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  • How to Bring in New Business Through Your Blog’s Hidden Back Door

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    ChamberofCommerce
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you hit the SEO wall? It happens when you feel like you can’t write one more blog incorporating the topics and keywords that are critical for boosting your search engine visibility. If this is you – and even if you haven’t hit the wall yet – I suggest you start looking for your blog’s back door, and you probably have more than one back door. The fastest way to explain this concept is to give you an example. I have a musician friend whose duo does wedding music. He has a blog where he posts short articles about music and uploads photos. Eventually, creating his content around…
  • Are You a Good Delegator?

    Small Business Trends
    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You’ve heard over and over that small business owners need to be good delegators for their companies to grow. Now, there’s some actual proof. A new Gallup study reports that companies led by executives with high “Delegator” ability enjoyed strikingly higher growth rates and revenues than those without. In addition, an entrepreneur that is a good delegator with a high Delegator ability was more likely to have big growth plans and create more jobs than those who are average or poor delegators. Why does delegation matter so much? First, let’s take a closer look at the study.
  • The Importance of Video Marketing for Small Businesses

    SmallBizTechnology
    Brittany Dow
    26 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Over the past few years, there has been a continuous growth in the demand for businesses to use videos as part of their marketing strategy. In fact, it’s been shown that using videos to explain your business can be a make or break for consumers.  According to a recent study done by Animoto, 25% of consumers lost interest in a company if it didn’t incorporate videos about their business or product. That’s a significant amount of business to lose from not using video marketing. So why has there been such a tremendous growth in the demand for video marketing? Based on…
  • What Determines the Winners and Losers in Entrepreneurship?

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Adam Callinan
    29 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    For the most part, it's not an outside factor, and it's something early stage investors always look for.
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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    Fast Company

  • Take The Fast Company News Quiz

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    What happened this week? Here's our quiz for May 29, 2015.Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. Read Full Story
  • Snapchat And Twitter Can Also Transmit The iPhone Text Crash Bug

    Rose Pastore
    29 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Apple has yet to release a software update to protect iPhones from a malicious string of characters.Earlier this week, a string of characters in Chinese, Marathi, and Arabic, sent via text message, began crashing iPhones around the world. Apple released a temporary fix for getting the Messages app back up and removing the offending message, but it has yet to release a software update that will keep your phone from crashing next time the string of characters pops up on your phone.Read Full Story
  • Google Unveils The Gmail Of Photos We've Been Wanting For Years

    John Brownlee
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Google Photos is as magical as apps get. Here's why.A couple weeks ago, Yahoo unveiled a new update to Flickr that made Flickr worth taking seriously again. But, as often happens in the world of tech, it only took two weeks for someone to release a photo service that makes Flickr's update look old hat. That was Google, which at yesterday's I/O 2015 conference unveiled Google Photos, a slick new service that is basically the Gmail for Photos we've wanted for years.Read Full Story
  • Hackers On Demand

    Steven Melendez
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    How hackers for hire, from teenage "script kiddies" to members of sophisticated industrial rings, provide "espionage as a service."In 2013, a pair of private investigators in the Bay Area embarked on a fairly run-of-the-mill case surrounding poached employees. But according to a federal indictment unsealed in February, their tactics sounded less like a California noir and something more like sci-fi: To spy on the clients' adversaries, prosecutors say, they hired a pair of hackers.Read Full Story
  • Film Industry Innovators On Google's New VR System

    Daniel Terdiman
    29 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Until now, making high-resolution, stitch-free 360-degree VR films has been time-consuming. Google is aiming to change all of that.Google sure likes to shake things up.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • Deferred Action Injunction Update: Expanded DACA & DAPA Still on Hold

    Patty Johnson
    29 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    On May 26, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to stay (remove) the injunction on expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). In other words, expanded DACA and DAPA are still on hold. What comes next? The Obama administration’s appeal of the preliminary injunction, which is different than the request to stay, is still in effect and a hearing on the matter is tentatively scheduled for July 6. If the court decides to lift the injunction, USCIS can begin accepting…
  • Select H-4 Dependent Spouses Now Eligible for Work Authorization

    Patty Johnson
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Calling all H-1B and H-4 holders! The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that select H-4 dependents are now eligible to apply for work authorization. Beginning May 26, some H-4 holders can start filing their applications and be on their way to obtaining employment authorization. Who Qualifies? H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file for this special work authorization if the H-1B holder has an approved I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker or has pending PERM/labor certification application that has been pending for at least 365 days and has extended…
  • June 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    22 May 2015 | 8:37 am
    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives thousands of green card applications every year, which creates a significant backlog. In result, the U.S. Department of State issues the monthly Visa Bulletin, providing updated priority dates and application quota numbers. Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as well as the expected processing time. June 2015: Family-Based Green Card Visa Bulletin Source: USCIS   Month-to-Month Changes Overall, there wasn’t much movement for family-based green cards since May. Most categories advanced two weeks to…
  • H-1B Lottery Season Nears End as USCIS Completes Data Entry

    Patty Johnson
    14 May 2015 | 6:45 am
    Did you know that 66% of filed H-1B lottery applications won’t be considered for processing this year? That’s because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received more than 233,000 H-1B petitions for FY 2016, which is a staggering two-thirds more than the 85,000 limit. Why is there a limit? There are many skilled workers from around the world that would like to join the U.S. labor market. To manage immigration levels, the USCIS limits the amount of new H-1B applications each year. What happens next? If you submitted any H-1B cap cases, here are a few things you…
  • 3 Ways Undocumented Immigrants Can Stay Protected During the Deferred Action Injunction

    Patty Johnson
    12 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Undocumented immigrants face many fears living in the United States. President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) in order to provide protected status and work authorization benefits to 5 million undocumented individuals. While United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is accepting DACA applications, there is a temporary injunction on DACA’s 2014 expanded provision and DAPA in its entirety. Some people who are eligible for deferred action, but are waiting for their application to be approved…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Motivations and Challenges of Diverse Small Business Owners

    Steve
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Gallup's Diverse Small Business Owners Share Their Experiences covers a series of surveys of different segments of small business owners. The surveys asked about the motivations and challenges among Asian, African-American, Hispanic, Women, LGBT and Veteran small business owners. Their key finding is small business owners have pretty much the same motivations and challenges regardless of their ethnic, racial and social backgrounds. Key quote: There are more similarities than differences across diverse small-business owner segments. Racially and ethnically diverse small-business owners…
  • Coworking Booming in Chicago (Dallas Too)

    Steve
    27 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Crain's Plenty of Rivals are Following WeWork into Coworking Competition covers the rapidly growing coworking industry in Chicago.  As the article chart below shows not only have a lot more spaces opened over the past couple of years, they are also much bigger. And there's no signs of a slow down. The article points out there are literally dozens of companies planning to open new coworking spaces in Chicago in the near future.         It's not just Chicago. Silicon Angle's Why Dallas is having a Coworking Boom says the city: "has…
  • Researching Society's Edges

    Steve
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We're often asked about how we go about our work of identifying, tracking and forecasting the future of small business.  One of the key tools is identifying and studying edge communities. These are groups that exist outside of the mainstream in one way or another. We spend a lot of time finding and interacting with edge communities. We do this because mainstream shifts and changes generally start in these communities. A good example of an edge community we've been focusing on for several years is digital nomads. These are folks with location-independent work and lifestyles that…
  • Many High Earners Living Paycheck to Paycheck

    Steve
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    We' written a fair amount about economic uncertainty and the impact it's having on everything from marriage and birth rates to the rise of the on-demand economy and the rapidly growing number of people with side gigs.  One of the main drivers of economic uncertainty is living paycheck to paycheck. This, obviously, means an unexpected bill or job loss can quickly result in substantial financial damage. Most think it's only those with low incomes who live paycheck to paycheck. But a recent survey by Sun Trust Bank shows that a sizable number of people earning more…
  • Coworking Members Learning New Skills, Becoming More Successful

    Steve
    19 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of the more interesting findings from our recent survey of coworking members is how many reported they had learned new skills - or improved their existing skills - due to their coworking space membership: 69% of the respondents reported they learned new skills 68% of the respondents reported they improved their existing skill set The learning generally comes two ways. First, most coworking members reported learning new skills and improving existing skills from events and educational programs hosted at their coworking space. 67% of the respondents reported attending events and/or…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

    Tim Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    (Note: I rarely do guest posts on this blog, but I ran into this answer on Quora and I am happy to post it here, as a long quote, with credit to its author. – Tim)  Noam Kaiser is a professional investment manager, alias venture capitalist, or VC. The question at Quora.com was: Do you have any startup ideas worth building? Here is his answer. Yes I do. But my startup idea/s are worthless. As are yours, and anyone else’s. Until you get off the couch and actually DO something about them. This is why I always tell young entrepreneurs to get rid of the word “founder” on…
  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
  • I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
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    Copyblogger

  • Deadly Conversion Busters: How to Fix a Horrible Headline

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Headlines can make or break your conversions. How do you craft a headline that works every time? In this episode of The Mainframe, Chris Garrett and Tony Clark reveal: Why being clever might be the easiest way to tank your offer How your audience targeting is the key to developing your headline strategy Testing and getting out of your own way What your headlines really need in order to connect with your prospect The 4U technique for getting your headlines right Click Here to Listen to The Mainframe on iTunes Click Here to Listen on Rainmaker.FM About the authorRainmaker.FM Rainmaker.FM is the…
  • Solve Your Online Proofreading Problems With This Simple Trick

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This episode of Rough Draft is for anyone with limited time and limited proofreading skills. Like host Demian Farnworth. There’s a common myth web writers fall for: the idea that proofreading online isn’t nearly as important as writing for print. If you believe that, you would be wrong. Proofreading is essential. So today Demian is happy as a kitten to introduce you to Stefanie Flaxman, Copyblogger’s Editor-in-Chief, who will help you choose the right words and teach you time-saving ways to improve your copy. You are going to love Stefanie because she doesn’t consider…
  • A New Way to Think About Your Show’s U.S.P.

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    One of the common threads from the speakers at Authority Rainmaker was the importance of differentiation. In this new episode of The Showrunner, Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor provide a new way to view the unique selling proposition of your show. After opening with a brief discussion about incredible benefits you can gain from taking online relationships offline, Jerod and Jon dig into differentiation. During their discussion, you’ll learn: What Sally Hogshead meant by “different is better than better” (and how it will help your show) Why you need to know what your…
  • Chris Brogan on the Business of Being Yourself

    Rainmaker.FM
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    As cliché as it sounds, some of the best business advice you can get is simply … be who you are. It sounds impractical that in a ruthless world filled with corporations, venture capitalists, and never-ending competition, we’re encouraged to drop our personas and keep things real. From being different, to taking risks, you’ll gain a tremendous amount of knowledge in this episode of No Sidebar. Chris Brogan says, “We often mistake busy for progress,” and he’s no rookie when it comes to giving entrepreneurial advice. Listen up and take notes, as one of the most…
  • The Free Content Trap Writers Always Fall Into

    Demian Farnworth
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The other day I was walking to our neighbor’s house to let his dog out. It was noon, bright, and hot. No wind, my hands in my pockets, my thoughts somewhere else. As I rounded the corner, I ran into another neighbor — a thick, weathered man with short black hair. He was rolling a lawnmower to the end of his driveway. He said, “You know anyone who wants a free lawnmower?” I stopped and contemplated his offer. A free lawnmower? “Does it work?” I said. “Yep,” he said. I don’t need a lawnmower — mine is less than a year old — but…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #271 – Textbook Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    29 May 2015 | 4:20 am
    Too weird, right? Metallica? Mellow? But perhaps a great way to start the weekend, am I right? A hard act to follow, perhaps, but get yourself ready, because it’s time now for our weekly Roundup! This week’s set of lovely links and attractive articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter account) is keyboard perfection! We just love sharing articles about fonts, logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, economics and other…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: Dragas

    Audree
    27 May 2015 | 6:12 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for Dragas. Check out more great work on Dragas’ profile page. Nicely done, Dragas, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks Fresh from the SPRING: Janisa
  • Twitter Link Roundup #270 – Exemplary Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    22 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Dan Deacon is an electronic musician with a huge following. Crowds go crazy at his live shows where audience participation and collaboration is a core element of the performance. So it is now surprise that Deacon put his head together with 9 animators to collaborate on a new video for his song, “When I Was Done Dying.” Sponsored by Adult Swim, the result is a mind-boggling mashup of styles and a musical and visual tour de force. Congratulations to Deacon and the animators, Jake Fried, Chad Vangaalen, Dimitri Stankowicz, Colin White, Taras Hrabowsky, Anthony Schepperd,…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: ronaldmahaputra

    Audree
    20 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for ronaldmahaputra. Check out more great work on ronaldmahaputra’s profile page. Nicely done, ronaldmahaputra, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: 5IVE_STAR_CREATIVE Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: Feniks
  • 5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Kindergarten Teachers

    Mike
    18 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    If you remember the name of your kindergarten teacher, raise your hand. In a poll of adults, almost 70%  could recall the person with great clarity.  This is remarkable, because not only was this decades ago but the respondents were just 5 or 6 years old at the time! Our very first teachers were memorable because they were sources of inspiration, providers of fun, and among the very first people (outside of our parents and families) to instill in us expectations of how we were to behave in school and at work for the rest of our lives. So much of what we know about focusing, behaving…
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    The Franchise King®

  • Ask-Carol! A Home-Based Business Focused On Seniors

    The Franchise King®
    28 May 2015 | 4:05 am
    (Sponsored Post) One way to stand out in business these days is to make sure your business has a memorable name. For example: Ask-Carol!  Another way to stand out in business, specifically in franchising-let’s go deeper, in the senior care sector of franchising, is to offer a franchise opportunity that’s unlike any other. That’s what Carol and Bill Shockley last year. (2014) Keep reading, so you can learn more about this low-investment home-based franchise business opportunity that has a very memorable name.   Ask-Carol! A Home-Based Business Focused On Seniors…
  • Buying A Franchise: What To Do When You Get The Special List

    The Franchise King®
    26 May 2015 | 1:09 pm
    You’ve been eyeing the 1-800-Cut-My Damn-Dead-Tree-Down franchise opportunity for a couple of months. It’s right up your alley. You love working outside. You hate working in a cubicle. This could be your chance to escape the corporate life. To finally own what you do. So, you start learning about the franchise. You start to understand what your role would be as a franchisee. It’s a fit. Next up: Franchise research. But how? How do you do franchise research? How do you do the type of research that can provide the information you need to make an intelligent decision on whether…
  • Twin Peaks Revokes Waco Franchise License In Record Time

    The Franchise King®
    20 May 2015 | 5:36 am
    There are approximately 75 Twin Peaks restaurant franchises up and running throughout the U.S. The one in Waco, Texas, is now the most famous one. That’s because there was a shoot-out in the restaurant franchises’ parking lot. A big shoot-out. From USA Today: Waco, Texas- An explosion of violence between rival gangs over the weekend left nine people dead and led to the arrests of 170 people. It all (allegedly) started in the Twin Peaks restroom.   Twin Peaks Revokes Waco Franchise License In Record Time I’ve never seen a franchise license revoked this fast. Never. I…
  • Your Local SBDC Is A Great Free Franchise Resource

    The Franchise King®
    17 May 2015 | 8:32 pm
    A great free resource could be located a few miles from where you’re sitting. Free is good. Right? Allow me to introduce you to a wonderful business resource that you may not know about. The SBDC.   What Is An SBDC? SBDC’s provide free educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Small Business Development Centers (SBDC’s) are hosted by several leading universities and state economic development agencies. SBDC’s are funded in part through a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. (SBA) As of this writing, there are…
  • Franchise Research Tip: Spend A Day With A Franchisee

    The Franchise King®
    10 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the best ways to do franchise research is to spend “A day in the life” of a franchisee. So… After you find a franchisee who’s willing to let you hang out and observe their franchise business in action… Get In Your Car And Go!     Which Franchisee Should You Visit? I know you’ve been using my franchise research techniques.   Right? You know how important it is to talk with 10-15 existing franchisees of the franchise opportunity you’re interested in. Right? And, you’ve found a few who you were able to easily relate to. Right?
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • How to Bring in New Business Through Your Blog’s Hidden Back Door

    ChamberofCommerce
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Have you hit the SEO wall? It happens when you feel like you can’t write one more blog incorporating the topics and keywords that are critical for boosting your search engine visibility. If this is you – and even if you haven’t hit the wall yet – I suggest you start looking for your blog’s back door, and you probably have more than one back door. The fastest way to explain this concept is to give you an example. I have a musician friend whose duo does wedding music. He has a blog where he posts short articles about music and uploads photos. Eventually, creating his content around…
  • MANTA Study Shows that Facebook ROI Falls Short for Small Business

    Carolyn Crummey
    27 May 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Manta, the company exclusively dedicated to helping small businesses, recently conducted a study of how small businesses view social networks and the effectiveness they provide to their marketing. This study, which comes just as we begin to see an increase in social networks courting small business for advertising revenue, revealed some interesting insight, including that 59 percent of small business owners don’t see a return on investment (ROI) from their social media efforts. “At first glance, social media may seem like a magic bullet for small business owners, offering free or…
  • Talk@AnyMeeting.com Service Makes Conference Calls Even Simpler

    Jennifer Peaslee
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Conference calls have always been a simple and efficient way to run business meetings with remote workers, but now AnyMeeting is making it even easier with a new service called Talk@AnyMeeting.com. If you’re unfamiliar with AnyMeeting, let’s start with a quick background. AnyMeeting is a small business solution for conferencing that allows you to set up phone conferencing and a range of online conferencing options (web, video, webinars, etc). It is one of the simplest conferencing platforms because there are no downloads necessary – attendees just call the conference number or click on…
  • Join #MFSTBizTips Chat for “How To Grow a Dynamic Business” on May 28th

    Carolyn Crummey
    27 May 2015 | 6:53 am
      As small business owners we can use all the help we can get to manage our daily tasks to ensure our business runs smoothly and continues to grow. But with technologies that change so quickly, and what worked yesterday not being the best solution today, it can be really difficult to ensure you are being as efficient and productive as you need to be to grow a dynamic business. On May 28th, Ramon Ray (@RamonRay), editor of Smallbiztechnology and publisher of Smart Hustle Magazine will join Anita Campbell (@SmallBizTrends), founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, to discuss how to use…
  • The Importance of Video Marketing for Small Businesses

    Brittany Dow
    26 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Over the past few years, there has been a continuous growth in the demand for businesses to use videos as part of their marketing strategy. In fact, it’s been shown that using videos to explain your business can be a make or break for consumers.  According to a recent study done by Animoto, 25% of consumers lost interest in a company if it didn’t incorporate videos about their business or product. That’s a significant amount of business to lose from not using video marketing. So why has there been such a tremendous growth in the demand for video marketing? Based on…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Tipsy Elves Stumbles Out of Ugly Sweater Niche

    Aubrielle Billig
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    In the past few years, the ‘ugly Christmas sweater’ trend has been growing. Ugly sweaters have begun to pop up at popular stores like Target and Forever 21, and several sites now cater specifically to your holiday sweater needs; including Tipsy Elves. Created in 2011 by Evan Mendelsohn and Nick Morton, Tipsy Elves was the result of a lack of new, interesting Christmas sweaters for a more youthful crowd. They merge classic designs with modern trends, and even slide in some crude humor. Morton mused on the site’s beginning in an interview with Business-Opportunities: “……
  • Google Announces Mobile Updates, New Mobile Devices Unveiled and More

    Small Business Editor
    29 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Mobile technology is one of the fastest growing industries. And all of the new tools, features, and mobile devices can certainly have an impact on small businesses. This week, Google announced a couple of new features that are sure to do just that. First the search giant is moving forward with Android Pay, a new mobile payment system to compete with Apple Pay. It also began offering app indexing for iOS apps, a search feature that was previously only available for Android apps. These headlines and more are included in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup. Read…
  • Are You a Good Delegator?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 May 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You’ve heard over and over that small business owners need to be good delegators for their companies to grow. Now, there’s some actual proof. A new Gallup study reports that companies led by executives with high “Delegator” ability enjoyed strikingly higher growth rates and revenues than those without. In addition, an entrepreneur that is a good delegator with a high Delegator ability was more likely to have big growth plans and create more jobs than those who are average or poor delegators. Why does delegation matter so much? First, let’s take a closer look at the study.
  • Alibaba Backs Businesses Purchasing Inventory from China

    Ed Lieber
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    If you purchase your inventory from suppliers based in China, you should know about a new free service launched by Alibaba.com, a global eCommerce platform for small businesses. The service is called Alibaba Trade Assurance. And it is designed to provide small businesses with more security when trading with Chinese suppliers through the site. Available now to Alibaba.com’s millions of global clients, the service provides buyers with features and protections designed to help ensure that suppliers will honor important contract provisions regarding date of shipment and product quality. The…
  • Jerry Jao of Retention Science: Customers Buy More, Stay Longer with Subscriptions vs. Flash Sales

    Brent Leary
    29 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    How many times have you bought something from a site because of a flash sale? And then you never buy anything else from them again, or until another flash sale comes up? So while you’re able to get some fast one-off purchases if that’s your business model, it may not be the best way to attract and retain longtime customers that buy even when there is no sale. Jerry Jao, CEO and founder of Retention Science, shares with us why his research found that subscription-based businesses not only lead to having paying customers longer, but also have much higher average order sizes compared to…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Do-able

    Seth Godin
    29 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    Lean entrepreneurs can talk about the minimum viable product, but far more important is the maximum do-able project. Given the resources you have (your assets, your time, your patience), what's the biggest thing it's quite likely you can pull off? Our culture is organized around the people who get on base, who reliably keep their promises, who deliver. "Quite likely," is a comforting story indeed. [HT to Bernadette.] Domino's could have offered five-minute pizza delivery, and sometimes, without a doubt, they could have pulled that off. But promising something they could do virtually every…
  • Taking names

    Seth Godin
    28 May 2015 | 2:03 am
    Should you keep track of the people who say you're going to fail, who actively work against you, who troll your best work? Should you try to win over the haters and those that so cruelly root against you? I wonder if it makes more sense to spend as much (or even more) time with the fans and supporters and sneezers who work so hard to help you succeed. It seems to me that this is more productive, more fun and likely to make more change happen... Yes, take names. Of the good guys.        
  • What is a sale for? (48 hours)

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 8:23 am
    When things go on sale, (while supplies last, our annual savings event, end-of-season markdowns) it is a combination of scarcity and abundance. Abundance because there's more here for the person who takes action. More variety, more for your money. And scarcity, because sales never last forever. We can get a lot of mileage out of telling ourselves and our friends that we bought it on sale. Sales are effective for two kinds of mindsets: The person who is wired to enjoy the sport of the sale. You'll find people clipping grocery coupons who charge an hourly rate far higher than the money they're…
  • Degrees of freedom

    Seth Godin
    27 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Does a college degree confer the ability to choose, to open the door to find a way to matter? Three years ago I gave this TEDx talk about the future of education. And the students who graduated from college this month each have an average of $35,000 in debt. For many people, this debt is debilitating. Instead of opening doors, it slams them shut. Talented teachers and passionate students are the victims of an industrialized educational system, one that cares a great deal about standardized tests and famous brand-name institutions. It's time to ask why. And to keep asking why until we figure…
  • The do over

    Seth Godin
    26 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    Our culture places a huge premium on choosing the right answer, as if we're all on some sort of game show. Much less credit is given to people brave enough to realize that they've made a mistake who go ahead and choose a new direction, a new strategy or a new set of tactics. When we find ourselves in a deep hole, it's rarely because we encountered a single terrible glitch. Usually, it's the result of compounding, of doubling down on a worldview or a stand or a habit that just doesn't pay. Given a choice between changing tactics based on data and staying on the road in the wrong direction, I…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Use Your Content Platforms to Gain Valuable Customer Insights

    Guest Post
    29 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    How to Use Your Content Platforms to Gain Valuable Customer Insights written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on industry research or surveying your audience — most small businesses already have plenty of data collection tools right at their fingertips! The savviest businesses utilize their content to gain invaluable insights into their customer and potential customer base to understand what they want most- here’s how you can too! Google Analytics To get a good baseline for who your…
  • How Customer Photos Improve Mobile Shopping

    Guest Post
    28 May 2015 | 11:28 am
    How Customer Photos Improve Mobile Shopping written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Mobile commerce is expected to grow nearly 50% in the next four years. But even with the rapid rate of tablet and smartphone technology, there are still many advantages of web over mobile for creating a seamless online shopping experience. This is strongly reflected in the still lagging mobile conversion and purchase rates—mobile’s conversion rate lags over 3.5x behind desktop. With consumers spending more and more of their online time on mobile, brands are…
  • Stay On Top Of Modern Marketing

    Guest Post
    28 May 2015 | 6:36 am
    Stay On Top Of Modern Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health Content Refresh 19727 via photopin (license) “Youth Is the Engine of the World” – Matisyahu Since I started writing my new book, YouthNation, last summer, the changes I have been studying have evolved in some instances more quickly than I could type. The groundswells from urban corners to suburban shopping malls are dictating the future of the American business economy. Where would our nation be without Google, Facebook,…
  • Why is Local Search So Important?

    John Jantsch
    27 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    Why is Local Search So Important? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with David Mihm In answer to the question in the title of this post, chew on a few of these stats: 82% of local searchers follow up offline via an in-store visit, phone call or purchase (TMP/comScore) 74% of internet users perform local searches (Kelsey Group) 61% of local searches result in a purchase (Search Engine Watch) 59% of consumers use Google every month to find a reputable, local business (Search Engine Watch) 37% of all searches are done on…
  • Boost Your Social Media Engagement With These Tips

    Alex Boyer
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    Boost Your Social Media Engagement With These Tips written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Everyone wants more likes, RTs, pins, favorites and shares on their social media posts. Isn’t that the point of social media, to spread your business and personal influence to as many potential followers and customers as possible? But how do you earn those RTs and shares? It may feel like there is some sort of secret sauce that makes some users get more than you, but it isn’t. Here are numerous ways that you can boost engagement on your social media…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1039: The “New Spin on Old Advertising” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] While traditional advertising can be easy to ignore, every once in a while, marketers get it right and get our attention. But it’s not always because they spend more money, buy more ads, or build bigger campaigns. Here are three old-school advertising platforms made more remarkable: 1. Bus stop ads that help out 2. Commercials that surprise and delight 3. Stickers that create photo ops…
  • Newsletter #1038: The “Make Someone Smile” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Don’t get too caught up in complicated marketing. You don’t always need a coupon or a call to action. Sometimes the best marketing is the kind that’s so simple it catches people off guard with happiness. Here are three simple things to make people smile: 1. Balloons 2. Friendly phone calls 3. Pretty dumpsters 4. Check it out: Eyes in Space 1. Balloons Fleur, a florist shop…
  • Newsletter #1037: The “Making Ideas Your Own” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] We’re all about trying new things and getting outside of your comfort zone to see what works for you. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get a good idea rolling. Chances are, you could learn from someone who’s already doing something brilliant. Here are three companies that took great ideas from unlikely sources: 1. Soccer stadiums and breweries 2. Business blogs…
  • Newsletter #1036: The “Throwback” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    7 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Everyone loves some good ol’ nostalgia. Just think of all the BuzzFeed articles about the 90s, Throwback Thursdays, and Timehops. All you have to do is glance at your social media feed to see that people are all about reminiscing, bringing back old traditions, and making history relevant again. Here are three ways companies and organizations are doing the same to create unique marketing…
  • Newsletter #1035: The “On the Road” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] There’s so much marketing potential in the quintessential road trip, in traveling, and in serving the people out on the road every day. But it’s about much more than flagging over those out-of-town visitors and people passing through with a bigger, flashier billboard. Check out these three ideas for reaching people out on the open road: 1. Truckstop doctor 2. Traveling line…
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • The stories we tell ourselves

    David
    12 May 2015 | 5:56 am
    The progress of technology needs a full spectrum of adoption to work well. From early adopters who jump in before kinks and warts have been banished, to a late majority who bring scale to the now-safe choice. If we didn’t have any early adopters ironing out the kinks, there’d never be a now-safe choice for the late majority. And if everyone always jumped on the latest thing on day one, society would waste needless cycles churning through the broken glass of beta software. But usually people see things a little narrower. They’ve picked a group to belong to, and along with it…
  • A Year of The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    12 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    A year ago, The Distance published its first story: a profile of 110-year-old Horween Leather Co., Chicago’s last remaining tannery. Since then, we’ve visited an 18,000-square-foot costume and wig store and a vintage tiki bar with its own gift shop. We’ve met a custom bra fitter who started her business as a single mom and the second-generation owner of an auto salvage yard that ran the same commercial on local television for 30 years. We launched The Distance because we believe the people behind long-running businesses have amassed a lot of wisdom from their decades of experience.
  • The homescreens of Basecamp (2015)

    Jamie
    8 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Back in 2011 and 2013, we shared our phone homescreens with you. We get a kick out of how others personalize their mobile phones. A lot’s changed since then: we have a few more folks on Android, there are 3 varieties of iPhones (6 is the most popular), some of us like having monster phones, and there’s even a Watch among us. Attention: there are a lot of homescreens in this post. The screens all start to blur together (apart from the Android ones), but they’re all interesting when you take the time to examine them. This is a great article for your lunchtime/afternoon break…
  • Poison

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:09 am
    How do we get better at making things people want? We strive to better discern the needs of our customers, so we reach for a number of tools. Surveys. User testing. 'Jobs to be done' interviews (an interview process I highly recommend). But in our effort to understand our customers, we often miss sight of something much more basic and integral to those things working well. The University of Edinburgh Medical School, one of the best medical schools in the United Kingdom, was created in 1726, also making it one of the oldest medical schools in the English speaking world. Given its age,…
  • Programming with toys and magic should be relished, not scorned

    David
    29 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    In the early days of Rails, a common dismissal of the framework and its Ruby roots were that these were just toys. Something for kids or amateurs to play with; to build a quick throw-away prototype or system of no consequence. It was most certainly not a tool for professionals building real systems for enterprise, king, or country. Explicit in this charge against Rails and Ruby laid a grander, sweeping dismissal of toys of all kinds. And more specifically, a rejection of fun and enjoyment as valid reasons for adoption of technology that remains prevalent to this day. The implication that real…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Good news rains down in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    29 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    Basket photo CC by Micolo J on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 29-31, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here.
  • Success Grows Through Retaining Customers

    Glenn Muske
    28 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Photo (CC) by Ninlan Reid, on Flickr If you’re a business owner, which appeals more: spending $20 to capture a new customer or spending $1 to retain an existing customer? These numbers represent broad averages but reflect reality, according to research. This means developing a sustainable business requires focusing first on building customer loyalty. Every business needs to build its customer base, but often the focus is on bringing in new customers. Perhaps the better strategy is, first, retaining existing customers because this forms a stable sales base and they become your ambassadors as…
  • Donna Maria on wholesaling your products

    Becky McCray
    26 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    http://smallbizsurvival.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Donna-Maria-talks-markets-and-wholesale-clip.mp3 Download file | Duration: 3:20| Size: 3.1M One of the most common questions I hear from small town businesses that make a product is about wholesaling. Should they sell at direct markets? Should they sell to retailers at a discount? If so, how do they ever afford it? So I asked Donna Maria from Indie Biz Network about wholesaling and selling your own product in markets. And I have 3 minutes of her answer for you, in audio. She explains why selling your own goods at a market (like a farmers…
  • The Brag Basket is for juicy bites of good news

    Small Biz Survival
    22 May 2015 | 4:19 am
    Juicy little bites of good news in the Brag Basket. Photo (CC) by Cristina on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 22-24, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t make it an…
  • 9 tips for a small town to attract “snowbird” travelers

    Small Biz Survival
    19 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Snowbirds and RV travelers are a great fit for small towns. Here’s a gem from the Vintage Trailer and Camper Show. Photo by Leslie McLellan. Guest Post by Leslie McLellan I’m building a destination marketing program for an area in Southern California – www.visitsanjacintovalley.com – and one of our niches is the snowbird market.  The San Jacinto Valley is home to the largest RV park along the west coast –www.goldenvillagepalms.com – and they are the poster child for snowbird attraction.  Our program has been quite successful once we coupled destination marketing with Golden…
 
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Maggi Noodles in a soup !

    Harish B
    23 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    Its a worst nightmare come true for a marketer, the brand getting into a health controversy. India's favorite noodles brand Maggi landed in its biggest challenge of its life when the health officials from Uttarpradesh FDA asked the company to recall one batch of noodles of a suspected high levels monosodium glutamate (MSG).The news spread like a wildfire both in social media and mainstream media . The company sprang into action by denying any addition of MSG to its noodles however with a caveat that glutamate may have occurred naturally to noodles because of some ingredients. ( really…
  • RUOSH : Pity We Don't Make Shoes for Women

    Harish B
    6 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Brand : RUOSHCompany : Sara Suole Pvt LtdBrand Analysis Count : # 557Ruosh is an interesting brand. The brand came to my notice through some good print ads in the TOI supplement with a very intriguing tagline " Pity we don't make shoes for women". I wondered how a brand can put such a tagline with a risk of offending women consumers.Ruosh is a premium brand of shoes from a little-known Bangalore based  company - Sara Suole. Although the company is little known to the consumer world, Sara Suole has been a supplier of shoes to some of the well known global brands like Espirit, Kenneth…
  • Brand Update : Sada Sexy Raho with Set Wet !

    Harish B
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:06 am
    Set Wet has now a brand ambassador in the form of Aditya Roy Kapur. Since the take over of the brand by Marico, this is the first major shift in the strategy for Set Wet brand. According to media reports, Marico intends to position this brand for the youth and concentrate on hair styling products. The brand now has the endorsement from the upcoming star Aditya Roy Kapur.Watch the ad here : Set Wet Aditya Roy KapurThe brand has retained the " Be Sexy " positioning but added some more class to the brand campaign.  The brand has also changed the tagline from " Very Very Sexy " to…
  • Brand Update : Alia Bhatt to Perk Up Cadbury Perk

    Harish B
    27 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Cadbury Perk is a confused brand. Perk came into limelight with an epic fight between KitKat and Perk. Then both these brands went to two trajectories. While KitKat was able to find a direction in terms of positioning , Perk was totally a confused brand. Nestle then launched Munch to fight Perk. Perk kept on experimenting with advertising themes and positioning and still has not found its mojo. Really I miss the magic of the launch campaigns of Perk . From this classic ad, the brand went to meaningless campaigns and later somewhat settled into its glucose energy focus. While KitKat…
  • Brand Update : Live-in makes Ajay Devgn say " Can't Live Without"

    Harish B
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    After some unworthy advertisement campaigns, Live-in has come out with a new campaign featuring the actor- Ajay Devgn. The brand is currently running the new campaign featuring the celebrity.The brand had come to the limelight with some smart campaign featuring Dino Morea with the focus on comfort as the USP. Later the brand changed track and produced some averagely creative campaigns and faded into the clutter.This time around, the brand is putting its future on Ajay Devgn.The choice of the celebrity is interesting since he does not feature in the young brigade of celebrity endorsers.
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Exclusive: Placecast Rolls Out Mobile Data Management Platform as Stand-Alone Solution

    Michael Essany
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    The team at Placecast shared exclusively with MMW today news of its latest initiative. The company has just made available its mobile Data Management Platform (DMP) as a stand-alone solution. “Mobile operators like Rogers in Canada, O2 Telefonica and 3 in Europe, and AT&T in the U.S. have already taken advantage of Placecast’s DMP capabilities to manage their large first-party data assets and unique scalability requirements around location-enabled mobile data,” the company said in a statement to MMW. “Now, Placecast is expanding its mobile DMP offering to other…
  • How Brands Can Revamp Facebook Strategies to Expand Reach

    Michael Essany
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    The following is an exclusive guest contributed post by Joe Matthews, co-founder and CEO of Tagkast. Over the last decade, Facebook has evolved from a small network of college students to a site with billions of users worldwide. Throughout this gradual change, marketers have taken advantage of the site’s loyal user base and wide reach. Soon, branded Facebook pages became the norm, and the typical news feed was filled with a mix of content created by friends, family and brands. But, Facebook is hoping to take the site back to its roots by providing each user with an experience that is less…
  • Here’s What Happened in Mobile Marketing This Week

    Christa Howard
    29 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. Making a Good Impression: Ad Tech Companies Help Deliver Critical Messages AOL, AppNexus, Rocket Fuel, and xAd serve consumers ads all day long. But now they’re doing something else, too — something downright laudable. These ad-tech companies have teamed up with Epsilon-owned Conversant to distribute emergency alert notifications to both desktop and mobile devices. Google’s Data Proof of Mobile Search Ad Effectiveness Mobile search ads appear to be working very…
  • While 42% of Companies Understand the Need For a Stronger Digital Presence, Nearly 60% Are Unsure of Where to Begin

    Emma Martin
    29 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    A recent study commissioned by Ness Software Engineering Services, and conducted by OnePoll, found that a surprising 57% of business leaders do not understand how to deliver the digital experience consumers have come to expect. Out of the 1,000 business leaders surveyed in the UK, 42% are aware that they lack the innovation required to remain competitive when speaking of digital. This same number of business leaders plans on investing more time and money in R&D to determine the best digital path. With only 46% of business owners having the in-house expertise required to keep up with…
  • Twitter Still In Talks Regarding The Purchase Of Flipboard

    Kevin Matthies
    29 May 2015 | 6:15 am
    Twitter is still a globally recognized social media powerhouse, but their ability to produce innovative new products and sources of revenue still has room for improvement. It is for this reason that sources close to Twitter have confirmed that the company is taking a close look at acquiring the personalized magazine Flipboard. The rumors recently took on added momentum in response to coverage about the hotly speculated potential acquisition in re/code. While the two companies are already partners in a few different professional capacities, officially joining forces could open the door for an…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • 7 Components Of A Powerful Brand Strategy

    Mark Di Somma
    29 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    A powerful brand strategy combines ‘the logic and the magic’ – that mix of rational and emotive elements that, together, combine to give a brand engagement, connectedness, distinction and focus. I talk a lot these days about needing to position a brand beyond reasonable doubt – and by that I mean looking for brand performance and potential on more than just logical grounds; positioning it in such a way that it ‘calls’ to customers rather than just rationalizing itself to them. To do that, there are always 7 components I look for in a brand strategy: 1. Resonance – how will…
  • Balancing Efficiency And Brand

    Mark Di Somma
    28 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    In the hunt for more streamlined businesses that are less resource intensive, how real is the risk that brands are actually putting people off dealing with them? When does an efficient process become so rationalized that it loses its humanity and therefore its appeal? On the face of it, brand and efficiency have similar objectives. They’re both about creating financial headroom – but of course they approach that goal from opposite directions. Efficiency is so often about what can be subtracted. Brand is all about what can be added, at least perceptually, that people will pay more for. The…
  • How Will Your Brand Win?

    Mark Di Somma
    27 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Two thoughts that I really like, brought together. The first was one introduced to me by Rob Smith, CEO, Paper Plus back in August 2008. It’s called –est. It goes like this: There are a very small number of fully competitive positions in a sector and you need to own, and align yourself, to one: Quickest Biggest Cheapest Coolest Specialist. Anything else is the middle ground. Everyone I raise this with debates the number and raises other possibilities. But you get the idea. It’s superlative and competitive and combative. To me, this is the –est test in brand positioning. Who are you…
  • 6 Ways Of Putting Truth Back Into Your Brand

    Mark Di Somma
    26 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    So you’ve looked long and hard at how your brand is managed, and it’s clear that the truth has been allowed to slip. If you no longer want to be managing a deceitful brand, how do you find a way back? 1. Start by setting new rules. Articulate “new rules of brand” that set out in a clear manifesto form what you will do and won’t do going forward. If necessary, revisit the values and behaviors that have condoned how your brand has been managed in the past. 2. Look for quick wins. What are the immediate things that you can do to turn around how your brand is managed? If you’re making…
  • Brand Transparency vs Brand Authenticity

    Chris Wren
    25 May 2015 | 12:10 am
    Last week, brand leaders from many industries gathered for The Blake Project’s annual Un-Conference at the Versace Mansion in Miami Beach. During a segment led by Mark Di Somma on Evolving Customer Engagement, one participant smartly reminded the group that transparency and authenticity are each unique. Mark Di Somma offered this, “We quite rightly think of both transparency and authenticity as being about truth. The difference is that transparency is about being true to others in what you disclose while authentic is about being true to yourself in how you act.” Transparency…
 
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    Men with Pens

  • How Maslow Can Help Your Marketing

    James Chartrand
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How Maslow Can Help Your Marketing first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are you making these capitalization mistakes?

    James Chartrand
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Are you making these capitalization mistakes? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content

    James Chartrand
    12 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Stand Out in a Sea of Content first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why You Should Create a Series on your Blog

    James Chartrand
    5 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Should Create a Series on your Blog first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again

    James Chartrand
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Rewrite Old Content and Make It New Again first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    IttyBiz

  • 55 Famous Alibis For Failure, as Described by Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    26 May 2015 | 8:25 pm
    In our last instalment of Napoleon Hill Takes Us To Task, we talked about the 31 major causes of failure. And now we’ve got the “55 Famous Alibis by Old Man IF”. Hill states: “People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure, and have what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement. “A character analyst compiled a list of the most commonly used alibis. As you read the list, examine yourself carefully, and determine how many of these alibis, if any, are your own…
  • 31 Major Causes of Failure, According to Napoleon Hill

    Naomi Dunford
    24 May 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Way back in the Great Depression, Napoleon Hill wrote a little book called Think and Grow Rich. I’ve read this book a few times and I have to say, there seems to be a lot more to the process than thinking, but the author is unavailable for comment. Within this book, he lists 31 explanations for “the overwhelmingly large majority of people who fail, as compared to the few who succeed.” (Aside: If anyone ever tells you they loved this book, ask them what they thought about the chapter on sex. That’s always a conversation starter.) In the mood for a little fearless moral…
  • Got Business Burnout? 4 Tips For Coming Back Strong

    Naomi Dunford
    23 May 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Today, I completely ran out of things to say. I wrote the introductions for my next seven newsletters. I found quotes for the next month. I wrote 53 emails, planned a trip, and took two sales calls. And I called my mother. I should note here that I’m writing this on a Saturday. I’m sure it comes as a surprise to nobody, but at some point in this process, I completely ran out of things to say. And poor you! You are sitting there, breathlessly waiting for your next instalment of the IttyBiz daily and I am dry. I got nothing. Hmm. It’s weird when this happens. You’re on…
  • 4 Options for Content Upgrades for The Lazy, Busy or Understaffed

    Naomi Dunford
    22 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Everybody’s talking about content upgrades these days. They’re all the rage. They’re hot. They’re the cat’s pajamas! They’re the bees’ knees! They’re the duck’s quack! Seriously, I could go on all day. (No, seriously. I could. Check this out.) So what the heck is a content upgrade, and how do you use them if you’re not made of time and money? Content upgrades are the new, hot way to get subscribers to your email list. The Old Way: One Freebie To Rule Them All In the old days, to incentivize people to get on your mailing list, you had…
  • Is It Really Safe To Let Your Freak Flag Fly?

    Naomi Dunford
    21 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Every now and again on the internet, somebody comes out and loudly proclaims that they’re going to let their freak flag fly. Usually, they communicate this via a sentence with two clauses. The first clause says something freaky, and the second clause says, “and I’m PROUD OF IT.” Sometimes the something freaky is relatively commonplace. “I like to dance a lot”, for example, or “I watch American Idol.” These are small, simple things that probably don’t affect someone’s desire to do commerce with you. Sometimes the something freaky is a…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Make yourself uncomfortable

    Jay H. Heyman
    28 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At some point, it happens to all of us. We start creating the same kinds of things, with merely minor variations. After all, it’s been successful in the past. And it’s easy, fast, and very comfortable. Why you could practically do it in your sleep. Which of course is the problem. Because usually the end result will put your audience to sleep. It is something I am aware of—and sometimes guilty of—with my blog. After writing a blog twice a week for six or so years, the tendency is to go back to favorite themes. Which is OK., as long as you bring a new…
  • When the client says it seems a little expensive:

    Jay H. Heyman
    25 May 2015 | 7:45 am
  • Here’s why the soda left a bad taste

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Seven of us went to a local bar/restaurant the other evening. So much of the evening was pleasant that it is a shame we are each spreading negative warnings about the place. Good food. Good service. Good drinks…except for the sodas. Not that there was anything wrong with the diet drinks. It is just that for the two people who ordered the sodas, as their glasses emptied, the waitress asked, “Would you like another?” And when we received the bill, it turns out that each “refill” cost three dollars! Now, in the town where five of the seven of us live, you…
  • What to say. How to say it. (Part two)

    Jay H. Heyman
    18 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    If you’ve been paying attention, you know that my new favorite description for what I do for a living is: What to say. How to say it. What I like is that it gives you a chance to define what you offer in a way that makes you the most comfortable. You don’t have to rely on clichéd phrases that promise to differentiate a brand from others, offer a list of features and benefits or other conventional creative claims. “What to say” is basically how you will help with targeting, strategic direction, and to narrow down all the reasons the client might want to offer his prospects to the one…
  • What to say. How to say it. (Part one)

    Jay H. Heyman
    14 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    I am not sure where I came across this combination of words: What to say, and how to say it. But I would love to give credit to whoever first put them down, because the more I think about it, that is a perfect definition of what I offer my clients. I realize that we are all predisposed to over abundantly fall in love with our newest child. So I am inclined to put aside my current slogan (ideas that build brands) in favor of this new combination of words. I am not certain how much of this is due to corporate boredom; perhaps I have gotten overly relaxed with my slogan. It is by now…
 
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • My Stake in the Ground: What I’m Building This Year

    Erica
    27 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    It’s been just over a year since my last company failed/got acquired, and I’m excited to announce the project I’m going to be working on for the foreseeable future! I’ve long been frustrated by the state of marketing information for small businesses. It’s what led me to start my last company, and, today, a bit more than year after that company failed, I still get the strongest sense that that’s where I want to be as a founder and CEO. What’s out there now stinks! Small Business Owners’ Issues with Marketing In talking to small business owners,…
  • The Real Reason Why 80%+ of Funded Startups Fail

    Erica
    7 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    A friend confessed to me the other night that his funded startup had failed. “It was growing,” he said. “We were getting customers. We just weren’t getting them fast enough to continue getting funding.” This is a familiar refrain with startup founders, and I personally know several founders whose businesses fit this bill (including my last funded company.) They have a business that works, with customers. It just doesn’t fit the ridiculous growth profile that most VC’s (venture capitalists) expect. That’s the untold story of the estimated 80%+ of…
  • Week 5: What Do You Really Want to Do With Your Life?

    Erica
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    I haven’t posted in a few weeks, though, as you’re about to find out, I have a really good reason for that! Also in this post, I share with you a (somewhat embarrassing) story about how I figured out what I really wanted to do most in my life. My boyfriend, John, owns a retail store called 1Up Repairs. He fixes cell phones, Xboxes, PS3s, and computers for a living. I’ve been helping him out with it for the past few weeks, and it’s been an eye-opening experience, as you’re about to find out. For the entire time I’ve known John, his store has been located in…
  • Week 2: “How Do I Start A Business When I Don’t Have Any Time?”

