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  • LEGO’s Girl Problem Starts with Management

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    Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This summer, LEGO launched a minor revolution. It introduced professional women – scientists, no less – into its latest toy line aimed at girls. The new figurines – called “minifigs” by Lego die-hards – feature a female palaeontologist, an astronomer, and a chemist. They sold out on the first day. This, after years of mediocre “pink” products that did little to grow Lego’s share of the girls’ toy aisle. Why did it take until 2014 for the world’s second-largest toy maker to offer girls (and their toy-buying parents) products they might actually want? (After all, even…
  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
  • Infographic: The Booming Business of Social Commerce

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    Michael Essany
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Still don’t think the social commerce industry is real and thriving?  A recent report from Invesp just might change your mind. “The mobile shoppers who read product reviews on social media channels show a higher conversion rate – as much as 133% higher,” the report reads. “On a grand scale, this conversion represents billions of dollars of business worldwide.” So just how big is social commerce today? Check out Invesp‘s new infographic shared below.
  • Report: Cloud Storage Usage on the Rise

    Mobile Marketing Watch
    Kirby Johnsen
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cloud storage, which enables consumers to store material and later access it anytime, any place, or on any device, has gone mainstream. According to the latest data from Harris interactive, and covered by eMarketer, 39% of U.S. internet users have now turned to the cloud in some fashion. Of this large group, the overwhelming majority said the cloud vastly benefits professionals. The cloud makes lives easier through simple file-sharing and stress free data backups (41% of those polled attest). For 40%, the cloud also helps keep friends and families connected. Even though 9 out 10 users said…
  • The Starbucks Franchise Experiment

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    The Franchise King®
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Starbucks is going a different direction. They’re not awarding franchises anymore. They’re done. Just like that. It’s over. Kapoot. For now.   The Starbucks Franchise Experiment They got us. When Starbucks announced that is was going to start offering franchises, thousands of people (I’m assuming) contacted headquarters. The Announcement: STARBUCKS IS FINALLY SELLING FRANCHISES That’s right; the executive team at Starbucks has decided (finally) to take the leap and capitalize on their brand via the franchise business model. In February, Starbucks opened its…
 
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  • U2 Haters Rejoice! New Album Can Be Deleted From iTunes With One Click

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Apple releases a tool that allows easy removal of U2's latest album, which Apple gave to iTunes users for free.After harsh social media backlash, Apple has relented and released an easy way for users to delete U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, from their iTunes library with a single click. The free album was deposited into around half a billion iTunes accounts in tandem with last week's launch event for the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of U2's custom iPod.Read Full Story
  • Vivienne Westwood's Posh Virgin Atlantic Uniforms Apparently Injure Flight Attendants

    Carey Dunne
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Suffering for fashion at 6,000 feet: Westwood's sleek red uniforms are inflicting injury and blisters on Virgin's cabin crew.In July, punk rock fashion icon Vivienne Westwood debuted a line of '40s-inspired blood-red uniforms for Virgin Atlantic's crew. Airline owner Richard Branson called them "extremely glamorous." But according to some of Virgin's 7,500 flight crew members, they're also extremely uncomfortable. The Sun reports (subscription required) that the footwear, a glossy red take on Westwood's signature hourglass heels, is giving flight attendants blisters. Crediting the union…
  • Enhanced FBI Database Lets Authorities Search Criminal And Non-Criminal Biometrics

    Alice Truong
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The bureau's Next Generation Identifier, which took three years to develop, is now fully operational.The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday that its expanded biometric database Next Generation Identifier is now fully operational.Read Full Story
  • Texting While Walking? In China, There's A Lane For That

    Peter Wade
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    Walk this way: A Chinese city has installed a special sidewalk lane for distracted walkers.Texting while walking may not seem as dangerous as texting while driving, but both distracted actions are a hazard to pedestrians. To raise awareness of the risks of not paying attention while walking, a city in China recently created a smartphone sidewalk lane for those who can't keep their eyes off their mobile devices.Read Full Story
  • Why This Media Startup Is Betting On Print Newspapers

    Sarah Kessler
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    California Sunday, based in San Francisco, is giving the West Coast some new weekend reading.Most of America's magazines are based in New York City, which houses media giants like Conde Nast and Time Inc. But it always struck Douglas McGray, a journalist who has contributed to the New York Times Magazine and the New Yorker, as a bit odd that there wasn't a similar national general interest magazine that reflected a West Coast perspective.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • The October 2014 Visa Bulletin Has Been Released

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    The U.S. Department of State has released the October 2014 Visa Bulletin. October 2014 Visa Bulletin for Family-Based Visas   The U.S. Department of State categorizes green card petitions based on the sponsor’s legal status. F1: The unmarried sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F2: The spouses and children of Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders). F2A: Spouses and Children of LPRs. F2B: Unmarried Adult Children of LPRs. F3: Married sons and daughters of U.S. citizens. F4: Brothers and sisters of adult U.S. citizens. As you can see this past month saw a great…
  • FYI: Green Card Priority Dates and Preference Categories

    Aneesah Ali
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    You’re applying for a Green Card and the terms priority date and preference category come up often and you probably have a few questions. What exactly are Green Card priority dates? What is a preference category and how do I know if it applies to me? How will my preference category and priority date impact processing times for my Green Card? Here are five things you need to know about priority dates and preference categories and how they apply to you. 1) What are priority dates and preference categories? Green Card priority dates indicates the date in which the application was filed. Green…
  • FYI: Co-Sponsoring the Financial Income Requirement for U.S Immigration

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

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

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

  • Fast Food Declining; Food Trucks Increasing

    Steve
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Forbes article Survey Says Americans are Losing Their Appetite for McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King covers a study showing that consumers - and especially Millennials - are choosing fast casual restaurants over fast food places. Key quote: Most Millennials surveyed (89%) seek out fast, casual food they deem healthier, tastier and “more customized” than fast food, and they’re willing to pay more for it, the survey revealed. At the same time, the nation's appetite for food trucks continues to grow. Cities across the country are liberalizing food truck laws in…
  • The Rise of Experience Retail

    Steve
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I was shopping recently in Walnut Creek, an affluent east bay suburb of San Francisco. An upscale shopping destination, Walnut Creek has the usual array of high end stores and boutiques. But what caught my eye were two stores that don't actually sell things. Instead, they are meant to be places where potential customers can learn about and experience products and services. Tesla, the high end electric car company, has one of their showrooms in Walnut Creek.  The showroom gives you a chance to see, touch and feel a Tesla as well as arrange for a test drive. But if you want to buy…
  • The Booming Field of Public Relations

    Steve
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Interesting data from Pew Research's The Growing Pay Gap Between Journalism and Public Relations shows that the PR field is booming even while the total number of reporters in declining. As the Pew chart below shows, over the 10 year period from 2004 to 2013 the number of reporters fell by 17%.  Over the same time period, the number of PR professionals increased by 22%.             Public relations is booming because PR is proving to very effective in an online world.  This is leading to more firms investing in PR and related…
  • Moonlighting: Booming or Declining?

    Steve
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let me say up front our research indicates moonlighting- working 2 or more jobs - has become much more common in the U.S. over the past decade.  But not everyone agrees.   According to the Pew Research Center's article Moonlighting is less common now, despite what you might have heard, moonlighting has been declining for years.   Key quote from the article: Both in terms of raw numbers and as a share of all employed people, fewer Americans are working more than one job than in the mid-1990s. Working two jobs or more has become less common, not more, since the…
  • Survey: 1 in 3 Americans are Freelancers

    Steve
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Freelancers Union and Elance - oDesk released a study showing that 34% of the American workforce freelances in some form. According to the study, 53 million Americans said they engaged in some form of freelance work in the past year. The study breaks these folks into 5 segments: "Independent Contractors" (40%, or 21.1 million) don’t have a traditional employer and do freelance, temporary or supplemental work on a project-to-project basis. “Moonlighters” (27 percent, or 14.3 million workers) have a primary, traditional job but also moonlight doing freelance work.
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Follow This Superstar’s 7-Step Example to Dominate Your Industry

    Sonia Thompson
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I woke up like this. I woke up like this. Flawless. After listening to “Flawless” five times, Evette went to the mirror, and told herself the lyrics in the Beyoncé song were true. She believed it. She internalized it. She embodied it. Ready to dominate, Evette strutted over to her computer to fire off a blog post. A post that would enable her to claim her rightful place atop her industry. The same way Beyoncé dominates her industry. You’ve met an Evette before, right? Someone who thinks she’s so flawless, all she has to do is show up and everyone will bow down to…
  • Why You Must Not Ignore The Call to Adventure

    Chris Guillebeau
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The following is an excerpt from Chris Guillebeau’s new book, The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. In ancient myths, most quests were ones of discovery or confrontation. A kingdom was under siege, so it required defending. A minotaur in a faraway land guarded a magic chalice, and only the hero could wrest it back. Happily, real-world quests offer more possibilities than storming castles and rescuing princesses, and with some exceptions modern-day quests can be placed into a few broad categories. Travel is an obvious starting point. As I…
  • 5 Ways Listening to Community Data Can Expand Your Content Marketing Strategy

    Shannon Byrne
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    When talking about content marketing, discussions often focus on decisions about topics, headlines, platforms, and distribution. But how much do you consider the data that supports these decisions? I’m not talking about demographics, like age, gender, or location — although those matter, too. Rather, I’m talking about the answers behind qualitative questions: Who are your community’s influencers and why? Which events are your community members attending? What will be your first touchpoint with your community? Where is your community getting their information and news?
  • Permission to Kick Ass: Granted

    Pamela Wilson
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    What if you discovered that your own words and thoughts were wreaking havoc on your chances for success? They might be. What you say about what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference in your own mind. And it makes a big difference in how people view your work. At some point, you have to decide if you want to be at the top of your field. Does that sound like too audacious of a goal? I’d like to propose that you consider it. That you eliminate “I’ll try” from your vocabulary. That you make it your aim to be the best, to surpass the competition, and to go for the…
  • The Key Element of 21st Century Persuasion

    Brian Clark
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Back in the 1950s, a bedridden man faced certain death from inoperable, terminal cancer. Tumors the size of oranges had invaded the man’s neck, groin, chest, and abdomen. The patient’s only hope was a new experimental cancer drug called Krebiozen. Three days after the initial treatment, the man was out of bed and joking with his nurses. As treatment continued, his tumors shrunk by half. Ten days later, he was discharged from the hospital … the cancer was gone. That’s pretty amazing in itself. The more amazing thing is that Krebiozen didn’t actually work. We’re back…
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  • Small Business Tips: 5 More Great Online Tools (Have I Mentioned These Before?)

    Mike
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    A few weeks ago I offered up five online tools that I have tested or am currently using (and that I have never written about before). I like to explore these new apps, tools, and services every so often with an eye towards sharing and possibly implementing in our own business (Remember? Here, here, here, here, and here). Some of the best tools and apps we use are available online for little or no money. The best of these reduce workloads, improve productivity, increase capacity, and (yes) can pay for themselves through reduced expenses in other parts of the budget. Plus many of these are…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #234 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The video above shows 100 of the most iconic movie shots of all time. Some remarkable cinema is represented. What’s missing? Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership – crowdspring.co/1usla8G 8 Excellent Reasons to…
  • 12 Questions: Meet Tal More (USA)

    Audree
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice. We’re very proud to feature Tal More (crowdSPRING username: moretalme) today. Tal lives and works in Los Angeles, California. 1. Please tell us about yourself. Hi crowdSPRINGers and NetBrowsers. My name is…
  • Small Business and Startups: 5 Traits of Leadership

    Mike
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    What is a manager? What is a leader? In the context of small business and startups these two characteristically different beings are necessarily rolled into one. In the world of the mega-corporation-consultant-advised-worker-powered-behemoths a manager can often be a quietly effective, detail oriented, often cloistered individual who might supervise dozens or even hundreds of others, while displaying minimal, or even non-existent leadership skills. This is not to say that mid-level corporate managers are not often strong leaders, but merely that leadership ability is not always a required…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #233 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:57 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! Apple is known for the unique style of their ads. Here’s a fun parody from IKEA, poking fun at those ads and promoting the annual IKEA book catalogue. Very well done by IKEA. Small Business Tips: 5 Great Online Tools (That I’ve…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • 25 Food Franchises That Are Hot In The Great White North

    The Franchise King®
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas referred to Canada as “The Great White North,” during their many appearances on SCTV. The show was hilarious. Many people first saw the late John Candy on SCTV.  Several other really funny people starred on the show over the years. Before I share 25 food franchises that are hot in “The Great White North,” here’s a two-minute skit featuring Moranis and Thomas doing: The Great White North…     Funny stuff. And, yes: I have some good friends in Canada, like Evan Turner, who’s a Sound FX editor. He says…
  • Franchisors: Get More Organized So You Can Award More New Franchises

    The Franchise King®
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    It has long been thought that organization is they key to success. This may no longer be true in today’s digital age. Business moves faster than the speed of light, so everything you can do to shave precious minutes off your work can improve your franchise’s bottom line and allow you to expand your business.     That’s right: You’ll be able to sell more new franchises if you can find a way to be more organized. Keep reading.   Franchisors: Get More Organized So You Can Award More New Franchises As it turns out, spending precious minutes organizing your digital…
  • Franchise Business Tip: Don’t Get Derailed

    The Franchise King®
    7 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    I’ve worked with people who have been derailed by well-meaning friends and relatives. It’s not a pretty sight. They’ve talked themselves out of the franchise opportunity they were starting to get interested in after “hearing something” from a well-meaning, but totally (or partially) unqualified family member or friend. How sad. Try not to allow that to happen to you. Scratch that: Make a commitment (right now) to ignore the naysayers. After you’ve made that commitment, you can start doing the work. And, don’t kid yourself; it’s going to take a lot of…
  • ADP Franchise Report Shows 21,360 Jobs Added In August

    The Franchise King®
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    21,360 franchise jobs added looks like a pretty good number. But, according to Ahu Yildirmaz, VP and head of the ADP Research Institute, this job growth was slightly below the twelve-month average in August. On a positive note, she said it was better than July. So, are things looking up?   August U.S. Economic Report Just In: Employers added just 142,000 jobs last month, sharply lower than the 225,000 economists were anticipating and the smallest monthly gain of 2014. The unemployment rate, which is drawn from a different survey of households, dropped from 6.2% to 6.1%. So, things are…
  • The Starbucks Franchise Experiment

    The Franchise King®
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Starbucks is going a different direction. They’re not awarding franchises anymore. They’re done. Just like that. It’s over. Kapoot. For now.   The Starbucks Franchise Experiment They got us. When Starbucks announced that is was going to start offering franchises, thousands of people (I’m assuming) contacted headquarters. The Announcement: STARBUCKS IS FINALLY SELLING FRANCHISES That’s right; the executive team at Starbucks has decided (finally) to take the leap and capitalize on their brand via the franchise business model. In February, Starbucks opened its…
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  • Jack Covert Selects – The Glass Cage

    dylan
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Tweet The Glass Cage: Automation and Us by Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Company, 288 pages, $26.95, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780393240764 Nicholas Carr writes beautiful, big-picture books on the history and future of technologies that have evolved alongside humanity. In The Glass Cage, his focus is on automation. The fundamental question, on which popular opinion seems to change with the economic winds, is whether the automated machines we design are labor-saving wonders that will lead us to a technical utopia of increasing leisure and prosperity, or whether they’re stealing…
  • Jack Covert Selects – How We Got to Now

    Ryan Schleicher
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Tweet How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World by Steven Johnson, Riverhead Books, 304 pages, $30.00 Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9781594632969 Not many writers can craft an engaging 250 page book around seemingly mundane subjects such as glass and freezing, but Steven Johnson (Where Good Ideas Come From) has a talent for literary, scientific explanation that connects these subjects to historically important, transformative ideas and innovations. His new release, How We Got to Now, continues Johnson’s exploration of the “hummingbird effect”—when “an…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Happiness of Pursuit

    Sally
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Tweet The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau, Harmony Books, 292 pages, $25.00, Hardcover, September 2014, ISBN 9780385348843 Chris Guillebeau didn’t know he had set out on a quest to travel to every country in the world until he had traveled to the first 50. At that point, he realized he could achieve the kind of goal that at one time might have seemed indomitable. But, Guillebeau writes: Experience produces confidence, and confidence produces success. To have traveled the world over, literally, brings to mind a super hero or…
  • Thinker in Residence: Jacob Morgan on Business and Books

    dylan
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Tweet “Will we have employees in the future? Will employees work with robots?” ~Jacob Morgan If you’ve like what you’ve been hearing on The Future of Work from Jacob Morgan over the last two days, and you want to be a part of building that future and making it work for you, you may want to request an invitation to The FOW Community to further the conversation and start taking action. Before we let him go, we asked Jacob a few quick questions about the questions he has, and where he looks for answers… 1. What is the one unanswered question about business you are…
  • Thinker in Residence: A Q&A with Jacob Morgan

    dylan
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Tweet “Everyone always talks about the customer but in my opinion change must start from the inside first. … Employees are the most valuable asset that an organization has and we need to spend more time focusing on them.” ~Jacob Morgan A Q&A with Jacob Morgan on The Future of Work Jacob Morgan has been challenging conventional thinking about the future, about work, and about the future of work at his site, The Future Organization, and on Forbes for year. (In fact, he believes the future of work is all about challenging convention.) If you want to know How To Get Rid Of…
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  • Office 365 Nation Fall Conference: Finally a Conference Dedicated to Office 365!

    Jennifer Peaslee
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Large companies have been using (and loving!) Microsoft Office 365 for years now, but popularity has been quickly growing among small business owners. The reason is simple – small businesses need to work, connect and collaborate on the go, within a platform that is reliable and can keep their data safe. For many small businesses, that makes Office 365 the perfect fit. If you’re looking to make the switch and want to learn more about Office 365, you may be interested in an upcoming event that will feature Small Biz Technology’s Ramon Ray as a session speaker. The event is the Office…
  • 3 Tips on Using Social Content Marketing to Elevate Your Online Marketing

    Jennifer Peaslee
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Printed pamphlet. Emailed newsletter. Company blog post. No matter what form it takes, most businesses do some form of content marketing as a way to distribute content to customers and set yourself up as an expert or a reliable source of industry information. Content marketing is an important way to attract customers – but are you maximizing your impact? With the growth of social media, every business should be going one step farther with their content marketing by implementing social content marketing strategies as well. In a nutshell social content marketing is a second step, where you…
  • Marketing Strategies to Crush Your Competition: Interview with Marketing Expert David Newman

    Jennifer Peaslee
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Who out there would love to run circles around their competition when it comes to marketing and sales? Of course you do! But what if what you’ve been doing hasn’t helped you reach that goal? Then it’s time to sit back and listen to the tips of David Newman – the marketing expert who can teach you marketing strategies that will crush your competition. David Newman is a nationally recognized marketing expert and Amazon #1 bestselling author of “Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits and Crush Your Competition.” He’s got a long list…
  • Small Business and Diversity: Join Us for a Twitter Chat September 11 at 3:30 EST

    Jennifer Peaslee
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:44 am
    I’m interrupting your workday to tell you about an event that you simply cannot miss – a discussion of small business and diversity that is happening today (September 11) at 3:30 EST. This Twitter chat is part of a series of chats organized by Yahoo Small Business Advisor that will be happening all year long, at a rate of about one per month (two in October). Each session will be based on a topic that has specific value to small businesses. Today’s chat features commentary by Small Biz Technology’s Ramon Ray, and the topic is “Diversity: Embracing Small Business Opportunities For…
  • Want Your Emails To Get Delivered Better? Print Out and Keep This Neat Infographic.

    Ramon Ray
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Email marketing company Vertical Response provides a great overview of tips in how small business owners can better ensure their emails get through spam folders and other barriers to reach their intended destinations. Vertical Responses infographic shows that you can directly influence whether your emails land in the inbox or the dreaded Spam folder. While the most important thing is to use a reliable email service provider, there are many other things that affect email delivery, including the health of your email lists, the content you include in your emails and even how often (or not) you…
 
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    Small Business Trends

  • Dinner Lab Uses Pop-Up Locations to Create Smarter Restaurants

    Annie Pilon
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Do you ever wish you could tell chefs what you really think about their food? Dinner Lab is a startup that aims to get diners to do just that. And along with that, the chefs and restaurants that use Dinner Lab get valuable insights that they wouldn’t normally have access to without jumping right into business. CEO Brian Bordainick told CNBC: “The industry right now is predicated on having a vision and then implementing it into a restaurant right off the bat. There’s no real market testing or getting feedback from people. What we want to do is take the idea of ‘this is…
  • HP Will Acquire Eucalyptus Systems, Boost Cloud Service

    Joshua Sophy
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    HP will acquire Eucalyptus Systems, a cloud startup. The companies have not disclosed financial terms of the deal though Information Week and other sources have speculated it could be around $100 million. The move is said to be an acquihire, an effort to obtain cloud computing talent HP needs to enhance its own cloud service offerings. Eucalyptus develops open-source software for creating private and hybrid clouds for business use, particularly those compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company’s official website explains: “Eucalyptus is open source software for building…
  • Getty Sues Microsoft: Why It Is Risky to Grab Images Off the Web

    Joshua Sophy
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Microsoft has removed its Bing Image Widget after Getty Images, a major provider of licensed photos, sued the tech giant recently. That removal by the Redmond, Wash., tech giant came only a few days after Getty Images sued Microsoft in U.S. District Court.  Getty Images complained in its lawsuit that Microsoft used Getty’s licensed images — without permission — to produce the galleries and panels for the widget. The suit claims the widget is also designed to allow users to embed those image galleries on their own websites. Earlier this year, Getty announced its own image…
  • 10 Tips for Making Your Sales Video Stand Out

    The Young Entrepreneur Council
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We’ve all seen stale sales videos. What’s rare are creative and compelling ones. But how do you make that happen while relaying important information? To find out, we asked 10 members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: “What is one way to make a sales video stand out?” Here’s what YEC community members had to say: 1. Stop Selling “Teach the customer everything you know. Give away the farm. Honestly, they will be too lazy to do the work. They are coming to you for a reason and if you teach them everything, they will recognize you as the ultimate…
  • What is Considered a Good Bandwidth for Today’s Small Businesses?

    Leland McFarland
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sponsored Post A simple definition of bandwidth is the speed at which you get access to the Internet. Businesses often find themselves using the same Internet connection that they used years before, even though technology has progressed. Their connection seems to get slower and slower. And they are left wondering why. Good bandwidth means faster speeds when working online. At some point we’ve all had the feeling of “taking forever” to access cloud applications or download a large file from online. Or we’ve experienced latency interruptions while trying to stream a video online —…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • The most important thing

    Seth Godin
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The next thing you do today will be the most important thing on your agenda, because, after all, you're doing it next. Well, perhaps it will be the most urgent thing. Or the easiest. In fact, the most important thing probably isn't even on your agenda.        
  • Without a keyboard

    Seth Godin
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:12 am
    When the masses only connect to the net without a keyboard, who will be left to change the world? It is possible but unlikely that someone will write a great novel on a tablet. You can't create the spreadsheet that changes an industry on a smart phone. And professional programmers don't sit down to do their programming with a swipe. Many people are quietly giving away one of the most powerful tools ever created—the ability to craft and spread revolutionary ideas. Coding, writing, persuading, calculating—they still matter. Yes, of course the media that's being created on the spot, the…
  • Law and order

    Seth Godin
    13 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    At some point, the world (the project, the moment) becomes so chaotic or dangerous that we sacrifice law in exchange for order. The question is: when. When is it time to declare martial law? (or your version of it) When do you abandon your project plan because the boss is hysterical? When do you go off the long-term, drip-by-drip approach to growth because cash flow is tight? When do you suspend one set of valued principles in order to preserve the thing you set out to build in the first place? When Richard Nixon was at his most megalomaniacal, he was willing to suspend any law in his way to…
  • The launch meeting

    Seth Godin
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    You've probably been to one. The organization is about to embark on something new--a new course, a new building, a new fundraising campaign. The organizer calls together the team, and excitement is in the air. Choose which sort of meeting you'd like to have: The amateur's launch meeting is fun, brimming with possibility and excitement. Everything is possible. Goals are meant to be exceeded. Not only will the difficult parts go well, but this team, this extraordinary team, will be able to create something magical. Possibility is in the air, and it would be foolish to do anything but fuel it.
  • Worthless (priceless)

    Seth Godin
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We can transform a priceless thing into a worthless one. Mishandle it, disrespect it, break it, leave it out in the rain. The compromise of the moment, the urgency of now, the lack of a long view--it's trivially easy to destroy things we think of as priceless. But we can also transform the worthless into things valuable beyond measure. When we attach memories to something, it becomes worth treasuring. And when the tribe uses it to connect, we have a hard time imagining living without it.        
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Tom Davenport

  • A Predictive Analytics Primer

    Tom Davenport
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    No one has the ability to capture and analyze data from the future. However, there is a way to predict the future using data from the past. It’s called predictive analytics, and organizations do it every day. Has your company, for example, developed a customer lifetime value (CLTV) measure? That’s using predictive analytics to determine how much a customer will buy from the company over time. Do you have a “next best offer” or product recommendation capability? That’s an analytical prediction of the product or service that your customer is most likely to buy next. Have you made a…
  • 10 Kinds of Stories to Tell with Data

    Tom Davenport
    5 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    For almost a decade I have heard that good quantitative analysts can “tell a story with data.” Narrative is—along with visual analytics—an important way to communicate analytical results to non-analytical people. Very few people would question the value of such stories, but just knowing that they work is not much help to anyone trying to master the art of analytical storytelling. What’s needed is a framework for understanding the different kinds of stories that data and analytics can tell. If you don’t know what kind of story you want to tell, you probably won’t tell a good…
  • What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

    Tom Davenport
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    In conversations with executives, many of the same misconceptions about big data projects — and what makes them successful — keep coming up.  To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their big data initiatives. Technology: The most popular misconception many organizations have is that big data projects are all about technologies that are specific to big data—Hadoop, Python, Pig, Hive, etc. It is certainly true that…
  • Book Publishing’s Big Data Future

    Tom Davenport
    3 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    The publishing industry is not one of the overachievers in terms of its use of big data. And since my book on big data—Big Data @ Work—is out, I thought it might be fun to speculate on what big data will do to the business of publishing books. The goal of any publisher is to get its content bought and read. In the past, publishers could know only if their books and magazines were bought, and knowing even that was problematic. With the advent of Nielsen’s Bookscan in 2001, publishers could begin to receive point of sale data from physical bookstores. Of course, physical bookstores, both…
  • Big Data and the Role of Intuition

    Tom Davenport
    24 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    Many people have asked me over the years about whether intuition has a role in the analytics and data-driven organization. I have always reassured them that there are plenty of places where intuition is still relevant. For example, a hypothesis is an intuition about what’s going on in the data you have about the world. The difference with analytics, of course, is that you don’t stop with the intuition — you test the hypothesis to learn whether your intuition is correct. Another place where intuition is found in analytical companies is in the choice of the business area where analytical…
 
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    Bill Taylor on HarvardBusiness.org

  • The Best Leaders Are Insatiable Learners

    Bill Taylor
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Nearly a quarter century ago, at a gathering in Phoenix, Arizona, John W. Gardner delivered a speech that may be one of the most quietly influential speeches in the history of American business — a text that has been photocopied, passed along, underlined, and linked to by senior executives in some of the most important companies and organizations in the world. I wonder, though, how many of these leaders (and the business world more broadly) have truly embraced the lessons he shared that day. Gardner, who died in 2002 at the age of 89, was a legendary public intellectual and civic reformer…
  • The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

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

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

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

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

  • How to Market Test a New Idea

    Scott Anthony
    3 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “So,” the executive sponsor of the new growth effort said. “What do we do now?” It was the end of a meeting reviewing progress on a promising initiative to bring a new health service to apartment dwellers in crowded, emerging-market cities. A significant portion of customers who had been shown a brochure describing the service had expressed interest in it. But would they actually buy it?  To find out, the company decided to test market the service in three roughly comparable apartment complexes over a 90-day period. Before the test began, team members working on the idea had built a…
  • Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?

    Scott Anthony
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    If you believe the rumors, Amazon.com is going to enter the mobile phone business this week, with most pundits guessing that a mysterious video suggest that it will release a phone with novel 3-D viewing capabilities. There are obvious reasons for Amazon to be eying the category. The mobile phone industry is massive, with close to 2 billion devices shipped annually and total spending on wireless-related services of more than $1.6 trillion across the world. As mobile devices increasingly serve as the center of the consumer’s world, their importance to a range of companies is increasing. What…
  • No Innovation Is Immediately Profitable

    Scott Anthony
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    The meeting was going swimmingly.  The team had spent the past two months formulating what it thought was a high-potential disruptive idea. Now it was asking the business unit’s top brass to invest a relatively modest sum to begin to commercialize the concept. Team members had researched the market thoroughly. They had made a compelling case:  The idea addressed an important need that customers cared about. It used a unique asset that gave the company a leg up over competitors. It employed a business model that would make it very difficult for the current market leader to respond. The…
  • The Industries Apple Could Disrupt Next

    Scott Anthony
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    After an unprecedented decade of growth, analysts wrote off 2013 as a year to forget for Apple. Most pundits agreed on what was wrong — a lack of breakthrough innovation since the passing of founder Steve Jobs. But in our view, Apple faces a deeper problem: the industries most susceptible to its unique disruptive formula are just too small to meet its growth needs. Apple has seemingly served as an anomaly to the theory of disruptive innovation. After all, it grew from $7 billion in 2003 to $171 billion in 2013 by entering established (albeit still-emerging) markets with superior products…
  • What’s Holding Uber Back

    Scott Anthony
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:00 am
    As a consumer, I absolutely love Uber. The other week I was at a dinner in a relatively remote part of Singapore. Afterwards, the hotel concierge furiously worked three phones to get taxi cabs to appear for the 15 people who were waiting with growing impatience. I clicked three buttons, and my ride was there in 12 minutes. It’s simple, and it works beautifully. I also love Uber as a student (and teacher) of disruptive innovation theory, because the challenges the transportation company is encountering as it seeks to expand into new cities helpfully illustrate how to assess an idea’s…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Rita McGrath

  • To Make Better Decisions, Combine Datasets

    Rita McGrath
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A complicated system is somewhat like a complicated recipe. You know what the outcome will be because you understand what will cause what — combine a given number of ingredients together in a certain way, put them in the oven, and the results will be consistent as long as you repeat the same procedure each time. In a complex system, however, elements can potentially interact in different ways each time because they are interdependent. Take the airline control system—the outcomes it delivers vary tremendously by weather, equipment availability, time of day, and so on. So being able to…
  • Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

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

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

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

    Rita McGrath
    25 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, which is much faster than the 60-month life cycle from five years ago.”  The chart below, created by Nicholas Felton of the New York Times, shows how long it took various categories of product, from electricity to the Internet, to achieve different penetration levels in US households.  It took…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • 20 Free and Low Cost Tools for Everyday Productivity

    John Jantsch
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:10 am
    20 Free and Low Cost Tools for Everyday Productivity written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Every so often I sit back and take inventory of the tools I’m using with an eye on weeding some out and adding some in. Technology can be a tremendously useful thing when it comes to getting more productivity, but you must continually monitor what’s working and what’s not. Below are the twenty tools I rely on most for productivity in communications, marketing and collaboration. Workflowy – this is a simple outlining tool and I use it everyday…
  • Weekend Favs September Thirteen

    John Jantsch
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Weekend Favs September Thirteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. I don’t go into depth about the finds, but encourage you check them out if they sound interesting. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr or one that I took out there on the road. photo credit: blmiers2 via photopin cc Good stuff I found this week: GifDeck – Interesting free tool turns Slideshare decks into animated…
  • Five Selling Mistakes that Cost You Marketing Dollars

    Guest Post
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Five Selling Mistakes that Cost You Marketing Dollars written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Mike Montague– Enjoy! Most businesses these days seem to take a sales or marketing approach to business development instead of a sales AND marketing approach. These common mistakes in sales can cost you marketing dollars and a lot of revenue from potential sales. If you are looking for a better return on your marketing budget, you might try looking at your sales…
  • How Networking Can Increase Your Sales and Help Your SEO

    Guest Post
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    How Networking Can Increase Your Sales and Help Your SEO written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Samantha Pena – Enjoy!  photo credit: Thinkstock You know the saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know”? Although your skills and dedication play a large part in starting your business, your chances of success rise when you know the right people. Networking is one of the most valuable business tactics in growing your business, because it gives…
  • How to Create Ridiculously Good Content

    John Jantsch
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    How to Create Ridiculously Good Content written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Ann Handley The simple answer to the promise of contained in today’s title is this – get Ann Handley’s latest book – Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content Handley is my guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing podcast and she knows a thing or two about writing. She’s a former writer for the Boston Globe and this is her second book. Perhaps more to the…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • When is the wrapping better than the gift?

    Andy Sernovitz
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amazon gift cards come in this great metal gift box. Same gift card, much more impressive gift. Bonus for Amazon if the recipient saves the box and thinks about Amazon every time they use it. Presentation and packaging matters when your stuff is just like your competitor’s stuff. Change the game by changing how it’s delivered. It’s sometimes the easiest way to stand out without reinventing everything.
  • Check it out: Do a lot of people do this?

    Andy Sernovitz
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    There probably aren’t many repeat offenders.
  • Video: How Southwest Airlines’ employees start meaningful word of mouth conversations

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. If you fly with Southwest Airlines, you might not be surprised to see singing flight attendants or a cookie cake when your flight arrives. In fact, you may have already seen this viral video of a flight attendant firing off jokes during her entire safety briefing. Southwest Airlines is known for fun and friendly stunts like these because they’re dedicated to making memorable customer experiences. To do it, Christi McNeill, Social and Public Relations Lead, says…
  • Join us and do meaningful work with people you’ll like

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    My company, GasPedal, and its brands, SocialMedia.org and WordofMouth.org, are growing fast. We’re looking for talented, passionate people to join our team in Austin and Chicago. We believe businesses everywhere are discovering that honest, ethical customer love is the most powerful kind of marketing. We help these people behind big companies win by surrounding them with friends and support so they can achieve their mission — and this helps them improve the lives of their millions of customers and employees. Want to do meaningful work with people you’ll like? We’re…
  • Newsletter #1005: The “Make the Best of It” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Forget lemonade — turn your lemons into wow-worthy marketing. Here’s how some companies converted unfortunate situations and underdog stories into big word of mouth opportunities: 1. When the earth swallows up priceless cars 2. When you can’t sell your stained couch 3. When everyone thinks you sell photocopiers 4. Check it out: Origins of Common UI Symbols 1. When the earth…
 
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    ChangeThis Newsletter

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

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

  • 5 Retail Holiday Tips for 2014

    Becky McCray
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    Now’s the time to start planning your holiday displays. Don’t forget that Thanksgiving and Halloween will be here soon. Photo by Becky McCray.    In any retail business, the last quarter of the year may beat the entire rest of the year for sales. That’s enough reason to to pay extra attention to getting ready to make the most of it. Here are five of my ideas on how to get more people through your doors in the holidays. 1. Make sure you have what your customers want. All the promotion in the world won’t drive customers to a business that doesn’t offer what people…
  • Brag Basket supplies the good news

    Small Biz Survival
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    You provide the good news, and we’ll tote it all in the Brag Basket.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 12-14, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just…
  • How SeaTurtle Sports found their Small Town Advantage

    Small Biz Survival
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:34 am
    One of the goals of SeaTurtle Sports was to get more people interacting and playing together in the real world “offline.” Photo used by permission.   Guest Post by SeaTurtle Sports Co-founder Allen Bell and Allison Goldman, Director of SeaTurtle Sports Allen and Jeanne Bell launched SeaTurtle Sports in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 2003 to design and manufacture premium beach and backyard games. As its founders, we observed a lack of new ideas in the category and what we felt was an unhealthy shift away from traditional “offline” interaction among family and friends. In…
  • Deducting your home office – webinar Wednesday

    Maesz
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Just using an area in your home as an office isn’t enough to qualify to deduct it. Find out more from the IRS.   Rural business owners commonly use part of their home in their business. This can include using an extra bedroom as a home office, an specific area of one room for product crafting such as sewing, an exterior building like a shed or garage for production or research, or a specific section of your lot or grounds for storage. The IRS allows US business owners to deduct some certain business usage of their homes with some very specific qualification criteria. A webinar…
  • Brag Basket is where you share your good news

    Small Biz Survival
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Congratulations to our friend Vanessa Everhart from Bennington, Kansas, for getting a photo and mention in the “big town newspaper” The Hutchinson News. Great to see this write up on Marci Penner and the KanStarter crowd funding app they are working on!   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for September 5-7, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is…
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  • Zorrik 88 : Why this great product is not promoted?

