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  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

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

    Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing
    Guest Post
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Why Social Media is a Must for all Companies written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Margaret Dawson– Enjoy! While younger demographic groups are higher users, all ages are on social media. Source: comScore Social media is all around us and has become a daily part of people’s lives. As of this month, there are nearly 650 million Twitter users, posting some 58 million tweets every day.  Facebook is even bigger, with 1.4 billion users, spending 700…
  • The Common Mistakes Futurists Make

    Small Business Labs
    Steve
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    LinkedIn's post Why Everyone Needs to be a Futurist contends that due to growing competition and the pace of change, everyone should spend part of their day thinking about the future.   As the title states, it even goes so far to suggest everyone should become a part-time futurist. Key quote: While most of us are in roles where we are focused on exploiting the current business model, nowadays, everyone’s job, regardless of level, is to be somewhat of a futurist who is able to foresee where the business is going and internalize the change by creating and executing their…
  • Framing For Small Business Marketing

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    Elliot Simmonds
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    As human beings, we have a tendency to believe that our decision making is based on rational, well developed and considered thought processes. However, we are all affected by a number of biases – processes inherent within our minds which influence the way we think and the way in which we make decisions. We’ve already covered one such cognitive bias in our post on The Halo Effect, and today we’re going to briefly discuss Framing, and how you can use it in your everyday sales and marketing tactics! {Tweet} Framing For Small Business Marketing  -  Alter The Way Your Products or Services…
  • You’re the Boss Blog: Today in Small Business: Time to Give Raises?

    NYT > Small Business
    By GENE MARKS
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Why entrepreneurs are heading to Canada. Big Brewers try to “hijack” craft beer. And a water-balloon device raises $645,000 on Kickstarter.
 
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    Fast Company

  • Four Decades Later, HP Gets Back Into Smartwatch Business

    Harry McCracken
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In 1977, the company introduced a pioneering, unsuccessful--and eventually legendary--high-tech timepiece.Normally, it's not surprising to hear that yet another tech company plans to get into the smartwatch business. At the moment, the industry is so giddy over the category that everyone wants a piece of it. But I must confess that I was a tad surprised to hear that HP is joining the mad rush.Read Full Story
  • Voyat Taps Your Social Presence For A Customized Hotel Stay

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Your Twitter following could get you a room upgrade.Your favorite hotel may start keeping tabs on you during and after your stay--but that's a good thing, according Google alum Ben Habbel's startup Voyat.Read Full Story
  • The Recommender: Yongzhi Huang, Who Wants To Prank Your Friends On Facebook

    Fast Company Staff
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees. Yongzhi HuangPhoto by Celine Grouard for Fast Company Name: Yongzhi Huang Role at Fast Company: Site Quality Engineer Twitter: @randomdit Titillating Fact: Energy drinks have exceptional effect on me and cause me to code like a madman.Read Full Story
  • Do Your F*cking Tastebuds A Favor And Try Auntie Fee's Recipes

    KC Ifeanyi
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    Her foulmouthed YouTube cooking show is for people who've had it with too-precious food porn."This is parsley--dried parsley. This muthafucka make any muthafuckin' thing taste good."Read Full Story
  • Forget Love: EHarmony Wants To Help You Find Your Next Boss

    Chris Gayomali
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    "Elevated Careers by eHarmony" wants to help you find a job situation for the long haul.As hundreds of thousands of people know, dating site eHarmony is very good at pairing two people looking for love. Since launching in 2000, eHarmony has matched more than 600,000 married couples. As of May, it touts about 762,000 paying members.Read Full Story
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    VISANOW Global Immigration

  • U.S. State Department’s Technical Glitch is Causing Problems With Visas

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

    Jake VanKersen
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Last month, HR professionals from all over the country came to Orlando for the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference and Exposition. This event is a chance for HR Professionals to keep up to date with the latest news and best practices for human resource management. This is why VISANOW was in attendance at SHRM 2014. “We’ll Surprise You” at SHRM 2014 Our message this year was “we’ll surprise you.” We wanted to let HR professionals know that when they use VISANOW, they will be (pleasantly) surprised by: How fast we can get them their visa. How easy we’ve made…
  • The VISANOW Sales Team “Restarts” at iO Chicago

    Jake VanKersen
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Way back in January, the VISANOW sales team had a kickoff to get ready for the year. With the first six months of this year in the rear view mirror and sights set on what lies ahead, the sales team took an afternoon to “restart.” The Sales Team Restarts As Vice President of Sales, Joseph Kim explains that he “wanted to give the Corporate Sales and Client Management teams an experience outside of the office to get away from the everyday grind. We all get into mid-year ruts. The ‘VISANOW Sales Restart’ day was meant to reenergize and refresh each team member so they can…
  • What is the Difference Between a B-1 and a B-2 Visitor Visa?

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Not sure if you should apply for a B-1 or B-2 Visitor visa? It all comes down to what you plan on doing while you are in the United States. The B-1 Visitor Visa If you are coming to the United States to do any kind of business-related activities, you are going to want to apply for the B-1 Visitor visa. Some of the most common “business-related” activities include: -       Negotiating or signing contracts. -       Purchasing business supplies. -       Attending a business meeting, exhibit, or convention. -       Settling an estate. -       Taking an exam held…
  • Here’s What Happened After The Senate Passed Immigration Reform…

    Gabrielle Gottfried
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:31 am
    It’s the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing S.744 aka Comprehensive Immigration Reform. From the Senate it moved right on to the U.S House of Representatives where…it just stalled. And while it sat stagnant in the House the political world was filled with activity around the issue of immigration reform. Here are the top five major events that have happened since the Senate passed immigration reform.  The Government Shutdown When House Republicans and Senate Democrats couldn’t agree on a budget, the U.S. government shut itself down.  The shutdown of the federal…
 
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    Small Business Labs

  • The Common Mistakes Futurists Make

    Steve
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    LinkedIn's post Why Everyone Needs to be a Futurist contends that due to growing competition and the pace of change, everyone should spend part of their day thinking about the future.   As the title states, it even goes so far to suggest everyone should become a part-time futurist. Key quote: While most of us are in roles where we are focused on exploiting the current business model, nowadays, everyone’s job, regardless of level, is to be somewhat of a futurist who is able to foresee where the business is going and internalize the change by creating and executing their…
  • The Societal and Small Business Impacts of Economic Uncertainty

    Steve
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you Google "economic uncertainty" you will find many references to its impacts on the economy and business. But you won't find much on its impact on people and society. We find this interesting because we think in addition to having a big impact on the economy and businesses, economic uncertainty is a major driver of societal change.  Several articles this week provide some insight on some of these changes: 1. The New York Times article The New Instability focuses on declining marriage rates, especially among those with lower incomes. This is a topic we've written…
  • Freelancers and the Rise of Multiple Income Sources

    Steve
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    A recent Freelancers Union post titled 87% of Freelancers Have Multiple Sources of Income covers the gowing trend of freelancers piecing together multiple sources of income - and even multiple careers - to meet their financial, work and lifestyle goals. The data comes from the Freelancers Union study How to Live the Freelance Life, a research project we partnered with the Freelancers Union on.   As the article's title states, 87% of the surveyed freelancers reported having more than one source of income. The chart below shows the number sources of income reported by these…
  • San Francisco's Coworking Boat

    Steve
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    7X7SF's A Boat Owned by Two Tech Geniuses is Charting a New Course in Coworking describes the Maritol, a former car and truck ferry that has been converted into a floating coworking space. Key quote on the ship's amenities: While the amenities arms race rages on among well-heeled and well-equipped tech offices across the city, a floating coworking space that is rusty, drafty, encrusted with birds’ nests, and laden with fish carcasses is luring some of the brightest minds in the Bay Area. To meet the requirements of the San Francisco Port Authority the Maritol has to be…
  • New Homes Going to the Dogs

    Steve
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The AP's Sweet Dog Suites reports on builders adding "doggy suites" to new houses. Standard Pacific Homes is offering a pet suite option in 27 of their developments across the country.   Key quote on the high end pet suite, which is shown in the picture below: The most lavish suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-style bed; cabinets for toys, treats and food; a…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
 
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    Copyblogger

  • How to Fix the Problem With Content Marketing (Free Training)

    Brian Clark
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve been following Copyblogger for any length of time, you know we teach people online marketing. Specifically, something that is now known as content marketing. I’ve been a practitioner of “content marketing” since 1998. And we’ve been preaching it since 2006, years before that sexy terminology became the norm. Here’s the main thing you need to understand about online content that builds a business: It’s different from traditional marketing, but it accomplishes what marketing is supposed to do. It’s those differences that cause so many people to struggle. At this point,…
  • Announcing: A New Resource for Those Who Need Great Content

    Sonia Simone
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s a common wisecrack around the Copyblogger virtual office. This whole content marketing thing would be a lot simpler if someone else would just write all the content. Whether you’re a writer or not, it’s just a fact that a solid content marketing strategy needs lots and lots of words. Well-crafted, interesting words, assembled into a strategic plan that moves prospects along the path from stranger to happy customer. It isn’t always easy to find the person to write those words. Which is probably why we get so many queries from people asking, Do you know any really…
  • 7 Ways to Simplify Complex Content While Maintaining Sophistication and Nuance

    Yael Grauer
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So, you’re full of information and have a dramatic story for your audience? Good. But here’s the harsh truth: every bit of knowledge in the whole world is completely meaningless if you don’t do this one thing. Before I spill the secret, let me tell you what it’s not … It’s not about having the right intentions. Your intentions don’t even matter. Your burning desire to enlighten those around you thirsting for knowledge is useless unless you can clearly explain the information you’d like to share. The problem is not your amount of knowledge;…
  • Get the WordPress Theme That Gives You an Unfair Business Advantage

    Jerod Morris
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    So … how did you sell out all 400+ tickets three months before the event even started? What was your content marketing strategy? This is the question a friendly reporter asked me during the opening night party for Authority Intensive 2014. “That’s a great question,” I said, stalling. Truth was, I didn’t know exactly how to respond. What, exactly, had we done to sell so many tickets so quickly? “Let me ask our VP of Marketing,” I said. “He’ll know.” And he did. “We invited our audience to attend, largely by sending out a few…
  • How to Market Your Freelance Business Without Feeling Like an Impostor

    Samar Owais
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You’ve felt it, haven’t you? That sick feeling clawing at your stomach every time you think about marketing your freelance business. You’re worried you won’t be able to convince prospective clients you’re the right person for the job — that you’re the answer to their problems. You may still feel like an impostor even if you’ve established a very solid level of authority and credibility with your blog. What if you can’t deliver? What if clients don’t love your work? What if your past success has all been a fluke? Just the thought of it makes your blood run…
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  • Summertime Logo Fun

    Mike
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Summertime, right? Business tends to slow, strategy meetings are put aside in favor of ling weekends and early-dismissal Fridays. Vacations crowd the schedule, choices have to be made about which music festivals to attend, the grill and that beautiful whole snapper await and, frankly, our focus gets a bit soft. Between the chilled cocktails and the (please pass the) guacamole we find it a bit hard to concentrate. So what better time to take a few minutes for a bit of business fun, right? And what could be more fun than looking at a few great logos and deciphering the meaning hidden in each…
  • Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

    Mike
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, habits and effectiveness, habits and happiness led me to ask myself: “Self, I ask, what are your habits? Are they effective? Do they lead to my own success and happiness?” “Hmmm,” I answer,…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #229 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image above is from a very interesting deconstruction of the impact Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi has on the teams for which he plays. Today, Messi is generally considered to be the top soccer player in the world. Amazingly,…
  • Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

    Mike
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this is a fairly common phenomenon for small business owners and many have  told me they experience the same problem. I just returned from a 2-week vacation, which was greatly appreciated luxury. I visited places I had never been, experienced a culture that was brand-new to me, saw art and…
  • Twitter Link Roundup #228 – Small Business, Startups, Innovation, Social Media, Design, Marketing and More

    Ross
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:21 am
    Every day on the crowdSPRING Twitter account and on my own Twitter account, I post links to posts or videos I enjoyed reading or viewing. These posts and videos are about logo design, web design, startups, entrepreneurship, small business, leadership, social media, marketing, and more! Here are some of the links that I’ve liked and shared this past week! The image was taken during the filming of the movie Titanic. Although much of the movie is set on the ocean, the “ocean” the actors jump into is just a giant, 3 feet deep pool. More strange and mind blowing movie facts in the…
 
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    The Franchise King®

  • Auntie Anne’s®: The World’s Largest Soft Pretzel Franchise

    The Franchise King®
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    (Sponsored Post) I’m a Cinnamon Sugar pretzel kind of guy…especially when I’m at an airport between flights, or at my local mall.  What’s your  Auntie Anne’s® favorite soft pretzel flavor? Seriously; I want to know. In the meantime, here’s some information about the world’s largest soft pretzel franchise business in the world, as well as some information on how you can get involved with their tasty brand.   Franchise History Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest soft pretzel franchise, is named after founder, Anne Beiler. Anne was born in the heart of…
  • It’s Super-Easy To Franchise Your Business

    The Franchise King®
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    My friend, Charles Internacola, a well-known New York franchise attorney, heard that from an unnamed source at the International Franchise Expo in NYC this past June. It’s news to me…and, to Charles, who helps put together all the legal documents needed to franchise a business in the U.S. So, who was it that told Charles that it was easy to franchise a business? Who was this unnamed source? And, why the heck would he (or she) say something like that?     It’s Super-Easy To Franchise Your Business Not only is it super-easy to franchise a business, according to the…
  • Ray Kroc Is Probably Rolling In His…

    The Franchise King®
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Grave. That’s right: Ray Kroc is probably rolling in his grave. Because of this.   Keep reading.   Lunchtime In Cleveland Ohio I know I shouldn’t be eating fast food. Really…I know. But, sometimes, a man has to do what a man has to do. Anyway… The image above was taken 1.5 hours ago. It’s the interior of a McDonald’s restaurant in Cleveland. In the suburbs. During lunchtime. Like, around noon. What jumps out at you when you look at the picture I took with my Droid RAZR? Hint: It’s not the shiny stainless steel cooler. Try again. It’s…
  • Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award

    The Franchise King®
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Nominations are now open for the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards, and this year, I’m looking to get even more of the franchise community involved. Remember back in 2012, when Dina Dwyer-Owens, Chairwoman and CEO of The Dwyer Group, was named a Top 100 Champion during the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in New York City? I do, I was there to congratulate her. What franchisors, or franchise professionals, will be up on stage this year?   Franchise Professionals: Nominate Your Peers For This Award This is your chance, fellow franchise professionals, to nominate the most…
  • Working With A Franchise Broker: Only One?

    The Franchise King®
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    If you’re thinking about working with a franchise broker to assist you in finding a franchise to own, I’d like to offer you some useful tips you can use. Would you like to know why I’m doing this? Keep reading.     I Was A Franchise Broker That’s right: I’m a former franchise broker. I know how brokers work. And, if you’ve been a subscriber to my VIP Newsletter and/or to this franchise blog for a while, you know how I roll. Roll: I provide straightforward, no-spin information and advice on all aspects of franchising. So, if you want to learn how…
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  • Books to Watch: August 2014

    Michael
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    TweetWell here we are again—Summer is drawing to a close and we’ve hardly put a dent in that towering stack of summer reads. Don’t fret, though—we still have a few weeks to sneak in a couple more books. Here are some new titles for Summer’s end that’ll help you start your Fall off right, with plenty of great ideas and new perspectives. The Leadership Playbook by Nathan Jamail July 31 / Gotham Books / ISBN-13 9781592408665 Sales and leadership guru Nathan Jamail breaks into the Big Five after finding sensational success with his first two self-published books on…
  • Friday Links

    Ryan Schleicher
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Tweet➻ Ted Coiné is on a mission to perpetuate the idea that ethical leadership practices will lead companies to the promise land. In a piece on Switch & Shift titled “Leadership Ethics: It doesn’t depend”, Coiné writes that Ethics today save you money tomorrow. But that’s not all. Ethics today makes you more money, every day of the year, for generations. Because your workers at all levels care, and so they pitch in with zest to make your company great. They think about improving your firm all week long, and they bring those off-hour innovations to work. They bring you their…
  • ChangeThis: Issue 119

    dylan
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Tweet The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.” The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the…
  • How Not To Be Wrong

    Michael
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    TweetI must preface this review by letting you know that I am not the kind of person inclined to read a book about mathematics. I have very little background in math—if I remember correctly, my undergraduate education required two courses. Despite my typically non-mathematical disposition, How Not To Be Wrong called to me from the shelf. “When am I going to use this?” This is the quintessential complaint-cum-question from elementary school students the world over. It is also the introduction to Jordan Ellenberg’s new book dedicated to explaining exactly when and how we can and do use…
  • Jack Covert Selects – The Intel Trinity

    dylan
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Tweet The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company by Michael S. Malone, Harper Business, 560 page, $34.99, Hardcover, July 2014, ISBN 9780062226761 The Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobs of the world have received an enormous share of the past decade’s business and cultural limelight, and with good reason: they, along with a growing number of Silicon Valley tech innovators, have altered how we as individuals exist within a larger cultural context, how we gather and digest information, and how we interact with one another. Often…
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  • Live Google Hangout: Wow Your Customers (Beyond Customer Service) Thur (31 July)

    Ramon Ray
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    We all know that good customer service is necessary. If you treat your customers bad they won’t come back, they’ll say nasty things about you online and worse. However, what about WOWING your CUSTOMERS? What about taking the time to go above and beyond the “normal” and really show them that we care. Wowing customers establishes an emotional connection with customers – BEYOND the transaction. This emotion connection causes THEM TO COME BACK again and again, causes them to REFER business to us and so much more. In this live Google Hangout On Air, Join Ramon Ray…
  • 4 Simple Ways to Make Your Next Conference Call More Productive and Crystal Clear

    Ramon Ray
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    In today’s world of the telecommuter and virtual worker, conference calls are a constant, crucial form of business communication. While technology has given us the ability to make these conference calls more dynamic by connecting dozens of folks via video, the reality is that audio conferencing is the most affordable way to conduct a conference call and the preferred method for most businesses. Conference calls can quickly get off track and become unproductive if you don’t have the right technology in place and follow a few rules to help stay on track and remain productive. Here are four…
  • More Customers, More Often – 7 Tips To Get It Done

    Ramon Ray
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    We all claim to want more customers, more often, but are we doing what it takes to get that done? I asked Sarah Reilly Engel, VP of Merchant Success at Belly, a loyalty rewards company for retailers, to share advice with us. It is widely known, through research and studies, that businesses derive 80 percent of their revenue from 20 percent of their customers. As a small business owner, it becomes overwhelming to develop customer acquisition and retention strategies effectively without using tools to automate the process. Luckily, some of the best customer-driven marketing tactics and tools…
  • 3 New Media Strategies Every Business Should Know to Survive the Shrinking Newspaper Market

    Ramon Ray
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Newspapers have been rapidly vanishing from the American landscape, as consumers increasingly get their news online. With CNN.com or The New York Times as a person’s homepage, why would they need a newspaper dropped on their doorstep every morning? As this media outlet continues to shrink, there are three new media strategies that every business should know. Brought to you by PRWeb, a leading online news and press release distribution service used by 40,000+ organizations. From Fortune 500 companies to small business, companies are using PRWeb to increase their online visibility, improve…
  • Summer Is Here. Sales Are Down. 7 Cool Ideas To Heat Up Summer Sales #OwnYourSummer

    Ramon Ray
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:15 am
    For many businesses, summer is traditionally a slow month. The heat slows our bodies down (I guess that impacts sales), folks are focused on going away for an annual vacation, children are home from school and people want to leave their offices early and have FUN! While some businesses thrive during the summer, others dread the 3 months of heat, beach and vacations because their customers attention is even more distracted then it might usually be. There’s several things you can do to turn up summer sales and look FORWARD to the summer month. Check out Infusionsoft’s “Own…
 
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  • Twitter Ads Soar, But Beware This AdWords Hack

    Small Business Editor
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Twitter ads are doing stupendously well but watch out for a new hack, if you use Google AdWords. Keeping up with important news stories like these that may affect your small business is tough. That’s especially true when you’re busy running your small business at the same time. The Small Business Trends editorial team has your back. Here’s our roundup of the week’s top stories potentially touching your business. Online Advertising Twitter Posts $277 Million In Ad Sales, 81 Percent From Mobile. For those who wondered whether advertising on Twitter was a good bet, this…
  • Amazon Now Offers a Monthly Book Subscription, Kindle Unlimited

    Annie Pilon
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Book lovers getting their business books from Amazon may be interested to learn that the online retail giant now offers a service like Netflix, but for books. For $10 per month, you can get unlimited access to over 600,000 ebooks with Kindle Unlimited. A 30-day free trial is available. Subscriptions also come with three months of complimentary Audible membership, which offers access to 150,000 audio books: The deal could be great for those buying business books, but might not be the greatest deal for authors and publishers. Ebooks are already available for a fraction of the cost of…
  • What Documents Do You Need to Incorporate Your Business?

    Nellie Akalp
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Before you can incorporate your business, you need to file company formation documents with the state. The paperwork may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down step-by-step, you can be well on your way to incorporating your business. Each state varies slightly on its incorporation requirements, but they all require some kind of company formation document, typically called the Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Incorporation. Below is an outline the most common elements of these documents. In addition, you can see what documents you need to form an LLC for your business.
  • Matthew Bellows of Yesware: Micro-analytics Helps Sales Pros Connect in Real Time with Customers

    Brent Leary
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Over the past few weeks we talked with thought leaders in sales, Nikolaus Kimla and Jon Ferrara, founders of PipelinerSales and Nimble respectively, about the evolution of sales in digital world. Each conversation shed light on just how quickly customers are changing and the challenge that represents to those looking to build quality relationships with them. Building on this conversation, Yesware CEO Matthew Bellows discusses how micro-analytics can help sales professional use a few data scientist skills to better engage customers who have increasingly more control of the buying process.
  • Any Preconceived Notions You’d Like to Spout Off About?

    Mark Anderson
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s that moment when you’re writing a cartoon that you just know you have the caption right. It can take a while, and often it means pruning or changing just one word – but you can feel when you have it. For me, this cartoon hinges almost completely on the word “spout.” Once I had “spout” I knew this cartoon was good to go. Here’s some of the other endings I’d considered: “…talk to you about.” (Too weak.) “…go on and on about.” (Too long.) “…air.” (Too conciliatory.)…
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    Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect

  • A bigger logo?

    Seth Godin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The original reason for brands was to let the buyer know the source of the goods. "We made this," says the organization we trust when we buy something. Over time, though, brands have evolved into something we want other people to see, not just us. "I bought this," says the person who wears or drinks or drives something with status. The essence of a brand with social juice, of one that matters as a label, isn't how big the logo is. No, what matters is that the buyer thinks the brand is important, and that the logo is a signifier that they're paying for. So no one complains that the logo on the…
  • Trading favors

    Seth Godin
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    Those people who owe you—because you mowed their lawn, drove carpool, promoted their site, gave them advice, listened to you in the middle of the night—they will probably let you down. Favors aren't for trading, they wear out, they fade away, they are valued differently by the giver and the receiver. No, the best favors are worth doing for the doing, not because we'll ever get paid back appropriately.        
  • This is ours

    Seth Godin
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    Last night on the bike path I passed a well-dressed citizen, walking along with a bottle of water. I was stunned to see him finish his water and hurl the bottle into the woods. I stopped and said, "Hey, please don't do that." He looked at me with complete surprise and said, "what?" as if he didn't understand what 'that' was. His conception of the world seemed to be that there was two kinds of stuff... his and not-his. The park wasn't his, so it was just fine to throw trash, in fact, why not? The challenge we have in the connection economy, in a world built on ever more shared resources and…
  • The easy ride

    Seth Godin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:39 am
    We know what you want to accomplish. We know how you'd like everything to turn out. The real question is, "what are you willing to push through the dip for?" What are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to and generally be unreasonable about? Because that's what's going to actually get done.        
  • Doing the hard things

    Seth Godin
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:20 am
    One model of organization is to find something that you're good at and that's easy and straightforward and get paid for that. The other model is to seek out things that are insanely difficult and do those instead. Dave Ramsey does a three hour radio show every day. He books theaters and has a traveling road show. He has the discipline to only publish a new book quite rarely, and to stick with it for years and years as it moves through the marketplace. He has scores of employees. And on and on. By doing hard work that others fear, he creates unique value. Rick Toone makes guitars that others…
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    HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review » Rita McGrath

  • Management’s Three Eras: A Brief History

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Your Unique Worldview Affects the Content You Create

    Guest Post
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    How Your Unique Worldview Affects the Content You Create written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Justin P Lambert – Enjoy! photo credit: ZeroOne on Flickr If you’re making an effort to create and distribute content these days, you know that standing out from the crowd is difficult.  There’s so much “me too” out there, and precious little that demands to be seen. But success requires differentiation.  If you don’t stand out…
  • Marketing Techniques Every Small Business Should Use

    Guest Post
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Marketing Techniques Every Small Business Should Use written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Kristin Hovde – Enjoy! photo credit: iStock Having the best, most innovative product on the market is not enough to drive traffic to your office or store. It takes a carefully-planned strategy to effectively promote your products or services. Marketing is a critical component for any business, but can be done effectively without having to shell out thousands of…
  • Why Social Media is a Must for all Companies

    Guest Post
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    Why Social Media is a Must for all Companies written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from Margaret Dawson– Enjoy! While younger demographic groups are higher users, all ages are on social media. Source: comScore Social media is all around us and has become a daily part of people’s lives. As of this month, there are nearly 650 million Twitter users, posting some 58 million tweets every day.  Facebook is even bigger, with 1.4 billion users, spending 700…
  • Why How the World Sees You Matters

    John Jantsch
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Why How the World Sees You Matters written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Sally Hogshead Have you ever taken one of those personality tests? – Tests with names like DISC, Kolbe Index and Myers-Briggs. While interesting, the focus of the results is ultimately based on determining “how you see the world.” My friend Sally Hogshead has spent the last few years inventing a test that flips this notion around to help participants learn instead “how the world sees you.” You can dive deeply into…
  • 5 Simple Acts to Take Right Now

    John Jantsch
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    5 Simple Acts to Take Right Now written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing photo credit: UGArdener via photopin cc The months of July and August can be slower ones for many small businesses in the U.S. While we’ve got a thing or two to learn from some other cultures about taking a “real” holiday, many business owners and their clients take vacations and spend less time thinking about business during the summer months. You may still feel just as busy doing busy kind of things, but the key to making this mini breather pay is to look at the…
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    Andy Sernovitz | Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That!

  • Newsletter #999: The “Do More” Issue

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

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

    Andy Sernovitz
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. It’s easy to feel like the underdog out there sometimes. Maybe you can’t afford that store space in the cool part of town, maybe it’s hard for your product to stand out, or maybe you have a name like Boring. Whatever your obstacle, you can make your stuff more remarkable with a little ingenuity. Here are three word of mouth strategies that turned underdog situations into word of mouth opportunities: 1. Make a scene 2. Make a partnership 3. Make it…
  • Newsletter #997: The “Make It Ugly” Issue

    Andy Sernovitz
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    [Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] The race to make the flashiest, most impressive, and most beautiful is a crowded one. Sometimes it’s worth it to make something great — but sometimes, doing the opposite can help you stand out. Here are a few examples to inspire you: 1. Compete with personality 2. Try lots of different things 3. Make it one-of-a-kind 4. Check it out: Fly Art 1. Compete with personality For crowd-funded…
  • Why useful is remarkable

    Andy Sernovitz
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. We love viral stunts and funny ads as much as the next person. But there’s a more sustainable way to get your customers to talk about you that earns word of mouth for the long term. Here are three ways to do something so useful your customers can’t help but talk about it: 1. Make recommendations 2. Do more than say “thanks” 3. Make the small details count 1. Make recommendations When you check out at Barnes & Noble, they give you a list of…
 
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    The Get Smart Blog

  • Free App for Productivity: IFTTT

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

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

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

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

    Bridget Ayers
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    If you are considering using WordPress for your next website or blog, you should know whether you want to use WordPress.com or WordPress.org. What is WordPress? WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that people all over the world use to power their blogs and websites. WordPress launched in 2003 and since then has grown to be a dominating force on the web. WordPress was used by more than 22.0% of the top 10 million websites as of August 2013! [Source] See Also: How To Increase Your Blog Traffic With Twitter WordPress.com vs WordPress.org So what is the difference between…
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    ChangeThis Newsletter

  • 119.01

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The Most Important Company In the World: Intel, Moore’s Law, and the Heartbeat of Civilization by Michael S. Malone “We now live differently, learn differently, communicate differently, an ultimately, think differently. … We have internalized Moore’s Law. Its beat is now our heartbeat; its pace of change is now the heartbeat of civilization.”
  • 119.02

    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The Road (to Reinvention) Is Calling by Josh Linkner “Companies, communities, and individuals fall for many reasons, but one of the most common—and easily avoidable—is the failure to reinvent. Those who feel the most secure in the status quo are in fact the most vulnerable. ... The disruption of ongoing innovation eventually topples any organization that fails to keep moving—to reinvent.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    The Four Faces of Change: A Tool for Change Readiness by Kevin Allen “I don’t believe much in change ‘management.’ That suggests we have the power to change forces much greater that we are. I do very much believe in change readiness—preparing yourself and your team for the opportunities that change affords.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The Digital Marketer’s Manifesto by Lisa Leslie Henderson & Larry Weber “To succeed in a customer-centric world, we must truly see our customers. Not stalk them, but understand them. ... Indeed, the ability to see—to know where to look, to decode meaning from a glut of information and interactions, and reflect that understanding in our customer experience—is today’s primary source of competitive advantage.”
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    changethis@gmail.com (ChangeThis)
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Gravy Train or Train Wreck? Which Leadership Train Are You On? by Kirk Dando “All leaders are conductors, steering their corporate ‘trains’ onward, upward and ever forward with knowledge, experience, confidence and enthusiasm—and, above all else, passion and a sure and steady hand. So ... exactly what kind of train are you running here?”
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    Signal vs. Noise

  • PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…

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

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

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

    Claire Lew
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for my friend. I asked if he’d mentioned these moments to his boss. Maybe his boss had no idea these were problems in the first place. My friend acknowledged that this was most-likely true. But then he said this: “Even if I did speak up, I don’t think anything would change.” His words struck me. I had almost forgotten – I had felt the exact same way…
  • The Distance goes tiki

    Wailin Wong
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing about journalism is that it’s a professional excuse to be nosy. I contacted the bar owner, Jim Oppedisano, et voilà! Our newest story for The Distance takes you inside the Hala Kahiki, a tiki bar established nearly 50 years ago by a family that’s never traveled west of California. One of the many fascinating things about the Hala Kahiki is that its…
 
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Brag Basket is full of gifts

    Small Biz Survival
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Basket of forest gifts by Inga Vitola on Flickr. Taken near the small town of Priekule, Latvia. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 1-3, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your good news. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag?
  • Marketing is Not Just a Numbers Game

    Glenn Muske
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Photo (CC) by Nina Matthews, on FlickrAs a business owner, you probably have heard that customers will forget about your business unless you keep your name in front of them. And this thought is partially true. The need to stay visible is an important part of marketing Today, however, with social marketing, “more” is taken to new heights. Everyone is focused on 24/7 visibility and to have our marketing message go viral, as the Super Bowl Oreo tweet did in 2013. Small-business owners are encouraged to provide several tweets and posts each day. Thus, many business owners feel…
  • Redesign your downtown without breaking the budget

    Becky McCray
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Most small town downtowns could use some sprucing up. Different businesses have different styles from a bunch of different decades. None of the signs or facades match. Clashing is probably a better description than coordinating. What can you do to get updated designs without spending a ton on the project? Webster City, Iowa, is one of many towns that have partnered with university design students. In October 2013, 23 senior design students from Iowa State University (45 minutes away) went to Webster City. They were partnered up with local small businesses to help improve the brand image of…
  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #6: Innovative

    Becky McCray
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 6: Innovative. The stereotype of sleepy small towns stuck in the past hides a simple…
  • Brag Basket is for sharing good news

    Becky McCray
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Photo by Carol on Flickr, of Spencers Farm Shop, Wickham Fruit Farm, Wickham St Pauls, Essex. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 25-27, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share…
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    Marketing Practice

  • Marketing for Small Business : Marketing Department vs Marketing Function

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

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

    Harish B
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Having tasted success as a women's only scooter, Hero Pleasure has set its sights on the younger ladies. The brand in its push to appeal to the younger crowd has roped in the latest bollywood star Alia Bhatt as the brand ambassador. Watch the new ad here : Hero PleasureHero Pleasure was endorsed by Priyanka Chopra and with the change in the brand ambassador to a much younger actress, the brand is trying to bring in a much youthful persona to it. The positioning and the message from the brand remains much the same . Pleasure also has retained the tagline " why should boys have all the fun…
  • Revotron : The 3 in 1 engine

    Harish B
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Brand : RevotronCompany : Tata MotorsBrand Analysis Count : # 544Revotron is the new hope of Tata Motors. Tata Motors which once was the number 2 in the Indian car market, is now finding it difficult to be in the top 5 thanks to the nagging quality issues coupled with a negative brand perception. This brand is another example of  ingredient branding.But Tatas are known for its resilience and Revotron is the result of a serious introspection and investment in developing an indigenous petrol engine with global standards. And from the media reports , Tata Motors have managed to live up to…
  • Choco Moonz : Not Only But Also

    Harish B
    7 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    Brand : Choco MoonzCompany : Perfetti VanMelleBrand Analysis Count : # 543Cadbury Shots now has a competition. Perfetti has launched its version of Shots branded as Choco Moonz. The new product has the same form factor as Shots but the difference is that Moonz has almonds inside it. Cadbury Shots has been a very successful product for Cadbury. It gained almost 3% value share within a year of its launch. The smart pricing and a very good campaign propelled the popularity of the brand. The brand's tagline " Man Main Laddu " has become a part of the lingo.Every successful product attracts…
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    Mobile Marketing Watch

  • Branded Content by BuzzFeed Giving Brands an Awful Lot of Bang for their Buck

    Michael Essany
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you see BuzzFeed’s “Dear Kitten”?  You probably have, since this specific bit of brilliant branded content that they created has nearly 15 million views so far and, along with many of their other incredibly popular branded content pieces, has made them the darling of millennials everywhere as well as the branded content industry.  (See more examples of their branded content here. Jonathan Perelman, the GM of Video for the company, isn’t surprised. He believes that branded content that speaks to the human condition resonates with viewers, no matter if it pertains to a specific…
  • Saving Face(book): Users Can Now Save Content for Later

    Michael Essany
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Interesting stuff on Facebook, but no time now to read it? Now you can save it for later. Facebook has introduced an Instapaper-like feature called “Save” that allows users to bookmark links, photos, and videos shared on the social network and return to them later. “After users save a post on Facebook, they can pull up a new “Saved” tab to view their stockpile of time-delayed content,” according to a story posted about this development at AdAge. Content that is saved by a user remains private unless the Facebook member chooses to share it with others.
  • Mobile Marketing: The Week in Review

    Kathleen Toulet
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In case you missed it, here are some of the top stories in mobile marketing and advertising we’ve been following this week. Get a Room! The Next Big Thing for Mobile is About to ‘Check In’ Get ready for a major upgrade at a future Hilton hotel stay. Beginning next year, guests can kiss the hotel’s front desk goodbye. The check-in process once a staple of the hotel experience will soon be relegated to the trash bin of history. Yes, You’ve Still Got Mail: 86% of Marketers Send It Regularly As Mark Twain once quipped, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The…
  • Delays Ahead for iPhone 6?

    ChristaH
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    If you’re counting down the days until the iPhone 6 arrives in September, your countdown just got a little longer. Despite plans to still unveil the next-gen flagship smartphone next month, Apple may not have the product inventory needed to launch until mid-October. A source within Apple’s retail chain tells MacRumors the iPhone 6 won’t ready consumers until October 14th. “Apple launching the iPhone 6 on a Tuesday would be a change from past years, as the company has launched previous iPhones and most new hardware on a Friday,” the report reads, “However,…
  • T-Mobile Makes Impressive Gains

    MikeR
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Mobile momentum has shifted in T-Mobile’s favor. The nation’s fourth largest carrier is now firmly planted in the growth column following a long period of reinvention that finally appears to be paying off. On Thursday, the carrier reported earnings for the second quarter of 2014, confirming profit of $391 million. All told, it pleasantly caught analysts and investors off guard. “We have completely reversed T-Mobile’s trajectory and started a revolution that is changing the rules in wireless,” says CEO John Legere. “Now — with more than 50 million customers,…
 
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  • All Brands Require A Reason For Being

    Walker Smith
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    I sent back my Google Glass. Why? No killer app. On tax day, I learned that Google had a one-day window for ordinary Joes like me to buy a Glass and become an early adopter Explorer. With great excitement, I ordered one right away. So began my month with Google Glass. Opening the box a week later was like Christmas day. I put my Glass on, registered it, logged in and voilà! I was an Explorer! I scrolled through the menu looking for an app to play around with, but quickly discovered there wasn’t much there. Still, I was undaunted.  I figured that with time and practice, I’d discover…
  • Brand Value And Brand Legacy

    Mark Di Somma
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Brands retain value from their legacy providing they are still seen as relevant and interesting, providing they are still competitive and providing they retain goodwill. Or if people have had enough time to forget why they failed in the first place. In other words they can recover if they have enough momentum, or they can be reborn on the back of nostalgia, but once they’ve flatlined, and particularly if they have been in that state for some time, they can be very difficult to resuscitate. Take the case of the Playboy brand. It’s powerful, sure. And it does have significant heritage.
  • The End Of The Unique Selling Proposition?

    Mark Di Somma
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    When Rosser Reeves first proposed the Unique Selling Proposition many decades ago now, the world was a very different place. Products still had the potential to actually be different, advertising was largely confined to mainstream channels and brands were, for the most part, identifiers. But with the evolution of best-practice manufacturing, the fragmentation of channels and the increasing development of brands as monikers for consumer lifestyle, I can’t help wondering whether the USP is now redundant. Clearly I’m not the only person whose had thoughts along these lines. In a lengthy and…
  • Why Brands Drive Financial And Business Results

    Brad VanAuken The Blake Project
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    We are often asked about the impact of brands on financial, business performance and growth. Enough research has been conducted on this over time throughout the world that one could write and entire book on this subject. I will not do that here. But I will be a bit more detailed than I have in the past about this.  The bottom line is that strong brands have a very strong positive impact on financial and other business results. Following are data points on some of the ways in which this occurs. A recent Nielsen study demonstrated that strong brands command higher loyalty rates. Consider the…
  • Brand Keys To Redefining A Category

    Mark Di Somma
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    Some things are too big to fight. If you’re planning to redefine a whole category for example, then, unless you’re already a market leader, plan on a big outlay and a long runway. You’re literally battling the millions others have already invested to define what it is, what it means, who it’s for, where it’s found, who the key brands are, what the products and services generally cost and so much more. If your brand’s competitive advantage is predicated on breaking one of those fundamentals, be very aware of the fight you’re buying: You’re battling the pigeonhole that your…
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    IttyBiz

  • How to (Nicely) Say “Hell No”

    Naomi Dunford
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:58 pm
    Once upon a time, we did a series of posts called Awkward Business Conversations Week. In it, we gave templates for sticky email situations. One of them was about how to say no to a potential client. It is full of big and detailed and nuanced tutorial-y stuff about how to handle that very situation. The thing is, there’s “no”, and then there’s “HELL NO”. Today we’re going to talk about the latter. Our original template was developed in response to long, detailed, or rambling requests for work. Today, we’re going to tackle an email we got that…
  • How To Handle An Overwhelming To Do List Right Now

    Naomi Dunford
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    At the moment, my 7-year-old son, Jack, is in camp. It’s… a challenge. He doesn’t quite have special needs (well, he does, but we don’t say that out loud) but he certainly has unique needs, and those needs are not generally met at camp. We always go. It’s always hell. See you again next year. Mornings on camp days are… a challenge. Early evenings on camp days are about the same. Bedtimes? Let’s not talk about bedtimes. On camp days, absolutely EVERYTHING is a struggle. I become an emotional wreck, I start believing the stakes are far higher than they ever…
  • 7 Very Hard Questions You Must Ask Before You Make That Info Product

    Naomi Dunford
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    So you’re probably hearing it from all sides that you should be getting into information products, and you probably have been for five years now. Yes? And you’re supposed to scale, right? And you’re supposed to stop “trading hours for dollars”? Get some freedom already? Somebody said something about making money while you sleep? Right. Want to talk about that? Here are seven things you need to consider before you get into info products. If, having done so, you discover you’re not really in a position to create them right now, feel free to shoot an email to…
  • Write Like It Never Happened

    Naomi Dunford
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    So I had writers’ block for four years. That is not an exaggeration. There was a week in the summer of 2010 when I had two life-changing conversations. In both of these conversations, each had with different people, and for different reasons, and ostensibly on different topics, the people I was speaking with suggested that perhaps lil ol’ me would be more successful and make more money and be more awesome if I acted, well, more like them. They didn’t say it like that, of course. People don’t. When well-meaning people want to give advice, they tend to simply paint a…
  • Updates, Some Of Which Are Important!

