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  • What’s Holding Mobile Back?

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    Michael Essany
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The following is a guest contributed post from Amy Groden, Vice President of Marketing at Alpha Software. Read the business or technology press, and you’d assume that all was clear sailing in the mobile world. From small companies to world-spanning behemoths, the press reports these companies are gaining new business, getting closer to their customers, and improving their own efficiency and productivity with a myriad of new mobile business apps. Well, yes and no. Companies are certainly doing all that. But there are clear indicators that companies are encountering significant roadblocks…
  • 5 Characteristics of Those Who Earn the Right to Lead

    Entrepreneur: Latest Articles
    Marty Fukuda
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    To excel as a leader you must put the team ahead of yourself and not be puzzled by the paradox.
  • Wolverton: For Windows 7 users, Windows 10 offers cool features — and concerns

    SiliconBeat
    Troy Wolverton
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Windows 10 is clearly better than Windows 8. But what does it offer Windows 7 users? After reading my review of the new version Microsoft’s flagship operating system, that’s what one reader wanted to know. He felt I should have compared Windows 10 not to Windows 8, its immediate predecessor, but to Windows 7. I focused on comparing Windows 10 to Windows 8, because so much of what Microsoft did in Windows 10 seemed to be to address what was wrong with the latter software. But the reader made a good point. Even though Windows 8 is newer than Windows 7, it was a commercial dud. Most…
  • Service though technology (We’re going to the White House)

    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!
    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re in a time of crappiness in politics — endless roadblocks, complaining, and negativity. But there’s a bright spot in Washington: The amazing work of the US Digital Service. They are teaching government agencies how to build better software. This matters, because each improvement makes life easier for millions of citizens. Faster care for veterans, quicker benefits for seniors, and fewer hassles for all of us. Good government is independent of politics, and we all win when the government gets better at doing good work. Read about their inspiring work here and here.
  • Google Separates More Features from Google Plus

    Small Business Trends
    Michael Guta
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As Google Plus continues to undergo regular changes, users are wondering what will become of this platform, and is it going to suffer the same fate as previous social media attempts by Google? The latest tweak is the separation of Google Plus and YouTube accounts as part of a recent upgrade, which will be welcomed by users who don’t want everything Google has to offer. The Guardian put it best when it said, “Google+’s short history has been marred by instrusive integration.” In the coming weeks, YouTube will not require a Google+ profile when you upload, comment, or create a channel.
 
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    Fast Company

  • Twitter's News Tab Surfaces Trending Headlines

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    The new feature is yet another tweak to Twitter's interface aimed at casual users and those new to the site.Twitter is toying with a new feature targeted at prospective users: a news tab in its iOS and Android apps designed to instantly update with breaking stories from approved sources.Read Full Story
  • The Smart Cigarette Case That Guilts Smokers With Hard Data

    John Paul Titlow
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The quantified-health craze is taking aim at our worst habits. Can a connected cigarette case help smokers quit?Quitting smoking seems like one of the most challenging things you can do. I've never smoked, but I've seen friends try a range of tricks to try and kick the habit—from lozenges and patches to mobile apps. But what if we could somehow marry the quantified-health craze with this public health pandemic?Read Full Story
  • Amazon Restricts Prime Membership, Only Lets You Share With One Friend

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    Do you share a Prime account with a friend or coworker? Now you'll have to share your credit card information with them, too.Now that Amazon reportedly has 40 million Prime subscribers, the e-commerce site is tightening the screws on its sharing capabilities. As of this weekend, subscribers can only share their Prime membership with one other person, rather than four—and both people sharing Prime privileges will have access to all credit cards on the account.Read Full Story
  • Your MacBook Is Not As Secure As You Thought

    Neal Ungerleider
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Researchers successfully hack into Macs that are not connected to the Internet.Researchers have created the first firmware worm that targets Mac computers, in a move that gives corporate security teams a sharp new headache and pokes holes in one of Apple's top selling points. A proof-of-concept worm from Xeno Kovah of LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson of Two Sigma Investments jumps from MacBook to MacBook, even if the computers are not connected to the Internet or on a network with each other.Read Full Story
  • If You Still Check Your Voicemails, Apple May Have Siri Transcribe Them

    Pavithra Mohan
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    The tech giant is testing a transcription service that uses Siri to render your voicemails in text form.Do you think voicemail is the worst? You should, because it is; in almost any scenario, sending a text, email, Gchat, Slack message, tweet, Snapchat, or Facebook post is more efficient and enjoyable than leaving a voice message. Apple, however, seems to believe that voicemail is not dead yet. The company is piloting a service called "iCloud Voicemail" that would have Siri transcribe your voicemails, Business Insider reports.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • August 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The August 2015 Visa Bulletin is now live. For updated family- and employment-based green card processing times, view the charts below. Since the U.S. Department of State (DOS) receives thousands of green card applications every year and there are limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, there’s a multi-year backlog for certain categories. As a result, the DOS publishes the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition will be processed. Each date indicates how long the current backlog is, as well as the expected processing time. For…
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Naturalization Test

    Patty Johnson
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:16 pm
    United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) recently updated the naturalization test, which legal permanent residents must pass in order to obtain U.S. citizenship. To help you prepare, we’ve identified the top 10 things you need to know about the new naturalization test. 1. The Naturalization Test Features Two Major Sections, Civics and English The civics portion tests the applicant on U.S. History, the U.S. government, geography, symbols, and holidays. The English section includes speaking, reading, and writing components. 2. The Civics Test is an Oral Exam There are 100…
  • USCIS Stats Reveal L-1B Denial Rates Remain High

    Patty Johnson
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) designates a special visa classification, the L-1, for “intracompany transferees,” i.e. individuals who work for a company outside the U.S. that is related to a U.S. company, so that those individuals can work for the related company in the United States. At first glance this category may seem straightforward with the barrier to entry being the employer proving they have a qualifying company and that the foreign national will be performing a managerial, executive (L-1A), or specialized knowledge (L-1B) position for the company in…
  • DACA News: Select 3-Year EAD Holders Must Return Work Authorization Cards

    Patty Johnson
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    USCIS is requiring a small number of DACA holders to return their 3-year employment authorization document (EAD) cards. The reason? About 2,100 3-year work authorization cards were issued after the February 16 deferred action injunction date. If you think this may apply to you, keep reading because we’ve broken down what you need to know about this important DACA update. The Facts An injunction was issued on February 16, which halted President Obama’s expanded DACA and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) executive orders from taking place. Before the injunction, USCIS…
  • Immigration Reform Policy Update: DHS Continues to Narrow Deportation Focus

    Patty Johnson
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    When President Obama introduced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pledged to refocus its deportation efforts on the biggest threats, such as those posing a risk to public safety and national security. Now, according to The Washington Post, the Obama administration is continuing to shift its enforcement of immigration laws toward three groups: convicted criminals terrorism threats people who’ve recently crossed the border illegally “In recent months, the DHS has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Trading Income for Flexibility

    Steve
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    We've been doing a lot of research lately on people trading income and income stability for greater work autonomy, control and flexibility.  The two most recent examples are discussed in our posts Why the Self-Employed Flourish and Coworking, Independent Work and Happiness.  But the desire for more work flexibility goes beyond just independent workers (freelancers, self-employed, contractors, etc.).  According to the Washington Post's Companies have found something to give their workers instead of raises: More businesses are upping their spending on benefits such as…
  • Major Shift in Thinking About Americans with Multiple Jobs

    Steve
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Fusion's There are probably way more people in the 'gig economy' than we realize covers a major shift in thinking about how many people in the U.S. have multiple jobs or "gigs". The article quotes noted Harvard economist Larry Katz as saying: ... in preliminary interviews with “gig economy” workers, Katz said he and Krueger have confirmed that a majority of those who have regular, non-“gig” employment don’t answer that they have “multiple jobs” when asked the standard multiple-jobs question, “even in many cases where they have significant on-line and…
  • The Etsy Economy

    Steve
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Craft marketplace Etsy recently released a new report called Building an Etsy Economy: The New Face of Creative Entrepreneurship. The report is based on a survey of 4000 Etsy sellers. The key findings include: The vast majority of Etsy sellers, 86%, are women. This is much higher share of women ownership than either employer businesses (about 33% women owned) or independent workers (about 50% are women). According to the report the sellers also skew young with many below the age of 35. Most Etsy shops are real businesses. Most sellers (76%) call their Etsy shop a business and 9 out of 10 say…
  • Using Digital Data For Economic Analysis

    Steve
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    One of the biggest shifts going on in economics is the growing use of digital data for research. The Internet and cloud computing platforms are generating large amounts  of digital data on pretty much all areas of business and economics. In fact, the amount data is growing much faster than our ability to analyze and use it. In our work we've seen a clear shift to using digital data and away from our traditional sources - surveys and government produced data. Yes, we still use traditional data sources more than digital data. But we think in a few years our use of digital data will…
  • On-Demand Economy Infrastructure Startups

    Steve
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The CB Insights blog's Pickaxes and Shovels: 35 Startups Providing Infrastructure for the On-Demand Economy covers the growing array of companies aiming to provide support services for on-demand economy companies and their workers. Key quote: “For most technology trends, the number of successful companies created in gold mining and pickaxes are comparable, yet the gold mining businesses tend to get much more attention.” The CB Insights chart below shows the 35 firms by type of support they provide.   We've pointed out several times in the past that there is a growing…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

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

  • How a Life-Long Entrepreneur Transformed into a Full-Time Author

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Joanna Penn is a life-long entrepreneur that has also worked for major corporations and has even run her own scuba diving business. But after years of not finding what made her happy, she turned to writing books and found the true success she’d wanted all along. Fifteen books later, this fiction and nonfiction author is the epitome of success in the self-publishing movement. Want to know how to leave your day job and become a full-time successful author? This interview is for you … In this episode of Authorpreneur, host Jim Kukral and Joanna Penn discuss: How to leave your job and…
  • Behind the Scenes: The Reimagining of Copyblogger.com

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Copyblogger.com started it all on this particular crazy portion of the journey. It’s constantly evolved over the years, and it’s about to take another giant step forward. When you strip away the fact that Copyblogger has historically been the mothership platform for our company, you realize that it’s essentially a membership site with free and paid components. The foundational elements of a scalable, replicable membership site model are already in place there. We’ll be talking about that in the future, but first we’re taking it to the next level for our own sites — and that…
  • How to Find and Tap into Unmet Demands

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is a successful author and screenwriter, and he has written a book and produced a movie about his life, called I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. His books have sold more than three million copies and have been translated into 30 different languages. He also founded (and sold) Tropaion Publishing, which pioneered the idea of author as publisher. He later co-founded Book in a Box after a busy entrepreneur asked if she could write a book without actually writing it. The company’s mission is to help people turn their wisdom, knowledge, and ideas…
  • An Editor-in-Chief’s Responsibilities in the Digital Age

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Jerod Morris, VP of Rainmaker.FM, stops by Editor-in-Chief to discuss the responsibilities of an Editor-in-Chief in today’s on-demand digital content world. Does the current role of an Editor-in-Chief in the digital space differ from the traditional definition of an Editor-in-Chief? In this 27-minute episode of Editor-in-Chief, host Stefanie Flaxman and Jerod Morris discuss: The contemporary content marketing environment How to make a significant contribution to your industry Why connection is king The critical importance of editorial standards in the digital age The similarities between…
  • Could Podcasting Make You a Better Writer?

    Rainmaker.FM
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Indeed, it can. It can also make you a more visible writer. But that depends on how you go about it. On this episode of Rough Draft, Demian Farnworth interviews Jerod Morris and Jon Nastor. Jerod is one of the VPs of Rainmaker.FM, Demian’s co-host on The Lede, and a co-host on another Rainmaker.FM show called The Showrunner. Jon Nastor is a serial entrepreneur, host of Hack the Entreprenuer (also on the Rainmaker.FM podcast network), and the other host of The Showrunner. In this 27-minute episode of Rough Draft, you’ll discover: The benefits of becoming a showrunner The best way…
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • From the Vault: Give it a Break, Already.

    Mike
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post 5 years ago. Seein’ as how we are away right now for a long summer weekend, we thought we’d share this one one more time… enjoy! I left early this morning for the first “real” vacation I have had in over a year and I am looking forward to eating lobster rolls in Maine (hear me, Jeff?) and pouring real maple syrup on my pancakes in Vermont. For entrepreneurs, it is critical to find time periodically to get away, recharge the batteries, re-boot the mind, and, mostporno of all, STOP THINKING ABOUT THE BUSINESS FOR 5…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #280 – We Love Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    Every year, at their annual conference, Fonts from all over the world get together to discuss industry trends, innovative approaches, and strategy. Keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions are programmed to address the interests and concerns of the audience. But, every so often, controversy arises, things get heated, and debate devolves into argument and rancor. As the video above demonstrates, this year’s conference didn’t go so well! But… fonts, schmonts! It’s time for our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week…
  • Fresh from the SPRING: Imagician

    Audree
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:55 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 Imagician. Check out more great work on Imagician’s profile page. Nicely done, Imagician, nicely done!     Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: billhill_art
  • Small Business and Startups: Finding Your Match

    Mike
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Last week I wrote about customer service and the importance of scheduling and allocating your support resources. Lots of small businesses find that they can deliver top-notch, high-volume customer support with very small teams of people as long as they have the correct tool and as long as they pay close attention to the kinds of problems their customers are trying to solve and (just as important) when those customers are trying to get their issues resolved. But of equal importance to how you apportion resources is in who you hire to do the job. Hiring a great support team is like casting…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #279 – Wow! Great Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:43 am
    At crowdSPRING we love latte and we also appreciate a great love story. And who better than Amy Schumer to tell a story of love and loss through the literary device of latte foam art? Follow the tale of a young couple as they meet, fall in love and, eventually, are left with only the cold, dank dregs of their bittersweet romance. Alright – it’s time now to finish that last cup of coffee and get to work! Because we present to you, our latest set of links and articles that we shared with you over the past week on our  crowdSPRING Twitter account (as well as my own Twitter…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Franchise Business Links For August

    The Franchise King®
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Check out the latest happenings in the world of franchising…. After recently hosting a convention for its franchise operators, GNC (retail vitamin and supplement stores) executives outlined what they call “a strong potential” to sell corporate stores to established franchise operators and to also recruit new franchisees for new GNC units. Rumors of potential lawsuits aren’t going away anytime soon, as more New York City franchisees get more aggravated over the new $15 an hour minimum-wage mandate.  The editors at Bloomberg Business called me a while back for me…
  • A Proper Introduction To Franchising

    The Franchise King®
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Franchise Business University is now open for enrollment. If you’re looking into franchise ownership, or are thinking of doing so, check it out.   A Proper Introduction To Franchising Summer (for some) is a great time to work on detail-oriented projects. Lots of people are out of school, or on vacation. The sun is out. Beaches (except the ones that have been visited by sharks as of late) are busy. For my business, summer tends to be a bit choppy. It’s a great time for me to focus on new product development. My newest product: Online Franchise Courses I just finished putting…
  • Franchisors: Ignore This Piece Of Advice At Your Own Peril

    The Franchise King®
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Once upon a time, there was no internet. No World Wide Web. (Ok. Not that long ago.) But, seriously, there wasn’t an efficient way for prospective franchise buyers to check out potential franchise opportunities. Clicking from one franchise website to another didn’t happen. It couldn’t happen…because there weren’t any websites to click to. How sad. So very sad. People looking to be their own bosses back then (pre-2000 or so) had a few choices. They could: 1. Drive up to their local library and thumb through business magazines and the classified ads always posted…
  • Franchise Ownership: How Cool Would It Be To Own Multiple Locations?

    The Franchise King®
    12 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    That cool. I think it would be really cool to own more than one franchise location. Do you? Do you picture owning multiple locations?   Cruising Through Town Can you picture yourself cruising through town, visiting each of your franchise locations? Popping in to check up on things? Looking through receipts, calculator in hand? Counting. Meeting with your managers? Addressing issues? Solving problems? Walking back to your car, taking a backward glance at the business you built? Over and over again? That’s what owning multiple franchise locations might feel like. And, what a feeling…
  • Crisis Management: Subway Franchise Magicians Make Jared Fogle Disappear

    The Franchise King®
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
        The Subway PR team magicians have just made Jared Fogle disappear. Fogle is gone from time and space. You can’t (and won’t) find his name or his picture anywhere on the Subway corporate website. Wise move.   Speed When a reporter called me (yesterday) to ask questions about Subway-and the Jared Fogle crisis, I told her that, “Subway’s PR team has to move fast on this, and we should hear their response by the end of the day.” We did. From Reuters: “Jared continues to cooperate with authorities and he expects no actions to be…
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Twitter Buy Button and New Page Features a Boost to Online Businesses

    Carolyn Crummey
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    We’re starting to see trends with social platforms, such as Facebook and Google Ads, adding “Buy” buttons for quicker sale transactions. These features can be game-changers for small online businesses looking to quickly convert lookers into buyers. Following suit, testing is under way for a Twitter “Buy” button as well as for product and collection pages. Here’s what online businesses need to know. Small business shipping solution provider, Endicia, recently shared an article titled, What Online Businesses Should Know About Twitter’s…
  • Is It Time For Your Accountant To Use Less Paper? Sage and eFileCabinet Think So

    Ramon Ray
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    My accountant has had a paperless office from day one. All incoming documents are scanned into their computer. We review my taxes on a big computer screen and documents are digitally signed. Neat. However, not all accountants are like this – I’d say in fact most are NOT like this. Many are buried in paper and pass this avalanche of paper on to their clients as well. eFileCabinet has a document imaging solution and has teamed up with Sage to provide this solution to Sage accountants. The press release reads, “The partnership will enable users of Sage Impact cloud-based…
  • UPS Is Getting Ready for the Holidays. Is Your Business Ready?

    Ramon Ray
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    UPS is getting ready for the holiday shopping season, are you. The WSJ journal writes  UPS is already talking about pricing and the holidays with its customers, Chief Financial Officer Richard Peretz said in an interview, particularly with those who tend to flood the network with unexpected packages. “It’s about customers that surge, to make sure that we’re appropriately looking at both the compensation that UPS receives against the resources they’re using,” Mr. Peretz said. Some of those customers send between about 10% and 20% more packages on surge days, while others ship…
  • Google Plus Fades, Facebook Grows. Let’s Move On

    Ramon Ray
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Google+ (Google Plus) is used by millions of people to stay connected. However, it’s not used by enough people to make it a viable community for Google to continue to be investing in. The Wall Street Journal writes that Google is backing down from requiring folks to have a Google Plus account to use many Google services or share content with others. For those still wondering if you should build and mange a community on Google Plus, it looks like you shouldn’t bother. This does not mean you should ignore Google. Your rank in Google search is important. Your use of YouTube is still…
  • Vertical Response Launches New Email Marketing Feature. Auto Follow Up.

    Ramon Ray
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Don’t you hate it when you email 100 people on your list and only 20 open the email? Often times, assuming all of these individuals have opted into your list, they’re busy and just need to be resent the email one or two times. Sometimes they might even miss the email in the deluge of emails they get every day. Vertical Response is out to change that. Their press release reads: “In today’s ‘information overload’ world, it can be challenging to get the attention of your audience when sending a single email,” explained David Shiba, VerticalResponse general manager. “This…
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    Small Business Trends

  • This Franchisee Found a Creative Way to Survive a Recession

    Annie Pilon
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Franchise businesses often outline a specific business plan for all of their franchisees. Some entrepreneurs interpret that as having a lack of creative freedom. And so they might shy away from franchise ownership. But there are franchise opportunities out there that allow their franchisees to really put their own stamp on their businesses. It was that creative freedom that gave Dawna Kelly a chance to succeed with her Abrakadoodle franchise in the Detroit area. Abrakadoodle is a business that focuses on teaching art to kids. The business mainly does this through after-school programs paid…
  • LinkedIn Promises to Stop Pummeling You With Email

    Tom Coombe
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Prompted by user complaints and “late night talk show host jokes,” LinkedIn says it has begun to cut down on the number of emails it sends its members. The business networking platform says it wants to make sure the messages users receive are less frequent and more useful. To that end, it has started sending a weekly digest in place of individual emails to users receiving an overload of invitations to connect. And for people who subscribe to multiple groups, LinkedIn now aggregates updates to those groups into one message. LinkedIn’s Aatif Awan writes on the company’s official blog:…
  • Should You Hire a Career Changer?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 pm
    These days there’s a lot of talk about the difficulty of finding job candidates with adequate skills, education and/or experience to fill open positions. For small business owners, finding suitable employees can be especially challenging when competing against big companies with juicy perks. If you’re struggling find a new employee with the qualities you’re looking for, perhaps you should consider hiring someone who’s changing careers. Almost 6 of 10 working adults are interested in making a career change, a new study by the University of Phoenix School of Business reveals. Lack of…
  • Google Separates More Features from Google Plus

    Michael Guta
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    As Google Plus continues to undergo regular changes, users are wondering what will become of this platform, and is it going to suffer the same fate as previous social media attempts by Google? The latest tweak is the separation of Google Plus and YouTube accounts as part of a recent upgrade, which will be welcomed by users who don’t want everything Google has to offer. The Guardian put it best when it said, “Google+’s short history has been marred by instrusive integration.” In the coming weeks, YouTube will not require a Google+ profile when you upload, comment, or create a channel.
  • 5 Voluntary Benefits Your Staff May Appreciate

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    One way to compete in the labor force with large corporations seeking to attract and retain talented employees is to offer a menu of benefits. How can you do this without busting your budget? You don’t have to pick up the tab for the voluntary benefits that employees choose from this menu. You only pay the minor administrative costs. Here are some voluntary benefits to consider: 1. Identity Theft Protection It’s no secret that identity theft is rampant (PDF), and anyone who is victimized can spend considerable amounts of hours and money fixing the problem. Think of the impact that being…
 
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • Self cleaning

    Seth Godin
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:47 am
    My friend Lisa is fascinated by the self-cleaning oven. In principle, it takes care of itself, an ongoing cycle of productivity. One button gets it dirty, then another button cleans it right up. Even better, consider the camera that cleans its sensor every time it's turned on. Relationships, processes, interactions--these can be self cleaning too, if we build them that way. Instead of waiting for things to degrade or even to break, we build in a cycle of honesty, a tradition of check-ins. Instead of a strategy that includes [and then an emergency happens/and then a miracle happens] as a key…
  • Show us the pictures

    Seth Godin
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    There’s an increasing gulf between the privacy of individuals and that of corporations and monopolies. An individual is almost certainly going be videotaped every time he leaves home. You will be caught on camera in the store, at the airport and on the street. Your calls to various organizations will also be recorded “for quality purposes.” At the same time, it’s against the law to film animal cruelty on farms in many states. And if you say to a customer service rep, “I’m taping this call,” you’re likely to be met with hostility or even a dead line. Kudos, then, to police…
  • Yes!, please and thank you

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Don't jerk people around Here's a simple marketing strategy for a smaller company trying to compete in a big-company world: Choose your customers, trust them, treat them well. Say yes. Bend the rules. Show up on time. Keep your promises. Don't exert power merely because you can. Be human, be kind, pay attention, smile. Not everyone deserves this sort of treatment, not everyone will do their part to be the kind of customer you can delight and serve. But that's okay, you don't need everyone. When in doubt, be the anti-airline.        
  • On adding a zero

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Just about everyone can imagine what it would be like to add 10% more to their output, to be 10% better or faster. Many people can envision what their world would be like if they were twice as good, if the work was twice as insightful or useful or urgent. But ten times? It's really difficult to imagine what you would do with ten times as many employees, or ten times the assets or ten times the audience. And yet imagining it is often the first step to getting there.        
  • Three things that make CEOs stupid

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    I sat through an endless presentation by the CEO of a fast-growing company. He was doing fine for half an hour, but then, when his time was up, he chose to spend 45 minutes more on his final slide, haranguing and invecting, jumping from topic to topic and basically bringing the entire group to its knees in frustration. Power, of course, is the first problem. When things are going fairly well, the CEO has a ton of power, and often, that power makes things appear to work, even when they're not the right thing to do for the long-term. As a result, there's no market that is correcting the bad…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 7 Steps to Optimize Your Blog Posts Like a Pro

    Guest Post
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    7 Steps to Optimize Your Blog Posts Like a Pro written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I’m a content manager; my background is in public relations with a little bit of marketing strategy and graphic design. I’m sitting here thinking, “What do I know about online optimization!?” I’m not a web design guru; I’m no software engineer or web developer. And then it occurs to me, if I can get the basics done, like keyword research, I can easily optimize those blog posts I write by using a simple tool that is built into our WordPress…
  • What Is Shared Hosting and Is it Reliable for a Business Website?

    Guest Post
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    What Is Shared Hosting and Is it Reliable for a Business Website? written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: flickr Imagine that you are trying to start up a website for your company and you want to consider your options. Well, you first should perhaps consider what you are going to do for the exact purpose of the website (whether that is marketing, actually selling products, or offering an online service). Then, you might want to consider some of the design elements of the website and how it might be the best thing for your…
  • Benefits of Outsourcing Marketing Activities

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Benefits of Outsourcing Marketing Activities written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: Flickr In the beginning, startup companies are always trying to fix everything by themselves. Their marketing strategies are usually made by self-thought marketing experts, who also work in some other company sectors. This strategy is time-consuming and company owners will realize sooner or later that marketing is one of the key sectors for securing company’s growth. This turning point can lead to two different scenarios, one is they hire a…
  • Geo-Targeting Can Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates!

    Guest Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    Geo-Targeting Can Skyrocket Your Conversion Rates! written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: In the Palm of My Hand via photopin (license) As the internet continues to grow at an exponential rate, the average web user is overloaded with a vast amount of information. Website owners only have a few seconds to convince someone that the content on their website is worthwhile reading before the visitor moves on. While there are many methods of engaging your visitors and increasing conversion rates, one that is hardly spoken of but is…
  • The One Thing Every Entrepreneur Must Have

    John Jantsch
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The One Thing Every Entrepreneur Must Have written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Mark Winters Most true entrepreneurs are dreamers, hustlers and some might say visionaries. They see the world differently, constantly look for new ideas and find innovation kind of a hobby. The also drive people that work for them a little crazy. Working for an entrepreneur is a little like driving down the highway about 6o miles and hour with no steering wheel. What every wildly successful entrepreneur has found, either by accident or…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Service though technology (We’re going to the White House)

    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    We’re in a time of crappiness in politics — endless roadblocks, complaining, and negativity. But there’s a bright spot in Washington: The amazing work of the US Digital Service. They are teaching government agencies how to build better software. This matters, because each improvement makes life easier for millions of citizens. Faster care for veterans, quicker benefits for seniors, and fewer hassles for all of us. Good government is independent of politics, and we all win when the government gets better at doing good work. Read about their inspiring work here and here.
  • Better is better than new.

    Andy Sernovitz
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Beef jerky might be the oldest form of prepared food. But that doesn’t mean that entrepreneurs can’t find a new way to make it special. The folks at ThinkJerky.com are doing delicious things with star chefs (sriracha honey!) — along with a lot of clever marketing. (They sent me some excellent samples – check out the Kickstarter.) Here’s the real lesson for all of us: Everyone tells entrepreneurs that they need to come up with some radical new idea to change the world. That’s not actually true — you just need to make something a lot better.   Apple…
  • Newsletter #1048: The “Lessons from Drybar” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] We were inspired by this conversation between Inc. writer Liz Welch and Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, a mobile salon that only offers wash and blow-dry services. She told Liz that while a lot of competitors are starting to copy her model, staying true to the business has helped Drybar stay ahead. Here are three lessons to learn from their persistence: 1. Do less, better 2. Think about every…
  • It could have been so great

    Andy Sernovitz
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We were staying in a beautiful seaside resort. It was nice. But it fell just short of great. We probably won’t be back. It would have been so easy to be impressive — fix the toilet paper holder and loose doorknob, a little WD-40, a few towel hooks.  The difference between OK and GREAT is caring for the details. Not strategic wizardry, not tech innovation — lots of companies do things similar to the best companies. But the ones who care most about the tiniest customer-facing details win every time.
  • It’s not the critic who counts

    Andy Sernovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fascinating how many Deadheads found a reason to criticize the Grateful Dead’s farewell concert tour (example). Folks, it’s a concert by a band that played more than 2,500 concerts over the years. And this time you can watch a live stream for 20 bucks. About as uncontroversial as you can get. But here’s the real lesson: No matter how good you do, someone will find a reason to complain about it. Sometimes those people look and sound like fans, but they’re not. Ignore the noisy critics — they are a distraction and a trap. The secret to success: Dedicate your energy…
 
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • "Is it too early for me to start a pay-per-click campaign?"

    Nathan Kontny
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    A Redditor asks: My SaaS product is done. We have a customer who we reached out to locally. I’ve got a freelance writer (via Reddit!) who is working on creating an email course to educate and inform potential customers. Until that is done there is nowhere for me to collect email addresses and start warming them up. However, I do have pricing and plans and the sign up is fully implemented. Is it worth creating a couple ads to start generating some traffic yet? Or is it going to be a complete waste of time until I have that ecourse and am able to collect email addresses? If I do create…
  • A mountain of salt for the Apple Watch satisfaction numbers

    Noah
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    We’ve talked a lot about the Apple Watch internally, and even thought a bit about how Basecamp might work on it. A number of Basecampers have gotten Apple Watches, and reviews have been mixed; some people returned their watch, others wear it every single day. Our unscientific, non-representative sentiment runs probably 50/50 satisfied/dissatisfied with the watch. A study reporting high levels of customer satisfaction with the Apple Watch made the round of news sites last week, from the New York Times to Fortune to re/code. The same study was also mentioned by Tim Cook on the most recent…
  • How an idea comes together for me

    Jason Fried
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    First the idea hits. Then I think about it some more and it takes a direction. As I work through the direction, I’ll see another direction. Usually relatively similar, but different enough that it demands its own exploration. As I dig in into the problem, more layers and possibilities reveal themselves. Sometimes they point in entirely different directions. Some seem like big possibilities, others seem smaller. As I keep exploring, some more options emerge. Some independent of the ones I’ve already explored, but others branch off from an existing exploration. As I keep sketching…
  • Cheesecake, the Chicago Way

    Wailin Wong
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    The latest episode of The Distance visits Chicago institution Eli’s Cheesecake, which produces the equivalent of 20,000 cheesecakes a day. What goes into a Chicago-style cheesecake? How about a 1,500-pound Chicago-style cheesecake? Listen to the episode to find out. And if you like the show, you can subscribe to The Distance via iTunes or the podcast app of your choice. We’ll be back in two weeks with another episode about a long-standing business.
  • What are people reading on SvN lately?

    Noah
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    Size of bubbles corresponds to share of total SvN web readership, January 2014 through June 2015.
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Grow Your Own Workforce

    Small Biz Survival
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:39 am
    Girl Power Day Camp (Think Like a Girl) introduces middle school girls to potential career paths in manufacturing industries and jobs available locally in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Here they tour Lindsey Manufacturing, maker of central vacuum systems. Every small town faces the contradiction of young people saying “there are no jobs here” while business say “we can’t find good people.” My friend Kat Long from Ponca City, Oklahoma, sent this story of what they are doing to connect young people with the jobs that already exist in town and introducing girls to careers…
  • Even tiny good news qualifies for the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Even tiny good news is welcome in the Brag Basket. Photo by by PetitPlat – Stephanie Kilgast   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 31-August 2, 2015. Bring your good news, even tiny good news, to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for…
  • Build Your Business With Data

    Glenn Muske
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Photo (CC) Justin Grimes, on Flickr A lot has been written about how market research will help you achieve business success, and many of these claims are true. That connection, however, is not a simple, direct link. Collecting information about your potential market is useful only if you take the next step of analyzing the data. Data analysis yields clues about who your customers are, what they are buying and problems they face. It provides you with an insight of the benefits they are seeking. Data analysis begins before you even start collecting the information. Thinking about the questions…
  • Plan for zero

    Becky McCray
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:01 am
    How do wheat farmers survive the ups and downs of good years and bad years? They Plan for Zero. Photo by Becky McCray.   There will be times in business when your income is zero. You might as well plan for that right now. For farmers, a wheat crop might be entirely hailed out, and they may lose the entire year’s income. They have to plan for that or it’s going to put them out of business. The same thing can happen to any business. There will be times when at least part of the business generates zero income, whether that’s a zero for the month or a zero for the year. Small town…
  • A rich harvest of good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:19 am
    The Brag Basket is where you can share any of your rich harvest of good news. Basket photo (CC) by Muffett at Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 24-26, 2015. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Honda Relaunches Jazz

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

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

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

    Harish B
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    From Business Standard
  • Brand Update : Slice Downgraded to Sub-brand of Tropicana

    Harish B
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    In an interesting move, Pepsi has demoted its mango drink brand Slice into a sub-brand of Tropicana. Slice which was launched in 1993 , came in to limelight with some good advertisement campaigns. The notable is the Aamsutra campaign featuring the brand ambassador Katrina Kaif. Tropicana was launched in 2004 as a healthy juice brand. What Pepsi has done with Slice is to migrate the brand to Tropicana by launching Tropicana Slice . The first launch being the variant Tropicana Slice Alphonso. The new product is being launched with the TVC featuring Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur.Watch…
 
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Location-Based Mobile Marketing, Advertising Bound to Grow, says New Technavio Report

    J. Barton
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Taco Bell would love nothing better than to offer you a coupon for a Triple Steak Burrito when you’re just a block away. Retailers are jumping at the chance to entice with special offers when you’re walking by the door. Some of that’s already happening. And it’s only going to grow as adoption of GPS-enabled devices accelerates. That assurance comes via a new Technavio report on the global mobile location-based services (LBS) market, which is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 36 percent from through 2019. “The latest report by Technavio draws attention towards…
  • SITO Mobile, LiveRamp Tap Off-Line Customer Data for Mobile Ad Targeting

    Mike Randazzo
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Over the weekend, MMW was briefed by reps for SITO Mobile Ltd., a leading mobile engagement platform provider, about their latest happenings. The company is announcing a new partnership with LiveRamp, a provider of data onboarding services. This partnership, a provided statement explains, allows marketers to use their CRM data within SITO’s products to reach consumers with highly relevant, targeted ads. LiveRamp provides accurate matches of a marketer’s CRM data across devices, while SITO provides the technology to reach these users through its mobile targeting platform. Marketers…
  • What’s Holding Mobile Back?

    Michael Essany
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The following is a guest contributed post from Amy Groden, Vice President of Marketing at Alpha Software. Read the business or technology press, and you’d assume that all was clear sailing in the mobile world. From small companies to world-spanning behemoths, the press reports these companies are gaining new business, getting closer to their customers, and improving their own efficiency and productivity with a myriad of new mobile business apps. Well, yes and no. Companies are certainly doing all that. But there are clear indicators that companies are encountering significant roadblocks…
  • HTC Grabs Stake in Virtual Reality Platform WEVR

    Emma Martin
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    According to provided details from a forthcoming report from VRjournal, HTC Corporation isn’t just about smartphones anymore. The company has a division devoted to virtual reality. Not long ago, it announced the coming HTC Vive VR headset. Now it has released news that it plans to build its VR ecosystem with the help of virtual reality platform WEVR. “The Taiwanese manufacturer has spent nearly $10 million on a 15 percent stake in WEVR, which is an open VR platform and community based in Los Angeles,” Android Authority explained ahead of the weekend. “With HTC aiming…
  • Mad Deals Rolls Out Community-Focused Mobile Marketing App For Small Businesses

    Mike Randazzo
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Phoenix-based Mad Deals tells MMW that they’ve launched their new community-focused marketing app for consumer deal seekers and local businesses — organizations looking for cost-effective, direct-to-consumer advertising. “Utilizing innovative, location-based geo-fencing or beacon technology, Mad Deals connects consumers with local businesses within their community,” a news release explains. If you’re not familiar with the company, here’s how it all works. For savvy shoppers searching for deals and offers, Mad Deals is always 100% free. Mad Deals users will…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Three Powerful Signals Of Brand Price

    Mark Di Somma
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Brands send powerful messages through how they price. Price can be influential in portraying a brand as affordable and ‘on the side of the customer’, or exclusive and just for the few. It can generate responses ranging from the thrill of a bargain to the indignation of a price tag that seems far too steep. As Martin Bishop explained here, the pricing mechanisms that generate those emotions are increasingly varied, ranging from the ‘lock-them-in’ attraction of unbundled fares for those lured by what it says on the tag to the dynamic pricing of hotels and Uber that re-sets worth based…
  • Moving Brand Conversations To Recommendations

    Mark Di Somma
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    This piece from Neil Glassman draws a distinction that I think has escaped many of us between conversation and recommendation. As the author himself says, he thought of social media as a platform to directly scale up word of mouth (WOM) marketing. But the synergy that looks so obvious doesn’t happen. In fact, says Glassman, compared to the effectiveness of what takes place offline, surprisingly little WOM is generated on social media. My sense is that while there is plenty of talk being pushed into the media, that content is then not, for the most part, being transmitted-on (or more…
  • Build A Useful Brand Before You Make It Amazing

    Mark Di Somma
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    It’s tempting to believe that every brand must be vastly different and that every opportunity to push the boundaries should be taken if the brand is to win. But is there a case for normality that we’re missing here? Should, as Jay Bauer has suggested, brands stop trying to be amazing and just get on with being useful? There’s a certain power in being mundane – in the sense that an everyday brand is exactly that. It has habit and predictability built into its very being. And as Riley Gibson points out, there’s a proof factor in that regularity that so many brands overlook in their…
  • Never Forget Marketing’s Most Basic Principles

    Mark Ritson
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    There is no consensus around when the formal discipline of marketing actually began. For British marketers it is common to cite 18th Century businessman and potter Josiah Wedgwood as the inventor of modern marketing. More accurately, most scholars point to America where the first marketing courses were offered back in 1905 and where the first marketing textbook was published a year later. Irrespective of the exact date, it’s clear that marketing is now more than a century old. Age confers many advantages – not least acceptance. Thirty years on, I can still remember the look on my beloved…
  • Brand Loyalty: Stuck On Versus Stuck With

    Martin Bishop
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    There are some brands we are stuck on, others we’re stuck with. Brands we’re stuck on are those where we’ve developed a relationship out of our own free will (Apple, Starbucks, Zappos). Brands we’re stuck with are those where we’ve become trapped through contracts (phone carriers, cable companies), switching costs (banks, software) or incentives (airlines via their loyalty programs). If consumer loyalty is measured by repeat purchases alone, both sets of brands look pretty similar. But throw in some measures around sentiment and you’ll see a clear difference…
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    Men with Pens

  • Why You Need to Attach Meaning to Your Money

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

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

    James Chartrand
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! When was the last time you gave your business a trim? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 —... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 tips for introverted writers

    James Chartrand
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! 5 tips for introverted writers first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015, All Rights... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • If you had to start your business over, what would you change?

    James Chartrand
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! If you had to start your business over, what would you change? first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    IttyBiz

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    When anyone decides to start a company, there’s usually a premise that they want to build into the culture of that company, a reason why they’re starting that business and not just selling hot dogs on the nearest street corner. Disneyland set out to be “the happiest place on Earth”. Zappos decided their company was in the business of “delivering happiness”. And lest we get into a happiness trifecta, SAS (a software company in the southeast US) was founded by a guy who just wanted to make a company with great perks and a culture that didn’t drain the…
  • Let’s Talk About Burnout (And How To Avoid It)

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Running a business is often hard and stressful. Because of this, the People Who Don’t Think Too Hard Before Giving Advice Brigade says “Well, you should RELAX, silly! You’ll burn yourself out!” Of course! Why didn’t we think of that! Problem solved, oui? Non. Relaxing, for a lot of us, is really hard. If that statement made you go “What are you talking about?”, then you can stop reading here. Go enjoy your weekend. If you found yourself nodding, however – bonus points if your shoulders slumped a little bit – you’re not crazy. For a lot of people, relaxing IS hard. There…
  • What Is Remarketing (And Should You Do It)?

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “Remarketing.” What Is Remarketing? The very short answer is that “remarketing” involves placing a tracking cookie on your website so that visitors get your ads on other websites. You know how when you look at a book on Amazon (and don’t buy it), it often shows up in the sidebar again on later visits? Now everyone can do it, except with websites instead of books.
  • A Simple Little Strategy For Getting Twice As Much Done

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Yesterday, we talked about looking at your typical business activities and testing to see if they’re getting you the results you want. Today, we’re going to talk about getting more stuff done. One of the reasons we don’t get things done is because we think that tasks will take too long to do. Think of a few things you do on a fairly regualr(ish) basis that you tend to resist, avoid, or put off. Starter ideas could be: blog posts, invoicing, replying to emails, setting up a new “about” page, whatever. (This could also include clearing all that crap off your desk…
  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    As you kick off this business week, I have a little assignment for you which I hope will move you a little faster along the growth track. I’d like you to look at the things you’re doing today – on your average Monday – and ask yourself if they are truly getting you the results you want. And if they’re not, how you might change things up. Humans have a tendency to keep doing the same things the same way without checking to see if it’s working. Here’s a simple example: Let’s say you kick off your Monday morning by tackling your inbox so you can…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Unicorn, Frothy and Rockstar

    Jay H. Heyman
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    If you know what the three words in my post title have in common, you are way ahead of most of us. And you can probably blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with just one short puff These are some examples of jargon, which according to the dictionary are “special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.” Jargon usually has no place in your writing, unless you are talking to a very specialized group of people. And even then it is usually best to avoid it, since you risk confusing any reader who is not quite…
  • I need your help

    Jay H. Heyman
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    As many of you are aware, I created this funny app, S.L.O.T.H. It’s the pedometer app that encourages you to slow down. S.L.O.T.H. keeps a very accurate count of your footsteps, but it is also the only pedometer that exercises your funny bone. It was designed for the millions who are tired of the reminders to increase their daily footsteps, the pleas to get off the bus one stop before their exit, and the irritating suggestions to use the stairs instead of the elevator. S.L.O.T.H. uses funny sayings and relevant quotes to encourage you to relax, stop overexerting yourself and simply slow…
  • One No Trump

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What can we learn about marketing from Donald Trump? Well, for one thing, the fact that none of you has responded with “Who?” certainly says a lot. Especially because I bet few of you can name even ten of the other current Republican candidates. An article in The New York Times reports that his name has appeared in headlines of major newspapers an average of 22 times a day. This is nearly three times as often as Jeb Bush, one of the seeming favorites. And this is while major news outlets admit they are not certain which section to cover him in—politics,…
  • A mere 112 years ago

    Jay H. Heyman
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    Photo of Pluto used to illustrate the planet (Photo credit: Wikipedia) People are truly excited that NASA’s New Horizons probe successfully completed its Pluto flyby, sending back close up images that are really unbelievable. (The video below, from Physics Girl, helps explain the science in unadorned, clear language.) And how, you are asking, am I going to tie this into your marketing efforts? Well, while a case could be made for the importance of patience in creating your work if you are shooting for a big payoff (the probe traveled over nine years) I think a larger point can be made. It…
  • What my new puppy reminded me about advertising

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:12 am
    Lulu is a Labradoodle, about twelve weeks old. Labradoodles are known for being smart and very people friendly, and Lulu has both those characteristics. She learned the “sit” command (responding to it, not giving it) and the use of “wee wee” pads amazingly fast. But then came the tough one. The “come” command. This is a difficult one because first she has to learn her name, then learn to stay, and finally respond to a combination of hand, vocal and other signals, such as a handclap. The biggest problem, however is not with the puppy. It is with the owner. Because, invariably, we…
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    Bplans Blog

  • 4 Steps to Starting an Online Business

    Briana Morgaine
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    We’ve laid out a few of the various types of online businesses that you might be interested in starting, including existing platforms like Etsy and eBay. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How I Started a Gluten-Free Cookie Company: With Josh Fegles of Jude’s Foods

    Angelique O'Rourke
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Josh and Bethany Fegles started a gluten-free cookie company after their child developed an allergy. This is the story of their successful enterprise. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Small Business News Roundup 7.31.15

    Michael Hiligenstein
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week it's minimum wage, lion hunters, and the (supposedly) 10 billion dollar man. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Why Your Business (and Personal) Credit Matters [VIDEO]

    Jonathan Michael
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Did you know that there's a difference between personal credit and business credit? Watch this one-hour video with Creditera's Tim Graczewski to learn proven tactics for building a stronger business credit profile, and why it matters. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 8 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Are Balancing Their Business with Their Day Job

    Briana Morgaine
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    So, you’re ready to start your business, but not quite ready to give up your day job. Maybe you’re planning to use your income from your day job to help fund your new business, or are simply relying on that income to sustain your living expenses until your business can generate a profit. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    SiliconBeat

  • Wolverton: For Windows 7 users, Windows 10 offers cool features — and concerns

    Troy Wolverton
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Windows 10 is clearly better than Windows 8. But what does it offer Windows 7 users? After reading my review of the new version Microsoft’s flagship operating system, that’s what one reader wanted to know. He felt I should have compared Windows 10 not to Windows 8, its immediate predecessor, but to Windows 7. I focused on comparing Windows 10 to Windows 8, because so much of what Microsoft did in Windows 10 seemed to be to address what was wrong with the latter software. But the reader made a good point. Even though Windows 8 is newer than Windows 7, it was a commercial dud. Most…
  • What’s next for contract workers in tech after the latest shuttle-driver union vote?