    Erica
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    It’s week 2 of my adventure in 2015 to start a business. I started out last week not knowing what kind of business I wanted to start. This week, I’m taking an introspective look at another common issue people have when they want to start a business–and one that plagues me as well! It’s all about the feeling of not having enough time to start a business. Technically, I work part-time right now; I’m wrapping up a 3-month consulting gig with Help.com, building their launch plan, website copy, an ebook, and more. (My work will be live on Help.com soon!) But, when you…
  • “What Kind of Business Should I Start?” A Surprising Answer from A Successful Entrepreneur

    Erica
    19 Jan 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I often get asked what you might think is a simple question: “What kind of business should I start?” For the first time in many years, I find myself in the same boat as the folks who ask me that question. I (surprisingly) don’t have a concrete answer to this question for myself right now–but, as I’ll show you in this post, I have a way to figure it out. After I sold my software company last year, I did a ton of soul-searching. I coached other successful entrepreneurs, and ended 2014 by taking a 3-month, part-time marketing consulting gig for Help.com, a funded…
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    Bplans Blog

  • The Art of Work with Author Jeff Goins [Free Webinar]

    Jonathan Michael
    29 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    Should you start your own business, or stick to your day job? Is your passion all that’s required to succeed? Join author and speaker, Jeff Goins, on Thursday, June 4 at 12:30pm EST for a free webinar based on his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to... The post The Art of Work with Author Jeff Goins [Free Webinar] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Forecast Sales

    Tim Berry
    29 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    First, allow me to deal with a very common problem: Business owners are often afraid to forecast sales. But, you shouldn’t be. Don’t think there is some magic right answer that you don’t know. Don’t think that it’s a matter of training you don’t have. It doesn’t take spreadsheet modeling, much less econometric modeling, to... The post How to Forecast Sales appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

    Jonathan Michael
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    We recently had Tim Berry, Palo Alto Software founder and business planning expert, present our Bplans audience with his latest advice on lean business planning. He is the known guru in business planning, particularly for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs, although he’s worked with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well. Lean business planning offers... The post Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Episode 3: A Startup Comic Book Company, How to Find a Mentor, and #BigData – The Bcast

    Jonathan Michael
    28 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Welcome to the Bcast, the official podcast of Bplans.com. Each week we discuss the latest news, resources, and advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Hosted by Jonathan Michael and Peter Thorsson. In this week’s episode, Peter and Jonathan talk about Robot Paper, a startup comic book company founded by Brian Wyrick. We also learn... The post Episode 3: A Startup Comic Book Company, How to Find a Mentor, and #BigData – The Bcast appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Get Initial Traction with a Marketing Budget of Zero

    Leeyen Rogers
    28 May 2015 | 7:00 am
      Let’s say you have zero traction, an unknown product, and no budget to speak of. Perhaps not the most desirable position to be in, but at least you have some resources to tap into: time and creativity. One of the most rewarding aspects of marketing is the challenge, so realize that you’re up for... The post How to Get Initial Traction with a Marketing Budget of Zero appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Google Photos sounds great, but you should read the small print

    Troy Wolverton
    29 May 2015 | 11:16 am
    Google’s new Photos service has a lot to offer. But before you sign up, make sure you read and understand the small print. Perhaps the biggest announcement Google made on Thursday at its I/O conference, the Photos service offers consumers the ability to store all their photos on Google’s servers for free. The service offers unlimited storage and the ability to automatically upload photos from PCs, smartphones and tablets. And photos stored in it are private by default; users have to choose to share photos via other services. Sounds great, doesn’t it? It looks particularly…
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    29 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Here’s what’s on the Friday menu. Will it finally happen? Intel nears deal to buy Altera, according to the New York Post. Snapchat is raising $650 million at $16 billion valuation, according to CNBC. IBM is offering its employees Macs for the first time, according to 9to5Mac, with plans to deploy 50,000 Macbooks by the end of the year. Uber’s new privacy policy makes it clear: It can track your every move. And it can ask your permission to track you even when the app isn’t open. Remember Path, the social network for your closest friends? It’s being sold to a…
  • Spying and the Patriot Act: Bulk collection of phone records set to expire

    Levi Sumagaysay
    29 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which U.S. spy agencies have used to justify mass collection of phone records, is set to expire June 1. The Senate will hold a special session Sunday to try to figure out what to do. Here’s what a coalition of public advocacy, industry and trade groups don’t want the Senate to do: pass the FISA Improvements Act of 2015 and the FISA Reform Act of 2015. The measures don’t do enough to rein in government spying, the coalition said in a letter dated Thursday and addressed to Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, and Harry Reid, the…
  • iPhone-crashing text bug impacts Twitter and Snapchat

    Queenie Wong
    29 May 2015 | 10:40 am
    UPDATE: A Twitter spokesperson said shortly before 1 p.m. that the company is blocking characters from the iOS bug from being sent through a tweet or direct message. Social media users beware — a line of text sent through iMessage that causes some iPhones and other Apple devices to crash can also be sent through Snapchat and Twitter. The text message bug includes the words “effective” and “Power” along with a string of characters in Arabic, Marathi and Chinese. That pesky message can also be sent through Twitter via direct messages or public mentions and…
  • Google will weave Internet into your jeans with new Levi’s partnership

    Matt O'Brien
    29 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    Jeans maker Levi’s will partner with Google to weave the Internet into textiles, transforming sweaters, jackets and jeans into a new kind of mobile device. Scientist and product designer Ivan Poupyrev from Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects group, or ATAP, and a Levi’s fashion designer announced the new Project Jacquard on Friday morning during the second day of the Google I/O software developer conference. Levi’s is the first of what Google hopes will be many fashion partners on the new technology that embeds touch sensors into clothing. “This is a very…
 
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • 5 Advantages an Intern Can Bring to Your Small Business

    Caron_Beesley
    29 May 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Summer is right around the corner and intern hiring season is full swing. If your small business doesn't have an internship program you may be missing out. Not convinced? Here are five advantages that an intern can bring to your small business.16 Vote(s)
  • 11 Tips for Using Images on Twitter

    Jed
    29 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    If you are one of those people who only uses Twitter via a tool such as Hootsuite, you may have missed all the image-related improvements made on Twitter in recent months. Twitter profiles have changed their look and you can now tweet images directly.16 Vote(s)
  • Franchising: What To Do When You Get The Special List

    franpro
    29 May 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The best way to get the information you need is to talk to people who have already written a check to the franchisor and who are currently in business. You can get these names in two very different ways. Check out how. 16 Vote(s)
  • How Many Hours Should You Put Into Your Business

    George Meszaros
    29 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Have you been wondering how many hours should you put into your business?Does working endless hours make you a hero or a failure?If you had to set a weekly time limit, how many hours would you say is the least number of hours you need to succeed in business?16 Vote(s)
  • How to Pay/Reward your Content Creators

    ivanpw
    29 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    If you are someone who wants to leverage your time by recruiting others to create content for you, how do you reward your content creator?16 Vote(s)
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Improving on the Work Meeting

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Want to own your meetings? Lifesize, the connected video conferencing company, shares how that is possible. There are a few things people greet with less enthusiasm than scheduling and attending meetings. They’re at the center of almost everything we do as a business, yet somewhere along the way, something went terribly wrong to tarnish their reputation. Why is it that so many of us hate meetings so badly? The average person works 90,000 hours over their career and is scheduled for nearly 60 meetings every month. With 1 out of 3 minutes of every workday spent in meetings, you can see why…
  • Get Your Products in Nordstrom, Protect Your Business Data and More

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week 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 How to get your products on the shelves at Nordstrom & other major retailers Going Global? How to choose your…
  • 4 Cloud Services That Will Transform Your Business

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Sponsored by Microsoft By Rieva Lesonsky Is your small business “in the cloud” yet? If you’re not taking advantage of all the benefits that cloud services have to offer, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to save time, save money and simplify both your business and your life. Essentially, cloud services mean that instead of installing software on your computers or storing data on computer hard drives or servers in your office, you access software and store your data on remote servers (the cloud) operated and maintained by cloud service providers. The benefits of the cloud are…
  • A Laughing Jury Never Convicts [Part 1 of 2]

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico “I had the privilege of hearing you speak at last year’s eBay Radio Party, and again this year at the Sellers’ Conference of Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE) conference in Philadelphia. You seem like a pretty smart lawyer, and you’ve got lots of good information, but the best thing about you is your ability to make the audience laugh. Seriously, until I heard you I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to make me laugh talking about income taxes, sales taxes, and tax accounting. You have an amazing gift. When you have a moment, could you please share how you developed…
  • Hazards at Work: How to Keep Your Workers and Customers Safe

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Anica Oaks It is all business until someone gets hurt on the job. A major injury of key employees will seriously halt production efforts. If a customer gets hurt in your establishment, this will create legal issues and could potentially get your company dragged through the media in a negative light. These are problems no business wants. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent common injuries to your employees and customers alike. Here are some ways you can improve safety conditions around your company. Clear Entryways and Exits Hazardous conditions arise when employees leave things lying…
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • How We Grew Our Blog from 20K to 200K+ Page Views in 1 Year

    Sujan Patel
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    A little over a year ago, the When I Work blog was pretty much unknown. We had some loyal followers who knew our employee scheduling software and checked in with us regularly, but in terms of overall brand awareness, we were sorely lacking. That all changed when we made a concerted effort to commit to content marketing. By implementing the following 10 steps, we were able to grow our site from 20,000 page views per month to over 200,000 page views per month in the span of just one year. While we’re a start-up, many of these lessons can be applied to larger brands as well – anyone who…
  • 7 Tips We Learned Analyzing 75 Content Marketing Examples

    Jodi Harris
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Content creation can be a challenging endeavor in many respects. With so many techniques, formats, and channels for your content efforts, it’s easy to become paralyzed by indecision when it comes to executing your carefully constructed content marketing strategies. On the other hand, even if you know exactly what types of content you want to create, you may find it difficult to distinguish your brand and ensure that your efforts are heard above all the noise in a crowded landscape. Regardless of the specific struggles hindering your content productivity, one thing that might help get…
  • 17 Content Marketing Tips for Any Size Budget

    Michael Brenner
    27 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Producing content when you have a big budget is easy. Producing the right content  for your audience on any budget is the tough part. I realize small businesses have resource constraints and their own special set of challenges. But there are plenty of examples of small-business content marketing successes. My first job as head of marketing for a small company included a large objective of driving awareness as well as leads for sales. And my budget was a whopping zero. Nothing. Nada. So how do you drive marketing results without a budget? The answer for me was to publish customer stories. I…
  • 3 Things to Learn from the World’s 3 Most Popular Blogs

    Neil Patel
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    You can learn some of the best things about blogging by looking at the world’s most popular blogs. These blogs are popular for a reason. And they only get more popular as time goes on. Viral popularity feeds popularity, snowballing into a massive cultural force. I like learning from people and businesses who know what they’re doing. Some of the top features of the world’s most popular blogs demonstrate three powerful lessons that you can implement on your blog. A note about selection: These three blogs – The Huffington Post, TMZ, and Business Insider – are the most popular on the…
  • Keep Content Flowing With This Easy Agile Marketing Tool

    Andrea Fryrear
    25 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    There are times when a wrench gets thrown into your content marketing machine and you can’t figure out who threw it. Nothing seems different, but suddenly you’re rushing to make deadlines, editors are stressed, and the whole process has become frantic. It’s time to step back and figure out where the workflow is breaking down. Instead of the usual laborious process of troubleshooting your entire content management procedure, shake things up by using an easy tool drawn from Agile marketing practices – Work In Progress limits. WIP limits cap how many projects can be in a particular phase…
 
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • How to Reframe Failure to Increase Sales Performance

    28 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Sales is a tough job. Everyone in the company knows how you’re doing - at all times. When you’re new, you see insurmountable hurdles in front of you. When you hit a slump, it’s visible to the entire world. People who are in marketing, IT or HR have no idea how challenging it is to learn, grow and stumble in full view of everyone else. 
  • 3 Early Bird Tactics to Uncover New Sales Opportunities

    21 May 2015 | 7:59 am
    Want to win more sales? Then you need to do everything you can to give yourself an unfair advantage over your competitors. Research shows that one of the best ways to do this is by being an early bird: Forrester Research discovered that the first vendor to reach a prospect and set the buying vision has a 74% close rate.  InsideSales found that 50% of sales opportunities go to the first salesperson to contact a prospect. Most salespeople spend their time chasing prospects who are actively involved in making a decision. If you join them, your chances of winning are slim. Instead, go…
  • Don't Miss This if You're Thinking of Changing Jobs

    14 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    68% of salespeople* are open to changing jobs this year. Are you one of them? 
  • Sales Motivation I Can’t Live Without

    5 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    Whenever I think about sales motivation, I always remember this chance meeting: Years ago at a networking event, a stranger handed me his business card. When I glanced down at it, I was surprised to see that it didn't have the standard name, company and contact info. Instead the card said:
  • The Root Cause of Many Lost Sales Opportunities

    30 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    We were staying at a lovely golf resort in St. George, Utah, but that's not what we were playing. Instead, when checking out the pool area, my husband and I discovered an outdoor ping pong table.
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    Bill Caskey

  • What You Can Learn About Achievement From The Stacey Dash Interview?

    Travis
    6 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Recently, Stacey Dash (unknown to me until I saw this and researched her) was on Meredith Vieria. Personally, I don’t watch Vieria mainly because of the tact she took in this “interview.” The video is below.  Watch it, then come back and read on. I love this girl! Unafraid to speak on a hot, controversial issue, and speak her truth. I hear this all the time: “My territory isn’t large enough.” “My compensation plan isn’t fair enough.” “People don’t answer the phone like they used to.” “Prospects lie.” “I can’t get referrals anymore.” My company doesn’t…
  • The Average Of 5 People

    Travis
    4 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    On this week’s audio post, I want you to evaluate who you spend most of your time with. Are you surrounding yourself with people that you admire and look up to? The people you choose to be around are a direct reflection of who you will become. The rule is, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. The post The Average Of 5 People appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • Selling Yourself

    Travis
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    On this week’s audio blog, I’m going to challenge to do something different. I want you to spend some time selling yourself to yourself. Do you believe in your personal value? Do you believe in the product you are selling? If you don’t, it will come across to your prospects.   The post Selling Yourself appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • Ability VS. Capability

    Travis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Ability and Capability are typical used synonymously but they do have one big difference. Capability is the future, is a person capable of doing more than what they are doing now? We need to spend more time on Capability and what we are Capable of doing.   The post Ability VS. Capability appeared first on Bill Caskey.
  • The Problem With Idea Generation – And a Solution

    Bill Caskey
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:05 am
    More ideas are not better. I know there is a saying, “If you want to come up with a great idea, come up with lots of ideas.” But I see Presidents and Salespeople generate idea after idea – and yet have little to show for them. So what happens. Here’s my take. My sense is that the person that has the idea (the creator) is seldom the person who will implement the idea and bring it to profit. I didn’t say “never,” I said seldom. So the idea-creator needs to have either a) someone around him/her who can flesh out the idea before investing too much time…
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    HDBizBlog.com

  • Safe Parenting Tips For When Your Kids Are Sick

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 7:29 pm
    When your child is sick, getting her the right medication makes all the difference. At the same time, parents worry about side effects. That’s why it may come as a surprise to learn that some prescription drugs–certain asthma medications, for instance–haven’t even been tested on kids. There’s nothing illegal or reckless about this; any drug that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults can be given to kids. The practice is called off-label prescription, and it’s common. The problem is that children are not little adults; their…
  • Letting Professional Technicians Fix Hard Drive Clicking Problems

    admin
    5 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    There are several professional technicians who can fix hard drive clicking. However, the challenge is to find a well experienced individual so that there is an assurance that you have your computer fixed effectively. To get started, find at least three companies who can potentially fix your hard drive clicking issue. Be sure that these companies are reputable and have been in the business for quite some time. If you are having a hard time finding three companies, then ask for some recommendations from friends or search the internet. The web will offer up a wide selection of computer services.
  • Corporations And Congress: Why Even Hide Bribery Anymore?

    admin
    4 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    When corporations give millions of dollars to members of Congress, what are they buying? Friends in high places? Sympathetic interpretations of laws and regulations? Special favors written into laws? Access to strategy sessions in back rooms? Tax breaks? Other direct benefits for themselves? The answer is, “All of the above.” Corporations are giving to get, plain and simple. And it works. The tens of millions of dollars that corporations pay into congressional campaign war chests each year come back to the corporations in the form of significant and tangible rewards worth…
  • Single And Doing Good For Others: Nice Trade

    admin
    30 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    At Single Volunteers (SV), the goal is to become ineligible for membership. One success story is that of Tony Birchfield and Vicki Kern of SV’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, who met a year ago last spring while building a house for Habitat for Humanity. A few weeks later, the widowed business owner and divorced nurse, both in their 50s, went horseback riding with handicapped children. They hooked up again at a barn dance for the Special Olympics, and four months later, they were married. “They got to know each other in blue jeans, in full daylight, with sweat on their brows,”…
  • Feel Good About Yourself! Your Health Is Better Than You Think!

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Finally–a study that makes you feel good about yourself even if you don’t spend an hour a day at the gym! According to a recent report from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, you can skip the treadmill and stay just as healthy by leading an active life doing everyday activities. Being healthy can look like this! Researchers at the institute monitored 235 sedentary women and men between the ages of 35 and 60. One group spent 20 to 60 minutes a day doing vigorous exercise such as swimming or biking; the other group simply made sure to do 30 minutes a day of…
 
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    Innovation Management

  • The Changing Front End of Innovation: Thoughts on the 2015 FEI USA Conference

    Anthony Ferrier
    28 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    The 2015 Front End of Innovation USA conference was held last week at the Boston World Trade Center and Seaport. The event demonstrated the increasing sophistication around innovation, still a new corporate competency. During the sessions and within participant conversations, several key themes came through loud and clear. This article provides an overview of the event with a focus on the key themes that we observed.
  • Live Web Event: Best Practices for Growing into the Chief Innovation Officer Role

    InnovationManagement.se
    28 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    For most companies, having a named Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) or equivalent is very new – if they have one at all. For these leaders, the levers for success are still uncertain, and evolving quickly. Join this live IM Channel One web event on June 10th when we present 5 emerging “leadership styles” for today’s CINOs and offer insights on how to use these styles to maximum effect.
  • Key Abilities of Effective Innovation Leaders

    Langdon Morris
    27 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    In the last chapter excerpt of The Innovation Formula we looked at the role of the business leader, including key strategies to communicate the purpose of innovation as well as taking on the responsibility for the learning of the entire organization as it pertains to innovation. Today, we'll look at the specific abilities required to organize and inspire innovation practices in your company.
  • Systematizing Breakthrough Innovation: Study Results

    Fredrik Harenstam, Ben Thuriaux-Aleman & Rick Eagar
    26 May 2015 | 10:40 pm
    Most companies recognize the need for breakthrough innovation – it can change the fundamental bases of competition, “rewrite the rules” of an industry and transform the prospects of the successful innovator. There is no one-size-fits-all model for how best to respond to this challenge. Arthur D. Little surveyed over 80 large organizations to explore how to deliver a consistent pipeline of radically new products, performance features, business models and market space.
  • If You Want To Be a Good Leader, Be a Good Learner

    Langdon Morris
    25 May 2015 | 10:48 pm
    As you, the leader/entrepreneur, embark on the pursuit of innovation, there are a handful of your personal skills and talents that will contribute enormously to the success and joyfulness of your journey. These skills are of course not just specific to innovation, and as a successful business person you probably already have well-developed capabilities in many of these areas. Nevertheless, it’s well worth spending a few minutes to review the key abilities where your refined skill set will result in enormous benefits.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Hitachi Plans to Derive More than Half Its Group Revenues from Overseas in 2015

    28 May 2015 | 11:38 pm
    ©iStock/m_71Hitachi, the nation’s largest maker of electric equipment and infrastructure systems is going global after painful reforms.  The company splurged on a pricey acquisition -- a railway vehicle and signal businesses of Italy’s Finmeccanica S.p.A., a deal estimated at over ¥250 billion.This highlights Hitachi's accelerated shift in recent years toward global expansion.Chairman and CEO Hiroaki Nakanishi, however, does not seem to be content, which is a good thing from the standpoint of continuing to drive results for Hitachi.“We need to respond to a market that is…
  • The Internet is a Driver of Global Digital Trade

    28 May 2015 | 2:57 am
    ©iStock/AlexaldoThomas O'Toole, for Bloomberg BNA, writes a thoughtful and important article, "Breaking Down Legal Barriers to Global Digital Trade."First, a little background on O'Toole:Thomas O'Toole joined BNA in 1988 and has been managing editor of Bloomberg BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report since its founding in 1996. He has a BA in Economics and English Literature from the University of Michigan and a JD from Wayne State University Law School. According to O'Toole's article, which references the U.S. International Trade Commission's 2014 report, U.S. businesses sold…
  • Stumped on Export/Import Procedures and Documentation?

    27 May 2015 | 2:43 am
    ©iStock/Wichai LeesawatwongWhether you receive an international order by phone, in person at a trade show or via email, should you formalize the purchase and sale agreement in a written document?  Are preprinted forms from commercial stationers or available online forms worthwhile on your export/import activities?  Have you examined the contents thoroughly of a product you are about to import?These and a hundred other items are discussed in the book “Export/Import Procedures and Documentation.”Learn more here.
  • How to Achieve 70 percent of Your Sales from Overseas Markets

    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    ©iStock/Pifon-vDo you wish you were doing more business overseas?  Could markets exist for you in other countries? According to the Department of Commerce, more than 300,000 U.S. companies exported goods in 2013, and nearly 98 percent of those had fewer than 500 employees.But is going global really worth all the trouble?Inventor, Co-Founder and CEO Adam Xavier believed his UK-based RoadLoK motorcycle anti-theft immobilizer was exactly what the American riding public wanted. And he was right, to a point."It wasn't until 2008 that RoadLoK realized we could do much more business working…
  • Today in Global Small Business: Bad News For Egg Lovers Worldwide

    25 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    ©iStock/ValentynVolkovWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:Why Alibaba founder Jack Ma gets it that women are a driving force in our global economy. Why GoDaddy has launched a global brand agency request for proposal to help promote its brand globally.How women are changing the world of transportation.  Got a bike?Why the peak of 'free' on the Internet may be diminishing.Three reasons why you can't afford not to go global.Bad news for egg lovers (producers, exporters and importers alike).
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  • Creating Contour Plots in Spotfire for Drilling Optimization

    Chadd
    14 May 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Utilizing contour plots in Spotfire to simplify drilling plans With custom contour plots in Spotfire, drilling engineers can change the values of any two independent parameters (X & Y axes) to find the combination of those values that produce the best results for a third (Z). In this case, we look at the combination of bit RPM and weight on bit to see which combination produces the best rate of penetration for this type of formation. Typically, in order to recognize patterns that would help optimize the plan to drill a new well, drilling engineers need to compare two variables across…
  • How Does Software Age?

    Eric
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Software applications age over time like any business asset. Unlike tangible assets, such as physical equipment, software deprecation tends to be less easily identifiable or well-defined. Old software tends to “fly under the radar” in businesses, and as a result the associated risks and opportunities are not addressed in a timely manner. Ultimately, all software has to be rewritten in some form eventually to extend its useful life. Software ages in many different ways but today I want to explore one key way that tends to be easy to overlook when understanding the application development…
  • Infographic: Office 365 and SharePoint Online Adoption in the Oil & Gas Industry

    Sandra
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:52 am
    Microsoft Office 365 lets you invest more capital into your wells and less on IT infrastructure. Imagine a world where you don’t have to worry about upgrades or managing servers and network infrastructure. Wondering if it’s time to move your oil and gas enterprise to the cloud? Let’s face it, oil and gas is lagging other industries when it comes to embracing the cloud. Click here to read Carol Donnelly’s latest article about the pros and cons of Microsoft Office 365 adoption for oil and gas producers, pipeline operators, and service providers.The post Infographic: Office…
  • Is Your SharePoint Farm Ready for Kim Jong Un?

    Benjamin
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you play a part in managing or administering SharePoint at your company, the Sony hack might be more frightening to you than any movie released this year. The hackers looted Sony’s network and released sensitive employee information, confidential intellectual property, and even embarrassing emails. You don’t have any of these on your servers, do you? Sure, your firm might not attract the ire of a rogue nation, but corporate cyber attacks are commonplace. Most malware isn’t directed at a specific target; instead, it sweeps the internet for network vulnerabilities. Oil is near $50 per…
  • Self-Service Analytics for Finance and Accounting

    Kyle
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    Chances are, business intelligence is on every accountant’s Christmas list this year. The energy industry of 2015 is shaping up to be a world of slim margins and fast turnaround to allow producers, distributors and marketers to maximize the effect of their smaller capital budgets. Accounting and finance departments will feel this pressure unlike any other. Between processing and paying invoices, regulatory reporting, and the myriad of one-off financial reports that executives need, every precious second counts in the day of a finance department. In 2015, those seconds are even more…
 
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Stop Wasting Time on Social Media

    Alyson Stanfield
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you wasting time on social media sites? I’m not implying that you shouldn’t be on those sites. I’m just wondering if you’re using them to their potential. It’s not that you need to be posting and sharing more. It’s that you should make sure your ROI (return on investment) is worth it for you. In other words, you should invest in quality, not quantity. If you don’t, you might be wasting time. Mindful sharing will bring you more friends, more shares, and more likes, which results in more people to buy your art or to offer you opportunities. Here are some tips to help ensure…
  • 34 Marketing Insights from the Authority Rainmaker Conference

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s a Memorial Day tradition at Art Biz Coach to offer a list of reminders for your art business. This is a twist on that tradition. I opened up my notes from Copyblogger’s Authority Rainmaker conference to share my biggest marketing takeaways with you. The thing to remember about live events, books, and even online classes is that not everything shared is going to apply to you. You’re either not ready to receive it, you’re past its relevance in your growth, or it doesn’t match your business model. You have to look for the nuggets in these situations. I find that there is…
  • What’s The Point of Making Art When The World Is So Screwed Up?

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve ever questioned the reason for making art, you’re not alone. After a particularly rough time, you might catch yourself asking, “What’s the point?” You might even begin to see your work as frivolous. With so much bad news being printed and broadcasted, it’s easy to overlook the bigger picture. These thoughts might enter your head: Shouldn’t I be out there saving people? Shouldn’t I be waging peace and protecting the environment? These are noble pursuits, but are they why you, in all of your magnificence, were put on earth? After being asked these questions by a number…
  • 8 of the Biggest Mistakes Artists Make in their Art Careers

    Alyson Stanfield
    7 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    You might be making mistakes in your art business that are holding you back from big growth. Mistakes aren’t bad, and I don’t want you to feel like you have to be perfect in everything you do because seeking perfection is a sure way to be paralyzed by fear. We have to make mistakes in order to learn and to grow. Mistakes are only detrimental if you keep repeating them without learning and correcting your ways. Are you making any of these mistakes? Not knowing where you want to go with your career. I’m not talking about the need to have a specific plan, but I’ve noticed how few…
  • The Case For Focusing Your Creative Energy and How To Do It

    Alyson Stanfield
    30 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    You have so many ideas. You’re full of creativity and ready to apply it to any material you come across. You paint for the pleasure, you paint commissioned work, you make jewelry, you snap photos, and you teach. You know who you are. You’re going 90 miles an hour in every direction with your hair on fire. People say you should focus – pick one thing and get on with it. There’s that “s” word again: should. Beware of this word. I’ve been guilty of using it a lot myself, but I’m becoming increasingly aware of how dangerous it is. The only thing you should do is to be in…
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  • 8 Easy Ways to Find More Cash for Your Business

    Meryl Evans
    20 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    In One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way, author Robert Maurer told the story of an employee who saw his metal shop coworkers throwing out scrap metal. When the company posted a suggestion box with a simple question, the worker submitted one to sell the scraps. The company implemented the idea and found an easy way to get more cash. That small question? “Can you think of a very small step you might take to improve our process or product?” The company posted suggestion boxes everywhere including the warehouse, manufacturing, and wherever their employees worked. Rather than…
  • Why Merchant Cash Advance Actually Hurts Cash Flow

    Meryl Evans
    13 May 2015 | 8:05 am
    On the TV show “Shark Tank,” business owners typically ask for funding in exchange for equity. When a product catches the eye of Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, he likes to counter with a complicated deal consisting of royalties and fees. Sometimes royalty in perpetuity comes attached to the offer. Smarter entrepreneurs turn him down flat because it takes away money they could reinvest in the business. To explain O’Leary’s type of deal, take a look at the deal he made with Wicked Good Cupcakes. They sold cupcakes in a jar for $7.50 each. O’Leary offered them a deal in which…
  • What You Need to Know About Small Business Loans

    Meryl Evans
    7 May 2015 | 8:43 am
    I’ve been with my local bank since I was a teen. While opening a bank account isn’t too exciting, the exciting part was the thought of being able to write checks to pay for things. (Not anymore!) Recently, I emailed my bank contact to request a debit card who sent a friendly reply. After a little back and forth, she said she knew of me. How? I lived an hour away from the bank, so all my transactions were online or by mail. It turned out that Theresa knew my mom. We had a nice email conversation as she took an interest in my background and asked questions. I enjoyed the conversation and…
  • Questions to Ask When Seeking a Small Business Loan

    Rob Oskins
    30 Apr 2015 | 12:03 pm
    You have many options to get working capital for your small business to ensure you have enough cash flow. Here are common questions to ask to help you find a small business lender that best meets the needs of your company. Are you a broker or a direct lender? What does it take to qualify for funding from you? What’s your loan process and procedures? Do your clients have a credit line amount? If so, how do you determine what it is? If my business grows quickly, how will your financing keep up with my business? What restrictions and costs do you have if I end a financing agreement with you?
  • 15 Essential Software, Apps and Tools for Small Businesses

    Meryl Evans
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:44 am
    Hundreds of thousands of software, apps and tools simplify and speed up tasks for small business owners and their employees. However, finding the right tools can be overwhelming for even the tech-savviest people. Many tools are available as monthly or yearly subscriptions, and those can add up fast. Your small business’ need may not need feature-rich and expensive tools to get the job done when free or low-priced alternatives will suffice. This list contains free and affordable options. Most commercial and freemium software offer a free trial. Should you decide to try out a tool, pay…
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    Business of Software USA

  • Three videos that will change how you think about Product Strategy

    Joe Glover
    28 May 2015 | 3:52 am
    Product Strategy is hard. This is one reason that Des Traynor, co-founder of Intercom, is a Business of Software favourite. Every time he steps on the BoS Stage it is hard to not be impressed by his laser-guided focus on getting product strategy right by focusing on what makes your company special. Des has taken to a BoS stage three times now. Each time he has impressed and entertained. This year, he will be returning for BoS Europe – which is only 4 weeks away. You can book your spot to join us and Des here. See Des’ three videos below. We guarantee by the end you will be saying…
  • How to Create and Scale a Billion Dollar Company | Michael Skok | BoS Hangout Summary

    Joe Glover
    20 May 2015 | 3:39 am
    Michael Skok is one of those people who when he speaks, you simply need to listen and you will leave a wiser person than when he started talking. Last week we had the opportunity to catch up with him for a Google Hangout in the wake of his Business of Software USA Talk, which was focused on scaling a company from Zero to a Billion Dollars revenue. The hangout was incredibly wide reaching with a lesson a minute dished out – far beyond the realms of any summary article. The video above is best viewed for full effect. However, if you’re really short on time, here are some key points from…
  • Whatever Happened to the Laptop Computer? New York Times – 30 Years Ago

    Mark Littlewood
    14 May 2015 | 3:46 am
    So much to enjoy in this article from the New York Times almost 30 years ago on the demise of the laptop computer. (not just the telephone number to contact companies and the nostalgia of companies like Tandy.) An interesting lesson in what happens when new technology is introduced into the mass market. It is also fun to think about all the innovations and companies that have emerged over the years that make life with a laptop so much more practical now. “WHATEVER happened to the laptop computer? Two years ago, on my flight to Las Vegas for Comdex, the annual microcomputer trade show,…
  • Specific Strategies for Growing and Managing Your Mailing List | Rob Walling Lessons

    Joe Glover
    13 May 2015 | 2:50 am
    Not so long ago I asked for your help to build the BoS, BLN email lists by sharing your knowledge of best practice in this pursuit. The BoS Community came shining through, with Rob Walling (also the subject of my first BoS video review) providing podcasts he has completed in his ‘Startups For the Rest of Us’ series which, among many useful things for start up people, has three podcasts based on this very topic. I have summarised the key learnings I took away from these podcasts, starting with the first episode, in the hope the knowledge I gained would be useful for the larger marketing…
  • BoS Video and Hangout | Building Products Into Valuable, Sustainable Businesses |Michael Skok

    Joe Glover
    5 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    “A story of Zero to a Couple of Billions of Dollars” We had Michael Skok share some of the learnings from his Harvard iLab class on “Building Products into Valuable and Sustainable Businesses” at BoS 2014. Now we have his video available to you, before a treat on May 13th… a Google Hangout with the man himself. The Hangout will be held at 5PM GMT+1, 12-1PM EST. Expect a highly interactive session of mutual learning – bring your questions for a interactive inquisition. Make sure to let us know you’re coming here. You will be able to ask questions to Michael…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Don’t Know How

    Tara Joyce
    22 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Is there a way to know how to do something without first doing it? Can I know how to play the piano without first playing it? Can I possibly, truly know how to do anything without having done it first? I need practice. I need to learn how to do the thing I desire. I need to do it, to know it. I need to make mistakes. I don’t know how. I’ve never done this before. I have to practice, and I have to allow for the mistakes I’ll make while I learn. It feels fair to provide myself understanding of this. Sometimes, my mistakes are more valuable than my triumphs. Sometimes, my…
  • A Waste of Words

    Tara Joyce
    15 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    In many ways, our culture encourages the wasting of words. They’re presented not as a resource to be responsible to, but rather something to use carelessly, without consequence. Another resource we can throw around and away. Hidden behind our screens, provided with a medium to share our every fleeting thought and feeling, we’re finding this story even easier to believe. Please don’t waste your words. They are one of your most valuable resources; and they are one of the few resources you truly own. They are inherently yours, readily available to only you, and capable of…
  • An Essential Boundary

    Tara Joyce
    8 May 2015 | 10:59 am
    Opposites hold an essential boundary for the other. This boundary is a space they both hold in common. When you’re standing on it, you can see the spectrum of truth spanning both sides of the opposition. Bridging this shared boundary is a delicate dance that requires being able to access both sides, while holding the tension of their opposition. Your pain and your potential are two sides of the same coin. Without an awareness of both, you take the wealth out of your experience. To truly know one, you must know both; and to the extent you know one, you know the other. Imbalance is a…
  • Natalie Cope: Innerpreneur Spotlight

    Tara Joyce
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    NATALIE COPE Co-Founder of Bryt Bryt Clothes | @Bryt_Clothes I am: Natalie Cope. I’m the co-founder of Bryt, pronounced ‘bright’ with James Foster. My passion is for: Designing great clothing products and putting a smile on people’s faces. Those are the two goals of the brand. It’s not enough anymore to get your clothing made in the UK (all ours is, down to the packaging) you’ve got to bring you’re A game and we have created a small niche. Bright coloured clothes only, hence the name Bryt. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of two but that’s 5% of the population that love a…
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  • In Memoriam F.S.B. (The Way of the Small Business)

    Lisa Hephner
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
      I hold it true, I heed the call; I feel it though my ship has sailed; ‘Tis better to have tried and failed Than never to have tried at all. –F.S.B. Owner’s Lament (With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson)     Memorial Day reminds us to remember the people who died while serving in the United States armed forces.  Yesterday we took a moment to celebrate and acknowledge their sacrifice and contribution to making our country what it is today. With that in mind, today I thought it fitting to memorialize the many embattled small businesses that despite a dedicated…
  • Reads of the Week – May 22nd

    Kristin Piccirillo
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. Even though election day is more than a year away, businesses big and small are thinking about the issues that they will be concerned with when election season truly ramps. What might small businesses be concerned with? A short few thoughts here. Another thing that’s coming down the pike is the switch to EMV. If you accept most of your payments in person, at the point of sale (versus…
  • All good things take time

    Eric Remer
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    No matter how good you are, it takes time to really mature and be great.  There is real value of getting thrown into the fire and learning on the job. But there is also real value in being brought along slowly and learning what you know and don’t know. For every Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck there is a David Carr and a Mark Sanchez — guys who were probably rushed too soon. Steve McNair and Aaron Rodgers had the luxury of watching and learning under more experienced players for several years and are very successful as a result. In the end there is no right or wrong approach, but…
  • Get The Picture: DIY Photography for Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Whether it is a picture of your newest product, an energetic shot of your team at work, or before and after pictures for your service offering, the perfect image can mean the difference between engaging potential customers and losing them by falling flat. Here’s an Example: Which company would you be more likely to investigate further? Chances are only the image for Bakery B made your mouth water.  And, add to that the Bakery A image looks amateur, generic, and like it came off a 1980s clip-art disk.  With all else being equal, the image for Bakery B will typically tip the balance in its…
  • Reads of the Week – May 15

    Amy Wigginton
    15 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. When considering how to grow your company, or get more customers, a first approach is often to do more advertising. But what about PR? You know, public relations, the “free” stuff, word of mouth, story telling. Is there a place for PR in your business outreach activities? If you’re not sure, check out this interview with a public relations expert who teaches business owners how to…
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    Business Pundit

  • A Business Etiquette Guide For Social Media [Infographic]

    James Kosur
    29 May 2015 | 7:31 pm
    If you want to successfully navigate the often murky waters of social media with your business accounts, it’s important that you understand the do’s and don’ts of social media etiquette. A new infographic from the team at Toll Free Forwarding offers insights into the etiquette that some of the bigger social network users expect from businesses like yours. Take the right steps and you can become a master of social selling and social network marketing. Move in the wrong direction and your business could suffer immensely and perhaps even fail completely. FACEBOOK ETIQUETTE 757…
  • This Map Shows Which States Have The Same GDP As Entire Countries

    James Kosur
    28 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    The United States has an enormous GDP. Sometimes it is easy to forget just how big spending in the USA has become. To highlight the wealth found in the United States, American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry created a map that shows which states have the same GDP as entire countries. America’s $16.7 trillion economy is huge and while it may no longer be the largest in the world, the breakdown by state is pretty staggering. The largest economy in the United States is Californnia, which brings in $2.05 trillion. In comparison, all of Brazil features a GDP of just $2.25 trillion.
  • Avago Technologies Acquiring Broadcom For $37 Billion

    James Kosur
    28 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Avago Technologies is acquiring Broadcom for $37 billion. The two companies confirmed on Thursday morning that they are in the advanced stages of forming a deal. Avago will acquire Broadcom with $17 billion in cash and $20 billion of its own shares. “Today’s announcement marks the combination of the unparalleled engineering prowess of Broadcom with Avago’s heritage of technology from HP, AT&T, and LSI Logic, in a landmark transaction for the semiconductor industry,” Avago CEO Hock Tan said in the statement. “The combination of Avago and Broadcom creates a…
  • Uber Unveils Plans For San Francisco Headquarters [Photos]

    James Kosur
    27 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Uber will begin construction on its San Francisco headquarters this fall and from first look photos it will be an amazing structure once completed. The new building is being constructed in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood near the upcoming arena for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. The spot is the same location that Salesforce was aiming to occupy before the company decided to build a new skyscraper in downtown San Francisco. Uber officials plan to move into the building in 2017 or 2018. Here’s what it will look like: Here’s a glass enclosed area that…
  • McDonald’s Is Making Two Major Changes To Its Burgers

    James Kosur
    27 May 2015 | 12:35 pm
    McDonald’s is attempting to overhaul its business and the big plan is juicier burgers with crispy, hotter buns. The company revealed on Wednesday that it is changing how it cooks beef patties. The company hopes to create a juicer product while toasting buns for an extra five seconds to create a product that is crispier and features temperatures that are 15 degrees warmer.   McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook announced the changes at a conference in New York on Wednesday. “These little things add up to big differences for our customers,” Easterbrook said, according…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 18 Panels to Catch at #SB15sd (Even if You’re Not Going)

    Mary Mazzoni
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Bummed you can't make it this year's Sustainable Brands conference? While we can't bring you the San Diego sun, this year you can catch some of the hottest Sustainable Brands panels right from your living room (or cubicle, as the case may be). Pull up your Web calendar, and start making time for these Sustainable Brands sessions you can watch live from home.
  • New Film Documents the True Cost of Fashion

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    For two years following the tragic Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, filmmaker Andrew Morgan devoted himself to documenting the untold story of the people and places that pay the price for the clothes we wear – the result of which is the documentary film "The True Cost," which premiers worldwide today.
  • Intel Installs Wind Micro-Turbines On HQ Roof

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    29 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Intel recently installed one of the world’s largest wind micro-turbine arrays on the roof of its headquarters in Santa Clara, California.
  • BASF CreatorSpace NYC Confronts Post-Sandy Neighborhood Realities

    RP Siegel
    29 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    BASF's Creator Space Summits tour, which will head to New York City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Sao Paolo, Barcelona and Ludwigshaven, invite an array of co-creators to wrestle with challenging problems of our time. Happening now, the NYC event is grappling with the question of the future of Red Hook, a vibrant, ethnically and economically diverse neighborhood at the southern tip of Brooklyn that was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Slash Artificial Flavors and Colors

    Grant Whittington
    29 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are the latest restaurants to join Chipotle's path to cut artificial flavors and become more transparent about recipes.
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  • Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness - Enough Already! Can’t We Just Be Healed? | Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) | @michelepw

    Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Recently I’ve been writing about some heady topics in my Morning Musings (What happens when your best isn’t good enough, Learning from Failure) and Life, Biz and the Pursuit of Happiness. And, of course, this is causing me to realize all the places where I’m not showing up in my biz and life, and where my growth edges are. And there’s a part of me that just wants to scream “Oh for the love of God, can’t we all be healed already?” I mean, all of this focus on healing ourselves — is there ever a time where it’s counterproductive? It feels that way to me. It feels like we can…
  • Stumped? Here’s The Simple Theory Behind What Causes Confusion | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    No matter what level of business you have achieved, chances are you will feel confused several times along the way. It happens throughout your business growth at nearly every substantial transition. I recently learned the theory behind why confusion sets in, which is what I’m going to share with you today. First, let’s take the word confusion and imagine cutting into two pieces. You are actually confused when different concepts get fused together. This happens when your old paradigm is not fully integrated with your new paradigm. Your business model is “out of sorts” in a way and…
  • Get Less Stressed | Sophie Zollmann | @SophieZo

    Sophie Zollmann
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, your days are packed from morning ‘til night with important activity. You’re developing new materials, courting new clients, supervising a website makeover, emailing vendors and clients, creating your marketing strategy, maintaining files, keeping track of expenses… And what about making time for friends and family? Working for yourself is a lot of work, and more often than not, leads to serious amounts of stress. But there are a few great tricks you can use to de-stress yourself, and I’m happy to share them with you. 1. Prioritize Not everything has to be done…
  • My Biggest Product Flop | Michele A Scism | @ResultsLady

    Michele A Scism
    23 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Have you ever put A LOT of work into a product only to have it fall flat on its face? Over the past 5 years, I’ve created a system for launching products that works and has brought me over six figures of income. But it wasn’t ALWAYS that way. I want to share with you the story of my very first product launch so you can avoid making the same mistakes I made. My first product was a BIG product called Social Media Mastery Summer School. I sold it for $597. My goal was to create a product that could transfer every single thing I knew about social media into the heads of my customers. I spent…
  • Stuck on What to Post About? Your Creative Guide to Intelligent Posting | Karen Yankovich | @karenyankovich

    Karen Yankovich
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but some days I struggle with finding creative, interesting topics to post about on social media. So many platforms yet so little time. So little time in a busy entrepreneur’s life to make an impact let alone to actually decide what you want to talk about that day (or multiple times that day in the case of Twitter). So to address that frustration, today I want to talk about: 3 Creative ways to find topics to fill your social media posting queue every day. 1. Bookmark Question and Answer Sites One of my favorites is Quora. It is actually filled with good questions…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

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

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

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

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

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    29 May 2015 | 8:28 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Exclusive: Stifel in lead to buy Barclays' U.S. wealth unit - sources

    29 May 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Stifel is now negotiating key aspects with Barclays, although a deal is not certain and Barclays could go back to other bidders that have made offers, the people said this week. A deal for the business - the former brokerage arm of Lehman Brothers - could come as early as next week, the people said. The sources requested anonymity because the matter is not public, and a spokeswoman for Stifel and a spokesman for Barclays declined to comment.
  • US military testing a Tinker Bell-sized drone

    29 May 2015 | 6:08 pm
    There's no standard set for the shape or form of drones, and the US Special Forces plans to use that to its advantage. Here's where the Black Hornet Nano comes in. This micro drone, designed by Norway-based ...
  • Strong sales could shift Ford, GM to higher gear

    29 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    "This is going to be one of the best months ever," said David Kudla, chief investment strategist of Mainstay Capital Management in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Weak auto results contributed to flat overall retail sales in April, but May is expected to represent a rebound. The timing of the Memorial Day holiday also helped May sales, according to Jessica Caldwell, senior analyst at Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, California.
  • Google's Cardboard Design Lab teaches VR with (what else) VR

    29 May 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Google debuted its larger and more robust Cardboard VR headset at I/O yesterday, now it needs some apps that actually run on it. However, designing a program in a virtual 3D environment is quite different ...
  • With Android Pay, Google gets mobile payments right

    29 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • How to Conquer Your Selling Fears

    17 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I was talking to a pool builder about a client who had put in a new pool. His client lived in a very expensive neighborhood, drove a Bentley; you get the picture. A few months later the client’s neighbor installed a pool too … from a different pool builder. The Bentley guy went to his neighbor’s party and saw his pool; it had all the bells and whistles, a salt water chlorinator, fiber optic lights, and an automatic pool cover. He drove back to his builder and asked why he didn’t show him all the possibilities. I was afraid I would price myself out of the sale, he replied.
  • [Infographic] 7 Questions That Must Get a “Yes” to Close More Retail Sales

    10 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    If you work in retail sales, you have to care more about the customer than you care about yourself. Yes, you might be getting a commission, a bonus, or a paycheck out of a sale – otherwise you wouldn’t be working. But if you care about the customer first and most... If you start with what they, as a visitor to your Planet Furniture, or Planet Jewelry, or Planet Whatever, are experiencing and if you are aware of their unasked questions when they visit your store, you’ll make more sales. To that end I’ve come up with this handy infographic to help you with your retail sales training and…
  • 5 Critical Skills How To Coach Retail Salespeople

    3 May 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The opportunities for coaching retail employees are huge and exemplified in this brief story...
  • How To Reduce Retail Employee Turnover

    1 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    For CEOs and hiring managers, retail employee turnover can quickly turn into a black hole that devours profits.
  • Attracting Customers To Experience The Store Is Only Half Of Retail Success

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    I used to be the Chief Marketing Officer of a coffee franchise.   My office provided all kinds of marketing support for new stores, a complete promotions kit – even a costume character. We knew how to get people to the stores. The best operators took advantage of this and understood all our efforts stopped when the customer reached their front doors. For it was then that the brand promise morphed from a digital or printed image, to the face of the person working behind the counter. And that is when the brand was judged adequate or found wanting.
 
