above question over lunch at a meeting of tax practitioners. I was a bit surprised, but on reflection the guy asking is an employee. He is engaged to work on particular clients and tasks which are assigned to him. He does not understand what it is like to run a business. He keeps working at the coal face. For those of us who work for ourselves, we not only work at the coal face and engage others to do so, but we have to sell the coal. Otherwise there is not much point in digging it out. We need customers. I do not claim to be the greatest user of Twitter for business purposes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask

    Jon Stow
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    When I started out on my own in business, I thought I knew a lot and in fact I knew very little. Why did I think I knew a lot? Well, for a good few years I had worked with small businesses as clients, and my employers had called themselves “accountants and business advisers”. So, yes, I understood the mechanics of being in business. I had advised clients about their tax issues, how much they owed in tax and how much they could save. So what was the problem? Well, I had never tried to visualise myself in their shoes. I did not understand the day-to-day challenges of sales and cash flow. I…
  • Great sausages, but plan your business in advance

    Jon Stow
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:02 am
    A long time ago when I was in my early twenties, my Mum thought she would like to run a pub, a free house which is one not tied to a brewery. This was following lunch at a very good one when I was driving her to the West Country. I remember the sausages were great and I liked her idea. The more we thought about it, the more we realised that the commitment and the long hours, the organisation and the large amount of money made the dream unattainable. At least it was for us, with no previous experience in catering. On the main road through our village someone opened a restaurant. This would be…
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  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on Quora, reposted here with Quora’s (implied) permission: This is an important question, but also a big one, hard to answer in a few hundred words. And I’m going to stick with the subset of business plans that apply to business plan competitions. These are more traditional and formal business…
  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    You don’t have to be CPA or MBA to start or run a business. You don’t have to understand debits and credits, or be able to balance your books. But there are some financial facts you just plain need to know. Here’s a list. Every single dollar in Accounts Receivable (AR) is a dollar less in cash. AR is the standard for business-to-business transactions. You deliver the goods or service along with an invoice, and the client/customer pays you later. That money shows up as sales in the Profit & Loss (P&L), but it’s not in the bank; it’s in AR. This brings up AR aging,…
  • Contrarian Advice on Investment Pitch from a Pitch Veteran

    Tim Berry
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    “We coach entrepreneurs ‘think big.’ ‘Think change the world.’ That doesn’t mean use adjectives that are not credible. Everybody’s revolutionary and everybody’s disruptive now.” That’s Bill Reichert, managing director Garage Technology Ventures, veteran investor, a board member on multiple startups, and someone who has heard and reacted to hundreds of investment pitches. In this talk he offers really good advice to people doing an investment pitch now and in the future. “The point of the first 20 seconds is to earn the right of continued engagement. If you aren’t…
  • 10 Qualities I’d Look for in a Business Partner

    Tim Berry
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    Here are 10 qualities I’d look for in a future business partner: Integrity. The whole truth, not just the good news. Actually I want to know the bad news instantly; and the good news can wait. I want to work with people who never make me wonder what they are thinking or what they mean. Trustworthy is essential. The kind of intelligence that respects uncertainty and not knowing. People who know things that they are sure of are often not realizing the other side of the question. I want to work with people who respect research and data but use it to spark discussion, not end it. Somebody from…
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  • Winter Cyprus Scentsy Bar

    christine jolley
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:53 am
    Winter Cyprus Scentsy Bar:  Seasonal ScentsationA cool kiss of mint leaf, chilled raspberry and frosted lavender in an exhilarating ode to the first breath of winter. Seasonal Scentsations are similar to the USA's version of Scentsy Scent of the month but here in the UK and the EU, these scents tend to last a bit longer but still for a short period of time.  Winter Cyprus will be available from 1st October to 31 November or whilst supplies last so please order early to avoid disappointment. To Pre-Order your bar of Winter Cyprus Click Below: Pre-Order Winter Cyprus More…
  • Terra Triceratops Scentsy Buddy

    christine jolley
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:35 am
    Terra the Triceratops is our newest Scentsy Buddy in the Scentsy Buddy Family.   Terra Triceratops is limited edition like all of our Buddies so once it sells out its gone.  Scentsy Buddies are collectable and they love it when you bring more Scentsy Friends in the house!This adorable dinosaur has a zippable pouch for your choice of scent pak (which currently is about 20 flavours:  Autumn Sunset, Black Rasperry Vanilla, Clean Breeze, Coconut Lemongrass, French Lavender,  Honey Pear Cider, Honeymoon Hideaway, Ice Hotel, Love You Berry Much, Luna, Newborn Nursery.
  • Scentsy Harvest / Halloween Collection 2015

    christine jolley
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    With Autumn just around the corner it means Halloween is coming and Harvest Time and Celebrations.  Scentsy will be releasing the Harvest Collection 1st September 2015 and there's a few adorable items up for grabs including a Scentsy Warmer Wrap for the SIlhouette Collection Warmers based on Edgar Allen's poem 'the Raven' and some brand new Scary but very cuddly Halloween Scentsy Buddies. NeverMore Scentsy WrapAdd intrigue and elegance to amidnight dreary by placing thisbeguiling bird beside your chamberdoor. Quoth the raven, Nevermore.(Pictured above with Travertine Core Warmer)22.5 cm…
  • Scentsy Car Bar

    christine jolley
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
       Scentsy Car BarAvailable September 1st, 2015For Quick jaunts and long journeys, the Scentsy Car Bar delivers fragrance that lasts up to 30 days.  Comes with a ribbon-embellished with the fragrance name-for hanging.  Available in 10 fragrances (Sugared Cherry, Blueberry Rush, Sunkissed Citrus, Coconut Lemongrass, Luna, Coconut Cotton, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Bonfire Beach, Clean Breeze) . £6.50/8 Euros.
  • Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy for Autism

    christine jolley
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
        Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy:Available from September 1st, 2015Let sweet friendship flutter and take flight with Scentsy's Newest Cause Buddy, Bernie the Buddyfly.  This cuddlebug might still be growing into his wings, be he already knows how to be an extraordinary friend.  Help Bernie Learn to Fly-and he'll help you right back.£39/46 EUR each, includes scent pak**Your purchase helps The National Autistic Society achieve its goal of providing a better world for people with autism through information, support and pioneering services.  Scentsy will donate…
 
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  • Sign Up For Leadership, Management News

    Ryan Derousseau
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    In order to get leadership, management and modern workplace news delivered to your inbox daily, sign up for Fortune’s Power Sheet authored by writer Geoff Colvin and yours truly. The brand new Power Sheet will deliver you timely news in the leadership and management space. We discuss all sorts of big-picture topics, from what Warren Buffett’s next move will be, what type of company it takes to succeed in this day-and-age and the 2016 presidential race. Included in the newsletter will be tidbits to better help you lead your team or company and better your career. Check out an…
  • New Piece: When Two Jobs Become One

    Ryan Derousseau
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    My latest on Fortune.com discusses how to make sure if you’re stuck taking up the slack for a colleague that leaves, you’re not doing two jobs for the price of one. It’s important to help, but put your foot down to ensure you’re not working two jobs for long.  From Fortune.com: There’s a fine line between a busy day and feeling overwhelmed. Lately though, many of us think our workloads have taken an even bigger leap. As our work hours stretch longer—up 4% from a regular day just four years ago—more than half of us now say our jobs have become too busy,…
  • Texas Weather and Data … Get Your Umbrella Ready?

    Ryan Derousseau
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Although I live in New York now, much of my life, particularly my secondary school and college years, I lived in Texas. It’s the state I identify with and where my parents, brothers and sister live. This year, when I would speak with my family, what inevitably came up was the bad weather. I can’t help but laugh since I get about 5 weeks of great weather in NYC each year, otherwise, it’s either snowing, raining, melting heat or a thick cloud of humidity covering the sidewalks you have to walk on. Still, in the winter, all the talk was about their snow. Now, it’s…
  • Finishing My First Novel Has Created A New Box To Check Off

    Ryan Derousseau
    6 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    For the past two-and-a-half to three years, I’ve been writing a novel. I would wake up, scratch out 1,000 words, then move to my real work of the day. When I took a full-time position, I would try to write and edit before work. That didn’t always happen, so I would try at night. That also didn’t always happen. Then I returned to freelancing, and one goal I wanted to accomplish was that book. So I went back to editing, re-editing, and re-re-re-re-editing. Finally, I finished. I had read it enough. Tweaked it, destroyed it, rebuilt it, refined it, beautified it. I had…
  • I Almost Died A Year Ago Today. What Should I Do About It?

    Ryan Derousseau
    5 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    A year ago today, I nearly died. I don’t mean I had one of those near-death experiences where a truck almost hit me or a falling piano almost crushed my unsuspecting self as I walked below. No. I mean my body gave out. It twisted in a way that without modern medicine, I would not have survived. Even with modern medicine, the urgency to fix my ailment meant a tricky and potentially dangerous procedure. And it all happened within seven hours. A blur that sent me to the hospital balled up in pain, pleading for medication, praying that this wasn’t the end, encouraged that it was…
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  • 12 Secrets to Getting Repeat Customers

    George Rodriguez
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Customers play a very crucial role in the existence of every business organization. All businesses need customers to survive. However, getting new customers can be time-consuming and expensive. Thus, it is essential that you develop a plan to retain and keep your existing customers. While each customer is valuable, retaining existing customers plays a much […] This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Foster Loyalty and Get Repeat Customers for Your Online Business How to Get Loyal and Repeat…
  • Starting a Medical Billing Service

    Nach Maravilla
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:36 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com QUESTION ON Starting a Medical Billing Service I am thinking of opening a medical billing servicing center. I have no experience with medical code. But I found a company that promises that their software have the ability to handle medical coding. The name of the company is IAMS. I tried to get them to give […] This article was written by Nach Maravilla for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Starting a Medical Billing Business How to Start a Billing Service Business from Home Starting a Medical Transcription Business
  • Fire Safety Checklist: Preventing Fires in Your Home Office

    Shelley Little
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:37 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com As a home business entrepreneur, you need to protect the safety of your home and business. Learn fire safety tips to avoid workplace hazards and prevent fires This article was written by Shelley Little for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Home Office Safety Tips for the Work at Home Entrepreneur How to Make Your Home Office as Safe as Possible How to Child-Proof Your Home Office
  • Tips on Buying Liability Insurance for Your Small Business

    Isabel Isidro
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Is it important that small business owners have general liability insurance? Many smaller companies believe that they can operate without insurance. Small companies are always looking for ways to cut costs and decrease their operating budget but cutting insurance costs is not the best way to accomplish this. Business insurance protects small business owners from […] This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Does a Home Business Need Insurance? Questions to Ask Types of Insurance for Your Home Business…
  • Work at Home Scams: What to Watch Out For

    Contributor
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com The Internet opens new horizons, brings us loads of opportunities and vast possibilities of all kinds. As everything, it has two sides: it can be a great, helpful and obedient tool for everyone who knows how to use it; but can also be a dangerous weapon for anyone who does not know how to handle it right. One […] This article was written by Contributor for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Work at Home Scams: What to Watch Out For Work-at-Home Scams: Make Money Typing at Home How to Avoid Home Business Scams
 
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  • 20 Business Books Every Professional Should Read

    Carissa Dunphy
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Click the books for more information and where to purchase E-Myth by Michael Gerber E-Myth completely changed my perspective on running a business. Most small business owners are stuck in the “technician” role, and they spend most of their time actually doing the work that their business provides. E-Myth explains that to build a successful and fulfilling business, an owner must develop a “franchise mentality” in which he creates systems that can be executed by other employees. Over time, this allows the business owner to free himself from the day-to-day demands of the…
  • Which Variables Are Impacting Your Workforce’s Productivity?

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    How productive your employees are can be influenced by a wide range of variables. Naturally, sometimes this can include what is happening in their personal lives, but more often than not it rests squarely with the working environment. Here we examine six factors which can help you boost your business’s productivity and lead to a much happier workforce. The Environment A comfortable working environment can make a huge difference to productivity. Consider first whether your employees have everything they need close to hand. Can they access all the necessary hardware and are printers and…
  • Finding Your Next Contract

    Carissa Dunphy
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    When unemployment hit rock bottom a few years ago, few people credited that it would battle back so strongly in the post-recession climate. A lot of that success is down to the rising popularity of self-employment, and more UK residents are now working for themselves than ever before. Needless to say, that’s done wonders for the employment statistics, and plenty of people have found working as a contractor to be one of the best career moves to make at the moment. However, even though demand for contractors in areas such as the IT sector is booming, finding the next contract isn’t always…
  • How to Effectively use Web Video in Marketing a Small Business

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Becoming a renowned leader in one’s respective field of business, enjoying the reputation of a desirable employer and earning large profits make for the holy trinity of modern entrepreneurship ideals, but only a selected few will survive this harsh climb to top. Nevertheless, it can be safely said that every hard-working entrepreneur always tends to dream (at least secretly) of making it big. Being a founder of a small animation studio – guilty as charged. However, I’ve had the luxury of learning early on how to harness the power of web videos and thus help my small business make…
  • Designing the Perfect Business Logo

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate that image with their food.   So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. Infographic courtesy Company Folders The…
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  • 身体 相性 占い 誕生日 血液型 占い 相性

    agZ1mGx2e9
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    とにかく恋愛の問題について身体 相性 占い 誕生日 血液型 占い 相性ますね。 全ての方が明るい毎日を迎えることができ、恋愛に泣くことなどないよう、お手伝いしたいというのが私の思いです。 二人がある状態、彼が今あなたに対してどんな想いを持っているのかなど、カップルとして幸福な方向へと歩むためのサポート役の役割を担うのが、身体 相性 占い 誕生日 血液型 占い 相性と言えます。 たとえ身体 相性 占い 誕生日 血液型 占い…
  • 四柱推命 陰干日 みおう 名前相性占い 石 花 木

    agZ1mGx2e9
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    四柱推命 陰干日 みおう 名前相性占い 石 花 木は嫌いという方たちも、一度お誕生日を使って四柱推命 陰干日 みおう 名前相性占い 石 花 木をしてみることをお勧めします。 ある意味、未来を変える答えが出ることだってあります。 インターネットで人気を集めているプロの四柱推命 陰干日 みおう 名前相性占い 石 花 木が、あなたの未来を詳細にみてくれるでしょう。 ぜひ占ってみましょう。 無料だし、占ってもらわなくちゃ損ですね。…
  • 一番当たるネット占い 365日占い

    agZ1mGx2e9
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    一般的に手相占いに関しては、右手と左手の手相を見るはずです。 右手の手相を見ると、本人の努力などが示されているために、左右の手相はそれぞれにみるのが普通です。 長年一番当たるネット占い 365日占いをしている人は、ネットで悪い評判がたつことがあります。 ですが、そんなに悪い評判があるにもかかわらず続けている一番当たるネット占い 365日占いというのは、その一番当たるネット占い…
  • 片思い占い 無料 名前 好きな人 気持ち 占い

    agZ1mGx2e9
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    手相をみるときは、左右の手相をみるのが一般的ですが、あなたの生まれながらに備えている性格とか運命を確かめるには、左手にある手相が右手よりも大切だと言われています。 世の中の占い師は、1種類の占いを選んでやっているわけです。つまり、風水師は風水関係の専門知識、タロット占い師はそのための知識や技術が求められます。 将来の恋愛のことを調べたい、具体的に気になる人のことや恋愛の行方をチェックしてみたい。…
  • 占い 出会 無料 タロット復縁彼の気持ち

    agZ1mGx2e9
    5 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    恋愛を成功させるには好機があるわけで、みなさんもタイミングを活かすよう心がけると、元カレと復縁できる確率なども驚くほど高くなるに違いありません。 一度勇気を出して占い 出会 無料 タロット復縁彼の気持ちをやってみると、パートナーが見つかると思います。みなさんが結婚可能なのかを予見し、より良い出会いをものにするためにも、相談してみるのも良いでしょう。…
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  • How to Hire an SEO Firm for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Cody Jensen, @searchbloomCody is the founder of Searchbloom, a Utah-based search engine optimization (SEO).  Cody began his career working for Google Inc. and has logged over 10 years specializing in SEO prior to founding Searchbloom in 2014. Cody oversees all of the firm’s operations including sales, vendor procurement and in-house fulfillment. SmallBizLady: How does an SEO firm…
  • Six Reasons Your Business Needs to Be on Social Media

    Melinda Emerson
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    As time rushes past, we are witnessing the world of digital marketing skyrocket into one of the most beneficial assets to a business’s success. The realm of social media has grown exponentially in the last 10 years and is now one of the most fruitful options a business can employ in the marketing world. The key is knowing where to spend your time online. Here are six reasons why your business needs to be on social media. To Find Your Customers An enormous perk in the social media world is the ability to reach people genuinely interested in your business’s services. However, you must find…
  • End of Summer Checklist for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    The end of summer is an ideal time for business owners to take a moment and reassess their business operations.  Hopefully, you got away and took a vacation this past few months but now it’s time to get back to business. As small business owners, we have two key considerations when it comes to purchasing new technology: affordability and usability. None of us have money to spend on new technology that doesn’t really solve a problem. It is necessary that business tools are cost-effective and easy to use. Here’s a list of areas you may want examine as opportunities for improvement in…
  • Are You Ready To Turn UP Your Business?