    Michelle Quinn
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:08 am
    Unionization efforts in Silicon Valley notched another win over the weekend when shuttle drivers for Apple, Evernote, Genentech, Yahoo, Zynga and other firms voted unanimously to approve a three-year contract proposed by the Teamsters Union. So what’s next for the labor movement given its recent successes? One front to watch: contract drivers who are part of the so-called “on demand” economy. In July, 140 contract warehouse workers for Google Express filed for organized representation with the Teamsters, Recode reported. Another may be contract workers in other sectors.
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    Once again, we’ve got your tech news links right here. Siri, your personal answering service? Apple is testing iCloud voicemail, which would use Siri to transcribe voicemails, according to Business Insider. ICYMI: Facebook makes foray into live-event streaming at Lollapalooza. Existential crisis: Some Twitter users are disappearing. For example, “@RichardDawkins does not exist.” Researchers create first firmware worm that attacks Macs. AT&T unveils bundled wireless and TV service that will let customers watch DirecTV on any device. Former Reddit employee Victoria…
  • Quoted: Thumbs down: Hitchhiking robot destroyed in Philadelphia

    Levi Sumagaysay
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    “I guess sometimes bad things happen to good robots! My trip must come to an end for now, but my love for humans will never fade.” — hitchBOT, the Canadian hitchhiking robot that had planned a cross-country trip across the United States, in an Aug. 1 tweet about its demise. Sporting a “San Francisco or bust” sticker on its head, the robot began its trip in Boston two weeks ago and was in the City Of Brotherly Love when it lost its head — literally. Its creators say it was “vandalized overnight in Philadelphia”; a photo on Twitter showed the robot…
  • Off topic: Small brains, ants and leadership, plays and musicals, alcohol history

    Levi Sumagaysay
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:34 am
    There’s apparently an organoids boom — lab-grown mini brains, stomachs, kidneys and more. Studying ants’ leadership abilities, thanks to Cheerios. You know what they say, “You Can’t Take it With You”: the most popular high school plays and musicals over time. And from barley beer to rum (yum) and bellinis, a visual history of booze.   Photo: Rum, rum and more rum. (Associated Press archives)
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • 5 Great Tools for Sending Newsletters

    cendrinemedia
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    When it comes to promotional content, a large majority of U.S. consumers continue to prefer newsletters to social media sites. A reason could be that branded emails are traditionally associated with old-fashioned marketing, while Facebook or Twitter are more for news, entertainment, and interacting25 Vote(s)
  • Are Business Cards Old School?

    HollyHanna
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    What do you consider your most important piece of marketing material? Your catalog? Your packaging? Your advertisements? Your social media accounts? How about your business card? Is that still as important as it once was or has it been replaced with LinkedIn and other contact apps? 18 Vote(s)
  • How to Optimize B2B YouTube Pages [and Why You Want To]

    mmangen
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:51 am
    YouTube video can be a powerful B2B marketing tool. Here's how to optimize your videos and your channel and reap maximum benefits.18 Vote(s)
  • Taking a Page From Print Ads To Improve Your Website

    smpayton
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:40 am
    David Ogilvy's recipe for print advertising success sounds a lot like successful websites. I'm sure I'm not the first to make this connection, but I wanted to share with you these time-tested marketing techniques that sell your product or service, regardless of the medium.20 Vote(s)
  • The Worst Thing about Best Practices

    Dagmar_R
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:48 am
    Few consulting "tools" are more widely abused these days than so-called best practices. It's no wonder most supermarkets, airlines, and so on look astonishingly similar-they've been busy copying each other's best practices for decades. Here are four reasons you should dump best practices.21 Vote(s)
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Tales of Buying the Perfect Home Office, Small Business Technology

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    We’ve all heard the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But what can the children’s story tell us about making technology purchasing decisions for the home office or home-based business? We need to find the phone, laptop, printer and other technology that Baby Bear would say is “just right.” The challenge we all face is how to determine what works best for our environment. Products that are too big, too difficult to use, or the alternate — too small, cheap or without business functionality — will ultimately hamper productivity and growth. When I first started out, I…
  • At Last, a Battery Backup for the Smaller Home Office Components

    Jeff Zbar
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Working from a South Florida home office, summertime power black-outs and brown-outs are a common occurrence. See the clouds massing in the distance, and you know you could be hit with loss of power. You’re confident you can keep working; after all, your PC and monitor are linked to a battery backup or UPS (uninterruptable power supply). But what about your modem and router, or even your phone or headset? They draw so little power, but they’re so critical to business continuity. Finally, a battery backup maker has given them their due. It even comes with a removable “Mobile…
  • The Evolution of the ‘Smart’ Phone: The Power Tool in the Small Business, Home Office

    Jeff Zbar
    15 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Years ago, I wrote a technology column about a small business owner who was an early adopter of some new-fangled gizmo called the BlackBerry. What was cool about the device was that he could actually send and receive email from anywhere he had a signal. Imagine that. It was 2002, and he wasn’t tethered to his office PC any longer. In fact, he received an email from me as he worked the Olympic Games from the mountains of Park City, Utah. He mentioned what was an important caveat at the time, one which today seems oh-so-dated, given the hindsight of 13 years. “I’m not running…
  • Clean InBox, Happy Inbox – and Other Ramblings From a Home Office Gmail Neat-Freak

    Jeff Zbar
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    One upon a time, until about, oh, two months ago, every time my kids would look at my iPhone email icon, they’d cringe. Highlighted in red was a little reminder that I had almost 2,000 unread messages. Two Thousand Messages. From kids who hardly use email, to professional organizers whose career calling it is to strip such clutter from the face of an iPhone (and the universe, if possible), I imagine nothing can be more unnerving. Didn’t bother me much. Those emails had migrated there from the days when I used Outlook as my email application. So when I migrated to Google’s…
  • The Demons That Dwell in the Indie Mind: Managing Workflow in the Successful 1099 Business

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Once upon a time in the working life of this home-based 1099er writer, I would lie awake nights dreading the source of my next assignment. Sometimes, pickin’s were slim and I wondered where gigs would come from. Then, somewhere or some time along the way, work became bountiful (thank G-d), and my worry had transformed from “Where?” to “How?,” as in, “How would I ever deliver the workflow piling up on my whiteboard?” My nemesis wasn’t / isn’t so much time management as time availability. Sometimes, it seems, one of me just isn’t…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Protecting Client Data, 3 HR Solutions, The Growing Impact of Click-to-Call and More

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    12 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Where the Money Flows Kabbage, a leading provider of online loans for small businesses, just released statistics on which states and industries are getting the most small business loans. Some highlights: California has the  “biggest appetite” for loans ($143  million) Gen X entrepreneurs are the most likely to get loans, Millennials the least likely The top 3 industries (in order of loan size) are healthcare, construction, restaurants/bars The #1 reason small business owners apply for loans? Business expansion. Check out the…
  • Running A Business: Is Your Health At Risk?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Kimberly Erskine Getting your foot in the door in the business world can be a challenge, especially for new and hopeful entrepreneurs. There are plenty of obstacles one must overcome when starting a business like creating an effective strategy, implementing successful marketing tactics and developing a firm foundation to grow upon – the list can go on. During the startup process, entrepreneurs can be stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed and overworked which can lead to certain health risks that can affect their well-being. Knowing the hurdles associated with starting a new business, some…
  • Online Shopping Soars

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you want to sell to consumers, you need to build an ecommerce site. By Rieva Lesonsky One of the keys to small business success is to give consumers what they want. If you’re in—or want to be in–the retail business, one of the things people increasingly insist on is being able to shop online. This, of course, means, you need to jump on the ecommerce bandwagon. According to a recent report, Mintel’s Online Shopping US 2015, 69 percent of American adults shop online at least once a month—and 33 percent shop online weekly. So how do you get them to shop on your site? First,…
  • Dress Code in the Office: Necessary or Needless?

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Nicola Reynor The debate over whether or not companies should have a dress code in place has been going on for decades. Certain organizations believe it’s essential that their employees adhere to certain standards regarding the way they dress at work. This is especially true when employees have face-to-face interactions with clients and customers on a daily basis. And while many people don’t mind having guidelines to follow, others feel that as adults, they’re more than capable of dressing appropriately at work without having a formal dress code in place. Even HR managers…
  • Best Way to Increase Your Web Traffic, Protecting Your Online Reputation and Getting People to Like Your Teleconferences

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. Best Practices Catch up on your reading: here and here Best way to increase your web traffic Protecting your online reputation Getting people to like your teleconferences Inspiring! Mark Ahn says startups aren’t scary,…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • Get Your Group On...

    Yvonne
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    by Yvonne DiVita We're reviving this blog! Are you as excited as I am? Watch for design changes and more content. <dances around desk and confuses dogs!> This particular post, today, is part of a paid program for Groupon. You know them... they've been around for quite awhile and while I am receiving compensation for this, all writing is original and my own. I only work with companies that understand the need for authenticity. In all honesty, I wanted to write this post because I'm a closet shopper. Yes, there you have it. It's out in the open. I receive dozens of catalogs weekly - from…
  • Stay Connected While You’re Home for the Holidays

    Yvonne
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:17 pm
    If you, like many people, will be headed over the river and through the woods to Grandma’s house — or anywhere else for that matter — you may stress out at the idea of stepping away from your business for days or weeks at a time. Thankfully, we live in an era of technology and being out of the office doesn’t have to cause a catastrophe for your business. Here’s how to reduce that holiday stress, enjoy time with family and friends, and keep your business up and running. Plan Ahead. Simply giving your customers a head’s up that you will be unavailable (or have limited access to…
  • How to Unleash Your Pet Business’ Marketing Success

    Alicia Lawrence
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Business owners who work in the pet industry are lucky to have an inherently loyal customer base of animal lovers and pet parents who cherish their fur babies and want to give them the best products and services available. Marketing your business well ensures that those committed pet owners are aware of your existence and more likely to refer others your way. Never underestimate the impact an effective marketing plan can have on your overall success as an entrepreneur. By following some basic marketing guidelines, you’ll immediately gain a head start on the competition. Identify Your Target…
  • 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…
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    The Power of Goodwill Blog

  • C Is For Clarity

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

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

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

    Janet Smith
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:58 pm
    I recently facilitated a 12-hour front-line supervisor training “crash course” with two great guys who are going to be fantastic bosses! (In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t one 12 hour day…it was two six-hour days, about 10 days apart!) It got me thinking about the many things that the very best bosses continually do to develop and maintain a team of engaged, loyal, productive employees. That has led to the idea for a new blog series: Employee Morale From A to Z. Here are the topics this series will cover: A is for Accountability B is for Brag C is for…
  • Take the time to say “hi” every morning!

    Janet Smith
    23 Nov 2011 | 3:42 am
    Yesterday I received an email from my mom…that she received from someone else…that certainly stole my heart. It consists of four photos, telling the story of a deer that visits a cat every morning! Seems the two unlikely critters have formed a bond and start out every day showing one another some genuine affection. The kitty’s owner decided to snap some pictures to document this remarkable daily meet-and-greet event. As an employee morale consultant, I can’t help but think how many people would benefit from following the example of this deer and cat. I simply mean…
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    Content Marketing Institute » Joe Pulizzi

  • This Week in Content Marketing: Don’t Build Your Content House on Rented Land

    Joe Pulizzi
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss two recent developments that clearly illustrate why you should not build your content house on rented land: LinkedIn has placed limits on your ability to download contact information about your connections, and Google Plus as a social network is no more. Next, we dissect a new report from AOL that claims to be focused on content marketing, but really isn’t. In a strange parallel, Moz publishes a report that says it’s focused on inbound marketing…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Content Marketing Budgets Still the Size of Pluto

    Joe Pulizzi
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the massive growth of how-to videos on YouTube and what marketers need to do to differentiate their video content. Next, we discuss two research studies that show customers favor doing business with trustworthy organizations that have clearly articulated values; we explain how content marketing strategy fits into the picture. Finally, we take a closer look at the savvy spending habits of the top 200 U.S. advertisers. Content marketing spending is…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Upworthy’s Big Move Combining Content and Data

    Joe Pulizzi
    18 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this episode, Robert and I applaud Upworthy’s decision to move from clickbait articles to longer-form, high-quality original content, and ponder the reasons behind this move. Next, we share our take on a long-running debate: Should you produce all content internally or outsource at least some of it to agencies? We scratch our heads over an article that attempts to explain what branded content is, but fails to bring any more clarity to this often-misunderstood marketing concept. Finally, we…
  • 6 Steps to Content Marketing Domination

    Joe Pulizzi
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    I know, I know. I used one of those link-bait titles. First, I used a number (which, to be honest, almost always performs better than non-numbered posts). Second, I made a big promise – that content marketing domination in an industry category is actually possible. Well, this post is all about what is possible. But before I detail the six steps, let me take you back to 2014. One of my ongoing personal goals is to publish a book every two years. Get Content Get Customers was published in 2009. Managing Content Marketing was in 2011. Epic Content Marketing was published in 2013. So that…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Inside The New York Times’ Subscription Funnel

    Joe Pulizzi
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I don’t understand why CNN is being criticized for the launch of Courageous, its internal native advertising agency. Next, we agree with Andrew Davis’ assessment that print is the future of digital and discuss how these two platforms can be leveraged to draw more attention for your best content. Finally, we take a closer look at the Facebook subscriber funnel The New York Times is using to grow its revenue and ponder the thinking behind Manifest, a new…
 
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • Use this Ridiculous Sales Stat for Nonstop Sales Growth

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

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

    9 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Most people don’t believe it when I tell them it’s super easy to increase their sales IQ. But first, let me tell you about some interesting data.
  • Cold Calling Revisited: What if Sales is Not a Numbers Game?

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:43 am
    For years, we’ve been told that sales is a numbers game. To be successful, all you needed to do was to fill your pipeline with an endless supply of suspects. And then, a certain percentage of them would miraculously turn into prospects, and ultimately customers – if you were persistent enough.
  • Beyond the Challenger Sale (Part 2)

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Here's the 2nd half of my interview with Brent Adamson, coauthor of The Challenger Sale and Managing Director for CEB's Sales and Marketing practice.  During our conversation, he shares some groundbreaking research about why decisions fall apart, and how salespeople can build consensus with the 5.4 decision makers needed to make a purchase decision. You can read it below. Or, you have these options too. Download PDF of Full InterviewListen to Audio of Full Interview
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    Bill Caskey

  • What Percentage Of Your Team Is Truly Committed?

    Travis
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    In the lead up to the launch of The Sales Leadership Academy, I have the luxury of interviewing experts in the field of motivation, most specifically, “sales team motivation.” As in, “What role does the leader play in the inspiration and motivation of their teams?” It’s really easy to say (and I’ve said it, too), “Well, it’s not up to anyone to motivate the producer. They have to come to the table with their own motivation.” That may be true. But does that mean you play no role at all in that? Of course not. Dr. Folkman’s Take on Inspiring from a Leadership Position: I had…
  • One Hour of Goal Setting

    Travis
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:55 am
    20 Hours of Goal Planning As part of my sales training for my clients, we hold monthly telephone calls with small groups of sales people. On those calls, we talk about deals they struggle with, opportunities they see and tactics on how to land those prospects. On a recent call, I was asked about goal setting. Specifically, “How much time should we spend in goal setting activities?” My answer surprised them. I suggested that for every hour they spend setting goals, they should spend 20 hours planning them out. 20 hours!!!??! The idea with “goal planning” is to give yourself a roadmap…
  • Selling Isn’t Meant To Be A Struggle

    Travis
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    One of my favorite books of all time was a 60-pager written by Stuart Wilde called, “Life Was Never Meant to be a Struggle.” In this book, he addresses how life demands effort, but not struggle. As he defines it, “struggle is effort, laced with negative emotion.” In sales, we struggle a lot, don’t we? Struggle to get an appointment. Struggle to get to the right person. Struggle to position our product in the best possible light. Struggle to close the sale. But, should we feel ‘struggle?’ I don’t think so. In markets that are abundant, you should be on the lookout for…
  • Building Your Platform To Make Selling Easy(ier)

    Travis
    8 Jul 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Last week, I got called by a CPA firm who wanted training for their people. This you must know: CPAs are not very good at selling. It’s not that they don’t have the expertise. That’s not it at all. It’s that selling spooks them. It’s not in their comfort zone. So, when I get a call from a professional services firm (or any company), I always start with one simple question: Do you have a platform? After the weird looks they give me, I go on to educate them to what a “Platform” is. Platform: definition, A position in the market that you occupy where people look to you for…
  • Sales Methodology? Sales Process? Sales Philosophy!

    Travis
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Lots has been written, some tediously so, about Sales Process and Sales Methodology.  It will make your eyes glaze over. So in this article, I want to clarify what each of these are (in my opinion) and also share a third, more important area of growth for sales driven companies: Sales Philosophy. Just for clarity, here are my definitions: Sales Process It’s the sequence of events that characterize how a customer makes his/her way through from Awareness to Comprehension to Conviction to Action. It is usually discussed in a step-by-step way. An example: 1) Entry Point, which is how a sales…
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    HDBizBlog.com

  • Anti Snoring Devices Are The Best

    Les
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Despite the fact that snoring is frequently recognized a minor tribulation, snorers can at times endure extreme debilitation of lifestyle. Facts on wheezing are regularly conflicting, however no less than 30% of mature people and maybe the same number as half of individuals in a few demographics wheeze. Essentially all medications for snoring spin around clearing the blockage in the breathing section. This is the excuse for why snorers are encouraged to shed pounds (to prevent fat from pressing on the throat), quit smoking and consider their side to counteract the tongue from hindering the…
  • Like Finding A Pediatrician In A Haystack…

    Les
    30 May 2015 | 3:29 pm
    It’s not as simple as asking your best friend. Here, doctor-shopping strategies that deliver. A few months before our son, Nate, was born last October, my husband and I joined the legions of parents in the market for a new pediatrician. I gathered a long list of recommendations from doctors and friends, then interviewed the top contenders who were also members of our health plan. Ultimately, we had m trust our instincts: We selected a doctor we felt would provide our child with first-rate medical care–in sickness and in health-and would help us be good parents. We haven’t…
  • Safe Parenting Tips For When Your Kids Are Sick

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

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

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

  • International IMP³rove Award 2015: The Contest for the Global Championship in Innovation Management has Just Opened!

    InnovationManagement
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    To mark the occasion of the contest opening for the International IMP³rove Award 2015 - the global championship in innovation management - IMP³rove Academy has interviewed Levent Alatli, General Manager of Koza Yönetim, the award winner of 2014.
  • Intuition and Deliberation for Better Decision-Making

    THNK School of Creative Leadership
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:03 pm
    We live in an age of change and uncertainty. For businesses, this means that only the most versatile survive —innovate or die. Simply adapting to the digital age is not enough: company survival requires explorative business strategies, to find new opportunities to improve and renew products and services. To attain explorative success you need a combination of both deliberate thinking and intuitive thinking. This article explores how you can balance the two.
  • How Innovation Vendors Are Changing, and The Implications For Clients

    Anthony Ferrier
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Over the past couple of years, the services and solutions offered by innovation vendors have quietly shifted in new and interesting ways, with direct implications for corporate innovation leaders. Given that it is the middle of a long hot summer, I thought that it might be timely to outline some of the changes that I see taking place, and their impact on innovation leaders going forward.
  • Sensing is Exploring Uncharted Territory

    THNK School of Creative Leadership
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Where do you start when you want something new? Whether the aim is just an improvement, a small incremental change or something more unique, disruptive and breakthrough, the start will probably determine where you end up. Do you start jotting down ideas? Do you grab a whiteboard and Post-Its, get a few people in the room, and start brainstorming?
  • Incubadoras e Aceleradoras de Inovação: O Que Acontece Quando Elas Vão Mal?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Escrevi recentemente um artigo que traçou uma nova abordagem para o desenvolvimento e apoio de incubadoras e aceleradoras de inovação dentro de organizações corporativas. O artigo parece ter tocado um nervo devido ao número de pessoas que chegou a mim para oferecer suas experiências com incubadoras / aceleradoras. Enquanto recebi uma gama de opiniões, fiquei realmente mais interessado nas histórias de fracasso.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Today in Global Small Business: Borderless E-Commerce Techniques

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    ©iStock/Takahashi_keiWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:12 Apps that add efficiency in global business.How export of primary products stifles Nigeria's manufacturing sector.5 Trends to track to grow your global business.Why it pays to understand the proposed federal rules in the U.S. regarding overtime pay.Borderless e-commerce techniques allow you to connect with your customers worldwide.Is your business ready for global expansion?
  • If Your Cat Could Talk, Would He?

    1 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved."If cats could talk, they wouldn't." - Nan Porter
  • Got an App That Boosts Your Global Small Business?

    30 Jul 2015 | 10:02 pm
    ©iStock/AhmetemreI put together this list of apps that I find adds efficiency and even enhances the way I conduct global small business.  I hope you find these useful too.  Have an app to share?  Send me an email (it's noted at the end of the article).  I'll feature your app in the next installment I write on great global business apps.12 Apps that Add Efficiency in Global Business
  • Building Products to Help Small Businesses Easily Launch Online

    30 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    ©iStock/Jovy86Since its was founded in 2012, Tictail has predominantly been focused on building products to help small business easily launch online. Tictail is a Swedish e-commerce startup -- think along the lines of less crafty than Etsy -- and has two aims.The company wants to make it easier for new designers, independent brands, and emerging small businesses to have an easier way to set up shop online—and make it easier for the rest of us to shop for something trendy, new, and different, too.According to research from eMarketer, e-commerce accounted for nearly 6 percent of all global…
  • Can You Win a Go Global Award?

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:41 am
    ©iStock/ThinglassHP is shining a light on some of the country’s most dynamic, innovative and expanding SMBs, recognizing the achievements of those that have successfully entered the international export market and encouraging those looking to break into new territories.  Hence, the HP Go Global Awards.The awards echo Go Global’s original principles – that small business owners should not shy away from international trade opportunities because of perceived language, currency, cultural and business barriers.Categories are Breakthrough Exporter of the Year and Next Breakthrough…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • The Big Secret About Your Art Career That Nobody Is Telling You

    Alyson Stanfield
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    I feel like there is this big secret in the art world. It’s about how things work and how to be successful. Everyone but me seems to know what it is. Ever feel this way? If I only knew this one thing … this one elusive thing that I have no idea what it is … my art business would be a success. But I don’t even know what questions to ask to find it. You’re not alone. Many artists are on a quest to find the magic bullet and hoping to uncover it in a new class, blog post, or book. And, still, the cogs and sprockets (Jetsons, anyone?) that run the art world machine are a mystery…
  • Art Is About Being In The World

    Alyson Stanfield
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    [Art] isn’t about being in the studio, it’s about being in the world. – Robert Irwin I count myself lucky that I ended up at an art talk with Robert Irwin last April. Irwin didn’t just get off the art school bus. He’s been in the ‘hood for a while now. He’s 86 and was the first artist to receive the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur “Genius” Award in 1984. He’s well known for his garden designs, though he says he never gardened or even planted a plant before tackling them. He didn’t know how the gardens were going to happen. He just knew it was something he wanted…
  • Has Richard Prince Killed Copyright Protection For Artists?

    Guest Blogger
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    Guest blogger: Kathryn Goldman The short answer is “No.” The longer answer is that most artists are not going to have their art taken by someone like Richard Prince who has commercial stature and deep pockets. The threat to most artists is from every day Internet “sneak thieves” – lazy non-creatives who right click, copy and paste. Prince did more than that, but not much more. Copyright is still useful for artists despite the actions of Richard Prince and the expansion of the defense of fair use. Richard Prince — Pushing the Envelope, or Taking Advantage? When…
  • Book Your Next Exhibition – Now

    Alyson Stanfield
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Yeah, I know you’d rather be in the studio. Yeah, I know it’s super cheap and easy to show your art online. Yeah, I know it’s a slog to find a good exhibition space. And, yeah, I know that if you’re physically and geographically able to show your art in public and you’re not doing so, you’re just making excuses. Not only that, you’re also: Missing out on sales and networking opportunities. Taking the easy way out. Working your way to a less-than-stellar art career. Exhibiting your art in live venues should be one of your primary goals. Book a show now! Let’s Define…
  • Website Wars: WordPress vs Squarespace vs Wix vs Weebly

    Guest Blogger
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Guest blogger: Kim Bruce After researching, comparing and gathering information on what you need to know to make a choice between WordPress, Squarespace, Wix or Weebly, I have come to the conclusion that there is no conclusion. Each of these services has something to offer depending on your needs. For example, if you’re a hobby artist, a free Weebly site, which includes their paid ads, may suffice. An artist with little or no computer skills may want a simple drag-and-drop interface, which is available with all services (drag-and-drop themes are available for WordPress). A professional…
 
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    Capital Solutions Bancorp » Blog

  • How to Cure Your Addiction to Merchant Cash Advance

    Meryl Evans
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Have you heard of payday loans? You’d never consider such an option because it’d drain your resources, right? Merchant cash advance and business cash advances are like payday loans except they target businesses. Thousands and thousands of business owners are stuck with MCA. To attract B2B companies, some MCA providers call it Business Cash Advance. An MCA may sound like a great idea, but it isn’t when you look at the full picture of how it works. Here’s a true story. A business owner tells them he needs $200k. They say they’ll advance him the $200k, and then take out a percentage of…
  • The Sure-Fire Danger of Having a Big Customer

    Meryl Evans
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    When a colleague first started his little business, he had two clients. One provided steady projects. The set up worked well since he could manage these projects outside of his corporate job. Yes, he worked two full-time jobs between the corporate one and his business. We’ll call him Joe. He wanted to build cash flow before quitting his corporate job. Then the company — the steady one — went out of business. As for the other client … projects didn’t come in regularly enough to sustain business. Joe had to decide whether to resign to a life-long corporate career and keep…
  • 5 Ways This Is Better Than a Bank Loan or Line of Credit

    Meryl Evans
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Before you consider going to a bank for a small business loan or line of credit, you might want to explore another option. A better one because it’s money that already belongs to you. The money you get from the flexible financing is invoice financing, which gives you the cash flow you need to pay expenses and grow your business. It’s also known as factoring and accounts receivables financing. Accounts receivables are open invoices that haven’t been paid. It’s money a company is owed after delivering the product or service. Clients may take 30, 60, 90, or more days to pay the invoice.
  • 14 Ways to Ensure You Always Have Cash Flow

    Meryl Evans
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    A colleague told me about a long-time client and friend who passed away. The business went with him. It happens. That’s life. While his business made up about a third of hers, she weathered the loss of income because she had enough cash stashed away to cover her while she looked for new clients. Another colleague texted me to let me know that her computer had died. Fortunately, she was able to buy a new computer the same day and restore her backed up files to the new computer. Cash and profits don’t go hand in hand. Profit can show up on paper even if the company doesn’t have…
  • How Late Payment of Invoices Are a Danger to Your Small Business

    Meryl Evans
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    Cash flow makes or breaks a small business. If you don’t have the cash to pay expenses and make payroll, then your business can’t survive. Simply put: no cash, no business. This can and does happen even if you have all the customers you want and talented employees who do their jobs well. Small business cash flow management and payment practices references Atradius Payment Practices Barometer for the Americas, a survey that looks at B2B payment behaviors. Effects of unpaid invoices Atradius’ report explains the effects of unpaid invoices: “Unpaid invoices can have a serious impact on a…
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    dmiracle

  • 3 Steps to Overcoming Web Overwhelm

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

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

    Dawud Miracle
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    There are so many ways that coaches and holistic healers can get a website today. You can go the ‘old fashioned’ route and have a website designer build a pages in HTML. You can use some of the pre-made services you’ll find on any number of hosts (though most of the designs look like they’re 10 years old). Or you can have your website created on one of the myriad of publishing platforms available today. Of course my favorite publishing platform for coaches, healers and the other service providers I work with is WordPress. There’s others, of course. But having use…
  • Why Your Coaching Website Is NOT About Getting Clients

    Dawud Miracle
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    As a coach, a healer or professional service provider, do you know why you have a website? You know the answer to this, right? You have a website to get more clients. Well, what if that’s not realistic? What if that’s not the true purpose of your website? What if your website isn’t meant to covert clients? Then what is my website for? Honestly, most people – most coaches, healers, professionals, etc – believe that they have a website to get them more clients. They see their website as a magical tool that if they say enough of the right things people will contact…
  • 10 Clear Signs Your Website Needs Redesigning

    Dawud Miracle
    22 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    It can be confusing to know exactly when your website needs redesigning. Yet, I’ve often found that if you’re even thinking about a new website, then it’s probably time. You’re well aware that your website is often the first thing people see and experience about your business. That’s certainly true if they find your through Google or social media. But it’s just as true if you’re getting referrals from past clients. Your website will almost always be the first thing people see about you and your business. Your website needs redesigning when you have…
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    Business of Software USA

  • The Science of Web and Email Optimisation | Brian Massey

    Joe Glover
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:01 am
    As a Conversion Optimization Evangelist, Brian spends a great deal of his time speaking and writing about conversion. As the Original Conversion Scientist, Brian has helped dozens of businesses transform their sites through a steady diet of visitor profiling, purposeful content, analytics and testing. Brian spoke at Business of Software Conference USA 2014 on the topic of optimising landing pages. What followed was half an hour of entertaining insight, followed by seeing that knowledge being put into practice. Video and Transcript below, as well as slides here.  Join the Business of Software…
  • All of Business of Software USA’s 2014 Lightning Talks in One Place

    Joe Glover
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of Business of Software. They’re fast, often funny, but more importantly – approach subjects that matter with laser guided precision. Less blah, blah, blah. This years application process closes on July 30th 2015 – that’s not much time to get your proposal in. More info here. 2014 was another good year for lightning talks. Lucky for you, we’ve recorded them and made them available for free. Expect a wide range of verbal and visual inspiration in these seven and a half minute videos. To make it easy, they’re…
  • The Art and Process of The Hustle | Steli Efti Pre-BoS Conf USA 2015 Google Hangout | 9:30 AM PST; 5:30 PM BST

    Joe Glover
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Steli Efti is the co-founder and CEO of Close.io. He’s also Silicon Valley’s most prominent sales hustler, a YC alumni, advisor to several startups and entrepreneurs and the author of The Ultimate Startup Guide To Outbound Sales. Click here to register or attend the hangout with Steli, 09:30 PST; 17:30 BST. It’s fashionable to think that sales are the result of Inbound marketing in some circles – perhaps every sale you make comes to you magically through the Internet with no human touch. Does that mean you can’t do better? This year, Steli will be speaking at Business of Software…
  • Business of Software Conference USA 2015 Program Released

    Joe Glover
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The Business of Software Conference USA 2015 program has been released. The program has been designed to help you solve your software business problems, spark inspiration, challenge your perceptions, and make you leave the conference saying ‘I know how to be better at what I do’. Full break down of the three days here. Speakers and sessions include: Rich Mironov – Laws of Software Economics that effect everyone. Even You. Sarah Allen – What’s your software saying to customers behind your back? David Heinemeier Hansson – Should you reboot your code? Trish Khoo…
  • Lightning Talks: Business of Software Conference USA 2015. Entry Deadline 30th July.

    Joe Glover
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    15 Slides. 30 seconds each. Your Subject. Our Stage. Haven’t worried you yet? Great! Let’s see what you have to say. NOTE Application Deadline: 30th July 2015. Lightning Talks are always one of the highlights of BoS and this year will be no different. If you want an opportunity to talk at BoS about a topic that interests you, send us an application. Lightning Talks follow a simple format – every speaker gets 15 slides and 30 seconds per slide to talk about a subject of their choice. The slides advance automatically. Warning, they are a challenge! But one worth taking:…
 
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • The Heart of Self-Worth

    Tara Joyce
    2 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    “Thoughts become things,” Mike Dooley says. You don’t get what you deserve, you get what you think you deserve. Life provides your perceived worth, not your actual worth. Only when you connect with your intrinsic goodness — your courage and your kindness — do you allow, and feel you deserve, all of life’s blessings. Only then, can you truly get what you deserve. For only then, do you trust in your unconditional worth. Unconditional worth belongs to you. It’s always been yours. It’s inherently yours. Your self-worth can not be earned. It can not be…
  • Trying To Solve Gender Imbalance From “The Other Side Of The Table” (Guest Article)

    Tara Joyce
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    This article is written by Ezequiel Djeredjian, a male member of the Athena team. Ezequiel and Athena are doing great work to solve the gender imbalance in business, through programming empowering women to grow themselves, and their dreams of entrepreneurship. Their work is a beautiful reflection of Innerpreneurship, and the collective value it creates. Similarly, I am becoming increasingly more aware of our gender imbalance, and my need to seek solutions. Sharing Ezequiel’s perspective with you is a step in this direction, a symbol of my growing dedication to solving this problem —…
  • Getting What You Want Without Knowing What You Need

    Tara Joyce
    19 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    In our Modern culture, we are encouraged to be unbalanced in our doing, in our esteem. We’re taught to believe we have the right, and the entitlement, to do and have whatever we want. Yet we lack the love to know what we truly need, and how to get it. And so we find ourselves exerting our power, our esteem towards our Self, onto others, in hopes that we will get what we want, without having to do the work to know what we need. When did our wants become so important? Perhaps it was when we, as a collective, fulfilled our most basic survival needs. With our drive to survive less pressing,…
  • It’s Not What Happens, It’s How You Handle It

    Tara Joyce
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Life happens… Things you can’t control… People you can’t avoid… Stuff happens just beyond your reach, and it affects you. I used to think it was my responsibility to control the things that happened in Life. I strived to minimize the bad and to maximize the good. I watched and I stood prepared. I let in only what passed my vigorous tests. As Life continued, and continued to happen, I began to see the illusion of control I felt I had. Despite my best efforts, I could not manage and shape Life into being exactly as I wanted it to be. I could not make it more…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

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

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Scrivner – Snapshot Interactive. This company offers a great example of the importance of adjusting and pivoting your business model when the market tells you what they really want. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Ultimate Business Model Pivot appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • The Importance of Linking Social Enterprise to Mission

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bettie Kirkland – Project Return is a non-profit that helps released felons integrate into the workforce. To support this program, they have launched a social enterprise, PROemployment, that is a temporary employment agency that gives clients valuable work experience and helps provide revenue support for the mission of the non-profit. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post The Importance of Linking Social Enterprise to Mission appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bootstrapper Alters Plans to Grow

    Jeff Cornwall
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Dan Stephenson – Dan’s Gourmet Mac And Cheese TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post Bootstrapper Alters Plans to Grow appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    SBA Office of Advocacy

  • June-July 2015 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Newsletter Released

    bnelson
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    The Office of Advocacy released the June-July 2015 edition of its newsletter, The Small Business Advocate. Highlighted in the newsletter is Advocacy’s new research report, The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: A Preliminary Examination of Its Impact on Small Businesses, as well as a related issue brief, Patenting and Innovative Startups: Putting the America Invents Act in a Broader Economic Context. The lead article deals with patent reform bills pending in Congress and how they might affect small businesses. New members of the Office of Advocacy are introduced: three economists and four…
  • Advocacy Urges the FCC to Preserve Small Business Choice in Communications Services

    bnelson
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Small business demand for services is driving the evolution of our communications networks, and Advocacy recently filed a letter with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), urging the body to ensure that small businesses have choices that fit their needs, at prices they can afford.  In 2010, Advocacy released a study which concluded that broadband is as vital to running a small business as basic utilities like electricity.  Moreover, the study concluded that small business owners are largely dissatisfied with the affordability and choices offered to them in the broadband market. The…
  • Advocacy Highlights “3 Reasons to Love Your Region”

    bnelson
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Office of Advocacy is pleased to announce the launch of a new interactive graphic titled “3 Reasons to Love Your Region.” This product aims to highlight the qualities that make each small business region unique. From thriving small manufacturing firms in Region 1 to a hub of self-employed small businesses in Region 10, each region contributes to our nation’s continuously growing small business community. As you celebrate America’s independence this week, click the image below and explore how each region contributes to our country’s small business success. -Emily Theroux, Intern
  • Patent Reform Update: Small Businesses Concerned about Bills Moving through House and Senate

    bnelson
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:18 am
    Congress is currently considering another round of reform of our nation’s patent system. Current reform efforts are aimed at curbing the practice of sending fraudulent demand letters to extort unjust licensing fees or settlements by alleging broad claims of patent infringement. Advocacy has engaged with small businesses who have received such demand letters, small businesses who own patents, universities, and the technology transfer organizations that work with small patent holders to license and commercialize their inventions. Last year, Advocacy submitted a letter in response to a request…
  • Understanding the Small Business Presence in Patent-Intensive Industries

    bnelson
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    By Jonathan Porat, Regulatory Economist, Office of Advocacy Congress has ramped up efforts to pass patent reform legislation after years of debate and discussion. This increased attention to intellectual property has touched on the importance of patents to small businesses. Small businesses may be particularly affected by patent reform since startups rely on patents for fundraising, and entrepreneurs build on newly discovered technologies. Established small businesses that rely on intellectual property protection and licensing would be affected as well. Small businesses make up an important…
 
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    PaySimple Blog

  • Part 2: From Zero to One Million: Advice from CEO, Maury Rogow of Rip Media Group

    Jessie Van Gundel
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    Continued from: The 3 Stages of Small Business with Maury Rogow CEO, Rip Media Group Stage 2 and 3 of Maury’s Zero to One Million, 3 Stages of Small Business are included in this post. Rip Media’s rule: “Only Good People” (OGP) “You have to be a good person to work with us. This is the core of who we are. Your rules are up to you to create. What is something you do not want to compromise on? Make that part of your core beliefs and your values.” – Maury Create your rules Stick to them At this point you should have some systems and processes in place. You need to…
  • From Zero to One Million: Advice from CEO, Maury Rogow of Rip Media Group

    Jessie Van Gundel
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Maury Rogow is the president and CEO of Rip Media Group in Los Angeles, California. Rip Media: “We learn what makes you special and create marketing videos that inform and entertain viewers, making them eager to work with you. Our weapons of choice are animated and live-action videos.” Learn more: RipMediaGroup.com He started the business not long after something happened that changed everything for him. Maury was working for a global company, and he and his colleagues were celebrating because they were getting purchased. It was a big deal and a huge accomplishment for the team. A…
  • Free Business Intelligence Application Designed for SMBs

    Lisa Hephner
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Knowledge truly is power. When it comes to successfully running your small business, there is no denying that the more you know about your operations and your customers, the more effectively you can manage and grow your company. If you’re like most small business owners, you probably have a prodigious amount of data on everything from sales, to payments and refunds, to appointments, invoice history, search marketing metrics, email response rates, inventory levels, external vendors, payroll, cash flow, and more. Unfortunately, simply having data is not the same as understanding what it can…
  • Moving beyond fear

    Eric Remer
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    It’s so easy to get into a groove with your personal and professional life. But there’s a difference between getting into a groove and being complacent. To really grow, sometimes you have to give up the comforts of where you are to move forward. But when is it worth the risk? “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out, and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.” ~ Cynthia Occelli What is right or wrong for your own growth is a personal decision,…
  • Four Key Steps for Closing a Failed Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Over the past week I have been dealing with the impending and then actual death of a family member. During this time our family has gone through the emotional turmoil of coming to terms first with the realization that our loved-one was not going to beat her cancer, then that she only had a few days left, and finally with her passing. After that came the immediate demands of final arrangements and the memorial service. And now we are embroiled in all the paperwork, legal requirements, and logistics of closing down a life. (Honestly—it should be easier!) As we work through our family…
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    Business Pundit

  • Hitchhiking Robot Is Executed in Philadelphia

    Dave Polykoff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love – but apparently that love is only for people, and not for robots. A child-sized robot from Port Credit, Ontario, Canada was built to rely on the kindness of strangers for transportation.  Earlier this week though, HitchBot finally met its demise in Philadelphia, PA after being vandalized by a local resident. Adventure-seeking robot attempting to hitchhike across America tragically destroyed in Philadelphia. Video: http://t.co/rMpeOKwoY7 — NowThis (@nowthisnews) August 4, 2015 The hitchhiking robot was built by Canadian…
  • Sprint Names Tarek Robbiati As New CFO As Executive Shake-Ups Heat Up

    James Kosur
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Sprint Corp is ditching Chief Financial Officer Joseph Euteneuer amid a major executive shakeup. Replacing Mr. Euteneuer is Tarek Robbiati. Robbiati, who will join in late August, stepped down as chief executive of Australian financial services provider FlexiGroup Ltd in June. He also served as the deputy CFO of Telstra Corp Ltd, Australia’s leading telecoms company, Sprint said. Sprint’s shares were down 2.4 percent in trading after the bell. Robbiati will receive a base salary of $800,000 per year, slightly more than the $775,000 Euteneuer was paid during the 2014 fiscal year.
  • Delta And United Just Banned Big-Game Trophy Transportation

    James Kosur
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Following the killing of African Lion Cecil, management at United Airlines and Delta Air Lines Inc. have announced the outright banning of big-game trophy transporation.   “We felt it made sense to do so,” Charles Hobart, a United spokesman, said Monday. The company will now prohibit transportation of elephants, rhinoceroses, leopards and water buffalo as well as lions. Hours before United made its announcement, Delta had announced the same five banned animals. Big-game hunters in the past would pay to have the head, horns, and hide of their kills, transported back home for bragging…
  • Snapchat’s revenue in 2015 show signs of a $19 billion company

    Dave Polykoff
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Snapchat, the ephemeral photo, video and messaging app, is finally starting to make some real money.  With this new money in the bank, they are also looking for someone to manage it all. According to multiple sources following the company, Snapchat is targeting around $50 million in revenue this year.  This marks a nice yearly earnings considering it launched its first revenue product less than a year ago.  Most of Snapchat’s revenue comes from short video advertisements in both its Live Stories and Discover Stories features which has been reporter to cost advertisers 2 cents per…
  • Twitter Share Prices Continue Downward Spiral As They Reach A New Low

    James Kosur
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Shares at Twitter have continued their downward spiral in Monday trading, ending at a new low of $29.25 after losing 5.6% of their value. The share price for the social network is now at its lowest point since its public debut. Twitter opened its IPO at $26 and shares quickly skyrocketed to $45. However, the company failed to engage users with the same voracity of Facebook and in May 2014 shares hit a low of $30.50. Twitter shares began sinking fast following Tuesday’s earnings conference call in which CEO Jack Dorsey said there is still a lot of fixes needed at Twitter. He also said it…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Free Utility Customers To Profit From the Clean Power Plan

    Bill Roth
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    Today's adoption of the Clean Power Plan begs this question: Why shouldn’t a utility customer be able to put solar on their roof, net out their electricity bill and sell any surplus to the grid for a profit? What state allows this? The answer is none.
  • Shell Battles for Drilling Amid Plummeting Profits in Second Quarter

    Jan Lee
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    It's been a rough week for Royal Dutch Shell. Profits are down, angst about its Arctic oil-drilling operations are way up, and costs for previous oil spill fiascos are still on the books. There's a lot riding on the oil and gas giant's rep, and it doesn't seem to be getting a lot of sympathy from the shoreline.
  • Why Unpaid Internships Are Immoral BS

    Jen Boynton
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    There's a dirty secret in the sustainability startup world. A lot of small startups -- even those that purport to be sustainable from the ground up -- offer unpaid internships. They justify this practice to themselves, but I think it's flat-out wrong.
  • What Will It Take to Finance the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals?

