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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

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    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect
    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
  • The Emergence of Freelancer Management Systems

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    "Freelancer Management Systems (FMS)" is a term used to describe cloud-based systems that allow businesses to better engage and manage independent workers, freelancers and other contingent workers. These systems allow users to search for contingent talent and then activate, manage and pay the independent workers they hire.  These systems also allow the creation of private talent pools that provide access to profiles of approved contingent workers.  Freelancer management systems are different from online staffing platforms such as Elance, Odesk and Freelancer.com in that…
  • 6 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Industry

    Blue Kite Marketing blog
    Laura Click
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
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    Fast Company

  • Afraid of Creepy Craigslist Sellers? Police Create "Safe Zone" To Complete Online Purchases

    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A police station in suburban Philadelphia created a "safe zone" to provide more security for in-person transactions.Sometimes meeting a seller from Craigslist face-to-face feels like the beginning of a bad horror movie. Is it really safe to meet a stranger at their house? Residents of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, no longer have to worry about this after its police department opened a "safe zone"--the lobby and parking lot of the police station--for completing online transactions.Read Full Story
  • Cancer-Detecting Nanoparticles Are Safe For Humans, Study Finds

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    During a successful first clinical trial, nanoparticles illuminated cancer cells and then safely exited the body.Earlier this week, Google unveiled its next moonshot project: to use nanoparticles to detect cancer. Though the search giant's experimental wing, Google X, loves tackling the seemingly impossible, the development of nanoparticles that attach to cells and pass through the body--as innovative as it is--has already been done.Read Full Story
  • Like It Or Not, Instagram Video Ads Are Here

    Peter Wade
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    With major brands on board, some 15-second spots have already hit the popular photo-sharing platform.If you haven't already, you can expect to start seeing video ads in your Instagram feed.Read Full Story
  • Microsoft Unveils Fitness Smart Band That Understands Voice Commands

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    You can even use the $199 Microsoft Band to buy drinks at Starbucks.Microsoft on Thursday debuted a connected activity-tracking wristband with a heart-rate monitor that can track sleep and fitness data.Read Full Story
  • Study Confirms: Stop Scratching, You're Only Making It Worse

    Alice Truong
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The same chemical that helps people manage pain and depression could heighten the sensation of itching.It's not in your head: Scratching that itch will make it worse.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • Prevailing Wage: Green Card Recruitment Video

    Jake VanKersen
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:35 am
    Prevailing Wage: The 1st step of the Green Card Recruitment Process Part of the Green Card recruitment process is proving to the USCIS that the candidate that you are petitioning is not only the best person for the job, but that a qualified US worker is not available. This part of the Green Card or PERM process is called recruitment and the first step is filing a Prevailing Wage Request with the Department of Labor. The prevailing wage determines the minimum wage for the Green Card position. In our latest video we give an overview of the documents that are needed for the prevailing wage…
  • The Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP)

    Aneesah Ali
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will soon implement the Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP). The HFRP will give certain Haitian relatives of U.S. citizens the option to apply for parole in the United States to be reunited with their families before their immigrant visas become available. The goal of this program is to promote family unity, as well as safe, legal, and orderly migration from Haiti to the United States. DHS plans to begin the program in early 2015. Eligibility to Apply for Haitian Family Reunification Program (HFRP): Sponsor of immigrant visa must be a…
  • K-1 Fiance Visa Requirements: What To Do If You Have Not Met in Person

    Aneesah Ali
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    One of the the K-1 fiance visa requirements is that the U.S. citizen and foreign national fiance meet in person within two years of filing their petition. While there are two exceptions to the two-year meeting requirement (discussed below), the two year meeting requirement is applicable to most persons. Every day, VISANOW’s immigration specialists speak with individuals interested in the K-1 fiance visa process who have not yet met in person. So, what do you do if you want to apply for a K-1 fiance visa, but you and your fiance have not met in within the last two years ? Here are four…
  • Green Card Recruitment: Job Postings

    Jake VanKersen
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    ***   Part of the Green Card recruitment process is proving to the USCIS that the candidate that you are petitioning is not only the best person for the job, but that it can’t be filled by a U.S. worker. In order to prove that you did your due diligence in trying to find a U.S. citizen to fill the position you will need to file a recruitment report of the job postings you made of that position. You will want to include a report of the various places that you have posted the job including newspapers, LinkedIn, internal postings and anywhere else. Watch out latest video to find out more…
  • When to Open an Employment Based Green Card for an Employee

    Jenny Terlinden
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:26 am
      In order to ensure continued work authorization for your foreign national employees, it’s important to consider sponsoring them for an employment based Green Card well in advance of their max-out date. As a general guide, we suggest starting the employment based green card process at least 2 years before the max-out date. For those who don’t know, a max-out date is the date by which an employee must leave the U.S. In general, work visas are temporary in nature and can be renewed, but many are not designed to be used indefinitely. H-1B employees are allowed 6 years in H-1B status.
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Financially Challenges Millennials Changing Society

    Steve
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    According to several recent articles the financial problems of millennials is leading to changing behaviors and purchase patterns as well as broader societal shifts.   For example, the New York Times article No Picket Fence: Younger Adults Opting to Rent focuses on the shift away from home ownership and towards renting by young adults.  Key quote: Since 2008, the year Lehman Brothers collapsed and home prices dropped precipitously, there has been a steady increase in the number of people ages 18 to 34 renting instead of buying homes. About 875,000 more households are now made up…
  • The Emergence of Freelancer Management Systems

    Steve
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    "Freelancer Management Systems (FMS)" is a term used to describe cloud-based systems that allow businesses to better engage and manage independent workers, freelancers and other contingent workers. These systems allow users to search for contingent talent and then activate, manage and pay the independent workers they hire.  These systems also allow the creation of private talent pools that provide access to profiles of approved contingent workers.  Freelancer management systems are different from online staffing platforms such as Elance, Odesk and Freelancer.com in that…
  • Insight, Innovation and Finding Aha's

    Steve
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Harvard Business Review article Where to Find Insight provides a good primer on how to spot trends and create business insight that can drive innovation. The article defines insight as: ... an imaginative understanding of an internal or external opportunity that can be tapped to improve efficiency, generate revenue, or boost engagement.  Insights can be about stakeholder needs, market dynamics, or even how your company works. It describes 7 sources of insight: 1. Anomalies, or data that deviates from business as usual. 2. Confluence, when economic, demographic, and technological…
  • Freelancers Hire Lots of Other Freelancers

    Steve
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    We think one of the most important findings from the MBO Partners State of Independence research is that freelancers hire a lot of other freelancers.   In 2014 38% of independent workers (self-employed, freelancers, independent workers, etc.) reported spending about $92 billion over the past year hiring other independent workers on a contract basis. This is roughly the equivalent of hiring 2.2 million full-time workers via contract hiring. Hiring of this magnitude has been consistently reported over all four years of this study, which suggests independent work is not just a source of…
  • Freelance Economy Supply and Demand Growing

    Steve
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I attended the Staffing Industry Analysts Contingent Workforce Summit a couple of weeks ago. This show is targeted at contingent workforce managers at large companies and provides a forum to discuss best practices around the hiring and managing of contingent workers (freelancers, independent contractors, etc.). As you can see from this write up on the conference, large corporations are forecast to increase their use of contingent workers over the coming years.   It's not just the SIA forecasting this increase. Ardent Partners, a research firm focused on procurement issues, is also…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

    Tim Berry
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    … don’t be confused. What they really mean is …  Don’t do a long static formal business plan. Do a lean, just-big-enough business plan. Deal with it as a constantly-renewing latest version, with a shelf life of a few weeks at most. Don’t fill it with excess supporting information. They won’t even look at a business plan until after they’ve understood the main points from a summary memo, and — in most cases — been through the pitch and met the people. The idea that potential investors would read a business plan as a first step, from somebody they’ve never met, without…
  • 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…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • The Surprising Spooky Secret to Enduring Success Habits

    Sonia Simone
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you addicted to productivity advice? I was, for a long time. I bought every system, book, and blueprint out there. I had a very spiffy David Allen-inspired GTD process that was only 642 steps long and took a mere 3 hours a day to implement (during which time I wasn’t actually, you know, getting anything done). That wasn’t David Allen’s fault, by the way, it was mine. But I don’t think I was alone. Every person who has a long to-do list also has a desire to do more. And most of us are quite good at doing certain things. We don’t have a problem getting out of…
  • The 5-Step Process for Writing an About Page that Connects (and Converts)

    Leanne Regalla
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Although it seems like a natural place on your website to talk about yourself, a strong About page is really about empathy for your visitors. When you write an effective About page, you dig into your readers’ minds and then communicate that you have what they need or want. And you can’t afford to follow the herd. Just think about how many times you’ve clicked away from a website that included just a little too much “Me! Me! Me!” You don’t want to be that person at the cocktail party who brags so incessantly that other party guests plan different routes to…
  • The Amazingly Simple Anatomy of a Meaningful Marketing Story [Infographic]

    Demian Farnworth
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Think about it. Apple. Dos Equis. Old Spice. Procter & Gamble. Ram Trucks. Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. GEICO. GoDaddy. At some point, all these companies told compelling stories that grabbed our attention — and held it. Not just for thirty seconds, but longer. And as they repeated their stories over and over again, they got under our skin. Through simple stories, these companies won our allegiance and business. Tell the right story and you can capture attention, entertain, enlighten, and persuade all in the course of just a few minutes. As author Jonathan Gottschall said:…
  • Focus on These 4 Steps to Harness the Addictive Power of Email (And Turn Your Traffic Into Business)

    Henneke
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Are you working your butt off to run your business? But feeling you’re not making enough progress? You’re building a social following, slaving over weekly blog posts, and managing a heavy client load. Perhaps you’d also love to develop digital products or write a book. But it’s difficult to find the time when you juggle so many demands, right? Building a thriving online business may often feel like an insurmountable task. But when you learn the right way to apply the addictive power of email, you’ll possess a dynamite business tool. A laser-sharp focus on growing and…
  • The Ultimate Copy Checklist: 51 Questions to Optimize Every Element of Your Online Copy [Free Poster]

    Aaron Orendorff
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’ve written a piece of sales copy. Congratulations — that’s no small feat. But, before you celebrate, there’s just one issue: Now what? After all, as I’m sure you’ve heard before: “There is no such thing as great writing. Only great rewriting.” And why is “great rewriting” important? One reason: the bottom line. Will it compel? Will it convert? Will it close? You need to learn how to optimize first draft copy to support your bottom line. A step-by-step optimization guide Optimizing your own copy is a bit like scaling Mount…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: 
ravitejabhukya

    Audree
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for ravitejabhukya. Check out more great work on ravitejabhukya’s profile page. Nicely done, ravitejabhukya, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04
  • Be of Good Cheer – Social Media for the Holidays!

    Mike
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    The holidays are (huh?) fast upon us and it is time to think through your company’s approach to the season. I’m not just talking about office parties, decorations, and vacation time. I mean strategy, marketing, and tactics. And the most obvious of these tactics? Social Media! That’s right, friends. There is no better opportunity to connect with your customers, entertain your followers, and create some buzz than there is in focusing your efforts ’round the old yule log. There is a reason that marketers start to salivate at holiday time, and it goes beyond the…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #240 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Mike
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, we post links to posts or videos we 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 we’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above is an object lesson in how, sometimes, what looks like a dumb idea can actually work out pretty well… enjoy! 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups – crowdspring.co/1t8KeUm Small…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: bokomoslav

    Audree
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for bokomoslav. Check out more great work on bokomoslav’s profile page. Nicely done, bokomoslav, nicely done!   Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: LuW Fresh from the SPRING: lamosca04 Fresh from the SPRING: Ender
  • 10 Best Practices For Email Marketing For Small Business and Startups

    Ross
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Marketers are seeing an alarming trend. Although 122 billion emails are sent every hour, a large and growing percentage of emails are never read. This is not surprising – most marketing emails are simply pure spam without any creative or substantive value. Even worse, really bad marketing emails can easily destroy a company’s reputation and annoy even the most loyal customers. How can you get your customers and prospects to open your email? What can you do to help ensure that your email campaigns don’t anger loyal customers? We’ve previously written about Email Design…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Franchise Opportunities: How Important Is Territory In The Scheme Of Things?

    The Franchise King®
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    You’ve found a great (hopefully) franchise opportunity. You’ve talked to at least a dozen current franchisees. You’re starting to get excited about “the possibilities.” You haven’t been derailed by friends and family. You’ve discussed some potential territories with your franchise sales rep. And, by doing that, you’re starting to realize how important territory is in the scheme of things. Now, about that “territory…”   How Does The Franchisor Look At Territory? Territory is super-important. Not only is your potential franchise territory important when it…
  • McDonald’s Is Moving Too McSlow For Its Franchisees

    The Franchise King®
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    What’s the deal with McDonald’s? It’s embarrassing. Why is this fast food empire having so many problems? Why is it taking forever to fix them? Let’s dig in.   What Joe Told Me Joe Stokar, the guy I credit for teaching me basic and even some advanced selling skills years ago, once told me this: “Don’t be an ‘I told you so’ kind of guy.” As the the new car sales manager, Joe’s job was to manage the sales team, and make sure as many cars as possible were sold. My job-at the time, was to sell them. Most of our prospective customers…
  • Cyber Attacks: Should Franchise Owners Worry About Them?

    The Franchise King®
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Are you a franchise owner? If so, should you worry about cyber attacks? The answer: Yes. Should you lose sleep over the possibility of a cyber attack on your franchise business? The answer: No.   Cyber Attacks: Should Franchise Owners Worry About Them? Cyber attacks are ugly. They have the potential to wipe out a lot of data, and can really hurt your business. And, they are taking place right now. Today. As you’re reading this franchise blog post. Click This Screenshot To See Live Cyber Attacks Courtesy of Kapersky.com Thank you, Mr. Kapersky. Your live map is amazing. And, really…
  • Franchising Is A Scam

    The Franchise King®
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    That’s right. Franchising is just a big-old scam. With a capital “S.” Are you surprised to see a statement like that coming from me? The Franchise King®? What’s the deal? After all, I’m the guy who for years has been 100% focused on providing useful franchise tips, information and advice to prospective franchise owners from around the world. I want people to buy franchises! I want people to become their own bosses. I want people to not  have to work in corporate America if at all possible. I want people to be able to live their dreams. Heck, I’ve written well over 2,000…
  • The Magic Of Franchise Financing

    The Franchise King®
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    (Guest post) Can you become rich by opening up a franchise? Possibly! However, if you’re able to open 5 or 10 successful franchise locations, you’re more likely to get rich. The good news is that a business owner that is able to successfully operate one franchise location, is likely to be able to get financing to opening additional franchise locations at very attractive interest rates and terms. One of the major benefits of opening a franchise versus starting an independent business is the ability to access capital, which can fund rapid growth.   In General Banks Don’t Like…
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    800 CEO Read

  • ChangeThis: Issue 122

    dylan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tweet The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.” The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, ‘It doesn’t have to be this way. The…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Tweet➻ There is no shortage of reporting about startups and innovation, but the vast majority of articles focus on companies in or around the 95014 zip code. Today we look at two unlikely innovators whose path to success wound through places very far removed from typical Silicon Valley incubators (though there was Valley investment involved). First up, Frederick Hutson, who used his time spent in prison to launch a company that would ultimately serve the people with whom he had shared cells. Frederick Hutson looked like he had everything going for him: he had a clean record, built some…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Innovators

    Michael
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Tweet The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, Simon & Schuster, 560 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781476708690 In the introduction to The Innovators, Walter Isaacson briefly shares the story of the book’s completion and publication. The book has been over a decade in coming, says Isaacson, and its development was interrupted twice by focused biographies on Einstein and Steve Jobs. For the length and scope that The Innovators covers, its introduction is brief, but it shares some valuable insights into…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Leading the Life You Want

    Sally
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tweet Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life by Stewart D. Friedman, Harvard Business Review Press, 256 pages, $27.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781422189412 In 2008, I chose Stewart Friedman’s Total Leadership as the top book in the Personal Development category of our annual business book awards, saying, “In Total Leadership, Stewart Friedman, founding director of the Wharton Leadership Program, presents a concrete methodology for building a more integrated life. His program is really a practice, requiring both action and reflection … ” In many ways,…
  • Jack Covert Selects – Uncontainable

    Ryan Schleicher
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Tweet Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives by Kip Tindell, Grand Central Publishing, 272 pages, $28.00, Hardcover, October 2014, ISBN 9781455526857 At a time when the largest online retailer in the world—the one that strives to be The Everything Store—is perpetually in the news for strong-arming suppliers and is facing a supreme court case resulting from, as Salon’s Elias Isquith recently put it, “the company’s longstanding habit of finding creative new ways to exploit and insult its workers,” it is refreshing to…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Store and How It Will Impact Your Local Business

    Jennifer Peaslee
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many of you have probably already heard the announcement of Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar store, which is set to open in New York City just in time for this year’s holiday shopping season. Amazon has been leading the way in online sales for years, so the arrival of a brick-and-mortar location makes perfect sense for the evolution of the company. However this brick-and-mortar store (and others that will presumably follow) will likely shake up local businesses, just as Amazon has done to online businesses in its decade-long history. If you have a local brick-and-mortar store, you’re…
  • How Long-Tail Keywords Are Becoming Even More Important

    ChamberofCommerce
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you noticed that Google is really pushing its smartphone app? This indicates how the online world is tilting heavily to mobile. You’ve probably been hearing a lot about this trend in recent months…and years. Rather than get bored with all the talk about “going mobile,” the important thing is to ask the question: If users are becoming increasingly dependent on mobile computing, what should I do differently to position my business better? We get some help in answering this question from the way Google is promoting its app. People are interfacing with Google more and…
  • Unraveling the Complexities of Small Business Legal Matters: Video from Wix Small Biz Breakfast

    Jennifer Peaslee
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Small business owners usually begin their new ventures with a creative idea and a passionate desire to bring that idea to life. Of course these are essential ingredients to small business success, but you can be doomed for failure if you don’t consider those other nagging issues that may block your way – legal matters. Recently, Wix held a Small Biz Breakfast to help unravel the complexities of small business legal matters. Smart entrepreneurs take the time to educate themselves in these legal issues before moving forward, often speaking to lawyers who deal specifically with business…
  • 10 Tips to Making Dropbox a More Powerful Business Tool

    Carolyn Crummey
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The cloud based data storage website Dropbox is a great way to manage your business information. Dropbox allows you to share large files with clients and employees without losing control of data, keep your team updated on what’s happening, track progress of assigned projects and tasks, auto-back up important files, encrypt information and much more, all without having to invest in an IT infrastructure. Best of all, Dropbox is affordable and easy to use. Here are 10 tips for storing, organizing, sharing, and securing your business data with Dropbox. 1.  Additional free storage space…
  • 8 Ways Tech Employees Can Learn More About Tech Industry Trends

    Young Entrepreneur Council
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    What is one awesome event or class tech employees should consider to stay on top of tech industry trends? The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Flexible Meetup Events I personally prefer meetup events that allow you to pick and choose depending on what you want to learn. Plus, most of the events are local, which provides great…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Have an Insane Startup Idea? Try This Investor

    Annie Pilon
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Most investors are interested only in a tried and true startup idea guaranteed to make money. To do this, they shy away from companies that might seem a bit crazy, choosing the safer bets instead. But Bryan Johnson isn’t one of those investors. Instead, the serial tech entrepreneur turned investor goes after those ideas that seem impossible. He tells Fortune: “I want to get a company from ‘crazy’ to ‘viable.’ With today’s technology, we can now create in days, weeks or months what previous generations couldn’t do in a lifetime. Where DaVinci could sketch, we can build. Yet, we…
  • 3 Brand Damaging Mistakes Too Many Marketers Keep Making

    Sujan Patel
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As a marketer, there are a lot of things you can do right to build brand awareness, but there are just as many things you can do wrong. Below are 3 brand-damaging mistakes you might be making. Not Monitoring What Employees Say Online While watching to see what your employees or others associated with your company can be overdone and seen as intrusive or not trusting your employees, marketers should be monitoring what their fellow employees (as well as themselves) are posting online, especially if they publicly list the company in their bio or profile information. People shouldn’t be…
  • Apple Claims the New 5K Retina iMac Has the Best Resolution – Ever

    Joshua Sophy
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Apple claims its new 5K Retina iMac has the best resolution of any digital display — ever. It might sound like an idle boast were it not for the fact that the company has some numbers to back it up. The new iMac’s Retina display contains a total of 14.7 million pixels, for a 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution. The 5K screen is designed to have better overall image quality than both HD and Ultra HD. Apple says the new resolution and image quality improves the quality of playback on videos and makes text crisper and more easy to read and adds new depth to digital photos. All of this…
  • 9 Holiday Marketing Tips to Make Your Retail Store Stand Out

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    With Halloween almost here, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday aren’t far behind. For small retailers, that means it’s time to gear up for your holiday marketing moves. Like last year’s, this is a short holiday shopping season (just 26 days between Black Friday and Christmas, compared to the more typical 31), so you’ll want to make the most of it. Here are some steps you can take to make your shop stand out from the crowd. Plan Ahead Planning ahead will give you an edge, enable you to budget better and ensure you don’t miss important dates. This year:…
  • Surveys: The Swiss Army Knife of Feedback

    Amanda Stillwagon
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sponsored Post You probably already know that surveys can be beneficial to your business. But did you know that there are different types of surveys you can use to gather useful data? The type of survey you need will depend on the type of data your business wants to collect and from whom. Below are several your business can use to feed business strategy and direction. Different Types of Surveys Specific Topic Survey You’ll use this type of survey when you want to collect information about a singular component of your business. For instance, if you are exploring the possibility of adding a…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Decoding Apple as a luxury tools company

    Seth Godin
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hundreds of years ago, Hermes and Louis Vuitton started out as luxury makers of tools. If you needed a saddle or a suitcase, they offered an extraordinary option, both elite and useful. Over time, they shifted gears, no longer competing on whether or not their luggage was the most useful, or their saddles the most efficient. They competed on luxury, which is a fundamentally different promise than the optimal design of a tool. Patagonia is still a luxury tools company. The coats they sell cost more, but some professionals choose them regardless of brand, because in addition to tribal…
  • This is not a promotion

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    The internet and big media are wrestling with chokepoints. Cable TV companies, for example, are a natural monopoly in the home. Everyone only has one provider. If the provider has an argument with a TV network, they kick them off, the signal doesn't get through, the viewer gets nothing. One of the arguments behind the common sense of net neutrality is that chokepoints and tollbooths aren't in the interest of the users. Now, of course, online stores, if they get big enough, can act as chokepoints. And so can Google. If you're used to getting this blog delivered for free to your gmail account,…
  • But what do *you* do?

    Seth Godin
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Do you make your own paper? Do you start with wood pulp and mix and bleach and set and produce the sheets you use? My guess is that you save time (and a lot of money) and just go to Staples and buy a ream or two. The theory of the firm shows us that when people work together in an institution, they are able to produce more than if they work separately. Ricardo makes it obvious that if one person mixes the dough while the other bakes the loaves, they'll get more done than if each did the whole job. This explains one reason why big companies keep getting bigger. They gain economies of…
  • Solving the popular problem

    Seth Godin
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:17 am
    "Do you know the head of FIFA?" "I have come up with a way to speed up airport security dramatically..." "How come the people in script development at Warner won't get back to me about my Matrix idea?" If you're intent on making an impact by developing and marketing a big idea, two things to keep in mind: a. avoid trying to contribute solutions to a popular problem. It's too crowded and the people you're trying to help are almost certainly not open or eager to hear from you. Their attitude is the most important factor in whether or not your idea gains traction, so if the door is closed,…
  • Munchausen by Proxy by Media

    Seth Godin
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:47 am
    MBP is a particularly tragic form of child abuse. Parents or caregivers induce illness in their kids to get more attention. The thing is, the media does this to us all the time. (Actually, we've been doing it to ourselves, by rewarding the media for making us panic.) It started a century ago with the Spanish American War. Disasters sell newspapers. And a moment-by-moment crisis gooses cable ratings, and horrible surprises are reliable clickbait. The media rarely seeks out people or incidents that encourage us to be calm, rational or optimistic. Even when they're not actually causing…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • How to Use Cialdini’s Principles and A/B Testing to Increase Sales and Conversions

    Guest Post
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    How to Use Cialdini’s Principles and A/B Testing to Increase Sales and Conversions 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 Anand Kansal – Enjoy! There is arguably no more important book in the world of persuasive selling than Robert Cialdini’s “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion”. With the rise of online marketing, it was, therefore, only a matter of time before the principles of influence that Mr. Cialdini talked about began to be used by…
  • Why Content Creation Is Everyone’s Job

    John Jantsch
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Why Content Creation Is Everyone’s Job written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing This post is one in a series of tips designed to guide small business owners through the challenges of today’s startup environment and is sponsored by Canon MAXIFY – the printer lineup designed to help small business owners increase productivity so that they can focus on everything else that matters. For more information about the Canon MAXIFY printer lineup visit here  photo credit: theledge80 via photopin cc By now I’m guessing you’ve come to realize…
  • Weekend Favs October Twenty Five

    John Jantsch
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Weekend Favs October Twenty Five 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. My friend Chris Guillebeau visited Kansas City this week. Good stuff I found this week: Kapost – new feature allows you to do a complete…
  • Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support

    Guest Post
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Why You Need Social Media for Customer Support 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 Abby Perkins– Enjoy! photo credit: shutterstock There’s more to running a successful business than having an incredible product or service. Those things may generate revenue, but to attract – and retain – loyal customers, you need to provide impeccable customer support. Companies with reputations for taking care of their customers tend to fare much better than…
  • Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever

    John Jantsch
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:29 am
    Marketers Must Be More Accountable Than Ever written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Paul Roetzer Back in the day all a marketer need do is create a compelling ad, run it in the right place and if sales went up, job well done. Today there are several hundred television options in a local market, countless social channels and a host of web and mobile advertising platforms to choose from. More than ever marketers must measure every event and track performance based goals and objectives they can impact. My guest for this…
 
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1012: The “Advice I Just Gave a Local Store Owner” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Oct 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.] I was shopping in a local running outfitter’s store a few months ago and got to chatting with the new owner. Here are a few ideas I gave him to try getting lots of people talking about him without spending a lot of money — will they work for you too? 1. Set up some water stations 2. Give out gear with your logo 3. Sponsor a local team 4. Start a running club 5. Let other clubs use your…
  • Newsletter #1011: The “Potty” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    23 Oct 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.] Bathrooms are important. They can be the forgotten back corner of your store that your customers totally judge you on — or, if you’re Buc-ee’s (a Texas gas station famous for their plentiful, clean bathrooms), they can be your crowning word of mouth achievement. Here are three lessons from bathrooms: 1> Start conversations 2> Flip a switch 3> Find your niche 4> Check it out: The…
  • And that’s exactly why I blog every single day…

    Andy Sernovitz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Blogging is a long-term game.  You’re not going instantly viral. You’re not shooting for the home run post. But every post builds your reputation. Every post drives you hired in the search engines. Week after week, more people know about you and what you do. And then, out of the blue … you get the big win. My friend Scott — the Nametag Guy — hit it big: The Today Show was doing a segment about wearing nametags, googled the word “nametag,” found me at the top of the page one, and then did a story on my business: And THAT’S exactly I blog every…
  • Toying with emotions will backfire

    Andy Sernovitz
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Yesterday’s post about a viral video from KLM turns out to be a marketing stunt. It may backfire on them.   On the other hand, many TV commercials are fake stories.  How do you know when you’re risking upsetting people? When you toy with their emotions. If people know it’s fiction — all good. If people were tricked into feeling emotions — and later find out they were duped — they get mad. If they shared the content with their friends — and later find out they were duped — and then get embarrassed — they get really mad. Be careful. When…
  • Cute puppy + Genius word of mouth marketing from KLM

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Do you want genuine, meaningful word of mouth?  Do something worth talking about. P.S. It’s not a viral video that matters. It’s a video of something that matters that goes viral.
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Atlas by Facebook Changes Advertising for Business

    Bridget Ayers
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Need some tips on marketing? Did you know that Facebook has the most users of any social media platform? In fact, over 74% of online adults use it monthly. Facebook has recently improved its marketing capabilities using an application called Atlas, which is designed to improve how marketers target their audience and even measure the effectiveness of the ads they use. (Information Source) See also: Visit The Facebook Atlas Page Positive Changes for Facebook 1. No cookies? No problem. Since cookies do not work on mobile devices, it’s difficult for marketers to track the interests of…
  • Powerhouse Password Protectors

    Bridget Ayers
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    There’s no time like the present to protect yourself from online security breaches. Whether you need to protect personal information or business files, it is important to have a manage your passwords safely. We have found 3 password managers, Dashlane, 1Password and LastPass, that may be the best fit for you. Read on to find out. 1Password For the mobile users out there, 1Password is a great tool for you. What’s nice about 1Password is that the software allows users to synchronize data locally through Wifi, iCloud and/or Dropbox. 1Password allows you to store data on your…
  • 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…
 
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    ChangeThis Newsletter

  • 122.01

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Entrepreneur’s Journey by Kevin Kruse “This manifesto both celebrates and encourages entrepreneurship because we need entrepreneurs to fight the dragons that roam the globe: civil wars, extreme poverty, disease, water scarcity, domestic violence, illiteracy, and so many others. We need modern-day heroes who courageously take personal risks as they build new companies.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Growth Hacker Wake Up Call: How Growth Hacking Rewrote Marketing’s Best Practices by Ryan Holiday “It was only a matter of time before someone smart said, 'It doesn’t have to be this way. The tools of the Internet and social media have made it possible to track, test, iterate, and improve marketing ...' That person was the first growth hacker.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Effective Leaders Create Discomfort by Marcia Reynolds “The best leaders make us feel unsure of ourselves. They help us recognize that what we think is true, is not. Their reflections make us stop and think. Then their questions break down our frames. They create these disruptions with courage, care, respect, and a firm belief in our highest potential.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Driving Results Through An Organizational Constitution by S Chris Edmonds “An organizational constitution outlines your team’s purpose, values, strategies, and goals. It paints a vivid picture of success, values, and behaviors. It maps out how to work from that picture each day. An organizational constitution gives employees’ jobs and roles meaning and clarity.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Detecting and Surviving Seven Silent Growth Killers by Robert Sher “Many of the problems that midsized companies must deal with are not obvious. They grow out-of-sight in the dark recesses of midsized organizations, unrecognized by management in their daily routines until they emerge as full-blown crises that can threaten the present and future of the business.”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • Monsters and Thieves

    Nathan Kontny
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Good artists copy; great artists steal. -Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I haven’t cared for ages. But, now I have someone in my house like this. My 5 month old ladybug :) I find myself at the nearest drugstore constantly buying diapers, and I can’t help notice the holiday on sale. Candy, makeup, masks. Especially the classic: Frankenstein. Most of us don’t realize our use of Frankenstein’s name is wrong.
  • The Distance: Fantasy Costumes

    Wailin Wong
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes. You’ll find those items at Fantasy Costumes in Chicago too, but the store has a singular, massive inventory that’s the result of being in business year-round for 45 years. To visit Fantasy Costumes is to browse a museum of pop culture phenomena where everything is for sale or rent—a Garth wig from Wayne’s World (excellent!),…
  • Basecamp Meetup: October 2014

    Basecamp
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Twice a year everyone who works at Basecamp comes to our Chicago office for a week to work and catch up with each other. Last week was our Fall meetup. Here’s what happened: Shaun had a BBQ at his house for out-of town guests We welcomed 3 new employees: Conor, Eileen, and Sylvia Noah talked about customer demographics We had a company dinner at Half Acre Brewery JZ, Nick, and Zach talked about the Basecamp for iOS app Mig recapped last summer’s internship program James, Joan, Kristin, Natalie, and Sylvia shared customer feedback The Distance team planned the future of the…
  • Basecampy?

    Nate Otto
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    If there was a buddy cop movie starring the Geico gecko and the Aflac duck, I’m pretty sure it would outperform “Edge of Tomorrow” at the box office. We love our anthropomorphized branding mascots. Shortly after Basecamp hatched its own such character, I was watching a big event on TV, and it seemed as though every product in every commercial had sprouted arms and legs. I guess we are part of the zeitgeist. While I would love to take credit for inventing our Basecamp creature because he came out of the tip of my Micron, the fact is Jason asked me to create it, and it’s pretty hard to…
  • Google made one of Android's jokes into something clever.

    Jamie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    Face Unlock is one of those features that surprises you. “Wow, this is pretty cool.” But after the novelty wears off some things become apparent: it doesn’t work very well, it isn’t very secure (it can be fooled), and you look kinda silly trying to unlock your phone with your face. A few weeks ago John Gruber tweeted: Question for Android users: is face recognition unlocking still a thing? http://t.co/xajitLBQLg— John Gruber (@gruber) October 10, 2014 It reminded me of how Google creates these sci-fi things but doesn’t implement them very well. Often times…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Small Businesses Must Prepare for Change

    Glenn Muske
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Photo (CC) Sean MacEntee, on Flickr Maintaining status quo can have severe consequences for small business. This situation often arises when the “that is the way we have always done it” mentality is present. Not changing because of tradition or policy, or simply not taking the time to look forward, often can mean the slow, or sometimes rapid, decline of a business. Change is occurring all around us. It is occurring at the macro level with the aging of society. The last of the baby boomer generation hits 50 years of age in 2014. The median income has been slow to rise except in certain…
  • Any small town could do spooky storytelling

    Becky McCray
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    This idea comes from the Chickasaw Nation. Storytelling is an important part of Chickasaw culture, and who doesn’t love a good spooky story? Storytelling is an important part of many rural cultures, probably including yours. That makes this a great idea for any small town to adapt and use. In fact, why not start building your troop of local storytellers, so you can add storytelling elements to more of your local events? New here? Take the Guided Tour. Like what you see? Get our updates.  
  • Good news casts a long shadow in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:01 am
    Your good news casts a shadow that actually encourages others in the Brag Basket. Photo (CC) by marc falardeau on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 24-26, 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…
  • Customers are switching to small retailers

    Becky McCray
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Consumers are changing their shopping behavior. It’s good news for small business. Photo by Becky McCray. Last week, we talked about how big box retailers are getting smaller. Why is the big box retail sector making this expensive and difficult change to smaller stores? Because consumers have already started changing. Humorist David Sedaris summed up this consumer feeling in an interview. “I’d rather go to an actual shop — preferably a small one — than to a harshly lit superstore, or, worse still, a website,” Sedaris said. “I don’t want to buy my books and my…
  • A good catch in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Looks like a good catch of good news in the Brag Basket today! Photo (CC) by ePi.Longo on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 17-19, 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…
 
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    Superinnovators

  • Michael Porter Takes Regional Economic Development to Task

    Bill Burnett
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Speaking at the University of Minnesota where on Sept 30th Harvard launched its new Cluster Mapping tool, Michael Porter talked about the focus of Regional Economic Development offices. He suggest these activities are typically low yield activities. He concludes, in this 4 minute snippet, that we need to focus on something else. Here is the graphic he used: Here is the video snippet that goes along with the slide: In the book "Advantage: Business Competition in the New Normal" it starts out saying, "What makes a company a competitive powerhouse is how well it solves a customer problem…Being…
  • 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…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Marketing Funda : Brand Refresh

    Harish B
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    This post is inspired by  my learned Twitter friend @vijaysankaran when he queried about my opinion about the brand refresh by Raymond. I was more familiar with Re-branding and not refresh which lead to more learning about this term. Brand refresh is a term that signifies slight modification of the brand ( or brand elements). Radical modification or change of brand elements implies re-branding. Refreshing of brand usually happens under following conditions The brand is perceived to be old.Brand is trying to appeal to a new segment , for example younger crowd.When…
  • Brand Update : Raymond formally enters into ready-to-wear segment

    Harish B
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:55 am
    Although the reports of Raymond entering into the readymade segment was there since 2007, I feel the brand has only now fully launched itself into this category. The " Complete Man" now has become readymade !The Indian men's wear market is around Rs 97000 crore and the formal menswear market is estimated to be around Rs 15000 crore ( Source TOI) . Raymond has brands like Park Avenue, Parx, Color Plus and Notting Hill in the segment.The addition of Raymond will further strengthen the company's portfolio but at the same time would cannibalize the other brands like Park Avenue. Having said that…
  • Marketing Funda : The cost of Hype

    Harish B
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    October 6 ,2014 could have been a historical day for Flipkart but in reality, that day proved to be more of a PR nightmare than a marketing success. It may be true that on that day, the company would have emptied its inventory of many products but at the cost of a lot of goodwill .The huge hype created by Flipkart and the subsequent backlash forces us to refresh some basics in managing expectations. One of the classic theories related to expectation and subsequent satisfaction is Expectation-Confirmation Theory ( ECT) . The theory is no rocket science . It simply states that during the…
  • Brand Update : Wagon R Teaches How to Manage Product Lifecycle

    Harish B
    5 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    The festive season of 2014 saw the launch of  limited edition Wagon R Krest. Wagon R which was launched in 1999 is still the 4th largest selling car brand in India. The product is a classic example of how consistent performance + value-for-money positioning will achieve long-lasting success in Indian market. Wagon R has become a success because it is one of  the most practical car in the Indian roads. Be it space, comfort or reliability, Wagon R has delivered consistently over the last 15 years.On the product front, Maruti has been very smart in ensuring that the product…
  • Schmitten Chocolate : Love to Love it

    Harish B
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Brand : SchmittenCompany : Rajhans GroupBrand Analysis Count : # 550The Rs 4500 chocolate market has a new player- Schmitten. Schmitten is a Swiss chocolate made in India ! or to be fair, this chocolate is positioned as a Swiss chocolate. The new brand comes from Rajhans group which is a Rs 3500 crore real-estate developer. The new brand- Schmitten is positioned as a premium brand competing with the like of Cadbury Silk and Temptation. Schmitten is the mother brand which is being launched as a moulded chocolate like Dairy Milk. Schmitten also has another product - Hoppits which is a…
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • BIA/Kelsey: SMB Marketers Have a Growing Appetite for Social Media

    Michael Essany
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    BIA/Kelsey has shared with MMW the latest data from its Local Commerce Monitor, an ongoing study of the advertising behaviors of small to medium-sized businesses. Based on the most recent information available, there is robust social media usage taking place today among higher-spending SMBs. According to the study, SMBs that spend more than $25,000 annually on advertising and promotion plan to allocate 17.4 percent of their marketing budgets to social media in the next 12 months, that’s up from 15.6 percent in 2013 and 10.5 percent in 2012—a dramatic increase in two years. The report…
  • This is For Reel: Redbox Marketing New National Loyalty Program

    J. Barton
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Now loyal Redbox fans can earn free movie nights. Redbox, which specializes in renting DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and video games via automated retail kiosks, is launching Redbox Play Pass, a point-based loyalty program that gives Redbox customers a new way to earn free movie nights. Redbox customers who are signed up for Redbox emails will be seeing particulars of the program in their inboxes soon. Redbox now operates about 42,000 kiosks at more than 34,000 locations. “Our customers asked for a loyalty program, and today we’re delivering with the launch of Redbox Play Pass,” said…
  • Everything in Your Home is Going Wireless (Whether You Like it or Not)

    Michael Essany
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    You may think you don’t need a refrigerator, microwave, or washing machine with a wireless transmitter, but the tech makers of tomorrow say you can’t possibly know you don’t want something until you’ve had it. And they want you to have it. This week, MMW learned that Energous Corporation has signed a joint development agreement with Haier Wireless to collaborate on applying WattUp transmitter technology in household appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, microwaves, stoves and more. Really. It’s happening. WattUp, if you’re not…
  • Publishers Dropping the Ball on Email Marketing

    ChristaH
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    The basics of email marketing aren’t so basic to everyone. According to a new report from Lyris, the shift from print to digital has “transformed the publishing industry, but many publishers are still struggling with the basics of email marketing.” That’s the revelation from a recent FOLIO survey sponsored by Lyris. The survey of more than 175 publishing professionals found that they are still grappling with the fundamentals of digital messaging to drive increased subscriptions and advertising revenue. Despite the proven effectiveness of email marketing, the survey…
  • Wearables and Workers Make a Perfect Match

    Michael Essany
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    A new survey commissioned by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated and conducted by Harris Poll is telling us something very, very important about wearable technology. The global workforce is ready for the wearables revolution. According to a report summary shared with MMW, workers around the world “are ready to embrace wearable technology at work, with nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of online adults seeing at least one potential workplace benefit.” The Kronos “Wearables at Work” survey examines the differences in perception and use of wearable…
 
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Using Big Data To Shape Brand Experiences

    Chris Wren
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    What can Big Data do for a brand? It depends on how it’s used. TESCO, more than any other large-scale, global retail brand, had committed to customer research, analytics, and loyalty as its marketing and operational edge. When it comes to behavioral data and loyalty programs, TESCO was the standard-bearer, the bar-setter, and it set the bar very high. With all of this phenomenal data, why then is Britain’s largest retailer in trouble? In a recent HBR op-ed, Michael Schrage, a research fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business opines, “Tesco’s decline presents…
  • Maximizing The Brand Launch

    Mark Di Somma
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Most brands get launch. They understand how to make a splash for a product on a day. But what do you do between splashes? How do you keep top-of-mind? And more importantly, how do you stop the inevitable awareness fade as the ripples from your big splash die away? If you’re Walt Disney, you start introducing shorts between your new features, just to keep up awareness of your most popular and lucrative characters. And you do so knowing that such a cue will reactivate interest and re-kick merchandise sales. Cross-referencing in order to cross-sell. Nothing new in that – except that here…
  • Building An Obsession Based Brand

    Mark Di Somma
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    When you apply the concept of provenance to brands, it becomes a concept centered on systematically and competitively ‘localizing’ what you’re about rather than diversifying to try and meet the generalized needs of the wider world. So it’s about having a narrowcast brand: one focused to the point of obsession on a specific area of passion. Provenance is also about those other valuable ideas that the word in its original meaning conjures: focus; love; purity of thinking; authenticity; deep knowledge. That obsession can then be marbled through every aspect of the brand: language;…
  • Keys To Avoiding The Brand Graveyard

    Mark Di Somma
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s been said on too many occasions that actions speak louder than words. Said so often in fact, that many brands today seem to have a disregard that borders on disdain for taking the time to really think through what could make them outstandingly competitive. In today’s manic, results-driven world, fewer and fewer people, it seems, feel they have time to strategize where their company and their brand needs be heading, and how to retain their edge. It’s better instead, they believe, to just get on with the business at hand. Everything happens now. And as a result, considered is an idea…
  • Rebranding Your Price

    Mark Di Somma
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    As technology and globalized business models continue to deliver efficiencies and new opportunities, every sector will face disruptive pricing that in effect re-costs what the market would otherwise pay. Many of those movements will naturally be downward; others will lift the entry point. Amazon has effectively reframed the cost of books; Samsung and others are resetting the cost of owning a tablet; Tesla has redefined what an electric car is and also the cost of owning one. But in response to competitor moves, so many brands make pricing changes without making changes to the brand at the…
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    IttyBiz

  • Freebie Friday #4! (Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion)

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last few weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You and Clear, Not Clever Titling.  (We’ll wait.) This week’s release is Using Transitions To Boost Sales Page Conversion, which is a particularly helpful guide to keeping people interested in reading your sales pages all the way to the end. For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are…
  • Seek Advice From People Who Aren’t Like You

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    When you start getting your feet wet in an industry – any industry – you tend to gravitate towards people who are a lot like you. This makes perfect sense. People who have attitudes, outlooks and approaches that feel like they’re a good fit for you are the easiest to relate to. If you’re in a learning space, then paying attention to “your kind of people” is likely to ease your learning curve in the beginning. After a while, though, you run a risk of becoming too insular for your own good. Soon you’re only taking marketing advice that come from within your…
  • How To Avoid Giving Away The Farm With Content Marketing

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    (Have a topic you want us to cover? Head on over to the Request Line.) “Dear Naomi – I’m a coach, and I’m struggling with what to write about on my blog. I have a lot of ideas, and there’s a lot I can write about, but I’m worried about giving away the farm. If I tell people how to solve their problems or explain my system, why would they hire me? I’d just be giving them the same advice as I do on my blog! How do you balance good content with not working yourself out of a job?” This is a good question. Content marketing can sometimes be trickier than people tend to let on…
  • Freebie Friday #3! (Clear, Not Clever Titling)

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:06 am
    Freebie Friday continues! If you missed the last two weeks’ editions, then check out Getting Great Testimonials and Training People To Be Trained By You.  This week’s release is Clear, Not Clever Titling, which will help you in your quest to name your products and services in a way that increases the chance people will pull their Visa cards out. (Yay!) For those new to Freebie Friday, we are sending out samples from our BIG LAUNCH class (opening up in late December) so you can get a feel for what’s inside. These freebies are what we call the “Launch…
  • 4 Ways To Clean Up Your Email List

    Naomi Dunford
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    This post is by request from Beth. If you’d like to ask a question or suggest a topic of your own, you can do so at the Request Line. List bloat! The bane of online marketers everywhere! (Or so it’s said.) For the uninitiated, we’re talking about inactive subscribers on your email list. These may be truly inactive subscribers (abandoned email accounts or people who filter out your email) or de facto inactive people who tend to never open – or respond to – your emails. These inactive individuals create what’s called “list bloat” (well, at least that’s what we call it), and…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • What the heck does this mean?

    Jay H. Heyman
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    You know how you go from site to site when searching on the web, often ending up someplace with no idea how you got there? The point is that you can’t assume that people have purposefully chosen to visit your site, and have comprehensive knowledge of who you are and what services you offer. The above is a good example of a bad idea. (Maybe next year’s contest should be to guess exactly what this company does.) The even more distressing point is that even if you knew what they did, this gobbledygook expression of their offerings says very little in way that would persuade you of the…
  • Is this truly a good idea?

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    Last summer Nescafé created a coffee jar with a printed lid that actually was an alarm clock. The limited edition jar had seven different alarm sounds. To turn off the alarm, the user had to unscrew the cap. When I first read about this idea, I thought it was a good one. Creative, relevant, imaginative, brand rejuvenating, plus unscrewing the cap would encourage users make a cup of coffee. And I still think it is a good idea. But then the naysayers piped in: Who wants to put a jar of coffee in the bedroom? Who wants to put really bad coffee in the kitchen? They only made 200 of these jars,…
  • Open at your own risk

    Jay H. Heyman
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    In a world where packages provide stern safety warnings — Do not accept if seal is torn. Please use by yesterday. Fresh until stale. Tamperproof seal — where the government keeps track of expiration dates, and where items are packaged in such a manner that scissors, knives and teeth are the tools necessary to successfully to remove the contents, there is one amazing anomaly. My daily morning English muffin. As delighted as I am to note that the nooks and crannies are still there after all these years, the packaging seems a throwback to the time when milk came in bottles, and seltzer was…
  • Clichés can work just fine

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    We all attempt to avoid clichés when we’re writing. Old, tired phrases and idioms lead to ideas going unnoticed; the thought is so familiar it is glossed over, its content ignored. Ahh, but those wonderful exceptions. If you can take a well-known phrase, and rely on its very familiarity to more quickly make your point, then it can work very well. Years (decades) ago, I used this technique for a campaign for General Mills’ Total breakfast cereal. There was an expression going around at that time, “Today is the first day of your life.” To which I just added, “Start it right with…
  • Is your coffee good cup after cup?

