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  • How to Build a Digital Reputation When You Have No Time

    Entrepreneur
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here are four steps to quickly create a strong online reputation.
  • 9 Content Curation Ideas for Bulking Up Your Editorial Calendar

    Content Marketing Institute
    Heidi Cohen
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 is the year of content curation — the most “rad” format of content marketing right now. While 93 percent of B2B marketers use content marketing, they’re encountering significant challenges when it comes to creating the quality content needed to satisfy prospects and customers, according to Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs 2014 market research. Specifically, they suffer from a lack of adequate time, have trouble producing sufficient amounts of content, and struggle to get budget. Creating original content on a consistent basis can require a lot of…
  • A creative tip from Sylvester Stallone

    All You Need Is A Good Idea!
    Jay H. Heyman
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    When you think about creativity, Stallone may not be the first (or 98th) name that comes to mind. But when you consider his career more thoroughly, his creativity is truly amazing. From Rocky, to Rambo, to The Expendables, he has created a new and appealing version of himself over and over, while always staying true to his essence. And he’s been doing it for thirty-plus years.So when I came across the advice he has given Ronda Rousey, an Ultimate Fighter Champion who is appearing, with little previous acting experience, in The Expendables 3, I discovered one reason for his longevity:; his…
  • What Makes People Leave Your Website

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    Dawud Miracle
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    My friends over at Kissmetrics have a great graphic explaining what makes people leave your website. For your convenience, I’ve listed the 8 points that makes people leave your website along with a little of my own short commentary. 8 reasons people leave your website: Bad Navigation Are you frustrating your visitors by making your navigation menu too complex, too confusing or just plain difficult to understand and use? Too Many Ads This may not apply to you specifically. But if we reframe it with too many things down the side (sidebar) of your website – which happens a lot…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

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    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
 
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    Fast Company

  • How Google Searches Can Predict The Next Stock Market Crash

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Researchers have created a method to identify search patterns that can predict stock market movement.When will the stock market crash? As with most everything else, the answer lies within Google.Read Full Story
  • "Star Wars" Creator George Lucas Names Architect For New Chicago Museum

    Shaunacy Ferro
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    The director picks Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.George Lucas has chosen Beijing-based MAD Architects to lead the design of his new museum, planned to open on 17 acres of what is currently parking space along the Chicago lakefront in 2018. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will be based on the Star Wars director's personal collection of art and movie memorabilia.Read Full Story
  • Airbnb Takes On Business Travel With Concur Partnership

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    More than 35 companies have already signed up for Airbnb's business travel program.Airbnb is displacing the hotel industry when it comes to personal travel, and now it wants to do the same for business travel. On Monday, the San Francisco-based startup introduced a business travel program and partnership with Concur, a travel and expense management service.Read Full Story
  • OkCupid's Human Experiments Are Way Creepier Than Facebook's

    Rebecca Greenfield
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    And one experiment basically discredits the matching algorithm.Online dating site OkCupid is laughing in the face of Facebook's human experimentation scandal, lauding its own such efforts today in a blog post on OkTrends. The post, titled "We Experimented on Human Beings!" reminds us that "if you use the Internet, you're the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That's how websites work." Then it proceeds to brag about messing with people's emotions for the sake of science.Read Full Story
  • Amid Meat Scandal, McDonald's Pulls Big Mac From Menus In China

    Alice Truong
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Some Chinese customers will have to wait until early August for their Big Macs and chicken nuggets. For now, there's Filet-O-Fish.McDonald's patrons in China will have to wait for their next Big Mac. The fast food chain is facing a beef and chicken shortage in Beijing and Shanghai following allegations its meat supplier intentionally reprocessed and sold expired meat to restaurants.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • The VISANOW SHRM 2014 Wrap-Up

    Jake VanKersen
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Last month, HR professionals from all over the country came to Orlando for the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition. This event is a chance for HR Professionals to keep up to date with the latest news and best practices for human resource management. This is why VISANOW was in attendance at SHRM 2014. “We’ll Surprise You” at SHRM 2014 Our message this year was “we’ll surprise you.” We wanted to let HR professionals know that when they use VISANOW, they will be (pleasantly) surprised by: How fast we can get them their visa. How easy we’ve made…
  • The VISANOW Sales Team “Restarts” at iO Chicago

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Way back in January, the VISANOW sales team had a kickoff to get ready for the year. With the first six months of this year in the rear view mirror and sights set on what lies ahead, the sales team took an afternoon to “restart.” The Sales Team Restarts As Vice President of Sales, Joseph Kim explains that he “wanted to give the Corporate Sales and Client Management teams an experience outside of the office to get away from the everyday grind. We all get into mid-year ruts. The ‘VISANOW Sales Restart’ day was meant to reenergize and refresh each team member so they can…
  • What is the Difference Between a B-1 and a B-2 Visitor Visa?

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not sure if you should apply for a B-1 or B-2 Visitor visa? It all comes down to what you plan on doing while you are in the United States. The B-1 Visitor Visa If you are coming to the United States to do any kind of business-related activities, you are going to want to apply for the B-1 Visitor visa. Some of the most common “business-related” activities include: -       Negotiating or signing contracts. -       Purchasing business supplies. -       Attending a business meeting, exhibit, or convention. -       Settling an estate. -       Taking an exam held…
  • Here’s What Happened After The Senate Passed Immigration Reform…

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    It’s the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing S.744 aka Comprehensive Immigration Reform. From the Senate it moved right on to the U.S House of Representatives where…it just stalled. And while it sat stagnant in the House the political world was filled with activity around the issue of immigration reform. Here are the top five major events that have happened since the Senate passed immigration reform.  The Government Shutdown When House Republicans and Senate Democrats couldn’t agree on a budget, the U.S. government shut itself down.  The shutdown of the federal…
  • FWD.us Poll: Americans (Overwhelmingly) Want Immigration Reform

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    FWD.us has released a study revealing Hispanic and U.S. voter sentiment towards immigration reform.  The results are an overwhelming support from across the political spectrum to see immigration reform passed in order to fix a broken system. Here are 5 findings that we found extremely interesting regarding the Hispanic population in the U.S. and the U.S. voting population: Three-fourths of Hispanics would be more likely to listen to Republican ideas on other issues if they support immigration reform. If Republicans helped pass immigration reform, they could be heard more effectively by the…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • San Francisco's Coworking Boat

    Steve
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    7X7SF's A Boat Owned by Two Tech Geniuses is Charting a New Course in Coworking describes the Maritol, a former car and truck ferry that has been converted into a floating coworking space. Key quote on the ship's amenities: While the amenities arms race rages on among well-heeled and well-equipped tech offices across the city, a floating coworking space that is rusty, drafty, encrusted with birds’ nests, and laden with fish carcasses is luring some of the brightest minds in the Bay Area. To meet the requirements of the San Francisco Port Authority the Maritol has to be…
  • New Homes Going to the Dogs

    Steve
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.   Key quote on the high end pet suite, which is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a…
  • Great Visualization of the Changing Part-Time Workforce

    Steve
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We really like interesting data visualizations here at Small Business Labs. And the folks at the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank have created a couple of great charts on part-time U.S. employment.  The Atlanta Fed chart below (click to enlarge) shows the percentage of people working part-time for economic and non-economic reasons.   People reporting they are working part-time for economic reasons (PTER) would prefer to work full-time but are working part-time because of slack work or business conditions, or because they could find only part-time work.  People reporting they…
  • For Freelancers, It's All About Networks

    Steve
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've been involved in several recent studies that show the importance networks play for freelancers and other independent workers (independent consultants, contractors, self-employed, etc.). The chart below is from the Freelancers Union report How to Live the Freelance Life. It shows how freelancers turn to their network to find work, collaborate on projects, meet new people and stay on top of their industry.     Most of this was not a surprise to us. But we were surprised that over half of the respondents listed "help me stay sane" as being an important or…
  • Part-Timers, Labormetrics and the Just in Time Workforce

    Steve
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The New York Times article A Push to Give Steadier Shifts to Part-Timers covers the growing opposition to the practice of rrequiring workers to be “on call” at short notice or scheduling them for shifts and then sending them home if business looks light.  The issue is nonstandard work schedules makes life much more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote: The actions reflect a growing national movement — fueled by women’s and labor groups — to curb practices that affect millions of families, like assigning just one or two days of work a week or requiring…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
  • Beyond Niches: Tap Into This Psychological Driver to Create the Ultimate Message

    Demian Farnworth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The number of blog posts published every day is absurd. Let’s just say it exceeds the population of the four largest countries in the world and be done with it. Maybe that’s true and maybe it isn’t. The point is — and we all know it — the volume of written content online is overwhelming. And let’s not forget about other media: videos, podcasts, Google+ Hangouts, photographs, et cetera. Shock is one way to describe our reaction to the tonnage dumped each day. Despair is another — especially for content producers who want to find an audience. The…
  • Case Study: How One Veteran’s Podcast Built a Million-Dollar Business

    Beth Hayden
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    After spending many years in traditional career fields — including real estate, finance, and eight years as an Army Officer — John Lee Dumas still felt unfulfilled. He couldn’t shake the feeling that his real calling was still out there — that there must be a way for him to feel excited to go to work every day. He took a leap of faith and launched an interview-based business podcast called EntrepreneurOnFire. Within its first few months, the podcast became a top-ranked iTunes business podcast and earned a coveted spot on the “Best of iTunes” list. The podcast…
  • 5 Subtle Writing Strategies That Drive Email Signups

    Ramsay Taplin
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email subscribers are your protection from Google. Even Brian Clark agrees with me on that one. Your email list is a group of readers who have chosen to get information from you. They want to hear from you, and you want a large email list that is full of potential clients or customers. But how do you gain more email subscribers? You already have so many ongoing content marketing tasks. When it comes to growing your email list, which methods work and which ones are a waste of time? In this post, I’m going to share five writing strategies I use on my blogs and online advertising campaigns…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • It’s Super-Easy To Franchise Your Business

    The Franchise King®
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    My friend, Charles Internacola, a well-known New York franchise attorney, heard that from an unnamed source at the International Franchise Expo in NYC this past June. It’s news to me…and, to Charles, who helps put together all the legal documents needed to franchise a business in the U.S. So, who was it that told Charles that it was easy to franchise a business? Who was this unnamed source? And, why the heck would he (or she) say something like that?     It’s Super-Easy To Franchise Your Business Not only is it super-easy to franchise a business, according to the…
  • Ray Kroc Is Probably Rolling In His…

    The Franchise King®
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Grave. That’s right: Ray Kroc is probably rolling in his grave. Because of this.   Keep reading.   Lunchtime In Cleveland Ohio I know I shouldn’t be eating fast food. Really…I know. But, sometimes, a man has to do what a man has to do. Anyway… The image above was taken 1.5 hours ago. It’s the interior of a McDonald’s restaurant in Cleveland. In the suburbs. During lunchtime. Like, around noon. What jumps out at you when you look at the picture I took with my Droid RAZR? Hint: It’s not the shiny stainless steel cooler. Try again. It’s…
  • Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award

    The Franchise King®
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Nominations are now open for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards, and this year, I’m looking to get even more of the franchise community involved. Remember back in 2012, when Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group, was named a Top 100 Champion during the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in New York City? I do, I was there to congratulate her. What franchisors, or franchise professionals, will be up on stage this year?   Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award This is your chance, fellow franchise professionals, to nominate the most…
  • Working With A Franchise Broker: Only One?

    The Franchise King®
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    If you’re thinking about working with a franchise broker to assist you in finding a franchise to own, I’d like to offer you some useful tips you can use. Would you like to know why I’m doing this? Keep reading.     I Was A Franchise Broker That’s right: I’m a former franchise broker. I know how brokers work. And, if you’ve been a subscriber to my VIP Newsletter and/or to this franchise blog for a while, you know how I roll. Roll: I provide straightforward, no-spin information and advice on all aspects of franchising. So, if you want to learn how…
  • Why Is LeBron James Opening 10 Pizza Franchises in South Florida?

    The Franchise King®
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Cleveland basketball fans may now have another reason to feel paranoid today. That’s because Lebron James is buying a pizza franchise -10 of them, actually…and opening them up in South Florida. South. Florida. That’s where King James decided to “take his talents” 4 short years ago. And, now that’s where he’s investing a teeny-tiny portion of his money.   Which Pizza Franchise Is LeBron Investing In? Have you ever heard of Blaze Pizza? Me either. Until now. From their website: “Exceptional quality at lightning fast speed is what we’re…
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  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations. Because your workers at all levels care, and so they pitch in with zest to make your company great. They think about improving your firm all week long, and they bring those off-hour innovations to work. They bring you their…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How the World Sees You

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:55 am
    Tweet How the World Sees You: Discover Your Highest Value Through the Science of Fascination by Sally Hogshead, HarperBusiness, 428 pages, $29.99, Hardcover, ISBN 9780062230690, July 2014 The massive amount of research that went into Sally Hogshead’s new book, How the World Sees You, is staggering. For the past decade, she’s been scouring books and source materials, conducting polls and surveys with hundreds of thousands of people, and working with teams in the real world social labs of companies like AT&T, General Electric, and Cisco to discover how fascination works in both the…
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  • 4 Simple Ways to Make Your Next Conference Call More Productive and Crystal Clear

    Ramon Ray
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In today’s world of the telecommuter and virtual worker, conference calls are a constant, crucial form of business communication. While technology has given us the ability to make these conference calls more dynamic by connecting dozens of folks via video, the reality is that audio conferencing is the most affordable way to conduct a conference call and the preferred method for most businesses. Conference calls can quickly get off track and become unproductive if you don’t have the right technology in place and follow a few rules to help stay on track and remain productive. Here are four…
  • More Customers, More Often – 7 Tips To Get It Done

    Ramon Ray
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all claim to want more customers, more often, but are we doing what it takes to get that done? I asked Sarah Reilly Engel, VP of Merchant Success at Belly, a loyalty rewards company for retailers, to share advice with us. It is widely known, through research and studies, that businesses derive 80 percent of their revenue from 20 percent of their customers. As a small business owner, it becomes overwhelming to develop customer acquisition and retention strategies effectively without using tools to automate the process. Luckily, some of the best customer-driven marketing tactics and tools…
  • 3 New Media Strategies Every Business Should Know to Survive the Shrinking Newspaper Market

    Ramon Ray
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Newspapers have been rapidly vanishing from the American landscape, as consumers increasingly get their news online. With CNN.com or The New York Times as a person’s homepage, why would they need a newspaper dropped on their doorstep every morning? As this media outlet continues to shrink, there are three new media strategies that every business should know. Brought to you by PRWeb, a leading online news and press release distribution service used by 40,000+ organizations. From Fortune 500 companies to small business, companies are using PRWeb to increase their online visibility, improve…
  • Summer Is Here. Sales Are Down. 7 Cool Ideas To Heat Up Summer Sales #OwnYourSummer

    Ramon Ray
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    For many businesses, summer is traditionally a slow month. The heat slows our bodies down (I guess that impacts sales), folks are focused on going away for an annual vacation, children are home from school and people want to leave their offices early and have FUN! While some businesses thrive during the summer, others dread the 3 months of heat, beach and vacations because their customers attention is even more distracted then it might usually be. There’s several things you can do to turn up summer sales and look FORWARD to the summer month. Check out Infusionsoft’s “Own…
  • Why Every Business Needs External Storage – Collaboration, Backup, Save Money. (Video Interview)

    Ramon Ray
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I’ve used external storage devices for years – plugging them directly into my computer and more recently attaching them directly to my network. Seagate recently launched a new line of external storage devices which make it easier to leverage external storage in your business. These new drives provide a much easier interface and enable you to easily use your drive how you see fit. While Seagate is not going to get rid of Dropbox and other online storage solutions, Seagates new drives do enable you to easily share files with others – just as easy as you can do with an online…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • This Coffee Shop is Selling More Than Just Coffee

    Annie Pilon
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Offering a quality product or service is essential for success in any business. But if you run a local business, that alone might not be enough. You also need to create an atmosphere within the business that customers will want to be a part of. That’s the aspect of business that Phil Jaber focused on when launching Philz Coffee in San Francisco in 2002. He told WeWork: “I visited over 1,100 coffee shops and five-star restaurants to figure out why people went there, what they were looking for, how the employees interacted with the patrons – it wasn’t to see how they made coffee. I…
  • Do You Know What’s Wrong With Your Business Image?

    Personal Branding Blog
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    You may not realize you have an image. And the image that exists for you may not be ideal. The goal of reputation management and personal branding is to intentionally and authentically put together a business image that is coherent, consistent and compelling. What distinguishes your business image from your personal brand or reputation? Your image is more diffused. It encompasses much more about you, although it plays a big role in your personal brand and reputation. You may be very surprised that how you earn your living – is the LEAST important aspect of your image. I have described…
  • This Hotel Rewards Guests for Retweets

    Annie Pilon
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Social media is a powerful promotional tool for businesses, in part because it allows customers and connections to do some of the work for you. If you’re a business that can leverage your social connections to share information about your business, you should be able to reach quite a few people. The tricky part is actually getting your customers to post about your business. That’s why the Marriot hotel chain started its Plus Points program. Plus Points allows the hotel’s members to earn real Marriott Rewards points based on their social activity, including tweets, retweets, Facebook or…
  • This Podium Works like a Touch Screen Computer

    Shawn Hessinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    Imagine showcasing your product demo on a drafting table that works like your iPad. Imagine hooking a projector to this table for large screen presentations on the nearest wall. Now imagine all you need is your laptop to bring these features, and many more, to life. Creators of the IKKUT touch screen podium have been working to make all of this a reality. Simply install the driver for your computer’s operating system, connect the single USB port and you’re ready to go, the company’s Kickstrater page promoting a campaign raising money for the device insists. The campaign, started…
  • Which Private Sector Businesses Have Stopped Offering Employee Health Insurance?

    Scott Shane
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Between 2000 and 2013, the fraction of private sector businesses offering employee health insurance declined from 59.3 percent to 49.9 percent, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality estimates. While this decline was widespread, and can be seen across all nine major industry sectors – agriculture, fishing and forestry; construction; financial services and real estate; mining and manufacturing; other services; professional services; retail trade; utilities and transportation; and wholesale trade – it was greater at certain kinds of businesses than at others. • Smaller…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
  • Brace for impact

    Seth Godin
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    I would imagine that there are certain situations, perhaps involving the martial arts, where bracing for impact is a good idea. The rest of the time, not so much. If your car is about to hit a tree at thirty miles an hour, or the jet is about to slam into the wall of the Grand Canyon, it's not altogether clear that tensing all your muscles and preparing to be squashed is going to do you much good at all. Worse than this, far worse, is that we brace for impact way more often than impact actually occurs. The boss calls us into her office and we brace for impact. The speech is supposed to happen…
  • If you can't sell it, you can't build it

    Seth Godin
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:19 am
    Architecture students bristle when Joshua Prince-Ramus tells them that they are entering a rhetorical profession. A great architect isn't one who draws good plans. A great architect gets great buildings built. Now, of course, the same thing is true for just about any professional. A doctor has to persuade the patient to live well and take the right actions. A scientist must not only get funded but she also has to persuade her public that her work is well structured and useful. It's not enough that you're right. It matters if it gets built.        
  • Back to the drawing board

    Seth Godin
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Isn't the drawing board the place where all the best work happens? It's not a bad thing to go back there. It's the entire point. (HT to Neil).        
  • It's only high school if you let it

    Seth Godin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    "I'll show them!" Creative people need fuel. Overcoming the resistance and quieting the lizard brain takes a lot of work. Often, we seek external forces to excite us, inspire us or push us to take the leap necessary to do something that might not work. And so we read what the critics write, mistakenly believing that it will help improve the work. Or we go to a conference and mentally start comparing ourselves to everyone. He seems to get more respect. He has a better speaking slot. They forgot to list me in the program. She didn't make eye contact. They must have known that I didn't want to…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 5 Simple Acts to Take Right Now

    John Jantsch
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    5 Simple Acts to Take Right Now written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: UGArdener via photopin cc The months of July and August can be slower ones for many small businesses in the U.S. While we’ve got a thing or two to learn from some other cultures about taking a “real” holiday, many business owners and their clients take vacations and spend less time thinking about business during the summer months. You may still feel just as busy doing busy kind of things, but the key to making this mini breather pay is to look at the…
  • Weekend Favs July Twenty Six

    John Jantsch
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Weekend Favs July Twenty Six written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. A little paddle boarding on the Severn River near Annapolis Good stuff I found this week: KingSumo Headlines App – Automatic headlines…
  • 30 Tips for Great Digital Marketing

    Guest Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    30 Tips for Great Digital Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Tara Banda – Enjoy! A man walks into a bar/restaurant/hotel/car repair shop. Chances are, he found it online. That’s because today’s consumers, 80% according to Google, rely more on the Web to find and choose local businesses. So how do you make sure that these consumers find and choose your local business? By using a mix of these four strategies for great digital marketing:…
  • Social Media Marketing for Lead Generation

    Guest Post
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Social Media Marketing for Lead Generation written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Michael Bird– Enjoy! photo credit: whoohoo120 on Flickr Let’s say you’ve devised the perfect marketing strategy for your small business, a photograph business. It involves placing ads in papers and passing out business cards. The business comes in, and for a while things are good. After a few more months, however, it seems that the leads have dried up.
  • Weekend Favs July Nineteen

    John Jantsch
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Weekend Favs July Nineteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. Part of my presentation at World Domination Summit Good stuff I found this week: Briefmetrics – Weekly email report for your Google Analytics…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • 3 digital designs that earn word of mouth

    Andy Sernovitz
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We don’t always share techie examples of word of mouth marketing, because word of mouth shouldn’t rely on digital or social media to work. But that doesn’t mean your web strategy couldn’t use a little WOM boost. Here are three ways to do it: 1. Feature your customers 2. Give it some personality 3. Make sharing fun 1. Feature your customers For their first anniversary, Free People, a women’s clothing retailer, replaced models with photos…
  • How to make water, pushpins, and Boring remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
  • Newsletter #997: The “Make It Ugly” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Jul 2014 | 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.] The race to make the flashiest, most impressive, and most beautiful is a crowded one. Sometimes it’s worth it to make something great — but sometimes, doing the opposite can help you stand out. Here are a few examples to inspire you: 1. Compete with personality 2. Try lots of different things 3. Make it one-of-a-kind 4. Check it out: Fly Art 1. Compete with personality For crowd-funded…
  • Why useful is remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We love viral stunts and funny ads as much as the next person. But there’s a more sustainable way to get your customers to talk about you that earns word of mouth for the long term. Here are three ways to do something so useful your customers can’t help but talk about it: 1. Make recommendations 2. Do more than say “thanks” 3. Make the small details count 1. Make recommendations When you check out at Barnes & Noble, they give you a list of…
  • Newsletter #996: The “Your Customers are Innovators” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    10 Jul 2014 | 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.] Paying attention to your customers’ feedback, criticisms, and compliments isn’t enough. You could be missing something even more remarkable: the innovative ways they can promote your stuff. Here are three examples of when companies were inspired by their customers: 1. Show them off 2. Make them feel special 3. Focus on specific groups 4. Check it out: London’s historic paintings…
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Data Backups and Disaster Recovery

    Bridget Ayers
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jason Steuernagel of Momentum Technology Group provided us with this write-up regarding backups, disaster recovery and business continuity. As an IT provider one of the most basic overriding goals for all of our clients is to NEVER LOSE DATA. This simple and basic goal is the reason we design servers with fault tolerance (minimal single points of failure), utilize IT security measures (firewalls, antivirus) and put backup system in place that maintain extra copies of the data – ideally in an automated fashion and/or with processes that are not prone to break down. File Recovery: A…
  • Cool Gadgets to reduce the Energy Bill

    Bridget Ayers
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The summer months bring vacations, beach trips, and tans, but the warm weather can also bring around an unwanted guest: a hefty energy bill. This cost increase causes many to start scrambling for ways to save energy, so companies like Thinkeco are offering cool gadgets that give more control over energy, even when away from the house. The smartAC The Thinkeco smartAC allows users to ways to save energy remotely through a smartphone app. Did you forget to adjust the air temperature before leaving the house? The smartAC system allows you to adjust the temperature, even when you’re not home.
  • World Cup 2014 Social Media Recap

    Bridget Ayers
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Not only was the 2014 World Cup exhilarating for players and die-hard fans, but by the numbers, this sporting event was exciting people all through the Facebook- and Twitter-spheres.   According to Twitter data, the World Cup final game set new records: 618,725 tweets were sent every minute, discussing the match 32.1M World Cup tweets were sent during the final match in total, down significantly from Germany’s shocking 7-1 victory against Brazil, which with 35.6M tweets during the shocking Germany vs. Brazil game, where Germany pulled a victory of 7-1, remains Twitter’s most…
  • What To Know About WordPress.com vs WordPress.org

    Bridget Ayers
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you are considering using WordPress for your next website or blog, you should know whether you want to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org. What is WordPress? WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that people all over the world use to power their blogs and websites. WordPress launched in 2003 and since then has grown to be a dominating force on the web. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013! [Source] See Also: How To Increase Your Blog Traffic With Twitter WordPress.com vs WordPress.org So what is the difference between…
  • The Best Smartwatch on the Market

    Bridget Ayers
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    With so many smartwatches on the market, it can be hard to find to answer that burning question: What’s the best smartwatch on the market? While there are many different needs and opinions on wearable tech, these smartwatches have caused buzz for what’s available on the market now. Pebble Steel [image] One of the best-looking smartwatches on the market, the Pebble Steel still reigns as the best smartwatch on the market. In appearance, it doesn’t scream “smartwatch!” with a techie look, but rather has a more traditional, upgraded look that comes with both a metal and a leather…
 
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    ChangeThis Newsletter

  • 119.01

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.”
  • 119.02

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the status quo are in fact the most vulnerable. ... The disruption of ongoing innovation eventually topples any organization that fails to keep moving—to reinvent.”
  • 119.03

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The Four Faces of Change: A Tool for Change Readiness by Kevin Allen “I don’t believe much in change ‘management.’ That suggests we have the power to change forces much greater that we are. I do very much believe in change readiness—preparing yourself and your team for the opportunities that change affords.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Digital Marketer’s Manifesto by Lisa Leslie Henderson & Larry Weber “To succeed in a customer-centric world, we must truly see our customers. Not stalk them, but understand them. ... Indeed, the ability to see—to know where to look, to decode meaning from a glut of information and interactions, and reflect that understanding in our customer experience—is today’s primary source of competitive advantage.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Gravy Train or Train Wreck? Which Leadership Train Are You On? by Kirk Dando “All leaders are conductors, steering their corporate ‘trains’ onward, upward and ever forward with knowledge, experience, confidence and enthusiasm—and, above all else, passion and a sure and steady hand. So ... exactly what kind of train are you running here?”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

    Emily Wilder
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?” We enjoyed reading one another’s recommendations so much we wanted to share the results here! Javan Makhmali, Programmer: Love People, Not Pleasure – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/20/opinion/sunday/arthur-c-brooks-love-people-not-pleasure.html Dan Kim, All-purpose: This Paul Graham article from way back in 2007, titled “Stuff”.
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Jamie
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire event, and we’re giving away two pairs of 3-day passes to the festival to celebrate! How do you enter? Tweet a lyric, song title, album name, or artist related to “Basecamp”. Add the hashtag #basecampmusic. Here’s an example: Ace of Basecamp, The Sign-off. #basecampmusic— asianmack (@asianmack) July 7, 2014 When is the contest over? We’ll be watching the…
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    Jason Fried
    10 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a bit, bought a book, shook hands, and then moved on. But one guy came up, put a laptop-like device on the table, unhinged it, spun one side around to me, flipped up a little screen, and then did the same on his side with his half of the device. It took about 10 seconds to set up. Then he started typing. The screen was split in two horizontally. At the top was what he was typing. On the bottom was what…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #6: Innovative

    Becky McCray
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 6: Innovative. The stereotype of sleepy small towns stuck in the past hides a simple…
  • Brag Basket is for sharing good news

    Becky McCray
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Photo by Carol on Flickr, of Spencers Farm Shop, Wickham Fruit Farm, Wickham St Pauls, Essex. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 25-27, 2014. 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 brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share…
  • You Just Gotta Ask!

    Glenn Muske
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    George JohnsonAnyone in business or thinking about going into business has a million questions. At least that was my experience and continue to hear it repeatedly from business owners. There are so many things that have to be done and so little time to do them. Plus you didn’t start your business to understand the complexities of taxes or to understand the best business structure for your situation or even to know were to go for consumable supplies or the best places to find employees. Adding to this dilemma, as a startup, you rarely have a lot of excess cash floating around where you…
  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #5: More knowledgeable

    Becky McCray
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 5: More knowledgeable. We have the luxury of educating customers, knowing that if they…
  • Brag Basket for July 18

    Becky McCray
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Photo by Naama ym on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 11-13, 2014. Orange you glad I didn’t make a pun in the headline this week? ;) 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 brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a…
 
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update - Axe gets further axed

    Harish B
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Business Standard  reports that the woes of Axe continues unabated. In the quarter ended June 2014, Axe was relegated to third position,this time by WildStone . Fogg leads the market with 17% share followed by Wildstone with 6.9% and Axe with 6.8% share. The new entrant Engage from ITC has 6.5% share offers further headache for Axe.Surprisingly Axe has been virtually silent atleast in Kerala market with virtually no promotions. If this trend continues, we are going to see this brand fading out from the Rs 2500 crore market which it created.
  • Brand Update : Now Alia Bhatt asks Why should boys have all the fun ?

    Harish B
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Having tasted success as a women's only scooter, Hero Pleasure has set its sights on the younger ladies. The brand in its push to appeal to the younger crowd has roped in the latest bollywood star Alia Bhatt as the brand ambassador. Watch the new ad here : Hero PleasureHero Pleasure was endorsed by Priyanka Chopra and with the change in the brand ambassador to a much younger actress, the brand is trying to bring in a much youthful persona to it. The positioning and the message from the brand remains much the same . Pleasure also has retained the tagline " why should boys have all the fun…
  • Revotron : The 3 in 1 engine

    Harish B
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Brand : RevotronCompany : Tata MotorsBrand Analysis Count : # 544Revotron is the new hope of Tata Motors. Tata Motors which once was the number 2 in the Indian car market, is now finding it difficult to be in the top 5 thanks to the nagging quality issues coupled with a negative brand perception. This brand is another example of  ingredient branding.But Tatas are known for its resilience and Revotron is the result of a serious introspection and investment in developing an indigenous petrol engine with global standards. And from the media reports , Tata Motors have managed to live up to…
  • Choco Moonz : Not Only But Also

    Harish B
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Brand : Choco MoonzCompany : Perfetti VanMelleBrand Analysis Count : # 543Cadbury Shots now has a competition. Perfetti has launched its version of Shots branded as Choco Moonz. The new product has the same form factor as Shots but the difference is that Moonz has almonds inside it. Cadbury Shots has been a very successful product for Cadbury. It gained almost 3% value share within a year of its launch. The smart pricing and a very good campaign propelled the popularity of the brand. The brand's tagline " Man Main Laddu " has become a part of the lingo.Every successful product attracts…
  • Market Stat : Ice cream market

    Harish B
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    According to a report in Outlook Business, Indian Icecream market is worth Rs 3620 crore and premium segment constitutes 10% of this market.The percapita consumption in India is 250 ml while that of US is 20 litre in a year.Amul leads the market with 30.5 % share and HUL 's Walls with 20.7 % . According to the report the market is growing at 15-20% each year and is expected to double in the next four years. That means the market will be Rs 5330 crore in 2018  
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Retail Reality: Mobile Sales Sites Grab More Moola than Apps

    Michael Essany
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Apps may be where people spend most of their time, but retail sales sites are where it’s happening. That’s the conclusion of recent eMarketer data, which projects that 19.0 percent of U.S. retail ecommerce sales will stem from mobile devices this year. By 2016, the share is expected to rise to 25.0 percent. Traditional retailers, ecommerce players and mobile-only businesses are all vying for the money consumers are increasingly spending through their smartphones and tablets, according to a new eMarketer report, “Mobile Commerce Deep Dive: The Products, Channels and Tactics…
  • Beauty and the Blog: Images, Video Drive Engagement

    MikeR
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In the beginning was the word. And then — if you want any readers — photos, images, pie charts, and videos. That’s the conclusion of a June, 2014 poll by Orbit Media Studios, which indicates that today’s blog readers are more likely than ever to see images alongside text. It’s the beautification of the blog. Nearly three-quarters of blogger respondents said they used an image such as a stock photo or diagram in their blog posts, and 44.5 percent reported including more than one. Why? Orbit Media Studios argues that blog posts with images saw higher interaction…
  • IAB Study: Native Advertising Boasts Benefits for Brands, Risks for Publishers

    Michael Essany
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Who gets the goodies when native advertising is employed? In one of the largest studies of people’s attitudes towards native advertising, 62 percent said that it didn’t help to enhance the reputation of news sites, but it did help brands to be seen on highly trusted media sites. Comprehensive coverage about the study was recently provided by ZDNet. Native advertising, a form of advertising designed to look similar to “native” media content such as news or feature articles written by journalists, is where it’s at right now. If a marketer isn’t already doing…
  • Hands Off My Apple! Future iPhones Could Use Recognition Tools to Deter Theft

    ChristaH
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    That’s my apple! An Apple invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office this week describes a method by which an iPhone can set off an alert or automatically lock the device based on detected changes in user behavior. According to AppleInsider, “Apple’s patent application for “Generating notifications based on user behavior,” an iPhone or other mobile product employs behavior recognition techniques to determine whether the current user is the device owner. When usage patterns don’t match those of the owner, an alert, notification or system…
  • The Year’s Hottest New Mobile Hardware May Be Delayed

    MikeR
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s a bad, horrible, disgusting word to use around a mobile tech junkie — “delayed.” If you know what’s good for you, you’ll avoid using that word whenever possible. However, it’s a word we must use to convey the latest speculation from Apple’s supply chain inside of Asia. It looks like some of the hottest products in Apple’s pipeline may be… delayed. Taiwanese newspaper UDN says Apple’s “phablet” — the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 — is still a few months away from entering mass production. In other words, despite…
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  • Why Brands Drive Financial And Business Results

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    We are often asked about the impact of brands on financial, business performance and growth. Enough research has been conducted on this over time throughout the world that one could write and entire book on this subject. I will not do that here. But I will be a bit more detailed than I have in the past about this.  The bottom line is that strong brands have a very strong positive impact on financial and other business results. Following are data points on some of the ways in which this occurs. A recent Nielsen study demonstrated that strong brands command higher loyalty rates. Consider the…
  • Brand Keys To Redefining A Category

    Mark Di Somma
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Some things are too big to fight. If you’re planning to redefine a whole category for example, then, unless you’re already a market leader, plan on a big outlay and a long runway. You’re literally battling the millions others have already invested to define what it is, what it means, who it’s for, where it’s found, who the key brands are, what the products and services generally cost and so much more. If your brand’s competitive advantage is predicated on breaking one of those fundamentals, be very aware of the fight you’re buying: You’re battling the pigeonhole that your…
  • How To Identify And Capitalize On Brand Weakness

    Mark Di Somma
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Every brand has two vulnerabilities from an activity point of view: what it’s doing (because that makes its strategy more visible to its competitors) and what it’s not doing (because in failing to act, it generates opportunities for others to do so). Nothing startling there. But Derrick Daye mentioned something recently that I think we need to pay more attention to: the opportunities for “competitive intelligence” – understanding and responding to the underlying attitudes inside a rival brand and the implications of those dynamics competitively. Here’s three examples of things to…
  • Corporate Strategy Success Guide

    Mark Di Somma
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    This fabulous article by Charles Roxburgh is a must read for every decision maker responsible for deciding the fate of a proposed strategy. It explores in fascinating detail how the brain tricks leaders into making “rational” decisions that are nothing of the sort. In fact, it reveals that all of us work to a set of biases that we must consciously resist. Roxburgh’s work is a sobering reminder that rogue decision making is alive and well. Much of what he describes in terms of European financial services is equally applicable to what happens in many other fields and markets. In…
  • Brands Must Proactively Build Systems Of Trust

    Walker Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    As any banker will tell you, the moment a bank is forced to ask depositors for trust is the very moment at which, for all practical purposes, that bank becomes insolvent. A run is sure to ensue. Nobody wants their money in a bank with even the slightest chance of losing it. The mere mention of trust spooks people. Financial regulators know this. Saving banks from having to ask for trust is one of the main purposes of deposit insurance. Government guarantees that all account losses will be made whole give troubled banks a turnaround chance they wouldn’t get if they had to ask customers…
 
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    IttyBiz

  • Write Like It Never Happened

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    So I had writers’ block for four years. That is not an exaggeration. There was a week in the summer of 2010 when I had two life-changing conversations. In both of these conversations, each had with different people, and for different reasons, and ostensibly on different topics, the people I was speaking with suggested that perhaps lil ol’ me would be more successful and make more money and be more awesome if I acted, well, more like them. They didn’t say it like that, of course. People don’t. When well-meaning people want to give advice, they tend to simply paint a…
  • Updates, Some Of Which Are Important!

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Do you see what I did there? With the “some of which are important” thing? Don’t you hate it when somebody makes an “important” announcement, and you’re like, “I’m sure it’s technically possible that a human or two on earth might find that important, but I’m struggling to imagine what they might look like, and regardless, I am not among their undoubtedly few number”? (No? Maybe that’s just me.) Anyway, do you see how I deftly avoided that outcome by allowing YOU to determine which ones are important? Do you see what I did…
  • You’re Probably Not Going To Die Over Your Pricing

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    So I’m looking at buying a book. This book is called Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When The Stakes Are High. I am looking at buying this book because for some reason, Dave and I cannot hold a conversation these days without someone ending up in tears. (I blame the Cardinal Grand Cross. And Mercury in Retrograde. And Neptune in retrograde. And Mars in retrograde. Good Lord, it’s amazing neither of us is dead.) Here is a sample conversation in my office: One of us: So have you had any thoughts about the YouTube thing? The other: Jesus ****ing Christ, why did you have to…
  • “How Do I Know If My Business Is Viable?”

    Naomi Dunford
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    We get the “business viability” question fairly often around here. People want to know if their business idea, as an idea, will work. Fair enough. The answer to that, like just about everything else we talk about here, is not a cut and dry one. Asking if a business idea will work is like asking if those two people getting married will stay together. There are a lot of variables in that equation. It depends on a lot of factors. And there are no guarantees. However! Whether you want a business or a marriage to be viable, there are indicators you can look for and questions you can…
  • The Decisions That Make You Money, Part 6

    Dave Navarro
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    If you missed the earlier posts in Dave’s series on decision making, check out part one, part two, part three, part four and part five. - Naomi Today we wrap up our series on decision making with one of the most important factors you can look at when you’re trying to figure out what projects to focus on now – and which to leave on the back burner for the time being. As with most things, the most important factor is usually the one most easily dismissed in practice. “What, get exercise, get sleep and eat well to help with my stress? No, give me some pills, or a…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • A creative tip from Sylvester Stallone

    Jay H. Heyman
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    When you think about creativity, Stallone may not be the first (or 98th) name that comes to mind. But when you consider his career more thoroughly, his creativity is truly amazing. From Rocky, to Rambo, to The Expendables, he has created a new and appealing version of himself over and over, while always staying true to his essence. And he’s been doing it for thirty-plus years.So when I came across the advice he has given Ronda Rousey, an Ultimate Fighter Champion who is appearing, with little previous acting experience, in The Expendables 3, I discovered one reason for his longevity:; his…
  • Share a Coke with Jay

    Jay H. Heyman
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I like what Coca-Cola is doing with their Share A Coke campaign. First launched in Australia in 2012 and now in more than 50 countries, Coke invites fans to find their names -- and the names of family members, friends, coworkers -- on bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Zero. According to Stuart Kronauge, senior vice president, sparkling brands, Coca-Cola North America, (now that’s a title!) “For teens and Millennials, personalization is not a fad, it’s a way of life. It’s about self-expression, individual storytelling and staying connected with friends.”1.25- and 2-liter bottles will…
  • Below average

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    I think my annual creativity contest might have used the two ads above as the subject. As in, “Explain what the heck these ads are trying to say and win my book.” Though I might make a (weak) case for the tagline, “Beat Average,” I can find —pun ahead — no nourishment in the headlines. If you understand the ads, please explain them to me in the comments. You won’t win a contest, but you will have my creative gratitude. Got the idea? Related articles Average Stock Market Returns Aren't Average Are You Average Or Are You Fit? Be a Great Marketer, Not an Asshole
  • We have a winner(s)

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    First, let me thank all the creative types who entered the “Write a slogan. Win a book” blog contest. The rules were simple, the number of clever entries astounding. What you were required to do was follow the examples from the “Honesty in advertising” blog, creating truthful ads for products or services; what these products actually are, as opposed to their official claims. And for the first time, we have a tie! Two winners. (And yes, according to the newly revised rules,they will each receive a copy of my book, “All You Need Is A Good Idea!” and not have to share a copy.) So,…
  • Write a slogan. Win a book.

    Jay H. Heyman
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:08 am
    Yep, it’s that time again. I go on vacation, and you enter my blog contest, for the chance to win a signed copy of, “All You Need Is A Good Idea!” This year, it should be more fun than ever, at least for me. There is a very funny website called honest slogans. It features real truth in advertising, creating painfully honest slogans for products (a few samples above). And that’s what this year’s contest would have you do. Create an “honest” slogan for a well-known brand. Simple as that! Though there are, as always, a few asterisks. *Enter as often as you like, using the comment…
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • How I Helped Ramit Sethi Break Through Barriers and Earn Millions of Dollars

    Erica
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:55 pm
    This post could potentially help you create the next huge online business. I’ll get into that more below, but first, since you’ve been asking, here’s what happened in the aftermath of my last blog post! It’s been 2 1/2 months since I shared the story of my startup failing here on my blog. And I’m happy to announce I can now share the epilogue to that story: After I wrote the post, Whoosh Traffic was acquired by another local Austin company, OwnLocal. OwnLocal, as our largest customer, had significant interest in the technology behind what we’d built, and…
  • Dear Investors, My Company Failed and We Lost All Your Money. Here’s What Happened.

