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  • Five startup income reports you need to be reading

    WP Curve
    Ross Beard
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Hey guys, Dan here. I asked Ross to pull this list together because our transparent monthly income reports have been a huge part of our success at WP Curve. The are constantly topping our list of most popular content, they always get huge interaction in terms of comments and replies and they are big trust builder. They have directly resulted in some pretty awesome things. I met Alex my co-founder through one of our first income reports. Our business has built a reputation and a brand based on our transparency, to the point where it’s regularly mentioned in articles about WP Curve.
  • How to Create Systems to Simplify Your Email Marketing

    New articles | Biznik
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    You need to have strong email marketing systems in place in order to effectively monetize your email list.
  • Managing Employee Performance – 3 Disadvantages of Not Doing It Well

    The Thriving Small Business
    Patricia Lotich
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Having a strategy for business growth is imperative to success and creating SMART business goals are the best way to achieve those objectives.  However, goals and objectives are only as effective as the people who have responsibility for completing them. Managing employee performance is how work gets done and goals are accomplished. Creating a process and structure for managing performance can help organizations achieve business success. We are all busy, and sometimes do not invest the time to develop a performance management structure, process and training.  This lack of structure and…
  • How to Get More Customers for Free This Week Through Google

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    Guest Post
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    How to Get More Customers for Free This Week Through Google written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Erik Larson – Enjoy!  You’re getting frustrated. You see neighboring businesses, competitors, and everyone else get customers through their door, and you’re getting nothing. So you ask around, trying to figure out what’s going on. You keep hearing your friends tell you “My customers keep telling me they ‘saw me on Google’ or they ‘found me…
  • Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've gotten a lot of questions about this forecast, so we thought we would explain it in more detail (Emergent Research worked with Intuit on this study).    For the purposes of this forecast, "fully adapted to cloud computing" means being completely or very confident using cloud tools to manage a business.  We chose…
 
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    Fast Company

  • The Company With The Best Culture? Twitter, According To Glassdoor

    Alice Truong
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Tech companies made a strong showing in Glassdoor's first report ranking corporate cultures.To outsiders, Silicon Valley work culture seems almost like a joke: college kids pretending to be adults in unkempt hair who show up to business meetings wearing wrinkled T-shirts with jeans. But for the people entrenched in it, what could be better?Read Full Story
  • What Happened When We Let Science Dictate How We Drank Coffee

    Rachel Gillett
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:25 am
    Tell a caffeine addict she can't drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and things could get a little ugly--or maybe not.Coffee is more than just a fetishized drink or a daily ritual. It has the power to transform your productivity. But maybe we've been going about it all wrong.Read Full Story
  • How Bob Marley's Son Learned From Failure And Started A Multi-Million Dollar Coffee Company

    Ariel Schwartz
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:25 pm
    As a 20-something looking for his purpose, Rohan Marley found it by going back to his roots.Marley Coffee is still a relatively small company, having churned out $6 million in revenue in 2013. But founder Rohan Marley, one of Bob Marley's children, has big plans for his Jamaican-born coffee business.Read Full Story
  • The Minnesota State Fair Menu Is Out Of Control

    KC Ifeanyi
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Intrepid critic @RickNelsonStrib is tweeting the bacon-wrapped, deep-fried highs and lows (likely while clutching his chest).Step right up to the artery-clogging goodness of state fair food, where anything and everything finds its way onto a stick and gets baptized in vat of hot grease--AMEN!Read Full Story
  • Instagram Adds Analytics Tools So Advertisers Can Track Their Campaigns

    Alice Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    New tools will help marketers track the reach of their posts and determine the best times to share.Instagram said Thursday it will be rolling out new analytics tools for advertisers in the coming months.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • FYI: Co-Sponsoring the Financial Income Requirement for U.S Immigration

    Zofia Mrozowska
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    If you do not meet the minimum financial income requirement needed for petitioning a loved one you can find a co-sponsor to help you. What is a co-sponsor? A co-sponsor takes on the financial and legal responsibility for the person you are petitioning. It is a binding contract that assures the U.S. government that the foreign national will be provided for financially. Who can be a co-sponsor to help me meet the financial income requirement? A co-sponsor can be a friend or family member as long as they meet the following requirements: They live in the U.S. They are 18 or older. They are…
  • The B-2 Visitor Visa Process

    Jake VanKersen
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
      The B-2 Visitor Visa Process If you are looking to visit the United States you might need a B-2 Visitor visa. This travel visa allows an individual to visit family, visit friends, see tourist attractions, go to a wedding, or even take a short recreational class. Unless you are a citizen of one of the countries on the Visa Waiver Program, you are going to need to apply for a B-2 Visitor visa. To  apply for visitor visa you will need to fill out the DS-160 form and schedule an interview at nearest the U.S. Embassy or consulate. After filling out the DS-160 form you will want to save…
  • FYI: The Financial Income Requirement for U.S. Immigration

    Zofia Mrozowska
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
      When applying for a U.S. immigration visa or Green Card the USCIS will want the petitioner (either a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident) to meet a financial income requirement. For example, when sponsoring a loved one, fiancé, or spouse, the petitioner must show proof of their ability to financially support the foreign national once they arrive in the United States. USCIS will determine if the petitioner is capable of supporting the person they are petitioning for by reviewing their affidavit of support. The fiance visa applicants must fill out the I-134 affidavit form. Green…
  • Five B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions to Expect

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
      The B-2 Visitor visa process will require most applicant to attend a short interview.  It can be nerve wracking, but you’ll need to confidently answer some questions for a consulate officer.  These five questions will most likely be asked in the B-2 Visitor visa interview, so be sure to know the answers and practice your delivery for the best chances of approval.  B-2 Visitor Visa Interview Questions   Where are you traveling?  The consulate officer will want to hear the same information that you wrote on the DS-160.  If your information is unclear or contradictory, your…
  • U.S. State Department’s Technical Glitch is Causing Problems With Visas

    Jake VanKersen
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A technical glitch has interfered with the issuing of U.S. travel visas. As The Wall Street Journal reports, the State Department experienced a technical glitch between July 19th and July 23rd. As of today, the problem hasn’t been completely resolved, though the system is back up and running. This issue has created a backlog of people waiting to hear about their visas. The problem originated with the Consular Consolidated Database and is not contained to any particular country or visa category. The State Department issued an apology through spokeswoman Marie Harf saying, “We…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Encore Career Study Findings - More Encore Small Businesses

    Steve
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Encore.org is an organization focused on encore careers, which they define as "post-midlife work or pro bono service to meet community needs". Their tag line is "second acts for the greater good".  They go on to say that encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good. Their primary target market is aging baby boomers and their goal is help this group transition to social service work as they enter the traditional retirement years. The recently released the…
  • On-Call and Fixed Contract Work Becoming More Common

    Steve
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The New York Times article Working Anything But 9 to 5 covers the impact of erratic work schedules on low income parents. The erratic schedules are due to labrometrics systems, which the article nicely describes as “software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data” to figure out how many employees are needed day to day and hour by hour.   In other words, labormetrics systems are being used to turn traditional employees into on-call workers, who may or may work on a given day. Key quote from the article on the impact of these…
  • Adapting To Versus Adopting Cloud Computing

    Steve
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The recently released Intuit dispatch Small Business Success in the Cloud includes the following forecast: Nearly 80 percent of U.S. small businesses will be fully adapted to cloud computing by 2020, more than doubling the current 37 percent rate. We've gotten a lot of questions about this forecast, so we thought we would explain it in more detail (Emergent Research worked with Intuit on this study).    For the purposes of this forecast, "fully adapted to cloud computing" means being completely or very confident using cloud tools to manage a business.  We chose…
  • Two Views of Independent Work in the Sharing Economy

    Steve
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two articles with very different points of view on work in the sharing economy were published this weekend. The New York Times article In the Sharing Economy, Workers Find Both Freedom and Uncertainty presents an unflattering view. Key quote: ... peer marketplaces as part of a larger global phenomenon, in which labor brokers encourage people to work on contingency without basic employment benefits or protections. The companies essentially channel one-off tasks to the fastest taker or lowest bidder, he says, pitting workers against one another in a kind of labor elimination match. Tech…
  • TJ McCue's Excellent 3D Printing Adventure

    Steve
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    TJ McCue is crisscrossing the country in a an RV exploring the world of 3D printing. How cool is that! According to his trip website, over 8 months TJ will make hundreds of stops with the goal of: ... exploring the cities, towns and off-the-path byways to uncover a fundamental change in the way things are designed and made, and how this is bringing radical change to business and to society at large. At each waypoint, we are celebrating the creative process, while illuminating the impact of design through firsthand customer stories, consumer creativity and student innovations.  For those…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the <a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”>Small Business…
  • Spot Quiz: What Percent of Small Business Owners Manage Cash Flow

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

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

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

  • An Internet Marketing Education in 16 Ebooks and 20 Emails. No Charge.

    Brian Clark
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want to discover the smartest ways to mix social media, content marketing, and SEO for lead generation? Want to convert those leads to customers and clients? We’ve got you covered with Internet Marketing for Smart People. And there’s absolutely no charge. These 16 high-impact ebooks plus our 20-installment email course deliver the techniques and strategies you need to know to become a much smarter marketer online. Find out more and sign up (free) right here. About the authorBrian Clark Brian Clark is founder and CEO of Copyblogger, and uncompromising evangelist for New Rainmaker.
  • 4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries

    Henneke
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are your blog posts helping you win clients? Blogging helps boost your authority, drive relevant traffic, and generate leads. But are your blog posts working for your business? Although business blogging is a longterm strategy, you can employ a few smart tactics to one single post in order to generate meaningful leads. Not just one lead. But a handful or more of quality leads. In this post, I’ll show you exactly how I stumbled upon this four-step formula, and how you can apply this method to your business. Ready to start winning new clients? Step 1: Forget about generating leads Running a…
  • 3 Lessons Learned From a Titan of Copywriting

    Brian Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was on the phone earlier this week with copywriting legend John Carlton and we were ranting about all sorts of topics. (You know, like you do when you’re on the phone with John Carlton.) He made the observation that the next “big thing” in marketing may not be in the areas of whiz-bang technology, but rather in the blocking and tackling techniques of adept career direct marketers.

 That’s not to say that technology won’t continue to move at the speed of light. But certain methods just don’t change. Great writing still rules. As they say here at…
  • New Book Excerpt: Keep It Simple, But Not Simplistic

    Ann Handley
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, coming this fall from Ann Handley and Wiley Publishing. More about Ann’s new book and some sweet free prizes below. Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~ Woody Guthrie Business, like life, can be complicated. Products can be intricate and concepts may seem impenetrable. But good content deconstructs the complex to make it easily understood. It sheds the corporate Frankenspeak. It conveys ideas in concise, economic, human, and accessible terms.
  • A Complete Guide to Crawling Inside Your Customer’s Head With Empathy Maps

    Demian Farnworth
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Jack Ungulate is a strange bird. When he drinks beer, he licks his index and middle finger, swipes the bottle opening, and then pauses, with the bottle raised to his mouth, before turning it upside down. Each time, every time. He also has a routine with his steel-toe boots. The left one must go on first, then the right. But he takes them off in reverse. And then there’s his ritual when buying large ticket items like a car: he sends his wife to the lot while he sits in the garage, waiting for her to call. When people talk to him about saving for his children’s college fund, he…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Twitter Link Roundup #231 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above shows Caesar’s movements as he defeated Pompey and allies in the civil was around 48 BC. You’ll find 39 more interesting maps that explain the growth and ultimately collapse of the Roman Empire, in the Other…
  • Cause Marketing on Ice

    Mike
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    The other day while sitting on the deck, we heard a great splashing sound from across the way. We looked over to see a neighbor pouring a huge bucket of ice-water over his head while his girlfriend recorded the chilly event on her smartphone. It took me a second to grasp what was happening, but I quickly realized that he was not crazy and not trying to cool himself off from the heat of a Chicago August. The guy was raising money for a charity which he may or may not even feel a particular affinity for. Right now, today, appearing in virtually every corner of the the internet you can be…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #230 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is a fun look at how some of the most famous scientists in history might have personally branded themselves.. Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships – crowdspring.co/1kb8kKm Small…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Connie Zegers (The Netherlands)

    Audree
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Connie Zegers (crowdSPRING username: StudioZ) today. Connie lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 1. Please tell us about yourself. I live and work in Amsterdam and…
  • Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell)

    Mike
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Last week I wrote about building lasting relationships with your customers and the critical importance of nurturing and maintaining strong ties over time with those most important to the well-being of your business. Today, I thought perhaps we could start from the beginning, with a discussion on how to start those relationships. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in business is to establish a relationship with a prospect, whether that person is visiting your office or store or website for the first time, or you are picking up the phone to cold call the latest lead. Sometimes they come to you…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Working From Home Franchise Businesses

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    Are you looking to buy a franchise that you can run from home? Does working from home sound attractive to you? Are there legitimate franchise opportunities and business opportunities that offer the chance to work from a home office?   Working From Home Franchise Businesses There are  lots of franchises that allow you to work from home. Home-based franchises are popular, and they’ll continue to be because of the cost of entry. Most home-based franchises can be purchased for less than $100,000…a lot less. There’s no real estate involved, for one. And the inventory…
  • This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong

    The Franchise King®
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Hitting the 1,000 franchise location mark is a huge accomplishment. Most franchisors don’t hit it. That’s because it’s extremely difficult. Heck, hitting 100 franchise locations is hard. So, would you like to know what franchise concept just reached 1,000 franchise locations?     This Franchise Is Now 1,000 Locations Strong Massage Envy Spa®. This feel-good franchise concept just hit the 1,000 unit mark. Congratulations from all of us in The Franchise Kingdom! So, how did they do it?   Massage Envy Spa® Sells Non-Obvious Benefits This membership-based…
  • California Franchisees To Get More Rights

    The Franchise King®
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    If SB 610 passes in the California State Senate-like it’s expected to, it’s going to be a lot harder for franchisors to toss problem or low-performing franchisees out of their systems. Not, that it was ever easy…   California Franchisees To Get More Rights If you’re one of thousands of California franchisees, you will soon be able to rejoice in the fact that you will have a lot more power-legally, than you ever used to have. SB 610 makes it a lot more difficult for franchisors in California to terminate franchise contracts of their franchisees. From The Huffington…
  • Franchise Business Systems: Communicating Effectively

    The Franchise King®
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    (Guest post) Anyone familiar with the telephone effect understands that communication isn’t as simple as it certainly should be. Yet, in the 21st Century, word travels on a dizzying amount of mediums, making the old game whispered ear-to-ear truly child’s play compared to the challenges most franchises face daily. Although it may appear impossible to keep a complex network of people on the same page, these simple steps can help any company keep even the largest crowds a part of the inner circle. Case in point: A franchise business system.   Franchise Business Systems:…
  • Why Won’t They Send You The Franchise Disclosure Document?

    The Franchise King®
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The Franchise Disclosure Document, commonly referred to as the FDD, is something you need to get your hands on when you’re investigating a franchise. Period. It’s not negotiable. Unless the franchise development department forces you to negotiate in order to get it. Let me explain…   Getting The FDD You may find it hard to believe in this day and age-the age of transparency in business, but some franchisors wait an awful long time before they send interested parties the Franchise Disclosure Document. I work with a lot of prospective franchise owners. They pay me to…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 120

    dylan
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Tweet Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but … because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.” Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of…
  • Authors On the Road, Changing the World – John Hope Bryant

    Aaron
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    TweetIn the rapidly changing world of technology and the way we utilize that technology, we often forget many of our institutions were built over the phone, forming relationships with the people with whom we wanted to do business. In a group meeting here this week, our retired founder and president Jack Covert made the argument that if we want to maintain our current relationships better than our competitors and add something to their lives that others don’t, we need to pick up the phone and have a real conversation with these people we value. We are fortunate that our business is still…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Powers of Two

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    Tweet Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs by Joshua Wolf Shenk, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 339 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, August 2014, 9780544031593 There is something thrilling about reading accounts of great creativity. We love when a writer can bring together a collection of anecdotes that might reveal something profound about how to ignite the creative spark and nurse it into a blaze of genius. The purpose, of course, is not mere vicarious experience; we hope we can truly take something away—a recipe for innovation—that will help us spark innovation in…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Power of Noticing

    Sally
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Tweet The Power of Noticing: What the Best Leaders See by Max H. Bazerman, Simon and Schuster, Hardcover, 215 pages, 9781476700298 Sandusky. Madoff. Enron. Hurricane Katrina. These are well-publicized examples of our failure to notice impending disaster. In his new book, The Power of Noticing, Max Bazerman expounds on these tales to reveal how we might learn from them in order to prevent similar calamities. As he says, “Understanding what is at work when we fail to notice is crucial to understand how we can learn to pay attention to what we’re missing.” In fact, in the worst cases, we…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The End of Absence

    Ryan Schleicher
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Tweet The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection by Michael Harris, Current, 243 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, August 2014, ISBN 9781591846932 Journalist Michael Harris approaches the often-discussed topic of the internet’s impact on our lives from a very specific angle: people living now who were born prior to 1985, who will be the only people in world history to know what life was like both with and without the internet. As part of this generation of people, Harris sets out to discover what we need to do to reclaim what the internet stole from everyday…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Coworking: 7 Questions To Consider Before You Move To A Coworking Space.

    Ramon Ray
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In New York and other urban areas we have lots of options for coworking. What I like about coworking is the free or low cost environment, the others around you (human to human connections) and collaborative environment. CoworkCT, a network of coworking communities whose members include small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and contractors who share space, resources, and ideas, recently announced the results of a national survey intended to better understand how familiar Americans are with coworking. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (63%) said they would consider working in a…
  • Mailchimp Evolution. Autoresponder Is Dead. Marketing Automation CRM Rises.

    Ramon Ray
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Aweber, Mailchimp and other premium email marketing services all offer auto responders. Auto-responders let you send an email auto reply based on a click or some other action. You can bundle autoresponders together and have a pretty advanced system of communication to clients or customers. However, autoresponders are not enough for some companies and they are finding that marketing automation or a customer relationship management (CRM) solution is really needed. CRM is much more than a subsequent email sent based on a clicked linked. With CRM, such as offered by Infusionsoft (who I work for)…
  • Uber Announces New Delivery Service Program: Could Google and Amazon Be In Their Crosshairs?

    Carolyn Crummey
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Uber, the transportation app that changed how people move by connecting riders to drivers, recently announced a new pilot program – Uber Corner Store. According to their blog, the program is a limited experiment that will run for only a few weeks in the Washington D.C. area and will allow Uber users to get delivery of staples like toothpaste, diapers and over 100 other items right to their door. This program, if successful, would take Uber from a simple transportation company into a full-fledged logistics company – which many analysts think plays into CEO Travis…
  • Intuit Study: Small Businesses Compete with Large Companies Using Online Services (Cloud Computing)

    Ramon Ray
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Online services such as Uber, Airbnb, Quickbooks Online and Xero, Asana, Evernote, Task Rabbit, Elance, PayPal and Fiverr are game changers in small business opportunities. These services, and many others, enable small business owners to harness talent, leverage computing power and overall be more productive in their businesses – like never before. Think about the worlds of online marketing – Infusionsoft’s marketing automation is creating time saving opportunities and boosting small business marketing success. Companies like ReachLocal provide small businesses with an…
  • Did Your Twitter Timeline Get Hacked? Nah… Twitter Is Just Deciding What You Should Be Seeing

    Carolyn Crummey
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    If you were getting a little confused by posts appearing in your Twitter timeline from folks you don’t follow, don’t worry – you haven’t been hacked! It turns out that Twitter has decided that they know better than you do on what, and whom, you should be seeing in your timeline and have made a few changes to their policy to accommodate. The new change, which started as an experiment and is now a full-fledged feature of Twitter, has you seeing tweets from people you don’t follow and that aren’t retweets in your timeline. Based on an update to…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • I’m Going to Muck It Up, Okay?

    Mark Anderson
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This idea came pretty much directly from an interaction with a client a few years back. When you’re in a creative business like me, you have to be realistic and know that the people you’re working with are going to have their opinions and suggestions and requirements. But every so often – that goes terribly, terribly wrong. The good part is, I can then vent in a cartoon that people end up buying like crazy. And I get to laugh an evil little laugh – BAHAHA. . . The post I’m Going to Muck It Up, Okay? appeared first on Small Business Trends.
  • Square Expands Its Cash Advance Service for Small Businesses

    Joshua Sophy
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Square is expanding its cash advance service for small businesses. The mobile point of sales provider says new funding will allow it to advance more money to more small businesses soon.  The company announced the news on the official Square Blog this week. Square says an investment from Victory Park Capital will allow the Square Capital program to include more independent and small businesses. In a statement this week issued with the announcement on the news page of the official Squarte website, Victory Park Capital managing director Dan Schwartz said: “We are pleased to be partnering…
  • 51 Franchised UPS Stores Hacked, Possible Data Breach

    Joshua Sophy
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    If you used a credit card to pay for services or products at The UPS Store this year, your private information may have been hacked. In a statement issued this week, The UPS Store Inc. says that 51 of its franchise locations across the country were victims of a malware attack. Customers at those 51 locations between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 may have had their personal data exposed. Most of the malware attacks occurred after March 26. UPS says it has eliminated the threat and that all transactions after Aug. 11 are safe from the malware intrusion. The UPS Store says that the following customer…
  • Spotlight: Technovation Shows Technology in Actual Room Settings

    Annie Pilon
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Did you ever wish that as a buyer, you could see and experience the tech solutions that could help you run your business — in action?  Gathered in one place?  Staged in actual business settings so you could see how the technology would look and work — and not just sitting on a shelf or display stand? That’s the service that Technovation Solutions delivers to businesses. Technovation runs a center in the heart of Las Vegas that showcases the “customer experience” for technology.  Members and partners can show off their technology in a simulated…
  • GoDaddy Acquires Email Marketing Service Mad Mimi

    Joshua Sophy
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    GoDaddy is adding another tool to its suite of small business services. Once known as just a place to buy domain names and website hosting, GoDaddy says that its latest acquisition – the email marketing service Mad Mimi – further shows its commitment to small businesses. Terms of the sale have not been disclosed. According to information Small Business Trends has gleaned from a phone interview with a GoDaddy executive, there is no firm timetable for implementing this app into GoDaddy’s product line. Mad Mimi is largely a free email marketing service. Gary Levitt, CEO and…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • If you choose to be in the dog food business...

    Seth Godin
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    Be delighted to eat dog food. It makes no sense to disdain the choices your customers make. If you can't figure out how to empathize and eagerly embrace the things they embrace, you are letting everyone down with your choice. Sure, someone needs to make this, but it doesn't have to be you. If you treat the work as nothing but an obligation, you will soon be overwhelmed by competition that sees it as a privilege and a calling.        
  • Tone deaf

    Seth Godin
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    Great marketers have empathy. They're able to imagine what it might be like to have a mustache or wear pantyhose. They work hard to imagine life in someone else's shoes. Bullies are tone deaf. They don't always set out to be brutal and selfish, but their near-total lack of empathy amplifies their self involvement. "What's it like to be you?" is an impossible question to answer. But people who aren't tone deaf manage to ask it.        
  • Totally and completely out of my control

    Seth Godin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 am
    Gravity, for example. I can't do a thing about gravity. Even if I wanted to move to Jupiter or the moon for a change in gravity, it's inconceivable that I could. On the other hand, there are lots of things I can do to control my reaction to gravity. I can take Alexander classes or get in better shape. I can avoid situations where gravity makes me uncomfortable (the trapeze, for example). I can choose to not whine about gravity and its effects. There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn't mean we can't do anything about how they influence our work and our…
  • Squidthanks

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Nine years ago last month, a few of us sat down in my office and started working on Squidoo. Since then, there have been billions of visits to our site, and many of you have clicked, written, and contributed to what we've built. We've been able to pay people from around the world for great content and donate to dozens of charities. Thanks. Squidoo was launched before Pinterest, Twitter and Medium were the platforms of the day. It arrived just in time to remind people that in fact they could share what they cared about with people who were interested in hearing about it. Last week, we…
  • Slacktivism

    Seth Godin
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:08 am
    This is far from a new phenomenon. Hundreds of years ago there were holier-than-thou people standing in the village square, wringing their hands, ringing their bells and talking about how urgent a problem was. They did little more than wring their hands, even then. In our connected world, though, there are two sides to social media's power in spreading the word about a charitable cause. According to recent data about the ice bucket challenge making the rounds, more than 90% of the people mentioning it (posting themselves being doused or passing on the word) didn't make a donation to support…
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    Bill Taylor on HarvardBusiness.org

  • The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

    Bill Taylor
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators and high-performing companies, the more I appreciate the need for leaders to “talk the walk” — that is, to be able to explain, in language that is unique to their field and compelling to their colleagues and customers, why what they do matters and how they expect to win. The only…
  • Why Amazon Is Copying Zappos and Paying Employees to Quit

    Bill Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Last week, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos released his annual letter to shareholders. As is the case every year, it is a tour de force of ideas and initiatives about the customer experience (Amazon Prime), disruptive technology (Fire TV), fast-growing product initiatives (Amazon Web Services), and strategic consistency. (As he does every year, Bezos attached his first letter to shareholders from back in 1997 to underscore the company’s long-term commitments.) Still, for all these big, cutting-edge innovations, it was a small, pre-existing idea, something that Amazon borrowed from one its…
  • Stop Me Before I “Innovate” Again!

    Bill Taylor
    6 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    The Wall Street Journal is out with a funny (and brutally honest) takedown of a word that has achieved almost-mythical status among business thinkers like me. That word is innovation, and it’s quickly losing whatever meaning it once had. Journal writer Dennis Berman begins by citing Kellogg CEO John Bryant, the respected head of a well-run company, who was describing one of its “innovations” for 2013. What was the game-changing, head-spinning new offering that Kellogg unveiled? The Gone Nutty! Peanut-butter Pop-Tart. That’s right, a world that has had to survive for decades with…
  • Pret a Manger Wants Happy Employees — And That’s OK

    Bill Taylor
    7 Nov 2013 | 5:00 am
    Last week, the front page of the New York Times carried an in-depth report on a “broad and transformative trend” in Russia. It had nothing to do with more democracy or less corruption. It had to do with better customer service — specifically, an intense focus inside Aeroflot, the infamous Russian airline, to teach flight attendants how to smile. “Anna, you just showed her the champagne bottle but didn’t say anything,” one instructor coaxed a young employee. “This is the silent service of Soviet times. You need to talk to her. And you need to smile and smile and smile.” I…
  • Playing It Safe Is Riskier than You Think

    Bill Taylor
    17 Sep 2013 | 6:00 am
    There are all sorts of reasons why so many big organizations can be slow to make changes that everyone agrees need to be made. “Our current margins are too good, even though the business is being eroded by new competitors.” “Our current products are still popular, even though a new generation of offerings is getting traction.” “Our current distribution system can’t reach the customers we need to reach to build a new business.” In other words, most leaders and organizations are really good at quantifying the risks of trying something bold or striking out in a new direction. What…
 
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Rita McGrath

  • Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

    Rita McGrath
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Organization as machine – this imagery from our industrial past continues to cast a long shadow over the way we think about management today. It isn’t the only deeply-held and rarely examined notion that affects how organizations are run. Managers still assume that stability is the normal state of affairs and change is the unusual state (a point I particularly challenge in The End of Competitive Advantage). Organizations still emphasize exploitation of existing advantages, driving a short-term orientation that many bemoan. (Short-term thinking has been charged with no less than a chronic…
  • The Origins of Discovery-Driven Planning

    Rita McGrath
    29 May 2014 | 6:00 am
    When HBR asked us to write about the origins of discovery-driven planning, we had to laugh. It all started back in the mid-1990s, with Rita’s “flops” file – her collection of projects that had lost their parent company at least US$50 million. (Perfume from the people who make cheap plastic pens, anyone? How about vegetable-flavored Jello?) As we studied those failures, a pattern became clear to us. The projects were all being planned as if they were incremental innovations in a predictable setting: The assumption was that the organizations launching them had a rich platform of…
  • Research: Most Large Companies Can’t Maintain Their Revenue Streams

    Rita McGrath
    26 Dec 2013 | 6:00 am
    My research finds strong evidence that the majority of large companies do not successfully maintain their current revenue streams, let alone grow them over time. My “growth outliers” project looked at publicly traded firms with market capitalizations of greater than US 1 Billion as of 2009, using data from Capital IQ.  I found that in the period from 2000 to 2009, over half of the firms in the sample shrunk their revenue by 10% or more in at least one of those years, clear evidence of eroding competitive advantage. In that same study, there is also striking evidence of the rise of global…
  • The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

    Rita McGrath
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, which is much faster than the 60-month life cycle from five years ago.”  The chart below, created by Nicholas Felton of the New York Times, shows how long it took various categories of product, from electricity to the Internet, to achieve different penetration levels in US households.  It took…
  • Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don't Last

    Rita McGrath
    29 May 2013 | 8:00 am
    I’ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. The Regus Group, Ltd., a company that provides many services but is best-known for its offices-for-rent business, is one of many I’ve been studying whose leaders seem comfortable that their current competitive advantages won’t last, and don’t waste too much time clinging on to them once competitors have caught up or the moment has passed.Their success is a great example of how companies can quickly get out…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Get More Customers for Free This Week Through Google

    Guest Post
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    How to Get More Customers for Free This Week Through Google written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Erik Larson – Enjoy!  You’re getting frustrated. You see neighboring businesses, competitors, and everyone else get customers through their door, and you’re getting nothing. So you ask around, trying to figure out what’s going on. You keep hearing your friends tell you “My customers keep telling me they ‘saw me on Google’ or they ‘found me…
  • How to Sell to a Prospect You Can’t Even See

    John Jantsch
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    How to Sell to a Prospect You Can’t Even See written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Tom Martin For the last few years I’ve been telling business owners that sales and marketing has changed so much because buying has changed so much. photo credit: andres.thor via photopin cc Today’s buyer doesn’t not call up a company and ask for a brochure or salesperson to come calling. Today’s buyer does their homework online, asks their network for suggestions and essentially creates their own…
  • Why You Must Change Your Content Marketing Approach

    John Jantsch
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    Why You Must Change Your Content Marketing Approach written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Now that pretty much everyone on the planet gets the importance of content marketing it’s time to throw a wrench in the works. To remain effective with your content marketing efforts you must constantly evaluate, change and evolve! I know you may not want to hear that, but content only provides value when it’s useful and the consumer always determines what useful looks like. As more and more content marketers experiment with content form,…
  • Weekend Favs August Sixteen

    John Jantsch
    16 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Weekend Favs August Sixteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: JustReachOut – Tool that lets you find and connect with journalists…
  • The Future of Mobile Search Marketing

    Guest Post
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    The Future of Mobile Search Marketing written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Justin Emig – Enjoy! Just a few short years ago, smartphones were reserved for those bleeding edge consumers willing to spend half of their paycheck on a device double the size of their existing ‘feature’ phone that allowed you to replicate an experience historically reserved for desktops or laptops. The adoption quickly exploded and in 2012, global smartphone adoption…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1002: The “Lessons from a Texas Grocery Store” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] If you’re from Texas, you’ve heard of H-E-B. It’s the central Texas grocery store that people are actually proud of. It’s not because they’re a locally-sourced, organic-certified co-op. It’s because of all of the little things they do to earn customer love and word of mouth. Here are three examples: 1. A sense of belonging 2. Customer experience 3. Take care of…
  • Newsletter #1001: The “Real People” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Real people: They work for you, they buy stuff from you, and they spread the word about you. And yet, most marketing doesn’t focus on real people. It focuses on consumers, target demographics, and influencers. Here’s why real people should be at the center: 1. Real people write marketing 2. Real people build relationships 3. Real people make mistakes 4. Check it out: Nested 1. Real…
  • Newsletter #1000: The “Greatest Hits of All Damn Time” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] This is the 1,000th issue of the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. (Well, not quite — in the early days we rounded to the next hundred at the start of a new year. But, trust us, there are a lot.) We thought we’d take a moment to look back at the most popular content from the blog over the past decade. Some of the results surprised us — but, it all came back as a…
  • Newsletter #999: The “Do More” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] A little extra oomph goes a long way. But a big extra oomph goes a longer way. It’s about more than having a great product or a worthy cause. It’s about making people say, “Wow, I can’t wait to tell someone about this.” Here’s how three different companies are doing more to earn word of mouth: 1. Make it wayyyy better 2. Think about the entire experience 3.
  • 3 digital designs that earn word of mouth

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

  • Kickstarter + creative technology to produce clean energy for Kenya

    Bridget Ayers
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    We’ve heard that a good band can “light up a stage” or that music is powerful. Thanks to Sudha Kheterpal, music has become a legitimate option as a source for alternative energy with the SPARK percussion shaker. About Just by enjoying a simple jam session, SPARK produces enough clean energy to power a light or charge a mobile phone for communities without electricity. Due to a rechargeable battery inside the SPARK prototype, just 12 minutes of shaking the SPARK will provide an hour of electricity for these uses. The battery also stores power, making it unnecessary to shake for 12…
  • Free App for Productivity: IFTTT

    Bridget Ayers
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Imagine your grandmother’s best recipe. What if you discovered that the mouth-watering recipe you dream about is simple to make in no time flat? It’d be pretty awesome, right? IFTTT takes the idea of easy-to-make recipes and brings it to the app world. With the IFTTT app, you can put simple “recipes” together to make actions happen without even having to think about it. Though nobody cooks quite like grandma, this app will help you put together the best IFTTT recipes to help you save time and effort. See also: 6 Great Apps to Survive Any Music Festival What is IFTTT? IFTTT (“if…
  • Data Backups and Disaster Recovery

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

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

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

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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Creating a Coaching Culture: A Playbook to Build Winning Business Teams by Nathan Jamail “In business, most of our employees are not as good as they could be—not because of our love for them or our desire to make their lives better than ours, but ... because most of the time we think they are not worth the effort to really coach them.”
  • 120.02

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Beyond Keeping Afloat: How Established Business Can Get Breakthroughs by Tony Davila & Marc J. Epstein “What can be done to avoid the seemingly inevitable drought of innovation that comes along with building and cementing the apparatus of an established organization? How, as an established organization, do we maintain, and perhaps even build on the successes we have achieved?”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Generation We: Why Me Doesn’t Work for One and Everyone, and What We Can Do to Change It by Steven Smith & David Marcum “Why does society tend to work in opposition to WE if WE is clearly a superior strategy? Why don’t human beings make stronger moves to get past ME ... ”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Harvesting the Low-Hanging Fruit: The Easy Road to Higher Earnings by Jeremy Eden & Terri Long “The blinding rate of innovation over the past few decades has turned yesterday’s ‘impossible’ into today’s ‘of course.’ But one area has experienced a near complete lack of innovation over that same time period: the ways executives manage ... ”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Improvise Your Way to Success by Steve Yastrow “The bottom line is that no one wants to be assaulted by one-way communication (a sales pitch). Rather, customers need to be invited into two-way conversations where we can be heard and understood.”
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Hamburger Helper

    Wailin Wong
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened after losing his job in the Depression. Holly’s patty press helped bring the modern fast food industry into existence by equipping McDonald’s and Burger King with machines that could efficiently produce standard-sized burgers. But 77 years after Holly founded his patty machine company, Hollymatic, neither inventor nor business has name recognition…
  • QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…

    David
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague. —Decluttering the company [The Economist]
  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

    Jason Fried
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
  • Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team

    Jason Z.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to really get into the details to show how it all works and how we’ve been able to launch four distinct apps with a handful of developers, just 5 people in all. How it works Basecamp has variants for desktop, phone and tablet. Desktop is the default browser experience we launched in 2012. When it detects a mobile device or a native app declares…
  • Our favorite recent reads on the web

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

  • Look up! in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    When you look up, you can see the good news and the baskets on the ceiling. Photo by David Tan on Flickr.  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 15-17, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t…
  • Using Big Data in Your Small Businesses

    Glenn Muske
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:39 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr“Big data” and “mining big data” are terms that are appearing in business magazines and journals at lot these days. Yet small-business owners often are not sure if and how big data fits into their business. Nor do they know where to get it and how to analyze it, even if they would have it. Small-business owners need not be scared of the term “big data.” It simply means information of a size that you cannot analyze it by hand. You need to use some type of computerized tool to help out. But business owners need to remember that data is one key when…
  • Recruiting new residents: help them find out they’ll love your town

    Becky McCray
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    How do folks find out that your town is the perfect place that they will be happy living? Photo by Becky McCray. Now that we have research showing that people are wanting to move to small towns, how do you let people know your doors are open? You can use these frameworks for thinking and online tools to help people find out that they will love your town. What matters in a town?  “What makes a community a desirable place to live? What draws people to stake their future in it? Are communities with more attached residents better off?” Those are the framing questions of the Soul of…
  • Should I charge by the hour or by the project?

    Becky McCray
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:34 am
    Every service business has to face the pricing problem throughout its life span. Photo by Becky McCray. Pricing your services is a tricky business. Without a physical product and costs to start from, the answer always seems to be “it depends.” Let’s try to get a better handle on how to charge for your services and still make a living. My friend Scott Townsend asked on behalf of his son: @SBSurvival Matthew wants to know if he should charge by the hour or by the project. What are your wise words? — Scott Milam Townsend (@ScottMTownsend) August 17, 2014 I replied that it is…
  • Brag Basket is for sweet news

    Small Biz Survival
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Photo by David Bleasdale on Flickr. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 15-17, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Do you…
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    イケイケ出会い系日記

  • 不倫SNS

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    不倫をしたい人が集まる会員制SNS。入会条件は結婚している事と、このSNSを秘密する事ができるかという事でした。 私(35歳男性)はそういう関係に刺激を感じ、登録をしてみようと思いました。 入会画面に行くと、住民票の送付しなくてはいけないらしく、新たな刺激には変えられないと思い管理会社に送付する。すると、数日中にその本サイトである「不倫SNSはココ」と書かれた書類が送られてきました。…
  • 彼氏 ほしい

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    彼氏がほしいっていつも言ってるから私は男友達が多い方なので、コンパをよくやってあげるし、 引っ付けてあげようともしてるのに、何故か結局上手くいかず彼氏がいつも出来ません。 逆に何でなのか分からず理由を彼女に聞くんですが、ほしいほしいと言ってる割にはいざってなると逃げてしまうみたいなんです。 毎度毎度そうなんで、さすがに私も面倒くさくなり、コンパやってと言われても断るようになりました。…
  • セックスフレンド掲示板

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
     24歳で保育士をしているのですが、職場での出会いというのは全くないのでなかなかお付き合いをするお相手を探すことができないで困っていました。 正直はな話、セックスもしていないので仕事のストレス解消と性欲解消でオナニーばかりをしています。 でもやっぱり男性に抱かられて持ち良くなりたいって気持ちが強くなって、セックスフレンド掲示板を利用してみました。…
  • セフレ 穴場

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    セフレが欲しい場合、穴場となるのはスナックです。 僕が住んでいるような田舎の場合、ものすごい強烈なおばちゃんがママをしている場合が少なくないのですが、こういうママの下で働いている女の子が狙い目なのです。 めちゃめちゃ若い子を狙うよりも、30前後の一通り世間は知ってる的な落ち着いた雰囲気の女がいいですね。 ある意味、この世代も穴場です。 結婚に向けて焦ってはいるけど、出会いがなかなかみつからない。…
  • 出会えるサイト

    iknowamomblog
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    僕はここ最近色々な出会い系サイトを利用してみていますが、インターネットのレビューもあまりあてにはなりませんね。 出会えるサイトはココ!だとか、必ず出会えるサイト!だとかを謳っている出会い系サイトを片っ端から使ってみましたが、本当に出会えるサイトだったのは僅かでした。 一般の方がブログ等で感想や体験談を書いているのもやはりあてにはなりませんでした。…
 
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    Superinnovators

  • Change the Thinking, or Change the Behavior?

    Bill Burnett
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Captain David Marquet needed to turn around the thinking on the nuclear submarine Santa Fe.  U.S. Navy photo by Christina ShawAnd he needed it done in about seven days. How do you turn around the thinking of a group of people? Captain Marquet realized they didn’t have time to let his thinking percolate down through the ranks. Instead, he recognized that all he really wanted was a change in behavior. It turns out, all you have to do is ask for the change in behavior. You have to be specific. But when you are, the behavior is observable and people can readily give you that behavior. It…
  • Carnegie Mellon's People Capability Maturity Model

    Bill Burnett
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    In looking for processes to enable company leaders to transform their organizations into highly innovative enterprises, I came across the Carnegie Mellon People Capability Maturity Model.The model is predicated on the idea that you climb up the capability curve by adding management and workforce capabilities with each of five levels. "When the goals of all process areas at a maturity level and lower levels have been satisfied, the organization will have achieved the maturity level.1   It is a stair step approach of adding on to the tools implemented on a lower step.The model…
  • Business Bromides

    Bill Burnett
    19 May 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Business Bromides are trite, clichéd sayings which aren’t very helpful or specific, and managers tend to say them over and over again. The word bromide comes from the chemical compound historically used as a sedative, a medicine that dulls your senses.  When we use such expressions in business, we seduce ourselves and others to set less audacious goals and take less bold action.We know from psychology that if you say something often enough “Saddam Hussain has weapons of mass destruction!” you start to believe it’s true.  This is especially true if it’s something you’d…
  • The Focused Leader

    Bill Burnett
    19 Jan 2014 | 9:41 pm
    In the table of contents for the December 2013 Harvard Business Review is the following teaser: "The Focussed Leader.  Great leaders have learned to focus their attention in three ways: on themselves, on others, and on the wider world." Isn't that pretty much everything!  So, great leaders have learned to focus on everything?  I am confused by the word 'focus' in this context.  What is it supposed to mean?  Having read the article I still unclear as to why the word 'focus' is used.This is a Daniel Goldman article.  He is one of the chief proponents of the…
  • Using simple gamification to radically boost performance.