    3p Contributor
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It became clear at the recent U.N. Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that both public- and private-sector involvement will be needed to finance the forthcoming Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Coho Salmon’s Survival in California Faces an Upstream Swim

    Leon Kaye
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    If the coho salmon have even a chance of surviving in California, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Co. are important as the Golden State struggles with drought, population growth and securing water for agriculture.
 
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  • Do You Get Stopped By Excuses? | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I was chatting with my kids the other day, about a lesson I’ve learned that can apply to every aspect of life… …especially your business. Here’s what we talked about over spoonfuls of cereal: The difference between successful people and those who are not yet successful is the willingness to do what others aren’t willing to do. (Pretty powerful stuff, actually.) I recorded this new 4-minute video for you to tell you (vulnerably) about a time I really regret not hopping on a certain plane to meet a certain group of people. [arve_iframe…
  • Who's Going to Support You? | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    That Nordstroms sale was awesome! You totally scored! You found some great stuff – especially that scarf and new top! You get in the car, start driving home, and you start to feel super guilty. “I shouldn’t have spent all of that money.” “I need to save money for my future.” “Who is going to support me when I am older?” “Where is the money going come from?” But you don’t return anything. Because you look great in all of the new outfits. Then, your IRA investment statement comes in the mail. You don’t open it – because you know that the value = $5000 …. Is the same…
  • A Gift, From Me To You (Master Your Mindset) | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    I hope your week is off to a great start. Hey, are you familiar with the Law of Circulation, as it relates to giving? One thing I’ve learned over the years that’s made me successful in business is understanding that the act of giving is one of the highest vibrational energies in the world. When you give something valuable to someone, from your heart, you instantly feel more abundant, you feel good about yourself, you do something good for the person on the receiving end and it triggers the Law of Circulation. If you’re not familiar with this universal law, it simply states that the…
  • Confessions From an Entrepreneur - The “Truth” About Taking Unplanned, Unexpected Time Off | Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) | @michelepw

    Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    You know those posts where someone talks about how “grateful” they are to be an entrepreneur and have the freedom and flexibility to drop everything for an emergency and have their business not miss a beat? Yeah, they annoy me too. They are especially annoying to me now as I begin to navigate the “new normal” and make my way back from the transition and passing of my mother. It’s not that there isn’t some truth in what they’re saying, and I too am grateful I have systems in place and a team that can function at a very high level without me. But, like I wrote last year about the…
  • This Dog Ate 62 Hair Ties | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    This is insane. Tiki, a black labrador, ate 8 pairs of underwear, 62 hair ties, 4 rubber bands and a Band-Aid. Holy consumption. Tiki is like so many business owners I see. Seeing all of these bright shiny objects – ingesting, buying, and bringing in tons of “stuff” into the business. I’ve been there too. You’re just not sure what to do. You try everything to grow. Instead of going a mile wide and an inch deep, I’ve decided to go an inch wide – and a mile deep. Focusing on my one key thing. I want you to do the same. Out with the 62 hair ties, 8 pairs…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Brazil presents another hurdle in Monsanto's bid for Syngenta

    3 Aug 2015 | 10:14 pm
    By Caroline Stauffer SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Seed giant Monsanto Co.'s unwanted takeover bid with Switzerland's Syngenta AG would face strong resistance in Brazil should it go forward, farmers and lawyers said, a hurdle that could delay or force major concessions to the $45 billion deal. Much of the public focus on the move has revolved around potential antitrust questions in the United States and the European Union, but challenges could also likely arise from emerging agricultural powers such as Brazil and China. In particular Brazil, the second-largest market for Monsanto and…
  • China stock exchanges step up crackdown on short-selling

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:55 pm
    By Nathaniel Taplin and Saikat Chatterjee SHANGHAI/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China stepped up its crackdown on short-selling of shares on Tuesday, unveiling rules that make it harder for speculators to profit from hourly price changes, as some of the nation's major brokerages suspended their short-selling businesses. China's stock exchanges and market watchdogs are cracking down on short-selling as part of a broad government-orchestrated effort to prevent a collapse in the country's markets, which have lost about 30 percent of their value since peaking in June. On Tuesday, as the…
  • Asian shares shake off losses, oil firms

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    By Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares cautiously nudged into positive territory on Tuesday after downbeat economic data pressured Wall Street ahead of a key U.S. jobs report that could provide important clues to the timing of the Federal Reserve's interest rate increase. Crude oil prices firmed after plunging overnight, with U.S. crude adding about 0.7 percent to $45.49 a barrel. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was slightly higher, while Japan's Nikkei stock index slipped 0.2 percent, after breaking a three-day winning streak in the…
  • EFF is building a stronger 'Do Not Track' browser setting

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
  • AIG profit beats estimates, boosts buyback by $5 billion

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:31 pm
    American International Group Inc , the largest commercial insurer in the United States and Canada, reported a quarterly operating profit that breezed past analysts' estimates, and boosted its share buyback by up to $5 billion. The results were primarily driven by investments in one of China's biggest insurers and earnings from the insurer's stake in aircraft lessor AerCap, but lower underwriting at most of its units caused concern. S&P Capital IQ analyst Cathy Seifert said AIG only beat because of income from a company it had essentially taken off its balance sheet.
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • 11 Ways Your Retail Employees Convert Buyers Into Lookers And Sabotage Your Sales

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

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    A lot is being written about how to engage retail customers in stores. That’s because there is a lot of interest in technology including apps, kiosks and digital media to get customers to do something. This post isn’t about that… This post is about how you can use three different platforms to engage your current customers, attract new customers, and nurture your tribe of followers.
  • How The Best Training Solution For Your Retail Brand Might Be An Online Campus

    22 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    For a small retail shop, it can be fairly easy to train employees because you see them every day. For a multi-store organization, that just isn’t going to happen. In-house solutions are time consuming to create and usually get so diluted by internal bureaucracy and corrupted by people who have never sold anything that most end up failing to serve their intended purpose. If you once had an in-house training program, all you have left now are probably useless dusty manuals, old video tapes, and boring classroom sessions that have Millennials pecking away at their phones within minutes. No…
  • How To Increase Retail Sales KPIs: Ditch Being Passive

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    A quick walk through the mall shows retailers are trying to increase revenues with some fairly dramatic sales this summer.   But sales can hide the cause of death of many stores...passive employees. Let me explain… Selling a bunch of merchandise for a loss, even if it generates revenues, often is the result of passive selling. It takes the active selling of merchandise for it to get full price. But because your employees weren’t active and didn’t sell the merchandise, the product had to be marked down.
  • 7 Ways Facebook Can Attract Customers To Your Retail Business [pics]

    12 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Retailers, there is a good chance that many of your brick and mortar customers and prospective customers are online. Not online to buy primarily, but online via social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to belong You know that because you’re on FB too. You are on Facebook, right? If not, you’re missing the boat. Big time. Social media offers an easy way to reach and influence your own unique niche customer base. But managing your social media presence might lead you to do some bad things …
 
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    Business Insider

  • Kids' picky eating can have depression, anxiety links: study

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
    Washington (AFP) - Picky eating among children may not be just a passing phase but could flag potential concerns such as depression and anxiety, a study released found.According to the Duke Medicine report in the journal Pediatrics, more than 20 percent of children aged 2-6 are picky eaters. About 18 percent of those were classified as moderately picky and another three percent as extremely so.It was in these subsets -- kids who are moderately or severely fussy about the foods they eat -- that scientists found greater occurrence of mental health issues such as clinical depression or…
  • Asia security talks open with South China Sea tensions

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Kuala Lumpur (AFP) - China was Tuesday on a diplomatic collision course with some of its neighbours and the United States over its controversial island-building, as regional security talks opened in Kuala Lumpur.Beijing is expanding tiny reefs in the flashpoint South China Sea into islands and topping some with military posts to reinforce its claims over the strategic waters, fanning fears of a conflict.Ahead of the gathering hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that kicked off on Tuesday in Malaysia, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi signalled no…
  • Soudelor targets Japan, China as most powerful storm of 2015

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:34 pm
    Hagatna (Guam) (AFP) - Super Typhoon Soudelor developed into the world's most powerful storm of the year Tuesday as it took aim at Japan, Taiwan and China after trashing the Northern Marianas.The storm was roaring across the western Pacific Ocean packing wind gusts up to 220 miles per hour (354 kph) according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center which rated it a maximum category five. It was stronger than Cyclone Pam, the previous strongest storm of 2015, which killed at least 15 people when it slammed into Vanuatu, also in the Pacific, five months ago.No deaths have been attributed to…
  • Wild wallabies roam villages west of Paris

    Juliette Montesse
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:29 pm
    Émancé (France) (AFP) - A tiny French village in Paris's leafy western suburbs is ringed by scores of wild wallabies, who now thrive in a nearby forest a world away from their native Australia.The colony of the red-necked Bennett's wallabies, which look similar but are much smaller than kangaroos, are originally from Tasmania and were brought into a zoological reserve in the village of Emance, about 70 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Paris.A group of them escaped through holes in the fencing in the 1970s into the surrounding verdant forests.They subsequently bred and researchers now…
  • Korea Inc. struggles to keep it in the family

    Giles Hewitt
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Seoul (AFP) - With bitterly feuding siblings, attempted boardroom coups and an act of corporate patricide, the family squabble currently engulfing one of Korea's largest conglomerates makes for compelling drama.And it is very much being played to an audience, with the three main protagonists issuing almost daily threats and accusations on television -- sometimes of a deeply personal nature.In a warped interpretation of Walt Disney's axiom that "a man should never neglect his family for business" the 92-year-old founder of the Seoul-based Lotte Group and his two sons have been tearing chunks…
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  • Does Stating What Your Company Stands for Affect Your Bottom Line?

    Walter Frick
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Babo Schokker Respect, integrity, communication, and excellence: these were Enron’s self-professed values, before accounting fraud brought down the firm. So you’d be justified in thinking that the values listed on corporate websites don’t really matter. But researchers at INSEAD and IMD business school weren’t so sure. Yes, talk is cheap, and public proclamations aren’t the same thing as living up to one’s values. (The Enron example is included in their paper.) Still, stated values might also represent a firm’s aspirations, the type of company it…
  • How to Make Your Workplace Safe for Transgender Employees

    Jeffrey W. Hull
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    “I applaud [Caitlin Jenner’s] moxie in stepping out in such a public way. But real courage for a trans person comes in just going to work—at a job—every day. Something Caitlin will likely not have to do,” said Jeremy Wallace, a transgender participant in my leadership training program and author of the memoir Taking the Scenic Route to Manhood. He’s right. The statistics are bleak. Transgender individuals are 40% more likely to attempt suicide and 50% more likely to be unemployed or homeless than the general population. The hard truth is that despite the…
  • Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

    Mona Patel
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource Management study gave a grade between B to C+ when rating how their organization managed performance reviews. Only 2% gave an A to their organization. As a result of findings like these, some companies are doing away with annual performance reviews altogether. As my…
  • The Pace of Scientific Research Is Picking Up

    Dr. Ijad Madisch
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    What’s really going on in science? For centuries there was no real way of knowing. It took months and sometimes years to find out whether a study mattered, in science and in the real world. That’s changing, thanks to the internet. When I left academia five years ago I was a published scientist and feedback was slow. Most of my articles had appeared around the year 2008, but 2012 was the year I got the most citations from other academic papers. Citations are a proxy for influence in science. If someone’s citing what you wrote it means that it’s getting read and…
  • You’re Already More Persuasive than You Think

    Vanessa K. Bohns
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    It’s amazing the opportunities we miss because we doubt our own powers of persuasion. Our bosses make shortsighted decisions, but we don’t suggest an alternative, figuring they wouldn’t listen anyway. Or we have an idea that would require a group effort, but we don’t try to sell our peers on it, figuring it would be too much of an uphill battle. Even when we need a personal favor, such as coverage for an absence, we avoid asking our colleagues out of fear of rejection. Yet our bosses and peers would be more receptive to our comments and requests than most of…
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  • Ensuring The Healthcare System Works For All

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The United States Supreme Court&rsquo;s recent, historic decision in King v. Burwell, upholding the right of federal premium assistance, guaranteed millions of Americans the right to keep their healthcare. Last month&rsquo;s ruling, along with the previous 2012 Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, was a profound victory for the ideal that healthcare should be a right of all Americans &ndash; rich or poor, individual or small business owner. These decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court mark the existence &ndash; and importance -- of…
  • Are Business Credit Cards Right For Freelancers?

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    <p><span style="font-size: 18px;">Business credit cards are a popular and valuable resource which, when used responsibly<strong>,</strong> can help you make purchases and organize your spending, all while getting some perks on the side.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-size: 18px;">Most issuers offer credit cards for small businesses and freelancers in addition to their regular cards, and there are 3 important things you need to know about them.</span></p> <p><strong><span…
  • 6 Apps to Get your Ecommerce Enabled Business off the Ground With the Right Apps

    13 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    <p>The best apps are the ones that give business owners and entrepreneurs flexibility. Whether they sell services or merchandise, rely on employees or work alone, an owner's talents and energies should be concentrated on the things that count. The best apps are the ones that use automation to free up an entrepreneur's already limited time. Here are six apps that help business owners manage their money, their merchandise, their marketing and more. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img…
  • The Independent Contractor in the New Freelance Economy

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:56 am
    <p>You most likely have used Uber to get you where you want, or NoWait to snag a reservation at a hot, new restaurant, or bought gifts through the online marketplace Etsy. These services, and many more like it, are part of a growing and on-demand business demographic called the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/02/26/nase-welcomes-freelance-economy-entrepreneurs-to-the-largest-small-business-demographic" target="_hplink">"freelance economy."</a>&nbsp;From sharing rides to purchasing items…
  • Four Simple Ways To Save Money

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:37 am
    <p>By Nick Rojas (NASE Guest Blog post)<br /> <br /> Being self-employed, managing your own business and financials as an entrepreneur can be very rewarding, but at other times is challenging. Small businesses are still the backbone of the American economy <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonnazar/2013/09/09/16-surprising-statistics-about-small-businesses/">with over 50% of them being operated from homes</a> rather than traditional office environments. There are more than 22 million self-employed in the US with no additional employees or payroll…
 
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  • Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

    Laurel J. Delaney
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced. Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories. Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought…
  • There Can Be No Robust Growth Without Gender Equality

    Laurel J. Delaney
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:54 pm
    According to Mari Kiviniemi, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General, investment in women boosts economic development, competitiveness, job creation and GDP — and that’s why we launched WEGG.  Read the latest OECD Yearbook 2015 by OECD and catch Mari’s article on gender equality. Investing in the Future People Planet Prosperity OECD Yearbook 2015 Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense (turn to Page 20) by Mari Kiviniemi Mari states: “Governments and businesses have a key role to play in reducing the…
  • Attracting and Promoting Women Entrepreneurs in Cross-Border Trade

    Laurel J. Delaney
    18 Jul 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Women play a big role in regional, national and international trade, competitiveness and economic growth.  Governments, private sectors and nonprofits such as WEGG can contribute and support women in economic leadership and global trade.. For example, women entrepreneurs in Uganda have asked their government to address the issues of non-tariff barriers (NTB), saying they hinder women’s participation in cross border trade.  NTBs are a form of restrictive trade where barriers to trade are established and take a form other than a tariff.  Non-tariff barriers might include quotas,…
  • Best Resources (Sites) for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015

    Laurel J. Delaney
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We are thrilled, honored and humbled to make the prestigious Top 20 list of resources for women entrepreneurs in 2015. Here’s what StarterPad said about Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG): As the name suggests, the mission behind Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is to introduce women-owned businesses all over the world to the global opportunity. They want to empower every woman worldwide to go global. Originally started in 2008, the website … Learn about the other great resources and sites mentioned for women entrepreneurs in the StarterPad list:  20 Best Sites for Female…
  • Only 2 Percent of Women-Owned Businesses Export Goods and Services

    Laurel J. Delaney
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    According to Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva: … that the majority of WOBs [women-owned businesses] are in fact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for one-third of SMEs. Yet only 2% of those WOBs actually export goods and services. ‘This is not just a women’s issue,’ she said, ‘men and women must work together to achieve real progress.’ What that tells us is there is a whole heck of a lot of room for improvement to help women get out of their own backyards…
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  • Why Microsoft 10 Proves That Marketers Need More Influence In Many Tech Companies

    Kimberly A. Whitler
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I read an article in a recent WSJ article, entitled “Not-so-Broken Windows, Finally,” with interest because it declared that in the new Windows 10 version: “hallelujah, there’s your desktop unencumbered by gobbledygook. All the important stuff is back where you can find it, including the Start menu.” In this article, I share perspective on why this small change is a victory for marketers.
  • IBM's Makeover: A Buy-or-Die Strategy for Big Blue

    Steve Andriole
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:27 pm
    There’s lots of talk about what’s wrong with IBM, lots of opinions about how the strategies of the old CEOs undermined today’s IBM, and just as many about the company’s lack of vision. Unless you’re in the technology trenches, you probably don’t know how emotional these discussions can get: there are lots of IBM lovers and haters who are not afraid to express their thoughts about what went wrong and how to “fix” IBM.
  • To Become A Global Leader, Japan Needs More Liberal Arts Education, Not Less

    Panos Mourdoukoutas
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:15 pm
      After falling behind China to the position of world’s third largest economy, Japan tries, hard, very hard to re-emerge in the global economy. Last year, for instance, Tokyo’s  Governor Yoichi Masuzoe sought to address a key resource Japan is lacking in its bid to innovate and compete effectively in the global economy, talent -- by looking outside Japan. “We have to import many intelligent people from abroad,” stated the Governor at a press conference. “We badly need young talented persons.” Now comes Japan’s Prime-Minister Shinzo…
  • The Disruption Uber Has Brought To The Taxi Business Is Coming To Trucking

    Sarwant Singh
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    In the U.S., over 70 percent of all freight movement is hauled by trucks of various types and sizes. Needless to say, any improvements in freight efficiencies will have a cascading positive impact on all corners of the world’s largest and most dynamic economy. The last time the U.S. transportation and logistics industry experienced revolutionary changes was in the 1990s, when IT induced remarkable efficiency gains. We are now at the cusp of a similar revolutionary transition in the trucking industry with Uber for truck-type apps entering the market, but this time the competition will be…
  • Obama Jokes About Birth Certificate, But Accidental American Status Is No Joke

    Robert W. Wood
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Being born in America makes you a U.S. citizen, and that means worldwide tax filings even if you live and file abroad. And giving up citizenship--even if you want to do that--isn't as easy or quick as you might think.
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • The Most Successful 1st Course Launch In The History Of Create Awesome Online Courses: The $226,000 Case Study With Mark Dawson

    David Siteman Garland
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    This one brings a little happy tear to my eye Today’s interview below is with Mr. Mark Dawson who just had the most successful 1st launch in Create Awesome Online Courses history (that I know of!) 226k in sales!!! (yes, that’s $226,000…not a misprint). While it does appear Mark must be some kind of special unicorn on steroids (or is he?), this is crazy cool. And may I add the following two fun facts: 1. His email list is ‪#‎smallbutmighty‬ (amazing)…under 3,000 peeps. 2. My first launch years and years ago was $19,800. It’s all about baby steps. There is…
  • The $71,111 Goddess: How Mel Wells Crushed The Launch Of Her Very First Online Course

    David Siteman Garland
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Man-o-man get excited for this one. In today’s uncensored interview I’m joined one of my Create Awesome Online Courses students, Mel Wells, who absolutely CRUSHED it with her very first online course launch. Here are some fun facts: -$71,111 (108 sales) and her course is £349 or £499 VIP (works out to $555 dollars)…she is over in England hence the fun currency calculation haha. -Think all successful online courses have to do with business? Nope! That’s totally not true. Mel’s course “The Green Goddess Academy” is for women (and these are Mel’s…
  • Check out what peeps are doing with Course Cats (prepare mind to be blown)

    David Siteman Garland
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    So, you might have gotten the memo about Course Cats. If you haven’t, Course Cats makes it super easy to get your course website up on WordPress without needing  a web developer, a graphic designer, a psychiatrist and a team of 1,000 nerds. Never have been more excited to share with you what Course Kittens (Course Cats Customers) have been doing with the software in a super short time (many got their full site up over a weekend…some after years of procrastination!). Finally you can create amazing online course websites without needing ANY design or programming skills. If you can…
  • Step #1 to getting your online course up online: How to buy hosting & install WordPress in less than 5 mins (for $3.49)

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

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

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:40 pm
    When Biznik was launched in May 2005, the term “social media” didn’t exist. Facebook hit the interwebs six months later in November 2005. Twitter was born in 2006. The iPhone? It’s hard to imagine the world without it prior to June 29, 2007. In 2005 LinkedIn was a database for recruiters. Users could post a profile with their job history but it was another year or more before they could also add their photo to their profile, and many more years before LinkedIn launched discussion forums, groups, and events. Social Networking was a new frontier. A few social networks…
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    Mimiran

  • Mimiran named finalist for Austin Chamber of Commerce Award

    Reuben Swartz
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:34 am
    The Austin Chamber of Commerce named Mimiran a finalist for the Austin Energy Technology & Innovation Award at the 2015 Greater Austin Business Awards. These awards recognize excellence in businesses and organizations in the greater Austin area. Winners are announced on August … Read More
  • Proposal content is critical, but looking good doesn’t hurt

    Reuben Swartz
    17 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    There’s no substitute for clear, compelling content in your sales proposals. Easy to understand language, diagrams, images, and/or video that makes it clear you understand the prospect’s problem(s), and have the best path to the solution. A lot of people … Read More
  • What I learned selling services

    Reuben Swartz
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Like a lot of people who accidentally became consultants, I got started because I was really good at helping companies solve certain kinds of problems that they had trouble solving themselves. Like a lot of people who start consulting companies, I … Read More
  • Don’t Pitch Your Solution Too Early

    Reuben Swartz
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:22 pm
    You’ve finally scored the big meeting with the dream prospect. They have expressed strong interest in your company and seem like a great fit for your services. As the Very Important Top Officer (wow, she’s actually in the meeting!) kicks … Read More
  • What to Eat for Better Productivity

    Reuben Swartz
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:54 am
    How our minds and bodies feel is an important factor in how productive we can be at work (and in life). If you put the wrong fuel in your car, it will have less power, less acceleration, and you’ll damage … Read More
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  • Income Report: How I Grew My Blog Income By 122% In The First Half Of 2015

    Steve C
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:53 pm
    If you read my last blogging income report for 2014, I was extremely happy to announce that I had doubled my earnings from the year before (2013). In 2014, revenues came in at about $360K which made my day job income an ever shrinking percentage of my overall household income. And this year, things are going even better! By the way, if you are wondering why I still work a full time job as an engineering director when I have 3 thriving online businesses, I wrote about why in my post on How To Prevent Yourself From Becoming Obsolete And The Reason Why I Haven’t Quit My Job. Anyway, at this…
  • 078: How To Make 6 Figures Teaching People How To Do It Yourself With Pete Sveen

    Steve C
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:47 pm
    I first met Pete Sveen at the Ecommerce Fuel Live event in 2014. And then I saw the guy again at NMX where we finally had a chance to chat a little bit more. Pete runs 2 awesome sites at ThinkEntrepreneurship.com and DIYPete.com. And he also runs a podcast as well. But the reason I brought Pete on the show today is to talk about DIYPete. DIYPete.com is a site where Pete inspires others to build their own DIY projects. He’s been featured on the Art Of Manliness, Bob Vila’s show, Sirius radio and NBC. He’s attracted top sponsors like Ryobi, Quickcrete and Gorilla Glue. Here’s…
  • Mid Year Report: How We Grew Our Online Store In The First Half Of 2015

    Steve C
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:13 pm
    My wife just closed the books on the first half of 2015 and I’m happy to say that we’re off to another record year! If you remember my income report from last year, 2014 was a year of growing pains for our online store. And while we managed to increase our revenues by double digits in 2014, our profits were flat because we invested heavily in additional infrastructure. But now that we got all of that infrastructure stuff out of the way, we put our foot on the gas! Here’s some of the stats for the first half of 2015 Year over year revenue grew 22% Year over year profit grew…
  • 077: How To Create Software That Automates Your Social Media Marketing With Laura Roeder And MeetEdgar

    Steve C
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Laura Roeder is back on the show to teach us how to completely automate your social media and how to create a SAAS business in the process! If you don’t remember Laura, she was on the podcast back in episode 9 where she taught us the right way to handle social media. Since then, she’s launched an amazing tool called MeetEdgar.com which is what I now use to manage both my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Stay tuned to hear how Laura created an incredibly helpful and successful Saas Tool. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn How Laura saw a need for social media automation The motivation…
  • 076: How To Make $5000 Per YouTube Video Teaching Men How to Dress Well With Antonio Centeno

    Steve C
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Antonio Centeno is someone who I met at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas a few months back and I’m really glad that I did. Antonio runs the popular site RealMenRealStyle.com which is a site that helps men educate themselves and build a wardrobe that best complements their style. He also a regular contributor for the awesome blog Art Of Manliness. Antonio’s blog gets a ton of traffic and he also has a very strong YouTube following of over 250,000 subscribers. Today, he’s going to teach us the secrets to his success. Enjoy! What You’ll Learn Why most people give up when they are…
 
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  • Email Marketing – Keep It Legal

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

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

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

    Jeremy Scholz
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Google Voice is an incredibly useful and powerful IP-based phone service provided by Google and currently has well over 3.5 million users. With Google Voice and Hangouts, you can text and call using your computer and it will all sync with your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet! The best news of all…Hangouts and Google Voice native apps, plugins and extensions now enable you to call over wifi, text and call internationally for free on iPhone, Android, Mac or Windows. Communicate Easily and for Free I was an early adopter and have used Google Voice as my primary phone number ever…
  • Digital Marketing Survey Request

    Claire Westlie
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:58 am
    By now, you’ve probably heard of digital marketing. If you’re in the marketing field, you’re probably wondering how digital marketing will impact traditional marketing campaigns in the next year or two. We’ve been wondering the same thing! Our OMS team put together a short survey and would like feedback from those in the marketing field. If you are in a marketing position, we would love your response! If you have friends and colleagues in the marketing field, pass this along to them as well. Everyone who fills out the survey receives a free eBook The Elements of Content Strategy and a…
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    Flyte New Media

  • 12 Reasons You Should Attend Conferences

    Rich Brooks
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    There are so many great ways to learn and sharpen your skills these days: you can read blogs, listen to podcasts,  watch how-to videos on YouTube, and attend webinars, just to name a few. Why bother with the time and expense of an in-person conference or workshop?    If that’s your attitude, then you may be missing out on one of the best opportunities to take your game to the next level. Live events—conferences, workshops, lunch & learns–provide unique learning and career building opportunities that you just can’t find anywhere else.    Below you’ll find 12 reasons why…
  • Take the “Geddon” Out of Mobilegeddon

    Chris Felax
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Yes, Mobilegeddon has arrived, it’s been here a few months now. Google now favors mobile-friendly sites versus non-mobile formatted sites. Your search engine rank has already been changed behind the scenes. It’s a wake up call, but it’s not too late. If you’ve made your site mobile-friendly, then you’ve made your digital bomb shelter and have brushed off the ash of the aftermath. If not, then you need to read this NOW. Make your site mobile-friendly with a redesign or plugin option. There’s no reason left to not update it. It’s time to file the teeth…
  • Back to Basics: Your Business Website

    Rich Brooks
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Sometimes we get too carried away about using the newest tool or distracted by some shiny new app. Sometimes we need to walk before we can run.   Hell, sometimes we just have to crawl.   To that end, I wanted to put together a series of blog posts about what you really need to succeed online. What are the basics that you need to cover to increase your online visibility, drive more qualified traffic, and generate more leads and business?   With this post, we’ll focus on the hub of you digital marketing: your website.   The Absolute Basics   Yes, we’re starting slow. Use the headers…
  • What Are YouTube Cards and Why Are They The Future?

    Rich Brooks
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    YouTube has recently released YouTube Cards, which allow viewers to interact with our videos, even on mobile devices. This is actually pretty cool. I’ve been a fan of YouTube annotations, but the big Achilles heel has been that they don’t work on mobile, where a huge percentage of views happen. Now, YouTube is offering Cards, which do work on mobile. I have plans to make my own video after I’ve got some experience to draw from, but for right now I’d like to share three videos about Cards from YouTube creators who I absolutely love: Caleb Wojcik (DIY Video Guy), Amy…
  • Online Reputation Management with Andy Beal

    Rich Brooks
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    Have you ever Googled yourself and found people talking smack about you or your company? Or discovered an undeserved negative review of your business on Yelp? Discover to how to take control of your online reputation from industry expert Andy Beal in this interview. Managing your company or brand’s online reputation isn’t just a good idea, it’s a necessity. In a world where social media platforms are endless, even just one negative thread in a forum can snowball into a PR nightmare. Knowing where and how to monitor what’s being said about you – as well as when to get…
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  • How Do Content Management Systems Work?

    Mark Wilston
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    All of us know, what is a CMS, or do we? Though WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento etc. have become common tools in the online publishing industry, we know little about them. To put things in straight terms how many of us actually know how content management system work, what goes inside into publishing the content […]
  • Agile marketing implementation – InfoGraphic

    Mark Wilston
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:28 am
    Agile marketing focuses on communication with the customers and developers by building cross-functional teams. The main objectives of Agile Marketing is to improve the speed, transparency, predictability and adaptability to change the marketing function. 
  • Myths of Agile methodology – Infographic

    Mark Wilston
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Agile methodology is based on the initial specification and the presentation of the final product. The concept of agile development is considered to be highly profitable for product companies, looking to bring good products to market in time. Agile methodologies promote delivery of long software development projects in short-term cycles or iterations. These iterations involve a […]
  • B2B E-commerce Market Trends

    Mark Wilston
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    A report from Frost and Sullivan finds that B2B e-commerce network will generate 6.7 trillion revenue by 2020. Overall, e-commerce platforms that are supporting business trade will  make upto 27% of the $25 trillion market by 2020. This shift towards e-commerce is supported with the advantage of automating the time consuming and costly tasks. E-commerce […]
  • 10 Advantages of Open Source E-Commerce

    Mark Wilston
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:41 am
    Consumers are increasingly being drawn to the usability of online shopping. This new means of shopping has enabled the customers to literally have power in their hands. They can now look for the best products, buy the best brands and also get great discounts and offers. The ability to shop from multiple devices, such as […]
 
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    Business Credit

  • The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed

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

    Marco Carbajo
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Instant Approval Business Credit Card Does your company need credit fast for an unexpected expense or upcoming purchase? Instant approval business credit cards are a convenient way to speed up the application process because when you apply online you get a quick decision, usually within minutes, on whether you’re approved or declined. Now before you […] The post How to Get an Instant Approval for a Business Credit Card appeared first on Business Credit.
  • D&B Corporate Linkage: 5 Key Reasons to Understand It

    Marco Carbajo
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Corporate Linkage Did you know D&B has over 17 million DUNS Numbers linked in over 4 million corporate family trees? Knowing how a business is related to other businesses that you have a relationship with can be a powerful sales and prospecting tool and may often change how you approach them. It can provide the […] The post D&B Corporate Linkage: 5 Key Reasons to Understand It appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Connection between Credit for Your Business and Success

    Marco Carbajo
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    Credit for Your Business The formula for success in business requires drive and dedication, and the ability of staying power. But make no mistake about it; credit is the component that ultimately makes a company sustainable and valuable too. The fact is business credit is an asset and considered an economic resource that make up […] The post The Connection between Credit for Your Business and Success appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get a Free DUNS Number as a Government Contractor or Grantee

    Marco Carbajo
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    Get a Free DUNS Number Is your business interested in doing business with the Federal Government? Did you know in order to receive funding from contracts or grants, your company must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM)? In today’s post we’re going to talk about what it takes to participate in government […] The post How to Get a Free DUNS Number as a Government Contractor or Grantee appeared first on Business Credit.
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    The Work at Home Woman

  • From PJ’s to Pumps – What to Wear When Working From Home?

    wahanelson
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    By Cathi Nelson If you are a work from home women like me, it is likely you spend a good part of your day in yoga pants, sneakers, and a comfy sweatshirt. In fact, my partner and I work remotely and many days we laugh that it is four o’clock and we are still in our […]
  • Enter to WIN an 8fit Pro Membership and Get in Shape!

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Does this story sound familiar to you? “I have a 5 year old son and I have a demanding job as a project manager. I used to be very fit and watch what I eat, now I mostly eat takeout at my desk. My definition of exercise is doing housework and running errands. I want […]
  • Are Business Cards Old School?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Dawn Berryman What do you consider your most important piece of marketing material? Your catalog? Your packaging? Your advertisements? Your social media accounts? How about your business card? Is that still as important as it once was or has it been replaced with LinkedIn and other contact apps? Historically, your business card has often […]
  • Actionable Tips For Dealing With Mental Health Issues at Work

    wahanelson
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Robert Palmer I’ve struggled with severe anxiety and depression over the years. For me, it’s been something that I can control fairly well. However, when I jumped into the world of a professional chef, those fronts I put up in every other place of work ceased to exist. Anxiety and depression hit me hard. […]
  • How Self-Trust is the Secret to Success

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Kelly Robbins Your relationship with yourself is the most important relationship you have. It is, in fact, the foundation of every other relationship you form. Relationships with family, clients, friends, business partners, children … The level of self-trust you have is particularly important when you are an entrepreneur creating fresh tracks in this world […]
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    Small Biz Daily

  • Protecting Client Data, 3 HR Solutions, The Growing Impact of Click-to-Call and More

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:33 am
    12 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Where the Money Flows Kabbage, a leading provider of online loans for small businesses, just released statistics on which states and industries are getting the most small business loans. Some highlights: California has the  “biggest appetite” for loans ($143  million) Gen X entrepreneurs are the most likely to get loans, Millennials the least likely The top 3 industries (in order of loan size) are healthcare, construction, restaurants/bars The #1 reason small business owners apply for loans? Business expansion. Check out the…
  • Running A Business: Is Your Health At Risk?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Kimberly Erskine Getting your foot in the door in the business world can be a challenge, especially for new and hopeful entrepreneurs. There are plenty of obstacles one must overcome when starting a business like creating an effective strategy, implementing successful marketing tactics and developing a firm foundation to grow upon – the list can go on. During the startup process, entrepreneurs can be stressed, frustrated, overwhelmed and overworked which can lead to certain health risks that can affect their well-being. Knowing the hurdles associated with starting a new business, some…
  • Online Shopping Soars

    Rieva Lesonsky
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you want to sell to consumers, you need to build an ecommerce site. By Rieva Lesonsky One of the keys to small business success is to give consumers what they want. If you’re in—or want to be in–the retail business, one of the things people increasingly insist on is being able to shop online. This, of course, means, you need to jump on the ecommerce bandwagon. According to a recent report, Mintel’s Online Shopping US 2015, 69 percent of American adults shop online at least once a month—and 33 percent shop online weekly. So how do you get them to shop on your site? First,…
  • Dress Code in the Office: Necessary or Needless?

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Nicola Reynor The debate over whether or not companies should have a dress code in place has been going on for decades. Certain organizations believe it’s essential that their employees adhere to certain standards regarding the way they dress at work. This is especially true when employees have face-to-face interactions with clients and customers on a daily basis. And while many people don’t mind having guidelines to follow, others feel that as adults, they’re more than capable of dressing appropriately at work without having a formal dress code in place. Even HR managers…
  • Best Way to Increase Your Web Traffic, Protecting Your Online Reputation and Getting People to Like Your Teleconferences

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading List for Your Busy Week By Rieva Lesonsky The life of a business owner is a busy one. If I had my way, days would be 30 hours long—and there’d be, like the Beatles sang: “8 days a week.” But there aren’t. So to help you stay on top of important small business news, information and advice essential to running your business, here’s my weekly Reading List. Best Practices Catch up on your reading: here and here Best way to increase your web traffic Protecting your online reputation Getting people to like your teleconferences Inspiring! Mark Ahn says startups aren’t scary,…
 
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    MLM Blog - Network Marketing Blog

  • MLM and Network Marketing Internet ListBuilding

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

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Two weeks after I bought my Convertible Black Porsche 911 4S, I started to feel like everyone had the same car. In reality, there are not many cars like that on the road, but because I became more aware of the style of car, I took notice of them more often. The same thing has happened to me over the last 24 hours with the “Attraction Marketing” topic. I have noticed a bunch of posts about Attraction Marketing online and it got me to thinking. In my humble yet 100% accurate opinion, you will not “attract” success by asking the universe to send crap your way while you…
  • Your Internet Marketing Education

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:21 pm
    How’s school going? Yeah, I know that most of you are already finished with school and I also know that parents likely just threw up a little in their mouths knowing that school is back in session for children in just a few weeks. So many people make great summer plans and then get too busy with work to get out and enjoy the weather, family and friends. Anyways, the “school” that I am talking about is not what you learn in K-12 or even college. I’m talking about continuing your education about business, marketing and the Internet. I have purchased a lot of continuing…
  • Academy of MLM 2014 Awards

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

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

  • New social network only enables unfiltered, unedited videos

    Springwise
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am
    Add / Remove There is nothing wrong with wanting to share experiences, but when the creating and sharing of photos and videos replaces the actual experience itself — as is the case with most social networks — something is undeniably lost. Now, Beme is a social network which aims to put the authenticity back into shared content. The platform, which is currently in Beta, encourages users to create unfiltered, unedited video posts. Taking its cues from the ephemeral nature of apps such as Snapchat, Beme enables users to temporarily share their experiences while never taking their eyes of the…
  • The world’s first luxury dog food food truck

    Springwise
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    Add / Remove The latest addition to Sweden’s thriving food truck scene is Wonderboo — the world’s first luxury pet food food truck. Parked in Stockholm’s fancy Stureplan district amongst trucks selling various global street food, Wonderboo is a small brown van which aims to cater to health-conscious dog lovers and their pampered pets. The truck, created by Magnus Rosengren, sells two varieties of high-end dog food made from Swedish beef with added vitamins and calcium. The products are cooked for 48 hours and sold in small red and white cardboard boxes for 32 – 45…
  • Mumbai taxis provide platform for young Indian designers

    Springwise
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Add / Remove Mumbai’s 55,000 taxis are one of the city’s most iconic elements of culture, catering to the 21 million population. But while the outside of the cars are pristine and polished — due to drivers wishing to attract riders in a competitive market — the insides are often plain, dusty and dirty. Design, as a profession or a subject at college, is not widely recognized in India, especially to the older generations. Now, a project called Taxi Fabric wants to utilize these frequently used spaces as a platform for India’s promising illustrators, artists and designers,…
  • Cycle-friendly, biodegradable paper backpack for groceries

    Springwise
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Add / Remove One million plastic bags are used every minute, contributing massively to pollution through both their production and disposal. Many countries have introduced incentives to encourage the use of reusable bags, but despite their best intentions, the average shopper is prone to forget them at least some of the time. Offering a solution is the PaperJohn, a biodegradable backpack made from 100 percent recycled paper — which can be worn on the back, enabling people to cycle to the store and avoid plastic bags altogether. From Germany, the PaperJohn — made by Ogata — can carry…
  • Circuit building subscription kit for adults

    Springwise
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Add / Remove For even the most seasoned programmers, hardware can still remain something of a mystery. We have seen many organizations, such as a wildlife camera building kit, offer accessible ways for children to learn these new skills, and now, looking to do the same of adults, Tron-Club offers a monthly subscription service for circuit building kits, which get more challenging each time. Each month, Tron-Club will send users a kit — including parts such as breadboards and LEDs — with instructions to build unique circuits. They start simple, and become more complicated and difficult as…
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    PR Newswire: Business Technology

  • EPGL Invents the "Smart Case" for Contact Lenses

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:23 pm
    IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- EP Global Communications, Inc. (OTC: EPGL). In the past month, EPGL has been contacted by several Investment firms and some of Silicon Valley's venture capital firms even though EPGL is not currently seeking venture capital. Why is...
  • Dealogic adquiere A2 Access, líder en información de acceso corporativo

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:06 pm
    NUEVA YORK, 3 de agosto de 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Dealogic se complace en anunciar que ha finalizado la adquisición de A2 Access LLC.  Fundada en 2012, A2 Access es proveedor líder en el mercado de un calendario integral de eventos de acceso corporativo para inversores...
  • Emdeon Inc. Announces Offering of its Senior Notes Due 2021

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Emdeon Inc., announced today that it intends to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $250 million in aggregate principal amount of its senior notes due 2021 (the "Senior Notes") to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule...
  • Skytap to Showcase Modern DevOps Environments for Traditional Enterprise Applications at Upcoming Industry Events

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    SEATTLE, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Skytap, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Environments as a Service (EaaS), today announced its participation in a series of leading industry events, including: Agile 2015, VMworld 2015 US, STARWEST, DevLearn. At each event, Skytap will be...
  • Relola Unveils Website Beta At Inman Connect SF '15

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:08 pm
    EMERYVILLE, Calif., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- After months of behind-the-scenes development and testing, attendees of Inman Connect San Francisco 2015 will be able to demo Relola.com beta. Relola is the first residential real estate search platform that allows real estate agents...
 
