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  • Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study, the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.  This increase in coverage means that roughly 3.2 million more freelancers have health insurance than in 2013. Full-time independent workers are defined as those who work at least 15 hours a week as independent workers/freelancers (self-employed, independent contractors, etc.) in an average work week.  Three quarters of full-time independents report working more than…
  • Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

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    Mike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain the team, and end up costing you more than they bring in. There truly are some customers out there who you would happily send to the competition. The trick is to identify these folks as early as you can and act decisively to stop the bleeding and start the healing. For…
  • The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

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    Scott Anthony
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, what can you do in your first 100 days to set things off on the right track? Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we…
  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • Small Manufacturers Are Hacker Targets. Here’s Some Tips On Being More Secure.

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    Ramon Ray
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Small manufacturers, in fact many small businesses, feel that they’re business is too small to be of interest to hackers. That’s not true. Hackers want to steal personal data, money and anything else they can use to make financial gains or some other nefarious reason.Bank of the West published a 6 page white paper which helps outline some ways to be more secure.Some of the tips include:Develop an approval process for large transactions. Require approval from two or more executives for large wire transfers to protect against internal and external fraud.Use a purchase order model…
 
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    Fast Company

  • GE Names Its First-Ever Female Vice Chair

    Sarah Lawson
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Beth Comstock is the first woman inside GE to hold the position.GE just announced its first-ever female vice chair: Beth Comstock, the company's erstwhile CMO.Read Full Story
  • The Rand Paul Campaign Introduces Its Official App

    Neal Ungerleider
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:50 pm
    You can now fire missiles at the logos of the Trump and Bush campaigns in a mini-game inside the app.Large brands use apps to advertise all the time. So, it seems, presidential candidates do now as well. Rand Paul's campaign just released a new app, which is the most extensive released by a candidate for the 2016 presidential race yet.Read Full Story
  • Here's What We Know About The New Apple TV

    Neal Ungerleider
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:45 pm
    The upcoming Apple TV adds universal search—and takes aim at Roku's and Amazon's wares.The details of Apple TV's new iteration, which will make its debut at the Apple event on September 9, continue to trickle out. Given what we've heard thus far, the company is essentially infusing Apple TV with functions already found in competitors like Roku and Amazon Fire TV, all while putting Siri's contextual technology and Apple's marketing muscle behind the product.Read Full Story
  • Amazon's Latest Gambit To Get Dash Buttons Into Your Home

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    Pay $5 for a Dash button, and you'll get $5 back from Amazon once you make a purchase.In July, Amazon officially debuted its Dash button: an Internet-connected, branded, physical button that orders refills of various products with a single press. As of Wednesday, the e-commerce giant is making the Dash button program available to all Prime subscribers—and giving you a rebate that essentially refunds the price of the button.Read Full Story
  • Facebook Messenger Is The Second Most Downloaded App Of All Time

    Pavithra Mohan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    Guess No. 1?Remember when Facebook forced you to download its standalone messaging app, Messenger, by revoking access to messages from within its flagship app? Turns out that strategy worked swimmingly for the social network: A new report by app analytics firm App Annie says Messenger is one of the most downloaded iOS apps of all time.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • September 2015 Visa Bulletin Update

    Patty Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) September 2015 Visa Bulletin has been released. For updated family and employment-based green card processing times, view the following charts. What is the Visa Bulletin? The DOS receives thousands of green card applications every year, which requires the government agency to impose limits on the number of petitions filed annually, per country, resulting in a multi-year backlog for certain categories. The DOS publishes the monthly Visa Bulletin, allowing applicants to learn when their petition is ready for processing. Each date indicates how long the…
  • USCIS Provides Additional Guidance for L-1B’s ‘Specialized Knowledge’ Requirement

    Patty Johnson
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Recently, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that the denial rate for L-1B visas, for intracompany transfers with specialized knowledge, hit a record high of 35 percent in 2014. In direct response, on August 31, USCIS will implement a policy memorandum to guide its officers in adjudicating L-1B petitions. L-1B classification enables multinational companies to transfer an employee with “specialized knowledge” from a related foreign company to the U.S. entity. Updated Guidance In the memorandum, USCIS summarizes “specialized knowledge” guidance from…
  • District Court Invalidates F-1 OPT STEM Extension, DHS Plans Next Steps

    Patty Johnson
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    On August 12, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the program granting 17-month extensions in F-1 Optional Practical Training for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students was invalid, citing that the program failed to follow the proper enactment procedures. The F-1 OPT program allowed F-1 students who have majored in STEM fields to obtain an additional 17 months of OPT work authorization after graduation from their program, beyond the 12 months granted to F-1 students of all majors. The court recognizes that the immediate elimination of STEM…
  • 3 Steps to an Efficient Immigration Process

    Patty Johnson
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    The immigration process can be stressful for new and seasoned HR professionals alike, due to strict regulations, tedious application requirements and more. However, it’s possible to bring efficiency to the process with a few simple adjustments. Here are three ways to help you manage immigration for your company while saving time and money: 1. Fix Poor Communication Inefficient communication is at the root of many problems in the business world. Unfortunately, some HR professionals have to wait days and sometimes weeks to receive a response from attorneys. If your attorney isn’t responding…
  • USCIS Accounts for Over 99% of Invalid 3-Year EADs

    Patty Johnson
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received over 99% of the 2,600 employment authorization document (EAD) cards that were incorrectly sent to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients early this year. The work authorization cards were deemed invalid because they were mailed after a deferred action injunction that halted the expanded DACA and new Deferred Action Parental Accountability initiatives were put in place. Read our blog post about the deferred action injunction and select 3-year EAD recall to learn more. While the majority of the invalid EAD…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • Freelancers Embrace Health Insurance

    Steve
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    According to data from the 2015 MBO Partners State of Independent study, the percentage of U.S. full-time independent workers/freelancers who report having health insurance increased from 64% in 2013 to 82% in 2015.  This increase in coverage means that roughly 3.2 million more freelancers have health insurance than in 2013. Full-time independent workers are defined as those who work at least 15 hours a week as independent workers/freelancers (self-employed, independent contractors, etc.) in an average work week.  Three quarters of full-time independents report working more than…
  • Defining the Human Cloud

    Steve
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) - a leading, global analyst firm focused on the use of contingent workers by businesses - recently released a report on the human cloud. It's only available to their members. But since I called them a "leading, global analyst firm" and pitch them again at the end of this article, I'm hoping they'll be OK with me "borrowing" a bit from their report. They define the human cloud as: An emerging set of work intermediation models that enable work arrangements of various kinds to be established and completed (including payment of…
  • Airbnb Creating Micro Hotel Chains

    Steve
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pacific Standard's Who Really Runs the Airbnbs looks at the boom in Airbnb rentals in New Orleans with a focus on better understanding whether or not Airbnb hosts live in the space they rent. In New Orleans, most don't. Key quote: Only 34 percent of rentals are for rooms or shared rooms; 66 percent of listings are for an entire home or apartment. More than two-thirds (69 percent) are rented year round. Almost half of all hosts operate at least two rentals. These numbers suggest that your modal Airbnb host doesn’t live in the home they rent out. Some may actually live in…
  • The Ups and Downs of the 3D Printing Industry

    Steve
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The 3D printing industry is at an interesting point, with both good and bad news coming out on a regular basis. The most recent bad news comes from the earnings (losses, actually) reported by 2 public makers of 3D printers. As reported in the WSJ article 3D Printer Firms Fall Flat, both 3D Systems and Stratasys reported ugly earnings due to "an increasingly uncertain outlook as many potential buyers hold out for what they hope will be better, faster machines." Another reason for the general sales slow down is the long anticipated consumer market for 3D printers has not materialized,…
  • Amazon and the Growth of the Independent Workforce

    Steve
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Internet has lit up with reactions to the New York Times article on Amazon's bruising, data-driven, "purposeful Darwinism" culture. The vast majority of reactions are negative. This not surprising given how harsh the article makes Amazon sound - people crying at their desks, sick people callously culled, lots of backstabbing, etc. The reason we care about this issue is how companies treat their workers has a major impact on the independent workforce. This is because most people go through a "mental math" process weighing the pro and cons of self-employment versus…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on Quora, reposted here with Quora’s (implied) permission: This is an important question, but also a big one, hard to answer in a few hundred words. And I’m going to stick with the subset of business plans that apply to business plan competitions. These are more traditional and formal business…
  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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

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

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

  • Dan Pink on the State of Free Agent Nation in 2015 (And Beyond)

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    In 1997, a young man quit his job to become a writer. In January 1998, an article he wrote entitled “Free Agent Nation” appeared in a young magazine called Fast Company, and a career was launched. That article proved viable demand and led to a book deal. The interesting intersection here is that another young man who had quit his job to become a writer was featured in the book version of Free Agent Nation, and that young man was Brian Clark. Oh yeah … the first guy’s name is Daniel Pink. He’s written five provocative books, including three long-running New York Times…
  • Hot Seat: Grilling Jerod Morris on Using Audio Content to Seed a Content Arsenal

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This week’s episode of The Lede begins a three-part series in which Pamela “Battle-ax” Wilson joins Jerod Morris and Demian Farnworth, and the three take turns in the hot seat. This week, it’s Jerod’s turn, as Demian and Pamela grill him on the idea of using audio content as the starting point for a sophisticated content strategy. The basis for this episode is the webinar that Jerod hosted with Brian Clark on August 27, 2015. If you missed that webinar, you can view the replay here: Start a Podcast to Attract Attention and Seed Your Content Library The big idea of the webinar was…
  • How to Become an Expert in Your Field and Love What You Do

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s guest on Hack the Entrepreneur is an author, speaker, personal transition expert, educator, strategic advisor, and most of all, an entrepreneur. She has authored several incredible books, including her most recent, Business Dating: Applying Relationship Rules in Business for Ultimate Success. She has passionately served professionals as a coach and mentor for 15 years and says she empowers others to shed limiting beliefs, dream big, and go for what they truly want. She is also the CEO and President of Honorée Enterprises, Inc., which provides coaching and mentoring in business,…
  • How to Turn Bad News into Happy Customers

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Anyone can share shiny, happy news in their content — but when it’s time to deliver something less positive, you want to think carefully about how you present the message. In this session, Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer host Sonia Simone breaks down a well-crafted “negative” message and pulls out the elements that make it work. Sonia also talks about the psychology of pricing and what your prices communicate about your business. Also in this 26-minute episode of Confessions of a Pink-Haired Marketer … A masterful example of a price increase The formula…
  • The Episode that Explains the Future of Rough Draft

    Rainmaker.FM
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    So, Rough Draft is making a few changes. Good changes. Three in fact. One, after this episode, host Demian Farnworth is taking a break for a month. A month to clear his head. A month to plan the next 100 episodes, namely the content and the format. Listen to this 12-minute episode to learn about the other two changes. Plus, find out Demian’s picks for the 10 best shows of the last 100 episodes of Rough Draft (he cheats a little on this one). This is also your opportunity to tell Demian about your favorite shows — and he’ll share them on episode 101. Also, let him know how…
 
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    crowdSPRING Blog

  • Fresh from the SPRING: mariaKaz

    Audree
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    When perusing our galleries here on crowdSPRING, we see some amazing work submitted in the projects. Today, we noticed this gem submitted in this logo project. Let us start the slow clap for mariaKaz. Check out more great work on mariaKaz’s profile page. Nicely done, mariaKaz, nicely done! Related posts: Fresh from the SPRING: SUJITHFAB Fresh from the SPRING: uniquemind Fresh from the SPRING: billhill_art
  • Small Business and Startups: When a Customer Deserves to Be Fired

    Mike
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    Last week we fired a customer. Yep, you heard me right. We asked one of our customers to please take their business elsewhere. Why would a small business do such a thing? Who in their right mind would turn down revenue and earnings? Well it’s really not that complicated. Some customers simply drain resources, strain the team, and end up costing you more than they bring in. There truly are some customers out there who you would happily send to the competition. The trick is to identify these folks as early as you can and act decisively to stop the bleeding and start the healing. For…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #284 – Late Summer Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    I guess I have a travel bug this month. Sad me, it’s August but there’s no time for vacation right now. I’ll have to continue from last week and fantasize about the places I would be visiting, oh if I only could. For instance, I do really like a good market in an exotic locale, and this may be one of the most comprehensive lists of these places yet crafted. Have a look at the 21 incredible markets from around the world ad come salivate with me! Sigh. But back now to reality, and I some small measure of redemption, because it’s time for the set of links and articles…
  • From the Vault: Working Remote. Yeah. About That.

    Mike
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: We originally published this post back in 2012. Next month crowdSPRING will move from a 60% remote work environment to around 90%! This means that the team will gather together on just one day per week, the rest of the time we will be working remote from our homes, hotel rooms, Starbucks, front porches, or wherever we can find a decent WiFi signal! Have a read and let me know what your thoughts are. On any given day at the crowdSPRING HQ, we will have anywhere between 1 and 6 people working in the office simultaneously. Of late, 1 is the more common number and 6 is becoming…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #283 – Old Fashioned Resources for Small Business, Startups, and Design!

    Mike
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    I don’t travel all the time, but when I do travel, I love visiting libraries – and you’d be surprised how many incredible collections are scattered across the world. And you’d be doubly surprised by the incredible buildings that house some of the great libraries of the world. Business Insider has put together what may be the definitive list of the greatest libraries in the world (with pictures!); check this out and dust off your passport and your reading glasses, because you got some traveling to do! All those books and sooo little time! And even less time now,…
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    The Franchise King®

  • This Is How To Get A Franchise Loan From Your Rich Uncle

    The Franchise King®
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:19 pm
    It’s not exactly easy to get a franchise loan these days. It’s not impossible, thanks to businesses like this one…but it’s not as easy as it used to be thanks to 2008 market collapse. But, still… You want to be you’re own boss You have the talent You’ve started to learn about business You have the right personality for franchise ownership You have some money You have your family’s support-well mostly  You’re looking at good franchise opportunities  You’re young And, it’s that last one that’s the problem. You probably…
  • Franchising: NLRB Decision Won’t Help Unions Weasel Their Way In

    The Franchise King®
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Union officials are fooling themselves if they think the recent NLRB decision will help them weasel their way into the franchise industry. I mean really? I’m sure that thousands of workers-the ones who are already just scraping by on 9 bucks an hour are going to be enthusiastic about paying an initiation fee to join a union-and then have money taken out of their measly paychecks each and every month. Even if they got a raise. And, not only will workers who join a union-any union, have to pay the fees I just mentioned, they’ll have to sign a bunch of paperwork and agree to follow…
  • Why You Buy Warm Lemonade On A 90 Degree Day

    The Franchise King®
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    When I think of hot weather, my mind doesn’t immediately think of the wonderful vacations I’ve taken in places like North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, or even the Bahamas. I don’t go back in time to when I lived in hot, dry West Texas, or even hotter and drier Las Vegas, either. Nope. I think of when we visited Washington D.C. In the summer. Then I think of the day we watched the changing of the guard at The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier. That was a hot day. The soldiers didn’t wipe their brows. (They’re not allowed.) It’s so quiet there. No one talks.
  • A Sleeping Bag Was My Bed For 3 Months And I Felt Like A Rock Star

    The Franchise King®
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    For a while there, my morning ritual started with The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag-as opposed to just getting out of bed like most of my fellow earthlings. Most of the day was usually uphill after that. I’m grateful that I only had to do that-The Unzipping Of My Sleeping Bag, for 3 months or so. And, no…I wasn’t homeless. (Thank G-d)   To West Texas, With Love I lived in West Texas from 1979-1981.  Andrews, Texas. I moved there from Cleveland, a metropolis, to an area of the country known as the Permian Basin, for one reason, and one reason only. Love. I moved for…
  • Buying A Franchise? Here’s How To Get Unlimited 1-On-1 Advice

    The Franchise King®
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, you’re going to need advice. But, not just any, old advice. Real advice. Useful advice. Straightforward, no-fluff advice. Proven advice. Check out what Rieva Lesonsky, (who worked at Entrepreneur Magazine® as the Senior VP and Editorial Director from 1983-2008) said about me: “In my 30+ years of covering small business and franchising, I’ve never met anyone more invested in helping people make the right decision on buying a franchise than Joel Libava. He’s so concerned in helping potential franchise owners make the right…
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    In the Books with 800-CEO-READ

  • We're moving!

    Blyth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Our company began as the business and computer section in the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop on Wisconsin Avenue. As the bookshop opened new locations in response to the big box bookstores, we evolved into a backroom, online retailer—the weird kids in the back of the home office on Milwaukee Street. The bookstores have closed (though one location still thrives as Boswell Book Company), and we are all that’s left in that office. For many years we have made our home here in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, but with books covering every last spare inch and spreading out over multiple floors…
  • The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers

    Dylan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:17 am
    Gillian Tett, the U.S. managing editor and columnist at the Financial Times, follows up her previous acclaimed books Saving the Sun and Fool’s Gold with The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers. The Silo Effect articulates a revelatory new understanding of the workplace. Tett shows how our tendency to create silos hinders our work, and how some people and organizations can break those silos down. The book is structured around eight case studies: Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s City Hall in New York Facebook in San Francisco The Chicago Police Department…
  • August 2015 Business Book Bestsellers

    Blyth
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    Each month we compile a list of our top selling books. These books are featured on our site, within our Keen Thinker Newsletter, and syndicated through various publications. We hope the popularity of these titles offers guidance for those seeking an interesting and helpful new book. We report our business book bestsellers to The New York Times and Nielsen BookScan. Congratulations to these bestselling authors for August!   1. The Power of Relentless: 7 Secrets to Achieving Mega-Success, Financial Freedom, and the Life of Your Dreams By Wayne Allyn Root Published by Regnery…
  • Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations

    Dylan
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    Ben Gomes-Casseres, author of The Alliance Revolution and Mastering Alliance Strategy, has a new book coming out from Harvard Business Review Press today. Entitled Remix Strategy, the publisher's press release tells us: Remixes are common in the world of music and art. Different medias are used to create new styles. Musicians remix tracks to create new and unique sounds. But what about business? In his new book, Remix Strategy: The Three Laws of Business Combinations, Brandeis University professor Ben Gomes-Casseres uses the word to describe the mixing of resources, assets, and capabilities…
  • Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

    Dylan
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan, Yale University Press, 256 pages, $35.00, Hardcover, August 2015, ISBN 9780300213553 The algorithm that determines which ad appears on a webpage now takes more computing power than it took to land a man on the moon. The space race that put us there is, incidentally, what inspired Jerry Kaplan to get into computer science. Before the “bulging bankrolls” of venture capitalists beckoned him to Silicon Valley for three decades, serial technology entrepreneur Kaplan began his career as a…
 
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    SmallBizTechnology

  • Everyone Doesn’t Like Shopping Online. Best Buy Proves It.

    Ramon Ray
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 am
    You’d think that “everyone” likes shopping online – but that’s not the case. Best Buy’s successful sales show that there’s many people who are quite comfortable NOT buying online – in fact they’d prefer to go to a retail store and make a purchase.AdAge reports that Best Buy’s store-within-a-store bet is starting to pay off. The world’s largest electronics chain posted its fourth-straight quarter of same-store sales gains thanks to higher demand for appliances, TVs and phones, and is preparing to offer top brands like Apple…
  • FreshBooks Enables Partial Payments – Increasing Cash Flow For Vendors

    Ramon Ray
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Ideally, we want to be be on time and in full from our customers. However, all the time that might not happen. Freshbooks has a new feature. They have an option to allow your customers to pay you partially.Maybe they owe you $500 for some service – now they can pay you $300.Sounds simple, I know, but for small business owners, every dime counts – even partially paid invoices.Cash flow is so important to business owners – especially small businesses. What’s ironic is that many BIG companies take 60 – 90 days to process a payment. Yet I know many small businesses…
  • Small Manufacturers Are Hacker Targets. Here’s Some Tips On Being More Secure.

    Ramon Ray
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Small manufacturers, in fact many small businesses, feel that they’re business is too small to be of interest to hackers. That’s not true. Hackers want to steal personal data, money and anything else they can use to make financial gains or some other nefarious reason.Bank of the West published a 6 page white paper which helps outline some ways to be more secure.Some of the tips include:Develop an approval process for large transactions. Require approval from two or more executives for large wire transfers to protect against internal and external fraud.Use a purchase order model…
  • 3 Simple Tips for Better Email Subject Lines. 18 Million Emails Studied.

    Ramon Ray
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:47 am
    Email messages are important – but sending an email message with a great subject line is even more important. It’s important for one to one communication or for email newsletters.SendGrid analyzed 18 million emails and distilled three important aspects of what makes a great email subject line:Shorten Subject Headers: While 7 words is the most common subject line word length (14.0% of subject lines), 3 word subject lines (1.6% of subject lines) have the highest engagement rates (21.2%, compared to 17.2% overall and 15.8% for 7 word subject lines).Measuring engagement rates by…
  • Get Your Invoices Paid Faster with FundBox – A Financing Company Every Business Should Sign Up For

    Ramon Ray
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    It’s deliciously awesome to get an invoice. But it’s frustrating to have the invoice take so long to get paid. As small business owners, we try to pay our vendors quickly, but in working with our larger customers, they might take 30 – 60 or more days to pay us!Fundbox has a neat solution.There’s many ways to get company financing – you can get a loan from companies such as OnDeck, CAN Capital, Fundera and many others (see the recent Manhattan Chamber event about financing here).When I first looked at Fundbox, I thought maybe it was too good to be true. In a short…
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    Small Business Trends

  • Should You Crowdsource Your Logo Design?

    Brian Hughes
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Don’t know your CMYK from RGB or your typefaces from fonts? For anyone who doesn’t “speak design” (which is about all of us!), the prospect of managing a major design project like logo development can seem overwhelming and downright intimidating. For those of us lucky enough to work for a company with a seemingly endless budget, you can afford to hire a major design firm. They’ll handle your logo creation, color palette, and typeface selection, and all the different design elements that will go into creating your brand identity. The trouble is that for the rest of us who…
  • Spotlight: Leave “Virtual Sticky Notes” with Drop Messages

    Annie Pilon
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    There’s no shortage of photo sharing apps out there. There are even plenty that let you share the location of each photo. But Drop Messages is trying to do something different. The team created an app that lets users share photos with specific people, or the community as a whole, that they can see when visiting that physical location. Read more about the app’s concept and the company behind it in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Lets friends share photos with each other in physical locations. Users can share photos with friends that they can see when they…
  • Toshiba Reveals 12-inch Convertible Device with 4K Display

    Tabby McFarland
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Toshiba revealed its newest laptop-tablet hybrid at IFA in Berlin today. Called the Satellite Radius 12, the company claims this is the “world’s first 12.5-inch Ultra HD 4K convertible.” Details for the Satellite Radius 12 have been a little thin so far. What is known is the convertible will come in two display options. Users can choose a Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel display, or go for broke with the beefed up 4K 3840 x 2160 pixel option. And really, the promise of 4K packed into a display measuring less than 13-inches could be hard to turn down. Instead of a detachable keyboard to…
  • 8 Essential Tweaks to Supercharge Your Content Marketing Efforts

    Ann Smarty
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    The type of content you’re putting out on a daily, weekly, monthly basis can come in a wide array of forms. You could be blogging, producing webinars, or creating a podcast about your life as a cat lady. Regardless of what you’re doing, your content is not being produced for you; it’s being produced for your audience. And if you don’t have an audience, your content doesn’t matter. You could be the best cat lady podcast out there, but if no one knows about it, it doesn’t matter. Let’s look at 8 ways you can underline, circle and highlight your…
  • Could NLRB Ruling Destroy the Franchise Business?

    Tom Coombe
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    A recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board has made it easier for unions to negotiate on behalf of employees at fast food franchises and other companies that use contractors. The board voted 3-2 along party lines to expand the definition of what it means to be a “joint employer,” thus making it harder for companies to outsource. The Washington Post reports: “In doing so, the panel sided with labor advocates and academics who have described an increasingly ‘fissured’ economy, in which whole industries have been built on business models that offer workers…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • No one knows

    Seth Godin
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 am
    No one knows the right answer, no one knows precisely what will happen, no one can produce the desired future, on demand. Some people are better at guessing than others, but not by much. The people who are supposed to know rejected Harry Potter, Tracy Chapman and the Beatles. The people who are supposed to know sell stocks just before they go up, and give us rules of thumb that don't pan out. If you mistakenly believe that there's someone who knows, you're likely to decide that whoever that person it is, it's not you. And if it's not you, what a great reason to hesitate. In fact, the gap…
  • "Don't touch it, you might break it."

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    This is, of course, the opposite of, "Touch it, you can make it better." What's the default where you work?        
  • Failing, again

    Seth Godin
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:37 am
    Pema Chodron's new book is out this month. I was rendered speechless by her invitation to write the short foreword for the book, the first time I've ever agreed to do this. She's a caring, generous, magical person, a teacher with a special voice, one worth listening to. Why buy a book about failing? Because success is easier to deal with and you're probably doing fine with that. Because your narrative about failing is keeping you from succeeding. And because you will have far more chances to fail than you know what to do with... PS if you sign up this week, at this link, Sounds…
  • Day traders rarely make history

    Seth Godin
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    The short-term stuff is pretty easy to do well. Respond to incoming. Check it off your list. Next! The long-term stuff, on the other hand, is so easy to postpone, because tomorrow always sounds promising. And so we might hesitate to define the next project, or look for a new job, or visualize something that breaks what we're already used to. Two thoughts: a. Keep them separate. The best way to avoid long-term work is to be exposed to juicy short-term urgencies. b. Hesitate before spending your most alert and dedicated work time on the short-term tasks.  Day trading might be fun, but we…
  • Contempt is contagious

    Seth Godin
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:55 am
    The only emotion that spreads more reliably is panic. Contempt is caused by fear and by shame and it looks like disgust. It's very hard to recover once you receive contempt from someone else, and often, our response is to dump it on someone else. If you want to be respected by your customers/peers/partners/competitors/constituents, the best way is to begin by respecting them and the opportunity they are giving you. And the best way to avoid contempt is to look for your fear.        
 
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Scott Anthony

  • How to Break Up with an Innovation Project

    Scott Anthony
    7 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    It can still be a positive experience for everyone.
  • What the Media Industry Can Teach Us About Digital Business Models

    Scott Anthony
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Four recommendations for leaders facing disruption.
  • How Singapore Became an Entrepreneurial Hub

    Scott Anthony
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Things are heating up in the former “Singa-bore.”
  • The Chief Innovation Officer’s 100-Day Plan

    Scott Anthony
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Congratulations! Your energy and track record of successfully launching high-impact initiatives scored you a plum role heading up innovation. Expectations are high, but some skeptics in the organization feel that innovation is an overhyped buzzword that doesn’t justify being a separate function. So, what can you do in your first 100 days to set things off on the right track? Over the past decade we’ve helped dozens of leaders through their first 100 days. Based on our experience, augmented by in-depth interviews with a few of the most seasoned practitioners with which we have worked, we…
  • 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…
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    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing

  • Why Backlinks Still Matter for SEO

    John Jantsch
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:02 am
    Why Backlinks Still Matter for SEO written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing podcast with Brian Dean SEO has certainly evolved over the last few years. I actually wrote about the marriage of search, content and social as far back as 2009, but today, it’s just a given that SEO, content and social media go hand in hand. My guest this week on the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Brian Dean, internationally recognized business leader, SEO expert and founder of Backlinko, a great site for learning how to do SEO right today. Dean is a…
  • The Difference Between Marketing and Growth

    John Jantsch
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Difference Between Marketing and Growth written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I find that the word marketing is burdened with a tremendous volume of confusion. For some, marketing is branding, while others view marketing merely as sales or growth. Still others simply lump anything that has to do with getting and keeping customers into one big marketing bucket. Adding to the confusion is the current emphasis on the word growth and its leaner cousin – growth hacking. I don’t guess it really matters that everyone agree on the…
  • The #1 Key to Killer Promotions

    Alex Boyer
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The #1 Key to Killer Promotions written by Alex Boyer read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Promotions are everywhere. It seems like whatever you or your business needs, you can find a promotion to receive it. Free this, half-off that, limited-time offers are everywhere. They’re so prevalent that many business owners feel pressured to hold a promotion or event to be competitive. But having a promotion just for the sake of it is pointless. You’ll end up being disappointed with the results. The #1 key to having a successful promotion is simple – have a goal…
  • Weekend Favs August Twenty Nine

    John Jantsch
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:01 am
    Weekend Favs August Twenty Nine 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. Good stuff I found this week: Notablist – Search engine of over 4 million newsletters for design inspiration DoSocial – New tools to…
  • The Secret Sauce for Optimizing Your FAQ Page

    Guest Post
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    The Secret Sauce for Optimizing Your FAQ Page written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: photopin Having the human touch is a no brainer for companies that are starting out.  It’s undeniable that, cost aside, companies would much rather have sales people closing deals in addition to their support team personally answering every inquiry and problem that arises. However, many times this model simply isn’t scalable, which is why it is important to have a strong FAQ page.  A powerful (and often underutilized) tool, FAQ pages can…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #1051: The “How to Create Better Experiences” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Recently, Fast Company shared an article on “The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things.” According to a study by a psychology professor at Cornell University, experiences connect us to other people, give us stories to tell once they’re over, and are harder to compare against when it comes to keeping up with the Joneses. With that in mind,…
  • Newsletter #1050: The “Kids in Restaurants” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] There’s been plenty of negative stories in the news lately about clashes between frustrated parents, frustrated customers, and frustrated restaurant owners when it comes to kids and going out to eat. But let’s focus on the places that are doing it right. Here are three great ideas from restaurants that welcome kids: 1. Give them something to take home 2. Don’t forget the…
  • Newsletter #1049: The “Lessons from Connected Cities” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] City governments are a lot like businesses. Their customers are their citizens, their product is their town, and their competition is just down the road. And some city governments have gotten creative to connect with their residents, humanize their work, and create a community. Here are three lessons from cities in Australia, Louisiana, and Spain: 1. Trees with email addresses 2. City workers…
  • Doing it right vs. Doing it on time

    Andy Sernovitz
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    You have a choice how to get there: Launch quick, launch big, or launch great.  You can hit a deadline, feel proud, and get a thumbs up from the boss (or investors).  You can follow the very trendy strategy of “minimum viable product” and launch something that’s just OK and make it better later (if people will give you another chance). Or — you can do what you need to do to get it right, which takes patience and enough cash to hold out until you’re ready. (Like this.) In the end, the great product that makes happy customers is the one that wins.  How do you…
  • Service through technology (We’re going to the White House)

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

  • Growing our audience for The Distance

    Wailin Wong
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    In late May, Jason and I decided to transition The Distance from monthly longform written stories to a podcast that would come out every two weeks. Jason also set an ambitious target for the podcast: Get to 6,000 listens on any one episode by the end of the summer. At the time, our most listened-to episode had around 2,000 listens. I’m thrilled to say that our first episode hit 6,000 listens on Friday. (If you missed that story, which is about the World’s Largest Laundromat, we re-released it today with some edits and improvements.) Not only did we reach our goal, but we saw a…
  • Go at Basecamp

    Noah
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Basecamp is a Ruby company. All of our customer facing applications are written with Ruby on Rails, we use Ruby for our systems automation via Chef, we deploy via Ruby through Capistrano, and underneath most rocks you’ll find a Ruby script that accomplishes some task. Increasingly, however, Go has found its way into our backend services and infrastructure in a variety of ways: Our timeseries data acquisition and storage daemon was rewritten from Ruby to Go in January 2013. Our Ruby build scripts build new Ruby packages for our servers via Docker. Our log parsing and storage pipeline…
  • Something's coming 6

    Jason Fried
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
  • Can old world be more modern than new school?

    Jason Fried
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    I’ve got two machines on me. One’s strapped to my left wrist. The other lives in my pocket. The one on my wrist can tell me the time (precisely in 12 hour format, roughly in 24), the day of the week, the month of the year, which year of the leap year cycle we’re in, and the current moon phase. But that’s its limit. There’s no software, only hardware. It’s programmed in springs and gears and levers and jewels. The one in my pocket can tell me anything and do just about everything. It knows my voice, it responds to my touch, and it even instantly recognizes my fingerprint out of…
  • Extra Drawings for The Distance

    Nate Otto
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Last year I shared some extra drawings I made for the Basecamp marketing site that for a variety of reasons never went live or were seen by anyone outside of Basecamp. There have also been many drawings for The Distance that have never seen the light of day until now. For just over a year, The Distance was dedicated to longform articles about long standing businesses. Under the editorship of Wailin and the art direction of Mig, I made a header illustration for each article and a building drawing that served as the footer. In recent months, The Distance has morphed into a podcast. I still…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • 7 Big retail tricks that small town stores can use

    Becky McCray
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    You don’t have to be the biggest retailer in the world to serve customers in ways that keep them coming back. Here are 7 ways to help customers stick with you. Photo: Monument Market, Georgetown, Texas. Photo by Becky McCray.   Giant retailers like Amazon serve customers with lots of tricks to keep them locked in. But small town retailers can borrow a few of these, and make them into ethical, helpful ways to keep customers coming back. 1. Give a lot of information about your products. Amazon listings usually have a lot of detail. Train your people to know and share a lot of detail.
  • Get a handle on some good news in the Brag Basket

    Small Biz Survival
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    I love old basket handles like these. Get a handle on your good news and share with us. Basket of apples photo (CC) by Renae Rude on Flickr   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 28-30, 2015. Bring your tasty good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share…
  • Workplace Safety: Get Your Team on Board

    Glenn Muske
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    We know having a safe workplace is important. We know it’s a good business practice. We know it can save us money and maybe even save us from financial disaster. We know but do we always practice? And is it high priority? Moreover, have we instilled it into those working at our company, whether employees, volunteers or family? As we have trained those working at our facility, how high on the priority list have we put it? Why bring this up? You just answered yes to each of these questions. In your message you tell everyone it is important. But what happens in practice? A story – Had a…
  • Building Blocks model of community and economic development

    Small Biz Survival
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    Guest post by Laura Girty “Get back to the basics.” How many times have you heard that? Sometimes the basics are the best place to start. In the late 1990’s under the helm of Executive Director Leo Presley, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce (ODOC) developed a model for community development that worked especially well for small towns and communities. It was the basics. It was spread throughout Oklahoma by ODOC Regional Directors taking it to every community in their regions and speaking at any opportunity to spread these basic and easy to understand community development ideas. They…
  • Tasty good news in the Brag Basket

    Becky McCray
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:34 am
    Tasty good news belongs in the Brag Basket. Photo (cc) by brianna.lehman on Flickr.   The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 21-23, 2015. Bring your tasty good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. Reading this in your email? Hit reply. Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend. Just don’t…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Brand Update : Cycle Agarbathi ropes in Big B as Brand Ambassador

    Harish B
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Cycle Agarbathies has roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the brand ambassador. The organized agarbathi market in India is worth around Rs 2400 crore, and Cycle has approximately 20% share of this market. The move for a high-profile celebrity endorsement is a strategy to take the brand to a national level. The brand also changed its slogan to “ Purity of Prayer”. The new commercial is well made, and BigB was able to pack an emotional tone to the brand. According to reports, the ads were created by Soojith Sirkar of the Piku movie fame. Watch the tvc here: Big B Cycle The agarbathi…
  • Brand Update : Honda Relaunches Jazz

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

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

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

    Harish B
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    From Business Standard
 
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Apple, Cisco Partner and Take Aim at iOS Enterprise Users

    Michael Essany
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Now this is what you call a powerhouse couple. This week, Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to create a so-called “fast lane” for iOS business users. How will they do it, you ask? By optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. Sounds simple enough, but there’s much to be done. “iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Tim Cook,…
  • Google’s Logo Gets a Facelift

    Emma Martin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:45 am
    There’s something different about Google. Have you noticed? Well, we don’t have to guess about what’s new. Google was more than willing to admit the obvious. “Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again,” a blog post from the Internet search giant reads. The big change? A new font for the Google logo. “We’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a…
  • Taking a Look Back at Some Past TCPA-Related Lawsuits

    Forrest Knighton
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    I just wanted to point out some past TCPA related lawsuits for Robocalls, Unsolicited Text Messages and even Fax Messages.   As we’re all aware by now the TCPA specifically states that a brand or company needs to gain ‘Express Written Consent” from an individual before sending them any sort of marketing communication. In one of the cases, the debt collection agency Select Resources Group was sending debt collection-related communications. These were apparently robocalls. However in this particular case the plaintiff’s cellular phone provider was billing the plaintiff for these…
  • Global Marketer Shares Keys to Customer Centricity in New Book

    Jessica Tym
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    As more information than ever is now being transmitted instantaneously, Denyse Drummond-Dunn, President and Chief Catalyst of C3Centricity — a global consultancy that helps businesses become more customer centric — says that companies need to adapt their thought processes in order to place customers first. Services such as Yelp place users in a position where they provide real-time reviews, meaning that “customer centricity has become a 24/7 role and everyone’s responsibility.” Drummond-Dunn says that “developing a company culture that places customers at the heart of a…
  • 7 Mobile Apps That Can Help Make a Woman’s Life Easier

    Michael Essany
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The following is guest contributed post by Deidre Bakker-Riches, owner of a boutique marketing firm and consultancy, Twlv31 Marketing, and the Head of Communications for Las Vegas advertising agency, Up All Day Creative Solutions (originally published by Mobile Leaders Alliance). Whether you are a working-woman, mother, wife, or everything all in one, women have a lot of their plate these days. Fortunately with advances in technology and the help of mobile devices – which many women consider to be the new fashion accessory – we no longer have to rely on a bulky day planner or…
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    Branding Strategy Insider

  • Tobacco Thrives With Terminal Brand Strategy

    Mark Ritson
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    OK, you be the brand manager. Your customer base is in decline. Government tax increases have made your product five times more expensive than 30 years ago in real terms. Your marketing communications are limited because all forms of advertising and sponsorship have been ruled illegal. Many of your distributors are withdrawing your product from their stores. Best of all, next year your logo and all other identifying elements including colors and fonts will be removed from your packaging. Oh, and an alternative disruptive technology with a different delivery mechanism and lower health risks is…
  • Net Benefit Focuses Brands On Sources Of Value

    Martin Bishop
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:10 am
    It takes some combination of time, effort, creativity and money for brands to successfully differentiate themselves from the competition — something brilliant in terms of functionality, design or marketing for a brand to stand out from the crowd. Differentiation is worth striving for. Differentiated products command loyalty and a price premium. Some products are so differentiated, people will wait all day and all night just to get a hold of them. But it’s not about differentiation at all costs. The question is whether consumers will pay enough for all your brilliance and investment? Can…
  • Balancing Brand Transparency And Disclaimers

    Mark Di Somma
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Disclaimers are everywhere. From the websites we visit to the products we buy and the ads we watch, the terms under which consumers read and receive are carefully wrapped in legal bubble-wrap to protect brands from liability. In an age of transparency, such disclosures seem prudent and very much in keeping with the demands of today. You know where you stand. The terms for what you are getting are laid out in explicit detail. Or are they? At a time when so many consumers admit to having disclaimer fatigue and not checking the fine print, do disclaimers work to build trust? How much do…
  • What To Expect From A Rebrand

    Mark Di Somma
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Every company that rebrands does so with high hopes. Their expectation is of course that this will mark a new chapter in the life of the business. Given how much is being invested, that seems more than a reasonable goal on their part. But is it realistic? How much change can a company expect to see through a rebrand, and where? This article by Laurent Muzellec and Mary Lambkin from some years back lays out some evergreen principles and reminds us that no two rebrands are the same in terms of the results they generate. It depends on the degree of change. Muzellec and Lambkin draw a clear…
  • When To Add Or Eliminate In Brand Portfolios

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    Branding Strategy Insider readers know, we regularly answer questions from marketers. Today we hear from Sylvia, a VP of Brand Strategy in New York, New York who writes… “We have multiple brands (12) across the organization with varying identities. What are the best practices for deciding when to add or eliminate a brand?” Thanks for your question Sylvia. In general, fewer brands are better. Having fewer brands reduces the required marketing resources and makes it easier to build brand awareness more quickly. Each brand should have its own promise and positioning. Given that,…
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    Men with Pens

  • Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake

    James Chartrand
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Why You Should Let Your Client Make a Mistake first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006 — 2015,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course

    James Chartrand
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! Win a Scholarship to the Damn Fine Words Writing Course first appeared on Men With Pens Copyright 2006... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should

    James Chartrand
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Click here to read the full article →Another rocking post from Men With Pens! How to change your “away” mindset – and why you should first appeared on Men With Pens ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why you need to attach meaning to your money

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

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

  • This Week’s Assignment

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Let’s talk about profitability. In an ideal world, every single activity in your business would lead to immediate money in your pocket. Post a tweet? Ka-ching! Send up a new blog post? Ka-ching! Organize your desk? Ka-ching! This is what we all secretly wish a magical genie would make possible for us. (Well, truthfully, not me. I’d prefer the Ka-chings! to arrive, well, just because.) In your business, you kind of know what activities are profitable for you. Generally, there are a few core things that either make you money now or demonstrably make you money on a regular basis. If…
  • How Innovative Are You Willing To Be?

    Naomi Dunford
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Innovation has become a weird word. It conjures up images of inventing the next iPad, or revolutionizing an industry, or doing something so epic that IT. CHANGES. EVERYTHING. But it didn’t always mean that. It used to also mean “figuring out a way to do something you didn’t think could be done.” Sure, inventing Post-It notes was innovative. But so is bartering with a web designer so you can get that $1,500 website without having to pay the cash you don’t have. So is taking a laptop with a broken screen and plugging a used, $50 monitor you got on eBay into it.
  • The Only Sure Thing In Business Is …

    Naomi Dunford
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:57 pm
    If there’s any question I hear at least once per week, it’s this: “How do I know if my idea for my [business/product/viral blog post] will work?” That’s a valid question. No one wants to intentionally put years of hard work into a business and have it fail at the end. Here’s a secret for you: Most businesses don’t “fail.” I’ve been running this website since 2006. (Damn!) Out of all the blogs and small business ventures I remember in the first, say, three or four years of being online, I’d say 10% of them are still around…
  • “More” Is Not A Business Plan

    Naomi Dunford
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Today someone asked “How do you know what numbers to pick for your business targets?” (This was asked in response to an earlier post, If You Don’t Have This, You Don’t Have A Strategy.) In that post I talked about how people who succeed generally have some form of a concrete plan, with specific checkpoints and numbers included. For example, they’re going to get their list to 2,000 subscribers before they launch their first product. Or they’re going to write two books and then get on the speaker circuit. Or they’re going to build a platform of 25,000…
  • What Is Warm Traffic? (And What Should You Do About It?)

    Naomi Dunford
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:56 pm
    Welcome to “I Don’t Get It” Wednesday, where we take a marketing-related topic that everybody’s talking about and explain it using short words. In today’s edition, we tackle “warm traffic.” What Is Warm Traffic? The very short answer is that warm traffic is what we call visitors who have some level of familiarity with you. Cold traffic, on the other hand, doesn’t know who the hell you are and couldn’t pick you out of a lineup. (Warm traffic may not necessarily be able to pick you out of a lineup either, but at least they’ll have some…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • Are you an Apple?

    Jay H. Heyman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:18 am
    There are many Smartphone choices: Apple, Samsung, Android, etc. But has any brand captured the attention of the world as much as Apple? And not just their Phone. How about the iPads, Macs, Watches, MacBooks? And putting aside your personal opinion of the products, you have to be constantly amazed at the attention each of their product announcements gather. This September 9th there will be another announcement. Apple’s annual fall iPhone news event. And the web is overflowing with rumors and stories as to what is going to be shown. New iPhones, of course. But maybe new iPads, the latest…
  • Don’t hide the menu

    Jay H. Heyman
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    Scan of a prix fixe menu from Lotos Club, New York City, March 4, 1893. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) A boat ride is a nice idea, especially on a hot summer day. A boat that takes you on a 45-minute trip on the Hudson, leaving from a midtown pier in Manhattan. The ride itself is free, a nice touch, since they serve food and alcohol and hope to make their money that way. We tried it on a weekday, since we (correctly) believed it would be less crowded. Weather ideal, boat not crowded, food fine. So why am I telling you all this, since, after all, this is a marketing blog? Because of that old…
  • And I should hire you because…?