    Harish B
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Brand : Zorrik 88Company : PidiliteBrand analysis count : #549There are some very useful products in the market which has great usefulness  and potential but seldom promoted by the brand owners. Zorrik 88 is one such product from Pidilite. I have neither heard of this brand before nor remember seeing any ad. I came across this brand when suggested by a hardware store.I faced a nagging problem of a rusty and squeaky garage gate. Come rainy season,the gate become rusty and the wheels stuck. Putting lubricating oils seldom gave relief.Then one hardware store suggested Zorrik 88. The pack of…
  • Brand Update : Axe finally respond to competition through Axe Signature

    Harish B
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    So finally a response from HUL to competition. After being relegated to No.3 in the deo market by Fogg and Wildstone, Axe finally launched its answer to the competition- Axe Signature Collection Deo.It was surprising that HUL which is supposedly the best marketing machine in India took so long to respond to competition. Its almost a replay of the Nirma- Surf episode where the market leader was slow in responding to local competition eventually to find itself dethroned as  the market leader. HUL (in my opinion ) was very slow in reacting to Fogg's entry into the market with the No-Gas…
  • RIP Accent ( 1999-2013) Reborn Xcent (2014)

    Harish B
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:20 am
    Brand : XcentCompany : HyundaiBrand Analysis  : # 548While there are many conflicting views about re-birth in the human world, the brand-world is full of brands dying and getting re-born in another avatar. One such case is Hyundai Accent. The once best selling sedan from Hyundai died in 2013 when sagging sales prompted the company to pull the plug on one of the most successful automobile brands in India. In 2014, Hyundai launched its first sub 4 meter sedan Xcent. The similarity in the brand name cannot be wished away as a mere coincidence. The company wants to continue Accent's…
  • Brand funda : Elasticity of Brand

    Harish B
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    Article Review : What Makes Brands Elastic? The Influence of Brand Concept and Styles of Thinking on Brand Extension Evaluation Journal of Marketing Vol. 74 (May 2010), 80–92 ( Link) In this very deeply research article the authors examine why some brands are more elastic than others. Here the authors describe elasticity as the ability of the brand to extend to other categoriesResearch suggest that brand extension success depend very much on the extension fit.That is whether the extensions fit the perception of consumers about the parent brand.The more elastic the brand is when the…
  • Layer'r Shot Deo : Pure Fragrance, Nothing Else

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

  • Apple: iPhone 6 is an Overnight Blockbuster

    Michael Essany
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    We were told unprecedented consumer demand would soon be apparent for Apple’s iPhone 6. And that’s exactly what the world observed over the weekend as consumers flocked to Apple’s website so aggressively that it put the company’s online store on the fritz at times. In the first 12 hours of preorders last Friday morning, Apple saw a new overnight record for preorders, setting the stage for a record-breaking opening sales weekend for a new Apple product launch. “Response to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus has been incredible with a record number of preorders…
  • Restaurant Chains Should Eat This Up: LiveDeal Inc. to Introduce Real Time Offers

    MikeR
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    LiveDeal Inc. has announced that it is initiating a partnership program with several national restaurant chains. The publicly traded company operates livedeal.com, a geo-location based mobile marketing platform that allows restaurants to publish “real-time” and “instant offers” to nearby consumers. According to an announcement shared with MMW, “The program, exclusive to LiveDeal, will connect some of the nation’s largest restaurant chains directly with LiveDeal’s consumer audience who use its real time deal engine, directly bringing real time, premier…
  • Infographic: The Booming Business of Social Commerce

    Michael Essany
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Still don’t think the social commerce industry is real and thriving?  A recent report from Invesp just might change your mind. “The mobile shoppers who read product reviews on social media channels show a higher conversion rate – as much as 133% higher,” the report reads. “On a grand scale, this conversion represents billions of dollars of business worldwide.” So just how big is social commerce today? Check out Invesp‘s new infographic shared below.
  • No Lazy Susan: AOL Exec to Lead Female-Focused Investment Push

    J. Barton
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    She’s no “lazy Susan.” It’s just been announced that AOL has appointed company exec Susan Lyne to be at the helm of The BBG Fund, a new AOL venture fund focused on early stage investments in women-led consumer internet start-ups. “The fund will make seed and Series A investments, with a focus on multiplatform media, services, and commerce,” noted the release posted by AOL’s corporate headquarters. “AOL has a long and successful history of investing in women’s content: MAKERS, Thrive, Global Motherhood and the Cambio/Girls Who Code program…
  • Report: Cloud Storage Usage on the Rise

    Kirby Johnsen
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cloud storage, which enables consumers to store material and later access it anytime, any place, or on any device, has gone mainstream. According to the latest data from Harris interactive, and covered by eMarketer, 39% of U.S. internet users have now turned to the cloud in some fashion. Of this large group, the overwhelming majority said the cloud vastly benefits professionals. The cloud makes lives easier through simple file-sharing and stress free data backups (41% of those polled attest). For 40%, the cloud also helps keep friends and families connected. Even though 9 out 10 users said…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • How To Get The Marketing Budget You Need

    Mark Ritson
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    This is the time of year when many marketing departments decide how their particular share of the industry’s enormous marketing spend will be applied in the following year. In practice this means senior marketers make predictions for the coming year, perform an objective review of the performance of the previous year’s expenditure and then finally allocate their spend across their chosen marketing investments. The vast majority of firms still use a top-down budgeting system. Senior managers decide on the total marketing budget for the year and leave marketing to allocate it…
  • Evaluating City Mottos, Taglines And Slogans

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    For years, I have lamented the lack of marketing savvy used in developing city and town mottos, taglines and slogans. A very small portion of these are effective in highlighting their municipalities’ unique value propositions. Most sound good but say nothing. Some actually make you want to stay away. Others are just downright inane. Here are a sampling of municipality mottos, taglines and slogans – the good, the bad and the ugly. Effective (they allude to a unique quality or benefit): Las Vegas: “What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas” New York, N.Y.: “The City That Never Sleeps”…
  • Brands Must Study Customer Habits Not Actions

    Mark Di Somma
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    We get it so wrong don’t we? We develop ideas and look to see if they’ll work by intricately studying people’s actions and reactions. We poll them. We survey them. We sample them. We question them exhaustively. Whereas, what we should be doing, according to Dr. Art Markman, is studying our customers’ habits and developing products and services that fit with how people want to behave. That way, they’re already pre-disposed to take an action. After all, habits drive actions, not the other way around. All a brand has to do is encourage a new habit and tie the accompanying actions to…
  • Brand Strategy And Brand Habits

    Mark Di Somma
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Brands are all about habits. But as this article in Time reminds us, sometimes the best thing a brand can look to do is to change a habit – even if they helped create the habit in the first place. Of course, brands tell themselves they do this all the time – but for many brands, the focus of their problem solving is on increasing consumption. Their answer to a pattern they feel they know and understand is more of that pattern. But the insight here is that changing a habit for the better doesn’t necessarily mean just offering the consumer more of what they have, or more of what the brand…
  • CMO To CEO: The Next Era Of Brand Leadership?

    Mark Di Somma
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:10 am
    Chief Marketing Officers haven’t had it this good for some time. As Jack Trout observed the average tenure not so long ago stood at less than two years. Now it’s close to double that. The reasons why things got so bad, according to Trout, could be attributed to both internal and external forces. Internally, politics and competing functions combined to make it tough to get and keep the resources that CMOs needed to do an effective job. Externally, prima donna advertising agencies with a hotline to the Chief Executive Officer also caused problems. Not helped, he says, by the fact that in…
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    IttyBiz

  • 6 Remedial Rules For A Respectable Looking Blog

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    So, recently we posted the 6 unbreakable rules for contact pages. There was the threat of death, and also a kitten. Some time before that, we posted an idea of what to do if you don’t want to blog. This piece was borne of me being sick, and sad that the state of blogging is not what it once was. Well, I’m sick again. This time it was my fault. I broke a cardinal rule, which is: When the question is, “That should be okay to eat still, right?” the answer is NO. I ate something knowing full well I was taking my life into my hands, with predictable results. That leads me,…
  • What To Put On Your Contact Page: 6 Unbreakable Rules to Avoid Certain Death

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

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

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

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

  • Sorry, this ad showed me nothing

    Jay H. Heyman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:38 am
    Every once in a while I come across an ad that is so good I can’t wait to share it with you. And then there are the ones that I want to share because I just don’t get it, like the one above for Extra gum. I simply don’t understand what they are trying to say. Well, that’s not totally accurate. I assume that the message is that the gum is long lasting. But you almost have to intuit that thought, because it surely is not communicated in the ad. Not in the headline, not in the slogan, not in the visual. Though admittedly that thought is referenced in the single line of copy,…
  • Broccoli, cilantro and chopped liver

    Jay H. Heyman
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Chopped liver, decorated with mushrooms and carrots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) What do all the foods above have in common? They each are polarizing tastes; some love ‘em, some hate ‘em. But few feel neutral about them. (As a wise sage said, long ago, “It was a brave man who first ate an oyster.”) I am food fortunate enough that I will eat most foods, though I have never developed a taste for tripe. But at least I have tried it, so I don’t just think that perhaps I will not enjoy it. I know I do not like it.  “The point is to be willing to try things that are unfamiliar.” That…
  • Nothing like a bookbook

    Jay H. Heyman
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) So I said to myself, “You have been embedding a lot of videos in your blog lately. Cut it out.” And then I saw this video from Ikea, and like a one-week old New Year’s resolution, my determination disappeared. Take a look at this spoof of modern technological advancements, and no matter your previous feelings about Ikea, you will be jealous and awed. As I was.
  • Honda does it again

    Jay H. Heyman
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Years ago Honda did a classic video, as a car appeared to assemble itself, a la Rube Goldberg. The creativity and imagination of those who do these spots for Honda is very impressive. As is this spot, slightly over a year old, but one that has just come to my attention. And I am bringing it to yours. It visualizes the inventiveness and curiosity of Honda engineers. As Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Got the idea?
  • Creative insights from Danny Meyer and Michael Kors

    Jay H. Heyman
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 am
    Cover of Depeche Mode Danny Meyer, of restaurant fame, and Michael Kors, fashion guru, were interviewed in the New York Times. When you have the time, read the entire fascinating article. But for now, let me quote one section of their (condensed) responses, which has particular relevance for us creative types. MK: I have to make time to daydream and change my eye.DM: Change your eye? I like that. What does it mean?MK: Mrs. (Diana) Vreeland was right: “The eye must travel.” You have to see something different, even if it’s just finding a new way to walk home. Or taking an extra day on a…
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • Why “Charge Less” is Almost Always the Wrong Advice

    Erica
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:47 pm
    When I decided to become a coach in July, I sought out several experienced coaches for advice. After all, if I was going to make this my new business, I wanted to know what to do–and what not to do–to make my business successful! One coach I spoke to advised me, “Charge less so you can build up a client base.” At the time, I had an almost visceral reaction to it. I replied, “No, I’m going to charge more.” She looked at me with surprise. “Charge less so you can build up a client base.” It’s seductively simple advice that, no matter…
  • Ask Erica: “Why Did You Decide to Coach Full-Time?”

    Erica
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    In mid-July, I announced my new direction: coaching successful entrepreneurs full-time. By far, the most popular question I’ve gotten is “Why did you decide to coach full-time?” The answer, while simple, took me a while to get to. If you’re feeling stuck on your current path, keep reading, as the conclusion I came to (and how I figured it out) may help you, as well! The Question That Changed Everything The most motivating factor in my new career path as a CEO coach is contained within my answer to this question: “What’s the most exciting moment you’ve…
  • My Experience at YC Hacks (Y Combinator’s First Hackathon)

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

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

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

  • 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding

    Tim Berry
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    How to find venture funding? I have to start with a major negative: if you have to ask if your startup can get venture capital, then it almost certainly can’t. Venture capital is a very rarified atmosphere of high-end startups and emerging businesses with experienced management teams, high potential growth, secret sauce, and so on. People... The post 10 Tips for Finding Venture Funding appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop

    Lisa Furgison
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you the type who loves their morning coffee? A lot of people combine their love of coffee with their entrepreneurial spirit and open a coffee shop. In fact, in the U.S. there are more than 50,000 coffee shops—52,684 to be exact. According to Statista, that number will jump by about 5,000 within two years. And... The post 13 Tips to Open a Successful Coffee Shop appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee?

    Angelique O'Rourke
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    In a global market where the buyers and sellers of coffee are often half a world away from those who grow and maintain the plants themselves, do you know what those worker’s lives are like? Are the working conditions safe, are they getting a wage that reflects their contribution? What about the farms, are they... The post Should You Serve Fair Trade Coffee? appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • 5 Helpful Strategies for Unobtrusively Surveying Customers after a Sale

    Scott Gerber
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    Sure, you could email customers after every transaction to evaluate their experience. But that seems clunky and time consuming. In order to figure out the best ways to get the information you need without the hassle, we asked five entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) what methods or tools they recommend for surveying customers. Here’s what they had to say:   1. Wufoo... The post 5 Helpful Strategies for Unobtrusively Surveying Customers after a Sale appeared first on... [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories

    Candice Landau
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Let’s be honest, when it comes to funding, it’s never as straightforward as business advisors, lenders, backers, and investors might have you think. And, if you’re a small business, it’s unlikely you can afford to pay someone to do all the legal research and nit-picky stuff that the big boys can. You have to get... The post How to Get Funding from Billionaire Investor Mark Cuban, and Other Stories appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • Why You Won\'t Be Approved For SBA-7a Direct Program

    fsu
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    Last year 2013, the average SBA 7a direct loan was a little of $300K. In addition to that 87% of applicants who applied for financing were turned down for one reason or another. 18 Vote(s)
  • Should Your Business Seek Financing for the End of 2014?

    27will
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    With the end of the year approaching, is now the best time for small businesses to apply for the capital they have been thinking about?18 Vote(s)
  • Do Selfies Sell? by @lkpetrolino Spin Sucks

    lkpetrolino
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Selfies are fun to see and share, but can they actually make you money? These are some creative ways to integrate the selfie into your marketing strategy20 Vote(s)
  • How Negative Online Company Reviews Can Impact Your Business And Recruiting - Forbes

    sh4ddai
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:14 am
    Job candidates have never been in a better position to research potential employers, and employees have never been more empowered to spill it all when it comes to reviewing their current workplace. Sites like Glassdoor, Vault and CareerLeak give interview candidates and employees the unprecedented 20 Vote(s)
  • What Knowledge and Skills are Required by a Manager?

    CorporateCoachG
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    You already have good technical knowledge about your organisation. But, now you are a team leader-manager, you are expected to become an expert in managing people. And some people are very difficult to manage, aren't they? Managing people may be a problem because you have never studied the pro22 Vote(s)
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    Venture Hacks

  • How to be an angel investor, Part 3

    Nivi
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    This guest post is by Tyler Willis, an entrepreneur and angel investor. You can learn more about him on AngelList. For several interesting macro-economic reasons [1], more and more people are becoming angel investors. This is a good thing – it allows more investors to participate in a high-growth (but high-risk) area of our economy. That said, investing in private companies is very different from investing in public companies. People who are just getting started in angel investing should get comfortable with the inherent risks and learn the strategies required to be successful angel…
  • Designers at AngelList

    Nivi
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:16 am
    Must be a 1-(wo)man startup. Must code. Must write good copy. Must be passionate about solving problems for our customers, not “designing.” Must fix other people’s designs and front-end code on production (people ship whenever they want). Must help our 1-(wo)man startups with their design problems. Must force your help on them when needed. Must take the words of our founders/whomever straight to mocks without worrying about whether we’re going to build it. Make the mocks, then start evaluating the idea. Pivot it when necessary (always).
  • AngelList new employee reading list

    Nivi
    26 Oct 2013 | 10:02 am
    I do the onboarding for all new AngelList team members. Part of it is asking them to read the following (many candidates have read these before they even come in for an interview). Culture Startups are here to save the world Things we care about at AngelList Doing the wrong things the right way Execution Ask forgiveness, not permission 1-(wo)man startups No email at AngelList 6-year vesting Customer service Internal 360 Review (redacted) Company Strategy (you wish) Internal Github engineering wikis AngelList Twitter Favorites Writings that have influenced us Engineering Management by Yishan…
  • Things we care about at AngelList

    Nivi
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:11 pm
    We care about: Eliminating frictions so startups can change the world Connecting startups with their ideal partners, on the best terms, fast Building tools for investors to help startups Telling startups and investors what we would want to know in their shoes Building products that scale, instead of manual processes or throwing bodies at the problem Having team members work on things they’re excited about, rather than what we think is important Some things we try to care about at AngelList. Learn More: Startups are here to save the world, The entrepreneurial age and No tradeoff between…
  • How much traction do I need to raise money?

    Nivi
    23 Apr 2013 | 11:23 am
    How much traction do you need to raise $1M? AngelList’s Ash Fontana has the answer on TechCrunch: Read the post for details and also see these comments by me, Michael Wolfe, and Shallaba.
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Spartan No Longer: Road Tripping Tech With a Battle-Hardened Shell

    Jeff Zbar
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Anyone who’s followed this home office, home-based business and road warrior / teleworker blog knows the Chief Home Officer has gone hardcore minimalist in recent years. The laptop bag went from carrying every possible tech accessory to a pared-down, Spartan approach that reduces clutter, weight and mental detritus. That’s even been the case with my smartphone case. In January, I switched to and reviewed the Q Card Case for my iPhone 4S. With my driver’s license and a couple of credit cards in the built-in sleeve, my traditional wallet was a thing of the past. But as I…
  • Road Trippin’ ‘Necessities’ Redefined: Booze, Food, Aux Power Take Equal Rank

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    If you were headed out to an event where provisions are a great unknown, what necessities would you deem essential? Clothing, a few toiletries, food and drink – even spirits. Of course. What about electricity? In modern culture, where the smart phone is as important to many as having access to a stocked ATM or one’s right arm, a long day of tweeting, Facebooking and shooting photos and videos could drain a device’s battery in no time. Thus, power is critical. Enter the PowerPak Xtreme. Called “the tank” by its manufacturer, New Trend, the battery power source…
  • Living Like a First-Time Dead Head: A Boomer’s Down’n'Dirty Guide to Surviving Four Days Tenting at the LOCKN’ Festival

    Jeff Zbar
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Get a first-person glimpse at the annual LOCKN’ Music Festival and what it takes for a suburban baby boomer to live like a veteran festival goer. Join a jam-band music lover and tech columnist at his first festival as he discovers how to survive four days in a tent and life amid the painted and dancing throngs. With a little technology, some online search, copious provisions from Costco, and the insights of fellow festival goers, we learn how to enjoy the festival lifestyle in what could be the start of a new pastime. Sorry, Dear Wife, you can have Celine and Barbra. I’ll be…
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Car Camping at a Music Festival

    Jeff Zbar
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    First thing I did when I learned the stars had aligned and I would be heading to the LOCKN’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, in early September, was check the line-up. Man, my first festival would be a doozie – The Allman Brothers band (on their farewell tour, no less), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Umphrey’s McGhee, and a host of other acts would be playing over four days. Image courtesy www.festivalsurvivalguide.com Almost as exciting, though, is that I would be camping for four nights. It had been years since I hiked and camped…
  • Small, Home-Based Business Work and the Flux Capacitor: 4 Tips to Surviving Change

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

  • Best Office Space Quiz

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Which type of office space is best for you and your company? Choosing the right office space can help brand your company, make your employees happier and save you money. Check out the quiz below to help determine where your company should make its next move. The post Best Office Space Quiz appeared first on Small Biz Daily.
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky A lot of people went a little nuts when Starbucks released its legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte a little earlier than expected this year. But they and Starbucks aren’t alone when it comes to embracing the orange squash. If you haven’t yet unleashed the power of the pumpkin in your business, you still have some time to do so—if you act now. Here’s how a few franchises are carving their niche in the field: Franchisor Philly Pretzel Factory will be releasing its pumpkin-flavored pretzel dip at the end of September. Adam Terranova, the company’s marketing manager,…
  • 6 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

    Rieva Lesonsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Money for Small Business Kabbage, the leading online provider of working capital for small businesses, is now funding more than $2 million per day to small entrepreneurs. It was only six months ago that the company reached the milestone of funding $1 million per day to small businesses. Kabbage says its growth is driven by its patented, automated underwriting platform, which enables real-time underwriting. Kabbage serves all types of small businesses, including restaurants, beauty salons, advertising agencies, IT consulting firms, and other business verticals.
  • Facebook Lead Generation Strategies that Any Business can Use

    Rieva Lesonsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Daniel Faggella The only thing more boring for Facebook fanpage subscribers than “buy this now” is “sign up for our newsletter”. Though some small businesses are smart enough to know that Facebook offers a great opportunity for lead generation, most little companies still struggle to make lead generation engaging or effective. In this short article, we’ll examine three sub lead generation strategies used by large and successful companies, and discover how they might be applied in any business. 1)  Webinars Case Study: HubSpot Industry: Software as a Service, Marketing Automation…
  • Who Owns Your Digital Assets When You Die?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    By Cliff Ennico In an increasingly digital world, more and more assets are being converted from something you can touch, feel and hoard into a combination of ones and zeroes on a computer server somewhere. Where do they all go when the owner dies? A friend of mine told me recently that if he were to “kick the bucket” right now, his assets would include: An account on Paypal.com with a balance of $10,000; Approximately $2,000 in Bitcoin®; 500 copyrighted photos on Instagram®; Digital invoices to clients for about $30,000; “Points” earned on a number of online shopping sites; and…
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    Lip-Sticking

  • What will your verse be? #theworldneedsart #artneedsyou

    Yvonne
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    The non-profit organization Art as Action means a LOT to me. I've been on the board for 2 years and counting. While I don't perform, my daughter and granddaughter do. They embody the concept of Artivism, which is to perform in support of community, to share something bigger than the individual. This organization is focused on people, and the concept that art is fundamentally a part of the human condition. We believe: the world needs ART. Art needs YOU See below: ART as ACTION nurtures & cultivates a wide range of Artivists including:  People with Parkinson's Disease who uncover their…
  • STOP Making These Writing Mistakes

    Yvonne
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess Oh the misteaks we've scene! (Please tell me you see the mistakes in that prior sentence!) I'm not certain whether it's the texting generation or pure laziness, but the mistakes I see in the daily missives I receive make me cringe -- especially when they come from #womenofdistinction for whom I have great respect. Here are five mistakes you should be aware of and eradicate from your writing: You type and then simply hit, "send." Whoops, did you even give your email a once-over? If you haven't had enough coffee before you hit reply all you may be sending along a…
  • #nevergiveup #womanofdistinction Woman of Distinction

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

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

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

  • Startup Traction Starts With The Right Goal. How To Get It Right.

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Without traction -- sustainable customer growth -- your startup will languish or die. As such, traction should always be top of mind. To focus your traction efforts, you need a traction goal to work towards. Example goals are 1,000 new users, 100 new customers or 10% market share. The right goal for you depends on your business. It should  be chosen carefully and align with your company's next inflection point. When you reach this goal, what will change significantly? Perhaps you’d be profitable, be able to raise money, or become the market leader. The importance of choosing the…
  • The 7 Speakers Even This Introvert Will Go See At INBOUND 14

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

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

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

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

  • Beyond Storytelling: 7 Highlights from Content Marketing World 2014

    Joe Pulizzi
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the many things we love about Content Marketing World is that we can see the needle moving each year. We are no longer focused on simply determining what content marketing is and how to create it; we’ve progressed to working on how to make it more successful and how to integrate it into our organizations (which is why it’s critical for content marketing to be an enterprise team effort instead of an individual or siloed one). And while the theme of this year’s conference was Beyond Storytelling — and there was an emphasis on how to truly become great – we learned…
  • The Future Is Now: 4 Rules for the Post-Advertising Age

    Kirk Cheyfitz
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With abject apologies to the young Bob Dylan, nobody in adland needs a weatherman to know which way the wind blows these days. It blows toward great content. Seriously? We’re gonna have another debate about the future of advertising? It’s a little late for that. But there’s still time, I think, for a heart-to-heart about how, and how quickly, we get there.  Adland’s confusion about advertising’s future reminds me of America’s more consequential relationship to climate change: There’s general agreement about many of the facts (CO2 levels are rising),…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: Live from Content Marketing World 2014

    Joe Pulizzi
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher This week, Robert and I report live from Content Marketing World 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining us are three special guests, who help us announce our new CMI Podcast Network: Pamela Muldoon, who will head up this new initiative, as well as contribute a podcast; plus Todd Wheatland and Andrew Davis, two of the five content marketing rock stars who have joined the Network. This podcast will also be incorporated into the network. This week’s show (Recorded live on September 7, 2014, 2014;…
  • The Visual Content Inspiration You Need: Standout Examples

    Jodi Harris
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the last several weeks, we’ve had a chance to get recommendations on a lot of aspects of the content marketing process — from ways to find great content creators (both internally and externally), to the latest tools and techniques for executing on and measuring the impact of a content marketing strategy, to ways to infuse content with a higher purpose. But successful content marketing doesn’t just involve writing and technology decisions. The images that go along with a story work just as hard to convey your business’s value and message. In fact, as videos,…
  • 7 Ancient Archetypes Your Brand Storytelling Should Use

    Bryan Rhoads
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    (click to enlarge) She has sat on a cliff-side perch overlooking the Columbia River for millennia, witness to countless seasons, migration of salmon, varying tribes and traders — including the famous passage of Lewis and Clark — and now a modern-day interstate in the distance. She Who Watches is a pictograph etched into a large stone above the Columbia River Gorge in the state of Washington. She tells the story of change, living well, building good houses, permanence, and her people’s mythology. She symbolizes a local chief (Tsagiglalal in local Chinookan) who fell prey to the…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • What if Your Competitive Situation Just Got a Lot Tougher?

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:54 pm
    It’s so easy for us to get stuck in our ways and only think of incremental changes to what we’re currently doing. But to be effective today, we need fresh sales strategies – and those only come when you start asking yourself different questions. Here’s a challenge to get you to expand your thinking: What would you do if your company decided to raise prices across the board – by 20%? You’ve got six months before this goes into affect, and you don’t have an option to quit your job.
  • Webinar: QuickStart Strategies for Overnight Sales Success

    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    JOIN ME at this upcoming webinar on Sept. 9th at 1pm ET/10am PT. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, you'll want to attend. Are you: Hoping to change sales jobs soon? Selling a newly launched product or service? Writing proposals that aren't closing? Calling on new buyers or new markets?
  • If You Think Sales is a Numbers Game - You're Wrong

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    We've been told for an eternity that sales is a numbers game. And it's still a popular belief today. The theory is that all we need to do if we want to be successful in this business is to call, call, call. If we do that, we'll fill our pipeline with a gazillion suspects, who'll turn into X number of prospects, opportunities, and ultimately, customers. We've been lead to believe that going after all those prospects is essential to our success. But what if it isn't? I'm serious. What if trying to work all those prospects contaminates our thinking and causes us to behave badly? What if we could…
  • [Webinar] Smart Sales Intelligence: Turning Insights into Action

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

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:55 am
    Looking for a new sales job right now? According to research by Glassdoor, 45% of salespeople plan to start their search in the next three months and 68% want to switch in the upcoming year.  Wowza! That's a whopping number of you who are open to new opportunities. It also means you'll probably have tons of competition for any good position you find.  How do you stand out from the crowd?   Sales leaders are looking to hire self-starters. Of course, every salesperson describes him/herself that way ... but very few demonstrate it during the interview process. If you can, there's…
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • The Most Important B2B Marketing Metrics for CEOs

    info@meclabs.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetCEOs expect their marketing leaders to provide metrics and be accountable in meeting their numbers, just like their expectations for sales leaders. Oftentimes, CEOs’ marketing leaders only have various activity KPIs and some squishy metrics, such as brand recognition. At the same time, most CEOs agree that they aren’t receiving enough activity from Marketing into the sales funnel. Thus, their marketers are constantly reminded that more leads are needed, as fast as possible. When the revenue doesn’t immediately materialize, CEOs will lament, “Why can’t I see ROI from…
  • Stop Cold Calling and Start Lead Nurturing

    info@meclabs.com
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetEarlier this week, I had a call with a CEO of a small technology company who was wondering how to optimize his lead generation. He called me after two salespeople quit, and he said, “I’m about to give up on cold calling and start doing inbound marketing. I think cold calling is dead … what do you think I should do?” I thought to myself, “It’s no wonder his sales team quit.” There’s an old adage that says 90% of salespeople hate cold calling, and the other 10% are lying. No one really likes the idea of making or receiving cold calls. If…
  • Lead Gen Tactics from 4 MarketingSherpa Case Studies

    info@meclabs.com
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetOur sister publication, MarketingSherpa, publishes three weekly newsletter case studies, and in the B2B beat in particular, those weekly articles routinely feature a story covering marketers tackling lead generation for the complex sale. For this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, I want to offer four of those case studies published over the last couple of years addressing that very topic. If you only have a few minutes, this post provides highlights from each case study. But, if you have more time, or if one really strikes you, click on the link for the entire article and supporting…
  • Why Servant Marketing Matters

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

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

  • Pronto para Jogar o Jogo da Inovação?

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Mais do que nunca, as empresas precisam se engajar seus funcionários para garantir a viabilidade a longo prazo. Porém, sobrecarregadas com informações, o espaço de atenção das pessoas torna-se cada vez mais curto. A sua vontade de contribuir para as atividades laterais diminuiu, principalmente se estas são chatas ou criam ansiedade. E a inovação nem sempre tem graça... ou pode ter?
  • It Works! The ‘Results Equation’

    Pedro da Cunha
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We are moved by goals. The resolve to reach the finish line pushes us forward: at work, in life. Why then do we keep idea management initiatives alive when it’s not clear what results they deliver (if any)? And how often have we yearned for a formula that definitely makes it all happen?
  • Being Innovative (BI) From IMDDevelop your global leader skills from any location

    InnovationManagement
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    About the course This eight-week digital program begins with an examination of current business models and their limitations when applied to today’s evolving environment. As the learning journey progresses, you will be confronted with a variety of insights concerning where innovation comes from; how you can tap into the future today; strategies for giving a […]
  • IMD Offers a New Online Course to Develop Your Strategic Leadership Skills

    InnovationManagement
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Being Innovative from IMD is designed for executives who need to fulfill the role of strategic leader in a time of great turbulence, specifically leaders who are struggling to think strategically in a fast moving world and who need to find innovative solutions to new and evolving scenarios.
  • Innovation Governance: Delivering on the Growth Promise

    InnovationManagement
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Innovation Governance delivers on the strategic intent of innovation. Yet few organizations seem to get Governance right. This live IM Channel One Roundtable Discussion, hosted by Imaginatik, explores the role of an Innovation Steering Committee in enterprise innovation: how to construct and manage it, measure innovation and use it to engage the hearts of employees, customers and leaders.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Today in Global Small Business: Thinking Outside the Bottle, Globally

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:32 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study - an insider's guide to what consumers are looking for and what drives shoppers to choose one retailer over another.Where to start with an import-export business.How to get started in exporting.  Are you Ready?  (Join Laurel on her webinar 9/18).Why the benefit of engaging in global markets is likely to increase further.What do top watchmakers worldwide think of Apple's new watch?Listerine Zero?  Green Tea Listerine?  Listerine…
  • An Inside Peak at Google Chicago

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    ©2014 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved.I had the amazing opportunity to participate in an event for the Women Presidents' Organization Chicago on September 11th that was hosted by Google Chicago headquarters.  Full disclosure:  I serve as the Chicago Chapter Chair for WPO.At the event (meeting room as shown), Google experts talked about:•  The importance of staying connected to the consumer - anywhere, anytime and on any device.•  How Google's many tools can help grow your business globally.•  Why mobile is an imperative to your organization's…
  • Technology and Globalization Have Changed the Way SMEs Do Business

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    iStock/ThinkstockTechnology and globalization have changed the way small-to-medium size businesses operate across the world, creating opportunities as well as challenges along the way.  One such challenge is how to stay interconnected on a budget while traveling across borders.  These concerns, if not treated effectively, can have a direct impact on a businesses bottom line.Read the entire article:  Business Productivity in the Spotlight
  • UPS: Keeping a Pulse on The Future of E-Commerce

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:05 pm
    David Abney, UPS CEO on 9/9/14 at The Executives' Club of Chicago(Photo courtesy Joe Gallo Photography.  All rights reserved.)David Abney, UPS CEO (L) on 9/9/14 at The Executives' Club of Chicagowith Cody Phipps, United Stationers Inc. President and CEO (R)(Photo courtesy:  Joe Gallo Photography.  All rights reserved.) I had the great honor to attend The Executives' Club of Chicago's The Changing Face of Retailing with UPS CEO David Abney giving his first speaking engagement as the new CEO of UPS.  Cody Phipps, United Stationers Inc. President and CEO, moderated the…
  • How to Get, Keep and Foster Top Talent In Our Interconnected World

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    iStock/ThinkstockLooking for ways to get, keep and foster new recruits at your business?New recruits are no longer interested in being “acquired,” and top performers, regardless of age and experience, are looking to collaborate, contribute, and more than anything, feel inspired.Have you got what it takes to make the grade with top talent?Read:  5 Ways to Prevent Your Top Recruits From Jumping Ship
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    Entrance Software » Blog

  • There Will Be Bugs! | Application Development Blog Series

    Eric
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Best practices for minimizing the impact and mitigating costs associated with fixing software bugs  First of all, let’s clear something up: what is a bug? A bug is a flaw in software that results in the application not functioning as intended, and is something that is theoretically preventable. There will be bugs in all of the software applications that you use in your business, whether you custom develop them or buy them “off the shelf.”  Just let that sink in for a moment. Changes, enhancements, or new features will appear periodically due to changes in the needs of the…
  • How custom software ages | Application Development Video Series, Episode 1

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

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

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

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

  • A Cheat Sheet for Your Art Marketing Tasks

    Alyson Stanfield
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you ever wonder what a regular marketing schedule for your art would look like? Every week I comb through the hundreds of ideas I have for articles because I always find something new. Something that didn’t strike a chord a year ago suddenly calls my name. I found this request deep in my filing system: I find it helpful to be reminded of what I can do or perhaps really should do on a daily, weekly, monthly, etc. basis. ©Jane LaFazio, Artichoke Family. Watercolor and color pencil. Used with permission. The cheat sheet that follows is for Julie and everyone who finds comfort in knowing…
  • The Strength of Artists as a Community

    Alyson Stanfield
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I struggle for ways to acknowledge this solemn anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Should I ignore the date on my calendar, or try to write something profoundly moving? ©Gail Haile, Setting Sun Mandala. Photo collage. Used with permission. Usually I ignore the date in my emails and on my blog, which seems more appropriate for my audience. This year I had an idea to use this space to focus on one of my top values and priorities: community. Community is a value I absorbed from my mother and is something we cherished following September 11, 2001. The Strength of Artists as a Community I…
  • How to Decide What Marketing Tasks to Invest In

    Alyson Stanfield
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Your marketing mix is a blend of actions you take – both online and offline – to promote your art.  Your ideal mix is your ideal mix and nobody else’s. You have to figure out what works best for you. At the same time, all of the options for where to spend time and energy could drive a person batty. ©Brady Allen, Internecine. Oil, 32 x 48 inches. Used with permission. Should you be on Twitter? Should you start a business page on Facebook? Should you purchase an ad? I suggest considering 3 criteria for deciding whether or not to make a task part of your marketing mix. 1. You are seeing…
  • 5 Steps to Take Charge of Your Art Marketing (and Why You Must)

    Alyson Stanfield
    4 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stop waiting for the famous gallery dealer to call you up. Stop waiting for the artist agent-fairy to wave her wand. Stop waiting to win the lottery. ©2014 Claire Browne, Stem. Mixed media, 7 x 3 feet. Used with permission. Start taking charge. You have to plan for business growth. It doesn’t happen on its own. Nobody cares about your success more than you do, and nobody can do a better job marketing your art than you can. Here are five steps for taking charge of your art marketing, which will send you well on your way to getting what you want from your art career. 1. Write down what you…
  • How to Improve Your Slide Submissions for Juries

    Alyson Stanfield
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the sessions at the Arts Festival Conference in Portland, sponsored by ZAPP, was “Public Portfolio Critique.” A mock jury of 6 people sat at the front of four screens in a large room. One at a time, artists’ slide presentations were projected as they might be in a slide jurying situation. The jurors offered valuable feedback for each set that was projected, and I took loads of notes. Here’s what I learned. Most of these notes are from the jurors, but I’ve thrown in some of my own observations. Patty Hankins’ booth shot for Beautiful Flower Pictures.   You have 20…
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • Families at Business of Software Conference USA

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

    Hermione Crease
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:31 am
    Is product management the most overlooked market opportunity for software right now? Nils Davis, BoS attendee, is throwing down the gauntlet: Most of you have the ambition to get big. How do you do that? The only way to get big as a product company is for people to buy your product. Preferably a lot of people, for significant amounts of money at a time. Duh! But why would people buy your product? We know there are products that people don’t buy. We don’t want those – because you can’t get big, or even grow at all. If you look at the revenue line for a product that no one buys…
  • Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014

    Mark Littlewood
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Follow next week’s Business of Software Conference USA, follow us on Twitter or follow hashtag #BoS2014. We will be posting some of the highlights here on the BoS USA 2014 Storify. View the story “Business of Software Conference USA highlights on Storify #BoS2014″ on Storify
  • Volunteers wanted for Business of Software Conference USA, Boston, 15-17th September

    Mark Littlewood
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hey, we are looking for a couple of volunteers to help us out with things at Business of Software Conference USA next week in Boston. The BoS Bad Ass Team needs a couple of extra hands to help out at Business of Software USA Conference next week. The conference runs 15-17th September at the World Trade Center/Seaport Hotel and is an incredible gathering of software entrepreneurs from around the world. We need a couple of good, friendly, reliable people, quite possibly students or startup entrepreneurs who would be able to help us set up on Sunday 13th and be around for the duration of the…
  • Business of Software Conference Europe, the 1 minute summary.

    Mark Littlewood
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:07 am
    Very short (1 minute) video. Captures the spirit of Business of Software Conference Europe held earlier this year in Cambridge, England.
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • More Than You Are

    Tara Joyce
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Do you notice the way it feels to leave the world you’ve worked so hard to create — here and now — for some idea of who you think you should be? In those moments, what is it that you’re grasping for? Do you feel overwhelmed by a desire to be more, to do more, to have more? I know I do. When we’re feeling less than, we’re in the midst of a painful conflict between being more and being who we are. It’s only in returning to the present moment and ourselves that we again trust in our innate ability to be grounded. Simply no larger or smaller than we naturally…
  • now, Now, NOW!

    Tara Joyce
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    For the sake of my personal and business health, I must not get caught up in the now, Now, NOW-ness of anyone or anything else. It doesn’t need to be NOW. I don’t need to hurry. Despite what I hear, and how I (sometimes) feel, there is no race to get to where I’m going. There is only NOW. There is only this space I currently find myself in. I do my best when moving at my pace — at the speed and energy that pleases and works for me. The rest of the world can have their pace, and I can remain confident in mine. For the truth is, I have all the time and space I need. There is…
  • All Opinions Are Not Created Equal

    Tara Joyce
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    People will always have their opinions. And some of them may be about you, and about your work. An opinion is simply one person’s point of view, one person’s way of seeing things. It’s no stronger or weaker than any another perspective. It’s no more true or false. It’s simply one person’s judgement. Nothing more. It’s the way in which one delivers their opinion and why, that allows their perspective to hold more weight or less. How do you deliver your perspective? And why do you present it? Within these answers lies the true value of the opinion. Not…
  • Conclusions

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

  • A Simple Message Brings Success

    Jeff Cornwall
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Belmont alum Brock Fuller talks about his new business. A simple message brings success. TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post A Simple Message Brings Success appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Diapers with a Triple Bottom Line

    Jeff Cornwall
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Jessica Alba: The Honest Company Jessica Alba, a successful actress, founded The Honest Company with the vision of pursuing the three “P’s” of a triple bottom line business: profit, people, and planet.  The Honest Company initially sold diapers online, but quickly expanded its product line and began selling through retail stores, such as Target and Costco.  Through its commercial success, the Honest Company has realized economic growth, which is the first “P” of a triple bottom line business.  In 2012, its first year in business, the company had revenues…
  • Entrepreneur Helps Brings Clean Water

    Jeff Cornwall
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurial Profile: Kathy Ku: SPROUTS of Water Kathy Ku, a graduate from Harvard University, applied the knowledge she gained during her college education to solve a pressing social problem.  Uganda has more than 10 million people without safe water to drink.  Ku launched SPROUTS of Water to provide affordable clay water filters to improve water quality and thereby help reduce waterborne illness, which is the leading cause of death among Ugandan children.  The idea for the business came to Ku when she was a nineteen-year-old volunteer at a clinic in Uganda.  Ku started her non-profit…
  • Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Chris Redhage talks about the niche his company is exploiting in healthcare TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Healthcare Full of Interesting Niche Markets appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jonathan Murrell TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurs Bring Escape Game to the US appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • Proposed DOJ Rules Would Require Small Movie Theaters to Purchase Expensive Accessibility Devices for Disabled Patrons

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

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

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

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

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

  • Slow

    Allison Nazarian
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    I like to get things done fast. Like quickly. And efficiently. Without delay. I read fast. I eat fast. I talk fast. I think fast (too fast, sometimes). I understand fast and I explain fast. My way doesn’t embrace the impatient among us. I’m not good at savoring or lolling about or stretching things out. I even relax fast. So when I smashed my foot against the wall while turning a corner inside my house, I was going too — you guessed it! — fast. I knew I’d broken my toe (if you’re fast like me, you’ve had multiple toe breaks by the time you are in your…
  • Someday

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

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

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

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

  • 4 Reasons Why Apple Pay Will be Huge, and Why Your Business Doesn’t Need It

    Kristin Piccirillo
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We all heard stories this week about how Apple Pay will change the way businesses accept payments, and many of us have already been paying for our coffee with a phone for a few years. But, what does it mean if your business isn’t the size of Macy’s or Whole Foods (two initial Apple Pay partners) — should you rush to get NFC? Should you be worried about losing business to the Apple Pay partners? Here are 4 ways you can get the benefits of the new product without the huge investment. Allow Customers to Pay the Way They Want Payments via NFC technology has grown to $8.2 billion, but…
  • Reads of the Week – Sept 12

    Kristin Piccirillo
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. Small business confidence edged slightly higher in August according to the NFIB. As the leaves change, it’s a great time to start planning for 2015. These tips can help you get set for when the new year starts. Your business brand and name is one of the most difficult to create, but one of the most important for the identity of your business. Here’s a few ideas on how to think…
  • What’s in a Small Business Name?