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    Jeff Korhan

  • Meditation Practice: How to Be a Better You

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

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

    Jeff Korhan
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:06 pm
    This is Episode 45 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Those that know and follow Larry’s work have come to appreciate his unique point of view and no-nonsense approach that indeed is his brand. If by chance you are not familiar with Larry Winget, get ready to be energized, because this guy is the real deal. Larry’s fresh perspective on all things will help you sharpen your thinking and stand out to be known for what you do best. Our Featured Guest: Larry Winget Larry Winget is a bestselling author, television personality, social commentator and…
  • Mapping the Ideal Customer Content Experience

    Jeff Korhan
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:54 pm
    David Packard, co­founder of Hewlett­Packard (HP) once observed that “marketing is too important to be left to the marketing people.” That was decades ago. Yet, even then he intuitively recognized that it’s more than promotion. Marketing is a major contributor to the comprehensive customer experience. Now that online media increasingly stands in for traditional marketing, selling, and customer service, it’s time to recognize its role for adding value to the customer experience with your products and services. In short, if you want to attract and retain more customers and enjoy…
  • Adaptive Content: How to Map and Manage the Buyers Journey

    Jeff Korhan
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:32 am
    This is Episode 44 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. If you are not familiar with the term, adaptive content is generally described as content that meets the buyer when and where they are. This is often described as having available the right content, in the right place, and at the right time. While this may seem idealistic, it is indeed possible if you make the effort to map out your buyer’s journey and continuously make experience-based adjustments. If you really care about being the best in your market and serving your customers well, I’m confident…
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    SmartCEO

  • 8 habits to prevent the ‘Monday blues’

    Vincent Dajani
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:10 am
    Whether you own your own business or work in a large corporation a case of the Monday blues has probably happened to you. To get your week started off right, follow these guidelines from Inc. 1. Plan your week on sunday. If you wait until Monday morning to plan and schedule your week, it will not take long before you find yourself engulfed in daily business “fires” and adding tasks and meetings before you even finish your planning. Instead, consider planning your week on Sunday evening, when it is quiet and you have the time and space to concentrate. You will sleep better knowing the task…
  • The 2016 challenge you can prepare for: Affordable Care Act reporting

    Friedman LLP
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Thought Leadership on Tax Planning for the Middle Market presented by Friedman LLP.  Dr. Seuss once said that “sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” Well, he clearly did not have the employer shared responsibility provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (”ACA”) in mind. Each tax season seems to bring new challenges for taxpayers. Last year’s challenge was the Tangible Property Regulations which, while providing major tax savings to some taxpayers, still required much time and effort in the compliance process. This year’s…
  • Cultivating raw talent into a culture of success

    Gibraltar
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Thought Leadership on Lending presented by Gibraltar Business Capital. In the competitive financial and lending environment, where many companies in our industry are looking to increasingly automate processes through the adoption of technology – talent, the human factor, remains critical to sustained viability and success. As small business capital needs change within the context of an evolving economy, having the right team and mindset in place is key to securing new deals, introducing innovation, and building long-term relationships that pay off over time. At Gibraltar, we help clients…
  • 3 ways this Zicam CEO keeps her business immune to seasonal changes

    Vistage
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Thought Leadership on Peer Advantage presented by Vistage International. No one is more interested in hearing the sound of a cough or the sniffle of a congested nose than the CEO of Zicam, M’lou Arnett, whose dedication to connecting with cold sufferers makes her an effective cold chaser. “No matter how hard we work, our profits often rise and fall based on the severity of the cold season,” says M’lou, a Vistage member since 2012. “So we have to always think about new ways to manage the business to make sure we stay flexible.” So how does M’lou keep her company from feeling…
  • Embrace change and avoid obsolescence

    Sterling National Bank
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Insights presented by Sterling National Bank. In business, complacency is the root of all evil, across virtually all industries. Today’s consumers are smarter than ever and carry new technologies in their purse and pocket. Businesses that are slow to adapt will die. Be nimble and quick, but how? The manager’s imperative Managers and executives must perform a balancing act—managing their internal stress while working to alleviate the anxieties of their employees. The good news is that resistance to change can be recognized fairly easily in personal…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • Confidence Is Not Always Key

    Jennifer Yeadon
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    At Roundpeg, we recently went through a flurry of interviews to find our new Digital Marketing Specialist. This was my first time being the interviewer instead of the interviewee and it gave me an interesting glimpse into the other side. Instead of being judged, I was the one judging, evaluating and critiquing the skills of a potential coworker to see if they would fit in the open position. Around the same time, our part-time worker mentioned something unrelated to the interviews he had learned in class, a phenomenon called the Dunning-Kruger effect. As he explained what it was, it made me…
  • Everything You Need to Know in 140 Characters

    Lorraine
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Launched in 2006, Twitter changed the way we communicate. Well, maybe that’s giving Twitter too much credit. Maybe it changed communication, or maybe it simply reflected other changes going on at the same time as a plugged-in, mobile society looked for ways to get more information in less time. Either way brevity was in and long rambling text was out. Even 60-second sound bites and elevator pitches now seem too long as everything from company mission statements to personal bios have been reduced to 140 characters. While all of us struggle to be brief and yet interesting in many phases…
  • Workspace Necessities: Design Edition

    Jenna
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Odds are you’re reading this during the work day. Whether that means you’re in an office setting, your own home or another specialized environment, you’re probably surrounded by things that help you get your work done. If a doctor tried to work in a lawyer’s office, it would be difficult because the right tools and equipment wouldn’t be available. The same goes for graphic design. I can get my job done from just about anywhere thanks to my laptop and the internet. I often work from home, which can be a nice change of pace, but for the most part I spend my time…
  • How to Drive Designers Crazy

    Brad
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Spend enough time in any one profession, and you’ll begin to develop personal preferences for “the way it should be done”. Painters can’t stand visible roller marks on a wall, landscapers get queasy at crooked mower lines, and bookkeepers want their spreadsheets to be ‘just so’. Graphic designers are no different. There are some common design mistakes that give every (good) graphic designer an eye twitch. If you’re a designer who is reading this, take this article as a confirmation that you are not alone in your suffering. That pink, yellow and chrome logo really is hideous,…
  • Top 3 Takeaways From WordCamp Columbus 2015

    Sara Bouchard
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    WordCamp 2015 Columbus was filled with some great presentations and people. It was my first official WordCamp and I was excited about the diversity of the group and how welcoming the WordPress community is. It was a great place to absorb knowledge from more experienced WordPress developers and put it into practice. I learned a ton, but I have three major takeaways. Takeaway 1: You don’t have to be a professional to format professional photos for your website. Formatting photos is an important step in the web design process. If your photos are too large, it can slow down page speed and…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 7 Customer Service Tips

    Patricia Lotich
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    We can all relate to good customer service. And we can all give examples of a poor customer service experience. Customers have choices and data shows that loyal customers are those who have their needs met and expectations that are exceeded. Let’s begin with a definition: Customer is defined as “a person who purchases goods or services from another”. Read the Full Article →The post 7 Customer Service Tips appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Flemings Restaurant Review: 10 Customer Service Tips 8 Steps for Creating a Customer Service System 7 Steps to…
  • 5 Tips for Effective Communication in the Workplace

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    I’ve long been of the belief that we as leaders don’t communicate enough.  We sit in meetings and have a good grasp of what is going on. We intend to take that information back to the people on the ground, but in the course of our busy schedules we lose sight of the importance of sharing information with employees and communicating in the workplace. Read the Full Article →The post 5 Tips for Effective Communication in the Workplace appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 6 Tips For Dealing With Anger in the Workplace 8 Tips for Managing Social Media…
  • 6 Areas of Credibility You Don’t Want to Lose

    Patricia Lotich
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Being a credible person is a pet peeve and is extremely important to me. Maintaining credibility on a personal or professional level should be a priority for all of us. The term credible is defined as “capable of being believed; believable, worthy of belief or confidence; trustworthy”. While being credible is important to all aspects of business, following are some areas of credibility that can affect the satisfaction and experience of key customer groups; employees, volunteers, vendors and customers. Read the Full Article →The post 6 Areas of Credibility You Don’t Want to Lose…
  • 7 Essential Tools for Quality Control

    Patricia Lotich
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Many organizations use quality tools to help monitor and manage their quality initiatives. There are several types of tools that can be used.  However, there are seven management tools for quality control that are the most common. Different tools are used for different problem solving opportunities and many of the tools can be used in different ways. Read the Full Article →The post 7 Essential Tools for Quality Control appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Example Flowchart as a Quality Management Tool 12 Essential Competencies Every Manager Should Master…
  • 12 Essential Competencies Every Manager Should Master

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Managers need to have leadership competencies in many different areas in order to effectively influence the behaviors of others – and ultimately achieve desired results. Competency is defined as “the quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity.” Organizations should have defined competency requirements for their leadership team. Read the Full Article →The post 12 Essential Competencies Every Manager Should Master appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Manager Evaluation Sample…
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    Fizzle

  • How, Exactly, Am I Supposed to Make Something People Want? (FS121)

    Chase Reeves
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s stupid how simple it should be. If you want a successful business, make something people want enough to pay you money for it. Duh, right? In practice, however, it is dubious and complex, requiring enough art, science and faith that we might as well call it alchemy. Here’s a 45 minute conversation about that very topic. If you listen to it, you’ll know how, exactly, you’re supposed to make something people want. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS,…
  • A Reader-Centered Focus Will Change Your Website

    Chase Reeves
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:31 am
    It’s gripping to peek into the thoughts of an indie entrepreneur at the moment they find focus. I’m buzzing in my seat as I read Dave’s article. The added bonus is that I was able to play a part in what led up to this moment for Dave. Let me back up. Below we’re publishing an article that Fizzler Dave Stuart wrote in the Fizzle Forums. Dave built his blog, Teaching the Core and a speaking career to help teachers kick ass. I’ll be back at the end of the article to add some thoughts. Enjoy! Dave’s post My blog hit it’s 3 year birthday this past May, and…
  • Growth Through Guest Posting (FS120)

    Chase Reeves
    24 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This is a Q&A episode from the Fizzle Team — you ask the questions, Corbett, Chase, Steph and Barrett bring the answers. On the show today we get into a handful of questions, including: What’s the best way to approach growing your traffic through guest posting? How should you be thinking about the mobile web? Do you need to change the way you’re writing? How should you pick a name for your side project? a couple more. Enjoy the show! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher,…
  • Introducing the 25 Up-and-Coming Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2015

    Chase Reeves
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    At the beginning of 2015, the Fizzle team set a loosely defined goal: tell more customer stories. We’re all inspired when we hear stories of entrepreneurs who have accomplished what we hope to accomplish someday. And the more we hear from our customers and readers (you), the more we realize you’re just the same. While you benefit from our training, you also love hearing origin stories from other founders. The thing we realized is missing in the world of entrepreneurial stories is the story of the entrepreneur just getting started. The entrepreneur who has made it past a few…
  • 4 Things Learned in 8 Months of Freelancing (FS119)

    Chase Reeves
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    The story on todays episode is especially helpful for those of you who work directly with clients — freelancers, videographers, designers, copywriters, etc. We have a special guest on the show today (especially special for those of you who listened to all the early episodes of The Fizzle Show) who’s recently created a videography business from the ground up, and on the show today we hear his story. Enjoy! It’s better to listen on the go!    Subscribe on iTunes  Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS, Download 4 Things Learned in 8…
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  • The Hubcast 53: HubSpot Dismisses Marketing Chief, Act On Foul Play, & Free Inbound Ticket

    George Thomas
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
       The Hubcast Podcast Episode 053         Welcome back to The Hubcast folks; a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: HubSpot In The News This week we talk about the… The post The Hubcast 53: HubSpot Dismisses Marketing Chief, Act On Foul Play, & Free Inbound Ticket appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • 7 Profound Implications of the “Live Stream Economy” for Brands and Businesses

    Marcus Sheridan
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    In case you hadn’t noticed, there is something big happening right now in the world of digital media. Whether it’s Periscope, Meerkat, or another app—Live streaming is beginning to gain incredible momentum. But the reality is it hasn’t even started to scratch the surface. Right now, early adopters are trying it, testing it, and even… The post 7 Profound Implications of the “Live Stream Economy” for Brands and Businesses appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 64: Content Marketing for Start Ups, Live Streaming Content, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    It’s podcast time again my friends! And in this episode of Mad Marketing, we discuss the following subjects: The Power of real-time feedback and a “feedback culture” to improve your business Why mobile ads are driving us crazy Why the skill of “live streaming” and the ability to communicate in a live stream manner is… The post Mad Marketing 64: Content Marketing for Start Ups, Live Streaming Content, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 52: Inbound Website Design, Cloning Campaigns, & Inbound 2015

    George Thomas
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
       The Hubcast Podcast Episode 052         Welcome back to The Hubcast folks; a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUBCAST Inbound 2015 HubSpot CEO on zany company… The post The Hubcast 52: Inbound Website Design, Cloning Campaigns, & Inbound 2015 appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 63: Periscope, Video Marketing Campaigns, and Content Marketing Struggles

    Marcus Sheridan
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Hello Everyone! It’s a new week, which means it’s time for another episode of the Mad Marketing Podcast. And in this episode, which was also recorded live for Periscope viewers, we discuss the following: How one company is using “trust” to become the Uber of used car sales Is it possible for an Inbound company to… The post Mad Marketing 63: Periscope, Video Marketing Campaigns, and Content Marketing Struggles appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
 
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  • Changes with Google+, Google+ Local & What SMBs Need to Know

    Tamara Weintraub
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:53 am
    It looks like some changes are coming to Google+ and Google+ Local, and there’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about what these changes might mean. Google announced it’s shutting down unused or unverified Google+ pages. Google will no longer require its users to use a Google+ profile to access YouTube and some other Google properties. But this doesn’t mean Google is turning away from local search and Maps results. In fact, you need a strong local presence on Google in order to show up for local searches. Here’s what these changes means for local businesses. Google Is…
  • From YouTube to Twitter: Little Known Ways to Get Found on Google

    Tamara Weintraub
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    You may already be optimizing your website content, blog posts, and even your social media properties for your top keywords to get your business found on search engines. But there are also some little-known tricks you can use to help increase your chances of getting found on Google. For example, did you know you can further boost your local web presence and even the visibility of your website by optimizing your content on YouTube, Twitter, and your local business listings? Here are a few ways to create content for these channels that helps you get found in Google by local searchers. 1)…
  • 12 Questions for Understanding Your Target Audience

    Tiffany Monhollon
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Marketing your business is an important way to build awareness of your brand and ultimately generate more customers and increase sales. But it’s important to make sure that you understand the audience you want your marketing to reach. Understanding your target audience can help you improve the return on your marketing investment because it helps you get your marketing in front of the right types consumers: those who are more likely to do business with you. It also helps you create messages, content, offers, and promotions that will resonate with them so they take action. A myriad of factors…
  • Celebrating ReachLocal Employees with Appreciation Day

    ReachLocal
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
      ReachLocal recently celebrated our employees working at ReachLocal offices across the country. Enjoy some photos from our events in Woodland Hills, CA, Dallas, TX, and Shreveport, LA. Our team in Woodland Hills celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with an Ice Cream Sundae Fun Day, while leaders in Shreveport and Dallas treated their employees to a homemade breakfast! Enjoy these photos from ReachLocal’s Employee Appreciation Day and tell us: What do you do to show your employees that you value them? Learn more about what it’s like to work at ReachLocal.The post Celebrating…
  • The Future is Now: Google Presents 3 Technology Trends for Local Marketing

    ReachLocal
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    At a recent Locally Crafted Marketing seminar hosted by ReachLocal, Bo Pulito, strategic partner manager with Google, shared three important technology trends that are changing consumer behavior. These trends are critical for local businesses to understand, because businesses must really understand their consumers and how they are using technology in their day-to-day lives in order to reach them through marketing. Here are three practical tips and strategies he discussed that your local business can use to to take advantage of these trends. 1) The Internet of Things Demands an Integrated…
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  • Why You Don’t Need to Create New Content & What To Do Instead

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

    Stephanie Ward
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:59 am
    If you’re charging your clients per hour for your services I highly recommend you stop. And if you’re selling your products individually without anything extra, I’ve got ideas for you.Why offer the ordinary when you can stand out by creating tantalizing packages for your clients?Creating Your PackagesPackages can combine products and services or can be a combination of various products. This is where you get to be creative and think deeply about how you can best help your clients.1. Ask Your ClientsAsk your clients what they want, you can use tools like Survey Monkey or Typeform. But,…
  • What’s Stopping You From Sending Out Your Ezine?

    Stephanie Ward
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Do you ever feel uncomfortable about sending out your ezine?Or are you so worried about doing it that you haven’t even started sending out an ezine?In today’s video I share tips about why you need to let that go.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:“Decision is the spark that ignites action. Until a decision is made nothing happens.” Wilfred A. Peterson Click to TweetStill not convinced? Discover more reasons why sending out an ezine is highly beneficial for your business…
  • A Few Things You Don’t Realize Your Blog is Missing

    Stephanie Ward
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:02 am
    You go the extra mile to create compelling information for your blog.And of course you want it to be consumed. To do that, people first have to get to your blog (more on that here).But that’s not what this post is about. For the moment let’s assume that you’ve been able to get people to go to your blog. So, what happens once they arrive?Recently I visited a blog I was curious about and wanted to see what kind of juicy tips I could pick up.But there were no categories to choose from.Only one post was visible on the main blog page.There were no suggestions for posts similar to the one…
  • What Every Small Business Owner Needs to Know About Business Models

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

    Wil Hart
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    You have been asking this one important question… I will answer that question for you, but first lets clear the air with a counter-question. “What has been holding you back from crushing your business goals?” You may reply with one or more of the following: “I can never stay focused.” “I wear too many hats.” “There isn’t enough time in the day.” “I need more support.” “I don’t know where to start.” … (this list can go on for days, but we won’t do that right now) So, the initial question that I know is on your mind is: “How can I be successful with email…
  • How Much NOT Following Up Is Costing You – And How To Fix It

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

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

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

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    3 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Do you have a love / hate relationship with social media? You love how fun and easy it is to connect with family and friends. You have fun discovering and sharing new brands. But when it comes using social media to market your business, you struggle to figure out how to get paying customers and real results. Here are 5 proven tips to help you get a return on the time and effort you spend on social media marketing:      1. Completely fill out your profiles – You never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression. 

When a person stops by your profile, make sure they are greeted by a…
 
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  • The Downside of Authenticity

    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey Being real comes with a price. You have to be willing to strip away everything false in order to let everyone see you as you are. Most people are not ready for that. Showing the world who you are can lead to rejection. To having clients leave. To having people criticize you for daring to state unpopular opinions. That’s what we talk about when we talk about authenticity.
  • Where Are You Missing Leverage in Your Business? (Part 2)

    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™ I'm always looking for ways to tweak (read: leverage) what's already working in my business to improve my results so I can grow my business more quickly without more effort.Where in your business could you do the same? Take this mini-assessment to find out.__ 1. Do you utilize multiple channels to reach your audience?The more ways you can reach and
  • "Does 'Free' Cost too Much for Your Business?" Part 2 with Kerry Heaps & Deborah A Bailey on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    Topic: Does "Free" Cost too Much for Your Business? Part 2 Entrepreneur Kerry Heaps returns to Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ to join host Deborah Bailey for part two of our two-part conversation about using free tools, services and products in your business. Does it help? Does it hurt? Listen in as Kerry and Deborah suggest tips and discuss their own experiences--pro and con. Kerry Heaps is the
  • What to Sell When You Speak

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    by Lisa SasevichA lot of people ask me what they should sell in various speaking environments—or what they should do if they're told they can’t sell at all.I’m going to make this decision super easy for you, so that you can start getting the right tools together and be ready for any situation.Directly from our "Leveraged Progression Plan for Speakers" is what to offer in three different
  • "Does 'Free' Cost too Much for Your Business?" Part 1 with Kerry Heaps & Deborah A Bailey on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    20 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Topic: Does "Free" Cost too Much for Your Business? Part 1 Entrepreneur Kerry Heaps returns to Women Entrepreneurs Radio™ to join host Deborah Bailey for a two-part conversation about using free tools, services and products in your business. Does it help? Does it hurt? Listen in as Kerry and Deborah suggest tips and discuss their own experiences--pro and con. Kerry Heaps is the Founder and
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  • Camera+ : One of the best photography apps for iOS.

    John Simoudis
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:34 am
    Camera+ has been my go-to app on the iPhone for the past couple of years. It keeps getting better with each upgrade. In addition to great image quality and editing tools, it offers automated Copyright information for each photo, simplifying the creation process.  Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • The cars of James Bond in Spectre

    John Simoudis
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    The new James Bond film will be released in November but based on this video it's the new Aston Martin and the special edition Jaguar that might be receiving top billing.Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • Bird Sounds Visualized

    John Simoudis
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Bird sounds captured using a digital audio recorder and fed into a computer to activate particle effects. Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • Leica: Luxury and Technology

    John Simoudis
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    In 2012, years after it had sold its Leica stake, Hermès announced a $50,000 edition of the Leica M7 camera. Clad in Hermès-orange leather, the camera was an instant status symbol that respected Leica’s history in making collectible cameras that appreciated in value over time.It was not clear why Hermès invested in Leica, other than that the two companies shared a common philosophy in providing top quality luxury products to their customers. Hermès was prescient in that decision, despite its niche appeal, and since then we saw an increasing marriage between high tech companies and…
  • Creating an Instagram Video In Premiere Pro

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    20 May 2015 | 8:32 am
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  • #336 Bubba Gump Shrimp, Employees Gone Wild, Summertime Rejuvenation, Non-Bank Lenders

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

    Andrew Wise
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    1.Disable Hotlinking and Prevent Leeching If hotlinking is not prevented other sites may direct links to the images on your site from their articles making your server load increasingly high. This will result in slower speeds and reduced bandwidth. 2.Choose a Good Web Host Many people try to save a few dollars by going with the cheaper server; however, you often get what you pay for which includes reduced speed for cheaper services.Some good and affordable web hosts: Super Green Hosting Blue Host Host Gator Host Monster 3.Optimize Your MySQL Database Optimizing your MySQL Database can…
  • 80 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Blog

    Andrew Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    A great blog post is only as good as its images. Finding good images, however, can be a lot more difficult than you think. Most people simply Google images online, and insert them into their posts. This is not entirely legal. You actually have to get the rights from the photo taker to be able to insert the images and use them on your site. The trick to this is to find free stock photos that allow you to use them as you want, for free, anywhere in your blog. You May Get Sued If You Ignore This There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch. That definitely applies here. When it comes to…
  • 76 Free Stock Photo Sites for Your Blog

    Andrew Wise
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    A great blog post is only as good as its images. Finding good images, however, can be a lot more difficult than you think. Most people simply Google images online, and insert them into their posts. This is not entirely legal. You actually have to get the rights from the photo taker to be able to insert the images and use them on your site. The trick to this is to find free stock photos that allow you to use them as you want, for free, anywhere in your blog. Where can I find free stock photos? Finding good stock photos is a real pain. That’s why we’ve made it easy for you…
  • Guest Post: Why Having A Virtual CFO Is Better For Small Businesses

    Barry Moltz
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    July 21, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy What Is A Virtual CFO? Advancements in modern technology has offered a rise of the virtual workforce.A Virtual CFO is essentially an outsourced financial advisor that is a trusted source for financial perspective. Virtual CFOs work within your management team and are able to provide highly qualified financial advice specific to your business and industry. It’s a way that small businesses can get CFO support that they would not have previously been able to fund. Small businesses that hire a Virtual CFO can gain access to an experienced financial…
 
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  • 3 Tips for Growing Your Email List on Social Media

    Ryan Pinkham
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    If you’re already on social media, you know it’s a valuable tool for reaching new customers. But to get the most out of your social media marketing, you need to take that next step to get your fans and followers to join your email list. This way you can reach them where they go every day — their inbox. But here’s the big question: how do you actually get the people who follow your updates on social media to share their information with you, and opt-in to join your email list? In the second video of our How to Grow Your Email List video series, we’ll give three actionable tips for…
  • 5 Things Your Email Must Have if You Want to Promote it on Facebook

    Ryan Pinkham
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Imagine if you could extend the reach of your email beyond your email list. Imagine if the people you were able to reach were completely new to your business, but also had a ton in common with the people who are already on your list. Would you be interested in giving it a try? Facebook Advertising has made it possible to get more from your email marketing and reach more people in the Facebook News Feed. Here’s how it works: When you create an email with Constant Contact, you have the option to share the email with your fans and followers on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You…
  • How Small Business Owners Can Balance Work and Life

    Dave Anderson
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    Running a business is not easy. It requires a lot of time, hard work, and sacrifice. If you operate your own small business, you’re likely all too familiar with the never ending to do list. Maybe you’ve even given up weekends and burned the midnight oil to make sure everything gets done. But there has to be a line. If you push yourself too hard, both you and your business will suffer. You can’t do your best work when you’re running on fumes — and you can’t be happy and healthy when you’re working all the time. Balance is key. Take a logical approach to your work Humans cannot go…
  • 10 Things You’re Missing Out on by Using a Personal Email Account to Do Your Email Marketing 

    Ryan Pinkham
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    If you’re like a lot of small businesses and organizations, you may be using a personal email account — like Gmail, Outlook, AOL, or Yahoo — to communicate with a group of email contacts. Chances are you’ve also noticed some limitations in what you can and can’t do with a personal email account. One of the biggest limitations of using a personal account is in the design of your emails. If you’re not a professional designer, it’s tough to create emails that actually match your brand and make your business look professional. Other limitations include: Problems getting messages…
  • Personality: The Key to Start-up Success

    Susan Solovic
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Lots of people come to me for advice on starting a small business. Typically, they’re looking for guidance on the technical aspects of what it takes to get their business off the ground: What type of legal entity do I choose? How should I go about writing a business plan? But while these business fundamentals are important for a new entrepreneur to know in order to avoid start-up mistakes, there is another aspect new business owners should consider — and that’s what type of personality it takes to succeed. Regardless of the type of business, there are some common personality traits…
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  • Learning to Learn

    22 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Post by Kiran Mahal, UBC graduate and former AMS VP Academic. In my high school science co-op class, whenever one of us had a question the teacher (a proud UBC alumnus) would more often than not turn to the rest of the class and say “let’s ask the scientific community.” At the time, I found this […]
  • e@UBC Has Moved!

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:14 pm
    entrepreneurship@UBC has officially moved to the new Robert H. Lee Alumni Center, in the heart of the UBC Vancouver campus. Registered ventures can now access complementary desk space and board rooms from Monday to Friday. Registered ventures can also book meetings for e@UBC’s Open Office program on Monday and Thursday mornings at the new space. […]
  • e@UBC Startups Thrive with Easy Access to Tech Community, Mentorship and Professional Services

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    e@UBC strategic partnership with BCTIA successfully delivers comprehensive programming and services to emerging tech companies VANCOUVER, BC (July 22, 2015) – entrepreneurship@UBC (e@UBC), a unique program that delivers a combination of education, venture creation, and seed funding to maximize the creation of commercial and social ventures, is pleased to announce the advancement of local tech […]
  • e@UBC Venture Case Studies

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    The e@UBC Venture Case Studies highlights up and coming startups from UBC. The featured teams have participated in one of our fully-integrated programs, such as the e@UBC Accelerator, or have been mentored by one of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence. Tait Labs: Building New Drug Development Pathways The Screw Cutter Project: Creating Certified Medical Devices for Hospitals in […]
  • Nanozen Seed Fund Announcement

    22 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nanozen, a UBC-affiliated startup developing accurate, lightweight sensors to monitor harmful airborne particles in industrial settings, has received early stage funding from the e@UBC Seed Fund. With the Seed Fund investment, along with other investments, allows Nanozen to move into new laboratory and office space in Vancouver and continue to develop their technology. The e@UBC Seed […]
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  • Late payment leads 3 in 10 sole traders to stop service

    admin
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:25 am
    We talk a lot about late payment among companies – from micro-businesses with 1-3 employees, right up to the big brands with 500+ in their workforce. But what about the very bottom end of the supply chain? What about transactions between individual consumers and sole traders – the plumbers, electricians and handymen that literally keep the nation’s lights on and water running? Figures from Paym, the Payments Council’s mobile payment app, reveal the extent to which tradesmen and tradeswomen are regularly hit by late payment, especially when working cash in hand. The…
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    admin
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:31 am
    Photo Credit: International Livestock Research Institute via Compfight cc Does gender have a place in credit control? You might want to say no – and certainly discriminating against any kind of customer due to their gender or any other personal characteristic is probably not a good starting point for your credit policies. But figures from the Insolvency Service show that there is indeed a significant influence of gender on different types of insolvency – and in particular, women are now the majority share in personal insolvencies, but not in corporate insolvencies. For the first…
  • Small firms lead the way on prompt payments

    admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    Photo Credit: Mukumbura via Compfight cc The UK’s smallest firms continue to settle their debts faster than anyone else, according to the latest figures from Experian. In the last financial year, ending March 2015, companies with just 1-2 employees paid up on average 20.58 days beyond terms, when invoices went overdue at all. While that’s a three-week wait for payment, it’s the best performance on putting right overdue payments . Companies with 3-5 employees took 21.34 days beyond terms (DBT), an improvement over the previous year of 1.3 days – and that’s the…
  • ‘Think twice’ before dealing with CCJ recipients

    admin
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    Photo Credit: MrTopf via Compfight cc Firms that have been handed down a County Court Judgment should be seen as a red flag, it has been suggested. Thanks to the internet, it is now possible – for a small fee – to check the CCJ records of any business in England or Wales, as part of your standard credit control background checks before deciding whether to work with them. Malcolm Hurlston CBE, chairman of public records charity the Registry Trust, said: “It is a unique benefit for people to be able to check the debt record of any business or person with which they may be…
  • Is it always worth pursuing overdue debts?

    admin
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:34 am
    Photo Credit: Thurrock Phil via Compfight cc Overdue debts are a credit control headache, as you try to work out the best way to get customers to pay what they owe, without harming your own bottom line or business reputation. A subtle approach often works best – after all, few companies want it to become public knowledge that they don’t pay their debts, and you might not want to publicise the fact that you take swift enforcement action against late payment either. However, what about when this doesn’t work? Should you take the chase to the next level? The answer depends on…
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    creativecommons.org

  • Turn Someone Into a Super-Hero

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

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

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    When people ask “why are you successful” the response should be “isn’t it obvious?”  True story: What did the first caveman who discovered fire do? He went back to his cave and told his cavewoman “Cavewoman, cook me some food!” What happened next? Cavepeople ran to his cave and asked “what smells so good?” The news of fire spread and cavepeople wanted more cooked food. How to make more fire was taught around the globe. …not because of a generous caveman, but from a cavewoman who knew who to cook and make the food smell awesome.   It was the first place…
  • Advice for someone with lots of expertise, but afraid to market and sell

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    This topic relates to almost anyone, not just entrepreneurs. If you have a job and a quota, this can still work. Entrepreneurs have a harder time because there is no one standing over their head holding them accountable. Entrepreneurs create their own obstacles since feelings, emotions and comfort levels can have a more dramatic impact until a personal commitment and discipline takes over.  If you or someone you know has lots of experience, wisdom and has high expertise but is afraid to market or sell their products or services, here is a bit of advice: 1) The first time Consider…
  • The trick to creating content

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

  • Surefire Social Podcast: Online Orders, Publishing Tools, and Hashtags

    Jon Andrews
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    Please listen to the brand new Surefire Social Podcast, with new episodes released every Tuesday! It’s happened to everyone; you’ll be driving down the road listening to the radio when that genius idea the broadcaster says, flies in one ear and out the other. It’s almost like you didn’t even hear it, but you knew it was awesome. But to your surprise, there’s no rewind button on the radio… Although the Surefire Social Podcast might not cover news in fashion, political issues, or the more noticeable sports events coming up — what we do cover are topics in local digital marketing…
  • [Video] Your Digital Marketing Measured

    Steve Eastlack
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    If you don’t have time to watch the video, simply view the presentation! Your Online Presence Is More Than Just Your Website: Is Your Marketing Working For You? from Chris Marentis This past Thursday, July 30th Beth Overman, a Customer Success Manager here at Surefire Social, led a discussion in which she gave the case for why your online presence is far more than just your website. How many customers find your business online is a result of all the places they can potentially see and connect with your business. Beth laid out the building blocks for what an active, successful online…
  • Polyvore The Visual Social Commerce Site Snagged by Yahoo

    Shashi Bellamkonda
    2 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Polyvore is a shopping site where you can give and get styling ideas and gets about 20 Million unique visitors a month. In a previous article in April “Create Collages, Mix and Match with Polyvore #App #SocialNetwork” we had featured Polyvore. Last week Polyvore announced that it has agreed to be acquired by Yahoo. Announcing the news in post on the Polyvore Blog, Jess Lee, CEO and co-Founder said: Polyvore started out in 2007 as the brainchild of 3 ex-Yahoo engineers, Jianing Hu, Guangwei Yuan and Pasha Sadri. I was an early Polyvore user who wrote in with compliments and…
  • The Fallacy of Digital Marketing Specialization

    Glen Hellman
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The other day I read a familiar, age-old argument regarding specialization. A one man SEO vendor made his case for why you should never hire a full-service digital marketing company. Instead, he suggested that you should hire a separate firm, the “best in its field,” for each discipline. That goes for Web Design, SEO, Content Marketing, PPC, Social Media, etc. I’d like to make my case for why you should ABSOLUTELY hire a full-service digital marketing company. If you can find one company who manages all those things I mentioned above for you as a synchronized, efficient system, why…
  • Dashboard For Success: What is Success?

    Jon Andrews
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Introducing Remodeling Mastery by Mark Richardson, a series that will air every Thursday! Listen on: iTunes SoundCloud Stitcher Subscribe to this podcast to never miss an episode! The Remodeling Mastery podcast series with host and industry leader, Mark Richardson, makes sense of the complex business of home remodeling, with sharp insights and straightforward guidance to help entrepreneurs grow their business. With Mark Richardson being the remodeling business for over 30 years, he knows what it takes when offering breakthrough advice for home remodelers in the industry. In this episode, Mark…
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    Blog

  • How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company

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

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    The Importance Of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) This article is going to talk about the importance of SEO, which stands for search engine optimization. We will look at the benefits of doing SEO weekly on your website, the disadvantages of not conducting SEO, and the consequences of ceasing to conduct SEO weekly on your site.  
  • ROI of SEO vs PPC (Pay Per Click Search Advertising) - The Compounding Power of Search Engine Optimization Explained

    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    ROI of SEO vs PPC (Pay Per Click Search Advertising) - The Compounding Power of Search Engine Optimization Explained In this blog article and podcast, we are going to talk about the ROI of search engine optimization (known as SEO) versus the ROI of pay per click advertising (known as PPC). The goal of this blog article and podcast is to clearly show which has the better return on investment, and explain the compounding power of search engine optimization in a simple, easy to understand explanation.  
  • ROI Of Organic SEO Traffic +275% vs Social Media Traffic -90%

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    ROI Of Organic SEO Traffic +275% vs Social Media Traffic -90% In this podcast we compare the return on investment of organic traffic (which is generated by search engine optimization) and social media traffic (which is generated by social media activities or social media advertising). From our research one appears to have a great return on investment for businesses and the other is terrible. This is extremely surprising given both seem to be all the hype in the last few years in the small business community, on blogs and from marketing speakers. A large portion of businesses are…
  • How Google Algorithm Updates Impact Your Website Rankings And Traffic

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    How Google Algorithm Updates Impact Your Website Rankings And Traffic Google Algorithm updates impact your website rankings by moving your rankings lower if you are not doing what Google wants. If, however, you are following Google's direction for how to provide web users with a better experience, Google will improve your web pages rankings in search results. (Google's most recent update was the Mobile update, continue reading to learn more). Higher rankings means more traffic and if it is the right kind of traffic this should lead to higher sales and profits. There is a large list of…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • The War for Talent Goes Online

    Vistage Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    The talent shortage is not going away anytime soon. Earlier this year, PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that 75 percent of more than 1,300 CEOs found it difficult Read More The post The War for Talent Goes Online appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Vistage Success Stories: What’s yours?

    Leon Shapiro
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Once a month, I’ll select a Chair from among the thousands of Vistage groups we lead from across the world and share success stories from Read More The post Vistage Success Stories: What’s yours? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Ready to Compete Against Exponential Competitors

    Jerry Cahn
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Airbnb, GitHub, Quirky, Waze, TED, Google, Quirky and Uber. What do these companies have in common? They’re Exponential Organizations (ExOs) which, according to thought leaders Read More The post Ready to Compete Against Exponential Competitors appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Why Managers Fail in Foreign Assignments

    Dana Borowka
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    When an Asian manager steps into a U.S. company to lead a team, or when an American manager takes a leadership position of an Asian Read More The post Why Managers Fail in Foreign Assignments appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • How A Well Structured Asset Protection Plan Will Protect You and Your Business From the Lawsuit Explosion

    Hillel Presser
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Fridays with Vistage is a webinar series on relevant, timely and actionable business topics to help you generate results in your business. On July 31, Read More The post How A Well Structured Asset Protection Plan Will Protect You and Your Business From the Lawsuit Explosion appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
 
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • What I did when I had no money to pay for help

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

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

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

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

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

  • Fixing Your Facebook Links – 3 Common Places Where They Break

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    You understand the importance of adding social media to marketing your business, and you also know how essential Facebook is to your overall social media efforts. As a result, you’ve most likely created your page and filled it with amazing photos. You post regularly, encourage interactivity and you’re working to grow your Facebook friend count daily. In short, you’re doing everything right. But did you remember to check your Facebook links to make sure they work? It sounds obvious, but hundreds of companies across the country fail to update their Facebook links or make the mistake of…
  • A Quick, 5-Step Style Guide for Small Business Owners

    Eric Hagen<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/eric_bw_sq-150x150.jpg" alt="Eric Hagen" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    If you’re at a point where you believe your company’s branding has been established, it’s now time to develop guidelines to maintain it. To be professional, every business or company – regardless of size – should have a style guide. Style guides can be as big or small as needed within the context of your brand. A large corporation might have a huge, living, online style guide with designers and developers dedicated to updating it – while a smaller company might only need a single page pdf to remind them of their 3 colors and how to use their font. How many elements…
  • How to Get the Ultimate Website Curb Appeal and Generate Leads

    Kelli Schutrop<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Kelli-Schutrop-Blogger-Profile.jpg" alt="Kelli Schutrop" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you’re going through a website redesign, it’s time to really start thinking about your website’s ultimate “curb appeal” – your homepage. It’s one thing to have a pretty homepage, but it’s another to make sure it accomplishes what you need it to. Let’s dive into a few elements that every website homepage needs to include. They’re basics, but if your mind is already swimming with the many details of a website redesign, these critical elements may fly under the radar. Who Is Your Audience and What Are They Seeking? The first question to ask is “Who is my audience?”…
  • List Your Restaurant in These Online Directories [Infographic]

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    As a restauranteur, you understand the complications a big, bloated menu can cause for customers. It’s cumbersome, difficult to decipher and makes it hard for guests to determine if they’re really making the right entrée choice. In order to make things easier, you streamline your menu by putting the appetizers together and grouping the burgers, the chicken, desserts or drinks with like items. Once customers know where they are looking, it becomes easier to understand everything’s purpose and ultimately make the best meal choice. Online directory listings can be confusing as well,…
  • Launching His Website Helped Build More Credibility and Trust

    Julie Gordon<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Julie_Gordon_Profile.jpg" alt="Julie Gordon" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    David Jenney always had a knack for electronics – but it wasn’t until he started tinkering with broken iPhones that he got the idea to start a phone repair business. “I started buying cracked phones off Craigslist, fixing and repairing them with the help of YouTube videos and my 10 years of electronic repair experience,” said Jenney. I recently had a chance to connect with David about his startup, iFlyRepair, and the journey he’s been on since launching the business in 2013. What’s the story behind your name, iFlyRepair? I was trying to come up with a name that fit my business…
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • Should Your Business Advertise in the Yellow Pages? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Should You Hire A Digital Marketing Agency?

    Laura Click
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • 10 Proven Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From Competitors

    Laura Click
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Top Marketing Tools for Your Business {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Do You Have a Marketing Problem or a Business Problem?