    Jay H. Heyman
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) At a meeting recently, someone asked everyone in the room this question: So please, tell me, what’s the one reason I should hire you? A great question, and quite interesting. First of all, he asked for one reason, not a bunch. Which is exactly right. Respond to that question with a long list and a few things happen, most of them bad. Whomever you are talking to probably won’t remember more than one or two of your reasons, the rest becoming blah, blah, blah and diminishing your total effort.  Also, it sounds like you are just throwing out information, hoping to…
  • Are you a scaredy cat?

    Jay H. Heyman
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Pablo Casals (Photo credit: Wikipedia) To varying degrees, all of us get nervous when talking in front of a group. It’s basically a form of stage fright, and yes, it depends somewhat on the size of the group, your subject matter, and your experience. But stage fright is a fascinating topic—Barbra Streisand, Laurence Olivier, Adele and Pablo Casals are among many others who suffer from it and are mentioned in this book review in the New Yorker. You don’t have to be a famous performer to get the jitters. It just takes presenting a campaign to one important client who has never been known…
  • Am I getting too old for Old Spice?

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There was a time, early in my copywriting career, that I worked on Old Spice deodorant. Several groups competed to have their creative selected to be the national campaign.  My campaign slogan was “The deodorant for night owls,” and though we did not win, I did get a nice trip to Los Angeles to shoot the spot, which in the old—fly first class, stay in the Beverly Wilshire hotel—days, was a nice treat. So while I must admit to a warm feeling for the product, I am baffled by the current campaign. Perhaps it is as simple as a generational thing. Or perhaps I…
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    Bplans Blog

  • How to Define Your Target Market

    Tim Berry
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    What’s my target market? What should it be? How would I know? Here’s a list of five things that will help you figure it out. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • From Food Cart to Award-Winning Restaurant: A Secret to Success Story

    Anthony St. Clair
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:30 am
    One entrepreneurial couple's story of going from food cart owners to opening an award-winning brewery. Want to open a restaurant or a food cart? Read on. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How One Creative Freelancer Like You Almost Didn’t Get Paid

    Ann Rea
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you poured time and resources into a creative project and not been paid? Are you worried it could happen? If you're a freelancer, this is a must-read. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Your Small Business News Roundup 8.28.15

    Michael X. Heiligenstein
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bringing you the latest news on small business and more—this week we’re covering 3D printing, millennials at work, and what you need to know about Black Monday. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Keep Discounts from Killing Your Business [PART 3]

    Leah Hamilton
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    In this article, we'll take a look at what anti-spam legislation applies to your small business, so that you can market without spamming. We'll go into detail on the various anti-spam legislation that exists, so that you can make sure your business is complying with regulations. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
 
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    SiliconBeat

  • Model X just weeks away, Musk Tweets

    Louis Hansen
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Elon Musk tweeted this afternoon the first Model X production cars will be handed over from Tesla Motors Fremont, Ca. plant on (drum roll, please)…Sept. 29. The first Model X vehicles rolling off the production line list for $132,000. The cost, Musk explained, is because these signature models come “fully loaded.” Features include leather interior, wood or carbon fiber trim and an autopilot feature with self-parking and automatic lane steering. Musk tweeted that the base Model X will cost $5,000 more than the Model S “due to greater size & body complexity.”…
  • Baby monitors are a hacker highway to employer data, report says

    Pete Carey
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:22 pm
    A research firm says the security flaws it found in more than half a dozen baby monitors show what a hacker playground the Internet of Things is becoming. Rapid7, a New York security data analytics company, said that it has found 10 vulnerabilities in six different companies’ popular baby monitors, the gadgets that let parents use their smartphones or branded devices check on their sleeping baby. There may not be that many hackers interested in watching babies on their own phones, but Rapid7 says the flaws illustrate how shaky security is in the growing Internet of Things. Since many…
  • Google lets you talk to your doc(ument)

    Matt O'Brien
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:11 am
    Pitching it as a back-to-school product, Google on Wednesday introduced an update to Google Docs that allows users to speak to their documents. The update that uses Google’s speech recognition software for voice-typing is a way of keeping notes “on the go or during a meeting, trying to get the thoughts inside your head into a document,” Ritcha Ranjan, a product manager for Google Docs Editors, said in an interview at the company’s downtown San Francisco office. Google isn’t the first company to do this — Apple has made its products able to respond to voice…
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:44 am
    Here’s what’s going on in tech. The soon-to-be-unveiled new Apple TV will start at $149, and add universal search, according to BuzzFeed’s sources. Or to find out for sure, wait till the Apple event on Sept. 9. Intel exec Michael Bell, who led the chip company’s Internet of Things effort, will be Silver Spring Networks’ new CEO. (WSJ, Silver Spring announcement) New study provides confirmation that Twitter needs the news and the news needs it. (Via Fortune) Instagram adds private and group messaging. Where did Apple Music exec Ian Rogers go? To European luxury…
  • Josh Miller’s next stop: the White House

    Michelle Quinn
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:37 am
    Josh Miller, the co-founder of Branch, appears to be on the fast track to somewhere. Next stop, the White House, as its first director of product, as he announced on his personal blog. Last year, the Princeton dropout, now 24, sold communications platform Branch, which had backing from Twitter co-founders, for $15 million to Facebook. Branch allows groups of people to hold discussions. He then went to work for the social networking giant, as TechCrunch reports. But in 2013, before Miller was working at Facebook, he attacked FWD.us, the issues advocacy group founded by Mark Zuckerberg. He was…
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    BizSugar / Published News

  • 6 Reasons To Reconsider Your Planned Corporate Escape

    martinzwilling
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The grass is always greener on the other side. It seems that everyone I know who works in a corporate environment dreams of escaping to become an entrepreneur, and every entrepreneur wishes he or she had the security of a regular paycheck.As someone who has experience on both sides of this fence, I17 Vote(s)
  • This Entrepreneur Uses Periscope As A Growth Hack

    clickfire
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:41 am
    Apps like Periscope, Meerkat and Blab enable businesses and solopreneurs to make a convenient, "on the fly" mobile broadcasting station, streaming real-time video and audio to any viewers who join their broadcasts.17 Vote(s)
  • 7 Online Tools to Grow Your Business - AllBusiness Experts

    MMarquit
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:06 am
    One of the things I love about technology is the ability it has to provide greater options for business. There are a number of tools I use to manage my online freelancing business, and I know several other business owners who make use of various tools to grow their businesses online.16 Vote(s)
  • Pressure Creates Diamonds: 7 Startups Heating Up The Tech Industry

    erikemanuelli
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:58 am
    The world might be ready for yet another ‘unicorn' startup: that mythical company that will change the way we do things, earning their billions in the process. Here are seven up-and-comers that are destined to make their own enormous dents in their respective industries.18 Vote(s)
  • How to be a Content Marketing Pro in Just a Few Hours Each Week

    Caron_Beesley
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:14 am
    Here are a few simple strategies for implement a solid content marketing program for your small business with just a few hours each week.16 Vote(s)
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    CreativityRulz

  • WHY IT'S IMPERATIVE TO TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Tina Seelig
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities. All of these options require a depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline, as well as creative problem solving skills, leadership abilities, experience working on effective teams, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. It’s no coincidence that these are the same capabilities that employers say they want in college…
  • WHY DO PEOPLE THINK YOU CAN'T TEACH CREATIVITY?

    Tina Seelig
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:47 am
    It’s a crime not to teach young people to be creative and entrepreneurial. We’re each responsible for building our own lives and for repairing the broader problems of the world, and the only way to do so is with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to bring ideas to fruition.Unfortunately, most formal education deals with memorization as opposed to innovation. It focuses on learning about heroes as opposed to teaching students to be heroic. And it presents problems with one right answer as opposed to real-life challenges with an endless number of viable solutions.Many people…
  • HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR PASSION?

    Tina Seelig
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I often meet individuals who are desperately looking deep inside themselves to find something that will spark their passions. They miss the fact that, for most of us, our actions lead to our passions, not the other way around. Passion is not innate, but grows from your experiences. For example, if you never heard a violin, kicked a ball, or cracked an egg, you’d never know that you enjoy classical music, soccer, or cooking, respectively. The first step toward developing a passion need not be glamorous. If you took a job as a waiter in a restaurant, for instance, you’d have the chance to…
  • From Inspiration to Implementation

    Tina Seelig
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    There is an insatiable demand for innovation and entrepreneurship. These skills are required to help individuals and ventures thrive in a competitive and dynamic marketplace. However, many people don’t know where to start.There isn’t a well-charted course from inspiration to implementation. Other fields — such as physics, biology, math, and music — have a huge advantage when it comes to teaching those topics. They have clearly defined terms and a taxonomy of relationships that provide a structured approach for mastering these skills. That’s exactly what we need in…
  • Unpacking Your Creative "Suitcase"

    Tina Seelig
    6 Apr 2012 | 1:11 pm
    Yesterday was the first day of our spring quarter course on creativity at Stanford dschool and we jumped right in! I told the class that I really hate my suitcase... I travel a lot and find my carry-on bag to be quite a pain. After I spend the time packing it, I have to unpack it again in the security line at the airport; there often isn't room for it in the luggage rack; and since I pack it so densely it is really hard for me to lift into the rack... Please help! I ask them to design a new suitcase for me.Within 10 minutes they have created a long list of really cool new ideas, including a…
 
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    Small Biz Daily

  • What Can You Learn By Working in a Restaurant? Just About Everything

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:31 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that one in three Americans had their first job in the restaurant industry? I didn’t—but when you think about it, that stat makes a whole lot of sense, because working in the restaurant industry offers a real-life education in an incredible range of transferable job skills. Just consider what’s involved in being part of the team in a typical restaurant operation. Employees must learn how to deal with the…
  • Six Sigma and Change Management

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Alex Pejak Nothing stands still in the world of business. Technology, globalization and the free flowing nature of knowledge and information (thanks to the Internet) means that we live in a constantly changing business environment. Business practices and methodologies that may have been efficient and profitable in earlier years, may not be working in your best interests of moving forward today. That’s why your business needs to be comfortable with change: sooner or later, your business will inevitably need to transition into a better version of itself, and when that happens, you’ll…
  • 3 Ways the Cloud Can Help SMBs Get Off the IT Treadmill

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Matt Schvimmer Although small and mid-sized businesses do not have the IT expertise and budgets of larger enterprises, analyst firm Gartner expects SMB IT spending to grow at a faster rate than overall enterprise IT spending over the long term. Cloud and SaaS-based solutions and services, as well as the rising adoption of smartphones and other powerful mobile computing devices, now enable employees to work anytime, anywhere and with anyone. The productivity gains this cloud computing and mobility combination provides can be significant for employees, but it can also have the opposite…
  • Quiz: Does Your Marketing Department Make it Rain?

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    The post Quiz: Does Your Marketing Department Make it Rain? appeared first on Small Biz Daily.
  • Failure is the Best Teacher: You Won’t Learn These Skills in Business School

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky As everyone from first-graders to college seniors heads back to school this (and next) month, it’s natural to think about the lessons we do—and don’t—learn from school. Unfortunately, I think, most schools teach you some things you’ll need to know in life and a lot of things you won’t ever need to worry about, like how to measure the size of a rhombus. There’s long been a debate in the entrepreneurial community about whether entrepreneurs should go to business school. While some advocate skipping college altogether, others insist a college education is…
 
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    The Power of Goodwill Blog

  • E Is For Expectations

    Janet Smith
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
     is for Expectations. This is the fifth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and E is for expectationsEmployees intrinsically have certain expectations about a job, from the moment they accept a position with a company and throughout the entire time of employment. Morale suffers (as do productivity, commitment, creativity, concern for the customer, teamwork…and so on…) in direct proportion to the number of these expectations that are consistently not met. It’s just human nature to have some expectations of a boss, a job, and an employer. I’m not…
  • D Is For Direction

    Janet Smith
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    is for direction. This is the fourth post of my Employee Morale From A-Z series, and D is for direction. The importance of direction was included in my previous post, C is for Clarity, in a list of things that must be clarified for employees: The goals they are working toward, and how those goals contribute to the organization’s mission.  One of my favorite sayings is, “If the boat misses the harbor, it’s not the harbor’s fault.”In a nutshell, this explains the importance of providing employees with clear direction. It can be accomplished…
  • C Is For Clarity

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

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

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

  • This Week in Content Marketing: 2016 Will Be the Year of Content Marketing M&A

    Joe Pulizzi
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the $48 million purchase of content agency King Content and then predict we’ll see an accelerating trend of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2016. Next, we wonder if digital agencies can effectively compete with publishers that are getting aggressive about content marketing and ponder what’s behind Oracle’s purchase of web-page testing firm Maxymiser. Then, we take a deep dive into F+W’s model of audience development and e-commerce,…
  • Native Advertising Is Not Content Marketing

    Joe Pulizzi
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    When you see the phrase “native advertising,” what do you think? Do you think of content marketing? Well, a lot of people do … so much so, that I felt compelled to write an article about it. Before I go through the differences, let me explain why it’s essential to make the distinction. The words we use are important. From the moment I started in this industry over 15 years ago, everyone used different terms – customer media, branded content (please don’t!), custom publishing, custom content. The good news is that most people today call it content marketing. As I mentioned in a…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: End of Days for Digital Display Spells Opportunity for Brands

    Joe Pulizzi
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I discuss the “advertising apocalypse” that’s become a critical issue for publishers – and why it’s an opportunity for brands. Next, we ponder the blurring line between journalists and content marketers and agree what should be done about authors who hijack the term “content marketing.” Finally, we lament the ad hoc state of content creation in many organizations today, and encourage marketers to focus on something else that will…
  • This Week in Content Marketing: The Sad Future Reality of Brands Battling for Advertising

    Joe Pulizzi
    15 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    PNR: This Old Marketing with Joe Pulizzi and Robert Rose can be found on both iTunes and Stitcher In this week’s episode, Robert and I weigh in on the debate between online and TV-based content advertising – which isn’t really a battle at all. We agree with Facebook’s decision to roll out its new Live video program only to celebrities and ponder an Uber-like model that agencies of the near future may adopt to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Rants and raves include a new web documentary video series sponsored by MillerCoors that highlights artisanal products and their…
  • Why Startups Trump Large Enterprises in Content Marketing Every Time

    Joe Pulizzi
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    For the past 15 years, I’ve focused most of my content marketing time on the largest of large businesses. This means dealing with politics, silos, budget issues, and agency relations. In large enterprises, content marketing is a complex beast, hard to move without significant culture change. The hardest part? Doing something differently from how they’ve done it in the past (which is mostly paid media). Enter the research for my new book, Content Inc. In preparation, Clare McDermott, editor of Chief Content Officer magazine, and I interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs. In almost every case,…
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • This is Why I Succeeded in Sales

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    I never wanted to be in sales. I only went into this field because I had an idea to start a company. The SCORE consultant I met with told me my plan wouldn't succeed unless I learned how to sell.
  • How Do You Rate—on LinkedIn?

    18 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    A few weeks ago, LinkedIn released their Social Selling Index (SSI) to the public. When you click on it, you immediately get a quick snapshot of how you compare to your peers and your network. 
  • Use this Ridiculous Sales Stat for Nonstop Sales Growth

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

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

    9 Jul 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Most people don’t believe it when I tell them it’s super easy to increase their sales IQ. But first, let me tell you about some interesting data.
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Deep Expertise and Divergence: Key Lessons from Culinary Innovation

    Menno van Dijk
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Chefs who work in haute cuisine, Michelin-starred restaurants boast outstanding talent and craftsmanship. Is there a link between these restaurants and budding culinary innovation? There appears to be a link as all the chefs listed in the “Most Prominent Innovators” are in the kitchen of a starred restaurant. We extract some key lessons, stretching far beyond the kitchen, and investigate the role of any social environment on nurturing creativity and innovation.
  • THNK

    InnovationTools.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:28 am
    You are a corporate manager or innovation leader looking to increase the probability of success for a new innovation strategy or business development effort. THNK provides you with the insights, tools and access to lead your innovation efforts to scale.
  • The 2015 Global Innovation Economy Survey

    InnovationManagement
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    The state of the global innovation economy is alive and well, according to a recent survey report featuring organisations actively developing and implementing new technologies and solutions across a range of industries.
  • Follow the Crowd or Create the Marketplace

    Cris Beswick
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:06 pm
    It’s follow my leader time for the world’s stock markets. Concerns over the state of the Chinese economy have seen markets plunge into freefall, only for some to bounce upwards again a few hours later. At the time of writing, markets are still in flux with analysts divided on the eventual outcome.
  • Top 5 Tips for Outsourcing Your Learning and Development

    Danny Roberts
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:18 am
    Although a lot of companies would undoubtedly prefer to keep all of their operations in-house, this sometimes isn’t realistic. Whether you are suffering from budget or other resource restrictions, lack of personnel or a general lack of time to do a high-quality job, many other organisations are available to handle things on your behalf.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • Private Capital Access Project: Small Business Optimism on Upswing

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    ©iStock/A-WranglerDun & Bradstreet and Pepperdine University has released the Private Capital Access (PCA) results for Q3. In addition, Dun & Bradstreet will be at the upcoming WBDC 29th Annual Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference on Wednesday, September 2nd at McCormick Place West in Chicago moderating the morning breakout session focusing on access to capital issues for small businesses in addition to co-hosting the 1:1 Lender Matchmaking session.To learn more about the WBDC Conference and D&B's morning breakout session, visit:http://www.ewc29.org.To learn more about D&B…
  • Disruptive Innovation in the Cargo Space

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:16 am
    ©iStock/Prasit RodphanCargo shipments are coming into the Internet age and promise to reshape the transportation industry.  Find out how in the following article I authored for the About.com Import and Export site.Shipping Global Cargo in the Internet Age
  • Today in Global Small Business: Private Air Travel Has Flown In Via Ubair

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:53 am
    ©iStock/Trish233What's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:How to connect a website to a payment processing network (options).How to avoid three mistakes when launching a website.Is it true?  Facebook has become the top social platform for e-commerce.An app that allows you to shop and pay using social media.You've heard of Uber, now there's ubair.com for private air travel.Coming soon ... pay easily on social media.
  • How to Be a Cloud Floating in the Blue!

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:27 am
    ©2015 Laurel J. Delaney.  All rights reserved."How sweet to be a cloudFloating in the blue!Every little cloudAlways sings aloud.How sweet to be a cloudFloating in the blue!It makes him very proudTo be a little cloud"-- A Cloud:  A poem from the original Pooh Bear book by A.A. Milne
  • To Go Global, Improve Your Online Presence

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    ©iStock/PrykhodovThere is $50 billion in untapped business potential out there, which businesses could get a share of if they improved their online presence,” says Richard Flanigan, Google's head of small business marketing in Australia.Small Business: Digital Growth, new PwC analysis commissioned by Google, found that this myth is preventing Australian small businesses from realizing their growth prospects and future economic gain. The research, which is powered by PwC’s innovative Geospatial Economic Model (GEM), discovered that embracing digital and mobile technology could help…
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    Entrance » Blog

  • Top 4 Microsoft Tools for Your Move to Office 365

    Benjamin
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:46 pm
    If you are considering a move to Office 365, or you’re in the middle of a deployment, here’s a little inside information from a Microsoft Partner on the tools and services Microsoft makes available for free to help you save time and money. You may be wondering why someone who makes their living helping clients move to the cloud would want to publicize the fact that some of what consultants traditionally offer as service partners is available for free from Microsoft these days. Our job is to help you make the best decision for you and your company, and we are confident that money you…
  • Master Data Management with the SQL Server Stack

    Eric
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Many solutions exist in the marketplace for Master Data Management, such as Informatica, IBM InfoSphere, and Oracle MDM, even including industry specialists such as EnergyIQ. However, many software buyers don’t realize that they already own an MDM platform through their existing Microsoft SQL Server licenses. Even if you don’t currently have Microsoft’s MDM toolset, it can be acquired at a much lower cost of entry than the “big boys” by purchasing SQL Server Business Intelligence Edition. What does the Microsoft MDM toolset bring to the table? Microsoft’s primary offering for MDM…
  • 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Hire an Offshore Developer

    Eric
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Offshoring your outsourced software product development may seem like an easy choice based on cost but the decision is really much more nuanced than just straight dollars and cents. #1: Don’t underestimate the value of face-to-face meetings between the technical team and your business users. This is crucial to project success. Make sure your product team not just literally speaks your language but can speak the language of your business. Requirements documentation is essential for the success of any software project. No one wants to hear or say “that’s not what I had in mind” at the…
  • Why go agile?

    Henry
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Simply put, an agile methodology allows you to deliver the most business value per dollar spent.  The foundation of agile lies in its iterative process – every 2-4 weeks, the development team demos a fully functioning piece of software with key stakeholders. This process has the following benefits: 1) Ensures that course corrections can be quickly and easily made. Often, software development of a fully featured, enterprise-class piece of software can take months, if not years. If any miscommunications occur at the beginning, it is essential that these get resolved before they become…
  • Improving SharePoint User Adoption

    Kristen
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Kiddos aren’t the only ones heading back to school. We’ve launched a 7-day email course that teaches you how to build a SharePoint intranet site that people actually want to use. Earlier this summer, my colleague, Ben Smith and I gave a webinar presentation on increasing SharePoint user adoption to improve the return on your SharePoint investment. Not everyone has time for a webinar, but I you might have time for one lesson a day, delivered by email! If you’re ready to learn how to build a SharePoint site that people actually want to use, Entrance is now offering a free…
 
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Networking Opportunities and Errors

    Alyson Stanfield
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Meeting new people is essential to growing your art business. The more people you know, the more people there are to appreciate, buy, and tell people about your art. [Tweet this] The best tip I can give is just to get out! Online relationships are valuable, but in-person meetings can make an artist’s career. Networking Opportunities Everyone you run into is a: Potential buyer. You never know where people are coming from. Potential connector. If everyone you meet knows 150 people (the average), imagine the possibilities. When you meet someone who is great at making connections between…
  • Feedback Whether You Want It or Not

    Alyson Stanfield
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We are often too quick to ask for feedback. We’re equally guilty of giving feedback when it’s not requested (or wanted). I’ve been guilty of both – especially the latter – and I’ve learned a lot about giving and receiving feedback. I owe much of what I know about feedback to Cynthia Morris, an artist and coach. Here’s what I’ve learned from her and from others. When Not to Ask for Feedback Feedback is serious stuff. You should only ask for it if you’re prepared to hear the answers. At certain points in the creative process, your project is in a delicate state. You might have…
  • Juggling Multiple Income Streams from Your Art

    Alyson Stanfield
    13 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I probably don’t have to tell you that selling only original works of art doesn’t always pay the bills. Sales can be seasonal, galleries can shut their doors, or the economy might tank. This is why I am all for artists having multiple streams of income – when it makes sense. Multiple Income Streams for Artists An income stream is a source of money. Your income streams might include employment outside of your art business, but I’m going to focus on diversifying how you make money from your art. Selling original works of art is probably the most appealing way for you to make money…
  • Ease Overwhelm with These 8 Time-Saving Tips

    Alyson Stanfield
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Are you like a lot of my clients? You want to do/try it all. You’d like to be everywhere but time runs out. Lack of time is the number one anxiety for most of my clients. It’s not fear of rejection or failure or even potential criticism. It’s there’s not enough time in the day to do it all. Like you, I’ve been overwhelmed with possibilities for business development and strategy. Just three years ago, I remember sitting down and crying to my husband that I couldn’t work any harder. If I wanted to increase my impact in the world, I would have to work smarter. That’s when I hired a…
  • The Big Secret About Your Art Career That Nobody Is Telling You

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

  • Are You Sure You Know What You Need to Know About Accounts Receivable?

    Meryl Evans
    7 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    “Cash is king.” No doubt every small business owner has heard that. That’s because a small business can’t survive without cash flow. All the great talent means zilch if you can’t pay them and your bills. But what brings in the cash? Your accounts receivable, or A/R. Accounts receivable is an accounting term for what your clients owe you for the products or services you delivered. Your invoices are a generated accounts receivable. Until you submit your invoices to clients, you won’t get paid. How accounts receivable affects reporting Here’s the thing about A/R in accounting. When…
  • How Do I Get a Client to Pay up?

    Meryl Evans
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    This is a true story. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty. A prospect contacted me interested in my company’s services. We discussed the project and came to agreement on the scope and price. My team went right to work. To ensure the client was happy with the direction, we submitted a portion of the work. Jack asked us to modify one thing, otherwise he liked it. At that point, he said he’d send us payment for a portion of the project. My team continued working, applying the client’s feedback. Shortly after, we submitted half of the project. And here’s the…
  • How to Build Your B2B Brand with Twitter in 7 Easy Steps

    Meryl Evans
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    When I first heard about Twitter, I didn’t get its appeal. As I understood it, people could send short messages for others to read. That sounded like a public bulletin board. The Internet is full of special interest topic forums. People can send short messages to each other via emails, text messaging, online chat, and other ways. So what’s the big deal about Twitter? Nevertheless, I signed up for the service and listened. At first, it felt like a waste of time. Of course, I didn’t have many followers and had no clue who to follow. This was 2008 when Twitter was still young’un. The…
  • How to Cure Your Addiction to Merchant Cash Advance

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

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

    Dawud Miracle
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:48 am
    You’re probably making the same marketing mistakes life coaches everywhere are making. Remember when you completed your coaching certification? You were so excited to get out there and coach people. You became a coach to help people, to make a difference in their lives and help them make change where they felt stuck. Fast forward to where you are now and you feel more like you’re lost at sea than anything else. You’ve done everything they told you after completing your coaching program. You got your website, wrote some pages, figured out your packages and prices. But…
  • 7 Clear Reasons Why You Need a New Website

    Dawud Miracle
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    Just like any other technology, websites become obsolete. And when they become obsolete you’ll need a new website. Here’s 7 ways to know whether you need a new website or not. Reason 1: Your website isn’t mobile friendly. Two words: BIG DEAL!!. Here’s what you need to know – 50% of all web traffic AND 60%+ of all search queries are being done on mobile devices. You’re giving 50% of your visits a very poor experience. And Google is penalizing sites that aren’t mobile friendly. There’s your top reason. Don’t sleep on mobile. The numbers are…
  • 3 Steps to Overcoming Web Overwhelm

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

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

    Dawud Miracle
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    There are so many ways that coaches and holistic healers can get a website today. You can go the ‘old fashioned’ route and have a website designer build a pages in HTML. You can use some of the pre-made services you’ll find on any number of hosts (though most of the designs look like they’re 10 years old). Or you can have your website created on one of the myriad of publishing platforms available today. Of course my favorite publishing platform for coaches, healers and the other service providers I work with is WordPress. There’s others, of course. But having use…
 
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    Business of Software USA

  • How To Grow and Scale A Culture with Limited Funds – Alicia Navarro

    Joe Glover
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    Scaling is a challenge which presents itself to any company starting out. Further to this, cash flow is the single greatest reason companies fail in the beginning. So how do you scale, whilst remaining respectful of your budget? Skimlinks is a company that in 2014 facilitated $625 Million worth of transactions, and over it’s lifetime has grown to a team of over 60 people. Alicia Navarro, CEO of Skimlinks describes how she got there, shedding light on how she maintains culture, particularly through her recruitment process. Video and Transcript below.  Join the Business of Software…
  • Guest Blog Post: Jeff Gothelf, Josh Seiden: Help Needed for Book Case Studies

    Joe Glover
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    We need your help. We’re working on a new book and we need your stories. Let me explain. In 2013 I was fortunate to present at the Business of Software conference in Boston. At that talk I discussed the organizational changes that had to take place to support a culture of continuous learning and innovation. The ideas in my talk were based on my personal experience and the work I had done for my first book, Lean UX. Written as a guide for designers struggling to work with agile software teams, the material found a broader audience with product managers, marketers, and  software engineers.
  • Customer Centered Innovation – Tony Ulwick

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    At Business of Software Conference USA 2014, Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs to be Done movement, looked at the tools and processes you can use to uncover innovation opportunities. What are your customers trying to achieve, and how can you help them get there? Simple questions, but creating a disciplined approach to uncovering and capturing the answers is a huge step forward for your business. Watch the video for answers, for those who prefer, transcript is below. For more great insight like this, Business of Software Conference USA 2015 is only a month a way. Full Schedule…
  • What SHOULD we be learning from games?

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Chris Massey gave a lightning talk at Business of Software Conference Europe 2014 on the topic of Gamification. In this guest blog post, he revisits his talk, offering further insight into why we should be thinking more like game designers. Video below, followed by Chris’ insights. I was privileged to be invited to give this lightning talk at BoS UK 2014 but, upon watching the recording, I realised that I really embraced the idea of a “lightning talk” and spoke improbably fast. If you were there and were struggling to decipher my gabble, I offer the idea in written format. Depending…
  • A trio of Google Hangouts: Patrick McKenzie, Alex Osterwalder, Peldi Guilizzoni

    Joe Glover
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Business of Software Conference USA is one month away. This year, we’ve refocused on the topic of growth and taking your company to the next level. You can see the full schedule here to see what we mean. To match the theme, we have a line-up of knowledgeable and experienced industry specialists, speaking on topics close to their heart. Before the conference however, you have the chance to hang out with them and preview their talks, as well as pitch your questions to them. We have a trio of hangouts coming in the next couple of weeks that you should know about. 1. Alex Osterwalder,…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • Focused Leadership

    Tara Joyce
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Despite what my rebellious ego sometimes wants me to believe, having people to support us in meeting our goals is necessary, and even wonderful. Sometimes though, when we lack focus, receiving the help we need and leading others can become more work that it hopes to accomplish. Your unwavering vision is necessary and needed to guide and steer the people who want to help you. When you are the Captain of the ship, you know the course you want to take and you know all the information that flows through your craft. You hold an unique and powerful position, and this power must be acknowledged and…
  • The First Step

    Tara Joyce
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:15 am
    The first step… It’s the most exciting and scary moment. It’s the moment when you become aware of the problem… And it’s the moment when you begin to solve it. Becoming aware of the problem is the beginning of your solution. Awareness is your first step. In simply recognizing the dirt and muck, you’re growing. There are so many who are not even yet willing to look there and recognize it. You, however, are. In seeing it, you’re already working on rising above it. You’re already taking a huge step. Your unconditional worth can only be discovered…
  • Protecting Your Flow

    Tara Joyce
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    When we feel unsafe, whether we fear being judged, disliked, or misunderstood, it stops our creative flow. Fear is stifling. Alternatively, when we feel safe, our creativity unfolds and reveals itself, without our conscious effort. Knowing this, we can maximize our creative potential by creating conditions where we feel safe and unrestricted. In protecting our flow, we inspire our creativity. Doing this includes avoiding people who leave us feeling unsafe, and it includes creating support for the ways in which feel fearful in our own psyches. Internal and external, we have the power to create…
  • The Heart of Self-Worth

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

  • Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind!

    Jeff Cornwall
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    First of all I wanted to thank you for following my blog, The Entrepreneurial Mind. I first started publishing this blog twelve years ago, and look forward to many more years of providing you with content at this site. We are in the process of launching a new site that will give you even more […] The post Big News from the Entrepreneurial Mind! appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • B2(Small)B Niche Market

    Jeff Cornwall
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Branden O’Neil – Marketing Strategy Coaches helps small businesses strategize TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDelicious The post B2(Small)B Niche Market appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Bank Founder Shares His Views on Investor Relations

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

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

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

  • How Will the EMV Change Impact My Business?

    Amy Wigginton
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    EMV is coming! But what does that mean for you, specifically if you’re a service-based business?  There’s a lot of information out there and it can be confusing to assess the impact this change to EMV chip cards may—or may not—have on your service-based business. So let’s start with some of the basics. What is EMV? EMV—Europay, MasterCard, Visa—is a global standard for credit and debit cards equipped with an embedded microchip. Standard U.S. credit and debit cards have a magnetic stripe that is swiped to process a transaction. Even though chipped cards are being widely…
  • Tips for Launching a Small Business Website

    Lisa Hephner
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was visiting my parents and we were trying choose a restaurant for dinner. I’m something of a picky eater, so we wanted to check out menus online before making a reservation. I was totally astounded when we couldn’t locate a website for their top choice. Had I not been web savvy and determined, we would have simply crossed it off our list and moved on. However, I employed one of my favorite tricks: I used the Google Image Search to find a current menu, which happened to be posted by the marketing firm that designed the menu. (To try this trick yourself, go to image…
  • PayPal Increases Merchant Processing Fees

    Sarah Jordan
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    PayPal announced to merchants that as of October 1st, it will be increasing merchant processing rates to a flat 2.9% + 30 cents on domestic transactions. This is one of PayPal’s first big moves to increase revenue since its split from eBay last July. While the increase will affect only a small portion of PayPal’s portfolio, it is projected to increase annual revenue by $10 million. The change affects the “middle class” of businesses, touching neither the largest nor smallest merchant accounts. This middle class often pays a heftier volume of transaction fees as a percentage of…
  • Create Without Doubt | CEO’s Corner

    Eric Remer
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    A little known secret about creation is that even the best creators doubt themselves in the process of creation.  At first they get excited about the desire to create something and what it will feel like when their desire becomes a reality. Then almost immediately after the excitement starts to fade, genuine doubt sets in.  What if I can’t actually do it?  What if I tell people and don’t deliver?  What about all the people who will be counting on me?  What if I am not as good as I think I am? What if I just fail?  And the doubting questions continue. So right from the start, instead…
  • 11 Mobile Email Statistics Your Small Business Should Know & How to Take Advantage of Them

    Lisa Hephner
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Even with the growth of Chat, text messaging, and other social media messaging, email is still the primary means of business communication. According to a recent report from technology market research firm the Radicati Group, there were 4.1 billion worldwide email accounts in 2014 and that number is predicted to grow to 5.2 billion by the end of 2018. And, while consumer email is actually slowing down (in favor of social media, text messaging, and other non-email online methods), business email is growing– From 108.7 billion business emails per day in 2014 to an expected 139.4 billion…
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    Business Pundit

  • How Much Do CEOs Earn Compared To Their Workers? Study Reveals The Answer

    Peter Mondrose
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:45 am
    The average Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in America earns an astounding amount of money, especially when they are compared against the people who work under them. A new study by the Glassdoor Economic Research team analyzed S&P 500 companies to compare what their CEOs earn in total compensation versus median total compensation for employees. The company found that the average CEO pay is $13.8 million per year, compared to a median worker salary of $77,800 in 2014. Simple math gives us a differential of nearly 204 times what a worker earns.     Starting in 2017 the SEC will…
  • Fiat Chrysler CEO Continues To Talk About GM Merger

    Peter Mondrose
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has continued to talk about his desire to merge the automaker with General Motorols. Marchionne has never been one to shy away from his public belief that consolidation between the two manufacturers could help greatly reduce rising production costs, while offering a more streamlined company. Marchionne went so far as to propose a merger in an email to GM CEO Mary Barra. GM turned down his request but he continues to believe it is the right move. In a new report from industry publication Automotive News, Marchionne avoided…
  • Carly Fiorina Had a Pretty Bad Business Record, But Does That Even Matter?

    Gene Giannotta
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:36 pm
    Carly Fiorina’s impressive performance at Fox News’ “matinee” debate earlier this month helped boost her standing in the crowded Republican presidential field. As her poll numbers have improved, she has refined her core message of bringing a keen private sector sensibility to the federal government. But as her poll numbers go up, the scrutiny of her business record has sharpened – and it isn’t pretty. But does it really matter? That’s a good question to ask, whether or not Fiorina gets a crack in the next debate (unlikely, thanks to CNN’s rules), because she isn’t the…
  • LG Is Selling A Gold-Plated Android Watch For $1,200

    Peter Mondrose
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:42 am
    If you don’t own an iPhone and you still want a gold-plated watch, LG has a solution for you. The company has announced a gold version of its LG Watch Urbane, and it will only cost you $1,200. The LG Watch Urbane Luxe is a limited edition timepiece produced by LG and jeweler Reeds. The company will show off the timepiece at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The watches won’t ship until October and only 500 of the limited edition timepieces will be made. Admittedly the Urbane is already one of the nicest looking Android watches on the market. Now you can add 23-karat gold…
  • Toshiba Delays Earnings Report Again… More Accounting Errors Found

    Peter Mondrose
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:35 am
    Toshiba Corp has delayed its annual financial results again after revealing on Monday morning that it had found more accounting errors after disclosing a $1.2 billion book-keeping scandal. The company was scheduled to post its annual fiscal 2015 earnings but says it has found issues with incorrect impairment charges on fixed assets at several subsidiaries and improperly timed booking of loss provisions at a U.S. subsidiary. The company was supposed to announce its earnings three months ago but delays the event as private investigators examined the company’s books. The probe discovered…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign! Tech Titans and the Housing Crisis

    Jen Boynton
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    As you may have heard, TriplePundit is developing a three-part multimedia series to examine the blind spot facing many tech companies when it comes to their impact on communities. First up, HOUSING.
  • The $250 Trillion Green Economic Revolution

    Bill Roth
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Climate change economics is emerging as a disruptive mega-trend driven by estimates that the cost of global climate change will reach a staggering $72 trillion. Obesity is now projected to carry a global economic cost of more than $100 trillion during the 21st century. In response to these alarming economic realities, a revolution is stirring in who customers buy from, the way investors allocate funds and the companies set to rise to the top.
  • Q&A: Recent Grad Jamie Bohan Talks Strategy in a Changing World

    Mary Mazzoni
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    Today's business leaders must be ready to keep up with the curve-balls the 21st century is poised to throw at them, from shifting economic landscapes to a changing climate. Jamie Bohan, a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU, took notice of this after ending a 20-year stint at Honeywell to manage the sustainability department of waste service company Republic Services.
  • Dallas Houses the Homeless, Saves Taxpayers Money

    Grant Whittington
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dallas will house 50 of its most chronically homeless residents in a small cottage neighborhood, an initiative expected to save taxpayers $1.3 million while giving some of the city's most at-risk residents a second shot at life.
  • Building Equality from the Lower 9th Ward to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

    3p Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is rebuilding homes in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans using sustainable and green building methods with high community involvement. Now the model is being rolled out on American Indian reservations.
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  • Tory Burch. 41 Million | Justin Krane

    Justin Krane
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Tory Burch, a fashion designer got 41 mill. It was from a patent infringement lawsuit. Some company was trying to knock off her stuff. Tory could have ignored the knock offs and gone on with her business. But she didn’t. Why? Because she stood up for what she believes in. Protecting her brand. She persevered and won. Did she need the $41 mill? Nope. She’s worth over $1 Billion. How did Tory get to where she is? To be the 73rd most powerful women in the world? One word. MINDSET. She never went to business school. Or design school. Tory put herself out there. Here’s what she said about…
  • Need to Set up a Teleseminar or Quick Conference Call? | Karen Cappello | @karencappello

    Karen Cappello
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Need to set up a teleseminar or just want to have a quick conference call with a coaching client with the ability to record it? Free Conference Calling is your best bet and the name says it all – FREE! Once you enter your e-mail address, you’ll be provided with a dial-in number and Meeting ID for immediate phone conferencing. Your teleconferencing line is available 24/7 and there’s no need to schedule or make reservations. Each conference call account accommodates 1,000 callers on an unlimited number of 6 hour free conference calls. Best of all, you can provide your coaching clients an…
  • One of The Best Ways To Increase the Flow of Abundance | Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW) | @michelepw

    Michele Pariza Wacek (Michele PW)
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    My good friend and client Lisa Sasevich is the one who first introduced me to the concept of “committed but not attached.” And the first time I heard it I thought “what on earth is she talking about? That makes no sense.” You see, if you’re anything like me, you too may have confused what it means to be attached versus committed. And maybe (like me) you actually may be afraid that if you AREN’T attached to the process, you’re somehow letting the process down and opening yourself up to failure. It’s taking me a long time to sort out being attached versus being committed —…
  • Ever Wonder How Other Busy Coaches Are Able To Post To Social Media Every Single Day? | Karen Cappello | @karencappello

    Karen Cappello
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Don’t you wish you had all the time in the world to post interesting and relevant content to all your social media platforms? Ever wonder how other busy coaches are able to post every single day? The answer is Hootsuite! Hootsuite allows you to schedule your social media content and see the big picture of what’s happening on all your platforms, so you can respond appropriately. Just register for free, add all of your social media accounts and passwords, and you have one dashboard where you can schedule out all your posts for the future. Not only that, you can post once, and send to all…
  • Your Time To Relax, Rejuvenate and Refresh | Fabienne Fredrickson | @Fabienne

    Fabienne Fredrickson
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    The days are long and warm, the tree frogs and cicadas sing from morning to night, the pace is unhurried. I don’t know about you, but having grown up in France, I fervently believe in taking time off and that summer is a time to relax, rejuvenate and massively slow down. I am unapologetic about this. And so, every August, Derek and I take a break from our business for the month and dedicate our days to spending massive quality time with the kids. No frantic schedules. In fact, no schedules at all. We’ve strategically set up our business all year so we can do this, and you can too. We…
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
 
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  • State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    State Won't Let Stores Open on Nov. 22WMTW Most people flock to stores on Thanksgiving for last-minute items or pre-Black Friday steals -- but one state's law doesn't allow that.Where big box stores will be closed In Case You Missed ItSchool Bus Driver's Terrifying Close CallShocking Thing Opens Up in Man's LawnOfficial 'Disgusted' by What Happened to Car
  • General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    General's Emails More Than 'Flirtatious'APGen. John Allen, the top US commander in Afghanistan, exchanged countless emails with a woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal.Source reveals explicit messagesMore NewsPlane Crashes Into Mississippi HomeWashington Post Editor Steps DownHusband Finds Teacher in Act With Boy
  • Reason This Ad Is Making Waves

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Reason This Ad Is Making Waves Marks & SpencerIt looks like any other holiday clothing ad for kids, but something about this one is different -- and it's not an accident.How a Facebook post started it allMore StoriesPreterm Birth Rate Drops to New LowPossible Risk Factor for Autism Found?Stranger I Wish I'd Stopped to Talk With
  • Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 Years

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Soap Star Says Goodbye After 25 YearsCBSSusan Flannery left 'The Bold and the Beautiful' after two and a half decades -- and she's not the only star with a very long TV tenure.Actress who spent 41 years on her showMore to See'X Factor' Singer Says Sexuality Was a RiskActress Opened Up About Bipolar DisorderStreisand's Son Sings for Gay-Friendly Film
  • Take a Look at Where JFK Was Born

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Take a Look at Where JFK Was BornNational Park ServiceYou'll find the late president's very first belongings inside this New England home -- which is being opened to the public for the first time.Famous items the living room is 'filled with'More to SeeStar Has Rose Named After HerCommon Heating Mistake Could Cost YouThe Best Pillow for Your Sleep Style
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    The Retail Doctor Blog

  • The 7 Essentials of Exceptional Retail Customer Service

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Sometimes customer service should be something quick, cheap, and easy. Consider a mother who might be on a time-crunch but needs to pick up a quart of milk on the way home. For that customer, a convenience store fits the bill. But for most retailers, and I mean most, quick and easy is not the way to profitability. If you add in cheap...it gets even worse. To standout from the competition, you need to focus on creating an exceptional experience.
  • How To Reach Retail Customers In Spite Of Their Cocoons

    23 Aug 2015 | 4:12 am
    Let’s admit it, we are now a society of individual planets. We’ve created our own worlds by letting in just what we want to… Trump smackdown videos...yes Cat videos...no Banksy...yes Candy Crush...no People who like X...yes People who believe in Y...no We have surrounded ourselves with images, content, and opinions to protect ourselves from the fear of the outside world. Actually, we haven’t created worlds as much as we have created cocoons With every new friend we add, video we share or product we like, the web shapes itself more closely around our cocoon.
  • How To Engage Retail Customers Begins With A Wow Moment

    15 Aug 2015 | 10:20 pm
    For retail customers to let down their guard, share their desires, and get over their fears of purchasing, you must get them involved...
  • 3 Deadly Traits That Kill Your Efforts To Attract and Keep Customers

    9 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Some of the most popular questions people have for me after they join my newsletter are: How do I get more customers in my store? How do I increase my sales?  How can I sell more? I get it.  Traffic to stores and malls are down, and while you might be tempted to haul out that old losers limp They’re all buying online, don’t. The fact is 85% of the shopping that is to be done for the foreseeable future according to McKinsey will be in brick and mortar stores.  According to TimeTrade, as much as mobile shopping is hyped, the reality is mobile purchasing is slow to grow; only…
  • 11 Ways Your Retail Employees Convert Buyers Into Lookers And Sabotage Your Sales