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    Business Insider

  • Defiant Blatter wins FIFA vote amid corruption storm

    Tim Witcher
    29 May 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Zurich (AFP) - Sepp Blatter won a fifth term as FIFA president in a dramatic end to an angry campaign dominated by a corruption storm that engulfed the leadership of world football.His challenger Prince Ali bin al Hussein withdrew from the race after preventing Blatter from getting the required majority in the first round of voting.Blatter, who had defied calls to resign, raised his arms in triumph and promised the congress to be the "commander" who "guides this boat FIFA" out of the corruption turmoil it has sunk into."I'm not perfect. Nobody is perfect. But we will do a good job together,"…
  • Iran, US eye 'intense' month to seal historic deal

    Nicolas Revise
    29 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Washington (AFP) - US top diplomat John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Saturday launch a new high-stakes diplomatic drive to nail down an unprecedented nuclear deal as they hurtle towards a deadline just one month away.  US officials warned the weeks leading to June 30 would be intense, vowing to "keep the pressure on" to force the Iranians and everyone at the table to make the "tough decisions" needed to end a 12-year standoff and put a nuclear bomb beyond Iran's reach.Sealing a long-elusive deal with the Islamic republic could prove President Barack Obama's lasting foreign policy…
  • An anti-Islam rally held in front of a mosque in Phoenix urged participants to bring guns

    Bryan Logan
    29 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
    Just weeks after a contest that encouraged participants to draw caricatures of the prophet Muhammad ended in deadly gunfire in Texas, another such event is happening in Phoenix. Marine veteran Jon Ritzheimer has organized what's being called a "freedom of speech" rally, which was being held in front of a mosque Friday night. Ritzheimer states his purpose quite clearly before saying a word during an interview with AZCentral.com. As he sits in front of a camera, Ritzheimer wears a t-shirt that reads "F*** Islam." Still, Ritzheimer — who says he's a patriot and an atheist — claims, "I don't…
  • US demands immediate halt to South China Sea reclamations

    29 May 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Singapore (AFP) - The United States on Saturday called for an "immediate and lasting halt" to reclamation works in disputed waters in the South China Sea, saying China's behaviour in the area was "out of step" with international norms."First, we want a peaceful resolution of all disputes. To that end, there should be an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation by all claimants," US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told a high-level security conference in Singapore."We also oppose any further militarisation of disputed features," he said.Carter added that "with its actions in the South…
  • Djokovic, Nadal, Serena in Saturday special

    29 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Paris (AFP) - Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams as well as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and in-form Andy Murray serve up a Saturday special at the French Open.World number one Djokokic, bidding for a first Roland Garros title to give him a career Grand Slam, tackles 19-year-old Australian wildcard Thanasi Kokkinakis as the third round concludes.Djokovic, on a 24-match winning streak, has breezed through the first two rounds with his only concern being a nasty fall against Gilles Muller on Thursday which required treatment on his hip."Thankfully it's nothing major. So it's not a…
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    HBR.org

  • Hidden Suppliers Can Make or Break Your Operations

    Thomas Y. Choi
    29 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    With the size and complexity of supply chains soaring, a daunting challenge is confronting companies: identifying the critical nodes hidden within the vast expanse of their supply networks. These are suppliers, or supplier sites, that might be in the second-tier or lower, which means the big buying companies would ordinarily have no contact and might not even know exist. These “nexus suppliers” could be important for one or both of two reasons: A disruption of its operation would have a surprisingly huge impact on the original-equipment manufacturer’s production. (A…
  • 4 Reasons Managers Should Spend More Time on Coaching

    Joseph R. Weintraub
    29 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Steven Moore There are managers who coach and managers who don’t. Leaders in the latter category are not necessarily bad managers, but they are neglecting an effective tool to develop talent. We’ve been researching managers who coach and what distinguishes them. What has stood out in our interviews with hundreds of managers who do coach their direct reports is their mindset: They believe in the value of coaching, and they think about their role as a manager in a way that makes coaching a natural part of their managerial toolkit. These are not professional coaches. They are line…
  • Africa’s Maker Movement Offers Opportunity for Growth

    Ndubuisi Ekekwe
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a glittering ceremony in Skhirat, Morocco, three African innovators emerged as winners in the annual Innovation Prize for Africa competition. The African Innovation Foundation, which organizes the event, focuses on identifying homegrown and scalable innovations that address local problems in Africa. From Foufoumix (a kitchen appliance to replace a mortar and pestle in fufu food preparation) to mimosa pudica solar (which generates electricity from a weed), they are cultivating a network of grassroots innovators of different levels of experience who offer new ways to fix problems in their…
  • Win Community Approval for New Business Construction

    P. Michael Saint
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Smart corporate real estate managers and property developers have discovered that winning local approval for their new, tax-paying, job-creating, profit-making projects is no longer possible without first building public support at the grassroots level. Whether it’s an oil refinery in South Dakota, a large residential development in Hawaii, a shopping center in New York, a waste facility in California, or a casino in Massachusetts, many new uses of land find a steady and growing stream of those who are passionately opposed for economic or ideological reasons and who actively participate…
  • Planning Maternity or Paternity Leave: A Professional’s Guide

    Rebecca Knight
    29 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Taking any amount of time off work can be nerve-wracking, even if it’s for a happy event like having or adopting a baby. What’s the best way to get ready for your parental leave? How should you set boundaries? Should you check-in with your team while you’re out? And what do you do if you realize that you want to change your work schedule while you’re on leave? What the Experts Say Very few organizations have “a standard operating procedure” for employees taking parental time off, says Joan C. Williams, founding director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Jack Ma Gets It: Women Are a Driving Force in our Global Economy

    Laurel J. Delaney
    24 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Women are a driving force in our global economy.  That’s part of the reason we started WEGG back in 2008!  Jack Ma, founder of China-based e-commerce platform Alibaba, recently announced to the world his support for women and youth entrepreneurs, and said that they were the driving force behind his “She Era” conference that he organized in Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, on May 20. Ma said this: “The world will become more beautiful in terms of women’s engagement.” Beautiful may not be the only word to describe the…
  • If Women Think They Can Succeed at Exporting, They Will

    Laurel J. Delaney
    16 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Before the Internet, women had a difficult time getting access to markets and networking or finding like-minded individuals with whom they could end their isolation, share challenges, and gain access to strategic information. Now, however, there are hundreds of women-centric online community forums readily available and designed specifically for women business owners who desire to connect with women the world over, acquire knowledge, develop enriching relationships, and keep learning and growing. There has never been a better time to be a woman entrepreneur on a global scale.  In the future,…
  • Women Business Owners Help America Succeed

    Laurel J. Delaney
    9 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Though certain pockets of the country have higher levels of female entrepreneurship than others, research by the Center for Women in Business and supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation shows that any community with determination can build a supportive network for its local women-owned businesses. Women are working tirelessly to export, create jobs, solve problems, and strengthen America’s long-term competitiveness. It is clear that when communities help women in business succeed, they ultimately help America succeed as well. It is no surprise then that the face of…
  • Heads Over Heels Helps Women Ask for Money

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    Sydney network Heads Over Heels is designed to rival “the boys club.” Every few months, 70 high-powered executives meet for Heads Over Heels. They listen to business pitches from female entrepreneurs, then break into small, revolving “huddles,” where the women “call out” for customers, money or advice. What are the results? StorReduce co-founder Vanessa Wilson raised $400,000 in seed funding. Event software company Ivvy raised $1 million. Enabled Employment raised close to $400,000 in seed funding. Are you ready to grow?  Then reach out to Heads Over…
  • The Super-League of Entrepreneurship Belongs to Women

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Women can compete globally on any level without losing their femininity.  Yet, according to The Namibia Econonomist, women tend to differ from men on their management style in the following positive ways.  Note:  Many of these traits might also apply to men. Multi-tasking — comes in handy in the early stages of growing a business. Focus — the ability to cut out distractions and focus on what is important. Intuition is the undefinable, immeasurable sense that helps with decision making and women tend to listen theirs more often. Prudence is a characteristic not normally…
 
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  • The 10 Most And Least Competitive Job Markets For College Grads In 2015

    The Muse
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
  • Why Crowdfunding Campaigns Fail (And What Can Be Done)

    Freddie Dawson
    29 May 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Why do crowd-funding campaigns fail and how can that be prevented?
  • An Etsy For Social Entrepreneurs

    Anne Field
    29 May 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Foundry Marketplace will be an Etsy-like online platform for social entrepreneurs to sell their crafts.
  • How To Nominate A 30 Under 30 For The Class Of 2016

    Caroline Howard
    29 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    It's not just hotshot personalities and luminaries like Evan Spiegel, Michelle Phan, Malala Yousafzai and Palmer Luckey who make up the FORBES 30 Under 30. They are also your college roommates, colleagues and mentees, childhood friends and even people you've read about or followed who thrill and inspire. You may be a 30 Under 30.
  • Can Leather Bags Be Ethical And Eco-Friendly? This Aussie Startup Thinks So

    Esha Chhabra
    29 May 2015 | 11:09 am
    Issara, a Melbourne-based startup, wants to unveil the mystery behind high-priced leather bags. Roshni Govindaraj, 27, quit her 9-5 gig to start a line of “ethically handcrafted, heirloom-quality” leather bags.  She knew nothing about the business but she was tired of seeing a high-dollar price tag for mediocre leather products. After discovering a small leather workshop in Java, Indonesia, Govindaraj started sketching and designing leather bags.  Her goal?  Bags that are reasonably priced, produced responsibly, and offered an alternative to high-end designer…
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • Check out what peeps are doing with Course Cats (prepare mind to be blown)

    David Siteman Garland
    26 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    So, you might have gotten the memo about Course Cats. If you haven’t, Course Cats makes it super easy to get your course website up on WordPress without needing  a web developer, a graphic designer, a psychiatrist and a team of 1,000 nerds. Never have been more excited to share with you what Course Kittens (Course Cats Customers) have been doing with the software in a super short time (many got their full site up over a weekend…some after years of procrastination!). Finally you can create amazing online course websites without needing ANY design or programming skills. If you can…
  • Step #1 to getting your online course up online: How to buy hosting & install WordPress in less than 5 mins (for $3.49)

    David Siteman Garland
    26 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Alrighty, so let’s talk about the VERY FIRST STEP to setting up your website for your online course. You need 3 things that can all be done in one place…and in less than 5 mins. Super easy. No tech degree required. Thing #1: A domain name…for example:  www.whateveryouwantyourcoursewebsitetobe.com …whatever domain you want your course to be on. Thing #2: Hosting…this is where your domain lives online  (think of it as your own little special place on the Internet…awww how cute). Thing #3: A fresh WordPress install. A blank, brand spankin’ new…
  • From Teacher & Park Ranger To Course Creating Rockstar: How Nikki Elledge Brown went from $0-$300,000 in Revenue In One Year

    David Siteman Garland
    6 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    How does a former teacher and park ranger create an online course that does over $300,000 in revenue in 1 year? OK, so wow. Just to catch you up, I did a (text) interview with Nikki in 2014 after she launched her epic Course About Copy and did over 50k in sales. If you haven’t checked it out yet…make sure to give it a quick read right here. I realized, it would be a PERFECT time to catch up with Nikki and have her spill all the beans on her business (because being nosey is fun). In this interview you will learn: -The way Nikki found her first “peeps” online and grew…
  • Small But Mighty: How Elise & Scott Grice went from a service-based business to a $63,259 Course Launch (with an email list of less than 1,500)

    David Siteman Garland
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview below! Links Mentioned: –Elise and Scott’s My Own Irresistible Brand –Hey Sweet Pea (join their happiness tribe, LOL) –Create Awesome Online Course (get started with a free video series right here) Name: Elise & Scott Grice Website: http://www.myownirresistiblebrand.com  1. Name of your course: My Own Irresistible Brand 2. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $63,259 total at $1,197 per seat 3. What was your list size when you launched your course? 1300 by the time our cart closed  4. Who is…
  • From Nearly Homeless To Over $200,000 In Sales Of Her Online Course (in less than one year)

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Enjoy this uncensored interview below with Renae Christine! Links Mentioned: –Renae’s website -The webinar training she is referring to: John & David’s Most Kick-Butt Webinar Blueprint Ever –Create Awesome Online Courses (get started with the Cheat Sheet) Name: Renae Christine Website: Rich Mom University http://richmombusiness.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $196,000 in the last 2 months 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  1200 people opted in for the training videos 3. Who is your course…
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  • Price Segmentation is Thousands of Years Old

    Reuben Swartz
    26 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    If you’re not offering your prospects “good/better/best” pricing, you may want to catch up to the ancient Egyptians. According to the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast, the embalmers offered 3 levels of mummification, with only the highest, “most … Read More
  • William Zinsser, Author of ‘On Writing Well,’ Dies at 92

    Reuben Swartz
    15 May 2015 | 2:53 pm
    B.B. King died, marking the passage of a blues giant. In less broadcast news, Zilliam Zinsser also died. Zinsser was the author of ‘On Writing Well‘, a classic that everyone writing proposals should read. (Confession: I haven’t read it.) His … Read More
  • Price Objections are Great

    Reuben Swartz
    14 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Some prospects will negotiate out of habit, almost out of obligation to see if they can get a lower price. After all, many vendors have trained them to do this. If you have a history of offering deep discounts at … Read More
  • Beyond the Number: Sales, Positioning, Pricing (Workshop)

    Reuben Swartz
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:34 pm
    When we think about price, we often get wrapped up in the number, in the math. But the same number in different contexts, presented different ways, can mean different things, and lead to very different sales outcomes. Next week in … Read More
  • Why People Misunderstand Each Other (and what it means for sales)

    Reuben Swartz
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    One of the biggest issues in sales and the delivery of the subsequent project, is keeping everyone on the same page. The buyer thinks they have specified very clearly what they want. The seller thinks they understand the requirements. The … Read More
 
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  • B2B Marketing: Focus on the Big Picture

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

    Shayna Marks
    4 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Every day, people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube and generate billions of views. Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Every month, 1 billion unique visitors are watching content on the site.   Marketers are well aware of video’s impact. In fact, 72% of them used YouTube to market their business in 2014. But, has YouTube’s fame phased out with the evolution of native video launched by Twitter and Facebook? As brands and companies evolve their content marketing strategy, YouTube may have a reason to be scared. The Impact of Facebook and Twitter Video…
  • The Key to Opening Content's Lock? Content Distribution

    Betsy Scuteri
    12 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    As editor in chief at Business.com, paid distribution of our content is equally as important as the production of content. With Facebook's constant algorithm changes, and Google promoting their own content over others, content distribution requires an aspect of paid promotion in order to reach earned media. As a rule, we don't pay to distribute all content-our approach is to only promote stories that have proven successful organically first. It's very similar to the approach that brands like Kraft take when using Pinterest as a sounding board for choosing the most popular images before they…
  • Native Advertising: What Is It Exactly?

    Shayna Marks
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    Native advertising this, programmatic that. The buzzwords fly freely, but does anyone ever take a moment to really explain what the heck is going on in plain English? The reality is that new "trends" are really old ones, re-packaged or spun a bit, and that is definitely the case with native advertising. So what is it, how does it work, and how can you get in on the action? Keep reading. What Is It? Simply put, native advertising is a form of sponsored content. Wherever it is, be it Twitter, Facebook or your website, it looks like it's supposed to be there. It is the definition of contextual.
  • Small Business Finds The Internet... It Only Took Two Decades [Survey]

    Shayna Marks
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Where would we be without the Internet? We'd still be using paper maps, calling restaurants to make reservations, listening to CDs and reading newspapers. And Business.com,"like millions of other companies, wouldn't be around. Clearly, the Internet isn't going anywhere, but it's taken quite some time for the mom and pop shops of America to really get their heads (and wallets) around marketing on this juggernaut. Year over year, small business Internet marketing spend increases, and according to the SMB Internet Marketing Survey by BrightLocal and Chamberofcommerce.com, 37% of these SMBs are…
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  • MWQHJ 069: How Maneesh Sethi Created Pavlok, An Electric Shock Bracelet That Breaks Your Bad Habits

    Steve C
    27 May 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Maneesh Sethi has created a revolutionary product called Pavlok, which is a wearable device that helps break bad habits and trains your behavior through electric shock. Pavlok is easily the most unique product that I have encountered in a very long time and it’s extremely interesting to finally hear the back story behind his business idea. In fact, right after the interview I purchased the device and have been using it ever since to break some of my bad habits. Enjoy the episode and if you want to buy a Pavlok, Maneesh has offered everyone 37 dollars off with coupon code: PAV15 Click…
  • Student Story: How Cristin Created A Successful Online Subscription Box For Teachers

    Steve C
    26 May 2015 | 9:25 pm
    This post was written by Cristin, a student in my Create A Profitable Online Store Course. I’m particularly proud of Cristin because she did not give up even though she had to go back to the drawing board several times with her niche. In fact, she completely scrapped her first online store idea after spending a ton of time creating her website. But she kept with it and became my very first student to start a successful subscription box service. Her online store is called Pampered Teacher and she sells gift boxes specifically targeted towards teachers. If you know a teacher who could use…
  • MWQHJ 068: How Albert And Mike Created MyFitnessPal.com And Sold It For 475 Million Dollars

    Steve C
    20 May 2015 | 11:04 pm
    Albert and Mike are 2 of the most successful entrepreneurs that I know and what’s amazing is that they created a 475 million dollar company completely bootstrapped. Not only does MyFitnessPal.com boast over 100 million users today but it’s also an app that has helped countless people lead healthier lifestyles. In today’s interview, Albert walks us through how MyFitnessPal.com grew to a powerhouse company and ultimately got sold to Under Armour for 475 million dollars. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How to get users to install an app without paying a dime Techniques to engage…
  • Student Story: How Lauren Makes 6 Figures Selling On Amazon And Her 2 Prong Approach To Ecommerce

    Steve C
    18 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    This post was written by Lauren, a student in my Create A Profitable Online Store Course. One of the basic tenets of my course is to validate your niche or product idea on an established marketplace like Amazon before investing in a full blown shop. And as part of the class, I offer detailed tutorials on how to make your Amazon listings stand out and sell like crazy. Anyway when Lauren launched her first product on Amazon, it took off so fast that she’s on track to make 6 figures from just a single product alone! Needless to say, her niche is pretty darn lucrative:) In this post, Lauren…
  • MWQHJ 067: How Eric Cheng Created WetPixel The Leading Underwater Photography Community On The Web

    Steve C
    13 May 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Today I’m thrilled to have a Stanford classmate, Eric Cheng, on the podcast. Eric is an award-winning underwater photographer, aerial imager and publisher. His work has been featured in the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum and he’s spoken internationally at events like TEDx, the Churchill Club, Good Morning America and more. He’s also well known for being the founder of Wetpixel.com, the most popular community website dedicated to underwater photography and videography. As part of this site, he leads underwater expeditions all over the world which is pretty damn cool. He’s…
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  • 10 Attributes of Stylish Application Development

    Mark Wilston
    11 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    The world of application development is continuously witnessing new changes and innovations. From enterprise software to entertainment apps, developers are revolutionizing the application development process. With the emergence of smartphones, a new phase of mobile application development has gripped the world, and in the recent years, a range of adorable apps have hit the mobile […]
  • BIGCOMMERCE VS SHOPIFY: Elaborate Comparison Of Leading e-Commerce Platform

    Mark Wilston
    5 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    Here is the precised comparison between BIGCOMMERCE and SHOPIFY. We tend to highlight the vital features that can assist you to track the simplest shopping cart for your online business growth. Making profit is the main purpose of each business and to meet this demand it is important to drive the traffic. For this reason […]
  • Creating Engaging Blogs with best Drupal Modules

    Mark Wilston
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    Engaging content leads to many advantages like increase in traffic, better marketing of brands, getting more leads and better conversions. There are some lesser known factors which directly promotes your business with great content. It depends on the decision of readers to get engaged with your brands, bookmark your website, share content with other people.Here […]
  • 7 Best WordPress Plugins for Ecommerce

    Mark Wilston
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:18 am
    WordPress, which started its journey as a blogging site with its initial release in mid-2003, has transformed big time in the last 12 years of its existence and evolved as a robust solution for building eCommerce sites. Today we see an avalanche of eCommerce portals that make use of the powerful WordPress plugins, to convert […]
  • Top 9 Magento Go Alternatives for your Online Shop

    Mark Wilston
    6 Apr 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Magento Go users have one more reason to be disappointed. The light weight version of Magento which was designed for small and medium merchants has been discontinued in a surprising move from its creators. This can be attributed to the fact that so far only 3000 stores have went live using this platform of which […]
 
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  • Establish Business Credit Fast in 5 Simple Steps

    Marco Carbajo
    29 May 2015 | 10:39 am
    Establish Business Credit Fast Why don’t more small business owners establish credit for their businesses? The likely answer is because many don’t know how to get started and where to find the right credit sources. We all pretty much know how personal credit works and what it takes to build positive FICO® scores. The good […] The post Establish Business Credit Fast in 5 Simple Steps appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Fast and Easy Credit Lines and Business Loans for Dentists

    Marco Carbajo
    21 May 2015 | 7:37 am
    Business Loans for Dentists Are you planning to expand or relocate your dental practice? Do you need to upgrade equipment, systems or technology? Nothing will cripple a thriving dental practice faster than having cash flow problems. If you need a business loan or line of credit for your dental practice to fund cash flow, hire […] The post Fast and Easy Credit Lines and Business Loans for Dentists appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Dun & Bradstreet Update: Big News, Big Data, Big Teamup

    Marco Carbajo
    5 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Dun & Bradstreet Update On April 27th, 2015 Dun & Bradstreet announced that it will be acquiring Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation for $320 million in cash plus an earnout of up to $30 million if certain performance milestones are met through 2018. The transaction has been approved by both boards of directors and is […] The post Dun & Bradstreet Update: Big News, Big Data, Big Teamup appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit?

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit Did you know that out of all the business credit cards available in the marketplace a small percentage report only to the business credit reporting agencies? The good news is not all business credit cards impact your personal credit. If a card issuer only reports your credit limit, […] The post Do Business Credit Cards Affect Personal Credit? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Business Credit Protection: 3 Words That Save Thousands

    Marco Carbajo
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:24 am
    Business Credit Protection How are you being alerted to potential warning signs of fraudulent activity in your business? Are you being notified when there is suspicious activity or changes to your business credit scores and ratings? How much can your business afford to lose? In today’s post let’s talk about a serious threat facing businesses […] The post Business Credit Protection: 3 Words That Save Thousands appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • 5 Companies That Can Help You Make Money By Designing T-Shirts

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Kimi Clark So you’ve thought of it … taking your design ideas and putting them out there for everyone to see. But you have questions. Does it cost a lot of money to get started? Do I have to use my own designs? Can I set my own prices? Where will I sell my […]
  • Huge List of Work at Home Jobs That Offer Employee Benefits

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    27 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Holly Reisem Hanna Working from home has a TON of perks, but there is a downside. First, the majority of work at home jobs available are for independent contractors and freelancers, which means you’re responsible for your own taxes. Second, most gigs don’t offer employee benefits, so no health insurance, no paid vacation, no […]
  • My Open Casting Call Was Exactly The Shark Tank Experience I Imagined

    wahanelson
    25 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Jan Pinnington The self- employed are never far from the television when the investors are swimming in the Shark Tank. It’s become an addiction for those passionate entrepreneurs looking to take their businesses to the next level with a little help from the Sharks. I am no exception, finding myself glued to the television […]
  • Making Money as a Professional Organizer – Interview with Angela Ploetz

    wahanelson
    25 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey. I have been an entrepreneur from a very young age. Growing up I made a variety of items and sold them. I even sold things out of my window to the neighborhood children. After graduating from college, I worked from local government for several […]
  • Etsy vs. eBay for Reselling: How to Choose

    wahanelson
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Emily Belcher One of the most common questions that people have when they are interested in selling online is where they should set up shop to sell their items. While there are several other online platforms to choose from, most people debate whether to choose Etsy or eBay for their work at home business […]
 
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

    Vanessa DiMauro
    9 May 2015 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately because I have been busy with clients and giving talks – lecturing on social selling at Cisco’s Partner Summit to teaching about knowledge management at Columbia’s IKNS program (see photo above) and a few other stops along the way. While each venue had a different focus, the common theme across them all is that to succeed using social channels, one needs to be intentionally focused on relationship building. The strength of your relationships – the trust you build on and offline – translates into your strategic value. Your…
  • “Just Keep Doing What You’re Doing?” Stop, Then Find Your Way

    Vanessa DiMauro
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:04 am
    I sometimes hear managers say to their reports “Just keep on doing what you’re doing.” As soon as I hear this, I begin to wonder: “Do they know where they’re going with what they’re doing?” When it comes to social business, “keep on doing” often means the firm’s online activities may be taking them far, far away from the goals they set out to reach. A clearly-articulated strategy and well-defined goals are key elements of business success. To be worth the time and effort, every business activity should contribute to moving the organization in the right direction and…
  • Joining the Customer Journey Using Online Communities

    Vanessa DiMauro
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Every marketer from Boston to Bejing seems to be focused on something called the “customer journey.” A Google search on this two-word phrase returns over 627,000 results. It’s one of those “Eureka!” moments – organizations realize buyers start researching a firm’s products and services long before they reach the point of purchase. These firms are now scrambling to find and engage with those customers while they are still on the move and before they arrive at a sales destination decision. But I gotta tell you, this is not news to those of us in the online community world. In…
  • An Interview With Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    As part of our ongoing interview series,  I had a chance to speak with Rahul Sachdev, CEO of Get Satisfaction, about his role, and vision of the future of online communities. He also shared some examples of exciting communities and what they can accomplish when customers and companies work together to solve problems and innovate. Here’s what he had to say… Vanessa:  Can you tell me about your background? Rahul:  I joined Get Satisfaction as CEO in February 2014 but I took an interesting path to get here. At heart, I am a technology guy who loves entrepreneurial environments and…
  • Community Manager Appreciation Day 2015: Looking Ahead and Back

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s that #CMAD time of year again: Hooray for community managers! Let’s celebrate those digital leaders for their tireless, selfless, thoughtful work which creates, sustains and expands online communities around the world. As anyone who has ever taken on the role can tell you, the online community manager’s job is one of the most demanding and most misunderstood in the knowledge work world. You can see for yourself by doing a job search on “online community manager.” The variety of tasks, responsibilities, requirements, skill sets and educational attainments…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Improving on the Work Meeting

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Want to own your meetings? Lifesize, the connected video conferencing company, shares how that is possible. There are a few things people greet with less enthusiasm than scheduling and attending meetings. They’re at the center of almost everything we do as a business, yet somewhere along the way, something went terribly wrong to tarnish their reputation. Why is it that so many of us hate meetings so badly? The average person works 90,000 hours over their career and is scheduled for nearly 60 meetings every month. With 1 out of 3 minutes of every workday spent in meetings, you can see why…
  • Get Your Products in Nordstrom, Protect Your Business Data and More

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week 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 How to get your products on the shelves at Nordstrom & other major retailers Going Global? How to choose your…
  • 4 Cloud Services That Will Transform Your Business

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Sponsored by Microsoft By Rieva Lesonsky Is your small business “in the cloud” yet? If you’re not taking advantage of all the benefits that cloud services have to offer, you’re missing out on one of the best ways to save time, save money and simplify both your business and your life. Essentially, cloud services mean that instead of installing software on your computers or storing data on computer hard drives or servers in your office, you access software and store your data on remote servers (the cloud) operated and maintained by cloud service providers. The benefits of the cloud are…
  • A Laughing Jury Never Convicts [Part 1 of 2]

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Cliff Ennico “I had the privilege of hearing you speak at last year’s eBay Radio Party, and again this year at the Sellers’ Conference of Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE) conference in Philadelphia. You seem like a pretty smart lawyer, and you’ve got lots of good information, but the best thing about you is your ability to make the audience laugh. Seriously, until I heard you I didn’t think it was possible for anyone to make me laugh talking about income taxes, sales taxes, and tax accounting. You have an amazing gift. When you have a moment, could you please share how you developed…
  • Hazards at Work: How to Keep Your Workers and Customers Safe

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Anica Oaks It is all business until someone gets hurt on the job. A major injury of key employees will seriously halt production efforts. If a customer gets hurt in your establishment, this will create legal issues and could potentially get your company dragged through the media in a negative light. These are problems no business wants. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent common injuries to your employees and customers alike. Here are some ways you can improve safety conditions around your company. Clear Entryways and Exits Hazardous conditions arise when employees leave things lying…
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  • Academy of MLM 2014 Awards

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    8 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I am honored to be a voting member of the Academy of MLM. The 2014 award winners are: Mary Kay Ash – Hall Of Fame Inductee Mark Yarnell –  Hall of Fame Inductee Kannaway –  Start Up of the Year Thompson/Burton- Support Company of the Year Sarah Robbins – Humanitarian of the Year Len Clements – Advocate of the Year Eric Worre – Trainer of the Year Jimmy Smith – Distributor of the Year Instantly Ageless (Jeunesse) – Product of the Year Jim Coover (Isagenix) – CEO of the Year It Works – Company of the Year The Academy Mission:…
  • Bloggers Get 434% More Search Engine Indexed Pages

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    4 May 2015 | 10:02 am
    Bloggers get: 128% More Leads 97% More Links 55% More Visitors And an astounding 434% more pages indexed on Google. This is one of the reasons why I have been an advocate for “blogging your business” since 2003.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s just consistently posting content on your blog over a reasonable period of time along with having the right blog set up. The numbers I shared above are what blog sites get vs. typical web sites. Imagine what your numbers will be if you don’t even have a web site at all. More? Here are some other great reasons to launch a…
  • How To Generate Leads By Creating Blog Content

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Creating blog content has been my #1 source for generating leads online since 2003. It’s a simple process: Create a piece of content – could be a blog post, video, audio or even a picture. Post the content on your blog Collect leads I recently took the time to diagram out the process showing where traffic comes from and how the leads flow into your email autoresponder.  All of this assumes that you have a blog set up for Internet Marketing. If you don’t have the right theme, you can pick up my Internet Marketing Blog Theme for only $37. IMBlogTheme has all of the bells…
  • Do You Have A System For Building Online?

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Getting started online does not have to be a frustrating solo adventure. My online Network Marketing journey started in 2003 with Email Marketing, Google Adwords and Blogging. Then in 2006, I began using a concept called a “Funded Proposal”. Funded Proposal is a strategy that allows you to generate leads and sell an entry level product that will help you fund additional marketing. I started with Ann Sieg’s 7 Great Lies of Network Marketing and shortly thereafter, Mike Dillard’s Magnetic Sponsoring, generating over 25,000 leads. My strategy was (and is) very simple.
  • Mark Yarnell (1950 – 2015)

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:23 pm
    In memory of one of the great legends of Network Marketing, Mark Yarnell.                         “There is a seed of greatness in everyone…” – Mark Yarnell (1950-2015)
 
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    Springwise

  • Schoolkids have a new science classroom — in space

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Add / Remove Of all the topics covered in school science classes, space is understandably one of the more elusive. That might be set to change though, as a new educational startup called Ardusat have dedicated themselves to enabling promising young scientists to conduct actual space experiments. Ardusat has partnered with satellite data company Spire to enable school kids and science club members to send ‘educational payloads’ up with every satellite, containing experiments of their choice. Ardusat sell a variety of tool-kits, including the Classroom Launch Pack for educational…
  • Augmented reality game makes a haunted house of any home

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Add / Remove The scariest films often stay with us long after we’ve left the movie theater and gone home. For those who don’t find films quite scary enough, though, there is a new horror game app — called Night Terrors — which promises to transform any house into a petrifying hellscape. The app uses environment mapping, gyroscope sensors and the player’s own smartphone camera and flashlight to create an immersive augmented reality, complete with ghosts and psychopaths. To begin, players choose an indoor environment and download the smartphone app. The game uses the…
  • Shopping channel app is QVC for millennials

    Springwise
    29 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Add / Remove With many online publications funded by invasive adverts, it can feel like internet users are being sold something every other minute. Creating a more active, participatory shopping experience is a new app called MikMak. The app embraces the age of mobile advertising by giving the home shopping network a 21st century smartphone makeover. MikMak is a mobile video shopping channel aimed at millennials, that creates infomercials for each product it promotes. To begin, users download the free app and create an account. Then, they can browse by product type, and watch a…
  • Snap-on table legs create unique furniture on any surface, in seconds

    Springwise
    28 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Add / Remove Anyone who lives in an inner city apartment knows that there isn’t always room for the kitchen table of their dreams. For homes where regular sized furniture only fits when the door remains ajar at all times, startup Be Elastic have created SNAP — a device that enables users to create tables out of any surface, in whatever irregular shape best fits their home. SNAP can transform any surface into a unique piece of furniture, simply by clipping onto the edge of the chosen tabletop and providing the legs. To begin, users pull down on the flexible portion of the device and…
  • Lightbox archives old photos straight to smartphone

    Springwise
    28 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Add / Remove The process of scanning physical photos is enough to put most people off creating and updating a digital photo collection. But now, QromaScan is offering a simple solution – using a green screen lightbox, a smartphone and the scanner’s voice to digitize and organize old snaps quickly and effortlessly. To begin, users unfold the portable QromaScan, connect it to their smartphone, and launch the Qroma app. Then, with the help of voice recognition, the user simply states the date, location and people in the first photo and the app creates searchable metadata. Next, the user…
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Direct Marketing: Using Education as a Competitive Advantage

    Jeff Korhan
    26 May 2015 | 8:20 am
    This is Episode 42 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Ed LaFlamme used educational direct marketing in the days before digital to propel his former landscape business into a multi-million dollar enterprise that he later sold to a national firm. In fact, his marketing newsletters were so successful they were featured by Inc Magazine as among The Best Newsletters in America. In this episode we discuss how LaFlamme used education as a competitive advantage in his business by seeking out and learning from experts — to then become one. Our Featured Guest:…
  • Distinction Marketing: How to Attract Customers with Clarity

    Jeff Korhan
    19 May 2015 | 2:12 pm
    This is Episode 41 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. To be the industry standard requires more than great products and services. The business has to achieve clarity in the minds of customers for what it does, how it does it, and maybe more important, what it does not do. We all know it’s possible to be good at what you do and still not attract your share of customers. Scott McKain points out that even great companies can fail to be stand out in the marketplace. The reason is often a lack of clarity that is resolved with distinction marketing. Our Featured…
  • Live Events: Delivering the Social Media Marketing World Experience

    Jeff Korhan
    11 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This is Episode 40 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. If you are considering hosting your own live events, and even if you are not but instead want to learn new insights for planning and delivering an exceptional customer experience, then you will want to listen to this episode. I promise this will change how you view your business and its relationship with your customers, including how to keep the customer experience fresh, how to empower your team to wow your customers, and subtle but powerful ways for letting customers know how much you appreciate them.
  • Name Game: How to Target and Achieve Ideal Results

    Jeff Korhan
    8 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    One of the most underrated techniques for attracting virtually any business objective is the combined practice of seeing and naming the desired ideal results. This simple practice makes the goal or objective tangible, real, and therefore, attainable. First See It You may know that Michelangelo never started a sculpture without first “seeing” the finished result within the rough block of stone. I had a knack for pruning trees and shrubs into more beautiful plants in my previous business because I could see what would be left after pruning out dead, misshapen, and overgrown…
  • Podcasting Style: How One Successful Podcast Attracts Listeners

    Jeff Korhan
    4 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    This is Episode 39 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Joel Boggess is the co-host with Dr Pei of ReLaunch, a Podcast show that has earned several awards and grown by over a factor of 10 in just it’s first year. Joel’s earlier career as a traditional broadcaster made for a natural transition to podcasting. In this episode he shares why every podcaster has to develop his or her own unique style, how to go about doing that, and much more, including the vital importance of promoting your podcast. Our Featured Guest: Joel Boggess Joel Boggess is the host of…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • Flexible staffing makes ‘cents’

    Symphony placements
    29 May 2015 | 8:44 am
    Thought Leadership on Flexible Staffing presented by Symphony Placements.  It’s 7:30 A.M. and you have received a call from your front desk employee, who has strep throat. Your clerical support person and backup for the front desk is eight months pregnant, and may deliver her baby at any time. You are holding your breath until she walks in the door. Your office manager has scheduled several interviews, you are facing a deadline for reports to be sent to the corporate office. Members from the corporate office have sent a auditing group and they are arriving today. What do you do? Who is…
  • While the cat’s away, the mice will …. work?

    MKS&H
    28 May 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Thought Leadership on Leadership Training presented by MKS&H. I was recently away at a conference to meet prospects and build our business in a specific industry niche. This was obviously an important endeavor for me and my colleagues attending. But what lingered in the back of my mind over the three days I was away was the thought of how things were going back in our offices. Luckily, my thoughts were of the positive type, because I knew what a great team and culture we have developed in our organization over time. But I suspect this is not always the case in many organizations. So I…
  • How engaging your talent motivates, retains and, yes, increases the bottom line, too

    Half the Sky
    26 May 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Thought Leadership on Women’s Leadership presented by Half The Sky Leadership for Women The best corporate leaders know instinctively that employee engagement pays dividends. In a recent Harvard Business Review survey amongst executive managers they found that a “high level of employee engagement” was found to equal ‘strong executive leadership’ among the “factors most likely to bring success.” In fact, 71% of HBR respondents[i] say “employee engagement (is) very important to achieving overall organizational success,” and 72% “rank recognition given for high…
  • How to have a clear vision for 2020

    Vistage
    26 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Thought Leadership on Peer Advantage presented by Vistage International. Life coaches and motivational speakers often use the ‘rocks and sand’ illustration to emphasize the need for prioritization. In the illustration, you take an empty jar, put in a predefined amount of sand and then try to fit five rocks in. Needless to say, there isn’t enough room. However, if you put the rocks in the jar first, and then pour in the sand, everything fits perfectly. What’s the point? All too often, in life and business, we focus on the sand, or the minute details that take up so much time and energy…
  • You have to be a disruptive innovator. Here’s how to do it.

    CEO Council
    26 May 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Thought Leadership on Disruptive Innovation presented by CEO Council What does it mean to be a disruptive innovator? Today, it’s hard to talk business without using the terms “innovation” or “disruption.” So what does it mean to be innovative, disruptive, or the combination of both: a disruptive innovator? The theory was coined by Clayton Christensen, of Harvard Business School, in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. In the book he cites that innovative distruption is the act of creating new markets or categories of customers through an innovation. In its Wikipedia definition, a…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Things I Learned at Roundpeg

    Natalia Welch
    29 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Yes, it’s happening. My time at Roundpeg is coming to an end (insert sad face x 1,000,000). I’ve had such a wonderful time playing sticky hands with Clyde, learning the proper way to use the word chunk and of course having the opportunity to meet all the clients. So now for your reading pleasure I will unlock all the secrets of the Roundpeg office . . . JK. But I will give you my reflection on being at the ‘Peg for the past five months. Cats make great co-workers Cats really do make superb co-workers. They make you jealous on Monday when they sleep all day and you have to work. They…
  • Avoid these SEO Mistakes

    Jennifer Yeadon
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Rising to the top of Google search rankings requires a lot of variables, some known, and many unknown. In fact, there are more factors that influence your search rankings than there are characters in Game of Thrones. I bet there’s even more intrigue, too. In my last post, I mentioned a few things clients did in their website copy which would adversely affect search engine rankings. Now I want to go into a little more detail about the three most common SEO mistakes that can drop your business to the bottom of Google’s rankings: Removing Your H1s An H1 is the header which…
  • Pearl Engineering

    Roundpeg
    27 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    Visit the website at pearlengineering.com.
  • Reconnect with Old Customers

    Lorraine
    27 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I spent five years of my life managing inside sales for an engineering firm. My customers were from all over the country so I rarely met any of them in person. Even so, friendships developed through the causal chit chat before and after the business transaction. I recognized them by the sound of their voice, knew about their families, where they went on vacation and what was happening in their business. Today the world has changed. A lot of business gets done by email and text, but I still put my phone skills to use every day to talk to people about Roundpeg. So who do I call? Well,…
  • Project Leadership

    Roundpeg
    26 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Visit the site at projectleadership.org.
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 8 Steps to Performing an Internal Audit

    Patricia Lotich
    27 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Internal audits help organizations achieve corporate objectives by keeping a pulse on the consistency of internal business practices. The goal of an internal audit is to ensure organizational policies and procedures are followed and to alert management of gaps in policy compliance. The internal audit process can be done with internal resources or can be outsourced to an external third party vendor. Read the Full Article →The post 8 Steps to Performing an Internal Audit appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Internal Audit Process: Why Every Organization…
  • How to Maintain A Skilled Workforce While Controlling Costs

    Patricia Lotich
    20 May 2015 | 1:08 pm
    The US is facing a shortage of educated and skilled labor. Which some think could have alarming consequences on America’s competitiveness in the global economy. According to the Guide to Adult Education for Work, a large portion of the American workforce lacks basic skills and work competencies considered important in the workplace. Read the Full Article →The post How to Maintain A Skilled Workforce While Controlling Costs appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 7 Ways to Reduce Health Care Costs 7 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Health and Control Health…
  • How to Develop a Safety Program in 6 Easy Steps

    Patricia Lotich
    13 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    According to the OSHA website, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in 2013. Of that number, 817 Hispanic or Latino workers were killed from work-related injuries – which is more than 15 deaths a week. In addition, fatal work injuries involving contractors accounted for 16 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2013. Read the Full Article →The post How to Develop a Safety Program in 6 Easy Steps appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Sample Internship Program – 8 Elements to Incorporate into an Internship Program College Internship Programs…
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation – It’s Everyone’s Job

    Patricia Lotich
    5 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Most businesses deal with the constant struggle of beating the competition. Successful organizations have learned that in order to stay a step ahead of their competitors, they need to constantly come up with new and creative products and services. Gone are the days when the board, CEO or operations manager takes responsibility for innovation. Read the Full Article →The post Creating a Culture of Innovation – It’s Everyone’s Job appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Small Business Innovation How to Improve Job Satisfaction and Job…
  • 6 Advantages of Giving Back to Your Community

    Patricia Lotich
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    Many successful organizations understand the importance of giving back to the communities in which they operate. These organizations, both large and small, recognize their responsibility to support their communities and those living within them. According to the foundation center, 86,192 grant-making foundations gave an estimated $52 billion in 2012 alone! Read the Full Article →The post 6 Advantages of Giving Back to Your Community appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Tips for Writing and Giving Performance Appraisals Advantages and Disadvantages of…
 
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    Fizzle

  • How to Find, Evaluate and Work With a Business Coach

    Chase Reeves
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you’re thinking about hiring a business coach, if you’ve ever wondered what to expect from working with a coach or if it’s worth the cost, this podcast episode is perfect for you. We discuss our experience with coaching (both working with the coach and being the coach) and share what you need to know before you get started, answering questions like: What, exactly, will you gain by working with a coach? How can you find and hire a coach (or a few coaches)? What mindset should you bring to a coaching relationship and what should you expect? How can you evaluate if a coach…
  • The Female Perspective on Startups and Lifestyle Businesses (FS111)

    Chase Reeves
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this episode we’re joined by a very special guest: the new Director of Member Success here at Fizzle, Steph Crowder. In Steph’s inaugural episode we explore the experience and perspectives of women in startups and lifestyle businesses. Is there discrimination against women in the indie business world? What has Steph’s experience been like? What steps can all of us take right now to discover where gender bias is limiting our content strategies? Plus a crap ton more. I mean it, we discuss a lot more, and Steph is so awesome. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!
  • The Five-Step System for Prospecting, Pitching, and Landing Freelance Clients

    Michelle Nickolaisen
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    You sit down at your laptop with a hot mug of coffee, ready to start your work day. First, you check Craigslist for relevant postings in the freelance gigs section. Then, it’s time to check the local Facebook group for any promising projects. Ok, just a few more things to check before you can actually start working: the job boards that have led to good work in the past, your email inbox for any incoming leads, that other Facebook group… And on and on the process goes. Sound familiar? Nothing is worse than an empty client pipeline It’s pretty standard for a freelancer’s workday to…
  • 38 Tips to Make an Engaging Course on the Cheap, Part 2 (FS110)

    Chase Reeves
    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is second and final episode in our series about how to make an engaging course on the cheap. You don’t need a bunch of equipment, you need a solid plan. This list walks you through that plan. In this episode we continue walking through 38 tips to help you make something excellent your first time around. (If you haven’t listened to it yet, here’s part 1 of this conversation.) Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 38 Tips to Make an Engaging Course on…
  • 5 Tips to Help you Estimate how Much Time a Project Will Take

    Chase Reeves
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I had just had a good run of projects, doing good work I was proud of in the right amount of time… and then, a couple weeks ago, disaster struck. Here, let me tell you about it in this little video I made: I had a string of projects to do. So, I did my best estimate on how long each project was going to take. For example: The Shareable Images Course will take about 3 weeks, Then planning the Small Business Roadmap podcasts will take about 2 weeks, And then this other project will take about 4 weeks… I did a good amount of project planning, breaking up the steps, etc., to determine…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan » Blogging

  • E-Book Analytics & Assignment Selling With The Docalytics Sales & Marketing Tool

    George Thomas
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In today’s interview we get to talk with Steve Peck, a co-founder of Docalytics. We sit down and talk about the way marketing and sales teams handle their downloadable content today and how it could be handled moving forward. E-Book Analytics to Make Smart Choices Steve shows us several ways that you can use e-book, white-paper,… The post E-Book Analytics & Assignment Selling With The Docalytics Sales & Marketing Tool appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast #44: Content Saturation Index, Smart Content & Agency Growth Fund

    George Thomas
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 044         Welcome back to The Hubcast folks, a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Hubcast Fireside Chat at the Omni Parker House As one… The post The Hubcast #44: Content Saturation Index, Smart Content & Agency Growth Fund appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Why HubSpot’s Radical 3 Million Dollar Loan to its Partners is a Game-Changer

    Marcus Sheridan
    27 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Anyone that knows the River Pools story also knows that our amazing turnaround as a business started when I stumbled across a new marketing software start-up in 2009 called HubSpot. For an ignorant pool guy, they truly spoke “my” language. The philosophy of Inbound Marketing was intrinsically obvious to me and seemed to be our… The post Why HubSpot’s Radical 3 Million Dollar Loan to its Partners is a Game-Changer appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 55: Content Marketing Mistakes, Social Media Purists, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    26 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    It’s podcast time again my friends And in this week’s episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast, we’ll be discussing the following: My 8 year old daughter’s awesome boat-tubing wipeout over Memorial weekend A study confirming the fact that over 90% of content that companies produce is NOT used by the sales team during the sales… The post Mad Marketing 55: Content Marketing Mistakes, Social Media Purists, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Question & Answer Webinars for the Middle of Your Sales Funnel – Interview Chris Handy

    George Thomas
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    In this interview we get that chance to talk to Chris Handy, the owner over at Handy Thinks. Problem With Your Sales Funnel During this interview we talk about how most companies have their top of the funnel offers covered. They use white-papers, e-books, or checklists to get prospects to convert into leads. We then… The post Question & Answer Webinars for the Middle of Your Sales Funnel – Interview Chris Handy appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Free Webinar: 7 Search Advertising Tips for Reaching the Distracted Consumer

    Jenni Williams
    29 May 2015 | 12:33 pm
    Consumers today have nearly constant access to the online world, leaving them both connected and distracted. The rise of mobile search enables consumers to search for and consume information in a non-linear way and access information at any time throughout the day, often while in the middle of another task. This makes it increasingly difficult for local businesses to get – and hold– their target consumers’ attention on search engines. This trend of searching for information sporadically, which Google calls “micro-moments” means local businesses need a strong search advertising…
  • Unforgivable Text Ad Mistakes from Local Businesses (Part 1)

    Leslie Whittaker
    26 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Search engine advertising, or pay per click advertising, is a fantastic way to drive more traffic to your website and, ultimately, more leads for your business. The first step in getting new leads through pay per click advertising is to get potential customers to notice your text ad. But with over 1.2 million businesses advertising via pay per click advertising, competition for visibility on search engines is fierce. It’s all the more reason you need to avoid these 10 common text ad mistakes that can cost your business new leads, and instead focus on making sure your text ads are, in…
  • ReachDisplay InApp Provides Mobile Ads for Local Businesses

    Tamara Weintraub
    20 May 2015 | 11:07 am
    Today, we’re announcing ReachDisplay InApp™, a mobile advertising solution that gives local businesses a new way to target mobile consumers in top mobile apps. This new solution allows local businesses to advertise in a variety of mobile apps, targeting consumers based on how close they are to the business at that point in time. Plus, the ads display dynamically to the consumer, showing them information they can act on immediately, like a map to the business location, multiple calls to action, and coupon codes. This not only helps drive conversions, but also gives local businesses the…
  • Search & Display Advertising: What’s the Difference?

    Whitney Antwine
    18 May 2015 | 1:45 pm
    When I was little, I wouldn’t even touch peanut butter. I was a jelly kind of gal. Little did I know, adding crunchy peanut butter to my jelly-only sandwich would change my world. Peanut butter and jelly. Together. My lunches were so much better with both of them than just with one. THAT’S how you should view search engine advertising and display advertising. Because when this dynamic duo works together, you get even better results than by doing each one alone. But, before you can put them together, you need to know how each of them works to reach your target audience– and the unique…
  • [Video] ReachLocal CEO on Making Mobile Work for Local Business

    ReachLocal
    15 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Consumers are increasingly using mobile devices for shopping activities and for conducting pre-purchase research on their smartphones. If your online marketing isn’t mobile ready, there’s a good chance you might be missing out on relevant customers and losing them to your competitors. ReachDisplay InApp is just one of several offerings in ReachLocal’s total digital marketing system that ensures local businesses have what they need to compete in the rapidly growing mobile ecosystem. Watch ReachLocal CEO Sharon Rowlands discuss how mobile in app advertising can help round out your…
 
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • Dare to Disagree: Your business can’t grow in an echo chamber

    Jayne Ryan
    27 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    How many people tell you what you want to hear, not what you ‘need’ to hear, when you ask them for an honest opinion about your business or idea? In this TedTalk Margaret Heffernan tells us why it’s so important to challenge ourselves and each other, in order to grow. ‘Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply…
  • Achieve brand fabulousness without spending loads of money!

    Dena Enos
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    The challenge Achieve brand fabulousness without spending loads of money. Your budget (and time) is limited. The solution for success Don’t focus on what you can’t afford and instead follow these 5 MicroEntrepreneur-friendly tips to get started on a brand that you (and your audience) will soon begin to know and love. Begin with a simple message Call me old-fashioned, but when it comes to building a fabulous brand, I’m not much for the overly-fussy or over-produced messaging. Just like a successful entrepreneur needs to clear the clutter to focus on what is truly important to move a…
  • Have you got the information you need to succeed?

    Alison Bradford
    18 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ever heard the saying, If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it? I used to hear it a lot back in my corporate days. There used to be “Management Information” everywhere, with whole departments just to produce the stuff. Which is great, as long as it’s used effectively. How about you? Did you think when you started your business that you would need to create an MI team at some point? I bet not. In fact, it can be quite liberating in the beginning to not have reports in place, as they can feel constraining. They can even feel pointless when starting out. After all, there isn’t…
  • Conflict is an inevitable consequence of business. Fact.

    Julie Leoni
    13 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    With so many factors and variables in the mix, from internal and 3rd party dependencies, to technology and the pressure of client deadlines and paying the bills, conflict will always rear its ugly head from time to time. But, do you ever find yourself experiencing the same kind of draining disagreements or bad feeling? Because if your life sometimes feels like you’re stuck in ‘ground hog day’, then I’m going to share one of the best pieces of psychology I’ve ever found, that can help you. It’s so simple and yet astonishingly effective that it will save you getting into…
  • Growing your business is a lot like training!

    Joanna Pieters
    11 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Do you swing between feeling good and challenged in your business? Here’s how to keep them both in balance. Lift.  Relax.  Lift.  Relax. If you spend any time in a gym, you’ll have seen how weightlifters train. It’s a gradual, conscious process of slowly building up strength through challenge and release. It’s that combination that allows the muscle to regenerate and grow stronger. However, if you over-challenge that muscle before it’s ready, it gives up. If you attempt an Olympic weight when you’ve just lifted your first 20kg, you’ll risk…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Business Models

    Stephanie Ward
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    Your Money Maker is your Business Model, is it working for you? When is the last time you took a look at it? Your Business Model is the foundation of your business and needs to be solid in order for your small business to be a success. Watch this short video to get tips on how to improve your business model and do more of the work you love. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below: Click here to view the embedded video.   For additional information about your Business Model check out these…
  • What I Stand for and 3 Tips to Get More Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    21 May 2015 | 1:21 am
    Find out my ‘why’ about the work I do and get three practical tips about how to get more clients. Click here to view the embedded video.     Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   What is your top marketing strategy for connecting with new clients? Share in the comments section below (I respond to every single comment). What I Stand for and 3 Tips to Get More Clients is a post from: Firefly Coaching
  • Why Your Small Business Marketing Isn’t Bringing You Enough Clients

    Stephanie Ward
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:23 am
        You’re working your buns off in your business trying to get everything done, including your marketing. But is your marketing bringing the results you want? You don’t have a second to waste so you need to know that your marketing actions will pay off. But do you even know how you arrived with your current marketing plan? Was it conscious or did it just evolve randomly over time as new ideas grabbed your attention? Haphazard marketing doesn’t work and not only that, it’s exhausting because you pour your energy into it and yet you get so little back. It’s time to…
  • One Key to Ending Email Overwhelm

    Stephanie Ward
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Email overload is plaguing everyone, especially business owners like you. But what can you do about it? I’ve got a big idea you can start using today to tame your email monster and help you keep your clients and prospects happy. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   Tim Ferriss of The 4 – Hour Hour Workweek gives you the exact text you can use for your autoresponders in this post, Two E-Mail Autoresponses That Work. And if you’re not able to keep up with your email…
  • Transform Your Business with One Daily Action

    Stephanie Ward
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
        Do you have a SDA? Although it sounds like it could be a disease, it’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s something that could make a massive difference for your business. It stands for a Single Daily Action. The one action that you take every day that will connect you with more potential clients. To make sure you will actually do it each day, it has to be something that you’re willing to do. And if you can, find a way to make it fun. Think about your intention for Single Daily Action and choose something that feels right for you. Your intention could be to give helpful…
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • How Much NOT Following Up Is Costing You – And How To Fix It

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    21 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    We have the best of intentions to follow-up on interest in our business. As well we should, because the fortune we want to make is in the follow-up. The people we meet when we’re out networking, speaking or who are referred to us represent thousands, tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for our business. Our “best intentions” to follow-up are great, but intentions alone seldom create results. ACTION gets you results. The first action you want to take with a new prospect is to welcome them into your community. You can do this by introducing them to…
  • Small Business Marketing Company, Smart Simple Marketing, Named 2015 Diverse Supplier of the Year

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    20 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Western Region Minority Supplier Diversity Council (WRMSDC) recognizes Bay Area firm above hundreds of small businesses in Northern California, Hawaii and Nevada. San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 20, 2015 Sydni Craig-Hart and Nino Campos at WRMSDC Awards Gala The Western Regional Minority Supplier Development Council (WRMSDC) has selected a San Francisco bay area small business marketing company, Smart Simple Marketing, as its Supplier of the Year for 2015 (Class 1). The organization, which champions the use of minority-owned businesses in the corporate procurement process throughout Northern…
  • How to Create a Social Media Posting Schedule

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    You know that sticking to a schedule is important for your business. It helps you get things done, and keeps everything running smoothly. The same is true when it comes to your social media marketing. Understand which networks are right for your business before creating a posting schedule. Most businesses use Facebook first. But you may also want to get setup on Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+ — depending on the audience you’re trying to reach. If you’re not sure where your audience is hanging out, this cheat sheet should help:      The post How to Create a Social Media…
  • How to Get REAL Results Using Social Media To Market Your Business

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Do you have a love / hate relationship with social media? You love how fun and easy it is to connect with family and friends. You have fun discovering and sharing new brands. But when it comes using social media to market your business, you struggle to figure out how to get paying customers and real results. Here are 5 proven tips to help you get a return on the time and effort you spend on social media marketing:      The post How to Get REAL Results Using Social Media To Market Your Business appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful…
  • Quality vs. Quantity: Which Relationship Marketing Style is Best for Your Company?