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every Fall, I host a power-packed event in Philadelphia called Reinvention Weekend.  I created this event, which takes place Oct 9-10, 2015 this year, to give my fans an affordable way to work directly with me on their businesses.  I get so many letters and voicemail messages, open tweets and Facebook posts from my readers looking for help, so three years ago I created Reinvention Weekend for existing business owners who needed a boost.   Are you ready to turn up your business? If you want to know how to better market your business, you need Reinvention Weekend.  If you need to figure out…
  • Who is On #SmallBizChat September 2015

    Melinda Emerson
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    #SmallBizChat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #SmallBizChat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.  Join me live every Wednesday, 8PM EST for #SmallBizChat on Twitter.  Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and click here for directions on how to join the conversation.  Here is a list of who is on #SmallBizChat in September. September 2: How To Hire an SEO Firm for Your Small Business With @CodyCJensen Cody Jensen worked at Google for two years before crawling up…
 
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  • Steps to a successful money saver move

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Belinda Johnson Found at Listotic Five years ago I moved locally. Now I’m moving out of state. I’ve lived in eight different states. Each move taught me something new and valuable about the process, especially how to create a money saver move. Simply put, if you’re moving, you’re not alone. Between 2012 and 2013, approximately 35.9 million people moved in the United States. That’s just in the United States. Leading reasons why people move range from job location,…
  • Thriving Without Contagious Success

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell   Success is contagious. We all want to be around successful people, admiring and celebrating them. Rack up enough contagious success and you could become a heroine or hero. That’s because we know it takes guts, a rarely seen persistence and tenacity (inner drive few of us are willing to commit to) in order to realize one success after another. Contagious success also takes vision. Reason being . . . all of us face challenges, experience down periods. Truth is. None of…
  • Freelancers get paid this way

    admin
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at Realsimple   Major firms have been attracted to offshore, contract and freelance workers since the 1990s. The attraction is growing, especially toward freelancers. Employers who hire freelancers don’t have to deal with payroll taxes, employee healthcare costs or real estate expenses. Shady employers try to get work from freelancers at rates that are well below what they would have to pay the average employee. As a freelancer, if you’re not alert, you…
  • Content marketing plans that work

    admin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at dustn.tv Content marketing is the mix of passion, experience, engaging writing, social sharing and marketing. Prior to the rise of content marketing, you’d have to rely on media contacts to spread the word about the launch of your business or new products and services that you were developing. Press releases, radio and television interviews and paid ads were top options two to three decades ago. Today, press releases still work, especially if you organically add…
  • You can’t win all by yourself

    admin
    25 Jul 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Ericka Simpson Found at Lifehack.org Have you ever fantasized about setting a record in your industry or profession and doing all the heavy lifting by yourself? Have you ever dreamed about outperforming top athletes, overcoming injuries and other challenges, and coming out on top, surpassing anything your peers have ever done? Maybe you’re working to build an innovative company on your own, a firm that’s a leader in the industry you work in. The solo effort is so tiring Would it…
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    Attention Getting

  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: What Are Some Content Ideas for a Blog for an Online Shop?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:06 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, I’ve been making a lot of changes to my business and feel that quality content on my new website is needed in order to be found in searches. Honestly, I’m a little confused by it. I understand quality content from a bloggers point of view but for an e-commerce site, I’m not sure what to put on there that is going to get me found in searches where people will be looking to buy my products. My main focus is to promote my Smoosh Boxes right now.  Thanks! Brittany  www.SmooshandCo.com  x Hi Brittany, x Good…
  • Want Big Sales This Holiday Season? Target the Corporate Gift Market

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you really want to guarantee big sales this holiday season, one market you’ll want to consider targeting is the corporate market, and you will want to start preparing for it now. According to a report from the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), last year companies were planning to spend $43 per customer (or prospective customer) on Christmas gifts and $50 per employee. Typical gifts for customers were food baskets, bottles of wine, and desk accessories. Typical gifts for employees were gift cards, food/beverages, apparel and…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Draw Customers to My Booth at Fairs, Shows & Festivals

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, I am a marketing manager for a new home improvement company.  I typically generate leads for our sales team by participating in various fairs, festivals, home shows, and other local events.  I need a way to draw potential customers to my 10 x 10 booth.  How can I stick out from my competitors?  We do simple giveaways that they can visually see, but I want to be different. Any ideas??  Please help!! Loren K. HomeImprovementSelect.com Hi Loren, I love this question! Here are some of my suggestions: People tend to bring their kids…
  • The Holiday Gift Guides You Really Want to Get Your Products Into

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you sell products online and want to take advantage of those huge holiday sales, then I highly recommend you re-read my post of two years ago, Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products for Holiday Gift Guides Now. However, today I want to give you a more current suggestion for getting holiday gift guide publicity. Popular Pinners You want to pitch to the lifestyle bloggers who are excelling at creating beautiful, comprehensive, and highly pinnable gift guides for Pinterest. One of my favorites is The Everygirl blog. Their gift guides are…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Maximize Any Publicity My Business Gets?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, My wind chimes have been chosen to be on a TV show called, Blog Cabin on the DIY Network. The episode is yet to air, but they have put a video up and links to my Etsy shop. I would like some advice on how to use this exposure to market my bells both on Etsy, social media and in my wholesale business. What would you do if you had the exposure? Thank you, Bruce at Earthwind Stoneware Hi Bruce, I always tell my clients that publicity may not transpire into the results they want right away, but it does offer a lot of opportunity…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • 3 Ways to Save Money When Doing Business Overseas

    SmallBizViewpoints
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:39 pm
    International expansion can provide great opportunity to small business, but also has its cost. Here are 3 ways to save money when doing business overseas. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Importance of Groundwork when Opening a New Business Outlet

    SmallBizViewpoints
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:42 pm
    It is imperative for small business owners to perform proper groundwork when opening a business premise. Why and how to do the groundwork to avoid getting into trouble in the future. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Increase Data Storage Capacity without Buying New Hardware

    SmallBizViewpoints
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Virtualization can help small business owners get the most out of existing data storage hardware and reduce cost. Here are additional benefits of virtualization [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Customer Onboarding Mistakes Every Business Must Avoid

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Mistakes you must avoid to ensure your first contact with customer provides pleasant experience and gets converted to customer for life. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Fresh Approach to Equipment Training to Manage Risk

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    Tips on managing the workplace safety risks by taking a fresh look at how businesses approach employee training. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 10 productivity tools to keep remote teams on track

    Michelle Nickolaisen
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: There are more and more tools being designed to suit the needs of remote teams. In this post, Michelle Nickolaisen takes us through some tools that offer solutions to common challenges remote teams face. Over to Michelle: Remote work and freelancing are both on the rise — which means that if you haven’t managed a team of remote work, you probably will have to at some point. When the time comes (if it’s not already here!), you won’t be able to pop into someone’s cubicle to see how they’re doing, so staying organized is going to be a lifesaver. These ten apps…
  • 6 Health Hacks To Boost Your Productivity

    Laura Hanly
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: As someone who sits in front of a computer for a lot of my work, finding ways to mitigate the health problems that come with the work has always been very interesting and important to me. It’s clear that when I am feeling healthy mentally and physically my work is also much better. It helps to see maintaining your health as investing in your most important and valuable business asset, yourself. Over to Laura: In 1926, the Ford Motor Company announced that workers would only be required to work 40 hours a week over the course of 5 days, coming back from the industry…
  • The quick start guide to Slack for startups

    Kyle Gray
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    For the manager: Choose a few key team members that are intimately familiar with different operations in your business to help you set up and optimize Slack for your team. The exact number of people you want to recruit depends on your business and team size. Adding these key team members early will make sure you don’t get overburdened with administrative tasks. The team members you select will become the “go-to” people for questions or issues with Slack. Invite your team Go to the “Manage Your Team” menu on https://my.slack.com/admin Add the names and emails of your key team members…
  • The simple trick for growing your email list by 10,000 subscribers

    Walter Chen
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: Walter Chen is the founder of iDoneThis. He used the power of a strong email list and content marketing to grow his startup. In this post, he shares one of his most effective strategies for growing his email list, content upgrades. Over to Walter. People love a freebie. Giving them a little extra sugar on top of your normal content can make readers more engaged, more likely to return and can be a great way for you to drive traffic to your blog. Content upgrades offer this little something extra, and it’s how we grew our email list by over 10,000 subscribers. Content…
  • The ultimate guide for reducing churn on your product

    Dan Virgillito
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: For a startup owner, customer churn is one of the most important numbers to understand. It is the key to the maximizing lifetime value of your customers and could mean the difference between success and failure for a business. In this article Dan Virgillito shares strategies to reduce your churn rate and keep your business growing. Over to Dan. As your startup grows, a percentage of your customers will stop doing business with you, and that’s completely normal. Churn rate is the metric you can use to calculate the amount of customers who abandon your company during a…
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    Tanya Smith Online

  • Live Streaming Video – 7 Questions To Know When It’s Right For You EP058

    Tanya Smith
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Not every social service is right for everyone. This episode talks about the 7 questions […]
  • Which Social Network Should I Choose? EP057

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online When working out your social media strategy, the networks to which you choose to post […]
  • Twitter Direct Messages – Now Chat As Long As You Want EP056

    Tanya Smith
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    If you’ve checked Twitter the latter part of this week, you might have noticed that something’s different: the limitation of 140 characters has been removed. Not everywhere, just in the place that matters – Direct Messages (a.k.a. DM’s). I’ve always thought it would be great to have the option of deeper, more engaging conversation without […]
  • Canva For Work Is Here: The Shiny New Star of Graphic Design Tools EP054

    Tanya Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    When I first started  blogging and sharing on social media years ago, I hired a graphic designer to create most of my images.  You can imagine what that cost in time and money…not to mention the quality was not always on target. Next, I started creating my own images. I’d search all over the web […]
  • Creating Your Powerful Visual Content Brand EP053

    Tanya Smith
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Building a brand is all about consistency and this applies as much to your visual […]
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    Gyantastic

  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Long Term Productivity

    Ram Shengale
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    We all have different ways to feel productive. From listing down our priorities in the morning or listening to relaxing music while paving your way through the day, each one of us have our own ways to cope up with our daily activities. Let’s look at ten foolproof ways to help you improve your efficiency in the long run. 1. Take scheduled breaks to even out your work throughout the day. According to a survey conducted by Pipedrive, the French were more productive than Americans because of their two hour lunch break. Taking scheduled breakshelp create a balance between someone’s lives,…
  • GetResponse Review 2015 – Now with Responsive Emails And Landing Pages

    Ram Shengale
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    I’ve been using GetResponse since the last 3 years and it’s been a great journey so far. I, like all the other internet marketers, collect email addresses from people visiting my blogs (I have a couple of small niche blogs as well) to build my email lists use them to follow up with them using email. After all, according to various surveys conducted in 2012, the ROI in Email Marketing came out to be $40 for every $1 spent, so why loose the opportunity to grab your visitor’s emails? Anyways, in this post I have done an in-depth review of my favorite email marketing service…
  • World’s 5 Best Freelance Websites | 2015

    Ram Shengale
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:15 am
    Online freelance websites and marketplaces are changing the way we work. We can work from anywhere, choose how much we want to work and at what time we want to work. We don’t have to worry about waking up early to get ready for the job or even taking a long holiday with our family. We are your own bosses! As the freelance culture grew famous during the last 3-4 years, hundreds of websites have been launched that provide great service to freelance workers and outsourcers. I did some research on the web and found the following 5 best freelance websites that are really changing the…
  • WordPress- Is It The Right Choice For Building Your SaaS?

    Ram Shengale
    2 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Holding a rich background of serving as a remarkable web development platform for more than 10 years, WordPress has equally impressed web designers/developers and clients. With more than 50 million websites running on WordPress, the CMS is surely going to witness an incredible increase in its popularity and demand in the coming years. Well-known for being the backbone of content-rich websites, WordPress CMS has also been successfully utilized for developing a wide array of sites related to other domains/verticals. In today’s post, I’ll be throwing some light on key aspects…
  • A Basic Step-by-Step Guide on Building Custom WordPress Theme

    Guest Author
    7 May 2014 | 5:23 am
    Disclaimer: This is a guest post by one of our guest author. The views & opinions expressed in any guest post featured on our site are those of the guest author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions & views of the me or Gyantastic community as a whole.Have you been planning to start your own WordPress site or blog? Then, most likely your next step will be to search one perfect theme for your site. However, browsing through thousands of WordPress themes out there and picking one that suits your website can be a difficult task. Well, it takes time to search through all the themes and then…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • A Note On Helping Clients Overcome Obstacles

    Hunter Hoffmann
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:16 am
    Success is a group effort.  Even when you’re building your business on your own, you need support from friends, family, partners and others to reach your goals and achieve your dreams.  At Hiscox, we take great pride in being true partners with our clients.  Hiscox clients know that we’ll always be there to help them keep their business protected and lend a helping hand when they need it the most.  It’s especially great when we can support a client who is dedicated to helping others in a new way. The Hiscox partnership with Tough Mudder has taught us a lot about the parallels…
  • How Ross Cassidy Bounced from Dollar Draft Bartender to ‘Million Dollar Decorator.’

    Hiscox Blog
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    While a handful business owners achieve incredible success overnight, for most it’s a process that takes time, patience, and a lot of courage. Ross Cassidy’s story is no different. His journey to becoming one of New York’s hottest decorators spans three continents and at least 4 careers, including a stint as a dollar bartender. As he explains in his interview, one constant theme that he’s found in his life is that the biggest risks always reap the biggest rewards. To find out how Ross went from a dollar draft bartender to working with million dollar clients, check out episode 4 of…
  • 3 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Black Monday

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today, the financial world is reeling at the global market downturn that has come to be known as Black Monday. While it’s still unclear whether this is just a temporary stock slide or the beginning of something more portentous, it’s undeniable that many people are alarmed. #BlackMonday is a top trending topic on Twitter, and the front pages of most global newspapers feature alarming graphs that are all too reminiscent of those seen at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Hiscox Small Business Blog if we didn’t give you the small…
  • Top 3 Advertising and Marketing Watchouts for Small Businesses

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    Advertising can be one of the most fun parts of business.  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend creativity with your business acumen.  And, After all, who doesn’t want to see their company name on TV, hear it on the radio or see it in print? And if you don’t have the budget for any of those media, advertising online is easier and cheaper than ever, and can expose your business to a whole new world of potential customers. But with that exposure comes risk. Whether you’re incorporating video into a small business marketing plan or just firing up your twitter account,  you need…
  • The Tao of Bethany: Failure is Inevitable and Perfection is a Myth

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    What’s the cost of not taking a risk? It’s a simple question that propelled Bethany Lyons to leave her comfortable job and found Lyons Den Power Yoga. In episode 3 of our small business docuseries, Courageous Leaders, Bethany shares how embracing failure and learning the value of taking action have contributed to her success as a small business owner. Bethany’s commitment to staying in action inform her perspective on risk. As our host Hartley Sawyer puts it, “If you’re not failing part of the time, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough.” Check out episode 3 of…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Diversity at Work: How Diversity Cultivates an Inclusive Company Culture

    Anica Oaks
    4 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Diversity has become a phrase often used to indicate the inclusion of a broad range of workers from different ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. This inclusion of various groups in a corporate environment has been found to be a significant advantage on a number of levels, including in innovation, creativity, customer service and financial gains. Clearly, diversity adds a number of elements to the corporate mix that improves companies at all levels. Image courtesy of stockimages / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Diversity Helps To Attract Top Talent A company…
  • 5 Things to Look for When Choosing an Office Chair

    Contributor
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Feeling tired and aching all over after a long day at work? Do you have a constant pain in your back, neck, and/or shoulders? If yes, your office chair might very well be the culprit. We spend hours at work sitting on a chair, and a comfortable and ergonomic one can completely change the way you feel at the end of your shift.  Why is it Important? A comfortable office chair is essential; otherwise you might end up dealing with severe back problems. The right chair can help you in maintaining your posture, providing adequate lower back support and comfort,…
  • 5 Best Techniques for SEO in 2015

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There is no denying the effectiveness of SEO in driving search rankings. But over the last few years gradual but nonetheless consistent changes in market demographics, profiles, trends and preferences have necessitated an evolution in the process and application of SEO. Still, there are techniques and practices that remain effective simply because these are easily adaptable to change. Here are five of the best techniques for SEO that will remain relevant in 2015 and perhaps, beyond.   Design SEO strategy according to target audience data SEO has been…
  • 5 Tips For Finding Office Space As An Entrepreneur Or Startup

    Contributor
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Let’s face it; starting a business is tough. Aside from finding seed capital, building a winning team, competing in a saturated market and finding and keeping new clients, there are so many other things that go into the balancing act of not letting your new startup become a statistic. While the majority of your time will be dedicated to keeping an eagle eye on finances, it is important to portray a professional image. This is particularly relevant during the early years. While many entrepreneurs use what they have at their disposal in the initial stages,…
  • The 7 Key Benefits of Monitoring Employees

    Contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: It may cost you a little to track and monitor your employees through technology, but the cost of major mistakes or poor performance is likely to cost you way more. The brightest and the best of companies today–and even academic institutions–embed cameras, softwares, and other forms of technology to frequently monitor what goes on at organizational premises. Managers and supervisors need to employ these safety measures to ensure that an employee isn’t guilty of misconduct while at work. But this isn’t the ONLY reason why they need monitoring…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • New Update To Instagram That Can Increase Your Business Engagement

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    Are you a regular user of Instagram? Do you actively reply back to your followers and comments? Instagram has always been a mobile-only photo sharing app but now it’s offering more features to Desktop. Instagram have recently announced that on Desktop you can now search for users and hashtags as well as being able to comment on pictures. You may think this is only a small update and that you don't need to worry about this for your business, but the truth is that you definitely need to take note if you're not using Instagram for your own business. In this article I will be discussing how you…
  • How To Create a Photobucket Account And Make It 100% Complete

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am
    Have you ever set up a Photobucket Account? Have you created one which is still bare and needs information adding? In this article I will be showing you step by step instructions on how you can not only create a complete profile, but also some tips on how you can improve your uploads and get the most out of them. The first step you need to take is to go to the Photobucket website – www.photobucket.com, where you will then be greeted with a Sign up box on the left hand side. Photobucket allows you to sign up either with your own email address or with your Facebook logins. If you select to…
  • Google Maps Shake Up Local Results With New Update

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Google have recently rolled out a new update to how it shows local searches. This update has completely changed the layout of local results. Google have always shown 7 'local' pages when a search is done with local intent. By this I mean that if a local search was carried out, for example 'Derby Plumbers' Google would show 7 Google My Business pages (formally known as Google Places and Google Local). This was great as it meant if your website was not ranking for this keyword on the first page of Google, you could push your Google My Business page and try and get that to rank. The new update…
  • Rethinking Your Customer Loyalty Programmes: How To Really Add Value

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Most companies, probably including yours, depend on repeat business. Did you know that 62% of consumers don’t believe that the brands they’re most loyal to are doing enough to reward them. (ClickFox) By the numbers, loyalty marketers have some challenges and opportunities. Whilst this is something that you may already do, let's analyse how well. The most common challenges to successful customer loyalty programmes can be overcome with the right solutions. First we'll go through the three key challenges, and then we'll look at how marketers are finding ways to solve them.
  • Why You Shouldn't Ignore Twitter For Business to Business (B2B) Marketing

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    While 140 characters of text hardly seems enough to say much about anything, Twitter is a useful B2B marketing tool – especially when it comes to gaining insights about content and customers. With its simple publishing, connectivity with social media platforms, and capacity to track and measure engagement, Twitter is a great tool for curating, sharing & testing content.
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Three Important Methods of Online Marketing for Small Businesses

    Tiffany C. Wright
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:34 am
    The internet has become a powerful marketing tool for every type of business. Online marketing can be an intimidating world, but small businesses do not have to get lost in the massive scope of the internet. Using a combination of marketing techniques can often present a solution that can address the needs of any company […]
  • What do you do to ensure employees fit your culture?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    One question that many business owners have is, “How do I find employees that fit well with my company’s culture?” The answer to that question starts with the very beginning of the hiring process – the initial job description. However, before you can craft the job description, there are other steps you must take first. […]
  • How to Avoid Wrongful Termination Suits

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    I have a few former clients and others I know who were on the receiving end of a wrongful termination suit. (The client firms became clients AFTER they had settled their wrongful terminations suits!) Wrongful termination suits are not as rare as we would like to believe. Any employee who is fired and believes he […]
  • What Good CEOs Know About Dealing With Bad PR

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bad PR does not have to ruin your business; as a matter of fact, many of the best CEOs actually consider it to be an opportunity. Here is how you can use bad PR to support the future of your business. 1. The negative citations still raise your search engine ranking. It does not matter […]
  • How to Attract Great Talent on a Budget

    Tiffany C. Wright
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Question: How do I attract great talent on a budget? One question I often get is: How do I attract great talent on a budget? or, put another way: How do I attract a corporate star or someone worthy of being a corporate star when I don’t have the corporate budget to pay him or […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Clever commuter hacks

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    Commuting: we all hate it, but most of us have to do it at some point in our lives. As we’re all busy people, there must be a better way to spend the 58 minutes average commute we make each day? It’s a productivity drain, and if there’s one thing we really hate at SBH, it’s productivity drains! So take a look at this brilliant infographic full of clever commuter hacks from switchmybusiness.com for some inspiration (hint: Angry Birds not included). The post Clever commuter hacks appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
  • The hidden cost of printing is eating away at SMEs’ annual revenue

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    For many small businesses, creating a truly paperless environment is impractical and unachievable. While advances in technology, such as cloud file storage, have gone some way to reduce the amount of printing organisations need do on a daily basis, the majority of small businesses have no idea how much print is costing them annually. In larger organisations, it has been estimated that on average each member of staff is costing the company £400 per year in print costs alone. While this figure will undoubtedly be lower for SMEs, there are many factors that need to be taken into account when…
  • The Ultimate SME Guide to Alternative Finance