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

  • An award-winning art director says he's totally unimpressed with Google's new logo

    Chris Weller
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:42 pm
    James Victore doesn't believe the hype about Google's new logo. Actually, maybe it's fairer to say the Emmy award-winning art director and designer fundamentally disagrees with it. "Do I like the typeface? Sure. It's okay. I mean, they've never had a beautiful logo. They've never had a good logo," Victore tells Tech Insider. "And now they still don't." On Tuesday, Google quietly released its latest batch of branding: a stripped-down serif logo and new icons for Internet browsing tabs and the microphone function. Here's the new homepage: While graphic designer Debbie Millman lauded the…
  • Consumers are increasingly turning to the Web to shop for health and personal care products — here's why

    Cooper Smith
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:40 pm
    From cosmetics to disposable razors, personal care items are increasingly being delivered to consumers' doorsteps as more online retailers adopt subscription services. Nearly 40% of US consumers who regularly purchase health and personal care products online say they're signed up for at least one subscription e-commerce service. Consumers largely sign up for subscription e-commerce services for the time-saving benefits. And when it comes to products that consumers use regularly — such as those that fall under the health and personal care category —…
  • Bill Ackman's fund bounced back last week but still had a lousy August

    Julia La Roche
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:31 pm
    August was a month to forget for Bill Ackman. Pershing Square Holdings had been up 10.1% through the end of July. Then the market crashed and the fund went down with it, dropping 13.1% from August 1 to August 25. That put the fund in the red for the year, down 4.3%. It appears that Ackman was able to pare back some of those losses in the last few days of the month.  Pershing Square Holdings finished the month down 9.2%, leaving the fund down 0.1% for the year, according to an investor update. Ackman holds large positions in a handful of publicly traded companies.
  • Williams puts aside slow start to reach 3rd round of US Open

    Howard Fendrich
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:28 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — This was, in just about every measurable way, an up-and-down performance by Serena Williams, filled with double-faults — 10 in all — and two dozen other unforced errors.With her bid for a true Grand Slam at stake, and facing a qualifier ranked only 110th, Williams was far from dominant in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, before pulling ahead and pulling out a 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory over Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands."Today, I was a little tight," Williams said in her on-court interview. "I think it showed."Sure did.She got broken early. She didn't manage…
  • Steve Jobs 'played no role at all' in designing the Apple I or Apple II computers, Woz says

    Julie Bort
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:27 pm
    There are two new movies about Steve Jobs about to hit theaters, but if you want to know how things really went down, talk to the man in the center of the action, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. 14-year-old entrepreneur Sarina Khemchandani did just that, scoring an interview with Woz in late August. There was, if you remember, some controversy surrounding how the Ashton Kutcher "Jobs" movie portrayed Jobs' involvement in the design and development of Apple's first products. So Khemchandani asked Woz what role Jobs played with those efforts. Short answer: None. Woz had been designing…
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    HBR.org

  • Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

    Shawn Achor
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    HBR STAFF Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, mirror neurons can activate, making you yawn, in turn. Your brain picks up the fatigue response of someone sitting on the other side of the room. But it’s not just smiles and yawns that spread. We can pick up negativity, stress, and uncertainty like secondhand smoke. Researchers Howard…
  • To Become a Leader, Think Beyond Your Role

    Robert Steven Kaplan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    The world is full of people with opinions. Television, radio, and other media are brimming over with commentators making suggestions and offering seemingly authoritative advice to government officials and corporate executives about what they ought to do. At dinners and cocktail parties — and around the water cooler at work — we talk about what others should do or should have done, or the flaws of our bosses. In our jobs, we may give our opinion on an issue from a functional or departmental point of view — in other words, a limited perspective. Or we may give an opinion…
  • How to Work Confidently with Numbers People

    Rebecca Knight
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    HBR STAFF In the era of Big Data, analytics are becoming a competitive necessity for many managers. And even if it’s not an explicit part of your job description, chances are you need to understand at least something about data and analytics to be successful. So, where should you start? What’s the best way to get a handle on the basics? How should you get to know the quants in your company? And how can you be sure you’re asking them the right questions? What the Experts Say Whether you’re in financial services, consumer goods, advertising, hi-tech, or public health,…
  • Leading a Digital Transformation? Learn to Code

    Scott Anthony
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:05 am
    Leaders ascend to their positions by mastering today’s (or even yesterday’s) business. Almost by definition, they don’t have first-hand experience with a disruptive shift in their market when they encounter it. A lack of intuition around the new and different can at best slow progress and at worst lead to serious strategic missteps. What should a leader do? Dave Gledhill decided to learn to code. Gledhill is Group Executive and Head of Group Technology & Operations at DBS Bank, a leading Asian bank with more than $300 billion of assets and a market capitalization of…
  • Dealing with the Emotional Fallout of Selling Your Business

    Jeff Giesea
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    Steven Moore for HBR “Congrats on selling your business,” a longtime mentor said the day after I signed the paperwork. “Now get ready for a depression.” That was seven years ago. At the time, I was confused by this remark. I had just made what felt like a pile of money, achieved a long-term goal of building and selling my business, and was about to spend the coming months traveling abroad, one tropical country at a time. Depressed? Hell no! This memory came to mind as I read a series of melancholy tweets from Markus Persson this past weekend. Markus, a 36 year-old…
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  • Why Midsize Organizations Need Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Even More than Enterprises Do

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Midsize organizations are more likely than their larger enterprise counterparts to identify data protection as a top IT priority over the next 12 months. In fact, data protection – specifically, improved data backup and recovery processes and business continuity/disaster recovery programs – accounted for the top-two overall most important IT priorities mentioned by midsize organizations. But even though midmarket companies have less expert support on hand than their enterprise counterparts, they need business continuity and disaster recovery planning expertise more than larger enterprises…
  • Small Business Guide: What to Look for in a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Application

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Insightly customer relationship management (CRM) is the #1 online application that small businesses use to deal with the vital task of efficiently managing contacts, organizations, partners and vendors. Beyond just a CRM, Insightly uniquely offers a project management system in one application so you can make sure you're on top of your customer relationship at every stage. With Insightly, all your contacts, emails, events, projects, tasks and sales opportunities are organized in a centralized place so everyone in your business has the most current information at their fingertips.  …
  • Video Beyond the Conference Room

    11 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Video plays a huge part in every stage of disaster management:Readiness StageDetection and Early Warning StageAnalysis and Incident Response StageRecovery and Reconstruction StageRead this issue brief to find out how and view some real-world examples of video becoming an integral part of crisis management at every scale.Request Free!
  • The Great Video Conferencing Debate: Cost Vs. Quality

    11 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    This brief will discuss: The hidden costs of ‘low cost’ video conferencing solutions Security benefits of business grade video conferencing Benefits and drawbacks of proprietary Vs. industry standard video conferencing systems Defining ‘quality’ in business grade video conferencing Are SMBs adopting business grade video conferencing? Is business grade video conferencing more affordable than many people might expect? Is there a migration path from low cost solutions to business grade solutions that won't break the bank?Request Free!
  • An Executive's Guide to Cutting HR Costs

    13 Apr 2015 | 10:50 am
    Entrepreneurial executives know that they need to follow the rules, but they may not realize what decisions may lead to the two vital components that keep HR costs lower: Increasing productivity Minimizing human capital expenses The following paper will focus on minimizing human capital expenses in four areas: Hiring the right person for the right seat on the right busImproving performance with motivational yet balanced total compensationComplying with the law Offering competitive benefits, communicated effectivelyRequest Free!
 
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  • Global Trends in Female Entrepreneurship

    Laurel J. Delaney
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    While female entrepreneurs’ education level has increased, the innovation of female-owned businesses, measured by whether other businesses offer the same product, has decreased. There is less female involvement in the technology industry this year as well. The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI) recently released the 2015 Female Entrepreneurship Index (FEI), which looks at a nation’s favourable conditions for women entrepreneurs worldwide. The FEI analyses 15 factors divided into three categories — Entrepreneurial Environment, Entrepreneurial Eco-System and…
  • The Role of Women in the Modern 21st Century

    Laurel J. Delaney
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Dean Sally Blount ’92 recently met with White House senior advisers and several leaders from the business and business school communities to discuss the changing needs of the 21st century workplace.  The bottom line is that business schools worldwide must focus on expanding opportunities for women in business and help strengthen the fabric of our great nation. Former President Jimmy Carter also has a call to action to support women’s rights. The White House Council on Women and Girls and the Council of Economic Advisers, both of…
  • How Remarkable Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Meet Their Dreams

    Laurel J. Delaney
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:20 am
    Author Rania Habiby Anderson, who wrote Undeterred: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, spent over four years researching and interviewing more than 250 successful female career women and entrepreneurs in developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Anderson’s objective with the book is to understand the key traits that caused these women to be successful while so many of their peers failed to meet their dreams. Below, Anita Newton, VP of corporate marketing at Adknowledge, interviews Anderson on what U.S.-based…
  • The Rise of the Modern, Independent Asian Woman

    Laurel J. Delaney
    8 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    While the world has heard the stunning prediction that two-thirds of the global middle classes will be Asian by 2030, totally changing the economic polarity of the developed world, there’s been little focus on modern, independent Asian women (MIAW) — 25-40 year-olds.  In New Zealand, for example, premium food and beverage exporters have a lot to gain from this new demographic. [MIAWs] are a very significant group more in evidence in some markets than others. They are focused on making the most of their good educations, getting careers, and building their lives on their terms…
  • Women Are Disrupting the Global Wine Industry

    Laurel J. Delaney
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Women entering the wine business are disrupting the global wine industry to make wines that are both more accessible and responsibly produced. Oddly enough, women, however, have been traditionally excluded from the world of wine, making them more likely to create boundary-pushing wines that defy traditional categories. Two women who fit this bill are Mika Bulmash (below left), CEO of Wine for the World and international development specialist, and Ntsiki Biyela (right), the first black South African female winemaker at Stellekaya, a boutique winery in Stellenbosch. Bulmash has rethought…
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  • 6 Strategies For Startups To Bust Out Of The Pack And Create Lasting Success

    David K. Williams
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Outsourcing makes a lot of sense, especially for startups, and it empowers an entrepreneur to focus the bulk of their energy on their core product offering. So many businesses fail because they focus their time and energy on infrastructure. If you’re an entrepreneur in need of more work getting done by more affordable muscle than you’ve got, here are six ideas that ensure your business will keep running smoothly even in growth mode.
  • What Marketers Can Learn From Silicon Valley's Hottest Product Discovery Site

    Baldwin Cunningham
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Every day, consumers are bombarded by images and advertisements trying to grab their attention and drive them to buy new products. As a result, an entire generation has learned to filter them out.
  • This Show Is Absolutely Safe For Work

    Devin Thorpe
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Jason Hewlett, one of the funniest and most successful corporate entertainers in the business today, made some important career decisions early that led him to the top of his game.
  • Upon Further Review: The NLRB Was Wrong To Deny Northwestern Football Players Union Status

    Marc Edelman
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Two weeks ago, the National Labor Relations Board declined to assert jurisdiction over grant-in-aid college football players at Northwestern University – a decision that has dimmed the immediate hopes for college athletes around the country to unionize.  Sadly, this decision was not only fundamentally flawed, but also facilitates the continued exploitation of college athletes around the country.
  • A New Book Captures Reflections From 101 Of Yale's Most Successful Entrepreneurs

    Kate Harrison
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Three years ago, in the spring of 2012, I got an email from a recent Yale graduate named Chris LoPresti seeking advice for first time entrepreneurs. Chris had started a “rough shell” of a company, developed a minimally viable product, acquired one paying customer, and was trying to decide if he would “go all-in” and attempt to turn it into a business, or, like many of his classmates, take a more traditional job with generous benefits and a guaranteed salary. He was seeking mentorship from older entrepreneurs who had been through the start-up phase before, and wondered…
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  • Austin Chamber Names Mimiran Winner of Technology & Innovation Award

    Reuben Swartz
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    The Austin Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Greater Austin Business Awards, naming Mimiran the winner of the Austin Energy Technology and Innovation Award in the small business category. The awards recognize businesses and organizations for achievements, community contributions … Read More
  • Integrate Mimiran Lead Buttons with GoToWebinar

    Reuben Swartz
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    GoToWebinar is pretty much to go-to tool for running webinars. Unfortunately, G2W doesn’t give you a lot of control over your landing pages, and requires fields like first and last name that may decrease conversion. You can now use a … Read More
  • Get Mimiran Notifications as SMS Text Messages

    Reuben Swartz
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Getting email notifications when prospects are reading your proposals and lead magnets is pretty awesome. But what happens when you’re out and about, not reading email? Sometimes, you want to get these notifications as text messages. Thanks to the magic … Read More
  • The Key to Continuously Charging Higher Consulting Rates

    Reuben Swartz
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    I get a lot of questions about consulting rates. Yes, I think most consultants and consultancies undercharge. There are a lot of tactics (on this blog and elsewhere) to help you figure out what to charge on the next project. … Read More
  • Webinar 8/12: How to Double Your Business

    Reuben Swartz
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    I’ll be hosting a fun webinar on Wednesday 8/12 at noon CDT on How to Double Your Business (without doubling your costs, time, or stress). This will be lessons learned from over a decade consulting with some of the world’s … Read More
 
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  • #SocialMediaGoals: Our Favorite Social Media Accounts for Inspiration

    Cara Olveda
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you want to gain the awareness and trust of the consumer, you have to be active on social media, however, knowing how to successfully manage a social media account does not come naturally. No worries, we all need role models to look up to and learn from now and then. Up your social media game and gain some inspiration by looking at the pros to see what you can immediately implement on your platforms. The following companies have all the social media basics down: consistency, high-quality imagery and knowledge of their audience. Twitter Champion: Taco Bell Taco Bell reigns supreme on…
  • What’s Really Going On With Google+?

    Shayna Marks
    5 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last week was not a great one for Google+. In case you haven’t heard, Google announced that it was separating one of the most contested features of the social network—that you must use a Google+ account for logging into their other products, like YouTube—among other changes. So why is that a big deal? One of the main things Google+ has going for it is sheer numbers, and that’s the one thing people focus on when talking about the good of the network. Social Media Examiner recently shared that just two weeks after its June 2011 launch, Google+ hit 10 million users. By the end of the…
  • Building Content Marketing's Most Valuable Tool: The Style Guide

    Shayna Marks
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    “We don’t need more content. We need better content, and we need to focus on creating better content.” – Ann Handley, MarketingProfs Amen, sister. These days, content is everywhere you look. It consumes your Facebook newsfeed, Twitter feed, LinkedIn, email inbox—you name it, content is front and center. I had the pleasure of hearing Ann Handley speak about this issue earlier this year at Social Media Marketing World. She shared two stats that struck me:  75 percent of marketers want to create more engaging content 69 percent want to be better storytellers The reason why I find…
  • Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Live Streaming Isn’t For Everyone

    Shayna Marks
    12 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Periscope this, Meerkat that. Twitch this, YouTube that.   Though livestreaming services have been around for years, the recent explosion of the two apps has brought it back to the forefront of our minds. Yes, it’s incredible that modern technology has provided us the opportunities to broadcast our businesses and ourselves with the tap of a screen or the click of a button. The opportunity is great—it's practically face-to-face communication with a very captive target audience. Your brand is on a podium, and your viewer is an attentive listener that's plugged in socially. In short, a…
  • B2B Marketing: Focus on the Big Picture

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

    Steve C
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Right now, selling on Amazon is almost too easy. All you have to do is find a product with good margins/demand, list it on Amazon, and it will eventually sell because Amazon’s audience and reach is so vast. When my wife and I first started selling on Amazon last year, we sold over 60 units in a matter of 8 days with just 3 products listed online with no reviews. Amazon is seriously that powerful. But with any business with low barriers to entry, there’s always going to be a ton of competition. Right now, with all of the various Amazon courses and tutorials out there pushing…
  • 082: How Ed Hallen Started Klaviyo An Email Marketing Service Designed For Ecommerce

    Steve C
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Today, I’m thrilled to have Ed Hallen on the show. If you’ve never heard of Ed, he is the founder and CEO of Klaviyo, a very popular email marketing provider that specifically caters to ecommerce stores. Email has been a very central part of my marketing strategy for both my blog and my ecommerce store. And just recently, I’ve been cheating on my other email provider with Klaviyo and I’m thinking about getting a divorce. I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far even though I’ve really just scratched the surface and what’s so powerful about Klaviyo is that it allows…
  • 5 Pricing Strategies To Boost Your Online Store Sales Immediately

    Steve C
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Are sales slow? Are your customers buying a single cheap item from your store and checking out? Does your store suffer from poor repeat business? Even though you might offer great products and write excellent product descriptions for your goods, it’s not necessarily going to be enough to make your store a success. Besides having an attractive storefront, there are many other aspects to selling that have nothing to do with your products or your website. This article will explore the mental aspects of selling. Here are 5 tips that should help you improve your sales. Cover The Entire Range…
  • 081: How To Market Your Online Store On Reddit And Make 6 Figures In 8 Months With Eli Zauner

    Steve C
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Eli Zauner runs a subscription box service called UniversalYums.com which sells boxes of yummy treats from all over the world. What’s cool about Eli is that he launched his business while working full time and his business has been profitable from day 1 and is growing very quickly. In fact, he is doing a solid 5 figures a month after only launching just 8 months ago. And here’s the kicker. One of the main reasons I wanted to have Eli on the show is because he grew his business using Reddit as his single largest source of traffic. Eli’s experience is truly unique and I love that he’s…
  • How My First Live Webinar and 1.5 Hours Of Work Resulted In A $60015 Payout

    Steve C
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    For the longest time, I’ve avoided live webinars like the plague. And it’s not because I dislike speaking to large audiences because I do enjoy it. But I never thought giving webinars was a good use of my time because it’s not a scalable practice. Instead, I’ve focused most of my efforts into my email autoresponder sequence because it’s something that can be written once and then completely automated. Today, my email autoresponder is responsible for the bulk of my course and affiliate sales. In fact, I was perfectly satisfied with my current revenue numbers until…
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    Optimal Marketing

  • 5 Ways to Leverage the Top Social Media Platforms

    Brandon Wentland
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:59 am
    In the sea of Social Media options, it’s hard to tell which ones are worth investing your precious time in and which ones will struggle to keep up with society’s ever changing appetite for sharing their favorite cat memes (R.I.P. Vine…). Here are 5 social media platforms young and old that marketers should be paying attention to, and easy ways to leverage them for your brand.   Periscope New to the social media scene, this live video sharing app is the fastest growing platform to date, gaining 1 million new users in its first10 days. And while new spin-offs are appearing…
  • Optimal’s Pivot for Success

    Brandon Wentland
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Radio Silence To the outside world, things might have seemed a little bit quiet over here at Optimal over the past year. I wanted to do a post about that silence and what is happening below the surface. But wait, doesn’t Optimal preach the the importance of content!? We do, but timing is also important. As we made some major changes this year we decided to take a break from creating and focus on our foundation for a while. That time of introspection was invaluable for investing in ourselves so we can better serve our clients. Change “Less but better” – Dieter Rams This year we…
  • Email Marketing – Keep It Legal

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

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

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

    Mark Wilston
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:51 am
    Point of sale has evolved a lot, from the past. It started off when transactions were made paying cash amount and the shopkeepers used to maintain cash records and keep cash in a safe. Then the barcodes were introduced which the retailers could scan for the products, through scanner and the customers could pay through […]
  • 5 Tips to Understand CRM and CMS Integration

    Mark Wilston
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    As laymen interested in gaining some understanding of what exactly the CRM and CMS integration mean, I would like to first highlight the meanings of these two terms to get into action. So to start with, most of us know that CRM is the short form of Customer Relationship Management, which is simply the approach […]
  • 10 Business Advantages of Creating an Intranet for Internal Communications

    Mark Wilston
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    Gone are the ages when communication means were faxes, overnight couriers, letters, typewriters, etc. The technology has undergone a tremendous revolution and has advanced the computer software, which now connect you globally. Company intranet is one such derivative in the field of business communication. Intranet enables companies to connect with its employees via a private […]
  • How to Optimize Conversion Rate For Your E-Commerce Site

    Mark Wilston
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:43 am
    To stand out from your competitors, it is very important to have a unique website to convert the site visitors as your customers. You should always focus on how to rank your site higher and make it look attractive. Here are the ways with which you can make your website pages unique and successful: Image […]
  • Learning Web Design: Top 10 Downloadable E-Books

    Mark Wilston
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:52 am
    Learning web designing has become the basic necessity of life. You cannot survive in this hi-tech world without learning web designing. If you are an IT professional or a freelancer, you need to learn some good techniques and tricks to make your space in the crowd. Hefty web designing books are quite costly. You can […]
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  • Why A D&B Credit File Matters To Supplier Diversity Programs

    Marco Carbajo
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:08 pm
    D&B Credit File Did you know the marketplace for government and corporate supplier programs is over $350 billion a year? In fact, 93% of Fortune 100 companies have supplier programs that are set up to support contracts with small business owners just like you. Major corporations and government programs focus on working with a diversity […] The post Why A D&B Credit File Matters To Supplier Diversity Programs appeared first on Business Credit.
  • How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast

    Marco Carbajo
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:40 am
    Small Business Listing In today’s business environment, when it comes to information, potential customers and lenders alike expect nothing less than precision – but that can be difficult to verify when the information about your business can’t be found or appears in so many scattered places. You’ve heard me constantly talk about how important it […] The post How to Get Your Small Business Listing Established Fast appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan

    Marco Carbajo
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Bad Credit Unsecured Business Loan Did you know major banks view personal FICO® scores of 640 or less as a “bad credit” risk? Now it’s difficult to generalize about FICO Scores® when getting approved for a business loan, because every borrower and bank is different. However, when it comes to qualifying for an unsecured business […] The post Got Bad Credit? 3 Ways to Get an Unsecured Business Loan appeared first on Business Credit.
  • The Amazon Corporate Credit Line Revealed

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

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

    wahanelson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    By Kimi Clark So you want to work from home. Maybe you think about things like waking up at your leisure, taking time off whenever you want to, and being able to work in your PJ’s. While some of those things ring true, there are many other things to consider. Here are some questions you […]
  • WIN a $250 cabi Clothing Gift Card

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We’re thrilled to be partnering with cabi clothing for this fabulous fall giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $250 cabi clothing gift card – so they can update their fall wardrobe. The cabi Career Opportunity Besides creating fabulous clothing, cabi offers a home-based business opportunity for women. With cabi you can make money in three […]
  • New Training Shows How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Even if You Know Nothing About Bookkeeping Something exciting is happening in the world of bookkeeping. What was once viewed as a boring business is now regarded as a real profession with great earning potential. More important, bookkeeping is an untapped business market waiting to be claimed by able individuals. Do you have what it […]
  • Handling Your Finances as a 1099 Contractor

    wahanelson
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By Deborah Sweeney Working from home is a dream of many, and running your own business is a great way to do just that. Chances are that, unless you’re selling a product, you’re doing a lot of freelance work. And when you freelance, businesses treat you as an independent contractor, or a 1099 contractor, which […]
  • From a Raw Food Blogger to a Six Figure Digital Strategist

    wahanelson
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Would you be willing to quit your day job on Wall Street to start an online business? That’s exactly what Nathalie Lussier did with Real Foods Witch; a blog that receives over 750,000 visitors a year. With this success, readers and clients were asking her how she did it … which leads to where she […]
 
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  • The Perils of a Neglected Online Community

    Vanessa DiMauro
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:48 am
    Too often a firm creates an online community, purchases software and designs a site—and then spoils all this hard work by failing to monitor, manage or staff it over the long term. Sure, everyone paid attention in the beginning, but then the focus waned. Everyone assumed that the mythical team mate named “someone else” was looking after it. Now, fast forward to the present. The result is a spiffy looking community and multitudes of unanswered questions–posts that draw plenty of eyeballs, but no replies. Or, even worse, a forum taken hostage by spammers, who feel they can hawk…
  • The Marketing Technology Tsunami: How To Avoid Disaster

    Vanessa DiMauro
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    As our summer fun winds down, we Marketers kick into planning season for Q4 and beyond. One of the biggest areas of focus these days is on Marketing technologies as enablers to the overall strategy. Given the wide and varied range of marketing technology, it is increasingly important to focus on the big picture and then find the right tools to support the mission. To help enable holistic thinking, I have invited my colleague Lisa Nirell to share a guest blog post on the topic. She brings the “birds eye” view with her keen perspective and experience. Lisa is the Chief Energy…
  • 6 Things Rock-Star Community Managers Never Do

    Vanessa DiMauro
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    Over the past ten years, my blog has offered many suggestions on community management strategy and operations best practices, as well as ideas for programs and lots of practical advice. But one thing we haven’t done (until now) is look at community management from the inside out – from the community manager’s perspective. It’s no secret that community management is one of the most challenging roles for a knowledge worker. Success relies on minute-by-minute mini decisions, driven by an overall strategy. Great community managers must be equal parts therapist, improv comedian, shepherd,…
  • 8 Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Engagement

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    Social selling. Sounds good, right? Millions of modern marketers from around the globe are discovering that they can use digital channels to reach their buyers online. Sounds simple, obvious really. “We’ll use LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook to post information and images about what we do and they will flock.” But is it really that easy or is this a rerun of Field of Dreams? Build it and they will come has never panned out online. We tried this with online communities and the internet is awash with digital litter of empty forums and unanswered questions. Yet, we are at it again building…
  • Why Building Social Capital Matters In Business

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

  • What Can You Learn By Working in a Restaurant? Just About Everything

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:31 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Did you know that one in three Americans had their first job in the restaurant industry? I didn’t—but when you think about it, that stat makes a whole lot of sense, because working in the restaurant industry offers a real-life education in an incredible range of transferable job skills. Just consider what’s involved in being part of the team in a typical restaurant operation. Employees must learn how to deal with the…
  • Six Sigma and Change Management

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Alex Pejak Nothing stands still in the world of business. Technology, globalization and the free flowing nature of knowledge and information (thanks to the Internet) means that we live in a constantly changing business environment. Business practices and methodologies that may have been efficient and profitable in earlier years, may not be working in your best interests of moving forward today. That’s why your business needs to be comfortable with change: sooner or later, your business will inevitably need to transition into a better version of itself, and when that happens, you’ll…
  • 3 Ways the Cloud Can Help SMBs Get Off the IT Treadmill

    Rieva Lesonsky
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Matt Schvimmer Although small and mid-sized businesses do not have the IT expertise and budgets of larger enterprises, analyst firm Gartner expects SMB IT spending to grow at a faster rate than overall enterprise IT spending over the long term. Cloud and SaaS-based solutions and services, as well as the rising adoption of smartphones and other powerful mobile computing devices, now enable employees to work anytime, anywhere and with anyone. The productivity gains this cloud computing and mobility combination provides can be significant for employees, but it can also have the opposite…
  • Quiz: Does Your Marketing Department Make it Rain?

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    The post Quiz: Does Your Marketing Department Make it Rain? appeared first on Small Biz Daily.
  • Failure is the Best Teacher: You Won’t Learn These Skills in Business School

    Maria Valdez Haubrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Rieva Lesonsky As everyone from first-graders to college seniors heads back to school this (and next) month, it’s natural to think about the lessons we do—and don’t—learn from school. Unfortunately, I think, most schools teach you some things you’ll need to know in life and a lot of things you won’t ever need to worry about, like how to measure the size of a rhombus. There’s long been a debate in the entrepreneurial community about whether entrepreneurs should go to business school. While some advocate skipping college altogether, others insist a college education is…
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  • Vemma CEO B.K. Boreyko Responds

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Just saw this on Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko’s Facebook page: Hello Vemma faithful – Just wanted to clear up a couple of phone calls I’ve received about moving to other companies. Although I know there’s panic out there, I want you to hear it from me…hang tight. We have a hearing scheduled for September 3rd. I think we’ll win. Until then, I know you want to do the best for your teams and that’s a sign of great leadership. I will and have always complied with the court’s order in this matter. I’m the kind of guy that would never violate the…
  • Loyalty To Vemma

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Let me start by giving you my opinion about Vemma’s fight with the FTC. I think that Vemma has great products and solid leadership and I believe that the company will eventually settle it’s fight with the FTC and if I were in Vemma, I would (at least) wait to see what happens on September 3rd when the Vemma and the FTC will meet in front of a judge. That’s just my opinion and I’m not a lawyer, even though I would play a darn good one on TV. That said, I want to talk about loyalty. Earlier today, I saw a Facebook post from Ted Nuyten, the founder of…
  • FTC Says Vemma Is A Pyramid Scheme

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    The Federal Trade Commision has halted operations at Vemma due to concerns that the Arizona company is operating an illegal pyramid scheme. “Rather than focusing on selling products, Vemma uses false promises of high income potential to convince consumers to pay money to join their organization…We are also alleging that Vemma is an illegal pyramid scheme.” Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection – Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection One very concerning detail most people are not talking about is that the FTC named a…
  • Vemma Shut Down By FTC

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Network Marketing company Vemma has been targeted by the FTC. Currently, there are very few facts available for this story. I reached out to Vemma CEO, B.K. Boreyko but have not heard back from him at this point. Today’s post will be broken down into three parts. What I know, What I Hear and some commentary. Here is what I know: Access to brand partner back office and ordering of products has been cut off. There has been no official announcement from B.K. Boreyko, Vemma or the FTC. So where does that leave us, information wise? The rumor mill. So, where is what I have heard: The…
  • MLM and Network Marketing Internet ListBuilding

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

  • Crypto-fuel could power the growing Internet of Things

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:41 am
    Add / Remove If the Internet of Things continues to grow at the expected rate, smart devices will soon demand huge amounts of computing power and cloud services in order to simply function and interact with each other. This could be financed by ads, user fees or data sales, but UK startup Ethereum has now created another option, in the form of a Bitcoin-like cryptocurrency Ether, the value of which is based on computing power. Ether, like Bitcoin, runs on its own software platform and the currency can be traded. Each trade is recorded and verified onto a blockchain, powered by so-called…
  • Negotiation app lets customers haggle for money off their lunch

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:18 am
    Add / Remove Every restaurant has its busy and quiet periods, but a new reservation app called Requested wants to help eateries and bars fill their tables during those off-peak hours by enabling customers to offer to pay less when business is slow. The free app — currently operating out of Sacramento — is bringing dynamic pricing to the food industry, enabling customers to haggle for reductions of up to 25 percent, which the restaurant can accept when they are quiet. To begin, customers browse the eateries on the app and make reservation requests to as many as they like, specifying the…
  • Rainforest desktop app could curb wasteful office printing

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:46 am
    Add / Remove In a large workplace, in an urban city, it is easy for workers to forget the impact of wasting resources such as paper, but a culture that ignores unnecessary printing contributes massively to the destruction of rainforests. Now, the Deforested Desktop app, made by Brazilian charity Green Nation, will act as a constant reminder to office employees of the environmental impact of their actions — by displaying a dwindling rainforest, the demise of which correlates directly to the number of pages printed from their computer. The Deforested Desktop has already been adopted by 50…
  • Where Are They Now?: TouchJet

    Springwise
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:51 am
    Add / Remove When we first came across TouchJet (then known as TouchPico), they were crowdfunding — quite successfully, reaching USD 55,000 in two days — on Indiegogo. Their product, a wireless, portable projector around the size of a large smartphone, can create an 80” touch screen on any surface. It combines an 80-lumen Pico projector with an Android PC, which users can preload with content apps such as Hulu, Netflix, Angry Birds and Skype. There is also a stylus pen that can be used to interact with the projected images through infrared detection. Not only was the technology…
  • Feminist dating app rewards well behaved men

    Springwise
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    Add / Remove Chivalry may not be completely dead but it can be pretty hard to come-by on dating sites. Unless, of course, that dating site is Bumble — the self-proclaimed feminist dating app — that has just launched its new ‘VIBee’ feature, which encourages good etiquette by rewarding well behaved male users with ‘VIBee’ status and bringing them to the forefront. Bumble uses the same swipe-left, swipe-right mechanism as Tinder but aims to give female users a power boost by insisting they make the first attempt at communication. Once a match is made, if the woman…
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    PR Newswire: Business Technology

  • The Advisory Board Company to Participate in Upcoming Conferences

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:33 pm
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Advisory Board Company (NASDAQ: ABCO) announced today that it will participate in two upcoming investor conferences. The Company's Chief Executive Officer, Robert W. Musslewhite, is scheduled to participate in a fireside chat at the Wells...
  • Global Hand Geometry Biometrics Market 2015-2019

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 pm
    NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- About hand geometry biometricsSecurity has been a key concern for enterprises, banks, government organizations, telecommunication and hospitals as well as for individuals to secure data and assets. Keys, identity badges, and numeric keypads are used...
  • Global Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (Elisa) Testing Market 2015-2019

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:23 pm
    NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --  About ELISA test ELISA test is one of the most common laboratory technologies that is used for measuring the concentration of analytes such as antigens and antibodies in solution. ELISA test uses various types of enzymes such as carbonic...
  • FireScope Announces Integration With Cherwell

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:59 pm
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FireScope has announced today that it has developed a bi-directional integration with Cherwell Service Management®, designed to help organizations increase visibility across teams for more responsive IT.  Representatives...
  • Teslonix Launches SmartRFpower Technology

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:58 pm
    OTTAWA, Ontario, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wireless charging technology provider Teslonix proudly launches its innovative SmartRFpower development platform to showcase how the technology enhances IoT/RFID systems and empowers commercial and industrial IoT installations....
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  • Instinctive Action: How to Maximize Personal Productivity and Energy

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    This is Episode 49 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode former entrepreneur turned Kolbe Certified growth consultant and team builder Jason Cupp sits down to discuss how undertanding your instintive action mode(s) can favorably impact productivity and energy. Jason notes there are many roads one can take to a destination, with none of them being wrong or right. The question is which one is right for you? That understanding can be particularly valuable for business leaders and people working in teams. Instinctive Action Modes Never Change While…
  • Buyers Journey: Mining Insights that Drive Results

    Jeff Korhan
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:52 am
    This is Episode 48 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode Nimble founder Jon Ferrara returns to the show to discuss how the buyers journey has changed and what we need to do to change with it. Prior to Nimble, Jon founded Goldmine in 1989 with a college friend, which he turned into a highly successful venture that he eventually sold to FrontRange. Needless to say, Jon is considered to be one of the top experts in customer relationship management (CRM) and sales force automation (SFA). Stop Sending Generic Marketing Messages It should go without…
  • Social Selling: Taking Action for Your Customers

    Jeff Korhan
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    This is Episode 47 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. In this episode we sit down to discuss social selling with Jeffrey Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak and host of The C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett. Jeffrey imparts lessons that dare companies and their leaders to define where they want to go and fearlessly do what it takes to get there, by caring less about conventional wisdom, re-framing limitations, and steamrolling obstacles. Think Big Act Bigger You can tell from the title of Jeffrey Hazylett’s new book, Think Big Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being…
  • Meditation Practice: How to Be a Better You

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

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

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Thought Leadership on Tax Planning for the Middle Market presented by Friedman LLP.  When is mortgage interest NOT deductible? Friedman LLP’s Karl Neulinger focuses on this question, which many home owners don’t even know they should be asking. The following transcribes a recent conversation Karl had with a client concerning mortgage interest and how it can impact tax returns. Q. I have a few questions regarding the deductibility of a mortgage. I own a home and am thinking of purchasing a second home. A. Are you going to rent the second home or is this something solely for you and your…
  • Debt: the ultimate asset

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:37 pm
    Thought Leadership on The Pillars of Wealth Management presented by The Seiler Group at Raymond James. Debt may be part of your financial picture, and managing it wisely can be just as important as managing your investments. How can you use debt within a strategy to help preserve and manage your wealth? Personal lending Mortgage and home equity lines of credit Commercial lending Property, equipment and business loans Collateralized lending Securities based line of credit (SBL) – A way to access cash without disrupting your long term financial strategy. SBL’s allow you to borrow…
  • Continuing education: a differentiator for the workplace

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:36 pm
    Thought Leadership on Workspace Solutions presented by Benhar Office Interiors.  “CFO asks his CEO, “What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave the company?” CEO answers, ‘What happens if we don’t, and they stay?” At Benhar Office Interiors, we are committed to workplace research and knowledge. We are equally dedicated to delivering effective methods of educating and empowering our customers to create great places to work and learn. We consider this commitment a differentiator. In an effort to demonstrate this, we developed a continuing education…
  • How to implement new technology in the workplace

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Thought Leadership on Business Insights presented by Sterling National Bank. Focus on research, planning, and execution. When your team is making tech advances, such as new mobile capabilities on the sales floor or rolling out a new tracking software, consider these three tips. Examine the issue. Before implementing a new technological service, first consider the problem this intends to resolve. Ask questions while researching a new system: Will this best meet the needs of the team? How long will this potential solution remain effective, and what will the cost of upgrading or changing be in…
  • 5 reasons your business can’t ignore new geo-targeted mobile advertising methods

    Vincent Dajani
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Thought Leadership on Mobile Marketing presented by Spokes Marketing.  Looking to drive in customers when they’re nearby – whether at home, work, or on the go? New mobile advertising efforts, like using an in-app platform can do just that! Here are five reasons why you’d want to do this NOW: 1.    The average person spends 86 percent of their time on their mobile device in apps – You can be there, where most marketers aren’t. Did you know that the average consumer spends 34 hours a month on their mobile device? Think about it. How often are you e-mailing, texting and LIVING…
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    Roundpeg | Indianapolis | Web Design | Social Media | Marketing

  • The Secret Life of a Content Writer

    Jennifer Yeadon
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    When people ask me what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a content writer. At the mention of these two words, they gasp, “content writer?!?” And I nod my head, yes, knowing they’re suddenly envisioning fancy Great Gatsby-esque parties, whirlwind yacht cruises across the world and frequent dinners with royalty. It’s true, all true, but I’ll tell you, it’s not all glamorous parties, early 20th century cocktails and yacht tours of the world when you’re a content writer, no sir, sometimes you have to get down to work. So, when I do get down to work, what is it that I, and other…
  • Perfect Pumpkin Flavored Web Designs

    Peter
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Full-disclosure: This is seasonal-themed click-bait preying on your love of flannel, falling leaves and pie. It’s fall. Calling it now. I realize the fall equinox isn’t quite here yet, but I’m just so excited for pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin candies and pumpkin spiced everythings. So why not pumpkin-spiced websites? The web designs below combine the best qualities of fall (crisp and colorful) with the best qualities of pumpkin-things (rich, satisfying, lightly sweet, mostly orange). Comment comment.fr So, this website is in French. But it doesn’t matter because the…
  • Twitter for Beginners

    Leisha Jenkins
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    You want to make a splash on Twitter, but where to start? Click the pen icon and get to writing. Remember, you only have 140 characters to get your point across, so make it snappy. (Characters include punctuation, spaces, links and hashtags). It’s easier to learn your way around Twitter before beginning to tweet, so follow my lead as we walk through a few of the basics. At Symbol @: This symbol allows you to tweet at someone. This symbol allows you to reply to or communicate directly with someone. This tweet will appear in their mentions and let others know someone is talking about…
  • Using Twitter and Facebook Successfully

    Leisha Jenkins
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Social media can be frustrating and mysterious. Why does one Tweet earn likes and retweets, while another tweet gets overlooked and eventually buried in the timeline? No love, no recognition, just a lonely tweet, ignored and not doing anything for your social presence. There are a few rules and guidelines to follow that will bolster your social media engagement. While Twitter and Facebook are both important to maintain, they are different platforms that require different approaches. Frequency I see a lot of businesses set up social media accounts and leave them alone once set up. An empty or…
  • Meta Descriptions: They Will Not Be Ignored

    Jennifer Yeadon
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Despite what the banner implies, this is not the most glamorous of blog topics. That doesn’t make it any less important! Meta descriptions are probably not going to help you rank highly in SERPs (search engine results pages). So, dispel the thought that this is why you are creating them. You are creating meta descriptions for human eyes. If a client is navigating to a website through a Google search and not through your URL, the meta description will be a factor in deciding whether or not they will click. It’s quite possibly the last place you have to get the attention of a customer…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • 3 Tips To Make Managing Employees Easier

    Patricia Lotich
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Managing employee performance can be one of the most challenging aspects of a supervisor’s job. But when done strategically, and with an end in mind, it can be a positive, and even rewarding, experience for both parties. When I speak to managers, I try to help them understand that managing employees and administering performance appraisals should be a part of how things are done and ingrained into the culture of the organization. Read the Full Article →The post 3 Tips To Make Managing Employees Easier appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 8 Tips for…
  • Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline

    Patricia Lotich
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Managers hope that employees follow policy, accomplish goals and get along with co-workers. Unfortunately, there are times when that does not happen and managers are forced to correct and discipline employees.  This is one of the least favorite responsibilities of a manager – but a necessary  part of  managing employee performance. Read the Full Article →The post Progressive Discipline – 4 Steps to Successful Employee Progressive Discipline appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 8 Steps to Implementing Successful Organizational Change How…
  • Free Customer Comment Card Template

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Businesses rise and fall based on their ability to understand the experience and expectations of their customers. Assessing your customer needs and expectations is part of managing customer satisfaction.  There are several ways to obtain customer feedback – focus groups, customer satisfaction surveys and text analytics.  But the main goal of a customer comment card process is to capture the customer experience when it is fresh in the customer’s mind. Read the Full Article →The post Free Customer Comment Card Template appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also…
  • What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews?

    Patricia Lotich
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    I was recently asked to provide the definition of a focus group, how to conduct a focus group interview and what is the purpose of focus group interviews.  Focus groups are forums used to gather qualitative data on the customer experience. This  is a widely used marketing tool which helps organizations develop products and services that are influenced by participating customers. Read the Full Article →The post What is the Purpose of Focus Group Interviews? appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: Business Planning 2011: What Organizations Should Focus on…
  • Top 10 Customer Service Irritants

    Patricia Lotich
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Customer service has come a long way – at least we think. The past century has provided businesses with new technologies that help the business owner to keep in contact with their customers and to modify products based on customer feedback. We can all remember a time when we had an over the top customer experience. Read the Full Article →The post Top 10 Customer Service Irritants appeared first on The Thriving Small Business. You Might Also Like: 7 Steps to Creating a Customer Service Strategy 7 Customer Service Tips 8 Steps for Creating a Customer Service System
 
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    Fizzle

  • New! Lifestyle Business Weekly: Episodes 1 and 2

    Corbett Barr
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:45 am
    I just launched a new weekly video show, and the first two episodes are available today! Lifestyle Business Weekly is a show and weekly email for people interested in lifestyle business and independent entrepreneurship. Episode 1: Finding Yourself & The Truth About Passive Income Episode 2: Humble Beginnings, Business Plans and 100 Days Without Fear If you want to support the new show, here’s how you can help: 1) Please watch an episode when you have time (episodes will be 10-15 minutes long) and send me your feedback. Just leave a comment on an episode (or in the comments below)…
  • How to Name Your Business (download this 10-category evaluation worksheet)

    Chase Reeves
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    In this article I want to show you a method to get away from the gross, subjective confusion that clouds your business name decision making. You’ve felt that cloudiness if you’ve ever tried to name a business before. I was recently with a group of people trying to name their real estate company. We spent several hours talking about options, took a break, and then someone came up with another name idea and the conversation started all over again. No decisions being made, no progress, no clients being helped or revenue coming in… just a handful of name options and no way to decide…
  • How Do You Know What Content To Create? (FS125)

    Chase Reeves
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    The content you publish could be an evergreen source of traffic, revenue, brand love and loyalty. Or it could be a total waste of time and effort. So how do you know what content to create? In this episode we'll show you how to decide what questions you should spend time answering for your audience, including ways to learn right now from other peoples' audiences (in case you haven't built your own yet). Click play, subscribe in your podcast app, download it for later or do whatever it is you do with these episodes, but please, for all our sakes, enjoy yourself. It’s better…
  • How to Create a Simple, Effective One-Page Business Plan (Use This Free Template)

    Steph Crowder
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    It’s been said that goals without plans are little more than daydreams. While it’s great to have dreams, my guess is that you’d like your business to be built on something more substantial than some hopes and wishes. You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint, and a pilot wouldn’t fly an airplane without a flight map. So why doesn’t every single entrepreneur have a written strategy to serve as a guide through the ups and downs of business building? You need a plan for your business Conventional wisdom would have us believe that a business plan needs to…
  • 8 Pricing Strategies To Use On Your Product, Service Or Workshop (FS124)

    Chase Reeves
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    How you price your product, service or workshop can have a massive impact on your sales. Unfortunately, it can also lead to a massive anxiety attack as well. In this episode we lay out 8 pricing strategies you should know about. More importantly, however, we share off the cuff, brutally honest ideas about how to price your offering. Other topics include: 7 pricing strategies for you to choose from 3 methods to price your first product When to use your gut and when not to What kinds of things should be on your sales page to help customers feel comfortable with your price…
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • Should you Register or Incorporate Your Small Business?