    Lisa Hephner
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A recent Bloomberg Businessweek post highlighted the plight of a startup business thrown a killer curve by current events. The company, which offers a digital wallet for making purchases via a smartphone, was named Isis, and the product Isis Wallet. Unfortunately, ISIS (for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) is now synonymous with terrorism and the beheading of American journalists, among other atrocities. So, what is a fledgling startup to do? Undertake the expensive, time consuming, and potentially confusing process of re-branding the company as “Softcard.” This case study is instructive…
  • Just 7 Days until Denver Startup Week

    Amanda Jurgens
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here at PaySimple, we’re gearing up for the third year of Denver Startup Week. We love learning from our peers and tech experts, getting inspired by the newest innovations, swapping stories with the community and sampling a Colorado craft beer, or two. The entrepreneurial spirit continues to gain traction in our corner of the world and we’re thrilled to be a part of it. We’ll be sponsoring events at our office and attending sessions around town. Don’t forget to stop by and say hello! You can check out all of the tracks here. Can’t make it to Denver? Don’t worry! There are plenty…
  • Reads of the Week – Sept 5th

    Kristin Piccirillo
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites (that we may have missed) in the comments. Labor Day marks the end of road trips and back-to-school days. Dread returning to work mode after a relaxing vacation? This guide will help you avoid the back-to-work blues. Large firms utilize charitable giving as a way to attract and recruit millennials who wish to work for organizations that positively impact the world. Save time and money by streamlining the hiring process with these 4…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Get Back What You Had to Give Up to Start Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    This post is brought to you by Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com. An entrepreneur makes countless sacrifices to see their dream business become a reality. Often, we forget that opening your own business is not just a career change, but a lifestyle change as well. The days of clocking in from 9 to 5 are over only to be replaced with a sort of whenever-I-can-get-work-done schedule, because running a business is a labor of love. You want to see it succeed, and therefore put as much work in as possible. Though, thankfully, all those big things you gave up in the beginning will someday…
  • Announcing a New Integration with Scanbot!

    Emily Farrar
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that you can now find an integration with Shoeboxed inside the Scanbot app for iPhone and Android! Scanbot is an awesome document and QR code scanner app, and we’re elated that they’re using the new Shoeboxed API to allow users to seamlessly store their documents scanned using Scanbot inside their Shoeboxed  account. Using Scanbot, you can: Create premium quality scans of any document using your smartphone Edit, sign and upload them to your cloud service of choice *cough cough* Experience the new QR code and smart data type detection This is…
  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

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

  • Life After Sandy: How NYC is Improving Its Electric Grid

    RP Siegel
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With our climate in upheaval, many cities, organizations and businesses are talking about building resiliency into their operations, in order to allow them to better deal with extreme events such as heavy storms, droughts and floods. While these expenditures are often high, given today’s reality they are considered necessary -- in keeping with Ben Franklin’s adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
  • Hundreds of USDA Violations Linked to Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

    Jan Lee
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Consumers have the NRDC to thank for the latest disclosure on Foster Farms' salmonella outbreak - if they have the stomach to read it, that is. More than 200 violations were levied against the companies plants in the past year for issues ranging from processing procedures to cockroaches.
  • Millennial Activists Driving America’s Revenue Growth

    Bill Roth
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The millennial activist is now driving revenue growth in the American economy. Their quest for products and companies that are “cool with a purpose” is driving the revenue success of Apple, Google, Patagonia and Chipotle. They are also a key demographic group that is driving down the revenues of McDonald’s, Coca-Cola and your local utility. Figuring out how to successfully align with millennial activists is now the strategic challenge facing every business.
  • 3p Takes ‘Stories & Beer’ on the Road!

    Marissa Rosen
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Join TriplePundit in Philadelphia or New York City -- or online -- for a special "Stories and Beer" series, respectively on BCorps and sustainable fashion.
  • Lehigh Technologies Forges Ahead in ‘Closing the Loop’ for Tires

    Andrew Burger
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Tucker, Georgia-based "green" chemistry company raised $8 million as it expands efforts to enhance sustainability across the tire market value chain by boosting tire recycling rates and use of micronized rubber powders.
 
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • The Writing Life — Writing Or Living?

    supremebeing
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In one of my literature classes in college, the professor said something that has always stuck with me. She said as a writer, you make a choice between living and writing. You can’t do both. Because the act of writing — when you’re actually physically sitting down and writing — means you’re recording life. You’re not living it. So writers must always make a choice between living and writing. Now, I don’t necessarily agree with this, as you could make this argument for a whole host of things that one does in one’s life (and then, if you take it a step deeper and ask just what…
  • Email Marketing Tips (Free Infographic To Share)

    Shannon Cherry
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sometimes a visual says it all… Please feel free to share by downloading here  (I appreciate you not changing anything on this infographic). And if you want more email marketing tips for free, go to http://shannoncherry.com/freeautorespondersreport/ Related posts: Want to Grow Your List? Make sure Your Squeeze Page Has These Elements 7 Easy Ways to Get More Traffic to Your Website How to Find More Followers on Twitter Paid Leads, Higher Retention and Higher Conversions. Who is In? Make More Money by Going Beyond the One-on-One Model
  • From Fit & Fine to Fabulous Tip #12 – Strategies for Game-Changing, High-Achieving Women

    Laureen Wishom
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Sheryl Sandberg says that all women should ask themselves the question: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I believe that affecting a major change in your career, business or life requires one to stop playing it safe every once in awhile. Game-changing, high-achieving women typically don’t make reckless decisions, but they do know how to take a ‘calculated risk’. In other words they make those ‘radical decisions’ that lead to much success in the workplace and marketplace. Sandberg took a ‘calculated risk’ and wrote the bestseller, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will…
  • Work Smarter With Notable PDF and Find Time

    Paula Eder
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Everyone wants to work smarter and find more time! And today I am happy to share a chrome extension that helps you do just that, when you’re working with PDF documents. It’s called Notable PDF, and if you’ve ever worked collaboratively on an e-book or a special report, you’ll easily see the usefulness of this extension. We first came upon this tool when we checked Lifehacker’s weekly compilation of top downloads to help you work smarter and more efficiently. And since we work a lot with PDF’s here at The Time Finder, we were immediately intrigued! A blog post on the Notable PDF…
  • Does Your Brand Have Emotional Swag? – Part 2

    Laureen Wishom
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In my previous blog, Does Your Brand Have Emotional Swag – Part 1, I focused on the importance of ensuring that your brand colors have emotional swag. Now let’s look at what color means in the Human Resource world.  From a HR perspective, resumes are traditionally written in black, as it is the most widely accepted, safest and conservative approach. Your resume can, however, make use of subtle additions of color throughout to help it stand out in a stack of identical black and white documents and then it can convey a specific emotion. The key to using color on a resume is to keep the…
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
 
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
 
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
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  • Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Rutgers AD apologizes for 'classless' fansAPJulie Hermann addressed the crass displays that some Rutgers fans directed at visiting Penn State during Saturday's game.Tasteless shirts, signs she denouncedIn other sports newsNFL star makes retirement decisionTiger answers Rory's age remarks
  • Eagles-Colts comes down to final seconds

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Eagles-Colts comes down to final secondsGettyIn a 'Monday Night Football' showdown of potent offenses, Philadelphia took its first lead of the game as time expired.Dubious first for Indy star LuckMore sports newsHannah Storm sounds off on NFLNL ROY hopeful ties strikeout mark
  • MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fans

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    MLB star banned for lewd gesture directed at fansGettyAll-Star pitcher Jonathan Papelbon was ejected on Sunday for his crass response to Philly boo birds.Stunt that cost him seven gamesElsewhere in sportsBears star's season is overTop soccer announcer steps down
  • Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challenger

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hillary's 2016 aspirations face new challengerGettyAlthough Hillary has broken away as a fast favorite in the presidential race -- a GOP darling may have just arisen as a formidable adversary. Republican stirring up 2016 rumorsMore political newsScott Walker wants to fight fedsPlanned Parenthood ties cut
  • First US strikes in expanded fight against ISIS

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:36 pm
    First US strikes in expanded fight against ISISAPThe United States took its first step in its broadened strategy aimed at destroying Islamic State militants, officials said.Missions carried out near BaghdadRelated coverageUS rival not invited to Iraq talksFrench president: 'No time to lose'
 
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    Business News Headlines - Yahoo! News

  • Venezuela airline crisis makes travelers ever more inventive

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    By Girish Gupta CARACAS (Reuters) - Buses across jungle borders, boats through Caribbean waters and private flights from small airfields have become a new norm for departing Venezuela as a multi-billion dollar pay dispute turns the country into something of a 'no-fly' zone. Major international airlines have slashed seat availability by half since last year, pulling many routes entirely in a spat with Venezuela's socialist government about the repatriation of $3.6 billion in ticket revenue. ...
  • LG Chemical develops super-efficient OLED light panels

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:04 pm
    These long-lasting and high-efficacy OLED light panels are coming to market in November>
  • Mitsubishi Motors to invest $600 million in Indonesian car factory

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp will invest $600 million to set up its first multi-purpose vehicle factory in Indonesia, aiming to capitalise on strong demand for the segment in the country as well as to export to other markets in Asia. Multi-purpose vehicles or MPVs accounted for more than half the 1.23 million cars sold in Indonesia in 2013. The assembly plant is expected to start production in 2017 and will help Mitsubishi Motors to raise its annual production capacity in Indonesia to 240,000 vehicles from 160,000 currently, Mitsubishi Motors Chief Executive Osamu Masuko told reporters…
  • Samsung hires Kristen Bell to help you forget about Apple

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Instead of constantly pummeling Apple, Samsung releases an ad for its Galaxy Tab S that features Kristen Bell, her husband Dax Shepard, and the joys of distraction.>
  • Ford and Automatic sync up to improve car connectivity

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Ford Sync equipped vehicle will soon gain tight connectivity to the Automatic Smart Driving Monitor and smartphone app.>
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • How Apple Will Affect Your Retail Sales

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
      Apple just showed off their new IPhones and their new Apple Watch. I’ll admit, I’m a bit of a techie, so I tuned into the live blog for the updates. If you’re not an electronics retailer, you may have missed why this is such big news. The iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus are going to be screamer products.  This is the phone experts had hoped for from Apple two years ago when Samsung began offering larger screens.
  • Preparing For Christmas: How To Unclutter Your Retail Store

    5 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Merchandise... Like food... Like alcohol... Like a lot of things ... can be good.  Until you have too much.
  • Never Make Assumptions About Your Retail Customers Again

    4 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    It was during a huge clearance sale shortly before the holidays. The rack sign read 3 shirts for $20. A woman held up several to her elderly husband's chest, picked 9 and asked, "Can you give me these for $50?" The harried clerk took one look at her soiled and tattered jacket and unkempt hair then declared, "No. See the sign? It's three for $20. That would be six for $40 and nine for $60." He then turned away.
  • 7 Reasons Retail Competitors Have More Business Than You Do

    3 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    I hear one thing over and over again from retailers and it's I just need to attract more customers. Heard it before the recession of 2008 ... Heard it after... Heard it during the housing bubble... Still hearing it ...even over the ice bucket challenges.
  • How To Sell Your Boss On Why You Need Sales Training

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    I sat next to a young woman on a plane to Chicago the other day. She was on the second leg of a trip home from Boston to Seattle. Her flight had been delayed and then finally canceled 8 hours earlier. “But,” she said, “I pleaded and cried and told them my mom was in the hospital and they put me on this flight. I put on a good show - with tears - and I got my way.” When it comes to getting our way, especially with a boss or someone in a position of power, most of us have little idea how to get what we want, so we accept what we get.
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    Business Insider

  • Robin Thicke says he didn't write controversial hit

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Los Angeles (AFP) - Robin Thicke's blockbuster but much criticized hit "Blurred Lines" grew even more controversial as the singer revealed he never wrote it, according to court documents.The Hollywood Reporter on Monday printed Thicke's previously confidential disposition to a Los Angeles court where he volunteered that he had been high on the painkiller Vicodin and alcohol when he recorded the song and that he was not sober during later media interviews.Thicke, speaking under oath, said that Pharrell Williams -- who later released the smash hit "Happy" -- had written "Blurred Lines" on which…
  • China's Xi heads to Sri Lanka to promote 'maritime silk road'

    Amal Jayasinghe
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:39 pm
    Colombo (AFP) - President Xi Jinping was Tuesday due in Sri Lanka where he will launch construction of a Chinese-backed $1.4 billion port city as he promotes his vision of a "maritime silk road" in the face of growing competition from Japan and India.China is increasingly asserting its influence in the Indian Ocean, with Sri Lanka a midway point on one of the world's busiest international shipping lanes.It has overtaken India to become the largest investor in Sri Lanka, and has also consistently supported Colombo in its efforts to resist a UN investigation into alleged war crimes. India, by…
  • China's overseas investment soars as FDI drops again

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Beijing (AFP) - China's outbound investment more than doubled in August to $12.62 billion, data showed Tuesday, far outstripping foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country, which fell to a four-year low.China has been actively acquiring foreign assets, particularly energy and resources, to power its economy, with firms encouraged to "go out" and make overseas acquisitions to gain market access and international experience. Officials have said overseas direct investment (ODI) could exceed FDI this year.The 112.1 percent year-on-year increase in ODI announced by the commerce ministry was…
  • Season's first dolphins killed in Japan: activists

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Tokyo (AFP) - The first dolphins of the season were slaughtered on Tuesday in the small Japanese town of Taiji, campaigners said, commencing an annual cull repeatedly condemned by animal rights groups.Activists from the environmentalist group Sea Shepherd have been monitoring a bay in Taiji, southwestern Japan, since the six-month dolphin hunting season began earlier this month."First pod of 2014-2015 being driven into cove now," the activists from Sea Shepherd, who call themselves "Cove Guardians", tweeted at 10:33 am (0133 GMT).About an hour later, @CoveGuardians said: "First dolphin murder…
  • Obama to announce major Ebola effort

    Stephen Collinson
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama will on Tuesday seek to "turn the tide" in the Ebola epidemic by ordering 3,000 US military personnel to West Africa and launching a major health care training and hygiene program.The White House said Obama will travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to meet US health chiefs and make the announcement, meant to spur a global effort to fight an outbreak that has already killed 2,400 people.The announcement comes amid increasing alarm about the worst-ever outbreak of the disease which has spread through Liberia, Sierra…
 
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  • The Marshmallow Test for Grownups

    Ed Batista
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Originally conducted by psychologist Walter Mischel in the late 1960s, the Stanford marshmallow test has become a touchstone of developmental psychology. Children at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, aged four to six, were placed in a room furnished only with a table and chair. A single treat, selected by the child, was placed on the table. (In addition to marshmallows, the researchers also offered Oreo cookies and pretzel sticks.) Each child was told if they waited for 15 minutes before eating the treat, they would be given a second treat. Then they were left alone in the room. Follow-up…
  • You Need a Community, Not a Network

    Brook Manville
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The internet is great for spreading information and rallying crowds, but you can’t mobilize people to collaborate and create something of lasting value simply by connecting them via the web. To get serious results from a network, you need commitment and a continuity of relationships among the participants. To borrow language from the philosopher Avishai Margalit, the web is a “thin we” type of network. Participants tend to belong for individualistic reasons. They have little in common with other members, and they’re reluctant to do much for the network. A big goal requires a “thick…
  • Rethinking the Bank Branch in a Digital World

    Darrell Rigby
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    More US bank branches closed in 2013 than ever before. More than 85% of retail banking transactions are now digital. The bank branch is “going south,” mobile-banking entrepreneur Brett King said to CNBC. “And there’s no reason to assume we’ll see a resurgence of activity at the branch—the mobile app is the nail in the coffin.” So are we witnessing the death throes of brick-and-mortar retail banking? Will banking soon be like the business of selling recorded music—almost all done online? In our view, no. Rather than going the way of Tower Records, leading banks are reinventing…
  • Prevent Your Strategy Offsite from Being Meaningless

    Peter Bregman
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I was facilitating the two-day executive offsite of a mid-sized technology company. The goal of the meeting was to solve major issues and identify potential opportunities that would guide their efforts, as a company, for the next year. We were halfway through the first day and, while everything was going according to plan, I couldn’t shake this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right. I struggled to put my finger on it. I took in the scene. The CEO and all his direct reports were sitting around the board room table and everyone was engaged. People were being respectful, listening to…
  • LEGO’s Girl Problem Starts with Management

    Avivah Wittenberg-Cox
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This summer, LEGO launched a minor revolution. It introduced professional women – scientists, no less – into its latest toy line aimed at girls. The new figurines – called “minifigs” by Lego die-hards – feature a female palaeontologist, an astronomer, and a chemist. They sold out on the first day. This, after years of mediocre “pink” products that did little to grow Lego’s share of the girls’ toy aisle. Why did it take until 2014 for the world’s second-largest toy maker to offer girls (and their toy-buying parents) products they might actually want? (After all, even…
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    Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global

  • Getting Started in Exporting. Are You Ready?

    Laurel J. Delaney
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    Reminder – please join me at a webinar I am giving this Thursday, September 18th at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT (plan on about an hour for the webinar). Here are the six things I will cover: 1.  Why this is the best and easiest time ever to export! 2.  What you need to do to get your business export ready 3.  How to craft a back-of-the napkin export business plan 4.  How to create a social media and networking presence 5.  How to market your business worldwide 6.  How to use e-commerce sites as stepping-stones to export success To learn more and to register, visit:  Export NOW 110:…
  • Investing In Women Is Fair and Right and Makes Sense (and Here’s Why)

    Laurel J. Delaney
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Samoa According to Samoa International Trade Centre (ITC) executive director Arancha Gonzalez, women put back 90 per cent of their earnings into the community compared to 40 per cent with men.  “It’s a statistic that shows why investing in women is not just fair or right but actually makes sense,” says Gonzalez. Further, “because women re-invest in the communities so heavily they are a powerful instrument to achieve development.” According to Gonzalez, only one per cent of the global procurement market goes to women.  The Samoa program will help women’s groups…
  • WOW! International Go Topless Day?

    Laurel J. Delaney
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    “International Go Topless Day” 2014. I had to read this twice to understand what was happening.  On August 24th, New Yorkers – men and women alike – ditched their shirts and joined people around the world in celebration of “International Go Topless Day.” According to the New York Post: Around 200 bare-chested men and women chanted “Free your Breasts! Free your mind!” as they proudly marched from Columbus Circle down to Times Square and over to Bryant Park in the name of equality. A little history from Gawker on why this is happening: Every year since…
  • Meet Two Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (R) of Essmart Global Jackie Stenson (L) and Diana Jue (pictured) bring social-impact technology to the populations who need it through their company Essmart Global.  This was a dream they nurtured during their undergraduate years at MIT.  They have been nominated as the Asia-Pacific finalists for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards and the only women from India on this list. After beginning operations, we’ve been supported by members of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, which we won in 2012. We’re also supported by Echoing Green, which…
  • Shaping the Future of Women in Business Worldwide

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

    Jason Lim
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Gen George, the 23 year-old founder of OneShift, is a great example of a young Australian female entrepreneur with global ambitions. Her company operates a site that matches jobseekers to employers. Employers are seeking people for work that ranges from one-off shifts, casual or permanent employment and specializes in the retail, hospitality and office admin industries.
  • How To Win Friends And Influence People In The Digital Age

    Michael Simmons
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Throughout human history, the predominant way we’ve built relationships is through real-time conversation. This throne is about to be taken over -- if it hasn’t already.
  • Looking For Investors? Be Picky -- Even Though It's Counterintuitive

    Kevin Harrington
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    There's an age-old interview question that's practically standard for most sales jobs.  It goes a little something like this:
  • Other Peoples' Software: Five Good Business Reasons To Adopt APIs

    Joe McKendrick
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Can a business these days survive without creating or engaging or getting involved in any way with web APIs? Perhaps, but it would be missing out on one of the most compelling opportunities since the rise of the cloud era. Plus, in the words of Brian Koles of ChallengePost, it would also risk  standing alone "on a digital island, which is no place to be in the connected future."
  • Build vs. Buy: How to Know When You Should Build Custom Software Over Canned Solutions

    Chuck Cohn
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    As a CEO, balancing your company’s immediate needs with its long-term growth is both paramount and challenging – especially if your business is a startup. Challenging questions arise, such as whether you should invest aggressively in long-term initiatives or take the less expensive and more conservative approach. The “build versus buy” decision, for example, is a significant one that many companies face when addressing their software needs.
 
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    New articles | Biznik

  • Anatomy of an Email: How to Craft Emails That Get Opened and Clicked

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    Why do some of your emails get high open rates, while others sit in people's inboxes collecting dust? If your open rates and click-through rates are inconsistent, it could be because you're not following a strategic email blueprint.
  • How Are You the Same?

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    When creating your brand the main focus is usually on what makes you different. What are you bringing to the market that no one else is. What are you offering that hasn't been seen a zillion times before?
  • The Danger of Deadlines

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    If you think you understand how the executive brain works, you may be surprised at these recent research findings.
  • Changing Trends in Web Designing

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    When we look back at the last year, the designing of web has taken a whole new perspective since then.
  • How to Create Systems to Simplify Your Email Marketing

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:55 pm
    You need to have strong email marketing systems in place in order to effectively monetize your email list.
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Proposal Writing Style: Formality and Clarity

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

    Reuben
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    In addition to clearly defining what we are not doing as part of a project (see What You’re Forgetting to Include in Your Proposal), we need to define what we need the customer to do to make the project successful. There are no magic wands, and vendors almost always need some level of help to deliver results. Sometimes this help is minimal. Sometimes it means weeks or months of close collaboration with key personnel who already have busy schedules. Sometimes it means access to sensitive documents or data. Sometimes it means obtaining, cleansing, and stitching together information that…
  • What You’re Forgetting to Include in Your Sales Proposal

    Reuben
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    In our rush to define all the great things we’re going to do for our customer, we sometimes forget that we can’t do everything on the wish list. Even worse, the customer sometimes forgets this, as well. Even if the person you work with most directly understands the priorities and constraints of the project, her colleagues may assume that you will be handling their issues. Ironically, what we often forget to include in our proposal is what we’re not including in the project. This can lead to confusion in the sales cycle and, if you win the business, more serious problems during the…
  • The Powerful Question Most Sales Reps Forget to Ask

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

    Reuben
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Before he died, Steve Jobs launched an “Apple University” program to keep the culture of the company strong. Employees can sign up for various courses, most of which are completely shrouded in secrecy. Recently, the New York Times got 3 Apple employees to speak anonymously about the experience. Randy Nelson, who came from the animation studio Pixar, co-founded by Mr. Jobs, is one of the teachers of “Communicating at Apple.” This course, open to various levels of employees, focuses on clear communication, not just for making products intuitive, but also for sharing ideas with…
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    Business.com B2B Online Marketing Blog

  • Video: How Digital Marketers Can Reach More Buyers

    Morgan Quinn
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Right now in digital media, there are three specific trends changing the way marketers must play today. These are: Shift from Interest-Based Media to Intention-Based Media: 70% of buyers are relying more on content than they did a year ago for purchase decisions. As a marketer, you can track these interactions (content downloads, video plays, etc.) to capture intention instead of interest and target based off the way buyers engage. (Tweet this!) Shift from Brand Advertising to Branded Performance Marketing: In B2B, marketing is under extreme pressure to demonstrate effectiveness. Marketers…
  • 3 B2B Digital Marketing Companies Using Innovation to Make the Data Connection

    Morgan Quinn
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    While tech media was once the key player in leveraging innovation to offer advanced marketing solutions like programmatic buying, marketing automation, and retargeting, the digital media industry is increasingly investing in these technologies. B2B marketing companies can no longer rely on organic adaptation or be slow to respond to the digital market shift; they must employ strategic and tactical moves to stay on top of customer needs and market trends. The good news is the B2B marketing industry is already responding to the shift, with a report from research firm Gartner finding a…
  • Digital Solutions for the B2B Marketer

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

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

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

    Steve C
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Several years ago, my wife and I made a conscious effort to remove sugary drinks entirely out of our diets. No more high fructose corn syrup. No more Boba milk tea and no more delicious milkshakes. For my wife however, cutting out sugar was particularly difficult because she hates the taste of water. (Given that water is tasteless, I personally don’t see how you could possibly “hate the taste” but that’s a topic for another discussion). Anyway when we’re not drinking water, we both drink a lot of tea because it tastes good and there are 0 calories associated with…
  • MWQHJ 035: How To Sell Amazon Kindle Ebooks And Make 30K In Under 7 Days With Jonny Andrews

    Steve C
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Are you interested in selling your own ebooks on the Amazon Kindle platform? Do you want to make some passive income being an author? Today, I have Jonny Andrews on the show to teach us how to make money selling ebooks on the Amazon platform. Jonny runs the popular website and podcast AudienceHacker.com and he’s got a ton of experience with launching successful ebooks. In fact in one of his launches, he was able to make over 30K in under 7 days which is crazy! He reveals all of his tactics and secrets in this episode so check it out! What You’ll Learn Why you should consider using…
  • What Everyone Should Know About Starting A Business Vs Working A Day Job

    Steve C
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    If you read a lot of business and entrepreneurship blogs like I do, you’ve probably noticed that almost every article out there glorifies quitting your day job. Quit that soul sucking job of yours and call your own shots! Why work for someone else when you can be your own boss? Fire your boss and live happily ever after. Here’s the thing. Even though my blog is called “My Wife Quit Her Job”, I’m actually not “anti day job” at all. In fact, I’m a strong proponent of working full time for someone else if that’s what makes you happy. And I…
  • MWQHJ 034: How To Run A Chinese Factory And Import Products From China With Hoe Lui

    Steve C
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    Hoe Lui is someone I have known for a very long time. In fact, he was one of the guys that helped me out early on by guiding me through my first Canton Fair. What’s super cool about Hoe is that he owns and runs his own Chinese factory, Kloanz.com, which makes bobble heads for professional sports teams. Now you’ve probably read a lot of articles on how to deal with Chinese vendors and how to navigate the cultural differences in China but as far as I know, no one has ever interviewed an actual Chinese factory owner. So I’m thrilled to have Hoe on the show today and he’s…
  • The Secret To Prioritizing Your Time And Achieving Business Success

    Steve C
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    This post was written by Nemo Chu, who built a 7-figure eCommerce business from scratch in 1 year—while working a demanding day job. He has since quit his job and now offers free advice in his newsletter. I really wish I’d learned this sooner. See if this sounds familiar: “You’re busy. You’ve set your financial goals. Yet, you’re spinning your wheels and struggling to achieve your goals even though you’re doing more and more stuff.” That was my story. And it’s the story of some people who hire me to coach them on Clarity. Most of us want to be more financially…
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

  • Digital PR and Why Your Brand Needs It

    Claire Westlie
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    What is Digital PR? Public Relations (PR) is building and maintaining a brand’s reputation by making sure the right information gets passed from the organization to the public. This includes organizing events, announcing new hires and construction, and promoting sponsorships – just to name a few. Digital PR is still passing information from the organization to the public, but its tools have evolved to encompass Search Engine Optimization (SEO), social media, content marketing, link building and online promotion of your brand. It seems simple enough, but there’s dedicated work behind…
  • 2 Simple Steps to Ensure Social Media Success on Facebook

    Brad Cebulski
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whenever you are marketing via social media, you always need to worry about two parts of the equation: creating great content and attracting new customers. However, it seems like so many people only focus on the first of the two because it draws the most attention and is much more “fun.” The reality is that a business is rarely successful on Facebook unless they are focusing on both the content and the acquisition of new customer – in the form of fans and followers. (Disclaimer: I do not work for Facebook. I simply believe that Facebook advertising (when used correctly) can be one of…
  • Broken Link Building and Why It’s Worth It

    Jeremy Scholz
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Link building can be a very challenging task…especially when you want to build STRONG LINKS. Broken link building can be one of the most beneficial and successful methods if done right. Doing so can often fix something on a website that has existed for many years and already has very high authority and a plethora of links built to the page so the “link equity” will start pouring in.  The good news is, no one wants broken links on their site! Finding Broken Links First comes the challenge of finding links that are broken. There are billions of websites out there. Determining which ones…
  • How I Got My Startup Featured on The TODAY Show and NPR

    James Oliver
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    People are amazed I was able to get my “little tech startup,” WeMontage (made in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin), featured on the TODAY Show, and most recently on NPR. They ask, “How did you do that?” Conventional wisdom says a blog post needs to be titled, “The 3 steps to…blah, blah, blah” in order to be viewed, shared, commented on, etc. But this ain’t that. There are no silver bullets or three steps to moving your startup forward and breaking through all the clutter to get the attention of your target market (at least not that I’ve seen).
  • Distractions and Flow – The Importance of Focus

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

  • How Do I Become an Internet Sensation? Follow This One Rule.

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

    Katrina Crowell
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Retargeting on Facebook is a digital marketing tactic that’s been getting a lot of attention lately. And rightly so – because retargeting gives you a chance to reach customers who are serious about purchasing your product or service. If you’ve never heard of retargeting, you’ve probably experienced it. Ever looked at—say, a pair of boots—online and then seen ads for those boots at every site you go to after that? Well, those ads aren’t coming from the magic internet marketing fairy – They’re coming from a digital marketing tactic called retargeting.  How do…
  • Why You SERIOUSLY Need to Come to Agents of Change This Year

    Rich Brooks
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    This September 26th, 2014, we’re putting on our annual conference that’s all about how you can reach more of your ideal customers with search, social, and mobile marketing.  It’s called the Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference, and if you’re reading this blog (or email newsletter), then chances are you’re going to love it. Imagine a full day of some today’s top digital marketers sharing their best tactics and strategies on Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and ranking higher at the search engines. Tips for building and engaging an audience. Advice…
  • How to Manage Your Email with Boomerang

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • HTML & CSS Frameworks For Better Framing of Your Websites

    Mark Wilston
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:38 am
    Programming has always been a tedious task for majority of the folks. Early programming was straight from the head; no frameworks, no IDEs or sometimes no documentation or code repositories nor any online community. The programmer had to directly rely on his logical ability to write codes and test the same. This was a huge […]
  • Why Visual Studio is More Suitable for Cross-Platform Mobile Developments

    Mark Wilston
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today, a wide variety of mobile devices are available in the market, which run on different platforms and developers often face the challenge of building applications and solutions that are cross-platform compatible. Developers who want to create games and apps for multiple mobile platforms can now take the help of Visual Studio, for feature-rich and […]
  • Is your WordPress Website loading Slow? Lets Improve!

    Mark Wilston
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    In today’s fast-pace world, slow websites are definitely an obnoxious proposition for most website owners. Visitors may start avoiding a slow website and it may affect the search engine ranking of a website at the same time. If you own a WordPress Website and your website is loading slower, you need to first understand the […]
  • Magento – Inching Closer As A Reliable B2B Platform

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

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

  • Starting a Small Business? You Need a Business Plan!

    Marisol Cruz
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Many successful business owners agree that having a business plan was their guide for success of their business. A business plan keeps you focused and sets expectations of what needs to be done. If you’re starting a new business, you must know that planning ahead of time can save your business from failing. And a business plan does exactly that, it breaks down how your business will make money, determines your future financial plans, and outlines the spending to avoid pitfalls. Here we will explain how a business plan sets a foundation for a successful future. Shows how your business will…
  • Website Tips That Generate Sales!

    Marisol Cruz
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Did you always dream about starting your own business and making it profitable?  Here at BizCentral we know what a huge step you’ve made by making your dream a reality.  We get it, starting your own business is difficult, full of sleepless nights thinking about finding new customers and growing. To help with this we have developed website tips that can help you make your website more effective. Tip #1 Have a Lead Capture Page A lead capture page has a place where prospects insert their name, phone number and email addresses for the business to use. Typically a lead capture form would be a…
  • SBA 8(a) Certification Program Explained

    Marisol Cruz
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:22 pm
    How can it help my small business? There are various reasons why your small business should look into government contracting. The SBA’s 8(a) Certification Program will limit your competition for business as an 8(a) contractor to other small similar companies. Business certifications are intended to help hindered small businesses thrive in the competitive environment. These business certifications are the only one provided by the Federal Government and are the hardest to qualify for. Applicants who are members of socially-disadvantaged groups and are economically disadvantaged can be…
  • Social Media Marketing is a Daily Commitment

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

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

  • UCC Financing Statement: Is One Filed Against Your Business?

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

    Marco Carbajo
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Unsecured Business Credit Lines In a previous post we talked about the benefits of using our unsecured business credit lines. Now I have to say this definitely was a very popular post that generated quite a bit of questions and conversations so I thought it would be a good idea to cover this in today’s […] The post Unsecured Business Credit Lines vs Business Credit Cards appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Why File a DBA? Breaking Down: Doing Business As (DBA)

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

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

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

  • Living With No Expectations

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Dr. Barbara Seifert, CPC Imagine a life where all your dreams come true; a life that is filled with happiness, love for what you do and who you are, and enriched relationships. Sounds illusive doesn’t it? What if I told you that this is not only doable but easier than it sounds? And what if […]
  • Interview with Anne Hebert – Independent Marketing Consultant and Writer

    wahanelson
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your entrepreneurial journey.  I moved to Austin, Texas after attending college in San Antonio. While I was looking for a full-time job, I worked as a freelance writer for two different companies. Then I took a job with a public affairs firm, where I worked for just […]
  • Peeps on Your Team: Getting Awesome Support People in Place

    wahanelson
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Rebecca Flansburg I love the poem from Maya Angelou called Every Woman Should. A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE one friend who always makes her laugh … and one who lets her cry … Time is a precious commodity and part of being a business owner is knowing when it’s time to call in the troops for […]
  • Can You Really Make Money From Home by Blogging?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna My first experience with a blog was back in 2005. A friend of mine told me that I needed to check out this celebrity gossip blog called, Pink is the New Blog. After reading a few posts, I was hooked. Not only did I enjoy the daily gossip, but I loved […]
  • Icebreaker Games For Team Meetings

    wahanelson
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Team meetings can often result in many new ideas and bring awareness to issues, but if members of the team feel uneasy opening up in a crowd, the whole company can suffer as a result. To gain more team input and effort and really get the most out of all team meetings, games […]
 
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    Leader Networks blog

  • Big List 2.0: The Top 106 B2B Online Customer Communities

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best Office Space Quiz

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Which type of office space is best for you and your company? Choosing the right office space can help brand your company, make your employees happier and save you money. Check out the quiz below to help determine where your company should make its next move. The post Best Office Space Quiz appeared first on Small Biz Daily.
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky A lot of people went a little nuts when Starbucks released its legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte a little earlier than expected this year. But they and Starbucks aren’t alone when it comes to embracing the orange squash. If you haven’t yet unleashed the power of the pumpkin in your business, you still have some time to do so—if you act now. Here’s how a few franchises are carving their niche in the field: Franchisor Philly Pretzel Factory will be releasing its pumpkin-flavored pretzel dip at the end of September. Adam Terranova, the company’s marketing manager,…
  • 6 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

    Rieva Lesonsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rieva Lesonsky 1. Money for Small Business Kabbage, the leading online provider of working capital for small businesses, is now funding more than $2 million per day to small entrepreneurs. It was only six months ago that the company reached the milestone of funding $1 million per day to small businesses. Kabbage says its growth is driven by its patented, automated underwriting platform, which enables real-time underwriting. Kabbage serves all types of small businesses, including restaurants, beauty salons, advertising agencies, IT consulting firms, and other business verticals.
  • Facebook Lead Generation Strategies that Any Business can Use

    Rieva Lesonsky
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Daniel Faggella The only thing more boring for Facebook fanpage subscribers than “buy this now” is “sign up for our newsletter”. Though some small businesses are smart enough to know that Facebook offers a great opportunity for lead generation, most little companies still struggle to make lead generation engaging or effective. In this short article, we’ll examine three sub lead generation strategies used by large and successful companies, and discover how they might be applied in any business. 1)  Webinars Case Study: HubSpot Industry: Software as a Service, Marketing Automation…
  • Who Owns Your Digital Assets When You Die?