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    12 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    How you communicate with and engage your customers is the most important aspect of your business and your brand. After all, it is in building long-lasting connections that you build long-lasting businesses. Just like your overall marketing strategy, your relationship marketing style does not come in a one-size-fits-all package. Relationship marketing focuses on customer retention and the quality of engagement of the customer with your brand. Following is an overview of the two main relationship marketing styles. Which one is right for your business? Relationship Marketing: A focus on quality…
 
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  • NOW CASTING: Joy Trailer for Film-Com 2015!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    25 May 2015 | 11:23 am
    Kirby Media Productions is now casting for lead and supporting roles in the development of a trailer for “Joy,” the show. Joy is based on a series of books by author, Kimberly Kirby. It follows the story of Joy as she decides to fake a pregnancy to keep her boyfriend, Jonathan, in her life. Published in 2013 & 2014, the book series took readers on an emotional roller coaster ride as it weaved in and out of the lives of Joy, Jonathan, and the drama unfolding in their families. Check out the trailer for the book series below; We plan on taking viewers on that same ride in the…
  • Love Like This (Short Film)

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    17 May 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Here it is everyone, the directorial debut of my wife, Kim! Enjoy this short film she wrote and directed (camera work and editing by yours truly!). Let me know what you think in the comments below! The post Love Like This (Short Film) appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • Behind the Scenes of Kimberly Kirby’s “Love Like This”

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:40 am
    Hello, world! My beautiful wife, Kimberly Kirby, wrote and directed her first short film, Love Like This. Currently, it’s in post production and will be entered into a the NBC Universal Short Film Fest! It’s a story of one woman’s experience as a relationship she’s in turns abusive which puts her life in danger. Now she’ll have to decide between saving her own life or taking his. It’s going to be pretty cool (and different) and we can’t wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime, check out some of these behind the scenes screenshots and let us…
  • NOW CASTING: NBC Universal Film Fest Shorts!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    7 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kirby Media Productions is casting for 1 of 2 short films being produced for the NBC Universal Short Film Festival. The first short is a drama dealing with domestic violence. We’re looking to keep the production very simple and easy with only 2 principle roles. This will be a good opportunity to show a lot of dynamic range in emotion for both actors. African American female, 25-35 years old African American male, 25-35 years old Must be able to handle verbal abuse Shoot Date: Saturday April 11, 2015 (Our rainy day will be Sunday April 12th so if you’re free all weekend that would…
  • Checkout Artwork from My New Mystery Project!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hey folks! First, let me say that this is not an April fools joke! I really do have new artwork to share! It’s been a while since my last update so let me fill you in on a few things. I started working on a major project that I’m sure you’re going to love. I can’t give away any details yet so the picture below will have to hold you for now. This is a character from the project (and no, it’s not a self-portrait!). Trust me, you’ve never seen or experienced anything like this before. It’s going to be really special – details to come soon, I…
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  • Learn How the Company You Keep is Impacting Your Success

    28 May 2015 | 7:07 am
    by Chris AtleyWho you surround yourself with is everything. The Ferrari racing was part of the mastermind group I belong to – a group where I work on my business and myself. I say working on myself because even though I initially thought I joined just to work on the strategy piece, I realized that what I get out of it is much more about mindset. Being around people who are constantly striving
  • 3 Things to Do When You're Totally Tired of Dealing with Newsletters

    26 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey I'm going to pull the entrepreneurs aside for a moment. Not in a business yet? Maybe you'd like to hear this too. But don't let it discourage you from starting something up. I'm just having a moment, so please bear with me. Is your inbox filled with offers and sales pitches? Are you sick and tired of it? As an entrepreneur, on one hand I totally get it. You've got to
  • How She Does It: Shalakemia Moffitt CEO of IAMSHALAKEMIA

    22 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shalakemia Moffitt is a visionary who is passionate about the success of others and is a high spirited professional business woman.  In 2011 she launched her organization, Queen of the Curves, as well as her powerful brand, IAMSHALAKEMIA, and later down the road Princess of the Curves was created. Shalakemia is not only the CEO of her own business, but she is also an advocate, a mentor and a
  • Award-Winning Blogger & Freelance Writer Lauren Bowling on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    20 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Lauren Bowling is a finance writer, millennial home buying expert, and the blogger behind L Bee and the Money Tree. After a misspent youth filled with credit card debt and a shopping addiction, Bowling now seeks to financially empower others by sharing the wisdom of her money mistakes. She's best known for teaching others how to take control of their finances, increase income and build net
  • Is it Time to Walk Away from Your Business?

    15 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    by Deborah A Bailey Back when I was in corporate I would get what I called the "Sunday night blues." As the day would go on, I'd have more and more anxiety. It didn't matter how much fun I'd had, or how relaxing the day had been, by 7:00 pm my stomach would be in knots. Just the thought of returning to a job I hated on Monday morning was enough to ruin half my weekend. Unfortunately, as a
 
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  • Special Feature: Finding Your Passion!

    atebusiness
    29 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Here is part 4 to my special series on “Finding Your Passion“, hope you enjoy it!   Chapter 1: The Highway of Passion Chapter 2: Finding Your True Passion Chapter 3: Reviving Passion Chapter 4: Passion Force 1 – Curiosity Chapter 5: Passion Force 2 – Challenge Chapter 6: Passion Force 3 – Legacy Chapter 7: Passion Force 4 – Faith Chapter 8: Passion Force 5 – Altruism Chapter 9: Passion Force 6 – Epiphany Chapter 10: Passion at Home   Chapter 4 Passion Force 1 – Curiosity What drives passionate people to work so hard? Where do they…
  • #327 Pricing, Technology, Credit Reports, Communication and Compliance

    Barry Moltz
    26 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    May 26, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy On episode 327 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we tackle one of the biggest issues for small business owners – figuring out what to charge customers. We then talk about why the small business sector is the hottest around and what you as a small business owner can be doing to take advantage of it! Next, we show you how to determine which customers you should extend credit to and which ones need to pay you up front. Our next guest shows us how to become a better communicator and finally, learn the three steps to make sure your business is legal.
  • Special Feature: Finding Your Passion!

    atebusiness
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Here is a special feature or the month of May, finding your true passion.  Do you know what your’s is?  Not to worry, you’ll get the step by step guide on how you to can find out how to.. Chapter 1: The Highway of Passion Chapter 2: Finding Your True Passion Chapter 3: Reviving Passion Chapter 4: Passion Force 1 – Curiosity Chapter 5: Passion Force 2 – Challenge Chapter 6: Passion Force 3 – Legacy Chapter 7: Passion Force 4 – Faith Chapter 8: Passion Force 5 – Altruism Chapter 9: Passion Force 6 – Epiphany Chapter 10: Passion at Home  …
  • #326 Art of the Start, Marketing Must-Do’s, Redefining PR, Self-Storage Solution and Max Tax Refund

    Barry Moltz
    19 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    May 19, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy On episode 326 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we hear from start-up expert Guy Kawasaki who evaluates the current environment for starting a business. Next, Sharon Rowlands shares what small businesses need to know about Google’s new search engine algorithm. Barbara Rozgonyi reveals the new definition of PR and her tips for a successful PR strategy. Do you hate self-storage? Sam Rosen shares how he is reinventing the industry and how people store their belongings. Finally, Nellie Akalp is back to reveal her top four tips for getting the maximum tax…
  • Special Feature: Finding Your Passion

    atebusiness
    12 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Hello Enjoy this special feature on the steps you need to take to finding your passion!   Chapter 1: The Highway of Passion Chapter 2: Finding Your True Passion Chapter 3: Reviving Passion Chapter 4: Passion Force 1 – Curiosity Chapter 5: Passion Force 2 – Challenge Chapter 6: Passion Force 3 – Legacy Chapter 7: Passion Force 4 – Faith Chapter 8: Passion Force 5 – Altruism Chapter 9: Passion Force 6 – Epiphany Chapter 10: Passion at Home   Chapter 2 Finding Your True Passion “Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.’ –…
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  • How to Build A Multi-Million Dollar Brand, Part 3: Spreading the Word

    Bryan Caplan
    29 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    In my earlier posts, I talked about how Dakota Riley of Keller Williams Realty adopted the “Depend on Dakota” brand name in a play to stand out from her competition and resonate in the minds of prospective home buyers and sellers on the South Shore of Massachusetts. With a memorable brand name, we then developed brand graphics, including a logo and professional headshot, in order to convey Dakota’s professional identity. Of course, a brand is no good if people can’t see it — our next step was to develop a comprehensive integrated marketing strategy to promote the “Depend on…
  • How to Become a Successful Independent Contractor

    Dave Anderson
    28 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Working as an independent contractor has become a popular alternative to the traditional 9 to 5 job. Prior to the recent wave of cloud-based technology, it wasn’t much of a viable option. But now people located all around the globe can collaborate using online tools like web-conferencing, mobile apps, and document sharing — just as if they were working together in the same office. Independent contracting gives people with specialized skills the opportunity to work remotely, often during the hours that suit them best. It allows people to work on multiple projects for different companies at…
  • How to Design Emails for Small Screens and Short Attention Spans

    Ryan Pinkham
    27 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    How do you check your email? If you’re like most people, it’s often on a much smaller screen than the one you were using just a few years ago. Today, more than 65 percent of all emails are opened on a mobile device. When it comes to your email marketing, you need to make sure your messages look great no matter what size screen your audience is using. You also need to think about how people are reading and interacting with your emails in today’s increasingly mobile world. The first step is to create a compelling message that grabs your audience’s attention and gets them to click to…
  • 11 quick tips for email marketing that get results

    Jeremy Taylor
    27 May 2015 | 6:37 am
    Making sales. Boosting traffic to your website. Growing your social media following. Chances are you have certain goals in mind for your email marketing. It’s likely too that you want to get even better results from your campaigns – who doesn’t? Well, there’s some simple things you can do to improve the effectiveness of your campaigns right now. Don’t experiment with the sender field A recognisable name in a crowded inbox is a good thing. Keep your sender field consistent and make it easy for your reader to see who the email is from. This is the first thing that readers look at when…
  • What Live Streaming Means for Small Business

    Alexis Amaral
    23 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    2015 has been called the year of video, but that doesn’t mean the momentum of mobile marketing is slowing down anytime soon. In fact, these two platforms are increasingly being used together — video views on smartphones and tablets showed a 114 percent increase year-over-year from 2013 to 2014. Now, with the emergence of popular apps like Periscope and Meerkat, the latest mobile and video trend is live streaming. What is live streaming? You can think of live streaming as a one way video chat, a live video blog of sorts.  Live broadcasting isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but with the…
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  • Wrapping up, and all the feelz

    29 May 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I’m going to prelude this blog post by saying I’m feeling a million things at once. Sadness, excitement, fear, fatigue etc. etc. I will sum up my feelings by naming them multi-moon. Also, there are many photos of my own … Continue reading → Continue reading →
  • Employers won’t have to match extra CPP contributions

    29 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    The Globe and Mail Thu May 28 2015 By: Bill Curry Link to full text The government announced Thursday plans to hold consultations on a proposed Canada Pension Plan expansion, but Finance Minister Joe Oliver later clarified employers will not be forced to match any extra voluntary payments made by workers. UBC economist Kevin Milligan […]
  • Becoming an Expert

    28 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    This is a very special certificate for me. I am so glad I decided to take on this challenge. I have learned so much from these teachers and I am looking forward to more interactions with our Chinese colleagues.
  • Vernier Logger Pro Workshop in Beijing

    28 May 2015 | 4:04 pm
    We have had a very exciting day playing with Vernier equipment last Wednesday. We have done 7 experiments with motion detectors, force probes, CO2 sensors, temperature probes, pH sensors, etc. It was very exciting to see the level of engagement of the teachers. During the first hour I introduced them to data collection with Vernier […]
  • Final trip—->GUANAJUATO BABY!

    28 May 2015 | 3:05 pm
    As my time here comes to a close, last week I took a final trip with my Danish friend Camilla. Guanajuato is a beautiful town located only two hours away, and we spent one night there. The town is unique … Continue reading → Continue reading →
 
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    20 May 2015 | 1:11 pm
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    Matt Cutts talks about a common SEO mistake. More videos: http://www.youtube.com/GoogleWebmasterHelp Webmaster Central Blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Central:…
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  • Late Payment ‘Is Unacceptable’ From Large Firms

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    29 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: dawn.v via Compfight cc One of Matthew Hancock’s last actions before he moved from BIS to his new ministerial role at the Cabinet Office was to stress that late payment by large firms is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The then business minister – who became Paymaster General and minister for the Cabinet Office following the general election – set out plans that will see large firms required to publish details of their payment practices from April 2016. A central location – such as a publicly accessible online database – will be established…
  • Accountants Look To Credit Control To Boost Profits

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    27 May 2015 | 2:55 am
    Photo Credit: sglpix via Compfight cc How do you raise your profits without raising your prices? It’s the classic conundrum in competitive markets like accountancy, and credit control for accountants seems to be one of the answers. A survey by Bloomsbury Professional found that nearly a quarter of accountancy firms plan to raise client fees over the coming year in order to increase their profitability. But many are still reluctant to pass on fee increases to their clients, and are instead cutting back elsewhere – a kind of mini-austerity – to raise their profit margin by…
  • Top 10 Popular Excuses For Non-Payment

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    22 May 2015 | 12:57 am
    Photo Credit: J D Mack via Compfight cc If you’ve dealt with a lot of late payment – or worse still, non-payment – there are certain excuses you’ll have seen time and time again. Here are ten of the best… 1. We never got the invoice. Sometimes true – which is why you should always check the invoice has arrived safely – but often just the laziest of excuses. 2. He/She’s left the company. Blaming a departed individual is a classic move, and can leave you unsure of who to contact for help, but it shouldn’t mean you’re not still owed the…
  • DIY Debt Recovery VS Debt Collection Agencies

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: natloans via Compfight cc With a wealth of online information at your fingertips these days, it can be tempting to adopt a DIY approach to debt recovery – and in the first instance, there is often no great problem with that But don’t assume you have the same capabilities as a fully fledged credit control and debt collection agency with multiple expert staff and years of experience. If your own efforts have failed, a DCA can probably still help – or at least provide an independent assessment of your case – and here are a few of the reasons why. Google…
  • 3 Tips For A Debt Chasing Letter They Will Notice

    HarrietThacker
    18 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    Photo Credit: Woman of Scorn via Compfight cc It’s disappointing, to say the least, when a client fails to pay you what they owe, but it happens to everyone eventually, and it’s important to be prepared in terms of how you react. Stay calm – you might be angry, but you mustn’t let that cloud your judgment. Stay professional – you’re a creditor, but you’re (usually) not a debt recovery company and you’re almost certainly not a court, so don’t be tempted to send letters disguised as communications from either of those organisations. Stay…
 
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  • Tracking your website – the difference between Google Analytics and AWStats

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

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

    Martina Iring
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    There are 2 basic free tools that I always recommend small business owners to have set up. The first is Google Analytics for monitoring your website’s activity and metrics. (Not familiar with Google Analytics? Head on over to my post about setting up Google Analytics.) The next is Google Webmaster Tools. It offers up all kinds of valuable information about your site, as well as letting you know if Google has found any errors and if there are any actions you need to take to make your site more search and visitor friendly. Once you have it linked up to your website, you can click through the…
  • Ditch those content errors once and for all

    Martina Iring
    16 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    As a copywriter, I do a lot of content work. One thing that I have found in my experience is just how easy it is for typos to find their way into content. It never ceases to amaze how little errors can sneak their way in and sometimes go unnoticed. Your brain can do some interesting things when working with words. It can memorize content, especially when you’ve been working with it for a while, and it may only see what should be there, not what actually is. To mitigate this effect, I’ve come up with some strategies to ensure that content is correct. My top tips for ensuring correct copy…
  • SEO on your radar? Make content your best friend

    Martina Iring
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:03 am
    Looks like 2015 is going to be a year of SEO. I’ve had so many projects and queries around keyword research and site optimization! Since it seems that SEO is on the marketing radar for many a small business this year, I thought it was a good time to talk about search in a blog post. First and foremost, let’s address what SEO is exactly. It’s an acronym that many small business owners will see, but may not know exactly what this is. SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically, this means making whatever you have online the best it can be for search engine results…
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  • The trick to creating content

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 May 2015 | 6:24 pm
    The trick to content:Don’t think.Listen to the questions.Answer them.Done. Those who think before they listen can get lost in the possibilities.The deeper they think, the bigger the possibilities.It’s not that they are wrong, but it quickly becomes a buffet of opportunities without focus. So "think first" is not the mindset. It is "listen first" and "serve" which means you may have to Unthink.  Like those in this video:  Adding inbound marketing to your plan is not an instant fix to anything but over time you will find it less and less necessary to "hunt".   We spend our…
  • 20 Videos in 20 Days condensed into 20 Minutes - Alex Goldfayn

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Waiting 20 days to watch 20 videos is too long to wait. Here you have all 20 wrapped together and watch them in 20 minutes. Marketing tips at their best from Alex Goldfayn. As marketing experts ramble on and on, you often silently shout to yourself: "When will they get to the point?"  Your wish is about to come true.  Here are the very short videos from Alex, all fast, powerful and to the point: Which is the best?  Honestly, he does such a great job of summarizing marketing in 60 seconds with each video, it would be tough to choose.  About Alex Goldfayn: Author…
  • Duplicate your way to success

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    I love to sing. (Though you will rarely find me singing now)When I was in 8th grade I took choir class in junior high school.Found out I wasn't as good I as I wished for.Couldn't read music well, could not sing a note on request.And so I copied the person next to me.I became an expert at listening to the person to my right and immediately matching their pitch. I believed no one noticed... at least no one said anything.It was the best I could do. By being a fast imitator and keeping up, I passed the class. ---  Which could be referred to as mimic, copycat, impersonator, parodist, pretend,…
  • Here is where you can personally meet four CEOs in Seattle on May 15th

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    You are invited to connect and network with the four CEOs of Talking Rain, Holland American Group, Port of Seattle and Alaska Air Group along with other Washington business leaders on May 15th at Caribbean inspired Member Reception at the World Trade Center Seattle. President and CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Company, Kevin Klock, Ernst & Young Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur Award recipient in Consumer Product Goods and BevNET’s 2013 Person of the Year, will share a few words about the explosive growth of Talking Rain and its future.  The Member Reception will be…
  • The Power of Perspective Taking is Life Changing

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:19 pm
    It is pretty simple... consider the opinions, ideas and thoughts of others more valuable than your own and you will find it necessary to listen more carefully and consider their world view. Easier said than done. In fact, I know geniuses. Literally... they are amazing with the depth fo knowledge and expertise and I am humbled to be connected. Their genius is actually a curse as it seems to become more difficult for perspective taking when one knows the answers. "Perspective-taking is the process by which an individual views a situation from another's point-of-view." - fresh off Wikipedia…
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  • A “Private Eye” on the Competition: eBook – Digital Forensics, Revamped

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    29 May 2015 | 2:52 pm
    When it comes to killer lead generation, there are tactics your competitors are using that drive powerful results. Now you have the tools to find out what they are. Take advantage of the 6-steps in this eBook & uncover your competitors’ best digital strategies! Get Your Free Copy and beat the competition! The post A “Private Eye” on the Competition: eBook – Digital Forensics, Revamped appeared first on Surefire Social.
  • The Role of Accountability in Contractor Remodeling Revenue Generation

    Glen Hellman
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    After 35 years as a sales person, a CEO, and a Business Coach, I’ve learned a few business truths and one of them is to hold someone accountable for the make-it/break-it tasks of a business. Fred owns and runs an exterior remodeling business. He is the ultimate person responsible for generating revenue and he’s fallen short for the last three years. You’ve got to ask yourself, why didn’t Fred make Fred available to industry? Who’s holding Fred accountable for his sales performance? The problem here is twofold: Fred won’t put an accountability target on his back Fred doesn’t wake…
  • SurePulse – The Solution to Your Digital Marketing Problems

    Steve Eastlack
    28 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
      The problem we see for many if not all small businesses is trying to juggle all of their day-to-day activities that comes with running a business. From generating leads to billing to maintaining supplies and materials, there isn’t much time left over to devote to marketing on the web. It’s a sore subject for many business owners. Most see the value digital marketing brings to a business and would like to do it. They just can never find the time. If this sounds a lot like your situation, there’s a solution on the way to solve your digital marketing problem and it’s called…
  • 3 Proven Digital Marketing Tactics for Home Remodelers

    Steve Eastlack
    27 May 2015 | 12:38 pm
      According to a recent survey conducted by the research firm Clutch, the majority of small businesses spend 20 percent or less of their marketing budgets on digital initiatives such as: local social media marketing, search engine optimization, email marketing, content marketing, video and so on. In fact 25 percent of small businesses said they were unlikely to invest in SEO at all. These findings do not come as a shock to us. It’s quite simple to understand, small businesses tend to have small marketing budgets. But there’s enormous opportunity for a small, localized business to…
  • Are You A Roofer That Uses Google Earth?

    Steve Eastlack
    26 May 2015 | 11:55 am
      More and more small businesses, particularly roofing contractors are using aerial mapping services to find potential customers. The most popular of these tools is Google Earth, which businesses of all kinds have been using for nearly a decade now. Read how Jay Saber of Saber Roofing Inc. was able to make it work for his business: Instead of nine hours, I spent 10 minutes on the computer and avoided a 350 mile round-trip! Their story is just one of many! Do you use it yourself? If not, it’s definitely worth a look. Roofing contractors are using Google Earth to take estimates of…
 
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  • How To Handle Gender Equality Dispute Between Team Members

    Jona Jone
    29 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    It is surprising, even disappointing and embarrassing that we still have to talk about gender equality to this day. Most people refuse to acknowledge that Read More The post How To Handle Gender Equality Dispute Between Team Members appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Emotionally Intelligent Sales Manager – Two Ways EQ Improves Sales Leadership Results

    Colleen Stanley
    27 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Emotional intelligence and sales are usually not even put in the same sentence.  Sales management professionals often confuse emotional intelligence with being soft and a Read More The post The Emotionally Intelligent Sales Manager – Two Ways EQ Improves Sales Leadership Results appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Starting Small But Dreaming Big

    Vistage Staff
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s note: In our Voice of Small Business series, we highlight a handful of the more than 19,000 business leaders that represent the best of Read More The post Starting Small But Dreaming Big appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Risk and Asking the Right Question

    Leon Shapiro
    21 May 2015 | 5:44 pm
    I recently watched the first episode of the new Inc. video series titled: Ask Marcus Lemonis. Marcus, who is the CEO of Camping World Read More The post Risk and Asking the Right Question appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Conversational Courage: Put Your Intelligence Into Action

    Judith E. Glaser
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    We all recognize the need for courage to start a business, play competitive sports, incur risks in investments, lead a diverse team in competitive markets, Read More The post Conversational Courage: Put Your Intelligence Into Action appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    The Deluxe Blog

  • Deluxe Builds Web Presence for Startup Event Planner

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Julie_Gordon_Profile.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    28 May 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Building on a decade of event planning experience, entrepreneur Brittany Maestas was ready to launch her own business. “I had been doing weddings and events for the hotel world for 13 years, which led to quite a few of my friends and clients looking to me to be their wedding planner,” said Maestas, owner of BK Event Design. “I finally thought I should make a business of this.” Brittany Maestas, Owner, BK Event Design Knowing how important it was to establish herself online, Brittany quickly began researching website design options.  “One of my colleagues told me that you…
  • 10 Ways to Attract More Visitors to Your Website

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    26 May 2015 | 9:38 am
    Your website becomes more important to your business every year, but what if your site traffic isn’t growing at the same rate? Whether your site needs a boost in order to compete or you simply want to drive more traffic and engagement, here are 10 ways to increase visits to your business’ website today. 1. Claim your online directory listings. One way new customers can find your business is by searching on one of more than a dozen online directories. Think of them as modern telephone books that offer companies more marketing options. You can use online directories to expound on the…
  • Questions to Answer Before Your Website Redesign

    Kelli Schutrop<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Kelli-Schutrop-Blogger-Profile.jpg" alt="Kelli Schutrop" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    22 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    So I hear you want to redesign your website? And it’s possibly the first time you’ve done it, or the first time you’re responsible to manage the process? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk through the high-level things you need to keep in mind when redesigning your website. Why are you redesigning your website? Let’s get started with the reason you want to redesign your website. Is it because you’ve acquired another company? Added significant product/service offerings? It just doesn’t quite meet the standards of your brand (aka, you need a refresh…bad)? Or are…
  • 5 Ways to Sell More with Invoices

    Brian Morris<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Brian-Morris-Profile-150x150.jpg" alt="Brian Morris" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    21 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    You know invoices are vehicles for getting paid, but did you know you can also use invoices to sell products and services to existing customers? If you routinely mail invoices to your customers, you can include add-ons that help you sell more without incurring additional postage and mailing fees. Boost profits with the following five ways to sell more with invoices. 1. Add an “offer box” to your invoices Customize invoices with your logo and an offer to generate more sales! The simplest way to turn your invoices into marketing tools is to customize an area dedicated to promoting a special…
  • 3 Ways to Test Your Website’s Mobile-Friendly Factor

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Julie_Gordon_Profile.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    15 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    You may not understand the finer points of Google’s algorithms, but you certainly understand the benefits of how the search engine helps point people to your website. Given Google’s most recent algorithm change  on April 21, 2015 – designed to favor websites that are mobile-friendly – it’s vital to check whether your website is ready to receive mobile traffic. Here are three tools Google suggests you use: 1. Mobile-Friendly Test Deluxe customer, Lacrosse Homes, passes with flying colors using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test! Mobile search is getting more and more…
 
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life

    Chris Reimer
    12 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Someone or something online bothering you? Eliminate it. Slice it out of your life with no remorse. Take a walk, breathe fresh air, and return to doing YOUR work. We all have a shortage of time – never enough time to get it all done. Ignore meaningless external stimuli, as there is clearly no shortage […] The post Eliminate the Online Distractions in Your Life appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Chris Reimer is Available For Hire

    Chris Reimer
    4 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I don’t mean to darken your day, but I have some important news to share. Starting very soon, I’ll no longer be employed by Kaldi’s Coffee. Sad face emoji. I had been hired to be Marketing Director of both Kaldi’s Coffee and a sister company, Honolulu Coffee (they have common ownership). Since my hire, needs […] The post Chris Reimer is Available For Hire appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees

    Chris Reimer
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:43 am
      In Episode 38 of Happywork TV, we talk about the next commitment in the work code of conduct I’ve created called “The Happywork Agreement.” This is a commitment that employers are going to make to their employees. Here it is: “If an employee resigns, I will not make it hard on them. There’s no […] The post Happywork TV Episode 38: Don’t Haze or Hate on Departing Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched!

    Chris Reimer
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
      Thanks to all who have played a role in bringing my art to the marketplace. Today, February 17, 2015, Happywork hits the streets, and I’m thrilled and honored. The post Happywork TV Episode 37: Happywork Has Launched! appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble

    Chris Reimer
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    My book is now on the shelves at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. I stopped by the one near my house (170 & Ladue in St. Louis). They now have two autographed copies! Use BN.com to check in-store stock in your area (use the zip code field on the right side of the screen). The post Happywork is On The Shelves At Barnes & Noble appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • 5 Tips To Make Your Visual Content Pop

    Marianne Griebler
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • How to Create Better Blog Content in Less Time {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Why Marketing Campaigns Alone Will Not Save Your Business

    Laura Click
    13 May 2015 | 5:02 am
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  • How to Effectively Repurpose Your Content for Maximum Results {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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  • Are You Ignoring Your Biggest Market Opportunity?

    Laura Click
    4 May 2015 | 5:00 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #327 Pricing, Technology, Credit Reports, Communication and Compliance

    Courtney Deruy
    26 May 2015 | 3:46 pm
    On episode 327 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we tackle one of the biggest issues for small business owners – figuring out what to charge customers. We then talk about why the small business sector is the hottest around and what you as a small business owner can be doing to take advantage of it! Next, we show you how to determine which customers you should extend credit to and which ones need to pay you up front. Our next guest shows us how to become a better communicator and finally, learn the three steps to make sure your business is legal. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business…
  • #326 Art of the Start, Marketing Must-Do’s, Redefining PR, Self-Storage Solution and Max Tax Refund

    Courtney Deruy
    19 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    On episode 326 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we hear from start-up expert Guy Kawasaki who evaluates the current environment for starting a business. Next, Sharon Rowlands shares what small businesses need to know about Google’s new search engine algorithm. Barbara Rozgonyi reveals the new definition of PR and her tips for a successful PR strategy. Do you hate self-storage? Sam Rosen shares how he is reinventing the industry and how people store their belongings. Finally, Nellie Akalp is back to reveal her top four tips for getting the maximum tax refund next year. Listen and enjoy:…
  • #325 The High-Speed Company, State of the Startup 2015, Electronic Spring Cleaning, Joy of Mom, Startup Mistakes

    Courtney Deruy
    11 May 2015 | 8:56 am
    Episode 325 of Business Insanity Talk Radio first dives into sustainable competitive advantage and what the ultimate competitive advantage is these days: speed. Next, we reveal the results of the 2015 State of the Startup Survey, which explores the characteristics shared by successful startups, the challenges they face, and lessons they’ve learned. Next, it’s time for Spring cleaning of your electronic files! It’s a big task, but we’ll tell you where to start to make it easier. Also hear from an entrepreneur who has built a business inspiring and giving advice to moms.
  • How to Spot a Liar at Work

    Courtney Deruy
    7 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Lies can impact business deals, client relationships, productivity and much more. Protect your business by learning how to spot the liars. Here are five behaviors liars typically exhibit: 1. They don’t answer yes or no. When a yes or no question does not result in a “yes” or “no” answer, it is a red flag that something is not right. Convoluted answers to simple questions usually mean the person is beating around the bush or doesn’t want to admit to something. The likelihood of deception is especially high when someone answers a yes or no question with “well”. For example, if…
  • #324: Hard Truths, Marketing Services, Partnerships, SBA Resources and Legal Documents

    Courtney Deruy
    4 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    On episode #324 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we talk about the most universally resisted aspects of life that have a hidden power over us. We put you on track to accepting these truths so you can improve your business and your life. Next, we are going to discuss how to find the most cost effective marketing resources for your business. Did you know 70% of business partnerships end badly? We are going to show you how to form and fix a business partnership. Also, it’s SBA National Small Business Week! Find out how you can get involved. Finally, one of the biggest mistakes small…
 
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    俺得修学旅行~男は女装した俺だけ!! 美形ギャルとの絡みが楽しい漫画

  • ちっぱいフーゾク嬢と野外えっち!!

    gekiore
    28 May 2015 | 11:53 pm
        購入したのは、Handyコミックでした。   ※PCの方は、ちっぱいフーゾク嬢と野外えっち!!はスマホ専用なので、読むことができません。   代わりに奥森ボウイさんの新作へ移動します。こちらも後でレビューしてみたいと思います。   私が購入した画面サイズは、Handyコミックでよくある、コマ割り配信ではなく配信でした。コマ割りでは3話に分割されているようです。    …
  • 俺得修学旅行9話 女装の秘密がバレてしまい・・

    gekiore
    3 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    の9話 スカートの中の秘密を読んでみました。(ネタバレ注意です)                 どうみても       その子は、ちゃん。 一人でいても全然気にならないだったのです。                   心愛は、とんでもない事実を勇太に告げるのです。 「勇太が女装して参加し旅館で3Pしていたって噂を                                
  • ふたりぼっちの放課後えっちがスマホで読める!!

    gekiore
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:03 am
    ふたりぼっちの放課後えっち   奥森ボウイさんのがスマホで読めるようになりました!!タイトルが若干アレンジされています。→     ふたりぼっちの放課後えっち 1話の感想 ヒロインは竜胆はるか。高校2年で生徒会長。その従者は、山田徹平くん。このコンビで新設された男子校へ生徒会の交流会に出席するのですが、当然ハプニングがあります。        …
  • 俺得修学旅行8話 初めての絶頂その3

    gekiore
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:32 pm
     8話のあらすじです。       8話は、修学旅行らしいエピソードが満載で、エッチなシーンは少しお休みの海となりました。以下があらすじになります。     自由行動前の説明会で、篠原とこそこそ話をしていた勇太は、に目をつけられてしまいます。   キャシーマクスウェル先生は、キャミ1枚。が今にもキャミを破って出てきそうなくらいのデカさです。しかも。         それは。  …
  • 俺得修学旅行7話 初めての絶頂その2

    gekiore
    12 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
     7話のあらすじです。   尾形保奈美ちゃんのが7話では注目ですよ!       「」   「」             「」       「」   「」とちょっとビクビク。     「」             英語の。胸が開いて、太腿が露出しているホットパンツを履いているちょっとあばずれな感じの先生です。        
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    Free Enterprise

  • Do's and Don'ts of Having Difficult Conversations With Employees

    Le Trinh, Esq.
    29 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    As a small business owner, you have to focus on the health and success of your business. When an employee's behavior or conduct threatens the business' success or reputation, you have to lay down the law. While you can't always be your employees' best friend, you don't necessarily want to be hated as the mean boss, or be sued for something you said. So, here are some do's and don'ts for having an effective and legal difficult conversation: Don't Don't be angry. You want to conduct these conversations with a clear head. Don't rush in angry. You're more likely to say something you will regret…
  • Can't Afford Licensing Fees? Here's What to Do

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    28 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Whether in your advertising or in your shop decor, you may want to use a striking image or fantastic photo that you found. But be careful: the image may be copyrighted, and without a license to use the image, you may be committing copyright infringement. "But," you say, "copyright licenses can be expensive, and my business doesn't make that much, and besides no one will probably know." All fair points, but none a proper legal defense. So here are some ideas if you want to use images but can't afford licensing fees: Pay the Piper Instead If you decide the licensing fees are too steep and you…
  • Where to Find Permits and Licensing Requirements to Start a Business

    Le Trinh, Esq.
    28 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    Remember when you could start a business by making a pitcher of lemonade, setting a table up on the sidewalk, and designing a pretty sign? Today, starting a business means paperwork, paperwork, and more paperwork. Big brother (the government) wants to be able to track your business for tax purposes and to protect the public. So, to start a business you'll likely need a permit or license. Where can you find permit and licensing requirements to start a business? Required Licenses Licensing and permit requirement vary among states, counties, and cities. The type of business you have may also…
  • Buying a Franchise: 3 Things You Need to Know

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    27 May 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Why take the risk of starting your own business from scratch when you can buy into an already successful chain? Many entrepreneurs think about this every day, which is why they buy franchises. But buying a franchise isn't as easy as just slapping someone else's logo on your front door. We've written a lot about franchises over the years and have gathered some good information you should consider before taking this step. So before you sign that franchise agreement, here are 3 things you need to know: 1. Know the Franchise Before you buy into a franchise, you should know what you're in for.
  • What Happens To My Business if I Go Bankrupt?

    Le Trinh, Esq.
    27 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    When the debts start piling up, you may have to consider bankruptcy. Bankruptcy may sound appealing. You get the creditors off your back and your debts discharged. Sure, it destroys your credit, but that can be rebuilt. However, what about your business? What can happen to your business if you file for bankruptcy? Sole Proprietorships In a sole proprietorship, there is no boundary separating you from your business. If your business has debt, you are personally liable for those debts. If you personally have debts, creditors could go after your business assets to satisfy those debts Chapter 7…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • What are Baby Boomers Buying? [Boomerology Revealed #27]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 May 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Baby boomers are looking for different solutions as they age. How to market to baby boomers today. What do they want and what do they value?. See the changes you need to make when marketing to baby boomers   The post What are Baby Boomers Buying? [Boomerology Revealed #27] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Web Video and Content Marketing

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Web Video and Content Marketing by  BIG & SMALL Productions With the Internet seeping ever deeper into every pore of modern day life, our consumer habits are drastically changing. As a result, most people have turned their backs on conventional marketing. They skip television ads with the help of various technologies such as DVRs, often ignore magazine marketing, and are proficient in surfing the Internet in such a way as to disregards banners, buttons and pop-ups. In order to reach out to a new consumer, useful content is of paramount importance. A marketing strategy has emerged to…
  • What is the new normal for baby boomers?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    From 79 million baby boomers in the US, 43 million of us are taking care of someone older than 50. Baby boomers are also not getting any younger. Every day 10,000 boomers hit 65 years of age and since all boomers want to live forever, they are conscious about their health and consume more supplements than any other group, they might as well become the first generation to take care of its parents for as long as it cared for its children. But they want to do it their way. Care giving is really becoming a common word in any boomer vocabulary. Even though care giving might be the right word, many…
  • How Network Marketing Can Save Baby Boomers From The Retirement Crisis

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    There are 90 million baby boomers between US and Canada (baby boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964.) Although this generation is known to spend 2 trillion a year and is said to have a disposable income of $24,000 a year, a significant part of this population is in trouble when it comes to retirement. Yes, baby boomers want to live forever, we are entering middle age kicking and screaming, and we say we never want to retire because we love to be active but reality shows that many boomers wouldn’t be able to retire even if they wanted to. First we are big spenders. We like to…
  • Who Are America’s Affluents, And What Are Their Top Spending Categories?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Some 67.5 million American adults lived in a household with annual income of at least $100,000 (“affluents”), a 5 million (or 8%) increase from last year, details Ipsos in its latest annual study of the affluent population. As such, 28% of the adult population can be classified as affluent, as can 23% of all US households. So who are these affluents? While Millennials (18-32) comprise 22% share of affluents, roughly two-thirds of affluent Millennials qualify on the basis of their parents’ income rather than their own. (The definition of affluence is based on living in a household with…
 
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    Big Brand System

  • 5 Copywriting Tricks for Turning Blah Text into Persuasive Copy

    Henneke
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Feeling overwhelmed when writing your content? You’re not alone. Learning to write better copy can be frustrating. Everyone has more tips, more advice, more copywriting rules. Write tight. Use attention-grabbing headlines. Add features and benefits. Don’t forget the hook. Check your grammar rules and punctuation. No jargon. No adverbs. No … whatever. Trying to remember the advice makes your head spin. Following the rules sucks the energy out of your content (and out of you, too). But writing doesn’t need to be such an exhausting, grueling and tortuous process. It can be…
  • The Power of a Well-Placed No

    Pamela Wilson
    6 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    If you’re in the early days of your business, you can skip this post. It’s not for you. Because in the early days of your business, it’s important — for survival’s sake — to say “yes” more often than “no.” But give it a year or two, and you’ll discover that saying “no” — carefully and strategically — can be the best move you can make for your business. Why no is the hardest word to say We know that our businesses will succeed if we aim to serve our customers and build our professional networks. So we say…
  • Why Symptoms (Not Solutions) Are Your Copywriting Secret Weapon

    Amy Harrison
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    You’re feeling under the weather so you go to your local doctor’s office. Before you can speak, a prescription is thrust into your hand. “This is what you need” You’re directed out of the office towards the pharmacy where you can ‘buy’ your cure. Are you going to buy the prescribed treatment with confidence? Are you even going to buy at all? Of course not: the doctor hasn’t proven that she understands your situation and that she’s capable of advising you about the best possible action. But this is exactly what many businesses do in their marketing copy. They sell the…
  • Digging Deep to Unearth Marketing Gold

    Pamela Wilson
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This classic Big Brand System post shares an important question we can all ask to get to the heart of our marketing message. It may seem too simple to be effective, but this exercise is powerful. The magic question that gets at the heart of all marketing efforts is: And that’s important because? It’s a question that helps you to make your small business marketing more effective, because it starts with the obvious, and forces you to dig deeper. When you’re done, you’ll know exactly how to target your message, because you’ll understand what really motivates your…
  • The Unglamorous Secret of Success

    Pamela Wilson
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    This past year has been an interesting one for my career. Let’s back up a little … Actually, I never really thought I had a career. What I had was a business. I still have a business. Over the years, I measured my success by whether my profits went up or down; whether I was getting regular referrals; and — in recent years — whether my audience was growing. And all of the above have grown steadily over the years, I’m happy to say. More recently, I’ve realized that I have a career, too. I’m now working for Copyblogger Media. A few weeks ago, I was given the…
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    Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company

  • 7 Critical Auto Repair Marketing Strategies

    Wendy Kenney
    21 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    7 Critical Auto Repair Marketing Strategies Some time ago I interviewed shop owners about the most […] Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company - Building Buzz for Business
  • 7 Critical Auto Repair Shop Marketing Strategies

    Wendy Kenney
    21 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    7 Critical Auto Repair Shop Marketing Strategies Some time ago I interviewed shop owners about the most […] Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company - Building Buzz for Business
  • Auto Repair Shop Website Design

    Wendy Kenney
    19 May 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Auto Repair Shop Website Design Win a Custom Auto Shop Website Design Package valued at […] Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company - Building Buzz for Business
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    Wendy Kenney
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Best SEO Services Are you looking for the Best SEO Services for your smal […] Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company - Building Buzz for Business
  • One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse!

    Wendy Kenney
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse! Congratulations! You have just downloaded one of the mo […] Affordable SEO Services | Small Business Marketing Company - Building Buzz for Business
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • How Street Art Has Inspired Branding

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Written by Dane O’Leary Being inspired by the conventional and unconventional around us is the key to successful innovation. Today’s street art—an artistic movement that challenges convention by creating or installing visual art in non-art industrial contexts––is derivative of the illegal spray paint graffiti that first appeared in its most quintessential form in the New York City Subway before quickly extending to most major cities across the world. Despite distant association with the punk rock and hip hop movements, and a slight air of subversion because of its anti-establishment…
  • Shift Your Focus from Unity to Duality and Design a Blueprint for a Sustainable Future

    Bulldog Drummond
    26 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Written by Kristen L. Victor When surrounded by creative and intelligent people, do you question the IQ level of the room, rather than the intrigue of their creativity and experience? You should. Our work is richer if we admire people who have collective intelligence–who understand the value through multiple perspectives, different experiences, shared ideas, open sourced technologies and collaborative successes. Passion drives the creative process of integrated design Join all aspects of people, planet and profit into a well-balanced, regenerative culture with a holistic approach by…
  • In Memory of Those Who Did Not Return to Us

    Bulldog Drummond
    22 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    Written by Peter Greulich Memorial Day is set aside as a time to remember those who never returned to us. Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Remembering those who took their last breath on the battlefield. But I also remember those who returned home dead in spirit. These families also lost loved ones forever. I am classified as a Vietnam-era vet but I spent my entire time stationed in Germany. Intellectually, I know I served during this time. I volunteered. I know I could have ended up there, but I hold in the deepest respect those who were on the frontlines. They are, to me, the…
  • Uncommon Leadership. Ask, Don’t Tell.

    Bulldog Drummond
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Gregg Imamoto “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” –Bruce Lee Early in my career I was taught that good leaders must know everything in order to tell their teams what to do. When I asked, “Everything, about what?”, the coaching was helpful, ”Everything about EVERYTHING.” Lacking perspective, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the impossibility of this expectation as much as I spent time trying to execute it. I was naively optimistic that if I just worked longer and harder it was possible to know…
  • Can Businesses Measure Success? The Happiness Factor

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Written by Carl Boutet Looking for new ways to engage customers? Earlier this year McDonald’s launched, to mixed reviews, a “Choose Lovin” campaign that gives customers free Mc’Grub in exchange for a demonstration of “Lovin”. McDonald’s was known for consistently creating relevant and satisfying customer experiences that have been the hallmark of their business and success. Innovative customer engagement strategies like McDonald’s can provide learning opportunities for brands today. Specifically, how their effectiveness can be measured. “Forrester data indicates that…
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    EpicLaunch

  • 50 Practical Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Follow

    Mike Calloway
    21 May 2015 | 7:16 pm
    We all love quotes right? Quotes inspire us. They motivate us and see us through hard times. Quotes give us a glimpse into the thoughts of great minds. Quotes often live on long after those that once brought them to life. Every entrepreneur needs a source of inspiration. Let’s face it, it’s tough going at this journey alone. But quotes show us that there are other that understand us. Not only do they understand where we currently are, but how we can get through. Here are fifty practical quotes that you can apply to your life right now and start seeing a brighter future. 1.
  • 17 Books For Entrepreneurs That Will Change Your Life

    Mike Calloway
    9 May 2015 | 6:51 pm
    Let me tell you a story, there were two guys that graduated from college at the same time. Both of them wanted to be successful entrepreneurs someday. Directly after graduation, one of them gets a job, works hard, gets promoted, and achieved great success on his job. Five years later, he is now a manager and is making a six figure salary. Upon graduation, the other guy chooses to start a business. He understood that he did not know enough as college simply had not prepared him to run a business, but rather work in a business. So he started the journey to learn more and he bought many books.
  • Should Small Businesses Outsource Their Accounting Duties?

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    Odds are that you are not running an accounting firm. Still, earning revenue guarantees the need for proper bookkeeping, and that means your business has a decision to make. Should you handle all your accounting in-house or should you outsource it to a brokerage? Here are a few pros and cons of both solutions. Cheaper is Better By choosing to handle your own financial records, you save a significant amount of money that would otherwise go to an outside business. Hiring a part-time or salaried employee ensures that when any discrepancy occurs, you know exactly who is responsible for correcting…
  • The True Cost of Unused Software in Business

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    A recent study taken out by 1E (a software lifecycle automation company) has shown that many companies around the world are spending excessive amounts of money on computer software that is never being used! In the UK alone, 25% of software bought by companies remains stagnant, resulting in a loss of 3.5M. CEO at 1E, Sumir Karavi states ‘it’s not uncommon for larger organisations to do this, and something can be done to claim back the cost.’ “This data clearly demonstrates that organisations are not optimising their software assets in a way that reduces cost.” Provided by…
  • Slashing Expenses: Money-Saving Tips for UK Businesses

    EpicLaunch
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Businesses throughout the UK are searching for reliable ways to cut costs and save as much money as possible. In these tough economic times, reducing costs is often integral to a business’s bottom line. The following tips can help your business reduce its costs so that it can steer its financial resources to fulfill other business needs. Shop Around Too often businesses get stuck in their old habit of doing business with the same providers when it comes to supplies, equipment and utilities such asbroadband and energy. Why pay exorbitant rates when you can slash those costs by anywhere…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Happy Memorial Day!

    Web Marketing Therapy
    22 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell We are so grateful to those who have served and to those who continue to serve. THANK YOU. Wishing everyone and their families a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
  • Online Personality Disorder

    Lorrie Thomas
    20 May 2015 | 11:55 am
    Our agency has always supported professionals skilled and dedicated to their profession. New clients are commonly diagnosed with online personality disorder because their online presence (LinkedIn profile, Twitter description, About page of site, head shots, etc.) don’t effectively or consistently position their professional expertise. Examples: -A high profile attorney whose Twitter description says nothing more than “loves to jet ski” -A Linkedin summary that is a) not used or b) only says generic text that doesn’t differentiate or show expertise. -Inconsistent…
  • Bad Addiction, Good Addiction

    virtualwordspecialist
    19 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    While our marketing agency is quick to talk about addictions when it comes to social media, etc, we do like to weave in healthy tips (that aren’t related directly to marketing) because our health choices do impact our wealth!! Today I’m going to talk about how to swap a bad addiction with a good one. BAD ADDICTION: It’s a bad idea to turn to sugary foods for a “quick fix” yet most of us do this unconsciously thinking we are hungry. In reality, most likely we’re tired (see the Importance of Sleep post here), thirsty or both! Eating too much sugar makes you crash; not a…
  • Healthy Tips for Better Sleep for Better Business Baby!

    virtualwordspecialist
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:20 pm
    It’s considered a rite of passage for an entrepreneur or small business person to work on very little sleep. However, the business community is embracing data that shows it pays to get good sleep as both a good health and a business strategy! Yes ladies and gentleman, getting more sleep is now becoming acceptable and often encouraged! Team WMT declares sleep sexy! We don’t do drama so we want to work with rested teammies and clients! Leading the sleep is sexy charge is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington who knows first-hand just how dangerous…
  • What is a Boilerplate?