    Ronika Khanna
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:14 pm
    One of first decisions you have to make when embarking on your small business venture is the type of business structure to select.  There are essentially two choices – business registration (sole proprietorship or partnership) or incorporation.  Like many small business decisions, the answer can be ambiguous and depends on the business owner’s specific set of circumstances Business RegistrationRegistered businesses are simply an extension of the individual and as such the regulatory and tax obligations are relatively minimal .  Setting up a registered business is a fairly…
  • Guidance on Deducting Home Office Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    8 May 2015 | 12:05 pm
    One of the benefits of having a home based business (for freelancers, self employed contractors and small business owners) is that you can deduct the expenses relating to the space that you use to work.  This can result in a significant reduction in your tax bill for costs that you would incur regardless, giving you one more reason to love being your own boss.   Criteria for Deductibility:For home office expenses to be deductible, they have to meet the following criteria: It has to be your principal place of business i.e. you cannot deduct home office expenses if…
  • Pricing Small Business Services: 3 Considerations

    Ronika Khanna
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    One of the most challenging aspects of starting a new business is knowing what to charge for your services.  In economics terms, the ideal price is where demand meets supply.  The problem, of course, is that at the beginning we tend to have a lot more supply than demand. This can lead to imprudent pricing decisions. Below are 3 considerations to take into account when determining the price for your services: Projected Earnings: A good starting point is to determine how much you could earn if you were employed full time, and translate this to an hourly rate.   It is…
  • 8 Inexpensive Ways to Build a Client Base

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Perhaps the most daunting aspect of starting a new small service based business is building a client base.  Of course, there is nothing quite so exciting as getting those first few clients. When trying to generate new business, it is important to cast a wide net as you never know where potential clients may be lurking.  There are many ways to build a client base, even with limited resources, some of which are discussed below: Word of Mouth:  Perhaps, no other form of promotion is as powerful as a recommendation from someone you know. You should let family, friends, former…
  • Prevent Cash Flow Crises with these Ten Tips:

    Ronika Khanna
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:03 pm
    One of the most pervasive problems that face small business owners, particularly in the initial and growth stage of their enterprise, is maintaining sufficient cash flow.  Many businesses with great potential have suffered an untimely demise due to their inability to pay their suppliers, employees and revenue agencies (always pay your government obligations otherwise Revenue Canada and Quebec will take matters into their own hands and potentially freeze your bank accounts).   Often these issues can be prevented through a greater awareness of your small business’ cash flow…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan » Blogging

  • Mad Marketing 69: Using Content Marketing to Improve Workplace Culture

    Marcus Sheridan
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:25 am
    Hey folks! It’s podcast time– a recording done in Scotland And in this episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast, we cover the following: The debate between “teaching-style” content vs. “news-style” content (what you should be focusing on) How to use content marketing to improve your company’s culture How to properly optimize case studies on your… The post Mad Marketing 69: Using Content Marketing to Improve Workplace Culture appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Best Ways to Get Prepared for Inbound 2015 interview with Markiesha Ollison

    George Thomas
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Excited about INBOUND 2015? In this interview, I get a chance to talk to Markiesha Ollison from HubSpot. She is a member of the HubSpot Academy team. One fun part of this interview is that it is our first Blab.im interview. Even better, it was Markiesha’s first time on Blab. Best Ways to Get Prepared for… The post Best Ways to Get Prepared for Inbound 2015 interview with Markiesha Ollison appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab

    George Thomas
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 057         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Inbound is only two weeks away! Random free t-shirts: Monday… The post The Hubcast 57: HubSpot Cash Flow Positive, Engagement Measuring, & #Blab appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • Mad Marketing 68: The Worst Content Marketing Article Ever, Cool Content Tips, and More

    Marcus Sheridan
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Hey it’s podcast time again my friends And in this episode of The Mad Marketing Podcast we’ll be discussing the following: One of the poorest articles I’ve read on Content Marketing My experience speaking in Sweden, and how people, and businesses, are the same all over the world How to write “awards” and “best of”… The post Mad Marketing 68: The Worst Content Marketing Article Ever, Cool Content Tips, and More appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
  • The Hubcast 56: HubSpot Intensive Trainings, #INBOUND15 Survival Guide, & Optinmonster

    George Thomas
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
       The Hubcast Podcast Episode 056         Welcome back to The Hubcast , folks: A weekly podcast all about HubSpot news, tips, and tricks. Please also note the extensive show notes below, including some new HubSpot video tutorials created by George Thomas. Show Notes: Inbound 2015 Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton… The post The Hubcast 56: HubSpot Intensive Trainings, #INBOUND15 Survival Guide, & Optinmonster appeared first on The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan.
 
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    Ventureneer - Small Business

  • Profit Is Nice. Margins Are Even Better

    Geri Stengel
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most people who own a company would say that a big reason they’re in business is to make money. There’s more to being successful, however, than the absolute dollar amount you bring in. Revenue and profit are important, but alone they do not provide the full picture of a company’s overall health. Revenue shows how much you’ve earned and profits show how much money your company has made in absolute terms. Margin ratios, however, offer a look at your profitability by telling you how much you're making relative to your revenue. It's not an absolute…
  • How Equity Crowdfunding Stands to Help Women in Business

    Guest Blogger
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    By Clark Buckner Female entrepreneurs face certain obstacles that their male counterparts may never have to consider. For instance, according to Ventureneer Founder and President Geri Stengel, women in business typically “start with about half of the capital” that male entrepreneurs do. In her upcoming report on equity crowdfunding for women in business, Stengel hopes to reverse that trend. read more
  • How To Ensure An Angel Or VC Is The Right Match For You

    Geri Stengel
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Like marriage, the relationship between an entrepreneur and her investor can go wrong. The relationship is more than just money and it’s important to know if you’re compatible. “You may not be getting married forever, but you are shacking up for a long time,” said Lori Hoberman, Chair of the Emerging Companies / Venture Capital practice, Chadbourne & Parke. read more
  • How To Learn To Speak 'Entrepreneur' Like A Native

    Geri Stengel
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Julia Pimsleur grew up speaking both English and French. No surprise, her parents developed the highly regarded Pimsleur Method of teaching foreign languages for adults. She knew the benefits of being bilingual — better memory, analytic abilities, and problem-solving skills. She also recognized the value of being multilingual in an increasingly integrated global economy. read more
  • Money's There If Small Businesses Know Where To Look

    Geri Stengel
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    The number of women starting businesses is soaring — it’s 50% higher than the overall rate of startup businesses. But the percentage of women-owned businesses that break through the $1 million glass ceiling is less than one third the rate for  businesses led by men. read more
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
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    ReachLocal Blog

  • Are You Making These Common Website Mistakes?

    Jenni Williams
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:56 pm
    As the old saying goes, “you only get one chance to make a first impression.” Your website is often the first impression that consumers get of your business, and since 85% of consumers will abandon a site if it’s poorly designed, that first impression can be critical for growing your business. So, how do you know if your website is making the right impression and helping you turn visitors into leads?   In our next webinar coming September 16, we’ll cover 10 common website mistakes and provide tips for fixing these issues on your own website. We’ll also show real before and…
  • Google’s 3-Pack Shakes up Local Listings

    Stephanie Heitman
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Google’s latest update to how it displays search results impacts the local pack, often referred to as the “7-pack.” Now, instead of showing seven results in the local pack, Google shows only three local results. This change has led to a large increase in how often the local pack appears in the number one spot. While the 7-pack occupied the number one spot in only 25% of searches, a recent study shows that the 3-pack appears in this spot 93% of the time. This change also impacts the way users access information through the local pack. In the 7-pack, contact information was listed…
  • Tips for responding to negative reviews from our recent webinar with Yelp

    Jenni Williams
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Earlier this month, we hosted a joint webinar with Yelp to talk about best practices for managing online reviews and the impact those reviews have on your SEO results. On the webinar, Darnell Holloway from Yelp outlined a great method for dealing with negative reviews called “Stop, Drop, and Roll.”   Stop: Don’t respond immediately to a negative review. A good rule of thumb is to sleep on it. Waiting to respond gives you time to calm down and compose a well-thought-out response. Drop: Drop any pride and defensiveness from your response. While you’re at it, have a trusted friend…
  • ReachLocal CEO: How to Choose the Right Digital Marketing Partner [Video]

    Stephanie Heitman
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Running a small business means you may not always have the time and resources you need to consistently market your business online. In fact, an estimated 77 percent of small business owners don’t have time to effectively manage their digital marketing. Choosing the right digital advertising and marketing provider can help simplify your efforts and deliver results like leads and customers — not just clicks and visits to your website. But how do you find the right digital marketing provider for you? With so many options, it can be difficult to choose a partner that will best meet your…
  • Should You Bid on Your Brand Keywords?

    Tamara Weintraub
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:14 pm
    With competition for space in the search results as fierce as ever, it’s imperative that you really focus your keyword strategy on the terms that work best for your business. In addition to leveraging optimization techniques to determine which product and service keywords are most effective for your search advertising campaign, you need to make sure you’re including brand or business name keywords in your advertising mix to drive even better results. Bidding on Brand Terms Means More Clicks in Search Results Bidding on branded terms is not only critical to your search advertising…
 
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    Firefly Coaching

  • What Won’t Happen if You Give Away Great Content

    Stephanie Ward
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:54 am
    Do you ever wonder if you’re giving away too much of your knowledge? Afraid perhaps that if you share your best stuff in your ezine or on your blog that people won’t need to hire you? It’s actually the opposite. Watch this short video to find out more.Click here to view the embedded video. Don’t miss any new marketing videos, simply click on the red ‘YouTube’ button below:“No one has ever become poor by giving.” Anne Frank Click to TweetFor more on this topic and where to draw the line between free and paid check out my post, Why You Should Stop…
  • Why You Must Ask & How to Handle No

    Stephanie Ward
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    If you want to increase the visibility of your small business, you need cooperation from other people. And to gain cooperation, you will have to ask people to do things.And when you ask people for things, sometimes you will get a ‘yes’ and sometimes you will get a ‘no.’How do you handle that? It’s actually possible to get a ‘no’ and not feel bummed out by it. In fact, you can even see it as a good thing. More on all of this in a minute. But first, here are some ideas of things you can ask others for.What to Ask For“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” Maya…
  • Why You Don’t Need to Create New Content & What To Do Instead

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

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

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

  • How To Get Results With Your Email Campaigns

    Wil Hart
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    No doubt this phrase has been ringing in your ears… “You need to be doing email marketing!” It’s a cry heard from the rooftops of every marketing professional around the world, and it’s convinced you that email marketing is the #1 way to build your brand, engage your customers, and increase revenue. So why does it seem like every time you send an email, you end up disappointed? Maybe very few people are opening your emails. Or, perhaps they are opening them but no one is taking action. If you’re mystified as to why email campaigns are supposedly the most effective type of online…
  • How To Concoct Undeniably Irresistible Marketing Offers

    Wil Hart
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:47 pm
    You know that feeling… When it seems like your marketing is falling on deaf ears? If your customer engagement feels more like a monologue than a dialogue, it could be because your strategies are not pulling the right response. In other words, your ‘call to action’ (like click an email link) is either not clear or not compelling. Fortunately for you, there are a lot of great ways to increase engagement and motivate your audience to respond in exactly the way you want (like make a purchase). One simple way to pull a response and engage the customer is by concocting undeniably irresistible…
  • 3 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Increase Attendance At Your Events

    Wil Hart
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:23 am
    This one strategy can give you the boost you need… Would you implement one new marketing strategy if you could double or even triple your income? Hosting a live event can help you reach your revenue goals faster and more effectively than online marketing efforts alone. By combining online marketing and online registration with the unparalleled power of a live event, you can dramatically increase your leads, connections, and profits both online and offline. If you’ve been thinking of hosting an event but aren’t sure where to start, our 3-step system will help you… 1. Clarify your goals…
  • 25 Proven Ways to Grow Your Email List Fast

    Wil Hart
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    There are many more ways than you think… How many strategies are you using to grow your email list and your business? You’re a savvy small business owner who’s always looking for new, cost-effective ways to market your business. The value of email marketing is clear and you want to take full advantage of this strategy. Have you ever heard the phrase, “the money is in the list”? That can be true if you have a vibrant and responsive group of email subscribers. So, how do you do it? How do you grow a larger, more responsive list of prospects who are hungry for your content, products…
  • 4 Email Marketing Secrets That You Need To Deploy… NOW

    Wil Hart
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    You need to know this… That is the reason I will share all of the details with you right here, right now. As a small business owner, roughly 90% of your business comes from repeat clients and customers. But what about the other 10%? The most successful businesses are the ones that are able to tap into new client bases through marketing and engagement, convert leads into paying customers, and turn customers into repeat clients and brand champions. Since word-of-mouth remains the #1 way to promote your business and increase profits regardless of your industry, engaging your customers and…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Client Payment Problems? Try These 3 Simple Tips

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Kendall SummerHawk Signing up new clients is a joy…unless their payment bounces. If that happens to you, you’re first emotional reaction is to perhaps feel guilty and to ask yourself what you did wrong. To make matters worse, a client whose payment bounces is likely to avoid contacting you, leaving you unclear as to what to do next. If this happens to you, the first thing to realize is
  • Who to Feature in Your Telesummit

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    by Lisa Sasevich A telesummit is primarily a list-building event, where a host interviews a collection of experts on a specific topic over a designated period of time, while a virtual audience tunes in for free. While most telesummits end up being a huge win-win-win for the listeners, the guest experts and the host, occasionally you’ll hear hosts complain that their telesummit didn’t deliver
  • Forget Facebook! 5 Other Ways to Market Your Business Book

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    by Deborah A. Bailey If you're already a published author, you know that marketing it the tough part--even (in some cases) tougher than writing your book. Without book marketing your book will not sell. You have to let your ideal reader know that your book is out there. In a crowded media marketplace, it's harder to be seen and heard. Which is why you have to find ways to build your platform
  • 3 Mistakes Business Owners Make

    21 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    by Chris Atley Entrepreneurs spend a lot of time focusing on various strategies, thinking this next “one” will be it. By just doing ______, they will fix all of their problems. This is the farthest thing from the truth. It’s not about adding in one more strategy, it’s about shifting what’s going on in the inside. When you show-up confidently and acting like the expert you are, everything will
  • A Quick and Easy Way to Start Your Own Podcast

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
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    Small-Business

  • #338 How to Use LinkedIn to Sell, Build a Banking Relationship, End Unemployment and Break into the Fitness Industry

    Barry Moltz
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:39 pm
    September 01, 2015 | By Courtney Deruy On episode 338 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we discuss social selling and how to best use LinkedIn to sell. Next, we’ll talk about the helpful role the bank can play in growing your company and why it’s important to build a strong banking relationship. Do you have a solution to end unemployment? My next guest does and he says it can be done despite Congress! Finally, so many people enter the fitness industry and fail, but my final guest is finding success. How is he doing it? All of this and more on this episode of Business Insanity Talk…
  • How to Start a Mommy Blog

    Andrew Wise
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:29 am
    We will teach you how to start a mommy blog that can make you $100s per month. How many times have you heard your friends or family talk about needing a career change? They feel stuck and unappreciated at work and they come home feeling drained and stressed out. For those who need to make a change, the internet allows anyone to turn a passion into a career. If you’re ready this, you have the time, and you can do it. You can start a blog that will eventually earn revenue even if you have minimal time, little experience and practically no start-up capital. Unlike the offline world with…
  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    August 24, 2015 | By Barry Moltz When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and…
  • Annette Thomas Enterprise.com Email Newsletter Vol 1: Get To Know More On Business Than Anything Else!

    atebusiness
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
        Hello Subscribers:   I would personally like to thank you for signing up for my blog post updates and I hope this newsletter finds you doing well! Annette Thomas Enterprise.com boasts a huge subscriber list and its no surprise that you have taken the time to sign up. You truly are getting “More Content..More Information..More Interesting” content than you can ever imagine. While the core focus of our site is to inform and educate you, the content has changed a bit to include, home and garden, education and career, health and fitness, seasonal tips, food and…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Building the PERFECT About Me Page

    Andrew Wise
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    Most bloggers add an about me page, but most do it wrong. Usually they talk to much about themselves… But: You can’t just go on and on about all of your likes and dislikes. Your About Me page, as well as your whole website, needs to be focused and clear. To have a successful website, you need to follow a few guidelines: About “About Me” The About Me page of your website should portray you as an expert in your industry. To put it plainly, your About Me page tells your visitors who you are and what you do. Write the text of your About page in your voice style. Make it…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • How the Right Partner Helped One Consultant Expand His Services and Add Value to His Clients

    Ryan Pinkham
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Vito Marchese always knew he wanted to be his own boss, which is why he didn’t waste any time starting his company, Whiteboard Studio. “I started my business in 2006, after graduating from The University of Toronto,” Vito explains. “I always knew I wanted to be my own boss, so I started Whiteboard Studio and focused on offering traditional advertising services.” Within a few years, Vito had built a clientele of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. He began looking into new ways to expand his business’s services to help his clients become more successful. “As the market…
  • The Anatomy of a Successful Fundraising Email

    Allison Gauss
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    The trouble is, while email is a powerful communication channel it’s also very crowded and transient. Just as quickly as a donor might arrive at your donation page, they could lose interest or delete the message. Nonprofits must craft smart, engaging emails that their supporters open, read, and act on. In this post, we’ll walk through the mechanics and anatomy of a successful fundraising email — from the attention grabbing subject line to the call to action that inspires a next step. Make your emails count by incorporating these email marketing best practices. Subject lines that stick…
  • How should digital marketing agencies prioritise their services?

    Jeremy Taylor
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Editor’s note: This post comes from our Constant Contact UK office. You can view all the posts from our UK team here. Or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. There are numerous choices involved in prioritising your service offerings. You could focus on services that offer higher profit margins, or services that are appear to have a sudden boom in popularity. Equally, you might want to focus on essential services like web design, email marketing or SEO, which are always in demand. Lilach Bullock, of Comms Axis and a guest speaker in our ‘Growing your digital marketing…
  • Don’t Let Building Your Small Business Up, Run You Down

    Susan Solovic
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Do you work more than 55 hours a week in your small business? If I’m being honest, my answer is “yes”— which may not be the best news. The British medical journal, “The Lancet,” recently published a study that uncovered many of health issues related to being a workaholic — including alcoholism, depression, type-2 diabetes, or stroke. And there have been many studies over the last decade or so that have found similar associations between overwork and bad health. It’s important to make one thing very clear: these health issues are associated with long hours of work. In…
  • 4 Easy Ways to Grow Your Email List Using Mobile

    Rachel Graham
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    Your smartphone already plays an important role in helping you run your business. And whether you realize it or not with 64 percent of US adults now walking around with a smartphone in their pocket mobile also plays a critical role in how you stay connected with current and potential customers. In the sixth video of our How to Grow Your Email List video series, we take a look at four simple mobile tactics you can use to build your email list. Watch the video below! (Can’t see the video? View it here.) Today I’m going to share four ways you can grow your email list, right from your…
 
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    Cash Protection Agency Ltd

  • Trade credit cover hits all-time high

    HarrietThacker
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:55 am
    The market for trade credit insurance – which protects against the failure of a trading partner – is at an all-time high of £315 billion in the UK, according to the Association of British Insurers. That is the total amount of turnover protected by the trade credit insurance market in 2014, with nearly 10,600 insurance policies taken out over the course of the year. According to the ABI’s figures, more than 10,300 claims were made, but this represent a fall of 1.9% year on year, despite the increasing size of the market by value. The ABI says trade credit cover is…
  • What is a Letter Before Action?

    HarrietThacker
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:54 am
      Several debt recovery news articles over the past few days have mentioned the positive effects of a ‘Letter Before Action’, but what exactly is one of those? When you hire a debt recovery firm to pursue a debtor for an overdue payment, the first steps are to try and secure full payment of what is owed, without having to go to court. One part of this is to threaten all of the legally allowable penalties – such as a fixed fee, reasonable debt recovery costs, and statutory interest. But usually when you do this, in the first instance it is because the threat of extra…
  • Outstanding SME invoices total estimated £212bn

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:37 am
    The total amount owed to SMEs in the UK via outstanding invoices has been placed at an estimated £212 billion in a survey by e-invoicing network Tungsten. Of the 1,000 SMEs surveyed, 23% said they have faced closure in the past due to late payment – and this figure was even higher in some industries, reaching a high of 32% in the technology sector. An average UK SME is owed £40,857 in outstanding invoices at any one time, with £20,937 – just over half of the total – overdue. With 5.2 million SMEs up and down the country, that leads to an estimated £212 billion in…
  • Late payment leaves Lotus suited but not booted

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    The Lotus F1 team were left suited but not booted after a late payment to tyre suppliers Pirelli saw their wheels withheld in Friday practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. As the morning practice session began, the team’s cars were still sitting in the garage, according to reports from several news providers, including the Telegraph. Payments to Pirelli are made on a quarterly basis and this time around, Lotus were due to pay £350,000, the newspaper claimed. But when the money did not transfer – due to a banking technicality, according to Lotus – Pirelli refused to…
  • Anti-invoice-finance loophole to be closed

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:14 am
    A legal loophole that inadvertently prevents small businesses from obtaining invoice finance on their outstanding invoices will be closed from the start of next year. In early 2016, new rules will come into effect to ensure all outstanding invoices can be used to raise invoice finance – the alternative funding arrangement that allows money to be released from invoices before they have been settled, in exchange for paying a fee or percentage commission to a third party. Until now, some contracts have included clauses to prevent work from being subcontracted out, which in some cases has…
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Make your content more readable

    Martina Iring
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    When you’re putting together online content for your business, especially with your website, you want it to engage, inform, educate and stimulate interest. Making your content reader friendly and easy to digest is an important way to ensure that your content does what it is meant to. You don’t want to create unnecessary roadblocks by making your content difficult to process and access. The experience of your reader is very important! So how can you make your content more readable and more effective? Here are my top tips for readable content… Break it up One of the hardest…
  • Well, hello there self doubt

    Martina Iring
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:29 am
    Things have been pretty intense for me lately. For nearly a year, I’ve been building a house on a small island outside of Vancouver and living in my parents basement while I’m doing it. Pretty much every weekend has been spent up there working away on our new home and for the most part, the only days off were when I was sick. A very busy and intense time on so many levels for me personally, and running a small business on top of it all. Did I mention I’ve been living at my parents? No better way to expedite self-healing and come face to face with all the dark bits that you…
  • Lay the search marketing foundation for your small business

    Martina Iring
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    I think that the most common question that I get from small business owners is “how do I get my site higher up in search rankings?” A very good question and the answer will depend on each business and each industry. However, there is a basic search marketing foundation that I recommend needs to be laid for any business. With this in place, it’s then time to start looking at different search tactics. So what is this foundation? Google Analytics and Webmaster First and foremost, you need to have website tracking in place. The free Google Analytics and Google Webmaster tools are invaluable…
  • Tracking your website – the difference between Google Analytics and AWStats

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

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

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:07 pm
    It's been about seven years since I sat across the dinner table from Cameron who had the honor of being invited to celebrate Gary Vaynerchuk's 300th video blog for Wine Library TV. After dinner, my new friend says to connect and follow Gary V - and so I did.  No, we are not best friends (though I do have a book Gary V signed saying: "To my new BFF") but he does remain an inspiration and resource. What you may not know is that Gary Vaynerchuk is on HubSpot's advisory board.  As a HubSpot partner and perpetual inbound marketer, I appreciate working with a company with such an…
  • Improving Teamwork and Avoiding Gobbledygook

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The term “teamwork” is overused and can easily become gobbledygook. Memberships, businesses, schools, and your business all say “Having teamwork helps to create success”.  There is no disagreement that teamwork offers an advantage.  Even those who appear to be independent have a team of supporters, trainers, cheerleaders, service providers and generous skeptics. When it comes to talking about teamwork, you will hear “Yes!” Talking about the concept is certainly a positive step. Singing songs, playing games, and keeping an open door for communication are all good but…
  • An Entrepreneur Reality

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Perfect. Everything is going as planned.If you think in terms of poking the box. Poke, adjust, poke, adjust.  What happens when we do this? I love when reality bears its head and says “I am reality". Reality: “I do not want to be front and center in public and the reason this works” By being more anonymous than a public leader…  people will judge on title/content/relevance. (and unsubscribe) If the entrepreneur or business owner is a “behind the scenes” leader, then it may be time to select a dynamic business avatar. It’s personal for entrepreneurs. When anyone snubs a…
  • Turn Someone Into a Super-Hero

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

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

  • Grow Your Business Following These Steps to Success From Remodeling Experts

    Steve Eastlack
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Date: September 17 Time: 4:00 pm EST Location: Where you are most comfortable To register for this webinar click here! Join us to hear from two of the foremost leading experts in the remodeling industry on what steps your home improvement business can take to be more successful. Mark Richardson, Business Strategies Advisor, Speaker, National Educator and Business Growth Expert. Author of “How Fit Is Your Business?: A Complete Checkup and Prescription for Better Business Health” and “Fit to Grow: 12 Business Themes for Growth” Chad Hatfield, the Owner & President of Hatfield…
  • Surefire Social Podcast: What Does Online Relevancy Mean to You & Google?

    Steve Eastlack
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    “The best part was to hear Surefire Social being used in the same breath as Google as a Partner. That was really validating.” – Beth Overman, Customer Success Manager at Surefire Social In case you hadn’t heard, Surefire Social was named as an exclusive SMB Channel Partner of Google and this webinar was the kickoff of this partnership. The biggest question we saw from that webinar was, how can I stay relevant? This was a major part of what Sheldon was talking about. From Google’s perspective, is relevancy just a matter of having correct, up-to-date information on my website? This is…
  • Are You Afraid of Negative Reviews?

    Jacqueline Colman
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Did you know that local business reviews are read by 85% of customers? That means your potential customers are searching online for reviews about your business, which can make or break you. It is crucial to be aware of what your customers are saying about you. Don’t be afraid of negative reviews It goes without saying that it is always best to strive towards receiving positive reviews. However, negative reviews can happen to anyone, and when they do, you need to be ready with the proper tools. While on the surface a negative review can seem like a bad thing, they actually have the potential…
  • Remodeling Mastery by Mark Richardson – Creating a World Class Team: Finding Talent

    Steve Eastlack
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Welcome back to Remodeling Mastery by Mark Richardson! In part 1 of Creating a World Class Team, Mark Richardson talked about the importance of culture, understanding it, training it, and what culture is all about. Now in part 2, Finding Talent, Mark talks how you go about finding the right talent for your organization. How do you find talent? The better organizations out there make finding talent a priority 100% of the time, not just when they may need it. A big theme that Mark has coined, speaks on, and teaches to organizations is how to become a magnet, not a net. There’s a tendency…
  • Surefire Spotlight: Terry Stamman, President of Twin Cities Siding Professionals

    Steve Eastlack
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    In our next installment to Surefire Spotlight, I had the privilege to speak with and get to know a man who truly understands what it takes to run and operate a business the right way. His defining principle is one of integrity and it shines through every aspect of the business he owns along with his wife Kristen, Twin Cities Siding Professionals, and through all the awards and excellent customer satisfaction, Terry Stamman remains humbled and just as hungry to serve his community each and every day. Q1. Tell us a little about yourself, Terry. First and foremost, I have to say I am an avid…
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  • How To Be A Successful Entrepreneur - Interview With Jerome Katz Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Louis University

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Be A Successful Entrepreneur - Interview With Jerome Katz Professor of Entrepreneurship - Saint Louis University In this podcast we have the pleasure of interviewing Jerome Katz, Professor Of Entrepreneurship at Saint Louis University. In the interview Professor Katz comments on what are the key things to be a successful entrepreneur, trends in small business today, information on what marketing methods have the best ROI for entrepreneurs and tips on hiring your first employees. In the podcast Professor Katz outlines what he has found in his research and personal experience to be the…
  • How To Increase Sales From Your Website - The Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    How To Increase Sales From Your Website - Top 13 Things You Can Do Immediately In this blog post, we have posted the video for an online seminar we held recently. The seminar was titled, "How To Increase Sales From Your Website." The seminar covers key definitions to terms used for websites and SEO, keys to higher conversion rates, the basics of A/B page testing, the keys to creating high-quality content, and a quick overview of website statistics and website sales tracking. Be sure to read to the bottom of this post where we have a list of the top 13 things you can do immediately to increase…
  • Social Media Marketing Services - The Top 7 Reasons Why To Spend That Money On Local SEO Services Instead

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    Social Media Marketing Services The Top 7 Reasons Why to Spend That Money on Local SEO Services Instead  In this blog article and podcast, we are going to talk about the social media marketing services versus SEO marketing services. The primary goal of this content is to explain the top reasons to spend a marketing budget on SEO instead of social media.   
  • Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important

    10 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Why Improving Your Website Conversion Rate Optimization Is Important This may seem like a no-brainer, right? Improving your website conversion rate means more people are taking actions that you would want them to take. This could mean an increase in email addresses provided, leads for sales or even direct sales from the website. Overall improving your website’s conversion rate can only mean good things for your business, but the few direct results seen above are just the end means of the process. There are plenty of reasons why a website’s conversion rate is important and…
  • How To Audit Your Search Engine Optimization Company

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

  • Are You Asking the Right Questions?

    Rick McPartlin
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you want to continually grow and produce more profit, which questions do you need to ask? Do you ask sales questions – get sales Read More The post Are You Asking the Right Questions? appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • What Family-Owned Businesses Can Learn from Scout and Atticus

    Lorri Allen
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    You don’t read fiction you tell yourself. You’re just too busy. But you loved To Kill a Mockingbird when you studied it in high school, Read More The post What Family-Owned Businesses Can Learn from Scout and Atticus appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Bringing Your Brand Abroad: 4 Steps to Going Global

    Kim Castleberry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Eric Bershad started Phillip Jeffries, a wall coverings company, in the early 1970’s with less than $5,000 in his pocket and three cases of Japanese Read More The post Bringing Your Brand Abroad: 4 Steps to Going Global appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • What The Millennial Audience Really Wants

    Jona Jone
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    Millennials are a challenging generation. They are very diverse and very different. But if there is one demographic that needs to be understood really well Read More The post What The Millennial Audience Really Wants appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make

    Michael Malone
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:54 am
    We all make mistakes, but it is when the mistakes become habits that we lose our effectiveness as leaders.  When I interview CEOs and their Read More The post The 7 Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Griselda Togobo's blog | Author, Speaker & Small Business Growth Consultant

  • Impatient to grow your business? Do this first!

    EA
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    When thinking of growing and scaling up your business, its very important that you work out those parts of the business that are profitable and can be replicated before you start to embark on an expansion plan. The reason being, attempting to scale a business that isn’t profitable is a bit like trying to be a Silicon Valley tech start up without the innovation or backing of super rich investors. Tech start-ups and other highly technical niche industries are the only ones allowed to scale before being profitable. This is because they are dancing to a different music and have different…
  • What I did when I had no money to pay for help

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

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

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

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

  • Why High Security Checks Are Worth It!

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    You may not use checks in your personal life as much as you once did, but they’re still an essential part of your business’s daily transactions. Unfortunately, criminals know this fact, making checks a target for fraud. While occurrences of check fraud are much lower than credit cards, the average damage is much higher. In fact, research from The Federal Reserve shows small businesses lose more than $1200 on an unauthorized check transaction, vs. $138 on average for general purpose credit cards. Armed with that knowledge, what can you do to protect your small business and your checks?
  • 12 Ways to Create a Logo Design You’ll Love

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Creating a great logo takes time, a solid process and perhaps a few revisions to get a logo you really love. Since your logo is oftentimes the most visible way your customers connect to your brand, you want to make sure your final design is memorable. Not sure where to start with your logo design? Sure, it’s a big project, but breaking the design process down into smaller steps can help you from beginning to end. It’s definitely worth the time and effort to land on a logo design your customers will remember. Start by choosing a design team to help you map out your logo design…
  • Building an Authentic Brand: One Startup Brewery’s Mission

    Rachael Carlson<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Rachael_BWCrop-150x150.png" alt="Rachael Carlson" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    When it comes to craft beer or really just beer in general, Hunter S. Thompson put it simply: “Good people drink good beer.” That’s exactly what Amy Shindorf and Brad Bellinger, owners of Four Leaf Brewing in Clare, Michigan, set out to do with their craft brewery business: Make really good beer for everyday people to enjoy. Brad Bellinger & Amy Shindorf, Owners, Four Leaf Brewing, Clare, MI But, starting a craft brewery doesn’t just happen overnight. It actually started as a small idea, almost a nagging voice – one that Amy just couldn’t seem to shake. As she moved up in the…
  • How to Save Your Next Design Project [Hint: Use a Mood Board]

    Andrew Niekamp<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/andrew_niekamp_profile.jpg" alt="Andrew Niekamp" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    Let’s say the new creative for your website, email or print marketing comes back from your designer and it’s not what you were hoping to see. Maybe it’s too heavy, maybe too light. Too blue or too red? It’s certainly too something. Or possibly, too something else. You spend your night making edits, collecting links to sites you like and trying to salvage the project without completely sinking your budget. Next time don’t rescue your design project after the design is done. Next time, save it before it even starts. Next time, use a mood board. What Mood Boards Are At their most…
  • 4 Ways to Reboot Your Outdated Website

    Deluxe Blogmaster<br><img src="https://ww.deluxe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Deluxe_enterprise_logo_cropped-150x28.png" alt="Deluxe Blogmaster" class="avatar" width='50' height='50'/>
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    If calling your website ‘dated’ is an understatement, you’re not alone. Many small business owners have told us their sites are not working as hard as they should to bring in new business. If knocking down your current site is not an option, there are a few ways to make your website friendlier by simply rebooting.  1. Upgrade to Responsive Design Responsive design isn’t just a trend, it’s a necessity in today’s mobile world. Every day, more and more people browse the web on their devices and you want to be ready for them. Before responsive design, businesses were…
 
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    Loftis Consulting Business Blog

  • When Should Your Small Business Hire a Part-time CFO?

    Loftis Consulting
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    This excellent article in the Desert News highlights seven signs that your business needs a CFO on at least a part-time basis.  The signs include: Large swings in annual revenue both up and down More complicated business model Higher employee headcount These are just a few.  Check out the article for more.    
  • Profit Does Not Equal Cash in the Bank

    Loftis Consulting
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many entrepreneurs consider profits reflected on their Income Statement as cash in the bank from running their business.  This is not the case for many reasons. Reason 1: Cash can come from non-operational sources If your business is lucky enough to get cash from outsiders, this cash is not considered profits.  It is cash (i.e. funding) from investors in the form of bank loans or equity stakes.  This type of external funding will not show up on the Income Statement, where we determine if the business has accounting profits.  Accounting profits means the business has profits by accounting…
  • Illinois Series B Funding Taking Longer to Secure

    Loftis Consulting
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    A recent article in Crain’s stated that Series B funding is taking longer to secure.  According to Crain’s, it took 3.7 years on average for a start-up to get Series B funding in 2006 but took 4.4 years in 2011.  With this in mind understanding cash flows and profitability are keys to the successful startup.  In order for your start-up to survive, it is critical that profitability is achieved sooner than later because Series B funding may take longer to achieve.  If your key managers/owners don’t understand the differences between cash flow and profitability then it is critical for…
  • Finance 101: CapEx Defined

    Loftis Consulting
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Many business owners and executives know everything about their business from an operational or technical side but ignore the finance side. The owners and executives either leave it to someone else or just play along like they understand the numbers side but really don’t.  It is critical for long-term success to understand the numbers.  One term not fully understood by many is Capital Expenditure also known as CapEx. Capital Expenditures represent long-term (asset that will last for more than a year) investments back into the business. These may include: Computers Buildings Equipment…
  • Entrepreneurial Toolkit: Reading an Income Statement Part 1 (Gross Margin)

    Loftis Consulting
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    For a start-up or any stage of business, good financial records are important.  Many times businesses have someone doing their accounting books and producing financial reports including the Income Statement; however, the business owner has no idea what the financial statements are telling them.    This article will highlight the key items that you as a business owner need to know and understand about one of the key financial reports, the Income Statement, and how to use the information to further grow your business. Accounting is used to provide information on the financial dealings of…
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • How to Create Emails That Get Opened and Read {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    We've Moved! Update Your Reader Subscription Don't miss another blog post! Click here to update your readerhttp://feeds.feedblitz.com/bluekitemarketingblog Update your reader now with this changed subscription address to get your latest updates from us.
  • Should You Ever Write Off-Topic Content for Your Industry Blog?

    Laura Click
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
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  • Is Google Plus Still Relevant for Your Business? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
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  • Limited Marketing Budget? Here’s Where to Spend Your Money

    Laura Click
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
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  • Should You Outsource Your Blog? {Podcast}

    Laura Click
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • #338 How to Use LinkedIn to Sell, Build a Banking Relationship, End Unemployment and Break into the Fitness Industry

    Courtney Deruy
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On episode 338 of Business Insanity Talk Radio, we discuss social selling and how to best use LinkedIn to sell. Next, we’ll talk about the helpful role the bank can play in growing your company and why it’s important to build a strong banking relationship. Do you have a solution to end unemployment? My next guest does and he says it can be done despite Congress! Finally, so many people enter the fitness industry and fail, but my final guest is finding success. How is he doing it? All of this and more on this episode of Business Insanity Talk Radio. Listen and enjoy: Check Out…
  • Why I Rent from Enterprise

    Barry Moltz
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:47 pm
    When I have a choice, I always rent from Enterprise. I find that they are one of the only rental companies that really care about customer service. Maybe because they have one of the largest college graduate training programs in the country. For example, last week I drove my son back to college and rented a car for the trip. About 75% of the way there, I noticed that I was losing air in one of the tires. I called the Enterprise office where I rented the car. They directed me to their local office in the town where my son goes to college. I stopped by and exchanged the car for a new one so I…
  • #337 Conquering Life’s Detours, Time Management, Cost Cutting, Business Rule Breaking and Blogging

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

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

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

  • Checklist for Starting a Small Business

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The idea of making your dream come true and starting your own small business has been calling, but so have the doubts. Will people like my product or service? Will they like it enough for me to make money? Starting your own small business may be a scary prospect, but it's a lot less frightening when you've got all your ducks in a row. Here's what you need to start a small business: Corporate Protections When you're getting started, it's important to protect both yourself and your business by choosing the right legal structure. Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, and sole proprietorships all…
  • Can You Sue an Employee for Stealing?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Dealing with customer theft is one thing, but what happens when it's your own employees stealing from your store? Of course there are criminal laws against theft, but that may not get you the full value of what was stolen. So can you file a lawsuit against an employee for theft? And, if so, what kinds of theft are covered? Paycheck Penalties If your state allows, and if you've decided not to fire the employee, you could consider deducting the amount of the theft from his or her paycheck. Just be careful: some states (like California) prohibit this entirely, and some states have certain…
  • Man Tries to Copyright the Fried Chicken Sandwich; Court Says No

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    I've been on a search for the perfect fried chicken sandwich, trying just about everything from Chick-Fil-A and Carl's Jr. to local spots and food trucks. I have yet to make it to Church's, but based on one ex-employee's legal claim, maybe I need to give their "Pechu Sandwich" a try. Norberto Colón Lorenzana attempted to patent what I assumed was a classic staple of American cuisine, claiming he invented it in 1991. But a federal court shut him down, saying the fried chicken sandwich could not be copyrighted, meaning restaurants, drive thrus, and food trucks are free to keep cranking out…
  • What Are Death Benefits and Who's Entitled to Them?

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    As a small business owner, you're probably more focused on your product than on employee pensions, but if an employee dies, knowing how your company and the state deal with death benefits could come in handy. So here's a primer on what death benefits are, who's eligible to receive them, and how they could impact your business. Insurance Death Benefits As the name implies, death benefits are insurance payments to a spouse, children, or other dependents when an employee dies. If the death is due to a work-related injury or illness, the death benefits could come from workers' compensation…
  • adidas Sues Forever 21 Over Three-Stripe Mark

    Christopher Coble, Esq.
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:57 pm
    It says it right there on the label: "Die Weltmarke Mit Den 3 Streifen," or, "The Brand With the Three Stripes." In fact, those three stripes have been synonymous with the adidas brand for so long, you'd think they wouldn't even need to trademark it. But they have, and now adidas America has filed a federal lawsuit against Forever 21, claiming the fashion retailer is selling apparel with adidas's signature "Three Stripe Mark." Forever in Federal Court The federal complaint, released by KOIN6 in Portland, shows sweatshirts featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and Looney Tunes imagery along…
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  • 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life

    Chad Stewart
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Most of us are lucky to start the day out at 50% capacity due to a late bedtime the night before, or plain exhaustion from burning the candle at both… Read more » The post 8 Ways Nap-Takers Are Better at Life appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps

    Ivan Widjaya
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    For the entrepreneur, investing is an enticing prospect. Most business people have a natural affinity for risk-taking; after all, making big decisions is an important part of your professional life,… Read more » The post How to Build a Diverse Investment Portfolio in Three Simple Steps appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    If you own or manage a small or medium-sized local business, you need to be putting forth a significant effort to put your company front and center in the social… Read more » The post Top 8 Reasons Why Social is so Important for Local SMEs appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Starting up a small business is a great way to get ahead financially, and a great way to leverage your time and talents. Small businesses are also a key part… Read more » The post Reducing your Startup Costs: Tricks of The Trade appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System

    Ivan Widjaya
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    In business warehouses, the lack of organization can easily lead to chaos. And the more chaos that exists from the lack of organization leads to inefficiency and extra costs arise… Read more » The post Factors to Consider Prior to Installing a Pallet Racking System appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
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    Big Brand System

  • Lessons Learned from the Land Down Under

    Pamela Wilson
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I flew to Australia on the invitation of Darren Rowse and the Problogger team. I spoke at Darren’s 2015 Problogger Training Event, which took place at the beautiful RACV Royal Pines resort on Australia’s Gold Coast. This post is an excuse to share my photos — and my experiences — with you. I want to share a few lessons I picked up: I think you’ll find them as valuable as I did. There’s a mix of business and life lessons — some profound, and some very simple. Enjoy. Do things that scare you, Part 1 I have to confess: I was NOT looking…
  • 4 Lovable Sales Tips for People Who Hate Selling

    Henneke
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What image does the idea of selling conjure up in your mind? Do you think of a pushy car salesman? A sleazy guy selling insurance door to door? When Daniel Pink, author of the book To Sell Is Human, asked people what word first came up in their mind when he mentioned “sales,” he found that the majority of words were negative. Smarmy. Slimy. Pushy. Manipulative. Aggressive. Yuck. Having to sell makes many of us feel queasy. We fidget. We procrastinate. And we wish we weren’t in business. We wish that someone else would do the selling for us! Perhaps you worry you may come…
  • Type Styles of the Rich and Famous

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

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

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

    Keran Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Starting a business can be tough and may not get easier once you are up and running. Advice from other entrepreneurs who showcase their successes and failures is a great way to get a heads up on what to look out for. Luckily, there are numerous entrepreneurs and bloggers that have this business thing figured out and are more than willing to share how they did it and what you should be doing. Here is a list of 30 must-read blogs for the growing entrepreneur. They range in style, but all are well-worth reading. 1. Small Business Trends Why entrepreneurs love it: Small Business Trends is a…
  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

    Heather Stewart
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    More people than ever are looking to become entrepreneurs – in fact, a recent article on Forbes even suggested that everyone will have to become an entrepreneur. There are many reasons for this – from the financial climate, to the lack of a ‘job for life’, to simply having a different outlook on employment from previous generations. Whatever the reason, if you’re looking to become an entrepreneur, the reality is that every business starts with an idea. But how do you come up with the perfect business idea for you? We’re going to talk about the key aspects…
  • 87 Ideas to Start a Side Business & Quit the 9 to 5 Job

    Heather Stewart
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    Side Hustle (noun), Definition: paid work Something that brings in money, which is not your main job A task or series of tasks that helps you to earn more money, test out a new business idea or uses your specific skills and experience to bring in cash A side hustle – or side job – is work that you do that helps to boost your income, and it’s becoming increasingly popular, particularly since the financial crash in 2008.   Why Start a Side Hustle?   Earn Extra Money The desire to earn more money has become more common as people struggle to make ends meet with their…
  • How to Make a Successful Business Through Delegation

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

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

  • Email Newsletter Best Practices

    Anne Orfila
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Did you see the title of this post and chuckle? Are you thinking “email marketing is so two-thousand and five!”? Believe it or not, the good old fashioned email newsletter still holds weight in this time of condensed, character-count marketing. And if you are someone who is still in love with using the newsletter as a viable form of marketing, this will validate that your love is worthwhile. This post will give you email marketing best practice tips on how to adjust your email newsletter campaign for the here and now. Read on! The idea for this blog post came from a very…
  • Graphic Sizes for Social Media – Size DOES Matter!