    Rieva Lesonsky
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    By Cliff Ennico In an increasingly digital world, more and more assets are being converted from something you can touch, feel and hoard into a combination of ones and zeroes on a computer server somewhere. Where do they all go when the owner dies? A friend of mine told me recently that if he were to “kick the bucket” right now, his assets would include: An account on Paypal.com with a balance of $10,000; Approximately $2,000 in Bitcoin®; 500 copyrighted photos on Instagram®; Digital invoices to clients for about $30,000; “Points” earned on a number of online shopping sites; and…
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  • Todd Falcone’s “Cracking The Code To Network Marketing Success”

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Today, Todd Falcone launched what is really a culmination of 25 years of experience in the world of Network Marketing called “Cracking The Code To Network Marketing Success“. I have known Todd for 10 years now, traveled with him, sat in his office and actually watched him work. In my opinion, no one is better positioned to give you the essential information it takes to get your business really moving. This is a physical product, something you can hold in your hands and take with you anywhere.     Part #1: On Your Mark 1: Take The First Step: Eliminates your fear on…
  • Book Publisher Ditches Amazon For MLM

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Oklahoma based book publisher, Education Development Corporation recently stopped selling on Amazon and other big stores like Costco and Sam’s Club in favor of “an army of home sellers”. The home selling division, Usborne Books & More currently has 7,000 consultants selling books through an MLM business model. The home division is a multi-level marketing organization, in which amateur sales reps around the country not only peddle books but recruit new representatives into the program. Mary Ann Wartman signed on 20 years ago with a goal of providing books for her own…
  • Ignore Ann Sieg (Renegade) At Your Own Risk

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

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

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

  • Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    Add / Remove There's a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don't respect the rules of the road. We've already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. The app can be…
  • Food Cowboy locates nearby food banks to take unsellable produce

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Add / Remove Every three weeks, the US throws away the same amount of unused produce that is donated to food banks in 12 months. That's 11 months and 1 week of food that could go to charities, but ends up in landfill instead. Aiming to change this, Food Cowboy is a system that helps those in the food supply chain to find local nonprofits that can use the food they're throwing away. Developed as both a web and mobile app, the system can be used by anyone involved in the production, delivery and retail of food, whether it's farmers, truckers, supermarkets, restaurants, or even…
  • Instagram-style shopping app lets users buy with a swipe

    Springwise
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Add / Remove One of the main challenges for e-tailers is that the online shopping experience doesn’t secure purchases from browsers in the same way brick and mortar stores do from visiting customers — it’s much easier to get distracted when shopping online. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Keep leverage Instagram snaps to better engage consumers, but now Spring has boiled the buying process down to a single swipe in the hopes of improving conversions. Hailing from the fashion hub of New York City, the free iOS app enables users to follow their favorite brands and…
  • System could stop parents accidentally leaving their child in the car

    Springwise
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Add / Remove Parents typically do their best to look after their children, but one moment of neglect can lead to tragedy. The sheer number of news articles about infant deaths from being left inside hot cars reflects how commonplace such accidents can be. While devices such as the Sync Smartband enable moms and dads to keep their children within visual range and locate them if they get lost, a new system called Starfish is tackling car deaths by alerting drivers when they've left their baby behind. Developed by Studio Whale, the system used a small GPS and weight-sensing device that can…
  • Toothpaste contains taurine to offer a morning energy boost

    Springwise
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Add / Remove Some people simply can’t operate until they’ve had their morning cup of coffee or favorite energy drink, but today’s hectic lifestyles sometimes don’t leave enough time to hit the coffeeshop before work. While ideas such as Sprayable Energy have attempted to replace coffee with spray-on caffeine, Russian oral care company R.O.C.S. has now developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth. Energy products have already proven their worth in the food and drinks market, but are now slowly beginning to…
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    The Social Monica

  • Why Is Amazon A Website Owners Best Friend?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Google+ Communities: Amplify Your Content In Search

    Jeff Korhan
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:28 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (0:34:29) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 8 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Earlier this year Social Media Examiner released an extensive social media marketing industry report that revealed learning Google+ was a top priority for businesses. One of the reasons for this is they intuitively understand Google+ impacts Google search results. However, there is a lot of confusion as to how that works and what steps…
  • 3 Tips for Increasing Network Value and Influence

    Jeff Korhan
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    In our connected world network influence is derived from the strength of your network, or more accurately, the collective ecosystem comprised of your on and offline networks. It’s not the size of a network that matters as much as it’s responsiveness to affecting change, which of course is only possible when the network both values and trusts you and the others within it. Weak connections are best described as followers, and to a degree, fans too. While that connectivity provides potential value, it is just the starting point for building and sustaining true influence. Influence is the…
  • Facebook Marketing: Attracting Your Ideal Audience

    Jeff Korhan
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:36:23) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 7 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. I have to be honest. I have not been a big fan of Facebook for marketing my business. However, this conversation with Mike Gingerich changed my thinking, and it just may do the same for you. Mike genuinely likes to help people, so listen in as he share’s a wealth of information that will help you better understand Facebook,…
  • Social Business: Managing Relationships to Build Personal and Business Brands

    Jeff Korhan
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Listen to the Episode Below (00:37:05) Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Get Weekly Marketing Updates Discover What is New for Business Powered by Simple Podcast Press This is Episode 6 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Would you like to learn how to better network to achieve your personal and professional objectives? Then listen in on my conversation with Jon Ferrara. Jon openly admits he loves to “get on his soapbox” and teach what he has learned about relationship management to help others achieve greatness. One of the challenges for…
  • Communicate a Bigger Vision with Content Marketing

    Jeff Korhan
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:23 am
    If your marketing could only accomplish one thing, what would it be? Retailers would say getting buyers into the store, because that’s where they can best convert interest into favorable outcomes. If conversion happens on your website, you want your marketing to take buyers there. Then what happens? That’s what buyers want to know. Marketing used to open doors. Now it must communicate what happens after they are opened. Tweet this What makes content marketing so much more powerful than traditional marketing is that it can convince people your business is the one for them. The Internet…
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    SmartCEO

  • 25 Books on persuasion, influence and understanding human behavior

    Marina Locks
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    As a professional, executive or entrepreneur, the more you know about how people tick, the better.1. The Person and the SituationIn my opinion, this is the best book Malcolm Gladwell’s name has been attached to. It’s one of the definitive works in social psychology, perhaps only eclipsed by Eliot Aronson’s The Social Animal.2. Yes! (50 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Persuasive)Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book, but just be forewarned that this should be used as a complement to the other “meatier” entries on this list.Read the source article at EntrepreneurThe…
  • 5 tricks to turn ‘I think’ into ‘I know’

    Marina Locks
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    For your business to grow, your current and potential clients have to have confidence in your ideas and decisions. They don't want to hear that you think that your position is good; they want you to know it.Own the SituationWhether you're a professional consultant speaking with a client, an executive addressing your team, or an employee voicing an opinion, if you want to be heard and respected, you need to own it.Curb Your Lack of EnthusiasmThere are a number of things that you can do to break the habit of playing it safe rather than having the confidence to assert what you know to be…
  • Use Voluntary Disclosure Agreements to “come clean” with your tax obligations

    april
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Thought Leadership on Innovative tax planning strategies for every stage of your business presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC.Ben Franklin once said that the only two certainties in life are death and taxes.  So how is it possible that a taxpayer can be unaware of his/her tax liabilities?  Well, in the complicated world of state and local taxation, anything is possible.  While most taxpayers genuinely try to keep compliant with their state tax obligations, the complex compliance rules and the vast numbers of taxing jurisdictions (almost 10,000 for sales tax alone!) make things difficult for those…
  • Growing your business with strategic acquisition

    april
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    Thought Leadership on Ownership Transition presented by Prairie Capital Advisors, Inc. For the owner of a closely held business, the end of the calendar year is usually a time for strategic planning. One of the most important decisions to be made during this time is how to best grow your business in the new year and beyond. But growth can be a complicated proposition. How quickly do you want to grow your business? And how can you best achieve your desired growth goals? By adding more clients? More staff? New product/service offerings? Expanding into new verticals or new geographic markets?
  • Office trailers: Rent or purchase?

    Acton Mobile
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
     Thought Leadership on Construction Equipment Rental presented by Acton Mobile Industries.When considering your budget for a jobsite, you must think about the cost of the trailers you will need. Every jobsite needs some kind of office space, and one or more trailers are usually the solution. So, is it better to purchase a trailer, or rent one? More often than not renting is the superior option. But, what are the benefits of renting versus owning a trailer?Price ComparisonThe cost to purchase a trailer is almost always higher than the cost to rent, even for contracts that will last several…
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Interactive Ideas for Your Coming Soon Page

    Peter Wolfgram
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s a question common to both start-ups and established businesses. What should visitors see when they go to your website, but your new website isn’t ready? I actually think this is the wrong question. Ask instead, “What should visitors do when they find your coming soon page?” Here are eight ideas for coming soon pages that encourage interaction in ways that run the gamut from minimalist to technical. You’re sure to find one that fits your business. The Riddle (Wrapped in a Mystery) New products and services benefit from a bit of mystery before they launch.
  • Bucketing Your Leads: Just Browsing

    Jarred
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve got a great website in place with plenty of fresh, relevant content and a decent inbound marketing plan, you’re bound to be drawing in leads, which should be organized into various categories. Heck, even businesses which don’t have a robust strategy for bringing in customers still have leads coming in. Managing those leads, figuring out where to place attention and effort is important for all businesses ranging from B2B services to B2C eCommerce and everything in between. Not all leads are equal, so start developing your sales response process by dividing leads…
  • What Makes a Good Email Marketing Campaign

    Anne
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    During one of our company meetings, Lorraine asked me, “What makes for a good email marketing campaign?” I felt like I was back in school and the teacher just called on me to answer a question I didn’t know the answer to. I stared at her as I thought, “I work on several client email newsletters each week. How could I not know what makes for a good email marketing campaign?” I’m glad Lorraine put me on the spot during the meeting because it got me thinking about the steps to creating successful email marketing campaigns. Step 1 – You Must Be Blogging…
  • Do Customers Know What’s On Your Menu?

    Lorraine
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You live and breathe your products every day. You understand the fine differences between each of your products. However, your customers don’t know, and often don’t care, about the details. They just want to know if you can solve their problem. Too often, business owners and sales people assume their customers are as familiar with the product or service as they are. The result can be the lack of a sale or an unsatisfied customer. Consider this case in point: One morning, I wandered into Panera with several friends. Glancing at the menu, I found my favorite Egg White…
  • Editing and Visual Hierarchy: The Keys to Design Success

    Jenna
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    I usually ask new clients for a few descriptive words to sum up the core values of company. They start off great and I get things like “loyalty,” “quality,” etc. However, once they hit five or six terms, I have to cut them off. I’m sure those next ten or so words are really great, and I bet the company really does pride itself in them, but we have to draw the line somewhere. I’m sure you’ve heard some version of the phrase “if everything is the most important, then nothing is.” This is particularly true in design. Picking one or two…
 
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Sample Internship Program – 8 Elements to Incorporate into an Internship Program

    Patricia Lotich
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    Internship programs can be part of an organization’s recruitment strategy and help achieve organizational business objectives. Interns are generally looking for real life experience that will utilize their skills and offer challenging work. Internship programs were originally designed by colleges and universities to give students real life work experience as part of their degree curriculum. Schools partnered with businesses and helped place prospective students within work environments. Today, businesses are using internship programs to help identify talent and recruit for employment.
  • Free Employee Vacation Request Form

    Patricia Lotich
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    Organizations reward employees by providing great pay, benefits and paid time off.  Keeping track of these benefits is one of the responsibilities of an HR Assistant and is imperative to good record keeping. Many organizations now use electronic time and attendance solutions for managing human resource documents, but for those that haven’t made that leap yet, there are manual ways of keeping employee records. Keeping track of employee vacation and sick hours can be a laborious task. Having a good tracking system can help with this. Policies and procedures should include a requirement…
  • What Does a Human Resource Assistant Do?

    Patricia Lotich
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    The human resource function of an organization is crucial role that helps to ensure legal compliance and supports the employee experience.  The human resource assistant is the person who deals with the day-to-day HR responsibilities and is the liaison between the organization, employees and benefit vendors. This essential role helps ensure that employee needs are met and that critical HR files are taken care of.  Managing the human resource function can be a part-time responsibility for small organizations or a full-time position for larger organizations. A Human Resource Assistant May…
  • Are Employment Headhunters Targeting Your Top Talent? – 5 Tips For Retaining Your Best Employees

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

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

  • Feet on the Ground, Head Down (FS071)

    Chase Reeves
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    How do you keep an eye on the business stuff while in the throws of a new creative endeavor? That’s one of 4 listener questions we get into in this episode. Our thanks to Myke, Greg, Nick and Tom for sending in your questions. Enjoy! (What are you struggling with right now? Ask us and we’ll help you get through it.) Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS How to keep your feet on the ground when your business is going nuts. Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Relay FM — “An independent podcast network for people who are creative, curious and…
  • How I Got 100,000 Podcast Downloads in 62 Days (Without An Existing Platform)

    Grant Baldwin
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Towards the end of last year, I started mentally toying with the idea of doing a podcast. I regularly listened to various shows and had always enjoyed podcasts but for whatever reason, I had never really given any thought to doing my own. But the more I considered it, the more intrigued with the idea I became. For much of my career, I’ve made a living as a professional speaker, primarily talking to high school and college students. I had built a solid business offline but now was eager to start something online. On May 27, we formally launched the How Did You Get Into That?podcast. I had no…
  • What’s the Right Amount of Prep for Your Launch? (FS070)

    Chase Reeves
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s a fine line between preparing too little and preparing too much. The former leads to failure. The latter, to nowhere. Listener of the show, Adam, has an idea he really believes in. He’s worried about walking that line. What’s the right amount of prep before he launches? After an unusually large portion of ballyhoo we dive right into Adam’s question and share what we’ve learned about the balance. Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS At what point should you say, “I’ve prepared, I’m confident and now it’s time…
  • As I Write This. Depression, Anxiety & Entrepreneurship

    Chase Reeves
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    As I write this I’m completely directionless. I’m trying to dream up a content strategy for Fizzle. That’s the site you’re on here. We write and podcast for indie entrepreneurs. What a shitty word — “entrepreneur.” Feels like the kind of word French people are super pissed about us using. “Ew du no eeven knogh wat zis wurd meeens.” {le sigh} I’m cynical. This work feels directionless. I try to plan, but as one hand writes down ideas the other hand erases them. I’m getting spun up, like a roiling boil. All this activity, all…
  • Work for Yourself or for Others? (FS069)

    Chase Reeves
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In certain circles there’s a stigma about working for others. These people believe everyone should be independent and work for themselves. Corbett has written passionately on this subject a few different times. In this conversation we explore whether or not you should work for yourself or for others (some of us don’t think what you may think we think… savvy?). Enjoy! Subscribe: (how to) iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher, RSS Should you work for yourself or for others? Tweet This   or copy + Facebook Show Notes Send a voice message to The Fizzle Show (fizzle) — Ask us…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • Content Marketing’s Biggest Problem and What Can Be Done About It

    Marcus Sheridan
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:29 am
    As I write this article, I find myself just 2 days removed from Content Marketing World. As has been the case for the last 4 years, Joe Pulizzi and his crew managed to put together an amazing event full of great education, entertainment, and lasting memories for the 2500 attendees from around the world. That [...]
  • Why your “Why” Matters in Inbound Marketing – Interview with Tiffany Sauder

    George Thomas
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Quick question for you: do you just do marketing tactically or do you follow a marketing strategy? This is not a trick question but rather an honest query I often think of as I watch companies move into this new world of Inbound Marketing. In today’s interview I talk to Tiffany Sauder, the President of [...]
  • The Hubcast #7: Inbound App, FreeT-Shirts, Video Marketing Strategy,& Spammy Emails

    George Thomas
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 007 Welcome back to The Hubcast folks! As mentioned last week, this will be a weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2014 HubSpot is only 6 days [...]
  • Why Anti-Buyer Personas are Essential to Content Marketing Success

    Marcus Sheridan
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    When it comes to content marketing, there are few subjects more talked about these days than that of “Buyer Personas.” You can read all about them on the Content Marketing Institute blog. And the HubSpot blog. Or just about any other marketing blog for that matter. But I get it—you better know who it is [...]
  • Why Mobile Matters for Inbound Marketing – Interview with Bob Ruffolo

    George Thomas
    6 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The web is a roller coaster of change. Just when you think you bought the right site and added the best page, two minutes later those items are out dated. Who knew five years ago that mobile would be so important to web design. Oh, and for those of you who don’t think mobile matters [...]
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Get Back What You Had to Give Up to Start Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    This post is brought to you by Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com. An entrepreneur makes countless sacrifices to see their dream business become a reality. Often, we forget that opening your own business is not just a career change, but a lifestyle change as well. The days of clocking in from 9 to 5 are over only to be replaced with a sort of whenever-I-can-get-work-done schedule, because running a business is a labor of love. You want to see it succeed, and therefore put as much work in as possible. Though, thankfully, all those big things you gave up in the beginning will someday…
  • Announcing a New Integration with Scanbot!

    Emily Farrar
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that you can now find an integration with Shoeboxed inside the Scanbot app for iPhone and Android! Scanbot is an awesome document and QR code scanner app, and we’re elated that they’re using the new Shoeboxed API to allow users to seamlessly store their documents scanned using Scanbot inside their Shoeboxed  account. Using Scanbot, you can: Create premium quality scans of any document using your smartphone Edit, sign and upload them to your cloud service of choice *cough cough* Experience the new QR code and smart data type detection This is…
  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

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

  • Four pieces Brown Silicone Coasters Hollow Out Design Good Grip- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Don't you believe that these coasters are the most wonderful and sophisticated coasters available on the market today? We would describe them as the most elegant pieces of art; you might ever set your eyes on. They're just superb. They're made of silicone obviously, and now with the improvement of technology, they do mimic crocheted [...]
  • 4 pieces Brown Silicone Coasters Hollow Out Design Excellent Grip- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Don't you believe that these coasters are the most delightful and elegant coasters available on the market today? We would describe them as the most splendid pieces of art; you may ever set your eyes on. They're just superb. They're made from silicone obviously, and now with the development of technology, they do imitate crocheted [...]
  • Practical Video – Using A Coupon Code With Natizo Measuring Spoons

    DanielNBrown
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:42 pm
    There are discount coupon codes all over the net nowadays and numerous sites that specialize in publicising discount coupon codes they have found. I've ordered a couple of things online now and need to admit the first time I tried to apply a voucher code I got a bit confused. Working out where and when [...]
  • Neodymium Magnets Rare Earth (10 1/2 x 1/4 N48) – Incredibly Powerful Earth-Metal Permanent Magnets

    DanielNBrown
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Are you troubled by easily breakable magnets? Have you searched in vain for strong, high quality magnets which would serve multiple purposes? Well, forget all your worries and be ready to be amazed by my chance discovery of the Neodymium Magnets. These magnets have greatly benefited me in various ways since I've had them. These [...]
  • How To Use a Voucher Code To Get The Natizo Julienne Peeler

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

  • Creativity in Business: 4 Tips to Tap Into Inspiration and Innovation

    Amy Neeley
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    When it comes to running a successful business, having quality products and services plus a knowledgeable and friendly staff all play a huge role. But so does creativity, a business subject that has taken center stage in recent years. In fact, a 2010 IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs, general managers, and senior public sector leaders in 33 industries around the world ranked “creativity” as the most important skill leaders would need to succeed through the next five years. You might think you’re too busy running your business or that creativity doesn’t play a part in your role. But…
  • ReachLocal’s Ignition Day Sparks Ideas & Technology Innovation

    Tiffany Monhollon
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Last week, members of the ReachLocal product and technology team gathered for the company’s second annual Ignition Day, a 24-hour period during which teams come together to develop new ideas and technology. This year, members from several ReachLocal partners, including Google AdWords, Yahoo!, New Relic, Twilio, Simpli.fi, and Yelp participated as well. The goal was simple – within 24 hours, the teams were challenged with developing a solution and bringing it to life. Teams could propose any type of idea – from media to software to hardware, from conceptual to physical, from a new…
  • 5 Common SEO Myths Debunked (And What You Should Really Do!)

    Brian Ledis
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    What common SEO myths could your business fall prey to? As Director of SEO at ReachLocal, it’s my job to stay up to speed on changes to search engine algorithms, search trends, and the latest SEO best practices. But although there is a ton of great advice out there on what search engines are up to and how to get SEO right, I’m often amazed at some of the bad advice and outdated SEO tactics that I still see being shared today. Here are the top five most common SEO myths debunked, and what you should be doing instead. Myth #1: Ranking highly on search engines means your SEO program is a…
  • What Top Marketing Strategy Should Businesses Stop Ignoring?

    Tamara Weintraub
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    In this month’s ReachLocal Question of the Month, we want to know: What online marketing strategy can local businesses no longer afford to ignore? Take the poll below to let us know and to see what others are saying, too! Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. When planning out your marketing strategy, there are many things you need to consider. For example, who is your audience? If they are a demographic that regularly uses social media (and let’s admit it – today there’s a pretty decent chance some of your…
  • Cast Your Vote for ReachLocal in the Small Business Influencer Awards

    Amy Neeley
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    We’re proud to announce that ReachLocal has been nominated for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards in three categories! The Small Business Influencer Awards honor the people and companies that play a significant role in the success of the North American small business market through the products, services, knowledge, information, or support they provide. Being nominated for this award is a demonstration of our commitment to our clients and employees, and if you’d like to show your support, we hope you’ll vote for us in each of these categories. Visit these links to cast your vote…
 
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  • How to make business connections as an introvert!

    Kathryn Hall
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    Imagine this scenario… Your name has been ticked on the register at the door and a badge has been slapped on your jacket ready to announce to the room who you are and how exactly how you can be of use to anyone. Having been directed to the table of coffee and croissants you automatically walk over and help yourself, only realizing afterwards that you don’t have enough limbs to carry your coffee, croissant AND bag whilst still being able to do the obligatory shaking of hands with everyone you meet. You don’t even know why you picked up a croissant. You’ve already had breakfast and…
  • Boundaries – Who Needs them – YOU Do!

    Wendy Kerr
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you are like most women I know, sometimes you are not sure where your work ends and your personal time starts, if at all. And then if you have a partner, family and other commitments, life can seem to be one amorphous lump of amorphous-ness! Phew – even I got tired writing that sentence! At times it can seem as if our calendar is controlling us, even though we are the person that adds the appointments to it. Bizarrely, it can feel as if we are addicted to this busy-ness. How did this craziness start and how can you get your control back? The good news is the addiction is not your fault.
  • Why big brands fiercely protect their brand colours and you should too!

    Karen Haller
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:13 am
    Can you name the maker of the red soled shoes? Or the company who wraps their chocolates in purple? Or maybe you have received a gift in a robin egg blue box? What these and other major brands have been able to achieve is brand recognition simply through their brand colour. Imagine if your brand was instantly recognisable through colour alone. Let’s take a look at three major brands who are instantly recognisable simply by their business brand colour. Cadbury When we think of Cadbury, what is the colour that springs to mind? None other than their ‘iconic’ purple. Cadbury…
  • Is it time your business life went on a diet?

    Carole Bozkurt
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:24 am
    Do you know someone who is naturally slim? Do you find it annoying that it seems no matter what they eat they don’t put on any weight? I know quite a few people like that but I’m not one of them. I have to watch what I eat and consistently exercise to maintain my weight, which at the moment is nowhere near I where I want it to be! Since starting my own business the pounds have slowly crept on. The reasons are obvious enough, what with a change in schedule, being at home and near the biscuit barrel, and of course being seriously stressed on a regular basis! Yes, some people shed pounds…
  • What has ‘Happiness’ got to do with ROI?

    Michelle Hawkins
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    Say the word “happiness” and half the room will cringe and glaze over at the prospect of another mumbo-jumbo self-help talk. The fact is “happiness” just doesn’t cut it for many business people, especially when times are tough and the focus is well and truly on the bottom line. But what if I told you that happiness is the greatest source of competitive advantage in our experience economy? What if I told you that most businesses have their paradigm of success the wrong way around? That the common belief of “if we work harder, we’ll be more successful and that will make us…
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  • Turn Your Marketing Chaos Into Den of Zen

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

    Stephanie Ward
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Have you ever had a client that wasn’t a good fit?If so, you know how frustrating and exhausting it can be.It’s possible to work only with clients you love and never take on a mismatched client again. Watch this short video to find out how.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 topic, check out my post, How to Work Exclusively with Ideal Clients.“If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t” Chuck Palahniuk Click to TweetHow do…
  • Why You Should Never Attend Another Networking Event

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

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

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

    Wil Hart
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 35: How do you feel when you attend a live event hosted by one of your mentors? Aren't you thrilled to see them in person and to watch them solve problems right before you? You can be that mentor by hosting your own live events. Doing so deepens your engagement and influence with the audience that you serve. Join us live: http://smartsimplemarketing.com/solutions/events/ The post Why does Hosting Live Events Boost Engagement and Influence? appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • Unlocking the Secrets of Your Email Stats

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    You craft an awesome email blast. Your subject line couldn’t be better. You click send. And then you check your email stats. With all of those numbers and percentages, where should you even begin? If you log in to the back end of your email program, whether it’s Aweber or Constant Contact or Infusionsoft, you’re faced with a variety of different numbers and statistics. When selecting your most recently-sent email blast, you’ll be able to see your • Open rates • Bounces • Clicks • Opt-out’s • Complaints Once you have this information, what are you supposed to do with it?
  • Anatomy of an Email: How to Craft Emails that Get Opened and Clicked

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Why do some of your emails get high open rates, while others sit in people’s inboxes collecting dust? If your open rates and click-through rates are inconsistent, it could be because you’re not following a strategic email blueprint. This post will outline the specific elements that should be included each and every time you email your list. The more consistent you are in including these items, the more consistent your open rates will be!     Email Body Write the body of your email first. Once you know what your email is going to be about, you can create a strong subject line, headline,…
  • Stay Engaged with Your Target Market Through Blogging

    Wil Hart
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 34: As you read the summary of this blog post, you are connected with the Smart Simple Marketing brand. Unleash the power of your story and your expertise through the written word. You do not have to be a novelist nor a journalist in order to share valuable information with the people that you are meant to serve. When blogging, you can focus on the problems that your customers and clients face, how your company solves those problems and the BIG benefits that they receive from working with you. See, it's easy peasy! The post Stay Engaged with Your Target Market…
  • How To Get Found Online By Your Ideal Customers Who Are Looking For You

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:15 am
    One of the things that really frustrates me is that there is SO much noise about how to properly market your business online. A lot of it is very technical, down-in-the-weeds stuff that many business owners don't have the time to figure it out, or just don’t have the time to try to implement all the hundreds of things that people are telling them need to do. This can include things like: Link building campaigns Meta tags Social media signals Off-page factors Etc. It's hard to make sense of all that and how that turns into happy customers coming in my front door. I’m busy just running my…
 
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  • How She Does It: Performing Artist Kim Cameron

    15 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    Side FX and Kim Cameron are a high-energy, 2-time Top 20 Billboard chart-topping dance band who's music has been on Billboard Dance Club, Hot AC, AC; College Music Journal; AAA, DJ Times, FMQB music charts. Kim is played across the US, Canada, UK and Australia, and placed on Bravo, Fox Sports, MTV, Discovery, TLC, TV Networks, just to name a few. Kim Cameron, who performed twice for the
  • She Had A Revenue Problem

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Karen Collacutt Janelle, a client of mine, came to me about making some decisions around her money. We scheduled some time and took a look at her business and personal expenses. What she was spending seemed pretty reasonable considering her location, business set up and family size and situation. Janelle still was spending more than she had and was going backwards every month.  I said to
  • Creating Special Interest Magazines with Author Marcelle Soviero on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Topic: Creating Special Interest Magazines Marcelle Soviero is the author of An Iridescent Life: Essays on Motherhood and Stepmotherhood. She is also the co-Editor of This is Childhood. Her award winning essays have been published in numerous publications and radio programs including The New York Times, Salon.com, Eating Well, New York Metro, Babble.com, Brain, Child: The Magazine for
  • To Attract the New and Better, Purge the Old and Stagnant

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Ali Brown Whenever I’m feeling stuck and want to attract new and better ideas or opportunities, I clean out my file cabinet.Yes. That’s one big secret!I clean out my file cabinet.Can’t explain exactly how it works, but it does.Just last week, I wanted to get back to working on my book, but was feeling totally resistant. I told myself at least I would pull out the file to work on later, so it
  • How She Does It: Marita Cheng, Founder of 2Mar Robotics and Robogals Global

    5 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
      Marita Cheng was the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. Marita received the award for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. Noticing the lack of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita rounded up her fellow engineering peers and they went to schools to teach girls robotics, as a
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    Small-Business

  • Don’t Stop on Railroad Tracks

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    On the Fourth of July I had an experience that I would rather not have lived through, but it taught me several powerful lessons with multiple implications. After the fireworks display at a large city park, I was driving my family and my daughter’s friend to our house. There were adult volunteers directing traffic and so I paid attention to them and to the car in front of me. I didn’t pay attention to any road signs or warnings. Traffic moved along steadily until we all came to a halt for a red light. I was about three feet from the car in front of me and about three feet from the…
  • Sell the Customer Service Experience, Not the Journey

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Companies have figured out that customer service is marketing. It’s the reason customers come back. It’s the reason customers talk to their friends about the company. It’s the value that can drive your business. Smart companies promise a positive customer service experience – and they deliver. Recently I read an article that Walmart is going to keep all of the cash registers open during the holidays. I assume this is so that customer won’t have to wait in long lines, which apparently has been a problem in the past. Of course that’s the reason! And…
  • Startups Need To Capitalize On Every Conversation

    Martin Zwilling
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Whether you are trying to motivate your team, close a deal with a customer, or get funding from an investor, a casual conversation is usually a waste of your valuable time. These result is a founder who is always “too busy,” but never seems to get the business done and the team moving. All real business is conversations focused on creating results. Shawn Kent Hayashi, in her recent book “Conversations That Get Results and Inspire Collaboration” makes my point very well as she outlines the top twelve types of conversations that relate to working together in business,…
  • Mobile Website Design: Target Your Least Loyal Customer

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Have you noticed all the one-page websites that seem to be taking over the Internet? They have the advantage that they don’t require any clicking on the part of the user, which leads to wait times while pages load. In other words, web users are a finicky and impatient bunch; everything you can do to streamline your website and make navigation seamless (or not required at all) is a smart move. Mobile site are perhaps the most egregious offenders today. This is especially true when the mobile site of a small business isn’t really a mobile site at all – just the regular…
  • Could Your Small Biz Benefit From a Mentor? Enter the Pitney Bowes SmallBiz Mentorship Contest

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Published on September 14, 2014 Could you use a mentor to help you grow your small business?  You could win one of the best in the business by entering the Pitney Bowes SmallBiz Mentorship Contest. (#PBSmallBiz)  Two lucky winners will receive customized, one-on-one mentorship from one of two leading small business experts, Brian Moran and Marsha Collier, who have teamed up with Pitney Bowes to help you ignite your business. It’s simple to enter.  All you need to do it “like” the page and then post why your company would benefit from a mentorship…
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  • [Video] How to Maintain a Healthy Email List

    Dave Charest
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Do you know what steps you should be taking to maintain a healthy email list? It’s likely that — from time to time — some of your contacts will change interests, jobs, or email addresses and will become disengaged with your emails. Regularly cleaning out your list is essential to getting good results from your email marketing. A healthy list also helps you be successful because it’s filled with the people who are most engaged with you. Watch our video for best practices on maintaining a healthy list and getting great results! Can’t see the video? View it here. The post…
  • How To Get Your Best Customers To Do Your Marketing For You

    Ali Hyatt
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate. With so many different hats to wear, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your best customers to do your marketing for you? If only it were that easy, right? The truth is your customers may be more likely to get involved than you think. Consider what their reaction would be to a brand ambassador program. This may sound complicated, but in reality, it’s just a simple way to get your biggest fans to contribute in small ways to help your business succeed. This could involve something small like…
  • Twitter Rolls Out “Buy” Button…And Other Hot Topics

    Ryan Pinkham
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    When it comes to shopping online, Twitter probably isn’t the first place you’d think to look. But this week, Twitter is trying to change that with its new “Buy” button. Learn more about this top story, plus find out how Facebook is improving the experience for people seeing and creating ads on the site. Here is this week’s marketing news roundup: 1. Twitter rolls out “Buy” button on mobile Twitter unveiled its new “Buy” button this week, which will allows users to make purchases right from a tweet on their mobile device. Currently, the Buy button is only available to a…
  • 5 Benefits of Using the Cloud for Your Small Business

    Miranda Paquet
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    If you feel like your understanding of cloud computing, and how it can help your business, is a little hazy — you’re not alone. In fact, according to a study from Wakefield Research, 54 percent of Americans claim to never use cloud computing, while in actuality 97 percent of these people are already using cloud services for things like online shopping, banking, social networking, and file sharing. Even though many of us use cloud services every day, there’s a lot of confusion about what the cloud really means. On September 16th, we’re partnering with Microsoft to broadcast a free…
  • A Pain-Free Approach for Reaching the Right People with Email

    Miranda Paquet
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Together with her daughter Nicole, Karen Kowal has grown Mother Earth Pillows into an international company with customers around the world. Karen Kowal has dedicated her life to relieving pain, stress, and tension in others. In 1995, Karen left her successful nursing career to pursue her own business, Mother Earth Pillows, where she manufactures all-natural therapeutic pillows. In two decades, Mother Earth Pillows has grown from a passion project to an international company with loyal customers around the world. “When we say people’s comfort and care really matter to us, it’s not just…
 
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  • Kickstart Social Event Sept 18th

    15 Sep 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Icebreaker/Social: The Epic Social Viral Crowdsourced Ninja Kickstart Social Event 2.0, co-hosted with eProjects - September 18th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm in Kaiser 2020 and 2030.
  • Exchange CHANGED me!

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    When I sat down to think about the six-week experience at Romania, I found two key words to describe the experience, which are CHANGE and LOVE. CHANGE & SELF Before I went to Romania, I thought myself as someone who could easily adapt to everything and I had very low requirements of living conditions. Moreover, […]
  • UBC community partnerships aim to benefit local health projects

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Do you wonder how to engage with UBC Okanagan to help your community health project be successful?
  • Author Ashley Little short-listed for Vancouver Book Award

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Another honour for UBC graduate student, dual winner in BC Book Prizes.
  • We’re here for you: Find support at UBC, part two

    15 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    University is exciting and challenging. Sometimes it’s possible to manage these challenges on your own, while other times you may need support. Remember that it’s OK to reach out and ask for help if you need it. In a previous post we took a look at resources that can help you stay on track academically. […]
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  • Anonymous Message – Go Daddy Website

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hello Citizens of the world, We are Anonymous. Dear brothers and sisters. Now is the time to open your eyes and expose the truth! It has come to our attention that Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company has gained the attention of anonymous and the world yesterday as it was experiencing “intermittent outages.” As silly as it seems, many members of anonymous are still puzzled whether it was truly an Anonymous member or a government entity is still unknown. However, many of us have concluded that Go Daddy was taken down because of its support for SOPA, the…
  • Watch Introduction To Counseling Center Services – Counseling Services

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    2 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
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  • Plr Artilces – Depression Pack

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

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

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  • Local Authorities told to work with more small firms

    admin
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: flazingo_photos via Compfight cc   Local authorities have been urged to prioritise working with small firms, following the publication of figures that show just a handful of the biggest companies earn almost as much from local government contracts as all small firms put together.     The Centre for Entrepreneurs has published the new Local Authority Spend Index, which calculates that £11.1 billion of LA contracts have been awarded to 78,128 small businesses in the past three years.   But over the same period, just 20 big suppliers have received £9.9 billion…
  • EU Directive makes 11,000 businesses ‘small’

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: Artform Canada via Compfight cc Over 10,000 medium-sized businesses in the UK will become ‘small’ in the coming few years, as the EU Accounting Directive comes into force.     The Directive was approved in June 2013, must be transposed into UK company law by July 2015, and will be in force for accounting periods beginning on or after January 1st 2016.   At that time, new thresholds will reclassify an estimated 11,000 firms that are currently considered to be medium-sized, making them ‘small’ for accounting purposes.   In order to…
  • Is it Worth Pursuing my Rental Debt?

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: Martin Pettitt via Compfight cc   It is surprising how many landlords give up chasing their tenant when they have left the property. Landlords are often so relived that they have possession of their property back, that they write off many bad debts, and in doing so incur a huge loss.   Landlords think again….. The courts are there to enforce contracts, and that’s what you should do. Tenants that get away with it will almost always go on to do it again to some poor unsuspecting landlord. Initially you will need to do a trace to locate the tenant, and tracing agents…
  • Pensions peak starts clock ticking for 1.6m SMEs

    admin
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:21 am
    Photo Credit: nicksarebi via Compfight cc   A surge in activity in the auto-enrolment pensions market means the clock is well and truly ticking for the 1.6 million SMEs required to enrol into a scheme over the coming four years.     According to a report from Lighthouse Group, July was the beginning of a particularly busy period, and activity is expected to remain high until at least November.   In this financial year alone, 32,000 SMEs with 50-249 employees must enrol into workplace pensions, and many are leaving it very late to do so.   Over the next four years, 1.6…
  • Fear of the Unknown: Disaster-proofing your cash flow

    admin
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Photo Credit: fsc_1965 via Compfight cc   Setting up a business can be an exciting time; you have an idea, perhaps even a physical product or invention, and you’re almost certain it’s going to make you rich.     Flash forward a few weeks or months, and you’re working 16-hour days trying to get your brand name out there, the start-up capital is all but gone, and your cash is not so much ‘flowing’ as ‘stagnating’.   If you feel like that, you’re not alone: a recent survey from First Data Merchant Solutions found that 39% of…
 
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  • How to change your prices… and feel good about it!

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

    Martina Iring
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was reading a content piece online a little while back from a well-known internet marketing guru. It went a little something like this… “If you don’t have x number of website visitors, you are a failure.” Ouch. I understand why we see these types of statements. It’s about igniting a spark. Getting people to want to take action and make improvements. I get it. I also really don’t like it. Personally, I feel like these types of communications mire internet marketing and the web space. And I don’t think that they are helpful. Because us entrepreneurs and small business owners…
  • Marketing quick tip – stop liking your own stuff on Facebook (or how to use your Page as you the person)

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

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

    Martina Iring
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    I’m thrilled to have on the blog today Cath from Lizzie Rose Jewellery. I know that a lot of small business owners struggle with blogging – it’s such a potent internet marketing strategy, but it can be really overwhelming. Especially when you read advice online about blogging that isn’t necessarily meant for a small biz, such as you must post really epic, long, educational posts all the time. Sure, posts like that are great, but when you’re not a professional blogger and just running your own little thing, such as a creative business like Cath’s, there is so much…
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  • Entrepreneur Red Zones: 4 Signs Your Health May be at Risk

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    There’s nothing like owning your own business. You get to set the rules; and have the freedom to create new concepts and ideas that are potential world-changes. With all of the work that goes into entrepreneurship, you may be overlooking something else important you’re in control of: your health. Bad health habits are prevalent among type-A personalities because they’re always on the go. You want to get the most out of life, and that is part of your natural drive to success. In order to continue the journey, it’s important to recognize some of the top red flags that indicate your…
  • You can now forget about SEO and paint the fence [infographic]

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    If you are an SEO expert, you have to crack the books and test online marketing theories daily. The world of getting found via search engine optimization continues to evolve as search software gets smarter.  Will Google truly have a power to read the heart and mind of someone searching?  If so, will an SEO expert be able to know exactly the right button to push at exactly the right time? (Not likely) If you are an entrepreneur, you see and hear the hype from a distance about SEO this, social media that.  You pause for a month to take care of business and when you come back to…
  • Do you like to talk vs write? Hire someone to transcribe the audio for you

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    You like to talk and while you have writer's block, you never seem to have talking block.  You think like lightning and words are always available.  The alternatives to talking are slow in comparison and include writing, typing, sign language, and morse code.  You look at a keyboard and say "no thanks" (But the smart phone looks very appealing.) Since the average human hand-writes at 31 words per minute for memorized text and 22 words per minute while copying, writing is out of the question.  Much too slow.  An average…
  • "Now Hiring" at HubSpot

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Labor Day has passed us by and yet not everyone is laboring happily. Are you awesome but still waiting for a someone to recognize your skills and talents?  There are opportunities available and hopefully your fear won't keep you from taking a next step. HubSpot is growing fast and needs talented people.  They have a lot of open jobs with more than 10 open roles to fill. If you know anyone looking, HubSpot is eager to talk to them.   OR  If you know anyone amazing, who is not looking, HubSpot would really really love to talk to them as well.   Where? HubSpot hires in…
  • PR Agencies vs Marketing Agencies

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

  • Is Instagram Worthy of Your Business?