    Jay H. Heyman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    Some coffees are good to the last drop. Some are heavenly. Some are the best part of waking up. And you probably can name the brands behind each campaign. But I defy you to identify the coffee brand that is paying for this ad. It probably cost a lot of beans (pun intended), but it’s as bland as decaf. Now we know how difficult it is to own a look, or a logo, or a tag line. But most coffees already have their own identity. So when your only text is as dull as “Say good morning to a good day with a coffee that’s good cup after cup,” well, someone is not really trying very hard. And I…
 
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    Bplans Blog

  • 8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty

    JT Ripton
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    No matter the size of the business, customer loyalty is incredibly important. Repeat customers spend up to 67 percent more than new customers. Plus, it’s up to ten times more expensive to try to attract new customers than it is to keep the ones already doing business with you. If you’re looking for real ways... The post 8 Ways to Create Real Customer Loyalty appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Complete Guide to SBA Loans

    Candice Landau
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    What is an SBA Loan? The U.S. Small Business Administration was created in 1953 to help Americans start, build and grow their businesses. As an independent agency of the government, the SBA partners with both public and private organizations to deliver its services, including loans. An SBA Loan is not a direct loan from the... The post The Complete Guide to SBA Loans appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan

    Angelique O'Rourke
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When disaster strikes in your area and your business is affected, what’s next? For many small businesses, the future can be extremely uncertain. During the process of rebuilding, most small business owners will ask themselves if it’s time to apply for a disaster loan, or if that is a viable option for them. Let’s go... The post What to Do When You Need a Disaster Loan appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014

    Scott Gerber
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Whether or not you can believe it, 2015 is quickly approaching. What have you accomplished? Where has your business taken you? We asked 10 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share how they are spending the end of the year. 1. Saying Thank You Thanking your people. Our professionals are at the center of everything... The post 10 Things All Founders Should Do in the Last Months of 2014 appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 10 Employee Incentives All Business Leaders Can Afford

    Kayla Matthews
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    So many things in this world are about the almighty dollar, but job satisfaction doesn’t have to be one of them. Giving your employees raises may help their short-term happiness, but if you want those employees to stay on, you need to offer them incentives that they can’t get elsewhere. Anyone can hand out a... The post 10 Employee Incentives All Business Leaders Can Afford appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Once again, we’ve got your tech news links right here. Big Blue, meet the blue bird: Twitter to give IBM access to data for business analysis. Speaking of Twitter, two more executives,...
  • Movie industry gives thumbs down to Google Glass in theaters

    Levi Sumagaysay
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:28 pm
    It was only a matter of time. The Motion Picture Association of America and movie theaters have updated their guidelines to officially ban Google Glass and other wearable technology that’s...
  • Off topic: Grave atlas, popular Halloween costumes, parking signs, horse communication

    Levi Sumagaysay
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    From John Wilkes Booth to John Dillinger, an atlas of where some famous people are buried. A timeline of America’s most popular Halloween costumes in the past five years. (Confusing) signs of...
  • Quoted: Tim Cook comes out, says he’s ‘proud to be gay’

    Levi Sumagaysay
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    “If hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their...
  • Smartphone, tablet sales still booming

    Steve Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Consumer demand  for mobile devices continues to grow, according to preliminary data out from tech research firm International Data Corporation. Worldwide smartphone shipments from manufacturers...
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • 9 Gmail-Ready Add-Ons to Boost Email Productivity

    cloudswave
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    Reading and answering emails can take up lots of time, time being a currency you don't just waste if you're managing a business. Emails, however, can't be ignored...20 Vote(s)
  • Answer These Ten Key Questions To Beat Competitors

    martinzwilling
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Change is hard. I see entrepreneurs every day who are trying to change the world with a new idea, and startups that are trying to survive their hyper-growth phase by changing processes to meet demand. In both cases, it's easy for them to become frustrated and give up, since most have never been tra18 Vote(s)
  • Perfecting the Elevator Pitch

    centralpawebster
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Most business professionals who attend networking events have to deliver the obligatory 30 second commercial or ‘elevator pitch.' For many, it's a mundane delivery of your name, your business and what you do for your clients or customers. But, it doesn't have to be. 17 Vote(s)
  • Inventory Nightmares: More Stories of Inventory Tracking Hell

    inventoryninja
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    This isn't the first time we've shared stories of inventory tracking nightmares-instances when improper inventory tracking led to scary situations-and it likely won't be the last. Although a solid inventory tracking system is important, many businesses don't have an accurate and efficient tool to k18 Vote(s)
  • Are You Cheap or Frugal With Your Business? The Difference is Success or Failure

    markzarr
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    As a small business owner, I get it. Every dollar we spend has to be calculated. We don't have a lot of cash to spend so we learn to be as frugal and self-reliant as possible. With that said, I have learned that there is a big difference between being cheap and frugal, a difference that leads to su23 Vote(s)
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • What can you do today for your retirement?

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Saving for our children's university and retirement is one of life’s biggest savings, but surveys show these investments too often come last.What could you do if you can see yourself in one or both of these situations? Something. Start by trying to save just 2% of what you’re bringing in; put the contributions on systematic automatic contributions to be sure they make it into the designated pot. Here’s the deal. Someone is reading this and thinking, `What the heck. It’s too late for me.’ But you don’t have to make these changes all at once. Look at your long-term…
  • Just take the time and get your financial goals written

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "If your financial plan is not written & measurable...it's just hope!"http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca
  • Wealth managers versus brokers

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Typically, wealth managers, also known as financial planners, earn their living either from commissions or by charging hourly or flat rates for their services. A commission is a fee paid whenever someone buys or sells a stock or other investment. You may want to avoid financial planners who rely on commissions for their income. These advisers may not be the most unbiased source of advice if they profit from steering you into particular products.A growing number of financial planners make money only when you pay them a fee for their counsel. These financial planners don’t get a cut from life…
  • How do you select a financial planner when you sell your business?

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    When you sell your company and all of a sudden, you have millions to invest, it can make you quite giddy. All of a sudden, your long last relatives will appear on your doorstep asking for a loan or an investment. Your niece will want you invest in her new app which is "brilliant".  Suddenly, you can access wealth manages who need you to have more than $2million to open an account. These wealth managers are the elite of financial planners.Financial planners advise clients on how best to save, invest, and grow their money. They can help you tackle a specific financial…
  • What to do a few years before selling your business

    26 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    When his father was 67 years old, an unforeseen financial crisis forced the succession. Patrick Bermingham, Bermingham Construction, knew his father did not have the appetite to fight for the company’s survival; in one moment, his father shook his hand and Patrick was put in charge.“My father was the supreme leader, but after that handshake, he never questioned my decision making.” Stepping into a precarious financial situation meant that Patrick had to make rapid decisions and get a plan for survival.“I needed money. I bought a new suit from Harry Rosen. I got on a plane to Japan. I…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • An Entrepreneur’s Twist on the Ugly Christmas Sweater

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christmas shirts are the brainchild of James McCarthy (pictured), founder of The Christmas Shirt Company, a company that sells Christmas shirts as the cooler alternative to Christmas sweater. McCarthy launched the business in September 2013 and has since sold thousands of Christmas-themed shirts to over 35 countries worldwide from his website www.ChristmasShirts.com.” What made you start your business? I studied architecture and graduated in the middle of the recession. Not the best timing and as if my 26-year-old self-worth couldn’t get any lower, I was bedridden in my parents’…
  • Common Sales Mistakes Companies Need to Correct Before the Q4 Push

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By John McGee, CEO OptifiNow As the start of fourth quarter looms on the horizon, many companies are looking at their numbers and increasing the pressure on sales teams to make up for losses earlier in the year.  While every company has unique circumstances affecting its sales cycle, there are common threads that can be identified across the majority of organizations in terms of errors that directly correlate to sales losses. One of the major contributors to missed sales opportunities is slow response time to incoming leads. Many companies use automated email replies to notify a customer…
  • The Art of the “Stroll”

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Eric Groves Holiday Strolls are all the rage with local business owners working together to shift consumer spending away from big box and online merchants to local merchants throughout the holiday season. These unique experiences work to unite the entire local community and provide a great framework for how to continue this great trend throughout the year. A number of small business owners recently shared their secrets for holiday stroll success on Alignable.  Rebecca Melançon, Executive Director at the Austin Independent Business Alliance, in Austin, TX, reports on a fun event held in…
  • Are you an Angry Bird or a Fruit Ninja?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Jana Quinn What your Favorite App Says About Your Management Style Does your boss make you feel like losing hours to FarmVille or hiding in a bathroom stall to keep a 2048 game alive is a waste of company time? No, no, no! It’s simply a unique way to reflect on one’s own managerial style, which is an important component of professional development.* The time you spend in recreation can often say a lot more about you than the time you spend with your nose to the grindstone. After all, when you strip away all the outside demands and interpersonal dynamics, you’re left to…
  • The Secret to Happy Customers

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky As a small business owner today, it’s easy to get caught up in technology, and so worried about social media, mobile tools and how to stay abreast of the latest smartphone developments that you forget your biggest advantage as a small business: you and your staff. I was reminded of this recently when I spent a getaway weekend in a small, rural community that relies heavily on tourists in addition to farming as its main industries. It’s the nature of this type of place that most of the businesses are independently owned small shops. Since I always love patronizing small…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Your Power is in Your Voice #womenofpower

    Yvonne
    4 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "It's great reconnecting," she said. Her voice boomed through the phone with a power that penetrated my entire body. It dominated her presence. I could see her speaking to me, through the miles between us, the phone line, the very air separating us. "I agree," I said, without anywhere near as much impact, I am sure. We talked business. We talked personal lives. We laughed. We shared a few stories. We took the frayed edges of our lost connection and began to repair them. The color of our lives improved. We went from gray to red... and variations between.  I find it…
  • Conversation with A Friend #friendshipendures

    Yvonne
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    Dr Lorie Huston and Yvonne at WIPIN by Yvonne DiVita   #friendshipendures “This is an amazing event,” she said as we met in the narrow hall of the exhibit area for BlogPaws Denver, 2010. Her blue eyes sparkled like a sunny afternoon in June. I have to admit, I was pleased with all the praise coming our way. The event was the second BlogPaws, here in Denver, back in our launch year. I remember the conversation so well because having someone of the stature of Dr. Lorie Huston compliment you is not something you forget. “Thank you,” I said. We shook hands. We talked a bit more about why…
  • Blogging is So 1999!

    Yvonne
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita It may only be October but the New Year is looming. Somehow, once we hit September, the days and weeks pass by in a blur and before you know it, Jolly Old St Nick is arriving, with the celebratory night called New Year's Eve, hard on his heels. I wonder how St. Nick celebrates - does he just crash and heave a big sigh, and wait for his wife to bring him a beer? #thingsthatmakeyougohmmmm Over the last two years, as I've worked more intimately in blogging and programs with brands, over at BlogPaws, my emerging and strong community of pet people who blog or tweet or just connect…
  • #Sunisforshining Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

    Yvonne
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    by Yvonne DiVita "You're just so hard to work with!" Harsh words to hear. Especially given the fact that I'm not hard to work with. Yes, I am proud and confident and I can be domineering. But, I also listen well and 99% of the time try to see things from the other person's viewpoint. The incident causing this statement arose from an event that had happened several weeks prior. The person making the statement had worked with a competitor, a big competitor, to devise some online content that she now wanted ME to share.  I was surprised. I was confused. I was ... slowly, a bit angry. "I'm here,…
  • Can We Trust Women Empowerment Ads?

    Yvonne
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:45 am
    Guest post by Katie Parsons By now you’ve probably seen the viral “Like a Girl” video ad from Always that features men and women from different age groups performing physical actions like running or throwing a ball like (you guessed it) a girl. The ad, directed by women’s rights documentary maker Lauren Greenberg, has been hailed as an empowering one for both genders by proving that perceptions of what women can and cannot do are vastly man-made. The ad joins a growing list of them that highlight strong, powerful women who are comfortable in their own skin, including those from brands…
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    OnStartups

  • 10 Tips For A Successful Startup Job Search

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This following article is a guest post by Rick Burnes.  Rick is the VP of Content Products at BookBub.  You can follow him on twitter: @rickburnes. Startup job searches are hard. There’s more risk (most startups fail!), there’s less information and the best opportunities are sometimes hidden and hard to find. So how do you navigate a startup job search successfully?   I learned about this over the last six months. Earlier this month, after six months speaking with Boston-area startups about new opportunities, I left HubSpot to begin a job at the Cambridge…
  • You're Probably Wrong

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Dear Friend About that thing we were chatting about the other day.  I've been trying to find a good way to say this, but... You're probably wrong. You think you're right, but you're probably wrong.  And, it's not that I disagree with you.  In fact, quite the opposite, I agree with you.  I agree with you so strongly that I made exactly the same mistake you're about to make -- years ago.   Coincidentally, back then, I made the exact same arguments you're making now. I was less eloquent and less brilliant than you but equally stubborn -- and equally wrong. But, I realize…
  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • 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…
 
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    Content Marketing Institute

  • The Pivot: From Documentary Filmmaker to Brand Storyteller

    Pamela Muldoon
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    As content marketers, we are challenged with developing a great story for our brands or clients. But what truly makes a great or compelling story? In this conversation, Todd Wheatland sat down with Barry Poltermann, President of About Face Media. Barry and his team use their background of documentary-style filmmaking to create interesting and unique visual stories for brands all over the world. Employee stories like this challenge documentary from 3M and customer stories like Stefano’s for Tesla Motors show how About Face Media brings the authentic emotion of a documentary-style film to…
  • 11 Killer Tips to Leverage SlideShare’s Power in Your Visual Content Marketing

    Neil Patel
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    SlideShare is the “quiet giant of content marketing,” according to Forbes contributor Steve Olenski. But with the kind of attention it’s getting, one can hardly call it quiet anymore. Giant? Yes. Before I divulge its secrets, let me tell you how giant SlideShare is according to CMO.com and SlideShare.com. It has more traffic from business owners than any other major social media platform. As the world’s 121th most visited site, SlideShare has: 3 billion presentation views per month averaged over a seven-year history 15 million-plus presentation uploads 400,000-plus new presentations…
  • Analyzing Human Data: Take a Dive to Find Out What Your Customers Really Feel

    Erin Rodat-Savla
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    With social listening tools now commonplace, plenty of companies keep track of what people say about them online. What they find, however, is there’s a big gap between tallying brand mentions and deeply understanding what customers (or potential customers) really think and feel. Most social listening tools can’t make sense of subtlety: They can’t make out complex human interactions, such as expressions of irony or playfulness. They still struggle to interpret still and moving pictures. They can’t keep up with fast-changing abbreviations and memes. Technologists are working to improve…
  • How to Turn Research Into Content Marketing Strategy AND Tactics

    Andrea Serrette
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that Darth Vader is polling higher than all potential 2016 presidential candidates? Yes, it’s true, according to the recent Washington Post article, which recapped the results of a clever survey by Nate Silver’s respected statistical analysis firm, FiveThirtyEight. Stepping outside of its usual political and sports predictions to bridge the gap between politics and science fiction yielded the surprising (and funny) survey result — and garnered media attention beyond the usual wonks and sports writers who closely follow Silver’s blog. FiveThirtyEight’s…
  • How I Missed On Every 2014 Content Marketing Prediction

    Joe Pulizzi
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yes, it’s that time again. This will be our seventh year putting together content marketing predictions. (For the record, you can also view what was forecast for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.) Before we take a look at my failed 2014 predictions, I’d love it if you could throw your hat into the ring and share your predictions for 2015. Complete your 2015 prediction here! We had over 50 predictions last year, and I’d love to see more this year. 50 Content Marketing Predictions for 2014 from Content Marketing Institute Let’s take a look at my three predictions for 2014 and…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • A Simple Strategy to Increase Win Rates

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    What would it take for you to double or even triple your win rates? According to LinkedIn research, you have a significantly better chance of closing sales when you have multiple connections within a single account. Can it really be that simple? Not exactly ... Winning isn't simply a function of having lots of LinkedIn connections. It requires a well-thought-out strategy. If you're only well connected to one or two people at a company, you're vulnerable if something happens to them. Also, since most decisions today involve 4+ people, it's essential to establish relationships with all of…
  • Powerful Sales Brain Trust Speaks on #1 Competitive Edge

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last Wednesday, I spoke at Dreamforce, the big SalesForce.com event that draws 130,000+ people globally. I talked about today's #1 competitive edge. (It's what my new book, Agile Selling, is all about.) I also lead a panel discussion on this topic, featuring this extraordinary brain trust.  Left to right: Joanne Black (author of No More Cold Calling & Pick Up the Damn Phone), Debra Walton (Chief Content Officer of Thomson Reuters, HuffPo blogger & women's advocate), Trish Bertuzzi (CEO of The Bridge Group inside sales consultancy), Josiane Feigon (author,…
  • Key Question Every Sales Manager Should Ask Their Interviewees

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    At Dreamforce last week, Bob Perkins of the AA-ISP (American Association of Inside Sales Professionals) interviewed me and Trish Bertuzzi on key learnings and takeaways. (Trish is the CEO & Chief Strategist of The Bridge Group, a leading inside sales consultancy.) In it, I share a key question every sales manager should ask their interviewees. It's a topic I'll be speaking more about at the INSIDE SALES 2014 Conference November 6th in Minneapolis.
  • Why My LinkedIn Profile Isn't Good Enough

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    I have a confession to make. I haven't updated my LinkedIn profile* for 18 months. I know. Shame on me. I'm supposed be a leader on things like that, but I'm human too. If you looked at my profile, you'd probably think it's fine. It doesn't read like a boring resume or make me look like a hungry, job-hunting sales vulture. It doesn't sound like a self-serving company brochure. It's customer focused, showcases my expertise and establishes my credibility. It's my professional presence online. Even LinkedIn says it's well done.  But here's the truth. My LinkedIn profile doesn't reflect…
  • I Hate LinkedIn Profiles Like This ...

    13 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Every time I do a Sales Acceleration workshop with a new client, I go to LinkedIn to check out the profiles of people who will be attending. Invariably, I see Summary sections that read like this:  Big Deal's innovative solutions are blah, blah, blah. Our extensive client list includes these marquis organizations. We specialize in all this stuff.  Quota-busting sales professional with 15 years experience in technology sales. Doggedly persistent, tough negotiator and fearless competitor.  Yes, that's a bit of hyperbole. But I think you get what I mean. And, my guess is that 85%…
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • 10 Ways to Optimize Your Lead Conversion Rate

    info@meclabs.com
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    TweetThe ultimate goal of B2B marketing and lead generation is to help the sales team sell. Marketers spend a lot of time and effort creating inbound leads but struggle getting those leads to convert into customers after they hand them off to sales. As I talk to marketers about their lead generation results, I often hear statements like, “We’re generating lots of leads, but they aren’t converting” or “We need to increase lead quantity” or “We need to generate more qualified leads.” Does this sound like you or someone you know? I’m going to share 10 levers you can use to…
  • Where’s the Passion in B2B Marketing?

    info@meclabs.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    TweetI’m writing this post at Dreamforce 2014. It’s been an amazing experience, and I’ve loved meeting leaders in sales and marketing from all over the world and being part of this community. In one of the keynote sessions with Tony Robbins, Tony talked about the power of engagement, citing a Gallop poll that showed 13% of employees worldwide are engaged at work. This was 142-country study of 180 million employees called the State of the Global Workplace. According to this study, the U.S., which demonstrated the highest level of employee engagement, reported that 29% of…
  • Building Your Strategic Lead Generation Portfolio

    info@meclabs.com
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetTo be successful at lead generation, marketers can’t rely on one specific tactic. Rather, they must leverage a portfolio of channels. The best marketers approach their work like a portfolio manager would run a mutual fund. Portfolio managers are constantly thinking about, and testing, the optimal investment strategy. They analyze the financial marketplace and make choices that balance high risk and high reward with tried-and-true methods to achieve the highest return from their investment portfolio. A while ago, I created a mind map of lead generation channels for my book Lead…
  • 31 Tips for Improving Sales and Marketing Lead Generation Alignment

    info@meclabs.com
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetMore often than not, there seems to be a disconnect between Marketing and Sales. Not having these two teams aligned can be a vital — and costly — mistake. How does your sales team perceive the leads Marketing produces? Be honest. They love them — couldn’t be happier! They complain about lead quality. They complain about lead volume. The say leads, what leads? Marketing gives us leads? If you chose answer No. 1, the first thing I would say is, well done. The second thing I would ask is, when was the last time you talked with your sales team? Lead generation is an iterative…
  • 6 Ideas to Create More Relevant Lead Nurturing Emails

    info@meclabs.com
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetI’m writing this post while attending the ExactTarget Connections 2014 event. I’ve learned a lot from listening to the sessions and speakers here. As I listened to attendees and speakers, I frequently heard the same keywords, such as: Personalization Segmentation Customer focus Data Connection Authenticity But something I wanted to hear more about was relevance. People aren’t trying to open and click your emails. They’re looking for reasons to delete them. A recent MarketingSherpa survey of email recipients found that 58% of those who stop reading, disengage or…
 
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    Rebel CEO

  • How to Deal with Too Much Email

    Bill DAlessandro
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Like many people, I get way too much email. You probably do, too. Until recently, I didn’t have a good system for dealing with my inbox volume, which was nearly 500 messages per day. That’s nearly one every waking minute! I’ve tried in the past to use the “batching” technique and only check emails every so often, but I found that this just leads to email procrastination, while important messages go unanswered (for further thoughts on my attempts to prioritize email, read “The Urgent vs. Important Matrix”). A CEO friend of mine emailed recently asking…
  • Thailand Won’t Make You Happy

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

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

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

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

  • Beyond Tech and Elusive Geniuses – The Everyday Innovation Heroes

    Pedro do Carmo Costa
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Apple, Google and General Electric success stories centre on groundbreaking characters and geniuses. But 99% of companies worldwide are unlike any of these. Most organisations are made up of people like you and me: reasonably proficient in innovation management but surrounded by innovation agnostics. People who can share with us the tough, yet stirring mission of pushing boundaries to shape a bit of future.
  • Should I Talk About My Co-creation Partners?

    Kande Kazadi, Annouk Lievens and Dominik Mahr
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Research and practice have investigated firms’ benefits of co-creation with external stakeholders, such as more creative ideas, reduced development costs, and improved product quality. However, little is known about how consumers perceive products and their firms that communicate about such co-creation activities. Using two experimental studies, we investigated how consumers’ knowledge about the involvement of different types of stakeholders during the innovation process changes the adoption of new products.
  • Portais Corporativos de Inovação Aberta, Parte II: Dois Exemplos de Casos de Sucesso

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:47 pm
    Jos Tissen da Unilever, com sede na Holanda, e Shawn Heipp da Elmer’s Products, com sede em Ohio, EUA, têm algo em comum. Cada um administra o portal corporativo de inovação de sua empresa, o website utilizado para incentivar a submissões de soluções de tecnologia por clientes, fornecedores, inventores e empresas externos. Tissen e Heipp descrevem suas escolhas de implementação de portal e seus resultados até a data.
  • Using Global Insights to Drive Local Innovation

    Roberto Copercini
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    “Innovation” has become yet another buzz-word, used overwhelmingly by organizations to distinguish themselves from competitors. This article explores one strategy that local champions can use to be more innovative in their local markets: scan the globe for trends and insights and generate insights and ideas that can be adapted to drive innovation at the local market level.
  • How to Effectively Run Innovation Initiatives in Multinational Organizations

    InnovationManagement
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:01 am
    The ultimate task for multinationals today is to efficiently harness their greatest asset: the knowledge and expertise of its people, spread across the organization and the globe. In this live IM Channel One Roundtable Discussion, hosted by Exago, we share experiences on how to run a cross borders idea management program, so as to achieve corporate alignment, employee’s engagement and seed a culture of innovation.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • New York's Global Welcome Ambassador: Taylor Swift

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    iStock/ThinkstockLike it or not, Jeremiah Moss writes an amusing piece on Taylor Swift being named New York city's "Global Welcome Ambassador."Is Taylor Swift qualified to define what New York stands for?I'm all for this part:Use your voice to encourage Mayor de Blasio to control the spread of chains. Advocate for the Small Business Jobs Survival Act to protect small businesses from skyrocketing rent hikes. Encourage tourists to spend less money at chain stores and shop local instead.Everything else?  Meh.  I think there could be better choices.Read:  A modest proposal for…
  • How Small Business Merchants Can Leverage Innovation to Sell Successfully Globally

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    iStock/ThinkstockSmall business owners have tremendous opportunity to sell to a global audience through their company website, blog, Facebook account, Twitter handle or any other web presence. The good news is that it never has been easier for small businesses to setup an online store, or more cost-effective, to reach prospective customers globally.Here's how:  How Small Businesses Can Easily Use Innovations in Ecommerce to Grow
  • How to Lower the Credit Risks to Exporting

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    iStock/ThinkstockCongress extended the Export-Import Bank's charter through the middle of 2015 as part of a compromise between supporters of the agency and those who want to eliminate it. Generally, the reauthorization period is extended for multiple years at a time.Many small business owners rely on the credit agency to lower the risks of exporting.Find out how some business owners are dealing with the uncertainty on Export-Import Bank's assistance, or eventual lack thereof, by reading:  Exporters Fear Credit Crunch
  • Today in Global Small Business: How America's Big Cities Have Prospered Under Existing Free-Trade Accords

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:How pro-trade policies could create 10 million new high-paying trade-connected jobs in the U.S. over the next decade.Why trade clearly has the potential to create jobs.How America's big cities have prospered under existing free-trade accords.What country would you pick to expand overseas and why?How do you know when it's time to go global?How global flows are creating new degrees of connectedness among economies.
  • A Look at Lyon, France

    25 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Here's an assortment of pictures I took during my trip to Lyon, France to attend the World Entrepreneurship Forum.  The multicolored building is the hotel where I stayed - the Novotel Lyon Confluence, which is situated in the heart of the trendy district between the Rhône and the Saône.All the other photos are taken within walking distance from the hotel.  It's an absolutely beautiful area.Photos courtesy:  @2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.
 
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Schedule Something Scary and Extraordinary

    Alyson Stanfield
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s scary to step up – to think bigger about what you’re capable of – and that’s exactly what I’ll be asking of attendees at Art Biz Makeover next week. There’s very little motivation in the daily grind: update Facebook, schedule a few tweets, send a newsletter, write a blog post, work in studio. If you’re not careful, you’ll continue to go through the motions of life without doing something extraordinary for your art and for yourself. ©Joey Feldman, Vicious. Pen and ink on paper, 28 x 20 inches. Used with permission. In honor of the witching season, I ask you to…
  • Who You Are and What You Do

    Alyson Stanfield
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Alert subscriber Clay Cantrell sent me the quote in this image some months ago, saying that it reminded him of me. The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. [Tweet this.] I tracked down the quote to, as best I can tell, fitness guru Bill Phillips. I wanted to share this with you because I can’t think of a quote that is more inspirational for me right now, and I hope it serves you. Who I Am You know me as someone who is a no-excuse-action-taking-don’t-stop-working kinda gal. I have never had a problem taking action. But that’s only a tiny part of WHO I…
  • 17 Surprising Ways to Lure People to Your Website

    Alyson Stanfield
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The darnedest thing about having a website: just because you build it doesn’t mean people will come. Creating a website is just the first step. Now you have to get people to visit it, and driving traffic to your site is an ongoing task. It should always be top of mind. ©John-Michael Korpal, Twig Balloons. Mixed media, 6 x 8 feet. Used with permission. See if you could add some of these ideas to your marketing mix and get more eyes on your art. Best, Basic Practices 1. Write a newsletter article with a hook, which requires recipients to visit your site to read the end of the article. 2.
  • What Your Art Business Will Cost You

    Alyson Stanfield
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    When you own your own business, it’s important to look at expenses as well as income in order to remain profitable. I looked into various (not all – not even education or supplies and materials!) expenses for artists and thought it might be interesting to share the results. Feel free to add to our completely unscientific list in a comment on the Art Biz Blog. Maggie Ruley’s Key West studio. Used with permission. Studio Space These numbers are based on responses I received through Twitter and Facebook. (sf = square feet) Central Virginia (476sf): $355/month Key West, FL (750sf – 3…
  • This Is Only A Test: Marketing Experiments to Improve Results for Your Art Business

    Alyson Stanfield
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You are undoubtedly investing a lot of time and resources into your art business: websites, blogs, social media, newsletters, postcards, and more. As an entrepreneur interested in earning money from your art, you want to understand what’s working and what isn’t. ©C. Tanner Jensen, L’Air du Temps II. Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Used with permission. Every marketing effort should be a test. Nothing on your plate should be considered sacred. You aim for increasingly better results. Test it! What brings you the most clicks? What has given you the most shares on Facebook? What did you…
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    Making Business Social

  • 3 Steps to Cross-Functional Collaboration

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    How many times have you wished that various teams would collaborate? It is an easy process to get teams to work together cross-functionally. 1. Choose the agenda for the group carefully. Make sure that it’s a broad topic that doesn’t have an apparent solution. It doesn’t need to be controversial, but it does need to be an open-ended question that many people are interested in solving for. 2. Invite people from various teams. Invite them from the standpoint of their representing a specific area. If you working to achieve editorial consensus then you could invite people from…
  • B2B Tech Content: 5 Lessons to Measure Content Effectiveness

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    I had the opportunity to be part of an all day workshop on Tech Content at Content Marketing World 2014. I joined content extraordinaires Lee Odden, Pam Didner, Koka Sexton and Deanna Lazzaroni to provide an intensive overview for B2B marketers. My presentation was focused on how to measure content effectiveness. The deck below includes basic analytics to track at a high level. The second half outlines what we’re doing at Dell to make our content marketing more effective across the customer journey. The five lessons I shared were: Keep KPI’s simple. You can track a lot of…
  • Oprah Winfrey

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    30 Mar 2014 | 8:47 pm
  • How to Make a Business Social

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    19 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    There has been a lot of focus of late on how to become a social business. In fact I joined Dell back in 2011 because of their maturity as a social business. The story really goes back to 2007 when I had a phone call with a Director at Dell. At the time I was focused on the Community Manager profession. We talked about the challenges of how to get every employee to act as a Community Manager on behalf of the company.   Fast forward to the present and I have almost three years experience working at the most social business in the world! It has been a time of great learnings. I started with…
  • How to Find a Job in Social Media

    conniebensen@gmail.com (Connie Bensen)
    19 May 2013 | 4:55 pm
    It’s exciting to see that social media jobs are mainstream in companies of all sizes! The role has evolved into a number of specializations as many of us predicted it would. And companies are realizing the value and hiring people to solve the business problems that the social web has created. The evolution and adoption of a profession makes find a job much more competitive. The secret to finding a job today in social media is really similar to any other profession. You need to understand what the company’s pain points are. And you need to be able to express the transferable skills that…
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    Business of Software US

  • The breakfast of champions: Feedback from BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    ‘Awesome people’, ‘My tribe’,’Quality of other attendees’, ‘Being surrounded by people smarter than me’. As ever, there is a theme to the feedback forms from BoS USA this year. And – as ever – it’s the people. Thank you all for being there and for participating so whole heartedly. It’s what gives BoS its unique atmosphere and believe me, we love it as much as you do. While we’re on the theme of participation, this year many of you got involved in the breakout sessions where you took time to think about your BoS…
  • 31 things I learned the hard way about growing a SaaS business. GBP from Duane ‘Startup’ Jackson, Kashflow

    Mark Littlewood
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    A guest blog post – a quick read with 31 real life lessons learned building a SaaS business. Introducing Duane L Jackson, he’s like ‘Startup Jackson‘, but real. Startup Jackson – Not Real There is so much well meant ‘advice’ out there on blog posts about entrepreneurship and how to do this our that it is sometimes hard to find things that add genuine value. We get pitched some ‘valuable insight’ every day for a guest blog post and the overwhelming majority of it is awful, derivative nonsense from people that write about, or write about…
  • “We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    I was very surprised to overhear this comment from a woman at BoS in September. Nothing could be further from the truth. If this is an environment where women feel that, then I can’t imagine how tough it is on other places. We can take some pride I hope in creating a community where people feel safe, introverts become extroverts for a few days. It is not perfect. BoS is a very welcoming community, or we try to be. Many people tell us it is the only conference they attend, or that there is a unique ‘family’ atmosphere (thanks, you noticed!). But we sure as heck have a…
  • Serious Pony, Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human.

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Kathy Sierra, friend, scholar, teacher, badass awesome human. <3 Feeling sad and reflecting on why some people are just abominable. We should know Kathy for things like this.   2009 2012 2013 [View the story "Serious Pony" on Storify] . BoS talks to your inbox. Don't miss another talk! Leave your email address (unsub anytime and we'll never sell your details). Be the first to hear when new BoS talks go live Hear about chances to talk to speakers online to answer questions you have about their talks Reminders so you never miss a conference again Hear about scholarships and special…
  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

    Mark Littlewood
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are great believers in encouraging the next generation of software entrepreneurs! Sadly for her, my daughter, Violet has just started ‘big school’ so won’t be joining us this year. She had a brilliant time last year… If you are thinking of bringing your children here are some things that you might like to know: Use hashtag #BoS2014 to connect with other families at the conference. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to sit in on talks as long as they do not distract others. Children, accompanied by parent/guardian(s), are most welcome to…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • The Work and Reward of Building Credit

    Tara Joyce
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I like to think about money as an idea in the form of credit. To get in the money game, I need to build up my credit. To build up my credit, I need to work on my inner and outer relationship with my self and money. My Outer Credit Work: identifying & communicating the value I offer (marketing my self and my business) growing my wealth (creating opportunities for higher pay and more abundance) caring for my wealth (managing my money and my self) My Inner Credit Work: connecting with the value I offer and the abundance of wealth I possess (transforming my thoughts, feelings, beliefs,…
  • A Space for You = An Advertising Opportunity

    Tara Joyce
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    I’ve been lovingly writing Rise of the Innerpreneur for over six years now, and in that time, I’ve published over 397 articles. Man oh man, that’s a whole lot of time, energy, and love I’ve put into this little space on the interweb. Part of my experience with writing this blog has been handling the visibility it has brought, and the various forms in which it can arrive. One common theme as the blog’s visibility has grown is the increasing number of businesses approaching me about advertising on ROTI. To date, I have said no to these requests… In part…
  • Who Defines My Needs?

    Tara Joyce
    8 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    I make a difference by being what I am. I add value to my world by being the light I am, and by holding onto this light no matter what externally arrives to me. To do this, I need to protect myself from the overwhelm of the external world. I need to protect who I truly am. I can not lose myself; and it’s important I acknowledge the force by which others may seem to want me to. I need ways to deal with the tension between taking care of my inner business and taking care of external affairs. As a child, it could be hard to know what was right — the authority figure who wanted me to…
  • The Truth About Our Darkness

    Tara Joyce
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    We don’t really have a problem with peoples imperfections. We don’t really hate the dark aspects we each contain. It feels like we do, but our feelings can be misleading sometimes. It’s easy to point out and judge another for the things that aren’t perfect about them. If you decide to take on this job, your list will easily become a mile long. We are not perfect, and you’re always going to be able to find evidence to back this truth up. No matter the person. What you really have a problem with, when you find yourself angered by another and their imperfections…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Founder of Dan’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese, Dan Stephenson, talks about completely changing pace from corporate world to a bootstrapped food startup. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Bootstrapping a Gourmet Mac and Cheese Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Elder Care as Consumer Product

    Jeff Cornwall
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : CEO and Co-Founder of Evermind, Dave Gilbert, talks about his transition into entrepreneurship, specifically medical technology, and the lessons he learned in the past that he’s applied to Evermind. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Elder Care as Consumer Product appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Niche Market in Genetics

    Jeff Cornwall
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Entrepreneurial Mind: Founder of NextGxDx, Mark Harris, talks about building up his business after noticing and underserved market in the genetics industry. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Niche Market in Genetics appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Military Experiences Applied to Startup

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Alex Bertelli of Havenlock TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Military Experiences Applied to Startup appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Leading a Startup Within a Family Business

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Luci Armitstead leads a startup within a family business TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Leading a Startup Within a Family Business appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • Innovative Funding Model from Silicon Valley Could Change How Non-Profits and Socially Responsible Firms Do Business

    BrookeNelson
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    By Jonathan Porat, Regulatory Economist Startups such as Dropbox, Reddit, and Airbnb have become aspirational success stories for entrepreneurs. They have made people’s lives easier, disrupted established industries through simple innovations, and in some cases received billion-dollar valuations. Some people however may not be aware that these high-growth and high-value startups have all taken advantage of an innovative funding mechanism for small businesses: the accelerator program. Now, startups in the non-profit sector are taking note and hoping to use this model traditionally leveraged…
  • Advocacy Helps Guide Small Food Importers through FDA Regulations

    BrookeNelson
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    By Yvonne Lee, Region 9 Advocate Jacklyn Sher’s parents were refugees from Laos who came to the United States in 1976 with nothing but hope for a better life for their family. They worked hard—their first job was as night janitors at a fast food restaurant—and saved enough money to buy an old station wagon. The Shers then started delivering soy sauce to southern California food businesses. Twenty-seven years later, HC Foods is a successful food import and distribution company serving food businesses throughout the western U.S. This family-owned business now employs 25 workers and the…
  • Proposed DOJ Rules Would Require Small Movie Theaters to Purchase Expensive Accessibility Devices for Disabled Patrons

    BrookeNelson
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    By Janis Reyes, Assistant Chief Counsel Last week, Economist Jonathan Porat and I visited the bustling University Mall Theatres in Fairfax, Virginia, to speak to owner Mark O’Meara about proposed Department of Justice (DOJ) rules that would require movie theaters to provide special accessibility equipment for guests with visual and hearing disabilities. We met O’Meara at the entrance of the three-screen theater on its popular “Two Dollar Tuesday,” where he sold discounted tickets and welcomed busloads of students and young families to his theater. The highest ticket price at this…
  • 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…
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Draft the Most-Valuable-Tools for your Business Part 2 – Picks on the Waiver Wire

    Caleb Alcorn
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the NFL season in full swing, fantasy football owners have a very good sense of their team’s strengths and weaknesses. Each is trying to get an edge on another owner by trolling the waiver wire to find a breakout star. As a business owner you can use some of the same logic! We reached back out to our pool of experts and have compiled some potential break out tools that can add great value to your business. Below are our top-ranked tools that you should think about for your business: Pick 1 – Google Analytics: This free online tool helps you find out how much traffic your website…
  • Free Photo and Graphics Software

    Lisa Hephner
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of the key skills honed by a small business owner is doing more with less. The GIMP graphics software package enables you to create professional looking sales, marketing, and other customer-facing materials at the perfect small business price—free. A professional graphics package such as Photoshop can cost hundreds of dollars every year, now that Adobe has largely transitioned to a subscription-based pricing system. As mentioned in several previous tips on graphics, you could use the free online Photoshop Express version which provides many of the basic Photoshop functions. However, to…
  • Reads of the Week – Oct 24th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week from around the web of topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments. ____________________________ Google launched a new Inbox with the goal to help you gain more control and make your life easier. Should you try to score an invite? Here’s a review from someone who gets 700 emails a day. Entrepreneurs have long been thought of as primarily male. Why don’t more Women get Venture Funding? A Q&A with a VC. Less than 2/3 of…
  • What Small Business Owners Need to Know About FICO Score 9

    Lisa Hephner
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, the ability to obtain low-rate credit is critical to your business success. Unfortunately, many small business owners find that credit decisions for their business are based on their own personal credit, not simply on the creditworthiness of their business—even if the business is incorporated. This is a bigger problem for brand new businesses than it is for established ones, but even small businesses that have been successful for decades are often asked for personal guarantees and have business credit decisions based (at least partially) on the credit scores of…
  • Reads of the Week – Oct 17th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 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. ____________________________ Customer Service is more than a buzzword. It’s how your company can differentiate itself. How do you get started, and who does it well? Here are 7 examples from those who do it best. The only way to continue running your company is to get paid! This articles explains ‘How to replace late with early‘ and two other tips to reduce late payments.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Introducing Our Brand New Help Desk!

    Emily Farrar
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tracking receipts shouldn’t suck, and neither should getting help when you need it. We’re thrilled to announce our new Help Desk, which features a completely redesigned interface and new articles that make it easier than ever to get answers to your questions. Head over to support.shoeboxed.com to check out the new site and try our new and improved search feature. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, there are easy ways to contact us via phone, email and chat, right from the page. If you have any questions or feedback about our new Help Desk, feel free to get in…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • What Triggers People To Buy – And How To Make Them Buy More

    smallbizbee
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    No business can run without making sales. People in marketing spend a great many of the company’s resources trying to find out just what triggers their customers to buy. Some products are basic necessities and will be bought periodically no matter what the economic situation is. Other products are seen as luxuries and will be the first to be cut off when financial difficulties arise. However no matter what the monetary state of a customer, there are certain emotional triggers that may make a person buy products even when he has no real need for them at the time. Why does a customer buy a…
  • Small Businesses Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

    smallbizbee
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Small businesses are widely considered to be the lifeblood of both the UK and global economy. Whilst a great deal of multinational corporations have suffered in the wake of an international economic downturn over the past 6 or 7 years, leaving many consumers sceptical as to the sustainability of big business, the public has been going back to what it knows: keeping it local. Setting the scene A study by small business financiers CAN Capital has revealed that 58% of US-based SME owners expect growth over the course of the next 12 months. The study looked at many aspects of small business, from…
  • 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…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • The Closed Loop Fund Helps Cities Increase Recycling

    Sherrell Dorsey
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The biggest barrier facing most cities when it comes to providing the level of innovation and infrastructure needed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates often boils down to one factor: Money—or specifically, the absence of it.
  • Harley-Davidson to Plant 50 Million Trees

    Leon Kaye
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson are working to "Renew the Ride" and plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025.
  • Chevron Tries to Buy Local City Election

    Jen Boynton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chevron is heavily invested in creating a business-friendly environment in the town where it was responsible for a massive explosion in 2012.
  • Why Rwanda’s Youth Are ‘Wired’ to Lead Africa

    Travis Noland
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A shift is underway across young Africa. According to a 2012 survey by Jacana Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, 70 percent of African students studying at top 10 American and European business schools plan to work in Africa following graduation. No place does the yearning for home seem greater than in Rwanda.
  • World Vasectomy Day Pushes Men to Take an Active Role in Family Planning

    Alexis Petru
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Nov. 7, nearly 250 doctors in 30 countries will perform 1,500 vasectomies. The occasion? The second World Vasectomy Day, a global event designed to bring more attention to – and to dispel myths around – this permanent form of birth control.
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • Productivity Boost for You – Find Time with Gizmo’s Freeware

    Paula Eder
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Productivity is a goal for most of us – and what better time than at the start of a new week to think about ways to boost productivity and find more time?! I was thinking about the productivity tools and apps that we use most frequently at The Time Finder, and came upon Gizmo’s Freeware – a website that offers lists and information of the best freeware applications – as judged by independent contributors. It’s a community-based effort – meaning that those who contribute to it are volunteers and not affiliated commercially with any of the products they recommend. The freeware lists…
  • Why You Should Start a Podcast Now

    Meredith Eisenberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Podcasting, Isn’t that so 2007? Actually, it’s back with a vengeance. People are discovering podcasts as a way to have more control over what they listen to on the way to work, in the gym, on a jog. As the 50 million people who listen to podcasts know, there is a treasure trove of free (and entertaining) information waiting for you in your smartphone or car radio. And… right now starting a podcast in one of the fastest ways to be heard in a very crowded marketplace. And, it is pretty easy to get started podcasting. This post answers the question of why you should be podcasting and how…
  • How To Take a Vacation and Feel Rested Afterwards

    Monica Shah
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Vacation? You might ask, Monica, why are you writing about vacation now? Here’s why: If you don’t start planning your Thanksgiving vacation, Christmas vacation and even your 2015 vacations– chances are you won’t take them. What I see over and over again with entrepreneurs is that they take a “vacation” that turns out to be work, work, and more work. With a dose of worry on top of all of it! There is a way to make sure that your vacation rejuvenates you and actually has you come back saying, “Yes I’m ready to work now!” To do that, you have to categorize your trip and plan…
  • Entrepreneurs Are Cheap

    Michele A Scism
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    How many of you are not pricing your products or services where you should be? I discuss how not to price, and I discuss the three ways businesses SHOULD compete – and guess what? Price is NOT one of them! View the latest episode of my video podcast: Related posts: How to Build Your Business With the Law of Circulation The Final Two Minutes – How to Play Full Out in Your Business How to Spring Clean Your Business for Maximum Efficiency and Growth Are You Scared To Have Fun in Your Business? For Business Owners: The Things That Equate to More Money – Part 2?
  • The Key to Happiness In Your Life + Biz

    Krista Martin
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Please read these statements and pause to notice how you feel as you think about each one: I have limited resources. There is not enough time. I need to keep this information secret so that he/she doesn’t get ahead of me I kind-of wish she would fail. Or… Both of our businesses have more customers than either of us could imagine. She is succeeding! And so am I. I am glad so many people are serving the same target market as I am; that means it’s a big market and together we can help many of them. We can work together. What did you notice? Do any of these thoughts sound familiar to you?
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
 
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
 
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
 
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  • Designer unveils NBA dancer uniforms

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Designer unveils NBA dancer uniformsGettyNicole Miller took the Philadelphia 76ers' dance team outfits in a different direction than you might expect.Dresses prove designer's mottoMore on styleBest and worst celeb bobsNatural is the new airbrush
  • LeBron's special night spoiled

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    LeBron's special night spoiledGettyEmotions ran high for King James' first home game in Cleveland in four years, but the night ended on a sour note for the Cavaliers.'I didn't do much'More NBA coverageCavs, veteran near extensionRose takes big step in comeback
  • Tunnel reveals ancient relics

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Tunnel reveals ancient relicsGettyA tunnel that was sealed almost 2,000 years ago in Mexico yielded thousands of relics and the discovery of three secret chambers on Wednesday.Discovery could reveal secretsMore to seeHow do boarding zones work?America's 10 most haunted hotels
  • Terminally ill woman may delay suicide

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Terminally ill woman may delay suicideYouTubeThe 29-year-old with incurable cancer sparked controversy earlier this month when she revealed plans to end her life this Saturday.Why she might postpone her deathMore to see Students still missing in MexicoDoctor calls for 'American Jihad'
  • Frein charged with murder, could face death

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Frein charged with murder, could face deathTwitterPolice captured Eric Frein at an abandoned airport hangar Thursday night and said they will seek the death penalty for his crimes.Why it took so long to nab himIn other newsFour killed in deadly plane crashVictim's family testifies at Arias trial
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Japan shares soar, yen skids after BOJ stuns with more easing steps

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:19 pm
    By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese stocks jumped and the yen skidded to six-year lows against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps - a move aimed at stoking inflation and recharging a fragile economic recovery. The Nikkei stock average rallied 3.9 percent after Japan's central bank said it would purchase more shares of exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts, and extend the duration of its portfolio of Japanese government bonds, to "pre-empt manifestation" of risks. ...
  • Wal-Mart to expand discounts as retail price war heats up

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it will expand its offering of discounted products during the holiday season and may broaden a price-matching scheme to include online rivals, in the latest sign of an escalating price war among big U.S. retailers. Wal-Mart said it was bracing for competition to be as tough or tougher than in 2013, when heavy discounting depressed earnings across the industry. Wal-Mart's profits dropped in the holiday quarter last year and it has posted six straight quarters of flat or declining same-store sales. ...
  • Samsung Electronics seeks China turnaround, unveils mid-tier handsets with premium feel

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled two new mid-tier handsets with a premium design as it prepared to deliver a riposte to its low-priced Chinese rivals and reclaim its title as the top brand in the world's biggest smartphone market. The Galaxy A3 and A5 will be Samsung's first devices to feature fully metal bodies and its thinnest smartphones to date. In size, they are comparable to those of the top-of-the-line Galaxy S5, though of lesser screen resolution quality. Samsung said on Friday that it will start selling the Galaxy A3 and A5 in China sometime in…
  • Google to pay fine for showing woman's cleavage on Street View

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:59 pm
    In Canada, a judge rejects the defense that once you are doing something in public, you have no right to privacy.>
  • Bethesda confirms Prey 2 cancelled

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    No longer just in development hell: Pete Hines, VP of Bethesda, has confirmed that the company has officially stopped working on Prey 2.>
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • Avoid These 4 Small Business Saturday Shop Small Retail Mistakes

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    American Express Small Business Saturday is November 29, 2014. While the day prior - Black Friday - is big chains’ day, Saturday is the day for independents to amp up their volume. It is your chance to gain exposure to your neighborhood shoppers.  For that reason, you want to make the day memorable for them. And that doesn’t revolve around a discount. Why? A discount does nothing to build your reputation as a retailer, and it doesn’t give your shoppers a reason to go out of their way to visit you.
  • Do You Have A Bitter Betty Employee Killing Your Retail Sales?