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Alternative finance. It’s supposed  to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you believe the pundits. But is it just a flash in the pan? Or will it grow to become not-so-alternative when you’re looking to amp up your business. After all, banks are often accused of not stepping up to support SMEs: 79% of SMEs applied from funding from banks, but only 22% received a funding offer, according to research from Merchant Money. This just makes it more important for SMEs to know all their options before committing to a loan. Maybe an alternative will provide more flexibility than…
  • Why huge retailers are opting for pop up shops

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    There has been much written on the trend of pop up shops; from small provincial towns to the crowded high streets of the biggest cities in the country, the pop up shop is a model that many people are enjoying. From consumers to business owners, the pop up shop provides many benefits. The high street looks vastly different today and for many reasons as highlighted in a blog post from Colour Graphics. With this model being such a win-win, it is no surprise that some big names are getting in on the act too. Smaller businesses, including start-ups taking their first tentative steps into the world…
  • Should you use crowdsourcing for business?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Image © ITR.co.uk The post Should you use crowdsourcing for business? appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Here Is How Adam Callinan Built A 7 Figure Business Step By Step

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 am
    Adam Callinan is an entrepreneur, writer and co-owner in a venture capital firm. Not only has he helped lots of small businesses at their early stage, but also he started many companies himself. He has some decent start up experience and here is a great story of his, a step by step explanation of how he started an automated million dollars online business with...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Cleaning BusinessTaobao – a Short StoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Instagram is definitely one of the greatest companies of the Internet era, and it’s story – one of the most engaging start up stories today. The company started by the two young entrepreneurs Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger was sold to Facebook for the whooping of $1 000 000 000, just a few years after its foundation. The story of Instagram is not only...You can also check these cool business articles:Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionImgur HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Real Truth About Success

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Every single day we see successful people around us. They seem to be so happy, they smile, they obviously enjoy life, they have enough spare time, because of their financial independence… Their lives look so carefree. Most people think of them as they are the ‘lucky ones’. It seems that any of them just got lucky at some point of her life and all...You can also check these cool business articles:The Power Of Taking ActionHow Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful OnesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Incredible Flappy Bird’s Story

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
 
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    Strategy Lab Regina

  • Why I Volunteer and You Should too! || Eps 28 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Want to find your Superpower? Volunteer for something. It was back in elementary school, I was a lost little boy. Well, not little, you could say I enjoyed food as a kid and not just “pizza” the whole bloody thing!! This made it more difficult to meet girls of the opposite sex. Enter volunteering. I loved being a part of something bigger than myself. Personally I think that’s where happiness comes from. When you’re a part of something big that is helping others it gives you an unforeseen confidence. Kind of like a super power. Self esteem is increased knowing that you…
  • The Big Idea Camp Aftermath!!! || eps 27 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    We did it. A summer camp for one day, 5 challenges, six students competed in the craziest, widlest, most fun business challenges. In the end we had to crown one winning team. [View the story “Big Idea Camp 2015″ on Storify] What a day. The six students who participated should be given a huge thank you. These guys battled, never gave up, never hesitated, and always with a positive attitude. Three of the six are going to post secondary institutions, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia and even one star athlete going to Oregon State. That’s pretty amazing…
  • Why Your Company Needs a T-Shirt || Eps 26 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    T-shirt marketing has been around for years. I’m not sure who started it, probably someone who loved making people smile. Any way, what we wear has changed so much over the years. Clothing can affect the way you think(peoples’ perception of you changes), from the psychology of social signalling and Status Anxiety, to understanding that most of what we do is centred around attracting the opposite sex (see the book Spent for a fascinating look into this theory). What we wear shows a small part of who we are and what we wear on our chest is one of the most important pieces of…
  • Between Two Sequoias w/ Braedon McLeod || Eps 25 #BetweenTwoSequoias

    Jeph
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I met Braedon back when he was in highschool and still full of piss and vinegar. I was the assistant coach of the Senior Boys at Winston Knoll and there was this young spitfire of a Volleyball player that looked at the world through a different lens. He was a little shit disturber, didn’t like authority but would compete no matter what. He was a competitor. We didn’t see eye to eye at first, but slowly I began to understand where this young fellow came from. Fast forward a couple years and out of the blue I get him to start coaching with me. At this point still full of piss and…
  • The Most Underrated Activity In Your Life; Exercise || Eps 24 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The most underrated thing you can do for your life is exercise. There are so many positive side effects to physical activity that it’s almost insane how we live our lives sitting at a desk for hours on end. We learned that in school, businesses thought it was a good idea too, “hey put everyone in cubicles!”. What a terrible idea that was.   We were never meant to be sitting all day long, our ancestors never sat down for very long, well that’s if they didn’t want to be eaten. In the book Brain Rules by John Medina he talks about how we’ve gotten…
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    fitsmallbusiness.com

  • Your Facebook Page Or Your Credit Score: What’s More Important For Getting A Loan?

    Priyanka Prakash
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    7 out of 10 consumers prefer businesses with a social media presence, but having a strong social media profile isn’t just a tool for increasing sales. It may also help you get a business loan. Alternative lenders like OnDeck and microlenders like Opportunity Fund are using social media data to inform their lending decisions. At […] The post Your Facebook Page Or Your Credit Score: What’s More Important For Getting A Loan? appeared first on .
  • Commercial Real Estate Loans: How to Get A Loan for Income-Producing Property

    Priyanka Prakash
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this article, we explain how to obtain commercial real estate loans for the purchase of shopping centers, hotels, and other income-producing property. After reading this article, you should understand what you will need to qualify for a commercial real estate loan, what to expect in terms of typical interest rates and fees, and the how to apply for a […] The post Commercial Real Estate Loans: How to Get A Loan for Income-Producing Property appeared first on .
  • Hard vs. Soft Credit Checks: How Do They Affect Your Credit Score?

    Priyanka Prakash
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Your personal credit score is one of the most important indicators of your financial health, and it affects your ability to get business financing and other types of loans. In this article, we will answer the following questions. Will my credit score be affected if I apply for a loan, and the lender checks my […] The post Hard vs. Soft Credit Checks: How Do They Affect Your Credit Score? appeared first on .
  • Zopim vs Olark: Best Live Chat Software Comparison

    Jeremy Marsan
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    With live chat software you can easily engage visitors on your website. We looked at many different programs and measured the top three against each other: Zopim vs Olark vs LivePerson. See our recommendation along with a detailed comparison of cost, features, easy of use and integrations below: Best Live Chat Software for Small Businesses: Zopim We recommend […] The post Zopim vs Olark: Best Live Chat Software Comparison appeared first on .
  • How to Import Real Estate Leads from Zillow into Any CRM

    Jeremy Marsan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every realtor knows that timing is key when it comes to Real Estate leads. If you don’t reach out immediately, clients lose interest or are swept up by other agents. If this is something you’ve had trouble with, one solution is to have your real estate leads automatically imported from Zillow to your CRM. This way, you […] The post How to Import Real Estate Leads from Zillow into Any CRM appeared first on .
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
 
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    BoostSuite

  • 5 Easy Steps to Gain More Customers from Online Marketing

    admin
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    As a small business owner, I am sure you know that it can be very difficult to find new, affordable ways to advertise and gain more customers. In this article, I am going to show you how to gain more customers with an affordable, five step digital marketing system that could take your company to next level. With digital marketing, it’s possible that you can expand your reach and dramatically increase your conversions while spending less than $150 per month! So you see, online marketing doesn’t have to break the bank! The key to this powerful marketing system is all about MOBILE!
  • 5 Areas to Consider When Building a B2B Email Lead Nurturing Campaign

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Effective lead nurturing can bring your efforts together and produce significant results. A major component of most lead nurturing strategies is email marketing. How you construct your emails can have a significant impact on well they move your leads through their buyer's journey. Here are some things to keep in mind as you build your next email nurturing program. Segmentation Not all leads are the same. They shouldn't all be nurtured the same way either. Segment your list as much as possibleby buyer persona, by industry, etc. Use behavioral data to segment the list further. Analyze…
  • Hero or Outlaw? How to Use Archetypes in Marketing Your Brand

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If someone asks you what your archetype is, don’t worry—it’s not a cheesy pickup line. Archetypes are an ideal model of a type or group like a personality type or a typecast character. Think of Darth Vader as the archetypal Bad Guy, or Dorothy Gale as the archetypal Innocent. Archetypal images represent fundamental human desires. In literature and art, they connect with readers and viewers at deep emotional levels.  Why Use Archetypes in Marketing? Archetypes are a powerful marketing tool for your company. They help define who you are and what you…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Networking

    Daniel Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” I’m sure you have heard that popular phrase before. Networking can be scary but knowing and associating with the right people can be more important than what you know or what your career is. Networking events provide a laid back atmosphere to interact with people in your industry, and help your career grow with potential opportunities. It also reminds you of the importance of people skills for business growth and that face-to-face interaction creating a lasting impression. Check out our top five reasons on why networking is essential:…
  • Co-Marketing is the Newest Type of Online Marketing

    Daniel Smith
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Do you feel like you’re constantly drowning in a sea of social media sites and online marketing trends? Nowadays when you go online it seems like the competition for your customers’ attention has become more cutthroat than it used to be. With an infinite number of links to click on, how can your small business stand out from the crowd in order to attract and expand a loyal online audience? The answer is co-marketing. Co-marketing is the concept of connecting businesses that have overlapping customer audiences and encouraging them to share and create content for, and about each other. This…
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    Changescape Web

  • How to Prioritize Your Small Business Marketing Budget

    ken tucker
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Small businesses have to make decisions about a wide variety of marketing choices (tactics), such as social media, direct mail, billboards, online advertising, print advertising, and search engine optimization just to name a few.  It can be pretty difficult to know which are right for your business. There are a lot of factors that go in to determining what the best marketing investments are, such as: Who is your ideal customer? What is a customer’s total lifetime value? Are they online and if so where do they spend time online? What type of business do you have (Industry)? What is your…
  • Facebook for Small Businesses: Silver Bullet or Snipe Hunt?

    ken tucker
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Is Facebook for small businesses? Last week I was asked to present a topic on the use of Facebook for small businesses for local St. Charles chambers.  I’ve thought about this a lot and wanted to put together a frank assessment of the good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook for businesses.  I’ve included that presentation (at the end), along with my thoughts to help businesses sort through whether to use Facebook, and how they can get some real value if they do. The first thing to do it to really think about whether Facebook is right for your business.  This means taking a step back and…
  • Two Overlooked Marketing Skills – Technology and Project Management

    ken tucker
    9 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Marketing is different now   Two very important, and often overlooked marketing skills are Technology and Project Management. In fact, I think these two skills have become mandatory to be effective at marketing in today’s world, where the customer has control over the buying process.  Potential customers use the web more than ever before, and it continues to accelerate especially with the explosive of mobile devices.  A potential customer now typically waits until the last third of the buying process to engage with a sales person.  Being found online has become critical for most…
  • In a Micro-Moment Everything Can Change

    ken tucker
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Google has just released a new report that shows the importance for having a total online presence, including Google AdWords and YouTube video ads. Google’s research on micro-moments shows that people now consume media in a fundamentally different way – in “numerous short bursts of digital activity throughout the day”.  This has major implications for businesses and the importance of being found online. Micro-moments are those moments “when we act on a need—to learn something, do something, discover something, watch something or buy something”. Two things immediately come to…
  • Small Business Tools for Social Media, sCRM, and Email

    ken tucker
    13 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    We’ve done the work finding tools that work for small businesses! Small businesses need tools that fit their business requirements and their budgets.  As a small business, Changescape Web knows the challenges many small businesses face when it comes to finding tools that help you run your and grow your business.  This is a post that will be a continuing series on Small Business Tools and Solutions.   Heyo – An easy way to create mobile and social campaigns that will drive traffic, leads, and sales. Tons of templates and a drag and drop editor makes creating Facebook apps,…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • New Direct Sales Opportunity: Carin Bracelets

    Angie
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    This post has been sponsored by Carin Bracelets. We all have had transforming moments in our lives. From a new born into the family, to finishing school, marriage and beyond. Each stepping stone to the next level should be celebrated and remembered. What we are is made up of all our experiences in life. At Carin Bracelets we celebrate the milestones while transforming our Flutterby Designers lives. Every wife, mother, daughter will be passed down their mothers silver charm bracelet.  At Carin Bracelets we want to keep this tradition going. We have organized parties to bring this tradition…
  • Join the Ranks of Initial Outfitters Consultants

    Angie
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:59 pm
    There’s a lot to discover when you Embrace the Possibilities that are in store for you at Initial Outfitters! Whether you are looking for extra income, more time with the girls, or you want to make a difference in the lives of others, Initial Outfitters can be just that & more for you.  You set your own hours to achieve your own income goals and dreams, so you never have to miss the big {or little} moments in your life! The boutique-style line of personalized jewelry and gifts appeals to women of all styles and ages, and is sold exclusively by our Independent Outfitters…women…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Moxie Gear Women’s Self-Defense Products

    Angie
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 am
    The below overview has been sponsored by Moxie Gear. Please tell us a little about Moxie Gear and the products you offer. We added our first consultant in August/2014.  We offer less-than-lethal self defense items and conceal carry items.  We are dedicated to helping all women find the best fit for them to be able to keep themselves protected.  We are able to advise and consult women based on their personal comfort levels, activities, families, etc. What’s the compensation for consultants? Consultants earn 30%.  They can earn up to 35% commission on personal sales, plus bonuses as…
  • Ground Floor Business Opportunity: Magnolia & Vine

    Angie
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Magnolia & Vine is a new direct sales company founded in February 2015. The company offers women’s fashion accessories. Their current line includes jewelry, signature Snaps, knitted accessories, handbags and more. Magnolia & Vine is currently recruiting Founding Consultants for their ground floor opportunity. As a result, the compensation & bonus programs are very generous. Compensation:  Magnolia & Vine consultants earn a base commission of 20% on personal sales. An additional 20% is available with sales and product bonuses. Consultants can also build a team and receive…
  • Become a Chloe + Isabel Online Boutique Owner

    Angie
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Chloe + Isabel is a direct selling company featuring hand-crafted jewelry. Merchandisers are able to promote the product line online or through “Pop-Up Shows.” Personal online boutiques are linked to social networks for easy promotion. Chloe + Isabel offers an online-only business opportunity, though Pop-Up Shows are an option and a great way to make extra income through face-to-face sales. Chloe + Isabel currently restricts the number of Merchandisers in a specific area. Therefore you must apply for acceptance and you will be connected with a mentor upon approval. Compensation:  Chloe +…
 
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    FUSE - CFO Services and Financial Consulting

  • How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Disfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

    David Worrell
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
      The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship.  In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back. When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams. 3 Danger Zones…
  • 4 Strategies for Surviving Foreign Currency Exchange Risks

    David Worrell
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    The re-valuation of the Chinese Yuan this month highlights a risk that most small businesses barely acknowledge: the cost and volatility of international money exchange. If you’re buying raw materials from China, your costs suddenly increased by 4%  (enough to wipe out the entire profit margin for some businesses), which makes foreign exchange risk management a problem that you cannot afford to ignore. How do you protect yourself against these kinds of risks? Any small company dealing in more than one currency should have a comprehensive foreign exchange risk management plan that…
  • How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

    David Worrell
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like it or not, customers are not all created equal.  Are they all equally profitable?  No. Can your business afford to service  every customer?  No.  Shouldn’t you treat them all the same?  No. No. No. If you think all your customers are the same, wake up and smell the customer segmentation. In almost every business,  just 20% of customers account for 80% of profits.  And many businesses would be better off if they simply did not have to serve the bottom 80% at all!  (That’s known as the “Pareto principle” or the “80/20” rule.) But before you go out and fire 4…
  • How to Win a $100 million Finance Defamation Lawsuit

    David Worrell
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    After a seven-year court battle, a judge finally laid down the law with two tycoons – Mr. Sukamto Sia and Mr. Low Tuck Kwong – who have been embroiled in a long-running business defamation lawsuit. If the ruling holds, Mr. Low will be awarded about $100 million USD. The brief history of this fight is interesting and instructive about how to fight — and win — a finance defamation lawsuit. Why The Two Mega-Moguls Started Feuding The tumult began in 2008. Around that time, Bayan Resources – Low’s Company – was on the verge of its initial public offering. Like most…
  • Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

    David Worrell
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating. The company just announced a feat that a lot of small business owners would love to claim: a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million. Dazzled? Jealous? Stories like this make you think that raising venture capital is the easiest, fastest – and sexiest – option for funding your small business. Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity. Raising Venture…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Orlando Investors Buying Short Term Rentals

    Jenny Zamora
    4 Sep 2015 | 11:51 am
     Orlando Investors Buying Short Term Rental PropertyLuxury vacation single family homes and town homes are currently available at pre-construction prices in several resort communities located through out Orlando, Reunion, Kissimmee and Davenport, FL. Realtors in Orlando have got there hands full with showing these resort properties to investors from around the world including local real estate investors.Most of these resort communities are located just a short distance from Disney and other world class attractions like SeaWorld and Universal Studios.The vacation resort home and…
  • TOR 019 : Breaking Your Lease

    John Conde
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    On today’s show we talk about how to get out of a lease agreement in the state of Florida.Breaking a lease is completely legal in certain situations but you have to do it the right way. If not, you could get yourself in hot water both legally and financially. so you definitely want to avoid that.In a lease agreement, There are laws in place to protect both lessors and lessees.So…there’s a few things you need to do before breaking your lease.1- Find out what your rights are- Read your lease agreement thoroughly,…2- Keep good records…If you’re in a…
  • 7 More Things To Consider Before Buying A House In Orlando

    John Conde
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Buying a home can be a very exciting time for you and your family. Emotions can sometimes try and take over clouding your better judgment. These emotions can be compared to falling in love in the sense that you can easily overlook some major flaws. Like the saying goes… “love is blind”. Then once your mind is set, that red faced little kid can try and overcome you. “I want it, I want it, I want it!” Don’t let him… he doesn’t pay the bills and once he’s gone, you’ll be the one left holding the bag! There are many things you need to…
  • Boomerang Buyers In Orlando Get Smarter

    John Conde
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    2007 was a bad year for Orlando real estate just as it was for the rest of the country. It was especially devastating for people who lost their homes to foreclosure or were forced to do a short sale in order to avoid foreclosure. Since that time many people have managed to recover from the market crash with many still on the road to recovery.  2015 marks the passing of the seven year point for the first wave of these homeowners, which is the average time needed to conservatively repair someone’s credit after going through a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy. We refer to…
  • 9 Steps To Selling Your Orlando Home

    John Conde
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
     1- Whay are you selling?Your first step should be to write down the reasons that are motivating you to sell your home. Are you under pressure because of a new job opportunity? Do you just need more space because there’s a little one on the way?It’s a good idea to think about what your goals are overall then decide how selling your home will affect your goals either in a positive or negative way. After you’ve determined these things on your own, your Orlando real estate agent will have the knowledge to set a realistic time frame to get your home sold according to your…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How to set your clients up with MYOB (without lifting a finger)

    Alistair Nestor
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Your client has done their research, listened to your advice, and made a decision. They’re going to manage their accounts with MYOB software. Nice. Now what? How do they move from their existing solution to MYOB? The savvy accountant or bookkeeper could do this migration themselves. But it takes time, and who can afford that? MYOB’s migration services help you to switch from another accounting software to a nifty MYOB online solution like AccountRight or Essentials Accounting. So how does it work and does it save time? I caught up with Victorian bookkeeper Debbie Demooy of RAD Bookkeeping…
  • Get your single-sign-on on with MYOB Logins

    Alistair Nestor
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    MYOB Logins is the name of MYOB’s single-sign-on service (SSO). You might have heard that term elsewhere in services such as Google (‘one Google account for everything Google’). It’s all about convenience The goal behind single-sign-on is usually convenience. In Google’s case, you can use one set of credentials to login to Gmail, YouTube, and Google Drive. Similarly, with MYOB Logins, you need only one login to gain access to your MYOB practice solution, AccountRight, and Essentials Accounting, and so on. Now I’m not sure how often you might be switching between applications each…
  • The Accounting Journal: Today the Cloud, Tomorrow – the Sky’s the Limit!