    Laura Click
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:22 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
 
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    Barry Moltz

  • #337 Conquering Life’s Detours, Time Management, Cost Cutting, Business Rule Breaking and Blogging

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

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

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

    Courtney Deruy
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    On episode 335 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we talk about how to successfully reinvent yourself in your career. Next, we have four generations working side by side—how can we all not only get along, but thrive with each other? I get a lot of questions on how to empower millennial team members. Today, we show you how! Finally, we’ll show small business owners how to keep a sustainable edge to keep their business growing year after year. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J Moltz on BlogTalkRadio   Segment 1: Berry Fowler is recognized as…
  • #334 A Closer Look at Entrepreneurs, Women-Owned Businesses, Government Contract Work and Mortgages

    Courtney Deruy
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    On episode 334 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we first tackle what it really means to be an entrepreneur. Who are the real entrepreneurs and what does it take to be a successful one? Next, we discuss the growth of women owned businesses in the United States – you won’t believe some of these numbers! We are also going to talk about how to get your fair share of business with the federal government. Finally, how do you get a mortgage if you are a small business owner and don’t have a W-2? We have the answer. Listen and enjoy: Check Out Business Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Barry J…
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    Free Enterprise

  • Florida Gun Shop Says It's 'Muslim-free', Gets Sued

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Whether for religious or political reasons, it seems like small business owners are constantly testing the boundaries of their right to refuse service to certain customers. Despite the fact that such discrimination is wrong on moral grounds and that turning away paying customers could hurt your bottom line, it could also get you sued. So learned Florida Gun Supply, when it was sued after proclaiming itself a Muslim-free zone. Freedom to Discriminate? Andy Hallinan garnered national headlines when he posted a video to YouTube and Facebook, declaring his gun range a "Muslim-free zone." It's…
  • Can I Play Pandora in My Business?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Technology has consistently made our favorite music more mobile. Music streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify allow us to have our own soundtrack everywhere we go. Businesses are also taking advantage of streaming sites. By now we've all seen a bartender or a barista with their phone plugged into the sound system, setting the mood for the establishment. But is this kosher, legally? Are there different rules for streaming Pandora at a business? Terms of Soundtrack Service Pandora's Terms of Service are explicit when it comes to using the service in a business: "Use of the Services in a…
  • Can I Do Business in Cuba?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Those who were caught off guard by the Obama Administration's move to resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba might also be surprised by this fact: the U.S. is already the fourth largest exporter of goods to Cuba. But this doesn't mean Cuba is completely open for business. The country is still subject to a trade embargo, meaning there are heavy restrictions on American exports to Cuba, and the Cuban government still sets the rules on who can do business in the country. So what do you need to know about doing business in Cuba? The Legal Limitations The biggest bar to business in Cuba is the…
  • Pros and Cons of Using Facebook as Your Business Website

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    With the ubiquity of small businesses on social media, many entrepreneurs are wondering if their business even needs its own dedicated website. Especially when (good) web design is expensive and Facebook is still free. While there may be benefits to replacing your business website with Facebook, there are also drawbacks. Pro: Price Yep, Facebook is free. So are Likes. And you're not charged for normal posting. So you have access to all kinds of customer interaction without spending a dime. No web hosting fees, no IT staff necessary, and no costly redesigns if you change your look or Google…
  • Hiring Freelancers: What You Need to Know

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:59 pm
    With over 50 million freelancers out there, businesses would be foolish not to take advantage of their services. After all, not all jobs require a full-time employee. As businesses and employees are getting more flexible and agile, you may find yourself in the market for freelancers. To make sure you hire the right way, keep a few things in mind: Keep It Classy Since freelancers are not permanent employees, they're classified as independent contractors. This classification can give employers several benefits, like avoiding Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes. But…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Four Ways to Increase Revenue from Social Media

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    It is easy to get stuck in a social media rut and develop tunnel vision on your current campaign. But social media doesn’t stand still, so your tactics and strategies have to keep pace if you want to squeeze the most revenue out of a constantly evolving platform. Here are a few actionable, real-life steps that you can take today to boost your social media revenue. Develop a Social Media Editorial Calendar A social media editorial calendar does four things: Measures the performance of content. Keeps track of important dates and events that need special social promotion. Assigns…
  • How Do Baby Boomers Travel? [Boomerology Revealed TV #28]

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:06 am
    Baby boomers love to travel? But what are they really looking for? some tips for the travel industry when catering to boomers The post How Do Baby Boomers Travel? [Boomerology Revealed TV #28] appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • What are Baby Boomers Buying? [Boomerology Revealed #27]

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

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

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:50 pm
    From 79 million baby boomers in the US, 43 million of us are taking care of someone older than 50. Baby boomers are also not getting any younger. Every day 10,000 boomers hit 65 years of age and since all boomers want to live forever, they are conscious about their health and consume more supplements than any other group, they might as well become the first generation to take care of its parents for as long as it cared for its children. But they want to do it their way. Care giving is really becoming a common word in any boomer vocabulary. Even though care giving might be the right word, many…
 
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    Noobpreneur.com » Noobpreneur.com | No More Procrastination: 6 Tips to Get Back on Track

  • No More Procrastination: 6 Tips to Get Back on Track

    Ivan Widjaya
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    Procrastination. The bane of any hardworking entrepreneur. After all, you decided to work for yourself because you didn’t like the “man” telling you what time you have to show up… Read more » The post No More Procrastination: 6 Tips to Get Back on Track appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • What is the Best Environment to Host a Video Meeting?

    Ivan Widjaya
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Hosting a video meeting is a lot like hosting a meeting on location, but with some particular quirks. Learning how to host an effective video meeting is a great skill… Read more » The post What is the Best Environment to Host a Video Meeting? appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Overcoming the Challenges Associated with Workplace Injury

    Ivan Widjaya
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Workplace injuries can be a challenging time for both the victim and their family. Whilst there are numerous challenges associated with workplace injury, there are fortunately various avenues to help… Read more » The post Overcoming the Challenges Associated with Workplace Injury appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • What Has Changed in the Latest Upgrade of PrestaShop?

    Ivan Widjaya
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    When it comes to online shop management, PrestaShop has long been one of the most popular products. As an open source platform, it has been developed by a large team… Read more » The post What Has Changed in the Latest Upgrade of PrestaShop? appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 11 Strategies to Evaluate If a Freelance Designer Is Right for Your Business

    The YEC
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    What is one strategy for quickly evaluating whether a freelance designer is a good fit for my business? The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC),… Read more » The post 11 Strategies to Evaluate If a Freelance Designer Is Right for Your Business appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Type Styles of the Rich and Famous

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

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

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

    Dave Charest
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    “… in my brain I had five years to get a staff together and be able to take some time off and be able to kind of enjoy things.” – Andy King, co-owner of A&J King Artisan Bakers What is it that you really want from your business? Where is it that you’d like to be? Are you on the path to getting to that point? What is it that you need to do to move forward with your business and attain a certain lifestyle? I’ve had the privilege of speaking with many successful small business owners over the last few months as host of a new podcast, Small Biz Stories. These are small businesses…
  • How a Naturally Disorganized Person Like Me Keeps Her Sanity and Gets Things Done

    Pamela Wilson
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    I hear this all the time: “How are you getting things done? I know you work for Copyblogger now. How are you keeping Big Brand System going at the same time?” To which I reply, “Well, there’s Piper.” Piper is my secret weapon. Piper is the content manager here at Big Brand System. She keeps the blog posts flowing by wrangling guest writers (and even me) into line when it’s time to get a post ready for publication. And she keeps all Big Brand System email communication going by putting together those great-looking blog post emails and Weekend Digest…
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Connecting Consciously

    Bulldog Drummond
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Written by Annabelle Parr Today our culture moves at a hundred miles a minute. iPhones and uninterrupted internet access bring us continuous entertainment and connection to our jobs—we are constantly “connected”. However, being connected oftentimes means we become disconnected from the present moment in lieu of a more stimulating option. We are increasingly connected to our worlds, as they exist on our phones and computers, but increasingly disconnected from the moment. When we find ourselves bored, we pull out our small rectangular security blankets to escape. Stefana Broadbent argues…
  • Get Naked

    Bulldog Drummond
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Written by Mia West An advisor recently asked me, “What will be the biggest cultural change we experience in the next ten years?” His intention was obvious: stop operating in the now, and start preparing your business the future… or be left behind. A truth indeed. But how exactly will the cultural landscape shift? How will it shape the way we do business? And how will it specifically affect how PR agencies advise their clients? Transparency The consumer mindset has shifted considerably in recent years, as they call out loudly for transparency. They demand the intimate details of every…
  • Bulldog Designs: H&R Block

    Bulldog Drummond
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    When April 15th rolls around each year, it means the same thing for everyone—taxes. And with this inevitable date comes inevitable stress, confusion and procrastination. H&R Block sought to explore the experience from a number of different perspectives to create a more positive and relevant tax process for key consumer groups. Working with their innovation team, we looked at each of H&R Block’s customer segments and identified key opportunities in which they could build a better tax experience. The first opportunity area we identified was their Latino customer. When we drilled…
  • Saint Swithun’s Day

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    At Bulldog, we love to celebrate. Of course we honor all of the major holidays, but we also look for little reasons to pop open a bottle of good champagne throughout the year—even reasons as seemingly mundane as the weather. In the U.S., we still look for the groundhog’s shadow each February, but there are uncommon weather holidays spanning the globe that we’re equally as excited to celebrate. St. Swithun’s Day is a celebrated holiday inspired by weather folklore in the United Kingdom each July 15th. According to the legend, it’s believed that if it rains on St.
  • Leadership, Culture and the Art of Caring About the Little Things

    Bulldog Drummond
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Written by Alf Rehn There are many ways to destroy a culture. It can be destroyed by arrogance, hypocrisy or hubris. It can be demolished through bad leadership, nepotism, unchecked misogyny or other unethical practices. But, a pervasive lack of care might be the most effective way to destroy a culture. Whereas the list of sins above is obvious pathologies of an organization in decay, they are visible, and often manageable, vices. We tend to pay a lot of attention to these vices as they, by way of their visibility, draw our eye. And we tend to overestimate their importance as we underestimate…
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

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

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

    Heather Stewart
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:26 am
    With continued uncertainty in the job market and an economy still in recovery, starting a business straight out of college is an option that graduates are increasingly considering. In fact, around 60% of recent graduates say they would like to start their own business. However, with college debt at an all time high and graduates concerned about lack of experience and networks, the start-up rate for this group is much lower at 23%, according to research by the Kauffman Foundation. There is no such thing as a career for life anymore. 60% of graduates are unable to find work in their field and…
  • 135 Inspirational Business Quotes For Motivation

    EpicLaunch
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Entrepreneurship is tough. It’s a craft that continuously teach you new things along your journey. There are highs, there are lows. No matter where you are as an entrepreneur, you need to learn from others. We all need inspiration and ideas from others that helps kick us into a higher gear. Here are 155 inspiring business quotes that will motivate you as an entrepreneur.   1. Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant 2. “You must expect great things of yourself before you can do…
  • 21 Characteristics of an Entrepreneur (And How to Master Them)

    Heather Stewart
    11 Jun 2015 | 1:04 pm
    As an entrepreneur, you will need to master a number of skills to achieve success. From the ability to notice new business opportunities; to being happy when taking risks; from being a natural promoter to being particularly adept at cultivating networks than others. In fact, the range of skills that successful entrepreneurs demonstrate has led to some debate about whether or not entrepreneurs are born or made. Research carried out by Scott Shane of Case Western Research University in Ohio, for example, shows that the genetic tendency towards entrepreneurship is between 30 – 40% innate,…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Explaining My Web Marketing Work

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

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

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

    Anne Orfila
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    If the ads Facebook is serving you are driving you a little nutso (like I’m not interested in dress pants that are yoga pants, okay?!) than you’ve tuned in to the right blog post! There may be a lot of things we cannot control on Facebook – such as what other people post – but there is some content (besides our own) that we can control – such as Facebook ads. We usually write about marketing to others, but today I want to share tips for the ads served to you because you do have control! I used to despise the ads that would sneak into my newsfeed and look like…
  • Diagnosis: Web Marketing Neophiliac!

    Lorrie Thomas
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    A web marketing neophiliac is someone craves anything that is new web marketing-wise instead of taking care of what they already have. An example of web marketing neophilia is neglecting optimizing current web assets that need optimization (websites, social media, blogs, design, messaging, branding) and instead always doing new things: new sites, new ads, new new new. Do you remember the Girl Scouts song, “Make New Friends“?  The lyrics go like this: Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold. At WMT, we LOVE new digital marketing things, but we do…
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

  • The Most Successful 1st Course Launch In The History Of Create Awesome Online Courses: The $226,000 Case Study With Mark Dawson

    David Siteman Garland
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    This one brings a little happy tear to my eye Today’s interview below is with Mr. Mark Dawson who just had the most successful 1st launch in Create Awesome Online Courses history (that I know of!) 226k in sales!!! (yes, that’s $226,000…not a misprint). While it does appear Mark must be some kind of special unicorn on steroids (or is he?), this is crazy cool. And may I add the following two fun facts: 1. His email list is ‪#‎smallbutmighty‬ (amazing)…under 3,000 peeps. 2. My first launch years and years ago was $19,800. It’s all about baby steps. There is…
  • The $71,111 Goddess: How Mel Wells Crushed The Launch Of Her Very First Online Course

    David Siteman Garland
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Man-o-man get excited for this one. In today’s uncensored interview I’m joined one of my Create Awesome Online Courses students, Mel Wells, who absolutely CRUSHED it with her very first online course launch. Here are some fun facts: -$71,111 (108 sales) and her course is £349 or £499 VIP (works out to $555 dollars)…she is over in England hence the fun currency calculation haha. -Think all successful online courses have to do with business? Nope! That’s totally not true. Mel’s course “The Green Goddess Academy” is for women (and these are Mel’s…
  • Check out what peeps are doing with Course Cats (prepare mind to be blown)

    David Siteman Garland
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    So, you might have gotten the memo about Course Cats. If you haven’t, Course Cats makes it super easy to get your course website up on WordPress without needing  a web developer, a graphic designer, a psychiatrist and a team of 1,000 nerds. Never have been more excited to share with you what Course Kittens (Course Cats Customers) have been doing with the software in a super short time (many got their full site up over a weekend…some after years of procrastination!). Finally you can create amazing online course websites without needing ANY design or programming skills. If you can…
  • Step #1 to getting your online course up online: How to buy hosting & install WordPress in less than 5 mins (for $3.49)

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

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

  • Five quick ways to grow your email list

    launchgrowjoy
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Are you tired of hearing how important it is to the success of your online store that you grow your email list and “market to your list”? Yeah, me too. But guess what? It’s not just important – building and... The post Five quick ways to grow your email list appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to start a blog in under 3 minutes

    launchgrowjoy
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Are you wondering how to start a blog, but think that it might take too long or be too difficult? That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Today I am going to walk you through how to start a blog... The post How to start a blog in under 3 minutes appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to promote your online store through Instagram

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

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

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

  • Columbus Crowdfunding Roundup – August 2015

    Susan Post
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last month was an intense and competitive one for crowdfunding in Columbus. Several campaigns didn’t quite hit their goals or were canceled altogether. Will this month’s group fair better? August brings a young farmer that proves entrepreneurship is for any age. Clintonville residents should start saving stomach space now for the treats at Dough Mama’s new […]
  • At Work: Custom Bus Conversions by Creative Mobile Interiors

    Anne Evans
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Working in a business providing a custom product can be a very rewarding career. Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI) has been in the custom bus conversion industry since 1999, when the company was started by Owen Connaughton. Connaughton had been working for a company that started when the industry was new, worked his way up, then wanted […]
  • Yokel Looks to Elevate Travelers’ Experiences of Columbus

    Susan Post
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    One of the best parts about traveling is finding those hidden local gems in every city you visit. Sites like Yelp or TripAdvisor will get you close, but what if you could actually speak one-on-one with someone who knows the ins, outs and what’s happenings of the city? New platform Yokel looks to bridge that […]
  • Columbus-Based Greeting Card Studio Design with Heart Celebrating Universal Love

    Susan Post
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    A simple but powerful phrase serves as the inspiration for new greeting card studio Design with Heart. Love is Love. Period. A successful graphic designer with over 25 years of experience and a serious list of accolades, Jason Bradley-Krauss is the creator of the made and manufactured in Columbus inclusive line of greeting cards, customized […]
  • Eclection Offering Modern Furniture at an Affordable Price

    Susan Post
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Making your home look like a Pinterest board is no small or inexpensive feat, but thanks to Gahanna-based furniture store Eclection, it just got a little easier. “We purchase overstocks, closeouts and returns from online retailers,” says Josh Bernthold, a jack-of-all-trades in the family-owned business. From the designer to the more affordable, Eclection gathers furniture from […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Dishonest Job Candidates: 3 Steps for Weeding them Out

    Julie Ellis
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Everybody writes their resumes in ways that enhance their best qualities and obscures their weaknesses. In the same vein, people answer interview questions in the most self-flattering way possible. This behavior is perfectly acceptable and should be expected from recruiters and business managers. The problem comes when interviewees tell out and out falsehoods about their experience, skills, education, or intentions. When a person is hired under false pretenses, the company is out more than the salary and benefits they’ve paid the prevaricator. They also must absorb training costs,…
  • Blog Post Ideas – Never Run Out Again!

    Blogtrepreneur
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’re struggling to come up blog post ideas, I can help. Blogging is one of the most effective marketing tools around and it’s clear every business should be doing it. What’s not always so clear is what you should be blogging about. Fortunately, there is a bottomless pit of ideas just waiting for you to dive in. It doesn’t matter what industry you belong to. Once you’re finished reading this guide, you’ll never be afraid to feed the content machine again—I promise! 6 Places to Blog Post Ideas Your Audience You’d be surprised at the number of blog post ideas right under…
  • The 5 Conversion Rate Optimization Techniques That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

    Marc Howard
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    As an entrepreneur if you think the secret to getting more clients or more sales is more traffic to your website–think again. These businesses listen to “pros” who tell them that they need to attract more visitors to their site or spend thousands in paid search ads to draw in more potential customers. Its not that that is bad advice it’s just premature advice.  I mean who doesn’t want more traffic and visitors to their website? I’m going to explain why this is like buying a new engine for your car when all you really needed was a tune-up.  By the end of this article you…
  • Marketing Your Own Personal Brand

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Understanding Your Personal Brand An organisation’s brand is supposed to encapsulate its core values. And the same is true of your personal brand. This doesn’t mean you have to spend all day every day marketing yourself, but it does mean that it’s a good idea to know how you appear to the world around. Understanding your personal brand can help you influence your professional journey and your reputation. You have a brand whether you like it or not. So why not take control of it… Brand You David Pickton has described a brand as the accumulative expression of all the collated activities…
  • How to Get Rid of Razor Burn

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:06 pm
    There is nothing like a clean shaven face to get a good start to a day! A perfectly shaven face never fails to impress potential clients, colleagues and of course your significant other, who love to touch a smooth face! However, a clean shaven face is tricky and lots of men are walking around with their necks covered with red rashes, the well-known and famous – razor burn! In this article we will outline not only what causes the ‘dreaded’ razor burn but also several strategies to reduce, relieve and forget about the issue! Note: Even though this article will mention the word beard…
 
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    That Bookkeeper

  • How Are You Going To Get Paid?

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

    Eric Matthews
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    The term synchronize seems too technical to inspire a lot of emotions. But tell someone that they just lost their data due to a "synchronization error" and all sorts of emotions begin to emerge. Sync (or is it synch?) has been one of those features that you love and hate. Everyone wants their app to sync with something else. All the software developers make sure to highlight sync on their features page. Yet it's also the one feature that seems to be the most prone to catastrophic problems. Who reading this hasn't had a phone suddenly end up with 3 copies of everyone's contact because of a…
  • Making the Move to Harvest

    Eric Matthews
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:44 am
    After I just talked about making a big move last month, it looks like I'm doing it again. Last month I talked about a client who I was moving from QuickBooks desktop to QuickBooks Online. I'll be writing more about that in the future, but now I'm facing another move. One of my clients is moving from FreshBooks to Harvest. I very briefly tested it out a year or so ago, but otherwise I have no experience with it. It's focus is similar to that of FreshBooks. They specialize in time tracking and invoicing. So, the question is; why are they making the switch? The move has nothing to do with the…
  • One on One: Xero

    Eric Matthews
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    *One on One is a series of reviews. Instead of a long-winded breakdown, I give you a quick summary along with one positive and one negative. *So far my One on One reviews have covered 2 of the 5 main bookkeeping apps I use. Today we're going to do a quick review of Xero. If you follow this industry at all you've heard about Xero. I don't think it's any secret Xero has their sights set on being the company who overtakes Intuit. I mentioned in a previous post that Intuit just announced that QuickBooks Online just surpassed 1,000,000 users. Xero has the silver medal with over 500,000 users. It's…
  • 5 Reasons You're Wasting Your Money On A Bookkeeper

    Eric Matthews
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:53 am
    Don't worry. I haven't lost my mind. I know I have written a few posts over the years telling you why it's important to have a bookkeeper. What I do see too often though, is people not using their bookkeeper properly. They get the very bare essentials done in order to file their returns each year, and little else. In my opinion, it's a big waste of money. Yes, I (or any other bookkeeper) can spend a couple hours and give you a quick report on how you "did" last year. However, most software can do the bulk of that work automatically too. If I spent a couple hours setting up rules in Xero you…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Small Businesses as Government Cops

    Barbara Weltman
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman We’ve already seen private citizens standing guard in front of military recruiting stations in the wake of the Chattanooga attack on July 16 because the government hasn’t agreed to provide additional security for these facilities. This is a voluntary action on the part of concerned citizens. Now, however, the Treasury is making some small business owners their cops because it can’t figure out how not to issue refund checks to identity thieves. Here’s the story so far: You probably heard that the IRS had been hacked through its “Get Transcript” program,…
  • Any Chance of Regulatory Relief?

    Barbara Weltman
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman We all know the burden that government-mandated paperwork and red tape puts on small businesses. (If you don’t, just check out the 10,000 Commandments; Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State.) Some proposals in Congress could ameliorate this regulatory burden. The Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2015 (S. 86) would suspend finds for first-time paperwork violations. The measure would apply to “small business concerns,” which are firms meeting the definition under the Small Business Act. The Act provides that  “a small-business concern [is a…
  • Hiring Practices: Does Age Really Matter?

    Barbara Weltman
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman The law prohibits job discrimination based on age, but we may harbor some preferences that influence our actions. A recent U.S.A. Today article pointed to a study on the cognitive abilities of those at an executive level ranging in age from 20 to 74. Interestingly, the study indicated that seniors possessed “several key cognitive skills in greater abundance than their younger counterparts, including verbal ability and experience-based knowledge.”  As a senior, I’m delighted with the findings. As a business owner, what does it mean? While legal bars to age…
  • Writing Off Certain Costs the Easy Way

    Barbara Weltman
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Business owners know that just about every expense translates into a tax write-off. But the when and how for a particular expense can be confusing. An immediate deduction is allowed for the cost of materials and supplies, but what about items that don’t fit in this category? Usually, the cost of any item with a life of more than one year must be capitalized and recovered through depreciation (or first-year expensing if applicable). However, under regulations issued in 2013, small businesses may rely on some simplified options to write off their costs. Unfortunately,…
  • Concierge Services for Your Staff Saves You Money?

    Barbara Weltman
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman We all have chores and errands in our personal lives. Thinking about them, arranging them, and doing them often take time away from our business day. It’s well known that many large tech companies, such as Google and Facebook, help employees handle their personal chores (oil changes, dry cleaning, house cleaning). This helps employees with their work-life balance, and enables them to concentrate more on work (fewer distractions). And it’s a feature that attracts talented Millennials as employees. According to a survey last year, only 3% of all businesses — large…
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    Codeless Interactive

  • How to Fix a Failing Inbound Marketing Campaign [Video]

    Brad Smith
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Because digital marketing changes so quickly, a lot of times, we’re going to have to do campaigns, for the very first time. And when you do that, you run the risk of failing. So how do you fix a failing campaign or hopefully how do stop or prevent a failing campaign? We’re going to take a look at the five key elements, and then we’ll walk you through a quick example to give you an idea of how to change on the fly or how to make adjustments on the fly and still have a successful campaign at the end of the day. Campaign Failing – MP4 Here’s an image for your…
  • 2 Simple, Yet Little Known Content Repurposing Ideas [Video]

    Brad Smith
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Most companies struggle with producing good content, consistently. In this video, we’ll show you our two favorite content repurposing ideas to triple your content production over the next few weeks. Content Repurposing – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “Content Repurposing One of the biggest pain points we see across companies is content creation. Because everything, no matter what we’re talking about, whether it’s building a new website, whether it’s putting together email campaigns or social media posts or…
  • 4 Common SEO Mistakes that Kill Rankings & Traffic [Video]

    Brad Smith
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Every few months, someone writes an article that says “SEO is dead”. The issue with that is that SEO is not dead. It never will die. While tactics change frequently, classic search optimization principles and strategies will outlive most of us. Here are 4 common tactical SEO mistakes that can kill performance (and how to fix them). 4 SEO Mistakes – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “4 Common SEO Mistakes” Search engines will always be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) driver of any online source of traffic or customers…
  • Marketing Teardown: TIDY Home Cleaning Direct Mail

    Brad Smith
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few days ago, I was heading back to the office when a piece of direct mail caught my eye. Like most people, normally this stuff gets completely ignored. And that’s what makes “brand” or display type promotion difficult. Because nobody is looking for it. No matter whether we’re talking about online banner ads or offline direct mail pieces. That means in order to do it – to spend the money and time putting it together – it needs to be done right. And that’s what caught my eye. TIDY Home Cleaning Gets It Prior to seeing this on my doorstep, I’ve…
  • Should You Fear “Mobilegeddon”? [Video]

    Brad Smith
    28 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    At the end of April 2015, Google released an algorithm update to award websites that provide a good user experience on mobile devices, while de-emphasizing those that don’t. In this video, you’ll find out how you can quickly determine if you’re at risk for “Mobilegeddon”, and how to fix it. Mobile SEO – MP4 Here’s an image for your reference: Video Transcription for “Mobilegeddon” At the end of April, Google released an algorithm update to favor websites that provide a good mobile user experience and essentially, deemphasize or…
 
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Towards a unified view of the customer – Interview with James McGourlay of OpenText

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

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    At the end of 2014, Fred Reichheld, Bain Fellow, Author and Creator of the Net Promoter System, suggested that one of the big ideas of 2015 would be for companies to start rating their customers and to, ultimately, fire bad ones as companies focus more and more on doing business with customers that they want […]
  • How Chief Customer Officers build their organisations customer growth engine – Interview with Jeanne Bliss of CustomerBliss

    adrianswinscoe
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:28 am
    Today’s interview is with Jeanne Bliss, who is the Founder and President of CustomerBliss, and the Co-Founder of The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA). Jeanne joins me today to talk about her new book: Chief Customer Officer 2.0: How to Build Your Customer-Driven Growth Engine. This interview follows on from my recent interview – The […]
  • What Contact Center Agents Wish You Knew

    adrianswinscoe
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    We’ve all heard those awful customer service stories, where contact center agents fly off the handle and manage a situation poorly. The end result is often catastrophic and has lasting effects, thanks to the prevalence of social media where everyone has a public megaphone to broadcast bad experiences. So it is no surprise that a […]
  • The pre-life, early life and in-life stages of the employee experience – Interview with Jo Taylor

    adrianswinscoe
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Today’s interview is with Jo Taylor, former Director of Talent Management at Talk Talk, a provider of pay TV, telecoms, internet access mobile services to businesses and consumers in the UK. Jo joins me today to talk about what it takes to build a dynamic, responsive and evolving culture. This interview follows on from my […]
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    EnMast | A Small Business Owner Community

  • What EVERY Business Owner Needs To Practice This Summer

    Brad Farris
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    Ahh, to be young. I remember the summer I was 10 years old. It was the summer of all summers. My family was living in the San Francisco bay area, in a house that was just a short distance from what (in Chicago) is known as a forest preserve. That 165 acre park was my daily destination that summer. My friends and I would ride our bikes up there and spend hours playing in the creek; catching crayfish, building dams, looking at spider webs, and exploring old barns, or deer trails, or … anything! Summer was not programmed; it was a wide open expanse of discovery, time with friends and being…
  • Building momentum: How to move your small business forward

    Brad Farris
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    In his classic book “Good to Great“, Jim Collins introduces the concept of change in your business being like a flywheel: Now picture a huge, heavy flywheel. It’s a massive, metal disk mounted horizontally on an axle. It’s about 100 feet in diameter, 10 feet thick, and it weighs about 25 tons. That flywheel is your company. Your job is to get that flywheel to move as fast as possible, because momentum—mass times velocity—is what will generate superior economic results over time.1 Your business may be smaller–so your flywheel may only way 2.5 tons–but the…
  • The top 5 ways to be the leader your team needs

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

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

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

  • 5 Unexpected Disasters That Can Bring a Small Business to It’s Knees

    Jessica Kane
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    By Jessica Kane Regardless of how much planning you have done at the start, many small business owners fail to consider what will happen if things don’t go according to plan. Unexpected emergencies are one of the leading reasons small businesses fail. The ones that survive in spite of financial setbacks are usually the ones who put strategies in place ahead of time in case of disaster. Here are five unexpected emergencies that many small businesses face, along with strategies to get out ahead of them before they occur. 1. Mother Nature’s Wrath One of the most common emergencies…
  • Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Link Roundup, July 31

    Small Business Bonfire Community
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    Every week, we search small business blogs for the best of the best posts and compile them for your reading pleasure. Our small business link roundup this week includes Kissmetrics, Sabrina & Company, Guerrilla Freelancing, BizTech and Vertical Response. You just read: Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Link Roundup, July 31 from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
  • 4 Conference Resources for Boosting Work-From-Home Productivity

    Robert Lanterman
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    By Rob Lanterman In this modern age, working from home is a more desirable and practical option for the average business person. If you’re an entrepreneur, working with other people and clients can be difficult if they are out of your state or country. Luckily, those before us have dealt with the same problems and have come up with several great resources and products that will help you along the way. Here are some efficient and practical conference resources to boost your work-from-home productivity. Blackboard – Web Conferencing and Training I have a friend who does tech support…
  • 6 Ways to Control Small Business Travel Costs

    Will Norquay
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:43 am
    By Will Norquay Being a small business owner today comes with a long laundry list of advantages. Sure, small businesses may not get the same perks with the tax collector like bigger businesses do, but there are plenty of reasons to celebrate owning and operating a small business. Smaller businesses are much more light weight and able to adjust to business demands on a dime – literally. Free of internal bureaucracy, smaller companies are able to make nimble decisions that enhance their purchasing power. In a nutshell, smaller businesses are able to try new things out without worrying as…
  • Be a Better Leader. Not a Narcissist.

    Bryan Orr
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    By Bryan Orr A large factor in bad leadership is how leaders view their own role. I can think of quite a few great leaders, and I can think of a gazillion not so great leaders. What is the marked difference between the two? With leadership comes influence, power and authority. What we see happen too often is the misuse of all the above. And a misunderstanding of what our job as a leader is. If we believe the main role of leadership is to promote our personal success and gain followers because of who we are, then we’ve got it wrong. A good leader hones into the fact that everyone has a…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Perspective is EVERYTHING

    Roger Kohl
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Today was the worst day in my business ever And don’t try to convince me that There’s something good in every day Because when you take a closer look The world is hindering my success Even if Some goodness does shine through Fulfilment and success don’t last And it’s not true that It’s all in my mind and will Because Success can be obtained Only if one’s surroundings are good It’s not true that real opportunity exists I’m sure we can agree on that That reality Creates My attitude It’s all beyond my control And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that Today was a…
  • Optimize your Website for Mobile

    Peter Piech
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:15 am
      Like many small business owners, you probably have progressed from print advertisements and yellow page ads, to an e-commerce website and presence on social media sites. You may think that you are done as far as upgrading your reach to your target audience, and you would be wrong.… Read more >The post Optimize your Website for Mobile appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • BEST PRACTICES

    Jeffrey Appleman
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:44 am
    Have you ever wondered what are some of the best practices used by your competitors?  Are your competitors growing double digits each year while your business is not growing at all? How do I find out what their best practices are? … Read more >The post BEST PRACTICES appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards Blue Ribbon to B2B CFO

    Keith Simmons
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    B2B CFO partners work diligently to guide clients to higher levels of success. For their dedication to free enterprise and contributions to creating jobs and prosperity B2B CFO was awarded the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award. Pictured at left, Jerry L Mills, CEO of B2B CFO (on right), accepts the award from U.S.… Read more >The post U.S. Chamber of Commerce awards Blue Ribbon to B2B CFO appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • CFO Magazine comments on B2B CFO

    Roger Kohl
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    Vince Ryan, Editor-in-Chief, Digital Platforms has won 20 writing and editing awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including 8 national awards, attended our Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, April, 2015. “The B2B CFO [2015 Conference] was the best gathering of finance people I have attended in years.  … Read more >The post CFO Magazine comments on B2B CFO appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • The Opportunity of a Low Loonie

    CorporationCentre.ca
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    If you’ve been following Canadian financial news lately, you’ll appreciate that the loonie has been slumping against the greenback. In mid-July, our currency fell to 77 cents U.S., its lowest level since 2009. A number of factors are contributing to this decline, but perhaps the most important is long-term weakness in certain commodities, especially crude oil.Canada’s economy relies on the extraction of raw materials more than most others in the industrialized world. A slump in commodity prices diminishes the incentive for investment in those sectors from abroad, reducing demand for our…
  • A Few Pointers on Mentorship

    CorporationCentre.ca
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:42 am
    As a society, we are in the midst of a demographic transition: namely, experienced and knowledgeable baby boomers are either retiring or considering retirement, while ambitious, talented millennials and gen-Yers are rising through the ranks. To truly capitalize upon this generational shift, we need to ensure that the most valuable nuggets of wisdom transfer effectively from older workers and leaders to the junior cohort.If your business is a relatively new start-up, your workforce is likely young. But even young workers rapidly develop skills, experience, and insider knowledge from which more…
  • How To Stay Motivated Between Projects

    CorporationCentre.ca
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    We’ve all experienced the bittersweet feeling that attends the conclusion of a major project.On one hand, you’re elated and relieved to finally have a proverbial monkey off your back, and proud of your achievement. On the other hand, you may ask yourself “Now, what?”—or, “How should I get started with this next thing?” Your first strides in a long race seem like a distant memory at the instant you cross the finish line, and sometimes, the thought of taking on another complex, multi-faceted assignment can be overwhelming. You may find it difficult to focus or apply yourself, and…
  • A Lesson About Attitude From the US Open Golf Championship

    CorporationCentre.ca
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    This year, the U.S.A.’s national golf championship was held in the state of Washington. Much fanfare heralded the tournament, since the Pacific Northwest had never played host to a US Open before, and the venue (Chambers Bay Golf Course, near Seattle) opened less than a decade ago. The location, abutting Puget Sound, is visually stunning, and the golf course is reminiscent of an old British links-style layout, in both its overall design and in the abundance of sloping hillocks that test the skill and patience of even the most experienced competitors. In defiance of stereotypes about the…
  • Can Meditation Help You Leave Stress Behind?

    CorporationCentre.ca
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    At some point in your life, you may have asked yourself the question “Should I take up meditation?” There really is no right or wrong answer. For many people, meditation is an effective stress reliever and aid to productivity, concentration, and personal contentment. Others, having attempted meditation, still fail to see what all the hype is about. The only way to find out which camp you fall into is to give it a try.Meditation is a skill.Like all skills, it can be acquired, cultivated, and eventually more-or-less mastered. But you won’t become an expert overnight. Finally, as with all…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • Our loan volume is the largest it’s ever been

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

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

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

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

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

  • Financial Apps to Keep You Organized

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Financial apps can be so useful! Being financially orga […] The post Financial Apps to Keep You Organized appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Accounting Apps to Run Small Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Accounting apps to run small business is making bookkee […] The post Accounting Apps to Run Small Business appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Selecting Friendly Small Business Bank

    Jacqueline Edwards
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Selecting friendly small business bank is now just a si […] The post Selecting Friendly Small Business Bank appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Essential Tools to Have When Starting a Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Essential tools to have when starting a business are &# […] The post Essential Tools to Have When Starting a Business appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • How to Use Different Types of Blog Post

    Jacqueline Edwards
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Learning how to use different types of blog post can so […] The post How to Use Different Types of Blog Post appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
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    RunApptivo

  • Why your small business needs its own mobile app

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

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

    Maya Pillai
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Though there are several social media networks present on the Internet, LinkedIn is the most popular among businesses and professionals. It is a widespread misconception that LinkedIn is suitable only for big businesses. Small businesses can greatly benefit from the host of useful features that LinkedIn offers. The professional networking platform offers useful features for networking as well as finding potential leads. Small businesses are increasingly leveraging LinkedIn for business lead generation. Sharing LinkedIn can be harnessed for sharing articles and information with business…
  • Are you using social media correctly?

    Maya Pillai
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Nearly everyone is on some kind of social media platform nowadays. Small businesses are increasingly leveraging social media as a potent marketing tool. We look at whether you are using social media correctly. You don’t update regularly - A social media account which is neglected and sparsely populated sends a wrong message to current and potential customers. It is recommended that you create new posts on your accounts at least once a week. Choose the right social media channel - The main ones are Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Do not neglect the other channels such as Pinterest, Instagram…
  • How Small Businesses Can Ride Out Tough Economic Times

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

  • How to Add At Least $10,000 Per Month In Cash to Your Business with Zero Extra Work!

    hiddenprofitprophet_admin
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
      http://hiddenprofitprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-07-16-16.02-How-To-Instantly-Add-At-Least-10000-Per-Month-Cash-To-Your-Bank-Account-With-Zero-Extra-Work.mp4 Everyone who runs a business needs this! Do you have a business partner? Watch it with them! Then email me: dfotopulos@gmail.com Can’t wait to hear from you! The post How to Add At Least $10,000 Per Month In Cash to Your Business with Zero Extra Work! appeared first on Hidden Profit Prophet.
  • How to Value A Company – ABC’s Shark Tank Gives Us Clues

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

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

    Dawn Fotopulos
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Mary F. is reading Accounting for the Numberphobic and she wants to know how to account for development costs for her start up business. Here’s her question: “I am reading your book Accounting for the Numberphobic and love it. Do you have a recommended resource for how to account for online businesses such as that of a life coach or a business that offers software as a service? So many accounting books always use merchandising businesses as a example and don’t provide examples of how to account for virtual products and I am looking for answers to problems such as how to…
  • Small Business Bill of Rights

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:27 pm
    Regulations help or hurt Small Businesses Small Businesses are the whipping post for tax and spend politicians yet they’re the lifeblood of our economy. In New York, when Michael Bloomberg was Mayor, he developed the Small Business Owner’s Bill of Rights, courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office of Operations. Here’s what it said: AS A BUSINESS OWNER, YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO: 1. Courteous and professional treatment by our employees 2. Inspectors who are polite, professionally dressed, and properly identified 3. Information about how long inspections will take and the cost of all related…
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    Solopreneur Solutions, LLC

  • How to Turn Busyness into Effectiveness

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

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

    Donna Amos
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    By not waiting until next year to ensure you’re meeting your goals, you can make any course corrections to ensure your success for the remainder of the year. Step 1: Revisit Your Vision, Mission and Values Did you identify these elements of your business at the beginning of the year? If you did, are you […]
  • Marketing With Instagram

    Donna Amos
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    Solopreneurs have been using social media significantly in recent years. However, Instagram is largely untapped compared to many popular social media networks, and this makes it an ideal place for solopreneurs to promote their businesses. However, the format of the site that prominently features photos makes marketing on Instagram a bit different from advertising on other social […]
  • 4 Tips for Staying Productive While Working From Home

    Donna Amos
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    When you began your solopreneur business you may have chose to work from home, the thought of working from home appeals to a lot of people for some pretty obvious reasons. You get to skip the commute and have complete control over your environment, in addition to never having to worry about what the weather’s […]
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    Funding Gates Blog

  • You Might Have an AR Problem If…

    Funding Gates Blog
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:12 am
    If you’ve been suffering from a lack of income, and can’t quite seem to figure out why you’re having cash flow problems- it’s probably time to take a closer look at your Accounts Receivable. Practicing Receivables Management can make the difference of succeeding or going out of business! Over 50% of small businesses have troubling collecting payments, either at all or on time, and it throws a major wrench into their business’ financial health. Practicing receivables management is the #1 way small businesses can improve their cash flow and better plan and…
  • 4 Companies Excelling At Social Media Humor

    Funding Gates Blog
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    One of the latest social media tips for small business is to be funny! Embracing social media humor is a brilliant way to stay out from the crowds of brands and businesses already posting away on social media. Using humor will certainly help your small business’ accountants gain more followers, and it’s a great idea for brands who embrace the lighter side of life anyway. As an added incentive, funny, relatable, or “zinger” tweets get higher engagement rates than standard info-based tweets. Employing social media humor can work for B2Bs and B2Cs! Here are four big…
  • 8 Creative Sponsorship Ideas to Get the Word Out About Your Small Biz

    Diana Mackie
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:49 am
    Being involved, and invested, in the community can yield incredible results for small businesses in small towns. As we’ve covered before, building up goodwill in local communities leads to lasting favorable brand association and a greatly elevated rate of brand awareness. Small business sponsorships are more effective at driving awareness and sales than advertising, and are often a much better value for your small budget. Don’t worry- you don’t have to plan a grand, city-wide event yourself- just help sponsor something around town! City planners, local schools, teams, and…
  • Lead Generation 101 For B2Bs

    Diana Mackie
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Marketing, and its subsequent goal, new lead generation, can be an incredibly powerful growth tool for a B2B. B2B marketing is a very unique situation, and quite possibly the most challenging type of marketing. Business owners looking for services or products to enhance their business have very keen eyes, and dedicate A LOT of time to researching various options (According to Google, B2B researchers do an average 12 searches prior to engaging on a specific brand’s site). How can you be confident that your B2B marketing strategy is actually going to result in new leads? Here’s the B2B…
  • How To Charge More For Your Accounting Services

    Funding Gates Blog
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    Trust us, you should charge more for accounting services. If you haven’t raised your rates in the last year and a half, you’re losing out on money, plain and simple. Many cringe at the idea, seeing it as “nickel and diming”, but the costs of doing business change every year, and with each month you are a more experienced professional! Chances are, as an enthusiastic accountant, you’ve probably taken many steps to improve yourself, your workflows, and your practice in the last year too! The truth is, there’s absolutely no reason to fear charging more for…
 
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    On Our Bikes

  • Great sausages, but plan your business in advance

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

    Jon Stow
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    A dozen or so years ago when I set up my own businesses, they were local. I joined various networking groups and met a lot of people. I belonged to on-line business networking sites and went to off-line meetings facilitated by those sites and their owners. In those days, I gained business from doing this, in return for doing my bit in referral networking. I recommended those businesses and their owners whom I felt could help my clients and contacts. That was the way it worked, and possibly still works for some. Recent local networking has really not brought me any business. Of course I have…
  • Born free, but life isn’t free

    Jon Stow
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:17 am
    I get a lot of business through websites; both my own and others where I have a presence. The enquiries I receive as a consultant on somewhat technical matters fall into three categories: Genuine requests for help from people who have evaluated my expertise or need confirmation that I can help them. Requests from some who want answers, but do not appreciate what value those answers will have. Requests for free information or queries that are designed to try to obtain free information in any proposal from me. It is not always easy to tell the difference between the three, but I usually have…
  • Building towards delivery

    Jon Stow
    13 Jul 2015 | 3:31 am
    We have been having some building work done. Having no experience as a builder’s customer, I thought somewhat naively that once they started on the project they would keep going steadily until they had finished. Not so! What happens is that one day some guys turn up and do some work. They may be present for one day or a couple of days and then they disappear and we hear nothing for a few days. It is so unsettling. Now we  ask each afternoon if the guys are coming the next day, just so we know. Otherwise they may just vanish for a period without telling us. Imagine if most of us carried…
  • Have a break!