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    You’ve met her  …or him before as a customer … The employee who knows everything. Who condescends to help you if they are so moved.  Whose unhappiness with their own life spills over onto the sales floor and onto unsuspecting customers. The root of the problem, I believe, is that  they have lost any curiosity about your customer, your products, and their job.
  • 5 Pitfalls of DIY Retail Sales Training in Your Store

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    While I love to speak to retailers and train them how to sell better in their stores, I have another passion for fixing up old houses.
  • Retail Holiday Sales: It's Called Thanksgiving, Not Thanksgetting

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    The US Thanksgiving holiday will be celebrated this year with retailers opening on Thanksgiving and people leaving their homes to shop instead of sharing their day with loved ones.  Thanksgiving I still believe, is about giving, not getting. Thanksgiving used to be a holiday where several generations of family and friends would be seated around a large dinner table listening as Grandfather said grace, then watching as Dad carved the turkey and Mom brought out the pies. The kids were sitting quietly at a separate table. It is an image captured in a Norman Rockwell painting.  It is…
  • Are You Overlooking This Advanced Retail Selling Technique?

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    One of the most basic elements of any retail sales training program is covering product features and benefits. The feature is a fact you can’t dispute; the benefit is what the customer gets from that fact. You know that already, I hope. But many times what is heard on the salesfloor is only a list of features. Boring. Boring. Boring. And overwhelming. And it frequently trips a customer’s idiot switch.
 
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  • Japan's Nikkei 225 index soars over 5% after BoJ easing

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese shares surged more than five percent on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall.The benchmark Nikkei 225 index jumped 5.09 percent to 16,455.84 points following the surprise BoJ decision.After a one-day meeting, policymakers said they would add up to 20 trillion yen ($182 billion) to the central bank's current asset-buying scheme, bringing it to 80 trillion yen annually.The yen, meanwhile, plunged to an almost seven-year low of 110.49 against the dollar following the BoJ decision to pump even more money…
  • Hamilton seeks to divert attention from F1's problems

    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Austin (AFP) - World championship leader Lewis Hamilton will bid to divert attention from Formula One's looming financial crisis by seeking his fifth consecutive race win at this weekend's United States Grand Prix.The 29-year-old Briton leads Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg of Germany by 17 points with three races remaining, and 100 points available, as he sets himself to claim his 10th win of the season at the Circuit of the Americas.After a tense, close and often acrimonious struggle with Rosberg, Hamilton knows he cannot relax, notably because next month's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix…
  • The Navy SEAL Who Wrote The Book About The Bin Laden Raid Is Under Criminal Investigation

    Paul Szoldra
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The ex-Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling memoir "No Easy Day" that provided a first-hand account of the raid resulting in the death of Osama bin Laden is under a Justice Department criminal investigation for possibly leaking classified material. Though Matt Bissonnette's 2012 book initially got him in hot water since he failed to submit the manuscript to the Pentagon for review, people familiar with the investigation told The New York Times there is more interest in what he's said in paid speeches at corporate events. From The Times: They include at least one talk last year, at a golf club…
  • Myanmar president opens unprecedented talks with Suu Kyi, army

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Naypyidaw (Myanmar) (AFP) - Myanmar President Thein Sein opened unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw on Friday ahead of crucial elections next year.Thein Sein and Suu Kyi walked into the meeting together to begin talks that are the first of their kind in the country as it moves to emerge from decades of outright military rule.Join the conversation about this story »
  • Japan's huge pension fund set for major investment shift: reports

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Tokyo (AFP) - Japan will announce Friday that its public pension fund -- the world's biggest -- will double the amount of equities it holds in its investment portfolio, reports said, as it seeks out higher returns to cope with an ageing population.The welfare ministry will agree the Government Pension Investment Fund's plan that will see domestic and foreign stocks account for a combined 50 percent of its portfolio, up from about 25 percent now, the leading Nikkei business daily said.The fund has $1.26 trillion in holdings, equivalent to a quarter of Japan's economy and towering over its…
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  • Is the Corporate Campus Dying?

    HBR IdeaCast
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Jennifer Magnolfi, Founder & Principal Investigator at Programmable Habitats LLC, on how digital work, and the Internet of Things will fundamentally change the how we use the buildings and neighborhoods we work in. For more, read the article Workspaces That Move People. Download this podcast
  • Put the “and” Back in “Sales and Marketing”

    Jenny Cermak
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Nowhere else in the executive suite of a typical corporation are two functions as closely intertwined as sales and marketing. Yet for all the shared responsibility, the marketing and sales relationship has often been a contentious and lopsided one, with sales dominating in B2B sectors while marketing leads in B2C ones. The joint challenge today for CMOs and heads of sales (or CSOs – Chief Sales Officers) is how they can work together to discover insights that matter, design the right offers and customer experiences based on those insights, and then deliver them effectively to the right…
  • Why Tim Cook’s Coming Out Matters for Apple, and Business

    Dorie Clark
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Ellen. Anderson Cooper. Michael Sam. All three broke barriers by coming out in their respective industries – comedy, television news, and football. Now they’re joined by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who just announced that he’s “proud to be gay” and, in the process, became the first Fortune 500 CEO to come out. Earlier this year, two CEOs of publicly traded – yet much smaller – firms came out. But until Tim Cook’s statement, “don’t ask, don’t tell” reigned at the highest echelons of corporate America – almost shocking in 2014, given that 91% of Fortune 500 firms…
  • When Real-Time Intel Still Isn’t Fast Enough

    Jason O’Connor
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We now live in a world where both man and machine can access data on almost any topic at any moment. Documentation of our world happens in real time, through a constant, autonomous torrent of ones and zeroes — and research and recall of that information have been reduced to mere mouse clicks. With all data available at all times, opportunities — and adversaries — can also move in real time. So we should ask ourselves, “How do we move faster?” This is the domain of predictive analytics — a concept that isn’t new, but the potential of which, in a world not limited by data or…
  • Imagining Productivity Apps for the Apple Watch

    H. James Wilson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    App developers from Stockholm to San Francisco are anxiously counting down the days til the November release of the Apple Watch SDK (or “Software Development Kit”), which will give them the tools to begin building their own concepts. I’d argue that these developers stand at a crossroads for the Internet of Things (IoT). Following one path, they can design the familiar types of apps that we already see on tablets and phones, simply scaled-down for a smaller screen. In doing so, they would treat the watch — and by default its wearer — as just another connected data-collecting…
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    NASE Staff Blog

  • The New Approach to Get Customers Banging on Your Door

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    By&nbsp;Marc Wayshak (NASE Guest Blog post)<br /> <br /> An interview with HubSpot&rsquo;s founder, Brian Halligan as he shows us how to market in the digital age.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> As the first inside salesperson for PTC, a Needham, Mass.-based software company, Brian Halligan got his start cold calling until his &ldquo;fingers bled,&rdquo; he quipped during a recent interview with me. Later, when a venture capitalist enlisted him to bring the PTC playbook to a host of portfolio companies, he realized that old industry standbys needed a drastic…
  • Overcoming Overload Through Classification

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    By Jeff Davidson, MBA, CMC (NASE Guest Blog Post)<br /> <a href="http://breathingspace.com/">breathingspace.com</a><br /> <br /> You do your best as a self-employed professional, but some days you are simply swamped by too much competing for your attention. When a flood of items compete for your attention, each item can loom larger in importance than it actually is. Here is a classification system to help you maintain perspective:<br /> <br /> Classifying Communication<br /> <br /> Bits: The lowest level of input, bits are single…
  • 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…
 
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Are You Attending the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014?

    Laurel J. Delaney
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    The 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, in its fifth year, will convene thousands of participants on November 19-21 in Marrakech, Morocco, and will highlight the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. The 2014 Summit takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, making it the largest of the thousands of entrepreneurship events taking place around the world that week. Are you attending? To learn more and to register, visit:  Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2014  (Read the news.) Photo courtesy:  GES Posted by:  Laurel DelaneyFiled under: Announcement, Conference, global women…
  • Laurel Delaney’s Export Readiness Talk

    Laurel J. Delaney
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Filed under: Education, Exporting, Video Tagged: export readiness, Laurel Delaney, Utah Global Forum
  • Meet Sara Murray, a Most Promising Woman Entrepreneur 2014

    Laurel J. Delaney
    11 Oct 2014 | 6:48 pm
    buddi (https://www.buddi.co.uk/healthcare.php) British entrepreneur Sara Murray, 45, has been named one of Fortune magazine’s ‘Ten Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs 2014’ for her creation of buddi, the tagging system originally designed to locate lost children. Now used by more than 100 local authorities in the UK to help monitor the vulnerable, it has also been taken up by police forces on three continents to keep track of offenders.  Murray set up the firm in 2005 after temporarily losing her child in a supermarket. Congratulations Sara!  We are very proud of you. Read the entire…
  • Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Make Better Use of Technology to Grow Their Businesses Globally

    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas). WEAmericas was launched  in 2012 by President Obama at the Summit of the Americas. WEAmericas leverages public-private partnerships to encourage inclusive economic growth in the Western…
  • Jack Ma Says Chinese Women Are Becoming Superwomen

    Laurel J. Delaney
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Jack Ma, Alibaba At the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th annual meeting in New York on September 23rd, Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba Group (pictured), says: “I admire Chinese women because a large number of them are both responsible mothers and successful entrepreneurs,” said Ma, adding that Chinese women have become superwomen, many of whom depend on Alibaba’s entrepreneurship platform. China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba, which went public on the New York Stock Exchange this month, has female employees which account for 40 percent of Alibaba’s staff, and…
 
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Sales for Nerds, Developers, and Other Engineers

    Reuben
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    As a software guy turned sales and support guy, I get a lot of questions from technical people about how to do sales. While I’d like to say “here are the 4 things you need to know” or whatever, it’s a bit more complicated than that. However, the idea that technical people are bad at sales because they don’t have the right personality is a myth. The same skills that are useful in engineering are also useful in sales. Here’s an excerpt of a presentation on sales secrets for technical companies that explains why: Sales for nerds, developers and other engineers…
  • Do Your Proposals Put Your Prospects to Sleep?

    Reuben
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:56 am
    I’ve seen many proposals that are The Worst Movie Ever. Don’t make your proposals like this…   Yes, you usually need some legal-type language, but you can still make a proposal interesting and compelling. If it’s important enough for the prospect to want to spend time on it, you should be able to make them want to spend time reading about how you’re going to help them solve it.
  • Austin Sales, Proposals and Pricing Meetup

    Reuben
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Got questions (or answers) about sales, proposals, and/or pricing? Join the Austin Sales, Proposals, and Pricing Meetup Group. We’ll be discussing tips, tricks, pitfalls, etc, to help you sell more effectively and profitably, how to attract the right kind of customers, and more. First meeting 9/24 at Sherlock’s in Austin at from 11:30-1.
  • Apple Watch, Value, Price, and Frame of Reference

    Reuben
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:54 pm
    John Gruber has an in-depth piece about Apple Watch over on DaringFireball. It’s well thought-out, but what’s particularly interesting is his guess at the prices of the three different tiers. Apple announced that the watch would start at $349, which clearly is for the sport version. The regular edition and the “Edition”-edition will be more. Gruber thinks much more. My guesses for starting prices: Apple Watch Sport (aluminum/glass): $349 (not a guess) Apple Watch (stainless steel/sapphire): $999 Apple Watch Edition (18-karat gold/sapphire): $4999 In short: hundreds for…
  • Proposal Writing Style: Formality and Clarity

    Reuben
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    There are two ways to look at writing style: formality and clarity. The formality of the writing, formatting, and imagery will depend on your customers. A professional party planner may promise to “keep the drinks flowing, the music thumping, and the dance floor full until the small hours”, with pictures of happy people having a great time. If you’re implementing accounting systems, people might have different expectations for how formal your writing is. Even when writing formally, let some personality come through. People buy from people, not companies, but especially in formal…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • 9 Monstrous Copywriting Mistakes, care of Halloween’s Michael Myers

    Ashtyn Douglas
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    My favorite things in life are writing and watching the original masterpiece, Halloween. And today I get to combine the two! Viewing after viewing, I’m consistently impressed by the fact that Michael Myers, the fictional psychopath of the cult classic Halloween, is able to slay so many victims without saying a single word. I’m equally perplexed at how many content marketers persuade customers to buy their product by using terrible copywriting tactics. We don’t like to shame specific businesses, but if Michael Myers were a copywriter, we’d gladly point out his creepy copywriting…
  • The SMB Guide to Mobile Marketing

    Shayna Marks
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    To say that mobile marketing is exploding is an understatement. With consumers and businesses alike utilizing their devices for everything from playing a game to making major business purchases, marketers cannot ignore that mobile has to be a part of their plans and budget. Mobile is not only a different animal than traditional forms of marketing, but also than it’s older digital sibling. The game has changed once again, so we’ve created a guide to help you navigate the waters ahead. Overview Mobile marketing is advertising via cell phone, smartphone, tablet, or any other such…
  • Up-and-Coming Digital Agency Scenes

    Shayna Marks
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    When you think creative hubs, Manhattan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are some of the long-deemed cities that come to mind, but that is changing. With established, traditional agencies losing business to smaller, more nimble digital agencies, the advertising landscape is being reshaped, as are the cities that they call home. Portland and Minneapolis are some of the hottest up-and-coming digital scenes. Below are some of the agencies that are putting them on the map, and the incredible work they’re putting out. Portland Swift Winner of the Northwest Gold for Ad Age’s Small Agency of the…
  • 19 Pieces of Great Marketing Advice from the Pros

    Shayna Marks
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    The work of a marketer is never done, but with a little advice from the experts, your marketing efforts can be more inspired, effective and engaging. Whether your business is B2B or B2C, these insightful tips from the pros will get you thinking about marketing in a different way. Here are 19 of our favorite words of wisdom from some of the great minds paving the way, especially in the digital landscape. “The biggest titles don’t always have the biggest brains. Instead, go after key influencers.” Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist, Canva (Tweet This!) “A story is at its best when it’s…
  • How to Make the Most of What You Have: Lead Conversion Optimization Tips from Jim Wang of Microblogger.com

    Morgan Quinn
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    What is top-of-mind for B2B marketers right now? According to a 2013 survey from The B2B Technology/Marketing Community on LinkedIn, 61% of responders said the biggest challenge they face is generating leads. And not just any old lead, but quality leads that actually convert. For the B2B marketers who feel held to time-consuming and expensive campaigns, there’s good news: the same study also found that the most effective lead generation tactic used by marketers is the company website, and another survey from MarketingSherpa found that marketers are increasing their spend yearly, with most…
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    MyWifeQuitHerJob.com

  • MWQHJ 042: How Jordan Guiterrez Started A Million Dollar Medical Equipment Business At Age 17

    Steve C
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:17 pm
    When I was 17 years old, I was more worried about getting good grades and meeting girls than starting a business. But Jordan started Laleo.com at the young age of 17 and turned it into a 7 figure business. What’s even more impressive is that Jordan is now the COO of Wishpond.com which is a very successful Internet marketing company that competes directly with businesses like LeadPages. He’s a really sharp guy and there’s lots to be learned from both his attitude and his experiences. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How Jordan guided customers from EBay back to his site in the…
  • How Small Actions Lead To Big Gains And Why I’m Proud Of These Student Shops

    Steve C
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    If you’ve ever read a blog or publication on entrepreneurship, you’ve no doubt heard the following sayings to describe starting a business. Starting a business is like… Taking the plunge. Taking a giant leap of faith Taking a chance on an idea. Now I full on admit that I’ve been guilty of using these phrases in the past. But over the last few years, I’ve come to realize that perhaps “taking the plunge” is the wrong way to think about starting a business. First off, taking the plunge sounds way riskier that it really is. It comes across as scary, huge…
  • How One Innocent Line Of Javascript Code Can Put Your Entire Website At Risk

    Steve C
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Over the past several years of running my online store course, I’ve noticed some very disturbing trends with a fair number of students in my class. First off, I want to preface this post by saying that most of the students in my course do not have a programming background nor do they join my class with a solid grasp of how web technologies work. As a result, whenever they need or want a certain feature for their shopping cart that hasn’t been covered in the class, they do what any normal person would do… They do a search on Google, look for a plugin, widget or piece of code…
  • MWQHJ 041: How To Make Money With Every Online Business Model Out There With Pat Flynn

    Steve C
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    I’ve known Pat Flynn for 4 years now and he continues to impress me everyday. He’s one of those guys who always has an open mind and is constantly trying out new business models to see if they work. That is why I’m thrilled to have him on the show today to talk about all of his successful online business “experiments”. In just under an hour, we’ll cover almost everything from starting a niche site to affiliate marketing to writing software etc… You name it and we’ll pretty much cover it in this interview. Definitely a must listen! BTW, in case…
  • MWQHJ 040: How Keith Walker Disrupted The Movie Theater Industry With an iPad And Raspberry Pi

    Steve C
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    As a big movie buff, I’ve always wondered how the movie industry works and how movie theaters manage stay in business. As it turns out, movie theaters have been on the decline for the past several years thanks to DVDs and services like Netflix. That is why Keith Walker and his partner Matt Sconce decided to completely disrupt the entire industry with their site MovieHeroes.com. Their technology allows movie theaters to instantly adopt an all you can eat Netflix type of business model to maximize profit. And their results have been staggering. The theaters that have adopted…
 
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    Flyte New Media

  • How to Build Loyalty for a Commodity Product

    Rich Brooks
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    How could a commodity product like razors build a rabid and loyal following? They showed personality from beginning to end. Recently I joined the Dollar Shave Club, a service that sends razors to your house each and every month. One of the big selling points of the Dollar Shave Club is the ridiculously low prices. The entry level blade is $1 a month for five blades. Compare that to your typical Sensor blades that would run ten to fifteen bucks at your local Walgreens for the same amount of shaves. Now, it would be relatively easy for another company to compete with Dollar Shave Club on price.
  • How Do I Activate Google Webmaster Tools?

    Katrina Crowell
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Discover how to unlock the full power of Google Analytics by connecting Google Webmaster Tools to your account. So, you’ve successfully installed Google Analytics and you’re officially tracking your website activity. Nice work! Now, in order to take the most advantage of the metrics and tracking tools Google Analytics provides, you’ll want to make sure you’ve activated your Google Webmaster Tools. Doing this is actually not very complex and activating this tool gives you access to important Search Engine Optimization metrics such as Search Queries and In-Page…
  • Maine Children’s Growth Council Develops a New Responsive Site

    Rich Brooks
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
      The Client: Maine Children’s Growth Council is working to achieve sustainable social and financial investments in the healthy development of Maine’s young children and their families. The Objective: Explain, enhance, and promote MCGC’s policy and system change recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature; through community and state leadership; through collaboration, planning and monitoring; and through widespread efforts to educate Mainers about the importance of the first few years of life. The Tools: The site was build on WordPress. The site uses Events Manager,…
  • What Does Diversity Mean in a (VERY) Small Company?

    Rich Brooks
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. Having a diverse workforce can be a challenge for small businesses, especially in certain parts of the U.S. or globally. To get the benefits of diversity, you may need to expand your thinking. Many large companies must comply with corporate or even governmental diversity mandates. They are also made up of such large workforces that it’s easy to cultivate a rich mixture of experiences and people. But smart businesses—of any size—don’t view diversity as a requirement, but rather…
  • How Do I Become an Internet Sensation? Follow This One Rule.

    Katrina Crowell
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    Rebecca Black. Antoine Dodson. Psy. What do all of these people have in common? They’ve all managed to take a slice of fame, by joining the ranks of a phenomenon of the 21st Century called “Internet Sensations”. Being an Internet sensation can result in record contracts, television appearances, book deals, advertising endorsements, even lucrative contracts with major cosmetic companies... And of course – cold, hard cash. The facts don’t lie: Making yourself an Internet sensation can pay off big time. OK – So, coming back down to earth – it’s safe to say that most of us…
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  • Does Your Company Culture Need To Change With The Times? Don’t Sing The Blues; Learn From The Blues.

    Andy Birol
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Does the strong and deep company culture you have nurtured and sustained still resonate with employees and attract customers? As new generations replace retirees and your customers change, is your company culture still aligned with your company’s goals? If you are thinking your company culture is too embedded to change, consider the most truly American form of music, the Blues, and you will see that if it’s culture can change with the times, so can yours! How so? The Blues as a music form was born out of the roots of slavery and Jim Crow but was first heard across the world through…
  • 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.                
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    Blog@PixelCrayons™

  • I Have a Great App Idea, What Next?

    Mark Wilston
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    I have an innovative idea for a mobile application. What to do next? How to get a real solution? Here is how you can overcome the dilemma and initiate a step-by-step process of building a mobile application. Exploring the Idea - You may be so upbeat about your idea, but it is important to explore […]
  • This Halloween – PixelCrayons offers 15% discounts on all MarkUp Services

    Mark Wilston
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    You all must be planning to have great fun on this Halloween. To make the occasion even more special and exciting for you, PixelCrayons is offering 15% PSD to HTML discount on all its price packages including the options of integration to CMS and shopping carts. When witches go riding and black cats are seen, […]
  • PhoneGap – Is It For You or Not?

    Mark Wilston
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
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  • 10 Attributes of Stylish Application Development

    Mark Wilston
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    The world of application development is continuously witnessing new changes and innovations. From enterprise software to entertainment apps, developers are revolutionizing the application development process. With the emergence of smartphones, a new phase of mobile application development has gripped the world, and in the recent years, a range of adorable apps have hit the mobile […]
  • Learn from Your Competitors to Expand Your Ecommerce Business

    Mark Wilston
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    A number of new players are entering the ecommerce business space on a daily basis. Does it make the competition fierce? Or, is it taking away the business share of the existing online stores? The questions are worth exploring and the answers could reveal you some new business insights. It is a fact that more […]
 
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    Business Credit

  • The Best Online Business Directories to Get Listed With

    Marco Carbajo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
    Best Online Business Directories Since searching the internet is the number one tool used to locate a business today, it’s crucial to make sure your business is listed on major online business directories. While there are many popular online directories to get listed with there are several key sites that play a role in the […] The post The Best Online Business Directories to Get Listed With appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get Restaurant Business Loans with Bad Credit

    Marco Carbajo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Restaurant Business Loans One of the greatest challenges facing restaurant owners from getting the business loans they need is bad credit. The fact is restaurant owners took a massive hit from the economic downturn from several years back. From the significant drop in customers dining out, increased transportation costs and the rise in food costs; […] The post How to Get Restaurant Business Loans with Bad Credit appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Business Credit Partners: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions

    Marco Carbajo
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Business Credit Partners In recent posts we covered quite a bit of ground surrounding unsecured business credit lines. We went over the benefits, did comparisons, and reviewed what it takes to qualify. Unfortunately, many business owners find that their personal credit is not sufficient to qualify for these particular business credit lines. The good news […] The post Business Credit Partners: Answers to Your Most Pressing Questions appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Attention Business Owners: Best Practices for Using Credit Cards

    Marco Carbajo
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Business Best Practices Credit Cards One of the challenges facing business owners in America today is the lack of business credit education. An area of particular interest is in the proper use of credit cards. According to Tower Group’s recent report, more than two-thirds of business owners use credit cards for business, but of those […] The post Attention Business Owners: Best Practices for Using Credit Cards appeared first on Business Credit.
  • UCC Financing Statement: Is One Filed Against Your Business?

    Marco Carbajo
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    UCC Financing Statement In the past several posts we talked about deciphering your Equifax Small Business Report, Experian Business Report and Dun & Bradstreet Report. We broke down the various groups of data that make up your company’s credit report with public filings being one of them. Public filings include records such as bankruptcies, liens, […] The post UCC Financing Statement: Is One Filed Against Your Business? appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • Balancing Work and Life When Work is Your Life

    wahanelson
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deborah Sweeney Every working professional has been striving to find the perfect balance between work and life since the beginning of time. We need to work to sustain our lifestyles, and we need to indulge in our personal lives to have enough energy for work- it’s a tricky balance to maintain. But what about […]
  • How to Steer Clear of Work at Home Interruptions

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Anneke Steenkamp As a woman that is already working from home, you will know that we are all different. Apart from working in home offices worlds apart, having different freelance clients, and different sized families; we also work optimally in different ways. Some writers might need dead silence in order to focus, while others […]
  • Tips To Becoming A Successful Freelance Writer

    wahanelson
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Gary Dek So you like to write, and you’ve been hearing so much about people quitting their day jobs and making a living off of freelancing. Why can’t you be one as well? You already know you can write and that you love doing it, so what’s stopping you? Truth to be told, there’s […]
  • Being Brave Enough to Admit Your Own Deficits

    wahanelson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC  “I’m terrible at interviewing for staff and I’m very disorganized. I suck.” Those were words I never fully expected to hear from a business owner I was working with; she had come to me for help to streamline her business which was taking off. However, this owner was not fully […]
  • Interview with Kelly Wenzel – Founding Director with Stella & Dot and National Account Manager with Simply Hired

    wahanelson
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us about your work at home position with Stella & Dot. Stella & Dot’s mission is to give women globally the means to style their own life on their own terms. With Stella & Dot, our celebrity coveted accessories brand is only sold through private trunk shows, personal shopping sessions and our ecommerce site. […]
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    Leader Networks blog

  • The Social Consumer Study and What It Means To Customer Service Professionals

    Vanessa DiMauro
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    “The pen is mightier than the sword” wrote Edward George Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Little did he know what was to come with the advent of social media? Around the globe, customers – friend and foe alike – share their experiences using indelible digital characters all across the social channel. We are experiencing a customer-driven revolution where companies are no longer defined only by what they say about themselves. Rather, customer experiences are a major force defining the strongest brands, and the Achilles heel of firms which fail to deliver on customer expectations. In the summer…
  • Why Listening Communities Belong in Your Marketing Strategy

    Vanessa DiMauro
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Your content is well-written and well-produced, engaging, even useful. But is your audience really paying attention? We all know what it’s like when someone won’t stop talking — it’s very hard to stay engaged. Have you tried listening to your audience instead? Online communities are primordial (pre-web, even) discussion, content-sharing, and collaboration applications. While many brands use online communities for bottom-line-focused activities such as lead generation, others focus on listening, which helps them uncover powerful sources of customer insights, content, and industry…
  • The Future Of Social Business [Video]

    Vanessa DiMauro
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    At the Social Shakeup conference in Atlanta (hosted by Social Media Today) I was delighted to participate in a keynote panel with Jeff Dachis and Renee Ducre to talk about the future of social business. A video of the session was just posted online so I am sharing it here as I think we covered some interesting ground. Our panel discussed where social has been and where it’s headed. Many smart people have been saying for years that at some point in the future we would no longer distinguish “social” business from ordinary business. Now we find social expertise in many enterprise…
  • Gender vs. Generational Divide Tops Findings From The Social Consumer Study

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    Don Bulmer and I are thrilled to share the findings of our  latest study, The Social Consumer,  and we think this is the most exciting one yet!  We researched the factors that inform, impact and shape trust, loyalty and preferences of the digitally connected consumer. We tested the belief that brands which can tap into the emotions about and awareness of their values (human/social) are most likely to inspire positive action and loyalty from consumers.  This is our third research collaboration since 2009, as part of our fellowship with The Society for New Communication Research. We were…
  • Big List 2.0: The Top B2B Online Customer Communities 2014

    Vanessa DiMauro
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I am thrilled to share the most comprehensive directory of B2B online customer communities on the web and perhaps even the planet! We published our first Big List in 2011 and just finished an exhaustive period of research and review to bring you the following 106 dynamic communities. From IT pros and CIOs to plumbers, baristas, and dentists. From frequent fliers to small business owners, you’ll find them all and more, right here. The Big List functions as a much deserved acknowledgment of B2B communities and their dedicated community managers, fierce executive champions and collaborative…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Setting Up Your Company as a “Venture,” Not a “Small Business”

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico While technology startups and small businesses have much in common, their legal and tax issues are quite different. Here are several significant questions raised at last week’s program on “Representing the Start-Up Venture,” a panel discussion I hosted for the New York State Bar Association (details at http://www.nysba.org/store/events/registration.aspx?event=0DS64). S Corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC)? It used to be that small businesses were always set up as LLCs, while startup ventures were set up as regular or “S” corporations. Panelists agreed that…
  • Pitch Perfect

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky So many entrepreneurs dream about being the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. To get started making that dream a reality you have to perfect your pitch and expose your ideas to people who matter. You’d be hard pressed to find more relevant people to pitch your idea to than at the 7th annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition, which takes place on March 14 and 15 in 2015. The competition, which will be held at the SXSW Startup Village, is part of the hugely popular South by Southwest Interactive Conference. There are six categories: Enterprise and Smart Data…
  • An Entrepreneur’s Twist on the Ugly Christmas Sweater

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Christmas shirts are the brainchild of James McCarthy (pictured), founder of The Christmas Shirt Company, a company that sells Christmas shirts as the cooler alternative to Christmas sweater. McCarthy launched the business in September 2013 and has since sold thousands of Christmas-themed shirts to over 35 countries worldwide from his website www.ChristmasShirts.com.” What made you start your business? I studied architecture and graduated in the middle of the recession. Not the best timing and as if my 26-year-old self-worth couldn’t get any lower, I was bedridden in my parents’…
  • Common Sales Mistakes Companies Need to Correct Before the Q4 Push

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By John McGee, CEO OptifiNow As the start of fourth quarter looms on the horizon, many companies are looking at their numbers and increasing the pressure on sales teams to make up for losses earlier in the year.  While every company has unique circumstances affecting its sales cycle, there are common threads that can be identified across the majority of organizations in terms of errors that directly correlate to sales losses. One of the major contributors to missed sales opportunities is slow response time to incoming leads. Many companies use automated email replies to notify a customer…
  • The Art of the “Stroll”

    Rieva Lesonsky
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Eric Groves Holiday Strolls are all the rage with local business owners working together to shift consumer spending away from big box and online merchants to local merchants throughout the holiday season. These unique experiences work to unite the entire local community and provide a great framework for how to continue this great trend throughout the year. A number of small business owners recently shared their secrets for holiday stroll success on Alignable.  Rebecca Melançon, Executive Director at the Austin Independent Business Alliance, in Austin, TX, reports on a fun event held in…
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    Springwise

  • An Uber for haircuts

    Springwise
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Add / Remove Consumers are always wanting products and services more quickly and easily. The popularity of services such as Uber, and the multiple on-demand businesses it’s inspired is testament to that. The hairdressing industry is no different, and aiming to replace appointment waiting lists and trips to the barber, Shortcut is an on-demand grooming service that comes to customers wherever they are. Users simply provide their name, number and e-mail address and select the service they need — whether it’s a trim, a full haircut or a shave. After booking a time slot, the…
  • Personalized home and garden advice in real time

    Springwise
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    Add / Remove Home improvements are always cheaper for those with a DIY attitude, but not everyone has the skillset of a handyman or designer and it’s easy for them to suddenly find themselves stumped. These days, when a problem arises the first thing to do is open up a browser and type it into Google. But while the web has become a huge resource for sharing solutions to common problems and tutorials for complicated techniques, those browsing it can soon get lost in a black hole of links and comment threads. Fountain is an app that’s now hoping to replace the search engine when it…
  • Device lets gyms offer fitness tracking as a service

    Springwise
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Add / Remove The wearable health-tracking market is bigger than ever and consumers can now even take advantage of apps such as FitStar, that lets them get personalized fitness training at home. However, not everyone can afford their own gadgets and the gym is still a popular meeting place for likeminded exercise enthusiasts. Gymtrack is a system that lets venues provide wearable trackers and virtual personal training for members each time they workout. When gym members arrive at the venue, the Gymtrack wristband can be handed over and synced with the customer’s smartphone. The…
  • Ambulance Drone is a flying first aid kit that could save lives

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Add / Remove When a medical emergency takes place, the response time can make all the difference between a life saved and a life lost. Unfortunately, ambulances can get stuck in traffic and on average they arrive 10 minutes after the emergency call has been made, in which time a cardiac arrest victim may have already succumbed to a lack of oxygen to the brain. We've already seen Germany's Defikopter use drones to ensure defibrillators are on scene by the time a medical professional arrives, but now the Ambulance Drone is an all-purpose medical toolkit that can be automatically flown…
  • AI websites design themselves

    Springwise
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Add / Remove Not everyone has an eye for good design, or the skills to pull it off. And yet it's an incredibly important aspect of any business, especially in the age of the web where judgments are made at lightning speed. Blogging platforms such as WordPress and Tumblr, along with WYSIWYG, do-it-yourself builders, have made website creation much easier in the last few years, but they still require a ton of human input and control. We recently wrote about Tailor, which uses AI to create contemporary branding, The Grid is a site-building platform that intelligently analyzes content and…
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • LinkedIn Influence: How to Build a Profitable Digital Presence

    Jeff Korhan
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:37:24) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 14 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Are you overwhelmed with digital and social media? Then maybe you need a fresh approach. In this episode Stephanie Sammons shares her secrets for establishing your LinkedIn Influence, while also building a profitable digital presence across every other social media channel that makes sense for you and your business. The practices…
  • How Storytelling Grows Your Social Media Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    Are your social media profiles glorified resumes, or do they tell people what they really want to know – who you are and why they should care about you and your business? In addition to technology changing, everything about people and business is changing too. This means your social media has to meet new expectations. Media that markets these days does much more than create awareness. It makes meaningful connections, which means it inspires. The easiest way to accomplish that is by telling stories. Everyone is a Storyteller Don’t think that you are not a storyteller, because you have been…
  • Business Niche: How to Build a Predictable Income Model

    Jeff Korhan
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:38:31) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 13 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Mike Rorie is the founder of one of the largest landscape management companies in the United States that employed 550 employees at its peak, before selling to a national firm in 2006. To grow and manage a business of that magnitude requires a lot more than had work. In this episode Mike shares why it’s vital to find a business model that…
  • How to Be Famous for Your Business Content

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    As a marketer you no doubt are familiar with the expression “Content is King” – but do you know who is credited with first coining it? I posed that question to my audience at a recent content marketing conference here in Chicago. To my surprise, nobody knew the answer. While it is sometimes disputed, Bill Gates is most often credited for one simple reason: He published it. This is why your business needs to get serious about publishing business content. Claim Your Signature Content New ideas often slowly emerge from everyday circumstances. This is why they seem common to those that are…
  • Community Value: How to Grow Your Business Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:25:52) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 12 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. John Lee Dumas has built a spectacularly successful online business in a very short period of time. He is best known as the founder of EntrepreneurOnFire, a daily podcast show launched just two short years ago that is now approaching one million monthly downloads, not to mention earning millions of dollars in annual revenue. Out of that…
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    SmartCEO

  • Regional collaboration when “the calvary isn’t coming”

    Greater Baltimore Committee
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Thought Leadership on Improving Maryland Business Climate presented by Greater Baltimore Committee. With federal and state governments mired in partisan policy gridlock and able to offer only limited resources these days to nurture a strong business climate, where will the creativity and spark for economic growth in the coming years be found? In metropolitan regions, Jennifer Bradley of the Brookings Institution told business leaders recently at the 2014 Greater Baltimore Committee’s second annual Chesapeake Conference of CEOs. “It’s cities and metropolitan areas and the networks of…
  • Understanding what your business is really worth

    Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc.  There are several paths a business owner can take when it comes to transitioning ownership. For example, an owner may sell to a strategic buyer, to a financial buyer or to the company’s management team. The owner may also decide that a full or partial sale is several years in the future, but is interested in exploring gift and estate tax planning strategies or buying out another owner. When contemplating any transaction, obtaining a business valuation is critical and will give the owner a competitive…
  • The evolution of office culture

    OFS Solutions
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    Thought Leadership on Office Furniture presented by OFS Solutions.  The definition of a successful and healthy workplace is one in which employees are happy to go to work in the morning and happy to go home in the evening. Starting with the end in mind — that’s vision. I became involved with office furniture literally days before 9/11. At that time, the realization that furniture could have a significant impact on office culture was beginning to take shape, with juggernauts like Google setting the stage. Before long, it was no longer surprising to see companies giving out free…
  • Contributions of appreciated securities and collectibles

    WeiserMazars LLP
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Thought Leadership on High Net Worth & Family Office presented by WeiserMazars LLP.  Smart charitable planning combines charitable intent with tax-savings planning techniques. Contributions of long–term appreciated property can generate favorable tax benefits. Gifts of such appreciated property provide a double tax benefit to those high net worth individuals with philanthropic interests – a charitable deduction (in most cases for the full fair market value of the property) and elimination of the tax that would have resulted had the appreciated property been sold. In terms of federal…
  • Keep customers coming back

    UPS
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Thought Leadership on Logistics for the Middle Market presented by UPS.  Get more return on your returns Improve customer satisfaction while reducing costs Post Sales Experiences Can Make All the Difference Making a sale is great, but the real challenge is keeping customers happy after the sale. Post sales support is integral to customer satisfaction and can be a significant source of profit. You can have the best high-tech gadget in the world but still lose repeat customers and future revenue without excellent after-sales service. Create an Easy Returns Process Anyone Can Use How you…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Clients to Clone

    Jenna
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I want to like everyone, I really do. I especially want to like all my clients and I want to work with them again in the future. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case and occasionally a client makes me want to pull my own hair out. The thing is though, I’ve been growing my hair out for a very long time, so I’d like it to remain intact for as long as possible. In order for this to happen, I’m going to focus on relationships with clients and make sure we’re all one big happy family. Some of my favorite clients make our interactions feel effortless.
  • 4 Essential Stock Photos You Can Take With Your Phone

    Peter
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
      A quick search for the all time, most popular business stock photos in iStock’s Essentials collection reveals the images people think are important. The Diverse Business Team, Disembodied Typing Hands and Fat Stacks of Cash are all there. It also reveals that popular doesn’t mean pretty. You can get better, more authentic results with just your phone and your own employees. Four Stock Photos You Can Take Pictures brighten up webpages and enrich calls to action. And a carefully chosen, well-crafted stock photo works perfectly in many cases. But if you’ve got the…
  • Building Trust With Search Engines

    Jarred
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Google, and search engines in general, want to provide the best customer experience possible. This means serving up results (and in most cases business websites) which can be trusted as legitimate authorities in their industry. There are many different ways to build trust with Google and these tips should get you started on the right foot. You can even implement a few of them immediately. Location, Location, Location Google has a few ways to verify your business actually exists and serves real customers. The most basic is the verification of your physical address. When you include a physical…
  • New Engine, Same Face for Our Website

    Lorraine
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just over a year ago, I wrote a blog post entitled I didn’t want to change our website.  I wrote about how I loved our old website, but I knew it was time to update. Although the site still looked good, it didn’t include many of the features we were routinely building into sites for our clients so it was hard to point to the site as the best example of our work. We used the web redesign as an opportunity to revisit our branding and update our look. We eliminated the grey background and added orange to our color palette. The result was a fresh, clean, mobile responsive site which…
  • You Don’t Have to Write Your Own Blog Posts

    Anne
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Even though you own your own company doesn’t mean you have to do everything yourself. You don’t have to design your own logo or build your own website. There are professionals who went through many years of school so they can help turn your dreams into reality (without having a mental breakdown). But one thing most small business owners choose to do on their own is write blog posts. I get it. You know your business and your industry better than anyone else, so why wouldn’t you write your own blog posts? But there’s no shame in hiring someone to write content for you…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 5 Tips to Help Employees With Work Life Balance

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    Organizations have a better understanding of, and focusing more on the importance of work-life balance. With corporate downsizing, increased competition, increased responsibilities and organizations trying to achieve more with less, the employees are feeling the crunch. Employees are the ones carrying the burden of getting it done. Feeling the pressure to keep their job and climb the corporate ladder, employees are feeling the pressure to demonstrate commitment and work to please management. Read the Full Article →The post 5 Tips to Help Employees With Work Life Balance appeared first…
  • What Can We Learn From The Ebola Nurse Whistle Blower?

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Ebola frenzy has taken our country by storm.  The fear and anxiety that has resulted from these few cases that have crossed our borders seems to have us in a state of panic. Health care facilities are making preparations for the possibility of more cases as they scramble to ramp up their infectious disease protocols, create isolation units and develop specialized training for health care workers. Read the Full Article →The post What Can We Learn From The Ebola Nurse Whistle Blower? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Pepsi EEOC Settlement – 5…
  • How to Improve Job Satisfaction and Job Performance

    Patricia Lotich
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    According to a 2013 Employee Job Satisfaction report by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 81% of US employees reported overall satisfaction with their current job.  The purpose of the survey was to identify those factors that contribute to employee satisfaction in the workplace. Employees who are satisfied with their jobs are more committed, productive and more likely to stay with an organization. Read the Full Article →The post How to Improve Job Satisfaction and Job Performance appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Using Text Analytics to…
  • Internal Problems Can Impact Your Customers – Are You Aware?

    Patricia Lotich
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    A friend was telling me about some of their small business problems and how difficult it was getting the executive level leadership to understand the day-to-day issues that employees were dealing with.  She was telling me about the major disconnect between upper management and employees who interact with the customers. The conversation reminded me of a study done in 1989 by Sidney Yshido called  The Iceberg of Ignorance.   Read the Full Article →The post Internal Problems Can Impact Your Customers – Are You Aware? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also…
  • Employee Recognition – How Important Is It?

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Employees like to feel valued and appreciated for what they do.  When employees commit to working for an organization, they like to feel like they are part of a team and family. Often, they spend more time with coworkers than most other people in their lives. Recognizing the contributions employees make to an organization helps solidify relationships, fosters employee engagement and loyalty to the organization. Read the Full Article →The post Employee Recognition – How Important Is It? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Employee Recognition…
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    Fizzle

  • 10 Ways to Make Your Online Community or Forum More Active

    Corbett Barr
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Running an active online community or forum isn’t easy. The natural tendency for forums is to start strong when everyone is new and excited, but to dwindle over time as people lose interest and move on. We know first hand. Before the Fizzle community, we had this exact experience. We started three different online communities (two private, one public) that followed this same pattern. Strong start… slow fade to ghosttown. The Fizzle community is a different story. Now after about two years in, our forums remain vibrant, engaging and useful to our members. People who join Fizzle…
  • How To Learn New Skills (FS077)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you go about building new skills when you need them but you don’t yet have them? Maybe you need to learn how to create a blog or podcast. Or maybe you want to get better at design. Maybe you need to do some customer research but you don’t know how. Or maybe you’re trying to write killer articles that get shared and make some serious impact. I’ve been stuck in that mire before. Too much to learn. Don’t know where to start. Don’t know what to expect. What I didn’t know then is that there are some stages to learning new skills, and, with a little…
  • 2 Questions to ask Yourself About the “Equal Odds Rule”

    Chase Reeves
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I watched Woody Allen’s Sleeper last night. It’s an early 70’s faux-future weirdness movie… in a good way. There’s an orgasm machine. (Which, by the way, I think we’ve come far enough into the future to deserve an orgasm machine. We all work hard, we deserve this. C’mon the future!) Ok, back to movies. Have you seen any Woody Allen movies? Whatever you think of Woody Allen, his love life or the quality of his movies you cannot argue with the sheer NUMBER of movies he’s put out over the course of his life. He’s averaged about one movie per…
  • A Better Personal Brand (FS076)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Everybody talks about personal brand. Some people have made their whole business about it. Others have made their whole business through it. I find that a lot of the time, when people ask about personal brand, they’re really asking about an “easy button.” “Can you help me look better than I actually am?” There’s a lot of bullshit in the world of “personal branding.” There’s also a lot of honest-to-god intentionality, forethought, hard work and perseverance. Dive into this conversation with us to get some of the nitty gritty about how to do…
  • What Gets Measured Gets Done

    Corbett Barr
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    The Fizzle team has been hyper-focused on growth over the past month, and we’re seeing encouraging results. As a team, we select a different “theme” each quarter to guide our project work. Our current theme is simply membership growth. We always care about growth, but these themes give us a chance to turn all our attention to one specific thing for a while to make new breakthroughs. When the growth theme began, I started by creating an all-new metrics dashboard (we use a great tool called Geckoboard to monitor our most important stats). On this dashboard, I added some basic…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • The Hubcast #14: How to Choose the Best HubSpot Package for You

    George Thomas
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 014 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: HubSpot Strategy To basic or not to [...]
  • 15 Questions You Must Answer when Creating a B2B Content Marketing Plan

    Marcus Sheridan
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    Over the past year, my agency has been fortunate to work with some excellent, forward-thinking B2B companies in an effort to take their content marketing to the next level. And when I say “excellent,” I’m really referring to their willingness to approach content and inbound marketing in such a way that they aren’t looking to [...]
  • The Hubcast #13: Inbound as a Recruiting Tool, Smart CTA’s & Selling Management on HubSpot

    George Thomas
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 013 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 and Content Marketing World Collide Next [...]
  • “I’ve Got a Pocket Full of Stress, but I’m with You.”

    Marcus Sheridan
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    In this industry, we hear lots of talk about “engagement”, “being social” and all those other pretty-sounding phrases. But I get it—being human matters. In fact, I was reminded of this principle while attending a conference in NYC a couple of weeks ago. The event—Business Gets Personal—was put on by 3 extremely well known thought [...]
  • Mad Marketing #37: Thoughts on the Crazy State of Content Marketing Measurement and ROI

    Marcus Sheridan
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s that time again everyone! In this fast, fun, and furious episode of the Mad Marketing Podcast we talk about a wide range of marketing and personal topics that have been rummaging through my brain in the past few weeks. Specifically, in this episode we discuss: Why people look at me funny when I’m in [...]
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Introducing Our Brand New Help Desk!