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    With more than 200 million users worldwide, Instagram has proven itself as one of the leaders in social media. Without a doubt, it’s received highly by its users, but does that mean your business should consider Instagram as a part of your marketing strategy? It is worth noting that businesses that rely on showcasing their products to drive leads and sales could use the social network to do just that. Instagram would enable customers to window shop, so to speak, from home by viewing photos of a business’ top products. Connect with Customers on a Personal Level Besides just showcasing your…
  • Generate More Leads on Social Media with These 4 Tips

    Alexandra Reichenbach
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    When it comes to lead generation, the power of social media is unparalleled. Research shows that more than 20 percent of Internet users spend all of their time online either browsing blogs or visiting various social media websites. And better yet, leads generated through social media have a proven success rate. Compared to traditional outbound marketing channels, such as print advertising, social media leads have a 100 percent higher lead-to-close rate. So it’s not surprising that the majority of local marketing experts rely on social media to increase web exposure, increase web traffic,…
  • Hyperlocal Mobile Advertising May Change the Game

    Chris Marentis
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    So far, 2014 has become the year of hyperlocal mobile advertising, and for good reason. Thanks to the GPS technology available through smart phones these days, advertising now has the ability to target mobile users within a small radius. About 44 percent of mobile apps provide this type of data to advertisers, and that number is expected to increase as more and more people begin using GPS-enabled apps. When users agree to share their location data with their mobile apps, this gives advertisers 7 billion snapshots of consumer locations every day, which as you can imagine, opens up tremendous…
  • Homepage Features To Do Away With

    Abdul El-Tayef
    5 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Although small businesses need to create websites that are functionally useful to customers, visual appeal is also equally important. According to local marketing experts, a pleasant-looking website that employs smart visual techniques will speak to the trustworthiness and credibility of the company. In fact, research suggests that an outdated, unprofessional website will turn users away in less than one second, and their negative impression of your company is likely to linger. Therefore, creating a visually appealing website is not just an option for businesses; it’s mandatory for…
  • Surefire Social Appoints Industry Veteran Sean Kidder CTO to Strengthen Management and Technology Team

    Chris Marentis
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    Herndon, VA, September 3, 2014- On the heels of its first appearance on the Inc. 500, Surefire SocialTM, a leading provider of local digital marketing technology and services, today announced Sean Kidder is joining the Company’s management team as Chief Technology Officer. Sean Kidder is an experienced technology and operations executive with broad and deep experience scaling difficult technology challenges. Sean has a successful track record building technology solutions at Fortune 500 enterprises like AOL and Fannie Mae, as well as, mid-sized and start-up ventures. With over two decades…
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  • Web Marketing Agency Myths

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

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

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

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

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

  • Internet Marketing Within A Budget

    admin
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Internet marketing is not only very important but it is also one of the least inexpensive of business promotion tools that anyone can have. However, the Internet moves so fast that the biggest factor that decides whether or not Internet marketing within a budget is possible is time. The time that is spent on advertising and the time that is spent waiting between renewed advertising efforts. This is a very simple cause-and-effect situation. The more time you spend advertising the more is the market exposure, brand and name recognition, and popularity that you gather. There is nothing…
  • Internet Marketing:yes,you Can Do It Yourself

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    Even if you don’t know anything about internet marketing, it’s not difficult for you to learn how to take advantage of its benefits. One of the easiest types of internet marketing that you can do is that of the email signature line. It requires nothing more than adding the address of your website to every outgoing email, thus increasing the potential that a new customer may see it, visit, and become interested in buying. Although you may not need this so much for your work email, if you have a separate email for your personal correspondence, it can work wonders for you. Since…
  • Internet Marketing Secret

    admin
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you are trying to sell a product or service on the Internet, then you are probably doing so through an affiliate program. You signed up as an affiliate (usually for free) and they gave you an affiliate ID (user name or number). They may have even given you a basic marketing package which includes text ads, banner ads, and solo ads with a link to your affiliate sales page. All you have to do is use these tools to get traffic to your affiliate sales page. Well that sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? This process actually works too, except that your probability of converting your traffic…
  • Internet Marketing Secrets Spiel

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

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

  • Fusion Based Strategy

    Marc Emmer
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    CEO’s and their management teams must make impossible choices about where to deploy resources. Every incremental dollar of investment has a significant opportunity cost. As Read MoreThe post Fusion Based Strategy appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • So Who Really Invented Peer Advisory Groups?

    Leo Bottary
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    If someone were to ask you who invented X, Y or Z, and you guessed Ben Franklin, odds are you could be right. Turns out, Read MoreThe post So Who Really Invented Peer Advisory Groups? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Putting People First: Redefining the Way CEOs Think About Profitability & Business

    Vistage Staff
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Vistage Executive Summits Presents A Special Interview with Dale Partridge Putting People First: Redefining the Way CEOs Think About Profitability & Business Is it possible Read MoreThe post Putting People First: Redefining the Way CEOs Think About Profitability & Business appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The Big-Picture Techniques for Building a More Compelling Website

    Jona Jone
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    One obligatory rule for business owners today: Get a website. Don’t wreck your chances of making it big by missing the world’s largest market that Read MoreThe post The Big-Picture Techniques for Building a More Compelling Website appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Leverage Obstacles for Greater Success

    Jerry Cahn
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Several years ago, when the US entered the “great recession”, an advisor to the President made a comment that has now become part of our Read MoreThe post Leverage Obstacles for Greater Success appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Quickbooks

  • 5 Costly Spending Mistakes Small Businesses Make

    Brandi-Ann Uyemura
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Marketing strategies, new equipment, and educational courses seem like practical purchases for a new business. But do you really need them? When you’re on a shoestring budget, extra expenses can drive your startup into the ground. Here are five costly mistakes new small businesses make, with expert tips on how you should spend your money instead. 1. Buying to Impress The idea of purchasing the newest electronics, equipment and marketing products to impress your customers or clients may sound appealing. But don’t open your wallet just yet. Financial coach William Ray says resisting the…
  • Top Tax Write-Offs for Small Business Owners

    Jaimy Ford
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:26 am
    With each tax deduction you take, you reduce your overall tax burden. And as a small-business owner, you can use all the relief you can get. Make sure you don’t leave money on the table this tax season by taking advantage of these top tax write-offs: Home Office If you use a portion of your home regularly and exclusively for work purposes and your home is the principal place that you conduct your business, you can deduct the expense. To calculate your deduction, you have two options: You can go the simpler route and multiply a prescribed rate by the allowable square footage of the office to…
  • 10 Tips for Better Managing Cash Flow

    Allen Taylor
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Trying to run a business without managing cash flow is like trying to paddle a boat without an oar. Even if you succeed, it will be an upstream exercise guaranteed to wear you out. Cash flow is important for all businesses, but it is critical for early startups. If you cannot manage your cash flow within the first year, you will likely not survive the second year. The three key elements of your cash flow analysis include: Accounts receivable: What customers and clients owe you. Accounts payable: What you owe your suppliers. Shortfalls: You hope not to have these, but they do happen (see #3).
  • Would a Supply-Chain Analysis Improve Your Bottom Line?

    Carla Turchetti
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    While the phrase “supply chain” may conjure up images of transportation services moving freight from one place to another, the reality is that most businesses have a supply chain whether they know it or not. “Anybody that gets into these four things — buy, make, move, or sell products — has a supply chain to contend with,” says Gene Tyndall, executive vice president of global supply chain services at Tompkins International and co-author of the book, Supercharging Supply Chains. The Benefits of Analyzing Your Supply Chain Tyndall has examined the supply…
  • What Happens During An IRS Appeal?

    Chris Peden
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Tax audits are rough, but you still have recourse even if they don’t end up in your favor. If your business is audited by the IRS, and the auditor rules against you but you believe the ruling to be in error, you can appeal the decision. You should receive a copy of the auditor’s ruling along with a “30-day letter” that will detail how to make an appeal. You have to file your appeal within 30 days of the date on the letter. The IRS requires you to include the following information in your appeal letter: Your name, address, and a daytime telephone number. A statement…
 
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio

    Chris Reimer
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are scheduled to ship any day now. The 6 is a 4.7″ phone, while the 6 Plus is a 5.5″ monster phablet. Which one am I going to buy? I am still undecided, but that big phone is so tempting. I use my phone for email, tweeting, texting, […] The post The New iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – My Discussion With Mark Reardon on KMOX Radio appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV

    Chris Reimer
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with my good friend Angela Hutti to discuss the results of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was only about two weeks ago that I spoke at length on the Mark Reardon show about the Ice Bucket Challenge, and at that time, it seemed like it was just […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge – My Appearance on Fox 2 TV appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Chris Reimer
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Click below to listen to my most recent appearance on the Mark Reardon show on KMOX 1120. We discussed the super-successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge charitable campaign that’s generated well over $60mm in donations, and even more visibility and awareness. Has the backlash begun? How did this campaign take off? When people refuse to do […] The post The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

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

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

  • 6 Things You’ll Love About Our New Website

    Laura Click
    11 Sep 2014 | 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.
  • 5 Steps to Creating a Simple Social Media Plan {Free eBook}

    Laura Click
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • 12 Step Recipe for Media Relations Success

    Jan Morrison
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • Why the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Is Brilliant Marketing

    Laura Click
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • How to Build an Integrated Marketing Plan

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

  • Change Just ONE Thing to Be Awesome

    Courtney Deruy
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Guest Post by Catherine Morgan Most small business owners are very busy and commit to a lot of things. In fact, they frequently commit to too many things, and then stuffstarts falling through the cracks. A very easy differentiator for your business (and for you as a professional) is to create the habit of commitment and fulfilment It goes like this: Don’t commit to something that you can’t or won’t be able to do in the timeframe you said you could. Simple – but definitely not easy. My mentor Michael Port drilled this into us until it became a habit during my year in his mentorship…
  • #290 Charles Houghton, Scott Brandt, Jill Salzman, Dafna Michaelson

    Barry J Moltz
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Charles Houghton is founder and owner of Charles T. Houghton, P.C., a law firm dedicated to providing business, compliance, licensing and regulatory advice to the recreational and medical marijuana industry. Charles discusses “cannabusiness” - a new and emerging industry of innovative businesses and business opportunities evolving around both the medical and recreational marijuana use - and opportunities for entrepreneurs. Scott Brandt is the vice president of marketing at SurePayroll, where he oversees many levels of technology, including the company website, email marketing,…
  • Andrew Mason: Comeback or Bust

    Courtney Deruy
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    A year and a half after his board fired him from Groupon, Andrew Mason has invested $3 million of his own money in a new start-up venture – a comeback attempt that everyone in Silicon Valley is watching. Mason launched Groupon in 2008 after two years of development. On the daily deals site, small businesses sell unused, off-hours capacity at a steep discount. These discounts appeal to deal seeking consumers, which, during the recession, were many. After just 16 months in business, the company was estimated to be worth over $1 billion dollars…
  • #289 Ryan Blair, Jeffrey Krames, Steven Bowman, Mark Satterfield

    Barry J Moltz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ryan Blair is a former gang member turned serial entrepreneur, self made millionaire, and CEO & Co-Founder of ViSalus. In March 2013 he became the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, which is now also a documentary. Ryan talks about his Nothing To Lose Mindset as well as the importance of finding a mentor. Jeffrey Krames has spent more than three decades in the world of publishing as editor, publisher, literary agent, and author. During this time, Krames has personally authored---or edited---more than 400 books, including his most…
  • The Pefect Tool for Small Business

    Courtney Deruy
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Sage One is an accounting and invoicing solution designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with simple needs and little-to-no accounting experience. In a November 2013 study, Sage One found that 37% of small businesses use Excel/spreadsheets to track income/expenses and a combined 46% of small businesses manage invoicing through either Excel/spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, or QuickBooks. These statistics show that many small business owners were lacking a simpler alternative designed for their needs. This is the alternative that Sage One now provides. Sage One is…
 
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    Free Enterprise

  • 5 Tips for Making Your Business' Fitness Center Really Work Out

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Corporations should be worried about their employees becoming sedentary and unhealthy, and the solution in many cases has been to add a fitness center to the business. But making effective use of a corporate fitness center doesn't just mean slapping together some ellipticals and barbells in your break room, your business needs the legal underpinning to make it a success. Done properly, Forbes reports that "fitness centers can become a profit center as well as a retention amenity." Here are five tips for making your business' fitness center work out for you: 1. Include a Liability Waiver. You…
  • Starting a Business in School: 5 Legal Tips for College Entrepreneurs

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    Following the success of Google, Facebook, Snapchat and other high-tech companies originally started by college entrepreneurs, college campuses continue to churn out innovative and lucrative new businesses. College entrepreneurs are certainly full of game-changing ideas and industry-disrupting business models. However, they may not be quite up to speed on how to legally protect their newfound business interests. This can come back to bite budding businesses big-time in the form of future litigation, such as the lawsuit filed against Snapchat by an ousted co-founder, settled last week for an…
  • Calif.'s Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect in 2015

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will require most employers to give workers at least three paid sick days a year. The governor's signature on the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 will provide paid sick leave to over 6 million workers starting in July 2015, reports the Los Angeles Times.Here's what California business owners need to know: Who's Eligible? California's new rules on paid sick leave are found in the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act and will apply to any employee who works in California for 30 or more days in a year, meaning that the law will…
  • Do Your Storefront's Steps Violate the ADA?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    Businesses with storefront steps may be worried about ADA liability, but a recent federal court case suggests that steps aren't necessarily a problem. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the popular teen clothing store Hollister, with its beach-property-style stepped entrances, did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to The Denver Post, the court ruled 2-1 that because Hollister provided alternative entrances for the disabled, its stores did not violate the ADA. What should business owners do about steps in their storefront entrances? ADA…
  • Top 3 Legal Tips for Freelancers

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    With the job market tighter than ever, more and more Americans are turning to freelancing as a way to put their skills to use. According to freelance worker advocacy group the Freelancers Union, a recent survey found that 53 million Americans are freelancing, working as independent contractors for clients as a "small business" of one. But along with unique benefits -- such as scheduling flexibility, being able to choose the projects you work, and being your own boss -- there are also several legal issues that freelancers in particular should be aware of. Here are three legal tips for…
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Advertising to Baby Boomers

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    There’s tremendous logic in advertising to Baby Boomers in the US: they control by far the largest share of discretionary spending of any generation, and they are heavily reliant on advertising as a product information source. Yet only a small portion of advertising dollars are targeted to them, with many Americans complaining that advertisers fail to cater to aging consumers. Marketers must also overcome obstacles, such as Baby Boomers’ skepticism about advertisers’ trustworthiness. A report released in late 2012 by Nielsen and BoomAgers estimated that less than 5% of advertising…
  • Are Young People Watching Less TV?

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    Nielsen’s most recent study indicates that Americans aged 18-24 watched a weekly average of a little less than 22 hours of traditional TV during Q1 2014. That was a 95-minute drop-off from Q1 2013, which in turn had been down by 80 minutes from the year before. In fact, in the space of 3 years, Q1 TV viewing by 18-24-year-olds dropped by a little more than 4-and-a-half hours per week. That’s a substantial amount, equivalent to roughly 40 minutes per day. Traditional TV viewing among 18-24-year-olds in Q1 2014 was down by almost 7% year-over-year. The decreases in viewing might reflect…
  • The Best reasons to create an information marketing business

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

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

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Here is a chart showing how we watch TV The post How Americans watch TV shows appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • Headbands of Hope Gives Girls with Cancer the Much-Needed Self-Confidence: Q&A with Jessica Ekstrom, Founder and CEO

    Ivan Widjaya
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Women make great impacts in business. This holds true in social entrepreneurship sector. One of the change makers is Headbands of Hope, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to have a Q&A session with the Founder and CEO, Jessica Ekstrom.… Continue reading » The post Headbands of Hope Gives Girls with Cancer the Much-Needed Self-Confidence: Q&A with Jessica Ekstrom, Founder and CEO appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • The Essential Make-up of a Successful Business App

    Ivan Widjaya
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:02 am
    In today’s highly competitive and increasingly tech-savvy world, finding ways to succeed and stand out from the crowds of start-ups and other small businesses is not easy. For many companies, whatever their size, creating customized internal applications for smartphones, tablets and touch-screen computers to enable improved communication and collaboration between employees, along with apps designed for better customer service and access, has become a necessity.… Continue reading » The post The Essential Make-up of a Successful Business App appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions on Self-Employed Expenses

    Ivan Widjaya
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    As a self-employed individual or a small business owner you are able to claim business costs – such as meals, accommodation, equipment and travel – as expenses, which are tax deductible. Sounds pretty simple right? However, expense claims work on a case by case basis, which means it can be confusing to know what costs are eligible expense claims.… Continue reading » The post Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions on Self-Employed Expenses appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Covering the Costs of Multiple Degrees to Fuel Success

    Ivan Widjaya
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:32 am
    In today’s business environment, you have to be more competitive than ever. It’s no longer sufficient to have just a single degree and skate by with that. You need several degrees, lots of skills and the ability to quickly pivot from one set of skills to another.… Continue reading » The post Covering the Costs of Multiple Degrees to Fuel Success appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Improve Efficiency with Desktop Conferencing

    Tara Miller
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The widespread availability of high-speed Internet service has been a blessing to businesses in so many ways. Among the more important advances is the popularity of desktop conferencing and its ability to connect multiple businesses at the same time. In the past, a meeting or presentation often meant costly and time-consuming travel for attendees.… Continue reading » The post Improve Efficiency with Desktop Conferencing appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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    Big Brand System

  • Should You Build a Personal Brand or a Business Brand?

    Pamela Wilson
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the first decisions you’ll need to make when thinking about a brand for your business is whether you want to build a personal brand or a business brand. A personal brand is built around you personally. It usually means you brand your business with your name. There are positives and negatives to this, and we’ll review them in this post. A business brand is built around an identity you create for your business. It usually means you need to craft a name for your business that’s independent of your personal name. Again, there are pros and cons, and we’ll cover each below. When…
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    Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • 10 Joan Rivers’ Quotes That Will Make You Chuckle

    Wendy Kenney
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    10 Joan Rivers’ Quotes That Will Make You Chuckle Rivers learned early on that in order to succeed as an entertainer she had to differentiate herself from everyone one else in the industry. S The Goal 9 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out From a Crowd Top 10 April Fool’s Day Office Pranks Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • 17 Essential Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Marketing Campaign

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

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

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

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

    Bulldog Drummond
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Written by Scott Schimmel “That’s the way it’s always been done here.” Those are the words that grate on my soul. In a meeting I was in recently I felt the internal nudge to challenge the way a volunteer committee was moving to bring a new person into the organization. The current employees hadn’t been given an opportunity to speak into the position description, the talent needs of their team, or the timeline. In fact, their suggestions were ignored or dismissed quickly with “we got this”. As an outsider sitting in on this meeting I asked some obvious “Why?” questions. Why…
  • Jessi Arrington: Having a party with your creativity

    Bulldog Drummond
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
  • Interior/portrait photographer Mariell Amélie discusses the impact that her surroundings have on her work.

    Bulldog Drummond
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    We enjoyed this inspiring interview with Marielle Amelie.
  • The Real Beauty Of It All

    Bulldog Drummond
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Written by Martin Orton How great graphic design can lead to massive ROI                                              It’s difficult to predict the Return On Investment for design. It’s often an afterthought or an obligatory step in the business process. Yet design is good for business, and insisting on great design helps to shape an even better business. Giving design the attention it deserves is the first step to improving your chances of a meaningful ROI. Responding to compelling design and a powerful image is an immutable law of human nature. With a careful,…
  • David McCandless: Information is Beautiful

    Bulldog Drummond
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:48 am
 
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    EpicLaunch

  • Marketing with Video: Distribution Tips for High Hits

    EpicLaunch
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:29 pm
    You just made a killer video. Now, where do you share it? Most marketers want to share their creation on social media. As far as a marketing strategy, though, they’re at a loss as to what to do. Social media alone probably won’t make you a superstar. Here’s what will. Use Metadata By tagging your video with a concise description that contains the right keywords, your metadata will let search engines know what’s in your video. This allows them to index it properly in the search engines. Since the search engines cannot parse your video for content, they need some other…
  • Cool Wheels: Driving an Ice Cream Truck Business on a Dime

    EpicLaunch
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:04 am
    What’s cooler than the sound of the ice cream man roaming through you neighborhood? The sound of cold-hard, cash hitting your register, that’s what. Starting an ice cream truck business used to be difficult. You had to solve major logistical problems, like how to get the truck refrigerated so that the ice cream wouldn’t melt. Of course, today, all of that is solved with commercial freezers installed in the back of the truck. But that doesn’t mean that all of the problems associated with starting an ice cream business are solved.  You Still Have To Choose An Ideal Location Location is…
  • Florida Embraces Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Crowdfunding

    EpicLaunch
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:01 am
    Central Florida is home to a thriving entrepreneurial community that increasingly benefits from crowdfunding. This trend, and crowdfunding’s evolving forms, including equity crowdfunding, has been recognized by GrowFL, an economic development program focused on Florida’s second-stage companies. Recently, GrowFL gathered some of the state’s crowdfunding leaders for a discussion moderated by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shareholder Seth Joseph Mr. Joseph noted that equity crowdfunding is a relatively recent phenomenon made possible by the SEC’s October 2013 reversal of a regulation…
  • 3 Innovative Storage Ideas for Your Small Business

    EpicLaunch
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The construction industry is relatively buoyant at the moment, thanks primarily to widespread economic growth and the positive levels of sentiment that exist within the business sector. As output has continued to deliver a robust performance throughout the second financial quarter, it has become clear that both commercial and residential developers are preparing for a prosperous future. With so much commercial office space being built, however, some businesses are being forced to operate within a confined space with minimal storage. 3 Innovative Storage Solutions for Business Owners With this…
  • Credit Card Processing for Businesses: Why You Should Swipe Not Type

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

  • New Organic Tweet Analytics

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

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

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

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

    Katherine L. Garcia
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    I recently wrote an article for LinkedIn about how I scored an internship with Web Marketing Therapy. The article, called Sending out a Résumé is Not Enough Anymore is about career management. Marketing yourself is the core of career management, so I am sharing the article here as well for anyone wanting to manage their personal brand or market themselves for that next job. As soon as I heard about Web Marketing Therapy, I knew I wanted to work with them. So I let them know. I emailed them twice explaining the value I could bring to the team. It wasn’t until I made an effort to meet…
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    n0eLLe.com

  • Some news and a new store for retrogamers

    Marie Noelle Marineau
    4 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    I’m not that active anymore on this blog. Not that I don’t like you, eh? It’s just that… you know, life is life. I have a 3 years old and a 16 months and they want to discover the world. And I try to be there for them! Plus, I’m also blogging in my mother tongue on my personal blog and on a community blog for stay-at-home mom. But I thought that some of you would like to have some news We’ve decided to homeschool the boys, so I’ll be a SAHM pretty much forever. I’m still working from home as well… some writing contracts from time to time…
  • Free Products, Samples And Coupons For Baby Stuff

    Marie Noelle Marineau
    24 Jan 2014 | 12:52 pm
    While pregnant of my first son, I discovered the world of samples, coupons and free products for babies. I was always browsing for baby stuff and came accross several offers from companies… I loved it! There are so many different baby products and brands out there, I just thought it was normal that some of them offer that we try their stuff for free or that we get a coupon to try it at a discounted price.  So I made a list of everything I found because it was easier for me to remember what I was suppose to get from the mail. Samples Nestlé: Nestlé sent a bag with baby formula,…
  • Keeping up with Bloglovin’

    Marie Noelle Marineau
    20 Sep 2013 | 4:00 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin I follow way too many blogs! I used to follow blogs on Google Reader, with RSS link added to my Firefox, some on Facebook, other via newsletters… I was missing A LOT! I can be unable to read blog posts for 2-3days if I’m too busy. So everything that is posted these days, I was missing. Then, I discovered Bloglovin’ !  It’s free,  you see all the blogs in a feed and you can discover new blogs!  If you’re not already there, join me! (click on the link at the top…)   ( I had to create a post to “claim” my…
  • My #1 tip for Working Home with a Baby

    Marie Noelle Marineau
    14 Sep 2013 | 5:37 am
    Me, Ergobaby and baby boy #2 Being a WAHM is not easy. You want the best for your kids, spend time with them, play with them, make sure they learn something new everyday. BUT, you also have to run your business so you can feed your kids, buy them clothes, etc. I had a daily routine with my first-born. I was working while he was napping (AM, PM and evenings). Since I had my second baby boy, there are no routine possible! I love him, very much, but he is a difficult one! However, I found a way to work and keep him happy as a clam; baby wearing! I love the proximity of baby wearing. I’m…
  • Same Old Blog…

    Marie Noelle Marineau
    20 Aug 2013 | 2:04 pm
    Have you noticed the brand new name of this blog? Yes, I finally changed it. Each time I wanted to write something, I felt like a stranger because my reality changed A LOT over the past 2 years. Now, all my business decisions are based on my 2 boys and when I don’t have much to talk about, I can still talk a lot about them. So… the title is new. The content will change although this isn’t becoming a mom blog… just a mompreneur blog! Stay tuned
 
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    Entrepreneurs Unpluggd

  • Set Up Your Blog with a Focus on Conversions

    Guest Author
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    Your blog is the hub of your content marketing strategy. It exists to provide value to anyone reading it. The ultimate aim, though, is to convert these readers into paying customers. After all, you spend a lot of time creating content and time is money. So your blog is really a lead generation machine. Value goes out and leads come in. If your blog isn’t converting visitors into leads or subscribers, then something is wrong. One of the biggest mistakes blog owners make is not designing the home page with conversions in mind. They might be collecting leads on their post pages with pop-ups or…
  • Video Games Are NOT Free

    Guest Author
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Wait… Games Aren’t Free? Many people today consume their gaming entertainment via a mobile device (iPhone, tablet or Android device). When they download their game or app, the average price people commonly tell me they spend is FREE. I ask people all the time and a large percent of mobile users pay nothing for their games or apps. It is an unfortunate cultural norm that is generally expected on a mobile device. However, when I ask that same question, “How much do/did you spend on a video game for Nintendo, Playstation or Xbox?” People give me figures from $20 to…
  • 3 Marketing Trends to Watch for the Rest of 2014

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image credit It is an amazing time to be working in marketing. With the field evolving almost every day, client expectations have soared. There are, however, several diverse and innovative tools available today that help marketers meet their high expectations. The marketing arena has witnessed many changes in the recent years. Marketers are more alert than ever before with their number one priority being to create and strengthen marketing plans for the time to come. The way companies communicate with their customers goes a long in way in establishing how the former will be perceived. While…
  • Free Cloud Storage Options for Entrepreneurs

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

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

  • The most important podcast I’ve ever recorded

    launchgrowjoy
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Do you often feel alone in your product-based business? Do you feel like your journey as an entrepreneur might be “easier” if you sold info products or if you taught other people how to start a business rather than selling apparel, jewelry, art, home decor, food, baby & kids products or any other type of consumer products? Do you feel like you could make more money if you had a different business that didn’t require you to purchase inventory or to pay sales reps and distributors? You’re not alone! In today’s podcast I talk about something that I’ve…
  • 30 Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs

    launchgrowjoy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    If you’ve been reading Launch Grow Joy for a while, you have probably realized that I love inspirational quotes. So it’s only fitting that this post with 30 inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs is here! Check out the quotes below and I’d love to know which one is your favorite. My absolute favorite is the inspirational quote by Wayne Gretzky that says “You miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take.” 30 Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs The post 30 Inspirational quotes for entrepreneurs appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How collaboration can take your business to the next level

    launchgrowjoy
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Have you considered collaborating with another entrepreneur, artist or designer in order to grow your business or expand your reach and influence? In today’s podcast episode, Megan Eckman of Studio MME and Jeffrey Opp of Mister Scheimpflug talk about how they came together and collaborated to create Mutineer Designs. CLICK TO LISTEN You can also listen on iTunes or download this episode by clicking here. EPISODE RESOURCES Here are some links that you’ll hear about in this episode: – Trello project management software – Asana project management software – Dropbox…
  • How to get your emails opened

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Lumos Columbus Creating Novel Space for Entrepreneurs

    Susan Post
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Short North is home to a unique new concept in the starup world. Part innovation and strategy consulting for lager corporations, part in-house startup incubator and accelerator, and part tech art gallery, Lumos Columbus is creating different ways to harness the power of entrepreneurial thinking. The first component of their three-tiered business model is strategy consulting […]
  • When Finding Qualified People Seems Hard, It’s Because It Is

    Dessa Augsburger
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Finding qualified people for your open positions is hard – especially without a recruiting staff. An important distinction we need to realize: posting a position online is not recruiting, it’s posting a position online and hoping the right person sees it. Recruiting is a proactive stance to go out and find people. As a small […]
  • Shoply App Creating New Shopping Experience

    Susan Post
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your keychain is full of loyalty cards and you’re tired of scrolling through your email for coupons at the check-out counter, a new app is aiming to make your shopping experience a bit easier. Organizing and optimizing loyalty cards, giftcards, personal coupons and a list of carefully curated deals, Shoply is the new personal […]
  • Traxler Custom Printing Expanding to New Clintonville Facility

    Susan Post
    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Traxler Custom Printing is expanding to a 9,100 square-foot facility at  3029 Silver Drive in Clintonville. The printing company will over double the square footage of their current Indianola Avenue facility, allowing increased production and capabilities, as well as the hiring of at least five new employees. Founder Zachary Traxler is hoping to make the […]
  • Columbus Chamber Accepting Nominations for 2015 Small Business Leader Awards

    Susan Post
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Columbus Chamber is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Small Business Leader Awards. The award recognizes the best of the best leading local small businesses with fewer than 500 employees. Small businesses that have substantiated success, increased sales, number of employees and contributions to the community will be honored through the award. Interested parties can […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Scheduled Social Media Disaster

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

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

    Blogtrepreneur
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Whether your business is entirely online or your website compliments your retail space, there are some sales and marketing software integrations that your website needs for success. If you’re neglecting these aspects of your website, you’re letting dollars slip through your company every time a visitor comes to your site. Most of these software integrations will work with each other, which makes implementing easy and using them simple.Here are two marketing tools you need for website success and why. Mixpanel Mixpanel is an incredibly sophisticated data analysis tool that actually tells…
  • 4 Super Stealth Moves To Secure Valuable Domain Names For Cheap

    Adam Toren
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Buying and selling valuable domain names can be a great business if you know how to do it right. Just like buying and selling real estate, you have to know the tricks of the trade to get the right domains at the right price, and then be strategic about selling. You might think that the days of making a profit from securing domain names are long gone now that the internet has become such an integral part of daily life but if you do, you’re missing out on a profitable practice that could earn you some great returns. You just have to be willing to do the research and learn some of the moves…
  • Giving You Your Brain Back — How Passive Brain Fitness Will Change Your Life

    Adam Toren
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know that training your body is important but what about training your brain? Active brain training mechanisms like Luminosity, Sudoku and other puzzles are made to give your mind a workout, which has been proven to improve and enhance neurological pathways. However, is active brain fitness the only method on the market worth practicing? According to Jeff Gignac the answer is no. While Jeff will be the first one to tell you the importance of active brain training, his passion and expertise has focused in on the often-overlooked science of passive brain training. What’s the difference?
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • 9/11 Is a Current Event

    Barbara Weltman
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    While the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon happened 13 years ago, it’s not ancient history. With what’s going on in the world today, let’s hope our leaders take appropriate action to thwart any similar attacks on the U.S. Also, as small business owners, let’s use the lessons learned from 9/11 to protect our businesses to the extent that we can if the unthinkable happens. These lessons apply not only to terrorist attacks, but can also be applied to natural disasters and incidents of civil unrest. Read your current BOP What does your business owner’s policy…
  • How Much Money Does It Take to Start a Business in America Today?

    Barbara Weltman
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    With Labor Day behind us, some people may be thinking that being a worker is not as rewarding as being a business owner. They may also be asking themselves: What’s the price tag for starting a business? That’s the question that Intuit asked small business owners in a recent survey. Some of the key findings: 64% of small business owners start with less than $10,000. 75% of small business owners relied on their own personal savings to get started, but 11% relied on financial institutions, 10% on family and friends, 2% from other investors, and 1% from government grants and funding programs.
  • A Minimum Wage Increase and Small Business

    Barbara Weltman
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The federal government raised the minimum wage that federal contractors must pay to its workers and the Administration is pushing for a national minimum wage increase to $10.10 per hour. The Department of Labor says it will benefit 28 million workers. Opponents of the increase argue that it will hurt small business. Where do small business owners stand? Opinion polls Of course, it depends who you ask. According to some polls, the majority of small business owners would support an increase: American Sustainable Business Council found that 53% did so citing that “businesses would benefit from…
  • Small Business and Politics

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

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

    11 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    As the air gets cooler, kids return to school and fresh apples appear at farm stands, it's time to wrap up summer promotions and transition into an autumn state of mind. Fall is many people's favorite season for its delicious foods, cozy attire and fun celebrations. As a small business owner, you can capitalize on the seasonal joy by planning a fall-themed marketing event. Hosting an event that highlights customers' favorite activities is a great way to build brand recognition and stay in people's minds as the holidays roll around. The following ideas will help you to…
  • Essential products for a successful open house

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    Whether you've been in the real estate industry for years or are just starting out, chances are that you get a little stressed when you have a big open house. There are so many things to take care of – getting the owners out of the house, staging the furniture, printing brochures and more. In your rush, you might overlook certain details that can make a big difference to potential buyers, so make sure to have these essential items on hand whenever you host an open house. Sign-in sheet There are two reasons every open house should have a sign-in sheet: for marketing purposes and for…
  • 5 ideas for an amazing raffle basket

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    As a small business, you may be asked by local organizations to donate a basket for a raffle. Supporting a good cause is always a great way to build brand knowledge, and you should strategically create the bundle you donate. Use these tips to put together a sought-after raffle basket that reflects well on your business and supplements your marketing efforts. According an informational article by Relay for Life, people are more likely to bid on baskets with a specific theme, rather than just knick-knacks. Get creative with a theme, but keep in mind it should be something people will use.
  • How to make your booth stand out at a trade show

    8 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Trade shows are fantastic opportunities for businesses to gain exposure and show their products to a wide array of potential customers. However, in a sea of booths, your display might get overlooked if it's too drab. To make the most of a trade show, your company's booth needs to stand out and seem interesting to the crowd. Here are some tips on designing a trade show booth that attendees will be sure to stop at. Invest in the best graphics The backdrop of a trade show booth is the first thing people will focus on. Envision Creative, a design firm with experience in trade shows,…
  • Creative email marketing can increase brand awareness

    5 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    Communication with new and existing clients is crucial to the success of a small business. Companies need to be engaging and stay in touch with patrons to ensure repeat business. Email marketing may often take a back seat to social media, but a creative email campaign can help to increase brand awareness and keep customers interested. The American City Business Journals explained that the three best practices to get people engaged with email marketing are to keep a subscription list, send regular newsletters and to make the most of special offers. These easy and inexpensive steps will boost…
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  • Meet & Greet: Jüri Kaljundi of Weekdone, Hassle-Free Employee Progress Reports

    Jüri Kaljundi
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Firmology’s Meet & Greet series takes an inside look at the technology available to small business owners and entrepreneurs, straight from the founders who built them. Name: Jüri Kaljundi Title: Co-founder Company Name: Weekdone Company One Liner: Hassle-free employee weekly progress reporting system Location: Estonia and USA Tell us about yourself and your background. I prefer to introduce myself as a product guy with tech background and sales and marketing management experience. I am an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Weekdone, a weekly employee reporting service. My background…
  • Mindreading 1.3: 10 Questions To Ask Your Virtual Team

    David Hassell
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:37 am
    Push, Prod, and Inspire Your Team To Realize Their Actual Potential Building and maintaining a strong company culture can be difficult when you only see your team for several minutes each week. While face-time is rapidly becoming a luxury in the world of remote work, it is far from the only way to check-in with your team. Asking the right questions at the right cadence builds structure and team cohesion and turns your imaginary office into something tangible. This practice allows company leaders to connect the team, and gives employees the opportunity to share triumphs, great ideas, and the…
  • Internet Marketing 101: Email Marketing

    Mark Cerminaro
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Despite what you may have heard, email is still an extremely effective component of modern online marketing campaigns. You may assume that all emails automatically go into the recipient’s spam filter, and that the chances of someone actually seeing and opening your email are remote, but studies continue to show that this can be one of the more profitable marketing activities for your company. Email marketing is not about how many emails you send out there. This is why, as a small business, you can still compete with the larger companies in this channel. There are plenty of tools and email…
  • Maintaining Your Web Traffic

    Aaron Harris
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Okay, so now you have a steady flow of website traffic on your newly built website and people have started talking about you. Your traffic builds as more and more unique visitors swarm your website.  But then, you see 10,000 of your traffic slowly disappear. From 10,000 to 7,000 to 5,000 then down to 100. You started panicking and then you don’t even know what to do. Before that happens to you, you need to understand how a web owner should maintain web traffic. Maintaining traffic on your website requires a lot of time and effort. This will come a bit easier for those who have been in the…
  • Internet Marketing 101: Effective Web Design

    Mark Cerminaro
    9 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you starting to suspect that it’s time for a website update? Have you looked into the possibilities and seen words like “parallax” and “mobile responsive” pop up without any real explanation?  The simple fact is that website trends change all the time, and it won’t take too long for your formerly cutting-edge website to start showing its age. You need your customers to feel confident with your business from their very first impression, and an outdated web design can turn them off immediately. A good design isn’t just about the colors and pictures, though. Everything from…
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  • How Understanding Consumer Behavior Cures Low Sales

    Brad Smith
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    In 1995, Sheena Iyengar, a professor of business from Columbia University, conducted a study about jam. She set up a sample booth of Wilkin & Sons jams in a California gourmet market and switched from offering a selection of 24 jams to a group of 6 jams every few hours. Each customer tasted (on average) 2 jam flavors regardless of the size of the assortment. And each of them received a coupon for $1 off of one jam. Here’s where the study gets interesting… Only 40% of customers stopped for the small assortment, while 60% paused for the large one. BUT – a whopping 30% of people…
  • 25 Simple, Yet Little-Known B2B Lead Generation Ideas

    Brad Smith
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Most people that land on your website are going to leave forever. Average website conversion rates hover around 1% for eCommerce sites (or sites that sell products and low priced services directly) and around 5% for lead generation sites (or sites that sell complex services where the transaction happens offline). That means the overwhelming majority of visitors — the ones you worked so hard to lure in the first place — will leave your site and probably never return. What good is it to put time and effort into your marketing promotional efforts if your website conversion rates…
  • 10 Email Subject Line Best Practices from 280,358 Emails

    Brad Smith
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Never take fitness advice from a fat person. Because if they’re so knowledgable about weight lifting, cardio, and nutrition… then why are they still fat? Yet companies do this all the time. They hire Ad Agency XYZ for something, let’s say social media management, even though the Agency’s own social media presence is awful, uninspired, and doesn’t produce any results. We eat our own dog food. Our biggest source of new business is through online, “inbound” channels like email marketing. So while recently reading this post about headlines, I was inspired…
  • Why B2B Content Marketing is Easier than You Think

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

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

    Devan Perine
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    There’s not a whole lot of business owners out there that want to build their business for the short term and then throw in the towel. We want a business that will grow and flourish and we’re in it for the long-haul. Jill and Brad discuss the types of skills business owners need to have in order to build a business that lasts. And they’re not easy traits you can just ‘pick up’ — they take work to master! Persistence is one of them, and Jill + Brad share 4 others ones. Listen in to their conversation as they talk with small business owners Dave…
  • Cube vs. Corner: How do the boss’ work habits affect yours?