    Katherine L. Garcia
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    A boilerplate is the last paragraph in a press release that tells readers about your business. This is an important piece of the press release because it tells readers about your business which supports credibility but it also can help boost your search visibility if you weave in priority key phrases. Your boilerplate should remain consistent from one press release to another. Here’s an example of a boilerplate we have used in the past for releases about our CEO: About Lorrie Thomas Ross, M.A.: Lorrie Thomas Ross is a speaker, trainer, marketing expert, and the CEO of Web Marketing…
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • Check out what peeps are doing with Course Cats (prepare mind to be blown)

    David Siteman Garland
    26 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    So, you might have gotten the memo about Course Cats. If you haven’t, Course Cats makes it super easy to get your course website up on WordPress without needing  a web developer, a graphic designer, a psychiatrist and a team of 1,000 nerds. Never have been more excited to share with you what Course Kittens (Course Cats Customers) have been doing with the software in a super short time (many got their full site up over a weekend…some after years of procrastination!). Finally you can create amazing online course websites without needing ANY design or programming skills. If you can…
  • Step #1 to getting your online course up online: How to buy hosting & install WordPress in less than 5 mins (for $3.49)

    David Siteman Garland
    26 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Alrighty, so let’s talk about the VERY FIRST STEP to setting up your website for your online course. You need 3 things that can all be done in one place…and in less than 5 mins. Super easy. No tech degree required. Thing #1: A domain name…for example:  www.whateveryouwantyourcoursewebsitetobe.com …whatever domain you want your course to be on. Thing #2: Hosting…this is where your domain lives online  (think of it as your own little special place on the Internet…awww how cute). Thing #3: A fresh WordPress install. A blank, brand spankin’ new…
  • From Teacher & Park Ranger To Course Creating Rockstar: How Nikki Elledge Brown went from $0-$300,000 in Revenue In One Year

    David Siteman Garland
    6 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    How does a former teacher and park ranger create an online course that does over $300,000 in revenue in 1 year? OK, so wow. Just to catch you up, I did a (text) interview with Nikki in 2014 after she launched her epic Course About Copy and did over 50k in sales. If you haven’t checked it out yet…make sure to give it a quick read right here. I realized, it would be a PERFECT time to catch up with Nikki and have her spill all the beans on her business (because being nosey is fun). In this interview you will learn: -The way Nikki found her first “peeps” online and grew…
  • Small But Mighty: How Elise & Scott Grice went from a service-based business to a $63,259 Course Launch (with an email list of less than 1,500)

    David Siteman Garland
    5 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Enjoy the uncensored interview below! Links Mentioned: –Elise and Scott’s My Own Irresistible Brand –Hey Sweet Pea (join their happiness tribe, LOL) –Create Awesome Online Course (get started with a free video series right here) Name: Elise & Scott Grice Website: http://www.myownirresistiblebrand.com  1. Name of your course: My Own Irresistible Brand 2. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course? $63,259 total at $1,197 per seat 3. What was your list size when you launched your course? 1300 by the time our cart closed  4. Who is…
  • From Nearly Homeless To Over $200,000 In Sales Of Her Online Course (in less than one year)

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:23 pm
    Enjoy this uncensored interview below with Renae Christine! Links Mentioned: –Renae’s website -The webinar training she is referring to: John & David’s Most Kick-Butt Webinar Blueprint Ever –Create Awesome Online Courses (get started with the Cheat Sheet) Name: Renae Christine Website: Rich Mom University http://richmombusiness.com 1. What is your total revenue generated so far and how much is your course?  $196,000 in the last 2 months 2. What was your list size when you launched your course?  1200 people opted in for the training videos 3. Who is your course…
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    Launch Grow Joy - Launch Grow Joy

  • How to promote your online store through Instagram

    launchgrowjoy
    27 May 2015 | 1:56 pm
    This is a guest post by Melissa Camilleri, Founder of Compliment, Inc. and the 21-Day Insta-course As long as you haven’t been living under a rock the past couple years, you’ll know that Instagram should be a key component to... The post How to promote your online store through Instagram appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • What’s next for the Launch Grow Joy podcast and two things you need to know!

    launchgrowjoy
    21 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    If you’ve been a listener and subscriber to The Launch Grow Joy Show for a while (THANK YOU!) you’ve come to count on the regular weekly episodes. Unfortunately, a few things came up in the last few weeks and I... The post What’s next for the Launch Grow Joy podcast and two things you need to know! appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Six ways to work smarter in your business

    launchgrowjoy
    11 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    This post is brought to you by Sam’s Club and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. Do you sometimes feel like there’s so much to do as an entrepreneur? I know I’ve felt this at times (and sometimes I... The post Six ways to work smarter in your business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Five steps to finding a mentor for your business with @GeoffWoods

    launchgrowjoy
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    Have you ever wanted a mentor? The process of finding a mentor to help you and your company grow can be daunting and scary. Geoff Woods is the host of podcast Mentee and has been documenting his journey of being... The post Five steps to finding a mentor for your business with @GeoffWoods appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How Susan Axelrod of Love and Quiches built a hugely successful food business

    launchgrowjoy
    9 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Have you ever wondered if you have the capacity to begin and manage your own food business? The founder and owner of the globally-recognized Love and Quiches did just that. On today’s episode of The Launch Grow Joy Show Susan... The post How Susan Axelrod of Love and Quiches built a hugely successful food business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Cloak & Dagger Melding Mystery and Comedy for Dinner and a Show

    Susan Post
    29 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Dinner with a side of murder is on the menu at Cloak & Dagger. Located at 447 E. Livingston Ave. in German Village, the dinner theater delights audiences with a comedic murder-mystery complete with singing and dancing. Cloak & Dagger started in 1992 and relocated to German Village in 2009 and moved into its current […]
  • The Modern Southern Table Wins The Food Fort’s First-Ever Fried Chicken Throwdown

    Kevin Brennan
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    On May 14, The Food Fort’s campus was transformed into a culinary battleground, pitting three of Columbus’ best-kept southern-style secrets against each other in The Food Fort’s first-ever Fried Chicken Throwdown. The cooking competition, held in front of an audience of over 150 local “foodies,” served as a showcase for The Modern Southern Table, a […]
  • Closing the Perception Gap: Dispelling Midwest Myths

    Susan Post
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The upcoming TrustBelt Conference is aimed at shaking up perceptions of the Midwest. But what are those assumed presumptions and what’s the actual story? Sophia Koropeckyj, a managing director at Moody’s Analytics, will share trends and economic indicators that tell the true story of the Midwest during her keynote speech, Closing the Perception Gap, on […]
  • CAUV Design Building Modern Yet Timeless Furniture

    Susan Post
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    In the age of IKEA, not all furniture is built to last (or it seems meant to be assembled in the first place). For those looking for something that lasts a little longer (aka a lifetime) CAUV Designs is springing onto the Columbus furniture scene. Craftsman Jospeh Cauvel’s pieces strike a balance that’s hard to […]
  • Compton Construction Amid Another Year of Rapid Growth

    Susan Post
    25 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Chances are you’ve seen their logo on one of the many, many construction projects happening around Columbus, and it’s no wonder with their business doubling year over year since its founding in 2012. “When we started [Compton Construction] it was two full-time and two part-time employees,” says company President Blake Compton. “At the beginning of […]
 
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • How to Answer the Question “What Do You Do?”

    Gina Rubinstein
    25 May 2015 | 1:15 pm
    It’s the first question we’re asked by almost everyone – “What do you do?” And it’s an invaluable opportunity to make a meaningful impression. You never know who could be asking the question. It could be your next biggest client or referral partner. So don’t squander the opportunity by sounding like everyone else. Here are some tips on how to make yourself memorable. 1. Don’t say “I’m a ¬¬¬________.” Giving the typical answer of “I’m a _____” makes you indistinguishable from all the other ________s in the room, and doesn’t lead to further conversation.
  • WixStores: the eCommerce Website Builder

    Greg Nunan
    24 May 2015 | 7:24 pm
    Are You Looking for an Easy Way to Launch an Ecommerce Website?   Chances are that if you have tried to build a website in the past you have ran into or at least seen the ads for Wix. Wix is a FREE and premium website builder platform that offers WixStores. WixStores are their version of ecommerce websites. Over thirty million users have built online stores and ecommerce websites using the Wix platform. Wix’s simple drag and drop builder makes it super easy to create a stunning website in no time. But how easy is it to create a stunning website and an online store at the same time??
  • How To Write an Executive Summary in 6 Easy Steps

    Taylor Johnson
    21 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
      Think of the executive summary as a one-page business plan – it provides a comprehensive overview of all the elements that will make your business model a success. Since it’s likely the first impression that investors will get from your company, the executive summary is your best chance of grabbing the attention of investors. Investors don’t have time to go through a 30-page document detailing a company that they know nothing about. Therefore the goal of the executive summary is to divulge your company’s most important info in a succinct, yet intriguing manner. So how do you…
  • 5 Invaluable Marketing Metrics for Business Growth

    Gina Hutchings
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 pm
    It can be daunting looking at Google Analytics or your CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system and deciphering what you should and should not be monitoring. Some metrics are simply meaningless and will add no value to your marketing plan, while others are vital. So what are the vital stat’s you need to follow? Which will give you the best insight into your customers? And which will help you to make smarter marketing decisions? There are an abundance of metrics you can find in your analytics system from web visits, to conversions, page views and abandoned baskets to customer…
  • Tips to Turn Your Passion into a Real Business

    Phil Avent
    18 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    We all have a passion. Some of us may not think so at first glance, but if you take a minute to think about it, I’m sure you have one. Whether you see it as a hobby, a job, something born out of necessity, or just living your day-to-day life, being passionate about something brings out the best in you. So think of this – imagine if you could turn your passion into a real business. That’s right, a real business making money. You already have some of the most important ingredients to be successful; you’re passionate about the topic, willing to work hard at it, and you believe in it.
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    Blog - That Bookkeeper

  • Bookkeeping and Technology: Part 2: My Setup

    Eric Matthews
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the second post in my series about bookkeeping and technology. Last time I wrote about the early days of moving my business online. Today I'd like to talk about the tech I use and how it has changed the way I run my business. For the sake of brevity we'll stick to what I use for client bookkeeping. My basic criteria: If my client is going to be using it, I want the interface clean and simple. There should be as little industry jargon as possible. Is this a slight on my clients? Of course not. My job as a bookkeeper isn't just to record business data and generate reports. My job is to…
  • Bookkeeping and Technology - Part 1: My Origin Story

    Eric Matthews
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Someone emailed me the other day with (what I thought was) a simple question. To paraphrase, they wanted to know how technology has changed the way I do my business. That's a no-brainer, right? I'm a guy who loves to geek out over the latest and greatest gadgets. I'm constantly testing out new things, and my business has been completely transformed over the past decade with the help of technology. Turns out it's not that simple. I really spent some time thinking about the topic. I mean really thinking about how it has affected the way I work, how it got me to where I am today, and how my…
  • One on One: ScanSnap S1300i

    Eric Matthews
    12 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    For this One on One, I'm featuring my first bit of hardware. A good quality scanner is a bookkeeper's best friend. Without a good scanner and shredder it wouldn't take long for my office to look like a scene from Hoarders. The brand of scanner I coveted for years was Fujitsu and it's line of ScanSnap scanners. All my favourite podcasts talked about them, and all the reviews made them seem like a dream. A little over a year ago I finally got the chance to use one. One of my clients bought the ix500 and I borrowed it a few times to scan a few boxes of their paperwork. Wow. That scanner is the…
  • Evernote: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

    Eric Matthews
    5 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm facing a difficult decision. Ok, in the grand scheme of things, this isn't going to hit my life's Top 10 difficult choices. Regardless, it's something I've been thinking about quite a bit. I'm thinking about ditching Evernote. I have used Evernote for quite a long time. A year or so before I decided to move to the Mac, I wanted to find a good note-taking, web-clipping, catch-all app that would work on both platforms. Until then I was using Microsoft's OneNote. It was great, and (at least back then) I liked its UI more than Evernote's. The problem was that OneNote didn't have an iOS app,…
  • Quick Tip: The Power of Multiple Tabs

    Eric Matthews
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm sure by now I have waxed nostalgic for the "good ol' days" of bookkeeping...or something like that. I'm also more than a bit ashamed of confessing nostalgia for a topic like bookkeeping, but let's move on. A big reason I work so well with good ol' desktop software is that I can have all sorts of windows open; spread out across multiple monitors. In QuickBooks I can have the bank reconciliation open on one side, and the bank register open on the other. When I first started working with cloud-based software, being stuck in one browser tab with only one function available to me at a time was…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Wellness Programs — What You Need to Know

    Barbara Weltman
    28 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman The person who coined the saying that “no good deed goes unpunished” must have had wellness programs in mind. Companies that want to encourage employees to maintain good health can adopt wellness programs. However, unless these programs conform to government requirements, companies can be exposed to government penalties or employee lawsuits. So what do you do? Background Many employers have long supported wellness programs. In the old days (pre-Affordable Care Act, or ACA), rules regarding wellness programs were less cumbersome than they are now. ACA introduced…
  • Gimme More Regulations!

    Barbara Weltman
    21 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman I can’t believe I’m saying this, especially since the federal government is issuing regulations at the rate of about 10 each day (somewhere between 2,200 and 4,500 annually), according to the National Research Service! But there’s one area in which regulations are long overdue and I would welcome them: IRS guidance on self-employment taxes for members of limited liability companies. Here’s why: It’s been nearly 17 years since the moratorium on the IRS’s issuing regulations expired (on June 30, 1998). In all this time, there has been very little guidance on…
  • Penalty Relief Deadline for Small Retirement Plans Approaching

    Barbara Weltman
    14 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Small qualified retirement plans must file annual returns in the 5500 series with the U.S. Department of Labor or face penalties unless the plans qualify for an exemption. Plans not required to file include: SEPs SIMPLE IRAs Other types of plans (e.g., profit-sharing or defined benefit plans) with assets of no more than $250,000 at the end of the plan year Plans required to file but don’t may face a penalty of up to $15,000 per return. Last year, the IRS announced a program to waive penalties for eligible filers who submitted returns by June 2, 2015. This deadline is…
  • Moms in the Workplace

    Barbara Weltman
    7 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Mother’s Day is around the corner, so I’m taking this opportunity to recognize moms who work outside of the home. Here’s what we know: 71% of moms work outside the home, according to Pew Research. A growing share of stay-at-home moms are there because they can’t find jobs, says Pew Research. There are lots of statistics about women-owned businesses in the U.S. (e.g., there were about 9.1 million women-owned businesses as of 2014, which is 30% of all enterprises in the country, according to a report from Womenable and American Express OPEN). But I couldn’t find…
  • Why You Need to Stay in Your State’s Good Graces

    Barbara Weltman
    30 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) are creatures of state law. While entity choices may have federal tax law implications, it is state law that governs matters of setting up the entity, annual filings, and consequences for failure to comply with state law requirements. Organizing within a state confers powers, rights, and privileges, such as the right to do business there. States usually require annual filings; these can be income taxes for corporations, an annual fee for LLCs and other pass-through entities, or other filing requirements. If you don’t…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • 3 common ways to ruin customer interactions on social media

    brafton
    4 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Depending on how you use it, social media can be your small business' secret weapon or greatest flaw. Modern consumers expect some kind of presence from your brand on their computers, phones or other devices, and if you're not delivering content on a regular basis, you can be sure they're paying attention to one of your competitors who is. But the "corporate social media" industry is still fairly young, and businesses large and small run into problems with customers every now and then. Mucking up these encounters can give your brand a black eye, but handling them with…
  • Boost employee productivity through vacations and outings this summer

    brafton
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    As a small-business owner, you need to be dedicated to improving your company every single day. Whether this involves showing up at the office at the crack of dawn to chase down suppliers on the phone or cruising across the state to meet the biggest clients in your portfolio, some days as the head of a small company can make it seem like taking just one day off could mean the end of profitability. While you might be able to burn the candle at both ends, your employees might not have the same business stamina. Instead of working them raw, it might benefit your small business more to give…
  • Show educators you care on National Teacher Day

    brafton
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    No matter the grade level, being a teacher is a difficult job. As federal budgets keep getting slashes, educators contend with shrinking funding for books, classroom supplies and field trips. Add in swelling class sizes and you've got a profession that doesn't seem to offer many benefits. However, teachers continue to show up day after day, putting their hearts and souls on the line for their students. That's why educators at every level deserve appreciation on May 5, National Teacher Day. Whether you run a charter school, a prestigious college or a simple tutoring…
  • 3 ways to boost lead generation through social media

    brafton
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    When you're buried in all the paperwork and real-world logistics of running your small business, you might question the value of messing around on your company's Facebook or Twitter profile. After all, making sure you have enough product on the shelves or that your clients are all happy with their service is the first step on the long road to entrepreneurial success.  However, neglecting social media can rob your small business of a crucial and potentially torrential lead generation stream. Converting people who only look at your online branding into customers who are…
  • What you need to know about National Celiac Awareness Month [VIDEO]

    brafton
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    Transcript Anybody involved in the health or food production industry has had to deal with celiac disease over the past few years. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, nearly 1 in every 100 people are born without the ability to metabolize the carbohydrate gluten. National Celiac Awareness Month is an excellent time for physicians and nutritionists to educate their patients on all the dietary tips they need to manage celiac disease. One of the hardest things about promoting a gluten-free diet is convincing people their food won’t taste like cardboard. With Myron’s…
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    Codeless Interactive

  • Should You Fear “Mobilegeddon”? [Video]

    Brad Smith
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    At the end of April 2015, Google released an algorithm update to award websites that provide a good user experience on mobile devices, while de-emphasizing those that don’t. In this video, you’ll find out how you can quickly determine if you’re at risk for “Mobilegeddon”, and how to fix it. Mobile SEO – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “Mobilegeddon” Coming soon… The post Should You Fear “Mobilegeddon”? [Video] appeared first on Codeless Interactive.
  • How to Fix Your “Customer Journey” to Solve Sales

    Brad Smith
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nobody buys on their first website visit. Somehow, someway, you need to interact with them – multiple times, in multiple different places – to start seeing meaningful increases. Which makes digital marketing a little more difficult, and a lot more nuanced than most would believe. Because if you want to increase sales and get more customer or clients to purchase, then you need to identify all of these places and invest accordingly. But how do (a) track or measure all of the influential actions needed? And then (b) how do you make better marketing decisions based on this…
  • A Pain Free Digital Strategy for Professional Services [Video]

    Brad Smith
    14 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most people and companies that provide professional services start off great, but quickly exhaust their small circle of influence. Here’s a simple-to-execute digital strategy for professional services that can help you consistently fill the top of your funnel with new prospects, and then do a better job of building trust and nurturing the relationship to increase revenue. Digital Strategy for Coaches – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “Digital Strategy for Professional Services” Most professional service companies and professional…
  • 5 LinkedIn Prospecting Tips to Generate B2B Leads with Ads

    Kelly Dodge
    12 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    LinkedIn’s reach is nowhere close to Facebook, Twitter, or even Youtube. But if you’re trying to get your foot in the door of another business, then it’s one of the single most effective ways to sidestep gatekeepers. In this post we’re going to discuss five key elements, often undervalued by marketers, which can (and should) be used to create successful LinkedIn advertising campaigns. To illustrate the following 5 steps, we’re going to show you some experiments we’ve been running for our own company. After reading and implementing these LinkedIn prospecting…
  • 5 B2B Copywriting Tips to Instantly Increase Content Appeal

    Brad Smith
    6 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Before Draper, there was Ogilvy. Content-driven marketing has been around for decades. As long as the 4-Ps. It fueled the Golden Age of Advertising. And now it’s making a comeback as brands have become publishers. But at the heart of it all, is copywriting. The art of using the written word for sales and persuasion, copywriting is behind every good web design, conversion landing page, blog post, advertisement, email campaign, and social update. Trouble is, while consumer-brands like Red Bull and Nike get-it, service firms have been late to the party. Most claim it’s because people…
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    Time To Startup!

  • Happy National Small Business Week!

    Juan Gonzalez
    4 May 2015 | 1:29 pm
      Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the essential role small business plays in the American economy and in American society. The theme for 2015 is “SBA: Dream Big, Start Small.” Throughout the week, there will be live events in Miami/Boca Raton, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New York, and Washington, D.C., as well [...] The post Happy National Small Business Week! appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Celebrate! April 24 Is Tax Freedom Day

    Juan Gonzalez
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    By Marcia Richards Suelzer, MA, JD Today, April 24, 2015, is Tax Freedom day—that glorious day when you start working for yourself, rather than for the government, according to the annual report from the nonpartisan Tax Foundation.  Each year the nonprofit Tax Foundation adds up all the federal, state, and local taxes and divides them [...] The post Celebrate! April 24 Is Tax Freedom Day appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Five Red Flags on Your Tax Return

    Juan Gonzalez
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    Marcia Richards Suelzer, MA, JD Less than one percent of returns were audited by the IRS in 2014, and that percentage is likely to be even lower this year due to budget cuts. However, it still is wise to make sure your returns are as accurate as possible. This is particularly true if you own [...] The post Five Red Flags on Your Tax Return appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Cuddle Me Is Featured Borrower on Kiva Zip

    Juan Gonzalez
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    BizFilings understands that forming your company is only one step toward business success. Obtaining the funding that your business needs to operate and to expand is also critically important. For that reason, BizFilings has partnered with Kiva Zip, a crowdfunding microloan site that helps entrepreneurs obtain 0% interest loans to fund and grow their businesses. [...] The post Cuddle Me Is Featured Borrower on Kiva Zip appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • A New Solution: Empowering Teachers to Lead and Inspire

    Juan Gonzalez
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    She has a habit of turning unfortunate things into good things. This time around, Katherine Jetton, the CEO and Founder of JettPakk, Inc., is making a positive change in the lives of struggling children and challenged teachers. We talked with Katherine about her new company, her inspiration for building it, and some funding choices in [...] The post A New Solution: Empowering Teachers to Lead and Inspire appeared first on Time To Startup!.
 
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  • Pure Gym buys rival business LA Fitness

    29 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    Pure Gym has confirmed this morning (29 May) that the company has purchased its rival LA Fitness.
  • Administrators start distressed asset sale of Mariner Foods

    28 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    Administrators for Grimsby-based Mariner Foods are starting to arrange the sale of the collapsed company's distressed as
  • Aberdeen accountancy firms in successful merger

    27 May 2015 | 2:23 am
    Accord Tax and Accountancy and Infinity Partnership have announced a merger for their accountancy services.
  • Tastecard business for sale

    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Discount restaurant club Tastecard is due to be put up for sale by Didix, a rival Dutch restaurant promotions company that bought Tastecard in September 2014, The Daily Telegraph reports. The company also owns UK Gourmet Society but is looking to offload Tastecard for a figure in the region of £100 million in order to capitalise on the
  • Real Good Food completes division sale

    22 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    Bakery ingredients group Real Good Food has completed its division sale of Napier Brown for £34 mil
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Proactive customer service drives revenue and retention

    adrianswinscoe
    26 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    This is a Guest Post from Chris Frascella Earlier this year, Adrian covered proactive customer service in a three-part series on Forbes. In part one, he pointed to research that substantiates the idea that proactive customer service is more cost-efficient and more likely to positively impact customer retention than a strategy that is reactive only. […]
  • A degree of humility always succeeds in business – Interview with Michael O’Leary of Ryanair

    adrianswinscoe
    22 May 2015 | 7:51 am
    Today’s interview is with Michael O’Leary, Chief Executive of Ryanair, a European low-cost airline, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Ryanair is also the largest European airline by scheduled passengers carried and also the busiest international airline by passenger numbers. Michael joins me today after he responded to a recent article I wrote (Does Michael O’Leary Really […]
  • Is language a customer experience issue that you are overlooking?

    adrianswinscoe
    19 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    We all know that when it comes to customer service and things start to get technical, it can be challenging to explain/find out exactly what has happened or what needs to be done next. Moreover, in situations like these, customers will, in most cases, resort to picking up the phone. Now, I’ve written before about […]
  • Customer feedback is the most effective way of improving the financial performance of a business – Interview with Guy Letts of CustomerSure

    adrianswinscoe
    15 May 2015 | 9:47 am
    Today’s interview is with Guy Letts, founder and Managing Director of CustomerSure, a cloud based software firm that helps businesses gather feedback from their customers – not as an annual marketing exercise but as part of day-to-day business. Guy joins me today to talk customer reviews, customer feedback, a better way to do it and […]
  • Does Michael O’Leary really care about Ryanair’s customers, or is he just being pragmatic?

    adrianswinscoe
    12 May 2015 | 12:29 am
    One of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, Ryanair, has in recent years received more than it’s fair share of press coverage and attention. Much of this has come as a result of a number of controversial statements from their famously outspoken CEO Michael O’Leary. In the past, he has been known to call customers ‘stupid’ and […]
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    EnMast

  • The top 5 ways to be the leader your team needs

    Jill Salzman
    27 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    What the heck is leadership? There are so many people who write about “being a great leader” and “having great leaders”, and “great leadership”, but what IS it? For most of us, it’s just one of those big, fat, vague words. I thought I’d try to break it down a little bit. A really good leader is somebody who not only has the respect and trust of other people, but has a strong, clear message as well. That clear message will be compelling enough to change people’s opinions or motivate them to get off the couch and actually do something. When people say, “A great…
  • 5 Employee appreciation ideas you wish you thought of before

    Brad Farris
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Buying gifts for employees is often more difficult that figuring out what to buy your in-laws for birthdays or the holidays. So how do you figure out how to show employees your appreciation for their hard work? I’ve got a few employee appreciation ideas that’ll knock ’em out of the park. Let’s start counting down from 5: 5. What yearly subscriptions would they love? Magazine subscriptions can be a really great way to recognize and reward employees because it comes every month. It comes for the whole year. It doesn’t cost a whole lot of money; it’s actually…
  • 6 ways business owners can clone themselves (without actually doing it)

    Brad Farris
    18 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Every business owner who sets out to build a team really wants, not a team, but a CLONE. Cloning would effectively allow them to be in two (or three) places at once. Yeah. A clone and a few more hours in the day would make a lot of business owners very happy. Are you familiar with the song…”You can’t always get what you wa—annt….”? Well, it comes to mind when I hear business owners talking like this. Since cloning is not currently viable (for humans), I have 6 steps to take as you set out to build a team (or make a clone) that might help you, as the song says, “…get what you…
  • How to build a top-notch team

    EnMast Editor
    8 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    How to build a top-notch team  When we start to hire team members, we don’t need any specific person–we just need help. So we hire someone young, energetic and creative (oh, and cheap) because we really don’t know exactly what they are going to do. Over time, they start to do lots of things, mostly things they enjoy; and you are still stuck working on the parts of the job that no one enjoys… When they get stuck on something, they send it back to your desk (because they don’t know what to do) and now you are back doing that thing you hired someone to do. So…
  • The business owner’s challenge: Building a top-notch team

    Brad Farris
    8 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Nothing accelerates growth like excellent team members. I’m not kidding. I’ve seen business owners struggle to grow their business for years, until they finally get fed up and hire better team members and, bam! their company grows. Are you tolerating mediocre talent on your team, or do you hold off hiring employees because you don’t believe you can get good people? Either way, that decision is holding your company back. I’m 100% sure of it. When I see a business owner hire better, it signals a shift in the confidence of the business owner (and the clients see it too).
 
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • A 3-Question Employee Vs. Contractor Quiz to Streamline Your Team

    Bryan Orr
    29 May 2015 | 3:38 am
    By Bryan Orr There is a  revolution underfoot in the working world called “freelancing.” It’s that promised land of being your own boss, carving out your own slice of the American Dream, and not having to pay with coins because there wasn’t anything in your account. According to a recent study by Intuit, over 40% of the workforce will be freelance by the year 2020. This represents both challenges and opportunities for business owners, and it may be time to stop and think. Does your new  task or business role require an employee? Would a subcontractor or freelancer be a…
  • 4 Ways to Ensure Your Start-Up Is Profitable

    John Meyer
    28 May 2015 | 3:23 am
    By John Meyer We all know what happens when one assumes, but let’s forgo prior knowledge and assume that your start-up IS NOT philanthropic, and IS a profit-seeking endeavor. Based on that lone assumption, it reasons that you are fixated on revenue streams and are constantly looking for viable ways to expand cash flow. Some methods are obvious, as others are often overlooked. While the former ideas always merit re-visitation, it is the latter group that should be focused on and exploited. To aid in your ongoing quest to ring the register, here are four ways to keep that money rolling…
  • Should Your Small Business Consider Exporting?

    Meredith Wood
    27 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    By Meredith Wood These days the cost of communicating and transporting goods across national borders is relatively easy and inexpensive. In light of that, many small businesses are asking themselves if now is a good time to consider exporting for business and revenue expansion. Exporting has advantages and disadvantages, however. Consider these pros and cons before deciding whether or not you want to take the leap. The Pros of Exporting Larger Profits Expanding your business into new untapped markets can increase sales and boost your profits overall. Plus, once you’ve made the leap and…
  • How to Run Your Business From the Road

    Candace Nicholson
    26 May 2015 | 3:41 am
    By Candace Nicholson No matter how much we may love our comfy office chairs and 20-inch monitors, we have to admit: We live in an increasingly mobile world. From sending work documents from the office to our printers at home to wielding tablets that allow us to check in at the airport while on our way to the airport, an effective mobile strategy helps ease the burden that comes with running a small business in the 21st century. Maybe you’re expanding your company to a new location in your city or region. Maybe your schedule is brimming with trade shows and conferences that keep you in…
  • 6 Ways to Design an Office Space That Boosts Productivity

    Kyle Courtright
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    By Kyle Courtright We’ve all seen them. The tiny, dark and ugly office cubicles that are completely uninspiring and boring. We secretly envy the beautiful offices seen on TV, and in magazines. Do you ever wonder if you would be more productive if you had an amazing office space? A space that made you sit up a little straighter and work a little harder? I’m here to tell you that having a functional and aesthetically pleasing office space will boost your mood, productivity and contentedness at the office. Here are 6 tips for creating a space that’s functional and inspiring. 1. Get…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Remember Our Fallen Heros

    Roger Kohl
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    History Memorial Day originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. The holiday was extended by the 20th century to include all American soldiers. Memorial Day is formally known as Decoration Day.… Read more >The post Remember Our Fallen Heros appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • What makes us Unique

    Roger Kohl
    24 May 2015 | 5:01 pm
        Connect with Roger on Google+… Read more >The post What makes us Unique appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Are your Forms I-9 in compliance?

    Roger Kohl
    20 May 2015 | 1:04 am
        US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has increased dramatically the number of I-9 audits in recent years.  Violations can result in criminal and civil charges and significant monetary penalties.     Here are 5 tips to help you reduce your exposure.… Read more >The post Are your Forms I-9 in compliance? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Leadership … Thoughts after 30 years in the trenches …

    Roger Kohl
    15 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    … and much of what I see as critical qualities of effective leadership: Collaborative – Effective leaders set aside ego in favor of fostering the talent and diversity of those they lead. They create an environment or trust and creative free thinking.… Read more >The post Leadership … Thoughts after 30 years in the trenches … appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Do You Want Your Customers To Love You?

    Roger Kohl
    13 May 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Josh Patrick at Stage 2 Planning Partners consistently offers great business insight – I encourage you to follow him.   In my SMB world I don’t see a lot of great vendor/customer service, customer satisfaction, Patrick offers some really good suggestions on how to improve in this area: Do you think about your services from your customers’ point of view?… Read more >The post Do You Want Your Customers To Love You? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • On Equity Crowdfunding

    CorporationCentre.ca
    27 May 2015 | 8:45 am
    In the environment of tight credit that characterizes the global economy’s tepid recovery from the Great Recession, many entrepreneurs are turning to unconventional sources of startup financing. Equity crowdfunding, mediated through registered online funding portals, is one of the available alternatives.In order to ascertain whether EC would be right for you, there is some basic information you need to know. What is equity crowdfunding, and how does it differ from standard crowdfunding?Unlike standard crowdfunding, EC involves more than simply donating money to a cause in exchange for…
  • The Building Blocks of a Top-notch Presentation

    CorporationCentre.ca
    21 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    At least as important as a general knack for public speaking, is the ability to deliver a persuasive presentation. Business leaders are regularly called upon to inform and enlighten (among others) employees, clients, and prospective investors, and the ability to convey one’s ideas successfully to a wide variety of stakeholders is a hallmark of exemplary leadership.The most important guiding principle is to know your stuff; if you have done your research in advance and know the topic you’ll be discussing inside-out, you’ll be able to both cover the essentials, and readily respond to…
  • Expanding Beyond Your Core Business Model

    CorporationCentre.ca
    13 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    History is laden with examples of businesses that have broadened their repertoire of products and services, yielding both remarkable successes and monumental failures. On the other hand, there is really no such thing as “playing it safe.” Just as many companies have foundered by deviating too far, too fast from their traditional business model, others have lost their edge by hewing too closely to convention, like old dogs that failed to learn new tricks. A famous example of the latter is Smith-Corona, which by the 1980s had firmly established itself as the world’s premier manufacturer…
  • Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

    CorporationCentre.ca
    6 May 2015 | 9:15 am
    According to a Gallup survey published late last year, women in management positions in the U.S. tend to outscore men when it comes to employee engagement—which is a key predictor of productivity, job satisfaction, and employee loyalty. The polling organization concluded that American firms would benefit from promoting more women to positions of authority. This result suggests that not only is the advancement of women important from a social justice perspective; it is also a prudent business decision. Of course, some qualification is necessary here. The world is home to excellent,…
  • Conquering Stage Fright

    CorporationCentre.ca
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Public speaking isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s an important skill for leaders in the business world to cultivate. Whether you have to deliver a presentation before the members of a corporate board, a group of employees in your organization, a charity, a high school, or the Canadian parliament, you’ll make a stronger impression and communicate your message more powerfully if you are a competent and effective speaker. (For more on this topic, see this post from the Corporation Centre blog archives.)One of the primary causes of discomfort around public speaking is performance…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Interims & Construction: Third-Party Lenders

    Trey
    14 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    The following article (written by us) appeared in the February issue of The CPR Report (published by Government Loan Solutions). Learn more about this monthly newsletter and read past issues in The CPR Report archives. Interims & Construction: Third-Party Lenders SBA 504 loans are designed to lower the risk for small business borrowers who want to buy, build, or renovate commercial real estate. Ten percent of the total project cost as equity is pretty tough to beat. But these loans also lower the risk for banks, especially when banks work with third-party lenders to get these loans…
  • SBA 504 Loans and Mobilegeddon

    Trey
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If you’re interested at all in web traffic and search engine optimization (SEO) — and you should be, at least a little — you heard a thing or two about “mobilegeddon” in the weeks leading up to last Tuesday. That’s the day when Google rolled out a change to its search algorithm that favors mobile-friendly sites. When we first read about the change, to be totally transparent, we panicked a little bit. Neither 504experts.com nor 504blog.com was designed with mobile in mind, and we worried that our web search traffic would take a hit. After reading more about Google’s change and…
  • #tbt Construction Videos

    Trey
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: we do a lot of construction loans for small business owners. In fact, more than half our business involves construction these days (lots of it ground-up), and that’s been the case for the last several years. The reason we’ve done so much of it is that we’re so good at it. That sounds pretty cocky, but we’re not shy about bragging on our people. We believe our construction management team is second-to-none, and you can check with our clients to see if it’s true. We’re really proud of the work they do and we’re glad to be able to…
  • Pro Tip: Get Pre-Approved

    Trey
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    So let’s say you’re a small business owner who’s interested in owning commercial real estate for your business. Maybe you’ve found the right property and all you need is a loan to buy it. Or maybe you’re just starting to think and look and plan. Maybe you want to start from scratch and you need a construction loan to make your vision a reality. Wherever you are in this process, it’s never too early to explore your financing options. The first thing to keep in mind is that you should have options (plural). You can very easily go to your business banker and…
  • SBA 504 Update | February 2015

    Trey
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    About SBA 504 Loans > Up to 90% loan-to-cost financing for owner-occupied commercial real estate > Office, industrial, medical, flex, daycare, retail, self-storage, and flagged hotel > Total project costs up to $15 million > Less impact on cash flow means greater flexibility for property owners SBA 504 loans have a three-part structure, which is ultimately beneficial for both our small business clients and for third-party lenders we work with. A typical project has a 50-40-10 structure, and we’re dealing with the total project cost which includes the purchase price of land…
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    RunApptivo

  • How Small Businesses Can Ride Out Tough Economic Times

    Maya Pillai
    27 May 2015 | 11:10 am
    It is natural for the economy to have ups and downs. While there are relatively fewer problems during good times, small business owners should be prepared for the bad times. We look at ways how small businesses can weather tough economic conditions. Concentrate on existing customers – It is always easier to get more or different business from existing customers rather than attract new customers. Superior customer service – While small business owners may perceive their business’s customer service as satisfactory, in times of business downturns, the level of customer service…
  • How small businesses can cut cost

    Maya Pillai
    18 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Small businesses are usually hard pressed for money. Cash is required not only to meet the daily expenses, but also to ride out tough economic times and compete with larger players. Money saved is money earned. We look at ways how small businesses can save money. Maintain an expenses journal – Don’t try to remember financial transactions in your mind. Write down all payments made in a journal. This way you can track who owes you money and how much. You can also pinpoint the major expenses and identify wastages. Make a budget plan – At the start of each month, make a budget plan…
  • Spread Word of Mouth Marketing

    Maya Pillai
    11 May 2015 | 11:29 am
    Small businesses do not have the enormous marketing resources of large businesses. Then how will they compete effectively in the market? The answer is word of mouth marketing, a potent tool for attracting new customers. We look at ways to get word of mouth publicity. Goal setting – Set concrete and tangible goals for word of mouth. Vague goals should be avoided. The key is to set measurable goals, this way you will be clear on what you have to do. Rewards System – Have a system in place for generating referrals. Offer bonuses, freebies and discounts to customers who refer other…
  • Instagram for Small Businesses

    Maya Pillai
    1 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Instagram is emerging as the social media platform for small businesses. Enterprises are having a dramatic reduction in connecting with their followers on Facebook, a mainstay for small businesses till recently. It is wise not to rely on Facebook alone and have other quality options. Instagram is a social media platform where users can share images with other followers. Currently it is free of charge to all users. Instagram is growing extremely fast, with over 200 million users by 2014. What’s more, there are 75 million daily Instagram users. Here are some pointers to leverage Instagram for…
  • How Small Businesses Can Use Snapchat

    Maya Pillai
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Though a relatively recent product, Snapchat has captured the public’s imagination. As it is rising in popularity and free to use, small businesses can leverage its power and wide reach in their sales and marketing efforts. Some notable Snapchat statistics There are 100 million monthly active users 70% of Snapchat users are female Over 400 million snaps are sent every day Over 12% of Snapchat snaps are shared with multiple recipients Over 71% of Snapchat users are below 25 years of age We look at how small businesses can leverage Snapchat. Deliver marketing message as per audience in…
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    Best Small Biz Help

  • How to Value A Company – ABC’s Shark Tank Gives Us Clues

    Dawn Fotopulos
    8 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Debra S. just bought Accounting for the Numberphobic; A Survival Guide for Small Business Owners and here's what she wrote: "Omigod! Thank you! Hello Dawn... I'm writing to thank you for taking the time to actually explain Accounting to me in a way that I was able to understand, relate to, and talk to others […]
  • Learn How To Instantly Access The Hidden Cash In Your Business With These 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    4 May 2015 | 11:57 am
    Most people don’t believe it, but after training thousands of small business owners around the world, these five simple steps are the absolute key to unlocking mountains of cash in your business you didn’t even know were there. • Step One: Pricing • Step Two: Your products or services are losing you money. • Step […]
  • How to Account for Start Up Costs with Online Businesses

    Dawn Fotopulos
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Mary F. is reading Accounting for the Numberphobic and she wants to know how to account for development costs for her start up business. Here's her question: "I am reading your book Accounting for the Numberphobic and love it. Do you have a recommended resource for how to account for online businesses such as that […]
  • Small Business Bill of Rights

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Small Businesses are the whipping post for tax and spend politicians yet they're the lifeblood of our economy. In New York, when Michael Bloomberg was Mayor, he developed the Small Business Owner’s Bill of Rights, courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations. Here's what it said: AS A BUSINESS OWNER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO: […]
  • 6 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Businesses

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Now that we’re almost two months into 2015, you may have fallen off the path towards meeting your personal New Year’s resolution. If you own a business, there’s still more than three quarters left in the fiscal year to hit your financial goals. It’s time to refocus your energy and make the following New Year’s […]
 
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    Solopreneur Solutions, LLC

  • Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start 2.0

    Donna Amos
    20 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Recently I finished Guy Kawasaki’s newest updated The Art of the Start. This new updated version is a comprehensive guide for entrepreneurship based on experience and not theory. It contains so much information it is like turning on the fire hose. After reading on my Kindle I also purchased the audio version to listen to while […]
  • Using LinkedIn to Increase Income

    Donna Amos
    12 May 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Using LinkedIn for Your Business LinkedIn is the most widely used professional networking site on the Internet, and it will likely remain so for many years to come. Establishing a presence on LinkedIn helps grow your solopreneur business. In fact, for your target market on the site. Luckily, there are a number of ways that […]
  • 7 Marketing Ideas for Less Than $100

    Donna Amos
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    One of the most difficult parts of bootstrapping a business is finding cost-effective ways to market it, and this is particularly true for solo entrepreneurs who generally do not have outside funding. However, there are a number of ways to successfully market your solopreneur business for less than $100 per month. Here are just 7 Marketing […]
  • How To Launch a Successful Website

    Donna Amos
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Review the 10 elements you should discuss with your website designer to give yourself the best chance of launching a successful website. Take your time to get it right it will be worth the effort. Website launch from Solopreneur Solutions, LLC
  • Solopreneurs Increase Engagement on Facebook

    Donna Amos
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    How Solo Entrepreneurs Can Get More Out of Their Facebook Pages Most solo entrepreneurs are aware that their brand or company should have a presence on Facebook. The social networking site is used by millions of people around the world, and having a Facebook page is one of the best ways for companies to both […]
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    Funding Gates Blog

  • 10 Tools To Make Running Your Small Business Easier

    Funding Gates Blog
    29 May 2015 | 11:51 am
    Running a business is hard, like really really hard- especially for small businesses! With a million things to do every day, it can seem impossible to take the time to innovate or grow your business. Here are 10 great ways to shave off a few hours your to-do list and improve your business operations 1. Human Resources   Does your small business need an HR department? Well, it definitely needs HR, but maybe a whole department isn’t in the works right now. Let JustWorks do all that work for you! They’ll handle payroll, benefits and pretty much everything else- no problem! 2. Contracts…
  • 4 Quick & Easy Google Analytics Tips For B2Bs

    Funding Gates Blog
    27 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    After a few hours of scheduling social media posts (need ideas?) across all your different platforms, do you find yourself wondering “Is anybody even reading these?” The answer is YES! But if you want more than that, you’re going to have to learn a thing or two about Google Analytics. If you’re not naturally a “data person”, the onslaught of numbers and analytical information can be overwhelming and difficult to digest. But we promise it’s worth going through the learning curve to figure it out. Carrying out a consistent, effective content marketing strategy takes a…
  • Top Marketing Trends from Ad Age’s 2015 Marketing Report

    Diana Mackie
    22 May 2015 | 9:21 am
    Whether you’re the in-house marketing point person for your company or the owner of your own small agency, it’s important to understand the trends in your industry. I took a look at Ad Age’s 2015 State of The Marketing Industry Report to help you all hone in on the biggest marketing trends and how to best capitalize on them.   Industry Growth Overall, things are looking great for the Marketing & Advertising industry – U.S. agency revenues rose by 5.4% in 2014, with the biggest growth coming from digital projects and campaigns (40% of 2014 revenue). If you’re thinking…
  • Best Websites to Find Interns and Employees for Your Small Business

    Funding Gates Blog
    20 May 2015 | 10:16 am
    The Internet has totally changed the modern recruiting game. But with the many valuable resources for online hiring also comes a lot of junk. As you’re seeking the best placement for your job listings, you’re likely to come across a lot of spam, illegitimate, or ineffective options for recruiting talent online. To cut through the clutter, here are the 5 best websites to hire employees for your small business. Bonus: Hire smarter, and you’ll cut your recruiting costs!   LinkedIn Pro The best fit for your open position may be someone who isn’t actively seeking a job. As the…
  • 3 Ways To Accelerate Your Growth With Content Marketing

    Super Tasker
    18 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    by Pilar Nalwimba, SuperTasker.com It’s safe to say that content marketing is fast becoming a powerful marketing and sales tool, with 75% of B2B buyers relying more on content to carry out research and make B2B purchasing decisions than they did a year ago.  This has lead to the development of small business content marketing as an exciting new niche! Small, medium and big businesses nationwide are beginning to embrace the notion of brands as publishers to help them attract, retain and convert customers through their content. Here are three sure-fire ways you can accelerate the visibility…
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    On Our Bikes

  • What works for us

    Jon Stow
    21 May 2015 | 3:32 am
      Remember what works When I started my businesses I took an ad in local monthly pamphlets which go out to probably about 20,000 homes. It worked quite well, but although I was at one time advertising in four of these booklets going to different areas, over the years I have found that two local towns did not want to buy from me. I do not understand why, but I stopped my ad in those particular pamphlets. I still have ads in the other two booklets because they do work and they reinforce my local presence. I used to do a lot of breakfast networking. You may remember I even ran a breakfast…
  • Politics, religion and social media for business

    Jon Stow
    18 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Here in the UK we have had an election. In the run-up, many people in my business circles have shared their opinions on the parties’ policies, and post-election they are sharing their views on those who have a different opinion from them. We all have political opinions, and unfortunately when they are attacked we cannot help taking it personally. It seems they are taking pot shots at us. Yet in a business environment we may like those who differ from us, but it is inevitable their politics colour our opinion of them. In other words, their opinions damage our relationship because we see them…
  • Your business safety net

    Jon Stow
    14 May 2015 | 3:07 am
    Running a small business is engaging and enjoyable. We love the game, what we do, the people we meet and the buzz of being rewarded by our customers when they pay us. It is so easy to forget that things can go wrong, and usually it won’t be our fault. Suppose we might make a mistake which costs our client money. It does happen as no one is perfect, however much we guard against errors. Human nature being what it is, a customer might think we have made a mistake and cost them money, when we have not put a foot wrong. Either way, we need to be insured against action against us. Otherwise a…
  • Learning by doing

    Jon Stow
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Amateur radio station of DJ4PI (Photo credit: Wikipedia) – not my station! How did you begin to learn to do what you do for a living? I started in my first job by being given a pile of basic routine work to do. When I had done it, I was shown how to apply it to produce the finished product, which in my case was a service provided to a customer. I could not have learned by watching someone else just sitting at a desk. We all need to have hands-on experience to learn and become interested in a subject in the first place. It is the same with anything we do which can inspire us. As some of…
  • Having a sense of direction

    Jon Stow
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    It is no good starting in business if you don’t have a plan and ambition, or you are doing so for the wrong reasons. It is no good going for a job working for someone else if you don’t really know what you want to do. I well remember, when I first started my business, meeting someone who had started his to undermine and destroy the guy whom he thought had destroyed his father’s business. Having left his father’s rival in the smoking ruins of his business he had no further purpose for continuing. That is no way to go about business or life. A young person I know wants to leave home and…
 
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  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

    Tim Berry
    26 May 2015 | 9:20 am
    (Note: I rarely do guest posts on this blog, but I ran into this answer on Quora and I am happy to post it here, as a long quote, with credit to its author. – Tim)  Noam Kaiser is a professional investment manager, alias venture capitalist, or VC. The question at Quora.com was: Do you have any startup ideas worth building? Here is his answer. Yes I do. But my startup idea/s are worthless. As are yours, and anyone else’s. Until you get off the couch and actually DO something about them. This is why I always tell young entrepreneurs to get rid of the word “founder” on…
  • Lean Business Plan to Get What You Want From Your Business

    Tim Berry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:26 am
    Are you running your own business or looking to start a new business? The lean business plan is an easy way to set down your strategy, tactics, milestones, and essential business numbers. Just do it for yourself and your team, with a few streamlined bullet points for strategy and tactics; plus lists of key milestones, tasks, assumptions, and performance metrics; and essential business numbers. Then review and revise it regularly and you’ll have your progress towards goals, and accountability. Lean Business Plan in Four Steps One: Strategy Strategy is focus. A lean business plan…
  • All Ideas are Brilliant Before They Are Executed.

    Tim Berry
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” – Helmuth von Moltke. Similarly, all business ideas are brilliant before they are executed.  Ideas have to run through an obstacle course of hard realities before they are really opportunities. Few ideas make it. Everybody has ideas, Millions of business ideas are floating around everywhere. Every problem anybody encounters is a solution waiting to be unwrapped. Every time somebody follows the comment “there should be a better way” by suggesting a better way, that’s a business idea. An opportunity is…
  • I Want to be An Entrepreneur. What Steps do I Take?