    Bill Burnett
    23 Dec 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Gamification typically involves applying game design thinking to non-game applications to enhance engagement. Gamification can make almost anything fun and engaging bringing out the player in any of us.Gamification isn’t just about setting up a formal game-like environment such as a frequent flyer program.  It can subtly tap into people’s natural love for the game, any game where there’s something at stake and a way to play with it.  That can dramatically change performance outcomes.Case Set-up - This was a real bank case, staff = 120 FTE. Credit card chargeback processing on…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Layer'r Shot Deo : Pure Fragrance, Nothing Else

    Harish B
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Brand : Layer'rCompany : Adjavis Venture Ltd (AVL)Brand Analysis Count : # 547Layer'r was launched in 2013 by AVL which was founded by Mr Devandra Patil. Mr Patil was a co-founder of Paras Pharmaceuticals and later the brothers of Paras decided to start on their own after selling Paras to Reckitt.One of the brothers, Darshan Patel started the Fogg brand under the company Vini Cosmetics which recently became the market leader in the deo category. Devendra Patel entered the deo market with two brands- Layer'r Shot for men and Wottagirl for women.In the highly cluttered market for deos, the…
  • Park Avenue Beer Shampoo : Cheers to Man Hair

    Harish B
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Brand : Park Avenue Beer ShampooCompany : JK Helene CurtisBrand Analysis Count : # 546Park Avenue is a cash cow in the portfolio of JK Helene Curtis which owns the prestigious apparel brands like Raymonds , Color Plus, Parx etc. This brand has contributed half of the turnover of the apparel business of the company. Later the company decided to extend the brands to categories like men's grooming market.According to Business Standard, men's grooming market is worth Rs 4000 crore growing at 25-30 % per annum. So for a company like JK Helene Curtis, it makes sense to extend a popular brand to…
  • He deodorant : Be Interesting

    Harish B
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Brand : HeCompany : EmamiBrand Analysis Count : # 545Another deo hits the market with another big bang celebrity. This time, joining the brand-wagon is Emami with the new deo brand for men - He. He  is sort of interesting brand name which Emami chose to call its deo. Wondering how the company pulled off a generic name since it is very difficult to get trademark approval for generic names.The Rs 2300 crore deo market is crowded but growing fast to accommodate new players. He deo has roped in none other than Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador . The brand is currently running its…
  • Marketing for Small Business : Marketing Department vs Marketing Function

    Harish B
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    In a recent study conducted over several SME s in my state, I found that over 70% of SMEs reported that they have a marketing department. But when enquired about certain critical functions like product development or branding, many reported that these activites are not performed.It is important for small business to understand that mere existance of marketing deparment is not suffice, what is important is that critical marketing activties are performed. Several small business are still not aware about the importance of  having a systematic process of product development/…
  • Brand Update - Axe gets further axed

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

  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    Michael Essany
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. Is Wearable Tech the Future of Mobile Marketing? There are more than a few industry folks who believe wearable tech is the future of mobile marketing. True, others see it as a kind of sci-fi folly. Reitzin Shares Insight on Starting a Successful Company in the Healthcare Sector Jared Reitzin, CEO of mobileStorm, Inc., has sage advice for startups hoping to penetrate the healthcare marketplace. Big Gains Predicted for Mobile Apps Market Through 2018 The freshly…
  • Good News and Bad News for Apple and Samsung

    ChristaH
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    New research from Strategy Analytics isn’t painting an entirely promising picture for Samsung and Apple, the top two titans in the smartphone and tablet hardware business. According to data shared with MMW, global tablet shipments reached 52.4 million units in the second quarter of 2014. Tablet shipments from both Apple and Samsung were down on Q2 2013 volumes. Second quarter 2014 Global Tablet shipments were up 5% at 52.4 million units, with Asus and Lenovo the only top 5 ranked vendors delivering shipment growth over Q2 2013. But not to worry. The good news is that Samsung and Apple…
  • eMarketer: The Importance of Hispanic Culture in Modern Marketing

    Kirby Johnsen
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new eMarketer report, “English vs. Español: Language Choices in Hispanic Marketing,” explores the importance of Hispanic culture in marketing today. Although the vast majority of U.S. Hispanics speak English, a majority also speaks some Spanish. But, as the report reveals, “there is not necessarily a demand for marketing in either English or Spanish. Rather, surveys and studies suggest that maintaining a connection to Hispanic culture is what counts.” Earlier this year, Horowitz Associates canvassed U.S. Hispanics’ usage of current and traditional sources of media.
  • Smart Home Controllers a Growing Market

    MikeR
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Parks Associates has announced new Internet of Things (IoT) research indicating that nearly 4 percent of U.S. households will have a smart home controller by the end of 2014. That figure is expected to increase to nearly 6 percent by 2015. The firm’s “Evolution of Smart Home and the Internet of Things,” which includes data from a 1Q 2014 survey of 10,000 U.S. broadband households, also reports that 64 percent of all smart devices currently in households operate as part of either a home control or security system. Smart devices include motorized door controls, lighting…
  • Wearable Band Shipments Explode 684 Percent

    ChristaH
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Canalys, an independent analyst company, says wearable band shipments are growing at a rate much faster than previously anticipated by many, The wearable band market grew 684% on a worldwide basis in the first half of 2014 compared with the first half of 2013, the firm reports. “Fitbit and Jawbone have very successfully grown and strengthened their relationships with channel partners internationally to grow global shipment volumes. They took first and second place respectively in the basic wearable band market in the first half 2014,” said Canalys VP and Principal Analyst Chris…
 
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • How Brands Generate Value

    Mark Di Somma
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Do you remember when you were a child the first time someone made you a paper plane? If your recollection is anything like mine, you couldn’t believe how it left your hand and made its way across the room. Before long though, it lost height and velocity, and fell to the floor. One of my more cynical friends has this joke about how much media budget is needed to keep a brand going successfully: “Give me all the money you can burn and it will go like a rocket!” It’s easy to see a brand as an expense that relies on getting attention to make its presence felt and to make the expenditure…
  • Guide To Mastering The Customer Brand Experience

    Mark Di Somma
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    We shouldn’t even think of the term “customer service” as being about something that is valuable to customers. In fact, customer service is worth next to nothing. The reasons are simple. We live in a service-focused age, and the people who buy from you know they’re customers. So the term “customer service” does not describe anything customers don’t expect and it certainly doesn’t envelope anything of particular value to them. Every business is a service business in some sense these days. Secondly, and more importantly, customer service is actually the means to the real goal:…
  • Differentiating A Pharmaceutical Commodity

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Branding Strategy Insider helps marketing oriented leaders and professionals like you build strong brands. BSI readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers everywhere. Today we hear from Anna, a Product Manager in Stockholm, Sweden who writes… “I have recently become the product manager of a pharmaceutical product. This product is 1 out of 8 in the Nordic market. All products but one are original. The biosimilar product markets itself on price, however due to very aggressive marketing they have been taking the market by storm. The product category is old, tried and…
  • Defining Your Brand Purpose

    Mark Di Somma
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    The term “purpose” has risen in business prominence as brands look for ways to connect what they are evaluated for in the short term, with their commitments over longer timeframes. Nevertheless, there are still many who view this (re)definition of purpose as a feel-good that soft-frames the commercial realities of what businesses are there to do. Additionally, they say, it risks becoming too much of a distraction to the bottom-line responsibilities that organizations should focus on. Advocates of the more single-minded approach argue that the purpose of business is to make money and that,…
  • Why Women Will Redefine Brands

    Mark Di Somma
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s extraordinary isn’t it how so much has been made of the emergence of China and India and of the impact of new technology on the world’s economic wellbeing – and yet a factor bigger than either of these dynamics has been comparatively ignored. The rise in the participation of women in the economy through full-time work has contributed more to economic growth than either Asia or online globally. Some have noticed and commented – author and speaker Fara Warner has written an eye-opening and important book “The Power of the Purse”, Tom Peters has been on about this for years…
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    Men with Pens

  • Win a Scholarship to the Best Writing Course for Business Owners

    James Chartrand
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Each time I prepare for a new session of the Damn Fine Words writing course, I open up the DFW writing contest. Many people tell me they wish they could register for the course, because if they could just get in... ... they'd finally have the skills to write engaging website copy that pulls in much-needed clients. ...they could make more money, instead of guessing at what to write and struggling to get words out on the page. ...they could feel excited and happy about writing for their business for the first time in their lives, instead of agonizing over every word. I want to help make that…
  • 5 Smart Sentences that Clients Need to Hear from You

    Agent X
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “Thanks, but we decided to go with someone else.” You don't understand what happened. You've lost the gig… but everything was going so well! The client seemed keen to work with you, you’d hammered out the details, and the only thing left was the final go-ahead to start the work. Instead of getting a green light, you receive a one-line email from the client that says they chose another freelancer. That’s when warning signals start going off in your head. Maybe the problem isn't with the client – maybe the problem is you. Click here to read the full article →Another…
  • How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the Family

    Agent X
    26 May 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2013 was a good writing year. At least, for me: I wrote and self-published two books, began writing a third and had articles published as well. I was proud of what I'd accomplished and was determined to ride the momentum to make 2014 even better. I set my goals, made my plans, and on January 1st, I was off to the races. Then one morning in mid-February, I got the news that a cherished family member had died. All my writing progress came to a grinding halt. Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to Get Back to Writing After a Death in the…
  • How to Find Your Muse – and Fire Her

    Agent X
    22 May 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Muse - the source of creativity and inspiration that all writers search for so desperately. I’d found mine a few years back, and oh, what a vision she was! Airy and beautiful, lulling me with dulcet tones. I was enthralled. No more writer’s block, no more floundering for inspiration and ideas. She was the answer to my literary prayers. I summoned my beleaguered Muse more and more often until we arrived at an impasse. “I’m sorry,” she said, “but this is untenable. Can’t you do any of this yourself?” I sought out the answers on how to find my own inspiration, but the…
  • The Bad Writing Advice that Kills Your Success

    James Chartrand
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    The writing industry is rife with advice. Some of it is great advice. Some is good advice, even if it's fairly commonplace. But amidst the great and good advice is bad advice, and it's not always easy to tell the difference. The bad advice isn't just bad – it's often so bad that it does more harm than good. I've held the hand of many a writer as I coach them back out of the sucking quagmire of bad advice before they get pulled under by the quicksand. It's not always pretty. It's definitely always hard. Want an example of bad writing advice? You'll get it – and learn how to avoid it – in…
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    IttyBiz

  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

    Naomi Dunford
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:45 pm
    The Contact page seems like such a simple little thing, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t think that certain death was even a possibility. Well! Aren’t you glad you read IttyBiz? Let’s discuss. We’ll start with the basics. Do you have a website? If so, does it have a Contact page? If so, please go to your Contact page now and read it. Go. Now. This will wait. The internet lasts forever. I will quietly hum in your absence. Ok. You’re back. Good. Now, I want you to think of the most exciting person or entity that could ever visit your website. Perhaps it’s the…
  • 13 Lessons on Unschooling and Running A Business

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For the beautiful Ali Luke, who requested a post about unschooling while running a business. If we’ve never met, and you got here because some lovely unschooler forwarded this to you, hello, and welcome! I’m Naomi, one half of Naomi-and-Dave. I’ve been running IttyBiz since 2006, and we’re unschoolers. The boys - Jack and Michael – are 7 and 15. So. Unschooling and business. Here’s what I’ve learned so far. 1. Embrace multitasking. There is a lot of advice out there saying that when you multitask, you’re less productive. I would agree with that.
  • 4 Steps That Stop Your Brain From Hijacking Your Goals

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:52 pm
    In our summer business planning class, we ask people to select an Area of Devotion – like lead generation, or building up a back catalog, or improving conversion rates – and then set a goal for that area. Then we ask, “What does success look like for this goal at the end of six months?” The reason we ask this question is because we want them to come up with a specific goalpost that will feel satisfying to reach. It’s like when you’re cleaning up for company to come over – if you don’t know what “success” looks like, then you’ll never…
  • How To (Honestly) Love Your Customers

    Naomi Dunford
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:58 pm
    We’re bringing back some old favorites by request. If there’s anything you’d like to see us run again, please get in touch. This one is for Jenny. Originally published December 7, 2009 as Crushed Hopes and Spicy Chicken. I’m not a big cook. I’m not a cook at all, really. I didn’t cook before I started IttyBiz and I sure as hell don’t cook now. My husband and I eat out a lot, and if we’re not actually eating in a restaurant, somebody’s going for takeout. One day, we were having one of those not-really-an-argument arguments, the kind you’ll often see in…
  • How To Ask For Feedback… And Get A Decent Answer

    Naomi Dunford
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I was in a conversation on Facebook recently with a woman I’ve known for a long time. This lovely lady has a new venture she’s working very hard on, and she’s wondering if she can send it over to get my feedback. (Incidentally, IttyBiz is on Facebook! Please come and click Like and validate our existence! Ahem. This was done for many reasons, most prominent among them that my mother and my kids have been nagging me for years. You’ll be happy to know that now IttyBiz is on Facebook, they have moved on to nagging me about Pinterest and YouTube, respectively. I believe…
 
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Right brain. Left brain. Lefght brain.

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I have always had a problem with the cliché right brain, left brain theory. You know the one. It states that the right and left hemispheres of the brain have different functions. The left brain is the logical side, while the right side is where creativity resides. My problem is based on an intense observational study of one: Me. I have found that while I am indeed a “creative,” and therefore should be right brained, I need structure and logic, no matter how convoluted it may appear to others, to guide me in my search for the creative answer. My ideas, good, bad…
  • Are icy bucket baths cool?

    Jay H. Heyman
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Unless you have been living in a remote igloo, you have certainly heard of the new viral “Ice Bucket Challenge.” As Emily Steel explains in this article, people make a video of themselves dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads, post it on social media, and then challenge friends to do the same or donate $100 to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Results? 1.2 million videos on Facebook. 2.2 million tweets. $13.3 million in donations to the ALS Association, with over a quarter million new donors. While there are naysayers (though I have yet to actually hear anyone say, “Nay,” out loud)…
  • Ever realize why a headline is like an elevator pitch?

    Jay H. Heyman
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) We all know the rationale behind the infamous “elevator pitch:” You only have a limited amount of time to provide a persuasive story to someone of who you are, what you do, and why anyone should care. The thinking is that you should imagine you are in an elevator when telling your story, to help you make it as brief as possible, before the person you are talking to tunes out. But the length of your pitch is not the reason people drift off. The truth is that when you tell people your profession, they instantly put you into a category, believe they know exactly…
  • Take the Job Seriously, but Not Yourself

    Jay H. Heyman
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Actually, that’s it for today. The quote was the headline in this article. Read the interview if you wish, lots of good ideas. But if nothing else, follow the platinum rule in the post title. Got the idea? Related articles Logan LaHive of Belly on Expanding Into New Markets [Video] Logan LaHive of Belly on the Startup Learning Curve [VIDEO] How Logan LaHive's Customer Loyalty Services Company, Belly, Drives Growth for Small Business 10 Questions: Logan LaHive, founder and CEO, Belly
  • Er, why bother?

    Jay H. Heyman
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    I certainly understand wanting to use your brand name, or a piece of it, as part of your marketing. If you can figure out how to do this in an interesting way, it makes your advertising more proprietary. Especially when you don’t have a large budget. (“Just Do It” could work for many companies in many categories. But when you spend tons—my approximation of their budget—of money, Nike can buy ownership of the phrase.) And I truly thought my tag for Sharp watches was definitely something that Sharp, and only Sharp, could own. (The line was, “Ever notice that when people are serious…
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • My Experience at YC Hacks (Y Combinator’s First Hackathon)

    Erica
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. At 33 years old, I knew I’d probably be older than the vast majority of the 400+ people attending Y Combinator’s first YC Hacks hackathon. But other than that, I didn’t have many expectations. YC Hacks was my first real hackathon. Many years ago, I went to the first SuperHappyDevHouse (and then 19 out of the first 20 of them), but I never had built and launched a web app in a weekend. Even though I’ve held down full-time jobs as a developer, I still have trouble telling people “I’m a developer.” I’m not…
  • How I Helped Ramit Sethi Break Through Barriers and Earn Millions of Dollars

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

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

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

    Erica
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Through a sort of strange coincidence, I found myself reading Tucker Max’s blog today. If you know who Tucker Max is (and many people do), you may think I was reading his famous “asshole” blog. Interestingly enough, though, Tucker seems to have matured lately, and is now writing a more thoughtful blog on how to become a writer, run a startup, and get published. He highlights a thought-provoking question on his post “How To: Find A Mentor”: “‘Why do you want to be a writer?’ 99% of [people who tell me they want to become a writer] have no fucking…
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    Bplans Blog

  • 6 Accounting Mistakes That Put Small Businesses at Risk

    Renuka Rana
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Accounting is a significant part of any business endeavor and is not as easy as adding and subtracting. Small businesses often think of handling their own accounting to save money—but this may not be the best idea. Accounting errors can cost a company to a great extent. You don’t want to mess up your numbers, as... The post 6 Accounting Mistakes That Put Small Businesses at Risk appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC)

    Candice Landau
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    Why do so many businesses fail? According to a recent Forbes article, at the surface level, they simply run out of cash. It’s easy to get things wrong when you’re starting out and the article points out that 8 out of every 10 businesses fail within the first 18 months. The post How to Secure Funding for Your Startup (with INFOGRAPHIC) appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Is Your Startup Tracking the Right Metrics?

    Sabrina Parsons
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the most important things a startup can do is make sure that they are keeping track of their data. In this webinar, we take time to discuss the different metrics that startups—and established businesses—should be tracking. Tracking metrics and making sure you know what’s going on with your business is crucial; it enables... The post Is Your Startup Tracking the Right Metrics? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What Is a Benefit Corporation?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently wrote a post on social enterprise, discussing what it entails, and what some of the legal structure options are for a business when the focus is on a social mission. The benefit corporation option is one such legal structure. It’s a fairly new structure, with the first one of its kind coming into existence... The post What Is a Benefit Corporation? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary?

    Kristen Gramigna
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may be the last on your list of creditors when you’re just starting a business, but at some stage, you’ve got to start earning yourself. Here are seven things to consider in order to determine if now is the right time to pay yourself a salary. 1. You’ve been better than “break even” for one year... The post When Is the Right Time to Pay Yourself a Salary? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • Why Are You So Afraid of Creating a Content Marketing Strategy?

    nicolebeckett
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:02 am
    Until you get over your fear of web content, you'll never be able to take your business to the next level!17 Vote(s)
  • How SEO copywriting put this customer onto page 1 (in 3 days)

    copywritematters
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    This post steps through a case study of a recent SEO copywriting client: Leads to Clients. It demonstrates what I did to her copywriting and what happened soon after. Spoiler: One of her pages jumped 98 ranking positions to be ranked third, on page one - in three days!17 Vote(s)
  • Upcoming EGO Interviews [podcast]

    lyceum
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Please stay tuned for upcoming podcast interviews with Gary Shouldis and Dan Swords. I will be updating the About page and adding resources for podcasters and Internet radio (netcasting) listeners, in the near future... My take on Overcast, iPhone's podcast app on the home screen in the near futu16 Vote(s)
  • #AnyoneListening? Measuring Your Hashtag Success

    websuccessteam
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:34 am
    Because online marketing promotions are becoming more sophisticated, there is an increasing need to track campaign success and to justify ROI. Last week, I shared an article about "Social Media Metrics Made Simple." I will now share information about creating and tracking a branded hashtag. It is 16 Vote(s)
  • Designing The Customer Experience For Our Efficiency, Not The Customers’

    dabrock
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    This afternoon, we had a problem with a critical tool that we use. I am currently on the road, running from meeting to meeting, but I had to address the problem, it was impacting our people and work they were doing.16 Vote(s)
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Small, Home-Based Business Work and the Flux Capacitor: 4 Tips to Surviving Change

    Jeff Zbar
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    After 25 years as a South Florida freelance corporate copywriter and journalist for national magazines and websites, you’d think I would have installed a flux capacitor in my home-based writing and editorial consulting business. You may know it as the little device from the Back to the Future franchise which empowered time travel. But it has so many more uses than just Dr. Emmett Brown’s DeLorean time machine. According to Uncyclopedia, the flux capacitor is a failsafe device to ensure failure of something other than that which you’d want to fail. Or something like that. It’s a bit…
  • Tales from the Home Office: The Epidemic of the Always-On Society

    Jeff Zbar
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:13 am
    As a South Florida corporate copywriter and freelance journalist, I meet and interview some interesting folk with keen insights on business, corporate culture, play – you know, daily life. So it is that when I was interviewing an executive recently as part the Executive Profile column I write for the South Florida Business Journal, I asked him (same as I ask most execs), “What’s the least favorite part of what you do?” His response was insightful, and when it was re-iterated a week later by another executive in the marketplace, I realized we have an epidemic on our hands.
  • Power, Battery Back-Ups and Seeking Sameness in the Home Office

    Jeff Zbar
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    In 25 years spent working from home, I’ve grown to appreciate sameness. I like when I walk into the office, the PC powers up, there’s no crackle on the telephone line, the email is flowing and the sync between my GMail and my smart phone is functioning within normal operating parameters. In short, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of panic when tech goes awry. When something’s out of the ordinary in my home-based business it tends to send me into crisis mode. Simply put, “out of the ordinary” means nothing productive will get done until ordinary…
  • Home-Based Business Marketing, Prospecting and the Promise of Tomorrow

    Jeff Zbar
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Two calls came in this week from people looking for a writer. One was someone I’d worked with in the past and looking to engage me again. Another came from someone I’d worked with, but who was calling on behalf of a former client of her own who was in need of a freelance corporate copywriter. Here I was, going about the daily chores of running my home-based  business, as new business was coming over the transom. I hadn’t been seeking it, but it had found me nonetheless. How? I’m a farmer. A dichotomy exists in small business marketing, one that confounds newbies and…
  • Battery Backup Solution to Various Home Office, Small Business Power Woes

    Jeff Zbar
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:21 am
    My computer runs off electrical power. No great revelation there, I imagine. So, too, does my DSL modem and Belkin router. Ditto on the “Like, Duh!” factor. But what about my Plantronics telephone headset and my Nortel two-line landline phone? Both run off AC power juiced from the nearest wall outlet. So what? Here in thunderstorm-prone South Florida, one electrical outage, brown-out, black-out or other power disruption and my entire connection to the outside world is lost. With my existing battery backup, the PC was kept running and stable, giving me at least enough time to close my…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • 6 Industries That Excel on Pinterest

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Adrienne Erin Pinterest has proven how effective imagery can be at not only encouraging people to make connections with others online, but making them feel inspired to pursue their dreams, improve their lives or even shop more confidently for products. Keep reading to learn about six industries that have made great headway in using Pinterest as a powerful and resonant promotional tool. Arts and Crafts For a crafty person, Pinterest offers a seemingly endless supply of ideas for things to make. Etsy is just one example of a well-known company that has successfully tapped into the power of…
  • The 411 to Successfully Launch Your Business

    Rieva Lesonsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Chloe Hashemi Information technology and the internet are gradually dominating every aspect of our lives; and businesses are no exception to this. This revolution seems to have happened overnight, and occasionally it seems almost impossible to keep up with the times and keep your business relevant to the online world. Grasping a couple of simple modern approaches can help your business remain competitive. Embrace New Technologies Technology is changing at the speed of light. Keeping this in mind though, it is easy to fall into the trap of complacency. If you fail to keep up for too long,…
  • The Future of American Business . . . In Four Little Words

    Rieva Lesonsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico In speaking to business owners and “people in career transitions” nationwide, I am often called upon to speculate about the future of American business. For example, I am frequently asked: What businesses should I be thinking of starting now? What businesses will still be around in ten years’ time? Where will tomorrow’s jobs be? Will there BE a future for small business in the next 20 years? I have given the matter quite a bit of thought (being a professional speaker means you have a lot of downtime in trains, planes and automobiles), and have come up with a few…
  • There is Capital…You Just Don’t Know How to Ask for It

    Rieva Lesonsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Frank Williamson When faced with hurdles in obtaining financing, some business owners throw up their hands and conclude there is no capital to access. That’s not true. While investors are inclined to say “no” in this post-recession environment, there are dollars out there. To get your share of it, you must properly “sell” your business as a quality investment, and it’s much more than a numbers game. Those asking for capital have the burden of proof. When you’re asking for capital, you have the burden of proof. If you want to make a deal happen, think like the investors…
  • How to Market a Small Business Event

    Rieva Lesonsky
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Tim Raybould The goal of marketing, from daily tweets to monthly newsletters, is to build relationships with people who will be loyal, life-long customers. However, as marketers and/or busy small business owners, we often look for shortcuts to accomplish this. We want to find the fastest, easiest and cheapest way to find the best customers. Hosting an event is a great way to build customer relationships, but when it comes to marketing a small business event, the most cost effective way is to eschew shortcuts and focus on relationships. Most everyone agrees that building a relationship with…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • #nevergiveup #womanofdistinction Woman of Distinction

    Yvonne
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Yes I have tattoos. Yes I am pursuing my dreams of becoming a model... I have been told on several occasions that everything about me is perfect for modeling if only I didn't have those tattoos ... I've honestly thought about removing them to advance ... I have put each and every one of these beautiful tattoos on my body for a reason. Most of them are reminders ... visual tokens that show me how far I have come in this life ... I have spent years perfecting the art of loving myself fully and I have decided to not comprise who i am because my style doesn't for into the category mold of…
  • #WomenofWIPIN - Women in the Pet Industry Rock!

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    by Yvonne DiVita The women of WIPIN rock big time! WIPIN is Women in the Pet Industry. I am a member. A proud member. This past weekend I experienced such profound acceptance by a large group of business women, it made me glad to be alive. Over and over, at the WIPIN conference in Portland, OR, women were saying, "Everyone here is so friendly! I am amazed by how giving they all are!" That's the catch-phrase of the weekend... Giving. The conference itself was about Growing. But we don't grow until we GIVE, isn't that true? Each woman brought a unique set of ideas with her. Each woman was an…
  • Creating Fresh Website And Blog Content: 3 Ways

    Yvonne
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Does the idea of the "blank screen" make you cringe? It does for many entrepreneurs. After all, you're an expert in your business niche and that niche may not be writing. If you endeavor to write your own blog posts, here are three ways you can create content that will intrigue and enchant your readers: Use photos podcasts or video. As many blog sites to, host a "Wordless" day. As in a "Wordless Wednesday" in which you ask your readers to simply submit a photo under a stated theme. "Relaxation at home" for example could prompt your readers to send photos of…
  • Does Your Business Need A Blog? Yes!

    Yvonne
    15 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess It still kind of amazes me that even today, business owners will ask, "Do I really need a blog?" My short answer is a resounding, "yes!" Why? Myriad reasons, but the main one is that if you have a website and you don't typically update your site -- and no one usually does -- it will not rank high in Google searches. However, if you have a blog on your website, every time you add new content Google thinks you've updated your site (which essentially you have) and your searchability gets revved up. Here are three ways having a blog can help you market your…
  • 10 FUN Ways to Overcome Writer's Block #defeattheblock

    Yvonne
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Me, reading blog posts, becoming inspired by YOU. by Yvonne DiVita #defeattheblock The dreaded WRITER'S BLOCK!!! It can strike at any moment, any second, any day or week... even in the middle of a paragraph of fantastic writing! You're sitting there at your desk, your fingers are sailing over the keyboard like water over a stone, smooth and flowing. You're in the zone.  The day has gone by without notice as you compose that amazing chapter of your book, that astounding blog post, that outstanding dedication, whatever. You don't notice the shadows coming through the blinds, trying to nudge…
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    OnStartups

  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

    31 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’m an introvert at heart. That means I don't draw energy from being around people and definitely don't crave it.  So I usually spend more time in twitter discussions and inbound.org AMAs than face-to-face conversations. As you can imagine, events tend to inspire some anxiety in me. Whether I’m at a conference as an attendee or as a speaker, thousands of humans in one place usually sends me running in the other direction. But, some events are worth standing in place for. At the Business of Software conference each year, I camp out at the venue before and after my talk to…
  • The Gentle and Visual Guide to Startup Marketing

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

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

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

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

  • Purpose-Driven Content Marketing: Brands That Give and Get

    Ann Gynn
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Purpose-driven content marketing is a way for a business or brand to bond with a target audience based on their shared needs and interests — including interest in supporting a worthy cause. But while most organizations recognize the importance of “giving back,” they aren’t always accustomed to creating content around their efforts in a way that will both engage their audience and drive them to participate. Success in this arena is all about developing the right strategy and executing it in an authentic, organic way that brings mutual benefit to everyone involved.
  • How to Pitch the Power of Content Marketing to Your Boss

    Arnie Kuenn
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Content marketing has proven to be a successful venture for businesses across industries and verticals, which explains the year-over-year growth in its adoption. However, there are still many companies that have yet to jump on the content marketing bandwagon. This is due to a multitude of reasons, one being lack of support from key stakeholders in the organization. Though most marketers are coming to recognize the value that a well-planned and executed content marketing strategy can deliver, when it comes to getting buy-in from the boss, many are still being met with resistance. And like all…
  • Take Your Event Beyond Its Venue: 4 Content Marketing Ideas

    Michele Bollig
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    For the fourth year in a row, B2B marketers rated in-person events as the most effective tactic they use in their arsenal of options. In fact, 70 percent of marketers favor in-person events over nine other top tactics, including videos, case studies and eBooks. While you’re probably already using in-person events as a resource for your overall content creation plan, a common challenge is knowing how to best promote the event through relevant content so that its value lives on. Here are some practical tips on how to get the best ROI out of your events through strategic content marketing.
  • Marketing Research: How Enterprises Structure, Scale, and Spend on Content

    Michele Linn
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    While the vast majority of organizations seem to be adopting content marketing in some shape or form, there are several questions that continue to confound them: How should we operationalize around this discipline? How are marketing leaders in our industry scaling this discipline? How much are those leaders spending — and on what, specifically? These are especially complex challenges for large, enterprise organizations to have to face. To help provide these businesses with some guidance, we conducted 27 in-depth interviews with marketing leaders and spent two days with 40+ execs at…
  • 7 Thoughts That Will Change Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The month before each Content Marketing World event has always been an interesting time for me. The first reason is because I stay in one place for a large chunk of time. That’s a big deal for me, as throughout the fall, winter, and spring I’m almost always on the road, traveling to all parts of the world. Second, it’s when I work on particular items for the show, like the Content Marketing Awards, the music sequencing, the video intros, or (most likely) keeping our exhibitors happy. And, last but not least, it’s when I get more family time — more time to ponder…
 
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • [Webinar] Smart Sales Intelligence: Turning Insights into Action

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Don't miss this FREE, but invaluable session! With all the data out there, a big challenge for today's sales and marketing teams is knowing what to pay attention to. Our customers and prospects are overwhelmed as well. Yet to be effective, we need to cut through all this "noise" to connect with them.  In this 1-hour webinar with me & Joe Lucas (smart guy from InsideView), you'll discover how to:
  • The Secret to Getting a New Sales Job Fast

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Looking for a new sales job right now? According to research by Glassdoor, 45% of salespeople plan to start their search in the next three months and 68% want to switch in the upcoming year.  Wowza! That's a whopping number of you who are open to new opportunities. It also means you'll probably have tons of competition for any good position you find.  How do you stand out from the crowd?   Sales leaders are looking to hire self-starters. Of course, every salesperson describes him/herself that way ... but very few demonstrate it during the interview process. If you can, there's…
  • 10 Sales Plan Activities That'll Quickly Improve Prospecting Results

    13 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Are you at the cusp of something new? Perhaps you've taken a new sales position. Maybe you're selling into new markets or to new buyers. You could be launching a new product or service. You might be responsible for onboarding a new rep. Or just maybe you've finally realized that you're doomed unless you figure out how to deal with today's savvy, frazzled, sales-averse decision makers. What's common between all those scenarios? You – or your new reps – are thrown into learning mode again. You're overwhelmed with the sheer magnitude of the task. You're not sure you'll ever figure it…
  • [Webinar] 5 Strategies for Leading a Quota-Busting Sales Team

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Join me on August 14th! How can you get your sales team to consistently overachieve?  It’s a real challenge today, especially since so much has changed in the past few years — including customer expectations. Salespeople are struggling to catch up. In this free 30-minute webinar, you’ll get fresh insights and rock solid take-aways you can use right away. Specifically, you'll discover:
  • 3 Components Every Value Proposition Must Have

    6 Aug 2014 | 8:09 pm
    What's a value proposition – and why is it important? It's a clear statement of the tangible business value that companies get from using your product or service. It's the outcome of using your offering – not what your offering is. For example, I do training. No one cares about training. But, when I work with my clients, I help them with new client acquisition and faster sales cycles. That's what they get from my training programs – and that's the ONLY reason people hire me. So, your challenge is to figure out what your outcomes are. Here's a tip. Every value proposition has…
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Why Servant Marketing Matters

    info@meclabs.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetAs I talk to marketing and sales leaders, I hear this reoccurring theme: “I want to do something that really matters; I want to feel what I’m doing is really making a real difference.” I feel the same way, but I’ve painfully learned that it’s futile to make changes outside before we make changes inside. This requires a different kind of thinking to drive a different way of marketing. In our rush to obtain leads, drive opportunities and close sales to move the sales needle, it’s too easy to forget that we need to address the needs, wants, hopes and…
  • How to Put the Customer First in Lead Generation

    info@meclabs.com
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetPutting customers first in lead generation. As marketers, we have more ways to observe our customers’ behavior and can leverage tools like marketing automation, Web analytics and CRM systems to help us manage all this complexity. Complexity found in things like Marketing-qualified leads (MQLs), Sales-qualified leads (SQLs), opportunities, lead engagement scores and other KPIs are helpful to see trends and measure what we deem important to us, but something is often missing. That missing piece is customer empathy. Unfortunately, empathy is often ignored or lost when we start to become…
  • Lead Generation: It’s all about building relationships

    info@meclabs.com
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Tweet“I think at its core, lead generation is really about relationships,” said Brian Carroll, Executive Director of Revenue Optimization, MECLABS. In a recent interview, Brian sat down with Steve Gershik of LeadSpace.com to talk a little shop about the fundamentals of lead generation, what’s new (and unchanged) in the world of the complex sale, and how empathy marketing is the way forward. Here’s a transcript of that discussion: Steve Gershik: My guest today is Brian Carroll. Brian is an old friend of mine, CEO of In Touch, which is a MECLABS company and an author of the industry…
  • Now, Go and Do: Create standardized, well-understood metrics for your organization

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

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

  • What Is An Employee Innovation Network, And Why Should You Care?

    Anthony Ferrier
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
    As Innovation Program leaders look to expand their scope and influence across complex, global organizations, they are turning to the development of Employee Innovation Networks. This article examines what these networks can look like, and provides some high level overview of the value that they can generate.
  • Como Encontrar Atritos dos Clientes

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:37 am
    Uma inovação é uma nova solução simples para um problema relevante. E por isso, no início da inovação você deve procurar problemas relevantes em vez de ideias. Mas como você os encontra?
  • New Report: Does HR Matter in Innovation? Is there Innovation in HR?

    Aina Zahari, Azim Pawanchik & Suraya Sulaiman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Many of the challenges faced by an organisation wanting to innovate boils down to talent management, areas often directly under the influence of HR. In this study, we explore whether HR has become a partner yet in innovation. We make the case that it is imperative for HR to be a driver, while also being innovative in its own domain.
  • 50 Grandes Inovadores, Um Futuro Melhor

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Sustentabilidade pode ainda não estar no topo da lista de prioridades de todos, mas aqueles que fazem ações verdes obtêm resultados, e grandes. Chris Sherwin, Diretor de Sustentabilidade da Seymourpowell, compartilha a sua reação a Fast Company 50, onde alguns inovadores de sustentabilidade agradavelmente surpreendentes poderiam ser encontrados entre os definidores de tendências.
  • The Innovation Steering Committee as a Guiding Coalition to Change Culture

    Luis F Solis
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Today, meetings consume close to 40-50% of executive time. That’s 100 days per year! By some measures 80% of meeting time could be better invested in closing business, developing talent, recruiting new customers, conceiving new products or improving operations – just about anything other than gathering for another conversation without productive outcomes.
 
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Globalization Reconsidered: What Global Flows Mean in a Digital Age

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAccording to McKinsey & Company, global flows are creating new degrees of connectedness among economies—and playing an ever-larger role in determining the fate of nations, companies, and individuals; to be unconnected is to fall behind.A new McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) report, Global flows in a digital age: How trade, finance, people, and data connect the world economy, examines the inflows and outflows of goods, services, finance, and people, as well as the data and communication flows that underlie them all, for 195 countries around the world.Learn more:…
  • 4 Executives Share Their Experiences Managing Global Organizations

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    iStock/ThinkstockHarvard Business Review asked four executives to share their experiences managing global organizations.Luc Minguet, head of group purchasing at Michelin, a global tire company based in France, describes how the tire maker trains managers to embrace cultural understanding and flexibility.Eduardo Caride, regional director for Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America at Telefónica, the Madrid-based fixed and mobile telephony company, explores the benefits of moving managers across borders.Takeo Yamaguchi, corporate officer for human capital at Hitachi, a Tokyo-based…
  • Avoid These 9 Common Importing Mistakes

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:06 am
    iStock/ThinkstockReady to source that new product idea of yours?  You can feel the excitement and want to shout out to the world "wait until you get your hands on this product!"  But then you realize, oh, I have to find a manufacturer for it first.  As you begin the process, keep these nine common importing mistakes top of mind.  By addressing these potential pitfalls, you will save yourself time and money, enjoy peace of mind and manage a flawless import.Read:  9 Importing Mistakes to Avoid When Sourcing a New Product
  • Understanding Global Trade Flows

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
  • Today in Global Small Business: 10 Great Books on Globalization

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:How to find someone to make the product you just invented.What to consider before you set up an e-commerce storefront platform.Ten books on globalization you shouldn't miss.The pros and cons to taking a business global.Business owners can learn the benefits to taking a business international.Four mistakes small businesses make with e-commerce.Google features you should consider using for your small business (translation is one).
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • How custom software ages | Application Development Video Series, Episode 1

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Not unlike hardware, custom-built software applications can age over time. There are a variety of ways that a business can outgrow a software application, and those aging applications can become more burdensome to maintain than to update or rewrite. We don’t typically think of software as something that can age. The code is written and run on a computer, so it doesn’t age like hardware does or like people do. It becomes obsolete or becomes less functional, unable to keep up with the demands of the business and the business users. Software is usually written based on a snapshot of…
  • Increase The Scalability And Efficiency Of Your Oilfield Services With Field Data Capture Software

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

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

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

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

  • It’s All About Your Mailing List

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Michelle, a woman in my mastermind group, marveled at my list size: How did you get that many people on your email list? It was easy for me, I replied, because I understood the value of a list when I started my business. I was fortunate to appreciate the importance of a list due to positions in my past work experience. How I Built My List As an assistant to a U.S. Senator, I came to recognize that my boss’s donor list and my Rolodex (yes, it was that long ago) were the most valuable assets in our office to ensure continued community support. As a museum curator and educator, I knew how much…
  • Notes From an Artist Lecture

    Alyson Stanfield
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    As I was flipping through my notebook last week, I came across notes from a lecture by ceramic artist Doug Casebeer at the Foothills Art Center in Golden, Colorado on January 25, 2014. Doug Casebeer, Vessels. Image found without credit details on Northern Arizona University site. There is so much wisdom here that I’ve decided to share them in their raw form. Enough time has passed since I first heard these words that I hope I am honoring Doug’s intent. What The Artist Said It’s difficult to wear the title artist. I prefer the title builder. I seek to build community and friendships.
  • Shine a Light on Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently came across this quote from a student from 2005: I have adopted the habit of NEVER leaving my studio dark! … Nothing positive EVER happens in the dark. Life comes from the light around it. Art is created to live and to be seen and felt, not to be hidden away in some dark studio (even overnight). Your attitude will change about your work environment when you enter the space and find “it” awake and waiting for your presence. While I’m not a fan of wasting energy, I do appreciate the sentiment behind the practice of leaving on a light in the studio. (Perhaps the studio is next…
  • How to Nail an Art Commission

    Alyson Stanfield
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Commissions for artists are limited only by one’s imagination: people, house, and pet portraits, funerary urns, custom jewelry, garden sculpture, and more. Regardless of the commissions you might be offered, use these pointers to make sure you pull off your project with flying colors and enjoy the process. Put Your Best Foot Forward Create a special section on your website for commission information. Include steps for commissioning a piece and testimonials from happy patrons alongside images of the finished work. I snapped this photo in the garage of the Milwaukee Art Museum and…
  • How to Project Confidence (Even If You Have to Fake It)

    Alyson Stanfield
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:52 am
    Confidence is one of the most collector-attractive qualities an artist can possess. You are more likely to get the commission, sell the work, fill your classes, and have your proposal accepted if we believe in you. And we are more likely to believe in you if you believe in yourself and your art. Confidence comes with experience. Exhibiting your art in public and having conversations with art visitors contribute to growing your confidence. Yet there are times when even the most experienced artist lacks in confidence. This comes with the territory. The thing I enjoyed most about meeting Anne…
 
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    Biz Crusader

  • The Great Race. Are you in or out?

    John Park
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    There is a very intense and serious race taking place in our society. It is the Great Race to replace human expertise by duplicating it or even making it better via software. Whether it’s an app on your smartphone or an engineering marvel, the world is fundamentally changing around us. If your business makes alarm clocks, you should be alarmed by the simple app most people use on their phones. If you cast molds for models, you should probably invest in a 3D printing device. If you are a cashier, you should be paying close attention to the self-service registers popping up next to you.
  • Carpe Diem!

    John Park
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’ve never met him but his performance in this scene changed my life. Rest in PEACE Robin Williams. In this case, the world lost. Carpe Diem Everyone! Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • Successful businesses do this really well.

    John Park
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Thanks to Groupon and other group deal web sites, I’ve been to a number of business establishments once. Why just once? In most cases, we got what we came for and so so service–what you might expect from most retail businesses these days. These flash sale web sites offer an unprecedented advantage to business owners–the ability to clearly identity first time patrons. Why then did no owner, manager, cashier or server say to us… “Hello, I understand it’s your first time here. If there is anything I can do to make sure your visit is a great one, please let me…
  • The formula for obtaining what you WANT.