    Erica
    30 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Something wasn’t right, and I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what it was. On the surface, it seemed like I had the best life. A popular blog with millions of readers. The perfect relationship with Brian, the most adoring fiance in the universe. A great set of supportive friends and a nice social standing in Austin, TX. And, last but not least, an awesome company, making marketing software, with a great team, that was making money and (finally!) shipping products. Yet something lurked just beneath the surface. It would come out at awkward times, like 3AM, when I would wake up…
  • My Personal Transformation: 6 Life Lessons From 6 Years of Blogging

    Erica
    5 Dec 2013 | 2:25 pm
    I launched erica.biz on December 4, 2007. This week, I’m celebrating 6 years of blogging here. Wow! It’s been just over 6 years since I sold my last company, as well, and I’m amazed at how much I’ve grown. This week, I figured I’d do something special, and share some of the deep, heartfelt lessons I’ve learned in the past 6 years. Some of these were tough for me to grok. All of them have changed me as a person. This may be a tough read for some of you…but I hope these lessons will have as much of an impact on your life as they did mine! Lesson 1: You…
  • How To Become A Writer

    Erica
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Through a sort of strange coincidence, I found myself reading Tucker Max’s blog today. If you know who Tucker Max is (and many people do), you may think I was reading his famous “asshole” blog. Interestingly enough, though, Tucker seems to have matured lately, and is now writing a more thoughtful blog on how to become a writer, run a startup, and get published. He highlights a thought-provoking question on his post “How To: Find A Mentor”: “‘Why do you want to be a writer?’ 99% of [people who tell me they want to become a writer] have no fucking…
  • When The Sh*t Hits the Fan With Your Startup

    Erica
    7 Aug 2013 | 12:03 pm
    Here’s the story of how our funded startup almost collapsed–how we recovered, and how ultimately we became better and stronger because of it. It was January 2013 and we’d run into some issues scaling our business. We’d made design decisions on how we built our tool back in October 2010 that were starting to bite us hard as we tried to gain larger clients. Neither Parnell (my co-founder) and I had done anything wrong–we’d just originally built our software to serve the needs of an SEO consultant (me, back then!) and those decisions weren’t scaling to…
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 10 Apps to Save Time on Administrative Tasks

    Lisa Furgison
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In a business, administrative chores can stack up. It might only take 20 minutes to send an email, or five minutes to answer your business cell, but all of these little tasks can take up a significant amount of time. Before you know it, your day is nearly over and you haven’t done half of the... The post 10 Apps to Save Time on Administrative Tasks appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Become an Entrepreneur Overnight

    Candice Landau
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is it possible to become an entrepreneur overnight? Is there a switch you can flick? And if so, how do you do it? Here's my answer along with 5 key ingredients that I believe contribute to the make up of all the best entrepreneurs. The post How to Become an Entrepreneur Overnight appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Gatorade and the Kings of Cool

    Ryder Cochrane
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    When you are developing a marketing plan, it’s important to focus on the aspect of your product that you mean to be the selling point. You have to have that thing that makes you stand out from the pack, and that’s what you focus on. You’re the cheapest. You’re local. You’ve got the highest quality product.... The post Gatorade and the Kings of Cool appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Bad Boys and the Fab Five: Business Lessons from Basketball History

    Jonathan Michael
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In 2009, to commemorate their 30th anniversary, ESPN released a new sports documentary series called “30 for 30.” The series included 30 full-length documentary features that highlighted sports history’s most memorable moments and personalities. The series was so popular that ESPN decided to release a second volume of 30 more documentaries, produce 30 new digital... The post Bad Boys and the Fab Five: Business Lessons from Basketball History appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 7 Reasons to Create a One-Page Pitch Before You Plan

    Noah Parsons
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A business pitch or elevator pitch is not only a crucial tool for getting investment, it’s also one of the best tools you can use to flesh out your business concept, iterate it through different variations, and find a business model that works and will turn into a profitable company. But, shouldn’t you have a... The post 7 Reasons to Create a One-Page Pitch Before You Plan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    World Cup soccer has lessons that can be applied to how we choose to live our lives. The National Post has a great article on the topic:When Robin Van Persie jumped into the air and headed in the goal against Spain, the crowd went wild. Van Persie earned his reputation as The Flying Dutchman and one of the world's best players. But those astonishing plays are the exception, not the rule; teams can’t rely on them to win games. At the end of the day, good defensive soccer moves are equally important as jaw-dropping goals, although they’re often given less attention. If you want to win,…
  • 5 Ways investing is the same as running a business

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Many of my baby boomer clients wonder whether they should keep their wealth in their businesses, or sell and invest the proceeds elsewhere. While they understand the need to diversify, they find investing in other markets less appealing since they don’t have the experience and perceive it to be a greater risk.Working with business owners, my challenge is just as much about helping them invest money as it is helping them change their perception of themselves. You see, many of my clients view themselves as business owners when they should be thinking of themselves as family wealth managers.
  • River Cree with Crosbie issues the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation

    28 Jan 2014 | 6:53 am
    There has been a complete make over of the Thomson Reuter PE Hub website and the editor, Kirk Falconer, is scooping up stories on a usually closed industry of private equity. Here is his latest story on the innovative deal done by Crosbie with one of the leading First Nations casino enterprises:River Cree Enterprises said it has issued the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation-owned entity, tapping a group of Canadian and U.S. institutional investors. The bond issue, estimated by The Globe and Mailat $200 million, has helped facilitate the Enoch Cree Nation‘s…
  • Cover-FX discovers that Private Equity does take your business to the next level

    7 Jan 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Globe and Mail has a story of value to entrepreneurs and business owners thinking about growing their company, but choking from lack of capital.Deals with Canadian firms are being closed by large and sophisticated investors that, at first glance, seem to fall well below the revenue threshold usually required for a chat over lunch – never mind an acquisition.Private equity and strategic buyers are dipping their nets into shallower waters and scooping up small companies. U.S. investors, in particular, are not waiting for businesses to grow organically because they recognize there’s a…
  • Barry Critchley, Financial Post: Sluggish tone of Canadian mergers and acquisitions

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • A 3-Tier Approach to Managing Your Small Business Cash Flow

    Karen Axelton
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By David Sederholt The financial universe of most hard-working small business owners is often very focused and revolves around their immediate obligations. They know that cash flow is the heartbeat of their business, and if they don’t have the cash on hand to pay their vendors, they don’t open the next day. It’s important to remember that some of the cash flow pain that these entrepreneurs face is the result of less than creative cash management. For a small business, cash flow management is like being an air traffic controller. You can’t have 100 planes trying to land simultaneously…
  • Ice Cream’s Sweet Rebound

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky You wouldn’t know it from my family’s consumption (we’re all ice cream addicts), but ice cream sales have been down a bit, mainly due to the increased competition from frozen yogurt. But Andy Brennan, an IBISWorld market analyst, recently told CNBC, “We’ve reached the turning point where the industry is going to bounce back. We’re certainly forecasting a rebound.” The really good news is that the ice cream resurgence is primarily happening at the small, independent ice cream stores (though sales are up a bit at Baskin-Robbins as well). CNBC attributes it to…
  • Tips for Summer Office Party Success

    Karen Axelton
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Laura Kerekes Holding a summer office party is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate as a team, and can have a significant impact on employee engagement and morale. But there are potential employer liabilities for holding company parties, especially where alcohol is served or at locations where employees participate in games or near bodies of water. A commonly asked employer question is: If we’re having a summer get-together, should we or should we not serve alcohol and what else should we think about to lessen our risk? Party Suggestions to Reduce Employer Liability Here are…
  • Reading List 7.25.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices “The weather outside if frightful.” How to protect your small business. Improve your ecommerce checkouts. What makes a city small-business…
  • Changing Your LLC Operating Agreement As Your Company Grows

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico “My two partners and I formed a limited liability company (LLC) several years ago. Our business has grown substantially, and we now have several investors as well as employees who own nonvoting shares in our company. We’re still using the Operating Agreement that we signed when we first started the company, but I have to believe we need to make some changes as what made sense back then for ‘just 3 guys’ may not make sense for a fast growing entrepreneurial company. Any suggestions?” First of all, you are wise to ask this question before your minority owners start…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Smart Savings Online #FruggaSmartSavings

    Yvonne
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Frugga Smart Savings by Yvonne DiVita I am being compensated for this post, but I eagerly accepted the assignment because ... hey, it's shopping online! You KNOW the comments and opinions are my own. I only share with I believe, folks. So, who shops online? All ya'all do. Don't fool me! It's a woman's pasttime. I was writing about the whole shopping online, marketing online, and women way back in the early part of THIS century, way before the old fogies of that previous century got wind of what was happening. Women like shopping. I don't profess to understand why, even though I'm a woman, but…
  • 3 Tips for Kicking Butt...Even When You Don't Feel Like It

    Laura Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    By Laura Kay (formerly Smith), Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems Ugh. Divorce. Have you been through one, My Dear? I hope not. But, if you’re like a lot of us, you’ve been there ~ done that. Me too. In fact, recently ~ like this year. Believe me, one of my New Year’s resolutions was NOT divorce. Yet, here I sit. New name. New home. New everything. If you happen to be traveling down a rough road right now, I thought I’d share a few of the activities that have brought me through the past few months ~ albeit, somewhat tattered ~ but still whole. 1. Just do ONE day at a time. More…
  • #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Why I Write

    Yvonne
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Tom, me, and Caroline at the first BlogPaws by Yvonne DiVita    #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Robbi Hess, the blog manager here at Lipsticking, tagged me in a blog hop last week. Robbi writes several blogs but her most recent is a favorite of mine, All Words Matter. I'm mad I didn't start it first! (not mad, mad... you know... cause I can't be mad at Robbi, but mad in the, 'why didn't I think of that?' way) The blog hop started on Susan C Foster’s site and continues here, today. What to say... what to write... or, more to the point, what NOT to say or write. I could write all day about why I write.
  • Overwhelmed or Under Managed?

    Yvonne
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita I hear folks are overwhelmed by technology today. Too much of this, too much of that, cringing when they hear, "There's an app for that!"  Information overload, in the form of technology that is always on, is ruining our lives. When everyone at the bus stop, the airport, the grocery store, the stoplight (in cars and not in cars) is glued to their cell phone, it's a clear indication that we, as human beings, are tuning out the wrong things in a misguided effort to tune in the 'right' things. Let's decide what the wrong things are, up front. Your Facebook page. It's fun to be…
  • How Networking Can Change Everything

    Yvonne
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Guest post by Georgina Stewart We all have a sizeable personal network, which can be made up of family, friends, neighbours, ex-work colleagues, or fresh acquaintances. While, in terms of a successful application, networking will often play a vital role. If an employer is uncertain about employing you, then a ringing endorsement from someone in your network can be the decisive factor. "It's not what you know, but who you know" is a general truth for a reason. It often happens to be true. Networking has always been important. In the age of social media it's also possible to build up contacts…
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    OnStartups

  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There are two things in my professional life that I'm passionate about. 1.  Startups.  I love startups.  It's an obsession.  I've started three companies, angel invested in over 50 and (hopefully) helped thousands more entrepreneurs in some small way through the OnStartups.com community. 2. Inbound marketing.  I love inbound marketing.  It's the idea that's at the heart of my company, HubSpot.  It's about marketing that focuses on attracting customers — not annoying them with interruptions.  It makes marketing about helping people, not…
  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before Building Your Startup

    3 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    We failed. After 6 months poring over the code quality and refining the design of our mobile app, my partner and I finally launched it in the app store and the downloads started coming in. Then after a few days, BOOM. We got punched in the face by reality. No users returned to the app. This was a devastating shock, since most people we spoke to were excited about the idea. Our app allowed you to take photos and ask questions to learn about what you were looking at. It had all the traits of the most-hyped startup trends that year: mobile, social, local. It was early 2011. Frustrated and…
  • 5 Mistakes Every Startup Founder SHOULD Make

    2 Jun 2014 | 11:41 am
    “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure” - Bill Gates Much digital ink has been spilled trying to caution startup entrepreneurs against making mistakes. Type "mistakes entrepreneurs make" into Google and you'll find thousands of articles, sternly forewarning against the most prevalent pitfalls and errors that stand between you and your startup's success. But wait a second. How many times have you heard "We learn from our mistakes"? As an entrepreneur and investor, I've definitely made some doosies - and if my experience is any…
  • Hiring Employee #1 At A Startup: Expectation vs. Reality

    12 May 2014 | 11:29 am
    This is a guest post by Jenn Steele.  Jen is the Head of Growth at RecruitLoop, an online recruitment marketplace based in San Francisco and Australia. Previously of Amazon and HubSpot, Jenn is passionate about growing humans and companies, working out, and wine. Follow her @jennsteele I fired the first person I ever hired. I didn’t expect to have to do that. I expected that I’d be building my team with this person at my side. I expected this person to add value from the get-go. I expected that this would be a long-term professional relationship. Reality, however, was…
  • Happy Birthday BASIC, Thanks For Making Me Possible

    7 May 2014 | 12:35 pm
    This month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of the BASIC (Beginners All-Purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) computer language. I have fond memories of BASIC -- without it, my life may have turned out very differently. I went to highschool in a small town in India (Bilimora).  It was the mid 1980s  There were no computers at my school.  Best I knew, there were no personal computers in the entire town. Then, I went to mechanical engineering school in a larger town (Surat).  They had PCs.  6 of them, if I recall correctly.  In a "computer lab".  It…
 
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • 9 Content Curation Ideas for Bulking Up Your Editorial Calendar

    Heidi Cohen
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 is the year of content curation — the most “rad” format of content marketing right now. While 93 percent of B2B marketers use content marketing, they’re encountering significant challenges when it comes to creating the quality content needed to satisfy prospects and customers, according to Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs 2014 market research. Specifically, they suffer from a lack of adequate time, have trouble producing sufficient amounts of content, and struggle to get budget. Creating original content on a consistent basis can require a lot of…
  • 5 Steps to Global Content Curation That Reaches Your Gooooaaal

    Renato Beninatto
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s a Tuesday just like any other; you wake up, grab a cup of coffee and your smartphone, and log on to your Facebook page to see what’s been posted over the last eight hours. You click “share” on one of the articles you found enticing — maybe it’s about your local sports team’s big win or an 8-car pileup just in time for your commute to work. Congratulations. By sharing that post, you’ve successfully become a content curator. But if global content curation is your goal and multiple languages are involved, just clicking “share” is more…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Weird Al’s Diabolically Brilliant Strategy

    Joe Pulizzi
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this episode, Robert and I discuss the important implications of LinkedIn’s acquisition of Bizo, congratulate blogger Scott Monty on his recent move from Ford to an agency role, and speculate on what will happen to Forbes now that it’s owned by foreign investors. We also ruminate on the continuing fall of newspaper ad revenue, puzzle over Time Inc.’s decision to form a new native advertising group, and rave about the marketing genius of Weird Al Yankovic before exploring this…
  • How to Make Content Creation a Benefit for Your Team—Not a Burden

    Jodi Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These days, everyone is a brand evangelist. Consumers express their love of Vans on Instagram; Sephora supporters can show off their favorite looks on the brand’s Pinterest page; and Facebook is practically rebuilding its business model around connecting fans with the companies they “like” by initiating compelling conversations. Inspirations and opportunities abound for your loyal customers to express their brand devotion — and to express their personalities through the brands they choose to champion. But what about your own workforce? Is your business doing enough to…
  • Play Ball: How Your Content Marketing Plan Should Load the Bases

    Arnie Kuenn
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In content marketing, the end game is always the same: Influence your audience to take an action with your business through content creation and promotion. The path businesses take to get to that point differs greatly depending on the strategies and tactics used, though the creation and distribution of quality content is a necessary component to any content marketing plan. However, a common content marketing misconception is that in order to realize any content marketing ROI, your content must go viral. With 92,000 new articles being published online each day, content virality isn’t a…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • How to Leverage Trigger Events for Faster Sales

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever heard of trigger events? If not, you're in for a wonderful wakeup call. A trigger event is a sudden change in a company's priorities. Your prospect may have been happy with the status quo yesterday, but these new circumstances create or deepen business issues that can no longer be ignored.  Here are some examples of events that can potentially create sales opportunities for you:
  • If You're Not Using This Email Prospecting Tool, You're Missing Out

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know what I hate? Not knowing if my prospect has opened my emails ... wondering if they disappeared into a black hole ... and never being able to catch them on the phone. I suspect you feel the same way. That's why I wanted to let you know about Signals, a new, free and easy email prospecting tool that I'm loving. Here's why:
  • How to Know if Your Prospecting Email Message is Effective

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Salespeople spend an inordinate amount of time developing cold call emails, hoping they'll create the perfect message that will get prospects to say, "Yes! I want to meet with you immediately." That would be great, but it takes a lot of practice to find the best way to pique your prospects' interest. Here are 3 ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your prospecting email: 
  • Is Your Prospecting Email Spam – or Not?

    1 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Is it spam to send a prospecting email to someone you don't know? I get asked about that a lot. Nobody wants to be seen as a spammer. So, let me give you some guidelines. Officially, an email is spam when you're blasting a huge number of people with the same message. It's also spam if your email lacks official contact information or people can't unsubscribe from these massive blasts.
  • Selling at Trade Shows: A Lesson From a Hot Shot High Tech Company

    26 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    Last year I spoke at Dreamforce with my client DiscoverOrg.com. (If you sell into the IT area, check them out.) Over 130,000 Salesforce.com customers, developers and partners were there. After our talk, I went to DiscoverOrg’s booth for a book signing. The exhibit hall was a zoo. When all my books were gone, I spent time observing their salespeople in action. It was fascinating.
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Now, Go and Do: Create standardized, well-understood metrics for your organization

    info@meclabs.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetLast week’s MarketingSherpa Email Newsletter case study – Marketing Analytics: How a drip email campaign transformed National Instruments’ data management – covered an issue that affects many marketers in the digital marketing world: drowning in data that is potentially inaccurate. National Instruments, a global B2B company with a customer base of 30,000 companies in 91 countries, developed a drip email campaign around its signature product. The campaign was beta tested in three key markets: United States, United Kingdom and India. After the test was completed, the program rolled…
  • Lead Capture: How undermining value impacts conversion

    info@meclabs.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetLess is not always necessarily more when it comes to a lead capture process. I say this in light of best practices that often argue otherwise. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll examine a recent experiment in which the MECLABS research team explored how undermining the value you offer prospects can potentially impact your conversion. Before we jump in, however, here are some of the notes on the testing to add some context and perspective on the experiment. Background: An addiction and mental health rehabilitation facility. Goal: To increase the total number of leads…
  • Lead Nurturing: Why good call scripts are built on storytelling

    info@meclabs.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetIn teleprospecting, it’s not just about what you “ask” prospects; it’s about when you ask them. This is where a lot of teleprospecting gets it wrong. Intuitively, fast, upfront and to-the-point seems like a sound approach and I’m a big fan of brevity. But, I also believe in timing and sequence, as both can make or break conversion. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll break down a call script used for voicemails from a lead nurturing experiment to better understand how positioning your “ask” at the right time can aid your lead nurturing efforts. Breaking down…
  • 3 Factors that Connect Value Prop to Prospects

    info@meclabs.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetThere is one question at the heart of lead generation that your marketing efforts should clearly answer. “If I am you ideal prospect, why should I buy from you rather than your competitors?” To put this into perspective, take a few moments and ask yourself, “Do I clearly and succinctly state the core value proposition of the product or service that I am marketing?” In other words, what’s the elevator pitch for what you offer in the marketplace? Take a moment to write it down. Here are a few examples of poor value propositions from the MECLABS Value Proposition Development…
  • Lead Generation: Streamlining the process for quality over quantity

    info@meclabs.com
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetFor her first week on the job, Debbie Pryer, Program Manager, Siemens Healthcare, arrived ready to accept an intimidating challenge: Bring Marketing and Sales together for one common cause – generating quality leads. According to Debbie, the process in place had been corrupted and broken by a system of incentives to drive lead volume with little check and balance in place for assessing lead quality before the handoff to Sales. The end result was a sales team overwhelmed with unqualified leads, 65% of which were tossed out. “I had a roadmap of what was wrong,” Debbie said. “I had…
 
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    Rebel CEO

  • Thailand Won’t Make You Happy

    Bill DAlessandro
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:32 pm
    For many aspiring entrepreneurs (especially readers of Tim Ferriss’s 4HWW), the “digital nomad” lifestyle is the holy grail. And it sounds great – globetrotting, living on a beach in Thailand, working a few hours a day from your laptop, running your business through a 4G modem. And I must admit that I spent a few years of my life trying to do the same thing. But there’s one thing I’m finding out as I mature as an entrepreneur and a human being – our digital nomad culture often focuses too much on building a lifestyle, rather than a life. Yes, Thailand…
  • Shipping is Your Best Customer Touch Point

    Bill DAlessandro
    31 Oct 2013 | 11:17 am
    Lots has been written about how e-commerce is taking over traditional retail and that all commerce is moving online. But the truth is, as an e-commerce retailer, you’re inherently at a disadvantage against all the stores at your local mall. They have something you’ll never have – a tactile, real-world product experience. Walk into Nordstroms and you can touch, feel, and try on the merchandise. You speak with a friendly sales person. All of this comes together to create a cohesive, high-fidelity shopping experience. You don’t have any of these advantages online. There…
  • Entrepreneurship, Skydiving, and Inertia

    Bill DAlessandro
    17 Nov 2010 | 2:47 pm
    How is entrepreneurship like skydiving? As they say, the hardest part of skydiving is jumping out of the airplane. I think entrepreneurship is the same way. I believe that the key to success in life is overcoming your fears and eliminating the excuses that keep you in your comfort zone. Action almost always brings more fulfillment than the status quo. “Ready Fire Aim” is an expression of that ethos. I also believe it’s very applicable to entrepreneurs thinking of starting a company – the starting is often the hardest part. Think of all the “armchair…
  • The Ferriss Experiment – 4 Hour Fact or Fiction?

    Bill DAlessandro
    1 Nov 2010 | 10:38 am
    Many of you are familiar with Tim Ferriss, author of the excellent “4-Hour Work Week“. Tim is a personal hero of mine (one of his productivity tips is mentioned previously in my post “The Urgent vs. Important Matrix“) so naturally I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his sophomore effort “The 4-Hour Body“. The new book promises to be “An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” – a bold claim indeed. Tim has written about fitness before, posting two articles with similarly outrageous headlines…
  • Get Financially Organized – A 20 Something’s Guide to the Real World

    Bill DAlessandro
    23 Aug 2010 | 6:02 am
    My younger brother just graduated from college this year and is getting settled into a new job, life on his own, and financial independence. Along with his first paycheck, he’s also been bombarded with a lot of new financial choices and a lot of acronyms (IRA, 401k, etc). Everyone knows they should be saving money, but the reality is that nobody ever tells you exactly how to go about it short of stuffing cash under your mattress. This post isn’t going to be an in depth discussion of what stocks to buy or how much of your net worth to put in bonds – rather, I want to focus on…
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    Innovation Management

  • Should you engage with your company beyond your job description?

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:43 am
    Benefits abound when organizations fully engage their employees. Deeply involved employees are more efficient—working longer hours and going beyond what is asked— and, organization-wide, engaged personnel directly impact financial results. A Towers Perrin study found a 6% higher profit margin in companies with engaged staff, while Gallup reported higher employee engagement scores positively correlate with increased earnings per share.
  • Geração de Modelo de Negócio

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Nesta resenha, Paul Hobcraft olha para o livro Geração de Modelo de Negócio (“Business Model Generation”) – um livro escrito por Alexander Osterwalder e Yves Pigneur, junto com 470 co-autores, publicado em duas edições, uma auto publicada e outra por John Wiley & Sons.
  • Como Identificar Novos Modelos de Negócios

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Explorar sistematicamente abordagens alternativas para a criação de valor pode permitir às empresas encontrar novas oportunidades de crescimento.
  • The 7 principles of highly effective innovation culture change programs (Part 1)

    Frank Mattes
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    Nothing is more constant than change. Furthermore, the speed of change is accelerating. So for instance, the global knowledge is growing exponentially, disruptive megatrends (e.g. Internet Of Things, urbanization, demographic shifts) are shaping the innovation agendas and new approaches for capturing value by innovation (e.g. Business Model Innovation, Design Thinking) are becoming mainstream. Thus, new realities for innovation management are emerging and firms are forced to change their innovation management ever faster. One might assume that under the constant pressure to change firms have…
  • Toda Inovação de Sucesso Precisa de um Líder e Propriedade

    Filipe Costa (Organizador)
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Esta é a quarta parte de uma série de artigos que analisa a necessidade de Inovação e compartilha alguns dos imperativos, exigências para criar e manter o “NOVO” nos negócios ou nas organizações. Este artigo concentra-se na necessidade de propriedade, como todas as inovações de sucesso precisa de um líder dentro da organização.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Today in Global Small Business: Google Can Listen to Multiple Languages At the Same Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:An interview with Kati Suominen on catalyzing cross-border commerceWhy Facebook and Twitter are both aiming at the e-commerce market.Google can listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them at the same time.Why American steel companies, executives and workers want to punish countries for illegal dumping tactics.How a trade mission to Mexico opened doors for leaders in business and education.Why global trade might become less important.Understanding what a FCC…
  • Listen to the Murmur of the Water

    26 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” ― John Lubbock, The Use Of Life
  • By The End of 2014, There Will Be Almost 3 Billion Internet Users

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAccording to Brahima Sanou, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau, "By the end of 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally."The question becomes:  Are you ready to serve them?Note:  By end 2014, 55% of all mobile-broadband subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world, compared with only 20% in 2008.  Close to one out of three people in the developing countries are online.Read the…
  • Learn About the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
  • What's the Key Driver Leading to Overseas Outsourcing?

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAccording to a 2012 survey from Duke’s Fuqua School of business, nearly three-quarters of respondents indicated labor cost savings as one of the three most important drivers leading to overseas outsourcing.This was twice the rate of response for any other option. But according to research from the Hackett Group, the cost gap between the United States and China has shrunk by nearly 50 percent over the past eight years, and is expected to stand at just 16 percent by 2013. Labor costs in China and elsewhere are rising, and coupled with rising fuel prices raising shipping…
 
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • Increase The Scalability And Efficiency Of Your Oilfield Services With Field Data Capture Software

    Eric
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Don’t let your current time-keeping and work-order processes restrict your growth potential. Streamline and automate these critical tasks with field data capture software. With the US onshore rig count level holding at ~1,710, 2014 is shaping up to be another banner year for North American oilfield services companies. Are you capturing your share of this business? Most oilfield professionals we engage with are coming to the realization that they’re leaving money on the table.  Their growth is being stunted or unrealized due to antiquated processes and systems.   The data capture tools…
  • 3 Reasons Why Data Management Should Be Strategic Rather Than Tactical

    Patrick
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    During the 18th International Conference on Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Data Management (commonly known as the “PNEC” conference) on May 20-22, 2014, there was a session in the first day dedicated to the topic of professional data management. During the panel discussion, an attendee asked the following question: Why do we even need a professional role dedicated to managing data, since data service is a supportive role to various operations? Trudy Curtis, CEO of PPDM Association, answered this by emphasizing that data management (especially data content management) should…
  • The Importance of Aligning Business Units and IT Department

    Patrick
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    During the PNEC conference on May 20-22, 2014, there were multiple presentations showcasing their various level of success in IT and data management projects. One key theme that kept appearing was the topic of “aligning business units with IT departments” for a joint effort of implementation. However, for most of the presentations, there was no further explanation of how to make this happen. This is an epidemic among multiple industries, but it is particularly severe in the energy space. For many organizations, IT departments work in silos, and business units do not know how to manage…
  • 3 Signs that your data is trapped and 3 simple steps to unleash it

    Eric
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:42 am
    I attended the 18th International Conference on Petroleum Data Integration, Information and Data Management (commonly known as the “PNEC” conference) on May 20-22, 2014.  As I reflected on the various papers and talks, it was clear that “Big Data” is both a significant challenge and an amazing opportunity for upstream oil and gas.  I was inspired by a talk on the topic of Big Data and it got me thinking about how you actually go about unlocking the power of Big Data. 3 signs that your data is trapped Too much data Consumers of data in the business typically lack the technical skill…
  • How to leverage standards in the Oil and Gas Industry

    Eric
    4 Jun 2014 | 9:04 am
    The oil and gas industry is both blessed and cursed by the proliferation of various standards for data organization and exchange.  Standards are vital to efficiency in creating and managing a master data management or system integration initiative in any industry, none more so than oil and gas.  The Standards Leadership Council is a roll-up organization that includes represents the industry standards leaders: Energistics MIMOSA Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) Object Management Group (OMG) OPC PIDX POSC Caesar Association (PCA)…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • What To Include In An Exhibition Proposal

    Alyson Stanfield
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    When you ask to show your art at a venue, you need to be very clear about what you are offering. People don’t often say Yes to vague offers. Think about what ties the work together. This is your curatorial thesis – your big idea. Writing it out, as you’ll see below, helps you find the clarity you need. Before sitting down to write your exhibition proposal, ask the venue if they have a particular exhibition proposal format they prefer. If they do, follow their instructions. If they don’t have specific guidelines, you’ll have to compile an exhibition proposal for yourself. The details…
  • How to Make Your Mailing List More Useful

    Alyson Stanfield
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    One of the biggest excuses artists give for not being in more frequent contact with their lists is that they don’t want to bother people. You know what it’s like to receive tons of email and don’t want to contribute to the overwhelm. I understand. Even though everyone on your list has opted in to hear from you, it still doesn’t feel right to email so many people if you haven’t established a marketing groove. There’s a solution: Send emails only to people for whom they are appropriate. In other words, target your messages rather than sending every email to every person on your…
  • I Love Email (But I Love Real Mail More)

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    You know I love email, right? I don’t necessarily love all of the spam that hits my inbox or the countless hours I spend reading and replying to email, but I can’t imagine running my business without it. How would I ever be able to help as many people as I do for such a bargain rate? And as much as I love email, I love real mail even more. The supplies arrive. Why You Should Rave About Real Mail, Too Here are three reasons why I’m raving about real mail to my students, members, and private clients, and why you should, too. 1. Real mail is tactile. Envelopes and postcards are things you…
  • 3 Thought-Provoking Questions for a Better Artist Statement

    Alyson Stanfield
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    A strong artist statement is essential to the effective marketing of your art. There’s no skating by on this one. You need at least one artist statement for each body of work you create. Writing your statement is a process. Like any other type of writing or artmaking, you can’t expect to nail it in a single sitting. And, like all good things that take time, it will be time well spent. The process helps you gain clarity about your art. ©Terri Schmitt, Lemons and Ball Jar. 16 x 20 inches. If you can’t define your art in a statement, you will likely face difficulty marketing your work.
  • Is Your Art Just Free Décor?

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    There are all kinds of places where you could show your work. Coffee shops would love to have your art! Salons would fawn over it! Professional offices would think they’d died and gone to heaven! This is great news for you, especially when you are just starting out. It’s a stamp of approval when public spaces want to show your work. ©2014 Ginny Herzog, Relic 12-514. Oil, cold wax, and collage, 30 by 40 inches. Used with permission. Almost every artist does the “free” circuit. It’s where you get your toes wet. These seemingly low-risk venues offer a place for you to learn how to…
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    Cash Flow Analysis

  • DrillDown – an essential tool for financial analysis

    survivalware
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s true that you don’t really appreciate something until it is taken away from you.  I experienced that earlier today with the DrillDown feature of SurvivalWare.  I’m working with a new customer to automate the loading of financial data for 60 to 70 freestanding locations.  We are using the Simple model as a first step, and as a result, each SurvivalWare line item has several accounts mapped to it.  I am using this customer as a test case to improve the ability of SurvivalWare to accept financial data from sources other than QuickBooks.  So in the course of fixing a…
  • SurvivalWare 2014 Officially Released

    survivalware
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    SurvivalWare 2014 Released The customer notifications just started going out last week, and finally we can announce the new version is available to everyone! There are two versions: SurvivalWare Simple  at $495 is for those who need to analyze a single company, using either a simple or sophisticated financial model.  We think this version will appeal to business owners, entrepreneurs, and their financial helpers such as bookkeepers, accountants, and consultants. SurvivalWare Pro at $895 is for those who need to analyze multiple locations or companies, or developers of custom financial…
  • Setting up SurvivalWare to Run on a Network – Part 1: Sharing Data

    survivalware
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Many customers have asked how to setup SurvivalWare to run on a network so that a common data file can be shared.  This is desirable when you have a controller updating monthly data for an owner or CFO, and both want access to the data.   Keeping the data on the network is nice for a single user as well.   That way, the data is backed up regularly whenever the network is backed up. This blog article shows you how to point SurvivalWare to access data in a shared folder.   We will publish Part 2:  Sharing custom logic and reports in a later article. Here’s how to share SurvivalWare…
  • Look before you Leap

    survivalware
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    Building a business is about constantly testing and evaluating business models to see what works best.  You often have to take a leap of faith because the outcome of a major decision – such as a project  - or  a new marketing campaign – or an acquisition –  is uncertain and unknowable.  Yet you don’t do these things blindly.  You have certain expectations about what will happen and when you’ll know if something is a success.  “Look Before You Leap” means that you state these assumptions and expectations explicitly, and analyze what might happen…
  • Understanding Your Cash Flow in 10 Minutes or Less – Webinar May 20, 2104

    survivalware
    20 May 2014 | 4:43 am
    We just put the finishing touches on the content for today’s webinar featuring Philip Campbell and his Cash Flow Focus report.   The Cash Flow Focus Report is designed to help you understand your cash flow in 10 minutes or less each month.  There are still seats available – so please register if you haven’t already.  A link to the recorded webinar will be sent to all who register. In addition to Philip’s spiel, I’ll be showing off some of the features in SurvivalWare Simple, which we are officially releasing today.  Another reason to register for…
 
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    dmiracle

  • What Makes People Leave Your Website

    Dawud Miracle
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    My friends over at Kissmetrics have a great graphic explaining what makes people leave your website. For your convenience, I’ve listed the 8 points that makes people leave your website along with a little of my own short commentary. 8 reasons people leave your website: Bad Navigation Are you frustrating your visitors by making your navigation menu too complex, too confusing or just plain difficult to understand and use? Too Many Ads This may not apply to you specifically. But if we reframe it with too many things down the side (sidebar) of your website – which happens a lot…
  • 5 Marketing Mistakes Life Coaches Make & How to Fix Them

    Dawud Miracle
    25 Jul 2014 | 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…
  • Simple WordPress Beginner Introduction

    Dawud Miracle
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    A few years ago I created a YouTube video that was meant as a simple WordPress beginner introduction. Have you ever wanted to see how easy WordPress is to use? As a coach, holistic healer or really any type of service professional you want to have control over your content on your website. WordPress gives you that control without a whole bunch of techie stuff in the way. Over my many years of of coaching and teaching my website clients I’ve found a lot of them get stuck in overwhelm, and even fear, when it comes to the web. And this is certainly true when we start talking about them…
  • 6 Reasons Life Coaching Websites Fail

    Dawud Miracle
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Why is it that most life coaching websites fail? That question shouldn’t come as a shock. It may be that your own website isn’t getting you the results you want or expect. Some people say that there’s too much competition out there. That life coaching websites fail because there’s too many people doing life coaching. Well, I certainly don’t believe that’s true. There’s far, far, far more website designers than life coaches. While there are certainly struggling website designers there’s many more who are squeaking out a living – or better.
  • Don’t Let a Little Fear Stop You From Doing What You Love

    Dawud Miracle
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Do you remember the first time you rode a bike as a kid? I do. I remember being scared out of my shorts. I remember my dad saying, ‘son, don’t let a little fear stop you from doing what you love.’ Those words have stuck with me since. Don’t let a little fear stop you from doing what you love. That’s the same lesson I was trying to teach my my little girl the other day when I took her off her training wheels to go on a family bike ride around the neighborhood. On one hand, she was excited. But at first the excitement was buried under immense fear that she…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
  • Where are they now? Four lightning talks to remember…

    Hermione Crease
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    Our search for the 2014 lightning talk stars is continuing. We think every single person who gets on a stage at BoS and puts their story across in 7 and a half minutes is a hero. You can share the thrill (and win a free place at Business of Software) by applying for a Lightning Talk here before the 19th July deadline.  Officially we’re not allowed favourite Lightning Talks. But some talks do stand the test of time better than others – here’s four that have really stuck in our memories. 1. Alexis Ohanian, Reddit (2008) Or is it Pierre Francois of 74 signals? Cutting, funny…
  • What should attendees put up with a software conference? Nothing but the best according to Ian Clifford

    Mark Littlewood
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    Ian Clifford, Founder of YouRock, attended Business of Software Europe Conference last week and we were delighted to receive this guest blog post. We LOVE the idea of an Attendee Manifesto. Perhaps we should have it printed on the back of one of these excellent cards from Alex Osterwalder? I attended the Business of Software Conference Europe event in Cambridge last week. It was a revelatory experience and has changed my view of conferences for good. I have a new life marker now. Everything will be measured as ABoS and PBoS (Ante-Business of Software and Post-Business of Software) and…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Asking For Support

    Tara Joyce
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    I’ve heard it before. Maybe you have too. I’ve heard that in order to truly thrive, as a business owner, and as as human, I need to learn to ask for what I need. I need to ask for support. I’ve heard it before, and I’ll hear it again. And I’ll keep on hearing it because it’s true. And because it’s a lesson I need to learn. I need others in order to thrive. I can’t do it alone. We can’t do it alone. I need your help. And you need mine. However we choose to offer it to each other, our support connects us. As a reader, my words support you;…
  • The Emotion of Money

    Tara Joyce
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I want to share this fantastic example of how much we are motivated by our emotions when it comes to money, and valuing things. Ask yourself: Is the value of the Empire State Building high because the value of rent is high, or vice versa, is the value of rent high because the building is highly valued? What do you think? Does it change if I asked you to substitute WHAT you are valuing? Is the value of a cow high because the value of calves and milk is high, or vice versa, is the value of milk and calves high because cows are highly valued? In altering WHAT you are valuing, did your…
  • Pay What It’s Worth: The Book

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    After five years of experimenting with not setting prices, in Pay What It’s Worth: Building Your Sustainable System for Not Setting Prices, I introduce this pricing innovation and share integral strategies for creating a balanced exchange experience, empowering both your customer and you to fairly value what’s being exchanged. explore how an open pricing system with Accountability. Norms. Disclosure. creates and sustains a relationship of Mutual benefit. Exchange. Connection. between customer and creator shaping an economy of integrity for your business to be valued in and grow from…
  • The Thing That Means SO MUCH

    Tara Joyce
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    A Calling I’ve always wanted to — and knew I needed to — WRITE a BOOK. If I knew anything about myself, I KNEW this. And this KNOWING was so powerful that it became incredibly painful. Resistance But I didn’t know how, so I tried to escape from IT. The pressure of IT. For a while. With time and practice, it became not so much the WRITING that weighed, but THE (unwritten) BOOK itself. As did my resistance to ALL THE MEANING I had now placed on IT. Nothing meant more than creating THE BOOK I always dreamed of, and so under this heavy weight IT sat stagnant. IT meant too much to…
 
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

    Jeff Cornwall
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Rob Bellenfant TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • June-July 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

    BrookeNelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Office of Advocacy released the June-July 2014 edition of The Small Business Advocate. The newsletter highlights The Office of Advocacy’s efforts to help the University of New Orleans (UNO) obtain a grant to study and improve a device used by coastal fisherman to protect sea turtles from their nets. Advocacy worked with small shrimping businesses along the coast of Louisiana to identify their concerns about the device, known as the turtle excluder device (or TED). UNO’s project aims to improve the device and make it easier and more cost-effective for small shrimpers to utilize. In…
  • Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014 Released

    BrookeNelson
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    The Office of Advocacy released its Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014. This two-page publication includes charts and tables of economic variables to show the status of small business. This latest quarterly bulletin shows positive indicators for small businesses. The bulletin includes data about establishment birth and death rates, proprietors’ income, employment change by size of firm, labor turnover and self-employment. The Small Business Quarterly Bulletin for First Quarter 2014 can be accessed on Advocacy’s web site here.
  • New Date Announced for Roundtable on Waters Protected under the Clean Water Act

    rlkrafft
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:28 pm
    The Office of Advocacy’s environmental roundtable on the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA) has been rescheduled. The roundtable will now be held on Monday, July 21, 2014, from 10 a.m. to noon. The meeting will be held at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005. As described in an earlier blogpost, the roundtable is being convened to discuss a regulation proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The proposed rule defines the scope of waters protected under the Clean…
  • Advocacy Roundtables to Examine Proposed Overtime Regulations

    BrookeNelson
    26 Jun 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The Office of Advocacy is hosting two roundtable listening sessions concerning the presidential memorandum issued on March 13, 2014, directing the Department of Labor to propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The two roundtables will be held on: Friday, July 11, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (EST); and Friday, July 18, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (EST). Both sessions will be held at the U.S. Small Business Administration, Eisenhower B Conference Room (concourse level), 409 Third Street, SW, Washington,…
  • Roundtable to Address Proposed Increase in Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

    BrookeNelson
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Office of Advocacy is hosting a roundtable discussion on July 8, 2014, to discuss a rule proposed by the Department of Labor implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour. Advocacy is interested in obtaining feedback from small business stakeholders at the roundtable because it has heard concerns from small federal contractors and subcontractors that this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses. Please see Advocacy’s Regulatory…
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    AllisonNazarian.com

  • Someday

    Allison Nazarian
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    As the saying goes, “There are seven days of the week but Someday isn’t one of them.” What are you someday-ing in your life? We will definitely travel there someday. I will forgive her someday. You have to tell me that story someday! I’ll make up with him someday. I will write about that someday. Let’s get together someday soon. I’ll stop drinking/smoking/eating junkfood/not exercising someday. We will play hooky and do that thing someday. I’ll fit into those pants someday. I’ll send him that picture or song or quote or memory someday.
  • Taking A New Path

    Allison Nazarian
    28 Aug 2013 | 4:37 am
    Lately I have been going out of my way to go out of my way. Going straight when I usually turn right. Saying “yes” to something I may have said “no” to the past eight times in a row. Eating meat for breakfast (that’s a whole other story…). Deciding to laugh instead of be annoyed when my daughter’s plans change 18 times. When I am walking in the park, instead of avoiding people, I now zoom right by them with a hearty “Good morning!” Instead of driving right by the school crossing guard who always has a sour look on her face, I now wave and…
  • A Word About The Past

    Allison Nazarian
    27 Aug 2013 | 6:52 am
    I try to live in the moment. Connect with my breath. Come back to now. Leave the past behind, let the future unfold on its own. Sometimes I am able to do all of this. I feel peaceful and serene because I’m doing things “right.” And sometimes, I am utterly unable to do any of it. I feel pissy and unworthy. All wrong. Then, I read someone who purports to be way better at this living-in-the-now thing than I am, and I feel defeated. Kind of lame. Silly. Because I am not “as good” as they say they are at not replaying the past or stressing over the future. Everyone…
  • My Upcoming Book Profiled

    Allison Nazarian
    27 Feb 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Read this profile on my upcoming book on “3Gs,” or grandchildren of Holocaust survivors. Reporter Matt Lebovic did a beautiful job of bringing together all of the components of my story, and of the larger story of my generation and three generations in the aftermath of the Holocaust.  <– P.S. The picture they used was taken in 1993 at my graduation from the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Your Miracle

    Allison Nazarian
    15 Nov 2012 | 3:42 am
    Your miracle. It’s coming. Even when you don’t see it or a hint of its light. It’s on its way. And there isn’t much you have to do to make sure it finds its way to you. That’s part of the miracle, like it knows. It’s hard to remember, when things seem shitty or off-course or very un-miracle-like. And maybe you are expecting a Miracle with a capital “M” — fanfare, maybe a band and a big announcement? Or maybe you think that everyone else except for you is all awash in miracles. When will it be your turn? Why not you? Have you been forgotten…
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • 15 Negotiation Strategies & Tactics for Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Negotiation skills are a key tool for every small business owner. You need to employ them every day for situations ranging from the trivial, like creating a rotating vacation schedule for your team, to the extreme like renewing a contract with your top customer. The importance of the situation will likely dictate how much preparation and effort you expend on it, but at their core negotiations are all the same in the sense that they require a group of parties to reach a point of agreement—even if that point is to completely disengage. The art of negotiation is the interplay required to get…
  • 8 Ways Starting a Business is Like Ironman Training

    Kristin Piccirillo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am 13 days from competing in my third Ironman and am at the point where all I do is eat, sleep, and breathe the sport. The effort and focus that the hours of training requires, as well as the strain that it puts on my free time, is not unlike what is required when you decided to launch a business. You know (and hope) that the blood, sweat, and tears will all be worth it in the end, so your passion keeps you pushing. I’ve reflected on the past six months of training and realized that, no matter what you’re preparing for, the fundamental pieces of a plan must be assembled to ensure…
  • Memejacking for Small Business Marketing

    Lisa Hephner
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you probably have a limited marketing budget, and you not only need to stretch every dollar but also to squeeze every bit of value out of it that you can. Your dream campaign is likely one that resonates perfectly with your customer base, goes viral, gets you large numbers of likes and shares, and results in spectacular ROI for customer acquisition and sales. While it is perfectly possible that you’ll hit on such a killer idea, it is something of a long shot—especially since you’re a small business owner, not a professional marketer, videographer, graphic…
  • Surprise and Delight – 5 Tips to Try For Your Business

    Leah Bowes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    As a customer, there is nothing better than being surprised and delighted by the service you experience, and usually it’s all about the details.  My husband and I recently moved and as a result were in the market for some a lot of new furniture.  We bought a custom couch from a local, independent furniture store and were impressed throughout the experience.  A few weeks after our couch was delivered, we received a handwritten note thanking us for our business.  It was a thoughtful way to follow up and a great tactic to remind us about their store, just at the right time. If you work…
  • Free Tool Helps Keep Your PC Drivers Up-to-Date

    Lisa Hephner
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    A computer driver is a piece of software that enables your computer to communicate with the hardware and devices attached to it. You’re probably most familiar with installing device drivers—software that enables your computer to use an external monitor, a mouse, a printer, or a scanner. However, drivers are also used to enable your computer to communicate with hardware components you don’t see, and may not even know are there, such as video cards, audio cards, Bus controllers and chipsets. Hardware and device manufacturers routinely update their drivers to fix problems and to provide…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

    Emily Farrar
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Unless you’re used to being in a new city every week, working remotely can throw all of your good, productive habits out the window. Simply being away from your normal environment is enough to squelch productivity and leave you feeling frazzled, stressed and out of sorts. Here are seven proven ways to be more effective (and more productive!) when working remotely. 1. Schedule your day When you work remotely, you’re more likely to attend business dinners, meetings, events and social gatherings related to your new work site and temporary team. Plan your day to account for interruptions and…
  • Join us for an End of Summer Social!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
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    Business Pundit

  • Zen Planner’s Critical Flaw As A Gym Management Software – Review

    Ryan
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    I’ve been helping to start up a new fitness center and we’ve been working with Zen Planner as the gym membership software. If it weren’t for this one critical flaw, I’d be able to heartily recommend ZenPlanner for its simplicity of setup and use (cloud based) and feature richness. So what’s the flaw? There is no way for members to sign-in unless they are signing into a class. So signing in for “use of facilities” can’t be tracked unless it is turned into a class. The typical gym owner wants to track one of two things if not both: 1) when a…
  • 10 Up and Coming Business Leaders Who Are Shaking Things Up

    Gerri
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Image Source When Ford made his first cars, how many farriers did he put out of business? How many children, however, did he help get to school? Without disruption in industries by business leaders the world we know today wouldn’t be recognizable. The cool part is, we have a front row seat to more disruption and new technology than has ever been made. You may only know some of the names on this list by what they’ve made. But chances are, many of them are on their way to becoming household names.
  • Could This Be a New Normal for United States?

    Gerri
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    Some people take the position that the Great Recession is over. Others state that there is a new normal when it comes to poverty in the United States. It could be argued that both positions speak the truth. Some states in the country are experiencing great employment and high levels of median household income, while others are still registering high levels of unemployment with many households below the poverty level. Looking across the country at two aspects of poverty, the number of people relying on food stamps and the jobs that were lost during the 2007-2009 recession, may show a picture…
  • 10 Chain Stores People Can’t Get Enough Of

    Gerri
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Most people have their favorite small time local shops for their local sustainable goods, or their top fashion finds, but there are some chain stores in the United States that people just love to pieces. Even in a tough economy, people still need their basic clothes, home goods, and food and chain stores are often the place to get the basics. So, where do people go for the real essentials? There are few stores that top the list.  
  • Are You A Slave To The Grind?