    Web Marketing Therapy
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Every social media platform has their own way of displaying their photos. When it comes to posting images on social media, size does matter when it comes to social media marketing! According to NeoMan Studios, people remember 80% of what they see and do, 20% of what they read, and 10% of they hear. Colors also increase readers’ attentions span. And with so many “stuff” being thrown out at people on social media all day long, it’s more important than ever for your message to pop up against the crowd. And infographics can help you do that. Pinterest, for example, likes…
  • Explaining My Web Marketing Work

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

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

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

    launchgrowjoy
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    For an eCommerce entrepreneur, getting the message out to your customers in ways that make an impression and generate interest is critical to your long-term success. Doing so without wasting time and spending big bucks is the dream of every... The post 10 Awesome eCommerce apps you need to know about appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business

    launchgrowjoy
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:58 pm
    When it comes to social media trends, getting in on the ground floor of a new one (or at least near there) can produce huge results. The super-hot new trend in social media marketing is a platform called Periscope and,... The post How to Use Periscope to Boost Your eCommerce Business appeared first on Launch Grow Joy.
  • Five quick ways to grow your email list

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

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

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

  • Hatch Helping Businesses at the Critical Hour

    Susan Post
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you’ve jumped of the cliff and decided to start your own business, there’s a lot of make or break moments. During those times you often just need a nudge in the right direction or that one key connection, and ideally you could get that insight without giving up control of your company or spending large […]
  • 2015 Franklin County Retail Report Discusses E-Commerce Impact

    Susan Post
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The strength of retail in a region is a good indicator of the health of its economy. The 2015 Franklin County Retail Report presented by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber sheds light on the role retail plays in the economy of the fastest growing urban county in the state. “The retail sector contributes a […]
  • How to Use Pinterest for Your Business

    Susan Post
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, most businesses use some form of social media. It’s almost uncommon for a business not to have a Facebook or Twitter, but what about Pinterest? Businesses and organizations of varying industries are finding value in the picture-centric platform. Highly-visual, Pinterest allows users to create themed digital bulletin boards to memorialize links. It’s popular with the DIY […]
  • Harpoon App Takes the Pain out of Freelance Finances

    Susan Post
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Freelancing can be great…set your own scheduled (generally), run errands in the middle of the day, choose the clients you work with, send invoices and track your financials. Ok, maybe that last one isn’t such a perk, but it’s something that’s about to get a lot easier thanks to a new app developed right here […]
  • Women’s Business Center Spotlight: Vernita Johnson, Owner Shy-Stones

    Jonnel Ransom
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Shi-Ly-Ku, which translates into “women of virtue, queenly anointed” is the inspiration behind Shy-Stones, a jewelry business owned and operated by Vernita Johnson. Flawed, semi-precious stones, metals and crystals are mixed together to create one-of-a-kind pieces of “wearable art” designed for women. Flawed stones are intentionally used to create this unique product line of bracelets, […]
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  • How Startups Can Leverage the Power of Outsourced Labor

    Greg Nunan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:05 am
    One of the most difficult things about starting a business is creating a reliable employee base while still having enough money to put into business operations. Instead of spending too much overhead money in your new company by trying to establish a workforce of full-time employees, consider using freelance workers, a practice which is becoming more and more common. Read on to find three reasons that, as a startup business owner, hiring freelance workers is a great way to get your company off the ground without compromising your budget. Workforce Size One of the biggest advantages for…
  • What the Rich Say about Getting Rich – 10 Books to Inspire You

    Julie Ellis
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:31 am
    Admit it. You do envy people who are rich, if only just a little. Life just seems to be easier for them; they don’t worry about the bills; they take nice vacations; they can pursue lots of interests and hobbies; they don’t worry about retirement. We also wonder how they became rich, if they did it on their own rather than having inherited it. Do they have a specific way of thinking? Have they followed some formula? The answer is “yes” to both of these questions, depending on which rich person you ask. Rather than seek them out and ask, you can actually read what many of them have to…
  • Top Business Ideas for Women

    Blogtrepreneur
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Based on Small Business Association reports, businesses owned by women are enjoying a rapid growth. In fact, this segment of new businesses is currently among the fastest-growing segments in the US economy. So, whether you are a career woman who wants to shift to entrepreneurship, a stay-at-home parent who wishes to augment the family income, or a regular office employee who just wants to earn some extra income, there are lots of business opportunities that you can try. The following are some of the most highly-recommended business ideas for women today: Tutoring If you have the patience and…
  • How to Start a Blog and Make Money

    Blogtrepreneur
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Gone are the days when people relied solely on printed publications for their daily dose of news, information, and entertainment. This day and age has introduced the world to platforms such as blogging — a great way to impart ideas, to market businesses, to create a major following, and so much more. Blogging offers so many advantages, both to the readers and to the blogger. Running a blog is not only fulfilling; it is also a great way to earn money, as long as you know the necessary steps to take. If you’re thinking of starting your own blog and making money out of it but have no real…
  • 5 Useful Business Japanese Phrases You Must Know (with Hiragana and Katakana Scripts)

    Blogtrepreneur
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    So you’ve aced the interview for the internship or transfer to the Japan branch office. Or you have an upcoming business meeting with your Japanese work associates. Japan has precise and sophisticated hierarchical systems, complete with a special language of politeness called honorific languagekeigo in Japanese. Keigo speech patterns are determined by the relative status of the speaker, the listener and the persons spoken about. In contrast, American English is built on the values of fairness and social equality. It has no specific speech patterns for communicating between hierarchical…
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    That Bookkeeper

  • Why bookkeepers should go back to school: (Part 1 - The Core)

    Eric Matthews
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    September is back to school season here in Canada. All of those minds that were drowned in Slurpees and baked in the sun are now dragged back into class to slowly repair themselves. I think this is a great time for us bookkeepers to do the same. Why should the kids get all the fun, right? How many of you have used the line "I wish I could go back to school" or "you have no idea how easy you've got it at school" on your kids when they were complaining about 15 minutes of homework while you were finishing up another 12 hour day? Yep...me too! Well, then let's put our money (and time) where our…
  • How to Help Your Bookkeeping Client Find an Accountant

    Eric Matthews
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a bookkeeper it's hard finding clients. Clients who will work with you year after year. It can take a long time to build up trust. After all, we are dealing with their business and their money. Often we're moving their life savings to and from their accounts each month. If you take on a client who is just getting started, they will often come to you for your advice. It makes sense. Most people work with one or two accountants in their life, if any. Most bookkeepers work with dozens over their career. This can be tricky. An accountant is a critical position to fill. A really good accountant…
  • A few good bookkeeping links

    Eric Matthews
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When I'm not bookkeeping or writing, I'm often reading. When I was younger it was Stephen King books. Why a 5th grader submitting books reports on Carrie or The Dead Zone didn't raise any red flags is beyond me. Nowadays it's not nearly as many books as it used to be; and almost nothing fiction. Instead, I read a lot of blog posts. My RSS reader (yes, I do still use RSS) is filled with a wide range of topics. From bookkeeping to tech news to music blogs, I'm constantly adding and subtracting blogs that interest and inform me. During this reading, I come across a lot of great posts and great…
  • 3 Things I Don't Know About Cloud Bookkeeping

    Eric Matthews
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I'm not an idiot, but I play one on TV...as long as by TV we mean business. Generally speaking, I've got bookkeeping software figured out. No, I'm not an expert at everything out there, but you can throw me in front of any bookkeeping app and I'll figure out how to get my job done. There are a few types of software out there, both for business owners in general and specific to bookkeepers, that I haven't been able to wrap my head around. I'm not sure how they would fit into my business, whether or not they're worth the expense, and which one of them is the best fit. I'd like to talk about 3…
  • How Are You Going To Get Paid?

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

  • Handling Impaired Employees

    Barbara Weltman
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman What do you do when a worker shows up drunk or stoned? The possibility of this happening at your company is nothing new (alcohol intoxication didn’t even diminish during Prohibition), but with the growing number of states permitting marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes, the possibility is even greater now. You want a safe workplace, you want the work to get done right, but you have to be concerned about an intoxicated employee and the legal ramifications. Crisis management Faced with an impaired worker, what do you do? It’s advisable to establish…
  • Protecting Your Brand

    Barbara Weltman
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman Michael Jordan sued a grocery store that used his image in a promotion without his permission. As a billionaire, he obviously didn’t need the money from the lawsuit (he announced he would donate any recovery to charity); he was making a point. He has a personal brand—his persona—and he has to protect it. Michael Jordan’s brand is worth millions (it’s been reported that it earned him $100 million in 2014). But every company has a brand, which is defined as the company’s identity encompassing what it does and what it stands for. Every business works hard to…
  • Get Ready for Changes in Filing Deadlines and Extensions

    Barbara Weltman
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman As a business owner, you face various tax filing requirements. Different dates apply for different tax forms. While the dates you’ve grown used to will apply for the upcoming (2016) tax season, a number of dates will change the following year. Income tax returns The type of entity — and the form used by it for income tax purposes — dictates the due date of the form. It also impacts the amount of additional time you have to file if you request an extension. Currently, here are the due dates of the forms and automatic extensions: Form Due Date* Extended Due…
  • Professional Employer Organizations: New IRS Certification Program

    Barbara Weltman
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman So we all know that being an employer entails many tax and legal obligations. These include figuring and paying employment taxes, complying with minimum wage and overtime rules, addressing workers’ compensation and unemployment benefit issues, and ensuring that the company and employees don’t violate federal or state labor laws. Large corporations have HR, accounting, and legal departments to make sure they are in compliance; small businesses don’t. Professional employer organizations (PEOs) can help small businesses with employer challenges. PEOs (sometimes…
  • Tax Deduction with No Cash Outlay?

    Barbara Weltman
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Follow @BarbaraWeltman That’s right! Usually you get a tax deduction only if you spend money on something for your business. But under a special rule called domestic production activities deduction (DPAD), you can deduct 9% of your qualified domestic production activities income (after taking into account certain allocable costs. (Technically the 9% applies to adjusted gross income without the DPAD if this result is smaller.) This write-off is also called the Sec. 199 deduction and it’s on top of deductions you’ve already taken to generate the income. In effect, you get to double dip in…
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    Adrian Swinscoe

  • Customer experience failures are more likely to be remembered than successes – Interview with Paige O’Neill of SDL

    adrianswinscoe
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Today’s interview is with Paige O’Neill who is Chief Marketing Officer of SDL, a global Customer Experience software solutions provider. Paige joins me today to talk about SDL’s latest global Customer Experience Thought Leadership research into when Customer Experience fails (and when it triumphs), exactly what happens, and why? This interview follows on from my […]
  • Empathy: The new way to connect with your customers

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:07 am
    Over the past 15 years, digital marketing has exploded. With the expansion of social media, many businesses have had to change the way they interact and engage with their customers. Nowadays, people are looking to build a loyal relationship with the brands they love. To foster this relationship, successful businesses are turning towards empathy. Empathy […]
  • How we transformed our organisation and our customer experience – Interview with Damian Thompson of Principality Building Society

    adrianswinscoe
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Today’s interview is with Damian Thompson, Director of Distribution at Principality Building Society, a Welsh building society founded in 1860 and head-quartered in Cardiff. Principality is the largest building society in Wales and the sixth largest in the United Kingdom. Damian joins me today to talk about how they transformed their customer experience by moving […]
  • Customer experience: Who’s in charge here?

    adrianswinscoe
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    Imagine a scenario where you walk into a room, an office or a business and see a hive of activity. You are keen to resolve a customer experience problem or have a question answered so you ask: “Who’s in charge here?” One person steps forward, raises their hand, identifies themselves as the CEO and says […]
  • Towards a unified view of the customer – Interview with James McGourlay of OpenText

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

  • What to do when everyone else is on vacation

    Brad Farris
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:28 am
    This time of year can be frustrating. You are trying to grow your business, you are trying to move projects forward, you are working hard at it, but the rest of the world isn’t. They are on vacation! (or off with their kids, or whatever ) The point is, they aren’t calling you back, or returning your emails, or getting the things done that you need them to do. Deadlines are getting missed, the date they promise to get back to you comes and goes and you are still waiting. Ugh! No matter how hard we try we can’t control other people’s vacations. We can’t make people…
  • Blocks and Glue: Is your business built on a firm foundation?

    Pierre Namroud
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    An organization has numerous parts, or building blocks, that make up its whole. However, all of these separate functions and elements are dependent on one another. Having each part in place and functioning is important. But having each part actually connected and communicating to all the other parts is crucial—for any organization to survive. In small businesses, everyone can name off at least some of these blocks: Finances, Buildings/Infrastructure, Distribution, Networking/Marketing, IT, Management, HR, etc. As a consultant, I’ve witnessed a whole lot at small companies. Many SBOs…
  • How to Raise Your Prices Without Losing Clients

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    You work at least 50+ hours a week, although it feels like 24/7 when you consider how much your business weighs on your mind! You are overloaded, but afraid to turn down work because you don’t want to miss out on income. And even though you’re working all the time, your account ledger isn’t showing it. In fact, your bank balance looks a little pathetic. How does this keep happening … over and over again?  So what’s the deal? Luckily, we can fix the situation. In this 45 minute webinar, Brad Farris, Founder of EnMast will walk you through how to make MORE money with FEWER…
  • The 2015 Guide to Using LinkedIn

    EnMast-Editor
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    You’ve heard stories from other business owners about how they’ve been using LinkedIn to find clients and employees, to drive traffic to their website content, and build their business; but every time you visit the site it’s more confusing. In this all-new webinar we have gathered two experts, Dave Delaney and Brad Farris, who each successfully use LinkedIn to build their business. What you’ll learn: Who to connect with and how to deal with others. How to obtain recommendations and endorsements — and strategies for using them in new and creative ways. How to use LinkedIn…
  • Top 5 Reasons I’ll Subscribe to Your Company Newsletter

    Kaleigh Moore
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:10 am
    If you use email marketing for your business, you’re probably wondering how to get more people to subscribe to your company newsletter, right? Right. But there are so many reasons not to join a newsletter that keep people from opting in. It’s hard to know what actually makes a person want to have your news come into his or her precious inbox space. I can’t speak for everyone, but there are a few things that make me subscribe to a newsletter—and so I wanted to share those with you. 1. It’s short If a company newsletter is short and to the point, I will often times read the whole…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • 5 Ways to Deliver Results with Direct Mail

    Courtney Tobe
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:37 am
    By Courtney Tobe There’s a cartoon that perfectly sums up modern attitudes toward email versus postal mail. Ten years ago, email was novel and exciting; but, with today’s constant influx of digital noise, it’s the tangible items in our mailboxes that really get our attention. This impression is backed by facts. In their most recent postal behavior study, the U.S. Postal Service learned that more than three quarters of households either read or scan advertising mail that arrives in their homes. What’s more, 98 percent of people check their mail every day. This gives…
  • How to Project Personality and Unique Selling Position on Your Website

    Kyle Courtright
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:13 am
    By Kyle Courtright No matter what field you’re in, your potential customers need to be able to quickly understand your mission, products/services, and why you stand out from the competition. There are thousands of companies out there who are competing for your customers. Making sure that customers understand your business quickly is essential to earning their trust and showing the value your business represents. If you blend in with other competitors, chances are they will pass you up and move on to your competition. Potential customers want to see what you’re all about. They love…
  • Before, During, After: Mastering Your Small Business Loan Application

    Robert Porter
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    By Robert Porter As essential as working capital is, the process of obtaining it can be daunting. Not every small business owner is confident in the right moves to make, and many are worried about unforeseen bumps in the road. Read on to discover the tips and tricks to mastering your small business loan, guaranteed to put a spring in each lending step. Before You Apply: Find the Right Fit Quick and easy isn’t always best. While it may be tempting to get cash fast, it’s important to understand the cost of speedy capital. Often, merchant cash advances or online lending pair convenience with…
  • Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Blog Roundup, August 29

    Small Business Bonfire
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    It’s time to go back to school! Any small business owner, who is also a parent, knows first-hand how this time of year always brings with it a feeling of relief. Maybe not for the kids, but certainly for the parents! In honor of all of our kids going back to school, this week’s small business blog roundup includes our favorite school-related/business posts we came across recently . You just read: Bonfire Buzz: Small Business Blog Roundup, August 29 from the Small Business Bonfire. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to our small business newsletter, and make sure you follow us…
  • What You Need to Know About Website Copyrights

    Princess Jones
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    By Princess Jones The copyright notice is usually the line of text in your footer that notifies visitors that your website is under your copyright and not to be reproduced or used without your permission. Do you need a website copyright in your footer? The content that you create on your website is your copyright without you having to do anything extra. So, if you’ve authored all of the content on your site, it’s yours. If you have your employees create content for your website, that’s work for hire product. You automatically have the copyright to that, too. Where it gets sticky are the…
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    CorporationCentre.ca Small Business Blog

  • Practical Advice For Reducing EmployeeTurnover

    CorporationCentre.ca
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:46 am
    Employee turnover is a fact of life in the business world, and not necessarily a bad thing—particularly if new entrants are exceptionally skilled and qualified, and the rate of turnover is manageable. But if you’ve experienced higher-than-normal employee turnover, you know how disruptive it can be to the day-to-day operations of your business.Regardless of their experience, credentials, and expertise, new hires require training and time to both become familiar with the workplace and integrate themselves successfully into its social milieu. Whereas employees who’ve been with the company…
  • Decoding Business Buzzwords In 2015

    CorporationCentre.ca
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    If your goal is to convey a clear and comprehensible message to a diverse audience, then you should generally avoid using industry-specific jargon and buzzwords altogether. Esoteric terminology and acronyms tend to encumber communication, delay progress, and either bore or annoy audiences, according to Virgin Group founder and CEO Sir Richard Branson. Obviously, none of those outcomes is desirable.However, a working knowledge of new buzzwords and jargon can prove useful for at least four reasons: 1)  If someone asks you “What does X mean?”, you’ll be able to offer a better answer…
  • How to Make Your Startup Attractive to Angel Investors

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Angel investment is one of the most common capital sources for both startups and relatively new companies looking to expand. But drawing high-net worth individuals toward an early-stage enterprise or business proposal requires well placed effort. First of all, angel investors can’t fund something unless they know it exists, which means you’ll need to focus on getting the word out in the right circles. Second, they’re unlikely to bet on a venture unless it offers a substantial return. So a sound business plan and credible growth and revenue strategies are key.However, according to…
  • Best Practices For Your LinkedIn Profile

    CorporationCentre.ca
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    Most entrepreneurs and business professionals already have a LinkedIn profile, but not all of us have succeeded in getting the most out of it. A common tendency is to model one’s LinkedIn profile after one’s resume, but that is not necessarily the most effective approach to attracting visitors and potential contacts. After all, if your profile doesn’t stand out from the pack, why should anyone gravitate to it?Instead of a rote summary of your qualifications, education, and experience, a compelling LinkedIn profile should demonstrate your unique personality, passions, and brand, and the…
  • The Ingredients of a Compelling Newsletter

    CorporationCentre.ca
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    If you’re on one or more online mailing lists, you probably receive periodic e-mail newsletters. Youmay also find some of them more inviting than others—because the good ones feature engaging content, are relevant to your life, offer useful advice and information, or a combination of the foregoing. The others likely make their way posthaste to your deleted box.Read on for practical advice on getting the most out of newsletters, and avoiding the epidemics of non-reading and auto-deletion.Stay in touch with people on your mailing list. What do current and potential customers want to read…
 
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    SBA 504 Loan Blog

  • When Speed is Critical, They Call Mercantile

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    Back in June, we closed an SBA 504 loan in four days. Read that again: we closed a loan in four days. This particular loan was for the acquisition of an industrial facility totaling 177,749 SF for a manufacturer called Dynamic Integrated Solutions in San Jose, CA. The total project cost was $16.6 million and we provided the $5.355 million interim second mortgage. This project allows Dynamic Integrated Solutions to expand their assembly integration, improve efficiency by streamlining equipment, and take on more complex projects. This project also allows us to tell you that it’s possible to…
  • Smarter commercial real estate financing for small business owners

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Who we are: Since 2003, we’ve closed 569 SBA 504 loans worth more than $1.624 billion. We’re nationwide, with closings in 40 of the 50 states as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Construction projects account for about half of our business, and we’ve built an exceptional construction administration team. We’ve been on both sides of the commercial development process. Believe us when we say we’ve walked a mile in our borrowers’ shoes. Any lender can provide a 504 loan, but it takes experience and expertise to do it right every time. What we do: Up to 90% financing…
  • Our loan volume is the largest it’s ever been

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

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

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

  • EMV Chip Transition for Business Owners

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    EMV Chip transition for business owners is something you should be aware of if you accept credit cards. You may have heard that the United States is transitioning to full adoption of EMV chip-enable... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Financial Apps to Keep You Organized

    Jacqueline Edwards
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Financial apps can be so useful! Being financially organized is priceless especially when it come to doing your taxes. So instead of waiting to learn about these come tax season, get a jump on things... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Accounting Apps to Run Small Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Accounting apps to run small business is making bookkeeping easier. Accounting apps are becoming readily available and some of them have something to offer all types of small business. They are not... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Selecting Friendly Small Business Bank

    Jacqueline Edwards
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Selecting friendly small business bank is now just a simply search online with a commitment to chose the right one. To many small business owners are not taking the time to choose the right bank for... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
  • Essential Tools to Have When Starting a Business

    Jacqueline Edwards
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Essential tools to have when starting a business are … Logo A logo lends itself to helping you brand your business. Do keep in mind if you don’t have a great concept of a logo not to waste time... This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
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    RunApptivo

  • Are You Using Google Analytics?

    Maya Pillai
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    These days, nearly all small and medium-sized businesses have an Internet presence. Keeping in constant touch with your potential or loyal customers is mandatory if you want to propel your business forward. With a click of a mouse, virtually anyone can get information they are seeking with a simple search engine. Apart from that, a website is accessible 24 x7 for the customers. Therefore you need to monitor the performance of your website carefully to know from which demographic you get the most traffic from, how long the customers are staying on your website, if they are returning customers…
  • 7 Tips for making a successful sales plan

    Maya Pillai
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Every sales department and company makes sales plans. However all the plans do not necessarily meet with success. Small businesses need to have sales plans just like established players do. A sales plan outlines sales goals, deadliness to meet the sales goal as well as the process to achieve the targets. By not planning, small businesses are setting themselves up for failure. Hence, crafting a sales plan at the onset is paramount. We look at tips to develop a successful sales plan. Analyze previous sales and revenue trends What was the source of sales and revenue last year? How much revenue…
  • The key to budgeting for small businesses

    Maya Pillai
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Estimating and matching expenses to revenue is critical as it assists small business owners to determine whether they have adequate money to fund operations, expand the business and produce income for themselves. With a business already operating, you can assume future revenue depending on recent trends in the business. If the business just commenced, assumptions can be based depending on the geographical area and studying other local businesses. We look at some effective budgeting techniques. Have a realistic cash flow projection – It is better to underestimate potential business…
  • Why your small business needs its own mobile app

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

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

  • Is $70K Min Wage Fair?

    Dawn Fotopulos
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    When the CEO of Gravity Payments, Dan Price, announced his new $70,000 minimum wage policy to staff there were gasps, applause then jubilation. After researching it, he said $70,000 was the threshold household income for people to be happy. He said “I’m a little freaked out” not knowing the consequences. Now that it’s a few weeks later, he has good reason to freak out. It would seem that giving yourself a 95% pay cut and redistributing those funds so every member of your staff was making the same salary is a fair and egalitarian thing to do. Now everyone is equal.
  • Why Did Zirtual Shut Down?

    Dawn Fotopulos
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
      Zirtual’s shut down might have been abrupt, but their problems started almost a year ago. According to the CEO, Maren Donovan, the numbers were “f***ked” This is a technical term for incomplete and inaccurate. Zirtual had two root problems that caused the crisis; they did not hire a professional CFO to help them control expenses and manage cash. Their expense projections weren’t accurate and their gross margins were too dang small. As for the books, they were “just kinda doing it ourselves”. According to Intuit research, 87% of business owners are…
  • Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
      http://hiddenprofitprophet.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/2015-07-16-16.02-How-To-Instantly-Add-At-Least-10000-Per-Month-Cash-To-Your-Bank-Account-With-Zero-Extra-Work.mp4 Everyone who runs a business needs this! Do you have a business partner? Watch it with them! Then email me: dfotopulos@gmail.com Can’t wait to hear from you! The post Add 50% More Profit in 5 Simple Steps appeared first on Hidden Profit Prophet.
  • How to Value A Company – ABC’s Shark Tank Gives Us Clues

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

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

  • How To Get Published When You Don’t Know Where to Start

    Donna Amos
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Becoming a publisher author can do great things for your business if leveraged properly. A good book can be the catapult for aspeaking career; give you instant credibility with clients; or even attract some great exposure for interviews to broaden your audience pretty quickly. So how do you go about make that happen? Step One – Is to get busy […]
  • Automated Sales Funnel

    Donna Amos
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:29 am
    I am certain you have heard Inbound marketing is the method that is used today to connect with potential clients. Wikipedia: Inbound marketing is promoting a company through blogs, podcasts, video, eBooks, enewsletters, whitepapers, SEO, physical products, social media marketing, and other forms of content marketing which serve to attract customer through the different stages of the purchase funnel.[1][2][3] In contrast, buying attention,[1] cold-calling, direct paper mail, radio, TV advertisements,[2]sales flyers, spam, telemarketing[3] and…
  • Why Some Google News Has Evangelists Pouting

    Donna Amos
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    I was going to write a post about the changes Google made within the last few weeks and what’s coming in the near future, but there is already some great info available so I will share the best posts I found. The big change is the reorganizing into a holding company called Alphabet. What we know […]
  • How to Turn Busyness into Effectiveness

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

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

  • 5 Reasons Marketing Agencies Should Offer Review Site Management

    Funding Gates Blog
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Entrepreneur. Manager. Product buyer. Accountant. HR. Marketer. Small business owners wear a lot of hats. An owner may slip in and out of many roles which, in a larger company, would be divided among a large staff. But a small business owner who’s juggling all of these roles most likely doesn’t have the time or expertise to adequately address them all. Small business owners know they need a marketing plan, but they may be overwhelmed or intimidated by the idea. And they may already have profiles on customer review sites, but struggle to to keep up with them—despite the fact that reviews…
  • 6 Changes Around the Office to Improve Morale

    Funding Gates Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Unhappy employees make for an unhappy company. Decreased productivity (and the attendant costs), more sick days, increased turnover (and that associated cost)…the downsides to dissatisfied workers are many—and expensive. But it seems like keeping them happy can be expensive, too! We’ve all heard the stories. In an effort to go above and beyond for their staff, many mega-companies like Google regularly make the news with their stellar office perks: in-house massage therapists, free meals, gyms and showers, game rooms, even laundry facilities. The list goes on and on. Talk about…
  • Rid the Waste from Your Small Business With These Four App Categories

    ClockShark
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Looking to streamline your small business processes? Good news, there’s an app for that! Here’s a few categories of awesome small business apps that you might be missing out on. Luckily, most of these apps have free trials available, so you can check them out and pick the ones that fit your business best.   Expense Tracking Expense tracking can be a painful process when done manually. Typically it means collecting expense records and receipts over email and paper, reconciling, approving, and reimbursing. These steps can involve time, cost  and frustration. When the process breaks,…
  • Why Small Conferences Are Better

    Funding Gates Blog
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    We here at Funding Gates attend a lot of conferences throughout the year. Some are focused on small businesses, others on accountants, and still more are for our own education about being the best small business finance platform we can be. Whether we’re there to meet you all, or there to attend classes ourselves, there’s one thing we definitely believe in: small conferences are the best! Invest In You & Your Business’ Future If you’re a small business owner or accountant, you should absolutely look to attend at least one professional development conference a year.
  • 5 Tips for Pitching Your Marketing Agency to Small Businesses

    Funding Gates Blog
    7 Aug 2015 | 4:01 am
    While many people in the marketing world focus on hauling in “big fish” clients, small businesses are a profitable niche that are often overlooked. Use these five tips for pitching your marketing agency to small businesses to open up a surprisingly lucrative revenue stream. According to a recent AT&T small business poll, 66% of small businesses are planned to spend as much or more money on marketing. The opportunity is clearly there, but be careful- these clients have a different perspective than larger companies. You need to make sure your pitch is tailored to the specific…
 
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    On Our Bikes

  • The simple things

    Jon Stow
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:37 am
    Four of us went out for Sunday lunch. We chose an Inn which had changed ownership recently. We wanted to try it again as our last experience there had not been satisfactory. The menu was a short one this time. There was not a great deal of choice, although enough for anyone seeking a Sunday lunch. We all had three courses. They came in generous proportions and my “starter” was perhaps more than generous. Each dish was beautifully prepared and cooked, the service was prompt and courteous but not intrusive, and we all enjoyed our lunches very much. Definitely a ten-out-of-ten experience.
  • Banking on your small business customer service

    Jon Stow
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    I had a letter from a bank telling me that I would no longer be able to withdraw money from a savings account at an ATM. No reason was given of course. It is just a withdrawal of service. My wife had a letter from her bank saying that they were making changes to her savings account. What they meant when she read the detail was that they were reducing the already paltry interest rate she had been getting. Often, large businesses will say that in order to improve their service they are making changes which actually amount to a withdrawal of service. My business bank is closing its branch in our…
  • Twitter? How do you find the time?

    Jon Stow
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    I was asked the above question over lunch at a meeting of tax practitioners. I was a bit surprised, but on reflection the guy asking is an employee. He is engaged to work on particular clients and tasks which are assigned to him. He does not understand what it is like to run a business. He keeps working at the coal face. For those of us who work for ourselves, we not only work at the coal face and engage others to do so, but we have to sell the coal. Otherwise there is not much point in digging it out. We need customers. I do not claim to be the greatest user of Twitter for business purposes.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask

    Jon Stow
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    When I started out on my own in business, I thought I knew a lot and in fact I knew very little. Why did I think I knew a lot? Well, for a good few years I had worked with small businesses as clients, and my employers had called themselves “accountants and business advisers”. So, yes, I understood the mechanics of being in business. I had advised clients about their tax issues, how much they owed in tax and how much they could save. So what was the problem? Well, I had never tried to visualise myself in their shoes. I did not understand the day-to-day challenges of sales and cash flow. I…
  • Great sausages, but plan your business in advance

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

  • What ‘Accurate’ Means in a Business Plan

    Tim Berry
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    I just answered this question on Quora. I think it’s an interesting question, one that comes up often enough, and one whose answer is worth considering. How can I write a very accurate business plan. I’m hoping to win a grant in a business plan competition? The rest of this post is my answer on Quora, reposted here with Quora’s (implied) permission: This is an important question, but also a big one, hard to answer in a few hundred words. And I’m going to stick with the subset of business plans that apply to business plan competitions. These are more traditional and formal business…
  • Screen time helps build next generation of techies

    Tim Berry
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    What makes a kid a future entrepreneur or tech wizard? Of course that’s an impossible question, with a million answers and no consensus. And I’m not claiming any expertise beyond a lifetime as a tech entrepreneur and concerned parent (father of several successful entrepreneurs and tech wizards).  But I do say that easy access to keyboards, computers and the right kind of video/online/tablet games are steps in the right direction. And good for kids. Do you have kids in your house? Do you regulate their screen time? I’d like you to take a second look at kids and computers. Not all screen…
  • 7 Financial Facts Every Entrepreneur Should Know

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

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

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

  • Winter Cyprus Scentsy Bar

    christine jolley
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:53 am
    Winter Cyprus Scentsy Bar:  Seasonal ScentsationA cool kiss of mint leaf, chilled raspberry and frosted lavender in an exhilarating ode to the first breath of winter. Seasonal Scentsations are similar to the USA's version of Scentsy Scent of the month but here in the UK and the EU, these scents tend to last a bit longer but still for a short period of time.  Winter Cyprus will be available from 1st October to 31 November or whilst supplies last so please order early to avoid disappointment. To Pre-Order your bar of Winter Cyprus Click Below: Pre-Order Winter Cyprus More…
  • Terra Triceratops Scentsy Buddy

    christine jolley
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:35 am
    Terra the Triceratops is our newest Scentsy Buddy in the Scentsy Buddy Family.   Terra Triceratops is limited edition like all of our Buddies so once it sells out its gone.  Scentsy Buddies are collectable and they love it when you bring more Scentsy Friends in the house!This adorable dinosaur has a zippable pouch for your choice of scent pak (which currently is about 20 flavours:  Autumn Sunset, Black Rasperry Vanilla, Clean Breeze, Coconut Lemongrass, French Lavender,  Honey Pear Cider, Honeymoon Hideaway, Ice Hotel, Love You Berry Much, Luna, Newborn Nursery.
  • Scentsy Harvest / Halloween Collection 2015

    christine jolley
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:44 am
    With Autumn just around the corner it means Halloween is coming and Harvest Time and Celebrations.  Scentsy will be releasing the Harvest Collection 1st September 2015 and there's a few adorable items up for grabs including a Scentsy Warmer Wrap for the SIlhouette Collection Warmers based on Edgar Allen's poem 'the Raven' and some brand new Scary but very cuddly Halloween Scentsy Buddies. NeverMore Scentsy WrapAdd intrigue and elegance to amidnight dreary by placing thisbeguiling bird beside your chamberdoor. Quoth the raven, Nevermore.(Pictured above with Travertine Core Warmer)22.5 cm…
  • Scentsy Car Bar

    christine jolley
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
       Scentsy Car BarAvailable September 1st, 2015For Quick jaunts and long journeys, the Scentsy Car Bar delivers fragrance that lasts up to 30 days.  Comes with a ribbon-embellished with the fragrance name-for hanging.  Available in 10 fragrances (Sugared Cherry, Blueberry Rush, Sunkissed Citrus, Coconut Lemongrass, Luna, Coconut Cotton, Black Raspberry Vanilla, Vanilla Bean Buttercream, Bonfire Beach, Clean Breeze) . £6.50/8 Euros.
  • Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy for Autism

    christine jolley
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
        Bernie the Buddyfly Scentsy Buddy:Available from September 1st, 2015Let sweet friendship flutter and take flight with Scentsy's Newest Cause Buddy, Bernie the Buddyfly.  This cuddlebug might still be growing into his wings, be he already knows how to be an extraordinary friend.  Help Bernie Learn to Fly-and he'll help you right back.£39/46 EUR each, includes scent pak**Your purchase helps The National Autistic Society achieve its goal of providing a better world for people with autism through information, support and pioneering services.  Scentsy will donate…
 
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  • Sign Up For Leadership, Management News

    Ryan Derousseau
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    In order to get leadership, management and modern workplace news delivered to your inbox daily, sign up for Fortune’s Power Sheet authored by writer Geoff Colvin and yours truly. The brand new Power Sheet will deliver you timely news in the leadership and management space. We discuss all sorts of big-picture topics, from what Warren Buffett’s next move will be, what type of company it takes to succeed in this day-and-age and the 2016 presidential race. Included in the newsletter will be tidbits to better help you lead your team or company and better your career. Check out an…
  • New Piece: When Two Jobs Become One

    Ryan Derousseau
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    My latest on Fortune.com discusses how to make sure if you’re stuck taking up the slack for a colleague that leaves, you’re not doing two jobs for the price of one. It’s important to help, but put your foot down to ensure you’re not working two jobs for long.  From Fortune.com: There’s a fine line between a busy day and feeling overwhelmed. Lately though, many of us think our workloads have taken an even bigger leap. As our work hours stretch longer—up 4% from a regular day just four years ago—more than half of us now say our jobs have become too busy,…
  • Texas Weather and Data … Get Your Umbrella Ready?

    Ryan Derousseau
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:46 am
    Although I live in New York now, much of my life, particularly my secondary school and college years, I lived in Texas. It’s the state I identify with and where my parents, brothers and sister live. This year, when I would speak with my family, what inevitably came up was the bad weather. I can’t help but laugh since I get about 5 weeks of great weather in NYC each year, otherwise, it’s either snowing, raining, melting heat or a thick cloud of humidity covering the sidewalks you have to walk on. Still, in the winter, all the talk was about their snow. Now, it’s…
  • Finishing My First Novel Has Created A New Box To Check Off

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

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

    George Rodriguez
    23 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Customers play a very crucial role in the existence of every business organization. All businesses need customers to survive. However, getting new customers can be time-consuming and expensive. Thus, it is essential that you develop a plan to retain and keep your existing customers. While each customer is valuable, retaining existing customers plays a much […] This article was written by George Rodriguez for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Foster Loyalty and Get Repeat Customers for Your Online Business How to Get Loyal and Repeat…
  • Starting a Medical Billing Service

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

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

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

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

    Carissa Dunphy
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Click the books for more information and where to purchase E-Myth by Michael Gerber E-Myth completely changed my perspective on running a business. Most small business owners are stuck in the “technician” role, and they spend most of their time actually doing the work that their business provides. E-Myth explains that to build a successful and fulfilling business, an owner must develop a “franchise mentality” in which he creates systems that can be executed by other employees. Over time, this allows the business owner to free himself from the day-to-day demands of the…
  • Which Variables Are Impacting Your Workforce’s Productivity?

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    How productive your employees are can be influenced by a wide range of variables. Naturally, sometimes this can include what is happening in their personal lives, but more often than not it rests squarely with the working environment. Here we examine six factors which can help you boost your business’s productivity and lead to a much happier workforce. The Environment A comfortable working environment can make a huge difference to productivity. Consider first whether your employees have everything they need close to hand. Can they access all the necessary hardware and are printers and…
  • Finding Your Next Contract

    Carissa Dunphy
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:02 pm
    When unemployment hit rock bottom a few years ago, few people credited that it would battle back so strongly in the post-recession climate. A lot of that success is down to the rising popularity of self-employment, and more UK residents are now working for themselves than ever before. Needless to say, that’s done wonders for the employment statistics, and plenty of people have found working as a contractor to be one of the best career moves to make at the moment. However, even though demand for contractors in areas such as the IT sector is booming, finding the next contract isn’t always…
  • How to Effectively use Web Video in Marketing a Small Business

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Becoming a renowned leader in one’s respective field of business, enjoying the reputation of a desirable employer and earning large profits make for the holy trinity of modern entrepreneurship ideals, but only a selected few will survive this harsh climb to top. Nevertheless, it can be safely said that every hard-working entrepreneur always tends to dream (at least secretly) of making it big. Being a founder of a small animation studio – guilty as charged. However, I’ve had the luxury of learning early on how to harness the power of web videos and thus help my small business make…
  • Designing the Perfect Business Logo

    Carissa Dunphy
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    A logo is more than just a pretty image for customers to look at while they use a product or service. It’s the face of an entire brand, a symbol that determines how people feel about that particular company. For example, if a restaurant’s logo is cold and unappetizing, potential customers are going to associate that image with their food.   So what sort of ingredients do you need to cook up a tasty, irresistible logo? This infographic will provide you with tips and ideas related to each of the qualities that a successful logo design must have. Infographic courtesy Company Folders The…
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  • 恋愛運 下半期 生年月日 これからの運勢 無料

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    1 Sep 2015 | 8:37 pm
    別れた人との復縁を希望しているのに、そのための手段が分からない方もいるかもしれませんね。 そういう時は、恋愛運 下半期 生年月日 これからの運勢 無料いなどを利用してちょっと助言などしてもらえば、とにかく先に進むことも可能です。 何事にも絶好のチャンスがあるはずです。 あなたはそのチャンスを活かすようにすると、復縁成功の見込みも非常に高くなるはずです。…
  • 今日の恋愛運 相手の気持ち 山羊座 今日の運勢

    agZ1mGx2e9
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:37 pm
    お金を払わずに悩み事の解決の助言をもらうことができる無料の占いですが、拒否反応を示して当たりっこないなどと思わないほうがいいかも。可能性として、その今日の恋愛運 相手の気持ち 山羊座 今日の運勢いが人生を一変させることもあるでしょう。どう考えますか?…
  • 9月 恋愛運 告白される タロット

    agZ1mGx2e9
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:37 pm
    プロの占い師による本格的な、あなた一人のための結果をもらえるメールの鑑定サービスはいかがですか?とにかく各携帯電話公式のサイトだし、使用するのは安全・安心です。 みなさんがこれまで努力した証が右手の手相の線に表現されていると言えるでしょう。 一例を挙げれば、勉強を頑張れば、頭脳線も変化するというみたいな感じです。…
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  • Six Reasons Your Business Needs to Be on Social Media

    Melinda Emerson
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    As time rushes past, we are witnessing the world of digital marketing skyrocket into one of the most beneficial assets to a business’s success. The realm of social media has grown exponentially in the last 10 years and is now one of the most fruitful options a business can employ in the marketing world. The key is knowing where to spend your time online. Here are six reasons why your business needs to be on social media. To Find Your Customers An enormous perk in the social media world is the ability to reach people genuinely interested in your business’s services. However, you must find…
  • End of Summer Checklist for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    The end of summer is an ideal time for business owners to take a moment and reassess their business operations.  Hopefully, you got away and took a vacation this past few months but now it’s time to get back to business. As small business owners, we have two key considerations when it comes to purchasing new technology: affordability and usability. None of us have money to spend on new technology that doesn’t really solve a problem. It is necessary that business tools are cost-effective and easy to use. Here’s a list of areas you may want examine as opportunities for improvement in…
  • Are You Ready To Turn UP Your Business?