    John Park
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    I first wrote about this 4 years ago. Now more than ever, I believe it is applicable. Since first hearing the saying in college, the statement that has become a lifestyle for me is “You only get out of something what you put in to it”. It’s a simple theory but I often find myself at an advantage over others because I am able and wiling to embrace this saying as a way to take on any task or situation. The saying can be applied anywhere including in business, parenting, physical well being and yes even in love or relationships. In business, where are your limits? Are you willing to make…
  • When no one is looking.

    John Park
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    The USA Swimming Nationals is going on right now in our city, Irvine, CA. Like many of you, the only time I probably pay attention to swimming is during the Olympics. We forget sometimes the long and difficult road you must take to compete at these levels. One of our friend’s son got the surprise of a lifetime yesterday. He is a huge fan of superstar swimmer, Ryan Lochte. Naturally, this 11 year old boy was cheering loudly and relentlessly for his favorite swimmer in the stands. But after the contest is when something amazing happened. The 11-time Olympic Medalist walked up into the…
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    dmiracle

  • 4 Simple Steps to Create Headlines People Will Read

    Dawud Miracle
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    How do you write headlines people will read? Whether you’re writing blog posts, titles for your website pages or sales headlines for your landing page, you want to write headlines people will read. The reason should be simple – if your headlines don’t connect with them, they won’t ready the rest of your copy. Well, my friends over at QuickSprout created an excellent infographic to help you create headlines people will read. Think of this as your formula for writing great headlines. I want to point out a few things that will help you in creating headlines people will…
  • Do You Charge What You’re Worth?

    Dawud Miracle
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Charging what you’re worth can be a challenging thing. But does that mean you shouldn’t charge what you’re worth? This morning I had a conversation with a good friend who’s a life coach. I know him and his work very well and I’ve given him a lot of advice over the years. His business is successful – he’s nearly full with clients every month. Yet, he struggles to get his head above water financially. Now knowing his work I know that he’s grossly under charging for his coaching. Yet he’s torn about raising his prices. On the one hand, he…
  • Do You Do What You Do Because You Love What You Do?

    Dawud Miracle
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    I feel fortunate. I love what I do. And I get to work with people who love what I can do for them. Do you love what you do? Loving what I do is literally the cornerstone of my business. I can’t do it any other way. In times that I’ve tried to work in promising ventures that I don’t love I find my heart isn’t in it. When my heart’s not in it then I’m not going to do it well and my promising venture becomes a dud. If I’m not in love with what I do I can’t do it well. Dawud, what do you mean by ‘love?’ It begins when I get out of bed…
  • Website Owners: What’s Your Quiet Desperation?

    Dawud Miracle
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    In Walden, Thoreau famously wrote: “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation. From the desperate city you go into the desperate country, and have to console yourself with the bravery of minks and muskrats. A stereotyped but unconscious despair is concealed even under what are called the games and amusements of mankind. There is no play in them, for this comes after work. But it is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” I recently reread Walden. And since I’m so often thinking about websites and…
  • 5 Reasons You Have a Failing Online Business

    Dawud Miracle
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:28 am
    As a coach or healer it’s very easy to have a failing online business. Most of the people I work with have huge hearts. They want to make a difference in the world. And they want to help people have better lives. They spend their days reading and learning as much as they can. They attend gobs of events, webinars or teleclasses to learn great information or tools to share with their clients. Yet I see coaches and healers struggling all the time. They don’t have enough clients and they don’t always know what to do about it. And if they do know what to do they can’t seem…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Building a bad ass software company: Dharmesh Shah at BoS 2011

    Hermione Crease
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Dharmesh neatly sums up BoS’s mission in one short talk title. As a contributor to many editions of Business of Software – in the audience as well as on stage – Dharmesh is one of the most helpful and generous members of the BoS community. Here he is talking about the most important things you need to consider as your business goes for growth. Find more great talks from our archive in our talks library. Or to hear them live, register for Business of Software now and meet some of the brightest and nicest founders around.
  • Ideas that spread, win. Recap of Seth Godin at Business of Software Conference

    Hermione Crease
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Even if you know next to nothing about marketing, you’ve probably heard of Seth Godin. Nobody knows more about how marketing works and how it can work for people building businesses. Seth came to Business of Software in 2008 full of excitement about the internet’s industrial revolution and the potential of software to change the way marketing works: Why interruption marketing results in average products for average people Why ideas that spread, win. And why software is so well placed to create those ideas Why you should be looking for ways to connect people A six year old talk…
  • A startup by any other name… Very limited half price tickets for Business of Software Conference from Balsamiq & Twilio

    Hermione Crease
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    What is a startup? Our recent conversations with BoS Alumni reminded us just how difficult it is to pin down a definition of, ‘startup’. We think Paul Graham is self interested in describing a startup as a potential billion $ business and it means far too much to other people. We also have a very special deal courtesy of Twilio and Balsamiq for a few lucky startups to attend Business of Software Conference for half price… Is a startup, run by massively experienced serial entrepreneurs and heavily funded, the same thing as a couple of kids in a garage bootstrapping an app?
  • The perfect storm

    Mark Littlewood
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Ever wondered what it is like to live without the Internet for a few days? I just did a week with no phone and no Internet in the middle of France. We went camping en famille. View from our tent - afternoon of arrival Some thunder, some lightning, some flash flooding and hey presto, no electricity, no Internet and very intermittent mobile phone signal. We lived like savages. We were reduced to fighting for food with locals and tourists at local markets where we found this excellent reminder about how the French felt about a Brit abroad with an Internet related predicament.   It turns…
  • Your minimum viable recruiting process

    Hermione Crease
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    John Knox, Austin’s finest, wearer of Google Glass and generous supporter of BoS student grants, recently sent us this short essay on recruiting which made us laugh so much we had to share Lets talk about recruiting senior developers. 34,295. That’s how many students applied to Harvard this year. Applying isn’t easy. Studying. Boring standardized tests. Writing essays. Working on homework. Begging for recommendation letters. Of those 34,295 students, 2,023 students were accepted. Each of those expect to pay more than $62,250 a year. When these students graduate, they’ll…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Conclusions

    Tara Joyce
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    When I feel I need to perform, my mind jumps to conclusions over and over about how YOU are interpreting and enjoying what I am doing or have done. Over and over I come up with negative judgements about what I have produced, and what YOU have decided. I can’t be perfect. IT can’t be perfect. And yet I WANT (it) to be, and, in part, I feel I NEED (it) to be. Maybe then SHE would be satisfied. I AM my own worst judge. Perhaps, my conclusions will always happen. Perhaps, my mind, my inner critic, will always have something to say. But I DO have a choice in what I do with these…
  • What If You Didn’t Set Prices?

    Tara Joyce
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Have you ever considered why you choose to set prices? For most of us, we set prices because we have been taught, and we believe, that if we do not, our customer will not pay fairly for the item of value we are selling. This feeling, of others not being willing to pay, is based upon the assumption of scarcity that permeates, and is the foundation of, our modern economy and economic theory. >> Read the rest of the article on Local Organics Food Co-ops Network‘s blog. As my new book catalyzes me to be more public about my business model and pricing method, I’m receiving strong…
  • The Whole Truth About Giving Freely

    Tara Joyce
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    There’s always been something about the statement, “give freely, receive freely” that didn’t work for me, but I could never quite put my finger on it. The sentiment sounded so lovely, but I knew there was something I was missing. I needed to see beyond the freedom ideal, to the totality of the statement. Have you ever been given something that is more work to receive than the value you place on it? Have you ever been given something that came with conditions? If I give freely, without restraint, I will receive freely, without restraint. But is giving, and receiving, in…
  • Crazy

    Tara Joyce
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    I’ve never been so scared. I’ve never shown so much of myself before. It might sound crazy to allow my customer to pay what it’s worth, but it feels far more crazy to proudly share the book I’ve written about it. It’s so exposing. And at times, it feels like too much. Far more than I can handle. But then, I know it’s exactly what I can handle. Generally, I don’t talk much about what I do, but I’m learning and seeing how I need to grow that. I need to share more of what’s in my heart, and not fear it. I need to share my work. I fully…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture

    Jeff Cornwall
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Tom Haarlander and Arciplex TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneur Recognizes Importance of Culture appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit

    Jeff Cornwall
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Moore TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Entrepreneur Jason Moore Stops by for a Visit appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • August 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

    BrookeNelson
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The Office of Advocacy released the August 2014 edition of The Small Business Advocate. The newsletter features Chief Counsel for Advocacy Winslow Sargeant’s recent trip to Oklahoma, where he met with small business representatives. In addition, the newsletter highlights Advocacy staff news and regulatory news. In This Issue Regional News: Advocacy Leaders Learn About Oklahoma’s Small Business Landscape, 1 Staff News: Christine Kymn Appointed Chief Economist and Director, Office of Economic Research, 2 Tayyaba Waqar Joins Advocacy as Assistant Chief Counsel, 2 Message from the Chief…
  • June-July 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

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

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

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

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

  • Someday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reads of the Week – Aug 22th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 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. This tech start-uputilizes LinkedIn to recruit, and hold on to, top talent. The ALS ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ has taken over social media, and there are several important marketing lessons we can learn from it. Still a little confused about how Payment Gateways and Merchant Accounts work together? No worries! This article simplifies things by drawing parallels with your cell phone . A new…
  • Dog, meet mobile veterinarian. Mobile vet, meet mobile credit card reader.

    Leah Bowes
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Here is a well-known fact about me — I adopted a little dog named Winslow about three years ago and I love him! Here’s a little known fact about Winslow — in addition to his love of walks, toys, and people — he loves his veterinarian. Yup, that’s right! If my dog could talk, he would tell you that he loves his vet, Dr. Rich. Dr. Rich is a mobile veterinarian who makes house-calls for annual checkups, vaccinations, and general checkups. I can email him if Winslow isn’t feeling well and he lets me know if he thinks he should stop by. There are so many benefits to…
  • 5 Small Business Groups Advocating for You

    Lisa Hephner
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) states its mission as, “to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation…The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.” Whether you’re an entrepreneur just starting your first small business, or an established small business looking to grow, or simply to continue to prosper, the SBA is a great first stop for assistance with everything from tax issues, to training, to becoming a government…
  • How Your Payment Gateway and Merchant Account Are Like a Cell Phone and Provider

    Mark Pickart
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Almost invariably, in the context of explaining to people what we do at PaySimple, the terms “merchant account” and “payment gateway” come up in conversation, and though they are both core parts of our platform, they can often be two of the hardest things to explain. Because there are so many moving parts and often terms are inaccurately used interchangeably, it can be just a little confusing to business owners (or even friends) who are not as experienced in the industry. In these cases, I find it’s usually easiest to draw an analogy towards cell phones and cell phone service,…
  • Reads of the Week

    Kristin Piccirillo
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:01 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. Starting a new business? here are 7 simple methods to keep costs low while getting up and running. Facebook ads are growing in popularity among marketing departments across all industries, but that doesn’t necessarily mean FB campaigns are resulting in sales for small business owners. Understanding the potential impact of a minimum wage hike on small business owners from someone trying…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

  • 10 Incredible Innovations Born from Social Media and Crowdsourcing

    Gerri
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Image Source When you’re making a new product, you have to get your market data. No matter how cool or groundbreaking the invention, your product wont sell if you aren’t in touch with what the customer wants. Traditionally, this is dealt with by beta testing, polls, trust in an inventor’s vision, or iterating through different versions of a product to see what works best. Today, customers can choose exactly what they want – from features, to design, and even price point– through crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is the practice of utilizing an engaged audience for…
  • Zen Planner’s Critical Flaw As A Gym Management Software – Review

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

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

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

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

  • Decreasing Stress in the Workplace

    smallbizbee
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Every company is made up of human beings.  Humans have a tendency to get stressed on occasion and stress can cause consequences that affect not just the health of the individual, but also the health of the organization.  Therefore, putting measures in place to decrease the likelihood of stress inducing situations in the workplace is a worthwhile goal for any owner or manager. Here are four key areas that you can focus on to help decrease employee stress in your workplace: Establish Well-Known Expectations Most employees will perform based upon what is expected of them.  By establishing…
  • Does your Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

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

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

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

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

  • NRG Energy Offers $100,000 for the Best Company President Referral

    Jan Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The days of professional headhunters may not be coming to a close, but if NRG's newest personnel search is successful, there may be a new approach in swing. The energy company is on the lookout for a president for NRG Home, and it's offering $100,000 to the person who comes up with that perfect referral.
  • Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?

    RP Siegel
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Marc Hafstead of the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, along with Lawrence Goulder of Stanford University, have come up with an idea that could potentially address two important problems in one broad policy action. The first, which is where they'll likely began, is the problem of corporate inversions. No, that’s not corporations standing on their heads; it’s when they buy another company in a country with a lower tax rate so that they can begin paying taxes there instead of here in the U.S., where they receive the most government services. The other problem is climate…
  • Researchers Tally Up the Ecological Cost of Eating Beef

    Jan Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can we afford to eat beef? Supermarket prices may suggest so, but our ecological footprint is another matter, say researchers. And what about raising cows for dairy? It's better, but it still comes with its own costs.
  • Plastics Recycling: You’re Doing it Wrong. And So is Everybody Else!

    3p Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Are you still recycling 'by the numbers'? You need to stop. Everything you know about plastics recovery is wrong.
  • Human Values and Corporate Social Impact: Fairness in Pay Ratios

    3p Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Culture determines the varying boundaries of what constitutes “equal shares.” And who is “equal” in status. In our own society, popular opinion may accept a certain unequal ratio between CEO pay and the average pay of other workers, but not beyond a given point. In the 1970s, management specialist Peter Drucker advised companies to stick to a ratio of 20-to-1 between CEOs and average worker pay, to avoid resentment. The average is currently at 273-to-1.
 
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • Make the Right Choice Every Time

    Michele A Scism
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Do you suffer from “analysis” paralysis? Every time you are faced with a decision do you spend hours researching, ask everyone you know and then finally NOT actually make a decision. In the first few years of anything (business, parenting, losing weight), every decision seems monumental. I look back and remember when my college aged children were babes, I fretted over what food they ate, what toys they played with, what books they read. As they grew older, realized that kids are hardy, they’ll pretty much bloom if given adequate (not perfect – good enough) care. Fretting too much over…
  • You Hot Or Cold?

    Justin Krane
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You get in your shower at the hotel. You turn the water on – and it is crazy hot. You turn the knob the other way, and it gets even hotter? You can’t figure out which way is hot and which way is cold. Next thing you know, it’s been 10 minutes – you’re still in the shower – and all you have is a bunch of steam and no cold water! Ya gettin’ burned up in there. It’s ya own private steam room. There is no trend either way with that crazy water temp. Let’s talk about trends fo’ a sec. Your money trends. When you make more money, do you spend more of it? Or do you save it?
  • Cherry Bomb: ROI? Most Don’t Know What It Really Is!

    Shannon Cherry
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    I am tired of many so-called marketing coaches not knowing (or perhaps caring) about marketing strategy. I’ve heard once too often the ‘shame blame game’ where if their coaching client is not making money it’s due to their marketing. The fact is marketing has nothing to do with making sales. And in this video Cherry Bomb, I explain why: Click here to view the embedded video. Remember, marketing is NOT sales. Marketing generates leads. Selling generates the cash! And some statistics: 67% more leads per month are generated by companies who blog Social media and blogs reach eight out of…
  • Social Media Publishing Is Dead (As We Know It)

    Marley Majcher
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    According to blog.scoop.it social media publishing is dead. Things are changing, and fast. Facebook dropped a bombshell by not only acknowledging that Facebook pages’ organic reach was declining but also by telling us we shouldn’t expect them to recover. Facebook’s VP of Product for Facebook Ads, Brian Boland, went on to explain that this is the new world we live in now, that the same thing happened with search engines before and that we’d better get used to it. It’s true that many platforms go through a similar cycle: first, they present a great free opportunity, then more and more…
  • Avoid Summertime Burnout

    Susan Martin
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Wow – it seems like the weather just gets warm, then before you know it, the summer is over. Have you taken or at least scheduled your summer vacation yet? I know it’s hard to even think about taking time off when you’re running a business. You may feel that you don’t have enough hours in the day to get your work done, much less have time to be away from it; but if you don’t, you may find yourself headed towards summertime burn-out. If you run a business or work for yourself it’s critical that you take a breather, and the summer is a great time to do it. Here are some tips on how…
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
 
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
 
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
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  • ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    ABC unveils a brand new logo for 'The View' Getty While most eyes have been on the huge overhaul of 'View' hosts, the network has quietly been making other adjustments to the show. Plus, its biggest change in 17 yearsMore newsWilliam Hung gets marriedSir Mix-A-Lot is into 'Anaconda'
  • 10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    10 things we know about 'Jihadi John'YouTubeInformation is scarce about Foley's left-handed killer, but while authorities piece together intel, here's what we do know.Why he was likely chosen and moreMore on this storyFoley was 'extraordinary person'Other American in ISIS video
  • Reese goes back to her southern roots

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Reese goes back to her southern rootsAPThe Oscar-winning actress purchased a historic mansion in her hometown of Nashville that needs a little TLC. What she had to promise to get it More in Real Estate Robin Williams' Napa estate When refinancing is right for you
  • Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnapping

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Motive revealed in Amish girls' kidnappingAPPolice say a confession comes just hours after it was revealed the couple lured the girls in their car with a dog.Horrifying details of the abduction More newsBrooklyn Bridge flags back in USNational Guard leave Ferguson
  • Coffins carrying MH17 victims return home

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Coffins carrying MH17 victims return homeGettyCarried by soldiers and draped in the national flag, 20 coffins were given full military honors Friday.What marked first in country's historyMore headlinesFoley family releases ISIS emailNational Guard out of Ferguson
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Wall Street opens flat ahead of Yellen

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday as investors looked ahead to a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and digested the latest flare of tensions between Ukraine and Russia. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 6.42 points or 0.04 percent, to 17,033.07, the S&P 500 lost 0.84 points or 0.04 percent, to 1,991.53 and the Nasdaq Composite added 2.32 points or 0.05 percent, to 4,534.43. (Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica; Editing by Bernadette Baum)
  • Russia keeps up pressure on McDonald's with new sanitary inspections

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    By Vladimir Soldatkin MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities extended their scrutiny of McDonald's to several regions on Friday, carrying out inspections at a number of restaurants run by the U.S. The inspections are viewed by many businessmen as retaliation for Western sanctions against Russia because of its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and they fear the retribution could spread to other symbols of Western capitalism. A spokeswoman for the country's food safety agency, Rospotrebnadzor, said the inspections were not related to the standoff. The agency also said…
  • Argentina slams U.S. Judge Griesa for 'imperialist' attitude

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    By Jorge A. Otaola and Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina on Friday accused the U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa blocked payments to holders of debt issued under U.S. Griesa ruled that measures announced by Argentina's president this week to make debt payments locally and push bondholders to bring their debt under Argentine law violated past court rulings. Argentine Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said U.S.
  • Germany clears $6.9 billion RWE unit sale to Russian investor

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's economy ministry approved the sale of utility RWE's oil and gas unit DEA to a Russian investor despite tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis. The go-ahead announced on Friday removes the biggest hurdle for the 5.1 billion euro ($6.9 billion) sale, a major plank in RWE's struggle to reduce a debt burden of more than 30 billion euros. As part of the deal, Russian tycoon Mikhail Fridman and his co-investors will get stakes in about 190 oil and gas licenses or concessions in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Co-Op Bank losses narrow on branch closures, staff cuts

    22 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Co-operative Bank reported a narrower loss for the first six months of 2014 after axing jobs and closing branches following a restructuring that saw it fall under the control of bondholders. The bank reported a pretax loss of 75.8 million pounds ($126 million), compared with an 844.6 million pound loss in the same period the previous year. Britain's seventh-biggest lender, which has 4.7 million customers, came close to collapse last year after a 1.5 billion pound capital shortfall was exposed. A recapitalization saw the Co-operative…
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • 7 Cringe-Inducing Behaviors That Push Retail Customers Away

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    There’s a boom of shiny objects out there for retailers to play with, from iBeacons that will deliver coupons to shoppers' smartphones when they stand in front of a display to virtual mirrors that dispense generic compliments when you try something on.  All over, retailers are struggling with lower footfall, with consumers waiting for the deal, and with the elephant in the room, the relentless push of Amazon. For you, it can feel like a no-win scenario.
  • Increase Retail Sales with Laughter

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:11 am
    Trying to increase retail sales in a quiet retail store is impossible... I can tell a great retail store just by listening. Can't you? One of the outcomes we find when conditions are right in a retail store is that people are: Relaxed. Open. Confident. And laughter ensues.
  • What Can This Small Business #Fail Teach Retailers?

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    When I was looking to move away from the crowded, noisy, dusty freeways of Los Angeles, I checked out the green Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. While there were no Westins in that part of the world, I did discover a great off-the-beaten-path alternative, the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, NY. A large, spacious suite was outfitted just right. Their location was superb for walking and the excellent local restaurants kept me from having to use the fully functional kitchen in my suite. Over the years, I’ve recommended that place to many visitors, and I even posted a review on…
  • Why You Hate To Fire An Employee, And How To Deal With It

    4 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    My parents divorced when I was 11. For a long time I felt there was something I could have done to have prevented it. That I had some magical power to change the circumstances.  I guess it is common in children of divorce.  The feeling that the past could somehow have been different. Life has taught me that letting go and acknowledging what is leads to a more productive life.
  • Why I Had To Trash My Website Design – And You Should Too

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Websites have progressed to become the most important marketing tool for any retailer, small or large.  
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    Business Insider

  • Sochi Olympic Site Looks Like A Ghost City 6 Months Later

    Tony Manfred
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Rosa Khutor, which was one of the main hubs of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is "completely empty" six months after the games, according Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy. Rosa Khutor is located near the mountain town of Krasnaya Polyana. It was the center of the "mountain cluster" of 2014 Olympic venues. One of the Olympic Villages was built there, and it was the base for mountain events like skiing and snowboarding. Belenkiy called the town "lifeless" in a post on his Live Journal blog. He said the shops, restaurants, and hotels are operating at 5% capacity, and he only encountered a…
  • 12 Cities Where Speculators Are Raking It In By Flipping Homes

    Mamta Badkar
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    31,000 single-family homes were flipped across America in Q2 2014 for an average gross profit of $46,000, according to latest report from RealtyTrac.  Flipping refers to the homes that were bought and sold within twelve months of purchase. It accounted for 4.6% of all U.S. single-family home sales, down 6.2% from a year ago. These speculators saw a 21% gross return on initial investment.  “Flippers no longer have the luxury of 20 to 30 percent annual price gains to pad their profits," Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac said in a press release. "As the market softens,…
  • Here's An Ultra-Quick Preview Of What Janet Yellen Is Expected To Say Today

    Joe Weisenthal
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:23 am
    Deutsche Bank economist Jim Reid has a very quick preview of what Janet Yellen is expected to say today at her Jackson Hole conference: So what can we expect from Yellen? Our US economists expect the Fed Chair to provide us with an updated assessment on the infamous ‘Yellen dashboard’ in evaluating the ongoing labour market slack and how they have yet to normalise relative to 2002-2007 levels. Some of these alternative measures she monitors include duration of unemployment, quit rate in JOLTS data, labour force participation etc. Any sound bite that touches on the debate of cyclical…
  • Here Comes Janet Yellen... (DIA, SPX, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM)

    Myles Udland
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is set to speak at the Jackson Hole economic symposium at 10:00 am ET. Yellen's remarks are the most anticipated remarks of the conference, as economists are waiting to hear if she provides any clues on the future of Fed policy. The latest agenda for Jackson Hole, however, provides no clues as to what Yellen may say, though it is expected Yellen will speak on the symposium's main topic: labor markets.  Wall Street doesn't expect Yellen's speech to forecast the path of future Fed policy the way then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's Jackson Hole speeches were…
  • 10 Things In Advertising You Need To Know Today

    Katie Richards
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    1. Lexus ran an interactive TV ad campaign, using platforms such as Roku and Amazon Fire TV to let viewers skip the ad within five seconds using their remotes. Results show that the ad had a 73% completion rate, even with the skip feature.  2. One Ad Age writer argues brands planning to use Snapchat's new advertising tool, Snapchat Discovery, should think twice before doing so.  3. SoundCloud, a free music streaming site, announced its plans to start running ads and letting artists collect royalties. The site also plans to launch a paid premium service, which will…
 
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  • Universities Cater to a New Demographic: Boomers

    Marc Freedman
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    During his years at the University of Virginia, Jerry Reid was, for the most part, a typical busy member of the Class of 2014. He worked hard in his classes, joined a fraternity, was a member of the debating society, played flag football, and cheered for school sports teams. But in one significant way, Reid was far from typical:  He enrolled in college at the age of 66, receiving his bachelor’s degree this spring at 70. “I have become the man that I always wanted to be,” the triumphant new graduate told CBS News. While few of his peers are likely to replicate Reid’s traditional…
  • Sometimes, Employees Are Right to Worry About Taking Vacation

    The Daily Stat
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    According to one study, 13% of managers are less likely to promote workers who take all of their vacation time; according to another, employees who take less than their full vacations earn 2.8% more in the subsequent year than their peers who took all of their allotted days, reports the Wall Street Journal. Thus it’s not surprising that 15% of U.S. employees who are entitled to paid vacation time haven’t used any of it in the past year.
  • The Conversation We Should Be Having About Corporate Taxes

    Justin Fox
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The corporate inversion — when a U.S. company takes on the legal identity of foreign subsidiary, usually in order to reduce its taxes — has become about as controversial as corporate finance topics get. President Obama has called such transactions “unpatriotic.” Others have defended them as a way for American companies to stay competitive in the face of a uniquely intrusive tax code. Harvard Business School’s Mihir Desai and Bill George both fall mostly in the second camp, but with some surprising twists that came out when I spoke with them recently. Desai is a professor at Harvard…
  • How to Stop Corporate Inversions

    HBR IdeaCast
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Bill George and Mihir Desai, professors at Harvard Business School, explain why our corporate tax code is driving American business overseas. Download this podcast
  • Publishing Is Not Dying

    Greg Satell
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If marketers want to produce content, they need to think like publishers. After all, content isn’t an extension of marketing, it’s an extension of publishing. I am hardly the only one to make that case, but skeptics are still vocal in their disagreement. “Aren’t publishers failing?” they say. How can I hold up a struggling industry as a model? If publishing is a viable model, why aren’t publishers making money? These sentiments are common, but they are not based in fact. In truth, publishing is flourishing, creating massive new fortunes for entrepreneurs and more choices for…
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  • Phone Systems Comparison Guide: Small to Midsize Businesses

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    We have compiled all the information you need in this free and comprehensive comparison chart. Click on to browse dozens of phone systems from top vendors, allowing you to quickly and easily compare options side-by-side on over 20 performance metrics, including:Key features of each productIntegration optionsCosts and pricingAnd much more!Prepared in an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet, you can edit and add information to suit your analysis and presentation needs. Download this complimentary guide today to educate yourself and evaluate the phone system that best serves your business needs!Request…
  • Taking the Leap to Virtualization

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Read this white paper to learn how virtualization offers dramatic benefits for midsize companies, including efficiency, cost savings, and increased reliability and performance.Request Free!
  • Marketing Got Complicated

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

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

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Business-to-consumer giants, such as Amazon and Zappos, are now delivering goods with unprecedented speed, efficiency and visibility, and their efforts have effectively raised the bar for mid-market companies. Customers accustomed to this level of service have already started holding mid-market businesses to higher standards. At TAKE Supply Chain, we anticipate this to increase as companies of all sizes become more automated and advanced. There is a very real possibility that your legacy technology is costing more than the value it adds, inhibiting growth or obstructing competitive advantage,…
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  • Small Business Is All Around Us

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    <p > My best guess is that you may not even believe me in this week&rsquo;s blog post, but here it is.&nbsp; I was on a plane from Los Angeles to Dallas today after a very long week.&nbsp; I was actually answering an NASE TaxTalk question about S Corporations right on line with the help of American Airlines&rsquo; in-flight internet connection.&nbsp; (Love technology, btw)</p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The lady sitting next to me was a graphics designer and owner of her own small business and noticed the NASE logo on the screen of…
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    <p>I love small business owners.&nbsp; I know this sounds kind of sappy, and as the President of the National Association for the Self Employed I probably notice this kind of thing more than most, but it really makes me proud when I see that entrepreneurial spirit.&nbsp; I was out this past weekend and saw a local high school band having a car wash.&nbsp; I pulled in and let them do their best.&nbsp; But that wasn&rsquo;t the sappy part.&nbsp; There were three kids, maybe 8 years old, who had set up lemonade and iced tea stand.&nbsp; Right there in the…
  • Dog Days of Summer & Your Local Challenge

    4 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    <p>Posted by Keith Hall<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s August, which I guess means that we are in the dog days of summer; lots of hot weather but also lots of swimming pools and cold glasses of lemonade.&nbsp; The good news for me is that despite the season there are still lots of questions from NASE members that we get to answer every day.&nbsp; One NASE member posted a question regarding income earned during a speaking engagement overseas, actually in London, England.&nbsp; Her question made me realize all over again just how pervasive the influence of small…
  • Passing the Health Care Buck

    25 Jun 2014 | 10:46 am
    <p> Posted by Katie Vlietstra--&nbsp;By now, we've all heard about the challenges and the ups-and-downs of the new health care law. From cancelled plans to delayed programs and technical glitches in online applications, the Affordable Care Act has had its share of problems. However, in the end, the Affordable Care Act -- or ACA -- has turned out to help millions of Americans young and old. Far from perfect, the Department of Health and Human Services declared success with&nbsp;<a…
  • Will You Support Your Favorite Small Business?

    13 May 2014 | 10:34 am
    <p> Posted by Katie Vlietstra--&nbsp;It could be your local cupcake shop, neighborhood deli or even your friendly accountant -- all local entrepreneurs fueling not only their local economies, but our national economy as well. One of the things they all have in common is that they are part of a growing movement in America called the small business community. With every dollar you invest in a local, small business, the true entrepreneurial spirit of America continues to thrive. According to the Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small…
 
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  • Shaping the Future of Women in Business Worldwide

    Laurel J. Delaney
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    Grand Hyatt, Beijing According to The United Nations, “the Asia-Pacific economy would grow by an additional $89 billion annually if women were able to achieve their full economic potential.”  Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia Pacific region. The APEC Women Leadership Forum has its program coming up soon – August 20 – 22nd.  They will discuss on how to enhance business networking, congregate role models to mentor next-generation leaders, explore new growth…
  • Businesswomen Are Ready to Become Global Players

    Laurel J. Delaney
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    The timing has never been better for businesswomen to get out of their own backyards and transition from local, regional or niche-market players into global players.  Here’s why. Women Are Ready to Take on the World The key:  It is evident that through export activities, women-owned firms grow more rapidly, hire more people, create more jobs and are more productive. Photo Credit: Jennifer Kumar Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Education, Enlighten Me!, global women entrepreneurs, Inspiration, Research Tagged: businesswomen ready to become global players, Laurel Delaney, take on…
  • Women Buck the Trend in Sri Lanka and Become Entrepreneurs

    Laurel J. Delaney
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Sri Lankan women. To achieve economic empowerment, women entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka yearn for a successful career.  They also help their families, and the country, prosper.  Women entrepreneurship can contribute to a country’s development process in a number of ways. At an individual level, it creates employment opportunities for women.  Women seek entrepreneurship for many reasons.  While some women start a business based on an idea or innovation, or due to an unsatisfactory experience as an employee, others are compelled to start their own business due to ‘forced…
  • Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

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

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

    Peter J Reilly
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    The fallout from sketchy tax shelters can stretch over a very long time.  Michael and Ruth McElroy were in Tax Court  were recently trying to make that stretching work in their favor.  They did not get a break.  Not only were their deficiencies totaling over $150,000 for the years 1996 through 1999 ruled not to be time barred, they were also not allowed to write off their original investment of $37,500, since the transaction was purely tax motivated.
  • Think Like A Startup: Five Ways To Boost Your SEO Strategy

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are not shortcuts to good SEO. But there are some principles most businesses seem to ignore -- even the biggest ones. Why?
  • Are Different Skills Required For Senior Executives?

    Joseph Folkman
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A few weeks ago we were asked to analyze a competency model that had been created by a client. The assumption of their model was that as leaders move up to higher levels in the organization, some competencies become more important. For example, in their model they proposed that a lower level manager should focus on the following: Driving for Results
  • Tips & Secrets From Top CEOs

    Joseph Folkman
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    These leaders know how to guide an organization to the promised land. Here's what they have to say...
  • Embrace Change Or Die (6 Ways To Win)

    Tom Mendoza
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    Like the proverbial leopard, most people can't change their spots. Most people are averse to change. But "most people" don't win. Winners ask questions like, "What?s next?" and "What am I getting better at?" Here are six powerful ways to embrace change in your life and career...
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

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

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    OK, so you’ve launched your online course or program…SWEET! Get down with your bad self. A lot of people procrastinate and say they will get their course done and out there *one day* but you ACTUALLY did it. Give yourself a high-five. So you might be thinking…ummmm now what do I do? Great question and here is the answer 1. Document EVERYTHING If you haven’t already (ahem…you should) make sure to document your ENTIRE launch process. Fun fact: We all forget stuff. And we forget stuff quicker than we think. Right after your launch is GREAT time to do this while it is fresh…
  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

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

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

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

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

    Reuben
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Let’s imagine you run a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies in the widget industry improve sales productivity. Half your business comes from this industry, but you also have clients in other industries, and some of your projects extend beyond sales into finance and accounting. You get a lead on your website requesting a proposal for a sales training program and they need your help asap. A perfect prospect. You call to qualify for budget and timing and everything seems good. You enter the deal in your CRM system and get excited. This might put you over the top for the…
  • Why Apple University Has a Course on Communicating Clearly

    Reuben
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Before he died, Steve Jobs launched an “Apple University” program to keep the culture of the company strong. Employees can sign up for various courses, most of which are completely shrouded in secrecy. Recently, the New York Times got 3 Apple employees to speak anonymously about the experience. Randy Nelson, who came from the animation studio Pixar, co-founded by Mr. Jobs, is one of the teachers of “Communicating at Apple.” This course, open to various levels of employees, focuses on clear communication, not just for making products intuitive, but also for sharing ideas with…
  • Sales Proposal Buzzword Highlighter Now Live

    Reuben
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    If you’ve read this blog before, you know how much I hate terrible writing. If not, check out: The Importance of Writing Well, Microsoft CEO Edition How Your High School English Class Is Ruining Your Proposals Don’t Use Jargon, Unless It’s Your Prospect’s Jargon A little over a year ago, I referenced an article by Bryan Garner over at Harvard Business Review on removing business jargon from your writing and joked that it would be awesome to have a way to flag jargon and buzzwords in your proposals. Well, now you can. In Preview mode, there’s now a…
  • Are Your Proposals Like the Baseball Rulebook (or the Tax Code)?

    Reuben
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    In addition to being very long, the rules of baseball cover scenarios that aren’t all that likely to happen. (This piece in the WSJ cover the 5 strangest rules in baseball.) Why do you need 240 pages of rules for baseball? Why do you need some uncountable number of pages for the tax code? Why is your company’s proposal template likely far too long? Because as things come up, well-meaning people add rules, laws, and clauses. This is a healthy and productive way to codify scenarios as you uncover them, to reduce arguing later. However, people rarely go back and cull outdated parts…
  • 5 Sales-Killing Mistakes from Our Attempt to Buy a Car

    Reuben
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    My wife’s car has been struggling along lately, and it’s finally reached the stage of life support that replacing it is no longer optional. So lastweekend, we went car shopping. We were trying to buy a car. You know who was trying to stop us from buying a car? Car sales people. Here’s how they did it, the sales-killing mistakes from our weekend trying to buy a car: Fake intimacy is worse than no intimacy. One salesman shook my hand, introduced himself, and said “nice to meet you, buddy”, like a sleazy salesman from central casting. Why couldn’t he have just…
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  • Digital Solutions for the B2B Marketer

    Kim Gloeckl
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    High-level decision makers are harder than ever to reach. And in today’s world, buyers do not contact suppliers directly until most of the purchase process is complete. So how do businesses get in front of buyers exactly when they’re evaluating products and services? And where are smart executives going to learn more about what the market has to offer them?  Meet Business.com, the leading destination for executives in growing companies to acquire the knowledge, products and services they need to run their businesses. It’s our mission to provide a better experience for our users…
  • Transforming B2B Digital Media Through Data, Content and Integrated Marketing Solutions

    Tony Uphoff
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    It’s a great time to be in digital advertising. In 2013, $275 billion was spent on digital advertising, and this number continues to grow at over 11% per year. Much of this growth is driven by content marketing; and smart marketers are embracing content marketing because it works. Buyers today educate themselves with advertiser provided content. They want this content tailored however, to their demographics, firmographics and where they are in the purchase process. Now, Business.com is even better positioned to help you do just that. For over a year, we have been hard at work building…
  • Is Content Marketing the Future of B2B?

    Betsy Scuteri
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The phrase “content marketing” is thrown around like a beanbag in the world of digital media. Some praise the concept as the savior to their revenue problems, claiming the creation of blog posts and eBooks is the only viable way to generate leads. Others argue it’s all hocus-pocus. With so many different opinions and claims running rampant online, it’s no surprise marketing teams are confused as to the proper meaning of content marketing and its true power. A handful of content marketing “myths” have arisen as a result, and we’re here to debunk them. The fact is, content…
  • Using Website Analytics to Understand Your Prospects

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

    Betsy Scuteri
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    The B2B sector continues to shift marketing spend from traditional to digital (38.7% devotes at least 30% of their budget on digital, up 30% from 2013) and digital content continues to matter. 3 out of 4 marketers are investing more in it. This is good news for me in that I have job security; bad news in that the playing field is no longer the same. The bar has been raised and will continue to be. 1) 70% are relying more on content now than they did a year ago 2) Marketers first need to define a strategy for content and then one for the actual distribution of that content and 3) Collecting…
 
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  • MWQHJ 032: How Jessica Rhodes Leveraged Her Pinterest Skills And Started 2 Successful Businesses

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Jessica Rhodes owns 2 thriving business service companies, EntrepreneurSupportServices.com and InterviewConnections.com where she helps businesses with Pinterest and podcasting. Jessica is a Pinterest expert and she reveals many useful tips on how to market your business using Pinterest in this episode along with many helpful tools that she uses to streamline the process. In addition, she provides some meaningful advice on how to network with others and how she acts as a matchmaker for podcast interviewers and interviewees. What You’ll Learn How Jessica got her first client doing…
  • 6 Reasons Why Copying Amazon Is A Bad Idea For Your Ecommerce Store

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When it comes to designing your ecommerce store to maximize conversions, you would intuitively think that copying another successful online store would be the logical thing to do. After all if an online store is doing well, they’ve probably figured out the most optimal design right? Because Amazon.com is one of the most successful ecommerce stores in the world, we should all emulate exactly what they are doing right? The other day, I received a question from one of my Create A Profitable Online Store students who asked… Steve. I just went through your module on best practices for…
  • MWQHJ 031: How Bob Lotich Replaced His Entire Day Job Income In 9 Months By Blogging

    Steve C
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Bob Lotich and I actually go way back to the year 2009 when we both started blogging at roughly the same time. Bob runs the extremely popular blog ChristianPf.com where he makes a 6 figure income writing about faith and personal finance. In this interview, he shares a bunch of his secrets on how he makes money and how he fully leverages various social media sources to generate traffic for his site. He’s also written an incredibly detailed book that teaches others how to blog as a profession. What You’ll Learn How Bob turned his entire life around after being deep in debt How Bob…
  • MWQHJ 030: How My Student Brandon Created A Profitable Online Store Selling Washer Toss Games

    Steve C
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    It always makes me really happy when I see one of my students successfully making money online. Today, I have Brandon Reinders on the show who started BackyardWasherToss.com and ThePolishHorseshoes.com after taking my course. What’s interesting about Brandon is that he asked me a few questions early on in the class and then I didn’t hear from him again until he had launched his store. And what’s even cooler is that Brandon did all of this without any prior knowledge or experience on how to start an online store. Enjoy the interview! What You’ll Learn How much money…
  • How My Student Tracey Sells Products In The United States From A Foreign Country

    Steve C
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    I often ask my readers what is holding them back from signing up for my full blown ecommerce course and one of the most common questions I get asked is…. My country doesn’t have a large market for what I want to sell. Does your class work outside of the United States? Can I make money if I live in a completely different country? Here’s the thing. When you sell into a country with a much smaller market, there tends to be much less competition as well. So what ends up happening is that you can often target much broader niches and still do very well. But just for the sake of…
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  • How to Manage Your Email with Boomerang

    Katrina Crowell
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Do your proposals get lost in email? Do you ever forget to follow up with someone for an important event? Do you sometimes lose track of email threads? Then read on, because we’ve got a great tool to help regain control of your inbox.  Today I want to share with you a tool I’ve been using for several months now that has helped me tame my inbox, save time at work, and keep on top of proposals, work agreements, and other important activities for my business. It’s called Boomerang, and it’s an add-on to Gmail. If you’re not using Gmail because you want to send…
  • How to Turn Online Leads into Sales

    Katrina Crowell
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    Congratulations! You’ve run a successful Facebook contest or a boatload of people just signed up to receive your e-newsletter. You’ve built a solid opt-in list. So – What comes next? It’s time to turn those online leads into conversions. Here are a few of the best ways to turn your online leads into sales. E-mail Marketing To some people, this proven form of Internet marketing may not seem as sexy as the newest mobile app or social platform. But email packs conversion power that can’t be ignored. While social media presents an awesome way to engage with your customers, you’re…
  • Welcome, Katrina!