    Ben Scott
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Part 6 of MYOB’s 6-part series on the 60th Anniversary of Accounting Software – see part 5 here Over the past 5 articles we’ve discussed the history of accounting, the developments in society and technology which were driven by the need to track goods, exchanges and resources, and the rapid advancement in techniques and tools which has characterised the past six decades. Modern accounting hardly resembles its roots, when scribes were charged simply with keeping track of stores of grain or trades of livestock.  With double-entry bookkeeping, joint stock companies, sophisticated…
  • MYOB Most Innovative Company in Australia

    Simon Raik-Allen
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    In the last 12 months we have worked harder than ever to deliver some of our most exciting products yet. We’ve introduced our first cloud ERP solution, MYOB Advanced; launched MYOB Portal to market, released smart bills and extended OnTheGo to include EFTPOS, just to name a few. The hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to celebrate because we have just been recognised as Australia’s Most Innovative Large Company in 2015 by Business Review Weekly (BRW) and awarded second place in the overall list of BRW’s 50 most innovative companies! The annual BRW awards recognise excellence in…
  • Tradies in the construction industry – Are you at risk with the ATO?

    Matthew Snelleksz
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is focusing on contractors in the building industry, as it seeks to recoup unpaid GST and undeclared income. The cash economy has always been on the Tax Office radar, but now under the new reporting system they introduced in 2013, building companies must report on all payments made to contractors, and the ATO is hoping to catch more contractors in their revenue net. 250,000 contractors and counting… Already the ATO has hit more than 250,000 contractors with more than $2.3 billion in tax bills for avoiding their income tax and GST obligations.
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  • Top 10 Hardware Retail Industry Trends

    Whitney Richardson
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    See what the industry was buzzing about all summer long. The summer was abuzz with new product releases, hot grilling tools, 2016 color trends and more. We recap the top articles of the summer to highlight some of this year’s most popular topics. The summer was abuzz with new product releases, hot grilling tools, 2016 color trends and more. 1. Dremel Introduces Self-Cleaning Rotary Tool DIY enthusiasts are definitely interested in this new product from Dremel. The tool can sand, carve, etch, engrave and drill, while a handy vacuum cleans up the mess as users work. The company recently…
  • Sears Targets “Do-It-For-Me” Customers Instead of DIY Shoppers

    Whitney Richardson
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    The retailer is promoting its Home Appliances and Services with new ads that highlight the value of its professional services. Home-improvement shows and social media platforms such as Pinterest have played a large role in the current do-it-yourself trend. But there’s always room for some expert advice, which is what Sears is promoting in its new advertising campaign for its Home Appliances and Services department. There’s always room for some expert advice, which is what Sears is promoting in its new advertising campaign for its Home Appliances and Services department. Using the tagline…
  • Pantone Adds 210 New Hues to Fashion, Home + Interior Trends

    Whitney Richardson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Additional colors highlight the subtle variations present in color families. Color plays an important role in the home, and paint manufacturers try to capture this each year with new palettes and recommendations to create serene environments. Pantone, the leading color company, is paying attention, too, and has come up with 210 new shades that customers may be interested in adding to their abodes. The colors extend the variations of existing color families to make sure the hues achieved are just right. The colors extend the variations of existing color families to make sure the hues achieved…
  • 4 Tool Trends Every Hardware Retailer Should Know About

    Whitney Richardson
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pro Tool Reviews Editor-in-Chief Clint Everett DeBoer shares his insights on top tool trends for the coming year. Tools are a staple of hardware retailers, and these tools continue to evolve to become more efficient, lighter and more ergonomic. So what tool trends can retailers expect in the coming year? We asked Clint Everett DeBoer, editor-in-chief of recommended blog Pro Tool Reviews, what he’s observed in the hardware tool space. Smart Tools “One of the biggest things that I think is going on right now is that since a lot of tools have moved towards brushless technology, what a lot of…
  • 5 Hardware Industry News Items You May Have Missed

    Whitney Richardson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Catch up on hardware industry news headlines and tidbits from last week. 95,750 Number of Dremel MICRO Model 8050 Rotary Tools being recalled by Robert Bosch Corp. because of overheating, which could lead to burns. Affected tools display date codes 407 through 505 on the product’s nameplate and were sold through many home-improvement stores and e-commerce retailers from July 2014 to May 2015. [Consumer Affairs] Catch up on hardware industry news headlines and tidbits from last week. $69.4 billion Projected market for U.S. pet-care products and services by 2020. Of the total, $27 billion is…
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  • The Kick A$$ Beginners Guide to List Building Using Facebook

    Kim George
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    Are you looking for ways to add new leads to your email list using social media?   Great!  This post has got you covered…   There are quite a few small businesses jumping aboard the social media train, starting pages and building profiles—but are not truly taking advantage of all that social media has to […] The post The Kick A$$ Beginners Guide to List Building Using Facebook appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015)

    Kim George
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!   Entrepreneurship   1.  Planning to launch a business for the first time?  If so, here is a list of 25 cities worth moving to 2.  You’ve landed an appointment with a new client. Now […] The post Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015) appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud

    Kim George
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Excuse me while I geek out for a minute in this post… For years, as a solopreneur I searched online for a phone system that was inexpensive, easy to use, and scalable that would allow me to work virtually from anywhere and anytime. Additionally, I wanted a phone system that I could with my smartphone […] The post 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog

    Kim George
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    One Blog Post = Lifetime of Value for Your Customers – Hubspot   I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now (man does time fly) and believe me when I tell you that it has been a journey.    I’ve had my ups and a lot of downs, but one thing’s for sure is that […] The post 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails

    Kim George
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    “72% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communication through email” – Exxact Target Communicating with your readers and potential customers on a regular basis is essential. Yet, for many small businesses, adding email communications to the marketing mix is an afterthought. Just last week, I ran across an article published on Small Business Trends […] The post The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails appeared first on Small Business Sense.
 
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  • Don’t’s & Do’s When Using Public Wi-Fi

    Robert Siciliano
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    Curl up in a chair at your favorite coffee house, the aroma of premium coffee filling the air, take a few sips of your 400 calories latte, and then enter cyberspace. Little do you know that you could have a stalker. Or two. Or 3,000. Because public Wi-Fi is there for the picking for hackers. Online transmissions can be intercepted. The credit card number that you enter onto that retailer’s site can be “seen”, as well as many other infos you don’t want to disclose. Don’t Do These at a Public Wi-Fi Site Never leave your spot without your device on you—not even for a moment. You…
  • Hotspot Shield Adds Chrome Extension for an Uncensored and Safer Private Browsing on Desktop

    Levent Sapci
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’ve done it again! With just a few weeks since releasing Hotspot Shield for Windows Phones, we now expand our protection solution beyond specific operating systems. In our continuing efforts to make sure you’re always protected online, the Hotspot Shield team has added browser-based protection for your online defense. Along with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, Hotspot Shield protection is now available as an extension on your Chrome browser! Features for Hotspot Shield Chrome Extension Completely FREE, No Ads, No logs Unlimited bandwidth Simple UI and easy to use (Big On/Off…
  • How to Save Money on Your Favorite Steam Games Online

    Levent Sapci
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Most online gaming fans are familiar with Steam, the platform that hosts countless games for players around the world. What many gaming enthusiasts don’t know, however, is that they could save big without decreasing their game consumption. Here’s how to save on your favorite Steam games online. What Steam Has to Offer Whether you’re a diehard gamer or a complete newbie, Steam has a little something for everyone. With over 3,500 games to choose from, options range from role playing games to shooters to arcade games. Players hail from countries around the world, and many join together in…
  • Signs You have Malware and what You can do

    Levent Sapci
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Not all computer viruses immediately crash your device in a dramatic display. A virus can run in the background, quietly creeping around on its tip-toes, stealing things and messing things up along the way. If your computer has a virus, here’s what may happen: Windows suddenly shuts down. Programs automatically start up. Some programs won’t start at your command. The hard disk can be heard constantly working. Things are running awfully slow. Spontaneous occurrence of messages. The activity light on the external modem, instead of flickering, is always lit. Your mouse moves all on its own.
  • You’re 3 Steps Away from Unblocking Netflix US in Japan [or Anywhere Else]

    Levent Sapci
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Netflix Is Coming to Japan Netflix has had a busy year of expansion: Australia, New Zealand…. and soon our friends in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka will be able to enjoy House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan. But did you actually know there’s no need to wait until then? You can unblock US/UK/French/Canadian Netflix or any other Netflix region no matter where you are. All you need is a tool that easily enables you to change your browsing location and thus fools Netflix into thinking you’re in the region you want to access its…
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  • Six Things To Know Before Opening A Second Location

    Matt Niehaus
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:57 pm
    The first brick and mortar expansion of your business is a significant step, and there are a number of factors to consider. After all, it’s challenging enough to manage one location with customers, employees, product and payroll. With a second location, you’re doubling all of that. If you’re not prepared to manage the expanded responsibilities, … Continue reading Six Things To Know Before Opening A Second Location → The post Six Things To Know Before Opening A Second Location appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    In a 2014 survey, we learned that millennials “hate” paying with cash altogether, even when the purchase is under $5. And according to Bankrate, 9% of people don’t carry cash on them at all. Even if you don’t consider millennials your target demographic, it’s still in your business’s best interest to take cards. Here’s why: … Continue reading 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed → The post 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin?

    Matt Niehaus
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    President Barack Obama is asserting that more Americans should be eligible to receive overtime pay, bumping the ceiling from $23,660 a year to $50,440. Currently, the threshold is $455 a week, meaning a salaried worker making more than $23,660 a year does not automatically qualify for overtime pay under federal standards. Not everyone is happy … Continue reading Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? → The post Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant?

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    A new technology may well make the act of “swiping” a credit card obsolete. Starting October 2015, all businesses, no matter the size, will be expected to use new “chip and signature technology” to better protect themselves against credit card fraud. After that date, there will be a shift in how fraud liability is assigned: … Continue reading The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? → The post The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments

    Matt Niehaus
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Cash or credit? When it comes to accepting payment at your restaurant, it’s not so simple anymore. Cash and credit have worked well in the past, but your guests’ spending habits are evolving fast and your business needs to evolve with them to remain relevant and accessible for a diverse customer base. Alternative smartphone-based payment … Continue reading Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments → The post Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments appeared first on Instore DOES.
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  • Pandas and Penguins and Pigeons, Oh My!

    Richard Dannenberg
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Dorothy Gale really didn’t have to go through that entire Oz adventure. If you remember the last scene, after the Wizard has floated away in the balloon, Glenda tells Dorothy that she could have departed Oz at any time simply by clicking the heels of the Ruby Red Slippers together. I know exactly what Dorothy was thinking when she heard this, “Dang, why did I have to go through all of that mess with scary trees, flying monkeys, and green women with weird hats?” I feel the same way about Search Engine Optimization (SEO). There ought to be an easier way.  When clients ask me questions…
  • Augmented Reality Adventures

    Richard Dannenberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    As an adventurous college student, I came close to trouble in East Berlin. In those days, the border guards looked askance at long-haired American youths crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. We tucked our hair under our hats and got across, but found the prescribed tourist areas rather dull. Several of us were political science majors and were fascinated by the post-war history of a country that was at that time split into areas of Western and Soviet dominance. We knew the tragic history of the Russian invasion of Berlin and were curious about the Soviet interpretation. We had heard of the Soviet…
  • How to Find the Silver Lining

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    This isn’t really an article about marketing. Maybe it has something to do with communications, but that’s not all of it. Today’s post starts with two similar stories from two good printers who happen to be clients. Unfortunately, they’re the kind of tales that make your stomach cramp just a little and leave you shaking your head. The worst thing about these stories? You’ve got some just like them. The Dark Cloud Why is it that some jobs just have a dark cloud that hovers above them? They short-circuit equipment and people from the design department all the way through the…
  • Social Media Ghost Towns

    Richard Dannenberg
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    It was just a few years ago. My family loved camping and we’d head west through rural Georgia on weekend trips.  The kids would talk and sing songs. Junction City, GA was halfway to our favorite state park. It was a fading small town even then, and my kids made a game of seeing who could hold their breath as we drove past the town. It wasn’t a difficult challenge. A month ago, I had the occasion to take the same route. Junction City was all but gone. According to bit of history I turned up, the small town was really never more than semi-prosperous. It was founded in 1906 by a Mr. Perkins…
  • Let’s Generate Some Data

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Note to Readers: Some marketing experiments don’t work, and this one is a good example. There is definitely a shortage of data about how printers go to market, but perhaps not so much in the way of curiosity within the industry. Participation was poor and this one goes into the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category. Do We Really Know What We think We Know? Here’s the problem. There’s a lot of data available about what print does, but not much about what print and print-related companies do to market their own businesses. Lots of us industry folks think we…
 
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  • Market Segmentation 101 for Retail Businesses

    Grace Yuen
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    One of the most valuable strategies for effective marketing is segmentation. What is marketing segmentation? Market segmentation is dividing your total market into smaller groups based on common characteristics. The end goal is to find a small group with the highest likelihood to buy your products or services. This group is your target market, which is the audience to whom you will be directing all of your marketing efforts. Defining your target market allows you to communicate better with potential customers. Why do we have to segment? As customers differ, it’s not effective for one…
  • Five Things to Consider Before Undergoing a Website Redesign

    Kathy McGovern
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chances are, you probably put a lot of time and effort into launching your website. At some point, after you’ve been up and running for a while, you’ll contemplate whether you’re in need of a redesign.  To help make this decision, we’ve put together five questions to ask yourself. Your answers will help you evaluate if an update to your website is necessary. These questions will also ensure you’re getting what you need out of out your site — like desired traffic, sales, repeat customers, newsletter subscribers, etc. 1.  Is your website responsive?
  • 3 Auto-Responders Every Retailer Should Consider

    Benjamin Yee
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Delivering a relevant buyer experience is virtually impossible to manage without the right blend of touch points and messages. No doubt you use transactional messages through printed receipts, email confirmations and delivery update notifications. Maybe you’ve even added a seasonal promotional email or direct mail campaign. Retailers can also save time and keep customers engaged by setting up auto-responders. These types of emails are triggered once an event occurs. Let’s look at three types of events and example emails. 1. Surprise and Delight The “Surprise and…
  • Understanding Your LinkedIn Company Page Analytics [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most people know LinkedIn as the premier social network dedicated to business. Unless you have closely followed its evolution since launching in 2003, you may have missed some updates. One of its key evolution points was the launch of Company Profile Pages in March of 2008. Since then, there have been many enhancements. Most notable was “Insights.” Insights were the 1.0 version of Analytics about your Company Page, which helps you understand how your page works and which areas you need to enhance to improve traction. Following recent changes aimed at simplifying the…
  • Bulk Up Your Marketing Efforts with SumoMe

    Joe Takeuchi
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Wrestling with growing your audience? Grappling with landing page conversion rates? Then we’ve got the thing for you! We’re happy to announce our newest integration with SumoMe, an innovative platform built to help marketers create high-converting landing pages, grow their email lists, and make sense of their website traffic and visitor behavior. Get on the Mat! One of the biggest challenges marketers face is conversion. How can I get my site visitors to subscribe, opt-in, and not abandon the page altogether? SumoMe’s Welcome Mat tool helps you do just that.
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  • How Paying Business Bills Can Be Profitable

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
        When does your Franklin, TN small business usually pay its bills? It might be a crazy thought, but paying your bills strategically—meaning when they’re due, not just when your cash flow looks sufficient—you can actually save money. But paying your small business bills with purpose each month doesn’t just equal savings. It can also preserve your reputation, build your credit profile, and earn grace for late payments. But how, you ask?   Saving Money So how on earth does the timing of a bill payment save you money? Your Franklin, TN accountant will tell you that…
  • The Credit Craze: How to Manage the Fees

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        Does your Franklin, TN small business sell a product to the public? If so, you’ve probably noticed a decrease in cash transactions. That’s fine and all—you still make money—but every time a card passes through the little machine, it costs you a little bit. No one in Franklin, TN loves having to pay a fee for selling their own product, but as cash goes the way of the dodo, you need to find a way to keep up. What to do about the credit card machine fines? Let’s talk about it.   Why do I pay a fee in the first place? As your Franklin, TN CPA will tell you, the whole…
  • Small Biz Checkup: How Is Your Bookkeeping?

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        So it’s summertime. Which means you don’t have to think about taxes or your Franklin, TN accountant for a while, right? Think again! Taking time out this summer for a Franklin, TN “small biz checkup” is the perfect way to stay on track for tax time next spring. Taking a measure of your books is important for you as a business owner, especially if you are trusting them to another employee. But what things should you be looking for?   Balancing the Books You should take time more than once a year to make sure your Franklin, TN accounts are balancing, but if you…
  • Why Do I Need a Business Checking Account?

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        If you’re a long-time small business owner in the Franklin, TN area, this question might be old hat. Of course you need a business checking account—you’re running a business! But not every small business owner is in such a cut-and-dried situation. If you run a small business from your home in Franklin, TN, for example, you might not make a lot of transactions outside the business. But no matter the size of your small biz, here’s why opening a separate checking account is needed.   Protection from Tax Penalties Bottom line, it’s all about record keeping. If you…
  • Startups and Payroll: What’s the Best Solution?