    Gerri
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Although the practices of slavery that were common during the days of President Lincoln are long behind us, some of the core concepts of slavery that once invaded the United States are far from dead. The corporate world holds fast to some of the techniques that plantation owners used to make money where business management is concerned, or perhaps it’s just an eerie similarity. Slavery was first justified as an institution in 1660. However, the practice was in wide use since 1619, when the first 20 indentured servants were brought to U.S. shores from Africa to Virginia. By the…
 
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    Small Biz Bee

  • Does your Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

    smallbizbee
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Your small business is a testament to your success. Building on that success involves growing your small business and making sure you’re ahead of the game. However, budding entrepreneurs often encounter more challenges than established companies. After all, a start up business consists of multiple learning curves. The key to maximizing your small business is maximizing your resources. When you make the most of what you have, you end up becoming more productive. Hiring a virtual assistant (VA) can help you do just that by providing business solutions without the hefty price tag. Before you…
  • Key Features of a Great Small Business CRM

    smallbizbee
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Small businesses are built on relationships. They’re everywhere. As business owners we actively maintain relationships with our suppliers, our employees and crucially our beloved customers. For many of us, looking after our business relationships is a priority, though sometimes we make tending to these relationships harder than it should be. Enter customer relationship management software, or CRM software for short. CRM’s exist for one sole purpose – to help businesses better manage their relationships. Simply put, a CRM system acts as a central hub for all your business…
  • JUST STARTING OUT

    smallbizbee
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:04 am
    Self-employment on the rise, small businesses driving new job opportunities and more people taking control of their own working lifestyle. It’s what we are hearing in the business press this year and also what we read about most of last year. Browse a few of the obvious business press magazines or online business news locations and you will soon stumble upon an article about a new business success story here in the UK. Headlines such as ‘Small business is booming!’ soon capture the eye and inspire people to take that shaky step out of the comfort zone into the more risky shadows of…
  • Branding in a New Era of Opportunity for Hedge Funds

    smallbizbee
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Ah…the mysterious hedge fund. To most, hedge funds are known for their lack of transparency and for operating in the shadows of Wall Street bluster. Images of hedge funds invoke fear and discreetly celebrated financial windfalls in dim, velvety Manhattan clubs and coastal golf courses spangled with seagulls. Most citizens have never fully understand what hedge funds do and, and many have even blamed hedge funds for the problems of society. It is unfair, of course, to discriminate against hedge funds as a class. Just as there are good seeds and bad seeds through every facet of society,…
  • Food Business Ideas You Can Explore

    smallbizbee
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If you are an aspiring entrepreneur thinking of starting a food business, you will be happy to know that there are a lot of opportunities for you in the food industry. One of the advantages of having this kind of business is that you will always have customers regardless of the economy and other factors which may affect other industries. For example, some people may actually stop purchasing clothes or jewelries but you can safely bet that no one will ever stop eating. However, your success as a business owner ultimately depends on delivering quality food and service. Selecting the right…
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • What Really Motivates Small Business Owners?

    Susan Martin
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Entrepreneurs, small business owners and self employed folks often have a whole list of entrepreneurial qualities and characteristics in common, some that motivate us and others that, well, sometimes get us into trouble. Today, I’d like to focus on what really motivates us to stay consistently stimulated, enthusiastic and compelled to keep working towards our goals. I’ve spoken before about how to use “intrinsic” rather than “extrinsic” factors to motivate staff. But these very same factors come into play when motivating ourselves as well. Traditionally, when people think of…
  • Is Your Website Holding You Back?

    Shannon Cherry
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You probably have heard that more than half of all web searches are being performed by users with mobile devices. And with mobile devices outselling personal computers, the future is heading to mobile. If your website isn’t responsive – that is – can work seamlessly with mobile and desktop models, chances are you are losing customers. Think about it for a moment: how would you feel when you search for something on Google, then try to click through and realize you cannot read the story on your mobile device because the website is not responsive. Do you go back and read it later? Nope.
  • From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #7 – Strategies for Game-Changing, High-Achieving Women

    Laureen Wishom
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In a previous post, I discussed the importance of consistency. When I discovered that I had built up consistency, I knew it was time to quit waiting for the next big thing to come along before I was ready start—I realized that I was the next big thing and I am a masterpiece. I learned to accept that I am masterpiece based on my gifts and talents – then I started to celebrate who I was and what I have achieved. The lesson I learned: Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what!
  • Build Your Courage Muscles

    Kendall SummerHawk
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Who are your feminine heroes? Are they women who have overcome adversity, accomplished something amazing, defied the odds, bounced back from setbacks or started with nothing? At some point in time, being a woman entrepreneur demands we do ALL of those things. It’s not a question of if, but of when. What every woman hero has within her are 3 types of courage: mental, emotional and physical. This isn’t about being “masculine tough” (ladies, we are so over that!)…but it IS about tapping into the feminine grace and strength already within you. First step? I HIGHLY…
  • You Gone Gump?

    Justin Krane
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” You know that scene when Forrest runs across the country? He just decided to go for a run. He felt like running a little more, and a little more, and then boom – he’s running across the country. That scene really touched me. It was all about Forrest making a decision, and then literally, running with it. He was authentic and real in what he wanted to do. Forrest made up his own mind, and took action. He didn’t ask anyone else. He just did what he wanted. And he felt good doing it. Sometimes as entrepreneurs, we…
 
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
 
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
 
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Criminals take revenge on K-9

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Criminals take revenge on K-9WHDH Police in Westport, MA are offering a $1,000 reward for information surrounding the death of Siren, an officer's dog who had to be put down because of internal hemorrhaging. What was found in his system More in news Grim discovery in Maine Deal reached in VA health care
  • Verdict reached in Donald Sterling case

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Verdict reached in Donald Sterling caseAPA federal judge had to decide whether the Los Angeles Clippers owner could halt the $2 billion sale of the team to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.His final word on the issueMore sportsNFL on domestic violence caseESPN host apologizes
  • Recalled items you still may have in your house

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Recalled items you still may have in your houseGettyHundreds of products are recalled every year and less than 5 percent are returned or repaired once the alert has been issued. 7 of the most overlooked recalls More in Finance Rebuilding finances after divorce Financial tips you should ignore
  • Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Suspect seen on CNN killed in NYC shootout US Marshal's OfficeAfter being accused on a CNN show of abusing a child, Charles Mozdir was apprehended by officials -- and then began to shoot.Number injured in the gunfire More newsMan shoots girlfriend's turtleMan beat cats to death
  • Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billion

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Dollar Tree to purchase rival for $8.5 billionGettyThe popular bargain store chain announced that it will purchase its rival, Family Dollar, to combine efforts and significantly grow its presence.How it will stack up to Wal-MartIn other finance newsTransform your life after divorceHow to get free wifi, anywhere
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  • Darden CEO steps down amid food fight with investors

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Darden Restaurants Inc's food fight with activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP entered a new phase on Monday, when the company said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer. In further concessions, Orlando-based Darden said it would separate the chairman and chief executive roles, and clear the way for some of Starboard's proposed directors to be elected at its annual meeting. Barington and Starboard said the moves from the company did not come fast enough, nor go as far as needed, and both called for a major overhaul of…
  • Exclusive: Goldman moves executive to new role building ETFs

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    By Lauren Tara LaCapra NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has moved an executive from its trading division to its investment-management division to launch a business that will sponsor exchange-traded funds and sell them to retail clients through third parties, according to a memo and people familiar with the matter. Michael Crinieri, who previously headed Goldman's global ETF business in equities trading, is now global head of ETF strategy in Goldman Sachs Asset Management's third-party distribution business, according to the memo, whose contents were confirmed by a…
  • Argentina to hold last-gasp debt talks with mediator Tuesday

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    By Alejandro Lifschitz and Daniel Bases BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Argentina will on Tuesday meet the U.S. mediator in its battle with 'holdout' debt investors suing the country for last-minute talks to avert a second default this century, but hopes for a deal are fading fast. Mediator Daniel Pollack said on Monday the Argentine government advised him it was sending a delegation of technical, financial and legal representatives to meet him at 11 a.m. EDT on Tuesday in his office in New York. Argentine dollar-denominated bonds closed down as much as 3.3 percent in…
  • Consumer Reports wants Toyota to recall older Camry hybrids

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    By Ben Klayman DETROIT (Reuters) - An influential consumer magazine on Monday called on Toyota Motor Corp to recall about 177,500 older Camry hybrid sedans to address potential power brake defects. Consumer Reports, which many consumers use when studying what vehicles to buy, said the Japanese automaker's decision to call for a service campaign or a warranty extension on two different problems covering cars from model years 2007 to 2011 does not go far enough. Under a service campaign, an automaker repairs cars as they are brought back to dealers by consumers. "Consumer Reports…
  • Rule aims to help clear air around Grand Canyon

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and could close in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon.
 
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • Take These 9 Actions In Summer For Successful Winter Holiday Sales

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Christmas in July...or August. We’ve all heard the phrase. It’s summer and a lot of retailers are thinking about what they will do differently for the upcoming holidays. In a media world itching to say how expectations are soft for retail sales this shopping season, you might be worried, and that’s definitely understandable. You can easily drown in a sea of worry. But you’re reading this post so take heart! Here are my top nine actions you need to take to have a successful holiday season in 2014.
  • 5 Warning Signs For Retailers from Dick’s Sporting Goods’ PGA Firings

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Back in 2009, I sat next to a golf sales representative while flying to Chicago. He told me the golf industry was in trouble. It had lost something like 30% of sales representatives, and many of those who were still there were aggressively unloading stock on unaware merchants. I thought about that conversation today as I read that Dick’s Sporting Goods was cutting almost 500 PGA in-store golf pros due to lower sales.  It seems fewer customers are upgrading their clubs and even fewer are taking up the sport. Heck, even the CEO said, "We don't know where the bottom is in golf. We may…
  • How Can Retailers Stop Creating Angry Employees?

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Retail traffic is slowing.
  • Can You Pay A Living Wage To Your Retail Employees?

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Recently, Gap raised their minimum wage for their retail employees to $9 an hour for all of their brands; next June, they will raise it to $10. IKEA too has just announced that on Jan.1, their rate will jump to $10.76 an hour. To put that in perspective, that is 48% higher than the federal minimum.
  • How To Choose The Right Retail Sales Training For Your Store

    1 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Congratulations for reading this – it means you don’t have to be convinced that training your retail crew how to sell is necessary.   You understand that training is something you do – ongoing – like an athlete working to perfect their form, not something you did – once –  like visiting the City of Mermaids in Florida. Good. Most retailers know they have to train new hires at some level. The best know they have to constantly train their entire staff.
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    Business Insider

  • Yelp's Newest Feature Adds Videos To Your Restaurant Reviews

    Joey Cosco
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    When you're looking for a local place to grab a meal, Yelp thinks a 3- to 12-second video could be an important factor in your decision. In a July 28 blog post, the restaurant reviews startup wrote that it has added a feature that lets users beef up their reviews with a short video. The videos aren't supposed to be full reviews, but rather short glimpses into what an establishment has to offer in terms of atmosphere, food, and ambiance. Yelp's blog compares it to the photos it already allows users to upload to reviews. Businesses with photos draw in eyeballs for more than twice as long…
  • This iPhone Case And App Combo May Solve A Common Selfie-Taking Problem Once And For All

    Karyne Levy
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 pm
    In the world of selfie-taking, we're often faced with a dilemma: How do you get yourself in the picture? There are selfie sticks, of course, that are quite useful because they basically extend the length of your selfie-taking arm. But they're a little impractical to carry, and they're, let's face it, kind of embarrassing. And that's where the CaseCam comes in.  The CaseCam is an iPhone case, compatible with the iPhone 5 and 5S, that has a flip-out kickstand that's a mirror. Together with the free CaseCam app, it allows you to take pictures with your phone, without you having to hold it.
  • 10 Cool Games You Can Play On Your Mac

    Sam Colt
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Macs aren't known for their games, but that doesn't mean Apple doesn't have anything to offer in the way of interactive entertainment. There are actually plenty of Mac-friendly games out there. We've found the best of the best and compiled them here. As with any ranking, this is not an exact science. Price, popularity, graphic performance, and the overall user experience were all considered to rank these titles, though please comment if you feel your favorite game is being overlooked!"Half-Life 2" Released: 2010 (OS X) Studio: Valve Corporation  Price: $9.99 on Steam "Half-Life 2 is…
  • US Says Russia Tested A Cruise Missile In Violation Of Cold War Treaty

    Reuters and Michael B Kelley
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    In another sign of deteriorating relations between the United States and Russia, the U.S. government said on Monday that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate bilateral talks on the issue. The Cold War treaty, ratified in 1988, was designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 km (310 to 3,400 miles). Senior American officials told The New York Times that Russia tested a prohibited ground-launched cruise missile. “The United States has determined that the Russian…
  • OKCupid Admits To Purposely Giving Users Bad Matches In Site 'Experiment'

    Rebecca Borison
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 pm
    OKCupid weighed in on the controversy around Facebook's experiments on Monday by admitting that it, too, has lied to users in the past. Only there's one huge difference: Unlike Facebook, which admitted to purposefully manipulating the emotions of its users, OKCupid said it lies to users to help improve their matchmaking system and help users find love. Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OKCupid, wrote an enticing blog post called "We Experiment On Human Beings!" to lay out three different experiments the dating site ran on its users without asking for permission. "Guess what,…
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    HBR.org

  • The Cardinal Sins of Innovation Policy

    Dan Breznitz
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    It happens every time there’s a big announcement about a national or regional innovation policy that will lead us into the future: We are presented with schemes to strengthen intellectual property rights, enlarge the pool of risk financing, and upgrade the universities while pushing them to collaborate more with industry. If we are truly lucky, we are told about a new science park to be built just around the corner. There is only one question that is never asked or answered: Why? Why should a specific place — a region, a city, or even a country — want to have an innovation policy? This…
  • Promoting the Non-Obvious Candidate

    Raghu Krishnamoorthy
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Conventional talent-management systems emphasize the need to give high performers appropriate experiences to help them ascend to more senior levels of management. Companies define career paths accordingly and carefully map, often in a linear fashion, the various roles one has to fill to reach higher management ranks. However, in addition to grooming obvious high performers who are accomplished in a particular domain, talent-management systems should also deliberately look at non-obvious candidates. They are high performers in other domains who do not automatically fit the bill. This may be…
  • Why No One Gets Away with Trash Talk Anymore

    Nathan Bennett
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    This summer, a milestone crept up on me—I realized it’s been twenty-five years since I began my career as a professor.  So naturally, I’ve spent some time reflecting on how my choice of profession has worked out.  I spend most of my classroom time with executives who are there because they are unhappy with where they are – or they at least understand they won’t be satisfied for long.  Their hope is that whatever we do together in class will help them find something they’ll find more fulfilling.  How thankful I am that I’ve never had to wrestle with that. And how grateful I…
  • 5 Things Digital CMOs Do Better

    Jake Sorofman
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you’re a mid- or late-career marketer, chances are your job today is mostly unrecognizable from what you signed on for. Perhaps no other business function has changed as dramatically over the past decade. Why? Following a silent coup, the coronation is complete: the customer is king. With an abundance of information and choice, customers now guide their own self-directed decision journey as they traverse connected experiences that blur the lines between physical and virtual and scramble marketers’ signals for targeting. Many marketers are left behind, simply tuned in to the wrong…
  • Why It’s Fair to Save a Parking Spot – For a Price

    Gretchen Gavett
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tech start-up Haystack has developed an innovative – and controversial — solution to the stressful challenge of finding an open parking meter in congested areas. This smartphone app allows those leaving a parking space to alert other Haystack users in the area of their “about-to-be” open spot. To secure this meter (i.e., have the parked car driver wait until they arrive), users pay a fee of $3 (75 cents goes to Haystack while the incumbent “parker” pockets $2.25). Not surprisingly, Haystack has stirred up controversy amongst city officials, particularly in Boston, as well as…
 
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  • Marketing Got Complicated

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How do you prioritize when you have tighter budgets and smaller teams – but contend with the same number of marketing technologies – as your enterprise counterparts? Simplify!DNN recently surveyed 300 marketing executives at mid-sized US companies, and found they are performing a juggling act like no other.70% say marketing is more difficult despite the availability of marketing technology solutions designed to simplify their work53% use five or more marketing technology solutions, and 15% use ten or more.Download the research now to compare your challenges to your…
  • The Future of Business Phone Systems: What Features to Look For in 2015

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rapid enhancements are taking place in phone technology overall, leading to innovations that will help SMBs improve their performance and productivity. Technology advancements are making systems easily adaptable and responsive to other business applications within SMBs.Phone systems of the future will eliminate the need for complex and expensive phone hardware and software. These systems are easy to use, manage, and monitor, and come with more advanced features and functions than copper - wire - based systems. They also help reduce overall telecommunication costs by using Web, video and other…
  • Phone Systems Comparison Guide: Small to Midsize Businesses

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have compiled all the information you need in this free and comprehensive comparison chart. Click on to browse dozens of phone systems from top vendors, allowing you to quickly and easily compare options side-by-side on over 20 performance metrics, including:Key features of each productIntegration optionsCosts and pricingAnd much more!Prepared in an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet, you can edit and add information to suit your analysis and presentation needs. Download this complimentary guide today to educate yourself and evaluate the phone system that best serves your business needs!Request…
  • Background Checks: Understanding Who You Are Hiring

    7 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Hiring the right job candidates the first time protects your business from fraud and long term losses. The median loss suffered by smaller organizations in 2008 was $200,000, according to ACFE's Report to the Nation. While employers can and should implement monitoring programs within their organization to prevent theft and violence, preventing un-fit employees from entering their workforce will not only save initial training resources, but will prevent potentially damaging losses over time.While background checks cannot guarantee a flawless hiring process, they can dramatically improve the…
  • Top 6 Technologies Small and Midsize Manufacturers Can't Afford to Ignore

    1 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Understanding customers' needs in great detail is essential to positioning their company ahead of the competition. One way to gain this understanding is to implement an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. ERP solutions consolidate business operations enhancing your businesses ability to be agile. Not only do these systems deliver on technology that you can boast about over coffee with a colleague, the business advantages are the ability to streamline your organization's processes to reduce waste, and ultimately meet your customer's value stream; improving odds for continued business…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Empowering Kenyan women. It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund: A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons. Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya? Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally…
  • Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

    Laurel J. Delaney
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Sarah Hildersley, Regional Coordinator – South West, Overseas Business Networks Program, Business West , talks about her time in the Middle East and the opportunities which exist for UK companies. It’s important to highlight that women can do business in the Middle East. However, you should factor in the need to dress quite conservatively – I used to take a pashmina to meetings in Jordan, where it simply meant there would be less risk of giving mixed messages. It certainly helped reduce unwanted attention in the souks. Read the entire article:  Women Doing Business in the…
  • Resources for Women Who Export

    Laurel J. Delaney
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Women business owners face unique challenges as they look to exporting.   But let me share a tip with you on how to overcome those challenges. In early 2012, the State Department asked me to write an article about women energizing world economies. In it, I talk about my experience in starting and running a global business, Globetrade.com, and serving as a consultant to countless global women business owners. My key point: In order to gain self-confidence and overcome social attitudes, women need to network continuously, support each other, look for role models, update their knowledge and…
  • Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

    Laurel J. Delaney
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects. According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding…
  • Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province Women Entrepreneurs Collaborate

    Laurel J. Delaney
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Women entrepreneurs in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province are willing and able to actively participate in a new type of collaboration.   The three associations of women entrepreneurs sought to implement the Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province collaborative development strategy, a joint initiative of the three women entrepreneurs, and signed the “Women Entrepreneurs Association of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei letters of intent” Agreement. The move aims to combine the three regions’ women entrepreneurs respectively with the advantages of modern industrial division, to…
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    Forbes - Entrepreneurs

  • 7 Actions Australia Can Take To Create $109 Billion By 2033 From Tech Startups

    Jason Lim
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Australia must take affirmative action to invest and support technology and innovation for the sake of its economic future and global competitiveness. If it doesn’t, it will continue to be overtaken by developing countries and be known for squandering a massive opportunity to capitalize on high growth industries of science and technology.
  • The Best- And Worst-Paying Sales Jobs Right Now

    Christine Crandell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
  • Want To Drive More Revenue? Stop Selling

    Christine Crandell
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Selling has turned into a complicated game of hide and seek. The problem is particularly vexing when sales teams try to engage the C-Suite. One of the biggest moves Teradata made was to disrupt their selling process and adopt a Services Selling Path model.
  • Is Big Philanthropy A Western 'Tyranny Of Experts' - Or Measure Of Imperfect Democracy?

    Tom Watson
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Years ago, quite early in my development career (which itself is a second career to journalism), I was sitting comfortably in the board room of a white shoe law firm with panoramic views of midtown Manhattan. The occasion was the board meeting of nonprofit organization engaged in international development, specifically assisting the poor in one small and very poor nation ruled by a corrupt hierarchical regime. The question was fundraising and how to get donors interested in helping this population when it was obvious the political situation had no real likelihood of change.
  • The Sales Funnel Is An Unholy Grail

    My Say
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    After more than 100 years of use, it?s not that the funnel concept is obsolete; it was just never the right way to model the problem in the first place.
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • 5 things to do AFTER you launch your online course or program

    David Siteman Garland
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    OK, so you’ve launched your online course or program…SWEET! Get down with your bad self. A lot of people procrastinate and say they will get their course done and out there *one day* but you ACTUALLY did it. Give yourself a high-five. So you might be thinking…ummmm now what do I do? Great question and here is the answer 1. Document EVERYTHING If you haven’t already (ahem…you should) make sure to document your ENTIRE launch process. Fun fact: We all forget stuff. And we forget stuff quicker than we think. Right after your launch is GREAT time to do this while it is fresh…
  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

    David Siteman Garland
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    As you know I’ve taught thousands of people just like you all over the world how to create, promote & profit from their own online courses (my thang!). I’m always paying attention (and talking to my students) as to what is working, what isn’t working, where there are challenges, etc. (as well as of course running my own tests, experiments, launches, etc.). And here is the the really weird thing….the difference between people having success or  not-so-much-success is actually quite small. Meaning, it might SEEM large, but it actually isn’t. For example, I’ve had many…
  • Success Story: How Christopher Stafford launched his first online course and brought in $35,000 (and raving customers!)

    David Siteman Garland
    8 May 2014 | 10:24 am
    Back with ANOTHER success story…gotta love these (I mean do they get old? Nope). I love bragging about my CAOCers (Create Awesome Online Courses students) who are rocking so you can get some ideas and inspiration (and also give them a pat on the back…they deserve it). Chris is a long time student of mine and a fantastic action taker who totally crushed his his “Top Producer Blueprint” course. In this interview, Chris spills all the beans. Unfiltered. Uncensored. Let’s get at it: Here are the questions: Name:  Christopher Stafford Name Of Your Course: “THE TOP…
  • A fella came up to me Starbucks and asked me how he could build his email list from scratch…this is what I told him

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Just had a super nice guy come up to me at Starbucks (who happens to be a new email subscriber of mine) and we got to chatting about what he is looking to do with an online program from scratch. In a nutshell, he is a successful real estate investor and wants to teach it. Perfect topic and one that can really help people and make a lot of money (double win!). He doesn’t have an email list yet, so here were my tips to get him started (feel free to steal ‘em): 1. Start with a sweet free piece of content: i.e. 7 things to know before you invest in real estate, 7 key mistakes to…
  • How To Create An Easy-To-Implement Facebook Marketing Plan That REALLY WORKS

    David Siteman Garland
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    I get this question A LOT (and by a lot I mean, um, a lot): “David, what is YOUR #1 SOURCE for traffic/building audience/email list/subscribers?” Drumroll please… The answer is… FACEBOOK Yes, good ole Facebook. The FB. But here is the thing, most people (and this used to be me) spin and kick the tires on Facebook. I know this, because I used to be one of them. Meaning…I had a fan page. Made some posts. But I never really had a PLAN and wasted a ton of time (I mean who wastes time on Facebook Fail to plan, plan to fail and waste lots of time looking at exes.
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  • Press Releases & First Dates

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    In 2014 for the entrepreneur & micro business, are press releases still relevant & do they matter? I don't expect SEO or immediate client gain value in a press release, but feel they're indispensable for a start up.
  • Reclaiming Your Attitude

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    What does your attitude say about you? Being positive isn't always easy. However, it does (and will) affect the outcome that you receive. I'm sharing a personal story with you.
  • 3 Popular Ways to Create Quality Website for Small Business

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Do you need a small business website? If so, find out three popular ways to create a quality website for small business in this article.
  • Magnetically Build Your List and Attract New Leads

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Even if you're not currently offering a lead magnet on your website, you've probably seen them before - a free report for opting into an email newsletter, a free music download for filling out a survey, and so on.
  • Going into Information Overload

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever go to a Conference with a ton of great "things" that you are going to do when you arrive back in your office. Sometimes that just doesn't happen - avoid information overload.
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • 5 Sales-Killing Mistakes from Our Attempt to Buy a Car

    Reuben
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    My wife’s car has been struggling along lately, and it’s finally reached the stage of life support that replacing it is no longer optional. So lastweekend, we went car shopping. We were trying to buy a car. You know who was trying to stop us from buying a car? Car sales people. Here’s how they did it, the sales-killing mistakes from our weekend trying to buy a car: Fake intimacy is worse than no intimacy. One salesman shook my hand, introduced himself, and said “nice to meet you, buddy”, like a sleazy salesman from central casting. Why couldn’t he have just…
  • Tips for Importing Existing Proposal Content into Mimiran

    Reuben
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    There are several ways to bring in content from existing proposals and other documents into Mimiran. Copy & Paste You can start by doing a direct copy and paste. This has the advantage of being very easy, but there are drawbacks. Sometimes spacing or other formatting nuances seem a little bit off and hard to adjust within the editor. When this happens, you can use the Source button to reveal the underlying HTML source code. Viewing the Source Note the complex formatting instructions. In the source editor, you can remove or edit these formatting tags. PRO TIP: If you have a favorite plain…
  • Write Like a Spy?

    Reuben
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As you may know if you visit this blog often, I hate bad, boring, corporate-bland writing. It kills not only proposals and deals, but also brain cells. See various diatribes here (Microsoft), here (worst movie ever), and here (it’s your English teacher’s fault). Perhaps the only place you’ll find worse writing than big corporations and little corporations trying to sound like big corporations is the government. However, the CIA is on the case, with a leaked writing guide, which includes these tips: Keep the language crisp and pungent; prefer the forthright to the pompous…
  • Sell More by Being Less of a Salesman and More of a Doctor

    Reuben
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The sales profession has a problem. Most people don’t like and don’t trust sales people. In Gallup polling of how the public sees people in different professions, salespeople rank with members of Congress and advertisers, below lawyers. While the slimy, self-interested sales rep is simultaneously a cliche, a stereotype, and a far-too-accurate view of many members of the profession, I noticed something when I started interacting with sales people as a young software engineer. The most successful sales reps seemed to actually care about their customers first, and themselves second.
  • The Importance of Writing Well (Microsoft CEO Edition)

    Reuben
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Persuading people effectively requires good communication. In many cases– email, reports, sales proposals, that means writing well. Writing well isn’t just about sounding good, it’s about the writer forcing herself to think clearly, to package those thoughts in a digestible form, and transmitting those thoughts to another mind. Reading most corporate communications, you’d think that the purpose of writing was to celebrate muddled ideas and lower runaway productivity by sucking up time from readers without relaying anything of meaning or value. (For more, see why your…
 
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • Using Website Analytics to Understand Your Prospects

    Business.com Editorial Staff
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    As small and medium-sized B2B businesses, we place an exorbitantly high value on each aspect of customer relations. And rightfully so! We understand, sometimes even more than larger firms, that our success is based not only on the product or service we provide, but the greater value we can offer. One way that we offer greater value is having a website that prospective customers love to use. And that’s where website analytics comes in. Below are some quick analytics wins that can be used to deliver a great website experience for your prospects and maintain them for years to come. Identify…
  • B2B Blog Roundup: The Shifts and Tools of Content Marketing and Lead Engagement

    Betsy Scuteri
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The B2B sector continues to shift marketing spend from traditional to digital (38.7% devotes at least 30% of their budget on digital, up 30% from 2013) and digital content continues to matter. 3 out of 4 marketers are investing more in it. This is good news for me in that I have job security; bad news in that the playing field is no longer the same. The bar has been raised and will continue to be. 1) 70% are relying more on content now than they did a year ago 2) Marketers first need to define a strategy for content and then one for the actual distribution of that content and 3) Collecting…
  • Developing a Content Marketing Strategy…That Actually Works

    Ann Smarty
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Creating a content marketing strategy is easy. Creating one that actually manages to significantly increase visibility and promote engagement? That isn’t always quite so simple. We live in an age where marketing is a given for anything from product based selling to personal blog promotion. Whole marketing campaigns exist to promote social media profiles, and influencers are literal commodities in their own rights. People trade off of their reputation in a way more direct than ever before. In short, it has made it harder to stand out. Despite all of the changes, content is still king.
  • 10 Ways to Avoid False Negatives in Performance Marketing Campaigns

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many beginner marketers launch new performance marketing campaigns without having the fundamentals in place.  In doing so, they run the risk of making bad decisions on the long-term potential of an online marketing campaign. This post explores one potential pitfall for marketers in this situation, which I call the “false negative.” With a performance marketing “false negative”, you might end up killing a promising campaign because of poor initial results.  Sometimes (admittedly, a lot of times) online marketing campaigns fail to deliver expected results. When those happen, you want…
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation – Avoid the Heartburn and Re-Engage Your Audience

    Rachel Youngberg
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    As most of you have heard, Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is taking effect on July 1, 2014, affecting all email marketers with an audience in Canada. The law was implemented in order to “help protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.” Yes, the laws are getting stricter for sending marketing emails in Canada. Yes, you need to ensure your recipients are opting into your subscriptions for promotional emails and texts. And generally no, you cannot send misleading emails, collect personal information electronically without…
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • MWQHJ 028: How Viet Do Created A 6 Figure Business Selling Coupons And Online Deals

    Steve C
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Today I’m thrilled to have my buddy Viet Do on the show. Viet runs DealZon.com which is a daily deals and coupon site that caters to the gaming industry. Running a coupon site is a business model that we haven’t yet covered on the podcast so I’m very anxious to learn how the business model works and how Viet makes his money. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn How Viet obtains deals to list on his site Why he chose to focus on gaming for his coupon site Learn the economics of selling coupons online How merchants transmit their daily deals How Viet manages the multitude…
  • Income Report: How My Blog Performed As A Business In The First Half Of 2014

    Steve C
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Back in 2009 if you asked me whether I thought my blog could ever make more money than my day job, I would have said “Hell No!”. In fact, my Mom is still amazed that MyWifeQuitHerJob.com is able to make any money at all. Just the other day, I had a Skype chat with my mom and she was like… Mom: Let me get this straight. People sit at their computers, click on your ads and you make money? I still don’t understand how that works. So can you just sit at home all day and click on your own ads? Would you like me to help you out by clicking on one of your a— Me: NOOO!!!
  • 2 Simple Tweaks That Doubled My Email List Signups And My Take On Single Vs Double Optin

    Steve C
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Out of all the traffic sources that bring in revenue to MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, most of the money that I make is derived directly from my email list. Without my email list, I would not be selling very many copies of my ecommerce course. Without my email newsletter, I wouldn’t be converting nearly as many affiliate offers. And without email, I would not be receiving as much traffic as I currently receive today. Because email is such a crucial part of my blogging business, it’s important for me to maximize the size and quality of my email list. So today, I wanted to share with you 2…
  • MWQHJ 027: Andreea Ayers On How To Create A 6 Figure T-Shirt Business And Get Featured In 200 Magazines

    Steve C
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    I’m really happy to have Andreea Ayers on the show today. Out of all of the possible products to try to sell online, selling t-shirts is probably one of the hardest. But Andreea managed to take her t-shirt business to over 6 figures in profit by being extremely focused and by leveraging publicity. Today, Andreea runs the popular site LaunchGrowJoy.com where she teaches other people how to run a successful online wholesale business. What You’ll Learn How Andreea sourced her first products and found her first vendors How Andreea started designing her own shirts without any knowledge…
  • How We Grew Our Online Store In The First Half Of 2014

    Steve C
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    My wife just closed the books on the first half of 2014 and I’m happy to say that we are on track for another record year. Following a similar theme to last year, my wife and I have been focusing our efforts on further outsourcing our business. Our kids are getting older now and they have tons of activities which now require more and more of my wife’s time. As a result, we have invested some additional capital into a larger office space and we’ve taken on another employee. This now makes for a grand total of 2 full time employees and 1 part time/temporary employee on an as…
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

  • Distractions and Flow – The Importance of Focus

    Brandon Wentland
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Working at Optimal is a lot of fun, but it can also be very distracting. Distractions slice up our days and prevent great work from being done. The savvy folks at Crew have the same issue. They found that, “the typical diversion caused by email (or similar things, like Slack) is 9 minutes and 30 seconds in length. After that, it takes 16 minutes to resume work on your primary task. The average knowledge worker encounters 87 distractions a day.” The total lost time is staggering. Our days are chopped up into work moments and not work days; this is stressful. Here are some ways we…
  • How to Protect Your Website from Negative SEO

    Erik Kielisch
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Negative SEO is a marketing bogeyman. It’s the dirty tactic worried and whispered about, but few have seen it. However, with Google’s continuous devaluation of spammy links, negative SEO is definitely a possibility. And that’s scary. Negative SEO is exactly what it sounds like: SEO tactics that negatively affect your site. It means that someone is sabotaging your site to damage its search ranking. Negative SEO Tactics That’s usually done by creating bad links to your site to damage your search visibility. Another dirty tactic is finding your competitions’ great links, creating a…
  • How Implementing Kanban Won Us an Innovation Award

    Brandon Wentland
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Last Wednesday, Optimal was honored to accept the 2014 Small Business Innovation Award at the Chamber Trifecta event with almost 600 fellow business professionals in attendance. When I accepted the award, I acknowledged that “what” we do is innovative, but I am most proud of “how” we do it. That’s the innovation the outside world never gets to see. Here is a glimpse of that. How do we scale? As the business began to scale, we started running into information issues. Just the sheer quantity of things that needed to be done was overwhelming and almost paralyzing. Where do you even…
  • Is Your Website Ready for Google Penguin 3.0?

    Erik Kielisch
    20 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Google’s Penguin Mafia is preparing to unleash Penguin 3.0. Is your website ready? Image courtesy of Antarctica Bound. If not, your site could disappear from search results. It could take weeks or months to recover. In that time, your traffic could plummet, your business could suffer, and your competitors could take your lost position. We’re not exaggerating.  It’s happened at least twice before in April 2012 and May 2013. No wonder SEOs are holding their breath, anticipating Google’s latest update to their now infamous Penguin algorithm (rumored to drop May 2014). Google Penguin…
  • How to Use Facebook Graph Search for Content Marketing

    Erik Kielisch
    6 May 2014 | 2:00 am
    Making great content your users will love can be tough. How do you know if they’ll enjoy and share it? You can guess, or you can know with Facebook’s Graph Search. If you have a Facebook account, you can see what your fans like, and what your competitors’ fans like. And it’s free. It shows you, in order of most to least liked, the following: Athlete Book City College Country Employer Game Grad School High School Interest Language Movie Musician Political View Region Religion School Sport Sports Team TV Show How to Use Facebook Graph Search Since we’re talking about content…
 
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    Flyte New Media

  • The Marketing Agents Podcast Turns 50: A Search, Social, and Mobile Marketing Podcast

    Chris Felax
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Are you looking for a marketing podcast? Do you learn best when listening to experts share their best tips and tricks? If you’re a fan of podcasts or audiobooks and are looking for new ways to market your business and generate more online leads, you might want to check out The Marketing Agents Podcast.  This is the free, weekly podcast (Internet radio show) that’s all about how you can use search, social, and mobile marketing to reach more of your ideal customers. The show is hosted by me, Rich Brooks, and I get to ask marketing experts from around the world (quite literally)…
  • How Zombies Helped Me Build My Brand

    Rich Brooks
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. By showing your personality and being yourself, you can quickly break through barriers and make business connections that really matter. Birth of the Undead Back when I first got started on Twitter in aught seven, I didn’t know what to put on my Twitter bio. So, I played it safe and mentioned only my occupation: I run a web design and Internet marketing company. After a couple of years I found my voice on Twitter and decided to inject a little more of my personality into my bio; a…
  • CHART Metalworks Christens Responsive E-Commerce Site

    Chris Felax
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Client: CHART Metalworks creates custom nautical-themed jewelry “for you to tell your own story.” The Objective: Promote and sell more nautical jewelry through a redesigned e-commerce site. The Tools: The site was build on WordPress. The shopping cart is Shopp. The design and development came from flyte new media. The Outcome:  CHART Metalworks re-launched their e-commerce website that showcases their products, custom jewelry options, and upcoming events and new products. It features custom pieces, best sellers, gift cards, and a blog. Responsive Web Design = Mobile…
  • 30 Essential Travel Apps You Can’t Leave Home Without

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. Sometimes Skype or Google Hangouts aren’t enough. You need to press the flesh and look right into your customers’ eyes. For times like that, you need to leave your office and meet face to face. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there are plenty of apps to make your next business trip as effective and affordable as possible. Here are 30 essential travel apps to maximize the ROI of  your next business trip.  BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS Hipmunk…
  • Thanks, Joan!

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    Wishing you the best, Joan, in your next adventure! This week marks the last week that we’ll enjoy Joan Crocker as a full time employee here at flyte. And, perhaps more importantly, her dog, George. What’s Joan been up to? She’s been working with many of our clients on their digital marketing needs. For the past two years she’s handled their SEO, doing keyword analyses and creating keyword matrices for our copywriters to help them rank higher in the search engines. She’s run their Facebook advertising campaigns. Scheduled their tweets. Helped them read their…
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    Digital Marketing - Matt Freedman

  • 5 Disruptive Techs Transforming Retail

    Matt Freedman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    More and more technologies are driving transform in the retail shopping experience forever. This will impact multiple industries, and is another example of the next wave in digital disruption Though it applies to other retail, the example in this Huffington Post Article is clothes shopping — specifically, a new approach that will give you back massive amounts of time in your life and make the experience fun, fast and super-personalized. Gone are the wasted hours in dressing rooms or combing through racks and finding nothing in your preferred size or style. The five converging…
  • Digital Disruption: Unleashing the next wave of innovation

    Matt Freedman
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:47 pm
  • Buying behaviour is changing

    Matt Freedman
    6 Aug 2013 | 10:13 pm
    “In the hypercapilalist economy-characterised by continuous innovation and dizzying speed of change – buying things in the markets and owning property becomes an outdated idea, while “just in time” access to virtually every kind of service, through vast commercial networks operating in cyberspace, becomes the norm. We increasingly pay for the experience of using things – in form of subscriptions, memberships and leases – rather than pay for the things themselves. The bottom line: we are spending more and owning less.” – Jeremy Rifkin, The Age of Access: The new…
  • How do you get one million likes on facebook

    Matt Freedman
    27 May 2013 | 4:54 pm
      Question How do you get one million likes on Facebook? Answer Pick a subject that polarises people such as politics or religion Make an inflammatory statement Sit back and let it happen A Facebook post from “Meanwhile in Australia“, was posted on 8 May calling for the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard to resign if they got 1 Million likes. Well they are far from 1 Million, but in less than three weeks they’ve managed to get 91k likes, 3.7K comments and over 4k shares. I showed this to my wife last night (who leans to the left politically) and she said jokingly,…
  • Flybuys / Yahoo!7 Browser Toolbar – Big Data Play

    Matt Freedman
    14 May 2013 | 4:04 am
    Do you remember the Yahoo toolbar plugin? It was that annoying browser plugin that seemed to get automatically installed when you downloaded free applications such as Adobe Reader or Google Apps circa 5 years ago. Well it seems that the Yahoo! Toolbar is still around and through a partnership with Coles Flybuys, might start to get some traction again. I was interested to receive an eDM from Flybuys today asking me to download the new Flybuys toolbar (a partnership with Yahoo!7) with the incentive that I’ll get up to 100 Flybuys points for searching using the tool. For most people this…
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    Diamond Website Conversion » Blog

  • Understanding Google Webmaster Tools

    Marty Diamond
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    SharesAs much as you might think Google is making it hard to get traffic, they really aren’t. They have tools like Google Webmaster tools and Google Analytics. The difference between the two are the fact that Google Analytics measures your traffic, and Google Webmaster Tools tells you how Google actually sees your website. This article is written to help you understand Google Webmaster Tools better. In fact, this article is part of a series, so there will be other parts to check out so you can become more familiar with Google Webmaster Tools. Understanding Google Webmaster Tools As…
  • What Do You Do After You First Apply Google Anayltics to Your Website?

    Marty Diamond
    15 Jun 2014 | 10:13 pm
    SharesWhen you get into creating and managing a website, at some point you’re going to hear about Google Analytics, especially being told you need to have it on your website. Regardless if you’re a blogger, a small business owner, or a big corporate business, you do need a tool to measure your site’s progress. Google Analytics just happens to be a good one that is also free to use. So… What Do You Do After You First Apply Google Anayltics to Your Website? The majority of users may look in on their stats once a day or once a week. Google Analytics provides quite a bit…
  • Does Alexa Rank Really Matter?

    Marty Diamond
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    SharesAlexa is known as a site that offers website analytics and even ranks sites based on traffic. A lot of website owners that are concerned about Alexa rank, aren’t entirely certain what it is, and if it really matters? And if it does matter, who does it matter to? This article will answer those questions. Does Alexa Rank Really Matter? The biggest thing is the give you an idea about Alexa in order to understand them. What is Alexa? Alexa.com started off with the purpose to give users website analytics tools for website owners to determine several things: Amount of Traffic Bounce…
  • Panda 4.0 – Time to Wake Up!

    Marty Diamond
    28 May 2014 | 11:28 am
    SharesIf you’ve been hoping to slide with mediocre content, or can’t identify what mediocre content is, your site will be in for a scary surprise, SEO-wise. Panda 4.0 is here! For several years, Google has been trying to make website owners aware that unique and quality content is the key to getting ahead. While many have talked the talk, they’ve never walked the walk in terms of improving their content. There are thousands of sites built to cater toward bloggers, Internet Marketers, and many other niche. So, how can you get your site out of the content doldrums and come out…
  • The Skinny on SEO for Images

    Marty Diamond
    20 May 2014 | 11:53 pm
    SharesImages on websites are suppose to help a site. The purpose usually is to attract new buyers, readers, and subscribers. Images are also something that people can immediately connect with and decide in a moment whether they like you or what you’re saying, or maybe they will leave your site and never return. Just plopping up an image won’t do. Of course, for the visitor, they don’t care, but for search engines like Google, those images can be a leg up on getting traffic. So, how can you capitalize on this? In this article, you’ll learn how to optimize your images…
 
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • Optimize your Mobile Website & Increase Visitors

    Mark Wilston
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:12 am
    The Smartphone revolution has significantly influenced the web design basics and today designers and developers are focusing on websites that are mobile-friendly and will help their clients penetrate this ever-growing mobile internet user base. With the booming mobile internet traffic, a technological evolution has gripped the world with respect to mobile website design. A mobile […]
  • Responsive Website: A Requirement More Than a Trend

    Mark Wilston
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:54 am
    During the earlier days, it was enough to have your own website. But later as the time changed, so did the needs. Next what is much required is “interactivity” and more social networking plug-ins. The focus is undoubtedly a clear one in terms of the requirements. And the priority is the website with “mobile” version. […]
  • WordPress for Android 2.9 Released – Many New Features Introduced

    Mark Wilston
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It’s time to celebrate for the Android app users of WordPress. WordPress announced the release of Android 2.9 which is now available to install in the Google Play Store. The new version brings in many exciting new features which includes bug fixes and enhancement that will allow you to follow and post blogs using your […]
  • How Drupal 8 has Revolutionized CMS?

    Mark Wilston
    27 May 2014 | 1:17 am
    The latest edition of Drupal 8, the extremely popular Content Management System enterprise, has made it big this time. Indeed, there is a lot of excitement among the Drupal community developers regarding the release of this version. Talking of the previous versions of Drupal, till date all the released versions of Drupal have come up […]
  • Run your App at Google App Engine using PHP

    Mark Wilston
    19 May 2014 | 4:15 am
    Now, you can easily get PHP support on Google App Engine to enable you to run your app on GAE. In this article, we are going to explain the procedure to run your app on GAE. We’ll mostly use PhpStorm here, because of its ability to support GAE’s projects in different ways; however, you are […]
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    BizCentral USA » Blog

  • Cost-effective Marketing Plan Resources to Generate Leads

    Helene Huynh
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    As a small business owner, do you feel like you’re constantly up against competition with large budgets for traditional marketing methods? Are you constantly losing against the big dogs with deep pockets in the battle of lead generation? It may be time to perk up your marketing plan. Last month, we touched based on the important elements that make up a marketing plan. This time, we’d like to highlight some examples of strategies you can incorporate into your marketing plan on a shoestring budget. You may recognize that it is time to change your marketing plan, but you’re running out of…
  • Which Business Certification is Right For Your Business?

    Helene Huynh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Private Business Certification vs. Government Certification When looking at business certifications, the question asked most frequently is, “Is there really a difference between which business certification I receive?” The very honest answer to this question is yes. It makes a large impact which agency you choose to certify your business through. There are generally four different levels of business certifications: Local - This certification can be obtained by a local government certifying office, such as a city or a county.  You would want to obtain a local certification if you want…
  • Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money?

    Helene Huynh
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money? You’re a small business owner and you’ve set up a website and Facebook account to hop on the social media marketing bandwagon. Great! A couple of months pass by and although business is picking up, you noticed that you get little to no business from your social media. “OK, well my business has a Facebook, shouldn’t I be buried in money now?”  Not necessarily. This is one of many common misconceptions about social media marketing.  Social media marketing is not just about posting statuses, tweets, and pictures. It is all about…
  • Top 9 Burning Questions You Have about Websites

    Helene Huynh
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Whether you may or may not have a website up yet for your business, we can all agree that having a website is imperative for your small business, and is an undeniable element for your company to thrive in this competitive market. It represents your brand, keep your prospective customers engaged online, and facilitates conversion…meaning more money! Here is a comprised list of the most common questions asked about websites. How much is a website? Depends on your budget,  what type of website you need, the complexity of the site, the amount of control you need over it, and who is going to…
  • Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan

    Helene Huynh
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan You’ve heard it before, a business plan is important because it’s a roadmap for your organization to align their goals in the right direction. But why is it REALLY important? Let’s just say you go to a bank for a loan, the first thing they’ll ask you is “Where is your business plan?” A business without a business plan is like a teacher without a curriculum, a sports team without a game plan. Organizations that perform at the highest levels have some sort of formalized business plan, but that does not mean…
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    Business Credit

  • Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing

    Marco Carbajo
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Cash for Real Estate Investing One of the most common questions I have been getting lately is “How can I get the cash I need to fund my real estate deals?” This post is for those of you looking for a fast and effective way to get the cash you need to execute your deals. […] The post Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Ins and Outs of a Business Car Lease

    Marco Carbajo
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Business Car Lease Are you using your personal vehicle for business purposes? Have you considered leasing or purchasing a car in your company’s name? In today’s post we’re going to cover the ins and outs of business car leasing. When you lease, your monthly payments are usually lower than when you buy and you get […] The post The Ins and Outs of a Business Car Lease appeared first on Business Credit.
  • What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company?