    Rich Brooks
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:06 am
    We’ve got a new hire here at flyte, and we want to introduce her to you all! Katrina Crowell has joined the flyte crew as our new Inbound Marketer, ready to help you with your SEO, social media campaigns, email marketing, and basically all of your digital marketing needs. Katrina is a graduate of the University of Maine, and has over 6 years of experience in web content development and social media marketing. She has worked as a ghost blogger, freelance web marketer, and SEO consultant for businesses across a wide variety of industries. And having spent 5 years in the direct response…
  • How to Blog for B2B Lead Generation [A Case Study…with Beer]

    Rich Brooks
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:01 am
    How can you use a blog to reach your audience? To grow your business? Is blogging still a viable option for B2B lead generation? Today we’re going to see how a single, well-planned blog post can put you in front of your ideal customer when they’re ready to make a buying decision. Tidestone Solutions is a B2B (business to business) company from Portland, Maine, that offers mid-sized companies business process and accounting software solutions. Their area of expertise is within Microsoft Dynamics GP,  Kelley Sintz is the Business Development Director and was looking to grow their…
  • The Marketing Agents Podcast Turns 50: A Search, Social, and Mobile Marketing Podcast

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

  • Average Session Duration – What is it and Why Bloggers Should Care

    Marty Diamond
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    In Google Analytics, one of the statistics measures is average session duration. In simple terms, this is the amount of the time that a person spends on your website. This article will help you understand average session duration and if you’re a blogger, perhaps persuade you to take a better look into this piece of information. As an extra goodie, there will be a few brief tips to hopefully get those visitors to stay longer. Average Session Duration – What is it and Why Bloggers Should Care As mentioned before, the average session duration is the average time of all the time spent…
  • Getting a Handle on Site Speed

    Marty Diamond
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:35 am
    One of my greatest challenges has been to convince clients that they have a slow loading site AND that a slow loading website reduces the number of sales or leads they can expect to get. I’ve shown them the pretty waterfall charts that show that their site loads in 6.7 seconds – only to have their eyes glaze over. I touch on it when we’re reviewing their Google Analytics and pointed out that page load times are now part of Google’s search algorythm – and still no response. Then I discovered a secret weapon….the video of a site loading from webpagetest.org. There is nothing like…
  • Understanding Google Webmaster Tools

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

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

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

  • Go Away to Come Back; Business Lessons From Seven Continents.

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Is the idea of leaving your business as well as your country to see the world absurd? As business owners, we are heads-down focused on our business and driven to make it better. Leaving our business is inconceivable. Or is it? Remember back to your childhood. On sunny days, Mom and Dad made you go outside and play. Before there were play dates, you went to a field with your friends and a ball and decided, what game would you play? Whose team were you on? And what position would you play? Wasn’t it fun? Now that you’re the boss, it doesn’t have to be a summer day. You can get…
  • How to Keep Customers for Life

    Andy Birol
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    By Dan Janal President and Founder PR LEADS Everyone knows it costs less to keep a customer than to sell to a new prospect. Yet, so few people know how to keep a customer for life. I’ve build a considerable empire based on retaining customers and I’d like to share my best ideas with you so you can grow your business. You might have the basics covered, tactics like offering superior customer service, and sending hand-written thank you notes. But I’ve found five foundational truths that you must follow if you want to keep your best customers. 1. You have to offer a superior product or…
  • 10 Warning Signs Your Business is Out of Focus

    Andy Birol
    29 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 14, 2014 Your business strategy is crystal-clear, sharply-focused, and well-versed – or is it? Do your employees, customers, and vendors really know your core competencies? Are you certain everyone understands your plan to achieve your mission and vision? Click here to read more.  
  • How to find a banker who adds value to your business

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:28 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer May 20, 2014 As long as capitalism survives in the United States, there will be bankers and business owners. Whatever the stage of the business cycle, one will need the other more. If bankers are lending freely, there’s a good chance owners don’t need to borrow (and the reverse is true). Click here to read more.                
  • Why your company should avoid venture capital

    Andy Birol
    25 May 2014 | 7:21 am
            Article posted in The Business Journals by Andy Birol, Contributing Writer April 7, 2014 You need capital for your company to grow, but you may want to reconsider venture capital. The basic problem with partnering with venture capitalists is that their need to earn quick, big returns conflicts with your goal of building your business. Growing a company’s customer base rarely enriches a venture capitalist as much as the next round of investors. Click here to read more.
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • Magento – Inching Closer As A Reliable B2B Platform

    Mark Wilston
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Not very long ago, when solicited for advice on how Magento fares in B2B, Magento evangelists and enthusiasts expressed uncomfortableness in their responses. It indicated that Magento was not a true solution for B2B problems as B2B had a different workflow where Magento had less foothold. But, that is not the same as saying that […]
  • Mobile Website UX Is Realizable and Improvisable – Here’s How

    Mark Wilston
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Mobile UX’ is a 2 worded phrase that resonates in the heads of mobile web designers and developers. The phrase has now become mainstream and is enough to give sleepless nights to mobile teams. The situation becomes grim when the choice is to be made between mobile website or app. However the  most important quality […]
  • Step Up Your Web Development with BootStrap

    Mark Wilston
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Many developers perceive Bootstrap to be a magic wand that either does development on its own or does a part of it. You will soon change your perception as soon as you start using Bootstrap. Bootstrap is a front-end framework that provides the required elements for page design with sufficient responsiveness using the HTML5 and […]
  • Optimize your Mobile Website & Increase Visitors

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

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

  • Social Media Marketing is a Daily Commitment

    Helene Huynh
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:16 am
    Your small business social media marketing efforts start with you. In order to successfully market your small business through social media you need to do two things: Grow and nurture your online networks Create and share great content If you haven’t put the time into social media engagement or building and nurturing your networks, then your social media efforts will likely be an uphill battle. It’s a commitment very much like going to networking events, trade shows and business expos with all of the necessary follow up. It’s a daily commitment, which means commenting, posting,…
  • Business Plan Tip of the Week

    Helene Huynh
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    By now, if you have been following our blogs, you should be a business plan expert. You know what elements a business plan contain, you know why having one is important, and most importantly you know that you must update it often. You’ve got a brilliant new idea and you’re ready to implement it. Along the lines, are you thinking to yourself, what information on here will the investor hold more importance over? Do I focus more on my financials? Do I focus more on my products and services? Do I focus more on how my business will grow financially? Investors will care about four elements that…
  • 5 Things to Ask Before Building a Small Business Website

    Helene Huynh
    4 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    There are thousands of dreadful websites on the Internet. If your website is not user-friendly, how do you expect your customers to actually do business with you?  Whether you’re looking to build a simple website or a more complex and customized website for your company, we can conclude that all businesses, large or small, need a website. But there are elements you must take into account because your company’s online presence begins with your website, and sustains with your social media marketing.  There are some things you should ask yourself before you start designing and building…
  • Cost-effective Marketing Plan Resources to Generate Leads

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

    Helene Huynh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Private Business Certification vs. Government Certification When looking at business certifications, the question asked most frequently is, “Is there really a difference between which business certification I receive?” The very honest answer to this question is yes. It makes a large impact which agency you choose to certify your business through. There are generally four different levels of business certifications: Local - This certification can be obtained by a local government certifying office, such as a city or a county.  You would want to obtain a local certification if you want…
 
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    Business Credit

  • Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA)

    Marco Carbajo
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:53 pm
    Why File a DBA? Have you wondered why a business files a DBA? Do you know if your business needs to file one? In this post I’ll be breaking down the DBA also known as the Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Business Name to see if your business actually needs one. First things first, let’s […] The post Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA) appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Need to Add Trade References? 11 Things You Should Know

    Marco Carbajo
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Add Trade References A trade reference is the payment experience information that a supplier has on its customer. For Dun & Bradstreet there are seven factors that represent the creditworthiness of a suppliers’ customer. These factors are: reporting date, payment history, highest amount of credit used, amount owing, total past due, terms, and date of […] The post Need to Add Trade References? 11 Things You Should Know appeared first on Business Credit.
  • FICO Score vs Credit Score: Which Score Matters Most?

    Marco Carbajo
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    FICO® Score vs Credit Score Banks, lenders, credit card issuers, auto lenders, etc. use credit scores to decide what interest rate, loan, rebates & credit card terms to offer you if any. Your score is vital to you because it determines how much money you can borrow, how much interest you’ll pay, and what payment […] The post FICO Score vs Credit Score: Which Score Matters Most? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Choosing a Business Name That Costs Clients, Cash, and Credibility

    Marco Carbajo
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Having trouble choosing a business name? Discover how to choose a name for your business that is effective, legal and marketable. The post Choosing a Business Name That Costs Clients, Cash, and Credibility appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Here is a Quick Way to Get Cash for Real Estate Investing

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

  • The Power of Your Story  — And Why it Belongs in Your Marketing

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Kelly Robbins Why are you in the business you are in? How did you get where you are today? Your prospects want to know about you. Since the beginning of time, one of the most powerful ways to connect with people has been to share your story. In business we do this on our […]
  • Start Your Own Business and Work From Home with Arise Virtual Solutions

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Arise Virtual Solutions Inc., the leading global provider of virtual business process outsourcing and crowdsourcing solutions, provides thousands of legitimate work-from-home opportunities to small businesses run by stay-at-home moms, veterans, students, retirees and other entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Joining the Arise network is a great opportunity for those who are looking for flexibility, to earn a living […]
  • The Biggest Killers of Business Growth When Working From Home

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deborah Sweeney Whether you’re in an office or working from your domicile, getting stuck in a routine is common for just about anyone who works! When you’re working at home, though, it’s easy to fall into the trap of just getting by. So often things feel rushed at home. You’re rushing to wake up […]
  • Interview With Prerna Malik – Content Chef, Community Manager, and Author

    wahanelson
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    What did you do before launching your own business? I was working as a Communications Skills and Soft Skills trainer with American Express and then, Dell India. As part of my role, I was training executives in the art of communicating with empathy and clarity, both verbally and via their written communication. Tell us a […]
  • 6 Tips To Live Your Perfect Workday (Almost) Every Day

    wahanelson
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Diana Schneidman To live your perfect workday, first you have to decide what the perfect day is for you. The traditional saying, “The early bird catches the worm,” is thought to date back to the late 1600s, and that has been the norm in time management advice ever since. Online advisers are proud to […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Spotlighting *Your* B2B Online Community – Call for Participation

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    Calling all B2B community builders, the Big List is back! In 2011 Leader Networks, a well known social business research and consulting firm, researched and published a list of the top 71 online customer communities –drawing attention to thriving, dynamic, communities that didn’t receive much fanfare due to their focused audiences and limited public exposure. It holds true today that little is known about many of the most vibrant and visionary B2B communities due to their role as competitive advantages and their importance to their company’s strategic mission. In fact some of the…
  • Highlights from the 2014 Social Business Benchmark Study

    Vanessa DiMauro
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Another summer brings a new set of Social Business Benchmark study results! For the past three years, in partnership with the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR), we at Leader Networks, conduct an ongoing study on the impact social practices are having on organizations. Unlike the other studies that focus mainly on social media marketing, we examine the social footprint across  four important areas: Strategic intentions, operations, staffing, governance and organizational impact. This ongoing study has yielded responses from over 190 organizations, with 17 industries represented.
  • Social Marketing and Gender Equality through Power Networking: 4 Common Trends Related to Transformation, Power and Influence

    Vanessa DiMauro
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:52 am
    For my last (but certainly not least) guest blogger in the summer series, I have invited Dr. Patrica Fletcher to share her thoughts about the impact of social on transformation, power and influence.  Patti is a real powerhouse herself – she  is the global leader of the Cross-Portfolio Marketing and Social Marketing Center of Excellence teams at IHS, and is the Co-Founder and CEO of PSDNetwork, LLC.  Her work centers on enablement and culture change with a particularly interesting focus on women in the boardroom.  I am inspired by Patti and her work and am sure you will be too! Read…
  • Measuring What Matters: Those Addictive Numbers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    I’ve done it. It’s gone. Cold turkey. After years of asserting we need to measure what matters in social business – as opposed to just tracking outcomes we can count easily — I decided to take down the social sharing counter on my blog. You can still share our blog items on social media tools – please do! –but we won’t be quantifying every act of sharing anymore. Walking the talk? Well, the fact is my social sharing tool was unreliable. When the Leader Networks site re-launched about a year ago, we “lost” all our counts. Thousands of tiny emotional validations which…
  • TLC for Community Managers – Tips To Avoid Burnout

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

  • Reading List 8.22.14

    Rieva Lesonsky
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. If you have articles you’d like to share, get them to me by end of day Wednesday every week. Best Practices #1 factor in growing your small business. Is it time to shake up your business? 8 things to do NOW to grow your business. The road to China.
  • 5 Myths of Being a Successful Entrepreneur

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Eric Tyson from Investing For Dummies, 7th Edition Many myths persist about what it takes to be an entrepreneur – and a successful one, at that – partly because people who aren’t entrepreneurs tend to hang out with other people who aren’t. The mass media’s popularization of “successful” entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and Oprah Winfrey leads to numerous misperceptions and misconceptions, including these often-cited nuggets: You have to be well connected or know “important” people. Being a decent human being is far more…
  • 6 Industries That Excel on Pinterest

    Rieva Lesonsky
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Adrienne Erin Pinterest has proven how effective imagery can be at not only encouraging people to make connections with others online, but making them feel inspired to pursue their dreams, improve their lives or even shop more confidently for products. Keep reading to learn about six industries that have made great headway in using Pinterest as a powerful and resonant promotional tool. Arts and Crafts For a crafty person, Pinterest offers a seemingly endless supply of ideas for things to make. Etsy is just one example of a well-known company that has successfully tapped into the power of…
  • The 411 to Successfully Launch Your Business

    Rieva Lesonsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Chloe Hashemi Information technology and the internet are gradually dominating every aspect of our lives; and businesses are no exception to this. This revolution seems to have happened overnight, and occasionally it seems almost impossible to keep up with the times and keep your business relevant to the online world. Grasping a couple of simple modern approaches can help your business remain competitive. Embrace New Technologies Technology is changing at the speed of light. Keeping this in mind though, it is easy to fall into the trap of complacency. If you fail to keep up for too long,…
  • The Future of American Business . . . In Four Little Words

    Rieva Lesonsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico In speaking to business owners and “people in career transitions” nationwide, I am often called upon to speculate about the future of American business. For example, I am frequently asked: What businesses should I be thinking of starting now? What businesses will still be around in ten years’ time? Where will tomorrow’s jobs be? Will there BE a future for small business in the next 20 years? I have given the matter quite a bit of thought (being a professional speaker means you have a lot of downtime in trains, planes and automobiles), and have come up with a few…
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  • Ignore Ann Sieg (Renegade) At Your Own Risk

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Ann Sieg has been ahead of the curve since I first got to know her in 2007. I bet you would have liked to be in Ann’s inner circle back then… When she wrote her best selling book, “7 Great Lies”. When she began using Google Adwords to generate hundreds of leads a day. When she (along with Mike Dillard) pioneered a concept called “The Funded Proposal” in the Network Marketing space. Now Ann is doing it all over again in the e-commerce space with Amazon, eBay, drop shipping strategies. And she is doing a webinar for us, explaining the details tonight:…
  • Making Money With Amazon FBA: Why It Works

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

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

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

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

  • Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed…
  • Modular smartwatch lets wearers pick and choose the functions they need

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Add / Remove While Google’s Project Ara may be some way from hitting the market, we have already started to see similar projects that enable consumers to customize the hardware they use. The NEX band has combined modular sensors with custom designs to capture the fickle teen market, and now Blocks is a smart watch with a wristband made up of varying components that enable wearers to tailor the device’s functions. Blocks, as its name suggests, is made up of individual blocks that link together to form the band of the smartwatch. The display is placed in the middle and dummy blocks…
  • Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets

    Springwise
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Add / Remove Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. The installation of GPS systems in entire fleets can be costly and time intensive, and there isn’t always a consolidated way to extract data from across the company. Cloud Your Car is…
  • Robots enable web users to virtually roam London’s Tate art gallery at night

    Springwise
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Add / Remove Opening up access to art galleries and museums is certainly a good thing, but for some entry can be too expensive, galleries can be located too far away or the experience can be ruined by bustling tourists. While Google’s Street View Art Project has already brought brick and mortar institutions into the digital world by allowing users to virtually walk through its rooms, the UK’s Tate Britain has developed the After Dark scheme, which enables anyone to browse the collection through a robot that moves around the gallery when everyone else has gone home. Created in…
  • Mirror takes a selfie and sends it to your phone

    Springwise
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Add / Remove Trying on clothes in the changing rooms always gives a better idea of whether an item is a good fit, but sourcing advice from friends isn’t easy if they’re not there to see it in person. While we’ve already seen Amsterdam’s Karl Lagerfeld Store has already used changing room tablets to enable shoppers to snap their new look and share it with friends, France-based Pixglass now wants to make the process easier, with a camera-enabled mirror that digitally captures whatever is in front of it. The system uses a one-way sheet of glass with a mirror on one side,…
 
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    The Social Monica

  • Why Is Amazon A Website Owners Best Friend?

    monica
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Nowadays it seems that just about everybody has a website. Even teenagers now seem to want to have, or already do have, a website of their own and with the technological expertise of the modern teenager they probably also have quite a few visitors to their website. However, in most cases, it costs money to have a website. Whilst it’s not a huge amount of money there is certainly a cost involved in building a website unless you use someone else’s free platform such as WordPress or Blogger. So if you’ve got a website of your own and have some visitors to the site…
  • How Responsive Design Helps to Grow Online Phlebotomy Directories

    monica
    29 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    People are glued to their mobile devices. And technology can follow us everywhere we go. Social media, web browsing, and games can all be played from a smartphone or tablet, which we can pick up and take with us anywhere. With the emergence of newer tablets and mobile gadgets, the mobile experience is a given. People take for granted the opportunity to simply install the applications that they need. Then use them. And most importantly they take for granted that when they view a website on a tablet or smartphone that it will look good! After all, most website developers have already created a…
  • How Facebook Helped Me Decide on a Medical Alert System

    monica
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    My mom is getting older and is having difficulty getting around her home. Recently she has fallen and could not get up. She has a hard time getting up by herself and a neighbor had to assist her on a few occasions. After hearing this I did some research online and reached out to my Facebook friends to see what I could do. Many medical alert companies like Life Station have a Facebook page. I did a lot of research and found this website is a great resource for reviews and ratings of medical alert systems. I discovered medical alert systems are a good way for my mom to have emergency help in…
  • The Outsourcing Of Articles Is Becoming More Common Online

    monica
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:31 am
    The Internet is getting bigger and bigger all the time, and there are thousands of websites, or possibly even hundreds of thousands of websites, going up every single day. And as Google gets more intent on insisting on quality content the importance of the quality of the content on a website is increasing. In the past website owners used to turn to tools such as spinning tools and auto generation to produce content for a website. That is now no longer working and so website owners are forced into either writing their own articles or outsourcing the articles. And we have been writing some of…
  • How To Add Twitter To Your Website

    monica
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:17 pm
    You can add put a timeline right there on your website. But how? Along with Facebook Twitter is now one of the most visited and popular social media websites. For the uninitiated Twitter is a micro social networking site. Or is sometimes called a micro blogging website. Users can send very short messages called “tweets” which are limited to 140 characters long. Hence the “micro”. It was created in 2006 and by 2012 had 500 million registered users. Twitter is one of the giants of social media. However if you have a website it’s perfectly possible to add Twitter to…
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Find Your Audience: How to Grow Sales with Digital Media

    Jeff Korhan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:39) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 05 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Do you often wish that media experts would just share a few of their better practices so you could adapt them to your business? Then join me and Ryan Hanley as we discuss some of the techniques he successfully used as Director of Marketing for a local insurance agency, many of which I also used when operating my landscaping business. This is one reason why Ryan…
  • Single Serve Content for Mobile Consumers

    Jeff Korhan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    We have previously discussed the importance of planning both the construction and deconstruction of your content. The idea is that creating great content takes time, so while you are doing that put in a little extra effort to also plan which pieces of it will be shared on, let’s say, Instagram. Content often brings to mind a blog post or an article, but as content consumption with mobile devices becomes the norm, you will need to redesign your content strategy to adapt. The good news is that if your business is not yet creating much content, you may find these newer methods easier to…
  • Modern Chamber Marketing: How to Successfully Build a Digital Community

    Jeff Korhan
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:55) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 4 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Join me and Frank Kenny as we discuss how to succeed these days with digital marketing. Frank will share how he facilitates a vibrant Facebook group to build community that keeps its global membership actively engaged. You will find this interview especially interesting if your small business is a member of a chamber of commerce, or any other organization such as…
  • What Your Business Needs to Know About Podcasting

    Jeff Korhan
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:32 am
    If you think podcasting is for techies, think again. Apple started offering support for podcasts in iTunes in 2005, but as social media became more mainstream, it appeared that video would rule the world. It did, and to a large measure still does. What then has caused the huge resurgence in podcasts? You have it close by. It’s called the smartphone. There are billions in service now, with more than 2 million smartphones activated worldwide every day. However, this is about more than just mobile connectivity. Podcasting is proving to be invaluable for making meaningful connections that…
  • Agile Selling: How to Quickly Win with Buyers Today

    Jeff Korhan
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:31:21) Download Audio iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business This is Episode 3 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Join me and Jill Konrath as we tackle some of the challenges of selling that are just as relevant today as  they have been for probably most of the modern era of marketing. If you want to know how to sell in today’s ever-changing environment, you will want to listen to this the conversation. Forget about becoming an overnight selling success and learn from…
 
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    SmartCEO

  • How to negate years of quality leadership in 5 simple statements

    SmartCEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    Here's the list of top things a leader should not say to his employees:"That's above your pay grade." I bet you have said this soon after saying that mployees are not approaching their work "as if they own the company" or never "think outside the box."  Telling employees that there are pecking orders, codes of conduct, and duties and responsibilities by cast, is simply the stupidest thing a manager can say. "That's confidential," and its twin brother, "that's on a need to know basis and you don't need to know." In a startup there are very few things that are truly confidential. Startups…
  • Why (and how) you should befriend your competitors

    SmartCEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    As a business owner, a large part of your strategy is to outshine competitors but savvy entrepreneurs know that it is also smart to create and maintain relationships with them.For those wondering how to approach competitors, here are a few tips.Make the first move. Don’t be anxious about blindly reaching out to competitors. Remember that you have each started or run a company in the same industry. Therefore you both likely have a shared passion for the service you provide, product you sell or problem you solve. You will probably find that you have a lot in more in common than you…
  • Communication during a small business sale: how to tell employees, customers and others

    SmartCEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    As a business, one of the most important things you can do to ensure a smooth deal is to learn how and when to communicate your sale to the various stakeholders associated with your company.Be strategicNot everyone needs to know about the ownership transition at the same time. Be strategic about communication before and during the sale process, bringing only select individuals into the circle before a buyer is identified and a deal is at hand. Ensure key employees help your saleNext to family members, key employees may be the next people to learn about the sale of your business--likely…
  • Do good business by doing good

    SmartCEO
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Today’s consumer is not the consumer of the 1970s but is someone rather who expects more than just a product or service. He or she expects businesses to reinvest in the communities where they have earned a profit.Consumers expect businesses to behave as good corporate citizens, hire from within the community, provide living wages and prevent environmental damage. Entrepreneurs, recognizing the need to maintain a strong brand reputation through corporate social responsibility, are responding.Here's how a CSR program has benefited other businesses, and how it could affect your own.Read the…
  • 8 ways to optimize your network

    SmartCEO
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Relationship capital—your web of contacts and their web of contacts—like a truffle or a well-appointed wardrobe, traffics in quality, not quantity. Keep your network lean.1. Curate. Collecting piles of business cards is not building a network, it's creating clutter. An effective network is comprised only of people who can help you solve problems. Not simply C-suite bigwigs, but influencers of all types.2. Diversify.The shortest path to innovation is insights from people of different backgrounds, industries and levels of experience. Your network should produce not one or two but…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Raindrop – Smart Bookmarking Tool

    Emily Anderson
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Creative minds are a beautiful thing but maintaining the same level of creativity throughout the day can be difficult, exhausting and just all around rough. Thankfully, online resources that fuel your creative side and keep that sharp focus are plentiful. From productivity tools, design inspiration, free stock photo websites and interesting articles, I am constantly bookmarking web pages for later use. Lately I have been using the Raindrop.io bookmarking tool to compile all of my treats in one place. As soon as I laid eyes on their minimal, flat design accompanied by visual thumbnails and…
  • Networking on One Foot

    Lorraine
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    There is a story about an impatient young man who went to visit an old scholar. He demanded the old man tell him everything he needed to know about the Bible while standing on one foot. The story goes on to say the old man smiled, stood on one foot and told the young man simply, “Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you! All the rest is commentary.” While we may differ in our opinions of the origin of the Bible, most people would agree the old man summed up this complex piece of literature quite well. What Would You Say? If the same impatient young man came to your…
  • Backlink Anatomy for Small Business

    Jarred
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the ways companies build their authority and leadership online is through robust content strategy. This strategy is built on plenty of information about products, services and industry, usually contained on many different pages throughout their website. While all of this content counts as a baseline for good website strategy, most brands won’t be able to compete against their competitors for visibility without the presence of backlinks or a basic link strategy. The evolution of search engines has made it necessary for small business owners to understand the power of links to…
  • Polebuff: A Unique Twist on Fitness

    Jenna
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Odds are you’ve heard me say it before, but there is never a dull moment around here. I recently had the opportunity to work on yet another unconventional branding project, and I can definitely say it was a fun and unique experience. I can now officially check “branding for dance pole cleaner” off my bucket list. (Sure, I just added that to the list right before checking it off, but that’s beside the point.) Before we had our kick off meeting for Polebuff, I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was aware of pole dancing fitness classes, but had never attended…
  • Tapping Into Local SEO

    Jarred
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here’s your quick Internet history lesson for the day: SEO used to be pretty darn difficult for small businesses. You had to compete against all of the big players in your industry for a slim collection of placements on keywords specific to your brand. Due to small budgets and stretched resources, most companies decided digital marketing wasn’t worth the effort. Luckily, Google heard the complaints and has spent most of the last decade improving their search engine for the benefit of local businesses and local searchers. Small businesses are more likely to show up for local…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Are Employment Headhunters Targeting Your Top Talent? – 5 Tips For Retaining Your Best Employees

    Patricia Lotich
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Keeping employees engaged and productive is the goal for any organization but keeping the best and brightest on the team should be a priority. A survey done by Right Management suggests that despite unemployment rates, employers are concerned that competitors are actively trying to hire their best employees. The survey was given to more than 700 companies with 500+ employees and 56% of the CEO and HR professionals who responded said they are concerned that other employers are trying to recruit their top talent. “As aggressive competition becomes increasingly adept at replicating products,…
  • Managing Employee Performance – 3 Disadvantages of Not Doing It Well

    Patricia Lotich
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Having a strategy for business growth is imperative to success and creating SMART business goals are the best way to achieve those objectives.  However, goals and objectives are only as effective as the people who have responsibility for completing them. Managing employee performance is how work gets done and goals are accomplished. Creating a process and structure for managing performance can help organizations achieve business success. We are all busy, and sometimes do not invest the time to develop a performance management structure, process and training.  This lack of structure and…
  • 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    Change is a word that generates uneasiness in most of us.   But most would agree that we can think of a time we had a good change in our lives.   A marriage, the birth of a baby, moving into a new home or a new job are examples of positive changes in our lives.  So why is it so difficult to swallow change at work? For anyone who has ever gone into an organization and tried to change “the way things are” understands the resistance employees can have against any kind of change effort. Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life by Dr. Spencer…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Performance Appraisals

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    Employees, as well as managers, often question why organizations do employee performance appraisals. Anyone who has received or been given a performance appraisal could argue why they perceive it to be ineffective and a complete waste of time. So what exactly is a performance appraisal? A performance appraisal is an evaluation done on an employee’s job performance over a specific period of time. It is the equivalent of a report card on an employee and how their manager assessed their performance over the prior year. Anyone who has worked in more than one department or at more than…
  • Team Charter Statement – Why Writing a Team Charter and Purpose Statement is Important

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

  • When To Move On (FS068)

    Chase Reeves
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    How long are you going to think to yourself “I need to give that a shot” before you take the leap and try it? In this episode we share our own stories about moving on, what we learned, how we did it, and how to do it better. We also tell, for the first time, a new story about someone near and dear to this podcast. We start the episode with that announcement. Enjoy! Push Play: When To Move On (FS068) / Listen to When To Move On (FS068) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for “The Fizzle Show” in your podcast…
  • Should I Start a Blog?

    Corbett Barr
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Try this to find out what people are thinking: start typing a question into the Google search box. Something like “where does” or “why can’t” or “how come” — anything that starts with a question word. When the little list of suggestions pops up, it’s usually either hilarious (like when I typed in “why does” and the third answer was “why does my husband fart so much”), or insightful, like in this case: So many people are asking the questions “should I start a blog?” and “should I start my own business,” and they’re related. (By the way,…
  • Insights About Customer Service That Will Change The Products You Make (FS067)

    Chase Reeves
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Customer service isn’t an afterthought for you. If it is, you’re already well on your way to being an uninteresting, middling, forgotten business. If, on the other hand, you have a deep understanding of the people you serve, that reality will be visible in so many delightful and visible moments in your customers’ interactions with you. In this conversation we share what we’ve learned about how customer service and the deeper philosophy we can all have about customers in general can revolutionize the way we build our business. Note: if you haven’t yet listened to…
  • Are Your Customers and Fans Different People? Here’s how to find out.

    Caleb Wojcik
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you’re like us, your audience and potential customer are one in the same. If you listen to our podcast, you could be a Fizzler. But what if your audience/readers/fans and customers are different people? What if the people that visit your website aren’t the people that eventually help pay your bills (and vice versa)? In this video Josh Shipp, Youth Speaker and Teen Expert, shares how he found out the difference between the two in his business and what he does to cater to each of them. (Hint: the kids he speaks to aren’t his customer.) (If you don’t see the video above,…
  • Crave

    Chase Reeves
    12 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Robin Williams died yesterday and this will not be a remembrance or tribute. It will be a short and sharp question to you about what you’re making and what it means to you. I was a big fan. His insanity and exuberance anchored me a bit as a kid. If there was a place for this guy in the world, maybe there’d be one for me as well. So, last night I find myself going through old videos on YouTube. I stumbled across one that was so confusing and painful and brilliant and terrifying. I want to walk you through a 10,000 ft view of this live performance and ask you a question the show…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • The Hubcast #4: A Guide to Boston, Scraping Local Leads, & Designers.Hubspot.com

    George Thomas
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 004 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be 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 2014 THE INSIDER’S GUIDE TO BOSTON [...]
  • The Simplest Website Messaging and Copywriting Tip You’ll Ever Read

    Marcus Sheridan
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    When it comes to effective content marketing, too often businesses forget just how much their website copy and messaging impact a reader’s ability to trust, relate to, and want to do business with a company. When it comes down to it, here is the deal: Every word of your website is a component of your overall [...]
  • How to Use Content Marketing in the Retail Space to Get Incredible Results (Interview)

    George Thomas
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Yale Appliance: A Classic Content Marketing Case Study in the B2C, Retail Space By George Thomas In this Interview I talk with Steve Sheinkopf , CEO of Yale appliance located in Boston. Yale’s story is amazing, as they are generating over 250,000 visitors a month to their company’s website. In this interview,  Steve talks about what [...]
  • The Hubcast #3: Charity Water, Shorter Sales Cycles, & HubSpot Pricing

    George Thomas
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 003 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be 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 2014 – Charity Water Returns A [...]
  • 6 Simple Ways to Use Content to Shorten the Sales Cycle

    Marcus Sheridan
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    I had a great conversation the other day with a B2B client in the medical space that was happily telling me how his company’s sales department was blown away with the impact their content marketing efforts were having on shortening the sales cycle. Specifically, he related a story where they recently closed a deal (in [...]
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

  • How To Use a Voucher Code To Get The Natizo Julienne Peeler

    DanielNBrown
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Promo codes are pretty common nowadays and there are a great deal of web sites that publish coupon codes for lots of different things. I´m reasonably experienced with purchasing things online now but the very first time I attempted to use a voucher code I found the process a bit complicated. It was harder that [...]
  • How To Use a Voucher Code To Get The Natizo Julienne Peeler

    DanielNBrown
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Promo codes are pretty common nowadays and there are a great deal of web sites that publish coupon codes for lots of different things. I´m reasonably experienced with purchasing things online now but the very first time I attempted to use a voucher code I found the process a bit complicated. It was harder that [...]
  • How to Save Cash on Your Plumbing Costs

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Plumbing can imply a lot of various connotations depending upon whom you ask or talk to about it. We all know that it is important to your house, but that doesn’t mean that you need to neglect it or just leave it to a pro. Take some time to learn how to do it yourself [...]
  • How to Save Money on Your Plumbing Costs

    DanielNBrown
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Plumbing can imply a lot of various connotations depending upon whom you ask or speak to about it. We all know that it is essential to your home, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect it or just leave it to a pro. Take some time to learn how to do it yourself making [...]
  • Guidelines on How to Trade Your Residence

    DanielNBrown
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    If you’re a seller in this market place, you are most likely asking a lot of questions. “What is the appropriate price to sell my real estate? How quickly will it sell? What can I do to raise the value of my real estate?” This report can help you answer some of these questions. Beneath [...]
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • 12 Adorable Puppies to Inspire Your Online Marketing

    Tiffany Monhollon
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Puppies. Online marketing. What do the two have to do with each other? More than you might think! Researchers have discovered that humans have an innate sense of “cuteness” that has been shown to increase attention. In one study, researchers showed that infants would gaze longer at “cute images” – those that were intentionally manipulated to have factors such as large eyes, large heads, and round faces. So, there’s something to idea of harnessing the emotional and visual appeal of cute images in marketing The post 12 Adorable Puppies to Inspire Your Online Marketing…
  • How To: Create Awesome Keywords for Your Paid Search Campaign

    Devon Anderson
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    For most local businesses, building a search engine advertising campaign that performs well is an important online marketing goal. And understanding what types of keywords and search queries work best for your type of business is key to getting the most value from your advertising budget. And one of our goals at ReachLocal is to create paid search campaigns that perform well for our clients. Here are a few search advertising keyword tips we’ve learned from setting up and managing The post How To: Create Awesome Keywords for Your Paid Search Campaign appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • How to Win at Today’s SEO: New ReachLocal Ebook

    Tamara Weintraub
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Do you know the best ways to approach SEO today? With all the changes to search engine algorithms and recommended best practices, it’s hard to keep up. But, we’ve got you covered in the latest ReachLocal ebook: The New Rules for Winning at SEO. Today, SEO is about way more than just getting your website to rank in Google search. It’s about a total strategy that gets you more visits, more contacts, and ultimately more customers from organic search. Imagine The post How to Win at Today’s SEO: New ReachLocal Ebook appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • Ridiculously Important Onsite Tips for Local SEO

    Tamara Weintraub
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Do you know if your website is optimized for local search? For many local businesses, optimizing their sites for local is an afterthought rather than a core search strategy. But, it’s incredibly important to capture traffic from searchers in your local area. Are you missing out on quality traffic because your site treats local optimization as an afterthought? Here are five ridiculously simple onsite tactics you need to use to boost your website in local search. 1. Add Contact Information The post Ridiculously Important Onsite Tips for Local SEO appeared first on ReachLocal Blog.
  • Live from ClickZ Live San Francisco

    Tara Banda
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Hello from ClickZ Live San Francisco! This event brings together an incredible lineup of digital marketing experts and professionals. And we’re live blogging it so you can get a sneak peek at some of the insights and online marketing best practices being shared. Read on for a roundup of tips, best practices, and takeaways from some of the conference’s panels and presentations, and make sure to check out the conference hashtag on Twitter at #CZLSF to see what people are saying now! Panel: Collaborate, Engage, Share: The The post Live from ClickZ Live San Francisco appeared…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • 10 ways to a happy workspace

    Michelle Hawkins
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Our state of mind is so important to our success at work. A positive, engaged brain has been heralded as the greatest source of competitive advantage in our modern economy. And it’s not hard to see why. Numerous studies have now shown that a positive mindset makes us more motivated, productive, creative, accurate and persuasive. It even makes us more resilient by strengthening our immune system, leading to less sick days and better overall health. Today, I’ll be looking at one easy place to start boosting your positivity – designing a happy working environment. If you’re at home…
  • The Secret to Success? Just be You.

    Jenny Boylan
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:07 am
    Do you want to be your amazing self, share your unique talents with the world, get paid lots of money for it and be completely happy as a result? Then follow this path to success. The woman sat across the expansive, wooden desk from me, preparing to ask her final interview question.  “So Jenny,” she inquired, looking at me over the top rim of her glasses, “where do you see yourself in five years?” As soon as she asked it, I fought the urge to cringe outwardly. Instead, I maintained a professional-like expression, but thought: There it is…THE DREADED QUESTION. Up until this point,…
  • 5 reasons you’re not growing your business

    Joanna Pieters
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    To expand your business you need help. There’s only so much you can do on your own, and only so far your own skills will take you. What’s more, moving to a new level often means taking a big step: starting a new project, changing how you operate or opening up a new market. That means you have to bring in support, whether it’s the occasional freelancer or full-time staff. And that’s a huge block for many entrepreneurs and can stop you from growing your business. Learning how to find, delegate to and trust other people isn’t easy, but there’s no alternative…
  • Balancing business and family – how do you do it?

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

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

  • Why You Should Never Attend Another Networking Event

    Stephanie Ward
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
        If you’re not willing to invest time and energy in developing relationships with the people you meet, you should stop networking right now. No, I mean it. Totally serious. Because there’s no reason to get dressed, travel to an event, often times pay money to attend, spend time talking with people, and travel back home if you don’t do anything else after that. Do you think that the people you meet are going to remember you or your business if they never hear from you again? It’s possible, and not likely. People will remember your business, and give you referrals when they…
  • A Unique Way to Say Thank You and Make an Impression

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

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

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

    Stephanie Ward
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:11 am
        You know that focus is critical when marketing your business. You need to resist the temptation of continuously getting drawn into the latest marketing fad. Usually I advise business owners to pick a few marketing strategies and stick to them, which is a smart thing to do. You also need to know which of your marketing strategies are the most effective. For more on this, check out my post: How to Stop Wasting Money on Your Marketing. But once you’re clear about what works, and you’re doing that consistently, it’s OK to add an additional marketing strategy or expand your…
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  • Why Every Great Email Includes These 5 Things

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Great email marketing isn’t a mystery. While we may never know why some Youtube videos go viral and others don’t, it’s easy to tell why some emails succeed and others get sent straight to the trash folder. Great emails – the kind that get opened, clicked, shared and saved to read again – always contain these 5 crucial elements. Do yours?      5. A subject line that stands out It’s tempting to write subject lines that simply reveal what’s inside your email. For example, if your email contains your monthly newsletter, you might write “September Newsletter” as the email…
  • Grow Your Business By Creating A Community

    Wil Hart
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Engagement Matters Episode 33: Do you want customers and clients to stick around with your company for months and years to come? Then give them plenty of reason to do so. Learn how you can build communities of prospects and clients. The post Grow Your Business By Creating A Community appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Create Systems to Simplify Your Email Marketing

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    You need to have strong email marketing systems in place in order to effectively monetize your email list. Why? Because sending out email marketing without having systems in place is like throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it sticks. Without systems, your email: Might get opened, it might not. Might get sent on a Wednesday, or maybe a Friday. That is, if you remember to do it in the first place. May do more harm than good in terms of creating strong relationships with your list members. Let’s take a look at how to create strong email systems that will ensure a healthy, growing email…
  • Why eNewsletters is One of the Best Engagement Tools

    Wil Hart
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 32: Publishing an enewsletter regularly is one of the best marketing strategies known. Why is this the case? Another question you may have is, ‘How do I structure an effective enewsletter’. This video will show you how. The post Why eNewsletters is One of the Best Engagement Tools appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • 3 Ways to Monetize Your List with Affiliate Offers

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:23 am
    Your customers have specific needs, needs that you're working hard to fulfill and over-deliver with practical solutions. The #1 rule of small business is that you can't be all things to all people. Sometimes your customers need things your business can't provide. When that happens, incorporating affiliate offers into your email marketing is the best way to keep your customers happy while supplementing your revenue with affiliate commission. When incorporated into your email marketing, affiliate offers can:     Increase engagement and open rates as the reader "shops" for products…
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  • How to Get Higher Conversions from Your Emails and Marketing

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    by Christine Kane In business, the number “one” is considered a bad number.One is bad number in your business when you only have one person on your team. It’s a bad number when your only product fails on its latest launch.  Or when your ONE client gets hit with a disaster and has to stop being your client.So yeah, there are plenty of ways that one is not a great number in your business. However
  • 3 Easy Ways to Connect with Your Ideal Clients

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    by Sydni Craig-Hart What we think our clients want and what they actually want can be vastly different. The only way to create offerings that are easy for them to say yes to and solve their problems is to find out for sure. And the easiest way to do that is to ask them! When you ask your audience what they need, it paints a clear picture of how you should position your business and your
  • Clearing the Way

    15 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    by Christine Kloser “How did you do it?”   “How do you do what you do?”   These are questions I hear often when people hear my story about losing everything less than 3 years ago and then quickly building a new, purposeful, impactful and profitable debt-free business.   I love hearing these questions from my community!    (Actually, its questions like these that inspired me to create my new
  • 3 Keys to a Solid Brand for Your Business

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™ Are you like many online business owners who are confused or stuck when it comes to creating a unique, memorable, and authentic brand? If so, you're not alone. I've been there myself, so I understand the frustration of feeling stuck on this whole branding thing.But once I discovered that if I looked at it from a completely different perspective, that
  • "What Makes You Feel Beautiful" Art Exhibit & Artist Talk

    11 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Event: "WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BEAUTIFUL"  *Proceeds will be donated to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer * Date: Friday, September 12, 2014  Time: 7:00 pm  Location: The West Windsor Arts Center 952 Alexander Road West Windsor, New Jersey 08550 Registration: $35.00  For more information & to buy tickets, visit http://www.essentialartsstudio.com/ Sponsored by:  Essential Arts Studio
 
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  • Don’t Make These ‘Rookie’ Mistakes on Social Media

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    Watch the latest video at You know how to treat visiting customers, but how about online? Does your business need a social media etiquette rulebook? Attorney, author and THE Small Business Expert Susan Solovicsays social media today provides brands with the chance to quickly turn an unhappy customer into a satisfied one. However, any snafus can worsen the situation. She calls this “half-hearted” approach to social media the most common “rookie” mistake when companies – big and small – go online without a game plan. “There’s no in-between,…
  • PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies

    Michael Hartzell
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies Posted by on Thu, Aug 21, 2014    Many business owners are unaware of the difference between PR agencies and Marketing agencies. There are a number of similarities between the two, and they are usually at their best when combined as part of a wider overall strategy. Many people think it’s a case of choosing one or the other, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, they both have their benefits and can be used individually or as a pair. One of the reasons why the two are often mixed up is because PR is so misunderstood. What is…
  • Control Your Stress

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Vital to your health and well-being, business success, and quality of life is learning how to keep your stress at an acceptable level. When you have the right amount, things click. When you experience an overload, you’re going to suffer in one or more ways. Suppose there was a spectrum with numbers ranging from 1 to100. One hundred would be your highest level of stress. When you’re above 80, your entire being is under stress and you’re unable to operate effectively, either mentally or physically. When you’re at a score of 30 or below, you’re calm, relaxed, and…
  • Startups Who Hide Early Work Only Fool Themselves

    Martin Zwilling
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    It’s popular these days for startup founders to operate in stealth mode, meaning no details about the idea or progress are shared with anyone until the big reveal and rollout. The common reason given is that this prevents any competitor from stealing their idea and beating them to market. In my view, this paranoid approach costs them much more than the risk of being open. I’m not suggesting that a startup should ever disclose patent details to others before filing, but I can’t imagine why a startup would not seek visibility and feedback for their idea and solution while they…
  • How to Use Instagram Video in Your Marketing, Branding

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    We’ve already looked at ways major corporations are getting good marketing results and discussed how you can adapt their strategies to your small business. Here I want to move away from the standard picture posting and talk a little about video and give you a quick update about the social medium. Video is to Internet marketing what banner ads and photo galleries have been in earlier days. I’ve discussed the importance of YouTube as a marketing and branding tool, as have many of the guest writers who have posted here. Instagram can be an important part of your video marketing.
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  • Are You Getting the Most You Could Be from Your Email List?