    Tim Berry
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:13 pm
    What Steps to be a Tech Entrepreneur? I’m 18 years old and want to be a successful tech entrepreneur. What steps should I take? That one, specifically, popped up in my email today from Quora, the excellent questions-and-answers site that I frequent often. But that’s just today. I saw a very similar question from a different person yesterday, and another on Monday. So that question, in various versions, has become one of those questions that pop up everywhere. Here is My Answer: Get Your Degree There is only one obvious answer that will be generally true for anybody your age that asks this…
  • Learn Anything in 20 Hours

    Tim Berry
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:07 pm
    TED talk by Josh Kaufman, author of The First 20 Hours: Mastering the Toughest Part of Learning Anything. This seems like a great way to start a new year. He notes the 10,000-hours idea made popular by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers (it takes 10,000 hours to be an expert); but point out that it has been misused and misunderstood. According to Josh, the 10,000 hours is about true world-class expertise. It takes about 20 hours to get good enough to do something well enough to get through the “frustration barrier.”  He uses playing the Ukulele as an example. You can use this link to…
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  • Scentsy Incentive Trip Tenerife 2015: In pictures

    christine jolley
    27 May 2015 | 7:09 am
    I've been home from Tenerife for just over a week.  I've posted quite a few pictures from my mobile phone and videos on my Facebook Page but these are my film pictures that just came back yesterday.  If you know me well you'll know that I am an avid photography junkie and love in particular vintage and film cameras.  I took these with a Yashica Mat and Kodak film.  Why do I take film pictures when its probably easier to do digital?  I feel like I'm creating a piece of art with these and they require me to slow down and think about what I'm doing.  Its a bit of a…
  • Recently on Instagram: April

    christine jolley
    29 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    My favourite place to be is Instagram and here's some highlights from April.  Do follow me if you are on there! My main account is @cmjolley and my biz account is @ldnwickless although these pics are from my main one. I have this thing for purple. It just makes me happy. 💜 A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on Apr 17, 2015 at 9:16am PDT "You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming." -Pablo Neruda A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on Apr 19, 2015 at 3:48am PDT Time for tea ☕️ A photo posted by Christine Jolley (@cmjolley) on…
  • How to set up a Facebook page for your Scentsy business

    christine jolley
    26 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    If you are a Scentsy Consultant you need to be where people are and Facebook is it.  It isn't the only place online you should be, but you must have a plan that includes it. A lot of consultants primarily promote their Scentsy businesses on their personal profiles which is risky and limiting.  It's against Facebook terms and conditions to do business on your personal page and Facebook has been removing people who do this.  It's quite risky to without a moments notice to lose all your hard work and contacts, so I wouldn't attempt it.  The benefits of having a biz page…
  • How to choose a work from home job

    christine jolley
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:26 am
    Well obviously I would love it if you picked Scentsy, but I am here to help you find and choose something you love even if that means another company.  One of the most legitimate opportunities to earn money at home either part time or full time now is through direct sales.  Unfortunately a lot of people want easy money so they want something that doesn't make them work and they can just get the paycheques.  I'm here to tell you there isn't a job out there like that well a legit one.  There are a lot of people out there who prey on people who want to earn money from home which…
  • Levels of Scentsy Consultants

    christine jolley
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    So if you're considering joining my Scentsy team or have already joined through one of my colleagues, You're probably wondering what titles or levels of Scentsy Consultants there are.  These titles are what your compensation or pay is based on each month and you hit these levels based on what numbers you and your team do in one month.  If you dont hit the numbers you get the pay what you've done, not what your title may be.  So for example, Superstar Directors the top of Scentsy if they do not sell their 500 PRV (amount in sales) they feasibly can still be paid at Certified…
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  • Finishing My First Novel Has Created A New Box To Check Off

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

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

    Ryan Derousseau
    23 Jul 2013 | 7:11 am
    Here’s a think piece from Kurt Vonnegut’s A Man Without a Country. This was his last published book while he was alive (there was one published posthumously). It’s a collection of essays, where Vonnegut discusses politics, life, death and society. I came across one line, that might help you think about how you view and interact with the technology in your household, whether it’s a smartphone, laptop or tablet. He created this in 2004, but it still resounds today. A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut (page 56) “Today we have contraptions like nuclear…
  • Running Through Death Valley

    Ryan Derousseau
    19 Jul 2013 | 9:19 am
    I’m not sure whether this post will make you laugh, think or cry, but it’s certainly inspirational. This week, the annual Badwater Ultramarathon took place. What’s the Badwater Ultramarathon? A 135-mile race across Death Valley! It took the winner over 24 hours to finish. But other competitors, were running for nearly two days. Here’s a photo from the events Instagram feed. Feel free to click the link if you were so inspired, that you want to sign up next year!
  • Talking to A Stranger From Walt Whitman

    Ryan Derousseau
    16 Jul 2013 | 10:15 am
    Many of us fear the idea of talking to complete strangers. But what do we fear? And why do we fear it. Today, take a look at this poem from Walt Whitman. Is talking to someone new really that scary? Maybe it shouldn’t be, especially when put in perspective. Hopefully, this helps you think about changing your views or tactics moving forward. Or maybe it helps you think about thinking about changing your tactics. Whichever. Enjoy. To You by Walt Whitman Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me,                   why should you not speak to me? And why should I…
 
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  • The Business Plan Toolbox

    Carissa Dunphy
    4 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    We have all suffered from the agony and torture that is writer’s block, but attempting to write a business plan while staring at a blank page puts the suffering on a whole new stratosphere. That’s why an increasing amount of new business owners are beginning to use business plan samples to help them escape writer’s block and start a new business. While example business plans are useful resources when it comes to formulating your strategy, you should keep in mind the pros and cons of using one. The Pros of Using a Sample Business Plan: #1. Business plan samples give new entrepreneurs a…
  • How Businesses are Using Social Media

    Carissa Dunphy
    28 Apr 2015 | 8:34 pm
    The top social media sites, their benefits, how businesses are using them and projected usage. Infographic courtesy Real Business Rescue The post How Businesses are Using Social Media appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
  • Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Employees

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:04 pm
    Determining staff needs, searching for candicates, selecting the right people, organizing staff development, and movitvating your employees. Infographic courtesy of BackgroundChecks.org The post Finding, Hiring and Keeping the Best Employees appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
  • 5 Easy Ways to Create Web Content

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Mar 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Every website owner wants more traffic, and content creation helps you achieve just that. By providing your prospective customers with useful information, you not only give them a reason to frequent your website, but you also build loyalty and trust for your company. If you’re not blessed with a talent for literary composition, lack the time or are struggling to find new angles and topics for your subject matter, consider one or all of these options for opening the pearly gates to content heaven. Outsourcing Outsourcing is a terrific option, especially for those who have more money than…
  • What’s Behind a Successful Manager

    Carissa Dunphy
    2 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
    Interests and talent, trust and reputation, diplomacy and guidance – see inside the mind of a successful manager. Infographic courtesy Pepperdine University The post What’s Behind a Successful Manager appeared first on Small Businesses Do It Better.
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  • Make Your Website a Better Salesperson

    surbhi.bharati
    19 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    What’s the goal of your website? To sell a product? To gain registered users? or To solicit donations? Regardless of your goal, a great way to succeed on the Web is to think of your website as your online salesperson. Whenever you are making a decision on design, site structure, content, or copy, keep this concept of a salesperson in your mind, because really, your website is your salesperson on the Web. It’s your website, not you, that interacts with customers, and drives sales (or conversions) online. So make your website the best salesperson. It can be done by following these…
  • How much does a Free website cost?

    surbhi.bharati
    13 May 2015 | 5:14 am
    If you’re thinking about starting a website or blog, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask yourself is “how much does a website cost?” It’s an important question! Figuring out the best way to start a website early on can save you a ton of money in the long run. It’s true that a website can be free to start, but question here is how can you join in on the fun, and maybe even make some money while doing it? The answer to your question is that a free website-making service will allow you to create a website quickly and have it live on the web in just a few minutes. What you…
  • How much does a website cost?

    surbhi.bharati
    8 May 2015 | 3:12 am
    It can be exciting to get started on a new business, and in a lot of ways, the web has made it easy to get a new business website off the ground quickly. The first thing you need to know when trying to budget web design costs is your needs. There are a number of things that can cost you money, including: Is this a new site or a redesign? Do you need blog or content management functionality? Do you have graphics already created for the site? Or are you using a template? Or do you need completely custom images created? How are you planning on servicing mobile customers? Do you need multimedia…
  • Guide towards creating SEO-Friendly URLs

    surbhi.bharati
    5 May 2015 | 2:39 am
    It is a well-known fact nowadays that without SEO a Web site stands many chances of not being indexed by search spiders. The result will be poor conversion rate. Well optimized URLs are important for both search engine optimization and user experience. Search engines factor many variables into their decision making process and URLs (example of URL: https://www.example.com) are high on the list. As with page titles, URLs help describe a web page to search engines and potential visitors, meaning they should be accurate, enticing, and well-structured. While many factors should be considered,…
  • What is your Domain Authority

    wst-web-access
    29 Apr 2015 | 2:58 am
    Domain Authority is a score that predicts how well a website will rank on search engines. It is all about where you place in search engine rankings compared with your competitors. With more than a Billion websites trying to establish themselves on the Internet, it is important to rank yourself according to your authority and credibility. When searched for a specific keyword on the web, Google and many other Search engines use algorithms to decide which search result should be displayed further ahead based on many factors, which are not quite open to the regular internet users. A bunch of…
 
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  • Ready for the Cloud, But Don’t Know Where to Start?

    Melinda Emerson
    29 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Being resistant to technology will get you nowhere these days. After all, small businesses are more efficient by leveraging smartphones, apps, and software programs to save time and money. If you make a mental shift and consider the benefits of adding cloud computing to the list of technology used in your company, you will be positioned to take your business to the next level. The cloud has begun to grow and incorporate a wide variety of services for small businesses. If your business is ready for the cloud, but you don’t where to start, here are a few suggestions. Consider The Benefits…
  • How to Turn Content into Cash

    Melinda Emerson
    28 May 2015 | 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 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my interview with @strategicopy. Mike Connolly helps thought leaders make money online with web content that sells. He’s written for dozens of industry leaders including Infusionsoft, Ziglar Inc. Robert Skrob and HSA for America. For more information, visit StrategiCopy.com SmallBizLady: How do you create great content at low to no cost? Mike Connolly: Here are 3 ways to create great content you can…
  • How to Write Emails That Will be Read

    Melinda Emerson
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article In today’s digital age, it’s not uncommon to send and receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis. If you have your own business, it’s a fantastic opportunity to introduce your company to prospective clients. Getting people to actually read your emails, however, is another matter. For anyone who wants to send effective emails that don’t end up in spam folder, there are a few rules to follow. With this quick review, you can ensure maximum effect with just a little effort. Make it personal If possible, try to send each email to individual clients with their name in the…
  • Ask SmallBizLady: How Do I Develop a Prototype for an Invention?

    Melinda Emerson
    25 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    I love the questions I get from my network. They make me think, and the research I do to find the best answer makes me a sharper entrepreneur. Here’s a great one for those of you who are looking to develop a physical product. Question: I’ve got a fantastic idea for a product, but don’t have the first clue how to turn it into a prototype to show investors, as well as to help me find the right manufacturer. Where do I begin? Answer: You’re already one step ahead by understanding the importance of having a prototype, especially when it comes to attracting investors. They’ll be more…
  • How to Stand Out as a Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    21 May 2015 | 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 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @dorieclark. Dorie Clark is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the author of Reinventing You (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and Stand Out (Portfolio/Penguin, 2015). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. Recognized as a…
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  • Steps to social media engagement

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    16 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at Social Media Today The importance of social media engagement is increasing. Social media engagement is becoming more important because social media networks are starting to remove inactive accounts. If you’ve noticed a drop in your Facebook business page likes, you’ve already seen the impact of this. Click on the Insights tab at the top of your Facebook page and you’ll learn that Facebook is removing inactive followers’ likes. Show followers how…
  • Preparing to start a freelance career

    admin
    9 May 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found on Business News Daily You’ve saved eight months or more of gross income  in preparation of launching a freelance career. You’ve also familiarized yourself with tax deductions that you qualify for as a freelancer. Your budget is in good shape and you have the office supplies and family support that you need to focus on assignments without constantly being interrupted by relatives and friends who think you’re just hanging out because you’re working…
  • Jennifer Bueschel, the Sugar Plum Fairy, is making a success of organic products

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    2 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips MEET Jennifer BueschelThis dynamic entrepreneur is the founder of JBHomemade (https://www.etsy.com/shop/JBOrganicHairRemoval), maker and seller of organic products, namely organic sugar hair removal and sugar scrubs. When Jennifer says “organic,” she means it! Consider this. JBHomemade (http://www.pinterest.com/JBHomemade) is the only store in the Mid-Tennessee and South Kentucky areas that sells 100% organic sugar wax and sugaring hair removal. Ingredients used in JBHomemade products…
  • Easy ways to market a startup business

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Erica Simpson                                 Effective marketing is about more than pushing the message about your startup business out to millions of consumers. To succeed, you  have to introduce your new business to the right people. In fact, a single market a startup business misstep could cost you. . . everything. Money isn’t the greatest challenge that startups face Consider this. The average amount of…
  • Exploring Live Your Potential with JoAnn Youngblood King

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    18 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips MEET JoAnn Youngblood King:  Write Money Incorporated’s feature entrepreneur, JoAnn Youngblood King, is a CTA certified success coach, author and owner of Live Your Potential. Equipped with a diploma in Small Business Management, JoAnn is also a member of Coach Training Alliance and The International Association of Coaches. As a trainer for  Project Enterprise, she helps entrepreneurs to gain access to business loans, business development services and networking opportunities. She is…
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  • A Little Busy…

    Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant
    24 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    Hello! Due to a surplus of orders for my private business critique and other marketing services, I will not be posting to my blog again until the first week of June. I just didn’t want my readers to think I had gone MIA. As for ordering my services, please email me first at attentiongetting@gmail.com so I can give you a better idea of what my current delivery time is.  Thanks! Gail Filed under: Home
  • 3 National Contests for Your Small Business to Win Big Money

    Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant
    21 May 2015 | 4:02 am
    by Gail Oliver, Attention Getting Marketing There are so many opportunities for small businesses to not only get more national exposure, but to also win some significant money to further their businesses. Here are 3 upcoming events that you may want to get in on. Martha Stewart American Made Awards The Martha Stewart American Made Awards is an annual contest that promotes artisan businesses in a variety of categories from toys to fashion to food to textiles. Hundreds will be nominated as finalists and featured on their website (great to use as a credential for your business) and last…
  • Weekend Reading List 5/15/15

    Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant
    15 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    by Gail Oliver, Attention Getting Marketing  Another Friday already, so here is my list of business news to catch up on this weekend. Online Moms Remaking Vintage Shopping Experience for Toddlers (NBC News) The Surprising Demographics of Who Shops Online (Business Insider) How 5 Successful Women Start Their Day (Refinery29) Etsy May Lose 20% of Revenue If Trademarked Items Removed (Business Insider) 7 Ways Ecommerce Will Change Over the Next 12 Months (B2C.com) Happy Victoria Day weekend to my Canadian readers! Gail  Need a Marketing Review of Your Small Business? Check out my Small…
  • Bright Marketing Ideas of the Week

    Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant
    12 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    by Gail Oliver, Attention Getting Marketing I am always on the lookout for bright ideas in the world of marketing that I hope will inspire you. Here are some I found this week. Remodo Sells Coordinated Room Decor Packages Are you decorating-challenged? Maybe you just don’t have time to shop for all the elements that go into creating a room’s decor.  Well, a new trend might be to sell boxed “rooms” as this is what online shop Remodo is offering. With their Boxed Room Packages, Remodo is giving customers an all-in-one solution to create a designer room. In one…
  • Weekend Reading List 5/8/15

    Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant
    8 May 2015 | 10:53 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant As usual on Fridays, here is my list of business news to catch up on this weekend. The 10 Most Watched Ads on YouTube in April (AdWeek) What 13 Successful People Read Everyday (Business Insider) Etsy Sellers Blocked from Social Networking Sites (ECommerce Bytes) Selling the Great Oudoors: The Billion Dollar Battle for the Casual Camper (Racked) 5 Free Online Tools for Small Business (SourcingPen) Enjoy your weekend! Gail  Follow Me on Twitter Download May’s Marketing Calendar Book a Consult with Me Get Tons of Marketing Ideas in My Ebooks…
 
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  • How to improve business processes by inspiring employees

    27 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    It’s a nightmare come true when a supervisor has to manage employees who are uninspired and dread coming into work. Fortunately, there are strategies managers can use in addition to small business HR approaches to help workers enjoy their jobs and become loyal to the company. Being a good leader makes productive employees An op-ed on CEO.com by Mat Ishbia, president and CEO of United Shore Financial Services, highlighted how common it is for employees to feel as though they’re making no positive contributions to the business they work for. Low morale can lead to various…
  • 3 big tips for small business sales

    18 May 2015 | 11:56 am
    Making sales can be intimidating for a new business owner, but it is obviously the key to making a company financially successful. Here are some small business tips for owners who are looking to boost their sales and keep them up: 1. Identifying a customer Business Know How recommended business owners create a “sales funnel.” The strategy will drive potential customers directly to a purchase and ensure an entrepreneur’s confidence in his or her product and consumer audience. To begin, entrepreneurs need to determine the profile of their ideal customer. The source…
  • How small businesses can use the cloud to get started

    11 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Technologies like “the cloud” have made it easier for startups to use the same tools large competitors have, leveling the playing field and opening up a wide range of possibilities. The cloud allows new companies to keep everything they need stored offsite without having to purchase new hardware and programs. Rather than just saving money, the cloud enables small businesses to adapt to the various situations and problems they may encounter during rollout and the first few months of operation. Using nothing but an owner’s laptop, a new enterprise can begin performing the…
  • How to become an efficient and strategic leader

    7 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    Even if a business is small, it doesn’t take any less guts or leadership skills to run it right. Owners need to have employees respect and look up to them, and accomplishing that takes strategy. Here are a variety of ways entrepreneurs can become more decisive to improve their leadership qualities. Think and observe CEO.com recommended entrepreneurs watch employees and ask what seem like obvious questions, such as how things are accomplished, what customers think about the business, and what is working and what isn’t. Reviewing these corporate processes will keep business…
  • Why small business HR shouldn’t be afraid of conflict

    4 May 2015 | 8:09 am
    It makes sense that if members of your workforce disagree with each other, it could spell disaster for your small business. But while a disaster could certainly occur if the conflict is allowed to get out of control, it is by no means a foregone conclusion. Obviously, out-and-out conflict that leads to a hostile office atmosphere reduces productivity and negatively impacts your employee turnover is far from ideal. But that doesn’t mean you need to panic whenever one worker presents an opposing view to another. Healthy debate can actually be more beneficial to a company than a…
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  • Guide to Choosing the Right Vehicle for Your Business

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    28 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Purchasing a vehicle for your small business can be confusing. This guide will help you ask the right questions and come up with quick decision. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Potential Game Changer for Investors and Businesses: Securities Crowdfunding

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    27 May 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Securities crowdfunding provides an alternate vehicle for small business owners to raise capital from small investors. Here is a definitive guide. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Business Visitor’s Guide to London – Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and See

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    27 May 2015 | 7:38 pm
    No other city has the richness of London for visitors. Here is a concise guide for business visitors on where to eat, drink, stay and see while in London. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Infographic: 5 Ways Unified Communications Can Benefit Your Employees

    SmallBizViewpoints
    26 May 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Unified Communication can not only help businesses reduce cost, but it can also help employees by providing flexibility and improving productivity. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Emulate Apple’s Supply Chain to Boost Profit

    SmallBizViewpoints
    14 May 2015 | 7:42 pm
    A supply chain is only as strong as the weakest link. What small businesses can learn from Apple's supply chain excellence and boost their profit. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Direct Capital | Blog

  • Does Your Small Business Have Public In-Store WiFi?

    Alex Myers
    28 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    This is probably a question you’ve been asked often – or have at least debated every now and again. Should you be offering free public Wi-Fi to your customers? We say yes – and here’s why. First, use yourself as an example. Do you have a smart phone? Do you carry it with you everywhere? Do you sometimes need to get on the internet or into your email while you’re out shopping or running errands? Chances are, you said yes to all of the above. Without public access to WiFi, working while you are on the go would be near impossible (And possibly expensive if you are using phone data all…
  • Top Dental Technology Blogs: The 50 Best Blogs on Dental Technology and State-of-the-Art Dentistry

    Scott Lynch
    27 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Dentistry is an ever-advancing field, with new techniques and technologies emerging to improve the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions impacting the oral cavity as well as adjacent tissues and structures. With a variety of specializations within the broad field of dentistry, even general dentistry practitioners have much to stay abreast of in order to refer patients out to the most qualified specialists in the field when specialized treatment is in order. That’s not to mention the plethora of tools and technologies dentists rely on to accurately…
  • Why We Care About Net Promoter Scores – And Why You Should, Too [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Alex Myers
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    What is a Net Promoter Score and why should your business care about it? Well, simply put a Net Promoter Score (or NPS) is a way to understand how other consumers view the company you are about to work with. While NPS is very different from sites like Yelp or Google reviews, the fact still rings true that positive brand recommendations and word of mouth advertising is important. According to a survey by ModernComment, 2/3 of consumers would be willing to spend 13% more with a company they think provides excellent customer service. They also found that 20-50% of all purchasing decisions are…
  • Is It Better to Lease or Buy Office Equipment for Your Small Business? 18 Experts Share Advice on the Key Factors to Consider

    Angela Stringfellow
    27 May 2015 | 6:02 am
    Above all, a small business owners’ main priority is to stay in business. But choosing the right equipment to actually run business remains questionable, particularly whether or not a small business owner should lease or buy their equipment? Ultimately, the answer can hinge on a range of circumstances from usage, to financial, to performance and quality concerns. To find out the key factors small business owners and entrepreneurs should evaluate when determining whether to buy or lease, we reached out to a panel of small business experts and asked them the following question:…
  • Healthy Hobbies for Small Business Owners

    Alex Myers
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the business world, it’s easy to get lost in your work spending hours each day making plans and discovering new ways to grow. Often, work and home lives become blended, where you might find yourself unable to shut off.  But have you ever gotten so lost – so disconnected to your personal life – that you’ve forgotten to take “me” time and unwind? Everyone deserves down time to relax and catch their breath and business owners are no exception. While you may lead busy everyday lives, don’t forget to have a hobby outside of your business. Inc. writes, “Hobbies are important…
 
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  • $66,154 run rate and content updates – April 2015 monthly report

    Kyle Gray
    29 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Welcome to the April monthly report for WP Curve. $66,154 monthly run rate We reached 826 total customers with a slight decrease of 15 customers for the month. Our run rate of $66,154 USD has only grown moderately. We are doing some experiments with pricing which has had a bit of an impact but we are comfortable with where things are. Actual revenue is generally a bit higher than run rate because we only take 1/12 of annual plans in the run rate calculation and we have small amounts of revenue from other sources. People, product and process People We have been giving more increased…
  • Minimalist design: an offer you can’t refuse

    Kyle Gray
    27 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Marketers like to dig through the internet trying to find the secrets of the Google and Bing search algorithms. Ironically, they are working to become more like you. A human. Most humans are just looking for something to help with a problem or add some value to their lives. But that’s an easy thing to forget when you are designing your website. In this article, we’ll show you the hallmarks of good minimalist design, and show you that you have little choice in the matter. You need to adopt a minimalist design. If you are just trying to make a quick buck on a niche site, then this…
  • A simple system for effective team communication

    Nico Appel
    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: For remote teams, a good system for team communication is critical to move your business forward. A few simple rules to keep your communication clean and efficient can save you hours each week. Nico Appel joins us to give us some simple strategies to help you streamline your communication. Over to Nico: The purpose of this article is to help further the essence of great teamwork: communication that is geared towards producing result. This is not about a new set of tools. In fact, it doesn’t matter which tools and software you are using. Tools are great, but they have…
  • How Russ Perry grew a multiple 6 figure business in 106 days

    Russ Perry
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: Russ Perry has built a great businesses with recurring revenue and a big added value to his customers. Russ uses the same strategies that helped WP Curve grow in its early stages. This is a great case study for anyone looking to build a business with a recurring revenue model. Over to Russ: Entrepreneurs love to talk about their successes but very rarely do you hear about the failures that preceded them. Last year, on September 1st, 2014 I was unemployed. No income. No business. Nothing. My decade long career owning a very successful international branding agency ended in…
  • Where to work? home office, coffee shop, or coworking space?

    Dan Virgillito
    19 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: I like to experiment with different working spaces. I find that coffee shops usually work best for me, but I know many people love coworking spaces or working from home. This post explores the advantages and disadvantages of each. Over to Dan: Starting a new business can be challenging, and if you’re going from a traditional career to freelancing, a startup or other non-traditional forms of employment, you may have questions about the best way to work. While no single work environment is perfect for everyone, 3 of the most common options for small businesses, solopreneurs…
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    Tanya Smith Online » Tanya Smith Online - Social Content Marketing and Content Strategy for Service Providers

  • Mindmaps to Brainstorm Microcontent – To the End EP032

    Tanya Smith
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    We’re still working through our mindmapping series and this is the 2nd to last episode where we focuses on another exercise to help you think differently.  When you think differently, it opens up your creative mind to a wealth of opportunities to create great content. This episode focuses on the Take it to the End […]
  • Mindmaps to Brainstorm Microcontent – Play the Opposite Game EP031

    Tanya Smith
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This episode focuses on an exercise to help you think differently by setting constraints, as part of a series about how to use the popular technique of mindmapping to brainstorm ideas for content. Most people love to think “outside the box” but in this post I’m sharing one way this helped Sony make it big…by […]
  • Mindmaps to Brainstorm Microcontent – Think Inside the Box EP030

    Tanya Smith
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    This episode focuses on an exercise to help you think differently by setting constraints, as part of a series about how to use the popular technique of mindmapping to brainstorm ideas for content. Most people love to think “outside the box” but in this post I’m sharing one way this helped Sony make it big…by […]
  • Mindmaps to Brainstorm Microcontent – Clear Your Mind EP029

    Tanya Smith
    26 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    This episode focuses on ways to clear your mind, as part of a series about how to use the popular technique of mindmapping to brainstorm ideas for content. We talk through 4 techniques you can use to begin using your creative mind without mental clutter or distractions. Listen in for the entire episode and leave […]
  • Mindmaps to Brainstorm Microcontent – The Rules EP028

    Tanya Smith
    25 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    This episode is a brief introduction to our latest series and it’s about how to use mindmapping to brainstorm ideas for content. In the show I talk about rules you can apply to ensure success with mindmapping.  By the time we’re done, we’ll cover 5 key exercises to use mindmapping over the next several shows. […]
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Cracking the Code to Silicon Valley: Why Your Great Resume Sucks There!

    grodland
    25 May 2015 | 7:48 pm
    “Silicon Valley is not a place where one is invited to show frailty or despondence. It is…’the place where everybody is killing it all the time.’” –From One Startup’s Struggle to Survive the Silicon Valley Gold Rush, Wired.com, 4.22.2014 To crack the code in Silicon Valley, you really have to do your homework. Basically trying to land a job there is a part-time job in itself and I guess it should be as they are trying to get the most resourceful, creative and innovative people in the world. Here’s some of what I’m learning in my ongoing quest to break in: • Your…
  • Cracking the Code to Silicon Valley: My Job Search

    grodland
    1 May 2015 | 9:08 pm
    It seems a lot of people are in transition right now–the entire world actually. Around the world, women are seeking independence and equal rights, and citizens demanding transparency from their government and leaders. Here at home many still don’t have jobs and more companies are downsizing, the price of oil is way down, impacting a lot of other industries and forcing many to make career transitions, or retire early. Even I’m in transition. After working in the oil and gas industry for 12 years, I am planning to transition to Silicon Valley (SV). No small feat—as I’m learning…
  • Your Job is like a Game of Chess: Tips for Surviving Layoffs

    grodland
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:54 am
    More companies are going through layoffs—though they are still doing so quietly and methodically, so much so that most people don’t even notice. One day you go looking for a coworker and they are no longer there. They’ve been gone for weeks. Months. And you didn’t even notice. So how do you survive layoffs? And save your job… Surviving layoffs starts long before a company even considers them, and they are not just motivated by economic reasons. Layoffs are now about making companies even more efficient even in good times. One way to do that is to trim the fat–the slackers.
  • New Year. New Life?

    grodland
    28 Dec 2014 | 7:54 am
    Did your New Year’s resolution for 2014 hold up? If you’re like most people, the resolution you made last year didn’t do much to change your life. That’s ok. You’re still here and a brand new year is quickly approaching. New Year. New Life? It can be if you let it. Before you pour the champagne and ring in the New Year, take a moment to look at the year that was. We all wanted something for ourselves this year—eat better, work out more, make more money. Or we just wanted things to be different. So what changed for you this year? What stayed the same? What’s better? What do you…
  • Top Ten Things You Need To Know To Make More Money

    grodland
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    1. Show Drive and Ambition: Take on work others don’t want to do. Employers will value you–and reward you for it too. 2. Always do your Best: Even if your job sucks and you hate it 3. Don’t Burn Bridges: Always leave your job on good terms, even if they fail you. You want them to say positive things about you. 4. Never Speak Negatively About Previous Employers: Take your grandma’s advice. If you don’t have anything positive to say, don’t say anything. 5. Don’t Post Your Life Drama on Facebook: It scares off employers. They have enough drama in the…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • What is Drone Insurance?

    Hiscox Blog
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do the U.S. Army, Amazon, and your local photographer all have in common? They’re all experimenting with drones in innovative ways to do their jobs. As if the hubbub over drones and their place in modern commerce wasn’t already at a fever pitch, we also need to consider the insurance ramifications of these drones – specifically when it comes to property damage and bodily injury. The use of flying robotics in the form of drones (or small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)) is happening, and its commercial growth is predicted to increase rapidly and significantly. And while we can all…
  • 4 Smart Business Lessons You Can Learn From David Letterman

    Hiscox Blog
    21 May 2015 | 2:42 pm
    On May 20, David Letterman closed the curtain on his epic 33-year run as America’s favorite late night television host. The emotional, star-studded finale (which included a montage from nearly every living US president) was an appropriate send-off for a man who’s been referred to as one of the most influential people in television history. It’s hard to overstate the impact that Letterman has had on comedy and television, but this wouldn’t be a small business blog if we didn’t provide you with the entrepreneurial angle. Here are our top 4 small business lessons that you can take away…
  • How to use PR to Manage Your Online Reputation

    Guest Blogger
    20 May 2015 | 3:00 am
      Over the past several years social networks have become the dominant way people connect, stay in touch and share information with one another – many times at the delight, and sometimes dread, of small business owners. Indeed, one way businesses have felt the pain of the so-called mobile social revolution is how it can impact their online reputations. Today’s customers use smartphones and tablets to share opinions of businesses at the very moment of their experience. Negative reviews leave businesses scrambling to manage customer perception gaps and/or do their best to address…
  • Who’s Stealing from Small Businesses In the US?

    Hiscox Blog
    18 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    When you first hear the word “embezzlement”, you might imagine a complex ponzi scheme at a major financial institution in New York or London. You’d be wrong. According to the recently released Hiscox 2015 Embezzlement Watchlist, the unfortunate reality of employee theft is every organization is at risk. Take, for example, the fact that in the United States alone companies with less than 500 employees lose a median $280,000 to embezzlement. That’s not exactly chump change. Equally alarming is that, in our study, some of the largest losses occurred in organizations with…
  • 3 Things IT Consultants Must Know to Protect their Businesses

    Hiscox Blog
    13 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Information technology has never been as central to successful business operations as it is today. From maintaining websites, to updating key infrastructure and securing customer data, IT consultants are essential team members for businesses of all sizes. While they tend to be the smartest people in the room, some IT consultants often have a blind spot when it comes to protecting their own businesses. Too often IT consultants are putting their businesses at risk every day because they don’t have enough, or the right kind, of tailored liability insurance coverage. Here are some myths that…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Work Smarter and Faster: Great Suspender Chrome Extension

    Alanna Jackson
    29 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Do you use Google Chrome?  If so, there’s a new extension you can use to work smarter and faster!  If you’re like most people that work in an office, then you probably have multiple tabs open on your Google Chrome browser throughout the workday.  So, you know the frustrations that come about from its issue of sucking your computer’s memory and slowing down the computer when tabs are left open. There has not been a resolution to this issue until now.  There’s a new Chrome extension called The Great Suspender.  It will automatically suspend tabs…
  • Company Benefits: 7 Questions HR should be Asking When Switching Healthcare Providers

    Stacy Jackson
    28 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Providing adequate healthcare options for employees is essential for HR departments across the country. Unhappy employees often quit their jobs because of loss of benefits or a decrease in the quality of care. The following questions must be asked by any HR department who wants to switch from one healthcare provider to another: 1. How Large is Their Network? Availability is key when finding a provider for your employees. Many of your employees might live in a neighborhood or city that isn’t close to a hospital or doctor that is part of the insurance…
  • Six Reasons Why Business Owners Should Embrace Technology

    Contributor
    27 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Every advantage you have in business can allow your business to grow and stand out amongst the competition. Technology is one of those grand advantages, but very few companies fully employ it. Let’s take a look at some reasons that you should embrace technology as a business owner so that you can benefit from all the wonderful benefits it can bring to your business. 1. Enhanced Productivity Technology is just another tool that you can use to increase your productivity. It allows you and your employees to perform more actions that work to support your…
  • Why Cloud Computing Just Makes Sense for Small Businesses

    Anica Oaks
    26 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Image Source: Shutterstock Small businesses typically must compete head-to-head in the marketplace with businesses that may be larger in size with stronger infrastructure, a more stable bottom line and other important benefits. In order to succeed in a tough marketplace, small business owners must make important and critical decisions about how to best run their businesses. This includes making decisions about when to expand, how to bolster a bottom line and even how to better serve customers and clients.   There are several benefits associated with…
  • Real Estate Life: Getting into the Business and What to Know

    Brooke Chaplan
    25 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Everyone loves looking through beautiful homes and imagining a life inside them, which is what makes a career in real estate so desirable. While the career looks very appealing, a lot of hard work and behind the scenes education goes into the job. These are the five things you must know before deciding to become a real estate agent and how to break out into the field. Not a Hobby You can’t treat real estate as a hobby because it requires a lot of hard work. The golden years of easily selling a home without trying are over. If you don’t have a…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • How to Check if Your Local SEO Campaign is Performing Well

    20 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Local SEO is an absolute must for any small business targeting their locality. Yes there are other forms of marketing out there but SEO offers the highest ROI in the long run. However, no SEO campaign is worth having if you don't know how well it is performing. Below are a few things you can look at and analyse to understand just how well your local SEO campaign is performing.
  • Local Business SEO – 5 Natural Link Opportunities

    17 May 2015 | 3:28 am
    For any business implementing an SEO strategy, whether you are running the campaign yourself or have employed an agency to do it for you, links are of vital importance. However, link building in the SEO landscape today is difficult, even if you are blessed with a fantastic budget and resources. If you want a successful local SEO campaign then constructing a solid and diverse link profile is a must. This will be one of the main factors that determine your websites success in the Search Engines.
  • How to Create a Pinterest Account and Use it to Increase Your Website Traffic

    15 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    Pinterest was first launched back in March 2010 and since then the website’s popularity has increased massively. It has grown so much that a study released in July 2013 by a French Social Media agency revealed the website had 70 million users worldwide! This number is continuing to increase and the site is now one of the most popular Social Media websites online today. However, how can you use Pinterest as a business owner to increase the traffic to your website and ultimately get more leads and enquiries? Continue reading to find out...
  • Inbound Marketing: Finally, Something That Works For Professional Services

    14 May 2015 | 6:46 am
    We often get asked by business owners of professional services businesses (for example solicitors, accountants, IT services, consultants) the following question: "How do I make online marketing work for me?" Many websites and online marketing activities of businesses in these professional services industries are underperforming (and let’s be honest haven’t changed since 1995!). The future is exciting for the professional services industry. How do you make your marketing just as exciting? The answer is: you need to sell and market your services the way your ideal customers buy your…
  • Eight Blog Post Tips to Instantly Help You Write the Perfect Post

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    Every marketer understands the importance of blogging relative to building a brand and enhancing the company’s online presence. Blogs serve countless purposes in an online marketing strategy. They can seamlessly connect social media accounts to business websites, and help paint a business owner as an industry authority, among other things. However, unless the blog is written with quality and conversion in mind it will fail. Here are eight blog post tips that will help you create an effective blog post every time.
 
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance

  • How to Open a Nonprofit Bank Account

    James
    27 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    One of the most important steps in starting a nonprofit is opening a bank account. This allows your organization to deposit funds, to write checks, and to begin saving money. However, opening an account is not as easy as strolling … Read more >> The post How to Open a Nonprofit Bank Account appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • New Hampshire Nonprofit Annual Report due in 2015

    James
    7 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    As compliance junkies, we like to talk about unusual events in the corporate filing world. Today’s subject is the New Hampshire nonprofit annual report, which must be filed every five years. And you guessed it, this report is due in … Read more >> The post New Hampshire Nonprofit Annual Report due in 2015 appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • IRS Form 990 Due May 15, 2015

    James
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
      Important Compliance Deadline for Nonprofits: Form 990 is due on 5/15/2015   For nonprofits on a calendar tax year, your annual 990 filing is due May 15, 2015. This applies to most nonprofits. Organizations not on a calendar tax … Read more >> The post IRS Form 990 Due May 15, 2015 appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Staying Compliant Using Form 1023-EZ

    James
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    Last week, we shared an update from the IRS on Form 1023-EZ, which has streamlined approval of 501(c)(3) applications. Using the new form, nonprofits typically receive a determination letter in less than 30 days, sometimes as little as two weeks.… Read more >> The post Staying Compliant Using Form 1023-EZ appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Montana No Longer Requires Certificates of Existence

    James
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    On February 18, 2015, the state of Montana passed Senate Bill No. 35, which eliminates the Certificate of Existence requirement for foreign business entities. Instead, businesses qualifying in Montana will affirm “a statement that the foreign corporation has complied … Read more >> The post Montana No Longer Requires Certificates of Existence appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Choosing Your Job Title as a Business Owner

    Tiffany C. Wright
    29 May 2015 | 8:00 am
      In response to your query regarding branding and choosing a job title:   I’ve typically used the title “President” for my businesses. This is my personal preference for businesses that have under $10 million in revenue. With a smaller business, I spend much more time doing more hands-on work (i.e., implementing) than I do […]
  • Video: Key Employees on Vacation

    Tiffany C. Wright
    27 May 2015 | 8:00 am
      Business owners and vacations Many business owners find it difficult to take vacations, let alone vacations where they (nearly) completely detach from the office for a few days or more. Many business owners do not seem to understand that completely separating yourself from your business for a period of time can work wonders for […]
  • Who Will Fill the Leadership Gap? Millennials?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    21 May 2015 | 8:00 am
      I wrote this article in response to a journalist’s query regarding who will fill the leadership gap at companies. In particular, who will fill the gap from the Millennial generation given the “general focus” of Millennials: Companies struggling to find candidates I have worked at or with a wide range of companies with employees […]
  • Where Did I Find a Business Mentor?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Finding a Business Mentor Where did I find a business mentor? I found my first mentor through a business group I belonged to. She was very interesting to talk to so I asked her out to dinner to chat and get some additional general business insights and  personal career insights. (This was my treat, of […]
  • Creating A Logo That Will Truly Represent Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    14 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Creating a company logo is one of the most important things that a business owner will do for his or her company. The company logo must distinguish the business from other companies. It must stand out and be remembered because it is a representation of the business. Therefore, it is as important as the company […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Entrepreneurs versus Managers: is running your business hindering its growth?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    26 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    Kevin Uphill, chairman of mergers, acquisition and strategy specialists Avondale, looks at management versus strategy and whether business owners should be more focused on the long-term goals and how they can better regulate their efforts to achieve lasting growth. As a business owner – you’ve seen your company grow from a startup, you know how everything runs, where all your staff are during work hours, and you’re on a first name basis with all of your clients.You love this familiarity with your business, and your personal involvement is what keeps it unique, but your time…
  • 7 Shipping Tips to Help Small Businesses

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 May 2015 | 2:20 am
    Smaller business owners, especially in the early birth years, should always be looking for ways to shave costs and minimize outgoings. It’s one of the least fun parts of owning your own business, but one of the most important. Keeping costs down will not only help increase your cash flow, but keep your businesses healthy in tough trading times, and help it bloom in the good times. Though the economy has recovered since 2008, business owners need to be vigilant about cash flow. The easiest way to keep an eye on costs is by shopping around. If you rely on courier services or regularly send…
  • Why SMBs are future-proofing their IT setups

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    13 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    A recent report from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) found that 99% of UK businesses are SMBs, making them vital to the British economy. However, a large proportion of these companies face a major technology challenge as the deadline looms for the end of support of Windows Server 2003 in July. There are an estimated 23.8 million instances of it running across 11.9 million physical servers worldwide, with 61% of UK organisations depending on the platform according to the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF). In addition, worrying statistics from Bit9 + Carbon Black, an endpoint security…
  • Why You Need to Do More Than Facebook

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    8 May 2015 | 1:36 am
    If you’ve suddenly seen a decrease in the reach of your Facebook posts, it might come as a surprise that Facebook has officially announced it’s cleaning up the business page act. As stated here in their community hub, Facebook are eliminating spam accounts and purchased likes, in the hope that you posts will now be seen by those that actually want to see it. But as with anything when Facebook is concerned, there’s no complete transparency on the issues that are currently surrounding the decrease in business page activity. If you’re spending your money on paid advertising and boosted…
  • Why I’m supporting the Conservative party

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    Ian Morrison, director of underwriting and risk at Liquid Finance, shares his view on the upcoming General Election.   As the general election fast approaches, the economy is at a critical point. Key to the continued economic stability and growth, is the small business community. For context, there are 5.2 million businesses in the UK, employing 25.2 million people, with a combined turnover of more than £3,500 billion. In 2014, small firms accounted for 99.3 per cent of all private sector businesses in the UK. Considering these staggering statistics, it is imperative the winning party…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Jayson Gaignard – From Totally Broke To Getting Back On Track

    Entrepreneur Writer
    29 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    Jayson Gaignard was working as a mechanic, when one day he realized that people don’t live forever. That same day he quit his job to start chasing his dreams. He started a company and in a while, he was making millions in sales. Then, because of a bad business partner, things crashed and he got broke. He was totally devastated, but he managed to...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Payment Processing Business at 16www.bebo.com – BEBO’s HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • How Volkswagen, General Motors and Toyota Began Their Businesses

    Entrepreneur Writer
    27 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Volkswagen Volkswagen was created in 1937 and was originally run by the German Labor Front. Prototypes for the KdF-Wagen appeared from 1936, and the vehicle had the trademark Volkswagen round shape and rear-mounted engine. By the time World War II had started in 1939, the company had constructed a new factory in modern-day Wolfsburg, which was specifically built for factory staff who would be...You can also check these cool business articles:A History of Ford Motor CompanyHow BMW Was StartedGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • How BMW Was Started

    Entrepreneur Writer
    27 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Today, BMW is one of the ten biggest car brands in the world, but did you know that BMW started off manufacturing aircraft engines? BMW was first established in 1916, and after a restructuring of the Rapp Motorenwerke aircraft firm in 1917, the company became a business entity. The first engine created by the company was the BMW IIIa – an inline-six engine that...You can also check these cool business articles:How Volkswagen, General Motors and Toyota Began Their BusinessesA History of Ford Motor CompanyGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational…
  • 5 Crazy Business Ideas That Were Turned Into Super Successful Businesses

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 May 2015 | 12:06 am
      Read these 5 start-up stories and you will be amazed about how 5 really simple ideas were turned into multi-million dollar businesses. 1. The Slinky ($250 million worth) Everyone should be familiar with the slinky toy and how it can keep even grown-ups entertained for hours. Till this day nobody can explain the magic of shoving a spring’s weight from one side to the...You can also check these cool business articles:How to Make a Million Dollars Fast with a WebsiteNing – An Innovative Social Networking Business IdeaGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups…
  • 5 Inspiring Stories Of Women Entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneur Writer
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    Women entrepreneurs have had to face cultural bias, sexism and other challenges across the world to seek success. Many have succeeded and become leaders who inspire us. Read how some of the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs – and women – overcame all odds to get where they are today. Oprah Winfrey Born to a single teenage mom and frequently molested between the ages of...You can also check these cool business articles:How To Make A Billion Dollars?Funny Business QuotesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • The Condescending Customer Service Representative – Episode 14 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    28 May 2015 | 11:41 pm
    You Know What Really Grinds My Gears? The condescending customer service rep. You know who I’m talking about. That person at a place you frequent that just doesn’t understand customer service. They need to be right, they seem to dislike human interactions, they make you feel bad for simple things. Usually a customer representative at a front desk or a place that interacts with people a lot. It’s sad really. I was at a hotel in Saskatoon, I checked into my hotel. I parked my car and walking past the lobby I ask cheerfully to the bellhop, “g’day mate! Could I…
  • Education is Broken, Let’s Fix it – Episode 13 of #Inthelab

    Jeph
    21 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    We all agree that education is broken, its something we all slip into conversation every now and then, but why do we all agree on something and no one does anything about it? Rather silly if you ask me. In Seth Godin’s words: Stop Stealing Dreams I like the moment in the video below where Seth Godin asks the question, “what is the goal of school?”. Do we need people who are experts at doing what they’re told, filling in the blank, and memorizing facts? Or do we need critical thinkers that can deal with failure, who aren’t afraid to public speak and can use…
  • How Do You Market a Nerdy Sport? – #InTheLab Episode 12

    Jeph
    15 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Volleyball is a nerdy sport. I don’t care what you say about it, it’s nerdy, trust me. I don’t like it, I want to change that. The Regina Volleyball Club hasn’t been the Volleyball powerhouse that I thought it would be. We’re trying to change that. We (along with three other awesome coaches) are coaching the youngest age group in the boys category possible, we’re trying to get kids involved early. Our theory is if we get them playing and loving Volleyball at a young age, they’ll keep with it, play more and more and grow into talented Volleyball…
  • 7 Things You Can Start Doing Today That Will Make Your Life Better

    Jeph
    5 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    1. Make your online passwords an uplifting or encouraging phrase. This is an easy one. We all have a lot of passwords we have to remember. We all have to change these impossible to remember passwords every freaking week so this is a way to make the whole password thing better. Make your passwords something encouraging.  Or the lyrics to a favourite song(I like using Disney Songs). Or the lyrics from your favourite Will Farrell movie. If you want to remember a password, make it long and confusing. And because some security expert will comment on here “well Jeph an uplifting phrase…
  • When Do You Start Marketing Your Start-up? Episode 10 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    This week on #InTheLab, the Strategy Lab video series, we answer questions from a couple views. Question 1 from Shalyn: Is it smart to have social media in place in your start-up as soon as it opens? Well Shalyn it depends. If social media is innate to you, if it’s easy to snap pics here and there, you’re on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram a lot than yes you should be setting up your start-ups social accounts. But don’t wait till you have the business, start today. What do you have to lose starting early? You’re going to grow a larger network, engage with more…
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    Fit Small Business

  • Is the cloud safe for small business? An interview with Andrey Pozhogin

    Marc Prosser
    29 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    Andrey Pozhogin is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Kaspersky Lab North America.  Kaspersky may not be a familiar name to many small businesses. However, they compete with Symantec, McAfee, and AVG in the world of cyber-security software.  When I asked one of my friends that works with an organization that competes with them, he […] The post Is the cloud safe for small business? An interview with Andrey Pozhogin appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Professional Voicemail Greeting – Where To Get One

    Jeremy Marsan
    28 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    A professional voicemail greeting is one of the easiest ways you can improve the face of your business. In the past, a short greeting could cost up over $100. Today, however, you can get a professional voicemail greeting recorded for as little as $5. Best Professional Voicemail Greeting Recording Service: Fiverr Fiverr is by far […] The post Professional Voicemail Greeting – Where To Get One appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • 19 Press Release Distribution Tips From The Pros

    Jaqueline Thomas
    27 May 2015 | 8:14 am
    You have exciting news to share about your company, but how do you get the word out? One of the most effective strategies is to create and distribute a press release. With an attention-grabbing title and the right hook, your company news can be shared with the right audience at the right time. Do you […] The post 19 Press Release Distribution Tips From The Pros appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Online Real Estate School – Who’s The Best?

    Priyanka Prakash
    25 May 2015 | 11:42 pm
    As a future real estate agent, you have many options when it comes to choosing the best online real estate school. In this guide, we cover three leading online real estate schools that can help you complete your state’s pre-licensing requirements and pass your state’s licensing exam. Best Online Real Estate School: Kaplan Kaplan is our recommended […] The post Online Real Estate School – Who’s The Best? appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Chris Leavitt’s Tips for Real Estate Sales Success

    Tim Bossie
    21 May 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Real estate agents are one of the largest segments of our audience here at FitSmallBusiness.com.  This is why I am extra excited to have had the opportunity to interview Chris Leavitt. Chris is a top selling Miami real estate agent, where he has sold over $120 Million, and is featured on the show Million Dollar […] The post Chris Leavitt’s Tips for Real Estate Sales Success appeared first on Fit Small Business.
 
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    BoostSuite

  • Comprehensive Guide to Infographic Creation and Promotion

    Laura Heart
    27 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Once upon a time back in 2009, infographics were the archetypal victims of their own success. After a few early examples gained extraordinary traction online, internet marketers everywhere jumped on the infographic bandwagon… An infographic history lesson The “original” infographics thrived, offering viewers a visually appealing, high-impact way to digest information. The “hangers-on” enjoyed less success. Eager to jump aboard the online trend, digital marketers commissioned increasingly poorly thought-through infographics featuring clumsy graphics, inaccurate facts and figures…
  • Should You Outsource Your Marketing?

    Aaron Houghton
    26 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Written by Brendan Waller of www.measurable-marketing.ca When it comes to marketing, there are really only two options out there: hire a marketer or designer in-house, or outsource your efforts. There are distinct differences between the two options, so let’s explore further. In-House Marketing We’ve all been there; at some point or another, each member of our company has been a part of, or was the marketing department for a business. Having someone in-house does have one distinct advantage over outsourcing your Marketing: You’ve got a salaried employee sitting in your…
  • Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Sales and Marketing Roles

    Aaron Houghton
    25 May 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Do you do everything yourself? I think it’s a common mistake that holds many entrepreneurs back. It took me years to realize that marketing experts, and sales experts, were way better at their jobs than I could ever be. Sure, I started the company, and I knew our products and services better than anyone. Turns out, what I was doing wasn’t really rocket science after all. After bringing in real marketing and sales experts, my business took off. And by allowing others to help my business grow, I helped them turn their expertise into sizable bonuses as they excelled in their roles…
  • How a Website Analysis Can Boost Lead Generation

    Aaron Houghton
    25 May 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Today’s guest post was written by Hendrik de Vries of minglemediamarketing.com. Any business owner will tell you that there just aren’t enough hours in the day. There are customers to tend to, employees to manage, inventory to take care of, costs to cover. Just never enough time. So when I tell you that you have one more thing to add to your long list, please don’t raise your fists and curse my name just yet. I’m sure there will be other times when this is an appropriate response, but luckily we already have a (free) solution waiting for you. You probably know by now…
  • Do You Want To Close Stale Sales? Try These 9 Tricks.

    Aaron Houghton
    20 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
    During my training sales seminars, often I ask participants a question: Do you have stale sales, in your pipeline? Almost every time the answer is yes. Most sales professionals suffer from business opportunities that remain dormant for a very long time, and it seems that nothing can move them from an almost eternal sleep. This challenge, if not timely faced, puts in a bad light reps and their sales managers and, in some cases, can become detrimental to their morale. When the answer comes out, I often say: “Good news, guys. In addition to many sales techniques, you are about to discover…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Lemongrass Spa: Compensation Plan & Consultant Rewards Explained

    Angie
    27 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Lemongrass Spa Products, LLC offers a complete line of sheer mineral makeup and natural skin care spa products to customers. They are committed to offering products which are free from parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil or petrochemicals. The handcrafted products are 97-100% natural and come infused with organic botanicals, therapeutic essential oils, vegan oils and healing The handcrafted products are 97-100% natural and come infused with organic botanicals, therapeutic essential oils, vegan oils and healing butters. Plus the products are gluten-free, cruelty-free and are gentle…
  • Direct Sales Companies With An Earn-Your-Kit Option

    Angie
    25 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    The cost of a starter kit can be a major obstacle for many hoping to join a home party plan. Luckily there are a few direct sales companies that allow new consultants to earn their kit through meeting specific sales goals either before enrolling or during a specified period of time.   Northern Clover – Host a Northern Clover Style Boutique and apply your Hostess credit towards the cost of the kit ($49 and up). L’BRI – Accumulate $2500 in sales in your first 45 days to receive a rebate for the cost of your starter kit ($350). Norwex – Get your kit free ($200) when you submit…
  • Ground Floor Jewelry Business Opportunity with Bella Vintaj

    Angie
    21 May 2015 | 10:33 pm
    Bella Vintaj is a new home party plan company offering boutique jewelry. Today we are sitting down with a member of the Bella Vintaj staff to learn more about this exciting new home business opportunity. Bella Vintaj – Love Worn Jewelry™ Handmade in the USA! Please tell us a little about Bella Vintaj and the products you offer. Bella Vintaj is a boutique jewelry business opportunity, built by women, for women, just like you. We enlighten and inspire women to express who they are through the jewelry they wear. There are more financially successful women in direct sales than any other…
  • Selling Seacret Products: What You Need to Know

    Angie
    20 May 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Seacret is an advanced Dead Sea skin care line that was established in 2005, selling over 1 billion dollars in retail sales from kiosks in malls all around the world. Seacret switched to relationship marketing in 2011, bringing their products to your home and giving a better value to their customers. Nearly all of the kiosks have since been closed. Every Seacret product is enriched with water, salt, and/or mud-based minerals from the Dead Sea. The unique composition of Seacret’s products allows for deeper penetration and nourishes the skin with essential oils, vitamins, fatty acids,…
  • Ground Floor Opportunity: Tocara

    Angie
    13 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Tocara has long been a successful direct selling company in Canada. The company recently opened their doors to U.S. consultants. You now have the opportunity to make a living selling Tocara’s signature Sterling Silver and Sterling Steel jewelry line. Commission: Earn 25% commission on personal sales Starter Kit Costs: There are two options to get started with Tocara.  The first is to pay $249.00 for the starter kit which included over $1,250 in jewelry as well as business supplies.  The other way is to do a starter show and get sales of at least $800 and then your kit is FREE!
 