    Marco Carbajo
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Experian Business Credit Report Have you checked your Experian Business Credit Report lately? Does your company’s report have depth, diversity and density? Did you know banks, credit card issuers, suppliers and lenders use Experian Business to prescreen and identify companies to solicit credit offers to? In the previous post we talked about deciphering your Equifax […] The post What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Equifax® Small Business Credit Report Did you know Equifax® generates 158 billion credit score updates on a monthly basis and 60,000 updates per second for consumers? While we already know that Equifax® is a major consumer reporting agency but did you know they are also a major player in the business credit reporting industry as […] The post Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Business Credit Profile Road Map Lenders Wish You Knew

    Marco Carbajo
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Business Credit Profile In a recent article via the SBA.gov Community, I wrote an article explaining the ten can’t miss business credit profile tips for small business owners.  It’s essential to realize that in today’s lending and credit environments your business credit profile plays a key role. From a lenders perspective, a business with a […] The post The Business Credit Profile Road Map Lenders Wish You Knew appeared first on Business Credit.
 
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Interview with Mindy McHorse — Freelance Copywriter

    wahanelson
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!). […]
  • Want To Make More Money Online? It’s Time To Get Specific

    wahanelson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Angie Nelson Regardless of your service offerings, you can benefit from specializing. Freelance writers, graphic designers, virtual assistants and even social media managers are able to niche. That may mean working with a specific type of person or on a specific type of project. The possibilities are endless. And the reasons behind getting specific […]
  • Is Your Website Set Up To Grab Clients?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Danielle Buffardi In this digitally-driven world, it’s imperative to have an eye-catching website. Unfortunately not every company has one of those, and if you’ve ever come across one – I bet you remember your experience with it quite clearly. Either it was set up to busily, or you couldn’t find what it was you […]
  • Interview with Carly Fauth — Head of Marketing for Money Crashers

    wahanelson
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us about Money Crashers and your functions as head of marketing. Money Crashers is a personal finance website. It’s goal is to educate its readers and followers on ways to better manage money, including articles on saving for retirement, investing, cutting monthly bills, and budgeting, among many other topics. I’m responsible for all general […]
  • My Top 5 Business Blunders

    wahanelson
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson When I started a new business after spending 17 years in direct sales, I thought I knew the keys to success, being self-motivated, having passion, and being willing to take risks as well as the importance of setting goals. Yet in retrospect, there was so much more I wish I had known. […]
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  • TLC for Community Managers – Tips To Avoid Burnout

    Vanessa DiMauro
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Community management burnout – its impact and how to avoid it – is an evergreen topic at every gathering of social media practitioners.  It is a tough, never ending job that knows no bounds – all done through email and online communications. I doubt there are many other professions where time online is so high.   We all know the problem exists, however until the typical online community scales their resources to offer their fierce leaders some breathing room, it remains a job hazard.  My favorite insider community manager joke is “I am smiling from my wrists…
  • Social Business and the Responsive Enterprise

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      The Social Business era has arrived, and with it, individual customers now have a voice. “Listen to me,“ they shout from digital rooftops. “Meet my needs and exceed my expectations,” they demand – online and offline. They’re not passive recipients of products, services and one-way messaging any more. Since the dawn of commerce, businesses have tried to get closer to their customers. That day is here. Customers are clamoring for greater intimacy with firms they trust, to drop the veil, raise the shades, get close and personal, have a real conversation. Sadly, many customers get…
  • Social Media for Strategy-Focused Organizations

    Vanessa DiMauro
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    By Vanessa DiMauro and Adam Zawel As social media is growing up, so is executive leadership’s understanding of how it can support or enable an organization’s strategy. My colleague Adam Zawel, community director for Palladium Group’s online community and I wrote an article about the powerful impact social can have in aligning strategy with operations. Palladium was founded by leadership giants Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton.  The firm helps organizations effectively and sustainably execute their strategies through the use of the Balanced Scorecard, Strategy-Focused…
  • Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week I delivered a presentation “Secrets of Great Communities and Community Mangers” at the KAConnect conference.  It was a wonderful, inspiring event for knowledge management professionals in the Architecture & Engineering (an $11B industry). Given the focus of their practice, this industry is fueled by a unique balance of structure and creativity.  The gauntlet had been dropped on helping make sense of the complexities of employing  professional collaboration to create buildings, cities and parks.  While there are many things to be said about this topic, here are 5…
  • 56 Lessons From 20 Years of Online Community Building

    Vanessa DiMauro
    28 May 2014 | 5:41 am
    Ever wonder what it takes to succeed with online community strategy and operations?  Here are 56 lessons learned culled from 20 years of online community building experience. 1.  To succeed at online community building, your organization must be able to give members a reason to convene – online or offline. 2.  Take time to validate your community strategy with prospective members. They will likely help you make important adjustments to the plan. 3.  The sponsoring organization must create a balance of “gives” to members and “gets” from members – no community can be one-sided;…
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  • A 3-Tier Approach to Managing Your Small Business Cash Flow

    Karen Axelton
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By David Sederholt The financial universe of most hard-working small business owners is often very focused and revolves around their immediate obligations. They know that cash flow is the heartbeat of their business, and if they don’t have the cash on hand to pay their vendors, they don’t open the next day. It’s important to remember that some of the cash flow pain that these entrepreneurs face is the result of less than creative cash management. For a small business, cash flow management is like being an air traffic controller. You can’t have 100 planes trying to land simultaneously…
  • Ice Cream’s Sweet Rebound

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky You wouldn’t know it from my family’s consumption (we’re all ice cream addicts), but ice cream sales have been down a bit, mainly due to the increased competition from frozen yogurt. But Andy Brennan, an IBISWorld market analyst, recently told CNBC, “We’ve reached the turning point where the industry is going to bounce back. We’re certainly forecasting a rebound.” The really good news is that the ice cream resurgence is primarily happening at the small, independent ice cream stores (though sales are up a bit at Baskin-Robbins as well). CNBC attributes it to…
  • Tips for Summer Office Party Success

    Karen Axelton
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Laura Kerekes Holding a summer office party is a great opportunity to get together and celebrate as a team, and can have a significant impact on employee engagement and morale. But there are potential employer liabilities for holding company parties, especially where alcohol is served or at locations where employees participate in games or near bodies of water. A commonly asked employer question is: If we’re having a summer get-together, should we or should we not serve alcohol and what else should we think about to lessen our risk? Party Suggestions to Reduce Employer Liability Here are…
  • Reading List 7.25.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices “The weather outside if frightful.” How to protect your small business. Improve your ecommerce checkouts. What makes a city small-business…
  • Changing Your LLC Operating Agreement As Your Company Grows

    Rieva Lesonsky
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico “My two partners and I formed a limited liability company (LLC) several years ago. Our business has grown substantially, and we now have several investors as well as employees who own nonvoting shares in our company. We’re still using the Operating Agreement that we signed when we first started the company, but I have to believe we need to make some changes as what made sense back then for ‘just 3 guys’ may not make sense for a fast growing entrepreneurial company. Any suggestions?” First of all, you are wise to ask this question before your minority owners start…
 
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  • Making Money With Amazon FBA: Why It Works

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    The secret to selling on Amazon actually starts with a program offered by Amazon.com called Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime offers free 2-day shipping on millions of products along with free music, video (TV and moves) and Kindle book rentals for $99/yr. The 20 million+ Amazon Prime members spend an average of $1,224 per year versus $505 non-prime customers and these high spending members are always looking for products that are part of free shipping program. But the secret (and huge opportunity) is that it’s not just Amazon selling products under the Amazon Prime umbrella. You can…
  • Updated DS Domination Review from Ty Tribble

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Over the last few months, I have been testing the strategies in DS Domination. Full disclosure: I purchased the DS Domination product (no discount or comp) and I also signed up as an affiliate. Before I tell you about my experience with DS Domination, I want to give you a little background  about my experience with eBay. A few years ago I was an eBay Powerseller, featured in Entrepreneur Magazine as the # 2 eBay seller in the State of Washington. So I have some experience with eBay which will come in handy as we take a closer look at DS Domination. Let’s start with some basics. What is…
  • $300 Amazon FBA Profit From Wandering Target Store

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    One of the e-commerce strategies I am testing has to do with finding items that you can sell on Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon). So for a little experiment, my wife and I went to Target to see if you can actually find items that would make money on Amazon. One item we found was a remote control jet ski that was selling on Amazon for $38.97 (lowest price!), but I could buy them at Target for $17.48 on sale. After shipping and paying Amazon fees, the profit on that item would be $8. Our Target had 20 of them on the shelf, so the potential profit on that one item would be $160. We found several…
  • Ann Sieg Will Pay You $100 If You Fail

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Can you imagine Vemma, Visalus, It Works Global, Organo Gold or Empower Network saying the following: “Go through a handful of simple steps over the next 30 days and if you don’t make money, I’ll pay you $100.” That would be huge news, right? Well that is exactly what Ann Sieg is doing for those who are taking advantage of her new e-commerce strategy. Ann will be explaining her $100 guarantee and all of the details on an invite only webinar tomorrow. Here is your link: Ann Sieg E-Commerce Webinar More… For my stats and data peeps: E-commerce between now and 2017…
  • How To Sell To 244 Million Amazon Customers

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As some of you know, I have been testing the e-commerce strategies using DS Domination with Ann Sieg’s team. The first part of the strategy is to locate items on Amazon and list them on eBay for a higher price. It works. In fact, I did $5,172.10 on eBay in my first 30 days (a little less than 30 days actually). But eBay sales were just the beginning. The 500 pound gorilla is Amazon… With 244 million active buyers, Amazon is a goldmine for those who want to learn how to build an e-commerce business. There are a couple of ways to do it on Amazon. One involves using your cell phone…
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    Springwise

  • It’s impossible to check Facebook in this café

    Springwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Add / Remove The modern phenomenon of a group of friends sitting together while individually staring at their smartphones is one that leaves a bitter taste, especially in the mouths of restaurant owners who are finding the atmosphere in their venue is being killed. We’ve already seen Singpore’s Social Rehab offer drink discounts for those who agreed to leave their device at the door, and now Canada’s Faraday Café has gone even further, using a unique architectural design to create a space where all phone and wifi signals are blocked. Located at the Chinatown Experiment…
  • In Australia, opera is designed for kids with autism

    Springwise
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Add / Remove Children with autism often experience social settings in a different way to those not on the spectrum and sometimes end up having to avoid them altogether. In the past, we’ve seen Squag, the social network for young people with developmental difficulties. Now Victorian Opera in Melbourne has piloted a series of performances that cater for the needs of young kids with autism. Visiting the theater can be an upsetting event for those with autism, for whom scary characters and settings can trigger anxiety and long durations of sitting can feel restrictive. Victorian Opera has…
  • In Singapore, mobile customers can donate unused 4G to good causes

    Springwise
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    Add / Remove While smartphones have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives, the monthly tariffs attached to them are often overpriced and limited to a few options that leave customers with excess data or calls each month. In the past, Korea-based mobile operator T’s LTE Data Gift scheme has let those with unused data donate it to family members and friends, and now Singapore operator StarHub has launched the #4Good campaign, which enables customers to give it to projects using technology for positive causes. Starhub subscribers on the company’s Mobile Postpaid…
  • In Manchester, gym workouts for indie music fans

    Springwise
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    Add / Remove For many, exercise is more of a chore than something to look forward to, and for others it’s only bearable if there’s a distraction to take their mind off what they’re actually doing. In the past, Blue Goji has successfully tricked people into doing exercise to control games characters. Now The Fit Sessions in the UK is hoping to entice alternative music fans — not typically the most sporty types — to keep fit by bouncing along to the indie genre’s more upbeat tracks. One thing that may put music connoisseurs off the traditional gym class is the…
  • App offers a comprehensive guide to local and real-time parking restrictions

    Springwise
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Add / Remove Finding a parking space in big cities can be a nightmare, which recently prompted on-demand valet service Caarbon to do the job for drivers. But even when a space is discovered, it’s easy to fall foul of rules and regulations that aren’t clearly marked or are just plain confusing. AppyParking is an app that details paid and non-paid parking spaces in real time, as well as factors such as congestion charges and special restrictions. The main interface of the app is a map of the local area. Users first select the type of parking space they’re looking for, whether…
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • LinkedIn: A Global Economic Platform

    Jeff Korhan
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s not necessary to understand how the social networks function to derive utility from them. However, that knowledge will not only give your business more clarity for making better decisions, it will help it identify and adapt to emerging trends long before the competition. The magic that enables the various digital networks to do what they do well is known as digital graphing or mapping. Digital graphs are the foundation of each and every digital network, with specific strengths the result of their respective structures. Facebook is a social platform, Amazon commerce, Google content, and…
  • Here’s How to Communicate with My Business

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    Does your business have a system for receiving, organizing, and processing inquiries? This is vital for converting your content marketing, SEO, and social media into profitable outcomes. How a business communicates with its communities is marketing. Tweet this The smart ones use it to distinguish their company as professional, caring, and easy to work with. Since every business is unique, I’ll share key elements of our process that you can adapt to yours. I’m confident you will learn new ideas for improving your communications, while also helping you get more of what you need from me.
  • 3 Content Marketing Planning and Productivity Tips

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    As we cross the annual midpoint, many businesses experience a transition period, making this an ideal time to assess marketing effectiveness to make the necessary adjustments for finishing the year strong. However, unlike the obvious transition to a new calendar year, this yearly midpoint often passes by with the lazy summer that accompanies it (here in the northern hemisphere). That is unfortunate, because now is the time for ramping up to still accomplish annual objectives, or even raise targets if everything is working out well. Planning and productivity is always relevant, because time is…
  • Marketing to Be a Distinctive Business

    Jeff Korhan
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Everyone is on a journey. Our job as businesses is to make the journey of our potential buyers better in some way. We have to be THE preferred solution – the oasis in a desert of clutter that inspires them to action. This means becoming a distinctive business. Failing to distinguish your business is to become extinct, at least according to notable author Tom Peters. Take the Risk of Being Direct When a business graciously says no, it instantly becomes distinctive. Does your marketing not only address how your business can help, but what it will NOT do? If your process is sound, your…
  • Markets are Lazy and Forgetful

    Jeff Korhan
    1 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Is your business one of the best-kept secrets in its industry? Assuming your general capabilities are in order, the reason for this is more than likely your marketing. #1 – It lacks clarity and is therefore confusing. #2 – It is inconsistent and therefore not memorable. Both challenges are easily resolved Tell the Market Only What You Do Best In the real estate industry, the valuation of a parcel of land is determined by what is known as it’s highest and best use. It’s location and other factors will determine if that use is for retail, commercial, or residential development.
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    SmartCEO

  • Crowdfunding: Opportunity or risk for individual investors?

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. Would you like the opportunity to own a piece of residential or commercial real estate or make an investment in a mortgage loan? Today, investors around the country are receiving e-mails and other solicitations, as well as hearing from the media, about the opportunities to invest in the booming real estate market.  Online, it appears as if hundreds of companies are interested in offering qualified investors with the opportunity to invest in commercial and residential real estate. It is as easy as searching for…
  • Conversion of real estate for alternative use throughout New York City

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. The real estate market in New York City has recovered from the recession of 2008. The improvement has marked a rapid conversion of office buildings, hospitals, parking garages and other asset classes into luxury rental and condominium residences, hotels and in certain instances specialty office space. The conversion of properties is taking place in each and every borough especially in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Lower Manhattan A joint venture of Rose Associates and DTH Capital are converting the 66 story, Art…
  • Let the Buyer Beware – Hidden Sales Tax Liabilities in Business Acquisitions

    CBIZ MHM, LLC
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Thought Leadership on Innovative tax planning strategies for every stage of your business presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC. Don’t you hate it when you think you have scored yourself a “deal,” only to later realize that your great deal was actually a dud. Yes, that terrible feeling of buyer’s remorse. It can happen to anyone regardless of whether you are purchasing a used car, affordable electronics or a piece of real estate. In the same vein, business acquisitions can also create buyer’s remorse.Given the dollars and potential risk at stake, purchasers of a business typically spend…
  • Who is your #1 sales person?

    Socialfix Media
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Thought Leadership on Web Development presented by Socialfix Media. We often refer to your website as a 24 hour a day 7 day a week sales machine. A well designed and executed site will have all of the best attributes of a top performing sales rep. It is informative, efficient in delivering compelling brand values that speak directly to the emotional and functional needs of the visitor, and always tells the visitor next steps to closing the sale.So now you have the world’s best sales rep at your disposal. Would we just let him sit at his desk and wait for the phone to ring? Or would you…
  • Cloud storage, NAS or both?

    Atlantic-IT.net
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Thought Leadership on Managed IT Services presented by Atlantic-IT.net. The simultaneous explosions of big data and mobility have organizations scrambling to figure out the best way to store and backup data. While the amount of data being produced and the number of devices being used has skyrocketed, storage and backup strategies haven’t been able to keep up. This can have a significant impact on performance, productivity, customer service and disaster recovery.There are two primary storage options for small to midsize businesses:Cloud-based storage has emerged as an appealing option…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Improving Client Relationships

    Jenna
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Client relationships are important in any business. The way you treat people and the way they respond to your interactions, can make or break a company. There’s a balance to be struck between the professional advice and services you provide, and following the client’s instructions. I was inspired to rethink client interactions recently after attending an AAF Indianapolis event. The lovely Amy and Jen Hood, from Hoodzpah Design Co., were the guest speakers, and they shared some of their refreshingly down-to-earth tips for dealing with clients. I took the things I learned at this…
  • How to Embed an Offer in Every Blog Post with WordPress

    Peter Wolfgram
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    After visitors read a post on your site, what do they read next? Do they stick around or abandon you? This is crucial. The more time visitors spend with your content, the better they get to know and trust you. Create the right setting for longer visits with recommendations and targeted offers in every post. If you read Copyblogger (you should), you’ll be familiar with their style of blog post conclusions. Each one ends with a reading recommendation for another post. Those definitely help time on site. But I’m really impressed by the offer. It’s bold, well-designed and absolutely clear…
  • First Website Launch

    Emily Anderson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have always loved the feeling of pushing through a project from start to finish because there really is something very fulfilling about it. Launching my first website as a web designer here at Roundpeg was no different. I am developing new skills and learning new things. The biggest surprise is that communication with clients is a much larger part of the process then I anticipated. It is definitely a transition going from designing websites in class that you have complete creative control over to having to consider client’s needs and desires at every turn. I believe my first website…
  • Planning a Video Content Strategy

    Jarred
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’re talking about adding video to our marketing mix at Roundpeg, and like anything else we do, it starts with a plan. Why Video? People feel much more comfortable doing business with a company when they get to know the people behind the brand. While we do some of that brand building on our Facebook page, the photos of our cats only go so far. As a result, we’ve been talking about adding video to our marketing as a way to create engaging content which goes beyond the written page. A great video strategy will let you share your expertise and show off your “human…
  • How to Keep Your Team on Schedule

    Anne
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running a business is crazy difficult. Not that I know from personal experience, but I do work for someone who owns a business and I don’t know how she keeps her head on straight. Lorraine manages customers, potential new customers, her own workload, her employees and their projects and two cats. That’s a lot. My head is spinning just reading that. But she’s got the process down so everyone communicates what’s going on effectively and work doesn’t get backed up. Granted we are all pretty exceptional when it comes to time management (or we do a really good job of…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Team Charter Statement – Why Writing a Team Charter and Purpose Statement is Important

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Businesses that look to improve their systems and processes often form teams to work on improvement efforts.  Successful teams are driven by directives of the organization and are steered by a Team Charter. According to High Performance Teams, a team charter statement is “a written document that defines the team’s mission, scope of operation, objectives, time frame and consequences.” Spending the time to develop a team charter and purpose statement can help ensure team support and resources are available.  A charter helps clarify support and resource allocation from management. This…
  • Reducing Employee Absenteeism – 4 Ways to Reduce Employee Absenteeism

    Patricia Lotich
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had a question from a reader who asked, “Do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”? Second, “what do you think is the most effective way of reducing employee absenteeism in the workplace?” Excessive absenteeism can be caused by any number of things – personal problems, employee performance issues, lack of clear expectations or a dysfunctional work environment. So to answer the first question – “do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”  – my answer would be, I think it…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Paid Time Off

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Many organizations provide paid time off benefits for their employees.  Being paid when not working is a great employee benefit (just ask anyone who works in the trades, like a carpenter, cement finisher, brick layer, etc.) and should be appreciated by employees. Paid time off benefits can be packaged in any number of ways.  The traditional benefit model is that employees are allowed a week or a couple of weeks of vacation and a few sick days per year.  The different models of these benefits can be all over the map. I’ve seen vacation benefits as conservative as one week a year and as…
  • 5 Things Employers Can do to Manage Grief in the Workplace

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    My daughter recently called to let me know that a co-worker of hers – a young husband and father of two small children was the victim of a violent murder.  My daughter was very upset and overwhelmed with concern for her friend. Her emotions were those of grief, anger, empathy and care for the young family he left behind. She has a very verbal personality so she was able to talk through this broad range of emotions that she was dealing with while figuring out how to manage the workplace grief. This incident reminded me of the handful of times throughout my career that I had to…
  • 10 Tips for Handling Customer Complaints

    Patricia Lotich
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:58 am
    Anyone who has a business has had the experience of dealing with customer complaints. While listening to a complaining customer is not something most people enjoy, a complaining customer can be an organization’s friend if they try to learn from the complaint. There are lots of things customers can complain about – communication breakdowns, process failures, faulty products, rude employees and unclean facilities, just to name a few. If taken seriously, these seemingly annoying encounters can shed revelation on areas in the organization that need improvement.  For example, if a…
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    Fizzle

  • How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064)

    Chase Reeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You get to a point in your business where you can either stagnate — and find yourself in 5 years doing the same damn things you’re doing today — or push forward to the next stage. Some listeners wrote in with questions about that struggle and, in this episode, we dig into some answers. We also debrief from the World Domination Summit conference. Enjoy! Push Play: How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) / Listen to How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • Customers, Work, and Community

    Barrett Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the last of our four-part WDS 2014 recap from the Fizzle team. You can read the other three here: Chase’s, Corbett’s, and Caleb’s. I’m back in the saddle after another trip to Portland for World Domination Summit (WDS), put on by Chris Guillebeau and company. 2014 was my third year attending the (un)conference, and I took away lessons that you can just as easily apply in your own work and life. With every passing year, I’ve found that my takeaways remain consistent, perhaps even honing ideas planted as seeds in previous years with each passing weekend spent in…
  • Pleasure Before Business

    Caleb Wojcik
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Have you been to a conference before where there are more people wearing a kilt and a Darth Vader helmet while riding a unicycle playing a bagpipe that shoots flames out the back than people wearing a suit and tie? That’s the kind of conference Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit is. It is a little different. A little “unconventional” if you will. So in the spirit of doing things differently, I won’t be showing off a bunch of my pictures of the amazing people and food or the four-hour long academy Fizzle led. These are my three takeaways from WDS 2014…
  • Money Isn’t the Point

    Corbett Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m decompressing from the World Domination Summit, trying to piece together the themes from this year, and understand what I’ll take away long-term. The older I get, and the longer I’ve been an entrepreneur, the more I keep asking myself “what’s the point?” As in, what’s the point of goals we work towards, and accomplishments we hold up and celebrate in ourselves and others? This can be a dangerous road. Sometimes you get deep into the meaning of life. I ended up in some deep existential conversations at this year’s WDS because of where my head has been. I think…
  • How to Delegate & What to get off Your Plate (FS063)

    Chase Reeves
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are things in all our businesses we hate doing. And at a certain point, we have to ask ourselves if we’re trapped working in our businesses without any time or energy to work on them. In the last episode we covered how to navigate these things when you can’t afford to pay for help. In this episode we share: How to decide what to delegate A few categories of tasks you could delegate Some tips and tricks for delegating and dealing with VA’s, vendors, partners and contractors What you shouldn’t delegate Enjoy! And if you have any questions please let us know in the…
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • Guidelines For Deducting Conference and Training Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Attending conferences and investing in ongoing training can be a great way for small business owners to keep current on industry developments and improve their skills.  It also allows for networking opportunities and occasionally includes trips to exotic locations (and Las Vegas), which can be a nice break.  The best part is that the cost of both the events and travel are deductible against your business income, subject to specific guidelines discussed below.Conferences/Conventions/Seminars:Only 2 events per year are deductible.Per IT-131R2 The conventions must be:(a) held by a…
  • 5 Income Tax Tips from the Trenches

    Ronika Khanna
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    It is the time of year when many accountants and tax preparers live, breathe, eat and sleep taxes (leaving very little time to write about them!).  And while much of it is routine, there are numerous issues that arise, the treatment for which is not immediately apparent and can actually be quite interesting (perhaps more so to a tax nerd), some of which are compiled below:Income from a part time or hobby businessI frequently get calls from small business owners who have not declared income from “hobby or part time businesses”.  Note that any income earned during the year…
  • What Small Business Owners need to know about Tax Filing Deadlines for 2014

    Ronika Khanna
    5 Feb 2014 | 3:30 pm
    One of the responsibilities of being a small business owner requires having to submit a variety of tax declarations by specific deadlines or face consequences that involve penalties, interest and if left long enough, aggressive letters from Revenue Canada and Revenue Quebec.  The bad news is that there is no way around it and ignoring it does not make it go away.  The good news is that if you are prepared and organized it doesn’t have to be painful and can actually be quite straightforward with the right infrastructure.  The first step is to be aware of the deadlines and…
  • 9 Year End Tax Planning Tips for Small Business Owners

    Ronika Khanna
    27 Nov 2013 | 2:56 pm
    As the end of the year draws nigh, it is time for business owners everywhere to start contemplating some end of year tax planning tips to not only ensure that they can maximize their tax deductions and reduce taxes payable, but to streamline the tax filing process in the New Year.  Even if you are incorporated and your year end date is not December 31st, it is a good time to take advantage of calendar year deadlines for personal tax planning purposes.Know your small business tax filing deadlines for 2014 Organize & File – While not necessarily a direct method for saving taxes,…
  • What to Do When your Tax Obligations are Overdue

    Ronika Khanna
    4 Sep 2013 | 10:23 am
    Related: The Importance of Staying on top of your Tax Obligations Small business owners have the added responsibility of ensuring that they are aware of, and comply with, a variety of tax obligations.  For some, this can be somewhat overwhelming, resulting in an accumulation of government notices, assessments, requests for information etc. that just add to stress levels.  While ignoring the problem, hoping that it will go away, may seem like an attractive option, it is important to note that the revenue agencies never forget.  They are also both able and willing to take extreme…
 
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • The Power of Content Marketing Workshops to Impact Profitability and Eliminate Silos

    George Thomas
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sales teams want marketing teams to make it RAIN! Marketing teams want sales to make it RAIN! See the dilemma in that? This, as you’re likely aware, is a big problem around the globe for businesses big and small, which is exactly why the act of eliminating silos and getting sales and marketing on the same team is critical. But how does this happen? Watch this awesome interview with Krista Kotrla, the Senior Vice President of Marketing from Block Imaging and see the possibilities for your organization… Content Marketing Workshops: Changing The Game As you’ll see from…
  • Why Podcasting is Becoming Better than Blogging for Building Trust, Engagement, and Loyalty

    Marcus Sheridan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    2 years ago, a huge portion of the emails I received from my audience looked something like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been reading all your stuff…” Today, these very same types of emails tend to look like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been listening to all of your stuff…” It’s the same email with one monumental difference. The Power of Listening over Reading The shift above didn’t hit me until recently but as I’ve contemplated this movement and the way people are engaging with content it all makes very obvious sense: Podcast listeners…
  • What’s More Important Inbound Tactics or Inbound Strategy? An interview with Eric Keiles

    George Thomas
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When a company realizes that their current marketing is not working, they start to look for new things to do to get the job done. In today’s world it takes you about 5 minutes and you realize that new way is inbound marketing. Only problem, inbound comes with a ton of things to do, which is great in a way, but not in another. The good news is that you will have plenty of tools to help you get your company back into its marketing glory. The bad news is that you might think you can just jump in and start doing “STUFF”. This is kind of like trying to drive a car with no engine.
  • Mad Marketing #32: Legacy, Leadership, and Staying Way Ahead of the Competition

    Marcus Sheridan
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello everyone! It’s podcast time again which means your drive to work just got a lot quicker with a few more smiles hopefully mixed in as well. In this episode, I’ll be riffing away on a variety of subjects, including: Lebron James’ example of how one man can change through personal development and what that means for his legacy The importance of being “thoughtful” in business and life The issue of Content Marketing Buy-In How Podcasting builds more trust than blogging– and why that is. The incredible necessity to always stay at least 5 years ahead of the…
  • The 10 Commandments of Getting Content Marketing Buy-In Every Time

    Marcus Sheridan
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    I’ll admit it—I’m on a content marketing buy-in kick. But you can’t blame me, really. The #1 email I get here at The Sales Lion comes from wildly frustrated and often depressed (no, not kidding) marketers who are trying to get management and employees to buy-in to this thing we all call content marketing. Furthermore, I have reached the conclusion that NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS IN THIS SPACE WITHOUT BUY-IN. (yes, I was yelling there, just in case you couldn’t hear what I was saying ) And if I may brag for just a minute, in the last 3 years I’ve experienced a LOT of success getting…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

    Emily Farrar
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Unless you’re used to being in a new city every week, working remotely can throw all of your good, productive habits out the window. Simply being away from your normal environment is enough to squelch productivity and leave you feeling frazzled, stressed and out of sorts. Here are seven proven ways to be more effective (and more productive!) when working remotely. 1. Schedule your day When you work remotely, you’re more likely to attend business dinners, meetings, events and social gatherings related to your new work site and temporary team. Plan your day to account for interruptions and…
  • Join us for an End of Summer Social!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • Guidelines on How to Trade Your Residence

    DanielNBrown
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    If you’re a seller in this market place, you are most likely asking a lot of questions. “What is the appropriate price to sell my real estate? How quickly will it sell? What can I do to raise the value of my real estate?” This report can help you answer some of these questions. Beneath [...]
  • 4 Pieces Violet Silicone Coasters Excellent Home & Kitchen Decoration idea 100% Peace of Mind Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Lavender colored things are all the rage at the minute. They are in magazines, brochures, brochures and interior decoration stores. Possibly it's the ethereal look or the way the color makes you feel however these definitely lovely lavender 3d petal clover coasters are to die for. They are an actually scrummy, welcoming and a gorgeous [...]
  • 4 pieces Brown Silicone Coasters Hollow Out Design Good Grip- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Don't you think that these coasters are the most delightful and stylish coasters offered on the market today? We would describe them as the most splendid pieces of art; you could ever set your eyes on. They're just excellent. They're made from silicone obviously, and now with the innovation of technology, they do imitate crocheted [...]
  • Never Worry About Plumbing Issues At All With These Suggestions

    DanielNBrown
    6 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    How many times have you called in a plumber, only to have him charge you an expensive price for a straightforward repair that you could have done yourself? If you know a little more about your plumbing system, you can save a lot of money. Read this write-up dealing with some plumbing guidelines that you [...]
  • Useful Video – Using A Coupon Code With Natizo Measuring Spoons

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are discount coupon codes all over the internet these days and many websites that focus on publicising discount coupon codes they have found. I've bought a couple of things online now and have to admit the very first time I attempted to use a discount coupon code I got a bit confused. Figuring out [...]
 
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    ReachLocal Blog: Online Marketing to Reach Local Customers

  • Do You Have a Mobile Website? Why It Matters to Local Business

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you’ve ever conducted a search on your smartphone’s browser or a local app — and we know you have! — then you know how easy it can be. But for the local business that’s not showing up in search results, this technology can be detrimental.   While mobile has become essential to many of our livelihoods, many small businesses haven’t caught on. In fact, a recent website study found that only six percent of SMBs —  yes, you read that right — have mobile websites! Is this true for your business? Weigh in in our poll now, and learn why…
  • 5 Talks That Can Boost Your Team & Your Business

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Having trouble getting the most out of your marketing? One of your biggest challenges could be how well you’ve trained and developed your employees so they can support your ongoing marketing efforts.  The team that works with you every day is a huge part of your business’ effectiveness, and you should take the time to communicate with them, develop their roles, and keep them informed.   In fact, providing continuous training and communication about their roles will not only help them feel more motivated, but it can also help them work to close more business. So, here are…
  • Behind the Marketing: The Technology that Drives ReachLocal Solutions

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In the age of digital marketing, there’s one thing that can separate a good campaign from a great campaign: the technology behind it. And at ReachLocal, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes digital marketing technology work to help local businesses succeed online. Our experience running thousands of high-quality search advertising, display, retargeting, and SEO campaigns has helped us continuously refine our solutions in order to help our clients get more leads and customers online.  So, what does our technology look like? Here’s an overview of how four of our…
  • Want Insight Into Your Twitter Performance? Try the New Organic Dashboard

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Ever wonder how many impressions and engagements your organic tweets generate on Twitter? If you’re a Twitter advertiser or a Twitter Card publisher, you’ll now be able to see all of this data and more with Twitter’s rollout of its enhanced tweet activity dashboard. Analytics in this new Twitter dashboard provide valuable data into how well (or not so well) any particular organic tweet is performing on the platform. Understanding these new insights can help you see what topics reach your audience and can help you create and curate content that gets the most engagement,…
  • 4 Steps to Powerful Lead Management for Your Local Business

    10 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Local business owners all start their businesses with different goals in mind: to use their unique skills, to solve a problem (or solve it better than competitors), to contribute to their community, or to make money from something they do well. But in order to reach those goals, it’s important for SMBs to not only focus on how to reach local consumers online, but also on how to convert them into leads and customers. That’s where great lead management comes into play. In this ReachLocal presentation, we share four best practices for the lead management aspect of your marketing…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • Balancing business and family – how do you do it?

    Grace Marshall
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    It’s a challenge, no doubt about it. Children can be demanding, unpredictable and all-consuming. Come to think of it, so can a business. If you’re growing a business and a family at the same time, sometimes it feels like there’s just not enough of you to go around. It’s a learning curve for sure, and the more I work with different clients on this, and the more I deal with it in my own experience, the more I find that there is no one-size-fits-all perfect formula for balancing business and family. Some people find that strict boundaries work for them. Others will say…
  • Superwoman or Super Bonkers?

    Katie Day
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:22 am
    Your epitaph reads: I wish I’d spent more time doing the housework and looking after everyone else Yeah right! Like that’s going to be your wish. So, has the 21st Century really given us women what we want? Can we really be superwoman and ‘have it all’ or is it our time to find the balance in our lives and ask for what we want rather than assume we have to be brilliant at everything? How do you take your foot off the pedal and slow down? We are all so busy ‘doing’ that it seems impossible to pause for even a second and actually think about what we really want. So let me give…
  • Protected: WU Content Writers Briefing

    Julie Hall
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
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  • 10 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

    Guest post
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:43 am
    The importance of time management is never taken seriously by most people till they end up in a crisis situation. With good time management it will be possible to balance your work, reduce stress and increase productivity. With productivity playing such a vital role in the success of any business or in the lives of people it is natural that good time management has an even greater role to play. Here then are the Ten tips to success. 1. Plan Your Work Plan your work on a monthly, weekly and daily basis. This will make you aware in advance what you are in for. Prepare a to-do-list every day and…
  • 6 Easy steps to break the worry cycle…

    Wendy Kerr
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s 2am again. For the 5th night in a row, you wake up. Your head is swimming with the same thoughts, the same problem over and over again. Countless hours are spent going over the issue and yet no solution appears. There never will be a solution magically appearing at 2am. You’re exhausted, tired and short on new ideas. From the experience of my own sleepless nights and that of my clients, I know that it’s extremely difficult to solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. This is because we get trapped in our patterns of thinking and reach for the most familiar…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • A Unique Way to Say Thank You and Make an Impression

    Stephanie Ward
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    Do you ever want to thank someone but an email doesn’t seem like enough and sending something via snail mail isn’t possible? If so, I have the perfect solution for you in today’s video. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below: In addition to PaperlessPost, which I mentioned in he video, another fabulous option is punchbowl. “Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.” G.B. Stern Click to Tweet And for even more on saying thank you check out my post, Are You Saying Thank You Enough?
  • What Happens in Greece After Dinner and How to Be Remarkable

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
        Greece has stunning beaches, extraordinarily friendly people, and divine food. And after almost every meal in Crete you get a free Greek surprise which is either a small sweet dessert or an alcoholic drink called Raki. And if you’re really lucky, you get both. Raki is brought to the table in various sized bottles with shot size glasses. It is a clear drink and looks like water (oh, but it ain’t) hence the nickname, firewater. Since almost every restaurant does this, it seems impossible to stand out. One Greek restaurant on Crete figured out a way to do this. Their Raki is…
  • Not Getting Enough Clients From Your Ezine? Watch This

    Stephanie Ward
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you’re not happy with the results you’re getting from your ezine, I have the solution for you. Watch this short video (less than 3 minutes) to find out how the right way to make sales with your ezine. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” Michael Jordan Click to Tweet If you haven’t started sending out an ezine, be sure to check out my posts on creating your valuable free giveaway and ezine. Do you make offers in…
  • Normally I Tell Business Owners Not To Do This

    Stephanie Ward
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
        You know that focus is critical when marketing your business. You need to resist the temptation of continuously getting drawn into the latest marketing fad. Usually I advise business owners to pick a few marketing strategies and stick to them, which is a smart thing to do. You also need to know which of your marketing strategies are the most effective. For more on this, check out my post: How to Stop Wasting Money on Your Marketing. But once you’re clear about what works, and you’re doing that consistently, it’s OK to add an additional marketing strategy or expand your…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Show Your Prices on Your Website

    Stephanie Ward
    16 May 2014 | 1:28 am
    Should you put your prices on your website? There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this one. There are reasons for sharing and reasons for not sharing. The most important things is to think about it and be clear about the decision you make, either way. I have a preference for one and I’ll tell you all about it in the video. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   “Transparency is sexy.” Danielle LaPorte Click to Tweet Where do you stand on sharing your prices on your…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • 5 Ways to Use Social Media to Build Your Email List

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    You want to build your email list. You also want to grow your social media following. While both marketing techniques can be effective in and of themselves, using them together gets you better results. If you have a large following on Facebook or Twitter, just imagine being able to capture the email addresses of all those prospects - people who have already indicated interest in your brand! Similarly, being able to leverage your email list to increase and engage social followers is also an incredibly beneficial marketing technique. But how are you supposed to grab email addresses from…
  • How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List

    Wil Hart
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 29: When making connections with people, what is better than a face to face encounter? When you attend live events, be sure to use the experience as an email list building opportunity. Learn how you can grow your subscriber list by having an active share at live events. The post How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Craft Awesome Newsletter Content

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The number one question I get from clients regarding their newsletter content is “What should I be writing about?”. Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they shouldn’t email their list unless they have something new and noteworthy to share. Still others are under the mistaken impression that every single newsletter should be a sales email. Great newsletter content doesn’t have to just include exciting events, product launches or new offerings. In fact, the bulk of your email content may not even focus on your products and services at all. Here are 5 newsletter content…
  • Do You Have Amnesia Already?

    Wil Hart
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 28: Don't forget the power of starting and growing an email community of sometimes pre-qualified leads. "Sometimes" is key because many people (or bots) join your list with no intention of connecting with you. But, that shouldn't cause you to get amnesia, cannot generate both engagement and income. Let me show you how to do both. http://www.smartsimplemarketing.com/profitable-newsletter-kit/ The post Do You Have Amnesia Already? appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Email Frequency: How often should you email your list?

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    You click send, take a deep breath, cross your fingers, and mutter ‘the email frequency prayer’: Please let me be sending this at the best possible time. Please let people actually open it. Please let people click on the links. Please don’t let my email frequency be too often. Amen. For many entrepreneurs, determining email frequency can be an ongoing nightmare from which they never wake up. Are you sending your email at the best possible time? Will anyone open it? Will they fulfill the call to action you’ve painstakingly crafted?      While there are no hard and fast rules,…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Don't Let a Client's Money Drama Become Yours

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™One of the ways I see entrepreneurs staying small (and frustrated) is by not being serious enough about how they manage their receivables in their business. Receivables is simply money that is owed to you.For example, there isn't a business owner I know who hasn't had at least one client's payments become an issue, so if this hasn't happened to you
  • Sharina Annette Jones CEO of Push Goddess, LLC on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sharina Annette Jones was born in Pontiac, Michigan on October 29, 1979 at Pontiac General Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. As the youngest child of Robert and Sharon Finley, she was adored by her parents and siblings. Her family was very tight knit; with her parents teaching spiritual values along with other life lessons to their offspring. Sharina's early childhood days were spent like most
  • How to Craft Awesome Newsletter Content

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Sydni Craig-Harthow often should you email your list? The number one question I get from clients regarding their newsletter content is "What should I be writing about?".Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they shouldn't email their list unless they have something new and noteworthy to share. Still others are under the mistaken impression that every single newsletter should be
  • 3 Reasons Why There's Nothing Wrong with Being a Dreamer

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey Have you ever been told that dreams don’t matter? Or that they’re lame? Or that dreaming isn’t as important as doing? If so, it’s time to rethink that advice. 1. Dreams are expressions of your desires Whether you call it a dream or a vision or a goal, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you know what you want. A lot of people don’t have a clue what they really want.
  • The Power of Persistence with Dr. Pei Kang on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    16 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Dr. Pei (Pronounced “pay”) believes in the riches of each individual and the power of positioning, planning and persistence. Pei came to the US in her 20’s. She is currently the business executive and co-host of the “ReLaunch” show. she is also a gifted endodontist (root canal specialist) and yoga instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, Tae Kwon Do, and playing doggie-mom. She calls
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    Image Design Blog

  • AlienSkin Exposure 6 - Review

    John Simoudis
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Alien Skin introduced Exposure, its film simulation Photoshop plugin a few years ago. It was one of the first - if not the first - plugin that allowed photographers to simulate popular film stocks in Photoshop.I am a huge fan of Polaroid films and I have used many plugins and actions over the years that tried to simulate those emulsions, some more successfully than others. When I used Exposure 3 (the first version I owned) I instantly fell in love with the way it rendered some of Type55 film emulsions.Now in its 6th version, Exposure is a very mature mature plugin that has so many tricks up…
  • Inside Tiffany's private jewelry salon.

    John Simoudis
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Bloomberg goes inside Tiffany for a rare look of their exclusive private jewelry salon.Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • Some interesting books

    John Simoudis
    23 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated.Francois Halard(one of the top interior photographers in the world)The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the MarketVisit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • How to make Instagram better.

    John Simoudis
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    How addicted have we become to Instagram? It has become the cooler sibling to Facebook and one of the preferred hangouts of creatives who use it to share campaigns and inspirations.Instagram is also quickly becoming a platform where visually-driven brands choose to display not only behind the scenes photos but also more polished campaigns.I don't know what Facebook has in mind for Instagram and how to improve it as a social media platform. I do know though that it seems to be in need of an overhaul to continue attracting this creative audience and continue evolving.Here are some…
  • Sweet deal from OnOne for owners of Nik and Topaz plugins.

    John Simoudis
    30 Jan 2014 | 12:09 pm
    OnOne are offering a special upgrade to those who own Nik Software (including Google's NikCollection), Topaz Labs, or any other digital photography plug-in a $50 savings if they purchase their new Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition. From their press release:"With all of the new photo editing capabilities now included in the Suite and the question among some photographers on if they should subscribe to Adobe CC, we thought this was a good way to provide passionate photographers, such as those who own other plug-ins, another option to get the photo editing tools they need."Perfect Photo…
 
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    Small-Business

  • It’s Not the Product. It’s the Experience.