    Brad Farris
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Sometimes it’s difficult to know how much you’re supposed to reflect the boss’s work habits. Especially in regards to working hours. After all, he or she is the boss — so doesn’t that role come with increased responsibility? But at the same time, as an employee, it’s important to show dedication and drive — that’s exhibiting ambition and is how one climbs the ladder. So where’s the happy medium? In today’s Cube vs. Corner, Brad and I have a serious discussion about the blurred lines around the 40 hour work week.   BRAD: Some people have told me that I can be a little…
  • Why business owners struggle with being control freaks

    Brad Farris
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you’ve been following this control freak series you’ve either been hurt by control freaks, or you think you might be one. If you know this is you, take heart! Admitting it is the first step toward recovery. Yes, I’m treating your control freak behavior as an addiction. It’s a behavior that is keeping you anesthetized, preventing you from seeing the world and your co-workers as they really are. You can’t stop it, and it’s interfering with your work and your relationships. To recap: the control freak actually feels out of control inside. We are afraid of…
  • The truth about controlling boss behavior

    Brad Farris
    5 Sep 2014 | 9:31 am
    This month is all about working through letting go some control so you can build a stronger business. In Part I of this series, we created a list of scenarios to help you see if you’re a control freak. Here’s part II: So you might be a control freak. As a small business owner, you see it as survival; it is your job to make sure you correct everyone’s mistakes. And any time someone does something different from the way you would, it’s a mistake. Understanding the control freak No one should tolerate incompetence; but the gap between an honest mistake and blatant…
  • Flash Reports

    EnMast Editor
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    The flash report is a quick way for team members to “check-in” once a week with one another. It allows the team to see if the other team member’s activities and priorities are in line with their expectations. Are they getting things done? Are the things that they are working on the “right” things for the company? If everything is fine, it puts everyone’s mind at ease. If there are questions or concerns, it’s a trigger for everyone that they need to pick up the phone and find out what’s up. Get the Flash Report tool when you’re a member, or sign up for a free trial…
 
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  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

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

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

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

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

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

    Michael Chotiner
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:52 am
    By Michael Chotiner My friend, an architect and builder in the Washington, D.C., area, recently told me an interesting (if not disturbing) story about a job he worked on. He’d been asked to carry out repairs on a four-story building with shops on the ground floor and apartments above that had been damaged by an improperly installed fire sprinkler system. In the course of surveying the site to learn what it would take to put things back in order, Jeremy found that there was no emergency lighting on the top floor of the building, and there never had been. The owners weren’t happy…
  • How to Use Speaking Gigs to Build Your Email List

    Cristina Roman
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:16 am
    By Cristina Roman If you haven’t explored speaking gigs as a channel for building your email list and client base, you may be missing out on a big opportunity. Speaking gigs let you build your personal brand, showcase your expertise, and get you in front of new audiences, which can all contribute to exponential list growth. But you can’t just show up, give your presentation, and expect people to take the time and initiative to visit your website and sign up for your email list. I won’t bore you with obvious suggestions like provide great content, don’t read directly off a Powerpoint…
  • How to Take a Vacation from Your Small Business

    Meredith Wood
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    By Meredith Wood It goes without saying that small business owners work hard. This is especially true of start-ups who don’t have the capital to hire additional employees to lighten the workload. Taking a vacation is often unheard of in the first few years of operating a new business but many men and women are finding it necessary for their mental health and physical well-being to get away even if it’s only a day or two at a time. According to an Infographic created for Intuit by Column Five, “55% of small business owners work through most, if not all holidays.” Not only does this…
  • 15 Low-Overhead Businesses You Can Launch Today

    Emily Suess
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    By Emily Suess Some people start small businesses because it’s been their dream for years. Others become small business owners because they need a way to generate income and pay the bills, and they need to do it fast. Low-overhead small business options make it possible to get started earning money quickly, even if you don’t have much to invest in the startup. With access to everyday technology like a computer and the Internet or professional equipment like a camera or snow plow, you can start a new business in literally minutes. Accountant. From personal taxes to small business…
  • 9 Reasons to Feature Educational Resources on Your Website

    Kayla Matthews
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:18 am
    By Kayla Matthews There are dozens of ways to nurture the credibility and authority of your website. Some of the most common methods include authoritative articles, ebooks, interviews with high profile people, and how-to videos. These can all be effective ways to deepen the influence your business has within its industry and with your target market. Featuring such educational resources on your website, you can further your influence, drastically improve your online presence, and, ultimately, increase conversions. Here are nine reasons you should add them to your site. 1. Establish Trust with…
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  • 8 Steps to Launching a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

    Mike Jackson
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    In the entrepreneurial arena, Crowdfunding has taken off big-time in the last few years, becoming a multi-billion annual global marketplace.  Although it may not be a good fit for everyone, it could be a way to get initial financing to help get your new product or service off the ground.… Read more >The post 8 Steps to Launching a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • How to Build Your Brand Like Oreo

    Rick Canonaco
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    When is the last time you had a Hydrox cookie? Do you even know what one looks like? You ask the same about an Oreo and you can be assured that most people recognize it and have eaten one (or 10!) recently.… Read more >The post How to Build Your Brand Like Oreo appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Does Your Business Have The Right Analytics?

    Jeffrey Appleman
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Most small businesses owners do not have the right analytics to correctly run their business.  This article discusses what it means having the right metrics and how that can affect the bottom line.  In your business are you measuring the correct metrics? … Read more >The post Does Your Business Have The Right Analytics? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • THE 10 REASONS PEOPLE WANT TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR

    Jeffrey Appleman
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    How often have you thought about starting your own business?  How many of you have worked for people and said if I owned this business I would do things a lot different.  If you have those kind of thoughts please read this article and let me know what you think.… Read more >The post THE 10 REASONS PEOPLE WANT TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Online Advertising – why and how to grow your business NOW

    Larry Francis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    Small businesses are responsible for more than 50% of all  annual sales in the USA and have added more than two-thirds of all net new jobs since 1970.  So according to the trend and analysis in the (Boston Consulting Group article Unlocking the Digital Marketing Potential of Small Business)  small businesses should consider making a shift to online advertising.… Read more >The post Online Advertising – why and how to grow your business NOW appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
 
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  • Microsoft Cancels Free Custom Domain Email Accounts on Outlook.com

    Gary Shouldis
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Talk about a bait and switch. I’m primarily a Google Apps user, but since Google did away with the free version of Google Apps for Business, I’ve been taking advantage of Microsoft’s free version of custom domain hosted email on Outlook.com.  They actually had a pretty good deal, you could have up to 50 free email addresses using your own domain. If you remember back in the day, that’s what Google Apps used to offer when they first launched. I tried logging into my account this morning to add an email address and got this message. Yes, they have cancelled the program…
  • How Do I Get Traffic To My Website?

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

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

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

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

  • Unraveling the Talent Myth

    CorporationCentre.ca
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    In July 2002 the New Yorker published an article called TheTalent Myth by Malcolm Gladwell. In this article Gladwell explores the shortcomings of a widely recognized management system put forward by a management-consulting firm called McKinsey & Company who advocate a three-tiered management process known as differentiation and affirmation. In this process of differentiation and affirmation employee performance is rated resulting in each employee being placed in one of three categories A, B, and C. The A’s, or talent group, are to be challenged and given generous bonuses as well as new…
  • Part-Time Entrepreneurship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    26 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    The remake of the 1990s classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the top grossing movie in the box office for the second week running. It’s surprised most of the experts by dethroning Marvel’s latest offering (Guardians of the Galaxy), and holding off the third installment of the star-studded Expendables franchise (not a huge feat, but still). Beyond all those accolades, as this article in Forbes explains, Paramount’s strategy for TMNT is a case study in targeted marketing. The film was a smash without needing to be omnipresent in the run-up to its debut; marketers of the film…
  • We Are Mercantile – The SBA 504 Experts

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

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

    Maya Pillai
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    It is the customers who have the power to make or break a business. Hence it is essential that enterprises focus on customer satisfaction and loyalty. There exist time tested techniques to bond with customers and positively influence their buying decisions to your favor. Go the extra mile to make customers feel special- Smile and welcome your customers with genuine warmth. A friendly attitude and taking pains to be interested in them will do wonders. This way the customer feels that they are being treated as human beings and not as monetary resources. Tell the stories about your products and…
  • How to delegate work effectively

    Maya Pillai
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Small businesses are not a one man show. It is not practical or possible for a single individual to do everything which needs to be done. Many people are reluctant to delegate work because the lack of trust in other people’s ability, wanting to do everything themselves and so on.  However, in the modern business environment, there is no alternative to delegation. Delegating work is a skill which can be acquired and improved on. Let’s take a look at the different ways to delegate work effectively. The myth of 100% delegation - Everything cannot be delegated. You need to delegate the right…
  • Why should small businesses move to the cloud

    Maya Pillai
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Cloud computing services provide users with the facility to use software and other computer resources online as a utility. This is a pay as you go model where you need to pay for the services depending upon the usage. So you can leverage resources only when you need them via the web. In true cloud computing platforms all applications are executed in the cloud instead of the users machines. An interface is provided to connect to the cloud on the user’s machine. Cloud is rapidly being adopted by businesses all over the world. It is clear that this is the technology of the future.  Adopting…
  • Is your business prepared for a natural disaster?

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

    Maya Pillai
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    The employees of a company constitute the most important part of its foundation. Every organization big or small needs to keep its people happy to conduct business smoothly. Job satisfaction, sense of ownership and recognition etc. are important factors that motivate your employees to stay on the top of their class. Your employees are the internal customers of your organization. Happy employees ensure happy customers. Let us take a look at how you can ensure a happy work force. Nurture a Sense of Ownership It is crucial for the success of your business in long run that your employees have a…
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  • 3 Tips To Launch a New Small Business- Hanley Mellon Live!

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Mobile Website

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

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

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

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

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 38 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
 
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  • My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business

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

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

    Michelle
    19 Dec 2013 | 7:06 pm
    Looking for local marketing strategies that increase sales? Below is SlideShare presentation I created – Top 10 Tips for Increasing Local Sales to test the rankings for keywords. I came across SlideShare while searching for very competitive keywords and there are people on SlideShare with hundreds of thousands of views. So for a short list of […] You might also be interested in these:    New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Service Feedback For A Job Well Done  What is Your Customer Relationship Management…
  • Service Feedback For A Job Well Done

    Michelle
    9 Dec 2013 | 9:11 pm
    Service feedback option you may not have considered Yesterday I received a phone call from a highly influential client and all round nice guy, providing me with some feedback on how he appreciates the virtual work I have been doing for him (copywriting) and that he is looking forward to the next year being a […] You might also be interested in these:    New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  What is Your Customer Relationship Management Strategy?  What Are You Doing…
  • What is Your Customer Relationship Management Strategy?

    Michelle
    6 Nov 2013 | 7:58 pm
    Do you have a customer relationship management strategy? Are you getting valuable feedback from your customers to help you improve your service & increase sales? Did you know a customer’s negative experience can often be directly contributed to an employee? If your employee is not happy in their environment; feels undervalued; feels they are underpaid; […] You might also be interested in these:    New Google SSL Rules  My Top Free & Cheap Marketing Tools For Small Business  Top 10 Marketing Strategies That Increase Sales  Service Feedback For A Job…
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  • Wrestling the Business Inventory

    Nelson Nigel
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    Business inventory is the lifeblood of a business. Without it, a business cannot exist to deliver its product or service. It is the product or service that engages the customer to make an exchange or a transaction with the business. Inventory is a big part of maintaining […]
  • Standards in Supplier Diversity Program: Reflections from a survey

    Nelson Nigel
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Supplier diversity is starting to be a positive and major trend for many businesses. The concept in itself is very attractive for both small businesses and the larger companies who wish to partner with them. However, in every strategy, supplier diversity has to face standards, regulations and […]
  • Success Stories: Tales of Small Businesses as Diversity Suppliers

    Nelson Nigel
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:16 pm
    The world of business is full of success stories. We have heard a lot of small start-up companies that reach milestones in their history, the tales of many business and industry leaders, companies that survive severe economic and financial crises (both internally and externally) and others who […]
  • Go Diversity: 50 Great Examples of Doing Diversity in Business

    Nelson Nigel
    12 Jun 2014 | 11:47 pm
    The practice of using diverse suppliers (small businesses owned and operated by disadvantaged owners) has been increasing as time goes on. Many companies have seen and are reaping the benefits of tying up and working with small and diverse-owned businesses. In fact, working with these businesses can […]
  • Supplier Diversity Certification – What it Means for You

    Nelson Nigel
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:17 pm
    If you have a small business and one that can be defined as socially and economically disadvantaged, you can get certified as a disadvantaged small business. Those who qualify for the position are owners who are: Women Disabled Part of an ethnic minority Veterans Disabled veterans Members […]
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  • The Single Security Precaution Small Business Owners Must Take (but Many Don’t!)

    JM Freuler
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Cybersecurity is an increasing concern among small business owners, but many don’t know where to begin with such a complex problem. While the security needs of different businesses vary drastically between industries and even between individual companies, there is a simple precaution absolutely every small business owner should enforce that can drastically improve the safety of his/her business: Implementing safe passwords and requiring all employees to do the same is the simplest and surest way to increase your small business’ cybersecurity. What’s at stake? For many small businesses…
  • How to Write a Kickass Proposal (and Win More Business)

    Fundbox
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:25 am
    Writing a proposal is an art that any freelancer or small business must master. Whether you’re competing for work on sites like ELance or oDesk or submitting a proposal to a client offline, this is your opportunity to shine and set your business and services apart. It’s not an easy task, but follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to delivering a kickass proposal that wins you more business. No Two Proposals are the Same This is one of the reasons that proposal generators and templates can go awry. Even if you have a standard approach to proposals, tailor each one to the…
  • The 5 Most Influential Small Business Leaders on Twitter

    JM Freuler
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Small business owners need to stay on top of the latest news and trends in their industries. But entrepreneurs should be plugged in beyond their own specialties; they also need to read up on small business news, especially as technology’s progress continues to shape so much of the economy and the culture surrounding small business. In alphabetical order, here are 5 influential small business leaders that every business owner should follow on Twitter. Jay Baer (@jaybaer): New York Times bestselling author and founder of Convince & Convert, Jay Baer’s expertise lies in all things…
  • Everything You Need to Legally Register Your New Business

    JM Freuler
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    You have the million dollar idea, you’ve spent months developing a new business plan, and you have finally worked up the courage… now what? There is no thrill quite like the early stages of starting your own business, but the energy and optimism can hit a brick wall once you run into hoards of tax forms covered in government jargon. The process can indeed be intimidating if you’re without a clue, and you can get quickly overwhelmed if you just dive in with reckless abandon. Take it slow and get the lay of the land first. Our quick guide is a great survey of the process, from forming…
  • The Best Tools to Enhance Communication in the Workplace

    BlueVine
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    If you’re a small business, you’re likely working closely with your colleagues – probably face to face in the same room.  Most workplace communication in small businesses is either verbal, direct communication or emailed correspondence. Yet a breakdown in communication and an inefficient workflow is a surprisingly common problem that befalls many small teams. Imagine it this way: you email, or verbally assign a coworker a request, but within a week both you and the coworker have forgotten the request. The task remains incomplete. Another problem with replying solely on emails and…
 
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  • Rushing around achieving nothing

    Jon Stow
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
    Make some family time We all want to make money and have a better life. What we really need is one good business. Now I know the old adage about not putting all our eggs in one basket, but it is very difficult to run two or three businesses efficiently on our own, or with just one or two other people. We would end up time-poor. That means that not only would we not have time for family life, we would not have time to plan how to run our businesses efficiently. We would probably make less money out of the two or three businesses than the one, unless we recognise our inadequacies in time and…
  • Admitting our mistakes

    Jon Stow
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:35 am
    Sheepish? (Photo credit: Jon Stow) We all make mistakes in our businesses. Usually they are not serious, and should normally mean an apology to our customers or clients. Recently I forgot a client had given me a document and I asked for it again. When she put me right, I apologised, and I am sure that our business relationship has not been harmed. It is best to own up straight away. The other day, I went to collect an order from a local shop. The business owner, who is someone I like and respect, denied he had received the order, even though it had been ordered in person. I suppose he simply…
  • Encouraging the shrinking violets

    Jon Stow
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:09 am
    Violets (Photo credit: Wikipedia) When we are managing a team in business, we will have one or two people who shine more brightly. They will show their talent and volunteer for difficult work. They are great to have working with us. There may also be some in the team who are more shy and self-effacing. They may have great potential ability, but lack confidence. They may feel intimidated by the unintentionally more forward colleagues. We need to encourage our quieter colleagues by allowing them more demanding tasks and giving them support to see them through. We may well find that they will…
  • Telling your clients they are wasting their money

    Jon Stow
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    A lot of my work with clients is helping them get out of a mess. Usually that is because they have made mistakes in dealing with their taxes or have “forgotten” to declare certain income or gains. Sometimes there is a question of the law and whether we can debate with HMRC, with a prospect of getting a good result for the client; in other words, proving that they have a lower liability to tax, or perhaps none. At other times it is a question of negotiating lower penalties for the client, and making the case that a client’s guilt is less than HMRC contends. Perhaps the client has…
  • Verbal understandings are not contracts

    Jon Stow
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
      In my business I think it is important to have agreements in writing with my clients so that they know exactly what I will be doing for them in conducting their affairs (and what I will not be doing). I have always said that verbal agreements are no use especially when the parties fall out or one side has a perceived issue. Many of us look after family members or agree financial arrangements with them, and somehow it seems less comfortable to ask them to enter into a written agreement. Yet why should they be any different? They are people who may have ideas you have not fathomed. So I…
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  • We are rebranding– Here’s the story that lead to the new name “Your Brilliant Un-Career”

    Cas
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Support a WAHP is rebranding. Here’s why and what it means for you. Change is inevitable in the digital landscape because technology moves and shifts focus at lightening speed. Change is also inevitable for entrepreneurs. When I first took on Support a WAHP, the landscape on Facebook was vastly different. Brand pages were shiny and new and we were all diving in and promoting our businesses the old-fashioned 20th Century way. Well, that landscape changed and we’ve had to get smarter with our marketing and stop advertising like we are 1950s soap commercials. I started up Content…
  • From Recruitment Consultant to Children’s Fashion Label

    Cas McCullough
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This week, Neva Niland shares her story about leaving behind her job in the recruitment industry to start her own kids’ fashion boutique online. Tell us a little about the person behind the business? Hi, I’m Neva Niland, a work from home mum of two little kiddies (3 & 4 yrs old). Before having kids, I worked in the recruitment industry, which I loved, but it proved to be a little challenging once I had kids because of the demanding hours. I’ve always dreamed of starting my own business, and this seemed like the perfect time. And now a little about the business itself? I…
  • Gold Coast Mum Helps An Entire Community Through Fair Trade Art Sales

    ezyvateam
    12 Nov 2013 | 3:00 pm
    This week we interviewed Yael Maree, an inspiring Gold Coast mum who supports an entire Tanzanian community through her fair trade art sales here in Australia. Tell us a little about the person behind the business? I am an almost 34 year old mother to two incredible kids, Ella and Jimmy, and married to one fantastic man, who supports me in all my crazy and other just ordinary ideas. We have been married for 3 years but had dated for just over 10 years before we made it “official.” I am Israeli by birth and have been very lucky to travel most of the world in my 20s. I have lived in Israel,…
  • Mum turns Meen in the name of green business

    Cas McCullough
    29 Oct 2013 | 4:00 pm
    This week we interviewed the queen of green shopping bags Kaylene Petit. Tell us a little about the person behind the business? I am a 28 year-old mum of a 15 month old girl and a wife. I love eco-friendly things. I have a rockin’ sense of style and I work my business the same way. And now a little about the business itself? Meen Bags is an alternative to plastic or “green” bags. We offer a huge range of standard shoppers for groceries etc. We also stock various sizes & styles of shoppers, nappy bags, beach bags, backpacks and new to our range is MCN’s (modern…
  • Mum drops banking career to lead wholesalers to more retail sales!

    Cas McCullough
    24 Oct 2013 | 6:00 pm
    This week we interviewed the pied piper of lead generation for wholesale businesses, Kim Town. Learn how Kim uses a simple system and boundaries to run her business from home. Tell us a little about the person behind the business? I am a married mother of two kids who has procrastinated for long enough about starting a business, so finally here I am. I love to talk, and love to meet people (face to face or online) so I have decided to combine the two into my business model. I have only had two jobs in my whole life (and I am 40 now) and they were working for David Jones from when I left…
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  • Nobody is Going to Pay You For Your Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

    Christine
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    So you've invested the money into a Scentsy Warmer, how can you make it last as long as possible? How can you get the most out your Scentsy Warmer? 1) Don't use other waxes in your warmer.  Cheap isn't necessarily the best in the long term.  Many wax melts aren't made for our low temperatures.  They may leave residue on your warmer dish because the ingredients aren't as high quality.  Using other melts will also void your 3 year warranty with Scentsy.  Youve paid good money for your warmer and having this long of a warranty with any electrical appliance is pretty…
  • Can-Do Cancun Summer Incentive!!! I did it!!

    Christine
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    I've already announced on Facebook, so will do it here as well.  I've earned the Can-Do Cancun Summer Incentive.  I'll be off to the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun 5-9 January 2015.  Its all expenses paid including food, drinks, everything. Every year Scentsy do TWO trips.  One is every year in Cancun, Mexico and its a leadership retreat.  Directors and above get to go but they usually have to PAY to do it.  If you earn the Summer Incentive though, you get to go for FREE which I did!!  For Can-do Cancun you dont have to be a Director to earn it and can be any…
  • Halloween Scentsy Warmers 2014: Europe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Make Money With a Newsletter

    Adam Bauthues
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com So you now own an email list of prospects and now it's time to begin writing your newsletter. Your objective is clearly to make money with it, right? How do you do that by having a newsletter? Here are 5 techniques to make money with a newsletter. This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Start and Make Money with an Online Newsletter How to Make Money Online as an Affiliate 7 Print Newsletter Design Tips to Get Your Newsletter Opened & Read Every Time
  • How Important Is Setting Business Goals?

    Mershon Bell
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com A lot of business owners pour in their interest, capital and effort into setting up a company, thinking that these are enough to keep the business afloat. Learn how setting clear business goals can help you attain and gauge your success as a company. This article was written by Mershon Bell for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Why Goal Setting is Important Importance of Setting Your Goals in Writing Three Steps to Positive Goal Setting
  • Top 3 Activities Leading to Success in Network Marketing

    Yvonne Buchanan
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Success in network marketing seems to come easy to some, but not to others. The reason for this has little to do with luck. Here are three important activities that contribute to success in network marketing: This article was written by Yvonne Buchanan for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Eleven Ways to Survive in MLM or Network Marketing How to Choose an Advertising Network and Earn from Ads Multi-Level Marketing – Prospecting Using Email List Marketing
  • How to Fix a Website Suffering from Weak Social Engagement

    Adam Bauthues
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Are the social elements of your website fumbling and fighting for breath? No one is actively participating or commenting on your articles, and no one is sharing your content. Here are 7 clear steps to revive a dead social website and make it a success again. This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Why You Need to Measure Social Media Marketing Efforts Top 10 Social Media Tips How to Create Content Designed to Increase Traffic and Engagement
  • 3 Time Management Tips for the Self-Employed and Freelancers

    Mershon Bell
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Learning to manage your time effectively as a self-employed professional can be the difference between success and failure. Here are three tips that can help you take and keep control of your time and set parameters for success. This article was written by Mershon Bell for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Comparing Time Management Between Employee & Entrepreneur From Employee to Self-Employed: How to Manage the Transition Why Be Self-Employed? 10 Benefits of Entrepreneurship
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  • The Stock Photo Police (Are They Coming for YOU?! Two Steps to Ensure They Won’t…)

    Barbara Austin
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    ♪♫ Bad girl bad girl, ah-what-ya-gonna-do, ah-what-ya-gonna-do when they come for you? ♫ ♪ So many of us have done it: Used copyrighted photos without permission, posted an image online without crediting the photographer, and risked inviting stock photo companies and photogs alike to come after us with copyright infringement suits and who-knows-what other legal […]
  • Branding Truth: How to Be Sought-After for All the Right Reasons

    Barbara Austin
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Would you believe, I once thought that branding, marketing, and advertising— all the things that allow us as small businesses to connect with our customers— were despicable? In college, my heart’s desire was to be a greeting card designer for Hallmark…because I thought it would be a fun career where I could really make a […]
  • 3 Ways to Get More Subscribers, Without Being Obnoxious (Pop-ups & Other Pet Peeves…)

    Barbara Austin
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    In the online business ’sphere, e-mail marketing is KING. You hear it all the time: build your list, build your list, build your list. It’s uber-effective for getting clients, keeping your customers up-to-date, getting repeat business from people who’ve purchased from you before, and so forth. Hopefully, you’re doing just that, and are ever on […]
  • What’s your flavor? (Sell it!)

    Barbara Austin
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Yes, I’m totally going to go there… …it’s the old ice-cream flavors analogy. When it comes to the cream, everybody has their preference. Lots of people swear by vanilla…others love chocolate…then there are the picky ones, who have to have their rocky road, cheesecake-flavored with graham cracker bits, or mint chocolate chip. (That would be […]
  • Hiring a designer? Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck…

    Barbara Austin
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE being a designer. But, design just doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process, sometimes frustratingly so! Alas, design doesn’t become “great”, or “beautiful”, or “effective”, with the flick of a magic wand, either. It takes effort on both parties (designer and client), to get fantastic results. So, say you’re going to […]
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  • Are you iPhone6 Compatible?

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    15 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Apple has finally released its much awaited, iPhone6 and iPhone6plus and needless to say, Apple has once again proved its design supremacy and impeccable sense of technology. The added #iwatch with its various editions is much more than icing on the cake. To say the least, the stores would be soon flooded with these flawless mobile devices and later, you would find these fine pc. of technology in the hands of customers, globally. However, how does all this affect your business? Your online branding assets? Or does it really matter? Yes, it does, and it does quite a lot. Studies have shown…
  • What Material Design by Google means for Marketers

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    12 Sep 2014 | 12:16 am
    The growth and expansion of internet and smart devices has been exponential. To sum it up in a fewer words, it is a digital world we live in today, thanks to the World Wide Web, the businesses and customers have come closer and the information flows faster than ever before. And that where latest Material Design by Google comes in picture, focusing on user experience, giving your best on every screen, every device. So what exactly does all this holds for a marketer, any lessons for better online marketing, branding? Google’s attempt through Material Design is to form a visual language which…
  • Making a Great Impression Online

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    9 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    An approximation 40% of the world population is on internet today, which makes it a lucrative 3 billion people across the world, and this is expanding per minute, to say the least. Speaking country-wise, United States, Germany, France, U.K., and Canada boost with the highest penetration with over 80% of population. Hence making it inevitable to have a remarkable online presence for enhanced visibility and credibility online. So what exactly does it take to have a great impression, brand building online: Speak their Language: As they famously say it, “It is not about what you say, but how…
  • Small Business Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

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    3 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    We do learn from our mistakes. In business, however, it is better to avoid a mistake than to learn from it. The cost of a small mistake might have a huge ripple effect that may crush the business you are trying to build. The following are few of such small mistakes you could avoid this year or any year for that matter. Social Media Hype It is really cool to have thousands of following on the social media. And it has been proven over time how social media can help you boost sales too,  but jumping on it right away is for sure not the solution. In fact, the damage when it is done not in a…
  • 5 Must Haves for Your Nonprofit Organization Website

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    27 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    A non-profit organization always faces the challenge of funding. No matter how valuable a cause is, it is still a challenge to raise awareness, much more funds, about the needs they address. Besides coming up with a good strategy, they also need to convince their supporters to fund the project and produce results to keep their cause alive. And one of the medium which helps them reach their supporters globally is a website.  We see countless websites of about different non-profit organizations. We have seen their feeds, great things they accomplish and number of lives being influenced and…
 
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  • Is Your Business Still Relevant in the Marketplace?

    Melinda Emerson
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In the early years of your small business, you struggle to find a foothold in a competitive industry. Then, you find your ground and enjoy success. But what few entrepreneurs ever bother asking themselves a few years down the road is: Is my business still relevant? Do I still have a customer base that will support me for years to come? Am I in an industry that is growing or shrinking? Are there any new competitors or technology that are changing my industry? Apple is a great example of such a competitor. Before the iPhone, we had cell phones with no features other than the ability to talk and…
  • How to Get and Leverage Media Coverage for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @womenrecharged. Aprille Franks-Hunt is an author, speaker, life & business advisor, as well as a multi-faceted business professional, who walked away from a successful career to pursue her passion of inspiring women beyond motivation. Aprille is the Creator/CEO of Women Recharged, a powerful movement designed to spread the global message of transformation through Aprille’s…
  • 6 Real-World Small Business Networking Tips You Can’t Do Without

    Melinda Emerson
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Guest Article Social media and online networking now take up a significant amount of time for the modern day entrepreneur. With huge numbers of businesses now promoting themselves online, it becomes ever more difficult to stand out from the crowd and be heard above all the noise. Here are six real-world small business networking tips you can’t do without: 1. Discover your value Value is the currency of networking. Before you even go out to build your network, consider the value you can bring to potential partners. How can you assist their business? Will you be able to complement their…
  • Would You Like to Take a Vacation From Your Small Business?

    Melinda Emerson
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I recently returned from a vacation in Paris. I’ve been in business more than 15 years and during this time, I have made it a point to take off during the last two weeks of December, plus to take at least two serious vacations per year.  In the last 5 years, since my son has gotten a bit older, it has become three per year.  I do two family vacations and one “mommytime” vacation, usually to an international destination.  This year’s “me time” trip was to France. Like many who visit Paris, which I have been to several times, I finally stood in line at the Louvre to view the…
  • Understanding the Basics of Search Engine Optimization

    Melinda Emerson
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @bskogrand. Brant Skogrand, APR, MBC, is the chief communications officer of Skogrand PR Solutions, a public relations, social media and search engine optimization firm based in Minneapolis. Skogrand is a Certified Search Engine Marketer, a Certified Master of Social Media and an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. He has earned several awards for his work…
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  • Distribution center partnership advantages

    admin
    14 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    By Edward Johnson Major retailers like Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Pet Center may not work with your company if you don’t have a partnership with one or more major distribution centers. Reason for this is that major retailers carry thousands, some millions, of different products. If these retailers had to buy 10 or more products from 10,000 different companies, they wouldn’t have time to focus on marketing, public relations, interior design and employee development. By partnering with major distribution centers, you could tackle two retail challenges. You could get dozens, hundreds or…
  • Is it time to trade up to the new iPhone 6?

    admin
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    By Eric Bradford   Business executives are a long way from the initial Blackberry launch, an event that took place over a decade ago. Seems implausible that a telephone (so small it fits easily inside your pant pocket) with the capability to download files off your desktop computer or laptop and serve as an email pager is now perceived as a technology dinosaur. Today, Samsung and Apple are frontrunners in the mobile telephone space. Both mobile telephones put a diverse range of services at the fingertips of small business owners. For example, there’s: Web browsing (4 gigabytes of…
  • College students make business internships payoff

    admin
    9 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    By Eric Bradford                         Thousands of college students are ending their summer internships. If these college students were fortunate, their internships allowed them to do more than file, scan and copy stacks of documents, completing projects that regular employees are willing to do near anything to avoid. A good business internship introduces college students to the real work world. Instead of copying, scanning and filing all day, interns: • Sit in on webinars and conference calls. Progressive employers may also…
  • Breakfast for champions – You’ll love this low calorie omelet recipe

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    26 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Eggs are one of the most eaten breakfast foods and rightfully so. Loaded with protein, eggs are easy to prepare. Add in the right ingredients, and eggs become a filling food. Furthermore, of all the dishes you can cook using eggs, breakfast sandwiches and omelets are dishes that millions of Americans order from restaurants and food trucks each morning. You don’t have to live out West to love this omelet However, you don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay for an omelet to enjoy a hearty egg breakfast. You can make this omelet at home in less than 20 minutes.
  • Using your creative talents to build a successful enterprise

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:08 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell The first years of your working career might be spent trying to find jobs that pay the rent or mortgage. If you use your creative or artistic abilities several times before and after you start working these “pay the bills” jobs, you might feel a twinge of regret, something pulling you to change careers. This is what happened to Christine Hughes, owner of Darling Studio. Take creative talents from part-time to full-time business success Christine shares at her official website that, “Like many artists, I took the long way here. I studied communications…
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  • Case Study – How One Successful Small Business Only Needs to Have a Storefront Two Months a Year

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant In the city where I live, every year, for just seven weekends from early October to mid November, a local couple hosts a major shopping event called The Third World Bazaar. They reside on a few acres of farm land where they turn one of their large barns into a holiday retail space. The owners spend 5 months of the year travelling the globe buying products for the sale from artisans in countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Thailand, Cuba and Vietnam. Everything from jewelry to furniture to textiles to home accessories to toys to Christmas…
  • Customer Success Story – Why It Pays to Get My Insider Tips!

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant One of the opportunities that was going to be in my September Marketing Insider Report was to submit your business for consideration for Martha Stewart’s American Made Award, but the deadline was too close and my report wasn’t ready yet. So instead, I emailed this opportunity to my customers and I am happy to announce one of my customers, Half Pint Ink Studio, has been chosen as finalist! How Being a Martha Stewart’s American Made Nominee is Good For Business  In November, a total of 9 winners will be chosen,…
  • “Shop Local” Campaign Ideas for Your Small Business

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant With Small Business Saturday coming up again in just two months (November 29th in the United States, but there are movements in other countries as well), there has been a growing momentum over the last few years to encourage consumers to shop and buy locally produced goods. As a small business, are you taking advantage of the local movement? Local customers love to support local business. Everyone has a sense of patriotism and it extends down to the city level. I don’t know how many times I have recommended this to clients. Start…
  • Maximize Your Social Media Strategy by Updating Your Graphics for Fall Events

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant Have you updated your social media banners (and online store banners) to reflect the current fall season? It can be a valuable sales tool for your small business. Your cover images/banners are like ads for you. You can use them to announce a seasonal sale, a new fall offering, as well as to make your shop look current and still active, particularly to first time visitors. If you sell clothing for example, do you want customers to come to your Facebook page and see that your cover image is still showing your summer fashion offerings? It…
  • It’s Here! My September 2014 Marketing Insider Report to Sell More Online This Month

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant
    6 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have been absent from my blog for the past week as I have been putting the finishing touches on a new monthly service, my Marketing Insider Report. I am so proud of this new report. I really delved deep to deliver the very best AL NEW tactics and opportunitiesguaranteed to increase the sales at your online shop this month. In addition, I grilled all my retail contacts to see what is selling, what customers are asking for, what they aren’t buying and what new trends are customers jumping on. PLUS, I give you a free logo to use…
 
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  • Laws of the office must be enforced

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Every work environment needs its own set of rules that best reflects the company’s mission and personality. Without proper management, daily operations could spiral out of control with losses in revenue and a breakdown of interpersonal relationships, creating roadblocks some organizations may never be able to overcome. It’s often up to human resources for small businesses to ensure office interactions are running smoothly, but company leaders need to establish their own regulations that they enforce if they’re to maintain order and productivity. There are some core beliefs…
  • Remote workers: Does it work for small businesses?

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    When a company has maximized capacity for the office it currently occupies but finds itself unable to grow because of a lack of either space or small business funding, there are a few options it can take to keep its progress going. Organizations shouldn’t let such conditions slow their momentum. Thanks to small business technology, groups can move beyond their own walls to incorporate even more employees despite a shortage of resources to expand to a new location. Remote workers allow businesses to maintain a larger workforce, even if there aren’t enough desks or work…
  • It’s not too late to save a work relationship

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    When two employees forsake the working relationship they’ve labored so hard to build, it’s often up to human resources for small businesses to put it back together again. If companies don’t try to create a positive environment for their employees, staff members may not work as efficiently and productively as they could. HR for small businesses is often at the front line of an organization’s battle against itself. All of the conflicts and arguments that arise must be settled as quickly as possible if a company wants to focus on growing and exerting all of its efforts…
  • 6 Key Elements Every Website Needs

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    In the information age, your website will be one of the most important things about your business. It is how people discover you, how they keep in touch with you, how they find out what you do, and even how they’ll buy from you. There are a few key elements that every website needs and we’ve compiled a list of 6 of the most important ingredients a website should have. 1. 7 Second Rule This rule says that when a person comes to your site, it should take them no longer than 7 seconds to understand 3 very important things: Who you are What you offer (products, services, etc.) Why they should…
  • How to Use Google+ For Your Business

    3 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Google+ is not often taken seriously. Put up against the behemoth that is Facebook, many people scoff at how little of an impact Google+ seems to be making in the social media world. However, dismissing Google+ entirely is not in your best interest. No, its numbers aren’t impressive when compared to Facebook – but neither is twitter, LinkedIn or anyone else. Google+ has 540 million members, which is a significant number no matter how you look at it. The secret to this website is that it presents a lot of opportunities that many marketers don’t know about and therefore aren’t…
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  • Flooring Options for New Corporate Office

    SmallBizViewpoints
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The type of flooring used in the corporate office is dependent on purpose and clientele. Here are different flooring options to be considered. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Do chartered flights make business sense?

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    14 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    How much does it cost to rent private jet? When does renting one justify the cost? [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Safety and Sustainability in the Natural Resource Business

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    14 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Tips to improve safety and sustainability for the businesses engaged in natural resources. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guide to Hiring Best Employees for Manufacturing Plants

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    11 Sep 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Hiring employees for manufacturing plant needs special consideration. Learn what you need to consider to hire best employees for manufacturing plant. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Does Your Business Need Its Own Mobile App?