    Ryan Pinkham
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Let’s start out by facing a tough reality: most small businesses — even the most successful ones — aren’t getting the most they could be from their email list. It’s not that they’re not working hard or seeing good results. In fact, for many, email is already their biggest driver of new and repeat business. But there’s one thing that many small businesses aren’t doing that could help take things to the next level. Luckily, adding that one thing to your email marketing strategy is a lot easier than you might think. It starts with understanding a term you may have heard before…
  • Understanding YouTube Analytics

    Shaun Cronin
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    You’ve started using YouTube to upload and share videos for your business or organization. Now you’re wondering who is actually watching your videos and how they can get more views and better engagement. That’s where using YouTube Analytics comes in. Building a bustling YouTube channel requires you to understand who your audience is and how they’re engaging with your videos. Luckily, YouTube Analytics can tell you a lot about who your audience is, what they like, and what kind of content you should be creating to be successful. To help you make the most of this valuable tool, I’ve…
  • Take Your Content Marketing Back to School with These 5 Lessons

    Ryan Kettler
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    **Bell rings** Welcome back students! Hope you all had a wonderful summer. My name is Professor Ryan Kettler — welcome to Content Marketing 101.My job is to help you be successful with your content marketing efforts this semester and beyond. Content marketing is the process of writing and distributing valuable, compelling, educational and relevant content to attract and acquire a clearly defined audience — with the objective of increasing qualified traffic and customers to your business. School’s back in session, so listen up and get ready to take some notes! Let’s begin by reviewing…
  • [Video] Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget: Ask for Referrals

    Susan Solovic
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Editor’s Note: This summer, we are partnering with Susan Solovic, THE Small Business Expert, to share actionable tips to help you market your small business on a budget. This is the seventh of a series of videos with Susan Solovic. Don’t be shy about asking for customer referrals. The majority of people say they are willing to provide a referral if asked, but very few take the initiative to do it on their own. Referrals make it easier to get in the door with new customers. If you aren’t asking for them, you are missing opportunities. So don’t be shy – watch this…
  • What the NFL Can Teach You About Creating a Marketing Plan

    Kylie McCue
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Watching this year’s NFL preseason football games, I’m surprised by the many similarities between football and small business marketing. I know it seems like such a crazy comparison but they’re closer than you might think! Coaches are thinking long-term, designing plays to get their team through the season and on to the Super Bowl. They run through the plays with their team to make sure all the players have the best coverage and to ensure that they’re in the best possible position to win the game. The plays aren’t designed for a single person to bring the team to the Super Bowl;…
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  • Open and free, redux; Or, yes the words do matter

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I am helping to facilitate a course right now at Peer 2 Peer University called “Why Open?” I did so last year as well, and managed to squeeze out a few blog posts during that course, which can be found in 2013 posts under the Why Open category on this blog.  We’re in week 2 […]
  • How do we sidestep teaching gender stereotypes to our children?

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Globe and Mail Wed Aug 20 2014 By: Craig and Marc Kielburger Link to full text A column in The Globe and Mail draws on expert advice to help parents avoid teaching gender stereotypes to their kids. “Be aware of implicit biases that unintentionally shape children’s gender perspective. When your son comes home and comments […]
  • Ivory trade: Why elephant poaching is still rampant

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    CBC News By: Janet Davison Wed Aug 20 2014 Link to full text Elephant poaching for the illegal ivory trade is still common because ivory is still seen as a status symbol among the burgeoning middle class in China and some other Asian countries, some conservationists are saying. “I don’t think many people understand the […]
  • These elaborate ball gowns were inspired by cancer cells

    21 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Buzzfeed Sun Aug 17 2014 By: Jessica Probus Link to full text Dresses inspired by cancer cells have been featured on Buzzfeed. UBC theatre and film professor Jacqueline Firkins recently teamed up with Christian C.G. Naus, a UBC professor of cellular and physiological sciences, to design the outfits. “My hope is that somehow through fashion, […]
  • Stanley Park Helped Make My Sadness Fade Away

    21 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    I really have suffered a lot these days. Recently, My boyfriend broke up with me. I was like walking dead these days until my friend takes me to Stanley Park. We arrived in the park around 1pm and the weather was very good at that time. The gentle wind pressed against my cheek. Fortunately, our shuttle bus […]
 
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  • Plr Artilces – Depression Pack

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    ll4.me Plr Artilces – Depression Pack Content is King and PLR is the quickest way to start article marketing, adding content to your website or creating your own information products. THIS Package contains 86 Private Lable Rights Articles about Depression. *Remember you MUST to rewrite the articles before using them.* Here are some ideas on how to use them: * Host them to your blog * Submit to an article site to get traffic * Use them for press releases * Use them to create ebooks, reports * You can even use them for creating a newspaper article * Use them to create autoresponder…
  • Filofax Classic Personal

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:29 am
    Buy from Amazon UK Site redirect.viglink.com?key=083bca13018b6acb381a415148cefb98&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Eamazon%2Eco%2Euk%2Fexec%2Fobidos%2FASIN%2FB000QW1NIU%2Foffice%5Ffab%2D21 Product Description Filofax Classic Personal Quality Listing Paper 11 inches x 389mm 1 part plain 70gsm Disclaimer Fabriano Boutique is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon UK Site. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of Amazon, Inc. or its affiliates.
  • Robert Kiyosaki The Perfect Business | Network Marketing | Royale Business Club

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    8 Jun 2014 | 8:58 pm
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  • The most common SEO mistake

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Matt Cutts talks about a common SEO mistake. More videos: http://www.youtube.com/GoogleWebmasterHelp Webmaster Central Blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/ Webmaster Central:…
  • Don’t buy traffic genesis – traffic genesis pre-launch review

    admin
    8 Jun 2014 | 8:47 pm
    http://www.makeactualmoneyonline.net Don’t buy Traffic Genesis – Traffic Genesis pre-launch review Andy Jenkins and Mike Filsaime have released a pre launch video of a brand new and awesome… Video Rating: 0 / 5 http://www.trafficgenesisreview.org/ If you’ve been marketing online for any amount of time at all, then you know the burning question that has gone through …
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  • Rejected SMEs to be referred to alternative lenders

    admin
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    Photo Credit: Cayusa via Compfight cc Proposals to require the high-street banks to refer rejected business loan applicants to alternative lenders have been around for a while now, but with the conclusion of a recent HM Treasury consultation on the subject, the picture of how the process might work is becoming clearer. In their announcement of the publication of the consultation’s responses, HM Treasury say: “The legislation will require the largest UK SME lenders to forward on details of SMEs they reject for finance (where SMEs give their consent) to platforms that will help them…
  • 2.4m SMEs face cash flow time bomb

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:40 am
    Photo Credit: dkshots via Compfight cc Suffer any substantial business interruption, and the clock is ticking – but how long could your company survive with no new money coming into it at all? Insurance provider Simply Business is warning that many managers might be misguided in their perceptions of their firm’s ability to survive without a source of income. More than a fifth (22%) of those surveyed by the insurer said they think they could stay in business for at least six months without trading at all, for example if they were hit by a flood or fire. Yet almost as many (20%)…
  • Firms report more financial firefighting

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    Photo Credit: MedEvac71 via Compfight cc An increase in the number of bad debts being reported for collection has been held up by recovery specialists Lovetts as evidence that non-payment is on the increase.  In the second quarter of 2014, the total number of debts being chased by Lovetts grew by 27% compared with Q1, which the firm says is an indication of a rise in overall business levels within the economy, and a sign that government initiatives to encourage prompt payment are not working.  CEO Charles Wilson said: “The huge increase in the number of commercial debts on…
  • Chasing bad debts ‘too awkward’ for 1 in 3 SMEs

    admin
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: anaxolotl via Compfight cc   Research shows that a third of SMEs are reluctant to chase for payment on bad debts owed to them – but why is this? A lack of suitable terms and conditions? Concrete reasons to expect to be unable to force payment?     According to credit control firm Satago, the answer in the vast majority of cases is simply that small-business owners feel too awkward to pursue the debtor for payment.   More than four fifths (81%) feel uncomfortable about chasing for payment; and 19%, nearly one in five, don’t want to antagonise their…
  • Base rate ‘complacency’ threatens debtor affordability

    admin
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: bhautikjoshi via Compfight cc   Something few of us have given much thought to over the past five years is soon to become a headline issue – at least in the financial pages – once again.     The Bank of England base rate, set by the Monetary Policy Committee as a reference rate for banks and other lenders to set their own interest rates against, sits at a historical low of just 0.5%.   It reached that level in March 2009 after a series of rapid and relatively sizeable reductions from its previous high of 5.75% in November 2007.   With a…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Marketing quick tip – stop liking your own stuff on Facebook (or how to use your Page as you the person)

    Martina Iring
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    This might be the quickest quick tip of all but it’s something that I see often enough that I figured it warranted a mention. Have you ever noticed on Facebook pages posts where the page itself has liked the post? Or perhaps commented on the update? I see it all the time and it looks a little silly or sometimes just plain doesn’t make sense. But I also know what’s going on. A page admin using Facebook as a person wanted to interact with the post. This is super common, especially when a business has several page admins that use the page. You or your team want to interact with the post to…
  • Small business around the world – Western Canada

    Martina Iring
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    One of my favourite things about traveling is all the opportunities to support small business. And when you travel to exotic locales, even the simplest small business can be such an exciting, fascinating thing -  so different from what you might get at home. My latest trip was not too far away from my home in Vancouver – a road trip across the Canadian Prairies to Lake Wakesiu, Saskatchewan, about 3 hours north of Saskatoon. But I still wanted to travel with the small business focus and I set out for myself that I would as much as possible only shop at small business, avoiding chain…
  • Small business marketing case study – make your blog your art with Lizzie Rose Jewellery

    Martina Iring
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’m thrilled to have on the blog today Cath from Lizzie Rose Jewellery. I know that a lot of small business owners struggle with blogging – it’s such a potent internet marketing strategy, but it can be really overwhelming. Especially when you read advice online about blogging that isn’t necessarily meant for a small biz, such as you must post really epic, long, educational posts all the time. Sure, posts like that are great, but when you’re not a professional blogger and just running your own little thing, such as a creative business like Cath’s, there is so much…
  • Small business by the numbers – how do you measure up?

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

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

  • PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Many business owners are unaware of the difference between PR agencies and Marketing agencies. There are a number of similarities between the two, and they are usually at their best when combined as part of a wider overall strategy. Many people think it’s a case of choosing one or the other, but this couldn’t be further from the truth, they both have their benefits and can be used individually or as a pair. One of the reasons why the two are often mixed up is because PR is so misunderstood. What is public relations? When people think of PR they instantly associate it with media relations,…
  • Interruption Marketing - Required and Effective

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Seth Godin wrote the book "Permission Marketing" over a decade ago.  If you have read his book, you may believe he is a soothsayer and predicted the future.  He talks about permission marketing but more importantly he talks about interruption marketing. No time to read a book?  This one is important and may be the one book to read this year. Listen to the audio book here as Seth Godin reads it to you: Permission Marketing by Seth Godin: It's free but in this case "free" does not make it any less valuable.   Concepts such as content marketing, inbound marketing, email…
  • The Worst Linkedin Group Rules Ever

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Here are the Linkedin group rules.  You can only wear black socks and if you smell like you are selling anything, you will be yelled at and rejected with fanfare.  (And we will talk about you for 30 minutes after we kick you out.) If you have the cure for cancer, a tool like dropbox that will help save time or know of a program such as Lynn Taylor Protocals (Core Value Index), you will be reprimanded, removed and unappreciated. (Regardless of your intent and pureness of purpose.) Linkedin Group owners and managers are getting extreme. The rules meant to protect group members from…
  • Consideration, Respect and the Devil

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

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

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Facebook’s user base is ever growing, and people are seeing more daily content in their news feeds than ever before. Because there are so many people and businesses competing for visibility on Facebook news feeds, your business page content may only be reaching a small percentage of all your followers. In fact, it’s likely that only about 6 percent of your followers are seeing your updates. Until a couple of years ago, local social media marketing professionals could count on a large organic reach for all of their Facebook posts, but due to the sheer number of people, businesses, and…
  • How Remodelers Can Use Vine to Build Their Brand

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    It’s clear to local marketing experts that video is dominating the web, and is a trend bound to continue for the next several years. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2016, 55 percent of all Internet traffic will be videos. For remodelers, it may be the perfect time to consider using apps such as Vine, Twitter’s video app that enables users to post and share 6-second videos. While it may seem impossible to create such a short video, many marketers as well as personal users have put their creativity to work to produce outstanding, engaging videos. Since the app was launched in October…
  • How to Lower Your Website’s Bounce Rate

    Abdul El-Tayef
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    After your business has put time, effort and money into a website, you want people who land on your website to stay a while so that they can get pricing information, shop for products, sign up for email updates, or even just learn more about your business. The bounce rate measures the number of people who land on your homepage and leave without clicking on anything. Business owners and local internet marketing professionals want to keep this number as low as possible. Chances are, if your bounce rate is high, there may be ways to improve your website. People who visit your website but leave…
  • New Google Feature: Embedding Google Drive Files into Gmail

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Over the years, Google has been coming up with solutions to address a host of business needs. Today some large companies even use Google’s free web-based email service, Gmail, for internal communication. So it’s no surprise that Google has introduced a new feature that will likely prove useful for business and personal Google users alike. Businesses as well as smaller groups and organizations are turning to the convenience of Google Drive for sharing documents with collaborators. Many users love Google Drive’s simple, straightforward organization. Best of all, it’s easy to share…
  • Reach More Customers by Repurposing Content

    Chris Marentis
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    For businesses in any industry, content creation is a process that requires a substantial amount of time, from brainstorming ideas to editing and publishing your original content. That’s why many local marketing experts recommend repurposing some of your online content. The Benefits of Repurposing Content While the idea of reusing some of your old content may seem lazy at first, there are actually several benefits of repurposing your content—as long as you do it the right way. First, repurposing content enables you to extend the longevity of the content you worked so hard to create. Some…
 
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  • Marketing ROI by Marketing Method & Cost Per Impression

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Marketing ROI by Marketing Method & Cost Per Impression In this podcast I discuss the ROI we have seen over the past four years by marketing method for our own business and our clients. If after you listen to this information you want to have a discussion, we would be happy to talk, just send us an email or give us a call. In this podcast I review and explain the results, I list the 5 best marketing methods for ROI and also highlight the worst 5 marketing methods that you will want to avoid.
  • Find The Top SEO Companies The Easy And Quick Way

    27 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    Find The Top SEO Companies The Easy And Quick Way The top SEO companies on the market may not be who you think they are. This podcast outlines very clearly how to determine who the best companies are. If you think we might be the best SEO company for your business feel free to contact us to see if we would be a good fit for you. Even if you don't choose to contact us hopefully we have helped you find a better SEO company that will deliver a positive return on investment for your business. Be sure to read the bottom on this article as well where it shows how to calculate the ROI for your SEO…
  • Professional SEO Services - 6 Month Customer Case Study

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:17 am
    Professional SEO Services - 6 Month Customer Case Study Profitworks provides website traffic and conversion optimization services which increase the number of sales leads generated from a website. If you want to talk with us to see if Profitworks would be a good fit for your business contact us now. We focuses on actually tracking and reporting back to our clients on marketing program ROI for the activities we execute. This blog article is a case study on a recent 6 month review we did for one of our customers.  These are real numbers for a real customer (customer name has been omitted…
  • Building The Best SEO Company - Guaranteed ROI

    31 May 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Building The Best SEO Company - Guaranteed ROI We are embarking on a journey to build the best seo company on the market. If you want to be a part of this journey and use us for SEO contact us now by emailing sales@profitworks.ca. We currently do SEO and feel we provide great service and want to improve even more to become the best option for small businesses that sell their products and services to other companies. This article will review how we are aiming to improve our services and also give other business owners a framework to review and improve their own product/service offering. In…
  • Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business?

    31 May 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Can this one marketing strategy increase sales for your business? I was very surprised by where I came across this marketing strategy. I was not expecting it at all. I did not even realize it until about a week after it had happened and I decided to purchase from this company again. Then I knew that it works, because it was working on me without even initially noticing it. Listen to the podcast below to find out what this marketing strategy is or click here to create your own marketing strategy. 
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    Internet Marketing Strategies And Tips

  • Internet Marketing Secrets Spiel

    admin
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Wouldn’t you like to know all the Internet marketing “secrets” that have made me the man I am today? I live in a house way too big for my beautiful wife and myself. We eat three square meals a day and can snack anytime we feel like it! We drive our luxurious Cavalier to the beach and swim anytime we want (when I’m not busy making money on the Internet and the beach is not closed because of E. coli levels or ice fishing). It wasn’t always this way. I remember just about fifty-two short years ago when I had no clothes. The doctor had to wrap me up in a blanket. But…
  • Internet Marketing Secrets

    admin
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are developing a new website, or just want to improve the natural search results of an existing website, there are a few Internet marketing secrets you need to know – especially those that can provide a significant boost to your rankings. Marketing Experts Start with Google I have seen various statistics, but one thing is clear, Google is the dominant player of search – commanding approximately 60% of all search engine traffic. Ask any marketing expert where he or she would spend their search engine optimization efforts and they will undoubtedly say “Google”. Do…
  • Internet Marketing Service

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Well in a since I guess it is. Maybe we are marketing to a specific niche outside of the Internet Marketing (IM) community, or maybe we are marketing directly to the IM community. Either way, Iím sure you would agree that we are performing a service. I run a website about pool and billiards. You can find free fundamental training on the game, information about billiards equipment and even a chart showing how large of a room you need depending on the size of pool table you are putting in the room. Wouldnít you agree that this is definitely a service? Many people are looking for that magic…
  • Internet Marketing Services Online Tactics

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

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

  • Strategies for Igniting Innovation

    Vistage Staff
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:52 pm
    What are the stumbling blocks that get in the way of innovation? Dan Ward explores strategies for navigating  these challenges and explains how any company Read MoreThe post Strategies for Igniting Innovation appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Thrill of the Challenge

    Leon Shapiro
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    Lately, I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to why our Vistage groups work so well for so many CEOs and business leaders.  It Read MoreThe post The Thrill of the Challenge appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • 7 Benchmarking Questions To Consider When Establishing a Marketing Budget

    Richard Browne
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    What’s the Right Size for Your Marketing Budget?  One of the first questions clients ask is what the appropriate spend or budget should be for Read MoreThe post 7 Benchmarking Questions To Consider When Establishing a Marketing Budget appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Why Don’t You Like Me? What to Do When Your Customer Hates Your Middleman

    Curt Finch
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Recently, we were introduced to a new client via a reseller. The client is great (of course!) and loves our software. There’s only one problem: Read MoreThe post Why Don’t You Like Me? What to Do When Your Customer Hates Your Middleman appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Language of Peer Influence

    Leo Bottary
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Idioms in every language unite cultures the world over.  They underscore what people intuitively understand about their socially constructed reality.  And in the English language, Read MoreThe post The Language of Peer Influence appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Bleau

  • The Way Home, un joc semnat moWOW

    bleau
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Eu abia saptamana asta mi-am dat seama cat praf si cati paianjeni s-au adunat pe blog. In timp ce fac eu curat pe aici (inr-un costum de scafandru tapetat cu maturi, perii, carpe si alte cele), va mai povestesc una alta. Sunt in Germania acum ( e mult de scris pe acest subiect si “Alex, dar Anglia?” este si mai lung); de anul trecut am reluat activitatea moWOW impreuna cu Tudor si a inceput munca la noul nostru joc pentru iOS: The Way Home. Jocul combina o mecanica in stil arcade cu o poveste despre calatorii in timp inspirata din seria tv Quantum Leap. Sunt sigur ca cel…
  • Startup-urile romanesti ale anului

    bleau
    18 Feb 2013 | 1:19 am
    Dupa nominalizari si voturi online care au durat 5 saptamani, The Next Web Romanian Startup Awards au fost inmanate spre cele mai promitatoare startup-uri, aplicatii si investitori romani. Patrick DeLaive, Co-Fondator The Next Web, a fost prezent in Romania a efectuat oficialitatile de inmanare a premiilor in cadrul unei intalniri a comunitatii tech romanesti. Au fost facute 1489 nominalizari la 7 categorii de concurs, insa cele 8569 de voturi online ale publicului, au desemnat castigatorii pentru aceasta editie. Astfel, avem: ·        Start-up-ul anului: mavenhut.com…
  • Sa finantam sau nu biserica din bani publici?

    bleau
    8 Feb 2013 | 7:06 am
    Zilele acestea Parlamentul Romaniei a dezbatut si a votat proiectul legii de buget pentru 2013, asa cum era firesc sa se intample la inceputul anului. Ceea ce mi-a atras atentia este faptul ca in ziua dezbaterii 23 de ONG-uri au inaintat Parlamentului o petitie prin care cereau statului sa opreasca finantarea bisericilor si sa directioneze mai bine banii respectivi catre sectoarele de educatie, cercetare si sanatate.  Reprezentantii ONG-urilor sustin ca “anual, statul ofera cultelor religioase aproximativ 540 de milioane de euro, suma echivalenta cu 0,4% din PIB-ul Romaniei, valoare…
  • Se cauta dezvoltatori de ANDROID pentru Bucuresti #angajari #job

    bleau
    22 Jan 2013 | 5:06 am
    Incep anul cu vesti bune pentru cei care isi cauta un loc de munca: se cauta dezvoltatori, juniori si seniori, pentru Android. Joburile sunt disponibile in Bucuresti,. CUM APLICI? Trimite CV-ul tau si o scrisoare de intentie la eu@alexbleau.ro. La subiect te rog sa treci pozitia pentru care aplici, conform specificatiilor de mai jos: Senior Android developer What do we expect from you: Higher education diploma technical profile. Relevant eclipse/android and Java coding environment, experience of at least 3 years. Good conceptual and analytical thinking, synthesis. Experience in prioritizing…
  • 3D Printing: revolutia industriala

    bleau
    16 Jan 2013 | 10:30 pm
    Apogeul revolutionar al tehnologiei este atins atunci cand aceasta iti permite sa realizezi lucruri pe care nu le-ai putut realiza vreodata pana atunci. Una este sa iti asterni gandurile si imaginatia cu pixul, pe o foaie de hartie sau intr-un program de calculator, insa cum ar fi sa ii poti da direct forma si dimensiunile pe care le doresti? Asta par ca s-au intrebat si cei care au lansat in lume tehnologia de tipar 3D. Sunt foarte putine persoane care sa nu se fi uitat macar la un episod din Star Trek. Serialul a marcat pe multi si a prezentat o serie de concepte futuriste pe care astazi le…
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • Non-Profit Finance Toolkit: How to Calculate Break-Even

    Loftis Consulting
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are so many decisions that need to be made for a non-profit on a daily basis. Most of these decisions deal with the achievement of the mission of the non-profit; however, most decisions have some type of financial impact on the organization. For financial impacting decisions, there needs to be some type of underlying analysis to understand the magnitude of the impact. Break-even analysis is one of the tools that can aid a non-profit executive or manager to assess their financial situation at the program level or organization level.   What Is Break-Even? Break-even is the point…
  • Risk Management for Non-Profits Has Value

    Loftis Consulting
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    CGMA magazine recently published an article regarding non-profits and risk management.  Managing risk is a key component of a CFO’s role in ensuring the financial health of a nonprofit.
  • IRS Making It Easier for Small Non-Profits to Apply for Tax-Exempt Status

    Loftis Consulting
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Recently the IRS released a new process for small organizations to gain 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. In order to be eligible for this new process, an organization seeking this type of tax-exempt status must meet the following criteria: Not have had annual gross receipts of more than $50,000 in the past three years Not have had projected annual gross receipts of more than $50,000 in the current tax year and for the next two projected years Not have total assets greater than $250,000 Not be a foreign entity, unincorporated association, trust, church or hospital To be eligible for the…
  • Interim Solutions to Finance Staffing Issues

    Loftis Consulting
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    An interim CFO is a great way to solve a short-term skill set gap.  With the costs of accounting personnel rising due to shortages of available talent, a part-time CFO is a great solution.  According to a recent article by Crain’s, accountants are receiving not only significant sign-on bonuses but other perks as well just to bring in entry level accountants.  If your business only needs financial talent for the short-term, an interim CFO or Controller may be the answer. An interim CFO can provide you strategic alternatives and clarity on your financials in order to profitably grow your…
  • How Cash Forecasting Can Help Your Non-Profit Stay in Business

    Loftis Consulting
    5 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
      A cash forecast is the number one priority for ensuring your non-profit becomes and remains financially healthy.  Without money, you cannot pay employees and vendors and will quickly find yourself out of business and unable to execute the organization’s mission. This seems obvious but lack of cash management is the main reason why most for-profit and non-for-profit businesses fail.  To prevent your non-profit from having the same fate you should know your cash position (i.e. the cash readily available and unrestricted) by reviewing regularly actual cash inflows and outflows as well…
 
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    Quickbooks

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

    Angela Stringfellow
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My Business, small-business owners and marketers had to update their business information on each of these services separately, a confusing process for business owners already crunched for time. “We see our customers struggle with this all the time,”…
  • How to Use Hashtags on Twitter and Other Social Networks

    Michael Essany
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Any business navigating the world of social media marketing needs to know how to use hashtags. What is a hashtag? On Twitter, a hashtag (denoted by the # symbol) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows users to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. Clicking on the hashtag will bring up posts that mention a subject, along with constantly updated posts in real time. Most major social media platforms now support hashtags, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr. According to the…
  • Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    Kathryn Hawkins
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of your choice with a .bike, .coffee, or .lawyer top-level domain, to name just a few of the options. If the .com website address of your choice isn’t available, a themed domain extension may seem like an attractive option — but is it worth building your online brand around it? Consider the following points. .Com Domains Still Dominate…
  • In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly

    Brett Snyder
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know what they’re getting when they sign up for our service, but there are bits and pieces of the business that they we could explain better and earlier in the process. The hard part has always been figuring out how to share this info without overwhelming people. Fortunately we were able to work through a…
  • How to Market to a World Hooked on Instant Gratification

    Jake Martin
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    It’s no longer enough to give customers great service and competitive prices. Today, they want all of that — and they want it now. With the advent of modern technology and instant-response social media platforms, people have lost the ability to wait. Tweets, Facebook posts, and texting require no patience and provide users with immediate gratification. And now people are beginning to expect the same from the companies they buy from. So, how can you take advantage of this trend in your marketing efforts? Here are five suggestions. 1. Play up the time savings you offer. People want things…
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Brilliant Marketing

    Laura Click
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • How to Build an Integrated Marketing Plan

    Laura Click
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • How to Uncover News Story Ideas at Your Organization

    Jan Morrison
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Answer One of These 30 Questions to Write Your Next Blog Post

    Laura Click
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Reddit for Marketers

    Danielle Ali
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #287 Jared Hecht, Lloyd Shefsky, Jeff Hoffman, Alex Feldman

    Barry J Moltz
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, is now the co-founder and chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. Jared explains the problem small businesses are facing with access to capital and provides a solution for both borrowers and lenders. Lloyd Shefsky, in addition to serving as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, is cofounder of several businesses and nonprofits and author of the new book INVENT REINVENT THRIVE: THe Keys to Success for Any Start-Up,…
  • Spam: An Annoyance Since 1864

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    What started out as a popular canned meat has become one of the most loathed terms in popular culture. Thanks to a Monty Python skit and the adoption of the term by computer programmers, “spam” is now used to describe unsolicited messages sent to a large number of users.   The first recorded act of spamming occurred in 1864. When a group of British politicians received unsolicited telegrams promoting a local dentistry shop, they were furious. One of the recipients wrote a letter to the editor of The Times asking “by what right do they disturb me by a telegram which is evidently…
  • What is Wrong With the Airline Industry

    Barry Moltz
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Open letter to all airline executives, I know from an economic and logistical standpoint, there are a lot of things you would like to fix but they are economically insurmountable. But from a frequent passenger’s point of view, there is one thing you can fix: the customer experience. This is what happens everyday on your airlines: 1. A gate agent, flight attendant or captain announces it will only be a few minutes. In my book, that means roughly 3 minutes. Most times, 20 minutes later I am still waiting. Can you train your staff to tell time? One minute means a single minute. A couple is…
  • How to Run a Productive Meeting: Time It

    Courtney Deruy
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    A familiar device may be the solution to long, unfocused, and unproductive meetings. The new strategy for running a productive meeting, discussed by Jake Knapp, a design partner at Google Ventures, in a recent Businessweek article, is also surprisingly simple and inexpensive. It relies on a $25 plastic device with a battery called the Time Timer. The Timer Timer is essentially a large, old-school oven timer designed for classrooms. Its large black numbers mark 5 minute increments and a red disc set inside the numbers displays the time remaining. The way it works is simple: 1. Bring the timer…
  • #286 Deborrah Himsel, Michael Mazzeo, Alice Breden, Sarah Robinson

    Barry J Moltz
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Deborrah Himsel is the author of "Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon's Andrea Jung". She discusses what is needed for women to able to break through the glass ceiling and land in the executive suites of major corporations. Michael Mazzeo is an associate professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management and co-author of the new book Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners. Michael shares his thoughts on whether or not someone can learn to be an entrepreneur in business school as…
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • Ban or Welcome Guns? 3 Legal Considerations for Your Small Business

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:49 am
    Employers have many options with respect to guns, and the decision to bar or welcome them into a business should not be made lightly. To make crafting your small business' policy on firearms easier, you should be aware of your legal rights with regard to welcoming or turning away gun carriers. Fox Business reports that some business owners are even promoting events like "Second Amendment Wednesday," attempting to lure in patrons with guns. But before you start offering 50 percent off for carrying a .45, check out these three legal considerations for your business' stance on guns: 1. Private…
  • 5 Questions to Ask When Hiring an Employment Lawyer

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Whether your're already facing employment issues or you're are trying to avoid them by getting your legal ducks in a row, you may be considering hiring a lawyer who focuses on employment law for businesses. But what should you know before you do? A lawyer will have plenty of questions for you at an initial consultation; you should be sure to have a few of your own to ask as well. Here are five questions you may want to ask when hiring an employment lawyer for your business: Do you have experience working for employers? Many employment lawyers focus on representing employees in employment law…
  • B&N 'Browsewrap' Ruling: 3 Things Business Owners Should Know

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    Barnes & Noble had to swallow a bitter pill in federal court on Monday, when a federal appeals court held that the retailer couldn't enforce legal provisions buried behind a link hidden on its website -- also known as a "browsewrap" agreement. Almost every major company has an arbitration provision included in its website's Terms of Use, and B&N was no exception. However, as The Recorder reports, the onus is on the business to give notice of these terms. Consumers aren't likely legally bound by terms which are not conspicuously presented to them. Though this new ruling by the 9th U.S.
  • Crowdfunding Favors Female Entrepreneurs: Study

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:05 am
    A study released last month found that women are outperforming men in the increasingly lucrative world of online crowdfunding. This is especially interesting, reports The Wall Street Journal, because women are typically only able to raise half as much startup capital as men, hampering the growth of their businesses. However, on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, women are out-fundraising men even in traditionally male-dominated fields like gaming and technology, according to the study. What does the study say is behind this surprising result? Study Credits 'Activist…
  • Checking Job Applicants' Credit? 5 Ways to Avoid FCRA Lawsuits

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Employers often have questions about the scope of employee or job applicant background checks, and sometimes a lack of information can lead to legal liability. For business owners who plan to check on an employee or potential employee's credit history, a company must be very careful not to violate consumer protection laws -- specifically the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Here are five potential ways to legally protect your business from FCRA suits when checking employee or applicants' credit: 1. Clearly Disclose the Credit Check. The FCRA requires a "clear and conspicuous" disclosure of…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • The Best reasons to create an information marketing business

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    You have seen businesses out there that besides the main business they also sell information products: CDs, DVDs, Training etc. When we get what we have inside those 6 inches between each ear (our brain) and package as a product we have an information marketing business. An information marketing business can be a business in itself or a side business that compliments your main business. It can be a nice 6 figures business. You can cater the information to your existing customers or to people in your industry that would like to do things the way you do. CDs and DVDs are some options but you…
  • Millennials Spend More Time With Digital Than Traditional Media

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

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

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

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

  • Overcoming Fear

    Billy Strawter Jr
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Deep down in the pit of my stomach I feel it. That sinking “what have I gotten myself into?” feeling. I wish I could shake it. That it would just magically go away. I try to focus on other things. The song that is currently playing on Spotify. The possibility of the Lions winning a Super Bowl (one can dream right?). None of it works. My palms are sweaty. “What the heck Billy?” Now I know it’s gotten serious, I’ve resorted to talking to myself. My daughter asks if I said something. No, I reply. Just talking to myself. Again. This is just a look into the mind…
  • Go ahead. Leap.

    Billy Strawter Jr
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Taking a leap of faith isn’t supposed to be easy. If it were, there would be no need for faith. As I sit here reflecting on being self-employed for 14 years, I was trying to figure out what drove me to think that all of this was okay. You know, the cash flow thing, the uncertainty. So much change. Making the decision to go out on your own, start a business, or switch careers can be all-consuming. If you’re like me, you’ll ask yourself all sorts of questions like: How do you know if making the leap is the right decision? What if I hate the new company?  How will I pay for…
  • Learning to say No.

    Billy Strawter Jr
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    My Preface (because I’m told I do that a lot) I promised to blog once a week. That’s my goal. If you’re back for post #2, thank you. With that being said, let’s get to it, shall we? Why do we say yes when we really mean no? Yes, I can drop everything to finish the project we agreed to a 4 week timeline in 4 weeks in 2. Yes, your design ideas are amazing. Yes, I’m in the moo…you get where I’m going with this. Yes, can often feel like a four letter word, wreaking havoc on both professional and personal lives the whole world over. The Reason Why do we do…
  • Blank screens are scary

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

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

  • How to Grab Your Target Market’s Attention with Your Epic Brand Marketing (Infographic)

    Ivan Widjaya
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today, it is increasingly difficult for businesses to get their target market’s attention. The “old school” ways of marketing are increasingly ineffective (e.g. billboards) and the “new school” ways of marketing are increasingly competitive (e.g. social media marketing.) Just like what Gary Vaynerchuk has said over and over again, marketers and business owners need to stop doing marketing like it was a decade ago.… Continue reading » The post How to Grab Your Target Market’s Attention with Your Epic Brand Marketing (Infographic) appeared first on…
  • 5 Ways Small Companies Can Test The Waters Before Jumping In

    Joe Pawlikowski
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Why don’t more services offer free trials? Small business owners love to take risks — it’s part of the gig — but they also like to test the waters if possible. I can’t count how many times I’ve come across a service I thought was perfect for my business, but turned away without buying.… Continue reading » The post 5 Ways Small Companies Can Test The Waters Before Jumping In appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Cut Costs When Buying Equipment as an Entrepreneur

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:13 pm
    When the nations’ economy is thriving, it is easy to become detached from the genuine realities of entrepreneurship and business ownership. In fact, there is a distinctly dark and troublesome side to branching out on your own, as the pressure to succeed and an overriding fear of failure forces many to run the risk of encountering depression, stress and other mental afflictions.… Continue reading » The post How to Cut Costs When Buying Equipment as an Entrepreneur appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • What to Invest in for Business Growth and Stability

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Growth and stability can often be difficult to achieve; especially for new businesses. However, there are a number of core areas where small investments can go a long way in helping a company realise its growth aims. Here are three potential areas that businesses should consider investing in to help with their long-term growth and stability: People Unless you’re literally a one man operation, it’s your company’s employees that are its most crucial assets when it comes to success.… Continue reading » The post What to Invest in for Business Growth and Stability…
  • Meeting Your Eco-Responsibilities as a Business Owner: Understanding the Three R’s

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In recent times, the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has taken hold in the commercial world. While this may sound relatively grand and complex, it is in fact quite simple and refers to the need for companies and large corporations to take responsibility for the impact that they have on society.… Continue reading » The post Meeting Your Eco-Responsibilities as a Business Owner: Understanding the Three R’s appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Passionate Students Become Passionate Customers: How to Use Teaching to Grow Your Business

    Karyn Greenstreet
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s getting harder and harder to get your audience’s attention. They are deluged with information, so they scan-click-delete. Yet they cry out in the night for someone to explain things simply. The rules of modern marketing have changed, and it’s only going to get worse. You’d better find the most effective, most efficient marketing technique to nurture your leads and build trust and loyalty with your audience, or you’ll be left behind. One technique stands out above all the rest – teaching.  Getting to Know You … as a Teacher Teaching gives your audience the personal…
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    Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • 17 Essential Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Marketing Campaign

    Wendy Kenney
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    17 Essential Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Marketing Campaign Direct mail marketing can be an excellent way to get new customers. This article explains what you must include in your campaign to ensure its success. MUST DO MARKETING ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR AUTO REPAIR SHOP The ONE Marketing Tool That Will Get New Customers In The Door, Guaranteed! Book Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Write the Perfect Headline

    Wendy Kenney
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    How to Write the Perfect Headline Everyone who manages a blog  wants to know how to write the perfect headline; the types of headlines that get shared on social media. Because the simple truth is the more shares your blog gets, the more traffic your website gets. Neal Patel, who is one of the foremost search engine optimization experts in the […] Top 10 Most Trusted Forms of Advertising-Which Advertising Medium is Best (Infographic) Great writing, a love story Infographic- How The Words You Use Have an Impact On Marketing & Sales Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23…
  • How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business

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

    Wendy Kenney
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google Find out easy tricks to increase your website ranking on Google gleaned from Google and search engine optimization experts all over the world. How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business What Google Updates Mean for Small Business 4 Reasons to Use Google+ to Build Your Business in 2012 Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Automotive Expert Matt Allen

    Wendy Kenney
    8 May 2014 | 11:58 am
    Automotive Expert Matt Allen Automotive Expert and Radio Show Host, Matt Allen, is frequently called on by the media as an expert in automotive-related stories. Find out more: Phoenix Auto Repair Shop Named 2012 MotorAge Magazine Top Shop Matt Allen Awarded Accredited Automotive Manager Designation Facebook Decreases Organic Reach for Business Pages – Is it Time to Break up? Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Bus Shelters Get Redesigned

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    From the UFO-inspired bus stop in London to Totoro bus stops in Japan, you’d have thought the world couldn’t possibly accommodate so many cool bus stops and shelters. Of course, thanks to this rocking collection by Dark Roasted Blend, we know that’s not true.
  • Take a Lap: Five Reasons to Take your Meetings Outside

    Bulldog Drummond
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Kevin Smoker “Take a lap!” I can still hear my coach screaming out the punishment as all the players groaned and took off in a circuit we knew all to well. I had no idea such a vivid memory from the early days of sports would resurface and have a profoundly different connotation in my professional career some twenty years later. I remember the frustration and wondering how this would help us perform, concentrate, or execute any better. Turns out, despite everything negative I  associated with those three words in my youth they are now the start of some my most effective and…
  • The greatest TED Talk ever sold – Morgan Spurlock

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
  • The School of Life Aphorisms

    Bulldog Drummond
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    The School of Life selected twenty of their favorite aphorisms from across history and printed them on stiff card, ready to be sent to a friend or to sit on your desk for inspiration—we’re big fans.
  • The Happy Animals Club

    Bulldog Drummond
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:28 am
    Never under estimate what you can learn from a 9-year old.
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    EpicLaunch

  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    It seems crazy, in this day and age, that a company wouldn’t accept credit card processing. But, there are many cash-only businesses out there that survive and thrive. At the same time, the companies that accept credit cards have a choice to make: to swipe or type? Here’s why you should consider swiping instead of the old-school method. It’s Easier Companies, like Authorize.net, make taking online payments easy. But it’s not always easy to swipe a card if you’re an online merchant. If you’re a duel merchant, though, you have options. And, one of those options is to just send the…
  • The new tendency of energy consumption

    EpicLaunch
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    As we all know that nowadays the whole world is facing fierce environment problem and the depletion of primary energy with the over consumption of the energy. We realize that we must take measures to save our earth and insist sustainable development. However, our society has to develop everyday with a more rapid speed and it is totally based on the energy to generate the electricity and other kinds of resources. In this way, the scientists keep searching the new energy which is renewable and environment friendly.  In recent years, the solar energy is quite popular around the area with long…
  • New TLDs – Great Opportunity for Everyone

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has done something amazing for your online business presence. They have created new Top Level Domain (TLD) names. What this means for your business You likely already have a website that is probably named something like “mybusinessname.com.” The dot-com addresses are used for everything from business to personal websites. There are other domain names reserved for certain types of websites. For example, “.gov” is used for government websites, “.edu” is used for universities, and…
  • 8 Tips for How to Market Your Business on a Budget

    EpicLaunch
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Sadly, having the best product on the market won’t automatically lead to sales. You’ve also got to market your product well so that customers know where to look and why yours is the one they should buy. Marketing budgets can stretch far beyond the modest capacities of most small businesses but you can still mount an effective campaign without breaking the bank. Here are 8 tips for how to market your business on a shoestring budget. 1. Set SMART Goals. Before you embark on your brilliant marketing campaign, make sure your goals are realistically achievable. The SMART rule of business is a…
  • Picture This: A Guide to Setting Up Your Best Video Conference

    EpicLaunch
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    You could be forgiven for thinking that a “video conference” is an unglamorous ordeal occasionally witnessed during films from the 1980s. Surely everyone simply “skypes” these days, right? Well, that’s not quite true. Whilst there will be many circumstances in which a quick chat using your laptop’s built-in camera and microphone will do just fine, the formalised video conference still has its place. For larger business meetings and corporate events, it is crucial to get the audio visual setup just right. This is something the team at Perception Live know a lot about. Having been…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Writing Effective Emails in the Workplace

    Web Marketing Therapy
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Manners are not only important offline, but online as well. In today’s web and social media-driven world, etiquette now includes “netiquette”.  Email communications are a major netiquette factor. Communicating effectively via email is an important aspect in today’s business (and marketing) world. Here are some strategies to shine on email so your email messages (direct and mass-marketing) matter. #1. No fluff. Cut the clutter. Before you hit send, go back and take all the extra babble out.  We have the attention of goldfish online.  Get to the point.  Burdening…
  • Marketing Management is a Partnership

    Web Marketing Therapy
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Maximizing exchanges is how I define marketing. Correspondence, conversations, commerce, and connections are touch points that serve and support the generation of sales. There are countless ways to approach marketing. For organizations who choose to “do what they do best and have others do the rest”, there are also countless marketing management options. Relationships are everything in business. Marketing management relationships are no different. I have spent the last fifteen years (yeah, I felt old when I calculated that) working as a marketing vendor and manager of vendors (on…
  • Marketing Yourself to Get the Job You Want

    Katherine L. Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    I recently wrote an article for LinkedIn about how I scored an internship with Web Marketing Therapy. The article, called Sending out a Résumé is Not Enough Anymore is about career management. Marketing yourself is the core of career management, so I am sharing the article here as well for anyone wanting to manage their personal brand or market themselves for that next job. As soon as I heard about Web Marketing Therapy, I knew I wanted to work with them. So I let them know. I emailed them twice explaining the value I could bring to the team. It wasn’t until I made an effort to meet…
  • Web Marketing Can’t Be Imposing

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

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

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

    David Siteman Garland
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    OK, so you’ve launched your online course or program…SWEET! Get down with your bad self. A lot of people procrastinate and say they will get their course done and out there *one day* but you ACTUALLY did it. Give yourself a high-five. So you might be thinking…ummmm now what do I do? Great question and here is the answer 1. Document EVERYTHING If you haven’t already (ahem…you should) make sure to document your ENTIRE launch process. Fun fact: We all forget stuff. And we forget stuff quicker than we think. Right after your launch is GREAT time to do this while it is fresh…
  • 5 key mistakes to avoid when creating (and marketing) your online course (and what to do instead!)