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    What makes the great companies so great? It’s the customer service and experience the customer receives when doing business with that company. The companies that get it are customer-centric. They put the customer in the middle of decisions, ideas, marketing, system design and more. It is definitely not the product – at least not on its own. The product can be truly amazing. It can even be a lifestyle changer. But that doesn’t make the company great. For example, cable television. Cable TV is truly amazing. When I was a kid, growing up in the ’60s and ’70s, there…
  • Practice Entrepreneur Integrity As Seen By Others

    Martin Zwilling
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    As an entrepreneur, your personal integrity is critical for getting and keeping the support of investors and team members, and your company’s integrity is critical for getting and keeping customers and vendors. But in a practical sense, what does that really mean? Most definitions of integrity include something like “the quality of being honest and morally upright.” Yet, I’ve found through experience that both honesty and morality are relative terms, depending on the reference point of both the speaker and the receiver. In business, the only view that counts is that of…
  • Direct Mail Marketing: Is It Dead?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    The other day I got a big envelope in the mail. I knew it was a direct mail marketing piece of some kind. Although I usually toss these immediately, I opened this one up. Inside was a sample of a 39-cent pen with my company’s name imprinted on the side. It’s not exactly the way I promote my business, but it did start me thinking about the state of direct mail marketing. Can it still be useful for small businesses or would you be better off attaching your business cards to the legs of passenger pigeons? Out of curiosity I looked at the Twitter frequency of two hashtags.
  • Entrepreneurs Today Don’t Need A Big Budget To Start

    Martin Zwilling
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    It wasn’t so many years ago that starting a new e-commerce business on the Internet was a complex custom development project, usually costing a million dollars or more. Now you can do it for free, or a few hundred dollars, with one of the many web building tools available, like Shopify or Weebly Store. A programmer can build a new smartphone app for a few thousand dollars. With the appearance of do-it-yourself services on the Internet, entrepreneur curriculums at every university, and a wealth of new books on the subject, the need for expensive consultants and business advisors has also…
  • What’s Your Employment Brand?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:56 am
    Did you know your company has an employment brand?  Whether by design or default (usually by default) every company has its own employment brand.  I talk to many small business owners who tell me they have difficulty attracting and retaining the talent they need to grow their businesses.  They typically blame their inability to provide competitive salary and benefits packages to their employees.  But money isn’t always the biggest motivator for employees today — particularly younger workers.  Many job seekers place more importance on the quality of the…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • [Video] Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget: Network

    Susan Solovic
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Editor’s Note: This summer, we are partnering with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert, to share actionable tips to help you market your small business on a budget. This is the fourth of a series of videos with Susan Solovic. I’m a huge fan of networking. I don’t think there is any better way to build a business than to get out there, shake some hands, and get to know people. Networking requires a time commitment and it doesn’t provide instant gratification, but a strong network is one of the greatest assets any business person can have. Watch this week’s Market Your…
  • Bootcamp Tip: 3 Tips for Keeping Your Contacts Connected

    Kylie McCue
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    For many small businesses, their best source of new business comes from their existing customer base. People have always preferred to do business with those that they know, like and trust. Because people are already subscribing to your mailing list, you’ve won half the battle. The next step to continue engagement with your subscribers lies in your plan for communication. It’s vital to create a “stay connected” plan to remain top of mind with your subscribers. Having a plan will increase the likelihood that your subscribers will tell their friends about you, and it’s easier than you…
  • How to Build a Relationship with a Fan or Follower that Goes Beyond Just Connecting

    Allison Davis
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    You’re getting fans and followers on social media. Great! What happens next? How do you take the relationship to the next level? As Community Manager at MarketMeSuite, my job is all about building and strengthening relationships with our customers. Here are my top 3 tips on how to build a relationship with a fan or follower beyond the “Like.” Do your homework To build a true, lasting connection with your fans, they need to feel like you are investing your time on them and not just doing your job. People will flock to a business they trust and feel confident in. Here at MarketMeSuite, we…
  • What’s the Difference Between Pinterest and Instagram? And 9 More Instagram FAQs

    Danielle Cormier
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    In just a few short years, Instagram has grown from an app with a loyal following, to one of the fastest growing social networks in the world. Today, Instagram has more than 200 million active users. And those users have shared more than 20 billion photos! There are several benefits of using Instagram for your business, but my favorite reason is simply that it’s easy and fun to use. For those of you new to Instagram or hesitant to start, I’ve outlined answers to 10 of the Instagram questions I’m most often asked from small business owners. 1. What is Instagram? Instagram allows users to…
  • [Guide] How to Put Your Marketing on Autopilot with Autoresponder

    Dave Charest
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Imagine if you could set up a simple marketing system that allowed you to capture and nurture leads for your business or nonprofit. Now imagine if you could set up this system once and know that it’s continually working for your business or nonprofit while you focus your energies on other aspects that are important for your continued growth. Autoresponder makes it possible. With Autoresponder you can increase engagement with your contacts by delivering personalized, timely, and relevant messages — best of all, once set up, it all happens on autopilot. Set it once and forget it. Marketing…
 
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  • Cost of late payment nears £50bn

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: deux-chi via Compfight cc   The total cost of late payment to UK businesses stands at almost £50 billion, according to a report from payments processor Bacs.   Large corporations are getting off lightly, with just £6.7 billion owed to them at any one time; in contrast, SMEs with fewer than 250 employees are shouldering the bulk of the burden at a total of £39.4 billion.   Together, these figures make an estimated total late payment debt of £46.1 billion.   Unsurprisingly, the average sums involved are much higher for the largest firms, who are owed nearly…
  • IoD say ‘Don’t panic!’ as trade deficit hits £2.4bn

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    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: TranceMist via Compfight cc   A total UK trade deficit of £2.4 billion is no cause for concern, according to the Institute of Directors, following the publication of figures by the ONS that may appear worrying at first glance.     The ONS reported a £9.2 billion deficit on goods trade within the UK; but this was offset by £6.8 billion of exports, creating a net deficit of £2.4 billion.   Export performance is particularly strong in long-haul destinations, the figures show, with a 1.5% increase in exports outside of the EU.   Closer to home, exports…
  • Shortcuts to effective cash flow management

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    21 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    Photo Credit: Community Friend via Compfight cc   Let’s be clear about one thing upfront – effective cash flow management is not an area where you should be cutting corners, as it’s at the very heart of why you are in business in the first place.     However, that being said, there are some techniques to help improve your cash flow management, which many people in business are not aware of.   You might associate some of the tips below with big brands, and think that they are out of reach for SMEs, but in principle there is no reason why anybody…
  • Counting the cost of cash

    admin
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: Mukumbura via Compfight cc   You might think that only taking cash keeps your cash flow simple and your costs down – after all, it’s in the name ‘cash’ flow, right?     But according to PayPal, some of the complications of accepting cash payments could be adding to the real-terms running costs of businesses in ways they don’t immediately realise.   For example, when you accept cash payments, that cash has to go somewhere – and that means counting it all out, bagging it all up, and taking it all to the bank.   You might…
  • Payment practices ‘must be published’ under Small Business Bill

    admin
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: natloans via Compfight cc   The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, introduced to Parliament at the end of June, sets out several measures that aim to improve small businesses’ access to finance.     Significantly though, this is not only in the sense of enabling SMEs to borrow money more easily – or even to borrow against outstanding invoices, as has been the case in previous government efforts to help with SME cash flow.   Instead, part of the proposed legislation calls for bigger companies to publish their payment practices for…
 
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  • Small business by the numbers – how do you measure up?

    Martina Iring
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    I kind of love statistics. I’m a bit of a nerd that way. But I haven’t done too much stats stuff here on the blog. So when I was invited to publish this infographic by Dealstruck, I thought “sure, why not, let’s do something a little different here.” In looking over the numbers, I decided it would be kind of fun to compare myself to these stats and take a bit of time to reflect on my entrepreneurial journey… so have a gander at the graphic and then check out my personal reflections below. Then feel free to share your own!     7 out of 10 small businesses last at…
  • Set the tone for your biz – finding your ideal voice

    Martina Iring
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Business. Did you know that you have a voice? Any business, no matter how small or large, has one. What do I mean by voice? I mean the tone of your communications. How you come across in your content. What your copy says about you and your biz. The personality that shines through your words. This happens online (via your website, blog and social media profiles), as well as offline (via brochures and sales letters) and in each and every interaction with your business online or off. Your tone or voice absolutely affects how your audience perceives you and your…
  • What’s up with Canada’s new anti-spam law?

    Martina Iring
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve been getting a glut of emails from Canadian small businesses and organizations scrambling to comply with the new law going into effect tomorrow (July 1, 2014) – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Have you been getting them too and wondering whether you need to do anything? I figured that some of you out there might be a little confused by this whole change, so this post will give you a real quick low down. These emails also made me realize just how many organizations weren’t following long-standing email marketing best practices, so it’s an ideal time…
  • Google My Business – from business directory listing to social media profile

    Martina Iring
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s official – Google has officially merged its Google Places listings with Google Plus to create Google My Business. Phew! Your business page has been automatically merged into a Google Plus account. I noticed it on my Google plus profile – local profiles I manage showed up as Plus pages. And then not too long after that got an email from Google about it officially letting me know. It’s rolling out gradually so if you don’t see it yet, it’s coming! What’s the deal? Well, the difference now with this is that this is not strictly a local business listing, as it was with Google…
  • Haven’t been on LinkedIn in a while? Some things you might want to check out…

    Martina Iring
    22 Jun 2014 | 10:24 am
    I have to admit that I’ve kind of dropped off the LinkedIn train lately. You can’t be everywhere at once and sometimes you just have to pick and choose where you will focus your efforts. My top 3 social media channels are Twitter, Facebook and then Google Plus. I sprinkle LinkedIn in when I have time, which hasn’t been the case much lately, apart from sharing my latest blogs. For businesses selling to or providing a service to other businesses, LinkedIn is a super important channel for connecting with their target market. So to hop myself right back on to the LinkedIn train, I’ve…
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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP Where Business Marketing Collide with Human Nature

  • Consideration, Respect and the Devil

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Don't talk to sales people, they are the devil.  If you act like a sales person, people will think you are the devil.  Labeling people is detrimental to good relationships.  It is a bit like saying "all blondes are dumb" or "all accountants are boring".  If you label people, you are the devil. Sales people can seem like the devil.  So can entrepreneurs who are too focused, marketing strategists who don't connect well, working mothers who are over their head or someone who is having chronic health issues. People who are: Desperate With low confidence Hiding reality…
  • Six Tips to Hiring the Best Employees

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Small businesses often begin with just a few family members or even as a solo venture.  Hiring strangers to take on integral roles and represent your business can be scary – but the economy is on the upswing and a recent survey even tells us that more than seven-in-ten businesses plan to grow their business over the next six months. So many businesses are finding themselves in the position of needing more employees.  As you contemplate how to hire a web designer or prepare to bring on an SEO specialist, consider these tips: Clearly Explain the Position No matter where you post…
  • What to Offer on a Website for Amazing Results

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    What will it take to get a yes?  Not just a nod of the head, but action in the form of an introduction. What it takes has been referred to as an ethical bribe, bait, an offer, a bargain, something free and by many other names.  I like to think of it as something valuable that will have high impact and make their day.  You can do it online, in a radio spot, by phone or on the TV.  The reason the Internet is a great option is because of the cost and convenience. If you have any to all of the offers on the list below, you increase your chances of getting an introduction.
  • The best free press release sites to spread your message

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    In a previous article, I have shared over 50 different free press release sites.  Instead of a large list, you need a more specific solution.  While it is difficult to point to any one free press release site as a clear winner, websites such as PRUrgent.com has been raved about even though it only has a PageRank of 3.  OnlinePRnews.com, is another free press release site that stands out.  You can find it on the list below which shows the best opportunities. Included on the "best list" is PRLog.org.  You appreciate this resource because it allows links, tagging and…
  • Throw away the Cash Register and use Vend as a POS on an iPad

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    VendHQ.com offers any business the opportunity to take a hammer to their old cash register and start using an iPad or PC tablet as their POS system.  In so many businesses, the physical cash register has become an dead weight and anchor though certainly a necessary piece of equipment.  For mobile businesses, sales people and consultants, the lack of a cash register has put limitations on closing the deal. I remember in 1993 when I wrote a check for $23.000 for a brand new computerized POS system which allowed us to improve speed of service, accuracy, auditing, customer loyalty and…
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  • Remodel Your Remodeling Website: Tips from the Pros

    Abdul El-Tayef
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to your experience in remodeling, you know that a remodel can have a tremendous positive impact on the value of a home or a business—but only if the job is done correctly. The same rule applies to your business website. If you take the proper steps during your website remodeling project, the finished product can drastically improve your bottom line. Here are a few of our favorite tips from local internet marketing pros: Communicate Credibility These days, it’s not simply enough to have a website for your remodeling business. To make it possible for customers in your area to find…
  • How to Market Effectively with Images

    Chris Marentis
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Whether it’s a blog post, website homepage, or social media post, it’s clear that photos and videos play a major role in marketing. Several studies show that web users pay more attention—and remember what they see—when visual content is paired with text. According to Zabisco, 40 percent of people respond better to visual content than they do to text alone, and your business can’t afford to miss 40 percent of your audience. Follow a Few Basic Guidelines Even though most local marketing experts agree that it’s best to use images in all forms of marketing, it’s also equally…
  • Brand Consistency Counts: How to Implement a Cohesive Marketing Plan

    Chris Marentis
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    A well-crafted marketing plan involves several vehicles for your messaging, such as print ads, social media marketing, email messages, and landing pages, that all must come to together seamlessly to form a cohesive brand identity for your business. Why Consistency Is Important Whether prospective buyers see your messages at your local store, online, through a print ad, or a combination of the three, the messages should be consistent. This consistency enables your potential customers to recognize and trust your brand, giving them a good reason to choose your business when they are ready to…
  • Simplify Tasks with the New Google+ Dashboard

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Businesses that tap into the wealth of Google tools—which now include Google+, Google AdWords, Google Offers, Google Maps, etc.—are sometimes overwhelmed by all of the data that’s made available. Each Google tool comes with its own set of data and management system, all of which take time to review, manage, and analyze on a regular basis. Depending on the size of your business, managing Google may even seem like a full-time job. Thankfully, Google has recently introduced a dashboard that combines data from all of these tools and makes it available to business users through an…
  • How to Apply LinkedIn Paid Media to Your Business

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Although Facebook and Twitter receive a significant amount of media attention, local marketing experts agree that LinkedIn can be just as powerful for businesses that want to advertise online. Because LinkedIn has maintained a reputation for professionalism, users are often more receptive to the messages they receive on the social media platform. With 150 million users, LinkedIn advertising can boost sales for business-to-business marketers—but only if you make wise marketing decisions. Create Your LinkedIn Ad Fortunately for small businesses, LinkedIn’s ad creation platform is one of the…
 
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  • Internet Marketing Services Online Tactics

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    27 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Companies selling goods and services over the Internet need to employ web based marketing tactics that serve to draw traffic to their website, improve visitors-to-buyers ratios and increase the amount each buyer spends. The use of the web as a marketing tool is a challenge because Internet users are now much more mission oriented in their web behavior and are less inclined to surf or allow themselves to be enticed into entering a web path that deviates from their intended destination. The effectiveness of an online marketing program is dependent on the extent to which it succeeds in reaching…
  • Internet Marketing Services That Deliver Traffic

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    20 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Internet marketing in itself is a wide domain supported by multiple theories and tactics but not all of them are effective enough to drive sales. The core idea behind any Internet marketing strategy is to create a web presence by using various Internet marketing services to drive revenue and achieve maximum ROI. The question is what are the key components of Internet marketing services and how can they drive ROI? To understand it better, we need to first identify what a successful online strategy must be like. A fundamentally strong online strategy should be able to achieve the following: 1.
  • Internet marketing services- Patience for Long Term Ranking Results

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    13 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you keep a check on the online world, you must have come across the very famous word, Internet marketing services or more popularly known as SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. Born in 1995, SEO has come a long way since then and now you can find numerous companies offering Internet marketing services in UK. If we go by the trend, UK is the hottest destination for Internet marketing. Maximum companies or websites across the globe are turning towards the UK for getting their website optimised and to enjoy higher search engine rankings. Search engine marketing in UK has witnessed radical…
  • Internet Marketing Services

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    4 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    There are very few internet marketing services worth while out there today. Many internet marketing services are just scams pure and simple. Many of these internet marketing services make promises they cannot and will not deliver on. Many people have lost a ton of money on these internet marketing services. Some of these internet marketing services include things like “We will send 1 million targeted hits to your website for 2999.95″. Most of these internet marketing services are bogus. Many good and hardworking people are trying to make a living online and these sham internet…
  • Internet Marketing Strategies For Consumers

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    27 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    Business is the basic path where money is invested and in lieu of the invested money we have financial benefits or returns after certain period of time that is known as profit. Profit can be earned and to run the business with ease, some crucial and strategic planning has to be imposed. But often people get fall all over the place due to improper steps to run the business. Now the revolution hits to defend and run your business in the proper and risk free manner i.e. Internet marketing. The Search Engine Optimization Management is the destination for those entrepreneurs and businessman who…
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  • White Space Unleashes Creative Insights

    Jerry Cahn
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Leaders of businesses through the military recognize the need to unleash people’s creative insights in order to generate solutions. As I was updating my Vistage Read MoreThe post White Space Unleashes Creative Insights appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Artie Isaac has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies. Since selling his Read MoreThe post How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Health Tips for High Performing Executives

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Brad Davidson explores unique strategies for improving health, the effects of sleep on high-performing executives, as well as which foods are best for breakfast and Read MoreThe post Health Tips for High Performing Executives appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think

    Steve Cohen
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you remember Edward Snowden, you might think that being a whistleblower is not a good thing. Snowden revealed a secret U.S. surveillance program that Read MoreThe post Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Use Gamification and Digital Signage to Keep Work Interesting: Score IS Being Kept

    Rick Mattock
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Many of you are embarking on gamification initiatives to increase employee engagement, productivity and morale. But sometimes people are leaving out the public display of Read MoreThe post Use Gamification and Digital Signage to Keep Work Interesting: Score IS Being Kept appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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  • 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…
  • Would you buy a Ferrari and stick a ford engine in it?

    Griselda K Togobo
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:40 am
    Would you buy a Ferrari and stick a ford engine in it? No! Who in their right mind would? But it seems we do this to our businesses all the time. Read this short article to find out how. Someone made this statement recently about some improvements I was planning to do on my businesses and I’ve since struggled to get the question out of my head. I had made some drastic improvements in my businesses (all very much needed) yet I was struggling to make a final decision about a product because of the cost and also because there were people involved who I did not want to offend. So…
  • Do you know your magic number?

    Griselda K Togobo
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:15 am
      Do you know off the top of your head how much it really costs to keep you in business? If you took all the costs in your business (every single cost over the course of the year), added your salary (most business owners just leave their salaries out – that won’t help you) and divided that by 365, 52 or 12 that would give you an idea of how much you needed to earn every day, week or month to keep your doors open. This is what I call the magic number. The more you earn above your magic number, the more you’ll have to bank as excess. The magic number is not about revenues. I…
  • 3 Trends That Cost The Businesses & Industries That Ignored Them. Don’t Ignore Them

    Griselda K Togobo
    19 May 2014 | 11:51 pm
    My son loves dinosaurs. I couldn’t stand the sight of them before I had him but having spent far too many hours reading “Mad about dinosaurs” (one of his bedtime reads) I know far too much about dinosaurs. Nobody knows why dinosaurs become extinct but one of the theories being bounced about by scientist is that they couldn’t adapt to the changing climate. So, the world woke up one day and dinosaurs were gone. Each time I read about dinosaurs, I’m reminded of just how important it is to be adaptable in life. Being flexible and able to adapt in business is essential for survival. Yet,…
  • Growth Myth #4: You can keep growing your business with the same loyal team you started off with

    Griselda K Togobo
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    You need a core group of loyal dedicated people to help you grow your business. However the people you start with are not always the right people to take you where you dream of going. This is probably one of the most uncomfortable and toughest decisions you have to make as an entrepreneur. What I’m suggesting applies to any team size or type, virtual, in-house or outsourced. It can be a huge barrier for most people and for myself, I know its never easy making the decision to part ways with anyone. This is one of the reasons why you have to be committed to developing your team so that they…
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    Intuit Small Business Blog

  • Google Launches Google My Business, a Central Dashboard for Small Business

    Angela Stringfellow
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My Business, small-business owners and marketers had to update their business information on each of these services separately, a confusing process for business owners already crunched for time. “We see our customers struggle with this all the time,”…
  • How to Use Hashtags on Twitter and Other Social Networks

    Michael Essany
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Any business navigating the world of social media marketing needs to know how to use hashtags. What is a hashtag? On Twitter, a hashtag (denoted by the # symbol) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows users to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. Clicking on the hashtag will bring up posts that mention a subject, along with constantly updated posts in real time. Most major social media platforms now support hashtags, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr. According to the…
  • Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    Kathryn Hawkins
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of your choice with a .bike, .coffee, or .lawyer top-level domain, to name just a few of the options. If the .com website address of your choice isn’t available, a themed domain extension may seem like an attractive option — but is it worth building your online brand around it? Consider the following points. .Com Domains Still Dominate…
  • In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly

    Brett Snyder
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know what they’re getting when they sign up for our service, but there are bits and pieces of the business that they we could explain better and earlier in the process. The hard part has always been figuring out how to share this info without overwhelming people. Fortunately we were able to work through a…
  • How to Market to a World Hooked on Instant Gratification

    Suzanne Kearns
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    It’s no longer enough to give customers great service and competitive prices. Today, they want all of that — and they want it now. With the advent of modern technology and instant-response social media platforms, people have lost the ability to wait. Tweets, Facebook posts, and texting require no patience and provide users with immediate gratification. And now people are beginning to expect the same from the companies they buy from. So, how can you take advantage of this trend in your marketing efforts? Here are five suggestions. 1. Play up the time savings you offer. People want things…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

    Chris Reimer
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    A few months ago, I joined Mark Reardon on KMOX for a discussion on texting and driving. He noted that I posted about the subject on Facebook and foolishly challenged me to a debate. In all seriousness, I always enjoy going on Mark’s show, and I hope you enjoy the discussion we had. And I [...]The post Texting and Driving – Dangerous! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee

    Chris Reimer
    15 May 2014 | 4:28 am
    I am elated to announce that I have joined Kaldi’s Coffee as their new Marketing Director. This is a newly created position that will have me creating and implementing marketing strategies, monitoring and posting on social media, and finding ways to sell more coffee (especially online). I’m thrilled to join the organization, while having mixed [...]The post Big Announcement – I’m Headed to Kaldi’s Coffee appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.”The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • How to Handle a Social Media Crisis: 5 Key Lessons From Kentucky Kingdom

    Danielle Ali
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Content Curation: 3 New Tools To Discover & Share Content

    Laura Click
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Problem with Cheap Social Media Marketing

    Laura Click
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
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  • Why You Should Use Your Personal Social Media Profiles for Business

    Laura Click
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 am
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  • 5 Tips to Avoid Getting Ripped Off by Digital Marketing Scams

    Laura Click
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:05 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • Rethinking Mortgages

    Courtney Deruy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Are standard mortgages outdated? Dangerous? To blame for the financial crisis? Atif Mian and Amir Sufi, two economists and authors of the new book House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent it From Happening Again, certainly think so. As stated in the Bloomberg article Sharing The Pain, economic disasters are almost always preceded by a large increase in household debt. Therefore, changing the terms of debt contracts to make them more flexible is necessary to prevent the next disaster. Mian and Sufi claim that, had this been done earlier, the Great…
  • #283 Frank Gruber, Jay DesMarteau, Andy Feit, and John Oecshle

    Barry J Moltz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Frank Gruber talks about his new start up book, Startup Mixology from his Tech Cocktail experience. Jay DesMarteau reveals TD Bank's survey of small business owners likes and dislikes. Andy Feit shows how to protect your email from getting hacked. John Oecshle demonstrates the key way to retain customers. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
  • Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics – Read at your own risk

    Courtney Deruy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In his book Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics, author Joshua Hall uses the Simpsons and their hometown of Springfield to reveal that economics is everywhere. The title of Homer Economicus is a play on the economic term homo economicus, which conceptualizes the perfectly rational individual. The clever title essentially captures what the book aims to achieve – teach economic principles in an entertaining and culturally relevant way. The book, comprised of 16 chapters and 189 pages, is effectively broken into three main sections, starting with the economic basics and moving to…
  • #282 Sanjeev Agrawal, Jenny Q. Ta, Julia Tang-Peters, Kevin North

    Barry J Moltz
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Sanjeev Agrawal demonstrates CollegeFeed- a brand new way for college graduates to find jobs. Jenny Q. Ta shows how to negotiate anything. Julia Tang Peters challenges you to be a real leader. Kevin North shows where to get started with ecommerce. Sponsored by Sage Summit and Nextiva.
  • App to Help Small Businesses Shop, Save, and Give

    Courtney Deruy
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:44 am
    Small business owners are always looking to save money. Here’s a simple way to do just that. Check out the Goodshop app on the iTunes store. This app has aggregated all of the best deals and coupons for thousands of stores, complete with ones that small businesses utilize often including OfficeMax, Amazon, Expedia, Vistaprint, Target, and more. In addition to saving money on office supplies, airline tickets, and other normal purchases, the app allows users to donate an average of 3% of purchases to a cause of their choice at no extra cost. When users sign up for Goodshop and click on the…
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    Free Enterprise

  • NLRB Puts Brakes on Mercedes-Benz Policies That Impeded Unions

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The NLRB has ordered Mercedes-Benz to remedy three labor law violations in one of its plants, mostly by revising solicitation policies with regard to unions. An administrative law judge ruled Thursday that employees at the car manufacturer's Vance, Alabama, plant was violating employees' Section 7 rights by prohibiting soliciting for any purpose in the office -- even in "mixed use" areas, reports The Tuscaloosa News. Small business owners should be wary of even "neutral" policies that might stifle union participation, and Mercedes-Benz learned that the hard way. Here are three takeaways for…
  • 5 More Types of Insurance Your Small Business May Need

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    As we've recently discussed, your business may require various types of insurance to protect it from the unpredictable storms of liability. But as you might imagine, it was impossible to cover all of the many helpful types of business insurance in the same digital breath. For example, what about employee health insurance? Or insurance for corporate events? We hear you. Now that we've had a breather, here are five more types of insurance your business may need: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options. 1.
  • 3 Business Lessons From Michelle Phan's YouTube Copyright Suit

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    YouTube star Michelle Phan has been slapped with a copyright-infringement lawsuit over her use of background music in her makeup tutorials.The do-it-yourself online makeup sensation is accused of rising to commercial success by illegally using copyrighted music by artists like Deadmau5 and Kaskade in her videos. While Phan insists she didn't infringe on any copyrights, business owners may be wondering: Isn't there a way for entrepreneurs like Phan to use music without being sued? Learn from Phan's copyright suit with these three business lessons: 1. Be Careful With Background Music. In case…
  • Are Work Clothes, Uniforms Tax-Deductible Business Expenses?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Many small business owners who deduct expenses for work clothes and uniforms on their taxes may want to look a bit closer at the tax rules. It turns out that many entrepreneurs choose to write off expenses that may not actually be tax-deductible at all, including clothing. So are your business' work clothes and/or uniforms tax-deductible expenses? Here are some general guidelines: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options. Work Clothes Emily Farrar of TaxAlli.com quips that while your Armani suit may be a…
  • Is Kickstarter or Crowdfunding Money Taxable Income?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Small businesses may be very successful raising funds through Kickstarter, but those who receive those funds shouldn't forget the potential tax implications of crowdfunding. For its part, Kickstarter (with the caveat that they are not tax attorneys) claims that in general, "funds raised on Kickstarter are considered income." However, the crowdfunding platform also claims that Kickstarters may be able to classify certain funds as "nontaxable gifts" instead. So which is it? Should businesses treat Kickstarter or crowdfunding money as taxable income? Need legal advice on how your small business…
 
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Millennials Spend More Time With Digital Than Traditional Media

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    American Millennials (18-34) spend a slight majority of their weekly media time using digital devices, and are the only generation where digital media consumption exceeds traditional media, details Experian Marketing Services in a new report. But, Millennials share a common trait with their older counterparts: of the various devices available to them, TV still rules, accounting for the single largest share of their total weekly media time. For Millennials, TV captures about 25 hours of their 67 weekly hours of media time, or about 37% share. By comparison, TV accounts for 42% share of total…
  • How Americans watch TV shows

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Here is a chart showing how we watch TV The post How Americans watch TV shows appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Boomers Need to Watch What They Eat [Boomerology Revealed #15]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    We boomers want to live forever. Well, we need to take care of our health and what we eat. Nutritionist Jackie Keller is on this episode and will tell you what to do. Watch all episodes on Boomerology Revealed The post Boomers Need to Watch What They Eat [Boomerology Revealed #15] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Featured at the Medtrade Newsletter

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Quick note to let you know that the Medtrade newsletter has featured one of our articles this week. I’ve pasted the link below for you. Medtrade is the biggest trade show for the HME industry. We are speaking there in October We have 2 sessions this coming October: Monday Oct 20th at 3:15: New rules to market to America’s biggest, wealthiest and most influential group- Baby boomers and Thursday Oct 21st- 4pm- Online Video Revolution- How to reinvent and market a HME business using online videos. Don’t forget to add them to your calendar. Here is the link for the article:…
  • Success ain’t For Cry Babies

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here is another episode of BuzzBooster Tv. This week we invited business coach Robert Imbriale to discuss success, failure and why success ain’t for cry babies. This is episode 124 Check the Buzz and Biz app on Roku for more episodes. Online watch past episodes here The post Success ain’t For Cry Babies appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    BJ Strawter

  • Blank screens are scary

    Billy Strawter Jr
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 pm
    There its is. Blinking. Patiently waiting for something. Anything to happen. The blinking cursor. The modern (what do I put here?) day version of pen to paper. Oh how I loathe thee. I’ve missed writing. Many a time I’ve opened up my laptop, started writing, then the inspiration was gone. Just like that.  I’m fickle that way. It’s why I have mad love for my writer friends. It’s no easy task to write well, let alone share your thoughts in a concise way that captures a 140 character attention span. I’ve even thought about making those same writer…
  • Let Them Eat Cake

    Billy Strawter Jr
    7 Jan 2013 | 2:06 pm
    It started with a simple tweet. still want cake :(January 3, 2013 8:06 pm via Tweetbot for MacReplyRetweetFavorite@noisyzenSamantha W. @noisyzen me tooJanuary 3, 2013 8:18 pm via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite@bjstrawterBilly Strawter Jr Three words launched my journey to bake a cake. Like Inception, an idea had taken hold, it grew until finally the need…rabbit hole. Moving on… The point is I wanted cake and nothing would stand in the way of making that happen. I Googled a simple cake recipe (seriously, how hard could it be?) and off to bake we went. We were mixing, egg…
  • Network Email Marketing is Annoying

    Billy Strawter Jr
    31 Dec 2012 | 11:50 am
    Blame the email on the cat <RANT>Being in marketing, I find myself at a few networking events. Yay me. Lately there’s a trend I’m not particularly found of:  Being added to email marketing campaigns from my business card. I get it. It’s a simple and quick way to build up your e-blast, newsletter, gobbly wobbly (yep) list. But it’s also in poor taste. So in traditional me fashion I wrote out a few words of semi-wisdom. 1.  Getting a business card is not an OPT IN Just because you were given a business card doesn’t mean anyone wants a marketing…
  • Any Excuse for Red Velvet

    Billy Strawter Jr
    30 Nov 2012 | 1:32 pm
    From time to time I like to write about my life as I live it. All business makes Billy a dull boy…I recently made  a friendly wager on the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. If Michigan won I would get brownies. If that other school won I had to make red velvet cupcakes with gray frosting. Game day rolled around and I thought it would be nice to watch the game with baby girl. Except two minutes in to the first quarter she says “I think you better have your baking supplies ready…” This is not how I raised her. Clearly the prospect of cupcakes had broken her down. Still,…
  • KitchenAid, We have a problem

    Billy Strawter Jr
    3 Oct 2012 | 8:34 pm
    I have a recurring nightmare. It’s about accidentally sending a tweet or posting a status that is totally inappropriate for a corporate client. If you’ve been around the social media scene for a minute you’re certainly familiar with “The Tweet” heard ’round the world. I wouldn’t wish this kind of mistake on my worst enemy. It makes my stomach hurt just thinking about it. You would think that most of us had learned our lesson. Maybe put a few safe guards in place to avoid this sort of thing from happening. So you can imagine my surprise when I came…
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • How to Take Work Communications with your Virtual Team to a New Level

    Ivan Widjaya
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    If you are working with a virtual team like I do, I’m sure you understand that communication is everything. With the different time zones and geo-location, work communications can be challenging. Using SMS or email for work collaboration is so last season.… Continue reading » The post How to Take Work Communications with your Virtual Team to a New Level appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Emphatic Social Media Scores One for Main Street

    SMB Authors
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s one of the greatest ironies of the business world: the larger and more successful the company, the longer it takes for it to realize the times are a-changing. This frustrated me no end during my time as a communications consultant to major companies.… Continue reading » The post Emphatic Social Media Scores One for Main Street appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 6 Things to Consider Before Moving to a Bigger Office

    Ivan Widjaya
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    If you have outgrown your home office or small office space, congratulations! That means your business is thriving. The success of any business depends on its ability to grow strategically, and if your business is growing quickly, it is especially important to find a space that will fit your needs.… Continue reading » The post 6 Things to Consider Before Moving to a Bigger Office appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Five Project Management Skills That Will Help You Grow your Business

    Ivan Widjaya
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may associate project management with major corporations or construction projects, but the skills required to manage a project effectively can be useful for businesses of all shapes and sizes. The tools used by a successful project manager can help you organize your time more efficiently, and check a higher percentage of goals off of your to-do list.… Continue reading » The post Five Project Management Skills That Will Help You Grow your Business appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The Best Work at Home Jobs (You Can Take Anywhere)

    Tara Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Part of the allure of a work-at-home job is that you get to choose your hours, how much you’ll charge, and where you get to work (home….or the park?!). The latter of these three are especially appealing because there are so many of us that are dead tired of the 9-to-5 cubicle lifestyle.… Continue reading » The post The Best Work at Home Jobs (You Can Take Anywhere) appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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    BizDharma.com

  • 8 Things I Learnt By Being Incubated Abroad

    Himanshu Chanda
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Lessons from a startup which has been incubated by 500 Startups in the US. With focus on the growing Indian Market, Annkur shares what he learnt from being incubated abroad
  • India and the dilemma of privacy

    Himanshu Chanda
    29 Jan 2013 | 1:13 pm
    A post about how Indian culture evolved and role privacy plays in the same. Highlighted a few examples where privacy breach is so obvious and yet very prevalent in India.
  • Should cofounders code for the startup? Outsource? Lets end the debate

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Dec 2012 | 3:06 am
    A post answering whether co-founders should code in their own startup, build teams, hack or simply outsource. This post clarifies several misconceptions that are faced by startup founders today.
  • Planning to transfer your website? Here are a few things to take care

    Himanshu Chanda
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:23 pm
    Have recently transferred BizDharma to a new web host and things have improved with respect to site load time and expansion. I thought a quick post on things to take care during migration will help you, so here we go.
  • Lessons learned pitching my startup idea to a gamut of customers

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Oct 2012 | 9:20 am
    The most repeated task that I have done in the last 30 days is pitching my startup idea to a whole bunch of users. Here is a brain dump of lessons I have learned pitching my dear startup idea to a whole bunch of users
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    Big Brand System

  • How to Usher Your Frightened Prospects Along the Path to a Purchase

    Pamela Wilson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you want to sell someone something, you first have to earn their trust. And that is not an easy thing to accomplish, especially if you’re trying to earn trust online. Online trust can’t rely on the social cues we use when talking face-to-face with a salesperson. Online buyers can’t ask themselves things like: Does this person make eye contact with me? Do they seem confident and competent, or shy and bumbling? Are they friendly and open, or do I get the feeling they’re holding something back? Fortunately, Sean D’Souza has figured out how to communicate your…
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    Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • How to Write the Perfect Headline

    Wendy Kenney
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    How to Write the Perfect Headline Everyone who manages a blog  wants to know how to write the perfect headline; the types of headlines that get shared on social media. Because the simple truth is the more shares your blog gets, the more traffic your website gets. Neal Patel, who is one of the foremost search engine optimization experts in the […] Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business

    Wendy Kenney
    17 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business 3 quick and easy tips to increase your website ranking on Google by using the new Google My Business. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google

    Wendy Kenney
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google Find out easy tricks to increase your website ranking on Google gleaned from Google and search engine optimization experts all over the world. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Automotive Expert Matt Allen

    Wendy Kenney
    8 May 2014 | 11:58 am
    Automotive Expert Matt Allen Automotive Expert and Radio Show Host, Matt Allen, is frequently called on by the media as an expert in automotive-related stories. Find out more: Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Mother’s Day Story Ideas

    Wendy Kenney
    6 May 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Mother’s Day Story Ideas Here are some Mother's Day story ideas. If you are a journalist, feel free to use these, no need to contact me. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • No Excuse for Bad Behavior

    Bulldog Drummond
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Russell Ruggiero  The world is changing around us and sadly it seems that poor behavior in public spaces is becoming the rule and not the exception. The word “infringe” seems to be more common than ever before, perhaps it’s our increasing world population, habitual narcissistic actions and behaviors, decreasing attention spans or increasing pressure to participate. More than ever we’re experiencing and encouraging a society of very bad manners. From business to personal we need to remember there’s no excuse for bad behavior. Let’s all remember the basic principles we…
  • The Little Nudges That Would Make Even Churchill Proud

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Written by Peter Simms If there’s a bell curve of risk aversion by sector, government and philanthropy are at the far right end (by far). A high-level American diplomat recently described to me the risk aversion in Washington these days as “paranoia,” a fear of failure or making a mistake that leads to a state of near paralysis. Innovation and entrepreneurship are all but non-existent in Washington at a time when reinvention and renewal is needed most. Yet, hard as it may be to believe given the current state of affairs, a trip to London and Number 10 Downing Street last week has given…
  • Carrots Come Out to Play

    Bulldog Drummond
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Just Do Your Job

    Bulldog Drummond
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by Gregg Imamoto Recently, my six year old asked me during basketball practice, what’s my favorite sport and why? The quick answer was basketball and as for the why, I simply stated that I enjoy playing it even more than I enjoy watching it. But, as most children are prone to do, he asked why again. As I resumed practice, it became clearer, what exactly am I trying to teach these young boys right now? The better answer was that basketball is a team sport. It requires a group of individuals to work together to accomplish a common objective. Basketball, similar to most team sports,…
  • Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Get on a Southwest flight to anywhere, buy shoes from Zappos.com, pants from Nordstrom, groceries from Whole Foods, anything from Costco, a Starbucks espresso, or a Double-Double from In N’ Out, and you’ll get a taste of these brands’ vibrant cultures. Culture is a balanced blend of human psychology, attitudes, actions, and beliefs that combined create either pleasure or pain, serious momentum or miserable stagnation. A strong culture flourishes with a clear set of values and norms that actively guide the way a company operates. Employees are actively and…
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    EpicLaunch

  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
  • Reputation is Everything: How To Research a Company Before You Do Business With Them

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:09 am
    Your reputation as a company is everything. So it is with anyone you do business with. Any reputable company is concerned with it. Yet, at the same time, scam artists aren’t. Ideally, you would only do business with reputable companies, but figuring out is reputable and who isn’t isn’t always easy. Even when you find a legit company, that doesn’t mean that they will be competent. There are many companies out there that are just average. If you think about it, most companies are average. They have to be. That’s the meaning of “average.” It’s the…
  • Using LinkedIn as Part of your Marketing Strategy

    EpicLaunch
    4 May 2014 | 12:08 am
    The booming popularity of social media has given marketers a real opportunity to connect with millions of potential new customers. While Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are the platforms that attract the most attention, LinkedIn has also been growing impressively of late. Owners of the networking channel recently confirmed that it had surpassed the 300 million members mark, having seen 23 million new people sign up for an account since December 31st 2013. Why marketers cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn With members in more than 200 countries across the planet, it is clear that LinkedIn has a…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Web Marketing Can’t Be Imposing

    Web Marketing Therapy
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    I had a recent web marketing experience that heightened my awareness to imposition.  Before I get on my soapbox, let me state that I am well aware with how much marketers are tasked with. Marketing can be a thankless job.  We get hit with a multitude of responsibilities. I hear on a daily basis demands like: “Build buzz”, “increase engagement”, “we need more sales to justify this effort”, and “we have to capture more data for our marketing efforts”. As per my recent experience, I realized how easy it is to get disconnected from the greater…
  • Best Lengths for Facebook posts, Tweets and more

    Katherine L. Garcia
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    This infographic will give you a huge sigh of social media marketing and content marketing relief. The next time you’re writing a blog post or creating social media posts, reference this healthy advice from Buffer, explaining the ideal lengths of social media posts: a blog post, a title tag, Facebook posts, Tweets, and more. Everything in this graphic is backed by research. (We are obsessed with marketing smarties!) Photo via Buffer Web Marketing Therapy prescribes this as needed as you engage in online content marketing. Healthy marketing hugs!
  • Understanding Copyright Use of Web Images

    virtualwordspecialist
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    image: morgueFile free photo Images used with text on the web are not only visual eye candy but can also (when used with search optimization best practices) great for SEO. But know that there are rules when using images!  Basic understanding and education of copyright use for web images can help avoid common (and sometimes costly) mistakes while still enhancing web content with images. An article by a site called SkilledUp.com called: “Web Photos 101: Copyright ‘Fair Use’ For Web Images” provides easy-to-understand language to better understand image copyright “fair use” that…
  • Vocus Demand Success Highlights: Supercharged!

    Lorrie Thomas
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’m still buzzing from the Vocus Demand Success Marketing & PR Conference in DC last week. I gained wisdom attending sessions and gave insights as a speaker too. The conference was fun, energetic, and oozed savvy people in the marketing field.  Despite the diversity of attendees, we all shared a common passion – to help our companies and consumers connect with content. My session was called Supercharge Your News Releases.  I co-presented with Quin Woodward Pu and Abby Hammer (two brilliant professionals I might add!). Quin and I gave real-life examples about our experience…
  • Advanced Google Search Strategies

    Katherine L. Garcia
    22 May 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I admit it, I’ve googled myself once or twice before. Fine, dozens of times. With such a common last name (shout out to all of the Garcia’s!), it’s nice to know what organizations quote me in their sites and to see what is out there in search-land about me! Through first-hand experience, our team has found strategic ways to find links to content on Google search that we would have never been able to find if we simply just wrote the name of the company or person we were searching for on the Google Search bar. We do this when we are looking for content for client’s press…
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • 5 things to do AFTER you launch your online course or program

    David Siteman Garland
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:29 pm
    OK, so you’ve launched your online course or program…SWEET! Get down with your bad self. A lot of people procrastinate and say they will get their course done and out there *one day* but you ACTUALLY did it. Give yourself a high-five. So you might be thinking…ummmm now what do I do? Great question and here is the answer 1. Document EVERYTHING If you haven’t already (ahem…you should) make sure to document your ENTIRE launch process. Fun fact: We all forget stuff. And we forget stuff quicker than we think. Right after your launch is GREAT time to do this while it is fresh…
  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

    David Siteman Garland
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:57 pm
    As you know I’ve taught thousands of people just like you all over the world how to create, promote & profit from their own online courses (my thang!). I’m always paying attention (and talking to my students) as to what is working, what isn’t working, where there are challenges, etc. (as well as of course running my own tests, experiments, launches, etc.). And here is the the really weird thing….the difference between people having success or  not-so-much-success is actually quite small. Meaning, it might SEEM large, but it actually isn’t. For example, I’ve had many…
  • Success Story: How Christopher Stafford launched his first online course and brought in $35,000 (and raving customers!)

    David Siteman Garland
    8 May 2014 | 10:24 am
    Back with ANOTHER success story…gotta love these (I mean do they get old? Nope). I love bragging about my CAOCers (Create Awesome Online Courses students) who are rocking so you can get some ideas and inspiration (and also give them a pat on the back…they deserve it). Chris is a long time student of mine and a fantastic action taker who totally crushed his his “Top Producer Blueprint” course. In this interview, Chris spills all the beans. Unfiltered. Uncensored. Let’s get at it: Here are the questions: Name:  Christopher Stafford Name Of Your Course: “THE TOP…
  • A fella came up to me Starbucks and asked me how he could build his email list from scratch…this is what I told him

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Just had a super nice guy come up to me at Starbucks (who happens to be a new email subscriber of mine) and we got to chatting about what he is looking to do with an online program from scratch. In a nutshell, he is a successful real estate investor and wants to teach it. Perfect topic and one that can really help people and make a lot of money (double win!). He doesn’t have an email list yet, so here were my tips to get him started (feel free to steal ‘em): 1. Start with a sweet free piece of content: i.e. 7 things to know before you invest in real estate, 7 key mistakes to…
  • How To Create An Easy-To-Implement Facebook Marketing Plan That REALLY WORKS

    David Siteman Garland
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    I get this question A LOT (and by a lot I mean, um, a lot): “David, what is YOUR #1 SOURCE for traffic/building audience/email list/subscribers?” Drumroll please… The answer is… FACEBOOK Yes, good ole Facebook. The FB. But here is the thing, most people (and this used to be me) spin and kick the tires on Facebook. I know this, because I used to be one of them. Meaning…I had a fan page. Made some posts. But I never really had a PLAN and wasted a ton of time (I mean who wastes time on Facebook Fail to plan, plan to fail and waste lots of time looking at exes.
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

    Christine Mortensen
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Video brings a lot of value to the marketing table for entrepreneurs. Here are the facts: Forrester Research’s Dr. James McQuivey says a one-minute video is equivalent to 1.8 million words. Online engagement measurement and usage site comScore says almost 50 percent of Internet users view at least one video online each month. Forbes says 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos each week. As you can see, incorporating video into your marketing strategy can potentially provide an enormous ROI. Avoid making a rookie mistake and seriously consider integrating videos into your…
  • How To Use Mobile Devices For Entrepreneurial Success

    Christine Mortensen
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Today’s entrepreneurs do business and manage their enterprises on the go while traveling, visiting customers and vendors, or poolside during time with the family. It’s no longer necessary to spend eight or 10 hours every weekday in an office behind a desk and in meetings.The flexibility and accessibility that smart phones, tablets, and apps provide are staples of the modern work world. Smart Phones are the New Business Steering Wheel Not too long ago, keeping in touch with subordinates, meeting with customers and vendors, and talking to the banker were all done from a central location –…
  • Are Copywriting and Design Mutually Exclusive Skills?

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    A young, talented copywriter we’ve worked with at Sprk’d recently found an amazing opportunity on the creative team at one of the most well-know hotel brands out there. Even though she’s focused on writing she’s also always had an interest in learning design. She asked me a question: As a designer, do you think the two skills [design and writing] are mutually exclusive? People have told me, “you’re either a writer or a designer”, but I’m interested in both. Here was my response and I am curious to hear how you would have answered: I do not…
  • How to Make Your Workday Healthier and More Productive

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • The Importance of Video for Product Entrepreneurs: Why Beautiful Photos Aren’t Enough Anymore

    launchgrowjoy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:53 pm
    This is a guest post from Tweli.com For years there has been an ever-increasing emphasis on the use of quality photos for marketing your products or business. Real estate websites claim that good photos increased the sale price of a home by as much as 47 percent. And lately it seems as if everyone takes amazing pictures for photography blogs and social sharing sites. All of this adds up to a realization that while beautiful photos used to set you apart in the market, static pictures aren’t enough anymore. When everyone has beautiful photography, the reality is that they’re barely...
  • ASK ANDREEA: What should your priorities be when you are first starting a business?

    launchgrowjoy
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Do you want to start a business but feel overwhelmed about what your priorities should be? In today’s podcast I’m going back to the ASK ANDREEA series where I answer a question from one of you. Here’s today’s question: “I’m trying to start a small accessories line. However, there’s just me. I’ve received positive response to my jewelry but if I get an online store or get my products in stores how can I be sure I can keep up with production if it takes off. I’m not sure what my priorities should be at this point. Does it make...
  • Does your product need a branding tuneup?

    launchgrowjoy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This is a guest post by Lidia Varesco Racoma I love branding. For almost 15 years, Ive been running a graphic design studio and helping clients create effective branding and marketing. Last year, I launched typebaby, a line of typographic baby and kids apparel. I got just as excited about developing the branding and I did about developing the product line. I recently held a branding “tune-up” workshop to help fellow moms in business discover key aspects of their brand. At the end of this post, you will be able to download the worksheet (tweaked for product businesses) for your...
  • Choosing the Direct Sales business model with Kara Wiegand of @ThreadsWW

    launchgrowjoy
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Have you considered implementing a direct sales model for your business? If you are not familiar with direct sales, here’s a quick rundown: direct sales is when you sell your products away from a physical store location and instead sell through sales consultants who host trunk shows, demos, in-person events and even online. In today’s podcast episode, Kara Wiegand of Threads Worldwide and I talk about why she and her business partners, Angela Yost and Lindsay Herron, decided to sell their handcrafted products through Direct Sales Consultants instead of selling to retailers. CLICK…
  • How to get your products in holiday gift guides

    launchgrowjoy
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:19 am
    Do you want to get your products in magazines’ holiday gift guides? I know it may seem a little early to think about your products as a holiday gift, but June, July and August are the months when most national magazines plan their holiday gift guides. You’ll want your products to be a part of these holiday gift guides because it can mean a lot of sales over the holiday for your business. It can also increase your credibility among other journalists and media, as well as increase awareness of your brand among your target customers. Here are some simple-yet-effective...
 