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  • 5 of the Best Free Online Presentation Tools

    kutenda support
    29 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    Productivity is increasingly moving away from the classic desktop machine. As mobile, [...] The post 5 of the Best Free Online Presentation Tools appeared first on .
  • 4 Gmail Hacks For Productivity

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    27 May 2015 | 8:06 am
    Gmail is a handy tool. But if you’ve never changed the setup [...] The post 4 Gmail Hacks For Productivity appeared first on .
  • Data Security Best Practices and Employee Mistake Prevention

    Patrick Scully
    18 May 2015 | 9:14 am
    You know that feeling of dread you get when you realize you [...] The post Data Security Best Practices and Employee Mistake Prevention appeared first on .
  • The iOS Hack That Could Create Apple-Free Zones

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    Apple hasn’t historically faced the same malware threats as Windows, mainly because [...] The post The iOS Hack That Could Create Apple-Free Zones appeared first on .
  • How to Connect With Customers on Twitter

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    13 May 2015 | 4:12 am
    While there are some obvious pointers that work across any channel, from [...] The post How to Connect With Customers on Twitter appeared first on .
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Home Ownership, Are You Ready For It?

    John Conde
    29 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    Most of us were brought up to believe that owning a home is much better than renting and sometimes this is a true statement. However, many people overlook all of the additional costs and responsibilities that come with home ownership. Potential buyers can forget that there’s usually a hefty down payment involved with purchasing…and that’s just the start of it. What about homeowners insurance, property taxes, maintenance, HOA fees, etc?  Once you own the home, the days of calling the landlord to fix something are over!…Welcome to home ownership. You are now…
  • TOR 012 : Who Pays The Realtor’s Commission?

    John Conde
    26 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Hello and Welcome to the Top Orlando Realtor podcast , if you’ve been here before, we are happy to have you back I’m your host John Conde with ORC and today we’ll be talking about how real estate agents get paid on a traditional real estate transaction. How Orlando Real Estate Agents Get PaidReal estate agents aren’t like other professionals who bill for their time hourly, or present an invoice at the end of a project. If a Realtor don’t produce, they don’t get paid.Realtors should never charge an upfront fee.Real estate commission is based on the sale…
  • Short Sale It or Keep It? What Should You Do?

    Jenny Zamora
    25 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    When you first purchased your home you probably never thought that you would one day need to come out of pocket or short sale your Orlando home to get it sold.No homeowner ever buys a home thinking that one day their home will have no equity or worse yet, it will be worth less than the unpaid mortgage amount. The truth is most homeowners buy believing that their home will increase in value. Most of us were brought up being told that buying Orlando real estate is a fool proof investment and you’re guaranteed to make money when you sell your house. There are never any…
  • Pricing Your Orlando Property

    Jenny Zamora
    22 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    I remember when real estate in Orlando was booming at an alarming rate back in 2005. Orlando listing agents were able to put up ridiculously high listing prices and people were paying it because they were afraid that by the following week prices would be even higher.In today’s Orlando real estate market it’s more important than ever to price your home accurately from the start. Have you ever wondered how Orlando real estate agents determine the right asking price for there house? There are a many different factors that can help in determining the value of a house although,…
  • Orlando Real Estate Agents Discuss Closing Costs

    Jenny Zamora
    18 May 2015 | 11:54 am
    Orlando real estate agents are responsible for much more than selling homes in Orlando or helping people to buy a home. Their clients rely on them to help them navigate through the entire process from beginning to end. The end being the closing of the transaction and being able to understand the breakdown of the closing costs. When a homeowner sells their home they typically assume that after subtracting the real estate commission and the loan payoff amount, that’s what they walk away with. Closing costs never even enter their mind, especially if it’s the seller’s…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • An easy guide to superannuation for new employers

    MYOB Team
    28 May 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Starting a business is never easy. Understanding all the legal requirements is even harder, let alone a business owner’s obligations regarding pay, benefits, and one of the most important payments for employees – superannuation. Understanding superannuation can seem overwhelming for new employers. But it’s actually simpler than you think. You just need to understand a few core concepts: You need to keep detailed records These records need to detail which super funds to which you’re paying super contributions, the amount you paid, when they were paid and the period covered by the super…
  • Staying compliant in 2015 with MYOB

    Merrin Hughes
    28 May 2015 | 4:55 pm
    End of Financial year can be complicated enough, without the added stress of how to meet your compliance obligations for the year to come. Let’s take a look at what tax changes affect you as a small business for 2015/2016 and how MYOB can help you stay compliant through your MYOB Essentials, AccountRight or AccountEdge software. Payroll Tax Tables  There’s a couple of changes to individual tax rates from 1 July 2015 that require tax table updates to your software. Medicare levy The Medicare levy rate for low income earners is increasing. The threshold for singles will…
  • The Accounting Journal: 60 years of Accounting Software

    Ben Scott
    27 May 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Part 1 of MYOB’s 6-part series on the history of accounting – from its origins to today, and beyond. More and more as each year passes, we depend on computers for almost everything in our daily lives.  They run our industries, deliver our entertainment, enable global communications, and soon they’ll even be driving our cars. Accounting and computers are a familiar and natural match, but it may surprise you how far back the influence of accounting really goes.  The need for tracking assets and transactions has been closely intertwined with the early development of numbers,…
  • Is lack of trust costing you customers?

    Phoebe Netto
    26 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Sales lead attrition: it can crush your bottom line while putting a dent in your ego. Losing a potential customer is a painful process, and for many businesses, it’s an all too common scenario. There are a number of reasons potential customers walk away. You can’t do much about those who simply realise your product or service is unsuitable, but you can alter your approach to capture those who should become customers. Getting to know you Firstly you need to identify what stops some people from doing business with you. The best way is to walk along the sales journey in a manner you would…
  • What do bookkeepers do?

    Jan Barned
    25 May 2015 | 7:03 pm
    What do bookkeepers do? The simple answer is: “All the financial record keeping you don’t have the time or expertise to do properly”.  A good bookkeeper will be a huge asset to your business because they have the knowledge and experience on how to accurately manage your business’s financial records. They can also provide insight into potential financial issues in the business. The key roles of a good bookkeeper will include: Data Entry Your bookkeeper will manage all your financial transactions by entering them into the system regularly and accurately, allocating them to the correct…
 
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    Industry Edge

  • Open Call for “Made in the USA” Products

    Whitney Richardson
    29 May 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Walmart hosts third U.S. Manufacturing Summit to solicit new “Made in the USA” inventory. Last August, Walmart hosted its second U.S. Manufacturing Summit, which included the distribution of $4 million in grants to research and development institutions, following its inaugural open call to innovators to share their U.S.-made products with the retail conglomerate. Both activities support the company’s commitment to buy an additional $50 billion in U.S.-made products over the next 10 years. Walmart is once again calling on local innovators to present new “Made in the USA” products for…
  • Consumers Are Clamoring for Gift Cards

    Whitney Richardson
    29 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    With graduations and weddings aplenty in summertime, plus Father’s Day celebrations, gift card interest is on the rise. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially on a budget. Perhaps that’s why 70 percent of consumers plan to purchase gift cards this spring and summer for everything from birthdays to weddings, according to new research from the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA). RGCA surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. consumers to determine interest and preferences regarding gift cards. Not only is interest in gift card purchases up this year, at 70 percent (last year, 66 percent…
  • 12 Products for Less-Stressed Pets

    Julia Haskins
    28 May 2015 | 12:00 pm
    These pet de-stressing products can calm cats and dogs when they’re feeling uneasy. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it’s easy to forget that pets get stressed, too. From thunderstorms to vet appointments, stressors abound for animals and create serious anxiety. It’s a heartbreaking situation for any pet parent. Fortunately, a number of simple solutions can get tails wagging once again. Stock up on these products to help customers’ cats and dogs wear, smell, play, chew and snuggle their way to serenity. Stock up on these products to help customers’ cats and dogs wear,…
  • Can Shelving Height Affect Sales?

    Whitney Richardson
    28 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Research indicates that how high a shelf is and where products are on it can affect how customers behave and what products they choose. How you set up your store can affect your sales, based on how customers traditionally behave as they meander through the aisles. And where you place your inventory also can affect sales. According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, consumers have become so accustomed to looking down as a result of texting and emailing that where a product is placed can affect how they analyze it. “Consumers pay attention to different aspects of products…
  • How to Create the Perfect Outdoor Room

    Melissa Willets
    27 May 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Four trends you need to follow to help your customers design the perfect outdoor extension to their homes. No longer are decks and patios relegated to an area with just a few chairs and a grill. Rather, today’s outdoor spaces are a true extension of the home, a place where families and friends gather for a meal and to relax, in comfort and style. “More and more, homeowners are taking indoor activities outside and creating true outdoor rooms,” Adam Zambanini, vice president of marketing for Trex, which manufactures wood-alternative decking, said in a news release. “We’ve seen a…
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    Small Business Sense

  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (May 2015)

    Kim George
    28 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!   Entrepreneurship Learn 7 Ways to Be More Productive on the Weekends Here’s a great list of 10 Things to Consider When Choosing a Location for Your Business Here is a look at 10 Ways To Create An Epic Business   Marketing and Sales Is Your Website optimized for Lead Generation? Here are 5 Ways to Achieve Success! Running a retail business? Here are 3 Effective Ways to Use a Blog to Boost Your Retail Business Here are 7 Tips For Launching A Video Marketing…
  • 5 Cloud Based Apps that Eliminate the Invoicing “Paper” Mountain

    Kim George
    26 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    So you’re struggling to remove the mounds of paper invoices tossed around your desk? It’s an issue that I’ve heard that small business owners suffer from… a lot! Let’s be honest…keeping up with invoices is a pain in the #$%!  It’s time-consuming, and down-right frustrating to say the least. Fortunately, there are online and web based apps that you can use to simplify this process.  What are cloud-based invoicing apps? Cloud invoicing apps are simply applications that run via the internet.  These apps make it super easy for you to keep track of all of your invoices and…
  • 5 Must-Watch Youtube Channels for Small Businesses

    Kim George
    12 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Did you know that Youtube is currently the worlds 2nd largest search engine and processes more than 3 Billion searches a month?  Neither did I.    I’ll be the first to admit that whenever I get stuck with trying to figure out how to do something, Youtube is my go-to source for tutorials, especially video tutorials.  It is also a site that I frequent to learn more about various subjects in small business because I firmly believe that as an entrepreneur, you never stop learning.  For today’s post, I’m rounding up a post filled with several of my favorite Youtube channels that I…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (April 2015)

    Kim George
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy! Entrepreneurship  Here is a look at 14 Tips to Getting the Most out of a Conference Here Are a Few Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Be Bad at Bookkeeping Here are 3 Things That You Need to Do Before Hiring a Virtual Assistant   Marketing and Sales Here is a great list of Email Subject Lines that Sell Learn How to Learn Leads into Customers with an Email Autoresponder A Beginners Guide to Writing Bullet Points that Work Social Media Learn How to Properly Setup…
  • 21 Essential Tools for Working Remotely

    Kim George
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    Did you know that 69% of new businesses are home based? I can say that without a shadow of a doubt that I am not surprised by this statistic…not one bit! Over the years, I’ve noticed that now more than ever, Entrepreneurs are leveraging cloud based tech tools to start and build their businesses. Additionally, folks are using these resources to easily find and hire talent for their teams (from anywhere in the world regardless of geographic location), communicate with them and ultimately save a ton of money on the costs associated with “traditional office” expenses. Furthermore,…
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    blog.hotspotshield.com

  • 6 Ways To Halt Online Tracking

    Robert Siciliano
    28 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    “On the Internet, you can be ANYBODY!” Not quite. Remaining anonymous in cyber space isn’t as easy as it used to be. Your browsing habits can be tracked, leading to your true identity. But there are things you can do to prevent people/companies from tracking your every move online. Don’t feel you must use your full, real name when filling out forms or whatever, just because it’s asked or even a “required field.” Of course, you’ll want to use your real name when registering online with a bank, for instance, or making a purchase. But sometimes, the real name just isn’t…
  • Win a tablet and more great prizes!

    Levent Sapci
    27 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    It’s time of the month again to have a giveaway and celebrate our amazing users. Indeed we wouldn’t be here without you guys! Enter below to win! Win a tablet, Amazon Prime & Elite Memberships! What’s to win! 1st Grand Prize: 1 Kindle Fire HD tablet ($99) + 1-year Amazon Prime membership ($100) + 1-year Hotspot Shield Elite membership ($30) 2nd Grand Prize: 1-year Amazon Prime membership ($100) + 1-year Hotspot Shield Elite membership ($30) 10 runner-up winners will each receive: 1-year Hotspot Shield Elite membership ($30) Winners’ Draw and Announcement Winners…
  • Our Recommended Must Watch TV Shows & Movies

    Peter Nguyen
    27 May 2015 | 7:57 am
    With so many choices of movies and shows to choose from, how do you decide which ones to watch? Having choices is great, but it can also make you waste lots of time scrolling through the list. Well, I am going make it easier for you and give you a list of current most popular movies/shows available from streaming services. 1) VIKINGS (S1-3) If you’re a fan of blood, gore, and great battle scenes, you’ll love Vikings. Vikings tells the stories of the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, a Norse farmer who rises to become the king of medieval Scandivania. Ragnar, an ambitious warrior, thirsts for…
  • Watch UEFA Champions League Final Live Online

    Levent Sapci
    26 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    The UEFA Champions League Final is set. Two of European soccer’s most famous clubs will meet in Berlin to battle for the title. When is the Champions League final? It’s on June 6th, 2015. That’s a Saturday. Cancel all of your plans for that weekend. Or just the Saturday night ones if you’re less keen on watching televised elite European football matches. When does it kick off? 8:45 pm Central European Time. For those of you reading this in the United Kingdom, that will work out at the more familiar time of 7.45 pm BST. If you’re on the east coast of the United…
  • Are WiFi Phone Calls Safe?

    Levent Sapci
    19 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    In fewer than 10 years, smartphones have revolutionized how we interact with the world and with each other. Carrying a powerful computer in your pocket has countless advantages, but what about the risks? Mobile innovation is moving so fast, driven by a voracious market, that many consumers are jumping to adopt new technologies without stopping to consider the potential risks to their data privacy. One of the latest such developments is WiFi phone calling capability. Here are some things to consider before embracing this relatively new possibility. What is WiFi Calling? Simply stated, WiFi…
 
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    The Blog from Instore

  • Why Loyalty Programs Fail (and how to fix them)

    Matt Niehaus
    10 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Most customers like the idea of loyalty programs at restaurants they visit regularly, but find the complexity and requirements to earn rewards not worth the effort to participate. Traditionally, restaurants have relied on punch cards and 3rd party swipe cards as loyalty program trackers, often measuring customer visits as a proxy for loyalty. The end result is low participation in loyalty programs, and only 44 percent of loyalty participants remaining active, according to the firm Colloquy. Here’s why loyalty programs fail, and how to fix them: Problem: Loyalty programs aren’t really…
  • How many mPOS tablets do you need for your store?

    Matt Niehaus
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Anyone who has been to an Apple store knows that the days of waiting in long lines to get to a cash register are numbered. Salespeople walking around with iPods, iPads, or other mobile devices that can complete transactions instantly on the spot are becoming more and more widespread in retail stores, restaurants, and other business establishments. If you’re thinking of making the move to an iPad mPOS (mobile point of sale) system, you might be wondering just how many screens you’ll need. That also ties into the second question – how much should you budget for hardware? The good news is…
  • 5 Tools to Keep Customers Coming Back

    Matt Niehaus
    3 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Regular patrons and loyal customers are the bread and butter of a restaurant’s success. Bringing in new business is like that extra side of gravy. That's why it’s important to focus the majority of your marketing efforts on retaining established customers – the ones who fill the tables on a regular basis, and go on to recommend your restaurant to their friends, families, and co-workers, and post about their meal on Facebook and Instagram. Collecting customer data is not enough, however. You have to leverage that knowledge to build ongoing relationships and ensure repeat business. Here…
  • Why Standalone Restaurant Technology Systems Won’t Survive

    Matt Niehaus
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Consider a mobile phone that only makes calls — no texting, no Internet access, and certainly no Angry Birds. Sounds pretty outdated, doesn’t it? Stand-alone consumer technology is becoming a thing of the past — and so is stand-alone commercial technology for the restaurant industry. Currently many systems such as POS, loyalty, online ordering and mobile payments are typically purchased separately, but this results in siloed data and substandard outcomes for business owners and consumers alike. Merchants want and deserve a single platform to manage all aspects of their business,…
  • What to Look for in an mPOS Software Solution

    Matt Niehaus
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    mPOS (mobile point of sale) software is increasingly becoming the norm in restaurants, cafes, and other retail establishments. There are lots of benefits to bringing mPOS functionality into your business, including speedier service and faster throughput, more payment options, integrated features to help you grow your business, and more. If you are considering upgrading your old-school point of sale system in favor of an mPOS, make sure you do your homework to maximize the upgrade benefits for your business. Here are some questions to ask when evaluating mPOS software: Is it user-friendly? A…
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    DP Marketing Services

  • What to Do About Your Printing Company Website? Tame the Monster

    Richard Dannenberg
    18 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    What are you going to do about your website? If you’re running a printing business, there’s around a 50% chance that you don’t have one. If you do have a website, there’s a very good chance that it needs some improvement. In last week’s article, I wrote about the difficulties printers have with the internet. For many of you, your website is like a monster under the bed. You know it’s there and you’re just a little bit afraid of it. If you ignore it or throw it a scrap of food occasionally, maybe it won’t do too much harm. Here’s the problem: The monster is making your…
  • Is Your Website the Monster Under the Bed?

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Let’s Talk About Your Website I know you’d really prefer if we didn’t. And anyway, the site you have up has been sitting there perfectly well on it’s own for quite some time. Bringing a website up to speed is a lot of work. You know that. You delegated the job to one of your designers a couple of years ago and they’ve really never gotten anywhere with the project. Does this sound familiar? Websites have become the monster under the bed for many printing company owners. They’re fearful, they know there’s something horrible under there, but maybe the monster will just go away…
  • Three ways to improve the effectiveness of your print sales calls

    Richard Dannenberg
    28 Apr 2015 | 5:03 am
    Guest blog by Matthew Parker, Profitable Print Relationships Note: Matthew Parker is Director of Profitable Print Relationships and a former print buyer. For the last 5 years, PPR has provided unique sales masterclasses that have helped print salespeople in the UK and Europe improve their skills and their messaging. DP Marketing Services has recently become a licensed provider of PPR training and will be introducing Matthew’s flagship masterclass, How to Stop Print Buyers from Choosing on Price, over the next few months. Click the link for more information about the course.  …
  • Inbound Marketing: Where Are We Heading? (Part VI)

    Richard Dannenberg
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Where’s the destination? For several weeks, we’ve been talking about the details of inbound marketing for small businesses. We’ve used a train trip metaphor that’s persisted through several blog articles in this series: Why Inbound Marketing is a Good Idea for Small Businesses How Inbound Marketing Works How to Build An Inbound Marketing Strategy Where the Content Comes from How to Measure Progress If you’re building an inbound marketing program for your business and have come along on the trip, hopefully you’ve picked up a few ideas and now have a good…
  • Inbound Marketing: How to Measure Progress (Part V)

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    Our inbound marketing train is running steadily forward, but the engineer is hearing a peculiar hiss and a slight ping from a piston as the locomotive chugs along. We’re not up to speed and it’s obvious that we need more steam. Let’s check the gauges and adjust a valve or two and see if we can keep the train running smoothly and on schedule. In today’s post, we’ll talk about measuring and adjusting your inbound marketing program. Maybe it’s an odd comparison, but the steam train analogy that we’ve been using over the past few weeks for our primer on inbound marketing has held up…
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    VerticalResponse Blog

  • 15 Hygiene Tips to Keep Your Email List Clean as a Whistle

    Contributing Author
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A healthy email list is vital to any business. Thanks to bounces, unsubscribes and address changes, you can lose upwards of one-third of your list each year. If you’re not replacing churned email addresses with new active ones, your business can feel the impact. Here are 15 tips to help you clean, maintain and grow your email list. Remove or win back inactive contacts Many email list guidelines recommend waiting for a full year of inactivity before removing a subscriber from your mailing list, but many providers now advise removing inactive email addresses after just six months of…
  • 5 Ways to Get More People to Read Your Emails

    Contributing Author
    28 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice if your customers or clients read every email you sent? It would be amazing, right? Well, we’re here to help. There are dozens of reasons for emails to go unread. Your customers are busy, and their inboxes may be inundated with messages. From company memos to promotional emails, we all know how emails can pile up. So, how do you get your customers to read your emails? We’ve created a list of five easy-to-do tips to increase your “email readability.” While we can’t promise every email will get read, these tips are designed to up the ante…
  • 4 Uncommon Ways to Help New Customers Discover Your Business

    Kimber Powers
    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    A growing customer base is critical to any thriving business. Industry research points out multiple elements to include in your overall marketing strategy to reach these gains. By doing so, you increase your ability to not only attract your target market but also encourage new customers to convert, and ensure you retain them. In a challenging and oversaturated marketplace, this presents businesses of any size willing to take a risk and think unconventionally with a prime opportunity to draw in new customers. Here are four uncommon ways to help new customers discover your business:…
  • Use Pinterest Analytics to Increase Visits to Your Retail Website

    Contributing Author
    26 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Pinterest is a social networking site in which users post and share – or pin – pictures. The site’s visual format and user base have unique value for retailers. Though Pinterest has historically been dominated by women, that’s slowly changing as a third of new signups come from men. Twice as many pinners have household incomes over $75K, as opposed to those who make less than $30K. Understanding your Pinterest followers and using that information to grow your business is a huge opportunity with an estimated reach this year of over 47 million users. Like any social…
  • Get a Sneak Peek of VerticalResponse’s New Salesforce App [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    22 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Salesforce rules the world when it comes to customer relationship management (CRM) platforms. But even the world’s #1 CRM needs assistance on filling the funnel with customers. It’s at this intersection you’ll find VerticalResponse and our “soon to be released” Salesforce app integration. With VerticalResponse and Salesforce coming together in one application, you can couple the usefulness of email marketing with the power of a customer relationship management platform. To get you excited, we dedicated our latest episode of Tips in 2 to highlight two of the…
 
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    Kim Yuhl

  • EH #10 – Life Coach Yourself Happy

    Kim
    26 May 2015 | 9:59 am
    So here’s the deal. Life coaching is the new black. You see life coaches all over the place and they make it seem like you can’t get to where you want to go without one. They come in all areas of expertise, work, money, relationships, health, nutrition, and even sex and they are making a […] The post EH #10 – Life Coach Yourself Happy appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Friday’s 5 Happy Things [May 22, 2015]

    Kim
    22 May 2015 | 7:57 am
      Thank you so much for the great feedback from last week’s inaugural 5 things. Apparently, there were some dance parties going on and that makes me ever so happy! 1. Ponder This I have been doing a lot of talking about gratitude this week. First on the podcast, then in a discussion with my […] The post Friday’s 5 Happy Things [May 22, 2015] appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • One Saturday Night

    Kim
    21 May 2015 | 9:40 am
    Note: I recently began a non-fiction writing workshop and our first assignment was to write a memoir piece. So for the first time, I am writing about THE night that changed my life and prompted to begin my happiness journey. After writing, I realized I never really talked about the exact moment, and while it […] The post One Saturday Night appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • EH #9 – Gratitude. Yes, It’s Really That Important!

    Kim
    19 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    There are all sorts of things out there to help remind us to be grateful. There are gratitude bracelets, quote decks, and even gratitude planners. While I love all these tools, they really are there as support to your gratitude practice not necessarily as a tool to encourage you to be more grateful. Before those […] The post EH #9 – Gratitude. Yes, It’s Really That Important! appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • 5 on Fridays for May 15, 2015

    Kim
    15 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    Welcome to the first 5 on Friday. Every Friday, I will bring you five things that helped me embrace happy in the last week. From books to blogs, from a podcast to a song, from a quote to an action – this is meant to be some fun, quick and easy ways to bring a smile […] The post 5 on Fridays for May 15, 2015 appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
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    Sprout Geek

  • How to Hire a Bartender for Your Restaurant or Bar?

    Sprout Geek
    8 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    The bartender you hire can bring success to your restaurant or bar. He or she also has the power to drive your business to the ground. Hiring the right bartender is very important. Yet it is not easy. In this guide, you are going to learn everything about how to hire a bartender, their roles, what to offer them in return, as well as the characteristics of a good bartender. Roles Bartenders’ roles go beyond preparing and mixing drinks for guests. Before doing anything else, you need to first identify the roles that you need the bartender to perform. This helps to determine the number of…
  • Rabbit Farming Terminologies: The Complete List for Farmers

    Sprout Geek
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Rabbit farming terminologies is difficult for any newcomer to the industry to understand. Are you a newcomer? Don’t worry and continue scrolling. You will find a list of rabbit-related jargons that you will come across while running your rabbit farm business. They are sorted according to the types of discussion that they are most likely to make an appearance. After completing this guide, you have no problem blending into a crowd of rabbit farmers and start conversations like a rabbit expert. Must Know Do not call yourself a rabbit farmer if you have no idea what these words mean. Buck…
  • Accounts Receivable Financing: The Essential Guide

    Sprout Geek
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Do you want to apply for accounts receivable financing? Continue reading, and learn everything you need to know about it. Accounts receivable financing is for businesses with customers on credit terms. You can leverage it to grow your business, or to get over a rough financial patch. Imagine yourself in going through the scenario below? Your business is doing well. Sales are coming in for your business, but the bank account balance is not increasing. Customers who owe you money stopped answering your calls. On the other hand, suppliers are chasing ferociously for payment. Before you know it,…
  • Restaurant Menu Makers: The Complete List for Restaurateurs

    Wayne Liew
    3 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    Hiring a menu designer is expensive. Want to save some money by using a restaurant menu maker instead? A menu forms the first impression of a restaurant together with the shopfront and interior. Thus, restaurant owners must not take it lightly. Other than cost savings, some of the benefits of a restaurant menu maker include: Complete ownership over menu design. Faster turnaround time. Make design changes without incurring revision fees. Create menus for print, web, and mobile devices at the same time. In this guide, you are going to read about every restaurant menu makers out there. You will…
  • Restaurant Equipment Leasing: The Complete Guide for Restaurateurs

    Sprout Geek
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:33 am
    Want to make a well-informed decision on whether to take up a restaurant equipment lease? You have a growing restaurant, and you need additional equipment to support the growth. Everything seems fine now, but what if the economy turns sour and people stop turning up at your restaurant? What should you do to the new equipments? You are probably asking yourself these questions, and that is why you are here for more information on restaurant equipment leasing. In a nutshell, leasing is like renting. With a restaurant equipment lease, you get to use the equipment and in return, you pay a monthly…
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    pbsfranklin.com

  • Do You Have a Fraud Prevention Plan?

    26 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
        Every Franklin, TN small business needs one. Even if you’re solely a family-owned business, fraud can happen. If you don’t want to lose money this year, keep reading. According to the website Entrepreneur, there are four types of fraud you as a small business owner in Franklin, TN need to be aware of. They include: payroll fraud, “double check” fraud, over-ordering fraud, and friendship fraud. Do you have a fraud prevention plan so that none of these money mishaps happens at your expense?   6 Ways to Prevent Fraud Combining the following 6 strategies is sure to keep…
  • 4 Things You Thought Were True About Accounting

    29 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
        Let’s face it—every occupation has its stereotype, and accounting usually isn’t considered one of the more glamorous jobs to have. And you probably don’t think about your Franklin, TN CPA in any context except how useful they are on April 15. But we’d like to show you some common misconceptions that Franklin, TN readers like you have about accounting. And then we want to show you how valuable accounting is. We think you’ll be surprised.   1. Accountants are boring Really, they’re not. They’re just people who went to college and have honed a skill, just like…
  • April is Financial Literacy Month

    24 Apr 2015 | 5:16 pm
        So what does this mean for your small business? By now you’ve probably got at a least general idea of how your business financials work, especially if you have a Franklin, TN CPA on your payroll. But small businesses fail all the time, and the reason usually has something to do with mismanagement of funds. Financial Literacy Month aims to remind all Americans of the value of being smart about money, and we’re here to use this reminder month to spark some financial review for our Franklin, TN small business readers.   What is Financial Literacy Month? So April is a month…
  • What Last-Minute Filers Don’t Know

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
        Ok, so you own your own business. It’s in Franklin, TN and you have a Franklin, TN CPA at your disposal. It’s tax season. You know you need to gather all your business records from 2014 and turn them in. But you hate paperwork. You really hate doing taxes. So what do you do? You let the April 15 deadline be your guide, and don’t touch a single receipt until April arrives. You’ve got 2 weeks, right? Uh-oh…   Busy Accountants The later you wait to get your tax act together, the more the snowball grows for your Franklin, TN accountant. What do we mean by that?
  • Why Taxes Should Be Your Biggest Problem

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:23 am
        If you’re a small business owner in Franklin, TN that is. Don’t just take our word for it—ask your Franklin, TN CPA to confirm it. When taxes are your small business bane, it means you’re doing something right. According to a Bloomberg Business article, there are four major issues that small businesses should be concerned with: labor quality, sales, interest rates & finance, and taxes. During the economic crisis of 2008, small businesses were clamoring for more sales. Which makes sense. But what the article points out is that during the business boom of the 1990s,…
 
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    MAQTOOB

  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Lebanon

    Adil Gherib
    27 May 2015 | 8:28 am
      There was a time when nomads didn't belong to any country – they would be crossing borders, seeking pasture for livestock, or making a living on the go.   Nowadays, there are still some nomads here and there – the ones that consumer society hasn’t reached yet, despite the "missions" that are sent out regularly, offering free education, medical care and support of various NGOs to help them "get better" and ultimately push them into settling.    Meanwhile, some of us retain that streak of moving from place to place, meeting, mingling, and learning about…
  • Lebanon Part II: On War, Entrepreneurship, and Enchantment

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    20 May 2015 | 5:51 am
      Despite the dreadful war that is raging in neighboring Syria, Beirut is a city full of life and it's not uncommon to see groups of tourists on the streets and youth having fun in overcrowded pubs at night.  Even though more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees joined the original Lebanese population of 4 million, we were quite astonished how well (at least on the surface) the country is dealing with yet another catastrophe in the region.   For us the most palpable testimony was the unsupportable traffic, as the number of cars had increased together with the influx of new…
  • Growth Hacking On Steroids: 33 Powerful Tools To Maximize Number of Users

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 May 2015 | 10:59 am
      On one hand, "growth hacking" is quite an overused buzz word which personally makes me cringe, on the other one it well communicates the essence of experimental online marketing techniques adopted by startups and small businesses so as to extend their user base fast and cheap.   Big enterprises with copious budgets can usually afford to pour tens of thousands of dollars into traditional (e.g. print, TV, radio) and digital (e.g. search engine advertising, web banners, mobile advertising) marketing channels. Starting entrepreneurs, by contrast, truly need to think out of the box in…
  • Top 5 Business Apps of Rodolphe Dutel

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    6 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
      Get inspired by those who dared. In our new series, we ask successful entrepreneurs to share their top 5 apps that help them grow their businesses. This time with:   Rodolphe Dutel Business Development at Buffer, Founder of Remotive.io      1. Moosti – A simple time tracker   "My go-to online Pomodoro timer to timebox everything I do."       2. YouTube 2x Speed Watching   "Surely saving 5+ hours per week through this one."       3. Noisli – Improve focus and boost…
  • Lebanon Part I: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:25 pm
      I learned one thing that day. When your luggage is delayed, it's bad. Yet, when the person you're waiting for at the arrival gate doesn't show up, your common sense leaves you completely.   On April 3rd, a taxi took me to the airport in Brussels, just in time to pick up Adil, co-founder of our startup, with whom I was about to set off on a bold one-year tour around the world. In approximately 3 hours, we were supposed to get on the plane to Beirut. As I waited, I was browsing my Twitter feed only to discover a TechCrunch article, published that very day, on Lebanon's bright future…
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    Godot Media

  • Talkwalker vs. Crimson Hexagon: A Comparative Review

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

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

    Godot
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Keywords are an important aspect of your SEO campaign. The problem, however, is that you are spoiled for choices. So, it is not inconceivable that you can make mistakes while choosing keywords. What’s worse is that you may not even be aware that you are erring. Below are five common mistakes that should be avoided while choosing keywords: Not understanding how people search: While you may know what your customers need, your customers may only have a very vague idea. Using head terms (keywords that are only one or two words long) made up of industry jargon will not give you the best…
  • Brand Journalism: An Emerging Trend

    Godot
    20 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    In the year 2004, McDonald’s employed a new marketing strategy that Larry Light, its chief marketing officer, called “brand journalism”. But, what is brand journalism and its relation to marketing?According to Light, it was not possible for brands to communicate what they represented to their customers through means of just a single ad. It was also not possible to approach marketing with a one size fits all strategy. What was needed was the segmentation of their customer base to appeal to each group separately. In other words, provide each potential customer with what they want,…
  • Key Trends in Search Marketing for 2015

    Godot Media
    17 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    Here are a few key emerging trends for search marketing in 2015 along with some handy with tips for brands and businesses: Marketers will go mobile: Mobile search is getting bigger by the day and it is quite visible in customer acquisition numbers for brands and businesses. Businesses in 2015 will be spending a lot more on mobile search marketing than they did last year, as the consumption of mobile media increases at a burning pace. Optimization of mobile search campaigns would be key as the consumption behavior on mobile is different than web, and not accounting for this distinction can…
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  • Get The Most From Your Day At HRSS

    Barry
    28 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Are you going to the CIPD HR Software Show this year? If so, then there’s a few things you can do and prepare for to make your day more fun, as well as more productive. Research what’s on and when Check out the event website to see which suppliers are attending; if there’s talks that you’d like to see, a general timetable will stand you in good stead for getting the most from the day(s). Plan your journey London’s a busy place and on days when there’s an event the surrounding stations are very crowded. Allow enough time plus some extra for your journey and…
  • 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work (and how to fix them)

    Barry
    26 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Do you enjoy your job? Have you ever thought about what it is that you don’t like and whether you can fix it? Here’s 7 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Work and how to fix them. 1) You’re simply in the wrong job Sometimes the problem is that you’re just in the wrong job. If there’s really nothing you can do to make your work life happier then it’s time to be proactive and seek alternative employment. There’s nothing wrong with outgrowing a role and if there’s no opportunity for advancement with your current employer, then it’s time to…
  • Onboarding: Commitment And Productivity From Day One

    Barry
    21 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many benefits of implementing onboarding programmes to attract, induct, train and retain top talent. Processes can be implemented to help a new employee integrate into the business even before their first day. Did you know that within the first six months after being hired about a third of the employees are already looking for a new job? If you consider the time and manpower costs associated with the hiring process, you should appreciate the importance of avoiding a situation whereby you’re replacing staff relatively new to the business and strategies that can help with…
  • Employer Branding: A Strategy With Benefits

    Barry
    19 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    Each day the challenge to find the best and most talented employees increases. Employer branding is more important than ever before and the benefits for the customer, employee and employer are huge. Google, Apple, Facebook… these are some of the top ‘favorite companies to work for’. Beyond the prestige and notoriety or the high salaries, these companies have built their employer brand by word of mouth. In the past few years, Human Resources departments have found new technologies and online channels to attract and recruit talent, one crucial element of this talent attraction…
  • 10 Ways To Improve Your Interview Process

    Barry
    12 May 2015 | 1:30 am
    If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well – the interview process is no exception. If you want to attract and retain top talent, then you need to optimise your interview process. 1) Get the job ad right in the first place A successful job advert will attract the right talent to your brand. In order to control the number of applications you receive, it’s important that you’re clear as to what you expect from the applicants. It’s no good attracting a huge number of applicants if 75% of them aren’t qualified or don’t have sufficient…
 
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    Wasp Buzz

  • Inventory Tracking Best Practices from Oxford University

    Jason Sentell
    28 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    The first English speaking university uses inventory management tracking technology to  keep track of and maintain over 28,000 phones.  These phones are used in buildings in all  the university’s buildings throughout the city of Oxford. Even the top colleges and universities around the world find it hard to keep track of inventory. According to a 2013 report, Virginia [...]
  • Future of Barcodes, RFID, & Image Barcodes; How They Will Impact IOT

    Brian Sutter
    26 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Picture yourself purchasing a can of Coke at the store. The store clerk picks it up to scan it at the register, but it lacks a scan-able barcode. Instead, the clerk moves the can in front of a scanner with image recognition technology. The system recognizes the red and white label as a can of [...]
  • This Is How The U.S. Army Keeps Track Of Its Assets

    Brad Vinson
    21 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    How One Of The Largest U.S. Army Posts Successfully Tracks Base Assets The U.S. Army has to keep track of a lot of assets. There are big ticket items like planes and missiles, firearms, basic IT equipment and computers. It isn’t always easy. In 2014, it was reported that, the Department of Defense’s Inspector General’s [...]
  • 7 Ways an Outdated Time & Attendance System is Costing your Small Business

    Jason Sentell
    19 May 2015 | 7:01 am
    For many small businesses, growing revenue and increasing profit is a constant objective and often a worry. Growing revenue is the top business challenge for companies with 11-50 and 51-100 employees (and the number two challenge for companies with over 100 employees). While many try to maximize profits by streamlining their supply chain or cutting [...]
  • Poor Inventory Management Could be Ruining Your Profit & Reputation

    Jason Sentell
    14 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    When a business grows, a lot of small business owners feel pressured to keep their focus on the day-to-day challenges of the business.  That means seemingly mundane tasks, like inventory management, gets pushed aside. While counting inventory and restocking shelves might not seem like it should be a top priority, not making it one is [...]
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    online marketing - Google News

  • Programmatic Marketing: Sometimes It Actually Is Rocket Science - Science 2.0

    29 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Phys.OrgProgrammatic Marketing: Sometimes It Actually Is Rocket ScienceScience 2.0If you have gone to a new web page and seen an advertisement based on things you looked at in your browser history, you have likely been impressed or creeped out. You can thank MIT for a lot of this “programmatic marketing” - and rocket science. It is Software designed to plan NASA space missions applied to online advertisingPhys.Orgall 4 news articles »
  • 10 most insightful digital marketing stats from this week - Econsultancy (blog)

    29 May 2015 | 2:40 am
    10 most insightful digital marketing stats from this weekEconsultancy (blog)All the best and most interesting online marketing stats from the last seven days, wrapped up in a neat little package just for you. Unless of course you are Shania Twain, with your claim that “stat don't impress me much” so perhaps I'll just buy you a and more »
  • Bangor schools explore online marketing - La Crosse Tribune

    28 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    La Crosse TribuneBangor schools explore online marketingLa Crosse TribuneBangor School Board is considering launching a new landing page for its website to help market its schools and boost enrollment. The board invited Ben Addington of Metre, a web-based marketing company that operates out of La Crosse, to its regular ...
  • The Essentials of Email Marketing for Small Business - Huffington Post

    28 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Huffington PostThe Essentials of Email Marketing for Small BusinessHuffington PostThis article is the last in a series of five posts on the basics of online marketing for small business. The series is designed to inform and empower small businesses about their online marketing options and give them the confidence to explore the
  • [Infographic] Simple guide to online marketing - Business Review USA

    26 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    Business Review USA[Infographic] Simple guide to online marketingBusiness Review USAAfter SEO, content marketing is next. The creation of content to your online marketing strategy is essential. Fortunately, there is a variety of content that you can create, in addition to blogs. For example, there are videos and visualizations
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    Business marketing - Google News

  • Sports Business Minute: Niche marketing opportunity takes NHL by storm - Comcast SportsNet Chicago

    29 May 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Comcast SportsNet ChicagoSports Business Minute: Niche marketing opportunity takes NHL by stormComcast SportsNet ChicagoWhat's more, a coconut water brand is making waves around the league - a popular drink of choice for Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw - sparking a new opportunity for marketers among a stockpile of corporate sponsorships to consider. "COCO5 ...
  • Inside Traffic Group, the little-known company entangled right at the heart of ... - Business Insider

    29 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    Business InsiderInside Traffic Group, the little-known company entangled right at the heart of Business InsiderTraffic Group had already been subject to government investigations in Brazil ahead of the indictment's publication on Wednesday, and a well-placed source within the Brazilian sports marketing industry tells Business Insider the company has been on a ...U.S. Marketing Executive Pleads Not Guilty in FIFA CaseBloombergHere's what we know about Traffic Group, the sports marketing company Business Insider AustraliaMarketing executive pleads not guilty in FIFA scandalDaily…
  • What Small Businesses Must Know About Next-Generation Marketing - Huffington Post

    28 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    What Small Businesses Must Know About Next-Generation MarketingHuffington PostHowever, small business owners and entrepreneurs can't access them. Many can't afford the same tools or lack the expertise to employ enterprise-level software solutions to address their digital marketing needs. They are often forced to turn to vendors
  • 16 Free Marketing Tactics For Promoting Your Business - Business 2 Community

    28 May 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Inman.com16 Free Marketing Tactics For Promoting Your BusinessBusiness 2 CommunityWith all the talk about bootstrapping and growthhacking, it has become clear that more of us want to self-fund our businesses at least in the early stages of building them out. In the old days, you mostly had to pay to advertise for any marketing Learn the new rules of marketing and promotion on the world's largest social Inman.comWhat is the best social media platform for your business?Tech Page OneReport: B2B Marketers Eager to Learn More About Social Media and Its ROIKoMarketing Associatesall 26 news…
  • The Essentials of Email Marketing for Small Business - Huffington Post

    28 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Huffington PostThe Essentials of Email Marketing for Small BusinessHuffington PostThis article is the last in a series of five posts on the basics of online marketing for small business. The series is designed to inform and empower small businesses about their online marketing options and give them the confidence to explore the
 
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    GetHow

  • Work vs. Wedding Planning: How Strike a Balance When You Work From Home

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    26 May 2015 | 9:18 pm
    Planning a wedding can be a full time job, but if you’re one of millions of American’s who work from home, time management will be crucial to your success. So, how do you plan your wedding without losing your job? Here are a few suggestions that are sure to help....
  • 2 Interesting Ways To Entertain Yourself Online

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 May 2015 | 9:04 am
    The internet is basically a tremendous collection of sites that can offer all that you need. It is practically impossible not to find many entertainment options that are simply fantastic. You surely know many of them and you want to consider them but we will try to highlight two that...
  • How to Make Money from a Farm Using Galactical Laws with Karma

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Money is something that matters most irrespective of status and the sphere of society you live in. Gold symbolizes wealth and one who has the heavy amount of gold is considered to be wealthy. If you are living on a planet you have the first right of mining it for...
  • Learn the Ways of Making Gold

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    Making gold was believed to be a supernatural way of attaining the colour by mixing human urine with different stuff. Reason? Well, since the colour of urine is yellow just like gold, so alchemists at one point believed that by mixing urine with other different stuff would make gold. However,...
  • 5 Reasons to Take a River Cruise in Sacramento

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    Sacramento is a city that was built on the Californian Gold Rush and is the current capital of California. Many people visit this sunshine city over the course of the year, but what is the best way to see it? Settled crossing both the American River and the Sacramento River,...
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business

    Brian Lang
    6 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Is following your passion a good approach to starting your own business? A lot of people would say "yes", but this article digs a little deeper into what is really required to run a business. The post Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Content marketing has been around for a very long time, but has grown sharply in popularity in recent years. Google’s crack down on just about every easy link building tactic and the growth of social media marketing have made content marketing a compelling choice for growing a business. Content marketing can benefit just about anyRead More The post Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Creation Strategies

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    One of the biggest challenges for content marketers is coming up with ongoing ideas for content creation. Many businesses that are failing with content marketing are just creating content on the fly without a plan. When developing a content creation strategy, you need to: 1. Create content that will drive quality leads to your website –Read More The post Content Creation Strategies appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Promotion and Conversion Tactics for Content Marketing

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:48 am
    Creating content is only one aspect of content marketing. You will also need to develop a good promotion strategy and a strategy to convert your new leads into paying customers.   Promotion Tactics Asides from a good content creation strategy, you will also need a promotion strategy that complements it. Here are a few ideas:Read More The post Promotion and Conversion Tactics for Content Marketing appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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    Active Business

  • How to protect your data

    Active_Business
    29 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The questions for businesses around how they protect their data are becoming more complicated by the day. Not only are there concerns around the mobility of data and its security once it is ‘out in the wild’, but new threats from organised criminal hackers are multiplying by the day. A business’ data is, of course, its livelihood. Your accounts, CRM and business intelligence data all form part of your unique IP and enable you to serve your clients. Protecting this, the lifeblood of the business, is more important, and more problematic, than ever.So, in a modern world with new threats…
  • Get to know… Laura

    Active_Business
    16 May 2015 | 3:59 am
    ​ ​Laura CraynerAccount Development Manager​Hi Laura let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you? I get to the office about half an hour before I am due to start so I can check my emails and have my breakfast. My breakfast normally consists of something protein and veg based instead of your average coco pops – I get a lot of flak in the office for this! I am field based so when I am not in the office I am out and about visiting customers which is what I love most about this role. I manage around seventy accounts so I am responsible for ensuring these…
  • Bring Your Own Device… The price of freedom

    Active_Business
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is the last in our series of articles examining the growth in modern workplaces of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the issues it raises for managers and IT professionals. We’ve had a lot of interest and feedback about this subject and our final article looks at the most asked questions and some of the answers.One single thing has become crystal clear during discussions of this issue with our clients and that is the need for professional advice and support at all stages of the planning and implementation of any IT strategy. You can’t rely on your pal in the pub, unless your pal in…
  • The Rise of O2’s Network

    Active_Business
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    As we move into the age of the 4G network (and beyond!), investment and growth from the major networks continues to improve mobile services across the UK.Recent figures released by O2 indicate the scale of network performance investment currently under way. The communications giant has invested £1 Billion pounds over the last two years into the development and improvement of their network, and will continue to invest into the future at a rate of £1.5 million a day! The investment level is to ensure that the existing 2G and 3G networks are upgraded to the new standard to give a better…
  • Get to know… Dom

    Active_Business
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 am
    Dominic CarterAccount Development ManagerHi Dom, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you? If I’m in the office, it’s a 1 hour 15 minute commute before charging up with coffee whilst checking my emails. Then it’s a mix of account reviews, and general checking that my clients have everything they need in terms of products and solutions before hitting the tea in the afternoon.How long have you been with the company? How did you get started? I’ve been with Active for nearly five years, starting in Telesales after my Business Management and Finance Degree…
 
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    Used Car Dealer HQ

  • Porsche Carrera Bursts into Flames Upon Starting

    Steven Cohen
    2 May 2015 | 8:41 am
    It wasn’t that long ago when I had a personal 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet as a driver. I’m a huge fan of the 993 cars, in fact in my opinion they were the best years that Porsche ever had, especially in comparison to the crap they put out today in mass. If you own or owned a 993 you will know that very little went wrong with those cars, you could drive them hard daily, you can drive them over rough roads, you can fly through the gears and they always respond the same if not similar.If they break or something goes wrong it’s usually something small like a relay or a…
  • Porsche 928 Cars in Today’s Market

    Steven Cohen
    1 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    2 of my 928’s in the early stages of the Porsche business.The 928 car is what made me the highest volume Porsche dealer in the nation in my earlier days of business. How things have greatly changed, but I sure do miss that very first 1982 928 that I purchased from Oceanside, NY. I remember taking that thing on the first drive I ever took in a Porsche and I even remember the song that was playing on the radio at the time I took it out. That first 928 (after 2 years of amazing driving) turned into me selling 4 928’s a month, which turned into a massive Porsche business in 2 short…
  • Buying High Dollar Cars or Sticking with the Lower Priced Cars For Resale

    Steven Cohen
    8 May 2014 | 5:49 pm
    For the twenty something years I have been in the car dealer business as you could imagine I have sold everything. As most of you know my primary business starting out was Porsche and we only sold Porsche for the first 6 years or so, selling millions of dollars in Porsche cars each year. However no matter whether you sell Bentley, Range Rover, or any other high end luxury cars, you will get trade ins, you will play every now and then with a car you are not familiar with or you will simply buy a car for your sister or neighbor outside your niche. I can remember having an extra 200 or 300k in…
  • Instavin Helps Save you Money and More

    Steven Cohen
    8 May 2014 | 5:09 pm
    By now, you’ve probably heard about how risky it can be when it comes to purchasing a used car. The most common reasons why people chose to purchase a used car is often because it is the cheaper option and/or it is their first car. Of course, there are many other reasons to purchase used cars as well. Some people like to take classic cars and refurbish them and some people want to build race cars out of 90s’ vehicles. Whatever the reason is to purchase a used car, you need to be sure to take extra precautions to prevent any unwanted situations. What are these unwanted situations?A…
  • How the Internet has Changed Shopping Habits

    Steven Cohen
    5 May 2014 | 4:33 pm
     The advent of the internet is a big deal in history. Even though there are times where it seems like the internet has been around forever it is a relatively new development in human advancement. The internet changed almost everything and now we do things in a completely different manner than our grandparents did. One huge change that the internet brought about is shopping. These changes have consequences for retailers and shoppers alike, and they completely transformed how the game is played. Below we are going to take an intensive look at exactly how shopping has changed with respect…
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    8a Certification and HUBZone Certification Blog

  • Don;t Miss Out On End of FY 8(a) Contracts

    cloveer.com
    5 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Do you have a potential or upcoming 8(a) Contract opportunity before the end of the Federal Governments FY (September 30, 2015). It is a known fact that a large portion of 8(a) contracts are awarded in the last three months of the Federal Government’s fiscal year. Waiting to start the process of getting 8(a) Certified in late summer (July or August) is a sure way to miss out on being able to bid or to be awarded an end of fiscal year 8(a) Contract. It takes approximately 3 months for your 8(a) Application to be reviewed and processed by the SBA. Now (May 2015 or at the latest, June…
  • 8a Certification: The most overlooked eligibility issues.

    cloveer.com
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Getting successfully 8(a) Certified can be very difficult. The latest statistics show that only 2 out of every 10 self-prepared 8(a) Applications result in successful 8(a) Certification by the SBA. In fact, as of April 29. 2015 there are only 6,659 firms that are active 8(a) participants according to the the SBA Dynamic Small Business Search System. Don’t go it alone. Cloveer is here to help should you need assistance with your 8(a) Application. Here are just a few of the most overlooked eligibility issues that come up from clients we speak that assumed they qualified for the 8(a)…
  • How to get 8(a) Certified if your firm has been in business for less than two years.

    cloveer.com
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:45 am
    The SBA may waive the 2 year requirement if you meet each of the following conditions: Condition 1: The individual or individuals upon whom eligibility is based have substantial business management experience. In order to prove that the applicant and other key individuals of the business concern meet this condition, the individual or individuals resumes and past employment history must exhibit significant management experience either; a. previously employed performing management duties (VP, CFO, President, Director) with a firm that operated in the primary industry or NAICS code  that the…
  • Do you meet the 70% Economic Dependency Rule?

    cloveer.com
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:53 am
    Economic Dependence is a significant obstacle to the eligibility of many applicants desiring to gain 8(a) Certification for their firms. In fact, it is currently the issue for which we have to turn the greatest number of potential applicants away, until the issue is resolved. Here is a simple flow chart that will help you determine if economic dependency applies to your business. Click on the chart below to see a larger image. Economic Dependency Chart Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 14 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no…
  • Important Fact about 8(a) Adjusted Net Worth Requirements

    cloveer.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    As you may be aware, the applicant for 8(a) Certification must have an adjusted net worth of less than $250,000 to get 8(a) Certified. However, here is an important fact that you must also consider. If the applicant is married, the SBA will consider the spouse’s financial situation also in determining whether the applicant’s access to capital and credit is diminished where the spouse has a role in the business (e.g. an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit support to, or guaranteed a loan to the business. See CFR part 13: §124.104   Who is…
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    Hamptons DJ

  • #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    This was my first Relay where i was providing the music by myself.  I’m always full of energy when i get there and exhausted when I go home.  The night began with opening ceremonies at 6pm.   The luminary ceremonies were held at 9pm.  Dance Hampton performed after that and .   Miles sung What […] The post #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Molly’s Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches

    Paul
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This one came via a website call Gig Masters.   Had plenty of time to prepare for this communion party and the man upstairs put together a beautiful day.  I arrived in Center Moriches and saw a big tent in the backyard with plenty of seating.  I spoke to the bartender who gave me some […] The post Molly’s Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Private Party Engel Rose Hill Estate Watermill 12/6/14

    Paul
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    i had such a great time playing for Mr Engel at a private party and friends last year and the feeling was mutual as I was invited back this year.  I stuck to my plan last year that seemed to work for this crowd.  I took a few more chances than i normally do and […] The post Private Party Engel Rose Hill Estate Watermill 12/6/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14

    Paul
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This wedding was a great idea.   When Jen approached me with the concept I was excited to be apart of it.  They invited about 50 of their closest friends to what they thought was an engagement party.  Little did they know a priest would be arriving 45 minutes in and they were getting married. […] The post Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14

    Paul
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Been a while since I did something in Manorville so I was excited to put in a winning bid on this one. Yes, Thumbtack. The hosts Milli & Kevin were very nice people. I knew i had a very down to earth crowd so I played some classic Rock, motown, and then I went current. […] The post Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
 
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    THE Small Business Expert

  • 15 Business Apps (plus or minus) that Will Calm the Road Warrior

    Raymond Manley
    29 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/15-business-apps-plus-or-minus-that-will-calm-the-road-warrior/Charging out into unfamiliar realms, a good smart phone loaded with great travel apps is the business traveler’s best friend. Dealing with airlines, hotels, new cities and the requirements of conducting business can be made a lot easier with the right hardware and software. Consequently, there’s always been a lot of app development in this sector. Some disappear (remember Mynd Calendar?), some rebrand (Taxi Magic is now Curb) and some pivot (Hipmonk is now a more general hotel and lodging…
  • Why Crowdfunding Isn’t for Everyone

    Raymond Manley
    29 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/why-crowdfunding-isnt-for-everyone/ By Stephen Sheinbaum Maybe you’ve heard the names – Kickstarter, IndieGoGo or GoFundMe. Maybe you’ve heard the success stories, like Oculus Rift and the potato salad guy. There’s a lot of buzz around crowdfunding now, and if you’re a small business owner you may be wondering if you can put it to work for your funding needs. In crowdfunding, an individual or business raises money over the Internet from people who may or may not know them or their business. A lot of money has been pouring into crowdfunding: In…
  • When Selling on Amazon.com, Success is Spelled ‘SCOE’

    Raymond Manley
    28 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/when-selling-on-amazon-com-success-is-spelled-scoe/Over two million Americans make a full-time or part-time living selling merchandise on Amazon.com. Roughly 200 of them attended last week’s Sellers’ Conference of Online Entrepreneurs (SCOE) in Philadelphia, a semi-annual trade show focused entirely on the do’s and don’t’s of selling on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and other popular online retail platforms. Attendees were treated to three whole days of world-class speakers (including – full disclosure – yours truly, who gave a talk titled “Beyond…
  • You Need To Consider Slideshare For Your Small Business Content Marketing

    Raymond Manley
    28 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/you-need-to-consider-slideshare-for-your-small-business-content-marketing/  I often discuss ways of making your small business stand apart from the crowd by creating a noticeable difference. It’s not a principle that applies only to the products you send out the door or the service you provide, it’s also relevant to the way you conduct your business. It’s no secret that the competition for eyeballs in the world of content marketing is very high. Posting something that will get in front of your target audience is difficult and one of the best…
  • Smart Phone, Tablet, Phablet – Which is Most Important For Your Small Business Mobile Marketing?