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    11 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Mobile apps are a must for any small business that wants to compete effectively today. What are the benefits of having a mobile app for small business. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Top Free Money Management Courses & Webinars for Small Business Owners

    Scott Lynch
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:04 am
    Today’s small business owners and entrepreneurs face more challenges than ever before, as they struggle with greater, stronger and more informed competition in an ever-expanding world marketplace. One of the ways you can get an edge on your competitors is through education – teaching yourself the principles of better, more effective money management, and related topics.   The following list takes you from basic money management through more in-depth topics, like accounting and taxes, before leading you down the rabbit hole of advanced topics. These courses cover graduate-level…
  • Top 50 Restaurant Management Blogs

    Scott Lynch
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    Managing a restaurant is not a simple career move by any means. Members of restaurant management teams are responsible for the design, atmosphere, menu, hiring, operations… well, you get the point. While there is no single “right way” of managing a restaurant, there are several people and organizations who are very successfully managing restaurants. Not all of them have blogs, but many of them do.   We have searched for the best in restaurant management blogs and gathered those that we think fit the bill. We looked for blogs that offered a wide range of topics, proven success…
  • Top 50 Money Management Tools, Apps Software for Small Businesses

    Scott Lynch
    5 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Without a doubt, many of the most important-but-dreaded business tasks relate to finances: bookkeeping, accounting, invoicing, payroll, benefits, commissions, taxes – the list of do-I-have-to’s drags on and on and on. Thankfully, today’s financial landscape for small business is blooming with gorgeous apps, intuitive cloud-based tools, and smartphone solutions designed to make your life easier and your finances a little less dreary. We’ve chosen 50 of the best software programs, apps, and online tools built for freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs. Some…
  • 50 Incredibly Useful Blogs on Tax Strategy and Tax Planning

    Scott Lynch
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Whether you’re an individual, small business owner, or entrepreneur, it is crucial to your financial success to be up to date with the latest tax strategies and information.  You may have the best accountants and financial planners around, but you should take steps to be informed of the ever-changing tax laws and best practices to be more prepared to take part in the discussions and decisions that will result in growing your wealth and assets. We’ve collected 50 of the best tax strategy and tax planning blogs to help you in your quest for information, tips, hints, and strategies. …
  • Little Fish in a Big Pond: The life of a College Intern

    Justin Walsh
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    What I thought an internship consisted of and what it actually consists of are two separate things. I expected a lot of photo copying, getting coffee for everyone and doing much too much meaningless time consuming work. Getting an internship at Direct Capital, I immediately found that not to be true, except for the coffee, which turned out to be only a little true. I am currently going on my senior year majoring in marketing at Plymouth State University and playing baseball. Extreme sports and music are some of my passions, while looking forward when I finally get out of school I can work for…
 
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  • August WP Curve report, 21% revenue growth

    Dan Norris
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    Hi all welcome to our August monthly report. We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Here is a post I wrote recently on some monthly income reports from other startups. 21% revenue growth and 4,000 plus visits to 1 blog post. WP Curve August monthly report #startups #wordpress – Click to tweet 21% growth in August to $35,812 August was another great month growth wise. We blew past our 10% monthly growth target (21%) and we passed $400,000 in annual…
  • Why I love to work from home for WP Curve

    Julie Tucker
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Note from Alex: Dan has written in detail about our process for hiring developers, but hiring a replacement for myself was a very different experience and process. This post was compiled by the superstar I was very lucky to find – my notes are in italics. Take it away, Julie! Julie’s background Several years ago, we moved to Anderson Island, Washington seeking peace. My husband and I wanted to get out of the city, but still be close enough to not be completely isolated. Provisional seclusion is what we were looking for. We are a 20-minute ferry ride to the city and our island…
  • We’re hiring a Content Marketing Intern (with a twist)

    Dan Norris
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Hi all, this post is an ad for an upcoming opportunity at WP Curve. This isn’t your typical job ad, so if you are entrepreneurial and interested in working with Alex and I to build WP Curve and your own business, then read on. Who is WP Curve? WP Curve is the fastest growing dedicated WordPress support provider in the world. We’ve gone from scratch to a team of 19 staff, 500 customers and $35,000 / month in just over a year. We’ve built up a business through our honest and obsessive content marketing. What is the opportunity? We are looking for a Content Marketing person, under an…
  • Five startup income reports you need to be reading

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

    Dan Norris
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    I frequently chat to entrepreneurs who are in the position I was in for my first 7 years in business. They have arrived at a point where they can generate an OK wage for themselves, but they can’t grow past it. Most of the time, they look to others in the industry who they deem successful and try to apply their learnings to fix their broken business. Business broken? Try these 5 alternative options – CLICK TO TWEET A lot of the time, fixing a business may not be the way to go. Their business is so fundamentally flawed that small tweaks here and there won’t be enough…
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    Tanya Smith Online » Tanya Smith Online - Helping Service Providers Share and Stand Out

  • 10 Easy To Use Visual Content Creation Tools

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

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

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

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    If you know me at all, you know I love two things… Tools for Managing Content and Giving Away Awesome Stuff Well what had happened was… The guys over at ShareAsImage gifted me a free ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION ($59 value) to one of the tools I already use in my content library. It’s called Weekly Snaps. Weekly Snaps is a service that sends 20 royalty free images to your inbox every week…yes, every single week. When they found out I already had the service, they graciously let me pay this forward to someone else.  I’m going to now give away this entire 1 year…
  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

    Tanya Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    RSS readers can be a great source of content.  I’ve used them for years and I love how I can organize what I most love to read and share, all in one place.   I generally like to categorize my reader based on topics that I share related to my niche, personal interests, humor, world news, etc. If you have a website or blog the one thing you need on a regular basis is lots of material to write about.  But at some point your idea stream starts to run a little dry. This article is about ways you find ideas to consistently come up with fresh and exciting content using RSS readers.
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    grodland: brainstorms that mean business™

  • Top Ten Things You Need To Know To Make More Money

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

    Gregg Rodriguez
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Recently someone I’ve been casually advising on career development asked me, “Should I go for the passion or choose more money?”  The age-old question we’re all faced with at some point—and one that can come at any point in our careers. When we’re young, it’s easy to just ‘go for the money.’ “Show me the money!” as it were, is what was foremost on my mind when I finally graduated college. I figured if I had the money, the rest will fall into place. Of course that desire was driven by the fact that I’d driven a really crappy car for several years, that broke down…
  • How to Start Your Six-Figure Journey!

    Gregg Rodriguez
    9 May 2014 | 9:29 am
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. –Lao Tzu, Chinese Philospher So it seems everyone would like to make a six-figure salary. My previous blog post on my six-figure journey got the most views ever, which made me think a lot more about this, sometimes mythical seeming, achievement. First of all, it’s not mythical. It is possible–and more importantly, it is possible for a lot more people than you would imagine. Including you! That said, I will spend the next few months talking about this journey and giving you tips and ideas for how to do it based on what…
  • Six Figures in Seven Years: From Slacker to Guru

    Gregg Rodriguez
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    Every job you have, no matter how crappy, can teach you something, about business, leadership, or about yourself. If you let it. Create your own career path! We all have a career dream. Or had one at some time. Though that dream, if not forgotten or discarded, rarely comes to fruition in the way we envision. Sometimes it doesn’t come to life at all–because life happens, and we often let it derail us. In the words of Scott M. Peck, from his book The Road Less Traveled, “Life is difficult.” It’s true. It is. Sometimes it downright sucks. One of my college psychology professors…
  • Dear College Graduates

    Gregg Rodriguez
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    Originally posted on grodland: brainstorms that mean business™: They say it’s lonely at the top, but where exactly is the top? Do we ever reach it? Here is why I ask that question: One of my many nephews is going off to college, finally. I use the word “finally” only to make a point. He’s 21. Although, I wholeheartedly believe 21 is a very good age to begin college, and 25 even better–18 is still too young an age to be granted such freedom, and expected to stay focused at the same time. I also refer to this with “finally” because at that age when someone decides to put off…
 
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • Protecting your education consultancy from A to Z

    Hiscox Blog
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    With back-to-school in full swing, education consultants may want to consider protecting their businesses with professional liability insurance. As an Education Consultant the work activities you’re engaged in might include assessing student needs, recommending career options, establishing guidelines for educational programs, training educators, evaluating courses for use in schools, leading workshops and attending  conferences – or maybe all of the above!  It’s clear that you’ve got a lot on your mind as you go about ensuring your clients and students get the very best in…
  • Hiscox DNA of an American Entrepreneur 2014

    Hunter Hoffmann
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series eDNA SurveyThe 2014 Hiscox DNA small business survey highlights the triumphs and challenges of the American entrepreneur. We’re excited to share the U.S. results from Hiscox’s sixth annual global DNA of an Entrepreneur report.  This year we again surveyed 500 U.S. small business owners and got their sentiments on their growth prospects, obstacles to future growth and the overall business climate over the past year, and looking forward. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s report: Small businesses biggest concerns Small business owners…
  • What does the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard mean for your Business?

    Hiscox Blog
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    If your business accepts credit cards, make sure you know how to keep your customers information secure. Click the image for a larger view of the infographic. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a set of standards that establishes and enforces security requirements for customers, businesses and service providers. It was developed by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council  (PCI SSC), which includes American Express, MasterCard Worldwide, Visa International, Discover Financial Services and JCB International. In other words, PCI SSC gives your business a…
  • Cast your vote for Hiscox in the Small Business Influencer Awards

    Tiffany Winbush
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Consider casting a vote for Hiscox for a Small Business Influencer Award! We’re excited to share that once again this year, Hiscox was nominated to receive a Small Business Influencer Award in the category of Corporations. The annual awards is in its fourth year and it honors companies, organizations, vendors, apps and people who’ve made a significant impact on the North American small business market. The Small Business Influencer Awards is organized by the teams at Small Business Trends and Small Biz Technology. Launched in 2003 by Anita Campbell, Small Business Trends is an online…
  • Hiscox TweetChat: Results of the 2014 DNA of an Entrepreneur survey

    Tiffany Winbush
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series Entrepreneur-in-ResidenceFind out what small business owners are thinking with the release of the Hiscox annual small business survey. Next week, Hiscox will release the results of the 2014 DNA of an Entrepreneur survey. The annual survey features responses from 3,500 business owners from the U.S., France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.K. In the U.S., 500 small business owners were questioned about the sentiment of their companies and their overall outlook of the business environment within the country. This year, we’re hosting a TweetChat…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • Programs to Simplify Writing Your Business Plan

    From Around the Web
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Writing a business plan can be a little daunting for small business owners. Luckily there are software and online solutions that can help you with this critical process. The post Programs to Simplify Writing Your Business Plan appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • Bring Your Own Device: At Your Own Risk?

    Contributor
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Bring your own device to the office might seem like a good idea, and at a first glance it is. But, besides its many plus sides, unfortunately, BYOD has many risky side effects which will make any company reconsider the whole BYOD idea. But, the bonus to using your own devices in the office is that you will be able to complete all of your work no matter where you are, or what you are using to work with. Moreover, it is also possible to take your work with you, no matter the format. Security risks First and utmost, it is important to remember that security…
  • Ways To Save Money On Technology For Your Office

    Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: When it comes to improving the financial status of a business, reducing expenses may keep more money in the bank account. One method of cutting costs is by examining the money used to maintain the technology around the office. Although certain aspects need to remain, you can modify how these items are used. Cloud-based Applications Cloud technology continues to develop as the need for mobile connectivity and efficiency becomes more vital than before. There are many apps online that can take the place of outdated software you may be currently using. One of…
  • Simple Ways to Protect Your Business Physically and Online

    Contributor
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: If you run a successful small business, you know how much time and money it takes to keep things running. That’s why protecting your money, products, property, and information both physically and online is so important. Here are some basic areas you need to consider. Get a security system Don’t invest in an office or retail space without investing in a proper alarm. Your system should protect the building’s doors and windows, allow you to store valuables in rooms with keypad locks, and offer camera surveillance for the interior and…
  • Disaster Preparedness

    From Around the Web
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Are you ready for the disaster at your business? Whether man-made or natural disaster, there are steps you must take to protect your company. Check out this post from America’s Backbone Weekly. The post Disaster Preparedness appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance » » Is Compliance Driving Entrepreneurs into Hiding?

  • Is Compliance Driving Entrepreneurs into Hiding?

    James
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    In his recent The Washington Post article, “Where have all the entrepreneurs gone?,” Robert Samuelson discusses the aging of American businesses, and laments that the number of entrepreneurs in the country is shrinking, fast. A nation of go-getters … Read more >>
  • Understanding Your Eligibility for Form 1023-EZ

    James
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
      Perhaps the most exciting thing the IRS has ever done, the release of Form 1023-EZ has made applying for, and obtaining, 501c3 tax exempt status a relative breeze. In our blog coverage, and if you speak with us, we’ll … Read more >>
  • How Are You Spending Your Free Time?

    James
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
      This morning, I got a phone call. It was a gentleman interested in starting a public charity, in order to raise money to build a local skate park. The skate park, he said, is a huge need in his … Read more >>
  • Deciding Between a Corporation and an LLC

    James
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    When selecting a business structure, you will need to know the difference between a corporation and a limited liability company (LLC). These are the two most common legal entities for a new business, and this post will compare them, allowing … Read more >>
  • 4 Ways to Foreign Qualify Like The Pros

    James
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Foreign qualification is the process by which you register your entity in new states, and stay compliant across several jurisdictions. For many small business owners, understanding how to foreign qualify is just as confusing as a foreign language. If you … Read more >>
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • The Importance of a Relationship with Your Business Banker

    Tiffany C. Wright
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    As a business owner, a strong relationship with a business banker is so critical that you should follow your banker, not the bank. Developing a relationship with your banker – the why and how – is so important, I cover it in my new book, The Funding Is Out There! Access the Cash You Need […]
  • The Importance of Shareholders Agreements

    Tiffany C. Wright
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    In this video, I discuss the importance of shareholders agreements. Many business owners view them as a corporate formality (which, hopefully if this is you, means you use them!), while others view them as a big pain. With the latter perspective, business owners never get around to creating one. A shareholders agreement can be complex…but […]
  • Key Employee Vacations

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
  • Silent Partner: Payments and Options – Pt. 2

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is a continuation of the article, Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options, originally posted on Wednesday, August 20. Please refer to that for the original summary, question, and pre-response insights. The Original Questions: Should we sell the business to an employee? or Should we scale back the business to a manageable size? What is […]
  • Silent Partner Questions: Payments and Options

    Tiffany C. Wright
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This article is a paraphrased response I gave to a question I had from an owner of one firm who had entered into a verbal agreement to go to another firm. He had the expectation that he and his current business partner would buy out that firm in the future and wanted to know how […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Why a serviced office is the answer to your business prayers

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:05 am
    Do you think serviced offices are not for your business? Jess Baker begs you to reconsider. Serviced offices are significantly gaining popularity and new developments are constantly cropping up in big cities all over the world. While they’re generally more expensive than traditional office spaces, they can certainly be beneficial. The main problem with starting and maintaining a business is the cost. Even if you have a solid business plan and know your target audience, without enough capital you will struggle. Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan there will always be costs that you…
  • Seven types of customers we see each day

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:53 am
    By Gareth Jeffery, operations manager at alldayPA The Hulk We all know this type of person. THEY’RE THE ONE WHO SPEAKS WITH A BROKEN CAPS LOCK. It’s amazing how quickly they can do this to your good mood:   The Holier Than Thou Remember, they’re the ones doing YOU a favour by taking time out of their busy schedule to talk to you.   The “who am I, who are you, where am I?” individual I’d like to help you, but the conversation has just left me.   The Jokester There’s little better than feeling this throughout an interaction:   The…
  • Who needs a studio when you’ve got a storage unit? Saturday Sewing Sessions

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    From its early beginnings above a pub in Chelsea, to the beautifully decorated studio space you see today, ‘Saturday Sewing Sessions’ teaches more than the art of sewing. Business owner Arianna Cadwallader is passionate about millinery and dressmaking and has inspired students to enjoy the creative process. Students can look forward to making almost anything from cushions to summer maxi dresses and even baby shower quilts. With classes running at both beginner and intermediate levels, Arianna’s company has grown into a much loved activity for those wanting to learn the sewing…
  • 4 reasons why customers don’t trust your website

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    We’ve all had that “get me out of here” moment when browsing online. It could have been because you landed on a website where the content looked shady or because you visited an online store and their security credentials didn’t look legit. Whatever it was, the outcome was the same: you left the site. This is the last thing you want to happen when customers visit your business website, but it could be happening right now. In this article, I’ll take you through 4 reasons why I think customers are finding it hard to trust your website, and I’ll give you a few tips on how to improve…
  • Will your business survive if you go offline?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    By Andy Hollingworth, Director of SOHO, SME & Corporate, TalkTalk Business In the not too distant past, if your office closed, so did your business; today the same principle also applies to your network and the internet. For many small businesses, being online not only helps level the playing field and makes them competitive with their larger rivals, it is fundamental to how they operate. The Cost Even if your company has excellent manual processes that can be resorted to should the worse happen and they lose access to the internet, in reality, any longer than a few hours’ downtime…
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    OPEN Forum

  • Are Resumes Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

    Barry Moltz
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America have issued merit badges to signify a basic competency in over 130 different subjects. The Girl Scouts have a similar program, awarding badges called “insignias” that are sewn on their sashes or vests. As a very visible sign of proficiency, badges offer a quick way for others to verify a person’s competency. Today, more and more adults are working for their “digital badges” to showcase their merits and skills online to prospective employers. Digital Badge Pioneers Digital badges can show an accomplishment in a…
  • Will 2014 Finally Be a Merry Year for Holiday Sales?

    Kelly Spors
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    As the important 2014 holiday sales season approaches, there are signs that it might actually be a good year. AlixPartners, a consulting firm, predicts that 2014 holiday retail sales will rise 4.1-4.9 percent, according to ABC News. E-commerce platform Volusion predicts that small and mid-sized businesses could see their online holiday sales rise 9 percent year-over-year in 2014. Of course, early holiday sales predictions aren’t always accurate, and the National Retail Federation isn’t expected to release its often-awaited 2014 holiday sales forecast until early October. But even growing…
  • Gen X: How to Market to the Forgotten Generation

    Rieva Lesonsky
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    First mocked as slackers, then cast aside in the rush to get to those desirable, hip millennials, the men and women of Generation X (remember them?) have quietly become respectable, adult members of the community (hey, some of them are even middle-aged). In fact, a new Shullman Pulse study says these 34- to 48-year-olds are poised to replace the baby boomers as a cash cow for marketers. Are you ready to capture this untapped goldmine? To do it, here’s what you need to know about Gen X. Money to Burn Gen X’s spending power is disproportionate to their numbers. In the United States, the 60…
  • 4 Telltale Signs of a Bad Business Opportunity

    Mike Michalowicz
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Business opportunities come in many forms—partnerships, expansion, the big sale or the even bigger investor, just to name a few. The toughest thing about new opportunities is that it’s sometimes difficult to sort the good ones from the lousy ones. Are you looking at a goldmine or a money pit, and how can you tell the difference between them? Here are four surefire ways to sift out the good business opportunities and make sound decisions about them. 1. History Repeats Itself You ignore history at your peril, as past behavior is the single best predictor of future behavior. When someone…
  • The Only Way to Build a Brand on Social Media Is Through Trust

    Ted Rubin
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you’re marketing your small business, it’s important to remember to build your personal brand along with your business’s brand. There are several ways to do this—one is to make yourself the face of the brand. People want to communicate with other people, not with corporations. Too many companies try to build up their brands in the social world, without having a “face” of the brand, which in the end just hurts them. For example, Scott Monty has been the face of the Ford Motor Company in the social world for the past six years. Monty left Ford at the end of May, and his…
 
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • How To Combat Bad Online Reviews – a Video from John Taffer

    Jeph
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player What do you do when someone leaves you a negative online review?  On sites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon, Google Reviews, a few bad reviews can ruin your company entirely. At the same time you can use these tools to give your company an unfair advantage. I love John’s comment about the social media world not being fair. No one police’s it, no one is held accountable, it’s a dog-eat-dog online world. The smart companies are creating an unfair advantage, they’re outsmarting the competition by building…
  • Time to Rethink your HR Strategy

    Brandon
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Recently we’ve launched a new initiative called 4to40, in which our goal is to showcase employers who embrace a flexible working schedule for people experiencing disability. These individuals can be a wonderful asset to your team and are capable of working just as hard as anyone else. If you haven’t considered hiring anyone with a disability, it’s time you start.
  • Could You Stand Up To An Overwhelming Majority Who Disagree With You?

    Jeph
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Barbara Lee was a Congress Person when the September 11th attacks occurred in the United States. In the hours following the attacks the United States Congress drafted a 60 word sentence that would change the way the U.S. could use to military force from then on. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) was signed by George W.Bush on September 14th, 2001, and has been the legal foundation for the war on terror for the past thirteen years. Barbra Lee was the only Congress person to vote against the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Of the 535 people in the United Sates…
  • 2014 Guys Golf Getaway (#G3T) – Orlando, Florida

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Every year for the past 6 years a bunch of Canadians head down to the United States for a greatest golf trip of the year. I joined four years ago, that was Scottsdale Arizona, the following year we went to Palm Springs, California, and last year we were in Austin Texas. This year was in Orlando, Florida and was probably the hottest yet. 64 breakfast sandwiches 792 beer 16 guys 1 Hummer Limo 24 hours in the Hummer Limo 1 extremely expensive cab ride home 0 Gators 8 massages 10,984 fire ants eating food on the deck 296 lost balls 4 days of pure bliss. Huge shoutout to Derek Wu and Lee Forsberg…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Should Do Favours For Other People

    Jeph
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    1. It makes you feel good.  (^Article from Berkley citing several studies on why doing good deeds makes you feel good) 2. It’s the morally right thing to do. As in, it builds good Karma. (In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson he talked about the point in which Apple was coming up with iTunes. Everyone was stealing music on the Internet and Steve didn’t agree with that, he wanted a different solution. When the media was critical of iTunes in the beginning Steve was questioned about if iTunes was viable and if it would last, his response was “stealing music…
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    Fit Small Business

  • Salon Marketing – Top 3 Tactics For Generating More Business Today!

    Jaqueline Thomas
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    This article is all about how to generate more business for your salon.  With all the different salon marketing options out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s why we asked salon owners, and salon marketing experts, to give us the primary tactics that are responsible for the majority of their business.   Then we asked […] The post Salon Marketing – Top 3 Tactics For Generating More Business Today! appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • BlueVine: Bringing Invoice Factoring Into A New Age

    Marc Prosser
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    BlueVine is trying to make invoice financing more streamlined and with less friction than existing services. During invoice factoring, a company typically sells invoices (future payments from clients based on specific work or services that the firm has performed or ordered) in exchange for immediate cash provided by the factor company. The factor company pays […] The post BlueVine: Bringing Invoice Factoring Into A New Age appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • HMO vs. PPO & Others – Choosing The Right Health Network

    Jeremy Marsan
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Whether you’re an individual shopping for health insurance or a business owner who wants to offer coverage, it’s important to understand the differences between an HMO vs. a PPO and other types of health networks. This article will make it easy to grasp the five major types (HMO, EPO, PPO, POS and HDHP) and the […] The post HMO vs. PPO & Others – Choosing The Right Health Network appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Franchise Financing Guide & The SBA Franchise Registry

    Marc Prosser
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    In this article we are going to discuss franchise financing.  After reading this article you should understand why it is often easier to get financing to buy a franchise than for other types of new businesses, what your chances of getting a loan to buy a franchise are, why SBA loans are often used to […] The post Franchise Financing Guide & The SBA Franchise Registry appeared first on Fit Small Business.
  • Best Online Fax Service – Free and Paid Options

    outsideadmin
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    In today’s article we review the top online fax service providers based on features, price, reliability, and customer service. Best Online Fax Service: RingCentral If you want a standalone online fax service then we recommend RingCentral Fax.  It costs $95.88 per year or $9.99 a month for 500 pages ($0.059 for each page over 500). Get A […] The post Best Online Fax Service – Free and Paid Options appeared first on Fit Small Business.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • How to Get Back What You Had to Give Up to Start Your Business

    Shoeboxed Contributor
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    This post is brought to you by Deborah Sweeney, CEO of MyCorporation.com. An entrepreneur makes countless sacrifices to see their dream business become a reality. Often, we forget that opening your own business is not just a career change, but a lifestyle change as well. The days of clocking in from 9 to 5 are over only to be replaced with a sort of whenever-I-can-get-work-done schedule, because running a business is a labor of love. You want to see it succeed, and therefore put as much work in as possible. Though, thankfully, all those big things you gave up in the beginning will someday…
  • Announcing a New Integration with Scanbot!

    Emily Farrar
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    We’re thrilled to announce that you can now find an integration with Shoeboxed inside the Scanbot app for iPhone and Android! Scanbot is an awesome document and QR code scanner app, and we’re elated that they’re using the new Shoeboxed API to allow users to seamlessly store their documents scanned using Scanbot inside their Shoeboxed  account. Using Scanbot, you can: Create premium quality scans of any document using your smartphone Edit, sign and upload them to your cloud service of choice *cough cough* Experience the new QR code and smart data type detection This is…
  • Vote for Us in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards!

    Emily Farrar
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    You might have heard that Shoeboxed was nominated for the Small Business Influencer Awards for the second year in a row. We’re thrilled to be nominated, but we need your help to win! You can vote for Shoeboxed right now here! The Awards are designed to recognize individuals and companies  who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The winners are chosen based off of popular vote and a panel of 14 hand-selected judges. Voting lasts now through September 15 at 2:59 p.m. Eastern time, so go cast your vote…
  • How to Make Your First Expense Report [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    Making expense reports through Shoeboxed is super simple. Watch this helpful video starring our Lead Customer Advocate Colton to learn how to create your first expense report! Whether you’re using the mobile app or your online account, in just a few clicks you’ll have a neatly organized expense report that you can submit electronically, helping you get reimbursed faster. If you have more questions about creating expense reports or other features of Shoeboxed visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post How to Make Your First Expense Report…
  • Receipt Management 2.0 Has Arrived

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

  • Keywords Told Me What My Friends Wouldn’t

    Shelley Hood
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
    This year I’ve gone through the roller coaster ride of conceptualizing and standing up a business. While it’s been a ‘side of the desk’ exercise  - running parallel with a day job, it can be mentally consuming. Some days I’m fuelled with enthusiasm; others despondent over the 3 visitors to my website. I talk to friends and business professionals at every opportunity to get feedback. While they’re encouraging of going solo their feedback is vague – and gentle: “Maybe try this…”, “Maybe talk to x…” (x being the…
  • Keep Calm & Engage: How Your Brand Should Leverage Social Media Today

    Megan Ritter
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Social networks seem to keep cropping up, whether people want them to or not. The world at large likes to think of social media in very simple terms: Facebook, Twitter, and maybe LinkedIn. And yet, the list of logos beneath a blog or a YouTube video continues to grow and grow – Google+, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, and more. What allows them to all coexist is that they each serve a different purpose, or cater to a different crowd. For the enthusiastic and connected business, having a presence on as many networks as possible might seem like a good idea, but the truth is that a business…
  • 3 Brewery Collaborations Displaying Co-Marketing At Its Finest

    Ryan Kettler
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Two marketing minds are always better than one. It’s always easier to get things done when you’re working with someone else towards a common goal. This is also called collaborating. The same principle applies with co-marketing using BoostSuite. Co-marketing is the process of working with your best online partners to build your audience and generate more customers with relevant content and backlinks. These partners already have the audience and customers you need.  Working with them will build your company’s exposure, we call this your Co-Marketing Audience. This week…
  • Why is Your Blog Important For Driving Traffic?

    Ryan Kettler
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    This article was written by Wayne Collier of www.fljean.com. Your blog is your voice, you opinion, your soapbox, and your megaphone, all rolled into one in this fast passed internet world we live in. Imagine you’re online storefront is on a busy street corner at the intersection of Google Parkway and Yahoo Boulevard, with all the cars flying by representing potential traffic. Your blog is your signage out front and your main way of attracting attention. Everyone is busy not paying any attention to you. Maybe that’s because what you are saying is not important to them. The key is…
  • 15 Parallels Between Football and Content Marketing

    Ryan Kettler
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    It’s official – the 2014 football season has begun and I couldn’t be happier. Football is a glorious team sport that’s just as much about the individual as it is the team. Without the individuals, there would be no team, and without the team, there would be no football. If you share my passion for this sport, I respect you. If you ever had the privilege of playing this sport, I commend you. If you’re a B2B marketer and are part of the 93% doing content marketing this year, I think you’ll find this post relatable. After thinking about it, I realized there…
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    Diagramified.com

  • Meltwater Buzz

    Marcus Schaller
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Social media monitoring isn’t just for marketers. With tools like Meltwater Buzz, all levels of an organization can find the intel they need to make better decisions.
  • How BidPal Helps Nonprofits Raise More Money

    Marcus Schaller
    7 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Fundraising events are the lifeblood for many nonprofits. This graphic gives a quick overview of how Bidpal helps nonprofits succeed by keeping their guests engaged and excited about giving.
  • Building Your Own Website?

    Marcus Schaller
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Few things can be quite as overwhelming as trying to build your own business website. Here are 5 simple tips to help make it a bit easier.
  • How to Start a Business

    Marcus Schaller
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Starting a business isn’t easy, but the steps you’ll need to take aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think. This graphic shows an introductory bird’s-eye view of the process…the rocket strapped to your back is optional.
  • Bitcoin Basics

    Marcus Schaller
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    If you’ve ever asked yourself “what the heck is a Bitcoin?” then this graphic is just for you.
 
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Park Lane Jewelry: Compensation Plan & Start-Up Costs

    Angie Nelson
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Park Lane Jewelry was founded in 1955. The company’s founders, Shirley and Arthur LeVin, were just teenagers at the time. The company offers quality handcrafted jewelry, and a home business opportunity, at an affordable price. New jewelry is introduced monthly. Over 200 pieces are available for under $50. In-person sales is the main objective of this home business opportunity. While recruitment is still an option, this is a more traditional home party plan as opposed to a MLM. Compensation:  Park Lane Jewelry Fashion Directors earn 30% commission. Rank bonuses can have you earning up…
  • Centum20 Opportunity Overview & Compensation Plan

    Angie Nelson
    7 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    The weight loss industry is always booming. Centum20 is a newer direct sales company in this industry offering their signature Essentia Sprinkles and a lucrative home business opportunity. Compensation Plan:  Earn up to 30% commission on personal sales and when enrolling Preferred Customers in the autoship program. Earn up to 8 levels down when recruiting new members. Start-Up Costs: The Centum20 Go Pack is $127 and includes two boxes of Essentia Sprinkles and five sample folders. Enrolling with this pack will allow you to earn two levels down and receive a $20 Fast Start Bonus for each new…
  • Skinny Body Care Business Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:24 am
    Skinny Body Care is a unique direct sales business opportunity in that they only offer two products; Skinny Fiber and Ageless Anti-Aging Serum. As those names suggest, this is a social selling company in the health and wellness industry. This company offers a low level of entry and several ways to earn. Compensation:  Earn $20 on each bottle of Skinny Fiber sold. Start-Up Costs: To get started as a Skinny Body Distributor you simply need to purchase at least one bottle of Skinny Fiber or Ageless Anti-Aging Serum and pay the website activation fee ($69.95 total). You will also be enrolling in…
  • Jeunesse Global Opportunity Overview

    Angie Nelson
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Jeunesse is an international direct sales company specializing in anti-aging personal care, skincare and nutrition products. This company is growing by leaps and bounds, 38,000 distributors enrolled in the opportunity in June 2014 alone. During that same month, the company also experienced $40 million in sales. Compensation:  Jeunesse Distributors receive financial rewards in a number of ways. On retail sales the profit is 20% to 45%. Earn a one-time cash bonus when enrolling new customers with qualifying purchases. Team overrides and leadership bonuses are also available. Start-Up Costs:…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Yourself Expression

    Angie Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Yourself Expression offers customizable Memory Lockets. Customers can create personalized charms with their interlocking Snaps and Poppers. Compensation:  Expressionists receive 30-50% discount/commission on personal sales. Yourself Expression does not offer downline commissions. Instead, you can earn a higher commission on your own sales and free bonus product for recruiting. Start-Up Costs: You have two options when signing up with YSE. Sign up for $29 and receive a 50% discount on your first order. This option allows you to choose your own merchandise; one Snap, two Poppers, webpage…
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • Ready for Apple Pay? Mobile Payments will Finally Reach Small Business

    David Worrell
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    In the seemingly endless parade of new features announced by Apple yesterday was one that should make you sit up and take note. Apple Pay – a new way for iPhone users to pay you for goods and services without a credit card. Apple Pay will be part of the new iPhone 6, the new Apple Watch, and other devices too as Apple rolls out iOS 8 to its existing base of users.  The iPhone 5 family of devices will support Apple Pay for online and in-app transactions, but the physical retail use will only work if you also buy the new Apple Watch. Until today, mobile payments has been a fragmented…
  • Top 5 Pet Peeves of Venture Capitalists

    Molly
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Venture Capitalists can be a tough group to please. Because they hear hundreds of pitches every year, VC learn to sort the best from the B.S. I had a chance to discuss this topic with Mr. Ed Goodman, General Partner and Co-Founder of Milestone Venture Partners in New York City.  During his VC career, Ed has invested in over 100 companies including Apple Computer and Staples office supply stores.  He shared with me the five worst rookie mistakes that entrepreneurs make when pitching to venture capital funds.  See if you recognize yourself in any of these: Poor Communication. Getting VCs…
  • Flash Reports! Great Management Decisions Should be Based on Data

    Matt
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There are so many moving parts to worry about when managing your business. And to make a hard job even harder, accounting systems never seem to have a single report that draws all your most important data together in one place. Key Ingredients Instead of relying on 12 different financial reports, build one good Flash Report.  This will be the one report you need to keep your “finger on the pulse” of your business. What should you put on it? For most small businesses, the best management decisions will come from clear and up-to-date information about just 4 key metrics: Current Cash…
  • Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

    Molly
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors have finished picking apart your business plan and negotiating deal terms. To get money in the door more quickly, entrepreneurs are turning to “bridge loans“.  The idea is not new, but recently it has come into wider use by emerging companies and angel…
  • Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

    David Worrell
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were not among those writing checks. Since investors can’t yet buy equity (ownership) in your company online, they are not typically interested in these kinds of crowdfunding sites. QUICK HISTORY LESSON In an attempt to protect investors and prevent another…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Who Can Make Good Use of a Managed IT service?

    Patrick Scully
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Every business can utilize a managed IT service like Waypoint to stay current, save money and avoid stress Companies of all sizes and types outsource functions that were once managed internally. One of the more common examples is the use of outsourced IT support. This approach offers benefits that small and large companies alike can put to good use. Expert Support for Lower Cost The cost of maintaining an Information Technology team on the payroll can be expensive. There is the need to provide salaries and wages, extend benefits like vacation and sick days, and also provide health insurance…
  • Ways Your Website May Be Costing You Sales

    kutenda support
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Ways Your Website May Be Costing You Sales It’s tough enough to get traffic and develop a workable sales funnel. Don’t make it more difficult by shooting yourself in the foot with a dysfunctional and totally inefficient website. Small business websites are especially vulnerable to these types of mistakes, as they may not have the technical expertise of larger businesses available to make sure they are thoroughly functional. Toward that end, here are some tips to help you make your site appealing and functional to your visitors, and ultimately end in more sales and conversions. 7 Tips for…
  • Why Dropbox might become your default photo-sharing site

    kutenda support
    9 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Dropbox has a new goal: It wants to be your go-to site for distributing and keeping photos. And, as TechCrunch writer Matthew Panzarino writes in a recent story, a new app gets Dropbox closer to that prize. Dropbox apps on the Mac now automatically find, upload and prepare links to the screenshots that you make on your computer. Niche? Panzarino writes that this new Dropbox feature will only benefit a subset of users, those including journalists, app developers and heavy Twitter users taking loads of screenshots. But that is not important. What is important is that Dropbox is taking another…
  • Lower Your Bounce Rate by Engaging Your Visitors

    kutenda support
    4 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    3 Easy Ways to Keep Visitors on Your Site Longer You’ve just reviewed your Google Analytics and are more than a little surprised to find out that most visitors to your site are exiting within a couple of seconds. This is known as your bounce rate, and if you have one that’s around 50 percent, you need to take some action. Why is your bounce rate important? First of all, Google is making the bounce rate part of its search engine ranking algorithm, and a site that features a high bounce rate can certainly have its pages driven into oblivion. What’s worse, since everyone is exiting…
  • Confused About How to Use Google Analytics?

    kutenda support
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Google Analytics for Small Business 101 Many of us grasp using Google Analytics to learn how our marketing efforts are performing can be a key to unleashing future success. Nonetheless many are overwhelmed by the sheer immensity of the data facing them. You need to begin with asking the right questions: what are my goals, and what do I need to know to achieve them. Google Analytics can indeed be a perplexing mountain of data to decode, and without a game plan you could get lost very easily. Let’s look at some ways to know which metrics to track, and ways to use Analytics to your best…
 
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Short Sale Buying Tips

    Jenny Zamora
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
                    Buying a short sale home can potentially land you a deal of a lifetime. It can be a long drawn out process but if you can mange to hang in there until the end, chances are that you’ll be glad you did. Our brokerage specializes in doing short sales for distressed homeowners and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve lost buyers potential buyers because they get tired of waiting on the lenders. The flip side to that is we’ve also had many clients that were willing to hang in there and see it through to the end. By…
  • Alternatives To Short Sale

    John Conde
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
      Alternatives To Short Sale Video   If your lender doesn’t agree to a short sale on your house, there are several other options available to you. One option would be a “deed in lieu “, which is basically a voluntary foreclosure and all that happens is that you sign the property back over to the bank without going through the whole legal process involved with a foreclosure. You should be aware however that a deed in lieu will show up on your credit as a foreclosure.   Another option available to you, if you’re interested in trying to keep your house is a…
  • Orlando Realtor- Seller Series part 1

    John Conde
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
                  This series is dedicated to Orlando home owners that want to sell their property for top dollar in the least amount of time but aren’t sure how to get started. Over the next few weeks we will be revealing a 6 step formula for selling an Orlando home quickly for the highest amount possible. This edition will serve as an overview of the steps that will be broken down in detail over the next month or so. You must first seek out an experienced Orlando Realtor with a reputation for getting the job. At our brokerage this person is known as a…
  • Orlando Realtors To Offer Major Rebates!

    John Conde
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    Orlando Realtors Offer Major Rebates To Public Servants     As of August 26, 2014 our brokerage, Orlando Realty Consultants [ORC] now offers rebates to public servants that use our services.           Jenny Zamora, LIC RE Broker at ORC has decided to offer a rebate on home inspections to veterans, active military, first responders and teachers when they use her company to sell or buy a home in Orlando. Clients will receive up to $500 back at the closing of the transaction.   When the Orlando RE broker was asked to comment on her current promotion she…
  • Top Orlando Realtor Breaking News! VIDEO

    John Conde
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
      Top Orlando Realtor Breaking News VIDEO TRANSCRIPT   An outrageous claim made today by a top real estate brokerage… Orlando Realty Consultants guarantees to sell your house in 30 days or less for top dollar or they will buy it themselves!   You heard it right folks! Any Price, condition or situation! Even if you’re facing foreclosure!   This team of short sale experts will get the job done no matter what Jenny Zamora Owner and broker of the company says their unmatched success rate at selling homes for top dollar is credited to her team of highly experienced…
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    The Pulse Australia

  • 10 financial tips to get through tough business conditions

    Jan Barned
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:44 pm
    When trading conditions become difficult, successful small businesses are the ones that have the flexibility to transform poor performance into optimal growth and profit. Sounds easy right? Well, it can be if you are willing to make the changes — and maybe even take some risks. The starting point is to understand the current business environment, its impact on your business operations, and then identify where improvements can be made. Here are ten tips you can look at to help you navigate through tough times: 1. Take stock How financially healthy is your business? Look at profit and loss,…
  • 5 business books you need to read

    Colin Dunn
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:58 pm
    In my view, most business owners do not read enough. I read approximately one book every fortnight. My reading choices include a mixture of business, sports, fiction and biographies, and I learn something from all of them. I particularly enjoy the odd fiction book, as they really help with creative thought — important for me, as my business role encompasses innovation and product development. In our business, we have a monthly book club: each month, we rotate the ‘chair’, and the nominated team member chooses the next book. We allocate one of our weekly team meetings per month to…
  • Hate running your business? 3 ways to get your groove back

    Colin Dunn
    11 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Being a sole trader or a freelancer can be a lonely reality. You’re essentially on your own, steering your own ship. Some people operate beautifully in this environment — I work predominantly with accounting firms, and I know of many sole practitioners who have come out of partnerships and would never go back. But others struggle when there is no one to bounce ideas off. Whichever camp you fall into, one thing is for certain: If you love what you are doing, you’ll have a more fulfilling existence. 1. Find your ‘why’ In the past few years, Simon Sinek has shot to fame by writing and…
  • Credit scores explained for small business

    Liam Shorte
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    With the introduction of credit scores, the playing field around obtaining credit has changed dramatically in the last year here in Australia. Many people were concerned about the move — and possible restriction of credit — but a surprise outcome has been the ability for you to actually use your credit score to look for better deals for your loans and finance arrangements. Small business people are among the most likely to seek credit (and unfortunately be refused) so the ability to review and actively manage your score is a great step forward. Until now people have only dealt with credit…
  • 5 signs your business is headed for trouble

    Jan Barned
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    More often than not, business owners are oblivious to the problems brewing in their company. If you are quick to spot the warning signs, then you can take a proactive approach to manage your business through difficult times. Here are the five most common warning signs for any small business. 1. You struggle to pay debts If you are juggling your cash and have mounting debts, then it is time to look at ways to improve your cashflow to get back on track. Some tips to help increase cash include: Prepare weekly cashflow forecasts to understand what has to be paid and by when. Sell old or excess…
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    Industry Edge

  • Top Solutions to Engage Customers in Your Store

    Whitney Richardson
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    People today are highly mobile, and they often have short attention spans to boot. How can you best capture the attention of your customers, serve their needs and translate their in-store shopping experience into sales? Making smart inventory decisions is one way to ensure sales success within your store. But that’s only half the process toward successful sales. The other half is making customers aware of items in stock by using everything from eye-catching packaging to strong visual-merchandising techniques. The question is, what works best? In today’s highly mobile world, it can be hard…
  • What Are Today’s Top DIY Trends?