    Naomi Dunford
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Do you see what I did there? With the “some of which are important” thing? Don’t you hate it when somebody makes an “important” announcement, and you’re like, “I’m sure it’s technically possible that a human or two on earth might find that important, but I’m struggling to imagine what they might look like, and regardless, I am not among their undoubtedly few number”? (No? Maybe that’s just me.) Anyway, do you see how I deftly avoided that outcome by allowing YOU to determine which ones are important? Do you see what I did…
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    All You Need Is A Good Idea!

  • I know where you are reading this blog

    Jay H. Heyman
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Though not long ago I would have assumed you are reading this post on your computer, it is more and more likely that you are reading this on your mobile device, be it smartphone or tablet. So if you think you are creating ads for the suddenly slightly old-fashioned desktops, you are probably creating old-fashioned communications. As this Wall Street Journal article points out, after less than a decade, smartphones and tablets will draw more money from advertisers than newspapers or radio.  “Historically we’ve had these really basic, tiny little banners that were…
  • A creative tip from Sylvester Stallone

    Jay H. Heyman
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    When you think about creativity, Stallone may not be the first (or 98th) name that comes to mind. But when you consider his career more thoroughly, his creativity is truly amazing. From Rocky, to Rambo, to The Expendables, he has created a new and appealing version of himself over and over, while always staying true to his essence. And he’s been doing it for thirty-plus years.So when I came across the advice he has given Ronda Rousey, an Ultimate Fighter Champion who is appearing, with little previous acting experience, in The Expendables 3, I discovered one reason for his longevity:; his…
  • Share a Coke with Jay

    Jay H. Heyman
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I like what Coca-Cola is doing with their Share A Coke campaign. First launched in Australia in 2012 and now in more than 50 countries, Coke invites fans to find their names -- and the names of family members, friends, coworkers -- on bottles of Coke, Diet Coke and Zero. According to Stuart Kronauge, senior vice president, sparkling brands, Coca-Cola North America, (now that’s a title!) “For teens and Millennials, personalization is not a fad, it’s a way of life. It’s about self-expression, individual storytelling and staying connected with friends.”1.25- and 2-liter bottles will…
  • Below average

    Jay H. Heyman
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    I think my annual creativity contest might have used the two ads above as the subject. As in, “Explain what the heck these ads are trying to say and win my book.” Though I might make a (weak) case for the tagline, “Beat Average,” I can find —pun ahead — no nourishment in the headlines. If you understand the ads, please explain them to me in the comments. You won’t win a contest, but you will have my creative gratitude. Got the idea? Related articles Average Stock Market Returns Aren't Average Are You Average Or Are You Fit? Be a Great Marketer, Not an Asshole
  • We have a winner(s)

    Jay H. Heyman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    First, let me thank all the creative types who entered the “Write a slogan. Win a book” blog contest. The rules were simple, the number of clever entries astounding. What you were required to do was follow the examples from the “Honesty in advertising” blog, creating truthful ads for products or services; what these products actually are, as opposed to their official claims. And for the first time, we have a tie! Two winners. (And yes, according to the newly revised rules,they will each receive a copy of my book, “All You Need Is A Good Idea!” and not have to share a copy.) So,…
 
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    Starting Your Own Business with Erica Douglass

  • How I Helped Ramit Sethi Break Through Barriers and Earn Millions of Dollars

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

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

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

    Erica
    1 Nov 2013 | 9:37 pm
    Through a sort of strange coincidence, I found myself reading Tucker Max’s blog today. If you know who Tucker Max is (and many people do), you may think I was reading his famous “asshole” blog. Interestingly enough, though, Tucker seems to have matured lately, and is now writing a more thoughtful blog on how to become a writer, run a startup, and get published. He highlights a thought-provoking question on his post “How To: Find A Mentor”: “‘Why do you want to be a writer?’ 99% of [people who tell me they want to become a writer] have no fucking…
  • When The Sh*t Hits the Fan With Your Startup

    Erica
    7 Aug 2013 | 12:03 pm
    Here’s the story of how our funded startup almost collapsed–how we recovered, and how ultimately we became better and stronger because of it. It was January 2013 and we’d run into some issues scaling our business. We’d made design decisions on how we built our tool back in October 2010 that were starting to bite us hard as we tried to gain larger clients. Neither Parnell (my co-founder) and I had done anything wrong–we’d just originally built our software to serve the needs of an SEO consultant (me, back then!) and those decisions weren’t scaling to…
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    Bplans Blog

  • How and Why to Manage Cash Flow

    Tim Berry
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    No matter how profitable your company looks, it can still be in danger of going under without sufficient cash flow. Cash is your business’s lifeblood; its survival. Yet the world is full of “profitable” companies bleeding themselves dry and slowly — or sometimes not-so-slowly — going under because they haven’t paid due attention to cash... The post How and Why to Manage Cash Flow appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business

    Ryder Cochrane
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    At first glance, the business model sounds insane—a game that you can download and play for free. Not a free trial, not on a basic account, the game can be played forever while never spending a single penny on it. You read that right—the game is free. Anybody can play it for as long as they... The post Welcome to Summoner’s Rift: Why a Free Start Can be Better for Business appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • TV’s 5 Most Famous Bars [Small Biz Pop Culture]

    Jonathan Michael
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I recently posted a question to the Small Business subreddit asking, “What are some of TV’s most famous small businesses?” The group offered up some great ones, like the junkyard from Sanford and Sons, Dunder Mifflin Paper Co. from The Office, or Central Perk from Friends. The conversation inspired me to start putting together some... The post TV’s 5 Most Famous Bars [Small Biz Pop Culture] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • How to Grow Your Business by Setting Goals [Webinar]

    Sabrina Parsons
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    We all have goals for our business, but sometimes we forget how important it is to clearly define these goals. This is especially true when it comes to financial goal setting for small businesses, where often financial goals are only vaguely defined or based too heavily on assumptions. Many small business owners may keep a... The post How to Grow Your Business by Setting Goals [Webinar] appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
  • The Art of Good Inventory Management

    Arlene Soto
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Inventory is generally defined as the raw materials a business has available to manufacture finished goods or merchandise available to sell to customers.  Too much inventory uses cash ineffectively, while too little inventory holds up production in a manufacturing environment or gives customers a reason to shop with the competition. Additionally, having the wrong inventory... The post The Art of Good Inventory Management appeared first on Bplans Blog. [Click the title above to read more and comment]
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    SiliconBeat

  • Cell phone unlocking legal again as president signs measure

    Troy Wolverton
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The president on Friday signed into law a measure that reverses a ban on unlocking that took effect last year.
  • Cars these days, they’re so smart — and hackable

    Levi Sumagaysay
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    We know, we know, just like many “smart” things, cars can be hacked. But a new report says the most hackable cars are the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, 2015 Cadillac Escalade and 2014 Toyota Prius....
  • Startup Spotlight: Flares, like smoke signals for your iPhone

    Heather Somerville
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Despite its name, Flares, a new app set to launch in the next two weeks, isn’t about explosions of colors and sounds. Or flair, for that matter. Instead, Flares is all about simplicity —...
  • Small-town Valley Girl hits the (sort of) big screen

    Patrick May
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    It’s a classic Silicon Valley pull-yourself-up-by-the bootstraps-with-the-help-of-dad’s-celebrity-name story. At 28, self-styled Valley Girl Jesse Draper is about to get her own TV show....
  • On topic: Tech news to know now

    Levi Sumagaysay
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    We’ve got your Friday tech news links right here. Google releases full response to EU regulators questions about “right to be forgotten” implementation, says it has right to notify...
 
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    Jacoline Loewen

  • Lessons in finances by FIFA World Cup Soccer 2014

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    World Cup soccer has lessons that can be applied to how we choose to live our lives. The National Post has a great article on the topic:When Robin Van Persie jumped into the air and headed in the goal against Spain, the crowd went wild. Van Persie earned his reputation as The Flying Dutchman and one of the world's best players. But those astonishing plays are the exception, not the rule; teams can’t rely on them to win games. At the end of the day, good defensive soccer moves are equally important as jaw-dropping goals, although they’re often given less attention. If you want to win,…
  • 5 Ways investing is the same as running a business

    8 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Many of my baby boomer clients wonder whether they should keep their wealth in their businesses, or sell and invest the proceeds elsewhere. While they understand the need to diversify, they find investing in other markets less appealing since they don’t have the experience and perceive it to be a greater risk.Working with business owners, my challenge is just as much about helping them invest money as it is helping them change their perception of themselves. You see, many of my clients view themselves as business owners when they should be thinking of themselves as family wealth managers.
  • River Cree with Crosbie issues the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation

    28 Jan 2014 | 6:53 am
    There has been a complete make over of the Thomson Reuter PE Hub website and the editor, Kirk Falconer, is scooping up stories on a usually closed industry of private equity. Here is his latest story on the innovative deal done by Crosbie with one of the leading First Nations casino enterprises:River Cree Enterprises said it has issued the first cross-border bond from a Canadian First Nation-owned entity, tapping a group of Canadian and U.S. institutional investors. The bond issue, estimated by The Globe and Mailat $200 million, has helped facilitate the Enoch Cree Nation‘s…
  • Cover-FX discovers that Private Equity does take your business to the next level

    7 Jan 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The Globe and Mail has a story of value to entrepreneurs and business owners thinking about growing their company, but choking from lack of capital.Deals with Canadian firms are being closed by large and sophisticated investors that, at first glance, seem to fall well below the revenue threshold usually required for a chat over lunch – never mind an acquisition.Private equity and strategic buyers are dipping their nets into shallower waters and scooping up small companies. U.S. investors, in particular, are not waiting for businesses to grow organically because they recognize there’s a…
  • Barry Critchley, Financial Post: Sluggish tone of Canadian mergers and acquisitions

    28 Nov 2013 | 1:30 pm
    How is the Canadian economy's health? One measurement is to examine the number of mergers and acquisitions being sealed across the country. As usual, finance guru, Barry Critchley, Financial Post gives details in a great article in the Financial Post. It sounds as if it is a good time  to sell your business:Crosbie & Co. has crunched the numbers and the sluggish tone of the Canadian mergers and acquisitions continued in the recently completed third quarter.“According to Colin W. Walker, Crosbie, Strong value in the face of weak activity partly reflects the fact that that many…
 
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    Chief Home Officer Home Office, Home-Based Business, Remote Work, Telework & Cloud Computing

  • Battery Backup Solution to Various Home Office, Small Business Power Woes

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

    Jeff Zbar
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    As a home-based business owner, I get a fair amount of business mail targeting my home office. One piece of mail, though, really stuck out recently. I received a letter “Return to Sender” last week. It was a holiday card I sent to a former client, post-marked December 16, 2013. It was marked as Undeliverable March 30, 2014. Let’s set aside for the moment my puzzlement as to what took the USPS more than three months to determine this card couldn’t be delivered to its intended recipient. What really stood out in my mind was the reminder that I actually had sent this guy…
  • Home Office Road Warrior: Tips to Avoiding Lost Luggage

    Jeff Zbar
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:03 am
    Lost luggage – it’s a nightmare no road warrior or traveler wants to endure. We’ll carry on cases crammed so full of attire, toiletries and other stuff that the zipper would cry “Uncle!”, if only zippers could cry. And we’ll carry them on – not so much to avoid the checked bag fees that fueled billions in airline revenues last year, but so as not to bid a permanent adieu to our belongings at the curbside. So when we must check a bag, it’s with a hope and a prayer that we let it go, groveling to whatever being we hold in high regard that we’ll be reunited at our destination.
  • Daddy Home Officers: A Timeless, Shoeless Adventure

    Jeff Zbar
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I’ve worked from a home office since 1989 and am in the midst of raising our third of three kids from a home-based work space environment. Want to see how timeless being a work-at-home dad can be? Read this piece I wrote in 1998 Good times then. Good times now…  
  • Home-Business & Telework Realities: The Challenge of Spartan Tech & Creature Comforts

    Jeff Zbar
    24 Jan 2014 | 9:38 am
    Once upon a time as a home-based business owner, I wanted every bit of the latest technology close at hand when I hit the road or went to a client visit nearby. My Oakley knapsack / laptop bag had everything from my laptop and lap stand, to a USB hub, a Belkin mini powerstrip / surge protector, a cable lock, several flash drives, and a USB gooseneck light for night-owl or early-bird sessions in darkened hotel rooms as the family slept. I even had a Verizon mifi personal hotspot. I was packed like Lewis & Clark heading out for parts unknown. Then, I decided enough was too much. Actually,…
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    Small Biz Daily

  • 5 Ways to Prepare for the 2014 E-Commerce Season

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Nikole Haiar The holiday season might seem distant today, but for e-commerce merchants, there’s no time like the present to get prepared for the annual rush. The peak selling season can be a stressful time for online merchants who are scrambling to get products to customers as quickly as possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to take stock of your e-commerce operation now to make sure you’ll be prepared when the shopping season is in full swing. Planning infrastructure needs, considering platform upgrades, testing your system for weaknesses – these activities are easier to conduct…
  • Get Out of Your Own Way So Your Business Can Grow

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Andy Bailey Most entrepreneurs are Type A personalities. They want things done now and they want them done right. And the only person in the company who does things this perfect way? The entrepreneur himself, of course. Thus, long hours are put in at the office with little reprieve from the stress of running your own venture. While this style of (micro) management may help you feel in control, it will inevitably cause your business to plateau and maybe even crumble. No one can do it alone. “Let it go,” let it go my friend. It is time to learn the joy of delegation and how working…
  • Finding the Right Lawyer to Defend You in a Lawsuit

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico One of the primary goals of any small business is to avoid lawsuits at any cost. Even if you are 100 percent in the right, and even if you ultimately prevail, any sort of court proceeding will take months or years to resolve, and will cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer and court fees that you well may not get back from the other side. But no matter how hard you try to avoid litigation, sooner or later a customer, supplier, or creditor will threaten to sue your business. What do you do? The normal kneejerk reaction is to call your business lawyer for advice. You…
  • There’s No Yelling in Selling

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Eric Groves We see hundreds of businesses each day introduce themselves to others in their local business communities.  While the majority of business owners appreciate newfound access to their local business community, on occasion someone tries to ingratiate themselves to the community with a “Yeller Post.”  These posts typically go something like this: My name’s Bob Smith and I am the best dang insurance agent in town.  I have the best rates and the best service.  If you don’t contact me today, you’re a dope. Yes I took a little creative license, but not much.  If you have…
  • A Vintage Business Plan is Not Visionary Plan

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rick Norris I have known of a number of hobbyists who have restored vintage automobiles.  They tear down and rebuild their prized possessions.  This reconstruction differs from guiding something on a predetermined course to a destination currently out of their reach.  So is the distinction between a business plan and a strategic plan. Yes, one might insert a little strategy into his or her business plan, but strategy would not be the focus of that document.  A business plan is like the plan to restore the automobile.  It is a management document which lays out the basic requirements…
 
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    Lip-Sticking

  • The Power Of A Well-Written Email

    Yvonne
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess In my role as an editor and a blog manager I receive countless numbers of emails a day. Many of them are cringe-worthy! Why? My name is spelled incorrectly. Yes, I realize Robbi may not be typical, but hey it's my name so please use it correctly. I am not Bobby or Bobbi or Robbie or Robbin. Truly, when I see my name incorrectly spelled I begin to subconsiously doubt anything else you may have written to me. In today's online environment chances are you are communicating with almost everyone via electronic means -- whether email or text or on your social media…
  • LinkedIn Ups The Game #linkedinfollowbutton

    Yvonne
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    by Yvonne DiVita Just a quick post... read in my daily note from the folks at readwrite, I just learned that LinkedIn has a follow button now.  According to Owen Thomas, "A gigantic change is quietly sweeping through LinkedIn. Millions of members now have a "Follow" button, a feature that promises to transform how we think about our interactions on the professional network. ReadWrite has found, and LinkedIn has confirmed to us, that a far broader set of users can now broadcast their activity to followers who don't need to formally connect with them to see what they're doing."  It doesn't…
  • Strut Your Stuff, Sister!

    Laura Smith
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    By Laura Kay, Chief Firecracker, Pink Spark Systems When was the last time you strutted? You heard me right...strutted.Maybe you've never done it. Maybe it's been a whileEither way, let's change that...today!The dictionary's definition of strutting is "to walk with a proud gait."You've got plenty to be proud of, Gorgeous, so why not strut?Let's start a strutting revolution!Here's what to do: The next time you have to walk ~ whether it's to the restroom, the laundry room or through a crowded restaurant ~ don't.STRUT INSTEAD!(with a big ol' smile on your beautiful face)Do it FOR YOU. Feel…
  • Channeling Your Inner Editor

    Yvonne
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Guest post by Joan DeMartin  In the perfect writing world, you would have teams of dedicated professional editors to review each piece of your writing, and their insightful comments would only enhance your otherwise gifted prose. Uh, wake up! Reality intrudes with the dawn, and we writers mostly have to edit our own writing, whether it's our daily email communiques, blog posts or more detailed business communications. Admittedly, professional writers for magazines and other publications do have editors, and maybe they’ve also cultivated a few trusted friends who read their work before it…
  • #NationalLipstickDay Oh my!

    Yvonne
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    by Yvonne DiVita Seriously, National Lipstick Day? Who knew? Well, Kristin Elliott of Doodie Pack pet supplies, which I LOVE... tagged me on Facebook with this news and I'm dancing around my desk now. #NationalLipstickDay was created just for me. Well, it seems like it was created just for me. Me and my little blog. Of course, there are a good many 'lipstick' sites or mentions, these days. But back when this blog was launched, WE were the first. And we're still the best. Huffington Post has an article on the day, today. Here are a couple of their points about Lipsticking: (they have great…
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    OnStartups

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Content Marketing Personalization: When and How to Use It

    Ann Gynn
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Personalization is the process of targeting content to individuals based on one or more of the following: who they are; where they are; when, why, and how they access content; and what device they use to access it, according to Scott P. Abel of The Content Wrangler. Nearly all B2B organizations (95 percent) make some attempt to segment their content based on their audience, according to CMI’s 2014 B2B Content Marketing research report. The top five ways cited include industry trends, profiles of individual decision-makers, company characteristics, stage in buying cycle, and…
  • 3 Reasons Why Online Content Can Leave ‘Above the Fold’ Behind

    Dianna Huff
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    “My home page content isn’t above the fold,” said Sandi McCann, Founder and President of HomeCare of the Rockies. Recently, Sandi, Rachel Cunliffe (President of Cre8d Design), and I were doing one last look-through of Sandi’s new website, when she said this. “The pictures take up a lot of space,” said Sandi. “I want people to see my content. It has to be above the fold.” As soon as Sandi said she wanted her content “above the fold,” my immediate response was, “Which fold?” Given that her website was designed to be…
  • Unify Your Content Marketing Strategy With a One-Stop Resource Center

    Britt Klontz
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If your brand has already dipped its toes into the content marketing waters, you know how important it is to occupy a prime thought leadership position in your business niche. With options like blog posts, videos, infographics — and a vibrant social media presence to drive customers to them all — your content marketing strategy should aim to establish your expertise, solidify your core branding, and spread the word about what you do. The problem is, achieving those goals requires a lot of content, and it can be difficult for customers to find all the great content you’ve created if…
  • Rocking The Digital Asset Management Stage of Content Marketing

    Robert Rose
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m beginning to believe that 2014 may be the pivotal point where product companies actually start evolving into media brands. The Lego Movie, which has to date earned more than $500 million worldwide, is also very likely to be the first movie produced and sponsored by a product company to win an Academy Award. Make no mistake, for content marketing, This. Is. Big. Now, certainly the idea that consumers’ buying habits are shifting is nothing new. But, (as I discussed earlier this month), in many cases, we have yet to shift our approach to meet those new realities. One of the more…
  • 9 Content Curation Ideas for Bulking Up Your Editorial Calendar

    Heidi Cohen
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 is the year of content curation — the most “rad” format of content marketing right now. While 93 percent of B2B marketers use content marketing, they’re encountering significant challenges when it comes to creating the quality content needed to satisfy prospects and customers, according to Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs 2014 market research. Specifically, they suffer from a lack of adequate time, have trouble producing sufficient amounts of content, and struggle to get budget. Creating original content on a consistent basis can require a lot of…
 
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    Jill Konrath's Fresh Sales Strategies

  • The Challenges of 1st Time Sales Managers – And How to Overcome Them

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recently I sat down to talk with Ken Thoreson, president of Acumen Management. He just came out with a new book called, SLAMMED!!! For the First Time Sales Manager.   I'll never forget when I was first promoted into management. It was a real wake-up call – and very frustrating. I was working harder than ever, but barely seeing the results. If you've recently moved into a sales management position, or are hoping it'll be your next career move, read on. There's some good advice ahead.
  • Competitive Differentiation Is Easy if You Do This

    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    When your prospect has decided to change from the status quo, they start seriously considering their options. How can you differentiate yourself from others who are also competing for their business? Most salespeople feel compelled to brag about their company's service or talk about all the awards their company won. Everyone does that. It's not differentiation. True competitive differentiation comes from helping your prospect make a good decision. Here's the most effective thing you can say:
  • How to Leverage Trigger Events for Faster Sales

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you ever heard of trigger events? If not, you're in for a wonderful wakeup call. A trigger event is a sudden change in a company's priorities. Your prospect may have been happy with the status quo yesterday, but these new circumstances create or deepen business issues that can no longer be ignored.  Here are some examples of events that can potentially create sales opportunities for you:
  • If You're Not Using This Email Prospecting Tool, You're Missing Out

    15 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You know what I hate? Not knowing if my prospect has opened my emails ... wondering if they disappeared into a black hole ... and never being able to catch them on the phone. I suspect you feel the same way. That's why I wanted to let you know about Signals, a new, free and easy email prospecting tool that I'm loving. Here's why:
  • How to Know if Your Prospecting Email Message is Effective

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Salespeople spend an inordinate amount of time developing cold call emails, hoping they'll create the perfect message that will get prospects to say, "Yes! I want to meet with you immediately." That would be great, but it takes a lot of practice to find the best way to pique your prospects' interest. Here are 3 ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your prospecting email: 
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    B2B Lead Blog

  • Now, Go and Do: Create standardized, well-understood metrics for your organization

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

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

    info@meclabs.com
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetIn teleprospecting, it’s not just about what you “ask” prospects; it’s about when you ask them. This is where a lot of teleprospecting gets it wrong. Intuitively, fast, upfront and to-the-point seems like a sound approach and I’m a big fan of brevity. But, I also believe in timing and sequence, as both can make or break conversion. In this B2B Lead Roundtable Blog post, we’ll break down a call script used for voicemails from a lead nurturing experiment to better understand how positioning your “ask” at the right time can aid your lead nurturing efforts. Breaking down…
  • 3 Factors that Connect Value Prop to Prospects

    info@meclabs.com
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetThere is one question at the heart of lead generation that your marketing efforts should clearly answer. “If I am you ideal prospect, why should I buy from you rather than your competitors?” To put this into perspective, take a few moments and ask yourself, “Do I clearly and succinctly state the core value proposition of the product or service that I am marketing?” In other words, what’s the elevator pitch for what you offer in the marketplace? Take a moment to write it down. Here are a few examples of poor value propositions from the MECLABS Value Proposition Development…
  • Lead Generation: Streamlining the process for quality over quantity

    info@meclabs.com
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:01 am
    TweetFor her first week on the job, Debbie Pryer, Program Manager, Siemens Healthcare, arrived ready to accept an intimidating challenge: Bring Marketing and Sales together for one common cause – generating quality leads. According to Debbie, the process in place had been corrupted and broken by a system of incentives to drive lead volume with little check and balance in place for assessing lead quality before the handoff to Sales. The end result was a sales team overwhelmed with unqualified leads, 65% of which were tossed out. “I had a roadmap of what was wrong,” Debbie said. “I had…
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    Rebel CEO

  • Thailand Won’t Make You Happy

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

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

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

    Bill DAlessandro
    1 Nov 2010 | 10:38 am
    Many of you are familiar with Tim Ferriss, author of the excellent “4-Hour Work Week“. Tim is a personal hero of mine (one of his productivity tips is mentioned previously in my post “The Urgent vs. Important Matrix“) so naturally I’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of his sophomore effort “The 4-Hour Body“. The new book promises to be “An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman” – a bold claim indeed. Tim has written about fitness before, posting two articles with similarly outrageous headlines…
  • Get Financially Organized – A 20 Something’s Guide to the Real World

    Bill DAlessandro
    23 Aug 2010 | 6:02 am
    My younger brother just graduated from college this year and is getting settled into a new job, life on his own, and financial independence. Along with his first paycheck, he’s also been bombarded with a lot of new financial choices and a lot of acronyms (IRA, 401k, etc). Everyone knows they should be saving money, but the reality is that nobody ever tells you exactly how to go about it short of stuffing cash under your mattress. This post isn’t going to be an in depth discussion of what stocks to buy or how much of your net worth to put in bonds – rather, I want to focus on…
 
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    Innovation Management

  • Convencer PMEs de que Gestão da Inovação Importa

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    PMEs são percebidas como a espinha dorsal da maioria das economias da Europa. Portanto, uma série de programas foram lançados para apoiar o seu crescimento. Nos últimos anos, oferecer suporte a inovação tornou-se popular, complementando os programas conhecidos de financiamento de start-up e transferência de tecnologia. Apesar disso, existe um nível de insatisfação em relação ao impacto desses serviços.
  • Previsão de Sucesso em Equipes de Inovação

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Um estudo da Harvard Business Review traz à tona várias descobertas interessantes sobre a prática da inovação para a empresa, incluindo a matriz de ambição da inovação, que detalha como “empresas que se destacam na gestão da inovação total investem simultaneamente em três níveis de ambição, gerenciando cuidadosamente o equilíbrio entre eles.”
  • Top 10 Masters in Innovation Management Worldwide

    InnovationManagement
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
    We checked out the Top 10 of best master programs that are entirely dedicated to innovation management. The ranking shows that France is strongly represented with 4 programs. English taught programs can be found in The Netherlands, China, Denmark and Spain.
  • Retrospective on the Dirty Maple Flooring Company

    Doug Collins
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    Our columnist Doug Collins began the Dirty Maple Flooring Company tale last fall. Twenty episodes later, the story in which Dirty Maple embraces collaborative innovation has come to an end.
  • Como Criar Produtos que Seus Clientes Vão Adorar

    Tradução por Filipe Costa
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Como criar inovações que os clientes não esperam, mas eventualmente amam? Como criar produtos e serviços que são tão distintos daqueles que dominam o mercado e inevitavelmente deixam as pessoas apaixonadas? Uma conclusão tem caracterizado literatura de gestão nas últimas décadas: que a inovação radical, embora arriscada, é uma das principais fontes de vantagem competitiva de longo prazo. Mas esse é realmente o caso? Leia mais neste artigo de Roberto Verganti, Professor de Gestão da Inovação e autor do livro “Design-Driven Innovation”.
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    The Global Small Business Blog

  • China's Power: It's Overtaking the US as the World's Largest Economy

    1 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    iStock/ThinkstockAs Euromonitor International says, "China and the USA may be economic rivals, but beyond the headline figures, divergent trends are apparent in both countries. This white paper provides a glimpse into both markets, highlighting the complexities of doing business in each."Download the white paper (requires quick registration) to see what the impact of China's power will be on industries and consumers worldwide:  China Overtakes the US as the World's Largest Economy
  • International Trade Finance Webinar (SBA)

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
  • What You Need to Know About Anti-Bribery and Corruption in M&A

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    iStock/ThinkstockIf you are considering venturing overseas, it would behoove you to review what processes you have in place for managing bribery and corruption risk.  For example, with a new, unknown market, you may not recognize the red flags in dealing with the government and third parties.As Bill George, author, Harvard Business School professor and former CEO of Medtronic said, "To build a truly great, global business, business leaders need to adopt a global standard of ethical practices." While conducting business across borders, companies have to be mindful of ethics and laws,…
  • Connecting Buyers Worldwide with Chinese Manufacturers

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:19 am
    View Stock/ThinkstockMade-In-China.com claims to connect global buyers with Chinese suppliers and has recently launched iCredit. This business line of credit is a "buy now, pay later" program that enables small businesses to receive shipments from Chinese suppliers and delay payment until after products are delivered.Learn more:  Global Trade Website Launches Business Line of CreditOther resources for connecting global buyers with Chinese suppliers:Alibaba.comGlobal SourcesHong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
  • Today in Global Small Business: Google Can Listen to Multiple Languages At the Same Time

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:14 am
    iStock/ThinkstockWhat's affecting me, my clients, my colleagues and other global small business owners:An interview with Kati Suominen on catalyzing cross-border commerceWhy Facebook and Twitter are both aiming at the e-commerce market.Google can listen to multiple languages at the same time and be able to process them at the same time.Why American steel companies, executives and workers want to punish countries for illegal dumping tactics.How a trade mission to Mexico opened doors for leaders in business and education.Why global trade might become less important.Understanding what a FCC…
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    Art Biz Blog

  • Trust (and Verify) Artist Opportunities

    Alyson Stanfield
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    There are all kinds of opportunities for artists to show and to sell their work. Your inbox probably has an email from a rich oil sheik in Qatar who wants to buy your art right now. What do you do? How can you tell the good opportunities from those you should avoid? My advice is always to trust first and to be cautious second and most importantly. Janice McDonald, Helen Hiebert, and Alyson. Helen had a fantastic working experience with a Denver-area library that purchased her piece (above) titled The Wish. As with everything in your art business, the onus is on you to verify all of the…
  • What To Include In An Exhibition Proposal

    Alyson Stanfield
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    When you ask to show your art at a venue, you need to be very clear about what you are offering. People don’t often say Yes to vague offers. Think about what ties the work together. This is your curatorial thesis – your big idea. Writing it out, as you’ll see below, helps you find the clarity you need. Before sitting down to write your exhibition proposal, ask the venue if they have a particular exhibition proposal format they prefer. If they do, follow their instructions. If they don’t have specific guidelines, you’ll have to compile an exhibition proposal for yourself. The details…
  • How to Make Your Mailing List More Useful

    Alyson Stanfield
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    One of the biggest excuses artists give for not being in more frequent contact with their lists is that they don’t want to bother people. You know what it’s like to receive tons of email and don’t want to contribute to the overwhelm. I understand. Even though everyone on your list has opted in to hear from you, it still doesn’t feel right to email so many people if you haven’t established a marketing groove. There’s a solution: Send emails only to people for whom they are appropriate. In other words, target your messages rather than sending every email to every person on your…
  • I Love Email (But I Love Real Mail More)

    Alyson Stanfield
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    You know I love email, right? I don’t necessarily love all of the spam that hits my inbox or the countless hours I spend reading and replying to email, but I can’t imagine running my business without it. How would I ever be able to help as many people as I do for such a bargain rate? And as much as I love email, I love real mail even more. The supplies arrive. Why You Should Rave About Real Mail, Too Here are three reasons why I’m raving about real mail to my students, members, and private clients, and why you should, too. 1. Real mail is tactile. Envelopes and postcards are things you…
  • 3 Thought-Provoking Questions for a Better Artist Statement

    Alyson Stanfield
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:33 am
    A strong artist statement is essential to the effective marketing of your art. There’s no skating by on this one. You need at least one artist statement for each body of work you create. Writing your statement is a process. Like any other type of writing or artmaking, you can’t expect to nail it in a single sitting. And, like all good things that take time, it will be time well spent. The process helps you gain clarity about your art. ©Terri Schmitt, Lemons and Ball Jar. 16 x 20 inches. If you can’t define your art in a statement, you will likely face difficulty marketing your work.
 
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    Cash Flow Analysis

  • DrillDown – an essential tool for financial analysis

    survivalware
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s true that you don’t really appreciate something until it is taken away from you.  I experienced that earlier today with the DrillDown feature of SurvivalWare.  I’m working with a new customer to automate the loading of financial data for 60 to 70 freestanding locations.  We are using the Simple model as a first step, and as a result, each SurvivalWare line item has several accounts mapped to it.  I am using this customer as a test case to improve the ability of SurvivalWare to accept financial data from sources other than QuickBooks.  So in the course of fixing a…
  • SurvivalWare 2014 Officially Released

    survivalware
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:43 pm
    SurvivalWare 2014 Released The customer notifications just started going out last week, and finally we can announce the new version is available to everyone! There are two versions: SurvivalWare Simple  at $495 is for those who need to analyze a single company, using either a simple or sophisticated financial model.  We think this version will appeal to business owners, entrepreneurs, and their financial helpers such as bookkeepers, accountants, and consultants. SurvivalWare Pro at $895 is for those who need to analyze multiple locations or companies, or developers of custom financial…
  • Setting up SurvivalWare to Run on a Network – Part 1: Sharing Data

    survivalware
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Many customers have asked how to setup SurvivalWare to run on a network so that a common data file can be shared.  This is desirable when you have a controller updating monthly data for an owner or CFO, and both want access to the data.   Keeping the data on the network is nice for a single user as well.   That way, the data is backed up regularly whenever the network is backed up. This blog article shows you how to point SurvivalWare to access data in a shared folder.   We will publish Part 2:  Sharing custom logic and reports in a later article. Here’s how to share SurvivalWare…
  • Look before you Leap

    survivalware
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:42 am
    Building a business is about constantly testing and evaluating business models to see what works best.  You often have to take a leap of faith because the outcome of a major decision – such as a project  - or  a new marketing campaign – or an acquisition –  is uncertain and unknowable.  Yet you don’t do these things blindly.  You have certain expectations about what will happen and when you’ll know if something is a success.  “Look Before You Leap” means that you state these assumptions and expectations explicitly, and analyze what might happen…
  • Understanding Your Cash Flow in 10 Minutes or Less – Webinar May 20, 2104

    survivalware
    20 May 2014 | 4:43 am
    We just put the finishing touches on the content for today’s webinar featuring Philip Campbell and his Cash Flow Focus report.   The Cash Flow Focus Report is designed to help you understand your cash flow in 10 minutes or less each month.  There are still seats available – so please register if you haven’t already.  A link to the recorded webinar will be sent to all who register. In addition to Philip’s spiel, I’ll be showing off some of the features in SurvivalWare Simple, which we are officially releasing today.  Another reason to register for…
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    Biz Crusader

  • I am one loyal GHOST.

    John Park
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    I’ve been going to the same Super Cuts for over 15 years. They know me by my first name. All of the hair stylists recognize me and they always make me feel welcome. During the Great Recession, I saw them go from 20 stylists to 8. I heard the stories of how customers were abandoning them for a cheaper alternative. I was loyal. I kept going on my regular intervals. But… in reality, I am just a ghost to them. What if I stopped going one day? How would they reach me? How would they look me up? How would they bring me back to my regular haircut intervals? They can’t. I am a ghost…
  • Inviting The Hanks and Sarahs

    John Park
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Making social media work for your business is a lot like throwing a great party. You know who you have to invite in order to guarantee a great turnout. You know if you invite Hank and Sarah, others will want to come too. Everybody wants to be where Hank and Sarah are. On social media platforms, these “life of the party” friends are called influencers. Identify the Hanks and Sarahs. Start talking and interacting with them. Create value for their time and interest. Once they start coming to your parties, others are sure to follow. Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • The Me Too Model

    John Park
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    When I sit with potential clients, they always reference who they want to be. I immediately think… why? Sometimes out loud. Google didn’t want to be Yahoo. Apple wasn’t striving to be another Microsoft. And Tesla doesn’t seem to be doing things the “GM way.” The greats don’t start by wanting to be like someone else. They do not seek a piece of the pie that already exists. Be different. Blaze a trail others will want to follow. It’s scary to go first but being first can pay dividends. Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • Do you practice CCR?

    John Park
    10 Nov 2012 | 9:22 am
    CCR are the core basics of branding anything. CLARIFICATION: Clarify your business position, goals, core values, products, services, competitive advantages and target demographics. CONSISTENCY: Be consistent with all your messaging, imagery and other front line marketing engagements. REPETITION: Be seen and heard with the SAME over-and-over again. Subscribe to Biz Crusader by Email
  • Biz Crusader… Gangnam Style!

    John Park
    9 Nov 2012 | 9:26 am
    679,620,147 views by 11/9/12 and counting.  Is there anyone out there who hasn’t seen this video?  Plenty of marketers are trying to over analyze this video and I won’t be one of them. With this many views, it’s definitely worth noting.  ASU students are partying to it.  Oregon marching band dedicated a segment to it at half time.  It has been featured on hundreds if not thousands of TV shows around the world.  And… this is not to mention the countless parodies on YouTube. The kicker?  My 6 year kid and his friends love it and recently performed their version at…
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    dmiracle

  • 5 Right Now Website Hacks to Attract More Clients

    Dawud Miracle
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:59 pm
    Every coach wants to attract more clients. You have your website. You even write and article here and there. But why is it so difficult to attract more clients? Well, once someone is on your website, what are you doing to get them to stay and to inquire about your business? Here are five quick hacks you can make to your website that will help you attract more clients – paying clients: 1. A very clear and very visible call to action What’s the single most important action you want people to take on your website? Whatever it is, make it incredible easy for people to find. And…
  • 10 Clear Signs Your Website Needs Redesigning

    Dawud Miracle
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    It can be confusing to know exactly when your website needs redesigning. Yet, I’ve often found that if you’re even thinking about a new website, then it’s probably time. You’re well aware that your website is often the first thing people see and experience about your business. That’s certainly true if they find your through Google or social media. But it’s just as true if you’re getting referrals from past clients. Your website will almost always be the first thing people see about you and your business. Your website needs redesigning when you have…
  • Finding the ‘Real’ Key to Website Success

    Dawud Miracle
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    No matter what you’ve done already, it only takes a a few small adjustments to have website success. I have a friend who’s self-employed. She’s brilliant, caring and a really good communicator. She’s a great life coach. Anyone who works with her immediately sees her huge range of gifts. Jill (not her real name) and I were talking about a month ago about her coaching business and her website. She’s frustrated that after all these years her coaching practice isn’t full of clients. She’s overwhelmed by, as she says it, ‘everything I’m…
  • What Makes People Leave Your Website

    Dawud Miracle
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:44 pm
    My friends over at Kissmetrics have a great graphic explaining what makes people leave your website. For your convenience, I’ve listed the 8 points that makes people leave your website along with a little of my own short commentary. 8 reasons people leave your website: Bad Navigation Are you frustrating your visitors by making your navigation menu too complex, too confusing or just plain difficult to understand and use? Too Many Ads This may not apply to you specifically. But if we reframe it with too many things down the side (sidebar) of your website – which happens a lot…
  • 5 Marketing Mistakes Life Coaches Make & How to Fix Them

    Dawud Miracle
    25 Jul 2014 | 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…
 
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    Business of Software US 2014

  • ‘Embracing’ agile? Steve Johnson, BoS2009

    Hermione Crease
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Great news! Steve Johnson is closing BoS2014. For anyone who hasn’t seen Steve or his work, here is his rather wonderful talk from BoS2009 which deals with the challenges that Agile development poses to tech companies in general and product management in particular. Including, along the way, how to write a will, the crucial differences between the original Star Trek series and Star Trek TNG, and the classic cycle all tech companies go through. Just remember: ‘nothing seems hard to people who don’t know what they’re talking about.’
  • The Lightning Talk shortlisters

    Hermione Crease
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
    You have all outdone yourself this year with Lightning Talk applications. From the man with the chicken (you know who you are) to the expedition to the North Pole, the BoS community continues to amaze. We could have filled our available sessions four times over and selecting the best batch of speakers has taken a good deal of angst – may all our problems be that satisfying! Here are the final five we chose for the main stage. Send supportive tweets or offer a round of applause, please, for: Mark Abramson Mark is CEO of Forward Thought, Inc.; co-founder of Medicine of Cycling and Vice…
  • Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

    Mark Littlewood
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    Jeff Gothelf left college to run away and join the circus. Not only does he have some great thoughts on keeping innovation fresh within larger, established organisations, he also spills the beans on how the human cannonball works. A great talk that looks at the three core elements you need to consider to give your in house innovation teams as much chance of success as you can in your company. Transcript Jeff Gothelf: Morning. Audience: Morning. Jeff Gothelf: Nice. Excellent. You have this sense that reminds of the psychology 101 course, I signed up for my first semester in the freshman…
  • Future Software Leader? Want to come to BoS? Apply here for an Avangate Scholarship

    Hermione Crease
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    If you are an ISV – an innovative software vendor – or working on a cool new online service, and you would love to come to BoS but can’t finance it this year, we have some great news.The excellent folk at Avangate are once again supporting Business of Software scholarships that will allow you to join us in September. This is always a fascinating search and this year there are scholarships for three companies – businesses that aim to be future software leaders.We’re very excited to see who will be selected. As well as scholarships, Avangate will also be hosting a dinner…
  • Lightning Talk recommendations – doing a good deed for a friend.