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    Business Broker Blog

  • Planning to Sell? “THE” most important question

    Alan Brind
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Alan Brind Many business owners believe the act of selling their business is similar to passing the baton in a 400 meter relay: once you’re finished running, you get to relax. In reality, buyers will insist that you stay on for a transition period – anywhere from six months to five years – during which time you […] The post Planning to Sell? “THE” most important question appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Know your CUF:CAC ratio…is it a saleable business?

    Alan Brind
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Alan Brind Knowing your CUF:CAC ratio…helps to determine a saleable business. The most powerful metrics in any business are ratios that express your performance on metric A as it relates to metric B. For example, knowing what your revenue was last year is interesting; but knowing what your revenue per employee was will give you a sense […] The post Know your CUF:CAC ratio…is it a saleable business? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Cash FLow is King…Biggest Small Business Owner Fear

    Alan Brind
    30 May 2014 | 11:06 am
    Alan Brind When times are full of plenty, a business even without a healthy cash flow and marginal profitability can generally survive and scrape along. But, when the economy really sours, as it did from 2008 (and still hasn’t recovered yet), that’s when cash flow is impacted, account receivables get behind the curve and credit is almost […] The post Cash FLow is King…Biggest Small Business Owner Fear appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Small Business Owners, are You Planning for the Economic Uptick?

    Alan Brind
    2 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Alan Brind As a small business owner, have you been waiting for the economy to turnaround before selling your business? If your answer is yes, now’s the time to start planning your transition as economic conditions improve. As bank lending eases and buyer liquidity improves, you’ll want to be ready to tap into the market and take […] The post Small Business Owners, are You Planning for the Economic Uptick? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • A job or own a business…8 ways to know?

    Alan Brind
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Alan Brind The ultimate test of your business can be found in a simple question: would someone want to buy your company? Whether you want to sell your business next year or a decade from now, you must be building an asset someone would buy – otherwise, you have a job, not a business. Here are eight […] The post A job or own a business…8 ways to know? appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Serif Creative Focused on Videos with Feeling

    Susan Post
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Serif Creative loves a story, and loves helping other businesses tell theirs. With a strong focus on videos that make you feel something, Doug Joseph started the creative agency in 2009. Serif is focused on being hands-on with their clients, keeping everything in-house. Their approach is garnering attention as the firm has won and been […]
  • At Work: The Perch Creates Shared Office Space in Short North

    Susan Post
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When Workshop Co. closed up shop on June 1 after four years in the Short North, a number of small businesses were potentially left scrambling for space. Instead, in a feat of necessity is the mother of invention, two Workshopers teamed up to open The Perch, a 2200 square-foot shared office space located at 17 […]
  • The Food Fort Powered by ECDI Prepares for its First Ever Food Truck Festival

    Kevin Brennan
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Saturday, August 9, The Food Fort, in partnership with premiere Columbus classic rock radio station QFM 96, will hold its first ever Food Truck Festival. The Food Fort, a cutting-edge, mobile food-based business incubator, is not your typical commissary. By providing their clients access to specialized training in legal, marketing and sales assistance, as […]
  • Roll Through Short North on the Pedal Wagon

    Susan Post
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North-goers may have noticed another alternative form of transportation cruising High Street. The Pedal Wagon takes bar patrons on a two-hour hop to watering holes throughout the area. Co-Founder and Manager of day-to-day operations in Columbus Stuart Naeny describes the perfect reason to take the Pedal Wagon, “Really any excuse you can come up […]
  • Good Vibes Winery Creates Urban Winery Experience

    Susan Post
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An urban, bustling street wouldn’t be the first place one would expect to find a winery, but Good Vibes Winery is making a plethora of wines from their Westerville location. Tony Klausing opened the shop almost two years ago, creating not only a quite place to grab a glass of wine, but a stylish event […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
 
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • The House Gets Small Business — Where’s the Senate?

    Barbara Weltman
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There are only a few days left before Congress recesses to begin campaigning for the mid-term election. It won’t be back until after November 4, at which time it will be a lame duck session. In the past several weeks, the House has passed a number of rules that I view as favorable to small businesses. The Senate won’t take up the measures until after Election Day. Here are some of the bills that have passed the House: Permanent sales tax moratorium on Internet access. Since 1998, Congress has temporarily banned states from imposing sales tax on the Internet if it had not previously done…
  • Hobby Lobby Case and Your Small Business

    Barbara Weltman
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in a case brought by a company contesting the government’s rule under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that it provide 20 types of contraceptives to employees despite the religious objections of its owners to 4 of these types. The company’s owners were victorious. The court said that regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), which generally prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.
  • Summertime Reading

    Barbara Weltman
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For many people, spreading out on the beach may mean reading pulp fiction or gossip magazines and zoning out. For others, like me, it’s an opportunity to read books on business that have been waiting to be read. (I’m not making any judgments about which path is better, and maybe you can do both.) Whether you like holding a book or an iPad (or other Kindle device), keep Benjamin Franklin’s advice in mind: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Here is a list of books that I hope to tackle this summer (likely I won’t get to all of them despite my ambitions). Some are…
  • Summertime and Your Business

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that we’re into summer, is your business ready for the season? Here are some changes you might consider at this time. Casual dress code Some businesses relax their dress code during the summer to allow for more casual attire. This can be a slippery slope, with some employees wearing what an owner may deem to be inappropriate attire. If you want to change your dress code, be clear about what is and is not acceptable. Ties may become optional in the hot weather but likely flip flops are out. See the EEOC’s rules on permissible dress codes. Summertime hours Depending upon the nature of…
  • Are You Liable for Trust Fund Penalties?

    Barbara Weltman
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    You are if you’re an employer who willfully failed to deposit with the Treasury the required income taxes and the employee share of FICA withheld from wages. These taxes are called trust fund taxes because you are withholding and depositing them on behalf of employees. Unfortunately, when cash is tight, some employers may use these funds to pay other bills. A report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said that as of June 30, 2012, employers owed the government $14.1 billion in delinquent employment taxes. What the report found It criticized the government for not…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Planning the perfect Pinterest strategy

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Social networking sites are valuable tools for those working in small businesses, especially for individuals looking to reach a wider consumer base on the Internet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram present numerous opportunities for executives to post new content and contests specifically catered to consumers. While Pinterest does not have the same user base as some of its larger sister sites, the number of people on the network has risen over the past several years. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 21 percent of online adults were active on Pinterest in 2013 – a 6 percent…
  • Planning end-of-year promotions

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    The year may only be half way through, but that doesn't mean your company shouldn't be looking to the future. Instead of waiting until October or November to purchase end-of-year promotions, consider snagging your items early. By choosing your products several months in advance, you may not only ensure your business gets its gifts in time, but also avoid the hassle of ordering promotional products during one of the busiest seasons. Examine the various products your brand could purchase that would be useful toward the end of the year.  Wall calendars Promotional wall calendars…
  • Developing a healthy workplace for employees

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Promoting physical fitness in the office is essential for fostering a healthy environment for all employees. Whether your office is trading donuts for fruit or swapping traditional chairs for exercise balls, there are several innovative improvements that can greatly increase productivity, satisfaction and happiness in the office. As you begin to encourage physical fitness in the workplace, examine the ways you can best promote healthy lifestyles among employees.  The benefits of a healthy workplace According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity…
  • Optimizing mobile strategies for small businesses

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the realm of small business - from providing easier ways for consumers to connect to their favorite brands to allowing brick-and-mortar stores faster and more efficient ways to protect their data. As technological corporations continue to unveil new advances and mobile devices, people find new ways to implement these devices in their everyday lives. According to a recent study from ComScore, smartphones and tablets account for 60 percent of all digital media time – a 10 percent rise from 2013. Specifically, the source noted that…
  • Thinking outside of the box: Fun promos for the summer

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Companies are constantly trying to remain competitive among the vast array of other brands on the market. Certain businesses stand out among the crowd due to quality, service and products – many of which are determined by the marketing campaigns undertaken by the brand. One surefire way to further distinguish your company is by adopting practices unique to your brand, such as developing social media campaigns pertaining to your offerings or distributing promotional products that other businesses may not have thought to. As you sift through the myriad products offered by Myron, think…
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    Firmology

  • 6 Benefits Of LinkedIn Publishing You Can’t Afford To Ignore

    Ryan Jenkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    No job or career lasts forever but your professional brand will last a lifetime. How are you investing in it? Today building your professional brand has never been easier with the new LinkedIn publishing platform. This is Part 1 of 2 posts discussing LinkedIn publishing. Below I’ll introduce you to the new feature, discuss the benefits and provide a few tips. Then in blog post Part 2, I will show you a step-by-step guide on how you can begin publishing to grow your professional brand. Also, in this post I have included an index of LinkedIn terms for those (like me) that go cross-eyed over…
  • Internet Marketing 101: Content Marketing

    Mark Cerminaro
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How To Take Advantage Of the Content Marketing Trends One phrase that you’ll hear over and over again in the online marketing realm is that “content is king.” This is, without a doubt, a true statement. But, just like any other governing official, if this king doesn’t have a sustainable plan to appease the masses, then the only thing on the horizon will be a bloody revolt, deposition, and possibly a beheading. Content marketing is an integral part of modern online strategies, but it has to be done with the right goals in mind to truly be effective. When you become a content master,…
  • 3 Easy Body Language Adjustments for Better Business Meetings

    David J.P. Fisher
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t Just Sit Up Straight. Engage! With more and more of our time spent online, there are hundreds of articles that will help you develop the perfect online presence. You can learn how to create an optimized social media profile, a blog post with the perfect headline, and a website that will make you look like the pre-eminent expert in your field. For most of us, though, our digital activity eventually funnels us back into the “real-world.” No matter how fancy your CRM or iPhone app, most deals get done face-to-face. It’s hard to shake someone’s hand to seal the…
  • Bulking Up On Internet Security Now Can Save Your Business Later

    Katrina Manning
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Predictions For Future Of Internet Security, Safety Grim As Attack Rates Rise A 2013 study estimated that the cost of cybercrime last year escalated 78%, with an average cost of $1 million to resolve an attack. Many concerns are raised as predictions indicate that cybercrime will continue to increase in the near future. Analysts foresee major breaches on a regular basis, and increasing incidences of identity theft, as well as privacy issues in years to come. Causes for Concern Businesses are now using the cloud more often, which can increase their vulnerability to attacks from outside…
  • 8 Tips To Help You Keep Your Data Safe

    Brittany Klontz
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Playing it Safe: Small Businesses Can’t Sidestep Data Security In 2012, more than 78% of businesses had suffered at least one data breach in the last two years, according to a Trend Micro-sponsored study conducted by the Ponemon Institute. No matter their size, all businesses using any kind of internet or wireless connectivity need to be aware of data security in order to keep data as safe as possible. Below are eight tips to get your SMB off on the right foot towards securing your data. 1. Identify Your Sensitive Data and Delete the Unnecessary Information Go through all of your…
 
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    codelessinteractive.com

  • 3 Reasons Why Instagram Social Media Campaigns Are a Waste of Time

    Brad Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Every 12 months there’s a new shiny object the media raves about, and businesses waste millions of dollars in both hard and soft costs. Two years ago it was Pinterest. The last 12 months it was Instagram. The next few months it’ll be Snapchat or some other nascent technology. Do these things sometimes work (as we’ll explore here)? Yes. Does getting in “on the ground floor” and building up a presence with early adopters in the face of low competition work? Undoubtedly, yes. But with the potential for huge rewards comes even greater risk. And most times, in most cases, for most…
  • Why Your Website Conversions Suck (And How to Fix It)

    Brad Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Most people that land on your website aren’t going to buy anything. Average website conversion rates hover around 1% for eCommerce sites (or sites that sell products and low priced services directly) and around 5% for lead generation sites (or sites that sell complex services where the transaction happens offline). That means the majority of website visitors — the ones you worked so hard to lure, persuade, cajole or purchase to visit in the first place — will leave your site forever. One of the biggest reasons people “Bounce” (or leave your site quickly) is…
  • Customer Research: How to “FAIL-Proof” Your Marketing

    Brad Smith
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Last week I wanted to use the latin expression “el al.” in a client report. However I, after all, don’t speak latin. So before sending it over, I decided to double check both usage and spelling to be 100% sure it was going to be used properly. After pulling up the Merriam Webster online dictionary, here’s what I saw (scroll down to the comments for the punch line): Perfect. Nice, value-adding comments. I bet adding social comments sounded like a good, “trendy” idea in some stodgy boardroom. But now Merriam Webster’s complete lack of forethought comes…
  • How to Create a Successful Content Strategy for the Web

    Brad Smith
    26 May 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Crafting a successful content strategy for the web is the first step to getting more customers and clients through digital marketing. Without it, your ads won’t perform, your SEO won’t attract new people, and your social campaigns won’t inspire anyone to engage with you. Here’s why, and how you can improve yours today. Why is Content Necessary? The most effective and profitable way to get new customers is organic search (SEO). A study of over 77,000 orders by market research giant Forrester Research found search engines to be the best online marketing channel for new…
  • Why Comments for Business Blogs are Useless

    Brad Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “Social media gurus” absolutely LOVE to talk about engagement. You’d think it was the key to world peace the way some espouse it’s benefits. However if you asked any of them to actually define what engagement is, or how it relates to driving your business goals, they’ll look at you like a deer in headlights. Instead you’ll get inane answers like “tweeting” or “leaving blog comments to become part of the community”. That stuff sounds nice. But it doesn’t pay the bills. And in almost every single case we see, you end up burning…
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Customer loyalty is becoming a collective experience – Interview with Steve Abernethy of SquareTrade

    adrianswinscoe
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    #152871323 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Steve Abernethy, Executive Chairman andCo-founder of SquareTrade, the leading extended warranty service provider for consumer electronics and appliances. Steve joins me today to talk about SquareTrade, why they have made their company’s focus customer happiness, how they’ve made a traditionally ‘uncool’ sector cool and how customer loyalty is […]
  • The big list of little things that destroy your customer experience

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    #476846413 / gettyimages.com In February, I published an article called The Little Things That Destroy Your Customer Experience. The article suggested that we often spend too much time focusing on ‘big’ things (technology advancements, business transformation etc etc) and tend to forget, or neglect, the myriad of ‘little’ things in our businesses that we could […]
  • Customer insight, big data and the bigger skills gap – Interview with Vivek Jetley of EXL

    adrianswinscoe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    #180405687 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Vivek Jetley, Senior Vice President and co-Head of Analytics and Head of Corporate Strategy at EXL, a business process solutions company that integrates operations management services, decision analytics and technology platforms to help their clients deliver immediate results and long-term business impact. Vivek joins me today to talk […]
  • How equal are your relationships with your customers?

    adrianswinscoe
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The equality of the relationships that businesses have with their customers was an idea that came up in a recent interview that I conducted with John Marick, the co-founder and CEO of Consumer Cellular, the awarding winning provider of cell (mobile) phones and services in the US. Consumer Cellular is a rising star in the […]
  • Using customer reviews to drive service improvement, WoM and growth – Interview with Jan Jensen of Trustpilot

    adrianswinscoe
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Today’s interview is with Jan Jensen, the CMO of Trustpilot, an open, review-driven community connecting online consumers. Through their platform Trustpilot also help companies proactively collect reviews and get real insight from their customers. Launched in 2007, their service has seen rapid adoption with already more than 7.5 million reviews of over 85,000 individual companies. […]
 
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    EnMast

  • Signs of a Failing Business: The Indicators One Business Owner Missed

    Michael Maguire
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seeing the signs of a failing business aren’t always easy. Especially when it’s your own. We set up shop in 3,000 square feet of sublet space with a toolbox and a computer. It took us almost three months to ship our first order of scaffolding, but the orders kept coming. With a lot of hard work, we did $950,000 in sales our first year in business…and still…we failed. But let’s start this story at the beginning. One day while waiting for our wives and kids as they wrapped up a play date, a friend and I started talking about his business. The partnership begins He told me how,…
  • Thinking about quitting? You need to do these 5 things NOW

    Devan Perine
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every business goes through big highs and lows throughout their journey. And there are a LOT of times when we feel like quitting. Jill + Brad talk about how to make it through those rough times (they’ve been there, too). They also talk with AWESOME guest Alexandra Eidenberg, the founder of The Insurance People, and Mare Swallow, the founder of the Chicago Writers Conference. LISTEN IN! (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business or subscribe on iTunes) The post Thinking about quitting? You need to do these 5 things NOW appeared first on EnMast.
  • Meet an EnMast Member: Marie-Josée Porlier, Co-founder of Kohezion

    Devan Perine
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Marie-Josée Porlier is Sales Director at Kohezion –  an online tool you can use to design and build your own database applications without programming, focused for small businesses. After working for years as a Registered Nurse, Marie-Josée was feeling little tied down and looking for the kind of freedom that you can only get as a business owner. So she left her career as an RN and joined her husband on Kohezion and hasn’t looked back! What has been the most challenging part of being a business owner? I had to learn a lot, and I mean A LOT about technology. I always loved gadgets and…
  • Employee retention: Skipping the counter offer

    Kaleigh Moore
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Most of the time, when a resignation letter lands on your desk, it’s a surprise. You’ve worked hard to focus on employee retention and weren’t expecting one of your better employees  to quit (who you thought was happy and satisfied). Your mind starts to spin, and lots of questions start filling your head. Questions like: “How long had they been planning to leave?” or “ What aren’t they getting from this workplace that made them want to look for something else?” They all start swirling and building on each other, and all you can think is, “How can I fix it?” Counter…
  • Keep on Keepin’ on: How to persevere and get work done

    Brad Farris
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    I’m a swimmer. Swimming laps is one of the few forms of exercise that I can sustain on a regular basis. But I have a slight problem with counting laps. I push a way from the wall and I think in my head one. I get to the next wall and I think two. A little while later I’ll get to a wall and I won’t remember what lap I’m on! So I’ll try to remember the last number I thought of — then I add one to that. The problem is, I started off counting the lap I was beginning, not the lap I just finished. So when I get to my goal (say 20 laps), I still have one more to…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

    Deimar Gutierrez
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    A successful employer-employee relationship requires mutual investment to create common value. From the first interview, both must identify if they share common goals that they can achieve together. They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression. True. However, they usually refer to the candidate, not the employer. The first impression is important for both the prospective employee and the employer. And hence the importance that both parties are as clear as possible from day one.Related post: What Drives a Sucessful Onboarding Process In fact, about 35% of…
  • How-to Recruit Passionate Employees

    Deimar Gutierrez
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recruit employees passionate about life. Given that, employee work passion is a reflection of great leadership within an organization. Engaged employees generate both a better corporate image, and greater profitability for the business.  Passionate employees are engaged employees. Engaged employees not only outperform others, but also are interested in the success of the organization. Additionally, they understand how they impact the organization's goals, which allows them to work smarter, contribute to the company's key objectives, and develop new skills and competences according to…
  • How-to Earn Your Employees' Trust

    Deimar Gutierrez
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The best way to increase your team performance is earning your employees' trust. Winning the customer's trust, in your products and services, is as important as getting employees to trust each other. Trust is essential to boost employee engagement, motivation and honesty. Managers able to earn their team's trust make better decisions. Having an open communication with their teams allows them to identify obstacles for the organization and overcome them by relying on their employees' feedback and knowledge of the situation. In other words, they count with the support of their teams in…
  • Why Your Creative Ideas Are Rejected

    Deimar Gutierrez
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Innovation challenges the status quo, as a result creates uncertainty. People fear the unknown, thus have a natural tendency to reject creativity.  Although managers attempt to foster creativity and innovation in their organizations, innovative ideas, are often rejected. In part, this phenomenon can be explained by the way we are wired, which precludes us from fully embracing new ideas. Our survival instinct, linked to our reptilian brain or R-complex makes us fear the unknown.  It is difficult to understand the consequences of something new, so in order to…
  • Young CEO = Innovative Company

    Deimar Gutierrez
    20 May 2014 | 4:00 am
     It has been proven that there is a strong link between the age of the leader and the probability of breakthrough innovation.Some companies relate youth with inexperience, others with innovation and new ideas.  No doubt the leaders of many large companies have great expertise and background, in their industries, as a result of years of work and dedication. However, what is special about the young blood, that every day, there are more CEOs in their twenties leading major organizations? For many companies, especially those in crisis, innovation is a source of…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 4 Signs an Employee is Quitting

    Emily Suess
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Emily Suess Small businesses are not immune to employ turnover. Sometimes an employee’s departure is a major blow to the business, and sometimes? Well, sometimes it’s a blessing. No matter the circumstances surrounding an employee’s resignation, it’s best for your business if you aren’t caught completely off guard. That means learning to recognize some of the signs that an employee has one foot out the door. 1. Productivity is Tanking Productivity and performance are a couple of the first things to go when a member of your staff is getting ready to quit. This can happen because…
  • Comparing and Finding the Right Help Desk Software for Your Business

    John Coyle
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    By John Coyle Any business, no matter how good the product or service, should have a help desk present to answer any particular customer needs, issues or concerns. It acts as the face and voice of your organization that sets the tone, attitude and credibility of your business. As a result, help desk professionals need quality software and technology to stay up-to-date with current industry trends and the growing demand for convenient and accessible help. When it comes to choosing the best help desk software for your business’ needs, there’s a lot to compare to make the right decision. A…
  • How To Retain Talented Gen X and Gen Y Employees [Infographic]

    Carrie Wynne
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    By Carrie Wynne In today’s modern world of business, it is very useful to find ways to keep top talent from leaving your company.  A fun positive work environment where everyone is working together toward the same goal often leads to keeping employees satisfied at their current positions.  Offering incentives like profit sharing and reward programs are still as effective today and they were 20 years ago. Generation X, employee’s born in the mid 1960’s to late 1970’s have entrepreneurial strengths.  They are confident and often self motivated.  A Generation Y employee, born in the…
  • 6 Tips for Dealing with Brand Trolls

    Emily Suess
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    By Emily Suess Ugh. Internet trolls are the worst, and if you’re not careful they can get way out of hand. Trolls exist solely to be disruptive and generate negative attention for themselves. They take on different forms, but they all waste your time and energy. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to deter and get rid of brand trolls. Set up a troll log. Before you ever encounter your first troll, set up a system for tracking them. Take screenshots, setup a spreadsheet, create an internal Twiki—whatever works best. Then keep the information available so that anyone who handles…
  • The Power of Communication: Get Smart and Cut Through the Noise

    Jo Disney
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Jo Disney The world is full of noise. Twitter alone is responsible for around 500 million tweets per day, not to mention all the other shares, posts, clicks, hits, hacks and general chit-chat going on across the web, every single second. For business owners, that’s a lot of noise to contend with. It’s a global problem, and you’re certainly not alone. The Internet is flooded with content of varying degrees of quality and value. It’s information overload – and the messages we are trying to communicate are suffering as a result. Communication is probably the most…
 
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    Arinobe | Blog

  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 2)

    Kurt Graver
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    In the article  "What To Do When Sales Are Slow (Part 1) we discussed how to start approaching improving your sales when you start up. Topics mentioned were analysing your business plan, comparing performance to your plans and how to understand your customer.In this article we will discuss the for a couple other ways you can correct slow sales in your start up.Sales processYour marketing may be attracting potential new clients/customers. However, if your sales processes are not set up correctly you may be missing out on sales. Based on what you have learned about your target market from…
  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 1)

    Kurt Graver
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    “If you build it he will come” - A quote from the movie Field of Dreams. Many startups go into business with believing that as soon as they launch they customers will rolling in and buy.However, reality is far different than the movies. One of the most common challenges that start-ups may encounter are lower than projected sales. Below are the steps you need to take to try and boost sales and get your start up back on track.1. Analyse Your Business PlanThe first thing to do when sales are slow is to analyse your original plan and find out whether you are carrying out what you originally…
  • Top Business Ideas For People On A Budget

    Kurt Graver
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    What is the best business to startup? This is a question are asked several times a week. Its actually really difficult to answer as it depends on the ambition, character, skills, experience, education and motivation of the person who wants to start the business. Another huge factor in choosing which business to start-up are funding and support you have available to start a business.Below is a list of common business ideas that require a low capital investment. The list is full of generic businesses, what makes a business is its Unique Selling Point (USP). Always try distinguish your business…
  • How 3D Printing Will Bring A Revolution In Industries

    Kurt Graver
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Long ago when 3D printing was doing rounds in industry circles many called it an impractical and “Fantasy” technology. However, 3D printers were manufactured, have evolved and survived the test of time. Today, it has changed the way how parts and products are made. The buck doesn't stop here. This technology has reached dizzying proportions and guarantees to bring revolution in many sectors, to the point of disrupting the entire manufacturing landscape. Mentioned below are some of the industries where 3D printing will affect the most.Core manufacturingTools, jigs and prototypes are some…
  • 4 Ways to Help Separate Your Startup from the Rest

    Kurt Graver
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Congratulations on taking the plunge and pursing your dream of starting a new business! But as many experienced business owners will tell you, launching a business is the easy part — it’s keeping that business afloat that gets a bit tricky. So how can you increase the chances that your business will be one of those that survive and thrive? By ensuring that it stands apart from its competition. One of the biggest reasons that businesses fail is not that they were ill-conceived or doomed from the start — they fail because they simply got lost in the mix. Succeeding in business means…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Strategic Planning Makes Sense For Companies of All Sizes

    John Mullin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    There is a perception among small business owners that strategic planning is a management tool solely for larger firms. An interesting article by Randy Myers in the June issue of Inc Magazine supports the notion that companies of all sizes could benefit from strategic planning.… Read more >The post Strategic Planning Makes Sense For Companies of All Sizes appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • The Value of Counseling

    Peter Piech
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    As with many areas of life and of business, understanding root causes of problems is a valuable endeavor in order to get a permanent solution or fix. Medicine, for the most part, follows this path by attempting to get at the cause instead of just treating the symptoms.… Read more >The post The Value of Counseling appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night—This Is What It Said

    Stu Lipkin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    We all have our stressful, faced-paced lives to cope with and try to incorporate a bit of sanity with our personal lives and family.  We’re all familiar with “pay it back” but how often do we incude it in our daily lives.  … Read more >The post Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night—This Is What It Said appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1)

    Keith Simmons
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    1st in a series of articles focusing on how to prepare a business for a successful sale, we discuss specific actions you can take to greatly improve the ability to sell your business. Often the price an owner asks is determined by their personal retirement needs but is not representative of what a buyer is willing to pay.… Read more >The post Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1) appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Is your business ready for Mobile payments?

    Larry Francis
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Mobile payments: Finally ready to take off? For quite some time there has been a fair amount of discussion and false starts regarding payments via mobile devices. It seems  we are getting further along and that businesses and consumers are getting more comfortable with available products, services and technology.… Read more >The post Is your business ready for Mobile payments? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • Small Business Toolbox – July Twenty

    Gary Shouldis
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Pamela – Desktop download that lets you automatically record your Skype calls.  Great for teaching and conducting interviews via Skype.  They offer a free trial of the full version and a…
  • What Spending 117K Has Taught Me About Working With Freelancers

    Gary Shouldis
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Have you ever thought about hiring a freelancer online before?  If anyone could benefit from outsourcing, it would be small business owners, Lord knows us small biz owners have our plates full. Over the years my web marketing company, 3Bug Media, has outsourced over 100k worth of freelance work.  That’s only counting using online freelancing platforms like Odesk and Elance, it doesn’t include hiring one off contract jobs locally.  I’ve hired online freelancers for things like web development, graphic design, CAD drawings, writers and bookkeeping to name a few. While I do…
  • Small Business Toolbox – July Seventh

    Gary Shouldis
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Creately – Powerful and free diagram software.  Work online and collaborate on projects with others. Glip – Free messaging and productivity tool that lets you easily collaborate with…
  • Does Facebook Advertising Work For Small Business?

    Gary Shouldis
    29 Jun 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Does advertising on Facebook really work? Yes and no.  For most small businesses, probably more on the “no” side.  That is, unless you really know what you are doing when it comes to creating an effective advertising campaign. I had 6 people email me last week asking if advertising on Facebook was a waste of time.  I thought it would make a good blog post as Facebook is doing a lot of outreach these days trying to recruit small business owners to advertise on their platform. I’m not a big fan of Facebook when it comes to advertising, I feel like the idea of paying a few…
  • Small Business Toolbox – June Twenty Eight

    Gary Shouldis
    28 Jun 2014 | 5:22 am
    Each week I like to post useful tools and resources that you may be able to use for your business.  The resources I post here are either free or available at a low cost.I don’t go into much detail here, so feel free to check them out yourself and let me know what you think.  If you know of any great tools and services that will help small business owners, please share them in the comments below. Cyfe – Create a custom dashboard that houses your social, marketing and web analytics all in one place. Quabel – Free browser based writing tool that lets you write distraction free.
 
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Lessons From the FIFA World Cup

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Business owners around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the grand spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup has come to a close, signaling, at long last, that it is back to business as usual. Although soccer doesn’t have the deep roots in North America as it does in other parts of the world, the FIFA World Cup is widely regarded as the planet’s most important and widely viewed sporting event, and one reaches a truly global audience. The World Cup only takes place every four years and this year’s host nation, Brazil, is the country whose economy is most directly…
  • Strategies For Juggling Multiple Projects

    CorporationCentre.ca
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    If you run your own business, chances are you have a seemingly endless to-do list that can overwhelm the senses and would lead a more fragile mind into despair. Sometimes the first thing on everyone’s to-do list is to figure out which item on the to-do list to actually do first. Like a car with standard transmission often the hardest thing is just getting the car rolling. Here are a few handy tips and tricks on how to manage all the items on that list so you can get out of first gear and get into the fast lane.Organize Your ProjectsNo two projects are created equal and it’s up to you to…
  • The High Cost of Free Labor

    CorporationCentre.ca
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    When I was in college there was a word that floated around the halls in whispers. It drew people in, it had a story attached to it, and it caught the attention of anyone who heard it – it was the word “internship”.What Belongs to HistoryOnce upon a time, internships were seen as being set aside for, and granted only to, the most exemplary individuals. The way to get an internship took time, effort, and the ability to connect with the people who could get you to where you wanted to go. It carried an uncommon caché that lauded the intern as the bright eyed next generation. It was a…
  • Work-Life Balance: Remember, it’s Saturday!

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    It was a glorious Saturday afternoon in early summer and I was hunched over a picnic table garnishing a hamburger when my cell phone rang. I had been in the middle of a good laugh after someone had told a delightful little anecdote but noticed it was one of my employees and, since they were calling me on the weekend, thought it must be something important.I politely excused myself and gave my employee my undivided attention. I had handed him a rather large project from an important client and several weeks earlier had asked him how long it would take to complete the project. They were…
  • The Power of Affiliate Marketing

    CorporationCentre.ca
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    A savvy entrepreneur is always looking for alternative sources of revenue and affiliate marketing can be a powerful way of generating income while cutting through a lot of the time consuming legwork of manufacturing, branding, and developing marketing strategies. At its core, affiliate marketing involves bringing a particular product to the attention of your consumers and sharing the revenue generated from the sale of that product through you, with whoever supplied the product.Affiliate Marketing in Real TimeAs an example, in order to provide context, imagine that Happy X is a supplier of…
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Last week, I got an email telling me that a new article about SBA loans had been published online. I’ve set up several Google Alerts so I can be notified when there’s news that pertains to my business and industry. (If you don’t use Google Alerts for your business, I recommend fixing that right away!) This email in particular told me about an article called “The Truth About SBA Loans” that appeared on the FOX Business Small Business Center. I clicked through and read the article with great interest, hoping to find some support for SBA loans and something I could…
  • Bigger SBA 504 Loans, Greater Small Business Confidence

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Last week we released our official lending figures for the first six months of 2014. Our performance has been decently strong so far, but no record-breaking pace to report this time. Our loan closing numbers have been steady, and we’ve worked hard to provide our small business clients with the best financing and best service possible, but the bigger story is the size of the loans we’re closing these days. (You may be thinking, “It’s not the size of the loan that matters…” But, well, it kind of does.) [Go here to read our official mid-year press release for 2014.] After doing some…
  • Commercial Finance Update: World Cup Edition

    Chris
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:41 am
    GOAL! (and other soccer words) It’s World Cup time, which means most of the world is watching soccer with an even greater interest than usual. We, too, have World Cup Fever, but we would never let it get in the way of your commercial real estate financing needs. However, if you do happen to call during a USA match, you’ll probably have to leave a message. Just fair warning. With that lone World Cup caveat, here’s the latest news about smarter small business commercial real estate financing… Featured Project: - Planet Fitness - Muncie, Indiana - $1.18 million total project cost…
  • Commercial Finance Update: May 2014

    Chris
    19 May 2014 | 11:48 am
    New and Improved! Since so many of us read emails on our mobile devices these days, we’re trying something new with our May 2014 edition of our Commercial Finance Update. We’ve revamped the format in order to deliver both mobile-friendly and printer-friendly editions of our monthly update. If you didn’t get our mobile version, you can view it here. The printer-friendly version is available for download below. Just click the image to open the PDF file in a new window, then you can print and/or save the file for future reference. As always, if you have questions about how we…
  • Success: Ignoring the Critics

    Chris
    16 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has bought into the hype surrounding Beats headphones. If not an actual set of headphones, you can probably find a product with Beats audio integrated somewhere close by. Believe it or not, Beats now owns about 70% of the headphones market, and Burt Helm from Inc. magazine recently sat down with the company’s founders to talk about the secrets to their success. As always, we read articles like this to see if there are any nuggets of wisdom we can apply to our business and share with other small business owners. (Plus we love…
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    Business Pipeline

  • Work from Home Meeting Places

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    More and more people are working from home and seeking […] The post Work from Home Meeting Places appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • How to Buy WordPress Themes

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    This is a complete guide on how to buy WordPress themes […] The post How to Buy WordPress Themes appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Improve Your Online Presence

    Jacqueline Edwards
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Improve your online presence by taking it local. Your l […] The post Improve Your Online Presence appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Valuable Lessons Small Business Should Remember

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    Valuable Lessons #1 Surround yourself with an excellent […] The post Valuable Lessons Small Business Should Remember appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Digital Relationship Building

    Jacqueline Edwards
    13 May 2014 | 8:32 am
    Digital relationship building drip campaigns, email bla […] The post Digital Relationship Building appeared first on Business Pipeline. 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

  • Work Smarter Not Harder

    Maya Pillai
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    It is said that when one lives for a stronger purpose, then hard work is not an option but a necessity. No matter how inspirational this saying may sound, it doesn’t have much to do with real life scenarios. The endless list of tasks that need to be completed on time, the overbearing bosses and ever-increasing work pressure render the convention of hard work ineffective. When time is your enemy and productivity is your goal, you need to be a step ahead. That’s when your mental agility and out-of-the-box thinking comes into play. Smart work is the latest buzzword in the modern-day…
  • 5 Tips to Keep Your Meetings Productive

    Maya Pillai
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Do your subordinates perceive workplace meetings as boring and futile? Have you given a thought on making them more interesting? Making your meetings more fun shall spontaneously make them more interesting and productive as you begin to achieve the underlying objectives. Holding meetings with your team is one of the best means of strengthening interpersonal relationships, boosting morale, identifying the predicaments and coming up with solutions as a team, thereby promoting team effort. We bring to you five simple tips that will turn dreary business meetings into a productive exercise. Define…
  • Communicate with Your Team Effectively

    Maya Pillai
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    As a manager, you are obligated to do everything it takes for your team to be able to function cohesively and cordially. It begins with understanding the significance and mechanism of effective communication. Communication, in simple terms, means transmission of ideas, thoughts, emotions, etc from one person to another. However, effective communication also involves certain steps on the part of the receiver, such as decoding the message as intended, comprehending the same and giving feedback. When you have a two-way dialogue with your team members, it eliminates the prevailing confusion and…
  • Find Yourself a Business Mentor

    Maya Pillai
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    The importance of having a business mentor has often been undermined by many of us. In the modern day business environment where competition has taken a front seat, it becomes all the more necessary to find yourself a suitable mentor who will advice you and guide you through the maze of corporate warfare. Who is a Mentor? Sometimes, we tend to confuse business mentors with the allies in our network. However, the major difference between the two is that a mentor has an enduring dedication towards and inherent investment in our current and potential endeavors. Your mentor is one whom you want…
  • The Risks of Starting a Startup

    Maya Pillai
    16 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many people consider becoming entrepreneurs for varied reasons. Before venturing into business it is important to be aware of the associated risks. This will definitely help improve the chances of succeeding. As in life, in business also, entrepreneurs need to take risks. The challenge is to anticipate pro-actively all possible risks to emerge as financially successful, reputed, efficient and long lasting business venture. These are some helpful suggestions to identify and mitigate different aspects of business risk. Evaluate how good your business idea is – There’s no point of investing…
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    Best Small Biz Help

  • Like to Know.IT Can Make You A Fortune

    Dawn Fotopulos
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    How to Monetize Instagram Top style bloggers can make over $1 million dollars per year  if they can build their audiences large and loyal enough. This article on LinkedIn identifies blogs like Man Repeller, Bag Snob and The Blonde Salad. The only way they could generate seven figure sales is by making it easy for instagramers […]
  • Bonjour Creperie – Small Business Proud

    Dawn Fotopulos
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    Bonjour Creperie- Sweet Success Philadelphia is a city known for its historical richness, and perhaps just as much, for its incredible food. During the summer the city hosts handfuls of outdoor events, and ubiquitous at these events are the famed Philly food trucks. The food truck craze has gotten so big that there are festivals […]
  • #Small Biz Proud from Capital One Spark

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Wow, do I love how small businesses are celebrated by Capital One Spark. Alex Spector, the founder of Accutek,  has an amazing story. He and his family are from Ukraine, the country that is suffering terribly from civil war right now. They started a business that calibrates pipettes, something every scientific lab in the world […]
  • Starbucks Offers Workers Free College Tuition at Arizona State University Online

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Starbucks has yet another great giveaway; Free College Tuition. It’s called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Is a college education still part of the American Dream? As a college professor I can attest, yes it is. First, it was healthcare. Now, it’s free college tuition. These guys are always smart about investing in their barristas. […]
  • Why Most Small Businesses Lose 80% of Potential Sales

    Dawn Fotopulos
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    I hope you had an OMG moment like I did reading these stats. They come to us from the sales experts at the National Sales Executive Association. Follow Up Success.com  captures these statistics perfectly. Here are two eye-popping takeaways: Almost exactly half of sales people NEVER FOLLOW UP with a prospect. If a small business owner […]
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 10 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
  • Social Media Tools

    Donna Amos
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
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  • Apps for Small Business Owners

    Donna Amos
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Small business owners are undoubtedly incredibly busy people. With low budgets and a handful of resources, they must make up for a lack of manpower by being a jack of all trades. As such, there’s no wonder that most owners look to technology to help save a little bit of time. One way that you can incorporate technology into your small business operations is to use mobile apps. In today’s world of social media and networking, business owners need to be represented online, whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even their own website. These three social media…
  • Developing a Startup Marketing Plan

    Donna Amos
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Congratulations on starting your own business! Isn’t that why you are thinking of developing a startup marketing plan? Often new business owners don’t think they need a formal business or marketing plan. But I say these two living documents are a must — not an option — to not prepare (and refer to often). Not sure how to create those plans yourself? Hire a consultant. For marketing plans, you can even use the services of a Score counselor for free. Without marketing, no one will know about your business. A marketing plan offers a detailed outline of the strategies and tools that…
  • Mobile Marketing is Here to Stay

    Donna Amos
    24 May 2014 | 6:16 am
    Considering embracing a mobile marketing strategy? The posts below offer some mobile tips you may find of interest. Mobile Marketing and Technology shared several posts about mobile payments.  If you offer a product or service that your clients would find it convenient to purchase on their mobile devices it is almost a must have. Small Business Mobile Marketing Tips Business 2 Community Small businesses may feel they lack the expertise to launch an effective mobile marketing campaign. How can they compete with bigger companies and stay ……
 
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  • Why You Must Learn to Delegate — And How To Do It

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Do you think the secret to growing your small business is to work harder and harder, putting in longer and longer hours? In reality, the secret to growing your business is just the opposite—it’s delegating work to others. If you’re obsessed with handling every aspect of your business yourself, from answering emails and phone calls to making sales presentations and providing services, your business is doomed to stall out. After all, there’s only one of you, and with only 24 hours in a day, your business can only grow so far without help. That’s where delegation comes in. Delegation…
  • Is a Paperless Office Ideal for Your Small Business?

    JM Freuler
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    According to Reduce.org, “The average office worker uses 10,000 sheets of copy paper each year.”  Consumption of the world’s paper is at an all-time high at 30% in the United States despite the fact that our country makes up less than 5% of the world’s population.  Even more alarming, the website reports that, “The costs of using paper in the office can run 13 to 31 times the cost of purchasing the paper in the first place!” Switching to a paperless office is an option that more and more small businesses are looking into.  There are a number of compelling reasons to do so.  In…
  • 5 Reasons Why Email Marketing Is Still a Best-Bet Investment for SMBs

    AllBusiness
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    There has been a lot of noise lately about the return of email marketing, but for many successful small and mid-size businesses, it has really never gone away. In a climate where SEO as a standalone service is teetering on uncertain ground, and popular channels such as social media marketing and content marketing are becoming increasingly complex, SMBs can turn to email for building stronger consumer relationships, generating qualified leads, andmaximizing revenue opportunities. If you have heard the buzz about the rising prominence of email marketing and are weighing the benefits of getting…
  • Keep Your Clients Happy by Over-Delivering

    JM Freuler
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Your clients hire you because they trust your capabilities and your judgment. If you regularly and truly delight them by giving them what they didn’t even realize they needed, you’ll foster a positive relationship, which can get you paid on time, every time. What is Over-Delivering? Let’s say a client hires you to create several MailChimp mailing lists for her business; she already has the email addresses and just needs you to create the accounts for her and set up separate mailing lists. Since you are an email marketing expert (in this example, at least), you know that she shouldn’t…
  • 5 Small Business Traits that Lead to Money Management Success

    eCapital
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    The words “struggling economy” sprinkle most news stories online and off when discussing the business climate and small business landscape in general in the U.S. If you look beyond the headlines, however, there are modest signs of an economic recovery that should be encouraging to you and other small business owners. In a recent report by the Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom the authors surveyed more than 700 small business owners and discovered that despite conventional wisdom, growth is real and happening.  “The economy has moved in the past year—slowly, but trending upward, and…
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  • Getting the sack

    Jon Stow
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Are you ready? Getting the sack is what launched my “career” as an independent person. Yet as an employee, if you are “terminated” it is a terrible shock, the stuff of nightmares. I had a bad dream about it last night; being called in to the boss and taking only a few seconds to realise what was going on. I must confess that when it did happen to me, I told my then boss exactly what I thought about him and the firm that was getting rid of me. I quite surprised myself, and even looking back, what I said was uncharacteristic even bearing in mind the provocation. Immediately after being…
  • The Success Shop?

    Jon Stow
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:03 am
    Opening a new shop is a daunting experience, and if you are going to do so then you must plan very carefully. I have already mentioned that the level of overheads is an important consideration. Property taxes and especially rents are a very large cost beyond which you must raise your turnover by a very substantial amount in order to have enough profit to live on. If you are not sure what sort of business you want, have a look at a franchise. You have to make sure that there will be enough profit for you after paying the franchisor, but the advantage is that you will have a tried and tested…
  • The Failure Shop

    Jon Stow
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    Photo by Jon Stow There is a new business in our urban village and I really hope they are successful. The owners have taken a shop at the end of the “main drag” and we have a new florist. It is quite a good position for passing trade. I bought a pot plant from them which was on display outside the shop, and perhaps the position will suit a florist more than the other businesses that have occupied that shop. Oh, yes, there have been quite a few. It is important for any new business owner to do their “homework”. How much is the rent? Will the turnover sufficiently exceed the running…
  • Was it small business or the internet that changed my life?