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        Are you a brand-spanking-new Franklin, TN small business? These types of businesses—known familiarly as “startups”—are notorious for stumbling through the setup process, and that includes what to do about payroll. If you’re new to the Franklin, TN business game, you may not realize that there are tons of resources for outsourcing payroll (by reliable companies) available to you, both online and right here in Franklin, TN. Let’s take a look at your options.   The Outsourcing Dilemma Not everyone outsources. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. For…
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  • 7 Tools to Create and Sell Online Courses – No Coding Needed

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
      Every person is good at something. You may be a great cook, an amazing make-up artist, a marketing guru, or you can simply have a flair for repairing stuff. While you probably think it's cool to have that particular skill, it would be even cooler to be able to earn some money from sharing it with others, right?   When you have a close look at the abundance of learning sites on the Internet, you can see that people are truly hungry for knowledge. Most of them are even willing to pay you for sharing what you know or can do better than anyone else. So why not give them what they…
  • 11 E-Commerce Tools That Are Definitely Worth Checking

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
      Starting an online business is not only a quite popular but also a very easy way of either making small money on the side or earning a living without a 9 to 5 job. There are dozens of smart online store builders on the market to allow any person, regardless of their previous experience or coding skills, sell their products or services via Internet practically immediately. Many of them are completely free, such as Tictail, which charges only if you opt for any of the advanced features (such as custom domain, live chat, password protection etc.). Besides, apart from apps that…
  • Iran: On Scolding Heat, Trendy Hijabs, and Big-Hearted People

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
      Our month-long stay in Iran finished just one day after the historical US-Iran nuclear deal. The night before our departure, many Iranians flocked to the streets and celebrated lifting of sanctions that had been hampering the state's economy for years. The country certainly isn't favored with a positive public image but both my-cofounder and I have always dreamt about visiting this fascinating part of the world.   Our journey started off a bit dramatically since we missed our flight in Marrakech and had to drive south for several hours to catch another plane to Belgium, from…
  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
      Ukulele tunes, dull stock images, tacky animations, cliché declarations...we have seen that all. The videos we list below demonstrate that it's very possible to stand out, entertain and inform without putting your audience to sleep or making them smash their computers in frustration.   1. TAGPACKER – If I drink 155 shots of espresso, I'm dead       2. ZENDESK – I like it when he gives me the business        3. CHARTCUBE – We design and sell socks       4.
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
 
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  • The Elusive Art of Writing a Blog Title: 5 Tips to Entice Readers

    Godot
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    If you’re a blog writer, or even someone who’s considering blogging and content marketing for their business, you already know that blogs are a great way to increase website traffic, generate leads and introduce yourself to potential customers. With so much riding on blog posts, it is essential that they have good titles. Compared to how must time they spend writing the whole post, some blog writers spend very little time on its title. This can be a good thing if your post took two and a half hours to write while your title took thirty minutes to craft, but a bad thing if your title took…
  • How To Create Content That Can Drive Conversions On Social Media

    Godot
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Despite the fact that many businesses have an active social media presence and have managed to amass a decent following, most struggle with conversions. If you do too, it is probably time to adopt a conversion-driven strategy. Depending on what kind of conversion you are hoping to achieve, creating a conversion funnel can help optimize your social media marketing efforts. You probably already have a conversion funnel detailing every step of the assumed path your customers take on the way to a conversion. But what you don’t realize is that your funnel has some holes. Several potential…
  • Tips on Using Video Marketing as Part of your Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    Marketing strategies are ever-changing and this is especially true for the dynamic world of social media, where trends change faster than the blink of an eye. Okay, maybe not that fast, but you get the drift. To keep up with changing trends, businesses have to rework their marketing strategies and identify ways to better engage their customers. One useful technique in this regard is using video as part of your content marketing strategy. You can use videos to generate leads, strengthen your brand image and engage with your customers. Here are some simple tips on using video marketing as part…
  • Talkwalker vs. Crimson Hexagon: A Comparative Review

    Godot
    14 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Social media has amplified the information explosion originally caused by the worldwide web. It is expected that in the year 2020, more than 40 zettabytes of digital information will be produced globally – that’s 5200GB of data for each person on the planet. And unsurprisingly, a large chunk of the data will relate to content shared through social media. For businesses, the situation poses both an opportunity and a challenge. While all the information can be used to better understand and address your target audience, the challenge lies in turning the data into insights. Social media…
  • Gated Content: An Unresolved Debate

    Godot
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    To gate or not to gate? This has been a much debated marketing question, subject to oscillating public and professional opinions over the last decade. Most businesses might have already given in to the practice of putting high-value content behind opt-in forms that require users to provide some information about themselves. Still, there is no denying the fact that making your content freely accessible to the users results in a greater number of downloads and better brand recognition. One of the main reasons why the debate on gated content remains unresolved is because it’s tough to…
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  • CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes

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    1 Sep 2015 | 6:07 am
    CityWest Homes employs around 400 people and provides a range of services relating to 22,000 homes owned by Westminster Council. As well as property management services, CWH also has its own lettings agency and a property division that develops properties and new builds for people living in the area. The post CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Ten 30 Day Challenges To Set Yourself Today

    Barry
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    It’s no surprise that setting yourself challenges is a great way to stay motivated, inspired and improve your self development. Long term challenges are all well and good but in this day and age, where everything is in a snippet and our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, short term challenges are a great way to learn new skills or improve your day. Here are some great 30 day challenges for you to try: 1. Get to work half hour early each day 2. Car share to and from work 3. Offer your help to a different colleague each day (workload permitting) 4. Start a 30 day employee…
  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    Barry
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    Barry
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    Barry
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
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  • How to Get More Leads from Your Website

    Brian Sutter
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    How do you feel about your company’s website? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Many small business owners are a bit disappointed with their websites. Too often, it’s because they have yet to see their sites deliver much new business. The whole point of a business website is to bring in more business. Usually, that […]
  • The Cardinals Score With Effective Asset Management

    Brad Vinson
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
     The NFL’s Cardinals Implement a Sophisticated Asset Tracking System When the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals gear up for a match there is a lot of preparation, and not just by the team. Putting on a major sporting event involves a lot of moving pieces and a huge array of departments, from food to security to scoreboard […]
  • 6 Reasons to Implement Inventory Management with Barcodes

    Jason Sentell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Poor inventory management: No business likes to admit it, and certainly companies don’t want to feel the negative impact of it. Particularly if it means the loss of customers and revenue. So if you are one of the 43% of small business leaders who say they are challenged with increasing profits, or the 48% that […]
  • Changing Your Inventory Management Habits

    Jason Sentell
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Why it’s never too late to make the switch to an inventory management system Your company’s inventory is ultimately what keeps your business alive. Without products being bought and sold, you wouldn’t make any money.  While this might sound like an elementary statement, the mishandling of said inventory could mean the downfall of your business. […]
  • 25 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

    Brian Sutter
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Nearly half of all small businesses don’t have websites. It’s incredible, but true, at least according to the SCORE.org infographic, Customer-Friendly Websites, published in December of last year. According to this study, only 51% of small businesses have a website. If you’re the owner of a business without a website, maybe you’re putting it off […]
 
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    online marketing - Google News

  • WSI's Dynamic Tenets Change the Landscape of Digital Marketing - Press Release Rocket

    4 Sep 2015 | 11:01 am
    WSI's Dynamic Tenets Change the Landscape of Digital MarketingPress Release RocketWSI is a notable provider of online marketing, social media marketing and pay per click solutions for businesses globally. Durban, Kwazulu Natal – September 4, 2015 – As a company functioning since the year 1995, WSI has a great familiarity with the and more »
  • 25 Digital-Marketing and Social-Media Experts to Follow on Twitter - Entrepreneur

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    Entrepreneur25 Digital-Marketing and Social-Media Experts to Follow on TwitterEntrepreneurIn no particular order, here are 25 digital marketing and social media experts to follow on Twitter. 1. Guy Kawasaki: An industry veteran, Kawasaki's Twitter feed is a source of inspiration that features a diverse range of topics. With nearly 1.5
  • How to Implement a Killer Online-Marketing Strategy for $15 a Week - Entrepreneur

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:10 pm
    EntrepreneurHow to Implement a Killer Online-Marketing Strategy for $15 a WeekEntrepreneurThere is nothing more frustrating for a business than spending money on a marketing campaign and not obtaining quantifiable results, especially when on a shoestring budget. I started my digital-marketing agency from a rundown apartment with my primary ...and more »
  • Online Marketing Manager - ashdowngroup.com

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    Online Marketing Managerashdowngroup.comThis is a senior level and strategic appointment that will work in alignment with the Web Development & Design Manager to devise an effective digital strategy across multiple platforms. In addition, will implement online enhancements improve user
  • As back-to-school shoppers stick to physical stores, online marketing still key - Retail Dive

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Retail DiveAs back-to-school shoppers stick to physical stores, online marketing still keyRetail DiveA vast majority (85%) of shoppers say that most of their back-to-school dollars are going to physical stores this year, according to a survey from research firm Market Track. That tracks with other research showing that almost all consumers prefer to and more »
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  • Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitz - FRANCE 24

    4 Sep 2015 | 1:33 pm
    FRANCE 24Disney unveils Star Wars toys amid marketing blitzFRANCE 24The release of the new Star Wars movie may still be months off, but Disney is unleashing its full marketing "Force" behind the launch of hundreds of toys and other items related to the film. The massive marketing blitz, which Disney has named "Force Disney unleashes its full marketing 'Force' with Star Wars toy launch months Fox Businessall 1,636 news articles »
  • Changes at top for marketing group backed by Business Growth Fund - Yorkshire Post

    4 Sep 2015 | 8:27 am
    Yorkshire PostChanges at top for marketing group backed by Business Growth FundYorkshire PostChris Ingram, who co-founded the business in 1999, becomes chairman and current managing director Mike Newbould will also remain on the board, taking on the role of interim chief executive. Mr Goodman will “transition” into the CEO role, as well as ...and more »
  • Small Business Marketing: How Much Does Social Media Cost? - Business 2 Community

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:45 am
    Small Business Marketing: How Much Does Social Media Cost?Business 2 CommunityYet, even though social media is a free service, it really doesn't do much for you or your business unless you put a lot into it. A successful social media marketing strategy for a business can take a lot of time, creativity, planning, and most of all and more »
  • A Powerful New Tool In The Local Business Toolbox: Content Marketing Is Going ... - Marketing Land

    4 Sep 2015 | 6:18 am
    Marketing LandA Powerful New Tool In The Local Business Toolbox: Content Marketing Is Going Marketing LandJust to give you an idea of how many pieces of custom content are required by business clients these days, Search Influence (the online marketing company I co-founded with my wife, Angie Scott), produced 19,743 pieces of custom content in just one year and more »
  • Spotify targets Foo Fighters fans directly with email marketing - Music Business Worldwide

    4 Sep 2015 | 3:57 am
    Music Business WorldwideSpotify targets Foo Fighters fans directly with email marketingMusic Business WorldwideIn what appears to be a first for the company, Spotify has directly emailed Foo Fighters marketing material to the band's top listeners on the service. This could be a significant development for record label promotional campaigns in future. Up until and more »
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    GetHow

  • Why TinyOwl is Better than Other Food Ordering Apps

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:42 am
    Online Food Ordering Apps: The market trend of online food ordering is increasing day by day. Especially in Urban Areas like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune this business is setting new goals and trends. Few years back smartphones was considered as luxury rather than necessity nobody even had anticipated that online food... Read Complete Story » Why TinyOwl is Better than Other Food Ordering Apps Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Healthy Aging Capsules to Make You Look Young & Beautiful

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:51 am
    Let’s be honest. Americans have an obsession with looking young and beautiful. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), eyelid surgery and facelifts were two of the top five surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons in 2014. Additionally, Botox, fillers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion were four of the... Read Complete Story » Healthy Aging Capsules to Make You Look Young & Beautiful Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • 7 Health Benefits of Side Sleeping

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Sleeping position is often linked with comfort, but did you know that sleeping position could be important for your health too? Well, that is true. Compared to sleeping on the back or on your stomach, sleeping on your left has several distinct advantages. In today’s post, I will introduce you... Read Complete Story » 7 Health Benefits of Side Sleeping Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Not all of us are cut out for college life, but that’s just fine.  There are a hundred and one jobs out there that don’t require their applicants to have obtained a college degree.  All you really need to land a good paying job is the drive and physical ability... Read Complete Story » Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Finding salmon for sale is never difficult. It can be purchased at nearly any grocery store or market. Nonetheless, you never know where it came from and how great the quality of the cut is. If you wish to dine on quality cuts of salmon, it is wise to know... Read Complete Story » Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
 
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing

    Brian Lang
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Last year, I did a study on how top bloggers are getting featured on the Pulse. In this article, I talk about some changes that LinkedIn has made since 2014 and what that means for writers trying to get exposure through the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email

    Brian Lang
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Email outreach can be a great way to contact new sales leads or get exposure for your brand. These tools make it easy for you to find someone's email address. The post Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO

    Brian Lang
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    One commonly overlooked opportunity for getting more traffic is to syndicate your content. This article explains how you can syndicate content without screwing up your SEO. The post Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business

    Brian Lang
    6 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Is following your passion a good approach to starting your own business? A lot of people would say "yes", but this article digs a little deeper into what is really required to run a business. The post Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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    Active Business

  • How to make sure your business gets the most value from IT

    Active_Business
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:29 am
    IT is everywhere in the modern workplace. We use it for access to our buildings, for communicating with clients, for keeping our data safe… even for making the coffee! But how can we make the most out of it from a business point of view? How does your firm stop seeing IT as just a department (often somewhere in the basement!) and start seeing IT as a valuable commodity that can innovate and improve productivity, to further the firm’s business ambitions and profitability.The first step is to start to truly see IT as a collaborative process, which involves the whole company. Once the…
  • High profile hacks and what they mean for business

    Active_Business
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    As we have seen in recent news, with the shock hacking of the Carphone Warehouse, any business, no matter how big or small, can become the victim of a cyber attack. Given that hacks are not an uncommon occurrence for businesses operating in today’s connected environment and based on what we know about this high profile breach, here are a couple of quick thoughts to consider when keeping your business safe online.Cost of staying safe vs Cost of a hackThe cost of becoming fully secure as a business is much more reasonable than many people realise. If you are still unsure of the…
  • O2 Direct Network Partner Excellence Award winners announced

    Sara Metcalfe
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    O2 has announced the winners of its first Direct Partner Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as winners in both the Digital and Customer Excellence categories.Since the Partner Programme was revamped back in April we’ve relished working in the new structure which focuses on customer experience and value, as well as the introduction of a range of digital products for better productivity and flexibility. We now have our very own in-house O2 Trusted Digital Advisors to help our customers make the most of these new services.When speaking about awards, O2’s…
  • The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic

    clientsfirst
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mobile devices have changed the world of business forever… and they haven’t finished yet! As your ‘mobile workforce’ continues to expand, just how will you make sure that your business critical information stays secure? What is the scale of the situation and how can your business grow and flourish whilst staying safe in a mobile world? We look at some of the figures around the growing mobile workforce and the security challenges we now all face. Click on the image below to see our full infographic. The post The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic appeared first on…
  • Windows 10: 5 of our favourite features

    Sara Metcalfe
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Windows 10 is due to launch in 190 countries on 29th July. Details of this long awaited release have been eagerly anticipated, and here we have a rundown of five of our favourite features so far:The Windows you know, only better — Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the word go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favourite apps, and simple navigation means you and your mobile workforce won’t need to spend much time learning anything new.Enterprise-quality security — Windows security features are designed for the world’s businesses of all sizes.
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    8a Certification and HUBZone Certification Blog

  • 5 Basic Requirements to get HUBZone Certified (Video)

    cloveer.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
  • 8(a) Application – Contracts, Invoices and Letters of Reference – What you need to know and provide

    cloveer.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    Among the many items that are required to be submitted to the SBA, with your 8(a) Application, you will need to supply a listing of client work performed, copies of contracts/agreements, invoices and letters of reference. These items will allow the SBA to determine: 1. If you have any economic dependence issues. 2. That your primary NAICS code identified within your 8(a) application submission is correct.3. Who is signing or has signed the contracts/agreements within your organization to determine if any unconditional control issues may exist or if there is someone else that, not identified,…
  • Reduce your 8(a) Application review time, at the SBA, by 30+ days.

    cloveer.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    There are several certifications that are required to be submitted within your 8(a) Application paperwork. Failure to submit these signed and dated certifications will result in a letter back from the SBA deeming your 8(a) Application deficient or incomplete. Please note. None of the below certifications are identified within the SBA’s current 8(a) Checklist. This blog post alone will save you at least one letter back from the SBA and possibly 30+ days of processing time at the SBA. 5 certification sheets that you must provide to the SBA within your 8(a) Application paperwork:…
  • What role can a consultant play in your SBA 8(a) Application

    cloveer.com
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Hiring a reputable consultant to assist in the preparation of your 8(a) Application can be very important. Most self prepared 8(a) Application are rejected outright or send back multiple times for deficiencies or inconsistencies. In fact “Only 2 out every 10 self prepared 8(a) Applications are approved by the SBA“. Hiring and investing in a reputable consultant can dramatically increase your chances to achieve successful 8(a) Certification and decrease the time it takes to get 8(a) Certified. A consultant that does not have the experience or proven track record may hurt your…
  • Don;t Miss Out On End of FY 8(a) Contracts

    cloveer.com
    5 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Do you have a potential or upcoming 8(a) Contract opportunity before the end of the Federal Governments FY (September 30, 2015). It is a known fact that a large portion of 8(a) contracts are awarded in the last three months of the Federal Government’s fiscal year. Waiting to start the process of getting 8(a) Certified in late summer (July or August) is a sure way to miss out on being able to bid or to be awarded an end of fiscal year 8(a) Contract. It takes approximately 3 months for your 8(a) Application to be reviewed and processed by the SBA. Now (May 2015 or at the latest, June…
 
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    Hamptons DJ

  • Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15

    Paul
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I got a late call in the beginning of the week to Dj a birthday party in East Hampton.  When I arrived they told me that I would be setting up in the bedroom.  It’s a little strange but believe it or not wasn’t my first time playing in a bedroom.  We also got a […] The post Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons

    Paul
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Back at #Southampton Commons this is a gig I do every year for one of my friends Linda Donato.   It’s like my wife of playing music for people.  They love me and I love to be there.   I can really play anything and they love it.  Also got to catch up with a […] The post 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON

    Paul
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    It’s not often that I make house calls to visit with clients however i made the exception and i’m really glad I did.  They were very friendly and French and I could tell immediately that this was going to be a fun party to do and i was spot on.  Start time got pushed back […] The post FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    This was my first #Relay4Life where i was providing the music by myself.  I’m always full of energy when i get there and exhausted when I go home.  The night began with opening ceremonies at 6pm.   The luminary ceremonies were held at 9pm.  Dance Hampton performed after that and .   Miles sung What […] The post #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches

    Paul
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This one came via a website call Gig Masters.   Had plenty of time to prepare for this communion party and the man upstairs put together a beautiful day.  I arrived in Center Moriches and saw a big tent in the backyard with plenty of seating.  I spoke to the bartender who gave me some […] The post Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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    THE Small Business Expert

  • Streamlining Business Travel: Must-have Tools to Improve Efficiency

    Raymond Manley
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:03 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/streamlining-business-travel-must-have-tools-to-improve-efficiency/ If you are one of the billionaire big kids, then business travel looks like a hop to the villa on the private jet. For the rest of us, traveling for work means time on a plane, meeting in restaurants and wandering around neighborhoods that we have never seen before. Happily, technology can alleviate much of the pain of business travel. Hip Travel Booking flights and hotels can be time consuming and a bit of a nightmare. The travel site Hipmunk makes it a little easier. They are a…
  • This Week in Small Business: Should You Invest in More People, or More Technology?