    Hermione Crease
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:59 am
    So – to borrow a Valley meme – here’s the thing. We know a lot of people out there have great stories that would make epic lightning talks. We know, because other people – their ‘friends’ – tell us so. Sometimes, when we approach these people, they say ‘oh no, I would rather spend the afternoon learning to play the bagpipes while undergoing root canal work than do a Lightning Talk.’ Which is fair enough so we strike them off the list. And sometimes they say: ‘Really? I’ve always wanted to try a Lightning Talk but never thought…
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    Rise of the Innerpreneur

  • An Economy of Scarcity?

    Tara Joyce
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Economic theory is based on the assumption of scarcity – why is that? Aren’t we, collectively, always creating and printing more money? It’s not a limited resource, so why do we use it like it is? We can’t run out of it. It’s not clean water. Or pandas. We make it, and we can always make more of it. So why should we believe and act like it’s going to run out? I make a conscious choice to live in a world of abundance, not scarcity. And that includes money. In Paying What It’s Worth for the value you receive, you shift the traditional supply curve (based on…
  • A Middle Way

    Tara Joyce
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It appears that there are only two paths. To think of YOU or to think of ME. One, I give with my heart too wide; the other, with my heart too closed. There is a middle way. A place in between. A place where my heart is open, and it is protected. A place where I can be free to give, and to receive, the value I add to this world. There is a middle way. Related posts: Thinking You Need to Accept It? That’s So Conventional. How to Run Windows on Your Mac For Free Support My Work
  • Asking For Support

    Tara Joyce
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    I’ve heard it before. Maybe you have too. I’ve heard that in order to truly thrive, as a business owner, and as as human, I need to learn to ask for what I need. I need to ask for support. I’ve heard it before, and I’ll hear it again. And I’ll keep on hearing it because it’s true. And because it’s a lesson I need to learn. I need others in order to thrive. I can’t do it alone. We can’t do it alone. I need your help. And you need mine. However we choose to offer it to each other, our support connects us. As a reader, my words support you;…
  • The Emotion of Money

    Tara Joyce
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    I want to share this fantastic example of how much we are motivated by our emotions when it comes to money, and valuing things. Ask yourself: Is the value of the Empire State Building high because the value of rent is high, or vice versa, is the value of rent high because the building is highly valued? What do you think? Does it change if I asked you to substitute WHAT you are valuing? Is the value of a cow high because the value of calves and milk is high, or vice versa, is the value of milk and calves high because cows are highly valued? In altering WHAT you are valuing, did your…
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    Dr Jeff Cornwall

  • This Entrepreneur Caught the Entrepreneurial Bug Early in Life

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

    Jeff Cornwall
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:04 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Jason Gries TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Roll-up Strategy for Chinese Food appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate

    Jeff Cornwall
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Mark Hill TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Entrepreneurial Approach to Real Estate appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Also the seven dangers to human liberty… 1. Wealth without work 2. Pleasure without conscience 3. Knowledge without character 4. Business without ethics 5. Science without humanity 6. Religion without sacrifice 7. Politics without principle TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Ghandi’s Seven Dangers to Human Virtue appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
  • Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer

    Jeff Cornwall
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Entrepreneurial Mind : Bailey Spaulding TweetFacebookLinkedInTumblrStumbleDiggDeliciousThe post Two of my Favorite Topics: Entrepreneurship and Beer appeared first on Dr Jeff Cornwall.
 
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    The Small Business Watchdog

  • June-July 2014 Issue of The Small Business Advocate Released

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

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

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

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

    BrookeNelson
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Office of Advocacy is hosting a roundtable discussion on July 8, 2014, to discuss a rule proposed by the Department of Labor implementing Executive Order 13658, which increases the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors, subcontractors and their workers to $10.10 per hour. Advocacy is interested in obtaining feedback from small business stakeholders at the roundtable because it has heard concerns from small federal contractors and subcontractors that this rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses. Please see Advocacy’s Regulatory…
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    AllisonNazarian.com

  • Someday

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

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

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

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

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

  • Peek Under the Covers of Your PC

    Lisa Hephner
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’ve ever had a tech support technician ask the type of motherboard or graphics card you’re using, wondered whether you have free slots to add more RAM (memory) to your computer and the type of RAM you have, or worried that your computer is getting too hot when it’s in use, then Speccy is for you. This little free application scans your Windows computer and provides a comprehensive list of all its hardware and associated software, complete with specifications for all components and statistics on their operation. This includes your CPU, motherboard, RAM, graphics cards, hard disks,…
  • 15 Negotiation Strategies & Tactics for Small Business

    Lisa Hephner
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Negotiation skills are a key tool for every small business owner. You need to employ them every day for situations ranging from the trivial, like creating a rotating vacation schedule for your team, to the extreme like renewing a contract with your top customer. The importance of the situation will likely dictate how much preparation and effort you expend on it, but at their core negotiations are all the same in the sense that they require a group of parties to reach a point of agreement—even if that point is to completely disengage. The art of negotiation is the interplay required to get…
  • 8 Ways Starting a Business is Like Ironman Training

    Kristin Piccirillo
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am 13 days from competing in my third Ironman and am at the point where all I do is eat, sleep, and breathe the sport. The effort and focus that the hours of training requires, as well as the strain that it puts on my free time, is not unlike what is required when you decided to launch a business. You know (and hope) that the blood, sweat, and tears will all be worth it in the end, so your passion keeps you pushing. I’ve reflected on the past six months of training and realized that, no matter what you’re preparing for, the fundamental pieces of a plan must be assembled to ensure…
  • Memejacking for Small Business Marketing

    Lisa Hephner
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    As a small business owner, you probably have a limited marketing budget, and you not only need to stretch every dollar but also to squeeze every bit of value out of it that you can. Your dream campaign is likely one that resonates perfectly with your customer base, goes viral, gets you large numbers of likes and shares, and results in spectacular ROI for customer acquisition and sales. While it is perfectly possible that you’ll hit on such a killer idea, it is something of a long shot—especially since you’re a small business owner, not a professional marketer, videographer, graphic…
  • Surprise and Delight – 5 Tips to Try For Your Business

    Leah Bowes
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    As a customer, there is nothing better than being surprised and delighted by the service you experience, and usually it’s all about the details.  My husband and I recently moved and as a result were in the market for some a lot of new furniture.  We bought a custom couch from a local, independent furniture store and were impressed throughout the experience.  A few weeks after our couch was delivered, we received a handwritten note thanking us for our business.  It was a thoughtful way to follow up and a great tactic to remind us about their store, just at the right time. If you work…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
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    Business Pundit

  • Zen Planner’s Critical Flaw As A Gym Management Software – Review

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

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

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

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

    Gerri
    27 Feb 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Although the practices of slavery that were common during the days of President Lincoln are long behind us, some of the core concepts of slavery that once invaded the United States are far from dead. The corporate world holds fast to some of the techniques that plantation owners used to make money where business management is concerned, or perhaps it’s just an eerie similarity. Slavery was first justified as an institution in 1660. However, the practice was in wide use since 1619, when the first 20 indentured servants were brought to U.S. shores from Africa to Virginia. By the…
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    Small Biz Bee

  • Does your Business Need a Virtual Assistant?

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

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

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

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

    smallbizbee
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    If you are an aspiring entrepreneur thinking of starting a food business, you will be happy to know that there are a lot of opportunities for you in the food industry. One of the advantages of having this kind of business is that you will always have customers regardless of the economy and other factors which may affect other industries. For example, some people may actually stop purchasing clothes or jewelries but you can safely bet that no one will ever stop eating. However, your success as a business owner ultimately depends on delivering quality food and service. Selecting the right…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 7 Companies Investing in Sustainable Packaging

    Mary Mazzoni
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    From mushrooms and potatoes to the quest for a recyclable toothpaste tube, this week we're tipping our hats to seven companies that are leading the charge in sustainable packaging design.
  • Sponging Up Solar Energy

    Bill DiBenedetto
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This new sponge-like structure is a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam, which all works to create a “porous, insulating material structure that floats on water. When sunlight hits the structure's surface, it creates a hotspot in the graphite, drawing water up through the material's pores, where it evaporates as steam. The brighter the light, the more steam is generated.”
  • Cargill Adopts a More Sustainable Palm Oil Policy

    Leon Kaye
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Cargill recently issued a new sustainable palm oil policy, promising to respect human rights and halt deforestation associated with the industry.
  • New World Bank Policies Potentially Devestating to Poor, Indigenous People

    Michael Kourabas
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    It looks like the World Bank is succumbing to budgetary pressures and choosing to neglect its human rights responsibilities as the world’s largest and most influential development bank.
  • Live Twitter Chat on August 5: Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace

    Marissa Rosen
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Join TriplePundit and Aman Singh for a Twitter chat with Kimberly-Clark and Greenpeace about their working relationship and sustainability success stories. The chat will take place on August 5 at 1 p.m. EDT at #ForestSolutions.
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    Solo Entrepreneur Blog | Resources For The Solo Entrepreneur Lifestyle

  • What Is Your Target Market Thinking? What’s HOT, What’s NOT? Find Out For Free!

    Karen Cappello
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:30 pm
    You can find out ahead of time which programs and products your community will purchase from you by using this free survey tool. You can also receive valuable information about your complimentary consultations. SurveyMonkey is one of the world’s most popular online survey software programs with customers like FACEBOOK, Samsung, and Kraft Foods. They make it easy to create polls and survey questionnaires and they even have an Analyze Tool that helps you turn survey data into insights and create professional reports. The website takes you step by step through survey question creation. It…
  • 3 Simple Steps to Taking a Quantum Leap in Your Biz

    Michele Pariza Wacek
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Taking a quantum leap means transforming your business quickly. It means going from $200,000 to a million in a year. It means seeing opportunities fly to you effortlessly. Sounds great, right? If you’re ready – if you want to take a quantum leap, but aren’t sure how to do it, here are 3 steps to get you started: 1. Think big. Taking a quantum leap isn’t going to work if you’re thinking small. So the first thing you need to do is make sure you’re thinking big. And, maybe even more than that, make sure you’re READY for your business to BECOME big. If you’re not comfortable or if…
  • Is Twitter Really That Useful In Business?

    Marley Majcher
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Some of us just “get” twitter. It’s okay if you’re not part of the club yet. After reading this article by dazeinfo.com you might decide that it’s time to join the party. According to an Infographic by Twilert, which analyzed Twitter for brand engagement by users, summarized data points and stats emphasizing on the vitality of Twitter in brand marketing. A few more interesting findings are listed below. Close to 57% of companies use Twitter for businesses and generate 2X more leads per month than those who avoid using the platform. Twitter users are 3X more likely to follow brands…
  • What If I Fail?

    Kendall SummerHawk
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Being an entrepreneur means we have to put ourselves on the line, every single day. And being a woman entrepreneur means we have to recreate how we define success…and failure. For guys, success is often defined by the numbers…how many units sold, how much money made, and did we beat out the competition. For women, success can feel a lot more ambiguous. Just counting units sold or money made can leave us feeling as if we sold out our soul. Beating out the competition? That’s an exercise in self-criticism and feeling defeated before we even begin. For women, success is a richly complex…
  • Broke Is A Choice

    Michele A Scism
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    One of my clients, Belanie Dishong (LiveAtChoice.com), teaches people how to have amazing relationships whether that is with other people, your career or your money. One of the things she teaches is that we are 100% responsible for everything that shows up in our lives. We choose it based on our words. I have heard her talk often about imagining a shelf with everything on it. It has new clients next to no clients, it has “I’ll always be broke” next to “I have abundant financial success”, and it has “This is too hard” next to “Money flows easily”. The trick is to choose…
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  • Autopsy results in for victim in chokehold death

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  • Autopsy results in for victim in chokehold death

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    1 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
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    1 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
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    1 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
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  • JPMorgan's proposed $4.5 billion deal to be accepted for most trusts: source

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Trustees representing investors in JPMorgan Chase & Co's $4.5 billion settlement over money-losing mortgage-backed securities are expected to accept the bank's proposal for the vast majority of their trusts, according to a person familiar with the matter. The seven trustees overseeing the securities will accept the deal for all but perhaps two dozen of the 330 trusts included in the offer, the person said. Trustees may poll bondholders in some trusts to see if they would pursue claims if the offer is rejected, the person said. JPMorgan…
  • Japan PM tells Brazil 'Abenomics' working, time to do more business

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe touted the success of his economic policies on a visit to Brazil on Friday and said it was time for the two nations to expand their trade and investment partnership. On the first visit to Brazil in a decade by a Japanese prime minister, Japanese banks extended $700 million in loans to boost Brazilian soy and corn exports to Japan and help finance oil platform construction for Brazil's growing offshore oil industry. Abe told Brazilian business leaders that Japan has closed a 15-year deflation cycle since his…
  • Argentina debt talks must continue after default: U.S. Judge

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    By Joseph Ax, Nicholas Brown and Sarah Marsh NEW YORK/BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina cannot turn its back on negotiations with holdout creditors after defaulting on its sovereign debt, a U.S. judge instructed on Friday, just as the country's failure to service a June interest payment was declared a "credit event." In a stern tone, U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa in New York slammed the decision by Latin America's third-biggest economy to defy his order to pay holdout investors in full and instead default on $29 billion in debt. As Griesa was speaking, a 15-member…
  • Nevada no lock for Tesla plant despite groundwork

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — A sprawling industrial park near Reno where wild mustangs roam among the sagebrush has become the focus of the secretive site selection process for Tesla's $5 billion battery factory, but the groundwork taking place is no guarantee the plant and its 6,500 jobs are coming.
  • Microsoft sues Samsung in U.S. over patent royalties

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Microsoft Corp sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday, claiming the South Korean smartphone maker refused to make a royalty payment last fall on patent licenses after Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Nokia's handset business. The Microsoft lawsuit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, seeks monetary recovery from Samsung but does not publicly disclose the amount in dispute. In a blog post on Friday, Microsoft deputy general counsel David Howard wrote that Microsoft "values and respects our partnership" with Samsung, but differs with Samsung over how to interpret…
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  • Why I Had To Trash My Website Design – And You Should Too

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Websites have progressed to become the most important marketing tool for any retailer, small or large.  
  • Take These 9 Actions In Summer For Successful Winter Holiday Sales

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Christmas in July...or August. We’ve all heard the phrase. It’s summer and a lot of retailers are thinking about what they will do differently for the upcoming holidays. In a media world itching to say how expectations are soft for retail sales this shopping season, you might be worried, and that’s definitely understandable. You can easily drown in a sea of worry. But you’re reading this post so take heart! Here are my top nine actions you need to take to have a successful holiday season in 2014.
  • 5 Warning Signs For Retailers from Dick’s Sporting Goods’ PGA Firings

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Back in 2009, I sat next to a golf sales representative while flying to Chicago. He told me the golf industry was in trouble. It had lost something like 30% of sales representatives, and many of those who were still there were aggressively unloading stock on unaware merchants. I thought about that conversation today as I read that Dick’s Sporting Goods was cutting almost 500 PGA in-store golf pros due to lower sales.  It seems fewer customers are upgrading their clubs and even fewer are taking up the sport. Heck, even the CEO said, "We don't know where the bottom is in golf. We may…
  • How Can Retailers Stop Creating Angry Employees?

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
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  • Can You Pay A Living Wage To Your Retail Employees?

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Recently, Gap raised their minimum wage for their retail employees to $9 an hour for all of their brands; next June, they will raise it to $10. IKEA too has just announced that on Jan.1, their rate will jump to $10.76 an hour. To put that in perspective, that is 48% higher than the federal minimum.
 
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  • HOUSE PASSES BORDER CRISIS BILL AFTER MARATHON PROCESS — Obama Vows To 'Act Alone'

    Brett LoGiurato
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:16 pm
    The Republican-controlled House of Representatives late Friday night finally passed a two-fold plan to address the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, as President Barack Obama vowed to "act alone." House Republicans first passed a border-security plan. Then, in a more controversial move, they passed legislation to effectively end Obama's deportation-relief program for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.  The votes Friday night — completed after 1o p.m. ET in Washington — was a big, albeit delayed, win for House leadership, including House Speaker John…
  • 10 Hoop Stars You Need To Know In Tech

    Eugene Kim
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The average NBA player makes $4.5 million a year, which is higher than the average of any other sports league in the world. And if you’re one of the best players in the game, your salary can easily top $20 million a year. That's why if you're an entrepreneur seeking investment, it's a good idea to know which NBA players are investing in startups. In fact, some of them have already made sizable investments in tech startups.  Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) Shortly after signing a new $122 million contract with the New York Knicks, Carmelo Anthony launched his own venture capital…
  • CIA Employees Think They May Be Thrown Under The Bus After The 'Torture Report' Comes Out

    Paul Szoldra
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    The soon-to-be declassified CIA "torture report" is set to come out very soon, and some of the people who participated in what was known as "enhanced interrogation" under the Bush administration think they are about to get thrown under the bus as the political winds have changed. CIA Director John Brennan gave what amounted to an employee "pep talk" at the agency's Langley, Va. headquarters on Thursday, and he apparently dodged the question of whether individual CIA employees could end up facing charges or other disciplinary action, Shane Harris reports at Foreign Policy. Brennan's…
  • 'Flappy Bird' Is Back! But Not For iPhone

    Julie Bort
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Dong Nguyen, the developer of the insanely popular mobile game "Flappy Bird," has made good on his promise to bring the game back. But there's a couple of catches: it's a multiplayer game, and, so far, it's only available for the Amazon Fire TV. There's no word on when a regular Android or iOS version will be released, reports USA Today. The new game is called "Flappy Bird Family" and promises "incredible new features: Person vs. Person mode, more obstacles, more fun and still very hard." Nguyen shocked the world last winter when he pulled "Flappy Bird" from the app stores. The free game had…
  • BRIAN BELSKI: We Should Have The Necessary Ingredients To Keep This Bull Market Going Longer-Term

    Mamta Badkar
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:32 pm
    FA Insights is a daily newsletter from Business Insider that delivers the top news and commentary for financial advisors. We Have The Necessary Ingredients To Keep This Bull Market Going Longer-Term (BMO Capital Markets) Geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Israel, along with Argentina's default have weighed on U.S. stocks. "After five solid months, July was the first negative monthly performance since January," writes Brian Belski at BMO Capital Markets. But that isn't reason to worry just yet. "Indeed, the path of US stocks in 2014 appears to be following the script we laid out in our…
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  • If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working Well

    Michael Harris
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    In early April a series of reports appeared online in the United States and the United Kingdom lamenting the “lazy French.”  A new labor law in France had apparently banned organizations from e-mailing their employees after 6 p.m. In fact, it turned out to be more a case of “lazy journalists” than “lazy French”: as The Economist explained, the “law” was not a law at all but a labor agreement aimed at improving health among a specific group of professionals, and there wasn’t even a hard curfew for digital communication. Like all myths, however, this one…
  • The Business Story Behind a Disaster

    The Shortlist
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    A Surreal TaleIn Ferry Deaths, a South Korean Tycoon’s DownfallThe New York TimesFor me the most fascinating business story of the week was the Times’s takeout on religious-group founder, artistic photographer, and disgraced tycoon Yoo Byung-eun, whose hyperinflated life came to a strange and sad end in a South Korean apricot orchard last month (Suicide? Murder? Who knows?) during the aftermath of the ferry sinking that killed 304 passengers. The ship, which was part of his family’s sprawling businesses, had been top-heavy because scores of cabins and an art gallery laden with marble…
  • GE Is Avoiding Hard Choices About Ecomagination

    Andrew Winston
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    After nine years, GE is taking its famous green initiative, ecomagination, into some complicated territory. This includes a new open innovation program that encourages ideas to reduce greenhouse gases from Canadian oil sands production — the same controversial, greenhouse-gas-heavy source of fossil fuels that environmental groups are fighting against when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline. By stretching ecomagination into areas that many people clearly don’t consider very green, GE may be risking a valuable business and brand asset. Launched in 2005, ecomagination has always been a…
  • The Aging of American Businesses

    Ian Hathaway
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    The year was 1995. Tom Hanks was awarded an Oscar for Forrest Gump, Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” was number one on Billboard, and a young undergraduate named Monica Lewinsky began a summer internship at the White House. Elsewhere, Timothy McVeigh murdered 168 people in Oklahoma City, three years of war in the Balkans came to an end, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of double homicide, and the World Trade Organization was formally launched on New Year’s Day. A lot has changed since then—the iPhone, Tivo, the Toyota Prius, Google, Facebook, YouTube, human genome sequencing, GPS…
  • The Value of Customer Experience, Quantified

    Peter Kriss
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Intuitively, most people recognize the value of a great customer experience. Brands that deliver them are ones that we want to interact with as customers — that we become loyal to, and that we recommend to our friends and family. But as executives leading businesses, the value of delivering such an experience is often a lot less clear, because it can be hard to quantify. Rationales for focusing on customer experience tend to be driven by a gut belief that it’s just “the right thing to do.” The problem with this is that often, whether experience is a priority or not simply becomes a…
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  • Taking the Leap to Virtualization

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Read this white paper to learn how virtualization offers dramatic benefits for midsize companies, including efficiency, cost savings, and increased reliability and performance.Request Free!
  • The Future of Business Phone Systems: What Features to Look For in 2015

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

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Small and medium-size businesses are arguably up against more challenges than their larger competitors. Even out the playing field with VoIP! This white paper will not only give readers current, real-world examples of VoIP improving and saving money for small and medium businesses, but it also explains why VoIP is so beneficial to competitive businesses. Three main differences with VoIP systems occur when a business decides to switch:Increased EfficiencyAdvanced CapabilityReduction in CostsLearn exactly how these improvements occur with VoIP implementation in SMBs. With the help of VoIP,…
  • Phone Systems Comparison Guide: Small to Midsize Businesses

    14 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have compiled all the information you need in this free and comprehensive comparison chart. Click on to browse dozens of phone systems from top vendors, allowing you to quickly and easily compare options side-by-side on over 20 performance metrics, including:Key features of each productIntegration optionsCosts and pricingAnd much more!Prepared in an easy-to-use Excel spreadsheet, you can edit and add information to suit your analysis and presentation needs. Download this complimentary guide today to educate yourself and evaluate the phone system that best serves your business needs!Request…
 
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  • Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

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

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

    Laurel J. Delaney
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Women business owners face unique challenges as they look to exporting.   But let me share a tip with you on how to overcome those challenges. In early 2012, the State Department asked me to write an article about women energizing world economies. In it, I talk about my experience in starting and running a global business, Globetrade.com, and serving as a consultant to countless global women business owners. My key point: In order to gain self-confidence and overcome social attitudes, women need to network continuously, support each other, look for role models, update their knowledge and…
  • Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

    Laurel J. Delaney
    6 Jul 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects. According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding…
  • Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province Women Entrepreneurs Collaborate

    Laurel J. Delaney
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Women entrepreneurs in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province are willing and able to actively participate in a new type of collaboration.   The three associations of women entrepreneurs sought to implement the Beijing, Tianjin and Heibei Province collaborative development strategy, a joint initiative of the three women entrepreneurs, and signed the “Women Entrepreneurs Association of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei letters of intent” Agreement. The move aims to combine the three regions’ women entrepreneurs respectively with the advantages of modern industrial division, to…
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  • Has Mind Control Conspiracy Captured IRS?

    Peter J Reilly
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:29 pm
    IRS denies exempt status to organization fighting mind control technology.
  • How The Wealthiest Families Are Positioned Internationally -- Part 4

    Todd Ganos
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:05 pm
    It is one thing for a family member to immerse oneself when living abroad. It is another when a family firm chooses to operate offshore. It need sto consider culture from two angles. First, how does local culture affect the company's internal operations? Second, how does local culture affect the products and services we sell to residents?
  • The 'Dean' of Leadership Gurus Passes At 89

    Rob Asghar
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The essence of Warren Bennis’ management philosophy was a distinctly human one. People mattered, damn it—and people in management had the privilege and duty to help the people under and around them to shine.
  • Confidence Counts: Examining Pete Carroll's Rock-Star Style Leadership

    Rob Asghar
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Not only has Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll emerged as a rock-star of sorts, one could argue that he's developing the Rock Star 101 course for long-term success that Seattle hero Kurt Cobain once wistfully wished had existed. Journalist Charles R. Cross discusses how leaders in any field could learn something from Carroll's methods.
  • The Seahawks' Success Formula: 'Practice Is Everything'

    Rob Asghar
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    The NFL's reigning champs embrace the highest expectations. They show poise under even the hottest spotlights and in the middle of the most unexpected twists of the road. And they take pride in delivering the highest level of excellence every day, even when the public spotlight is off.
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  • 5 things to do AFTER you launch your online course or program

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

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

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    In 2014 for the entrepreneur & micro business, are press releases still relevant & do they matter? I don't expect SEO or immediate client gain value in a press release, but feel they're indispensable for a start up.
  • Reclaiming Your Attitude

    9 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    What does your attitude say about you? Being positive isn't always easy. However, it does (and will) affect the outcome that you receive. I'm sharing a personal story with you.
  • 3 Popular Ways to Create Quality Website for Small Business

    7 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Do you need a small business website? If so, find out three popular ways to create a quality website for small business in this article.
  • Magnetically Build Your List and Attract New Leads

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Even if you're not currently offering a lead magnet on your website, you've probably seen them before - a free report for opting into an email newsletter, a free music download for filling out a survey, and so on.
  • Going into Information Overload

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    Ever go to a Conference with a ton of great "things" that you are going to do when you arrive back in your office. Sometimes that just doesn't happen - avoid information overload.
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    Online sales proposals | Mimiran

  • Are Your Proposals Like the Baseball Rulebook (or the Tax Code)?

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

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

    Reuben
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    There are several ways to bring in content from existing proposals and other documents into Mimiran. Copy & Paste You can start by doing a direct copy and paste. This has the advantage of being very easy, but there are drawbacks. Sometimes spacing or other formatting nuances seem a little bit off and hard to adjust within the editor. When this happens, you can use the Source button to reveal the underlying HTML source code. Viewing the Source Note the complex formatting instructions. In the source editor, you can remove or edit these formatting tags. PRO TIP: If you have a favorite plain…
  • Write Like a Spy?

    Reuben
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    As you may know if you visit this blog often, I hate bad, boring, corporate-bland writing. It kills not only proposals and deals, but also brain cells. See various diatribes here (Microsoft), here (worst movie ever), and here (it’s your English teacher’s fault). Perhaps the only place you’ll find worse writing than big corporations and little corporations trying to sound like big corporations is the government. However, the CIA is on the case, with a leaked writing guide, which includes these tips: Keep the language crisp and pungent; prefer the forthright to the pompous…
  • Sell More by Being Less of a Salesman and More of a Doctor

    Reuben
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The sales profession has a problem. Most people don’t like and don’t trust sales people. In Gallup polling of how the public sees people in different professions, salespeople rank with members of Congress and advertisers, below lawyers. While the slimy, self-interested sales rep is simultaneously a cliche, a stereotype, and a far-too-accurate view of many members of the profession, I noticed something when I started interacting with sales people as a young software engineer. The most successful sales reps seemed to actually care about their customers first, and themselves second.
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  • Is Content Marketing the Future of B2B?

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

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

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

    Ann Smarty
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Creating a content marketing strategy is easy. Creating one that actually manages to significantly increase visibility and promote engagement? That isn’t always quite so simple. We live in an age where marketing is a given for anything from product based selling to personal blog promotion. Whole marketing campaigns exist to promote social media profiles, and influencers are literal commodities in their own rights. People trade off of their reputation in a way more direct than ever before. In short, it has made it harder to stand out. Despite all of the changes, content is still king.
  • 10 Ways to Avoid False Negatives in Performance Marketing Campaigns

    Guest Author
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Many beginner marketers launch new performance marketing campaigns without having the fundamentals in place.  In doing so, they run the risk of making bad decisions on the long-term potential of an online marketing campaign. This post explores one potential pitfall for marketers in this situation, which I call the “false negative.” With a performance marketing “false negative”, you might end up killing a promising campaign because of poor initial results.  Sometimes (admittedly, a lot of times) online marketing campaigns fail to deliver expected results. When those happen, you want…
 
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  • Why Only Selling On EBay, Amazon And Etsy Is Like Gambling

    Steve C
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
    I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about why you should start your own store from complete scratch when there are marketplaces out there like Amazon, Etsy and EBay that can offer you instant sales. And it’s true. If you choose to sell a popular item on Ebay for example, chances are that you will be able to generate some revenue. And it’s also true that many people are making pretty decent money on platforms like Amazon and Etsy as well. So with that being said, why the heck would you ever want to own your own store? Why bother trying to establish your own customer…
  • MWQHJ 029: How Lars Hundley Created A 7 Figure Online Store Selling Gardening Supplies

    Steve C
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    I’ve known Lars Hundley for quite some time and what I like about the guy is that he has a tremendous amount of experience with every aspect of running an ecommerce store. He’s been running his own business, CleanAirGardening.com for over a decade and he’s extremely open about all of his experiences including both his successes and his failures. In this podcast, he reveals the ecommerce strategies that have worked the best for his store so be sure to check it out! Also, make sure you check out his post on How I Made A Million Dollars By Reading An Article In The Wall Street…
  • MWQHJ 028: How Viet Do Created A 6 Figure Business Selling Coupons And Online Deals

    Steve C
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Today I’m thrilled to have my buddy Viet Do on the show. Viet runs DealZon.com which is a daily deals and coupon site that caters to the gaming industry. Running a coupon site is a business model that we haven’t yet covered on the podcast so I’m very anxious to learn how the business model works and how Viet makes his money. Enjoy the show! What You’ll Learn How Viet obtains deals to list on his site Why he chose to focus on gaming for his coupon site Learn the economics of selling coupons online How merchants transmit their daily deals How Viet manages the multitude…
  • Income Report: How My Blog Performed As A Business In The First Half Of 2014

    Steve C
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Back in 2009 if you asked me whether I thought my blog could ever make more money than my day job, I would have said “Hell No!”. In fact, my Mom is still amazed that MyWifeQuitHerJob.com is able to make any money at all. Just the other day, I had a Skype chat with my mom and she was like… Mom: Let me get this straight. People sit at their computers, click on your ads and you make money? I still don’t understand how that works. So can you just sit at home all day and click on your own ads? Would you like me to help you out by clicking on one of your a— Me: NOOO!!!
  • 2 Simple Tweaks That Doubled My Email List Signups And My Take On Single Vs Double Optin

    Steve C
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Out of all the traffic sources that bring in revenue to MyWifeQuitHerJob.com, most of the money that I make is derived directly from my email list. Without my email list, I would not be selling very many copies of my ecommerce course. Without my email newsletter, I wouldn’t be converting nearly as many affiliate offers. And without email, I would not be receiving as much traffic as I currently receive today. Because email is such a crucial part of my blogging business, it’s important for me to maximize the size and quality of my email list. So today, I wanted to share with you 2…
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    Optimal Digital Marketing

  • How I Got My Startup Featured on The TODAY Show and NPR

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

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

    Erik Kielisch
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Negative SEO is a marketing bogeyman. It’s the dirty tactic worried and whispered about, but few have seen it. However, with Google’s continuous devaluation of spammy links, negative SEO is definitely a possibility. And that’s scary. Negative SEO is exactly what it sounds like: SEO tactics that negatively affect your site. It means that someone is sabotaging your site to damage its search ranking. Negative SEO Tactics That’s usually done by creating bad links to your site to damage your search visibility. Another dirty tactic is finding your competitions’ great links, creating a…
  • How Implementing Kanban Won Us an Innovation Award

    Brandon Wentland
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Last Wednesday, Optimal was honored to accept the 2014 Small Business Innovation Award at the Chamber Trifecta event with almost 600 fellow business professionals in attendance. When I accepted the award, I acknowledged that “what” we do is innovative, but I am most proud of “how” we do it. That’s the innovation the outside world never gets to see. Here is a glimpse of that. How do we scale? As the business began to scale, we started running into information issues. Just the sheer quantity of things that needed to be done was overwhelming and almost paralyzing. Where do you even…
  • Is Your Website Ready for Google Penguin 3.0?

    Erik Kielisch
    20 May 2014 | 11:38 am
    Google’s Penguin Mafia is preparing to unleash Penguin 3.0. Is your website ready? Image courtesy of Antarctica Bound. If not, your site could disappear from search results. It could take weeks or months to recover. In that time, your traffic could plummet, your business could suffer, and your competitors could take your lost position. We’re not exaggerating.  It’s happened at least twice before in April 2012 and May 2013. No wonder SEOs are holding their breath, anticipating Google’s latest update to their now infamous Penguin algorithm (rumored to drop May 2014). Google Penguin…
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  • The Marketing Agents Podcast Turns 50: A Search, Social, and Mobile Marketing Podcast

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

    Rich Brooks
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. By showing your personality and being yourself, you can quickly break through barriers and make business connections that really matter. Birth of the Undead Back when I first got started on Twitter in aught seven, I didn’t know what to put on my Twitter bio. So, I played it safe and mentioned only my occupation: I run a web design and Internet marketing company. After a couple of years I found my voice on Twitter and decided to inject a little more of my personality into my bio; a…
  • CHART Metalworks Christens Responsive E-Commerce Site

    Chris Felax
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Client: CHART Metalworks creates custom nautical-themed jewelry “for you to tell your own story.” The Objective: Promote and sell more nautical jewelry through a redesigned e-commerce site. The Tools: The site was build on WordPress. The shopping cart is Shopp. The design and development came from flyte new media. The Outcome:  CHART Metalworks re-launched their e-commerce website that showcases their products, custom jewelry options, and upcoming events and new products. It features custom pieces, best sellers, gift cards, and a blog. Responsive Web Design = Mobile…
  • 30 Essential Travel Apps You Can’t Leave Home Without

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    This post is sponsored by Visa Small Business, but the opinions are all mine, and any comments are all yours. Sometimes Skype or Google Hangouts aren’t enough. You need to press the flesh and look right into your customers’ eyes. For times like that, you need to leave your office and meet face to face. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, there are plenty of apps to make your next business trip as effective and affordable as possible. Here are 30 essential travel apps to maximize the ROI of  your next business trip.  BOOKING TRAVEL PLANS Hipmunk…
  • Thanks, Joan!

    Rich Brooks
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:35 am
    Wishing you the best, Joan, in your next adventure! This week marks the last week that we’ll enjoy Joan Crocker as a full time employee here at flyte. And, perhaps more importantly, her dog, George. What’s Joan been up to? She’s been working with many of our clients on their digital marketing needs. For the past two years she’s handled their SEO, doing keyword analyses and creating keyword matrices for our copywriters to help them rank higher in the search engines. She’s run their Facebook advertising campaigns. Scheduled their tweets. Helped them read their…
 
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  • Understanding Google Webmaster Tools

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

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

    Marty Diamond
    4 Jun 2014 | 10:20 pm
    SharesAlexa is known as a site that offers website analytics and even ranks sites based on traffic. A lot of website owners that are concerned about Alexa rank, aren’t entirely certain what it is, and if it really matters? And if it does matter, who does it matter to? This article will answer those questions. Does Alexa Rank Really Matter? The biggest thing is the give you an idea about Alexa in order to understand them. What is Alexa? Alexa.com started off with the purpose to give users website analytics tools for website owners to determine several things: Amount of Traffic Bounce…
  • Panda 4.0 – Time to Wake Up!

    Marty Diamond
    28 May 2014 | 11:28 am
    SharesIf you’ve been hoping to slide with mediocre content, or can’t identify what mediocre content is, your site will be in for a scary surprise, SEO-wise. Panda 4.0 is here! For several years, Google has been trying to make website owners aware that unique and quality content is the key to getting ahead. While many have talked the talk, they’ve never walked the walk in terms of improving their content. There are thousands of sites built to cater toward bloggers, Internet Marketers, and many other niche. So, how can you get your site out of the content doldrums and come out…
  • The Skinny on SEO for Images

    Marty Diamond
    20 May 2014 | 11:53 pm
    SharesImages on websites are suppose to help a site. The purpose usually is to attract new buyers, readers, and subscribers. Images are also something that people can immediately connect with and decide in a moment whether they like you or what you’re saying, or maybe they will leave your site and never return. Just plopping up an image won’t do. Of course, for the visitor, they don’t care, but for search engines like Google, those images can be a leg up on getting traffic. So, how can you capitalize on this? In this article, you’ll learn how to optimize your images…
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  • Step Up Your Web Development with BootStrap

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

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

    Mark Wilston
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:54 am
    During the earlier days, it was enough to have your own website. But later as the time changed, so did the needs. Next what is much required is “interactivity” and more social networking plug-ins. The focus is undoubtedly a clear one in terms of the requirements. And the priority is the website with “mobile” version. […]
  • WordPress for Android 2.9 Released – Many New Features Introduced

    Mark Wilston
    10 Jun 2014 | 11:17 pm
    It’s time to celebrate for the Android app users of WordPress. WordPress announced the release of Android 2.9 which is now available to install in the Google Play Store. The new version brings in many exciting new features which includes bug fixes and enhancement that will allow you to follow and post blogs using your […]
  • How Drupal 8 has Revolutionized CMS?

    Mark Wilston
    27 May 2014 | 1:17 am
    The latest edition of Drupal 8, the extremely popular Content Management System enterprise, has made it big this time. Indeed, there is a lot of excitement among the Drupal community developers regarding the release of this version. Talking of the previous versions of Drupal, till date all the released versions of Drupal have come up […]
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  • Cost-effective Marketing Plan Resources to Generate Leads

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

    Helene Huynh
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    Private Business Certification vs. Government Certification When looking at business certifications, the question asked most frequently is, “Is there really a difference between which business certification I receive?” The very honest answer to this question is yes. It makes a large impact which agency you choose to certify your business through. There are generally four different levels of business certifications: Local - This certification can be obtained by a local government certifying office, such as a city or a county.  You would want to obtain a local certification if you want…
  • Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money?