    Emily Farrar
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tracking receipts shouldn’t suck, and neither should getting help when you need it. We’re thrilled to announce our new Help Desk, which features a completely redesigned interface and new articles that make it easier than ever to get answers to your questions. Head over to support.shoeboxed.com to check out the new site and try our new and improved search feature. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, there are easy ways to contact us via phone, email and chat, right from the page. If you have any questions or feedback about our new Help Desk, feel free to get in…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • 13 Tips to Build Your Social Media Presence

    Rachel Catlett
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    Having a strong presence on social media is vital for a modern business to thrive. Social media is a place to refine your brand representation and engage with both current and potential customers. Through social media platforms, you can establish your credibility and reach out to people who want to hear about your business; but it’s not enough to simply claim your social media pages. With these 13 tips, you can build your social media presence and build an engaged audience. 1. Have a plan for your social media. Before you begin creating your social media profiles, it is important to think…
  • Spooky Marketing Mistakes Local Businesses Should Avoid

    Amy Neeley
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner! While the sights and sounds of this season might have your imagination running wild with spooky thoughts, real frights like marketing mistakes that cost you customers might be hiding in plain sight. Take a look at some of the marketing mistakes that may be frightening away your leads and customers. If you’re guilty of any of these, we’ve got some tips to help you get your marketing back on track. You Are the Jekyll and Hyde of Communication   Creating and promoting friendly content online is a great way to market your business. But be careful how…
  • The Secret Fears of Small Business Owners: 5 SMB Confessions

    Tiffany Monhollon
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We asked small business owners to share their biggest secret fears in an anonymous survey. We received many great responses and selected our top five to share with you. We put together our top tips on how to address these fears that are common in many businesses – both large and small. What keeps SMBs up at night? Here are five confessions small business owners shared with us of their secret fears, along with tips on how to overcome these fears. 1) Impact to Personal Life & Self Worth “I worry that success will ruin my personal life. I also worry that failure will ruin my…
  • 17 Tips to Help You Handle Online Complaints & Negative Reviews

    Amy Neeley
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    No matter how well you run your business, chances are at some point you’ll have to deal with online complaints, upset customers, or negative social media comments. How well you handle these situations can impact your online reputation and sometimes even mean the difference between keeping or losing a customer. So here’s a round up of 17 tips for dealing with angry customers, negative reviews, social media complaints, and negative tweets, along with links to the full articles so you can read more. Dealing with Customer Complaints 1. Address a Complaint Immediately Whether you’re dealing…
  • Consumers Found Me, Now What? ReachLocal & Google Webinar

    ReachLocal
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Get Google’s latest research on consumer buying behavior plus actionable tips on turning your website visitors into customers with our upcoming webinar, Consumers Found You, Now What? In this exclusive Google-sponsored webinar, you’ll learn about: Consumer buying behaviors and the role of mobile Website best practices that convince visitors to contact you Lead management tips that will help you turn more leads into customers Don’t just get website visitors; get customers! Register now and mark your calendar for October 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. CDT (2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT)The post Consumers…
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Smart Marketing Tips from David Allen of Getting Things Done

    Stephanie Ward
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:27 am
        David Allen’s internationally best-selling book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, is a classic that has been published in over 28 languages. David is not only a master at getting things done, he has also built an extremely successful business. So how did he do it? I sat down with David in Amsterdam (where he now resides) and asked him to share the marketing strategies he used to create a stable and flourishing company. Prepare to be inspired. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red…
  • Virtual Marketing Mentor Hour

    Stephanie Ward
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
        You’re doing work that you find meaningful and you want your business to reach as many of your ideal clients as possible, but how? I’d love to answer your marketing questions and help you get a steady stream of cool clients. I’ve hosted Marketing Mentor Hour events in person in Amsterdam but not everybody can meet me there. And many of you said you would love to attend a Virtual event, so here it is. Let’s meet virtually online with an intimate group of passionate entrepreneurs online and I’ll answer your burning questions during the Virtual Marketing Mentor Hour.
  • A Marketing Template for Every Day, Week, Month, & Year of Your Business

    Stephanie Ward
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    You’ve got a million things to do as a business owner. And you may wonder what you should you do for your marketing and how often. Let me start off by saying I’m a huge fan of tailoring your marketing to fit you and your business. There’s no set formula that everyone needs to follow to be successful with their marketing. But I hear from a lot of people that they struggle with knowing exactly what they should be doing every day to market and promote their businesses. So I created a general marketing template that you can tweak based on the marketing strategies you use. Adjust it so that…
  • One Simple Change On This Website Page Can Easily Increase Your Leads

    Stephanie Ward
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    What is on the ‘Contact’ page of your website? If your answer is, “not much” then you need to watch this short video because you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to connect with more people. Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:   If you don’t have a valuable free giveaway to offer as your call to action, read this: Do You Offer a Free Valuable Giveaway? And if you’d like even more tips for your website, check out my post: Is Your…
  • Turn Your Marketing Chaos Into Den of Zen

    Stephanie Ward
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
        You are constantly bombarded as a business owner about everything you should be doing to market your business. There are always new platforms, tips, tricks, and foolproof methods you are told to try. But it doesn’t have to be complicated. The key concepts of marketing remain steadfast. You want to be able to connect with people, build relationships, and let them know how you can help them. The actual ‘how’ of doing this varies from business owner to business owner and the ‘how’ is less important than the fact that you actually do it. It all boils down to making smart…
 
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    Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business

  • Webinar Hosting Reviews: Pros and cons of GoToWebinar, Livestream, and OnStream Webinars

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Creating and marketing a great webinar is tough. Choosing a webinar hosting platform shouldn't be. That's why we've researched the top-selling webinar hosting platforms on the Internet and compiled this handy list of pros and cons for each. We reviewed each application and evaluated the following: Cost and value for the money User-friendliness Tech support and tutorials Video streaming options Integration with social media and other websites Webinar marketing assistance While researching the best webinar hosting platforms, we looked at GoToWebinar, Onstream Webinars, Livestream, Google…
  • Webinar Checklist: 5 Must-Have’s For Massive Webinar Success

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever wondered why some webinars are wildly successful, while others fall flat? Or why some webinars enjoy thousands of attendees while others are attended by 20 people, tops? The truth is that successful webinars follow a proven checklist that virtually guarantees their success. This checklist contains 5 crucial elements that must be included in your webinar presentation in order for it to be successful. If you’re looking to increase attendance, engage your audience, and convert leads into paying customers with a webinar, make sure your next presentation includes these 5 things:  …
  • Creating A Webinar That Converts: The Timing, Format, And Structure Of Your Next Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    If you’re using webinars to grow your business, there is nothing more important than the timing, format, and structure of your presentation. Some marketers argue that these technical aspects of your presentation are even more important than the content itself! Why? Because it is the timing, format, and structure that determine whether your prospect converts into a paying customer by the end of the webinar. Here are proven best practices to follow when deciding how long your webinar will be, what format it will be presented in, and how it will be structured from beginning to end.    …
  • Don’t Become a Victim of Disengagement

    Wil Hart
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 38: How can you maintain your connection with people? It takes a conscientious effort of focus and practice. Think about the number of people you have met in a business setting over the past 7 months. With how many of them do you still keep in touch? Learn how to keep a high level of engagement with prospects, clients and referral partners. The post Don’t Become a Victim of Disengagement appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Webinar Marketing for Newbies: 5 Steps To Creating and Marketing Your First Webinar

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you’ve never created a webinar before, the thought of webinar marketing can be really intimidating. You’re probably wondering... How will I work out the technical aspects of holding a webinar? How do I give people access to the webinar? What platform should I use for hosting the webinar? What should the webinar be about, anyway? How do I get people to attend my webinar? Don’t worry! While webinars are certainly more technically involved than other types of content marketing, once you get the first one under your belt you’ll be off to the races. Here are five easy steps to creating…
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  • Watch Lecrae Kill the 5 Fingers of Death! [Hip-Hop Freestyle]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    One of my favorite Christian hip-hop artists, Lecrae, was on Sway’s (former MTV VJ) web show, Sway Universe earlier this year. Sway has a segment called the 5 Fingers of Death where his guest freestyle over 5 different beats. Watch as Lecrae absolutely KILLS it on each beat! God has truly blessed him with talent that transcends “Christian rap” as most know it. With God he really is just a creative dude spreading the Gospel one lyric at a time. Enjoy! The post Watch Lecrae Kill the 5 Fingers of Death! [Hip-Hop Freestyle] appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • These Photos Tell An Amazing Story!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    I stumbled across a collection of photographs that were originally black and white, restored to their former glory in full color. These photos are incredible and breathtaking! It’s amazing the story that is being told with each image. I think the color makes the past more alive, vibrant, and real. Check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below.     The post These Photos Tell An Amazing Story! appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • Love in Dark Places: Available NOW for Rent & Digital Download!

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last year the Lord put it on my heart to share a dark secret that I hid for many years. During a 3 year period of my life I recklessly had unprotected sex with prostitutes. I was looking for love in dark places, but by the grace of God, I was able to find my way out of the wilderness. I have since adapted my story into a film that explores what happens when you try to fill holes in your heart with sex instead of the love of God. I’m extremely proud of it and I pray it blesses you just as much as it blesses me. Love in Dark Places is now available for rent and buy through Vimeo On…
  • Film-Com 2014 is a Wrap! [Photos]

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    I can’t tell you enough how awesome #filmcomnashville is. It’s not just a film conference/expo, it’s a market place for film makers, writers, producers, and more. Last year was my first time going but I learned even more this year. It was a great journey and I’m definitely looking forward to new connections, greater experiences, and more abundant opportunities coming my way! Check out some cool pictures that I took of my journey below. Enjoy! Click Here to View Full Gallery! The post Film-Com 2014 is a Wrap! [Photos] appeared first on RodKirby.com.
  • Announcing: Joy the Series

    rod@rodkirby.com (Rod Kirby)
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I’m pleased to announce Kirby Media Productions’ next project, Kimberly Kirby’s Joy (the series)! That’s right, we’re turning my wife’s book, Joy, into a TV series. For the uninitiated, Joy is a series of books that follows the lives of three couples as they learn the hardest lesson in love; when to hold on and when to let go. The series is a drama written by Kim and I and directed by yours truly (of course!). Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to develop the script and get ready to shoot a pilot this summer.   The post Announcing: Joy the…
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  • Indigo Ocean Dutton, founder of Aspiratech on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Indigo Ocean Dutton, MA is the founder of the Aspiratech business technology consulting and training firm. In her personal development work with adults, she is the founder of the Phone Buddies Peer Counseling Community and originator of CAIR counseling/coaching services and the Homebody Business Genie business development program for introverts and others needing home-based careers. She is also
  • What if You Build It and They Don't Come? 7 Steps to Success and Profits in Your Online Store

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Katrina McKinnon Most people who attempt to start their own online store fail. Miserably. Whether it is selling t-shirts, jewelry, gardening supplies, lemon squeezers or home-grown beauty products the majority will fail. Let's call these people "The 99%." Why do they fail? Simply put, they're the ones who read stories that inspire them, but never realize the work required. Or
  • Get Moving! How to Let Go of What's Holding You Back.

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey Have you ever felt that if you had more money, or more degrees or knew more of the “right people” you’d be okay? Perhaps you feel that you’re too old to go for your dreams. Or maybe you believe you don’t have the advantages that others do. Ever had these types of thoughts? It’s so easy to become blocked by your own fears and limited beliefs. But what can you do about it?
  • The Myth of Employee Burnout with Matt Heller on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Matt Heller has spent 25 years in the amusement/theme park industry. Starting as a ride operator at Canobie Lake Park just out of high school, Matt has enjoyed a robust career around the industry with leadership positions at Canobie, Knottfs Camp Snoopy, Valleyfair and Smiles Entertainment Center. Pulling from his previous leadership experience, in 2003 Matt joined Universal Orlando Resort as
  • Turning On Your Money Taps

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™One of the things I worked on for several years was cleaning up my money issues. That included everything from thinking I have to work really hard to make a lot of money, to taking care of old debt, to having a plan for paying down new debt, to plugging even the slightest money leak.The truth for me was that I tended to not pay attention to my money as
 
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  • Do You Know the Lifetime Value of Your Customers?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Published on October 30, 2014 Four in 10 senior executives in larger companies don’t know the lifetime value of their customers. That’s according to who quoted a that surveyed 312 senior executives in North American companies. Not only did 40 percent of the leadership surveyed not know the financial value of their customers, over half of them don’t plan to. In other words, they don’t care or see the merit in this important number. This absolutely surprises me. If the leaders of these organizations don’t know, then you can expect that the employees…
  • Cracking the code to get clients: the next piece of the puzzle

    Greg Miliates
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    Last week, I did one of the things I love doing: I did a presentation for my daughter’s 5th grade class. Now, I’ve done lots of these before, for both my kids. Over the years, I’ve led their classes on a bunch of 1/2-day outdoor field trips, where we traipse around a big canyon near the school, learning about nature, ecology, and seeing rabbits, hawks, bugs, flowers, and having a blast. Last week was a bit different, since it was a (mostly) indoor activity focused on atoms, matter, and weather. We even played with dry ice, , and saw cosmic particles. The kids loved it.
  • How to Recognize Workplace Bullying to Protect Your Small Business

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Published on October 30, 2014 Each year October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the first step toward prevention is being able to recognize bullying, its early warning signs, and the conditions within which it often arises. While the press often focuses on tragic cases of youth bullying, it also occurs in the workplace. Review this infographic to remind yourself of the signs that can indicate bullying among coworkers. Then check the statistics at the bottom to get a better picture of the bullies and their victims.
  • When Does a ‘Small Business’ Become a ‘Venture’?

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am pleased every year to host a program for the on “Representing the Startup Venture.” Whenever I do this program, the question inevitably arises: what is a “venture” and how does it differ from any other business startup? It’s actually quite simple. A startup business can be either: A “small business” or “personal business”; or A “venture.” Let’s start with the small (or personal) business, which has the following characteristics: Retail or Service Business. If a business involves manufacturing or the physical…
  • Achieving an Excellent Culture or a World Class Product – Which Comes First?

    Michael Hartzell
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Achieving an Excellent Culture or a World Class Product – Which Comes First? Posted by on Wed, Oct 29, 2014    An excellent culture might be perceived as a form of “perfection”.  At what point does one draw the line, point and say: “Now we have achieved an excellent culture.” Once the line is drawn, the excellence achieved, a few will be looking over their shoulder more worried about the achievement of culture vs. the people, purpose and profit of the organization. Do you look around an organization you lead, are a member of or work for and ask…
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  • 7 Ghastly Mistakes that Can Turn You into a Ghost on Facebook

    Ryan Pinkham
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    For a lot of small businesses, the challenge of building and maintaining an active community on Facebook is scary enough on its own. Combine that with some of the recent stories about the death of organic reach, and the tales of a mysterious News Feed algorithm, and you might have nightmares too. But before you crawl under your covers or go to sleep with the lights on, here’s some good news: Building an engaged community on Facebook doesn’t have to be a horror story. Even with the decline in organic reach, with the right plan, you can get your business to show up on Facebook and avoid…
  • 4 Tips for Keeping Your Business Organized During the Holiday Season

    Jenny Travis
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    For many small businesses, the holiday season really is the “most wonderful time of the year.” If things go well, the next few months can bring new customers, increased sales, and plenty of valuable opportunities to help you do more business. With so much going on, the last thing you want is to have your marketing responsibilities slow you down. The good news is there are steps you can take to save time and make sure things continue to run smoothly throughout the holiday season. Here are four tips to consider: 1. Make a calendar Filling out a calendar will allow you to map out the months…
  • Clearing the Air About the Cloud

    Dave Anderson
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Get into any conversation about mobile, data, or technology in general and there is a good chance the term the cloud will come up. Even though it has become an in vogue term, many people still struggle to put its meaning into words. Let’s clear the air about the cloud. What is the cloud? Simply put, the cloud is a group of remote servers where we can store all our data, files, and even software so it’s easily accessible through any internet-connected computer or mobile device. Only a few years ago, our digital assets were isolated to individual hard drives but the walls came tumbling down…
  • [Video] Social Media Quick Tips: Formatting Text in Google+

    Danielle Cormier
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    There are many unique features that differentiate Google+ from other social media networks. One of the lesser known features is Google+’s content formatting options. For example, on Google+ you have the ability to bold, italicize, and even strikethrough text. You can make these changes by adding one of these symbols to the beginning and end of text you’d like to change: asterisk (*), underscore (_), or hyphen (-). Changing the text formatting within a Google+ post is a simple way to make your content and main point stand out. Here are few examples of how you can format your Google+ posts:…
  • How One Law Firm Uses Constant Contact to Build Client Relationships

    Miranda Paquet
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Building client relationships is one of the most important things you can do in legal services industry. This is something Carrie Bonnet, marketing director at Rains Lucia Stern, PC, knows well. “We’re not focused on advertising; we’re focused on building relationships,” Carrie explains. Since 2010, Rains Lucia Stern, PC has relied on Constant Contact’s suite of online marketing tools to help build those relationships in a number of different ways. This includes: Using email to stay in touch with contacts Hosting events to connect with clients Collecting feedback with online…
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  • Join us at UBC’s final exam preparation blitz!

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:23 pm
    December 1 in the Arts foyer. Faculty-led, tutor-led, and SL reviews
  • The Nature of Science

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I would like to share a PowerPoint I created for my graduate course on Science Education (EDCP 559). We are going to discuss the issues related to the nature of science and I decided to take a topic of evolution as an example. I chose this topic for today (even though biology is not my […]
  • I can’t even… So beautiful… So makes me wish I could go to space…

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Wow (click on the image for a larger image). This is: “a near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan’s north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both […]
  • Welcome, a new blog series was born today!

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Written by Adriana Suarez, PhD Candidate, Botany, UBC. Hello everyone! My name is Adriana and I am…well I am a number of things, including being a PhD candidate at UBC working with trees and genetics. I also enjoy translating science to the non-scientific community and that is why I decided to create this blog series. I am grateful to Beaty for being on board with this and I hope you will enjoy my posts.Let me start by explaining how a Colombian from the Andes, lived in the Canadian prairies for three winters, and now is working with poplars. After finishing my undergraduate in Colombia I…
  • Election robocalls annoying

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    The Vancouver Sun Thu Oct 30 2014 By: Donald Blake Link to full text Election robocalls are ineffective, says UBC professor emeritus of political science Donald Blake. “As a retired political scientist, I can’t think of a poorer way to attract political support – call at random, assume the recipient will hang up the telephone, […]
 
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  • How To Make $12614 in 29 Days Anywhere

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    30 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Get started here: tinyurl.com How to make money online work from home work from no home peng joon internet millionaire wealth get rich quick clickbank affiliate marketing make money with laptop anywhere Video Rating: 0 / 5
  • Professional Web Design Services – Online Marketing and Advertising

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 am
    www.PhilippinesWebdesign.com Professional SEO, Web Design, Marketing and Web Hosting We offer the perfect choice for quality Marketing, Advertising, SEO Web Design and Green Hosting. We Create High Quality, Search-Engine Friendly Websites That Link Your Business to the WORLD!” Banners Broker is a credible Company, with several members and offices in the world! Is the most effective way of advertising Online, with more than 200.000 members! Register on the link for free!!! – bannersbroker.com Get ready to start in the world of Online advertising and to Make Money Online. But you…
  • Film Accounting & Auditing – An Overview

    admin
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:55 pm
    This is a short video about the self-study on line course. It shows the structure of the course, how to navigate through it and other tips.
  • Bank Of Montreal (Promo 1) – Higher Power Advertising

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    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
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  • Wonga write-offs put payday lenders ‘on notice’

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    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo Credit: Images_of_Money via Compfight cc Payday loan lenders have been told they should feel “on notice” after one of the industry’s biggest names, Wonga, agreed to write off substantial customer debts. The payday lending sector has been facing growing criticism in recent months and years, particularly for failing to properly assess customers’ ability to repay their loans without running up punitive levels of interest. High interest rates are a hallmark of the sector, but the argument is that as long as the loan is repaid within a few days – ‘on…
  • Caterham F1 car seized by bailiffs

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    27 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    Photo Credit: IJsselstein via Compfight cc The seizure of a Caterham F1 test car and vehicle parts intended for use in the Japanese Grand Prix is an indication of how important it is to work with creditworthy suppliers. A statement at the beginning of October from the Sheriffs Office, which represents the interests of those working in the recovery sector, listed items said to be removed “from a Formula One team”. The full list included: Caterham F1 test car from 2013 Caterham F1 car parts due for Japan 2014 Full size F1 simulator Caterham F1 steering wheels F1 wheels with tyres…
  • Who’s to blame for Wonga’s worries?

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    24 Oct 2014 | 12:31 am
    Photo Credit: giginger via Compfight cc The payday loan lender Wonga recently revealed plans to write off some of its worst debts, amid a climate of increasing calls for responsibility when approving high-interest, short-term loans. Payday loans are a last resort for many people, but are by no means a ‘get out of jail free’ card, attracting high rates of interest if they are not repaid within a few days as the product is intended to be. Wonga recently announced it will write off 330,000 customer debts with arrears over 30 days – equivalent to £220 million – along with…
  • Keep your credit control close and your cash flow closer

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    22 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Photo Credit: KJGarbutt via Compfight cc Research from the Forum of Private Business reveals how small businesses are having their finances pinched as the economic recovery accelerates – putting cash flow and credit control high on the agenda for the coming months. In its Cost of Doing Business survey, the FPB looks at a broad range of different influences on income and outgoings, to determine how robust business finances as a whole are at the moment. For a start, it’s worth noting that only 3% of firms surveyed said they are able to pass costs on to their customers – and in…
  • Spoof debt recovery emails raise virus threat

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    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Photo Credit: Robert Scoble via Compfight cc A spate of fake debt recovery emails has continued to cause headaches for those small companies whose email addresses have been ‘spoofed’. This is the process by which a real person’s name and email address appears in the ‘Reply To’ field, but is not actually the individual who sent the email. It does not require the person’s email to be hacked – anyone can theoretically specify any reply name and address – although most present-day internet service providers and email providers require you to prove…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • What you definitely don’t want on your website… broken links!

    Martina Iring
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    There are so many pieces to a website, from the big stuff like copy and graphics, to all the little bits and bobs that bring it all together. One of the important pieces of the puzzle are, of course, links. You will no doubt have them throughout your site. Linking to other pages and important content. As calls to action asking visitors to buy or contact you. Sending people along to other online resources and profiles. So, as such, they play an important role in user experience on a site. But haven’t we all experienced countless times the annoyance of a broken link? Whether your site was…
  • Marketing quick tip – see when your Page has been tagged on Facebook

    Martina Iring
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    You know that you can tag other pages on Facebook. It’s a strategy that I always recommend. It lets you network and build relationships, give credit where credit is due, and just generally put out the good vibes. But have you ever wondered if your own Page is being tagged by others? Unfortunately, Facebook’s notifications leave a little to be desired. There was a point earlier this year where a post that you are tagged in may have shown up on your page’s newsfeed. Not seeing this anymore. So where can you see the tagging or the mention? You won’t see it in your notifications. You…
  • The Facebook “best practices” you can throw out the window

    Martina Iring
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Things are always changing over at Facebook. All these changes can start to get frustrating to a busy small business owner. Perhaps it’s better to stop thinking of Facebook as a social media platform that can be mastered with an unchanging rule book and start thinking of it as a living breathing organism that will constantly grow and evolve with the times. For the last little while, there were some “best practices” recommended to small business owners that you can now throw out the window. So let’s just say “Ixnay to the estbay acticespray”! Hoping this might sound…
  • How to change your prices… and feel good about it!

    Martina Iring
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Money. That word can bring up a lot of different emotions in a small business owner. Desire. Discomfort. A whole range. Let’s take a look at the business world out there. A huge corporation for the most part is all about the money. Profit, profit, profit. This obsession with growth and let’s face it, downright greed in many cases, is something that mires capitalist societies. Small business owners on the other hand (at least the ones that resonate with what we’re about here) care about much, much more than just money; they are passionate about what they do and have started…
  • Where you’re at right now is perfect

    Martina Iring
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was reading a content piece online a little while back from a well-known internet marketing guru. It went a little something like this… “If you don’t have x number of website visitors, you are a failure.” Ouch. I understand why we see these types of statements. It’s about igniting a spark. Getting people to want to take action and make improvements. I get it. I also really don’t like it. Personally, I feel like these types of communications mire internet marketing and the web space. And I don’t think that they are helpful. Because us entrepreneurs and small business owners…
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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Where Business Marketing Collide with Human Nature

  • “Get out of my face” vs “Why didn't you tell me?”

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    I see things.  Since I have lived a life of service focused on how people think, act and respond, patterns have become more obvious. And I feel it in my bones that I am “right”.It is as obvious as the Big Dipper in the sky.Yes, I know… not everyone can see the Big Dipper. Over time I learned that seeing the new opportunities didn’t make people feel better.Since the new innovation or idea is not theirs, most do not respond.I don’t blame them.It is like watching someone do well witching.I guffawed when I heard of a friend hiring a well witcher.Then the well witcher did found the…
  • Achieving an Excellent Culture or a World Class Product - Which Comes First?

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    An excellent culture might be perceived as a form of "perfection".  At what point does one draw the line, point and say: "Now we have achieved an excellent culture." Once the line is drawn, the excellence achieved, a few will be looking over their shoulder more worried about the achievement of culture vs. the people, purpose and profit of the organization. Do you look around an organization you lead, are a member of or work for and ask yourself "how long will I put up with this?"  If so, you will not find the answers internally. The answers are external and yes, you can have an…
  • Achieving Perfection

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    There is no “perfection”. It is always moving, thus never perfect. Perfection is a little like tomorrow. There is no tomorrow. You know the story. In all of the scenarios I doubled sales, people assumed I had perfect marketing. In reality I was present, aware and taking action on what I observed and heard… always shifting. Certainly far from perfect while testing continuously. Relevance was far more important than perfection. It is like Pi ---- a continual ongoing number that never reaches then end.   To achieve perfection is impossible except when a paradigm shift happens and…
  • Starting from scratch

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    18 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    You have skills. In fact, sometimes you hear from others that you are are a genius as people gain from your wisdom and experience. You have decided to take advantage of your talents. and think "If I am such a genius, why not add to my income and monetize my deep expertise?"   Being an expert is not near enough and while you may have heard "you are a genius", you remain an unknown to the world.  So you start from where everyone does, from scratch... at the beginning.(You may still be starting from scratch even after two years of effort.) First, inventory your skills, talents and…
  • You have been flagged and found unworthy - Your next step is >

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The world has become more sensitive and for good reason. It is now difficult to offer value, resources to a blog or website via social platforms such as Linkedin or forums without someone misunderstanding intent. Too many think "tactics and tricks" vs "value". Intent is just as difficult to know when someone shakes hands with a smile as it is when a link is shared in a social network online. Time of course cures this. In the meantime, there is someone watching for rules to be broken or believe that any link is automatically "bad". On the surface, your website could easily look more like a…
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    Finance and Business

  • The one-stop company for all kinds of pallets

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    29 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Pallet racks are indispensable structures in modern day warehouses as they help to keep stocks organised and allow for more effective space management. Pallets also reduce the risks of damage while goods are being transported or stored. There are many kinds of pallets available in the market. A pallet made of wood with a flat surface is the most conventional and popular design but these days you can also find pallets made of plastic and metal. Pallets are also available in a variety of designs including Nesting and Euro pallet designs. There are lightweight and heavyweight options available…
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    27 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
     Under the authority of express government authorities situations: In Canada’s six declares and also the N . Area, normally with the declares and the Northern Territory’s mineral resources as well as or related authorities of their respected jurisdictions administration and nutrient-linked activities. Though the says as well as the Upper Place their very own spring supervision laws, content and treatments for these laws are very similar. Every authority are released “how to get it done,” the pamphlet setting out their primary valuables in Vitamins Supervision Take…
  • Ideas For Building A Social Media Marketing Campaign Successfully

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    25 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    This content is provided by www.litbloc.com ? then we can help. Do not overlook social networking as a way of advertising your business; some people do. It is a very useful marketing tool. Social media marketing may greatly increase the scale of customers that a business reaches out to. This article can help you begin a campaign using social media marketing. Use lists as much as possible. People love lists because they are easy to read and easy to pass on to their friends. When you produce blogs or articles with lists, those who find the information you provide useful are more likely to pass…
  • Lending Options are Online Even When You Have Impaired Credit

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    24 Oct 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Financial circumstances are actually difficult these days. Some people are residing from one paycheck to another, and all it takes is for someone to suffer the loss of their own work, as well as to have an unpredicted sickness along with tremendous medical bills to pay out and therefore all of a sudden, they are struggling simply to pay bills. The regrettable aspect is that many times people’s credit history is definitely affected, and because of no carelessness of their own making. There is a tendency for banking institutions to view damaged credit ratings and believe that that…
  • What Pay Day Loans Will Offer You

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    24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    Get urgent $ 400 mycashnow.com Albuquerque, NM no faxing instant paid 10 electronically deposit. You can also apply urgent $ 800 cashland cash advance Riverside California low apr . When you are like many people, you may have skilled some monetary lack currently! If you are a little lacking cash and considering a payday loan. The subsequent write-up will handle this issue with tips to assist teach you, and be sure you make the most efficient selection possible. An important hint to anybody looking to take out a pay day loan is to ensure that no matter what financial institution you happen to…
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Facebook v. Ello: Is There Even a Competition?

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    In response to criticism over Facebook’s profile name policy, the social media network has announced plans to introduce an app that would enable users to register anonymously. Although it’s not strictly regulated, Facebook encourages its users to register their accounts with their real names. That way, Facebook is more likely to find and block users who are harming or harassing others.   With the new app, there would be no limit to the number of anonymous profiles each person can have. If the person discusses several topics, which may have controversial aspects to it, he or she could…
  • Create Landing Pages that Convert

    Sean Kidder
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Landing pages are a powerful component to any successful marketing strategy. Therefore, they must be given their due justice with time and effort to ensure these pages are written flawlessly. Each page on your website has the chance to produce leads and every time a viewer lands on a given page and isn’t impressed is a missed opportunity. Fortunately, several techniques for creating landing pages that convert into sales can be learned. Here are some best tips for writing effective landing page content. Talk Up the Benefits of Choosing Your Company If a customer is browsing your website,…
  • What Google’s Penguin Update Means for Local Marketers

    Chris Marentis
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    By now, everyone has heard that last week, Google confirmed the release of the first Penguin update in more than a year. The main reason for this update, according to Google, was to punish ‘spammy’ websites that violated the company’s guidelines for linking. Companies that follow the rules of the road, so to speak, are likely to be rewarded with better search results. For many local marketing experts, this update has been long awaited. What Businesses Should Do Local businesses may want to keep an eye on their Google search results for any significant changes. If you have dropped…
  • How Remodelers Can Build Trust with Customers

    Chris Marentis
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Before any customer is ready to make a purchase, they must first believe that business has their best interests at heart. Depending on the products or services you provide, this trust can go a long way. Say for instance someone is looking at your business to install a new roof on their house. That’s an expensive undertaking and one that requires a decent amount of trust in your business to perform a good job. Otherwise, they will turn to a competitor with a better reputation. Truly effective local internet marketing is a matter of communicating your business’s credibility to your target…
  • 4 Ways to Get Better Results from Blog Posts

    Chris Marentis
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Even after your marketing team has gone to the trouble of creating engaging and original content for your blog, there’s still more that needs to be done. Unfortunately, simply publishing new content doesn’t guarantee people will visit your site. By following, content creation guidelines though, you can bring your content to the masses with just a few simple steps. Use Short URLs for Social Media First, make sure you’re sharing your new content with people who are already interested in what you have to say—your social media followers. That’s obvious. Use short URL services such as…
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    The Entrepreneurs Club of America

  • Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Wisdom of Steve Jobs • “Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.” • “My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time.” • “Things don’t have to change the
  • Entrepreneurs Club Radio – Dr. Stephen Christensen

    Kasey Marlow
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Dr. Stephen Christensen, Dean of the Business School at Concordia University, and founder of The Teen Entrepreneurs Academy. Learn about at 12 year old millionaire with 5 employees We’ll talk about the three E’s of Entrepreneurship- Experience, Enthusiasm, and Excellence. Learn about the importance of having a mentor.
  • Inspirational Quotes for the Entrepreneur

    Kasey Marlow
    4 Oct 2014 | 10:10 pm
    • “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.” –Thomas Jefferson • “Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. • “Progress is the activity of TODAY and the ASSURANCE OF TOMORROW.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Self-Doubt Can Lead to Self-Discounting

    Kasey Marlow
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Would you like to be a better sales person? Self-doubt could destroy you. In this guest post, Marvin Montgomery nails it. We must have complete confidence in our company’s products or we will have a difficult time selling them.
  • Shari’s Ah Ha Moment

    Kasey Marlow
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:47 pm
    Shari Fitzpatrick was a successful mortgage broker. She had lots of customers, but added a little “pizzaz” to her marketing by making chocolate covered strawberries as a “give-away” to her clients.
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  • SEO vs PPC - Why SEO gets the better ROI than Google Adwords or Bing Ads

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    SEO vs PPC - Why SEO gets the better ROI than Google Adwords or Bing Ads In this podcast I discuss which of SEO vs PPC gets the better ROI. If after you listen to this information you have further questions or require additional information, just send us an email or give us a call. From this podcast I think you will get valuable information that will help you determine how to best allocate your marketing budget.    
  • Web Marketing Agency Myths

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Web Marketing Agency Myths In this podcast I discuss the most common web marketing myths we come across that people believe that are just wrong. If after you listen to this information you have further questions or require additional information, just send us an email or give us a call. After listening to this I think you will be surprised and also see how you could be easily deceived by these myths. 
  • 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…
 
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • What Does Being Yourself Mean to You?

    Leo Bottary
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Twenty years ago, David Whyte published a book titled The Heart Aroused, Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America. I happened Read MoreThe post What Does Being Yourself Mean to You? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Key to Unlocking Masterful Key Performance Indicators, Part 2: Four KPIs You’d be Remiss Not to Track

    Curt Finch
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    In part one of this article, we covered what KPIs are and why they’re important for your business, detailing the important terms to stick to Read MoreThe post The Key to Unlocking Masterful Key Performance Indicators, Part 2: Four KPIs You’d be Remiss Not to Track appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Creating A Culture That Reflects Your Company’s Core Purpose

    Vistage Staff
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Vistage Executive Summits Presents A Special Interview with Will Novy-Hildesley What does it take to inspire alignment and elite performance in your team? In this Read MoreThe post Creating A Culture That Reflects Your Company’s Core Purpose appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • What’s the Right Price for Your Business? Bridging the Valuation Gap

    Rebecca McCarthy
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Think about how you would respond if someone were to offer to buy your business today. What’s your level of readiness to deal with that Read MoreThe post What’s the Right Price for Your Business? Bridging the Valuation Gap appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • A Question of Content Effectiveness

    Jona Jone
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    As a content marketer, the effort to put together your product or services for exposure is no joke. It’s a herculean task: from making a Read MoreThe post A Question of Content Effectiveness appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Bleau

  • Mica publicitate In Era Internetului

    bleau
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Situatie reala in familia noastra. Nu conteaza cine anume.  Anuntul: Caut contact pentru adaugare pe google chat. Numele trebuie sa inceapa cu o litera cuprinsa intre “M” si “U” deoarece am nevoie de “separator” in lista pentru a nu contacta pe domnul U din greseala. Va rog contactati la blabla@gmail.com. Rog seriozitate.  Sunt sigur ca pe cat este de amuzant, nu este un caz izolat. Voi ce anunturi de genul ati fost nevoiti sa dati? Te-ar putea interesa si:Se cauta dezvoltatori pentru Germania: iOS, Android, Php,…[Facebook] Fanii ar putea in curand…
  • Ce mai punem noi in cafea

    bleau
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    In august am achizitionat Gaggi(c)a, un espressor “entry level” pentru dorinta noastra de a bea si a face o cafea mai buna. Inca mai exersam si mai perfectionam procesul. Nu iasa tot timpul exact asa cum dorim dar cafeaua e oricum muuuuuult mai buna decat ce puteam bea inainte pe aici prin zona. In timp ce exersam, mai variem si experimentam cu diverse ingrediente.  Iata ce mai punem noi in cafea: Inghetata de vanilie - Am gustat in Italia Affogato cafe.  O combinatie foarte buna intre rece si cald, inghetata dulce cu un shot de espresso. Incearca si variatii ale inghetatei de…
  • Festivalul la care nimeni nu ar manca

    bleau
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Sunt anumiti oameni care se plicisesc de modul in care isi fac treaba. Sa faca treaba bine nu e suficient. Trebuie sa mai fie ceva. Aveti cateva exemple mai jos. Singura problema e ca daca ar exista un festival cu acesti oameni, nimeni nu ar manca. Toti vizitatorii ar fi prea atenti la spectacol. Si probabil dupa chinul lor, toti acesti mini maestri ar ramane cu sechele. Ii si aud: “Nu… nimeni… cum e posibil… nu au mancat nimiiiiiiic!” Si acum, cei plictisiti: Ii place cand se invarte: Vata lor e mai cool decat a noastra: Cu oameni ca astia iti trece pofta de…
  • Se cauta administrator de oras… pe 8 ani

    bleau
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    In martie 2015 se termina mandatul actualului primar al orasului Koblenz (orasul unde/langa care locuim noi acum).  Despre acest lucru am citit intr-un anunt de job prin care se cauta urmatorul. Se cer: experienta relevanta in domeniul administratiei publice, recomandari, testimoniale, CV-ul scris de mana si ce partide politice sau grupari de votanti reprezinta.  Perioada e de 8 ani.  Barba imensa sau mustata impunatoare nu sunt obligatorii. Salariul se calculeaza conform cu sumele stabilite prin lege la nivelul landului din care orasul face parte. Imi dau seama, pentru politicienii…
  • Cum invat eu limba germana

    bleau
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Din luna septembrie a anului trecut m-am mutat in Germania alaturi de Andreea. De atunci bineinteles a inceput lungul proces de a invata limba germana si am acceptat provocarea de a-mi imagina o creatura firava si frumoasa atunci cand cineva rosteste Schmetterlinge: Am descoperit ca cea mai usoara metoda pentru mine de a retine cuvinte este  sa le pun intr-un context amuzant sau ridicol. Altfel spus, imi e mai usor sa retin germana atunci cand Andreea si alti prieteni de aici rad copios cand “nemtesc”. Prima creatie in acest sens este o corcitura rezultata din multele iesiri in…
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    DollarVersity

  • Tracking The Progress Of My Hardest Hit Fund Program Application

    Eric J. Nisall
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    (Almost) Everyone knows about the housing crash that ruined many peoples’ lives and help throw the country into an economic tailspin. Lots of people are aware of the government’s Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) and Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) that came from that financial ruin. Few people have heard of the Hardest Hit Fund, which was for all intents and purposes a “bail-out” for the states that were…you guessed it!…the hardest hit by the housing crash. I happened to stumble upon the site and said “what the fuck, I qualify so…
  • Shop Local: The Stores You Oppose Started Small And Local

    Eric J. Nisall
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    The calls to “shop local” have been growing louder year after year. Even one of the largest credit card companies, American Express, started a movement called “Small Business Saturday” to entice consumers to shop at small businesses. It seems that society has become a bit hypocritical lately. As a whole, we applaud entrepreneurial spirit and even encourage people to start a businesses to achieve financial success (although it isn’t always the answer or even the right thing for certain people). But then we condemn big-box national chains for whatever reason with…
  • The BIGGEST SECRET About Taxes You Will EVER Read!

    Eric J. Nisall
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:50 am
    I bet you thought you were going to be blown away by some super-secret, S.H.I.E.L.D. level 10-access info, huh? You probably saw the title and thought “Oh, wow, now I’m going to get the real scoop!” Or, perhaps you just clicked on the link because it looked really important with the uppercase font showcasing the “biggest secret” that would be revealed. Well here it is…. You are gullible, and everyone knows it! Why, you ask?   Not everything that people say are secrets are even remotely close to that. It’s generally just a ploy to get your…
 
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    The Deluxe Blog

  • Entrepreneur Brings Clocks Back to Life for Next Generation to Enjoy

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Julie-Gordon-FB.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Once described as a “clock whisperer”, Mark Purdy is passionate about repairing antique timepieces for customers. As founder of Blackstone Manor Clock Repair, Purdy and his team of specialists spend their days fixing and servicing family heirlooms manufactured by old-world brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos, Kuempel, Hermle, Seth Thomas, Kieninger,  Howard Miller, and Jauch. As one of our customers at Deluxe, we recently had the chance to catch up with Mark to find out more about owning and operating a clock repair business.  What led you to start your business? I thought I…
  • Cyber Security Awareness Month Closes with a Focus on Small Business

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Deluxe-Thumbnail.jpg" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    National Cyber Security Awareness Month is drawing to a close. What has your small business done to observe the month – and shore up your defenses against cyber attack? Research shows that cyber criminals are targeting small businesses; in 2013, one out of every 5.2 was the target of at least one spear-phishing attack, according to Symantec. We also know that a data breach or other security incident can be disproportionately damaging to a small business – so observing Cyber Security Awareness Month is about far more than being patriotic. Improving your cyber security knowledge is vital to…
  • In Search of the Milkman: 3 Lessons to Get Found on Google

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Julie-Gordon-FB.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    During my commute last week, I sat alongside a milk truck branded Foster’s Home Delivery. It was just enough time to not only remember their name, but also to notice the phrase “want milk? Call Doug” on the back panel. Out of curiosity, I did a quick online search for Foster’s after I arrived at work. Here’s what I found….or in this case, didn’t find. Company Name Search A mobile, voice search for “Foster’s Home Delivery” returned three listings for the Foster’s Daily Democrat newspaper located 1,500 miles away.  A similar…
  • Searching Online for the Best Contractors: My Journey Building a Home

    Nalie Lee-Heidt<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Nalie-Lee-Heidt-300x228.jpg" alt="Nalie Lee-Heidt" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Last year, my husband and I took the big plunge and decided to build a new home.  While the experience was a bit arduous at times, we were excited about the finished project – especially the idea of walking into a “move-in-ready” house. It wasn’t until we finally moved in that I realized our new home didn’t feel like home – well, not yet anyway.  There were so many large and small projects ahead of us that I decided to make a list of things we needed to finish: Landscaping, Deck / Patio, Bar, Better Closet Design & Storage, Gutters, Painting and Interior Design, to name a…
  • [Video] Deluxe Designs OK Corral Stables’ Website to Attract More Tourists

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Julie-Gordon-FB.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:54 am
    In the mid-60′s, Ron Feldman left the east coast to and headed to the foothills of the Superstition Mountains, just outside of Phoenix. Once acclimated to the area, he decided to open OK Corral Stables. “Ever since I was a kid growing up in Buffalo, NY, I read and dreamed about going after the Lost Dutchman Mine out in Superstition Mountains,” said Ron.  And for the last 45 years, Ron, his wife Jayne, and their two sons have been catering to both locals and tourists, providing scenic trail rides and lifelong memories. While the scenery hasn’t changed, the way people…
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    Quickbooks

  • How to Boost Profits by Retaining Customers

    Katherine Gustafson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Customer retention is a bit of a holy grail for small-business owners. A study done ten years ago by Bain and Company and Harvard Business School showed that a mere 5 percent increase in customer retention can translate to a bump in profits of between 25 and 95 percent. An updated version of the study looking at e-commerce found the same promise of profit through customer loyalty. However, while the cost to acquire new customers is even higher for online businesses, the rate of return from keeping them is even better. “The evidence indicates, in fact, that web customers tend to…
  • 9 Signs You Need an Accountant

    Jaimy Ford
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    As a small-business owner, up until this point, you may have managed your money successfully. Software programs like QuickBooks make it possible, even if you don’t have much financial knowledge or experience. However, as your business — and revenue — grow, managing your financials may become a task you don’t have the time or knowledge to manage. Specifically, when it comes avoiding legal and compliance issues, accountants can be worth their weight in gold. If you’re not sure if you need to hire an accountant, look for these nine signs: 1. You Aren’t Familiar With Accounting If…
  • 9 of the Best New Business Apps of 2014

    Tim Parker
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    2014 has been a big year for business apps. Many received significant updates to take advantage of Apple’s iOS 8 and iPhone 6 launch, while others are new to the market. Now is the perfect time to take a look at what you’re currently using and try some of the handy new mobile business apps of 2014. Mailbox (picture; iOS, Android. Free): Mailbox offers a much-needed solution for a problem plaguing anyone whose email inbox doubles as a to-do list. Mailbox allows you to reorganize your inbox with a few swipes, hide emails and return them to your inbox on a specified date, and learn from…
  • Can You Afford a New Employee?

    Jaimy Ford
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:27 am
    If you have more work than you can manage or your employees are claiming that they are completely overwhelmed, it may be time to increase your staff. Being short-staffed does more than just increase stress for you and your team. It can limit your growth potential as you are forced to forgo promising business opportunities because you simply can’t take on more work. In addition, it can eat into your bottom line when too-busy employees provide shoddy customer service, make costly mistakes, or cut corners to keep up with their workloads. Still, don’t take hiring a new employee lightly.
  • Which States Are Friendliest to Small Business?

    Katherine Gustafson
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Professional services marketplace Thumbtack.com has been surveying the business-friendliness of U.S. states for three years now, and new results were released this summer. The 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, undertaken in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, includes feedback from more than 12,000 small-business owners. Respondents rated Texas, Utah, and Idaho best for small business, while California and Rhode Island came out on the bottom of the heap. The professionals surveyed pointed to ease of professional licensing requirements and convenience of tax filing as the most…
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  • Happywork TV Episode 9: Listen to the Ideas of Your Employees

    Chris Reimer
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    In Episode 9 of Happywork TV, I introduce the 7th of 46 commitments in my upcoming book “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will listen to the ideas of my employees.” And there was more, but this is all you need to know. Why not listen to the ideas of your employees? They’re out on the […] The post Happywork TV Episode 9: Listen to the Ideas of Your Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • R.I.P. Rizzo Tees (2008 – 2014)

    Chris Reimer
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hi everyone. This is going to be a weird blog post, perhaps too little too late, but I’ll do my best to make it interesting, understandable, and fun. Today, October 30, 2014, on the 6th anniversary of the birth of Rizzo Tees, I announce its death. Happy 6th birthday, old friend, and I hope you […] The post R.I.P. Rizzo Tees (2008 – 2014) appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 8: Give Your Employees Variety in Their Work Day

    Chris Reimer
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    p.s. Really sorry about the sound on this one. I was using my shotgun mic, but it was quite windy. Some gusts of wind really cut into the audio quality a few times. My bad! In Episode 8 of Happywork TV, I discuss the sixth of 46 commitments in my upcoming book “Happywork.” Here it […] The post Happywork TV Episode 8: Give Your Employees Variety in Their Work Day appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 7: Provide Performance Reviews to Your Employees

    Chris Reimer
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    In Episode 7 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fifth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will give my employees constructive feedback, taking both their career advancement and feelings into consideration. Such feedback will be provided during the course of everyday business, or in an official performance review, […] The post Happywork TV Episode 7: Provide Performance Reviews to Your Employees appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed

    Chris Reimer
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    In Episode 6 of Happywork TV, I discuss the fourth of 46 work commitments in my new book, “Happywork.” Here it is: “I will provide my employees the tools and training they need to have a chance to succeed … I will remember that it’s not just the business owner who comes to work everyday […] The post Happywork TV Episode 6: Give Your Employees a Chance to Improve and Succeed appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Should Your Business Avoid Social Media? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Which Social Media Networks are Worth Your Time?