    Raymond Manley
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:36 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/this-week-in-small-business-should-you-invest-in-more-people-or-more-technology/ This week’s collection of top articles includes guidance to help you decide between spending on people vs technology, info to get you up-to-date on Obamacare, and tips to show you the best way to approach your local media for free publicity. Leadership, management and productivity It takes people and/or technology to grow your small business or get your startup to the next level. These five questions will help you guide your investment in growth between people and technology.
  • What You Can Learn From One Restaurant Owner’s Mistake

    Susan Solovic
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:29 pm
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/what-you-can-learn-from-one-restaurant-owners-mistake/<iframe width=”640″ height=”569″ src=”http://katch.me/embed/v/945e254e-e3fb-3f75-930d-e0c85e465944″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen></iframe>
  • Easy Ways to Handle Online Reputation Management

    Raymond Manley
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/easy-ways-to-handle-online-reputation-management/ You’ve probably heard the quote, “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” There’s a lot of truth in that, and I think the sentiment here also covers bad news versus good news and this is backed up somewhat by studies. For example, a recent Zendesk survey conducted by Dimensional Research found that people are more likely to tell others about their bad customer services experiences than about their good customer service experiences. Below is a sample of how…
  • Why Service Providers Need Errors and Omissions Insurance

    Raymond Manley
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/why-service-providers-need-errors-and-omissions-insurance/ Imagine you’re a small tech startup. Maybe you’re trying to carve out a business providing IT solutions to individuals or small companies. Then one bright Rocky Mountain morning you find the FBI at your door with search warrants and they’re coming in to grab some hardware. Like it or not. That’s probably not far from the real story of Platte River Networks, the small Denver-based firm that took possession of Hillary Clinton’s email server. Do you think the folks at Platte River Networks…
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    Customer Service Guru » Articles

  • Tumblr User Puts “What People Really Think” Onto Ads

    Dan Goss
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:37 am
    Customer service is a huge topic, covering many aspects of a business and how it relates to the public. One of the things that should be taken into account is the objective reality of what a brand stands for – not what a marketing team says it stands for, not what a branding team say it should stand for, and not what the company founder wishes it was. Even if it’s a little bitter, companies have to look at what their product actually represents to the consumer in its current state.One Tumblr user at Honest Slogans  has decided to help companies with this process by taking the…
  • A World Without Customer Service: Part 4

    Dan Goss
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    I am so very doomed.Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3The roar of engines fills my whole world. All around me is a barren planet where customer service is no more. The great call centers closed their doors, and rot away useless and hollow in the secret places of the world.The wind is whipping past my face from where I stand, crudely lashed to a car by the whooping savages that hang out of speeding delivery vans all around me like obscene Christmas tree decorations. They are armed with cobbled-together weapons, pizza-shaped shields and grappling hooks, frantically jamming slices of stuffed-crust into…
  • The McWhopper – Revenge of Burger King

    Dan Goss
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    Two warring tribes that have been at each other’s throats for all eternity face off across the world.Battered, bloodied from a thousand battles, tired from all the fighting, one side sends its leader with a peace offering. Instead of fighting, for one day only, they will make peace, combine their power and create something beautiful, something the world has never seen before and will never see again. In full view of the watching world, they offer to bury the hatchet, “end the beef” and bring to life a creation that could change history. All proceeds would go to charity, and…
  • Just Eat Nervous as Amazon Trials Fast Food Delivery

    Dan Goss
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Amazon is reportedly trialing a takeaway service in the US that could one day take a generous slice of the so-far uncontested market developed by takeaway apps like Just Eat and Hungry House. Beginning with one- and two-hour booze delivery services, the web giant has moved on to fast food delivery and restaurant takeout delivered straight to the door of customers in the test areas. According to online news site Geekwire, a number of local Seattle eateries have signed up to be a part of the trials, with the test “customers” all being Amazon employees.Amazon have rolled Prime Now…
  • Facebook Reveals Half-Human Rival for Cortana and Siri

    Dan Goss
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    With Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana seemingly cornering the market on robotic personal assistants, it would seem like there isn’t room for another robot to help us make our calls and organise our lives – but Facebook has just rolled out an audacious new AI that seeks to change the way artificial assistants work, and provide value to their customers in a way that no other digital PA can.Capitalising on the weaknesses of its opposition, ‘M’, the new droid from Facebook, will be an artificial intelligence that is supervised by humans, meaning not only…
 
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    Yola

  • Over 400,000 royalty-free stock images now available to premium users

    Yola
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Our goal at Yola is to give businesses the tools to build professional websites easily and efficiently. One way we‘re accomplishing this goal is by releasing our latest feature. We’ve given Yola Gold and Silver subscribers exclusive access to a database of over 400,000 professional stock images – accessible right within the Yola Sitebuilder. How can I benefit from stock images? We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – from the time a visitor lands on your business website, you have roughly 10 seconds to establish what your company is, what it offers, and whether your website…
  • Featured Website: Go modern with Feel At Home Catania

    Yola
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Fresh, modern, clean and contemporary images greet web visitors to Feel At Home Catania – Casa Vacanze a Catania on their search for an Italian vacation rental. Featured website and property owner Diego added bright geometric background images to frame the photos of his holiday rental which he says lend “an air of freshness and reflect the geometric style of [his] holiday home.” Diego has made use of the Google map widget, allowing visitors to see where his property is located at a glance and the Picture Gallery widget to display thumbnail versions of his photos in a visually…
  • 5 small business wins to jump-start your summer

    Yola
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Whether it’s a sandwich shop in a college town or a kayak rental in a travel hot-spot, when it comes to a physical storefront, the summer season has the opportunity to dramatically affect businesses both positively and negatively. But, as the owner of a business website, you have the opportunity to determine the destiny of your own business. Make this summer a fruitful one – we have five ways to get you started. Get mobile-ready While Mobilegeddon was a hot topic back in April, if you’ve yet to make your website mobile-friendly, let the summer season convince you to take the…
  • Featured Website: Delectable designs with Connecticut Cookie Company

    Yola
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Connecticut Cookie Company bakes up delicious treats made with the best ingredients that look so decadent, they practically sell themselves! Site owner Andrea Greene reached out to us for design feedback because her business was featured on “Good Morning Connecticut.” Due to the media attention it was crucial for her products to be showcased beautifully. She needed to ensure that the traffic her television appearances were driving to her website could be converted into direct sales. Our design team wrote a comprehensive review of her website with suggestions to improve her…
  • Search engine 101: Demystifying the first page of Google

    Yola
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Upon publishing a website, small businesses have one thing in mind. Traffic. And how do they plan on seeking web traffic? Organically through Google (though SEM campaigns are an even easier option). In fact, the most common question our SEO specialists receive is, “How do I get my website on the first page of Google?” And while giving the answer may be simple, it can very difficult to understand and accomplish. There are three things we know to be true about that coveted first page: There is only one first page. Every website wants to be there – all 3 billion of them. It takes…
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • 5 REASONS TO HIRE A FIRE RESTORATION SPECIALIST

    SuperUser Account
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Tragic events can dissuade us from taking on the help of relative strangers, no matter how strongly they induce the need for it. Fires are an ever present danger in our world, and mitigating their fallout is difficult for even the most stalwart individuals. When you need to clean up a fire-induced disaster, it's time to bring in a ringer and call for outside help in restoring and removing fire damage. Keep the Sentiment Alive You likely have at least a handful of items that hold a significance to you scattered around the place you live. Fires are indiscriminate in their destruction, but it is…
  • Water Damage 101: What You Need to Know

    SuperUser Account
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Water damage is insidious. Flood water often brings with it not just a sodden mess to clean up and dehydrate; it also brings a host of hidden health and structural damage concerns. Clean-up from a flood goes much further than removing the visible water. You must be swift and thorough to keep your home from suffering significantly more expensive damage later on.  Water Damage 101 Water Goes Everywhere It's tempting just to get out the industrial wet vac and mop up the visible water when cleaning up from a flood. Water loves to travel, and it will easily penetrate the structural elements…
  • 3 Reasons You Want a Pro to Clean Up Smoke Damage

    SuperUser Account
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Smoke damage cleanup goes far beyond removing odors though that is often a primary concern for most homeowners recovering from a fire. Even small blazes can leave behind a big, complicated mess as a result of the toxic sludge left behind by the smoke. Professional clean-up provides not only protects your belongings from the corrosive nature of lingering smoke, but it also prevents long-term health effects from smoke particulates. What's in Smoke? Smoke, especially from a house fire, is a complex collection of highly toxic materials. Smoke originating from wood fires includes wood tars, soot,…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Act Fast After Storms

    Uriah Suarez
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you own a home or manage a commercial property in Madison, it's impossible to avoid the risks associated with precipitation. We're sandwiched by two lakes that keep our air moist, and snow seems to swallow us whole every winter. However, Madison's spring and summer rainfall is even more frequent and ample than our snowfall. Heavy rains batter neighborhoods and raise water levels, sending rivers into residential streets and leaving damage in the water's wake. It's important to protect your building as much as possible, but some storms are unusually long and heavy, and…
  • How to Refresh and Preserve Sparkling Tile

    Uriah Suarez
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    When your floors begin to look a little dingy, it's time to consider hiring a pro to handle your tile and grout cleaning. It's tempting to handle it yourself, but don't be fooled by the allure of saving a few bucks. Consider the true cost and benefits of professional cleaning versus DIY cleaning.  Cost Savings While cleaning the floors yourself may seem like a bargain, it involves a lot of hidden costs that make professional cleanings the wiser financial decision. Rental or purchase of equipment is not inexpensive, and you must find the correct cleaning products for your flooring type.
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  • Internet Marketing: 3 Things You Must Know

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I remember about 5 years ago when I was recovering from the failure of my first business and going into venture number two the terms Internet Marketing were becoming two of the most popular buzzwords. Every social media platform was filled with links to articles about the new craze. There were also tons of events all over town, and of course a new breed of experts were born, the Internet Marketers. Truthfully, if I had known anything about Internet Marketing in business number one, it would have never failed and I possibly wouldn’t have lost my retirement nest egg.   If other…
  • Internet Marketing – The 7 Pillars of Website Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The purpose of a website is THE MOST mis-understood piece of building an Internet marketing strategy. Most people use it as an over-priced business card. Your website is supposed to create traffic, leads, and revenue opportunity. When it accomplishes this task – your Internet marketing strategy is sound! Now if you’re smart, you’re using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic to your website. If you’re even smarter you’re paying for website traffic through Facebook advertising and other avenues. Yes. (Smart) People pay for website…
  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
 
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  • Online Ads, Offline Sales? Bridge the Gap with CRM Software

    Jeff B. Copeland
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    If you buy pay-per-click (PPC) search engine ads for a local store or services company, you know The Gap: Online ads get you leads but it’s hard to know how many turn into sales. It may leave you like some sad 90’s rocker, wandering around alone in the big city looking for The Bridge. Customer relationship...continue reading … The post Online Ads, Offline Sales? Bridge the Gap with CRM Software appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Survey Says: Businesses Increasing Mobile Marketing Budgets

    Jen Whitten
    4 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business recently released their biannual CMO survey that showed respondents were prepared to increase their mobile marketing budgets even when they weren’t necessarily pleased with their current results. While only about 6% of the current CMO’s marketing budget goes to mobile, they anticipate its share will increase to nearly 16%...continue reading … The post Survey Says: Businesses Increasing Mobile Marketing Budgets appeared first on Dex Media.
  • New Study Reveals Insight Into What Customers Expect Today

    Michelle Johnson
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    With the advent of digital technologies and the instant gratification they offer, customer expectations these days are higher than ever before. This was the topic of a new study recently conducted by Accenture. What follows are significant insights from the Customer 2020 study: The “always on” nature of eCommerce sites and mobile technology has created...continue reading … The post New Study Reveals Insight Into What Customers Expect Today appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Pew Research Investigates Current Social Media and Mobile Messaging Trends

    Jim Shannon
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    The non-partisan Pew Research Center recently released its “Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015” survey, an analysis and comparison of evolving communications tools such as social media and messaging service platforms across various demographics. The initial findings (the study gathered data from more than 1900 adults aged 18 and older) show that 85 percent of...continue reading … The post Pew Research Investigates Current Social Media and Mobile Messaging Trends appeared first on Dex Media.
  • How Well Do Top Brands Know Their Social Audience? [Infographic]

    Chris Irby
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Social media is a great tool for engaging customers and turning them into fans of your business. Most businesses tend to focus their social media efforts during weekday afternoons, even though many social audiences are at their most active outside of business hours. Is this a valid strategy? Well, it would appear so. This infographic from...continue reading … The post How Well Do Top Brands Know Their Social Audience? [Infographic] appeared first on Dex Media.
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  • Talking About Yourself on Social Media

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Talking About Yourself on Social Media: For those of you with a social media account, take a minute to think back through your recent posts. The majority of you will find that most posts are in some way related to you – to what you’re doing, what’s happening in your life, or – if you’re ‘that guy’ – to what type of food you’re eating. This is pretty common. What isn’t as common is the knowledge that this is actually pretty natural and, by extension, that it can be used in your day to day business life. According to research, about 30-40% of what we say on a daily basis is…
  • The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research

    Rippleout Admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research: I’ve recently taken the exam and completed the coursework for the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research methods which is administered by the Market Research Society (MRS). I’m a big believer in utilising insight in the marketing process – including thinking about your target market, key messages, how marketing can be segmented and better targeted, and a range of other elements which are all influenced by research and insight. The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research is administered by the Market…
  • Marketing and the Familiarity Principle

    Rippleout Admin
    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marketing and the Familiarity Principle: Another month, another blog post on consumer psychology and how understanding your customers at a subconscious level can help boost your marketing effectiveness. This month, we explore the familiarity principle – also sometimes known as the Mere Exposure Effect. {Tweet this} Marketing and the Familiarity Principle – My Dog in the Snow (see below!) What is the Familiarity Principle? In short, the familiarity principle is the tendency among human beings to develop a preference for things (be they people, products, ideas etc.) which they see more…
  • Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

    Rippleout Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: Small businesses are often encouraged to have an online presence, and we strongly agree with that here at Rippleout! However, having a website is no good if you don’t maintain it, or keep up to date with changes in the online marketing landscape. One such change in the search marketing landscape has recently been announced by Google – and it’s one small business need to be aware of. Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: The Rippleout Marketing Site Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Change For those of you who don’t know, on April 21st 2015…
  • Terry Pratchett

    Rippleout Admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Terry Pratchett: If you’re looking for a marketing post this isn’t it. The vast majority of Rippleout posts are related in some way to marketing, but in this case not. No hard feelings if you choose to leave – but check back soon. This is a thank you, a celebration and a recognition of a man who was both incredibly talented and phenomenally brave. I have to say that hearing the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died was one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory. I never met the man, yet feel that he was such a huge part of my life in terms of influence, humour, and general…
 
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  • 3 Things Your SEO Campaign is Missing

    Lola Colums
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is a proven, cost-effective marketing technique that is crucial to success in today’s consumer market. However, as with most things, you need a strategy in place in order for your company to benefit fully from any SEO efforts. Many companies miss some easily implemented elements of SEO strategy – don’t be one of them! Here are three often-overlooked ways to make your SEO campaign top-notch. Taking the Long View If you’re experiencing a slip in search engine rank or are seeing short term gains that don’t hold over time, your long-term strategy may be…
  • Avoiding the Biggest Social Media Blunders for Your Business

    Lola Colums
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Using social media benefits your business, but with the power of the Internet comes responsibility to use it wisely. Even the best of intentions can be misconstrued, and with so many people using the social media account, it is easy to make a blunder that destroys the reputation of your business. Learn from the mistakes of others. Use these tips to create a plan for social media within your organization. Build a Relationship with Your Followers Ventra, which is the card for the Chicago Transit System, wanted to host a Q&A session for their followers. Unfortunately, before the session…
  • The Ultimate DIY SEO Audit

    Lola Colums
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Failing to keep your website updated according to the latest search engine rules and trends can cause your site to lose traffic, or even become deindexed from the search engines. However, keeping up with the over 500 yearly updates to the Google search engine algorithm isn’t always easy. Hiring affordable small business SEO services is a great way to ensure your site is updated with the right information. Get started removing the roadblocks on your way to building a better online presence with help from our DIY SEO Audit! Where Are You on Google? It is important to find out what your…
  • 4 Reasons Why No One is Reading Your Blog

    Lola Colums
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Creating a blog is easy, but getting people to read it is a challenge. Even if you have amazing content that you are sharing, you can lack readers due to improper marketing. Blogging is a world that is overrun with a lot of companies and individuals, so you will have a hard time making an impression. Content marketing for small businesses is an effective way to reach out to your customers, and build an online presence. Here are some reasons why your blog is not receiving the right followers. 1. Content is Improperly Optimized If you just started blogging, keep in mind it can take months for…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence – Slideshow

    Lola Colums
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Since the dawn of the new millennium, social media has been rapidly changing the way we communicate, how we’re perceived and so much more. Every social action you take, whether personal or professional, leaves a mark on your own digital footprint for years to follow. In recent years, social networks have evolved to become one of the most valuable marketing assets to a  businesses and brands of all sizes. Nevertheless, many business owners and leaders seem to neglect just how much engagement can be generated from these social profiles. Discover all the new opportunities an effective social…
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  • The Solopreneur’s Guide to Starting a Microbusiness in the Philippines

    Danella
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:59 pm
    If you’re a solopreneur hoping to start a small business, you might be wondering which category your startup will fall under and how to go about securing the corresponding business permits in the Philippines. If your business falls under the micro business or enterprise category, then you might be eligible to register it as a Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE). We have taken the most important information about BMBE and collected them all in this quick guide. Full details of the BMBE Law can be downloaded here.     Barangay Micro Business Enterprise (BMBE)   A BMBE…
  • Know Your Taxes – September 2015

    Full Suite
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Know the schedule of submission, filing, and payment of taxes for the whole month of September 2015. In the meantime the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now requires the use of their eBIRForms, for more information about the BIR’s new memorandum read our article: eBIRForms — Everything You Need to Know     This information is gathered from the Bureau of Internal Revenue website and from the Know Your Taxes website.     1 Tuesday SUBMISSION Consolidated Return of All Transactions based on the Reconciled Data of Stockbrokers Engagement Letters and Renewals or…
  • The Ultimate Guide to BIR Online Services

    Danella
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Have you ever wondered what are those various e-services that you see on the BIR website?  The BIR implemented a slew of e-services aimed at easing the reporting, filing, and payment of taxes for large companies and various taxpayers according to a specific criteria or industry. To help you in distinguishing the various e-Services of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, we’ve created our ultimate guide to the BIR Online Services.     Here’s a list of our very useful guides, tips, and how-to for dealing with your taxes and the BIR. The Ultimate Guide to BIR Forms eBIRforms…
  • Know Your Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippines

    Danella
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    If you have been living in the Philippines for quite some time, the very mention of the brands Lucky Me, Silver Swan, and Oishi will make you instinctively visualize their logos. These companies and many other successful local enterprises have realized that the symbol they use to identify their products spells a huge difference in their success. Also, not anyone else is permitted to use these logos considering that laws are present to protect business owners from the possible theft of their ideas. If you are a business owner who wants to follow the footsteps of these giants, protecting your…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Trademark Registration in the Philippines

    Danella
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    If you’re in business, one of the things you must do to protect everything you’ve worked hard for is to apply and accomplish the appropriate trademark registration in the Philippines, which is handled by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). If you have absolutely no knowledge of this concept, here’s a guide that contains everything you need to know about registering your trademark in the country and other relevant information you must know before applying.     What is a trademark? According to the IPO, a mark is “any visible sign capable of distinguishing the…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Here Is How Adam Callinan Built A 7 Figure Business Step By Step

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 am
    Adam Callinan is an entrepreneur, writer and co-owner in a venture capital firm. Not only has he helped lots of small businesses at their early stage, but also he started many companies himself. He has some decent start up experience and here is a great story of his, a step by step explanation of how he started an automated million dollars online business with...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Cleaning BusinessTaobao – a Short StoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Instagram is definitely one of the greatest companies of the Internet era, and it’s story – one of the most engaging start up stories today. The company started by the two young entrepreneurs Kevin Systrom and Michel Krieger was sold to Facebook for the whooping of $1 000 000 000, just a few years after its foundation. The story of Instagram is not only...You can also check these cool business articles:Instagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionImgur HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Real Truth About Success

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    Every single day we see successful people around us. They seem to be so happy, they smile, they obviously enjoy life, they have enough spare time, because of their financial independence… Their lives look so carefree. Most people think of them as they are the ‘lucky ones’. It seems that any of them just got lucky at some point of her life and all...You can also check these cool business articles:The Power Of Taking ActionHow Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful OnesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Incredible Flappy Bird’s Story

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
 
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  • CRM Implementation is a False Summit

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:16 am
    All of the various IT systems related to shopping, selling, buying, delivering and servicing customers are interrelated with one another as part of each customer’s individual journey. IT needs systems that can span the gaps between those systems by monitoring processes, triggering messages and orchestrating processes from end-to-end. When processes are logically related but not electronically connected it leaves a gap known as the integration value gap.
  • 5 Ways ERP Can Reduce Errors in Your Small Business

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:23 am
    For many small business owners, enterprise resource planning (ERP) looks more like catch-as-catch-can. Plotting out your resources and processes seems too time-consuming and expensive. But for businesses that rely on very task-specific processes, such as production lines, shipping and receiving, ERP...
  • Five Reasons Accounting Small Businesses Should Adopt ERP

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Don't let the name fool you -- enterprise resource planning software is not reserved for global enterprises alone. As an accounting small business owner, you benefit from ERP solutions in several ways, compared to common tech infrastructure that often involves multiple vendors offering different pro...
  • IoT in the ERP: Are You Really Ready for That Much Data?