    Jon Stow
    6 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
    Some young people I know starting out at work are expected to work long hours with only brief breaks. It is true that in our youth we can concentrate for longer. That is important with a skilled job whether in a factory or the dealing room. However most of us can use a break, and that is important because we work better when we go back to our tasks. I have been lucky in that respect. I have never worked in an environment where I could not take a break. In my first job, we were allowed out for fifteen minutes to get a coffee at a café opposite our work. The break was written into our…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here’s food for thought. Idealabs founder Bill Gross analyzed several hundred startups, from big successes to big failures, looking for the most important startup keys to success.  He considered idea, team, business model, funding, and timing. This is his TED talk sharing what he found. Here’s some of his reasoning, in detail: The number one thing was timing. Timing accounted for 42 percent of the difference between success and failure. Team and execution came in second, and the idea, the differentiability of the idea, the uniqueness of the idea, that actually came in third. Take a…
  • Startup Ideas Worth Building

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

  • Evolve Scentsy Oil Diffuser

    christine jolley
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Evolve Scentsy Oil Diffuser£144/€173, 22 cm TallUses your choice of Both Essential Oils and Natural Oils. Available from 1st September 2015.  Contact me to Find out how you can get it for 50% off or to book your Scentsy Party for Fall. Contact Me Learn More about Scentsy Essential Oils and Diffusers
  • Aspire Scentsy Essential OIl Diffuser

    christine jolley
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Aspire Scentsy Essential Oil Diffuser£144/€173, 22 cm TallAvailable from 1st September 2015.  Contact me to Find out how you can get it for 50% off or to book your Scentsy Party for Fall. Contact Me Learn More about Scentsy Essential Oils and Diffusers
  • Instill Scentsy Essential Oil Diffuser

    christine jolley
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Instill Scentsy Essential Oil Diffuser£144/€173, 22 cm TallAvailable from 1st September 2015.  Contact me to Find out how you can get it for 50% off or to book your Scentsy Party for Fall. Contact Me Learn More about Scentsy Essential Oils and Diffusers
  • New Scentsy Europe Scents Fall Winter 2015

    christine jolley
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:18 pm
    The New Scentsy Scents will be available from 1st September 2015.  These Scentsy Scents have never been available before in the UK or Europe.  They are also exactly the same as the North American Scentsy Catalogue.  If you'd like to book a party to get these products for 50% off or free get in touch ASAP.   Duchess Scentsy Bar – Opulent and daring, this bold blend of green mandarin, golden birch, chic vetiver and sweet, creamy caramel is a diva in the making.Apple S’mores Scentsy Bar – Harvest apples, cinnamon glaze and a drop of coconut milk lend a…
  • Join Scentsy in August Offer

    christine jolley
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Join Scentsy in August 2015 and get the Enhanced Scentsy Starter Kit! From Aug. 1-31, the new Consultant Starter Kit will include Spring/Summer 2015 testers and catalogues AND Fall/Winter 2015 transition tester sets and catalogues at no additional cost. Transition tester sets include new and returning fragrances that move into the Fall/Winter catalog.  From Sept. 1, 2015 to Feb. 28, 2016, the new Consultant Starter Kit will include Fall/Winter 2015 testers and catalogues. This offer is only given twice a year in August and February and is the last special offer on becoming a Scentsy…
 
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    The Reveal, by ExcellentPresence.com

  • WordPress Tutorial: Using the Visual Editor

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:48 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: The tools in the ‘Visual Editor’ Editing content in ‘Posts’ and ‘Pages’ Content layout Revealing tools with the ‘Kitchen Sink” icon ‘Updating’ or ‘Publishing’ content Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Using the Visual Editor appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Install & Configure a Plugin

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: Finding plugins Activating a plugin Installing a new plugin Configuration and setup Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Install & Configure a Plugin appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Pages vs. Posts

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:22 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: A side-by-side comparison of Pages and Posts The similarities between the two How Posts display on your site Features for organizing Posts The purpose of Pages How Pages are organized Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Pages vs. Posts appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Editing Posts & Pages

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: Locating the Page and Post Editors Adding text to a ‘Page’ or ‘Post’ Basic format options The ‘Visual’ editor The ‘Preview Changes’ button Pushing updates live Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Editing Posts & Pages appeared first on Excellent Presence.
  • WordPress Tutorial: Upload Media

    H. T. Major
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 pm
    This WordPress tutorial covers: Finding ‘Upload New Media’ Drag-and-Drop uploader File selector Accessing the media editor Click on the video below to play it. The post WordPress Tutorial: Upload Media appeared first on Excellent Presence.
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    PowerHomeBiz.com

  • Starting a Medical Billing Service

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

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

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

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

    Lyve Alexis Pleshette
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com One of the biggest questions that business owners face is whether they are properly insured. Learn the questions you need to ask to determine whether you need business insurance This article was written by Lyve Alexis Pleshette for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Is Your Small Business Properly Insured? Types of Insurance for Your Home Business 7 Questions Home Business Owners MUST Answer
 
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    Sweet Dreamz Design » Blog

  • Meet Edgar: Your new social media best friend!

    Barbara Austin
    8 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Before I found Edgar, I was a really lousy social media manager. Seriously, either I hardly posted at all, or I spent an insane amount of time writing new posts every two weeks + finding interested content + scheduling posts one-by-one in Hootsuite. Like “Ugh! Why does social media marketing have to take so much […]
  • Design = More Than Just Beauty

    Barbara Austin
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    “Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.” ~Steve Jobs I’m guilty. Maybe you are too? What I mean is, I’m guilty of forgetting that the most important thing about design, is how it works—namely, the effect design […]
  • Sweet Brand! Falling hard for Shoes of Prey…

    Barbara Austin
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:46 pm
    {The Sweet Brand! series 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 apply to your own brand.} What would you give, […]
  • 3 Essentials to Building a Great Website for Your Biz!

    Barbara Austin
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and put up your first business website (or upgrade your existing one)… …and that’s a really BIG deal! Right? I mean, that website is going to be the hub for all your online marketing, your client leads, your product sales, and so on and so forth. It’s not […]
  • What’s your brand style? 3 questions to help you discover it…

    Barbara Austin
    9 Feb 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Sometimes, it’s easy just to pick a color or a design element we like, and run with it… …say, “I love lime green, and art deco is awesome, let’s do that” (okay, maybe that’s an extreme example, but still—it happens!) Hard as it might be, it’s in your best interest to put a bit more […]
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    SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

  • How To Find Out Where Your Customers Are Online

    Melinda Emerson
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Customers are the lifeblood of your small business. Finding out where your customers are online is also a crucial part of your efforts to build your business. There are many ways to raise your profile with potential customers, but too many business owners waste a lot of time using five or more social media sites a day. If you focus your efforts on one social media site (and it should be the one where your target audience is spending the vast majority of their time online), that is when you will be able to become a brand in demand. You want to connect and then communicate with compelling…
  • Content Marketing & Social Media for Small Businesses

    Melinda Emerson
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @TedRubin. Ted Rubin is a leading Social Marketing Strategist, Keynote Speaker, Brand Evangelist, and Acting CMO of Brand Innovators. Many people in the social media world know Ted for his enthusiastic, energetic and undeniably personal connection to people. Ted is the most followed CMO on Twitter according to Social Media Marketing Magazine; one of the most interesting…
  • How and When to Protect Your Intellectual Property in Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Every business starts out from an idea. No matter where you are in the stage of solidifying your business idea or executing your business plan, intellectual property is a substantial part of the plan and you want to  timely and correctly protect this valuable asset, especially as you try to get your endeavor off the ground by marketing and advertising your product or service. Your Options with Intellectual Property Protection What elements of intellectual property do you want to consider? Firstly, you should definitely be concerned about getting your brand name out there to represent your…
  • How to Develop Content if You Hate Writing

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    We tend to think of content, or content marketing, in terms of words. We know we need to create how-to articles, listicles (a numbered or bullet-pointed list) and informative blog posts in the hopes that readers will latch onto them, become fans of our brands and eventually buy from us. But what happens if you detest writing? You lie to yourself, swearing you will write that blog post, but put it off indefinitely. Or you write something, but you do it poorly. Either way, you’re not doing your brand any favors and you’re creating a wall between the amazing knowledge you have about your…
  • Facebook for Small Businesses

    Melinda Emerson
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @MariSmith Often referred to as “the Queen of Facebook,” Mari Smith is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on Facebook marketing and social media marketing. She is a Forbes’ Top Social Media Power Influencer, author of The New Relationship Marketing and coauthor of Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day. Facebook recently selected Mari to partner with as the company’s…
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    Write Money Incorporated

  • Content marketing plans that work

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

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

    admin
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at ArtsandClassy Last night’s research work clarified a successful marketing strategy. It surprised me to see that an audiophile review article had gotten more than 21 thousand social media shares. Who would think so many people are interested in old stereo systems? What’s behind the content marketing success? The audiophile review article specializes. The topic isn’t broad. It’s narrowly focused. Specializing with marketing content (i.e. blog posts,…
  • Signs of bad freelance writing jobs

    admin
    12 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at Lifeway Not all freelance writing jobs are created equal. High rates for freelance writing jobs start at $100 per hour and go up. Average rates per hour, and these are for lower paying projects, start at $60 to $70 per hour. Oddly, if you look at most jobs posted at writing job boards, you’ll see clients who demand quick turnarounds, top quality, thorough research, self-editing from writers and bulk work. Many of these clients want all of this for less than $15 an…
  • Teens benefit from paying bills early

    admin
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Eric Bradford Found on Flickr Managing money seems like a magical process when you don’t have to go work, when you aren’t responsible for paying bills. Yet, accountable adults know that balancing a budget and saving and investing wisely is anything but magical. It takes honesty, commitment and awareness to notice what you’re doing with your money. Simply receiving a significant income isn’t always enough to keep you out of debt. Teens need to learn that money isn’t…
 
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    Attention Getting

  • My Latest Surefire Tip for Getting Publicity for Your Business

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:31 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant Do you ever get frustrated trying to get publicity for your business with the media outlets specific to your industry? For example, fashion magazines are besieged with requests from vendors to use their products in editorial, so how good are your odds? But you do have other choices. Have you ever thought about stepping away from your industry’s mainstay magazines and blogs, and try a different approach? Let’s say I owned a restaurant, I would typically be trying to get a review or included in articles from local magazines, lifestyle…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: Does My Business Need to Be on Every Social Media Site?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:45 pm
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS   Dear Gail, I find social media overwhelming. How often do I need to be on, and do I need to be on every social media site? Sincerely, Frustrated Business Owner This question (from a small business owner who asked to remain anonymous) is one I get asked a lot. If you are a one or two-person business, no, you don’t have to be on every social media site, just the ones that your target market frequents the most, and the ones that are generating the most sales for you. Now, it is important to note that I say sales, not traffic. I…
  • 4 Easy Tips to Help Your Business Succeed on Social Media

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant Social media is all about interaction. So, if you are a business on social media here are four easy ways to make sure you are maximizing your presence there and reaching more customers: Respond to Comments – On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you can reply to comments on your posts, photos, tweets, etc., and you should, especially if someone has asked you a question. I know I can forget to do this too, so make a point of setting aside a half hour at the end of the day and go through your notifications and make sure that you respond to every…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Reach Out To Bloggers?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:26 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail!! I am a small business owner for custom apparel (screen print & embroidery) in Montgomery, IL. I’ve never reached out to a blogger to see what the process is to get a featured spot or even mentioned on their blog. Can you please let me know if this is common and how the process works? Thanks! Yvonne Tarnowski BellaMonograms.com Hi Yvonne, Your question is a popular one. A few things you should know about bloggers. A lot of people contact me to be a guest blogger on my site, but I don’t take guest posts for two reasons. 1.
  • 5 Creative Marketing Ideas If You Sell Kids and Baby Products

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    9 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant Do you sell kids and/or baby products? Did you know that Packaged Facts has valued the current baby, toddler and preschool market at $20 billion US. That is large enough for you to grab a small piece of that market and still have a very viable business. Getting your products in front of parents is obviously a key component to finding success in this market. Below are just a few of the creative ideas from my e-book, Marketing Ideas for Your Online Kids & Baby Products Shop that will help your online store rise to the top. 5 Marketing…
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    Paychex BuildMyBiz

  • What to watch out for when outsourcing payroll

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    Small business payroll can be a complicated process for new entrepreneurs. Emerging companies already have so many concerns in today’s market, such as securing the financing necessary to operate and creating opportunities for brand exposure. However, technology has given business leaders a solution for at least some of their challenges. Small business payroll software can help ease some of the burdens felt by owners, making time-consuming accounting processes much more streamlined and efficient. If employees aren’t familiar with the technology or there are not enough…
  • Back to basics: Simple tactics to help small businesses grow

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    There are always new strategies to help business owners advance their ventures. But since entrepreneurs have so much to think about, it can be difficult for them to find time to grow professionally as individuals. Stay up-to-date and knowledgeable Entrepreneur recommended business owners always stay on top of news and current events about their industry. Even busy entrepreneurs can keep informed by reading one article a day when they’re on the go. They can also follow Twitter feeds that pertain to their industry for quick, informative updates. Small business compliance can change,…
  • How you can use mobile marketing to entice customers

    8 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Mobile phones have become a huge part of our daily lives, and as a small business owner, you can take advantage of that fact. For example, a report by the Consumer Electronics Association found that 58 percent of mobile shoppers are willing to share personal data with merchants to get coupons and discounts. With this in mind, how can you, as a small business owner, make use of mobile marketing to draw in more customers? Target customers Businessweek recommended you eliminate any barriers that can make purchasing more difficult, as customers can be turned off by any website issues or hidden…
  • How companies can improve by being aware of the challenges women face

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    Women looking to succeed in business still face challenges due to gender barriers. For example, a Gallup survey reported that employees who have female bosses feel more engaged, however, only one in three working Americans said they actually have a female boss.  But the barriers to success are slowly being broken down due to the improving awareness of how women are being held back in the office. What challenges do females face in the workplace? The Huffington Post highlighted the top three challenges women face when they try to make it to the top. The visualization they are given of top…
  • How to stay on task and improve time management

    15 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    “You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Leonardo da Vinci, Albert Einstein, Nikolai Tesla, etc…” This quote was written on a whiteboard in the office of Halogens Software, as was the snarky response, “But they didn’t get 50 emails, texts, and requests during those hours.” Small business owners can make any number of mistakes that cause time management to become difficult. And although most aren’t trying to accomplish as much as da Vinci did, it can help to manage time like he might have. Scheduling and keeping on…
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    Small Biz Viewpoints

  • 4 Point Checklist to Ensure your Business Investments are Secure

    SmallBizViewpoints
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Use this 4 point checklist to determine if it is safe to invest your hard earned money in certain properties or risk losing it all. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to Select the Perfect Roller Banner Display for Trade Show

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    Choosing the right roller banner can make a huge difference in attracting target customers and getting the most value out of trade show. Use these tips to choose. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 8 Inexpensive ways to Remodel Storefront

    SmallBizViewpoints
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Storefront is the first thing customers will notice about your business. 8 inexpensive ways to remodel the storefront that will attract customers to come inside. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Infographic: Why Corporate Culture Matters

    SmallBizViewpoints
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Why executives need to pay attention to corporate culture to grow business and build lasting organization. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Benefits of Online Trading with Trader Pro Platform

    SmallBizViewpoints
    18 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Online trading has revolutionized stock trading. What are the benefits of online trading and how individuals can take advantage of it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 5 sequences to get you started with email automation

    Kyle Gray
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Email is a powerful tool with plenty of opportunities for automation at every step of the buyer’s journey. It’s one of the best ways to nurture customers, educate leads and start conversations at scale. 2 of the most common tools for email automation and campaigns are Infusionsoft and MailChimp. These 5 sequence ideas are taken from Dan Norris’ new book Content Machine, available August 10th. You can learn more about the book and help spread the word by joining the Content Machine Facebook group or the Thunderclap. Content drip sequence A good way to keep new subscribers engaged is a…
  • When should you kill a product? 17 founders weigh in

    John Neil
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    Founders have the unique opportunity to create something for the world. There’s nothing quite like envisioning a new thing, making it, and getting it into user’s hands. The fact that you can make something in the first place implies that you’ll always have the choice to change directions. This freedom is good, but one pitfall of freedom is that it’s paradoxically stressful. For better or worse, founders are never truly locked in. One of the most difficult decisions an entrepreneur can make is whether to kill a product or not. (CLICK TO TWEET) Because killing a product is such a…
  • What’s the best time of day to create great content?

    Eric Conley
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Kyles note: The creative process behind content marketing can be difficult to master. It seems like life often tries to distract you from doing your best when it comes to creating great content. This post from Eric Conley gives some great tips for how you can optimize your morning for content marketing and have your daily writing complete before most people’s alarms go off. Each day when Mark Zuckerberg wakes up, he gets dressed in the exact same outfit: a grey, crew neck t-shirt and a pair of blue jeans. He’s not alone. Barack Obama does the same thing by limiting his choice of suit…
  • 36 essential A/B testing best practices to boost your conversions

    Jan Koch
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s Note: Increasing conversions on your site is one of the most effective ways to increase profitability in your business. It’s also an area where many entrepreneurs struggle with where to start. An easy way to get started is by using A/B tests.This post discusses generalized best practices as well as ideas specific to landing pages or blogs. Most online businesses have one thing in common: they need to monetize their website visitors. Usually, they do so by turning them into coaching clients, selling digital or physical products, or having their visitors click on ads on a…
  • What’s the difference between PR and content marketing?

    Michelle Nickolaisen
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Getting traction for your business is difficult. You want to gain new users, but you also need to keep an eye on your budget. There’s several different routes you can go to make that happen—today, we’re discussing PR and content marketing, the pros and cons of each, and how to combine them for the best results in the least amount of time possible. PR: What it is: “PR” stands for “public relations.” Basically, it’s getting press: reviews of your product by journalists (or, in today’s media climate, popular bloggers), quotes from your founder or high-profile members of your…
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    Tanya Smith Online

  • 6 Snack Size Marketing Strategies to Get More Followers EP047

    Tanya Smith
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Content Marketing Report Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online So you want more followers?  Experiment with a few different approaches to attract more readers for your […]
  • Now Tell ‘Em What’s Next – The Call to Action – EP046

    Tanya Smith
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Content Marketing Report Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online One of the most important elements of any piece of content is the call to action, or […]
  • Creating Content for Your Best Customer EP045

    Tanya Smith
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Content Marketing Report Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Your content isn’t for everyone, but it is for someone. There is someone out there who is […]
  • Dial In To Channel WIIFM What’s In It For Me EP044

    Tanya Smith
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Content Marketing Report Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Which type of person do you think is more persuasive – a person who always talks about […]
  • Your Spellcheck is Lying to You EP043

    Tanya Smith
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Content Marketing Report Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Your content – both snack size microcontent and that longer form core content – can make you […]
 
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    Gyantastic

  • GetResponse Review 2015 – Now with Responsive Emails And Landing Pages

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

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

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

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

    Ram Shengale
    23 Dec 2013 | 6:34 am
    This is a guest post by Kelly Wilson. There are times when you don’t want Google to index some of your website’s web pages. While this may sounds contradictory to the usual search engine optimization strategy where the goal is to make Google index your web page for search, there are some pages on your website that you simply don’t want Google to index it for search for varied reasons. There are good reasons why people don’t like Google from indexing some of their web pages. It could be that websites may have too many links on their content that the search engine will consider it as a…
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • What Freelancers Need to Know About Liability Insurance

    Hiscox Blog
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    Being a freelancer is a lot like being a cowboy in the wild west.  You have all of the freedom and flexibility to roam where you want to. You don’t have to answer to anyone, you can decide which projects to take and you get paid well for the work that you do. On the other hand, when something goes wrong it lands on you, whether you are at fault or not. How Professional Liability Insurance Protects Freelancers One way that freelancers can protect themselves if something goes wrong is with a professional liability insurance policy. Professional liability insurance, sometimes called…
  • 10 Small Business Lessons We Learned During Our First Urban Mudder

    Hiscox Blog
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    At Hiscox, courage is in our DNA.  It’s one of the reasons why  we recently announced a partnership with another company that knows a thing or two about courage – Tough Mudder. Last weekend nearly 100 Hiscox associates, descended upon Randall’s Island in New York for the first ever Urban Mudder! Billed as the city cousin event of Tough Mudder, Urban Mudder is a 5 mile obstacle course in which participants climb walls, dodge lasers, and  generally get knocked around all in the name of teamwork. The course demanded a lot from Team Hiscox – grit, collaboration and, most of all,…
  • 13 Steps to Create a Budget for Your Business

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:59 am
    Are you preparing to launch a new business? Whether you’re just about to start an entirely new business or want to expand your existing company, budgeting is one of the most important steps for any entrepreneur. Before you leap into entrepreneur mode and start developing your business, follow the 13 steps below – provided by UK business finance experts Corporate Recovery Help – to make sure your company has a realistic budget prepared ahead of time. After you review the below steps. make sure you check out the handy infographic at the bottom of the post. Research costs How much will it…
  • Shape Up Your Personal Training Business With Liability Insurance

    Hiscox Blog
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Whether you’re helping a client master their first chin-up, or preparing them for the rigors of their first Tough Mudder competition, your job as a personal trainer is to help your clients get and stay healthy.  While you’re guiding your clients on perfect form, you should also make sure that your business is fit enough to deal with a potential catastrophe. Liability insurance for personal trainers can help protect trainers against risks at work. Mistakes can be made, and in our increasingly litigious society, you can easily be sued. Without protection, a lawsuit can be financially…
  • New Home Run Derby Knocks it Out of the Park

    Hunter Hoffmann
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    Major League Baseball (MLB) completely revitalized one of their signature properties, the annual Home Run Derby, and it paid off with a more exciting contest – the players hit twice as many home runs (158) this year as they did in 2014. And home runs are why people tune in. Interest in the event had been lagging in recent years and changes needed to be made and the new format provided the boost the property needed. But change is never easy, and there were plenty of people who criticized the new format before last night.  Congratulations to the MLB for having the courage to make major…
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  • How to be Happy: 14 Hacks to Improve Productivity

    Contributor
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: It’s no coincidence that information technology enterprises that made it to the Fortune list of the Best Companies to Work For boast a 5.9 percent turnover rate. This is miraculous, considering that job-hopping is prevalent in the info-tech industry as a whole. Its turnover rate is pegged at a whopping 14.4 percent. Happy workers truly bespeak productive workers. Happiness is what we are here on earth for, after all. If anything, we should be striving for happiness not only as its own end but also to ramp up productivity. But it’s easy to lose track of…
  • 10 IT troubleshooting courses to help you fix faults quicker

    Joseph O'Brien
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:41 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There are many It qualifications and certifications for operating systems, applications and networks. But what about soft skills? Soft skills are skills not tied to a specific system but more about the acumen for the individual. For example, if you follow a consistent approach you can follow almost the same process for all systems. But how do you learn these skills? Here is a brief overview of the courses available: UDemy Source: UDemy UDemy is a well-known provider of e-learning courses. They have a course dedicated to IT troubleshooting which covers…
  • Bookkeeping for Freelancers: Some Useful ‘Soft Skills’

    Contributor
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: If you’ve been looking around online for advice on bookkeeping for freelancers, you’ve probably come across some great tips about handy apps, common financial errors and how to organise your paperwork. But those of us inexperienced in money matters might also need a few pointers on ‘bookkeeping beyond the numbers’ – those insights which help oil the wheels of smooth and efficient business practice. It’s an intro to bookkeeping without the numbers!   Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bohman/ 1.  Get to know the key terms Even if you…
  • Temperature Monitoring for Food Industry

    Contributor
    1 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Temperature measurement is vital for food industries to decrease waste and boost the quality of food products. Food manufacturing consists of many processes like cooking, chilling, freezing, reheating, preparing and storing. To preserve the quality, flavor and nutrients of products it is crucial to prepare and store the products on correct temperature. Temperature monitoring systems can calculate and record all the temperature information into the data loggers and preserve the quality of products. The Celsius System is second to none when it comes to…
  • How Digital Processes Drive Packaging Innovations

    Contributor
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Like the rest of the world, packaging too has evolved with technology. Today, improved materials and automatic packaging processes are shaping the best practices in all retail and manufacturing industries. Digitization has continued to open doors and is expected to make a continual impact in the way products are packed and delivered. Technology to meet consumer demands Modern day consumers have got more and more demanding; not with the quality of the product but with the way it is showcased, stored or delivered to them. Simultaneously, manufacturers have…
 
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • The Buyer Journey: Why Your Website Doesn’t Work (As Well As It Could)

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    For some businesses, the buyer journey is fairly simple – people decide they want your product, they find your website, they buy it. If you sell ‘widgets’ , if you sell products to the general public, this is great – but what if you are a manufacturer, an engineer, a consultant, an accountant or a professional services business? In other words, what if you provide more complex products or services to other businesses or to the public sector? In these industries, sales take longer – you need to created detailed specifications and quotations, and often need to build relationships for…
  • Are Directory Sites Still Valuable in 2015?

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
      A few years ago in the SEO community, online directory websites were a goldmine for link building and you could pretty much go out to any directory site on the web and add a business listing. There were of course those that were more valuable than others, but they weren't really considered as bad links. However, in recent years, link building has changed greatly and the places we can get links from have become much more difficult to find. Continue reading to find out just how valuable directory sites are in 2015...
  • How to Analyse Your Websites On Site Optimisation

    17 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
      Although Google has continued to evolve and ranking on the first page of Google is harder now than ever before, on site optimisation is still a huge factor in ranking a website. If your on site optimisation isn't up to scratch then you will be harming your websites search engine visibility. Meaning, you will never rank to your full potential. Is your website optimised in the best way? Continue reading this article to discover how you can analyse your existing on site optimisation and improve it, to enhance your positions in Google.
  • How To Bring Your Creativity To Life: 4 Easy Ways To Help Create Content

    Yasirah Fatimah
    13 Jun 2015 | 1:35 am
    How do you create killer content every time without fail? This question resonates so deeply with the most of us. As they say, there's nothing new under the sun. Running out of ideas is frustrating but the point isn't to offer completely new wisdom, it's to offer it from the point of view of what is happening this moment. That's what sharing content on the internet is all about. It's not creating brand new content every time that gets businesses sales and leads, it's about modifying content to the changing perspective of the reader. What do I mean by this? What you wrote about last year may…
  • How Can I Make Sure My Site Doesn’t Drop In Google?

    11 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    After years of keeping focussed on your target, of expensive and diligent hard work, you have finally conquered the famous Google Algorithm. You have a steady flow of new enquiries coming from the internet and it all seems worthwhile. Now for the next challenge - just because you have good rankings today, doesn’t mean you will have them tomorrow. Google results are fluid and the fact that you have been able to get your website to the top means that it is very possible that the next competitor could overtake you, or your site could drop like a stone if Google so decree.
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance

  • Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement

    James
    20 Jul 2015 | 1:51 pm
    As of July 1, 2015, Pennsylvania released a new “Foreign Registration Statement,” for immediate use with all entities, and it simplifies choosing the right state form. The Foreign Registration Statement, Form DSCB:15-412, which we have linked to here, will … Read more >> The post Pennsylvania Releases New Foreign Registration Statement appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Nevada Business License Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2015

    James
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:34 am
    Effective July 1, 2015, the Nevada Secretary of State is raising its fees for initial and annual lists, and business licenses for corporations, per NV Senate Bill 483. The fee for initial and annual lists is increasing by $25 … Read more >> The post Nevada Business License Fee Increase Effective July 1, 2015 appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Indiana Nonprofit Annual Report

    James
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Effective July 1, 2015, Indiana nonprofit annual reports will now be due on a biennial basis, instead of annually (Source). Currently, nonprofit entities file an Indiana annual report every year, while for-profit entities, such as LLCs and corporations, … Read more >> The post Indiana Nonprofit Annual Report appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • Selecting a Nonprofit Board of Directors

    James
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:13 am
    Selecting a nonprofit board of directors is vital to your nonprofit’s success. Collectively, the board of directors strategizes, sets policy, and makes decisions for the nonprofit. Individually, each director should have certain qualities and attributes that adds value to your … Read more >> The post Selecting a Nonprofit Board of Directors appeared first on Blog | Harbor Compliance.
  • How to Open a Nonprofit Bank Account

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

  • If Banks Won’t Fund, Who Will?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    As the author of The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need to Impact Your Business (available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Funding-Is-Out-There/dp/1614488207/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top1), I often get asked the question, “If banks won’t fund, who will?” Potential Business Funding Sources There are a variety of choices, too many to name here. (One of the primary reasons […]
  • How To Negotiate Better With The Devil And Win

    Tiffany C. Wright
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
      Negotiation is an important skill. It can help you craft better business deals, craft more favorable sales contracts, and obtain better terms from your bank or investor. Negotiation can also assist you in your personal life. Here is an interesting article on negotiation that’s a little different from our norm here at The Resourceful […]
  • How Can Outsourcing Benefit Small Businesses?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
      Here is an article about outsourcing that hits on a number of points I think are critical. These are very important to remember as you consider whether or not to outsource and, if so, what you should outsource. – TCW   How Can Outsourcing Benefit Small Businesses? By Dave Gosh What is outsourcing? Outsourcing […]
  • 10 Essential Traits of Effective Business Leaders

    Tiffany C. Wright
    8 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
      To be an effective business leader, you need to hold yourself to a higher standard than anyone who works under you. To do that, you need to spend some amount of time focusing on yourself and improving your own skills as a leader. Discipline Build healthy habits and routines. Make your bed, drink a […]
  • Overcoming Obstacles to Grow Your Business

    Tiffany C. Wright
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    As business owners, we all face obstacles at different times, no matter where you are in your business(es): start-up, the growth phase, or the relatively steady stage. It’s not the obstacles that we encounter, but how we think about them and determine the solutions to eliminate or reduce those obstacles. In this article, I briefly […]
 
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Why data should rule the roost in your business

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
    Understanding your customers is at the root of every successful business – whether you are selling homemade jams, beauty services or sandwiches, knowing what your customers like and dislike is paramount to cementing solid, and lasting relationships. However, a recent YouGov study by First Data Merchant Solutions (FDMS) found that only 23% of SMEs in the UK use data and analytics to assess interactions made with their clients. A staggering half (53%) of these small to medium sized businesses also said that they do not “completely” understand the habits and preferences of their customers.
  • Using cause marketing to improve your brand awareness

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:20 am
    If you are a SME business owner it can sometimes be quite difficult to run a successful online marketing campaign. It requires a lot of planning and it can bring a poor financial when a business can least afford it. When cash isn’t easy to come by it can be quite easy to just simply go for the cheapest option, but if you look around you will find that your local community can be used to positively influence your brand awareness – and it’s cheaper than what you think! According to an annual social media report by Social Media Examiner, 92% of the 2,800 marketers surveyed said that social…
  • What do your staff perks say about your business? [INFOGRAPHIC]

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    The post What do your staff perks say about your business? [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
  • Don’t get caught out: Understanding small business law

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:38 am
    Running your own business is tricky enough, the last thing you need is to be tripped up, or bamboozled, by laws you had no idea existed. Understanding the legal environment in which your business operates in is vital in its growth and success. The below looks at the areas of business law you will, or have encountered, providing clarity on what’s required of a company, and ensuring you don’t inadvertently break the law. Employment law So, you’re up and running, income is flowing nicely, and now you’re looking to expand. Another employee is often the most sure-fire and pragmatic way in…
  • Asia’s competitive trading landscape and how to get involved

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    13 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) China now has the world’s largest economy[1], knocking the US from the top spot. Estimated to be worth $17.6tn, China’s economy is still growing and has expanded at approximately 10% a year for the last 32 years2. And it’s not just China: East Asia is the world’s fastest-growing region, with GDP growth projected to be stable at 6.1% in 2015, and this is why FedEx has had established local operations across the region for over thirty years. The whole Asia Pacific region is becoming the driving force of the global economy because of its…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

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

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

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
  • Ask Yourself These 18 Questions Before You Quit Your Job To Start A Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    One of the riskiest and most consequential decisions that people have to make in life has to do with quitting a regular job and venturing out on their own. The risk is crystal clear. You are walking away from the security of a regular income job to a future of uncertainty and hopeful wishing for the best. Is there a perfect time to quit?...You can also check these cool business articles:Top 13 Qualities Of Successful EntrepreneursStarting a Cleaning BusinessGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Jayson Gaignard – From Totally Broke To Getting Back On Track

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

  • Why Do Most Presentations Suck? || Eps 23 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:56 pm
    3 Reason Most Presentations Suck 1. Most presenters have no empathy for the crowd There’s a complete disconnect between presenter and the audience. The speaker assumes people want the numbers, facts and figures when really the audience wants to be entertained, they want to be enchanted, they want to be told a story. Put yourself in the shoes of the audience. Personally, for a business presentation if you make me sit there for forty five minutes without a video, several jokes or lots of crowd interaction I’m going to be board. Most people have an attention span around ten minutes.
  • Social Media Etiquette (How Not To Suck On Facebook) || Eps 22 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:09 am
    I’ve heard this question a lot and people ask it all the time, how are you supposed to “be” on social media? Not just share this, talk to this person, what’s the norm? What are other people doing on social? Better yet, what are the best people doing on social?  These are questions I intend to answer. But please, please, PLEASE, don’t view this as the absolute best and only way to run your social media accounts. There IS no one way to run social, experiment, learn on your own, try new things and never be satisfied where you are, then you’ll be well on…
  • Humans vs Robots || Eps 21 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Humans vs Robots, a series of Podcasts produced by NPR’s Planet Money Podcast that are nothing short of amazing. The first one I listened to on the way to presentation in Saskatoon, I used one of the stories in my presentation. It was that good! As the human race progresses, we invent easier ways to do things. The lightbulb put the candle makers out of business. They were outraged. Why wouldn’t people support the candle makers anymore? Doesn’t society have a duty to support the candle makers?!? The car put horse and carriage drivers out of business. The Better Business…
  • 9 Apps That Will Make Your Life Better and/or More Entertaining – Eps. 20

    Jeph
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    A couple years ago, 60% of apps were never even downloaded. That’s a startling stat. I’m sure it’s not exactly that bad now but geez, when it comes to apps we sure do have a choice, A LOT of choices. Before you demand your marketing department to “make a company app!”, make sure you do your due diligence. Before you just hop on the app ban-wagon make sure you’re solving a problem or entertaining us. Otherwise you’re boring us. So here are the ones that made it. The apps that received more than just a few downloads. These are my 9 favourite apps on my…
  • What’s The Best Part About The Canadian “Brand”?

    Jeph
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    We’re the stereotypically friendly and polite to the rest of the world. How cool is that?!? We were in Las Vegas, leaving to the airport to go home and my worst fear happened. I forgot to tip the bellhop who kept our bags all day long. And everyone knows you don’t mess with Karma before a flight!! What do you do, our cab was driving off! Like any decent Canadian person would do, you stop the taxi. Run out to the bellhop counter and leave the tip you forgot to leave, no questions asked. I did just that. When I returned to the taxi, the following line out of the taxi drivers mouth…
 
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    fitsmallbusiness.com

  • Purchase Order Financing: Who’s The Best?

    Priyanka Prakash
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:19 pm
    When sales outpace your business’ incoming cash flow, purchase order financing can come to your aid. A purchase order loan allows you to pay manufacturing and delivery costs to satisfy incoming customer orders. However, it can be an expensive and complicated process, so we recommend purchase order lending only if you have exhausted other types […] The post Purchase Order Financing: Who’s The Best? appeared first on .
  • Best Rollover As A Business Startup (ROBS) Providers

    Marc Prosser
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:11 pm
    In this article we are going to review 4 popular providers of Rollover As A Business Startups (ROBS), and give your our pick for the best ROBS provider for small businesses. If you are not familiar with ROBS, start with our article covering the basics of ROBS. Best ROBS Provider: Guidant Financial In an industry […] The post Best Rollover As A Business Startup (ROBS) Providers appeared first on .
  • Rollover For Business Startups (ROBS) – The Ultimate Guide

    Marc Prosser
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    With bank financing difficult to obtain, many entrepreneurs must rely on their personal finances to provide the initial capital to start or buy a business.  One place which is frequently considered is the funds in a retirement plan (401(k), 403(b), or traditional IRA). It can be scary to use your retirement nest egg to finance […] The post Rollover For Business Startups (ROBS) – The Ultimate Guide appeared first on .
  • SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work

    Marc Prosser
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:34 pm
    There are two primary types of SBA loans, 7A loans and CDC / 504 Loans. SBA 7A loans can be used for a variety of purposes, while CDC / 504 loans are specifically for the purchase of real estate. August 2015 Maximum interest rates on SBA 7A Loans range from 5.5% to 8.0%. Full Table […] The post SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work appeared first on .
  • What does marketing automation mean for a small business? An Interview With Paul Bascobert

    Marc Prosser
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Yodle was one of the first companies to offer high-quality online marketing services to small businesses. The company started in 2005 and originally focused on helping small businesses get traffic from search engines, like Google and Yahoo!, to their websites. A decade later, the company offers a wide range of marketing services to small businesses. […] The post What does marketing automation mean for a small business? An Interview With Paul Bascobert appeared first on .
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    BoostSuite

  • Co-Marketing is the Newest Type of Online Marketing

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

    Daniel Smith
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Today’s guest post comes to us from Calvin Neel of www.cjmotorsportsdesign.com.  Calvin has been in the Motorsports world in different capacities for over 20 years. He began as a tire guy on dirt modifieds when he was just 15 years old and has worked his way up to USAC sprint cars as well as Must See Racing extreme sprints. Calvin’s experience from the ground floor in racing to working with sponsors and learning the financial side of racing makes him uniquely qualified to assist teams in pursuing their dreams. Calvin deals with all aspects of marketing and branding in the racing…
  • Finding and Developing “A Players”

    Aaron Houghton
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Today’s guest post comes to us from Patrick Thean of www.rhythmsystems.com. Patrick is Co-Founder and CEO of Rhythm Systems. He is author of “Rhythm: How to Achieve Breakthrough Execution and Accelerate Growth”, and creator of Rhythm software. Visit our site to learn how we can help you execute strategically, better and faster. Every month, whether or not you’ve made your numbers, you have to cut checks. I’m sure you’ve all heard the term ROI, return on investment, but what about Return on Payroll? If payroll is your greatest investment, shouldn’t you have a…
  • Announcing the Winners of our $1,000 Google Ads Giveaway!

    Daniel Smith
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Every time you request an article trade in BoostSuite, you extend a warm greeting to a new friend – a new marketing partner for your business – and new customers too. But, during the last two weeks of June, making trade requests in BoostSuite became even more powerful. Each article trade requested entered users into the running to win a $500 Google Advertising credit plus another $500 Google Advertising credit to give to their favorite co-marketing partner in BoostSuite. Isn’t it amazing what friends can accomplish together? For our two incredible winners, there was no…
  • 8 Critical Steps to a Successful Website Redesign Process

    Daniel Smith
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Written by Oluwafemi Adeniyi of bluegeek.com.ng A website needs to be refreshed every now and then. Whether you’re rebranding, moving to a new CMS or your website is not getting the results you desire, redesigning may be necessary. Effective web redesigns can potentially transform your website into a sales machine, attracting targeted visitors, generating qualified leads and ultimately turning and converting visitors into paying customers. Whether you’re doing the redesign on your own or you’re working with a freelance designer or a web design agency, make sure to keep these…
 
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    Changescape Web

  • Facebook for Small Businesses: Silver Bullet or Snipe Hunt?

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

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

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

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

    ken tucker
    9 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Most businesses have systems for their most important business processes.  Yet many businesses do not have a marketing system in place, even though it may arguably be the most important thing to achieve business growth. So it is important for businesses to view marketing as a system. The Duct Tape Marketing System is an easy to understand and implement marketing system. It focuses on Strategy before Tactics, developing your Marketing Hourglass, Publishing Educational Content, creating a Total Online Presence, what to use for Lead Generation and Lead Nurturing, and creating a Marketing…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Home Party Clothing Company La Senorita Jolie Seeking Stylists

    Angie
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:18 pm
    In July 2015, Winnie & Kat announced the closing of their virtual doors. Founder and CEO Diane Prince joined forces with women’s clothing designer and fashion expert Jennifer Dixon to collaborate on a new direct sales company, La Senorita Jolie. La Senorita Jolie, founded in 2013, too offers contemporary women’s clothing available through home parties, Stylist websites and trunk shows. The company’s product line features casual apparel and accessories. The company is currently recruiting Founding Stylists for their direct sales division. Compensation:  LSJ Stylists earn 20-25%…
  • Sell Skincare Products from Home with Limelight by Alcone

    Angie
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Limelight By Alcone offers certified chemical free organic skincare and professional makeup that has been used in the fashion and film industry since the 1950’s. Compensation Plan: As a beauty guide with Limelight by Alcone you will earn up to 35% sales commission, and if you choose to lead a team, a percentage of your teams sales totals. The compensation plan gives you the flexibility to choose Limelight By Alcone as an additional income or as your sole income, essentially it is your own business and you decide. Start up costs: Starter kit cost $149 to join- additional collections are…
  • New Direct Selling Companies: Color by Amber

    Angie
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    Color by Amber isn’t your run of the mill jewelry company. The company has a 3-fold commitment; style, sustainability and social responsibility. These are three growing consumer demands. Customers want eco-friendly, cruelty-free manufacturing and products. Color by Amber strives to meet those needs. Color by Amber jewelry is made from 40% pre-consumer recycled materials. The material is called Ecoresin, and it creates a truly unique piece of jewelry that is BPA free. The company is carbon neutral and landfill-friendly. They are also a member of 1% for the Planet. Compensation:  Commission…
  • New Direct Sales Company: Destiny Handbags

    Angie
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    As a Destiny Handbag Designer you sell custom made in the USA handbags and accessories. Customers have the ability to choose the fabric for the different parts of the bags as well as personalize them with different monogram and writing styles. There are over 30 items and 50+ fabrics to choose from. A new product or fabric is added every month. Every month there is a customer and hostess specials. Compensation Plan: There are currently three tiers in the Destiny Handbag earning plan. Designer: $500/year in personal sales; 25% on personal sales Founding Designer: $500/year in personal sales;…
  • Plexus Worldwide Ambassador Opportunity

    Angie
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Plexus Worldwide is direct sales company on the rise with a focus on health and weight loss products. Their Plexus Slim and Accelerator products launched in 2011 and have an ever-increasing fan base. The company offers a 60-day money-back guarantee. 50% of the company’s revenue is paid out to Ambassadors. Compensation:  As a Qualified Ambassador you will earn between 15-25% commission on retail sales. Cash bonuses are also paid out on purchases made by Preferred Members (those on auto-ship more than 3 months). Receive a cash bonus and ongoing commission sponsoring new Ambassadors. Start-Up…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Buying An Orlando Home? Leave Emotions Out Of It!

    John Conde
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:33 pm
     It was April 21st, 2015, I remember that date because it was the same day that our dog “Jax” turned 1 year old. I had buyer clients that I had been working diligently with in finding a home in the Hunters Creek, FL area. When I eventually showed her what would end up being the home of her dreams, she fell head over heels in love with everything about the property.The colors reminded her of the home she grew up in, the bonus room was perfect for his home based business as a Gemologist and the open floor plan was exactly what they were looking for. After seeing it, we immediately…
  • Top 7 Seller Myths For Orlando Homeowners

    John Conde
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    1- Price Your Home High Then Keep Lowering It Until It SellsBig mistake! Homeowners believe that they can always accept a lower offer. The problem is that you’re missing out on the buyers looking in the price range where yours should be. Also, If you keep lowering the listing price and it doesn’t sell, buyers may think something’s wrong with the house. Your Orlando realtor will prepare a CMA on your home to help you determine an accurate listing price so you can get it right the first time.   2- Don’t Worry About Small RepairsRetail buyers just want to move in and…
  • Buying A Home In Orlando? Why Not Rent?