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

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

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

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

  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    As your small business starts to grow and become more successful, you will probably find that your emails and other computer-based data are starting to overwhelm your computer. Small businesses require more room to store all of their data for a variety of reasons including government regulations that require companies to back up certain types of data, archived emails and large media files that take up a lot of storage space. In order to safely store all of this important information without rendering your office computers utterly useless, many entrepreneurs are starting to look to the cloud…
  • The Benefits and Risks of Issuing Equity In a Startup

    Christine Mortensen
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    This month we answer the question: What are the benefits and risks of issuing equity in my startup and what should I look out for? Startups often compensate employees and/or service providers with equity in exchange for services.  The type and form of equity may vary based on your company’s desired outcome and goals, which come in various forms such as stock options, stock grants, stock appreciation rights and restricted stock to name a few. Advantages When you pay employees with equity, it affords your employees with an opportunity align their interests with those of your company. …
  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

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

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

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

  • How to get your emails opened

    launchgrowjoy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Do you want to connect with potential retailers, the media or influencers in your industry? If so, sending an email is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to reach out, introduce yourself and make that connection. However, as you know, some people get hundreds or thousands of emails a day and there is no way that they can open and read all of them, so you have to make sure that your subject line stands out and makes them want to click on your email to find out more. Over the years I’ve experimented with different subject lines... The post How to get your emails opened appeared…
  • Five Reasons You Should Consider the Subscription Business Model for your Business

    launchgrowjoy
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    This is a guest post from Josh Ludin at Blind Surprise. There’s absolutely nothing new about the subscription business model. “Of-the-month” clubs have been around for years; wines, steaks, cigars, soaps were all available long before BirchBox or DollarShaveClub were conceived. Over the course of the last 5 years, though, the subscription eCommerce business model has taken on an entirely new life, with seemingly absurd ideas growing their fan bases rapidly. When our team launched subscription box Blind Surprise in early 2014, we were essentially just hopping on the…
  • ASK ANDREEA: What is the best way to get my products featured in influential blogs?

    launchgrowjoy
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Did you know that getting your products featured in influential blogs is a great way to get more traffic to your site and increase your sales? But the process can seem overwhelming when you are first starting out. In today’s ASK ANDREEA podcast episode, you’ll get my step-by-step formula for connecting with influential bloggers Here’s today’s question: “Hi Andreea. Thanks so much for all the great advice that you provide for us. I am a jewelry designer and I make custom necklaces and jewelry for moms with their kids names, birth dates and birthstones, but I am…
  • The Importance of Video for Product Entrepreneurs: Why Beautiful Photos Aren’t Enough Anymore

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

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

  • FSBO…Tips for Potential Buyers

    Alan Brind
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Alan Brind The “For Sale by owner” approach to selling valuable property is less commonly used for sale of commercial real estate and businesses than residential real estate. However, from a buyers point of view, this usually would be more risky than buying a business when the seller is represented by a business broker. Why could it […] The post FSBO…Tips for Potential Buyers appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • Planning to Sell? “THE” most important question

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

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

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

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

  • At Work: Ibel Agency in Short North

    Susan Post
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    The space at 1055 N. High St. in the Short North has been through a number of changes. First it was a gas station, then a warehouse for a doctor’s hospital. Then Rebecca Ibel turned it into her gallery space, but now it’s home to Ibel Agency. Sebastian Ibel is president of the agency that […]
  • Don’t Monkey Around With Your Intellectual Property

    Brian Downey
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If a monkey sitting at a typewriter hammers out a top-selling spy novel, who owns the copyright? The monkey? The owner of the typewriter? Or no one? While a similar question in a recent case has the intellectual property world going bananas, the question also raises practical considerations for every business. In 2011, British wildlife […]
  • Joe Baer of Zen Genius Pens Book on Visual Merchandising in the Short North

    Susan Post
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North is one of the most vibrant areas of Columbus, full of unique boutiques with highly visual storefronts. Through the eyes of a visual merchandising expert, CEO and Co-Founder of Zen Genius Joe Baer explores the neighborhood in his new book, The Art of Visual Merchandising: Short North.  “I think visual merchandising is important because it […]
  • T.Y. Fine Furniture Hand-Crafting Quality Wood Pieces

    Susan Post
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    What started as an interest has now become a business. Tarik Yousef is the master woodcrafter behind T.Y. Fine Furniture. Each piece of solid wood furniture is designed by Yousef from the ground up. “We have custom furniture, which is kind of where we started, and we have our furniture collections,” he says. Most of the […]
  • Drive Capital Moving to New Space in The Joseph

    Susan Post
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Columbus-based venture Capital Firm Drive Capital is headed to a new space in the Short North. The firm will occupy 11,000 square feet of the newly constructed Joseph office building. The new space will be about double the square footage of Drive Capital’s current Arena District office. “We basically doubled our size so we could […]
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Small Business and Politics

    Barbara Weltman
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    A recent Manta survey had some interesting results about the political views of small business owners: 32% believe the Republican party to be the biggest supporter of small business, but this number is down from 54% in 2012; 26% don’t believe any of the major political parties are supporters of small business 81% plan to vote out sitting incumbents Do you need to be political? How much should small business owners be involved with politics? There’s no right answer, obviously. From my view, it depends on what’s going on locally as it impacts small business, and the level of interest in…
  • Great Advice to Run Your Business By

    Barbara Weltman
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’ve been in business for a long time and over the years I’ve received wonderful advice from some respected people. I’ve followed this advice and feel better for it. I want to share some of it with you. “Do what you can in the time you have.” Sidney Kess, my mentor and partner for over 30 years, knows how many projects I have going all the time. Perfection isn’t an option because there just isn’t enough time. Excellence, however, can be achieved by doing my very best on each and every project. So I complete the work in the time I have, give it my all, and don’t reproach myself…
  • Attention Franchisees: Who’s in Charge?

    Barbara Weltman
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The National Relations Board (NLRB) started in the Great Depression as a government board to protect the rights of employees to collectively bargain if they choose to do so. On July 29, 2014, the chief counsel of NLRB ruled that McDonald’s is a co-employer with its franchisees and, therefore can be held responsible when its franchisees violate the rights of employees who protest. According to Joel Libava, The Franchise King® and owner of the Franchise Biz Directory, the NLRB ruling completely ignores the franchise model in which franchisees merely buy a system but own their businesses. As…
  • Just Another Reason That It’s Time To Re-do the Tax Code

    Barbara Weltman
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    The current version of the Internal Revenue Code is large, complex, and flawed. There have been calls on both sides of the aisle in Congress to substantially revise it, and there are several compelling reasons to do so: It’s been a long time since we’ve had a new version. The time between the 1939 Code and the 1954 Code was 15 years. The time between the 1954 Code and the 1986 Code, which is the current version, was 32 years. It’s now been 28 years since enactment of the 1986, so it’s really time for a change. There are many tax rules that are outdated or mean to help a specific…
  • The House Gets Small Business — Where’s the Senate?

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

    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    Executives recognize the importance of distributing high-end gifts to clients, partners and sponsors who are an integral part of their business' operations. As they're planning the perfect products to send to these elegant receivers, they must spend a great deal of time juggling options and picking those of the highest quality. Aside from treating these important people to golf retreats or spa packages, some business owners may opt for giving them a more refined promotional product with which they can relax at the end of a long day. There are a variety of barware and wine…
  • Blast from the past: Decade-themed promotions for your small business

    21 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Everyone enjoys reminiscing about the past, whether they're sifting through old photo books or watching a movie from their favorite decade. Frequently, consumers enjoy purchasing items that remind them of their pasts, as these goods allow them to revel in the good times of yesteryear.   As you're prepping your next set of promotions, consider those that will allow your consumers to interact with elements from some of the most notable decades long gone. This type of marketing campaign may be the best way to win over new consumers, according to a recent study published in…
  • Giveaways for the Hemingway at heart

    20 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    Ernest Hemingway is one of the most prolific authors ever to have lived. The Nobel Prize-winning novelist has penned some of the most influential books of the 20th century, including "The Old Man and the Sea," "A Farewell to Arms," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Hemingway's works are still widely taught to high school and college students alike, as their timeless themes ring true across the decades. Aspiring writers are among the most avid fans of the author, keeping some of his most famous quotations close to their hearts as they forge their own way through…
  • Items ideal for the last-minute traveler

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Summer is swiftly coming to an end, but while this popular travel season may be nearly over, many people are gearing up for one last vacation before the fall. Whether parents are porting their children to visit the grandparents before the school year or high school graduates are having one last hoorah with their buds before separating for college, businesses should consider the ways they can tailor their marketing efforts toward these last-minute travelers.  Depending on the type of services or products your company provides, your efforts may differ. Consider pairing your…
  • Catering to the kitchen crowd

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    When picking the perfect promotional products to distribute among your brand's vast range of consumers, it's important to tailor your selections to the target demographic at hand. If your business is searching for unique items that will benefit a variety of users, it's essential to choose items that not only have a long shelf life, but that can also be used on a regular basis.  Selecting promotional products that can be used in the kitchen is one of the best ways to reach a greater consumer base, as many of the items can be adopted by several different target groups.
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    Firmology

  • How To Ramp Up Your Content Marketing Efforts

    Zoey Maldonado
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    How do you get started with content marketing? For companies unfamiliar with content marketing, this isn’t easy to do. Thankfully, there are tried-and-true ways to take the plunge and get started. Ready? Start by following this advice: 1. Commit to try it for a few months A content marketing campaign will not return results overnight. It won’t return results within a month. In order to run a successful content marketing campaign, you need to: Establish credibility and authority, so that you can Create a sense of trust with readers You can’t go from invisible to credible…
  • 5 Reasons No One Shares Your Content

    Danielle Brooks
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Receiving shares and likes on social networking websites is the most powerful way to promote your business; however, getting them is never easy. To receive recognition you need to work for it; that means your content has to provide information that readers can’t get elsewhere. Simply rehashing articles that have already been published on other websites won’t cut it. These are the top 5 reasons why most people fail to acquire shares and likes through social networks. 1. Your Content Has Already Been Published It doesn’t matter if your content passes Copyscape or not, if the topic has…
  • 5 Staff Members Every New Web Owner Needs

    Aaron Harris
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Build Up Your A-Team To Get Better Traffic Results Building up a newly born website is very hard, especially if you’re the type of person who likes to work alone. Getting that website to be popular enough to generate traffic is a tremendous task that is complicated to work on; a single person can’t work it out alone. That is why in order to get more traffic for your website, you need a great crew to work with it. A great website can’t be a reality without an A-team behind it. Of course, there is no “I” in the word TEAM, or COOPERATION. As a newbie internet marketer, you initially…
  • 5 Tips for Generating Web Traffic

    Aaron Harris
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a website owner and SEO specialist, there are hundreds (or even thousands) of tips and tricks on getting more traffic to your website. Most of these tips can be very effective if they come from other SEO specialists, but the problem is that not all of these helpful ideas can be applied to all types of businesses, especially to those website owners who are just starting their race against the world of internet marketing. In this industry, having a great foundation is a big advantage in acquiring not only viewers but also profits. The question is, what about those new members of the online…
  • WeChat Introduces Message Recall Feature, Tag For Contacts, Bulk Favoriting

    Prasant Naidu
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    The fastest growing messaging app in India and globally as well, WeChat has introduced an exciting feature in its latest version, that could be a life saver too. WeChat 5.3.1 for Android and iOS has a cool new ‘Message Recall’ feature allowing you to recall any message sent within the last two minutes instantly. You need to simply hold the message and tap the “Recall” button. Hopefully you remember to do that before its more than two minutes old! In an attempt to give an all-in-one social experience to its users, the app has added some more features too. Users can now connect,…
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  • Why B2B Content Marketing is Easier than You Think

    Brad Smith
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    B2B content marketing can seem boring, unappealing, and lifeless when compared to flashy ad campaigns from companies like Nike or Red Bull. And while it’s true that more mundane B2B businesses may never have the huge appeal that some large, consumer brands might, that doesn’t mean they can’t use the same strategies — like content marketing — to improve their differentiation, attract attention, and generate more leads. Because if positioned correctly, even the most “boring” of B2B businesses can develop and execute a content marketing campaign that will continue to…
  • 3 Reasons Why Instagram Social Media Campaigns Are a Waste of Time

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

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

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

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

    Marcia Suelzer
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Where has the summer gone? It’s already “back to school” time with many school districts set to reconvene classes in only a few weeks. In many states, “back to school” means “sales tax holiday” which provide a (very) short-term exemption from sales tax on many school-related items.  If you are in one of the states [...] The post Sales Tax Takes a Holiday appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • National Small Business Week Honors Entrepreneurs

    Marcia Suelzer
    12 May 2014 | 9:09 am
    Today is the start of National Small Business Week.  The Small Business Administration, corporations and non-profits are hosting live events and webinars throughout the week to applaud the accomplishments of small business owners and to equip them to achieve even greater success.  You can find the details of the events on the SBA website. If [...] The post National Small Business Week Honors Entrepreneurs appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Get Ready! National Small Business Week Is Next Week

    Marcia Suelzer
    8 May 2014 | 8:29 am
    Starting a business is an achievement. And, for more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has been giving entrepreneurs the pat on the back they so richly deserve. National Small Business Week 2014 takes place May 12-16. The U.S. Small Business Administration, corporate and non-profit sponsors and elected leaders have joined forces to host [...] The post Get Ready! National Small Business Week Is Next Week appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • What Late-Night Comedians Can Teach You About Social Media

    BizFilings Team
    19 Dec 2013 | 6:51 am
    Back in 2006, Twitter was newly incorporated and most people were confused as to why they should jump on the social network bandwagon. Now, almost eight years later, the popular social medium has become one of the most unconventional yet innovative news sources in the world, delivering breaking news the moment it happens. But Twitter isn’t [...] The post What Late-Night Comedians Can Teach You About Social Media appeared first on Time To Startup!.
  • Small Business Best Practices for the Holiday Season

    BizFilings Team
    17 Dec 2013 | 8:47 am
    The holiday season is likely to be an important time for your small business. From staffing to marketing to giving back – we have some great small business best practices to help your company shine its brightest this year! Staff appropriately It is important to not only take into consideration the fact that you will [...] The post Small Business Best Practices for the Holiday Season appeared first on Time To Startup!.
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Customer engagement and lessons from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns – Interview with Jamie Anderson of SAP

    adrianswinscoe
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:04 am
    Today’s interview is with Jamie Anderson, Global Vice President Product Marketing, Customer Engagement & Commerce at SAP. Jamie joins me today to talk about a concept called brand self-awareness, what we can learn from the Scottish poet, Robert Burns, and what customer engagement really means. This interview follows on from my recent interview: Improve customer […]
  • Going the Extra Mile: How to Use Twitter to Boost Customer Satisfaction

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    #81386693 / gettyimages.com When Amazon began testing one-hour delivery times with remote-controlled drones, it was clear that customer expectations of “fast” in the 21st Century had gotten wildly out of control. Unfortunately, when companies meet these expectations it becomes a standard rather than a dream and one that other companies must follow or risk being […]
  • Improve customer experience by surveying your customers quicker – Interview with Mark Smith of ContactEngine

    adrianswinscoe
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:46 am
    Today’s interview is with Dr Mark Smith who is CEO and co-founder of ContactEngine, a multi-channel, interactive contact engine, whose cloud based software helps their clients improve efficiency, lower costs and drive growth through happier customers. I met Mark at the recent 20:20 Customer Experience Summit in London and he told me about what they […]
  • Are you stopping some of your customers from doing business with you?

    adrianswinscoe
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    #96614904 / gettyimages.com I’m a big fan of the TV show Undercover Boss, whether it is the UK, the US, Canadian or Australian versions. What I really like about the shows is that they allow leaders in senior management positions to get their hands dirty and get an unfiltered view of what life is like […]
  • Should ‘Net Easy’ be your new customer service metric – Interview with Nicola Millard of BT

    adrianswinscoe
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    #452369131 / gettyimages.com  Today’s interview is with Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist at BT, where she heads up customer insight & futures with BT Technology, Service & Operations’ Global Innovation team. Some of you may remember my previous interview with Nicola last year (Customers, customer service, customer experience and crystal balls – Interview with Dr […]
 
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    EnMast

  • Meet EnMast Member: Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin

    Devan Perine
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Our Member Spotlight this month is on Treena Pitham of Octopus Admin. She calls herself a Solopreneur; when we asked her to say how many people were on her team she said “Me, myself, and I”. Treena is a Virtual Assistant (VA). She can support SME’s with, virtually, all of their administrative needs.  Her business provides business owners with more freedom so they can focus on the core function of their business. She’s lovely and from Australia! Chat with her on Twitter! Tell us why you started your business… I started my business to help business owners with something I…
  • Awkward Biz Moments: How to NOT quit a job

    Devan Perine
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Introducing awkward moments: The Business Owner Edition! We’re starting a new series called “Awkward Biz Moments” where we collect stories from you guys of really awkward and hilarious moments we’ve experienced in our business with our employees, clients and everywhere in between. “I was walking into the office around 9:30 — I had been at a breakfast meeting. When the elevator doors opened one of my team members came out of the elevators carrying a bag.” “Good morning!” I said cheerily. “Oh, HI!” he says, “I’m just…
  • 4 business survival tips for running a small business

    Brad Farris
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Running a small business can feel like a race against time. A never ending series of sprints. Payroll comes every two weeks whether you are ready for it or not. Customers come and go, some pay on time, some don’t. Sometimes it feels like there’s no time to catch your breath before you have to start running again. The sprint is for survival. But that “sprint to survive” is can be a trap. The way we get beyond survival is not to work harder, but to work smarter. We’ve heard it before, but what does that mean? How do we suit up to really go the distance? How do we…
  • Is your business a sprint or a marathon?

    Brad Farris
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    There are a lot of entrepreneurs who are running a sprint. They work an untold number of hours — racing the clock, giving up a life today for some greater reward in the future. It’s a high-stakes, high-risk gamble that, by doing what others won’t today, they will get to enjoy what others can’t later. I understand the thinking — but I know it’s not for me! I’m not a gambler, I don’t play the lottery. I have young kids, and there’s no amount of money later that can pay me back for time with them now. So that plan doesn’t work for me.
  • Hey business owner — you’re doing it wrong!

    Devan Perine
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    There’s some things that we do in business that are just plain stupid — business norms and professional courtesy’s that everyone has experienced at one point or another. Here’s one of them: Someone connects you to another person because “you two are both lovely,” and should know each other and so they ‘connect’ you two via email — in Jill’s words, that is just “stupid!” “Okay, thank you for calling me lovely, but both parties are left wondering why we should connect?” There’s no purpose, and it’s…
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  • 5 Ways to Inspire Creativity among Employees

    Deimar Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fostering a culture of creativity innovation is critical to the success of a company. Success in modern business requires the ability to adapt quickly, responding to evolving market conditions and changes in prevailing best-practices. As a result, creativity and innovation are among the most important features of successful, forward-thinking enterprises. Staying on the cutting edge means committing to strategies that support staffing and infrastructure capable of staying a step ahead of the competition. Team-thinking and creativity are key components of winning business plans, which set…
  • Why New Grads Should Work For a Startup

    Deimar Gutierrez
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The main reasons and benefits why a new grads should consider working for a startup. Whether you are about to graduate from college, or you already have, chances are that you are thinking seriously about your future, and weighing your options for employment. The goal of all college students is to be employed as quickly as possible, but in many cases this can’t happen. Many young people seek the instant security of a well-defined industry such as banking or consulting, but for others these career paths simply don’t offer them what they want out of life.Related Post: 4 Traits of a…
  • Your Employees Go First

    Deimar Gutierrez
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Only if we can create value for our employees, we can delight our customers. Customers are very important to an organization. The main objective of the company is to create different shared value to its customer. However, companies that claim they put the customer first, do not really understand how to create value. Value is created as a result of the interaction of our employees with our customers. You cannot create value to others, unless you create value within the company. In other words, if you want your employees to take good care of your customers, start by taking good care…
  • Dealing With Difficult Situations in Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Sooner or later, all businesses face problems. How-to deal with them is the key to the success of our organization. Did you realise that the average Westerner spends around 90,000 hours at work during their lifetime? That’s enough time play more than 15000 games of football or 23 World Cups! It’s certainly more than sufficient time for one or two sticky situations to arise, whether that’s related to conduct, performance or security issues.Related Post: Companies Need Entrepreneurs Willing to Take Risks As with most issues and problems, the key to dealing with them…
  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

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

  • Engaged Students Become Engaged Employees: Learn How to Spot Them [Infographic]

    Dawn Papandrea
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    By Dawn Papandrea In today’s competitive business world, hiring new grads and hoping that they’ll learn the ropes and end up a good fit for your company isn’t a very wise strategy. Instead, actively recruiting the most engaged student can prove to offer the best return on investment as they’ll likely transfer that positive energy into their work life. That notion is based on a recent study by Gallup-Purdue entitled “Great Jobs Great Lives,” which found strong correlations between how active and engaged students are in college, and their future work performance. According to the…
  • How Small Businesses Can Build Customer Trust

    Matt Everard
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:50 am
    By Matt Everard It is a truth universally acknowledged that all businesses are in need of customers. However, some customers are more valuable than others. As many surveys attest, repeat customers are the key to turning a sizeable profit: The probability of selling to an existing customer is 60 – 70%. The probability of selling to a new prospect is 5-20% – Marketing Metrics. It costs 6–7 times more to acquire a new customer than retain an existing one – Bain & Company. The most effective way to attract profitable repeat customers is to build trust. The Key Components of Trust To…
  • 4 Things You Shouldn’t Forget to Brand

    Emily Suess
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 am
    By Emily Suess One of the best ways to keep your small business on people’s minds is to brand everything in sight. The more visible and recognizable your company, the better the chances that customers and clients will think of you the next time they’re looking for the products or services you offer. Most small business owners are diligent in making sure their websites, stationery, vehicles, coffee mugs, and mouse pads are branded. But here are four things you might have overlooked. Your 404 Error Page Even though your website’s banner logo is probably displayed at the top…
  • 6 Money Traps Small Business Owners Should Avoid

    Joseph Stark
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    By Joseph Stark Starting a small business is what the American Dream is all about; however, more small businesses fail than succeed because of common traps. If you’re thinking of starting a small business or have already taken the first step, you need to be wary of these six pitfalls that destroy small businesses. 1. Failing to Set Goals and Create a Plan Planning and setting goals is the first thing to consider when starting a business. With a clear plan, you know where your company is going and how to get there. The first step is to define your company and your customers. This…
  • The Importance of Having a Collection Call Script

    Funding Gates
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:52 am
    By JM Freuler Sometimes, despite the most well-crafted dunning letter or invoice reminder, your client still can’t seem to get that check into the mail. A letter or email, unfortunately, can be put aside for later or ignored entirely. That’s why a well-placed phone call can be the best investment of your time to get paid for your work. Making the Call For your customers who regularly pay you on time, a reminder letter about an overdue invoice could be enough to prompt them to pay. But for customers who regularly don’t pay on time, it will take a different kind of motivation. People…
 
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  • Making the most of IT

    Peter Piech
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    For this of us that are a little light on the IT side, the following post on WSJ.com will help to provide some direction: Four Questions Every CEO Should Ask About IT – For starters: Are we thinking big enough? …Mobile devices, social media, data mining, videoconferencing, virtual reality, blogs, tweets… The list of technologies that could offer companies big-time benefits, or lead to big-time disasters, is daunting.… Read more >The post Making the most of IT appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New Jersey

    Roger Kohl
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    On August 11, 2014, New Jersey enacted the “Opportunity to Compete Act” (“OCA”) prohibiting employers with fifteen (15) or more employees from making any inquiries into the criminal background of job applicants until the completion of the “initial employment application process.” According to the state legislature, the purpose of the law, which becomes effective on March 1, 2015, is to remove obstacles to employment for the roughly 65 million American adults with criminal records.… Read more >The post “Ban the Box” Becomes the Law in New…
  • The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business

    Stu Lipkin
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Many people who think about starting a business are focused on the business aspects (i.e. defining the products/services, markets, business plans, financing, etc) but don’t take into account the emotional requirements that it takes.  If you’re even just considering opening your own business, this is a MUST READ!… Read more >The post The 20 Hardest Things About Starting a Business appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind

    Keith Simmons
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    When is the best time to begin planning your Exit?  Actually… you plan now but you need to work backwards.  First think… What is the Endgame?  What are your expectations and what is the plan to get you there?  For both established companies and start-ups, understanding your personal financial goals and setting a plan  toward an eventual Exit will better help you achieve those goals.… Read more >The post Keeping the Business Exit Endgame in Mind appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Sometimes The Best Opportunities are Right in Front of You!

    Jeffrey Appleman
    10 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Business owners should look at their current business and find out what their customers are saying they cannot get or services they would like provided. Can this startup kill off the supermarket? August 4, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT Farmigo, a small farm-delivered food service, has an audacious dream: It thinks it can help wipe out the likes of Kroger and Albertsons.… Read more >The post Sometimes The Best Opportunities are Right in Front of You! appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • How Do I Get Traffic To My Website?

    Gary Shouldis
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Good Question.  If you’re a new business or one that’s just starting to focus on online marketing, this is a good question to get you started in the brainstorming process so you can decide which marketing channels will work best for you. You probably shouldn’t try to do everything, but focus your efforts on just a few and expand as you have success with each channel.  It also depends on how much time and money you have to spend.  Some channels depend more on time, like social media, while others require money, like Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising. We’re going to…
  • Small Business Toolbox – July Twenty

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

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

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

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

  • Part-Time Entrepreneurship

    CorporationCentre.ca
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    If you’re not ready to take the leap and quit your current job to run your own business full-time, you can still enjoy entrepreneurship on a part-time basis while maintaining the security of being an employee with an income. But, to do this, you need to keep the following points in mind:Say Goodbye to Personal TimeHaving a full-time job and a part-time business leaves very little time for yourself. You’ll need to make sure you can handle putting most of your time an effort into work and this will mean you’ll probably have to skip out on vacations or even spending a relaxing weekend with…
  • Skill Building on the Commute

    CorporationCentre.ca
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Last week proved to be revelatory as, for the first time in over five years, I was forced to drive to my workspace. The circumstances that made the drive necessary are inconsequential, but as I stared at the city skyline from the highway with the car idling in park, and being forced to breathe in exhaust fumes on a particularly smoggy summer day from all the congestion, I learned a few things.Practice Gratitude – and math! The first thing that occurred to me as I watched a particularly ornery man make obscene gestures and honk at a car that had changed lanes in front of him while…
  • Finding New Ways To Network

    CorporationCentre.ca
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Finding new clients and attracting new customers doesn’t have to be all about advertising your business. Sometimes it’s about selling yourself through networking. But networking events tend to get a bad rap – most people don’t look forward to boring business events full of schmoozing and faking interest in others. But attending those awful local events isn’t the only way to network. If you cringe when you hear the mention of “networking”, why not try a new way to create business relationships?Start a MeetupNetworking events are said to be the best way to meet new contacts and…
  • How to Burn the Candle at Both Ends and Stay Healthy

    CorporationCentre.ca
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    After packing a 40-hour workweek into just three days, and with several projects still to get through in the four remaining days, I had to take a deep breath and think about how I was going to make it to the end of the week and still have my sanity. Every so often, no matter what’s on our plate, it’s important to make time to look out for number one and make sure that all those hours, and all that pressure, don’t catch up to you and knock you down. One of my favorite health podcasts recently took the opportunity to address this very question about how to stay healthy while doing shift…
  • Lessons From the FIFA World Cup

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    Business owners around the world are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the grand spectacle that is the FIFA World Cup has come to a close, signaling, at long last, that it is back to business as usual. Although soccer doesn’t have the deep roots in North America as it does in other parts of the world, the FIFA World Cup is widely regarded as the planet’s most important and widely viewed sporting event, and one reaches a truly global audience. The World Cup only takes place every four years and this year’s host nation, Brazil, is the country whose economy is most directly…
 
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  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

    Trey
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    Up until about a month ago, this blog prominently featured a single person as the face of our company. We’ve fielded quite a few questions about what the departure of our former CEO means for Mercantile going forward, and the short answer is that nothing changes. But there’s a longer explanation that we’d like to give you by way of video so that you can know and see a little about what goes on behind the scenes here at Mercantile. What we do for our small business clients has been a team effort from the very start. We’re known as “the 504 Experts” (plural) and we’re a…
  • How To Build a Strong Company Culture

    Trey
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Values are at the center of building a strong company culture, but we’re not going to bother with what they should or shouldn’t be. What matters is that you have a set of core values and that you align your organization around them. This is what Tony Hsieh (sounds like “Shay”) says about building a company culture in the latest issue of Inc. magazine. Hsieh founded Zappos (as if you didn’t know), which has become known far and wide for its legendary customer service. And for its free shipping both ways, but the customer service is what keeps people coming back to…
  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

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

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

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

  • Website Templates verse Custom Design

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    We meet entrepreneurs and small business owners everyda […] The post Website Templates verse Custom Design appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Guide to Successful Creative Relationships

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    The guide to successful creative relationships you shou […] The post Guide to Successful Creative Relationships appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Work from Home Meeting Places

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

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

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

    Maya Pillai
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:16 am
    Natural disasters such as floods, storms, earthquake, hurricanes, blizzards and more can strike anywhere at any time. They can affect any kind of business. It is important that you be ready for such eventualities. Each kind of natural disaster has its own set of problems. You need to be prepared for situations which could directly affect your business. Your disaster plan should identify vulnerabilities and analyze the probable impacts of any disaster on physical and virtual aspects of your business. Here we’ll take a look at steps which should be taken to reduce the adverse impact of…
  • Keep Your Employees Happy

    Maya Pillai
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    The employees of a company constitute the most important part of its foundation. Every organization big or small needs to keep its people happy to conduct business smoothly. Job satisfaction, sense of ownership and recognition etc. are important factors that motivate your employees to stay on the top of their class. Your employees are the internal customers of your organization. Happy employees ensure happy customers. Let us take a look at how you can ensure a happy work force. Nurture a Sense of Ownership It is crucial for the success of your business in long run that your employees have a…
  • Work Smarter Not Harder

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

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

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

  • A Lesson in Heavy Lifting: Lift Coffee Shop & Café

    Dawn Fotopulos
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Small business includes your local can’t-do-without coffee shop. Carly Hoilman, Editor in Chief of the Empire State Tribune contributes this post to Best Small Biz Help.com. In recent years, the city of Richmond, Virginia has cultivated a community of hip, young epicureans, creating a feel that is reminiscent of Williamsburg—Brooklyn, that is. Central to this […]
  • The Community for Quickbooks Self-Employed

    Dawn Fotopulos
    9 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Meet Suzanne, the ultimate multi-tasker. She’s doing a million things to pay the bills, but not making enough to hire someone to help her. She doesn’t have a plan and she’s exhausted. Sound familiar? She is a proud member of the Community for Quickbooks Self-Employed and when she asked for help, here’s the advice I […]
  • How to Start A Photography Business

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:51 pm
    The Community for Quickbooks Self- Employed sponsored by Intuit has some amazing small business owners running small businesses, just like you. One asked, how do I start a photography business? Here are four tips to position your business to make real money (and avoid sleepless nights): Tip #1: Know what you’re really good at.Weddings? Portraits? Commercial […]
  • Like to Know.IT Can Make You A Fortune

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

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

  • Tips for using Instagram for Business

    Donna Amos
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Tips for using Instagram for business Instagram is a social media platform that has grown in popularity over the last few years and especially among popular brands across the globe. It is a valuable marketing tool that has the ability to transform a brand and put it closer to their intended audience. Numerous companies have used its communication tool – images: which has in turn created awareness for their target brand and business as a whole. This photo sharing platform has enabled businesses to: · Extensively build their company’s brand · Grow more valuable customers · Improve much…
  • Easy Blogging Tips

    Donna Amos
    9 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Introduction To Successful Blogging Starting a blog can be a successful marketing tool for businesses. Blogging is free or fairly inexpensive. It increases traffic and adds potential leads. Creates a substantial income and old posts never get old. The older posts will always be there building more leads, more traffic and creating an original stream of content. What better way to start the day than with a cup of coffee and a great blog post. How To Start A Blog When starting a blog there are a couple of aspects to look at. 1. Where will you choose the location in a website, page, platform to…
  • How to Design a Successful Website?

    Donna Amos
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Building a website requires careful designing and execution by the website developer in order to attract people (traffic) to the website. How to Design a Successful Website should begin with understanding who your target market is and what their likes and dislikes may be so that your brand will resonate with them. Then make certain to include the top 7 website elements. You will find that different web developers have their own unique plans that they follow when creating a website. However, there are general elements that cut across the board and apply to all websites irrespective of who the…
  • Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 16 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
  • Social Media Tools

    Donna Amos
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
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    Funding Gates Community

  • Should Your Small Business Use A Freelancer?

    JM Freuler
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    There will come a time when your small business is faced with the difficult decision of hiring additional employees to perform certain tasks, or delegating some of the duties to a freelancer.  Economically speaking, there are a number of different advantages to hiring independent contractors (aka freelancers).  Not only can they be used for a certain length of time or to complete a set number of tasks or projects, but also you don’t have to provide a workspace or benefits to a freelancer the way you would traditional employees. There are four different types of freelancers according to…
  • 5 Simple Steps to Dispute False Unemployment Claims

    JuvodHR
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    State Unemployment Insurance Tax (SUI) is not something business owners think of too often. It’s one of the little known, but required cost outlays of running a business. Take New York as an example. A 16 person firm in New York with the best SUI rate will pay an annual tax of roughly $3,300 per year. Add one or two unemployment claims, or false claims and that annual tax rate can jump to over $16,200 per year*. Implementing a few simple automated processes can keep your firm paying the lowest possible rate. Proper documentation can help win false unemployment claims by offering proof of…
  • Save Yourself Time, Effort & Money with These 5 High-Tech Office Gadgets!

    JM Freuler
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Technology is transformational.  It has the ability to significantly change your work climate by making things more convenient, efficient, and enjoyable.  If the small business that you own is lacking gadgets and you want to know which ones will be the most beneficial in terms of time, space, and cost, please read further.  You’re going to love how effortless it is to own and operate these modern marvels of technology and innovation! Here are five high-tech office gadgets that you’ll want to include in your company budget this year: The Treadmill Desk – Although it may look…
  • 4 Reasons Your Small Business Should Seriously Consider Cloud Computing

    eCapital
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    If you own a small business, you’ve probably heard of cloud computing. Whether it’s through colleagues, peers, employees, or simply reading nearly any number of business publications, cloud computing is getting a lot of press for the many benefits that it can provide a business – large or small. What is cloud computing? The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as follows: Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage,…
  • 8 Things You Can Do to Grow Your Business Before Summer Ends

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    It’s the final days of summer—a season when, for many small businesses, work slows down. With clients out of town and a little spare time on your hands, the last few weeks of summer are a perfect time to take care of some business. Here are eight steps you can take now to build a stronger business come fall: Give your business finances a going-over. If you’re not already doing so, set up a schedule for reviewing your business’s cash flow on a regular basis (ideally, weekly or even daily) so you always know where you stand. Staying on top of receivables is key to strong cash flow, so…
 
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    On Our Bikes

  • Religion, politics and small business

    Jon Stow
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    An amateur radio operator, Yvette Cendes, KB3HTS, at station W8EDU, Photo credit: Wikipedia) Back in the Dark Ages when I studied for my amateur radio licensewe learned that we must not discuss politics and religion with our fellow hams. That was actually a condition of our licenses, but it is easy to understand why such talk was forbidden. We all have different views and these would lead to arguments and bad feeling. When I was first licensed I used to talk to radio amateurs all over the place, but many were in what was then the Eastern Block. It was really nice to chat about everyday life…
  • You are judged by your appearance

    Jon Stow
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:37 am
    Now you can criticize… About a month ago, one of my clients asked for a special consultation. She wanted to discuss how her plans for the future and change of lifestyle would affect her tax position. I knew that she would also need some financial advice, which I am not qualified or allowed to give. I printed off details from their websites of two very nice financial advisers whom I know well, and took them with me to my client. When she saw these and I spoke about both advisers, my client was immediately drawn to the lady who had obviously had her on-line photo taken professionally. It…
  • Window shopping business services on-line

    Jon Stow
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:24 am
    Comma butterfly (Photo credit: Jon Stow) I don’t know about you, but I get a lot of new enquiries for my services via email. That is all very nice, but many of the potential new clients are located a long way from me. That does not matter in terms of the service they will get, which I aim to be the very best. The difficulty is that it is harder to establish a relationship to make the sale. When someone contacts me via email, they can be somewhat vague about their requirements, which will lead me to ask for more information. I may or may not hear back from them, which leads me to the next…
  • Getting the sack

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

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

  • Audio: Annoying Half Truths in Entrepreneurship

    Tim Berry
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    I had a good radio-talk-show visit this morning with Jim Blasingame, Small Business Advocate, of smallbusinessadvocate.com. Time flies; I can’t believe I’ve been joining Jim on his show off and on for 16 years now. I intend to ask him whether being a guest on his show causes gray hair. Here’s my favorite segment, on “do what you love.” It’s radio audio, about seven minutes long. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=”http://www.smallbusinessadvocate.com”&amp;amp;amp;gt;Small Business…
  • Spot Quiz: What Percent of Small Business Owners Manage Cash Flow

    Tim Berry
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    I’m fascinated by the numbers Denise O’Berry turns up in her post Use Metrics To Manage Cash Flow – Small Business Expert Denise O’Berry. She quotes results of a survey sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs, which surveyed 500 owners of businesses averaging less than 10 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. According to this, the biggest worry of small business owners, is (drumroll): The number one issue facing small business is ensuring adequate cash flow from operations, according to 83% of survey respondents. That’s Denise quoting Bill Reeb, CPA, surprising…
  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

    Tim Berry
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I thoroughly enjoyed doing this Mixergy Interview, published this week, about how I bootstrapped Palo Alto Software from zero to about $10 million annual revenues: It started one morning at 2 a.m., when I had to deliver a finished set of financials the next morning. It was 2 a.m. and I was tired and done with the financials but I had done something in either Lotus 1, 2, 3 or Excel because I use both. I don’t remember which one it was but I had done something to break the damn spreadsheet! If the financials are going to work, when you change the assumptions the balance still balances and…
  • Rant: Entrepreneurship, Dropouts, and Bad PR

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

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

  • Halloween Scentsy Warmers 2014: Europe

    Christine
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    I know its a little early to think about Halloween but wanted to give you the heads up about the Scentsy warmers available for one of my favourite holidays.  The spider is to die for dont you think? I love the White Lace one----oh so elegant.  These Scentsy Warmers will be available from September. Some of your favourites are back---Like my favourite---The Bones Wrap for the Silhouette Collection! Let me kow what you think!!!! Christine x   Scentsy Europe Halloween 2014 collection  
  • Scentsy UK/ Ireland 2014 Autumn/Winter Catalogue

    Christine
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    The new Scentsy catalogue is coming in just a few short weeks.  Please be sure to take advantage of the 10% sale before the end of August as its your last chance to have a sale before Christmas. There's also items that are being discontinued forever, so do have a look and see what you may be interested and then click HERE to shop.  If you would like to pre-order any of the new items please do get in touch. UK/Ireland Fall/Winter Scentsy 2014-15 Catalogue
  • Scentsy Odeurs en français

    Christine
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Je suis toujours à recevoir des demandes pour les parfums Scentsy en français alors les voici Je ne peux pas garantir la qualité que mon français n'est donc je suis désolé Je n'ai pas mis les senteurs de printemps / été, parce que nous atteignons catalogue Automne bientôt.  favoris  Apple Press L'odeur de jours d'automne croustillant des pommes croquantes, juteuses, des poires et un soupçon des dernières roses pleines d'été Plage: Papaye et miellat sucré avec une pointe de noix de coco…
  • Rejoignez Scentsy France: Comment fonctionne l'entreprise?