    Jon Stow
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    Seafront bikes It is no secret that I started my own business after the world of employment left me, and I could not get another job. There was no grand plan. I just got “on my bike” to get some money coming in. Back then, 2002, the main way of getting business (I thought) was advertising. I have written before about the money spent on directories such as Yellow Pages and Thomson Local. They were a waste of time and that was because they really said nothing about my business apart from listing it under a category, but also because customers were actually talking to each other,…
  • Burying the bad news

    Jon Stow
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Google is being required by the European Court to allow individuals to request that certain personal information about them will; not be found in a search. This does not mean that if you already know the web address where such information is to be found you cannot see it. It is just that Google cannot lead you there. This is rather worrying and one wonders exactly whose rights are being protected here. This article states: “the BBC learned that more than half of the requests sent to Google from UK individuals involved convicted criminals.” Well, if I want to know whether my potential…
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  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

    OIiver
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you know anything about SEO, you will have most likely heard the immortal words: “Content is always king!” Google absolutely loves content above anything else.  Although just any old content won’t quite cut it, Google likes high quality and relevant content that more importantly gives value to your readers.The best way to achieve this is through making use of a blog alongside your website, or perhaps creating a dedicated blog.   Blogs can seem time consuming and an unnecessary time expense, especially when what you really want to be focussing on is getting those sales. Good…
  • Seven Characteristics of a Successful Business

    Josh
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A fellow cannot expect to create and sustain a successful business by merely clicking his fingers. Here are seven characteristics that every successful businesses (whether a large company or a single project run by an individual) should have. The first five deal with the staffing team (and their approach, organisation, mindset, etc.) and the last two with the product and business environment. 1 – DevotionA successful business needs a devoted team of people (or individual) who are buzzing with ideas and full of enthusiasm for the enterprise. They cannot expect to be successful by…
  • From Facebook Page to Queen of Coupons – Emma Mumford

    OIiver
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    I recently caught up with Emma Mumford self confessed coupon queen, and quite rightly too.. Having saved an overwhelming £540, on her Christmas shop just last year.Emma has achieved a lot in in the past 12 months, so I was keen to talk to her and find a little more about what she does and how she got to where she is now.At just 20 years of age Emma Mumford is owner to her own business.  Earning herself a living, doing what she really enjoys, promoting money saving offers to her 46,000 Facebook fans and website visitors.  In her own words.. She couldn’t be happier.. Though just…
  • 10 Tips to earning more from paid surveys

    OIiver
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are plenty of people earning regular extra cash from paid surveys online, some more than others, paid surveys will never make you a full time or part time living, but they can help you make a little extra money in your spare time.The advantage to many is that they are easy to get started with, don’t cost any upfront money and give a lot of flexibility, most surveys taking 10-20 minutes to complete and most users being sent a couple a month or week, that being said depending on how much you want to put in you can make as much as £10 per month or £50 per month.Survey sites are all…
  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
 
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  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

    OIiver
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you know anything about SEO, you will have most likely heard the immortal words: “Content is always king!” Google absolutely loves content above anything else.  Although just any old content won’t quite cut it, Google likes high quality and relevant content that more importantly gives value to your readers.The best way to achieve this is through making use of a blog alongside your website, or perhaps creating a dedicated blog.   Blogs can seem time consuming and an unnecessary time expense, especially when what you really want to be focussing on is getting those sales. Good…
  • Seven Characteristics of a Successful Business

    Josh
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A fellow cannot expect to create and sustain a successful business by merely clicking his fingers. Here are seven characteristics that every successful businesses (whether a large company or a single project run by an individual) should have. The first five deal with the staffing team (and their approach, organisation, mindset, etc.) and the last two with the product and business environment. 1 – DevotionA successful business needs a devoted team of people (or individual) who are buzzing with ideas and full of enthusiasm for the enterprise. They cannot expect to be successful by…
  • From Facebook Page to Queen of Coupons – Emma Mumford

    OIiver
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    I recently caught up with Emma Mumford self confessed coupon queen, and quite rightly too.. Having saved an overwhelming £540, on her Christmas shop just last year.Emma has achieved a lot in in the past 12 months, so I was keen to talk to her and find a little more about what she does and how she got to where she is now.At just 20 years of age Emma Mumford is owner to her own business.  Earning herself a living, doing what she really enjoys, promoting money saving offers to her 46,000 Facebook fans and website visitors.  In her own words.. She couldn’t be happier.. Though just…
  • 10 Tips to earning more from paid surveys

    OIiver
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are plenty of people earning regular extra cash from paid surveys online, some more than others, paid surveys will never make you a full time or part time living, but they can help you make a little extra money in your spare time.The advantage to many is that they are easy to get started with, don’t cost any upfront money and give a lot of flexibility, most surveys taking 10-20 minutes to complete and most users being sent a couple a month or week, that being said depending on how much you want to put in you can make as much as £10 per month or £50 per month.Survey sites are all…
  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
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  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

    Tim Berry
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was writing an email to these folks and I just stopped and deleted the draft. Why waste the time raising entrepreneurs I don’t even know. My complaint? I got to my office this morning after a few weeks elsewhere and found the results of a concentrated campaign for me to write about a certain entrepreneur and his startup. He’s all about how he’s so successful as a college dropout. I have one package containing a coffee mug with chocolate drops, and another with a copy of his book. Both contain a personalized letter from him, with what looks like a signature. Both contain business cards…
  • I Really Don’t Like All This Sh*t

    Tim Berry
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    Some of the best and brightest, some of the most educated people I know, have decided that it’s cool to use the word “shit” to replace the old-fashioned words “things,” “stuff,” “work,” and so on. That’s too bad. Of course I remember “get your shit straight,” a phrase that’s as old as the golden age of hippies in the late 1960s. That was as common as “groovy” back in the day. So, millennials: you hate “groovy,” right? Yeah, that feels old to me too. And I’m old. But did you have to adopt shit?  But, damn! Google “do epic shit” and you’ll find a…
  • Where Business Wisdom and Life Intersect

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
  • 3 Things Never to Tell an Entrepreneur About her/his Spouse

    Tim Berry
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I just read 7 Things Never to Tell Your Spouse About Business Finances, posted by Barry Molz on Amex OPEN forum. I like Barry and I like his work.  I’ve been on his podcast before and it was great. But his tone of voice in this post makes me uncomfortable. If you’re curious, compare Barry’s tone in that post to mine in some of my (somewhat confessional) posts on me and my wife and entrepreneurship: My biggest startup boost, for example; or this true story on relationships vs. new business. And yes, my wife and I have been married 44 years, in a relationship that has survived years of…
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  • Scentsy Greece Incentive Trip: Thoughts

    Christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    So I'm trying to catch up with blog posts and this is one that I've been wanting to write on for a while.  I want to tell you all about the trip to Greece.  You can see the piccys here but wanted to tell you all about it. Flew out to Greece with my sister who I had earned an extra spot for for free and we were taken straight to the hotel in Athens.  It was an absolutely stunning view.  We registered and out on the veranda next to the pool was everyone who had arrived earlier eating a gorgeous buffet dinner whilst we watched the sun set.  The water was such a gorgeous…
  • 5 reasons to join Scentsy this August

    Christine
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
        Are you a stay at home mum or someone who is looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money in your spare time?  We've got all walks of life with Scentsy and have had teachers, lawyers who have quit their jobs across 3 continents to date.  You can do this business to fit around your life and work towards those extra things that you've always wanted but never have managed to accomplish before.  Want a holiday or that car you've never been able to afford...Scentsy can help. Of course you can join 365 days a year Scentsy and I'd welcome you with open arms any of…
  • Scentsy Greece Incentive Trip: In Pictures

    Christine
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    So the Scentsy Incentive Trip to Greece was in May and I'm barely just posting pictures.  I've had some family things to deal with and quite a bit of other things on but I am aware that this blog has been ignored and I'm going to do my best to fix that....Well I'll for sure try!! Anyway, I do want to tell you all about it but I will post pictures for now.  These arent all of the pictures I'm afraid and the rest are viewable on my Facebook page for Scentsy. Enjoy and dont forget that you too can be a part of this.  I never thought I'd be earning incentive trips!!!    …
  • Scentsy France Produits Printemps / Été 2014

    Christine
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Printemps Été Scentsy produits sont maintenant disponibles en France Pour commander Cliquez ici et changer le drapeau dans la main droite Angle supérieur à la France Parfois avec des commandes que vous aurez besoin de mettre d'abord votre code postal que le site peut être étrange Visitez mon page Facebook ICI où je poste souvent des articles de blog écrits par des clients français (en français Je ne suis que l'apprentissage du français, mais j'ai réussi à le faire ok avec Google Translate pour remplir…
  • Black Zebra Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A dramatic take on traditional zebra, this all-black warmer showcases contrasting shiny and matte stripes.  Part of the Scentsy Element Warmer Collection.  Element Warmers use a heating element to safely warm fragrant wax without illumination.  Just right for offices, halls and bedrooms. 9cm tall.   Black Zebra Scentsy Element Warmer £25/€31
 
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  • The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

    siteadmin
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    People are usually more concerned about overcoming humid air than dry air. A “dry heat” means a more comfortable heat, after all. However, humidity levels that are too low can cause as many health and comfort problems as humidity levels that are too high. You can purchase small portable room humidifiers to deal with the low humidity trouble on a small level, but to take care of dry air throughout a home, you need to contact professionals in indoor air quality and have them install a whole-house humidifier.Arizona Home There are a number of good reasons for you to consider humidifiers in…
  • A/C Blower System Repairs

    siteadmin
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Your air conditioner blows cool air into your home from the indoor unit, where the evaporator and blower are stored. When there are problems going on with your blower, you can experience significant decreases in air flow, warm air, or even system failure. As we head into the hot Phoenix AZ summers, which happens to be the busiest time of year for HVAC contractors, there are a few common problems in regard to your system’s blower that we see a lot of while performing a/c repairs in Phoenix. Fan Problems The blower in your unit is a fan that blows the cooled air into your duct system. The fan…
  • Is Turning Off Your A/C a Smart Idea?

    siteadmin
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A recent Slate article made fun of a new trend in the Northeast. Apparently, homes and businesses are shutting off their air conditioning in the middle of summer as a way to save the environment. Supposedly, air conditioning is an unnecessary “comfort” and people should simply learn to adjust to whatever temperature is outside. As Arizonans, we all just shake our head at this logic. It would be absolutely crazy to turn off our a/c in the middle of a Phoenix AZ summer. While “adjusting” to an “extreme high” of ninety degrees for a few days each summer is certainly possible in New…
  • Watch Out for these Air Conditioning Nightmares

    siteadmin
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Living in Phoenix AZ has many luxuries. We get seven months of really awesome weather which makes up for the other five months of really intense heat. In Phoenix we have all major sports teams, all the big concerts, beautiful lakes and mountains, and if you want to ski in the winter you can drive two hours north and get radical, and when you’re done, you can drive back down to the valley back into seventy degree temps. The valley of the sun also offers some of the best fine dining in the country and we’re becoming more well known for our micro brews and wine. Having many luxuries…
  • How to Avoid Heat Related Illnesses During A/C Failure

    siteadmin
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Phoenix Arizona is one of the hottest places in the country from May to September. Heat related illnesses are common during the summer months and year after year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat illnesses could even be fatal. Over 1,500 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat have occurred in Arizona from 2000 to 2012. If you’re beginning to hear weird sounds coming from your A/C unit that’s a sign it’s time to have it checked. Letting whatever the issue is, even the smallest of issues, can cause further…
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  • A molecular diagnostics company joins Canada’s impact investing platform

    SEB staff
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced that it has officially joined MaRS’ Social Venture Connexion (SVX). Proteocyte is a Canadian molecular diagnostics company that has developed a novel diagnostics test, Straticyte, that accurately detects precancerous oral lesions at high risk of becoming cancerous. The company will be providing Straticyte as a commercial diagnostic test service to dental clinics and oral pathology labs. “As an innovative healthcare company focused on preventing cancer, Proteocyte has a…
  • Millennials don’t want to invest in the stock market

    Melissa Ip
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Recent research by UBS revealed that millennials (defined as people between the ages of 21 and 36) are not investing in the stock market. UBS speculates that this behaviour is the consequence of millennials having nightmares about living through the 2008 financial crisis or seeing their parents struggle through the recession. They are described as skeptical about chasing markets. The research surveyed 1,000 millennials and found that they hold an average 52 percent of their assets in cash and only 28 percent in stocks. Non-millennials, on the other hand, hold only 23 percent of their assets…
  • Hippocampus raises $2.4 million to expand in South India

    SEB staff
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in a new financing round for Hippocampus Learning Centres, the leading rural kindergarten and remedial school programs provider based in Bangalore. The new financing round was led by Asian Development Bank with participation also from Khosla Impact venture fund. Hippocampus also announced that it is now operating in four districts in the Indian state of Karnataka, is starting to scale up availability of its EnglishSTAR and MathSTAR tuition programs, and hopes to be operating in 10 districts in South India by…
  • Why Deloitte UK is choosing to work with social enterprises

    Melissa Ip
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Deloitte revealed today that it will be working with 12 new social enterprises in the third year of its Social Innovation Pioneers program. As with previous years, this group will get an estimated £1 million in support from Deloitte employees. In practice, this program has helped social enterprises formulate and implement strategies, look at alternative ways to generate revenue, or create an approach to seek investment. But it’s not just social enterprises that are benefitting. Deloitte is too. “This program continues to provide the perfect opportunity for our people to use their skills…
  • Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

    Melissa Ip
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton. The Ashoka founder, widely accredited with coining the phrase “social entrepreneur” which he nearly named “public service entrepreneur” instead, visited Toronto last week and drew a large crowd to come hear him speak. In 1980, Drayton founded Ashoka based on the idea that leverage was important for catapulting the citizen sector. “What’s the most powerful force in the world? Of course it’s the big pattern change idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a really great…
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  • 10 Ways Business Signage Can Help Your Local Business

    Eric Gruber
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Here are 10 ways how improved business signage will help you brand your company, communicate with a highly-mobile society and leverage your advertising efforts This article was written by Eric Gruber for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Increase Visibility of Your Local Business in the Search Engines Local Marketing For Faster Small Business Growth 25 Ways to Deliver Your Message to Your Target Audience
  • S Corporation Reasonable Compensation Tips

    Stephen L. Nelson
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Subchapter S corporation reduce substantially the payroll, or employment taxes, that business owners pay when shareholder salaries get set to a modest level. But you need to be reasonable. The IRS watches S corporation shareholder-employee salaries very, very closely. This article was written by Stephen L. Nelson for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Set Salary of Partners in S Corporation Setting Up a Limited Liability Company and S Corporation in California How a Corporation Can Elect to be an S Corporation
  • Setting Up a Limited Liability Company and S Corporation in California

    Stephen L. Nelson
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Considering the idea of forming an S corporation in California? While you may be able to save lots of money on payroll taxes with an S corporation, you do need a good handle on three, specific to California S corporation issues This article was written by Stephen L. Nelson for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What is a Limited Liability Company (LLC)? Election of LLC as an S Corporation or C Corporation? S Corporation vs. LLC: Which Structure is Right for Your Business
  • How to Succeed in the Kitchen Remodeling Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you love to build and possess excellent trade skills, you can start a kitchen remodeling business. Learn the factors to help you succeed in this business. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start a Kitchen Remodeling Business Tips to Succeed in the Handyman Business How to Succeed in the Event and Meeting Planning Business
  • How to Start a Kitchen Remodeling Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. People want a kitchen that works for them, their families and their lifestyles. Learn how to start a kitchen remodeling business. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start a Handyman Business How to Start a Lawn Service Business Common Start-Up Expenses of Small Businesses
 
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  • First-Hand Tips On Successfully Managing a Franchise Company

    Carissa Dunphy
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Becoming a franchise business owner has become a winning strategy for entrepreneurs all around Australia and the globe, hitting the rates with over 90 percent prosperity. Being part of a well-known brand is a wonderful opportunity to avoid the unpredictability of the market and take advantage of the know-how of an already developed business. Yet, as much as participating in the development of a growing company has massive effect on the success rate of a business, managing a team had been one of the top challenges of young business owners tripping up otherwise prosperous businesses. In order…
  • 7 Essential Tips for Business Writers

    Carissa Dunphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Business writing may in most cases prove very tough and difficult. The explanation of financial analysis, business plans and development require some principles in editing. These principles form a guide to proper business writing. Editing requires a few witty tips that we shall focus on. They provide the guidance to ensuring that you avoid confusion and have a proper flow of ideas through the paper. We shall look at the various tips that will give an insight of great business writing.   1. Create a Point of View This approach is looking at a particular topic with a ‘you attitude’.
  • Debugging the Myths about Being Entrepreneur

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    You want to be an entrepreneur so badly that it has become your second nature to evaluate the income—minus the overhead cost – of every business you passed by on the street. You also have been a regular subscriber of business magazines like Time, Forbes and whatnot. Moreover, you have this very brilliant business idea that you can be the next Jobs. But is it enough for you to succeed in the business space? You can proudly say yes, until you finish reading some myths below: Being Your Own Boss Gives You Freedom Handing in your resignation letter to your boss who constantly nags you about…
  • The Most Powerful Free Tools Available to Small Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    These days many of the best tools available for small businesses are actually entirely free. This is thanks to the web and thanks to new business models that allow companies to make money from advertising and other means rather than having to rely on direct sales. For small start-ups and entrepreneurs this is great news as it puts force multipliers in their hands without breaking the bank, allowing them to compete with larger companies even if they don’t have the same resources. The only trouble traditionally has been finding them, which is why we’re going to look at some of the…
  • 5 Ways Small Businesses can Utilize Cloud Computing

    Carissa Dunphy
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Put simply, cloud computing means storing data and accessing applications, documents and software via the internet instead of the more traditional method of using your computer’s hard drive. A lot of people wonder why it’s known as the cloud, this is just a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing services have completely transformed the way in which many businesses store, share and access data, below are some of the ways businesses are utilizing cloud computing:   Editing and sharing documents Office software such as Microsoft Office is used by millions of businesses worldwide.
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  • Find Your Important Computer Files More Easily (A cool visual trick for you…)

    Barbara Austin
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I know you’ve got tons of files crammed into that computer of yours! And I bet sometimes you get frustrated, trying to find the ones you need—especially your all-important business files. My own computer is brimming with so many files…it’s really kinda scary… …or it would be scary, if I didn’t have a fun trick […]
  • Put Your Business Name in Lights!

    Barbara Austin
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    When you land on a new website, where’s the first place your eyes go? To the header, right? You’re looking for the company name, maybe the tagline too—because that’s where you’ll get the first hint at what that business is all about. Now, think about your own site header—specifically, your business name. Obviously, you want […]
  • Your one-stop shop for graphics, video clips, and more…

    Barbara Austin
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In the last year, I’ve used a lot of stock photography. Much more than I ever had before. (If you’re a regular reader of Designed2Flourish magazine, you know where most of those photos end up!). And the more time I spend searching for and acquiring these photos, the more surprised and delighted I am by […]
  • 6 Tips to Find Fantastic Stock Photos

    Barbara Austin
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Ah, what would we small biz owners do without stock photos? The big dogs with corporate-size budgets, have fancy on-site studios and staff photographers to fulfill their photographic requirements. Thankfully, we don’t need any of that—as long as we know where to look, to find the images we need. But, with so many different options, […]
  • A Simple Strategy to Get More Clicks, Subscribes, & Purchases on Your Book or Magazine

    Barbara Austin
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Here’s a hint: It’s all about the cover. It doesn’t matter how we shop for books and magazines—whether it’s in a physical bookstore, or online via Amazon.com—the cover is, more often than not, the lure that makes us want to pick it up (or click) to learn more. For example, the dystopian book series that’s […]
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  • SEO Tips for Small Businesses

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    18 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is one the most touted digital marketing trick. I wouldn’t say over-rated here, because SEO is indeed one of the key and imperative factor for increased traffic and visibility, online. But is it really that tough and arduous to get it right? I shall leave that on you to decide, and meanwhile share some quick and easy SEO tips, just like our effortless, stress-free website builder to help you set your website, blog, or any other online asset right. 1. Get That Title Precise How did you plan to start reading this blog post? Or for that matter whatever you…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 4

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    14 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Allow me to share some facts first: Over 1/3 of Facebook’s 600 million+ user base uses Facebook Mobile Over 50% of Twitter 165 million user base uses Twitter Mobile 200 million+ YouTube views occur on mobile devices per day One half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices On analyzing these facts and figures together, we would realize that how mobiles, smartphones have entered and become an imperative marketing channel. How they have become an indispensable part of every business’s digital marketing strategy and hence, our today’s strategy — Mobile Marketing. Get…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 3

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    9 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Before we discuss another noteworthy marketing strategy, let’s think and reason out why would anyone come to your website? Why would they spend their time reading, your information/thoughts/about you? Why of all would they choose to interact with you? The answer could be you are an expert in that field, you can guide them well with their queries and/or may be you know it all. But of all above, one thing is for sure and a must, and that is your content strategy to engage, share information, form a connect is perfect. And that’s what we plan to get yours right too — Content Marketing…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 2

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    7 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    We are sure that with Web Start Today web designs by your side and our last blog in the same series about how to perk up your website, your website must be shining & gleaming, outshining your competitors. But let me remind you, while it is one of the most important step but that’s just the starting of the journey. Another important step, marketing tool you must explore is Social Media — Leverage it. Know Your Handles Spend some time knowing your target audience, their habits, and analyze which social media handle will work best for your business. For instance, for a jeweler or a…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas

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    30 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    You might be producing best of the product, or providing flawless services or simply selling the finest, but for it to sell and your business to succeed and flourish, your target audience/potential customers need to know about you — you need to market yourself, your business. And that’s what this blog is all about — effective digital marketing tips for Small & Medium Businesses. So let me come out clearly. Grow out of your Shop Foremost, you need to be present online, and that’s why we are here — Web Start Today, a premium website builder. A website, aptly designed as per your…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Get Corporate Sponsorship for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every small business needs revenue, and while many companies rely on sales of products or services as the main income source, there are other ways to raise funds. Corporate sponsorship is a mutual business proposition that offers something in exchange for a financial commitment from a corporation. These relationships have been growing throughout the years. In fact, companies spent $18 billion on sponsorships in 2013 alone. So how can your small business tap into this market? Let’s look at five ways you can get sponsorships from Corporate America. 1. Know your platform and the companies that…
  • How To Keep Your Small Business Relevant and Top of Mind

    Melinda Emerson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 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 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @DeborahShane.  Deborah Shane is a branding strategist, social media consultant, featured writer and speaker.  Author of two books, her new book #trusthewhy Fundamentals, Value and Humor Get You Through Anything, is a blog to book collection of 56 articles about, careers, social media, branding, marketing, professional advancement and her award winning book from 2011 Career…
  • 5 Ways to SEO Power Your Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article You are taking all levels of effort to make sure your blog is branded, engaging and consistent, but are you powering it with SEO tactics to fuel an engagement from the most important of Internet entities – Google? Google loves to scour blogs and is happy (yes, happy) to reward genuine ‘white hat’ content. However, Google cannot reward what it cannot scrutinize. That means all of your hard work in building your blog’s brand awareness, positioning yourself as a thought leader, nurturing connections with social media influencers and generating timely, entertaining and…
  • Blogging Series Part 3: How to Monetize Your Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    While the benefits to blogging are many in terms of the traffic it brings your business, there are even more ways to profit from blogging. One of the main benefits of building a huge following on your blog is to become a person of influence. Once you are a person of influence, you can monetize your blog because there are corporations who will pay for access for your audience. There are several strategies you can use to monetize your blog, but we’ll focus on four. 1. Selling Your Own Products The natural fit for creating revenue from your blog is selling your own products and services.
  • How to Develop Your Content Strategy

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:30 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 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with John Hall, @influenceandcoJohn is the co-founder and CEO of Influence & Co., a content marketing firm that focuses on strategic alignment across all long-form content marketing efforts including external thought leadership, owned-media publication development, blog content, and whitepaper development, all strategically aligned to authentically grow influence and…
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  • Breakfast for champions – You’ll love this low calorie omelet recipe

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Eggs are one of the most eaten breakfast foods and rightfully so. Loaded with protein, eggs are easy to prepare. Add in the right ingredients, and eggs become a filling food. Furthermore, of all the dishes you can cook using eggs, breakfast sandwiches and omelets are dishes that millions of Americans order from restaurants and food trucks each morning. You don’t have to live out West to love this omelet However, you don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay for an omelet to enjoy a hearty egg breakfast. You can make this omelet at home in less than 20 minutes.
  • Using your creative talents to build a successful enterprise

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell The first years of your working career might be spent trying to find jobs that pay the rent or mortgage. If you use your creative or artistic abilities several times before and after you start working these “pay the bills” jobs, you might feel a twinge of regret, something pulling you to change careers. This is what happened to Christine Hughes, owner of Darling Studio. Take creative talents from part-time to full-time business success Christine shares at her official website that, “Like many artists, I took the long way here. I studied communications…
  • Boost your chances of getting jobs you really want

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    21 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    By Edward Johnson Online job boards come with specific advantages. Search for employment at online job boards and you gain access to hundreds of jobs in a matter of minutes. Pay attention to salaries associated with specific jobs, and you could also discover pay ranges for jobs that interest you. Identifying responsibilities aligned with work roles, noticing the signs of a stable company versus a company that’s struggling to get a handle on its cash flows and getting an idea of how long a role has been open are other advantages you get access to when you search for employment using…
  • Marrying great restaurants and great business deals

    admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Annually restaurants in the United States generate more than $665 billion in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). A good portion of this revenue comes from entrepreneurs and senior business leaders, people who understand the value of good communication and rewarding dining. When clients love great food you introduce them to Simply inviting an existing or prospective client out to lunch or dinner can create feelings of appreciation in these guests. Choose the right restaurant and entrepreneurs could close a deal they’d been working on for…
  • How to eat to lose 10 pounds fast

    admin
    31 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Rhonda Campbell   Losing weight and getting down to a healthy weight is a sign of self-love. Even losing 10 pounds could help you avoid high blood pressure and joint pain. Dropping weight could also set a positive example for your children and grandchildren. Weight loss that leads to better health Dr. Oz puts it this way, “The average American woman has a BMI of 28, which is overweight – nearly obese. Her waists measures 37 inches, almost 5 inches too wide, and she weighs nearly 165 pounds. In 1960, the average American woman’s weight was 140 pounds. If we continue at this…
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  • Why Mobile-Based Businesses May Be the Way of the Future

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant A lot of businesses struggle with bringing customers to their establishment, either a physical location or online, but have you ever thought about going to them? Mobile-based businesses are becoming a hot trend, and with the baby boomer generation getting older and less mobile (no pun intended), and the younger generation over taxed time-wise, we might see the return of former ways, such as the door to door salesman, doctors making house calls and the milk man. One industry that has really proven to be successful as a mobile set-up is the…
  • Why Artisans May Want to Rethink Selling to the Low End Market

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have had a lot of very successful small businesses, who are technically having great success selling on popular online marketplaces, come to me and ask for advice as to why that despite this success, they are still not making money. Here is the conundrum. When you try to sell to the low-end market (which these businesses are), you have to be able to produce significant volume in order to make any money because your profit margins are so thin. To meet this significant volume means you have to hire additional labor, which again cuts into…
  • Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products to be in Holiday Gift Guides NOW

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I had to re-run this post I ran last year, but with a few updates. As you may know, print magazines typically work about four months in advance. So, right now they are planning their December issues (which go on sale in November), and a big part of any December issue is a holiday gift guide. So if you want your products to be included, you need to be pitching them to editors now. How to Pitch Email is still the best way to pitch to writers and editors. Keep it short and to the point, n one has the time to read a huge pitch. Include a…
  • Why Polyvore is a Marketing Goldmine for Ecommerce Shops … and Not Just For Fashion

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    by Gail Oliver Polyvore is a social media shopping site that has been around for a while, in fact, I have been recommending it to my clients for a few years. In its origins, members would create “sets” of fashion outfits typically on a certain style or theme. These sets include links to buy the items shown directly from the online shop they appear on. Polyvore has grown significantly since its early days and now you will see sets for every type of product – beauty, weddings, entertaining, decor, home goods, babies & kids, vintage and even local shopping. The target market…
  • You’ll Sell More If Your Product Photos Show Solutions to Customers’ Problems

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    by Gail Oliver I have written before about how to Up-sell More of Your Products Using Vignette-Style Photos, and How to Make a Photo Sell Your Products, but I wanted to give you an example of a photo that got me to buy. I saw these framed letters at Ballard Designs recently and thought they were nice, but felt that I had no need. Then I saw the second photo on their design blog. I had been looking for something to fill up a long narrow wall in my home and this was the perfect solution. But as a customer, I had walked away initially because I didn’t understand right away how I could…
 
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  • How can you use word of mouth to drive up business?

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    There are countless marketing techniques to help raise consumer awareness of your small business, but in the face of technological avenues, word-of-mouth strategies can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. However, this is an especially valuable resource for entrepreneurs and startup companies. Not only can this form of marketing help drum up business, but it can result in cost-savings and allow you to prioritize your strategies and small business funding. In a survey of small business owners based in Philadelphia conducted by Verizon and Small Business Trends, respondents indicated that about…
  • 3 technology trends that benefit small businesses

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Technology is your best friend if you’re a small business owner. Having the latest tech can allow you to compete with bigger companies and make you more appealing to prospective clients and employees. There are many ways you can put technology to work for your company, and they all have the ability to help you conserve small business funding while improving and growing your enterprise. Here are three ways you can take advantage of technology in your small business: 1. Going green Small businesses typically have budgets to match, so any opportunity to save money and preserve resources…
  • 5 ways to foster a productive and innovative workplace

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Innovation and productivity are two cornerstones of small business success, as these elements will help your company grow and transform. A stale, stagnant work environment can leave employees without much will to go above and beyond what is required of them, which can hinder your enterprise’s rate of development. Proactively addressing productivity levels and bolstering enthusiasm in the workplace will directly benefit your company, as productive employees are far more likely to come up with new, innovative solutions for improving and changing various aspects of the business. There are…
  • 5 tips for finding the right employees

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Economic expansion means companies large and small are getting bigger and stronger, which means many will need to hire more employees to accommodate their growing and changing needs. In fact, a recent survey from Manpower Group revealed that the outlook for hiring in the third quarter of 2014 is up 14 percent, which is the highest level since mid-2008. The Small Business Administration reported that small businesses are responsible for 55 percent of all jobs in the U.S. For startups looking to bring on new staff members, finding qualified applicants for available positions is much easier…
  • Best and worst states for small businesses

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    So many factors contribute to the success of a small business, and location is one of the big ones. Even for companies that operate solely online, where they choose to set up their base of operations can make a difference. Some states provide better resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs than others, whether in the form of community support or assistance with regulations and small business compliance. With factors such as zoning, health and safety, employment, taxes and licensing to consider in starting a new enterprise, having access to resources can help small business owners save…
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  • How Legislation Affects Your Business and Personal Lives

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Legislation have significant impact on your business and personal lives. Find out how you can get comprehensive information on various laws. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Innovative Ways to Track the Reach of Television Programming

    SmallBizViewpoints
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A new breed of technology tracks the television viewing habits around the world. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Online Training can Help Franchises Grow

    SmallBizViewpoints
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Online training can help franchises provide uniform and cost effective training to all franchisors. Explore various options and benefits of online training for franchises. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Business Owners: Cover Your Legal Bases before Getting into Trouble

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    13 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Small business owners can get into lot of legal hot water if they are not careful about protecting themselves beforehand. Learn different types of lawsuits and how to deal with them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Finding an Engineering Position at a Small Company

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    8 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Tips for job seekers on finding the right engineering position at a small company. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Little Fish in a Big Pond: The life of a College Intern

    Justin Walsh
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What I thought an internship consisted of and what it actually consists of are two separate things. I expected a lot of photo copying, getting coffee for everyone and doing much too much meaningless time consuming work. Getting an internship at Direct Capital, I immediately found that not to be true, except for the coffee, which turned out to be only a little true. I am currently going on my senior year majoring in marketing at Plymouth State University and playing baseball. Extreme sports and music are some of my passions, while looking forward when I finally get out of school I can work for…
  • The Benefits of Restaurant Equipment Leasing

    DanielleRoller
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The largest restaurant in the world, seats about 6,014 people, cost $40,000,000 to build and has over 1,800 employees!  Maybe your restaurant isn’t exactly the Bawabet Dimashq located in Syria, but you are trying to expand and get your restaurant headed in the next direction.  For starters, in order to expand you need some things: Capital Employees And Equipment!   As a restaurant owner you always want the best for your business and it’s important to consider your options.  The foundation of a restaurant should be a couple of things; however one of those should include your…
  • How to Get a Business Loan Approved: Advice from 22 Small Business Finance Experts

    DanielleRoller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to the internet, web apps, and various methods of business automation that now exist, starting a new business today is undoubtedly much easier than it was even just a decade ago. But unless you are a lean technology startup that is built either wholly or mostly on the web, there are some time-old growth challenges that are unavoidable for new and growing businesses, one of which is building capital. For many businesses, building capital inevitably means successfully obtaining a business loan. As a company that works closely with businesses as they build capital, we at Direct Capital…
  • 10 Features Your Business Website Should Have

    DanielleRoller
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Direct Capital does their best to help small businesses in every way. We know owning a business can be overwhelming, so we are here to offer some tips to make things a little easier. This article will provide insights on your Business’s Website. We’ve generated a list of the Top 10 Features Every Good Business Website Should Have: 1. Clear Description of Who you Are Your homepage is the first thing people will see when browsing your website. To attract their attention, you should clearly show your name and what you do. You want to encourage them to stay on your site, so give them a good…
  • 50 Money Management Blogs to Help You Take Control of Your Finances

    DanielleRoller
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Everyone can hope for a better financial future – whether for yourself or your business, there’s always room for more money. But not everyone is a money-management genius or a stock-market expert, so it’s helpful to turn to someone with more experience for answers to your most burning financial questions.   We’ve identified 50 of the best money management blogs to help you get a better handle on your personal and business finances, with tips for investing, planning for retirement, organizing business finances, curbing spending and more. You’ll find answers to just about…
 
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  • My experience reviewing 8 webinar software options

    Dan Norris
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    There are a lot of webinar software options available these days, so I was pretty excited to see what I would find. Unfortunately my results were less than inspiring. Here are the findings. Note these details were current when I looked, but I’ve provided links to their sites so you can check for the updated details.  Criteria Here are the features we were looking for in webinar software. Must have Can support 50 people and can scale into the hundreds Works when we test it! Reasonably priced Nice to have Nice UI Easy setup / installation process Runs on mobile Can stream webinars…
  • Our exact hands off process for hiring developers offshore

    Dan Norris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When I started WP Curve, it was just me and my lead developer Andrew. As we signed up more clients, we had to hire more people – fast. Fast forward 12 months and we employ 16 people in total across 10 different cities. We need one more developer for every ~30 customers we sign up. When we started growing at ~60 customers per month, we realised we needed to put a robust process together for managing it. It’s funny because I started out in HR, but left because I didn’t like it. Now I find myself writing HR policies! In this post, I will run through our exact process. This is an…
  • Website Review: 10 ways to improve appetizingsites.com

    Dan Norris
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Here’s post number 2 in my new series of free website reviews. In this review, I run through appetizingsites.com and suggest 10 ways to improve it. I’ve based these around some of the ideas in our website review template which you can grab at the end of this review. The only people that use the word Solution are hair dressers. Create copy that speaks to real people – CLICK TO TWEET About Appetizing Sites The founder Jason contacted me and provided this information: The site is a side project for his agency designed to bring in more consistent revenue. Launched 1.5 years…
  • Frank Body – 0 to 350,000 Instagram followers in 12 months

    Dan Norris
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:13 pm
    This is a story I’d collected for my upcoming free book, The 7 Day Startup. I collected at least 30 stories and I had to remove about 10 of them. This was one of the best but I felt it wasn’t the most practical for the readers of the book so I decided to post it up here. It’s short but there are a few more resources at the bottom. In early 2013, a regular customer walked into a cafe in Melbourne and asked for some used coffee to be used as an exfoliate. Steve Rowley, the owner of the cafe, naturally saw this as a business opportunity. Who wouldn’t? Speaking with his…
  • Website review of Cars 4 Motor Group

    Dan Norris
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Hey guys last week on my email list, I offered to review a few websites / businesses. Here is my review of Cars 4 Motor Group with all of the details. If you have any opinions on what I say or how to help Richard with his business please help out in the comments below.  If you like this content, comment and I’ll do more like this. Here is the video, I’ve written up the details below. Here is the slidedeck for the review Cars 4 motor_group_website_review_wpcurve from Dan Norris Copywriting – Start with why customers wouldn’t choose you, as opposed to why they would.
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  • Upcoming Travel? 5 Tips to Get Work Done While on the Road

    Megan Totka
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your job requires you to travel, you probably know how challenging it is to get much accomplished between boarding flights, attending conferences and meetings and getting much-needed sleep. The hassle of traveling combined with work stress can make business trips very taxing. Recent research from the CWT Travel Solutions Group tells us that an employee traveling for work can lose up to 6.9 hours on a trip due to stress (Tweet This). To better manage your email and workload so your return to the office isn’t too overwhelming, take a look at these five tips. Be Realistic When it comes to…
  • Boom or Bust: Keeping One Step Ahead In The World of Retail

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need an edge in business. Most of the time, you’re flying blind. You wonder how it is that everyone around you is doing so well while you feel like you’re on shaky ground. The truth is that your competitors aren’t really all that well off either. They’re just keeping up appearances. Here’s how to ditch the status quo, stay one step ahead, and actually be confident in your company. Establish a Killer Email Marketing System You have to step up your marketing game. Most companies that are successful use a sophisticated system to send out weekly or monthly reminder emails, but…
  • 5 Important Lessons to Teach Your Sales Staff

    Guest Author
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One challenge for sales managers is making the transition from being an individual sales contributor to being responsible for the performance of other sales people. If the sales people on your team are less experienced or less skilled than you, there might be a learning curve. One of the most crucial roles for a sales manager is to lead by example and constantly teach, train and mentor the sales team. Here are five of the most important sales concepts to relate to your team to help your sales people exceed expectations: 1. Sales is a process Sales is about building relationships, and that can…
  • The Perfect Cold-Calling Email

    Resource Nation
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cold-calling emails can be tough to write, and it’s disheartening getting lack-luster results after spending hours writing and sending. However, when written well, “cold emails” are definitely an effective form of networking. Here are some tips to writing the perfect cold-call email that will get you the responses you’re looking for. Have a clear subject Writing a clear email subject is always important, but it’s doubly so when cold-calling. Since the person you’re emailing probably has no point of reference for you or your email, the subject of the email needs to be concise and…
  • 5 Ways to Learn About Business Finance Without Getting a Degree

    Guest Author
    17 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today’s world of technology and instant information, learning about any subject isn’t impossible — this includes the seemingly opaque world finance. Sure, going to college and earning a piece of paper that proves your financial foundation is always an option, but you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on tuition to become the next financial guru. With that said, here are five ways to learn about finance without getting a degree from an expensive institution. Read a Clear, Concise Introductory Book on Finance Before you dive deeper, familiarize yourself with and…
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  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

    Tanya Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    RSS readers can be a great source of content.  I’ve used them for years and I love how I can organize what I most love to read and share, all in one place.   I generally like to categorize my reader based on topics that I share related to my niche, personal interests, humor, world news, etc. If you have a website or blog the one thing you need on a regular basis is lots of material to write about.  But at some point your idea stream starts to run a little dry. This article is about ways you find ideas to consistently come up with fresh and exciting content using RSS readers.
  • How Sanebox Helped Me Free Up More Time to Work On Content

    Tanya Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    According to the Radicati Group, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received per day. And the fact is, as a business owner the more content you put out, the more likely you are to get content in return, mostly in the form of email. Responsive emails could include reports you’ve set up to monitor your sales activity, social media comments about your brand, questions being asked, purchases made (cha-ching), or any number of things. It’s a fact … email is here to stay and it’s a huge part of every day business…
  • How to Grab Your Reader’s Attention in 15 Seconds or Less

    Tanya Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Grabbing your reader’s attention within the first 15 seconds of seeing your content is critical to keeping them on your website. However, if you can hit  a reader right at the start by tackling the most important question of “What’s in it for me?”, you’ll have a good chance that they’ll read or consume whatever content you are providing. Basically, if your marketing and your content don’t answer this question in fifteen seconds or less, chances are you’re going to lose your visitor. So how exactly do you grab your reader’s attention and…
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Content

    Tanya Smith
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you gotten in the habit of just slapping up a new article or blog post on your site, just to add something fresh and new? If so, you may be missing out on traffic and new readers. Let me explain. People visit websites and blogs because they are looking for information. Much of the time they have a problem which they want to solve. How many times have you been grateful to someone when they told you how to fix something or said that a certain product is what you need? Think about how you can apply the “purposeful content” principle to your blog and to other content you share…
  • Social Media Tools That Help You Automate Sharing Content

    Tanya Smith
    7 May 2014 | 3:43 am
    There are a number of tools and services out there designed to help time-stretched business owners manage your content on social media accounts without being there 24/7. Love it or hate it, social media tools that automate your content can save you time for a number of reasons: They let you schedule posts far in advance – you can save time by batching your social media content creation. They make it easy to share your new blog posts automatically. They let you post content on a pre-defined schedule (e.g. every day at 1pm) rather than forcing you to input a set date and time for each…
 
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Passion or Money: Gleaming the Career Cube

    Gregg Rodriguez
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Recently someone I’ve been casually advising on career development asked me, “Should I go for the passion or choose more money?”  The age-old question we’re all faced with at some point—and one that can come at any point in our careers. When we’re young, it’s easy to just ‘go for the money.’ “Show me the money!” as it were, is what was foremost on my mind when I finally graduated college. I figured if I had the money, the rest will fall into place. Of course that desire was driven by the fact that I’d driven a really crappy car for several years, that broke down…
  • How to Start Your Six-Figure Journey!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    9 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao Tzu, Chinese Philospher So it seems everyone would like to make a six-figure salary. My previous blog post on my six-figure journey got the most views ever, which made me think a lot more about this, sometimes mythical seeming, achievement. First of all, it’s not mythical. It is possible–and more importantly, it is possible for a lot more people than you would imagine. Including you! That said, I will spend the next few months talking about this journey and giving you tips and ideas for how to do it based on what…
  • Six Figures in Seven Years: From Slacker to Guru

    Gregg Rodriguez
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Every job you have, no matter how crappy, can teach you something, about business, leadership, or about yourself. If you let it. Create your own career path! We all have a career dream. Or had one at some time. Though that dream, if not forgotten or discarded, rarely comes to fruition in the way we envision. Sometimes it doesn’t come to life at all–because life happens, and we often let it derail us. In the words of Scott M. Peck, from his book The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult.” It’s true. It is. Sometimes it downright sucks. One of my college psychology professors…
  • Dear College Graduates

    Gregg Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Originally posted on grodland: brainstorms that mean business™: They say it’s lonely at the top, but where exactly is the top? Do we ever reach it? Here is why I ask that question: One of my many nephews is going off to college, finally. I use the word “finally” only to make a point. He’s 21. Although, I wholeheartedly believe 21 is a very good age to begin college, and 25 even better–18 is still too young an age to be granted such freedom, and expected to stay focused at the same time. I also refer to this with “finally” because at that age when someone decides to put off…
  • Thanks to all those who follow my blog!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    It rule appreciate that you follow my blog–and honored that you read my writing, especially when there’s a deep blue sea of blogs out there. For that I am truly grateful. I am always open to your ideas, suggestions for topics and willing to answer your questions. Brainstorm your way to Success! I hope you guys have a great week. If you are looking for a job, I wish you the best on your job search. Remember to customize your resume to each job–almost as if you drafted the resume especially for that potential role. And don’t be afraid to use their own words on your…
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • How to choose a modern point-of-sale for your small business

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Michelle Yuan, Director of Sales and Marketing, bindopos.com. Guest blogger Michelle Yuan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bindo, shares tips on purchasing your next point of sale system. Let’s face it: Running a small business with a legacy point of sale (POS) is tough. I know this first-hand as Director of Sales and Marketing at Bindo, a cloud-based iPad point-of-sale with a web and mobile storefront enabling online shopping for the end consumer. Not only are retail stores and quick service restaurants spending hours, and perhaps even days, updating the information on their systems,…
  • Delete that tweet or get out of your seat

    Hunter Hoffmann
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Social Media TipsSmall businesses and individuals need to be smart when using social media. Social media is the great equalizer between consumers and businesses.  A customer who has a bad experience with a product or service can now immediately broadcast it to the world over social media.  That’s just what one man did last week when he tried cancel his Comcast cable and ran into a particularly unhelpful customer service rep.  The result?  Comcast apologized, his service was cancelled and the company was put on notice that aggressive account…
  • Webinar recap: 8 tips for reducing social media legal risks

    Tiffany Winbush
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Social Media TipsSocial media use has become essential, but there are some legal risks you should be aware of. Click here to view the embedded video. The Hiscox Media and Entertainment Liability Insurance division recently hosted a webinar highlighting the legal risks associated with using social media. By now we’re sure you know the importance of using social media for business. And you’ve probably even started using several social media platforms. But have you thought about the implications associated with copyright and trademark infringement,…
  • TweetChat recap: Making the most of summer months

    Tiffany Winbush
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceMake the most of the remaining months of summer. Our second TweetChat with Hiscox Entrepreneur-in-Residence Brian Moran took place last week. Our first TweetChat focused on small business efficiency and this month’s chat shared tips on how small business owners can make the most out of the remaining two months of summer. Brian’s most recent post for the Hiscox small business blog highlighted 5 steps to making the most of summer months. The TweetChat expanded on this topic and provided tips on work-life balance,…
  • Summer insurance tips for real estate agents

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Business picks up for real estate owners during the summer. Make sure you’re insured with the proper small business insurance coverage. The last few years have been tumultuous for real estate, to say the least.  The pendulum-swing shift from a sellers’market to a buyers’and back again, seems to happen faster than ever, so small business owners in the real estate industry must remain vigilant about market micro-trends.  This summer’s biggest news?  It’s estimated that 60% of all homes will be bought and sold from May to August. As a real estate professional you’re in the thick…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • 5 Ways to Bring Your Old School Company into the 21st Century

    Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Many small companies that have been around for a while are a bit stuck in the past.  We see this often in family businesses that still do things the same way they did when they first started 20 years ago. If it’s not broken, why fix it?  That’s the thinking of many companies who value tradition over all else.  But, as the Millennial generation grows into full-fledged adults with huge consumer power, it’s critical that all types of businesses stay modern if they want to stay in business. Right now, a quarter of the population is between 18 and…
  • Financial Lessons You Can Learn from Game of Thrones

    Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Lessons on How TV’s Most Ruthless Leaders Do Business While the movers and shakers of Westeros are fictional characters living in a fantasy world, their plays for power and leadership challenges are very realistic.  And shrewd business leaders who watch the show likely see some of their own strategies reflected back to them on a grand scale. Despite the fact that some of the leaders in the story have supernatural powers, they are just as bound by the limits of money as we are, and we can learn some excellent lessons about managing finances from…
  • How to: Nail the PowerPoint Presentation and Wow Clients

    Contributor
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: We all know what it’s like sitting through a lackluster presentation, it can leave you bored, unimpressed and in too many cases asleep. On the flip side, a professional, engaging, interactive presentation can make you feel energised and wanting more. If you’re looking to wow potential clients by showing them everything your company is capable of, then you need to make sure you really nail the presentation. So, how can you make your business presentation really cut through the PowerPoint dominated world? These tips will make sure you’re…
  • Comparing Payment Gateways

    Stacy Jackson
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Do you plan to sell products online? One of the key decisions you will have to make for your e-commerce endeavor concerns accepting payments. Check out this infographic from CueCommerce to help you compare payment gateways. The post Comparing Payment Gateways appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • Storage Solutions: Ideas To Make Data More Streamlined

    Brooke Chaplan
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Efficiencies can be gained in various places throughout a business, though you may not know where to begin in a complex business system. The impact of a faster system and more streamlined process can also have an impact on your employees, business partners, suppliers, and customers. There are always things that you can streamline your data and business if you just look in the right places. Reduce Paper One of the fastest ways to streamline your data is by looking at the paper flow in your business. Paperwork can pile up very quickly. It can add unnecessary…
 
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • How To Overcome ‘The Marketing Problem’

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Over the past ten years, I have met many businesses in a huge variety of different industries from hairdressers to engineers working with cutting edge technology, from retailers to wholesalers, from tradespeople to professionals, manufacturers and service businesses.
  • Are You Getting Results From Your Website? How To Audit Your Digital Marketing

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
  • How to Create a Business Case for an Increase in Marketing Budget

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    When many of us are still feeling the pinch due to the economic downturn, you need to remain cautious about decision making, spending and budgeting within your business. These uncertain times also mean that you have to prioritise if you want your business to ride the storm, and increasing your marketing budget should be one of those top priorities. 
  • How Does Business Coaching Help With Digital Marketing?