    John Conde
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    When Mindy Cortez, a single mother of 3, moved in after buying a home in Orlando, FL last February, the ten year dental assistant quickly found herself wishing she was still a renter.Cortez says, “I miss Rick my maintenance guy”, he took care of everything for me. “Whether it was a burned out light bulb or the washer wasn’t working, Rick would show up and fix it right away”.So, does mean that you should rent instead of buying? Not necessarily, it depends a lot on the person and the situation. To help you determine what makes more sense for you, ask yourself the…
  • 8 Signs That It’s Time To Fire Your Real Estate Agent

    John Conde
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    It’s regrettable when buyers get stuck with a self absorbed Orlando real estate agent who has that too busy to listen attitude and all too eager to convince you into buying a home that you just don’t like. Buyers and sellers depend on their Orlando realtor to carry them through to the finish line. They expect their agent to be always looking out for their best interests whether it be helping them make a wise real estate investment with their hard earned cash or marketing their home so that a seller can get top dollar on the saleof their home. In today’s Orlando real estate market…
  • TOR 016 : Top 5 Things That Kill Orlando Short Sales

    John Conde
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    I’m your host John Conde with ORC and  it’s good to be back. On today’s episode I’ll be talking about the top 5 things that can kill your Orlando short sale in detail.[Podcast Summary]The top 5 things that can kill a short sale1-    The bank refuses to short sale it-2-    Stubborn Homeowners Associations-3-   2nd mortgages not giving enough of a discount-4-    The BPO Comes in Too High-5-    The buyers back out or can’t close-Listen to this episode for in depth explainations on each of the 5 short sale killersThanks for listening folks ,…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • 3 tips for building trust with your customers

    Pete Wargent
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Trust is built from the ground up. In life, actions often speak as loud as words, and we tend to trust people who are consistent, reliable, and actually do what they say they are going to do! This is equally as true in small business and self-employment as it is in your personal relationships and friendships. Trust is not something that is built in one day or through one business meeting, but something that is steadily established over time through your credibility, your actions, and the results you deliver. The flip side to this is that trust can be lost more easily than it can be…
  • 7 tips for keeping your accounting organised

    Nick Roberts
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:08 pm
    When it comes to running your own business, keeping your accounting in-order must be an achievable goal. That said, there are times where a little lack of discipline can cause some headaches down the track.  Rather than getting yourself in a bind later, let’s have a look at some simple steps you can take to help keep your accounting organised. 1. Structure your bank accounts Mixing up business and private transactions in your bank accounts is a recipe for disaster. Always use separate business bank accounts for your business transactions; your private bank accounts should be kept…
  • The Accounting Journal: Accounting Software Grows Up

    Ben Scott
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Part 4 of MYOB’s 6-part series on the history of accounting – from its origins to today, and beyond. Check out Part 3 here. As we showed last week, the era of accounting software arguably began in 1955 with the first privately-owned Univac 1 handling payroll for a General Electric appliance factory in Kentucky, USA.  Then some stuff happened, and now everything is sorted, right?  Actually, it’s not quite that straightforward… Early accounting software was bespoke, painstakingly handcrafted literally byte by byte over the course of months.  While it represented an obvious step…
  • How to coach your employees in customer service

    Kate Groom
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    How’s your customer service? It might seem like an old fashioned concept, but stellar customer service is one of the best ways to keep your business doing well in today’s competitive environment. Like me, you’ve no doubt experienced both good and woeful customer service. It’s likely that you haven’t returned to the business with poor service, whereas you may be a loyal customer of one that consistently delights you. You’re not alone! Time after time, offline and online, excellent customer service helps a business retain customers, while lousy service drives them away. As we are…
  • Document security for the trustworthy accountant

    Alistair Nestor
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:51 pm
    It will come as no surprise to you (though you may be a tad flattered) that accountants are recognised as among the most trustworthy of Australian professionals. In fact the recent Roy Morgan Image of Professions Survey 2015 finds accountants ranked a respectable number 11 (a bit after police and high court judges, and a bit ahead of bank managers and heads of religion). To ensure you keep this position, it’s important to consider the security of your communication processes. In particular, client data and the sharing of sensitive tax documents. A recent Lifehacker post reviewed the…
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    Industry Edge

  • 7 Clever Grilling Gadgets Customers Didn’t Know They Needed

    Sarah Olson
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Superfluous? Maybe. Fun? Definitely. From propane-powered to infrared, there have been vast improvements in grilling since cave dwellers hosted the first prehistoric barbecues. But the simple formula has remained the same: Meat over fire equals deliciousness. Some of these products are more fun than revolutionary, but they will all inject a wink and a smile into customers’ outdoor cooking. Some of these products are more fun than revolutionary, but they will all inject a wink and a smile into customers’ outdoor cooking. 1. Tactical BBQ Apron Sure, you could place your grilling…
  • Hardware Industry News: Last Week in Review

    Whitney Richardson
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Catch up on hardware industry news you may have missed. $5.1 billion Price paid by Honeywell for the Elster division of Melrose Industries. Elster is a thermal gas solution provider that produces smart meters, flow computers and gas regulators. Such monitoring should be a growth opportunity for Honeywell amid growing interest in energy-efficiency initiatives. [EnergyEfficientMarkets.com] Catch up on hardware industry news you may have missed. 25 Years of experience Gregor Stuart will bring to his new role as vice president for supply chain for Lowe’s Canada. Stuart’s previous employers…
  • Target’s Smart-Home Showroom Is a Window Into the Future

    Melissa Willets
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Users can interact with different devices to learn how smart homes function. In a consumer survey, 37 percent of respondents said they are likely to use smart appliances in the next five years, versus any other connected device. It’s not surprising, then, that investors spent $454 million on smart-home startups in 2014. Products featured in the San Francisco showroom will be distributed to Target stores across the country and sold in dedicated smart-home sections called Connected Life. Hoping to capitalize on consumers’ growing interest in smart-home technology, Target unveiled its first…
  • 3D Design App Lets Customers Visualize Dream Deck

    Whitney Richardson
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    TimberTech introduces a new design app to help users better plan and envision what their ideal outdoor space could look like. How many times have you dealt with customers who are working on a home-improvement project but are having a hard time visualizing the final product? Photo courtesy of TimberTech   TimberTech is trying to take some of the guesswork out of the design process with its new TimberTech 3D Deck and Rail app for the iPad. The app allows users to design their dream deck and, using a marker tool, see a virtual version of their design in the intended space. Users can…
  • New Invention Features Fast Cooking, Small Size

    Whitney Richardson
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    3 Squares updates its appliance line with smaller version of its TIM3 MACHIN3. As homes continue to get smaller, homeowners have less space to store homewares. To meet the need for smaller appliances, some manufacturers are shrinking their products. Following the success of its TIM3 MACHIN3 launch and subsequent accessories kits, 3 Squares has funded a new, smaller version aptly called MINI TIM3 MACHIN3. Our customers were telling us they loved the TIM3 MACHIN3 but … really would prefer something smaller. “Our customers were telling us they loved the TIM3 MACHIN3, but due to…
 
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    Small Business Sense

  • Email Marketing Services For Small Businesses: 5 Fantastic Solutions

    Kim George
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Contrary to popular belief, email marketing is not dead.    In fact, according to a post published by Outboundengine.com, “marketers consistently ranked email as the single most effective tactic for awareness, acquisition, conversion, and retention”.   Over the years, I’ll admit… that I didn’t fully understand the importance of email marketing.  But now, I totally get it.   With email marketing, you will have the ability to do some of the following: Get more personable with your newsletter subscribers and connect with them on a deeper level. Communicate with your…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (July 2015)

    Kim George
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy! Entrepreneurship If you’re an introvert, here are 7 Ways that you Can Become a Master Mingler Use these 7 Habits to Work Proactively, Not Reactively A great list of  25 Quotes About Making Money and Keeping Perspective Sales and Marketing Re-branding your business? Here is a list of 9 must have essentials for rebranding Check out some of  The Top Online Lead Generation Tactics and Metrics On the hunt for affordable business cards? Here is a site that offers…
  • 5 Fantastic Web Based Apps that Make Social Media Marketing Easier!

    Kim George
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Social media marketing got you in a tizzy? Don’t fret …because you are not alone. Thanks to changes in the technology landscape, the introduction of various web based applications has most definitely made things a tad bit easier for us all. I’ve previously written a few posts closely related to this topic:  one that covers social automation tools and the other covering resources that can be used to grow your social media following – putting things on cruise control. Today, I’ve decided to revisit this topic (because I heart social media) and also—because I am a true “tech”…
  • Quick Start Guide to Hiring Freelancers for Your Small Business

    Kim George
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    Despite what folks say, outsourcing is not a dirty word.  In fact, more and more businesses are jumping on the outsourcing train by hiring freelancers to assist them with various projects and tasks in their businesses. In all honesty, this is a practice that I have been using for the last past 3 years since I have been an entrepreneur and I am here to tell you…. it has worked out very well for me. If you are an independent entrepreneur, or a small business owner with limited staff, hiring freelancers to help you in your business is the way to go! Why You  Should Consider Hiring…
  • 21 Compelling Social Media Marketing Stats You Can’t Afford to Ignore in (2015)

    Kim George
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    Social media is here to stay! I know I know…many of you are probably ready for me to stop chumping at the bit about social media, but quite honestly, it’s just one of my favorite topics these days. It has been through social media that I have received: A ton of exposure and recognition for the Small Business Sense brand from large online publications (such as the New York Times) Yipeee Invitations to guest blog for various blogs in the small business space A spike in new visitors to the site and more… Why is it so important for small businesses to use social media? Well for one, your…
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    blog.hotspotshield.com

  • 6 Security Questions About the Apple Watch

    Levent Sapci
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    The Apple Watch offers a revolutionary new way for people to track their fitness levels and maintain their online activities. Watch owners can download over 250 health-related apps from the Apple AppStore. They can also compose texts, post to social media, listen to music, and buy goods and services with Apple Pay. People who wear the watch next to their skin each day would likely agree that it’s a highly personal device, which begs the question: How secure is the Apple Watch? Here are six common questions people are asking about Apple’s newest wearable gadget. Could a Thief…
  • AnchorFree, maker of Hotspot Shield presents its latest app: Kaboom

    Levent Sapci
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    We are super excited to announce the release of AnchorFree’s new app, Kaboom. In addition to its online security and privacy solution Hotspot Shield, the most trusted VPN app with over 300 million downloads, AnchorFree has branched into secure communications! With Kaboom, you will never again need to worry about your online messaging footprint. What is Kaboom? Kaboom is the fast, simple and fun way to share disappearing photos and messages with anyone! “Kaboom is meant for anyone who wants to have full control over the information they share with friends through text messages or social…
  • Keyless, Wireless Home Door Locks: An Open Invitation for Thefts?

    Levent Sapci
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Keyless locks are the wave of the future for home improvement and security, but these novel inventions leave a lot of questions. Are wireless home door locks really more secure than a traditional lock and key, or do they actually create a new vulnerability by opening your home to criminals with more brains than brawn to intrude via a hack than use physical force? How Keyless Door Locks Work Keyless door locks can work in different ways, giving homeowners ample choices in this area. UniKey uses a unique transaction between your phone and the lock and relies on a public-key infrastructure to…
  • Save Money on Your Next Online Shopping Spree

    Levent Sapci
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Online stores in the United States have some of the largest and best selections on the web, so it’s little wonder that they attract shoppers from all over the world. The only problem is that these sites don’t show the same products and prices to all visitors. The prices and products online retailers show you depend on your IP address, which reveals your general geographic location. That’s right: Your IP address can result in higher prices and limited access to certain products. Fortunately, there is a way around this geo-discrimination that is simple, fast, and free. Read on…
  • Access Desi Content Online!

    Mehreen Seher
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Stuck indoors because of the summer heat? That can become boring quickly, can’t it? Well we’ve got some fun solutions for you! Using Hotspot Shield, you can unblock some awesome Pakistani and Indian content online that you and your family can enjoy together! Discover new Pakistani and Indian tunes on Pandora Have you heard of Pandora? It’s a free music streaming and personalized radio service, that’s great for discovering new music that you’re bound to love. It asks you for your favorite music artists and then generates a radio station full of songs like the ones you love. It’s a…
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    Instore DOES

  • Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments

    Matt Niehaus
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Cash or credit? When it comes to accepting payment at your restaurant, it’s not so simple anymore. Cash and credit have worked well in the past, but your guests’ spending habits are evolving fast and your business needs to evolve with them to remain relevant and accessible for a diverse customer base. Alternative smartphone-based payment … Continue reading Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments → The post Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016

    Matt Niehaus
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The technology trends of 2015 will continue into 2016, impacting operations in the front of the house and the back of the house, as well as the customer experience. Here’s a look at four areas of tech that restaurants can’t ignore in 2016. Mobile Mobile continues to be key to almost all restaurant tech trends, … Continue reading What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016 → The post What’s Coming Up in Restaurant Tech in 2016 appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Simplifying Scheduling for Hourly Restaurant Workers

    Matt Niehaus
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Smart employee scheduling is an often-overlooked path to profits in restaurants. An integrated mPOS system can streamline this often tedious task and give you insight into how to reap the greatest profit from each hour. Here are some tips to make it easier: Consider your busy times. Using data collected from your mPOS app, customer … Continue reading Simplifying Scheduling for Hourly Restaurant Workers → The post Simplifying Scheduling for Hourly Restaurant Workers appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Meals on Wheels: Food Trucks Are Here To Stay

    Matt Niehaus
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Food trucks have become the incubator of culinary innovation. While consumers still want food fast, the dropping market shares of your traditional fast food giants suggests that they want it better. If you’re a chef who wants to stretch your legs a little, perhaps a multi-million dollar brick and mortar establishment doesn’t sound so great … Continue reading Meals on Wheels: Food Trucks Are Here To Stay → The post Meals on Wheels: Food Trucks Are Here To Stay appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • The Psychology of Gift Card Buying and Spending

    Matt Niehaus
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:30 pm
    In 2011 the National Retail Federation conducted a study showing gift cards to be the most popular holiday gift item — 57.7% of all Americans wanted one and 80% were planning to buy one. Gift cards are available today at every grocery store, drug store, restaurant, ice cream shop, spa and mom and pop operation … Continue reading The Psychology of Gift Card Buying and Spending → The post The Psychology of Gift Card Buying and Spending appeared first on Instore DOES.
 
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  • Premier's Growth Continues with New Location in Miami, FL

    MBurge
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:55 am
    Premier Business Centers is pleased to announce Isa Peguero (pictured) as the General Manager at its new Miami location. The Location The brand new, Miami executive suite will be located at 100 SE 2nd Street in the iconic Miami Tower. This class A building represents the heart of Miami’s central business district. It is known for its striking design by architect I.M. Pei and an ever-changing, spectacular exterior lighting scheme. And it is the most photographed building in the nighttime Miami skyline. The Miami Tower provides easy access to I-95, as well as internal connections to the…
  • Establishing an Office Layout Strategy

    MBurge
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    By Jeff Reinstein Have you ever considered the overall effectiveness of your office layout? For many small businesses, it seems like a non-issue. But the truth is that the layout of your office space is directly linked to the productivity and well being of those who work in that space. In fact, your office layout effects a couple key factors of your business, including: Productivity Employee engagement Team building Company culture Communication Efficiency So how do you go about achieving the best possible results for your business? Here are a few ways to maximize the effectiveness of your…
  • The Pros and Cons of Los Angeles Shared Office Space

    MBurge
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    By Jeff Reinstein Shared office space has long been a touchy topic for those who have been forced to work in such environments. For some, shared office space has been a joyous experience, full of collaboration and networking. But for others, the term “shared office space” leaves a bad taste in their mouths. It has become synonymous with noise, lack of privacy, interruptions, and unproductive tendencies. And Los Angeles has been no exception to the shared office space trend. Coworking spots have popped up throughout the LA area, and shared office space is not unusual in companies like…
  • How to Begin the Search for Office Space

    MBurge
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:17 am
    By Jeff Reinstein For many companies, the decision to move into professional office space is a landmark step in their development. Whether your needs are for an occasional workspace, or a full-time place for your business to call home, the search can get complicated fast. That’s why we’ve put together some guidelines on how to get started on finding the perfect office. We hope they’ll bring some clarity to the process and help you find what you need faster. Determine Your Budget Deciding how much you can comfortably spend each month is the first place to start. While most business…
  • How to Choose the Right Office Space Solution to Fuel Business Growth

    MBurge
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    By Jeff Reinstein Business growth is a result of many different factors. Often, there is a fear of growing too quickly which might lead to instability. Or the opposite concern is that the company doesn’t grow enough and ends up at a dead end before it even really got started. Factors such as employees, processes, sales, marketing, and others all contribute or damage business growth. Bringing these factors together harmoniously requires dedication. But without the right space for your business, your growth will stall. Choosing office space can be very intimidating. Office space leases can…
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    DP Marketing Services

  • How to Find the Silver Lining

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

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

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

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    Charlie is a Do-It-Yourselfer Charlie could be any of the small business clients that I’ve worked with over the last couple of years. He could actually be me during my days as owner of a small town printing company. He mostly loves his business, complains occasionally, but can’t really picture doing anything else. He works hard and does the long hours. He has a surplus of great plans and ideas. He worries about cash flow, employees, and profit; and he wonders a lot if there’s a better way. He’s a prototypical entrepreneur – constantly doing and engaged. He contributes most of the…
  • What to Do About Your Printing Company Website? Tame the Monster

    Richard Dannenberg
    18 May 2015 | 6:57 am
    What are you going to do about your website? If you’re running a printing business, there’s around a 50% chance that you don’t have one. If you do have a website, there’s a very good chance that it needs some improvement. In last week’s article, I wrote about the difficulties printers have with the internet. For many of you, your website is like a monster under the bed. You know it’s there and you’re just a little bit afraid of it. If you ignore it or throw it a scrap of food occasionally, maybe it won’t do too much harm. Here’s the problem: The monster is making your…
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    VerticalResponse Blog

  • How to Use Twitter’s Vine To Promote Your Business – Part I [GUIDE]

    Lisa Furgison
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Six Reasons to Use Vine for Your Business (Part I) Are you ready to get your Vine on? By now you’ve probably heard about Twitter’s video-sharing app, Vine. It’s a great promotional tool for small businesses, so we’ve created a three-part guide to walk you through all that Vine has to offer. This section, Six Reasons to Use Vine for Your Business, serves as an introduction where we’ll explain what Vine is and discuss its promotional advantages. Additional pieces of the guide include: Getting Started: How to Use Vine for Your Business (Part II) 5 Ways to Use Vine…
  • How to Use Follow-Up Emails to Get More Opens [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:01 am
    Our recent blog post on how to be an email marketing superhero reveals how to get a 30% lift in email open rate. The power resides in the practice of sending follow-up emails. You can expect an average open rate of 20-40 percent with your initial email, depending on your industry and the type of email you send. That’s a pretty good open rate, but what about the other 60-80 percent? Do you just chalk it up to bad luck or inopportune timing? There are many things that contribute to your email not being opened, but follow-up emails provide a second chance. In this episode of Tips…
  • 5 Subject Line Tips You Haven’t Heard

    Contributing Author
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Trying to pique readers’ curiosity to entice them to open an email is so 2009. The world of email subject lines is growing more sophisticated as emailers grow more spam and sales savvy. It’s safe to say your subject line is more important than ever. Coming up with them can be fun, though, if you use some of these tips. Statistics show that 64 percent of people will open an email because of the subject line, and nearly half of them list that as their only deciding factor. Email is powerful, and your subject line is key to unlocking that power. To help you create successful subject…
  • 6 Tips to Ensure Direct Mail Avoids Junk Mail

    Grace Yuen
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Direct mail is a great way for you to spread the word about your business and increase sales. Direct mail also drives more traffic to your website, and as a result, more people sign up for your mailing list. How do you ensure your direct mail avoids being tossed out as junk mail? Here are a few tips: 1. Include relevant information: To entice people to give your mailer a second look, provide them with pertinent information. For example, realtors often send data about recent home sale prices in the neighborhood. This bit of information inspires people to pay notice to the mailer and gives the…
  • Twitter’s New Analytics: What You Need to Know

    Contributing Author
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Twitter Analytics is now offering users more tools than ever before to manage, organize and analyze their tweets and followers. Their latest feature release, Audience Insights, is designed to help users understand the demographics on Twitter as a whole as well as their own followers. Audience Insights provides small business owners with valuable information they can use in their social media campaigns. It can be found and explored within the Ads page on Twitter.  To access this feature, click on ‘Ads’, then under ‘Analytics’, select the Audience Insights button.
 
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    Kim Yuhl

  • The Day I Met My Mentor and My Life Changed

    Kim
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:31 pm
    I grew up characterized by a set of contradictions. I w […] The post The Day I Met My Mentor and My Life Changed appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Even Happy People Have Nervous Breakdowns In Grocery Stores

    Kim
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Yesterday was tough! Sure you expect birthdays, anniver […] The post Even Happy People Have Nervous Breakdowns In Grocery Stores appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • What’s The 1 Thing You Can Use To Both Increase Energy & Relax?

    Kim
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Answer: Your Breath. Minful breathing to be specific. W […] The post What’s The 1 Thing You Can Use To Both Increase Energy & Relax? appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • Our Inner Critic

    Kim
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    Here’s the deal … Everything we do as women(sorry, men) […] The post Our Inner Critic appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
  • So Little Time

    Kim
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Today’s episode is titled so little time and it i […] The post So Little Time appeared first on Kim Yuhl.
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    pbsfranklin.com

  • The Credit Craze: How to Manage the Fees

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

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

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

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        Are you a brand-spanking-new Franklin, TN small business? These types of businesses—known familiarly as “startups”—are notorious for stumbling through the setup process, and that includes what to do about payroll. If you’re new to the Franklin, TN business game, you may not realize that there are tons of resources for outsourcing payroll (by reliable companies) available to you, both online and right here in Franklin, TN. Let’s take a look at your options.   The Outsourcing Dilemma Not everyone outsources. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. For…
  • Payroll Tips: Why You Should Outsource Payroll

    2 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
        As a Franklin, TN CPA practice, we know how much work goes into payroll—not just the record keeping but the quarterly taxes and a myriad of other duties. Financial burnout can occur from payroll duties alone, so keep reading to see why we recommend outsourcing payroll for your Franklin, TN small business at your next opportunity.   Payroll Duties There’s a lot that goes into payroll—and it’s not just an annual duty. Self-employed business owners in Franklin, TN and beyond must turn in quarterly taxes to the IRS each year. But it’s about more than taxes. The…
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    MAQTOOB

  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

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

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

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    8 Jul 2015 | 1:37 am
      I'm not a man.   I'm not a programmer.   And I was not born in the United States.   And here I am, a founder of one quite successful tech startup.   To be completely honest, I was born in Central Europe. I studied diplomacy. And when I decided to build my first business, I was living in Lebanon, language of which I didn't speak and where I barely knew anyone. The only things I had were my laptop and very poor Internet connection.   Actually, these proved to be rather powerful tools in the end. They helped me to learn everything about online marketing, to build…
  • The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
      Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?  …
  • Morocco: On Startups, Ambitions, and Treacherous Google

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
      I still vividly remember July 28th, 2014. It was a dusty summer afternoon in Marrakech. My co-founder and I were hiding from the scolding heat and resting on a traditional Moroccan sofa, and I tentatively clicked on Mailchimp's "send now" button to officially launch MAQTOOB via a newsletter to our beta testers. We deliberately moved to Morocco for a couple of months to bootstrap our way to successful inauguration of a new app discovery platform. And we were neither the first nor the last startup to use this breathtaking country as a comfortable and cheap base to build our product.
 
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    Godot Media

  • How To Create Content That Can Drive Conversions On Social Media

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

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

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

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

    Godot
    2 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Keywords are an important aspect of your SEO campaign. The problem, however, is that you are spoiled for choices. So, it is not inconceivable that you can make mistakes while choosing keywords. What’s worse is that you may not even be aware that you are erring. Below are five common mistakes that should be avoided while choosing keywords: Not understanding how people search: While you may know what your customers need, your customers may only have a very vague idea. Using head terms (keywords that are only one or two words long) made up of industry jargon will not give you the best…
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    CIPHR

  • Why Business Success And SaaS Go Hand In Hand

    Barry
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many reasons why successful brands now choose SaaS as the default technique for implementing new solutions, and it’s not all about the software. Flexible working demands SaaS In a world where flexible and remote working are no longer a luxury, but an expected part of any role, on premise solutions are no longer a viable option if businesses are to remain productive. Remote teams are ever-increasingly the norm and require cloud-based solutions to allow them to function at optimal levels. From employee self-service to collaboration and communication, tools to enable your…
  • 14 Ways To Squeeze Exercise Into Your Working Day

    Barry
    28 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    We all know that movement and exercise during the day is what we ‘should’ be doing, but how can we achieve this when we’re in an office for 8+ hours? Luckily there are ways that we can get active when at a desk, during a quick break or even in a meeting. Research conducted by the British Chiropractic Association found that 32 per cent of workers spend 10 hours+ sitting every day and that half of us don’t even take a break to leave our desks during our lunch break. Increasing our movement and activity during the working day will helps to maintain fitness and fight…
  • 7 Ways HR Can Create A Culture Of Engagement

    Barry
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many ways HR can help to improve employee engagement within a business. Many of the strategies are low cost or free and will also improve productivity and employee happiness. 1) Internal networking With so many social networks and tools available for free, there’s really no excuse for any business not to be utilising them. Enabling better communication and collaboration will allow all employees to interact and work together as one team, rather than disparate groups of employees working towards their own goals. A cohesive workforce will be more engaged with each other and…
  • The Judicial Office Chooses CIPHR As Their HR SaaS Provider

    Emma Kettley
    21 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    With heavy reliance on spreadsheets and four independent databases, the Judicial Office were looking for a user-friendly and responsive HR system to automate processes and improve the extraction of management information. CIPHR, an end to end HR Software as a Service solution, was purchased using the G-Cloud framework via Bramblehub. With approximately 31,000 Judicial Office-holders to support, the Judicial Office chose the CIPHR system to enhance efficiency by managing the entire judicial lifecycle, from a judge’s initial appointment through to retirement. In addition, the Judicial Office…
  • Why Social Recruiting Must Be Part Of Your Strategy

    Barry
    15 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    With the rise of technology, the boom of the Internet age and the rampant growth of social media and online networking, companies are quickly beginning to understand the importance of using online communities for recruiting new people to the workplace. Many websites, like LinkedIn, Monster, Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest, are fast becoming a regular hotspot for employers to target talent and appeal to highly skilled employees. Utilising these platforms to create new job connections and form genuine relationships can be the most successful recruiting tool, and the most effective hiring…
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    Wasp Buzz

  • What is a Barcode Printer?

    Jason Sentell
    28 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    How businesses are using barcode printers to cut costs and increase quality In the days before the proliferation of barcodes, businesses large and small relied on clerks to manually input data about packages, ensure inventory control and keep costs down while still maintaining speedy service. Now, basic barcode printing equipment and scanners are commonplace, used by small […]
  • 3 Inventory Tracking Issues that Can Ruin Large Events

    Jason Sentell
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Summer Event Logistics Challenges: Tracking Equipment and Inventory at Sporting Events, Outdoor Concerts and Festivals For many, summer is synonymous with big outdoor events like concerts, festivals and sports games. These events, although fun, present their own unique logistic challenges depending on a variety of factors, including location and attendance. Here are a few common […]
  • Secrets to Customer Reviews Helping SEO & Driving Growth

    Brian Sutter
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Nobody needs to tell you how important customer reviews are. If you have a local business, the odds are high you’re keenly aware of their influence. While one bad review can’t necessarily kill a business, it can definitely hurt it. A series of bad reviews can contribute to a business failure. On the plus side, a […]
  • From the Experts: Secrets for Cash Flow Success

    Brian Sutter
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    It’s what determines a company’s strong or weak image, the financial position your company is in and it even determines business failure and success. This influential force is cash flow. What exactly is cash flow? To put it simply, it’s the total amount of money being transferred into and out of a business, especially as […]
  • Choosing Inventory Tracking Software

    Jason Sentell
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    Think about this.  A customer calls in to make an order from your company. But your customer service rep fumbles around due to old, outdated software that’s slow and not meant for a growing business.  They confirm the order would be ready and shipped by a certain date, only to later find out that an […]
 
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  • Retailers stick with the standards for online marketing spending - InternetRetailer.com

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Retailers stick with the standards for online marketing spendingInternetRetailer.comB2B e-commerce is larger than retail e-commerce in transaction volume. Read key data on industry sales, trends in marketing and web content, technology investment, and more. Online consumers by country, age, activity, income; how consumers pay online; ...and more »
  • The New Age of Online Marketing Starts with Targeting The Right Audience - Traders350

    3 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Traders350The New Age of Online Marketing Starts with Targeting The Right AudienceTraders350GoLoyal provides innovative, state of the art custom email marketing campaigns, such as Facebook, email marketing, social media marketing, management and lastly web design. The company has also completed the purchase of the intellectual assets of Sail ...
  • Beacons to Guide You: Mixing Online Marketing and Real Life Sales - Business.com

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Beacons to Guide You: Mixing Online Marketing and Real Life SalesBusiness.comThanks to a combination of cellular networks, Wi-Fi and GPS data, a Facebook app called Place Tips provides you with myriad information about where you're at, such as posts from friends who have been there, menu items from nearby restaurants and ...
  • topseos.com Reveals Leverage Marketing as the Sixth Best Pay Per Click ... - MarketWatch

    3 Aug 2015 | 12:01 am
    topseos.com Reveals Leverage Marketing as the Sixth Best Pay Per Click MarketWatchLeverage Marketing produces online marketing strategies with a refined proven process to meet the challenges and demands of their clients. Their services include their award-winning search engine optimization, pay per click management, local Search ThinkBIGsites.com Named Third Best Social Media Marketing Service by topseos Benzingatopseoscom Announces Powerhouse Internet Marketing as the Eighth Best Search Consumer Electronics Nettopseos.com Reveals Recommendations of 100 Top Social Media Marketing Agencies…
  • Internet Marketing Tips And Tools To Help Small Businesses Grow Now - The Inquisitr

    2 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    The InquisitrInternet Marketing Tips And Tools To Help Small Businesses Grow NowThe InquisitrAlthough there are many ways to market your business to help you grow quickly, nothing is more effective than internet marketing. The reason is that it allows you to automate many of your marketing processes by using online tools and scripts. Marketing ...
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    Business marketing - Google News

  • Why Your Business Shouldn't Opt-Out of SMS Marketing - iMedia Connection (blog)

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    iMedia Connection (blog)Why Your Business Shouldn't Opt-Out of SMS MarketingiMedia Connection (blog)The rules and regulations for a text message marketing campaign are confusing. Trust me, I know. There are a lot of guidelines to follow and they are constantly evolving. For example, how are you supposed to know when to include the phrase “txt STOP 2 ...
  • China's Supercomputer Export Ban May Just Be Marketing - Wired

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    WiredChina's Supercomputer Export Ban May Just Be MarketingWiredChinese company DJI is one of the biggest drone makers in the world, but its drones are mostly sold for consumer and commercial purposes, not military use. DJI vice president Shao Jianhuo reportedly told the Chinese news agency that none of its
  • Seminar to focus on small business marketing - The Daily Times

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Seminar to focus on small business marketingThe Daily TimesSmall business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to a seminar and networking roundtable on small business marketing on Wednesday. The seminar, hosted by Partners in Business East Tennessee Inc., will feature guest speaker Tim Richardson on ...and more »
  • Why Business-to-Person Marketing Falls Short in Demand Generation - Forbes

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    Why Business-to-Person Marketing Falls Short in Demand GenerationForbesAs many of you may remember from my last post, we recently discussed field marketers in a Challenger go-to-market model and the importance of putting customer enablement ahead of sales enablement. In this post, I want to touch on the role of Demand ...
  • 5 digital marketing tools to help your business grow - Inman.com

    3 Aug 2015 | 2:07 am
    Inman.com5 digital marketing tools to help your business growInman.comAre you set up for success in 2016? Join 2,500 real estate industry leaders Aug. 4-7, 2015, at Inman Connect in San Francisco. Get Connected with the people and ideas that will inspire you and take your business to new heights. Register today and save ...
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    GetHow

  • EaseUS Data recovery Wizard Free Edition

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Whenever you visit somewhere out, the common habit of the travel freak is taking photos. The photos are taken so that they can be marked as remembrance of the situation for the entire life. But, the photos which are taken will be saved in the memory card. And, none of...
  • The Insider’s Guide to Going Back to School in Your 40s

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    There are many reasons why people in their 40s consider a return to school. Tired of the same career for the last 10 years or having gone as far up the food chain as possible, school of often crosses the minds of those who are at least twice the age...
  • How Digital Nomads are Shaking up Real Estate Investments

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    The past two decades have completely transformed the way we work. It is completely feasible to earn a living from any country with just your laptop and Internet connection. Digital nomads used to be extremely rare, but now, hundreds of people are hitting the pavement as freelancers, online retail entrepreneurs,...
  • Choose the Best Class Online T Shirts Through E-Commerce

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    The T shirt is casual clothes that are made up of cotton fabric so it will provide the extreme comfort for wearing. You can go for T shirt with the best trendy jeans so that it will be helpful for making the best classic lifestyle in the best manner. It...
  • Tech Tips for Energy Management

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    In the age of energy conservation, energy management is a big deal in a number of major industries, and is also important on a personal level. Many people don’t even consider energy management as a topic of concern on a private level, but when they start thinking about the ramifications...
 
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    Small Business Ideas Blog

  • Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email

    Brian Lang
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Email outreach can be a great way to contact new sales leads or get exposure for your brand. These tools make it easy for you to find someone's email address. The post Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO

    Brian Lang
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    One commonly overlooked opportunity for getting more traffic is to syndicate your content. This article explains how you can syndicate content without screwing up your SEO. The post Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business

    Brian Lang
    6 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Is following your passion a good approach to starting your own business? A lot of people would say "yes", but this article digs a little deeper into what is really required to run a business. The post Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth

    Brian Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    Content marketing has been around for a very long time, but has grown sharply in popularity in recent years. Google’s crack down on just about every easy link building tactic and the growth of social media marketing have made content marketing a compelling choice for growing a business. Content marketing can benefit just about anyRead More The post Content Marketing Guide: How 10 Startups Became Thought Leaders & Generated Massive Revenue Growth appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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    Active Business

  • O2 Direct Network Partner Excellence Award winners announced

    Sara Metcalfe
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    O2 has announced the winners of its first Direct Partner Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as winners in both the Digital and Customer Excellence categories.Since the Partner Programme was revamped back in April we’ve relished working in the new structure which focuses on customer experience and value, as well as the introduction of a range of digital products for better productivity and flexibility. We now have our very own in-house O2 Trusted Digital Advisors to help our customers make the most of these new services.When speaking about awards, O2’s…
  • The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic

    clientsfirst
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mobile devices have changed the world of business forever… and they haven’t finished yet! As your ‘mobile workforce’ continues to expand, just how will you make sure that your business critical information stays secure? What is the scale of the situation and how can your business grow and flourish whilst staying safe in a mobile world? We look at some of the figures around the growing mobile workforce and the security challenges we now all face. Click on the image below to see our full infographic. The post The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic appeared first on…
  • Windows 10: 5 of our favourite features

    Sara Metcalfe
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Windows 10 is due to launch in 190 countries on 29th July. Details of this long awaited release have been eagerly anticipated, and here we have a rundown of five of our favourite features so far:The Windows you know, only better — Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the word go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favourite apps, and simple navigation means you and your mobile workforce won’t need to spend much time learning anything new.Enterprise-quality security — Windows security features are designed for the world’s businesses of all sizes.
  • Get to know…Adam

    Active_Business
    16 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    ​ ​Adam HattonTechnical consultancy and supportHi Adam, let’s start with work; what does a ‘normal’ day constitute for you?Fire up the PC and open up all the systems. The day consists of generally responding to and assisting with technical queries across the range of products and services we provide to clients and the maintenance of our internal systems.How long have you been with the company? How did you get started?4 years and 9 months – I started in an office administrator role and quickly built up my knowledge and skillset, working up to where I am today.Where do you see the…
  • Roaming rebooted – top tips for roaming abroad

    Sara Metcalfe
    10 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    If you’re taking your mobile away with you this summer, or travel regularly anyway, you can’t fail to be impressed with O2’s new range of worldwide data Bolt Ons.  And to make the most of your time abroad here are our tips for how to get the best from your device whilst minimising your costs:If turning off data services permanently is not an option, try turning it on only as and when you need it to limit any applications that use data running unnecessarily in the backgroundWherever possible use free data hotspots and hotel Wi-FiSet email synchronisation to manual rather…
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    Hamptons DJ

  • 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons

    Paul
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Back at #Southampton Commons this is a gig I do every year for one of my friends Linda Donato.   It’s like my wife of playing music for people.  They love me and I love to be there.   I can really play anything and they love it.  Also got to catch up with a […] The post 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON

    Paul
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    It’s not often that I make house calls to visit with clients however i made the exception and i’m really glad I did.  They were very friendly and French and I could tell immediately that this was going to be a fun party to do and i was spot on.  Start time got pushed back […] The post FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    This was my first #Relay4Life where i was providing the music by myself.  I’m always full of energy when i get there and exhausted when I go home.  The night began with opening ceremonies at 6pm.   The luminary ceremonies were held at 9pm.  Dance Hampton performed after that and .   Miles sung What […] The post #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches

    Paul
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This one came via a website call Gig Masters.   Had plenty of time to prepare for this communion party and the man upstairs put together a beautiful day.  I arrived in Center Moriches and saw a big tent in the backyard with plenty of seating.  I spoke to the bartender who gave me some […] The post Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Private Party Engel Rose Hill Estate Watermill 12/6/14

    Paul
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    i had such a great time playing for Mr Engel at a private party and friends last year and the feeling was mutual as I was invited back this year.  I stuck to my plan last year that seemed to work for this crowd.  I took a few more chances than i normally do and […] The post Private Party Engel Rose Hill Estate Watermill 12/6/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
 
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    THE Small Business Expert

  • 5 Ways to Retain Loyal Employees

    Raymond Manley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/5-ways-to-retain-loyal-employees/ By Nicky Tatley When a company has a rapid employee turnover, it generally results in a negative effect on productivity as time is spent training new people, who then may leave before they have a complete understanding of the business. Study after study has demonstrated that a contented workforce is more productive, less likely to take time away from work due to ill health and more likely to remain with the same company for longer periods. There are several ways to create an environment that results in happier employees…
  • This Week in Small Business: Go to War with General McChrystal, Attend the Sage Summit via Video and Get Four Free Marketing Tools

    Raymond Manley
    2 Aug 2015 | 4:30 pm
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/this-week-in-small-business-go-to-war-with-general-mcchrystal-attend-the-sage-summit-via-video-and-get-four-free-marketing-tools/ Here’s a concisely curated collection of great small business information that was published throughout the last week. Leadership, management and productivity We use the language of war in business – rally the troops, battle for sales, win the contract – but when retired general Stanley McChrystal uses that language, he’s not speaking figuratively. In this podcast he talks about trusting your team. Hiring for…
  • Organize Your Writing Space for Maximum Productivity

    Raymond Manley
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/07/organize-your-writing-space-for-maximum-productivity/ By Emily Johnson When you’re writing and working from home, focusing can be a problem. A very major factor in properly handling the workday is figuring out the best way of organizing your writing space. A messy writing space can be a major hassle that blocks you from completing the next great American novel – or the next great blog post – and every writer deserves a proper space to complete their work. Environment affects writing in very powerful ways, and your writing can either benefit or suffer…
  • Will Google’s New Feature Make Lines Shorter at Your Small Business?

    Raymond Manley
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:18 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/07/will-googles-new-feature-make-lines-shorter-at-your-small-business/ “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” That’s one of the most famous Yogi Berra quotes and while it sounds funny, a new Google search feature may turn this oxymoron into a reality. For many small businesses, Google now gives searchers a visual picture to help them determine when the business is most packed by customers or clients. It presents this information in a series of bar graphs – one for each day of the week – that show the relative number of people present at…
  • What Chip-based Credit Card Processing Means To Your Small Business

    Raymond Manley
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:24 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/07/what-chip-based-credit-card-processing-means-to-your-small-business/ By David Thal and Zach Oakes With the quickly approaching EMV (Europay Mastercard Visa) requirements, US companies large and small must begin to consider the implications of the “liability shift” just around the corner. Beginning in October 2015, the card issuers will no longer carry the burden of fraud liability that has long plagued (tainted) the electronic payments environment. Vendors of all shapes and sizes will be forced to make difficult decisions: either proactively upgrade to…
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    Customer Service Guru » Articles

  • Addison Lee Takes On New York City

    Dan Goss
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Self-proclaimed “business-class” taxi firm Addison Lee have conquered London, using cutting-edge technology to compete with the city’s iconic black cabs and provide their drivers with an advantage to equal The Knowledge. Now, they’ve set their sights on the equally iconic yellow cabs of New York City, in a move that has many New Yorkers up in arms. We’ve had a look at what Addison Lee has going for it, and the negatives that could hamstring them in their attempt to take a bite out of the Big Apple.The Addison Lee Taxi DriverAddison Lee describes their drivers as…
  • A World Without Customer Service: Part 2

    Dan Goss
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    Part One – IntroductionThe world has ground down to nothing. In the end times, the customer service departments closed their doors forever, and with it they closed the doors on the last of humanity’s hopes. Now the great call centers lie as empty as our hearts, decaying and derelict like the rest of the world.Without customer service departments, you see, no company could tell whether its product had any defects after launch. None of them could tell when the customer was not happy, and they had no hope of improving their business model. They imploded like overpriced bottles of…
  • How to Complain and Get Results, Every Time

    Dan Goss
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Making a complaint against a company can be a daunting prospect. It’s a task that can reduce reasonable people to howling dervishes of frustration, but if done well, it can resolve the issue easily and leave you satisfied instead. So what is the difference in someone who hits a frustrating wall and someone who complains successfully and gets what they wanted? The difference is in approach, and these steps are the key to approaching the situation like a winner.Make sure your complaint is validIt is possible that you’ve signed a bit of fine print that means you’re stuck with…
  • Taking Care of Employees, Taking Care of Customers

    Editor In Chief
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:17 am
    Stuart Hearn from OneTouchTeam believes that if employees value a company, then they’ll value their customers.The most important person in any business is not the CEO, the founder, or even the tea-lady – the customer is the most valued person of course, and a business’ employees should know that. Yet, telling them that the customer is always right doesn’t ring true if the employees in question don’t feel respected by the company. Zeynep Ton believes that companies who pay employees more have higher profits because higher paid employees feel more respected and, as a result, give…
  • Are You Prepared for Retirement? 40% of the UK Say They Aren’t

    Dan Goss
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Britain is facing a future retirement crisis – according to recently published data, the amount saved by the public will provide an income that falls short of living costs by almost £100 per week, and that is in the case of those people who have a plan. Two fifths of the British public, or 40% if that seems more massive an amount to you, say they are underprepared for retirement and many have no plan at all, choosing to continue working forever with the assumption that their health and ability to perform their job will stay good until they are in their late nineties.With this looming…
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    Business Unleashed | Real life business skills for Consultants, Creatives and Coaches.