    Laura Click
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
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  • How Cause Marketing Can Boost Your Brand

    Jan Morrison
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • 6 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Industry

    Laura Click
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
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  • The Best Editorial Calendar Planner for WordPress

    Laura Click
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • How to Fake Being Smart

    Courtney Deruy
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    An article in The Atlantic recently suggested that there are certain habits and appearances that can make someone appear intelligent without having to speak a word. Here is a list of their slightly ridiculous strategies for appearing more intelligent:   1. Wear glasses. Yes, people actually think glasses make a person look smart. 2. Flaunt Natural Facial Features. Narrow faces, long noses, and thin chins are associated with intelligence (as well as attractiveness). 3. Walk at the same pace as those around you. When people move faster or slower than others around them, they are viewed as…
  • #297 Rosalinda Randall, Lindsey Pollak, Tracy Carlson, Richard Milam

    Barry J Moltz
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rosalinda Randall has been successfully improving workplace environments and relationships by spreading civility and sharing enthusiastic and insightful advice for more than 14 years. She is also the author of a new book called Don't Burp in the Boardroom. Rosalinda talks about the dangers of a casual workplace and gives recommendations for appropriate workplace manners and attire. Lindsey Pollak is a keynote speaker, corporate consultant and one of the country's leading experts on the Millennial Generation. She currently serves as an official Ambassador for LinkedIn and her new book…
  • How to Set Your Price For Maximum Profit

    Barry Moltz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    This post is one in a series of tips designed to help small business owners better-navigate the challenges of today’s startup environment and is sponsored by Canon MAXIFY – the printer lineup crafted to help small business owners increase productivity so that they can focus on everything else that matters. For more information about the Canon MAXIFY printer lineup visit www.usa.canon.com/MAXIFY Most small business owners don’t charge enough for their product or service. They typically undervalue what they offer customers because of fear. They want to raise their sale price so they…
  • Algorithm to Solve Bad Roommate Pairings

    Courtney Deruy
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Nightmare roommates are feared by college students everywhere. Surely everyone has heard a story about roommates who are so incompatible that they can’t stand to be around each other–a major problem because they must live in a 10×10 foot space together. Having a “nightmare roommate” inevitably causes unwanted conflict and stress, and in extreme cases can affect academic performance and drive students to leave school. To avoid this situation, many students take matters into their own hands by choosing to live with people they already know or by taking to Facebook to meet and…
  • #295 Sue Ershler, David Meerman Scott, Dawn Fotopulos, Susan Barancini-Moe

    Barry J Moltz
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Susan Ershler is an international speaker, business executive, and along with her husband, became the first couple to climb the Seven Summits. She is the author of the new book Conquering the Seven Summits of Sales - From Everest to Every Business. Susan shares the lessons she learned from mountain climbing that can translate into success at the workplace. David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed sales and marketing strategist whose books and blog are must-reads for professionals seeking to generate attention in ways that grow their business. He is the author of the books New…
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • Broken Windows at Your Business: What Are Your Legal Options?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Depending on the size and location of your business, you may have a few windows on the front of your building or hundreds of windows looking out on all sides. In either case, broken windows at your business can require costly repairs and will likely need to be boarded up in the meantime -- not exactly the look most business owners are going for. Some business owners on Virginia's Eastern Shore are learning this first-hand after the catastrophic explosion of a NASA rocket shattered the windows of several businesses, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Whether it's a sudden explosion or…
  • 3 Lessons From a Construction Co.'s EEOC Sex Discrimination Case

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Construction contractor Vamco Sheet Metals Inc. has settled a sex discrimination case with the EEOC, and for some very good reasons. In a press release, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that Vamco will pay out $215,000 to settle allegations of sexual harassment on a project at a Manhattan construction project. Accusations included pretextual firing, assigning women only menial tasks, and denying women a clean place to pump breast milk. Although the settlement means that Vamco will admit no liability for these allegations, there are three good lessons to be learned from…
  • Firm Offers Free Beer for Timesheets: Good Idea?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    A Minnesota ad agency has come up with a novel way to encourage employees to turn in their timesheets. Minneapolis-based Colle McVoy has begun offering the company's employees a free pint of beer upon completion of their timesheets, dispensed by a one-of-a-kind machine called the TapServer. The TapServer uses employee RFID cards and custom software to reward on-the-ball employees with a beer of their choice, selected via iPad interface. But while the TapServer is an impressive bit of technology, is serving employees alcohol on the job a good idea? Potential Perils of Drinking at Work Although…
  • Can a Bad Job Reference Get an Employer Sued?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Giving a job reference for a former employee who left on good terms is rarely a problem for employers. But what about giving a bad reference for a former employee who was fired or otherwise left your employment on bad or unpleasant terms? Employers may be torn between warning a future employer about the person they are considering bringing on board and the potential consequences of giving a negative reference. But what are those consequences? Can a bad reference result in an employer getting sued? Fear of Defamation Lawsuits What many employers fear when it comes to giving a bad reference for…
  • FCC Fines 2 Companies for Data Breach: What SMBs Need to Know

    Mark Wilson, Esq.
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    After a year filled with news stories about data privacy breaches, including Target and Home Depot, it seems that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is finally doing something about it. On Friday, the FCC proposed a $10 million fine against two telecom companies for data breaches that potentially affected 300,000 customers, The Washington Post reports. How did this happen? And what does this mean for small business that store customer data? Out in the Open The data breaches came to light last year when Scripps Howard News Service was able to find customer records stored by TerraCom…
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    Dean R Black - Simple. Consistent. Authentic.

  • Sharengine – Unleash The Power Of Social Media

    Dean R Black
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:48 am
    What Is Sharengine And How Can It Help You? Sharengine is the missing link between relevant content and affiliate traffic but the coolest thing is this, the referring affiliate actually gets credit for sharing the content. With Sharengine you can do this. Let me explain what it is and how it works. Sharengine – What […]
  • MLM Lead Generation Secrets To Explode Your Online Business

    Dean R Black
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Each business, it does not matter if it is online or offline has to get leads to build upon and get more sales. This is what makes MLM lead generation such an important part of any business, because that’s where the gold lies. Once you understand how and when to get leads that convert, you […]
  • The Stupid Simple Guide to Becoming a YouTube Lead Generating Machine

    Dean R Black
    25 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    “The Stupid-Simple Guide to Becoming a YouTube Lead Generating Machine” Uncover the Hidden Secrets to Generating Upwards of 33 Leads per Day on YouTube Even if You’re Shy, Technically Challenged, or Plain Afraid to Get on Camera! ************************************************************************************************************ On This webinar you’ll get the inside scoop on how to use YouTube to Generate Massive Leads […]
  • The Deadly Art Of Persuasion – Get More Sales and Conversions!

    Dean R Black
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    * Over 100,000+ people have been "sold" and bought at least ONE of his products (yah, his stuff converts)
  • Traffic Domination Formula – Learn To Generate Leads On Demand

    Dean R Black
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Video marketing (when done right) can pull in TONS of traffic for both your videos, as well as your lead capture pages.
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • Can Tenants Refuse an Inspection?

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Inspections are a necessary part of being a landlord; after all you want know that your property is in the condition it should be and that nothing is broken or in disrepair. Unfortunately, this can sometimes cause a little friction between landlords and tenants, because nobody really likes people entering their home for checks.… Continue reading » The post Can Tenants Refuse an Inspection? appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Advertising and Promotion Tips for Handyman Services

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Are you very skilled at fixing anything around the house? Do you want to let everybody in your neighbourhood or city know you run your own handyman business? What you need is some advertising advice. photo credit: John Carleton If you’re not really sure what to do, take a look at this article.… Continue reading » The post Advertising and Promotion Tips for Handyman Services appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The Eco Office Revolution – Carbon Neutral Certification and Why you Should Care

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The issue of carbon neutrality has gained considerable credibility in recent times, particularly within the international community and among large corporations. Most recently, small and medium sized businesses in Latin American have been moved to make carbon neutrality a central feature of their forward-thinking business plans, as industry experts claim that this will make them more competitive in a struggling global economy.… Continue reading » The post The Eco Office Revolution – Carbon Neutral Certification and Why you Should Care appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Three Ways to Ensure Success in the Early Stages of Your Business

    Deborah Sweeney
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Starting a business is a huge deal. It takes time, money, and emotional involvement; the likes of which you will never get back. Luckily, for most entrepreneurs, opening a business is a dream come true! So any blood, sweat, and tears spent over the course of opening a business is well worth it, because the process is a labor of love.… Continue reading » The post Three Ways to Ensure Success in the Early Stages of Your Business appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The 8 Most Important Metrics About Your Twitter Followers

    The Young Entrepreneur Council
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is the most important metric you should know about your Twitter followers? The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’smost promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.… Continue reading » The post The 8 Most Important Metrics About Your Twitter Followers appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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    Big Brand System

  • Talking Content Marketing with Big Brand System’s Pamela Wilson

    Clark Buckner
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This interview was conducted by Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice. He’s based in Nashville, and his company provides expert comparisons between the best crm solutions for small business owners, customer loyalty plans, innovative employee programs, and much more. Be sure to also check out their technology conference calendar. Clark asked me some of the same questions I’ve heard from many Big Brand System readers these past few months. Enjoy — and if you have follow-up questions, let me know in the comments section. –Pamela Pamela Wilson, owner of Big Brand System, spoke with me about…
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    Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos

  • One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse!

    Wendy Kenney
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    One Irresistible Offer Your Customers Can’t Refuse! Congratulations! You have just downloaded one of the most successful auto repair shop marketing campaigns that have ever been done! When used correctly, it can generate 5 figures or more in new sales for your shop! Your download includes three fill-in-the-blank templates. (Click link to download). Fill in the blank letter template with attached check […] 6 Easy Ways to Market Your Business with Social Media Creative Marketing and PR Ideas for July Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website:

    Wendy Kenney
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website: Top 10 Reasons You Need a New Auto Repair Website: 10.  If you made your website yourself in 1992 using any do it yourself web technology, you need a new website. 9.    If your website was created using Microsoft Front Page, you need a new website. 8.    If your website can only be […] Automotive Repair Website Design Auto Repair Shop Website Design Website Designs Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 10 Joan Rivers’ Quotes That Will Make You Chuckle

    Wendy Kenney
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    10 Joan Rivers’ Quotes That Will Make You Chuckle Rivers learned early on that in order to succeed as an entertainer she had to differentiate herself from everyone one else in the industry. S The Goal 9 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From a Crowd Top 10 April Fool’s Day Office Pranks Auto Repair Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 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 Marketing Company | 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 Marketing Company | 23 Kazoos -…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • IMAGINE IF: Uncommon Sense Learnings

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Designing disruptive, original solutions to existing problems and breakthrough products in existing markets is hard––really hard. To increase the odds of success, a company must think and act in uncommon ways. Take the time to step back and evaluate what’s working, what could be simplified and streamlined, and most importantly be open to change. Our IMAGINE IF principle is dedicated to innovation and encouraging diverse thinking in business and life. We hope to inspire people, companies and brands to create and foster environments for innovation. Here are four UNCOMMON SENSE learnings…
  • The Death of Innovation, The End Of Growth

    Bulldog Drummond
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
  • Bulldog Design: Helping Our Customer Serve Their Customers Better

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Most people don’t think much about gearshifts or dishwashers or leaf blowers. In fact, most people probably don’t even think about what ties all these products together—plastic. But Citadel thinks about every distinct angle of plastics, from the processes, to the technologies, to the design and more. And as they continued to push the boundaries of this material and its technologies, they began to acquire leading companies in thermoplastics and engineered composites to offer a suite of options to help their customers make the best possible products in the world. As the companies merged…
  • The Innovation 2-Step

    Bulldog Drummond
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Written by John Foster One of the longest standing designers at IDEO, Jim Yurchenco recently retired, and they posted a great video of him sharing some of his career lessons. Jim Yurchenco : Reflecting on 35 Years at IDEO from IDEO on Vimeo. The part that grabbed my attention was Jim’s statement that you should “never accept done for good, or good for excellent.” He continues by encouraging us to always ask someone you respect to look at what you are doing and say, “What do you think? What could we do better? Does this make sense?” Innovation is a team sport, never a solo…
  • Building An Authentic Brand People Believe In

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    Written by Shawn Parr Building a brand that stands for something is challenging; it takes time and most importantly, authenticity. Almost all companies hope to impart a positive emotion or gain immediate recognition upon someone viewing their logo, hearing their name or considering their story. Zippo is one such company that has been able to achieve that success. When most people hear the word Zippo they have immediate brand recognition. Its name and brand persona hold a reputation of tradition and durability that companies and industry leaders can learn from. Zippo Conveys Quality and…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Playing with numbers is serious business!

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    The online lottery business sees solid growth opportunities in the US with shifting regulatory landscape and the internet fast becoming the medium of choice for the tough-to-target 25-34 demographic group The US market has warmed up to the online lottery business in the last couple of years thanks largely to a shift from the federal all-prohibitive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, 2006 to state-controlled legislations. Illinois became the first state to formally offer online lottery ticketing, followed up with expressions of interest from at least 15 other states. While physical…
  • Eye Catching Banners for Exhibitions

    EpicLaunch
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Trade exhibitions are suddenly places where the gloomy atmosphere of recent years has been lifted. The UK economy has been growing and consumer spending increasing. It means that companies that have regularly taken stands at specific events can expect more people attending and more actually coming onto their stand to discuss business. What they hear from the stand staff will determine whether it will actually lead to business. Such exhibitions attract people that have an interest in the particular sector which is a definite reason for booking a stand. They are also occasions when much of the…
  • UK Halloween sales up from £12m in 2001 to £350m in 2014

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:46 pm
    The business of Halloween in the UK has boomed in the last decade; so much so that it has overtaken Bonfire Night as arguably the biggest sales event after Christmas and Easter. The UK’s Halloween industry is expected to rake in upwards of £350m in 2014 and underlines the fact that Halloween is no longer just big business in the United States. In 2001, UK Halloween sales peaked at just £12m and goes to show how quickly the event has become such an important part of people’s social calendars. Between 2005 and 2013, the increase of Halloween spending per head in the UK was at 263%…
  • Increasing Market Share of Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Video calling and video chat is gaining popularity in today’s technology oriented world. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in 2010, around 19 percent of the American population has tried video conferencing either through their cell phones or computers. Many of the respondents had made a video call through both mediums, showing how the usage of video calls, teleconferences, and chats has increased in the past few years as well as its potential for growth in the upcoming ones. Many internet service providers such as Blue Jeans…
  • Is your business ready for a rate rise?

    Patrick Foot
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Back in 2008, predicting how long the global financial slowdown may last was a tough proposition. That didn’t stop many commentators and analysts from giving the recovery a duration though, and those who plumped for 2015 as the year we finally see light at the end of the tunnel may now be gearing up for a deserved pat on the back. There have been many twists on the road to economic recovery so far, and with Germany’s alarmingly poor economic figures over the past few weeks it would appear that the eurozone is not yet ready to resume business as usual. But despite numerous false dawns,…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • The Power of Your Profile Picture

    virtualwordspecialist
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Professional Image by Toki Lee Photography I am not exaggerating when I say hiring a professional to take my photo for profile pictures and my online brand was one of the best investments I ever made. It also was a lot of fun too! I chose a photographer whose portfolio and experience with business professionals matched the look I wanted. In advance of the photo session, the photographer provided me with guidelines, tips and ideas to make the whole process successful and very enjoyable. (I love it when professionals lead!) Whether you are an entrepreneur or work for a company, your profile…
  • Marketing Is Not Supposed to be Stressful

    Lorrie Thomas
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The saying “no pain, no gain” does not apply to marketing. If marketing is causing you any sort pain, then there is something WRONG with the way you are doing it. Marketing is not supposed to be difficult, overwhelming or stressful. Let me repeat: Marketing is not supposed to be difficult, overwhelming or stressful. If you are suffering from any sort of marketing stress, then you need to re-evaluate what you are doing. The true meaning of marketing is maximizing exchanges. Know who your target market is, get clear on what problems you solve for that target, then…
  • Women of Presence Inspirational Speaker Series

    Web Marketing Therapy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Personal branding expert, Jamarie Milkovic included me as one of her interviewees in a new transformational video speaker series called Women of Presence. Her interviews are dedicated to inspire women through real-life stories of resilience and growth. When I was interviewed (in my home thanks to Google Hangouts!), I didn’t hold back. I told my story which includes my personal life values and my passion for markeding (that’s not a typo, it’s marketing + education…marketing IS education!)  You can click the image below to watch my interview: In my Women of…
  • New Organic Tweet Analytics

    Katherine L. Garcia
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    New organic insights are now available on Twitter. They positioned it for advertisers, but we’ve researched it and even if you’re not advertising on Twitter, you can still glean some great information – all free. Here are the new insights Twitter is providing: Impressions: Number of people who saw your tweets. Engagement: Total number of someone who interacted with your tweets. Engagement rate: The number of engagements divided by the total number of impressions. Link clicks Hashtag clicks User profile clicks Media clicks and more! You can also export your twitter…
  • Marketing With Purpose

    Web Marketing Therapy
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    I’ve been teaching marketing to university students, clients and corporate employees for years. They come to my classroom for a number of reasons.  Some because their boss needs them to boost SEO, some to enhance their social media or overall marketing efforts, some to get that next best job and some to grow their business. One of the biggest patterns (or in psychology, the “pain points”) I see is fear and wrong mindset.  I hear lots of “I don’t have time” or “I don’t know anything about this” or “I am afraid” or “I am overwhelmed” and…
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Spotlight on Jimmy Odom: Founder and CEO of WeDeliver

    Christine Mortensen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Jimmy Odom has been described as energetic, passionate, dynamic, optimistic, inspiring and driven by vision and purpose. After nearly 5 years in leadership roles with Apple Retail, combined with years of logistics management and several National Start-up Awards, Jimmy has once again transformed the entrepreneurs experience and expectations. As Founder and CEO of WeDeliver, Jimmy has continued to win local Chicago start-up awards along with continually growing a start-up business since 2012, and connecting to other entrepreneurs in the Chicago area. His mission is to build a brand whose…
  • Lessons We Can Learn From Inspiring Entrepreneurs

    Guest Author
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    When attempting to find the market sweet spot for your startup, entrepreneurs often walk the line of embracing history, and forging their own path. As the late Steve Jobs so eloquently stated, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Obviously, there is no denying the success that Steve Jobs enjoyed, and the history…
  • If you could ask them anything what would it be?

    Christine Mortensen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    No matter how you look at it—this crop of entrepreneurs has seen success! If you had the chance to ask them anything about how they achieved that success what would you want to know? Send us your questions and we’ll get the answers for you from our Elevate Chicago speakers. You can submit your questions via a: comment on this post tweet to @EntUnpluggd email to christine@entrepreneursunpluggd.com You do, by the way, have a chance to ask your questions to our speakers listed below in person.  You can join us for a full day of actionable insight and the raw storytelling…
  • Elevate Ticket Raffle: Week 3

    Christine Mortensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    It’s the third week in our ticket giveaway! Will you be the lucky one this week? Win a free ticket to the Elevate conference we’re hosting November 14th just for sharing the news. Each week we’re give away one ticket and announcing the winner via email—so share the event and make sure you sign up for our emails to see if you’ve won! Every time you share the event you get another entry. Did you get a friend to share? That’s another entry! Don’t want to risk missing out? Get early bird tickets now before the price increases on Tuesday October 21st. a Rafflecopter giveaway  Get…
  • Essential ADVICE for Getting Feedback

    Guest Author
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    You know feedback is important. But how does one go about getting it? Here’s a blueprint. Feedback has always represented a critical part of our transactions and interactions – from cavepeople sharing monosyllabic banter, through the old-school suggestion box, and into the social media echo chamber. Indeed, businesses and organizations are constantly reminded that they need to be facilitating and responding to customer feedback. We’ve seen the stats. We’ve read the articles. It’s important. We get it. But how does one go about facilitating feedback? We all know it’s…
 
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • Four Key Parts of Running an Online Sale that You’re Probably Doing Wrong

    launchgrowjoy
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    This is a guest post from MadeFreshly. Everyone knows the basics of running an online sale. Discount your inventory, and spread the word, right? Not quite. While that’s not wrong, it’s not the whole story either. You’re probably missing out on a few crucial parts of running a successful sale. To experience the perks of a sale like: Getting rid of excess inventory/last season’s goods Giving customer’s incentive to make the purchase Being more attractive to potential customers Engaging with your social media audience Directing traffic to your store Bringing in more sales! …there…
  • The year of YES with @TraceeSioux

    launchgrowjoy
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:24 pm
    What if you did everything your soul told you to do – in your business or in your personal life – for one year? Today’s guest, Tracee Sioux, did just that! In today’s episode, Tracee and I talk about the “soulconomy,” what it means to say YES to everything your soul tells you to do and the difference between successful entrepreneurs and those who are constantly struggling with their business. Click the button below to listen to this episode and then I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is from this episode. Leave a comment below and let me...
  • How to license your products with @JimDeBetta

    launchgrowjoy
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Have  you thought about licensing your products but are not sure where to start or whether or not it makes sense for your business? In today’s podcast interview, Jim DeBetta, who has helped thousands of entrepreneurs bring their idea to market, shares with you the step-by-step process to license your products. We also talk about things to look out for, whether or not you need a lawyer and how to get the most out of your licensing deal Click the button below to listen to this episode and then I’d love to know if you have considered licensing or if... The post How to license your…
  • 4 Steps to Working with Social Media Influencers to Grow Your Following

    launchgrowjoy
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    This is a guest post from Mei Pak of The Pragmatic Designer A big challenge faced by a new business is getting your product in front of people. How can you grow your social media following and expose your product to more people if nobody knows you exist? An easy way to increase your exposure is to collaborate with people who already have lots of engaged followers.  There are so many things you can do to market your products, most of which take time and money and have no guarantee of success. Getting your product into the hands of a... The post 4 Steps to Working with Social Media Influencers…
  • Five essential elements every online store should have

    launchgrowjoy
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Do you have an online store that gets some traffic, but not enough sales? Or do you want to increase your visitor-to-buyer conversion rate, but are not sure how? That’s why I created this Five Part podcast series and you’re invited to listen! Every day over the next five days you’ll learn about a different aspect of your website and what tweaks and changes you can make to increase sales on your website. NOTE: If you don’t yet have an online store, my top two recommendations are BigCommerce and Shopify. If you are not yet subscribed to The Launch Grow... The post Five…
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  • A Different Approach to Marketing:

    Alan Brind
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Alan Brind By Victoria Munro and Dave Block Achieving success in today’s economy demands a different approach to marketing and relating to current and future clients. We can no longer rely on marketing strategies that have worked in the past. Rather, knowing that people choose to do business with those they know, like and trust, we should […] The post A Different Approach to Marketing: appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • The End of The Journey-Transitioning

    Alan Brind
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Alan Brind Business owners are generally pretty competent when it comes to managing their business, but when thinking about transitioning that business they have no idea where to start. Generally, exiting their business isn’t something in their everyday experience and therefore, they don’t know what they don’t know. Planning for Transitioning On-the-other-hand, some may understand the exit process, […] The post The End of The Journey-Transitioning appeared first on Business Broker Blog.Business Broker Blog - NEW YORK'S PREMIER BUSINESS INTERMEDIARY
  • 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
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Local Startup Print Syndicate Lands $4.25 Million in Funding

    Walker Evans
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Press Release: Print Syndicate Secures $4.25M in Funding for Transformative Real-Time Retail Business Investors Include Highly Successful Online Retail Innovators COLUMBUS, OH – October 30, 2014 – Print Syndicate, a leading apparel and home goods e-commerce company, today announced that it closed a $4.25 million Series A funding round led by Data Point Capital, the […]
  • Lewis Center Business Association Looking to Build Its Network

    Susan Post
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Over 1,000 businesses call Lewis Center home. As a part of Orange Township, the area is typically associated with Polaris and it’s mall-centric offerings. However, the Lewis Center Business Association is serving to build support among all businesses in the area. “Our mission really is to connect fellow business owners and support the local area,” […]
  • Rock Dove Farms Using Creative Funding Methods to Expand Operations

    Susan Post
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As a small business raising capital, it isn’t all venture capital firms, pitches and high-tech companies. Local organic produce grower Rock Dove Farms is taking a more creative approach to raise the funds needed to take their business to the next level. Since its start in 2010, Rock Dove has worked to refine its offerings […]
  • Timely Tips: Chamber Provides Resources So Entrepreneurs Can Be In the Know on Election Day

    Kate Neithammer
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As an entrepreneur, you’re focused on your business, but public policy can drastically affect your ability to grow. Don’t have time to keep tabs on what’s happening in the halls of government? That’s OK…we do. The Columbus Chamber wants to make sure you are well informed when you go to the polls on Nov. 4, […]
  • The Bindu Project Builds Non-Profit Social Enterprise Accelerator

    Susan Post
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the number of social enterprises grows, so does the need for support resources for these unique ventures. Providing funding for charitable start-ups during their formative stages, The Bindu Project launched on Oct. 15 to serve as non-profit social enterprise accelerator. In speaking with a number of people in her everyday life, Founder Shelley Bird was meeting […]
 
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  • What Can a Homeless Guy Learn From Sir Richard Branson?

    Matthew Toren
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wear a condom Actually, that’s what Richard Branson says is the best advice his father gave him. The world’s favourite billionaire’s dad was obviously a wise man too. So what can a homeless guy really learn from Branson? A lot. Then again, it’s fair to say we can probably all learn a lot from Branson. Many of us already have. His wisdom and philosophy inspire countless people around the world from all walks of life, from the very best people in business, politics, sports and the arts, to not so well-known people like homeless Kiwi, Jody Lloyd. That’s right, Branson’s…
  • Two Parents Turn $700 Savings Into a Million Dollar Business

    Matthew Toren
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you think of a new baby, immediately we think “sleep deprivation.” Most parents have experienced sleep issues with babies or toddlers, but one Texas couple took matters into their own hands and invented a solution to their daughter’s sleep problem. After two weeks of utter exhaustion, Stephanie was desperate to help her daughter sleep (which also meant mom and dad could finally sleep!). When their hand-sewn invention worked like magic and their baby sleep 12 straight hours the first night (and each night thereafter), the Parkers knew they had something special. The power mom and…
  • An Honest Look at Startup Health From U.S. Business Owners [Visual Survey]

    Matthew Toren
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The American Dream is alive and well with entrepreneurs starting their own business ventures left and right. While many aspiring entrepreneurs might be discouraged by the dismal survival rates of startups, others might be surprised that the beginning might not be as difficult as they thought. Intuit conducted a survey of 500 small business owners across the U.S. to better understand how startups get started, and to glean wisdom from entrepreneurs who have either succeeded or failed at starting a business. The results showed that 64% of small business owners start their business with less than…
  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

    Matthew Toren
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may think that programming all your social media messages for the weeks at a time is a good thing, but there are some serious mistakes to that strategy alone. Like any good marketing plan, a balanced blend is what’s needed to succeed and pre-programmed messages alone won’t cut it. Here are 3 tips to help you avoid scheduled social media disaster. Problem: You Look Fake When you schedule all your social media ahead of time through a service like Hootsuite, your posts all show up with a little line of subtext that discloses they’re coming from hootsuite, so everyone knows your faking…
  • 3 Reasons Not Hiring a Coach is Costing You Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may thinking a coach or a paid mentor is something you can’t afford, but the better question to ask yourself is can you really afford not to have one? Coaches come from every profession and can offer you valuable structure, insights and motivation to take your business and yourself to the next level. There is certainly a cost associated with a coach, however they can offer up time savings and experience that will super charge your success. Here are three reasons you need to hire a coach for success. Coaches Can Give You Shortcuts A great coach is someone who is occupying a position or…
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    That Bookkeeper

  • Hourly or Flat Rate: How to Charge For Your Time

    Eric Matthews
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of my favourite readers, and former guest poster Irvin emailed me recently. He suggested I write a post about how I charge for my services. It was a great idea, so here we are. Maybe I'm alone here, but I find this to be a very painful topic. Just charging money in general is painful for us introverts. Asking for raises back in my employee days was excruciating, and that was (at most) once a year. After that, I'd just submit my hours and get paid. So, apparently my brilliant idea was to go out on my own...where I'd have to ask for money each and every month. And, if I want to increase my…
  • Dropbox isn't a backup solution

    Eric Matthews
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    On a post I wrote last week about Streak for GMail I included a screenshot. That screenshot was showing off Streak's functionality, but it featured an email I received from Dropbox. Dropbox has a really handy feature called Selective Sync. With this, you can choose to only have certain sub-folders synced on a given computer. I've got an old(er) Dell laptop that I use for QuickBooks. It's from 2010, but a couple years ago I bumped up the RAM to 8GB and installed a 120GB solid state hard drive. While the performance boost was amazing, the small hard drive meant I had to be more proactive about…
  • Streak for GMail

    Eric Matthews
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I wanted to finish up the week of picks with something that covers one of the most frustrating topics I can think of...email. 20+ years after getting my first email address and I still haven't figured out the perfect system. The part of me that grew up with apps like Eudora and Outlook longs for the folder structure and advanced features of a desktop app. The part of me that has been using iPhones, OSX, and Chrome for the past several years prefers the ubiquity of GMail's web client. It seems to be a constant arms race to see which side will win my attention, so anytime I find a utility that…
  • CSV2QBO

    Eric Matthews
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:46 am
    This week I'm sharing some of my favourite utilities. On Monday I shared my love of ChronoMate. Today we're going to talk about a little app called CSV2QBO. This is definitely one of those apps that does one thing well. This is about as niche as you can get. What is it? CSV2QBO is a file conversion application from Propersoft. It runs on Mac and Windows, and it's sole purpose is to convert csv files to qbo files. I'll explain these formats in a minute. Going against my frugal nature...this isn't a free app. It's actually $47, but it has saved me so much time it's easily paid for itself a few…
  • ChronoMate

    Eric Matthews
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    This week I wanted to share with you a few of the tools I use to get things done. They're not huge apps made by gigantic companies, but they do one or two things really well and help me make the most of my busy days. Today I'll start out with ChronoMate. As I've mentioned countless times, I use FreshBooks a lot. For clients, my uses vary, but for That Bookkeeper, it's main use is time tracking. I don't sell apps, cables, or fresh baked goods. I sell my time and expertise. Just like you need to know how many chocolate chip muffins you've sold today, I need to know how many hours I worked and…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Preparing Your Workplace for Flu Season

    Barbara Weltman
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman October is the start of the flu season, which generally runs through March. Steps you take now can go a long way in creating a healthy workplace and keeping your company fully-staffed. Encourage a healthy workplace Staying healthy is the first line of defense against the flu. Sanitize work surfaces. These include telephones, keyboards, and doors of refrigerators and microwaves. Provide sanitizing wipes for this purpose. Provide information on the flu to staff (e.g., importance of getting flu shots, which may be covered by your company’s medical plan). Discourage…
  • Economy Better but Small Businesses Aren’t Hiring

    Barbara Weltman
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Various economic indicators continue to show that the U.S. economy is getting stronger: GDP is up, unemployment claims are down. How is this good news being received in the small business community? The Hartford’s 2014 Small Business Success Study found that owners are feeling better about things in general, but this isn’t translating into expanding their payrolls. Some key findings from this study: 77% feel successful (up from 70% in 2013) 56% view slow economic growth as a risk to their business (down from 67% in 2012) 40% think taxes are a major risk (down from…
  • It’ll Never Happen to You, But What if it Does?

    Barbara Weltman
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Dramatic traumatic events, like the Oklahoma beheading at the Vaughn Foods front office on September 25, is not likely to happen in your company, but what if the unspeakable should happen? Maybe something less dramatic but still traumatic could happen. Can you avert a crisis? How would you handle it if something terrible happens? It could happen to you The statistics on workplace violence are startling. According to the CDC, homicides in the workplace average 700 per year. “From 2003 to 2012 over half of the workplace homicides occurred within three occupation…
  • Should You Sign a Business Associate Agreement?

    Barbara Weltman
    9 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman No, this isn’t a contract to do business with another firm. It is an acknowledgment you may be asked to sign if you do business with a medical office or other “covered entity” and you have access through your work to protected patient information (including a patient’s name, address, and Social Security number). It requires you, as a business associate, to protect the privacy of the covered entity’s patient information. If you never do business with any covered entity, you can ignore the information about a business associate agreement, but if you now do or…
  • Business as Benefactor to Workers and Government

    Barbara Weltman
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman A century ago, businesses’ contract with workers was simple: Workers put in a certain number of hours (albeit what would be excessive in FLSA parlance) and companies paid them a fixed wage. Clearly, this is not the only thing for which companies are responsible. How and when did the change in business’s responsibilities toward workers (and the government) change? Business vis-a-vis employees This basic compact began to change in the 1940s when defense contractors used the perk of health coverage to recruit workers to their plants, according to an NPR…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • Holiday marketing in 140 characters

    brafton
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    As you plan your holiday marketing strategy, you'll want to connect with the Twitter followers you've gained over the years. However, it can be tricky to get your company's point across with just 140 character, especially if you're including links and hashtags. Inc. Magazine noted that 55 percent of Twitter users will act on promotions they see on the site, so businesses should consider amping up their presence during the holidays. Here are a few tricks to make the most of seasonal marketing on Twitter. Use visuals Just because you have a character limit doesn't mean…
  • 3 ways to boost sales on rainy days

    brafton
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    It's no secret that rainy days hurt sales in retail. When the weather is inclement, shoppers would rather stay home than don their rain gear and venture out to the store. However, there are ways you can entice customers into braving the rain. Here are three strategies for boosting your sales when the sky is gray and gloomy. 1. Create a welcoming atmosphere There's no incentive for consumers to come to your business in the rain if they're going to have to carry around a dripping umbrella and shiver in the air conditioning. However, you can bring potential customers…
  • 5 ways to celebrate Small Business Saturday

    brafton
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    On the heels of Black Friday is Small Business Saturday, a holiday spearheaded by American Express in 2010. The day has gained the support of politicians and companies around the country and spurred more than $5 billion in sales in 2012. The holiday celebrates the small businesses that make up every community and encourages shoppers to do a bit of local shopping before the holidays. Here are five ways to promote Small Business Saturday and make it a great day for your customers. 1. Create a Small Business Passport Work with other local companies to create a fun activity for families in your…
  • Remember to give thanks to customers and associates during November

    brafton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are probably many people who contribute to the continued success of your small business. The Thanksgiving season is the perfect time to let these customers, business partners and staff members know how much you appreciate their support. Here are a few ideas on how you can give thanks during November. Gift for a gift Get everyone in the holiday spirit by hosting a food drive for the community food pantry. A charitable drive is a great way to boost your brand's reputation and encourage the community to give back during the holiday season. "Thanksgiving is a perfect time for…
  • Promote democracy on Election Day with great custom products

    brafton
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    There's no better way to show your company's patriotic spirit on Election Day than with personalized promotional items. This holiday always falls on the Tuesday of the first full week in November, which is Nov. 4, 2014, and it welcomes registered voters to head to the polls and make their voice heard. Encouraging residents to cast their vote for town and state officials is a great way to show that you business is invested in the future of the community. Here are a few ways you can use marketing efforts and promotional products to celebrate democracy this Election Day. Be a…
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    Firmology

  • Meet & Greet: Tanya Prive of Onevest, Startup Investment Platform

    Tanya Prive
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: Tanya Prive Title: Co-Founder and COO Company Name: Onevest Company One Liner: Startup investing platform (equity crowdfunding) Location: New York, San Francisco, and Maryland Best Way(s) to Contact Me: Twitter @TanyaPrive1 Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I started my career in the financial media space at Forbes and FOX News where I played various roles over the course of four and a half…
  • Meet & Greet: David Haber of Bond Street, a Small Business Lending Marketplace

    David Haber
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology and resources available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: David Haber Title: CEO Company Name: Bond Street Company One Liner: Small business lending marketplace Location: New York, NY Website Address: www.onbondstreet.com Best Way(s) to Contact Me: David@onbondstreet.com Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. I grew up in San Diego with a pretty modest upbringing. I first got into starting businesses when I realized that working for $7/hr.
  • How To Implement and Manage a BYOD Policy (and Keep IT Happy)

    Dean Wiech
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implementing a “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy for your organization can be extremely beneficial, but if not done correctly can also cause several problems. One of the main reasons that companies implement BYOD is to lower their costs associated with purchasing a large number of computers or tablets. Many security issues can arise, as well as an increase in time spent by the IT department on setting up and monitoring all of the employee’s devices. Though BYOD may lower costs of technology, if not implemented correctly it can actually result in higher costs in areas such as the…
  • SMB Workforce Part 3: Values and Culture in the Workplace

    Jennifer Ludwigsen
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Organizational culture determines the tone of every business process, from policies and staffing structure to customer interaction and facility design. Your business’s culture defines the standards and unique environment your customers crave while creating value by setting you apart from the competition. How can entrepreneurs and small business owners cash in on culturally-driven positive outcomes? It starts, like most business endeavors, with a dream. Define Your End Goal Picture the perfect working scenario. How do coworkers treat each other? What does conflict resolution look like? If…
  • Are You Using Pinterest To Improve Your Branding?

    Peter LaMotte
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Visual Branding Is An Important Part of Social Media Marketing Top brands have been flocking to Pinterest for some time now and a quick look at key statistics about the hugely popular photo-sharing social media site explains why: 70+ million total Pinterest users 40 million monthly active users 23% of Pinterest users visit the site at least once daily While brands like Starbucks, Nordstrom, Whole Foods Markets and others “get” Pinterest and its vast appeal, other businesses are still struggling to see how Pinterest boards and pins can translate into prospective customers and followers.
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  • The Pain-Free Way to Create an Inbound Marketing Strategy

    Brad Smith
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Inbound marketing is a variety of activities that brings interested prospects IN to your organization. It earns the attention of potential customers by producing relevant content, developing interesting and compelling landing pages, etc. Inbound marketing naturally draws the attention of the right people (or at least it’s supposed to). And nowadays, the majority of that happens online. There’s a lot that goes into inbound marketing (blog posts, guest posts, landing pages, keyword strategies, email marketing, website forms, and MUCH more). All of these components are part of a cycle, which…
  • 13 Social Media Research Tips that Tell You “What”, “When”, and “Why”

    Brad Smith
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Getting people to answer surveys is a nightmare. But fortunately for us, survey answers are not the best solution to customer research. If actions speak louder than words, then ANALYTICS always trump SURVEYS. [Click here to tweet this quote] For example, if we’re trying to figure out “what” to tweet, “when” to tweet it, and “why” to tweet at all, then you have to look at real, live user behavior to glean insights. Luckily, there are a variety of tools and social media research tips to quickly answer these questions if you’re not afraid to…
  • 3 Killer B2B Content Marketing Examples

    Brad Smith
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The value and ROI of content marketing varies wildly by industry. But content marketing works BEST in the least likely place: old, stodgy B2B industries. Why? Because these industries usually have complex products or services and a long, consultative sales cycle. Content creation, optimization and promotion helps you scale your efforts by addressing each stage of the buying cycle and speeding up the learning curve through educational or insightful content in different formats. The Catch-22 however, is that most B2B companies think they’re too “boring” to make it work.
  • Why Your SEO Keyword Strategy is Broken (And How to Fix It)

    Brad Smith
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Keyword rankings are flawed. Everyone’s search engine result pages (SERPs) are currently being personalized based on the following information: Your past browsing history Your physical location And your social media connections That means the individual keyword rankings are personalized too. So you and I, searching for the same keyphrase, will undoubtedly see different results. But wait, it gets worse… Keyphrase-specific data is disappearing at an alarming rate. That means when you login to Google Analytics (or any other popular analytics program), your organic keyword data is…
  • How Understanding Consumer Behavior Cures Low Sales

    Brad Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In 1995, Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business from Columbia University, conducted a study about jam. She set up a sample booth of Wilkin & Sons jams in a California gourmet market and switched from offering a selection of 24 jams to a group of 6 jams every few hours. Each customer tasted (on average) 2 jam flavors regardless of the size of the assortment. And each of them received a coupon for $1 off of one jam. Here’s where the study gets interesting… Only 40% of customers stopped for the small assortment, while 60% paused for the large one. BUT – a whopping 30% of people…
 
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Top 6 things to tell angry customers

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    This is a guest post from Cassi Heger Customers become angry for a variety of reasons and it is important to know how to calm them down and help them out. While learning and understanding the importance of “hearing” them and understanding the problems they experiencing, regular training either through call center workforce management programs […]
  • Moving from the era of CRM (Customer Relationship Management) to the era of CMR (Customer Managed Relationships) – Interview with Geraldine McBride of MyWave

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Today’s interview is with Geraldine McBride, CEO of MyWave, a next generation CRM solution that puts the customer in charge of their data and their experience. Geraldine joins me today to talk about MyWave, the emerging Personal Information Management (PIM)/Customer Managed Relationship (CMR) space and how we are moving from the era of CRM (Customer […]
  • How not to handle the option to queue jump in customer service

    adrianswinscoe
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    Recently, EE in the UK introduced a new feature, called Priority Answer, that allows its customers to pay £0.50 ($0.81) to jump the queue on customer service calls. EE is one of the largest telecoms firm in the UK and serves around 28 million customers via it’s T-Mobile, Orange and 4GEE brands. The new service, […]
  • Five key trends that will define the future of customer service – Interview with David Mattin of trendwatching.com

    adrianswinscoe
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    #173966573 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with David Mattin, Head of Trends & Insights at trendwatching.com, who help over 260,000 subscribers and 1,200+ clients understand the new consumer and uncover innovation opportunities through their reports and trend watching services. David joins me today to talk about their September 2014 Trend Briefing – The Future Of […]
  • What big businesses can teach us about customer service

    adrianswinscoe
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    #474965805 / gettyimages.com This is a guest post by Rob Young at MOO. Whether you’re a big business, a start-up or a family-run company, providing excellent customer service is something we all aspire to. Good customer service needn’t cost the earth, so while you mightn’t have the budget of a big name company, it is […]
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    EnMast

  • Not driving enough traffic to your blog? You’re not doing these 6 things

    Brad Farris
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    So you’ve decided to start blogging. Great! Blogging is a great way for professionals to demonstrate their expertise, build trust, and cultivate leads and drive more traffic to your site. Your blog also provides great content for an email newsletter that can keep you and your business fresh in the minds of prospects and referrals. We know that getting yourself writing was a challenge of it’s own, but you’re past that. You are regularly producing content; but it’s discouraging. The traffic to the blog is still low. How can you get more of the right people to visit your…
  • How to sell: How business owners can sell in this day and age

    Brad Farris
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Many of you might know that Tesla, a high-end luxury electric car company, has been in an ongoing battle in the news with car dealerships and lawmakers over their right to sell directly to consumers. But shouldn’t we be able to sell cars online right now? For over a hundred years, America’s car makers have sold through car dealerships, and Tesla wants the ability to sell directly to consumers …online. The model of car dealers and franchises was originally set up so that car buyers would have somewhere to take a new car to get it fixed. But we all know that’s not an…
  • Meet EnMast Member Corinne Flanagan, of US Tube Supply

    Devan Perine
    25 Oct 2014 | 11:59 am
    We’d like to introduce you to Corinne Flanagan, Chief Financial Officer of U.S Tube Supply. They’re a wholesale supplier of steel pipe and tube materials throughout the United States and Canada. They’re a husband and wife team with a few employees located in St. Petersburg, Florida! What made you decide to start a business? My husband and I started the business in 2009 for several reasons. First of all, we wanted to find a way to utilize our past business experience, education, and personal creativity in building a company of our own. We have the opportunity to work on what is…
  • How to organize a conference for small business owners

    Devan Perine
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jill just got done organizing a conference for her company, The Founding Moms called FMCON here in Chicago. She learned quite a lot about what it’s like running a conference, and how much work it entails. She shares her top tips on how to organize a conference on this episode of Breaking Down Your Business with Brad. PLUS they talk to small business owners Nate Burgos is the founder of Design Feast, and Anna Stout is the founder of Astute Communications. Running a business can feel lonely — hopefully this episode will help you see that you’re not alone in it! (Podcast…
  • 5 common IT mistakes small business owners make

    Pierre Namroud
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Equipping your business with the proper IT tools and solutions right from the get-go can make all the difference to get your business processes running smoothly and efficiently. Nowadays, there are very affordable solutions out there, allowing SMEs to be equipped with the best software systems. Unfortunately, not all SBOs take the proper measures when it comes to their business’ IT needs. As an IT consultant and provider, I have seen my fair share of IT mistakes made at companies of all sizes. One company in particular will always stand out for me as they made not one but several of the…
 
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implement eco-friendly standards not only shows interest in the environment, but also the company's ability to optimize the use of their resources.Sustainable and eco-friendly production practices remain a high priority for us, especially working within the print industry – which can be harmful to the environment is not managed well. So how can you help your business to be as green as possible whilst continuing to print attractive, high-quality resources and materials? At Elanders Print, we work incredibly hard to ensure that our materials, processes and business standards are as…
  • Securing the Financial Future of Your Business

    Deimar Gutierrez
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    How do you make your business financially secure? The world of business and enterprise has always been a cutthroat industry, but the exponential rise of digital technology has made it even more so, with new competition seemingly springing up on every corner. This has forced even the biggest brands and largest corporations to sit up, take stock and fiercely guard their prime position. However, with every competition there are winner and losers, and the 21st century has seen market leaders fall by the wayside because of an unwillingness to change and adapt, as well as poor financial…
  • Global Business Outsourcing (Infographic)

    Deimar Gutierrez
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Why outsourcing could save your business. The global market size of the outsourced services industry was worth $82.9 billion in revenue in 2013. Outsourcing is big business, and one of the key trends is the rise of offshore outsourcing where a company outsources a portion of its work overseas typically to keep costs down. The benefits of outsourcing include keeping costs down, transferring risk, attaining specific expertise that companies don’t have access to in house, invaluable access to technologies that companies don’t have the time to learn or the budget to implement…
  • The Science Behind a Great Workspace

    Deimar Gutierrez
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The spaces we occupy affect us psychologically, and therefore impact our creativity and performance at work. Neuroscience has proven that our brain is malleable even in our adulthood. The surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind. In this line of thought, the spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. Thus we can conclude that our work space has a big impact on both our psychological well-being and performance. Considering the amount of time an employee spends at work it is…
  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

    Deimar Gutierrez
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The early days of an employee in a company are crucial not only for their short and long-term performance but also on their satisfaction and engagement with the organization.Related post: Why Employees Quit Their Job To achieve this, companies must understand that "the success of the first day of work is determinated by how the company supports and encourages employees to (1) Demonstrate what they bring to the company, (2) Generate impact on their position from day one, and (3) Create social bonds within the company." Read more about "What Drives a Successful Onboarding Process." A…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 7 Actionable Tips to Increase Content Downloads

    Kayla Matthews
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    By Kayla Matthews The more marketing collateral you have at your disposal, the better – assuming, of course, that people are actually downloading those assets. But the path from creating content to actually having that content be consumed can be a rocky one. Because of that, it’s important you do all that is within your power to encourage your audience to download your strongest assets, like case studies, eBooks and white papers. With that in mind, let’s take a look at seven tips you can consider when trying to figure out how to get more eyeballs on your content. 1. Make Sure Your…
  • 5 Rules of Emotional Intelligence for Small Business Owners

    Emily Suess
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Emily Suess Part of operating a successful small business is understanding how emotions affect our employees, our clients, and our customers. Whether dealing with joy or sorrow, anger or complacency, emotions can both help and hinder productivity. Part of being an emotionally intelligent boss is learning to anticipate emotional responses and use them to create a more productive workplace. Acknowledge Your Employees Are Human The people that work for you are not robots, and acknowledging and accepting the range of emotions experienced by your employees on a day-to-day basis can help relax…
  • What to Do When Your Business Becomes Your Life

    Richard Titus
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:10 am
    By Richard Titus Having a business that you love and feel passionate about can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Not only does a great business bring you financial rewards, but it also adds to a person’s life creatively, socially, and even spiritually. Having a business you feel passionate about can also have its drawbacks, particularly when it demands so much of your time that it and your life become one in the same. In order to live a life that feels manageable and balanced, it’s important for people to separate their work time from their personal time. If you’re…
  • 6 Tips for Conducting Skype Interviews

    Emily Suess
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    By Emily Suess Video conferencing technologies like Skype make it easier for small business owners to interview remote workers, contractors, and new hires who don’t currently live locally. Here’s how to get through a video conference interview successfully and attract top talent from virtually anywhere in the world. 1. Test your technology. Before the interview, do a test run to verify that your Internet connection and software are working as intended. Don’t just open Skype and check your WiFi signal, place an actual call to someone and make sure they can hear you and see…
  • The Road to Success Through Paid Social Amplification [Infographic]