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every Fall, I host a power-packed event in Philadelphia called Reinvention Weekend.  I created this event, which takes place Oct 9-10, 2015 this year, to give my fans an affordable way to work directly with me on their businesses.  I get so many letters and voicemail messages, open tweets and Facebook posts from my readers looking for help, so three years ago I created Reinvention Weekend for existing business owners who needed a boost.   Are you ready to turn up your business? If you want to know how to better market your business, you need Reinvention Weekend.  If you need to figure out…
  • Who is On #SmallBizChat September 2015

    Melinda Emerson
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    #SmallBizChat is a weekly conversation where small business owners can get answers to their questions. The focus of #SmallBizChat is to end small business failure by helping participants succeed as your own boss.  Join me live every Wednesday, 8PM EST for #SmallBizChat on Twitter.  Here’s how: follow @SmallBizChat on Twitter and click here for directions on how to join the conversation.  Here is a list of who is on #SmallBizChat in September. September 2: How To Hire an SEO Firm for Your Small Business With @CodyCJensen Cody Jensen worked at Google for two years before crawling up…
  • How to Use Loyalty to Quadruple Your Business

    Melinda Emerson
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9 pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with Misty Young, the @Restaurant_LadyMisty Young is the owner of Squeeze In, a privately owned Lake Tahoe, California-based restaurant chain known for its breakfasts and lunches.  Misty’s business acumen has taken Squeeze In from one location to multiple locations, seeing a sales growth of $548,000 to $4.2 million per year. Misty is also the author of the Advantage Best Seller, From…
 
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  • Steps to a successful money saver move

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Belinda Johnson Found at Listotic Five years ago I moved locally. Now I’m moving out of state. I’ve lived in eight different states. Each move taught me something new and valuable about the process, especially how to create a money saver move. Simply put, if you’re moving, you’re not alone. Between 2012 and 2013, approximately 35.9 million people moved in the United States. That’s just in the United States. Leading reasons why people move range from job location,…
  • Thriving Without Contagious Success

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell   Success is contagious. We all want to be around successful people, admiring and celebrating them. Rack up enough contagious success and you could become a heroine or hero. That’s because we know it takes guts, a rarely seen persistence and tenacity (inner drive few of us are willing to commit to) in order to realize one success after another. Contagious success also takes vision. Reason being . . . all of us face challenges, experience down periods. Truth is. None of…
  • Freelancers get paid this way

    admin
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Help for small business owners at Write Money Incorporated - Marketing writing advice and tips By Rhonda Campbell Found at Realsimple   Major firms have been attracted to offshore, contract and freelance workers since the 1990s. The attraction is growing, especially toward freelancers. Employers who hire freelancers don’t have to deal with payroll taxes, employee healthcare costs or real estate expenses. Shady employers try to get work from freelancers at rates that are well below what they would have to pay the average employee. As a freelancer, if you’re not alert, you…
  • Content marketing plans that work

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

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

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:06 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, I’ve been making a lot of changes to my business and feel that quality content on my new website is needed in order to be found in searches. Honestly, I’m a little confused by it. I understand quality content from a bloggers point of view but for an e-commerce site, I’m not sure what to put on there that is going to get me found in searches where people will be looking to buy my products. My main focus is to promote my Smoosh Boxes right now.  Thanks! Brittany  www.SmooshandCo.com  x Hi Brittany, x Good…
  • Want Big Sales This Holiday Season? Target the Corporate Gift Market

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:28 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you really want to guarantee big sales this holiday season, one market you’ll want to consider targeting is the corporate market, and you will want to start preparing for it now. According to a report from the Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI), last year companies were planning to spend $43 per customer (or prospective customer) on Christmas gifts and $50 per employee. Typical gifts for customers were food baskets, bottles of wine, and desk accessories. Typical gifts for employees were gift cards, food/beverages, apparel and…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Draw Customers to My Booth at Fairs, Shows & Festivals

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, I am a marketing manager for a new home improvement company.  I typically generate leads for our sales team by participating in various fairs, festivals, home shows, and other local events.  I need a way to draw potential customers to my 10 x 10 booth.  How can I stick out from my competitors?  We do simple giveaways that they can visually see, but I want to be different. Any ideas??  Please help!! Loren K. HomeImprovementSelect.com Hi Loren, I love this question! Here are some of my suggestions: People tend to bring their kids…
  • The Holiday Gift Guides You Really Want to Get Your Products Into

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    by Gail Oliver, Online Marketing Consultant If you sell products online and want to take advantage of those huge holiday sales, then I highly recommend you re-read my post of two years ago, Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products for Holiday Gift Guides Now. However, today I want to give you a more current suggestion for getting holiday gift guide publicity. Popular Pinners You want to pitch to the lifestyle bloggers who are excelling at creating beautiful, comprehensive, and highly pinnable gift guides for Pinterest. One of my favorites is The Everygirl blog. Their gift guides are…
  • Tuesday’s Ask Gail: How Do I Maximize Any Publicity My Business Gets?

    Gail Oliver, Online Small Business Consultant
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    ASK GAIL: ANSWERING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS QUESTIONS Hi Gail, My wind chimes have been chosen to be on a TV show called, Blog Cabin on the DIY Network. The episode is yet to air, but they have put a video up and links to my Etsy shop. I would like some advice on how to use this exposure to market my bells both on Etsy, social media and in my wholesale business. What would you do if you had the exposure? Thank you, Bruce at Earthwind Stoneware Hi Bruce, I always tell my clients that publicity may not transpire into the results they want right away, but it does offer a lot of opportunity…
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  • How to Increase Data Storage Capacity without Buying New Hardware

    SmallBizViewpoints
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Virtualization can help small business owners get the most out of existing data storage hardware and reduce cost. Here are additional benefits of virtualization [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Customer Onboarding Mistakes Every Business Must Avoid

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Mistakes you must avoid to ensure your first contact with customer provides pleasant experience and gets converted to customer for life. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Fresh Approach to Equipment Training to Manage Risk

    SmallBizViewpoints
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:39 am
    Tips on managing the workplace safety risks by taking a fresh look at how businesses approach employee training. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 Reasons Why Executives Need to Use Social Media

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    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Social Media can benefit executives as much as the business they are running. Here are 4 reasons why executives should pay attention to social media. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meet the Fampreneur: Why Over Half of New U.S. Businesses Are Family Run

    SmallBizViewpoints
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:19 pm
    What is Fampreneur? It's a family run business run by multiple members of the family. Learn what Fampreneur is all about and why it is important for US economy. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 10 productivity tools to keep remote teams on track

    Michelle Nickolaisen
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: There are more and more tools being designed to suit the needs of remote teams. In this post, Michelle Nickolaisen takes us through some tools that offer solutions to common challenges remote teams face. Over to Michelle: Remote work and freelancing are both on the rise — which means that if you haven’t managed a team of remote work, you probably will have to at some point. When the time comes (if it’s not already here!), you won’t be able to pop into someone’s cubicle to see how they’re doing, so staying organized is going to be a lifesaver. These ten apps…
  • 6 Health Hacks To Boost Your Productivity

    Laura Hanly
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: As someone who sits in front of a computer for a lot of my work, finding ways to mitigate the health problems that come with the work has always been very interesting and important to me. It’s clear that when I am feeling healthy mentally and physically my work is also much better. It helps to see maintaining your health as investing in your most important and valuable business asset, yourself. Over to Laura: In 1926, the Ford Motor Company announced that workers would only be required to work 40 hours a week over the course of 5 days, coming back from the industry…
  • The quick start guide to Slack for startups

    Kyle Gray
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    For the manager: Choose a few key team members that are intimately familiar with different operations in your business to help you set up and optimize Slack for your team. The exact number of people you want to recruit depends on your business and team size. Adding these key team members early will make sure you don’t get overburdened with administrative tasks. The team members you select will become the “go-to” people for questions or issues with Slack. Invite your team Go to the “Manage Your Team” menu on https://my.slack.com/admin Add the names and emails of your key team members…
  • The simple trick for growing your email list by 10,000 subscribers

    Walter Chen
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: Walter Chen is the founder of iDoneThis. He used the power of a strong email list and content marketing to grow his startup. In this post, he shares one of his most effective strategies for growing his email list, content upgrades. Over to Walter. People love a freebie. Giving them a little extra sugar on top of your normal content can make readers more engaged, more likely to return and can be a great way for you to drive traffic to your blog. Content upgrades offer this little something extra, and it’s how we grew our email list by over 10,000 subscribers. Content…
  • The ultimate guide for reducing churn on your product

    Dan Virgillito
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Kyle’s note: For a startup owner, customer churn is one of the most important numbers to understand. It is the key to the maximizing lifetime value of your customers and could mean the difference between success and failure for a business. In this article Dan Virgillito shares strategies to reduce your churn rate and keep your business growing. Over to Dan. As your startup grows, a percentage of your customers will stop doing business with you, and that’s completely normal. Churn rate is the metric you can use to calculate the amount of customers who abandon your company during a…
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  • Live Streaming Video – 7 Questions To Know When It’s Right For You EP058

    Tanya Smith
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Not every social service is right for everyone. This episode talks about the 7 questions […]
  • Which Social Network Should I Choose? EP057

    Tanya Smith
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:37 am
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online When working out your social media strategy, the networks to which you choose to post […]
  • Twitter Direct Messages – Now Chat As Long As You Want EP056

    Tanya Smith
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    If you’ve checked Twitter the latter part of this week, you might have noticed that something’s different: the limitation of 140 characters has been removed. Not everywhere, just in the place that matters – Direct Messages (a.k.a. DM’s). I’ve always thought it would be great to have the option of deeper, more engaging conversation without […]
  • Canva For Work Is Here: The Shiny New Star of Graphic Design Tools EP054

    Tanya Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    When I first started  blogging and sharing on social media years ago, I hired a graphic designer to create most of my images.  You can imagine what that cost in time and money…not to mention the quality was not always on target. Next, I started creating my own images. I’d search all over the web […]
  • Creating Your Powerful Visual Content Brand EP053

    Tanya Smith
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Listen to the Episode Download iTunes Stitcher SoundCloud Leave Your iTunes Review Free Guide Subscribe Now & Get My Free Power of Content Marketing Guide Enter your info now to get the latest episodes and updates from Tanya Smith Online Building a brand is all about consistency and this applies as much to your visual […]
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    Gyantastic

  • 10 Ways to Improve Your Long Term Productivity

    Ram Shengale
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    We all have different ways to feel productive. From listing down our priorities in the morning or listening to relaxing music while paving your way through the day, each one of us have our own ways to cope up with our daily activities. Let’s look at ten foolproof ways to help you improve your efficiency in the long run. 1. Take scheduled breaks to even out your work throughout the day. According to a survey conducted by Pipedrive, the French were more productive than Americans because of their two hour lunch break. Taking scheduled breakshelp create a balance between someone’s lives,…
  • GetResponse Review 2015 – Now with Responsive Emails And Landing Pages

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

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

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

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

  • A Note On Helping Clients Overcome Obstacles

    Hunter Hoffmann
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:16 am
    Success is a group effort.  Even when you’re building your business on your own, you need support from friends, family, partners and others to reach your goals and achieve your dreams.  At Hiscox, we take great pride in being true partners with our clients.  Hiscox clients know that we’ll always be there to help them keep their business protected and lend a helping hand when they need it the most.  It’s especially great when we can support a client who is dedicated to helping others in a new way. The Hiscox partnership with Tough Mudder has taught us a lot about the parallels…
  • How Ross Cassidy Bounced from Dollar Draft Bartender to ‘Million Dollar Decorator.’

    Hiscox Blog
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:57 am
    While a handful business owners achieve incredible success overnight, for most it’s a process that takes time, patience, and a lot of courage. Ross Cassidy’s story is no different. His journey to becoming one of New York’s hottest decorators spans three continents and at least 4 careers, including a stint as a dollar bartender. As he explains in his interview, one constant theme that he’s found in his life is that the biggest risks always reap the biggest rewards. To find out how Ross went from a dollar draft bartender to working with million dollar clients, check out episode 4 of…
  • 3 Things Small Businesses Need to Know about Black Monday

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Today, the financial world is reeling at the global market downturn that has come to be known as Black Monday. While it’s still unclear whether this is just a temporary stock slide or the beginning of something more portentous, it’s undeniable that many people are alarmed. #BlackMonday is a top trending topic on Twitter, and the front pages of most global newspapers feature alarming graphs that are all too reminiscent of those seen at the beginning of the 2008 financial crisis. Of course, this wouldn’t be a Hiscox Small Business Blog if we didn’t give you the small…
  • Top 3 Advertising and Marketing Watchouts for Small Businesses

    Hiscox Blog
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    Advertising can be one of the most fun parts of business.  It’s the perfect opportunity to blend creativity with your business acumen.  And, After all, who doesn’t want to see their company name on TV, hear it on the radio or see it in print? And if you don’t have the budget for any of those media, advertising online is easier and cheaper than ever, and can expose your business to a whole new world of potential customers. But with that exposure comes risk. Whether you’re incorporating video into a small business marketing plan or just firing up your twitter account,  you need…
  • The Tao of Bethany: Failure is Inevitable and Perfection is a Myth

    Hiscox Blog
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    What’s the cost of not taking a risk? It’s a simple question that propelled Bethany Lyons to leave her comfortable job and found Lyons Den Power Yoga. In episode 3 of our small business docuseries, Courageous Leaders, Bethany shares how embracing failure and learning the value of taking action have contributed to her success as a small business owner. Bethany’s commitment to staying in action inform her perspective on risk. As our host Hartley Sawyer puts it, “If you’re not failing part of the time, you might not be pushing yourself hard enough.” Check out episode 3 of…
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    Rabid Office Monkey for Business

  • 5 Best Techniques for SEO in 2015

    Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There is no denying the effectiveness of SEO in driving search rankings. But over the last few years gradual but nonetheless consistent changes in market demographics, profiles, trends and preferences have necessitated an evolution in the process and application of SEO. Still, there are techniques and practices that remain effective simply because these are easily adaptable to change. Here are five of the best techniques for SEO that will remain relevant in 2015 and perhaps, beyond.   Design SEO strategy according to target audience data SEO has been…
  • 5 Tips For Finding Office Space As An Entrepreneur Or Startup

    Contributor
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Let’s face it; starting a business is tough. Aside from finding seed capital, building a winning team, competing in a saturated market and finding and keeping new clients, there are so many other things that go into the balancing act of not letting your new startup become a statistic. While the majority of your time will be dedicated to keeping an eagle eye on finances, it is important to portray a professional image. This is particularly relevant during the early years. While many entrepreneurs use what they have at their disposal in the initial stages,…
  • The 7 Key Benefits of Monitoring Employees

    Contributor
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: It may cost you a little to track and monitor your employees through technology, but the cost of major mistakes or poor performance is likely to cost you way more. The brightest and the best of companies today–and even academic institutions–embed cameras, softwares, and other forms of technology to frequently monitor what goes on at organizational premises. Managers and supervisors need to employ these safety measures to ensure that an employee isn’t guilty of misconduct while at work. But this isn’t the ONLY reason why they need monitoring…
  • How Educational Apps Are Very Helpful For Your Child

    Contributor
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There was a time when tablets, laptop,Mobile Phones etc. were banned in colleges and classrooms, but now most of thepeople want their children to develop their skills and knowledge to attain success in their life with the help mobile technology.This time students can convert their multimedia phones into a great educational device. They just need to install several educational apps over the phones that will help to improve their knowledge. With the use of various Apps, Pictographs, 3D Visualization and other such changes the mobile technology have also…
  • Top Benefits for Businesses to Appoint Business Motivational Speakers

    Contributor
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: There are many times when you may find it beneficial to hire a motivational speaker. It is particularly useful when staff morale is low and you need to inspire them; this will improve their productivity and energy levels. A good motivational speaker will enable any audience to picture the future and feel inspired by what it can offer. They can also be an excellent way of introducing new ideas and techniques into a business. Motivational speakers help their audience get out of their comfort zone Any employee or even manager can easily be caught up in the…
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    JDR Group's 'Digital Prosperity' Blog

  • How To Create a Photobucket Account And Make It 100% Complete

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:17 am
    Have you ever set up a Photobucket Account? Have you created one which is still bare and needs information adding? In this article I will be showing you step by step instructions on how you can not only create a complete profile, but also some tips on how you can improve your uploads and get the most out of them. The first step you need to take is to go to the Photobucket website – www.photobucket.com, where you will then be greeted with a Sign up box on the left hand side. Photobucket allows you to sign up either with your own email address or with your Facebook logins. If you select to…
  • Google Maps Shake Up Local Results With New Update

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Google have recently rolled out a new update to how it shows local searches. This update has completely changed the layout of local results. Google have always shown 7 'local' pages when a search is done with local intent. By this I mean that if a local search was carried out, for example 'Derby Plumbers' Google would show 7 Google My Business pages (formally known as Google Places and Google Local). This was great as it meant if your website was not ranking for this keyword on the first page of Google, you could push your Google My Business page and try and get that to rank. The new update…
  • Rethinking Your Customer Loyalty Programmes: How To Really Add Value

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Most companies, probably including yours, depend on repeat business. Did you know that 62% of consumers don’t believe that the brands they’re most loyal to are doing enough to reward them. (ClickFox) By the numbers, loyalty marketers have some challenges and opportunities. Whilst this is something that you may already do, let's analyse how well. The most common challenges to successful customer loyalty programmes can be overcome with the right solutions. First we'll go through the three key challenges, and then we'll look at how marketers are finding ways to solve them.
  • Why You Shouldn't Ignore Twitter For Business to Business (B2B) Marketing

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    While 140 characters of text hardly seems enough to say much about anything, Twitter is a useful B2B marketing tool – especially when it comes to gaining insights about content and customers. With its simple publishing, connectivity with social media platforms, and capacity to track and measure engagement, Twitter is a great tool for curating, sharing & testing content.
  • How To Get Customers Coming To You: A One-Day Marketing Workshop For B2B Companies

    24 Aug 2015 | 10:50 pm
    ‘How To get Customers Coming To You’ is a new one-day marketing workshop from the JDR Group. On August 19th, myself and my co-host David Roberts held the first of these events at the newly-opened Derby Arena (otherwise known as the Velodrome), on Pride Park in Derby. The full title of the event is How To Get Customers Coming To You, Qualified And Ready To Buy – and it’s all about how you can create an automated pipeline of enquiries coming to your business in a consistent, measurable way. It’s designed specifically for B2B companies (manufacturers, engineers, software companies,…
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • What do you do to ensure employees fit your culture?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:13 am
    One question that many business owners have is, “How do I find employees that fit well with my company’s culture?” The answer to that question starts with the very beginning of the hiring process – the initial job description. However, before you can craft the job description, there are other steps you must take first. […]
  • How to Avoid Wrongful Termination Suits

    Tiffany C. Wright
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    I have a few former clients and others I know who were on the receiving end of a wrongful termination suit. (The client firms became clients AFTER they had settled their wrongful terminations suits!) Wrongful termination suits are not as rare as we would like to believe. Any employee who is fired and believes he […]
  • What Good CEOs Know About Dealing With Bad PR

    Tiffany C. Wright
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bad PR does not have to ruin your business; as a matter of fact, many of the best CEOs actually consider it to be an opportunity. Here is how you can use bad PR to support the future of your business. 1. The negative citations still raise your search engine ranking. It does not matter […]
  • How to Attract Great Talent on a Budget

    Tiffany C. Wright
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Question: How do I attract great talent on a budget? One question I often get is: How do I attract great talent on a budget? or, put another way: How do I attract a corporate star or someone worthy of being a corporate star when I don’t have the corporate budget to pay him or […]
  • 5 Old School Practices That Strengthen Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Nowadays, having a website and at least one active social media profile is pretty much a given for businesses of all sizes. Nevertheless, even if people are addicted to their digital devices, old school marketing practices haven’t stopped working. In fact, well-designed, traditional marketing materials with a unique twist may be just the thing to […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • Clever commuter hacks

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    Commuting: we all hate it, but most of us have to do it at some point in our lives. As we’re all busy people, there must be a better way to spend the 58 minutes average commute we make each day? It’s a productivity drain, and if there’s one thing we really hate at SBH, it’s productivity drains! So take a look at this brilliant infographic full of clever commuter hacks from switchmybusiness.com for some inspiration (hint: Angry Birds not included). The post Clever commuter hacks appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
  • The hidden cost of printing is eating away at SMEs’ annual revenue

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    For many small businesses, creating a truly paperless environment is impractical and unachievable. While advances in technology, such as cloud file storage, have gone some way to reduce the amount of printing organisations need do on a daily basis, the majority of small businesses have no idea how much print is costing them annually. In larger organisations, it has been estimated that on average each member of staff is costing the company £400 per year in print costs alone. While this figure will undoubtedly be lower for SMEs, there are many factors that need to be taken into account when…
  • The Ultimate SME Guide to Alternative Finance

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    Alternative finance. It’s supposed  to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, if you believe the pundits. But is it just a flash in the pan? Or will it grow to become not-so-alternative when you’re looking to amp up your business. After all, banks are often accused of not stepping up to support SMEs: 79% of SMEs applied from funding from banks, but only 22% received a funding offer, according to research from Merchant Money. This just makes it more important for SMEs to know all their options before committing to a loan. Maybe an alternative will provide more flexibility than…
  • Why huge retailers are opting for pop up shops

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    11 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    There has been much written on the trend of pop up shops; from small provincial towns to the crowded high streets of the biggest cities in the country, the pop up shop is a model that many people are enjoying. From consumers to business owners, the pop up shop provides many benefits. The high street looks vastly different today and for many reasons as highlighted in a blog post from Colour Graphics. With this model being such a win-win, it is no surprise that some big names are getting in on the act too. Smaller businesses, including start-ups taking their first tentative steps into the world…
  • Should you use crowdsourcing for business?

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:33 am
    Image © ITR.co.uk The post Should you use crowdsourcing for business? appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Here Is How Adam Callinan Built A 7 Figure Business Step By Step

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 am
    Adam Callinan is an entrepreneur, writer and co-owner in a venture capital firm. Not only has he helped lots of small businesses at their early stage, but also he started many companies himself. He has some decent start up experience and here is a great story of his, a step by step explanation of how he started an automated million dollars online business with...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Cleaning BusinessTaobao – a Short StoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

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

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

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

  • Why I Volunteer and You Should too! || Eps 28 of #InTheLab

    Jeph
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Want to find your Superpower? Volunteer for something. It was back in elementary school, I was a lost little boy. Well, not little, you could say I enjoyed food as a kid and not just “pizza” the whole bloody thing!! This made it more difficult to meet girls of the opposite sex. Enter volunteering. I loved being a part of something bigger than myself. Personally I think that’s where happiness comes from. When you’re a part of something big that is helping others it gives you an unforeseen confidence. Kind of like a super power. Self esteem is increased knowing that you…
  • The Big Idea Camp Aftermath!!! || eps 27 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    We did it. A summer camp for one day, 5 challenges, six students competed in the craziest, widlest, most fun business challenges. In the end we had to crown one winning team. [View the story “Big Idea Camp 2015″ on Storify] What a day. The six students who participated should be given a huge thank you. These guys battled, never gave up, never hesitated, and always with a positive attitude. Three of the six are going to post secondary institutions, University of Saskatchewan, University of British Columbia and even one star athlete going to Oregon State. That’s pretty amazing…
  • Why Your Company Needs a T-Shirt || Eps 26 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:42 am
    T-shirt marketing has been around for years. I’m not sure who started it, probably someone who loved making people smile. Any way, what we wear has changed so much over the years. Clothing can affect the way you think(peoples’ perception of you changes), from the psychology of social signalling and Status Anxiety, to understanding that most of what we do is centred around attracting the opposite sex (see the book Spent for a fascinating look into this theory). What we wear shows a small part of who we are and what we wear on our chest is one of the most important pieces of…
  • Between Two Sequoias w/ Braedon McLeod || Eps 25 #BetweenTwoSequoias

    Jeph
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    I met Braedon back when he was in highschool and still full of piss and vinegar. I was the assistant coach of the Senior Boys at Winston Knoll and there was this young spitfire of a Volleyball player that looked at the world through a different lens. He was a little shit disturber, didn’t like authority but would compete no matter what. He was a competitor. We didn’t see eye to eye at first, but slowly I began to understand where this young fellow came from. Fast forward a couple years and out of the blue I get him to start coaching with me. At this point still full of piss and…
  • The Most Underrated Activity In Your Life; Exercise || Eps 24 #InTheLab

    Jeph
    4 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    The most underrated thing you can do for your life is exercise. There are so many positive side effects to physical activity that it’s almost insane how we live our lives sitting at a desk for hours on end. We learned that in school, businesses thought it was a good idea too, “hey put everyone in cubicles!”. What a terrible idea that was.   We were never meant to be sitting all day long, our ancestors never sat down for very long, well that’s if they didn’t want to be eaten. In the book Brain Rules by John Medina he talks about how we’ve gotten…
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    fitsmallbusiness.com

  • How to Import Real Estate Leads from Zillow into Any CRM

    Jeremy Marsan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Every realtor knows that timing is key when it comes to Real Estate leads. If you don’t reach out immediately, clients lose interest or are swept up by other agents. If this is something you’ve had trouble with, one solution is to have your real estate leads automatically imported from Zillow to your CRM. This way, you […] The post How to Import Real Estate Leads from Zillow into Any CRM appeared first on .
  • Top Home Staging Tips from the Pros

    Jaqueline Thomas
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Need to sell your home fast? Don’t make the common mistake of showing an empty room. Many buyers have very limited imagination for seeing themselves in this new home, especially if it’s not designed at all. On the other hand, you don’t want to host an open house with rooms cluttered with chunky furniture, family […] The post Top Home Staging Tips from the Pros appeared first on .
  • 5 Reasons People Are Leaving Your Website — And What You Can Do About It

    Jason Rueger
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:07 am
    As an analyst and writer for Fit Small Business, every day I browse dozens of business websites, checking out products, services, prices, and more — just as a customer or potential client would. There are five biggest issues I consistently run into that leave a bad taste in my mouth, and these website mistakes will drive customers […] The post 5 Reasons People Are Leaving Your Website — And What You Can Do About It appeared first on .
  • SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work

    Marc Prosser
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    There are two primary types of SBA loans, 7A loans and CDC / 504 Loans. SBA 7A loans can be used for a variety of purposes, while CDC / 504 loans are specifically for the purchase of real estate. September 2015 Maximum interest rates on SBA 7A Loans range from 5.5% to 8.0%. Full Table September 2015 […] The post SBA Loan Rates – Current Interest Rates and How They Work appeared first on .
  • Best Coffee Shop Franchise for 2015

    Jeremy Marsan
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:09 am
    The coffee industry is unique with its approach to franchising. All the top coffee shop franchises (with the exception of Dunkin Donuts) are either company-owned or are not currently franchising in the US, including Starbucks, Caribou Coffee and Peet’s. However, many smaller chains and international companies have embraced franchising in the US. Here we review […] The post Best Coffee Shop Franchise for 2015 appeared first on .
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • ‘Spirit Week’, Shoeboxed Style

    Claudia Amand
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    This past week Shoeboxed kicked off our first ever team spirit week! Besides the tacky outfits and quirky team building activities, the purpose of the week was honing in and refining the company’s vision, core values, product offerings and most importantly, customer-centricity. A large part of continuing our success is making sure we are keeping up with the needs of our customers and providing them with the best product possible. The Shoeboxed spirit week wasn’t just about connecting with our team — it was about connecting with our customers. Over the past eight years, we’ve been…
  • Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google

    Emily Farrar
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    You asked, we listened! You can now sign into your Shoeboxed account on our iPhone app using Facebook or Google. Download the latest version here. On the login screen of the app, there are buttons for both Facebook and Google sign-in. As always, let us know if you have any questions 24/7 at help@team.shoeboxed.com or on Twitter at @ShoeboxedHelp. The post Quick iPhone App Update: Sign in with Facebook and Google appeared first on The Shoeboxed Blog.
  • Our New Home in American Underground

    Emily Farrar
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    A few weeks ago, we packed up our office of five years and moved to our new headquarters at American Underground @ Main, an awesome coworking and office space for startups located in the heart of downtown Durham. We couldn’t be more excited to join this community of bright, enthusiastic entrepreneurs! Here’s what a few of our team members had to say about the move, along with some photos of our new home: “The proximity to and density of other companies working hard and solving real problems has an unparalleled effect on our ability to do the same. From learning and…
  • Last minute tax season questions? Ask a pro!

    Michael Hourigan
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Do you have questions about filing for a tax extension or just want to make sure you get off on the right foot in 2015? You’re in luck! Shoeboxed is sponsoring a last minute tax season webinar hosted by Tax Alli. Tax Alli’s CEO, Zach Olson, will be answering Shoeboxed users’ tax-related questions. A little bit more about Zach and Tax Alli: Zach Olson is the Founder and CEO of TaxAlli.com. Tax Alli pairs you with one of their in-house accounting teams and provides you with software, which allows you to easily collaborate with their accounting team. Simply connect your bank…
  • Our Android App Just Got an Update!

    Emily Farrar
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:52 am
    A new version of the Shoeboxed Receipt & Mileage Tracker for Android is now available in the Google Play Store.  Go get it! The new app pulls in all receipts from your Shoeboxed account so you can easily search for receipts from any source – app, Magic Envelope or email – on the go from anywhere. Please note that once you download the new version, you’ll need to log in again. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope that you enjoy the upgraded Shoeboxed experience on Android! As always, feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the new Android…
 
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    BoostSuite

  • 5 Areas to Consider When Building a B2B Email Lead Nurturing Campaign

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    Effective lead nurturing can bring your efforts together and produce significant results. A major component of most lead nurturing strategies is email marketing. How you construct your emails can have a significant impact on well they move your leads through their buyer's journey. Here are some things to keep in mind as you build your next email nurturing program. Segmentation Not all leads are the same. They shouldn't all be nurtured the same way either. Segment your list as much as possibleby buyer persona, by industry, etc. Use behavioral data to segment the list further. Analyze…
  • Hero or Outlaw? How to Use Archetypes in Marketing Your Brand

    admin
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    If someone asks you what your archetype is, don’t worry—it’s not a cheesy pickup line. Archetypes are an ideal model of a type or group like a personality type or a typecast character. Think of Darth Vader as the archetypal Bad Guy, or Dorothy Gale as the archetypal Innocent. Archetypal images represent fundamental human desires. In literature and art, they connect with readers and viewers at deep emotional levels.  Why Use Archetypes in Marketing? Archetypes are a powerful marketing tool for your company. They help define who you are and what you…
  • Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Networking

    Daniel Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:54 am
    “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” I’m sure you have heard that popular phrase before. Networking can be scary but knowing and associating with the right people can be more important than what you know or what your career is. Networking events provide a laid back atmosphere to interact with people in your industry, and help your career grow with potential opportunities. It also reminds you of the importance of people skills for business growth and that face-to-face interaction creating a lasting impression. Check out our top five reasons on why networking is essential:…
  • Co-Marketing is the Newest Type of Online Marketing

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

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

  • How to Prioritize Your Small Business Marketing Budget

    ken tucker
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Small businesses have to make decisions about a wide variety of marketing choices (tactics), such as social media, direct mail, billboards, online advertising, print advertising, and search engine optimization just to name a few.  It can be pretty difficult to know which are right for your business. There are a lot of factors that go in to determining what the best marketing investments are, such as: Who is your ideal customer? What is a customer’s total lifetime value? Are they online and if so where do they spend time online? What type of business do you have (Industry)? What is your…
  • Facebook for Small Businesses: Silver Bullet or Snipe Hunt?

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

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

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

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

  • Join the Ranks of Initial Outfitters Consultants

    Angie
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:59 pm
    There’s a lot to discover when you Embrace the Possibilities that are in store for you at Initial Outfitters! Whether you are looking for extra income, more time with the girls, or you want to make a difference in the lives of others, Initial Outfitters can be just that & more for you.  You set your own hours to achieve your own income goals and dreams, so you never have to miss the big {or little} moments in your life! The boutique-style line of personalized jewelry and gifts appeals to women of all styles and ages, and is sold exclusively by our Independent Outfitters…women…
  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Moxie Gear Women’s Self-Defense Products

    Angie
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:47 am
    The below overview has been sponsored by Moxie Gear. Please tell us a little about Moxie Gear and the products you offer. We added our first consultant in August/2014.  We offer less-than-lethal self defense items and conceal carry items.  We are dedicated to helping all women find the best fit for them to be able to keep themselves protected.  We are able to advise and consult women based on their personal comfort levels, activities, families, etc. What’s the compensation for consultants? Consultants earn 30%.  They can earn up to 35% commission on personal sales, plus bonuses as…
  • Ground Floor Business Opportunity: Magnolia & Vine

    Angie
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Magnolia & Vine is a new direct sales company founded in February 2015. The company offers women’s fashion accessories. Their current line includes jewelry, signature Snaps, knitted accessories, handbags and more. Magnolia & Vine is currently recruiting Founding Consultants for their ground floor opportunity. As a result, the compensation & bonus programs are very generous. Compensation:  Magnolia & Vine consultants earn a base commission of 20% on personal sales. An additional 20% is available with sales and product bonuses. Consultants can also build a team and receive…
  • Become a Chloe + Isabel Online Boutique Owner

    Angie
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Chloe + Isabel is a direct selling company featuring hand-crafted jewelry. Merchandisers are able to promote the product line online or through “Pop-Up Shows.” Personal online boutiques are linked to social networks for easy promotion. Chloe + Isabel offers an online-only business opportunity, though Pop-Up Shows are an option and a great way to make extra income through face-to-face sales. Chloe + Isabel currently restricts the number of Merchandisers in a specific area. Therefore you must apply for acceptance and you will be connected with a mentor upon approval. Compensation:  Chloe +…
  • Online Direct Sales Opportunities with Macee Leigh

    Angie
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    Macee Leigh is a small, woman-owned direct sales company that offers a little of everything from jewelry to bath & body products and clothing to cosmetics. The products are affordable and ever-changing. The Macee Leigh Specialist opportunity eliminates the traditional home party. There isn’t even a business kit to purchase. Instead, product sales are made online and shipped directly to the customer. Compensation:  Macee Leigh consultants earn 25% base commission. Start-Up Costs:  It only costs $14 to become a Macee Leigh Specialist. There is no business kit. Instead, you are paying…
 
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    FUSE - CFO Services and Financial Consulting

  • How to Live with your CFO: Fixing a Disfunctional CFO-CEO Relationship

    David Worrell
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
      The best way to build a strong, profitable and sustainable company is to start with a solid CFO-CEO relationship.  In the best companies, the two executives are in lock-step, working together to realize a common vision. And in doing so, they divide the work, compliment each other’s strengths and have each other’s back. When it works well, the interplay and support between CEO and CFO creates value greater than the sum of its parts and catapults the company past the competition. When it fails, the bad relationship can tear an organization apart at the seams. 3 Danger Zones…
  • 4 Strategies for Surviving Foreign Currency Exchange Risks

    David Worrell
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    The re-valuation of the Chinese Yuan this month highlights a risk that most small businesses barely acknowledge: the cost and volatility of international money exchange. If you’re buying raw materials from China, your costs suddenly increased by 4%  (enough to wipe out the entire profit margin for some businesses), which makes foreign exchange risk management a problem that you cannot afford to ignore. How do you protect yourself against these kinds of risks? Any small company dealing in more than one currency should have a comprehensive foreign exchange risk management plan that…
  • How to Use Customer Segmentation to Drive Higher Profits

    David Worrell
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    Like it or not, customers are not all created equal.  Are they all equally profitable?  No. Can your business afford to service  every customer?  No.  Shouldn’t you treat them all the same?  No. No. No. If you think all your customers are the same, wake up and smell the customer segmentation. In almost every business,  just 20% of customers account for 80% of profits.  And many businesses would be better off if they simply did not have to serve the bottom 80% at all!  (That’s known as the “Pareto principle” or the “80/20” rule.) But before you go out and fire 4…
  • How to Win a $100 million Finance Defamation Lawsuit

    David Worrell
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:54 am
    After a seven-year court battle, a judge finally laid down the law with two tycoons – Mr. Sukamto Sia and Mr. Low Tuck Kwong – who have been embroiled in a long-running business defamation lawsuit. If the ruling holds, Mr. Low will be awarded about $100 million USD. The brief history of this fight is interesting and instructive about how to fight — and win — a finance defamation lawsuit. Why The Two Mega-Moguls Started Feuding The tumult began in 2008. Around that time, Bayan Resources – Low’s Company – was on the verge of its initial public offering. Like most…
  • Raising Venture Capital: Big Headlines Hide the Ugly Truth

    David Worrell
    24 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Dataminr, Inc. is celebrating. The company just announced a feat that a lot of small business owners would love to claim: a new $130 million investment from leading angels and VC… on top of $50 million raised since opening their doors in 2009. The latest investment values the company north of $700 million. Dazzled? Jealous? Stories like this make you think that raising venture capital is the easiest, fastest – and sexiest – option for funding your small business. Think again. Behind the headlines are 4 tough truths about raising venture capital and private equity. Raising Venture…
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • TOR 019 : Breaking Your Lease

    John Conde
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    On today’s show we talk about how to get out of a lease agreement in the state of Florida.Breaking a lease is completely legal in certain situations but you have to do it the right way. If not, you could get yourself in hot water both legally and financially. so you definitely want to avoid that.In a lease agreement, There are laws in place to protect both lessors and lessees.So…there’s a few things you need to do before breaking your lease.1- Find out what your rights are- Read your lease agreement thoroughly,…2- Keep good records…If you’re in a…
  • 7 More Things To Consider Before Buying A House In Orlando

    John Conde
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Buying a home can be a very exciting time for you and your family. Emotions can sometimes try and take over clouding your better judgment. These emotions can be compared to falling in love in the sense that you can easily overlook some major flaws. Like the saying goes… “love is blind”. Then once your mind is set, that red faced little kid can try and overcome you. “I want it, I want it, I want it!” Don’t let him… he doesn’t pay the bills and once he’s gone, you’ll be the one left holding the bag! There are many things you need to…
  • Boomerang Buyers In Orlando Get Smarter

    John Conde
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 pm
    2007 was a bad year for Orlando real estate just as it was for the rest of the country. It was especially devastating for people who lost their homes to foreclosure or were forced to do a short sale in order to avoid foreclosure. Since that time many people have managed to recover from the market crash with many still on the road to recovery.  2015 marks the passing of the seven year point for the first wave of these homeowners, which is the average time needed to conservatively repair someone’s credit after going through a foreclosure, short sale or bankruptcy. We refer to…
  • 9 Steps To Selling Your Orlando Home

    John Conde
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
     1- Whay are you selling?Your first step should be to write down the reasons that are motivating you to sell your home. Are you under pressure because of a new job opportunity? Do you just need more space because there’s a little one on the way?It’s a good idea to think about what your goals are overall then decide how selling your home will affect your goals either in a positive or negative way. After you’ve determined these things on your own, your Orlando real estate agent will have the knowledge to set a realistic time frame to get your home sold according to your…
  • Vacation Homes At Solterra Resort

    John Conde
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Vacation Home Sales at Solterra Resort in Davenport, FL VideoSolterra is a Luxury Resort located in Davenport, Florida. This resort community is just a few miles from Disney , Universal , Sea World, and has a ton of amenities for vacationing families from all parts of the world.The homes at the Solterra Resort are a group of luxury vacation homes built for the booming short term rental market in Central Florida. It’s conveniently located just minutes from Champions Gate. Solterra Resort Amenities*Luxury Clubhouse *Gym *Business Center with High Speed Internet *Tiki Bar and Grill…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • How to set your clients up with MYOB (without lifting a finger)

    Alistair Nestor
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:50 pm
    Your client has done their research, listened to your advice, and made a decision. They’re going to manage their accounts with MYOB software. Nice. Now what? How do they move from their existing solution to MYOB? The savvy accountant or bookkeeper could do this migration themselves. But it takes time, and who can afford that? MYOB’s migration services help you to switch from another accounting software to a nifty MYOB online solution like AccountRight or Essentials Accounting. So how does it work and does it save time? I caught up with Victorian bookkeeper Debbie Demooy of RAD Bookkeeping…
  • Get your single-sign-on on with MYOB Logins

    Alistair Nestor
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    MYOB Logins is the name of MYOB’s single-sign-on service (SSO). You might have heard that term elsewhere in services such as Google (‘one Google account for everything Google’). It’s all about convenience The goal behind single-sign-on is usually convenience. In Google’s case, you can use one set of credentials to login to Gmail, YouTube, and Google Drive. Similarly, with MYOB Logins, you need only one login to gain access to your MYOB practice solution, AccountRight, and Essentials Accounting, and so on. Now I’m not sure how often you might be switching between applications each…
  • The Accounting Journal: Today the Cloud, Tomorrow – the Sky’s the Limit!

    Ben Scott
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Part 6 of MYOB’s 6-part series on the 60th Anniversary of Accounting Software – see part 5 here Over the past 5 articles we’ve discussed the history of accounting, the developments in society and technology which were driven by the need to track goods, exchanges and resources, and the rapid advancement in techniques and tools which has characterised the past six decades. Modern accounting hardly resembles its roots, when scribes were charged simply with keeping track of stores of grain or trades of livestock.  With double-entry bookkeeping, joint stock companies, sophisticated…
  • MYOB Most Innovative Company in Australia

    Simon Raik-Allen
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    In the last 12 months we have worked harder than ever to deliver some of our most exciting products yet. We’ve introduced our first cloud ERP solution, MYOB Advanced; launched MYOB Portal to market, released smart bills and extended OnTheGo to include EFTPOS, just to name a few. The hard work has paid off, and now it’s time to celebrate because we have just been recognised as Australia’s Most Innovative Large Company in 2015 by Business Review Weekly (BRW) and awarded second place in the overall list of BRW’s 50 most innovative companies! The annual BRW awards recognise excellence in…
  • Tradies in the construction industry – Are you at risk with the ATO?

    Matthew Snelleksz
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:23 pm
    The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is focusing on contractors in the building industry, as it seeks to recoup unpaid GST and undeclared income. The cash economy has always been on the Tax Office radar, but now under the new reporting system they introduced in 2013, building companies must report on all payments made to contractors, and the ATO is hoping to catch more contractors in their revenue net. 250,000 contractors and counting… Already the ATO has hit more than 250,000 contractors with more than $2.3 billion in tax bills for avoiding their income tax and GST obligations.
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    Industry Edge

  • Pantone Adds 210 New Hues to Fashion, Home + Interior Trends

    Whitney Richardson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Additional colors highlight the subtle variations present in color families. Color plays an important role in the home, and paint manufacturers try to capture this each year with new palettes and recommendations to create serene environments. Pantone, the leading color company, is paying attention, too, and has come up with 210 new shades that customers may be interested in adding to their abodes. The colors extend the variations of existing color families to make sure the hues achieved are just right. The colors extend the variations of existing color families to make sure the hues achieved…
  • 4 Tool Trends Every Hardware Retailer Should Know About

    Whitney Richardson
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pro Tool Reviews Editor-in-Chief Clint Everett DeBoer shares his insights on top tool trends for the coming year. Tools are a staple of hardware retailers, and these tools continue to evolve to become more efficient, lighter and more ergonomic. So what tool trends can retailers expect in the coming year? We asked Clint Everett DeBoer, editor-in-chief of recommended blog Pro Tool Reviews, what he’s observed in the hardware tool space. Smart Tools “One of the biggest things that I think is going on right now is that since a lot of tools have moved towards brushless technology, what a lot of…
  • 5 Hardware Industry News Items You May Have Missed

    Whitney Richardson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Catch up on hardware industry news headlines and tidbits from last week. 95,750 Number of Dremel MICRO Model 8050 Rotary Tools being recalled by Robert Bosch Corp. because of overheating, which could lead to burns. Affected tools display date codes 407 through 505 on the product’s nameplate and were sold through many home-improvement stores and e-commerce retailers from July 2014 to May 2015. [Consumer Affairs] Catch up on hardware industry news headlines and tidbits from last week. $69.4 billion Projected market for U.S. pet-care products and services by 2020. Of the total, $27 billion is…
  • Fido Can Have Barbecue, Too

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Nudges creates savory treats so dogs can safely enjoy the taste of barbecued meat. Barbecues can present a number of hazards for consumers’ canines. Outside of the open flame, which can be dangerous for everyone, there are also certain foods and entertainment items, such as citronella candles, that can harm four-legged friends. Fatty foods can inflame their pancreas, large chunks of meat (if swallowed whole) can cause stomach ulcers, and cooked bones can shatter and create a choking hazard, according to Vets Now. Consumers can now give dogs the yummy taste of barbecue without the hazardous…
  • Luggage on the Go

    Whitney Richardson
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Frequent flyers can get from point A to point B even faster with the Modobag. From June 2014 to May 2015, nearly 800,000 people took to the sky via U.S. carriers, flying more than 880 million miles, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That’s a lot of people circulating through airports, dragging carry-ons from one terminal to the next, to get to their final destinations (which probably explains why everyone is so friendly when they fly). Passengers may soon be able to alleviate the burden of heavy baggage from their travel experience with the Modobag. Passengers may soon…
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  • The Kick A$$ Beginners Guide to List Building Using Facebook

    Kim George
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    Are you looking for ways to add new leads to your email list using social media?   Great!  This post has got you covered…   There are quite a few small businesses jumping aboard the social media train, starting pages and building profiles—but are not truly taking advantage of all that social media has to […] The post The Kick A$$ Beginners Guide to List Building Using Facebook appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015)

    Kim George
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    Hey peeps!  Here are some of the latest and greatest in small business and entrepreneurship from around the web. Enjoy!   Entrepreneurship   1.  Planning to launch a business for the first time?  If so, here is a list of 25 cities worth moving to 2.  You’ve landed an appointment with a new client. Now […] The post Monthly Small Business Tips & News Roundup (August 2015) appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud

    Kim George
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Excuse me while I geek out for a minute in this post… For years, as a solopreneur I searched online for a phone system that was inexpensive, easy to use, and scalable that would allow me to work virtually from anywhere and anytime. Additionally, I wanted a phone system that I could with my smartphone […] The post 5 Simple Steps for Moving Your Phone System to the Cloud appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog

    Kim George
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    One Blog Post = Lifetime of Value for Your Customers – Hubspot   I’ve been blogging for over 2 years now (man does time fly) and believe me when I tell you that it has been a journey.    I’ve had my ups and a lot of downs, but one thing’s for sure is that […] The post 5 Types of Compelling Content to Write for Your Small Business Blog appeared first on Small Business Sense.
  • The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails

    Kim George
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    “72% of consumers prefer to receive permission-based marketing communication through email” – Exxact Target Communicating with your readers and potential customers on a regular basis is essential. Yet, for many small businesses, adding email communications to the marketing mix is an afterthought. Just last week, I ran across an article published on Small Business Trends […] The post The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business Email Newsletter and Collecting Emails appeared first on Small Business Sense.
 