    Raymond Manley
    27 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/05/smart-phone-tablet-phablet-which-is-most-important-for-your-small-business-mobile-marketing/A friend was ordering his iPhone 6 when they first became available. Comparing the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6 Plus, he wondered out loud, “Why would anyone want that big thing?” But as he continued through the online ordering process he soon discovered that a lot of people wanted them. They were already severely backordered. Perhaps at the beginning many people wanted them just because they boasted the biggest screens available on a smartphone. Now the way people…
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    Customer Service Guru » Articles

  • ‘Try Before You Buy’ With New Independent eBookstore, Openbooks.com

    Kathryn Kearns
    29 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    A brand new model of bookstore is causing lots of discussion in the consumer and publishing world. Why? Because Openbooks.com allows readers to download and read a book first before deciding if and how much they want to pay.For the first time ever, an exciting new start-up company based in Poland is putting the consumer first by offering booklovers the freedom to discover great new reads without having to commit to any money upfront. This game-changing platform promises to turn the distribution model on its head and put the purchasing power directly into the hands of consumers.Its back to…
  • O2 Reveal Happiest Cat In The UK As The New Face Of O2 Refresh

    Kathryn Kearns
    28 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    O2 have announced the winner of the industry’s first ‘cat casting’ auditions – a two year old white cat from Northampton called Lucius. Lucias has been voted the happiest Cat in the UK, and O2 will be appointing him as the face of their O2 Refresh “Be More Dog” advertising campaign.Lucius was given the title of UK’s Happiest Cat after impressing the judges with his bright two toned eyes, soft fur, whisker length, calm temperament and warm ‘dog like’ personality. Having flashed his striking grin once again for the cameras, Lucius will soon be enjoying the good…
  • Does Your Business Have A ‘Super Agent’? They Can Help You Win ‘The Best Day At Work Ever’

    Dan Sarath
    27 May 2015 | 9:18 am
    Customer service representatives are the ones on the front lines of a business. It is they who take the heat when a problem arises, even though they have little control the issue and are generally almost entirely blameless for. It is they who are in direct contact with the very people who keep a company afloat, the customers, helping resolve their issues and answer their questions when it is necessary. It is they who are the faces and voices of your entire brand.Despite their integral role in the success of a company, customer service can often feel like thankless work. However, businesses…
  • Chris Averill, CEO of We Are Experience, Tells Us Why Companies Struggle With Change

    Kathryn Kearns
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    Chris Averall is the founder of We Are Experience, a company that delivers digital customer experiences that work. The company has been growing successfully ever since 2003, and is focused on c-suite strategic consultancy, supported by great insight and innovation. Chris has a passion for creating a global best practise approach to customer experience and cutting through the hype that holds back great ideas. It is for these reasons we asked him about his thoughts on why some companies are struggling in this ever-changing consumer industry.Let’s face it, for most change is daunting. It’s…
  • This Is How Much We Spend Every Month On Subscriptions We’ve Forgotten About

    Dan Sarath
    21 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Memberships to the gym, access to on-demand television, payments to magazines that are being sent to an old address – it can be quite difficult for consumers to keep a track of every subscription they are paying for every month. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, therefore, that the overall cost of what people spend on forgotten subscriptions in the United Kingdom is enormous. But we didn’t expect it to be this big.It turns out that £338 million pounds is spent by Britons on unused subscriptions every month. Not every year. Every month. The figure was produced by Top…
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    Yola

  • National Small Business Week: 3 Yola users to boost your inspiration

    Yola
    7 May 2015 | 12:09 pm
    The entire Yola family is proud to support small businesses, giving them the opportunity to build an online presence on a budget and code-free. In keeping with tradition, we would like to take this opportunity in honor of National Small Business Week to showcase a few small businesses that have built great websites using Yola. Felt Me Up Designs Melanie Ann Green graduated in 2001 with a degree in Multi Media textile design and started selling her work online in 2007. These handmade items are adorable and perfect for home and office decor. Be sure to keep feltmeupdesigns.com in mind when…
  • Responsive Templates make for beautiful mobile browsing and added SEO value

    Yola
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    It’s no secret that the mobile market is ever expanding. And with the much-anticipated Mobilegeddon, web browsing from any device will be easier than ever. What’s Mobilegeddon you ask? On April 21st, Google will release their latest algorithm, prioritizing responsive websites ahead of those that aren’t. Bearing this in mind, the Yola team would like to ensure you that each of our Templates featured in the Template Gallery incorporate responsive design. But these responsive enhancements go beyond adding additional SEO value. They make for easy intuitive browsing on any device. These…
  • Featured Website: Going visual with Signature Interiors

    Yola
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:52 am
    Signature Interiors offers elegant and sophisticated design services which site owner Liz Cox was able to convey on her business website at a glance. Liz selected “Serendipity,” one of our recommended styles, because it allowed her to display numerous photographs and videos with ease. This is vital to her business as visual images are a critical component to showcase the services and quality of work Signature Interiors provides. Liz took advantage of a full bleed background image which creates a fresh and modern look for her homepage. Customizing the opacity settings in the Sitebuilder…
  • Video: Create your own membership application for your business website

    Yola
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    One frequently asked question from our users is how to build a membership directory where site visitors can register, manage their profile, and connect with others. Such a system gives website owners many advantages – it allows them to build an online community, test new ideas, and potentially open up more revenue opportunities. Traditionally, building a custom membership application is both costly and complex. However, with Caspio’s cloud database platform, you can easily create your own membership application and modify it on-the-fly as your needs evolve. A Caspio-powered membership…
  • Yola partners with Parallels to offer white-labeled web presence services

    Yola
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The Yola team is excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Parallels to offer a white-labeled web presence service – Web Business Builder powered by Yola. This integration gives Parallels channel partners the opportunity to offer an award winning drag-and-drop site builder fully branded as their own. Web Business Builder comes fully equipped with built-in features for SMBs to build a professional online presence, featuring end-to-end eCommerce powered by Ecwid, as well as premium SEM analytics through SiteWit. “This exciting partnership enables us to further leverage the investment…
 
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    Business Unleashed | Real life business skills for Consultants, Creatives and Coaches.

  • EP033 – The Truth About Branding

    Chris Green
    25 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    In this episode, I talk to Aaron Pierson on why he thinks that Brand is everything. We uncover Aaron’s three step process of defining your brand, creating your brand and getting emotional impact with your brand. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Branding is everything. Avoiding Brand Disconnect. Work out which platforms to promote yourself on. Don’t just create noise Useful links: http://froknowsphoto.com/    
  • EP032 – $24,000 From One Hour of Calls

    Chris Green
    2 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    In this episode, John and I cover a strategy he used to get an order around $24,000 from just an hour or so of calls and a follow up. We lay out every step in detail so you can replicate this into your strategies. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing the right niche. Researching client spending. Who to call. Finding pain. Getting permission to ask tough questions. Getting a decision. Outsourcing the Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP031 – Get Paid What You’re Worth

    Chris Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Ryan Stewman is known as the Hardcore Closer and he pulls no punches. He’s the founder of Break Free Academy and he’s well known for getting people paid what they’re worth from the marketplace. For many of us, selling was something we had to learn as we went along, so I grill Ryan on how we can go from where we are now, to getting the clients we really want. Many of the questions came from members of the Business Unleashed Facebook group. Make sure you join us there to discuss everything from this episode. In this episode you’ll learn: Focus on the outcomes. Position…
  • EP030 – Selling After the No

    Chris Green
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    What happens after a prospect has said they’re not ready to go with your offer? What happens when they decide to use someone else? Both myself and John Logar have worked with clients that have previously said no. The challenge is that most consultants and coaches give up at the no and miss out on a load of work. In this episode you’ll learn: Why clients say no to you. The no pile is your biggest asset. How to nurture clients that aren’t ready yet. Making periodical offers. Building your follow up process. Also, we have an offer on right now to work one on one with John…
  • EP029 – Adventure, Wealth and Freedom with Tim Conley

    Chris Green
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Tim Conley is known as one of the top direct response marketing consultants in the startup and online entrepreneurship communities. In this episode of Business Unleashed, Tim tells us how to grow a profitable business you will enjoy and avoid a success that you will hate. In this episode Tim covers: Know what you want to create in your life and business. When to say yes and when to say no. Build more profitable capabilities. Why little hinges swing big doors. Being clear about who you want to work with. Understanding your value you deliver to clients. Links and Resources Mentioned in This…
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • The Care And Feeding Of Leather Furniture

    Uriah Suarez
    27 May 2015 | 7:58 pm
    Elegant leather furniture is a beautiful addition to any home but requires regular, specialized maintenance to ensure it lasts a lifetime. It is possible to do the necessary furniture cleaning and conditioning at home, but the trained professionals at ServiceMaster Restoration by Hedden of Maple Grove, MN know precisely what equipment and materials are required to protect and preserve these high-end pieces.  Different Leathers Require Different Treatments Some of the more common types of leather may be safely cleaned by a diligent homeowner, but others require professional treatment to…
  • Why Pet Owners Should Hire a Cleaning Pro

    Uriah Suarez
    11 May 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Those of us with beloved pets understand that messes are a part of life. Even well-trained animals occasionally have accidents, and older or younger critters can leave frequent stains behind. It is important to clean animal urine quickly, both to ensure the space is sanitary and to prevent pets from learning to view that space as an effective bathroom.  DIY Attempts Urine stains are not always easily visible and even what can be seen is usually only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Quite often, our pets make messes when we aren't around to catch them in the act. If your nose isn't…
  • Don't Get Burned Twice: Cleaning Up After a Home Fire

    Uriah Suarez
    4 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Even the smallest fire at home can destroy personal property and leave homeowners wondering what to do next. Between the stress of dealing with the insurance company, and the uncertainty of knowing how to correctly clean up the mess left behind by the fire, it is easy for fire victims to feel like they are being burned twice. When it comes to cleaning after a fire at home, the easiest and best solution is to hire a fire remediation company. These fire cleanup experts know how to correctly restore residences after flame, smoke and water damage. A professional fire remediation service can help…
  • Don't Give Up on Dingy Carpets, Upholstery or Grout Before Calling a Pro

    SuperUser Account
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Are you tempted to give up on soiled carpet, upholstery or tile work in your home because you think it is beyond repair? Before you spend money on a replacement, get the opinion of a professional cleaning company first. A trained cleaning technician can inspect the damage and help you determine whether or not the damage can be repaired. Carpet Cleaning Company Professional cleanings can help protect the value and longevity of your rugs and wall-to-wall carpeting. A commercial-grade, hot-water extraction cleaning machine used by the pros loosens and lifts ground-in dirt, bacteria and other…
  • Springtime Hazards For Your Carpet

    SuperUser Account
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Spring showers not only bring May flowers, they can also damage the carpeting in your home. The following guide explains three primary types of carpet damage that commonly happen during spring. Mold Growth Professional Carpet Cleaning Mold growth in your carpeting is bad news. Exposure to mold spores is responsible for a number of allergic reactions, including skin rash and hay fever-like symptoms. Mold allergies are quite common and particularly dangerous for anyone with asthma. Mold spores are known to cause asthma attacks in asthmatics also allergic to mold. Mold spores are everywhere,…
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    Dex Media

  • Will the Local On-Demand Economy Change the Way You Connect with Customers?

    Jen Whitten
    29 May 2015 | 6:30 am
    A BIA/Kelsey report recently revealed that local on-demand economy (LODE) has the power to completely change the way businesses market to local consumers. While it may turn current advertising models upside-down, buyers and sellers will be able to interact in a more direct way, much as has been seen with the Uber business model. While...continue reading … The post Will the Local On-Demand Economy Change the Way You Connect with Customers? appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Breaking Down the Perfect Social Media Post

    Christine Landry
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m going to give praise where it’s due: This is an amazing infographic. There are so many tiny ways to boost a social media post, and they vary from Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and so on. This infographic from My Clever Agency does a great job of breaking down what to do for which platform. Behold. We’d...continue reading … The post Breaking Down the Perfect Social Media Post appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Free Advertising for Small Businesses

    Scott Stirling
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Top Ten List Free Listings for Establishing Your Presence in the Digital World It is a popular and widely accepted benchmark that small businesses should spend between five to ten percent of their sales revenue in promoting and advertising their business each year. For their advertising dollars, owners aim at a mix of the highest...continue reading … The post Free Advertising for Small Businesses appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Google Doubles Down on “Nearby” Ads

    Jonathan Larkin
    28 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    The ever-growing mobile search space offers plenty of opportunities for local businesses to connect with customers at the right time and place. In a recent blog post, Google looked at their internal data and determined that “search interest in ‘near me’ has doubled since last year, with 80% coming from mobile.” As a result, they’re making some changes...continue reading … The post Google Doubles Down on “Nearby” Ads appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Phoning It In: Marketing Platforms and Call Generation

    Jim Shannon
    27 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    Business executives identify the phone call as the one of the most effective means of connecting with customers, more so than face-to-face engagement, and find it is has an exceptional influence in the path-to-purchase process. A recently released study by the inbound marketing call company Invoca analyzed more than 30 million phone calls from January...continue reading … The post Phoning It In: Marketing Platforms and Call Generation appeared first on Dex Media.
 
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  • Marketing and the Familiarity Principle

    Rippleout Admin
    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marketing and the Familiarity Principle: Another month, another blog post on consumer psychology and how understanding your customers at a subconscious level can help boost your marketing effectiveness. This month, we explore the familiarity principle – also sometimes known as the Mere Exposure Effect. {Tweet this} Marketing and the Familiarity Principle – My Dog in the Snow (see below!) What is the Familiarity Principle? In short, the familiarity principle is the tendency among human beings to develop a preference for things (be they people, products, ideas etc.) which they see more…
  • Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

    Rippleout Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: Small businesses are often encouraged to have an online presence, and we strongly agree with that here at Rippleout! However, having a website is no good if you don’t maintain it, or keep up to date with changes in the online marketing landscape. One such change in the search marketing landscape has recently been announced by Google – and it’s one small business need to be aware of. Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: The Rippleout Marketing Site Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Change For those of you who don’t know, on April 21st 2015…
  • Terry Pratchett

    Rippleout Admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Terry Pratchett: If you’re looking for a marketing post this isn’t it. The vast majority of Rippleout posts are related in some way to marketing, but in this case not. No hard feelings if you choose to leave – but check back soon. This is a thank you, a celebration and a recognition of a man who was both incredibly talented and phenomenally brave. I have to say that hearing the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died was one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory. I never met the man, yet feel that he was such a huge part of my life in terms of influence, humour, and general…
  • Net Promoter Score – Small Business

    Rippleout Admin
    9 Mar 2015 | 2:41 am
    Net Promoter Score – Small Business: I work a lot in the market research and insight industry; a lot of Rippleout thinking is inspired by insight, and how research can lead to more effective marketing in terms of return on investment. One of the key trends, especially within big business, over the last few years has been to measure something called Net Promoter Score, or NPS. Net Promoter Score Can Be A Useful Tool For Measuring Customer Sentiment At A Macro Level Whilst there are several excellent papers out there about NPS which will discuss in detail the pros and cons, the…
  • What Mondegreens Can Tell You About Marketing

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    What Mondegreens Can Tell You About Marketing: I myself have a fantastic talent for mishearing song lyrics – a very specific (but common) example of a mondegreen; the term for when individuals hear words differently to how they have been said. A couple of classics from my own experience include, “I sometimes wish I’d never been boiled in oil” (Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody) and “No Dukes of Hazzard, in the classroom” (Pink Floyd, Another Brick in the Wall). Mondegreens Can Lead To Real Misunderstanding, Not Least In Marketing Still, I don’t think anything will top my friend Danny at…
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    Small Business Pool

  • The Corruption Perception Index

    Small Business Pool
    3 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    In simple definition “Corruption Perception Index” or CPI is a ranking of countries according to the extent to which corruption is believed to exist. This index was created by Transparency International in the year 1995 that annually ranked countries “by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.” The CPI currently ranks 200 countries on a scale from 100 (least corrupt) to 0 (highly corrupt). What is Corruption? The Index defines corruption as “”the misuse of public power for private benefit.” There are generally…
  • McDonalds – Brothers in Business

    Small Business Pool
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Richard McDonald and his brother Maurice McDonald were the founders and pioneers of America’s biggest fast food chain – McDonalds. In the 1920’s the brothers moved to California, where they opened their first hot dog stand in Pasadena. It was a typical drive-in setup and one of its kinds in that era, where drivers parked their cars and carhops came to take their orders. In the late 1940’s they closed the hotdog stand and opened a larger restaurant in San Bernardino. This was apparently the official McDonalds restaurant. Brief History The McDonalds family moved from to Hollywood in the…
  • Poland – The Land of Business Oppertunity

    Small Business Pool
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    Poland is a country with a strong cultural and economic background that has benefited with the post-communist economic liberalization. The political freedom seen in past few years has let the country in becoming the 22nd largest globally by GDP. With much of Europe still struggling to recuperate from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, Poland stands out as a territory of economic success, a place where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline. The reasons are simple: a large internal economy, a business-friendly political class, and the dynamic potential of a…
  • Resolution 2015: Try to be more LIKEABLE

    Small Business Pool
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    It is not about the looks but the attitude you carry that makes you likable. Such people are more likely to become leaders, make more money, get better opportunities, and attract other positive people as mates. Look around, and you will find that the most likable people make it their business to stay attractive regardless of how life shines upon them. Here are the top five things you could do today to become more likeable: 1. Listen Active listening is the key! Most likeable people have mastered the art of listening. We come across many people who are always preoccupied with themselves and…
  • Top 5 books to read this holiday season

    Small Business Pool
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:56 pm
    The end of the year holiday season is considered the best time for businesses to shut shops and re-look at their objectives for the coming year. The holiday season acts as a boon for many entrepreneurs, as business is a slow and this is the time when you can focus on redefining or re-engineering your business for the coming year. The time is best to rejuvenate your mind and the best way to do it is to indulge in some good read for learning and inspiration. Here is a list of the top 5 books that will inspire you and get you geared for the coming year: 1. The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us…
 
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    Space-O Technologies

  • Yoga Apps Are Now Your Masters in Yoga Practice

    Rakesh Patel
    29 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    Image:imore “Yoga Apps! What? How? Where? Are they as useful as my Yoga studios?” If you are a yoga teaching institute or a yoga teacher and if you are having difficulties in making new students or in publicizing your school then making a yoga app is your best option. With the success ratio of certain yoga apps this seem to be the blessings of god. Why Should I create Such Apps? These apps can give a commendable boost to your business and classes. It can also spread awareness about your classes, what you teach, how you teach and other related subjects. Can I Actually Teach Yoga/ Increase…
  • Enterprise Mobility for Healthcare : Prescribing Apps to Patients

    Rakesh Patel
    28 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Apps are ruling the IT industry since the increase in the sale of Smartphones. A new term is emerging in the market, namely ‘Smartphone Dependent.’ This means that a lot of people have only smartphones to stay online and in connect with the rest of the world. Certain statistics by Pew Research Center say, “Today nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone, and 19% of Americans rely to some degree on a smartphone for accessing online services and information and for staying connected to the world around them…” Statista, gives out more information on the same as, “This…
  • Accessibility and Simplicity Makes Facebook Mobile App Exceed Expectations

    Rakesh Patel
    27 May 2015 | 6:49 am
    Image:Mashable It has been around 11 years since Facebook has ruled people’s social lives, all around the world. However, since the prevalence of Smartphones is increasing day by day, Facebook users are using the app more frequently than the website. In fact, a research by Gizmodo says that, “More people are using The Book than ever before (1.06 billion), more of them are using it on a phone than ever before (680 million every day, up 57% from last year)…” Other than that, The Verge, says that in the second quarter of 2014; Facebook is becoming a mobile company. The Verge adds,…
  • Building Your First App? Stay Updated, Stay Alert & Stay Agile

    Rakesh Patel
    26 May 2015 | 2:37 am
    As a Start-Up Company, you may have decided upon multiple ways of targeting your audience. If one of the ways you have chosen is to built a mobile app, then beware. Why beware, you might be thinking. The reason behind this is that your journey might become long, tedious and troublesome if the right decisions aren’t made. While making an app is a good choice in itself, selecting the right app development company is the choice that matters in the end. What Happens If An App development company is not chosen wisely! Budget: As a client you may have decided upon a certain budget you would like…
  • Have You Upgraded Your Mobile App with the Facebook Graph API v2.0 and Above?

    Rakesh Patel
    24 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Why Use Facebook Graph API? Many people using Facebook have claimed that there are certain violations of their privacy by the site, but with the latest updates of Facebook Graph API, we can expect better security of our personal details. How is the Graph API structured and what has changed? #1. Friend Data API No one expects their information to be randomly accessed because of a friend’s sheer carelessness. We would prefer the option of being able to accept or deny the sharing of personal data. Facebook’s Product Manager, Simon Cross, stated that Facebook’s motto was ‘People First’,…
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  • 5 Signs That Your Site’s Content is Holding Your Business Back

    Lola Colums
    26 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    Even if you blog with frequency, and invest in online marketing to drive traffic to your landing pages—you may unknowingly be holding your business back. The five tips below highlight some of the most common mistakes business owners make when writing their content. The good news is, all of these mistakes are fast and easy to rectify. It Is Too Repetitive Consistency is indeed key, and there are certainly points that you want to drive home—but your content should not be too repetitive. If your content reads as too repetitive, it may be due to the fact that you are trying to squeeze in your…
  • 3 Types of Blogs That Drive Conversions

    Lola Colums
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    If you are using a blog as one aspect of an integrative marketing strategy, then your main objective is probably to drive as many conversions as possible from people who visit your website. Knowing what kinds of blog content to utilize will help you accomplish that goal, and it could spare you from a lot of time and frustration. The following are a few types of blog posts that may enable you to start transforming more shoppers into buyers. Offer Information Based on Current Events One of the top ways to make your blog post relevant to readers is to base it on current news events. When you…
  • 3 Tips to Help Your Local SEO Skyrocket

    Lola Colums
    19 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    If you run a local business, you will need to employ certain kinds of SEO strategies to bring the right kinds of potential customers to your website. Employing search engine optimization techniques will not do you much good if you’re not bringing local customers to your commercial website. If you operate a hair salon in Denver, you probably won’t benefit from attracting individuals from West Los Angeles to the blog for your salon. This is why local SEO methods are vital to small local businesses. The Power of the “Pigeon” Anytime that Google changes its search engine algorithms,…
  • Google’s Push for ‘Mobile Friendly’ Websites – Video

    Lola Colums
    15 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    In recent years, nothing has been more apparent or more pronounced than the increased reliance on mobile technology. In today’s on-the-go society, seemingly nothing is too far out of our reach at any given moment in time. Recognizing the ever present push towards mobile technology, Google recently implemented a new change in its algorithm that directly affects the search engine rankings on mobile devices. For the first time, Google has begun using a website’s mobile friendliness as a means of ranking mobile apps and websites. With an increasing amount demand for mobile friendly websites,…
  • 4 Tips to Make Your Brand More Memorable

    admin
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    It’s no secret that a business must have a lasting impression on consumers in order to be successful. Think about all the successful ad campaigns that most people across the planet would recognize just on sight alone: Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Target. With one simple logo or tagline, a business that has implemented a killer branding strategy can invoke instant recognition. Whether you’re selling haircuts or new cars, a key action item on your website to-do list should be to improve the logo, content and user experience in order to make your brand more memorable. Not only will you…
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    Full Suite » Blog

  • Why the Philippines is an overlooked market full of business opportunities [Reblog]

    Full Suite
    13 May 2015 | 3:05 am
    When thinking about the Asian market, what country comes to mind first? I guarantee the answer is China, and mainly it’s because of its size. However, attention is due for other countries in Southeast Asia as well, but they are often overlooked; one of those countries being the Philippines. In today’s episode, I want to focus our attention specifically on the Philippines. The Philippines is not only the third largest English-speaking nation, but it’s also a shopping paradise in Southeast Asia, being composed of a highly skilled workforce.     For today’s Global Influencer…
  • How To Register Online With SSS [Inforgraphic]

    Full Suite
    12 May 2015 | 8:19 pm
    Registering to the Philippines Social Security System entails paperwork and a lot of waiting and footwork. Don’t want to get hassled by it? Register to the SSS online! Consider this infographic your ultimate guide to registering yourself or your business to the Social Security System (SSS) online.       The post How To Register Online With SSS [Inforgraphic] appeared first on Full Suite.
  • Know Your Taxes – May 2015

    Full Suite
    4 May 2015 | 12:01 am
    Know the schedule of submission, filing, and payment of taxes for the whole month of May 2015. In the meantime the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now requires the use of their eBIRForms, for more information about the BIR’s new memorandum read our article: eBIRForms — Everything You Need to Know     This information is gathered from the Bureau of Internal Revenue website and from the Know Your Taxes website.     1 Friday SUBMISSION Consolidated Return of All Transactions based on the Reconciled Data of Stockbrokers Engagement Letters and Renewals or Subsequent…
  • Trademark Registration in the Philippines: Everything You Need to Know

    Danella
    29 Apr 2015 | 6:23 pm
    If you’re in business, one of the things you must do in order to protect it is to apply for a trademark registration. It is only with this registration that you will be able to take legal action against trademark infringement by third parties who use your product names, designs, logos or packaging without your authority. In the Philippines, trademark registration is handled by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Below are the important information you must know before you apply.   What is a trademark? The IPO defines a “Mark” as “any visible sign capable of…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Registering Your Business in the Philippines [Infographic]

    Full Suite
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Doing business in the Philippines entails paperwork and registering with different government branches for it to be considered legal. Don’t know where to start? Consider this infographic your ultimate guide to registering your business in the Philippines.     The post The Ultimate Guide to Registering Your Business in the Philippines [Infographic] appeared first on Full Suite.
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Jayson Gaignard – From Totally Broke To Getting Back On Track

    Entrepreneur Writer
    29 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    Jayson Gaignard was working as a mechanic, when one day he realized that people don’t live forever. That same day he quit his job to start chasing his dreams. He started a company and in a while, he was making millions in sales. Then, because of a bad business partner, things crashed and he got broke. He was totally devastated, but he managed to...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Payment Processing Business at 16www.bebo.com – BEBO’s HistoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • How Volkswagen, General Motors and Toyota Began Their Businesses

    Entrepreneur Writer
    27 May 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Volkswagen Volkswagen was created in 1937 and was originally run by the German Labor Front. Prototypes for the KdF-Wagen appeared from 1936, and the vehicle had the trademark Volkswagen round shape and rear-mounted engine. By the time World War II had started in 1939, the company had constructed a new factory in modern-day Wolfsburg, which was specifically built for factory staff who would be...You can also check these cool business articles:A History of Ford Motor CompanyHow BMW Was StartedGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • How BMW Was Started

    Entrepreneur Writer
    27 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Today, BMW is one of the ten biggest car brands in the world, but did you know that BMW started off manufacturing aircraft engines? BMW was first established in 1916, and after a restructuring of the Rapp Motorenwerke aircraft firm in 1917, the company became a business entity. The first engine created by the company was the BMW IIIa – an inline-six engine that...You can also check these cool business articles:How Volkswagen, General Motors and Toyota Began Their BusinessesA History of Ford Motor CompanyGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational…
  • 5 Crazy Business Ideas That Were Turned Into Super Successful Businesses

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 May 2015 | 12:06 am
      Read these 5 start-up stories and you will be amazed about how 5 really simple ideas were turned into multi-million dollar businesses. 1. The Slinky ($250 million worth) Everyone should be familiar with the slinky toy and how it can keep even grown-ups entertained for hours. Till this day nobody can explain the magic of shoving a spring’s weight from one side to the...You can also check these cool business articles:How to Make a Million Dollars Fast with a WebsiteNing – An Innovative Social Networking Business IdeaGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups…
  • 5 Inspiring Stories Of Women Entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneur Writer
    7 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    Women entrepreneurs have had to face cultural bias, sexism and other challenges across the world to seek success. Many have succeeded and become leaders who inspire us. Read how some of the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs – and women – overcame all odds to get where they are today. Oprah Winfrey Born to a single teenage mom and frequently molested between the ages of...You can also check these cool business articles:How To Make A Billion Dollars?Funny Business QuotesGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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    NEO BLOG - MLM Blog

  • MLM Getting Started

    15 May 2015 | 11:26 pm
    MLM can be life changing, the possibilities are end-less and could make your dreams come true. But I want people to know the reality of this business not just be shown the dreams. It takes time, commitment, the right tools and most of all a passion and belief to succeed. I have said this on many occasions but I don’t like the warm list approach, but what I did find useful was to find friends and family who I knew would like the products/services my MLM Company was offering. I then offered them some business cards to give to others who would be interested, on the front was my business…
  • So you've picked your MLM what should you know? 

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Make sure you know what is expected of you? Set out a schedule to meet task on a weekly and monthly basis. Check the net for advice on starting out, or our website www.neobusiness.net where we offer a e-Book series for those starting out. Make sure you get to know your sponsor and your up line. Set out a plan for how you will help those you sponsor in. If you are unsure about something ask straight away. Don’t be afraid to ask your up line for help and check out your site for tools and resources as well as training and webinars the business offers.
  • Picking the right Multi-Level Marketing Business 

    1 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Picking the right multilevel marketing (MLM) business is the most important decision you will make. You need to choose one you are passionate about, a product or service you are really proud to sell because if you don’t love it how can you expect your customers too.  Make sure you what will be required of you? Will your schedule allow you to put in 100%. Can you afford the basic start-up costs? Make sure you read the fine print and understand every cost that is involved. Make sure you understand the compensation plan before you sign up. And don’t be afraid to ask questions,…
  • Is MLM right for you? 

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    I asked myself the same question when I started and initially after reading testimonials thought this will be easy, few hours a week I’ll have this sorted. Boy was I wrong. I ended up jumping into a whole other business at the same time and have spent hundreds of hours getting it going. But this because I knew nothing to begin with so started doing some research and realized I needed to learn a lot and after some time saw a market to help others by creating a one stop shop with links and resources to get your MLM business going. MLM has the ability to change your life and for many it…
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    ERP

  • ERP Change Management Strategies

    27 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Your organization’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system handles a number of functional areas, including accounting, human resources, manufacturing, order processing, supply chain management, and project management. When a new ERP solution is implemented, it’s important that change ...
  • Who Is Leading the ERP SaaS Revolution?

    27 May 2015 | 5:57 am
    For the better part of five years now, the IT industry has been going through a once-in-a-generation shift in the design and deployment of IT infrastructure. Spurred by ever-increasing gains in Internet speed for both businesses and consumers, organizations of all sizes—from the Fortune 5...
  • Designing an ERP Training Program to Guarantee Implementation Success

    27 May 2015 | 5:49 am
    User adoption and effective use of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application are two of the most-cited reasons why ERP implementations flounder and even fail. New ERP implementations and their changing nature make them especially challenging when it comes to ensuring that users take full adv...
  • Selling An ERP Upgrade

    27 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Things change. The ERP system you installed with so much work and trouble a few years ago may no longer meet your needs. As your business changes, the “state of the art” ERP installation becomes progressively less well adapted to the needs of your business. It get festooned with workarou...
  • 5 Ways Top Management Can Help During an ERP Implementation

    27 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    Ongoing support from upper management is critical to a successful ERP implementation. This means more than just approving the project and turning it over to the implementation team. It means continuous, active and ongoing support for the ERP project and its goals from beginning to end.   Here...
 
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    Creative Online Marketing

  • Are You Embarrassed By Your Facebook Business Page Mistakes Skills? Here’s What To Do

    Diane
    29 May 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Note from Diane: Facebook has been implementing a lot of changes to their advertising platform, News feeds, organic reach and algorithms over the last 12 months. So many in fact that there are all sorts of new and updated courses available right now to help you keep pace. (As an entrepreneur one of your most valuable investments in to […] The post Are You Embarrassed By Your Facebook Business Page Mistakes Skills? Here’s What To Do appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Midweek Motivation Learn The Skills

    Diane
    27 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    Note from Diane: There is something special about the entrepreneurial mindset, it’s a CAN DO, NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER STOP DREAMING one but essentially the single most important difference between the entrepreneurial mindset that succeeds and the ones that don’t is the insatiable desire to learn new skills. When I first joined the business opportunity […] The post Midweek Motivation Learn The Skills appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • 4 Key Concepts Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Focus On To Thrive

    Diane
    22 May 2015 | 3:09 am
    Note from Diane: There are always new marketing strategies, advanced courses, innovations and news ideas that are delivered every day to your inbox and advertised everywhere on Facebook that are designed to help you succeed in growing your business.  It can be helpful, confusing, overwhelming, expensive and time-consuming to try to keep pace with everything […] The post 4 Key Concepts Every Budding Entrepreneur Must Focus On To Thrive appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
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    Abtek

  • Merchants are at Risk, Too! Here’s How to Keep your Data Safe Online

    Abtek
    28 May 2015 | 1:21 pm
    We always stress the importance of having secure payment processing solutions so that you can ensure a positive shopping experience for your customers. But don’t forget: You and your business are consumers, too! It’s important for you to be aware that other businesses’ online platforms might not be as secure as yours. When your data is put into the wrong hands, you could be in for a lot of trouble (i.e. identity theft, stolen credit card information, computer hacks, etc.) The solution? Good habits help merchants safeguard their sensitive business data online. Below, we’ve put together…
  • Cheat Sheet: A Quick Reference Guide to Payment Processing Buzzwords

    Abtek
    22 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Payment security is at an all time low and as a result, the payment industry is in process of getting a much-needed overhaul. With this rapid implementation of new rules, processes and technology, there are a lot of payment processing buzzwords that have recently entered into the industry vernacular. As a business owner, you’re busy with your day-to-day operations, so keeping up on the latest payment processing news and trends is probably not at the top of your priority list. However, as these changes could eventually impact your business, it’s never been more important for you to be in…
  • 5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your POS System

    Abtek
    15 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    An outdated point-of-sale (POS) system may not only be holding your business back, but endangering your customers as well. Many retailers, however, are reluctant to upgrade their payment processing systems and terminals because of the resources (i.e. money, time) required to do so. “Every two to three years a big change emerges in retailing. Every four years in-store processes change. But retailers only change their POS every seven to 10 years. POS has become a big problem retailers need to solve,” said Leo Suarez of Toshiba Global Commerce. While it’s easy to simply stick with the…
  • Trying to Grow Your Small Business? Merchant Service Providers Can Help

    Abtek
    7 May 2015 | 6:14 am
    Today, the ability to process credit cards is essential for the success of any business, regardless of size. According to a Javelin study, approximately 66% of all in-store purchases are made with credit or debit cards–and that percentage is only expected to grow as more and more people move towards EMV and mobile payment solutions. For so long, small businesses have been plagued with not being able to afford the charges associated with accepting credit cards, but today, there’s really no way around it. And while it may be tempting for small businesses to try to save a few bucks by not…
  • Four Common Misconceptions About PCI Compliance

    Abtek
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:01 am
    The cost of not maintaining PCI DDS compliance can be huge, especially when it comes to data breaches and fraud. Unfortunately, many merchants don’t fully understand everything involved with PCI compliance, so card security breaches will continue to occur. According to a survey conducted by Proficio, 23% of respondents did not even know if their businesses met the most recent set of standards, PCI DDS 3.0, which was released at the beginning of this year. It’s important for every merchant to understand what PCI DDS means, so that they can take the necessary steps toward ensuring payment…
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  • What I Learned From BLOGGING

    James J Shaw
    28 May 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! I used to blog once and a great while and could not understand why I wasn’t getting any traffic. Share this post and help spread the love! Get more information! Submit your e-mail address to receive regular updates!
  • 3 Inspiring David Sharpe Videos

    James J Shaw
    11 May 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! David Sharpe is one of the most inspirational speakers that I have ever seen in person or in a video. David left home when he was young and got addicted to heroin. When he hit rock bottom he new he had to make a change in his life. He made that change in his life and became a powerhouse in the internet marketing world. If you don’t know his story you owe it to yourself to look him up and find out his story. Your Past Can Either Define You Or Refine you This video is after he has recovered from Hep-C from sharing needles when he was addicted to…
  • 2 Interesting Life Quotes

    James J Shaw
    10 May 2015 | 6:55 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Listening and reading positive quotes help develop your mindset. We live in a negative society and it is easy to take all of the negative baggage with you. If you want to live a positive life then you need to put positive in your life and delete all the negative. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me. Erma Bombeck We are all born to be great. God has given us the tool to be successful at whatever we want to do. We lose our way as we…
  • Lesson I Learned From Will Smith

    James J Shaw
    10 May 2015 | 5:27 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Fear is a choice! The other night I sat down to watch a movie with my wife and “The Pursuit of Happiness” was on television and we decided to watch it. Sometimes we think our lives are difficult and that nothing is going right and we fear that if we do something not in our comfort zone then we will fail. You choose to be afraid. It is not real it is a product of thought that you create.   The one thing that I have noticed is that if you let other people dictate your future then you will continue to fail. Your fear of success will keep…
  • 2 Tools For Dealing With Stress

    James J Shaw
    8 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Share this post and help spread the love! Stress is not a discriminator. We all have it to some degree, some more than others. 145 million Americans. 60% of all adults in the US say their lives are overly stressful. About 1/3 of the U.S. population make New Years resolutions to begin stress management. k You may suffer from stress from your job, school, your relationship. Different things can trigger our stress and the way we handle the situation may ad more stress. Stress Management Checklist Below is a free Stress Management checklist. It will help you define the areas of stress in your…
 
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  • How to give your employees more freedom, without losing control

    Wendy McAuliffe
    29 May 2015 | 1:59 am
    “Business is way more successful when you do your thing and you have a good time. Throw out the old business plan and write a bucket list, and just use business as your vehicle to get you there”. These are the radical words of Jack Hubbard, founder of Propellernet, a search marketing agency which was voted the Best Place to …
  • Five steps towards handling a difficult conversation remotely

    Wendy McAuliffe
    26 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Once upon a time, the idea of having a difficult or sensitive conversation about redundancy, poor performance or conflict resolution, in any way other than in person, would have been considered poor etiquette. For some it would have been completely inappropriate. But scoot forward a few years, and the explosion in virtual working and geographically dispersed teams has meant that …
  • Here’s why we shouldn’t be eating lunch at our desks

    Gemma Falconer
    22 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    I have to admit – I’m one of those workers who you’ll find tucking into a cheese and pickle sandwich at my desk at lunchtime. It’s a chance to have five minutes to myself and a cheeky peek at BuzzFeed before I crack on with my work. Not a great habit I know. But according to this infographic I’m not …
  • How to promote your webinar with visual content

    Leslie Belknap
    19 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Visuals are proven to improve the results of social media posts. However if you repeatedly reuse the same promotional visuals across all of your online outlets, you will bore your audience, and perhaps even lose some of your long-term followers if they deem your constant self-promoting updates to be uninteresting and worthless. Thus, to effectively promote your webinar online you …
  • 7 places to find brilliant royalty free stock images

    Wendy McAuliffe
    18 May 2015 | 3:49 am
    A study carried out by ROI research found that people are 44% more likely to engage with a brand if an image is involved. On Facebook, a post that includes an album or picture receives 120% to 180% more engagement from fans than a text-based post. According to 3M Corp, our brains process visual content 60,000 times faster than text. …
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  • Don’t Piss Off David Ogilvy

    greaterprofits
    10 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Today’s post comes courtesy of one of my favorite organizations : Copyblogger media. David Ogilvy was the grandfather of copywriting as we know it. He lead – some might say he taught – the world the art of copywriting with his fabulous work in the field of advertising spanning many decades. Here are some pointers … Continue reading Don’t Piss Off David Ogilvy →
  • Calculating the Costs for Setting up your Business

    greaterprofits
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:16 pm
    Here’s a list of costs that you must account for when deciding how much capital you need for your startup to function.  All businesses may have all costs but most will have most of these costs. Market Research Costs Trademark Search and Registration Costs Business Registration Costs Office set up costs – Real Estate Purchase/Lease/Registration, Furniture … Continue reading Calculating the Costs for Setting up your Business →
  • Words of wisdom from my mentor Jay Abraham

    greaterprofits
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    These words of wisdom have been passed on to Jay by his mentor many years ago. Your goal, responsibility, obligation and primary purpose in business is to carefully examine, fully understand, appreciate thoroughly, empathize respectfully, and acknowledge meaningfully how the other side sees the situation. This applies not only to prospects and buyers — It … Continue reading Words of wisdom from my mentor Jay Abraham →
  • Pricing Mistakes of The Rookies

    greaterprofits
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:56 pm
    When you sell a product online, the price of the product is among the most important factors that determines how much money you are able to make!  But rookie businesses often make the mistake of  pricing their products wrong.  This article discusses some of the factors you need to consider while pricing your product. Determining your … Continue reading Pricing Mistakes of The Rookies →
  • Why Customers Leave – And How to Prevent It

    greaterprofits
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:54 pm
      Here is an awesome post by Lincoln Murphy from Sixteen Ventures regarding the difference between “happy” customers and “successful” customers. Read it till the end.  Don’t miss out the comments. http://customerthink.com/why-happy-customers-leave/ Also check out this post on the subject on this blog… How to Not Drive Away Your Customers Your’s in Greater Profits Every … Continue reading Why Customers Leave – And How to Prevent It →
 
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  • Should You Rent or Buy a Home?

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Should You Rent or Buy a Home? "But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by…
  • The Real Estate Investor’s Guide: Using a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate

    Kirk Chisholm
    18 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    The Real Estate Investor’s Guide: Using a Self-Directed IRA to Buy Real Estate   “Every nickel I make gets put back into real estate.” This is what an investor told me my first week of working on Wall Street. At the time I didn't understand it, but this quote epitomizes the mind of the typical real estate investor. All they know is real estate, all they trust is real estate, and they are not remotely interested in any other type of investment. I get it. Real estate is a very attractive asset class. I discussed some of the reasons for this here, These Top 7 Powerful Tools Can…
  • Deflation – How a Mortgage Can Destroy Your Real Estate Wealth

    Kirk Chisholm
    11 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Deflation – How a Mortgage Can Destroy Your Real Estate Wealth "Thus inflation is unjust and deflation is inexpedient. Of the two perhaps deflation is, if we rule out exaggerated inflations such as that of Germany, the worse; because it is worse, in an impoverished world, to provoke unemployment than to disappoint the rentier. But it is necessary that we should weigh one evil against the other. It is easier to agree that both are evils to be shunned."   - John Maynard Keynes This is the 3rd in a series of 4 posts about investing in real estate. The last post, Inflation - The Secret To…
  • Inflation Monitor – April 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    1 May 2015 | 5:17 am
    Inflation Monitor – April 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - April 2015 - Introduction Spring is finally here and with it comes the warm weather. Unfortunately the warm weather has not been able to thaw out deflation or the wintery economic chill that has gripped certain parts of the US economy and many European nations. The CPI continues to hit negative territory on an annual…
  • Inflation – The Secret to Building Wealth in Real Estate

    Kirk Chisholm
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Inflation – The Secret to Building Wealth in Real Estate   “The major fortunes in America have been made in land.”- John D. Rockefeller After more than 75 years John D. Rockefeller is still considered the richest man in history when you adjust for inflation. According to the New York Times as of 2007, his net worth reached $192 Billion. Compare this with Bill Gates whose fortune is only $82 Billion. This shows how enormous the fortune of John D Rockefeller actually was. Only Commodore Vanderbilt and John Astor have even come close with $143 Billion and $116 Billion. Rockefeller…
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  • Is a degree worth it?

    John Dietrich
    25 May 2015 | 5:09 am
    College degrees are losing their lustre for employers. Only 45.5% of hiring managers thought having a college degree was “very important” in a candidate. In fact, 15.5% considered it either “not very important” or “not at all important”. This is a huge shift from pre-conceived notions, wherein having a college degree was the most important factor in getting a job. Now, with a growing number of university educated millennials working barista jobs, it appears the value of a degree is losing its importance. It is rather a cruel irony, considering the grow