    Jennifer Landry
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    By Jennifer Landry Whether you’re part of a large company or run a small business, advertising is an important aspect in any marketing campaign. Unfortunately, the traditional marketing and advertising process has changed significantly just in the past decade. In fact, 95 percent of people do not trust traditional advertising. Instead, people are turning to customer reviews and social media to help make with their purchasing decisions. These social networks are now one of the most influential tools available to companies if they want to increase brand recognition and interest. While…
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Celebrating Small Business in Canada

    CorporationCentre.ca
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    This week we celebrate small businesses in Canada during Small Business Week!To show our appreciation for entrepreneurship, we’re offering dollar business incorporations on October 22nd and 23rd. Incorporate for only one dollar to save your business time and money by letting us do the paperwork for you!Small businesses create thousands of jobs every year and employ over 7 million people nationwide, making them essential to a strong economy. Incorporating your small business gives you the peace of mind of limited liability and perpetual existence, and the credibility that comes with the…
  • Restoring your attention span

    CorporationCentre.ca
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    The rapid march of technology in our times is truly remarkable, and shows no sign of abetting. Smart phones exemplify this trend: over the past decade they have become as ubiquitous as credit cards—even the majority of schoolchildren in our society seem to own one. In fact, the presence of smart phones in our lives has become so prominent, that many of us strain to recall how we managed to function with landlines and dial-up internet just fifteen years ago.While the advantages of this development are clear—extraordinary connectivity with the people in our lives, and an unprecedented…
  • Emotional Intelligence: Another Kind of Smart

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    In addition to integrity and resoluteness in decision-making, great leaders often possess an intangible knack for mobilizing people of disparate backgrounds, personalities, and values toward common goals—maximizing the potential of the team.How do they do it?Over the past three decades, researchers have identified emotional intelligence as a crucial component of professional success, self-actualization, and exemplary leadership.What is emotional intelligence?Emotional intelligence, sometimes abbreviated as EI or EQ, is a term that first appeared in the 1980s, and came into popular usage…
  • The Write Way: Effective Business Writing

    CorporationCentre.ca
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    It’s hard to overstate the importance of effective writing to the success of a business endeavour. The words you choose to describe your idea, product, or service can make or break a prospective transaction, and attract or repel clients. Furthermore, proficiency in writing can make the difference between being perceived as a consummate professional, or an overweening amateur.The basics always matterIn the era of spell-check, it’s easier to avoid egregious spelling errors than it was in the past. But there is a pitfall: when we rely on technology to correct our mistakes for us, we risk…
  • Establishing Success in 10 Seconds

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    It’s an old cliché that you only get one chance to make a first impression, but unlike with the opposite sex, if practice made perfect it means that all that time spent practicing amounts to dollars left on the table just trying to get it right. You can read over the volumes of thick tomes dedicated to unraveling the mystery as to what to say to make the perfect first impression, or simply be aware of the fact that a first impression of you is made even before you open your mouth – the implications this has for business are unfathomable.A couple of compelling theories to considerIn a…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Commercial Finance Update: October 2014

    Trey
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Happy New Year! (In October?) The SBA’s fiscal year began on October 1st, so SBA lenders nationwide are working on their resolutions. Probably lots of the usual stuff: eat better, quit smoking, join a gym, do more loans, etc. We’re not big on new year’s resolutions, so we’ll just keep helping small business owners. Business as usual. We’ll probably take a break to do some Halloweening later this month, but that won’t deter us from providing the best commercial real estate financing experience for small business owners nationwide. Featured Project: Safe…
  • Apple Ruined Our Smartphone App *UPDATED*

    Trey
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Every time Apple releases an iOS update, we have to scramble to fix whatever problems it causes with our iPhone app. Sometimes the problems are minimal, but sometimes the app is rendered unusable. The process is compounded because we didn’t develop the app in-house and we don’t have any mobile developer types on staff who can troubleshoot and fix even minor issues. In case you hadn’t heard, Apple’s recent release of iOS 8 has gone poorly so far. The initial rollout was a little buggy, so Apple released an update (8.0.1) on Wednesday. Users immediately complained that…
  • September Commercial Finance Update: Construction Edition

    Trey
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Construction projects accounted for 62% of our lending activity last year. It wasn’t always that way, but the past few years have been construction-heavy for us. We’ve become pretty darn good at this type of lending (if we do say so ourselves) and that’s good news for you. When you or your clients get stymied by lenders who aren’t keen on financing construction/renovation projects, we’re only a phone call or email away.  Featured Project: - North Magnolia Properties, LLC – Orlando, Florida – $3.9 million total project cost (acquisition/construction) –…
  • How to handle mistakes like Downton Abbey

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Even if you don’t watch it, surely you’ve heard of the British show Downton Abbey. Two weeks ago they released a series of publicity photos for the upcoming season and one photo in particular got all the attention, but for all the wrong reasons. The stars of the show were dressed in full period garb (the show takes place in the 1920s) but someone had left a plastic water bottle on the mantle behind the two actors. Plastic bottles of course, were not introduced until the 1960s. As you can imagine, the internet went crazy making fun of the show for their oversight. The show could have…
  • Marketing Lessons from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    admin
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The remake of the 1990s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the top grossing movie in the box office for the second week running. It’s surprised most of the experts by dethroning Marvel’s latest offering (Guardians of the Galaxy), and holding off the third installment of the star-studded Expendables franchise (not a huge feat, but still). Beyond all those accolades, as this article in Forbes explains, Paramount’s strategy for TMNT is a case study in targeted marketing. The film was a smash without needing to be omnipresent in the run-up to its debut; marketers of the film…
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    RunApptivo

  • Factors to consider before turning your hobby into a business in the coming year

    Maya Pillai
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Hobbies are a great way to unwind and relax. People derive a lot of satisfaction and enjoyment by indulging in their hobbies. It is a good idea to make your hobby into your business. This way you will be doing something you enjoy and are passionate about while also making money and fulfill your business goals. However, running a business is quite different than just having a hobby. We look at factors to consider before turning your hobby into a business: Will the hobby help you reach your business goals – The first step is to identify what you really want for yourself and your business.
  • How to motivate your employees in the contemporary business scenario

    Maya Pillai
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Employees are the engines that drive various businesses. They are also the public face of companies. Their levels of individual happiness and work productivity have a direct and significant impact on business image, revenues and profits. We look at ways to keep your employees motivated as well as in good spirits. Be up-to-date -The modern business environment is constantly changing and evolving. Remember what motivated your employees in the past may not work today. Employees are looking beyond financial remuneration and good leadership. Listen first and listen well with empathy – Engage…
  • Tips to keep your business moving forward

    Maya Pillai
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    The world is a constantly changing place. It is important that your business keeps on changing to remain relevant and competitive. Your business needs to keep moving forward in order to survive and grow irrespective of the economic situation or other factors beyond your control. We look at some valuable tips that will help your business keep moving forward: Make a detailed plan- This will give you clarity of vision. It will help you note down what you want to achieve and how to go about achieving it. Also, it will guarantee you don’t forget anything important – a lot better than relying…
  • Are you geared up for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2014 sales

    Maya Pillai
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    In the year 2013, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales had increased by 15% and 18% respectively. This report was released by a trend tracking firm, ComScore. They also reported that there’s a probability of a greater increase in the after Thanksgiving sales in 2014. It’s the time of the year when you should get the most possible sales. Have you made the necessary preparation to meet the demands of your customers? It’s the era of mobile browsing and shopping. It goes without saying that the sales happen through social referrals.  Here are a few things that merchants can do to get the…
  • How to handle difficult customers

    Maya Pillai
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    All businesses have to deal with disgruntled customers at some point of time. Some customers may have genuine grievances while some may not. In either case, one must learn to handle the customer as well as the situation properly. We take a look at different strategies and techniques to handle difficult customers. Be specific - When the customer is making general complaint, ask the customer to be specific. Then provide specific and measurable solutions for his problem. It is a good idea to give a time frame in which the issue will be resolved. Agreeing with the customer doesn’t always help -…
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    Best Small Biz Help

  • Accounting for the Numberphobic; Book Rally!

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    We’re celebrating! Come join us live from The King’s College in New York City at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time tonight. Sign on here: Numberphobic Book Rally with Dawn Fotopulos. #knowyournumbers! Change the future of small business!    
  • 3 Tips To Launch a New Small Business- Hanley Mellon Live!

    Dawn Fotopulos
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Hanley Mellon showcased their beautiful new line of designer ready to wear at the Hudson Mercantile building in New York City.         It was a very elegant affair, with models, posing amidst the beach grass in the center of the room as paparazzi clicked away. The photo above was from Nicole Hanley […]
  • 911 Tribute to Small Business

    Dawn Fotopulos
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Small Business and 911 There were so many casualties that day. My heart goes out to all the families who lost loved ones. One casualty that rarely gets attention is what happened to the small businesses that closed because they couldn’t afford to pay their bills while the area near their stores was devastated by […]
  • Tribute to Joan Rivers on the Ed Sullivan Show

    Dawn Fotopulos
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Joan Rivers on Ed Sullivan Joan Rivers was genuinely funny. I miss her early days when her self-deprecating humor and keen observation of every-day life and relationships made all of us take ourselves far less seriously. She made us laugh when all the evening news would broadcast was the Vietnam War, the gas crisis and […]
  • How Small Businesses Can Save Green While Going Green

    Dawn Fotopulos
    3 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Greening your business is a smart move but it also can be an expensive one. Alternative energy sources are often more costly; the same goes for many things marketed as recycled or upcycled. While certainly well worth it considering that big businesses are often capable of doing more to clean up the earth than individuals […]
 
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • Matching Keyword Relevance with Domain Name – The Google Way

    Donna Amos
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    Obviously most of the effort if not every effort we extend is aimed at propelling our businesses at the top of Google’s SERPs. Not that we do not have other search engines, there are hundreds of other search engines out there. But then only Google matters! Once you get at the top of Google, chances are that you will also rank very well in all other search engines. It is not automatic, but what the heck! This week we are going to take a nose dive into the world of Google, we will look at how Google connects your keywords with the domain name and if this actually goes beyond the domain name.
  • 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Website

    Donna Amos
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    If you are responsible for marketing your business, then there’s no doubt you are aware of just how important it is that you have a strong presence online. There are many ways of developing this presence, from social media sites to blogs, and you should be taking advantage of all of them. One of the latest, most effective ways of taking full advantage of the online marketing potential is by using a mobile website. A mobile website is just what it sounds like – a website specifically designed to be viewed on mobile devices. So, why does your business need a mobile website if its…
  • 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…
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    We Can Help Your Monetize Your Passion!

  • Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015

    Michelle
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    changes have been made to the ISO9001:2015 QMS standard. Some of the changes are going to make it easier for a Quality Manager to manage their system, but... You might also be interested in these:    Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  Service Feedback For A Job Well Done  What is Your Customer Relationship Management Strategy?Copyright © We Can Help Your Monetize Your Passion! All Right Reserved. 2014.Powered by Readers…
  • Business Brilliance Mastermind Group

    Michelle
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Share your business brilliance with other like minded business owners at your level to achieve outstanding results in your profits and performance. Together we can: develop win-win partnerships build relationships help each other grow, raise revenue, and significantly increase profits share ideas and have fun doing it educate and learn from each other build on […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That…
  • My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business

    Michelle
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    These free & cheap marketing tools for small business will save you money and time Below is my favourite list of free marketing tools you can use for online sales and marketing. Email marketing is a brilliant strategy to keeping in touch with your customers and keeping them informed. Some of my favourite email marketing […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  Service Feedback For A Job Well Done…
  • New Google SSL Rules

    Michelle
    7 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This infographic was posted by James Schramko on 23 August 2014. New Google SSL rules. A bit confusing maybe, but something you should know if you have a website as Google has changed the rules again. Ask your host for help or contact SuperFastBusiness With James Schramko You might also be interested in these:    Changes […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase…
  • Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales

    Michelle
    19 Dec 2013 | 7:06 pm
    Looking for local marketing strategies that increase sales? Below is SlideShare presentation I created – Top 10 Tips for Increasing Local Sales to test the rankings for keywords. I came across SlideShare while searching for very competitive keywords and there are people on SlideShare with hundreds of thousands of views. So for a short list of […] You might also be interested in these:    Changes to ISO 9001 Standard for 2015  Business Brilliance Mastermind Group  New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business…
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    Funding Gates Community

  • The Small Business Guide To Using Instagram

    Diana Mackie
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Instagram has 2 million monthly active users and gets 1.6 BILLION “likes” each and every day. As more and more main stream brands are joining Instagram, having a business presence there will come to be expected.  There are many worthy reasons besides “everyone else is doing it” for getting your business on Instagram, including directly increasing sales and highly valuable, FREE marketing opportunities. Some may even believe using Instagram is for business is the optimum way to use the social tool. Here is our guide for small business owners on how they can…
  • How To Be the Star of Local Networking and Business Development Opportunities

    Funding Gates Blog
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    As a small business owner, you have to wear a lot of hats. On a day-to-day basis, you may find yourself acting as bookkeeper, customer service manager, CEO, marketing strategist, or a combination of them all. One crucial responsibility of any small business owner is on-going business development. Different types of organizations approach business development differently, but whatever the strategy, everyone (yes, even you!) can benefit from seeking out networking opportunities to promote growth. Networking, when done well and with the right people, develops new sales leads and partnerships.
  • Raising Capital For Your Small Business: Debt or Equity?

    Barbara Weltman
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    If you need money to start or expand a business, which is the better way to do it: borrow money or bring in investors? The answer will be different for each business. Here are some factors for your consideration. What is Debt? What is Equity? In deciding between debt and equity, understand your relationship to the party with the money: Debt means taking on the obligation to repay the amount of funds that have been advanced to you, plus interest stated in the loan agreement. Your ability to borrow depends on your creditworthiness because the lender wants to be sure of repayment. For a small…
  • The Small Business Guide to Zoning Laws & Building Permits

    Funding Gates Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Running a small business is not just about providing your product or service. Sure, you have to do the obvious things like stay on top of the competition, pay your bills, and thrill your customers and clients. But small business ownership also comes with a slew of regulations, which differ depending on your location, the structure of your business, and your industry. Here is a beginner’s guide to the basics for starting a business: zoning laws, building permits, and commercial licensing. I. Small Business Zoning Laws Cities and towns are usually divided into ordinances, which specify…
  • 3 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know About Apple Pay

    Funding Gates Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    When Apple announced the rollout of Apple Pay with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus earlier this fall, it became clear that the mobile wallet is here to stay. Google Wallet introduced the idea in 2011, but concerns about privacy in a near field communication (NFC) payment system have persisted. Already, six banks, 31 businesses, and 18 apps are participating in Apple Pay, with more to join later this year. But what does this mean for small businesses? It’s certainly a great way to build trust with your customers, something that is uniquely important to small businesses and their…
 
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  • Cheapskate prospects

    Jon Stow
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:50 am
    Well, a cheapskate is not really a prospect, as why would you take on a client who was not prepared to pay you a proper fee or have any respect for what you can do for them? The other day I had a call from a guy who asked if my business was something I ran “on the side”. He meant, “Do you have a “real” job working for someone else, and are you just making extra pennies on your evenings and weekends?” In other words, was I going to be cheap? I told him my business provided my living and my fees reflected the benefit he would get from my services. I did not bother with the list of…
  • How to lose a customer in one easy lesson

    Jon Stow
    13 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    A couple of weeks ago I needed to buy some software and found a company that seemed to offer what I wanted: a single license for a one-off project. I chose them because although I am very happy with my current supplier (this is for tax compliance) I needed a program for a back year which they could not supply to me. I downloaded the program, found the license key, emailed for an activation key, and waited… several hours when I wanted to get the job done. Eventually I had the email in reply, copied and pasted the key, and Hey Presto, the program worked. I duly entered the required…
  • Where we are now

    Jon Stow
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    Canary Wharf from Excel Centre (Photo credit: Jon Stow) We can all look back and regret decisions we have made. I could if I felt like it. Should I have been more serious about that girl? Should I have had ambitions to be a Lloyd’s broker when I was a lad? Should I have accepted a posting in the Far East? Should I have taken that job? Should I have left that job? We did not know then what we know now. We started our businesses based on what we knew then. We have learned along the way, and with hindsight we can see our mistakes. That is called experience. As long as we learn from it, we…
  • Are your prospects in harmony with your business?

    Jon Stow
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:33 am
    I guess we can all make a splash once to get noticed, and a joke might be the way to do it. Will prospects really remember a business for the one joke, repeated over and over again, or will they get bored? Here is eHarmony’s current ad in the UK:         I would rather that my potential clients felt they could relate to my business and feel comfortable that I could give them what they wanted. Here is a confession. I have played the dating agency game, and did computer-dating back in the Seventies and Eighties (yes, they had computers then). I would far rather have…
  • Unreliability, sickies and trust

    Jon Stow
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    Rayleigh Market – Photo credit: Jon Stow A long time ago, when I worked in London, I had a female colleague who called in sick on a Thursday every four weeks. No one thought too much of it and if we are honest, we supposed there might be a biological reason for her absence and she had our sympathy. At least she had our sympathy until one day one of my work-mates who lived in the same town saw her on a “sickie Thursday” selling on a market stall. Obviously she was rostered by the family to work the stall every four weeks on market day. I am not sure who actually “grassed up” my…
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  • The Frightening Decline of Distribution of Wealth

    Tim Berry
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Today is Blog Action Day, an annual tradition since 2008, and this year’s theme is inequality. It’s hashtags are #BAD2014 #Blogaction14, #Inequality, #Oct16. It’s scary to me that we don’t all take better distribution of wealth as automatically important, and self evident. I remember being a kid, in the 1950s and 1960s, when everybody I knew, everybody in the mainstream news media, and everybody anybody talked to, assumed that concentration of wealth in just a few hands was a symptom of an underdeveloped, third-world economy. We who lived in the United States, we all agreed, were…
  • Don’t Underestimate the Power of Fear

    Tim Berry
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Whether you’re making a speech before thousands of people in an auditorium or just two people in the small conference room, there are professionals who proclaim confidence is key. Stay poised – be bold – win your audience with self-confidence. I’ve noticed a much different pattern with myself, though, when public speaking. It came up again just this week when I did a segment at the Ready to Launch conference in New York, sponsored by Entrepreneur.com and Canon. (That’s me on Tuesday in the image here … and my thanks to fellow-speaker Ivana Taylor of DIYMarketers…
  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

    Tim Berry
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Yesterday somebody posted an interesting comment on the bottom of my post ‘How to Sell an Idea to a Big Company.’ Sadly, that post explains to people why they can’t sell their ideas to big companies. Most of the 70-some comments there are from people who ignore what the post says and share how great their ideas are. This one is slightly different. This commenter This person acknowledges the problem, as follows: How do I sell not an idea but my involvement in creating ideas to a reputable company? Is there a way for me to work (preferably from home) and continually provide my endless…
  • When So-called Experts Say Don’t Do a Business Plan…

    Tim Berry
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    … don’t be confused. What they really mean is …  Don’t do a long static formal business plan. Do a lean, just-big-enough business plan. Deal with it as a constantly-renewing latest version, with a shelf life of a few weeks at most. Don’t fill it with excess supporting information. They won’t even look at a business plan until after they’ve understood the main points from a summary memo, and — in most cases — been through the pitch and met the people. The idea that potential investors would read a business plan as a first step, from somebody they’ve never met, without…
  • 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…
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  • Tucker the Tiger Scentsy Buddy

    Christine
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    So we had a gorgeous little dragon Scentsy Buddy named Scout that sold out, so they've introduced a brand new Scentsy Buddy mid season called Tucker the Tiger!!! Isnt he adorable.  He will be available to purchase in the UK and Europe from November 10th.  What are Scentsy Buddies?  They have a little pouch in the back with a zipper that can fit a scent pak.  You can pick from a multiple list of your choice of scents and it makes the stuffed animal smell gorgeous.  You dont need to heat the scent pak, it works without.  Its quite comforting for kids to sleep with…
  • Spring Sprint 2015 UK/Europe dates 2015

    Christine
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Every year we get together with the homeoffice twice a year, in February and August.  This year they are doing things a bit differently and doing multiple cities which is sooo exciting!!  Home Office do training, you get freebies and its a chance to socialise and make friends and network with fellow Scentsy consultants.  If you are interested in coming along let me know and we can get you joined up in plenty of time to take advantage of this event. If you have any more questions about what its like as a consultant feel free to visit me on my Facebook page....HERE.  Please…
  • Sunday in Richmond Park, London

    Christine
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    I've been wanting to do more of non Scentsy posts on this blog for a while.  Chance for you to get to know me better and it breaks posts up of course. I want a chance to show you more of my photography too.  I have another blog but decided what's the point of having all these other websites when I can barely keep up the Scentsy blog I've got. I went with my partner James to Richmond Park today which is on the outskirts of London.  I've been to Richmond Park for running races before but never fully explored Richmond Village and the park or seen the deer.  The deer roam…
  • Scentsy Christmas Collection 2014

    Christine
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I'm a bit late posting this but Here's the Holiday Collection Scentsy has put out for the 2014 Christmas season.  That said, in less than 20 days they've already sold out on the red bauble.  Merry and Bright is no more.  These Christmas Warmers are limited edition, so only a finite amount of them in existence and this one went fast.  So if you see any of these others that you like that you want, its best to act as quickly as you can!!! If you need advice on scents to go with your new Christmas warmers let me know! Scentsy Christmas Warmers 2015
  • No Place Like Home Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The No Place Like Home Scentsy Warmer is one of my personal favourites for new warmers in the Autumn/Winter Catalogue.  It looks even better in real life and pictures just dont do it justice.  Its a dark red house with a black roof and little lights giving a cozy home feel.  You can leave off the top or put the top on.  The scent escapes through the little stars which if you didnt know are symbols for Scentsy!!  This is a QUALITY warmer, not your cheap-o tea light burners for sure! Want to make your house feel like a duvet day?  Combine this warmer with Autumn…
 
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  • Does Your A/C Unit Need a New Motor?

    siteadmin
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Your air conditioner is a complicated piece of equipment, but it is also one of the most important pieces of equipment in your home. When you live in places like Glendale and Phoenix where the temperatures routinely reach the triple digits in the summer, any disruption in service could create not just an extremely comfortable situation, but also one that is hazardous to your health. One of the most common parts to need repair or replacement is the motor. While you don’t want to rebuild the motor or repair it yourself, you should be aware of the signs that there could be a problem so you…
  • The Benefits of a Properly Insulated Home

    siteadmin
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    In Phoenix our summer heat can be extremely brutal, no question about that. Your air conditioning is often running full-blast all day long and home owners start to wonder about that extra expense, which is one of the necessary evils of living in the desert. Your air conditioning expense doesn’t have to be as big as what you’re currently paying to keep your home cool. Properly insulating your home can cut the costs of air conditioning in the summer months and, additionally, it can also help lower your heating bill in the winter. Good insulation keeps the cold air (or heat) circulating…
  • Cool Touch Offers Air & Heating Services for Goodyear AZ

    siteadmin
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    Goodyear is a suburban community in the southwest portion of metropolitan Phoenix Arizona featuring more than 188 square miles of plains, rivers and the beautiful Estrella Mountains. With a rich, rewarding quality of life and tremendous community spirit, Goodyear was the recipient of two prestigious national awards in 2008: the All-America City and City Livability awards. Today, Goodyear is a city of relaxed sophistication, where you will feel at home right away. Goodyear AZ Forbes recently named Phoenix one of the country’s next big boomtowns. As one of the fastest-growing regions in the…
  • How an Air Conditioner Actually Works

    siteadmin
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The first modern air conditioning system was developed in 1902 by a young electrical engineer named Willis Haviland Carrier. It was designed to solve a humidity problem at the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, N.Y. Paper stock at the plant would sometimes absorb moisture from the humid summer air, making it difficult to apply the layered inking techniques of the time. Mr. Carrier treated the air inside the building by blowing it across chilled pipes. The air cooled as it passed across the cold pipes, and since cool air can’t carry as much moisture as…
  • 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. 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 smaller units or one…
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    PowerHomeBiz.com

  • Web Site Design is About Planning and Thinking, Not Technology

    Eric Gruber
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com How do you design an effective Web site? Creating a Web site goes beyond the technical and design aspects. Rather, you need to carefully think and plan about your Web site, even before you touch your mouse. This article was written by Eric Gruber for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: New Year: Strategic Thinking and Planning How to Design a Website: 3 Rules to Remember Do You Own the Copyrights of Your Website Design?
  • Tips for Women Home Business Entrepreneurs

    Isabel Isidro
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Women in business are becoming commonplace. Get tips for women home business entrepreneurs from Lesley Spencer, the founder and director of Home Based Working Moms This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: What Motivates Women to Start a Business? 5 Common Problems of Women Small-Business Owners How Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs Succeed
  • How to Turn a Hobby Web Site into a Business

    Isabel Isidro
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Majority of the web sites that compose the millions of sites on the Web are operated by enthusiasts and hobbyists. Learn how Darnell McGavock turned his love for soul food cooking into a successful small business website. This article was written by Isabel Isidro for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Sell Advertising on Your Web Site How to Turn from a Hobbyist to a Business Owner Usability: One Key to Web Site Success
  • How to Recession-Proof Your Retail Business

    Ted Hurlbut
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com We are living in a more competitive environment amidst unstable economic and political certainties. Learn the ways you can recession-proof your retail business. This article was written by Ted Hurlbut for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Recession-Proof Your Business: Small Business Survival Guide Managing Retail Price-Point and Margin Pressures Selling a Sense of Urgency in Retail
  • 5 Tips to Reduce Risk When Starting a Small Business

    Brendon Pack
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Like many adventures, taking a headfirst dive into a shiny new small business involves taking a big leap of faith. Learn some of the basic measures you can put in place to reduce this risk and give yourself the best chance of being successful. This article was written by Brendon Pack for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Limit Your Risk and Minimize Cost When Starting a Business Minimize the Risk to Your Personal Credit When Starting a New Business 8 Tips to Reduce Shopping Cart Abandonment
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  • The Secret to a Totally *Sweet* Brand

    Barbara Austin
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Be yourself already! No, seriously…that’s IT. And it seems so easy…so simple…so OBVIOUS. But it’s not. It’s actually kind of hard, especially if you get caught up in the whirlwind of trying to appear overly professional…or trying to put up a front… And then there’s the fear of vulnerability, and putting oneself out there in […]
  • My #1 Tip for Putting Your Ideas Into ACTION

    Barbara Austin
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Today, I’m trying something new! I’ve decided to experiment with doing occasional “visually-rich” posts: sort of like a video-blog, except it’s not a video—it’s a 2D image with a simple tip baked in. And little-to-no extra words. Fun for me to create, and easier for you to “digest” quickly and then get on with your […]
  • Sweet Brand!: How James Avery Makes Southern Gals Like Me Swoon (3 Ways to Be Irresistible to Your Customers)

    Barbara Austin
    7 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    {The Sweet Brand! series appears on the 1st Monday of each month, and features awesome niche brands, small companies, solo businesswomen, and even celebrity brand personalities. The purpose of this series is to introduce you to businesses that are kickin’ it in their brand, and to point out what they’re doing right—principles that you can […]
  • 4 Secrets to Publishing Your Own Digital Magazine

    Barbara Austin
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I won’t lie—publishing a digital magazine is a lot of work. But, I just keep going back for more…because obviously it’s a great way to gain new subscribers (some of whom later become my clients)…but also, I just love the medium, and I have a blast designing each mag! I’ve done four in all, and […]
  • Crafting a New Goodie for Your Tribe? Consider This…

    Barbara Austin
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    When you’re creating a new course, a product, or a new e-book or magazine for your tribe, of course you want it to stand out on its own, right?! But what if you get so caught up in giving your product its own mini-brand, that you forget it also needs to align with your BIZ […]
 
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  • Driving Web Traffic to your Website for FREE

    wst-web-access
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Websites have become one of the most significant organization’ asset to market and even make a sell to the global audience, online. Website ones built, costs almost nothing to advertise, market and even act as your 24/7 online brand ambassador. Its benefits are well known, but what makes it so productive, getting right web traffic is through right activities. So what are those right activities, and how can we increase web traffic without adding much to the pocket? Let’s see here: Cohesive, Modern yet Simple Site The most important one, make sure an eye-pleasing, easy to navigate, and…
  • Web Start Today: SEO Friendly CMS

    wst-web-access
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Opting for a Content Management System (CMS) platform for a website is an intelligent choice. A CMS not just aids in organizing, editing, and modifying the information including content, images, or videos, but it saves a lot of time and money too. And to top it all, if you are lucky enough to search and find a better CMS, just like Web Start Today, you could do it all without any technical knowledge or coding skills too. Web Start Today makes website building and maintenance possible even for a novice. Another very important feature which Web Start Today promises to keep up with unlike other…
  • Top 5 Web Design Blunders

    wst-web-access
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Responsive/mobile designs, flat designs and recently, material design by Google, trends keep coming and going especially in a fast-paced world of web designs. This doesn’t mean at all that you can afford to ignore them, but what it means is, there is something common, worth holding on to and when these common slip-ups happen, even a congenially stunning web design can break and ward off  customers. So here are some top blunders to stay away from:  Color & Contrast Something that loses out to make it to the top priority while building a web design are colors & contrast. Not just…
  • The Big Digital Transformation – Are you part of it?

    wst-web-access
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    So it started with a desktop, and later laptops, smartphones, tablets, and now almost everything right from your entertainment device, TV to a necessity wear, watch, internet or better said, digitization has changed the way it works.  It’s the era of digitization, and to be successful, stand in the marketplace, you need to digitally transform. Digital Transformation, or in simpler words, enhancing customer experience at every touch point by realigning business models using technology; is how we, Web Start Today plans to differentiate you amongst the thousand others in the marketplace. …
  • SEO – A Magical Wand or an Over-hyped Nothing

    wst-web-access
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    So we often speak and meet a lot of our customers, and apart from few others, all have a similar query, i.e., “Despite having a great website online, why don’t I get traffic? Why don’t people know me? Regardless of providing best of services and numerous testimonials on my website, why don’t they see me when they are looking for similar services?” And we just have one thing to say, “Is your site, search engine optimized?” or “are you following SEO rules?” and what we hear them say is, “Does that really matter?”, or sometimes worse, “what is it?” Before we think and…
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    SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

  • How to REALLY Generate Sales

    Melinda Emerson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week asSmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Jeffrey Gitomer, @Gitomer. Jeffrey is a creative, on-the-edge, writer and speaker whose expertise on sales, customer loyalty, and personal development is world renowned. He is the author of The New York Times best sellers The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Little Black Book of Connections, and The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. Jeffrey’s syndicated column,…
  • Five Reasons You Could be Paying Your Web Team Too Much

    Melinda Emerson
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Expensive websites don’t always mean quality websites. Here are five things that should make you squint a little harder when reading the fine print of your website contract: 1) Your web coder is also your host provider A good number of web developers like to clump their services together. They will offer to both create your website and provide hosting for it. Pay attention because creating a site and hosting it are two services that are completely independent of each other!  There is no reason a coder couldn’t just build your site on a third party host like Godaddy and pass…
  • How to Develop Sales Goals for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Sales are the lifeblood of your business. Not only that: increased sales are what help you grow to that next level. But if you’re putting too much of your time into other areas of your business, you can’t measure or even strategize on how to improve sales. Let’s look at what you should be doing, and how to develop sales goals for your small business. Start with a Baseline In order to grow your sales (and measure that growth) you have to know where you are right now. Dig into your accounting software or sales data to answer the following questions: How many customers have you…
  • Why Mindful Eating Matters to Your Small Business Success

    Melinda Emerson
    23 Oct 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 Kelly Springer MS, RD, CDN, @KellysChoiceLLC. Kelly Springer’s passion for nutrition started at a very young age and grows stronger every day. She has been very fortunate to have worked in multiple areas of nutrition. She started her career at 17 years old pushing tray carts and delivering menus in the hospital. Kelly attended West Virginia University where she received her BS in…
  • Make More Than A Hi-Tech Worker

    Melinda Emerson
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article Here’s A Business That Requires No Education and Training, You Can Make More Than A Hi-Tech Worker and Get A Discount On A New Car The internet changed the jobs picture in America and created new money making opportunities along with it.  People drive taxi cabs today and put up with the low pay because they can’t find anything better. The average taxi driver today makes about $30,000 per year and they seem to constantly live in fear that they will pick up a customer who will not pay or worse a customer will do them harm. There is a new game in town called UBER. You probably…
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  • More than 10 practical steps to help you land your next job

    admin
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    By Ericka Simpson Unemployment in the United States was at 5.9 percent as of September 2014. Hiring has increased, so too have salaries. National job salary index averages have also increased, exceeding $44,000. Organizations like the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) share that salaries are expected to increase by approximately 3 percent during the 2014 annual salary increase cycle. Go and get the jobs you really love It would appear that getting hired into a better job would be relatively easy. It would appear. . . However, anyone who has been searching for a better job for…
  • Great food to eat during winter

    admin
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Winter is a great time to stay indoors spending quality time with family and friends. You can cook your favorite dishes, perhaps even barbecuing on an indoor grill, and watching an exciting football game on television while your friends “bad mouth” your favorite team, laughing and kidding you. Some of your best memories may be created then. Dishes you’ll love dining on during winter Whether you realize it or not, food is a major part of many of you most memorable events. Eat the right foods and you will not only delight your taste buds, you could also keep…
  • Traditional job or freelance job – which is best for you?

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Technology is giving people more work options, namely whether to work full-time for an employer or freelance. Gone are the days when workers have no choice except to commute to a job and log seven or more hours a day, often performing work that they hate. More work options are also creating situations that never amounts to more than an illusion of independence for many people. If you’re not careful, you could regret the next decision you make — quitting your employer-funded gig before you’re ready. Freelance and you get to take control of your work…
  • Why all is not lost if your kid hates preschool

    admin
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    It’s a challenge, but you’ve found a way to juggle working a rewarding job or running your own business and raising a healthy family. Now you’ve hit a snag. Your child loved daycare, playing and interacting with other children and daycare workers. But, something has changed. Simply mention school to your preschooler and she starts crying, that or she grows sullen and nearly refuses to talk. It’s no wonder that you’re concerned. The good news is that your child isn’t the only kid in town who would rather stay home (or nearly anywhere else, for that matter)…
  • Top tips dream chasers need to stay out of trouble

    admin
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    By Eric Bradford Dream chasers need a bit of delusion to keep pressing forward, especially during times when their efforts yield little to no results despite how long they have been burning the midnight oil. Even when dreams are fulfilled, there’s the work of maintaining a dream. In fact, this work has, at times, seemed harder than realizing a dream in the first place. If dream chasers aren’t careful, they could become overly frustrated and give up. They could also fall into depression or get trapped in the haze of a dream and ignore signs that it’s time to start heading…
 
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  • Creative Blog Ideas If You Offer Professional Services

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    by Gail Oliver, Marketing Consultant Does my business need a blog? I get asked this a lot by my clients, particularly my professional services clients such as lawyers, financial advisors and realtors. If you are your brand (which, when you offer services is typically the case) then yes, you would benefit from a blog. My blog is case in point. I doubt many people would hire me off the Internet if I didn’t back up my experience and reputation with blog posts that show my knowledge. It can be a powerful marketing tool for your business. That is why I do not accept guest posts, because I want…
  • 7 Small Business Saturday Marketing Ideas for Your Online Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:37 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Consultant Small Business Saturday (just 6 weeks away on November 29th) is where consumers are encouraged to buy from local businesses, particularly for their holiday shopping. It is an initiative that was started by American Express back in 2010, and it always takes place on the Saturday after the Black Friday shopping day (which is the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday). Now, while online businesses benefit from Cyber Monday two days later, your online business can still take advantage of Small Business Saturday with these easy marketing ideas.
  • If Your Small Business is Failing, It Isn’t Always Your Marketing

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Consultant Do you know about the four Ps of marketing – Product, Price, Place, Promotion? They are in that order for a reason. The problem most small businesses and entrepreneurs make is that they do not spend enough time on the first P – the Product. They get anxious and excited and jump right ahead to the next three. Then, when the business starts to fail, they automatically think the problem must be their price, where they are selling, and/or their marketing efforts. But more than likely the reason the business is failing is because they didn’t make…
  • 3 Types of Customers Your Small Business May Be Ignoring

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I am amazed at how many people set up an online business and then quickly expect world domination, getting thousands of orders daily from customers in every part of the globe. The truth is, a successful business can get the majority of their customers from these three sources: 1. Repeat Customers We seem to always be on the hunt for new customers, but what is wrong with your old or current ones? Depending on the nature of your business, 30% or more of your sales should come from repeat customers. Plus, it is much easier to sell to a…
  • My Marketing Insider Tips for October

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have been swamped with clients so I have been absent from my blog for a week and I also will not be getting out my October Insider Report as a result. Bad for me, but good for you as I will give you just a snippet of what I was planning to cover here. New Selling Opportunities  Major retailers continue to look to indie designers to enhance their product lines. Retailer Club Monaco recently launched a new accessories line called The Pieces with jewelry and hand bags from indie designers. Think about retailers whose brand suits your…
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    Paychex BuildMyBiz

  • Small business marketing before, during and after an event

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Local events, exhibitions, trade shows and the like are great small business marketing tools that can raise startups’ profiles. Even in the digital age, there’s nothing quite like the face-to-face connections that can be established at this type of gathering – but that doesn’t mean you can’t use more modern technology such as social networking to your advantage. Preparing for the big day Ahead of your appearance, make sure to spread the word that you’ll be in attendance by hanging posters at your brick-and-mortar locations, talking to customers who drop…
  • A strong company culture can drive success

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Human resources for small businesses and leaders alike need to work together to build a company culture capable of motivating employees to work to the best of their abilities. If staff members are showing up to work without any motivation, their performance is bound to suffer. By creating a workplace culture that makes employees proud, organizations can optimize operations and improve the work-life balance of their personnel. However, office culture isn’t something that can be forced. While it is a powerful tool, business lifestyles need to grow naturally to strengthen their…
  • The search for new talent to grow a business

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Human resources employees are faced with the vital task of recruiting and hiring new talent to help spur emerging organizations in their quest for expansion. Small business sales and performance all depend on the workforce both behind the scenes and on the front lines. These are the people with whom customers and clients will be interacting, helping to build relationships and establish loyalty to a brand. If employees don’t accurately represent the morals and goals of a company, it could damage the reputation of a business and cost essential revenue. HR departments need to take care…
  • 4 traits of all authentic leaders

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    From local business owners to powerful Fortune 500 CEOs, company leaders need to be authentic if they want to command respect in the workplace and be successful. While it’s true that all leaders have their styles, tactics and personalities, if personnel aren’t confident in their leaders’ abilities, businesses will ultimately suffer. Nevertheless, there are a few qualities any company owner should possess to convey a sense of authenticity to staff and help boost small business sales through a more efficient team. For rivals to take an organization seriously, they need…
  • Can human resources harness analytics?

    17 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Human resources for small businesses are faced with a growing number of tasks and obligations vital to the continued operation of their companies. Ultimately, they’re charged with finding the best and brightest out of a vast talent pool before their competitors find them first. Once those star performers are hired, HR also has to onboard them and make sure they adjust appropriately to their new environment. Any errors matching personalities on work teams could mean wasted resources as well as reductions in revenue and assets. However, as these challenges become more daunting, small…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • Choosing a Perfect Barcode Scanner – A How-to Guide

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    A how-to guide to determine which barcode scanner is right for your small business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Maintain a Compliant Workplace for Employee and Customer Comfort

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Keeping small business compliant with laws and regulations while still providing comfort to employees and customers is a delicate act. Learn how to keep the balance. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Secure a Spot in the Top 10 Coolest Offices of the Year

    SmallBizViewpoints
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Being featured in the Cool Office list can provide great publicity and improve sales. Here are tips that you can use to make your office "cool" to work in. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Start a Business in 4 Simple Steps

    SmallBizViewpoints
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    This simple 4-step approach can help would be entrepreneurs navigate through challenges of starting a small business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Infographic: Impact of Technology in Training and Education

    SmallBizViewpoints
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Technology has revolutionized the way in which training can be conducted beyond classrooms. Interesting Infographic explains the benefits of leveraging technology for training. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Point Blank | Direct Capital

  • How to Make LinkedIn Work for Your Small Business

    Alex Myers
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Why Your Business, and Your Employees, Should be Active on LinkedIn Unlike most other social channels, LinkedIn has a very specific audience – business owners, professionals, students, and people looking to start their career. However, with 300 million members, LinkedIn can be a very important marketing tool to utilize, and here’s how: Regularly update: Post about your industry or about topics your followers (or customers) would be interested in reading, and do so at least three times a day. This will keep your followers engaged and keep them coming back for more. Engagement: Join…
  • Direct Capital Reviews: Aaron Equipment Company

    Alex Myers
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Direct Capital Was the Difference Between Our Customers Buying or Not” When you’re running of a business, you want to limit obstacles and make the buying process effortless. Here at Direct Capital, we have the same goal. We want to help your customers get financing for the equipment they need when they need it. Take Alan’s story for example: Alan Cohen, the CEO of Aaron Equipment Company, Inc. based in Bensenville, IL. Aaron Equipment Company is the largest dealer of new and used process and packaging equipment, catering specifically to the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, cosmetic,…
  • How Halloween Can Affect Your Bottom Line

    Alex Myers
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scaring Means Caring: Find Out How Part of managing a business is keeping your customers and employees happy. The happier they are, the more efficiently they work and the more your customers keep coming back. So how does having happy employees contribute to your bottom line? Forbes reports that when employees feel the company they work for takes their interests seriously, they are more likely to take the company’s interests to heart. A study mentioned in that article found: “Companies that effectively appreciate employee value enjoy a return on equity and assets more than triple that…
  • How to Cut Operating Expenses: 28 Experts Reveal The Best Ways Small Business Owners Can Reduce Monthly Operating Costs

    Scott Lynch
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:57 am
    For many small businesses, regardless of its stage of growth, there are usually a number of standard monthly costs that always seem to dig into the business’ bottom line profits. Whether it’s vendor and supply costs, marketing and advertising costs, human resources costs, or otherwise, these costs are a pain to deal with, yet they are necessary to the fundamental operation of the business. As a company that provides business financing to many different types of companies, we at Direct Capital have a great interest in helping our clients maximize their financial strategy at the…
  • How to Make Twitter Work for Your Small Business

    Alex Myers
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Ask and You Shall Receive: Using ‘Retweet’ in Your Message Gets Better Response With 255 million total users, more and more small businesses are utilizing Twitter to market their products and services. Why? Because Twitter makes marketing your business easy and ensures that you’re hitting a wider audience. The marketable audience on Twitter accounts for approximately 15% of all adults in the U.S. This includes 26% of people between the ages of 18 and 29. Are you reaching the right people at the right time? Here’s how you can make the most of Twitter for your small business:…
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    WP Curve

  • What is your website worth and how to sell it for maximum value

    Jock Purtle
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Note from Dan: This is a detailed guest post from website valuation expert, Jock Purtle. I’ve had lots of chats with Jock around the question of what is my website worth. In this post we wanted to delve right into the detail of how to value a site and how to sell it for as much as possible. I hope you like it. Over to Jock. Each year we produce a valuation report on all the public Internet business sales that looks at what businesses sold for in the last 12 months. Dan happened to mention it in a forum thread a while ago. He had this question: I proceeded to then ask him the reasoning…
  • September WP Curve monthly report 11% growth, best selling book and more

    Dan Norris
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Hey all I’ve had a few people ask me where the September monthly report is at which is cool. I’ve had a busy month travelling so it’s taken me a while but here it is. 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. Here is a post I wrote recently on some monthly income reports from other startups. If you like the reports I’d love you to share it. 11% revenue growth and a best selling book. WP Curve September monthly report #startups…
  • The Complete Guide to Book Marketing (how to launch a book to #1 on Amazon)

    Tom Morkes
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Today is the last day to get the #1 free startup book on Amazon The 7 Day Startup – grab it here for free. And Tweet about it by clicking here! Note from Dan: Hey guys, a few weeks ago I hired Tom to help me with the launch of my first book, The 7 Day Startup. It was the best decision I have made in a long time. The book has been downloaded over 6,000 times in a few days and is the #1 free book in the Startups category on Amazon Kindle (#2 in the whole business category). Tom has also been working on this post to reveal everything we did, I hope you like it. Over to Tom.  I met Dan…
  • The 7 Day Startup book has launched and it’s free till Friday

    Dan Norris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Hey guys just a quick post to let you know my book The 7 Day Startup is now available. We are writing on a series of posts about how we are going with the marketing but here are the main links for now: Here is a link to the main landing page with all of the details. Here is a direct link to the book on Amazon (free till Friday). If you are outside the US just search ‘7 Day Startup’ in the Amazon store in your country. I’ve put together hundreds of free resources for the book on the resources page here. I started an ambassadors group on Facebook for people to help with the…
  • How to build a scalable WordPress business in 1 week (WordCamp Syd slides)

    Dan Norris
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Here are my slides from my presentation at WordCamp Sydney on 28 September 2014. I’ve embedded them below and you can also download them underneath. If they produce a video, I’ll add it here as well. I run through how to build a WordPress business, with a focus on growth. I’ve also included some pics and tweets from the presentation Dan Norris WordCamp Sydney – How to build a scalable WordPress business in 1 week from Dan Norris Download PPT | Download PDF Visit this link to get the 7 Day Startup book Visit this link for all of the free 7 Day Startup resources. Twitter…
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    Tanya Smith Online » Tanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • Why Canva Is So Hot For Social Media Branding

    Tanya Smith
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    You will find Canva on just about any page you visit online these days – Facebook, random blogs, and more.  That’s because this simple online tool can make non-artists into graphic pros in minutes. Okay, maybe that’s a bit too far…graphic designers are still the pros. But in a pinch, if you need images that look amazing and professional?  Canva is a super option. And it’s free to get started! No monthly fees, beautiful images, plug and play templates. It’s like having your own self-service graphic artist on retainer at all times. You just start by…
  • Planning Your Content the First 30 Minutes of the Day

    Tanya Smith
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
      The morning planning session is one of the few time management techniques that just about every self-development speaker and every business coach teaches. From Anthony Robbins to Brian Tracy to David Allen – they all teach one form or another of this technique. Using this time to plan out your content can make a huge impact on how much you put out in your media streams. That’s because the first 30 minutes of your day are the most important minutes of the day. These  will generally help shape and guide everything you do for the rest of the day. Spending just 30 minutes on…
  • 10 Easy To Use Visual Content Creation Tools

    Tanya Smith
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    Visual content marketing is becoming increasingly popular and it is essential for branding and social media sharing. The growth of social networking platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Timeline feature of Facebook is evidence that people want to see what they are buying. And marketers are attracted to using visual content because images increase buying behavior and communicate more immediately than text.  They help you tell a story…fast. So what kind of content is “visual”?  Visual content includes images, along with videos, infographics, memes, word…
  • Create Great Content Tip – Write From an Interview

    Tanya Smith
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    This weeks’ content tip: Get on social and tell people you need an interview about a subject you are passionate about.  Don’t take silence as an answer.  Find a person and interview them.  Transcribe it and add your personal notes. “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s simply necessary to love.” ~ Claude Monet
  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Social Media Content

    Tanya Smith
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    I recently attended a conference where I met several entrepreneurs who complained they had used social media without any results. When they asked what I do and I shared that I train service providers to leverage social media with snack-sized content strategy for results, the first response was “oh…sounds great, but that social media stuff has never worked for me”. My first reaction is always curiousity – what have they been doing? I don’t always follow up with the question out loud, but when it’s an ideal situation I will ask about the…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • How will small business owners vote in the midterm elections?