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:14 am
    At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, VentureBeat executive editor Harrison Weber tried on every wearable device he could find. After getting to number 56, Weber said he was "freaking exhausted." "This vast list captures the state of the wearables industry today," Weber wrote. "It's absolutely m...
  • The New Rules of Customer Service: Why You Need Mobile, Social, & Cloud

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    By Bob Vormittag, CEO at VAI   It’s no secret that ERP implementations have the highest success rates when the software is used to enhance an organization’s competitive advantage. Many companies tout customer service as their competitive differentiator, strivin...
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    Creative Online Marketing

  • Tips For Turning Your Financial Thermostat Up

    Diane
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    Note from Diane: We are living in a world that on the surface looks abundant compared to a few short years ago. The new housing market in the UK is growing very fast, the Government’s of the world quantitive easing has plugged up the hole in the sinking ship for a while and the feel good […] The post Tips For Turning Your Financial Thermostat Up appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • People Without Dreams Will Often Try To Kill Yours

    Diane
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:45 am
    Note from Diane: One thing you are guaranteed to meet on your entrepreneurial journey is resistance, nay-sayers and people who want to see you fail. You should always bear in mind that when this happens it’s just a reflection of how they see themselves not a slur on you or your dreams, I believe deep down […] The post People Without Dreams Will Often Try To Kill Yours appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • September Recharge & Refresh Tips

    Diane
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Note from Diane: On next week’s calendar is September 1st 2015. That usually means “Yippee!” if you love that feeling of finishing the year strong or “Yikes!” if you realise that almost 3/4 of the year has vanished by and you haven’t even begun to start reaching your goals. September 1st is often referred to as […] The post September Recharge & Refresh Tips appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
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  • Abtek COO Discusses CRM Options on Website Magazine

    Abtek
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tami Cohorst, Chief Operating Officer of Abtek, was recently featured on Website Magazine, a leading resource for all things digital. Find out what she has to say about CRMs for e-commerce businesses. “Without favoring one CRM over another, retailers would do well to look for a solution that allows them to not only collect customer data, but also make notes: What kinds of purchases did the customer buy? What do you know about their demographic make-up? How frequently do they come in? This kind of information can be collected and can be used to help tailor any number of outreach…
  • How the EMV Liability Shift Will Affect Your Business

    Abtek
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Being able to accept EMV cards isn’t as simple as flipping a switch on your existing terminals. In most cases you’ll have to physically replace your POS equipment to be able to accept these more secure, chip-enabled cards. And with only half of merchants expecting to be ready by the October 1 deadline, there’s a lot of work still to be done. What does the Liability Shift Really Mean? Currently, merchants are at quite a disadvantage when it comes to credit card fraud. In the event of a fraudulent credit card charge, the merchant is first faced with the loss of the merchandise, which in…
  • PaymentsSource: Tami Cohorst Explores the Future of Mobile Payments

    Abtek
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tami Cohorst, our vice president, was recently featured on PaymentsSource, a global online resource for all things payment-related. Take a look at what she had to say about the future of mobile payments, according to data collected from social media: Mobile payments are quickly becoming an integral part of consumers’ daily lives. In order for businesses to stay competitive, it’s important for them to stay on top of the trends in the industry. Social media is an important way to accomplish that. It has emerged as a major influence on the mobile payment processing landscape. Payment…
  • Is it Time to Break up with Your Credit Card Processor?

    Abtek
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Not all credit card processors are the same. Some processors are truly dedicated to your business’s success while others–well, let’s just say they have other priorities. Here are a few warning signs that may indicate it’s time for you to make a change: They’re Not Open and Honest About their Fees One of the biggest complaints we hear about other processors is that they’re not honest about the fees they charge. Unless they have something to hide, there’s no reason for a processor to keep their fees a secret. Honest communication is the key to a strong relationship, after all!
  • Featured on Entrepreneur: Tami Cohorst Discusses Mobile Loyalty Programs

    Abtek
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Vice President of Abtek, Tami Cohorst,  recently discussed mobile wallets and the future of mobile loyalty programs on Entrepreneur, a prominent online resource for business development news. She writes: “What many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.” Find out how this mobile wallet trend will effect business loyalty programs on Entrepreneur →   Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn •…
 
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  • 15 snacks to help boost your energy and productivity [Infographic]

    Wendy McAuliffe
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Google campus in Mountain View, California, has the perfect solution to that well known energy slump which many of us experience in the afternoon, usually right around 2:30pm. It’s called a nap pod! When the innovation gets too much, employees are encouraged to take themselves off for a five to 15 minute power nap, to help recharge their batteries. …
  • How fatigued employees affect your business

    Gemma Falconer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    A decreased ability to cope with stress, less energy and a reduced capacity to concentrate are common traits displayed by those who are sleep-deprived according to an infographic produced by Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. On average individuals should get around 7.5 to 8 hours sleep per night, however in a survey conducted by Ashridge Business …
  • Why complaining and thinking negatively could be holding you back

    Wendy McAuliffe
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that when we complain, our body releases stress hormones which immediately inhibit areas of the brain used for problem solving and other cognitive functions? Moaning is second nature to most of us, and in fact evolution primes us to focus on the negative for survival. We have a warning system within us which is constantly on the …
  • 11 presenting mistakes that make your audience cringe

    Mel Sherwood
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this …
  • What makes a great presentation?

    Gemma Falconer
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I think it’s safe to say that most of us will have to deliver a presentation at some point during our professional careers – whether that’s a project overview to team members, or perhaps a strategy update to senior management. We’ve given out quite a few presentation-based tips over the past year on the blog, including 7 mistakes to avoid …
 
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  • The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night   “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful” -Warren Buffett Stock Market Crash 2015 - Should you be scared? 2015 has been an interesting year for stock investors. 2015 started out with the S&P 500 opening at 2058.9. From there the index has fluctuated between +3.8% and -4.1%. When investors are accustomed to getting 6 years in a row of positive gains, it is hard to imagine what a down year looks like. In the past week the S&P 500…
  • Inflation Monitor – August 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Inflation Monitor – August 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - August 2015 - Introduction The lazy days of summer are almost over. As the summer ends, the Wall Street traders and money mangers will also be going back to work. If you looked at a chart of the S&P 500 without the dates, you would not be able to tell which days were summer days and which were not. It looks like…
  • 10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of

    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of     “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Most people are familiar with the stock market. There are TV stations which have the stock market and stock market related information on 24 hours every day. It is hard to escape it. When the stock market crashes, it makes the headlines in every newspaper, news station, and media outlet. When it reaches all time highs, it is on every magazine cover, even the shoeshine boys are talking about it. But…
  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
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    People & Productivity Business Blog

  • Make recruiting a “get-to-do” task

    John Dietrich
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:59 am
    Recently I was driving around the back country roads in Southwestern Ontario listening to the “I Love Marketing” podcast. The episode in particular was a discussion with financial guru, David Bach, author of nine New York Times bestsellers including “The Automatic Millionaire” and the founder of finishrich.com. The discussion surrounded the ideas of living a good life, along with the values of persistence and hard work. But as I was listening, David said something that really caught my attention. It was something implementable by all recruitment managers, HR…
  • 6 ways recruiters are really a hiring manager’s best friend

    Magda Walczak
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    Truth time — When some employers find out that recruiters are involved in Search Party (they’re the ones who supply our 15 million+ vetted candidates), they don’t like it. Somewhere along the line, enough recruiters got a bad rep for excessive cold calling and “salesy” behaviour, word spread and the damage was done. At Search Party, that frustrates us because not only are recruiters an essential part of our business model, but we also wholeheartedly believe that they are incredibly valuable in the hiring process. Recruiters are trained pros who will help you hire better,…
  • What employers really want from recruiters

    John Dietrich
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Recent research reveals 54% of employers are unhappy with the candidates recruiters are bringing their way. Yet no hardworking recruiter wants to place bad candidates. Most go out of their way to ensure they are matching the right people to the right positions. So where is the disconnect? And what can recruiters do to ensure they are doing a better job of meeting the expectations of employers? Make sure you understand the culture. 38% of employers cited culture mismatches as one of their primary pain points. If possible, make sure you touch base with the department manager for at least 30…
  • 3 Ways to find employees for your startup

    John Dietrich
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Finding employees can be difficult. Finding employees when you are a startup can seem daunting. With all the tasks entrepreneurs must take care of, thinking about adding creating a job description, reviewing resumes, and interviewing potential candidates  to that list is overwhelming. Although finding a new employee is exciting (especially when it’s your first) the task can feel as though it’s pulling you away from “more important” business operations. And when you are the little guy, how can you even compete with guys like Apple, Google, or Facebook in getting the…
  • The Ultimate Hiring Managers Checklist

    John Dietrich
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The interview process can be long and stressful not only for the interviewee, but also for the hiring manager. The wrong new hire can be a tremendous waste of time and money, so the pressure is on to get it right. We’ve all heard the typical interview questions. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Unfortunately, Googling a list of the most popular interview questions doesn’t guarantee their effectiveness. And questions aren’t the only element to consider. What you need is a combination of techniques along with a line of inquiry designed to help…
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    2dropshipping.com

  • Running A Specialist Online Business For The High-End, Luxury Market – Silas Walton Talks About Watch Xchange

    Amin
    4 Sep 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Reading other online successful stories is a very encouraging way for you to succeed too. In today’s post, you are going to discover an amazing story of Silas Walton, the founder of Watch Xchange. He will tell us how he made a specialist online business for the high-end luxury market and how he manages it. […] The post Running A Specialist Online Business For The High-End, Luxury Market – Silas Walton Talks About Watch Xchange appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • How do colors affect purchases?

    Amin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:55 am
    There are many factors that affect how and what customers buy. One of the greatest factors is color. Colors play a very important role in any online shopping store. Did you know that big e-commerce websites like amazon and eBay have their own color and visual employees that are responsible only for adjusting the store’s […] The post How do colors affect purchases? appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

    Amin
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
      Almost a quarter, 23%, of US people work from home, according to a recent bureau of labor statistics survey. Many of them have their own internet business project, affiliate marketing blogs, freelancing job and many other online works. I am sure you too, want to build-up your internet business. So if yes, the following tools […] The post 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • Amazon vs Etsy – A Comparison For Merchants

    Amin
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    There are many opportunities to sell items online, you can sell on your own store, and you can sell on popular online shopping platforms like amazon, eBay, Etsy and more. In today’s post, you are going to read a full comparison between Amazon and Etsy so that you as a merchant can decide which platform […] The post Amazon vs Etsy – A Comparison For Merchants appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
 
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    Smart Hustle Magazine

  • Maximizing Online Sales: Tips from an Ebay and Amazon Seller and Coach

    Jennifer Peaslee
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Online sales are huge and growing every year. In 2013, there was $1.316 trillion in retail eCommerce sales worldwide, and that number is forecasted to grow to $2.489 trillion in 2018. The tremendous potential has many business owners, large and ... The post Maximizing Online Sales: Tips from an Ebay and Amazon Seller and Coach appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • Why You Should Never Hire Yourself and the Person You Should Hire Instead

    Hugh Culver
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the nastiest traps small business owners fall into is being a “Doer”. I’ve been there, and it goes something like this: You know a bit about accounting, so you do your own bookkeeping. You know your way around ... The post Why You Should Never Hire Yourself and the Person You Should Hire Instead appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • From Food Truck to Restaurant Chain: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Mexicue Co-Founder David Shillace

    Ramon Ray
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The road to entrepreneurial success is always a wild ride. Consider David Shillace. In 2010 he quit a six-figure job in sales and marketing to start a food truck business. Flash forward five years later, he and partner Thomas Kelley ... The post From Food Truck to Restaurant Chain: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Mexicue Co-Founder David Shillace appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • 3 Ways Your Small Business Can Utilize Video Marketing

    Chamber of Commerce
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Today we often see photos and videos going viral at lightning-like speeds. That’s because 2015 is the time of self-promotion. This generation has become incredibly proficient at managing its brands from every social media platform — and realizes that these ... The post 3 Ways Your Small Business Can Utilize Video Marketing appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More

    Jill Schiefelbein
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
      When most people think of communication, they think of speaking. When you’re an entrepreneur, a lot of your communication involves pitching yourself, your services and/or your products. However, I believe that entrepreneurs can be more productive and win more ... The post Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
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    Bolton Remote Blog

  • Create Your Own Remote Digital Marketing Dream Team

    Bolton Remote
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    It’s not easy to build a strong online presence, so it’s no surprise that digital marketing is an involved process, “as a practice it is starting to mature with a focus on better data, process and governance.” says digital strategist Brendan Regan. Digital marketing takes a village to execute, but startups and small businesses can Next → The post Create Your Own Remote Digital Marketing Dream Team appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • Designing a Remote Team Culture that Attracts Great Marketers

    Bolton Remote
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Acquiring great employees is a lot like winning over clients: you find out what they’re looking for and make sure you address that need. For today’s talents, it’s not always about joining the biggest company. It’s about the bigger picture: does the company align with their vision? Small business coach Carl Dierschow’s webinar, Attracting Amazing Next → The post Designing a Remote Team Culture that Attracts Great Marketers appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 3 Cloud Security Tips for Remote Marketing Teams

    Bolton Remote
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Successful marketing is a team effort, and remote teams achieve this through collaboration made easier by the cloud. Cloud integration is becoming the norm. A recent survey conducted by RightScale showed that 93% of their respondents (enterprises and big businesses) use the cloud. This doesn’t come as a surprise. Aside from convenience, the cloud is Next → The post 3 Cloud Security Tips for Remote Marketing Teams appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 4 Things an Awesome Marketing Assistant Can Do

    Bolton Remote
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In running your startup or small business, one of your first hires should be a marketing assistant. They can take some work off your plate, ensuring responsibilities with promotion and branding are dealt with without tying you up on tasks and you can focus on growing your business. Trying to do everything on your own Next → The post 4 Things an Awesome Marketing Assistant Can Do appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff

    Bolton Remote
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Between 2005 and 2015, remote work grew to nearly 80% according to Global Workplace Analytics. Still, there are executives that swear their workforce can only be effective when the whole team is in one office.. Concerns regarding the effectiveness of remote work are usually tied to possible communication issues. The success of daily business processes Next → The post 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
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    BizCentral USA

  • Social Media Marketing Help for Small Businesses

    BizCentral
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    Social Media Marketing Help for Small Businesses Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumblr, and Instagram are just some of the many social media sites that are popular today. Social media has arguably become the top marketing solution for small businesses. Small businesses are able to use social media to gain new customers and increase awareness for their products and services. Social media provides immense reach for small businesses as it is used by millions of people around the world. Social media marketing can help increase brand awareness while driving traffic to your…
  • Creating a Business Plan with Financial Requirements

    BizCentral
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Creating a Business Plan with Financial Requirements Every year hundreds of thousands of businesses are started. Unfortunately, many of these businesses fail due to lack of financial planning. Part of the planning phase of any business includes creating a business plan. Many start-up businesses need funding in order to begin operations. In many of these cases business owners turn to a bank loan or investors in order to obtain funds, however, most investors and bank officers will require a professionally written business plan that can validate how your idea will turn into a successful…
  • Small Business Web Design

    BizCentral
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Essential Components in Business Website Development According to a 2013 article published by Forbes, only about 50% of businesses have a website. Many small businesses without a professional web design will attribute it to not having enough time, not having business website development experience, or it being too expensive to develop a website. Unfortunately, many small businesses without a website are losing potential customers to competitors that have websites. In today’s marketplace, nearly all consumers use the internet to shop for goods and services. Consumers use the internet to…
  • Marketing Help For Small Businesses

    BizCentral
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Marketing Help for Small Business Success In today’s ultra competitive business environment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate from the competition. Every day consumers are bombarded with advertising messages though their cell phones, computers, and televisions. Companies that are trying to create awareness for their business must find a way to stand out through all of the clutter and provide a memorable message. Many consulting firms provide marketing services to businesses. A marketing consultant can be a big help for small companies that lack time and are in need of…
  • Bookkeeping for Financial Success

    BizCentral
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Bookkeeping services for small businesses Hundreds of thousands of businesses are started each year by creative entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service. Unfortunately, many of these businesses fail. One of the top reasons that startup businesses fail is poor accounting. There are many factors that can lead to poor bookkeeping. Small business owners are generally extremely busy and do not have the time required to complete proper accounting and bookkeeping. Also, many small businesses are understaffed and may not have the funds to hire a full-time accountant. In addition, many…
 
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    Organizers Direct Blog

  • Raising Capital for Your Startup Part 1

    Organizers Direct
    4 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    How to Start Fundraising For Your Business  One of the biggest obstacles of starting a business is finding the funding to get it off the ground. Startup and operating costs are at their highest in the first year of business. From product research and development to marketing and advertising, not to mention payroll, rent, office supplies, and your own living expenses, the costs add up. Your business may not generate enough revenue to support itself for the first few months, or even years, so you will have to find a way to raise enough capital to stay afloat.
  • How to Write a Simple Business Plan

    Organizers Direct
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    As an entrepreneur, you have probably heard the expression, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” This sentiment is especially true for small businesses. Many small business owners only write a business plan when they are trying to secure funding from banks and investors, but this is a big mistake. Every company needs a business plan, even if it is just a simple one. Here are the top ten details your simple business plan must include:
  • Three Qualities of a Good Business Plan

    Organizers Direct
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Every business, without exception, needs a detailed business plan. Whether you are starting your own home organization business or opening your own restaurant, a general business concept alone is not enough; you simply cannot hope to succeed without a comprehensive plan. But what qualifies a business plan as “good?” Here are three qualities all good business plans share:
  • 5 Benefits of Starting Your Own Business

    Organizers Direct
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In response to changing economic, technological and social conditions, Americans are embracing entrepreneurship more than ever before. The 2015 Kauffman Index reported the largest year-over-year increase in small businesses in the past 20 years, with more than half a million new small businesses launching each month. The US Chamber of Commerce documents the rise of the entrepreneur in a report entitled Work, Entrepreneurship, And Opportunity In 21st Century America, citing recent a Gallup Poll that shows 61 percent of Americans prefer self-employment over traditional employment options. While…
  • 3 Benefits of Outsourcing Wood Components

    Organizers Direct
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    For many years, outsourcing has been a key component for many custom closet and garage designers. Small businesses especially benefit from the ability to produce more goods, reduction in inventory costs and time saved by partnering with a dependable supplier. Here are three other benefits of outsourcing wood components for your home organization business.
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    The Creative Entrepreneur

  • 5 types of brochure design and what to include in each

    99designs guest author
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Not all marketing activity is as easy to measure as email, SEM and direct mail. Sometimes you need to trust your experience over the security of metrics. One of these difficult-to-measure activities is  a well-designed brochure to help promote your company and its products. Not only is it difficult to prove the value of a brochure, but the print costs don’t scale in a linear fashion as you might expect. This means you’re likely to only print one version at a time and that batch will probably last you quite a while. You don’t get the opportunity to make tweaks and run split tests to…
  • The recipe for a perfect logo

    99designs guest author
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:08 pm
    While there is no exact formula for the perfect logo, there are certain “ingredients” that can be explored and utilized in the creative process. This article looks at several successful examples and talks about how these “ingredients” are represented within. 1. It reads like a logo Logo Design: Saul Bass Certain logos just simply look like logos. They don’t look like shapes. They don’t look like symbols. They don’t look like marks. They have the “it” factor that just makes them read like a logo. This Saul Bass United Airlines logo has just that. A combination of unique…
  • Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

    99designs
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings, we felt he deserved a logo that stood out just as much! Congratulations to the winner, #1 Teach, who did a fantastic job combining the old-school style of a political logo with the silliness of the “Deez Nuts”…
  • Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99!