    Helene Huynh
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Why Isn’t Social Media Making Me Money? You’re a small business owner and you’ve set up a website and Facebook account to hop on the social media marketing bandwagon. Great! A couple of months pass by and although business is picking up, you noticed that you get little to no business from your social media. “OK, well my business has a Facebook, shouldn’t I be buried in money now?”  Not necessarily. This is one of many common misconceptions about social media marketing.  Social media marketing is not just about posting statuses, tweets, and pictures. It is all about…
  • Top 9 Burning Questions You Have about Websites

    Helene Huynh
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Whether you may or may not have a website up yet for your business, we can all agree that having a website is imperative for your small business, and is an undeniable element for your company to thrive in this competitive market. It represents your brand, keep your prospective customers engaged online, and facilitates conversion…meaning more money! Here is a comprised list of the most common questions asked about websites. How much is a website? Depends on your budget,  what type of website you need, the complexity of the site, the amount of control you need over it, and who is going to…
  • Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan

    Helene Huynh
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:14 am
    Business Owners Don’t Plan to Fail, They Fail to Plan You’ve heard it before, a business plan is important because it’s a roadmap for your organization to align their goals in the right direction. But why is it REALLY important? Let’s just say you go to a bank for a loan, the first thing they’ll ask you is “Where is your business plan?” A business without a business plan is like a teacher without a curriculum, a sports team without a game plan. Organizations that perform at the highest levels have some sort of formalized business plan, but that does not mean…
 
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  • Choosing a Business Name That Costs Clients, Cash, and Credibility

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

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

    Marco Carbajo
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Business Car Lease Are you using your personal vehicle for business purposes? Have you considered leasing or purchasing a car in your company’s name? In today’s post we’re going to cover the ins and outs of business car leasing. When you lease, your monthly payments are usually lower than when you buy and you get […] The post The Ins and Outs of a Business Car Lease appeared first on Business Credit.
  • What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company?

    Marco Carbajo
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Experian Business Credit Report Have you checked your Experian Business Credit Report lately? Does your company’s report have depth, diversity and density? Did you know banks, credit card issuers, suppliers and lenders use Experian Business to prescreen and identify companies to solicit credit offers to? In the previous post we talked about deciphering your Equifax […] The post What Does Your Experian Business Credit Report Say About Your Company? appeared first on Business Credit.
  • Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report

    Marco Carbajo
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Equifax® Small Business Credit Report Did you know Equifax® generates 158 billion credit score updates on a monthly basis and 60,000 updates per second for consumers? While we already know that Equifax® is a major consumer reporting agency but did you know they are also a major player in the business credit reporting industry as […] The post Deciphering Your Equifax Small Business Credit Report appeared first on Business Credit.
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  • When Things Get a Little Quiet: Navigating the Hills and Valleys of Business

    wahanelson
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Rebecca Flansburg I once heard another work at home professional refer to business ownership as a “series of hills and valleys.” The “hills” being the times when things are somewhat quiet and for a brief moment you feel like you might actually get caught up. The “valleys” happen when things pick up speed and […]
  • 4 Reasons to Join Tastefully Simple

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna For the past year I’ve had the pleasure of working with Tastefully Simple on their Project Simplicity Campaign. During the year I’ve been able to experience the company culture, food, home business opportunity as well as interact with women within the company. It’s been such a fun year, I mean after […]
  • Are You Ready to Launch Your Fall Fashion Career?

    Holly - The Work at Home Woman
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Holly Reisem Hanna On July 18th, I had the pleasure of attending the CAbi Scoop in Denver, Colorado, where they launched their fall collection, BeautiFall Me. Ever since I was introduced to CAbi back in 2010, I’ve had an obsession with the brand. From the fabulous clothes and the highly anticipated events — it’s […]
  • The Key To Repeat Sales: Follow Up

    wahanelson
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    By Deb Bixler Do you want your direct sales business to be a success? If you do, repeat sales are the answer. Of course, you have to start with new clients. With a steady stream of new clients to keep your business moving forward then … The real key to lasting success and continued prosperity is […]
  • Interview with Mindy McHorse — Freelance Copywriter

    wahanelson
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tell us a little bit about yourself and your freelance journey. I’ve always loved writing, even as a child. But I always thought of it as a hobby – not something you could ever make a living at (unless you wanted to be the ill-fated “starving artist,” and I’m a lot more high-maintenance than that!). […]
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  • Measuring What Matters: Those Addictive Numbers

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

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

    Vanessa DiMauro
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:35 am
      The Social Business era has arrived, and with it, individual customers now have a voice. “Listen to me,“ they shout from digital rooftops. “Meet my needs and exceed my expectations,” they demand – online and offline. They’re not passive recipients of products, services and one-way messaging any more. Since the dawn of commerce, businesses have tried to get closer to their customers. That day is here. Customers are clamoring for greater intimacy with firms they trust, to drop the veil, raise the shades, get close and personal, have a real conversation. Sadly, many customers get…
  • Social Media for Strategy-Focused Organizations

    Vanessa DiMauro
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    By Vanessa DiMauro and Adam Zawel As social media is growing up, so is executive leadership’s understanding of how it can support or enable an organization’s strategy. My colleague Adam Zawel, community director for Palladium Group’s online community and I wrote an article about the powerful impact social can have in aligning strategy with operations. Palladium was founded by leadership giants Drs. Robert Kaplan and David Norton.  The firm helps organizations effectively and sustainably execute their strategies through the use of the Balanced Scorecard, Strategy-Focused…
  • Secrets of Great Communities And Community Managers

    Vanessa DiMauro
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:51 am
    Last week I delivered a presentation “Secrets of Great Communities and Community Mangers” at the KAConnect conference.  It was a wonderful, inspiring event for knowledge management professionals in the Architecture & Engineering (an $11B industry). Given the focus of their practice, this industry is fueled by a unique balance of structure and creativity.  The gauntlet had been dropped on helping make sense of the complexities of employing  professional collaboration to create buildings, cities and parks.  While there are many things to be said about this topic, here are 5…
 
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  • 5 Ways to Prepare for the 2014 E-Commerce Season

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Nikole Haiar The holiday season might seem distant today, but for e-commerce merchants, there’s no time like the present to get prepared for the annual rush. The peak selling season can be a stressful time for online merchants who are scrambling to get products to customers as quickly as possible. That’s why it’s a good idea to take stock of your e-commerce operation now to make sure you’ll be prepared when the shopping season is in full swing. Planning infrastructure needs, considering platform upgrades, testing your system for weaknesses – these activities are easier to conduct…
  • Get Out of Your Own Way So Your Business Can Grow

    Rieva Lesonsky
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Andy Bailey Most entrepreneurs are Type A personalities. They want things done now and they want them done right. And the only person in the company who does things this perfect way? The entrepreneur himself, of course. Thus, long hours are put in at the office with little reprieve from the stress of running your own venture. While this style of (micro) management may help you feel in control, it will inevitably cause your business to plateau and maybe even crumble. No one can do it alone. “Let it go,” let it go my friend. It is time to learn the joy of delegation and how working…
  • Finding the Right Lawyer to Defend You in a Lawsuit

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Cliff Ennico One of the primary goals of any small business is to avoid lawsuits at any cost. Even if you are 100 percent in the right, and even if you ultimately prevail, any sort of court proceeding will take months or years to resolve, and will cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer and court fees that you well may not get back from the other side. But no matter how hard you try to avoid litigation, sooner or later a customer, supplier, or creditor will threaten to sue your business. What do you do? The normal kneejerk reaction is to call your business lawyer for advice. You…
  • There’s No Yelling in Selling

    Rieva Lesonsky
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Eric Groves We see hundreds of businesses each day introduce themselves to others in their local business communities.  While the majority of business owners appreciate newfound access to their local business community, on occasion someone tries to ingratiate themselves to the community with a “Yeller Post.”  These posts typically go something like this: My name’s Bob Smith and I am the best dang insurance agent in town.  I have the best rates and the best service.  If you don’t contact me today, you’re a dope. Yes I took a little creative license, but not much.  If you have…
  • A Vintage Business Plan is Not Visionary Plan

    Rieva Lesonsky
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:01 pm
    By Rick Norris I have known of a number of hobbyists who have restored vintage automobiles.  They tear down and rebuild their prized possessions.  This reconstruction differs from guiding something on a predetermined course to a destination currently out of their reach.  So is the distinction between a business plan and a strategic plan. Yes, one might insert a little strategy into his or her business plan, but strategy would not be the focus of that document.  A business plan is like the plan to restore the automobile.  It is a management document which lays out the basic requirements…
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  • Making Money With Amazon FBA: Why It Works

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

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

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

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Can you imagine Vemma, Visalus, It Works Global, Organo Gold or Empower Network saying the following: “Go through a handful of simple steps over the next 30 days and if you don’t make money, I’ll pay you $100.” That would be huge news, right? Well that is exactly what Ann Sieg is doing for those who are taking advantage of her new e-commerce strategy. Ann will be explaining her $100 guarantee and all of the details on an invite only webinar tomorrow. Here is your link: Ann Sieg E-Commerce Webinar More… For my stats and data peeps: E-commerce between now and 2017…
  • How To Sell To 244 Million Amazon Customers

    ty@tribble.org (Ty Tribble)
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    As some of you know, I have been testing the e-commerce strategies using DS Domination with Ann Sieg’s team. The first part of the strategy is to locate items on Amazon and list them on eBay for a higher price. It works. In fact, I did $5,172.10 on eBay in my first 30 days (a little less than 30 days actually). But eBay sales were just the beginning. The 500 pound gorilla is Amazon… With 244 million active buyers, Amazon is a goldmine for those who want to learn how to build an e-commerce business. There are a couple of ways to do it on Amazon. One involves using your cell phone…
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    Springwise

  • ‘Acoustically transparent’ hoodie means DJs don’t have to take it off to wear headphones

    Springwise
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Add / Remove Fashion and music aren’t unfamiliar bedfellows — in fact, the two are often seen hand in hand, which is why we’ve seen innovations such as the Cynaps bone conduction baseball cap which negates the need for wearing bulky headphones. However, even headphones have become a fashion statement thanks to one Dr Dre. For those who don’t want to be forced to decide whether to wear their headphones or their hood up, the Audio Engineer’s Hoodie includes a hood made of material that allows sound through unmuffled. Created by Betabrand, the hoodie has been created…
  • Travel search engine matches the cheapest flights with the best frequent flyer miles

    Springwise
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Add / Remove Price comparison site usually do just that — compare prices — but sometimes there are other factors that consumers would rather prioritize over costs. We’ve previously seen Routehappy eschew flight cost and speed to help travelers search for the nicest routes to their holiday destination, and now 30k is enabling users to determine their optimum flight that takes into account both low cost and high reward miles. In a typical scenario, frequent fliers will use a search to find the cheapest price and usually choose the one with the biggest saving. However, these flights…
  • App enables citizens to report water waste in drought regions

    Springwise
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Add / Remove Rallying citizens to take a part in looking after the community they live in has become easier thanks to smartphones. In the past, the Creek Watch app has enabled anyone to help monitor their local water quality by sending data back to the state water board. Now Everydrop LA wants to use similar techniques to avoid drought in California, encouraging residents to report incidents of water wastage. According to the team behind the app — which also created the CitySourced platform for engaging users in civic issues — even the smallest amount of water wastage can lead to…
  • Smart tag for bras can detect heart attacks

    Springwise
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Add / Remove This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. Sensor-based wearable technology is not just good for tracking our fitness regimes, it can also monitor our health in general. In the past we’ve seen a sports bra that can detect the presence of breast cancer, helping wearers to take early preventative measures. Now LifeTip is a tag that can be attached to bras in order to detect heart attacks and immediately alert…
  • Self-editing video automatically cuts out the boring bits

    Springwise
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    Add / Remove It was once the case that only professional film editors knew what it was like to sift through hours of footage to find the best content. With smartphones and consumer-level cameras now enabling anyone to shoot as much video as they like, the job of editing it down into a presentable format is familiar to many. In the past we’ve seen apps such as Cinch make the process possible on smartphones themselves. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania have created LiveLight, which uses machine learning and algorithms to automatically edit video reels into a…
 
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  • Entrepreneurship is New: And Old and New Again

    Jeff Korhan
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    You can also subscribe here with iTunes or Stitcher. Subscribing with SoundCloud is coming soon. This is Episode 2 of This Old New Business weekly business podcast with Jeff Korhan. Welcome to the 2nd episode of This Old New Business Marketing, where Chris Brogan and I discuss entrepreneurship. You will really enjoy this conversation. Chris is a master storyteller, and one of the most respected personalities in the world of entrepreneurship. He will have not only have you smiling, but also rethinking what it means to be an entrepreneur, business owner, employee, and a human being…
  • Superstar Selling: How to Think Like a Marketer and Sell Smarter

    Jeff Korhan
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    You can also subscribe here with iTunes or Stitcher. Subscribing with SoundCloud is coming soon. This is the debut episode of This Old New Business weekly podcast with Jeff Korhan. Each 30 minute episode features sales and marketing experts sharing how businesses today are successfully taking their traditional or “old” practices for building profits, and making them new again. It should not come as a surprise that they are doing this by successfully adapting to a digital, social, and global environment. So, if your business is wants to learn first-hand what works for growing a…
  • Podcast Launch: This Old New Business with Jeff Korhan

    Jeff Korhan
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This is the official launch of our new weekly podcast show: This Old New Business. I know, it’s a curious title. Until you get to know the show better, just think of it as the serious podcast with the funny name! The title of the show may at first appear to be a contradiction, when in fact it’s a reflection of a prevailing shift in the marketplace. The line between old and new and what’s relevant in business is blurring, and you’ll discover our guest experts enjoy bringing some clarity to the equation. We hope you join us every join. About The Show This Old NEW…
  • LinkedIn: A Global Economic Platform

    Jeff Korhan
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    It’s not necessary to understand how the social networks function to derive utility from them. However, that knowledge will not only give your business more clarity for making better decisions, it will help it identify and adapt to emerging trends long before the competition. The magic that enables the various digital networks to do what they do well is known as digital graphing or mapping. Digital graphs are the foundation of each and every digital network, with specific strengths the result of their respective structures. Facebook is a social platform, Amazon commerce, Google content, and…
  • Here’s How to Communicate with My Business

    Jeff Korhan
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    Does your business have a system for receiving, organizing, and processing inquiries? This is vital for converting your content marketing, SEO, and social media into profitable outcomes. How a business communicates with its communities is marketing. Tweet this The smart ones use it to distinguish their company as professional, caring, and easy to work with. Since every business is unique, I’ll share key elements of our process that you can adapt to yours. I’m confident you will learn new ideas for improving your communications, while also helping you get more of what you need from me.
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  • Nonqualified Deferred Compensation in a Nutshell

    Asset Management Group
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Thought Leadership on Diverse compensation presented by Asset Management Group, Inc. What nonqualified deferred compensation isA nonqualified deferred compensation arrangement (NQDC) is simply a means of supplementing an executive’s retirement income and providing survivor benefits. It is a contractual fringe benefit arrangement under which an employer promises to pay an executive specified benefits in the event of disability, retirement or other future separation from service.In other words, NQDC is an arrangement where an employer promises to pay an employee in the future for services…
  • The Golden Rule of Marketing: Recognize unto others

    SmartCEO
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Instead of shouting, “look at us,” your message should be, “look at them”Guest Wisdom by Rich Polt (originally published alongside Paul Riecks' column for the July/August 2014 issue)I’m about to distill my entire 20-year public relations and communications career into a single piece of advice. This is the essence of everything I’ve learned and experienced. Get ready, it’s quick: Use your marketing resources to recognize the people that make a difference to you.It’s a deceptively simple sentence, just 14 words. But realize that this short sentiment is loaded with meaning. To be…
  • Crowdfunding: Opportunity or risk for individual investors?

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. Would you like the opportunity to own a piece of residential or commercial real estate or make an investment in a mortgage loan? Today, investors around the country are receiving e-mails and other solicitations, as well as hearing from the media, about the opportunities to invest in the booming real estate market.  Online, it appears as if hundreds of companies are interested in offering qualified investors with the opportunity to invest in commercial and residential real estate. It is as easy as searching for…
  • Conversion of real estate for alternative use throughout New York City

    april
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Thought Leadership on Real Estate Accounting presented by Friedman LLP. The real estate market in New York City has recovered from the recession of 2008. The improvement has marked a rapid conversion of office buildings, hospitals, parking garages and other asset classes into luxury rental and condominium residences, hotels and in certain instances specialty office space. The conversion of properties is taking place in each and every borough especially in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.Lower Manhattan A joint venture of Rose Associates and DTH Capital are converting the 66 story, Art…
  • Let the Buyer Beware – Hidden Sales Tax Liabilities in Business Acquisitions

    CBIZ MHM, LLC
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    Thought Leadership on Innovative tax planning strategies for every stage of your business presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC. Don’t you hate it when you think you have scored yourself a “deal,” only to later realize that your great deal was actually a dud. Yes, that terrible feeling of buyer’s remorse. It can happen to anyone regardless of whether you are purchasing a used car, affordable electronics or a piece of real estate. In the same vein, business acquisitions can also create buyer’s remorse.Given the dollars and potential risk at stake, purchasers of a business typically spend…
 
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    Indianapolis Marketing | Web Design | Roundpeg

  • Jarred’s Reading List

    Jarred
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I absolutely devour digital content. I know I get to live and breathe written media day in and day out, but when I head home, one of the first things I do is jump on my computer, pore over whatever is trending in my social media feeds or my RSS reader and catch up on archived content. Yes, the habit of staying up on the latest digital news and trends is part of my career, but having go-to news resources you raid regularly to catch up on what’s hot is part of playing the game of business in any industry. Here are just a few of my favorite resources. Check out the list and consider…
  • Build Web Traffic With User Generated Content

    Lorraine
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Many business experts agree one of the best ways to grow a business is with “OPM” (Other people’s money). The idea is to reduce your risk and multiply the impact of your capital with loans from banks or resources from investors. The influx of capital helps accelerate the growth of a business. In a way, this same strategy can apply to your online marketing. To accelerate the expansion of your brand you need “OPC” (Other people’s content). In marketing circles the technical term is user generated content (UGC). Now I am not suggesting you go out and scrape…
  • Pole Buff

    Jenna
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
  • Workaholics: It’s Time to Cure Your Addiction

    Anne
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    I do not envy people who insist on referring to themselves as “workaholics.” That sounds miserable. Bragging about being sooooo busy with your job and all of the countless responsibilities you have does not make me want your life. In fact, it makes me feel sorry for you. Workaholics rarely enjoy their time off because they are constantly thinking about work. That’s no way to live, people! I’m not knocking highly motivated people or folks who really enjoy their job and don’t mind spending extra time at work. I really like my job at Roundpeg, but I also enjoy going…
  • Simply Beautiful: Minimal Design

    Emily Anderson
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When I envision minimal design in my head I simply picture . . . less. More open space. Less colors. More of one color. A plethora of whites and grays. Minimal design embraces the truly simplistic focal point of a webpage and lets it do all the talking. It is a space which feels roomy, yet not unfinished. All of these things sound wonderful, but finding that balance can be difficult. Is it worth the effort? I think so. When I come across a web page with a lot of content, I skim down the page looking for things that catch my interest and then MAYBE I go back and read the entire page if…
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    The Thriving Small Business

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Performance Appraisals

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

    Patricia Lotich
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Businesses that look to improve their systems and processes often form teams to work on improvement efforts.  Successful teams are driven by directives of the organization and are steered by a Team Charter. According to High Performance Teams, a team charter statement is “a written document that defines the team’s mission, scope of operation, objectives, time frame and consequences.” Spending the time to develop a team charter and purpose statement can help ensure team support and resources are available.  A charter helps clarify support and resource allocation from management. This…
  • Reducing Employee Absenteeism – 4 Ways to Reduce Employee Absenteeism

    Patricia Lotich
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    I had a question from a reader who asked, “Do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”? Second, “what do you think is the most effective way of reducing employee absenteeism in the workplace?” Excessive absenteeism can be caused by any number of things – personal problems, employee performance issues, lack of clear expectations or a dysfunctional work environment. So to answer the first question – “do you see the causes of workplace absenteeism as a management problem or a personal problem”  – my answer would be, I think it…
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Paid Time Off

    Patricia Lotich
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Many organizations provide paid time off benefits for their employees.  Being paid when not working is a great employee benefit (just ask anyone who works in the trades, like a carpenter, cement finisher, brick layer, etc.) and should be appreciated by employees. Paid time off benefits can be packaged in any number of ways.  The traditional benefit model is that employees are allowed a week or a couple of weeks of vacation and a few sick days per year.  The different models of these benefits can be all over the map. I’ve seen vacation benefits as conservative as one week a year and as…
  • 5 Things Employers Can do to Manage Grief in the Workplace

    Patricia Lotich
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    My daughter recently called to let me know that a co-worker of hers – a young husband and father of two small children was the victim of a violent murder.  My daughter was very upset and overwhelmed with concern for her friend. Her emotions were those of grief, anger, empathy and care for the young family he left behind. She has a very verbal personality so she was able to talk through this broad range of emotions that she was dealing with while figuring out how to manage the workplace grief. This incident reminded me of the handful of times throughout my career that I had to…
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    Fizzle

  • Squarespace vs WordPress (And 3 More Questions Answered, FS065)

    Chase Reeves
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s a cornucopia of questions and answers on this episode of the podcast tackling topics like: Processes about processes Curated vs original content Validating product ideas Squarespace vs WordPress Vodka blogs We’d love to answer your question. Click here to tell us what you’re struggling with right now and we’ll give you our best ideas: FizzleShow.co/ask. Push Play: Squarespace vs WordPress (And 3 More Questions Answered, FS065) / Listen to Squarespace vs WordPress (And 3 More Questions Answered, FS065) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business…
  • Our New Fizzle Courses: Advanced Podcasting + Food Blogging (Start for just $1)

    Caleb Wojcik
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    We’ve put together 2 brand new courses from founders of industry leading, online brands to help you take the next step in your business. Just like we did when we launched the Book Yourself Solid course inside of Fizzle, we’ve already seen some Fizzlers made big strides with after taking these new courses below. We’re continuing to build out Fizzle’s training library (as you’ll see below) and to help make our community of Fizzlers more successful (with the help of our newest team member Barrett). So if you’re not a Fizzle member, here is what’s new in…
  • CEO vs. Worker Bee: The Two Modes of Productivity

    Caleb Wojcik
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Figuring out what you should be spending your time on is a lot of work. Then there is the whole “doing the work” part. The distinction between these two modes, dubbed CEO and Worker Bee by our very own Chase Reeves, is an important mental barrier to create, especially for a solo bootstrapping founder. In this video Chase details the difference between the two modes and how to integrate them into your day-to-day work schedule. (If you don’t see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.) Note from Caleb: We’ll be doing more video posts here at Fizzle. They’ll be…
  • How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064)

    Chase Reeves
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You get to a point in your business where you can either stagnate — and find yourself in 5 years doing the same damn things you’re doing today — or push forward to the next stage. Some listeners wrote in with questions about that struggle and, in this episode, we dig into some answers. We also debrief from the World Domination Summit conference. Enjoy! Push Play: How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) / Listen to How Do You Grow Up an Adolescent Business? (FS064) A podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders... TO SUBSCRIBE: simply search for…
  • Customers, Work, and Community

    Barrett Brooks
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Note: This is the last of our four-part WDS 2014 recap from the Fizzle team. You can read the other three here: Chase’s, Corbett’s, and Caleb’s. I’m back in the saddle after another trip to Portland for World Domination Summit (WDS), put on by Chris Guillebeau and company. 2014 was my third year attending the (un)conference, and I took away lessons that you can just as easily apply in your own work and life. With every passing year, I’ve found that my takeaways remain consistent, perhaps even honing ideas planted as seeds in previous years with each passing weekend spent in…
 
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    Small Business Blog - Montreal Financial

  • Guidelines For Deducting Conference and Training Expenses

    Ronika Khanna
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Attending conferences and investing in ongoing training can be a great way for small business owners to keep current on industry developments and improve their skills.  It also allows for networking opportunities and occasionally includes trips to exotic locations (and Las Vegas), which can be a nice break.  The best part is that the cost of both the events and travel are deductible against your business income, subject to specific guidelines discussed below.Conferences/Conventions/Seminars:Only 2 events per year are deductible.Per IT-131R2 The conventions must be:(a) held by a…
  • 5 Income Tax Tips from the Trenches

    Ronika Khanna
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    It is the time of year when many accountants and tax preparers live, breathe, eat and sleep taxes (leaving very little time to write about them!).  And while much of it is routine, there are numerous issues that arise, the treatment for which is not immediately apparent and can actually be quite interesting (perhaps more so to a tax nerd), some of which are compiled below:Income from a part time or hobby businessI frequently get calls from small business owners who have not declared income from “hobby or part time businesses”.  Note that any income earned during the year…
  • What Small Business Owners need to know about Tax Filing Deadlines for 2014

    Ronika Khanna
    5 Feb 2014 | 3:30 pm
    One of the responsibilities of being a small business owner requires having to submit a variety of tax declarations by specific deadlines or face consequences that involve penalties, interest and if left long enough, aggressive letters from Revenue Canada and Revenue Quebec.  The bad news is that there is no way around it and ignoring it does not make it go away.  The good news is that if you are prepared and organized it doesn’t have to be painful and can actually be quite straightforward with the right infrastructure.  The first step is to be aware of the deadlines and…
  • 9 Year End Tax Planning Tips for Small Business Owners

    Ronika Khanna
    27 Nov 2013 | 2:56 pm
    As the end of the year draws nigh, it is time for business owners everywhere to start contemplating some end of year tax planning tips to not only ensure that they can maximize their tax deductions and reduce taxes payable, but to streamline the tax filing process in the New Year.  Even if you are incorporated and your year end date is not December 31st, it is a good time to take advantage of calendar year deadlines for personal tax planning purposes.Know your small business tax filing deadlines for 2014 Organize & File – While not necessarily a direct method for saving taxes,…
  • What to Do When your Tax Obligations are Overdue

    Ronika Khanna
    4 Sep 2013 | 10:23 am
    Related: The Importance of Staying on top of your Tax Obligations Small business owners have the added responsibility of ensuring that they are aware of, and comply with, a variety of tax obligations.  For some, this can be somewhat overwhelming, resulting in an accumulation of government notices, assessments, requests for information etc. that just add to stress levels.  While ignoring the problem, hoping that it will go away, may seem like an attractive option, it is important to note that the revenue agencies never forget.  They are also both able and willing to take extreme…
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    The Sales Lion by Marcus Sheridan

  • The Hubcast: Finally, a Podcast Just for HubSpotters!

    George Thomas
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    The Hubcast Podcast Episode 001 Note from Marcus*** As I’ve discussed recently here on TSL, podcasting  (audio communication) is exploding. And as I’ve been regularly podcasting every two weeks this year, my love for this medium has only continued to grow. It is for this reason that I’ve (along w/ my weekly co-host George Thomas) started a 2nd podcast here on TSL just for HubSpot users: The Hubcast. As certified HubSpot partners here at The Sales Lion, and someone that has talked about the company for years on this blog, our HubSpot readership base is very, very large.
  • The Worst Article I’ve ever Read About Business Blogging and Comments

    Marcus Sheridan
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    This is the type of post where I need to list a few “disclaimers” before commencing with my thoughts: 1. I love Moz as a company. I love their blog and their mission. I also know that just because they post an article from a guest author, it doesn’t necessarily mean they agree with it. 2. The author of the post I’m going to discuss today is assuredly a good guy. In other words, just because I completely disagree with his article doesn’t mean he’s not talented, smart, and good at his job—as I’m sure he’s all of those things. 3. As previously stated in other articles here on…
  • The Power of Content Marketing Workshops to Impact Profitability and Eliminate Silos

    George Thomas
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Sales teams want marketing teams to make it RAIN! Marketing teams want sales to make it RAIN! See the dilemma in that? This, as you’re likely aware, is a big problem around the globe for businesses big and small, which is exactly why the act of eliminating silos and getting sales and marketing on the same team is critical. But how does this happen? Watch this awesome interview with Krista Kotrla, the Senior Vice President of Marketing from Block Imaging and see the possibilities for your organization… Content Marketing Workshops: Changing The Game As you’ll see from…
  • Why Podcasting is Becoming Better than Blogging for Building Trust, Engagement, and Loyalty

    Marcus Sheridan
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    2 years ago, a huge portion of the emails I received from my audience looked something like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been reading all your stuff…” Today, these very same types of emails tend to look like this: “Marcus, just found you recently and have been listening to all of your stuff…” It’s the same email with one monumental difference. The Power of Listening over Reading The shift above didn’t hit me until recently but as I’ve contemplated this movement and the way people are engaging with content it all makes very obvious sense: Podcast listeners…
  • What’s More Important Inbound Tactics or Inbound Strategy? An interview with Eric Keiles

    George Thomas
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    When a company realizes that their current marketing is not working, they start to look for new things to do to get the job done. In today’s world it takes you about 5 minutes and you realize that new way is inbound marketing. Only problem, inbound comes with a ton of things to do, which is great in a way, but not in another. The good news is that you will have plenty of tools to help you get your company back into its marketing glory. The bad news is that you might think you can just jump in and start doing “STUFF”. This is kind of like trying to drive a car with no engine.
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
 
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    Home Based Business Ideas

  • How to Save Cash on Your Plumbing Costs

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

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

    DanielNBrown
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    If you’re a seller in this market place, you are most likely asking a lot of questions. “What is the appropriate price to sell my real estate? How quickly will it sell? What can I do to raise the value of my real estate?” This report can help you answer some of these questions. Beneath [...]
  • 4 Pieces Violet Silicone Coasters Excellent Home & Kitchen Decoration idea 100% Peace of Mind Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
    Lavender colored things are all the rage at the minute. They are in magazines, brochures, brochures and interior decoration stores. Possibly it's the ethereal look or the way the color makes you feel however these definitely lovely lavender 3d petal clover coasters are to die for. They are an actually scrummy, welcoming and a gorgeous [...]
  • 4 pieces Brown Silicone Coasters Hollow Out Design Good Grip- 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

    DanielNBrown
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Don't you think that these coasters are the most delightful and stylish coasters offered on the market today? We would describe them as the most splendid pieces of art; you could ever set your eyes on. They're just excellent. They're made from silicone obviously, and now with the innovation of technology, they do imitate crocheted [...]
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    ReachLocal Blog: Online Marketing to Reach Local Customers

  • Another Google Search Update: Are Your Local Results Changing?

    1 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    It seems like every time we blink, Google has another search algorithm update for us to chew on. The latest was a pretty major update to their local search results that Search Engine Land has nicknamed “Pigeon.” This update affects both browser searches and Google Map searches and may cause local businesses to experience either an increase or decrease in their organic search traffic. Here’s what’s in the latest update and what you need to know so your business can continue to get discovered in Google search. What’s in the Update? Previously, when a user searched…
  • 7 Tips for Creating Flawless Emails for Your Business

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    Is email marketing or lead nurturing part of your business marketing strategy, but you’ve found creating great emails to be a challenge? If you’re a local business who wants to improve the quality of your emails, check out these seven email marketing tips. They’ll help you to create flawless emails that not only look and sound great but also work to convert more of your leads into customers and help you to retain more existing customers. 1. Write Succinct and Compelling Subject Lines According to a recent study, email subject lines should be about six to ten words in…
  • Do You Have a Mobile Website? Why It Matters to Local Business

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    If you’ve ever conducted a search on your smartphone’s browser or a local app — and we know you have! — then you know how easy it can be. But for the local business that’s not showing up in search results, this technology can be detrimental.   While mobile has become essential to many of our livelihoods, many small businesses haven’t caught on. In fact, a recent website study found that only six percent of SMBs —  yes, you read that right — have mobile websites! Is this true for your business? Weigh in in our poll now, and learn why…
  • 5 Talks That Can Boost Your Team & Your Business

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Having trouble getting the most out of your marketing? One of your biggest challenges could be how well you’ve trained and developed your employees so they can support your ongoing marketing efforts.  The team that works with you every day is a huge part of your business’ effectiveness, and you should take the time to communicate with them, develop their roles, and keep them informed.   In fact, providing continuous training and communication about their roles will not only help them feel more motivated, but it can also help them work to close more business. So, here are…
  • Behind the Marketing: The Technology that Drives ReachLocal Solutions

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    In the age of digital marketing, there’s one thing that can separate a good campaign from a great campaign: the technology behind it. And at ReachLocal, we’ve learned a thing or two about what makes digital marketing technology work to help local businesses succeed online. Our experience running thousands of high-quality search advertising, display, retargeting, and SEO campaigns has helped us continuously refine our solutions in order to help our clients get more leads and customers online.  So, what does our technology look like? Here’s an overview of how four of our…
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    Women Unlimited Worldwide

  • The Secret to Success? Just be You.

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

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

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

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

    Julie Hall
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
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    Firefly Coaching

  • Why You Should Never Attend Another Networking Event

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Contest Ideas to Grow Your Email List Fast

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Holding an online contest is a fun, affordable way to grow your email list and engage your followers with your brand. There are endless ways to create contests, ranging from huge, expensive giveaways (“Win an all-expenses paid trip to Maui!”) to contests that don’t involve money at all (“Submit a photo and we’ll feature you on our website!”) The type of contest you choose will depend on your audience, your budget, and the level of complexity you’re willing to deal with. The fastest, easiest way to use a contest to build your email list is to start small and simple, see what kind…
  • Why Use Email Automation?

    Wil Hart
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Engagement Matters Episode 30: How can you build an audience of thirsty prospects, nurture the relationships, solve problems and increase your revenue all while your eyes are closed and your hand are tied behind your back? It's called email marketing automation - baby! Let me show you how we do it. The post Why Use Email Automation? appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • 5 Ways to Use Social Media to Build Your Email List

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    You want to build your email list. You also want to grow your social media following. While both marketing techniques can be effective in and of themselves, using them together gets you better results. If you have a large following on Facebook or Twitter, just imagine being able to capture the email addresses of all those prospects - people who have already indicated interest in your brand! Similarly, being able to leverage your email list to increase and engage social followers is also an incredibly beneficial marketing technique. But how are you supposed to grab email addresses from…
  • How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List

    Wil Hart
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Engagement Matters Episode 29: When making connections with people, what is better than a face to face encounter? When you attend live events, be sure to use the experience as an email list building opportunity. Learn how you can grow your subscriber list by having an active share at live events. The post How To Go Offline And Still Grow Your Email List appeared first on Smart Simple Marketing - Practical Strategies for Creating a Highly Successful Small Business.
  • How to Craft Awesome Newsletter Content

    Sydni Craig-Hart
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The number one question I get from clients regarding their newsletter content is “What should I be writing about?”. Many small business owners mistakenly believe that they shouldn’t email their list unless they have something new and noteworthy to share. Still others are under the mistaken impression that every single newsletter should be a sales email. Great newsletter content doesn’t have to just include exciting events, product launches or new offerings. In fact, the bulk of your email content may not even focus on your products and services at all. Here are 5 newsletter content…
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    Women Entrepreneurs - The Secrets of Success blog

  • Staying Focused in the Face of Negativity

    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Jack CanfieldThe Law of Attraction states that whatever you focus on is what you will attract into your life. This is why it’s essential to stay focused on your goals. Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to maintain focus in today’s world, where we’re bombarded by negative messages from the media, co-workers, friends, relatives and even clients.The good news is that you can take
  • Three Ways that Entrepreneurs Sabotage Their Success on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Time to for real talk! Let's talk about getting your business--and your thinking--to the next level with host, "Coach Deb" Bailey. Find out how to avoid three major traps that can destroy your business before you get it going. Or derail all of your best efforts. Her journey took her from working in the fashion industry, to catalog copywriting, to computer programming and to technical
  • Email Frequency: How Often Should You Email Your List?

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Sydni Craig-Hart How often should you email your list? You click send, take a deep breath, cross your fingers, and mutter 'the email frequency prayer': Please let me be sending this at the best possible time. Please let people actually open it. Please let people click on the links. Please don't let my email frequency be too often. Amen. For many entrepreneurs, determining email
  • Don't Let a Client's Money Drama Become Yours

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    by Alicia Forest, MBAThe Business Shifter™One of the ways I see entrepreneurs staying small (and frustrated) is by not being serious enough about how they manage their receivables in their business. Receivables is simply money that is owed to you.For example, there isn't a business owner I know who hasn't had at least one client's payments become an issue, so if this hasn't happened to you
  • Sharina Annette Jones CEO of Push Goddess, LLC on Women Entrepreneurs Radio™

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Sharina Annette Jones was born in Pontiac, Michigan on October 29, 1979 at Pontiac General Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. As the youngest child of Robert and Sharon Finley, she was adored by her parents and siblings. Her family was very tight knit; with her parents teaching spiritual values along with other life lessons to their offspring. Sharina's early childhood days were spent like most
 
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    Image Design Blog

  • AlienSkin Exposure 6 - Review

    John Simoudis
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Alien Skin introduced Exposure, its film simulation Photoshop plugin a few years ago. It was one of the first - if not the first - plugin that allowed photographers to simulate popular film stocks in Photoshop.I am a huge fan of Polaroid films and I have used many plugins and actions over the years that tried to simulate those emulsions, some more successfully than others. When I used Exposure 3 (the first version I owned) I instantly fell in love with the way it rendered some of Type55 film emulsions.Now in its 6th version, Exposure is a very mature mature plugin that has so many tricks up…
  • Inside Tiffany's private jewelry salon.

    John Simoudis
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:06 am
    Bloomberg goes inside Tiffany for a rare look of their exclusive private jewelry salon.Visit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • Some interesting books

    John Simoudis
    23 May 2014 | 8:02 am
    Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated.Francois Halard(one of the top interior photographers in the world)The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the MarketVisit me at: www.simoudis.com
  • How to make Instagram better.

    John Simoudis
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    How addicted have we become to Instagram? It has become the cooler sibling to Facebook and one of the preferred hangouts of creatives who use it to share campaigns and inspirations.Instagram is also quickly becoming a platform where visually-driven brands choose to display not only behind the scenes photos but also more polished campaigns.I don't know what Facebook has in mind for Instagram and how to improve it as a social media platform. I do know though that it seems to be in need of an overhaul to continue attracting this creative audience and continue evolving.Here are some…
  • Sweet deal from OnOne for owners of Nik and Topaz plugins.