    Hunter Hoffmann
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series eDNA SurveyThe midterm elections are coming up next week and the leadership of the US Senate is in the balance with Republican in the lead in the majority of polls.  Beyond the current hot buttonl issues of Ebola, ISIS, immigration and more is the question of which party has the best policies for small businesses and entreprenuers. Hiscox surveyed small business owners across the country to find out what’s important to them and how they think the governement can help.  Do these issues ring true for others out there?  Let us know. What issues…
  • 5 tips for finding the best credit card for your small business

    Guest Blogger
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business. Guest blogger Odysseas Papadimitriou of CardHub and WalletHub shares insight on securing the best credit card for your small business. Trying to find the right credit card for your small business can feel like finding a needle in a haystack. As CEO of the credit card comparison website CardHub and the personal finance social network WalletHub, I’ve come into contact with small business owners who know this first-hand. There are thousands of offers out there and it’s difficult to…
  • Do you need small business insurance when opening a law practice?

    Hiscox Blog
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Lawyers should consider getting small business insurance coverage for their law practice. Lawyers are known as the small business owners with all the answers – and for good reason. They’re the professionals people turn to when they need help with complex business and legal issues and the seven or so years they spend in undergraduate and law school, make them a highly-educated bunch. So who do lawyers turn to when they need help? If they need help with a client’s legal claim against them, they turn to their business insurance provider. Considering that a lawyer’s work is resolving…
  • Hiscox challenges small business owners to Encourage Courage

    Tiffany Winbush
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    Hiscox Small Business Insurance launches new branding campaign to Encourage Courage. At Hiscox, we help small business owners, consultants and entrepreneurs build, grow and protect their businesses. We enjoy working with these communities because we know that starting a small business takes courage and risk. These traits are similar to those we value in our employees. We’re proud to encourage courage in our customers as well as in ourselves. We take risks everyday to help our customers become the best small business owners that they can be. We know that our customers need to take risks…
  • 5 things you need to know about starting a photography business

    Hiscox Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Creating your own business can take a lot of hard work, and learning how to start a photography business is no different. Learning how to handle the administrative aspects of starting a small business is just as important as honing your craft. Here are five things to think about when starting a photography business. Set a budget Learning how to manage your cash flow is important for a small business. Lenses, cameras and editing software are necessary investments for photography businesses, but being mindful of what you spend your money on is also important. While it may seem tempting to empty…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • 4 Reasons Why Your Employees Need First Aid Training

    Contributor
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Every employer should have a first aid program in place. There are a number of reasons to establish these programs, but four of them are as follows: Employee safety – ensure quick response from emergency services Litigation prevention – to provide due diligence Reduction of workplace accidents by making employees aware Preparation and control of disaster situations Steps to Establish a Workplace First-Aid Program Begin by estimating the Emergency Medical Service response times to your workplace for all permanent and temporary locations. Assign the…
  • Ten Potential Safety Hazards and Their Effect on Your Business

    Contributor
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Regardless of what kind of business you have, safety should always among your prime considerations. Simple changes in procedure, configuration and mindset can ensure that your business has a stellar safety record and few safety-related expenses. 1 – Ergonomic Injuries – Continuous work at computers can involve ergonomic injuries to wrist, neck and back. Make sure your staff has comfortable chairs, wrist rests and other equipment that help to prevent these injuries. 2 – Slips and Falls – Slips and falls are among the most common injuries sustained…
  • Student Start-ups – Now is The Time!

    Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: As you are reading this online, there is a pretty good chance that you are aware of Facebook. This is an assumption that I will confidently take. I’m also willing to bet you have heard of Microsoft. What about Google? These are all things that most of us will use on a daily basis, and one thing that they all have in common, apart from being global powerhouses, is that they were all started by students. The successes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Larry Page & Sergey Brin might be an absolute dream to most, but they are living proof of just how…
  • Increase Profits by Fine-Tuning Your AdWords Campaigns

    Stacy Jackson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Successful AdWords campaigns are not a one-time set up and then you’re done. It requires constant fine-tuning to maintain profitability and improve ROI. Source: www.jacksonmarketingservices.com One of the easiest ways to throw your money away is by running a poorly optimized PPC campaign. Luckily, there are Google Partners and AdWords Certified experts to help!  Check out this post by Alanna Jackson to pick up a few tips on refining your campaigns and optimizing your spend. She covers: Click-through Rates (CTR) on Ads and Keywords Ad Position…
  • Try This: This 30-Minute Exercise Doubles Sales

    Stacy Jackson
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:23 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Creating a shorter sales message increases your sales pipeline and makes opportunities easier to close. Source: www.inc.com As an entrepreneur or small business owner, it’s vitally important that you take actions that drive leads and conversions. One of the most effective tools you can use is email — if you have your messaging right! According to Geoffrey James in his latest Inc.com post, you can double your sales with the right sales message sent via email. He identifies three things a “killer sales message” should accomplish:…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • What Can Business Owners Learn From The Poor Implementation Of The New Car Tax System?

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
      A few months ago I was enjoying a nice latte with one of my friends when eventually, as guys do, we started talking about cars - I can talk about cars for hours! But you will be relieved to know I won't bore you with the details of that. He mentioned that the whole car tax system was being overhauled, and explained that it was going to be more convenient for us all to tax our cars. This was music to my ears, as I am one of those people always scrambling around at the last minute to get my car tax done in time.
  • JDR Group’s New Inbound Marketing Certifications From Hubspot

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    It’s official. The JDR Group has achieved Inbound Marketing Certification, Partner Certification, Hubspot Certification and HubSpot COS Design Certification!  As of August 2014, the hard work of our team has been rewarded with these four forms of Certification from Hubspot. They demonstrate our expertise in inbound marketing and also our knowledge of Hubspot as a tool to help businesses grow.
  • Inbound Marketing - Which Premiership Football Team Are YOU?

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    I have two big passions in life. At work my passion is for Inbound Marketing; helping businesses discover the benefits of Inbound Marketing and seeing them succeed in gaining better qualified leads and converting them into sales. Outside of work, I’m a big football fan. Witnessing the changing fortunes, the ups and downs of each premier league team made the 2013/14 one that was entertaining right until the final whistle.
  • 5 Ways to Outperform your Local Competitors

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Do you know exactly where you are getting your customers from on the internet? Are you getting many customers who are located close to you? This may be something you are currently missing out on. You need to stand out from the crowd locally. You don’t want to be in the shadows of your competitors. You need your website to be seen more times that your competitors. You need your business to outperform your competitors - and here are 5 ways to do it:
  • 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.
 
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance

  • This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success

    James
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    There’s nothing scarier to a small business owner than to find her business does not have adequate liability protection, because she hasn’t properly registered her business with the state. However, there are thousands, if not millions of solopreneurs, freelancers, and … Read more >> The post This Halloween, Dress Your Business for Success appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State

    James
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Many states offer electronic filing options for business registration. As more states finally move into the 21st century (half-joking, of course), online filing will become the norm, and mailing a filing will become a thing of the past. As you … Read more >> The post Understanding Electronic Filing in Your State appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter

    James
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    After months of preparation and waiting, you finally receive your IRS Determination Letter! That means the startup process is over, right? Sadly, no. A “determination letter” is official confirmation from the IRS that your 501(c)(3) application has been approved. With … Read more >> The post Nonprofit Compliance, Post-IRS Determination Letter appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania

    James
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Beginning October 8th, the Pennsylvania Department of State is launching online filing services for Pennsylvania professional license holders, corporations, and other business entities. Businesses incorporating in Pennsylvania, and those obtaining business licenses, can use the online filing service in … Read more >> The post Online Filing Now Available in Pennsylvania appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Online Fundraising, Perfectly

    James
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Online fundraising is a tremendous opportunity for nonprofits of all sizes. These days, any organization with a website can woo donors and compete for scarce funding, wherever it may be hiding. However, some organizations are just plain better at it. … Read more >> The post Online Fundraising, Perfectly appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • Is IT a business function or a strategic asset?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    r query, is IT a business function or a strategic asset?   My response it, it depends. If you operate a low tech business and utilize the basics, such as a website, Microsoft Office, QuickBooks, desktops, laptops, and a small server, then IT is a business function. If you use CRM software to track all […]
  • Employee Empowerment vs. Employer Abdication – Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some business owners and managers confuse delegation with empowerment. I think it goes a step further. Some owners and managers abdicate; they do not delegate. When you hand off without providing your employee with the directions and tools needed to do an excellent job, that is abdication. Video Do you want more information regarding the […]
  • Pros and Cons of PEOs for SMBs

    Tiffany C. Wright
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    My current firm does not partner with PEOs but two of the companies I formerly worked for as a CFO or COO used PEOs. Pros: PEOs provide access to a broad range of HR knowledge that many small businesses would not be able to afford otherwise. This includes legal requirements, employee onboarding processes, and the […]
  • Smart Companies Radio – Interview

    Tiffany C. Wright
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Smart Companies Radio is a channel on blog talk radio. On October 3, 2014 host Kelly Scanlon interviewed guest, Tiffany C. Wright (me), about The Resourceful CEO and new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business. The interview includes tips and insights into finding frequently overlooked sources […]
  • 50-50 Business Partners – Video

    Tiffany C. Wright
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Many business owners start or purchase businesses as 50-50 partners, as in, “I own 50.0%; you own, 50.0%.” What do I say to business owners BEFORE they enter into such an agreement? DON’T DO IT!! A Majority Is Needed Someone MUST take the lead. That means someone must have majority ownership. Majority may be 51%; […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • 5 critical steps to starting a tech business

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    We have the opportunity to talk to founders of technology-based businesses a lot and there are some common themes that emerge when it comes to starting a business. This isn’t a step-by-step guide to starting your business, but rather a few guiding principles to help you on your way. If you’ve learned hard lessons along the way, we’d love to hear about them. After all, knowledge is power. Know who your target customer is Research everything you can to learn more about your target audience as a group – what are the common issues, what kinds of things do they like or dislike. If you…
  • From David to Goliath: 5 ways for small businesses to build their brand

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:09 am
    When it comes to tender writing, it’s important that companies know their place. While it’s great to see so much ambition coming from the owners of a startup organisation, the chances of a small construction company with ten staff snatching a multi-billion pound motorway building contract from under the noses of a multinational corporate giant are slim. There’s always room for underdogs in life, and there’s something weirdly satisfying about seeing Burton Albion forcing an unlikely draw with Manchester United in the FA Cup, but in the business world examples of the odds being upset…
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway: starting your business as a single parent

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    Whatever your lot in life, starting your own business is a challenge. Even if you have all the resources (by which I mean funding) that you could possibly need, there’ll be hurdles that you will inevitably face at one point or another. And getting ready to take on said hurdles as a single parent? Well that’s just crazy, right? Wrong. You may get anxious just thinking about trying this for yourself, but I’m here to remind you that those nerves are OK – and that your dreams of starting your own small business are entirely within your grasp. There are a number of examples out…
  • Start your subscription business – why you need to take action now

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    The subscription business model is going from strength to strength as more and more companies evolve from selling products to becoming service providers. Technology giants whose brands have become synonymous with innovation, like Spotify, Netflix and Amazon, all understand the value of the subscription business model and are making active use of it to launch exciting new service offerings. In recent weeks, we have even seen Amazon start testing a new eBook rental service called Kindle Unlimited, which offers subscribers unlimited access to more than 600,000 titles on any device for less than…
  • Startup business headaches: how to cut corners

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:28 am
    Running a business is never a straightforward affair. It doesn’t matter how much knowledge you have within your sector, problems will inevitably occur. Unfortunately, you’ll always run into a few things that you can’t do yourself; accounts and tax returns, marketing and promotion, the drafting of contracts, etc. There are, however, plenty of ways to cut corners and ensure your operation doesn’t suffer. Outsource specialist tasks There are certain tasks in business that require specialist training. If you make mistakes in your tax return you could be subject to penalties;…
 
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    OPEN Forum

  • Debunking the Biggest Innovation Myths Out There

    James O'Brien, PhD
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We live and work in the age of the lean startup, and we celebrate the advent of new technology—and new applications of tech—all the time.  In the midst of all this bootstrapping and progress, sometimes the stories we begin to accept about innovation suggest a degree of certainty about how all of it works. However experts are quick to caution against just that kind of mistake. “When working on innovations across a wide range of sectors, certain things are held up as principles that are true only in particular situations,” says Mark Payne, founder of innovation consulting…
  • Online Shopping Will Be Red-Hot This Holiday Season. Is Your Business Ready?

    Kelly Spors
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx expect a collective 14-percent jump in parcel deliveries this holiday season. It’s just one more sign that online holiday shopping will be huge this year. For small retailers, it’s also a wake-up call: You must ensure your e-commerce operations are ready for a potential big uptick in traffic and embrace consumers’ growing preference of buying gifts over the Internet. Retailers that aren’t prepared might find themselves struggling to keep up—or worse, miss the boat completely. Another reason to care about online shoppers: The Deloitte…
  • The 50 Greatest Entrepreneurial Quotes of All Time

    Mike Michalowicz
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    While you shouldn’t necessarily believe everything you read, I’m a big fan of learning lessons from successful folks who’ve come before me. Other entrepreneurs have much to teach us about what to do—and what not to do—on our journey to success. I’ve compiled 50 of the most concise and apt pieces of advice from people who know a thing or two about success. Getting Started 1. “Starting a business isn’t for everyone, and it’s not what you should do if you aren’t sure what else to do. It requires thick skin and the willingness to carry a great deal of stress,…
  • A Business Owner’s Scarcest Resource (It’s Not What You Think)

    Glen Stansberry
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Ask any business owner what their biggest worry is, and chances are, they’ll say it’s money. With families to feed, products to move and employees to pay, the money that’s coming in and going out is always top of mind.  But what they should really be more concerned about is the limited amount of time they have to accomplish all the things they need to do each day.  Time Is Not on Our Side “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” —Theophrastus Let’s not diminish money’s role and importance in our business—it’s incredibly important! By definition, a…
  • The One Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Business Relationships

    Ted Rubin
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    I was reading an article on LinkedIn the other day, “10 Things Exceptional People Say Every Single Day,” and two thoughts struck me. First, every one of the 10 things is characterized by either humility, graciousness or gratitude. Second, all these characteristics have a direct correlation to respect—either your respect for the person you’re speaking to, or theirs for you. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? But most of us have a hard time saying things like “I’m sorry” or “I was wrong” to the people we care about and who are most important to us in one…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • How To Be Creative – 29 Ideas On The Matter

    Entrepreneur Writer
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Being creative is the most important business business quality today. No business can’t stay competitive for very long time without being creative. But what is creativity? It happens when something new and valuable is born, a brand new concept, product, service or anything else. Innovations, the most powerful economic weapon, are a bright example of creativity. There are countless examples about how innovations have... You can also check these cool posts:   The Amazing Stories Of Several Young And Successful… -   The Most Important Key To Success -…
  • A Brilliant Busines Idea Heping You With Rite of Penance

    Entrepreneur Writer
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Everyone has sins… some have bigger, others have smaller. What else would be a greater business idea than taking advantage of this?!? Just brilliant, isn’t it? This is what a small innovative company is making great business out of. Little i Apps is a small software business, they make mobile apps and one of their products is called Confession: A Roman Catholic App. If... You can also check these cool posts:   Money For Nothing – The I Am Rich Mobile App -   Starting a Mobile Apps Business? See These Stats -   Doctor On Demand On…
  • This Algorithms Will Help You Decide If You Are Ready To Start A Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
      Having your own business and being your own boss is absolutely cool, but it’s not easy and usually you should make some sacrifices. How to know whether you are ready or not? You can start by applying this simple algorithm to yourself. This can be very helpful for making up your mind and can give you a basic idea about what to expect... You can also check these cool posts:   10 Tips For Making A Killing Business Plan -   How To become An Entrepreneur – The Very First Steps -   5 Things Vital For The Success Of Any Start Up According…
  • Ello.co – An Innovation In The Social Networking World

    Entrepreneur Writer
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Facebook and Twitter and a few other big social sharks have been dominating the social world for many, many years now. Big sites have become a part of everyday’s life of so many people, that many think it’s impossible for a new player to come to the hood.Big players have established a solid oligopoly that’s nearly unbreakable. I thought so, too, but actually this turned out... You can also check these cool posts:   Ning – An Innovative Social Networking Business Idea -   When Is The Best Time To Post On Social Sites? -   10…
  • How To Start An Affiliate Marketing Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:23 am
    Affiliate marketing is one great way to start a business online, no matter if you have or don’t have a product/service to sell. This is a kind of business where you get paid for performance (sales) is one of the easies to start, but also one of the most difficult to manage. Because of the low barriers for starting, there are many people giving... You can also check these cool posts:   The Evolution of Marketing -   7 Tips On Increasing Your Online Sales -   200 Ranking Factors For 2013/2014 - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups &…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • Not All Websites Are Created Equal: A beginners guide to website strategy

    Jeph
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    In the real world if your store has a better location, if you can get in front of more people, if everyone can recognize your store from a mile away, you have a distinct advantage.   The Internet doesn’t work that way.   If you rent space in the West Edmonton mall beside a popular retailer you’re sure to increase your foot traffic. The catch is, retail space beside Holts, the Disney or Apple store will come at a premium. When you build a website it’s like you put your store in a farmers field somewhere near Grenfell, SK. As your site acquires more links, is updated…
  • “Something Ventured” the Story of Venture Capital

    Jeph
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Ever since I was a little kid I was fascinated with Venture Capitalists. Maybe little kid is a stretch, but in University we heard about these folks who lived in the big cites in the U.S. were pitched all sorts of business ideas and they got to pick their favourites and most of those businesses made them tons of money. Money they used to fund more and more businesses and the cycle went on.   I may have got their success rate a little wrong but all in all VC’s were the heros of business school. They were the smartest, they lived a lavish life, and they made thousands of dollars a…
  • I Was Completely Terrified Yesterday

    Jeph
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:33 pm
    I had to lead three consecutive sessions of Volleyball for 8-14 year olds. I have never done this before. I’ve coached for six years now, have only coached boys and the youngest I’ve ever coached was 15 years old. So I’m completely out of my comfort zone…   I get to the gym my hearts racing because I have to register every athlete in the next 20 minutes (you guessed it, never done that before either!) and then my nightmare happens. We were at the wrong gym. And not just me. I had over 70 Volleyball players and their parents coming to the wrong gym on the…
  • 99 of the Most Creative Advertisements in the World

    Jeph
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Every year in my class at SIAST (or Saskatchewan Polytechnic) we always go over Chip and Dan Heath’s Made to Stick. One of the best breakdowns of why some marketing messages stick and why others don’t. The authors break it down to the “SUCCES” principles. Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional, Stories. Using this framework you can apply it to any campaign, message, or advertisement. Read the book if you want to actually understand the SUCCES principles. I use a slide deck like the one above and ask the class to run the ads in the presentation through the…
  • 9 Lessons Learned Volunteering on Not-For-Profit Boards

    Jeph
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    1. The world is changing faster than you can imagine. “Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone.” -IBM On a single day on the Internet there are: Over 2 million Google search queries 48 hours of new YouTube videos 684,000 bits of content shared on Facebook More than 100,000 tweets $272,000 spent on e-commerce Source: Webopedia If you disappeared tomorrow, who would miss you? What distinct advantage does your organization create? Why is your mission a noble cause? Ask these…
 
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    Fit Small Business

  • PCI Compliance: Protect Your Business From Credit Card Criminals

    Jason Rueger
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Cyber criminals are shifting their focus to target smaller businesses that accept credit card payments, which means your business could be next. With 60% of small businesses going under within 6 months of being breached, the cyber security and PCI compliance of your business should be one of your top priorities. After reading this article […] The post PCI Compliance: Protect Your Business From Credit Card Criminals appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Business Security Systems – Frontpoint vs. ADT & Others

    Jason Rueger
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:48 am
    This guide is for small business owners who are looking to install a security system and are wondering which is the best for them. In this article we review 4 different business security system providers and their security options, balancing cost and features provided, and recommend what we feel is the best provider for small […] The post Business Security Systems – Frontpoint vs. ADT & Others appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How To Use A Promissory Note To Fund Your Small Businesses

    Marc Prosser
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Borrowing money from friends and family is a frequent method of financing when starting a business, and during the early stages of growth.   A promissory note is a very common legal document that a business owner signs to legally formalize the borrowing arrangement. In this article we go in depth on promissory notes, the issues […] The post How To Use A Promissory Note To Fund Your Small Businesses appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Invoicing With Online Payment Processing

    Jason Rueger
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    There are many different services that now make it easy to email  invoices to clients and allow them to pay by entering their credit card information online. Setting up an account with these online payment services is simple, and most have basic invoice templates that allow you to just plug in your information and send […] The post Invoicing With Online Payment Processing appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • How to Reduce Retail Theft In Your Business

    Jason Rueger
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:32 am
    U.S. businesses lost around $40 billion in 2013 to retail theft, more than 1.3% of overall retail sales, making retail theft one of the biggest problems facing small business retailers today. After reading this article, you will know the 3 main kinds of retail theft and learn how to reduce the amount of retail theft […] The post How to Reduce Retail Theft In Your Business appeared first on Fit Small Business.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • Introducing Our Brand New Help Desk!

    Emily Farrar
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:24 am
    Tracking receipts shouldn’t suck, and neither should getting help when you need it. We’re thrilled to announce our new Help Desk, which features a completely redesigned interface and new articles that make it easier than ever to get answers to your questions. Head over to support.shoeboxed.com to check out the new site and try our new and improved search feature. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, there are easy ways to contact us via phone, email and chat, right from the page. If you have any questions or feedback about our new Help Desk, feel free to get in…
  • What’s New at Shoeboxed This Week

    Emily Farrar
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Greetings, Shoeboxers! This week, we have a couple new and exciting things we think you should know about: We’ve improved Gmail Receipt Sync. Our receipt importer is now smarter than ever after improvements to its receipt recognition abilities! If you haven’t tried it yet, set it up here. You can now sort your Business Cards and Other Documents by name and date on the document. We hope that you’re enjoying the many improvements we’ve released over the past few weeks. If you missed those updates, you can read them here and here. As always, if you have any questions…
  • Expense Reporting Made Easy: A Shoeboxed Success Story

    Emily Farrar
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    With Shoeboxed, there has never been one “best” way to use our service to stay organized. And after processing over a billion dollars of expense data since 2007, we say that from years of firsthand experience! Shoeboxed takes enormous pride in serving clients from around the country and across the globe, all of whom use our service in a myriad of ways to fulfill a whole host of organizational needs in both their personal and professional lives. “It’s so easy to snap a photo and file it away so that you can get rid of the paper and have an electronic copy ready when you need…
  • iOS Update: iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Views!

    Emily Farrar
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Make sure to update the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker on your iPhone and/or iPad today! Version 5.1.3 is now available for download from the App Store and includes a few important updates: We fixed the issue with the app crashing when you submit a photo of a receipt. The extracted total and tax amounts for each receipt will now display in your account’s default currency. We added views optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. So don’t wait– update today! As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new version by emailing us at…
  • Three Surefire Ways to Gain Funding For Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Whether you’re in the beginning stages of starting your new business or your current business needs a little extra cash to start a new project, gaining extra money quickly is something every business will go through at some point or another. Luckily, there are a couple different ways to do just that! Here are three very effective ways to go about earning money for your business: Have a solid business plan. The best way to gain third-party investors is to have a great business plan all set and ready to go. Not only are they great for showing potential investors how worthwhile investing in…
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    BoostSuite

  • How to Create an Infographic to Promote Any Business

    Ryan Kettler
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    You don’t have to be a high tech company to get the web marketing lift that comes from creating an infographic. In fact, there’s only one thing you need to have to create a great infographic…  a good understanding of your customers. Infographics are great because they are easy to understand and easy to share. They use creative visuals to communicate information that might otherwise be too dense or boring when presented in written form alone. We’ve created a number of infographics to educate the world about our business in the past. Today I’ll outline the process…
  • How Your Online T-shirt Business Can Benefit From Co-Marketing

    Owen Andrew
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    You believe you have a talent and an eye for making appealing t-shirts, and could find some success selling them, which has led you to launch a website to do just that. Now what? You’re a t-shirt designer, not a master marketer. How do you go from operating an online store in the desolate, barren wastelands of the Internet, where not a soul stirs (or shops for t-shirts), to one that has a prime corner location in the Internet’s Mall of America? You might have a few general ideas jotted down on your pad of ideas, things like “e-mail campaigns” and “be active on social media” and…
  • How to Make Your Business More Visible Using Social and Blog Content

    Cami Bird
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    For businesses of all sizes, being visible to your target audience of customers and prospects is a high priority. Can people find you online? Do people know about your business? Do people know about what your business does? Do they follow your business after the first sale and become repeat customers? With content marketing you can boost your visibility, taking advantage of the keywords that are most searched for and applying them to the content you create. It’s a simple four-step process: 1. Start a Blog Blogs used to be considered personal web journals, but quickly developed into a…
  • Video Marketing and Why You Should Be Doing It (Facts and Stats)

    Ryan Kettler
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Today’s guest post was written and compiled by Bill Gray of www.sitbin.com. Google has begun structuring search results to reward sites that include video. According to Forrester Research, any video in an index of searched keywords has a 53 times greater chance of appearing on the first page of search results than a text page. In general, Google tends to use video results for these types of keywords: How-to keywords (“how to make a video”€), Reviews (“HP laptop reviews”), Tutorials (“€œOnline video tutorials”€), Anything fitness or sports…
  • BoostSuite Reaches 20,000 Users

    Ryan Kettler
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve reached yet another important company milestone – 20,000 BoostSuite users! This news is indicative of an increasing trend: more small business marketers are holding themselves accountable by taking their results into their own hands. These Do-it-Myselfers are building their audiences with co-marketing, sharing content from and with their partners. They know BoostSuite works so they are willing to spend more of their time working on their co-marketing. BoostSuite’s 20,000th user is Anicca of Thriving Mostly Raw. Anicca provides her clients…
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Make a Living Selling KOKOON Women’s Clothing

    Angie Nelson
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    The following message has been sponsored by KOKOON. Visit the site to learn more about becoming a Stylist today. KOKOON boutique without borders is the American made women’s direct sale clothing line. We pride ourselves on creating unique and feminine limited edition fashion with a true focus in fitting women’s bodies. Full of cozy knits and stunning prints, KOKOON is the go-to option in your closet. KOKOON was founded over 25 years ago and provides dynamic careers for social, savvy, and stylish women looking to create their independent fashion business. Compensation Plan: KOKOON…
  • Lattice & Ivy: Make Money Selling Personalized Gifts

    Angie Nelson
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    Lattice & Ivy is a direct sales company offering personalized gifts. Customers can customize their favorite items with colors, monograms and more. Lattice & Ivy’s product line includes everything from smartphone cases to elegant stationary. The company’s business opportunity allows consultants to earn an income through virtual parties, social selling and traditional home shows. You won’t need to wait for monthly settlements here. Lattice & Ivy pays consultants weekly by check or direct deposit. Compensation:  Earn 25% to 40% on personal sales. Recruit new consultants for…
  • Start An Online Business Selling Chelsea Row Jewelry

    Angie Nelson
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Chelsea Row is an online social selling company from Kitsy Lane also offering jewelry. They are one of the up-and-coming companies offering their consultants the ability to conduct virtual trunk shows, or a vParty, in addition to the traditional home party shows. vParties are becoming increasingly popular and allow consultants to conduct shows anywhere, anytime from the comfort of your home. Compensation:  Consultants earn 25% to 35% commission on personal sales. Start-Up Costs: The Party Starter Kit includes basic business supplies and $600 in store credit to select the jewelry of your…
  • pawTree: Ground Floor Business Opportunity for Pet Lovers

    Angie Nelson
    12 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    pawTree is a direct sales company with a focus on natural and nutritious pet food. Their product line includes pet food and treats free of poultry byproducts, grains and artificial ingredients. All items are also made in the U.S.A. In addition to their popular pet food products, the company also offers a home business opportunity. As a petPro, you will have the chance to earn an income when sharing healthy creations with other pet parents. Compensation:  Consultant commission is 10% to 20% on personal sales. petPros also earn $25 to $100 for recruiting new loyal customers and team members.
  • Ground Floor Jewelry Business Opportunity with Bella Vintaj

    Angie Nelson
    5 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Bella Vintaj is a new home party plan company offering boutique jewelry. Today we are sitting down with a member of the Bella Vintaj staff to learn more about this exciting new home business opportunity. Bella Vintaj – Pure, love worn jewelry™ Handmade in the USA! Please tell us a little about Bella Vintaj and the products you offer. Bella Vintaj is a boutique jewelry business opportunity, built by women, for women, just like you. We enlighten and inspire women to express who they are through the jewelry they wear. There are more financially successful women in direct sales than any…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Why You Need to Look into Visual Marketing

    kutenda support
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Visual marketing is coming to a screen near you. In fact, it’s already there! The technique of using videos, images and other content associated with some visual element, (such as blog posts) is getting massive attention now as these mediums show themselves capable of driving far more traffic and sales than simple text. The social world we are in fosters near-instant sharing of our visual content and this, as we know, can go widespread in seconds. Since we now know that the human brain processes images 60,000 times faster than text, and 80 percent of visual content sticks with us as opposed…
  • How to Effectively Manage Social Media with These Great Tools!

    kutenda support
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Would it astonish you to know that there are about as many social media tools as there are photos of the Kardashians floating around the Web? Seriously, you can get a headache trying to learn which of these tools you need to use, and why. Clearly there is a need, as managing social media for your business is not for the faint of heart. It will take a well-thought out strategy, dedicated staff, and some well placed tools. So let’s take a look at some of these social media tools, attempt to provide a clear picture of what they do, and if you need them. 9 Fantastic social media tools and what…
  • Why Yelp Still Matters  

    kutenda support
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Why Yelp Still Matters You might be of the opinion that Yelp is now old school, and it’s no longer relevant anymore. You would be wrong. If you’ve got a local business, Yelp is more important than ever before for the marketing and reputation of your business, just in case you don’t believe us, just ask the competition! We’d like to present you with a ton of reasons why your business should bother with Yelp. We hope it opens your eyes with regards to the opportunity that is still found on Yelp. Here goes! A bunch of reasons to use Yelp 90 percent of Yelp users report that…
  • Google Business Photos – A Quick Path to Trust

    kutenda support
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Google Business Photos – A Quick Path to Trust A new way to make your Google+ Local listings stand out from the crowd has been introduced, and it’s called Google Business Photos. This is a series of photos of your place of business, done in a panoramic style and placed on your search, Google+ page, and Maps entries. You also have the option of placing it on your site and Facebook or other social media accounts. How does Google Business Photos benefit you? Google Business Photos is a fantastic way to invite searchers into your business virtually. They can see and get a feel…
  • Tips for Monitoring Your Social Media Channels

    kutenda support
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Tips for Monitoring Your Social Media Channels Social media happens in the blink of an eye. Word travels so fast that you might go to bed feeling wonderful and awaken to a firestorm. This can be certainly apt to be true if you are not in the habit of routinely monitoring your social media channels. Keeping track of the conversations about you and/or your brand online can be much more than just a reputation management best practice. Focus on those in search of information early in the sales process could lead to a significant increase in conversions. Primarily, however, this is about creating…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • 6 Questions To Ask Your Orlando Realtor

    Jenny Zamora
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home in Orlando, you probably have a ton of questions about the Orlando real estate market and how much your house will sell for. In addition to these questions there are other questions you should be asking an Orlando realtor before you commit to working with them.      1- Are you a realtor or just a real estate agent? It’s important to know that a “REALTOR” is more than just a licensed real estate agent. A realtor belongs to an organization known as the National Association of Realtors [NAR]. Realtors operate under…
  • Why Hire A Top Realtor? VIDEO

    John Conde
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
        Why Hire A Top Realtor 407-902-7750   If you are looking to sell your home you don’t want just any Orlando realtor, you need the best realtor, one who is an expert in the area you’re looking to buy in with proven results.     Having the right real estate agent representing you can help you sell your home quickly and for the best price. Buying or selling a home will be one of the most important decisions of your life so make sure you hire an agent that understands exactly what you expect from them.       Orlando real estate agents are not…
  • Orlando Realtor – Seller Series part 6

    John Conde
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
                    I hope you’ve enjoyed reading our 6 part seller series thus far. This final edition of the series goes over what to do when the time finally comes to move out. Moving is just as exciting as it is stressful. Your Orlando realtor should be able to ease the stress by providing you with some insight on how to make the move go smoothly stress free as possible. Here are some tips that will help you get ready for moving day.     You can choose to do the work yourself by renting a moving truck and enlisting the help of friends…
  • Tips On Re-Habbing Homes In Orlando

    John Conde
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
                    Buying Homes In Orlando   When you buy an Orlando investment property that you intend to fix and flip, there are three different ways it can go. You either make a nice profit, you break even or you lose money. Obviously no one wants to lose money or break even because breaking even is also a loss when you consider the time and effort you spent on the project that you didn’t get compensated for. Being an Orlando real estate agent as well as seasoned investor, I’ve made every mistake you can possibly make flipping homes in…
  • Orlando Realtor- Seller Series part 5

    John Conde
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
      Let Your Realtor Do The Negotiating   In this week’s edition of our six part seller series, we will be talking about how your Orlando realtor can help you with the negotiation process when you start receiving offers on your home.               Negotiating offers   It’s part of a realtor’s job to negotiate the price on a listing, which is why it’s important to allow your listing agent to negotiate offers on your behalf instead of you dealing directly with the buyer or buyer’s agent. Your agent should already be…
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    Growing Your Biz

  • Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks

    Guest Author
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:16 am
    If you have been putting off making the effort (and spending the money) to protect your business from cyber attacks, perhaps you should reconsider. Over the past few years, cyber crime has... Read more » The post Protect Your Business from Cyber Attacks appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends

    Susan Brown
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    As a professional running your own business one of the biggest struggles to overcome is figuring out how to attract the “good clients.” These people or businesses are the ones... Read more » The post How to Attract Good Clients and Get Them to Refer Their Friends appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • How to Really Make Money on Fiverr

    Susan Brown
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    Are you wondering how to start an online business on Fiverr that can help you pay your bills, develop your portfolio, and build up your brand online? While I’ve written... Read more » The post How to Really Make Money on Fiverr appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Got a virtual number for your home business? If you are a self-employed professional, an artist selling crafts online, or you run your micro business from a home office, there... Read more » The post 7 Compelling Reasons to Get a Virtual Phone Number for Your Home Business appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
  • 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It!

    Susan Brown
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    For some people the fear of success can be much bigger and more daunting than the fear of failure. Though this may seem a bit ironic, it actually makes a... Read more » The post 10 Ways to Face Your Fear of Success and Beat It! appeared first on Growing Your Biz.
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    The Pulse Australia

  • 5 ways to celebrate Melbourne Cup in the office

    Pete Wargent
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Affectionately known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, the annual Melbourne Cup horse race is in effect the race that halts two nations, since our friends across the Tasman in New Zealand tend to tune in as well. Each year, there’s a potential loss of productivity as employees around Australia peel away from their work – perhaps shaving off a little from Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). However, this downtime is likely to be offset by a corresponding boost to consumer expenditure, albeit partly from gambling. And anyway, taking the blinkers off, how does GDP capture the…
  • #Spruik us: What gets you out of bed every morning?

    Aishah Mustapha
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
      Oxford Dictionary Spruiking is arguably considered a local art form here in Australia. And the best spruikers are usually small business owners, or staff members who make spruiking such a great fanfare that it pulls you away from your morning coffee or lunch as you’re drawn to their happy energy and love for what they do or sell. This is the whole premise of our ‘Love Your Work’ movement. Not only are we taking the art of spruiking to another level, we are also paying tribute to the small business owners who get up every day to do what they love, in spite of all the hardship and…
  • What the iPhone 6 could mean for your business

    Alex Kidman
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Whether you love them or hate them, Apple’s yearly smartphone updates tend to dominate conversations around the future of mobile devices. Apple proudly touted that it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices in its launch weekend. Those are actual tracked sales in the hands of consumers, and while Apple Australia doesn’t break out local figures, the lines to buy iPhones or sign up for contract plans were extensive across the nation. Now that the iPhone 6 and the massive iPhone 6 Plus are here, what do you need to prepare or adapt to as a business. 1.
  • 6 great apps for team projects

    Fran Molloy
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    When you are trying to run a small team in today’s workplace, a whiteboard and diary just won’t cut it anymore. There are a swathe of tools available to you online — but which to choose? We’ve put six cloud leaders to the test: Trello, Asana, Solve360, Insightly, Scribblar and Podio. 1. Trello Platforms:  Android, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Web, Windows 8 Price: Basic — free for an unlimited time Business — $45 per user per annum. Includes admin control, 250MB attachments, Google apps connection and data export The low-down: Trello is a visually appealing, easy to use project…
  • 5 ideas that made a big difference to my business

    Pete Wargent
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Ideas are the beginnings of all fortunes,” affirmed success guru Napoleon Hill, and how true this statement has proven to be.Every successful small business must have a coherent menu of underlying ‘big ideas’, which drive the venture forward. With that in mind, below are five big ideas which made a difference to my business. They might work for your small business too. 1. Choose a flourishing and profitable industry If you choose to set up a business in a mature industry, a sector without high profit margins, or one which is at potential risk of decline, you may ultimately be…
 
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  • Smart, Space-Saving Kitchen Devices

    Whitney Richardson
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Customers will clamor for simple gadgets that are easy to store and easy to use. Storage space in the home is always at a premium. One area where residents often feel a significant pinch is the kitchen. So what if your customers could save themselves the headache of having multiple or bulky items lying around by purchasing smarter, sleeker devices to accomplish the same tasks? Here are a few simple gadgets that can be easily stored and will solve important needs in the kitchen, too. What if your customers could save themselves the headache of having multiple or bulky items lying around by…
  • 4 Things Retailers Should Know About Hiring Seasonal Employees

    Melissa Willets
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Important labor regulations, interview processes and retention practices for hardware retailers to consider when looking for part-time help for the holiday shopping season. The 2014 holiday season may prove to be quite lucrative for retailers, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). “Retailers could see a welcome boost in holiday shopping,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay in a news release. NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz explained, “Consumers are in a much better place than they were this time last year, and the extra spending power could very well translate into…
  • What’s New in Pet-Food Packaging and Labels

    Whitney Richardson
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    As manufacturers update their packaging to make it more intuitive and simple to shop for the right pet food, it’s important that customers and retailers alike pay attention to the labels on these products. One of the best strategies manufacturers have for selling their products is attractive packaging that clearly defines the item inside it. I and love and you is trying a new tactic to enable consumers to better identify its products through color coding. The refreshed design works both functionally and emotionally to communicate features and benefits. The company is using a variety of hues…
  • Lowe’s Digitally Enhances Its Customer Service

    Whitney Richardson
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:25 am
    The home-improvement retailer introduces robots to help shoppers. Rosie from “The Jetsons” may no longer be such a far-fetched concept. Lowe’s recently began testing robots to serve as customer assistants in its Orchard Supply store in San Jose, California. Lowe’s recently began testing robots to serve as customer assistants in its Orchard Supply store in San Jose, California. Called OSHbots, these multilingual robots employ 3D cameras, and front and rear screens, to communicate with customers to identify, research and locate products. “Lowe’s Innovation Labs is here to build new…
  • College Sports Take Center Stage for Gladiator GarageWorks’ New Storage Line

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Sports enthusiasts can deck out their garages and game rooms with storage containers highlighting their favorite team. There’s definitely a passion for college sports among Americans, with football ranking chief among them (almost as much as Major League Baseball). Facebook put together a map last year of the most beloved teams across the country, and those representing Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M were among the top 10. Not surprisingly, these same three schools are among the dozen chosen by Gladiator GarageWorks for its new PrimeTime line of sports lockers. These 6-foot units are…
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  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (October 2014)

    Kim George
    30 Oct 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!    EntrepreneurshipHere are 7 ways to detox your inboxGreat list of 6 tips for making the most out of trade shows and conferencesHere is a look at 10 workplace trends for 2015Marketing and SalesHere are a few reasons why small businesses should invest time in content marketingA sophisticated marketer’s guide to getting more leads and sales with SlideshareHere are 7 lead generation tools every business should use Social MediaA list of 5 ways that you can grow…
  • 7 Online Privacy Tips and Best-Practices Every Small Business Should Know

    Kim George
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:01 am
    While the internet makes it easy for us to find, gather and share information, it is also proven to be a place where theft, cybersecurity attacks and online privacy issues are rampant.At the end of last year and beginning of this year, more than 3 main large retailers that include: Target, Home Depot and Michaels suffered massive security breaches that resulted in more than  40 million credit card accounts being compromised.From the use of online collaboration tools to social media platforms, protecting your privacy online has become a little more difficult to do—while connected to the…
  • 8 Types of Tweets that Get Attention and Reshared the Most on Twitter

    Kim George
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:52 am
    Twitter happens to be one of my absolute favorite social media marketing platforms that I use to connect with fellow entrepreneurs, share content from the blog and build authority in the small business space. With more than 645 million registered users on the site, it’s no wonder that Twitter is one of the most popular social networks used. Benefits of using Twitter for Small BusinessSome of the main benefits of using twitter for small business include:To connect with more people in your marketplaceKeep up with trends in your industryGet more business exposure 8 Tweets that Get Attention…
  • 6 Essential Mobile Office Tools for Entrepreneurs on the Go

    Kim George
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    One thing is very evident…21st century business owners have without a doubt embraced the “mobile” culture.  The accessibility of a wide range of mobile applications and devices has made it easier for businesses large and small to work anywhere and anytime.  It is likely that if you are running a small business, chances are you own some type of smartphone or mobile device that you can NEVER leave home without (I am definitely guilty of this). Mobile Office Tools for Entrepreneurs on the GoThat said–I am rounding up a list of 6 essential mobile office tools that you can help you…
  • Responsive Websites: Here is How They Work [Infographic]

    Kim George
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It may or may not surprise you that 60% of Internet access is mostly mobile. Yep, its true! Using mobile devices to search the internet to find information on products and services is very popular these days. This is why it is so important for businesses of all sizes to invest in responsive websites. Unfortunately, small businesses have not jumped on the “mobile” bandwagon just yet.  As a matter of fact, earlier this year, Marketing Land reported that only “6 percent of SMBs have mobile sites, 45 percent don’t have any site at all“.  Bananas right?What are…
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  • Data-Mining in Schools: How It Could Threaten Your Kids’ Privacy

    Peter Nguyen
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Once upon a time, your child’s school performance was tidily summarized in two, maybe three, report cards per year. The cards rested safely in his or her student file, shared only with parents, teachers, and college administrators. Today’s digital technology has completely revamped that practice, and once-private academic information is now shared with countless individuals whom you’ll probably never meet. Is this an acceptable practice? According to Jose Ferreira, CEO of a six-year-old data-mining company called Knewton, it’s perfectly acceptable, and it’s also…
  • More Than 20% of Financial Malware Attacks Target Bitcoin

    Peter Nguyen
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    According to recent reports, criminals target Bitcoins in more than one-fifth of financial malware attacks. Specifically, Bitcoin miners accounted for 14 percent of all financial attacks, while Bitcoin wallet-stealers accounted for 8 percent in the second quarter of 2014. Hackers also used keyloggers, or keystroke logging malware, to steal users’ authentication credentials for online payment systems and banking in four percent of financial attacks. While traditional banking malware still accounts for the largest number of monetary attacks at 74 percent, the fact that Bitcoins are…
  • Beware of the POODLE Bug

    Peter Nguyen
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Do you spend a lot of time surfing the Internet at public places such as Starbucks? There’s a new security bug that you should be aware of. This security vulnerability could give hackers access to your bank, social media, and email accounts! This security hole is called POODLE. No, it doesn’t behave or bark like a dog. POODLE actually stands for “Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption.” What is the POODLE bug? POODLE is a security bug in version 3 of the Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSLv3). It was recently discovered by Google researchers. SSL protocol is used to…
  • How Safe is the Digital Wallet on Your Smartphone?

    Peter Nguyen
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Apple’s new digital wallet software may revolutionize the way people pay for things. While the digital wallet concept and various apps have been in use for years, few people have really embraced the technology. This may be due to the limited number of merchants who accept wallet apps, or technology barriers that prevent seamless integration between various apps and networks, or a low level of trust in the safety and security of digital wallets. Apple’s entry into the digital wallet market may change all of that by capitalizing on its excellent reputation for simplicity and its…
  • It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Peter Nguyen
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This month marks the 11th anniversary of the National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, National Cyber Security Month was created to raise awareness among the public about cyber security. As the same for last year, this year’s theme is Our Shared Responsibility. With the internet becoming a more integral part of our daily lives, it’s important for everyone to take necessary actions to protect yourself and to make…
 
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    The Blog from Instore

  • Choosing a New Location for Your Restaurant

    Matt Niehaus
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So your lease is getting close to running out, and your landlord’s raised the rent again or is planning to sell the building. You’ve already built up a customer base in your current location — what should you do? If you need to (or just want to) move your restaurant to a new site, there are a number of considerations when choosing the right spot. Here’s how to get it right. Focus on where your current customer base is. If you’ve built a base of regulars in a certain city, they might be willing to follow you if your new location is just a five minute walk away — but if…
  • 5 Tips for Building an Eco-Friendly Restaurant Business

    Matt Niehaus
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    "Going green" has become a popular catch phrase in recent years, referring to everything from restaurants to clothing to transportation. We all want to be more environmentally friendly, but creating a rooftop garden or getting certified as an organic restaurant isn't realistic for every business. Fortunately, there are smaller, simpler steps you can take to reduce your impact on the planet. These are not only good for the environment, but they could also help boost your bottom line and win over eco-conscious customers. Here's a look at five ideas to get you started. Use digital receipts Many…
  • Winning With The Underdog Strategy

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At our company, we’ve built a culture that thrives on overcoming challenges imposed by limited resources. Matt Niehaus, Killer Startups
  • Should Your Restaurant Ban Cell Phones?

    Matt Niehaus
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fed up with customers staring at their phones and snapping photos instead of enjoying the meal or each other's company, restaurants in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and other places around the world have banned cell phones—or at the very least, asked guests not to use them during their meals. Should your restaurant follow suit? Here's a look at the pros and cons of cell phone bans in restaurants. Pros: A more serene experience. When customers yak on their phones, it often disturbs other patrons. So, banning cell phones helps create a more enjoyable experience where customers are encouraged…
  • The Pros and Cons of Pop-Up Restaurants

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Pop-up restaurants — where customers enjoy a meal in a non-traditional, non-licensed venue—have been trendy for a couple of years now. Creative restaurateurs and chefs have brought the pop-up concept to a host of unexpected locations around the world, including a tram in Zurich, Switzerland, a chocolate factory in Somerville, Massachusetts and a museum terrace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pop-up restaurants can help get customers excited about your brand. Still, preparing a multi-course meal in a space without a commercial kitchen and bringing in customers to an unfamiliar venue…
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    SOHO Tech Training

  • 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home

    Deb Lee
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    To all you freelancers out there in your pajamas: I feel you. While other professionals run around in suits and silk blouses from 8 to 5, we rock a sunup to sundown workday clad in sweats and an oversized T-shirt. Though dressing up to work from home may seem pointless, it’s not. What you wear […] The post 3 Reasons to Dress Up When You Work from Home appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant

    Deb Lee
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Today’s post was written by Janet Barclay. So, you’ve decided to hire a virtual assistant (VA)! Good for you. You’re going to love having the time and energy to focus on your business goals instead of stressing out over day-to-day work. But where do you start? Tasks to Delegate to Your VA With so many tasks […] The post How to Communicate & Collaborate With Your Virtual Assistant appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You?