    Whitney Richardson
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    Join Industry Edge and “MyFixitUpLife” co-hosts, Theresa and Mark Clement, for a Twitter chat on the DIY projects customers are interested in and how retailers can help. Enthusiasm for DIY projects has grown substantially in recent years as many consumers look to save money as a result of the economic downturn. Home-improvement projects also help fill consumers with pride over a job well done. And as consumers become comfortable with working around the house, they often tackle more-complex projects. Retailers can play a major role, guiding customers toward quality products to make the job…
  • Trend Continues: Hamburgers Still America’s Favorite Tailgating Food

    Whitney Richardson
    13 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Weber’s 25th annual GrillWatch Survey details consumer interest in tailgating fare as well as their grilling preferences. No matter who is manning the grill, there are some things that will never change about tailgating. One of them is what tailgaters prefer to put on the grill. “Burgers are not only a mainstay at tailgate parties — they are America’s favorite food to grill across the board,” said Kim Lefko, executive vice president of marketing for Weber-Stephen Products LLC, Americas, in a news release. Hamburgers have won out every year since Weber began conducting…
  • 6 New Shades of Dark Color for DuPont Corian Counters

    Whitney Richardson
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The building materials manufacturer introduces rich brown hues to its DeepColor line. Deep colors have certainly played a role in the modernization of today’s kitchen designs, most often in cabinetry finishes. Now, customers will have the opportunity to add intense solid-surface counters to their kitchen design, thanks to DuPont Corian DeepColor technology. This year, the company added six brown hues. The company initially introduced DeepColor technology in 2013, with four variations of black to provide architects and designers with more saturated color options for solid-surface counters.
  • Craft Beer Trend Fuels Need for Uncommon Cash Crops

    Angela Tague
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Are barns becoming brew houses in your region? Some farmers are finding extra revenue in the craft beer business. Private-label craft beers are no longer limited to chic city breweries. In states such as Virginia, Michigan and Kentucky, growers are harvesting and brewing the flowers from the Humulus lupulus vine, better known as hops — an essential ingredient in tangy, bitter ales. Mark Maikkula, of Boonesborough, Kentucky, added 21 rows of hops to his land to experiment with the increasingly popular crop, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Maikkula plans to sell the hops to a local…
 
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    Small Business Sense

  • 7 Tagline Generators that Help You Create the Perfect Business Slogan

    Kim George
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    “Slogan – a short and striking or memorable phrase used in advertising”Creating a great slogan and tagline for a company can be challenging at times. For most businesses, coming up with the perfect slogan requires a lot of time and thought.According to Ediwriter.com, a great business slogan is essential for the following reasons:A good slogan attracts immediate attentionJust like the logo and name, it’s part of your business identityIt’s an excellent opportunity to make a powerful statementIt makes it easier to memorize your company’s name Tagline Generators for Creating a…
  • 15 Simple Improvements You Can Make To Your Website without Completely Overhauling It

    Kim George
    9 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! Is it time for your website to get updated… but you don’t have it in your budget to do a complete overhaul or re-design of your site?   If so you’re in luck.Here is a great list of 15 improvements you can make to your website that don’t require a complete re-design.Add a Video to your homepageUse customer testimonialsAdd a lead generation resource to your pageCreate a Referral Tab on the navigational menu of your websiteReorganize and simplify your website’s navigational menu. Here are some examples for inspirationProminently display your phone number on…
  • 7 Profitable Small Businesses to Start on a Shoestring Budget [Infographic]

    Kim George
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    Hey Hey Heyyyy Peeps!  It’s Thursdayyyyy..and I could not be more excited about today’s post.  Have you ever wondered what small businesses can be started without spending a boatload of money?I’ve got news for you. Starting a business does NOT have to cost a fortune.  So…If you are interested in starting a business but you are working with a small budget – you’re in luck!7 Profitable Small Businesses to Start on a Shoestring BudgetFor today’s post, I am sharing an infographic that I’ve created that gives you a list of profitable small…
  • 6 Ways to Creatively Use the Back of Business Cards for Marketing

    Kim George
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hello again and happy Tuesday!  I hope that you enjoyed your labor day weekend.A business card is one of the least expensive – yet most effective and budget friendly marketing resources that business owners can have.However, with the amount of business cards that I have received in years past from attending events, conferences and etc., the one thing that I’ve noticed is that not a lot of small business owners take advantage of using the back of their cards.Usually 70% of the business cards that I collect rarely have anything on the back of them…just white space –…
  • Monthly Small Business Roundup (August 2014)

    Kim George
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business news and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!  EntrepreneurshipNeed to setup a social media outreach strategy? Here’s a guide that shows you how to do it….Here are five steps to building a personal brandHere are 3 signs you are ready to hire your first employee Marketing and SalesHere are 9 ways to improve your email deliverabilityAre you using content marketing in your business? Here are 8 ways to triple your content output and trafficLearn how to use google to get customers for free Social…
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    blog.hotspotshield.com

  • Apple’s New iPhone 6: Examining the Highlights and Security Features

    Peter Nguyen
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:03 am
    During the past few months, millions of mobile users and die-hard Apple fans eagerly await the announcement of the iPhone 6. Apple’s loyal iPhone fans, after all, have long awaited a device with a bigger screen, a better mobile camera, access to a contactless payment technology, and much more. After much ado, the hot new phone was revealed this week by Apple CEO Tim Cook, and it could be a game-changer for the company. For three years in a row, Apple reigned as the world’s most valuable brand, according to Business Insider. This past year, under the direction of Cook, the company…
  • Researchers say your mobile carrier’s network isn’t all that secure

    Robert Siciliano
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Recently, researchers have discovered that the tools that update your smartphone’s operating system over the air have holes that hackers can slip into! It’s estimated that as many as two billion handsets are vulnerable, and in some instances, security patches haven’t even been released. The open mobile alliance device management (OMA-DM) protocol is used by around a hundred smartphone companies to release software updates and conduct network administration. And that’s what they say where the problem lies. A hacker must know the handset’s distinct international mobile station…
  • The Celebrity Photo Hacks: What We Know So Far and How to Stay Secure

    Peter Nguyen
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:07 am
    Celebrity watchers are seeing more of their favorite starlets than ever before after their private Internet accounts were recently hacked. This case provides a timely reminder of the importance of online security. Although details are still sketchy, some pretty poignant facts and implications have emerged, along with some valuable takeaways. Read on to discover how these celebrities were exposed, and how to make sure that it doesn’t happen to you. An iCloud Tragedy Examined: What Happened With These Stars? If you’ve been following the entertainment headlines, you’d know that…
  • Will the EU’s “Right to be Forgotten” Rule Transform the Internet?

    Peter Nguyen
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    There is a specter haunting the European Union (EU): the specter of forgetfulness. A set of regulatory laws passed by the Union in recent years guarantees citizens the Right to be Forgotten, promising the ability to clean the online record of bad decisions. The right was recently upheld in the highest EU courts, signaling that it may be here to stay. On the surface, the law seems like a privacy advocate’s dream; however, once the surface is scratched, deeper concerns become apparent. What Is It? The Right to be Forgotten (or RtbF) is a legal construct of the European Union. In 1995, the…
  • Support Privacy as a Human Right

    Peter Nguyen
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:50 pm
    Do you support privacy as a human right? Anchorfree’s CEO, David Gorodyansky, will be speaking on this topic at SXSW 2015 with your help. SXSW (South by Southwest) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place annually in Austin, Texas in mid-March. Each year, thousands of entries are submitted. The topics that get the most votes from the community, the advisory board, and the SXSW staff will get invited to present at this prestigious event. As you know, Anchorfree is a champion of internet privacy. Our Hotspot Shield VPN protects users’ privacy on…
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    The Blog from Instore

  • 8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm

    Matt Niehaus
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
  • Cash has lost its currency

    Matt Niehaus
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Among young people, using cash has lost its currency Peter Coy, SF Chronicle
  • How to Bring in Customers on Slow Nights

    Matt Niehaus
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If your restaurant or café has consistently slow times each week, then it may be tempting to offer a special promotion to lure in customers — say two for one appetizers or $5 off desserts. mPOS systems like Instore allow you to create promotions easily while reporting on the promotions’ efficacy. Another strategy is to create events on those nights that bring in customers who otherwise might never set foot into your business. These new customers will hopefully order food and drinks during the event and, assuming they have a good experience, come back another night of the week. Here's…
  • Is Your Restaurant Ready for Drive-Thru?

    Matt Niehaus
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many of the most popular quick-service chain restaurants in the world offer a drive-thru window at most of their locations — McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Dunkin’ Donuts are several major players that rule the drive-thru. If you run an independent restaurant or small chain, is it worth the logistic and construction hassles of adding a drive-thru window? On the plus side, a drive-thru could help boost your revenues, through increased visits, larger tickets, and access to new audiences. For instance: Drive-thru tickets are often higher than walk-in tickets. At Boloco, a fast-casual…
  • Why Digital Receipts Are a Win for Your Small Business

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most of the time, receipts are a waste of paper for food service businesses. Customers generally have no need to keep their receipts, so they throw them out within seconds — but you’re still stuck paying for the paper, ink, and printers to provide a receipt for every order. Instead of printing receipts by default, consider offering your customers digital receipts as a primary option. Here are some of the primary reasons to focus on digital: You’ll save money on supply costs. It costs nothing to send an email, while you’ll need to pay for every roll of receipt paper and ink…
 
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  • Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team

    Deb Lee
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Today’s technology has transformed the way new business is brought in. Sales teams are equipped with tools that weren’t even available five years ago. There are tools that set up goals and motivate your sales team to target, contact, and close with the customers that will maximize your profits. Sales managers can also monitor and […] The post Top 5 Tech Tools for Your Sales Team appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog

    Deb Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:56 am
    At first glance, blogging may seem to require little effort. Just sign up for WordPress, get a hosting company, grab a nice skin (or theme) for your blog, and then start writing. Simple, right? In theory, it really can be that simple. But, if you’re serious about blogging, it often takes passion — for the topic you’re […] The post How to Create a Blogging Guide for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud

    Deb Lee
    7 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    You opened your home-based business about a year ago, and things are going really well. Sales have been picking up speed, you just hired your first employee and your home work space is neat and organized. Your only concern at this point revolves around your computer and the plethora of important business data that it […] The post 4 Reasons Home-Based Business Owners Should Use the Cloud appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video]

    Deb Lee
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Are you thinking about starting a podcast or reviving one that you’ve put on the back burner? The June 2014 Small Business Tech Chat was all about podcasting and how you can start your own, so stick around. A podcast is just another tool to reach your target audience. The one neat thing about a podcast — […] The post {Small Business Tech Chat} Behind the Scenes of a Podcast [Video] appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
  • Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone

    Deb Lee
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
    Today’s post was written by Kevin Flanagan. According to Pew Research, 58 percent of Americans have a smartphone, and 42 percent of Americans own a tablet computing device. They are used for shopping, making transactions, finding maps, communicating with others, and more. So, what’s to stop you from running a business from a smart device? Managing your […] The post Apps to Help You Run a Business From Your Smartphone appeared first on SOHO Tech Training.
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  • 4 Cool Employee Contests to Help Boost Sales

    Lisa Furgison
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Remember back in high school when there was a pep rally before the big game? The whole school turned out to show their team spirit and support for the team. What if you could pump that kind of enthusiasm into your business to boost sales? We can help you do just that, and you don’t even need a marching band. All you need is a little healthy competition. We’re sharing four contests that we think will help get your employees, including sales and non-sales staff, excited about their jobs while sparking some team spirit to light up your sales scoreboard. 1. Women vs. menTo inspire…
  • Facebook Boosted Posts: 3 Ways to Target Your Audience

    Derek Overbey
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    You may have noticed that getting organic engagement (unpaid) via your Facebook page isn’t as easy as it used to be. When Facebook made their latest algorithm change, they did so with the intention of encouraging businesses to boost or pay for posts to gain more visibility. If you want your Facebook posts to be seen these days, boosting them may be your best bet. Now, Facebook allows you to garner more engagement with your boosted posts by providing three audience targeting options. Here’s a breakdown of all three options: Originally, you could only boost a post and push it to…
  • New Changes Coming to Google Adwords

    Barney Garcia
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Just as the seasons are changing, Google Adwords is changing, too. This month, Google Adwords is rolling out some new and exciting changes. Below is a recap to get you up to speed. Upgraded Campaigns for Search Network and Display A big update comes in the way of forced, “upgraded” campaigns for Search Network and Display Select. Starting September 16th, Google will be upgrading all Search Network and Display campaigns to this new enhanced “Select” version. According to Google, the basic difference between the regular and the “Select” version is that when…
  • VR Customer Spotlight: The Epicurean Connection

    Connie Sung Moyle
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Epicurean Connection, located in the heart of Sonoma, Calif., has all the ingredients for a good time. The spacious café attracts both locals and visitors stopping by on their way to or from the many famous wineries in Sonoma wine country. But the Epicurean Connection is more than just a resting stop – it’s a specialty foods purveyor, cheese shop, and beer and wine bar specializing in artisanal, locally produced products. From gourmet jams and hard-to-find olive oils to house-made pasta sauces, the shop is a foodie’s dream. Owner and caterer Sheana Davis, who has…
  • Apple Debuts Two New iPhones, Unveils the Apple Watch, iOS8 and ApplePay

    Derek Overbey
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Apple’s at it again. In the weeks leading up to the big announcement event this morning, several speculations circulated regarding Apple’s new debuts. Today, most of those rumors were confirmed. Instead of geeking out on specs of each new product, we’ve created a recap of the big picture to get you up to speed. We’ve also included images to give you a good visual of what these new products look like. Let’s jump in: The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (Picture courtesy of Apple) The latest iPhone additions (6 and 6 Plus) are the most advanced in the line. The major…
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  • The reign of the opt-out culture: Ice-bucket autoplays cause data spikes

    6 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
  • Content Marketing is Dead ... and Controversy gets Clicks

    4 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few days ago, a contact of mine forwarded an article entitled “Content Marketing is Dead”. He knows that I’m a big advocate of inbound marketing, and that content sits at the heart of much that we do. My initial response was … “what a load of crap”!  My subsequent response was to highlight the irony of reading about the death of content marketing on a blog post littered with calls-to-action and obvious marketing “triggers”. It seems that the author himself can detect at least a faint pulse.   Then I actually read the piece.
  • The Art of Spin, and an End to Creativity

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I think it’s fair to say that there is increasing pressure on business owners and marketers to create seemingly huge volumes of content, to support their digital marketing efforts today.  When examined, the reasoning is sound; more content means more “stuff” to share via social media channels, which in itself should increase traffic to your site (assuming you have some level of influence), as well as an inherent improvement in the chance of ranking for certain keywords, and generally offering improved engagement. Today’s time-poor businessperson is bound to look…
  • The Content Generation

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
  • #SophiesChoice - How Social Stole the limelight at the World Cup

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    After a month of football madness, this week signalled the end of another World Cup. Big events like this really help us to see how technology is shifting people's behaviour on a grand scale. This year, perhaps expectedly, was packed with tweets, posts and some great memes as people turned to social media to get their voices heard, and to join in the general hubbub surounding the World Cup.
 
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  • The Reasoning Life Zone

    Kim Yuhl
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    It stands to reason (pun intended) that if you want to be happy or live a life of meaning that you need to know what to do and what not to do. And here lies the importance of the reasoning life zone. The reasoning life zone focuses on learning and decision-making and ultimately includes the marrying […]
  • The Social Life Zone

    Kim Yuhl
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    There is no doubt that being connected is is a human need that improves the quality of life. However, today’s fast-paced lifestyle finds relationships outside of our nuclear family, are a very low priority. The social life zone is all about relationships and how we relate to others. Our interactions with our spouse, children, parents, […]
  • What are Life Zones and Why They Matter

    Kim Yuhl
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Life is big and it’s complicated but you don’t need me to tell you that. When life isn’t quite going as planned, it can be an overwhelming thought to tackle change. Adding structure to your life by creating “zones” makes it easier to identify challenges and highlights the opportunities for change. Change is scary, I get […]
  • 10 Things Living in Thailand Taught Me

    Kim Yuhl
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Let me begin by saying living in Thailand taught me many more than the 10 things on this list but you know how I love to ramble so I thought I would limit myself. Even so, I still rambled. It’s important that you know, I miss Thailand – very much. That is interesting to me because at this […]
  • Habit Mapping Webinar

    Kim Yuhl
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Sometimes, well most of the time, change seems daunting and that’s because our own minds work against us. As humans, we like things that are comfortable and change isn’t comfortable at all – even if it’s the right kind of change. Then the excuses begin: “I can’t”, “I don’t know how”,  “It will cost too much […]
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  • Revenue Rehab: Shape Up Your Profits

    Joey Sargent
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    10 Strategies to Increase Revenue and Improve Profitability Is your revenue on plan this year? Are you struggling to accelerate growth? It’s really not a hard as it seems. While practical advice isn’t sexy, it works. As proof, try these tips to help your growing business take off: Concentrate your marketing on your ideal clients. They place a high value on your efforts, and will pay a premium to work with you. Plus, they’re a lot more fun than clients that are a poor fit for your business. Be consistent. Marketing is not a faucet to turn on or off at will. Create a system to…
  • PR Agency Search: Finding the Perfect Fit

    Joey Sargent
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Guest Post How to choose a public relations agency that meets the needs of your business A good public relations campaign can significantly grow your business and leave your competitors firmly behind. But how do you go about choosing a PR agency that can meet the needs of your business and understand its goals and values. In this article I will provide you with a number of tips that will make choosing a PR agency a much easier task. Have an understanding of what you want to achieve from a PR campaign Before you start drawing up a list of potential agencies, take some time to define the role…
  • 5 Tips for Successful Direct Marketing

    Joey Sargent
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Guest Post If you are a small business owner it is important you are able to acquire new customers, however it can often be difficult to know how to do this successfully. If you have not already considered it, it may be worth your while looking into direct marketing as a cost-effective and efficient way to market your business, service or product. As with any marketing campaign, the higher level of response the more business you are able to bring in; and the aim of the direct-mail marketing campaign is to maximize the responses from your potential customers. The key to successful direct…
  • One Simple Way to Improve Your Marketing Results

    Joey Sargent
    10 Dec 2013 | 10:25 am
    I’m often asked the best way to increase marketing ROI. There are many ways to pump up the results from various marketing activities. Marketers spend a great deal of time and effort on data analysis to improve the impact of campaigns and programs by even the smallest of margins. There’s nothing wrong with that, but before you get too far down that path, consider this one, fail-safe way to improve your marketing results: Shift from reactive to proactive marketing. Reactive marketing means you’re doing something because someone suggested you should, rather than because you…
  • Take 5 Strides to Powerful Sales Goals

    Joey Sargent
    27 Nov 2013 | 6:15 am
    Mile 25. “It’s still within reach,” I told myself, checking my watch as I approached the parking lot of the Pentagon. I pressed on through the agony that had been my companion for a full hour. This was my third attempt at breaking the magic 4-hour barrier for a marathon. Despite dropping a critical 30 seconds at mile 22, I was hopeful I could fulfill my dream at the Marine Corps Marathon. The folks at Athlinks.com compile race results for everyone competing in a certified event, novices and elite entrants alike. As a result, public shaming has become commonplace for Congressmen and…
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  • How to Steer Clear of Business Frustrations

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
        All small business owners have been there—wasted time on unfamiliar tasks, frustrated by wasting money because you don’t know the ropes yet. But now there are ways to avoid these things. Experience is always the best teacher, but in our internet-based society, there’s no excuse for wasting your energy. Here are 7 internet resources that use cloud storage to help your business run smoothly—from the start.   Website Design First, create your website at Strikingly.com, then go to Canva.com to design your logos and layout. The best part? They’re both free. Canva.com…
  • Why Every Business Owner Needs a Strategy Advisor

    22 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
        Emerging businesses need many things. They need revenue, customers, employees, and funding to support continued growth. One thing that is often overlooked, however, is the advice and counsel of a trusted advisor. Owning a business is a very lonely proposition. Most people have no understanding of what it means to make payroll, negotiate with banks and vendors, hire and train employees, and continually attract new business. It is a full-time endeavor and not for the weak of mind or spirit.   The Role of a Trusted Advisor Many business owners turn to their banker, CPA, or…
  • Finding Accounting in the Least Likely Places

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
        Are you sick of the rigmarole of installing, learning, and keeping up with traditional accounting software? Then you’ve come to the right place. You may be fed up with installed programs (like QuickBooks) for a number of reasons—the unreliability of your computer to display programs properly, the exhaustion of learning the program when you first install it, the bugs that come with installation software. Whatever your reasons, there is hope! There are many free accounting services available online.   Know Your Accounting Needs Before deciding on accounting software, you…
  • Employment Frenzy: How to Hire Your Best Workers

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        We’ve all searched for a job at one point or another. We were just looking for someone who liked our skill set and wanted to pay us decently. But we didn’t always think about what it was like for the people hiring us. As a small business owner, the choice to hire employees can be a hard one (if you started out alone), or one that you built into your business plan. No matter at what point in the process you decided to add some workers to your payroll, picking the best ones can be a challenge.   Choosing Well-Suited Employees Of course the age-old resume search is…
  • Small Time Taxes: What You Should Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
        If you’re thinking about starting up your own business, knowing what’s required of you by the IRS is important. If you’ve already started your business but haven’t bothered much with taxes, it’s time you changed that. Small businesses must pay their dues. Just because you start a business doesn’t mean you get to rake in all that cash without consequences. Even contract workers have to pay up come April 15. Knowing what’s coming will keep you from feeling the pinch at tax time.   Typical Small Business Taxes Every business pays taxes, whether independently…
 
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  • Using Content for Client Acquisition

    Godot Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Experts agree that the key to effective content marketing lies in the creation of useful content. Content marketing is an on-going process that involves identifying dynamic platforms, which allow you to communicate with the target audience, without necessarily selling to them. It is an opportunity for a brand or a company to share valuable information that is likely to influence buying decisions. Content marketing is a great tool in not only spreading brand awareness, but can also be used as a powerful strategy in client acquisition. Thanks to the widespread use of the internet buyers are now…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (81 – 99)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:58 pm
    81. Top Dog Social Media Top Dog Social Media is one of the few companies that are on the forefront of social media marketing. It focuses on building relationships with the help of technology and helps other companies uncover the true potential of social media in the success of a business. Top Dog Social Media was founded by Melonie Dodaro, an expert social media strategist. She has spoken on numerous forums and has even published her work in several social media journals. 82. Social Media Today Social Media Today is an online community for people in the fields of advertising, marketing, PR,…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (61 – 80)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 pm
    61. Pushing Social Pushing Social is a blog founded by Stan Smith, who is also the managing director of the blog. Stan is a business growth strategist and uses social media tools to help companies and individual business owners achieve competitive advantage. Pushing Social ensures that people harness their potential and achieve their business objectives. 62. Social Barrel Social Barrel is a company founded by a group of social media enthusiasts. It covers all aspects of social media including the latest trends and news-feeds, as well as many interesting stories. The company mainly caters to…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (41 – 60)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:54 pm
    41. Amy Porterfield Amy Porterfield is a social media deviser who has co-authored a book called Facebook Marketing All-in-One for Dummies. She maintains a blog through which she helps small business owners and entrepreneurs in making their social media campaigns more efficient, maximizing their benefits and raising the chances of success of their online marketing efforts. 42. Connie Bensen Connie Bensen is passionate about community building and the various aspects of branding and social networking. With her personal blog posts, she is aiming to provide leadership and mentorship to many…
  • Top 99 Social Media Marketing Blogs List (21 – 40)

    Godot Media
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:52 pm
    21. Razor Social Razor Social is an independent agency that advices companies regarding the use of social media tools and technology. Apart from advice, it also provides strong content and training for brands and businesses. Razor Social is a one stop solution for all resources related to social media. The company was founded by Ian Cleary back in 2005 with the help of business partner Colette. 22. Social Mouths SocialMouths is a personal blog founded and maintained by Francisco Rosales. He writes the blog with the sole aim of providing free advice to companies, especially in helping brands…
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  • 13 Android Apps That Help With Every Stage Of Your Day

    Barry
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Some days can be more difficult than others and we all need a little help. With that in mind, here’s 13 Android apps that can help with every stage of your day. 1) Avoid the ‘Snooze’ with ‘SpinMe Alarm’ “Suck at waking up? Are you the type of person to set multiple alarms a few minutes apart from each other just to make sure you wake up on time? If so, say hello to your new alarm clock. SpinMe Alarm Clock is a super clever app designed to get you out of bed on time. The only way to turn off the alarm is by getting out of bed and physically spinning…
  • Is Your Career Suffering Through Lack Of Sleep?

    Barry
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    In our lives we feel better after a good sleep and worse without any. Sleep is vital for our careers too – is your career suffering through lack of sleep? Employees who nap at work have lower levels of stress,  improved memory, cognitive function and general mood. Why do we sleep? We all know that we need sleep and that it makes us feel better. We know that just like hunger makes us want to eat, when we’re tired we want to sleep, whether through exercise, a hard day in the office or a day of driving. But why is it that our body needs to get a certain amount of…
  • 5 Reasons You Should Care About Employee Advocacy

    Barry
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    How much time and effort do businesses put into ensuring their employees sing its band’s praises? Here’s 5 reasons you should care about employee advocacy. A brand advocate is typically described as “a customer who has been officially commissioned to speak on behalf of your brand without compensation”. It doesn’t have to be a customer however, and can just as easily be any one of a brand’s employees. Happy and engaged employees provide free advertising, reduce recruitment costs and improve your employer brand, for free, as well as offering many other…
  • What Are The Benefits Of Apprenticeships?

    Barry
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Just what are the benefits of apprenticeships? How do they help your business and how do the apprentices themselves benefit? Wikipedia describes apprenticeships as - “Apprenticeship is a system of training a new generation of practitioners of a trade or profession with on-the-job training and often some accompanying study (classroom work and reading). Apprenticeship also enable practitioners to gain a license to practice in a regulated profession. Apprentices or protégés build their careers from apprenticeships. Most of their training is done while working for an employer who helps…
  • 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow

    Barry
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    Reddit’s full of interesting original articles sorted into ‘SubReddits’. Here’s 10 Subreddits That Every Professional Should Follow Whether you’re in need of some motivation for the day, a clever productivity hack to streamline your processes or tips on how to lead your team, there’s a subreddit that covers it. Below are just 10 suggestions but there are countless more, ever more niche, subreddits to browse and learn from. /r/Career Career Stuff. Anything related to starting a career, advancement, tips, resumes, etc. /r/GetDisciplined Everyone needs help…
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  • How-To Promote The Long-Term Success Of Your New Hires

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

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

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

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

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

    Brian Sutter
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    “You have to do a LOT of bookkeeping,” explains Lynn Maslinkski, a veteran third-grade teacher in Avon, Ohio. “Our bookkeeping involves attendance, keeping track of grades, keeping track of student data, and much more.” Teachers must excel in many of the same operational tasks as small business owners, including budgeting, asset and inventory tracking, funding [...]
  • Custom Barcode Labeling

    Jason Sentell
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    Custom barcode labels help your company identify fixed assets and manufactured or retail products while also maintaining your individual brand. A barcode system that includes built-in, barcode design capability, allows you to generate custom barcode labels that can consist of both images and 2D barcodes. These labels fulfill many objectives, including: Customizing your packaging for [...]
  • Benefits of Handheld Mobile Computers

    Jason Sentell
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    According to a Cisco study, 3 out of 5 workers say they don’t need to be in the office to be productive.  Mobile computing devices allow these individuals to choose a work location instead of the task determining where work is completed.  Currently, smartphones, tablets, and mobile computers are the most common devices used.  Often, [...]
  • Managing Inventory for Education

    Brian Sutter
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    For those in education, an automated inventory system can be priceless. Schools and universities are responsible for the storage of nearly limitless supplies and books—from front office supplies to classroom texts and full libraries. The information and materials available at these institutions is incredibly valuable; however, without a quality inventory management system, that information can [...]
  • 3 Reasons Walter White (and Every Small Business Owner) Should Implement Inventory Tracking

    Jason Sentell
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    WARNING: this post contains Breaking Bad spoilers (and useful advice for your small business). Winning an amazing 5 Emmy’s last night, there’s no doubt Season 5 of Breaking Bad was well received. But now we wonder how Heisenberg would have been able to effectively manage his inventory if the methylamine-powered empire were to continue past [...]
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  • Some Useful Tips for a Successful Migration from GroupWise to Exchange 2010

    Eric Simson
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 has taken a giant leap in terms of features like ease of use and management, cost of ownership and flexibility of integration. This is indeed the right time to migrate from GroupWise from Novell to Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. The migration from GroupWise to Exchange 2010...
  • Frugal Foodie: Voucher-ing 101

    Gilbert Bermudez
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Envy of all the #FoodPorn posts you see on your Facebook News Feed and Instagram? Tired of the usual fast food chains that offer the same old blah food choices? Bookmarked recipes that you don’t have time whipping up? Yes, yes we know, for the busy bee, I’m-saving-for-something you, having...
  • Institutes Offering Excel Training Courses in Perth Coach Effectively for Professional Excellence

    Sunil Pandey
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    A business often requires extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office for the success of different business processes. It is nearly impossible for all sorts of businesses to make a mark on human mind without effective knowledge of different types of programs enlisted under the umbrella of Microsoft Office. If you are...
  • Collagen Cream – How is it Advantageous for Your Skin?

    Sunil Pandey
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Do you find fine lines on your countenance? Well if answered yes, then it is high time that you show concern for them before it is too late. The positive thing is that there are some anti-aging treatments that help in improving the appearance of your face. One amongst them...
  • Speedup the MacBook Air and Overcome its Low Performance

    Eric Simson
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    MacBook Air is the Apple’s Mac line of products. It runs on Mac OS X and caters the need of both portability and performance at the same time. It can help you quickly accomplish all your tasks in no time. However, at times MacBook Air can respond slow and sideline...
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  • The Essential Steps to Writing a Great Ebook

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You have probably heard the buzz of in-depth content and its ability to drive your company's reputation on the web and customers to your door - but there is new player in content-driven marketing – the eBook. Whether an eBook is a great idea for your business, only you can tell. But should you decide that the answer is yes, know this - publishing today is relatively simple. The hard part is writing an eBook that will actually sell in the marketplace. Once you have decided to write, where do you begin? Begin with your Target Audience. Who do you want to reach? Are you writing for current…
  • Don't Switch Your Business To Autopilot

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    After many years of coaching business owners to success I have noticed an oddity. Once their business is established and providing a measure of success there seems to be a temptation to let it run itself. In reality, you need to review your progress on a regular basis, to make the most of where you are and determine where you want to go. You will need to monitor your success consistently. It is obviously important to monitor the numbers - the money. Cash flow and profit margin are key performance indicators (KPIs) that require your undivided attention, but there non-financial factors that are…
  • The Secret to Keeping Your Business Looking Good

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    When you first started out in business, you were paying attention to every little detail; making sure your business plan was sound and your business, whether brick and mortar or virtual, looked its absolute best. Now your business is achieving some manner of success it is important to continue to watch every little detail to keep your business looking good. Customers are attracted to certain qualities in a business - consistency, organisation, and customer satisfaction make your business attractive to customers, both new and returning. We live in a visual society and how your business…
  • Customer Journey Maps: The Secret to Better Customer Service?

    17 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are up with the more modern trends for improving customer service, you have likely heard of a customer journey map. But let's define it in any case before we begin, so that we are all at the same starting point. A customer journey map is a visual tool which allows you as a business owner to track the methods that deliver you completely satisfied customers. While on a business coaching engagement in Sydney last week I was speaking to a business owner about improving customer service.  Specifically I introduced a relatively new means of identifying where to improve customer service…
  • Many Hands Make Light Work: The Value of Mentoring

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Small business owners possess a seemingly infinite to-do list, constantly checking things off and adding more to the agenda. In my business coaching and advisory engagements I often notice that the pursuit of operational perfection comes at the cost of personal development and self-improvement. But self-improvement and personal development need not be neglected. Choosing a mentor is a good way to ensure that you, as a business owner, continue to grow, learn and progress successfully along with your business. Begin by accepting the fact that you, like everyone else, don’t know…
 
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  • LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse

    Brian Lang
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    LinkedIn's publishing platform provides a new way for writers to gain new followers and promote their business. Here's how top writers are getting featured on the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Publishing Study: How Top Writers Get Featured on the Pulse appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore

    Brian Lang
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:22 am
    How LinkedIn spiked my traffic to a post and is one of the most overlooked opportunities. Win in noisy channels by creating epic content. The post How I Got 1265 Visitors from a Channel that Most Marketers Ignore appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    How can we be sure that we are receiving the full benefit of SEO from guest posting? Here are some ideas on how to link that should keep you out of trouble. The post SEO Considerations and Tips from Experts for Guest Posts appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Google declared war on spammy guest blogging in 2014. Here are some notable events that occurred including the penalization of My Blog Guest, Portent, and Doc Sheldon's blog. The post Recent Changes and News Regarding Guest Blogging appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • The Problem that Arose with Spammy Guest Posting

    Brian Lang
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Google's decision to crack down on spammy guest posting in 2014 has left many webmasters confused. Here is why guest blogging is a problem for the search engines. The post The Problem that Arose with Spammy Guest Posting appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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  • Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14

    Paul
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:04 pm
    This wedding was a great idea.   When Jen approached me with the concept I was excited to be apart of it.  They invited about 50 of their closest friends to what they thought was an engagement party.  Little did they know a priest would be arriving 45 minutes in and they were getting married. […] The post Gray Suprise Wedding Southampton 8/23/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14

    Paul
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Been a while since I did something in Manorville so I was excited to put in a winning bid on this one. Yes, Thumbtack. The hosts Milli & Kevin were very nice people. I knew i had a very down to earth crowd so I played some classic Rock, motown, and then I went current. […] The post Kevin’s 50th Birthday Party Manorville 8/16/14 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape

    Paul
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Boat Birthday Party in Sag Harbor 8/9/14   I received a call about a week and half ago to play at a 40th birthday party on a boat.  I was really excited about the opportunity.  A week of thoughts raised a couple of concerns that I wasn’t able to answer.  They told me they had […] The post Heather Benn 40th birthday party boat Real Escape appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party

    Paul
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:42 pm
    It’s really been a strange summer, and the one constant is the annual holiday party at Southampton Commons.  It was a relief for me to get back to work after a two week hiatus.  I hope the rest of my summer improves.  Here is my set list i rocked.  Opened up with some big band […] The post Southampton Commons 2014 Annual Holiday Party appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott

    Paul
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Birthday Party for Fadi Zaya Birthday parties are great in the summer time.I was really looking forward to this birthday party for multiple reasons.  The kind of music, and people renting the house for the weekend.  It’s usually a great combination for a great party and I knew it.   When i found out that […] The post 6/21/14 #Birthday Party Fadi Zaya Wainscott appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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  • Don’t Stop on Railroad Tracks

    Raymond Manley
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/dont-stop-on-railroad-tracks/On the Fourth of July I had an experience that I would rather not have lived through, but it taught me several powerful lessons with multiple implications. After the fireworks display at a large city park, I was driving my family and my daughter’s friend to our house. There were adult volunteers directing traffic and so I paid attention to them and to the car in front of me. I didn’t pay attention to any road signs or warnings. Traffic moved along steadily until we all came to a halt for a red light. I was about three feet…
  • Sell the Customer Service Experience, Not the Journey

    Raymond Manley
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/sell-the-customer-service-experience-not-the-journey/Companies have figured out that customer service is marketing. It’s the reason customers come back. It’s the reason customers talk to their friends about the company. It’s the value that can drive your business. Smart companies promise a positive customer service experience – and they deliver. Recently I read an article that Walmart is going to keep all of the cash registers open during the holidays. I assume this is so that customer won’t have to wait in long lines, which apparently has been…
  • Mobile Website Design: Target Your Least Loyal Customer

    Raymond Manley
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/mobile-website-design-target-your-least-loyal-customer/Have you noticed all the one-page websites that seem to be taking over the Internet? They have the advantage that they don’t require any clicking on the part of the user, which leads to wait times while pages load. In other words, web users are a finicky and impatient bunch; everything you can do to streamline your website and make navigationseamless (or not required at all) is a smart move. Mobile site are perhaps the most egregious offenders today. This is especially true when the mobile site of…
  • Could Your Small Biz Benefit From a Mentor? Enter the Pitney Bowes SmallBiz Mentorship Contest

    Susan Solovic
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/could-your-small-biz-benefit-from-a-mentor-enter-the-pitney-bowes-smallbiz-mentorship-contest/Could you use a mentor to help you grow your small business?  You could win one of the best in the business by entering the Pitney Bowes SmallBiz Mentorship Contest. (#PBSmallBiz)  Two lucky winners will receive customized, one-on-one mentorship from one of two leading small business experts, Brian Moran and Marsha Collier, who have teamed up with Pitney Bowes to help you ignite your business. It’s simple to enter.  All you need to do it “like”…
  • Should Your Promote Your Star Employee to Management?

    Raymond Manley
    13 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2014/09/should-your-promote-your-star-employee-to-management/Have you noticed how few Hall of Fame baseball players end up as managers after their careers end? In the same way, if you look at the managers who have made it to the Hall of Fame, you aren’t going to find any of the game’s biggest names. A recent managerial inductee is Tony La Russa, who I enjoyed following for years as he guided the St. Louis Cardinals through many championship seasons. However, as an infielder in the major leagues, La Russa’s lifetime .199 batting average…