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  • Don’t’s & Do’s When Using Public Wi-Fi

    Robert Siciliano
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    Curl up in a chair at your favorite coffee house, the aroma of premium coffee filling the air, take a few sips of your 400 calories latte, and then enter cyberspace. Little do you know that you could have a stalker. Or two. Or 3,000. Because public Wi-Fi is there for the picking for hackers. Online transmissions can be intercepted. The credit card number that you enter onto that retailer’s site can be “seen”, as well as many other infos you don’t want to disclose. Don’t Do These at a Public Wi-Fi Site Never leave your spot without your device on you—not even for a moment. You…
  • Hotspot Shield Adds Chrome Extension for an Uncensored and Safer Private Browsing on Desktop

    Levent Sapci
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    We’ve done it again! With just a few weeks since releasing Hotspot Shield for Windows Phones, we now expand our protection solution beyond specific operating systems. In our continuing efforts to make sure you’re always protected online, the Hotspot Shield team has added browser-based protection for your online defense. Along with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS devices, Hotspot Shield protection is now available as an extension on your Chrome browser! Features for Hotspot Shield Chrome Extension Completely FREE, No Ads, No logs Unlimited bandwidth Simple UI and easy to use (Big On/Off…
  • How to Save Money on Your Favorite Steam Games Online

    Levent Sapci
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Most online gaming fans are familiar with Steam, the platform that hosts countless games for players around the world. What many gaming enthusiasts don’t know, however, is that they could save big without decreasing their game consumption. Here’s how to save on your favorite Steam games online. What Steam Has to Offer Whether you’re a diehard gamer or a complete newbie, Steam has a little something for everyone. With over 3,500 games to choose from, options range from role playing games to shooters to arcade games. Players hail from countries around the world, and many join together in…
  • Signs You have Malware and what You can do

    Levent Sapci
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Not all computer viruses immediately crash your device in a dramatic display. A virus can run in the background, quietly creeping around on its tip-toes, stealing things and messing things up along the way. If your computer has a virus, here’s what may happen: Windows suddenly shuts down. Programs automatically start up. Some programs won’t start at your command. The hard disk can be heard constantly working. Things are running awfully slow. Spontaneous occurrence of messages. The activity light on the external modem, instead of flickering, is always lit. Your mouse moves all on its own.
  • You’re 3 Steps Away from Unblocking Netflix US in Japan [or Anywhere Else]

    Levent Sapci
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    Netflix Is Coming to Japan Netflix has had a busy year of expansion: Australia, New Zealand…. and soon our friends in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka will be able to enjoy House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, and so much more, because Netflix is coming to Japan. But did you actually know there’s no need to wait until then? You can unblock US/UK/French/Canadian Netflix or any other Netflix region no matter where you are. All you need is a tool that easily enables you to change your browsing location and thus fools Netflix into thinking you’re in the region you want to access its…
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  • 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed

    Matt Niehaus
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:31 am
    In a 2014 survey, we learned that millennials “hate” paying with cash altogether, even when the purchase is under $5. And according to Bankrate, 9% of people don’t carry cash on them at all. Even if you don’t consider millennials your target demographic, it’s still in your business’s best interest to take cards. Here’s why: … Continue reading 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed → The post 4 Reasons Cash-Only Restaurants Are a Dying Breed appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin?

    Matt Niehaus
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    President Barack Obama is asserting that more Americans should be eligible to receive overtime pay, bumping the ceiling from $23,660 a year to $50,440. Currently, the threshold is $455 a week, meaning a salaried worker making more than $23,660 a year does not automatically qualify for overtime pay under federal standards. Not everyone is happy … Continue reading Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? → The post Will the New Overtime Law Kill Your Restaurant’s Profit Margin? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant?

    Matt Niehaus
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    A new technology may well make the act of “swiping” a credit card obsolete. Starting October 2015, all businesses, no matter the size, will be expected to use new “chip and signature technology” to better protect themselves against credit card fraud. After that date, there will be a shift in how fraud liability is assigned: … Continue reading The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? → The post The EMV Credit Card Processing Deadline Is Coming. What Does This Mean for Your Restaurant? appeared first on Instore DOES.
  • Why the Restaurant Industry will Rock Mobile Payments

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

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

    Richard Dannenberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:08 am
    As an adventurous college student, I came close to trouble in East Berlin. In those days, the border guards looked askance at long-haired American youths crossing at Checkpoint Charlie. We tucked our hair under our hats and got across, but found the prescribed tourist areas rather dull. Several of us were political science majors and were fascinated by the post-war history of a country that was at that time split into areas of Western and Soviet dominance. We knew the tragic history of the Russian invasion of Berlin and were curious about the Soviet interpretation. We had heard of the Soviet…
  • How to Find the Silver Lining

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:29 am
    This isn’t really an article about marketing. Maybe it has something to do with communications, but that’s not all of it. Today’s post starts with two similar stories from two good printers who happen to be clients. Unfortunately, they’re the kind of tales that make your stomach cramp just a little and leave you shaking your head. The worst thing about these stories? You’ve got some just like them. The Dark Cloud Why is it that some jobs just have a dark cloud that hovers above them? They short-circuit equipment and people from the design department all the way through the…
  • Social Media Ghost Towns

    Richard Dannenberg
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    It was just a few years ago. My family loved camping and we’d head west through rural Georgia on weekend trips.  The kids would talk and sing songs. Junction City, GA was halfway to our favorite state park. It was a fading small town even then, and my kids made a game of seeing who could hold their breath as we drove past the town. It wasn’t a difficult challenge. A month ago, I had the occasion to take the same route. Junction City was all but gone. According to bit of history I turned up, the small town was really never more than semi-prosperous. It was founded in 1906 by a Mr. Perkins…
  • Let’s Generate Some Data

    Richard Dannenberg
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    Note to Readers: Some marketing experiments don’t work, and this one is a good example. There is definitely a shortage of data about how printers go to market, but perhaps not so much in the way of curiosity within the industry. Participation was poor and this one goes into the “seemed like a good idea at the time” category. Do We Really Know What We think We Know? Here’s the problem. There’s a lot of data available about what print does, but not much about what print and print-related companies do to market their own businesses. Lots of us industry folks think we…
  • DIY Marketing: A Good Idea?

    Richard Dannenberg
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    Charlie is a Do-It-Yourselfer Charlie could be any of the small business clients that I’ve worked with over the last couple of years. He could actually be me during my days as owner of a small town printing company. He mostly loves his business, complains occasionally, but can’t really picture doing anything else. He works hard and does the long hours. He has a surplus of great plans and ideas. He worries about cash flow, employees, and profit; and he wonders a lot if there’s a better way. He’s a prototypical entrepreneur – constantly doing and engaged. He contributes most of the…
 
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  • Five Things to Consider Before Undergoing a Website Redesign

    Kathy McGovern
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Chances are, you probably put a lot of time and effort into launching your website. At some point, after you’ve been up and running for a while, you’ll contemplate whether you’re in need of a redesign.  To help make this decision, we’ve put together five questions to ask yourself. Your answers will help you evaluate if an update to your website is necessary. These questions will also ensure you’re getting what you need out of out your site — like desired traffic, sales, repeat customers, newsletter subscribers, etc. 1.  Is your website responsive?
  • 3 Auto-Responders Every Retailer Should Consider

    Benjamin Yee
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Delivering a relevant buyer experience is virtually impossible to manage without the right blend of touch points and messages. No doubt you use transactional messages through printed receipts, email confirmations and delivery update notifications. Maybe you’ve even added a seasonal promotional email or direct mail campaign. Retailers can also save time and keep customers engaged by setting up auto-responders. These types of emails are triggered once an event occurs. Let’s look at three types of events and example emails. 1. Surprise and Delight The “Surprise and…
  • Understanding Your LinkedIn Company Page Analytics [VIDEO]

    Derek Overbey
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most people know LinkedIn as the premier social network dedicated to business. Unless you have closely followed its evolution since launching in 2003, you may have missed some updates. One of its key evolution points was the launch of Company Profile Pages in March of 2008. Since then, there have been many enhancements. Most notable was “Insights.” Insights were the 1.0 version of Analytics about your Company Page, which helps you understand how your page works and which areas you need to enhance to improve traction. Following recent changes aimed at simplifying the…
  • Bulk Up Your Marketing Efforts with SumoMe

    Joe Takeuchi
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Wrestling with growing your audience? Grappling with landing page conversion rates? Then we’ve got the thing for you! We’re happy to announce our newest integration with SumoMe, an innovative platform built to help marketers create high-converting landing pages, grow their email lists, and make sense of their website traffic and visitor behavior. Get on the Mat! One of the biggest challenges marketers face is conversion. How can I get my site visitors to subscribe, opt-in, and not abandon the page altogether? SumoMe’s Welcome Mat tool helps you do just that.
  • 9 Social Media Hacks Every Small Business Can Benefit From

    Lisa Furgison
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Are you currently using social media sites to enhance your business’s online strategy? Posting to these platforms on a regular basis is a great place to start. If you want to increase sales, brand awareness, and website traffic, you’ll have to up your social marketing game by going a bit further. These nine social media marketing hacks will help you: Sell products on your social sites Find enticing images to grow your brand awareness Drive more traffic to your brand’s website and blog Hacks to help sell products on social sites Your website shouldn’t be the…
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  • How Paying Business Bills Can Be Profitable

    13 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
        When does your Franklin, TN small business usually pay its bills? It might be a crazy thought, but paying your bills strategically—meaning when they’re due, not just when your cash flow looks sufficient—you can actually save money. But paying your small business bills with purpose each month doesn’t just equal savings. It can also preserve your reputation, build your credit profile, and earn grace for late payments. But how, you ask?   Saving Money So how on earth does the timing of a bill payment save you money? Your Franklin, TN accountant will tell you that…
  • The Credit Craze: How to Manage the Fees

    31 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        Does your Franklin, TN small business sell a product to the public? If so, you’ve probably noticed a decrease in cash transactions. That’s fine and all—you still make money—but every time a card passes through the little machine, it costs you a little bit. No one in Franklin, TN loves having to pay a fee for selling their own product, but as cash goes the way of the dodo, you need to find a way to keep up. What to do about the credit card machine fines? Let’s talk about it.   Why do I pay a fee in the first place? As your Franklin, TN CPA will tell you, the whole…
  • Small Biz Checkup: How Is Your Bookkeeping?

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
        So it’s summertime. Which means you don’t have to think about taxes or your Franklin, TN accountant for a while, right? Think again! Taking time out this summer for a Franklin, TN “small biz checkup” is the perfect way to stay on track for tax time next spring. Taking a measure of your books is important for you as a business owner, especially if you are trusting them to another employee. But what things should you be looking for?   Balancing the Books You should take time more than once a year to make sure your Franklin, TN accounts are balancing, but if you…
  • Why Do I Need a Business Checking Account?

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        If you’re a long-time small business owner in the Franklin, TN area, this question might be old hat. Of course you need a business checking account—you’re running a business! But not every small business owner is in such a cut-and-dried situation. If you run a small business from your home in Franklin, TN, for example, you might not make a lot of transactions outside the business. But no matter the size of your small biz, here’s why opening a separate checking account is needed.   Protection from Tax Penalties Bottom line, it’s all about record keeping. If you…
  • Startups and Payroll: What’s the Best Solution?

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
        Are you a brand-spanking-new Franklin, TN small business? These types of businesses—known familiarly as “startups”—are notorious for stumbling through the setup process, and that includes what to do about payroll. If you’re new to the Franklin, TN business game, you may not realize that there are tons of resources for outsourcing payroll (by reliable companies) available to you, both online and right here in Franklin, TN. Let’s take a look at your options.   The Outsourcing Dilemma Not everyone outsources. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great idea. For…
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  • 7 Tools to Create and Sell Online Courses – No Coding Needed

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:45 am
      Every person is good at something. You may be a great cook, an amazing make-up artist, a marketing guru, or you can simply have a flair for repairing stuff. While you probably think it's cool to have that particular skill, it would be even cooler to be able to earn some money from sharing it with others, right?   When you have a close look at the abundance of learning sites on the Internet, you can see that people are truly hungry for knowledge. Most of them are even willing to pay you for sharing what you know or can do better than anyone else. So why not give them what they…
  • 11 E-Commerce Tools That Are Definitely Worth Checking

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
      Starting an online business is not only a quite popular but also a very easy way of either making small money on the side or earning a living without a 9 to 5 job. There are dozens of smart online store builders on the market to allow any person, regardless of their previous experience or coding skills, sell their products or services via Internet practically immediately. Many of them are completely free, such as Tictail, which charges only if you opt for any of the advanced features (such as custom domain, live chat, password protection etc.). Besides, apart from apps that…
  • Iran: On Scolding Heat, Trendy Hijabs, and Big-Hearted People

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
      Our month-long stay in Iran finished just one day after the historical US-Iran nuclear deal. The night before our departure, many Iranians flocked to the streets and celebrated lifting of sanctions that had been hampering the state's economy for years. The country certainly isn't favored with a positive public image but both my-cofounder and I have always dreamt about visiting this fascinating part of the world.   Our journey started off a bit dramatically since we missed our flight in Marrakech and had to drive south for several hours to catch another plane to Belgium, from…
  • Say No To Ukulele: 6 Terrific Startup Videos

    Kristyna Zapletalova
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
      Ukulele tunes, dull stock images, tacky animations, cliché declarations...we have seen that all. The videos we list below demonstrate that it's very possible to stand out, entertain and inform without putting your audience to sleep or making them smash their computers in frustration.   1. TAGPACKER – If I drink 155 shots of espresso, I'm dead       2. ZENDESK – I like it when he gives me the business        3. CHARTCUBE – We design and sell socks       4.
  • Ultimate Digital Nomad Guide to Morocco

    Adil Gherib
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
      After spending some time in Lebanon and sharing with you the ultimate digital nomad guide to Lebanon, it's time for Morocco.   I spent a big part of my life in Morocco, first as a kid and many years later as a digital nomad. I know every nook and cranny of this stunning country, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.   It's sort of amusing to write about digital nomadism in a country where most of its southern inhabitants used to lead true nomadic lives. The Sahraouian and some Berber tribes would move between the north of Morocco and the…
 
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  • The Elusive Art of Writing a Blog Title: 5 Tips to Entice Readers

    Godot
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    If you’re a blog writer, or even someone who’s considering blogging and content marketing for their business, you already know that blogs are a great way to increase website traffic, generate leads and introduce yourself to potential customers. With so much riding on blog posts, it is essential that they have good titles. Compared to how must time they spend writing the whole post, some blog writers spend very little time on its title. This can be a good thing if your post took two and a half hours to write while your title took thirty minutes to craft, but a bad thing if your title took…
  • How To Create Content That Can Drive Conversions On Social Media

    Godot
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:37 pm
    Despite the fact that many businesses have an active social media presence and have managed to amass a decent following, most struggle with conversions. If you do too, it is probably time to adopt a conversion-driven strategy. Depending on what kind of conversion you are hoping to achieve, creating a conversion funnel can help optimize your social media marketing efforts. You probably already have a conversion funnel detailing every step of the assumed path your customers take on the way to a conversion. But what you don’t realize is that your funnel has some holes. Several potential…
  • Tips on Using Video Marketing as Part of your Content Marketing Strategy

    Godot
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
    Marketing strategies are ever-changing and this is especially true for the dynamic world of social media, where trends change faster than the blink of an eye. Okay, maybe not that fast, but you get the drift. To keep up with changing trends, businesses have to rework their marketing strategies and identify ways to better engage their customers. One useful technique in this regard is using video as part of your content marketing strategy. You can use videos to generate leads, strengthen your brand image and engage with your customers. Here are some simple tips on using video marketing as part…
  • Talkwalker vs. Crimson Hexagon: A Comparative Review

    Godot
    14 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Social media has amplified the information explosion originally caused by the worldwide web. It is expected that in the year 2020, more than 40 zettabytes of digital information will be produced globally – that’s 5200GB of data for each person on the planet. And unsurprisingly, a large chunk of the data will relate to content shared through social media. For businesses, the situation poses both an opportunity and a challenge. While all the information can be used to better understand and address your target audience, the challenge lies in turning the data into insights. Social media…
  • Gated Content: An Unresolved Debate

    Godot
    28 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    To gate or not to gate? This has been a much debated marketing question, subject to oscillating public and professional opinions over the last decade. Most businesses might have already given in to the practice of putting high-value content behind opt-in forms that require users to provide some information about themselves. Still, there is no denying the fact that making your content freely accessible to the users results in a greater number of downloads and better brand recognition. One of the main reasons why the debate on gated content remains unresolved is because it’s tough to…
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  • CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes

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    1 Sep 2015 | 6:07 am
    CityWest Homes employs around 400 people and provides a range of services relating to 22,000 homes owned by Westminster Council. As well as property management services, CWH also has its own lettings agency and a property division that develops properties and new builds for people living in the area. The post CIPHR accommodates CityWest Homes appeared first on CIPHR.
  • Ten 30 Day Challenges To Set Yourself Today

    Barry
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:44 am
    It’s no surprise that setting yourself challenges is a great way to stay motivated, inspired and improve your self development. Long term challenges are all well and good but in this day and age, where everything is in a snippet and our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, short term challenges are a great way to learn new skills or improve your day. Here are some great 30 day challenges for you to try: 1. Get to work half hour early each day 2. Car share to and from work 3. Offer your help to a different colleague each day (workload permitting) 4. Start a 30 day employee…
  • 10 Productivity Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

    Barry
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    1. Being productive means getting things done quicker Productivity is about completing tasks well, not rushing them, risking mistakes and potentially needing to redo some or all of the tasks. As the tortoise taught us, it’s better to work steadily through our to do list, to the best of our abilities, than race through several tasks with the minimum amount of care. Rushing causes stress; every little thing that doesn’t go our way affects how long it’s going to take to finish and as the goal is to complete it as quickly as possible, that’s a massive issue. By not…
  • 5 Often Overlooked Reasons To Telecommute

    Barry
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many arguments in favour of ‘working from anywhere’, both from the employee’s and employer’s perspective and, now that SaaS technology is commonplace, telecommuting is no longer a luxury. Here are five often overlooked reasons to telecommute. 1) You’ll benefit from your own company Without the regular distractions of a busy office you are afforded more dedicated time to work through your daily tasks. According to a study carried out by the University of Calgary, simply being able to see a colleague working on something different to you is enough to slow…
  • Rise Above The Rest In The Job Search Battle

    Barry
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    In today’s world, where everything’s in ‘the cloud’, the recruitment industry has become largely conducted online. With so many qualified people competing in the job search, it’s more and more difficult to make an impression with potential employers and recruiters. The global workforce is steadily increasing, and job roles are rapidly changing with the times, making it more important than ever to find a way to gain an advantage and stand out. This may seem a difficult challenge, considering the huge growth of talent looking for work, but there are some things you can now do to get…
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  • How to Get More Leads from Your Website

    Brian Sutter
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:06 am
    How do you feel about your company’s website? Like it? Love it? Hate it? Many small business owners are a bit disappointed with their websites. Too often, it’s because they have yet to see their sites deliver much new business. The whole point of a business website is to bring in more business. Usually, that […]
  • The Cardinals Score With Effective Asset Management

    Brad Vinson
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:47 am
     The NFL’s Cardinals Implement a Sophisticated Asset Tracking System When the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals gear up for a match there is a lot of preparation, and not just by the team. Putting on a major sporting event involves a lot of moving pieces and a huge array of departments, from food to security to scoreboard […]
  • 6 Reasons to Implement Inventory Management with Barcodes

    Jason Sentell
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    Poor inventory management: No business likes to admit it, and certainly companies don’t want to feel the negative impact of it. Particularly if it means the loss of customers and revenue. So if you are one of the 43% of small business leaders who say they are challenged with increasing profits, or the 48% that […]
  • Changing Your Inventory Management Habits

    Jason Sentell
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Why it’s never too late to make the switch to an inventory management system Your company’s inventory is ultimately what keeps your business alive. Without products being bought and sold, you wouldn’t make any money.  While this might sound like an elementary statement, the mishandling of said inventory could mean the downfall of your business. […]
  • 25 Things Every Small Business Website Needs

    Brian Sutter
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:59 am
    Nearly half of all small businesses don’t have websites. It’s incredible, but true, at least according to the SCORE.org infographic, Customer-Friendly Websites, published in December of last year. According to this study, only 51% of small businesses have a website. If you’re the owner of a business without a website, maybe you’re putting it off […]
 
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  • How to Implement a Killer Online-Marketing Strategy for $15 a Week - Entrepreneur

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:10 pm
    EntrepreneurHow to Implement a Killer Online-Marketing Strategy for $15 a WeekEntrepreneurWhen I meet with different business owners, entrepreneurs and marketing executives, I am consistently asked a similar question. “Jason, how can I can generate the most leads at the lowest price point?” There is nothing more frustrating for a business and more »
  • Is Your Marketing Department Fluff or the Foundation for Growth? - Business 2 Community

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:50 am
    Business 2 CommunityIs Your Marketing Department Fluff or the Foundation for Growth?Business 2 CommunityThe Hinge Research Institute's landmark study on online marketing for professional services found a clear correlation between online lead generation and firm growth. Online marketing is a good shorthand for a modern, scientific marketing practice
  • Online Marketing Manager - ashdowngroup.com

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    Online Marketing Managerashdowngroup.comThis is a senior level and strategic appointment that will work in alignment with the Web Development & Design Manager to devise an effective digital strategy across multiple platforms. In addition, will implement online enhancements improve user
  • Optimal Targeting CEO David Konigsberg Answers Your Online Marketing Questions - Yeshiva World News

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:59 am
    Yeshiva World NewsOptimal Targeting CEO David Konigsberg Answers Your Online Marketing QuestionsYeshiva World NewsWhat really makes a successful online marketing campaign? David Konigsberg, the CEO of Optimal Targeting, recently answered questions pertaining to this in a radio interview for WABC Radio 770. What is the difference between PPC and SEO?and more »
  • The Future of Content Marketing is Online Video - SocialTimes

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:02 am
    SocialTimesThe Future of Content Marketing is Online VideoSocialTimesCisco's latest whitepaper on global internet provider traffic forecasts is the usual food for thought for content marketers. The company's ongoing analysis makes some truly staggering predictions on global IP traffic going into the next four years and more »
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  • Reebok heads back to the gym with new German marketing blitz - Business Insider

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:20 am
    Business InsiderReebok heads back to the gym with new German marketing blitzBusiness InsiderBERLIN (Reuters) - German sportswear firm Adidas is underlining its commitment to struggling U.S. brand Reebok by stepping up a major marketing campaign returns to its roots in the personal fitness business. Reebok, which had its heyday as the most ...and more »
  • Optimum Energy Hires Vice Presidents for Sales & Marketing and Business ... - Business Wire (press release)

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:19 am
    Optimum Energy Hires Vice Presidents for Sales & Marketing and Business Business Wire (press release)Prior to Ballard Power, Stapleton led worldwide sales & marketing for the software firm, BSQUARE, where he focused his efforts on growing market share, developing international business channels and growing product and professional service revenue.and more »
  • Who owns the customer within a business: marketing or sales? - The London Economic

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    The London EconomicWho owns the customer within a business: marketing or sales?The London EconomicIn the 80s the typical hierarchy saw sales teams take the lead and Marketing Directors subjugated to exhibition stand design and brochure and signage production. At that time many organisations started to see the disconnect between sales and marketing ...and more »
  • NewsCred's CEO says its new funding shows how content marketing 'is becoming ... - Business Insider

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Business InsiderNewsCred's CEO says its new funding shows how content marketing 'is becoming Business InsiderShafqat Islam, NewCred CEO and cofounder, told Business Insider the size of this round — which is almost bigger than its total funding to date — shows how content marketing has grown beyond a small marketing channel. "Content marketing is becoming ...NewsCred Raises $42 Million To Build The Future Of Content MarketingBusiness Wire (press release)Content Marketing Platform NewsCred Announces $42M Funding RoundMarketing LandNewsCred Raises $42M As It Sets Its Sights…
  • An Introduction to Marketing for New Businesses - Entrepreneur

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    EntrepreneurAn Introduction to Marketing for New BusinessesEntrepreneurWe let a marketing company sell us a printed letterhead and have probably used about one sheet per year. By the way, make sure that whoever develops the electronic version of your letterhead sets things up so that pages of your communication beyond the ...
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  • Healthy Aging Capsules to Make You Look Young & Beautiful

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:51 am
    Let’s be honest. Americans have an obsession with looking young and beautiful. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), eyelid surgery and facelifts were two of the top five surgical procedures performed by plastic surgeons in 2014. Additionally, Botox, fillers, chemical peels and microdermabrasion were four of the... Read Complete Story » Healthy Aging Capsules to Make You Look Young & Beautiful Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • 7 Health Benefits of Side Sleeping

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Sleeping position is often linked with comfort, but did you know that sleeping position could be important for your health too? Well, that is true. Compared to sleeping on the back or on your stomach, sleeping on your left has several distinct advantages. In today’s post, I will introduce you... Read Complete Story » 7 Health Benefits of Side Sleeping Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree

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    19 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    Not all of us are cut out for college life, but that’s just fine.  There are a hundred and one jobs out there that don’t require their applicants to have obtained a college degree.  All you really need to land a good paying job is the drive and physical ability... Read Complete Story » Top Paying Jobs that Don’t Require a College Degree Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
  • Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon

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    14 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    Finding salmon for sale is never difficult. It can be purchased at nearly any grocery store or market. Nonetheless, you never know where it came from and how great the quality of the cut is. If you wish to dine on quality cuts of salmon, it is wise to know... Read Complete Story » Where to Order Wild Alaska Salmon Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
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    Whenever you visit somewhere out, the common habit of the travel freak is taking photos. The photos are taken so that they can be marked as remembrance of the situation for the entire life. But, the photos which are taken will be saved in the memory card. And, none of... Read Complete Story » EaseUS Data recovery Wizard Free Edition Content Source from GetHow • Incredible Inspiration
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  • LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing

    Brian Lang
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    Last year, I did a study on how top bloggers are getting featured on the Pulse. In this article, I talk about some changes that LinkedIn has made since 2014 and what that means for writers trying to get exposure through the Pulse. The post LinkedIn Pulse: 9 Lessons and Changes in LinkedIn Publishing appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email

    Brian Lang
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    Email outreach can be a great way to contact new sales leads or get exposure for your brand. These tools make it easy for you to find someone's email address. The post Find Email Addresses – 60+ Tools and Tips to Find Someone’s Email appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO

    Brian Lang
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    One commonly overlooked opportunity for getting more traffic is to syndicate your content. This article explains how you can syndicate content without screwing up your SEO. The post Syndicating Content: Get More Traffic Without Screwing Up Your SEO appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business

    Brian Lang
    6 May 2015 | 6:03 am
    Is following your passion a good approach to starting your own business? A lot of people would say "yes", but this article digs a little deeper into what is really required to run a business. The post Why Following Your Passion Is Bad Advice for Starting a Business appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
  • Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad

    Brian Lang
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    Syndication causes off site duplicate content, which is a big concern for SEO's, but is syndicated content bad? This article analyzes the pros and cons of syndication and why I've changed my mind about syndicating content. The post Multiply Reach with Syndication: Why Offsite Duplicate Content Isn’t Always Bad appeared first on Small Business Ideas Blog.
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  • How to make sure your business gets the most value from IT

    Active_Business
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:29 am
    IT is everywhere in the modern workplace. We use it for access to our buildings, for communicating with clients, for keeping our data safe… even for making the coffee! But how can we make the most out of it from a business point of view? How does your firm stop seeing IT as just a department (often somewhere in the basement!) and start seeing IT as a valuable commodity that can innovate and improve productivity, to further the firm’s business ambitions and profitability.The first step is to start to truly see IT as a collaborative process, which involves the whole company. Once the…
  • High profile hacks and what they mean for business

    Active_Business
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    As we have seen in recent news, with the shock hacking of the Carphone Warehouse, any business, no matter how big or small, can become the victim of a cyber attack. Given that hacks are not an uncommon occurrence for businesses operating in today’s connected environment and based on what we know about this high profile breach, here are a couple of quick thoughts to consider when keeping your business safe online.Cost of staying safe vs Cost of a hackThe cost of becoming fully secure as a business is much more reasonable than many people realise. If you are still unsure of the…
  • O2 Direct Network Partner Excellence Award winners announced

    Sara Metcalfe
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    O2 has announced the winners of its first Direct Partner Excellence Awards and we’re thrilled to have been recognised as winners in both the Digital and Customer Excellence categories.Since the Partner Programme was revamped back in April we’ve relished working in the new structure which focuses on customer experience and value, as well as the introduction of a range of digital products for better productivity and flexibility. We now have our very own in-house O2 Trusted Digital Advisors to help our customers make the most of these new services.When speaking about awards, O2’s…
  • The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic

    clientsfirst
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Mobile devices have changed the world of business forever… and they haven’t finished yet! As your ‘mobile workforce’ continues to expand, just how will you make sure that your business critical information stays secure? What is the scale of the situation and how can your business grow and flourish whilst staying safe in a mobile world? We look at some of the figures around the growing mobile workforce and the security challenges we now all face. Click on the image below to see our full infographic. The post The Growth of the Mobile Workforce – Infographic appeared first on…
  • Windows 10: 5 of our favourite features

    Sara Metcalfe
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Windows 10 is due to launch in 190 countries on 29th July. Details of this long awaited release have been eagerly anticipated, and here we have a rundown of five of our favourite features so far:The Windows you know, only better — Windows 10 feels familiar so you can get more done from the word go. The Start menu is back with space to pin your favourite apps, and simple navigation means you and your mobile workforce won’t need to spend much time learning anything new.Enterprise-quality security — Windows security features are designed for the world’s businesses of all sizes.
 
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    8a Certification and HUBZone Certification Blog

  • 5 Basic Requirements to get HUBZone Certified (Video)

    cloveer.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:18 am
  • 8(a) Application – Contracts, Invoices and Letters of Reference – What you need to know and provide

    cloveer.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    Among the many items that are required to be submitted to the SBA, with your 8(a) Application, you will need to supply a listing of client work performed, copies of contracts/agreements, invoices and letters of reference. These items will allow the SBA to determine: 1. If you have any economic dependence issues. 2. That your primary NAICS code identified within your 8(a) application submission is correct.3. Who is signing or has signed the contracts/agreements within your organization to determine if any unconditional control issues may exist or if there is someone else that, not identified,…
  • Reduce your 8(a) Application review time, at the SBA, by 30+ days.

    cloveer.com
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:47 am
    There are several certifications that are required to be submitted within your 8(a) Application paperwork. Failure to submit these signed and dated certifications will result in a letter back from the SBA deeming your 8(a) Application deficient or incomplete. Please note. None of the below certifications are identified within the SBA’s current 8(a) Checklist. This blog post alone will save you at least one letter back from the SBA and possibly 30+ days of processing time at the SBA. 5 certification sheets that you must provide to the SBA within your 8(a) Application paperwork:…
  • What role can a consultant play in your SBA 8(a) Application

    cloveer.com
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    Hiring a reputable consultant to assist in the preparation of your 8(a) Application can be very important. Most self prepared 8(a) Application are rejected outright or send back multiple times for deficiencies or inconsistencies. In fact “Only 2 out every 10 self prepared 8(a) Applications are approved by the SBA“. Hiring and investing in a reputable consultant can dramatically increase your chances to achieve successful 8(a) Certification and decrease the time it takes to get 8(a) Certified. A consultant that does not have the experience or proven track record may hurt your…
  • Don;t Miss Out On End of FY 8(a) Contracts

    cloveer.com
    5 May 2015 | 5:45 am
    Do you have a potential or upcoming 8(a) Contract opportunity before the end of the Federal Governments FY (September 30, 2015). It is a known fact that a large portion of 8(a) contracts are awarded in the last three months of the Federal Government’s fiscal year. Waiting to start the process of getting 8(a) Certified in late summer (July or August) is a sure way to miss out on being able to bid or to be awarded an end of fiscal year 8(a) Contract. It takes approximately 3 months for your 8(a) Application to be reviewed and processed by the SBA. Now (May 2015 or at the latest, June…
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    Hamptons DJ

  • Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15

    Paul
    9 Aug 2015 | 5:29 pm
    I got a late call in the beginning of the week to Dj a birthday party in East Hampton.  When I arrived they told me that I would be setting up in the bedroom.  It’s a little strange but believe it or not wasn’t my first time playing in a bedroom.  We also got a […] The post Dina’s Birthday Party East Hampton 8/8/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons

    Paul
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Back at #Southampton Commons this is a gig I do every year for one of my friends Linda Donato.   It’s like my wife of playing music for people.  They love me and I love to be there.   I can really play anything and they love it.  Also got to catch up with a […] The post 4th of July 2015 #Southampton Commons appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON

    Paul
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:22 pm
    It’s not often that I make house calls to visit with clients however i made the exception and i’m really glad I did.  They were very friendly and French and I could tell immediately that this was going to be a fun party to do and i was spot on.  Start time got pushed back […] The post FRANCOIS MALLIER 45th #BIRTHDAY PARTY BRIDGEHAMPTON appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15

    Paul
    17 May 2015 | 7:44 am
    This was my first #Relay4Life where i was providing the music by myself.  I’m always full of energy when i get there and exhausted when I go home.  The night began with opening ceremonies at 6pm.   The luminary ceremonies were held at 9pm.  Dance Hampton performed after that and .   Miles sung What […] The post #Relay4Life South Fork #2015 Southampton High School 5/15/15 appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
  • Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches

    Paul
    4 May 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This one came via a website call Gig Masters.   Had plenty of time to prepare for this communion party and the man upstairs put together a beautiful day.  I arrived in Center Moriches and saw a big tent in the backyard with plenty of seating.  I spoke to the bartender who gave me some […] The post Communion Party 5/2/15 Center Moriches appeared first on Hamptons DJ.
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    THE Small Business Expert

  • Whatever You Do, Don’t Get Sick

    Raymond Manley
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/whatever-you-do-dont-get-sick/ By Cliff Ennico Like all Baby Boom geezers, I really think that I will live forever, that I will always be healthy, that I will be able to work productively and creatively into my 90s and beyond, and that I will always look like I did back in the 1970s. I really don’t feel my age, and I certainly don’t act it. But a number of recent events have convinced me that the ravages of time are slowly catching up with me. My Dad warned me about this. A star high school athlete, he once told me that when you’re young, “your body…
  • Explore Jeffrey Hayzlett’s Perspective: If Knowledge is Power in Small Business, What About All the Unknowns?

    Raymond Manley
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:24 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/explore-jeff-hayzletts-perspective-if-knowledge-is-power-in-small-business-what-about-all-the-unknowns/ Does anyone use the phrase, “Hey! Waddya know?” as a greeting any more? That simple phrase seemed harmless enough to me until I was reading through Jeffrey Hayzlett’s new book, “Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless.” He ploughs the philosophical ground of what we know and what we don’t know rather deeply. When you read the book, I suspect you’ll pause for a few moments in Chapter Eight to consider your own knowledge and…
  • Always Serve Your Customer with Grace and Appreciation

    Raymond Manley
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:01 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/always-serve-your-customer-with-grace-and-appreciation/If you follow my work, you know that I believe that customers should be treated with dignity and respect, even when they’re wrong (and yes, they can be wrong). But what about when the customer is right and you are wrong? Or when they have a simple request? When it comes to giving in to a customer, make sure you do it in a graceful manner. My assistant shared a story with me recently in which her friend received an invoice via email and noticed it had the wrong physical address. So, he contacted the…
  • Beating the Odds: Founding a Craft Distillery in a Recession

    Raymond Manley
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:18 am
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/09/beating-the-odds-founding-a-craft-distillery-in-a-recession/ Can you make it as a small business entrepreneur when you seemingly have three strikes against you when you’re just starting out? Not long ago I talked to Catoctin Creek Distilling Company co-founder Scott Harris, and it seemed that when he and his wife Becky started their company, they were facing some very long odds. Here’s what they were up against: They started Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in 2009, the heart of “The Great Recession,” Small business loans had dried up because banks…
  • Too Much of a Good Thing: Manage Your Small Business Apps

    Susan Solovic
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    http://www.susansolovic.com/2015/08/too-much-of-a-good-thing-manage-your-small-business-apps/This post is sponsored by Samsung Business. All thoughts and opinions are my own. There is no doubt technology has leveled the playing field for small businesses.  Not only has it made it less expensive to launch a business, it also helps you to be more productive and profitable.  However, you know what they say about too much of a good thing!  Well, too many applications could impede your business success. If you’re like many small business owners, you and your team have downloaded myriad apps…
 
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    Customer Service Guru » Articles

  • A World Without Customer Service: Part 4

    Dan Goss
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    I am so very doomed.Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3The roar of engines fills my whole world. All around me is a barren planet where customer service is no more. The great call centers closed their doors, and rot away useless and hollow in the secret places of the world.The wind is whipping past my face from where I stand, crudely lashed to a car by the whooping savages that hang out of speeding delivery vans all around me like obscene Christmas tree decorations. They are armed with cobbled-together weapons, pizza-shaped shields and grappling hooks, frantically jamming slices of stuffed-crust into…
  • The McWhopper – Revenge of Burger King

    Dan Goss
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    Two warring tribes that have been at each other’s throats for all eternity face off across the world.Battered, bloodied from a thousand battles, tired from all the fighting, one side sends its leader with a peace offering. Instead of fighting, for one day only, they will make peace, combine their power and create something beautiful, something the world has never seen before and will never see again. In full view of the watching world, they offer to bury the hatchet, “end the beef” and bring to life a creation that could change history. All proceeds would go to charity, and…
  • Just Eat Nervous as Amazon Trials Fast Food Delivery

    Dan Goss
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Amazon is reportedly trialing a takeaway service in the US that could one day take a generous slice of the so-far uncontested market developed by takeaway apps like Just Eat and Hungry House. Beginning with one- and two-hour booze delivery services, the web giant has moved on to fast food delivery and restaurant takeout delivered straight to the door of customers in the test areas. According to online news site Geekwire, a number of local Seattle eateries have signed up to be a part of the trials, with the test “customers” all being Amazon employees.Amazon have rolled Prime Now…
  • Facebook Reveals Half-Human Rival for Cortana and Siri

    Dan Goss
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    With Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana seemingly cornering the market on robotic personal assistants, it would seem like there isn’t room for another robot to help us make our calls and organise our lives – but Facebook has just rolled out an audacious new AI that seeks to change the way artificial assistants work, and provide value to their customers in a way that no other digital PA can.Capitalising on the weaknesses of its opposition, ‘M’, the new droid from Facebook, will be an artificial intelligence that is supervised by humans, meaning not only…
  • Barclays Voted Worst UK Bank for Third Year Running

    Dan Goss
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:49 am
    Barclays has been placed firmly in the firing line again after a number of surveys of banking customers discovered they are the worst bank in the UK for customer service, honesty and transparency.The results come as a blow to the bank, which has been trying to clean up its image after scandals involving Libor fixing and thousands of cases of mis-sold PPI, the latter of which resulted in their inadvertently ushering in an era of such prolific cold-calling that it borders on the farcical.An ethical scorecard applied by campaign group Move Your Money to dozens of banks, both high-street and…
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    Yola

  • Over 400,000 royalty-free stock images now available to premium users

    Yola
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    Our goal at Yola is to give businesses the tools to build professional websites easily and efficiently. One way we‘re accomplishing this goal is by releasing our latest feature. We’ve given Yola Gold and Silver subscribers exclusive access to a database of over 400,000 professional stock images – accessible right within the Yola Sitebuilder. How can I benefit from stock images? We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again – from the time a visitor lands on your business website, you have roughly 10 seconds to establish what your company is, what it offers, and whether your website…
  • Featured Website: Go modern with Feel At Home Catania

    Yola
    17 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Fresh, modern, clean and contemporary images greet web visitors to Feel At Home Catania – Casa Vacanze a Catania on their search for an Italian vacation rental. Featured website and property owner Diego added bright geometric background images to frame the photos of his holiday rental which he says lend “an air of freshness and reflect the geometric style of [his] holiday home.” Diego has made use of the Google map widget, allowing visitors to see where his property is located at a glance and the Picture Gallery widget to display thumbnail versions of his photos in a visually…
  • 5 small business wins to jump-start your summer

    Yola
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    Whether it’s a sandwich shop in a college town or a kayak rental in a travel hot-spot, when it comes to a physical storefront, the summer season has the opportunity to dramatically affect businesses both positively and negatively. But, as the owner of a business website, you have the opportunity to determine the destiny of your own business. Make this summer a fruitful one – we have five ways to get you started. Get mobile-ready While Mobilegeddon was a hot topic back in April, if you’ve yet to make your website mobile-friendly, let the summer season convince you to take the…
  • Featured Website: Delectable designs with Connecticut Cookie Company

    Yola
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Connecticut Cookie Company bakes up delicious treats made with the best ingredients that look so decadent, they practically sell themselves! Site owner Andrea Greene reached out to us for design feedback because her business was featured on “Good Morning Connecticut.” Due to the media attention it was crucial for her products to be showcased beautifully. She needed to ensure that the traffic her television appearances were driving to her website could be converted into direct sales. Our design team wrote a comprehensive review of her website with suggestions to improve her…
  • Search engine 101: Demystifying the first page of Google

    Yola
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Upon publishing a website, small businesses have one thing in mind. Traffic. And how do they plan on seeking web traffic? Organically through Google (though SEM campaigns are an even easier option). In fact, the most common question our SEO specialists receive is, “How do I get my website on the first page of Google?” And while giving the answer may be simple, it can very difficult to understand and accomplish. There are three things we know to be true about that coveted first page: There is only one first page. Every website wants to be there – all 3 billion of them. It takes…
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    Business Unleashed | Real life business skills for Consultants, Creatives and Coaches.