    Deb Lee
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Do you know what an Evernote Business Certified Consultant is? I do! As matter of fact, I’m now the proud owner of that title. Along with several other professionals, I recently completed an intense training program hosted by Evernote. This means that my new certification gives me specific knowledge and expertise to help small businesses successfully implement Evernote […] The post What Can an Evernote Business Certified Consultant do For You? appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team

    Deb Lee
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Today’s technology has transformed the way new business is brought in. Sales teams are equipped with tools that weren’t even available five years ago. There are tools that set up goals and motivate your sales team to target, contact, and close with the customers that will maximize your profits. Sales managers can also monitor and […] The post Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog

    Deb Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    At first glance, blogging may seem to require little effort. Just sign up for WordPress, get a hosting company, grab a nice skin (or theme) for your blog, and then start writing. Simple, right? In theory, it really can be that simple. But, if you’re serious about blogging, it often takes passion — for the topic you’re […] The post How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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    VerticalResponse Blog

  • 4 Steps to Prep Your Search Engine Marketing for the Holidays

    Barney Garcia
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    October marks the beginning of holiday season for many businesses. Halloween, Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), Christmas, Hanukkah, plus Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark some of the biggest and busiest times for all types of businesses. If you haven’t already started planning for the holidays, it’s time to kick your search engine marketing campaigns into gear so your business can reap the benefits all holiday season long. Here are 4 steps to get your SEM ready now: 1. Do Your Research The first thing you should do when creating a new, holiday-based SEM campaign is to start with…
  • Effective Birthday Emails That Light up Our Inboxes

    Kim Stiglitz
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    I recently celebrated my birthday, and as an email and content marketer, I couldn’t wait to see what kind of birthday emails I’d receive from the various email lists I subscribe to. This year, I got a dozen different birthday emails from retailers, airlines, restaurants and even my dentist (maybe he heard about the birthday cake email below)! Not sending engagement-driving birthday emails yourself? Now’s the time. In this post, we break down various birthday emails, and what makes them effective or miss the mark – Take note! First, here’s a snapshot of my Gmail…
  • 7 Tips to a Stellar Welcome Email

    Lisa Furgison
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    When a new subscriber comes along, you want to dazzle them. How? Greeting your new subscribers with a welcome email is the first step to impressing your new contacts. To help you create a stellar welcome email, we have a list of seven tips to follow: 1. Send a welcome email immediatelyWhen someone new signs up for your email list, they are actively seeking more information about your company. Don’t leave them hanging. You want to feed their curiosity while it’s piqued, which is why you want to send a welcome email right away – within 48 hours is best.  2. Offer valueA…
  • How to Tell If Google’s Penguin 3 is Affecting Your Backlinks [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Google is constantly making changes to their algorithms, but do you know how the latest Penguin 3 release is affecting your site? In this short video, we show you how to tell if this latest release is impacting your backlinks in a positive or negative way. We also provide actionable tips about how you can change your backlinks if you’re seeing less than favorable results from the Google Penguin 3 release.  Get more marketing tips and advice in the weekly VR Buzz.    © 2014, VerticalResponse Blog. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this…
  • 12 Images You Should Share on Social Media

    Contributing Author
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Posting photos to social media is one of the fastest, easiest and fun ways to promote your business as well as boost engagement with your audience. If you’re not sure what types of images make for good exposure, use this list as your guide: 1. Customer photos. Show off your customers’ satisfaction with your product, enjoying the benefits of your service, or just happily browsing in your store. The Epicurean Connection
 has plenty photos of smiling, dancing and satisfied customers on Instagram. You could also get your customers to post photos of them using your products. Check…
 
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    Matt's Chat

  • 3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition

    6 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Across industries, the up-turn in Entrepreneurship has seen increased competition in recent times.  Whilst great to see such "green shoots" emerging in the economic sense, many business owners are starting to feel increased pressure to perform in a crowded marketplace.  So how can we ensure that our prospects beat a happy path to our door, rather than our competitors?  If you've ever answered the question "What's your USP" with the response "Great customer service", it's time to get real.  Here are 3 ways you can differentiate in a more sustainable and game-changing way...
  • 10 Tips for Increasing Brand Awareness with Social Media Marketing

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:03 am
    It seems a bit "retro" to be talking about brand awareness through social media, but many businesses - especially service oriented - still struggle to make their content stick.  Content only does it's job when the right people see the right posts and shares, and many marketers still struggle with this more than the content creation itself.
  • The Best 8 Things About Content Marketing for IT Firms

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    This month we're focusing on how IT firms in particular can benefit from great content marketing.  Today, we're dealing with the justification aspect.  Need to get buy-in from the powers-that-be?  Hovering on the verges of starting your own online campaigns?  Here's 8 great reasons to take the leap...
  • @HubSpot Unveils Sales Platform and Much More at #Inbound14

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Sales teams have never faced so much pressure to move with the ever-changing face of the client or consumer.  Buying decisions and patterns seem to change on line with the many technological advances of recent times; a perfect example being the trust that consumer hold in review sites such as TripAdvisor and G2Crowd, over and above the personal, omni-faceted referral or recommendation.  Never before have people seeked out so much social proof before spending their hard-earned dollar. In addition, the role of the salesperson has changed, and for the better.  The consultative…
  • The reign of the opt-out culture: Ice-bucket autoplays cause data spikes

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
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  • Create A Compass

    Kim
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Welcome to a peek inside the Form Lasting Habits course. If you have been trying to make meaningful change in your life but are having a tough time making it stick, this course can help. Simply pay what it’s worth and you can have immediate access. Learn more here: Form Lasting Habits. Links Mentioned: Alexandra […]
  • 6 Rules for Habit Creation

    Kim
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Welcome to a peek inside the Form Lasting Habits course. If you have been trying to make meaningful change in your life but are having a tough time making it stick, this course can help. Simply pay what it’s worth and you can have immediate access. Learn more here: Form Lasting Habits. Transcript Using habits […]
  • Gratitude Through Failure

    Kim
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Note: This is a sneak peek into the 14-day Gratitude Every Day email series. This email is delivered near the end of the series and discusses the importance of failure in recognizing gratitude. Enjoy. Are you a straight A kind of student or do you occasionally dip a bit lower? It’s easy to be full of […]
  • Foundation Habit: Believe in Something

    Kim
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Welcome to a peek inside Happier By The Month. If you have been trying to make meaningful change in your life and just don’t know how to go about it, Happier By The Month is where you need to be. Simply pay what it’s worth and you can have immediate access to weekly workshops, proven […]
  • Beliefs and Self-Image

    Kim
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Welcome to a peek inside Happier By The Month. If you have been trying to make meaningful change in your life and just don’t know how to go about it, Happier By The Month is where you need to be. Simply pay what it’s worth and you can have immediate access to weekly workshops, proven […]
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  • Why Your Accountant Should Write Your Business Plan

    24 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
        Have you written a business plan for your small business? Or are you planning to sit down and write it up soon? In either case, you have found—or will encounter soon—the financial dilemma. It’s a dilemma, of course, only to the non-accountants of the world. Sure a business plan has a lot of sections, not all of them pertaining to money. But if you think about it, who is the business plan for, ultimately? Yes it’s so you can prove to naysayers that you have a viable, money-making venture. Yes it’s to keep you on track over the years. But mostly, the business plan exists…
  • Who Says Family and Business Don’t Mix?

    4 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
        Are you a small business owner with a family to support? It’s not always easy to start a business and still have time to invest in your spouse and children, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. In fact, learning how to balance the different parts of your life that don’t mix well is a hallmark of a well-rounded person. If you’re having a hard time reconciling the two worlds of family and business, it’s time you did something about it.   Priorities and Planning Be purposeful about your life. Carpe diem, as it were. Do you spend a lot of time logging hours at…
  • Secrets to Keep Customers Coming Back

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
        Sure, you went through business school. You learned how to keep books, use cutting edge software, even do market research to get the most clients for your new business. But did you learn good people skills? These days, that’s often what separates competing businesses from each other and what keeps people coming back. Do you want to retain customers? Then you and your staff should master these important business skills—which are people skills too.   Do you listen well? If you ask your staff if they believe they’re good listeners, chances are they’ll nod in the…
  • What Should You Do to Keep Your Business Safe?

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
        Probably find out what accounting mistakes to avoid! Putting your business at risk with silly number mistakes—or lack of knowledge—just isn’t an option these days. That’s why we’ve found this list of 3 accounting mistakes that put your business at risk. Avoiding these mistakes will help you stay functioning and successful longer, paving the way for long-term security for your business and its assets (and saving you money!).   Mistake #1: Failing to Keep Expense Receipts Keeping receipts isn’t just a nice thing to do for a business—it’s key for avoiding…
  • Top Online Tools to Steer Clear of Business Frustrations

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
        All small business owners have been there—wasted time on unfamiliar tasks, frustrated by wasting money because you don’t know the ropes yet. But now there are ways to avoid these things. Experience is always the best teacher, but in our internet-based society, there’s no excuse for wasting your energy. Here are 7 internet resources that use cloud storage to help your business run smoothly—from the start.   Website Design First, create your website at Strikingly.com, then go to Canva.com to design your logos and layout. The best part? They’re both free. Canva.com…
 
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    Godot Media

  • Survey Shows More B2B Marketers Are Turning To Content Marketing

    Godot Media
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:26 pm
    Do you have a content marketing strategy? If yes, is it a documented one? According to a survey conducted by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, more and more B2B marketers and organizations are turning to content marketing and making it their primary marketing tool. However, the survey also suggests that while it is quite helpful to have a content marketing strategy in place, it is more beneficial to have a strategy that is documented. Simply put, those who write down their strategy, produce more effective content, and are more successful in their businesses. In the survey,…
  • Is Audio The New Kid On The Block?

    Godot Media
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    As content marketing strategies pick up speed, new content marketing tools like podcasts are being discovered as ways of getting the point across in marketing campaigns. Marketers are starting to realize that there is a lot more that can be done to promote brands other than using written content. During the Golden Age of Radio, people sat glued to the radio and listened to news bulletins, commercials, drama and more with a lot of interest. We are seeing the same trend with the increase in the number of people who regularly tune in to listen to podcasts. Now that a lot of marketing campaigns…
  • The Top 15 Mistakes to Avoid In Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot Media
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Content is king – and if you still haven’t boarded this train, you are missing out on a lot of profitable opportunities. However, to get the most out of your content marketing strategy, you must plan and be consistent in your content. Here are the top 15 common mistakes that you can avoid making when planning your content marketing strategy. 1. DON’T do it for the sake of doing it. Content marketing strategy is serious business and if used the right way, they can help your business reach new heights. Have a plan before moving forward with your content, and discuss potential…
  • Using Content for Client Acquisition

    Godot Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Experts agree that the key to effective content marketing lies in the creation of useful content. Content marketing is an on-going process that involves identifying dynamic platforms, which allow you to communicate with the target audience, without necessarily selling to them. It is an opportunity for a brand or a company to share valuable information that is likely to influence buying decisions. Content marketing is a great tool in not only spreading brand awareness, but can also be used as a powerful strategy in client acquisition. Thanks to the widespread use of the internet buyers are now…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (81 – 99)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    81. Top Dog Social Media Top Dog Social Media is one of the few companies that are on the forefront of social media marketing. It focuses on building relationships with the help of technology and helps other companies uncover the true potential of social media in the success of a business. Top Dog Social Media was founded by Melonie Dodaro, an expert social media strategist. She has spoken on numerous forums and has even published her work in several social media journals. 82. Social Media Today Social Media Today is an online community for people in the fields of advertising, marketing, PR,…
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  • Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog?

    Barry
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    There are definite, proven benefits of a dog in the office, but there are also considerations that should be made regarding the potential disadvantages.  Are You Barking Mad To Allow An Office Dog? According to confused.com, 16% of workers were reported to have office pets and 55% said they’d be more motivated if they had a furry (or scaled) friend in the office. Caring for an office pet depends largely on what type of animal it is, a fish for instance, is fairly easy to maintain whereas a dog would require a lot more thought and dedication to care for properly. The benefits of…
  • Use LinkedIn To Embark On Your Dream Career

    Barry
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    LinkedIn’s used daily by millions of us. Usually we just log in to check Inmail and any updates. You could, however, use LinkedIn to embark on your dream career. An increasing number of companies and agencies are using LinkedIn for their recruitment efforts. It even has a specific premium product called LinkedIn Recruiter which is not only growing in functionality but also in popularity with employers searching for talent. While the network grows in popularity as a resource for applicants so too does the importance of taking the network seriously and managing your personal brand…
  • Final Touches For Tomorrow’s Customer Event

    Barry
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    We’ve finished the final touches for our customer event tomorrow. Presentations are ready, banners and ‘take homes’ created and packed and everyone’s excited for a great day at the Museum of London! Among the topics covered will be: Winning the ongoing battle for talent Protecting your people data Beyond the Org Chart Taking your seat in the Boardroom – Raising HR’s profile with business analytics An agile approach to flexible working Tomorrow’s event promises to be the most popular to date and we’re all looking forward to sharing all the latest…
  • The Two Faces Of Social Media In The Workplace

    Barry
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The two faces of social media in the workplace require policing and careful thought by HR and leaders alike. It’s proved to be of huge benefit to businesses when used correctly, but also the bane of HR departments when abused. First, the potential issues which can occur: Employee’s social updates can be a reputation management nightmare With the potential scenario of every employee updating multiple social networks a number of times per day, it’s easy to see how quickly something can spread at an alarming rate. This is great when the content shared is a glowing review of…
  • Want To Telecommute? Here’s What To Consider

    Barry
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Working from home sounds like the perfect answer to balancing work and life, but it may not be for everyone. Do you want to telecommute? Here’s what to consider: Do you have the necessary equipment at home? If your office is anything like ours, then most, if not all, employees will be equipped with laptops. This is partly due to security considerations, but also for flexibility in allowing employees to work from anywhere; particularly useful, not just for the odd occasion that it may be easier to telecommute, but also for practical reasons, especially given the time of year and the…
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Tips to Implement Environmental Standards in Your Business

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Implement eco-friendly standards not only shows interest in the environment, but also the company's ability to optimize the use of their resources.Sustainable and eco-friendly production practices remain a high priority for us, especially working within the print industry – which can be harmful to the environment is not managed well. So how can you help your business to be as green as possible whilst continuing to print attractive, high-quality resources and materials? At Elanders Print, we work incredibly hard to ensure that our materials, processes and business standards are as…
  • Securing the Financial Future of Your Business

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    How do you make your business financially secure? The world of business and enterprise has always been a cutthroat industry, but the exponential rise of digital technology has made it even more so, with new competition seemingly springing up on every corner. This has forced even the biggest brands and largest corporations to sit up, take stock and fiercely guard their prime position. However, with every competition there are winner and losers, and the 21st century has seen market leaders fall by the wayside because of an unwillingness to change and adapt, as well as poor financial…
  • Global Business Outsourcing (Infographic)

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Why outsourcing could save your business. The global market size of the outsourced services industry was worth $82.9 billion in revenue in 2013. Outsourcing is big business, and one of the key trends is the rise of offshore outsourcing where a company outsources a portion of its work overseas typically to keep costs down. The benefits of outsourcing include keeping costs down, transferring risk, attaining specific expertise that companies don’t have access to in house, invaluable access to technologies that companies don’t have the time to learn or the budget to implement…
  • The Science Behind a Great Workspace

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The spaces we occupy affect us psychologically, and therefore impact our creativity and performance at work. Neuroscience has proven that our brain is malleable even in our adulthood. The surrounding environment has a huge impact both on the way our brains develop and how that brain is transformed into a unique human mind. In this line of thought, the spaces we occupy shape who we are and how we behave. Thus we can conclude that our work space has a big impact on both our psychological well-being and performance. Considering the amount of time an employee spends at work it is…
  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The early days of an employee in a company are crucial not only for their short and long-term performance but also on their satisfaction and engagement with the organization.Related post: Why Employees Quit Their Job To achieve this, companies must understand that "the success of the first day of work is determinated by how the company supports and encourages employees to (1) Demonstrate what they bring to the company, (2) Generate impact on their position from day one, and (3) Create social bonds within the company." Read more about "What Drives a Successful Onboarding Process." A…
 
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  • Inventory Nightmares: More Stories of Inventory Tracking Hell

    Brian Sutter
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This isn’t the first time we’ve shared stories of inventory tracking nightmares—instances when improper inventory tracking led to scary situations—and it likely won’t be the last. Although a solid inventory tracking system is important, many businesses don’t have an accurate and efficient tool to keep track of important business items—whether those items consist of consumable [...]
  • TV Worth Watching: Shows for Small Business Owners

    Jason Sentell
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Although inventory and asset tracking is an important part of business, we recognize small business owners need to know more about their business than the location of critical assets or how much stock is needed. In fact, a number of recent shows center almost entirely around how a business is run. These shows can provide [...]
  • Select Labs Automates Time and Attendance with WaspTime

    Brian Sutter
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    When the medical practitioners of North and South Carolina need laboratory diagnostics, they often turn to the blood and urine analysis services of Select Labs. Despite the advanced technology Select Labs used to ensure the accuracy of its analysis, it struggled with its monthly payroll services. With over 150 employees, the company needed a better [...]
  • Tracking Government Grants: Compliance with Federal Regulations

    Jason Sentell
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    When people think of government grants, it’s likely their first thought is of grants for student financing enabling teenagers to attend college. However, there are many grants and sub-grants offered to businesses for a variety of reasons. Grants may be obtained to fund scientific and technology projects, medical research, conservation efforts, economic agendas, and other [...]
  • National Boss’s Day: 4 Ways to Be a Great Boss Today and All Year Long

    Brian Sutter
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day, is Thursday, October 16th. Dedicated to all employers, National Boss Day is meant to improve the relationship between employers and their staff. Although there are tips for winning over your boss and tips for celebrating the holiday, the day traditionally focuses on employees taking the opportunity to [...]
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  • Youku Tudou, Alibaba marketing collaboration - Advanced Television

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Latin American Herald TribuneYouku Tudou, Alibaba marketing collaborationAdvanced TelevisionYouku Tudou, China's leading Internet television company, and e-commerce specialist Alibaba Group are to work together to drive the adoption of big data in marketing in China. Alibaba Group's online marketing technology platform, Alimama, will use its Alibaba Signs Video Marketing Deal With Youku TudouVarietyYouku Tudou and Alibaba Group Collaborate to Innovate Online Video MarketingPR Newswire (press release)Youku Tudou, Alibaba partner on online video marketingTelecompaper (subscription)all…
  • Small Biz Prep for Online Marketing in 2015 - PR.com (press release)

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:07 am
    Small Biz Prep for Online Marketing in 2015PR.com (press release)Remarks from Marla Currie of TAG on the Web in a webinar hosted by the Institute for Entrepreneurial leadership on getting Prepped for Online Marketing in 2015. TAG on the Web is a web marketing and design company that has digital advertising solutions ...
  • ServiceMaster of North Texas Boosts their Internet Marketing Strategy by ... - Franchising.com (press release)

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    ServiceMaster of North Texas Boosts their Internet Marketing Strategy by Franchising.com (press release)They are the most recent ServiceMaster franchise to boost their online marketing campaign by joining RestorationMasterFinder.com. RestorationMasterFinder, or RMF, was developed by Proceed Innovative as a lead generating website that provides ...and more »
  • The “Other” Social Media Sites For Online Marketing Success - Business 2 Community

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Business 2 CommunityThe “Other” Social Media Sites For Online Marketing SuccessBusiness 2 CommunityThe “Other” Social Media Sites For Online Marketing Success image Social Media Sites for You know Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn—the usual social media sites. You likely use at least one of them for your company's social media ...and more »
  • The Five Marketing Must-Haves of an Online Startup - Forbes

    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Five Marketing Must-Haves of an Online StartupForbesStartups are often strapped for cash, crunched for time, and slammed with responsibilities. This kind of lean and agile operations need a particular kind of marketing power. Startups can't do every marketing activity in the book. They certainly can't
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  • Business Wire Names Media Industry Veteran Scott Fedonchik Vice President of ... - Yahoo Finance UK

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    Business Wire Names Media Industry Veteran Scott Fedonchik Vice President of Yahoo Finance UKScott Fedonchik, an award-winning executive with broad experience implementing integrated communications programs across multi-channel media platforms, has been named Business Wire's vice president of marketing. He will report to Gregg Castano, ...and more »
  • Small Business Marketing Ideas For Halloween - Business 2 Community

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Business 2 CommunitySmall Business Marketing Ideas For HalloweenBusiness 2 CommunityThe Halloween market is growing in two ways that make it very attractive for businesses to take part. First, Halloween is becoming an increasingly universal celebration. Almost everybody celebrates it. Second, individual consumers are spending
  • Leverage Data-Driven Marketing to Measure Business Impact - CMSWire

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    CMSWireLeverage Data-Driven Marketing to Measure Business ImpactCMSWireBullock explained that marketers need to understand the close connection between their budgets and the company's financial success. For example, they could ask themselves what impact would a 10 percent increase in the marketing budget have on their ...
  • Project 17 Small Business Marketing and E-Commerce Assistance Kickoff Event - KOAM-TV

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Project 17 Small Business Marketing and E-Commerce Assistance Kickoff EventKOAM-TVSE Kansas - Project 17 is hosting a Small Business Marketing and E-Commerce Assistance Kickoff Event. The Kickoff will take place Friday, November 7th at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, Kansas. The event is for small, local businesses that grow, ...and more »
  • Here Are The Most Important Things Marketers Need To Know From Facebook's ... - Business Insider

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    NewsweekHere Are The Most Important Things Marketers Need To Know From Facebook's Business InsiderFacebook reported better than expected Q3 revenue and earnings per share Tuesday, although its stock price fell in after hours trading last night as the company spooked investors with its 2015 outlook — a year described as a major “investment” year 22 Facebook Facts and Statistics You Need To Know Right NowBusiness 2 Communityall 922 news articles »
 
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  • The Most Dangerous Jobs

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    There are some occupations that can not only ruin your health, but take away your life… What professionals work at the risk of their health? In some cases the work can not only provide a sense of moral satisfaction and financial independence, but can also subject the human health and...
  • Total Recall and How to Avoid It

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    The 1990s film “Total Recall” was billed as one of the most expensive productions of its time. When it comes to product recalls any business that is faced with one may find the same. Product recall can be expensive, logistically challenging and in terms of the company image, potentially fatal....
  • 4 Tips for Getting the Best Deals on Online Shopping

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Besides not having to leave the house and fight the crowds at shopping centers, especially during the holidays, the benefits of online shopping are numerous, not least of which is saving big. Other benefits of shopping online include the ability to research, compare prices, and find exclusive discounts from the...
  • 4 Reasons to Give Your Employees Company Smartphones

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Talk about a business perk! Many companies give their employees smartphones to use, and it’s not “just” for business; in fact, employees can use these phones for just about anything as long as it’s legal. Of course, it’s also a means for a company to make sure everyone has similar...
  • Making Credit Card Charging Safer in Today’s Hacking Climate

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Imprinting a credit card on duplicate paper seems like 19th century technology, but merchants relied on this payment solution as recent as the 1980s. Today’s payment types are so far-ranging that hackers have recently found pathways into some of the most secure servers, from retail giants to computer innovators. Whether...
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Business Videos & Video Infographics Online

    Brian Lang
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:46 am
    Intimidated by online video? GoAnimate is a tool you may want to consider to tap into the effectiveness of online video without breaking your budget. The post GoAnimate Review: Make Your Own Business Videos & Video Infographics Online appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse

    Brian Lang
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    LinkedIn's publishing platform provides a new way for writers to gain new followers and promote their business. Here's how top writers are getting featured on the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore

    Brian Lang
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:22 am
    How LinkedIn spiked my traffic to a post and is one of the most overlooked opportunities. Win in noisy channels by creating epic content. The post How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    How can we be sure that we are receiving the full benefit of SEO from guest posting? Here are some ideas on how to link that should keep you out of trouble. The post SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Google declared war on spammy guest blogging in 2014. Here are some notable events that occurred including the penalization of My Blog Guest, Portent, and Doc Sheldon's blog. The post Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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    Active Business

  • Reigning In The Cloud

    Active_Business
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    Cloud computing has dramatically transformed the way we work, but to really reap the benefits, you need the best applications. When it comes to filesharing, for example, via Smartphone or mobile device, few cloud-based solutions are more geared towards business than Box. When combined with a powerful security application, such as McAfee Multi Access, you’ve got a powerful business tool that can help your business run much more efficiently, improving productivity and cutting costs along the way. Thinking In The Box In what’s becoming a saturated market, Box’s creators are working hard to…
  • Are you worried your Dropbox Account could have been hacked?

    Sara Metcalfe
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:54 am
    A number of newspapers and online news sources have reported that the cloud data storage service Dropbox has been hacked and millions of usernames and passwords stolen. This is not true. So what is going on? It appears that the passwords and user names have been stolen from a variety of third party sites and then applied to DROPBOX on the assumption that some users will be using the same password for multiple sites and accounts. Unfortunately this is true. Despite advice to the contrary, many people continue to insist on using the same password for many or all of their online accounts. This…
  • An overview to flexible working

    Active_Business
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:40 am
    Changes that extend the right to request flexible working have now been put in place and have become law today. The government says it wants to remove the “cultural assumption” that flexible working only applies to parents or carers, and introducing these changes will make the workplace “fit tor the 21st Century” So, what will the future of flexible look like, and what is covered by the extended “right to request flexible working?” First point to note is that the legislation does not give employees the right to work flexibly, instead it provided the right to request this. The…
  • Gameover Zeus, Cryptolocker and how you can keep your computer safe from the new breed of hacker attack

    Sara Metcalfe
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:26 am
    It has been difficult to avoid the recent press coverage of increasingly prevalent hacker threats over the last week or so, with the authorities in the US making some headway against the rise of two pieces of malicious software known as Gameover Zeus and Cryptolocker. The two pieces of malware are increasingly used by criminal gangs as part of an organised cyber war against consumers, with the sole aim being to extort money or to trick the infected computer into automatically carrying out cyber crime. This represents a relatively new stage of cyber attack, combining offline criminal…
  • Business is becoming upwardly mobile

    Sara Metcalfe
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:23 am
    Part Two In the first section of this blog, we examined the growing trend in mobile working and why it is becoming the norm, instead of the exception. In the concluding section we’ll look at the very real benefits to be gained by both companies and workers. Boosting productivity What is clear is that companies who invest in mobile strategies are discovering huge increases in productivity. Software developers are producing new applications and platforms monthly designed to leverage maximum value for employers from mobile workers. The cloud is just the latest of these innovations that…
 
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  • Important Fact about 8(a) Adjusted Net Worth Requirements

    Rick Otero
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    As you may be aware, the applicant for 8(a) Certification must have an adjusted net worth of less than $250,000 to get 8(a) Certified. However, here is an important fact that you must also consider. If the applicant is married, the SBA will consider the spouse’s financial situation also in determining whether the applicant’s access to capital and credit is diminished where the spouse has a role in the business (e.g. an officer, employee or director) or has lent money to, provided credit support to, or guaranteed a loan to the business. See CFR part 13: §124.104   Who is…
  • Active SBA 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 by Location

    Rick Otero
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    There are 7,078 active SBA 8(a) Certified firms as of July 1, 2014. Below is an info graphic showing the location by state and number of active SBA 8(a) Certified firms. The source of this information is the SBA Dynamic Small Business database. 8(a) Certified Firms as of July 1, 2014 The top five states with 8(a) Certified Firms are: 1. Virginia – 880 2. California – 789 3. Maryland – 668 4. Texas – 605 5. Florida – 441 The top five states or US territories with the lowest number of 8(a) Certified firms are: 1. Vermont – 2 2. U.S. Virgin Islands – 3…
  • 8(a) Program. Ownership vs. Control

    Rick Otero
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:15 am
    Control is not the same as ownership. For example a disadvantaged individual may own 51% of the business that is applying for 8(a) Certification but they may be found to not unconditionally control the company by the SBA. As defined by the SBA in CFR 124.106, the SBA regards control as including both the strategic policy setting exercised by boards of directors and the day-to-day management and administration of business operations of the business. In order to be found to control the business, here are the following requirements. 1. The disadvantaged individual must manage the daily business…
  • Do you meet the 70% Economic Dependency Rule?

    Rick Otero
    12 May 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Economic Dependence is a significant obstacle to the eligibility of many applicants desiring to gain 8(a) Certification for their firms. In fact, it is currently the issue for which we have to turn the greatest number of potential applicants away, until the issue is resolved. Here is a simple flow chart that will help you determine if economic dependency applies to your business. Click on the chart below to see a larger image. Economic Dependency Chart Need assistance with your 8(a) Application? With 14 years and over 2,000 successful applications under our belt, we can assure you that no…
  • List of Items needed to complete the SBA Form 413 (Personal Financial Statement)

    Rick Otero
    8 May 2014 | 10:40 am
    The following is a detailed list of items needed to complete the SBA Form 413 (Personal Financial Statement. Please note, this list may or may not cover every personal asset or liability you may have and should serve as only a general list. All statements mentioned below must be no older than 30 days old when submitted to the SBA, contain all pages of the statement, list all of the account holder(s) names, account numbers, type(s) of account and account balances. Assets: 1. Checking account statement. 2. Savings account statement. 3. IRA and any other retirement account statements along with…
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  • Do You Know the Lifetime Value of Your Customers?

    Raymond Manley
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/do-you-know-the-lifetime-value-of-your-customers/Four in 10 senior executives in larger companies don’t know the lifetime value of their customers. That’s according to MarketingCharts who quoted a Forbes and Sitecore study that surveyed 312 senior executives in North American companies. Not only did 40 percent of the leadership surveyed not know the financial value of their customers, over half of them don’t plan to. In other words, they don’t care or see the merit in this important number. This absolutely surprises me. If the leaders of these…
  • How to Recognize Workplace Bullying to Protect Your Small Business

    Raymond Manley
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/how-to-recognize-workplace-bullying-to-protect-your-small-business/Each year October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the first step toward prevention is being able to recognize bullying, its early warning signs, and the conditions within which it often arises. While the press often focuses on tragic cases of youth bullying, it also occurs in the workplace. Review this infographic to remind yourself of the signs that can indicate bullying among coworkers. Then check the statistics at the bottom to get a better picture of the bullies and their…
  • When Does a ‘Small Business’ Become a ‘Venture’?

    Raymond Manley
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/when-does-a-small-business-become-a-venture/I am pleased every year to host a program for the New York State Bar Association on “Representing the Startup Venture.” Whenever I do this program, the question inevitably arises: what is a “venture” and how does it differ from any other business startup? It’s actually quite simple. A startup business can be either: A “small business” or “personal business”; or A “venture.” Let’s start with the small (or personal) business, which has the following characteristics: Retail or Service…
  • All in the Family: Running a Small Business Together.

    Susan Solovic
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/all-in-the-family-running-a-small-business-together/Mom and pop shops are a big part of our American culture.  It’s the picture many of us conjure up when we visualize main street America– very Normal Rockwell.  But today technology has dramatically changed the small business landscape to the point where you might think the family-owned business — the corner grocery store so to speak —  has disappeared.  Well, think again. Every year, thousands of entrepreneurs either start-up a business with a family member or bring a family member…
  • Six Google Apps Your Small Business Should Be Using

    Raymond Manley
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/10/six-google-apps-your-small-business-should-be-using/Google’s world domination continues. Nearly two-thirds of the world’s internet users make Google their go-to search engine. When it comes to SEO, there’s no doubt that Google is king, and Gmail is increasingly integrated into business email over old stand-bys such as Outlook. The tech giant offers quite a few innovative features, including Google Wallet and Google Hangouts, which businesses should consider utilizing to succeed on a global scale. These apps are transforming the way people…
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  • 10 Business Cards That Will Change The Way You Think About Marketing

    Adele Halsall
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Business cards are usually the first thing to think about when one starts up their own company or goes solo as a freelancer. By getting your contact details around, you’ll be making sure your competitors and potential clients know who you are, and will always be prepared for a spot of networking. But if there’s one thing you shouldn’t overlook, its the design. A quirky, outside-the-box business card concept can be he difference between getting conversions…or getting thrown in the bin. Take a look at these ten businesses who took a different stance on the traditional…
  • Forget Twitter – These Brands Are Now Using VINE to Serve Their Customers

    Adele Halsall
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    For the last few years companies have been stepping up their game on social media; assimilating it into their customer service strategy along with helplines and emails. But where condensing customer advice down to 140 characters was once the challenge, now brands are looking to get a little more creative with a much less generous allowance – just six seconds of video. That’s not enough for a positive customer experience…is it? Vine as a Service Tool Since its launch in early 2013, Twitter’s video sharing app Vine has garnered over 40 million users, a large proportion…
  • How to Acquire the Perfect Service Representative

    Adele Halsall
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    This latest post comes from Stacey Oliver-Knappe, the chief consultant of The Customer Service Gurus. Before I opened a training company, I worked on the front lines of customer service. I have had positions with direct face-to-face customer service in hospitality, retail, and food & beverage positions. There was a period where I answered phones in a call center. This real world experience, coupled with my formal training, enables me to offer you a few tips on acquiring the perfect customer service representative. Hire the Perfect Person This is the number one requirement for any…
  • 7 Steps to Make Sure Your Energy Complaint is Dealt With

    Darren Cook
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    Our latest post comes from Richard Hearne of 1Gas Connections, the nationwide experts in gas pipe and meter connections. Richard was kind enough to give us some insider tips on how to make sure your energy complaint is listened to and dealt with, swiftly and appropriately. When making a complaint to your energy provider it may often feel like your words are falling on deaf ears. However, there are methods by which your voice can be heard and your complaint dealt with effectively. Here are 7 important techniques that will help prepare you for the possibility of having to make an official…
  • Why Did This Customer’s Review of Pizza Express Go Viral?

    Adele Halsall
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    We’re all used to seeing customer reviews go viral…particularly reviews that tear a company apart. Which is why its rather surprising when we see the same wildfire response to a review with something positive to say for a change. That’s right, you read correctly – a customer review saying lovely things has actually captured the heart of the internet public Surprised? Curious? We were too. The review was originally posted on the website of UK regional newspaper, the Peterborough Telegraph, by a student no less, named Holly Aston. Holly, 17, is studying for a…
 
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  • 3 ways to add website keywords and get found online

    Yola
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a great, low cost way to get found online through search engines. With SEO, comes adding keywords, the words or phrases people search for on Google in order to find a website that matches. Search engines use these to determine which websites to display on the results page. Therefore, choose keywords your audience would use to search for your website. This will help you get found online and make your SEO more effective. Now, let’s add website keywords to your content. 1. Add website keywords where they count Add keywords to the following key…
  • Featured Website: Transformations with Sabrina Sarabella

    Yola
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Sabrina Sarabella is a fitness and nutrition expert who began the journey of building her online business from the ground up. To help bring exposure to her online business, she knew she needed to build a website. As a result, she began using Yola to create a fitness website. We decided to reach out to Sabrina to understand her site­-building experience with Yola and learn any tips she has for other online businesses. We were pleased to hear it’s been quite intuitive. “All you need to do is drag and drop pictures and texts into the spots you want them, and your website is…
  • 5-minute website fixes: Enable customer product reviews for your Online Store

    Yola
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    We’ve said it once (or maybe twice), and we’ll say it again – having online business reviews from real customers is imperative to building customer trust and credibility for your business website. It’s one of the best ways to stand out among your competitors. Since online business reviews carry so much pull (more specifically, 72% of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations from real people), it’s only natural to want the ability to have customer product reviews for your Online Store – and moreover, on their products. Today in this…
  • 3 ways to prep your online business for the holiday season

    Yola
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    For online stores and offline retailers, building a website is a must have for any successful business. As a general rule, online shoppers research purchases online before buying. Therefore, every holiday season becomes a critical turning point for many online businesses as well as offline businesses. This is the time of year when most people spend spend spend. Whether you have a website or are still building, we’ll help you get your website ready for the holiday season with these easy tricks. 1. Analyze the past The first way to prep your online business for the holiday season is to see…
  • 5 ways to build customer trust with reviews

    Yola
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Article written by Jeremy Gin, CEO of SiteJabber Consumer reviews can clearly be an important tool for online business owners—in 2012, Nielsen found that 70% of global consumers say they trust online reviews. The hard question is: how should online business owners manage their reputation? With over 45,000 online businesses reviewed on SiteJabber, we’ve had the opportunity to study what works for business owners – so, it is our pleasure to bring you the five best practices for leveraging consumer reviews to build trust and earn more loyal customers. 1. Choose the right review platform…
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  • Anything is Possible and Achievable!

    Chris Green
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    I have a younger brother. He’s bigger than me. He’s not really into business, he’s more of a musician and showman. Oh and he runs and runs and runs. This morning he taught me a massive lesson that we can all take to heart. It’s summarised like this: Anything is Possible and Achievable! And it looked like this on a Facebook post: The context of this is that this time last year Jon was heavier than he wanted to be, felt sluggish, his diet wasn’t great and he wasn’t doing any exercise. At all. Jon Just Does it So one day. When he got really fed up, he took it…
  • EP022 Fast Track Your Cash Flow

    Chris Green
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    We’ve all been there at some point. Waiting for clients to pay. Waiting for projects to start. Checking that bank balance to see if it’s increasing at all. They key is to do something about it as quick as possible. Cash flow is critical to any business and will probably be the number one thing that kills of small businesses this year. This episode is for you if you’re wanting to get your cash flowing quicker and clients paying faster. In this episode we cover how to: Find the low hanging fruit right now. Get paid up front. Get paid for all the work you do. Sell existing…
  • EP021 – Why You Should Charge More (Right Now)

    Chris Green
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    In this episode we get straight to the point. In order to succeed in business as a consultant, coach or creative, you have to charge more. We’ve heard all the excuses. “Yeah, but people won’t pay more”, “I just charge by the hour” … etc etc. If that’s your mindset then unfortunately you’ll be finding yourself working far too hard, for far too little money. Most of us have been there. In this episode we interview Jason Kanigan and get him to reveal his thoughts and strategies on charging more. You’ll learn about: Finding clients with…
  • EP020 – Three Things 6 Figure Consultants do Differently

    Chris Green
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:08 pm
    From working and speaking with many consultants, creatives and coaches, we’ve found there’s a whole lot of challenges people have on a weekly basis. There’s also very clear strategies that really successfully people use on a regular basis to get their businesses well past the six figure level. In this episode you’ll learn: The seven most common stumbling blocks How you can conquer the hurdles. The three things that 6 figure consultants, coaches and creatives do differently. We always endeavor to have action points at the end of each of our episodes. If you’ve put…
  • EP019 – Never Leave a Sale Behind

    Chris Green
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    In this episode, John and I cover how to be persistent when going after new clients. Too many people give up quick or at the first objection and miss out. Here’s some interesting stats to consider the next time you’re talking to a prospective client: 2% of sales are made on the First contact. 3% of sales are made on the Second contact. 5% of sales are made on the Third contact. 10% of sales are made on the Fourth contact. 80% of sales are made on the Fifth to Twelfth contact. It’s pretty clear that you need a strategy based on persistence and multiple contacts to get the…
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  • The Secret Of Mental Toughness – 4 Lessons I Learned From Running A Marathon

    Christian Brodin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:01 am
    What does it take to finish a Marathon? Are the people who run a 26 Mile race insane? Or do they just have super human powers? Is there something that we can learn from the mental toughness that these people have, and that we can apply to our own lives, privately or professionally?     [...] The post The Secret Of Mental Toughness – 4 Lessons I Learned From Running A Marathon appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • How To Grow And Manage Your Twitter Followers For Free. 3 Power Tools You Can’t Miss

    Christian Brodin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Let’s face it, making it as a blogger or building a social media business, is probably one of the most difficult tasks that you have undertaken (ever?). That is unless you’re Lady Gaga and can get millions and millions of followers without losing a beat (no pun intended). But with the right tools and as little as [...] The post How To Grow And Manage Your Twitter Followers For Free. 3 Power Tools You Can’t Miss appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • The Greatest Gift Of Leadership….

    Christian Brodin
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A leader’s job is not to do the work for others, it’s to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done, and to succeed beyond what they thought possible. – Simon Sinek   Training Wheels Ever since seeing one of his friends riding a bike without training wheels my son [...] The post The Greatest Gift Of Leadership…. appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • Fire Up Your Personal Brand! – Get The Clients that Speak To Who You Are

    Christian Brodin
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:36 pm
    With More than 1 Billion websites in the in the world putting a strong personal brand on the frontline of your sales process can be the most important thing you will ever do for yourself and for your business, and it could dramatically improve conversion rates and attract the Clients that speak to you! The real questions for [...] The post Fire Up Your Personal Brand! – Get The Clients that Speak To Who You Are appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
  • Cold Calls Aren’t Working! Here are 7 Proven Pressure-Less Sales Methods That Do.

    Christian Brodin
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:14 am
    If I say cold calling, what is the first thought that comes to your mind? Strong Arm Sales Tactics? Unwanted phone calls when you least want them? Telemarketers? Failed Sales?     Im sure you wont be surprised when I tell you that in this recent British survey 90% of the respondents said that they do not trust cold callers. To [...] The post Cold Calls Aren’t Working! Here are 7 Proven Pressure-Less Sales Methods That Do. appeared first on The Maverick CEO.
 
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  • Google Penguin Penalty Recovery

    Ben Kaylor
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Google frequently updates the algorithm they use to determine which web pages show up in search results. A significant algorithm update, Penguin 3.0, was released Friday October 17, 2014. It affected 1% of Google English queries. In comparison, when the first Penguin algorithm was released, it impacted 3%. If you have noticed a significant drop in traffic...continue reading … The post Google Penguin Penalty Recovery appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Holiday 2014 Spending Expected to Rise Slightly

    Michelle Johnson
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    According to a recent Gallup poll, Americans estimate they will spend around $781 this holiday season. This is a 4 percent rise from last year with predictions in November 2013 around $704. During the height of the recession (2008-2009), consumer predictions of holiday spending were around $618 and $638 respectively. While the rise is definitely...continue reading … The post Holiday 2014 Spending Expected to Rise Slightly appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Marketing Technology Investments in 2015 Expected to Center on Customers and Improving Systems Integration

    Jim Shannon
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    As the drive to place a greater emphasis on developing a personalized and customer-centric approach to marketing continues to build momentum, decision-makers believe that investments in marketing technology will continue to grow in 2015. In a July 2014 joint study conducted by digital marketing research firms Econsultancy and Teradata, more than 60 percent of those...continue reading … The post Marketing Technology Investments in 2015 Expected to Center on Customers and Improving Systems Integration appeared first on Dex Media.
  • How to Keep Your #ShopSmall Support Going All Year Round

    Jim Shannon
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    You close your doors at the end of Small Business Saturday and look with glowing satisfaction at the disheveled array, the cash register overflowing with the big green and credit and debit card receipts. With the sense of accomplishment that comes from reaching your goals, you turn out the lights on a successful campaign. But...continue reading … The post How to Keep Your #ShopSmall Support Going All Year Round appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Beginners Guide to Social Media Marketing [Infographic]

    Danielle Celmer
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Social media marketing is now an essential part of doing business. It’s where you can connect with customers and build relationships with your audience. Whether you’re just starting out with social media marketing for your business, or you’ve already gotten your feet wet, there’s always room to learn and refresh. The infographic below created by Placester...continue reading … The post Beginners Guide to Social Media Marketing [Infographic] appeared first on Dex Media.
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  • Social Proof in Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:25 am
    In a world where we are increasingly social and inter-connected, the concept of social proof in marketing has been talked about more and more. As a concept, social proof is one we all probably recognise. In short, it’s the phenomenon centered around the fact that individuals often do the things they see other individuals doing. Social Proof in Marketing Why does social proof marketing work? To some extent because we want to fit in (i.e. peer pressure), but in addition to this – particularly where purchasing decisions come in to play – we often believe that others are better informed…
  • Internal Linking In Websites

    Elliot Simmonds
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    We’ve been talking a lot of the Rippleout Blog recently about consumer psychology, and how important other people, and trying to understand them, is to a small business. However, whilst this is always really interesting, it’s also somewhat blue sky. So, for this week, we’re going to bring it a little bit closer to home and discuss internal linking within websites. Internal Linking In Websites – Don’t Make Your Visitors Search For The Information They Want Internal linking is one part of SEO over which you as a business owner (or just a website owner more generally) have…
  • The Psychology of Free Samples

    Elliot Simmonds
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    A couple of weeks ago in this blog we covered a concept called reciprocity – essentially, a common mental trait among humans which means we are prone to reciprocate gifts given to us, whether we expected to receive them or not. Normally, we’d leave this topic for a while, but it has recently been covered in detail in some of the more mainstream press, particularly in America, and so we’re going to dive a little deeper in to the psychology of free samples. {Tweet} The Psychology of Free Samples Some Benefits of Free Samples Whilst this article focuses largely on food, the general ideas…
  • The Anchoring Effect in Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Use of the anchoring effect in marketing takes advantage of a flaw within the human mind which means we do not consider the value of an option based on its intrinsic value. Rather, we compare different offers against one another; we make decisions based on comparative values. In short, through the anchoring effect, we ‘anchor’ our decision making process to the surrounding situation, rather than thinking rationally to make the best decision overall. This has several applications in marketing which we will discuss here. {Tweet this} The Anchoring Effect in Marketing The Anchoring Effect in…
  • Reciprocity and Small Business Marketing

    Elliot Simmonds
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    Reciprocity is a potentially powerful tool in the marketing toolbox for any small business owner – it is something that affects the vast majority of people each and every day, but which is often overlooked by those without a basic knowledge of it. As such, we’ve created this short guide to reciprocity and small business marketing in order to explain the concept, and suggest some potential uses and pitfalls. {Share via Twitter} Reciprocity and Small Business Marketing What is Reciprocity? Reciprocity is a concept in psychology which suggests that, in the majority of people, there is a…
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  • Q&A with Rahul Varshneya

    Small Business Pool
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur? A. My favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur is the fact that you truly define your success. You will grow as much as you really want to and that there’s no one else that controls your fate. Q. What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else? A. Like I mentioned earlier, the biggest difference in my opinion is that Entrepreneurs get to define their own path to success. They go as far as they can imagine. Now one can argue the same for those who work for others, but those people…
  • Find a Mentor

    Small Business Pool
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    You might have the greatest start-up idea or have strong financial backing to kick-start your business, and to add to that, you might also have the knowledge and industry experience to get started on your entrepreneur journey, but ask yourself this: wouldn’t you rather ALSO have someone like a guide who could help you, or support you through the whole process of becoming a successful business owner? A good mentor is what you need! They help you think through the start-up phase with a more experienced outlook; suggest ways to do things the right way and sometimes also help you with…
  • Project Management Tools

    Small Business Pool
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Project management is the core functionality of any business or enterprise. In modern organizations, it is considered to be the highest responsibility task. Project management is used in any and all forms of projects, ranging from software development to developing hybrid robotic technologies. All project managers and teams use certain highly efficient tools to manage projects. These tools can be specifically designed tools or customized productivity tools that can be adopted for project management work. These tools help managers plan, manage and track their projects more effectively. Here is…
  • Customer Engagement is Key

    Small Business Pool
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Getting more customers means getting more business; this in turn increases revenues and profits. All forms of businesses are directly or indirectly dependant on building loyal customers and it is all about how we strategically plan our customer engagement plans. With changing trends and technologies, businesses tend to automate their customer acquisition and retention strategies, which eventually becomes a problem. The essence lies in making sure that the approach is more customer-engaging rather than technological centric. Here are the top five tips on how to attract customers and also…
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