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:30 am
      Lots of our clients that we speak to are surprised to hear we started as a coaching business, but digital marketing was a natural next step for us. In this article I am going to outline what coaching is, how we got into digital and how our coaching comes through our service.
  • Inbound Marketing, Online Advertising & SEO: JDR’s One Day Marketing Workshop

    11 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The JDR Group have once again joined together to host a One Day Marketing Workshop open to all our clients. The latest took place on Thursday 5th June at the Leicester Marriott Hotel. This is a key event we regularly host for our clients. We want to give our clients a better understanding of a range of topics including online marketing, marketing trends, tactics and techniques.  This allowed our clients to get away from their busy working environment to spend a day with four internet marketing experts to help work on their business marketing strategy, meet other business owners and spend…
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance» Three Reasons Why Rejection Hurts Your Business

  • Three Reasons Why Rejection Hurts Your Business

    James
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    In life, getting rejected stinks. When preparing your corporate documents, not filing timely or properly jeopardizes your “good standing.” Getting them rejected outright wastes your valuable time, and can even chalk up to a financial loss. A rejection is not … Read more >>
  • Illinois Secretary of State Reopens After Fire

    James
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    7/23/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is open once more, after a small fire shut down business filing services Tuesday. If you’re registering in Illinois, expect a bit of a delay, but normal processing times should resume shortly.… Read more >>
  • Illinois Secretary of State Closed Due to Small Fire

    James
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    7/22/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is closed today due to a small fire. Though the fire has been contained, the building is experiencing electrical issues and has no air conditioning. As a result, the state is only able … Read more >>
  • When Should I Incorporate My Nonprofit?

    James
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    One of the toughest parts of starting a nonprofit is knowing whether to incorporate, and when to do so. The decision has two factors: whether you should register as a nonprofit corporation in your state, and when, between concept and … Read more >>
  • UPDATE: New IRS Form 1023-EZ

    James
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    On July 1, 2014, the IRS released Form 1023-EZ, a new way of applying for federal tax exemption under 501(c)(3). At the time of the announcement, there was much uncertainty about the effectiveness and desired outcomes of this new form. … Read more >>
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • How to Create a High-performance Virtual team of Independent Contractors

    Tiffany C. Wright
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
     As the former owner of a construction trade publication that operated virtually, I understand well the issues regarding virtual teams. Because we published on a monthly basis, not a weekly basis, and focused on one major metropolitan area, Atlanta, I could not justify hiring part-time employees. In our operations, except for the sales staff, we […]
  • How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here is a post by a guest contributor, JonJon Yeung of the award winning TUG Agency. This post speaks to why and how you can alter your marketing to trigger emotional responses in your targeted prospects. His article is highly illuminating and insightful. Enjoy! – TCW   How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand […]
  • Purchase Order Financing: Interview with Midland American Capital

    Tiffany C. Wright
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today is the second part of a two-part interview with Carolyn McClure, Senior Vice President, Midland American Capital, one of the few purchase order financing firms in the U.S. and Canada. Purchase order financing can be a viable option for younger companies with orders from reputable, credit-worthy firms and government entities and older companies with […]
  • Purchase Order Financing: A Little Known Funding Option

    Tiffany C. Wright
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have written about purchase order financing before and discuss it in my book, The Funding Is Out There!. Purchase order financing is not as readily available as business owners would like, but it is available. Today and Friday I share a two-part interview with Carolyn McClure, Senior Vice President Business Development Officer (Midwest Region) […]
  • Is PE Bad or Good?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Do those of you who were not that athletic in middle/junior high school or high school remember when you had to take PE class? Did you try to avoid it as much as the academically challenged tried (and likely succeeded!) to avoid calculus or chemistry? That “PE” stood for physical education. What’s the value of […]
 
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    Small Business Heroes

  • A normal day in the office: conversations in stock photos

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Image source Woman on the left: “OH, you kissed Ben from accounts at the party last night? Good for YOU! Please tell me more!” Woman on the right: *nervously* “I’m sorry! It just kind of happened… I know how you feel about him, but when love takes over…” Woman on the left: “No, it’s fine, I’m totally cool with this. TOTALLY COOL. Basically frozen. See my cool face? See it? By the way, you’re dead to me.” Image source Woman on the right: “Oh man, it was SUCH a weird and profound dream. Like, I was just frolicking in a glade, right? And then this huge, like,…
  • What your employees really want: the low-down

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Staffing can be a tricky business. We’ve talked before about hiring and firing – but what is the elusive secret to keeping your staff happy once they’re installed in the office? Great news for small business owners – a recent study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that what employees really want  is responsibility, recognition, and friendly colleagues – not giant paychecks, impressive bonuses, and head-spinning benefits. Here are some of the key takeaways from the survey, and why they’re great for small business owners… Workmates are important…
  • Are you wasting valuable time on inefficient bookkeeping? There’s an easy solution.

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    By Heather Baker, MD of TopLine Comms My love affair with accounting software started in 2010 when I began using Xero. It revolutionised the way my business manages its books, and helped me to make sense of our accounting process for the first time (I know – scary to think I didn’t have a handle on this 2 years into running my company!). I was so happy to have found it and I thought no one would ever make a piece of software that I love as much as Xero… Then I found Receipt Bank and sparks flew all over again. Receipt Bank helps people deal with receipts and invoices Receipt Bank is…
  • Small businesses with a difference: the heartbreak coach

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Sara Davison runs a business unlike any other.  Her experience of divorce, combined with her skills as a life coach, inspired her to create a divorce coaching programme that helps people get through the trauma of heartbreak. We talked to Sara more about her unique business, and what heartbreak coaching entails! How did you get into heartbreak and divorce coaching? I’ve been working in personal development for seventeen years now. I’ve worked with really great motivational speakers, such as Anthony McKenna, and became a market practioner myself, coaching clients to achieve their goals. I…
  • 6 top apps for business trips this summer

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Andy Speight, managing director, Digital Trip Whether you want to keep on top of business stuff while you’re taking a trip abroad this summer, or you’re travelling for work, when it comes to technology there are other things to consider apart from remembering the right adaptor. From helping you around to sussing out the local lingo, there are plenty of apps that can improve your trip – ones that will save you from having to pay hefty bills, stop you getting ripped off, and even prevent you from burning in the sun. No more getting lost or being laughed at by locals – with these…
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    OPEN Forum

  • How to Create Security Awareness in the Workplace

    Robert Siciliano
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Imagine if every IT security manager had the budget, the resources and the necessary talent to keep all hardware secure, business customer information safe and sensitive data protected. It would be a dream come true. The reality, however, is that it still wouldn’t be enough protection. There would be leaks and data breaches, because the weakest links in most systems are people—the human element. Two things must happen to increase security awareness in businesses: Leaders must become vocal about security, and employees must become knowledgeable. One way to shore up your…
  • Is Using Social Media to Nab Shoplifters a Smart Idea?

    Kelly Spors
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Some local retailers think they’ve found a clever way to catch shoplifters: by posting images of them on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. Plato’s Closet, a resale store in Overland Park, Kansas, says shoplifters often walk out with hundreds of dollars’ worth of merchandise. The store recently began posting security camera images of people spotted shoplifting on its Facebook page and asking the public to help it identify them. It sarcastically calls the posts “Customers of the Day” and adds additional information, such as the believed shoplifters’ outfits, tattoos…
  • Be a Social Media Rock Star: 6 Tips From the Pros

    Dorie Clark
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    For many small-business owners, social media can be frustrating. You blog or tweet or post on Facebook, but your following barely grows. How can you build your fan base? Start by following the advice from social media power users who have built substantial followings of their own. 1. Be consistent. You can’t build a following if people don’t know when they’ll be hearing from you, says Jay Baer, author of Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help not Hype. “You are asking people to make your content worthy of consistent attention and subscription, the same way a newspaper wants…
  • 5 Ways to Tell If a Risk Is Shrewd … or Stupid

    Geoff Williams
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    At heart, most entrepreneurs are risk-takers. That’s partly because you can’t start a business without taking at least one. From the moment you start a company, you’re risking your time and your money. And the risks never really stop: Growing a business often means tweaking your formula, testing out new marketing campaigns, and doing something just a little different from your competition. And that little something different can bring great results—or not. So how do you know whether a risk you’re about to take is calculated and shrewd—or stupid and reckless? You…
  • How to Weed Out the Worst Job Applicants (and Find a Star Employee)

    Mike Michalowicz
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recruiting and maintaining your workforce can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of owning a business. While you may have lots of great prospects, it’s certain that some applicants will be a better fit for your company than others, and sifting through them all is often a daunting task. It turns out that the key to efficient hiring is filtering—creating a series of progressive hoops that every applicant must jump through in order to get to the next stage. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating that you build silly little mindless tasks into your interview process. What…
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    How to Write a Business Proposal

  • Client Tales: How A Personal Touch Helps Contentful Sell to Enterprise

    Sajad Ghanizada
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    “Quote Roller makes it really easy for us to create, send, and sign proposals. It gives a professional impression to our enterprise clients.” – Contentful Contentful is a content management API that makes content strategists weak in the knees! This company allows individuals and teams to create content once and distribute it across different media in a custom and adaptable way. You know those articles and information your company shares across the web and various apps? Yeah, those posts that look perfect on your website but cut off on Android devices and look terrible on…
  • Quote Roller and Intuit QuickBooks Online, Cash In On Proposals

    Jennifer Riggins
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:05 am
    First, we let you sync your QuickBooks Online contacts with Quote Roller, now we’ve kicked it up a few notches with a deeper integration, allowing you invoice using QuickBooks Online (QBO) from a Quote Roller proposal. In this blog post, we’re going to teach you to close out your deals by doing what you do best, get paid! Intuit QuickBooks Online How to Login Using Intuit Credentials We’ve integrated with Intuit, allowing you to have a single sign-in for both products. If you’re already an Intuit user, follow these simple steps to authorize your integration and start…
  • Acquiring New Business By Solving Your Clients’ Problems (Instead of Pitching Them Your Product)

    Jeremy Girard
    27 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    “A man who buys a drill doesn’t want a drill. He wants a hole.” This saying, which is attributed to Theodore Levitt – an American economist and professor at Harvard Business School, is one that you frequently hear during sales seminars and trainings. The principal behind this idea is that people do not want the product or service we can sell them – they want the outcome of that service.   Clients don’t hire a web designer or an agency because they want to engage in the process of a website redesign, as enjoyable as we may try to make it for them. They don’t hire us…
  • Seven Tips to help you JUICE your business proposal acceptance rate

    Todd Spear
    19 May 2014 | 10:08 am
    How would you like to juice your bid acceptance rate? That’s right, you are reading this correctly. I did say “juice.” Before you discredit me out-of-hand, allow me to explain what the heck I’m talking about. I’m talking about radically rethinking something important: the things that you’re doing wrong. I’m not asking you to buy snake oil, read a book, or anything other than alter what’s not working in your business proposal process. And that can mean a lot of things. Here, we’ll go through 10 things to consider changing today to juice up your business proposal acceptance…
  • Most Asked for Integration: Quote Roller Joins Salesforce’s AppExchange

    Jennifer Riggins
    13 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    Quote Roller is excited to join the Salesforce AppExchange and we wanted you, our loving clients, to know first. Now, Quote Roller’s Enterprise and new Team Plan subscribers and Salesforce’s Enterprise, Unlimited, and Developer editions can go ahead and send proposals straight from their Salesforce account. The client and opportunity details auto-populate your rockin’ Quote Roller proposal, along with, amazingly, your pricing and catalog details. Are you excited? How do I set up my Quote Roller addon You can start in Quote Roller or in Salesforce, but I think it’s a bit easier to…
 
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    Ayojideonline.com Providing Simple and Smart Solutions

  • Are Movie Downloads Costly?

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Are you afraid to go out to movie houses just to watch a movie? If you have been scared of the numerous terrorist attacks, it is best to stay at home.  If not for this reason, movie downloads could still be better if you just want to have instant entertainment wherever you may go, whenever. You could download movies online to your desktop, laptop, handheld, iPod, or other devices. You should not be afraid about costs. If you think movie downloads are expensive, you could have a point. These days, legal movie download sites are offering files for specific price tags.  Nothing comes…
  • How To Get Started with Information Products

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:17 am
    The first step to creating your own information product is to figure out what people want to know about your niche.  Think back to when you first started your business, what questions did you have? Let’s say that you own a business selling floral arrangements created from silk flowers, here are a few questions that people may want answers to: • How do I make my own arrangements?  • Where is the best place to buy the items needed to make them?   • How do I preserve them to last over the years?   • How should they be cleaned?   • How can I start a floral…
  • Tips When Choosing a Movie Download Site

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    The Internet is swamped by numerous Websites today that are offering tons of videos. Yes, watching videos is now made possible because the speed and power of the online media continues to rise.  Have you heard about downloading and watching movies online? Many users are now using the Internet because of the countless movie download sites. Are you confused because there are just too many movie download sites today? Have you tried some of them and end up being just disappointed and frustrated?  You should be very discerning and careful when choosing a movie download site, most…
  • Comprehensive Sex Education for Children’s Safety

    26 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    The issue about comprehensive sex education has always been an important and pressing subject of debate all around the world.  For quite some time, countries have been haunted by the controversies regarding whether parents should allow their children to be educated about the birds and the bees at an early age.  Many parents of course would not want to see and hear their little children talk about condoms, pre-marital sex, pregnancy, and all others. Have you ever wondered why some parents are being very protective of their children? They teach kids proper way of washing of hands…
  • Making Money Online: Tangible Products

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Reaching back into the vault and picking up where I left off… One of my first posts to this blog simply covered some basic roads one can take to Make Money Online… I’ve already covered Pure Interenet Marketing, now I’d like to touch on Tangible Products a bit. 2) Selling Tangible Products You can sell anything online. There are auction websites like eBay that will give you a huge market to sell to. OR you can simply set up a stand alone website and market your products that way. eCommerce is BIG business. I am willing to bet that most people that come online think they are going to…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • Most events aren’t meant to be remembered

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    that’s why most events aren’t that good. How many presentations, conferences, lecture’s, speeches, keynotes, and guest talks have you been in that have completely bored you to death? It’s become an epidemic, and I hate it. If you don’t intentionally try to create a memorable event why do you think people will remember it?   Start with: why will people remember this? Why will my event be different? How do we get people walking out after the event saying “holy $#!& that was amazing!!”. Maybe therein lies the secret: to create “holy…
  • 3 Things Great Leaders Always Do

    Jeph
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Why is it so rare that employees look up to their boss? Why is it that most senior leadership are referred as more of the senior part and not so much the latter? How come more people don’t look up to the leader of the organization? Why is it so rare to find a visionary, humble, head of an organization? In the future we’ll look up to leaders who understand and act upon these 3 must do’s. 1. You must have a clear vision. If your staff don’t know where you’re going it’s going to be very difficult to follow you. If your vision isn’t simple most people…
  • If You Want To Be an Amazing (Blank), Study the Amazing (Blankers)

    Jeph
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    It’s a simple thought that has profound consequences. If you wish to be the best, you must study the best. If you want to be amazing at golf, study the great golfers. If you want to be an amazing comedian, watch the great comedians. If you want to be a world renown hypnotist, you’d be wise to study the greatest hypnotists in the world. Never before has it been easier to study the masters of our craft. Whatever you do, whatever you’re into, you can find someone in the world who’s amazing at it and better yet you can subscribe to their YouTube channel. Start following…
  • 3 Must Do’s To Tell a Compelling Story

    Jeph
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    1. Start off with a big bang Introductions mean a lot in documentaries. They set the stage for what’s about to come. The intro can either turn the viewer on, having them beg for more, or can work against the film by boring the $!%$ out of the audience. Searching for Sugarman begins with the controversial story of how Rodriguez killed himself. Some say it was a gun to the head, some say it was the most gruesome suicide in history, where he doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in front of an audience. The beginning of this documentary in incredibly captivating, you…
  • The Leaked New York Times Innovation Report & Why It’s Important

    Jeph
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The New York Times (on purpose or not) leaked an innovation report which ended up being a scathing analysis of how far behind the times the Times really are. From one of the worldwide leaders in Journalism comes a humble look at their own efforts digitally. They recognize how behind they really are but it seems that they have a plan to become more relevant to a larger audience in the future. Some important highlights of the 90 page report: Competition is increasing and some of their competitors are producing some massive numbers. EG: Flipboard getting more traffic to the New York Times’…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

    Emily Farrar
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Unless you’re used to being in a new city every week, working remotely can throw all of your good, productive habits out the window. Simply being away from your normal environment is enough to squelch productivity and leave you feeling frazzled, stressed and out of sorts. Here are seven proven ways to be more effective (and more productive!) when working remotely. 1. Schedule your day When you work remotely, you’re more likely to attend business dinners, meetings, events and social gatherings related to your new work site and temporary team. Plan your day to account for interruptions and…
  • Join us for an End of Summer Social!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
 
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    BoostSuite

  • A Simple Guide to Duplicate Content. Are These 2 Myths Holding Your Traffic Back?

    Aaron Houghton
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    If you’ve ever worked with a search engine optimization professional, or if you’ve worked to optimize your website on your own, you’ve probably heard the term duplicate content. It can be terrifying. You usually hear it about it like this. Something you’ve done, or something that your web publishing tool – think WordPress – has done, is causing some of your content to show up at different URLs within your website. Or even worse, content you originally posted on your website is now being displayed on some other website. You might not even know who runs the other website.
  • Godot Media Adds BoostSuite Content Marketing Infographic to Top 50 List

    Ryan Kettler
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Thanks a lot! We’re thrilled to announced that our infographic - “The State of Small Business Content Marketing in 2014” – which was originally published in mid-May of this year, was added to the list of Top 50 Content Marketing Infographics put together by Godot Media! It’s an honor to make the list (we’re #23!), especially when mentioned in the same breath as some of the best content marketing resources around today. This lis includes the likes of Copyblogger, Quicksprout, Convince & Convert, MarketingProfs, Eloqua, Marketing Pilgrim, Content…
  • 6 Tips to Expand Your Blog Audience

    Cami Bird
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by Cami Bird of MarketMeSuite.  You have reached a plateau. You’ve built a beautiful and engaging website, you’re relatively active on your social channels, you’ve had your blog up and running and you’ve been working on content marketing for months. There’s just one BIG problem: you aren’t getting the expected views to your website. While you’ve started off on the right foot, there are a few extra steps you can take to expand your blog audience even further. Dig a bit deeper into these 6 audience-expanders to see what you may be missing out…
  • 3 Content Marketing Metrics You Should Report Every Week

    Ryan Kettler
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    How often do you review your content marketing metrics and report results to your leadership team? That question to marketers is like when a dentist asks you, “Have you been flossing regularly?” Usually the answer is what they want to hear and a lie, or it’s what they don’t want to hear and the truth. No matter if you are a CMO of a large Fortune 500, own or run a small business, or are in charge of marketing at any size company – keeping and reporting metrics is very valuable. If you’re running a content marketing campaign and expect to see results, you…
  • How One Financial Advisor Achieved Super Results Using BoostSuite

    Ryan Kettler
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you’ve ever wondered how a tool like BoostSuite can help you generate more traffic and customers online, I’d like to introduce you to James Brewer of Envision 401k Advisors. James (or JB as we know him) was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview to discuss his trials and tribulations as a small business owner and how BoostSuite has been able to help him achieve more results with less. I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to his struggles and revel in his successes. Click the play below to listen to the whole thing.   Here are a couple quotes from JB…
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    Diagramified.com

  • Building Your Own Website?

    Marcus Schaller
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Few things can be quite as overwhelming as trying to build your own business website. Here are 5 simple tips to help make it a bit easier.
  • How to Start a Business

    Marcus Schaller
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Starting a business isn’t easy, but the steps you’ll need to take aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think. This graphic shows an introductory bird’s-eye view of the process…the rocket strapped to your back is optional.
  • Bitcoin Basics

    Marcus Schaller
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    If you’ve ever asked yourself “what the heck is a Bitcoin?” then this graphic is just for you.
  • How QueVision Makes My Trip to the Supermarket Much Less Stressful

    Marcus Schaller
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Who doesn’t hate waiting in long lines at the supermarket? We just want to get in, get our groceries, and get on with our lives. What we usually get instead are annoyingly long waits. So when I started shopping at my local Ralphs, I was delighted to see they always had just the right number of registers open, ready to speed customers on their way. Turns out this attention to faster customer service is no accident. Thanks to QueVision, an innovative solution developed by British tech firm Irisys, Ralphs and other stores in the Kroger family have made shopping for groceries a lot less…
  • Kindle Direct vs Traditional Publishing

    Marcus Schaller
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Self-publishing has evolved from vanity press to industry killer. One reason is the introduction of Kindle Direct, a mainstream alternative to traditional publishing that offers a level of control, speed to market and profit margin that traditional publishing channels simply cannot match. I created this graphic to highlight the enormous logistical difference between electronic and paper publishing, and its impact on both authors and readers.  
 
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  • How Online Marketing and SEO Really Works

    Ken Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Get Yourself on the First Page of Google! Sound familiar?  How many emails or calls do you get about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services that will get you on the first page of Google?  You know they're probably spam, but they just nag at you and make you wonder if it is possible. This presentation was done by Ken Tucker of Changescape Web for the June 2014 St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. Learn how online marketing and SEO really works, and what strategies and tactics make the most sense for businesses and learn why SEO services fail too…
  • 3 Ways You Can Benefit from Social Media Contests

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Social media is a fantastic tool to connect with customers.  Posting compelling content and interacting with people’s responses gives you the ability to build social proof and enable people to know, like, and trust your company.  A powerful, but underutilized tool in this area is the contest.  Companies should look at using contests to get people energized, engage, and ready to share your content.  Here are three ways contests will help enhance your social media following: 1. Contests Expand Your Reach Most contesst involve some type of requirement that people share a…
  • When Should You Post on Social Media?

    Ben Chambers
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    People ask all the time about when they should post content to social media.  This is a tricky question, and honestly, I wish my answer was something other than "it depends."  People put content together so potential customers can see it, so it makes sense that they want to guarantee the right eyes are seeing it.  Just as television and radio advertisers pay more to have their content displayed in primetime, companies using social media do everything they can to make sure that their content is published at the right time of day. My Clever Agency put together a fantastic…
  • Changescape Web Adds Inbound Marketing Certification

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Changescape Web is happy to announce that Ben Chambers has completed Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing program and is officially an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional.  The program involves an in-depth training process followed by a certification exam. “This is a great honor,” said Chambers.  “I enjoy helping clients discover new marketing solutions, and this enhances my ability to do so.  Inbound marketing is one of the most effective ways to generate traffic and increase a company’s visibility, and this training provided me with the tools to deliver those results to…
  • Social Media Updates and Ads St. Charles Chamber Presentation

    Ken Tucker
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    Facebook gets a Facelift!  And so does Twitter and LinkedIn.  The St. Charles Chamber of Commerce invited us to discuss these changes, and we were happy to help the local businesses begin navigating the changes. Learn what the latest changes are from the big 3 of social media, why these changes have been made, and whether they are good for your business. This presentation also discuss advertising on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and why you might want to consider these three social media platforms for cost effective and accountable advertising.  Growing a business is…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Become an Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries

    Angie Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a Division of Mars, Inc that offers a premium line of Dove Chocolates that are not available in stores – only through Independent Chocolatiers. There is something for everyone: from Martini and smoothie mixes, savory sauces, easy and delicious desserts to fabulous ready to enjoy products such as sea salted caramels! Compensation Plan: Sales commissions range from 25-40%. Overrides of 3-5% are available on all team members plus there is a manager bonus of 3% on entire team sales. There are no downline limits. Start-Up Costs: The starting kit is $115…
  • New Direct Sales Companies: EcoGloMinerals

    Angie Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    EcoGloMinerals is a new direct sales company offering mineral makeup that is animal-friendly, gluten- and corn-free, certified organic and free of silicones, oils and waxes. Their product line currently includes everything from mineral foundations to lip colors to makeup brushes. Compensation:  Base commission is 25% with up to an additional 10% available for high ranking leaders. Consultants can also earn two levels down when building a team. Payments are made via PayPal. Start-Up Costs: Starter Kits range in price from $70 to $240 and include ample marketing materials and product samples.
  • Overview of the Linen World Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Linen World has been in business since 1979. According to the company’s owners, they never strived to be a big company, only a GREAT company. In addition to the obvious product offering – linens – Linen World’s product line also include housewares, tote bags and more. The company’s success was built on the backs of their consultants. Today they continue to offer an affordable home business opportunity to those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Compensation:  20% Start-Up Costs: Linen World currently has two consultant opportunities available. Internet Marketing Consultant – This…
  • Start an Internet Home Business with Kitsy Lane

    Angie Nelson
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Special Offer: Attend the 101 Webinar and receive a free pair of earrings! Kitsy Lane launched in 2012. This company offers jewelry and accessories from emerging designers or from on-trend value-priced brands. As a Boutique Owner, you can choose from over 700 items to feature in your storefront. Boutique Owners can build their business online with the company’s social media integration and recently introduced virtual parties and/or make sales in-person with trunk shows and catalogs.   Compensation: Boutique Owners earn up to 35% on customer purchases. Payments are sent once per…
  • Hope At Home: Earn A Living While Making An Impact

    Angie Nelson
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Hope at Home and ONEHOPE Wine is a cause-centric brand that strives to turn “giving back” into a lifestyle of hope and change. In addition to offering a lucrative home business opportunity, the company donates half of all profits to partner non-profits and an additional 15% to the non-profit of the party host’s choice! Not only is the wine award winning, but it makes an impact in your community. Indulge. Do Good. #WineNot? Compensation Plan: 20% of event and online storefront sales Start-Up Costs: The Event Kit is currently $99 and includes 6 bottle of ONEHOPE Wine, order…
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

    Molly
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors have finished picking apart your business plan and negotiating deal terms. To get money in the door more quickly, entrepreneurs are turning to “bridge loans“.  The idea is not new, but recently it has come into wider use by emerging companies and angel…
  • Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

    David Worrell
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were not among those writing checks. Since investors can’t yet buy equity (ownership) in your company online, they are not typically interested in these kinds of crowdfunding sites. QUICK HISTORY LESSON In an attempt to protect investors and prevent another…
  • How Financially Disciplined is Your Company? 3 Rules for Surviving any Storm

    David Worrell
    12 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    The recession is over, leaving behind a wake of net losses, bad cash flow and bankruptcies among those hardest hit. At the same time, other companies have emerged unscathed.  What factors separate those that made it through the recession from others that did not? I’ve worked with dozens of companies over the last 5 years and believe that the survivors all have one thing in common: a mature and disciplined finance function that protected them from the worst of the storm by providing key data, information and insight to guide management decisions. Business is always subject to external…
  • Business Plan Wizardry: How to Write a Novel on One Page

    David Worrell
    3 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    The magic of Harry Potter recently found its way into business strategy and planning.  In fact, author J. K. Rowling gave up one amazing secret to her creative genius that every entrepreneur should use for writing a business plan. No, she did not conjure her 3,407 page chronology using black magic, a wand, a spell or a potion. In fact, the task of writing 7 Potter books was based on the magic of a single, hand-written page. If you ever wondered how she managed to plan and keep track of the interwoven story lines in the 766 page Order of the Phoenix, check out this picture recently released…
  • 10 Things to Love about Xero Cloud Accounting Software

    David Worrell
    29 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Like all great businesses, Xero started with a clear mission: to make life easier for small businesses.  In particular, Xero set out to:  - embrace simple user interfaces - help improve cash flow - improve collaboration between businesses, vendors and customers Sounds ambitious, but here’s 10 ways Xero brought the dream to life:   1.Visual Cash FlowXero has a great Dashboard that shows bank balances, invoices, bills and expenses. This creates an interactive cash flow graph and a ‘watchlist’ that lets you monitor specific accounts. Visualizing your up-to-date cash flow puts you…
 
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    waypointsg.com

  • These tech tips will boost your efficiency

    kutenda support
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It’s challenging to run a successful small business today. You face much larger competitors and a still-struggling economy that makes your customers think carefully before spending some of their hard-earned dollars. But you can gain an advantage on your competition by utilizing technology more efficiently. As the TechnologySchools.org Website states, if you use tech more efficiently, you and your employees are more productive. Additionally, the site provides three good tips for accomplishing this. The right passwords Hackers can wreak havoc on your small business. The right passwords,…
  • Not all project-management tools are created equal

    kutenda support
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Project-management software can help your teams stay on task. With this tool, you can clearly organize tasks specific to each team member. And once team members complete their tasks, they can quickly check it off your to-do list. But there are many, many project-management tools out there. How can you determine which one is ideal for your business? Comparison Fortunately, PCMag.com has already done the research for you. A newly released review of project-management tool Asana contains a handy matrix comparing Asana to its competitors. The matrix lists the pros and cons with each tool. Asana…
  • Small Business IT Services Can Help Keep Data Secure

    Patrick Scully
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The past few years have demonstrated how much of a problem security can be for companies of all sizes. Some of the largest retailers in the United States have had to announce that they experienced data breaches that touched not just their own data, but also private financial information about their customers. While large corporations are very valuable targets, smaller companies can’t afford to assume that they would never attract the attention of cyber criminals. Paying for small business IT services rather than trying to handle everything internally is the best option in most cases.
  • Boost your small business with these IT projects

    kutenda support
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    You want your small business to grow in 2013. You have dreams of reaching new revenue records and increasing your staff. You would perhaps love to add new locations. But how will you achieve this growth? You might consider taking a look at IT. Taking on the right tech projects could make your small business more efficient and provide your employees with the tools they need to snag more customers and sell more products. Listed here are three IT projects recommended by the Small Business Computing.com website that can increase your business’ bottom line this year. Bring Wi-Fi to your…
  • Thought about Using Vine for Short, Sharable Videos?

    kutenda support
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:29 pm
    How to Use Vine in Your Small Business Marketing Ever thought of using Vine for brief, sharable videos for your business? If not, you definitely should. Creating these videos is probably already within your skill set and technology, as many are simply using their smartphones and publishing these by the boatload. So what is Vine? So, in case you’ve not yet delved into just what Vine is and just what it can do on your behalf, here’s the short version: Vine is a video sharing platform on Twitter that allows you to create and upload 6-second videos to Twitter. So what good is a 6-second…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • When Short Sales Fall Short

    John Conde
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
        There are no guarantees in life and when it comes to negotiating Orlando short sales, this is especially true. Although lenders have come a long way in terms of approving more short sales, easing up on there guidelines and even offering cash incentives to homeowners that are willing to cooperate, there are still when can fall apart. These are some of the most common reasons why short sales fall apart.            HOA Bullies and Short Sales Delinquent HOA fees are one of the biggest reasons for a short sale not getting approved. Many times the lender in…
  • Hiring The Right Realtor – Video

    John Conde
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
      Hiring The Right Realtor – Video http://orlandorealtyconsultants.com/   If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Orlando area, it can be overwhelming in these tough and confusing economic times.   Finding the right Orlando real estate agent to help you through the maze is critical.   Look no further! Our proven track record, experience, record of excellence and knowledge are your keys to a great buying or selling experience.   We will be with you every step of the way guiding you on this journey, and we’ll do it on your schedule.   We…
  • Orlando Home Values Are In The Eye Of The Beholder

    Jenny Zamora
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Real Estate Is Not An Exact Science…Not Even Close!              The truth is that there are many variables involved and I’m not just talking about physical variables like granite counter tops and travertine floors. I’m talking about other aspects like the motivations and the desires of both sellers and buyers. It can be very difficult to account for more value or less value when you bring the human element into the mix. Sure, it’s easy to pull up data for value trends in a certain area, but you have to blend that data with variables that…
  • Value of Orlando Homes Predicted to Increase by 7.3% in 2015

    Jenny Zamora
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Orlando Homes On The Upswing   It is an excellent time for home owners in the Orlando area. Value of homes in Orlando metropolitan area are predicted to increase by 7.3 percent in 2015. According to the Real Estate Market Report published by Zillow, this rise easily beats the national prediction of 2.9 percent.         Other predictions     Other than the predicted increase in home values, there are a number of other predictions about Orlando real estate residential market embedded in the report:      * The average Orlando real estate home value…
  • Ravaudage Residential Project Stops

    John Conde
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
                The construction of the mixed-use Ravaudage project at US Highway 17-92 and Lee Road in Winter Park has stopped. It is being said that the73-acre development halted partly, as its property-tax agreement was not accepted by the city. The agreement, as the Orlando real estate developer Dan Bellows says, would finance the public road and utility improvements. Requests denied   Bellows had publicly said that the project will, in all probability, not be completed without the approvals. Orlando city has consented to the request made by Bellows where he…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How to recruit on LinkedIn like a pro

    Liam Shorte
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s simple, I was told. You just buy one of the LinkedIn Premium subscriptions like Recruiter Lite or Recruiter Corporate or the Business Executive option for non-HR people, and away you go. You can contact any prospective employee, review their profile and start the conversation. Easy solution — not! 1. Use mutual connections to build rapport The first time I was approached with a cold LinkedIn message from a recruiter who I did not know, I was a bit taken aback. They said they had researched my profile and decided I was a good candidate for a position with a major bank. Firstly, I am…
  • Managing pocket money in the 21st century (and tax implications)

    Tracey Foster
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    As a working mother, I often struggle with how much pocket money I should give my kids. It’s a conundrum.  I want to raise financially savvy children who know that immediate gratification is not everything and that saving for a rainy day is important.  So encouraging them to manage money from an early age is a good thing. Yet, the jobs we do around the house are about all of us pitching in as a family. I don’t want to pay them for just doing daily chores. So what to do? Today’s digital technology can help us. Like mine, your children probably have iPods, iPads or iPhones that are…
  • Episode 2: Getting the most out of Google for your business

    Alistair Nestor
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In the second instalment of ‘The Savvy Accountant’, host Jim Stewart chats with MYOB Senior Product Manager Bruce Polderman about his past life as product manager of – among other things – Google+, Blogger and Google Maps. Bruce has plenty of insights about the importance of keeping your business up to date with Google products. After all, the majority of your clients and prospective customers are using Google as the first port of call to find out more about you and your competitors. In particular, Bruce recommends claiming your free patch of Google under the new Google My Business…
  • How to recession-proof your business

    Rhondalynn Korolak
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Executives in the higher echelons of the business world know that discipline and paying attention to detail are extremely important qualities to have if one wants to succeed, but do these characteristics apply equally to startups and entrepreneurs? In the cut-throat world of small business, the importance of detail and discipline rings true now more than ever. These guidelines will help you to survive and thrive no matter what challenges you face this year in your business. 1. Ignite innovation Once upon a time, coal was a hot industry. But with competition from oil and gas, nuclear and now…
  • These stats reveal why you are losing sales

    Jesse Logan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Here’s a situation you might be familiar with: You’re at a festival and you need to get lunch. After queueing up for half an hour, you get to the front of the line and start ordering food for you and your mates. The total amount comes to $57.95. Unfortunately, you don’t have $60 worth of notes. You now have two choices: Start digging through the coins in your pockets to make the remaining 95 cents or start thinking about running to your mates to get more cash. Usually by this point, I’m wishing the vendor would accept credit cards. How much easier is swiping or inserting your card…
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    Industry Edge

  • Multipurpose Tools Are the Ultimate Space Savers

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Versatile tools and homewares offer both greater functionality and way to cut down on clutter in the home. Americans have a problem with clutter. And the solution is usually to buy more organizational tools. But what if there were fewer items to store in the first place? Check out these handy multipurpose tools to see potential ways your customers can reduce the clutter at home (instead of adding more). Check out these handy multipurpose tools to see potential ways your customers can reduce the clutter at home (instead of adding more) Kitchen Gadget Set Instead of filling a kitchen…
  • Honeywell Dominates Consumers Reports’ Programmable Thermostat Rankings

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    The company scored high with both standard and smartphone-accessible programmable thermostat models. Programmable thermostats allow users to save money on their utility bills by strategically altering when their residences are heated or cooled depending on the time of day. Turning a thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours can save 5 to 15 percent a year on a heating bill, according to the Department of Energy. And homes in milder climates generally save a greater percentage than those in more severe climates, the agency adds. Turning a thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for eight hours…
  • 3 Ideas for Celebrating Independent Retailer Month

    Whitney Richardson
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    July is Independent Retailer Month. Use this final week to help promote your business within your community. National Independent Retailer Week began back in 2003 as a way for businesses to celebrate themselves, their communities and their industries, according to the Independent Retailer Month website. Since then, the celebration has increased to a month-long endeavor — and an international one at that, with comparable campaigns in the United Kingdom and Canada. National Independent Retailer Week began back in 2003 as a way for businesses to celebrate themselves, their communities and…
  • 4 Ways to Spoil Pets with Spa-Like Treatment

    Whitney Richardson
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pet rooms allow homeowners to provide dedicated space for pet grooming and relaxation. Pet grooming is a $5 billion industry, according to a 2014 IBISWorld report. Homeowners typically pay $20 and $61 a year on grooming for their cats and dogs, respectively, based on survey data from American Pet Products Association. But that amount may increase with the onset of one home-design trend: pet rooms. Homeowners typically pay $20 and $61 a year on grooming for their cats and dogs, respectively. The Boston Globe reports via The Associated Press (AP) that, for the small sum of $35,000, homeowners…
  • 4 Window Trends That Provide Beauty and Safety to Customer Homes

    Melissa Willets
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Energy efficiency and customizable finishes are among the top window options on the market. Did you know that August is now National Curb Appeal Month? Get ready to showcase helpful products for customers looking to spruce up their homes’ exteriors. One affordable product to talk up: windows. Window replacement is a smart investment for homeowners. According to the 2014 Cost Vs Value Report, conducted by Remodeling magazine, adding energy-efficient vinyl windows offers a 78.7 percent return on investment. Moreover, energy-efficient home updates on the whole are popular right now. Window…
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  • State of Inbound Marketing [Infographic]

    Kimberly
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Happy Thursday peeps,I’m sharing this great infographic on  the state of inbound marketing and why businesses of all sizes need to use these strategies.  Some key takeaways from the infographic are the following:Some of the most effective inbound marketing tactics are using content marketing and social media. Some ideas for content marketing resources that you can create are:Whitepapers eBooksPodcastsBlogs/VlogsInfographicsSharing your content via social media sites can help increase brand visibility57% of businesses have acquired a customer through their company blogInbound marketing…
  • 20 Simple Tips for Branding Your Business Online

    Kim George
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    The internet is a great place to start and build a brand. In fact, with the help of social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube it’s much easier and inexpensive to brand your business these days.Take for instance YouTube star Michelle Phan.  Michelle starting posted makeup tutorials videos on YouTube and has amassed more than 6 million subscribers.  Michelle now reportedly makes millions of dollars a year due to her YouTube Channel and has now has her own makeup line, book deals, and more. (This lady is ballinnnn)Tips for Branding Your Business OnlineIf you are…
  • 6 Tips for Successfully Outsourcing Using oDesk.com

    Kim George
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Outsourcing is every entrepreneur’s and small business’s best friend. Not only does it help your business grow and reduce overhead, but it also lets you set and manage your budget with ease.The emergence and growth of various outsourcing sites make it even easier since you can connect with freelancers from all over the world, letting you tap into large pools of talent.What Do You Need to Know Before Outsourcing Using oDesk?oDesk.com is my preferred outsourcing platform since it offers variety and more freedom in terms of financing.Although there are thousands of highly skillful…
  • 10 Tips for Creating a Killer Homepage for Your Small Business Website

    Kim George
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Happy Tuesday peeps!On last week I decided to do a complete overhaul of my web design company’s site – Websites4SmallBiz.Sure the previous website was great, however having the Type-A personality that I have, I decided to give the website a complete facelift – with a stronger focus on my homepage.In addition to updating the website, I also added a new entry level website package for small business and startups that is priced at $497.00.  You can find out more about this package here.As you know, your websites Homepage is the first thing that your visitors will see – and is an area…
  • 15 Easy to Create Lead Generation Magnets for Attracting Prospects

    Kim George
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Happy Wednesday everyone!  I am still recuperating from last week, but wanted to make sure that I delivered this blog post for you guys. Getting traffic to your website is one thing, but capturing that traffic is an entirely different one.  The goal of lead generation is to get prospects to show they are interested in your products and services. In order to do this, you need to create some type of free or low-cost item that you can offer to prospective customers in your target market.  These types of items are called Lead Generation Magnets.What is a lead generation magnet?Lead…
 
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  • Two New Virtual Locations Added for Hotspot Shield – Germany & Canada

    Peter Nguyen
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Anchorfree has recently added servers in Canada and Germany to create virtual locations in these countries. We now have virtual locations in 6 countries: USA, Japan, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany. The addition of these 2 new virtual locations means you have access to a larger pool of VPN servers and IP addresses, giving you the fastest connections possible wherever you are. So, If you are living in Canada or Germany, you now can enjoy faster connections to access blocked content, protect your privacy, and secure your Internet communications. Benefits for Expats If you are a…
  • Could License Plate Recognition Databases Infringe on Your Privacy?

    Peter Nguyen
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Our ability to collect, store, and search data has increased at an alarming rate over the past an effort to prevent terrorism. And now, an additional debate about privacy has arisen as the Department of Homeland Security has advocated a national license plate database that will incorporate license plate image data to assist law enforcement. Is this collection infringing on privacy rights? And should the data be available to private companies, particularly those that aid in the collection of such datadecade thanks to our ability to digitize information. Debates over privacy have cropped up as…
  • 5 Terrifying Ramifications of Medical Identity Theft

    Peter Nguyen
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:13 am
    Last year, nearly two million Americans became a victim of medical identity theft, 32 percent more than the year before. Today, medical identity theft accounts for 43 percent of all identity theft in the United States, and cases are rising faster than any other type of identity theft. Medical identity theft occurs when someone uses another person’s name and other personal attributes to fraudulently receive medical products or services, including prescription drugs and insurance reimbursements. As this crime becomes increasingly more common, it’s important to consider some of its…
  • Facebook Security for Parents and Teens

    Robert Siciliano
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    Facebook offers a hefty amount of security measures that parents and teens should know about. The Login Social authentication – A hacker will have a harder time hacking into your Facebook account if he or she must identify your friends via photos – This verification process is social authentication, and it’s easier to use than having to remember another password. ID verification – A new user must create a security question with an answer. An extra layer of security is achieved when the user adds their smartphone number so they can receive a text message with a code.
  • Using Modern Tech to Catch Cyberbullies

    Peter Nguyen
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:39 pm
    If your child has ever been bullied, then you already know how much pain it causes, especially when the bullying goes from the classroom to the Internet. Online identities give users a certain level of anonymity when it comes to cyberbullying, but parents and law enforcement are using the very technology bullies abuse to catch the cyber-tormentors in the act. With digital detective work in mind, here are a number of ways modern tech is putting an end to cyberbullying. Look for Signs of Bullying Cyberbullying can take on many forms, such as harassment and humiliation, so it’s important…
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  • The Keys to a Kid-Friendly Restaurant

    Matt Niehaus
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Young children may not be your most profitable customers, but their parents could be. And if families don’t feel welcome in your establishment, they’ll probably take their business elsewhere. According to research from the National Restaurant Association, nearly 70% of diners say they base their decisions on where to eat on whether or not the restaurant is family-friendly. If you want to bring in customers, you’ll need to make sure your establishment welcomes their little ones. Here are some key ingredients for building a kid-friendly restaurant. Stock up on supplies. If a family is…
  • Digital Menus Drive Higher Profits for Restaurants: A Chili’s Case Study

    Matt Niehaus
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An iPad for every table at your restaurant may seem like a relatively expensive purchase. But, based on a new analysis, making the initial outlay for equipment can translate into bigger diner checks and staffing cost savings — making the small investment more than worthwhile. Case in point? Just go to your local Chili’s. After a smaller initial roll-out, the Chili’s restaurant chain decided to go all-in and bring the tablet menus to all of their restaurants, based on the initial positive results. To date, the chain has installed more than 45,000 tableside tablet menus at 823…
  • Enhancing the Customer Experience with Digital Technology