  • EP036 – The Most Important Marketing Question in the World

    Chris Green
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:17 pm
    This week i’m joined by another Aussie marketer Chris Bloor. He shares with us what he regards as the most important marketing question in the world. The one that most business owners trip up over. Once you’ve listened, make sure you join us and discuss this episode in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Why most people struggle in business. The most important marketing secret. How to generate more leads. How to position yourself at the top of the mountain. Attract laser targeted prospects. To connect with Chris Bloor, make sure you visit his…
  • EP035 – Powerful Questions that Will Win You Clients

    Chris Green
    9 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    The questions we ask clients during the sales process often determines the quality of the clients we get.What clients often want isn’t always what they need. In this episode we discuss what kind of questions you should be asking to get ahead. Make sure you join us and discuss this episode in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: How to open more conversations. How to keep control in sales conversations. Creating strong preliminary questions in any niche. Strengthening your sales process. Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John…
  • EP034 – Making the Leap from Employed to Self Employed

    Chris Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:17 am
    In this episode, John and I discuss our journeys from being employed to going self employed. We cover different strategies you can adopt if you are making this leap. Also, if you’ve made the leap and haven’t got where you want, we have some advice for you too. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing when to jump Planning your exit Building your skills Replacing your income Getting clients quickly Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
  • EP033 – The Truth About Branding

    Chris Green
    25 May 2015 | 7:24 am
    In this episode, I talk to Aaron Pierson on why he thinks that Brand is everything. We uncover Aaron’s three step process of defining your brand, creating your brand and getting emotional impact with your brand. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Branding is everything. Avoiding Brand Disconnect. Work out which platforms to promote yourself on. Don’t just create noise Useful links: http://froknowsphoto.com/    
  • EP032 – $24,000 From One Hour of Calls

    Chris Green
    2 May 2015 | 2:41 am
    In this episode, John and I cover a strategy he used to get an order around $24,000 from just an hour or so of calls and a follow up. We lay out every step in detail so you can replicate this into your strategies. Make sure you give us some feedback in the Business Unleashed Facebook group. In this episode you’ll learn: Choosing the right niche. Researching client spending. Who to call. Finding pain. Getting permission to ask tough questions. Getting a decision. Outsourcing the Work with John Would you like more strategies like this? John can help you build an awesome consulting…
 
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    ServiceMaster of St. Paul and Maple Grove

  • 5 REASONS TO HIRE A FIRE RESTORATION SPECIALIST

    SuperUser Account
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Tragic events can dissuade us from taking on the help of relative strangers, no matter how strongly they induce the need for it. Fires are an ever present danger in our world, and mitigating their fallout is difficult for even the most stalwart individuals. When you need to clean up a fire-induced disaster, it's time to bring in a ringer and call for outside help in restoring and removing fire damage. Keep the Sentiment Alive You likely have at least a handful of items that hold a significance to you scattered around the place you live. Fires are indiscriminate in their destruction, but it is…
  • Water Damage 101: What You Need to Know

    SuperUser Account
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Water damage is insidious. Flood water often brings with it not just a sodden mess to clean up and dehydrate; it also brings a host of hidden health and structural damage concerns. Clean-up from a flood goes much further than removing the visible water. You must be swift and thorough to keep your home from suffering significantly more expensive damage later on.  Water Damage 101 Water Goes Everywhere It's tempting just to get out the industrial wet vac and mop up the visible water when cleaning up from a flood. Water loves to travel, and it will easily penetrate the structural elements…
  • 3 Reasons You Want a Pro to Clean Up Smoke Damage

    SuperUser Account
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    Smoke damage cleanup goes far beyond removing odors though that is often a primary concern for most homeowners recovering from a fire. Even small blazes can leave behind a big, complicated mess as a result of the toxic sludge left behind by the smoke. Professional clean-up provides not only protects your belongings from the corrosive nature of lingering smoke, but it also prevents long-term health effects from smoke particulates. What's in Smoke? Smoke, especially from a house fire, is a complex collection of highly toxic materials. Smoke originating from wood fires includes wood tars, soot,…
  • Top 5 Reasons to Act Fast After Storms

    Uriah Suarez
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    If you own a home or manage a commercial property in Madison, it's impossible to avoid the risks associated with precipitation. We're sandwiched by two lakes that keep our air moist, and snow seems to swallow us whole every winter. However, Madison's spring and summer rainfall is even more frequent and ample than our snowfall. Heavy rains batter neighborhoods and raise water levels, sending rivers into residential streets and leaving damage in the water's wake. It's important to protect your building as much as possible, but some storms are unusually long and heavy, and…
  • How to Refresh and Preserve Sparkling Tile

    Uriah Suarez
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:45 pm
    When your floors begin to look a little dingy, it's time to consider hiring a pro to handle your tile and grout cleaning. It's tempting to handle it yourself, but don't be fooled by the allure of saving a few bucks. Consider the true cost and benefits of professional cleaning versus DIY cleaning.  Cost Savings While cleaning the floors yourself may seem like a bargain, it involves a lot of hidden costs that make professional cleanings the wiser financial decision. Rental or purchase of equipment is not inexpensive, and you must find the correct cleaning products for your flooring type.
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    perfectmarketingequation.com

  • Internet Marketing: 3 Things You Must Know

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:52 pm
    I remember about 5 years ago when I was recovering from the failure of my first business and going into venture number two the terms Internet Marketing were becoming two of the most popular buzzwords. Every social media platform was filled with links to articles about the new craze. There were also tons of events all over town, and of course a new breed of experts were born, the Internet Marketers. Truthfully, if I had known anything about Internet Marketing in business number one, it would have never failed and I possibly wouldn’t have lost my retirement nest egg.   If other…
  • Internet Marketing – The 7 Pillars of Website Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The purpose of a website is THE MOST mis-understood piece of building an Internet marketing strategy. Most people use it as an over-priced business card. Your website is supposed to create traffic, leads, and revenue opportunity. When it accomplishes this task – your Internet marketing strategy is sound! Now if you’re smart, you’re using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic to your website. If you’re even smarter you’re paying for website traffic through Facebook advertising and other avenues. Yes. (Smart) People pay for website…
  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
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    Dex Media

  • How Well Do Top Brands Know Their Social Audience? [Infographic]

    Chris Irby
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Social media is a great tool for engaging customers and turning them into fans of your business. Most businesses tend to focus their social media efforts during weekday afternoons, even though many social audiences are at their most active outside of business hours. Is this a valid strategy? Well, it would appear so. This infographic from...continue reading … The post How Well Do Top Brands Know Their Social Audience? [Infographic] appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Survey: Consumers Trust Online Assessments of Local Businesses

    Jim Shannon
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    If you have ever wondered if online reviews have an impact on consumers, it turns out they really do. According to BrightLocal’s “Local Consumer Review Survey 2015,” 92 percent of consumers read local reviews and they affect how a business is perceived. The annual study analyzed results from over 2300 respondents over a range of...continue reading … The post Survey: Consumers Trust Online Assessments of Local Businesses appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Key to Engaging Customers is Content

    Cynthia Diaz Shephard
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    A survey of United States retail digital marketers indicates that content is the single-most important factor in the digital shopping experience. The survey, according to eMarketer was conducted in June 2015 and, writes, Zmags, breaks down online marketer attitudes at 200 blue chip retail firms. According to the Zmags “State of Digital Marketing Survey 2015”...continue reading … The post Key to Engaging Customers is Content appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Yes, Virginia, People Still Use Phone Books [Infographic]

    Marion Jacobson
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:37 pm
    We sometimes hear from folks who tell us that we are “crazy” or “out of touch” or they want to know where they can recycle these “relics” that have been deposited on their front porches. Others chastise us for “wasting trees” or being environmentally insensitive by publishing books that “no one uses”. No one is...continue reading … The post Yes, Virginia, People Still Use Phone Books [Infographic] appeared first on Dex Media.
  • Directory Marketing Dollars Continue to Shift from Print to Digital

    Laura Monroe
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    According to a recent report released by BIA/Kelsey, which looked at those SMBs (small to medium businesses) that use directories for advertising and promotion, marketing dollars are continuing to shift from print to digital. BIA/Kelsey’s Local Commerce Monitor (LCM Wave 18) report found that the net decreasers—those businesses planning to decrease their print spend or...continue reading … The post Directory Marketing Dollars Continue to Shift from Print to Digital appeared first on Dex Media.
 
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    rippleoutmarketing.com

  • Talking About Yourself on Social Media

    Rippleout Admin
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    Talking About Yourself on Social Media: For those of you with a social media account, take a minute to think back through your recent posts. The majority of you will find that most posts are in some way related to you – to what you’re doing, what’s happening in your life, or – if you’re ‘that guy’ – to what type of food you’re eating. This is pretty common. What isn’t as common is the knowledge that this is actually pretty natural and, by extension, that it can be used in your day to day business life. According to research, about 30-40% of what we say on a daily basis is…
  • The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research

    Rippleout Admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research: I’ve recently taken the exam and completed the coursework for the Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research methods which is administered by the Market Research Society (MRS). I’m a big believer in utilising insight in the marketing process – including thinking about your target market, key messages, how marketing can be segmented and better targeted, and a range of other elements which are all influenced by research and insight. The MRS Advanced Certificate in Market and Social Research is administered by the Market…
  • Marketing and the Familiarity Principle

    Rippleout Admin
    13 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Marketing and the Familiarity Principle: Another month, another blog post on consumer psychology and how understanding your customers at a subconscious level can help boost your marketing effectiveness. This month, we explore the familiarity principle – also sometimes known as the Mere Exposure Effect. {Tweet this} Marketing and the Familiarity Principle – My Dog in the Snow (see below!) What is the Familiarity Principle? In short, the familiarity principle is the tendency among human beings to develop a preference for things (be they people, products, ideas etc.) which they see more…
  • Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO

    Rippleout Admin
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: Small businesses are often encouraged to have an online presence, and we strongly agree with that here at Rippleout! However, having a website is no good if you don’t maintain it, or keep up to date with changes in the online marketing landscape. One such change in the search marketing landscape has recently been announced by Google – and it’s one small business need to be aware of. Mobile Friendly Websites and SEO: The Rippleout Marketing Site Google’s Mobile Friendly Algorithm Change For those of you who don’t know, on April 21st 2015…
  • Terry Pratchett

    Rippleout Admin
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Terry Pratchett: If you’re looking for a marketing post this isn’t it. The vast majority of Rippleout posts are related in some way to marketing, but in this case not. No hard feelings if you choose to leave – but check back soon. This is a thank you, a celebration and a recognition of a man who was both incredibly talented and phenomenally brave. I have to say that hearing the news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died was one of the saddest things I’ve heard in recent memory. I never met the man, yet feel that he was such a huge part of my life in terms of influence, humour, and general…
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    Spaceotechnologies

  • 4 Factors That Influenced Android App Development in 2015

    Rakesh Patel
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    Android app development and craze related to it has not backed down just even though the trend for iPhone app development is increasing day by day. Android Google Play Store is still dominating all the play stores completely. And this dominance is expected to continue for a long time as app after app, Google Play is growing. Statista’s statistics proves the same. According to Statista, “Google’s Android leads the global market with an 80 percent market share, while Apple’s iOS is second, with 15 percent.” It also states that Google Play Store is leading with a whopping ‘1.6…
  • Y Combinator And TechCrunch Disrupt Fight Their Way Towards The Same Goal!

    Rakesh Patel
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:04 am
    Y Combinator just got its session 2 over with a couple of days ago and yet the energy is still in the air. Why? Because TechCrunch’s much talked about event, ‘Disrupt’ is on its way. Disrupt San Fransisco is going to be hosted during September 21st – 23rd, 2015. A smooth flow from the Winter session of Y Combinator to the San Francisco TC Disrupt is expected. Along with the hopeful startup owners, a lot of others are also looking forward to the raw talent that these stages have and will showcase. The question that arises is, which Venture Capital event is better than the other?
  • How To Fund Your Startup?

    Rakesh Patel
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:57 am
    It is the startup seed funding season of the year with Y Combinator just finished and Disrupt SF still to come. One major issue startups face is that of having enough funds to actually begin treading down the way of success. To share the ugly truth, there are very less ways in which a startup may be able to collect the amount of fund that they require to set things up for the startup. Even though a startup requires very less money, in the end, even to manage as much becomes a task to manage. Coming back to the main question, “how do you gather funds to support your startup?” Here are the…
  • 4 Factors That Influenced iPhone App Development in 2015

    Rakesh Patel
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    Every year the intensity, integrity and viewpoint with which people look at the iPhone app development process changes. In 2015 however, the whole table has been turned upside down because of 4 factors all in all. As the statistics go; iPhone app development has been one of the most trending topic in this year among enterprises. More than 1.5 Million apps in the Apple’s App store (second largest app store after Android). With the announcement of iOS 9 and Watch OS 2 with native app SDK support, iOS app development has got the special focus in the mobile app industry. This shows exactly how…
  • Y Combinator’s $20000 Made AirBnb a Billion Dollar Brand

    Rakesh Patel
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:30 am
    With the Y Combinator fervor still on, and everyone looking at the future of the startups that pitched for monetary assistance; at Space-O, it is time for a flashback. Y Combinator has always helped a good idea to grow, since the beginning of its existence. And many such ideas, that were given monetary assistance and a 10 week long training at Y Combinator are now making the world a brilliant place. In fact, Y Combinator is a perfect place to launch your early stage startup. One such startup is Airbnb. Surprised? This is barely the beginning. Airbnb as a Startup Airbnb started as a necessity…
 
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  • 3 Things Your SEO Campaign is Missing

    Lola Colums
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    Search engine optimization (SEO) is a proven, cost-effective marketing technique that is crucial to success in today’s consumer market. However, as with most things, you need a strategy in place in order for your company to benefit fully from any SEO efforts. Many companies miss some easily implemented elements of SEO strategy – don’t be one of them! Here are three often-overlooked ways to make your SEO campaign top-notch. Taking the Long View If you’re experiencing a slip in search engine rank or are seeing short term gains that don’t hold over time, your long-term strategy may be…
  • Avoiding the Biggest Social Media Blunders for Your Business

    Lola Colums
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Using social media benefits your business, but with the power of the Internet comes responsibility to use it wisely. Even the best of intentions can be misconstrued, and with so many people using the social media account, it is easy to make a blunder that destroys the reputation of your business. Learn from the mistakes of others. Use these tips to create a plan for social media within your organization. Build a Relationship with Your Followers Ventra, which is the card for the Chicago Transit System, wanted to host a Q&A session for their followers. Unfortunately, before the session…
  • The Ultimate DIY SEO Audit

    Lola Colums
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:25 am
    Failing to keep your website updated according to the latest search engine rules and trends can cause your site to lose traffic, or even become deindexed from the search engines. However, keeping up with the over 500 yearly updates to the Google search engine algorithm isn’t always easy. Hiring affordable small business SEO services is a great way to ensure your site is updated with the right information. Get started removing the roadblocks on your way to building a better online presence with help from our DIY SEO Audit! Where Are You on Google? It is important to find out what your…
  • 4 Reasons Why No One is Reading Your Blog

    Lola Colums
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Creating a blog is easy, but getting people to read it is a challenge. Even if you have amazing content that you are sharing, you can lack readers due to improper marketing. Blogging is a world that is overrun with a lot of companies and individuals, so you will have a hard time making an impression. Content marketing for small businesses is an effective way to reach out to your customers, and build an online presence. Here are some reasons why your blog is not receiving the right followers. 1. Content is Improperly Optimized If you just started blogging, keep in mind it can take months for…
  • 5 Proven Ways to Boost Your Social Media Presence – Slideshow

    Lola Colums
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Since the dawn of the new millennium, social media has been rapidly changing the way we communicate, how we’re perceived and so much more. Every social action you take, whether personal or professional, leaves a mark on your own digital footprint for years to follow. In recent years, social networks have evolved to become one of the most valuable marketing assets to a  businesses and brands of all sizes. Nevertheless, many business owners and leaders seem to neglect just how much engagement can be generated from these social profiles. Discover all the new opportunities an effective social…
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  • Know Your Taxes – September 2015

    Full Suite
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:20 pm
    Know the schedule of submission, filing, and payment of taxes for the whole month of September 2015. In the meantime the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now requires the use of their eBIRForms, for more information about the BIR’s new memorandum read our article: eBIRForms — Everything You Need to Know     This information is gathered from the Bureau of Internal Revenue website and from the Know Your Taxes website.     1 Tuesday SUBMISSION Consolidated Return of All Transactions based on the Reconciled Data of Stockbrokers Engagement Letters and Renewals or…
  • The Ultimate Guide to BIR Online Services

    Danella
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Have you ever wondered what are those various e-services that you see on the BIR website?  The BIR implemented a slew of e-services aimed at easing the reporting, filing, and payment of taxes for large companies and various taxpayers according to a specific criteria or industry. To help you in distinguishing the various e-Services of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, we’ve created our ultimate guide to the BIR Online Services.     Here’s a list of our very useful guides, tips, and how-to for dealing with your taxes and the BIR. The Ultimate Guide to BIR Forms eBIRforms…
  • Know Your Intellectual Property Rights in the Philippines

    Danella
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:02 pm
    If you have been living in the Philippines for quite some time, the very mention of the brands Lucky Me, Silver Swan, and Oishi will make you instinctively visualize their logos. These companies and many other successful local enterprises have realized that the symbol they use to identify their products spells a huge difference in their success. Also, not anyone else is permitted to use these logos considering that laws are present to protect business owners from the possible theft of their ideas. If you are a business owner who wants to follow the footsteps of these giants, protecting your…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Trademark Registration in the Philippines

    Danella
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    If you’re in business, one of the things you must do to protect everything you’ve worked hard for is to apply and accomplish the appropriate trademark registration in the Philippines, which is handled by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). If you have absolutely no knowledge of this concept, here’s a guide that contains everything you need to know about registering your trademark in the country and other relevant information you must know before applying.     What is a trademark? According to the IPO, a mark is “any visible sign capable of distinguishing the…
  • Know Your Taxes – August 2015

    Full Suite
    2 Aug 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Know the schedule of submission, filing, and payment of taxes for the whole month of August 2015. In the meantime the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) now requires the use of their eBIRForms, for more information about the BIR’s new memorandum read our article: eBIRForms — Everything You Need to Know     This information is gathered from the Bureau of Internal Revenue website and from the Know Your Taxes website.     1 Saturday SUBMISSION Consolidated Return of All Transactions based on the Reconciled Data of Stockbrokers Engagement Letters and Renewals or…
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • Here Is How Adam Callinan Built A 7 Figure Business Step By Step

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:32 am
    Adam Callinan is an entrepreneur, writer and co-owner in a venture capital firm. Not only has he helped lots of small businesses at their early stage, but also he started many companies himself. He has some decent start up experience and here is a great story of his, a step by step explanation of how he started an automated million dollars online business with...You can also check these cool business articles:Starting a Cleaning BusinessTaobao – a Short StoryGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • The Kik Chat App Is Already Worth 1$ Billion

    Entrepreneur Writer
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Have you heard about Kik? Probably you already use it, especially if you are a teenager. I would bet on that, because this app is gaining momentum big time. Its registered users has reached about 240 million in no time and this number hasn’t stopped growing. The Canadian start up Kik Interactive, that is responsible for this new ‘unicorn’ in the mobile world, has...You can also check these cool business articles:WhatsApp – The Start Up That Brought 19 Billion To Its FoundersInstagram – An Online Idea For $1 BillionGreat Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs,…
  • The Story Of Instagram In Pictures

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

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

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

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    By Bob Vormittag, Jr., project director at VAI   It’s no secret that ERP implementations have the highest success rates when the software is used to enhance an organization’s competitive advantage. Many companies tout customer service as their competitive diffe...
  • Spreadsheets: ERP Canaries In The Mine

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    A hundred years ago miners used to take canaries down into coal mines with them. It wasn't that they were all that fond of the birds' company, it was a primitive safety precaution. Canaries were much more sensitive to dangerous gasses that accumulated in the mines and they would react to them before...
  • 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your Mid-Sized Business' ERP to the Cloud

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:21 am
    Enterprise resource planning solutions are, as the name suggests, often considered primarily of interest to enterprise-sized companies. However, cloud-based ERP solutions improve the accessibility of ERPs to mid-sized businesses and provide a natural progression point away from the point solutions m...
  • 5 Benefits an On-Premise ERP Gives Your Mid-Sized Business

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:39 am
    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions may sound like something reserved for enterprises, but despite the name, mid-sized business have a significant amount to gain from implementing ERP solutions. Fifty percent of companies implement ERP for cost-saving measures, while 21 percent of companies...
  • After the Implementation: 3 Ways to Ensure Continued ERP Success

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Finally, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) application that you’ve been trying to implement is up and running. You got through go-live, and after more months than you can count, it’s done. Time to take a break, and then move on the next project, right?   Not so fast. Take a b...
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    Creative Online Marketing

  • People Without Dreams Will Often Try To Kill Yours

    Diane
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:45 am
    Note from Diane: One thing you are guaranteed to meet on your entrepreneurial journey is resistance, nay-sayers and people who want to see you fail. You should always bear in mind that when this happens it’s just a reflection of how they see themselves not a slur on you or your dreams, I believe deep down […] The post People Without Dreams Will Often Try To Kill Yours appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • September Recharge & Refresh Tips

    Diane
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    Note from Diane: On next week’s calendar is September 1st 2015. That usually means “Yippee!” if you love that feeling of finishing the year strong or “Yikes!” if you realise that almost 3/4 of the year has vanished by and you haven’t even begun to start reaching your goals. September 1st is often referred to as […] The post September Recharge & Refresh Tips appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
  • Stop Underestimating Yourself

    Diane
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Note from Diane:Positive self-talk is a powerful thing, it can really help you find the inner self-belief it takes to know that you really do have it in you to go out there and reach your goals. I have always believed that if someone else learned how to do something, I could do it too.  […] The post Stop Underestimating Yourself appeared first on Creative Online Marketing .
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    Abtek

  • Abtek COO Discusses CRM Options on Website Magazine

    Abtek
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tami Cohorst, Chief Operating Officer of Abtek, was recently featured on Website Magazine, a leading resource for all things digital. Find out what she has to say about CRMs for e-commerce businesses. “Without favoring one CRM over another, retailers would do well to look for a solution that allows them to not only collect customer data, but also make notes: What kinds of purchases did the customer buy? What do you know about their demographic make-up? How frequently do they come in? This kind of information can be collected and can be used to help tailor any number of outreach…
  • How the EMV Liability Shift Will Affect Your Business

    Abtek
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    Being able to accept EMV cards isn’t as simple as flipping a switch on your existing terminals. In most cases you’ll have to physically replace your POS equipment to be able to accept these more secure, chip-enabled cards. And with only half of merchants expecting to be ready by the October 1 deadline, there’s a lot of work still to be done. What does the Liability Shift Really Mean? Currently, merchants are at quite a disadvantage when it comes to credit card fraud. In the event of a fraudulent credit card charge, the merchant is first faced with the loss of the merchandise, which in…
  • PaymentsSource: Tami Cohorst Explores the Future of Mobile Payments

    Abtek
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tami Cohorst, our vice president, was recently featured on PaymentsSource, a global online resource for all things payment-related. Take a look at what she had to say about the future of mobile payments, according to data collected from social media: Mobile payments are quickly becoming an integral part of consumers’ daily lives. In order for businesses to stay competitive, it’s important for them to stay on top of the trends in the industry. Social media is an important way to accomplish that. It has emerged as a major influence on the mobile payment processing landscape. Payment…
  • Is it Time to Break up with Your Credit Card Processor?

    Abtek
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Not all credit card processors are the same. Some processors are truly dedicated to your business’s success while others–well, let’s just say they have other priorities. Here are a few warning signs that may indicate it’s time for you to make a change: They’re Not Open and Honest About their Fees One of the biggest complaints we hear about other processors is that they’re not honest about the fees they charge. Unless they have something to hide, there’s no reason for a processor to keep their fees a secret. Honest communication is the key to a strong relationship, after all!
  • Featured on Entrepreneur: Tami Cohorst Discusses Mobile Loyalty Programs

    Abtek
    4 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Vice President of Abtek, Tami Cohorst,  recently discussed mobile wallets and the future of mobile loyalty programs on Entrepreneur, a prominent online resource for business development news. She writes: “What many merchants don’t realize is that mobile wallets can also be used as strategic marketing tools to help increase their bottom lines. The solution is in mobile loyalty programs.” Find out how this mobile wallet trend will effect business loyalty programs on Entrepreneur →   Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn •…
 
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    blog.gotomeeting.co.uk

  • 15 snacks to help boost your energy and productivity [Infographic]

    Wendy McAuliffe
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    The Google campus in Mountain View, California, has the perfect solution to that well known energy slump which many of us experience in the afternoon, usually right around 2:30pm. It’s called a nap pod! When the innovation gets too much, employees are encouraged to take themselves off for a five to 15 minute power nap, to help recharge their batteries. …
  • How fatigued employees affect your business

    Gemma Falconer
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    A decreased ability to cope with stress, less energy and a reduced capacity to concentrate are common traits displayed by those who are sleep-deprived according to an infographic produced by Virgin Pulse, part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. On average individuals should get around 7.5 to 8 hours sleep per night, however in a survey conducted by Ashridge Business …
  • Why complaining and thinking negatively could be holding you back

    Wendy McAuliffe
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Did you know that when we complain, our body releases stress hormones which immediately inhibit areas of the brain used for problem solving and other cognitive functions? Moaning is second nature to most of us, and in fact evolution primes us to focus on the negative for survival. We have a warning system within us which is constantly on the …
  • 11 presenting mistakes that make your audience cringe

    Mel Sherwood
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:05 am
    As presenters we are in the privileged position of being able to share our knowledge, experience, and passion with an audience. We may be motivating our team at a meeting, presenting a new idea to senior management, promoting our business at a networking event or sharing our expertise or our opinion at a conference or other event. However, with this …
  • What makes a great presentation?

    Gemma Falconer
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    I think it’s safe to say that most of us will have to deliver a presentation at some point during our professional careers – whether that’s a project overview to team members, or perhaps a strategy update to senior management. We’ve given out quite a few presentation-based tips over the past year on the blog, including 7 mistakes to avoid …
 
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    Innovative Advisory Group

  • The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night

    Kirk Chisholm
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Stock Market Crash 2015 – 9 Stock Market Tips to Help You Sleep at Night   “We simply attempt to be fearful when others are greedy and to be greedy only when others are fearful” -Warren Buffett Stock Market Crash 2015 - Should you be scared? 2015 has been an interesting year for stock investors. 2015 started out with the S&P 500 opening at 2058.9. From there the index has fluctuated between +3.8% and -4.1%. When investors are accustomed to getting 6 years in a row of positive gains, it is hard to imagine what a down year looks like. In the past week the S&P 500…
  • Inflation Monitor – August 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Inflation Monitor – August 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking   * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - August 2015 - Introduction The lazy days of summer are almost over. As the summer ends, the Wall Street traders and money mangers will also be going back to work. If you looked at a chart of the S&P 500 without the dates, you would not be able to tell which days were summer days and which were not. It looks like…
  • 10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of

    Kirk Chisholm
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    10 Top Alternative Investments You Probably Have Never Heard of     “Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people” – Leo Burnett Most people are familiar with the stock market. There are TV stations which have the stock market and stock market related information on 24 hours every day. It is hard to escape it. When the stock market crashes, it makes the headlines in every newspaper, news station, and media outlet. When it reaches all time highs, it is on every magazine cover, even the shoeshine boys are talking about it. But…
  • 10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits

    Kirk Chisholm
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    10 self directed IRA tips to help real estate investors maximize profits     “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed” Can I invest in real estate with my Self-Directed IRA? “Self Directed IRAs are one of the best laws the US government has ever passed”, an investor once told me. It is hard to argue that point. In 1974, congress passed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, often referred to as ERISA, enabling US taxpayers to save money for their retirement in a tax deferred manner. The best part of this program (outside of the…
  • Inflation Monitor – July 2015

    Kirk Chisholm
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    Inflation Monitor – July 2015 Inflation Monitor Summary - Composite Ranking * The Inflation Equilibrium is a quick summary for the whole data series of the inflation monitor. If you don't like statistics, this is the chart for you.   Inflation Monitor - July 2015 - Introduction I hope you enjoyed your Independence Day. While Greece may not have the same appreciation of our holiday, they had one of their own... A Bank holiday. While the Greek Crisis in Europe seems to be solved??? The greater problem persists. The Greek people voted a resounding "NO" on the terms and the Greek…
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    People & Productivity Business Blog

  • 6 ways recruiters are really a hiring manager’s best friend

    Magda Walczak
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:22 am
    Truth time — When some employers find out that recruiters are involved in Search Party (they’re the ones who supply our 15 million+ vetted candidates), they don’t like it. Somewhere along the line, enough recruiters got a bad rep for excessive cold calling and “salesy” behaviour, word spread and the damage was done. At Search Party, that frustrates us because not only are recruiters an essential part of our business model, but we also wholeheartedly believe that they are incredibly valuable in the hiring process. Recruiters are trained pros who will help you hire better,…
  • What employers really want from recruiters

    John Dietrich
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Recent research reveals 54% of employers are unhappy with the candidates recruiters are bringing their way. Yet no hardworking recruiter wants to place bad candidates. Most go out of their way to ensure they are matching the right people to the right positions. So where is the disconnect? And what can recruiters do to ensure they are doing a better job of meeting the expectations of employers? Make sure you understand the culture. 38% of employers cited culture mismatches as one of their primary pain points. If possible, make sure you touch base with the department manager for at least 30…
  • 3 Ways to find employees for your startup

    John Dietrich
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Finding employees can be difficult. Finding employees when you are a startup can seem daunting. With all the tasks entrepreneurs must take care of, thinking about adding creating a job description, reviewing resumes, and interviewing potential candidates  to that list is overwhelming. Although finding a new employee is exciting (especially when it’s your first) the task can feel as though it’s pulling you away from “more important” business operations. And when you are the little guy, how can you even compete with guys like Apple, Google, or Facebook in getting the…
  • The Ultimate Hiring Managers Checklist

    John Dietrich
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The interview process can be long and stressful not only for the interviewee, but also for the hiring manager. The wrong new hire can be a tremendous waste of time and money, so the pressure is on to get it right. We’ve all heard the typical interview questions. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Unfortunately, Googling a list of the most popular interview questions doesn’t guarantee their effectiveness. And questions aren’t the only element to consider. What you need is a combination of techniques along with a line of inquiry designed to help…
  • It’s time for a job recruitment revolution

    Ben Hutt
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:53 pm
    First meeting of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in 1915. The beginning of an aeronautic revolution which led to the creation of NASA A recent study from The Search Party concluded that 58 per cent of employers find candidates lack skills necessary for the role and 40 per cent say they get poor resumes. With nearly 80 per cent of permanent roles in Canada still filled by the slow, ineffective channel of job boards and ads, this comes as no surprise. When it comes to recruitment, a lot of the practices in place a decade ago are still in play today. That would be fine if…
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    2dropshipping.com

  • How do colors affect purchases?

    Amin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:55 am
    There are many factors that affect how and what customers buy. One of the greatest factors is color. Colors play a very important role in any online shopping store. Did you know that big e-commerce websites like amazon and eBay have their own color and visual employees that are responsible only for adjusting the store’s […] The post How do colors affect purchases? appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World

    Amin
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
      Almost a quarter, 23%, of US people work from home, according to a recent bureau of labor statistics survey. Many of them have their own internet business project, affiliate marketing blogs, freelancing job and many other online works. I am sure you too, want to build-up your internet business. So if yes, the following tools […] The post 24 Tools to Run Your Business From Anywhere in the World appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • Amazon vs Etsy – A Comparison For Merchants

    Amin
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    There are many opportunities to sell items online, you can sell on your own store, and you can sell on popular online shopping platforms like amazon, eBay, Etsy and more. In today’s post, you are going to read a full comparison between Amazon and Etsy so that you as a merchant can decide which platform […] The post Amazon vs Etsy – A Comparison For Merchants appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
  • Where to Get Free Help for Your Business

    Amin
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Starting up a business requires many skills you may not have realized you’d need to have. Fortunately, there are lots of free help available for your business – everything you will need to know about like business courses, mentoring, free training and more. The more professional help you get, the more successful your business will […] The post Where to Get Free Help for Your Business appeared first on 2dropshipping.com.
 
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    Smart Hustle Magazine

  • Why You Should Never Hire Yourself and the Person You Should Hire Instead

    Hugh Culver
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of the nastiest traps small business owners fall into is being a “Doer”. I’ve been there, and it goes something like this: You know a bit about accounting, so you do your own bookkeeping. You know your way around ... The post Why You Should Never Hire Yourself and the Person You Should Hire Instead appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • From Food Truck to Restaurant Chain: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Mexicue Co-Founder David Shillace

    Ramon Ray
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The road to entrepreneurial success is always a wild ride. Consider David Shillace. In 2010 he quit a six-figure job in sales and marketing to start a food truck business. Flash forward five years later, he and partner Thomas Kelley ... The post From Food Truck to Restaurant Chain: The Entrepreneurial Journey of Mexicue Co-Founder David Shillace appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • 3 Ways Your Small Business Can Utilize Video Marketing

    Chamber of Commerce
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    Today we often see photos and videos going viral at lightning-like speeds. That’s because 2015 is the time of self-promotion. This generation has become incredibly proficient at managing its brands from every social media platform — and realizes that these ... The post 3 Ways Your Small Business Can Utilize Video Marketing appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More

    Jill Schiefelbein
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
      When most people think of communication, they think of speaking. When you’re an entrepreneur, a lot of your communication involves pitching yourself, your services and/or your products. However, I believe that entrepreneurs can be more productive and win more ... The post Win More Proposals by Speaking Less and Listening More appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
  • TouchSuite CEO Touches on 9 Key Aspects of Being an Entrepreneur

    Ramon Ray
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    To be a successful entrepreneur you need the right mix of passion, people, and persistence. That’s the key takeaway from a recent Smart Hustle interview with Sam Zietz, CEO and founder of TouchSuite. Sam bootstrapped his business and skyrocketed it ... The post TouchSuite CEO Touches on 9 Key Aspects of Being an Entrepreneur appeared first on Smart Hustle Magazine.
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    Bolton Remote Blog

  • 3 Cloud Security Tips for Remote Marketing Teams

    Bolton Remote
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Successful marketing is a team effort, and remote teams achieve this through collaboration made easier by the cloud. Cloud integration is becoming the norm. A recent survey conducted by RightScale showed that 93% of their respondents (enterprises and big businesses) use the cloud. This doesn’t come as a surprise. Aside from convenience, the cloud is Next → The post 3 Cloud Security Tips for Remote Marketing Teams appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 4 Things an Awesome Marketing Assistant Can Do

    Bolton Remote
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In running your startup or small business, one of your first hires should be a marketing assistant. They can take some work off your plate, ensuring responsibilities with promotion and branding are dealt with without tying you up on tasks and you can focus on growing your business. Trying to do everything on your own Next → The post 4 Things an Awesome Marketing Assistant Can Do appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff

    Bolton Remote
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Between 2005 and 2015, remote work grew to nearly 80% according to Global Workplace Analytics. Still, there are executives that swear their workforce can only be effective when the whole team is in one office.. Concerns regarding the effectiveness of remote work are usually tied to possible communication issues. The success of daily business processes Next → The post 3 Secrets to Communicate Better with Your Remote Staff appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • Attracting Great Remote Employees

    Bolton Remote
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:13 pm
    This is a guest post by Carl Dierschow. Carl is a business coach who has helped business owners with strategic planning and company growth. Here he discusses how you can attract the right remote staff by going beyond traditional recruitment concepts. Most companies follow pretty much the same process for hiring: You notice that you Next → The post Attracting Great Remote Employees appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
  • 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center

    Bolton Remote
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Like any large investment, setting up a social media command center comes with a slew of risks. A poorly run center is not only a waste of money, but it also stunts your digital marketing efforts. The good news is, you can build a social media command center remotely. Here are the foundations you need to build one. The post 5 Components of a Remote Social Media Command Center appeared first on Bolton Remote Blog.
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    BizCentral USA

  • Social Media Marketing Help for Small Businesses

    BizCentral
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:40 am
    Social Media Marketing Help for Small Businesses Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, Tumblr, and Instagram are just some of the many social media sites that are popular today. Social media has arguably become the top marketing solution for small businesses. Small businesses are able to use social media to gain new customers and increase awareness for their products and services. Social media provides immense reach for small businesses as it is used by millions of people around the world. Social media marketing can help increase brand awareness while driving traffic to your…
  • Creating a Business Plan with Financial Requirements

    BizCentral
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Creating a Business Plan with Financial Requirements Every year hundreds of thousands of businesses are started. Unfortunately, many of these businesses fail due to lack of financial planning. Part of the planning phase of any business includes creating a business plan. Many start-up businesses need funding in order to begin operations. In many of these cases business owners turn to a bank loan or investors in order to obtain funds, however, most investors and bank officers will require a professionally written business plan that can validate how your idea will turn into a successful…
  • Small Business Web Design

    BizCentral
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Essential Components in Business Website Development According to a 2013 article published by Forbes, only about 50% of businesses have a website. Many small businesses without a professional web design will attribute it to not having enough time, not having business website development experience, or it being too expensive to develop a website. Unfortunately, many small businesses without a website are losing potential customers to competitors that have websites. In today’s marketplace, nearly all consumers use the internet to shop for goods and services. Consumers use the internet to…
  • Marketing Help For Small Businesses

    BizCentral
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:36 am
    Marketing Help for Small Business Success In today’s ultra competitive business environment, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate from the competition. Every day consumers are bombarded with advertising messages though their cell phones, computers, and televisions. Companies that are trying to create awareness for their business must find a way to stand out through all of the clutter and provide a memorable message. Many consulting firms provide marketing services to businesses. A marketing consultant can be a big help for small companies that lack time and are in need of…
  • Bookkeeping for Financial Success

    BizCentral
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    Bookkeeping services for small businesses Hundreds of thousands of businesses are started each year by creative entrepreneurs with an innovative product or service. Unfortunately, many of these businesses fail. One of the top reasons that startup businesses fail is poor accounting. There are many factors that can lead to poor bookkeeping. Small business owners are generally extremely busy and do not have the time required to complete proper accounting and bookkeeping. Also, many small businesses are understaffed and may not have the funds to hire a full-time accountant. In addition, many…
 
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    Organizers Direct Blog

  • How to Write a Simple Business Plan

    Organizers Direct
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    As an entrepreneur, you have probably heard the expression, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” This sentiment is especially true for small businesses. Many small business owners only write a business plan when they are trying to secure funding from banks and investors, but this is a big mistake. Every company needs a business plan, even if it is just a simple one. Here are the top ten details your simple business plan must include:
  • Three Qualities of a Good Business Plan

    Organizers Direct
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:22 am
    Every business, without exception, needs a detailed business plan. Whether you are starting your own home organization business or opening your own restaurant, a general business concept alone is not enough; you simply cannot hope to succeed without a comprehensive plan. But what qualifies a business plan as “good?” Here are three qualities all good business plans share:
  • 5 Benefits of Starting Your Own Business

    Organizers Direct
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In response to changing economic, technological and social conditions, Americans are embracing entrepreneurship more than ever before. The 2015 Kauffman Index reported the largest year-over-year increase in small businesses in the past 20 years, with more than half a million new small businesses launching each month. The US Chamber of Commerce documents the rise of the entrepreneur in a report entitled Work, Entrepreneurship, And Opportunity In 21st Century America, citing recent a Gallup Poll that shows 61 percent of Americans prefer self-employment over traditional employment options. While…
  • 3 Benefits of Outsourcing Wood Components

    Organizers Direct
    17 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    For many years, outsourcing has been a key component for many custom closet and garage designers. Small businesses especially benefit from the ability to produce more goods, reduction in inventory costs and time saved by partnering with a dependable supplier. Here are three other benefits of outsourcing wood components for your home organization business.
  • Ask the Home Organization Systems Designer: Part Three

    Organizers Direct
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Every home is unique, and every homeowner has different organizational needs. When it comes to closet makeovers, custom solutions are often the best way to make the space function at its best. In this multi-part series, the custom home organization system designers at Organizers Direct answer some of the most frequently asked questions about remodeling storage spaces in the home.
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    The Creative Entrepreneur

  • The recipe for a perfect logo

    99designs guest author
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:08 pm
    While there is no exact formula for the perfect logo, there are certain “ingredients” that can be explored and utilized in the creative process. This article looks at several successful examples and talks about how these “ingredients” are represented within. 1. It reads like a logo Logo Design: Saul Bass Certain logos just simply look like logos. They don’t look like shapes. They don’t look like symbols. They don’t look like marks. They have the “it” factor that just makes them read like a logo. This Saul Bass United Airlines logo has just that. A combination of unique…
  • Take a peek at the winner of our Deez Nuts Community Contest!

    99designs
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    We’ve wrapped up our wildly fun Community Contest for US Presidential Candidate Deez Nuts‘ campaign logo. This mysterious person (who turned out to be a 15-year-old named Brady Olson) gave the country a good laugh when he was reportedly polling at 9% in North Carolina, 8% in Minnesota, and 7% in Iowa, making him one of the top ranked candidates. With such rankings, we felt he deserved a logo that stood out just as much! Congratulations to the winner, #1 Teach, who did a fantastic job combining the old-school style of a political logo with the silliness of the “Deez Nuts”…
  • Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99!

    99designs
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:18 pm
    While others may be enjoying a warm, lazy Summer – our 99designs community has been hard at work this month! From spacy website designs to eye-catching skateboards, our designers’ diverse styles never cease to amaze us. Scroll down and place a vote for your favorite design below. The designer with the most votes will get a special prize! Fill out my online form. Fill out my Wufoo form! The post Introducing August’s Top 9 at 99! appeared first on The Creative Entrepreneur.
  • Katy McLaughlin takes her beauty biz on the go with Hair & There Mobile Salon

    Kelly
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    Katy McLaughlin had a thing for hair for as long as she can remember – as a little girl, you could always find her playing beauty shop with her sisters. When she graduated high school though, she chose college over cosmetology school. After taking on a full time job as a marketing manager, she was still feeling the pull of the beauty industry.  Eventually, she quit her 9 to 5 to pursue her true passion and hasn’t looked back since! After identifying a demand for mobile hair stations, Hair & There Mobile Salon was born. Read on to find out more behind Katy’s…
  • Is a dynamic logo right for your business?

    Jessica Sillers
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    A dynamic logo, as opposed to a static logo, changes form depending on context (think Google’s timely tweaks). While certain aspects of dynamic logos stay constant, designers have a lot of freedom to explore variations of color, shape, and presentation. Dynamic logo for Coalition for Engaged Education  Many companies love dynamic logos for their versatility and ability to reflect a business’ creativity. Because the logo is customized for each new environment it’s in, it can offer an especially fresh and relevant take every time. Read on for signs that this approach to logo design…
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    Monitoring Website and Blogs with Adsense and Adsense Alternatives

  • 25 Most Popular Places to Set up Your Free Blog

    Maheder Lezemen
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    1 Blogger - A great starting site to get a taste of blogging, very easy to use.2 Word Press - Not only can you install Word Press on your own sites, you can use the same software on their site and save yourself all of the technical work.3 Live Journal - One of the most well known of the blogging hosts. Offers multiple account types such as ad-supported and paid. The center of a few controversies recently.4 Blog - Offers free blog hosting with unlimited bandwidth for their free package, more benefits for paid members.5 Blogetery - Offers…
  • Who Else Wants To Make Money With Adsense?

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Fact number 1: Kids in high school are making thousands of dollars every month with Adsense. Fact number 2: Housewives, retirees, mom and dads, who are just staying at home and have never made a dime on the internet have created full-time incomes by simply placing Adsense ads on their web site or blog.These are just some of the “super Adsense earners”. You may have already heard about their story for they are among the few who are on their way to making millions worth of cash just by promoting Adsense sites. Anyone, any age and gender can become money generating Adsense…
  • Google Adsense: How to Write Great Blogs and Watch Your Adsense Dollars Add Up

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    The best thing about blogging is that there are no rules.  You can write about anything you want.  A self-publisher’s dream!   There are some things you can do though to maximize your Google Adsense profits.  Narrow your subject.  Don’t just write about shopping.  Write about shopping for antique dresser drawer pulls.  Write every day. Have a blog at more than one site. If you develop a readership, you’re more likely to increase your profits.Write about something you know or want to know or at the very least care about. If you try to write a great blog…
  • Google Adsense: When Do I Get Paid Using Google Adsense?

    Maheder Lezemen
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Google Adsense pays you approximately 30 days after the end of the month in which you become eligible to receive payment. You become eligible for payment only when your Adsense account reaches at least $100.00.  Suppose, for example, you started in January and at the end of the month you had not yet accumulated $100.00 in your Google Adsense account.  You would then need to wait and see if your January and February earnings combined equal $100.00.  If they do, you would be paid approximately 30 days after the end of the month of February, that is, you could expect payment near…
  • Facebook Beats Google In Driving Traffic To Your Website

    Maheder Lezemen
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    As the League leaders, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) are always in race for supremacy. Parse.ly CTO said that even in January last year, the networking site represented for 20% of the traffic only.Parse.ly’s chief technical officer Andrew Montalenti said in an interview with Fortune that according to the company’s latest estimates, social-media sources (of which Facebook was by far the largest) accounted for about 43 per cent of the traffic to the Parse.ly network of media sites, while Google accounted for only 38 per cent.However, it’s not simply…