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Donc, j'ai eu pas mal de gens qui m'ont envoyé des messages de la France qui sont intéressés à se joindre à Scentsy mais ne savez pas comment l'entreprise va travailler s'ils adhèrent Donc, je vais faire de mon mieux pour expliquer Scentsy est une entreprise plan de parti La meilleure façon de succès avec Scentsy est d'inviter vos amis plus et avoir du bon temps avec les filles, puis à recueillir des commandes Vous obtenez alors les gens qui ont assisté à cette partie pour accueillir et ainsi de suite et ainsi de…
  • Scentsy está llegando a España 10 de agosto 2014

    Christine
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:46 pm
    ¿Quieres ganar dinero y convertirse en uno de los primeros consultores Scentsy en España Scentsy ha sido abierta por un tiempo para poder comprar cosas, pero nunca he sido capaz de convertirse en un consultor hasta ahora. Usted puede hacer esto de tiempo completo oa tiempo parcial y en su tiempo libre Es muy flexible y se puede hacer cuando se necesita Es perfecto para la estancia en amas de casa o cualquier persona en busca de ganar dinero extra Para unirse clic en este> ENLACE <y entonces hay una caja de la izquierda seleccione España También puede buscar…
 
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    Cool Touch Blog

  • Should Two Story Homes Have More Than One A/C Unit?

    siteadmin
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    It can be challenging to maintain a comfortable temperature in an older two-story home with only one central air-conditioning unit. Using two systems has many advantages over a single unit, but it is not always the best choice. The age and design of your house may affect your decision, along with the costs of purchasing and running a second central air-conditioning unit.Goodman A/C Unit Costs to Consider Purchasing two central air-conditioning units can be more expensive initially than purchasing a single unit, but the cost difference may not be as much as you think. You need either two…
  • San Diego Water Damage Caused by Leaky A/C Units

    siteadmin
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    San Diego Water Damage – Air Conditioning Units Among Top Troublemakers As temperatures begin to soar and the warmest days of the year are just ahead, a San Diego Flood Restoration company warns that this is a good time to protect one’s home from water damage by inspecting the air conditioning unit for condensation line leaks, and “Water damage from an air conditioning condensation leak is much more common than someone might think” says Joe Colombo, owner of Gold Coast Flood Restorations. “Condensation leaks can create a lot of water damage, this is because they often go unnoticed.
  • The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

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

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

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

    Christian Trejo
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life It’s one of the most common human fears; public speaking has been unanimously voted as one of the biggest fears of all time, up there with flying. But public speaking doesn’t need to scary. If you’ve got a big work presentation coming up or are giving talks at corporate events then follow these fail-safe […]
  • You Can’t Code? Your Own Tech Company Startup Right Away

    Christian Trejo
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Tech company startups couldn’t become hotter. Your only problem: Thinking that Python is just a fearsome snake while Ruby On Rails is a little-known mystery novel by Agatha Christie. But if you are really convinced that your complete lacking in technical know-how is actually an insurmountable barrier to starting a business that has a […]
  • Become Untouchable With Criminal Legacy (Review)

    Christian Trejo
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life App Developer GREE international recently launched an amazing Role Playing Game in the form of Criminal Legacy. The game offers both single and multiplayer options to the player. The graphics and gameplay also goes well with the dark story line which the game offers. Storyline The players brings together a group of six 6 […]
  • When Work Feels Like A Hobby: 6 Steps to Prove You Are Doing What You Love

    Christian Trejo
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Each person seeks to find the ultimate happiness- that joyful feeling where all the pieces of puzzle fit together perfectly. This kind of happiness is totally possible; however it is possible in those short-lived moments. This kind of happiness seizes to exist once happiness is paired with excitement and joy. It is not possible […]
  • How To Become An Expert In Business Intelligence

    Christian Trejo
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The concept of business intelligence or business refers to the set of strategies using historical and current data of a company, organizing and analysing them properly in order to transform them into valid operational and strategic decisions for the company, brand or organization. Mastering the methods, techniques and tools of business intelligence is no […]
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  • Do You Know the Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Business?

    George Rodriguez
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com You need to take time to understand your business and know the things that could affect its success. The tool often used to do this is SWOT Analysis or Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threat. This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: SWOT Analysis for Small Business How a SWOT Analysis Can Benefit Your Small Business How to Analyze the Performance of Your Business
  • 5 Ways to Secure Your Home Office with Home Automation

    Sarah Kellner
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com When your office is located inside your home, it's up to you to keep it safe and secure; it is your livelihood, after all. Learn how to use home automation to safeguard your home office with a simple swipe on your smartphone or tablet. This article was written by Sarah Kellner for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Home Office Safety Tips for the Work at Home Entrepreneur How to Child-Proof Your Home Office Accentuate Your Home Office Floors: All About Area Rugs
  • A Lowdown on the Home Office Deduction

    Bert Seither
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Nowadays, it is more common than ever for small business owners to be working from home. Plus, there is another nice financial benefit they can take advantage of – the home office deduction. Learn about the home office deduction. This article was written by Bert Seither for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What Qualifies for a Home Office Tax Deduction? Home Business Tax Deductions: What to Watch Out For Vehicle Tax Deduction for Small Business Owners
  • How to Start an Organic Farming Business

    Jenny Fulbright
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you have access to land and cultivating plants, consider starting an organic farming business. With the increased focus on healthy living, there is a growing demand for foods grown organically. This article was written by Jenny Fulbright for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start a Food Business in Texas 5 New Age Home Business Ideas How to Start a Food Business
  • Common Myths on Financing a Business

    George Rodriguez
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Lack of capital can often crush dreams of starting a business. Getting funding for your business can pose a problem, especially if you don't know where to go or whom to see. Learn the common myths on financing a business that you need to avoid. This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Evaluating Financing Options for Your Business: Myths and Facts (Part 2) 5 Strategies to Raise Capital for a Small Business Evaluating Financing Options for Your Business: Myths and Facts
 
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  • 5 Celebs Who You Didn’t Know are Also Successful Entrepreneurs

    Carissa Dunphy
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:08 pm
    The chances that you knew these people are outrageously successful entrepreneurs is pretty much zero, so just shut up and read already! The best part is at the end though – guaranteed abs. #1: The Goopster: Gwyneth Paltrow Yes, she’s Ironman’s personal assistant, confidant and girlfriend. She’s had tons of supporting roles that have landed her squarely in global celebrity status, but Gwyneth is also a crafty entrepreneur. Then there was her book “My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family And Togetherness.” Ever been to www.goop.com? This is her lifestyle…
  • Understanding Business Collateral Requirements for SBA Loans

    Carissa Dunphy
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Thinking about expanding your small business? Maybe you have outgrown your current space, need to purchase more inventory to meet demand, or to upgrade to more modern equipment. In order to keep up with your customers and competition, you may want to consider a small business loan or line of credit to finance purchases or renovations. The (SBA) has set guidelines for small business loans offered by private lenders which may make them more accessible to you than other loans. However, many of these loans still require collateral and it’s important to understand what that is and how it can…
  • 10 Reasons Small Businesses Need an Office

    Carissa Dunphy
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Everybody knows that an office is key to any business. It’s the center of activity for everything to do with your business. But some businesses feel like it’s an unnecessary extra, that’s only needed for more corporate companies or that’s a fancy extra. We see thousands of small businesses settle into their perfect office environment every year and we see more of the office based businesses flourish than those who choose to stay at home. Here’s our list of 10 reasons every single small business needs office space. 1. Professional Image As much as it may not be right, it’s still a…
  • Stop Wasting Your Time On Facebook

    Carissa Dunphy
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    So I’m going to go all out and say it: If you’re a new business, don’t bother setting up a Facebook page. Just please, don’t. I know; with their 556 million daily users, you’d think Facebook would be one of the first ports of call in your social media marketing plan. But if you stop and think about it, you’ll begin to see that Facebook is actually a waste of time for most small businesses, and here’s why: You can’t build an organic following on Facebook During your competitor research, you decide to look up Competitor A and B on Facebook, to see how they’re doing. Woah! In a…
  • First-Hand Tips On Successfully Managing a Franchise Company

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

    Barbara Austin
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Yes, I’m totally going to go there… …it’s the old ice-cream flavors analogy. When it comes to the cream, everybody has their preference. Lots of people swear by vanilla…others love chocolate…then there are the picky ones, who have to have their rocky road, cheesecake-flavored with graham cracker bits, or mint chocolate chip. (That would be […]
  • Hiring a designer? Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck…

    Barbara Austin
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE being a designer. But, design just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process, sometimes frustratingly so! Alas, design doesn’t become “great”, or “beautiful”, or “effective”, with the flick of a magic wand, either. It takes effort on both parties (designer and client), to get fantastic results. So, say you’re going to […]
  • Wait just a minute there…Is your brand really ready to be “designed”?

    Barbara Austin
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    I love being a creative person. And, I love being an entrepreneur. (Holla’ if you do too!) But, we entrepreneurs are far from perfect. For one thing, sometimes we’re so full of ideas and new ventures and general creative excitement, that we want to just “get this show on the road” already—even when we really […]
  • 3 Biz Lessons I’ve Learned from Publishing Digital Magazines…

    Barbara Austin
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With any new endeavor, you have to learn as you go along, right? No matter if you have a degree in that subject, or you took a class/read a book about it, did an apprenticeship with a master craftsperson, or whatever… as the saying goes, learning happens on the job. So… Back in March/April 2013, […]
  • Find Your Important Computer Files More Easily (A cool visual trick for you…)

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

    wst-web-access
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    Facebook has 1.3 billion monthly active users Twitter has 260 million monthly users YouTube has another 1.3 billion monthly unique users LinkedIn has 200 million unique monthly users And so on. In an approximation, there are 4.2 billion users across the top social media networks, ready to hear you, your brand story and may be take some action. And hence, the reason why and how social media has become such an inevitable part of your brand building and marketing mix. Apart from this, things that have added to the affection for social media include: 1. Convenience Accept it or not, but this…
  • Accountant Websites Got Greater ROI

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    11 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    Technology has changed the way people make decisions, shop, to an extent that it has changed the way we live today. Our entire lifecycle from the time we wake up till we go back to bed, it revolves around the technology/internet for almost everything be it entertainment, work, or studies. We prefer discussing everything with Google before making any decision. And that’s what makes a professional website all the more important for every business. If you want to stay in business, make sure you have a website, and if you want it to grow, reach prospects globally than make sure you make a good…
  • 5 Reasons You Need to Move to Responsive Websites

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    7 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    With plethora of mobile communication devices entering the market every day, I wonder which device are you currently on, and accessing this blog piece. It could be a tablet, laptop, wide-screen desktop or may be your smartphone, but one thing is for sure, Mobile devices are not just affordable and easily prevalent but have become one of the highest consumer of digital content. And adding to the desirability is the latest research which concludes that, 70% of mobile searches lead to online action within an hour. Above all facts lead us to one thing and that is the importance and the inevitable…
  • The Art of Getting Likes on Facebook

    wst-web-access
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    With the kind of popularity and adulation across the globe, Facebook needs no description and the reason, why you should expand your business on Facebook. With more than 1.32 billion monthly active users and over 829 million daily active users, this is one medium every business needs to tap. And in case you have not started taking your Facebook account seriously, than we suggest you to think twice, before it’s too late. And in case you are there already or these data have finally awaken you, following are the quick tips you could engage in to get more Likes on your Facebook Page: •…
  • SEO Tips for Small Businesses

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    18 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is one the most touted digital marketing trick. I wouldn’t say over-rated here, because SEO is indeed one of the key and imperative factor for increased traffic and visibility, online. But is it really that tough and arduous to get it right? I shall leave that on you to decide, and meanwhile share some quick and easy SEO tips, just like our effortless, stress-free website builder to help you set your website, blog, or any other online asset right. 1. Get That Title Precise How did you plan to start reading this blog post? Or for that matter whatever you…
 
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  • Debunking the Branding Myth

    Melinda Emerson
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @bizbuild.  Karen Carr-Crawford is an entrepreneurial driven professional with 18 years of documented success and experience in marketing management, marketing plan development, and marketing campaign execution and implementation, having successfully generated $22.5 million in revenues in B2B space by consulting with owners and senior staff on relevant business growth strategies…
  • After Sales Service: The Key to Long-Term Growth

    Melinda Emerson
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article The success of every business is based upon relationships.  When I started my commercial real estate company more than forty-five years ago, it took me a month to raise my first $5,000 of capital.  Today I raise $1,000,000 with one email.  Why?  Strong relationships; which I have built by providing continuing after sales service are the key to long-term growth. The importance of after sales service is simple, but often ignored. It takes far more time and energy to gain a new customer than to sell your product repeatedly to those you already have. It is therefore mandatory in…
  • 10 Ways to Grow Your Small Business With Instagram

    Melinda Emerson
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    If you’ve been successful at setting up an Instagram account for your small business and using it to find new followers – and customers — you might be looking for additional strategies to ramp up your efforts on this visual social media platform. And since engagement on Instagram is 15 times higher than it is on Facebook, it’s definitely the platform that, for many small businesses, can move them from a teeny company to a burgeoning one. Here are 10 ways to grow your small business with Instagram to connect with your audience and get them to buy from you. 1. Connect It to Your…
  • Why You Should Put Profit First in Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @MikeMichalowicz. By his 35th birthday Mike Michalowicz had founded and sold two multi-million dollar companies. Confident that he had the formula to success, he became an angel investor… and proceeded to lose his entire fortune.  Then he started all over again, with a new “profit first” formula.  Michalowicz now operates his third million dollar venture, is a former…
  • How to Use Testimonials to Get More Clients

    Melinda Emerson
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article One of the most effective ways to sell your products and services is with customer testimonials. Potential customers are really not that interested in your passion, expertise or your belief that your work changes lives in the marketplace. It’s about hearing from those who have gotten benefits from your work and are willing to tell the story. People are always looking for a sense of community, people who are like them, going through what they are going through, etc. So when your testimonials are from people that others can relate to, it increases the credibility…
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  • College students make business internships payoff

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    By Eric Bradford                         Thousands of college students are ending their summer internships. If these college students were fortunate, their internships allowed them to do more than file, scan and copy stacks of documents, completing projects that regular employees are willing to do near anything to avoid. A good business internship introduces college students to the real work world. Instead of copying, scanning and filing all day, interns: • Sit in on webinars and conference calls. Progressive employers may also…
  • Breakfast for champions – You’ll love this low calorie omelet recipe

    admin
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Eggs are one of the most eaten breakfast foods and rightfully so. Loaded with protein, eggs are easy to prepare. Add in the right ingredients, and eggs become a filling food. Furthermore, of all the dishes you can cook using eggs, breakfast sandwiches and omelets are dishes that millions of Americans order from restaurants and food trucks each morning. You don’t have to live out West to love this omelet However, you don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay for an omelet to enjoy a hearty egg breakfast. You can make this omelet at home in less than 20 minutes.
  • Using your creative talents to build a successful enterprise

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell The first years of your working career might be spent trying to find jobs that pay the rent or mortgage. If you use your creative or artistic abilities several times before and after you start working these “pay the bills” jobs, you might feel a twinge of regret, something pulling you to change careers. This is what happened to Christine Hughes, owner of Darling Studio. Take creative talents from part-time to full-time business success Christine shares at her official website that, “Like many artists, I took the long way here. I studied communications…
  • Boost your chances of getting jobs you really want

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    21 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    By Edward Johnson Online job boards come with specific advantages. Search for employment at online job boards and you gain access to hundreds of jobs in a matter of minutes. Pay attention to salaries associated with specific jobs, and you could also discover pay ranges for jobs that interest you. Identifying responsibilities aligned with work roles, noticing the signs of a stable company versus a company that’s struggling to get a handle on its cash flows and getting an idea of how long a role has been open are other advantages you get access to when you search for employment using…
  • Marrying great restaurants and great business deals

    admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Annually restaurants in the United States generate more than $665 billion in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). A good portion of this revenue comes from entrepreneurs and senior business leaders, people who understand the value of good communication and rewarding dining. When clients love great food you introduce them to Simply inviting an existing or prospective client out to lunch or dinner can create feelings of appreciation in these guests. Choose the right restaurant and entrepreneurs could close a deal they’d been working on for…
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  • My Killer Twitter Tip for Finding New Customers for Your Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant People are very descriptive with their Twitter profiles. Do you ever read them? Here are some examples (I have removed the Twitter names): YouTuber | Journalist | Workaholic | Documentary Filmmaker Small Town Gal – Sports Enthusiast – Foodie – Wannabe Fashionista Proud Bostonian | Former NYer | Cookbook Author | Future Chef  See where I am going here? You can find potential customers on Twitter by searching their profiles for the words that describe your target customer. My Killer Twitter Tip What words would describe…
  • 4 Proven Ways to Get Customers to Buy Right Away

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to get your customers to act quickly, sometimes you need to create a sense of urgency. For example, the other day I filled up my cart at a particular online vendor. However, I did not place the order right away. Like most women, I started shopping around first, comparing prices, and still contemplating whether I wanted to complete the transaction. Later that day I saw two items missing out of my shopping cart. These items had already gone out of stock. So I panicked and placed the order out of fear that my other sale items…
  • How These Products Become a Dominant Brand By Specializing in Just One Thing

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    11 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant If you want to dominate a specific niche of the market and really establish a strong brand, even as an indie product maker, you can do if it you just do one thing and do it better and/or differently than anyone else. Here are three fairly new players that took age-old products and have quickly making them the go-to brand. The Herschel Supply Co. The Herschel Supply Co. is a Canadian company (yeah!) that was founded just 5 years ago by brothers Jamie and Lyndon Cormack. Named after the small west coast town where three generations of…
  • Need a Business Idea? Simply Solve a Problem (Like These Companies Did)

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I often see people trying desperately to come up with an idea for a business, but the easiest way is to simply solve a problem that people are having. It could be with a current product or service offering, or an offshoot of a problem with another product. Hopefully some of these product ideas will inspire you (be sure to also follow my Pinterest board, Products I Love!) : Problem Solved: Cell Phone Off the Floor When Charging Now this is not an expensive product, but it solves a definite problem. This cell phone holder ($8) from…
  • How Your Online Business Can Avoid Costly Returns and Exchanges

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant A recent report from Walker Sands on the Future of Retail indicated that 64% of consumers are more likely to purchase online when the company offered free returns and exchanges. Now, if you are a small business, free returns and exchanges can be a tough offering as it does eat into your bottom line, especially when the Wall Street Journal reported in December 2013 that one-third of all Internet transactions are returned by shoppers. So how can your small business avoid costly returns and exchanges? 1. Make Sure The Customer Completely…
 
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  • What’s the trick to getting the best employees to stick around?

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    When a small business starts, it’s impossible to tell if the first wave of employees will leave within the first week or stay with the company until they retire. The job market may be chaotic, but it’s full of opportunities, making people less reliant on their current positions. A lot of workers have the freedom to look for new jobs or quit old ones at will. This makes it pivotal for emerging companies to retain the top talent they have no matter what. It can be hard when the best employee in an organization gets an offer that’s a step up from his or her current job.
  • How to Create a Successful Infographic for your Business in 4 Easy Steps

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    The infographic has taken the online world by storm. It seems there’s an infographic for just about every topic; from strange cat facts to food portion size suggestions. But they’re also a great tool for the small business owner. An infographic is easy to digest and fun to look at, making them an excellent resource for reaching out to your desired audience. So how do you rake in the clicks with a top-notch infographic? Keep things simple. Nowadays, people want to receive their information in little bits. That’s why Twitter is so popular, and, often, only newspaper headlines get read. So…
  • How small businesses can learn from failure

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    While no company wishes to fail, there are valuable lessons business owners can learn from the experience that may help them grow and even thrive. Whether the failure is their own or at the hands of a rival, organization leaders can adapt their strategies and goals to reflect past attempts, putting them in a better position to succeed. There are many practices and circumstances that can prevent a small business from triumphing, but when eight out of every 10 businesses fail, similar problems come to light that can easily be avoided, according to Small Business Trends. Common troubles to…
  • How to reduce stress in the workplace

    11 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Stress is a common issue facing workers every day. Whether they’re working in sales or running companies, people need to find ways to de-stress so they can be happier and more productive. When you run a small business, it’s your responsibility to provide an outlet for your employees to relieve negative feelings, whether you have a handful of staff or you’re managing multiple departments. According to the American Institute of Stress, there are four main causes of stress in the workplace: workload, people issues, juggling work and personal lives, and a lack of job security.
  • How to market your small business with Instagram

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Social media channels provide a free outlet for small business marketing, and photo-sharing site Instagram may prove especially beneficial for entrepreneurs and startup companies. Instagram has more than 200 million users worldwide, according to The Associated Press, and while it doesn’t yet provide an option for businesses to pay to promote their content, there is still much value to be had from using the service. When you use Instagram correctly, you can garner new fans, create a voice for your brand and boost sales. The ability to interact with customers on this platform can help…
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  • How a Motivational Speaker Can Help You Retain Top Talent

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Motivational speaker can provide boost to employee productivity and help business leaders improve their performance. Learn how to get the best out of motivational speakers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 9 Ways You are Negatively Influencing Employees Productivity

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Various ways in which business owners and leaders hurt employee productivity and morale, and in turn their business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Create the Right Environment in Your Office

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:24 pm
    It is important to have the right temperature and working condition in the office. Here are the tips on how to set up the right environment for all employees. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Grow Business with Charitable Giving

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Giving back to community through charities is not only good for humanity, but is good for business. Here are different ways in which you can give back to charities. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Best Options to Build a Company Car Fleet

    SmallBizViewpoints
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Providing fleet cars to employees can improve productivity and efficiency. Learn how to choose right options when purchasing fleet cars for your business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Top 50 Money Management Tools, Apps Software for Small Businesses

    Scott Lynch
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Without a doubt, many of the most important-but-dreaded business tasks relate to finances: bookkeeping, accounting, invoicing, payroll, benefits, commissions, taxes – the list of do-I-have-to’s drags on and on and on. Thankfully, today’s financial landscape for small business is blooming with gorgeous apps, intuitive cloud-based tools, and smartphone solutions designed to make your life easier and your finances a little less dreary. We’ve chosen 50 of the best software programs, apps, and online tools built for freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some…
  • 50 Incredibly Useful Blogs on Tax Strategy and Tax Planning

    Scott Lynch
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Whether you’re an individual, small business owner, or entrepreneur, it is crucial to your financial success to be up to date with the latest tax strategies and information.  You may have the best accountants and financial planners around, but you should take steps to be informed of the ever-changing tax laws and best practices to be more prepared to take part in the discussions and decisions that will result in growing your wealth and assets. We’ve collected 50 of the best tax strategy and tax planning blogs to help you in your quest for information, tips, hints, and strategies. …
  • Little Fish in a Big Pond: The life of a College Intern

    Justin Walsh
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What I thought an internship consisted of and what it actually consists of are two separate things. I expected a lot of photo copying, getting coffee for everyone and doing much too much meaningless time consuming work. Getting an internship at Direct Capital, I immediately found that not to be true, except for the coffee, which turned out to be only a little true. I am currently going on my senior year majoring in marketing at Plymouth State University and playing baseball. Extreme sports and music are some of my passions, while looking forward when I finally get out of school I can work for…
  • The Benefits of Restaurant Equipment Leasing

    Scott Lynch
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The largest restaurant in the world, seats about 6,014 people, cost $40,000,000 to build and has over 1,800 employees!  Maybe your restaurant isn’t exactly the Bawabet Dimashq located in Syria, but you are trying to expand and get your restaurant headed in the next direction.  For starters, in order to expand you need some things: Capital Employees And Equipment!   As a restaurant owner you always want the best for your business and it’s important to consider your options.  The foundation of a restaurant should be a couple of things; however one of those should include your…
  • How to Get a Business Loan Approved: Advice from 22 Small Business Finance Experts

    Scott Lynch
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to the internet, web apps, and various methods of business automation that now exist, starting a new business today is undoubtedly much easier than it was even just a decade ago. But unless you are a lean technology startup that is built either wholly or mostly on the web, there are some time-old growth challenges that are unavoidable for new and growing businesses, one of which is building capital. For many businesses, building capital inevitably means successfully obtaining a business loan. As a company that works closely with businesses as they build capital, we at Direct Capital…
 
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    WP Curve

  • Five startup income reports you need to be reading

    Ross Beard
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Hey guys, Dan here. I asked Ross to pull this list together because our transparent monthly income reports have been a huge part of our success at WP Curve. The are constantly topping our list of most popular content, they always get huge interaction in terms of comments and replies and they are big trust builder. They have directly resulted in some pretty awesome things. I met Alex my co-founder through one of our first income reports. Our business has built a reputation and a brand based on our transparency, to the point where it’s regularly mentioned in articles about WP Curve.
  • 5 alternative methods for fixing a business

    Dan Norris
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I frequently chat to entrepreneurs who are in the position I was in for my first 7 years in business. They have arrived at a point where they can generate an OK wage for themselves, but they can’t grow past it. Most of the time, they look to others in the industry who they deem successful and try to apply their learnings to fix their broken business. A lot of the time, fixing a business may not be the way to go. Their business is so fundamentally flawed that small tweaks here and there won’t be enough to help. There are other ways to fix a broken business, they often…
  • How to grow your business with webinar marketing

    Ross Beard
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    Dan: At WP Curve we have just put the finishing touches on our plan to use webinars to build our business. This guide, written for us by Ross Beard couldn’t have been better timed for us. I hope it’s as useful for you as it’s been for us. Please let us know in the comments. Over to Ross. Have you ever made a purchase from a company after attending one of their webinars? Most of us have. Why? Because by attending the webinar, you gained valuable information and developed a level of trust with the presenter and company, which helped push you over the line to buy their product…
  • July WP Curve report – Growth time

    Dan Norris
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hi all welcome to our July monthly report. We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Our current MER (Monthly Expected Revenue) $29,679 In June we introduced one off WordPress jobs, which made us into a business that has one off revenue as well as recurring revenue. While the vast majority of our revenue is still recurring, this will even out over time. We therefore have a few options in terms of tracking where we are at: Use MRR still, but then it doesn’t…
  • Website review: Personally branded, content driven services

    Dan Norris
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Hey all, this is the 3rd in a series of website reviews. I’ve picked 3 very different businesses and I’ve done the reviews in different ways. This review is for kerynspriggs.com, a personally branded content driven services site. By that I mean Keryn is using her own name as the brand, she is using content to drive leads to an offline services business. Keryn is just getting started and has put the site together herself. It’s a great start. As always there are a lot of things that can be improved, either in the short term or down the track when time / money permits. I’ve…
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    Resource Nation Small Business Articles & Advice

  • Should I Accept Mobile Card Payments?

    Ashtyn Douglas
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You do much of your business on the go. Maybe you’re a vendor at the local farmer’s market, or a musician who sells CDs after a show. Maybe you’re a taxi driver or a house cleaner and want to speed up transactions and give customers more ways to pay. The Benefits of Mobile Payments Whatever industry you’re in, mobile payments offer plenty of perks to help you boost your business. They increase sales, since you’re no longer limited to cash or checks. They streamline transactions, which is important if you’re trying to sell CDs to a mob of rabid fans. They also help you reach new…
  • What is an ACH Bank Transfer, and Other Common Small Business Commerce Questions

    Guest Author
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    ACH. Payment gateway. Chargeback. If you’re new to accepting credit cards for your business, or on the cusp of deciding to do so, you might feel overwhelmed by these foreign terminologies. You probably want answers to questions so you can accept credit cards confidently, without any surprises by unrecognized fees on your monthly statement. So let’s look at some of the questions you may have about your merchant card processing and clear up the fog. What is a Chargeback? If a customer goes to his credit card company and says that you didn’t deliver what you were supposed to in the…
  • 5 Most Common Misconceptions Small Businesses Have About SEO

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    SEO best practices change faster and more often than models at a fashion show. As a result, it’s difficult for small business owners to keep their SEO programs on track, and dangerous not to. At best, SEO campaigns based on misconceptions yield no results; at worst, they produce negative results – i.e., lowering organic search visibility. Here are five of the most common SEO misconceptions. Misconception #1: Rankings Matter Rankings used to matter a lot. Now they don’t. Among the reasons: Organic search results vary depending on the location of the user. Organic search results vary…
  • Upcoming Travel? 5 Tips to Get Work Done While on the Road

    Megan Totka
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your job requires you to travel, you probably know how challenging it is to get much accomplished between boarding flights, attending conferences and meetings and getting much-needed sleep. The hassle of traveling combined with work stress can make business trips very taxing. Recent research from the CWT Travel Solutions Group tells us that an employee traveling for work can lose up to 6.9 hours on a trip due to stress (Tweet This). To better manage your email and workload so your return to the office isn’t too overwhelming, take a look at these five tips. Be Realistic When it comes to…
  • Boom or Bust: Keeping One Step Ahead In The World of Retail

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need an edge in business. Most of the time, you’re flying blind. You wonder how it is that everyone around you is doing so well while you feel like you’re on shaky ground. The truth is that your competitors aren’t really all that well off either. They’re just keeping up appearances. Here’s how to ditch the status quo, stay one step ahead, and actually be confident in your company. Establish a Killer Email Marketing System You have to step up your marketing game. Most companies that are successful use a sophisticated system to send out weekly or monthly reminder emails, but…
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    Tanya Smith OnlineTanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • Enter to Win a Free WeeklySnaps.com Subscription

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    If you know me at all, you know I love two things… Tools for Managing Content and Giving Away Awesome Stuff Well what had happened was… The guys over at ShareAsImage gifted me a free ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION ($59 value) to one of the tools I already use in my content library. It’s called Weekly Snaps. Weekly Snaps is a service that sends 20 royalty free images to your inbox every week…yes, every single week. When they found out I already had the service, they graciously let me pay this forward to someone else.  I’m going to now give away this entire 1 year…
  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

    Tanya Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    RSS readers can be a great source of content.  I’ve used them for years and I love how I can organize what I most love to read and share, all in one place.   I generally like to categorize my reader based on topics that I share related to my niche, personal interests, humor, world news, etc. If you have a website or blog the one thing you need on a regular basis is lots of material to write about.  But at some point your idea stream starts to run a little dry. This article is about ways you find ideas to consistently come up with fresh and exciting content using RSS readers.
  • How Sanebox Helped Me Free Up More Time to Work On Content

    Tanya Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    According to the Radicati Group, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received per day. And the fact is, as a business owner the more content you put out, the more likely you are to get content in return, mostly in the form of email. Responsive emails could include reports you’ve set up to monitor your sales activity, social media comments about your brand, questions being asked, purchases made (cha-ching), or any number of things. It’s a fact … email is here to stay and it’s a huge part of every day business…
  • How to Grab Your Reader’s Attention in 15 Seconds or Less

    Tanya Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Grabbing your reader’s attention within the first 15 seconds of seeing your content is critical to keeping them on your website. However, if you can hit  a reader right at the start by tackling the most important question of “What’s in it for me?”, you’ll have a good chance that they’ll read or consume whatever content you are providing. Basically, if your marketing and your content don’t answer this question in fifteen seconds or less, chances are you’re going to lose your visitor. So how exactly do you grab your reader’s attention and…
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Content

    Tanya Smith
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you gotten in the habit of just slapping up a new article or blog post on your site, just to add something fresh and new? If so, you may be missing out on traffic and new readers. Let me explain. People visit websites and blogs because they are looking for information. Much of the time they have a problem which they want to solve. How many times have you been grateful to someone when they told you how to fix something or said that a certain product is what you need? Think about how you can apply the “purposeful content” principle to your blog and to other content you share…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • Hiscox Small Business Corner: Brazzlebox.com

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Hiscox Small Business CornerCharlene Barkley, Director of Advertising and Promotions for Brazzlebox.com and Founder Glen Zinszer, prepare for the launch of the business-to-business online networking tool. A new platform for small businesses prepares to launch as a resource for connecting with other business owners. The Hiscox Small Business Corner series is an outlet for small business owners to highlight what makes their businesses stand out. Previously, we’ve featured technology firms, a childcare facility, social media agencies and more. The latest…
  • For millions in donations, just add cold water

    Hunter Hoffmann
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As the Ice Bucket challenges takes over social media, some are questioning it’s value – which is huge for ALS research. No matter where you looked over the past couple weeks – on TV, online and over social media – you couldn’t help but notice all the videos of people dumping buckets of cold water over their heads.  It looked like everyone was having fun, well except some of these people, and it was all for a good cause – to support research the ALS Association and their efforts to help treat and prevent Lou Gehrig’s disease. But, were many of these people just taking their 5…
  • 4 of 2014’s best small business marketing tactics

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Use the last half of the year to boost your small business marketing with these quick to implement tactics. Small business marketing moves fast, even when you have a marketing plan in place, you’ll need to act quick to implement necessary changes. As a busy entrepreneur you might not have as much time for marketing research and updates as you’d like.  That’s why we’ve put together a quick list of today’s top marketing trends – ideas to know about and tactics to implement.  Check it out, compare it to your current marketing activities and make adjustments as needed. Content…
  • Why small businesses should consider cyber liability insurance

    Guest Blogger
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest blogger Larry Alton shares insight on cyber liability insurance. Independent business consultant Larry Alton shares insight on cyber liability insurance in the guest blog post below. In the Internet-dominated business arena, companies store more sensitive information than ever on their computers. But a shockingly low number of small businesses have invested in cyber liability insurance to combat the potentially devastating effects of a cyber-attack. In fact, many small business owners are unaware of the high risk of data breaches at their establishment, in the belief that hackers are…
  • 4 must-dos if you’re thinking of becoming a mompreneur

    Hiscox Blog
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Women EntrepreneursThese tips will help moms transition into business ownership. Female entrepreneurs and women small business owners are a financial force to be reckoned with.  According to the 2012 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, the past 15 years have seen growth in the number, employment and revenues of women-owned firms (+54%, +95 and +58%, respectively) seen nowhere else outside of the largest, publicly-traded firms.  It’s estimated that there are now more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. generating $1.3 trillion…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Bust Out of Your Work Wear Routine

    Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: A Women’s Guide to Chic Office Style If you work in a traditional office, it can be easy to fall into a seriously boring fashion rut. A lame suit that has about as much individuality as a cardboard box becomes your everyday go-to uniform.  And before you realize it, this blah aesthetic starts bleeding into your weekend wear as well. Before you go saying that you don’t care about fashion or that style doesn’t matter at work, remember that what you wear has a huge impact on how others perceive you and even how you feel.  So, it’s in your best…
  • Tips for a Safe Office Environment

    Contributor
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Ensuring everyone in the office is safe is an extremely important consideration for employers. There are many hazards that can be found in this environment, and it is essential you find out what they are and prevent them from causing injury. A risk assessment is the best way to check for potential threats to health and safety, and is actually a legal obligation under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 for any company employing five or more people. It can be carried out by a competent employee, or an appointment can be made with a health and safety…
  • Are Braces Okay in the Workplace?

    Contributor
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: What People Actually Think about Your Braces Here’s your dilemma: You badly want a straight smile but you’re worried about how people will perceive you as a professional adult with braces. You’re definitely not the first to have this worry and, as long as people are born with imperfect teeth, you won’t be the last. We’re used to seeing kids and teenagers with braces and retainers, but it’s a little less common to see a grownup in an office wearing a business suit topped off with braces.   So, you’re left wondering if the possible…
  • Content Ideas for Your Social Media Marketing Efforts

    Stacy Jackson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:20 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Do you need help with content ideas for your social media marketing efforts? Check out these three tips and examples for successful social media marketers. Source: www.jacksonmarketingservices.com While social media marketing isn’t rocket science, it’s not always easy either. To run a successful campaign, you should provide followers with regular, relevant content. Check out these three types of content you can use with your social networks. The post Content Ideas for Your Social Media Marketing Efforts appeared first on Rabid…
  • 5 Genuinely Shocking Workplace Statistics

    Contributor
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Work can be a grim place to be, we all know that. But this doesn’t just entail poor coffee, annoying work pals and that boss you just can’t stand. Sometimes it’s much more serious than that. I’m talking life and death. Here are five genuinely shocking statistics to come out of the workplace, one or two of which you might just be able to relate to. 1. Almost 50% of American workers gain weight while on the job It may not be that surprising that we put weight on when we are at work, particularly if we work behind a desk all day and don’t get much…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • 4 Social Media Mistakes That Will HARM Your Business

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:26 pm
    Whether your favourite network is Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+, there are some things you should avoid doing if you want to grow your community and use your social media presence to form relationships. Social media is a fantastic marketing tool to promote your business but could harm your business if not used correctly. Here are 4 things you should NOT do on social media.
  • How To Use Google Webmaster Tools To Improve Your SEO

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a Google Webmaster Tools account for your website but are not sure how to use all the features? Google Webmaster Tools has so many different features that it can become confusing as to what is useful and what you need to take note of to improve your website.Within Google Webmaster Tools you are able to see a lot of statistics which are all related to your website.
  • Marketing Your Business In Nottingham? 5 Things You Need To Know

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Due to Nottingham having a very competitive business environment you should have a plan of action to market your business effectively to beat your competitors. You will need to be aware of your surroundings so that you can use them to the advantage of your business. Listed below are 5 key points that you need to know and that will help you to market your business effectively in Nottingham.
  • How To Overcome ‘The Marketing Problem’

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Over the past ten years, I have met many businesses in a huge variety of different industries from hairdressers to engineers working with cutting edge technology, from retailers to wholesalers, from tradespeople to professionals, manufacturers and service businesses.
  • Are You Getting Results From Your Website? How To Audit Your Digital Marketing

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
 
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance» With Form 1023-EZ, Determination Letter Arrives in Weeks

  • With Form 1023-EZ, Determination Letter Arrives in Weeks

    James
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:08 am
    News of the recent release of IRS Form 1023-EZ has spread like wildfire. Introduced in July, the form, designed to streamline the application and approval process for federal tax exemption, has triggered a number of questions throughout the nonprofit world.… Read more >>
  • Connecticut Secretary of State Experiencing Delays

    James
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    8/14/2014 The Connecticut Secretary of State has been experiencing computer and copier issues. Clerks are unable to print copies, certified copies, and confirmations of filings. The Secretary of State’s office is unsure when all systems will be running normal once … Read more >>
  • How to be Proactive While Waiting for Your Determination Letter

    James
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Obtaining your IRS determination letter is a crucial step to starting your nonprofit. Unfortunately, this magical document, which grants an organization federal tax exemption, and the myriad benefits associated with it, usually arrives 9-12 months after filing Form 1023. While … Read more >>
  • C-Corp or S-Corp: Which Makes Sense for Your Business?