    John Simoudis
    30 Jan 2014 | 12:09 pm
    OnOne are offering a special upgrade to those who own Nik Software (including Google's NikCollection), Topaz Labs, or any other digital photography plug-in a $50 savings if they purchase their new Perfect Photo Suite 8 Premium Edition. From their press release:"With all of the new photo editing capabilities now included in the Suite and the question among some photographers on if they should subscribe to Adobe CC, we thought this was a good way to provide passionate photographers, such as those who own other plug-ins, another option to get the photo editing tools they need."Perfect Photo…
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  • Finding the Right Lawyer to Defend You in a Lawsuit

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the primary goals of any small business is to avoid lawsuits at any cost. Even if you are 100 percent in the right, and even if you ultimately prevail, any sort of court proceeding will take months or years to resolve, and will cost you tens of thousands of dollars in lawyer and court fees that you well may not get back from the other side. But no matter how hard you try to avoid litigation, sooner or later a customer, supplier, or creditor will threaten to sue your business. What do you do? The normal kneejerk reaction is to call your business lawyer for advice. You will no doubt be…
  • Better Blogging: 5 Ways to Cultivate Your Writing Skills

    Andrew Wise
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
      image credit wikipedia.org As a blogger, your greatest gift is your ability to write. It will bring you power, money, women (or men), and of course fame. It can also destroy you if you stink at it. Here’s how to cultivate a powerful “voice” in the form of the written word. Write Thousands Of Words Every Day Before Jack London became a successful and famous writer, he had to teach himself how to read and write. He spent hours, each day, writing. In fact, he wrote thousands of words every day. Most of his early writing was amateurish and really quite awful. He tried,…
  • Startups Must Embrace Coopetition For Rapid Growth

    Martin Zwilling
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Startup founders are known for their passion for their startup idea, and for their passion to kill every competitor. Thus they often overlook the fact that their biggest growth opportunity may be a win-win collaboration with a serious competitor, known in the business as coopetition. Of course, this path involves some risk, but you never get anywhere unless you take a chance. For example, I once worked for a small software company selling a sophisticated enterprise workflow solution. It provided an industry-leading graphic development interface, but was not so strong on modeling and…
  • Get Big Tax Breaks When Employing Your Kids

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:31 am
    One of the tragic upshots of the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery has been a big increase in teen unemployment. It’s not easy for kids to find jobs today, even when they’re looking for part time or summer employment. Not only does this deny them income, it keeps them from learning some of the life lessons that are crucial for their success as adults. However, if you own your business as a sole proprietorship or as a partnership with just the child’s other parent, you can give your kids jobs and enjoy some significant tax advantages at the same time. Cut…
  • My Fear of Failing – And How I Deal With It

    Susan Wilson Solovic
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Like many sellers, I look calm, cool and collected. But underneath that exterior, I’ve often felt far differently. If you really knew me, you’d know that I’ve worried about many things, including: Meeting my quota. Succeeding in a new sales position. Giving an important presentation. I’ve fainted in sales calls. Once I even dropped 10 pounds in the month following a promotion to major account sales. I was so sick to my stomach that I couldn’t eat. (Not a good diet!) During the 2000 downturn, I lost 95 percent of my business. It took me a couple of years to get my…
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    Constant Contact Blogs

  • How to Engage New Email Contacts, Right from the Start

    Ryan Pinkham
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Derek Gerber, senior account executive at Tallega Software had a goal to reshape the way his software company communicated with its audience online. “We’ve been in business for almost 10 years, and are constantly on the lookout for new technologies to help us grow,” Derek explains. “We’ve been using email for the last few years, and have seen some great results. But we really wanted to take things a step further.” With over 8,000 email contacts, Tallega Software, which offers solutions to help clients store documents and keep their business running smoothly, had already seen the…
  • 4 Common Marketing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

    Miranda Paquet
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    There’s no shortage of articles out there, claiming to have the best advice for your small business marketing. While much of the information you find can be helpful, the sheer volume of advice often only adds to your ever-growing To Do list. It’s understandable if you start to feel like you’re in over your head. But maybe what you really need is someone to help you weed out the less important items on your list. This week I spoke with Jennifer Smiga, owner of inBLOOM Communications and a Constant Contact Solution Provider. Jennifer founded inBloom Communications to help brands bloom in…
  • [Infographic] Mobile Madness: Small Business Mobile Adoption on the Rise

    Jason Fidler
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Recently, we set out to learn more about how small businesses are using mobile technology to help run, market, and grow their business. We interviewed more than 540 small business owners and asked them specific questions about what role, if any, mobile has in their day-to-day business life. Throughout our conversations, one thing was clear: mobile technology is everywhere, and small businesses are seeing its value in greater numbers than ever before. Here’s a look at some of our most revealing findings: 77 percent of small businesses are using mobile technology, up from 66 percent in 2013.
  • The Right Message to the Right Audience – Key to Small Biz Marketing Success

    Susan Solovic
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s so simple — yet brilliant: “Any time. On Time. All Time Air Conditioning.” I saw this printed on a van in the parking lot of a gas station in West Palm Beach, Florida. The temperature was in the mid-90s with extremely high humidity. Think about what happens when your air conditioning goes out during the height of the summer months. You want someone who can come at anytime — even if it’s in the middle of the night. And you want someone to be there when they say they will so you aren’t wasting your time waiting. This is an example of a small business…
  • How to Stand Out on Pinterest with 4 Simple Tweaks

    Azure Collier
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re a Pinterest user, you know that pinning on Pinterest happens fast and furiously. There’s a lot of content being shared at once. In fact, 3,472 images are shared every minute. Over the course of a day, that’s almost 5 million pins! It’s no surprise that one of the questions I’m often asked, while hosting Constant Contact’s  social media webinars is, “How can I make sure people actually see my content?” Here are a few tips I’ve learned from pinning for Constant Contact’s Pinterest boards: 1. Go big or go home You probably know that visual content gets a lot of…
 
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    UBC - a place of mind

  • Gratitude

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Dear friends of the Learning Garden,Summer's heating up in the Okanagan . . fortunately our excellent garden crew (Angela, Dewan and Kieran) have the skills and passion to nurture the life that grows there. There's corn growing, and kale, lettuce, herbs, peppers - and squash! More photos to come, so please stay tuned. Environmental degradation of our oceans and earth continues. . . and positive, life-giving choices need to be made about how we will co-exist and honour the life that we are a part of. As the Learning Garden quietly thrives, and sows the work now for Fall activities,…
  • A Time to Celebrate

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Here are the following ways people celebrate different occasions around the world! New Year Kids in China are into Chinese New Year (It is one of most important Chinese traditional festivals like the West Christmas) since they know they are going to get hong bao (Generally, they are red envelopes with some money inside) from […]
  • Making wine a greener enterprise

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    UBC grad student examines potential of sustainability from vineyard to market.
  • Try These Four E-Commerce Tips to Boost Your Online Sales—Video Content Roundup

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 pm
    The past decade has seen e-commerce occupy a greater role in our everyday lives. read more
  • June was the hottest month on record for the ocean

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    The  oceans in June may have set an all-time heat record, according to data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The global average sea surface temperature may have topped 17 °C for the first time in any month of any year since 1880. The NOAA State of the Climate analysis reported that […]
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  • Filofax Classic Personal

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

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

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

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

    admin
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: János Balázs via Compfight cc   Research shows the smallest firms are made to wait the longest for payment – and the wait is getting longer, compared with immediately before the credit crunch.     Figures from the Asset Based Finance Association put the average wait for payment at 71 days, up from 64 days before the recession hit in 2008.   But this length of wait is only expected of the smallest firms, with turnover below £1 million.   Among the biggest firms, with turnover in excess of £500 million, payments are made in just 48 days, still…
  • Debt collectors pursue £1.2bn owed to govt

    admin
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: Demonsub via Compfight cc Figures from the Public Accounts Committee show that private debt collectors were enlisted to help pursue £1.2 billion owed to the UK government in 2012-13.     This was at a time when £22 billion in total was owed to the government, including unpaid fines, outstanding tax owed to HMRC, and overpaid tax credits.   Poor internal credit control and the failure of a joined-up approach to pursuing debt have been blamed for the sheer size of the balance, with some of the most difficult debts owed to ‘arms-length bodies’ such as…
  • SMEs find end of recession ‘distressing’

    admin
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Photo Credit: photosteve101 via Compfight cc   It sounds odd to suggest that thousands of SMEs might face financial distress due to the country’s emergence from recession, but that is the warning made in a new Begbies Traynor Red Flag Alert.     The Red Flag Report for Q2 2014 cites a total of 237,000 companies that are now in financial distress, up by over 60,000 during the past 12 months.   Some 218,000 of these are now in ‘significant’ distress – and any rise in the base rate could push these zombie businesses over the edge.   However, there…
  • Cost of late payment nears £50bn

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: deux-chi via Compfight cc   The total cost of late payment to UK businesses stands at almost £50 billion, according to a report from payments processor Bacs.   Large corporations are getting off lightly, with just £6.7 billion owed to them at any one time; in contrast, SMEs with fewer than 250 employees are shouldering the bulk of the burden at a total of £39.4 billion.   Together, these figures make an estimated total late payment debt of £46.1 billion.   Unsurprisingly, the average sums involved are much higher for the largest firms, who are owed nearly…
  • IoD say ‘Don’t panic!’ as trade deficit hits £2.4bn

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Photo Credit: TranceMist via Compfight cc   A total UK trade deficit of £2.4 billion is no cause for concern, according to the Institute of Directors, following the publication of figures by the ONS that may appear worrying at first glance.     The ONS reported a £9.2 billion deficit on goods trade within the UK; but this was offset by £6.8 billion of exports, creating a net deficit of £2.4 billion.   Export performance is particularly strong in long-haul destinations, the figures show, with a 1.5% increase in exports outside of the EU.   Closer to home, exports…
 
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    Small Business Bliss

  • Small business marketing case study – make your blog your art with Lizzie Rose Jewellery

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

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

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

    Martina Iring
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I’ve been getting a glut of emails from Canadian small businesses and organizations scrambling to comply with the new law going into effect tomorrow (July 1, 2014) – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL). Have you been getting them too and wondering whether you need to do anything? I figured that some of you out there might be a little confused by this whole change, so this post will give you a real quick low down. These emails also made me realize just how many organizations weren’t following long-standing email marketing best practices, so it’s an ideal time…
  • Google My Business – from business directory listing to social media profile

    Martina Iring
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    It’s official – Google has officially merged its Google Places listings with Google Plus to create Google My Business. Phew! Your business page has been automatically merged into a Google Plus account. I noticed it on my Google plus profile – local profiles I manage showed up as Plus pages. And then not too long after that got an email from Google about it officially letting me know. It’s rolling out gradually so if you don’t see it yet, it’s coming! What’s the deal? Well, the difference now with this is that this is not strictly a local business listing, as it was with Google…
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    ENTREPRENEURSHIP Where Business Marketing Collide with Human Nature

  • Interruption Marketing - Required and Effective

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

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

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

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

    ask@michaelhartzell.com (Michael Hartzell)
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:27 pm
    What will it take to get a yes?  Not just a nod of the head, but action in the form of an introduction. What it takes has been referred to as an ethical bribe, bait, an offer, a bargain, something free and by many other names.  I like to think of it as something valuable that will have high impact and make their day.  You can do it online, in a radio spot, by phone or on the TV.  The reason the Internet is a great option is because of the cost and convenience. If you have any to all of the offers on the list below, you increase your chances of getting an introduction.
 
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    Surefire Social

  • Local Marketing Mistakes Franchises Make and Their Solutions

    Chris Marentis
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    One of the biggest challenges for franchises today is capitalizing on the brand power and resources of their national brand while driving local business to their franchise location. Though your national brand may have a huge national presence, franchise managers are still left with the daunting task of making their numbers. The road to successfully marketing your franchise isn’t always an easy or straightforward one, but the following strategies are key to every franchises success. Mistake: Depend exclusively on national brand website Set Up a Franchise Website For franchise managers,…
  • Franchise Blogs to Have on Your Radar

    Chris Marentis
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Franchise owners face a host of daily challenges that are unique to the franchise model of business. Due to the constantly evolving business landscape, it’s a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse and a handful of franchise blogs can help ensure that you do. Here are a few of our top picks: Franchise Direct For all the top franchise news without the spin, turn to Franchise Direct. If you’re just starting out looking for franchise blogs, this may be the one to start with. Don Cranford, who keeps you informed with a concise, direct style, writes most of the blogs. Also check out some…
  • Remodel Your Remodeling Website: Tips from the Pros

    Abdul El-Tayef
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Thanks to your experience in remodeling, you know that a remodel can have a tremendous positive impact on the value of a home or a business—but only if the job is done correctly. The same rule applies to your business website. If you take the proper steps during your website remodeling project, the finished product can drastically improve your bottom line. Here are a few of our favorite tips from local internet marketing pros: Communicate Credibility These days, it’s not simply enough to have a website for your remodeling business. To make it possible for customers in your area to find…
  • How to Market Effectively with Images

    Chris Marentis
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    Whether it’s a blog post, website homepage, or social media post, it’s clear that photos and videos play a major role in marketing. Several studies show that web users pay more attention—and remember what they see—when visual content is paired with text. According to Zabisco, 40 percent of people respond better to visual content than they do to text alone, and your business can’t afford to miss 40 percent of your audience. Follow a Few Basic Guidelines Even though most local marketing experts agree that it’s best to use images in all forms of marketing, it’s also equally…
  • Brand Consistency Counts: How to Implement a Cohesive Marketing Plan

    Chris Marentis
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    A well-crafted marketing plan involves several vehicles for your messaging, such as print ads, social media marketing, email messages, and landing pages, that all must come to together seamlessly to form a cohesive brand identity for your business. Why Consistency Is Important Whether prospective buyers see your messages at your local store, online, through a print ad, or a combination of the three, the messages should be consistent. This consistency enables your potential customers to recognize and trust your brand, giving them a good reason to choose your business when they are ready to…
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    The Entrepreneurs Club of America

  • Marvin Montgomery on Price

    Kasey Marlow
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Marvin Montgomery’s thoughts on selling and customer service are always “spot on”. This one is no different. If you want to increase your profits, customer service is more important than price.
  • Entrepreneurs Club Radio – Dan Quiggle Author of Lead Like Reagan – Monday August 4, 2014

    Kasey Marlow
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:59 am
    Dan Quiggle, serial entrepreneur and author of Lead Like Reagan. If you want to learn about leadership from one of the best,
  • Christine Blake Leadership lessons

    Kasey Marlow
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Christine Blake has been the CEO of Cardinal Community Credit Union for only a few years, but her management and leadership skills have taken it to bigger heights.
  • Sunday Quotes

    Kasey Marlow
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    Read some inspiring quotes from Dolly Parton and Winston Churchill
  • Marvin on People Who Make a Difference

    Kasey Marlow
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    This post was written by Marvin Montgomery, The Sales Doctor, and as usual, he is “spot on” with his thoughts on customer service. Whether you are a dry cleaner or a corporate customer service executive, this makes a lot of sense.
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    Blog

  • Marketing ROI by Marketing Method & Cost Per Impression

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

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

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

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

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

  • Internet Marketing Service

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

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

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

    admin
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    If you keep a check on the online world, you must have come across the very famous word, Internet marketing services or more popularly known as SEO or Search Engine Optimisation. Born in 1995, SEO has come a long way since then and now you can find numerous companies offering Internet marketing services in UK. If we go by the trend, UK is the hottest destination for Internet marketing. Maximum companies or websites across the globe are turning towards the UK for getting their website optimised and to enjoy higher search engine rankings. Search engine marketing in UK has witnessed radical…
  • Internet Marketing Services

    admin
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    There are very few internet marketing services worth while out there today. Many internet marketing services are just scams pure and simple. Many of these internet marketing services make promises they cannot and will not deliver on. Many people have lost a ton of money on these internet marketing services. Some of these internet marketing services include things like “We will send 1 million targeted hits to your website for 2999.95″. Most of these internet marketing services are bogus. Many good and hardworking people are trying to make a living online and these sham internet…
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     Vistage Executive Street Blog

  • The Social Media CEO: How Social Media Can Enhance Your Brand

    Curt Finch
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    How much time would you say you’re spending on social media? As an executive of a small business, you should be spending quite a bit Read MoreThe post The Social Media CEO: How Social Media Can Enhance Your Brand appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • White Space Unleashes Creative Insights

    Jerry Cahn
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Leaders of businesses through the military recognize the need to unleash people’s creative insights in order to generate solutions. As I was updating my Vistage Read MoreThe post White Space Unleashes Creative Insights appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Artie Isaac has worked for more than 30 years with highly creative people, addressing challenges and opportunities facing more than 1,000 companies. Since selling his Read MoreThe post How to Infuse, Discover and Enhance Creativity within Your Organization appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Health Tips for High Performing Executives

    Vistage Staff
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Brad Davidson explores unique strategies for improving health, the effects of sleep on high-performing executives, as well as which foods are best for breakfast and Read MoreThe post Health Tips for High Performing Executives appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
  • Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think

    Steve Cohen
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    If you remember Edward Snowden, you might think that being a whistleblower is not a good thing. Snowden revealed a secret U.S. surveillance program that Read MoreThe post Whistleblowers: More Protection Than You Think appeared first on  Vistage Executive Street Blog.
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    Bleau

  • The Way Home, un joc semnat moWOW

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

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

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

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

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

  • How NOT to invite a connection on LinkedIn

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

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

    Griselda K Togobo
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:15 am
      Do you know off the top of your head how much it really costs to keep you in business? If you took all the costs in your business (every single cost over the course of the year), added your salary (most business owners just leave their salaries out – that won’t help you) and divided that by 365, 52 or 12 that would give you an idea of how much you needed to earn every day, week or month to keep your doors open. This is what I call the magic number. The more you earn above your magic number, the more you’ll have to bank as excess. The magic number is not about revenues. I…
  • 3 Trends That Cost The Businesses & Industries That Ignored Them. Don’t Ignore Them

    Griselda K Togobo
    19 May 2014 | 11:51 pm
    My son loves dinosaurs. I couldn’t stand the sight of them before I had him but having spent far too many hours reading “Mad about dinosaurs” (one of his bedtime reads) I know far too much about dinosaurs. Nobody knows why dinosaurs become extinct but one of the theories being bounced about by scientist is that they couldn’t adapt to the changing climate. So, the world woke up one day and dinosaurs were gone. Each time I read about dinosaurs, I’m reminded of just how important it is to be adaptable in life. Being flexible and able to adapt in business is essential for survival. Yet,…
  • Growth Myth #4: You can keep growing your business with the same loyal team you started off with

    Griselda K Togobo
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    You need a core group of loyal dedicated people to help you grow your business. However the people you start with are not always the right people to take you where you dream of going. This is probably one of the most uncomfortable and toughest decisions you have to make as an entrepreneur. What I’m suggesting applies to any team size or type, virtual, in-house or outsourced. It can be a huge barrier for most people and for myself, I know its never easy making the decision to part ways with anyone. This is one of the reasons why you have to be committed to developing your team so that they…
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    Intuit Small Business Blog

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

    Angela Stringfellow
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My Business, small-business owners and marketers had to update their business information on each of these services separately, a confusing process for business owners already crunched for time. “We see our customers struggle with this all the time,”…
  • How to Use Hashtags on Twitter and Other Social Networks

    Michael Essany
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:53 am
    Any business navigating the world of social media marketing needs to know how to use hashtags. What is a hashtag? On Twitter, a hashtag (denoted by the # symbol) turns any word or group of words that directly follow it into a searchable link. This allows users to organize content and track discussion topics based on those keywords. Clicking on the hashtag will bring up posts that mention a subject, along with constantly updated posts in real time. Most major social media platforms now support hashtags, including Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, and Tumblr. According to the…
  • Should You Buy a New Top-Level Domain Name for Your Business?

    Kathryn Hawkins
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Now it’s easier than ever before to buy a branded URL for your business. With the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ rollout of more than 1,400 themed domain extensions over the course of the year, you can now buy the website address of your choice with a .bike, .coffee, or .lawyer top-level domain, to name just a few of the options. If the .com website address of your choice isn’t available, a themed domain extension may seem like an attractive option — but is it worth building your online brand around it? Consider the following points. .Com Domains Still Dominate…
  • In the Trenches: Communicating How We Work More Clearly

    Brett Snyder
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:28 am
    We just had our annual Cranky Concierge get together in June, and as always, it was a lively couple of days. We came up with a laundry list of things we want to do better, and one of the bigger themes was around better communicating how our business works. Oh sure, our clients usually know what they’re getting when they sign up for our service, but there are bits and pieces of the business that they we could explain better and earlier in the process. The hard part has always been figuring out how to share this info without overwhelming people. Fortunately we were able to work through a…
  • How to Market to a World Hooked on Instant Gratification

    Suzanne Kearns
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:08 am
    It’s no longer enough to give customers great service and competitive prices. Today, they want all of that — and they want it now. With the advent of modern technology and instant-response social media platforms, people have lost the ability to wait. Tweets, Facebook posts, and texting require no patience and provide users with immediate gratification. And now people are beginning to expect the same from the companies they buy from. So, how can you take advantage of this trend in your marketing efforts? Here are five suggestions. 1. Play up the time savings you offer. People want things…
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    ChrisReimer.com

  • Texting and Driving – Dangerous!

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

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

    Chris Reimer
    13 Feb 2014 | 8:32 am
    “I don’t understand his world, but I do understand he’s part of mine.”The post A Gay NFL Player? Dale Hansen Says We’re Going to Be Fine appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Look Ahead for 2014

    Chris Reimer
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:18 am
    What are the social media trends we should be keeping an eye on during the coming year? I recently appeared on Fox 2 TV with Angela Hutti to provide my social media look ahead for 2014. We discussed Google Plus, Snapchat and Twitter. The discussion on Twitter at the end had to be cut short [...]The post Social Media Look Ahead for 2014 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
  • Social Media Year in Review – 2013

    Chris Reimer
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:13 am
    I recently joined Angela Hutti on Fox 2 TV to discuss 2013′s social media trends. Here’s what I saw when I reflected on the year. MORE: Mobile – More people are living their entire lives on their mobile devices. And they’re comfortable doing so. Ads – Facebook rolled out ads in your newsfeed, and Instagram [...]The post Social Media Year in Review – 2013 appeared first on ChrisReimer.com.
 
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    Blue Kite Marketing blog

  • 4 Ideas for More Effective Internal Communication

    Jan Morrison
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • Why You Might Not Need a Website After All

    Laura Click
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:48 am
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  • How to Handle a Social Media Crisis: 5 Key Lessons From Kentucky Kingdom

    Danielle Ali
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
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  • Content Curation: 3 New Tools To Discover & Share Content

    Laura Click
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
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  • The Problem with Cheap Social Media Marketing

    Laura Click
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:16 am
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    Barry Moltz

  • Tech Startups: Outlook & What VCs Look For

    Courtney Deruy
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Good Times For Tech Startups The startup technology industry is in a mature phase of recovery and growth says Marc Andreessen, co-inventor of the world’s first commercial browser and co-founder of a leading venture capital firm, in an interview at Stanford It’s been a slow recovery since the bubble of 2000, but now tech is in the “deployment stage” where new technology starts to work, it makes it into the hands of users, and it becomes cost effective. Market sizes for new technologies are well on their way to a billion users and startup tech companies are being valued at multi billion…
  • #284 Topher Morrison, Tim Hurson, Dave Hawley and Freda Thomas

    Barry J Moltz
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled guests : Topher Morrison talks about the death of the information age and the birth of the collaboration age. Tim Hurson discusses why the sales axiom 'always be closing' can actually hurt your business. Dave Hawley shows us how to sell to Millenials. Freda Thomas reviews the do's and don'ts of starting a company. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
  • Rethinking Mortgages

    Courtney Deruy
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Are standard mortgages outdated? Dangerous? To blame for the financial crisis? Atif Mian and Amir Sufi, two economists and authors of the new book House of Debt: How They (and You) Caused the Great Recession, and How We Can Prevent it From Happening Again, certainly think so. As stated in the Bloomberg article Sharing The Pain, economic disasters are almost always preceded by a large increase in household debt. Therefore, changing the terms of debt contracts to make them more flexible is necessary to prevent the next disaster. Mian and Sufi claim that, had this been done earlier, the Great…
  • #283 Frank Gruber, Jay DesMarteau, Andy Feit, and John Oecshle

    Barry J Moltz
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Scheduled Guests: Frank Gruber talks about his new start up book, Startup Mixology from his Tech Cocktail experience. Jay DesMarteau reveals TD Bank's survey of small business owners likes and dislikes. Andy Feit shows how to protect your email from getting hacked. John Oecshle demonstrates the key way to retain customers. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
  • Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics – Read at your own risk

    Courtney Deruy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    In his book Homer Economicus: The Simpsons and Economics, author Joshua Hall uses the Simpsons and their hometown of Springfield to reveal that economics is everywhere. The title of Homer Economicus is a play on the economic term homo economicus, which conceptualizes the perfectly rational individual. The clever title essentially captures what the book aims to achieve – teach economic principles in an entertaining and culturally relevant way. The book, comprised of 16 chapters and 189 pages, is effectively broken into three main sections, starting with the economic basics and moving to…
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    Free Enterprise

  • Do You Need a 'No Jokes' Policy for Customer Receipts, Orders?

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    While drinking my morning coffee the other day, I happened to notice that in the spot where the barista usually writes the name of the person who ordered the drink was instead written simply "Beard." This makes sense. After all, I do have a rather large beard. And generally, I don't really mind being objectified as "Beard." But what if the cup had said "Fat?" Or "Aging hipster wearing glasses and tight pants?" Would I have been OK with it then? While these quips are often done with the best intentions -- to rib a regular customer or to lighten up a heavy mood in a busy service environment --…
  • 3 Legal Tips If Your Business Is Flooded

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    If your business is flooded, you need to get on top of your legal to-dos, or you'll be financially underwater. Just look at what happened to UCLA's campus after a water main burst, sending more than 20 million gallons flowing through the campus. While the Los Angeles Times suggests that the UCLA incident may be more of a red flag for the city's infrastructure, business owners should be ready to mitigate flood damage no matter what the cause. Here are three legal tips to consider to keep your business high and dry after a flood: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate?
  • Restaurant's Loud Kids Ban May Sound Harsh, but Is It Legal?

    Brett Snider, Esq.
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Business owners may often endure screaming children alongside paying customers, but they may not have to. A Northern California restaurant heard an awful lot of complaints after it posted a sign announcing its new policy: No loud kids in the dining room. According to Monterey's KSBW-TV, the Old Fisherman's Grotto restaurant in the city's historic Old Fisherman's Wharf has also barred strollers, high chairs, and booster chairs. Can your business put a loud-kids ban like this in place? Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney…
  • 5 Legal Tips for Using Customer Testimonials

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Customer testimonials can be a great tool for small businesses with limited marketing budgets. After all, what better way to show customers you can get the job done than ringing endorsements from previous customers? But if you're thinking of using customer testimonials for your business, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Here are five legal tips for using customer testimonials in your marketing materials: Need legal advice on how your small business should operate? Consult with an experienced business attorney about your options. Testimonials must be truthful. According to the…
  • NLRB: McDonald's, Franchisees Both Liable for Worker Treatment

    Daniel Taylor, Esq.
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    The National Labor Relations Board's General Counsel has ruled that McDonald's is jointly responsible for treatment of workers at its franchisees' restaurants. The ruling comes amidst the NLRB findings that of the 181 unfair labor practice complaints filed against the fast-food chain and its franchisees over the last 20 months, at least 43 had merit, reports The New York Times. Complaints in these cases include allegations that workers were fired and threatened for pro-union activities. McDonald's will now be considered a "joint employer" in those cases, which could make the company legally…
 
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    BuzzBooster Marketing Advisors: Shahar and Nash

  • Millennials Spend More Time With Digital Than Traditional Media

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

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

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

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

    buzz@buzzbooster.com (Buzz Booster)
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here is another episode of BuzzBooster Tv. This week we invited business coach Robert Imbriale to discuss success, failure and why success ain’t for cry babies. This is episode 124 Check the Buzz and Biz app on Roku for more episodes. Online watch past episodes here The post Success ain’t For Cry Babies appeared first on NeuroMarketing | Small Business Marketing | Social Media Marketing | Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    BJ Strawter

  • Learning to say No.

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

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

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

    Billy Strawter Jr
    31 Dec 2012 | 11:50 am
    Blame the email on the cat <RANT>Being in marketing, I find myself at a few networking events. Yay me. Lately there’s a trend I’m not particularly found of:  Being added to email marketing campaigns from my business card. I get it. It’s a simple and quick way to build up your e-blast, newsletter, gobbly wobbly (yep) list. But it’s also in poor taste. So in traditional me fashion I wrote out a few words of semi-wisdom. 1.  Getting a business card is not an OPT IN Just because you were given a business card doesn’t mean anyone wants a marketing…
  • Any Excuse for Red Velvet

    Billy Strawter Jr
    30 Nov 2012 | 1:32 pm
    From time to time I like to write about my life as I live it. All business makes Billy a dull boy…I recently made  a friendly wager on the Michigan vs. Ohio State game. If Michigan won I would get brownies. If that other school won I had to make red velvet cupcakes with gray frosting. Game day rolled around and I thought it would be nice to watch the game with baby girl. Except two minutes in to the first quarter she says “I think you better have your baking supplies ready…” This is not how I raised her. Clearly the prospect of cupcakes had broken her down. Still,…
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    Noobpreneur.com

  • One Funding Method Overlooked by Small Business Owners (and How to Find it)

    Ivan Widjaya
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    Running a small business, I am well aware of the seasonality of it. Quite often – if not always – I need to cut costs during a slow season, so that I can keep my business in the black. Unfortunately, doing so costs my business in one way or another: I can’t secure more business due to the financial constraints.… Continue reading » The post One Funding Method Overlooked by Small Business Owners (and How to Find it) appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • SEO for Start-Ups: Should You Invest?

    Ivan Widjaya
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    You’ve poured blood, sweat and tears into building your business from scratch, and when your savings are just about drained, you read something online about hiring an SEO professional to help it rank better in Google. An ominous feeling of dread creeps up on you at the thought of forking out even more money to make your vision a reality.… Continue reading » The post SEO for Start-Ups: Should You Invest? appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Exporting as an SME: 5 Critical Questions

    Ivan Widjaya
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:31 am
    As the world seemingly gets smaller and smaller, and widespread connectivity becomes the norm, it’s little surprise that an increasing number of small businesses are choosing to sell their products across their own continent and the world, not just their own locality.… Continue reading » The post Exporting as an SME: 5 Critical Questions appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • 11 Ways Online Businesses Can Attract More Customers Over the Summer

    The Young Entrepreneur Council
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    What is one fun way predominantly online businesses can attract more customers during slower months? The following answers are provided by members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.… Continue reading » The post 11 Ways Online Businesses Can Attract More Customers Over the Summer appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
  • Protecting Your Business – Digital Safety

    Ivan Widjaya
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:44 am
    Shredding and recycling is very important, and is the best way of ridding yourself of data you no longer need, but which still needs to be kept confidential. You probably associate shredding with getting rid of paper-based information, but actually, there is equipment that allows you to shred and recycle devices that have recorded this data digitally.… Continue reading » The post Protecting Your Business – Digital Safety appeared first on Noobpreneur.com.
 
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    BizDharma.com

  • 8 Things I Learnt By Being Incubated Abroad

    Himanshu Chanda
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    Lessons from a startup which has been incubated by 500 Startups in the US. With focus on the growing Indian Market, Annkur shares what he learnt from being incubated abroad
  • India and the dilemma of privacy

    Himanshu Chanda
    29 Jan 2013 | 1:13 pm
    A post about how Indian culture evolved and role privacy plays in the same. Highlighted a few examples where privacy breach is so obvious and yet very prevalent in India.
  • Should cofounders code for the startup? Outsource? Lets end the debate

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Dec 2012 | 3:06 am
    A post answering whether co-founders should code in their own startup, build teams, hack or simply outsource. This post clarifies several misconceptions that are faced by startup founders today.
  • Planning to transfer your website? Here are a few things to take care

    Himanshu Chanda
    3 Dec 2012 | 9:23 pm
    Have recently transferred BizDharma to a new web host and things have improved with respect to site load time and expansion. I thought a quick post on things to take care during migration will help you, so here we go.
  • Lessons learned pitching my startup idea to a gamut of customers

    Himanshu Chanda
    25 Oct 2012 | 9:20 am
    The most repeated task that I have done in the last 30 days is pitching my startup idea to a whole bunch of users. Here is a brain dump of lessons I have learned pitching my dear startup idea to a whole bunch of users
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    Big Brand System

  • Your Marketing Elimination Diet: How to Lose the Dead Weight and Find Your Best Customers Now

    Pamela Wilson
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today, someone unsubscribed from my mailing list. And I smiled. Why? Because I know my Marketing Elimination Diet is working. Why Those Unsubscribes Make Me Happy When I see someone has unsubscribed in my email software, I glance over at my total subscriber count. I confirm that it’s growing. And I know my marketing is doing what it’s supposed to. Even though I’ve lost someone, I’ve gained many others. And over time, the number of people Big Brand System reaches has grown, and grown, and grown. At First, It’s Hard to Say Goodbye I didn’t always feel this…
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    Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos

  • 17 Essential Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Marketing Campaign

    Wendy Kenney
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:13 pm
    17 Essential Elements of a Successful Direct Mail Marketing Campaign Direct mail marketing can be an excellent way to get new customers. This article explains what you must include in your campaign to ensure its success. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Write the Perfect Headline

    Wendy Kenney
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    How to Write the Perfect Headline Everyone who manages a blog  wants to know how to write the perfect headline; the types of headlines that get shared on social media. Because the simple truth is the more shares your blog gets, the more traffic your website gets. Neal Patel, who is one of the foremost search engine optimization experts in the […] Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • How to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google with New Google My Business

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

    Wendy Kenney
    16 Jun 2014 | 2:56 pm
    19 Tricks to Increase Your Website Ranking on Google Find out easy tricks to increase your website ranking on Google gleaned from Google and search engine optimization experts all over the world. Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
  • Automotive Expert Matt Allen

    Wendy Kenney
    8 May 2014 | 11:58 am
    Automotive Expert Matt Allen Automotive Expert and Radio Show Host, Matt Allen, is frequently called on by the media as an expert in automotive-related stories. Find out more: Auto Repair Shop Marketing & PR Firm | 23 Kazoos - Building Buzz for Business
 
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    Bulldog Drummond - Uncommon Sense

  • Zappos Non-Culture

    Bulldog Drummond
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
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  • No Excuse for Bad Behavior

    Bulldog Drummond
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    Written by Russell Ruggiero  The world is changing around us and sadly it seems that poor behavior in public spaces is becoming the rule and not the exception. The word “infringe” seems to be more common than ever before, perhaps it’s our increasing world population, habitual narcissistic actions and behaviors, decreasing attention spans or increasing pressure to participate. More than ever we’re experiencing and encouraging a society of very bad manners. From business to personal we need to remember there’s no excuse for bad behavior. Let’s all remember the basic principles we…
  • The Little Nudges That Would Make Even Churchill Proud

    Bulldog Drummond
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Written by Peter Simms If there’s a bell curve of risk aversion by sector, government and philanthropy are at the far right end (by far). A high-level American diplomat recently described to me the risk aversion in Washington these days as “paranoia,” a fear of failure or making a mistake that leads to a state of near paralysis. Innovation and entrepreneurship are all but non-existent in Washington at a time when reinvention and renewal is needed most. Yet, hard as it may be to believe given the current state of affairs, a trip to London and Number 10 Downing Street last week has given…
  • Carrots Come Out to Play

    Bulldog Drummond
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Just Do Your Job

    Bulldog Drummond
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Written by Gregg Imamoto Recently, my six year old asked me during basketball practice, what’s my favorite sport and why? The quick answer was basketball and as for the why, I simply stated that I enjoy playing it even more than I enjoy watching it. But, as most children are prone to do, he asked why again. As I resumed practice, it became clearer, what exactly am I trying to teach these young boys right now? The better answer was that basketball is a team sport. It requires a group of individuals to work together to accomplish a common objective. Basketball, similar to most team sports,…
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    EpicLaunch

  • Office Harmony: Solving the Top 3 Comfort Conflicts

    EpicLaunch
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Every employer knows that the secret to staff productivity is keeping their employees comfortable and happy in the office. However, that is not always as easy as it seems. Environmental factors can affect the comfort levels of employees, and it is in the employer’s best interests to sort these out before they have a detrimental effect on productivity. There are many things that can affect the comfort of employees, but by far the biggest three are temperature, light and noise. As well as ensuring correct office health and safety at all times, you should also make sure your employees are…
  • A Few Top Tips to Trigger Trade Show Triumph

    EpicLaunch
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Is your business currently on the hunt for a new avenue through which you can market your product or service to the masses? You will probably find that you are already well aquainted with the obvious methods through which this can be done; social media, advertising, and mailing lists are only a few of the ways in which this can be done. However, one marketing method you may not have given a go is taking your business to a trade show. Many of you will already have an idea of what a trade show is, but to refresh your memory and provide those of you who haven’t heard about them, here is a…
  • How SME’s Benefit from Video Conferencing

    EpicLaunch
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    Owners of small and medium enterprises are often struggling to reduce expenses while boosting productivity. For some, this may seem like some sort of mission impossible, but in reality modern technology actually simplifies their mission, turning their desire to decrease costs into an achievable goal. Videoconferencing systems are the handy solutions that trigger considerable financial savings, favor a healthier management and lead to improved business relationships. These are only 3 benefits associated with smart and affordable video conferencing systems designed to address the stringent…
  • Leveraging Social Media to Sell Your Products

    EpicLaunch
    21 May 2014 | 12:31 am
    Social networking was once a simple way for you to connect with old friends, colleagues, distant relatives, etc. Utilized properly, a social networking site gives you the potential to connect with anyone from around the world. More and more businesses, both large and small, have realized just how powerful these networking tools are, and have started tapping into this market to promote their products and increase their online sales. In order to leverage social media as a way to sell more of your products, you can’t bombard consumers with hourly Twitter updates spouting lines about how great…
  • Collaboration in the Digital Age

    EpicLaunch
    8 May 2014 | 4:56 am
    Remember the days when group projects consisted of four or five people huddled over mountains of books, whispering in urgent tones to one another in the back corner of the library? Or afternoons spent organizing and fitting a meeting into everyone’s schedule in order to get the work done? In the business world today, any type of collaboration is almost always done digitally, according to the University of Wisconsin. Thanks to the help of videoconferencing and emails you can be literally anywhere in the world and still manage to get work done no matter what the weather, your social schedule…
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    Web Marketing Therapy Blog

  • Marketing Management is a Partnership

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

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

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

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

    virtualwordspecialist
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    image: morgueFile free photo Images used with text on the web are not only visual eye candy but can also (when used with search optimization best practices) great for SEO. But know that there are rules when using images!  Basic understanding and education of copyright use for web images can help avoid common (and sometimes costly) mistakes while still enhancing web content with images. An article by a site called SkilledUp.com called: “Web Photos 101: Copyright ‘Fair Use’ For Web Images” provides easy-to-understand language to better understand image copyright “fair use” that…
 
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    The Rise To The Top: Helping you generate big time revenue through your own online products & programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Avoid Rookie Mistakes: Understand the Power of Marketing Videos

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

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

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

    Guest Author
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:59 am
    Working hard or hardly working? Rapidly growing technological advances have not only raised the bar for all of us, but also made us more inactive. We are now expected to be multitasking throughout the workday, and most of our tasks don’t require us to get off our seat!  Here are a few tips to help make you feel healthier, more alert, and more productive during your workday: 1. Have a meeting? Why not take a walk? Break out of the meeting room, and have walking meetings instead! Not only will the change in surroundings inspire new ideas and creativity, but the physical activity will also…
  • Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

    Christine Mortensen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since that time, nothing has shaken the business world to that next level as email did in the 90’s, until now… PointDrive, a Chicago based company, has established a solid foundation transforming emails into powerful online sales presentations.  Below are five reasons why I love PointDrive: 1. Technical Integrations PointDrive easily…
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    Launch Grow Joy

  • ASK ANDREEA: What is the best way to get my products featured in influential blogs?