  • EP034 – Making the Leap from Employed to Self Employed

    Chris Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    In this episode, John and I discuss our journeys from being employed to going self employed. We cover different strategies you can adopt if you are making this leap. Also, if you’ve made the leap and haven’t got where you want, we have some advice for you too. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing when to jump Planning your exit Building your skills Replacing your income Getting clients quickly Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP033 – The Truth About Branding

    Chris Green
    25 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    In this episode, I talk to Aaron Pierson on why he thinks that Brand is everything. We uncover Aaron’s three step process of defining your brand, creating your brand and getting emotional impact with your brand. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Branding is everything. Avoiding Brand Disconnect. Work out which platforms to promote yourself on. Don’t just create noise Useful links: http://froknowsphoto.com/    
  • EP032 – $24,000 From One Hour of Calls

    Chris Green
    2 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    In this episode, John and I cover a strategy he used to get an order around $24,000 from just an hour or so of calls and a follow up. We lay out every step in detail so you can replicate this into your strategies. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing the right niche. Researching client spending. Who to call. Finding pain. Getting permission to ask tough questions. Getting a decision. Outsourcing the Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP031 – Get Paid What You’re Worth

    Chris Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:51 am
    Ryan Stewman is known as the Hardcore Closer and he pulls no punches. He’s the founder of Break Free Academy and he’s well known for getting people paid what they’re worth from the marketplace. For many of us, selling was something we had to learn as we went along, so I grill Ryan on how we can go from where we are now, to getting the clients we really want. Many of the questions came from members of the Business Unleashed Facebook group. Make sure you join us there to discuss everything from this episode. In this episode you’ll learn: Focus on the outcomes. Position…
  • EP030 – Selling After the No

    Chris Green
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:48 am
    What happens after a prospect has said they’re not ready to go with your offer? What happens when they decide to use someone else? Both myself and John Logar have worked with clients that have previously said no. The challenge is that most consultants and coaches give up at the no and miss out on a load of work. In this episode you’ll learn: Why clients say no to you. The no pile is your biggest asset. How to nurture clients that aren’t ready yet. Making periodical offers. Building your follow up process. Also, we have an offer on right now to work one on one with John…
 
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • Top 5 Reasons to Act Fast After Storms

    SuperUser Account
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you own a home or manage a commercial property in Madison, it's impossible to avoid the risks associated with precipitation. We're sandwiched by two lakes that keep our air moist, and snow seems to swallow us whole every winter. However, Madison's spring and summer rainfall is even more frequent and ample than our snowfall. Heavy rains batter neighborhoods and raise water levels, sending rivers into residential streets and leaving damage in the water's wake. It's important to protect your building as much as possible, but some storms are unusually long and heavy, and…
  • How to Refresh and Preserve Sparkling Tile

    SuperUser Account
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    When your floors begin to look a little dingy, it's time to consider hiring a pro to handle your tile and grout cleaning. It's tempting to handle it yourself, but don't be fooled by the allure of saving a few bucks. Consider the true cost and benefits of professional cleaning versus DIY cleaning.  Cost Savings While cleaning the floors yourself may seem like a bargain, it involves a lot of hidden costs that make professional cleanings the wiser financial decision. Rental or purchase of equipment is not inexpensive, and you must find the correct cleaning products for your flooring type.
  • Don't Let Carpet Stains Give You The Summertime Blues

    Uriah Suarez
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The ample sunshine offered by summertime means long days with plenty of activities, and all those busy people create their share of busy messes. The earthy tones of grass and dirt are horribly effective at causing carpet damage whether it's wet or dry outside, and finger-licking good barbecues have a way of leaving at least one mess on the floor. Keeping an eye out for these common causes of stubborn stains and taking the steps to quickly eliminate them will help keep worries out of your fun. Grass and Dirt on More than Your Shirt Warm weather is the perfect time for romping around the yard,…
  • How To Remove Mold And Grout From Your Bathroom Tiles And Keep It From Coming Back

    Uriah Suarez
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The point of taking a shower or bath is obviously to get yourself clean. But if your shower or bathroom tiles are covered in grout and mold, it can make it difficult to feel very clean given the environment around you. If the time has to eradicate the grout and mold that has built up in your bathroom over the last few months, follow along with these cleaning tips. Borax Borax is a natural cleaning substance that is quite cheap but extremely good at its job. It is especially effective at killing mold and it doesn't create dangerous fumes like ammonia or other possible cleaning…
  • Easy Home Remedies for Carpet Cleaning

    Uriah Suarez
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Watching your drink or plate of food descend towards your carpet can give you quite the sinking feeling. If you find yourself in this situation, you will of course want to move as fast as possible to limit the damage to your carpet or rug. Thankfully, there are several household items you likely already have on hand that may be able to help you take care of the situation quickly. Here are three household remedies you could consider for cleaning up a spill on your carpet. Detergent The same detergent you use to clean food off your dishes can also be effective at removing a food (or other)…
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    Dex Media

  • Congress Extends SBA Loan Limit to a Record $23.5 Billion

    Laura Monroe
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    On Monday, July 27, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that reinstates the popular government backed Small Business Administration (SBA) lending program. The program had been suspended the week prior after reaching its $18.75 billion limit for the year for loan guarantees with more than two months left in the government’s fiscal...continue reading … The post Congress Extends SBA Loan Limit to a Record $23.5 Billion appeared first on Dex Media.
  • What SEO Used to Be vs. What SEO Is Now [Infographic]

    Chris Irby
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    SEO is an ever-changing field, and tactics that worked swimmingly just 5 years ago are now more than likely to get you overlooked or even penalized by the search engines. Back in the olden days, SEO was focused on page ranking to the exclusion of everything else. As a result, many SEO experts used a...continue reading … The post What SEO Used to Be vs. What SEO Is Now [Infographic] appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Email Receipts: Mailing-List Builders, Lawsuit Risks

    Jeff B. Copeland
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    “Would you like your receipt emailed to you?” From pet shops to pastry shops, you hear that question at payment time. Many shoppers like the convenience of paperless receipts: no more purses and wallets looking like shredder bins, no more losing receipts needed for returns. For merchants, the emailed receipt is an easy-to-use, standard feature of point-of-sale...continue reading … The post Email Receipts: Mailing-List Builders, Lawsuit Risks appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Could Your Social Media Presence Make You the First Thing Customers See Each Morning?

    Jen Whitten
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Are you the type of person who reaches for your phone to check social media as soon as you wake up in the morning? If so, you aren’t alone. According to a report recently released by Opera Mediaworks that looked at the mobile app habits of more than a billion users across 19,000 sites and...continue reading … The post Could Your Social Media Presence Make You the First Thing Customers See Each Morning? appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Local and Small Businesses Have a Hard Time Landing on the Front Page

    Jim Shannon
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Local and small businesses hoping to find their way onto a first page listing of the big three search engines (Google, Yahoo, and Bing) may find their opportunities limited when trying to compete with national companies. A July study by the SEO specialist firm, BrightLocal, examined the results of a series of searches they conducted...continue reading … The post Local and Small Businesses Have a Hard Time Landing on the Front Page appeared first on Dex Media.
 
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    Spaceotechnologies

  • Why Do Some Consumer Apps Overshadow Others?

    Rakesh Patel
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Apps! There are all kinds of apps. Chatting apps, gaming apps, business apps, startup apps, tracking apps, naughty apps and jealous apps. Yes! Jealous Apps! In a nutshell, not all the consumer apps get the chance to get invited into every humans’ smartphone. And if they do take an entry in the mobiles of others, they do get send back after a use or two. It is only a few privileged apps that take the red carpet walk into users’ smartphones and never walk out. So the question is; Why are some apps retained while others uninstalled? Here are some of the reasons why some consumer apps rule…
  • Location Based Service (LBS) Apps Giving A Boost To Business

    Rakesh Patel
    1 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    Location Based Service (LBS) Apps, are apps that technically seek information about your current location, to apps for giving out potential suggestions of stores, ATMs, hospitals, restaurants and others. Location based service is a software application available only for IP-enabled mobile devices that utilize knowledge about the location of the mobile. These apps can then provide location-based solutions to queries or questions on the locations of certain stores or giving out suggestions of a nearby restaurant and more. Other apps may also be push-notification oriented wherein they may…
  • Need an E-Butler in Spain? Glovo is a Courier Delivery App You Need

    Rakesh Patel
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:12 am
    There always comes a time wherein we need help from an external source. And, as you may have noticed or experienced, it becomes very difficult to find right people at the right time, who can do the job for you. However, with apps, there is no need for you to find anyone to do the job. Yes, you got it right, a courier delivery app. Spain has been facing issues with developing courier delivery services and it seems as if it hasn’t evolved since a few decades. But in the recent past, startups are trying to come up with solutions for the same. Apps like Hubbl and Postmates do help. However,…
  • B2B Apps, a Real Enterprise Deal!

    Rakesh Patel
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:44 am
    B2B Apps! It is not a new concept at all. Everyone knows it, and a lot of people make use of it. Businesses have benefited of it and have found new uses for it as well. Business to Business apps are a form or type of Enterprise Mobility apps, made specifically to connect businesses so that work can be done easily, with less confusion. The time, wherein box files and papers float around throughout floors and the efforts put in the maintenance of the documents was more than in doing the actual work; is now gone. B2B has taken a stand in protecting the trees. How? The tasks that get completed…
  • Understanding Parse App Development Platform for BaaS

    Rakesh Patel
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:11 am
    Making a cloud integrated app is a necessity for certain apps such as chat, pictures sharing and posting and other such types that require heavy data stored. There are a couple of options open in that case. Either to host a server where all the data gets stored and accessed from. As an option to that there is the cloud integration, wherein one must choose between, Backend as a Service (BaaS). One of the BaaS is Parse. It is therefore important to know what is Parse and Parse App Development? Parse is a platform for mobile apps to work by the Backend as a Service (BaaS), model. Apps that have…
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    Clear Sky SEO

  • 5 Proven Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence – Slideshow

    Lola Colums
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Since the dawn of the new millennium, social media has been rapidly changing the way we communicate, how we’re perceived and so much more. Every social action you take, whether personal or professional, leaves a mark on your own digital footprint for years to follow. In recent years, social networks have evolved to become one of the most valuable marketing assets to a  businesses and brands of all sizes. Nevertheless, many business owners and leaders seem to neglect just how much engagement can be generated from these social profiles. Discover all the new opportunities an effective social…
  • Make the Sale with Effective Calls-To-Action

    Lola Colums
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    One of the most important aspects of operating an effective commercial website is the call-to-action. In the way that search engine optimization (SEO) strategies are essential to directing traffic to your site, and useful content is needed to keep people on your site, effective calls-to-action can help your business increase its overall sales. If you integrate calls-to-action with the rest of the content displayed throughout your website, you will provide viewers with additional motivation to take the actions you want them to take. Recognizing a Call-to-Action A call-to-action is a…
  • Social Media Marketing: Building Your Brand a Community

    Lola Colums
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Social media sites have continually served as a great overall marketing vehicle for businesses. Through such sites, companies of all sizes have found new ways to reach their intended markets – and social media marketing, in general, continues to transform the ways that people do business. The marketing strategies of today are infinitely different from the kinds that were utilized decades ago. Companies are able to connect with consumers on a more personal level than ever before, and this type of connection can be both meaningful and profitable. In order to build your brand a community with…
  • Guide to SEO Keyword Research – Infographic

    Lola Colums
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:16 am
    If you want your business to be successful in the online market, employing the right SEO techniques and strategies is essential to direct new customers to your brand. While the world of SEO and Google Search Engine Algorithms seem to be ever changing, the one element that has remained a valuable tool for businesses of all shapes and sizes is keyword research. For years now, marketers have used keyword research to help their business stand out and get noticed in Google search engine results, making it one of the most important and valuable digital marketing tools out there. By researching your…
  • 4 Quick Fixes that Can Improve Your Website

    Lola Colums
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    The first thing one notices when opening up a website, is its layout and design. You don’t need to be an expert to determine whether a website is well designed or not. In fact, most of your site’s visitors will decide to leave or continue browsing your website within a matter of seconds. Consequently, your website’s design needs to be able to capture your audience’s attention immediately. Don’t leave your website’s design up to chance and make these four quick fixes to help improve your brand’s image. Quantity and Quality The quantity of content available on your…
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  • 4 Business Benefits from Registering Your Trademark with IPO

    Danella
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:46 pm
    For a business to operate legally and securely, they must comply with the necessary business registration requirements and be listed in several government institutions such as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO)—the agency that facilitates trademark registration in the Philippines. According to the IPO, a trademark refers to “both trademark and service mark, although a service mark is used to identify those marks used for services only.” Simply put, a word or group of words, sign, symbol, logo, or a combination of these can all make for a trademark. The right to a trademark is…
  • 5 Steps to Register Your Logo or Trademark in the Philippines

    Danella
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    Registering your logo or trademark is an essential step to take in order to protect your business. Being registered gives you the ability to take legal action against anyone who uses your product names, designs, and logos without your permission. In the Philippines, trademark registration is handled by the Bureau of Trademarks of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). By “trademark”, the IPO refers to “any visible sign capable of distinguishing the goods (trademark) or services (service mark) of an enterprise and shall include a stamped or marked container of goods”.
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Registering your Business with BIR

    Danella
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:36 pm
    If you’re starting a business, one of the first things you must do is to register it. Business registration in the Philippines requires business owners to register their business in several government offices, such as the DTI, SEC, City Hall, Barangay, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig and BIR. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is where professional individuals, partnerships and corporations must register to operate legally in the country and be charged the correct taxes.     Before your visit to the BIR, take note of these tips that will help you out on your registration. Do: Your…
  • BIR Form 1901: Everything You Need to Know

    Danella
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    A huge part of the challenges most freelance agents, self-employed individuals, and solo entrepreneurs face comes from the financial aspect of things—specifically accounting for taxes. BIR Registration may seem to be overwhelming for some, considering the several forms necessitating personal information, deadlines to meet, and, of course, the grueling task of tax computation. Fortunately, there are various accounting services in the Philippines that cater to such entrepreneurs. Here’s one form that both self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs should have knowledge on.    …
  • How To Register Your Company with SEC [Infographic]

    Danella
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    If you’re planning to put up a business, one of the most important steps you have to take is to register it with the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). By registering your business with the government-established body, you legitimize your business. Your company will be able to conduct business legally, issue receipts, and be protected by the country’s business laws. Here we’ll simplify the process for you in an easy-to-follow infographic, so you can move forward with your entrepreneurial goals:     Click on the image to expand   Registering your business…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

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

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

    Entrepreneur Writer
    17 Jul 2015 | 3:28 am
    Today’s world is amazing, it totally is. We live in time of opportunities and possibilities. This story is a bright example of how free market combined with some creativity and may be luck can make you a multi-millionaire in a matter of months. This is the astonishing story of a young Vietnamese developer who, because of suffering from the ‘too much spare time’ syndrome...You can also check these cool business articles:Angry Birds – A Game For Millions Of Dollars – HistoryForced – A Cool Story Of A Game Start UpGreat Business Ideas,…
  • Ask Yourself These 18 Questions Before You Quit Your Job To Start A Business

    Entrepreneur Writer
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    One of the riskiest and most consequential decisions that people have to make in life has to do with quitting a regular job and venturing out on their own. The risk is crystal clear. You are walking away from the security of a regular income job to a future of uncertainty and hopeful wishing for the best. Is there a perfect time to quit?...You can also check these cool business articles:Top 13 Qualities Of Successful EntrepreneursStarting a Cleaning BusinessGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Jayson Gaignard – From Totally Broke To Getting Back On Track

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

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Perhaps the most obvious context-aware reasons for rights management relate to location. Using a concept known as “geofencing,” a users right to to use an app or certain features of an app can vary based on location.
  • 4 Ways In-Memory Data Enables Real-Time Reporting

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    Most companies struggle to keep up with technological innovations. Some industries seem to collectively skip a generation of technology, and then leapfrog ahead later in the IT evolutionary timeline. At first glance, in-memory data seems like something many companies are skipping for now.   T...
  • How to set up InterCompany in Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    In an increasing international market place, Intercompany Transactions, and particularly Multi-Currency Intercompany Transactions, are being used more and more. It is to J.D. Edwards’ credit that, once the setup is completed correctly, the process is stable and consistent. Although the setup is complex, it is quite understandable once you know how all of the parts fit together.
  • #2: Administer User Authentication and Single-Sign-On Solutions.

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Other approaches include Identity and Access Management as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions. Comparing OAuth 2.0 and SAML 2.0 is fairly simple. Bottom line is that OAuth2 provides a simpler and more standardized solution which covers enterprise mobility SSO needs and avoids the use of workarounds for interoperability with native applications.
  • #1: Protect Enterprise Assets Behind the Firewall

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Protecting enterprise assets behind a firewall continues to make sense for any enterprise serious about a multi-layered system of defenses for the overall array of potential threats to the enterprise.
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    Creative Online Marketing

  • What’s In Store Next Month (August 2015) Inside The Project Lifestyle Club

    Diane
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    Note from Diane: If you are a small business owner today and you have a Facebook page that you don’t really know what to do with, this month’s Project Lifestyle Club Members Business Builder Blueprint could be just what you are look for. Facebook business pages are no longer a should have, they are a must […] The post What’s In Store Next Month (August 2015) Inside The Project Lifestyle Club appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Count Your Blessings Not Your Problems

    Diane
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    Note from Diane: I am lucky enough to be able to work from home several days of the week and when I take a lunch break sitting in the garden listening to the birds singing in the trees, seeing the open countryside meandering off into the distance at the back of my garden and feeling the […] The post Count Your Blessings Not Your Problems appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Why Batching Saves You Time And Makes You More Money

    Diane
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:29 am
    Note from Diane: If you are a Mum with young children or someone who is trying to build a business in part-time hours, late nights or at the weekend you will know that finding large blocks of uninterrupted time to focus on your business is a luxury. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just lock yourself […] The post Why Batching Saves You Time And Makes You More Money appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
 
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    Abtek

  • Paper Gift Certificates are SO 1995!

    Abtek
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The old school paper gift certificates not only look unprofessional, but they can be easily damaged or lost and their uses are limited. Today’s “stored value cards” have the capability to do so much more. Here’s a look at how this modern gift card system works. What is a Stored Value Card, Anyway? A stored value card is a plastic card that looks and functions similarly to a typical debit or credit card. It’s easy to use, fits nicely in consumers’ wallets and can have a number of different functionalities, including: Gift Cards + Prepaid Cards – Today, gift cards are often a gift…
  • PaymentsSource: Tami Cohorst Explains How “Social ‘Buy’ Buttons Are More Complex than Just Signing Up”

    Abtek
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    Abtek VP Tami Cohorst recently appeared in PaymentsSource to discuss the nuances around social “buy now” buttons and what the consequences of this innovation mean for the industry.  Tami explains: While it can be tempting to integrate “buy now” buttons into a business’s social media campaign, it’s not quite as simple as just “signing up.” There are a lot of logistical challenges that businesses must overcome before they’re able to successfully sell merchandise via social media platforms. Click here to read more of what she had to say, including the most common…
  • Digital Transactions: Don’t Let the Scourge of ‘Friendly Fraud’ Hurt Your Bottom Line

    Abtek
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Tami Cohorst, Abtek’s Vice President, was recently featured on Digital Transactions, an online business publication focusing on trends in the electronic exchange of value. You may have heard the term, “friendly fraud.” It’s no surprise, then, that there’s nothing friendly about it. And it’s quickly becoming a major problem for merchants across the globe. Friendly fraud, also called friendly-fraud chargebacks or cyber-shoplifting, occurs when a customer makes a purchase online and then files a dispute with his or her credit card company, claiming that the charge was fraudulent or…
  • The EMV “Chip Card” Countdown Begins

    Abtek
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    We are now less than 90 days until the EMV liability shift. Come October 1st, if your business isn’t prepared with EMV “chip card”-compatible processing equipment, you could be liable for losses due to fraudulent charges at your establishment. But, there’s no need to panic! Here, we’ve put together a handy dandy checklist to help you stay on top of the things you need to do before the October 1st deadline hits. Step 1: Contact Your MSP Merchant service providers exist to help you though your payment processing challenges—and the EMV transition definitely falls in the…
  • Get Your EMV Questions Answered at Our Upcoming Seminar!

    Abtek
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Please join us Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Milford Presbyterian Church to learn how the October 1st EMV compliance deadline will affect businesses and consumers. Hosted in partnership with the Huron Valley State Bank, the seminar will cover: What is required of business owners to meet the compliance deadline How the changes in EMV technology will affect consumers The benefits of the new system Tami Cohorst, VP of Abtek and known leader in the credit card processing world will lead the discussion. Tami’s in-depth EMV knowledge enables her to help merchants grow their businesses through…
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    blog.gotomeeting.co.uk

  • 5 GoToMeeting tips you might not know about

    Gemma Falconer
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    Earlier on this year, we announced that Citrix GoToMeeting was looking sharp following a re-design to make it even simpler and faster to use than ever before. The new design has been well-received and we thought we’d share a few tips to make sure you’re getting the absolute most out of your video-conferencing tool. Here are 5 things that you may …
  • The psychology of remote-working: Tips from the trenches

    Raymond Coppinger
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today was a day in the office for me. Office day’s involve a 650km round trip from my home on the south coast, into the heart of our capital city and then on to our head office. As a remote worker, these days are the exception rather than the rule but serve as an incredibly important part of my remote …
  • How to torture employees with your annoying motivational phrases

    Nicole Lipkin
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:08 am
    Dear Employee, Though we have our hurdles ahead of us, I just want to send a friendly reminder that it does not matter how slowly one goes as long as you do not stop. This is an exciting stage for us, it’s where we learn the rules of the game and the next step is for us to play better …
  • Awkward questions every leader should ask themselves

    David Winter
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Is anyone following me? The whole point of being a leader is to guide people towards a goal. If you are forging ahead towards your glorious vision but everyone else that you are going to depend on for this vision is milling around in confusion, you are likely to fail. In this case, you are not a leader; you are …
  • 5 tips for speaking with confidence [On-Demand Webinar]

    Gemma Falconer
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:05 am
    For many, public speaking is one of the most feared necessities of business. People don’t like to stand up and deliver a presentation to a group – and for some, that fear extends to speaking in front of a virtual audience. Watch this on-demand webinar with Lynne Copp, founder of the Worklife Company. Lynne shares top tips, techniques and methods for …
 
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    Innovative Advisory Group

  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
  • How Self Directed IRAs Can Help Protect You From Stock Market Crashes and Halted Trading on Exchanges

    Kirk Chisholm
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    How Self Directed IRAs Can Help Protect You From Stock Market Crashes and Halted Trading on Exchanges I never attempt to make money on the stock market. I buy on the assumption that they could close the market the next day and not reopen it for five years.   - Warren Buffett If you were paying attention yesterday, then you probably heard that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) halted trading for 3.5 hours and Chinese stock market continue to crash. So much for Wall Street having a lazy summer. Should you worry about these events? Yes... and No. As of today you should not have much to…
  • Inflation Monitor – June 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Inflation Monitor – June 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - June 2015 - Introduction It is officially summer and most markets are becoming more quiet. This is of course excluding the ongoing crisis in Greece. They must love the attention because they have been dragging out this "crisis" since 2011. Everyone involved in this mess (on both sides) has a reason to kick the can down…
  • What You Don’t Know About Renting vs Buying a Home Can Cost You Money

    Kirk Chisholm
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:29 am
    What You Don’t Know About Renting vs Buying a Home Can Cost You Money   "If you rent a home, it is an expense. When you buy a home, it is an expense. If you buy a home and rent it out to a third party, it becomes an investment. A better way to put it is that when you are renting, you rent from a landlord. When you buy a home to live in, you are renting from yourself." This is the third and last post of this series. The first post, Should You Rent or Buy a Home?, examined what factors you should consider when renting vs buying a home. The second post, What is the True Cost of…
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    People & Productivity Business Blog

  • New and improved Search Party Marketplace for employers is here!

    Magda Walczak
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We’ve made some big changes to the employer side of Search Party Marketplace and we wanted to give you a heads up on what’s new. The outcome is a much more intuitive hiring experience, which will help you hire faster and easier than ever before. For those of you who are new to The Search Party, our unique business model gives employers access to pre-screened candidates represented by professional recruiters. The result is hiring the right people within 10 days vs the industry average of 60. There are over 15 million candidates to search from in over 20 countries. You can sign up…
  • 8 reasons you should consider taking a job abroad

    Magda Walczak
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    If you ask me for the three best decisions I made in my life, one of them will definitely be moving to Australia. I’m not gonna lie to you – moving overseas (or even to the country next door – hi Canada!) is no easy feat. It’s disruptive in every major way possible, but man, is it worth it. For me, it meant an unforgettable and rewarding six years in Australia and a huge benefit to my career and every other aspect of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and you should consider it too – if the opportunity arises. Mandatory. Doesn’t matter that I’ve…
  • What swimming the English Channel taught me about running a start-up

    Ben Hutt
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    It’s been a year since I completed my solo English Channel swim and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what the experience taught me, whether it was worth all the effort, and more importantly, whether I’d ever do another one. In pondering these things, it’s occurred to me that the decision to swim the Channel was very much like my decision to leave a high flying job and build a startup. “I can swim the English Channel” was akin to “I can reshape an industry”. Decision made, we are forced to live with the consequences, and in my case I find it impossible to decide to do…
  • Hiring Managers Out of the Loop of Hiring Process

    Elliott Gruzin
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:16 am
    Hiring managers are being left out. Interviewing hiring managers across Canada, we found out how much control they had versus how much they craved. The results are illuminating. Of the hiring managers interviewed, 86.5% said they were responsible for interviewing candidates and 67.5% for making the final decision regarding the candidate choice. Well, it appears the roles of hiring managers are common, but what’s the biggest problem with this setup? It leaves hiring managers out of the first phase of the recruitment process. That is, they are left choosing from a small circle of candidates…
  • How to keep employees who’ve been offered jobs elsewhere

    Ben Hutt
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    In all facets of life the best employees outperform mediocre ones by a substantial margin. I’m sure we can all think of examples where a star employee sets a team on fire, or does the work of several people. They’re worth paying for, holding out for and fighting for. With the amount of time and investment that goes into finding a good hire, it’s fair to say that employers may start to feel defensive as they prepare to keep talent who may be getting propositioned with new opportunities. Just because an employee has been offered a new role, it doesn’t mean you, as a business leader, are…
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  • 7 Tips for Amazon Sellers to Increase Sales

    Amin
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Selling on amazon has many advantages over any other platform. With amazon, you can reach lots of daily visitors that can become your targeted buyers. But selling on amazon usually requires you to be smart on selecting items that you want to sell, you know with tons of sellers amazon has, the competition is very […] The post 7 Tips for Amazon Sellers to Increase Sales appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • Top 10 Niches Of 2015

    Amin
    2 Aug 2015 | 12:43 am
    If you are a member of the Drop Ship Lifestyle Mini-Course, you already aware how vital a niche selection is for building a successful online store. If you select a successful niche, it means your possibility to profit is very high. There are many factors that determine the good niche, some of them are: price, […] The post Top 10 Niches Of 2015 appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 8 Reasons Customers Like To Shop Online – Cater To Them For Online Retail Success

    Amin
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:53 am
    Opening an online store has many advantages and benefits, and because of that more and more people tend to go with online shopping over traditional shopping. when running an online store you want people to buy from you continually, so it is vital to understand the psyche of the online customers. You have to discover […] The post 8 Reasons Customers Like To Shop Online – Cater To Them For Online Retail Success appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Store From the Competition

    Amin
    29 Jul 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Every business on the whole world has its competitors. Of course, the less the competition is the better and easier your business will be. There are actually tons of competition on the internet and this puts more works on you to smartly select your niche and smartly present your store in front of your customers […] The post 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Store From the Competition appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
 
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    Smart Hustle Magazine

  • 6 Strategies for Boosting Your Network Security and Keeping Your Business Safe

    Team VirTasktic
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Security is on everyone’s mind these days, especially with so many high-profile hacks happening to companies such as Sony, Microsoft, JPMorgan, Target and more. In 2014, more than 145 million email addresses, physical addresses and login credentials were absconded during ... The post 6 Strategies for Boosting Your Network Security and Keeping Your Business Safe appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • 4 Website Design Trends Small Business Should Follow

    Chamber of Commerce
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today’s digital economy requires a strong website in order to succeed. In addition, the trends are changing and in turn, so are the client’s needs. Businesses often focus on their products or services; yet do not grasp the importance of ... The post 4 Website Design Trends Small Business Should Follow appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • YouTube Founder Shares Advice on How to Succeed in Business

    Ramon Ray
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Yesterday at the Sage Summit in New Orleans and one of the key speakers was Chad Hurley, founder of YouTube. Chad shared tips with the audience on how to succeed in business. Some of his key points were: All ideas ... The post YouTube Founder Shares Advice on How to Succeed in Business appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • 10 Pieces of Accounting Software Perfect for a Rapidly Growing Small Business

    Carolyn Crummey
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    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 BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. Members of the YEC ... The post 10 Pieces of Accounting Software Perfect for a Rapidly Growing Small Business appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • Why You Don’t Need To Read Another Time Management Book

    Hugh Culver
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I have a spot quiz for you: Is multi-tasking a bad habit? Should you make a work plan? Do interruptions kill productivity? If you answered ‘yes’ to all three questions you don’t need to read another time management book. You ... The post Why You Don’t Need To Read Another Time Management Book appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
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    Bolton Remote Blog

  • Attracting Great Remote Employees

    Bolton Remote
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    This is a guest post by Carl Dierschow. Carl is a business coach who has helped business owners with strategic planning and company growth. Here he discusses how you can attract the right remote staff by going beyond traditional recruitment concepts. Most companies follow pretty much the same process for hiring: You notice that you Next → The post Attracting Great Remote Employees appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center

    Bolton Remote
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like any large investment, setting up a social media command center comes with a slew of risks. A poorly run center is not only a waste of money, but it also stunts your digital marketing efforts. The good news is, you can build a social media command center remotely. Here are the foundations you need to build one. The post 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 4 Tips to Keep Your Content Engaging

    Bolton Remote
    14 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    At this stage of growth for digital marketing, businesses have to keep stepping up their game and producing good content. It’s become important to write especially interesting content, as the average internet reader grows increasingly distracted. You have little time to catch your reader’s attention, but so much to say about your business and what you do. How do you keep your content engaging to a crowd of skimmers? Here are a few pointers. The post 4 Tips to Keep Your Content Engaging appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • Signs You Need to Hire Remote Talent

    Bolton Remote
    10 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even if you have exceptional time management skills, without delegating tasks to your staff, you spread yourself thin and stunt your business’s growth. At some point, you will need to hire help. Remote help is an option for many, but how do you know if it’s a good solution for you? Here are the signs. The post Signs You Need to Hire Remote Talent appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • What You Need When Hiring a Remote SEO Professional

    Bolton Remote
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    You need someone with the background and the know-how to keep up with SEO’s changes. Fortunately, you don’t need to rent bigger office space or procure new computers to hire an SEO expert. You have the option of hiring a remote SEO professional, but you need to be prepared. The post What You Need When Hiring a Remote SEO Professional appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
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    BizCentral USA

  • Bookkeeping for Financial Success

    BizCentral
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Bookkeeping services for small businesses Hundreds of thousands of businesses are started each year by creative entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service. Unfortunately, many of these businesses fail. One of the top reasons that startup businesses fail is poor accounting. There are many factors that can lead to poor bookkeeping. Small business owners are generally extremely busy and do not have the time required to complete proper accounting and bookkeeping. Also, many small businesses are understaffed and may not have the funds to hire a full-time accountant. In addition, many…
  • Creating a Business Plan

    BizCentral
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Creating a business plan for small businesses Many people dream of financial freedom. One potential way to achieve financial independence is by forming a new company. While establishing a brand new company can be an exciting proposition for many people, even the most creative ideas can be unsuccessful if not they are not developed properly. One of the best ways to ensure that your business ideas are carefully thought-out and positioned for success is by creating a business plan. Having a formal business plan can help start-up companies secure initial funding and get organized. Also, it can…
  • Benefits of Establishing a Corporate Foundation

    BizCentral
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    A Corporate Foundation Can Help You Lower Your Taxes While Promoting Your Brand Many companies are interested in giving back to their local community. In addition to the goodwill generated for the firm, corporate giving is responsible for many wonderful charitable programs that are used by many people. There are various ways that a company can give back to the community. They may do so by donating funds to a local charity, sponsoring an event, or by setting up their own corporate foundation. A corporate foundation is a charity that is tied to a specific for-profit company. There are several…
  • General Bookkeeping Systems and Accounting Methods

    BizCentral
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Getting started with your small business accounting When starting up a new business many business owners are unclear on the different bookkeeping systems and methods available to them.  It is important to determine which system and method will work best for your organization.  This will ensure you are properly accounting for the organization’s income and expenses. When referring to a bookkeeping system I am referring to how you will track your income and expenses.  There are two methods available to use: Single entry and Double Entry.  The single entry method is the simplest method and…
  • Making Sense of Business Certification Program Requirements

    BizCentral
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    Preparing for the small business certification process Business certification can be a powerful tool on the road to establishing a successful company. There are many different types of certification programs available to small business owners, each with their own set of specific requirements. Some certification programs have personal net worth maximum requirements while other certification programs require that the owner be a United States citizen. Some of the most popular certifications are the 8a certification program and third party certifications. Understanding the different requirements…
 
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    Organizers Direct Blog

  • Ask the Home Organization Systems Designer: Part Three

    Organizers Direct
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Every home is unique, and every homeowner has different organizational needs. When it comes to closet makeovers, custom solutions are often the best way to make the space function at its best. In this multi-part series, the custom home organization system designers at Organizers Direct answer some of the most frequently asked questions about remodeling storage spaces in the home.
  • Ask the Home Organization Systems Designer: Part Two

    Organizers Direct
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Every home is unique, and every homeowner has different organizational needs. When it comes to closet makeovers, custom solutions are often the best way to make the space function at its best. In this multi-part series, the custom home organization system designers at Organizers Direct answer some of the most frequently asked questions about remodeling storage spaces in the home.
  • Ask the Home Organization Systems Designer: Part One

    Organizers Direct
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Every home is unique, and every homeowner has different organizational needs. When it comes to closet makeovers, custom solutions are often the most effective way to make the space function at its best. In this multi-part series, the custom home organization system designers at Organizers Direct answer some of the most frequently asked questions about remodeling storage spaces in the home.
  • 3 Reasons to Not DIY Home Organizational Systems

    Organizers Direct
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The countless home improvement shows on television these days make many homeowners feel as if they are only a few tools away from becoming highly skilled home renovators themselves. However, home renovation projects are not as simple as they look on HGTV and the DIY Network. According to the Home Safety Council, one out of every five people is injured each year trying to complete their own home renovation project. It can be dangerous, as well as expensive, to do it yourself; not only do you have to purchase the tools and hardware needed to complete the project, expenses to repair a job gone…
  • Small Closet Organization Ideas from Closet Design Pros

    Organizers Direct
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Is your closet suffering from overstuffed shelves and wrinkled, disorganized clothing carelessly crammed onto a single hanging rod?  Remodeling your home to add additional closet space is the ideal solution for solving the problem of a small closet, but this somewhat impractical solution is not an option for everyone. For most homeowners, closet organization systems are the most effective way to increase small closet space. At Organizers Direct, our custom closet consultants have years of experience optimizing space in small closets. We find that most of the issues caused by a small…
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    The Creative Entrepreneur

  • File types cheat sheet: Know what to use and when to use it

    Kelly
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Have you ever been confused about which file types to request for different design projects? Or which file types are best to provide to a printer? We know how it feels. The wrong file type can make something that should be an exciting experience – getting an awesome design for your business – a total nightmare. The last thing you want after putting in hours of hard work with a designer for months on a direct mail design is to be told by the postcard printer that your file just isn’t going to cut it. That’s why 99designs has you covered! Check out our file…
  • Vote for July’s Top 9 at 99!

    Kelsey Bryant
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Man this summer’s flying by fast… it’s once again time to vote for July’s Top 9 at 99! This month we have a glorious mix of new and categories – from stunning 3D designs and mascots to beautiful illustrations and logos. Which one will you pick? Scroll down and cast your vote below! We’ll announce the winner next Thursday. Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo form! Voting will close on Wednesday, July 30th at 5pm PST. The post Vote for July’s Top 9 at 99! appeared first on The Creative Entrepreneur.
  • 4 eye-catching web layout trends for 2015

    99designs guest author
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Every year new web design concepts emerge as some older trends recede. Over the upcoming months we’ll no doubt see a temporary increase in the popularity of video backgrounds, tiles and animated storybooks – just to name a few. Responsive web design, a trend that surfaced back in 2010, will undoubtedly remain at the core of design for the foreseeable future. But this doesn’t mean that all web pages have to move towards a common and standardized structure. On the contrary, there will likely be more space for differentiation, flexibility and experimentation than ever before. In this…
  • Posters to get your business noticed and your prospects acting

    Jessica Sillers
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    Posters are attention-grabbing, memorable and ultra-flexible. After all, you can hang them just about anywhere! Their low-cost, low-risk nature makes them a great marketing tool for a variety of messages. With months of warm weather ahead, now is a perfect time to consider how a poster design campaign can help generate buzz for your business. How do I know if a poster is right for my business? Small and medium-sized businesses are in an especially strong position to take advantage of poster as a marketing tool. Posters are more cost-effective than a TV commercial or billboard. Work with a…
  • Share your In Real Life photo and win a free design contest!

    Kelly
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Here at 99designs, we can’t help but brag a little bit about our inspiring community of entrepreneurial customers and endlessly creative designers; we’re like a proud parent wanting to share the successes of our small business and designer community with anyone who will listen! One of our favorite ways to bring our community’s stories to life is through photos of winning designs “in real life” – in action on company business cards, storefront signage, beverage labels, book covers – you name it, we love it.   Show us your 99designed design in real life   Crayon…
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    The Online Beginners Hub

  • 10 Steps to Dramatically Boost Your Online Reputation

    Dale
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This article is brought to you courtesy of The Online Beginners Hub where you can learn everything you need to know as a beginner online. How To Improve Your Online Reputation Today, managing and improving your online reputation has become essential. This is due to the advent of Google Search and the ability of anyone to look for you online and find out information about your company and your personal life. Even if there is something out there that you don’t want people to dwell on, you can make it better. It takes a little bit of work but it can be done. In fact, everyone who wants to be…
  • Choosing The Right Business Entity

    Dale
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
    This article is brought to you courtesy of The Online Beginners Hub where you can learn everything you need to know as a beginner online. How to Choose The Right Business Entity and Structure For Your Startup When you start up your business you’ll want to figure out your tax-related business identity. There are a few choices depending on where you live. In the USA you can choose to be a sole proprietor, partnership, a limited liability corporation (LLC) or a corporation. Each has different rules, regulations and tax consequences. It will depend on your individual business and what works…
  • The Art, Science and Psychology Of Pricing

    Dale
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    This article is brought to you courtesy of The Online Beginners Hub where you can learn everything you need to know as a beginner online. Help Pricing Your Product or Service Pricing your product or service is indeed a mixture of art, science and psychology. Once you actually have your product or service selling you can split test different pricing strategies but coming up with the initial price and explaining that price on your sales page can be very difficult. When it comes to the psychology of marketing I highly recommend you follow Kevin Hogan who is a psychologist and brilliant marketer.
  • Should You Use Free Web Hosting For Your Online Small Business

    Dale
    11 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This article is brought to you courtesy of The Online Beginners Hub where you can learn everything you need to know as a beginner online. Should You Go With Free Web Hosting? I fully understand and appreciate that many beginners trying to setup a website are often cash strapped. Your lack of funds is probably one of the reasons that is spurring you on to start an online business. Since the going is tough, you may be tempted to try your very best to skimp on costs in order to get started. However the best advice that any online business can adopt is to have enough capital before beginning. It…
  • 5 Ways to Increase Click-Through Rates with Killer Meta Descriptions

    Dale
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This article is brought to you courtesy of The Online Beginners Hub where you can learn everything you need to know as a beginner online. You can increase traffic to your website in one of two ways. The first is to improve your page rankings on the search engine results for your keywords. The second is to improve your click-through-rate (CTR) – this means getting a higher number of people who see your listing to actually visit your website. Most Internet marketers focus on the first approach. But improving CTR can provide you with huge results, especially since it’s so easy to do.
 
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    Startup Roadmap

  • 3 Entrepreneurial Tips For New Start-Ups

    Helena Zwarts
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:42 am
    If you’re an entrepreneur who is ready to build your own business, getting started on the right foot is important. To ensure that your first strides are productive and powerful, utilize these entrepreneurial tips: Utilize Consultation Services These days, there are a plethora of companies that offer consultation services geared towards helping entrepreneurs determine which type of business they should open. There are a wide range of options, including but not limited to a tapout franchise or non-traditional vending group. Companies like The Resource Group offer clients free consultation…
  • Call Center Services for Small Businesses

    Helena Zwarts
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Call center services provide outsourcing for businesses both large and small. From the most basic answering service, to more sophisticated virtual and online chat options, the large variety of call center services can help fill customer service gaps and grow businesses in a cost effective manner. Whether a simple answering service, or a full-fledged ecommerce call center is needed, many call center services, such as Solid Cactus, offer the option to build your own call center platform to suit your specific company needs. Basic Answering Service Options Good customer service begins with having…
  • Three Ways To Optimize Your Business Marketing Plan

    Helena Zwarts
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    As a result of globalism and the rise of the internet, businesses are facing more and more competition with each passing day. If you’re a business owner who wants to come out on top, it’s important that you implement a high quality marketing plan that makes your brand the primary one running through the minds of your target market. To put this process in motion, consider implementing some or all of the following marketing strategies:   Invest In Signs While online marketing is all the rage these days, that doesn’t mean that traditional, offline modes of advertising are…
  • Ways to Make Your LinkedIn Profile More Professional

    Helena Zwarts
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    Every second, two more people join LinkedIn. That steadily growing and rapidly expanding social network is not one that you want to miss out on. Here are a few ways to make your profile stand out among the masses. 1. Use your profile header to show off your personal brand or to gain exposure for your company. This is the place where you’re going to make your first impression, so put extra thought into it. Keep the JPEG to less than 4MB and be sure to create an image with the right dimensions, 1400×425. 2. Use a professional head shot as your primary profile photo. This is your digital…
  • 5 Things Any Business Owner Can Do to Help the Community

    Helena Zwarts
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:37 am
    Helping a local community can be beneficial for the future economy of the area. What many business owners don’t realize is how this help can actually improve future relations as well as income. The more financially stable a location is, the more profitable it can be for virtually any business opportunity. This help can come in many different forms and can have lasting results. Charities Nearly every local area has charity organizations that help those in need. From food banks to churches, these establishments rely on the generosity of others. Government assistance can only go so far,…