    James
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    This is the third post in our series of entity comparisons. Be sure to check out the first and second segments! When starting a business, many owners find themselves deciding between several entities for their business. Understanding liability protection, tax … Read more >>
  • Three Ways to Save Money on Business Registration

    James
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
      Here at Harbor Compliance, we don’t believe in cutting corners. Registering your business with the state should always be done diligently, so that your business or nonprofit obtains limited liability protection, and maintains good standing with the state. That … Read more >>
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options

    Tiffany C. Wright
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is a paraphrased response I gave to a question I had from an owner of one firm who had entered into a verbal agreement to go to another firm. He had the expectation that he and his current business partner would buy out that firm in the future and wanted to know how […]
  • The Funding Is Out There! eBook Now Available

    Tiffany C. Wright
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business is now finally available in eBook format on Amazon! To order your copy now and download it to your computer or Kindle device, click on the picture above or on the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Funding-Out-There-Access-Business-ebook/dp/B00JW3FYGG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400191594&sr=1-1. Here is some information about The Funding […]
  • Social Responsibility and Beneficial Corporations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    As of late 2012, very few states allowed you to organize beneficial corporations. In addition, although those who have formed them are advocating for the benefits, the IRS currently provides no special benefits to beneficial corporations. Before I go further, let me explain what beneficial corporations are. Beneficial corporations are for-profit enterprises that operate in […]
  • How to Create a High-performance Virtual team of Independent Contractors

    Tiffany C. Wright
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
     As the former owner of a construction trade publication that operated virtually, I understand well the issues regarding virtual teams. Because we published on a monthly basis, not a weekly basis, and focused on one major metropolitan area, Atlanta, I could not justify hiring part-time employees. In our operations, except for the sales staff, we […]
  • How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here is a post by a guest contributor, JonJon Yeung of the award winning TUG Agency. This post speaks to why and how you can alter your marketing to trigger emotional responses in your targeted prospects. His article is highly illuminating and insightful. Enjoy! – TCW   How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • “The dog ate my invoice!” – the biggest excuse for SME late payments

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Late payments can be really disruptive to small businesses – when you don’t have much leeway in your cashflow, just one payment can make the difference between failure and success. Automated credit control company Satago found that every year more than a third (34%) of UK SMEs are forced to write off thousands of pounds of bad debt. There has been some government and industry action but the findings show that they’ve had limited impact – a worrying quarter of SMEs (24%) surveyed believe the situation with late payments has in fact deteriorated over the last two years. Only 17% believe…
  • The Font Archive – Spelling out success

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Lots of start-ups are run from home – but what about using a storage unit as your HQ? Andy Stuart, owner and manager of The Font Archive, did this. He salvaged a collection of over 90,000 historical typeface font designs, and sells them via his website (www.thefontarchive.co.uk). He’s been sorting through them for 19 months now, but Andy soon found he needed somewhere secure to store his stock: and that’s when he turned to Access Self Storage Manchester. The Font Archive has a fascinating back-story. Based in Altrincham, just outside Manchester, it grew out of Andy’s salvage company…
  • How to make your small business website work harder

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Gary Turner, managing director of Xero UK,  provides top tips to help small businesses become more attractive to prospective customers online. The best place to hide a dead body is page two of Google – at least according to one unknown blogger. The clear message from this joke is just how big a difference online visibility is when it comes to boosting sales of new and established businesses. The bottom line is: if you’re not taking SEO seriously, customers just aren’t seeing your website often enough. And it doesn’t stop there. Rather than impressing the few prospective customers…
  • The cost of a heatwave: are your employees less productive?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    A recent study carried out by Voucher Codes Pro revealed that a whopping 74% of employees polled felt their productivity had decreased in the recent heatwave. Reasons included headaches, eagerness to leave work, hayfever, sunburn, and generally Feeling Too Hot. Not just this – 14% confessed they had pulled a sickie in order to enjoy the weather. However, skiving alone costs businesses a staggering £272m – and that doesn’t account for the loss of productivity that’s inevitable when your employees are sweaty and miserable. So what can you do to keep your employees fresh – and, most…
  • How to make your customers buy again – 7 essential email marketing tips

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Email marketing can be a tricky beast. How can you send mass emails without getting spammy, incensing your customers until they vow to boycott your company forever, and actually use it to generate sales? Simon Horton of ecommerce plugin supplier ShopIntegrator shares some key steps in encouraging repeat custom and keeping your customers happy. Engaging subject Your subject line will make or break the success of your email marketing campaign. One third of people decide to open the email or send it to the trash based on the subject line alone. It must tie-in with the content and not just be a…
 
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    OPEN Forum

  • Mind Mapping: 5 Ways a Visual Plan Can Energize Your Business

    Angela Stringfellow
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Small-business owners thrive on ideas and plans. Didn’t your business start as an idea? And didn’t you create a business plan to help you launch that new idea? Now that your business is up and running, your plate is likely overflowing with daily tasks and responsibilities—with no room for planning out how new ideas can best fit into your business. One valuable visualization tool that’s being increasingly used for business applications is mind mapping. Mind maps are useful for brainstorming, planning and visualizing everything from marketing strategies and meeting notes to…
  • 7 Surprising Ways to Boost Your Powers of Persuasion

    Bruna Martinuzzi
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    From Facebook ads to friendly fliers, from podcasts to presentations, from blogs to billboards, and from political speeches to love letters, we’ve all been on the receiving end of a tsunami of persuasive messages. On any given day, we’re bombarded with thousands of messages that try to catch our attention and persuade us to think, do or feel something or other. Today, there’s such a proliferation of written opinions on the topic of persuasion that persuasion has practically become a household word. As a small-business owner, if you haven’t been paying attention to the…
  • Why This Law Could Hurt America’s Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Kelly Spors
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Many occupations today—from architects to hair stylists to taxi cab drivers—require professional licenses from their state in order to operate legally. Some members of Congress now want proof that such licensing rules are actually helping, not hurting, the U.S. economy. House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-Missouri) wrote a letter to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy on Wednesday asking it to study the effects that occupational licensing rules have on entrepreneurship. He expressed concern that strict state licensing rules may hinder…
  • Could These Business Owners Be Responsible for the Next Cronut?

    Anthonia Akitunde
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    With more than 8 million people living in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, New Yorkers are pretty familiar with the concept of waiting in lines—especially for something that’s garnered some Internet and word-of-mouth buzz. But these days, the lines that people are most willing to wait hours in—the ones that snake around city blocks and warrant their own hashtags—don’t lead to exclusive nightclubs cordoned off by velvet ropes and beefy bouncers. They’re for a good meal. More often than not, these lines are forming at the doors, carts and stands of small…
  • How to Listen to Music at Work Without Sacrificing Productivity

    Vivian Giang
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    We’ve all experienced it: The endless chatter in the row behind you. A colleague talking loudly on the phone as she passes by. Someone nearby tapping his pen distinctively on his desk. A printer humming and spitting out pages of paper. With the rise in popularity of open-office layouts, many of us have turned to headphones to gain a sense of privacy, block out the rest of the world and just get our work done. There’s a benefit to drowning out our workmates: Research shows that music releases the “pleasure chemical” dopamine in your brain, making you happier and more focused. When…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • How To Incorporate Yourself/Your Business In The USA

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    In the life of any entrepreneur, one day comes the moment for incorporating his activities. And then usually comes the question ‘Who the heck do I do that?’. What type of a company would you found, if you needed to do that? Would you found a C Corp, or you would choose sole proprietorship? May […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Best Cities For Starting A Business In The US -   How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones -   How To become An Entrepreneur – The Very First Steps - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start…
  • 5 Things Vital For The Success Of Any Start Up According To Richard Branson

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
      Richard Branson is well known entrepreneur all around the world. But he is not just an entrepreneur, he is a serial entrepreneur. Branson has started hundreds of successful companies, most of which are still operational today. He has not only made billions of dollars this way, but also he has acquired an enormous amount […] You can also check these cool posts:   What Was the First Job and Career of Some Billionaires? -   How Richard Branson Made His Billions -   How Entrepreneurs Think - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups &…
  • How Apple Computers Got Its Name

    Entrepreneur Writer
    26 May 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Some of us wonder how the owners of Apple Company came up with the name. Why name a company after a fruit?   According to the co-founder of the company, Steve Wozniak, it was several weeks after the partnership was forged that they decided on the name of their company. He was then driving Steve […] You can also check these cool posts:   Steve Jobs Biography – Movie -   A Short Biography Of Steve Wozniak -   Steve Jobs – a History of an Innovator - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Who Is Cisco from San Francisco?

    Entrepreneur Writer
    16 May 2014 | 6:03 am
    The name of the company Cisco was derived from the City of San Francisco. Before, engineers used lower case for ‘cisco’ because it only came from the name of the said city.   According to John Morgridge, the first president of the company, the owners got the name and the logo while driving to Sacramento […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Rise of Zynga -   Alexa.com – History -   The Home Depot: The Humble Beginning - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Mercedes: A Father’s Pretty Daughter

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 May 2014 | 3:36 am
    Everyone wants to own a car. In this modern day and age, we have a lot of car manufacturers and one of the more noteworthy is Mercedes Benz. The name came from the beautiful daughter of Emil Jellinek, Mercedes.   A rich banker-sportsman from Vienna, Emil Jellinek, was very fascinated with the success of Daimler […] You can also check these cool posts:   A History of Ford Motor Company -   A History of Citroen -   What Is a Millionaire? - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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  • Build Your Self Esteem, A Starter Guide To Self Improvement

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
    So how do you stay calm, composed and maintain self esteem in a tough environment? Here are some tips you may to consider as a starter guide to self improvement. Imagine yourself as a Dart Board. Everything and everyone else around you may become Dart Pins,  at one point or another. These dart pins will destroy your self esteem and pull you down in ways you won’t even remember. Don’t let them destroy you, or get the best of you.  So which dart pins should you avoid? Dart Pin #1 : Negative Work Environment Beware of “dog eat dog” theory where everyone else is fighting just to…
  • The Three Faces Of A Good Manager

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    The manger of a small team has three major roles to play:   Planner A Manager has to take a long-term view; indeed, the higher you rise, the further you will have to look.  While a team member will be working towards known and established goals, the manager must look further ahead so that these goals are selected wisely.  By thinking about the eventual consequences of different plans, the manager selects the optimal plan for the team and implements it.  By taking account of the needs not only of the next project but the project after that, the manager ensures that…
  • A GUIDE ON RSS TOOL

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    RSS is an abbreviation that has evolved into the following, depending on their versions: ·    RDF Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.9; the first version of RSS) ·    Rich Site Summary (also known as RSS 0.91; a prototype) ·    Really Simple Syndication (also known as RSS 2.0) Today, RSS stands for 'Really Simple Syndication', and it has the following 7 existing formats or versions: ·    0.90 ·    0.91 ·    0.92 ·    0.93 ·    0.94 ·    1.0…
  • Vision, Prescience and Flexibility

    8 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    Vision in that the future must be seen and communicated to the team; Values in that the team needs a unifying code of practice which supports and enhances co-operation; Verve in that positive enthusiasm is the best way of making the work exciting and fun.  If you do not think your work is exciting, then we have found a problem. A better word than Verve might be Chutzpah (except that it does not begin with a "V") which means "shameless audacity".  Is that not refreshing? Inspiring even? A manager should dare to do what he/she has decided to do and to do it with confidence and pride.
  • WHAT MAKES A GREAT MANAGER

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The first steps to becoming a really great manager are simply common sense; but common sense is not very common. This article suggests some common-sense ideas on the subject of great management.    The major problem when you start to manage is that you do not actually think about management issues because you do not recognize them.  Put simply, things normally go wrong not because you are stupid but only because you have never thought about it.  Management is about pausing to ask yourself the right questions so that your common sense can provide the answers.  When you…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Do Favours For Other People

    Jeph
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1. It makes you feel good.  (^Article from Berkley citing several studies on why doing good deeds makes you feel good) 2. It’s the morally right thing to do. As in, it builds good Karma. (In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson he talked about the point in which Apple was coming up with iTunes. Everyone was stealing music on the Internet and Steve didn’t agree with that, he wanted a different solution. When the media was critical of iTunes in the beginning Steve was questioned about if iTunes was viable and if it would last, his response was “stealing music…
  • Why McDonald’s is a better first job than working at a gas station

    Jeph
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    We had this argument the other night. Which is better at a young age; working at a gas station or working at a fast food restaurant? My theory goes, at a gas station your job is very transactional. You want to pump gas, pay, and get the hell out of there as fast as possible. Making the working life of a gas station attendant one very lonely job where no one really wants to talk to you (not that it’s your fault). At a fast food restaurant, McDonald’s till worker for argument sake, you have to interact with customers all day long. You can make people smile, make people laugh and…
  • Most events aren’t meant to be remembered

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    that’s why most events aren’t that good. How many presentations, conferences, lecture’s, speeches, keynotes, and guest talks have you been in that have completely bored you to death? It’s become an epidemic, and I hate it. If you don’t intentionally try to create a memorable event why do you think people will remember it?   Start with: why will people remember this? Why will my event be different? How do we get people walking out after the event saying “holy $#!& that was amazing!!”. Maybe therein lies the secret: to create “holy…
  • 3 Things Great Leaders Always Do

    Jeph
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Why is it so rare that employees look up to their boss? Why is it that most senior leadership are referred as more of the senior part and not so much the latter? How come more people don’t look up to the leader of the organization? Why is it so rare to find a visionary, humble, head of an organization? In the future we’ll look up to leaders who understand and act upon these 3 must do’s. 1. You must have a clear vision. If your staff don’t know where you’re going it’s going to be very difficult to follow you. If your vision isn’t simple most people…
  • If You Want To Be an Amazing (Blank), Study the Amazing (Blankers)

    Jeph
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    It’s a simple thought that has profound consequences. If you wish to be the best, you must study the best. If you want to be amazing at golf, study the great golfers. If you want to be an amazing comedian, watch the great comedians. If you want to be a world renown hypnotist, you’d be wise to study the greatest hypnotists in the world. Never before has it been easier to study the masters of our craft. Whatever you do, whatever you’re into, you can find someone in the world who’s amazing at it and better yet you can subscribe to their YouTube channel. Start following…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

    Emily Farrar
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that, starting tomorrow, the new version of our receipt tables will be the default in your online account! The new tables offer: A more simple and streamlined way to view and manage your receipts Two display formats to choose from – whichever strikes your fancy! New vendor and price range filters The new tables have undergone extensive testing by Shoeboxed users and our team, and we’re quite proud of the finished product. We hope that you find it to be an overall improved experience in managing your receipts! What are you waiting for?! Try them out…
  • We’re Nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Shoeboxed is proud to announce our nomination for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in the Apps category. The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. This is our second time being nominated for the award and we would love all the support we can get! Voting lasts from August 29 at 3p.m. Eastern time through September 15 at 2:59 p.m.
  • iOS App Update: iPad Views, Business Cards and more!

    Emily Farrar
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you’re a regular user of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for iOS, we have good news for you! As of today, there’s an update available on the App Store that includes some new features and upgrades we think you’ll appreciate. The new version includes: iPad optimized views – Back and better than ever in this version of the app! The ability to choose Receipt or Business Card when submitting a document – This new option was added to clear up any confusion when it comes to submitting business cards through the app, as well as to cut down turnaround time…
  • Introducing a Better Way to Manage Categories

    Emily Farrar
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    We know how important it is to correctly categorize your receipts for monthly accounting and tax purposes. So when you asked for a better way to handle categorization inside Shoeboxed, we got to work. Today, we’re thrilled to share with you a new and improved way to manage your categories! On the new Manage Categories page, you can set rules for certain vendors and/or payment types to always go into a specific category. Once a receipt is processed in your account, it will be automatically categorized according to your rules. Each category has three sections for rules associated with…
  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

  • 15 Parallels Between Football and Content Marketing

    Ryan Kettler
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s official – the 2014 football season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Football is a glorious team sport that just as much about the individual as it is the team. Without the individuals, there would be no team, and without the team, there would be no football. If you share my passion for this sport, I respect you. If you ever had the privilege of playing this sport, I commend you. If you’re a B2B marketer and are part of the 93% doing content marketing this year, I think you’ll find this post relatable. After thinking about it, I realized there are a…
  • Ecommerce Retailers – Don’t Fall Behind Your Competitors This Year

    Ryan Kettler
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    I recently spoke with one of our new customers recently who has been paying for an ecommerce website for two years and hasn’t sold one thing. That’s right, NOT A THING! You can imagine how surprised I was to hear that and how frustrated I was for them. Of course, my emotions can’t even compare to the business owner’s. I don’t know how he maintained his sanity after the sixth month without any sales. I would have given up a long time ago, but that goes to show how determined and dedicated small business owners are when it comes to their online success. Amazing.
  • BoostSuite’s Second Page 10 Award Recipient

    Ryan Kettler
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome back ladies and gentlemen! We’re excited to give out our second Page 10 Award! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this award, allow me to explain: There are some really great results on page 10 of the search results, yet very few searchers ever see them because they simply don’t dig that deep! This award highlights one of the entries from page 10 of the Google search results. We understand how hard it is for small businesses to rank on page 1 of the search results for relevant queries. We also know how important it is to try. That’s why we created…
  • 5 Mobile Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Lisa Jeffries
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    While there may not be one single, definitive stat available out there about just how much web traffic is “mobile”, a recent Google search (results pictured at right) shows various media outlets citing between 28% and 55% of all internet usage coming from mobile devices – and that number is significant at even the smallest estimate. So how can small businesses ensure that their online marketing efforts are mobile-friendly and more importantly, friendly to mobile users? These five tips will help – and be sure to revisit them often as the mobile landscape changes every time…
  • A Simple Guide to Duplicate Content. Are These 2 Myths Holding Your Traffic Back?

    Aaron Houghton
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    If you’ve ever worked with a search engine optimization professional, or if you’ve worked to optimize your website on your own, you’ve probably heard the term duplicate content. It can be terrifying. You usually hear it about it like this. Something you’ve done, or something that your web publishing tool – think WordPress – has done, is causing some of your content to show up at different URLs within your website. Or even worse, content you originally posted on your website is now being displayed on some other website. You might not even know who runs the other website.
 
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    Marketing and Small Business Blog

  • 3 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Social Listening

    Ben Chambers
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Social media should be a major component of any small business marketing strategy.  Whether it is through content creation or paid advertising, few tools will be more cost-effective.  It can engage potential customers, get the world out about your product, and drive valuable traffic to your website.  In addition to posting on social media, you should consider some type of social listening.  Simply put, social listening is a way of using social media to pay attention to what others are posting about.  This could be customers, competitors, the general public, or any…
  • How Online Marketing and SEO Really Works

    Ken Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Get Yourself on the First Page of Google! Sound familiar?  How many emails or calls do you get about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services that will get you on the first page of Google?  You know they're probably spam, but they just nag at you and make you wonder if it is possible. This presentation was done by Ken Tucker of Changescape Web for the June 2014 St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. Learn how online marketing and SEO really works, and what strategies and tactics make the most sense for businesses and learn why SEO services fail too…
  • 3 Ways You Can Benefit from Social Media Contests

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Social media is a fantastic tool to connect with customers.  Posting compelling content and interacting with people’s responses gives you the ability to build social proof and enable people to know, like, and trust your company.  A powerful, but underutilized tool in this area is the contest.  Companies should look at using contests to get people energized, engage, and ready to share your content.  Here are three ways contests will help enhance your social media following: 1. Contests Expand Your Reach Most contesst involve some type of requirement that people share a…
  • When Should You Post on Social Media?

    Ben Chambers
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    People ask all the time about when they should post content to social media.  This is a tricky question, and honestly, I wish my answer was something other than "it depends."  People put content together so potential customers can see it, so it makes sense that they want to guarantee the right eyes are seeing it.  Just as television and radio advertisers pay more to have their content displayed in primetime, companies using social media do everything they can to make sure that their content is published at the right time of day. My Clever Agency put together a fantastic…
  • Changescape Web Adds Inbound Marketing Certification

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Changescape Web is happy to announce that Ben Chambers has completed Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing program and is officially an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional.  The program involves an in-depth training process followed by a certification exam. “This is a great honor,” said Chambers.  “I enjoy helping clients discover new marketing solutions, and this enhances my ability to do so.  Inbound marketing is one of the most effective ways to generate traffic and increase a company’s visibility, and this training provided me with the tools to deliver those results to…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Jeunesse Global Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jeunesse is an international direct sales company specializing in anti-aging personal care, skincare and nutrition products. This company is growing by leaps and bounds, 38,000 distributors enrolled in the opportunity in June 2014 alone. During that same month, the company also experienced $40 million in sales. Compensation:  Jeunesse Distributors receive financial rewards in a number of ways. On retail sales the profit is 20% to 45%. Earn a one-time cash bonus when enrolling new customers with qualifying purchases. Team overrides and leadership bonuses are also available. Start-Up Costs:…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Yourself Expression

    Angie Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Yourself Expression offers customizable Memory Lockets. Customers can create personalized charms with their interlocking Snaps and Poppers. Compensation:  Expressionists receive 30-50% discount/commission on personal sales. Yourself Expression does not offer downline commissions. Instead, you can earn a higher commission on your own sales and free bonus product for recruiting. Start-Up Costs: You have two options when signing up with YSE. Sign up for $29 and receive a 50% discount on your first order. This option allows you to choose your own merchandise; one Snap, two Poppers, webpage…
  • Become an Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries

    Angie Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a Division of Mars, Inc that offers a premium line of Dove Chocolates that are not available in stores – only through Independent Chocolatiers. There is something for everyone: from Martini and smoothie mixes, savory sauces, easy and delicious desserts to fabulous ready to enjoy products such as sea salted caramels! Compensation Plan: Sales commissions range from 25-40%. Overrides of 3-5% are available on all team members plus there is a manager bonus of 3% on entire team sales. There are no downline limits. Start-Up Costs: The starting kit is $115…
  • New Direct Sales Companies: EcoGloMinerals

    Angie Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    EcoGloMinerals is a new direct sales company offering mineral makeup that is animal-friendly, gluten- and corn-free, certified organic and free of silicones, oils and waxes. Their product line currently includes everything from mineral foundations to lip colors to makeup brushes. Compensation:  Base commission is 25% with up to an additional 10% available for high ranking leaders. Consultants can also earn two levels down when building a team. Payments are made via PayPal. Start-Up Costs: Starter Kits range in price from $70 to $240 and include ample marketing materials and product samples.
  • Overview of the Linen World Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Linen World has been in business since 1979. According to the company’s owners, they never strived to be a big company, only a GREAT company. In addition to the obvious product offering – linens – Linen World’s product line also include housewares, tote bags and more. The company’s success was built on the backs of their consultants. Today they continue to offer an affordable home business opportunity to those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Compensation:  20% Start-Up Costs: Linen World currently has two consultant opportunities available. Internet Marketing Consultant – This…
 
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • Flash Reports! Great Management Decisions Should be Based on Data

    Matt
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There are so many moving parts to worry about when managing your business. And to make a hard job even harder, accounting systems never seem to have a single report that draws all your most important data together in one place. Key Ingredients Instead of relying on 12 different financial reports, build one good Flash Report.  This will be the one report you need to keep your “finger on the pulse” of your business. What should you put on it? For most small businesses, the best management decisions will come from clear and up-to-date information about just 4 key metrics: Current Cash…
  • Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

    Molly
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors have finished picking apart your business plan and negotiating deal terms. To get money in the door more quickly, entrepreneurs are turning to “bridge loans“.  The idea is not new, but recently it has come into wider use by emerging companies and angel…
  • Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

    David Worrell
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were not among those writing checks. Since investors can’t yet buy equity (ownership) in your company online, they are not typically interested in these kinds of crowdfunding sites. QUICK HISTORY LESSON In an attempt to protect investors and prevent another…
  • How Financially Disciplined is Your Company? 3 Rules for Surviving any Storm

    David Worrell
    12 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    The recession is over, leaving behind a wake of net losses, bad cash flow and bankruptcies among those hardest hit. At the same time, other companies have emerged unscathed.  What factors separate those that made it through the recession from others that did not? I’ve worked with dozens of companies over the last 5 years and believe that the survivors all have one thing in common: a mature and disciplined finance function that protected them from the worst of the storm by providing key data, information and insight to guide management decisions. Business is always subject to external…
  • Business Plan Wizardry: How to Write a Novel on One Page

    David Worrell
    3 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    The magic of Harry Potter recently found its way into business strategy and planning.  In fact, author J. K. Rowling gave up one amazing secret to her creative genius that every entrepreneur should use for writing a business plan. No, she did not conjure her 3,407 page chronology using black magic, a wand, a spell or a potion. In fact, the task of writing 7 Potter books was based on the magic of a single, hand-written page. If you ever wondered how she managed to plan and keep track of the interwoven story lines in the 766 page Order of the Phoenix, check out this picture recently released…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Funny Sells

    kutenda support
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    How to Use Humor to Connect with Your Audience Okay, here’s a freebie for someone out there. It’s totally perplexing why some sharp home décor company hasn’t used humorists Oscar Wilde’s last words in their advertising: “Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.” Plain and simple humor sells. It puts folks in a good frame of mind, and effectively disarms them to where they forget you’re in reality selling them something. Art Linkletter wasn’t kidding when he opined that laughter is the best medicine, and it could be just the prescription your business has been searching for! 4…
  • Are You Using YouTube in Your Business?

    kutenda support
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Great Ways to Get YouTube into Your Business YouTube is now the second largest search engine on the planet, and by far the most flexible. You can embed YouTube videos easily and quickly just about anywhere, and multiply your marketing efforts with ease. Moreover, utilizing YouTube marketing in your business is a very cost-effective way to drive traffic and sales. You’ve heard the stats touting YouTube as the giant it is, and why you really need to use it in your business. Nevertheless, it’s not always obvious precisely how to go about that. Let’s look at 7 ways you can incorporate…
  • 5 Reasons You Need a Mobile Marketing Strategy for Your Business

    kutenda support
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    How to Get Your Facebook Page Mobile Ready Since millions of people are making Facebook a frequent daily stop, and over 50 percent of them are using a mobile device for it, perhaps it’s wise for us to take a look at how our Facebook business page is being presented to the public. If you need more coaxing, now some 79% of smartphone users use their phones to go shopping, with 74% making a purchase as a result. Since Facebook creates a mobilized version of your Facebook page, you might have thought that’s all there was to it. Would that were so! Let’s take a look at some things you ought…
  • How to Optimize Your Facebook Page for Mobile Devices

    kutenda support
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    How to Get Your Facebook Page Mobile Ready Since millions of people are making Facebook a frequent daily stop, and over 50 percent of them are using a mobile device for it, perhaps it’s wise for us to take a look at how our Facebook business page is being presented to the public. If you need more coaxing, now some 79% of smartphone users use their phones to go shopping, with 74% making a purchase as a result. Since Facebook creates a mobilized version of your Facebook page, you might have thought that’s all there was to it. Would that were so! Let’s take a look at some things you ought…
  • How to Use LinkedIn Business Pages for Your Small Business

    kutenda support
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Is It Time for You to Start Using LinkedIn Business Pages? It was just a matter of time before business professional network LinkedIn became a beneficial and workable tool for small business to use effectively. Long an afterthought when it came to marketing with this social network, it has now emerged from the shadows to provide a striking alternative to Facebook and Google pages. No longer is it merely a job seeking site, but an appealing and useful social channel. MarketingLand reports that LinkedIn has expanded to over 3 million company pages as well as some 225 million members actively…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Avoiding Home Buyer’s Remorse

    Jenny Zamora
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
                 Home Buyer’s Remorse Have you ever bought something on the spur of the moment then later on you ask yourself.. “what was I thinking? I don’t even like or need it”. In most cases you can usually return the items like an expensive shirt or a an ugly painting as long as you have the receipt. However, if you paid cash and bought it from someone’s trunk in a parking lot, then you’re probably stuck with it. Unfortunately, you can’t do this when you buy a home which makes the home buying process even more…
  • Fannie Mae Short Sales Just Got Shorter

    Jenny Zamora
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
        I believe that Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac as well as most all other lending institutions finally acknowledge the importance of the realtor’s role in the short sale process.     It seems like yesterday [back in 2004] when we started doing short sales. Orlando realtors like myself that specialized in doing only short sales dealt with frustration everyday.   Short sales were rare and many lenders weren’t equipped to properly handle the short sale process. And when you did complete a short sale, getting your hard earned commission from the lender at the…
  • Orlando Real Estate Brokerage

    John Conde
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
        Orlando Real Estate Brokerage 407-902-7750 VIDEO   Orlando Realty Consultants is a Top rated full service Real Estate brokerage located in Orlando, Florida. Our firm provides professional real estate solutions for anyone needing to buy or sell real estate in the Orlando and Kissimmee area. Our experienced group of Orlando real estate professionals have experience in all areas of real estate. They will work with you to make your home buying or selling experience as pleasant as possible. We will provide you the most up-to-date information on your transaction as it develops.
  • Orlando Mortgage Brokers Speak Out

    Jenny Zamora
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Top Orlando Mortgage Brokers Spill Their Guts Recently, top mortgage brokers in Central Florida were asked what their biggest challenges were in their industry. A few of them had this to say…                 Some claim that the mortgage market still has ways to go before it fully recovers and that home sales are still below normal levels when you compare them to last year. Brokers feel that inventory levels still haven’t quite caught up with the demand. They went on to say that many people are still reluctant to buy because of the overall…
  • A New Appreciation For Living In Orlando

    John Conde
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
                    There’s nothing quite like taking a long road trip with your family in the Summer time . We left Orlando at about 10pm. A quick stop at my sister’s house to drop off the dog and we were bound for our nation’s capitol. I hadn’t been there since I was a kid so it’s great to have the chance to create some new memories with my own boys. We saw the White house, Lincoln memorial, countless museums and the Capitol building just to name a few. For some reason, the Lincoln Memorial made the hairs on the back of my…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • 5 employers with an awesome company culture

    Mal Chia
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    If you ask most voluntary job seekers what they’re looking for in their next employer, one of the first things they’ll list is probably organisational culture. And if you ask most CEOs what the most important thing in their business is, it’s most likely going to be the same: culture. The reason why culture is so important is that your entire business can live or die by its internal culture. A poor company culture produces staff members with low morale, are disinterested in their work, unproductive, find it hard to be innovative and are hard to retain (among many things). On the…
  • Rewarding growing businesses in the mid-market

    Tracey Foster
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Tim Reed recently had the pleasure of judging & attending the 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year award.  As always, it was a fantastic event for Tim, signifying a huge celebration for the drivers of our economy – small and medium businesses across Australia. “These awards are very special to us at MYOB. In 1996 when we had just 40 employees and around 70,000 clients, we entered the awards. The application process, then as it does now, forced us to reflect on where we’d come from and where we were going. Never did we imagine that we’d win … but win we…
  • Episode 3: Beyond the traditional accountant-client relationship

    Alistair Nestor
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:57 pm
    18 months ago, Amanda Gascoigne was at a crossroad. Her accounting practice Gascoigne Consulting was about to celebrate its 15th year in business, and was growing from strength to strength. She had to make a decision: grow or consolidate. While growth made sense, Amanda had long held a dream to mentor startups – beyond the advice normally offered by accountants. So she closed the books, removed slow-paying clients, and consolidated. This would provide her the space to finally realise her dream. Fortuitously, her brother subsequently showed an interest in joining the practice, and Gascoigne…
  • MYOB expands offering for larger business in Australia and New Zealand

    Andrew Birch
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I would like to share with you the exciting announcement from MYOB today that we have signed an agreement to purchase PayGlobal – a leader in HR and payroll solutions. PayGlobal is a very successful company that was established in 1991. It has gone from strength to strength and over half a million employees across Australia and New Zealand now use its payroll software. Customers include Kmart (NZ), The Warehouse (NZ), Vodafone, Compass, The Good Guys and Trademe – and in fact MYOB is also a customer of PayGlobal. (L) PayGlobal CEO Stephen Canning and Andrew Birch, MYOB GM for…
  • 6 reasons why you should never discuss price with customers

    Simon Dell
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    This post is similar to an internal document I recently wrote for a client to share with their sales teams. However, I have adapted it for general consumption as I feel it applies — or should apply — to a lot of the clients and customers that we deal with. First things first, let’s distinguish between mention and discuss. We will tell potential clients our price, but we won’t discuss it. We’re not open to negotiation. There is a time and place for a price-sensitive strategy for products, but those products are frequently designed and built for that purpose and that market. You…
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  • Smart Air Circulation Through Big Ass Fans and Nest

    Whitney Richardson
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    In addition to monitoring the temperature, the Nest Learning Thermostat can now work in concert with ceiling fans. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills.” Homeowners can lower those bills by up to 25 percent, however, if they follow long-term savings tactics, such as installing a programmable thermostat to manage heating and cooling systems. The typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility bills. One of the most popular programmable thermostats is the Nest Learning Thermostat. And…
  • Benjamin Moore Commemorates Boston Red Sox Partnership with Special Fenway Collection

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    For a limited time, customers can coat their homes in everything from Green Monster to Boston Red. Sports-themed kids’ rooms certainly aren’t a novelty, but what about showing team spirit by painting walls with a team’s official colors? That’s what Boston Red Sox fans are now able to do, courtesy of the new Fenway Collection from Benjamin Moore. The line features five iconic colors — Green Monster, Boston Blue, Boston Red, Baseline White and Foul Pole Yellow — in an eggshell finish for customers to swathe their homes’ interiors with team pride. Customers can create their own…
  • Is Lowe’s Bound for Brazil?

    Whitney Richardson
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    The home-improvement retailer is reported to be eyeing potential acquisitions in the South American country. Following stronger second-quarter results as weather and subsequent interest in home-improvement projects improved, Lowe’s has now reportedly hired Goldman Sachs Group to begin looking into expansion opportunities in Brazil, according to Bloomberg News. Possibilities include BR Home Centers and Balaroti Materiais de Construcao SA, the article notes. Brazil is seen as an emerging market. Brazil is seen as an emerging market, especially in the wake of a possible change in the…
  • 3 Ways to Capitalize on the Upcycling Trend

    Whitney Richardson
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Offer vintage-inspired outdoor decor for customers too short on time to craft their own pieces. As noted during our Twitter chat with the hosts of “The Money Pit,” upcycling continues to be popular among DIY enthusiasts who strive to find new uses for old, broken or generally wasted items. Internet resources such as Pinterest have helped further this interest by offering various collections of projects to inspire and educate. For customers seeking a vintage, upcycled look without the efforts, consider these products. But despite the proclivity toward DIY craft projects, not…
  • ‘Tis the Season for Holiday Displays?

    Whitney Richardson
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    How soon is too soon to begin putting out your holiday decorations? The holiday season seems to come earlier each year — at least in retail stores. Companies try to maximize profits by kicking off the selling process months prior to the actual holidays themselves, with some retailers already displaying not only Halloween products, but Christmas decorations, as well. “Christmas creep” is already underway as retailers begin mapping out their Christmas season operations. This early display tactic, referred to as “Christmas creep,” is already underway, according to MarketWatch, as…
 
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  • 6 Different Ways to Repurpose Your Existing Sales and Marketing Materials

    Kim George
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Thursdayyyyyyy!!!   I hope that your week has been going well.  I’m really excited about today’s post – since I am all about finding different ways to market my business and save moolah!   Sales and marketing is essential for businesses – both large and small. Yet, as a small business owner with a limited budget, buying sales and marketing materials can be pricey at times.   When you are at a point in your business where you have maxed out your marketing budget and are both pressed for time and money- one of the easiest things that you can do is…
  • Seven Examples of Professional Out of Office Autoresponder Email Messages

    Chic Geek
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Tuesday all…If you are planning to head out on vacation or step away from your office for a few days- creating an out of office autoresponder email message is essential.I’m sure that at some point in your business endeavors, you have received one of these types of messages when reaching out to your customers and business associates.What are autoresponder email messages?An autoresponder email message is a notification that you receive when the person you are trying to reach is out of the office.  These messages typically give you (some) of the following information:How…
  • 10 Simple and Creative Lead Generation Strategies for Small Business Growth

    Kim George
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Happy Thursday everybody!I hope that your weekend is going well. I am so excited that the weekend is near.Creating lead generation strategies for your business involves the process and methods you use to attract prospects, capture information from them – and ultimately convert them into paying customers.Why Do You Need Lead Generation in Your Business?The 3 main reasons that you should use lead generation strategies in your business are as followsTo attract leads and prospects to your businessTo build additional marketing funnels in your businessTo ultimately convert prospects into paying…
  • Three Ways to Put Your Marketing Efforts on AutoPilot

    Kim George
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Hey Hey Hey peeps,I want to first start off by apologizing for my absence on last week.  There was so much going on that I just haven’t had time to write as much as I wanted to. I participated in the Women’s Entrepreneurship Resource Event in Dallas Texas. (#WERE14), helped my little brother get into college (oh how I missed the longggg lines for financial aid and etc.) – NOT… and most importantly re-branded the blog (YAY!).But now I’m backkkkkkkkkkk!Today’s post will cover five ways to put your marketing efforts on autopilot. I am sure that you may be wondering — what…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (July 2014)

    Kim George
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy! Entrepreneurship Here are  14 tips to use your blog for starting a writing businessFive examples your brand can follow to build an online community Here is how you can stay productive while working from home Marketing and SalesHere are 3 alternatives for people who hate networking eventsHere are 8 ways to rock your media marketingFive quick tips for marketing automation success   Social MediaHere’s how to use social media to build brand awareness…
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  • How Your Household Items Could Be Spying On Everything You Do

    Peter Nguyen
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Many items in your home, including your dryer, is a computer with the ability to track your behavior. Corporate entities and hackers alike are increasingly finding ways to capitalize on data grabs from even our most mundane of daily activities. Thanks to the ever-growing Internet of Things that’s becoming integrated into the fabric of our lives, it’s hard to trust even the most seemingly innocuous inanimate objects in your home. See how your household items could be spying on everything you do. Devices With Cameras Are Vulnerable Your television and laptop now have some things in…
  • How the Internet Security Landscape Shifted in 2014′s First Quarter

    Peter Nguyen
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:54 pm
    The good news is that observed Internet attack traffic fell in most countries in the first quarter of 2014. The bad news is that the United States has risen to second in the world, after China, as a source of attack traffic. The most recent State of the Internet Report by Akamai Technologies identifies these and other trends in Internet security and speed. Akamai is a U.S. Internet content delivery network and the creator of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which delivers more than two trillion Internet interactions and protects users from several distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks…
  • Google Glass – Are the Privacy Fears Justified?

    Peter Nguyen
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Google has been celebrating the May 2014 public release of its Google Glass with a traveling road show that allows tech-heads to play with the wearable technology. At the shows Google employees and early adopters known as Google Glass “Explorers” extol the virtues of the Internet-capable eyewear, which contains a built-in camera. However, the device has also come under criticism from people worried about potential privacy infringements. Read on to discover whether their fears are justified. Bars & More Outlaw Google Glass Due to Privacy Concerns At least eight bars in the San…
  • Secured by Design: Is the Blackphone the Future of Mobile Privacy?

    Peter Nguyen
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:55 pm
    The struggle for security in a high-tech world expresses itself in a battle for technological supremacy between tech users and those seeking their precious data—thieves, intelligence agencies, and the like. Recently, a new tool, the SGP Technologies Blackphone, was released to an increasingly privacy-concerned public to great financial success, selling out its initial run. But is the pricey new phone really the bastion of safety that its boosters would claim? And can it catch on in the general market, or will it prove to be a fancy toy for the security-minded? Read on to learn whether the…
  • What to Do If You’ve Been Hacked

    Robert Siciliano
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    You’re not special; a hacker CAN get into your computer or smartphone. Would you know how to clean up this mess? Start by locating the portal through which the hacker got in such as a browser or an email program. Next, disconnect/uninstall this gateway from the Internet so it doesn’t invade other systems. Check for suspicious activity by looking at your Activity Viewer or Task Manager. Check the CPU usage—if it spikes, you can have a better chance of spotting malicious activity. In fact, get familiar with how your device runs so that you know what’s normal and what’s not. Once…
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  • Is Your Restaurant Ready for Drive-Thru?

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many of the most popular quick-service chain restaurants in the world offer a drive-thru window at most of their locations — McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts are several major players that rule the drive-thru. If you run an independent restaurant or small chain, is it worth the logistic and construction hassles of adding a drive-thru window? On the plus side, a drive-thru could help boost your revenues, through increased visits, larger tickets, and access to new audiences. For instance: Drive-thru tickets are often higher than walk-in tickets. At Boloco, a fast-casual…
  • Why Digital Receipts Are a Win for Your Small Business

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most of the time, receipts are a waste of paper for food service businesses. Customers generally have no need to keep their receipts, so they throw them out within seconds — but you’re still stuck paying for the paper, ink, and printers to provide a receipt for every order. Instead of printing receipts by default, consider offering your customers digital receipts as a primary option. Here are some of the primary reasons to focus on digital: You’ll save money on supply costs. It costs nothing to send an email, while you’ll need to pay for every roll of receipt paper and ink…
  • Will Restaurant Tipping Go Out of Style?

    Matt Niehaus
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A waffle restaurant made headlines earlier this summer when it allegedly denied a waitress a $1,000 tip left by a generous patron. Tipping restaurant staff isn't customary in parts of Asia and Europe, but it's ingrained in the culture (and pay structure) at most restaurants and cafés across North America. That could be changing as restaurants in New York, Los Angeles and even British Columbia experiment with nixing gratuities. Instead of having the customer leave a tip, these restaurants price food higher to cover a higher hourly rate for their employees. Could this new pricing model have…
  • 5 Legal Rules Every Restaurant Owner Must Know

    Matt Niehaus
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You don't have to watch Kitchen Nightmares to know that opening a restaurant can be risky. Depending on the source, between 50 and 90% of them fail in the first 5 years. What is seldom discussed, however, is why these businesses go belly-up. Probably the number one reason is the inexperience of the new owners. How do we know? Most successful restaurant owners had their fair share of failure in the early days. Even world-famous chef Gordon Ramsay (host of Kitchen Nightmares) had to close several high-end eateries. Of course most of his restaurants bring in big bucks because he knows how the…
  • The Keys to a Kid-Friendly Restaurant

    Matt Niehaus
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Young children may not be your most profitable customers, but their parents could be. And if families don’t feel welcome in your establishment, they’ll probably take their business elsewhere. According to research from the National Restaurant Association, nearly 70% of diners say they base their decisions on where to eat on whether or not the restaurant is family-friendly. If you want to bring in customers, you’ll need to make sure your establishment welcomes their little ones. Here are some key ingredients for building a kid-friendly restaurant. Stock up on supplies. If a family is…
 
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  • 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud

    Deb Lee
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    You opened your home-based business about a year ago, and things are going really well. Sales have been picking up speed, you just hired your first employee and your home work space is neat and organized. Your only concern at this point revolves around your computer and the plethora of important business data that it […] The post 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video]

    Deb Lee
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Are you thinking about starting a podcast or reviving one that you’ve put on the back burner? The June 2014 Small Business Tech Chat was all about podcasting and how you can start your own, so stick around. A podcast is just another tool to reach your target audience. The one neat thing about a podcast — […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone

    Deb Lee
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Today’s post was written by Kevin Flanagan. According to Pew Research, 58 percent of Americans have a smartphone, and 42 percent of Americans own a tablet computing device. They are used for shopping, making transactions, finding maps, communicating with others, and more. So, what’s to stop you from running a business from a smart device? Managing your […] The post Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video]

    Deb Lee
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Have you thought of adding a membership component to your website to enhance your current services? Or, perhaps you’re thinking of building a company with a membership site at the core. Do you know whether or not this would be a good fit for your small business? The business model is the greatest benefit and that’s […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Is a Membership Website Right for Your Small Business? [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Demand Success 2014: Be More Human, Deliver Kickass Content, Be Precise, Put Out Fires Before They Happen

    Deb Lee
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Last week, I attended Demand Success 2014, a marketing and public relations conference hosted by Vocus. I was a first-time attendee and I liked that it was being held in my “backyard” (National Harbor, MD). I also knew several people who would be attending (like my partner in tech, Kim Oser). The venue was beautiful, but the […] The post Demand Success 2014: Be More Human, Deliver Kickass Content, Be Precise, Put Out Fires Before They Happen appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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  • Advice from a Social Pro: How to Engage with Your Audience [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    In this episode of “The Magic @ Ball of Social Media,” we sit down with Tom Martin, Digital Marketing Strategist at Converse Digital and author of The Invisible Sale. Martin shares his perspective on how small businesses can engage with their community. A key takeaway that Martin shares: One thing that a big business can never take away from a small business is the perception that they are small and intimate. Big businesses have a hard time obtaining that connection with their customers. Want more marketing tips and advice? Get the VR Buzz delivered daily. © 2014, VR…