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

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

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

    launchgrowjoy
    6 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This is a guest post by Lidia Varesco Racoma I love branding. For almost 15 years, Ive been running a graphic design studio and helping clients create effective branding and marketing. Last year, I launched typebaby, a line of typographic baby and kids apparel. I got just as excited about developing the branding and I did about developing the product line. I recently held a branding “tune-up” workshop to help fellow moms in business discover key aspects of their brand. At the end of this post, you will be able to download the worksheet (tweaked for product businesses) for your...
  • Choosing the Direct Sales business model with Kara Wiegand of @ThreadsWW

    launchgrowjoy
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    Have you considered implementing a direct sales model for your business? If you are not familiar with direct sales, here’s a quick rundown: direct sales is when you sell your products away from a physical store location and instead sell through sales consultants who host trunk shows, demos, in-person events and even online. In today’s podcast episode, Kara Wiegand of Threads Worldwide and I talk about why she and her business partners, Angela Yost and Lindsay Herron, decided to sell their handcrafted products through Direct Sales Consultants instead of selling to retailers. CLICK…
 
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    The Metropreneur Columbus

  • Capital Crossroads SID Announces Video Contest for Downtown Office Space

    Susan Post
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If downtown is where you want your business to be, Capital Crossroads SID is announcing a video contest in which local businesses will compete for $10,000 towards an office lease within the district. “The SID offers downtown businesses a lot of support, from the time they start looking at space to lease, to well after […]
  • DMG Concierge Offering NYC-Style Services in Columbus

    Susan Post
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Concierge service is normally associated with million dollar listings and luxury NYC apartments, but one Columbus business is making the convenience  accessible at an affordable price point. With clients in Upper Arlington to Worthington, from Short North to Grandview and Downtown, Dina Giddens is making life a little easier for residents across the city as […]
  • Columbus Chamber Releases Small Business Workforce Survey Results

    Susan Post
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    Yesterday The Metropreneur took a big-picture look at what small businesses across the nation think about Columbus, and today’s feature takes a deeper look at what local owners think about the small-business workforce in Central Ohio through a survey conducted by the Columbus Chamber. Commissioned by the city council, the survey strives to better understand the […]
  • National Survey of Small Businesses Gives Columbus A+ in Training & Networking Programs

    Susan Post
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    A Thumbtack.com survey of over 12,000 small businesses across the country revealed that Columbus earns an “A+” when it comes to training and networking programs. “Creating a business climate that is welcoming to small, dynamic businesses is more important than ever, and Columbus is making big strides towards that goal,” says Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of […]
  • Serif Creative Focused on Videos with Feeling

    Susan Post
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Serif Creative loves a story, and loves helping other businesses tell theirs. With a strong focus on videos that make you feel something, Doug Joseph started the creative agency in 2009. Serif is focused on being hands-on with their clients, keeping everything in-house. Their approach is garnering attention as the firm has won and been […]
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    Blogtrepreneur - The Business of Blogging For Busy Entrepreneurs

  • Blinkist Helps You Read Books in Only 15 Minutes

    Blogtrepreneur
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    As a busy entrepreneur, you have been conditioned to consume an overwhelming amount of information by feverishly scrolling and swiping your way through hundreds of brief news updates and 140-character industry tidbits, so reading actual books from cover to cover has become somewhat of a luxury that many of us can only fit into our occasional weekend getaway (if we’re lucky). Aside from choosing to sleep even less than you already do or squeezing in a chapter here and there during bathroom breaks, there just isn’t a lot of time leftover to read everything on your wishlist from start to…
  • Turning Passion into Profit with the Co-Founders of Kandy Kruisers

    Adam Toren
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Entrepreneurship is about turning your passion into your profession. That’s certainly what the brilliant minds behind Kandy Kruisers did. And these start-up entrepreneurs are making big waves in the skateboarding market -- while they’re still in college! Timur Daudpota, Hamza Amir and Jesus Hernandez are three college guys from the University of Houston who got together to collaborate and create, Kandy Kruisers, their own vintage inspired, colorful skateboard. Kandy Kruisers began when they were freshman in college and noticed longboards everywhere on campus. They loved longboards, but…
  • Four Ways You Can Succeed as a Social Media Superstar

    Matthew Toren
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ever wonder why some small businesses seem to rock at social media whilst others (maybe even yourself) are anything but superstars? I am going to give you the secret formula in this post. People like to buy; they don’t like to be sold to. This can be a tricky proposition and has to be done with a well laid out strategy. The formula consists of four social media basics, that when combined will take your from a ho hum marketer to super stardom.1. Be ConsistentEverything about your social media strategy needs to be consistent––from your tone to the frequency of posts. There’s nothing…
  • Made in America: 3 Entrepreneurs Who Are Making Their Businesses Work in the USA

    Adam Toren
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every entrepreneur knows that starting a business is never an easy feat, but starting your business in America is said to be particularly challenging. While there may be challenges to business here in the states, there are plenty of advantages and opportunities, too. While some may find that sourcing your business abroad is the best course of action, there are many entrepreneurs who want to create their products and services at home in their local communities across America. To help you understand some of the challenges and opportunities of making a business in America, here are three…
  • 25 Tweetable Twitter Tips You Wish You Knew Years Ago

    Matthew Toren
    16 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter hit the scene in 2006 and since then most industry experts have taken notice and have tried to master the art of promotion through this valuable and widely used social network. In 2013, Twitter was one of the 10 most-visited websites, and has been described as "the SMS of the Internet” according to Wikipedia. Updates have made the platform more valuable and given brands the opportunity to reach exponential limits. But, don’t we all wish we knew back in 2006 what we know now. Here are 25 tweetable Twitter tips you wish you knew years ago: 1. Tweet and tweet a lot. In the fast paced…
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    Barbara’s Blog

  • Just Another Reason That It’s Time To Re-do the Tax Code

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

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

    Barbara Weltman
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    On June 30, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in a case brought by a company contesting the government’s rule under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that it provide 20 types of contraceptives to employees despite the religious objections of its owners to 4 of these types. The company’s owners were victorious. The court said that regulations issued by the Department of Health and Human Services violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (RFRA), which generally prohibits the government from substantially burdening a person’s exercise of religion.
  • Summertime Reading

    Barbara Weltman
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For many people, spreading out on the beach may mean reading pulp fiction or gossip magazines and zoning out. For others, like me, it’s an opportunity to read books on business that have been waiting to be read. (I’m not making any judgments about which path is better, and maybe you can do both.) Whether you like holding a book or an iPad (or other Kindle device), keep Benjamin Franklin’s advice in mind: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Here is a list of books that I hope to tackle this summer (likely I won’t get to all of them despite my ambitions). Some are…
  • Summertime and Your Business

    Barbara Weltman
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now that we’re into summer, is your business ready for the season? Here are some changes you might consider at this time. Casual dress code Some businesses relax their dress code during the summer to allow for more casual attire. This can be a slippery slope, with some employees wearing what an owner may deem to be inappropriate attire. If you want to change your dress code, be clear about what is and is not acceptable. Ties may become optional in the hot weather but likely flip flops are out. See the EEOC’s rules on permissible dress codes. Summertime hours Depending upon the nature of…
 
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    Small Business Marketing Blog

  • 4 ways to celebrate your employees this quarter

    29 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    Recognizing the hard work of your employees is one of the fastest and most effective ways that small business owners can ensure their staff remains loyal and actively engaged with the company. There are many initiatives these executives can undertake to show workers just how much they care, from implementing officewide programs to promoting employee wellness to providing staff members with small gifts to show their gratitude. If you're looking for a reason to throw a celebration in honor of your employees, look no further than the end of the business quarter, which provides ample…
  • Planning the perfect Pinterest strategy

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:10 am
    Social networking sites are valuable tools for those working in small businesses, especially for individuals looking to reach a wider consumer base on the Internet. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram present numerous opportunities for executives to post new content and contests specifically catered to consumers. While Pinterest does not have the same user base as some of its larger sister sites, the number of people on the network has risen over the past several years. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 21 percent of online adults were active on Pinterest in 2013 – a 6 percent…
  • Planning end-of-year promotions

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    The year may only be half way through, but that doesn't mean your company shouldn't be looking to the future. Instead of waiting until October or November to purchase end-of-year promotions, consider snagging your items early. By choosing your products several months in advance, you may not only ensure your business gets its gifts in time, but also avoid the hassle of ordering promotional products during one of the busiest seasons. Examine the various products your brand could purchase that would be useful toward the end of the year.  Wall calendars Promotional wall calendars…
  • Developing a healthy workplace for employees

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Promoting physical fitness in the office is essential for fostering a healthy environment for all employees. Whether your office is trading donuts for fruit or swapping traditional chairs for exercise balls, there are several innovative improvements that can greatly increase productivity, satisfaction and happiness in the office. As you begin to encourage physical fitness in the workplace, examine the ways you can best promote healthy lifestyles among employees.  The benefits of a healthy workplace According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity…
  • Optimizing mobile strategies for small businesses

    18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Smartphones and tablets have revolutionized the realm of small business - from providing easier ways for consumers to connect to their favorite brands to allowing brick-and-mortar stores faster and more efficient ways to protect their data. As technological corporations continue to unveil new advances and mobile devices, people find new ways to implement these devices in their everyday lives. According to a recent study from ComScore, smartphones and tablets account for 60 percent of all digital media time – a 10 percent rise from 2013. Specifically, the source noted that…
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    Firmology

  • WeChat Introduces Message Recall Feature, Tag For Contacts, Bulk Favoriting

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

    Marv Dumon
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    GPS technology enables managers to gain fleet efficiencies, which can add up to large operational savings over the long-term.  In the United States, trucking makes up nearly 80% of transportation costs, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT). Tracking technology is becoming an industry standard, especially for expensive assets and inventory.  The trend is resulting in higher demand for hardware and solutions providers.  There are nearly 6 million tracking devices in the United States.  That figure is expected to jump to 15 million by 2015. Here are four ways vehicle GPS…
  • 6 Benefits Of LinkedIn Publishing You Can’t Afford To Ignore

    Ryan Jenkins
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    No job or career lasts forever but your professional brand will last a lifetime. How are you investing in it? Today building your professional brand has never been easier with the new LinkedIn publishing platform. This is Part 1 of 2 posts discussing LinkedIn publishing. Below I’ll introduce you to the new feature, discuss the benefits and provide a few tips. Then in blog post Part 2, I will show you a step-by-step guide on how you can begin publishing to grow your professional brand. Also, in this post I have included an index of LinkedIn terms for those (like me) that go cross-eyed over…
  • Internet Marketing 101: Content Marketing

    Mark Cerminaro
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    How To Take Advantage Of the Content Marketing Trends One phrase that you’ll hear over and over again in the online marketing realm is that “content is king.” This is, without a doubt, a true statement. But, just like any other governing official, if this king doesn’t have a sustainable plan to appease the masses, then the only thing on the horizon will be a bloody revolt, deposition, and possibly a beheading. Content marketing is an integral part of modern online strategies, but it has to be done with the right goals in mind to truly be effective. When you become a content master,…
  • 3 Easy Body Language Adjustments for Better Business Meetings

    David J.P. Fisher
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Don’t Just Sit Up Straight. Engage! With more and more of our time spent online, there are hundreds of articles that will help you develop the perfect online presence. You can learn how to create an optimized social media profile, a blog post with the perfect headline, and a website that will make you look like the pre-eminent expert in your field. For most of us, though, our digital activity eventually funnels us back into the “real-world.” No matter how fancy your CRM or iPhone app, most deals get done face-to-face. It’s hard to shake someone’s hand to seal the…
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  • 3 Reasons Why Instagram Social Media Campaigns Are a Waste of Time

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

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

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

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

    Brad Smith
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “Social media gurus” absolutely LOVE to talk about engagement. You’d think it was the key to world peace the way some espouse it’s benefits. However if you asked any of them to actually define what engagement is, or how it relates to driving your business goals, they’ll look at you like a deer in headlights. Instead you’ll get inane answers like “tweeting” or “leaving blog comments to become part of the community”. That stuff sounds nice. But it doesn’t pay the bills. And in almost every single case we see, you end up burning…
 
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    Time To Startup!

  • Sales Tax Takes a Holiday

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

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

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

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

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

  • What drives customer loyalty – Interview with Steve Sims of Badgeville

    adrianswinscoe
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    #107276982 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Steve Sims, Chief Design Officer & Founder of Behavior Lab at Badgeville, the number one gamification platform for enterprises. Steve joins me today to talk about Badgeville, the work they do, customer loyalty and the motivation and psychology behind loyalty programmes. This interview follows on from my recent […]
  • Customer Experience Lessons From The Best

    adrianswinscoe
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    #488337149 / gettyimages.com I had the privilege to attend the first day of the recent 20:20 Customer Experience Summit recently. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay for the second day but I wanted to highlight a few things from two of the keynote speakers that stood out for me. Simon Russell, Director, Retail Operations Development at John […]
  • Customer loyalty is becoming a collective experience – Interview with Steve Abernethy of SquareTrade

    adrianswinscoe
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    #152871323 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Steve Abernethy, Executive Chairman andCo-founder of SquareTrade, the leading extended warranty service provider for consumer electronics and appliances. Steve joins me today to talk about SquareTrade, why they have made their company’s focus customer happiness, how they’ve made a traditionally ‘uncool’ sector cool and how customer loyalty is […]
  • The big list of little things that destroy your customer experience

    adrianswinscoe
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    #476846413 / gettyimages.com In February, I published an article called The Little Things That Destroy Your Customer Experience. The article suggested that we often spend too much time focusing on ‘big’ things (technology advancements, business transformation etc etc) and tend to forget, or neglect, the myriad of ‘little’ things in our businesses that we could […]
  • Customer insight, big data and the bigger skills gap – Interview with Vivek Jetley of EXL

    adrianswinscoe
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    #180405687 / gettyimages.com Today’s interview is with Vivek Jetley, Senior Vice President and co-Head of Analytics and Head of Corporate Strategy at EXL, a business process solutions company that integrates operations management services, decision analytics and technology platforms to help their clients deliver immediate results and long-term business impact. Vivek joins me today to talk […]
 
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    EnMast

  • Small business owner’s favorite reads this month | July 2014

    Devan Perine
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    The summer is usually a slower time for many businesses, as a lot of people are on vacation, but it’s been pretty busy here at EnMast. We’re working on our relaunch, and with our growing community you guys have kept us really busy! I recently returned from vacation (speaking of, if you have no plans of taking a vacation, YOU NEED TO), and checked my email a few times, and Devan kept yelling at me about it. Everyone needs time off. Make sure you get some! Here are this month’s most popular small business articles on EnMast in July! 1. 6 ways to craft a price increase…
  • 5 of my best productivity tools (that will also change your life)

    Devan Perine
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    THUNK. THUNK. THUNK. That was the sound of me banging my head against the desk before I started using these tools. Do you ever feel that way? Like you’re constantly working, but never really getting ahead? For a long time, I struggled with managing my productivity because I was always working against myself. I didn’t have the right tools, so every task was taking 2-3 times longer than it should have. These are my best productivity tools and apps, albeit geeky, have saved me a lot of headaches (no more head-to-desk trauma) and generally sped up my daily processes. You might find they are…
  • Business tips for small business owners: How to not go broke

    Devan Perine
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    I know that training courses, conferences and industry groups can get expensive. But have you tried ignorance? That will make you broke!” – Brad Farris (Click to Tweet) The post Business tips for small business owners: How to not go broke appeared first on EnMast.
  • Signs of a Failing Business: The Indicators One Business Owner Missed

    Michael Maguire
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Seeing the signs of a failing business aren’t always easy. Especially when it’s your own. We set up shop in 3,000 square feet of sublet space with a toolbox and a computer. It took us almost three months to ship our first order of scaffolding, but the orders kept coming. With a lot of hard work, we did $950,000 in sales our first year in business…and still…we failed. But let’s start this story at the beginning. One day while waiting for our wives and kids as they wrapped up a play date, a friend and I started talking about his business. The partnership begins He told me how,…
  • Thinking about quitting? You need to do these 5 things NOW

    Devan Perine
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every business goes through big highs and lows throughout their journey. And there are a LOT of times when we feel like quitting. Jill + Brad talk about how to make it through those rough times (they’ve been there, too). They also talk with AWESOME guest Alexandra Eidenberg, the founder of The Insurance People, and Mare Swallow, the founder of the Chicago Writers Conference. LISTEN IN! (Podcast player opens up on Breaking Down Your Business or subscribe on iTunes) The post Thinking about quitting? You need to do these 5 things NOW appeared first on EnMast.
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    Deimar - Business Tips and Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Building Loyalty From The First Interview

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

    Deimar Gutierrez
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Recruit employees passionate about life. Given that, employee work passion is a reflection of great leadership within an organization. Engaged employees generate both a better corporate image, and greater profitability for the business.  Passionate employees are engaged employees. Engaged employees not only outperform others, but also are interested in the success of the organization. Additionally, they understand how they impact the organization's goals, which allows them to work smarter, contribute to the company's key objectives, and develop new skills and competences according to…
  • How-to Earn Your Employees' Trust

    Deimar Gutierrez
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The best way to increase your team performance is earning your employees' trust. Winning the customer's trust, in your products and services, is as important as getting employees to trust each other. Trust is essential to boost employee engagement, motivation and honesty. Managers able to earn their team's trust make better decisions. Having an open communication with their teams allows them to identify obstacles for the organization and overcome them by relying on their employees' feedback and knowledge of the situation. In other words, they count with the support of their teams in…
  • Why Your Creative Ideas Are Rejected

    Deimar Gutierrez
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Innovation challenges the status quo, as a result creates uncertainty. People fear the unknown, thus have a natural tendency to reject creativity.  Although managers attempt to foster creativity and innovation in their organizations, innovative ideas, are often rejected. In part, this phenomenon can be explained by the way we are wired, which precludes us from fully embracing new ideas. Our survival instinct, linked to our reptilian brain or R-complex makes us fear the unknown.  It is difficult to understand the consequences of something new, so in order to…
  • Young CEO = Innovative Company

    Deimar Gutierrez
    20 May 2014 | 4:00 am
     It has been proven that there is a strong link between the age of the leader and the probability of breakthrough innovation.Some companies relate youth with inexperience, others with innovation and new ideas.  No doubt the leaders of many large companies have great expertise and background, in their industries, as a result of years of work and dedication. However, what is special about the young blood, that every day, there are more CEOs in their twenties leading major organizations? For many companies, especially those in crisis, innovation is a source of…
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    Small Business Bonfire

  • How to Give Your Marketing Campaign a Boost Using Digital Signage

    David Kovacs
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:16 am
    By David Kovacs Even if you cover your store walls and windows with colorful banners and posters advertising the latest deals, it won’t necessarily lead to higher sales. The problem is that promotional posters are everywhere these days and pedestrians and customers will hardly even give them a momentary glance. This is why more businesses are adopting digital signage into their in-store campaign efforts. Digital displays provide content in a whole new way that really gets heads to turn. Most seasoned marketers agree that static displays lack appeal, and a static image or message shown via…
  • Small Business Guide to Seating [Infographic]

    Matt Zajechowski
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    By Matt Zajechowski When you’re running a small business, you have a lot on your mind—your business plan, marketing strategy, employee management, and customer/client relationships are probably just a few of the weighty topics occupying your thoughts. It wouldn’t be surprising if you haven’t had time to think about seating in your office and at presentations—but this seemingly minor detail is something that’s worth spending some time on. Where you, your employees, and your clients sit can affect everything from first impressions in an interview to the efficacy of a group…
  • 4 Signs an Employee is Quitting

    Emily Suess
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    By Emily Suess Small businesses are not immune to employ turnover. Sometimes an employee’s departure is a major blow to the business, and sometimes? Well, sometimes it’s a blessing. No matter the circumstances surrounding an employee’s resignation, it’s best for your business if you aren’t caught completely off guard. That means learning to recognize some of the signs that an employee has one foot out the door. 1. Productivity is Tanking Productivity and performance are a couple of the first things to go when a member of your staff is getting ready to quit. This can happen because…
  • Comparing and Finding the Right Help Desk Software for Your Business

    John Coyle
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    By John Coyle Any business, no matter how good the product or service, should have a help desk present to answer any particular customer needs, issues or concerns. It acts as the face and voice of your organization that sets the tone, attitude and credibility of your business. As a result, help desk professionals need quality software and technology to stay up-to-date with current industry trends and the growing demand for convenient and accessible help. When it comes to choosing the best help desk software for your business’ needs, there’s a lot to compare to make the right decision. A…
  • How To Retain Talented Gen X and Gen Y Employees [Infographic]

    Carrie Wynne
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    By Carrie Wynne In today’s modern world of business, it is very useful to find ways to keep top talent from leaving your company.  A fun positive work environment where everyone is working together toward the same goal often leads to keeping employees satisfied at their current positions.  Offering incentives like profit sharing and reward programs are still as effective today and they were 20 years ago. Generation X, employee’s born in the mid 1960’s to late 1970’s have entrepreneurial strengths.  They are confident and often self motivated.  A Generation Y employee, born in the…
 
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  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 2)

    Kurt Graver
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    In the article  "What To Do When Sales Are Slow (Part 1) we discussed how to start approaching improving your sales when you start up. Topics mentioned were analysing your business plan, comparing performance to your plans and how to understand your customer.In this article we will discuss the for a couple other ways you can correct slow sales in your start up.Sales processYour marketing may be attracting potential new clients/customers. However, if your sales processes are not set up correctly you may be missing out on sales. Based on what you have learned about your target market from…
  • How To Boost Sales In Your Startup (Part 1)

    Kurt Graver
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:57 am
    “If you build it he will come” - A quote from the movie Field of Dreams. Many startups go into business with believing that as soon as they launch they customers will rolling in and buy.However, reality is far different than the movies. One of the most common challenges that start-ups may encounter are lower than projected sales. Below are the steps you need to take to try and boost sales and get your start up back on track.1. Analyse Your Business PlanThe first thing to do when sales are slow is to analyse your original plan and find out whether you are carrying out what you originally…
  • Top Business Ideas For People On A Budget

    Kurt Graver
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:16 am
    What is the best business to startup? This is a question are asked several times a week. Its actually really difficult to answer as it depends on the ambition, character, skills, experience, education and motivation of the person who wants to start the business. Another huge factor in choosing which business to start-up are funding and support you have available to start a business.Below is a list of common business ideas that require a low capital investment. The list is full of generic businesses, what makes a business is its Unique Selling Point (USP). Always try distinguish your business…
  • How 3D Printing Will Bring A Revolution In Industries

    Kurt Graver
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Long ago when 3D printing was doing rounds in industry circles many called it an impractical and “Fantasy” technology. However, 3D printers were manufactured, have evolved and survived the test of time. Today, it has changed the way how parts and products are made. The buck doesn't stop here. This technology has reached dizzying proportions and guarantees to bring revolution in many sectors, to the point of disrupting the entire manufacturing landscape. Mentioned below are some of the industries where 3D printing will affect the most.Core manufacturingTools, jigs and prototypes are some…
  • 4 Ways to Help Separate Your Startup from the Rest

    Kurt Graver
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Congratulations on taking the plunge and pursing your dream of starting a new business! But as many experienced business owners will tell you, launching a business is the easy part — it’s keeping that business afloat that gets a bit tricky. So how can you increase the chances that your business will be one of those that survive and thrive? By ensuring that it stands apart from its competition. One of the biggest reasons that businesses fail is not that they were ill-conceived or doomed from the start — they fail because they simply got lost in the mix. Succeeding in business means…
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    B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ

  • Strategic Planning Makes Sense For Companies of All Sizes

    John Mullin
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:14 pm
    There is a perception among small business owners that strategic planning is a management tool solely for larger firms. An interesting article by Randy Myers in the June issue of Inc Magazine supports the notion that companies of all sizes could benefit from strategic planning.… Read more >The post Strategic Planning Makes Sense For Companies of All Sizes appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • The Value of Counseling

    Peter Piech
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    As with many areas of life and of business, understanding root causes of problems is a valuable endeavor in order to get a permanent solution or fix. Medicine, for the most part, follows this path by attempting to get at the cause instead of just treating the symptoms.… Read more >The post The Value of Counseling appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night—This Is What It Said

    Stu Lipkin
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:58 am
    We all have our stressful, faced-paced lives to cope with and try to incorporate a bit of sanity with our personal lives and family.  We’re all familiar with “pay it back” but how often do we incude it in our daily lives.  … Read more >The post Our Family Was Handed an Anonymous Note at a Baseball Game Last Night—This Is What It Said appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1)

    Keith Simmons
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    1st in a series of articles focusing on how to prepare a business for a successful sale, we discuss specific actions you can take to greatly improve the ability to sell your business. Often the price an owner asks is determined by their personal retirement needs but is not representative of what a buyer is willing to pay.… Read more >The post Preparing to Sell Your Business? (1) appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
  • Is your business ready for Mobile payments?

    Larry Francis
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Mobile payments: Finally ready to take off? For quite some time there has been a fair amount of discussion and false starts regarding payments via mobile devices. It seems  we are getting further along and that businesses and consumers are getting more comfortable with available products, services and technology.… Read more >The post Is your business ready for Mobile payments? appeared first on B2B CFO® Metro NY/NJ.
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    Small Business Tips and Resources-The Small Business Playbook

  • How Do I Get Traffic To My Website?

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Burn the Candle at Both Ends and Stay Healthy

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

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

    CorporationCentre.ca
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    If you run your own business, chances are you have a seemingly endless to-do list that can overwhelm the senses and would lead a more fragile mind into despair. Sometimes the first thing on everyone’s to-do list is to figure out which item on the to-do list to actually do first. Like a car with standard transmission often the hardest thing is just getting the car rolling. Here are a few handy tips and tricks on how to manage all the items on that list so you can get out of first gear and get into the fast lane.Organize Your ProjectsNo two projects are created equal and it’s up to you to…
  • The High Cost of Free Labor

    CorporationCentre.ca
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:50 am
    When I was in college there was a word that floated around the halls in whispers. It drew people in, it had a story attached to it, and it caught the attention of anyone who heard it – it was the word “internship”.What Belongs to HistoryOnce upon a time, internships were seen as being set aside for, and granted only to, the most exemplary individuals. The way to get an internship took time, effort, and the ability to connect with the people who could get you to where you wanted to go. It carried an uncommon caché that lauded the intern as the bright eyed next generation. It was a…
  • Work-Life Balance: Remember, it’s Saturday!

    CorporationCentre.ca
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    It was a glorious Saturday afternoon in early summer and I was hunched over a picnic table garnishing a hamburger when my cell phone rang. I had been in the middle of a good laugh after someone had told a delightful little anecdote but noticed it was one of my employees and, since they were calling me on the weekend, thought it must be something important.I politely excused myself and gave my employee my undivided attention. I had handed him a rather large project from an important client and several weeks earlier had asked him how long it would take to complete the project. They were…
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  • The REAL Truth About SBA Loans

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

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

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

    Chris
    19 May 2014 | 11:48 am
    New and Improved! Since so many of us read emails on our mobile devices these days, we’re trying something new with our May 2014 edition of our Commercial Finance Update. We’ve revamped the format in order to deliver both mobile-friendly and printer-friendly editions of our monthly update. If you didn’t get our mobile version, you can view it here. The printer-friendly version is available for download below. Just click the image to open the PDF file in a new window, then you can print and/or save the file for future reference. As always, if you have questions about how we…
  • Success: Ignoring the Critics

    Chris
    16 May 2014 | 9:13 am
    There’s a good chance that you or someone you know has bought into the hype surrounding Beats headphones. If not an actual set of headphones, you can probably find a product with Beats audio integrated somewhere close by. Believe it or not, Beats now owns about 70% of the headphones market, and Burt Helm from Inc. magazine recently sat down with the company’s founders to talk about the secrets to their success. As always, we read articles like this to see if there are any nuggets of wisdom we can apply to our business and share with other small business owners. (Plus we love…
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  • Guide to Successful Creative Relationships

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

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

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

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

    Jacqueline Edwards
    21 May 2014 | 7:17 am
    Valuable Lessons #1 Surround yourself with an excellent […] The post Valuable Lessons Small Business Should Remember appeared first on Business Pipeline. This is some of the content posted on BusinessPipeline.com visit our site for more content. Thank you for visiting.
 
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  • Keep Your Employees Happy

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

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

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

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

    Maya Pillai
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:28 am
    The importance of having a business mentor has often been undermined by many of us. In the modern day business environment where competition has taken a front seat, it becomes all the more necessary to find yourself a suitable mentor who will advice you and guide you through the maze of corporate warfare. Who is a Mentor? Sometimes, we tend to confuse business mentors with the allies in our network. However, the major difference between the two is that a mentor has an enduring dedication towards and inherent investment in our current and potential endeavors. Your mentor is one whom you want…
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  • Like to Know.IT Can Make You A Fortune

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

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

    Dawn Fotopulos
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Wow, do I love how small businesses are celebrated by Capital One Spark. Alex Spector, the founder of Accutek,  has an amazing story. He and his family are from Ukraine, the country that is suffering terribly from civil war right now. They started a business that calibrates pipettes, something every scientific lab in the world […]
  • Starbucks Offers Workers Free College Tuition at Arizona State University Online

    Dawn Fotopulos
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Starbucks has yet another great giveaway; Free College Tuition. It’s called the Starbucks College Achievement Plan. Is a college education still part of the American Dream? As a college professor I can attest, yes it is. First, it was healthcare. Now, it’s free college tuition. These guys are always smart about investing in their barristas. […]
  • Why Most Small Businesses Lose 80% of Potential Sales

    Dawn Fotopulos
    13 Jun 2014 | 5:04 pm
    I hope you had an OMG moment like I did reading these stats. They come to us from the sales experts at the National Sales Executive Association. Follow Up Success.com  captures these statistics perfectly. Here are two eye-popping takeaways: Almost exactly half of sales people NEVER FOLLOW UP with a prospect. If a small business owner […]
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    Solopreneur Solutions

  • How to Design a Successful Website?

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

    Donna Amos
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read Donna Amos | 7 items | 14 views Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books. Follow List Embed List Share 1. Think and Grow Rich During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught. 0 votes Comments   …
  • Social Media Tools

    Donna Amos
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
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  • Apps for Small Business Owners

    Donna Amos
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    Small business owners are undoubtedly incredibly busy people. With low budgets and a handful of resources, they must make up for a lack of manpower by being a jack of all trades. As such, there’s no wonder that most owners look to technology to help save a little bit of time. One way that you can incorporate technology into your small business operations is to use mobile apps. In today’s world of social media and networking, business owners need to be represented online, whether it’s through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or even their own website. These three social media…
  • Developing a Startup Marketing Plan

    Donna Amos
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    Congratulations on starting your own business! Isn’t that why you are thinking of developing a startup marketing plan? Often new business owners don’t think they need a formal business or marketing plan. But I say these two living documents are a must — not an option — to not prepare (and refer to often). Not sure how to create those plans yourself? Hire a consultant. For marketing plans, you can even use the services of a Score counselor for free. Without marketing, no one will know about your business. A marketing plan offers a detailed outline of the strategies and tools that…
 
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    Funding Gates Community

  • The 5 Things Small Businesses Must Consider Before Hiring Paid Interns

    JM Freuler
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    Interns provide valuable services to businesses of all sizes.  They learn the rules of the roost by shadowing other professionals and getting an inside glimpse into the working world before getting hired by a company.  Many colleges require students to serve as an intern as a requirement for graduation.  If your small business has considered participating in such a program, there are some things you’re going to want to know. Here are some pointers offered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) on how to set up a successful internship program: Decide Why You Need Interns.  Do you…
  • 5 Creative Ideas to Incentivize On Time Payments

    JM Freuler
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Chasing down clients who owe you money is an art, but so is rewarding the clients who pay you on time. Instead of worrying about the non-paying clients, today we’re going to talk about some creative ways to let your reliable clients know that you appreciate them. 1. Send a handwritten note. In the days of digital communication, a handwritten note carries much more weight. Next time you receive a timely payment, try putting a little note in the mail to your client letting him know how much you appreciate him paying on time. The little surprise in the mail will put a smile on his face and…
  • Beware! The Top 10 Regions With The Most Delinquent Debt

    Diana Mackie
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    According to the recently released Delinquent Debt Report by the Urban Institute, 35% of American adults with credit files have debts that have been sent to collections. The regions with the greatest percentages of people in debt are the south and southwest. In some metropolitan cities, nearly half of the population of some southern cities have debts that have been sent to collections! If you have business dealings with one of these debt-prone regions, it is advisable to take a particularly proactive and preventative approach to managing your Accounts Receivable. Funding Gates has found that…
  • Keep Your Clients Close, But Not Too Close

    JM Freuler
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    As you work with a client over a long period of time, your relationship with that client will change and grow. It’s great to become closer with your clients and foster your relationships, but it’s also important to keep your business relationships professional. By keeping the relationship clearly defined, you can have a strong connection with your client without becoming overly involved in their business. Mark off Boundaries Maintaining boundaries with your client is essential to the health of the relationship. When your clients become too friendly, it can lay the groundwork for problems.
  • Why You Must Learn to Delegate — And How To Do It

    Rieva Lesonsky
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Do you think the secret to growing your small business is to work harder and harder, putting in longer and longer hours? In reality, the secret to growing your business is just the opposite—it’s delegating work to others. If you’re obsessed with handling every aspect of your business yourself, from answering emails and phone calls to making sales presentations and providing services, your business is doomed to stall out. After all, there’s only one of you, and with only 24 hours in a day, your business can only grow so far without help. That’s where delegation comes in. Delegation…
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    On Our Bikes

  • Window shopping business services on-line

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

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

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

    Jon Stow
    30 Jun 2014 | 2:53 am
    Photo by Jon Stow There is a new business in our urban village and I really hope they are successful. The owners have taken a shop at the end of the “main drag” and we have a new florist. It is quite a good position for passing trade. I bought a pot plant from them which was on display outside the shop, and perhaps the position will suit a florist more than the other businesses that have occupied that shop. Oh, yes, there have been quite a few. It is important for any new business owner to do their “homework”. How much is the rent? Will the turnover sufficiently exceed the running…
  • Was it small business or the internet that changed my life?

    Jon Stow
    9 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    Seafront bikes It is no secret that I started my own business after the world of employment left me, and I could not get another job. There was no grand plan. I just got “on my bike” to get some money coming in. Back then, 2002, the main way of getting business (I thought) was advertising. I have written before about the money spent on directories such as Yellow Pages and Thomson Local. They were a waste of time and that was because they really said nothing about my business apart from listing it under a category, but also because customers were actually talking to each other,…
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  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

    OIiver
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you know anything about SEO, you will have most likely heard the immortal words: “Content is always king!” Google absolutely loves content above anything else.  Although just any old content won’t quite cut it, Google likes high quality and relevant content that more importantly gives value to your readers.The best way to achieve this is through making use of a blog alongside your website, or perhaps creating a dedicated blog.   Blogs can seem time consuming and an unnecessary time expense, especially when what you really want to be focussing on is getting those sales. Good…
  • Seven Characteristics of a Successful Business

    Josh
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A fellow cannot expect to create and sustain a successful business by merely clicking his fingers. Here are seven characteristics that every successful businesses (whether a large company or a single project run by an individual) should have. The first five deal with the staffing team (and their approach, organisation, mindset, etc.) and the last two with the product and business environment. 1 – DevotionA successful business needs a devoted team of people (or individual) who are buzzing with ideas and full of enthusiasm for the enterprise. They cannot expect to be successful by…
  • From Facebook Page to Queen of Coupons – Emma Mumford

    OIiver
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    I recently caught up with Emma Mumford self confessed coupon queen, and quite rightly too.. Having saved an overwhelming £540, on her Christmas shop just last year.Emma has achieved a lot in in the past 12 months, so I was keen to talk to her and find a little more about what she does and how she got to where she is now.At just 20 years of age Emma Mumford is owner to her own business.  Earning herself a living, doing what she really enjoys, promoting money saving offers to her 46,000 Facebook fans and website visitors.  In her own words.. She couldn’t be happier.. Though just…
  • 10 Tips to earning more from paid surveys

    OIiver
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are plenty of people earning regular extra cash from paid surveys online, some more than others, paid surveys will never make you a full time or part time living, but they can help you make a little extra money in your spare time.The advantage to many is that they are easy to get started with, don’t cost any upfront money and give a lot of flexibility, most surveys taking 10-20 minutes to complete and most users being sent a couple a month or week, that being said depending on how much you want to put in you can make as much as £10 per month or £50 per month.Survey sites are all…
  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
 
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    Youngwebbuilder

  • Choosing the right topics to blog about

    OIiver
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you know anything about SEO, you will have most likely heard the immortal words: “Content is always king!” Google absolutely loves content above anything else.  Although just any old content won’t quite cut it, Google likes high quality and relevant content that more importantly gives value to your readers.The best way to achieve this is through making use of a blog alongside your website, or perhaps creating a dedicated blog.   Blogs can seem time consuming and an unnecessary time expense, especially when what you really want to be focussing on is getting those sales. Good…
  • Seven Characteristics of a Successful Business

    Josh
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A fellow cannot expect to create and sustain a successful business by merely clicking his fingers. Here are seven characteristics that every successful businesses (whether a large company or a single project run by an individual) should have. The first five deal with the staffing team (and their approach, organisation, mindset, etc.) and the last two with the product and business environment. 1 – DevotionA successful business needs a devoted team of people (or individual) who are buzzing with ideas and full of enthusiasm for the enterprise. They cannot expect to be successful by…
  • From Facebook Page to Queen of Coupons – Emma Mumford

    OIiver
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:06 am
    I recently caught up with Emma Mumford self confessed coupon queen, and quite rightly too.. Having saved an overwhelming £540, on her Christmas shop just last year.Emma has achieved a lot in in the past 12 months, so I was keen to talk to her and find a little more about what she does and how she got to where she is now.At just 20 years of age Emma Mumford is owner to her own business.  Earning herself a living, doing what she really enjoys, promoting money saving offers to her 46,000 Facebook fans and website visitors.  In her own words.. She couldn’t be happier.. Though just…
  • 10 Tips to earning more from paid surveys

    OIiver
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    There are plenty of people earning regular extra cash from paid surveys online, some more than others, paid surveys will never make you a full time or part time living, but they can help you make a little extra money in your spare time.The advantage to many is that they are easy to get started with, don’t cost any upfront money and give a lot of flexibility, most surveys taking 10-20 minutes to complete and most users being sent a couple a month or week, that being said depending on how much you want to put in you can make as much as £10 per month or £50 per month.Survey sites are all…
  • 10 Reasons why SEO costs way more than Google Adwords anyday!