    99designs
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    While others may be enjoying a warm, lazy Summer – our 99designs community has been hard at work this month! From spacy website designs to eye-catching skateboards, our designers’ diverse styles never cease to amaze us. Scroll down and place a vote for your favorite design below. The designer with the most votes will get a special prize! Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo form! The post Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99! appeared first on The Creative Entrepreneur.
  • Katy McLaughlin takes her beauty biz on the go with Hair & There Mobile Salon

    Kelly
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    Katy McLaughlin had a thing for hair for as long as she can remember – as a little girl, you could always find her playing beauty shop with her sisters. When she graduated high school though, she chose college over cosmetology school. After taking on a full time job as a marketing manager, she was still feeling the pull of the beauty industry.  Eventually, she quit her 9 to 5 to pursue her true passion and hasn’t looked back since! After identifying a demand for mobile hair stations, Hair & There Mobile Salon was born. Read on to find out more behind Katy’s…
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    Monitoring Website and Blogs with Adsense and Adsense Alternatives

  • A Review of ViralURL:Stepped into The World of Making Money Online

    Maheder Lezemen
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:56 am
    So you have finally stepped into the world of making money online. You too, like the others, have decided to start with the affiliate programs. Also, you must have heard that it's not a big deal to make good money with affiliate marketing, provided you choose the right programs and do some strategic planning while promoting your affiliate products. So far so good.Whether you are promoting other people's products or promoting your own products - that doesn't matter because after all it is nothing but your own business and your means to earn good money. So whichever be your case, I am sure you…
  • 25 Most Popular Places to Set up Your Free Blog

    Maheder Lezemen
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    1 Blogger - A great starting site to get a taste of blogging, very easy to use.2 Word Press - Not only can you install Word Press on your own sites, you can use the same software on their site and save yourself all of the technical work.3 Live Journal - One of the most well known of the blogging hosts. Offers multiple account types such as ad-supported and paid. The center of a few controversies recently.4 Blog - Offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.5 Blogetery - Offers…
  • Who Else Wants To Make Money With Adsense?

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Fact number 1: Kids in high school are making thousands of dollars every month with Adsense. Fact number 2: Housewives, retirees, mom and dads, who are just staying at home and have never made a dime on the internet have created full-time incomes by simply placing Adsense ads on their web site or blog.These are just some of the “super Adsense earners”. You may have already heard about their story for they are among the few who are on their way to making millions worth of cash just by promoting Adsense sites. Anyone, any age and gender can become money generating Adsense…
  • Google Adsense: How to Write Great Blogs and Watch Your Adsense Dollars Add Up

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    The best thing about blogging is that there are no rules.  You can write about anything you want.  A self-publisher’s dream!   There are some things you can do though to maximize your Google Adsense profits.  Narrow your subject.  Don’t just write about shopping.  Write about shopping for antique dresser drawer pulls.  Write every day. Have a blog at more than one site. If you develop a readership, you’re more likely to increase your profits.Write about something you know or want to know or at the very least care about. If you try to write a great blog…
  • Google Adsense: When Do I Get Paid Using Google Adsense?

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Google Adsense pays you approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which you become eligible to receive payment. You become eligible for payment only when your Adsense account reaches at least $100.00.  Suppose, for example, you started in January and at the end of the month you had not yet accumulated $100.00 in your Google Adsense account.  You would then need to wait and see if your January and February earnings combined equal $100.00.  If they do, you would be paid approximately 30 days after the end of the month of February, that is, you could expect payment near…
 
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    WordPress.com News

  • A Niche of Their Own: Five Sites to Check Out Today

    Ben Huberman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    The blogging community is huge and diverse, with thousands of smaller clusters of sites built around shared interests, causes, and passions. It might seem daunting at first — like walking into a party where everyone already seems to know each other — but there are a number of ways to ease your entry into the community, from participating in a blogging event (or even starting your own) to taking one of our free blogging courses. As the bloggers we feature here demonstrate, there’s another way to find your place in the big, wide world of blogging: zoom in on one thing…
  • New Themes: Colinear and Franklin

    Ernesto Méndez
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    On this Theme Thursday, we have two new free themes for you: Colinear and Franklin. Colinear Colinear — our update to the older Coraline — is a squeaky-clean theme featuring a custom menu, header, background, and layout. Colinear supports featured images and six widget areas — up to three in the sidebar and three in the footer. Primarily designed for magazine-style sites, Colinear is a flexible theme that also suits any personal blog or content-rich site. Check out Colinear on the Theme Showcase, or activate it on your site. Franklin Franklin is a lightweight blogging theme,…
  • Introducing: Our New Action Bar

    Andy Peatling
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    We strive to make all aspects of using WordPress.com streamlined and intuitive, from following a great new blog to editing a post on the go. Today, we’re happy to present the new action bar, which allows you to do all this (and more) no matter what device you’re on. Following and more When you visit a site you’re not yet following, look to the bottom-right corner of the screen and you’ll see this: Clicking on Follow will make it so new posts from that site will appear in the WordPress.com Reader. Becoming a new follower has never been easier, whether you or your…
  • Get Up to Speed at learn.wordpress.com

    Krista
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you just started a spandy new WordPress blog or site and want to work on setup and configuration in your spare time, we’ve recently refreshed a resource that might be just the thing for you: learn.wordpress.com. Have you just created a blog or website to: Showcase a personal project? Maybe you’re working on a photo-a-day project, some short stories, poetry, or a memoir? Highlight your business’ offerings and attract new customers? Promote an organization and want to know how to get connected to potential supporters on social media? No matter the reason you created that…
  • Next Stop for Accelerate.LGBT: Dublin, Ireland

    Anne McCarthy
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, is committed to diversity: providing a platform for everyone to publish on the web and building a diverse, distributed workforce around the world. A collaborative effort between Accelerate with Google and Automattic, the Accelerate.LGBT conference series is designed to help diverse businesses and nonprofits optimize their web presence, empowering professionals through focused workshops and hands-on, one-on-one support from Automattic and Google employees. We held our first event in San Francisco this past April, which was a great success.
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  • Mistakes Couples Make While Preparing For Their Wedding

    4 Sep 2015 | 7:30 pm
      The path to “I do” is often littered with missteps. Getting married is an amazing experience, and we understand if you want everything to be absolutely spot on.
  • Baby Money: How To Plan Your Finances Before Baby Arrives

    Lim Shiyun
    4 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
        Preceding the arrival of a newborn, there is a powerful wave of change and excitement in the air. A baby isn’t called a “little bundle of joy” for nothing, and naturally, parents and family members would be fussing around to ensure that conditions are at the optimum for the smoothest delivery of this little V.I.P. This might include shopping for infant clothing, baby cots, going for routine visits at the gynecologist’s or arguing over whether “Linda” or “Leenda” fits better as a name. Just as the joy and excitement of having a baby do not start nor stop at…
  • Skincare Routine: 11 Deadly Habits Women Must Not Try In Their 40s

    Katleen Brown
    4 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
       If you are a women in her 40s, there are some skincare practices that can cause a total mess on your skin and make you look older than you should. While we all have flaws, it can be discouraging to get imperfections that make you feel frustrated about your appearance. 
  • #MasterChefAsia: Wine Pairing MasterChef Asia’s Three Mystery Box Dishes

    Rachel Melville
    4 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
      Image Credit: Lifetime Asia We very recently shared an article with you about our experience with the MasterChef Asia panel of judges and our three Singaporean representatives (check it out here before reading on)! It was an exciting event as the contestants were tested with the classic Mystery Box Challenge with the same 7 ingredients.
  • #MasterChefAsia: What’s In The Mystery Box

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:14 pm
      Image Credit: Lifetime Asia What is so captivating about the MasterChef Mystery Box Challenge?
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    Blog - Groovy Marketing

  • 14 Things Your Customer Wants More Than Anything...but Will Never Tell You In Public: Periscope Edition

    Josh Rhodes
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    The other day I broadcast this short, but rich, training on periscope(you can follow me at @jrhodesbiz).  The business that succeeds is the business that understands the customer the best.  Enjoy! -PERISCOPE EDITION - @jrhodesbiz -People want to GAIN: 1. Health 2. Time 3. Money 4. Popularity 5. Improved Appearance 6. Security 7. Praise From Others 8. Comfort 9. Leisure 10. Pride of accomplishment 11. Advancement 12. Increased enjoyment 13. Self-confidence 14. Personal prestige Follow Me On Periscope @jrhodesbizSpecial Offer! Don't Miss! Learn More Here
  • How Not To Confuse Features and Benefits When Selling Your Product or Service

    Josh Rhodes
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Want to know what marketers get confused more than anything else?Features and benefits.  They mix up the use of these two things and the result is deadly to your conversion rate.Prospects can't handle confusion. The moment they become confused, they bail.Remember that “a confused mind does not buy".The only thing people care about is their own interest.If your prospect doesn’t understand what’s in it for them, then you are both missing out.Features are solid facts.Features let your prospect know what to expect in regards to product detail. They explain physical shape, gadgets,…
  • How To Get More Customers Faster. The Emotional Economics of Striking While The Iron Is Hot

    Josh Rhodes
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:18 pm
    There is a unique thing to be grasped when it comes to marketing. Emotions. Specifically, igniting the emotions of a prospect by agitating the pain that they have. This pain, of course, is the symptom of a problem, obstacle or impasse that they face.Your job as a marketer, salesman, or business owner is to provide a world class solution to that problem.However, you've got to do some convincing. And while I won't get into all things direct response marketing has to say right now, it's important to talk about one fundamental.Strike While The Iron Is Hot.People are way to distracted in…
  • The Dark Art of Email List Building: The Step By Step Guide To Growing Your Revenue With An Invisible List

    Josh Rhodes
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    If you are wanting to grow your email list, then listen up. The tide is changing.I've got an update that will save you tons of money...and make you lots more.Growing your email list = growing your income. True statement. I can attest.The following strategy is an example of what I dive deep into with my coaching clients inside The Groovy Collective. It is a short term AND a long term strategy wrapped into one. Yes. It is possible to do short and long term work at once. The New Day of Email List Building Begins With Value ContentHere's the deal.The powers that be(like Facebook) have…
  • How Super Mario and Online Entrepreneurs Are Alike

    Josh Rhodes
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Ever find yourself in a place where you feel stuck? As an entrepreneur that is...On an island? No one to give you answers except the vast internet in all it's glory?Before you answer that, remember this little guy? Thought so. He wasn't much to write home about.Sure, he had great intentions and was dead set on saving Princess Toadstool from Bowser... ...but there was no way this little plumber was set to win as is.  He needed to be more. He needed a better, stronger, bigger version of himself.Then he found this. That's a fire flower.  The effect it had on Mario is what I design…
 
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    Wasp Buzz

  • How to Get More Leads from Your Website

    Brian Sutter
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    How do you feel about your company’s website? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Many small business owners are a bit disappointed with their websites. Too often, it’s because they have yet to see their sites deliver much new business. The whole point of a business website is to bring in more business. Usually, that […]
  • The Cardinals Score With Effective Asset Management

    Brad Vinson
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
     The NFL’s Cardinals Implement a Sophisticated Asset Tracking System When the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals gear up for a match there is a lot of preparation, and not just by the team. Putting on a major sporting event involves a lot of moving pieces and a huge array of departments, from food to security to scoreboard […]
  • 6 Reasons to Implement Inventory Management with Barcodes

    Jason Sentell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Poor inventory management: No business likes to admit it, and certainly companies don’t want to feel the negative impact of it. Particularly if it means the loss of customers and revenue. So if you are one of the 43% of small business leaders who say they are challenged with increasing profits, or the 48% that […]
  • Changing Your Inventory Management Habits

    Jason Sentell
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Why it’s never too late to make the switch to an inventory management system Your company’s inventory is ultimately what keeps your business alive. Without products being bought and sold, you wouldn’t make any money.  While this might sound like an elementary statement, the mishandling of said inventory could mean the downfall of your business. […]
  • 25 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

    Brian Sutter
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Nearly half of all small businesses don’t have websites. It’s incredible, but true, at least according to the SCORE.org infographic, Customer-Friendly Websites, published in December of last year. According to this study, only 51% of small businesses have a website. If you’re the owner of a business without a website, maybe you’re putting it off […]
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    Apple Capital Group Small Business Blog

  • Using Print and Direct Mail Is Still Vital to Small Business Marketing

    29 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
  • The Do's and Don't When Advertising

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Recently, I moderated a panel discussion with Lori Greiner from TV’s Shark Tank. If you have ever watched the show, you know that Lori is one terrific entrepreneur. With literally hundreds of patents to her name and having created scores of successful businesses, Lori definitely knows a thing or two about business (and then some!)
  • Writing Effective Blog Posts That Gets Action

    15 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    A blog is an online journal that small businesses can use as part of their content marketing strategy to engage with prospects and customers. Blog posts are typically informative and conversational, sometimes even provocative, and can display your expertise and thought leadership in your particular industry.
  • Tax Reduction Tips for Small Business

    11 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Tax Reduction Tips for Small Business
  • Making More Money In Network Marketing

    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Network Marketing is an excellent way for the "average Joe or Jane" to make an extra income. This business concept has been around for decades, and it will not disappear any time soon. The reason for its popularity is simple... It Works! It does however, require lots of work and most importantly, dedication and persistance to get the job done. The best part is, once you are able to set up a solid network, your business becomes MUCH less time intensive. Almost like going on "autopilot". The key is to get there as fast as possible.
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  • How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Your Taxes?

    Carrie Gallagher
    4 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    Whether you are self-employed or you have a relatively small workforce, chances are you’re facing new tax requirements due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Your tax reporting burden will vary depending on the size of your business and the number of full-time equivalent employees. So how will the Affordable Care Act affect your taxes if you’re a small business owner? Let’s break it down… For the Self-Employed Self-employed workers simply need to prove they have their own insurance coverage. Keep in mind, tax credits are available only if you are utilizing the…
  • The Agony and the Ecstasy of Passing Down a Family Business

    Carrie Gallagher
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    After decades of fruitful ownership, passing down the family business is on your mind. You may be ready to spend your days traveling the world, or maybe you’re just tired of dealing with the day-to-day decisions required of managing a business. No matter if you are passing down a construction business, medical office, or a retail store, there are several considerations and steps you’ll need to take when passing down a family business. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to have the confidence in the next generation of family members to manage the process on their own.
  • The Small Business Guide to Financing Commercial Real Estate

    Allen Buchanan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:42 am
    Owning commercial real estate is not for everybody — but it can be a very wise investment for a small business under the right circumstances. I have a client in Orange County who owns a plastic injection molding company, and I sold him a building for about $1 million in 1995. By last year, the price of that building had increased in value by almost 500%. The building was worth close to $5 million, and the business that occupied the building was only worth a million. If they had continued to rent the building instead of purchasing it 20 years ago, they wouldn’t have built up that $5…
  • Fed Study on Marketplace Lending Reveals Need for Greater Consumer Education

    Carrie Gallagher
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland released a 24-page report on the public conceptions of alternative lending, from the perspective of small business owners. Authors Barbara J. Lipman and Ann Marie Wiersch conducted two separate online focus groups in November 2014 and March 2015, asking a total of 44 small business owners for their impressions of online marketplace lending, and gauging their understanding of common funding products offered by these companies. The major takeaway is that many consumers don’t have a confident understanding of alternative lending products, and…
  • What Really Makes a Franchise Successful?

    Joe Tagliente
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    There are many entrepreneurs out there who have the desire, work ethic, and cash to start their own business. The only thing they lack is an original idea that they’re confident enough to put capital behind. For people like that, buying a franchise can be a great formula. A franchise is a proven concept. All you have to do is invest your capital, your time, your sweat equity, and your intelligence, and you should be very successful. But as with any business, buying a franchise isn’t a guarantee of success. Here are a few factors that determine whether franchisees (and franchise…
 
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    Factor Funding Company » Business Funding Solutions

  • 3 Ways Account Receivables Factoring Can Help Your Machine Shop

    Factor Funding Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Industrial and commercial customers of machine shops usually pay on net terms due in 30 to 70 days. This extended time between the work being done and the cash coming in can put many profitable machine shops into cash flow danger. If your machine shop is having cash flow problems, you need to get ahead of the situation before it becomes a major problem. Three Ways Accounts Receivable Factoring Can... Read More »
  • 4 Temporary Staffing Industry Trends You Should Know

    Factor Funding Staff
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    According to the “U.S. Staffing Industry Forecast” released by Staffing Industry Analysts last year, temporary staffing companies are going to generate $115 billion in business in 2015. This continues the industry trend of growth and expansion. Certain trends in the staffing industries are fueling this growth and transforming the industry. Four Industry Trends You Need to Watch If you are in the temporary staffing industry, there are certain trends you... Read More »
  • Can Factoring Help You Pay Employees On Time?

    Factor Funding Staff
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you ever faced a time when making payroll was difficult? That is a common occurrence in many small businesses. Cash is not flowing as expected. Transportation costs are rising faster than expected. Too much money is tied up in inventory. There are tons of accounts receivable pending. There is just not enough cash to pay the employees. Factoring is one way to make payroll when money is tight. Paying... Read More »
  • Are Factoring Companies Debt Collectors?

    Factor Funding Staff
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    There is a common misconception that factoring is the same as debt collections. They are completely different types of businesses, though both have roles to play. Understanding the differences between the two types of business will tell you whether you need the services of a factoring firm, a collection agency, or both. For the record, factoring firms do perform collections as part of their business. But, that is only one... Read More »
  • 5 Tips for Tracking Your Small Business Expenses

    Factor Funding Staff
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Expenses are a part of life when it comes to running a small business. Whether you need to pay the light bill or buy supplies, there is always something you need to pay for. Tracking those expenses helps you know how much you are spending, where you can cut costs, and how you should approach tax time. Here are five tips to improve the way you track expenses in your... Read More »
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    Money Maker Philippines

  • 10 Neglected Startup Tips That Can Improve Your Business

    Marcelo De Ocampo
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    A totally unrelated picture.Do you have your own business?You must be thinking:"How can I improve my business?"We all know that managing a business is a challenging task that needs to test not only your physical but also your mental strength. Being able to face all the obstacles and taking a risk for the sake of growth is all part of being a good entrepreneur.Since managing a business is very crucial for success, there are many techniques about business management.A lot of tips and tricks on how to become successful entrepreneur and how to improve your business have already been given on the…
  • Effective Strategies to Increase Sales

    Marcelo De Ocampo
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Are you a property consultant? Salesperson? Real estates broker?How's the sales going?"Hard? Tough?"Not getting enough sales?I feel you, it's really difficult! Especially for property consultants because not many people buy real