    Stephen
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
      Since the Easter Holidays I’ve read article upon article on Linkedin, all with fascinating titles like “How to get from Zero to Massive Traffic for free using SEO”, or “10 ways to apply SEO to get huge traffic to your website – free!”So, knowing that SEO is never free, I set about writing this post to counter the position that SEO is a free way of advertising.Here are the 10 reasons why SEO costs more than PPC anyday.1. If either you or your SEO contractor employ less than scrupulous SEO tactics, you could be penalized by Google and that…
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    Planning, Startups, Stories

  • The Broken Spreadsheet That Birthed a Business

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

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

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

    Tim Berry
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    This image, proving again that a picture is worth a thousand words (although, not, I’m told, for SEO purposes, but on well …). My thanks to Jordi Pedrol, who shared it where I saw it; and to whoever drew it (not me), and to the generations of sages who teach it. (Image: Jordi Pedrol via LinkedIn)
  • New Research on How to Motivate Your Employees

    Tim Berry
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:44 am
    Motivating employees is case by case How to motivate employees? According to new research, messages from on high need to be more abstract and less details. And messages from immediate supervisors need to be more concrete. Here’s the summary: In particular, they found that the right message from the right person — a concrete call to action from a leader close to a follower and an abstract message from a leader hierarchically distant from a follower — elicited a stronger commitment and willingness to take action. Their studies also proved the opposite was true, that when distant leaders…
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  • Scentsy Greece Incentive Trip: Thoughts

    Christine
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    So I'm trying to catch up with blog posts and this is one that I've been wanting to write on for a while.  I want to tell you all about the trip to Greece.  You can see the piccys here but wanted to tell you all about it. Flew out to Greece with my sister who I had earned an extra spot for for free and we were taken straight to the hotel in Athens.  It was an absolutely stunning view.  We registered and out on the veranda next to the pool was everyone who had arrived earlier eating a gorgeous buffet dinner whilst we watched the sun set.  The water was such a gorgeous…
  • 5 reasons to join Scentsy this August

    Christine
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
        Are you a stay at home mum or someone who is looking for an opportunity to earn some extra money in your spare time?  We've got all walks of life with Scentsy and have had teachers, lawyers who have quit their jobs across 3 continents to date.  You can do this business to fit around your life and work towards those extra things that you've always wanted but never have managed to accomplish before.  Want a holiday or that car you've never been able to afford...Scentsy can help. Of course you can join 365 days a year Scentsy and I'd welcome you with open arms any of…
  • Scentsy Greece Incentive Trip: In Pictures

    Christine
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    So the Scentsy Incentive Trip to Greece was in May and I'm barely just posting pictures.  I've had some family things to deal with and quite a bit of other things on but I am aware that this blog has been ignored and I'm going to do my best to fix that....Well I'll for sure try!! Anyway, I do want to tell you all about it but I will post pictures for now.  These arent all of the pictures I'm afraid and the rest are viewable on my Facebook page for Scentsy. Enjoy and dont forget that you too can be a part of this.  I never thought I'd be earning incentive trips!!!    …
  • Scentsy France Produits Printemps / Été 2014

    Christine
    29 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Printemps Été Scentsy produits sont maintenant disponibles en France Pour commander Cliquez ici et changer le drapeau dans la main droite Angle supérieur à la France Parfois avec des commandes que vous aurez besoin de mettre d'abord votre code postal que le site peut être étrange Visitez mon page Facebook ICI où je poste souvent des articles de blog écrits par des clients français (en français Je ne suis que l'apprentissage du français, mais j'ai réussi à le faire ok avec Google Translate pour remplir…
  • Black Zebra Scentsy Warmer

    Christine
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A dramatic take on traditional zebra, this all-black warmer showcases contrasting shiny and matte stripes.  Part of the Scentsy Element Warmer Collection.  Element Warmers use a heating element to safely warm fragrant wax without illumination.  Just right for offices, halls and bedrooms. 9cm tall.   Black Zebra Scentsy Element Warmer £25/€31
 
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  • The Advantages of Using a Humidifier in Your Home

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

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

    siteadmin
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A recent Slate article made fun of a new trend in the Northeast. Apparently, homes and businesses are shutting off their air conditioning in the middle of summer as a way to save the environment. Supposedly, air conditioning is an unnecessary “comfort” and people should simply learn to adjust to whatever temperature is outside. As Arizonans, we all just shake our head at this logic. It would be absolutely crazy to turn off our a/c in the middle of a Phoenix AZ summer. While “adjusting” to an “extreme high” of ninety degrees for a few days each summer is certainly possible in New…
  • Watch Out for these Air Conditioning Nightmares

    siteadmin
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Living in Phoenix AZ has many luxuries. We get seven months of really awesome weather which makes up for the other five months of really intense heat. In Phoenix we have all major sports teams, all the big concerts, beautiful lakes and mountains, and if you want to ski in the winter you can drive two hours north and get radical, and when you’re done, you can drive back down to the valley back into seventy degree temps. The valley of the sun also offers some of the best fine dining in the country and we’re becoming more well known for our micro brews and wine. Having many luxuries…
  • How to Avoid Heat Related Illnesses During A/C Failure

    siteadmin
    3 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Phoenix Arizona is one of the hottest places in the country from May to September. Heat related illnesses are common during the summer months and year after year, nearly 2,000 people visit Arizona emergency rooms because of heat-related illnesses. Some heat illnesses could even be fatal. Over 1,500 deaths from exposure to excessive natural heat have occurred in Arizona from 2000 to 2012. If you’re beginning to hear weird sounds coming from your A/C unit that’s a sign it’s time to have it checked. Letting whatever the issue is, even the smallest of issues, can cause further…
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  • A molecular diagnostics company joins Canada’s impact investing platform

    SEB staff
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced that it has officially joined MaRS’ Social Venture Connexion (SVX). Proteocyte is a Canadian molecular diagnostics company that has developed a novel diagnostics test, Straticyte, that accurately detects precancerous oral lesions at high risk of becoming cancerous. The company will be providing Straticyte as a commercial diagnostic test service to dental clinics and oral pathology labs. “As an innovative healthcare company focused on preventing cancer, Proteocyte has a…
  • Millennials don’t want to invest in the stock market

    Melissa Ip
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Recent research by UBS revealed that millennials (defined as people between the ages of 21 and 36) are not investing in the stock market. UBS speculates that this behaviour is the consequence of millennials having nightmares about living through the 2008 financial crisis or seeing their parents struggle through the recession. They are described as skeptical about chasing markets. The research surveyed 1,000 millennials and found that they hold an average 52 percent of their assets in cash and only 28 percent in stocks. Non-millennials, on the other hand, hold only 23 percent of their assets…
  • Hippocampus raises $2.4 million to expand in South India

    SEB staff
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in a new financing round for Hippocampus Learning Centres, the leading rural kindergarten and remedial school programs provider based in Bangalore. The new financing round was led by Asian Development Bank with participation also from Khosla Impact venture fund. Hippocampus also announced that it is now operating in four districts in the Indian state of Karnataka, is starting to scale up availability of its EnglishSTAR and MathSTAR tuition programs, and hopes to be operating in 10 districts in South India by…
  • Why Deloitte UK is choosing to work with social enterprises

    Melissa Ip
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Deloitte revealed today that it will be working with 12 new social enterprises in the third year of its Social Innovation Pioneers program. As with previous years, this group will get an estimated £1 million in support from Deloitte employees. In practice, this program has helped social enterprises formulate and implement strategies, look at alternative ways to generate revenue, or create an approach to seek investment. But it’s not just social enterprises that are benefitting. Deloitte is too. “This program continues to provide the perfect opportunity for our people to use their skills…
  • Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

    Melissa Ip
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton. The Ashoka founder, widely accredited with coining the phrase “social entrepreneur” which he nearly named “public service entrepreneur” instead, visited Toronto last week and drew a large crowd to come hear him speak. In 1980, Drayton founded Ashoka based on the idea that leverage was important for catapulting the citizen sector. “What’s the most powerful force in the world? Of course it’s the big pattern change idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a really great…
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  • Become Untouchable With Criminal Legacy (Review)

    Christian Trejo
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:48 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life App Developer GREE international recently launched an amazing Role Playing Game in the form of Criminal Legacy. The game offers both single and multiplayer options to the player. The graphics and gameplay also goes well with the dark story line which the game offers. Storyline The players brings together a group of six 6 […]
  • When Work Feels Like A Hobby: 6 Steps to Prove You Are Doing What You Love

    Christian Trejo
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:29 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Each person seeks to find the ultimate happiness- that joyful feeling where all the pieces of puzzle fit together perfectly. This kind of happiness is totally possible; however it is possible in those short-lived moments. This kind of happiness seizes to exist once happiness is paired with excitement and joy. It is not possible […]
  • How To Become An Expert In Business Intelligence

    Christian Trejo
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:07 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The concept of business intelligence or business refers to the set of strategies using historical and current data of a company, organizing and analysing them properly in order to transform them into valid operational and strategic decisions for the company, brand or organization. Mastering the methods, techniques and tools of business intelligence is no […]
  • Helping Manufacturers With New Software Options

    Christian Trejo
    9 Jun 2014 | 1:21 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life Customers, whether they are consumers or other businesses, may not realize the immense managerial feats that are required to store, process, and ship items that end up at vendors. The distribution and logistics business is extremely complex and requires a scientific and analytical mind to process all the variables involved to move products across […]
  • 10 Tips For Hiring The Best Employees

    Christian Trejo
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:59 pm
    TheSuccess4Life TheSuccess4Life The success of your business depends on the quality of your employees. Small businesses, especially, know that making a bad hire can ruin the productivity of their entire team. So entrepreneurs are obsessed with this. Here’s a compiled guide with 10 tips to hire several businessmen. Almost all respondents stress the importance of hiring […]
 
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  • How to Keep Your Home Business Running Smoothly

    Adam Bauthues
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com One of the most troublesome aspects of being a small business professional and working from home is keeping things moving efficiently. Here are tips to keep your home business running smoothly This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Running a Day Care Home Business: Involving Parents Sink or Swim: How to Keep Your Home Business Afloat Balancing Home and Work: The Challenge of the Home-Based Business
  • How to Become a Successful Business Coach

    Adam Bauthues
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com If you enjoy helping individuals be successful and have a good affinity for business, then becoming a business coach may well be the perfect business to start. This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Top 7 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Sales Coach How to Start a Coaching Business Why Sales Managers Don’t Coach their Salespeople
  • How to Know You are a Workaholic: 18 Signs

    Adam Bauthues
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Have you sometimes been called a workaholic or a Type A character? This personality trait can ultimately be quite hazardous to your physical health and well being. Here are 18 questions to help you know if you are a workaholic This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: 6 Signs Your Business Partnership Will Fail 6 Signs Your Business Partnership Will Fail: Control Issues 6 Signs Your Business Partnership Will Fail: Conflict Becoming the Norm
  • How to Be a Successful Direct Sales Consultant

    Adam Bauthues
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Are you great with everyday people? Do you like meeting others and being social? Learn how to become a successful direct sales consultant This article was written by Adam Bauthues for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: How to Be a Consultant and Start a Successful Consulting Business How Being an Unpaid Consultant Can Help Increase Your Sales Rules for a Successful Direct Mail Campaign
  • Are You Thinking About Opening a Store for Business?

    Ted Hurlbut
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Article from PowerHomeBiz.com Are you thinking about opening a store for business? Here are some things to consider if you are planning about opening a store. This article was written by Ted Hurlbut for PowerHomeBiz.com - PowerHomeBiz.com Related posts: Opening a Small Shoe Store in NC Starting a Shoe Retail Store Business (Part 3) How to Succeed in the Shoe Store Retail Business
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    Small Businesses Do It Better

  • First-Hand Tips On Successfully Managing a Franchise Company

    Carissa Dunphy
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Becoming a franchise business owner has become a winning strategy for entrepreneurs all around Australia and the globe, hitting the rates with over 90 percent prosperity. Being part of a well-known brand is a wonderful opportunity to avoid the unpredictability of the market and take advantage of the know-how of an already developed business. Yet, as much as participating in the development of a growing company has massive effect on the success rate of a business, managing a team had been one of the top challenges of young business owners tripping up otherwise prosperous businesses. In order…
  • 7 Essential Tips for Business Writers

    Carissa Dunphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Business writing may in most cases prove very tough and difficult. The explanation of financial analysis, business plans and development require some principles in editing. These principles form a guide to proper business writing. Editing requires a few witty tips that we shall focus on. They provide the guidance to ensuring that you avoid confusion and have a proper flow of ideas through the paper. We shall look at the various tips that will give an insight of great business writing.   1. Create a Point of View This approach is looking at a particular topic with a ‘you attitude’.
  • Debugging the Myths about Being Entrepreneur

    Carissa Dunphy
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    You want to be an entrepreneur so badly that it has become your second nature to evaluate the income—minus the overhead cost – of every business you passed by on the street. You also have been a regular subscriber of business magazines like Time, Forbes and whatnot. Moreover, you have this very brilliant business idea that you can be the next Jobs. But is it enough for you to succeed in the business space? You can proudly say yes, until you finish reading some myths below: Being Your Own Boss Gives You Freedom Handing in your resignation letter to your boss who constantly nags you about…
  • The Most Powerful Free Tools Available to Small Businesses

    Carissa Dunphy
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:47 pm
    These days many of the best tools available for small businesses are actually entirely free. This is thanks to the web and thanks to new business models that allow companies to make money from advertising and other means rather than having to rely on direct sales. For small start-ups and entrepreneurs this is great news as it puts force multipliers in their hands without breaking the bank, allowing them to compete with larger companies even if they don’t have the same resources. The only trouble traditionally has been finding them, which is why we’re going to look at some of the…
  • 5 Ways Small Businesses can Utilize Cloud Computing

    Carissa Dunphy
    14 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Put simply, cloud computing means storing data and accessing applications, documents and software via the internet instead of the more traditional method of using your computer’s hard drive. A lot of people wonder why it’s known as the cloud, this is just a metaphor for the Internet. Cloud computing services have completely transformed the way in which many businesses store, share and access data, below are some of the ways businesses are utilizing cloud computing:   Editing and sharing documents Office software such as Microsoft Office is used by millions of businesses worldwide.
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  • 3 Biz Lessons I’ve Learned from Publishing Digital Magazines…

    Barbara Austin
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    With any new endeavor, you have to learn as you go along, right? No matter if you have a degree in that subject, or you took a class/read a book about it, did an apprenticeship with a master craftsperson, or whatever… as the saying goes, learning happens on the job. So… Back in March/April 2013, […]
  • Find Your Important Computer Files More Easily (A cool visual trick for you…)

    Barbara Austin
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I know you’ve got tons of files crammed into that computer of yours! And I bet sometimes you get frustrated, trying to find the ones you need—especially your all-important business files. My own computer is brimming with so many files…it’s really kinda scary… …or it would be scary, if I didn’t have a fun trick […]
  • Put Your Business Name in Lights!

    Barbara Austin
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:49 pm
    When you land on a new website, where’s the first place your eyes go? To the header, right? You’re looking for the company name, maybe the tagline too—because that’s where you’ll get the first hint at what that business is all about. Now, think about your own site header—specifically, your business name. Obviously, you want […]
  • Your one-stop shop for graphics, video clips, and more…

    Barbara Austin
    24 Jun 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In the last year, I’ve used a lot of stock photography. Much more than I ever had before. (If you’re a regular reader of Designed2Flourish magazine, you know where most of those photos end up!). And the more time I spend searching for and acquiring these photos, the more surprised and delighted I am by […]
  • 6 Tips to Find Fantastic Stock Photos

    Barbara Austin
    16 Jun 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Ah, what would we small biz owners do without stock photos? The big dogs with corporate-size budgets, have fancy on-site studios and staff photographers to fulfill their photographic requirements. Thankfully, we don’t need any of that—as long as we know where to look, to find the images we need. But, with so many different options, […]
 
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  • SEO Tips for Small Businesses

    wst-web-access
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    SEO, or Search Engine Optimization is one the most touted digital marketing trick. I wouldn’t say over-rated here, because SEO is indeed one of the key and imperative factor for increased traffic and visibility, online. But is it really that tough and arduous to get it right? I shall leave that on you to decide, and meanwhile share some quick and easy SEO tips, just like our effortless, stress-free website builder to help you set your website, blog, or any other online asset right. 1. Get That Title Precise How did you plan to start reading this blog post? Or for that matter whatever you…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 4

    wst-web-access
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    Allow me to share some facts first: Over 1/3 of Facebook’s 600 million+ user base uses Facebook Mobile Over 50% of Twitter 165 million user base uses Twitter Mobile 200 million+ YouTube views occur on mobile devices per day One half of all local searches are performed on mobile devices On analyzing these facts and figures together, we would realize that how mobiles, smartphones have entered and become an imperative marketing channel. How they have become an indispensable part of every business’s digital marketing strategy and hence, our today’s strategy — Mobile Marketing. Get…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 3

    wst-web-access
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Before we discuss another noteworthy marketing strategy, let’s think and reason out why would anyone come to your website? Why would they spend their time reading, your information/thoughts/about you? Why of all would they choose to interact with you? The answer could be you are an expert in that field, you can guide them well with their queries and/or may be you know it all. But of all above, one thing is for sure and a must, and that is your content strategy to engage, share information, form a connect is perfect. And that’s what we plan to get yours right too — Content Marketing…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas: Series 2

    wst-web-access
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    We are sure that with Web Start Today web designs by your side and our last blog in the same series about how to perk up your website, your website must be shining & gleaming, outshining your competitors. But let me remind you, while it is one of the most important step but that’s just the starting of the journey. Another important step, marketing tool you must explore is Social Media — Leverage it. Know Your Handles Spend some time knowing your target audience, their habits, and analyze which social media handle will work best for your business. For instance, for a jeweler or a…
  • Small Business — Effective Digital Marketing Strategies & Ideas

    wst-web-access
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:49 am
    You might be producing best of the product, or providing flawless services or simply selling the finest, but for it to sell and your business to succeed and flourish, your target audience/potential customers need to know about you — you need to market yourself, your business. And that’s what this blog is all about — effective digital marketing tips for Small & Medium Businesses. So let me come out clearly. Grow out of your Shop Foremost, you need to be present online, and that’s why we are here — Web Start Today, a premium website builder. A website, aptly designed as per your…
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  • How to Leverage Technology In Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with LaToya Collins-Jones, @PrettyGeekyCEO.  LaToya is the founder of start-up Pretty Geeky and also is SmallBizChat’s Co-host.  Before founding Pretty Geeky, LaToya was a member of Dell’s Center for Entrepreneurship team under the leadership of Ingrid Vanderveldt.  As an advocate for technology in minority and women communities, LaToya worked a wide range of partners, influencers,…
  • Do You Need Help With Your Content Marketing?

    Melinda Emerson
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    For those of you who have been following this blog for a long time, you know I rarely highlight a single book in a post, but I am making an exception this time, because I feel so strongly about the power of content marketing. It has been my secret to success over the last six years, and I am focusing on this topic heavy this year on my blog. To that end, I wanted to highlight a new book by my buddy Matt Mansfield, The Beginner’s Guide to Content Marketing for Small Businesses. I read a lot of marketing books, and let me tell you: they’re not all useful. Some focus on high-level content…
  • 5 Ways to Get Corporate Sponsorship for Your Small Business

    Melinda Emerson
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every small business needs revenue, and while many companies rely on sales of products or services as the main income source, there are other ways to raise funds. Corporate sponsorship is a mutual business proposition that offers something in exchange for a financial commitment from a corporation. These relationships have been growing throughout the years. In fact, companies spent $18 billion on sponsorships in 2013 alone. So how can your small business tap into this market? Let’s look at five ways you can get sponsorships from Corporate America. 1. Know your platform and the companies that…
  • How To Keep Your Small Business Relevant and Top of Mind

    Melinda Emerson
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Every week as SmallBizLady, I conduct interviews with experts on my Twitter talk show #SmallBizChat. The show takes place every Wednesday on Twitter from 8-9pm ET. This is excerpted from my recent interview with @DeborahShane.  Deborah Shane is a branding strategist, social media consultant, featured writer and speaker.  Author of two books, her new book #trusthewhy Fundamentals, Value and Humor Get You Through Anything, is a blog to book collection of 56 articles about, careers, social media, branding, marketing, professional advancement and her award winning book from 2011 Career…
  • 5 Ways to SEO Power Your Blog

    Melinda Emerson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Guest Article You are taking all levels of effort to make sure your blog is branded, engaging and consistent, but are you powering it with SEO tactics to fuel an engagement from the most important of Internet entities – Google? Google loves to scour blogs and is happy (yes, happy) to reward genuine ‘white hat’ content. However, Google cannot reward what it cannot scrutinize. That means all of your hard work in building your blog’s brand awareness, positioning yourself as a thought leader, nurturing connections with social media influencers and generating timely, entertaining and…
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  • Breakfast for champions – You’ll love this low calorie omelet recipe

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

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

    admin
    21 Jun 2014 | 9:40 am
    By Edward Johnson Online job boards come with specific advantages. Search for employment at online job boards and you gain access to hundreds of jobs in a matter of minutes. Pay attention to salaries associated with specific jobs, and you could also discover pay ranges for jobs that interest you. Identifying responsibilities aligned with work roles, noticing the signs of a stable company versus a company that’s struggling to get a handle on its cash flows and getting an idea of how long a role has been open are other advantages you get access to when you search for employment using…
  • Marrying great restaurants and great business deals

    admin
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:39 pm
    By Rhonda Campbell Annually restaurants in the United States generate more than $665 billion in sales, according to the National Restaurant Association (NRA). A good portion of this revenue comes from entrepreneurs and senior business leaders, people who understand the value of good communication and rewarding dining. When clients love great food you introduce them to Simply inviting an existing or prospective client out to lunch or dinner can create feelings of appreciation in these guests. Choose the right restaurant and entrepreneurs could close a deal they’d been working on for…
  • How to eat to lose 10 pounds fast

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    31 May 2014 | 10:22 am
    By Rhonda Campbell   Losing weight and getting down to a healthy weight is a sign of self-love. Even losing 10 pounds could help you avoid high blood pressure and joint pain. Dropping weight could also set a positive example for your children and grandchildren. Weight loss that leads to better health Dr. Oz puts it this way, “The average American woman has a BMI of 28, which is overweight – nearly obese. Her waists measures 37 inches, almost 5 inches too wide, and she weighs nearly 165 pounds. In 1960, the average American woman’s weight was 140 pounds. If we continue at this…
 
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  • How Your Online Business Can Avoid Costly Returns and Exchanges

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant A recent report from Walker Sands on the Future of Retail indicated that 64% of consumers are more likely to purchase online when the company offered free returns and exchanges. Now, if you are a small business, free returns and exchanges can be a tough offering as it does eat into your bottom line, especially when the Wall Street Journal reported in December 2013 that one-third of all Internet transactions are returned by shoppers. So how can your small business avoid costly returns and exchanges? 1. Make Sure The Customer Completely…
  • Why Mobile-Based Small Businesses Are a Hot Trend

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant A lot of businesses struggle with bringing customers to their establishment, either a physical location or online, but have you ever thought about going to them? Mobile-based businesses are becoming a hot trend, and with the baby boomer generation getting older and less mobile (no pun intended), and the younger generation over taxed time-wise, we might see the return of former ways, such as the door to door salesman, doctors making house calls and the milk man. One industry that has really proven to be successful as a mobile set-up is the…
  • Why Artisans May Want to Rethink Selling to the Low End Market

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I have had a lot of very successful small businesses, who are technically having great success selling on popular online marketplaces, come to me and ask for advice as to why that despite this success, they are still not making money. Here is the conundrum. When you try to sell to the low-end market (which these businesses are), you have to be able to produce significant volume in order to make any money because your profit margins are so thin. To meet this significant volume means you have to hire additional labor, which again cuts into…
  • Why You Should Be Pitching Your Products to be in Holiday Gift Guides NOW

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    by Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Consultant I had to re-run this post I ran last year, but with a few updates. As you may know, print magazines typically work about four months in advance. So, right now they are planning their December issues (which go on sale in November), and a big part of any December issue is a holiday gift guide. So if you want your products to be included, you need to be pitching them to editors now. How to Pitch Email is still the best way to pitch to writers and editors. Keep it short and to the point, n one has the time to read a huge pitch. Include a…
  • Why Polyvore is a Marketing Goldmine for Ecommerce Shops … and Not Just For Fashion

    Gail Oliver, Small Business Marketing Expert
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    by Gail Oliver Polyvore is a social media shopping site that has been around for a while, in fact, I have been recommending it to my clients for a few years. In its origins, members would create “sets” of fashion outfits typically on a certain style or theme. These sets include links to buy the items shown directly from the online shop they appear on. Polyvore has grown significantly since its early days and now you will see sets for every type of product – beauty, weddings, entertaining, decor, home goods, babies & kids, vintage and even local shopping. The target market…
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  • How to market your small business with Instagram

    1 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Social media channels provide a free outlet for small business marketing, and photo-sharing site Instagram may prove especially beneficial for entrepreneurs and startup companies. Instagram has more than 200 million users worldwide, according to The Associated Press, and while it doesn’t yet provide an option for businesses to pay to promote their content, there is still much value to be had from using the service. When you use Instagram correctly, you can garner new fans, create a voice for your brand and boost sales. The ability to interact with customers on this platform can help…
  • How can you use word of mouth to drive up business?

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    There are countless marketing techniques to help raise consumer awareness of your small business, but in the face of technological avenues, word-of-mouth strategies can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. However, this is an especially valuable resource for entrepreneurs and startup companies. Not only can this form of marketing help drum up business, but it can result in cost-savings and allow you to prioritize your strategies and small business funding. In a survey of small business owners based in Philadelphia conducted by Verizon and Small Business Trends, respondents indicated that about…
  • 3 technology trends that benefit small businesses

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Technology is your best friend if you’re a small business owner. Having the latest tech can allow you to compete with bigger companies and make you more appealing to prospective clients and employees. There are many ways you can put technology to work for your company, and they all have the ability to help you conserve small business funding while improving and growing your enterprise. Here are three ways you can take advantage of technology in your small business: 1. Going green Small businesses typically have budgets to match, so any opportunity to save money and preserve resources…
  • 5 ways to foster a productive and innovative workplace

    21 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Innovation and productivity are two cornerstones of small business success, as these elements will help your company grow and transform. A stale, stagnant work environment can leave employees without much will to go above and beyond what is required of them, which can hinder your enterprise’s rate of development. Proactively addressing productivity levels and bolstering enthusiasm in the workplace will directly benefit your company, as productive employees are far more likely to come up with new, innovative solutions for improving and changing various aspects of the business. There are…
  • 5 tips for finding the right employees

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Economic expansion means companies large and small are getting bigger and stronger, which means many will need to hire more employees to accommodate their growing and changing needs. In fact, a recent survey from Manpower Group revealed that the outlook for hiring in the third quarter of 2014 is up 14 percent, which is the highest level since mid-2008. The Small Business Administration reported that small businesses are responsible for 55 percent of all jobs in the U.S. For startups looking to bring on new staff members, finding qualified applicants for available positions is much easier…
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  • How to Keep Small Business Safe from Security Predators

    SmallBizViewpoints
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Keeping small business systems safe from security predators is no easy task. This post explains several basic safeguards you can put in place to improve the security. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Legislation Affects Your Business and Personal Lives

    SmallBizViewpoints
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Legislation have significant impact on your business and personal lives. Find out how you can get comprehensive information on various laws. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Innovative Ways to Track the Reach of Television Programming

    SmallBizViewpoints
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A new breed of technology tracks the television viewing habits around the world. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Online Training can Help Franchises Grow

    SmallBizViewpoints
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Online training can help franchises provide uniform and cost effective training to all franchisors. Explore various options and benefits of online training for franchises. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Small Business Owners: Cover Your Legal Bases before Getting into Trouble

    SmallBizViewpoints
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Small business owners can get into lot of legal hot water if they are not careful about protecting themselves beforehand. Learn different types of lawsuits and how to deal with them. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • 50 Incredibly Useful Blogs on Tax Strategy and Tax Planning

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

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

    DanielleRoller
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The largest restaurant in the world, seats about 6,014 people, cost $40,000,000 to build and has over 1,800 employees!  Maybe your restaurant isn’t exactly the Bawabet Dimashq located in Syria, but you are trying to expand and get your restaurant headed in the next direction.  For starters, in order to expand you need some things: Capital Employees And Equipment!   As a restaurant owner you always want the best for your business and it’s important to consider your options.  The foundation of a restaurant should be a couple of things; however one of those should include your…
  • How to Get a Business Loan Approved: Advice from 22 Small Business Finance Experts

    DanielleRoller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanks to the internet, web apps, and various methods of business automation that now exist, starting a new business today is undoubtedly much easier than it was even just a decade ago. But unless you are a lean technology startup that is built either wholly or mostly on the web, there are some time-old growth challenges that are unavoidable for new and growing businesses, one of which is building capital. For many businesses, building capital inevitably means successfully obtaining a business loan. As a company that works closely with businesses as they build capital, we at Direct Capital…
  • 10 Features Your Business Website Should Have

    DanielleRoller
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Direct Capital does their best to help small businesses in every way. We know owning a business can be overwhelming, so we are here to offer some tips to make things a little easier. This article will provide insights on your Business’s Website. We’ve generated a list of the Top 10 Features Every Good Business Website Should Have: 1. Clear Description of Who you Are Your homepage is the first thing people will see when browsing your website. To attract their attention, you should clearly show your name and what you do. You want to encourage them to stay on your site, so give them a good…
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  • July WP Curve report – Growth time

    Dan Norris
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Hi all welcome to our July monthly report. We do these reports to help other entrepreneurs get real information about running a startup. I did the 1st report in 2012 when I was earning $0. Here is the full archive. Our current MER (Monthly Expected Revenue) $29,679 In June we introduced one off WordPress jobs, which made us into a business that has one off revenue as well as recurring revenue. While the vast majority of our revenue is still recurring, this will even out over time. We therefore have a few options in terms of tracking where we are at: Use MRR still, but then it doesn’t…
  • Website review: Personally branded, content driven services

    Dan Norris
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Hey all, this is the 3rd in a series of website reviews. I’ve picked 3 very different businesses and I’ve done the reviews in different ways. This review is for kerynspriggs.com, a personally branded content driven services site. By that I mean Keryn is using her own name as the brand, she is using content to drive leads to an offline services business. Keryn is just getting started and has put the site together herself. It’s a great start. As always there are a lot of things that can be improved, either in the short term or down the track when time / money permits. I’ve…
  • My experience reviewing 8 webinar software options

    Dan Norris
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    There are a lot of webinar software options available these days, so I was pretty excited to see what I would find. Unfortunately my results were less than inspiring. Here are the findings. Note these details were current when I looked, but I’ve provided links to their sites so you can check for the updated details.  Criteria Here are the features we were looking for in webinar software. Must have Can support 50 people and can scale into the hundreds Works when we test it! Reasonably priced Nice to have Nice UI Easy setup / installation process Runs on mobile Can stream webinars…
  • Our exact hands off process for hiring developers offshore

    Dan Norris
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    When I started WP Curve, it was just me and my lead developer Andrew. As we signed up more clients, we had to hire more people – fast. Fast forward 12 months and we employ 16 people in total across 10 different cities. We need one more developer for every ~30 customers we sign up. When we started growing at ~60 customers per month, we realised we needed to put a robust process together for managing it. It’s funny because I started out in HR, but left because I didn’t like it. Now I find myself writing HR policies! In this post, I will run through our exact process. This is an…
  • Website Review: 10 ways to improve appetizingsites.com

    Dan Norris
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Here’s post number 2 in my new series of free website reviews. In this review, I run through appetizingsites.com and suggest 10 ways to improve it. I’ve based these around some of the ideas in our website review template which you can grab at the end of this review. The only people that use the word Solution are hair dressers. Create copy that speaks to real people – CLICK TO TWEET About Appetizing Sites The founder Jason contacted me and provided this information: The site is a side project for his agency designed to bring in more consistent revenue. Launched 1.5 years…
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  • 5 Most Common Misconceptions Small Businesses Have About SEO

    Guest Author
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    SEO best practices change faster and more often than models at a fashion show. As a result, it’s difficult for small business owners to keep their SEO programs on track, and dangerous not to. At best, SEO campaigns based on misconceptions yield no results; at worst, they produce negative results – i.e., lowering organic search visibility. Here are five of the most common SEO misconceptions. Misconception #1: Rankings Matter Rankings used to matter a lot. Now they don’t. Among the reasons: Organic search results vary depending on the location of the user. Organic search results vary…
  • Upcoming Travel? 5 Tips to Get Work Done While on the Road

    Megan Totka
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    If your job requires you to travel, you probably know how challenging it is to get much accomplished between boarding flights, attending conferences and meetings and getting much-needed sleep. The hassle of traveling combined with work stress can make business trips very taxing. Recent research from the CWT Travel Solutions Group tells us that an employee traveling for work can lose up to 6.9 hours on a trip due to stress (Tweet This). To better manage your email and workload so your return to the office isn’t too overwhelming, take a look at these five tips. Be Realistic When it comes to…
  • Boom or Bust: Keeping One Step Ahead In The World of Retail

    Guest Author
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    You need an edge in business. Most of the time, you’re flying blind. You wonder how it is that everyone around you is doing so well while you feel like you’re on shaky ground. The truth is that your competitors aren’t really all that well off either. They’re just keeping up appearances. Here’s how to ditch the status quo, stay one step ahead, and actually be confident in your company. Establish a Killer Email Marketing System You have to step up your marketing game. Most companies that are successful use a sophisticated system to send out weekly or monthly reminder emails, but…
  • 5 Important Lessons to Teach Your Sales Staff

    Guest Author
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    One challenge for sales managers is making the transition from being an individual sales contributor to being responsible for the performance of other sales people. If the sales people on your team are less experienced or less skilled than you, there might be a learning curve. One of the most crucial roles for a sales manager is to lead by example and constantly teach, train and mentor the sales team. Here are five of the most important sales concepts to relate to your team to help your sales people exceed expectations: 1. Sales is a process Sales is about building relationships, and that can…
  • The Perfect Cold-Calling Email

    Resource Nation
    24 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cold-calling emails can be tough to write, and it’s disheartening getting lack-luster results after spending hours writing and sending. However, when written well, “cold emails” are definitely an effective form of networking. Here are some tips to writing the perfect cold-call email that will get you the responses you’re looking for. Have a clear subject Writing a clear email subject is always important, but it’s doubly so when cold-calling. Since the person you’re emailing probably has no point of reference for you or your email, the subject of the email needs to be concise and…
 
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  • Using an RSS Reader to Find Content Ideas

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

    Tanya Smith
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    According to the Radicati Group, the majority of email traffic comes from business email, which accounts for over 100 billion emails sent and received per day. And the fact is, as a business owner the more content you put out, the more likely you are to get content in return, mostly in the form of email. Responsive emails could include reports you’ve set up to monitor your sales activity, social media comments about your brand, questions being asked, purchases made (cha-ching), or any number of things. It’s a fact … email is here to stay and it’s a huge part of every day business…
  • How to Grab Your Reader’s Attention in 15 Seconds or Less

    Tanya Smith
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    Grabbing your reader’s attention within the first 15 seconds of seeing your content is critical to keeping them on your website. However, if you can hit  a reader right at the start by tackling the most important question of “What’s in it for me?”, you’ll have a good chance that they’ll read or consume whatever content you are providing. Basically, if your marketing and your content don’t answer this question in fifteen seconds or less, chances are you’re going to lose your visitor. So how exactly do you grab your reader’s attention and…
  • What’s the Purpose of Your Content

    Tanya Smith
    4 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you gotten in the habit of just slapping up a new article or blog post on your site, just to add something fresh and new? If so, you may be missing out on traffic and new readers. Let me explain. People visit websites and blogs because they are looking for information. Much of the time they have a problem which they want to solve. How many times have you been grateful to someone when they told you how to fix something or said that a certain product is what you need? Think about how you can apply the “purposeful content” principle to your blog and to other content you share…
  • Social Media Tools That Help You Automate Sharing Content

    Tanya Smith
    7 May 2014 | 3:43 am
    There are a number of tools and services out there designed to help time-stretched business owners manage your content on social media accounts without being there 24/7. Love it or hate it, social media tools that automate your content can save you time for a number of reasons: They let you schedule posts far in advance – you can save time by batching your social media content creation. They make it easy to share your new blog posts automatically. They let you post content on a pre-defined schedule (e.g. every day at 1pm) rather than forcing you to input a set date and time for each…
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  • Passion or Money: Gleaming the Career Cube

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

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

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

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

    Gregg Rodriguez
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    It rule appreciate that you follow my blog–and honored that you read my writing, especially when there’s a deep blue sea of blogs out there. For that I am truly grateful. I am always open to your ideas, suggestions for topics and willing to answer your questions. Brainstorm your way to Success! I hope you guys have a great week. If you are looking for a job, I wish you the best on your job search. Remember to customize your resume to each job–almost as if you drafted the resume especially for that potential role. And don’t be afraid to use their own words on your…
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    Small Business Blog | Hiscox

  • 3 reasons NOT to join a mastermind group

    Hiscox Blog
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    A mastermind group can help your small business go from good to great. But are you prepared to do the work of a group member? For many small business owners, being part of a mastermind group isn’t optional.  These groups of two to eight people commit to meet regularly, helping each other set and reach goals, sharing resources and encouragement, and be eachothers accountability partners.  The are essential to entrepreneurs running growing businesses because it’s peer-to-peer mentoring, giving each member the benefit of the others’ knowledge and experience. As great as they are,…
  • Essential small business insurance for personal trainers

    Hiscox Blog
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Making sure your personal training business is properly insured is important. Read on to learn why. It’s an exciting time to be a newly-certified personal trainer.  You’ve put in the time, studied for and passed the personal trainer certification exam and are ready to start changing the lives of clients for the better. While you’re focusing on your clients’ wellness and your small business growth, be sure you don’t suffer from Pollyanna Syndrome.  There are risks associated with running a personal training business, some you can control, but many you can’t.  For those you…
  • How to choose a modern point-of-sale for your small business

    Guest Blogger
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Michelle Yuan, Director of Sales and Marketing, bindopos.com. Guest blogger Michelle Yuan, Director of Sales and Marketing at Bindo, shares tips on purchasing your next point of sale system. Let’s face it: Running a small business with a legacy point of sale (POS) is tough. I know this first-hand as Director of Sales and Marketing at Bindo, a cloud-based iPad point-of-sale with a web and mobile storefront enabling online shopping for the end consumer. Not only are retail stores and quick service restaurants spending hours, and perhaps even days, updating the information on their systems,…
  • Delete that tweet or get out of your seat

    Hunter Hoffmann
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Social Media TipsSmall businesses and individuals need to be smart when using social media. Social media is the great equalizer between consumers and businesses.  A customer who has a bad experience with a product or service can now immediately broadcast it to the world over social media.  That’s just what one man did last week when he tried cancel his Comcast cable and ran into a particularly unhelpful customer service rep.  The result?  Comcast apologized, his service was cancelled and the company was put on notice that aggressive account…
  • Webinar recap: 8 tips for reducing social media legal risks

    Tiffany Winbush
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Social Media TipsSocial media use has become essential, but there are some legal risks you should be aware of. Click here to view the embedded video. The Hiscox Media and Entertainment Liability Insurance division recently hosted a webinar highlighting the legal risks associated with using social media. By now we’re sure you know the importance of using social media for business. And you’ve probably even started using several social media platforms. But have you thought about the implications associated with copyright and trademark infringement,…
 
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  • Improve Your Instagram Engagement

    From Around the Web
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Courtesy of: Quick Sprout The post Improve Your Instagram Engagement appeared first on Rabid Office Monkey for Business.
  • 6 Ways Every Small Business Owner Can Have a Happier, Healthier Work Force

    Contributor
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: As a small business owner, you might think that special employee perks or company-wide challenges don’t have much of a place at your business. However, companies are going much further than launching the typical weight loss challenge for their employees in order to promote a happier, healthier work force. They are going the extra mile to promote a much healthier workplace culture for their employees in terms of mental and physical health, which promotes productivity. Basically, happy and healthy employees are typically harder workers who are more…
  • Convince Your Boss to Help Pay for Your Education

    Contributor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Once you’ve decided to further your education, the next obvious concern is paying for it. If you’re employed, and the education you’re seeking relates to your current job, the answer may be closer than you think. The following are four tips for convincing your boss to help finance your education. You’ll be a More Valuable Employee You’ll need to come to your boss with a list of reasons why obtaining the particular education you want will make you a better employee and more valuable to the company. For example, a teacher could…
  • Denied Workers’ Compensation? How to Fight Back

    Anica Oaks
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: Image courtesy of iosphere / FreeDigitalPhotos.net So, you filed a workers’ compensation claim, but received a letter back denying your request. If you aren’t prepared or willing to cover your medical expenses yourself, don’t take the denial lying down. Here are five steps to appeal the decision and get the compensation you deserve. Step One: Understand Why You Were Denied Claims can be denied for many reasons. The first step to appealing a denial is to understand why your workplace or insurance refused your request. Here are a few possible reasons:…
  • Bad Managers – Infographic

    From Around the Web
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The latest from Rabid Office Monkey: We’ve all heard the phrase “lead by example,” but what if you’ve learned to lead from a bad example? Some leadership styles are much less effective than other, and a bad manager can demoralize employees and in the worst circumstances, lead them to quit a job they otherwise enjoy. There are four types of bad managers that employees and team members dread working with. The Seagull Manager flies over your tasks, craps on them, and then flies away as if nothing happened. They communicate poorly and don’t show any appreciation of their team’s…
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  • How To Use Google Webmaster Tools To Improve Your SEO

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you have a Google Webmaster Tools account for your website but are not sure how to use all the features? Google Webmaster Tools has so many different features that it can become confusing as to what is useful and what you need to take note of to improve your website.Within Google Webmaster Tools you are able to see a lot of statistics which are all related to your website.
  • Marketing Your Business In Nottingham? 5 Things You Need To Know

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Due to Nottingham having a very competitive business environment you should have a plan of action to market your business effectively to beat your competitors. You will need to be aware of your surroundings so that you can use them to the advantage of your business. Listed below are 5 key points that you need to know and that will help you to market your business effectively in Nottingham.
  • How To Overcome ‘The Marketing Problem’

    17 Jul 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Over the past ten years, I have met many businesses in a huge variety of different industries from hairdressers to engineers working with cutting edge technology, from retailers to wholesalers, from tradespeople to professionals, manufacturers and service businesses.
  • Are You Getting Results From Your Website? How To Audit Your Digital Marketing

    23 Jun 2014 | 2:40 am
  • How to Create a Business Case for an Increase in Marketing Budget

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    When many of us are still feeling the pinch due to the economic downturn, you need to remain cautious about decision making, spending and budgeting within your business. These uncertain times also mean that you have to prioritise if you want your business to ride the storm, and increasing your marketing budget should be one of those top priorities. 
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    Blog | Harbor Compliance» LLC vs S-Corp: Which Is Best for My Small Business?

  • LLC vs S-Corp: Which Is Best for My Small Business?

    James
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    This is the second post in our series of entity comparisons. You can read the first post here. If you’re starting a small business, you have a few more options than the single business owner. Traditional corporations (C-Corps), S-Corps, … Read more >>
  • Social Enterprise Ideas Advance to Final Round

    James
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:35 am
    One of our favorite types of businesses here at Harbor Compliance is the Social Enterprise. Social enterprises are for-profit businesses; however, their mission is to produce a measurable social or environmental benefit, rather than to maximize shareholder gains. Our friends … Read more >>
  • Selecting a Business Structure as a “Solopreneur”

    James
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    When starting a business, many owners find themselves deciding between several entities for their business. Understanding liability protection, tax structures, and legal vocabulary can be overwhelming! In order to make the decision-making processes a little easier, this series will compare … Read more >>
  • Three Reasons Why Rejection Hurts Your Business

    James
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    In life, getting rejected stinks. When preparing your corporate documents, not filing timely or properly jeopardizes your “good standing.” Getting them rejected outright wastes your valuable time, and can even chalk up to a financial loss. A rejection is not … Read more >>
  • Illinois Secretary of State Reopens After Fire

    James
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    7/23/2014 – The Illinois Secretary of State is open once more, after a small fire shut down business filing services Tuesday. If you’re registering in Illinois, expect a bit of a delay, but normal processing times should resume shortly.… Read more >>
 
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    THE RESOURCEFUL CEO™

  • How to Create a High-performance Virtual team of Independent Contractors

    Tiffany C. Wright
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
     As the former owner of a construction trade publication that operated virtually, I understand well the issues regarding virtual teams. Because we published on a monthly basis, not a weekly basis, and focused on one major metropolitan area, Atlanta, I could not justify hiring part-time employees. In our operations, except for the sales staff, we […]
  • How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand

    Tiffany C. Wright
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here is a post by a guest contributor, JonJon Yeung of the award winning TUG Agency. This post speaks to why and how you can alter your marketing to trigger emotional responses in your targeted prospects. His article is highly illuminating and insightful. Enjoy! – TCW   How Psychology and Imagery Can Affect Your Brand […]
  • Purchase Order Financing: Interview with Midland American Capital

    Tiffany C. Wright
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Today is the second part of a two-part interview with Carolyn McClure, Senior Vice President, Midland American Capital, one of the few purchase order financing firms in the U.S. and Canada. Purchase order financing can be a viable option for younger companies with orders from reputable, credit-worthy firms and government entities and older companies with […]
  • Purchase Order Financing: A Little Known Funding Option

    Tiffany C. Wright
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have written about purchase order financing before and discuss it in my book, The Funding Is Out There!. Purchase order financing is not as readily available as business owners would like, but it is available. Today and Friday I share a two-part interview with Carolyn McClure, Senior Vice President Business Development Officer (Midwest Region) […]
  • Is PE Bad or Good?

    Tiffany C. Wright
    6 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Do those of you who were not that athletic in middle/junior high school or high school remember when you had to take PE class? Did you try to avoid it as much as the academically challenged tried (and likely succeeded!) to avoid calculus or chemistry? That “PE” stood for physical education. What’s the value of […]
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    Small Business Heroes

  • 8 things only freelancers understand

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    What ‘office casual’ means to you When you see everyone on Twitter complaining about their commute When you say you’re ‘resolving an office conflict’ When your neighbours assume you’re watching daytime TV all day Getting an invoice you’ve been chasing for three months Finally figuring out your tax return When people are ‘looking forward to the weekend’ Your ‘colleagues’ The post 8 things only freelancers understand appeared first on Small Business Heroes.
  • Summer time management: how to avoid losing your cool

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    We’re now into holiday season – and the office rows about who gets to take time off and when are almost as inevitable as the heavens opening just as you’ve booked off a week-long staycation. In addition to this, there’s the question of how a company keeps all its clients happy whilst various members of the team are on leave – how can you balance running a small business smoothly whilst meeting your employees’ holiday wishes? Luckily Chris Meredith, CEO at officebroker.com, is here to give his advice on how to keep everyone, including clients, happy during the summer holiday…
  • A normal day in the office: conversations in stock photos

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Image source Woman on the left: “OH, you kissed Ben from accounts at the party last night? Good for YOU! Please tell me more!” Woman on the right: *nervously* “I’m sorry! It just kind of happened… I know how you feel about him, but when love takes over…” Woman on the left: “No, it’s fine, I’m totally cool with this. TOTALLY COOL. Basically frozen. See my cool face? See it? By the way, you’re dead to me.” Image source Woman on the right: “Oh man, it was SUCH a weird and profound dream. Like, I was just frolicking in a glade, right? And then this huge, like,…
  • What your employees really want: the low-down

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Staffing can be a tricky business. We’ve talked before about hiring and firing – but what is the elusive secret to keeping your staff happy once they’re installed in the office? Great news for small business owners – a recent study by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) found that what employees really want  is responsibility, recognition, and friendly colleagues – not giant paychecks, impressive bonuses, and head-spinning benefits. Here are some of the key takeaways from the survey, and why they’re great for small business owners… Workmates are important…
  • Are you wasting valuable time on inefficient bookkeeping? There’s an easy solution.

    The Small Business Heroes Team
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    By Heather Baker, MD of TopLine Comms My love affair with accounting software started in 2010 when I began using Xero. It revolutionised the way my business manages its books, and helped me to make sense of our accounting process for the first time (I know – scary to think I didn’t have a handle on this 2 years into running my company!). I was so happy to have found it and I thought no one would ever make a piece of software that I love as much as Xero… Then I found Receipt Bank and sparks flew all over again. Receipt Bank helps people deal with receipts and invoices Receipt Bank is…
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  • 5 Common Ways Smart Entrepreneurs Accidentally Blow a Deal

    Rohit Bhargava
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Over the past two days, I have walked away from a total of 10 deals that have the (rough) equivalent value of about $8.50. That seemingly insignificant sum by American standards actually translates into more than 80,000 IDR in Indonesia, where I have been spending the past few days. The “deals” are from street vendors trying to sell all sorts of handicrafts. As tempting or curious as these delightful souvenirs might seem—my reason for walking away from each deal was rarely driven by my desperate need to hold on to my $8.50. Instead, it was usually because of some casual mistake…
  • New Recruiting Technique: Find Workers About to Quit

    Kelly Spors
    1 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    The U.S. job marketing is tightening, the unemployment rate has sagged to 6.2 percent—and employers struggle to hire skilled workers. One software company thinks it’s found an answer: Identify workers most likely to ditch their job. Entelo, a San Francisco-based recruiting platform, just unveiled a new tool to help companies find qualified workers most likely to leave their current employer. The tool uses an algorithm based on 70 different variables to cull through Entelo’s database of 25 million skilled workers—whether engineers, high-level sales reps or data scientists—and pluck…
  • Hush, Hush: Whisper App Offers a Forum for Your Deep, Dark Secrets

    Katie Morell
    1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    For many of us, Facebook functions as a billboard for all the wonderful things in our lives—the pregnancies, marriage proposals, vacations, babies and shameless work brags. But what about the thoughts that we’re too afraid or embarrassed or ashamed or nervous to share? Wouldn’t it be great if there were an anonymous social network where we could say whatever we wanted, without the fear of tarnishing our image? Well, there is. It’s called Whisper, and the site and its accompanying app are insanely popular. How popular? According to the company, the site attracts more than 6 billion…
  • What Our Brains Look Like on Praise and Criticism

    Bruna Martinuzzi
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Should you praise your employees frequently to encourage them to perform better? You might think so, but the answer is actually no. While praise is nice to receive, the latest research in brain science discounts its effect on performance. Most people are intrinsically motivated to do the best they can, because it’s important for maintaining a positive self-image and because it gives them a feeling of accomplishment, and a sense of mastery and self-fulfillment. As business performance consultant Charles S. Jacobs writes in Management Rewired: Why Feedback Doesn’t Work and Other…
  • How Facing Your Fears Can Help You Succeed

    Erika Napoletano
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Fear makes us run in the other direction when a bear wants to have us for lunch. Smart choice, right? You bet! And that’s why I loathe the overused adage: Be fearless. If you took that saying to heart and stood up to the bear … well, let’s just say you probably didn’t wake up this morning with the goal of being anything’s lunch. What would happen if we were all fearless? Well, it’s possible we’d all end up serial killers. Not really the career path I envisioned for my life. If we really followed that adage and chose to be fearless, some unarguably dumb and needless…
 
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    Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories

  • How To Incorporate Yourself/Your Business In The USA

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:36 am
    In the life of any entrepreneur, one day comes the moment for incorporating his activities. And then usually comes the question ‘Who the heck do I do that?’. What type of a company would you found, if you needed to do that? Would you found a C Corp, or you would choose sole proprietorship? May […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Best Cities For Starting A Business In The US -   How to Start a Small Business -   How Successful People Differ From Unsuccessful Ones - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational…
  • 5 Things Vital For The Success Of Any Start Up According To Richard Branson

    Entrepreneur Writer
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
      Richard Branson is well known entrepreneur all around the world. But he is not just an entrepreneur, he is a serial entrepreneur. Branson has started hundreds of successful companies, most of which are still operational today. He has not only made billions of dollars this way, but also he has acquired an enormous amount […] You can also check these cool posts:   What Was the First Job and Career of Some Billionaires? -   How Richard Branson Made His Billions -   How Entrepreneurs Think - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups &…
  • How Apple Computers Got Its Name

    Entrepreneur Writer
    26 May 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Some of us wonder how the owners of Apple Company came up with the name. Why name a company after a fruit?   According to the co-founder of the company, Steve Wozniak, it was several weeks after the partnership was forged that they decided on the name of their company. He was then driving Steve […] You can also check these cool posts:   Steve Jobs Biography – Movie -   A Short Biography Of Steve Wozniak -   Steve Jobs – a History of an Innovator - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Who Is Cisco from San Francisco?

    Entrepreneur Writer
    16 May 2014 | 6:03 am
    The name of the company Cisco was derived from the City of San Francisco. Before, engineers used lower case for ‘cisco’ because it only came from the name of the said city.   According to John Morgridge, the first president of the company, the owners got the name and the logo while driving to Sacramento […] You can also check these cool posts:   The Rise of Zynga -   Alexa.com – History -   The Home Depot: The Humble Beginning - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
  • Mercedes: A Father’s Pretty Daughter

    Entrepreneur Writer
    15 May 2014 | 3:36 am
    Everyone wants to own a car. In this modern day and age, we have a lot of car manufacturers and one of the more noteworthy is Mercedes Benz. The name came from the beautiful daughter of Emil Jellinek, Mercedes.   A rich banker-sportsman from Vienna, Emil Jellinek, was very fascinated with the success of Daimler […] You can also check these cool posts:   A History of Ford Motor Company -   A History of Citroen -   What Is a Millionaire? - Great Business Ideas, Entrepreneurs, Start Ups & Inspirational Success Stories
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    Ayojideonline.com Providing Simple and Smart Solutions

  • What If I Don’t Want to Write My Information Product?

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Today’s information products rarely consist of just written material, instead you will find audio and video that complement the written portion of it.  So even if you don’t want to write it yourself, you can still be involved by doing an audio interview with a fellow expert, or creating an instruction video. If you want to avoid writing the product yourself, then there are a couple of different ways you can do this. 1. Hire a ghostwriter: A ghostwriter will write whatever you need, but they will not take credit for the work.  That means their name won’t be found anywhere on…
  • Time To Get Started with Information Products

    1 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    When you’re ready to create your first information product, start with a plan. Outline all the things you want to cover in your product, and jot down your thoughts and notes for each section – then begin to flesh it out from there. Once you’ve finished the first draft, leave it for a day or two and then go back and read through it.  You’ll be able to pick up any spelling and grammar errors, and you’ll be able to see how it flows and what you may want to add or change. In addition to your main content, some elements to be sure to include in your information product are: An…
  • Movie Downloads on Your iPod

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    Are you one of those iPod fanatics who think the device is their best buddy? It is not surprising. The music playing gadget is revolutionary and simply phenomenal. What is more interesting is that iPods are more than just your typical music player.  They could also do several other tasks like downloading and saving files like movies so you could always retrieve entertainment wherever you are, whenever. If you do not know how to put movie downloads in an iPod, here is the information you need. Downloading any movie on your iPod could be a breeze. You have just to make sure that your…
  • Some 6 Secret Reasons why you may not be getting the Right Job

    1 Aug 2014 | 1:02 am
    Getting an opportunity is not that easy and if missed,it hurts badly. In case of desperate job seekers, it can be a regular picture resulting into a series of tensions and rigidities. Nowadays, the competition is so high and people with immense talent are already  there to rule the chart. In such cases, what makes you stand apart from the crowd?  There has to be some igniting sparks that can draw employer’s attention towards you. Let’s discuss some of the most prominent reasons why it is difficult to get the right job opportunity even if one has the required potentials. Your…
  • More About Selling Information products

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    Information products have exploded across the Internet and people from all walks of life are partaking in this lucrative, online industry.  A quick Google search brings up an astounding 1,460,000,000 listings for the term “information products,” but does that mean there can’t possibly be room for one more product? Of course not! Surprisingly enough, new information products are sprouting up every day and many of their creators are earning a nice side income, while others are rapidly building up an information product empire. Keep in mind that millions of people log onto the…
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    Strategy Lab Marketing

  • Most events aren’t meant to be remembered

    Jeph
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:02 pm
    that’s why most events aren’t that good. How many presentations, conferences, lecture’s, speeches, keynotes, and guest talks have you been in that have completely bored you to death? It’s become an epidemic, and I hate it. If you don’t intentionally try to create a memorable event why do you think people will remember it?   Start with: why will people remember this? Why will my event be different? How do we get people walking out after the event saying “holy $#!& that was amazing!!”. Maybe therein lies the secret: to create “holy…
  • 3 Things Great Leaders Always Do

    Jeph
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:45 am
    Why is it so rare that employees look up to their boss? Why is it that most senior leadership are referred as more of the senior part and not so much the latter? How come more people don’t look up to the leader of the organization? Why is it so rare to find a visionary, humble, head of an organization? In the future we’ll look up to leaders who understand and act upon these 3 must do’s. 1. You must have a clear vision. If your staff don’t know where you’re going it’s going to be very difficult to follow you. If your vision isn’t simple most people…
  • If You Want To Be an Amazing (Blank), Study the Amazing (Blankers)

    Jeph
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:06 am
    It’s a simple thought that has profound consequences. If you wish to be the best, you must study the best. If you want to be amazing at golf, study the great golfers. If you want to be an amazing comedian, watch the great comedians. If you want to be a world renown hypnotist, you’d be wise to study the greatest hypnotists in the world. Never before has it been easier to study the masters of our craft. Whatever you do, whatever you’re into, you can find someone in the world who’s amazing at it and better yet you can subscribe to their YouTube channel. Start following…
  • 3 Must Do’s To Tell a Compelling Story

    Jeph
    10 Jun 2014 | 3:15 pm
    1. Start off with a big bang Introductions mean a lot in documentaries. They set the stage for what’s about to come. The intro can either turn the viewer on, having them beg for more, or can work against the film by boring the $!%$ out of the audience. Searching for Sugarman begins with the controversial story of how Rodriguez killed himself. Some say it was a gun to the head, some say it was the most gruesome suicide in history, where he doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire in front of an audience. The beginning of this documentary in incredibly captivating, you…
  • The Leaked New York Times Innovation Report & Why It’s Important

    Jeph
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The New York Times (on purpose or not) leaked an innovation report which ended up being a scathing analysis of how far behind the times the Times really are. From one of the worldwide leaders in Journalism comes a humble look at their own efforts digitally. They recognize how behind they really are but it seems that they have a plan to become more relevant to a larger audience in the future. Some important highlights of the 90 page report: Competition is increasing and some of their competitors are producing some massive numbers. EG: Flipboard getting more traffic to the New York Times’…
 
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    The Shoeboxed Blog

  • 7 Ways to Be More Productive When Working Remotely

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

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    We’re thrilled to be hosting an End of Summer Social with our friends from The Small Business Web, a partnership of small business-focused cloud companies that we’re proud to be a part of! Join us on Thursday, August 21, for an evening filled with fun, food and friendly neighbors at our HQ in downtown Durham. All local small businesses, startups, freelancers, entrepreneurs and Shoeboxed members are welcome to attend. RSVP here. We’ll have: Locally brewed beer Food from Durham’s favorite food trucks Corn hole, ping pong and darts Live music And much, much more! We’re excited to be…
  • Top 5 Apps for a Productive Summer

    Emily Farrar
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Summer is the best time to increase your productivity while running your small business. Why? Because it’s the time of year that everyone is either a) taking a  vacation, or b) wishes they were taking a  vacation. Increasing and improving your productivity will allow you and your team to spend less time in the office and more time soaking up the sun. Here are our top 5 apps to make this your most productive summer ever: 1. Twibble Twibble is a social sharing application that can shave hours off your social media time each week. Connect the Twibble app with any RSS feed, and your Twitter…
  • Seven TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Needs to Watch

    Emily Farrar
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    It’s tough to run into an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of TED Talks, whether they attended one in person or viewed a talk via YouTube. If you don’t know what a TED Talk is, here’s the brief lowdown on the series. TED Talks (the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design) are conferences held worldwide where influential speakers are given about 18 minutes to present a message in an innovative way, or as the TED tagline proclaims, create a message filled with “ideas worth spreading.” While sharing ideas worth spreading might sound difficult to do on the surface, TED…
  • How to Send a Magic Envelope [VIDEO]

    Emily Farrar
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Of all of the different ways you can get your receipts to Shoeboxed, our famous Magic Envelopes have always been a fan favorite. After all, what’s easier than stuffing a prepaid envelope full of paper clutter and dropping it in the mail? If you’re a new Shoeboxer or you aren’t quite sure if you’ve been using your Magic Envelopes to their full capacity, don’t worry! Watch the video above to learn everything you need to know about sending in a Magic Envelope. More questions about our Magic Envelopes and mail-in service? Visit our Help Desk or give us a shout on…
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    BoostSuite

  • 5 Mobile Marketing Tips for Small Businesses

    Lisa Jeffries
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    While there may not be one single, definitive stat available out there about just how much web traffic is “mobile”, a recent Google search (results pictured at right) shows various media outlets citing between 28% and 55% of all internet usage coming from mobile devices – and that number is significant at even the smallest estimate. So how can small businesses ensure that their online marketing efforts are mobile-friendly and more importantly, friendly to mobile users? These five tips will help – and be sure to revisit them often as the mobile landscape changes every time…
  • A Simple Guide to Duplicate Content. Are These 2 Myths Holding Your Traffic Back?

    Aaron Houghton
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    If you’ve ever worked with a search engine optimization professional, or if you’ve worked to optimize your website on your own, you’ve probably heard the term duplicate content. It can be terrifying. You usually hear it about it like this. Something you’ve done, or something that your web publishing tool – think WordPress – has done, is causing some of your content to show up at different URLs within your website. Or even worse, content you originally posted on your website is now being displayed on some other website. You might not even know who runs the other website.
  • Godot Media Adds BoostSuite Content Marketing Infographic to Top 50 List

    Ryan Kettler
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Thanks a lot! We’re thrilled to announced that our infographic - “The State of Small Business Content Marketing in 2014” – which was originally published in mid-May of this year, was added to the list of Top 50 Content Marketing Infographics put together by Godot Media! It’s an honor to make the list (we’re #23!), especially when mentioned in the same breath as some of the best content marketing resources around today. This lis includes the likes of Copyblogger, Quicksprout, Convince & Convert, MarketingProfs, Eloqua, Marketing Pilgrim, Content…
  • 6 Tips to Expand Your Blog Audience

    Cami Bird
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today’s post is brought to you by Cami Bird of MarketMeSuite.  You have reached a plateau. You’ve built a beautiful and engaging website, you’re relatively active on your social channels, you’ve had your blog up and running and you’ve been working on content marketing for months. There’s just one BIG problem: you aren’t getting the expected views to your website. While you’ve started off on the right foot, there are a few extra steps you can take to expand your blog audience even further. Dig a bit deeper into these 6 audience-expanders to see what you may be missing out…
  • 3 Content Marketing Metrics You Should Report Every Week

    Ryan Kettler
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    How often do you review your content marketing metrics and report results to your leadership team? That question to marketers is like when a dentist asks you, “Have you been flossing regularly?” Usually the answer is what they want to hear and a lie, or it’s what they don’t want to hear and the truth. No matter if you are a CMO of a large Fortune 500, own or run a small business, or are in charge of marketing at any size company – keeping and reporting metrics is very valuable. If you’re running a content marketing campaign and expect to see results, you…
 
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    Diagramified.com

  • Building Your Own Website?

    Marcus Schaller
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Few things can be quite as overwhelming as trying to build your own business website. Here are 5 simple tips to help make it a bit easier.
  • How to Start a Business

    Marcus Schaller
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    Starting a business isn’t easy, but the steps you’ll need to take aren’t nearly as complicated as you might think. This graphic shows an introductory bird’s-eye view of the process…the rocket strapped to your back is optional.
  • Bitcoin Basics

    Marcus Schaller
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    If you’ve ever asked yourself “what the heck is a Bitcoin?” then this graphic is just for you.
  • How QueVision Makes My Trip to the Supermarket Much Less Stressful

    Marcus Schaller
    24 Jun 2014 | 6:54 pm
    Who doesn’t hate waiting in long lines at the supermarket? We just want to get in, get our groceries, and get on with our lives. What we usually get instead are annoyingly long waits. So when I started shopping at my local Ralphs, I was delighted to see they always had just the right number of registers open, ready to speed customers on their way. Turns out this attention to faster customer service is no accident. Thanks to QueVision, an innovative solution developed by British tech firm Irisys, Ralphs and other stores in the Kroger family have made shopping for groceries a lot less…
  • Kindle Direct vs Traditional Publishing

    Marcus Schaller
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Self-publishing has evolved from vanity press to industry killer. One reason is the introduction of Kindle Direct, a mainstream alternative to traditional publishing that offers a level of control, speed to market and profit margin that traditional publishing channels simply cannot match. I created this graphic to highlight the enormous logistical difference between electronic and paper publishing, and its impact on both authors and readers.  
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    Marketing and Small Business Blog

  • 3 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from Social Listening

    Ben Chambers
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    Social media should be a major component of any small business marketing strategy.  Whether it is through content creation or paid advertising, few tools will be more cost-effective.  It can engage potential customers, get the world out about your product, and drive valuable traffic to your website.  In addition to posting on social media, you should consider some type of social listening.  Simply put, social listening is a way of using social media to pay attention to what others are posting about.  This could be customers, competitors, the general public, or any…
  • How Online Marketing and SEO Really Works

    Ken Tucker
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Get Yourself on the First Page of Google! Sound familiar?  How many emails or calls do you get about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) services that will get you on the first page of Google?  You know they're probably spam, but they just nag at you and make you wonder if it is possible. This presentation was done by Ken Tucker of Changescape Web for the June 2014 St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce Technology Committee. Learn how online marketing and SEO really works, and what strategies and tactics make the most sense for businesses and learn why SEO services fail too…
  • 3 Ways You Can Benefit from Social Media Contests

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Social media is a fantastic tool to connect with customers.  Posting compelling content and interacting with people’s responses gives you the ability to build social proof and enable people to know, like, and trust your company.  A powerful, but underutilized tool in this area is the contest.  Companies should look at using contests to get people energized, engage, and ready to share your content.  Here are three ways contests will help enhance your social media following: 1. Contests Expand Your Reach Most contesst involve some type of requirement that people share a…
  • When Should You Post on Social Media?

    Ben Chambers
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:14 pm
    People ask all the time about when they should post content to social media.  This is a tricky question, and honestly, I wish my answer was something other than "it depends."  People put content together so potential customers can see it, so it makes sense that they want to guarantee the right eyes are seeing it.  Just as television and radio advertisers pay more to have their content displayed in primetime, companies using social media do everything they can to make sure that their content is published at the right time of day. My Clever Agency put together a fantastic…
  • Changescape Web Adds Inbound Marketing Certification

    Ben Chambers
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Changescape Web is happy to announce that Ben Chambers has completed Hubspot’s Inbound Marketing program and is officially an Inbound Marketing Certified Professional.  The program involves an in-depth training process followed by a certification exam. “This is a great honor,” said Chambers.  “I enjoy helping clients discover new marketing solutions, and this enhances my ability to do so.  Inbound marketing is one of the most effective ways to generate traffic and increase a company’s visibility, and this training provided me with the tools to deliver those results to…
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    The Best Direct Sales Companies

  • Ground Floor Direct Sales Opportunity: Yourself Expression

    Angie Nelson
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Yourself Expression offers customizable Memory Lockets. Customers can create personalized charms with their interlocking Snaps and Poppers. Compensation:  Expressionists receive 30-50% discount/commission on personal sales. Yourself Expression does not offer downline commissions. Instead, you can earn a higher commission on your own sales and free bonus product for recruiting. Start-Up Costs: You have two options when signing up with YSE. Sign up for $29 and receive a 50% discount on your first order. This option allows you to choose your own merchandise; one Snap, two Poppers, webpage…
  • Become an Independent Chocolatier with Dove Chocolate Discoveries

    Angie Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Dove Chocolate Discoveries is a Division of Mars, Inc that offers a premium line of Dove Chocolates that are not available in stores – only through Independent Chocolatiers. There is something for everyone: from Martini and smoothie mixes, savory sauces, easy and delicious desserts to fabulous ready to enjoy products such as sea salted caramels! Compensation Plan: Sales commissions range from 25-40%. Overrides of 3-5% are available on all team members plus there is a manager bonus of 3% on entire team sales. There are no downline limits. Start-Up Costs: The starting kit is $115…
  • New Direct Sales Companies: EcoGloMinerals

    Angie Nelson
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:56 am
    EcoGloMinerals is a new direct sales company offering mineral makeup that is animal-friendly, gluten- and corn-free, certified organic and free of silicones, oils and waxes. Their product line currently includes everything from mineral foundations to lip colors to makeup brushes. Compensation:  Base commission is 25% with up to an additional 10% available for high ranking leaders. Consultants can also earn two levels down when building a team. Payments are made via PayPal. Start-Up Costs: Starter Kits range in price from $70 to $240 and include ample marketing materials and product samples.
  • Overview of the Linen World Consultant Opportunity

    Angie Nelson
    29 Jun 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Linen World has been in business since 1979. According to the company’s owners, they never strived to be a big company, only a GREAT company. In addition to the obvious product offering – linens – Linen World’s product line also include housewares, tote bags and more. The company’s success was built on the backs of their consultants. Today they continue to offer an affordable home business opportunity to those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Compensation:  20% Start-Up Costs: Linen World currently has two consultant opportunities available. Internet Marketing Consultant – This…
  • Start an Internet Home Business with Kitsy Lane

    Angie Nelson
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:34 pm
    Special Offer: Attend the 101 Webinar and receive a free pair of earrings! Kitsy Lane launched in 2012. This company offers jewelry and accessories from emerging designers or from on-trend value-priced brands. As a Boutique Owner, you can choose from over 700 items to feature in your storefront. Boutique Owners can build their business online with the company’s social media integration and recently introduced virtual parties and/or make sales in-person with trunk shows and catalogs.   Compensation: Boutique Owners earn up to 35% on customer purchases. Payments are sent once per…
 
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    Part Time CFO Services: Rock Solid Finance

  • Flash Reports! Great Management Decisions Should be Based on Facts

    Matt
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    There are so many moving parts to worry about when managing your business. And to make a hard job even harder, accounting systems never seem to have a single report that draws all your most important data together in one place. Key Ingredients Instead of relying on 12 different financial reports, build one good Flash Report.  This will be the one report you need to keep your “finger on the pulse” of your business. What should you put on it? For most small businesses, the best management decisions will come from clear and up-to-date information about just 4 key metrics: Current Cash…
  • Bridge Loans: How Friends Can Get You Cash When Investors Can’t

    Molly
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Whether your business is growing rapidly or just getting started, you need cash.  But negotiating with investors or VC can take a long time – time you don’t have. Most entrepreneurs report that investors take 6 months or more to write a check. You need cash NOW… not months from now when investors have finished picking apart your business plan and negotiating deal terms. To get money in the door more quickly, entrepreneurs are turning to “bridge loans“.  The idea is not new, but recently it has come into wider use by emerging companies and angel…
  • Crowdfunding Rules: Compare your Options for Equity and Fundraising

    David Worrell
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:26 am
    Think “Crowdfunding” and you might think of Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Both are good sites, but soon new crowdfunding rules will unlock powerful new options for fundraising online. Yes, Kickstarter and other pre-sale sites have funneled over $1 billion to start-up projects since 2009, but serious angel investors and VC were not among those writing checks. Since investors can’t yet buy equity (ownership) in your company online, they are not typically interested in these kinds of crowdfunding sites. QUICK HISTORY LESSON In an attempt to protect investors and prevent another…
  • How Financially Disciplined is Your Company? 3 Rules for Surviving any Storm

    David Worrell
    12 May 2014 | 11:00 am
    The recession is over, leaving behind a wake of net losses, bad cash flow and bankruptcies among those hardest hit. At the same time, other companies have emerged unscathed.  What factors separate those that made it through the recession from others that did not? I’ve worked with dozens of companies over the last 5 years and believe that the survivors all have one thing in common: a mature and disciplined finance function that protected them from the worst of the storm by providing key data, information and insight to guide management decisions. Business is always subject to external…
  • Business Plan Wizardry: How to Write a Novel on One Page

    David Worrell
    3 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    The magic of Harry Potter recently found its way into business strategy and planning.  In fact, author J. K. Rowling gave up one amazing secret to her creative genius that every entrepreneur should use for writing a business plan. No, she did not conjure her 3,407 page chronology using black magic, a wand, a spell or a potion. In fact, the task of writing 7 Potter books was based on the magic of a single, hand-written page. If you ever wondered how she managed to plan and keep track of the interwoven story lines in the 766 page Order of the Phoenix, check out this picture recently released…
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    waypointsg.com

  • Why learning about your Twitter followers matters

    kutenda support
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Amassing a big group of Twitter followers isn’t overly difficult. Inspiring these followers, though, to actually buy the products that your company offers, though, is a much more challenging task. Even more difficult? Persuading these followers to spread the word about your business among their neighbors and family members. Fortunately, the Small Business Trends Web site offered a useful strategy that business owners can utilize to build more engaged Twitter followers. Know Those Followers The key, according to Small Business Trends, is for businesses to learn as much as possible about…
  • Should your business accept Bitcoin payments?

    kutenda support
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Should your small business accept Bitcoin payments? A newly released Entrepreneur Magazine story listed the pros and possible hazards of accepting these virtual payments. You’d be wise to consider both the rewards and possible dangers of accepting these payments that are growing ever more popular in the online world. What they do As Entrepreneur explains, Bitcoins are virtual currency. Individuals purchase them with real money and then exchange them online to buy products and services from a number of vendors – some reputable, some illegitimate – in the virtual world. According…
  • These tech tips will boost your efficiency

    kutenda support
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    It’s challenging to run a successful small business today. You face much larger competitors and a still-struggling economy that makes your customers think carefully before spending some of their hard-earned dollars. But you can gain an advantage on your competition by utilizing technology more efficiently. As the TechnologySchools.org Website states, if you use tech more efficiently, you and your employees are more productive. Additionally, the site provides three good tips for accomplishing this. The right passwords Hackers can wreak havoc on your small business. The right passwords,…
  • Not all project-management tools are created equal

    kutenda support
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Project-management software can help your teams stay on task. With this tool, you can clearly organize tasks specific to each team member. And once team members complete their tasks, they can quickly check it off your to-do list. But there are many, many project-management tools out there. How can you determine which one is ideal for your business? Comparison Fortunately, PCMag.com has already done the research for you. A newly released review of project-management tool Asana contains a handy matrix comparing Asana to its competitors. The matrix lists the pros and cons with each tool. Asana…
  • Small Business IT Services Can Help Keep Data Secure

    Patrick Scully
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    The past few years have demonstrated how much of a problem security can be for companies of all sizes. Some of the largest retailers in the United States have had to announce that they experienced data breaches that touched not just their own data, but also private financial information about their customers. While large corporations are very valuable targets, smaller companies can’t afford to assume that they would never attract the attention of cyber criminals. Paying for small business IT services rather than trying to handle everything internally is the best option in most cases.
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    Orlando Realty Consultants

  • Protect Your New Orlando Home With A Home Warranty

    John Conde
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Protect Your New Orlando Home                   So you’ve purchased your first Orlando home, it’s wise to consider a home warranty and how they will give you piece of mind. No one expects for things to go wrong as soon as they move in to their new home, unfortunately many times that’s exactly what happens. As an Orlando real estate agent I always inform my clients about the benefits of a home warranty. Sometimes homes sit vacant for extended periods of time and like with everything else that doesn’t get used for a while,…
  • Who Makes The Final Decision On An Orlando Short Sale?

    Jenny Zamora
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Orlando Short Sale Help         Is you mortgage with one of the large banks like Bank of America, Chase or Wells Fargo? You may be surprised to hear that these lenders don’t usually make the decision on whether or not to approve your Orlando short sale.   It’s a common misconception really but the truth is that these lenders are just servicing these loans for the Investor.   So, who is the investor you ask? The investor in most of these scenarios is usually a corporation, a hedge fund or a firm on Wall Street. It could also be a what’s called…
  • When Short Sales Fall Short

    John Conde
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
        There are no guarantees in life and when it comes to negotiating Orlando short sales, this is especially true. Although lenders have come a long way in terms of approving more short sales, easing up on there guidelines and even offering cash incentives to homeowners that are willing to cooperate, there are still when can fall apart. These are some of the most common reasons why short sales fall apart.            HOA Bullies and Short Sales Delinquent HOA fees are one of the biggest reasons for a short sale not getting approved. Many times the lender in…
  • Hiring The Right Realtor – Video

    John Conde
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
      Hiring The Right Realtor – Video http://orlandorealtyconsultants.com/   If you’re looking to buy or sell a home in the Orlando area, it can be overwhelming in these tough and confusing economic times.   Finding the right Orlando real estate agent to help you through the maze is critical.   Look no further! Our proven track record, experience, record of excellence and knowledge are your keys to a great buying or selling experience.   We will be with you every step of the way guiding you on this journey, and we’ll do it on your schedule.   We…
  • Orlando Home Values Are In The Eye Of The Beholder

    Jenny Zamora
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Real Estate Is Not An Exact Science…Not Even Close!              The truth is that there are many variables involved and I’m not just talking about physical variables like granite counter tops and travertine floors. I’m talking about other aspects like the motivations and the desires of both sellers and buyers. It can be very difficult to account for more value or less value when you bring the human element into the mix. Sure, it’s easy to pull up data for value trends in a certain area, but you have to blend that data with variables that…
 
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    The Pulse Australia

  • Ready for the new PIN requirement? 3 steps to start complying

    Jesse Logan
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:44 pm
    From today, millions of Australians will be ditching the pen for credit card payments at point-of-sale. Instead, we will be punching in PINs to authorise transactions with the PINwise initiative taking effect today. The initiative was launched by the Industry Security Initiative, a group composed of Australia’s major financial institutions and card schemes to expand PIN at point-of-sale and phase out signature as a form of verification. The main aim is to improve Australia’s payment system. Although this will mean one more thing you have to remember among a million other passwords and…
  • How much is your time worth?

    Andrew McIntosh
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:27 pm
    A few years ago, one of my first business coaching sessions was with an entrepreneur who had spent a year and a half in development. He’d given up a well-paid job and spent about $25,000 on developing an app. He had no real business plan. When I pointed out that he had notionally invested about a quarter of million dollars years on the app, he drew a deep breath of entrepreneurial fatigue, and said dishearteningly, “Well, I suppose so.” This back of the envelope calculation was done as follows: $150,000              (salary he has forgone p.a.) x 1.5      …
  • How to recruit on LinkedIn like a pro

    Liam Shorte
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    It’s simple, I was told. You just buy one of the LinkedIn Premium subscriptions like Recruiter Lite or Recruiter Corporate or the Business Executive option for non-HR people, and away you go. You can contact any prospective employee, review their profile and start the conversation. Easy solution — not! 1. Use mutual connections to build rapport The first time I was approached with a cold LinkedIn message from a recruiter who I did not know, I was a bit taken aback. They said they had researched my profile and decided I was a good candidate for a position with a major bank. Firstly, I am…
  • Managing pocket money in the 21st century (and tax implications)

    Tracey Foster
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:20 pm
    As a working mother, I often struggle with how much pocket money I should give my kids. It’s a conundrum.  I want to raise financially savvy children who know that immediate gratification is not everything and that saving for a rainy day is important.  So encouraging them to manage money from an early age is a good thing. Yet, the jobs we do around the house are about all of us pitching in as a family. I don’t want to pay them for just doing daily chores. So what to do? Today’s digital technology can help us. Like mine, your children probably have iPods, iPads or iPhones that are…
  • Episode 2: Getting the most out of Google for your business

    Alistair Nestor
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:20 pm
    In the second instalment of ‘The Savvy Accountant’, host Jim Stewart chats with MYOB Senior Product Manager Bruce Polderman about his past life as product manager of – among other things – Google+, Blogger and Google Maps. Bruce has plenty of insights about the importance of keeping your business up to date with Google products. After all, the majority of your clients and prospective customers are using Google as the first port of call to find out more about you and your competitors. In particular, Bruce recommends claiming your free patch of Google under the new Google My Business…
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    Industry Edge

  • Olympia Fuels Outdoor Line with New Power Sources

    Whitney Richardson
    1 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    The outdoor technology company unveils solar chargers and a lithium-ion battery line to help power new outdoor tools. No one wants a piece of equipment to fail while braving nature, especially necessary illumination, such as a lantern, a flashlight or a headlamp; or communications devices, such as a two-way radio. Olympia has introduced new products to alleviate these problems in the form of long-lasting lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries and complementary solar chargers. The CR123A Lithium, 18650 Li-ion Rechargeable and 16340 Li-ion Rechargeable cells can provide primary power for portable…
  • 5 Steps to a Rural-Backyard Makeover

    Angela Tague
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:25 am
    Fun on the farm reduces summer sales slump. Living on a farm or ranch doesn’t always involve raising livestock or crops; some people simply like to indulge in open space and fresh air. That includes spending leisure time in their massive yards. Enhance outdoor spaces with parklike features, including sturdy picnic tables, creative outdoor cooking ideas, relaxing fire pits and rural-themed play areas for kids and pets. Enhance outdoor spaces with parklike features, including sturdy picnic tables, creative outdoor cooking ideas, relaxing fire pits and rural-themed play areas for kids and…
  • What’s Hot: Efficient Updates for Service and Training

    Whitney Richardson
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ace Hardware and Lowe’s upgrade services to make them more convenient and effective for customers and employees. Time is precious to customers and businesses alike. Whether it’s handling concerns or questions or making sure employees are equipped to run their departments, policies and procedures need to ensure actions take place in a timely fashion. To increase efficiency in training and delivery, two retailers have unveiled new tactics intended to make sure everyone gets what is needed as quickly as possible. To increase efficiency in training and delivery, two retailers have unveiled…
  • Kids Designing for Kids

    Whitney Richardson
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    U.K. company John Lewis Partnership invites students to participate in the design and promotion of new homeware products for children’s rooms. In analyzing shopping habits, most of the emphasis around kids’ products centers on the behavior of moms: how much social media impacts their purchase decisions, how interested they are in products supporting charitable endeavors, etc. But what about what kids want? That’s what John Lewis Partnership hoped to figure out with its “Little Panel,” comprising six children — three boys, three girls — ages 6 or 7 from a school near its…
  • How-to: Educate Customers on Natural Disasters

    Whitney Richardson
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Retailers and utility companies use targeted campaigns and workshops to ensure the public is prepared to react to and handle natural disasters. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, “Twenty of the 30 most costly insured catastrophes worldwide from 1970 to 2011 have occurred since 2001. With the exception of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they were all natural disasters.” Twenty of the 30 most costly insured catastrophes worldwide from 1970 to 2011 have occurred since 2001. And the number of catastrophic events is only expected to rise as the population grows and urbanizes and the climate…